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MATT. iii. 8.-Bring forth, therefore, fruits meet for re-
1 John i. 3.
That which we have seen and heard declare we
also may have fellowship with us : and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
We are assembled, my brethren, under very interesting circumstances. At a distance from our respective homes, we have met together in a foreign land for the purpose of mingling our devotions before the altar of our common Father. And while I would congratulate you upon an event so likely, I trust, to prove salutary to us all; while I would mention with thankfulness the kindness of our Christian friends, who thus generously furnish us with so convenient a place for worship; I should poorly discharge the duties of the sacred office, did I not call upon you to look