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desire inay, according to com- | Answer of the Commissioners, mendable practice, be sent over, “Right Honorable; in a particular account, within “ We received yours of the the year. And it may assist us, 15th of May, 1662- That it pleain the regulating our expenses, sed the Lord to put it into the if you be pleased to let us know, heart of our dread sovereign, the by the first conveniency; what king's Majesty, with his most further charge you judge you honorable Council, to cast a fashall be put to by perfecting the vorable aspect upon these so far printing of the Bible. The use remote parts of his dominions, of that Divine book, and also a not only to the owning of his constant use of catechisms, we subjects, the people of his own judge most necessary for the In- | nation, with privilege of protecdians' instruction in religion. tion, and confirmation of our And we also think it may con wonted liberties to the rejoicing duce to unity and order, if the of the hearts of many, the Lord's same catechism be generally poor people here, that were betaught amongst them.”
fore sad, and to the shame of « If our stock do increase, those, who were the enemies of which, we hope, hereafter it the peace of our Zion ; but almay; especially since his Ma- so, as by the information given jesty himself has graciously | us by your honor's letters, expleased particularly to counte- tending his royal favor to our nance this work, and to secure, neighbors, the barbarous natives, both what has been, and what and that in such wise, as no may be given towards it, by a other interest or concernment legal settlement, which before can be any motive therein to his was wanting :-If, we say, our | Majesty, save only his unfeignmeans increase, we shall consi-ed love to the honor of God, and der of some employment, in the bowels of compassion to poor way of trade and manufacture, | mankind, the experience, not to employ the Indians in. Or only of a kingly, but also of a if, in the interim, there occurs to fatherly, god-like spirit ; espeyou any thing about this, or any cially considering the objects of other matter, that, you judge, this his bounty, who are such of may tend to the promoting of whom it may be truly said, that that good work, wherein we have being beheld in their own sathe happiness to be jointly en- vage ways, and customs, there gaged, your informations and is very little more of the relics advice will be, as well as your of that glorious image, put upassistance, very welcome to us." | on our first parents, to be seen
" Signed in the name, and by in them than this, that they are the appointment of the corpora- of that race :- The consideration for the propagating of the tion whereof, together with the gospel in America.
gentleness and candor of your Pr. Robert Boyle, Gov." generous minds, expressed in London, May 15, 1662. yours to us, breathing forth your " For the worshipful, the com- unfeigned desires to advance the
missioners of the United Cold interest of the Lord Jesus Christ; onies of New England, in New so that the labor and difficulties England, These.”
I inevitably accompanying such
an undertaking have not deter- | Lord in the use of the means
ho We are informed by
hopes it will be finished within a “ Touching the progression | year. The future charge is unof this work at present, your ho- certain ; by estimate not less nors may please to be informed than two hundred pounds. We that as we have formerly rela have herewith sent 20 copies of ted we are still waiting on the I the New Testament to be disVOL. VI. NO. 6.
posed of as your honors shall | An Essay on the Glory of God, think meet.”
founded on 1 Cor. x. 31. « The trust your honors have seen meet to repose in us for (Continued from p. 170.) the managing of this work, we shall endeavor, with all faithful-II. T show what is implied ness, to discharge. The account 1 in doing all things to enclosd tells you to whom, and the divine glory. Whatsoever in what manner, and for what ye do, do all to the glory of God. ends, the money sent over hath It is plain, that men can add been distributed; whereby you nothing to God's essential glory, will plainly see, that neither our nor in the least diminish it. But colonies, nor particular concern- as it respects his declarative gloments are any diminution there-ry, we have the authority of reof, but the whole is improved ac-velation to assure us, that they cording to the will of the do- can do those things which shall nors."
be honorary or dishonorary to “ And for the future we shall God. To do all things to the · be ready to observe the more gloły of God, is to conduct in particular directions of your ho- every respect as it becomes such nors ; humbly entreating this fa- beings as we are, considering all vor, that no information or com- the circumstances of our situaplaint may be received against tion, and all our obligations to us to the prejudice of our trust, the great Author and preserver until we have had advice there- of our existence. The will of of, with a seasonable opportuni-God made known to us in his ty to return an answer thereto. word, is the rule by which to reLess than five hundred pounds gulate all our actions. The lead· we could not charge bills to being things that are revealed as paid this year ; without which the will of God, were suggested the work will inevitably be in- under the former headas promoterrupted, if not broken in pie- tive of the divine glory; which ces."
are some of the great fundamen“ We shall not give your ho- tal duties the right performnor's further trouble, but com- ance of which contributes to the mend you to the guidance and I glory of God. . protection of the Almighty, res. And here . let it be observed, ting your honors to serve in the that no duty can be performed work of Christ."
rightly, unless it be done in sin“ The Commissioners of the cerity, or from a good principle
United Colonies in New of heart. External good works
may promote the welfare of so
ciety, and the peace and comBoston, Sept. 10, 1662... | fort of the present life ; but if
they do not flow from a good “ To the Hon. Robert Boyle, Esq. fountain, from true love to God
Governor of the corporation and man, they cannot be acceptfor the propagation of the gos able to Him who seeth not as man pel in New England.”. seeth, but looketh on the heart.
