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sevised; as the committee of the British; in favour of Christianity, that they seem at and Foreign Bible Society have judiciously least to feel less confidence than formerly in recommended should be done, before any the truth and doctrines of the Koran. Se. of the paper which they have furnished for veral individuals, particularly from the gothe edition of the Old Testament be actually vernments of Penza and Kazan, and many employed.
travellers to and from Persia, as well as In this translation, Mr. Dickson will de- some pilgrions from Bucharia, including Esrive great assistance from the manuscript Ferdis, and even Hagis, have listened with Tartar version, written in Hebrew charac. the most pleasing attention, and apparent ters for the use of the Karaite Jews of the interest, to the instructions of the missionaCrimea, which Mr. Pinkerton, during his ries; while the eagerness and gratitude tour last summer, discovered and purchased with which they bave sought and received at Bakcheserai, the ancient Tartar Capital copies of the New Testament afford the of that peninsula, and the whole of which strongest encouragement to hope that they he has already sent to Astrachan. Along may, ere long, be made to bow the knee to with the last volumes of this valuable work, that Jesus, whom, even at present, they he has also sent them the first four books of profess to acknowledge as a prophet, but Moses of the Turkish Bible, now printing at whoni as yet they obstinately refuse to hoBerlin ; so that, to use his own expressions, pour as their Saviour and God. the missionaries are "thus possessed of The Persians, in particular, of whom mulevery possible help, almost, for prodacing a titudes are constantly resorting to Astraçorrect version of the Old Testament in chan for purposes of traffic, or of passing Tartar."
through it on pilgrimage and other journeys,
[To be continued.)
UNITED FOREIGN MISSIONARY
Galway, Feb. 17, 1818.
the letter to the Moderator from the diries have had intercourse at this station. The conversations of the Missionaries with
rectors of the United Foreign ssionary them, however, together with the circula Society, which is as follows: tion of copies of the New Testament and “REV. AND DEAR SIR, Tracts, appear to have made so considera “ The Constitution of a Society, styled ble an impression on the minds of not a few, 'THE UNITED FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY,
having been submitted to the General As “ We hope and request that the judica-
The Great Head of the Church is remind“ With emotions of no common pleasure, ing his American people of the charge, “Go we now announce to you, Rev. Sir, and ye into all the world, and preach the gos. through you to the judicatory over which pel to every creature.”—They hear his you preside, that such a Society was actual- voice; they know it; it is enough-they ly organized, with great unanimity, in the are preparing to obey it. The command of city of New-York, on the 28th of July last their Saviour, the uncommon exertions that
“ Although printed copies of the Consti- are making at this day in other parts of tution, connected with an address to the Christendom, and the perishing state of the public, have been generally transmitted to heathen and anti-christian world, combine ministers of the three denominations, we to awake them out of a sleep which has lasthave nevertheless deemed it expedient re-ed for centuries. spectfully to lay herewith a copy of the “ They look at their own situation, and same upon your table.
recognize mercy to themselves and to their “ The eye rests with compassion and de- children, unparalleled and overwhelming. light on the vast field of labour contemplated They look at the Pagan, the Mahommedan, by this Society-with compassion on the the Jew, the nominal Christian, not far reawful state of so large a proportion of the moved from the Pagans in ignorance and population of our globe; and with delight wretchedness—and how dreary, how appalon the prospect that relief for them is at ing is the prospect? hand.
“Let us put our souls, brethren, in their “ You will easily perceive, Rev. Sir, from souls' place, and knowing as we do the terthe magnitude and grandeur of the work in rors of the Lord, and the worth of the goswhich we are engaged, that proportionate pel, let us inquire whether we would deem means will be required.
any sacrifice of time, of treasure, of comfort, “ To obtain those means, what appeal or even of life itself, too dear for our rescue ? shall we make, and to whom shall that ap- Would we not cry, under such circumstanpeal be directed, but to the Church of the ces, with all the agitation, and with all the Living God, which he has purchased with earnestness of the man of Macedonia to the his blood ?
apostle Paul, “Come over and help us “The Church only is competent to judge If then there be reflection, if apprehension of the horror of living without God, or of of the worth of souls, if bowels of compasdying without hope. In the Church, and in sion, or a sense of what we owe to the Lord the Church alone, exists that interest in the Jesus Christ, what must be our feelings? name of Christ, and that compassion for the “ Brethren, we must no longer slumber souls of men, which can give tone to public over this awful state of our world. Loudly feeling, and excite to prompt and generous and imperatively called, as we are, to acaction in such a cause.
tion, let us "provoke one another to love “ To the Church then we appeal through and to good works." all the Presbyteries and Classes connected “Having, as we humbly trust, charged with the denominations which are engaged our own souls on this subject, we invite you, in this work of the Lord.
