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    March 15, 1842

    VOLUME II.—NO. 24. WHOLE NO. 48

    Joshua V. Himes



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    BOSTON, MARCH 15, 1842.



    As the publisher of this paper, and other (works on the Second Glorious Advent of our Lord Jesus, it may be proper at this time for me to make a brief statement of facts. It is about two years and a half since I became deeply impressed with the truth of the doctrine of the Advent nigh. With this, impression, the first enquiry of my anxious heart was, What shall I do? What can I do? the answer seemed to be plain: “spread the glad tidings of the near approach of the Bridegroom.” How shall I do it? I had a pastoral charge, and besides, I did not then feel qualified to go out and expound the prophecies, as they should be, to honor the Master and the work. I saw that William Miller, the distinguished person raised up of God to declare this truth, needed assistance. He was cramped; he could not get a fair hearing before the public. The public prints, religious and political, were closed against him; and often filled with slanders against his character and doctrine. I rev solved to do what I could to give him a fair hearing before the American public. In order to do this, the “Signs of the Times” was commenced. Its columns were thrown open for Mr. Miller to speak fully and fairly his views. It was at the same time opened to his opponents to refute him if they could. The next step was to put Mr. Miller’s Lectures into the hands of a Bookseller for the publication of 5000 copies for the country. This was done. I then prepared a volume of Mr. M’s writings, called his “Life and Views.” This was put into circulation. I then undertook the publication of the Lectures and Views, in connexion with the “Signs of the Times,” and made an effort at the widest circulation of them by sales, and gratuitous distribution, expending all that I received.HST March 15, 1842, page 185.1

    The first volume of the “Signs of the Times” being-closed, and the receipts falling short of the expenditures, I resolved to go on, trusting in God for success in the futures. The second volume (this present No. of which closes it) was commenced. For a time all was dubious and dark. But during the year there has been an increase of subscribers, so that we have kept along. Enough has been raided and is now due, to pay the printers and paper makers. But nothing for the publisher, and senior Editor. Besides, he has a bill to pay for editorial aid out of his own, pocket. Thus the “Signs of the Times” has been sustained.HST March 15, 1842, page 185.2

    Within the last six months the friends of the cause in this city have united together, and furnished and opened a Reading Room and office-for the publications, at 14 Devonshire st. We have paid largely for the support of this Room, and expect to continue so to do when we have the means. At this place all the publications which publish are kept for sale, and all others I can get that are valuable. A brother is hired to take the charge of the Room, keep the books, and mail the papers. The expenses of the office, and of the clerk, with various other contingent expanses, have thus far been barely met by receipts from publications. The money that has been given, has been appropriated according to the direction of the donors. Publications being given to the amount of their donations, in full, either to the donors or others. This has been the principal field of our public labors for the two past years—this our work—and this the actual state of our finances and publications.HST March 15, 1842, page 185.3

    I feel that I have acted conscientiously in this matter, and in reference to the fact that I must soon stand before the Judge. I am a steward. I wish to be found faithful. I now enter upon increased responsibilities, and greater labors. The weekly paper will require double the labor and expense. The work must be done, the expense must be met. And were it not that we have friends who have stood by us, and who will still remain as co-workers, I should despair. But as it is, I go on with increased confidence and zeal. We only ask that the “Signs of the Times,” may be patronized as it shall deserve, at the hands of its friends; and as the publications are among the chief means of doing good, they may also be patronized to such an extent, as to meet the actual expenses of the office. This done, our bills will be honorably settled; we shall owe no man. So shall we mutually extend the midnight cry to the extent of our means, to arouse the church from her slumbers, and awake the world to its danger. J. V. HIMES.HST March 15, 1842, page 185.4

    Boston, March 15, 1842.




    From our N.York Correspondent.HST March 15, 1842, page 185.5

    I have this day taken from the Depository the Signs of the Times, 15th inst.—Finding in it no notice of two communications 52They appeared in our last No. This communication is so important, that we insert it also. I made you by a private hand, Jan. 20th, which I had thought were crowded out, perhaps, 1st Feb. I conclude you have not received them. One contained news of the progress of the truth in this city: the other a brief notice of the creed. But let them go, though the news was good and interesting; and the argument from the creed seemed to be new and conclusive. I received a letter from Brother Jones to-day, who has spend the winter lecturing chiefly in Ct. and is now with you. He asks what has been going on?HST March 15, 1842, page 185.6

    1. The Pre-millennial Advent Association have been, every Sunday evening since Nov. preaching from the lips of the ordained ministry of the Dutch Reformed, Methodist Episcopal Congregational, Presbyterian, and Episcopal churches, the doctrine of the Lord’s coming and kingdom at hand. Dr. Broadhead, also, has given a distinct course of lectures upon this topic in his church at Brooklyn the last of which was preached two Sundays ago. A crowded house and a most attentive audience bore witness to the solemn interest of the great theme. And while speaking of him I will add, that last Sunday evening I heard his charge to the Pastor elect of the Dr’s former church in Broom st. New York, (the Rev. Mr Fisher,) at his installation; and the firm and dignified manner in which Dr. Broadhead appealed to his own experience of 38 years in the ministry, to enforce on the young pastor a sense of his duty, among other things to study and to teach the Scriptures relating to on-fulfilled prophecy, was most remarkable. He said the signs of the times demand this; the common people expect it; the devout will do it for themselves, and will demand it of their spiritual watchmen and guides; and the holy Scriptures enjoin it on all who minister the grace of God, looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing.—The church was full as it could hold, even in the aisles; and to have this doctrine charged home upon them in the installation service, was alike new and impressive. Perfect stillness chained every breath.HST March 15, 1842, page 185.7

    2. I attended the meetings of the A. B. C. for Foreign Missions in this city, last month. It was gratifying to observe that much which was said had reference to a great crisis at hand, the greatest since the flood; without indicating its character in any way to identify it with spiritual feign, but rather aloof from the common notion of the millennium. And some went further; some distinctly urged the hope of the Lord’s coming, but yet urged it in a way that only the wise would understand aright. The doll of hearing might take it, as they do the Scripture itself, to teach the doctrine of this world’s conversion. They prayed mightily: “Thy kingdom came,” mean what that may; and some of them said to me they were not so careful about the meaning, as about the offering.HST March 15, 1842, page 185.8

    3. The established ministry of all denominations,in their Sunday exercises recognize the hope of the Lord’s coming and kingdom to an extent quite noticeable: they loosen their grasp on the hope of this world, and they lay firmer hold of the world which is to come. They read, inquire, and inform themselves on the “subject of unfulfilled prophecy: and their devout hearers are putting them up to it, by seeking light, and by asking honest questions, having a right to expect of their spiritual guides instruction in spiritual things. Thus a general disposition to inquire is encouraged, and all parties treat the subject with reverence.HST March 15, 1842, page 185.9

    4. Great refreshings are experienced in several of the Methodist and free churches.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.1

    5. Elder Fleming put in my hand to day his Examination of President Mahan’s sermon on the Millennium. It is a capital tract, done in a good spirit, and in a most simple and effectual manner.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.2

    6. The Pre-millennial Advent Association walk mostly in the strait jacket of Judaism. They do not admit a gentile among them. They however do much good. They preach the coming of the Lord; and that, if it were only to bring back the Jews, were better than to have no hope of his appearing. If any adequate anniversary service relative to the Second Advent is held next May in this city, it will be, I think, under the auspices of this Association; and I hope they will undertake it. We are required to bear with each others infirmities; and though the carnal Jews are a dead weight, on the faith of these brethren, I would lay no stumbling block in their way, but rather help them sustain the Lord’s banner with the sons of Hagar in company; the wheat and tares growing together, until the end of the world. In the blessed hope, yours, H. D. W.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.3



    Brother Himes,—As a patron, were I permitted to express my opinion in relation to a weekly publication of the Signs of the Times, I should say the sooner commenced the better; for if the day of labor is nigh spent, our diligence should be redoubled. If the hour is at hand when “time shall be no more,” our constancy should be increased. If the great day is at the door, when “the Heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat, and all the works of the earth will be burnt up,” how liberally should those who are aware of these realities begin their donations and exertions, that the “midnight cry” or the general alarum to the world may be given.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.4

