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ed to a just sense of liberty; minds enslaved and corrupted by fascinating arts, emancipated from this spiritual bondage; men, though living under the same government, divided from us by a difference of language, and local situation and prejudices, restored to union in language, sentiment, and loyal attachment; their indolence roused to action and turned to habits of industry, and, of course, their yild uncultivated country, improved, enriched, and beautified; their mutual ani. mosities converted into unanimous zeal in the defence of these united kingdoms against their common enemies; a multitude sunk in ignorance, irreligion, and vice, led into the bright path of illuminating, sanctifying, and saving truth; "the scriptures, and various means of spiritual instruction, as well as of useful labour, and of personal and relative happiness, plentifully provided to men enveloped in the thickest darkness of ignorance and error, poverty and wretchedness ;-If these are objects of magnitude and importance in your eye, these are the objects to which the benevolent zeal of this Society is uniformly and vigourously directed. The history of their man. agement and success, repeatedly given to the public, fully shows what they have done, and

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what they hope and wish to do. The noblest channels then, in which you can desire charity to flow, here open to your view: Follow their spreading course with your generous contributions and your fervent prayers. The gospel of our Lord was intended to be an universal blessing to the human race; and the liberal charity which it commands and inspires, is one great mean of its propagation. It is not to be supposed that the great numbers who received its beneficial influ. ence, will always remain in one place: Many who were indebted to this Society for their edu. eation, are now in the most distant lands, and many hereafter “will go to and fro, and knowledge • shall be increased. They shall speak of the " glory of the Mediator's kingdom, and talk of “ his power; to make known to the sons of men " his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his

kingdom. Thus one generation shall praise his s works to another, and shall declare his mighty " actstill the Lord has brought his sons from “ far, and his daughters from the ends of the “ earth.” What mind, warmed with the love of our Lord, and of his interests in the world, does not burn with zeal to join in such an honourable employment ? " Whatever then your hands find

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6 to do in this great work, do it with all your “ might.” The time is short. “ The end of all “ things is at hand. Behold, saith Christ, I come “ quickly, and my reward is with me. Then they “ that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the “ firmament, and they that turn many to righte4 ousness, as the stars, for ever and ever."

THE SALVATION OF THE HEATHEN NECESSARY

AND CERTAIN.

EZEKIEL XXXVII, 1-10.

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, --And caused me to pass by them round about ; and behold there were many in the

open valley; and lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.- Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, o ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones, Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live, —And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you; and ye shall live, and ye shall know that I am the Lord. So I prophesied, as I was commanded ; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the si news and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above; but there was no breath

in them.

Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, Son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God, Come from the four winds, 0 breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied, as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army,

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