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most of our modern moral philosophers and Christian Doctors, who, in many instances, are little more than "retailers of scraps” or setters forth of obsolete and baseless traditions, that rather enervate than invigorate the human understanding, and bewilder than enlighten the ignorant and erring. Oh! when shall men and Christians and Doctors of Theology learn that “the foolishness of apostolic preaching” is wiser than all learning and science; and that
the weakness of God” is stronger than all the wisdom, and power and eloquence of all the schools, from that of Gamaliel to those of Westminster, Edinburgh, or Princeton! May we all honor the Apostles and their Master by placing them before our minds and those of our cotemporaries as the only precedents worthy of our constant and earnest study and imitation!
AMERICAN AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
ERWINTON, S.C., January, 1848. EDITORS OF THE MILLENNIAL HARBINGER:
Dear Brethren-I see in the Harbinger of December last, a letter from brother E. Parmly of New York, informing the brethren that I had accepted the appointment of agent for the above institution.
With your permission I should be pleased to present to the readers of the Harbinger, a few extracts, from different writers, urging the claims of the Society.
The first is an editorial from the pen of our good brother R. L. Coleman, of Eastern Virginia, and published in the Christian Intelligencer of November last.
It refers to an APPEAL of the Managers of the Society, recently presented by the Board in New York; which (appeal] you will please permit to follow.
The next is an extract of a letter to myself, from the Corresponding Secretary
Lastly, a notice to the brethren of Eastern Virginia, which was prepared for the Christian Intelligencer at the close of the general meeting of brethren in Richmond last December.
It is to be hoped that the brethren throughout the land, will imitate the noble example of the brethren of Eastern Virginia.
I rejoice that the brethren in North Carolina-with whom I spent a few weeks on my way South-are determined to put forth a helping hand. May the good Lord aid them, and abundantly bless their labors of love! We are able, if willing, to do much good in this way. I trust the brethren Parmly of New York will aid the cause much. Brother Eleazar has been for years a life-Director and one of the Managers of the Society—and brother Jahial Parmly handed me a drast for $150 to constitute himself a life-director.
I rejoice in testifying to their numerous personal kindnesses to me during my sojourn of several months in their city. The Lord bless them, and make them a like blessing to many others!!!
I pray that the Lord may bless my seeble efforts in this good work; and finally bring us all to his eternal rest! In the good hope, your brother,
E. A. SMITH!
AMERICAN AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. Our readers will see the appeal of the American and Foreign Bible Society upon our third page, and we trust that it will meet with a warm response from all those that love the Bible and desire to extend its hallowed influence.
It has been some time since any of the agents of the American and Foreign Bible Society were in our part of the country, and we fear that our friends need to be reminded that there is an institution established upon truly catholic principles, devoted to the circulation of the Bible, and that it needs large contributions to meet the demands that are made upon it both at home and abroad.
We have been surprised to find from reading the reports of colporteurs and other agents, that there are so many thousand families in the United States without the word of God. This should cause the blush of shame to mantle the cheek of every professor of Christianity that has been indifferent to the claims of the destitute. What! shall we whose souls are illumed by the light of God's truth, suffer our fellow-citizens to live and die in ignorance of the glorious revelation made to man—a revelation from which he can not only learn his origin and his destiny, but from which he may learn the way of salvation from sin, death, and the grave? We should exert ourselves and never relax our efforts until the Bible shall have been presented to every individual in our country who can peruse its sacred contents.
But the destitution in this country is a very small matter in comparison with the destitution in other parts of the world. How many millions of our race are living in entire ignorance of its precious truths! Over what a large portion of the world does the prince of darkness reign without a rival!
And shall we not do all we can to send them that volume which alone can impart them the true knowledge of salvation? Many and promising fields are accessible to the American and Foreign Bible Society. In Europe, Asia, and Africa, there is a demand for the word of life, and through the agency of this Society we may send to distant lands the inestimable gift.
The American and Foreign Bible Society has peculiar claims upon us. For while the American Bible Society conforms its translations to the commonly received English version, in which baptism and some other words are not translated, but transferred, the American and Foreign Bible Society aim faithfully and fully to translate the word of God from the original language. Indeed, it was because of the conscientious regard of Judson for the pure word of God that the Baptists separated from the American Bible Society, and we should certainly sympathize with them and direct our comtributions through this channel.
From the Periodical Paper of the A. and F. Bible Society.
We are again compelled to make a direct appeal for aid. Applications have been made to us for large appropriations for Burmah, India, China, and Germany, and for smaller ones for various other
countries. More than twice the amount that has ever in a single year been appropriated by this Society, could now be employed with advantage.
Some of the applications are urged with great earnestness, and all of them demand the serious and prayerful consideration and the energetic exertions of the Board to meet them. A spirit of liberal. ity, commensurate with the occasion, ought to be manifested by all the members of the Society, and by all who are desirous of promoting its high and noble objects.
in order to facilitate business operations, and to conform to the practice of other benevolent organizations, it has been determined by the Board to close all annual accounts and audit the books on the first day of April. The current year is therefore reduced to eleven months; ard in order to meet engagements, and fulfil the just expectations of missionaries and mission bodies, it is requisite proportionately to enlarge the receipts of each month.
But, while the demand for aid is thus largely increased, and the season for collection is considerably diminished, the Board have to announce the distressing intelligence, that, on comparison of the time thus far elapsed with the same period in former years, no material augmentation of receipts is observable.