    If the last scene of earth is at hand, when not only the works of men that are admired and adored as magnificent—when not only the earth, her great empires, and her imperial cities, her everlasting hills and mountains,—but, when all those who are living deliciously, saying in their hearts, I shall see no sorrow, and with their lips crying peace and safety, shall become one chaotic sea of fire like running liquid metal, or a fluid like molten glass, what manner of persons ought we to be in holy conversation and godliness.” Then let all cry aloud and spare not, that the crucified Lord is about returning in glory to take vengeance upon his enemies: not only upon those who pierced his sacred body with nails and with spears at Jerusalem, but those also that pierce him every day by their sins and iniquities, their hard speeches, concerning his person, his religion, and his coming.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.5

    Every eye ere long will see that God whom they have mocked or blasphemed, “laughed at for his meanness or his vain threats;” they will soon see him, and be confounded with shame and fear, and with those high minded and evil servants who preach “my Lord delayeth his coming,” will, in the bitterness of their anguish and despair, call for the mountains to fall upon them, Isaiah 2:19, “fly into the clefts of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord and the glory of His Majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” Then indeed will every knee bow and every tongue confess that he is God, “when the mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burnt at his presence, yea, the worid and all that dwell therein.”HST March 15, 1842, page 186.6

    “The glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” will presently attract the eyes of all the world: nothing can more affect them than a scene so unusual and so illustrious, bringing with it our last destiny and an end to earthly affairs. How can a just representation of that day be given, when he summons from his vast and boundless empire the host of angels to attend his person, and in the midst of those bright legions in a flaming chariot will the blessed Jesus sit when he comes to be glorified in his saints, and all those that love his appearing, Then will he triumph over his enemies, and instead of the wild noises of the wicked, this blessed company will breathe their hallelujah into the open purity of space with shouts of “Salvation to God which sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb.” And now, gentle reader, shall we not do much for him who for us was hung upon a cursed tree in Golgotha, crucified between two thieves, wounded, spit upon, mocked and abused?HST March 15, 1842, page 186.7

    N. H.



    Dear Bro. Himes—I arrived at Nashua, on the 24th, agreeable to the appointment, and was very much disappointed in not finding your help there as I expected, neither brother Litch or Fitch. I was also much cast down in spirit when I found no place open for us, except an upper room, in an attic story. My lungs were very much affected by reason of a cold which I had taken at Benson, Vt. the week before. Yet after committing my case to God, and praying for divine direction, I attempted to speak to a crowded house, almost suffocated with the intense heat and bad air, on the duty of comforting one another on the subject of Christ’s second coming. Many lovers of Christ were there. But there were also twenty or thirty sons of Belial, who came with the object of disturbing our meeting. Many in the back part of the room could not hear on account of the noise and confusion made by these wicked young men, and boys: yet our meeting was continued until near 10 o’clock. It was then supposed that some of the different societies would open their meeting houses for us on the next evening; but in this we were disappointed. We had a Bible class in the forenoon,—afternoon and evening, two lectures. No disturbance; but at the close a communication was read from the chairman of the committee of the Baptist church and society, stating on what condition a preacher of their own order might proclaim the gospel from their desk. It was one of the most cruel, mean, and degrading insults ever given to me at least, and this, too, in the democratic state of N. Hampshire. I hope and pray that this is not a sample of the democracy here. Here it is.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.8

    Conditions on which the Baptist Church was offered to Mr. Miller for a course of lectures.—HST March 15, 1842, page 186.9

    1. Five dollars for each evening when we do not wish to use it. Or eight for day and evening, in advance, for fuel, oil, etc.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.10

    2. Responsible men to guarantee the house not injured except the natural wear.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.11

    3. The speaker to be Mr. Miller, and he to confine himself to the subject of the Second Advent of Christ. He is to avoid all disrespectful and abusive language concerning our citizens or any of our religious societies in the place; for the violation of either of the above articles the committee will feel justified in closing the doors immediately. For the Committee.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.12

    E. CHASE, Chairman.

    Of course I could make no concessions of this kind; and having lost my voice, I left Nashua for the last time, bidding fare well to the few lovers of Christ, which I found in that devoted village. I have retired to my good friend Nichol’s house, in this town, where I shall remain a few days, if possible to regain my voice.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.13

    What stronger evidence can we wish for, of the corruption of the Baptist denomination, that is here presented, dictating to the servants of God what they shall say or preach, in this dogmatical manner. The spirit of the Pope is in every line, and a Jesuit no doubt indicted the insult. I hope the eyes of the Baptist denomination may yet be open, that they may see the abomination of then leaders. Let them remember also that “inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” God will reward them as their work shall be. And he will come, and will not tarry.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.14

    Yours in the blessed hope.
    Medford, Feb. 28, 1842.



    Messrs Editors:—In the paper of W. S. on the resurrection, in your Signs of the Times of Dec. 15 1841, where he quoted 1 John 4:3 he has omitted the negative particle, not, which perverts the sense. The English version has rightly translated it. Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is not of God. And this omission I take to be typographical only, not intended. The reference to 2 John 7, does involve a novel reading, and is important. In the first quotation, he who, denies that Jesus Christ had already come, is not of God, and is the spirit of antichrist; in the last, if this new translation be correct, (and it seems so to me.) he who denies that Jesus Christ is coming in the flesh, is the deceiver, the anti-christ.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.15

    Thus these two texts embrace both advents, and makes it anti-christian to deny, or not to confess either, or both.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.16

    In our English translation, in an old French one of Geneva, and in a Portuguese one, 2 John 7, is made to apply to time then past, but the quotation of W. S. makes it relate to a time future. The whole question is involved in the signification of the word Eleluthota and Erchomenon, which seems to me to be worthy and indeed demands an exact analysis and criticism by some good Greek scholar. O Erchomenos, the coming one, is defined by John to make an essential part of the great name of Jehovah, and contains in itself the great promise of the future advent. W. F. W. O.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.17



    Sometimes, when conversing about the Judgment, people will start back, when that awful period is represented as being near; and seeming to be fortified in their own position, will say, “No man knoweth when the day and the hour will come.” “Very well,” I then reply, “if we do not know when that time will be, what proof have you that it is not now nigh, even at the doors;—that it may not come even within the predicted time?” Frequently I have found them taken where they did not expect it; and they have replied, with apparent concern “we don’t know.” The minds of such I have then found to be generally open to the reception of truth.HST March 15, 1842, page 186.18

    But others, holding to the opinion of a temporal millennium, will say, that that period must pass away, before it will come. “Very well,” I then reply, “you blame us for fixing on the time of the first Judgment, but in this you condemn yourselves; for you have done the very same thing, and long before we did it, too. You place it at the end of the thousand years, we, at the commencement of it. Now, where is your consistency in blaming us for fixing on the time, when you have done it as really as ourselves?”HST March 15, 1842, page 186.19

    Now, though we may not know the precise time, yet we may approximate to it. The Bible is full of signs by which we may know that the Judgment is near. And Christ taught his disciples that when these things should take place, they might know that his coming was near, and that their redemption drew nigh. Whether these signs are appearing at the present time or not, the wise themselves must judge. But do we not know when the sun shines? are we not conscious when darkness makes its appearance? then can we not tell whether the things which the Bible predicts shall take place immediately before the first Judgment, are, or are not, now, taking place? It would seem as though none here need mistake. D. C.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.1

    Zion, Jan. 1, 1842.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.2



    We are happy to present our readers with farther information relative to the state of the East, morally, intellectually, physically and civilly, from our correspondent from whom we some weeks since published a letter from Smyrna. He has since returned home. From these facts it will readily be perceived how little ground there is to hope for success in evangelizing the world, especially those portions which have had and rejected the gospel. We give the following extracts from his letter.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.3

