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The Board has again been called, in the course of God's holy providence, to experience a most afflictive bereavement, in the sudden removal by death of the Rev. BENJAMIN B. WISNER, D. D., one of its Secretaries for correspondence. This event occurred on Monday, Feb. 9th. On Wednesday of the week previous, Dr. Wisner was in his usual health, and continued his labors at the Missionary Rooms through the whole day, though at the close of the day he spoke of feeling unwell. His disease, which was ulceration of the throat and scarlet fever, did not fully develope itself till Friday; and no serious apprehensions were entertained respecting its termination, till Saturday. Then all human aid was found unavailing. His work was finished, and it was the Lord's will to take him to himself. He continued to sink under his disease till Monday, at half past two in the afternoon, when he expired. He was in the forty-first year of his age.
The funeral services were attended at the Old South Meeting-house, on Friday, Feb. 13th, when an appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Fay, of Charlestown, from Psalm xxxix, 9. I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
A brief memoir of Dr. WisNER, adapted to this work, will be inserted in a future number.
PR opos Ed EN LARGEMENT of THE MIS- JWeeded. aso. ass. I -ossis. sions of the Board during the To the cherokee, beyond the YEArt. Mississippi, h EARLY in the year, for three years past, the Totals, 19 6 2. Prudential Committee has published a sched- For th 1833 - - - or the year ule of the number of missionaries, upon a very || To the Moś. - - 4. moderate calculation, whom it was desirable || || 9 Ceylo", one " Physician, 3 6 1. - To Southeastern Asia and the for the Board to send forth, during the year, islands, as follows:– to the fields already occupied by its missions, 4. à. ; ; r * and to the new fields to which Providence was As explorers, 4 2 - - - - To be in readiness to occupy calling its attention. Before presenting such new stations, 8 - - To the Mediterranean, as follows;– a schedule for the present year, it seems to the Nestorian, or posin,” 2 l proper to repeat those of former years in con- Tobizond, on the Black nection with the number of missionaries act- to: island of Cyprus, * J. ually obtained and sent forth into the several || To the island of Samos, I To the island of Candia, 2 fields. 4. the island of Negropont, 1 o Smyrna, l For the year 1832. JWeeded. Obtained. }. Yoo o: f pat 4. 2 JMiss. Assis. || To the western coast of PataTo the Mahrattas, two mis- | gonia; . - 2 sionaries and a printer, 3 1. To the Indians of North AmerTo China, Siam, and Indian ion, as follows:– Archipelago, 7 To Indians on Lake superior, 1. 1. To Syria and Palestine, 2 2 To Indians of Upper MisTo Greece 1 I sissippi, To the Greeks of Turkey, 2 To Indians of Upper MisTo the Sandwich Islands, one souri, 2 missionary and a printer, 2 2 1. To Arkansas Cherokees, 2 I To the Indians in the State of To Arkansas Choctaws and New York, I Creeks, 2 1. To the Choctaws beyond the - - Mississippi, - 1 Totals, 49 o 3
For the year 1834. .Needca. Obtained. JMiss. Assis. To Western Africa, 1. To Southeastern Africa, 5 6 To the island of Cyprus, 2 To Asia Minor, 5 4 To Syria and Palestine, 4 To the Nestorians of Persia, a physician, 1 To the Mohammedans of Turkey, 1 To the Mohammedans of Persia, 1 l As explorers in Central Asia, 4 To the Mahrattas, - 5 l 2 To Ceylon, I To Southeastern Asia and the Indian Archipelago, 11 2 To the Sandwich Islands, 1 2 To North American Indians;– To Ojibwas, 3 2 To the Saux, Winnebagoes, and Sioux, 6 2 l To the tribes west of the State of Missouri and the territory of Arkansas, towards and beyond the Rocky Mountains, 6 2 1. To the Choctaws and Creeks, 4 I To the Osages, 2 To the Senecas of New York, I 1 1. Totals, 64 23 9
Events subsequent to the publication of each of the above schedules, made it expedient to send a greater number of missionaries into a few of the fields, than was proposed. In most of the cases where a less number or none at all has been sent, it has been owing solely to the want of missionaries to send. And the deficiency has been so great and threatens to be so great during the present year, that the Committee have hesitated to publish a schedule for the present year, fearing that the influence of it might not be salutary. But the churches ought to be made acquainted with the demand for missionaries, and also with the probable supply, that they may be incited to pray the Lord of the harvest that he would send forth laborers into his harvest, and also feel constrained themselves to strive more zealously to multiply the suitable laborers for the work. The estimate is more rigidly made, even than those of the two preceding years. The second and third columns contain the number of men who have been designated to the several fields; and the number of those who have received appointments as missionaries, but are not yet desig
One accepted missionary and one assistant missionary are yet to receive appointments.