In view of such facts, the Board cannot but look forward with the most serious apprehensions to the possibility that the Society may this year fall far short of the discharge of manifest duty. Many thousands who have the right to look for it at our hands, may be left without the possession of that scripture which is able to make them wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Every one who sees these lines, is probably accustomed to read the Bible. Perhaps he has learned to love and value its precious teachings. He has there learned what Sesus has done for sinners. He delights to dwell upon the riches of mercy in the Crucified One. His heart burns within him as Jesus talks with him in his word. His soul swells with gratitude to Him who loved and gave himself for him. In the depth and intensity of his emotions, his aspiration ascends on high—Lord, what wilt thou have me to do to evince my gratitude and my love?”
To such a one we say, “Here is an opportunity to show your affection for your Master. That very word of his which so melts your spirit, is needed by many of your fellow-beings. You esteem it now more than your necessary food. If others were starving and asked alms, while you were full and had to spare, would you deny them? But what is the hunger of the body to that of the soul? Will you refuse the bread of life to the destitute? Can you be indifferent while multitudes, through this Society, are asking the privilege of possessing and reading that book which you love so well? You cannot certainly withhold from them participation in a privi. lege, the monopoly of which would only diminish, and its diffusion increase, its value and usefulness to yourself. Beware lest you impoverish your own soul by neglecting this highly favorable opportunity “to do good and to communicate.”
We do not believe that this brief appeal will be in vain. Those who love the Bible must love to distribute it and to extend its use
fulness. They may need occasionally to be reminded of their duty; but having thus recalled it to their remembrance, we have confidence in the grace of God, that those who partake that grace, will be disposed liberally to aid in the distribution of the sacred scriptures.
NEW YORK, November 6, 1847. We have received a communication from the General Baptist Missionary Society, requesting aid in biblical operations for its missionaries in China and India. Letters also have reached us from the missionaries themselves at Mingho and Orissa, earnestly requesting assistance.
Brother Buel, who is translating and printing the modern Greek Testament at our expense, will soon need more aid. I am in daily expectation of a call from that quarter.
On Wednesday last the Board appropriated $1000 to the Missionary Union for the Siamese Scriptures, and $1500 to the same body in German Scriptures, deliverable at Hamburg, from our new plates in the possession of brother Oncken.
At the meeting of last month we appropriated $1000 to the Missionary Union for the Peguan Scriptures, and $1000 to brother Oncken for expenses in publishing the Bible and paying colporteurs in our employ.
At the meeting on Wednesday last, brother Oncken was fully authorized to cast, at our expense, two sets of stereotype plates for a portable German Testament, and to send one to us. We also determined to issue 1000 German Bibles, and as many Testaments separately, from the plates lately sent us by brother Oncken.
Our receipts this year do not materially differ from those of last. To meet the applications, they ought to be doubled. . To enable us to do what appears imperatively necessary, they should be greatly enlarged.
I was glad to see both the brethren Parmly at the last meeting and I hope that they will regularly attend. The occasion was one of uncommon interest, as matters of considerable importance were transacted. If some of them should appear in print, as I think probable, I will send a copy of the paper containing them to you.
And now, my brother, may the blessing of Christ's presence attend you. You have entered upon your present work from no in-terested motives. We believe that you desire to do good, and we trust that you have good opportunity. The Lord prosper you and make you abundantly useful! With kindest Christian regards,
WM. H. WYCKOFF, Cor. Sec. From the Christian Intelligencer.
AMERICAN AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
At the general meeting in Richmond brother E. A. Smith, of Kentucky, travelling agent for the above Society, briefly presented its claims upon us, for aid in widely extending the Word of Life. As far as we could learn, the brethren present seemed willing to cooperate. Individuals handed over to the agent what they chose. Several life members (at $30 each) were pledged; and the brethren SERIES 115.- VOL. V.
generally resolved to present the subject to their respective congregations and friends, that every one as he is prospered may unite in sending up aid.
It was proposed for the convenience of all, that brother Henshall, of Richmond, should receive whatever money could be sent to him, and forward it to the Society.
This he has kindly agreed to do, and to report the several amounts so tendered, in the Christian Intelligencer.
As the Society fully commends itself to our confidence, we do hope the good brethren will speedily come up to help in this truly good work. May the Lord open the hearts and hands of his people, and greatly bless this labor of love!
I am much pleased to learn that our beloved brother Sinith has so cordially gone into the agency of the American and Foreign Bible Society. In his characteristic disinterestedness, he undertakes this work from motives as pure, and aims as single, as actuate any other man advocating the Bible cause in the Old World or in the New. I have known him long and most intimately, and therefore speak with the fullest confidence. He is always ready for every good work, and I am happy to say that wherever he goes, or whenever it falls in his path, he is agent for the Harbinger and my publications generally. We commend him to the Father of mercies and to the confidence of the whole family of the faithful wherever the Lord may direct his way.
LETTERS FROM EUROPE-No. XXIII. My dear Clarında—I CANNOT pass into Scotland till I give you from my memoranda a few notes on Huddersfield and York. I have already said some things of my visit to this great seat of woollen manufactories; but it was with reference to my labors there and at Halifax. In my notes on the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford I promised to notice the College of Huddersfield. This infant institution, compared with the centuries of the two great Universities, is but of yesterday. It was established in 1838, and was incorporated with the London University in 1844. The College edifice is, indeed, very handsomely located in almost the environs of this very flourishing town—a town wholly chiseled out of the rock; being constructed of a very beautiful sandstone, without so much as a single brick building, so far as I remember, within its precincts.The College, as a matter of course, is a substantal building-neat and chaste, without any effort at magnificence.
Our excellent brother Shaw, one of the Council of the College,