    I returned from Symrna to New York about the close of last month. (Jan.) I led you to expect an unfavorable report as to the state of matters in that country, in my letter by the barque Emma Isadora, and the event has amply confirmed what I then anticipated. The Turkish Government, you are aware, are in full possession of the city of Jerusalem. It is understood that they are strengthening their position in Syria, having whilst I was at Symrna chartered the steam-boat to convey 180 Turkish soldier from Constantinople to Beyrout, which were to be followed by 180 more, if required. They appeared to me to hold dominion not only over the persons, but in a manner over the consciences of the Greek population where I was. The Turks go armed, wearing a brace of large pistols and a poniard at their waist, with a very sharp scymetar at their side; but not one Greek did I see with any weapon whatsoever. The Greek population consist principally of boatmen and shop-keepers, who appear to exist in Smyrna as it were by sufferance. Nightly executions of this unfortunate class of persons who have fallen into the hands of the Police take place on the mountain just above the town the criminal being made to kneel down, when his head is stricken off at a single blow; the edge of their scymetars being always kept in the highest order. The oppressive severity of the Turkish rule is the great subject of complaint among the Greek inhabitants of Smyrna.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.4

    The country at large, from what I could judge of it, appeared to me to labor under a heavy curse, which it will take centuries to recover from. Unfortunately the habits, of the people are radically opposed to improvement, displaying their effects in the aspect as well as the minds of the population most of them being addicted to the practice of smoking immoderately, accompanied by drinking. A good Temperance Agent from this country could find an extensive field whereon to operate.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.5

    With respect to Religion, the Turks have their Mosques, the principal of which I visited. It resembles a large hall, as large as, but longer considerably than Faneuil Hall, with a beautiful ornament on the wall opposite the entrance. I was surprised to find two pulpits in their Mosque. A Turk attends at the door, and causes every individual who enters to take off his shoes.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.6

    The Greeks, though nominally members of the Greek church, mostly attach themselves to some Catholic or other, of which there are several—the Austrian church, the Italian church, the church of the Holy heart of Jesus, the Capuchin church, and the church of the Lazarists. The people in Smyrna are not in want of religion, but of charity, and their children need schools. At present there is a predilection in favor of the French language, habits and customs. A few good teachers who should instruct the children of the poor in English gratis, might pave the way for the introduction of a purer religion than exists at present. But there are many difficulties in the path with which they would have to contend. The Rev. Mr. Temple told me that a school for Greek girls, taught by Mrs. Temple, had been twice broken up by an order from the Greek Patriarch at Constantinople. When I was there, however, a Greek priest came to visit it, and from the circumstances of his going away without making any animadversions or strictures, it was hoped that the school would be permitted to continue unmolested.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.7

    I have said that the people are not so much in want of religion as of education. The number of conversions accordingly is but very few. Ancient and inveterate habits, handed down from ages, are not easily overcome; besides which they have all their particular churches, sects and denominations, who will not concede an inch, each having their particular Book to go by; and in maintenance of this they would sooner die than swerve. A Jew may sometimes he converted to Christianity through the exertions of our Missionaries, but generally after a year or two relapses into Judaism. 53Our correspondent went to the East with great confidence in the doctrine of the return and conversion of the Jews. eds. When a man once becomes a Mahomedan, however, he cannot abjure his religion. His life would have to pay the forfeit of any such attempt. Although the American Mission has existed in Smyrna upwards of ten years, yet it has no place for public worship of its own. From this you will form some idea of the extent of its success.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.8

    The Missionaries are a highly respectable body of men; the Reverend Daniel Temple, who has been stationed for 20 years up the Mediterranean, at their head. The next is Rev. Mr. Calhoun, who has visited Jerusalem, and gives a discouraging account of the whole of Palestine. He states a very revolting fact on this subject of which he was a witness, I believe, at the church of the Holy Sepulchre. A priest at a window appears once a year holding a lamp in his hand, the flame of which is said to be the same as that which animated the cloven tongues at the day of Penticost, when they each declared the wonderful works of God, as recorded n the Acts of the Apostles. The Pilgrims, with tapers and wax candles in their hands, crowd around this window, (anxious to catch a portion of the Holy Fire wherewith to light them) and the pressure in consequence at this point is so extreme, that generally two or three individuals on such occasions are killed by being trampled to death under feet; whilst in the body of the church the Turks, provided with large and heavy whips, for the purpose of preserving order, lay about them unmercifully upon the heads and shoulders of the multitude, to the terror and disgust of every feeling and devout Christian. Besides this, a tribute has to be paid to the Pacha of the city by every Pilgrim for admission to the scene.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.9

    Certain it is that a great degree of moral darkness sits brooding over this unhappy land; but I think I can discern the origin of all the evil to proceed from the habits and practices of the people themselves. For the most part they consume the day in smoking tobacco through very long pipes, and drinking rachee (a spirit like brandy, distilled from grapes) or New-England rum, sometimes strong coffee, to which the Turks in particular are habitually addicted. This may account for the uncomely visages and untoward mental qualities, even of many of the rising generation, and is a point to which our philanthropic Temperance men in this country would do well to look. It is one upon which, under Providence, the regeneration of the East appears to me essentially to hinge, and is of greater consequence by far than all the homilies which our Missionaries in the East could possibly preach to them. This matter, together with the introduction of English schools for the instruction of the children of the poor gratis, I consider as at present the great desiderata of this portion of the people of the East.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.10

    I subjoin a list of the books which the Rev. Mr. Himes was good enough to furnish me with on my departure, and which I distributed in Smyrna, including in this list those formerly reported to you in my letter from that place. It affords me pleasure to say that in consequence of the distribution of these works, quite a lively interest was excited in the place amongst the intelligent merchants and others, and enquiries were making in many quarters relative to the great and important topic of which they treat. Mr. Goodenough in particular, who is Editor of the Smyrna, paper (published in the English language) stated it to be his determination to notice the subject in his columns; and Mr. Temple, in acknowledging the receipt of the Second Advent Report of the Chardon Street Convention, in 1840, was pleased to express his gratification at receiving from me regularly a supply of the Numbers of the Signs of the Times. J. A.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.11



    The following is a very able editorial article of the London Patriot, of January 3rd.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.12

    “The Year 1842.—The year upon which we lave entered will occupy a page of no ordinary interest in the annals, not only of Great Britain, but of the world. There is something in the aspect of parties at home, marshalling themselves or the approaching encounter, and in the lowering appearances abroad, that is adapted to impress the most unthinking with a feeling of solemn expectation. The state of France resembles that of a crater long inactive, from which are heard premonitory sounds that tell of what is raging beneath. Paris is the focus of the volcanic fires which have once desolated Europe, and which are destined, we fear, to overwhelm other dynasties and institutions. Predictions sometimes tend to fulfil themselves; and the mystical calculations current in France, which make the present year a fatal one, indicate by the credulity with which they are received by the people, the tendencies of national opinion. The very strength of the French Government, based neither upon loyalty to the throne nor upon popular freedom, may hasten its decline or down-fall. The Ministry are strong in the chambers, but they have against them the press and the people. Corruption and the Police are the only pillars of the throne occupied by the King of the French. The army indeed, is the largest in Europe, consisting of 344,000 men; a drain upon the national revenues, and a just object of jealousy to all the neighboring States.HST March 15, 1842, page 187.13

    A war with France would be the greatest calamity that could befal this country, with the exception of intestine commotion. But is there no danger that endurance and respect for the laws, may, under pressure of famine and despondency, reach their limits? A month must elapse, the severest of the year, before Parliament meets; and accounts from all quarters represent the distress prevailing among the working classes as extreme and increasing. It is but too evident that our present rulers and their political supporters have no adequate notion of the real state of things, while they are wilfully blind to the cause. The House of Commons, unless stormed by public opinion, will do nothing effectual for the people. The approaching session will be no sham tournament of knights, no mere conflict of parties. Our unfortunate ancestors, it is remarked by a writer in the last Westminster Review, “had the divine right of Kings to settle ...... We, their children, have got perhaps a still harder thing to settle; the divine right of Squires.” The preponderance of the landed interest in the present House of Commons deprives the people of all hope of redress that is not extorted from the fears rather than the justice of the Legislature. If the people do not make their voice heard, the blame will rest with themselves, and bitter will be the penalty. We rejoice that the Anti-Corn-law movement is spreading. Lancashire, Yorkshire, North Wales, and the Midland Counties, have had their aggregate meetings to declare the sense of the country upon the subject; and, in the second week of this month, a public meeting of the ministers and members of Dissenting Churches is to be held at Edinburgh, to express their opinion of the injustice and immoral tendency of the Corn and Provision Laws, and to petition for their total repeal. Seven hundred ministers and gentlemen had, on the 23rd ult. signified their intention to attend. These meetings cannot fail to produce a very powerful impression; and they will at least open the eyes of the middle classes to the dangers of the country; but it will be necessary to follow them up with some general system of action that may tell upon an ill-informed and reluctant Legislature.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.1