Such is a brief view of the plans and progress of the Board, so far as missionaries are concerned, for several years past; and such are its plans and prospects for the present year. The plans are urged upon it by the manifest indications and calls of Providence. Limited as they are, and they are exceedingly limited compared with what they should be, they are in imminent danger of being more than half frustrated by the want of missionaries.
From the foregoing schedule it appears, that the whole number of missionaries which the Board has ventured to ask of the churches for a space of time equal to one-seventh part of the probation allowed to a generation of heathen upon earth, is about 190, and that 83 (not including married or unmarried females) have been obtained—of whom 64 only were Is the church of Christ in earnest in its efforts to fill the earth with the knowledge of the Lord? Shall the Board go on occupying new ground? Shail it any longer endeavor to keep pace with the grand movements of Providence? During the three years past, six ordained missionaries, and two male assistant missionaries, have died; and nine missionaries and twenty male assistant missionaries, owing to impaired health, the expiration of the time for which some of them engaged in the work, the discontinuance of the missions in the former Choctaw country and among the Chickasaws, or for other reasons, have withdrawn from the service of the Board; leaving the increase of ordained missionaries in four years only 49,
ordained ministers of the gospel.
and the number of male assistant missionaries actually less by two, at the present time, than it was four years ago. This leaves the number of missionaries of the Board now among the heathen 99, and the present number of male assistant missionaries 47. But what are these, in comparison with the many millions in Africa, and western, southern, and eastern Asia, and the islands of the sea, and on our own continent, to whom we have undertaken to proclaim the gospel? When will the work be done?—how?—by whom? Why should not the churches of America do it, and do it far more rapidly? More men will be urgently needed the present year to sustain the operations of the Board, than there is now any prospect of obtaining. The Committee are aware that the Churches have not the power at once, or in a single year, to raise up an indefinite number of well qualified missionaries to meet the great and increasing demand of the heathen world. To accomplish this is the work of time. It is, also, to a very considerable extent, peculiarly the work of God;—He only can convert the hearts of the young men in our country and endue them with the gifts and graces which are requisite for so holy and laborious a calling; and he only can fix their minds and hearts on the heathen, and dispose them to abandon all the blessings of their native land and encounter cheerfully the toils and exposures of a missionary life. missionaries adequate to perform the service which Christ, at his ascension, charged his
Yet to raise up a number of
followers with, and to furnish them for their calling, is a work in which the churches have an important agency, and for which they are to a very great extent responsible. If the conversion of the heathen to God should linger or be postponed for some centuries to come, for the want of an adequate number of missionaries, would it be any the less the fault of the churches, than if the failure had been owing to the want of adequate funds? Did not Christ, when he gave the command to disciple all nations, make his followers responsible for all the means requisite; and if they are faithful, may they not be confident of his blessing on their efforts to obtain the means? Are there, then, it may be respectfully and affec. tionally asked, those anxious and untiring exertions made, which the exigency demands, for multiplying, greatly and speedily, the number of candidates for the foreign missionary service? Are those institutions whose special
object it is to train up young men for the ministry, as liberally supported as they ought to be? Are due efforts made in all parts of our land to search out young men of piety and talents, and induce them to enter on a course of study for the sacred office? Is unceasing and servent prayer offered for our colleges, that the young men in them may be converted and qualified to serve God among the heathen? Do ministers and private Christians every where labor and pray for the effusion of the Holy Spirit and the conversion of souls around them, as they would do, if they had an unquenchable desirc for the salvation of the heathen, and realized how much the speedy accomplishment of this depends on a great increase of the number of missionaries? Are all suitable means used to direct the minds of ministers and candidates for the ministry to the six HUND RED Millions of HEATHENs, and to the demand made by them—benighted, miserable, and perishing in sin as they are— for immediate help!