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established in this city to extend the kingdom of Christ. In performing his duties as a member he laboured abundantly, without sparing himself, and so far as we can judge, he laboured successfully.
But his usefulness was not fully known until the formation of the American Bible Society. Of this Institution he was from the beginning a warm and decided advocate. At an early period after its organization he was elected chairman of the standing committee, and so soon as the interests of the Society required it, their agent. In the performance of the duties of this office he was indefatigable, prompt, intelligent, and successful. He never spared himself; and at last fell a victim to his fidelity. On Thursday the 25th of February be exposed himself to very unpleasant and unhealthy weather, to finish a contract which he had made for paper, on account of the Society. In the course of that day he became very unwell, and the next day was confined to his house, from whence he never went out again. He died on the 9th day of March, without a struggle or a groan, in the 50th year of his age.
Such was the nature of his complaint and the suddenness of his death, that his friends can furnish the christian public with little to satisfy their laudable curiosity. Suffice it to say, that throughout his sickness his mind was solemnly affected; and notwithstanding his extreme pain, until three days before his death he attended to the business of the agency, and editorship, together with the performance of family worship. His conversation throughout the whole period of his confinement, was, though not that of a dying christian, yet that of a confirmed believer. On the morning of the day before be died, he directed the 23d Psalm to be read for him, and when finished expressed his satisfaction in its contents. During that day he dictated the additional notice contained in the last number, which announced his relinquishment of the Christian Herald after this number. To the agency of the American Bible Society he had determined to devote all his talents and time, not required by the church of which he was an elder, or by his family. But a righteous and holy God has called him hence that he might enjoy the gracious rewards of his master. He rests from his labours, but his works do follow him!
His character may be summed in the following particulars, viz. an extreme caution in examining every thing that presented itself to his view with the most minute attention and the most faithful diligence; solidity of judgment when the examination was completed to his own satisfaction; an uncommon degree of self-possession; invincible firmness in defence of the opinions which he embraced, connected with the polished courtesy of a man of the world, and the forbearance of a christian.
Few, if any, laymen were better acquainted with the system of truth as contained in the scriptures, or more engaged in promoting plans for ensuring its extensive circulation, and its triumph over sin and error. In this age of religious exertion, he eminently combined increase of christian knowledge with increase of christian activity.
The cast of his mind, whilst it kept him from enthusiasm, caused him to advance steadfastly and surely in his measures for the advancement of Christ's kingdom.
He entered fully into all plans for the prosperity of Christ's kingdom; not only those which are general, but those which are particular. As a member of the Presbyterian Church, he approved of, and patronized, the Theological Seminary established at Princeton. He was also a member of the Direction of the African School formed and supported by the Synod of New-York and New-Jersey.
As a member of the different judicatories of the denomination with which he was connected, he displayed powers of mind, and chastened feelings, which made him useful in an eminent degree. Very few men understood so well as he did the principles of enlarged christian policy, as incorporated in the constitution of the Presbyterian Church, and defended them with so much success against his opponents; and yet fewer men displayed so much self-controul and regard to the Ecclesiastical standing of those with whom he came in direct collision.
May the mantle of this departed christian descend upon one qualified to succeed him in the different relations which he sustained to the church of God, and fill up the chasm which his death has occasioned.
FOR THE CHRISTIAN HERALD.
On the death of J. E. Caldwell Esq. Agent of the American Bible Society.
How sweetly does the real Christian rest
Active thine efforts steadfast was thine aim,
From all his labours and from all his cares! How richly are his earthly labours blest
To send the BIBLE to earth's farthest bound; T' enlighten ev'ry nation with its flame,
When his rapt spirit leaves this vale of tears.
And cheer the wretched with the gospel's sound.
When once releas'd from sorrow and from wo,
How great the transport-how divine the peace! In presence of his Saviour he will know,
Where all is pure and everlasting bliss.
CALDWELL, unweari'd servant of the Cross!
