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Dollars. From Rev. Dr. Smith, the annual collection of the church of Princeton;
16 00 and for one copy of Confession of Faith;
Making with the above balance;
693 65 And he has paid by order of the Assembly for millionary and other purposes;
So that the treasurer has advanced on account of this fund on the 14th day of June 1803.
73 50 Ditto. do. a donation from a gentleman,
Rev. Simon Hosąck in behalf of Presbytery of Albany, Rev. James Hall for Mr. Thomas Hall,
530 oa: Received of Rev. Moses Hoge, agent,
468 oo Rev. John Clark, from church of Franklin, 11. 19. and from Fishkill 19,
30 19 Rev. Nathan Kerr, of the Presbytery of Hudson, Received of the executors of Mrs, Donnell a legacy,
Total. 1577 49 N. B. Since June ift, 1803, the treafurer has received of Rey. Moses Hoge, agent.
The whole of the above sum has been iqvested in stocks on account of this fund, and 19 38 overpaid by the treasurer, June 14th, 1803.
Lift of Socks belonging to the Permanent Fund. Eight per cent. 9800 Dolls. at 8 per cent per ann. 784 00 Navy 6 per cent. 2200 do. at 6 per cent. per do.
132 og Old 6 per cents. 1700 at do. do. do. Two shares of Bank Pennsylyania. 8oo at 9 per cent. do. 72 co. Nominal amount of stock 14500
1090 co The honourable Dr. Elias Boudinot has granted to the corporation by îndențure, ten thousand acres of land in North Carolina; for the pious uses jo the indenture mentigned. For the payment of the taxes on faid land, Dr.
Dollars. Boudinot also gave 400 dolls. of the 8 per cent. stock of the United States. June ist, 1802 balance of the interest of the stock in hand this day,
23 92 June 14th, 1803, add one years interest on ditto.
This land, and the residue of the stock, after satisfying the
taxes theron, is to be regarded as a part of the permanent fund.
When the General Assembly sought a charter of incorporation, it was in order that they might be enabled to hold securely any property committed to their trust, for pious uses, and to render the same productive. A charter has been obtained, founded on liberal principles and guarded against abuse. It binds the members of the corporation to give their services without fee or reward; and to apply donations to the uses prescribed by the donors, under the direction and controul of the General Assembly. Pious persons will be pleased to find that there is a way, in which they may, in life, or at death, devote to God, a part of the wealth he has entrusted to their stewardship; and to be affured that it will be held securely by a legal and permanent body, whose very funds will depend on a faithful administration thereof; and that it will, for ages to come, be applied to any purpose of piety or charity, which they may prefer : To gratify such, and prevent a disappointment of their laudable designs; the proper form of a devise or bequest, by last will, is subjoined, viz.
To the Trustees of the General Assembly, of the Presbyterian church, in the United States of America, and to their successors and assigns, I give devise and bequeath the sum of (or a certain messuage and tract of land &c.
as the case may be); to be added to their permanent fund, and applied to the general uses of that fund, under the direction of the faid Assembly, (or to be applied toward spreading the gospel on the frontiers of the United States—or, toward civilizing and instructing, in arts and religion, the Indians of North America, under the direction of said Assembly; and to no other use, intent or purpose whatever ): Ac. cording as the pleasure of the testator shall be; Who may designate any other purpose of piety or charity,
COMMITTEE OF MISSIONS,
The Requisition of the General Assembly,
IT is with pleasure that the committee are enabled to begin this information with notice of a new Missionary Society, having been established in New Hampshire, the latter end of the last year, or the beginning of the present.--By their Constitution it appears that they are zealously engaged in the same common cause with the General Assembly, having explicitly declared their design of associating together, to be “for the increafe of knowledge and evangelical piety, for the promotion of the present well being, and eternal salvation of men, from a consideration of the great number of those who are in danger of perishing through lack of vision, among whom the divine word and ordinances cannot be statedly enjoyed : from a desire that grace, mercy, and peace, may be multiplied to them, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord.”—This Society is denominated, “the Piscataway Miffionary Society.” In the infancy of this Institution, four missionaries were employed for of the first year, who in August last reported,“ That their services in the new settlements both in the district of Main and in New York, were gratefully acknowledged. In some instances serious impreslions were made, convictions produced, reformations effected, difficulties removed, order and peace restored, schools were visited, examined and instructed, Churches formed, and the ordinances administered, people crowded to attend lectures and conferences, and to hear the word of life. They are not easily satisfied with hearing, but noticed with wonder and pleasure, the measures which were taken for their best interests by those who lived so remote from them. Frequently different religious feets attended with decency upon their public labors, and appeared pleased and profited. They often affembled even in uncomfortable places and inconvenient buildings. The miffionaries penetrated through difficult and rugged ways into places where none had been feat before, and were unexpected. They did
