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advantageous, so as eventually to in the service, and were well receive bring them into the ministry, well ed by the Indians : that the Indians, furnished for their work--and the having expressed a strong desire to Assembly do hereby order, that eve- have the gospel established in the ry Presbytery under their care, make, nation, a school for the education of annually, a report to the Assembly, their children and the arts of civil stating particularly what they have life introduced among them; the sya done in this concern, or why (if the nod, encouraged by these favourable case so shall be) they have done appearances, had made the greatest nothing in it ;-and the Assembly efforts to follow the leadings of diwill, when these reports are receiv. vine Providence in this case. ed, consider each distinctly, and de- “ That they have employed the cide by vote, whether the Presbyte- Rev. Mr. Joseph Badger as a stated ries severally shall be considered as missionary for one year; two white having discharged, or negleeted their men as labourers, of whom one to be eduty, in this important business. ventually employed as a schoolmaster;
"The Assembly called upon the one black man (acquainted with their synods, which manage the missiona- language, and hopefully pious) and ry business in a separate capacity, to his wife: they have also purchased report their diligence and success in sundry live stock, household furnithis work,
ture, implements of husbandry, a "A report on this subject was boat for transportation, &c. all of presented by Mr. Matthews, in be. which were to be forwarded to San. half of the synod of the Carolinas. dusky, about the first of April last ; From this, it appeared, that in the that the synod, animated with a noble course of the year preceding the last zeal in this glorious cause, are exmeeting of synod, they had two mis. tending their views to the Seneca Io:sionaries employed for about nine dians, settled on the Alleghany river, months each, at the Natchez, and and devising means for bringing them parts adjacent ; and that the reports “out of darkness into marvellous received from the missionaries gave light.”-On the whole, the Assem. great hopes of continued success, in bly were highly gratified by the the mission to that quarter :--that prospects opened to them by the svone other missionary had spent one
nod' of Pittsburg; and only regi.. month in missionary labour, in the the want of means to realize the North Western parts of the State of blessings they present. North Carolina : that some of the “ The following letter having been missionaries appointed by the synod, read before the Assembly, they had been prevented from fulálling agreed to recommend, and do heretheir appointments; and that the sy- by recommend it to the attention of nad have directed the Presbytery of all their Presbyteries, and the youth Orange to ordain Mr. James Smilie, concerned : with a view to his returning as a mis- “The College of New Jersey was sionary to the Natchez.
originally founded with a particular "The synod of Pittsburg did not view to promote the interests of remake a formal report on this sub. ligion, as well as learning, by trainject ; but a letter to the chairman of ing up men of piety and talents for the Committee of Missions, from the the ministry of the gospel. The Board of Trust, which has the imme. Trustees of the institution have ever diate direction of the missionary bu. been attentive to this great object, siness in that synod, was laid before and have made the most generous the Assembly and read.
provision for the support and instruc"From this it appeared that the tion of theological students. As the
encouragements here oftered to such dable zeal and Aattering prospects of students are but little known, the success are attempting the instruction Faculty take the liberty of mentionand civilization of the Wyandot In- ing them to you, and requesting you to dians, residing at, and near Sandus- co-operate with them in carrying ina by: that the synod sent three mis. to effect the benevolent designs of tbe sonaries thither last summer, each trustees, by sending bither any young of whom spent two months or more men with whom you are acquainted,
who may need the advantages that venience, with honour to themselves, are here to be enjoyed.
