History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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myself being a subscriber, and feeling a deep interest  in the cause of and in the happiness of my brethren  of mankind, I cheerfully take up my pen to contribute  my mite, at this very interesting and important period.
For some length of time I have been carefully  viewing the state of things, as they now appear, through out our christian land; and have looked at it with  feelings of the most painful anxiety, while, upon the  one hand, beholding the manifest withdrawal of God’s  Holy Spirit, and the vail of stupidity which  seems to be drawn over the hearts of the people; and  upon the other hand beholding the judgments of  God that have swept, and are still sweeping hundreds  and thousands of our race (and I fear unprepared)  down to the shades of death. With this solemn and  alarming fact before me, I am led to exclaim “O that  my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain  of tears, that I might weep day and night &c.”
I think that it is high time for a christian  world to awake out of sleep, and cry mightily to  that God, day and night, whose anger we have  justly incurred. Are not these things a sufficient  stimulant to arouse the faculties, and call forth the  energies of every man, woman and child, that  posseses sympathy feelings of sympathy for their  fellows, or that is in any degree endeared to the  budding cause of our glorious Lord? I leave an  inteligent community to answer this important question,  with a confession, that this is what has caused me  to overlook my own inability, and expose my  weakness to a learned world: but, trusting in that  God, who has said these things are hid from the  wise and prudent and revealed unto babes, I  step forth into the field to tell you what the Lord  is doing, and what you must do, to enjoy the  smiles of your Savior in these last days.
The time has at last arrived when the God  of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob has set his  hand again, the second time, to recover the remnants [p. 258]
myself being a subscriber, and feeling a deep interest in the cause of and in the happiness of my brethren of mankind, I cheerfully take up my pen to contribute my mite, at this very interesting and important period.
For some length of time I have been carefully viewing the state of things, as they now appear, throughout our christian land; and have looked at it with feelings of the most painful anxiety, while, upon the one hand, beholding the manifest withdrawal of God’s Holy Spirit, and the vail of stupidity which seems to be drawn over the hearts of the people; and upon the other hand beholding the judgments of God that have swept, and are still sweeping hundreds and thousands of our race (and I fear unprepared) down to the shades of death. With this solemn and alarming fact before me, I am led to exclaim “O that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night &c.”
I think that it is high time for a christian world to awake out of sleep, and cry mightily to that God, day and night, whose anger we have justly incurred. Are not these things a sufficient stimulant to arouse the faculties, and call forth the energies of every man, woman and child, that posseses feelings of sympathy for their fellows, or that is in any degree endeared to the budding cause of our glorious Lord? I leave an inteligent community to answer this important question, with a confession, that this is what has caused me to overlook my own inability, and expose my weakness to a learned world: but, trusting in that God, who has said these things are hid from the wise and prudent and revealed unto babes, I step forth into the field to tell you what the Lord is doing, and what you must do, to enjoy the smiles of your Savior in these last days.
The time has at last arrived when the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob has set his hand again, the second time, to recover the remnants [p. 258]
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