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tions for admission to the church. The ap- tenderness on this occasion ; and I have plicants were advised to wait some weeks, some reason to cherish the hope that imand the intervening time was employed in pressions were made on some which will be preaching on those subjects which related lasting and saving." to their examination and preparation for As far as their scanty means would admit, participating the ordinances of Christ. The the Board have commenced the purchase of elders also were instructed relative to their a library for the use of their missionary ; duty, as officers in the church. After these and in consequence of Mr. Crane's having arrangements were made, five wornen and lately connected himself in matrimony, they two mn came before us to confess their have added to his former salary the use of faith in Christ. They all passed throngh a the farm belonging to the Society, rigid examination, and six of them were re BRETHREN, ceived. It was thought adviseable to defer The prospects of the usefulness of this the reception of one on account of her youth. Institution are more cheering, at present, Her exercises of mind were satisfactory. It than at any period since its organization, appeared that she had for some time per- in the year 1796. —And on a review, espesisted in the practice of all the Christian da- cially of the year that is past, have we not ties with which she was acquainted, although great reason to bless and magnify the name she met with opposition and violent treat- of God our helper.? and have we not every ment from one of her parents. Three of encouragement to persevere in this good and those received were baptized, and four of glorious cause? Into those fields which are them were inarried.
whitening to the harvest, the sickle has been “From the examination and confession of thrust; and the fruits of righteousness which these Indians, we cannot but hope that they i have been gathered, we would hope, are the will adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour. ' first-fruits of a rich and abundant harvest. They all evinced a determination to adhere The Directors cannot refrain from conto the cause they had espoused, and to suf- gratulating their brethren on the establishfer patiently all the evils which, as Chris- ment, in this city, during the last year, of tians, they have reasou to expect.
the “United Foreign Missionary Society;" " The administration of the Lord's sup- and while they would express their sincere per was interesting and solemn. The house desires that that Institution may be renderwas crowded, and the countenances of all ed eminently successful in the glorious cause present appeared to express an inward in wbich they have embarked, they would sense of the vast importance of the scene be- also confidently hope that the resources of fore them. My interpreter, (who is not a our Society will not be diminished, nor the pious man) the son of Cusick, my stated in- efforts of its members relaxed, and that with terpreter, who was absent, was so much af-' united hearts and hands, we may still confected as to be under the necessity of leaning tinue to advance under the auspices of that. on the desk for support while speaking same gracious Providence that has hitherto While I was dispensing the elements, he sat conducted us. To him, and to the word of down and burst into tears. His brother his grace, would we commend ourselves, wept also. In the evening he came to sce and the interests of those Heathen, who me. I told him I was much pleased with have for years been committed to our care ; his conduct through the day, for he spoke and while he permits us, on this occasion, with more confidence and energy than he gratefully to erect our Ebenezer, we would had ever done before. He answered, "Yes, go forward with the humble trust, and the but it breaks my heart.' asked what fervent prayer, that for every future exibroke his heart? He said, The great gence “the Lord will provide mercy of the Son of God.' I was also in By order of the Board of Directors, formed that numbers had felt a degree of
P. N. STRONG, Clerk
GREENWICH CENT SOCIETY. with, bave we not the greatest encourageOn the 6th day of April, 1818, was held the ment to go forward in this labour of love ?
We know that it will not be in vain in the first Anniversary of the Female Cent So
Lord; and we, therefore, do most sincerely ciety of the Reformed Dutch Church at Greenwich, in the city of New-York. On hope that those of the congregation who feel
interested in this important object, and have this occasion the Secretary of the Board
not yet contributed, will come forward and of Managers, agreeably to an article of
give liberally towards its support; rememthe Constitution of the Society, presented
bering that the Lord has commanded us to a Report of their proceedings during the
honour Him with our substance. We prepast year, which is as follows:
sume the majority are acquainted with the The first annual Report of the Female Cent nature and design of the object under conSociety of Greenwich.