    Even were the Corn-Laws wholly repealed, the revival of our trade and manufactures could not be expected immediately to ensue. The fatal effects of years of bad legislation in deranging our commercial relations, and transforming foreign customers into rivals and competitors, are not to be at once repaired. The national question at issue, however, is not one of mere expediency, but of justice and right—between the principle of Feudalism, or “the divine right of Squires,” on the one hand, upheld by a Divine-right Church, and Popular Freedom and the Rights of Industry on the other. The late general election has shown, that, by the present representative system, a majority may be returned by the landed interest, in defiance of the opinions and interests of the great mass of the people. Such a system is an enormous fraud, an abuse and usurpation that no free people can suffer to exist. A representation that does not represent the people, is worse than a solecism; and as the corruption of the best things is proverbially the worst of evils, the oligarchical despotism that perverts to its own ends the forms of free institutions, is the most odious.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.2

    Nor is it possible to contemplate without serious feelings the present attitude of Religious Parties—the great schisms in both the established churches of Great Britain, the struggle between the Civil Power and the Church Courts in Scotland, the contest between Anglo Catholics and Evangelicals in England—the frightful resurrection of sacerdotal superstition, the spread of Romanism, and the revival of the spirit of persecution towards Dissenters, in all the bitterness and cruelty of which the laws will admit. We feel constrained to believe that all things are working well for the ultimate triumph of the principles of the Kingdom of Christ. We cannot believe that the people of this country will ever be so be fooled as to submit to the re-establishment of a hierarchical despotism, or to become the victims of Popish or Angelican priestcraft. But what may be permitted as a trial of Protestant fidelity, before the final overthrow of the mystical Babylon, who can tell? Our duties, however, are as plain is they are urgent—our religious duty as citizens, our political duty as Christians. In both characters, patriotism, fidelity to Christ, and a regard to our own security, alike call upon us to be steadfast, vigilant, public spirited, aggressive against error, firm in the maintenance of all we believe to be truth; hoping for the best, prepared for the worst.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.3



    Dear Brother Himes:—I sit down with my pen to inform you of the result of the Conference held in this place last week, as already manifest. A new impulse has been given to the work of grace;—Christians are more engaged than they were, and some who were cold and unbelieving are quickened, and move forward with warm and animated hearts, “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of he great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”HST March 15, 1842, page 188.4

    There seems to be no great excitement, but yet convictions deepen, and solemnity rests upon every mind. It is the still small voice—the work of the Holy Spirit upon the heart. Converts are multiplied.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.5

    At the factory village where you lectured two evenings, a powerful revival is already in operation. In that village a goodly number are favorable to the sentiments you preach, and many are anxiously inquiring “what they must do to be saved?” The gentleman who there rose and interrupted the meeting, is in great distress of mind, and says that Universalism will no longer answer for a foundation for him to build upon.—May the Lord have mercy upon his soul!HST March 15, 1842, page 188.6

    I firmly believe these Conferences are calculated to do much good: and can say that in this place they have been attended with the happiest results. I am gradually gaining strength, and hope soon to be able to preach again.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.7

    Affectionately yours, in a precious Redeemer.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.8

    Pomtret, Jan. 25, 1842.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.9

    We learn that the work continues to go on. The Conference seems to have been attended with the most happy results, in that town, and the entire vicinity. Eds.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.10



    BOSTON, MARCH 15, 1842.

    Close of the Volume. With this number we close the second volume of the signs of the times. When it was commenced, it was without a single subscriber, without funds, and almost without friends. The cause it advocated was on popular, and whatever looked toward it, was looked upon with a jealous eye by the whole community. There was scarcely a periodical in the country, either religious or secular, that would so much as inform the public of the existence of such a publication. Of course the paper has been thrown upon its own resources, to work its way before the community, and tell its simple gospel message. The object from the beginning has been to arouse the world and church from their dreamy slumbers to look for the coming of the Lord in the clouds of heaven to judge the world in righteousness. If this could be done we were well satisfied that they would not long hug the world with a very violent grasp, or rest securely in their sins. And on reviewing the past we have abundant cause for gratitude to God for his goodness, and the blessing he has vouchsafed to our feeble efforts in his service.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.11

    Within the last two years the advances made by his doctrine are incalculable: far exceeding the most sanguine expectations of its friends.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.12

    1. Several religious and some secular periodicals are now open to a discussion of this great question, and find able disputants to take the field. Our own paper (the Signs of the Times) devoted entirely to this discussion, has not less than 50,000 readers, being read by whole neighborhoods, in many instances, and then sent to some distant place.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.13

    2. More than 60,000 copies of various books and tracts have been issued from our establishment, and spread through the world in the four quarters of the globe, and the islands of the sea. These have been read by hundreds of thousands with interest and profit.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.14

    3. From three to four hundred ministers of the gospel are now engaged in giving the midnight cry; some distinctly with regard to the time, others in doubt on that point, yet, teaching that it is near even at the door. These ministers are from all the evangelical denominations in the land.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.15

    4. In addition to these there are several men now devoted entirely to the work of lecturing from place to place, on the Second Coming of Christ in 1843, and a number more ready to enter the field soon.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.16

    5. Then there is another class, something of the character of colporters, who are engaged in the circulation of publications, and in conversing on the subject from house to house.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.17

    6. Second Advent Conferences have, within the last year, become numerous and important. No one ting has probably done more to advance the cause we plead. The calls for Second Advent Conferences are becoming numerous and pressing.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.18

    7. Another agency has lately been brought into requisition, which bids fair to do much for the cause during the ensuing year. We refer to the appointment of agents indifferent sections of the country for the spread of publications and delivery of lectures.HST March 15, 1842, page 188.19

    Such is the present aspect of the cause in which we are embarked, and our course is onward still; we know of no rest until the evening comes, and the Master says, “Call the laborers and give them their hire.” We have duties to perform, both to the church and the world, to awaken them to seek a constant and perfect preparation to meet their God. They have so long been lulled to sleep by the cry of a thousand years of peace, safety and blessedness, before the appearance of the Savior, that it is next to impossible to arouse them sufficiently to see the light; and in many instances where we meet with partial success, an opiate is soon administered, and they fall back into their dreamy slumbers of peace, peace, where God has not spoken peace. Considering the greatness of the work, and the shortness of the time, we can but feel it to be the duty of every one who believes in the doctrine of the speedy coming of the Lord to proclaim it aloud so that the world may hear.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.1




    The seat of this Conference was rather unfavorable for a very large gathering of the friends of the cause, being in the north western part, above Burlington, Vt. The thaw rendering the travelling extremely difficult, and even dangerous, was another great hinderance in the way of many who would have gladly attended had it been otherwise. It was chiefly this that prevented the attendance of Brother Miller on the occasion. But notwithstanding these things, our meeting was well attended, and was of a deeply interesting character, and a season of spiritual good to many, both in and out of the church. Ministers of different denominations, and also members, met together on common ground to deliberate on the great doctrine of the speedy coming again of the Lord from heaven to judge the quick and the dead, and to set up his everlasting kingdom.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.2

    In the absence of the Chairman and Secretary, The Conference called to the chair Deacon T. Gallusha, of Jerico, Vt. and appointed Rev. Mr. Hall, of Essex, Vt. Secretary.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.3

