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THE COLLEGE OF ATHENS--GEORGIA. our Synod which we lately attended, I
was required publickly to give a narra" Every gownsman is a legion”— tive of the revival of religion which bas This, said Dr. Witherspoon, was lately appeared in this institution, as well the expression addressed to me, by
as in this town and its vicinity. You also the celebrated George Whitefield, recollect that, after the statement was
verbally made to the Synod and numewhen I felt reluctant to leave a con
rous congregation present on that occagregation of nearly two thousand sion, it was resolved unanimously, that people, to which I regularly preach- a narrative of the same kind should be ed in Scotland, for the Presidency prepared by myself, and published in of New Jersey College. He who is
some religious journal. Having lately
returned home from Synod, I have chosen instrumental in bringing into the your recently established paper as the ministry of the gospel, one able and medium of communication, and hasten to faithful labourer, who would other- comply with the resolution of Synod, by wise not have entered on the sacred giving the following summary view:. work, renders a service, the benefit 1819, the state of religion here was very
On my removal to this place in May, of which cannot be calculated.- discouraging. Not more than two faini. Hence revivals of religion in col- lies, each containing three professors of leges and academies, by which the the Presbyterian communion, resided in church is always furnished with this place; together with two females of some of its most useful ministers, Methodist order. These were the only
the Baptist church, and one female of the are peculiarly interesting to the professors of religion then in the village. friends of vital piety. We there. Being required by the laws of the Col. fore insert in our pages, at full lege to see that publick worship should length, the interesting narrative, be performed on every Lord's day, I geby the president of the college at occasionally visited by a clergyman of the Athens in Georgia, of what has Baptist or Methodist order; to either of taken place among the precious whose preachers the College chapel was youth of his charge. We have a always cheerfully open. During the first lively participation in his feelings. believed that not more than thirty per
six months of my residence here, it is The account is extracted from the
sons generally attended publick worship, Charleston Observer.
besides the few students who were then in the College. The religious aspect
and prospects of the place were gloomy FRANKLIN COLLEGE, ATHENS, (Ga.) indeed. No church of any denomination
bad ever been organized in the town, al* 29th December, 1826. though the Baptists and Methodists, cach, To the Rev. Benjamin Gildersleeve, had one, not very distant in the neigh
Editor of the “ Charleston 06. bourhood. server.'
During the year 1820, the number of
students increased, and the prospects of Rev. and Dear Sir,-You, no doubt, the institution having begun to brighten, remember that, at the annual sessions of several respectable families from various
parts of the state began to select Athens mates as well by his other fellow-students, as a place of residence, for the sake of the unexpected intelligence of his early society and the education of their chil. and sudden death produced a serious efdren. Among these were professors offect upon the minds of many in the Colreligion of different denominations. Be- lege. This impression was probably imfore the close of that year, a Presbyterian proved by some very pertinent and apchurch was constituted and the Lord's propriate remarks, introduced by the Supper administered; in which ordin member of the class who had been apnance we were joined by several Metho. pointed to deliver the valedictory ad. dist brethren and sisters, who have gene. dresses on the day of commencement, rally united with us in such solemnities which were followed by some observaever since.
tions in the address to the graduates. During the two succeeding years, our Another young man, formerly a studert little church was increased by the addi. of this College, who had finished his acation of a few respectable students and demical course bere two years before, other persons who became religiously having studied law and entered on the impressed by attending to the usual stated practice of his profession, had visited the means of grace. The
number of families place and attended the commencement, of each denomination, who annually set On the next day he was confined to bed tled here, continued to increase until our with sickness; and, after languishing worshipping assemblies became large three weeks, notwithstanding every atand respectfully attended. A Methodist tention and effort of skilful physicians, he preacher of respectable talents settled died. As he lay in town during his ill. here as preceptor of our female academy. ness, and was much esteemed by the He was invited to divide the Sabbath students, many of them visited him, whom with Professor Church and myself, by he addressed and admonished in terms preaching in the College chapel, which and under circumstances so peculiarly he often did with general acceptance. solemn, as evidently produced impresReligious harmony was well preserved; sions of much solemnity upon their perhaps never beiter in any place under minds. similar circumstances. At length the On the second day after commence. number of Methodist families, who re ment, the Presbytery of Hopewell met in moved into Athens, became so large as Athens; and on the following Sabbath, to dispose and enable them to erect a the Lord's Supper was administered in house of worship for their own use. This our place of worship. There was much being done, an amicable arrangement solemn and very appropriate preachwas made betwixt the two Societies and ing on that occasion; and a greater sanctioned by the Trustees of the Col- degree of solemnity was observed and lege, that divine service would be alter- believed to overspread the congregation, nately performed in the College chapel especially the students, than at any time and Methodist meeting house, twice in before. Several of them shortly aftereach month. The labours of a highly es wards were known to be under serious teemed minister of the Methodist order, convictions. Prayer meetings, which had bave been thus employed and enjoyed been established and attended for five once in two weeks since last spring. years past once a week or oftener, gene
Ever since the summer of 1824, it has rally by serious students and other probeen observed that an increased atten fessors of religion, became more closely tion was paid to the preaching of the and fully attended on the evening of the gospel by a majority of the respectable Sabbath and Wednesday in each week, members of the College, when assembled In September, a Methodist camp-meeting, in the chapel for worship. During the distant some miles from the College, was last year (1825) several respectable mem- attended by many of the students, where, bers were added to our church by a pub- it is altogether probable, the religious fick profession of their faith; but no very impressions of a number were deepened. unusual appearances occurred until early About a week afterwards, one who had in August last.