and advantage and success to the “ All persons who are actually en. common cause. gaged in the study of theology, at Rey. Messrs. Payson Williston and whatever institution they may have Thomas H. Wood, laboured in the received the preliminary parts of their counties of Onondago and Chenango; education, may, on producing proper each of them fifteen weeks. Mr. testimonials of their character, pursue Wood rode 1400 miles, preached 70 their farther studies here at the mod- sermons, administered the Lord's erate charge of one dollar a week for supper once, baptism 15 times, visit. board, and enjoy the assistance of the ed il schools and about 300 families, President and Professor of Theology, attended several conferences and dis. without any fee for instruction. tributed the Society's books, as he had This professor gives lectures to the opportunity and found there was need, Theological Students twice in the Mr. Williston was not less active, week ; and at each succeeiing meet. laborious and faithful in performing ing exaniines them strictly on the the several parts of his mission. subject of the preceding lecture. Rev. Royal Phelps performed a His course of Lectures embraces Di. mission to the westward of only 8 vinity, Ecclesiastical History, Church weeks. From his journal it appears Government, Christian and Jewish that he had a truly missionary spirit, Antiquities, and the Duties of the pas. and laboured without ceasing, and to toral Office. He instructs those who much effect. These missionaries, desire it, in the Hebrew language, who have entirely approved themso useful, and almost indispensable to selves to the Trustees, assure you of a gond divine.
the respect with which they were * Atesery meeting, one or more of commonly treated : of the readiness his pipils submits to his criticism and shewn to hear the word preached; remarks, an essay or a sermon on a to receive more private instruction subject previously assigned. The and attend conferences for religious Professor, together with the Presi. conversation. Their services wero dent of the College, holds a Theolo. gratefully acknowledged. A repetigical society once in the week for the tion of similar ones earnestly request. discussion of important questions, ed, missionary institutions highly es. immediately relative to the science of timated, and their benevolent exerDivinity.
tions almost every where thankfully « The emulation and encourage- owned. Often it was difficult for the ment communicated by a variety of people to utter all they wished and fellow students, the opportunity of culexperienced. In divers places an tivating any branch of science, and hearing ear was granted. The hear. an access, at all times, to a large and ers hung on the lips of the animated well selecter Theological Library, are speaker ; eager to hear, desirous to other avantages of no small con- improve, slow to depart and ready to scquence.
return. Impressions were made by In behalf of the Faculty, the truth, faithfully and powerfully SAMUEL S. SMITH, President.” preached, which, it is hoped, will be
permanent. The Holy Spirit working. ellectually with the word: renewing
the heart and reforming the life. We add a half sheet to the present They state that such is the destitute
Number to admit entire the fol- and helpless condition of many of the Jowing
new serilements that they still great
ly, and probably will long need all, Report of the Trustees of the Hamps which the funds of this society, and shire Missionary Society, made at
other societies, will be able to do for their Annual Meeting in Northampton, their relief. Many of the infant the last Thursday in August, 1806. plantations are sm:111 and scattered :
The Trustees inform the Society, some of thein are divided in their reli. that the missionaries, employed the gious opinions, and some are broken last year, completed their respective by sharp and unchristian contentions. Missions without any special incon- Messrs. Williston and Wood had a friendly interview with the New, ficulties, brighten your prospects, enStockbridge Indians, under the imme. large your funds, and furnish suffidiate care of the Rev. Mr. SERGEANT,. cient numbers' to preach in remote Something was said relative to a parts the unsearchable riches of mission among some remote tribes of CHRIST, to the instruction, conver. Indians ; particularly the Miami and sion and salvation of many thousands Delaware. Though at present your of precious and immortal souls. Largfunds are small, and though few are er contributions have been made to qualified, and inclined to undertake the funds in the new settlements the such a mission, and though yet little last year, than before. is doing, the friends of souls are earn. The Trustees at their last annual estly looking for the time when a wider meeting appropriated for the present door may be opened to preach to the year, for missions, a sum not exceednatives the everlasting gospel of the ing 900 dollars, and for books the sum blessed God and our Saviour.
