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portant points, however, it is expected that you will act with una-, nimity; certainly, that you act only with a due regard each to the views and feelings of the rest, to our known desire and expectation, and to the essential interests of the Mission.

“You will perceive, dear Brethren, the very urgent importance of observing strict economy, in regard both to your time and ex. penditures. You will therefore make it your care to get to the field, or fields, of your labors, as soon and with as little expense as possible.

“7. For yourselves and for the object of the mission, it will be important that you adopt, as early as possible, some plan of polity, or social order. The office of presiding in your little community should, for very obvious reasons, we think, be held in rotation. You will have a treasurer, and a secretary or clerk, that your financial concerns may be conducted, and the records of your proceedings kept, with regularity and correctness. The rules and regulations which you adopt, you will transmil to us for our consideration. Of the journals of the mission, also, to which you will pay very particular attention, and in which you will regularly note whatever may be interesting to you, or to us, you will, as often as convenient, transmit to us copies.

“8. No time should be lost in forming yourselves into a church, according to the order divinely prescribed that you may attend in due form upon the worship and ordinances of Christ's house. This will be of great importance, both to yourselves, and to the people among whom you dwell. The ordinance of the Lord's supper should be administered, we think, as often at least, as once in every inonth; and you will freely reciprocate the privilege of communicating in this ordinance with other Christians in regular church standing

"In all places, and especially among peoplo superstitiously observant of their own sacred times and seasons, a very excmplary observance of the Sabbath is of the very first importance to Christianity. This, dear brethren, you cannot too deeply feel; and it will be your care that Pagans shall not have occasion to say, or to think, that Christians have no reverence for the ordinances of their God. It is by their eyes, not less than by their ears, that you are to gaitz access to their hearts. In regard, also, to the time of beginning the Sabbath, you will perceive it to be not of little consequence that you be conscientiously agreed.

u9th. The great object of your Mission is to impart to those who sit in darkness, and in the region and shadow of death, the saving knowledge of Christ. In order to this it will be a matter of primary attention to make yourselves acquainted with the language of the people, with whom you are to converse, and to whom you are to preach. You will not, however, neglect any opportunity or means of doing them good, even before you can use their language; but you will give yourselves wholly to your work, and use all carc that you run noi in vain, neither labor in vain. The deplorable igporance of the poor heathen will constantly be in your minds, and

deeply affect your hearts. To them you are to make known the words by which they and their children may be saved. - To them you are to teach, not the commandments, or the dogmas of men; but the pure doctrines of the Gospel, drawn directly from the Scriptures of truth. You will most religiously beware of that philosophy, and vain deceil, which is after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ; and avoid questions and strifes of words, whereof come envy, strife, revilings, evil surmises, and perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds.

“In teaching the Gentiles it will be your business, not vehemently to declaim against their superstitions, but in the meekness and gentleness of Christ, to bring them as directly as possible to the knowledge of divine truth. It is the truth, THE TRUTH AS IT IS IN Jesus, which is mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing, which exalleth itself against the knowledge of God; and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. So far as the truth has access, so as to produce its effect, the errors, and superstitions, and vices of Paganism will fall of course. You will beware of the rock on which Missionaries have too often split; and not at once advance upon the uninstructed with things beyond their power to under. stand. Beginning with the first principles of the doctrine of Christ, you will proceed in your instructions gradually, with patience and wisdom; feeding the people with milk, until they have strength to bear meat. And for their good unto salvation, it will be your delight, as it will be your duty, to be iristant in season, and out of sea80n; to be their servants for Jesus' sake, and to spend and be spent.

“10. If God in his infinite grace, prosper your labors, and give you the happiness to sce converts to the truth, you will proceed in regard to them, at once with charity and with caution. You will allow suficient time for trial, and for the reality of conversion to be attested by its fruits; that, as far as possible, the scandal of apostasy may be prevented. You will admit none as members of the church of Christ, but such as give credible evidence that they are true believers; and none to the ordinance of baptism, but credibie believers and their households. The discipline of Christ's house, you will charitably and faithfully ubserve.

“11. As in Christian lands, so in all lands, the hope of the church is principally from the rising generation. Youth and children, therefore, will be objects of your very particular solicitude and attention; and no pains will be spared either by yourselves, or by our dear sisters, your wives, for their Christian education.

“12. It will be your desire, as it is ours, to lighten as much as possible the expenses of the Mission; that by the pious liberalities of this country, your establishment may be enlarged, and other missions supported. So far, therefore, as you can consistently with your missionary duties, you will apply yourselves to the most eligible ways and means of procuring a support for yourselves and fam. ilics, agreeably to the example of European missionaries and even of the apostles.

“Dearly beloved Brethren,

You cannot but be sensible of the vast responsibility under which you are to act. You are made a spectacle to God, to angels, and to men. The eyes of the friends, and of the enemies of Christ and his cause will be upon you. You are the objects of the prayers, and of the hopes, and of the liberalities of many. On your conduct in your mission, incalculable consequences, both to the Christian and to the Pagan world are depending. Be strong in the Lord and be faithful. Count not even your lives dear unto yourselves, 80 that you may finish your course with joy, and the ministry which you have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God. With fervent prayers for your safety, your welfare, and your success, we commend you, dear brethren, to God, and !o the word of his grace. A true Copy from the Records of the Prudential Committee; Attest.

