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A Sermon preached at Northamp- knowledge. Among these the
ton, before the Hampshire Mis- apostolic age, the time of the resionary Society, at their annual formation from popery, and the Mleeting, August 27, 1807, by close of the last, with the begin. Rev. Samuel Taggart, A. M. ning of this century, have been Pastor of the Presbyterian distinguished. Here the preachChurch in Colrain.
“The zeal for sending missionaries The preacher has chosen, into different quarters of the globe, for his text, these words, in Dan- which has of late been unparalleled, iel xii. 4. Many shall run to and
could not be excited without the spe. fro, and knowledge shall be in - Christians on both sides the Atlantic
cial interposition of Providence. creased.
seem animated with the same spirit. After some pertinent intro. Not only Europe, but many parts of ductory remarks, he proposes to
Asia and Africa and of the wilds of A. notice, I. Some particulars in merica, as well as the newly discover
ed islands of the South Sea, bave which the spread of the gospel been illuminated with some rays from effects an increase of knowledge. the Sun of righteousness. Many, an. II. Some periods remarkable imated with an ardent zeal for the glo. for such an increase. III. The ry of God, and the welfare of their means of this increase. IV. The veniences of civilized life, and en
fellow men, have renounced the con. improvement.
countered the dangers of the seas Under the first head he ob- and inhospitable climes, to proclaim serves, that the gospel, by open- period has the world witnessed such
the glad tidings of salvation. In no ing the human mind, contributes
a rage for travelling and making disto the increase of knowledge in
coveries, as of late. Our enterprisgeneral ; but as his text relates ing navigators have been preparing to religious knowledge, to this he the way for the progress of the Lord's
work.' And besides missions to the means to confine himself. He
heathens, those which have been shows, that as all true knowledge
planned to our own back settlements, of God and religion is derived have been productive of much good, . from revelation, so, in this kind Churches have been established, and of knowledge, the Jews, by gospel ordinances are now regularly means of the revelation given to enjoyed in many places, where, had
not missionaries been employed, the them, far excelled all other na
people would have been as sheep tions. But the gospel far sur- scattered on the mountains." passes that, both in the extent
From hence the preacher looks and the clearness of its light.
forward to a more remarkable Among the doctrines elucidated period foretold in scripture, by the gospel, he particularly when the knowledge of God mentions those which relate to
shall cover the earth, as the wathe character and offices of ters do the seas." Christ, the immortality of the The third head contemplates soul, the resurrection of the
the means, by which the gospel body, the nature of the atone
is spread and religious know. ment, and the way in which sin.
ledge increased. We here find ners find acceptance with God. the following pertinent and judiUnder the second head he
cious observations. mentions several periods, as re- “God, if he saw fit, could effect markable for the increase of the spread of religious knowledge,
and enlarge his spiritual kingdom How many parts of those nations callwithout any such institution as the gos- ed Christian, are but scantily furnishpel ministry.”-“ Yet it is certain, ed with the means of instruction ? that this institution, in which minis- For the illustration of this remark, we ters have a commission to publish the need go no farther than our own counglad tidings of salvation to every try. In how many places may percreature, is a mean admirably calcu. sons travel to a considerable distance, lated to diffuse religious knowledge and scarcely meet with a single indiamong all the varieties of the human cation of their being in a Christian race.'-" It is true the gospel itself, country! We need not leave, the however well adapted to obtain its
bounds of the United States to find end, will not be effectual, unless ac- room to run for the purpose of diffus. companied with the special operations ing Christian knowledge. If ever of the Holy Spirit ; nevertheless, as the world is to Be enlightened by the it is God's own institution, so it is gospel, an event of which we cannot one which he delights to own and doubt, it will be accomplished by an bless.”_" When our Lord, in the increasing zeal for the spread of the time of his personal ministry, sent gospel, while a double portion of the forth his disciples, they were subject. Spirit accompanies the labours of the ed to some restrictions. They were pious and benevolent.”—“They, who not to go in the way of the Gentiles ; undertake, or encourage others, to but only to the lost sheep of the house travel abroad for the purpose of of Israel. When he gave his apos. preaching the gospel, should keep in tles their commission, after his resur. view the true intent of such mis. rection he removed this restriction, sions. They, who travel, must aim to and directed them to preach the gos. diffuse the knowledge of the truth, to pel to every creature. And we do plant churches, and build them up in not find, that any remarkable exten- peace, order and purity. They are sion of the Christian church, or any to select, as the principal theatre of considerable increase of knowledge their labours, not places where the ever took place, without the interven- means of grace and instruction are tion of a gospel ministry.”—“ With regularly enjoyed, but places which are the labours of missionaries various in a great measure destitute of these dispensations of providence have con.