of 400 dollars. You have now five Rev. Messrs. Joseph Field, Samuel missionaries in your employmentSewall and John Dutton fulfilled a Rer. Messrs. Joseph Blodget, David mission, in the whole, of fifty-four H. Williston, John Dutton, Roy. weeks, in the counties of Oxford and al Phelps and Nathaniel Dutton. Kennebec in the District of Maine. Messrs. Blodget, Williston and John Mr. Field preached 83 times ; 35 on Dutton, are employed in Oxford and the Lord's day, and 48 on other days; Kennebec counties, for fifty weeks in administered the Lord's supper four the whole. Messrs. Phelps and Na. times, and seven baptisms, inspected thaniel Dutton, are employed in schools and attended funerals. Mr. Onondago and Chenango counties Sewall rode nearly 1400 miles, preach- and on the Black river, for fifty-two ed 133 sermons, visited private fami. wecks, making in the whole 102 lies, attended conferences, and per- wecks' service for 856 dollars. formed other missionary labours. As yet but a few communications
Mr. Dutton was equally disposed have been received from the missionand enabled to discharge the impor aries; these are of an encouraging tant trust committed to him. They and pleasing nature. As in former rendered useful services to the Socie. years the Trustees have attended to ty; their labours were gratefully re- the distribution of books. They conceived and crowned with success. ceive that this object justly claims All your missionaries agree in the much attention, and must claim it in utility and necessity of continuing future. In this way continual and these missions, of increasing the num
rich instruction is easily, cheaply, ber of labourers, and contracting the and extensively diffused. The books field of labour.
which have been sent this year to be The labourers being few and their distributed will appear by document harvest plenteous, and desirous of do. (A) as will those which are now on ing more good, the field of labour may hand. be improperly extended and the pro- Availing themselves of a large imposed effect diminished. Every thing pression of Vincent's Explanation of cannot be effected, and should not be the Assembly's Catechism, a very value attempted, by a few persons in a short able work, made at the desire of sev. time, embracing a large extent of ter- eral Associations, the Trustees have ritory in their commission. Fearing taken for the Society's benefit 700 colest they should not do what is expect. pies at a very reasonable price ; one ed and allotted them, they are induc- hundred and sixty of which have been ed to pass rapidly from place to place, exchanged for 2,000 sheets of Tracts and lessen their ministerial services, and other works proper for distribu. They cannot do what they woull. tion. Bound with Vincent, is a well Could three objects be gained ; an written address on the subject of increase of missionaries, a contraction prayer and family religion, by Rev. of their limits, and a lengthening of Dr. Trumbull. The neat profits of a their missions, much greater good good work, called the Panoplist, ari. would be effected. At present neces- sing from the sales in this county, rity restrains your operations. Pror- buve been offered by the Editors for idenee may in time ranure these dif- your benefit; and will add between No. 5. Vol. II.
70 and 100 dollars to your funds for well, they will go on and further the the présent year. The Trustees state important design. 'Many considerathat several donations have been tions will powerfully resist fainting made by individuals, well wishers to and weariness in this acceptable ser the cause. Hon. William 14. Illins, vice of Christian love. It will be use Esq. of Boston, has given fifty doll.rs; fut frequently to recollect how many which has been acknowledged in a societies of Christians are engaged it! letter of thanks addressed to him. this work. With what views, in what Liberal sums have been receired this ways and to what glorias parposes year from the Female Association: they pursue it: How their love and see document (B).
