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BY THE REV. LUTHER HALSEY,
CORNER OF FOURTH AND WOOD STREE13
WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, to wit :
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-third
day of October, in the fifty-fiftli year of the Indepen-
Menoirs of John Frederic Oberlin, Pastor of Walbach, in the
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States,
E. J. ROBERTS, Clerk of the
Western District of Pennsylvania.
[Note.--In the London edition of these Memoirs, most of the addresses, sermons, hymns, &c. are given in the French language, and some of them thrown into an Appendix. In this edition, they are translated, and brought into their proper places in the body of the work.]
STEREOTYPED BY J. HOWE, PHILADA.
TO MY YOUNGER BRETHREN IN THE MINISTRY OF
I COULD wish that we might ever set up as our model, the ministerial character of our blessed Lord and the Apostles. The more closely these are studied and copied, the more perfect and effective will be our ministry. Yet, when their history is read, as there was so much that was peculiar and extraordinary, we are not enough inclined to contemplate them as models for present ministerial character. But when a successful pastor of modern times is exhibited, we feel that we are contemplating “a man of like passions with ourselves,” whose example is imitable—that, in like circumstances, what he has done, we may accomplish. This disposition to admit the claims of modern examples, has induced me to desire that the Memoirs of Pastor OBERLIN should be republished, and" thus find their way to the study and heart of American pastors. One thing, belonging to these memoirs, is. adapted to render them signally useful beyond most other pieces of clerical biography. While in their subjects there is often a splendor of genius, a fortunate combina. tion of circumstances, or some peculiarity in the direction of Christian exertion, which, not belonging to us, therefore discourages or forbids competition-we feel that we are not fairly matched by nature or circumstances, and are excused from similar success. But the subject of this memoir is one that comes down to “the busi. ness and bosom” of every pastor. Here we see no pe. culiar grandeur of intellect or acquirement—no proppings of unusual circumstance to sustain him; but a pious, humble, unattended pastor, with whose intellect and attainments we feel some fellowship, entering on a field, as kumble, as arduous, as unpromising as ours; yet, in the