SAMUEL WORCESTER, Salem, Feb. 7, 1812.

Clerk of the Prudential Com.


The American Board of Commissioners, in account current with their Prudential

Committee, Dr,

To cash paid out during the year which preceded the annual meeting in September 1811, (there being no Treasurer,) for the following purposes, víz.

Expenses of Mr. Judson's voyage to England, in the winter of 1811,

S409,33 Travelling expenses of the members of the Board, in attending the annual meeting,

13,75 Espenses of entertainment during the meeting,

17,80 Travelling expenses of Messrs. Judson and Nott, in at. tending the annual meeting,

25,00 -555.88 To balance since accounted for to the Treasurer.,



Contra Cr.
By cash received as donations to the Board, befure
Sept. 18, 1911,

$1 375,96 By interest on a donation to the permanent fund,

lu, 20 By a premium of 5 per cent on a bill of exchange for $267,22—--13,36

$1,399,52 N. B. For the particulars of the bove sum of S1,375,96, see the Panoplist for Aug. last, where they are published at large. The American Board of Commissioners, in account current with Jeremiah

Evarts, their Treasurer, Dr. To cash paid in conformity to orders, from No. 1. to No 22, inclusive, signed by the clerk of the Prudential Committee, between the annual meeung in Sept. 1811, and the passing of the Act of Incorporation, June 20, 1812, viz. for,

Expenses incurred in the prosecution of the objects of the Board,

$9,327,04 Payment of money borowed,

360,009,687,04 Tn losses by counterfeit money received in donations,


9,699,37 4,091.63

To balance carried to new account,

$13,791'00 Contra Cr. By cash remaining in the hands of the Prudential Com. mittee, at the annual meeting in 1811, and since account ed for to the Treasurer

$843,64 By cash borrowed by the Prudential Committee in Feb. 1812,

360,00 By cash received in donations between the annual meeting in Sept. 1811, and June 20, 1812, viz. From individuals, as by Statement A,

$6,886,76 From Foreign Mission Societies, as by Statement B, 3,858,23 From other Charitable Societies, as by Statement C, 167,78

Aggregate of contributions in ecclesiastical societies, churches, and congregations, as by Statement D, 1,674,60—12,587,36

$13,791,00 N. B. As all the donations embraced in the above mentioned statements have been minutely published in the Panoplist, it is unnecessary to republish them here. It is expected that the annual accounts will in future be made up to June 20, inclusive, which will be the anniversary of the Act of Incor. poration; and the state of the Treasury, at the time of the annual meeting, will be ascertained by supplementary account like the following.

The Board, in account with the Treasurer, Dr.

To cash paid in conformity to orders Nos. 23 and 24, signed by the clerk of the Prudential Committee, between June 21, and Aug. 31, 1812,

To a counterfeit bill received in a donation,
To balance carried to new account,


8.00 5,252,46




Contra Cr.
By balance brought to new account,

By cash received as interest on a part of the permanent fund,

By cash in donations received between June 20, and
Aug. 31, viz.

From individuals,
From Foreign Mission Societies,
From other charitable Societies,
Contributions from churches and congregations,



The amount of donations in the account, which was closed June 20, 1812, is,

in the account which was closed Aug. 31,



$13,953,44 All these donations have been published at large, as the reader will see by turning to the following pages, viz. The Panoplist for November, 1811, p. 288, contains,

$22,20 -December, p. 336,

57,75 -February, 1812, p. 450,

6,518,35 Do, Permanent Fund,

206,00 -March, p. 478,

2,184 78 April, p. 528,

960,74 May, p. 572,

1,798,55 June, p. 46,

1,379,15 -July, p. 103,

692,38 September, p. 192,





The payment of the sums here specified was authorized by orders of the Prudential Committee from No. 1 to No. 22, inclusive. It was thought pre. ferable to publish the expenses in this way, rather than to give the accounts at large under their several dates, as the reader may now see at one glance the amount expended for each particular object.

The remainder due on the expenses of Mr. Judson's voyage to Europe

$118 00 Expense of journies in January and February, 1812, preparatory to the embarkation of the missionaries, viz. of Mr. Nott and his wife

$92 62 of Mr. Newell

46 17 of Mr. Rice

50 50 of Mr. Hall

86 00-275 29–393 29

Outfit of Mr. Judson

339 01 of Mr. Nott

341 63 of Mr. Newell

312 34 of Mr. Rice

381 52 of Mr. Hall, (including a considerable sam for sur. gical instrumen's, medicines, &c. the exact amount of which cannot be ascertained)

476 25–1,850 75 Expense of Mr. Newell's first journey to Philadelphia, for the purpose of attending medical lectures, in 1811 $26 38 of Mr. Hall's

26 00-52 38

Expenses incurred by Mr. Newell, while attending med. ical lectures both in Boston and Philadelphia 271 96 by Mr. Hall

184 00—455 96-508 34 Expenses of medical and other books purchased by Mr. Newell and Mr. Nott in Boston

67 90 of medicines, surgical instruments, &c. by Mr. Newell at Salem

161 19 of medical books, surgical instruments, &c. by Mr. Hall, beside those above referred to

98 78-327 87


Expenses of the passage of Messrs. Nott, Hall, and Rice, and the wife of Mr. Nott, from Philadelphia to Cal.

1,000 00 Carried forward, 1,060 00

3,080 5

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