been among the earliest subjects of con. A young man, a member of the senior viction, obtained a comfortable hope of class in the College, after the final exami- pardon. The seriousness in the College nation of his class in June, had, as is usu. afterwards appeared to increase daily. ally permitted, gone to his father's in a Religious exercises were attended to by neighbouring county, to prepare for the the serious students in their rooms during duty assigned to him at the then ap- the hours by law allotted to recreation. proaching commencement. While there, In October, several professed a hope of he was attacked with a violent fever, and a pardon and acceptance; four of whom few days numbered him with the dead. joined our church by a publick profession Having been much beloved by his class of their faith in Christ.' The College was
adjourned on the 18th of November, for Literary Institution and the inhabitants the winter vacation. Before that period, of this place, with a harmony, and evitwenty-seven students of the College had dently sincere zeal, worthy of those who hopefully experienced a change of heart; profess to be the followers of the Lamb. and many others were then most serious
3. The pious young men in the Col. ly affected, from whom no account has lege, though few in number, yet were since been received here.
earnestly engaged in social prayer meet. But the operations of the Spirit of God ings, especially on Sabbath evenings, for have not been confined to the members
a revival of religion in the institution. of the College. In this town and its The sincerity of their profession and neighbourhood, a goodly number of per- prayers was evinced by the modesty of sons, of various ages and both sexes, have their manners and the correct consistency professed a hope of having passed from of their general deportment. death unto life since August last.--Of all, 4. As soon as it was known that seveboth in and out of the College, it is known ral of the students had become the subthat near fifty have professed faith in jects of deep and serious impressions, Christ. Of these twenty-nine have at. much assistance was derived from the tached themselves to the Presbyterian counsel and attention of ministering bre. church by publick profession; five, (and thren of different denominations, who vi. we think probably more) have joined sited Athens at that season, and con. with the Baptist church; and a number, versed freely and frequently with the which we have not been able to ascer. students and young persons in the town, tain with precision, have united them- and united with them often in prayer selves with the Methodist church. When both publickly and privately. In these the students return after the vacation, we
interviews, it is confidently believed that shall know these circumstances with more no controversial topicks were ever intro. certainty.
duced or touched upon; nor any points Although a large proportion of those of doctrine urged except those which all who have professed a hope of a saving in. true Christians agree in believing to be terest in Christ, were evidently under essential to salvation. very deep distress of soul for a considera.
It is not known to the writer if any ef. ble time, yet on no occasion was there forts have been made to make proselytes any noise made in our religious meetings, to any religious party. Several students, calculated to disturb the solemnities of after obtaining what they believed to be publick worship. Nor were the usual a good hope through grace, applied to exercises of college suspended, except him expressing a desire to unite themduring two days, on which many serious selves to the church in this place of students expressed a desire to attend which he is regarded as the pastor. As meetings of our Methodist brethren, the applicants were young and the rewhich were within reach.
ligious opinions of their parents were As to the causes which it pleased a either unknown, or believed to differ gracious God to employ as instrumental from his own in matters of church disin producing the effects abovementioned, cipline, he uniformly advised them to it is believed that the stated preaching of defer making a publick profession of rethe gospel on every Sabbath, was the ligion by joining with any church until principal. But, in addition to this and they could consult their parents, if living; the unexpected death of the two young The reason assigned was this, if I had men in July and August last, the follow- committed a child or son to a preacher ing means were no doubt auxiliary and of another denomination to be instructed attended with a Divine blessing, viz. by him in classical or scientifick studies,
1. A strict regard to discipline in the and that teacher should endeavour to College, whose laws forbid all kinds of persuade or prevail with him to forsake immorality, and require the students to and renounce the church or religious attend publick worship on each Lord's opinions which I approved or bad taught day.
