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of the scattered white population on the Indian lands. But blessed be the Lord, he has endowed the Mission with a mighty and melting power, the best of ali riches, that of redeeming grace ; and the friends of Missions are now affectionately called on to rejoice over the conversion of about thirty natives of tbe foret, besides near that number of the white population."
WYANDOT MISSION, Ta the Rev. Thomas Mason, Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
West-Union, Ohio, Sept. 12th, 182 DEAR SIR,
I feel a degree of hesitancy in attempting to sketch the history of a scene of which I was in part an eye and ear witness; and which excited a deep interest in my own, and, I believe, in the minds of all present. Conscious of my incompetency to the task, for indeed human language fails, had I any assurance that the matter would be furnished by other hands, I should willingly decline.
A desire to furnish my mite to enrich Missionary reports, and thereby circulate useful information, and strengthen the hands and encourage the hearts of those actively engaged in Missionary labours, and add to the number of its friends and benefactors, is my only apology for troubling you on this occasion. You are at liberty to make what use you may think proper of this.
G. R. JONES.
At onr late Ohio Annual Conference, held in Urbanna, there were several of the red, and one or two of the coloured brethren present, from the Wyandot Mission at Upper-Sandusky. Several interviews took place between our General Superintendents and them, during the sitting of the Conference, at Bishop M'Kendree's room, at one of which I was present part of the time.
A few friends were invited to be present at the interview. As breaking bread together has been a token of hospitality and friendship among most nations, a cup of tea was prepared by the family, and at a suitable time they were waited on with it. Bishop M'Kendree, without any previous arrangement or design, appears to have been made a kind of Master of Ceremonies-he was waited on first. The sagacity of the red hretbren was quite observable, they kept their eye on him and conformed in every particular. Jonatban, a man of colour (who has served the Mission from the beginning as an interpreter, and who while engaged in this work, became convinced of sin, and happily converted to God) was one of the company; he modestly declined partaking with them, but being pressingly solicited by Bishop M'Kendree, yielded. After the repast was over, the red brethren joined in singing several hymns in their own tongue, during which a number in the house witbin hearing crowded into the room, until there might have been as many as forty present-Mononque (a cbief) rose, and approaching Bishop M‘Kendree respectfully, held out the hand of friendship, which was cordially received, and a warm embrace took place; this appears to have taken of all restraint. Between-the-logs, (another chiet) followed his example, and they proceeded round to all in the room, while sighs and tears witnessed the feelings of most who were present ; but they were sighs of gratitude and astonishment, and tears of joy. The spirit of hostile foes ju the field of battle was lost in the spirit of harmony and Christian love, which appeared to fill the room. I have witnessed few scenes which carried stronger conviction to my beart of the truth and excellency of the religion of the meek and humble Jesus. I was ready to cry out and say, “What hath the Lord wrought?"
A worthy gentleman, high in office and respectability, had received an invitation, and was present at the interview. It seems he had imbibed an opinion which is perhaps prevalent among politicians, that it is impracticable to Cbristianize the aborigines of our country. He was placed in a part of the room far thest from the door. When the chiefs approached him, all his unbelief appears to have given way, his arms were open to give the friendly embrace, while the Bowing tear bore witness ta a reciprocity of feeling. He was heard to esclaim
day or two afterwards, “ I am fully converted.” At the close of the singing by the red brethren, Bishop Roberts made a few appropriate remarks, and we all joined him in singing, at the close of which, from the fulness of his heart, be offered up a fervent prayer. We again joined in singing, and one of the chiefs (Between-the-logs) being called on, prayed in a very feeling manner, while every heart appeared to respond the hearty amen! The meeting was then drawn to a close.
From the various accounts of individuals, as well as from the report laid before the Conference by brother Finley, the Superintendent, the Sandusky Mission appears to be prospering beyond any former example May the Great Head of the Church hasten the time when the kingdoms of this world shall be converted and become the kingdoms of our God and bis Christ."
