The American Missionary — Volume 42, No. 02, February 1888 eBook

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“I BEQUEATH to my executor (or executors) the sum of ——­ dollars, in trust, to pay the same in ——­ days after my decease to the person who, when the same is payable, shall act as Treasurer of the ’American Missionary Association,’ of New York City, to be applied, under the direction of the Executive Committee of the Association, to its charitable uses and purposes.”  The Will should be attested by three witnesses.

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[Illustration:  [Handwritten:  Very cordially yours

James Powell]]


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FEBRUARY, 1888. 
No. 2.

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American Missionary Association.

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“He whom thou lovest is dead,” were the sorrowful words of the stricken sisters concerning their brother; we repeat them to our many friends who enjoyed the personal friendship of our beloved brother Powell.  These friends cannot restore him to us, as the Friend restored Lazarus to his family; but they can sympathize with us in our great bereavement.  It is scarcely three months since our honored president, Gov.  Washburn, was suddenly taken away, and we have not yet found his successor; and now, Dr. Powell has been removed almost as suddenly, and we can scarcely hope to find one to take his place.  Our only consolation is, that God makes no mistakes, and that, while men die, His work goes on.

The death of Dr. Powell was unexpected, but its cause lay far back.  When only nineteen years of age, he entered the service of the Christian Commission, and in the malarial regions of the South, the germs of disease were planted in his system.  They were the cause of frequent and distressing turns of illness, while his irrepressible energy never allowed him to take the rest necessary for recovery.  The physicians pronounced the immediate cause of his death to be apoplexy, but most men carrying his burden of ill-health would have yielded long before; only his immeasurable hopefulness and activity sustained him to the end.

Rev. James Powell, D.D., was born in Wales, December 25, 1842.  At an early age he came to this country, and partly by his own exertions and partly by the help of friends whom he had won to himself by his genial nature and evident indications of future usefulness, he obtained an education, graduating from Dartmouth College in 1866, and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1869.  He was installed as pastor of the church at Newburyport in November, 1869, his only pastorate, and remained there till February, 1873.  His health being impaired by his incessant labors as pastor, he was persuaded by his friend, Rev. Mr. Pike, to aid

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