The apostle says, Though I beslow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be things to the glory of God, every burned, and have not charity, it action of his life tends to this profiteth me nothing. Hence in important object; and every order that we may perform thing he does is sanctified by a Christian duties, to the glory of principle and habit of virtue. God, we must not barely regard His worldly business and emthe outward adorning of good ployment, by justice and charity works, but the hidden man of the running uniformly through all heart, even the ornament of a meek the parts of them; the comand quiet spirit, which in the sight mon actions of his life, by deof God is of great price.
cency and inoffensiveness ; his Farther, In order to answer very pleasures and diversions, the precept of the text, we must by innocency and right intenhave a single eye to the glory of tions. Whatever he is doing, Jehovah, in all, even the small- he constantly remembers the est actions of life. In treating end, and therefore does not upon this subject, the apostle is, amiss.” 50 particular as to mention the III. To shew the obligations common feeding upon the boun- we are under to conduct in all ties of Providence. Whether ye | things to the glory of God. eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, “ God as a wise and intelli. do all to the glory of God. The gent being must have respect in inspired oracles represent all, all his actions, to the accomeven the irrational and the very plishment of someend.” “ When inanimate creatures-beasts and we look at the majestic works of all cattle, worms and flying God in creation and redemption fowls, the sun, moon, and stars, we are at once impressed with mountains and all hills, fruitful the absurdity of even imagining trees and all cedars, fire and hail, them to have been made withsnow and vapors, wind and out a view to some great end. storms, as glorifying God, be- In these works we behold order, cause they subserve the end of connexion, regularity and hartheir creation, and show us his mony. How these should have great power and perfections. existed without design, is im-, With what propriety then, may possible to conceive. It is equaleven the most common actions ly impossible to conceive, how of men be said to be done to the God should do this without a glory of God, when they are view to some end exceedingly done as required; as becomes great, glorious and important." men and Christians! " In a jour-“. This end was the display ney, to a diligent man, whose of himself, or the good of the mind is really bent upon his thing created." That it was journey's end, every thing he the display of himself appears does as well as actual travelling from this; 6 It is inconsistent tends to accomplish his design. for infinite wisdom and good. His rest and sleep, his steps and ness to prefer an inferior to a refreshments, nay,even his very superior object :" And God is diversions, all tend uniformly to- as far above all creatures as heawards enabling him to arrive at ven is above earth. * All creahis intended home. And thus tures are as nothing in comparis likewise to a man who does all I son of the infinite God. Collect
all the powers and principalities the glory of the Lord. Day" m. of hearen ; all the perfections to day uttereth speech, and right of angels and virtuts of men ; unto night shesveth knowledge. all the splendors scattered over The magnificence of the celestial creation ; collect all these into bodies, and the form and order one vast assemblage ; and they of all the works of creation, ta are lost before God, as a mote citly shew forth the glorious in the full blaze of the sun.” wisdom, power and goodness of “Now God inust love and re- their Almighty former. Theree gard the highest excellency fore all rational creatures, who most. But this is no where but are placed in an elevated rank in himself. “ Consequently, I in the scale of being, are obli, he must in all his works, act gated to perform for God a reawith a supréme regard to his sonable service, and toshew forth own glory, or to himself.." his glory in a more excellent 5. This is the uniform language manner than the lower creation. of scripture. God declares, that And especially · are mankind, he made all things for hijnself ; who have experienced great and that of him, and to him, and distinguished mercy and favor through him are all things." from God, abligated to conse: By this Cisplay of himself, all crate all their powers, and fac; his creatures share liberally in ulties to his service, honoring his goodness ; without which, him with their whole conduct, they never would have partici- even whether they fut or drink, pated the benefits of creation, and or whatsoever they do, doing all of receiving and enjoying good ; to the glory of God. This God for God is the only uncreated hath taught us by his word; being, and true good in the uni- and it is incumbent on all men, verse. This being the case, it who would act worthy of their is reasonable and proper, that rational dignity, discharge their his works, which have derived solemn obligations, and meet their being from him, and share the approbation of their God, to largely in his munificence, endeavor to honor him by all should be used to his glory. the actions of life. . · As God's character comprises all good, his creatures cannot act
IXFERENCES. to a nobler end than the divine 1. If the divine glory be the glory. And as every favor cre- ultimate end in creation, and the ates an obligation, the countless important object which all crea: favors they receive from him, ted intelligences should have in lay them under infinite obliga- view in all their actions, then we tions to live to his glory. Ac- learn the great excellency of the cordingly his perfect will re- Christian religion. God con: quires this duty of them, and nects his glory with the general makes it necessary, that they good of the creatures which he should act to the same great end has made ; and in this his con with himself.
| duct appears truly wonderful and · The irrational and inanimate excellent. When Moses said parts of creation, do glorify God to God, I beseech théé, show me by answering the design of their thy glory, God said, I will make creation. The heavens declare | all my goodne is pass before thee,