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    February 28, 1844

    Vol. VII. No. 4. Boston, Whole No. 148

    Joshua V. Himes



    NEW SERIES. VOL. VII. NO. 4. Boston, February 28, 1844. WHOLE NO. 148.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.1



    J. V. HIMES,

    J. V. Himes, S. Bliss, & A. Hale, Editors.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.2

    Terms.—One Dollar per Volume, of 26 Numbers. Five Dollars for 6 Copies, Ten Dollars for 13 Copies.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.3

    Dow & Jackson, Printers.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.4

    The Faithless Watchman



    Watchman! tell us of the night,
    What its signs of promise are,
    Crazy traveller! there’s no light;
    Still the morning is afar!
    HST February 28, 1844, page 25.5

    Watchman! canst thou see no ray,
    Aught of hope or joy foretell?
    Traveller! distant is the day,
    Promised day of Israel!
    HST February 28, 1844, page 25.6

    Watchman! tell us of the night,
    Faithful vigil thou should’st keep.
    Traveller! the clock is out of sight—
    Morn is distant—thou may’st sleep.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 25.7

    Watchman! dost thou truly tell?
    Sure the night is now far spent.
    Trav’ller rest thee, all is well,
    On disturbance thou art bent.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 25.8

    Watchman! tell us of the night,
    For the morning now is near.
    Trav’ller! haste thee from my sight!
    Morn is distant—nothing fear.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 25.9

    Watchman! what’s the time of night,
    ‘Dost thou mark the watches well?
    Trav’ller! haste thee from my sight,
    For no one the time can tell!
    HST February 28, 1844, page 25.10

    Faithless watchman! see the star!
    See the morning star ascend!
    Watchman! morn is not afar,
    Signs prophetic thus portend!
    HST February 28, 1844, page 25.11

    Watchman! rouse thee from thy rest,
    With the slothful ‘tis not well,
    Rouse from slumber, be thou blest
    In the fold of Israel! E. C. C.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 25.12

    Rochester, Feb. 16, 1844.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.13

    Remarks of Bro. S. S. Snow,


    At the Tabernacle on New Year’s eve—a relation of his experience.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.14

    The story which I have to tell you, my dear hearers, I shall relate in as brief, plain, and simple a manner as possible. I stand before you as a monument of the grace of God, a living proof of his truths, the power of which I have experienced upon my soul. A few years ago I was a callous and hardened Infidel, and was so for years. I received my religious impressions in childhood; but falling in with unbelievers in the Bible, and various characters of sceptics, I became impregnated with their false doctrines, and, up to my 35th year, I was a settled unbeliever in the Bible. Until the autumn of 1839, I rejected the Bible as foolish, and trampled it under my feet; and from 1833 to 1839, I was a constant patron of the Boston Investigator, the organ of the Infidels, then conducted by Abner Kneeland. As I took an active part in this cause, and was for several years an agent for the Investigator in Connecticut, and a contributor to its columns, my friends from time time took an interest in my welfare, and called my attention to different books advocating the cause of Christianity: I often read them, but not one produced any effect upon my mind, and nothing ever removed my scepticism; for it seemed to me as though the Bible was filled with nothing but gross absurdities. When I read it, it was with the view only of finding contradictions and absurdities, and to hold them up to ridicule. This, my hearers, is the mode of argument resorted to by infidels against the Bible. Now, my friends, if I had never received any more light than what I did from those calling themselves teachers of Christianity, I should have remained a sceptic to this very day. I used to argue with professed Christians, and would always endeavor to confound them by bringing up these Bible contradictions, and objections which they could not answer.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.15

    I remained a sceptic till 1839, and then, through the power of God, who ordered my steps to be turned into the right way, a book written by Mr. Miller fell into my hands, which advocated the coming of Christ. This book was brought by a pedlar, and sold to my brother, who, after reading it a little, laid it one side. It was at my brother’s that I saw it. I took it up and asked, “What’s here?” My brother replied, “There’s a book which you ought to read.” I commenced reading it in the presence of my sister, a professor of religion. I had often heard of Mr. Miller and his views, and supposed them to be all moonshine. While reading that book, I said to my sister, “Do you call all this nothing?” When I questioned her in earnest as to the coming of Christ, and stated the views contained in this book, she replied, “If it is true, we shall know it when it comes.” She, my hearers, is still like many of you; indifferent to the truths found in the Bible. I took the book home and read it, and the more I read it the more was I impressed with its truth. I compared it with the Scriptures, and saw at once that it contained an argument that could not be rejected. I saw that every thing was complete. I saw the perfect harmony between Daniel and the Revelations, and the history which is a perfect fulfilment of these Revelations. I asked myself in all seriousness, how could this great knowledge be obtained unless it were inspired by God. I then saw that the Bible which I had so long rejected, was the word of God, and I melted down before it. I saw then that I had been rebelling against him, and I sought to wash away the guilty spots from my soul. I prayed to God in secret, I prayed in my family, and I went forward in the discharge of that duty which belongs to Christians. The light gradually fell in upon my mind, and it has been growing brighter and brighter till this moment.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.16

    In the autumn of 1840, I united with a Congregational church, but there was something that whispered to me that I was not doing right; but there being in the place where I resided no other church, I united with them; but I felt it was wrong, for it carried its influence against the Advent faith, which I loved and cherished. I continued a member till last fall, when I felt it my duty to recede. I did so, and then became one of the Lord’s free men. I sent a letter to the church, stating my views that the churches were in general anti-christian in spirit and in practice, and that upon this ground I felt it to be my duty to recede. My union with them was dissolved, and they voted to cut me off because I had cut myself off. In the year 1842, I felt it my duty to go out and preach the truth of my Lord Jesus Christ to the world. I felt hat the period of man’s probation on earth would terminate in 1843; yet I was unwilling to preach it, but preached the near coming of Christ, but my works were not blessed.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.17

    In East Kingston, at a camp neeting, I came out for the first time, and laid all down upon the altar before God, and consecrated myself to God, from that time forever. Since that time, I have been laboring in the vineyard of my heavenly Father. I left my family, and have been preaching without purse or scrip; and I feel that when the blessed time shall come, I shall have a few souls to present, at least, at stars in my crown of rejoicing.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.18

    All that I have seen and all that I now see, seems more and more to confirm the truth found in the Bible. The truth there established, has been a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. I believe that as certain as the Bible is God’s truth, that just as certain the next event will be the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ; and my fervent prayer is, Come Lord Jesus.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.19

    Contrast my feelings four or five years ago with what they are now. Then I was a scoffer as you are; and I could make light of the church of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of his coming. But I now see the truth shining like a bright light over my head. I once could trifle with these elements of his body, broken for you, and this wine, as his blood spilled for the sins of man.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.20

    Oh my friends, I earnestly invite you, who are not ready to meet Christ at his coming, to examine these things carefully; search for the truth diligently, and go to God in fervent prayer, and he will give you the light and knowledge. I was an unbeliever, and prayed, and found the truth. Let all of you pray; try the spirit of prayer; try to search the Scriptures; for it is for your eternal interest. Do not reject the Bible—do not trample it under your feet, and resist its tender influence; but like the noble Bereans, try and find if these things are so. May God bless the truth; and when our Redeemer and Master shall appear we shall exclaim in rapture, “this is our God; we have waited for him; and we will be glad and rejoice in our salvation.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.21

    Letter from Bro. R. Hutchinson


    My Dear Brother Himes:—I cannot return to my field of labor in the great cause, without saying something in relation to my visit to these parts. Ever since I embraced the Second Advent faith, I have wished to mingle (at least for a season) with the brethren in the United States “looking for, the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Savior Jesus Christ.” But an attention to what I deemed duty, has prevented me till recently. I came to Boston, as you are aware, on the 1st of January, with some intention of going in the “Hibernia” “to England, but was a few hours too late. In consequence, I have had the privilege of visiting several principal places, where I have had the opportunity of getting and doing good. The first place to which I went after my arrival in your city, was New Bedford, Mass. Brother Porter, a good brother indeed, accompanied me. There I became acquainted with Brn. Brown and Hervey, and a great many excellent brethren and sisters, looking for the Lord. My heart said, as it has often done for the last fourteen months, “this people shall be my people;” and the feeling seemed to be reciprocated; for it was dificult to get away. God bless the dear people in New Bedford. I preached a few times to large audiences. From there I went to the city of Providence, R. I., where I found a noble company of Second Advent believers, among whom I was glad to find some of my own country people—Engiish. I lectured three times to a full Hall. The brethren are doing all they can in that city to sustain the cause. I was next invited to go to Lowell. There I exhibited the blessed truth, in three discourses, to large congregations. I found a spiritual band of Adventists. They are blessed with the pastoral care of Elder Cole, a tried friend in the cause. I then returned to Boston, where, according to previous notice, I preached five times in the Tabernacle, (an admirable model for a meeting house.) I had large and attentive congregations, especially on the Sabbath day. While I was in the city I was laid up several days through sickness; but received the greatest kindness and attention at brother and sister Dickinson’s, where I had the good fortune to be staying. May God bless and reward that dear family. The next place to which I went was New York city. On the evening of my arrival I had the opportunity of proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom in a large Congregational meeting house, to a good audience, considering that the evening was unfavorable. The next morning I left for Philadelphia, where I was greeted by Bro. Litch, to whom, under God, I am indebted for my first light on the Advent near. I found a mighty army of Second Advent believers. I at once felt myself at home. On the evening of my arrival, according to previous notice, I preached in a large and beautiful church, which was thronged with a devout and listening congregation. As the word passed before them, every countenance seemed to say, “This is the truth of God,” excepting in the case of a judaizer, who hissed when his fables were exhibited in their true light, and shivered to peices by the force of truth. I preached in the same house the two following evenings; and twice on the Sabbath, in the large Saloon of the Museum. I administered the Lord’s supper to six or seven hundred, looking for the blessed hope. The Lord was with us. Next morning I returned to New York, where I had again the opportunity of exhibiting the glad tidings of the coming kingdom. I also preached three times in Brooklyn city, where I was much blessed, and where I found many dear friends. To crown the whole, I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Wm. Miller. I have heard many great and good men, both in Europe and America, but I never witnessed such a combination of acquaintance with Scripture, and child-like simplicity in any, as is possessed by him. His faith is strong in the coming of Christ about the present time, and his faith is not a blind uninformed faith. I am again in Boston. Though worn down by various toils, I gave a short exposition of the 24th of Matt. last evening in the Tabernacle, to, I suppose, about three thousand people. Here I would say, that in all the places I have visited, the friends of the cause have afforded me pecuniary aid in spreading light through British America and Europe. And what is given will be sacredly laid out. And now I have no more place in these parts. Tomorrow morning I leave for Montreal, C. E. My faith is strong in the coming of Christ this year. I intend to cry aloud and spare not. I intend to occupy till the Lord come. I thank you, my dear brother, for your many acts of kindness and friendship, not only during my visit to this place, but also during the past year. Let me have an interest in your prayers. Wishing you every prosperity in your noble and extensive undertaking, I remain yours in the blessed hope of soon seeing Jesus. Boston, Feb, 12th, 1844.HST February 28, 1844, page 25.22



