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the same time that the bishop ordained settlements when invited. On the 30tit Mr. Taylor, he ordained also Mr.Myers, of September, he proposed to visit who, like Mr. Taylor, was a Lutheran Emily township, which is settling ra. minister, and appointed him to Matilda, pidly. He had at times been there bea in Upper-Canada, where he is now of- fore, to pray with the sick, and admificiating. The people at Riviere du nister the sacrament. The people are Loup, who are exerting themselves to very industrious and respectable, and build a church, and a parsonage-house; the land is excellent. It is a high gratihave earnestly petitioned the bishop fication to see occasionally English, for a resident minister; and Mr.Knagg, Scotch, Welsh, Irish, Germans, and with whom they are much pleased, has American loyalists, all unite in the undertaken that duty, until the wishes same congregation. of the society are made known.
The Rev. William Leeming, missiThe bishop has advanced to the se- onary at Chippewa, reports, that the veral churches hereafter named, 1001. people are preparing to build a church; currency each, out of the fund placed at and they assuré him that it will be his disposal by the society :--St, An- finished at the close of the year. The drew's, Riviere du Loup, Point Levi, subscription, together with 100l. from and Hull, Lower-Canada; Chippeway the fund placed at the disposal of the Queen's Town, and Ancaster, Upper- bishop by the society, will enable them Canada. Encouragement has been to erect a very substantial building. He given to the people of Gaspe, and to himself has subscribed 200 dollars. Mr. Pollard, at Sandwich, for the use of The principal inhabitants are Presbytechurches in that neighbourhood, the rians, yet they have subscribed to the erection of which that gentleman is. church. It was at first objected to its promoting with great zeal and industry. being exclusively Episcopalian; but
The Rev. Romaine Rolph, mission- they are now reconciled to it. He has ary at Amherstburg, reports, that the every reason to be satisfied with the number of communicants had greatly treatment he has received, and with the increased, which he considers as the disposition manifested towards the beneficial progress and influence of di- church. The township of Stamford, in vine grace. When Mr. Pollard admi- which Chippewa is situated, contains nistered the sacrament, thirty commu- about 1200 souls-630 males, and 556 nicants attended, being an increase of females. The congregation has infourteen during a very short period.creased considerably since his residence, The church at Colchester will be finish- and he is in hopes will become more ed in the spring. The people are na
He has distributed many turally anxious to obtain the benefits of Prayer Books, and religious tracts, the a regular resident minister, as it is not good effects of which are very visible. in bis power to visit them oftener than The inhabitants of Fort Erie, and its once in the month, without a neglect of vicinity, comprising a variety of denohis own more immediate duties. In minations of Christians, have lately obedience to the directions of the socie- erected a church, which was intended ly, he has offered himself as a candidate to be equally free to the preachers of for the holy order of priest, to enable the different sects to which they belong, him to perform, without assistance, the This association has lately been disa whole duty of his mission, and to relieve solved, and many of the subscribers are Mr. Pollard from his attendance at very desirous to secure the building to Amherstburgh to administer the sacrae the church, an object which will be ment; an arrangement which has ne- much facilitated by the grant of some cessarily occasioned, for a certain pe- assistance. He proposes to preach riod, an omission of his own more imnie- there as often as circumstances will aldiate duties at Sandwich.
low. The distance is about eighteen The Rev. Joseph Thompson, mis- miles. His services have hitherto been sionary at Cavan, preaches on the four confined to his own parish, which is Sundays in the month, and four differ- extensive, and he has regularly preached ent places, and occasionally visits other to two separate congregations.
The Rev. Salter Mountain, mission- the Mohawks. The schoolmaster and ary at Cornwall, reports, that the great catechist are attentive to their duties. and increasing want of money has again The Rev. Robert Addison, mission delayed the painting and repairs of the ary at Niagara, avails himself of the church. Arrears of pew rents were due opportunity afforded him by the milito him last year more than sufficient for tary chaplain, who officiates the purpose, and he proposed to appro- day in the church, to visit the neighpriate it to that object, but the plan has bouring settlements, where he meets failed. No progress has yet been made with numerous and attentive congrega. towards the erection of a church at tions, and baptizes the children. Mr. Milles Roches, and he has only to re- Norton has finished the translation of peat his hope that a more favourable St. Matthew, and proposes to continue state of things will prevent its being ul- his labours till the Indian's are furnished timately abandoned.
