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ganized, on condition of some aid from tized two infants, and administered the ibis Board,
Lord's Supper three times. The Rev. Garry Bishop, in fulfilling his Mr. Benjamin Graves, who was appointmission of four months in Centre and ed to labour for three months in vacant Clearfield counties, Pennsylvania, deliver. and feeble congregations, in the Presby. ed fifty-seven discourses, and visited one teries of Cincinnati and Miami, spent but hundred families. He found the mission- two months in missionary service. In that ary ground very interesting. The meet. time be delivered forty-eight discourses. ings almost uniformly were thronged; Speaking of Reading congregation in the people were very anxious to hear, and of. Presbytery of Cincinnati, he observes, ten very much affected by the word. The “ This is a small but interesting congremission of Mr. Bishop has resulted in his gation, and there appears reason to hope, settlement as a stated pastor on the field that the Spirit of the Lord is about to comof his labour.
mence a work among them. Mr. James F. Irvine, after performing a “ March 12. I visited from house to mission of three months in Clearfield coun- house, accompanied by the Elders, and ty, Pennsylvania, was commissioned again had the pleasure to find many weeping on for one month to labour among three socie- account of their sins, and anxiously inties he bad collected. In his last mission quiring the way to God. Preached in the he collected a fourth; and it is expected evening to a large and very feeling conthat they will be organized into regular gregation. congregations.
" 13th. Preached at 1 o'clock, P. M. The Rev. Pierce Chamberlain has fulfill- and again in the evening, to large and ed his term of three months' missionary weeping assemblies. The Lord indeed apservice. He itinerated in Erie and Craw. pears to be at work with this people. ford counties, the western section of Erie “14th. Spent the day, accompanied by Presbytery. He states that the country is the elders, in family visitation, and found overrun with errors on the fundamental many weeping on account of their sins, doctrines of religion, and that the popula- and inquiring what shall we do to be saved. tion is rapidly increasing. The people are Preached in the evening to a weeping asgenerally poor and seem desirous of hears sembly. Continued my visitation among ing the gospel. There are several very the congregation. weak congregations; yet some are able “15th. Preached at night to a large to support ministers in the way usual in and weeping audience, where the tears that quarter. Four ministers are needed. of conviction, and we hope of repentance, Speaking of the monthly concert prayer might be seen in every part of the con. meeting, held in one of Mr. Condit's gregation. The Lord is evidently with houses for worship, at which he was pre. this people. This society has done and sent, Mr. C. says—" The evening meet- is doing considerable for the missionary ing was particularly solemn. A number, cause.” especially the young, appeared to feel the Again, in another part of his journal he importance of things eternal.” He preach. remarks, in relation io the same congre. ed fifty-six times, visited seventy families, gation: and distributed a number of tracts.
“Spent part of the day (March 24th, The Rev. Alvin Coe fulfilled a mission of 1827) in visitation. Attended a prayer three months in the Michigan Territory.
meeting in the evening. The work of the Mr. Hugh Caldwell, who was appointed this people.
Lord appears still to be going on among a missionary in Orange, Spotsylvania, Cul. pepper, Madison and Louisa, Virginia, for and again in the evening, to very large, at
“25th. Sabbath, preached at 12 o'clock, three months, to ascertain whether church. tentive and weeping assemblies. es could be formed in that region, says
“ 26th. Spent the day with one of the in his report, “I still think this is one of Elders, in visiting from house to house, the most important missionary fields in This appears the most profitable way in Virginia. The people are exceedingly which Missionary labour can be spent in kind and hospitable; turn out well to hear vacant and feeble congregations in this the preaching."
Western country, and best calculated to The Rev. Jonathan Winchester, in fulfill. build up the waste places of Zion. ing his mission of five months in the coun “27th. Spent the day, accompanied by ties of Cuyahoga and Geauga, Ohio, the Elders, in visiting the families of the preached eighty-three scrmons, inade oné congregation ; found many weeping on bundred and thirty-one family visits, at- account of their sins, and anxiously inquirtended five church and prayer meetings, ing what shall we do to be saved. visited three schools, received four per ** 28th. Sick, unable to do but little, sons into the church, two on certificates Spent the day in visiting from house to and two on profession of their faith, bap. bouse. Vol. V.-Ch. Adv.
" 29th. Preached at night to a large, at. social meetings, three bave been po tentive, and weeping assembly.
operation, one of which I have frenath “30th. Travelled ten miles to Cincin. attended. The others are conducted on nati. Preached in the evening to a large the Sabbath, when I have been elsewhere and attentive audience."
engaged. It seems scarcely necessary to Mr. James R. Boyd, who was appointed enter into detail, with regard to particular to labour three months in the bounds of days on which I have preached, attended the Presbytery of Richland, and particular classes, visited, &c. 'I shall therefore ly in Newman's Creek Society, has been merely give the amount, since the comspending his time on the Sabbath in three mencement of my labours here (Decem: stated places of worship. As the New. ber 1) to the present date (April 3). I man's Creek congregation will pay him for have preached fifty times, attended to one-half of his services, he will spend six twelve Bible recitations, and twenty cate months in missionary labour; and conse. chetical classes on week days. The aud. quently the time assigned by this Board ences to which I have preached vary in will not expire till the termination of six number, from 60 to 130-places of wo months. When he sent his report he ship are, private log cabins, generally well bad laboured four months. In each of the filled, sometimes overflowing. places referred to "a respectable Bible “With regard to the general, visible et class has been organized, consisting of from fects of my labours, they are of a flattering thirty to forty-five members. The text
The Spirit of God appears to be book used is the Scriptures themselves. working on the hearts of many. Some This exercise follows the other services remarkable cases of hopeful conversion on Sabbath mornings. Its beneficial ef- have recently came to my knowledge fects in awakening an interest in the Numbers have conversed with me on the sacred volume of divine truth, are very great question, and the prospect is not apparent. These classes embrace the old very promising of many being gathered the as well as the young. Besides these, I into the church of such as shall be saved. have formed in Newman's Creek Society, The state of religion among God's profes four catechetical classes of children and
ed people was at a low ebb three months youth, who have been very highly blessed. since, but appears to be manifestly improv: It is usual for me in these, to explain the ing: A great anxiety is expressed by the questions recited-to read some interest- societies in which I have been labouring, ing tract, and make appropriate address for a settlement among them. Whether! One of these classes consists of about shall comply or not with
their desire, it is forty members; among whom for the last to me at present a matter of great perplextwo months, there has been manifested an ity to determine." increasing seriousness. Many of them are Mr. Adrian Ater spent two months of now in an awakened state of mind, and at his mission in the western vacancies of the
least half a dozen hopeful converts. Eve. Presbytery of Miami, and preached fifty· sy meeting grows in interest. Last week four times.
I appointed a meeting for those who are The Rev. Stephen Frontis performed in an anxious state of mind. It would be mission of one month in preaching to the pleasing to enter into some detail, but I people of Queen Ann and Caroline coonhave not room. In each congregation ties, in Maryland. there is a visible increase of attention to The Rev. James M Master fulfilled bis the means of grace, and many under se mission of six months, to which be was rious impressions. The bounds within appointed in 1825. which most of my appointments are made, Rev. Samuel B. Lowry spent seventy
: include a tract of about twenty-five miles one days of his mission in labouring in in length and seven in breadth; so that line of appointments, in Delaware and much of my time is necessarily spent in Rush counties, Indiana. He preached riding. With regard to visiting from sixty-one sermons. Several congregar house to house,' 'I have visited å great tions he believes may be formed in the number, and have made it a point to en- region visited by him. Eight different gage in practical conversation at the stations were selected by him, and among houses where I have made appointments them were two regularly organized church to preach. With regard moreover to es. He baptized four adults and nine infants, the Newman's Creek Society, nearly all administered the Lord's Supper once, and the children and youth have assembled in received six persons into the communion the classes above referred to, and have of the church. been pointedly addressed in a manner The Rev. Joseph Stevenson was instruck. suited to their capacity and circumstances. ed to preach regularly at different station The extent of the field to be occupied in Shelby and Logan counties, Ohio: in has prevented me from attending further the course of his mission he preached ont to this important object. With regard to hundred times.
een p The Rev. Jonathan Leslie, has reported mily visits. In one or two places he bad fre the fulfilment of his mission of two months, flattering appearances of success in his
in Stark and Tuscarawas counties, Ohio. Master's work. He preached forty-eight times.
Mr. Zebulon Butler, who was sent to The Rev. William Page, according to Vicksburg, Mississippi, for six months, at appointment laboured three months in the expense of the people, informs the Washington county, particularly at Ann Board that he was cordially received; and Arbour, Michigan Territory. His mission that the majority of the people are reguhas resulted in his settlement in that re lar attendants on the worship of God; gion for a year. A church has been re- particularly the lawyers, physicians, and cently organized at Mount Arbour. The merchants. He preached in this town and population of that territory is rapidly in- in Warrenton, a town on the Mississippi, creasing; and we learn from several below Vicksburg, alternately, on the Sabsources that Mr. Page is generally accep- bath, and in the latter place, on every table to the inhabitants.
Thursday evening. A most interesting The Rev. Isaac A. Ogden, in the course Sabbath School, he says has been instituof a mission of four months, in Union, Frank. ted, which has about thirty-five pupils, lin, and Fayette counties, Indiana, preach- who regularly attend on its instructions. ed seventy-three times, attended four A pleasant prayer meeting, too, has been meetings of church sessions, ordained established. Mr. Butler has engaged to three elders, administered the Lord's Sup- remain with the people one year; and they per four times in four different churches, have subscribed for his support. received four persons into the communion The Rev. John S. Ball, in performing his of churches, and baptized two children. mission of three months on both sides of
Mr. James H. Stuart, performed a mis- the Missouri river, from its junction with sion of five months, chiefly in Indiana. the Mississippi, confined his labours chiefly He preached one hundred and thirty-four to four destitute churches. He preached times, and formed five Sabbath Schools, fifty-six sermons, besides attending some and visited families. He was entreated by other religious meetings, baptized four the people in several places to remain children, and assisted at three sacramental among them. He has since been ordain. occasions. ed by the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and “ There is a great coldness and dead. gone with a view to settle in the west. He ness,” he observes, “in religion generally, was particularly invited by the church at south of the Missouri river, where I have Urbana, Ohio.
been. The holy Sabbath is much profaned; Mr. Joseph C. Harrison, in his mission of and many professors of religion, in some of three months, made Lexington, Kentucky, the churches, are scandalous in their lives, the centre of his labours, and visited neigh- and truly enemies to the cross of Christ. bouring destitute places. The result of Some neighbourhoods seem anxious to his mission is an invitation from one of the have better preaching than they bave in churches visited by him to labour among general.” them, and his acceptance of the invitation. Mr. John Dorrance, who was appointed Speaking of a school, he remarks, “In to labour as a missionary six months in particular, I cannot omit to mention, that Mississippi under the direction of the Misan overwhelming effect attended upon sissippi Missionary Society, has reported one exhortation," (a ministerial brother the fulfilment of five months of bis com. was with him,)“ at a little school near mission. At the expiration of that term the cliffs of Kentucky river. We found
he passed from under the authority of this the children at their sports at the hour of Board, by accepting an invitation for one twelve; and they had the appearance of year from the people in the Parish of those who had never heard the sound of
East Baton Rouge, to whom he was direct. the gospel, nor did their remarks belie ed to preach by the Mississippi Missionary their looks : but when we told them of Society. sin, of righteousness, of a judgment, and “Ai Baton Rouge I preached," says he, of a Saviour, they became attentive-grew "on every alternate Sabbath, and instituted more and more so-by and by were so a weekly lecture on Thursday evening. lemn-and anon were convulsed, and “At first but few attended; the numbathed in tears."
ber of hearers bas, however, gradually inThe Rev. Deway Whitney performed a creased, and now the greater part of the mission of two months, among a few va. American population are pretty regularly cancies of the Ebenezer Presbytery; and found at publick worship. Some few ap. in that time preached forty-five sermons, pear affected by the truths of the gospel, administered the Lord's Supper four times, and one or two have expressed a deier. admitted sis persons to the communion mination to be on the Lord's side. This on a profession of their faith, baptized two has been, and still is, a place of great im. adults, and one infant, and made many fa: morality. A great majority of the popu.
lation are French and Spanish Catholics, sionary purposes. This year they remit many of them despising the superstitions to the Board 833 38; and by societic of their own communion, and indifferent their churches have collected and approor unbelieving, in reference to any other. priated about $250, chiefly to support a These, and even the bigoted Romanists, missionary in the city of Washington and pay little deference to the sanctity of the its vicinity. Sabbath, and their example has been too The Presbytery of Hanover report to faithfully followed by their nominally Pro- the Board of Missions under the care of testant neighbours. Vice of almost every the General Assembly, that the Auxiliary species is openly and extensively preva. Missionary Society under their care, enlent. In short, it is what a town contain- ployed during the last year six missioning twelve hundred inhabitants collected aries; that these missionaries were all lofrom every state of the Union and differ. cated in feeble churches, and with the asent parts of Europe, destitute of piety or sistance afforded by those churches, were the preached gospel, might be expected enabled, with one exception, to continue to become.
during the whole year; that they were “Infidelity is common. Yet these peo- blessed with an encouraging degree of ple, knowing the temporal benefit of success; and that there is good prospect, if Christianity, have desired me to remain only suitable missionaries can be obiained, with them, and have, according to their of building up a number of societies, now circumstances, contributed quite liberally too weak to support themselves, and of for my support.
organizing others, which under the foster“In complying with this request, I ing care of the missionary society, may betrust the object of my mission will be ac come flourishing churches. complished in a manner agreeable to the The amount of monies received by the wishes of the Board. Since the first of society during the year, is $1048 48. March, I have considered myself as 110 The amount of distributions is $650 48, longer acting under your directions, or and there are due on existing engagements dependant on your funds. Previously to $400 00. that date I had in the discharge of my du The Presbytery of Ogdensburg report ties, travelled two thousand and one hun- that they direct all their efforts in favour dred miles, preached sixty-four times of their feeble vacant churches, and have visited a number of schools and many fa- connected themselves with the Western milies, and frequently lectured to the poor Domestic Missionary Society, and have a blacks, some of whom appear to have pro- prospect of success. fited by their opportunities. The popu: The Presbytery of New York have mere. lation of the country is so widely dispersed ly reported missionary ground, and request that preaching at night was impossible ; aid. and few would attend, except on Sunday. The Presbytery of Huntingdon act as a This will account for the fact that the missionary society auxiliary to the Penn. number of discourses delivered is not so sylvania Missionary Society. great as might otherwise have been ex. The Presbytery of Winchester sent out pected. Concerning the destitutions of a missionary last year for five and a half ihe south-west, you will learn more from months. His labours were faithful and apthe delegates to the General Assembly parently successful. They hope to do than I should be able to communicate, more this year. There are but two Presbyterian Clergy. The Presbytery of Lexington has three men in the State of Louisiana, and minis. missionaries employed for a year, in esters of other denominations are few in tablishing some feeble congregations withnumber. Yet probably a disposition to in their own bounds. support the ordinances of the gospel is The Synod of the Western Reserve report more common than in the North Western that they have formed themselves into a states. A few pious, devoted men, would Domestic Missionary Society, and recombe joyfully received and supported.” mend collections to be taken up in all
The Presbytery of Oneida report, that their congregations in aid of the society's liberal collections are made annually in funds. most of the congregations under their care, The Board of Missions of the Synod of particularly for the
Western Domestic Ohio, report, "that during the past year Missionary Society, but that as a Presby, they have employed, for short periods, tery they have done nothing by way of sixteen missionaries ; to whom they allotcontribution to the funds of the Board of ted, in all, twenty-nine months' missionary Missions.
labour ; and during the same period have The Presbytery of the District of Co. they received reports from missionaries of lumbia report that they are formed into a twenty-six and a half months' missionary Missionary Society auxiliary to this Board, services, in behalf of the Board. In perand take up annually collections for mis- forming this service, the missionaries have
de visited many destitute settlements and dis. Committee, the Rev. Gideon Blackburn a peased the word of life to thousands who was commissioned to establish a mission
a would otherwise have been without a among the Cherokee nation of Indians. 735 preached gospel. In many places the la- Mr. Blackburn continued in the employ
bours of the missionaries appear to have of the Assembly seven years; and during
been attended with considerable success, that time, by the instrumentality of schools er and most of the settlements which they located among the Cherokees, and by
e visited, manifested a great desire to have means of preaching, he had produced a tes the ordinances of the gospel administered very beneficial change among that bese co to them more frequently, but the Board nighted people. Here the American
have to regret their inability to gratify Board of Commissioners established their ve this desire, in such a manner as would at first mission; and on the foundation laid
all meet the wishes of these settlements, by the Assembly, raised their superstrucor the view they have of their necessities: ture. Your funds have also assisted the and they believe, that the constant labour Board of Trust of the Western Missionary of four or five missionaries in addition to Society, in conducting their missions among all they are able to employ, would not be the Indians. more than sufficient to give these settle In 1818, the Assembly constituted the ments a sufficient quantity of missionary Committee into a board of missions, inlabour."
creased their number, and enlarged their By inspecting rule 6th, recorded p. 85 powers. The Board, in conformity with of the Digest, it will be seen, that all the instructions, soon devised and published a *Synods and all the Presbyteries are re. plan for organizing auxiliary missionary quired annually to report on missionary societies within the limits of each Presby. business to this Board;' and that the As. tery, and the establishment of missionary sembly stand pledged to inquire every associations in each congregation, auxiliayear whether the Synods and Presbyte. ry to these societies; a plan that met with ries perform their duty. This year, only the decided approbation of the General two Synods out of 16, and eight Presbyte. Assembly. The same year in which the ries out of 88, have reported on this sub- Board of Missions was constituted, meaject.
sures were taken by the assembly for the Is it not desirable that the religious establishment of the United Foreign Mispublick should see what the Presbyterian sionary Society, which was the last year church is doing in the interesting cause merged into the American Board of Cumpof missions; but it is impossible for this missioners for Foreign Missions. Board to make a full exbibition of mission. During the last sixteen years, between ary operations within our church, unless forty and fifty missionary appointments the Synods and Presbyteries comply with have been annually made; which, of the Assembly's rule. The Assembly it course, have in that time amounted to conis hoped will institute an inquiry this year. siderably more than six hundred.
On the present occasion, when the Ge. For many years, the committee of misneral Assembly seem disposed to inspire sions could make appointments equal to new life and vigour into the operations of 5000 dollars annually; and consequently this Board, a retrospective view of the at- they expended in ten years, nearly 50,000 tention paid to missions by the Presbyte. dollars. But owing to various circumrian Church, may not be improper. As stances the funds of the Assembly have early as 1766, the Synod of New York and for several years past been so diminished, Philadelphia adopted measures for procur. that the Board of Missions could not cal. ing funds for the purpose of sending the culate on more than 4000 dollars annually ; gospel to the destitute; and as soon as and they in ten years have expended the General Assembly was constituted in about 45,000 dollars. In the course of 1789, the cause of missions claimed their twenty years, the General Assembly particular attention. From year to year have applied to missionary purposes, ex. they continued to manage this important clusive of what was expended by the Uni. concern, till finding that, during their short ted Foreign Missionary Society, nearly sessions, they could not, without an alter. 100,000 dollars. ation of their plan, successfully, and to the Missionary operations were carried on best advantage, conduct their missions, at first by means of congregational colthey, in the year 1802, appointed a Stand. lections, till the year 1800, when measures ing Committee of Missions, invested with were adopted for the purpose of forming such powers as were deemed necessary. a permanent fund. Since that time the By the aid of that committee, the Assem- pecuniary means have been derived from bly were enabled to extend their opera- the interest of the permanent fund, from tions, and carry them on with greater fa. congregational collections, and from concility and effect. The very next year tributions obtained in the missionary field. after the appointment of the Standing of late ycars all these streams have dimi.