    Of late Dr. Orthodox uniformly remembers to pray that “the people may not have itching ears and wandering feet.” He has been in deep affliction to be sure for some time past, for some of his people have reasoned in this way:—“When I connected myself with this church, I covenanted with my Savior, and now that he has withdrawn his sensible presence from among us, I can but follow him, and perform my vows before him.” All the secret of the difficulty is, that the meat in due season has not been given by the pastor—his own eyes not being open to behold the wondrous things God is showing his people out of the law, in these last days, how can he point them out to others?HST February 28, 1844, page 26.1

    But it may be said that the Dr. is not to blame—we do not say that he is—we only say that “the secret of the Lord is with them that fear him,” and “the meek will he guide in judgment, the meek will he teach his way.”HST February 28, 1844, page 26.2

    The education and situation of the Rev. gentleman has been extremely unfortunate, and it would be expecting too much entirely of poor human nature to look for meekness and a teachable disposition in such circumstances. He is one of Job’s friends, who supposes that “wisdom will die with him.” Were you to ask him what is the chief end of man, he would doutbless answer man’s chief end is to go to his own church, and support his minister. He has fervently prayed all his life long that God would make a glorious work on the earth—that he would build up Zion, but he supposes that it must be accomplished in just the way he would mark out. He verily thinks that Zion must be built up by strengthening. the division walls of the churches, and now that he sees them begin to totter he cries out, “Not so, Lord! Not so! Why, how will Paul’s salary be raised? and who will support Peter? What will become of all of us fishermen apostles of these days—what will become of our families, if the division walls of the churches fall down! What will there be for us to do if all christians become one in feeling and action? Oh Lord, not so! Build up thy cause after a more approved method.”HST February 28, 1844, page 26.3

    As to this Advent Doctrine, thinks the good man, it cannot be denied, that it tends to union, for all those who are looking for the Lord to come are united of course, and all those who believe it not, are one in opposing the error.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.4

    One Saturday morning, after prayers and breakfast, Dea. Hopeful, the right hand of Dr. Orthodox, entered the study of the latter. After the introductory compliments, Dea. Hopeful, with a peculiarly dolorous expression of countenance, gave a specificate of trouble and grievance. “The Church is being scattered,” said he, “a great many are choosing other folds—there is no union—no harmony—we are all split up into kindling wood, and I do not see much prospect of the Millennium’s coming yet awhile; I must confess. Dea. Faithful has gone over to the Adventists—sister Humble-mind says the Lord may come at any time, and the heresy is spreading like wildfire in all our church.”HST February 28, 1844, page 26.5

    Dr. Orthodox. Concerning the faith, men are getting reprobate. ‘Tis mournfully true. These are the hours of darkness. Men are no longer earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, that is, to look for a thousand years of peace and safety to descend upon the earth. Alas! alas! what will be the end of these things?HST February 28, 1844, page 26.6

    Dea. Hopeful. But something must be done,—we must vindicate our honor. How shall we dispose of those who are leaving our church, and breaking covenant so daringly?HST February 28, 1844, page 26.7

    Dr. Orthodox. How? Ah, that’s the problem. What’s to be done in this crisis of affairs, is a question that demands an immediate answer.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.8

    Dea. Hopeful. It were a small sin comparatively to look for the Lord’s coming, did not the fruits appear in the life—in wandering from our fold.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.9

    Dr. Orthodox. Ay, ay, as things are, it matters not so much what the belief is, it the life is only right.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.10

    Dea. Hopeful. Why I would not leave our church to go to another meeting, even if the angel Gabriel were to preach!HST February 28, 1844, page 26.11

    Dr. Orthodox. Right, right. He that endureth to the end the same shall be saved.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.12

    Dea. Hopeful. Isn’t it always customary for errorists to quote Scripture with remarkable facility?HST February 28, 1844, page 26.13

    Dr. Orthodox. Invariably. They have the bible at their tongue’s end.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.14

    Dea. Hopeful. So I think. And it’s useless for a man that has truth on his side to attempt to argue with them. With all my forty years study of the Bible, I make no headway at all in refuting their arguments. They shelter themselves so effectually behind a Scripture fortification, that there is no dislodging them from their positions.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.15

    Dr. Orthodox. Yet the defence they make is flimsy after all.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.16

    Dea. Hopeful. Flimsy! of course it is. But, father Orthodox, I have a secret that I wish to confide to you—it’s a great grief of mind to me, you may depend; but as I am sure of sharing your sympathy, that will be some comfort.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.17

    Dr. Orthodox. Speak on, my son—I am ever ready, as you well know, to weep with those that weep, and rejoice with those that rejoice.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.18

    Dea. Hopeful. I grieve to say it, but my wife, good Mrs. Hopeful, is turning Millerite!HST February 28, 1844, page 26.19

    Dr. Orthodox. (with great feeling.) You don’t say so! How does it happen?HST February 28, 1844, page 26.20

    Dea. Hopeful. Why she, poor thing! when the great tent was raised, went to the meetings, out of curiosity, and so her heart was overcome by their sweet singing, and she began by wishing the Savior might come, and ended by believing that he would. She discovered, too, about this time, that our church was too far, and the tent a very convenient distance for all occasions.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.21

    Dr. Orthodox. All which goes to prove that she is quite deranged, and the sooner you send her to the Insane Hospital, the better. She is raving distracted to think of the Lord’s coming—he’ll not be here these thousand years, and if she does not retract, some way must be contrived to prevent her from influencing others to think as she does.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.22

    Dea. Hopeful. But my wife never attended so well to the duties of her family as now. How can she be crazy?HST February 28, 1844, page 26.23

    Dr. Orthodox. Are you, too, getting to be a Millerite? How can she be crazy? Why the simple belief in the coming of the Savior: that’s what derangement consists in—that’s what constitutes insanity! Those who look for the Lord are the only really crazy people on the earth; you’d better a thousand times bury your wife, than have her taken up with so vain a conceit.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.24

    Dea. Hopeful. I beg pardon, I beg pardon! what you say is doubtless very true: but my wife is a very good woman yet.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.25

    Dr. Orthodox. Don’t trust to her goodness: it is as clear as noon-day that she is very much deranged. Does she not often speak upon the subject—does she not scatter Advent publications?HST February 28, 1844, page 26.26

    Dea. Hopeful. Oh, yes; it’s her theme the coming of the Lord—and she always has a “Word of Warning” near to give a neighbor when calling.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.27

    Dr. Orthodox. Bad, bad, decidedly bad; the state of things could scarcely be worse, let me tell you. Mrs. Hopeful is an inveterate lunatic, unless we can persuade her to retract.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.28

    Dea. Hopeful. (Sobbing.) I fear as much myself.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.29

    Dr. Orthodox. And such a pity! that one so young and accomplished should get so tired of the earth, as to wish for another. Well, well, send her to me, and I’ll try what logic and sound theology will do towards bringing her back to the fold. There would have been more hope, had you told me sooner, but I’ll use argument, and, it may be she will yield to its force.HST February 28, 1844, page 26.30

    Dea. Hopeful. Thank you! thank you! I consider this as a very providential interposition; for I doubt not you will induce her to forget some of her new notions.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.1

    (Exit Dea. Hopeful.)HST February 28, 1844, page 27.2

    Dr. Orthodox. (Alone) Just what might have been expected—every thing goes wrong—here we have a nest of covenant breakers! What’s best to be done? Think we’d better try the rod of iron and lord it over the heritage a little. Nothing like authority in a church, ‘tis the bond of union—the cement that keeps the wall from falling. Let’s see, we shall say to that child, Mrs. Hopeful, when she comes in, “Wanderer from the fold of God, behold ye despiser, and wonder and perish, behold our church, graven on the palm of his hands—bright as the sun—clear as the moon, and terrible as an army with banners.” See this church which thou hast despised, is going from conquering to conquer.—Then we will proceed to read to her the articles of faith and covenant, and set before her in an awful light her sin—and—HST February 28, 1844, page 27.3

    (Enter Mrs. Hopeful.)HST February 28, 1844, page 27.4

    Dr. Orthodox. Ah, sister Hopeful, how are you? Why, this is an unexpected pleasure.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.5

    Mrs. Hopeful. My husband just informed me that you sent for me.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.6

    Dr. Orthodox. True, true: I had forgotten; I was wishing to have a little conversation with you. What’s the state of your mind now? Are you looking for the Lord to come?HST February 28, 1844, page 27.7

    Mrs. Hopeful. I am. I know of nothing to prevent his coming at any moment.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.8

    Dr. Orthodox. Ridiculous! absurd! I do, then. I know the Jews are to be restored, and there is to be a thousand years Millennium before he can possibly come.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.9

    Mrs. Hopeful. My Bible tells me that the Millenium and the return of the Jews are nothing but fables.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.10