sideration; but, lest they should not, we
shall barely mention that it is to aid in the WITH heartfelt pleasure and satisfac- support of the Theological Seminary; and tion we hail the first Anniversary of the Fe- likewise to assist pious young men, who are male Cent Society. At its first formation desirous of devoting themselves to the miniswe were afraid to anticipate much success. try of reconciliation ; but who have it not in Our number, compared with that of other their power to prosecute their studies uncongregations, was small; and we had many less the friends of Zion come forward and calls for money for our own congregational give them pecuniary aid. And can we withpurposes. On these accounts we expected hold our support towards an object so imto do little more than show our disposition portant in its nature, and so beneficial in its to aid the General Synod in carrying into results? Can we, who are exalted to Heaeffect their benevolent designs. But the re- ven in point of privileges, sit down, uncon. sult has proved otherwise—it has far ex-cerned, and know that our fellow-sinners ceeded our most sanguine expectations. are perishing for lack of knowledge, while
On the 14th of April, 1917, this Society we have it in our power to send the gospel was organized; and on the 21st of the same amongst them? We hope for better things. month, the Board of Managers held their There are many sections of our country first meeting, and appointed committees to where the name of Jesus and his salvation collect the money already subscribed, and are unknown and unenjoyed; and others in procure as many additional subscribers as which they were formerly enjoyed, are des. possible. Their labours were crowned with titute of the stated ordinances of grace! so much success, that at our first quarterly Does not this consideration awaken our tenmeeting we had collected the sum of $111. derest sympathy, and constrain us to use This we paid into the hands of G. B. Vroom, every exertion in our power to send them Esq. special Treasurer of the General Sy- the glad tidings of salvation ? Although pod, to aid in the support of the Theological we would not dare to limit the sovereignty Seminary belonging to the Reformed Dutch of Him who doeth his pleasure in Heaven Church. Since that time we have collected and on carth, neither would we be so prethe sum of $89, which we intend devoting sumptuous as to disregard the means which to the same purpose ; so that the whole of He has appointed for the conversion and our collections, after deducting the necessa- salvation of sinners; but, in the diligent ry expenses of printing constitutions, and use of these means, and with the eye of faith purchasing books for the Treasurer and Se directed to the great Head of the Church, cretary, amount to $200. Thus the Lord may we be encouraged to go on, hoping that has been pleased to bless our feeble exer- in due season we shall reap if we faint not. tions; and to his name be all the glory. Acting under these impressions, we have From the success we have already met' cast our mite into God's treasury; and il
what we have done may encourage other strumentality, a single soul shall be sated 'congregations to form similar associations; we have our reward. if it may tend to bring a single labourer into By order of the Board of Managers, the gospel vineyard; and if, through his in PHEBE ANN BURRILL, Secry.
Literary and Scientific Intelligence, ?c.
do we conceive it possible to remove this A SOCIETY has lately been formed in load of distress, by all the alms-doings of this city for the prevention of 'pauperism. which the city is capable, while the causes It has premised its labours, by presenting to remain in full and active operation. the public a report on “the prevailing “ Effectually to relieve the poor, is there. causes of pauperism, with suggestions rela- fore a task far more comprehensive in its tive to the most suitable and efficient reme- nature, than simply to clothe the naked and dies." We recommend this interesting do to feed the hungry. It is, to crect barriers cument to the serious perusal of every against the encroachments of moral degene. member of the community. The causes of racy ;-it is to heal the diseases of the mind; poverty, which prevail in this city, are it is, to furnish that aliment to the intellecenumerated under the following heads, viz. tual system which will tend to preserve it 1. Ignorance. 2. Idleness. 3. Intemper- in healthful operation. ance in drinking. 4. Want of economy. « But can a task of this nature come 5. Imprudent and hasty marriages. 6. within the reach of any public or any social Lotteries. 7. Pawnbrokers. 8. Houses of regulation? We answer, that to a certain, ill fame. 9. The numerous charitable in- and to a very valuable extent, we believe it stitutions of this city. 10. War. “ Such," can. When any measure for the promoadds the report,
" are the causes which are tion of the public good, or the prevention of considered as the more prominent and ope- public evil, founded upon equitable princirative in producing that amount of indi- ples, is supported by a sufficient weight of gence and suffering, which awakens the social authority, it may gradually pass into charity of this city, and which has occa- full and complete operation, and become sioned the erection of buildings for elee established upon a basis as firm as a law of mosynary purposes, at an expense of ball legislative enactment. And in matters of a million of dollars, and which calls for the private practice, reforination which positive annual distribution of 90,000 dollars more. statute could never accomplish, social and But if the payment of this sum were the moral influence may thoroughly effect.” only inconvenience to be endured, trifling, The report then proceeds to point out indeed, in comparison would be the evils the means, best calculated to ameliorate the which claim our attention. Of the mass of condition of the poorer classes, to strike affliction and wretchedness actually sus- at the root of those evils which go to the intained, how small a portion is thus relieved ! crease of poverty and its attendant missions. Of the quantity of misery and vice which It proposes -" 1st. To divide the city inte the causes we have enumerated, with others very small districts, and to appoint from we have not named, bring upon the city, the members of the Society, two or three how trifling the portion actually removed, visiters for each district, whose duty it shall by public or by private benevolence! Nor I be to become acquainted with the inhabil.
ants of the district, to visit frequently the, vented, and other indirect evils, arising families of those who are in indigent cir- from numerous independent associations, be cumstances, to advise them with respect to fairly obviated, their business, the education of their chil “ 9th. To obtain the abolition of the dren, the economy of their houses, to admi- greater number of shops, in which spiritnister encouragement or admonition, as they uous liquors are sold by license! The may find occasion; and in general, by pre- number of retailers of liquors in this city serving an open, candid, and friendly in- is stated to be 1600, and the following caltercourse with them, to gain their confi- culation is made concerning them :-“If dence by suitable and well-timed coun- each of the 1600 retailers in the city sell, xels, to excite them to such a course of con- upon an average, to the amount of 250 duct as will best promote their physical and cents per day, an estimate which we premoral welfare. The visiters to keep an ac. sume all will consider within the truth, the curate register of the names of all those aggregate amount for the year,is $1,460,000. who reside within their respective dis- This enormous sum, extorted from the tricts, to notice every change of residence, sweats of labour, and the tears and groans whether of single or married persons, and of suffering wives and children, would be to annex such observations to the names of sufficient to build annually 50 houses of those who claim their particular attention worship, at $20,000 each, and leave a suras will enable them to give every needful plus that would be more than sufficient to information with respect to their character, erect schoolhouses, and amply provide for reputation, habits, &c.