It is believed zeal, their faith and hope grow er! thať many streams will vet flow from ceedingly. Plans are ripened, means that source into your treasury, which provided and instruments farnished will benefit and rejajce those who to undertake very laborious, difficult need and desire' pious instruction and hazardous enterprizes in the * The charitable contributions made at eruse of the dear Iminanuel. In Eudifferent times since the last meeting rope this work is pursued with unre have increased thic fimds. The aongi- mitted itssiduity and unabated real, ties have been generally though not with sanguine expeetation and ever wholly paid. Various reasons may nemorable success. In this country have produced a temporary delay too, the same spirit, kindled from Seasonable payments are useful and above, glows, spreads and strengthenriching to the funds : as inonics, Almost throughout the United not soon needed, are loatied. The States siinilat societies are formed, monies which have been receired for mrasures atlopted, monies collected the funds, will appear from docu- send persons employed to spread the mient (B & C) being 1303 dolls. 34 savour of divine truth far and wide: 1-2 cts. The expenditures from doc. The gospel of CHRIST is thus preachument (D) amounting to 1142 dolls ed to multitades, who, without such be53 1-2 cts. The present state of the nevolent aid, would live destitute of Treasury with the report of the Au. the means of grace, plunge deep into diting Committee from document (E.) ignorance and error, and probably
The Trustees hope they can say, transmit a dreadful and odious inherHitherto bath the Lord owned and itimce of ignorance, error and corrup. prospered the institution. Many tion to their posterity. It is not easy have been disposed to adrance this for those, who have been always fagreat and good work. While some voured with a fulness of religious ad. have readily honoured the LORD trith vantages, duly to estimate their own their substance, and repeatedly con- mercies or keenly feel for their brethsecrated a part of their carthly treas. ren famishing for want of the bread ures to charitable uses: others have of life. been found and inclined to carry into It is refreshing and animating to full effect, the benevolent designs of dwell upon the good already producthe Society. The liberal aid afford. ed. The solitary placé hath been ed by numerous female associations made glad, and in the desert they have for the purchase of Bitles and other sung the songs of Zion. Churches have suitable books, should not be forgot been planted, ministers settled, and ten and suppressed. No small praise the word and institutions of Chaist is due to God for this very thing. have prored the power of God and It is what might have been looked for the wiselom of God unto the spiritual from the readiness of pious and char- good of perishing sinners. The eyes stable women to do good; from their of the blind have been opened, and compassion for souls and their earnest the ears of the deaf have been unstopdesire to spread the truth.
ped: the late Have leaped, ani the The present state of the funds will dumb have sung the praises of re. not let is doubt of being able to fur. deerning love. Christians have been nish future supplies for our distant edified, quickened, comforted and settlements. But, since continued ef. sanctified by the truth, ordinances
forts require continued supplies, the and grace of Christ. This is the - friends of Christ and humanity will work of God; wondrous and joyues
not discontinue them. Haring begrn to our minds and hearts.
It is an high honaur to be workers The Trustees suggest to the SociLagedier with God in forwarding the cty the expediency of recommending work of redemption, in building -up Zi- to the several Congregational and
n, in bringing sinners to the knowledge Presbyterian Societies in the county, and obedience of the faith, and pre- a contribution to aid the funds of the paring them for immortal blessedness. society, to be made on the annuel
It is well to retiect that much re- Thanksgiving, or on some Lord's day mains to be done ; that much may be near, as shall be judged most eligible ; done by good people ; that much is and that this Report should be publish. expected of them; that for this pur; ed, circulated and previously read in pose God bestows his bounties; that public. While doing good toothers, you all which they and others call their 'may humbly hope that God, who both own is the Lord's; that he demands a
ministers sced to the sower and bread portion of what he gives for his more to the eater, will not let you lack any immediate use. Such an application good thing and that he will increase is acceptable; an gdour of a sweet the fruits of your rigbteousness; that stoelling savour unio God. He can you may be enriched unto all boun. abundantly bless you for your labours , iifulness; for which liberality of yours of lore in his cause. He can con- many thanksgivings will be rendered stantly satisfy liberal and holy souls unto God through our Lord Jesus from his own all-sufficiency and the Christ. inexhaustible fulness of Jesus Christ. In the name of the Trustees, Animated by such powerful consider
SAMUEL HÓPKINS, P. Pres. ations; impelled by such weighty sotires, will not the friends of Christ
At a meeting of the Society, Northand of mankind persevere in their ampton, August 28, 1806, read, ac. prayers and liberalities, their services cepted and voted to be printed, distri. and efforts, ugtil, by the grace of God, by the Trustees to the Society.
buted and publicly read, as reported the wilderness shall universally be.
dttest, come bike Eden, and the desert like
FAYSON WILLISTON, R'g. Sec. the garden of the Lord ?
List of Books on hand, 1896.
do. on the care of the soul,
do. Address to the master,
dó, on the Christian Sabbath,
for 1 BO3,
for 1805, Instructions and address, Vincent,
16 270 390 027 120 458 300
OY 178 570 to 25 65
61 88 100 21 10
78 150 210 241 468
on the Christian Sabbath
en tbe Church,
In Amherst, first parish,
6 62 10 25 77 68 1900
60 16 16 77