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99 At East Marcellue the clergymanto the rising strength of your society.

wore than to band a copy of the consti- tern District, which needs only a right Orez to her an for them. The bed Doris

ition to one of his parishioners, run | direction, in order to pay its tribute to er det er already made with the her could try and is firm persuasion that on the return of med and forming to the west. Yea, the

ver the views of the society, and get you. Bravches of your society are forto be freun e Dogal heard the your adesea in that place. User: I can haid the sete dr. Parsons, a Branch would be form- impulse is even now communicated for

to the westward. The time is not dis& Se closed the er youth

. Thester" Thence I caine 10 Onondaga Hollow.tant, when the centre of its strength will be second Sabbatin, they porn there

, filled arrived there on Saturday at evening ; be the centre of the District, when it od me mw, for you, the com á twenty- tation

, apprisk reached for them on the Sabbath, and will rival in ability, the older societies e dollars

, as a testimony of their gra-. late it for sige, totified a meeting of the young people of the kind in New England, and seat le to that dear Society of youth that, to meet and i kų the evening. Though the weather itself by the side of those noble instituthem the gospel.

At Best Blovi ras unfavorable, a large collection at- tions of this day, that so brightly indin the returning route, eleven miles me the thing about bonded to hear your address, and the cate the rising prospects and future gloide of Buffalo, is Williamsville. I spent on or Statement of your missionary. Wed. ry of the thurch. One object which I might be considered a profitable l

' neva-preschedulesday evening was appointed to con-havo ever made prominent in the organfor missionary labor: the towns gations and tw. der more fully the subject. Monday | ization of Branches, is, the religious, I are destitute, and liave a large noons, and in delavening I preached on the Hill, accord- and missionary intelligence coinmuniincreasing population. I preaci- ward my objebitng to appointment; brought up to cated in their stated ineetings. On a e, and at Clarence, the best "Branchpen te siew, the same subject to the youth, faithful adherence to this feature of the

preached once, intènd notified them of the ineeting on constitution, depends more than half tavia, an Episcopalian Society va, and iwicefis Vednesday evening. On Wednestlay the spirit, the energy and the worth "med, but as it embraces only, the Sabbath at le vening, a large collection of people of the society. 720st probably be confined to twice to the chomh ulame in before the bell was rung. The That those who are rising into active “, missionary ahor seould be spent the Babbedianeeting was harmonious, and spirited. life, should catch the spirit of the age,

to a destitute creafter the vote to form a Branch of your and regularly be enlightened, ansl quickssbbath at Le Roy, and I am happy to be lociety, about sixty added their names ened by that missionary intelligence mile, uur and a half miles that before berig testo the constitution. The subscription which is wafted in every breeze from 11. laul, and a third sermon Dess the complete copas vas afterwards increased to seventy, the eastward, is as important as the exale vay, here they have ishing branch aparand Thursday evening of that week, ap- ||istence and effective operation of this -..-188 re cume and pass- at its outset, of aimu waointed the time to choose the officers | noble institution. Intelligence respect* videt mere sey have subject, thoughts of the society.

ing Zion---the labors of her missionakerud Gene Est, when became ini Froin that place I came directly here.fries in Asia, in Africa, and at home- Dame of the full approbatione ad rather engagements forbade that i the spread of the gospel—the exertions LUD! or two of the friends ai is should continue longer, at present, in of christians and the state of the christime to visit me that our employ.

tian world, is constantly reaching us, beTresses there are siderable places, S5 In once more casting my eye over yond what can be crowded into the sta* koorl-lat Auburn. Brinkhe Western District, and reviewing ted meetings of your society: intelliOne sol- found the clergymus what has interested me, and attended gence, which, while

it would liberalize SPENCER,) ing is not best to my route, I cannot but indulge the ihe feelings of the youth, enlarge their Batteritiets, how there in his zienne bumble hope, that my labors have been aninds, and make them doubly solicit

me circuits ; more than to cuore useful—that you, Gentlemen, in your sous to send the gospel to the destitute ; sally, tho' with some of his

endeavors to send the gospel to the des-would open its way to their own hearts: > vast field him a copy of te

litute, have been in some measure suc-land in no way better than to pour this with a popula- write him a letter, secessful. It certainly

was interesting to instruction on their minds in their statreale and dis-/ the saciety-i5 oz

Water the churches of the desert- to lifted nicetings, could the pious servants of --, wild and on the youth, ni up the hands that hung down, and Christ feed the lambs of the flock

* Mine join in aiding īstes Strengthen the feeble kuees;. on that form in them habits of active benevoof the The day that I sawide frontier, desolated by the rarages lence, and rear thein up a generation for 3!! there was spent in riding

of war, where for years, nothing had the church. • soci- gymn of the place

I repeat it, Gentlemen, on those who and the rudeness of savage warfare, to are now the watchmen in Zion, and not nr in principal families in 12 Dames ren

lift the standard of the cross, and pro-la little on the patrons and guardians of pledge gira a des 25/of 2 Banc thes Let me also point you, Gentlemen, I er the

youth of this Western District, 80


been heard but the roar of the cannon,

full of enterprize, and noble feeling; to the general merits and excellences of shall be a generation serve Gori, and this Institution. They are suficiently here be found an asylum of the church; faniliar to every inan.. I am sure the or whether this portion of our country, || speeches which we have this day heard, fair as the vale of Sodom to the eye; and the able Report to which we have shall, like it, be rank in vice, and smk just listened, compleiely supercede the en in ignorance and iniquity, sınitten necessity of any enlarged commenis on with the curses of the Almighty. thal subject. That Report is the best

In conclusion, Gentleraen, I hazard eulogy on the Society. It is also the best little in saying that to station missiona- eulogy on those by whom this Society ries is better than to have them con-|| has been patronized and cherished. I stantly itinerating. Little impression wish, indeed, that all who once thought can be expected to be made by simply harshly of this institution had been prespassing through a country. It is hyent to listen to that Report, to hear the having appointments known beforehand, sentiinents by which we have been deby a continuance of labor, a successive lighted, and those affecting declarations inculcation of truth on the mind, and af-||of gratitude and esteem offered by illuster the state of the country is sufficient-| trious personages from foreign shores, ly known by making establishments, in and made the more interesting by being it, that any durable impression can be offered in foreign accents. I believe that realized, or any solid and permanent ac- no opposition, however determined, quisition be made to the kingdom ofcould long resist such arguments. I bethe Redeemer. This also is less expen-| lieve that no heart, however cold, could sive. Many of the destitute towns only i refuse to be affected; that no imagination, want assistance. The district of coun- however torpid and lethargic, could fail try where the missionary is stationed, to kindle into enthusiasm, at the higli would in part support him, and by thus prospects which have been set before

us; ; partially organizi.g, and learning to feel at that sleepless benevolence, that chartheir strength,would eventually take him ity, that loftiness of motives, that granfrom the hands and charge of the society.deur of design and felicity of result.

Travelling over the ground, gentle “ There is indeed, iny Lord, somemen, has taught me that murh depends thing singular in this institution. In the on the capacity, and the missionary zeal course of a few years, it has sprung up of those whom you send out. You have from obscurity to eminence, many friends to the westward, who long| midst peace and tranquility, not under once more to hear from you, and to sit the fostering influence of universal apunder the teaching of your missionaries. probation; pot under skies always seYours with respect and affection, rene and suns always genial; but amidst

MILES P. SQUIER. storms and tempests, amidst calomny Contributions received by Mr. Squier, and invective, amidst alarming predicfor the benefit of the Society.

tions and presages of ill success. It has From Oswego,


sprung up with a solidity and strength Mr. Perrin--- Pittsfors. 2,00

which ensure its duration, and at the Two children of Mr. Hyde, Indian Village, Buffalo,

same time with a rapidity of growth

25 From Buffalo,


which mixes, somewhat of awe with From Junius


our surprise and satisfaction. It is suic$39,96 cessively enlarging its dominions. Ev

ery new day announces the acquisition BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. of a new province, of a new kingdom, I

Continued from No. 3, page 69.) had almost said, of a new world. These Clarles Grant, jun. Esq. M. P. second are conquests which we love tocelebrate, ed the motion of the bishop of Norwich, these are the trophies which we erectin a speech to the following effect. conquests, my Lord, which have in them

“ My Lord, -In secooding the prop- this of peculiarity, that we may indulge osition of the Right Rev. Prelate, I feel in the contemplation of them with unthat it is unndcessary for me to enter in-mixed and unqualified delight. For in

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conquests of another nature, however these triumphs ? Griefs allayed, tears justly earnell, however sacred the cause wiped away, remorse appeased, gleams in which the sword has been drawn, of joy diffused over the house of sorthere is always something wbich detracts | row, sickness divested of its bitterness, from the joy, and wounds the feeling the tomb itself sanctified as the threshold of humanity. We admire, indeed, those of fairer hopes and nobler prospects.extraordinary achievements which have These are circumstances which we may rescued Europe froin the most detesta-challenge the purest of spiritual beings ble of all tyrannies: we dwell with to witness, The angels of pity and love transport on the illustrious men by might descend to trace with rapture evwhom these achievements have been ery step of our victorious march. aconmplished : and in this instance no “I