I am requested by Bishop M'Kendree, who is now in this town in good bealth, to inform you that the Methodist Missionary Notice No. 6 came to hand in this place, and was thankfully received
At our late Annual Conference, the Superintendents present divided the important business between them. The stationing the preachers devolved on Bishop Roberts. The Missionary business it seems was committed to Bishop M.Kendree. He reported a plan to establish a Mission among the Chippeway Indians, about eighty or ninety miles from Detroit. Two Missionaries to be sent to Michigan Territory, to the Rapid of St. Mary's in particular; and another plan to establish a Mission in New Orleans, was recommended. These, with ibe reasons which influenced the attempt, the probability of success, the ways and means by which the objects might be accomplished, together with arrangements for the Wyandot Mission, were laid before the Conference, in order to secure its approbation and co-operation. The plan was thought to be judicious, and the preachers resolved to use their influence to support the undertaking. How it will eventuate will be seen hereafter,
From the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine. WESLEYAN-METHODIST GENERAL CONFERENCE IN SHEFFIELD,
The Eightieth Annual Conference commenced its session in Carver-street Chapel, at Sheffield, on Wednesday, July 30th ; and was continued by various Adjournments till Monday, August Úth. About three hundred and fifty Preachers, including the Rev. Messrs. WILLIAM STEWART and Tobias, as Representatives of the frish Conference, were in attendance; and were all most hospitably and affectionately entertained at the houses of our members and friends in Shelfield and its immediate vicinity. The Rev. HENRY MOORE was for the second time chosen PRESIDENT ; and the Rev. ROBERT NEWTON was re-elected as Sec. RETARY. The most delightful spirit of piety and brotherly affection prevailed during the whole period. Not even the appearance of unholy contention was exhibited, we believe, on any occasion.—The public congregations were generally very large ; and a blessed influence from God rested upon the people. The two official sermons of the year, those of the PRESIDENT and Ex-PRESIDENT, were preached on Sunday, Angust 3d; the former (Mr. Moore's) op Heb. vi. 1; the latter (Dr. CLARKE's) on John iv. 24. Sixteen preachers, after due probation, and the most satisfactory examinations, were solemnly received into full con. nexion with the Conference, at two public sittings especially devoted to that work. This service was, as usual, most numerously attended ; and was rendered, on this occasion, peculiarly pleasing and edifying by the circumstance, that Mr. SQUANCE and Mr. CLOUGH, from India, and Mr. SMEDLEY, from the West-Indies, were among the number of Preachers examined and admitted, and took the opportunity of giving to the Conference a statement of their Missionary call and proceedings. Their narratives were heard with the deepest attention and gratitude, and called forth many prayers in behalf of the Heathen, and of those of our Brethren who are devoted to the glorious but arduous task of seeking their salvation. Mr. HANNAH, also, who was the only one of the young Preachers who have laboured in England, whom the time would permit to speak at large, gave a highly interesting account of his religious experience. his call to the Christian Ministry, &c. The other Candidates bad given equal satisfaction in the more private examinations through which they had previously passed. After the usual Questions, compiled from the Ordination-Service and the “ Large Minutes," bad been put to them, and answered, the Resolution for their immediate admission into the Methodist Ministry was moved by the Rev. JAMES Wood, seconded by the Rev. WALTER GRIFFITH, most cordially passed by the Conference, and then announced to them and to the congregation by the PRESIDENT, in terms exceed ingly impressive. Dr. CLARKE delivered the Charge : and esborted them in a manner, and with an unction and power, which those who were present car never forget, to take heed to themselves and to their doctrine, and to continue in those things; that so they might save themselves and those who should bear them. They were earnestly commended to the blessing of God in prayer by the PRESIDENT, and by the Rev. Messrs. GRIFFITH, MARSDEN, REECE, STAMP, WATson, and Newton, in whose fervent petitions on their behalf, during both the evenings of the solemnity, the whole Conference and congregation most heartily united. Never were brethren admitted into the Body with greater sympathy, more devout prayers, or more entire confidence, than those who bave this year been solemnly recognized as our fellow-helpers and companions in the work of the Lord.