not spare themselves, but labored much in the Lord; and it is charitably hoped that the blesfings of fouls ready to perish rest upon them. One of these Gentlemen gives it as his opinion, that the millionary business is of great importance if judiciously managed. That special regard should be had to the character and experience of those who are employed. He states several of the advantages as they presented themselves to him, arising from a discreet and
steady management of misfions. Among which are the following, They serve to counterat the powerful inclination of people in a new country wholly to neglect the concern of their fouls, and regard nothing but procuring a comfortable subsistence. They check the pernicious influence of the immoral and unprincipled. They encourage and strengthen the few pious characters which are to be met with, in their duty. They serve to secure the youth from the dangers to which they are exposed, and incline them to hear and regard the truth. To convince of the utility of civil order, good neighbourhood and friendly intercourse. To impress a deep conviction of the importance of religious institutions and public worship, and the reguIar dispensation of the word, as relating both to the present and future life.--To work fincere regret for the precious privileges which they had loft by their removal, and an ardent desire to regain them.
The Society for propagating the Gospel among the
Indians and others: instituted at Boston,
HAVE established a fund for the regular and constant progressing in the one common cause. The income of a part of their funds, is appropriated to ameliorate the civil, moral, and religious condition of the Indians. They assist in the support of three Miffionaries, and a number of small schools for the benefit of those destitute people, and as many more among the poor inhabitants, principally of Maine and the Isle of Shoals.—They have also assisted in building School-Houses, and a house for a Minister, and have defrayed the expence of printing a catechism in the Indian language, and have distributed a number of religious Books among them. The Society have not forgotten their own poor, but those of the district of Maine have experienced their liberality, by which children have had the means of instruction, and persons in more advanced life, have had the serious impresfions, early made upon their minds, revived and strengthened, which they would otherwise have been in great danger of losing, in places where they cannot enjoy the advantage of attending upon the ordi
nances of the gospel.—They further report, that the people have attended upon their ministrations, with great readinefs and apparent satisfaction. They have administered the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, and baptized great numbers of children and many adults. In several places they have gathered Churches, and in more, have established habits of regard to the duties and offices of religion, which were before formed.-Their discourses and their conversation, have tended to check the progress of error and vice, and to confirm the wavering.-Full and grateful testimonials have been received from many places on these subjects, and earnest requests that the Society would continue attentions of this kind.
The Massachusetts Missionary Society.
HAVE also greatly exerted themselves in the cause of their Lord and Master. They have given the public an account of an awakening at Holles. The number of particular cafes, mentioned by their correspondent, shows that the plentiful fhowers of divine grace have reached them also. He concludes the recital of particulars in the following words; “ To the above I might add one hundred relations, which I now have on hand, in which the distinguishing grace of God is as clearly displayed, as in any of those particularly related.” They were not selected because they are more noticeable than others; but because they are of the first characters in the town.-So that it may not be said, that none but ignorant, superstitious people are the apparent subjects of special grace. Two of the persons whose cases have been mentioned, have received a public education, and several others are of the most distinguished abilities, and the most influential among us.".
By a report of one of their Missionaries, dated Nov. 1803, it appears, that in the Society of New-Canaan there has been experienced a considerable degree of the special influence of divine grace. The instances of converts from sin to holiness, were very numerous.
.-" Fifty-four have been added to our Church; of these, thirty were young, unmarried people. Some families appear to be almost wholly taken, and others altogether left. In some cases, only one individual was taken from a neighbourhood. One family in which there were three young men, was remarkably visited; at first the mind of one of the young men was arrested, which appeared to disseminate through the family, till each of the three, and both the parents, were hopeful subjects of regenerating grace. In another faniily, there are five young people, four fifters and a brother, all of whom have hopefully become pious."