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P m THfcl riChlAViANS.
Fiie Church of Moravian brethren
*i? .1 important respects the most A
p«"iio!ic exis s. lis spirit of lio
1_) •• iterpris : is proverbial atidu:i.iv
sc-.K D.viudieil to the num. lor of
S: ii.indred by the relentless fury o!
j;,i ml po.vei, i,i I"<3J it (j lit the
p . : is oi' Bohemia, its nativa so l, and
s lied l.i Uupoer Lusaiia. Here fes
t' ! by the s ispiees el' Count Zin
z • ijurf, soon th«s* itiJrepid refugees
caused.the wilderness to blossojii s
the rose. There a arose
appropriately called Hiimhuit, and
may .is appropriately be called the
cradle of VLbnman Missions. —Here,
as from a radian) point, have flown
th« vital beams of truth to kindle up
the darkest po tions of the moral
world, ll 'ie, We ley, that • onstrm
m te iri \st a. - in Chris: i n enterprise
imbibed the most effective rudiments
of his skill, and caught, the ardor oi
his zeal. Within tlie space of 17
years this com >ony of famished ex
iles dis >atched missionaries to North
and So itb America, L'pland. Tar
tary, VI i m-s. Upper Egypt, Abyssvn
nia and to the vagrant Tartars in the
It issran Em >ire. The varied climes
in aach hemisphere are visited by
th 'si- messengers of glad tidings.
Th )• from an assi htion of minister!
i m the frozen hills of Norway t(
the Carpathian Mountains; and theii
con-ci 'ts are becoming as drops o!
Alornii ig clew.
E(Tt sets have adequate causes
"What t enders the Moravian Mission
ery so effective? His success is onh
equalled I >y his intrepidity. No (lis
co ira 'eim *nts allay his Zeal, no obsta
c!"* check !iis progress Cold, naked
n»>ss. peril , and the fury of the ele
in its, alik j jjive fresh intensity ti
kw ardar.
'•Onward he move , distrees and sin retire,
And wontt? riny; demons haie him and ai
• ' T
The hearts of the Greenlanders, cold
as the etenil snows on their bleak
hills, melt bef6re hiin. The wan
dering habits, and the sottish degra
,elation of the Hottentots of So ith Afri.
ea are to hint Out trivial obstacles—
he announces salvation # and Barba
rians are charmed with the theme.
Christian love, faith, and the kinder
graces soon adorn the forgotten and
brutal Hottentots. A temple for God
rises among them. A chiistian church
with its 'all fair lineaments," is -pee
dily formed, and notes of redemption
rev-liberate amidst the (.'llls ot South
Africa. .Bill a hot-.-cyders the Mora
vian invin- ible! By what opulent so
cieties or mighty princes is he patron
ised.' By none at all. Until lately
the fraternity was pocr to a proverb.
The Moravian issues from Hunihutt,
terrible, indeed, but not in lis ow>
protvess —unattended— vithout pi;< se
or scrip—enters a frmishi g populr
tion of heathen, toils and dies and oy
man is forgotten.
The mighty of the earth are alike
unmindful of him, and bis o'jeefs
and his simple prayer to them is i! <
that of the humble art.'.it er to Napo
leon "but let nie alone."
. But is not (he Moravian mighty in
the love of learning! 0 no! The Fra
ternity viwed collectively are well
informed. Still they inherit no rich
ly endowed s. minnries—Philosophy
does nothing for I liein—and (he
charms of Literature do not dazzle or
adorn their simple minds. But is he
not honored ui h the breath of ap
plause? O no! By what en omiast is
he peats-'d? By '-hat port is lie
sting? On secular distinctions he
writes vanity of va iiies and raises
his hopes to a region purer and hap
pier than our own.