    Dr. Orthodox. Presumption! you heretic! As if you could understand the Bible without aid from your spiritual teachers! Do you know that you are a reproach to the whole church?HST February 28, 1844, page 27.11

    Mrs. Hopeful. Nay. I was not aware of that.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.12

    Dr. Orthodox. Well, you are a reproach to the whole church. I repeat it.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.13

    Mrs. Hopeful. Then you must put me out; your duty is plain.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.14

    Dr. Orthodox. Oh no, indeed, we want to save you—we do not want to consign you to condemnation, without first trying to snatch you, as a brand from the burning. I solemnly warn you, my young sister, of the consequences of this looking for the Lord. You will ruin your husband, break up your family, and your usefulness will be gone forever.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.15

    Mrs. Hopeful. God has given me light, and I cannot reject it. He has opened my heart that I might understand the Scriptures—and now my soul is anchored on that sure and abiding rock, and I cannot fear. The consequences are with God. I can only do present duty, which is written on my soul with a sun-beam of light, and leave the event with him who doeth all things well.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.16

    Dr. Orthodox. With such views you cannot look well to the ways of your household, and you are therefore, as God’s word testifies, worse than an infidel.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.17

    Mrs. Hopeful. Unreserved confidence in God, and looking for his son from Heaven, does not unfit one for the duties of life. The Savior said, If ye love me, keep my commandments; and he has commanded us to occupy till he comes.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.18

    Dr. Orthodox. Very well, you expect the Savior to come, and so do I. We believe alike, only the time. Give up that foolish, absurd stress on the time, and all will be well; you will be as sane as ever—as good christian as you used to be. We want your influence in our church; do not go off to those despised Millerites. You’ll destroy all your influence as a christian.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.19

    Mrs. H. I see a very perceptible difference between looking for a Savior, and the advent of a Millenium; and as to getting back on to ground where I was two months ago, I cannot think of it, for I was a backslider.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.20

    Dr. O. Nonsense; you were in “good and regular standing in the church,” and that’s more than can be said of you now—any belief which leads people to break their covenant and neglect their duty, let me tell you, is very questionable, to say the least.—Remember the solemn words of the Savior, “What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.21

    Mrs. H. I suppose the Lord referred to the covenant of marriage.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.22

    Dr. O. Yes, and the church covenant too; for its just as binding, and solemn. As a covenant breaker with our church, you are just as guilty in the sight of God, as if you had left your husband, and forgotten your vows.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.23

    Mrs. H. If I was doing wickedly in the cause I am pursuing, my Savior would not be so near and precious to me as he is. I feel that he is mine and I am his, and he is graciously smiling on me. I am willing to follow him through evil report and good report. I am willing to follow him to the cross or to the stake. Catharine.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.24

    To be continued.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.25

    Letter from London


    Dear bro. Himes,—HST February 28, 1844, page 27.26

    In connection with the friends of the cause in England, I herewith return you thanks for the second Box of Books. If time continue they will soon be distributed, as our brethren who are travelling find pretty good sale for them, and are very thankful to the friends in America.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.27

    Since I wrote last, our brethren have been laboring with success, especially in Norwich, where they lectured to 7000 people. In every place they go, there is great anxiety manifested to hear. Although they meet with much oppositon from some of the ministers, yet the cause flourishes. Bro. Barker was a few days in London, and delivered some lectures in a small Chapel at Westminster. He is now in Norfolk. He is strong in the faith of the speedy coming of the Lord, and he says, “Where, ever I go, there are hundreds brought to God.” He has access to Methodist and Independent churches, Barns and dwelling-houses, and the open air; and almost without exception, there are crowded congregations, where they sit with breathless silence to hear on this solemn subject. Eternity alone will tell the story. We received a letter from a friend in Ireland, dated Belfast, Jan. 22nd, who says, “all last week the sky had the appearance of fire in every direction.” He says, “about the last day of Nov. in the eve, the moon was seen like a green pea; this evening it appeared like two and a-half quarter moons, bright, and one clear spot at the top, the moon is now three days old exactly to an hour, he says, the people wonder what it means.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.28

    Yours in the hope of soon beholding the Lord Jesus in power and great glory. E. Lloyd.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.29

    21 Parker’s Terrace, Necenger Road, Bormondsey, London.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.30

    Comfort for bereaved Parents


    by c. fitch.

    Resurrection and everlasting life of little children.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.31

    There are but few parents who are not called to lay little children in the grave. After watching them day and night with intense interest, until they just begin to know and love us, and to return the caresses which we delight to lavish upon them, disease and death snatch them from our arms, and we go away, with aching hearts, and deposite their remains in the cold—cold grave. We have been accustomed to hush them to rest upon our bosoms, and lay them softly to slumber in their cradle beds, and watch their lovely countenances and gentle heavings of their infant breasts as they slept so sweetly, until we have turned away delighted with the treasure we possessed in them, and lifted our hearts in thankfulness to God that we were able to provide for them and administer to their comfort—but death wrings out their little life, and we lay them in the dust and turn away and weep. We miss them from our dwellings; their smiles, their sweet prattlings and the thousand things which made them so dear to a parent’s heart, are over, and painful to think that we shall see them no more.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.32

    But shall we see them no more? Let the word of God answer. Compare Matthew 2nd chap. 16, 17, and 18th verses, with Jeremiah 31st chap. 15, 16, and 17th verses.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.33

    In Matt. we read thus: “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had dilligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying: In Rama there was a voice heard, lamentation and weeping, and great mourning—Rachel weeping for her children, refused to be comforted for her children because they are not. Thus saith the Lord, Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded smith the Lord, and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end saith the Lord that thy children come again to their own border.”HST February 28, 1844, page 27.34

    Here then is the promise of God that the children slain in Bethlehem by the rage of Herod shall return from the land of the enemy. That enemy must of course be death; and from the land of death they shall return to their own border. If this be true of the infants of Bethlehem, it can be no less true of others; and hence the declaration of Christ, “Of such is the kingdom of God.” Those parents therefore who are themselves prepared for the kingdom of God, have God’s word to assure them that they shall there find their infants, returned from the land of the enemy, and there shall their work be rewarded. They have not then labored nor suffered in vain for their little ones, they shall find them in their own border—the renovated earth, the glorious kingdom of our Lord and his Christ. With what exultation will they hail them, and press them to their hearts in a world where death and sickness can come no more. I was led to pen these thoughts from the consideration that they might be a comfort to some hearts who feel as we now feel, after laying two children in the grave the present month. In less than four weeks from the burial of William, whose death has been mentioned in a previous paper, we laid our little Robert, nearly twenty months old, by his side. These, with two which lie buried at the east, make the half our family now in the dust. Other parents have suffered more than this. O how sweet to such parents, the assurance of a God that cannot lie:—“Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears, they shall return again.”HST February 28, 1844, page 27.35

    From weeping let thy voice refrain,
    And let thine eyes withhold their tears,
    Thy children shall return again,
    When Christ the Lord of Life appears.
    C. Fitch.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 27.36



    “Why was it not found out before?” This inquiry is in many mouths. Ans. The angel told Daniel, chapter 12:4, to “shut up the words, and seal the book, to the time of the end,” etcHST February 28, 1844, page 27.37

    Dr. Gill, who wrote a hundred years ago, says in his commentary on Daniel 12:4, “It was to remain a secret until the time of its accomplishment was come, or near at hand. It reached to times at a great distance. Till these times were come, or were near, it would be a scale book.”HST February 28, 1844, page 27.38

    “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge be increased;” “that is,” says the Dr., “toward the end of the time appointed, many shall be stirred up to inquire into the things deliverered in this book, and will spare no pains or cost to get a knowledge of them:—compare one passage with another, spiritual things with spiritual, in order to obtain the mind of Christ; and things will appear plainer and clearer, the nearer the accomplishment of them is; especially when accomplished, when prophecy can be compared with facts.”HST February 28, 1844, page 27.39

    That time has now come; and instead of foolishly inquiring, “Why was it not found out before?” Let every soul arise, quickly, and trim their lamps—the Scriptures—and search as for hid treasures.HST February 28, 1844, page 27.40

    Advent Herald & Reporter


    “The Lord is at Hand.”

    BOSTON, FEBRUARY 28, 1844.

    All communications for the Signs of the Times, or orders for Books or remittances, should be directed toJ. V. Himes, Boston, Mass,” post paid.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.1

    Post Masters are authorized by the Post Office Department to forward free of expense all orders for, or to discontinue publications, and also money to pay for the ameHST February 28, 1844, page 28.2

    Subscribers’ names with the State and Post Office should be distinctly given when money is forwarded. Where the Post Office is not given, we are liable to misdirect the paper, or credit to the wrong person, as there are often several of the same name, or several Post Offices in the same town.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.3



    I.—The word of God teaches that this earth is to be regenerated, in the restitution of all things, and restored to its Eden state as it came from the hand of its Maker before the fall, and is to be the eternal abode of the righteous in their resurrection state.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.4

    II.—The only Millenium found in the word of God, is the 1000 years which are to intervene between the first and second resurrections as brought to view in the 20th of Revelations. And the various portions of Scripture which are adduced as evidence of such a period in time, are to have their fulfilment only in the New Earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.5

    III—The only restoration of Israel yet future, is the restoration of the Saints to the New Earth, when the Lord my God shall come, and all his saints with him.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.6

    IV.—The signs which were to precede the coming of our Savior, have all been given; and the prophecies have all been fulfilled but those which relate to the coming of Christ, the end of this world, and the restitution of all things.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.7

    V.—There are none of the prophetic periods, as we understand them, extending beyond the [Jewish] year 1843.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.8

    The above we shall ever maintain as the immutable truths of the word of God, and therefore, till our Lord come, we shall ever look for his return as the next event in historical prophecy.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.9

    Profession vs. Practice,


    exemplified by the hartford christian secertary

    Men seldom know their own peculiar foibles; and they often look upon themselves with the greatest complacency, as possessing the very qualities of which they are the most destitute. Thus the churl may pride himself on his benevolence; and the bigot on his liberal sentiments; and then they wonder that others do not ascribe to them the same praise that they have meted out to themselves.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.10

