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Bazar, 60 miles from Chittagong, on the 4th of July last. He died of the jungle fever.

Mrs. Colman was ill of the same fever at the date of our last accounts.

The Burman mission has been recruited the last year, by the arrival of Dr. Price and family, and by the return of Mr. Hough and his family from Serampore to Rangoon. Our long tried and faithful Missionary, Mr. Judson, remains in health and firm at his post. May God preserve him for a long time to come, and crown his ardu. ous labours with abundant success. Mrs. Judson is now on a visit in this country on account of her health. We offer our sincere prayers to Almighty God, that her visit may not only be conducive to her health, but be happily in. strumental in promoting a deeper interest in the Burman mission.

It gives us pleasure to lay before you from time to time, the most interesting articles of intelligence from the mis. sions established among the Indians of this country. It is de. voutly hoped that these several missions may excite a more lively interest in the minds of christians than they have hitherto done. While the cause of religion generally, and that of missions in particular, will ever claim preeminence in our columns, it is not our design to exclude such communications as relate to the interests of literature, and the social order and happiness of society.

Well written essays on doctrinal or practical subjects of religion, on the advantages of literature to the rising gene. ration, such in particular as may have a tendency to do away the prejudices that still oppose its progress; and generally whatever may tend to promote knowledge, and purity, and brotherly affection among christians, will be gratefully received by the Editors. It is our sincere aim to avoid giving offence; but we consider it a duty which we owe to ourselves as well as to our readers, to select from the mass of matter before us, what we deem the most useful.

To our old correspondents we tender our grateful acknowledgments, and solicit the continuance of their favours, hoping that new ones will arise to enrich our pages.

As the profits of this Magazine are sacredly appropriated to missionary purposes, we hope our readers will derive both pleasure and advantage from the work, and that they will continue to use their influence to extend its circula. tion.

EDITORS.

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THE commencement of a new which is measured by the existyear is justly considered an occa- ence of our world. We date its sion of universal congratulation, commencement from the To have escaped, for so long a ment when the Creator said, time, the ravages of death, to find 6 let there be light;" we look ourselves still in a state of pro- for its termination when the Son bation, to have been favoured of Man shall come in the clouds with additional opportunities of of heaven with power and great glorifying God and of preparing glory, and all his holy angels with for heaven, are subjects not only him. Now considered of itself, 'for mutual rejoicing, but also for this is but a brief period of duradeep and devout thanksgiving. tion In a few hours we can We would, therefore, unite with bring to mind all the empires our readers in offering up unto which have risen, declined, and the Giver of every good and per failen, and we can review all the fect gift, our humble tribute of dynasties which have flourished praise for that unwearied care and have faded since this world with which he has watched over commenced. It is not a difficult us since the period of our last task to recall ecollection Annual Address.

all the mighty deeds with which From the multitude of subjects the page of history has been emsuggested by this interesting oc- blazoned from the time that the casion, we select the brevity of second man lifted up his hand time, as the theme for a few re- against his brother. Passing aflections. On a topic to which the long over the record of our spe. moralist has so frequently advert- cies, we soon leave behind us ed, we can scarcely hope to offer those kingdoms which for a few any thing new. We, however, years were considered universal, recollect, that the frequency with

with David, the which it has been urged upon Psalmist of Israel, with Abraham the attention of mankind, evinces the father of the faithful, with the general conviction of its im- Noah, our second great progeniportance ; and that truth of uni- tor, with Enoch who walked versal importance can rarely be with God, with Adam in the gartoo frequently inculcated. den of Eden, until our inquiries

By time, is generally under- are arrested by beholding the stood that portion of duration earth without form, and void, and

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darkness upon the face of the illimitable space

from the great abyss. And if we look forward, luminary of day. our anticipations are as speedily But short as is the whole of checked. A few

em- time, we are personally interestpires will rise and fall, a few ed in a very small part of it. It more battles will be fought, is divided into an infinite numthe earth will perform a few ber of lesser portions, of which more revolutions in her orbit, each generation occupies one. and then the angel will stand The generations which have upon the sea and upon the earth, preceded us have each occupied and lifting his hand to heaven, their portion, and have passed will swear, by Him that liveth away like the shadow of a sumforever and ever, that created mer's cloud; we are now occuheaven, and the things that are pying ours, and shall in like mantherein, and the earth, and the ner quickly pass away.

We look things that are therein, and the back upon them as upon the sea and the things that are there- leaves of the forest, which in in, that there shall be time no summer flourished, in autumn longer.

faded, and have long since moulBut if time be thus brief, when dered into forgetfulness. We considered of itself, it diminishes now are flourishing, we as quickalmost to a point when compared ly shall fade, and the places with that endless duration of which now, know us shall know which it forms so infinitely small us no more forever. For we are a part. Carry your conceptions carried away as with a flood. . backward before the morning We are as a sleep. In the mornstars sang together, or ever ing we are like grass which the sons of God shouted for groweth up. In the morning it joy, before the mountains were flourisheth and groweth up, in brought forth, or ever He had the evening it is cut down and formed the earth or the world, withereth. The days of our when from everlasting to ever- years are threescore years and lasting Jehovah was God. Nay, ten, and if by reason of strength, carry your conceptions still far- they be four score years, yet is ther back, before seraphim or their strength labour and sorrow, cherubim were created, when for it is soon cut off, and we fly from eternity God reigned alone; away. Behold thou hast made and, having wearied yourself in our age as an hand-breadth and endeavours to comprehend an e- our years are as nothing before ternity that is past, stretch every thee. Surely every man in his faculty of your soul to the utmost best estate is altogether vanity. to comprehend an eternity to Or we may bring the subject