Otherwise they will divide curred to effect an increase of know- and scatter, rather than edify and enledge. Even such providences, as large the church of Christ." were, at the time, peculiarly afflictive
From his subject the preacher and distressing to the church, have been so overruled, as to contribute to
makes several important inferits increase and enlargement.”—“As
He particularly infers, a gospel ministry has been the con. the excellency and glory of the stant means, which providence has gospel of Christ; and the sin used for diffusing Christian know
and danger of despising it. He ledge, at the first establishment, and at every subsequent enlargement of also infers the reason Christians the church, so, whenever the earth have to rejoice, when the true shall be filled with the knowledge of interest of the gospel is promotthe Lord, it will be effected by the ed. Here he observes as follows:
How extensive is the field for running to and fro! Pagan
“ Notwithstanding the dark sympidolatry and Mahometan delusion toms arising from the prevalence of hold, at least, three fourths of the infidelity and immorality, the person, world in the shackles of ignorance
who has at heart the interest of Zion, and false worship. If from what re- may find some ground for rejoicing mains we deduct suci parts as are at the present day; Though the encovered with the darkness of anti. joyment of gospel ordinances is far christian superstition, with the mists from being commensurate with the of ignorance, and with the gloom of extent of our settlements, or with infidelity and immorality, we shall what it might be, were our exertions find but a small part thoroughly en- equal to the magnitude of the object, lightened by the Sun of righteousness. yet we have reason to bless God, thai
in some parts of our country, the priv. futurity, as to pursue the path of ilege of gospel institutions is extend. present duty; and this is marked by ing with considerable rapidity. And a variety of concurrent circa mstances. of this extension inissionary labours Now is the time when we are called have, in many instances, been the to work for the Lord.
And in many places, there work, without fear of intruding on the have been comfortable seasons of the duties of future generations. The outpourings of God's Spirit. Froin work of spreading the gospel belongs the frequency and extent of these
to many; and there are few but seasons, we have reason to believe,
may contribute their mite in some that the Duinber of real Christians in
way or other. They, who camot aid the world has gradually been on the it by their labour or substance, may increase. Our religious publications help it forward by their prayers. furnish us with favourable accounts How happy and glorious will be the from some places among the heath- day, when genuine religion in its puens.”
rity shall have a universal spread ; He further infers, that“thetrue holiness shall espel ignorance and
when light and truth, knowledge and end of missionary labours is to ex- vice ; when men shall see eye to eye, tend and increase the doctrinal and shall know, as they are known. and practical knowledge of gospel Such a glorious day will be effected truth.” And that “ we ought to by the gospel, when the Lord shall do all in our power to render the
arise to have mercy on Zion : for
such an event no doubt Providence is spread of the gospel universal."
preparing the way, although it may “In the prosecution of this work,”
be in a inanner unseen by mortal men. he observes, " opposition is to be ex
May the Lord hasten it in his time." pected. Besides undisguised oppos- The preacher has discovered ers, many, without throwing off the
great judgment in the choice, mask of friendship, will endlcavour to discourage every attempt by magni- division and execution of his subfying difficuiies. Some will excuse ject. His arguments are forcible, themselves and hinder others, by his style, in the main, pure and pleading, that the time is not come.