    We were particularly struck with an illustration of this truth, by perusing a late number of the Hartford Christian Secretary. In some remarks upon the result of the ecclesiastic war between Doctors Wainwright and Potts, the editor ascribes the most tact, thus far, to the Prelatic champion. Then, lest some should be surprised at such an admisssion, remarks as follows:—HST February 28, 1844, page 28.11

    “Your pardon, good people; we have a distinct idea of the part we have to play. It is to do justice, and as far as in us lies, to see justice done to all. We have been charged by some of our neighbors in language very well adapted to its theme, with all manner of intemperance and scurrility, in our notices of other denominations; but some things, thank God, they cannot lay at our door—meanness in our tactics, and a disposition to ride over what cannot by fair means be removed. This spirit has manifested itself quite too distinctly in this war with Episcopacy. Hard blows, we don’t demur to; plain truth may be spoken in strong, yet unexceptionable language; but this appeal to the prejudices of the mob—this call on the assistance of the secular arm, is detestable.”HST February 28, 1844, page 28.12

    Again he remarks:—HST February 28, 1844, page 28.13

    “In these days, men of all parties have begun to learn the Christian lesson, that the true disciple is always to be found in the down-trodden party, and religious intolerance has been driven to make its few, last, feeble demonstrations, under various disguises.”HST February 28, 1844, page 28.14

    And again:—HST February 28, 1844, page 28.15

    “But from the relics of the overbearing, roughshod, party spirited Independency of New England, with additional earnestness, we exclaim—“Good Lord deliver us!”HST February 28, 1844, page 28.16

    Now one would infer from the reading of the above extracts, that those who preside over the columns of that press would be conscientious in carrying out those principles; that they would never accuse a brother wrongfully, nor malign his motives in the absence of evidence; nor would expect that in the same sheet there would appear evidence of a practice the opposite of such professions. Yet in the very paper from which we extract the above, we find the following:—HST February 28, 1844, page 28.17

    “It is now February 14th, 1844, and we have before us the first number of a new volume of the Signs of the Times, bearing this date. Its publishers have taken the liberty to change its name, and it now bears the title of the “Advent Herald.” This change is made from the fact, we presume, that the old one had become unpopular. This change of names and the plan of sending 20,000 copies of the paper to different individuals throughout the country, with the information appended that those who wish to subscribe for it are requested to do so through the post master, strikes our mind as indicating a deplorable lack of faith on the part of its editors as to the speedy coming of the Son of Man. We hope it will not appear in the end that certain men have been more anxious to make money by the sale of Second Advent books, papers etc., than they were to witness the coming of the Son of man.”HST February 28, 1844, page 28.18

    Now this implies that they doubt the honesty of our belief, and also the honesty of our motives. He hopes it will not appear that our object is to make money. Now if our object in these great efforts was to make money, while professing as we do to be actuated solely by the consideration of the worth of immortal souls, and their preparation for the approaching judgment; that editor knows that we should be criminal in the extreme. He therefore knows that in the expression of the above, he is holding us up to the world as unworthy of all confidence; to do which, without evidence, is not seeing “justice done to all;” but shows “a disposition to ride over what cannot by fair means be removed,” and looks like an “appeal to the prejudices of the mob.”HST February 28, 1844, page 28.19

    A continual increase in our subscription list is certainly no evidence of the unpopularity of the name. Had the editor stated the fact that the name of the “Signs of the Times” is also still retained, he would have been less successful in convoying the idea to his readers, that it was unpopular, than he doubtless has been in the suppression of that fact. Our old name was not as perfectly appropriate, as it made the paper purport to be what it was in fact only the chronicler of. We have therefore adopted the more appropriate name it now bears: the same as the Secretary might adopt some more appropriate adjective than its present, so long as it is guilty of the injustice manifested in this article.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.20

    Again, he thinks we show a lack of faith in the nearness of the Advent, by sending gratuitously 20,000 papers to all parts of the United States! To us it looks more like showing our faith by our works, than a lack of faith: it certainly shows our desire to extend the circulation of the evidences of the nearness of the event. But does he infer it, because we give an opportunity to others to subscribe? Does the editor of the Secretary deny any the opportunity of subscribing for his paper? or does the presenting such opportunities denote in him any lack of faith in the principles which he inculcates? But he may reply, “if the time is so short, why thus energetic?” Is the shortness of the time any reason why we should be the less active? and are we not called upon in view of it, to re-double our dilligence? to work while it is called to day, and have our skirts entirely clean of the blood of souls?HST February 28, 1844, page 28.21

    But to the charge of making money. Suppose we should make the same charge respecting the American Board of Missions, the American Tract Society, the Bible Society, or the Baptist Board; would not those interested call upon us for the facts to substantiate such a charge? and in the absence of all evidence, would not lookers on ascribe it to the jealousy of a little mind, because unable to oppose them with logical arguments? Most certainly.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.22

    We then would have it known to all, that we keep as accurate an account of our receipts and expenditures, as any of the Societies above referred to; and our books are open to the inspection of those interested. Every dollar received from donations, is credited on the proper books, and the donations from the office. These accounts not only show that every dollar received by donations, has been appropriated according to the wishes of the donors, but also that the very earnings of the office, arising from the sale of books, and from the circulation of this paper, above the expenditures of the establishment, have been devoted to the same holy cause. In view of this fact, the blush of shame should mantle the cheek of the intimator of so unworthy a motive. We can conceive of no reason for such a charge, unless those who thus judge, do so out of their own hearts; and because they would do thus, could they have the opportunity, conclude those who do have the opportunity, are thus guilty. If he has as he says, “recently been called to experience, in” his “own devoted person, the melancholy truth,—that the carttail, the gallows and the whipping-post of the ‘ancestral faith,’ are not altogether obsolete,” we should suppose he would show by his works that he has no disposition to mete out the same to others. The truth is always susceptible of demonstration by the word of God; and where resort is had to such dire expedients, it shows a “great lack of faith” in any argument from the scriptures of truth. “Not by such defending, will God establish his truth.” It is showing the same “acting out” in the Baptists, as he says of the Presbyterians, “when Presbyterians and Independents began to act out Adam (or Cain, rather,) in the same line of business, [persecution] it was outrageous. It was not only persecution, but vulgar persecution.”HST February 28, 1844, page 28.23

    In another article, in the same paper, the editor remarks:—HST February 28, 1844, page 28.24

    “The twenty-first of March, 1844, is the farthest period we have ever heard mentioned by any of the Millerites for the destruction of the world; and when this period is past, it will become them, as honest men, to find out some new method by which a knowledge of the end of time may be arrived at, or give up the idea of ever ascertaining when this great event is to take place The prophetic numbers as interpreted by Mr Miller, will then be of no use; for, after having failed, the calculation must be considered for ever after, as utterly useless, so far as any thing definite in regard to the end of the world is concerned.”HST February 28, 1844, page 28.25

    We quote the above on account of its logic, to say nothing of the implication of our honesty. It would have been as Christian-like and as gentlemanly to have waited till then, if time should continue so long, and see what our course will be, before anything is said of the honesty of it. But of the logic. He says “the prophetic numbers as interpreted by Mr. Miller, will then be of no use,” etc; and we must “find some new method,” or “give up the idea.” Now we labor under the disadvantage of having opponents, few of whom have ever read many of the evidences by which we substantiate our position, and therefore, what appears to them as mountains in our path, when viewed by those who are familiar with the whole field, is seen to be the well beaten road on the extended plain. Did the editor of the Secretary ever go down the Connecticut in a steamboat? If so, when sailing down the river, he had been asked what time they should probably arrive at Saybrook point, having left Hartford at 2 P. M., he would have had no hesitation in saying that they should reach that place at about six o’clock. Well, as you sailed on, you passed all the towns and villages, and all the little tributaries of that noble stream, as laid down on the map, so that you knew the next place would be Saybrook, and that you must be right upon it; but yet it was about six by your watch, and the point not yet in sight. Suppose then the one to whom you had named the probable time of your arrival, had said, “Sir, six o’clock is the farthest time you named for making Saybrook point; and when this period is past, it will become you, as an honest man, to find some new method by which a knowledge of the time of our arrival may be known, or give up the idea of ever ascertaining when we shall arrive there.” Would you not have regarded that man as knowing very little of what he was speaking, and as having paid no attention to the objects passed, by which you knew of your proximity to that port, so that you had the fullest confidence, that but a few minutes at most could elapse before you would reach it? You certainly would; and if you replied at all, you would say to him, “Sir, have you not noticed that we have passed every town and village between Hartford and Saybrook, so that we must be just upon it; and do you not see that the water in the river is now as salt as that in the sound, so that we must be near its mouth? also the very scenery which we see on each side of the river proves that we are even now fast approaching it; and farther, the fact that it is now full six o’clock, or past, the time we expected to arrive there, proves conclusively that we must soon enter the sound, rendering it necessary that the pilot should keep a good look out, lest we strike on the bar.” Then, if he should turn and say, “No one knows anything about it, we may be near the sound, and we may be fifty miles from there; you would set him down as either incapable of seeing the force of evidence, or determined to know nothing respecting it.HST February 28, 1844, page 28.26

    This would be precisely our condition, if God in his providence should defer that blessed hope beyond the time expected. We shall have passed all the land-marks, and know by the signs of the times that it is the next event. And as we should be passed whero we supposed the prophetic periods would terminate, we should only have to wait and watch such time, as the exact chronology may have varied from the record which man has made of the date of events. Brother Burr, would you not like to be found looking for and loving the appearing of your Lord?HST February 28, 1844, page 29.1

    Again. We find in the same paper another “hit” at the “Millerites,” in an extract from the W. Chris. Advocate, and which, by publishing without dissenting from it, the editor of course endorses. Speaking of some who believe in the Advent, who also believe that after the last reserrection, the wicked will cease to be, he says:—HST February 28, 1844, page 29.2

