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DEATH OF REV. PLINY FISK.
AMERICAN BOARD FOR his studies as usual, and, in the afternoon, FOREIGN MISSIONS.
walked into the city, and made several calls. In the evening, after uniting, as
usual, in reading the Scriptures in Ara. The following communication from bic, he said he felt himself too ill to make Messrs. Bird and Goodell, the only Ame- || any remarks, and requested Mr. Goodell rican missionaries now in Syria, an (in whose family he was) to make a few. nouncing the decease of their excellent fellow-labourer, the Rev. Pliny Fisk, will He, however, prayed in Arabic with his be read by many with weeping interest. usual fervency, though not with his usual It is addressed to the Corresponding Sec- length. Having bathed his feet in water, retary.
he retired to rest, with the hope of per, Beyroot, (Syria,) Oct. 25, 1825. spiring freely, and of being better in the Dear Sir,
morning. His hopes were, however, Never did we sit down to write you | disappointed. He passed a restless night, with such deep feeling, as at the present and, on Wednesday the 12th, had, to
Never have we had occasion | wards noon, a fit of ague. A nausea at to communicate events so materially af- the stomach indicated, as we thought, fecting the interests of the mission.
the propriety of an emetic. It was ac. On the 26th ult. the long expected and cordingly administered. It brought away unwelcome hour arrived for the depart- || a profusion of bile, threw him into a free ure, to our native country, of our beloved | perspiration, and persuaded us all to exbrother and fellow-labourer, Mr. King. || pect for him a comfortable night. But It was with a heavy heart, that we gave we were again disappointed. This night him the parting hand. We felt ourselves was more restless than the preceding. bereft of one of our firmest earthly sup Wednesday morning, 19. He rose, as ports. We commended our case to God, usual, and occupied the sofa in an easy and prayed him to build us up, and not to reclining posture, and appeared to enjoy pluck us down. We acknowledged our some quiet sleep, but we have since susweak and dependent state, and begged pected, that what seemed to be sleep, was that God would strengthen us by his chiefly stupor. His countenance was, grace, in proportion as he diminished our towards evening, perceptibly more sunk, number.
and he manifestly began to think his reBut we did not then feel our depend-covery doubtful He said, with a desence, as the providence of God has ponding air, to one of us, who stood surbrought us to feel it since. Brother Fisk veying him, “I don't know what you then remained to comfort and counsel us. think of me."--Together with restlessness We leaned upon him. We trusted in || and head ache, his fever was accompahim as the chief agent, who was to effect | nied, this evening, by an involuntary the good we design to this people. Now, starting of the muscles. To ease his this second prop is removed. That dear || head, we applied, as we had done once brother, too,
has taken leave of us for before, a few leeches. He grew suddenly another country. Yes, dear Sir, the hand very wild, and increasingly restless. of God has touched us, and our tears can- | Happening to touch the leeches on his not soon be dried away. You, too, will | face, he exclaimed, “Oh, what is here!" feel and weep, and so will thousands, When told, “0,” said he, “ I know not who knew and loved him, with ten thou- | what I am, nor where I am.” We hassand others, who have never seen histened to remove him to his bed, but in face in the flesh. But God knoweth our taking off his gown, he fainted, and lay sorrows, for he hath caused them; and for some time as if dying. In removing into his compassionate bosom let us pour | him, and managing his bleeding, he rethem all.
peatedly asked, what we were doing, and It was on Tuesday, the 11th inst, that who we were. We replied,
This is brother Fisk first spoke of being ill. He such a brother, and this is such an one.” supposed he had taken cold, but pursued " Oh yes,” said he, “ the best friends May, 1826.
