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our correctors of the press, our fellow-labourers in the work of instruction; they are their own countrymen, yea, and they themselves who are benefited by the large expenditure which our system occasions amongst them; and even our missionaries, as associating with them more, and speaking their language better, and occupying themselves with their concerns and the promotion of their real or apprehended interests, are, (I have reason to believe, by what I have myself seen and heard in no
inconsiderable part of India,) among the most popular Europeans who are to be found in their respective neighbourhoods. Yea more, I have had the happiness of witnessing, both in the number of converts which have already been made in Hindustan, in the general good conduct of those converts, and in the good terms on which they in general appear to live with their Gentile neighbours, both how much good may be done, and how little offence will be oceasioned by a course of wellmeant and well-directed efforts to enlighten the inhabitants. of India.
Of all the various bodies of professing Christians, who, with more or less of light, and with greater or lesser zeal and providence, have been our precursors, or are about to be our emulators in this great and illustrious enterprise, it becomes me to speak with respect, and if I know my own heart, I shall never think of them with hostility. Every sect will naturally seek to diffuse those religious notions which they themselves esteem most agreeable to reason and religion; and any mode of Christianity, even the modes least distinguished by its peculiar and most blessed characteristics, must be in itself, so far as it extends, a happy change from idolatry. But, while we rejoice that Christ is preached, even by those who hold not His faith in our own unity of fellowship; while we are content that the morality of the Gospel should be disseminated, even by those who rob Christ of His Godhead and mediatorial attributes; it is surely our duty to be no less anxious than they for the support and preaching of those forms which are associated with every recollection of early and ancestral reverence, those doctrines which we feel and know to be our surest sanction of morality in this world, and on
only ground of hope in worlds beyond the grave. Every man, and
every sect, must act for themselves, and according to the lights which they have received; but let no man teach a doctrine which he does not believe, because it is likely to be popular, or suppress a truth which he holds most sacred, because he fears that it will not be well received by those whom he seeks to benefit. God, we may be sure, has revealed nothing to men which it is not highly desirable for men to know; and the man who encourages the circulation of an imperfect creed, in the hope that its adoption may lead the enemy to that which he himself professes, is at once dealing untruly with himself, his neighbour, and the Most High; with himself as seeking after God's glory by means which God has not sanctioned; with his heathen neighbour, as offering him a religion of which he holds back the most essential portion; and with his God, as concealing the honour which God has given to His Son, and being ashamed, (for what else is it but shame or cowardice which withholds a truth through fear of offending ?) being ashamed before men of the divinity and cross of his Saviour. In what I have said, I seek to dissuade no man from propagating the truth which he proposes, but I desire to impress on those who profess the same truth with myself, that on the support and munificence of the members of the Church of England, the institutions of that Church have a paramount claim, beyond those of any other sect or society.
Of that Society, and that particular Institution for which I am now anxious to interest your bounty, it may be said in few words, that the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, has, since its establishment in the year 1701, been sedulously and successfully labouring, with the approbation and under the guidance of the venerable fathers of our Church, and of some of our most distinguished statesmen and philosophers, in supporting a line of missionary stations, (above 100 in number,) in some of the wildest and most neglected portions of the British empire, in the Scilly Islands, in New South Wales, in the wildernesses of Africa and America. Having been encouraged by recent events, and by an increase of funds derived from the contributions
of a liberal public, it has extended, within the last ten years, the range of its labours into Bengal, where it now maintains three episcopally ordained missionaries (one more is on his way hither), and is the chief contributor to an institution in which all the three presidencies are equally interested, the establishment of Bishop's College, Calcutta, of which the avowed and appropiate objects are to superintend and forward the translation and publication of the Scriptures in the languages of India, the education of youth, both native and European, (and selected in equal proportions from Bengal, Madras, Ceylon, and Bombay,) in such a manner as to qualify them, as schoolmasters, for the diffusion of general knowledge among the natives, and, as missionaries, to impart that saving knowledge, without which the value of human acquirements is small indeed. It is on these grounds, and with a more immediate view to the present unfinished state of this establishment especially (as an institution of no foreign or distant interest to those whom I am addressing, but which only wants your bounty to enable its conductors to do that of which they are most desirous, and extend its operations to this very neighbourhood, and to every part of the Western as well as the Eastern coast of this vast peninsula), that I respectfully but with confidence appeal to a bounty, to which appeal has never yet been made in vain.
nd, as you desire the glory of God, and that the truth of His Son should be made known to every creature under Heaven; as you covet the happiness of mankind, and that innocent blood should be no longer shed amongst us; as you long for the salvation of souls, and that those who serve and love you here should feel a yet purer and stronger affection for you in Paradise; as you love your own souls, and would manifest the sincerity of your grateful faith in that Saviour by whom you are redeemed, I exhort, I advise, I entreat, yea, in the name of
in the name of Jesus, Son of God Most High, I demand, in this cause, your assistance and your offerings.
The Son of God, indeed, must reign, be the people never so unquiet! The Gospel will finally triumph, let us neglect or oppose it as we may! But wo be in that dav of God's
power to those who have set themselves against His Church's infant weakness! and wo be to those minor or more timid sinners who have not lent their hand to His harvest ! “Curse ye Meroz," said the angel of the Lord, ,
curse ye bitterly the inhabiters thereof, because they went not forth to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty!" But of you, my brethren, I am persuaded better things; and, both as knowing your liberality, and as desiring that your bounty may be made beneficial to your own souls and to those interests which you seek to forward, let me entreat you to devote those good works to God and His Son alone, by a lively faith, by a more excellent repentance, by a fervent prayer—that while you build an ark for others, you may not yourselves be shut forth and perish—and by a participation, let me add, in the blessed body and blood of Him by whose merit alone we obtain, either that our alms-deeds or prayers can be remembered or accepted before His Father.
And, O Merciful God, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by the sending to them the light of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us, by the same Spirit, to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort, through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth, with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD. [Preached August 5, 1825, on the Consecration of the Church of
Secrole, near Benares.]
Gen. xxviii. 16, 17. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, surely the
Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, how dreadful is this place! this is none other than the House of God, and this the gate of Heaven.
This was the natural and touching exclamation of the patriarch Jacob, when, in his lonely and perilous journey from Canaan to the land of the Chaldees, the God of his fathers appeared to him in a dream to confirm him in his faith and service, and to encourage him in his wanderings with the assurance of an unseen and Almighty Protector.
At that time an outcast, in some degree, from the tents of his father Isaac, and a fugitive from the anger of a justly offended brother; a forlorn and needy wanderer, he
* This Sermon was published at Calcutta, with the following dedication: To William Augustus Brooke, Esquire, senior judge, &c. &c. &c.
Sir Frederick Hamilton, Bart. collector, William John Sands, Esq. second judge, and the other civil and military officers of the city and district of Benares, the following Sermon, printed at their request, is most respectfully dedicated, as an acknowledgment of their munificent zeal for the interests of true reli. gion, and their friendly and gratifying attentions to their much obliged and faithful humble servant, the author.