    “We see no connection between Millerism in the way of rational induction, in drawing a logical inference or conclusion from premies. Yet Millerism may stand in the relation to annihilation of cause to effect in some such way as the following; Millerism embraces or adopts its leading principles without adequate support from either Scripture or reason. The Millerites then being versed in the art of receiving doctrines without proof, receive the doctrine of the destructionists without proof.”HST February 28, 1844, page 29.3

    Now we do not stand forth as the advocate of that doctrine; and we have said enough in times past to show that we have no faith whatever in it; yet we would neither receive or reject it, only in the light the word of God casts upon it. To receive it independent of such light, would be indeed to receive it without “Scripture or reason.” But what effect does “Scripture or reason,” have upon the conclusions of this editor? The following, which is the only argument given by him to prove the immortality of the wicked, must show:—HST February 28, 1844, page 29.4

    “The most intelligent of the human race have asserted the immortality of all men. And so general was the sentiment among all philosophers and learned men, that Plato took occasion to say, in arguing for immortality, ‘That if it were not so, wicked men would certainly have the advantage of righteous and good men, who, after they have committed all manner of evils, should suffer none,’ Indeed, the most barbarous nations of the world believe in the immortality of the soul. And though there have been found individuals, as Epicures, who denied the doctrine, this does not invalidate the argument in reference to the general concept of mankind. Indeed those that question the doctrine have rather wished or desired that annihilation was true, than believed immortality to be false. Hence, Hierocles gives the true reason why some wish the soul to be mortal. ‘A wicked man,’ says he, is afraid of his Judge, and therefore wishes his soul and body may perish together by death, rather than that it should come to God’s tribunal.’”HST February 28, 1844, page 29.5

    The reader will perceive that it is entirely destitute of “Scripture,” and as far as “reason” is concerned, if the argument is a good one, it follows that whatever has been a general sentiment among men, must be true. As this argument would not be valid when adduced in support of any of the errors of mankind, it cannot be a valid argument in this case. As the editor has thus shown that he can reject one doctrine without either “Scripture or reason,” it may be that he is so “versed in the art of” rejecting “doctrines without proof” that he rejects the doctrine of the immediate Advent “without proof.”HST February 28, 1844, page 29.6

    The Secretary published, a short time since, that the Adventists in Hartford had formed a church there. If he meant to admit that they are a company of true believers, and are therefore a church of Christ, he was correct; but if he intended to say they have organized a church, he was incorrect, as they have only an Advent association.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.7

    Here endeth the first lesson: We shall now see whether they elevate their practice to their profession, or lower their professions to their practice. “O Consistency!”HST February 28, 1844, page 29.8

    A Part of the Story.—Through the indiscretion and mismanagement of a few men, the Chardon-st. Chapel has passed into the hands of the enemy, yet the cause which was so successfully plead in that chapel in its earlier and later days, is not betrayed or overthrown in Boston. There are two churches united and prospering—and we are confident that “unmoved as death they will remain “amid the conflicting elements of “commotion,” fanaticism and Universalism. Let the fate of Chardon-st. Chapel be a warning to every christian church in the land to maintain good order in their meetings, pay up their expenses promptly, and shut their doors against fanaticism, come-out-ism and infidelity. If we have a right to exist, we have a right to take proper care of ourselves.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.9

    R., of the Christian Herald.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.10

    One would suppose from the reading of the above, that the society formerly worshipping in that place had become extinct; and had been obliged to resign to the enemy their place of worship. Now, omitting a part of the truth, which entirely changes the appearance of a statement, is always inexcusable. “R.” well knows that the chapel was sold because it would not begin to accommodate the crowds which there assembled; and was left for a larger and more commodious house; also, that the society which there worshipped, were never more prosperous than now at the Tabernacle. The “mismanagement,” instead of wasting, has been, under God’s blessing, the means of most successful results. Always tell the whole story, brother.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.11

    We notice several “flings” by the same writer in the last Christian Herald; one of which was particularly unkind. It speaks of Bro Marsh having “provided himself with a list of the Palladium subscribers, and “sent a copy of his paper to each, invoking their patronage,” as “dishonorable;” and “does not look right.” Now the whole truth in that case would present quite a different aspect—The above implies that Bro. Marsh has obtained a list of the Palladium subscribers wrongfully, and that he has no right to send his paper to whom he pleases; and speaks of it as an “underhanded effort to supplant another.” Now the truth is, Bro. Marsh has not a copy of the Palladium subscription list. He was the former editor of that paper, and has in his possession the books, which were his own personal property, and which contain the names of those who were subscribers, when he was connected with the office.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.12

    The subscription list of the Palladium, as it now is, with the additions and discontinuances, he knows nothing of, except as he is informed by hundreds of the old subscribers, who have discontinued the Palladium on account of the unchristian treatment to Bro. Marsh, which he exposed, and the only defence of which has only shown the parties the more guilty. Bro. Marsh has certainly a right to his own property, and also a right to send his paper to whom he pleases. And none would complain of his so doing, only those smarting under his exposure of their misdeeds, or else sensible of being unable to stand unaffected by the truth which Bro. Marsh may present.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.13

    Again. Speaking of Mr. Miller’s lecture he says:—HST February 28, 1844, page 29.14

    “Would it not have been wiser and better for all to have waited patiently till the Lord does come, rather than to spend so much breath and ink in discussing the question of ‘43? So it seems to me. The personal coming and near approach of the Son of God from Heaven, are sentiments generally received by our brethren throughout the country.—This has not been a bone of contention. The difference has been in relation to ‘43, and certain appendages which have, unfortunately, attached themselves to this question.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.15

    Is it of no consequence, then, that we heed the admonitions of the coming of Christ, endeavor to prepare others for the Savior’s return, and lift up our heads and rejoice because our redemption draweth nigh? Is it of no consequence that we be continually watching his return, lest we be overtaken as a thief, and being engrossed in the cares of this life, that day come upon us unawares? Blessed, says our Saviour, is that servant whom his Lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing. Let none be induced to lay down their watch by such suggestions, lest their lamps go out.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.16

    Is it true, however, that most of “our brethren “referred to, believe in the “near approach of the Son of God”? Then why this opposition to its being presented so near? No; the opposition to this doctrine is owing to a disbelief that there is a probability that it may come now. It says, sleep on; the Lord will not come just now: wait patiently and take thy rest. And probably many will be lulled by such teachings, to sleep till the trump shall wake them. The cry of peace and safety is alike dangerous, whether it defer it a less or a greater length of time; or whether it come from those who have once preached the doctrine, or only from those who have always opposed it. “R.” knows that such men as our beloved brethren Henry Jones and Henry Dana Ward, of New York, and others who have never embraced, or had any confidence in the particular time, have labored with us heart and soul in promulgating the evidence of the Savior’s near approach. And such facts are worth volumes of unsupported assertions that “the difference has been in relation to ‘43 and certain appendages.”HST February 28, 1844, page 29.17

    The time is with us an important question, and is none the less so now; but the evidence of the immediate coming of Christ, to restore this earth to its Eden state as the next event, is the great question which does and ever has been the question at issue.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.18

    Again he says:—HST February 28, 1844, page 29.19

    The Signs of the Times has commenced a new volume under the name of “The Advent Herald.” The editor says: “If time is continued beyond the period designated (’43)—we shall continue our work with redoubled energy till the Lord shall come.” What work? we naturally inquire—the work of advocating the advent in ‘43? This is the peculiar work for which that paper was gotten up. Now if our brethren find themselves mistaken, as they now seem to apprehend they may, would it not be more manly—more christian-like, honestly to confess their error, and for the future direct all their efforts to build up and extend the cause of God without any ists or isms.HST February 28, 1844, page 29.20

    We know of but one argument that can convince us that our time is wrong; and that is, the passing away of the time itself. If we should be mistaken in the particular time, we shall have no hesitation in confessing our mistake, and telling the whole world of it. We can find no time for the termination of the prophetic periods but about the Jewish year 1843: and if we were even now past that year we should be equally unable to find any other time for their termination. We should then occupy the same ground as now; and point to the fulfillment of the prophecies, the signs of the times, and the termination of the prophetic periods about A. D. 1843, according to the most authentic chronologies, as evidence that it might come at any moment. A variation of a few months in the particular time would only show the inaccuracy of chronology which is a human science: and which God may permit, to try the faith of those who are looking for the Lord. Our work will therefore be the same, and will need to be continued with redoubled diligence: for if we were past the time, beyond which the prophetic periods could not be shown to extend, how much more need would there be of continual watchfulness. “The peculiar work for which “this paper was gotten up” was to chronicle the “signs of the times” and expositions of prophecy. This will be its work to do.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.1

    This attempt to show that the time is the only, difference between us and our opposers, the readers of the Signs and Christian Herald know to the contrary, and the hundreds of our readers who have been with us in everything but the time, know that we have sympathised together perfectly. And why? Because such have given evidence that they would love to have the Lord come, and have never opposed the time. We can labor with all who are continually looking for the Lord; but we must repudiate all efforts to defer the probability of his coming beyond the present time. We again repeat it, the only time we have, in which to expect the Lord, is “just about now;” and it will be “just about now” till the Lord shall come, whose word we have, that the generation which saw the darkening of the sun in 1780 will not pass away till the Lord shall come.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.2

    “R.” talks about its being “more Chtistian-like” to direct our “efforts to build up and extend the cause of God.” If it is not extending the cause of God to endeavor to induce men to prepare for the coming of the Lord, what is? It surely would, not be to engage in the warfare of a sect; or to unite with the anti-adventists in crying peace and safety:HST February 28, 1844, page 30.3

    A New Sect. Again “R.” of the Christian Herald, asserts that the Adventists in Hartford had formed a new church; and intimates about a new “sect.” How does he know they have formed a church there? If he has no personal knowledge on the subject, he would have avoided the endorsement of an untruth, by giving his authority. It so happens that they have formed no church there. The anti-adventists are so ready to publish any thing against us, that they seldom stop to enquire as to its truth, but believe it at once.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.4

