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and enlarge his spiritual kingdom How many parts of those nations callwithout any such institution as the gos.. ed Christian, are but scantily furnishpel ministry.”—“Yet it is certain, ed with the means of instruction ? that this institution, in which minis. For the illustration of this remark, we ters have a commission to publish the need go no farther than our own coun. glad tidings of salvation to every try. In how many places may percreature, is a mean adinirably calcu. sons travel to a considerable distance, lated to diffuse religious knowledge and scarcely meet with a single indi. among all the varieties of the human cation of their being in a Christian race."" It is true the gospel itself, country! We need not leave, the however well adapted to obtain its bounds of the United States to find end, will not be effectual, unless ac room to run for the purpose of diffuscompanied with the special operations ing Christian knowledge. If ever of the Holy Spirit ; nevertheless, as the world is to be enlightened by the it is God's own institution, so it is gospel, an event of which'we cannot one which he delights to own and doubt, it will be accomplished by an bless.”—“ When our Lord, in the increasing zeal for the spread of the time of his personal ministry, sent gospel, while a double portion of the forth his disciples, they were subject. Spirit accompanies the labours of the ed to some restrictions. They were pious and benevolent.”_"
"Z"They, who not to go in the way of the Gentiles ; undertake, or encourage others, to but only to the lost sheep of the house travel abroad for the purpose of of Israel. When he gave his apos. preaching the gospel, should keep in tles their commission, after his resur view the true intent of such mis. rection he removed this restriction, sions. They, who travel, must aim to and directed them to preach the gos. diffuse the knowledge of the truth, to pel to every creature. And we do plant churches, and build them up in not find, that any remarkable exten peace, order and purity. They are sion of the Christian church, or any to select, as the principal theatre of considerable increase of knowledge their labours, not places where the ever took place, without the interven. means of grace and instruction are tion of a gospel ministry.”—“ With regularly enjoyed, but places which are the labours of missionaries various in a great measure destitute of these dispensations of providence have con
Otherwise they will divide curred to effect an increase of know. and scatter, rather than edify and enledge. Even such providences, as large the church of Christ." were, at the time, peculiarly aflictive
From his subject the preacher and distressing to the church, have been so overruled, as to contribute to
makes several important inferits increase and enlargement.”—“As ences. He particularly infers, a gospel ministry has been the con the excellency and glory of the stant means, which providence has used for diffusing Christian know- gospel of Christ ; and the sin ledge, at the first establishment, and and danger of despising it. He at every subsequent enlargement of also infers the reason Christians the church, so, whenever the earth have to rejoice, when the true shall be filled with the knowledge of interest of the gospel is promotthe Lord, it will be effected by the ed. Here he observes as follows:
How extensive is the field for running to and fro! Pagan
“Notwithstanding the dark symp. idolatry and Mahometan delusion toms arising from the prevalence of hold, at least, three fourths of the infidelity and immorality, the person, world in the shackles of ignorance who has at heart the interest of Zion, and false worship. If from what re.. may find some ground for rejoicing mains we deduct such parts as are at the present day. Though the en. covered with the darkness of anti. joyment of gospel ordinances is far christian superstition, with the mists from being commensurate with the of ignorance, and with the gloom of extent of our settlements, or with infidelity and immorality, we shall what it might be, were our exertions find but a small part thoroughly en. equal to the magnitude of the object, lightened by the Sun of righteousness. yet we have reason to bless God, thai
in some parts of our country, the priv. futurity, as to pursue the path of ilege of gospel institutions is extend present duty; and this is marked by ing with considerable rapidity. And a variety of concurrent circumstances. of this extension missionary labours Now is the time when we are called have, in inany instances, been the to work for the Lord. We may
And in many places, there work, without fear of intruding on the have been confortable seasons of the duties of future generations. The outpourings of God's Spirit. From work of spreading the gospel belongs the frequency and extent of these to many; and there are few but seasons, we have reason to believe, may contribute their mite in some that the number of real Christians in
way or other. They, who cannot aid the world has gradually been on the it by their labour or substance, may increase. Our religious publications help it forward by their prayers. furnish us with favourable accounts How happy and glorious will be the from some places among the heath. day, when genuine religion in its puens."
