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JOHN W. DAVIS,
In commencing this fourth Volume of the American Baptist Magazine, the Editors take the liberty to address their friends and patrons on the liberal support and general encouragement they have given to the work.
A primary object in commencing and continuing this work is to promote the cause of missions, both in this and in foreign countries : And from the increasing exertions which we are permitted to witness, we indulge the belief that our labours have not been in vain in the Lord. There are many others labouring in the same field. We have done no more than was our duty; and if our ex. ertions have proved successful, to God be all the glory.
In the missionary cause, especially the foreign mission, it has been our lot, to announce to our readers the pleasing and the painful events which have attended the establishing a Mission in the despotic empire of Burmah. This was indeed a most daring attempt. It required the zeal of an Apostle, united with the wisdom of the serpent and the simplicity of the dove, to accomplish such an undertaking. Such a missionary God was pleased to give us; who, fearless of danger, opened the christian Zayat, and an. nounced to listening heathen the glad news of salvation through a crucified Redeemer. The God of missions has succeeded these labours of love, for the conversion of a number of Burmans, who have turned from their dumb idols to serve the living and true God.
Notwithstanding the many discouragements which have attended this mission, we have reason to hope, that the precious seed which has there been sown, will yet spring and rise, and produce a glorious harvest. Thirteen Burmans have given evidence of real conversion to God, and have been solemnly baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus! These all, as far as we can learn, have continued steadfast in the faith. One has been called to a better world.
We have heretofore given the mournful intelligence of the death of Mr. Wheelock, one of the two young brethren who sailed from this port on the 16th of Nov. 1817, to join the Burman mission. We have now the painful task, to announce the death of Mr. Colman. This promising young missionary closed his life and labours at Cox's