that ever I had in my life, I am sure. | Thursday prayer meeting. We proposed God bless you.” This was a terrible to observe the season by his bedside, night of constant uneasiness and delirium. || supposing him to be too insensible to be
Thursday morning, 20. It being evi- either gratified or disturbed by it. On dents that he was much reduced since asking him, however, if we should once yesterday, and would, perhaps, be unable more pray with him, to our surprise he to sustain a single additional paroxysm of answered, “ Yes--but first I wish you to fever, we consulted whether it would not read me some portions of Mrs. Graham's be best to disclose to him our opinion of “ Provision for passing over Jordan.” his case, and suggest the propriety of his We read, and he made suitable remarks. completing whatever arrangement re Where it is said, “ To be where thou art, mained to be made of his worldly con to see thee as thou art, to be made like
We were the more decided to do thee, the last sinful motion forever past," this, as he had expressly wished us to 1 -he anticipated the conclusion, and said, deal faithfully with him, and tell him, with an expressive emphasis, “that's without flattering his desires, , whatever heaven.” We then each of us prayed we thought of him. He received the with him, and he subjoined his hearty commnnication with grea: composure
“ Amen.” We had asked, what we expressed a hope in Christ-said his should pray for, as it concerned his case. views were not so clear as he could wish, 'Pray,” said he, “that, if it be the but intimated that he was not afraid. So | Lord's will, I may get well, to pray with far as he was acquainted with himself, he | you, and labour with you a little longer; thought he could safely say, that his if not, that I may die in possession of my great, commanding object of life, for the reason, and not dishonour God by my last seventeen years, had been the glory | dying behaviour. ' He afterwards begged of Christ, and the good of the Church. to hear the hymn, which he had formerly Mr. Goodell asked, if he had any particu- || sung at the grave of Mr. Parsons. lar word of comfort, or of exhortation for
“ Brother, thou art gone before us, his family friends, his brothers, sisters,
And thy saintly soul has flown father.-At this last word, he was sensi Where tears are wiped from every eye, bly moved ; “Oh, brother Goodell,” said
And sorrow is unknown." &c. &c.
See Miss. Her. vol. xx, p. 170. Ed. he, raising his hand to his eyes, my
father, my father,--my father-(he paus The devotions of the evening were ated.) But he'll bear it. He knows what tended in his room. He united in them such afflictions are. When he hears the with evident enjoyment. Afterwards he news, the tears will roll down his furrow- begged one of the sisters to go and try to ed cheeks, but he'll not complain-he | get some rest, bade her good night, intiknows where to look for comfort.” Here mated it might be their final parting, he stopped, saying lie hoped to renew the commended her " to Him that was able subject, when he should have had a little to keep her.” Similar expressions of space to collect himself. After we had
us, and of gratitude to God, read, at his request, the fifty-first Psalm, frequently fell from his lips, such as, and both prayed by his side, he himself" The Lord bless you for all your kindadded a short prayer, in which he con ness."-" I shall wear you all out."sessed his sins, and resigned his soul and “ Were it not for these kind friends, I body into the hands of God.
should already have been in my grave." Hoping that he might yet continue a _"How different is this from poor B. day or two, we dispatched a messenger | (an English traveller who lately died,) to Sidon, to a physician with whom Mr. how different from Martyn, how different F. had some acquaintance, and in whose from brother Parsons in Syra.” skill he expressed some confidence.
The fever fit proved much wilder than At times he lay in a state of stupor, and the night preceding-scarcely any apseemed near death. In such a state helpearance of delirium. He repeatedly was, when the hour arrived of our usual | said, “ The Lord is more merciful to me
than I expected.” “Perhaps
may Saturday, 22. He was able to return be some hope of my recovery—the Lord's the morning salutation to those that name be praised.” He often checked came in. When the physician entered himself for sighing, and speaking of his the room, he immediately recognised pains, saying, “I know it is weak, and him, and conversed a little with lrim in foolish and wicked."
Once, after a Italian-passed the day quietly—said aldraught of water, he said, “ Thanks be most nothing--tongue palsied. to God for so much mercy, and let his
The sun had set, and no appearance of name be trusted in for that which is fu- | his usual paroxysm. His strength was ture.” On two or three occasions, he | such, that he could still raise himself on exclaimed, “God is good-his mercy his elbow, and nearly leave his bed, endureth forever.”
without assistance. Our hope had not, At midnight he asked the time-hop- || for many days, been higher, that he ed it had been later-and, at three A. M. might yet survive. The fever came on, (Friday 21,) his fever gave way to a little however, at 8 or 9 o'clock, but so gently quiet sleep. During the whole forenoon, that the physician repeatedly assured us he remained so' quiet, that we hoped his he apprehended no danger from it. We disease might be breaking away. In the therefore retired to rest, leaving him, for afternoon, however, it was discovered re the first half of the night, in the hands of turning with all its alarming symptoms. the physician and a single attendant. He was asked, if he had been able during Scarcely bad we closed our eyes in sleep; the day to fix his thoughts on Christ. || when we were awaked to be told, that “Not so much as I could wish–I am ex
all hope concerning him was fled. We tremely weak.” But when you have hastened to his bed side, found him pantbeen able to do so, has the Saviour ap- ing for breath, and evidently sinking into peared precious to you? “O yes, O yes, the arms of death. The physician immeO yes.” “ One of the sisters,” continued diately left him and retired to rest. We he, “ has been reading to me some pre
sat down, conversed, prayed, wept, and cious hymns respecting Christ and his watched the progress of his dissolution ; glory ;” then fixing his eyes steadfastly until, at precisely 3 o'clock on the Lord's towards heaven, he repeated the words, 1 day morning, October 23, the tired " Christ and his glory.”
