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us in a peculiar manner; for, when altogether unexpected, it put into our hands a manuscript of the whole New Testament in the Persian language, long expected by other Bible Societies, with the express purpose, as it were, that we should send this new apostle, by the shortest way, to preach to the nations of the East.
From the Rev. J. Paterson.
St. Petersburg, March 24, 1815. Pastor Haygman, of Stockholm, has just published a most interesting pamphlet on the editions of the Swedish Scriptures, which have been published from the time of the reformation in Sweden. The result of his inquiries and calculations, is that, previously to the establishment of a Bible Society in Sweden, not one out of eighty among the poorer classes had a copy of the Scriptures. This is a most melancholy discovery. Not fewer than 400,000 families are destitute of the word of life in Sweden! Our work is scarcely begun!
From the same.
St. Pelersburg, June 24, 1815. We have had our second annual general meeting, and I can assure you, that it was a very interesting one.
Mr. Pinkerton has already informed you of what is most material;- but that which most attracted my attention, was, the motley company, from many different nations, and some of them in their national costumes. I was particularly pleased with a company of Greeks from the ancient Macedonia, Prince Ypsilanti, and his suite. O, how much I wished to send the Word of Life to a people, who were the first in Europe, who said to the great apostle of the Gentiles, come over and help us: and, through whom, the Gospel of the grace of God entered our quarter of the globe! They are all fine, lively looking men, and seemed worthy to be the descendants of the Church of Philippi. Our committee and Society felt as I did, and the prince was chosen as one of our Vice-Presidents, that he might help us in our endeavours to assist his countrymen. He, and all his suite, with an eagerness and liberality which reminded me of the beautiful description, (Phil. iv. 10–18.) put down their names as subscribers to our Society. Paul's promise, in regard to them, (verse 19,) will, I hope, soon be fulfilled in all its extent. They are in need of the Word of Life; and, by the help of God, they shall soon have it. Although, including the Tartar, (which we have now resolved to print at the Scottish Missionary
press, in the South of Russia,) and the Greek, (for which we expect soon to receive stereotype plates from London,) the Russian Bible Society is printing, at present, in fifteen different languages; this will not stop our ear to the call from the South, especially from Moldavia and Wallachia.
The removal of a part of the Scottish mission to Astrachan, with their printing-press, is an important step for our Society. This place is the Calcutta of Russia, and we mean to make it the Serampore of the South. We are arranging matters with government for the establishment of their printing-office there, and you will soon hear of the Waters of Life flowing out from this city, to water all the surrounding regions, and render them fruitful as the garden of the Lord. Another division of this mission is on its way for Arensburg, in the island of Oesel, a place of equal importance for us, and which opens to us a most extensive field. Excuse me introducing the subject of missions ; for, without them, the Bible Society, in these quarters, can do almost nothing.
[THE following extract of a letter from the very Rev. ANTISTES HESS, Senior of the Zurich Clergy, a prelate equally distinguished for his learning and piety, breathes a spirit of Catholicism, as worthy of the age of Bible Societies, as it is becoming the head of a Christian community which was the first in that part of the world to receive and cherish the light of the glorious reformation.]
Zurich, October 13, 1815. Now that the task is devolved
upon me, in the name of my fellow-labourers, and in my own, to give you thanks; I cannot refrain from pouring out my heart unto you, and confess, that nothing, gives us greater delight than this new bond of Christian friendship, by which all the true worshippers of Christ upon the face of the whole earth become more and ; more united through the beneficial influence of your Society. It was always our desire, that, between those who, by the diversity of confessions, symbols, and rites, are separated from one another, a ligament might exist, by means of. which, notwithstanding the manifold differences in forms, the friends of truth might coalesce among themselves, and be cemented together into one body. But so many, and such great difficulties appeared to arise, that success would almost have been despaired of, had not the kind providence of God himself given us the opportunity to obtain the great end by that very association of your's, whose call instantaneously caused many to join amicable hands, who, if not by discord, yet by very different opinions, seemed to be excluded from all communion and co-operation in the sacred cause.
Report of the Directors of the New-York Missionary So
ciety, presented at their Annual meeting, held on Tuesday, April 2, 1816.
We have assembled again, Christian Brethren, to present to you an account of the transactions of this Society, since the last Annual Report: and when we consider the derangement into which, for some years past, our Mis. sions had been thrown, and find that they are again reduced to considerable order, we have reason to believe that Divine Providence smiles upon our efforts, and that the cause in which we are engaged he will prosper as his own.
