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satisfaction equal to that arising from having begun and finished, in new districts or regions of the world, tabernacles appropriated to the worship of Jehovah! For those who have been brought to delight in Jehovah's tabernacles on earth, shall be there gradually fitted for the inheritance of the saints in the realms in light and glory, and unmixed happiness, before the throne of God and of the Lamb. And there all the ransomed millions washed in the Redeemer's blood, shall assemble, and remain for ever in those eternal mansions. Oh, my brethren, to be instrumental in saving a soul from death, in rescuing an immortal spirit from misery, and in placing it amongst the inhabitants of Heaven-how great the felicity! O Lord of Hosts, happy are they that dwell in thy house on earth, they will be ever praising thee; but infinitely more happy are they who attain to the heavenly inheritance, and who shall there dwell for ever in thy lovely tabernacles; then, indeed, shall the tabernacle of the Lord be with men, and he shall dwell amongst them, communicating pure and ineffable felicity. To those blessed regions the Divine Redeemer has already ascended, and prepares mansions for all his followers. Let us, therefore, look to Jesus, rely on his Almighty aid, imitate his holy example, and gather consolation from the hope of being, after having passed through this desolate valley, for ever with him.
"Lord of the worlds above,
"The Lord his people loves;
Delivered at DR. KAFFLES' CHAPEL, LIVERPOOL, IN BEHALF OF
[The Association in London for the aid of Moravian Missions, requested Dr. Morrison to preach two Sermons at Liverpool, on his way to Ireland, in 1824. The following discourse was composed for that purpose, in the residence of the author's father-in-law, John Morton, Esq. at Liverpool. A Quaker lady, Mrs. Hannah Kilham, who has herself visited the shores of Africa as a teacher of Christianity, thus expressed herself on the subject of the following discourse, in a letter to the author.
TO DR. MORRISON.
ESTEEKED FRIEND,—I am quite sorry to have given thee the care of an inquiry respecting the manuscript which thou kindly sent, and for which, indeed, I have felt greatly indebted. It was read with deep interest and pleasure, and not considering it as of private communication, I took the liberty to allow a few friends, who had the gratification of being with thee at the time it was mentioned, to read it also; and it is now in the care of Robert Forster, who is out on a journey for two days. On his return, I intend immediately to have it forwarded to Hackney.
I cannot but greatly desire, that principles so consonant with the grand doctrines of Christianity, as taught by our Holy Redeemer, should be most fully declared to the world, and pressed home upon the consciences of all professing Christians. The appeal which has been made, appears to me so strong, so clear, and undeniable, not only on the fraternity of mankind, but on the claims, which an acknowledgment of that fraternity must involve, that I cannot but believe it greatly desirable, that many others should have the privilege of hearing it; and would hope that it may be felt as a debt due to society at large, to have this appeal, by means of the press, brought into a current, through which it may be instrumental in conveying into wide circulation a correspondent feeling.
"What hast thou that thou hast net received?" may be justly inquired of those stewards to whom have been committed the precious gifts, the sense and feeling of the truth, and of the just demands of Christian duty. I earnestly wish nothing may be withheld that would tend to arouse
to a consciousness of the just demands of the great Parent of the Universe, and the claims of brotherhood in the family of man; claims, which the supineness of human nature is so often disposed to turn away from, as with the deaf ear, and the cold insensible heart. But the day is brightening. I am, with earnest desire, that infinite goodness may be pleased to bless thy labours, and render them, through his own power, instrumental to the everlasting welfare of many in that land so interesting, to which thy attention has been led, and in which his providential care has been thy shelter; and trusting in the continuance of the same divine support in thy future labours in his cause, I am, with much respect and esteem,
Thy sincere friend,
Robt. Howard's, Bruce Grove, Tottenham, 13th of 9th Month, 1825.]
THE KINDREDSHIP OF THE NATIONS.
ACTS, XVII. 26.
