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ability to bear; and if, after the most conscientious economy and management you should be charged by many with waste and profusion in applying the munificence of the public. Be not astonished, if you should be represented as having lived in ease and affluence on the charities of the supporters of missions ;—these will be blows extending to the heart. “ It was not an enemy that reproached me, then I could have borne it, neither was it be that hated me that did magnify himself against me, then I would have hid myself from him. But, it was thou, a man, mine equal, my GUIDE and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked into the house of God in company."
In the impatience of the public, plans and improvements relative to missionary operations will often be devised by those who, with the best motives, do not, equally with yourselves, possess the means of enabling them to arrive at just decisions. Forbearance on our part, and a disposition to submit in all cases which do not vitally affect the interests of the mission, will be becoming in us. But when rules are devised for the operation of our affairs which we are convinced are in themselves calculated to undermine our hopes for .the future, or to plunge into ruin that for which we have toiled in days past, then it would be criminal if we should not meekly take a decisive stand. For the regulation of our conduct in this trying posture of affairs, no specific rules can be prescribed further than, when we assume this decisive and awfully responsible position, let us do it upon our knees, with eyes lifted towards the heavens, and while we extend our hand to avert the threatening evil, cry, O spare !
At present the too general impression that alroost any one will answer well enough for a missionary to the Indians, frequently injures both our usefulness and our feelings. If a man is in good business, possesses some property, and moves in what they call the higher circles in life, he is seldom thought of as suitable for a missionary to the Indians. While we protest against the principle, we admit that few such as last described are likely to enter our ranks, nor will any of us ever blush at our acquaintance with the humbler walks of life in days past or present.
We should carefully guard against selfishness in all its bearings. Let us never feel uneasy lest our fare be more homely than that of our brethren. With equal vigilance let us guard against jealousy, which would make us fear that we did not receive a due proportion of credit for our servi
Each should resolve to do all within his power, let others do as they may; and if my brother should neglect a part of his business, I will endeavour to perform it, and my own too. As to praise for what we do, or the pleasure of having our names known to others, we should esteem ourselves unworthy of being missionaries if not content with the approbation of “ Him who seeth in secret.” A candid, unvarnished history of our affairs, is proper for us to give; the interests of our enterprize require it, and our patrons have a right to expect it; but we need not envy those who by noise would make little labours appear great.
Yet while we glance at the out-lines of our trials, we have the satisfaction to know that our work abounds with pleasures as well as pains. There is a peculiar sweetness in labours of benevolence, which solicit no reward of money nor of praise, but merely that of seeing others made happy thereby ; a sweetness unknown to the merchant who counts over his daily profits, and to the ambitious who are pleased with a name.
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The Gospel never appears more precious than when preached in the smoky wigwam of an Indian. To aid in taming the wild-man, and in leading bis sons and bis daughters to the elevation of civilized life, and to an equality in the scale of being with neighbouring nations, afford pleasures which do not grow spontaneously in earth.
There are also many who, so far as they understand our situation, kindly sympathize in our trials and delight to afford comfort ; to which we add the pleasant reflection, that thousands only need to be made acquainted with our case, to interest their generous hearts in our behalf. The society of each other is peculiarly sweet, secluded from the pursuits of other men, and all consecrated to the same labours, our hopes, our fears, our aims are one, our comforts and our cares. Here sectarian bitterness cannot live, and Paul and Barnabas' sharp contentions are soon forgot.
Amidst our disappointments and discouragements too, we find our joys; for, our labours are not wholly lost; they never have been in any known instance of missionary effort among the Indians. We are daily benefitting a few, and those of us who feel most discouraged, have realized occurrences which have more than compensated our labours. It is not all uncertainty in relation to our success. We trust that when the peculiarities of the condition of the Indians become properly understood, measures will be provided to afford substantial relief. The indulgence of faith and hope in the case is grateful in proportion to the menacing aspect of their present condition. Should we at the " set time to favour the Indians” be found at our posts, and be made instrumental in contributing somewhat to its accomplishment, we shall have no reason to regret our unwearied exertions in so good a cause.
We should be careful not to confine our views to the immediate sphere of our labours, and hence draw conclusions in relation to the subject of Indian improvement in general ; nor should we be influenced by partiality for a particular place, or a particular measure. I may be located at a place at wbich it is desirable to remain. I have some Indians about me with whom I have become acquainted, and we all feel more at home in this place then we fancy we shall in any other; and anticipate, on various accounts, much inconvenience in a removal, and I may, for these reasons, ask leave to remain where I am.
But the question should not be decided under the influence of such considerations. I should inquire whether the people of my charge could not thrive better in some other place, in the probable event of which my own convenience ought not to be consulted.
I believe that the cause of Indian improvement is at this time suffering not a little by the partiality which many feel for particular places at which they labour. It is an evil which cannot be too soon corrected, and one which I have reason to believe exists to an extent beyond what many suppose.
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gines of our country, and of elevating them to an equality with their neighbours, in the scale of being and the enjoyınents of life. The points which vitally affect their condition are involved in the policy, and consequently are under the control, of our government. Our rulers are the representatives of the people, of whom they form a part, and are acting agreeably to their directions. Hence, when the people get right on the subject of Indian improvement, GOVERNMENT WILL BE RIGHT.
The menacing attitude assumed by opposing obstacles admonishes us that, to the strong arm of government must be united sacrifices which benevolence alone can be expected to make. No sacrifices on the part of government, as such, is required in the case, for the whole process may go on to the positive advantage of our nation. Were it otherwise, our government would not withhold the necessary aid. It would not pause to reckon dollars and cents, in an enterprize of such magnitude. The sacrifices which are necessary require us to enter into the midst of their poverty, sorrows, and sins, to unite our efforts with theirs, in applying to their relief the comforts of life ; gently to wipe the tear of grief, kindly to whisper the voice of hope, and lead them in the paths of virtue. Some of us must consent to live with them upon the principle of disinterested benevolence, that our attention being undivided, we may devote our entire selves to the work; may enter freely and fully into the little and disagreeable affairs of their condition ; matters which cannot be made subjects of national legislation, except upon very general principles, and which nevertheless vitally affect the health of the nation.
While some must consecrate their lives to the object, others must contribute of their property, all that the case demands above the provisions of government. In the language of Deborah in Israel, let me ask, have we among us a competent number of persons who, like“ the people of Zebulon and Naphtali, will come to the help of the Lord against the mighty, and jeopard their comforts and their lives in the desert places of the earth, and ask no gain of money?" Again, in the language of Ezra, will “ the people offer freely, according to their ability, for the accomplishment of this work ?" The beneficent spirit of the age responds; we have the men ; the means; and the disposition to use them. Justice and humanity prepare to sound the trump of Jubilee, and call the wandering outcasts to their kindred, their country, and their HOME.
OCT 25 1916
Summul . Smith
Gis causas on the character nie, of stewitt Clinton
By Prof. Jones Renwick
By In Sullivan
Bay. F. Wayland &
By Losesch Story
Dr. Her Sewall.
By Mones Stecost.'
R AB. Zownsend