    With regard to a new “sect,” we trust the position of the present sects will be sufficient to show the difference between Christianity and Sectarianism, and convince all that the love of any sect more than Christ, is a denial of him. The sects are more fearful of losing their members, than they are of losing the Spirit of Christ. If the sects do not wish to lose their members they must feed them with that bread which cometh down from heaven, which is meat in due season. If this is with-held, the children of God must of necessity go where they can partake of that which alone can satisfy their souls. Where the doctrine of the Advent is shut out of the church, or where those who are looking for the Lord are in any measure denied the privilege of performing their whole duty, it seems to be a clear case that they should go where the coming of the Lord is not despised, nor the tidings of his coming muffled—where a stone is not given when bread is asked.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.5

    One of Mr. Miller’s first Audiences. About the time Mr. Miller began to write on the Advent near, as he was passing down the Hudson river to New York in a steamboat, he was standing near a company of gentlemen who were conversing respecting the wonderful improvements of the day; when one of them remarked, that it was impossible for things to progress for 30 years to come, in the ratio they had done: for man would attain to something more than human. Mr. Miller told him that it reminded him of Daniel 12:4. “Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased.” A pause ensued, when Mr. M. continued, and observed that the improvements of the present day, were just what we should expect at this time as a fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy. He then commenced with the 11th chap. and comparing the prophecy with history, showed its fulfillment thus far; while all listened with the most close attention.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.6

    He then told them he did not intend to trespass so long on their patience, and leaving them, walked to the other end of the boat. He had no sooner arrived there, than the entire company followed him, and wished to hear more on the subject. He accordingly went through the 2nd chap. of Dan. in the same manner, and fearing he should be tedious, broke away from them, and went down into the cabin. The entire company followed and continued the conversation. He then went through the 7th, 8th and 9th of Dan. They then wanted to know if he had ever written on the prophecies. He told them he had, and distributed among them what copies he had of the first pamphlet he wrote on the subject. This was one of his first audiences, and men of the highest standing were astonished listeners to his discourse; but the result of that interview can only be known in that great day.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.7

    The Bible a Sign of Millerism.—In Ticonderoga County, New York, on one occasion a company of gentlemen were being weighed, and seeing how near their estimates of each other agreed with the result. An Advent brother from Benson, Vt. was present, and at their request stepped upon the scales. Some one noticed something in his pocket, and fearing it would affect his weight; asked what it was. He took it out, it was his Bible. Oh, exclaimed the company, he is a Millerite; and shrank from him, as if he were a viper.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.8

    Watch Meetings. These meetings were originated by Mr. Wesley, in accordance with the admonition of our Savior to watch for his coming. Mr. Wesley was an adventist, and expected the Lord about this time; and so taught. These meetings are still continued by the Methodists, but the great body of them have ceased to be followers of John Wesley, in looking for the Lord. And they now present the strange anomoly, of watching, but expecting nothing.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.9

    Brother C. Hersey writes from Schenectady, N. Y.—The people seem eager to investigate the subject in many places. We have been to Albany, and had a powerful time. Sinners were converted to God. We commence our course of lectures here to night. Our faith is strong.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.10

    The Rev. Kitridge Havens is informed that Mr. Miller purchased a new stove this winter, which cost $20.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.11

    Letter from Bro. Samuel Chapman


    Dear Bro. Bliss:—About three years since I became a decided believer in the doctrine of the speedy coming of our blessed Lord. For the first year and a half, I devoted much of the time (as you are aware) in visiting from house to house in the city of Hartford and the adjacent towns, proclaiming, as a private citizen, ‘Behold the Bridegroom cometh,’ etc. While thus employed, having consented that my name should be cast out as evil, I enjoyed great peace of mind, being permitted to know that my labors had not been in vain in the Lord.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.12

    About eighteen months since, there being at that time but few brethren in Connecticut employed as lecturers on this important subject, I felt it my duty to go out, and in a more public manner stand before the people and proclaim the midnight cry. Accordingly I went forth trusting in God. In this way I have improved almost the whole time, confining my labors chiefly to Connecticut, my native State; and passing, as I have done, from one county and town to another, the inquiry has often been made, “Bro. C. why do we not hear any thing from you through the Signs of the Times?” My answer has generally been, I seldom find time to write, and must therefore defer making report till the Master comes. But now having been from home more than three months, and as some of the dear friends might be gratified to hear from me, permit me this once to address them through the columns of your paper.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.13

    In October last I left Hartford, and by special invitation, visited the Advent friends in Willington, 25 miles east of the city, and gave them a course of lectures. This was a precious reason to our souls.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.14

    As the result of these meetings, a number were made exceedingly happy in embracing, and publicly confessing the Advent views; a few individuals gave evidence of a change of heart, and many were comforted, having their faith in the Advent strengthened. From Willington, I was called to Ashford; thence to Union, Mansfield, Pomfret, Woodstock, South Killingly, Canterbury, etc. etc. In most of those towns I went from parish to parish, and gave in each a full course of lectures; the result of which was generally good. Souls were converted, many others were brought fully into the Advent faith, and all the dear brethren and sisters of the band comforted and strengthened Praise the living God.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.15

    I am now, as you will perceive, in Richmond, R. I. I received a communication from the little band here a few weeks since, requesting me, if possible, to visit them and proclaim the midnight cry in that place, before the Lord come.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.16

    After fulfilling other engagements, I left Woodstock on Thursday of last week, and, by way of Providence, came to this place on Friday evening, (a distance of 70 miles) commenced our meetings at a large school house on Saturday, the 27th ult.—At the close of my lecture on Sabbath evening, it was very apparent that the good spirit had solemnly impressed the truth on many minds; and had there been no opposing influence, there would before this time, doubtless, have been many precious souls rejoicing in redeeming grace. But at this time, David Avery, professing to be a minister of the Gospel, and for the present supplying the Baptist Church in this place, intruded himself upon the stand, and made such a display of himself, as I never before witnessed, and I pray God to deliver me from witnessing the like again, till the Master comes: and then I have no fear, knowing that he himself will preside, and keep order; faithfully executing his word, wherein he hath said, “There shall in ho wise enter into the city any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh an abomination or maketh a lie.” Revelation 21:27. His remarks were designed to show that the kingdom of God was already set up in the earth, that Paul, and of course all who have died in the Lord, are in possession of their crowns of glory, etc. I followed in a few words, and promised the congregation that I would take up that subject the next evening, and by the word, and grace of God, would satisfy every rational mind that the Kingdom, and also the coming of all the saints, were yet in the future. The people accordingly came together with an ear to hear. The Lord was present to help, and I presume the entire congregation, with the exception of Mr. A. himself, were satisfied that our views on this subject were correct.HST February 28, 1844, page 30.17

    This professed brother met with us every evening during the week, and until last evening continued to annoy us with manifestations of extreme hostility to the doctrines which we so highly cherish, and strenuously advocate. But notwithstanding the powers of hell with which we had to contend, a good impression has nevertheless been made on many minds. Several individuals have heartily embraced the second advent views, and we are happy in the prospect of soon seeing our Lord. The little band here is greatly strengthened. G. Atwood, Deacon of the Baptist Church, is one of the late converts to this doctrine, and of him it may truly be said, in the language of scripture relative to Barnabas, Acts 11:24, “A good man,” etc.; but of his minister perhaps I might say in the language of the Apostle concerning Alexander the coppersmith: 2 Timothy 4:14-15.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.1

    Last evening I gave my closing lecture to a full and very solemn assembly. May the good Lord add his blessing for Christ’s sake. Until this morning it had been my intention to return to day to South Killingly, and to morrow be at Brooklyn, Ct. and participate in the communion season, with the dear advent friends that will doubtless be convened there from all the neighboring towns; but by urgent request I have consented to remain and give a course of lectures in the northern part of this town (Reynolds’s Factory) commencing to morrow should time continue. I have also engaged to give another course in Exeter, and the brethren being anxious for me to visit Charlestown also, it is very uncertain when I shall return to Connecticut, if ever. Yours, my dear Bro. in the blessed hope.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.2

    Samuel Chatman.
    Richmond, R. I. Feb. 3, 1844.

    Letter from Sister E. Crane


    Dear Brother Bliss:—Though the Advent believers are comparatively few and feeble, scattered here and there; yet they are strong in the Lord and in the power of his might, having his truth for their shield and buckler, and though they may be personally strangers, they are joined in the same judgment, and united in the same bond of mutual fellowship, and brotherly love. Their joys swell to a higher tide by flowing in the same channel of holy intercourse, and being borne on the same current, towards the fruition of the same glorious hope: while their trials are lightened by being shared from the same ample cup which is meted out in nearly a like measure. And while I bless God that I am counted worthy to share in their reproach, my heart is often cheered, and my faith strengthened by that faithful messenger, “The Signs of the Times.” And I praise God that I ever heard the cry, “Behold the Bridegroom cometh.”HST February 28, 1844, page 31.3

    The word of God teaches me that we are living in the end of the world. Yes, Christ suffered once in the end of the world. But I am told by some who profess to be the followers of the Lamb, that the Lord has a great work yet to perform, which it must take a long time to accomplish. But what says the Apostle? “He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness, because a short work will the Lord make on the earth.” It appears to me that the church manifests the same spirit in rejecting the coming Savior, that the Scribes and Pharisees did at his first advent. The poor blind man, for confessing him, was put out of the Synagogue. And thus it is now. But Jesus found him; and I feel that an humble place in the highways, and hedges, blessed with the presence of my Savior, and those who love his appearing, is far preferable to the highest seats in the synagogues with those who say my Lord delayeth his coming, and are beginning to beat his servants, who are not only endeavoring to trim their lamps and be ready, but would fain persuade their brethren to do the same.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.4

    More than two years ago, I asked the church with which I am connected to dismiss me, for I was in a backslidden state; but they refused. Some told me there was no way to get out of the church, but by being excluded for immoral conduct. But they have made it evident that immorality will not insure exclusion; for open enormities have been habitually committed with impunity.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.5

