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large, without relaxation. Be- formed several provincial Sociesides the members of our com- ties, much on the same plan as mittee, there are in and about our central. One of the most Basil upwards of one hundred considerable, is at Stutgard, the associates and friends; and a- capital of the dukedom of Iturmong them eight ministers, ali temberg ; upward's of 6fty plaof whom can produce from their ces being connected with it. In congregations living proofs of general, it may be said, that their ministry ; and who preach there is a great work of God in redemption, through the blood that country, where, erer since of Jesus. In and about Basil, the reformation of Luther, able as also in other cantons, there instruments have been raised up are also flourishing branches of by the Lord, to maintain the the church of Christ, that stand truth of the gospel ; and to this in a blessed connection with very day, there are upwards of the United Brethren; and are 100 gospel-preachers scattered cared for by Brethren from the over that neighborhood : some larger congregations in Ger- of whom spread the truth, not many.
merely in their own parishes, To the central Society at Ba- but influence the public at large, sil, are attached subordinate by the productions of their very focks and individuals at Bern, able pens. In consequence of Zurich, Schaffhousen, St. Gall, this happy constellation of futhWinterthur, Arau, Zofingen, ful witnesses, there are yet maWiedlisbach, and other inferior ny thousands in those parts who places in Switzerland. We also can put their seal to the truth, are acquainted with a good man and actually confess that Jesus at Lucerne (a Romish canton) is the Lord, to the glory of God where, it seems, there remains the Father. In some parishes a quiet but living seed of Chris- there are little flocks of 100, tians, from the time when, in 200, and 300 united souls, that the beginning of the last century, meet with a view to encourage the rage of Popish priests bro't each other to proceed in the a witness of the Lord to the paths of peace and eternal glostake. We are also connected ry; and much might be said on with an excellent servant of this head, if we durst indulge Christ in the country of the Gri- in what might seem prolixity. sons, though we are sorry to D. Urlsperger, formerly of have been deprived of late of the Ausburg, now of Oettingen, blessings to be derived from whom twenty years ago the our fellowship with him, by the Lord called to be a peculiar troubles of the war. So much instrument in his hands, and we know, that for the last fifty who is to be considered as the years past, there has been a con- founder of our Society, for the siderable rumber of truly evan- good of which, he undertook gelical souls in the Grisons ; éven a journey to London, is and a part of their ministers still alive, and blessediy employunite cordially with the annual ed in the work of the Lord.m Ministers' Conference at llerrn On his journey, to London, he b::t.
formed in your inctropolis a In Germany there lave been Society headed by the P-v.
Mr. Lampert, minister of the poser of the Antichristian spirit, German chapel at the Savoy ; being of their number. which, however, by the early A fourth Society rose gradudeath of the latter, seems to | ally in Saxony, where Luther's have lost its consistency.
reformation began, which pourAnother Society, less nume- el so great a light over the rcus, but remarkable on account world. Dresden is the focus of of its several excellent members, our connections there. In that is at Nurenberg: this is the country there is still a great source of several subordinate number of people of all ranks, flocks in Franconia. Amongst from the minister in the cabiits constituents are two men so net down to the day-labourer, richly endowed with gracious who are not ashamed of the gosgifts, that we cannot be suffi- pel of Jesus Christ, but think it ciently grateful for such a pre- their duty to profess him in sent from the hand of the Lord.word, and walk before a wicked One of them assists us with generation. most valuable manuscripts, full A fifth connection we have at of scriptural knowledge, and en- Elberfeld and Dusseldorf. At riched by the results of an un- the latter place there is a com
experience ; every pany of young mechanics, that word, as it were, breathing pow- have agreed to put by every er and love. Being by trade a week a trifle of their savings, merchant, he travels twice a with a view to assist in supportyear into the Austrian provin- ing the glorious Missionary ces, as far as Transylvania, and never returns without having A sixth Society centres at scattered his presents all over
Osnabruck. the country through which he A seventh at Wernigerode, passes : schools and churches, which for a long time has been as well as individuals, partake of favored particularly, with being his bounty. He makes it his governed by an illustrious and business to distribute godly truly pious family ; in consebooks; and will enter the mean- quence of which, much good is est hut, on the road, to speak to be met with among all classes the word of salvation to great of people in that little county. and small. Though happy in In the Prussian dominions, this course of well-doing, he where light and darkness are wishes for more ample means to stronger contrasted than any extend his usefulness still far- where else in Germany, we have ther.