him; and had induced him to join his 2. The regular attendance on the church and adopt his sentiments in relimonthly concert of prayer, and the gene- gion, I should think he did not treat me rol attendance on prayer meetings, which well. I therefore could not do that to. were instituted here almost six years wards another parent, without violating ago, and have been observed generally the rule of equity prescribed by our Saou Wednesday evenings during the Col. viour in Matthew vii
. 12. lege sessions almost ever since. In these No student here has ever been required meetings, professors of all churches re. to attend any religious meeting or exer. suring here, have uniformly attended and cise, except publick worship on the Sabnited in supplication for an effusion of bath, as enjoined by the laws of the Colthe Holy Spirit upon the members of the lege. When the sons of parents who are
professors in the Presbyterian church, ap a general view of Protestant misplied, they were freely admitted to join
sions, throughout the world. In the our church, as we were confident their
Missionary Herald for the last parents would approve it. A brief sketch on this subject has now
month, we find the following sumbeen given, according to the resolution mary view of the missions conof the Synod of South Carolina and ducted by the Board, under whose Georgia, without exaggeration, or sup- auspices that valuable publication pression of any known material circum. stance. To many who have witnessed is madı-a publication to which all the change here, it has appeared to be
our religious periodicals are conthe Lord's doing and is marvellous in stantly and deeply indebted. their eyes. - It is hoped and believed that the unusual attention to the doctrines The missions which are now to be sur. and duties of Christianity, which has
veyed, though with great brevity, are at lately appeared in this institution, will be
Bombay-in Ceylon-among the Cheroproductive of results highly beneficial to
keeg--the Choctaws-the Cherokees-ofsociety both civil and religious. It is be
the-Arkansas--the Osages the Indians lieved and expected that many of the in New York-at Mackinaw-at Maumee young men who have laiely embraced
-the American Emigrants in Hayti-at religion here, after concluding their aca the Sandwich Islands in Malta—in Syria demical course, will turn their attention
-and Palestine. to the study of theology and the ministry of the gospel. In that event, as they will,
1. Bombay.* no doubt, by their own choice, be distri The third of the British Presidencies in buted among the churches of different India; about 1300 miles, travelling dis. denominations, as we believe they ought tance, west of Calcutta. Population of to be, it is a pleasing and probable conjec the island about 200,000; of the countries ture, that, having witnessed each other's in which the Mahratta language is spoken, earnestness and sincerity in their early about 12,000,000. religious course and exercises, this will Commenced in 1813. Stations at Bomgreatly tend to destroy those uncharita bay and Mahim. ble jealousies, which have too much pre. BOMBAY.-A large city on an island of vailed and been so lamentably often ex the same name, and the capital of the hibited from the pulpit against all other Presidency. sects except their own, by men profess
Rev. Allen Graves, Missionary, Mrs. ing to be ambassadors of the Prince of Graves; James Garrett, Printer, Mrs. GarPeace. And as a part of them will, proba. rett; Mrs. Nichols, and Mrs. Frost. bly, not feel called to occupy the sacred Maum.--Six miles from Bombay, on desk, it will certainly not disqualify a man the north part of the island. for being a sympathetick or skilful physi 'The Rev. Samuel Newell, died May 30, cian, or a sound, judicious interpreter of 1821; the Rev. John Nichols, Dec. 9, the laws of his country, or forming rules 1824; the Rev. Edmund Frost, Oct. 18, to regulate the intercourse and conduct 1825; and the Rev. Gordon Hall, March of men, that he hinaself fears God and 20, 1826. The death of Mr. Hall made it feels bound to keep his commandments. necessary for Mr. Graves to remove from We do cherish a sanguine hope that it Mahim to Bombay. Of course the former will elevate the standard of morality to a station is now vacant. The death of Mr. higher degree in our State-extend and Nichols, and the consequent removal of enlarge the range of Christian benevo his widow to Bombay, made it necessary lence in matters of religious opinion and to relinquish the station of Tannah. Mr. prove a source of happiness to genera Newell died of the cholera morbus, Mr. tions yet unborn. That these hopes may
Nichols of a fever, Mr. Frost of a consumpbe realized, I am sure is your desire, as tion, and Mr. Hall of the cholera. Mrs. well as that of many others, and of your
Hall is in this country. friend and brother in the gospel,
The last survey stated the amount of M. WADDEL. printing done at the Mission Press during
ihe three years and a half preceding Dec.