with all the carnestness, and with all the
emphasis of which we are capable, to aid us | lection in the church, or subscription be subin this great, this arduous, this important un stituted in its place. dertaking
7. That all moneys collected for said so* Come, brethren, we entreat you, “to ciety, in any form, in any of our congregathe help of the Lord against the mighty:" |tions, settled or vacant, be transmitted to assist us with your counsels, your prayers, the Treasurer of the Presbytery, and paid your contributions.
by him to the Society. “ Whatever may be the issue, the great 8. That the Treasurer of the Presbytery Head of the Church will say it was well be, and hereby is enjoined, in transmitting that such things were in our hearts ; they said moneys, to give each congregation cre: will be a source of pleasing reflection in the dit for the sums severally collected by thein' solemn hour of dissolution, and when our that this may appear in the printed reports disembodied spirits shall have been ushered of the Society. into the presence of their Judge.
9. That Mr. Forrest write a respectful By order of the Board of Managers, letter to the Corresponding Secretary of the STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER, United Foreign Missionary Society, en
President: closing a copy of the above resolutions.
JAMES MAIRS, Moderator.
WILLM. MAULEY, P. C. New-York, Sept. 25, 1817. The following Resolutions passed unani
NEW-YORK MISSIONARY SOCIETY. mously :
The twenty-first Annual Report of the Di. 1. That this Presbytery highly approve
rectors of the New-York Missionary Soof the formation of said society, and pledge
ciety, presented at the annual meeting, themselves to encourage it to the utmost of
held on Tuesday, April 7, 1818. their power.
THE Society, at its last meeting, was in2. That it be, and hereby is, recommend- formed of the uafavourable prospects of the ed to every minister of this Presbytery, to mission among the Seneras, and of the conpreach on the subject of missions once a ditional continuance of Mr. Hyde as a teach. month, until the people are sufficiently in- er among them. From the information they formed.
have received, the directors are satisfied 3. That meetings for prayer be observed that the school among them has, for some in all our settled congregations, at least on time past, been scarcely worth attention ; the first Monday of every month, and at said that very few children have attended with meetings there be read such documents as any degree of punctuality or profit, and that we possess respecting the success of the their Indian parents seem anxious neither gospel at home and abroad.
for personal instruction, nor the instruction 4. That it be recommended to vacant con- of their children. In consequence of his gregations to observe these meetings for want of success in his labolars, and the great prayer, as far as circumstances will admit. improbability of his future usefulness in that
5. That it be recommended to all our tribe, Mr. Hyde, in a letter dated Oct. 29, congregations immediately to form Mission- 1817, tendered his resignation to the Board, ary Societies, Auxiliary to the United Fo- as a teacher under their care, which they reign Missionary Society, and that d'ffer- have accepted. ent societies be formed among young and In their last report, the Directors stated old, male and female, according to circum- that they had received under their care Mr. stances.
James Arbuckle, as a candidate for mission6. That where it might be judged expe. ary service; but in consequence of some dient to adopt a different plan, a yearly col- misunderstanding, as to the terms and con
“ As I was
tinuance of his education by the Board, he The prospects of our mission among the has been released from all obligations to the Tuscaroras were never so flattering as at Society, and is no longer under their di- present. Immediately after the last annual rection.
meeting of the Society, Mr. Crane was liThe Board have no particular informa- censed and ordained by the Presbytery of tion to communicate respecting the mission New-York, of the Associate Reformed on Long Island. In the last accounts re- Church, and being furnished with credenceived from the Rev. Mr. Dickerson, who tials and instructions from the Board, was has been employed as their missionary, he forwarded without delay to the place of his states that, on the whole, the prospects of labours. He arrived among the Tuscarothe Society in that quarter are favourable- ras on the 31st of May last, and was receiv. that he has preached one half of his time ated with a most cordial welcome. An inCold Spring, and the other half at the Forks, stance thereof, the missionary thus relates in Puspattock, and Montauk, and has met with one of his letters to the Board. considerable encouragement in his labours. for the first time entering Tuscarora village.. The Board, however, have informed Mr. in search of the residence of Cusick, my inDickerson, that after the first of March last terpreter, I proceeded till I came to a large they would no longer require his services, company of Indians, who were sitting on the and the committee of missions have been in- grass, refreshing themselves during the heat structed to procure some other missionary of the day. I rode up to them, and inquired, to labour in that station,