By a letter received from Mr. Hyde, our teacher among the Senecas, dated July 18th, 1815, the Board has been informed he was enabled to re-commence the instruction of the Indian youth, for the first time since the late war, on the 30th of June ; that the time employed in teaching was from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, with a short intermission at noon ; that the school is attended by 35 males and 4 females ; and that he had not found it practicable, at that time, to institute a religious society, or prayer meeting. Lately, however, the Board has learned that he has established two meetings for prayer, one on Saturday, and another on Sabbath evening.
Information has been lately received from Nicholas Cusick, expressing the desire of those Indians among whom he resides, to have another. Missionary sent out among them; and the Board intend, as soon as they can procure a suitable Missionary, to send him to the Tuscarora village. In consideration of the exertions made by Cusick to uphold the interest of true religion among his people, the Board has resolved to continue his salary at the rate of 200 dollars annually.
A Committee has been authorized to let the farm at the Tuscarora village, belonging to this Society, at a reasonable rate, with an understanding that no more of the wood shall be used than is necessary for the purposes of the farm.
The Rev. Nathan Dickerson, of Long-Island, at the request of the Commit: tee of Missions, has visited this City; and, in an interview with them, has communicated the following information respecting our Missionary ground on Long-Island:
At Montauk, there are between-20 and 30 Indians ; 3 or 4 of whom are professors of religion.
At Cold Spring, there are upwards of 100 Indians; of whom about 20 are professors.
At the Forks, there are between 90 and 100 Indians ; of whom 5 or 6 are professors.
At Cold Spring; there is an Indian meeting-house, considerably out of repair; and at Puspattock, one just completed, and ready for divine service. 1
At Cold Spring, there are between 300 and 400 white inhabitants, most of whom are very solicitous to hear a preached Gospel, and some of whom are hopefully pious. During the last 3 years, Mr. Dickerson has preached one fourth of his time at this place; and the people, both Indians and whites, are desirous that he should continue his labours amongst them.
At Puspattock, there are about 150 white inhabitants, and at the Forks about 200.
In consequence of this information, and being satisfied, from the report of the Committee of Missions, who have examined Mr. Dickerson on experia mental religion, and the leading doctrines of Christianity, that he is qualified to be a useful teacher, both to the Indians and the white people, at our Missionary stations on the Island, the Board have employed him to preach at Cold Spring, Puspattock, and the Forks, for one year, at a salary of 300 dollars.
The Board have directed the Committee of Missions, whenever there shall appear to be such an increase to the funds of this Society as will justify the Deasure, in consistency with our present engagements with the lodians, to in
quire for a suitable person to proceed on a Missionary tour through the Northern and Western frontiers of this State.
The Board has also under consideration the subject of translating the Scriptures into the Indian languages, and report the following information: They have found a person capable of translating the Scriptures into the language of the Delaware tribe, which has been more extensively spread than any other in North America. They have in view another gentleman, qualified for translating the Bible into the Oneida language, which is the language of communication among the five nations. In order to make the Scriptures intelligi., ble to most of the tribes, they deem it pecessary to have a translation into the Muscohge language, and perhaps into one or two more.
Mr. Crane, still under the care of this Society, has been industrious in the prosecution of those branches of education necessary to qualify him as a Missiopary. The Committee appointed to superintend his education, has been discharged; and he has been committed to the particular care and direction of the Rev. Mr. Mathews, who gives a very pleasing account of Mr. Crane's ability and application to study: and at the request of ir. Mathews, a committee has been appointed to examine into his progress, and report to this Board. His account for board and necessary articles has been paid.
The Board acknowledges, with gratitude, a donation from the Assistant New-York Missionary Society, amounting to 466 dols. 75 cts. and deem it their duty to inform the Society, that no further contributions are to be expected from the Assistant Missionary Society, as they have undertaken the exclusive management of their own funds.
A Committee has been appointed to procure new members to this Society, and solicit, donations from such persons as may decline becoming members ; who have reported that, so far as they have proceeded, they have met with considerable success. ,
An account of the receipts and expenditures of the Society, for the last year, accompanies this report.
Presuming that any information from the London Missionary Society will not be uninteresting, the Board submits the following extract from a letter lately received from their Secretary.
“ Embarked with them in the same noble cause, whether for the instruction of our unenlightened neighbours, or the heathen in the distant regions of the globe, they feel as brethren and fellow-labourers, and sympathise with your society under the painful reflection that your efforts have not lately been crowned with the desired success.