wheels of nature ceased to move, and the At 6 o'clock he had rapidly altered, soul, which had been so long waiting for and the hand of death seemed really deliverance, was quietly released. upon him. We repaired to the throne
It rose, like its great Deliverer, very of
grace, commending his soul to him early on the first day of the week, triungthat gave
it. He had inquired anxiously | phant over death, and entered, as we beif the Doctor had not come. He came lieve, on that Sabbath, that eternal rest, at 8, but Mr. F. was insensible. He ap- that remaineth for the people of God. proached the bed side. “ Here is the doc We sung part of a hymn, and fen tor," said we. He raised his eyes, fas.
down to give thanks to Him that liveth tened them a moment on the stranger,
and was dead, and hath the keys of hell and sunk immediately into his former and of death, that he had given our dear stupor. The physician, on learning what | brother, as we could hope, the final vichad been his symptoms, expressed little tory over all disappointment, sorrow, and hope of saving him; but not to abandon | sin. him entirely, he ordered new mustard
As soon as the news of his death was poultices to his feet, and warm wet heard, all the flags of the different Concloths to his stomach, with frequent suls were seen at half mast. His funeral draughts of rice water. One hour after,
was attended at 4. At his grave, a part to our no small joy and encouragement,
of the chapter in Corinthians respecting came on a free perspiration, the
the resurrection, was read in Italian, and
paroxysm of fever was arrested, respiration more
a prayer offered in English, in presence free, and the remainder of the night || of a more numerous and orderly concomparatively quiet.
course of people, than we have ever wit- || number Mr. --, another Missionary and nessed on a similar occasion. His re his wife. The vessel in which they emmains sweetly slumber in a garden con barked, called at Montserat; the number nected with one of our houses.
of the mission family, at that time, amountAs for us, we feel that we have lost | ing to thirteen souls, as above, including our elder brother. Our house is left one servant. At Montserat, their friends unto us desolate. To die, we doubt not, advised them to leave the vessel in which has been infinite gain to him, but to us | they were, (being a dull sailer,) and go the loss seems at present irreparable. I on board the mail boat Maria, then ready He cheered us in the social circle, he re to sail for this island. They did so; and proved us when we erred, he strengthen- || a young lady also took passage with ed us by his prayers, exhortations, and them. The schooner which they had left, counsels.—The Board of Missions will arrived here seasonably, and brought the feel the loss, perhaps, not less than we. baggage of the mission family, which they Another servant, with talents like his for did not think best to take out, the ordinaexplaining and enforcing the doctrines of|ry passage being only a few hours. Some the Gospel, and who shall be able to alarm (after the schooner's arrival) was preach fluently in most of the languages | felt for the safety of the mail boat; but as heard in this country, will not soon be the wind was very high, it was supposed found. But the Lord of the Harvest has that she had probably lost some of her resources of which we know but little. I sails, and put back. On Friday, P. M. the To him let us still repair, and pray in || 3d inst, however, word was brought to hope.-Your unworthy, afflicted servants, || town, that part of the wreck was seen on Miss. Her.]
the Weymouth,* with two persons on it. W. GOODELL. Two or three boats immediately went
down to her, and found it to be the wreck
of the mail boat Maria, and the only surMETHODIST MISSION. vivor of twenty-one souls, was Mrs. Jones
in a state of insensibility. It appeared that she had been placed by the captain
(Whitney) between the bowsprit bitts, We have been favoured with the fol. lowing extract of a letter, from a respect: in her night dress only, with her husband's
where she could not wash away. She was able ship-master of this port, giving an account of the destruction of the whole || cloak or coat on, and a sailor's cap on her of the Methodist Missionary family, loca- || head.— The body of capt. Whitney (and ted at the island of Antigua, by ship- || the only one found) was lying near the wreck.--New Haven Herald.
wreck. He was buried yesterday. He Antigua, March 5, 1826.