    The friends of the cause in this section have evinced their love for it by taking hold in a very spirited manner, of the work of an agency for the spread of light, by the circulation of books, and the delivery of lectures on the subject; something between 125 and 150 dollars were pledged, and partly paid to be invested in books, to be distributed by the agent as soon as possible.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.4

    Brother Green, the pastor of the Baptist church in Colchester, has devoted himself to the work of sounding the midnight cry, and will probably soon enter on it; as soon, at least, as he can prepare for lecturing.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.5

    Our excellent and beloved brother Sabine, of the P. Episcopal church, Bethel, Vt. had designed to have been with us, but the circumstances which prevented others from being present, had their effect on him. But as a substitute he forwarded an encouraging letter, and several most excellent discourses, one of which was read to the Conference, greatly to the edification of those present. The object of the discourse was to show that the second coming of Christ is nigh at hand; and that God’s word will be fulfilled speedily: and also to meet the various objections raised against the preaching of the doctrine. We give the following extract from his remarks on the last objection he notices.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.6

    7. The last objection I shall notice in this series, is, that there is no coming to any conclusion on this mighty question—no date or period given in Scripture upon which to institute any safe reckoning,—no clue by which to venture any fair hypothesis! I am fully aware of difficulties—great difficulties in the case. And I am aware too of many presumptions, with many a bold and wild conclusion. But then I am not prepared to admit that in Scripture there is no clue by which to trace out some of the grand results foretold in the same word;—and here I will not be tedious, only give one specimen, and this shall be from the famous prophecy of Daniel 8:13, 14. Here we have a date or number of years very distinctly given. The number is 2300. Two thousand three hundred years.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.7

    This term must have its beginning, which if we can ascertain, will lead to the conclusion. And here, brethren, I may as well admit the truth of my incapacity to calculate upon these given numbers and dates. It is a gift, and a very choice one, but it is not given alike to all, and I am one of those to whom it is not imparted. But I have read very carefully and with real desire of gaining knowledge, some of the writings of those devoted men whose writings many of you have read also, and I am free to confess that the reckoning which they have instituted upon the above 2300 years (days) is to me not merely ingenious, but faithfully and wisely wrought. And I am the more persuaded of this from what I have read and heard as declared by holy ministers and learned writers in the old land,—with whom (with some at least) I have had personal and sweet communion. These things laid together, and my convictions are in favor of some very important result in spiritual affairs, about the time so calculated. 1843-4 is a point of time on which our students in prophecy lay great stress.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.8

    Conference in Nashua, N. H.—The brethren assembled in Conference, Feb. 25, and continued in session several days. Elder Cole, Kenworthy, Hasleton, Plummer, Miller, Preble and others were present, and took part in the discussions. Bro. Miller gave several lectures in the hall, to very crowded audiences. The mutual exposition of the visions of Daniel, and other exercises, were made very profitable to those who were in attendance.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.9

    As no very commodious place could be obtained for the lectures, to accommodate the anxious multitude, the brethren thought best to adjourn the lectures and Conference to a future time, and so closed upon Saturday, P. M., the 27th ult.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.10

    The course of the clergy, and leading men of Nashua, in closing the doors of their houses except an such conditions, the acceptance which would make a man a slave, is not much to be wondered at. What can we expect from those who are ignorant of the great things that we are proclaiming. But, they have not got through—this work will go on—it will be done, brethren, more thorough. It will cost the ministers more anxiety and toil to keep out the light—and then they wont keep it out. It will shine, and they will have to look right at it, yet. For the morning cometh for Nashua. Let Bro. Preble, who is in the front of the battle, be remembered and sustained.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.11

    Editors Waking up. Elder Marsh, of the Christian Palladium, published at Union Mills, N. Y., has recently listened to a course of lectures by Mr. Miller, on the Second Advent. He has been deeply impressed with the truth of the manner and time of Christ’s coming. So much so, that he has come out in several editorials that are very creditable to him. Besides, he has published several articles from others on the subject. This has called forth the remonstrance of some of the friends of that paper. In reply to one of them, among other good things, he makes the following statements:HST March 15, 1842, page 189.12

    “It is but recently that I was opposed to this investigation. And why? because (like all with whom I am acquainted who object to the discussion) I had not investigated the point at issue.” Again he very wisely remarks, that “No one should object to the investigation of this subject until he has made himself thoroughly acquainted with it.”HST March 15, 1842, page 189.13

    He concludes by the following testimony relating to the fruits of the doctrine:HST March 15, 1842, page 189.14

    “Finally, though I may not fully believe a doctrine, I should not refuse to investigate it when I have not seen nor heard of any evil fruits produced by it, but am told, and do know, that it destroys all sectarian distinctions, and unites its full believers in pure friendship; reclaims the backslider, searches out, and awakes to holy zeal the cold professor, and makes the sinner bow the pride of his heart, and cry for mercy at the hand of his expected Judge. “By their fruits shall ye know them,” said our Savior. This is the rule by which we as a people have thus far been guided in matters of this kind; and I yet hold it too sacred to abandon now.”HST March 15, 1842, page 189.15

    The insertion of an important omission in the minutes of the Low-Hampton Conference


    Bro. Himes:—There was a resolution with a short preamble, passed by the Conference held in this place last November, in substance as follows:—HST March 15, 1842, page 189.16

    Whereas, It is charged upon the believers in the Second Advent near, that they are opposed to the benevolent objects of the day, such as the Mission and Bible causes, etc., which charge is believed by many to be true.—ThereforeHST March 15, 1842, page 189.17

    Resolved, That, so far from pleading guilty to the above charge, the very sentiments we entertain in regard to the coming of the Lord in his Kingdom “at hand,” impress us, if possible, with a still deeper sense of the importance of such operations.”HST March 15, 1842, page 189.18

    We are very greatly obliged to our respected correspondent for calling our attention to this omission, though at this late period. It was one of the most important items of the proceedings to us, and would not have been omitted by any means. But by some strange oversight, it seems to have been left out. It is too late now to say whether the secretary or printer were in fault. We hasten to make all the amends we can. As to the carping of our enemies about the opposition of the believers in the Advent near, to missionary institutions, etc., we dont care a straw. They must have something to carp about, and it may as well be that as any thing else. Our duty is plain; to proclaim the glad tidings to Zion; “behold, thy King cometh!” Till then let every society that can do good, do all in their power. Let no hands hang down, no knees be weak, no hearts be faint; but let all work with their might in the great moral vineyard.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.19

    Light Houses:—A friend of ours, Capt. H., has just returned from a long tour, in visiting the principal light-houses in the U. S., to supply them with oil. Before he left Boston on his way south, he took a good stock of light from our office. And has thereby scattered the light along the entire coast. We trust many a weary voyager, by this light, will be guided into the port of life.HST March 15, 1842, page 189.20

    Nestorians in Persia:—We learn that a Turkish army has recently attacked the Nestorians of the mountains, who are located west of the lovely valley and lake of Ooroowish—that there was much hard fighting—and it is feared, that this chivalrous people, who have so long preserved their independence, have finally been subjected.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.1

    Prof. Whedon, of the Wesleyan University, in his reply to Rev. G.F. Cox, on the millennium, has devoted one entire chapter to an examination of Br. Litch’s views of the Judgment and resurrection. All we wish to say now is, that we yet survive the shock, and that Bro. Whedon shall receive attention in due time. As both the Church Advocate, Journal and Zion’s Herald, in which the attack has appeared, are foreclosed against a reply, we shall be thrown upon our own resources for a medium of redress. Both the Herald, Advocate and Journal, more than intimate that this discussion must be curtailed in their columns; but we are thankful that we have a medium through which it can be fully discussed.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.2

    Let not our friends be disheartened by any thing which has yet appeared from the University.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.3

    Bro. Miller has just given a series of lectures at Medford, Mass. to attentive and interested audiences.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.4

    Rev. Wm. H. Brewster, of Lowell, has been laboring for several weeks past, in the New-England Christian Advocate, to prove that Antiochus Epiphanes is the little horn of Daniel 8. and that the 2300 days of the 14th verse are 2300 evening and morning sacrifices taken away by that king.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.5