—If all this is not faithfully felt and dome, how can the churches excuse themselves before their Redeemer and Head, that they have sent, and are preparing to send, so few men to perform the great work of converting all nations unto God. As the foregoing remarks relate principally to the apprehended deficiency in the number of missionaries, it may be inferred that no increase in the receipts of the Board will be necessary for the current year. It should, however, be stated that, if the expenses at the several missions already established remain the same, any increase of the number of missionaries must necessarily increase the expenditures of the Board. Should the Board send out this year thirty missionaries and male assistant missionaries, which but little exceeds the number sent forth during the last year, their outfit and conveyance to their several fields of labor, together with what it is necessary to advance for their support, will probably occasion an increase of expenditure, above that of the last year of at least $20,000, Other reasons exist for an increase of expendi. ture. In nearly all well conducted missions, which have been in successful operation for a number of years, especially if enlarged plans have been formed for promoting education and for the distribution of books, as is the case among the Mahrattas, in Ceylon, and at the Sandwich Islands, the expenditures must increase from year to year. Quierwise the labors of the missionaries already there cannot be rendered most efficient, nor the greatest advantage be taken of the progress already made. The amount which should be added to the expenditures of last year on this account cannot be stated definitely. It should not, however, be less than $10,000. This would make the sum needed by the Board for establishing new missions, and strengthening those already in operation and extending their influence, to exceed that expended last year by $30,000. The Committee have never presented an appeal to the Christian community under circumstances more solemn and affecting than the present; or when they felt it more necessary to solicit their brethren in the ministry and of the churches to take a share in their The urgency of the work is every year becoming greater. Missionaries are not suffered to remain by reason of death. Ten of their brethren and sisters who one year ago were laboring among the heathen, have fallen in the field; four of whom were preachers of the gospel. Three other preachers have been providentially called from their work. And now, just as these sheets are going to the public, the Head of the Church, for reasons, which, whether plain to us or not,
we know are perfectly wise and good, has removed by death that executive officer of the Board to whom was specially intrusted the correspondence with the churches, and on whom, more than on any other, the Board depended for obtaining additional missionaries But the Lord's ear is not heavy that he cannot hear, nor his arm shortened that he cannot save. May he by his Spirit effectually teach the churches and the Board the lesson which he designs by these monitory events, fill us all with holy zeal and perseverance, in preaching the gospel to every creature, and enable us diligently to accomplish as an hireling our day, that the blood of souls may not at last be sound in our skirts. In behalf of the Prudential Committee, R. ANDERSON, DAVID GREENE, : Secretaries. Missionary Rooms, Feb. 19th.
and the increase of its resources.
Central Board of Foreign Missions.
The first annual meeting of the CENTRAL Board or Foreign Missions, connected With the American Board of Commissioners
for Foreign Missions, was held during the sessions of the Synod of North Carolina, at Oxford, Granville county, N. C., in October last. On the evening of the 9th, the annual sermon was preached before the Board by the Rev. William Hill, D. D., of Winchester, Va.On the 11th a public meeting was held, at which the report was read by the Secretary, Rev. William J. Armstrong, and addresses made by Rev. J. P. Sparrow, Rev. J. M. Brown, Rev. W. A. McDowell, D. D., and Rev. W. S. Plumer.
The receipts of this Board during the year were $3,224 57.
Southern Board of Foreign Missions,
mon. con. 33,06; 66 18
Chittenden co, Vt. Aux. So. W. I. Seymour, Tr.
in S. chh. 10; 12 47
Greene co. N. Y. Aux. So. Rev. Dr. . Cairo, Mon. con. Catskill, Mon. con. for miss. to the Battahs, Coxsackie, Rev. J. Searle, 10; J. N. Way, 10;
Porter, Tr. 10 50
200 00 20 00
Chester, Gent. 8; la. 22,51; mon. con. 16;
East Granville, Dr. Cooley's chh.
Feeding Hills, Mon. con.
Longmeadow, Young men's wes. miss. so. 14; fem. benev. so. 90;
West Springfield, 1st par.
East Hartland, Mrs. P. Case, to constitute Rev. AMM1 LINsler an Honorary Member of the Board, $50. This sum was ackn. in Dec. as fr. Hartland.
..Monroe co. N. Y. Aux. So. E. Ely,
Alon. con. in Free chh. 6,83; d.o.
in Cey'on, 30, av. of trinkets,2; 126 04
Oneida co. N. Y., Aux. So. A. Thomas, Tr.
cong: chh.. and so. 11,75; 111 75
Chelsea, Gent. 28; la. 20; Miss L.
Rockingham co. East, N. H. Aux. So. D. Knight, Tr.
Pittsford, S. Penfield, 3 00
Rutland, Gent. 3; mon. con. in
lands, 6,29; 78 51–211 85
Strafford cu. N. H., Aux. So. A. Freeman, Tr. 60 00
friend, 2; 12 00
Tilland co. Ct. Aux. So. J. R. Flynt, Tr.
20; Westfield, F. m. so. 7; 133 45