    Yet no sooner did any of the members begin to proclaim, “Behold the Bridegroom cometh,” and faithfully reprove sin in high places, than a very trifling pretext was found sufficient to justify the church in excluding without delay these disturbers of their peace. Though I have not shared the same fate with my rejected brethren, I feel to cast in my lot with those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for I can no longer remain with those who justify the wicked for reward; who stand in the way of sinners, and sit in the seat of the scornful. Through the abounding grace of God, I have been reclaimed from my wanderings, through the influence of the glorious news of a coming Savior. I now rejoice in this blessed hope; and feel that I can no longer walk in fellowship with those, who cast on their brethren who are looking for their Lord, the most reproachful epithets, and charge them with the most unworthy motives. I wish not to accept deliverance at their hands, that I may obtain a better resurrection. I therefore wish no longer to be considered a member of the Baptist Church in East Washington, but declare myself free from all church relation, so far as it is of human organization; and wish that church to consider me no more accountable to them than to any others. They are not my sister or brother, any farther than they do the will of my heavenly father. I believe that Christ will own those, and those only, who love his appearing; and among that happy number I desire to be found. Elizabeth Crane.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.6

    Washington, Jan. 23rd, 1844.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.7

    Letter from Bro. L. Delas Mansfield


    Dear Brother Himes:—I have hitherto neglected to comply with your request, to write and let you know of my laboring in the cause of our soon expected Lord, but it has not been because I have been idle, nor because my faith in the speedy coming of the Savior has been at all weakened. I find more and more reason daily for believing thatHST February 28, 1844, page 31.8

    “This world’s eventful story,
    A few short months will tell,”
    HST February 28, 1844, page 31.9

    not only from rigid criticism of the exposition of prophecy which have led us to believe in the speedy advent of Him “whose right it is to reign,” but also from the signs of the present perilous, perplexed and disturbed times. Surely if we have not a fulfillment of those predictions which should betaken our speedy redemption, it will be impossible to have them fulfilled. And I have often been led to exclaim, upon going over the chronological calculations, “How can we go on in our present state more than a few weeks longer.” Since I left the West; I have been occupied in this field in Os. Co. N. Y. I have lectured in four different places, and the souls of some dear disciples have been blessed as they have “received the word into good and honest hearts,” and are looking for the return of the Lord; and many have seen the falacy of looking for the world’s conversion, and the return of the Jews, and are persuaded that the coming of Christ is the next event in prophecy, but do not embrace fully the time; they can see no mistake about it, but cannot realize it to be so soon. The church and ministry in this region are either perfectly indifferent or opposed to the preaching of this glorious doctrine, with only few exceptions. I found at a little village called the Sand Banks, a believer in, and advocate of the speedy coming of the Lord, in the person of Bro. Richards of the M. P. Church, and he is the only minister of any sectarian body with whom I am acquainted in this region who believes. There is in the south part of this town quite a large number of believers, to whom a sister ministers the word. In Camden, Oneida Co. there has been a very precious revival under the labors of Bro. Sweet, who is crying “Behold the Bridegroom cometh.” I lectured in this village (Pulaski) in the Baptist House. But after a few lectures I was requested by the minister to close my lectures, as he and others did not think them profitable. Although I was thus requested to do, I thought it expedient to obey God rather than man, and went into the Court House. O! my soul has been wrung with anguish by such treatment of God’s eternal truth. For I am as well persuaded that Christ will immediately appear, as that He ever did visit this world; and how men can shut their minds against the evidences of the Lord’s coming, and then insist upon it that we are uncharitable if we “upbraid them for their unbelief,” and ask them “can ye not discern the signs of the times?” I am unable to see.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.10

    Richmond, Oswego Co. N. Y., Feb. 6, 1844.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.11

    “Rejoice in the Lord.”


    The disciples of Christ are exhorted to “rejoice in the Lord always,” to “rejoice evermore.” To joyfully acquiesce in, and yield a willing and hearty obedience to the will of God, is their privilege at all times. To abide in such a state is to “stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.” The believer thus delights in the law of God, and obeys it, not from restraint, but willingly, not as a task, but as a privilege.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.12

    Let all Adventists, then, who look and wait for the glorious manifestation of their crucified, risen, exalted and coming Savior, acquiesce joyfully in all the will of God, and in his long-suffering, which yet spares a guilty world. While time rolls on, he has purposes to accomplish; let none despond or lay down their watch; for, as the time for him, to be unveiled to our admiring eyes is assuredly near, and is to be constantly expected, and earnestly desired, let us “look up, “for our “redemption draweth nigh.” Exercising the benevolent, heavenly spirit of christianity, let us treat all with meekness and forbearance, and abound in good works The enemies of truth are to be pitied and prayed for, rather than denounced. When the Judge of all the earth comes to vindicate his truth, their doom will be dreadful—while the righteous will still continue to rejoice in the God of their salvation. See Psalm 68:1-4HST February 28, 1844, page 31.13

    E. Canfield.
    Clyde, Feb. 5th, 1844.

    Letter from Bro. T. M. Preble


    Bro. Himes:—I wish to make a few remarks in relation to my laboring in Lowell, Nashua and Manchester. In consequence of some statements in my last letter, that appeared a few weeks since, some of my brethren received an impression that I had stationed myself in these three places, to preach for salary—It is not so. I labor now as for some two years past, not knowing what I am to receive till it comes into my hand. There has been no agreement, as to dollars or cents. The most of the brethren in these places are poor, having spent what they had in the cause of truthHST February 28, 1844, page 31.14

    I am not confined to these places all of the time, but am free, to go when and where the Lord may direct. I have already labored in seven different towns, since my last letter, besides the three above mentioned, and have appointments in three towns more.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.15

    The Lord is with us still, souls we trust have been converted recently—others reclaimed.—In this place I have baptized two, and in Lowell eleven. Meetings full, and truly interesting. Yours, daily watching for Christ. T. M. Preble.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.16

    Manchester, Feb. 19, 1844.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.17

    Letter from Sister S. W. Daland


    Dear Brother Himes:—Permit me, although a stranger to you, to write you a few lines. I have for two years past been a reader of your valuable paper, the Signs of the Times: and still continue to feel an interest in it. The subject of Christ’s second coming, is one in which I have been deeply interested, and one that I love, and in consequence of which, I have now no name nor place in the Baptist Church with which I had been connected eighteen years. But I praise God, that if I am one of his children, no one can deprive me of my inheritance in the heavenly kingdom. Let me have the evidence that my worthless name is written in the Lamb’s book of life, and let me have the Spirit of God, bearing witness with my spirit, and telling me that I am born of God, and it is enough. Most gladly would I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ; that I may know him and the power of his resurrection. In the world, said our blessed Savior, ye shall have tribulation; and I expect. if ever I get home to glory, if ever I enter the kingdom; it will be through tribulation. I do not expect to gain the promised land on flowery beds of ease. How much, my dear brother, we need the sustaining grace of God, while passing through this inconstant world. And how precious the promise, “my grace is sufficient for thee;” and “as thy day is, so shall thy strength be.” Our trials and afflictions here may well be called light, when we reflect upon the exceeding and eternal weight of glory, that is in reserve for all those who love the appearing of Christ.HST February 28, 1844, page 31.18

    O how precious the thought, that when the Savior appears, we shall not only see him as he is, but we shall be made like him.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.1

    This glorious hope revives
    Our courage by the way;
    While each in expectation lives,
    And longs to see the day.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 32.2

    Yes, I rejoice that the time is soon coming when the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads; when they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. I believe that Jesus will soon take to himself his great power and reign: But O, when I look around and see how the awful warnings of God’s word are disregarded, and how few there are, who are looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ, my heart is affected, and I feel to say in the language of the prophet, “O that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people.”HST February 28, 1844, page 32.3

    It is my prayer to God that he would have mercy on the people in this place, and wake them up, and prepare them for his coming. May the Lord continue to bless you, my dear brother, and make you wise to win souls to Christ, and grant you an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Yours in the blessed hope.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.4

    Littleton, Mass. Jan. 11th, 1844.



    Chicopee Falls, Ms.—Bro. Ordway writes:—We are in this place still looking for the Savior, and believe that the prophetic periods are about to a close, and shall soon realize the solemn events of the judgment. Blessed be God for the prospect of soon being delivered from this wicked world. We have good times here, and our faith stands firm that our Savior will be revealed in this Jewish Year, 1843. Yours, in blessed hope.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.5

    Portland.—Bro. J. Pearson writes:—“I would just say for your encouragement, that the cause appears to be progressing in this city and vicinity, although the opposition waxes stronger and stronger, and assumes a more malicious and persecuting character. Those especially in high authority in the professed church of Christ, who have contented themselves heretofore, with either merely denouncing this doctrine as a “delusion,” or passing it by with silent contempt, are now joining hands with the abandoned of every class, and, like the “horn with eyes, and a mouth speaking great things and blasphemy,” are “making war with the saints” who are “looking for the blessed hope,” and like that power denouncing them as “heretics” and thrusting them from the churches. But even this is doing great good, because in the churches there have been a class which we could not seem to reach by this doctrine, whose eyes are now being opened by such wicked opposition.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.6

    Waterbury, Vt.—Bro. Erastus Parker writes:—We have maintained prayer meetings about one-half the evenings during 13 months past. The number of firm believers have gradually increased through the season; and as the time draws near they seem to be more firm in their belief that God will not disappoint his people,HST February 28, 1844, page 32.7

    Waterford, Me.—Bro. R. T. Haskins writes:—I find some few in this town, who are holding on to the blessed promise of Christ’s speedy coming. It is my soul’s delight in trying every day to spread light on this subject, by going from house to house, and circulating publications; but my soul is pained that so many should cry peace and safety, and scoff at these glorious truths. I wish the Lord would send more lecturers into the towns in this region. I find the Methodists and Baptists are more ready to hear than those of other denominations.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.8



    A Brief History of the Old Serpent the Devil. By L. D. Fleming. 6 1-4 cts.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.9

    The Age to Come! The present organization of matter called Earth, to be destroyed by fire at the end of the present dispensation. Also, before the event, Christians may know about the time when it shall occur. This is No. 41 of the Second Advent Library. By Lewis C. Gunn. 12 1HST February 28, 1844, page 32.10



    Is designed to be held in Nashua, N. H., if time continues, to commence on the Second Thursday in March next, to continue over the Sabbath. And, as God works by means, our prayer is that God will send some of his most faithful servants that will faithfully wield the sword of the Spirit, that we may have the whole truth, and know the love of Jesus, that we may be ready for his coming. And may the good Lord send, among others, brethren Couch, Weston, Preble, Harris, Hale, Fitz, Eastman, Starkweather, Lock, Brown, and W. Burnhem. Realizing that time is short, and a great work to be done, may God prepare us to do all his will.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.11

    For the Nashua Second Advent brethren.