The total increase in our Societies this year was reported to be 9,659; rit. 8,006 in Great-Britain, and 1,653 in our various Foreign Missions : so that up wards of 30,000 have been added to us, and many of that number, we trust, also to the Lord, during the last three years. The increase, this year, has been general, throughout every part of the Connexion, (except Ireland,) and has not been, in any very considerable degree, the result of extraordinary revivals in particular places. We may regard it, therefore, as an encouraging indication of the healthful state of our Societies at large. Indeed, we ought to record it with thankfulness, that we have among us no agitations, or serious divisions. We believe that those blessed doctrines which God has committed to our trust were never more faithfully preached; that our excellent discipline was never more effectually enforced ; and that a deeper concern for the extension of the work of God, both at home and abroad, was never more prevalent. To God, who maketh men to be of one heart, and by whose Spirit all good affections and sanctifying graces are given, be the glory and the praise !
In our own country, many new and destitute districts have been of late visited; and the Conference, in taking out additional Preachers, has had especial regard to their employment as much as possible on new ground; so as to answer most effectually the proper character of the Connexion, the whole of which, from the Arst, has been that of an exlensive Home-Mission. The old principle of Methedism, “Go, not only to those who want you, but to those who want you most," -is of equal importance at home and abroad. The number of young men for the Home-work, taken out this year, is about twenty.
The regular catechising of our children and youth again formed the subject of conversation at the Conference, and is anew recommended to be carried into full operation. Two Catechisms have been prepared, for this purpose, for children of different ages; and, after careful examination, by a large Committee, have received the sanction of the Conference. They are therefore the Standard Catechisms of the Body; and by the adoption of them, in all Methodist Families and Schools, our system of elementary religious instruction will be uniform throughout the world. The advantage of this will be obvious to every thoughtful mind, which duly appreciates the importance of preserving and perpetuating among us the unadalterated Truth of the Gospel. A Third Catechism on the Evidences of Christianity is wanting to complete the intended series; and will, we trust, be forthwith prepared.
The Conference, wishing to keep up an affectionate intercourse with the Ame: rican Methodist Connexion, bas appointed a Deputation to attend their ensuing General Conference at Baltimore, which is held once every four years. The Rer. R. REECE, accompanied by the Rev. Jous Hannah, is designated to this service. They are expected to leave this country in March, and are commended to the special prayers of our people. The object of this intercourse with the Conference of the United States is to maintain, as much as circumstances will allow, a unity of spirit and co-operation in the Methodist Body throughout the world; that as we have the same calling, and were raised up by God for the same great work, we may be cheered and animated in it by the reciprocation of affection, counsel, and prayers. May this end be answered; and in every place may our doctriues, •pirit and labours, retain tbeir original character, simplicity, and success!
DEATH OF MRS. ELIZABETH WEBB. the utmost composure, a smile of serene
joy on her pallid countenance, she fell Sue was born in Portsmouth, Vir- asleep in Jesus, about 12 o'clock. O ginia, March 9th, 1800. In the eleventh may my last hours be like hers. year of her age, she was born of the
GEORGE A. Bain. Spirit, and continued to walk worthy of her calling until her death. June 2nd, 1819, she was married to Dr. Thomas V. Webb, and they were blessed with DEATH OF MRS. ELIZABETH RUSE. two children, both wbich are dead. Soon after the birth of her second child,
MRS. RUSE was not favoured with a it was evident to all her acquaintance,
religious education in her youth. In that she could not long continue in this
in the year 1822,* her husband experienced world, as the consumption had made its
to religion, and through his means his wife appearance upon her feeble frame.
was brought under serious concern for Though not personally acquainted
her soul, and she sought and found rewith the deceased in the early part of ho
of demption in the blood of Christ. They her life, yet I am assured from those ?
both joined the Methodist E. Church. that were, that her example of piety is ..
From that time till her death she mainevery way worthy of imitation, in all
tained the character of a devoted discithe relations of life wbich she sustained.
ple of Jesus Christ. During her sickness, My acquaintance with her commenced
jwhen near her end, her Father, who after her confinement with her last sick
u still remained impenitent, coming to see ness; and it was truly a lesson of in
her, she earnestly and affectionately struction to behold her sweet resigna
warned him of his imminent danger, betion to the Hand that smote her, and no se
seeching him to be reconciled to God.