the education of every child in the city. “ 2d. To encourage and assist the la- When, with a single glance of the mind, bouring classes to make the most of their we contrast the difference in moral effect, earnings, by promoting the establishment of between the appropriation of this sum to the a Saving Bank, or of Benefit Societies, Life support of the buyers and sellers of strong Ensurances, &c.
drink, and its appropriation to the support “ 3d. To prevent, by all legal means, of honest and industrious mechanics, enthe access of paupers who are not entitled ployed in the erection of buildings, which to a residence in the city.
would improve and ornament the city, and “ 4th. 'To unite with the corporate au- to the diffusion of religion and useful learnthorities in the entire inhibition of street ing,--who will not rise and exert his begging.
strength against the encroachment of so “ 5th. To aid, if it shall be deemed expe-mighty an evil?" dient, in furnishing employment to those who cannot procure it either by the estab
THE VIDYALAYA, lishment of houses of industry, or by sup Or Hindoo College of Calcutla. plying materials for domestic labour. It must be considered as one of the most
"6th. To advise and promote the open- surprising occurrences of the present times, ing of places of worship in the outer wards that a College should have been established of the city, especially in situations where at Caleutta, which is said to have been prolicentiousness is the most prevalent. jected, superintended and supported by the
“ 7th. To promote the advancement of naaves themselves. Among the rules which Sunday School inspection, both of children have been adopted for the regulation of this and adults.
institution, are the following: “ 8th. To contrive a plan, if possible, by “ The primary object of this institution is which all the spontaneous charities of the the tuition of the sons of respectable Hintown may flow into one channel, and be doos, in the English and Indian languages, distributed in conformity to a well-regulated and in the literature and science of Europe system, by which deception may be preo' and Asia.
“ The College shall include a school
WALTER SCOTT. (Pathsal) and an academy (Mâhâ Pâth A Scotch Journal informs us that Walter sâla.) The former to be established im- Scott has in the press a History of Scotmediately; the latter as soon as may be land. practicable.
“ In the school shall be taught English and Bengalee, reading, writing, grammar,
LITERARY NOTICE. and arithmetic, by the improved method of instruction. The Persian language may
The following works are now preparing also be taught in the school, until the aca
for publication demy be established, as far as shall be
1. A View of Religion, by the Rev. John found convenient.
Brown. “ In the academy, besides the study of such languages as cannot be so conveniently New-York; together with an interesting
2. Sermons, by the late Mr. Barlas of taught in the school, instruction shall be
correspondence between the Author and given in history, geography, chronology,
the Rev. John Newton, never before publishastronoiny, mathematics, chymistry, and
ed; and Memoirs of the Life of Mr. Barlas, other sciences."
by Professor Wilson, of Columbia College.
3. Massillon's Sermons, translated by PORTUGAL
Dickson, and revised by the American Edi. The whole namber of periodical publica
tor, in 2 Vols. tions in Portugal in the year 1815, did not exceed five-of which the Gazeta de Lisboa
4. Sacred Biography, by Henry Hunter, and the Mercurio Lusitano, are daily news
D.D. ; second American edition, with the papers; the Gazeta de Agricultura e Com-addition of one volume not before publishmercio, published once a week; the Tele-ed in this country. grapho Portuguez, twice a week, and the 5. A new edition of Dr. Chalmers's Ser. Journal de Coimbra, once a month. mons, with additions; and his Evidences of
Christianity, of an uniform size.
6. Pearson's Life of the Rev. Claudius ESTABLISHED RELIGION. The following is the substance of the Buchanan, in 1 Vol. 12mo. Diocesan returns in England, for the year
7. The Necessity and Advantages of Re1815, włuch have lately been printed.
velation. By John Leland, D. D. Resident incumbents,
8. The History of Travels and DiscoveNon-resident incumbents, 5856 !!ries in Africa by the late John Leyden, Dignities not requiring residence, 52
M. D. brought down to the present time. By Vacancies, ...
H. Murray, Esq. F. R. S. in 2 Vols. Sequestrations, ..
9. MÅLeod's Voyage of the Alceste ; seRecent institutions,
cond edition. Dilapidated churches,
32 Held by Bishops,
10. The Life of the late R. Watson, D. D, No return,
279 Bishop of Llandaff; written by himself, and
edited his Son. Miscellaneous, as insane, confined for debt, prisoners abroad,
11. The whole Works of the late Andrew impropriations, appropriations, Fuller, with an Account of his Life and &c. ,
122 Writinge, by Dr. Ryland; in 6 or 7 Vols.
*** Notice to Correspondents in our next.