    No Authorcode

    BOSTON FEB 28 1844



    Dear Brother Bliss:—We leave this city this morning for Washington. We commence our labors there to-morrow, in the Baptist meeting house, which has been procured for that purpose. Our prospects for a good hearing, are encouraging.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.12

    The conference and lectures here, have been deeply interesting. You will receive some account of the meeting by another hand. Brother Miller, and son, are in good health. “Brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may have a free course and be glorified.” J. V. Himes.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.13

    Philadelphia, Feb. 19th 1844.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.14

    Lectures and Conference in Philadelphia


    Brother Bliss:—Mr. Miller’s lectures in this city commenced under most favorable circumstances, and the weather throughout the entire course has been the fairest that we have enjoyed in many weeks. A large proportion of our most respectable citizens have been interested and attentive hearers, and there is evidently a great and favorble change in the public mind. The prejudice which has long veiled the perception of the moral and thinking part of community, is rapidly disappearing before the self moving power of the truth of God. Our beloved brother has a message from God, to lukewarm churches and a thoughtless world, and we are encouraged to believe that thousands in this city, through his labors the past week, will be led to prepare for the fearful realities by which we are now over shadowed. The immense hall of the Chinese Saloon has been filled to overflowing, and the general attendance has been estimated from 4 to 5,000, and notwithstanding the magnitude and the anxiety of the multitude, the greatest order and solemnity has prevailed throughout. Mr. Miller’s health and appearance is greatly improved since his late illness, and we have never listened to any speaker more happy in illustration, sound and logical in argument, or powerful in appeal. His simplicity, his earnest, sincere, and original manner chained the attention of the most critical, while the suppressed sigh, and the falling tear witnessed the effect of his persuasions upon the heart. The burden of his embassage is to show from the scriptures, that the time of the Second Advent is revealed, that the hour hasteth greatly, and that the Master is now even at the door, and also to reason with his hearers, as intelligent and moral agents, “seeing these things are so, what manner of persons should we be” etc. He insists with great power and clearness that the prophetic periods all terminate with the present Jewish, or as he terms it, the Lord’s year. The effect of his doctrine on those who listen, is an increased dilligence in every good word and work, searching the Bible, watchfulness and prayer, a girding of the loins, and an increase of oil in the vessel, as well as trimming of the lamp. A bad tree cannot bear good fruit, nor a bitter fountain send forth sweet water. Let us then look well to it, that we despise not the message God hath sent. Let us not reject the truth because many now enquire, as in our Savior’s time, “have any of the rulers or pharisees believed.” But let us be wise for ourselves, and lay up a treasure where moth and rust do not corrupt, and make sure of a part in that glorions inheritance which shall shortly be revealed.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.15

    Wm. Miller leaves us to-day on his way to Washington, where he is expected to deliver a course of lectures; Brethren Himes and Litch accompany him; He intends to make a short stay in Baltimore on his return. May continued intercessions rise like a cloud of incense in the length and breadth of our beloved country; from the hearts of the Second Advent children, that the Lord may sustain and preserve his servant in this effort to awaken and prepare our rulers for the coming of the King of Kings.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.16

    C. S. M.
    Philadelphia, Feb. 19th. 1844.



    Shout! ye heralds of salvation,
    Shout, redemption draweth near;
    Raise the cry in every nation—
    King of kings will soon appear.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 32.17

    Shout ye heralds!—from the mountains,
    O’er the ocean bid it sweep,
    Till the far-off isles shall echo
    Back the wailings of the deep.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 32.18

    Shout, ye heralds! Zion sleepeth;
    [original illegible]
    While each faithful watchman weepeth,
    As about her walls he goes.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 32.19

    Shout ye heralds! Zion dreameth;
    Shout the day of wrath is near;
    Cry the dawn of morning beameth,
    Bid the dreaming millions hear.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 32.20

    Shout, ye faithful watchmen, weeping;
    From the walls of Zion cry;
    Rouse, O rouse the guilty, sleeping,
    Loud proclaim the Judgment nigh.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 32.21

    Hasten in your heav’nly circles,
    All ye shining orbs above;
    Haste, O bring the joyful moment,
    When the saints shall upward move.
    HST February 28, 1844, page 32.22

    Trusting to Others.—A most striking illustration of the folly of trusting to others, is found in the writings of Rabbi Moses Maimonides. He was a Jew, born in Spain in 1131, and died in Egypt at the age of 70. He was celebrated for his wonderful learning, and was esteemed by the Jews as a divine next to Moses. Of his numerous works, the “Mische Terah,” and “More Nevochim,” are considered most important. Now, with all his learning, he did not believe in Christ He acknowledges that the 70 weeks revealed to Daniel, by Gabriel, relate to Messiah, but adds that “the Rabbins of blessed memory have said, ‘let the bones of him rot who attempts to compute the end;’ and the reason they assigned, is, that because the common people finding the end is come, i.e. the time specified is elapsed might be led into an error, to think that the Messiah has come already.” Iggereth Hatteman, fol. 125: c. 4.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.23

    Mid. Cry.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.24

    Letters received to Feb. 24th, 1844


    J. W Kenney, the $5 referred to not received; J Livermore $1; p m Underhill Vt $3; J Danforth by p m $1; JR Camp by p m $1; L Brown by p m $1; James C Mathews by p m $1; J Brown $2; R Morrell and E Rowell by p m $1 each; J Coller and J Holden by p m $1 each; A D Whitemore; E Lloyd; Dwight Nutting by p m $1; Metcalf Smith by p m $1; Henry C Stephens $2; H B Baldwin by p m $1; Edwin Grant by p m $2; T M Preble by expr. $13; p m Hadley’s Mills Ia; p m Sandy Hill; Hollis Fay by p m $1; E Hoyt by p m $4; O Jenney by p m $10; D Guild $1; L F Sikes by p m $1; Daniel Webster by p m $1; S Howland $6; Horace Foot by p m $1; G D Kinney by p m $5; W H F; correspondents are requested to give their true name; A A Partridge for others by p m $4; J Weston $5; R Holliston by p m $1; G Huntly by p m. 50 cts; Wm Huntoon by p m $1 N Clark by p m $2; E Sprawl; E C Clemens; Geo Bush with MSS; J V Himes; T L Tullock; T Cole; E Merrick by p m $1; A H Brick by p m $1; J Stuckford by p m $1 C M Bates by p m $1; A Gibson by p m $1; E Allis $2; L Morton $1; Geo Rawcliffe $1; W Fulton $1; Geo Lock by p m $1; Horace Smith by p m $2; John H Hall; A Ward; J & W Ordway; Sarah Barrows by p m $3 correct; p m E Bennington Vt; Truman White by p m $1; Wm Dayton by p m $1; Miss L Davis by p m $1; J M Phillips $10 for sundry individuals; J Felton $1; K S Hastings 1$; Wm S Miller $1; p m So Stratfod Vt; Miss E Benjamin by p m $2; N D Wight 25 cts; Moses Hazen by p m $1; H S Larkin by p m $1; J F Kingsley by p m $1; D Calkins by p m $2; p m Lancaster Ms for J Burditt and others $5, for J P Halon $3; p m Highgate Vt; Harvy Robinson by p m $1; p m Mason; Horace Thayer $3; Prof. Huber by p m $1; p m Saratoga Springs; L P Parks $2; Rev Rowland Lathrop and Nathan Davis by p m $2 each; Asa Dunham by p m $1; S Stuart by p m $2; Ali Andrews 18 3-4 cents postage; Dr Crary; Darius Sessions $1; Wms Thayer, is mailed every week; Noah Dutton; L Monry by p m $2; p m Vergeunes Vt; Luther Carter by p m $1; M Chase $1; H A Garlick $3; W Wellman by p m $1; T Abbott by p m $1; C G Willey by p m $2; p m Holderness; C Wines $10; Eld S Everett by p m $1; John Wood by express $10; Tho Miner by p m $1; p m Andover Vt; Dr W Cartridge by p m $1; p m Willington Ct; Stephen Oakes by p m $1; T L Tullock; Tho Barber by p m $1; Elisha Blackman by J F Leo $1; D Guild by p m 1$, was mislaid.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.25

    Packages Sent


    B H Albee, E Machias Me; Asa D Whittemore, Worcester Ms; Miss Jewett do; J V Himes, 9 Spruce St N Y; G S Miles, Albany; T M Preble, Manchester N H; J Weston, Nashua Depot N H; Nathan Clark, Cambridge, Me; S Howland, Topsham Me; T Sheldon, Underhill, Vt; T Cole, Lowell Ms; A H Brick, New Ipswich N H; E Hoyt, Enfield N H; J Litch, 41 Arcade, Philadelphia; J Felton, E Bradford, Ms; J & W Ordway, Springfield, Ms; G S Miles, Albany, N Y; N D Dwight; Wales Ms; J Lenfest, Hanover Mass; John Wood Montpelier; C Wines Vergennes Vt; M Chase, Meredith Village N H; N Dutton, W Hartford Vt; N Hervey, New Bedford Ms; Charles G Willey, Alton, N H; Horace Thayer, Savoy P O Ms.HST February 28, 1844, page 32.26

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