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ties of our agency. Though some delays have been inevitable, we have not loitered. Our passage across the Atlantic was very short. The nineteenth evening after we left the capes of the Delaware, soundings were obtained at the entrance of the British Channel. Our end seemed to be within reach ; but a terrific gale, which began on the evening of the 7th December, taught us the fallacy of our hopes. 'Land had not become visible, and the thick clouds had prevented any accurate observation for some days. Both our latitude and longitude were doubtful. When the gale began the captain judged it prudent to put back to sea a few hours. Eighteen hours after, when ihe violence of the gale had not abated; when the sea raged, and the soundings continually diminished; when it seemed impossible to retrace our path, with a hope to ride out the tempest, the masts were ordered to be cut away, and the anchors to be cast.
In a short time our large new cables were dissevered by the rocks, and the ship was at the mercy of the winds, without masts, sails, or anchors. Our worthy captain said that he had done all in his power for our safety, but that we were lost; the ship could not survive the tempest. A long reef of rocks soon appeared before us, frightfully dashing the waves into the air. At this spectacle our captain said, we have but a few minutes more in this world : then hastily stepping into the boat astern, attended by his little sons, and a skilful sailor, he, with a hatchet, cut the cordage of the boat, and she was driven away. We saw them a moment and saw them no more. Through the
mercy of God, without human foresight, and to our utter astonishment, a current in the sea carried the ship around the point of the rocks. They were supposed to be at the western extreme of the island of Guernsey-Confiding in that power which gave us this signal deliverance, we succeeded the third day after in entering the harbour of St. Maloes in France. After a detention of four days in quarantine, we arrived in London, by the way of Havre and Southampton, in twelve days.--Both in France and in England we have been uniformly treated with civility and kindness. We have already had interviews with several of the principal gentlemen to whom our letters were addressed. They have received us with much eordiality, and view the objects of the American Society with sentiments of enlarged benevolence."
Extract of a letter, dated London, Jan. 17. “ His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, Patron of the African Institution, to whom an official letter was addressed by the American Society for colonizing the free people of colour of the U. States, has been in the country for several weeks past. Mr. Wil. berforce made a communication to his Royal Highness on our bchalf, to inquire whether he would prefer having the letter transmitted to him in the country, or wait for a personal interview in town. Ilo appointed an hour this day, when he would be in town and would see us in person. Mr. Wilberforce attended us to Gloucester House, His Royal Highness entered into a free conversation on the circumstances of our voyage, the population of the U. States, the number and situation of the people of colour, our courts of judicature, and several other topics. After reading the letter from the President of the society, we put into his hands a printed copy of its constitution, together with a manuscript copy of our commission, with the language, spirit, and sentiments of which, he showed himself, by his words and countenance, to be much gratified. He intimated his disposition to give in answer a letter to the President of the American Society, and Mr. Wilberforce engaged to be a medium of its safe transmission. He added, that it would give him pleasure to see us on our return from Africa, if we should take England in our route, and that the African Institution would then know better in what manner they could aid the American Society.-In the mean time he requested that in our communication to the American Society we would take notice of his having received the letter of the American President, and to make assurances of the readiness and cordiality with which he should co-operate with the American Society in the prosecution of their designs, which must contribute to the same results with the efforts of the African Institution. Mr. Wilberforce has further increased our obligations to him this day, by introducing us to the Secretary. His lordship appeared to have a perfect knowledge of the constitution and designs of the American Society. He cast his eyes at our commission, and answered with promptitude, that he should give us letters of introduction and recommendation to the governor of Sierra Leone and other officers, who might be able to afford us patronage and assistance while prosecuting our inquiries on the coast.
Mr. Wilberforce has exemplified the prudence of a counsellor, the tenderness of a father, and the benevolence of a christian, in his 'communications to us, and in the arrangements which he has made on our behalf. We cannot express in too strong language our admiration of his excellent character, our gratitude for his kindness, and our sincere prayer to the Preserver of Men, that he would spare his valuable life many years, and succeed his continual exertions to diminish human misery, and diffuse abroad divine knowledge. In some future letters, we shall improve an opportunity to acknowledge the favours which we have received from other gentlemen, who have shown themselves“ ready to every good work,” disregarding distinctions of nation, land or colour.
Extract.-London, January 28. “ In opposition to opinions now circulated in the U. States, the colony at Sierra Leone was never more flourishing. Its internal government is regularly administered: its power fears no assault from the native tribes, and its influence contributes much to the civilization of the adjacent country. Measures are adopted for the education, christian instruction, and internal improvements of the colony, which must be attended with the happiest results. Its population exceeds ten thousand."
NEW-YORK SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION SOCIETY. The second Anniversary of this highly useful Institution was celebrated in Washington Hall, on Tuesday afternoon the 12th instant. