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directed by Providence; and by the 26th of August, I had a second school in operation, consisting of from 20 to 30 scholars. 1juring the continuance of the treat a circumstance occurred, which, as it tends to display the sensibility of a savage conscience, and exhibit their ideas of the justice of God, deserves to be remembered. One day, while sitting at dinner, a cloud arose and portended a considerable storm. The vivid lightnings flashed furiously around, and the thunders roared at a distance. A white man by the name of Rodgers, who had long been a resident in the nation, and abandoned to every wickedness, used very profane and blasphemous expressions respecting the thunder. At length a flash of lightning struck a tree near the bower in which all were seated, and passed off without any remarkable injury, except giving all a very severe shock. Silence reigned in the whole assembly about the space of a minute, when Enotta, i. e. the black Fox, the king of the nation, broke silence by saying, “The Great Spirit is mad at Rodgers.” The introduction of such unprincipled men into the nation is the most formidable barrier in the way of their civilization. But God, in his own
time, will bring light out of darkness,
and spread the o of himself throughout the heathen lands, and set up his standard in the deserts of
America. I am, &c. -
HAMPSHIRF. Missio NARY SOCIETY.
While events in divine providence, at the present day, wear a gloomy and threatening aspect, and fill the minds of the virtuous and religious with foreboding apprehensions of the evils which may be coming upon the world, and which may deeply af. fect the safety and enlargement of that church which the Lord Jesus hath urchased and redecmed by his blood : it cannot fail of administering comfort and animation to the hearts of God’s children, when they notice the zeal and attachment of many to that holy
religion, which is taught in the sacred scriptures, and which was the solace and joy of the founders of our nation. When they see the love of Christ's children kindling into an ardent zeal for the promotion of his cause, and their fidelity to his kingdom witnessed by liberal contributions to aid the propagation of his gospel among the indigent and suffering, it must confirm the faith of his people in his gracious promise ; “That the gates g
sell shall not prevail against his †:s but that he will be with it always, even unto the end of the world....To confirm
the wavering in the infallibility of the
divine promise, and to stir up the pure minds of all, who love the religion of our forefathers and the gospel of God the Saviour, the following communications are presented to the public ; hoping that they may prove grateful to the readers, and influence many to an imitation of an example so laudable in itself, so reputable to the liberal donors, and so worthy of that sex on whose virtue and piety the happiness and prosperity of every age and country do absolutely depend: The purity, enlargement and glory of the church of God, which is the defence and safeguard of civil communities, are in all ages dependent upon the virtuous and religious lives and examples of those devout women, who belong to our Redeemer's family. As a tribute of gratitude to Christ for the efficacy of his grace on the hearts of his children and friends, the following extracts of Letters written by the Treasurer of the Female Charitable Society of Whitestown, N. Y. to one of the Trustees of the Hampshire Missionary Society, are now presented to the public in a humble hope that the hearts of God's people will be made glad in that he hath not forsaken our land, and that the set time to favour Zion will soon Conne.
Utica, Oct. 29, 1807.
“Sir, “I have, once more, the honour to address you in behalf of the Trustees of the Female Charitable Society of Whitestown, who, having made their second annual collection, have again unanimously resolved to present it to the Hampshire Missionary Society; to be by them appropriated at their discretion. As Treasurer of the society,
I have therefore to request your committee to draw on me for i. money, which awaits their order. Our society, since the last year, has received a considerable accession of members. The sum therefore which we shall now have the happiness of transmitting to you, will somewhat exceed our former donation. (N. B. The last year's donation was 119 dols.). We have now in the treasury, iSO dollars : Something more remains, due on subscription, which we hope will be collected in the course of a few weeks.
“It is, as heretofore, the earnest desire of our Society, that this our mite may be improved to the important purpose of spreading the knowledge of the blessed Immanuel : And in committing it to the care of the Hampshire Society, we confidently trust that our object will be attained.
“ Wishing that the blessing of Heaven may attend you, Sir, and the missionary institution of which you are a member,
I subscribe, &c.”
Utica, Nov. 19, 1807. “Sir,
“ Your letter of the 9th inst, which came to hand yesterday, I read with much satisfaction. It will afford sincere joy to the members of our society, to be informed of the prosperity of your Missionary institution, and of their increasing ability to do good. ... The friends of religion must necessarily rejoice in that missionary spirit which seems in some good degree to pervade our land, when they consider that the Supreme Being, who excites it, and who directs all things, has, no doubt, great and benevolent purposes to be answered by it. I do indeed believe, that this is the work of God,
and God can carry on his own work
just as extensively as he pleases. He can open the hearts of public bodies and of individuals, of friends, and even of foes to furnish funds. He can procure missionarics, and he can give them success. How animating to Christians is the idea, that they may become workers together with God in sending the word of life and salvation to perishing souls ' And oh how devoutly it is to be wished, that all who contribute to this good work, may themselves be interested in that Sa
viour whom they recommend to others. ... 1)id we realize the miserable condition of those settlements, which are destitute of a preached gospel, and of the means of obtaining it, we should estcem no exertions for their relief too great. The salvation of one soul is an object of infinite magnitude. How exalted, then, the idea that through the instrumentality of Missionaries many may be and probably are converted " Your Friend, &c.