"God hath made of one blood all nations of men.” Some of the principles contained in divine revelation, are so different from the commonly received opinions of the world in its present state of apostacy from God, that they are generally overlooked and disregarded, either as preposterous, or as inapplicable to men of the existing generation. The pacific spirit of the Gospel, in opposition to wars-the meek and long-suffering virtues of our holy religion, in opposition to resentful duels, are examples of what I refer to; and the doctrine taught in my text, viz. the kindredship of all mankind, is amongst the number of disregarded, although heaven-derived truths.
The pride of man, that satanic sin,-has induced in individuals, families and nations, a constant effort to elevate themselves above their neighbours, to claim a superiority, not only in exterior and existing temporal circumstances, but also to claim a superior origin to that of their neigh
bours; and, as if in the most impious opposition to the declaration of the great Creator, to arrogate to themselves, a being derived from better blood than their neighbours. We hear Christian, as well as Pagan princes, and others, boasting of their descent, and of their being derived from the blood of eminent ancestors of a supposed superior race; whereas the divine declaration by the mouth of Heaven's inspired servant is, that God hath made of one blood all nations of men; and of course, likewise all the families and individuals of those several nations. The important truth, that all nations are derived from the same first pair of human beings, and are therefore related to each other, and equal amongst themselves, is ridiculed as a useless truism, only fit to be laughed at; and with the principle is swept away at once the whole code of laws, and table of moral duties, which require and inculcate justice, and peace, and benevolence, and fraternal feelings amongst men of different nations. And, in opposition to this truth, the principles of a selfish individualism, a clanship, or selfidolizing patriotism, are introduced and designated prudence and virtue; and then self-aggrandizement, and national hatred, and warfare, become the pursuits of mankind, which are lauded by poets and praised by politicians, and echoed by the multitude; and acquiesced in, and sometimes advocated, even by the disciples of Jesus, and the ministers of his religion.
But since God has made of one blood all nations of men; since there is one God and Father of all, and he made human beings of the same material, there is a manifest kindredship and equality amongst all mankind. Infidelity may attempt to prove that there are different races of men, and pagan fancy may attribute their existence to different gods, or various powers; but since our discourse is not now addressed to such persons, but to professed Christians, we shall argue from the acknowledged principles of that holy religion; and shall deny the existence of any noble blood that raises some men superior to their fellows; or that disconnects them from the duties binding on our common humanity; or that elevates them
to a place amongst the gods of pagan fancy. Too long have false notions of individual superiority, of family greatness, and of the right of some nations to dominate over the rest; and notions of a mistaken patriotism led men to despise and disregard, if not to hate and injure, his fellows, for all of whom we this day claim the rights of consanguinity and of brotherhood.
The Lord of heaven and earth, who giveth to all mankind life and breath and all things, made the world, and determined the bounds of men's habitation, to dwell on all the face of the earth. Mankind acknowledge one Creator, one divine Father, and their dwelling place is the sole property of one great Lord; they are the subjects of one divine King; and I see not why the principles of reciprocal duty, which are binding on brothers of the same family, and on subjects of the same kingdom, should not apply to them.
The time was, when every petty chieftain in this land cherished hate and feud, and practised bloodshed and murder against his neighbouring petty chieftain, who was equally rancorous; but the more extended dominion of one Prince imposed the duties of fellow-subjects on each other, and those duties have been felt and are now fulfilled in a very useful degree; and in the existing British empire, formerly, separate and distinct nations, which once lived in rancorous hostility, and gloried in doing mischief to each other, are now united as fellow subjects, and are bound, not only to forbear to injure one another, but are bound to exert themselves to do each other good; and shall spiritual Christians not carry forward this principle to its fair and conclusive extent-i.e. to all the nations over whom God their King and Saviour reigns? There still exists, not only with merely professed Christians, but also with many who seem truly religious, a sort of disesteem for, and disregard about, other portions of their heavenly Father's territory, and other branches of the human family, and which feelings are quite at variance with the sober dictates of reason and revelation. And there is a way of praising one's native country, and of acting for it, which generally throws injurious reflections on other parts of God's world, and of his