Singleness of purpose renders tl;~e
Moravian invim iiile—and ail his en
terprises ultimate!) successful. John
Hiss their earliest martyr,' whose
memory is cherished with die fondest
recollections ind.-ii )iy impressed his
own apostolic thaiacter on the Fra
terniiy. Though dead, his v enerated
shrdft living-through the lapse of lime
is the permanent model tortile Mora
vian Pr6a her. li s address is ci. •
taied by the sens:t.. iities Of a glowing
heart. Intrepid and ardent, though
seldom is lie the son of thunder, Ini
mical to controversy —Ins energies
waste* not in s holastie strife—iiut
cons>ire in mighty union to d niol
ish the empire of si i. The .Mora
vian goes forth a plain, unsophistica
ted man—his imperviors , anoply is
iptivefor e, and God s word. With
a heart beating with hesver.ly sympa
thies he, points the heathen to a dy
iog Saviour, as the only centre of hu
man hope.
'Tis the cross is preached and only
tli n
That from the pulpit a myterious power x
Goes i'oith to r novate the moiaiman.
Th cross imparts v tality divine,
And energy omnipotent to truth.
This giddy world may reiterate its
encomiums on the martial valor of its
Scipios and Calais —But we love
the piety, and would forever exult in
the destiny of a Moravian Misssonaty.
In the view of angels no object in tlie
material universe is so attractive,
so sublime.
Mackinaw, September 6, ISiS.
We hope that two or three of
our scholars are convinced by the Ho
ly Spirit of their lost state, and are
anxious to know tvhat they shall do
to be saved. O.ie of these is E.—
She has been very tender lor several
months; but for a few days past her
convictions have become deep and
distressing. She is full Indian wo
man, I should think forty-four or five
years old, and belongs to a numerous
tribe, who are all Catholics. Her
, family a*o very respectable; her fath-
er has great influence among the In
dians, ana is much oi" a gentleman. —
Although a Catholic, he is vevy friend
ly to this mission,
This morning early, E. came into
our room, to tell us that she had
found Him of whom Moses and the
prophets did write. She snook hands
.vitti us. tier animated countenance
and heavenly smite told the mighty
change that hail been wrought, ies
teid.y her distress v.as gieat; she
seemed enveloped in the thickest
darkness, said her life was all sin:
sue had never done good tiling; and it
would be perfectly right for God to
send her to hell; and she believed he
would. Just at dusk, sister O. and
myself went into her room; found her
lying on the bed; her lace covered. —
We had a lew verses of Scripture
and a few hymns interpreted; Ui«u
sang "Alas! and did my bavioar
;.ieed?'"&c. The converts were
present, ami we had a few prayers.—
it was a so.eTnn scene, the baviour
was present to heal the broken heart,
hi. s..id that while w« were singing,
lier heart was melted, in penitence,
and she felt a great change; but dare
iioi tell any one. She c; tne l.eie a
aout a year ago. She says the Spring
previous to her coming, she and the
rest oi her 1; mi'iy went to a catholic
l>rii st to be baptised; but the priest
toid her at the door, that unless she
would be married to an Indian whom
be should choose, he would not faaj tise
Iter- she was so tilled with contempt
lit this proposal, that she did not en
ter the house, but went home very
angry, and kept thinking what does u
mean? Catholi s and Protestants
worship one God. She then began to
i!,ii«U '■>> i' s scission:.{hap i
heie before;) remembered what stie
had heard our people fe.y-Mhat the
Catholic reli ion is for AothiiSi.
Siie began to think that perhaps we
were-right, and all summer, when she
was at work in the held, her heart
was heavy, and she would not learn
their prayers. In this mind
s e came to this family.* She s.,ys
that when h.;r feelings changed, tiie
Sivio'ir seem 1 to point her to the
'ime when s le stood at the Catholic's
door; showed h;~r thrit ii was his kind
arm that preserved her from that a
boinin liion, ai l broug'it her to this
pi es. With this view her heart
was filled with love to the Saviour,
aid iny inexpressible. She sees his
hand i 1 every thing, and is full of ado
ring wonder. Her parents have just
arrived, and we anticipate a treat for
her, as they are both Catholics; and
they could not have come in a better
time. She appears anxious for the
eiernnl welfare of the souls of men,
and is determined to be faithful to
them. We have in the whole school
more than one hundred children, many
of them very interesting; hut not one
of the boys pious. — West. Ilec.