rity shall have a universal spread; He further inters,that “thetrue holiness shall expel ignorance and
when light and truth, knowledge and end of missionary labours is to ex. vice ; when men shall see eye to eye, tend and incrcase the doctrinal and shall know, as they are known. and practical knowledge of gospel Such a glorious day will be effected truth.” And that “ we ought to by the gospel, when the Lord shall
arise to have mercy on Zion : for do all in our power to render the
such an event no doubt Providence is spread of the gospel universal.”
preparing the way, although it may “ In the prosecution of this work,” be in a manner unseen by mortal men. he observes, “opposition is to be ex
May the Lord hasten it in his time.” pected. Besides undisguised oppos The preacher has discovered ers, many, without throwing off the mask of friendship, will endeavour to
great judgment in the choice, discourage every atte npt by magni
division and execution of his subfying difficulties. Some will excuse ject. His arguments are forcible,' themselves and hinder others, by his style, in the main, pure and pleading, that the time is not come.
correct. The sermon will be apOthers, to rid themselves of the bus. iness altogether, will tell us, It is the
proved by the friends of missionLord's work, and he will do it in bis ary labours. We recommend it own way.
But had such objections to perusal, and hope it will have operated in the apostles' days, the a good effect in promoting the gospel would never have been pub
cause of religion in general, and lished, nor the Christian religion established. We cannot preiend to particularly the object, which know or fix the time, when the gos.
the preacher had more immepel will have a universal spread. Our diately in view. business is not so much to pry into
An Account of the origin and progress of the mission to the Cherokee Indiar:s, ina series of Letters from the Reo. Gileon Blackburn to the Rev. Dr. Morse.
tion until the July of 1805, the school In my last I stated the order of the consisting of from 25 to 35 scholars. school for each day. In this order. About that period the United States
had authorised a treaty to be made braved the dangers of war in the same with that nation, and appointed the forest, said to me, “I have often place on the Highwassee river, near stood unmoved amidst showers of ly twelve miles by land below the site bullets from the Indian rifles; but of my school house, 46 from S. W. this effectually unmans me. I see Point, 20 above the mouth of the riv. civilization taking the ground of bar. er, and 45 from Tellico blockhouse. barism, and the praises of Jesus
At this place was an assemblage of succeeding to the war whoop of the the principal chiefs of the nation, with Savage.” All this time the tears many of the common people ; and be were stealing down his manly cheek. tween two and three hundred white At the close of the treaty the followpeople, ampong whom were Gen. ing note was politely handed me by Smithi and Col. Meigs, commissioners the commissioners of the United for the United States, and Gov. Sevier, Slates, expressive of their feelings on commissioner for the state of Ten- the oi casion. nessee. There I attended with my school, consisting then of 25 scholars. Sir, Our passage to the place was inded Having had the pleasure of your romantic. Figure to yourself 25 lit. company several days at a treaty with tle savages of the forest, all seated in the Cherokees on the Highwassee a large canoe, the teacher at one end, river, and having also had the pleas. and myself at the other, steering our ure of being present at the exhibi. course down the stream, a distance by tion of the Indian children in their water of nearly 20 miles. To see the several lessons of spelling and read. little creatures sitting neatly dressed in ing, and having also seen sundry homespun cotton, presented them by specimens of writing done by some of the females of my white congrega. those children, whose education you tion, their hearts beating with the an- superintend, we cannot do justice to ticipation of their expected examina our sentiments on the occasion, with. tion, frequently reviewing their les out expressing to you the satisfaction sons in order to be ready ; then join. we enjoyed, and still enjoy, in coning in anthems of praise to the Re- templating the progress the Cherodeemer, making the adjoining hills kees are making toward a state of and groves resound with the adored civilization and refinement, in ex. name of JESUS—what heart could change for the state of barbarism, in have remained unmoved !