six provincial Societies, viz. A third provinciai Society ex- 1st, At Berlin, where the ists at Frankfort on the Main, in number of real children of God, connection with Wetzlar, Gies- among different denominations, sen, Krentzbach, Marburg, &c. amounts to che thousand at Several ministers, known as au- least. 2d, At Breslau, in Silethors, are among the associates: sia. 3d, At Prenslau, in Pomone of the most celebrated wri-erania ; where the Spirit of the ters of the day, Professor Yung, Lord has imparted to a common of Marburg, a bold confessor of taylor great gifis for the edificaJesus, and the most popular op- ! tion of many. 4th, At Biele
feld, in the county of Ravens-, bersdof, in Upper Lusatia, writes berg. · 5th, At Leer, in East in a letter of March 16, 1798, as Friesland, where a respectable follows:-“From a principle of number of gospel ministers have charity and compassion, I have joined us.
made it my study, for these We only mention the central several years, to trace the good places; to which it is to be un- to be met with in the Roman derstood many more belong. Catholic Church, which I am
Since Joseph II. (of immortal | the better enabled to do, as I memory) gave more religious border upon Bohemia. Is it liberty to the Protestants in the possible that so respectable a Austrian dominions (till then society of men, redeemed by greatly oppressed) several hund- and baptized into Jesus' death, red Protestant Congregations should be quite void of light, have been settled throughout | grace, and experience of the Austria, Carinthia, Styria, Hun- love of Christ? God forbid ! gary, and Transylvania ; and Though their distinguishing those that existed previously, doctrines, resting merely on the have been greatly increased. authority of Councils, running Through the good providence of contrary to holy writ, admit of God, many truly converted men no coalition of churches, yet I from our parts, some ministers, find individuals extremely susothers people of the lowest rank, ceptible of the teaching of the but full of the Holy Spirit, have Holy Spirit. There are amongst been sent to those places, but them bishops and priests of clear chiefly to Inner Austria ; by discerminent in gospel matters ; the labours of whom a fire of there are laymen, especially in faith and love has been kindled, the lower ranks of society, which continues to blaze unpar- whose thoughts hinge chiefly alleled to this day. To these upon Jesus Christ and his atonecongregations the Lord has ment. They have prayers and chiefly directed our attention ; hymns, that one cannot possibly and partly by means of our above read without feeling a tender mentioned brother in the mer- love to our Saviour kindling in cantile line, we have been ena- our breast. Their expressions bled to furnish them with mon- betray frequently a heart absorey and books, such as Hymn- bed in the love of Christ, and books, Bibles, New Testaments: baptized into one spirit with him. thousands of which, together His blood-bought grace with our own publications, have sidered by them as being of inbeen sent thither. Concerning finite more value than the celeHungary and Transylvania, we bration of Mass ; sinners' tears are enabled to boast of sereral better than oral confession ; and worthy friends among the Pro- the humble appropriation of his testani ministers there; and, no death, beyond comparison, sudoubt, much more good is there perior to the sprinkling with to be found than we can possi- holy water.
Ever since they biy be aware of at such a dis- have been permitted, and in certance. In Bohemia we have no tain instances encouraged, to
acquaintance ; but our frienci, read the Bible, which some of ¡ the Rev. Mr. Heinrich, of Rei-' their own ministers have desired
them to do, a more reasonable comfort, than forego the pleasworship is gaining the upper- ure of benefiting his fellow-men. hand with them; and their be- We cannot express what a hearlief is less surcharged with su- ty share this good man, who is perstition. The zeal, respect, our crown and our joy, has taand devotion displayed in their ken in your Missionary attempts. places of Worship, suggest a If God spares his life a few years charitable hope, that our Sa- longer, then he may be a most viour has a greater portion in convenient medium to disperse their affections than at the first religious tracts over France. thought we are willing to admit. At any rate, his reward will be This is confirmed by those bio- great beyond the grave. Of our graphies, appearing from time old friend Duvernoi, late superto time, of Roman Catholics intendant of Montbeillard, we converted, and joining Protes- have spoken on another occasion. tant communities. Why are In Holland, we have a little we to suppose that these in- flock at Amsterdam, few in nunstances of grace, cperating on ber, but abundant in child-like their minds, stand quite single? grace; they have lately got acIfmy ideas on this subject are mis- quainted with the Missionary taken, they are at least charitable Society at Rotterdam: a conand harmless.”Thus far this nection from which we predict interesting letter, the tenor of great blessings to arise. which agrees perfectly with the In Denmark, we have brethobservations of several of our ren at Altona and Flensburg, by friends in Roman Catholic coun- whose means we are favoured tries.