“I am," said she, “ on the borders of less consoling to witness her vivid prospects of future glory. I had the plea
another and a better world; but my sure of visiting her often. At one time,
Father, I have never heard you pray to
och labouring under great depression of spi- bo
he God in my life. O my Father! Forsake rit, we joined in prayer to God for her y
your sins and return unto God.” deliverance, when, to our inexpressible
As her bodily strength diminished, her satisfaction, she proclaimed aloud the
the soul increased in faith, and her confivictories of redeeming love, professing
dence in God, and her hope of future the enjoyment of perfect love, which
blessedness, were more and more conshe no doubt felt. From this happy
firmed. Indeed at times she seemed moment, her confidence in God re-ov
overwhelmed with a sense of the premained unshaken. Calling each of her sence of God. In this frame of mind. friends who were present by name, she
she spoke much of the goodness of God, said, “ Now I give up all-my babe"
and exhorted all who came to see her (the last then living, "oniy meet me in
to prepare to meet her in heaven. To heaven, where I feel I am going, and
ber sorrowful husband, she expressed all will be well.”
ber thankfulness for his kind attentions A few hours previous to her trium
to her, and pressed him to stedfastness phant entrance into glory, at her request
in bis religious profession. After rethe Lord's Supper was administered to que
i questing that, for the benefit of others, her, by the Rev. Jesse Nicholson and
an account of her death might be inmyself. This was a time of refreshing
a serted in the Methodist Magazine, which to us all. To an uncle who set near
8 she was in the habit of reading, she her, she said, “Unele, if you are faith
sweetly fell asleep in the sure and cerful, we shall soon be in heaven togeth
tain hope of everlasting life. She has er.” Between the hours of 9 and 10,
left a widowed husband and two small P. M. I approached her bed-side, and
children, to mourn their loss; but they finding ber nearly gone, I expressed a
a moura in bope---in hope of meeting her Wish to know if she then felt an assu
in a better world. rance of peace and joy, and a firm hope of immortal happiness, to which she re. *The writer of this memoir has neglected to
• mention the age of the subject of it, as well as plied distinctly in the affirmative, while
the exact time of her death, a serious defect in she cast a look on all present, and with such accounts.-Ed.
From the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.
For the Methodist Magazine. SIGHS OF AN AFFECTIONATE HEART. Reflections on passing an old Burying grada Oh! is it true, tbat I no longer see
the Bank of the River Thames, Connecticut Affection's eye benignly bent op me?
I pluck'd the rose of pallid hue Is there no heart to sympathize, to feel
Upon a lonely spot it grew, Cares which disquiet.--pleasures which may beal?
Where stopp'd a stranger, pleas'd to view
The silent grave.
Long have the relics moulder'd there,
The many moss-grown stones declare,
Which none can save.
Where once the bell with solemo sound,
Toll for the bier,
Which sweetly round the tombs entwine,
Remains so dear.
Of lovely Thames is seen to glide,
And bursting from the mountain side, The varied beauties of my native place;
With awful foam ; And as the rude-sketch'd landscape rose to view, The mighty rocks of pondrous size, Would'st praise the paiating, and the Painter too!
Ascend as if to reach the skies, o, I shall ne'er forget those lucid beams!
And strike with awe the stranger's eyes, They fell so calmly on my infant dreams,
Which loves to roam.
The setting sun bad left the skies,
And nought was heard but zephyrs sigts
As with me to sympatbize,
At silent eve.
An hour congenial to my mind, And (each memorial wip'd from mem'ry's page)
Well pleas'd to view the world behind, I fall unconcious on the lap of age,
To meditate on joys refind,
And shadows leave
The grass grown graves of verdure brigt:
Which drink the dewy tears of night,
' Give to my soul such claste delight, And breathe their sweetness among whom ye
As none can tell. stray.
I think how soon I too shall rest; Waft on your wings a mother's gentle sigh,
My aching head no more distress'd, One look of fondness from a fatber's eye,
And sleep upon my Saviour's breast,
Where pleasures dwell.
I could the solemn requiem sing, • Of Contemplation - heaven-descended maid.
And touch with joy the trembling string, Hers is the power to raise the soul from earth;
Which should eternal transports bring
To me on high.
My minstrel now should breathe the air,
And my departing hour deelare,
When blest I die.
consequence for consequences,