which their ancestors had long been On the 4th of July we arrived at plunged. We sincerely wish you the place ut treaty. This was ac may be able to persevere in so lauda. cording to previous agreement, in or ble a pursuit, until you see it crownder to give a toast ut civilization, on ed with the desired success. We the ever memorable day of Ameri. are, with sentiments of esteem, your can independence. The place of obedient servants, treaty was a large bou er in the midst
DANIEL SMITH, of a delighttiil grove, where the
RETURN I. Meigs. school was introduced, marching in Highwassee River, July 13, 1805. procession betiseen the open ranks of white and red spectators. Eachi The effect of this exhibition was scholar read social portion, as was such on the red people, that they inrequested. Tle different classes stantly requested a second establish. then spelled a number of words ment in the lower district of the nawithout the book. Specimens of tion. On this head I had no instruc. their writing and cyphering were tions from the committee of missions, shown, and the exhibition closed by and no appropriations for its support. the children singing, with it clear My ona private property was insuffiand distinct voice, a hymn or two, cient to bear the whole cost, and the committed to memory. The scene necessity of extending the plan was was very impiessive. Few of the apparent. Notwithstanding all these spectators were unmoved, and many difficulties I resolved on the meashed ital's plentifully. The Gov. sure, and trusted for aid in the disernor, a bardy veterani, u hu liad often charge of evident duty from sources Vol. III 10.9.
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directed by Providence; and by the religion, which is taught in the sacred 26th of August, I had a second school scriptures, and which was the solace in operation, consisting of from 20 and joy of the founders of our nation. to 30 scholars.
When they see the love of Christ's During the continuance of the children kindling into an ardent zeal treaty 4 circumstance occurred, for the promotion of his cause, and which, as it tends to display the sen their fidelity to his kingdom wit. sibility of a savage conscience, and nessed by liberal contributions to aid exhibit their ideas of the justice of the propagation of his gospel among God, deserves to be remembered. the indigent and suffering, it must One day, while sitting at dinner, a confirm the faith of his people in his cloud arose and portended a conside., gracious promise ; " That the gates of rable storm. The vivid lightnings hell shall not prevail against his church, fashed furiously around, and the but that he will be with it always, even thunders roared at a distance. A tanto the end of the world. To confirm white man by the name of Rodgers, the wavering in the infallibility of the who had long been a resident in the divine promise, and to stir up the pure nation, and abandoned to every wick, minds of all, who love the religion of edness, used very profane and blas. our forefathers and the gospel of God phemous expressions respecting the the Saviour, the following commu. thunder. At length a flash of light. nications are presented to the public ; ning struck a tree near the bower in hoping that they may prove grateful to which all were seated, and passed off the readers, and influence many to an without any remarkable injury, ex imitation of an example so laudable cept giving all a very severe shock, in itselt, so reputable to the liberal Silence reigned in the whole assem donors, and so worthy of that sex on bly about the space of a minute, whose virtue and piety the happiness when Enotta, i, e. the black Fox, the and prosperity of every age and coun. king of the nation, broke silence by , try do absolutely depend. The puri. saying, “The Great Spirit is mad at
ty, enlargement and glory of the church Rodgers.”
of God, which is the defence and safe. The introduction of such unprinci- guard of civil communities, are in all pled men into the nation is the most
ages dependent upon the virtuous formidable barrier in the way of their and religious lives and examples of civilization. But God, in his own those devout women, who belong to time, will bring light out of darkness, our Redeemer's family. As a tribute of and spread the knowledge of himself gratitude to Christ for the efficacy of throughout the heathen lands, and set his grace on the hearts of his children up his standard in the deserts of and friends, the following extracts of America. I am, &c.
