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The following lines appear to have been written soon after, if not before, his entrance into the work of the ministry:
EXCITEMENT TO EARLY DUTY:
The Lord's-Day Morning.
WHENE'ER I look into Thy word,
And trace my Saviour's footsteps there,
2 If I regard the matchlefs Grace
How he for them became
3 And when I view His love to God,
4 I read that He on duty bent,
5 And did my Saviour ufe to pray,
And you, my friends, who love His name,
And more of Jefus know;
7 Though fears be great, temptations ftrong. And though we oft have waited long, Perhaps He may defign,
This morn to give each foul to fee,
8 Now cheerful we'll begin to pray,
On the Scriptures.
E STUPENDOUS love in Chrift doth dwell,
2 Here in thofe lines of love I fee,
3 Here we may view the Saviour, GoD,
Here love and mercy, truth and grace,
5 O boundlefe grace! O matchless love,
6 Then fay, my foul, canft thou engage,
70 ftupid heart! O wretched foul!
8 Defcend, thou Spirit of the Lord,
HIS LABORIOUS EXERTIONS IN PROMOTING MISSIONS TO THE HEATHEN AND OFFERING HIMSELF TO BECOME A MISSIONARY.
MR. PEARCE has been uniformly the spiritual and the active servant of Christ; But neither his spirituality nor his activity would have appeared in the manner they have, but for his engage. ments in the introduction of the gospel among the heathen.
It was not long after his settlement at Birmingham, that he became acquainted with Mr. CAREY, in whom he found a soul nearly akin to his own. When the brethren in the counties of Northampton and Leicester formed themselves into a missionary Society at Kettering, in October, 1792, he was there, and entered into the business with all his heart. On his return to Birmingham, he communicated the subject to his congregation with so much effect, that to the small sum of 1. 13: 2:6, with which the subscription was begun, was added 1. 70, which was collected and transmitted to the Treasurer; and the leading members of the church formed themselves into an Assistant Society. Early in the following spring, when, it was resolved that our brethren Thomas and Carey, should go on a mission to the Hindoos, and a considerable sum of money was wanted for the purpose, he laboured with increasing ardour in various parts of the kingdom; and when the object was accomplished, he rejoiced in all his labours, smiling in every company and blessing God.
During his labours and journies, on this important object, he wrote several letters to his friends, an extract or two from which will dis
the state of his mind at this period, as well as the encouragements that he met with in his work at home :
"My very dear Brother,
"UNION of sentiment often creates friendship among carnal men, and similarity of feeling never fails to produce affection among pious men, as far as that similarity is known. I have loved you ever since I knew you. We saw, we felt alike in the interesting concerns of personal religion. We formed a reciprocal attachment. We expressed it by words. We agreed to do so by correspondence; and we have not altogether been wanting to our engagements. But our correspondence has been interrupted, not, I believe, through any diminution of regard on either side; I am persuaded not on mine. I rather condemn myself as the first aggressor; but 1 excuse while I condemn, and so would you, did you know half the concerns which devolve upon me in my present situation. Birmingham is a central place; the inhabitants are numerous our members are between three and four hundred. The word preached has lately been remarkably blessed. In less than five months I baptized nearly forty persons, almost all newly awakened. Next Lord's-day I expect to add to their number. These persons came to my house to propose the most important of all inquiries,--" What must we do to be sayed?" I have been thus engaged some weeks during the greatest part of most days. This, with four sermons a week, will account for my neglect. But your letter, received his evening,