With its two hundred-millions of
people, and a variety of tribes, is at
pies'ent, perhaps,.in the state which
must precede ;he reception of Chris
tianity in an Asiatic empire. Its reli
gion is broken up by furious sects,
whi 'h alternately assume the charac
ter of spiritual disputants and rebels
in arms. The "Pelinkin" or "ene
mies of foreign religions," agitate the
north. The "KedufTs" or "heaven
alid earth one," a race of levellers,
pro Irrm equality of men and commu
nity of property in the west'and south;
and the "society of three powers
earth, and man," makes war. against
all authority, whatever. The Jesuits
planted their mission in China in the
middle of the sixteenth century. Mul
titudes of nominal Christians were
made: hut the suspicious'spirit of the
government appears nearly to have
extinguished their (advance. So late
as 1815, an imperial ordinance com
manded that the introducers of Chris
tianity should be put to death. The
Protestant missionaries are prohibited
from going beyond Canton,
FEUI3UJARY 4,1829.
But this prohibition may have been
-fortunate in its compelling, the mission
aries to prepare tracu and versions oi
the Scriptures in the language oi the
country. But the circulation 01 ilie
scriptures in China is at present len
ilereil extremely difficult ny the Go
vernment, which is disturbed by tear
and insurrection, and unable to distin
guish between political and religious
meetings, and all booi.s of Chrisiiam
ty. —Epis. Hat.
licentious clergymen, who wish not
their amusement to be broken in upon
by the sons and daughters of ; dvers.ty,
take effectual methods to guard their
ease. A man of (his chaitu ter relat
ed the following circiimstaiue to a
friend'of mine:—Being request* dto
visit a poor sick woman, on entering
the cottage, he ; sked for what pur
pose she had sent for him. • Oh!
Sir," she exclaimed, "I would see
Jesus; oh! that I could touch the htm
of his garment!" I replied "but that,
gjood woman, is impossible, for he has
lot been seen on earth these eighteen
hundred years;, end as to his gaiment
here is not a tatter or thread left any
where. 1 will read yob a prayer u
you wish it, but you had better send
for the doctor; lie will do you more
good than I can." Alter relating the
story, with an air of triumph, he ex
claimed, "Now what is the use ol
troubling such sick-brained enthusiasts
with any discouise upon religion."—
Vet this man, w;s the jovial ; ssoeiate
| of the gay and dissolute, vigilant to a
| proverb in securing the full value pi
; his tithes and fees. A fact occurred
i:: my neighborhood', only a few days
vyhi<.! mi;,! 1 thi-fH the blood with
horror. A poof man sunk 'in mcl. n
choly, called upon the parish piicst;
ai d being asked what lie wanted, re
plied. that his mind was very unhappy','
and he wished to get some comfort,
j The clergyman answered, "that he
had no time to attend to I im." The
| w retched creature called tvi i( e after,
without gaining admission, and next
■ day committed sui ide. On such
tacts rs th< se it is not recessary to
make any comment. — Sp. & J)lun. oj
the Age.
A writer in the Rochester Observ
er srys, that ifjuu converse with a
Christian who tts!<« sno religious pub
ii ation, ''upon the progress of the
.church of God, ho I no»s no more of
it than Shallow in Shak< speare. Tell
him of the effects of Sal,l ath Schools,
of Temperate Societies, of the Gene
ral Union lor the better observance of
the Sabbath, and he »\ill perhaps
throw cold water on all these meas
ures, and join the worldling and the
impenitent in the argument. On oc
casions when he is called to give some
thing to a benevolent objei t, or some
religious enterprise, how it grates his
feelings, and comes, if it comes at all,
like drawing a tooth. Nay, he sees
no reason, and why should he? He
never reads any thing upon the sub
ject. The want of light and informa
tion, I say, will expiain the apathy,
the worldly mindedness, and the sel
fishness of many nominal Christians
who are busy enough to give counte
nance enough to objects of a worldly
It has often struck us with surprise
that men who pro/'ess, publigly, to
love the kingdom of Ohi ist above their
chief joy, should manifest no wish to
learn the movements making to pro
mote its interests. This is a singular
phenomenon; anil on the supposition
of the sincerity of their profession,
hard to be accounted for. In other
cases, a deep interest in 'any object,
leads to different measures. If vve
have a dear friend at a distance, we
eagerly asl inhumation respecting h s
health, and circumstances, from every
one who has lately been in that part
ol the country Ard if vve neglect to
make these inqui'ics when opportuni
t ty presents, ail would say at ence that
VOL,. 1.--50. 4 U
I our attachment, cannot be veiy strong.