31, 1823. The seventeenth Report of the GENERAL VIEW OF MISSIONS, under Prudential Committee describes the ope
the direction of the American Board of Commissioners for Fo • It will be observed, that in respect to reign Missions.
the statistical part of this survey, mueb We have engaged to give our
use is made, according to our custom,
the Report of the Prudential Committ. readers, in the course of the year, printed during the previous yeur.-E..
rations of the press, during the eighteen boys and young men, who can read with subsequent months, as follows:
a fluency and propriety, that would put “ Genesis, 135 pages 8vo.
to shame a great majority of the common
copies 3,000 Brahmins.'° Wherever these youths are Extra copies of the first 40 pages 1,000 afterwards met in the country, they are Astronomical and geographical tract,
among the first to solicit and read the 64 p. 8vo.
1,500 Small catechism, second ed. i6 p.
Christian Scriptures and tracts. In not a
few instances, fathers have solicited books
5,000 for their little sons. The education of feActs of the Apostles, sec. ed. 88 p.
male children is viewed in its just light by 8vo.
4,000 the missionaries; and they have taken pe
culiar pains to break down the prejudices
14,500 of the people on this subject. Considering “The expense of these books was about the strength of these prejudices, much has $1,350. Some small circulars for the mis- already been done, and the way is fast sion, and Reports for several societies preparing for a general revolution of pub. were also published at the mission-press. lick opinion. Numerous and argent apIn the first six months of 1825, no new plications are made for new schools; but tracts had been printed; but a new edi- it is necessary to decline them all, until tion of the Scripture history (10,000 co- larger funds and more labourers can be pies) had been commenced. This was to furnished.” be followed immediately by an English The joint letter of the missionaries, inand Mahratta school-book,' intended to serted in our last volume, pp. 101, 102, promote morality and the true religion. together with Mr. Hall's appeal to the The New Testament was printed in or American churches, printed at p. 312, der as far as Philippians; the small epis- strongly prove, that in work preparatory tles having also been published.
to great and visible success, the mission “A new fount of Nagree types had had, in ten years, made much progress. been procured from Calcutta, which would render it easy to issue school-books
II. Ceylon. of a superior quality. For this species of A large island in the Indian sea, sepapublication there were many induce- rated from the coast of Coromandel bý a ments; and doubtless the demand for channel, called the Straits of Manaar. books of many kinds will increase regu. Length 300 miles, breadth 200.—Popula. larly, till all that part of India shall have tion 1,500,000. It constitutes one of the experienced the happy change, which the British governments in India, but is not Gospel, accompanied by pure morality under the control of the East India Com. and genuine philosophy, will accomplish
pany. ere long."
The missionaries of the Board are in A fact, stated by Mr. Hall, and publish- the northern, or Tamul division of the ed at p. 205 of our last volume, shows very island, in the district of Jaffna. strikingly, how much good may be silently
Commenced in 1816. Stations at Til. effected by the
numerous Christian public lipally, Batticotta, Oodooville, Panditerications issued from the press at Bombay. po, Manepy, and Kaits. - The New Testament, in Mahratta, as translated by the missionaries of the Board,
TILLIPALLY.--Nine miles north of Jaffwas carried through the press before the napatam. Established in 1816. death of Mr. Hall.
Rev. Henry Woodward, Missionary. of the schooling system, the Report m. Tumban, Teacher of English; Jordan
Nicholas Permander, Native Preacher ; speaks as follows.
“It appears from a printed document, Lodge, Native Assistant ; Charles Hodge, issued by the missionaries at the com
Native Superintendent of Schools. mencement of the present year, that the BATTICOTTA.-Six miles north-west of number of common schools under their Jaffnapatam. 1817. superintendence was thirty-two, and the Rev. Benjamin C. Meigs, Missionary; number of children on the list of the Rev. Daniel Poor, Missionary and Princi. teachers, 1750. Of these pupils, 75 were pal of the Central School; and their wives. girls, and 133 were Jewish children. Gabriel Tissera, Native Preacher and During the preceding year, 1000 pupils, Teacher in the Central School; Timothy as nearly as could be ascertained, had left Dwight, Native Assistant Teacher in the these schools, having obtained, in gene. Central School; Ebenezer Porter, Mative ral, what the natives esteem a sufficiently Assistant.
good education. Among those, who have It would seem, from one of the docu. b left the schools in preceding years down ments received from the mission, that Sa
to the date of the document here referred muel Worcester was also employed as a to, the missionaries say there “are many Native Assistant Teacher. Vol. V, -Ch. Adv.