Utica, Dec. 12, 1807. “Sir,
“Agreeably to the directions eontained in your letter of the 2d inst. I have paid over into the hands of Mr. —,(who will very cheerfully undertake the agency you request) the money in my possession belonging to the Hampshire Missionary Society; his receipt for which you will find onclosed. It is for 140 dollars. We have a little money still due, which when received I shall deposit in the same hands, and
transmit you the receipt.” Your sincere Friend, &c.
REVIVAL of RELIGION IN NEW Have N.
Extract of a Letter from President Dwight, dated New-Haven, Feb. 2, 1808, to one of the Editors.
AN attention to religion is prevailing here, which gives, much pleasure to all its friends, and which exceeds any thing known in this town for many vears. Eleven persons were admitted into Mr. Stewart's church last Sabbath.
A Letter from another hand of the 16th says, I am exceedingly rejoiced to inform you, that there is great reason to hope for a general revival of religion here. Not less than forty persons in Mr. Stewart's congregation are more or less concerned about religion; some of them deeply and some have obtained a hope. These are exclusive of eleven, who entered th church three Sabbaths ago. You wi rejoice with us.
At the request of a respectable Correspondent, we publish the following Ascount of a Society, lately established in the western parts of the State of New York. However we may dif. jer in opinion from the members of this, Society, concerning the pure “Gospel Doctrine,” and what they denominate “fanaticism and enthusiasm,” “ve are ready to make a common cause with them, in opposing the spread of “demoralizing in#; by “promoting the knowledge of the Sacred Scriptures.”
“At a meeting on September 20th, 1806, of the Society for promoting the Knowledge of the Sacred Scriptures and the Practice of the Gospel Doctrine : Resolved to make the following publication:
The members of the Society for promoting the Knowledge of the Sacred Scriptures and the Practice of the Gospel Doctrine, informed by extracts, lately published from the minutes of the general synod of the Reformed Dutch Churches in this state, of the laudable endeavours of that high reverend body, to promote the interest of the Redeemer's kingdom, think it becoming their character and Christian profession, to cooperate with these endeavours, according to their ability, and in vicw of the situation allotted them by divine Providence. The limited circumstances of the people of these western parts do not enable them at present, to afford p. aid to their more wealthy rethren in the mercantile cities, for the particular purpose specified in the printed extracts of the general synod ; on the contrary, from the known generosity and affluence of our brethren, we might hope for pecuniary assistance from them, were they duly apprised of the various and increasing enemies of our Lord, by whom we are surrounded. Notwith. standing the eminent blessings of a spiritual nature enjoyed at the hand of a merciful Providence, our situation is rendered truly disagreeable y a growing fanaticism and enthusiasm, which degrade the pure and excellent faith of our divine Master, and by a demoralizing infidelity, which, while it successfully triumph, against
the absurd inventions of men, sacrilegiously attached to the religion of Jesus of Nazareth, proudly boastin
of victory over Christianity herself. Having deliberated on the radical causes of the prevailing evil, and candidly discussed the subject among ourselves, we are apprehensive that a shameful ignorance on the one hand, and a disposition for licentiousness on the other, combine to give it birth, and that its remedy only lies in the diffusion of useful oil. and in a more exemplary deportment among the professed friends of the Christian cause. Aware, however, of the difficulty of comprising in a single view the various causes, direct and remote, which contribute to the sad phenomenon; at the same time sensible, that the true causes must be apparent before our exertions to remove them can be directed in such a manner as to furnish a well grounded hope of success, the Society propose to their "j. Christian brethren, the following questions, upon which the answers are expected before the 1st day. of December, 1808, in a fair, legible hand, copied by another, with a Symbolum, as usual, the author's name written in a separate sealed paper, superscribed with the Symbolum of his dissertation, and forwarded with the dissertation, free of postage, to the Rev. John Sherman, Secretary of the Society.
Question 1st. What degree of knowledge in Oriental and Greek lit. erature, Jewish antiquities, and ecclesiastical history is requisite to qualify a minister of the gospel to silence the cavils, and successfully to refute the objections of ancient and modern infidels against the Jewish and Christian revelations !