with all the gospels in their native lanThe Rev. William Sampson, missi- guage. Aaron Hill, the reader and inonary at Grimsby, writes, that the bi- terpreter to Mr. Leeming, is able to shop, in the course of his visitation, give him much assistance. It would be confirmed twenty-nine persons, some desirable to establish three or four of them adults, out of his township, schools in the district. which considering the limited number The Rev. Michael Harris, missionary of the population, and the variety of at Perth, writes, that the erection of the sects therein, fully equalled his expecta- church had been delayed from the netion. The congregation comprehends cessity of waiting for a reply from lord many more than actually coinmunicate Bathurst, previously to the issue of 2001: with the church, perhaps to an extent promised by his excellency the goverof one third of the whole number.
As a favourable answer has now The Rev. G. O. Stewart, missionary been received, he is confident that, in at Kingston, writes, that in consequence his next letter, he will be able to report of the great increase of the inhabitants, considerable progress in this very deit is in contemplation to build a new sirable work. The present place of church before the termination of the public worship is so small, that half his year, the present building not being congregation are deterred from coming. sufficiently large to accommodate the The roads are not sufficiently good to congregation. Several churches are allow of the people from the back setnow building in the province, which; tlements attending divine service at the with the late increase of missionaries, school-house; but he frequently visits gives an animating aspect to the exer- them, and is enabled to speak most tions of the society. The lord bishop favourably of their dispositions. of Quebec held a visitation at York, The Rev. Richard Pollard, missionwhere the clergy of the province as- ary at Sandwich, writes, that he had sembled to hear a charge delivered by just returned from Amherstburg, where the bishop; the increased number of he had the satisfaction of administering missionaries, and the excellent charge the sacrament to thirty-two commudelivered by his lordship, made the nicants: he opened the church upon scene interesting and iinpressive. On the river Thames, distant fifty-five his lordship's return to Quebec, forty miles, in October, where they were ensix persons were confirmed, from the abled to finish the inside, by a donation congregation at Kingston. Mr. Stewart of 251. from the fund raised in England has succeeded in establishing a district by Dr. Stewart. The stone church at conmittee, in aid of the Society for the Lake Erie is covered in, but not finishPropagation of Christian Knowledge; ed in the inside; it has already cost it is intended to connect the committee 1500 dollars; that at Sandwichi 2000 with the parent society, and also with dollars, but there still remains a debt of the diocessan committee at Quebec.- 400 dollars. Mr. Pollard gave 40 dolHis excellency the lieutenant-governor lars to procure a stove, without which is patron, and the bishop president; the church would have been useless since his last he has occasionally visited during the winter.
The Rev. William Weagant, mission church will be so far finished as to adary at Williamsburgh, reports, that the, mit of the performance of divine sercongregation has annually increased vice in it in the course of the summer. since his first residence : when he was The supply of Bibles, and religious first appointed to the mission, there tracts, has been of infinite use both in were no members of the church of Eng-the school and in private houses. Many. land since that period, the bishop has persons who still adhere to the Metho-, held three confirmations, at the first dist connexion, communicate in the eight' were confirmed; at the second church; and, although their continuance forty-eight; at the third fifty-three. is in some degree uncertain, yet it
proves the diminution of enthusiasm. Lower Canada.
The Rev. Louis Charles Jenkins, The Rev. Micaiah Townshend, mis- who was appointed in the preceding sionary at Caldwell and Christie Manor, year assistant missionary, at Quebec, reports, that the church at the latter was prevented by many untoward acciplace is at length completed with the dents from reaching his destination, and
otion of painting, and was dedi- he was compelled to winter in Prince cated to Almighty God, on the 3d of Edward's Island. On the breaking up September, in the presence of a numer- of the ice, he availed himself of the first ous and devout congregation. The opportunity to proceed to Quebec; but church at Caldwell Manor has also been he was again, after persevering for 18 repaired. Divine service is performed days, at the imminent risk of his life in at both churches every Sunday, from his attempts to proceed up the St. LawMay 1st, to November 1st, and during rence, compelled to return to the place the other part of the year on alternate where he had passed the winter; he Sundays.