    The ground he takes is just Mr. Dowling’s, and the answer to him is a sufficient answer to Bro. Brewster. He adopts the reading of Lowth on the 13th verse, “How long shall the vision last, the daily sacrifice be taken away, and the transgression of desolation continue to give both the sanctuary and host to be trodden under foot.” He then forgets all the vision concerning which he inquires, except the little horn. But the vision includes Medo-Persia, Grecia, the division of Grecia and the little horn out of one of the four Grecian kingdoms. How long shall the vision, including all these powers, “last?” Not merely, “How long shall the daily sacrifice be taken away and the transgression of desolation continue?” His point is settled in another place, Daniel 12. From the time the daily shall be taken away and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be 1200 days. “Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the 1335 days.”HST March 15, 1842, page 190.6

    But we absolutely deny the correctness of Lowth’s translation of the text, and do it on good authority. The word “sacrifice” is not in the original, and Lowth knew it.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.7

    Will Bro. Brewster think of this?HST March 15, 1842, page 190.8

    Chronology:—A correspondent writes us, making some inquiries respecting our chronology of the age of the world. He wishes particularly to know how we reconcile the discrepancy between the statement in 1 Kings 6th chapter, that there were 480 years from the departure of the children of Israel from Egypt to the foundation of Solomon’s temple, and our chronology which allows the items named in the books of Joshua and Judges? We reply, We suppose there is some mistake in the text, in the book of Kings, originating among some of the transcribers. This we think to be more reasonable, than to suppose the writers of Joshua and Judges to have been mistaken in giving the items which make up the time; especially as their testimony is corroborated by Paul, Acts 13:20, where he gives 450 years for the Judges, until the time of Samuel the prophet. We think these two testimonies better than one, and therefore adopt them.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.9

    Miller’s Lectures:—Lecture and Conference commenced in Worcester, the 12th inst, and will close the 20th.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.10

    Hartford, Ct. commences on the eve of the 22nd, close the 31st inst. We shall go to N. Y. city about the middle of April. Notice hereafter. As yet we know not what will be done. But we mean to do our duty. The city must be moved. Judaism must be shaken. The fables of the spiritual millennium, now the idol of the church, must be swept away. The slumbering virgins must be awaked, and converted to God.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.11

    A Sign:—The discussion alluded to, is conducted by some of the first men in Barnstable. Ed.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.12

    The Lyceum at Barnstable is about to discuss the question—“Do the signs of the times indicate the near approach of the Millennium?” After the learned disputants have decided the question, we should like to know the result. Those persons in this city who have established a newspaper in order to aid in bringing the world to an end in 1843, are also somewhat anxious about the result in Barnstable. Yankee Nation.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.13

    To Correspondents:—During the last year we have received a number of communications which we have been unable to publish; some of them are of such a character that they cannot now be of interest to the cause. Others are, and will be given. Brother Low’s excellent article on the “Judgment” will be given early in our next volume. We shall commence an interesting series of articles from James A. Begg, of Glasgow, Scotland. A number of new writers are also to be enlisted. Eds.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.14



    Reputation of Dowling’s ‘Reply to Miller,’ by J. Litch, of Boston.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.15

    The Glory of the Lord in the Earth, a sermon, by Charles Fitch, of Haverhill.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.16

    The “Midnight Cry”, by L. D. Fleming of Newark, N. J. New edition enlarged.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.17

    Letters, on the character of the Millennium, by G. F. Cox, of Portland, Me., with a preface by J. Litch.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.18

    Letter To Everybody, by an English author, from the fourth London edition.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.19



    The brethren who attended the Second Advent Conference, held at Colchester, Vt., are informed that Bro C. Greene was appointed Treasurer; and are requested to forward their subscriptions as soon as convenient to Colchester. Vt.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.20



    Oh! all ye saints that love your God,
    Look up; behold Him near,
    Soon He will come to be your judge,
    But then you need not fear.
    HST March 15, 1842, page 190.21

    Look yonder in the eastern sky,
    See your blest Savior come,
    With thousand holy angels there,
    To take his people home.
    HST March 15, 1842, page 190.22

    Methinks I hear that awful trump
    Sounding through earth and skies,
    To call the dead, both small and great,
    From their cold graves to rise.
    HST March 15, 1842, page 190.23

    Behold the millions of the dead
    Rise from old ocean’s wave:
    Some have their portion there to dwell
    With Him who died to save.
    HST March 15, 1842, page 190.24

    Others in awful terror stand,
    Waiting their Judge to come,
    And send them to that awful place
    Which is their final doom.
    HST March 15, 1842, page 190.25

    Oh! glorious hour! oh, blessed day!
    The Savior will appear,
    To save us all from sin and death—
    That day is surely near.
    HST March 15, 1842, page 190.26

    Oh! for a reconciling smile,
    That beams on Jesus’ face,
    Which shines on all that heavenly choir,
    In your celestial place.
    HST March 15, 1842, page 190.27

    There through eternity we’ll rove,
    With myriads bright and pure,
    Who drink at Jesus’ crystal fount
    Of life forever sure. S.G.C.
    HST March 15, 1842, page 190.28

    Townsend, Jan. 26. 1842.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.29




    In this city, March 8th, William B. eldest son of, Josiah and Sarah B. Litch, aged 4 years and two months.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.30

    A child into existence came,
    A feeble, helpless, suffering frame;
    It breathed below a little while,
    Then vanished, like a tear—a smile,
    That springs and falls—that peers and parts
    The joy, the grief of loving hearts.
    The grave receives the body dead,
    Where all that live must lay their head:
    Sinks then the soul to dust and gloom,
    Worms and corruption in the tomb?
    No!—in “the rainbow round the throne,”
    Caught up to paradise it shone;
    And still it shines, until the day,
    When heaven and earth shall pass away.
    And those that sleep in Jesus here,
    With him in glory shall appear:
    Then will that soul and body meet,
    And when his jewels are complete,
    ‘Midst countless millions, form a jem
    In the Redeemer’s diadem;
    Wherewith, as thorns his brows once bound,
    He for his sufferings shall be crowned,
    Raised from the ignominious tree
    To the right hand of Majesty,
    Head over all created things,
    The Lord of lords, the King of kings.
    HST March 15, 1842, page 190.31



    Amount Brought over from Nov. 15th, 1841, $496,04.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.32

    Receipts from Boston Conference. Nancy Gardner 1,00—Judith Robinson 25 cts.—Mary Smith 3,00—A. J. Woodbury 1,00—Nehemiah Holden 1,00—Friends 1,50—Lewis S. Rhoades 2,00—J. A. Chedel 3,00—A. Friend 50 cts.—E. G. Cutter 5,00—Mary Webster 50 cts.—Nathaniel Hamblin 3,00—B. L. White 1,00—Henry M. Garcelon 3,00—Abigail R. Brown 5,00—Abigail A. Brown 1,00—Ann R. Sumner 1,00—A Friend 1,00—M. A. Earl 1,00—A Friend 10 cts.—Samuel Palmer (Worcester Mass.) 5,00—Eliza Hill 1,00—A Friend 1,00—Mary D. Parker (Concord Mass.) 1,00—Elizabeth Lunt 5,00—Samuel S. Howe 20,00—Sophronia White 50 cts. Mary Stratton 2,00—A Friend 10,00—Mrs. Troupe 25 cts—Elizabeth Riley 2,00—Simeon Stearns 3,00—Paul Dudley 3,00—Samuel H. Nichols 1,00—Friends 2,37—Samuel Flagg 1,00—Stillman Lothrop 10,00—Samuel Cass 25 cts—Hugh B. Louge 50 cts—James Ball 68 cts—Friend 25 cts—Fanny Dewing 25 cts.—John Brown 2,00—Peter R. Winn 5,00—Charles A. Marsh 2,00—Amos Sweetser 10,00—William Collier 3,00—John S. Holt 3,00—Mary Tyler 50 cts.—E. Graves 20 cts—Sarah S. Paul 2,00—Friend 2,00—Mr. Nant 5,00—Friend 3,00—Olive Phillips 5,00—Sister Loud 2,00—Josiah Hovey 5,00—E. Hovey 2,00—Mary Brigham 10,00—Josiah Seavey 5,00—A. Temple 50 cts.—Joel Haley 2,00—Friend 1,00—Horace Clapp 50 cts.—A. G. Hamblin 10,00—Sarah Ellenwood 1,00—Friend 1,00—Sally Pelham 5,00—A. J. Fuller 5,00—Charles R. Ware 1,00—Charlotte Leonard 1,00—John Augustus 15,00—Rachael Cutter 1,00—Dorothy Cutter 1,00—M. Wood 1,00—Stillman Lothrop 5,00—J. V. Himes 100,00—Henry Plummer 15,00—Henry Vandine 5,00—S. J. Hamblin 5,00 John Evans 10,00—Priscilla Hayden 1,00—Andrew Simpson 3,00—Mark Gile 1,00—William Bartlett 1,00—Thomas Goodwin 2,00—George Kidder 1,00—Ephraim Philbrick 1,00—P. Dickinson 2,00—John Dowrey 2,00—James Tuttle 1,00—Friends 4,75—Mr. Gove, 2,00—David Hoit, 10,00—Walter Russell, 10,00—Aurelia Wight, 5,00—Olive Hazen, 5,00—Solomon Jenness, 5,00—John Evans, 1,00—Friend, 2,00—Friend in Pomfret, Ct. in Jewelry, 5,55—Benj. P. Basset, 1,00—Stillman Lothrop, 10,00—Mary Conner, 25 cts. Total, $930,19.HST March 15, 1842, page 190.33