By sudden mandate snatch'd from present pain, Great is the public, great the private loss;
But thine unspeakable, eternal gain.
Long must that sacred INSTITUTION feel
Science and taste, love, friendship, zeal,and grace,
Oh! who can recollect thine ardent zeal
To give the Sacred Volume to the poor,
And not the loss of so much worth deplore.
Servant of God, thou'st run thy heav'nly race [fight;
With christian zeal; hast fought faith's noble
Thine is the rich reward-the sacred feast
Of knowledge, rapture, and eternal love,
"Go, turn that soul from darkness unto light;
Yet 'twas not always so: the black'ning cloud
He felt the power; he saw the heavenly light;
But He who makes the rebel's heart to yield,
Go," said the Lord, and cloth'd the word with But spends his life to serve the Bible cause.
* MR. CALDWELL WAS A Director of the New-York Missionary Society, Director of the United Foreign Missionary Society, Director of the Religious Tract Society, Director of the Society for the Support of the Gospel among the poor, Director of the American Bible Society, A Trustee of the New-York Free School, Corresponding Secretary of the New York Bible Society, and a Member of the Board of Missions of the General Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church. He also superintended the printing of the French New Testament published by the New-York Bible Society: He did the same for the French and Spanish New Testaments afterwards published by the American Bible Society, correcting the press and the Stereotype plates, in those languages, as well as for the several editions of the Bible in the English language. He was master of the French, Spanish, Latin, and Greek languages, and an excellent gramarian and critic.
He undertook the publication of the Christian Herald, chiefly, perhaps solely with the view of communicating in an easy and familiar way to the friends of Zion the glorious things that were accomplishing for her prosperity. In so doing, there is reason to believe he has gladdened the hearts of many
who had been wishing for such a medium of communication. Similar publications have since been commenced, and are producing good effects.
AMERICAN BIBLE Contributions to its fun
320, 704 Notice of the Board of
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ADDE to Youth, of the President of the of John Murray, Jur of Rev. James Miln of Rev. James M. N of Mr. L. Clerc, at
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INDEX TO THE CHRISTIAN HERALD.
AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY, Bishop, Italian,
Notice of the Board of Managers to Auxi-
Number of Auxiliary Societies,
of the President of the American B. S. 140 College in Kentucky,
143 Character of our Saviour,
of John Murray, Jun. ·
of Rev. James Milnor,
of Rev. James M. Mathews,
of Mr. L. Clerc, at Hartford Exhibition
of the Synod of Tennessee to the Colo-
of the Rev. Dr. Wharton, before the
of the Baptist Board of Foreign Mis-
on the importance of Missions,
of Rev. John Thorpe,
52 Charitable Institutions at Haerlem
Anecdote of Mr. Durham,
Bible Society-Oxford, Ohio,
2d Anniversary of the
Bible Society-exertions of the Ladies
Bible and Religious Tract Society,
Death of Sabat,
Delhi in India, Meeting at
448 Emancipation in Russia,
502 Exertions of Thaddeus Connollan to
540 promote Christian instruction in
Middlesex (Conn.) Auxili-
Herald, Notices to Subscri-
Discourse on the death of the Princess
Sabbath day's Journey,
Hindoos, assembly at Delhi, to read
218 Meditations by the late S. H.
384 Youthful Inquiry answered,
in Saxony, State of
Jerusalem sinner saved,
Rev. H. Townley, at Calcutta, 577
37 Rev. J. M. Peck, at St Louis, 587
43 Mrs. Colman, on her passage to India, 707
71 Rev.T. Alden's tour among the Indians, 522
117 Intelligence from the South Sea Is-
33, 198, 199, 563,
do. on the Great Namaqualand,
231 among the Tuscarora Indians, 431
.531 Massachusetts Eastern Branch, 485
532 Contributions to the Missionary funds
552 Memoir of Rev. Dr. Robert Balfour, 694
Methodist Churches, Statistica
York Orphan Asylui