proposed to make a further attempt in The Rev. Edward Parkin, missionary the course of a short time. During his at Chambly, writes, that he has reason residence on the island, he visited the to believe that the advantages afforded greater part of it, and found many perhis congregation have not been bestowed sons attached to the church of England, in vain. Considering the number of the and anxious for an opportunity of joinProtestant part of the population, the ing in its worship. attendance at church is very satisfacto- The Rev. J. Reid, missionary at St. ry. His excellency the governor gave Armand, writes, that at length the peothem 2001. towards the completion of ple have been enabled to complete a the building, which, with some exer- neat and substantial stone church, cation on the part of the people, may be pable of containing, when finished, from sufficient for the substantial work. A four to five hundred persons. At prebell will still be wanting, which is abso- sent they have no funds for erecting a lutely necessary to secure punctuality in pulpit, desk, pews, &c. &c. but they exattendance; as well as a communion pect to accomplish this object in a short service, a fence round the church-yard, time. The congregation is numerous, , and a parsonage-house, which is not yet attentive, and well disposed towards the contemplated. The communicants do church, though many of them have been not exceed twenty, which is a small brought up in the Presbyterian principroportion of the congregation. These ples. He is not without hopes that imprincipally consist of Scotch Presbyte- portant benefits have already resulted rians, and though they have no difficulty to the people from the establishment of in attending the service of the church, a mission among them: such at least is yet they hesitate to participate in the their opinion. "There certainly is a holy sacrament, considering that ordi- considerable alteration for the better in nance as the badge of their peculiar pro- the general feeling of the people on refession.
ligious subjects, and in several individuThe Rev. Charles Cotton, missionary al cases a visible improvement in their at Dunham, reports, that, with the as- outward conduct and deportment. sistance of the liberal bounty of the so
The Hon. and Rev. Dr. Stewart, the
late in the summer, in company with with deep sensations of regret, that they Mr. Whitwell, who was adopted by the have been heretofore 't unable to extend society as a missionary in the course of their assistance in a manner commenlast year. He reports that the bishop surate with the importance of the obhad placed Mr. Whitwell
' in Shefford, jects of their solicitude. with the charge of two churches in that 66 The increase of the Episcopal township. He himself remained at church has been greater in this state Hatley till the snow roads became pass than in any other part of this country, able.' On the 11th of December he and is chiefly to be attributed to the proceeded to Ascot; afterwards pass- well directed exertions of its' missionaing through the village of Sherbrooke, ries. The importance of these labours he went to Shipton, in which township has always been appreciated by our spihe performed divine service both morn- ritual pastors ; but their efficiency has ing and evening. The next day he been restrained by the scanty and irrepursued his course to Drummondville, gular supplies which they have been where he visited Mr. Wood, a diligent
enabled to draw from sources not aland excellent missionary. On his re- ways to be depended upon." turn through Kinsey, he enquired into « One half of the expense of sending the probability of building a church a single missionary to India, or to the there, but the population was found to islands of the Pacific Ocean, would furbe unequal to such an undertaking. In nish the means, under heaven, of orShipton, the people are much engaged ganizing and establishing a dozen conin making roads, but ere long they pro- gregations of Christians, in parts of our pose to build a church.
own state, where the inhabitants are in At Milbourne and Sherbrooke, which a situation more to be deplored than places he had visited, the frames of that of the heathen, who have never churches are built. The church at As-' heard of Christ and his gospel. And cot will be finished in the summer, when whilst this necessity exists at home, we it is intended to commence the erection cannot refrain from urgently calling, of a parsonage house. The churches at your attention to the primary and preEaton are also far advanced. In the vious importance of this institution of course of a week he proposes to leave our church. Hatley again, and proceed via Stan- “ But notwithstanding all the difficulstead, Shefford, St. Armand, to Mon- ties they have had to encounter, the treal and Hull, and from thence to Up- guardians and missionaries of the per-Canada.
church, relying upon its divine Head for protection and assistance, have spread
its pure and gospel worship and docNcro-York Protestant Episcopal Mis- trines over the whole of this extensive sionary Society.