with valuable accounts from othWe shall add a few words con- er parts of the Danish domincerning those little branches of ions. Although the leaven of our Society that are in France, false philosophy continus to Denmark, Prussia properly so work, yet there are still worthies called, and Sweden,
ready to oppose its progress, not Strasburg, in Alsace, is the only by word, but, which ofteu only place in France where we proves more efficacious, by their have a few brethren and friends. walk and conversation also. Among them stands foremost a Among these we reckon the merchant, whom God has bles- Right Rev. Bishop Ball, at Cosed with the goods of this world, penhagen, whom a Society, conwhich he liberally spends in the sisting of many thousand memcause of God, by printing, dis- bers throughout Denmark, has tributing, and circulating tracts honored with a medal coined in of a good tendency, from which his name. he has the happiness to learn The same Society, in a printmany awakenings have taken ed address to the Danish Clergy, their origin : and the seed this use very energetic language, by falling inio a good ground!, has way of reproving the more and been productive, in many in- more prevailing custom of wreststances, of excellent fruits.ing the true sense of the word oi Though at preserit ageil, and at God into Socinian errors, and the verge of eternity, yet he will denying the Lord whobought us. rather dony himself many In a letter, they mention thui
conviction, that there are more give it the support of their pray. than 7000-nay 70,000 souls in ers, wrestling with the Lord for Denmark, who have refused its prosperity.” to bend their knees to Baal; The only place in Sweden and who, if asked whether they where we have a friend, is Got, also meant to forsake Christ ? tenburg. Our dear corresponwould certainly reply, “ Lord, dent there has taken the pains to whom should we go, thou to translate and publish some of hast the words of eternal life.” In our prints. At the same place this number are comprised seve- preaches a gracious and highly ral families of the first nobility gifted minister of the gospel, of the kingdom..
with such success, our friend In Prussia, properly so called, writes, that his church is conwe have a friend at Mohrungen, stantly crowded; and many are in the person of old Rev. Mr. forced to return for want of Tresho, a blessed minister of
In summer, all the outthe gospel, who has been in con- side of the place is encircled with nection with us erer since the hearers, desirous of receiving a beginning of our Society. He blessing from the word; and always has been, and is still bles- the number of believers increasedly active in the good cause, ses considerably. by issuing publications that have Though we are in no connecthe stamp of the Spirit of God. tion with Russia, yet we are inHe but lately complained to us formed from good sources, that of the lamentable state of vital in the German colonies along Christianity in his country, the Wolga, there are several where the number of gospel gospel ministers that labor with preachers, and consequently that blessing. of practical Christians, is excee- Finally, we have the satisfacding small ; yet even there, tion to state, that by means of a seed is left, and among them cur worthy friend Vander Smisa few of the nobles of this world. sen of Altona, our Society has The same is applicable to Kon- | been transplanted to Northingsberg, Warsaw, and other
and other | America ; and we send our colplaces of Prussia, Lithuania and lections and extracts regularly Poland. From Warsaw, the to New-York and Philadelphia. former capital of Poland, we These, Rev. Fathers and Brethlearn in a letter written by an ren, are a few outlines of the awakened School-master, whom work of God either committed: we furnished with books, that to us, or at least carrying on in the breathing of the Spirit of those countries with which we God is perceptible there in a are connected.
The scattered rather distinguished manner.-- good being thus collected into The above mentioned Mr. Tre- one focus, cannot but kindle the sho, writes :--- On Epiphany feelings of the friends of the (being the festival of the Heath- cause into joy and gratitude ; en) I communicated to my con- but if we were to bring the mass gregation the news of the Mis- of evil, the power and the means sion to Otaheite. I wish to en- of infidelity before your eyes, it, gage at least their minds so far would chill your hearts; and a. for this work, that they may whole library of volumes woulel