“ The return of peace in your borders will, we trust, produce facilities for the labours of your Missionaries, and induce the poor ignorant Indians to lis-, ten to their instructions; while that happy "revival of evangelical religion in various parts of your country, the tidings of which have gladdened our hearts, will, we hopé, excite the zeal of well qualified men to offer their Missionary services, and open wide the purses of multitudes, amply to afford pecuniary support.
"The power of divine grace manifested in the hearts of so many theological students in your seminaries, augurs well for the American churches. It may devoutly be expected, as well as desired, that some of them will feel constrained to undertake the honourable, though laborious, task of evangelizing the multitudes on your own borders who are destitute of the means of religion, and that others will devote themselves to foreign missions among the heathen. It has afforded unspeakable joy to our society that several young men of piety and talents, who entered the British seminaries with a design to settle in their own country, have nobly come forward, and volunteered their services to go « far hence to the Gentiles.?
« Our recent publications, which will accompany this letter, will give you Tull information respecting the state of our various Missions.
* The translation of the New Testament into the Chinese language by our
Missionary, Mr. Morrison, is a work in which we are sure you will rejoice with us. We sincerely bless God for its accomplishment, and hope, notwithstanding the jealousy of the Chinese government, that by various channels the Word of God will be diffused widely among the millions of China and Asiatic isles. The work of God is making a slow, but we trust a sure, progress in different parts of India ; the Scriptures are translating by some of our Missionaries into the Telinga and Cannard languages, and many of the poor superstitious natives of Hindostan begin to be ashamed of their idols.
« But the most remarkable success which has attended the labours of our missionaries, has been afforded in the South of Africa. We have about twelve different stations there, and in several of them the word of the Lord has indeed been glorified : several hundreds, we have reason to believe, were savingly converted to God. During the last year two hundred and fifty communicants sat down at the Table of the Lord, at Bethelsdorp only. To regions but lately discovered, several Missionaries are now on their way; and we trust that in the vast deserts of Africa living waters shall abundantly flow.
" Many pious young men come forward and offer their services, wishing to receive a suitable education at our Missionary Seminary, where we have already twenty promising students. And to enable us to sustain the great expenses attending these exertions, we bless God who has the hearts of all men in his hands, that most liberal contributions are made. It affords us additional satisfaction to know that many of those British Churches and ministers who are most zealously attached to the Missionary cause, enjoy much of the pleasure and power of religion among themselves; thus is the liberal soul made fat, and he who watercth is watered himself.”
In a Postscript to the same letter, the Secretary adds, “ I am authorized to say, that if the New-York Missionary Society are disposed to send two Missionaries to the Indians on your borders, and can find two persons qualified for that purpose, the Missionary Society here will cheerfully contribute £ 100 towards that good work."
When, Christian Brethren, we thus behold others in distant countries, so deeply concerned, so zealous in their endeavours to spread the glory and salvation of God among the Gentiles, let us be stimulated to further and more vigorous exertions, and enlist our souls to engage most earnestly in the cause. Difficulties should not deter us in attempting to convert the "habitations of cruelty” into the sanctuaries of the living God. The Lord is on our side; and while he has promised, “ My word shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it, let us seek to have the testimony of a good conscience, that we do not neglect our duty in endeavouring to spread the light of the Gospel among the benighted Pagans on our borders. Thus may we hope that the blessing of the great Head of the Church will crown our humble efforts to promote his glory; and that we shall yet be instrumental in saving many, who are now in the region and shadow of death. By order of the Board,
J. X. CLARKE, Secretary.
Officers and other Directors for the ensuing year, Rev. Dr. John B. Romeyn, President; Rev Dr. John M. Mason; Rev. Dr. Philip Milledoler ; Rev. Stephen N. Rowan; Rev. Gardiner Spring, Vice-Presidents;. Rev. Robert B. E. M‘Leod, Secretary ; Mr. Dirie Bethune, Treasurer; Mr. G. B. V room, Clerk.
Other Directors. Rev. James M. Matheus; Rev. Selah S. Woodhull ; Rev. Alexander M'Clelland ; Rev. Henry Blatchford ; Rev. John X. Clarke; Rev. Cliristian Bork, Dr. Peter Wilson, Messrs. Jesse Baldwin, Zechariah Lewis, Lebbeus Loomis, Horace. W. Bulkley, William Whitjock, Isaac Heyer, John P. Mumford, Anthony Post, John E. Caldwell, James Bleecker, Johr Nitchie, Matthias Bruen, Richard Duryce, Henry Ranıcın, Leri Coils