    Report of the donations at the Dover Conference. Andrew Simpson paid 3,00—Mark Gile paid 1,00—William Bartlett paid 1,00—Thomas James Goodwin paid 2,00—George Kidder paid 1,00—Ephraim Philbrick paid 1,00—P. Dickerson, paid 2,00—D. J. Robinson 10,00—J. V. Himes paid 10,00—John Dowrey paid 2,00—Solomon Jenness 5,00—James Tuttle, paid 1,00—Samuel Allen, 1,00—Robert M. Ramman, 1,00—Joshua Whitus, 50 cts—John E. Sheafe, 1,00—Martha Mason, 50 cts.—Collection, paid 4,50—Friend, paid 25 cts. Total, $47,75HST March 15, 1842, page 191.1

    Amount brought from above Report, 930,19HST March 15, 1842, page 191.2

    Whole amount paid in, 977,94HST March 15, 1842, page 191.3


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    Page All Flesh 180 Arrival of the Britannia 164 A Mob in Nashua, N. H. 159 A new Correspondence 141 A good Example 141 Address to the Clergy 151 Address to the Boston Conference by H. D. Ward 145 Answer to H. D. Ward, by L. Hersey 147 An Apology 125 Address and Letters read at the Conference in Portland 114 A Sign 190 A Coloquy—the Judgment 186 A Criticism 186 An extraordinary Meteor 100 A word 103 A clue to the Time 92 A hymn for Men 68 An alarming fact 69 An Appeal 78 An opposing Argument 28 An Explanation 46 A Sound Conversion 3 An Argument against the Temporal Millennium 11


    Bible Class Lessons 5 Bible Class Lessons, No 2 48 Brethren love one another 53 Bible Class Lesson, No. 3 30 Backwardness of Pastors on the Second Advent 31 Bible Reader to Mr. Miller 15 Bible Class Lesson, No. 1 16 Bibles printed in Spanish 23 Blasphemous 24 Books for subscribers and donors 78 Bible Reader to J. Litch 66 Bible Reader’s Reply to J. Litch 110 Boston Recorder 173


    Coming of Christ before the Millennium, by W. Ramsey 156 Conference in Dover 153 Conversation of a Layman with a Clergyman 158 Correspondence from the East 159 Conference in Corrina, Me. 173 Conference in Pomfret, Ct. 174 Close of the Volume 188 Colchester Conference 189 Conference in Nashua, N. H. 189 Chronology 190 Coming of the Lord to Judgment 190 Coming of the Lord 190 Conference in New-York and Low-Hampton 124 Christ will come again in the Flesh 182 Conference at the Broadway Tabernacle, N. Y. 142 Christ the Avenger 57 Circular 69 Condition of the East 71 Conference Meeting 13 Chronological Chart of the World 20 Christ’s Coming “into” his Kingdom 22 Christ’s Kingdom seen by mortals 23 Christ’s Second Coming 31 Christian Union 53 Coming, of the Lord 55 Christian Watchman 8 Catholicism 4 Cotton Mather, D. D. 5


    Dr Payson 5 Dr Cotton Mather on the Second Advent 2 Discovery of Truth 46 Diagram of Daniel’s Vision, by C. French 39 Death has entered into our palaces 13 Duties 24 Dialogue with Subscribers 72 Doings of the Committee of Publications 72 Dr. Anderson’s Sermon 93 Don’t let him sink 95 Dr Cotton Mather, continued 90 Doctrine of the Second Advent 143 Death, rather than the Judgment, at hand 160


    Editorial Notices 168 Extract from the N. Y. Observer 80 Elder Knapp 157 Editorial Correspondence 172 Extract from the Morning Star 179 Eastern Affairs 120 Editorial Notices 181 Editorial Correspondence 140 Editorial Notices 144 Editors working up 189 Exposition of the 12th chap, of Revelations, by Wm. Miller 97 Eight fundamental Errors, No. 3 98 Eight fundamental Errors, No. 4 105 Eight fundamental Errors, No. 8 107 Editorial Correspondence 85 Extract from Dr. Cotton Mather 86 Eight fundamental Errors, No. 1 89 Errata 95 Eight fundamental Errors, No. 2 95 Explanation of the number 666 in Revelation 13 57 Eastern Question 24 Exposition of the vision of 2300 days 25 Extract from King Edward’s Catechism 54 Evidence from Scripture and History, of the Second Coming of Christ in 1843 1


    Fall of the Turkish Empire 7 Fundamental doctrine 76 Fall of the Ottoman Power 147


    General Conference 24 General Conference 32 General Conference 40 Gathering of the Jews 53 General Conference 5 General Conference 12


    History of Buonaparte 1290 days 49 Horrible Tragedy 40 Hope of a glorious Resurrection 25 Hymn Books 149


    Important works 144 Item 96 Important works 128 Idolatry of Popery 76 Instruction of the Angel concerning the Vision 33 Important works 36


    James A. Begg 5 Jews in New York 109 Journal of Education 181


    Kingdom of the Saints 165 Kingdom of the Saints 167 Kingdom of God 103


    Letter from Mr. Miller 186 Letter from Rev. Warren Cooper 188 Light Houses 189 Letter from Sister A. M. 152     “     from James A. Begg 3     “     from Levi Hathaway 29     “     from James M. Thomas 15     “     from John Corwin 23     “     from correspondence of the N. Y. Herald 24     “     from C. French 71     “     from Mr. Miller 73     “     from L. D. Fleming 66     “     from Mr. Miller 67     “     from Rev. S. W. Cohshall 68     “     from Rev. John A. Sillick 68     “     from Stephen Ford 56     “     from C. French 94     “     from Aurelia Wight 95     “     from C. French 88     “     from Mr. Miller 105     “     from Richard W. Reed 109     “     from C. French 109     “     from a Sister in Greenland, N.H. 111     “     from an Observer 101     “     from James Wolstenholme, Jr. 101     “     from Henry Jones 126     “     from L. D. Fleming 133     “     from C. French 141     “     from Joel Spaulding 182     “     from Miller to the Portland Conference 117     “     from H. Jones of N. Y. 118     “     from J. N. T. Tucker 119     “     from C. French 150     “     from James A. Begg 174     “     from Rev. J. Starkweather 177     “     from C. French 157     “     from N. Billings 158     “     from A. D. Snow 78     “     from S. P. Gilbert 79     “     from Rev John A. Sillick 80     “     from Moses Cheney 142     “     from Eld. W. B. Curtis to Miller 143     “     from J. Andrews 143     “     from C. French 168 Literary notices 160 Letter from P. T. Kenney, of Williamantic, Ct. 152 Light! Light!! Light!!! 80 Literary Notices 80 Light called for 171 Let me tell you 127 Libraries 101 Literary notices 85 Layman Questioning the Clergy 94 Litch’s Note 68 Literary Notices 68 Literary Notice and Providential Rescue 32