correct. The sermon will be apOthers, to rid themselves of the bus. iness altogether, will tell os, It is the
proved by the friends of missionLord's work, and he will do it in bis ary labours. We recommend it
But had such objections to perusal, and hope it will have operated in the apostles' days, the a good effect in promoting the gospel would never have been pub
cause of religion in general, and lished, nor the Christian religion established. We cannot pretend to particularly the object, which know or fix the time, when the gos
the preacher had more immepel will bave a universal spread. Our diately in view. business is not so much to pry into
An Account of the origin and progress of the mission to the Cherokee Indians, in a series of Letters from the Rev. Gideon Blackburn to the Rev. Dr. Morse.
tion until the July of 1805, the schmid In my last I stated the order of the consisting of from 25 to 35 scholars. school for each day. In this order About that period the United States
had authorised a treaty to be made braved the dangers of war in the same with that nation, and appointed the forest, said to me, “I have often place on the Highwassee river, near- stood unmoved amidst showers of ly twelve miles by land below the site bullets from the Indian rifles; but of my school house, 46 from S. W. this effectually unmans me. I see Point, 20 above the mouth of the riv- civilization taking the ground of barer, and 45 from Tellico blockhouse. barism, and the praises of Jesus
At this place was an assemblage of succeeding to the war whoop of the the principal chiefs of the nation, with savage." Ail this time the tears many of the common people ; and be- were stealing down his manly cheek. tween two and three hundred white At the close of the treaty the followpeople, among whom were Gen. ing note was politely handed me by Smith anc. Col. Meigs, commissioners the commissioners of the United for the United States, and Gov. Sevier, States, expressive of their feelings on commissioner for the state of Ten- the occasion.
There I attended with my school, consisting then of 25 scholars. Sir, Our passage to the place was indeed Having had the pleasure of your romantic. Figure to yourself 25 lit. company several days at a treaty with tle savages of the forest, all seated in the Cherokees on the Highwassea a large canoe, the teacher at one end, river, and having also had the pleasand myself at the other, steering our ure of being present at the exhibi. course down the stream, a distance by tion of the Indian children in their water of nearly 20 miles. To see the several lessons of spelling and readlittle creatures sitting neatly dressed in ing, and having also seen sundry. homespun cotton, presented them by specimens of writing done by some of the females of my white congrega. those children, whose «ducation you tion, their hearts beating with the an. superintend, we cannot do justice to ticipation of thcir expected examina- our sentiments on the occasion, with. tion, frequently reviewing their les- out expressing to you the satisfaction sons in order to be ready ; then join- we enjoyed, and still enjoy, in coning in anthems of praise to the Re- templating the progress the Cherodeemer, making the adjoining hills kees are making toward a state of and groves resound with the adored civilization and refinement, in exname of Jesus-what heart could change for the state of barbarism, in have remained unmoved !
which their ancestors had long been On the 4th of July we arrived at plunged. We sincerely wish you the place of treaty. This was ac- may be able to persevere in so lauda. cording to previous agreeirent, in or'. ble a pursuit, until you see it crownder to give a toast of civilization, on ed with the desired success. We the ever memorable day of Ameri. are, with sentiments of esteem, your can independence. The place of obedient servants, treaty was a large bower in the midst
DANIEL SMITH, of a deligletful grove, where the
RETURN I. MEIGS. school was introduced, marching in Highwassee River, July 13, 1805. procession between the open ranks of white and red spectators.
Each The effect of this exhibition was scholar read such a portion, as was such on the red people, that they inrequested. The different classes stantly requested a second establish. then spelled a number of words Dient in the lower district of the nawithout the book. Specimens of tion. On this head I had no instructheir wriiing and cyphering were tions froin the committee of missions, shown, and the exhibition closed by and no appropriations for its support. the children singing, with a clear My own private property was insuffi. and distinct voice, a hymn or two, cient to bear the whole cost, and the committed to memory. The scene necessity of extending the plan was was very impressive. Few of the apparent. Notwithstanding all these spectators were unmoved, and many ditficulties | resolved on the mea. siied tears plentifully.
The Gov. sure, and trusted for aid in the dis. ernor, a hardy vcterali, who had often charge of evident duty from sources Vol. III. No. 9.