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honour, praise and power, majesty, might and dominion forever ascribed to God and the Lamb; where is no sighing nor crying--but endless day without night, where we may say hallelujah---hosanna forever!

Glory, glory for the prospects a-head! the “HOPE" beyond the grave ! . . 1

LORENZO DOW. At the house of Brother Weait Munson, .. No. 176 Broadway.

New-York, May 8th, 1814. Dublin, October 18, 18065 My Dear Brother Dow,

AS you are about to leave this city, I send you this small testimonial of my esteem and love, as it may on some occasions, open your way among strangers.

I had but few opportunities of attending your meetings; when I did, I had no doubt of the divine blessing attending your ministry:on other occasions, I have had the fullest proof, that although you were confined in your place of preaching, the word of the Lord was not bound, but became the power of God to the salvation of many precious souls. I suppose not less than thirty of these have, on your recommendation, joined the society; several of whom are rejoicing in God, and living to his glory in newness of life.

When you formerly visited Ireland, I witnessed the power of God attending your ministry in several instances, and I rejoice in the continuation of his grace to you From all I have seen and heard respecting you, I acknowledge the hand of God, who is now as formerly, abasing the pride of man in the instruments by whom he works. (See 1 Cor. i. 26 -29.)

I have no doubt of your candid attachment to the Methodists in affection and interest as well as doctrine. I believe your aim is to spend and be spent in bring.' ing sinners to the Lord Jesus, and do therefore cordial.ly “ bid you God speed.” May you have many souls given you in every place, to form your crowo of rejoicing in the day of the Lord! May the eternal God be your refuge, and protect you, and your dear wife and little one, is the prayer of

Your affectionate Brother in Christ,

MATTHEW LANKTREE.*. Rev. Lorenzo Dov.

* Superintendent Preacher of the Methodist Society in Dublin.

Dublin, April 21, 1807. My Dear Brother Dow,.

Iwas in expectation of hearing from you ever since your departure. At present I must be brief. Whatever be the ultimate result of the emigrating spire it which is at present moving so many of our dear friends to leave us, I cannot tell : this I know, we already feel in a distressing way its painful effects : Our hands háng down, and our enemies rejoice. May the Lord interpose, and order it for our good!

I cannot unravel the providence which prevented brother Joyce from proceeding along with you. I fear he was not in the will of God,

With respect to the fruit of your labours, the general testimony of all I have conversed with has been, that the Lord has owned your ministry in various parts of Ireland. My desire and prayer for you is, that you may feel the Lord's presence and the power of God with you more fully than ever. I would thank you for a few lines before you leave England. My love in the Lord Jesus to sister Dow, and all our friends who accompany you.

I am
Your affectionate brother in Christ,

MATTHEW LANKTREE.
Mr. Don, Liverpool.

My dear wise sends her love to sister Dow and you. The class under her care is going on well in gen-. eral,

New-York, November 16, 1805. My unknown Friend,

HAVING received information from Mr. Kirk, respecting your situation, and supposing you to be a proper person, from your influence in the ***** *** ******, I take this opportunity, the earliest that offers, to write to you, by the way of Liverpool, on a subject in which our brethren are deeply interested. Mr. Lo

renzo Dow, has embarked again for Europe, better fur nished perhaps for success than when he was with you last. His confidence of success must at least be very considerably increased, having succeeded so well in deceiving or duping so many of the preachers in the American *********. I hope that our brethren in Europe will unanimously resolve to have nothing at all to do with him. There is the greater necessity of this, as it appears to me, that if you should suffer him to have any access to our people, it would not only do us an injury, but him also : for such is the nature of his plan or system, that he estimates truth and right, not so much by principle as by success. If he should not make immediately for Ireland, please to use your ability to put the English on their guard. I expect he embarked for Liverpool. If he did not take such grounds as to lead our people into an acquiescence and even approbation of his measures : if he did not affect to act as a *********, I should say nothing about him. But as an itinerant plar, may indirectly lead to impos. tor, it stands us in hand to be very cautious to distinguish between the true and the false itinerant: the lines of distinction should always be kept very clear between the ........: preacher and his ape. I anı sorry, my dear friend, that we can give you no better specimen of the fruits of .....,i.. in , this country.-Alas! Alas! Shame! Shame! It shall be pubsished in the streets of London and Dublin, that ........ preachers in America, have so far departed from ...... and their own discipline, as to countenance and bid God speed to such a man as Mr. Don; the last person in the world who should have been suffered to trample ....... ism under foot with impunity or countenance. His manners have been clownish in the extreme; his habit aud appearance more filty than a Savage Indian; his public dicourses a mere rhapsody, the substance often an insult upon the gospel : but all the insults he has offered to decency, cleanliness, and good breeding; all his impious trifling in the holy ministry; all the contempt he has poured upon the sacred seripture, by often refusing to open them, and frequently chusing the most vulgar saying as a motto to his discourses, in preference to the word of God; all this is as nothing in comparison. He has affected a recognizance of the secrets of men's hearts and lives, and even assumed the awful prerogative of prescience, and this mot occasionally, but as it were habitually, pretending to foretel, in a great number of instances, the deaths or calamities of persons, &c. ? If he makes converts as an apostle, he will not meet with your interference; but I have this confidence in my elder brethren, that as the disciples of the great ******, whom they have known in the flesh, they will make a public stand against this shameless intruder, this most daring impostor.* !

Grace and Peace. , , N宪米米米米米 S米米米米米米。 To the Rev. Matthias Joyce,

Dublin, Ireland.

A true copy: The original is in Mr. Joyce's possession. They

JOHN JONES.
P. JOHNSON

* An intruder' is a bad character but a shameless' one must be calloused to all delicate and important feelings. An im. postor is a bad character-a' daring one is worse but the * most daring' is in the superlative degree-which charge is un. founded-as Cosmopolite hath given an honest account of himself at all times to all persons and in all countries wherever he hath been-whether in Europe or America--from Quebec to New Orleans and the foregoing History is a sim. ple relation in miniature for the correction of error the welfitte of Zion and those whom it may concern.

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