be allowed then, I trust, to praise can be exaggerated, no tribute express the pleasure I feel at seeing so which a liberated world can offer can large and respectable an assembly colatlequately recompense our brave de lected to celebrate this great national {iverers;-yet in the midst of all this iestival. My lord, I have called it a fesglow and exaltation, there is something tival; and am I wrong in so calling it? which secretly tells us of unwitnessed I appeal to every man who hears megrief, of hearts that are breaking in sol. A festival indeed of triumphant charity; itude and silence; something which tells of expansive benevolence ; of beaevo. us of those, at whose expense this mass lence diffusing itself to the utinost limits of happiness has been attained ; of of the habitable globe; not content those to whom these acclainations are with those limits, transcending the bounbut the memorials of deeper anguish, & daries of time and space, and pouring speak only of fathers, and husbands, and forth the exuberance of its blessings 0brothers bleeding and desolate on the ver unseen worlds, and the long light of plains of death ; of those, in a word, on innumerable ages. whom the war, without shedding any of " I rejoice, my Lord, to believe that a its glory, has pouredd forth all its curses. zeal for this Society is still rapidly exin order to contemplate such events tending throughout this nation. I contemwith unmitigated satisfaction, we must piate with the utmost satisfaction this survey them on a large and generall great procession, which,gradually crowd. scale-we must look at the vast range ing its ranks & enlarging its dimensions, of operations, the skill and heroism of now approaches to lay ils tribute on the the combatants, the mighty interests in high altar of national benevolence; a volved in the struggle, and the spłen procession composed of whatever can dour of the success; but we dare not command, or attract, or sanctify ; comdescend into a more minute inquiry,- posed of princes, and nobles, and senawe dare not analyze this splendour, vortors, the guardians of our constitution, examine of what ingredients the cup of the fathers of our church. I peculiarly rejoicing is composed.

rejoice to see those of the most elevat" But with respect to the conquestsed rank, assuming, with respect to this which we this day celebrate, there is no Institution, and others of a similar pasecret inisyiving, no shade which can e-ture, that precedency which indeed alven for a moment pass over the brillian-ways becomes them, and is always will. cy of the scene. Here indeed is ample ingly ascribed to them by a loyal and a scope for the widest views. But after free people, but which is never so gracehaving abandoned our imagination to ful, never so cordially acknowledgeil, as the utmost warmth of philanthropic ar-when it marshals us to deeds of benefidour, after having satisfied our largest|cence and public virtue. I rejoice to feelings, we may fearlessly descend into observe christians of every denominamore minute investigations, and en- tion, and from all quarters of the kingquire how far individual and domestic dom, uniting with one heart round the happiness are affected by this generall common treasure of their immortal benefit. We may enter into the lowest || hopes. Here we assemble on equal details—and what are the details off terins ;-not because we disregard or

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depreciate the just gradations of social y seems a fortunate coincidence, that the life, that scale of rank and station with-|| anniversary of this Society should ocout which no society can exist; but be- cur at a crisis the most interesting and cause we know that this is a cause in extraordinary of which history has surwhich the meanest may lavish his exer-| nished any record. I know, my Lord, tions without presumption, and the lof-that this is not the place for politics : I tiest without degradation. Here we lay know that it is the boast and privilege aside for a moment those minor distinc-|of this jostitution, ibat, while it sees the tions of faith and discipline by which we perplexities and feverish uncertainties of are separated ; not because we think ordinary life rolling and tossing themlightly of those distinctions--and no selves at its feet, it lifts up its head in a man, allow me to say, can deem more pure and holy atmosphere: and far be reverently than I do of the peculiarit from me lo disturb that tranquility or characteristics of our established church; to violate the sanctity of that elevation. but because we know that this is a cause But it is precisely because we are aloof which is above all distinction ; because from vulgar politics, that, as Members we know that an hour is approaching, of the Bible Society, sre are peculiarly and rapidly too, which will sweep away interested in those great events which all these distinctions forever; because change the face of nations, and affect the we know that in that hour there will be destinies of empires-which renew, or something which shall survive the which destroy-and which, springing wreck and surmount the ruin; and that from deep moral canses, jovolve the in the midst of that elemental conflict, most important moral results. the sacred doctrines which we profess “ The experience indeed of the last to circulate, buoyed up by their native twenty years has abundantly proved, if excellence, shall rise supreme above the proof had been wanting, the necessity convulsions of expiring nature, and ap- of institutions like the prescnt, the obpear in the magnificence of their per-ject of which is to enlighten, to elevate, fections to the eyes of an admiring uni- and to purify the mass of mankind.verse, still bearing the stamp of divini-| The last war, my Lord, may be called a ly, still radiant with beams of ethereal || moral war. It was a war which sumbeauty, still overflowing with the conso-moned into practice all the moral powlations of celestial wisdom and goodness, ers" of man; and it was to be decided, still forining the delight, and hope, and not merely by physical strength, or skill, triumph of all the intelligent creation of or talents, but by an appeal to those esGod.

