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THE

Massachusetts

MISSIONARY MAGAZINE,

FOR THE YEAR 1805;

CONTAINING

Religious and Interesting Communications,

CALCULATED

TO EDIFY CHRISTIANS, AND INFORM THE RI.

SING GENERATION.

The profits of this work are to be applied to the support of Milionaries
in ihe New Settlements and among the Indians of North-America.

THE EDITORS APPOINTED BY THE SOCIETY ARE,

Rev. Messieurs
NATHANAEL EMMONS, D.D. ABIEL HOLMES, A.M.
DAVID SANFORD, A.M.

JONATHAN STRONG, A.M.
DANIEL HOPKINS, A.M.

SAMUEL WORCESTER, A.M.
SAMUEL SPRING, A.M.
JOSEPH BARKER, A.M.

JACOB NORTON, A.M.
SAMUEL NILES, A. M.

PAUL LITCHFIELD, A.M.
SAM :L AUSTI

ELIJAH PARISH, A.M.

A.M.

VOLUME III.

Boston:

L I B R A R Y

OF

Theological Institute of Connecticut

Gift of

THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

157618

ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

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Beloved Brethren and Friends,
W di courage recollect hide numerous

embarrassments and Society, the unexpected success, with which our infant exertions have been crowned, and also attend to the danger of neglecting our inestimable object, and our indispensable obligations to support it, by the Magazine, and all other expedients, you will ex. cuse the freedoin of the following remarks. There is a call for our united exertions in all respects, because we live in times of imminent temptation and danger.

The rapid increase of the number of our members, whose annual tax relieves the treasury ; the pleasing reports of our Milfionaries, who explore the Eastern and Western Distries, and the ardent attention paid to the missionary interest, at our stated meetings, in connexion with the increasing habit of our congre. gations and friends to furnish pecuniary mcans, by liberal con, tributions, are animating tokens of the smiles of Heaven, and grounds of encouragement to proceed in our laudable exertions.

But how shall we progress with influence and honour, except we all, in our respective spheres of action, pay proper and la. cred attention to the best interest of the Society? How shall we maintain our reputation and extend our usefulness, except like good soldiers we faithfully and valiantly guard and protect our

standard?

standard ? As both officers and soldiers, who have pledged their honour to defend their country, will follow their standard, and even hazard their interests and lives to preserve it from the hand of the enemy; fo, my friends, we must defend the standard of the Millionary Society. I mean the Magazine. This is our Flag. This is the Enlign of our disinterested band. For after much friendly deliberation and discussion, exclusively of private emolument, we raised it, and by folemn profeffion consecrated it to the advantage of distant souls, who are comparatively destitute of gospel vision. The Magazine was published on charitable principles for the sake of thousands, who seldom see the Bible, or hear the voice of Christ's ministers. And have we not repeatedly pledged our best efforts, as Christians and Christian minifters, to support it? Though there are many worldly inducements to neglect the object, yet since there has been a readiness to will, let there be also an answera. ble performance. Since we have engaged to publish a Magazine, which tas proved useful to our readers and the Millionary Fund; and since we have recently resolved to continue it ; let us with increasing energy make good our promise. Let us not wait for each other to write, or in vain expect distant communications to supply the press; but, let us all use our pens, and furnish pieces according to our respective abilities. For how can we poffibly attach celebrity to the publication, except the Editorial Committee have opportunity to select the best from numerous performances ? Surely you do not expect the Publishing Committee will approbate many of their own picces; for the monthly examination, selection and arrangement for the press require a considerable thare of attention and labour. Variety in a publication of this nature is necessary to satisfy the demands of the numerous classes of readers: hence a variety of pens must be employed. We will not affert that writing for the Magazine ought to be our supreme object ; but it must be one of our ultimate objects, if we succeed. United in our exertions to support the Magazine, we stand ; but disunited, we fall. All have advantages to promote the interest of the publication. Those who are not qualified to write are probably the best qualified to distribute the work; and if we all put our hand to the interesting business, it will be effected. The Magazine will have an extensive currency, and be marked with celebrity and desirable fuccefs. By suitable attention, double and treble the number we have published might easily be distributed. Why will you not then quit the easy chair, ex. ert yourselves, and give us liberty to publish 5000 copies, and furnish the Treasury with 250 dollars every month, or with 3000 every year ? For this, and more than this, can be effected by suitable attention. Seeing we have a price put into our

hands,

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