! Again; do you see that man so anxious*
)y waiiing the arrival of the maii, and
so eagerly running his eye aver the y .
him: He has a ship ai sea, and he
hopes to hear some inio: mation con
cerning it; or he has engaged in
adventure, and he hopes to find some
thing said respecting it: or a measuie
is before Congress which very indi
rectly may affect the profits ol his bu
siness, and he i\ islies to see every step
of i. s progress. Thus men act when
the lictvt is concerned, in worldly m. t
ters; and it is difficult for us to give a
re r. son why they should not act in th®
same way, when the heart is interest"
ep in religious things.—Con. Obs.
btACNDTIiE ft±ibSljs&ii IJI.l J l.
From lie Christ.an Aevoiate and Journal
nil 11) itgict to i.i;d tl is
ni< i.'sure ret.tii n.tiitu ii to cciij.itsb I y
li.t stcietaiy oi war, Gent lai 1 ciu «.
'J his cecomminciation is tl.e uicie to
be rcgictltd bet at St. of iis being iit
conij allied by an insinuation tit the
missionaries tinployed t niong the In
dian tubes, in in the consideration that
they "have acquired tcmiortable t.s
tablisbnients, are unwilling to be tie
privtd ol them" by the removal of the
Indian tribes beyond the Mississippi:-;
How greatly do some men mistake ;n
their estimate of missionary labors
and enjoyments! He spe;K, of
course, respecting our own missiom ry
stations. *Tf comfortable establ.sh
ments were the only inducements j .e
--sented to these self-denying n.en to
rcuahi in tin ir ptiistni siatici s, v\g
venture to predict that they would
soon abandon them "to the moles . nd
the bats." Though soiue ol ttu id
may be improved bylhe exertions of
those men ot God so ts to be in si ma
sense comfortable, that is, to pit tut
actual sujfering for uant r:J the i<e
cessarles >J nje, we" well I m vv tht t oth
ers of tlieni are yet but little removed
from barbarism, and the missions'. ies
themselves, in the prosecution of U eir
benevolent designs, are redui < d to all
the privations and hardships peculiar
to half civ,l zed society, 1 and art o»
bliged, from their s afity allowance,
to unite the most rigoi tfus eccix it y
vjitf the most patient industry. Tbig
(ney do, not from a v iew to temporal
accommodation., nor from a hope of
pecuniary reward, but from a much
higher motive, even the present and
eternal salvation of souls. So far,
therefore, as these are concerned, the
mere circumstance of being deprived
of "comfortable establishments" pre
sents but a small barrier in the w.y
of their removal witn the Indians, li
ven were they to go beyond the !»o< i.y
Mountains. Nay, such is the struig
j attachment of these devoted missioir*
aries to the eternal interests of tlase
Indians, that should the event come, to
pass, now so much deprecated by
some and wished for by others, that
they must be removed beyond t e
Mississippi, rather than abandon tiiei*
to their own deplorable fate, they
would remove with thein, identify
their interests with the interests of the
Indians, share *m their privations and
sufferings, with a view to exalt them
ultimately, to all the blessings of
Christianity and civilization.
The objections, therefore, to re
moval of these original proprietors of
the soil originate from an entirely iAf
ferent source. If they wish to sell off
their property, and remove into the
remote forests, no one would have any
rigii f to object. But to compel, eit! < r
by direct coercion, or by the intrigues
which too of en disgrace state policy,
or by that cupidity which so frequent*
ly characterize mercantile specula
ting operations, is a measure against
which we would protest with all the
energies v\hicb a just regard to origin
al risht can inspire—with all the force
which mov be derived from a sense
of their indubitable rights as the freer

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