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tually surround you, than by events of infrequent occurrence, more by silent and wearisome solicitation, than by hasty and bold importunity. Against such a foe, I need not point out to you the necessity of ceaseless circumspection, especially as it never fails to prepare the way for the enticements of SENSUALITY-a vice to which the manners of a barbarous people will fearfully expose you. The utmost efforts of self-controul, the greatest caution in your intercourse with the natives, a perpetual restraint upon your appetites, a careful and even scrupulous avoiding of all improper or suspicious situations, a constant check on the first risings of vanity, indulgence, levity, and sloth, a studious imitation of the pure and holy example of our Lord and Saviour, with an humble dependance on the Spirit of purity and grace, are amongst the most obvious precautions on a topic, which nothing but its supreme importance would have induced me even thus briefly to notice.
I will only remind you further of the necessity of REPOSING ALL YOUR TRUST IN THE GRACE AND POWER OF GOD. Any hints, which I may have already suggested to you, are to be considered as subservient to this. You are to go forth, strong in the Lord and in the power of his might3. If you had remained at home,
3 Eph. vi. 10.
this must have been your only confidence; and now that you are about to meet new and accumulated trials abroad, you are to be directed to no other resource. Nor can you need any other. Whatever you may want for your personal duties as men, whatever you may require for your missionary efforts, whatever you may need for the success which is to crown both, the omnipotent grace of God in Christ Jesus can more than supply. Let your faith then be intently fixed on this consoling topic. Be ye faithful unto death, and you shall receive the crown life. The time is short. The voyage of life will soon be over. The swelling surge will ere long cease to beat, and the peaceful haven will stretch itself before you. Your patient labours may possibly be blessed far beyond your expectation. If you should only sow the seed of that harvest, which others may hereafter gather in, you will look forward with delight to the hour, when both he that soweth and he that reapeth shall rejoice together 5. Endure then as seeing Him who is invisible". Contemplate that crown of righteousness' which shall one day rest on your head. Remember that they that be wise shall shine as the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars
4 Rev. ii. 10.
5 John, iv. 35-38.
6 Heb. xi. 27.
7 2 Tim. iv. 8.
for ever and ever. Anticipate the transport of that last plaudit of the conquering Christian, Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord'.
And now, beloved Brethren and Sisters in Christ, I bid you farewell. You, my REVEREND FRIENDS IN THE SACRED MINISTRY', are going out in the direct character of Missionaries. Watch you, then, in all things, do the work of evangelists, make full proof of your ministry. Study deeply the Holy Scriptures. Let your doctrine show uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity. When you have the opportunity of instructing the heathen, stand on the plain broad footing of undoubted truth. Forget the unhappy controversies which have divided the church at home. Let your minds be daily nourished with the pure and wholesome doctrine of Scripture, as it flows native and transparent from the comb, and not as it is sullied and adulterated by human systems, on whatever side they may incline. Let the cross of Christ, in all the amplitude of that astonishing subject, be your theme. Descend not to uncer
8 Dan. xii. 3.
• Matt. xxv. 23.
The Rev. Messrs. Sperrhacken and Schulze.
2 2 Tim. iv. 5.
3 Titus, ii. 7.
tain topics. Do not administer to your inexperienced flock doubtful disputations, or minute obscurities, which amaze the mind without affecting the heart, which disturb and bewilder, but seldom convince, which may raise up a partizan, but cannot form the truly contrite and holy disciple of Christ. May the Spirit of God direct and sanctify your labours! May converts spring up to you as the grass, as willows by the water courses! May one say, I am the Lord's; and another call himself by the name of Jacob; and another subscribe with his hand to the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel+.
You, MY RESPECTED SISTER 5, who are now returning, under peculiar circumstances, to the country from which your state of health required you to retire; be assured you share our tenderest sympathy, and shall have the benefit of our most fervent prayers. We enter into all your feelings. We commend you to the grace and compassion of that Saviour who raised the weeping Mary from his feet. We implore of God to endue you with the peculiar consolations of his Spirit! May you adorn your Christian profession with the meekness and quietness of spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price. May the tender and retiring virtues,
61 Pet. iii. 4.
4 Isai. xliv. 4, 5.
which are the peculiar ornament of the female character, make you an example to the unhappy women whom you will behold ignorant, degraded, and oppressed, on every side of you. May you look back with pleasure throughout your future life, on the transaction of this day, when, like the holy women of old, you have come forward to minister to the necessities of the church, and to present with a trembling hand, under discouragement and sorrow, your tribute of service at the footstool of that Redeemer who will not fail to smile on your efforts, and accept your offering of love.
I turn to you, my Christian friends, who are going out in the important situation of SCHOOLMASTER AND SCHOOLMISTRESS". The charge of the young will be especially entrusted to your Your duties will be only second to those of the Missionary. I affectionately wish you farewell. May the gracious Saviour who received children, took them up in his arms and blessed them, prosper your instructions! May the African youth learn, under your parental kindness, the knowledge of themselves, and of Jesus Christ their Lord. Your responsibility is as great, as the prospect of usefulness which opens before you. May the abundant mercy of God rest upon you! May submission to those
7 Mr. and Mrs. Hughes.