sential virtues, those master principles “ Thus it is, that, forgetting those mi of action, upon which the whole frame nor concerns in which we may differ, of society is built up and established.and looking only to those high, para- It has taught us this lesson, that in ormount interests, with regard to which der to prepare any people for a severe we have but one feeling, we unite on exigency, we must fortify them with this sacred soil in which our affections moral strength, we must arın them with may intermingle, and our cominon faith lofty motives, and breathe into them the and common hope may grow up and spirit and the principles wlich are insp:flourish together. Here we assemble red by the Sacred Volumes. It has to animate each other to a generous ri-taught us, that to make men patriots, valry, to renew ourallegiance to this In- we must make them Christiaps. If stitution, to contemplate what has been such lessons be calculated to stimulate already achieved, and to fix an eye, not our exertions, there are also, it must be of dismay, bui of calm resolve, on what confessed, no slight incentives to be remains to be accomplished. And found in the events which are immesurely, my Lord, we must agree with diate progress at this moinent. We those gentlemen who have this day ad- may now venture to hail the approach verted to the subject, in thinking, that|| of peace-peace not only for Europe, there is something auspicious in the but for the world. Il was but last time at which we are assembled. It || night, my lord, that the house of coni.

mons resolved, by an unanimous voic, i that in a question of humanity, we are in to present an addrsss to his Royal High- the heart of the continent. Let that ness the Prince Regent, requesting, that, spirit of benevolence which has already in the expected convention between the achieved such wonders, now go forth states of Europe, the universal Aboli- with new strength, and renovated ardor. tion of the Slave Trade may form a dis-Let it rusli, in the fulness of its blessings tinct article. And in alluding io that from one extremity of the world to the subject, how can I refrain from express- other, kindling in its course all the ele. ing my satisfaction, that he whio firstments of moral action, elevating the decommenced the glorious work of Afri- | pressed, consoling the wretched, transa can emancipation, has lived to carry it forming vice into parity, and folly into on to this glorious issue! But it is in wisdom, dissipating the chains of ignostrict consonance with that vole of the 'rance, trampling on the necks of superHouse of Commons, it is the just sequel, stition and idolatry, and every where reof that resolution, that this society renewing on the face of desolateil na. should now multiply its efforts and en-ture some image of ancient happiness large the circle of its operations. If we and primeral paradise. are resolved that the world shall be “ Indeeri, my Lord, I know not why I free, it becomes this great, imperial, and may not be allowed to anticipate the apChristian nation, to provide that this proach of a period., not perhaps far disfreedom be not a worthless or a perni-| tapt-at least if we may judge from the cious boon. It becomes us to elevate past-when, in these onr annual meetthose, on whom we are about to conferings, instead of welcoming the inhabi. such a gift, to a capacity of knowing its iants of a few countries only, we may value, of enjoying its benefits, and of ap-hail the union of natives of every quarpreciating the many blessings with which ter of the globe ; when even from distant it is stored.

realıns the delegates of a thousand sister " For this purpose, from distant quar- societies may hasten to pay homage to ters of Great Britain, and even from for-the Parent Society ; to announce the eign lands, we are now united. To you progressive triumphs of this cause ; to my Lord, and to your associates in this tell of kindred institutions starting up, mighty enterprise, we look for advice, on the banks of remote rivers, and in for direction, for example. Lead on the deptiis of hidilen valleys; to prothen, and we are prepared to follow: claim the difusion of these celestial

eart and hand we pledge ourselves to treasures over regions as yet unknown, this sacred cause. Let our past success as yet unvisited by ambition or avarice, only urge us to those fresli exertions to and first explored by the dauntless spirit which we are so powerfully invited by of Priush benevolence. At that periori, the present circuinstances of mankind. my Lord, with what transport will the Let Europe, let the World know what records of this society be retraced! what resources of compassion are treasured up blessings will be poured on the hour of in the hearts of a free people. Let them its birth; on the nation which gave it see with astonishment, that at the close being; on the names of those who have of a long war, accompanied by many watched over its infancy, and contributsacrifices, the resources of Great Britained to its success! And surely, in the are still inexhaustible; that her philan || long list of its distinguished supporters, thropy is unwearied as her courage; that a peculiar gratitude will rest on those the energies of her mercy are commen-who, placed in the highest rank and stasurate with the efforts of her power.— tion, hare thought it no dishonor to as.. Let them learn, that however insulated sociate their greatness with such an obwe may be in our situation, however in-ject; and who, with no less justness of salated in our laws and manners, howev-| taste than of feeling, have perceived, er insulated, if you please, in our opin that in rallying round this standard they iops and prejudices, there is yet one sa-|| are rallying round that which is not oncred subject on which we acknowledge ly the best security of social order, the no insular, no exclusive feeling; and best guard of social happiness, but is

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