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dience to the divine law; hoping by this means, gradually to prepare their minds, for the reception of the sublime, and more mysterious truths of the gospel. For five years, the missionaries had labored in this way, and could scarcely obtain a patient hearing, from the savages. Now therefore, they determined, in the literal sense of the words, to preach Christ and Him Crucified. No sooner did they declare unto the Greenlanders, the "word of reconciliation," in its native simplicity, than they beheld its converting and saving power. This reached the hearts of their audience, and produced the most astonishing effects. An impression was made, which opened a way to their consciences, and illumined their understandings. They remained no longer, the stupid and brutish creatures, they once had been; they felt they were sinners, and trembled at their danger; they rejoiced in the Saviour, and were rendered capable of sublimer pleasures, than those arising from plenty of seals, and the low gratification of sensual appetites. A sure foundation, being thus laid, in the knowledge of a crucified Redeemer, the missionaries soon found, that this supplied the young converts, with a powerful motive to the abhorrence of sin, and the performance of every moral duty, towards God, and their neighbor; taught them to live soberly, righteously and godly, in this present world; animated them, with the

glorious hope of life and immortality; and gave them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, as the Creator, Preserver and moral Governor of the world, in a manner, far more correct and influential, than they could ever have obtained, had they persevered in their first mode of instruction.

The missionaries themselves derived benefit from this new method of preaching.

The doctrines of the cross of Christ, warmed and enlivened their own souls, in so powerful a manner, that they could address the heathen, with uncommon liberty and fervor, and were often astonished at each other's power of utterance. In short, the happiest results have attended this practice, not only at first and in Greenland, but in every other country, where the Brethren have since labored, for the conversion of the heathen."

AN EXTRACT.

MESSRS. EDITORS,

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If you think a knowledge of the following fact will be useful, you are at liberty to insert it in your Magazine. Perhaps some may think the method taken to open the eyes of a disbeliever, was improper; but the event showed, that it had a deep effect, and was doubtless more impressive on a blinded mind, than any other

used.

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This disbeliever of all religion shall be called Perditus, for the sake of secreting his family name. It is said, that in his early years, he had several seasons of seriousness, against which he continued to strive, until all sense of truth and duty to God, seemed to be obliterated from his mind. After he became thus stupid, it was one of his most delightful themes, to ridicule his former sobriety and thoughtfulness, and he represented himself as having been ridiculous in the highest degree, to think so much of another state, and take pains to be happy, by rejecting the festivities of the world. By this manner of ridiculing himself, he was instrumental of corrupting a number, some of whom were reclaimed by his death, some remain in the stupidity of sin, and others have followed him into eternity. This man was generous, hospitable and festive in his natural disposition, which led to many opportunities, for discovering the impiety of his heart, and he never failed in any company, to express his contempt of Christ and his religion, and of pious per

means, which could have been and that he was pursuing his own pleasures, in a way suited to his own appetites, as he expressed himself. At no great distance there lived a clergyman, with whom Perditus took particular pains to become acquainted. He would often meet him affably in the streets, and insist on his visiting his house; but all this was done that he might gratify himself, with indirect insults and insinuations, against religion and sobriety. In sundry interviews, the Clergyman bore the sneers of Perditus, affecting not to perceive them, until he had obtained a thorough acquaintance with his heart. This being thoroughly obtained, the Clergy man requested Perditus, to spend with him a day in the solitary fields, with which he complied. When removed from all other eyes and in the solitude of a grove, the Clergyman acquainted Perditus with the object he had in view, which was to converse freely with him on the things of God, of religion and eternity. Perditus, little suspecting any thing of this kind, was for a few moments angry, but soon became calm and agreed to hear. The Clergyman then stated the manner of their acquaintance, and acknowledged perfect civility of treatment, in every respect, except the sneers which he had often thrown out against the truths, duties, institutions, ministers and professors of religion. That he had always seen and felt these things, though Perditus had supposed him igno

sons.

He ridiculed prayer-he spoke of death with levity-represented christian institutions as a farce and professed to think that God was so highly exalted above all creatures, that he took little or no notice of their transactions. That God made men, that they might pursue their own pleasures;

had not treated the Clergyman with the respect of politeness, promised to refrain in his presence from any future insinuations against religion, and desired him to visit his house as a friend and a gentleman; but at the same time avowed his utter disbelief of religion, of the word of God, and the sincerity of christian professors in general. On this being so freely owned, the minister again begged him to review, for that possibly he might yet obtain a conviction of the truth. To which he resolutely replied, "I wish your company as a man, but 1 charge you never to speak to me again on the subject of religion

rant and unfeeling under the most gyman's house, and fix his resolu bitter reflections. That he had tions.-He called as he had enoften affected this want of discern- gaged. He acknowledged that he ment, out of tenderness to the wife of Perditus, who was often present at their conversations. She believed in the reality of religion, although she was not pious. Perditus had ridiculed the Clergyman, in his own profane circle, as being a man who could not resent; but was now confounded, to find that his motives were tenderness to the feelings of his own family. The Clergyman now proceeded to state before him, in the most solemn and affectionate manner, the great truths of religion; its natural and revealed evidence; his own character, neglects, impiety, and ingratitude to the Lord of all his bounties; and enforced these truths by the solemnities of death, judgment and the eternal world. The conversation was long-it was interesting. Perditus found that he had completey laid himself open to a man, on whom he had thought himself to be ludicrously playing. He was sometimes confounded and ashamed; sometimes for a moment angry; sometimes alarmed; and did at sometimes attempt to change the serious dis course into merriment. He was told, that unless there was a reformation from reflecting on religion and its institutions, there must be a total discontinuance of those social interviews, to which they had been accustomed. The result was, that Perditus engaged to call the next day, at the Cler

yea more, never to pray for me unless I specially ask you,” and thus they parted.