Question 2d. What qualifications are requisite for a successful Christian missionary among the Indians of North America What obstacles must he expect to meet? And how shall he best overcome them
The crowned dissertation upon these questions shall be published, and the author shall receive a premium of fifty dollars. The second shall be noticed with an Accesser.
*Rog Ress of The a.a. Prist M-15s Iona Ries.
The Baptist Missionaries in Bengal are making some progress in their conversion of the natives. Accounts have been received from them, dated March and April, which state, that the number of proselytes since the commencement of the year had increased from 34 to 70 per month; and that three of the Hindoos were preaching the gospel. The Missionaries are about to publish translations of the Bible and New Testament in all the lan s of the East. They have .." een printed in four or five dialects.
Extract of a Letter from Rev. William Carey, dated Calcutta, july 30, 1807.
“The number of baptisms among us have been fewer this year than it was the last, yet several have come forward. Brother Fernandez at —, and Brother Chamberlain at Cutwa, have had additions to the churches in those places. A new church has been formed in the district of Jessone, and one more of our native brethren, Rom Mohim, formerly a Brahmin, has been called to the work of the ministry. We expect to baptise two persons next Lord’s day, one at Serampore, and one at Calcutta. This is the first baptism in Calcutta; may it be followed by many more. Government has given us leave to erect a chapel in Calcutta, and the timbers are most of them put on. I expect it will be opened by the end of the year.
Brothers Mordon and Chater went to Rongoon, a port in the Burman empire, to try whether the gospel could be introduced there : The encouragement they met with far exceeded our expectation. They returned to take their families some months ago, when brother Mordon
declined the undertaking. A few weeks ago we had a meeting to choose one to accompany brother Chater, in the place of brother Mordon. We then agreed that every one should make it a matter of prayer for fifteen days, that the heart of him might be stil red up to offer himself, whom God would employ in this work. At the expiration of this time my eldest son (Felix) offered himself: his knowledge of Bengalee, Hindoosthonee, and Sanschrit, added to an acquaintance with medicine and surgery, to which he has diligently applied himself, with the advantage of attending the practice at the general hospital, will make his loss severely felt here. Brother Ward and myself thought that he ought not to go. But the evident answer to prayer, the affection which subsists between him and brother Chater, and between their wives, silenced our opposition. They have sent some neces;aries in a ship now on its passage to'Rongoon, and will go as soon as possible. May the Lord grant pros
GRAND H IN Doo RELIGIO us CEtt
Exi o NY. The grand religious ceremony and procession of Sievri took place at Tranquebar, in March last. . The royal chariot, on which the idol was carried, cost 6000 pagodas; it was 25 feet high. Upwards of 100,000 devotees are supposed to have assisted on this occasion.
cHRISTIANS PERSECUTED AT Pek1 N.
THE Christians at Pekin have lately been exposed to violent persecution, in consequence of some irregularity in the conduct of a few persons of that religion, and one of the Mandarins, suspected of being friendly to them, has been put to the bowstring.
Literarp and philosophical Intelligence.
AN institution with this name has lately been established in Boston, which we are happy to learn has received respectable patronage. One of its F. objects is “to collect critical, controversial, and scarce publications in divinity, many of which are difficult to be found, and too expensive for an individual to possess.” By the subscriptions of proprietors, and several liberal donations, a considerable and very valuable collection of books is already made. Among their benefactors, the Hon. Jo NA1 HAN MAso N is entitled to particuiar acknowledgments, for a present of more than one hundred volumes. About 250 volumes have been deposited in the care and for the use of the company, by the corporation of “King's Chapel.” Among these, are a respectable number of the Christian Fathers, and other ancient divines. There is also a fine copy of Walton's Polyglott Bible, and Castell's Lexicon. The Society ask the public attention and patronage to this institution. An increase of subscribers is desired to aid in the accomplishment of the wishes of the Trustres, which are, that their room in
Devonshire street, may contain one of .
the most complete Theological Libra
ries in the United States. They win gratefully accept any contributions to aid their purpose.
A No THER THEO LOGICAL LIBRARY
W E are happy to learn that another Theological. Lib RARY, on a sull larger scale, is now collecting in Phillips Academy, at Andover, for the accommodation and benefit of tile Theological Seminary, lately established and, attached to that respectable literary institution. Orders have been sent to Europe for the purchase, to a considerable amount, of a selertion of the best classical and other works, for such an institution. We have confidence that a Christian public will cheerfully give their liberal patronage to an institution, which has for its object the education of young men for #. sacred and most important work of the gospel ministry. Contributions to this Library will be gratefully received by the preceptor, or any of the Trustees of Phillips Academy, or by Caleb Bingham and Lincoln and Edmands at their bookstores, Nos. 44 and 53, Cornhill, Boston.