had not been dead probably more than an A most distressing and melancholy || hour,as he was seen on the bowsprit about shipwreck occurred near this island the two o'clock in the afternoon.-Mrs. Jones, past week, attended with such circum- || it is hoped, is slowly recovering, and so stances as seem almost incredible, and | fas restored to her recollection, as to say, we can only say, that, for the wisest pur- | that she knows all the circumstances of poses, though often to us inscrutable, the the shipwreck ; but the doctors forbid her Lord has done it."
being questioned, at present. The followAbout four weeks since, there was a || ing circumstances, however, have been yearly general meeting at St. Kitts, of communicated by her:-The vessel struck the Methodist Missionaries from the neigh- || on the reef in the night.—Three or four bouring islands: from this place went the days had elapsed when she was taken off. Rev. Mr. White, wife, three children, and || Mr. White, his wife, three children, and servant; Rev. Mr. Hilliar, Rev. Mr. Oake, / servant, were all swept away together, Rev. Mr. Jones, wife, and infant child.
* A shoal about four miles from the har. They left St. Kitts a few days since, to
bour, and only half a mile from a small return to this island, having added to their || island called Sandy Island.
LOSS OF MISSIONARIES.
clinging to each other ; Mr. Hilliar at the haven of bliss. Dark, deep, and mystempted to swim to Sandy Island, and was terious are the ways of a righteous and drowned in her sight ; her infant was wash- ) and unerring Providence! With wonder ed away from her arms; her husband died and astonishment, we behold a delicate, in her lap, the night before she was taken | slender woman, of twenty years, for four off, and was washed away. As returning || days without sustenance,exposed to the inrécollections open to her the horrors of clemency of the weather, supported; the scene she has witnessed, I am told while hardy seamen were dying round her, she often exclaims, “O, captain Whitney, 1) and finally, the sole survivor of twentywhy did he save me !” She must indeed, one persons! We see, in a few short be an unhappy, lonely woman ; and time hours, the whole mission family of this can never efface from her remembrance || island, called from their earthly labours, this mournful event. She is undoubtedly but to receive, as we trust, a heavenly remost to be pitied, for we have good rea ward. But who can stay his hand ? or sons to indulge the hope, that her kind who shall say to the Supreme Governor friends are in heaven—that the scenes of of the Universe, what doest thou? Shull Weymouth shoal were but a passage to not the Judge of all the earth do right ?"
SYNOD OF THE
ticle from Ava says, that the English,
American and Armenian prisoners had Calcutta papers to Dec. 21, have been received in this city per ship BEVERLY. || that some of them had died from trouble,
been in great distress for want of food, and The Burmese war was still going on, with broken hearts, and ill usage. out any very clear prospect of a speedy termination. The principal British army was still at Prome, Nov. 16, where it was rumoured that the Burmese were preparing an attack upon it. The troops had been impatiently expecting orders to advance, and probably hostilities commenc The last number of the United Brethed soon after the above date. A portion | ren's Missionary Inteligencer contains an of the British force were at Arcana, where
account of the proceedings of the General it was very sickly. The Burmese army | Synod of the United Brethren's Church, had been recruited with great industry, || which held its meeting at Herrnhut, in and its force was variously estimated from | Saxony, from May 30th to August 18th, 70,000 to 110,000 men strong. A confer- || 1825. This body is the highest ecclesiasence had been held for proposing terms of tical authority in the Moravian church. peace, and in the mean time there was an
It consists of the Bishops, Civil Seniors, armistice of a month from Sept. 16; but and deputies from the different establishthe proposals made by the British com
ed congregations, together with the Board mander were rejected by the king of Ava of Elders of the Unity, to whom the genwith great indignation, and he ordered
eral superintendence of the church is comthe war to be prosecuted with vigour. I mitted in the interval between the GenThe armistice was subsequently extend
eral Synods, a period usually of long dued to Nov. 2, to enable the Burmese com
ration, as the last Synod met in 1818, and missioners to consult their government. | the next will not meet till 1836. In the They agreed to an exchange of prisoners, following extracts a summary account is and the Burmese commissioners promised | given of the efforts of the Brethren to that the whole of the British and Ameri- spread the knowledge of the Gospel acan subjects should be liberated and sent to the British head quarters without de- | mong the heathen, and to promote the
'cause of education in civilized countries. lay. It does not appear that the promise of the release of prisoners at Ava had been The reports communicated from our complied with. On the contrary, when
different missions in Greenland, Labrador, the King heard the terms of peace de- North and South America, the West India manded by the British, he ordered them Islands, and South Africa, were almost into close confinement. A subsequent ar." universally calculated to inspire us witb