    Miller’s Millennium 29     “      First work 94     “      in Cambridgeport 128     “      in Boston 148     “      in Claremont, N. H. 125     “      Lectures 184     “      Lectures at Providence, R. I. 12     “      in Lowell 16     “      at Marlboro’ Chapel 5     ”      First work 5     “      in Providence 12     “      in Balstown, N. Y. 12 Mountain Sanctuaries 47 Modern Scepticism 46 Melchisedec made like to the Son of God 41 Members of the Conference 63 Mehemet Ali and the Jews 131 Modern Prophets 149 Minutes of Low-Hampton Conference 189

    Miller in Medford 190 Miller’s Lectures 190 Members of the Dover Conference 155 Monitory Wafers 96


    Nestorians in Persia 190 New Year’s Address 153—161—170 New and important works 96 Notice of the eighth and ninth Conference 156 New Works 157 Notice of Conference in Maine 149 New works 149 Notice from Correspondents 149 Notice of Conference 56 New arrangements 56 Notice of the Signs of the Times 56 Notice of Conference 48 Notice of Signs of the Times 48        ”          ”         ” 40        ”          ”         ” 12        ”          ”         ” 4        ”          ”         ” 8        ”          ”         ” 24        ”          ”         ” 28        ”          ”         ” 72 Nebuchadnezzar’s dream 9 Notice Signs of the Times 16 New Government and new Society, No 8 137 New works 120 New Government and a new Society 123 Notice of Conference 124 Notice of Signs of the Times 112 Notice of Conference 80 Notices 173 Notice Signs of the Times 128 Notice of a Conference held in N. Y. 129 Notice of a Conference held in Low Hampton 131 Notice of General Conference 136 Notice Signs of the Times 104 Notice of fifth Conference 104 Notice of Conferences 84 New Hampshire Conference 86 New England Conference 86 Notice of Conference 93 Notice of Conference 96 Notice Signs of the Times 68 Note from Rev. Daniel Wise 68 New York Observer 80 News from Europe 32


    Obituary 190 One way to get Money 79 Objections 171 One thing Lacking 139 Our Work 70 Our Country 109 Ordinances of the year of Jubilee 22


    President Beecher 149 Promise of a Glorious Kingdom 42 Proceedings of the third Conference held in Portland 113 Progress of the Cause 12 Progress of Light 164 President Beecher 157 Popery 23 Prayer 77 Pleroma or fulness of the Jews 87 Promises to Abraham 34 Progress of the Cause 185 Prospects of Europe 187


    Questions to S. 69 Queries relative to the value of Missions 69 Queries by J. S. Havener, of Erwinton, S. C. 159


    Rome 98 Report of the Sixth Conference 150 Review of Bible Reader by J. Litch, No. 3 38 Remarks on the Conference 113 Review of “Eye” in the Puritan 11 Review of Dowling’s Reply to Miller 166 Return of the Jews 181 Professor Whedon 180 Receipts for Report 190 Rev. Wm. H. Brewster of Lowell 190 Romish Clergy in Belgium 56 Report of Conference 61 Resolutions 62 Review of Bible Reader, by J. Litch, No. 4 46 Receipts for Report 48 Review of Bible Reader, by J. Litch, No. 5 55 Religious Excitement 7 Receipts for Report 8 Review of an article by the Editor of the Christian Watchman 8 Ram and He-Goat, Daniel 3. 17 Review of Bible Reader, by J. Litch 26 Romanism in England 28 Rise and fall of the Turkish Empire 73 Reign of the Saints, by Myrick 139 Reign of the Saints 141 Review of Dowling’s Reply to Miller 121 Receipts for Report 80 Rev. Ethan Smith 172 Review of Dowling’s Reply to Miller 174 Review of Dowling, by Litch 134 Receipts for Reports and Publications 104 Reply to Bible Reader, by J. Litch 111 Receipts for Publications 88 Reply to Bible Reader, by J. Litch 66 Review of Eli Hathaway’s letter, by Miller 29


    Signs of the Times Notice Scriptures for the Blind 85 Second Advent Library and Reading Room 88 Singular and Beautiful Phenomenon 100 Second advent at hand 125 Salvation from Self 127 Sandy-Hill Conference 172 Signs of the Times 161 Solace of the Saints 145 Spaulding’s Lectures and the Christian Watchman 140 Second General Conference 70 Second Advent meeting at Chardon St. June 23 72 Spaulding’s Lectures 77 Scriptures Fulfilled 13 Spaulding on the Second Coming 14 Signs of Christ’s Second Coming 17 Sleeping in Jesus 23 Second Coming of Christ, by Dr. Payson 2 Second Coming of Christ, by A. Cambell 53 Second Advent Conference 61 Subscriptions and Donations for Reports 63 Singular Prophecy 11 Second advent Hymn, No. 1 44 Second Advent Hymn No. 2 44 Strictures by Mr. Miller 45 Signs of these Times 100


    The cause retrograding 148 The Temple of Solomon 42 The Beast Anti-Christ-Pagan and Papal Abomination 41 The true Sabbath day, by J. V. C. S. 43 The Baptist Banner and Western Pioneer 45 The New England Puritan 164 The Sanctuary 169 Theory of Types 166 The Great Sabbath 155 The Book Sealed 156 The Times and Seasons 157 The Beast 183 The Discussion 181 The Millennium 111 Theory of Types, No. 3 58 The Second Resurrection 59 The Free-Will Baptist church in South Boston 62 The Conference 64 The Ottoman Power 64 The true test, by Mr. Miller 47 The Pope 4 The two Witnesses, by J. P. Labah 6 The Honest Editor 7 Theory of Types, No. 2 14 The Ottoman Power 15 The Publisher’s Statement 185 The Weekly—our Work 186 The East 187 The Watchman again 16 The Christian Publisher 16 Thoughts on the Second Appearing and Kingdom of Christ 18 Thoughts on the Second Coming 24 The Nations 24 The Youth’s Family Instructor 24 The bruising of the Serpent’s head 27 The Hope 28 Turkey 71 Theory of Types, No. 4 75 The Kingdom of God 77 The exciting subject 77 The Wise took oil in their vessels, Matthew 25. iv. 71 The Kingdom of God 120 The Saint’s Release 145 The Weekly 160 Thoughts 162 The Sanctuary 163 Turkish Empire 79 The Weekly 176 The Sanctuary 178 The Weekly 180 The Cause in Vermont 125 The Evangelist 125 The Wafers 125 The Witness 125 Times and Seasons, by H. D. Ward 135 The Shower of Blood 100 The Teacher 103 The World Lost 104 The Christian to the world 104 The Trumpet of Zion, by J. N. Maffit 105 Thrilling Extract 108 The day of Judgment 81 The Kingdom of God 108 The two Witnesses—1260 days, Revelation 12. 81 The Jews 108 The Christian Looking 67 The Kingdom of God 84 The Invitation 65 Theory of Types, No. 5 83 To Correspondents 29 The Pleroma or fulness of the Gentiles 90 The two days of Hosea 4:1-3 explained 65 Thonghts on the Second appearing 69 The Eastern Question 94 The Christian Secretary 94 The Soul 95 The whole 96 The Bible 96 The Disciple 96 The Christian Union 96 The First Resurrection 31 The Morning Star 33 The First Resurrection 50


    Union among Christians 29


    Valuable Work 46 Virtue 49


    Who are the Israel, to whom the Promises are made 34 Will you walk with God 126 Wholesale Slander 37 Wm. H. Carter 79 Will the doctrine of the Kingdom be believed 77 Wonderful Prediction 24 Why dwell so long on Christ’s Second Coming? 13 Work while it is day 49


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