It was not long after this before Perditus was smitten with a deep decline, and all spectators saw marks of approaching death on his visage. He struggled, but in vain, for a speedy confinement ensued. The Clergyman deliberating on the case, concluded to conduct as will be related.

He called often as a neighbor, conversed of his complaints, and endeavored by every means to assuage the pains of his body and console the afflicted family; but never said any thing of religion. These visits were daily made, but without any thing of a very serious nature. On a certain day,

the clergyman had barely return- nied that you were a sinner--I have prayed for you as a sinner in my closet, but if you spoke true, you could not sincerely join with me in praying for you as a sinner; Ishall however gladly now do it if you feel yourself to be such. He assented that he did; but said that he did not see the need of a Savior, for if God was disposed to forgive, he might do it without. He was told that a christian minister could not pray to God to forgive sinners, in any other way than through the Savior, whom he had appointed. And was left in a state of great agitation. In subsequent visits, he strongly urged for prayer that God would forgive his sins without a mediator, but as this could not be granted, he seemed for a few days to determine that he would throw away all sense of his sinfulness. However, as the certainty of death was becoming more apparent, the struggle in his mind grew more terrible, and an accusing conscience denied him all peace. Two days before his death, he urgently sent for the minister, and requested prayer, that God would forgive him for the sake of Jesus Christ. He said that he saw God's displeasure against him to be so great, that none but a Savior of infinite power could deliver him from the ruin into which he was falling, and he now repeated the name of Christ, with as much urgency as he had before blasphemed him. At the time he was brought to this confession, a number of his

ed home, before a messenger followed to recal him. He returned, when Perditus told him-"You kindly visit me, but say nothing of religion, why is this?" The answer was, you have forbidden me ever to speak to you on such subjects, I wait but your permission and religion shall in future be the subject of our discourse. To which he replied, " converse with me on the religion of nature, but not on christianity." The direction was followed, and the religion of nature was for several days the subject of discourse, without a word said of Jesus Christ or the peculiar doctrines of the gospel. Perditus still denied, that he or any other men were sinners. Af ter a short season Perditus enquired, why do you not offer to pray with me, as you do with others who are sick. The former answer was given, you have forbid me, and I cannot do it until you make the request. I wish it, said Perditus. For what shall I pray, for any thing more, than that you may recover? To which he replied, that is the great thing at present. Prayer was several times made according to his direction, and confined to the matter of his recovery. After several passing days, Perditus said, "Why do you not pray with me as you do with other people?" The minister answered, in what respects do I differ? He answered, "you do not pray that God would forgive my sins." But you have always de

infidel companions were listening to his dying words. They confessed him to be in the full exercise of reason, and until now had triumphed in their looks, expecting that his death, would be an evidence for infidelity. But when they heard him supplicating for mercy in the name of Christ, the confusion of several was beyond description, and they quickly dispersed from the scene of distress. He confessed to the minister, that the manner he had taken of leaving all to his own conscience, and neither conversing or praying further than his own particular request, had awfully alarmed him, and it seemed to be continually sounded in his ears, my blood must and will be required at my own hands. Until the time of becoming insensible, he heared eagerly, but had no alleviations of distress. Thus he died and went to his long home, a monument of the folly of rejecting the gospel of Christ. What multitudes live in carelessness and disbelief and die in fear! They will not hear until it be too late. The pride of their hearts and their love of sin makes them reject even the gospel of grace, and they fall under the awful denunciation, “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought

all my counsels, and would none of my reproof. I will also laugh at your calamity, and mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your

destruction as a whirlwind. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me.” Con. Evan. Mag.

Vermont University.-The College building of the Vermont University at Burlington took fire on the 27th of May, from a spark which fell upon the roof, and was burnt down. The college and society libraries, and part of the philosophical apparatus were preserved, t gether with most of the books and f· niture of the students.

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Alleghany College.-At the mencement of Alleghany college, Meade of A. B. was conferred on one young ville, (Pa.) on the 7th inst. the degree gentleman, that of A. M. on four alumni. The honorary degree of A. M. was conferred on the Rev. George Weller, of Maryland, and that of M. D. on Stephen Brown, of New-york.

Ordinations and Installations.

On the 9th of May the Rev. Benjamin Woodbury was ordained over the First Congregational Church and Society in Falmouth. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Woods, of Andover, from 1 Cor. ix. 22.

On May 26, the Rev. Daniel G. Sprague was installed Pastor over the Church and Society in Hampton, Con. Sermon from Rev. xv. 2. 3, by Rev. Mr. Dow, of Thompson.

Installed at Hamilton, Rev. Joseph B. Felt, as pastor of the church and

congregation in that town. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Gile, of Milton, from 2 Cor. iv. 10.

Ordained, June 30, the Rev. Ezra with the Rev. Dr. Channing, over the Stiles Gannett, as colleague Pastor church and Society in Federal street, Boston. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Channing.

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