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in addresses from this place, and in its perceptible effect upon the morals of this parish. It is sufficient for me to say, that in this School, forty-two of the female children of your poorer brethren are rescued from that ignorance which is the parent of vice, and taught the evangelical doctrines of the Church, into which, by God's providence, they have been baptized. When we remember the sex of these children, and the particular and fatal species of demoralization which so painfully abounds in this parish, he must be something more or less than a Christian man who can contemplate (as I have done) these children engaged in reading God's holy Word and qualifying themselves by honest industry for the station which He is pleased to call them to; without a feeling of heartfelt thanksgiving to the God of all mercy, who permits us to be fellow-workers with Himself in so blessed a task.
True it is, brethren—for let us not even by implication limittheomnipotence of His freegracetrue it is that His Holy Spirit can, and sometimes
carry on the work of sanctification by grace in those whom he has called to his Baptism, without the aid of Schools, Churches, or other human ministrations. But this, instead of deadening our zeal, should only kindle in us a warmer flame of gratitude and love, whenever (for our advantage) He condescends to admit our feeble
efforts to so glorious and heavenly a co-partnership. Let us be carefull that we despise not the proffered boon. His protecting hand over this institution is discerned and gratefully acknowledged by those who have commissioned me to announce the fact, that since its institution, two hundred females of this parish have been thereby furnished with instruction and opportunities for discharging their duty to God and to man; and thus, in all human probability, preserved from a state of degradation and sin which it is fearfull to think of. While then we have these “ tokens of good” displayed before us, it behoves us all “ to look diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God." They are more than the inhabitants of the
parish, who, from its peculiar position in respect to the University and City, should feel a particular interest in checking the progress of demoralization within its limits. Although, however, as anxious for your good, I could earnestly desire that you might all abound in this and every good work, yet believe me I am not desirous of swelling the collection by wringing the tardy contribution from a grudging hand. For this cause it is that I have forborne to mention other facts which have been communicated to me, showing the temporal advantages that have resulted from this School, by the habits of prudence which are also there inculcated. As the Minister of Christ, preaching to you His express commandment, and appealing to you by the Sacraments of His Church, I cannot address myself to any secondary or worldly motive. We take our stand on higher ground. We display before you the banner under which you were enlisted in your infancy, and whose sign you yet bear upon your brows. We sound in your ears the Gospel trumpet. We show you your brethren, the Apostles and Saints of the Universal Church, pressing forward at the high and holy call. We point you to Jesus himself, the Captain of your salvation, at your head, and we say, SOLDIER OF CHRIST, FOLLOW HIM! We
say it not only to the rich, but to all alike, high and low, rich and poor.
The offering which is precious in God's sight, and dearest to his saints, is what all may abound in. It is the contribution of your kindly interest, your Christian sympathy, your earnest and believing prayers. And then, whatsoever God putteth into your hearts to do, do it faithfully-do it cheerfully—do . it promptly.
" God is not unrighteous that He will forget your labour of love." Though we bribe you not as mercenaries to the service of your liege Lord and Master, yet think not we have no reward to proffer you.
We offer you a share in the joy “ that is in the presence
of the angels of God, over one sinner that repenteth.” We bid you to the work for the exceeding rich reward, of which the Son OF God himself was content to suffer and to die. We call you to the joy of His presence now. And if this be not enough, we summon you to that hour of triumph and bliss ineffable that is to come ; when all the countless legions of the angelick host shall stand with thousands and tens of thousands of glorified saints before Messiah's throne, to celebrate his victory over all his enemies! Where, if one blissful sight can be imagined dearer than another, it must surely be the spectacle of those happy souls “ singing the song of the Lamb and his redeemed,” who but for our humble instrumentality might have been defiled with eternal blasphemies. And if one sound can there be heard more ravishing than heaven's eternal hymns, oh! shall it not be this ? when the King Himself in all his glory
56 shall answer and say, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it into one of the least of these mY BRETHREN, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME!”
BAXTER, PRINTER, OXFORD.