diocess. But, alas ! the labourers are The sixth anniversary of this society too few to gather in this widely extendwas held in Trinity church, in the city, ed harvest. Year after year the memof New-York, on the 3d of December, bers of our church have been required 1822—the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart, to strengthen the hands of those who ex officio president, in the chair. From are labouring to build up her valls. the annual report then submitted; and “ The' missionary service was early shortly after printed, we make the fol- committed to the management of the lowing extracts.
committee for propagating the gospel, “ The board of managers of the New- annually appointed by the convention York Protestant Episcopal Missionary of this diocess, and of which the bishop Society, in presenting their sixth annual is the head. Although previous to the report, cannot refrain from expressing formation of this society, the funds at their gratitude to the Giver of all good, the disposal of that committee seldom that they are still enabled to contribute, amounted to twelve hundred dollars per even in a limited and imperfect degree, annum, it continued to supply the means to the spiritual wants of their destitute of subsistence to those active and zealbrethren. But this feeling is mingled ous missionaries who, amidst all the
February, 1823.] New-York Protestant Episcopal Missionary Society. 59 privations of temporal poverty, were gun. It must be cherished and contirearing the outposts of our Zion in the nued. The very foundations which have remote parts of the diocess.
been lai:!, will crumble into ruins if you “ To alleviate, in some measure, the withdraw your countenance and supwants of these truly evangelical ser, port. Neither must you rest here. That vants of the church, and to provide the which has been done is trifling, when means of extending, as far as possible, compared with that which remains to the invaluable blessings of a gospel min- be performed, or when, measured with istry, this society was instituted, in the the necessities of this wide field of our year 1817. Its sole object being to as- exertions. There is scarcely a county sist the labours of those to whom the in this great state, in which the whole church has so well consigned the charge of our means might not have been exof extending its benefits, the funds raised pended, with the certainty of an ample by it are paid over to the bishop, as reward. What are 15 or 18 labourers chairman of the committee for propa- in so great a vineyard? Cast your eyes gating the gospel, and are appropriated westward and northward, and in every exclusively, to the purposes of the mis- direction the harvest is ripe, and the sionary service in our own state. fruit is perishing, but there are none to
“ The additional means thus furnish- gather it. Now, is the time to put forth ed, have enabled the bishop to extend our strength. In many of the almost the benefits of missionary services to a innumerable settlements of the northern greater extent than could otherwise and western counties, the inhabitants have been done; and, although the so- are wholly destitute of the services of ciety has only been able to place at his the messengers and ministers of the disposal from 800 to 1000 dollars per gospel. Those who have been trained annum, it has been the humble assistant in the right way, are rapidly forsaking to an increase of our church as unex- it, and engrossed with the cares and ampled as it is gratifying,
privations incidental to new settlements, “With the annual sums so contribut- are too prone to neglect the service of ed, and about an equal amount from him who alone can sustain us through other sources, (but in the whole not ex- the trials and difficulties of this changeceeding 2,200 dollars per annum,) an ful life. Others sighing after the consolestablishment is supported of 15 to 18 ing ordinances of our holy religion, but missionaries, among whom this slender unable to provide for their own wants, pittance is annually divided.
look to their spiritual pastor for that as“What a scene opens upon the mind sistance which will enable them to enjoy at the bare mention of these circum- the privileges and mforts ofthe church stances. Behold the humble, but ar
of Christ. We have only to impart a dent missionary, destitute of many of the trifling boon from our superfluities, and comforts of life, and encumbered, per- those who now lack our bounty will haps, with a helpless family, subsisting soon not only provide for their own chiefly upon a pittance scarcely sutti-wants, but willingly contribute to spread cient to supply the wants of nature, but, the benefits they have themselves reendowed with the inspiration of the ceived." gospel, extending spiritual riches, and " The operations of the society, durcomfort, and peace, to our distant and ing the past year, have not equalled the destitute settlements—and the church expectations formed by the managers, which we venerate is thus rising from from the promising aspect of their affairs weakness to strength, and rearing new at the last anniversary. A large accesaltars and sanctuaries for the worshipsion to the receipts of the society was and glory of our beneficent Creator and calculated upon, which would probably Saviour.
have been realized to a greater extent, “ But while our hearts are warmed had not the late calamitous desertion of with gratitude to our heavenly Father the city prevented, in a great degree the for this blessing upon our labours, we collections both of our own subscriptions
ud those of our auxiliaries in this city,
must not for