if any of them could speak the English lanIt is with pleasure the Directors inform guage. A young man answered in the af. the Society, that since their last annual firmative. After receiving satisfactory inmeeting, they have taken under their care formation respecting Cusick, I took notice Mr. James Young, and have engaged him of the healthy, lively children, who were as a teacher among the Tuscaroras. The playing around their parents, and asked if Board being satisfied as to his Christian they understood English. He said they did character, his literary attainments, and his not. Having one particular object of my great desire of being useful among the Hea- mission in view, I then inquired whether he then, have sent him out under their employ, wished them to learn it, and would send at a salary of four hundred dollars per an- them to school, if they had a teacher. He num; and provided him with suitable books, answered that he would do it very gladly, &c. for the use of the school. Mr. Young I then made a few inquiries on the subject reached Tuscarora in the month of October of their having a missionary among them, last, and soon after his arrival, commenced He informed me that they were destitute of his school on the Lancasterian method, and a father at present, and had been so for from the information he has communicated some time. He observed, that the good Soto the Board, it appears that between forly ciety in New-York had done many good and seventy scholars usually attend ; that a things for them, and had long promised to general disposition prevails among the In- send them a young father, to teach them dians of that tribe, to send their children to about Jesus Christ; but that they were school, and to have them orderly in their de- afraid that the good Society was discouraged portment; that the chiefs and parents fre- with their wickedness, and would not do quently call at the schoolhouse, and seem any thing for them. He added, that they much interested in the instruction of the pu- had prayed lately very much for the great pils; and that although many difficulties Spirit to incline the good Society to send are yet to be surmounted, and the most de-them a minister. I then made myself known plorable ignorance yet to be removed, there to him. He turned, and said a few words is much to encourage our hearts, and stimu- to them in his native language, and the late our efforts in their behalf.
whole groupe arose, with every expression
of joy. The grayheaded, and the little who retain the principles, the rites, and child, seized my hands, and endeavoured to ceremonies of their fathers, are few in nummanifest by their actions those grateful emo- ber, and their influence feeble. A large tions which they could not express with their majority of the tribe assent to the truth of lips. Having never witnessed such scenes the gospel, and countenance the preaching in Christian churches, I found it too affect of it by their presencé. Two of their chiefs ing, and turned away from them, to give particularly, and several of the young mer vent to the tears of gratitude and joy, and in the tribe, have manifested much concern to express the petitions which the circum- for their eternal welfare, and made many stances excited.
inquiries respecting the way of salvation by “On Wednesday, the 4th of June, I met Jesus Christ. In expressing this concern, with the Council of the Tribe, and present. they showed a particular desire for baptism, ed my letter of introduction, which was in- and appeared to esteem that ordinance of terpreted by Cusick. The chief then arose, paramount importance; and, in some 'inand addressed the people. Afterward he stances, as almost superceding the necessity addressed himself to me, in a long speech : of repentance towards God, and of faith in to which I made a general answer, express our Lord Jesus Christ. Immediate attening the good wishes of the Society; and in tion was given to rectify this their error, by general terms, the object of my mission. preaching and by conversation; and the The result was, a very cordial acceptance missionary trusts that he has succeeded in of me as their missionary, a dignified and the attempt. He has also endeavoured, apd feeling expression of their thanks to the So- not without success, to excite the solicitude ciety and to myself, and a promise on their of those who are members of the church, in part to do every thing in their power to en- behalf of their brethren who are " without courage me.”
God, and without hope" among them; and For some time after Mr. Crane's arrival the missionary states, that he has heard among them, he was prevented from devo- prayers from those illiterate converts, exting to their spiritual interests as much time pressing such heartfelt anxiety, such hope and attention as he wished, in consequence and confidence in the Son of God, as have of his being obliged to endeavour to relieve led him to anticipate the most pleasing retheir temporal distresses, (arising from sults. They who are professing Christians scarcity of provision during the last season,) among them, walk worthy of their calling, and the necessity he was under, of living at and are the first in all acts of national kinda distance from the village, from the want of ness, and the most prompt to render assista suitable mission house. Immediate mea- ance in cases of individual suffering. sures were therefore taken for the erection In a communication recently made to the of a building to accommodate the missiona- Board, the missionary observes, " The atry and teacher; and for this purpose the tention to religion excited among many of Board have appropriated six hundred dol- the tribe, who have hitherto been strangers lars. The building is now habitable, and to the power of God's salvation,' has been will probably be finished in the course of the a source of great satisfaction to the Chris. ensuing season, and many inconveniencies tians. Those who were capable of instructthereby removed, with which, at first, the ing others, encouraged the young people to labours of the missionary were embar- come to their huts, and spend their evenings rassed.
in profitable conversation. I requested the From the information communicated to members of the church to assemble together the Board, it appears that the most deplora- on the afternoon of every Saturday, for the ble ignorance prevailed among the Indians, parpose of encouraging each other, and exon" every important religious subject, al. amining and instructing those who might though the Pagans among them, i. e. those wish for it. This was followed by applica.