Letters written by the Treasurer of the GIDEON BLACKBURN. Female Cluritable Society of Whites
town, N. Y. to one of the Trustees of the Hampshire Missionary Society,
are now presented to the public in a MASSACHUSETTS.
humble hope that the hearts of God's people will be made glad in that he
hath not forsaken our land, and that While events in divine provi. the set time to favour Zion will soon dence, at the present day, wear a gloomy and threatening aspect, and fill the minds of the virtuous and relig.
Utica, Oct. 29, 1807. ious with foreboding apprehensions of the evils which may be coming upon “ I have, once more, the honour to the world, and which may deeply af address you in behalf of the Trustees fect the safety and enlargement of that of the Female Charitable Society of church which the Lord Jesus hath Whitestown, who, having made their purchased and redeemed by his blood: second annual collection, have again it cannot fail of administering comfort unanimously resolved to present it to and animation to the hearts of God's the Hampshire Missionary Society, to children, when they notice the zeal be by them appropriated at their dis. and attachment of many to that holy cretion. As Treasurer of the society,
HAMPSHIRE MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
I have therefore to request your com. viour whom they recommend to oth. mittee to draw on me for the money, ers.. Did we realize the miserable which awaits their order. Our soci. condition of those settlements, which ety, since the last year, bas received are destitute of a preached gospel, and a considerable accession of members. of the means of obtaining it, we should The sum therefore which we shall estcem no exertions for their relief too now have the happiness of transmitting great. The salvation of one soul is an to you, will somewhat exceed our for. object of infinite magnitude. How mer donation. (N. B. The last year's exalted, then, the idea that through donation was 119 dols.). We have the instrumentality of Missionaries now in the treasury, 130 dollars : many may be and probably are conSomething more remains due on sub verted !"
Your Friend, &c. scription, which we hope will be col. lected in the course of a few weeks.
Utica, Dec. 12, 1807. “ It is, as lieretofore, the earnest de “ Sir, sire of our Society, that this our mite .“ Agreeably to the directions eon. may be improved to the important tained in your letter of the 2d inst. I purpose of spreading the knowledge have paid over into the hands of Mr. of the blessed Immanuel : And in -(who will very cheerfully undertake committing it to the care of the
the agency you request) the money in Hampshire Society, we confidently my possession belonging to the Hamptrust that our object will be attained. shire Missionary Society ; his receipt
“ Wishing that the blessing of for which you will find enclosed. It Heaven may attend you, Sir, and the is 'for 140 dollars. We have a little missionary institution of which you money still due, which when received are a member,
I shall deposit in the same bands, and I subscribe, &c.” transmit you the receipt.”
Your sincere Friend, &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 in Extract of a Letter from President creasing ability to do good. The
Dwight, dated New-Haven, Feb. 2, friends of religion must necessarily re 1808, to one of the Editors. joice in that missionary spirit which An attention to religion is preseems in some good degree to per- vailing here, which gives much vade our land, when they consider pleasure to all its friends, and which that the Supreme Being, who excites exceeds any thing known in this town it, and who directs all things, has, no for many years.
Eleven persons doubt, great and benevolent purposes were admitted into Mr. Stewart's to be answerel by it. I do indeed church last Sabbath. believe, that this is the work of God, and God can carry on his own work just as extensively as he pleases. He
A Letter from another hand of the 16th
says, can open the hearts of public bodies and of individuals, of friends, and even I am exceedingly rejoiced to inof foes to furnish funds. He can pro.
form you, that there is great reason cure missionaries, and he can give to hope for a general revival of religthem How animating to
ion here. Not less than forty persons Christians is the idea, that they may
in Mr. Stewart's congregation are become workers together with God more or less concerned about relig. in sending the word of life and salta ion ; some of them deeply ; and some tion to perishing souls ! And oh ! how have obtained a hope. These are ex. devoutly it is to be wished, that all clusive of eleven, who entered the who contribute to this good work, may
church three Sabbaths ago. You will themselves be interested in that sa rejoice with us.
REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN NEW