assurance, that the angels who go out from the midst of the Churches are well established in the truth, and
will carry the everlasting Gospel in its purity abroad. If this be acceptable to the Lord, he will incline the
hearts of his people to assist you. The earth also shall help the woman. To accomplish this
measure, the respective societies in America might correspond upon the subject, and, after due consultation, mutally
adopt such plans as might be judged the most practicable and best calculated to answer the important object in view.
To him that knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin. The King's business requireth haste.
We, my Brethren, were not the first who engaged in this benevolent design; but we stand foremost in our
opportunities for usefulness and access to the heathen. Our Brethren in Europe have achieved great
things. Involved in complicated troubles, and the field of their labors at an immense distance from them,
they have notwithstanding, formed noble designs, and executed them with astonishing promptitude and
success. Our situation is happily the reverse. We enjoy tranquillity and rest. There is not a nation at
present on earth permitted to threaten or disturb our repose. Our borders are extensively enlarged; and
the heathen to whom the Gospel, in the first instance is to be sent, are near at hand. Already we have
found a door of entrance opened, and the neighboring tribes are becoming friendly to missions: Theyh
stretch out the imploring hand; they cry with affecting importunity, Come over and help us! This is
not merely the language of their real necessity; it has been expressed by their chiefs, with an earnestness and
solemnity which evinced their esteem for the Gospel. Should success not always attend your efforts, be not,
my Brethren, discouraged. Wait patiently for the precious fruit. The apostles themselves were not always
prosperous in every place; nor did the seed sown immediately spring up. Only be faithful; look to your
divine Master for direction, depend upon his grace, and leave the issue to him. Be assured your labor
shall not be in vain. "Believe in the
Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper."
But recollect the work in which we are engaged involves great and unavoidable expenses. The maintaining
of missionaries; the erecting and supporting schools among the savages; and many necessary contingent
charges, amount to a considerable sum. Without any fund prepared for these purposes, we
depend chiefly upon the contribution of members, and the collections made at our monthly and anniversary
meetings. It is incumbent, therefore, upon me, to remind you of this before we close. To attain the
end we must attend to the means.
Every motive which urges to propagate the Gospel is an argument to excite to extensive liberality.
The heathen, in whose behalf I solicit your benevolence, are poor; in every sense of the word, they are
poor indeed. In what way can charity be better bestowed? To what higher purpose can you employ your
property? What object so affecting to a sympathising heart? What design so interesting to an informed
and pious mind? It is a branch of that love which is due to your neighbor; it is an expression of that
homage you owe your Redeemer. To him, if you have experienced the power of divine grace, you
have devoted your persons and all you possess. The silver is his, and the gold is his. To
promote his gracious designs of restoring peace, holiness and happiness to a miserable world, let all that be round about him
bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
When Christians of every denomination shall obtain more information upon the subject of missions,
and rightly estimate the importance of the work, they will consider it a duty and privilege to become
members of societies formed upon principles so disinterested and excellent.
[See Appendix L.]
Where such societies exist, they will gladly join them; and in districts where none have yet been established, they will heartily
unite to form similar institutions. None were ever injured by serving the divine Redeemer. The Churches