Think of a duration, more immediately to which, as it never had a begin- experience. What is our life? ning, can never have an end. Let those of us answer, whose And having done this, ask what, heads have been frosted by the in comparison with it, are those snows of many winters. lo a few moments which we denomi- few minutes can you not recall nate time. They are as a sand all that ever you have seen or to the sea-shore. They are as a known? But few events have drop to the ocean. They are as transpired since your existence a single ray of light to that ex- commenced. The sun has

perhaustless flood of brightness formed but few revolutions since which from the first morning of you began to be. The clock has creation has been poured upon told but few hours since its first

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stroke fell upon your ear. And let him be holy still; and he every succeeding year seems that is righteous, let him be shorter than its predecessor. righteous still; and he that is The events of the past year filthy, let him be filthy still.” seem but as the transactions of

If consequences so infinite dea fortnight. It seems but as yes- pend upon our present ephemeterday since we exchanged our ral duration, how important is it annual congratulations, and call- that every moment of it be ed to mind those friends whom rightly improved! How aggrathe last twelve months had con- vated is the folly of him who signed to darkness and the shad- squanders so inestimable a treasow of death.

ure! If wealth be squandered, it But brief as is our probation- may be regained; if influence ary existence, the consideration be alienated, it may be recalled; of its brevity is still more but “ time once past, never rephatically impressed upon us, turns; the moment that is lost, when we consider that a large is lost forever." portion of it has already con- Let us each, then, at the comsumed–To some of us only a mencement of a new year ask year, a month, a day; nay, there himself, am I accomplishing the may be some to whom only a great purposes of my existence ? few moments remain. And this re- Am I living for eternity ? or are mainder is all that can be im- my designs all bounded by the proved. The past is forever narrow limits of three score beyond our control. Whatever years and ten ? Am I, by patient has been done is already sealed continuance in well doing, seekup for eternity. It is recorded ing for glory, honor, and immor. in that book which shall not be tality ? Or am I treasuring up opened until the day of judg- wrath against the day of wrath? ment. Neither prayers,

Am I, by a life of holiness, pretears, nor penitence, can alter paring to unite in the anthems one article which is already re- of cherubim ? corded. Nothing is within our tinuance in sin am I adding force power, but the few fleeting, less to those principles of evil which ening moments which remain. will only render me meet for

Here let us add one more con- the wailings of the damned ? sideration. This fleeting transi- Or suppose we have a cheertory existence is all the proba- ing hope that our tion that will ever be granted to written in the Lamb's book of

The few moments we spend life; that, sprinkled with the on earth will decide our destiny blood of the atonement, we shall for eternity. All beyond the stand accepted in that great day grave is fixed and unalterable as when the secrets of all hearts the throne of God. The charac- shall be made manifest,-still ter which we acquire on earth much remains for us to do. We will be the basis of the character are bound to exhibit in our lives which will attach to us through the effect of the principles we interminable ages.

The only profess. By a steady cultivation alteration of which it will be sus- of the grace that is within us ceptible, will be a change from we are to add to our 6 faith, glory to glory, or from shame to knowledge, to, our knowledge shame through the illimitable temperancé, tó our temperance range of an endless existence. patience, to our patience godliBeyond the confines of time it ness, to our godliness brotherly will be said, “He that is holy, kindness, and to our brotherly

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'Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours, be abundantly administered unto And ask them what report they bore to heaven, us into the everlasting kingdom

And bow they might bave borne more welcome newt. of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Let us then commence a new Christ.

year with more serious resolu. Are we actively engaged in tions to live for eternity. May promoting the cause of the Re- God grant that the year eighteen deemer on earth? This short hundred and twenty three may life is all the time that is allotted by every one of us be devoted to us, in which we may manifest unreservedly to God. It will our love to the souls for whom then be a matter of small impor. he poured out his soul unto the tance whether the commencedeath. Is it the great end of our ment of the next year find us in existence that this world shall be the visible or invisible world ; the better for our having lived in it? for if the earthly house of our Are we actively engaged in pro- tabernacle be dissolved, we shall moting the great plans of benevo- have taken possession of a buildlence which in the present ageing of God, a house not made solicit our assistance ? Viewed with hands eternal in the heave simply in this light, are we wil

January 1, 1823.

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Biography.

MEMOIR OF REV. SAMUEL NELSON.

his age.

We are called, in the afflictive A great and glorious work of dispensations of the providence the Lord spread through Middleof God, to record the death of El- borough and vicinity in 1780, and der Samuel Nelson, of Middle. Mr. Nelson and his wife were borough, Mass. Worn out with made the subjects of the work. labours and years, he calmly re- They were both brought to taste signed his breath, and fell asleep the joys of pardoned sin, and to in Jesus, on the morning of the rejoice in the Lord within an 9th of Sept, in the 78th year of hour of each other, on the 9th of

June. They shortly after made As “the righteous shall be in a public profession of their faith everlasting remembrance," we in Christ, and were added to the feel it our duty to mention some second Baptist Church in said of the most memorable and in- town. Mr. Nelson soon began to teresting features in the charac- exercise his gifts by speaking in ter of this pious and devoted ser- conferences and other religious vant of God.

meetings, much to the satisfacHe was born in Middleboro', tion of the hearers. It does not April. 6th, 0. S. 1748, and was appear at what time he was ligrandson to Mr. Thomas Nelson, censed by the church ; but about whose exertions for the promo- two years after, we find him tion of truth are so respectfully preaching statedly a part of the noticed by Backus and Benedict time to a little society in Raynin their histories.

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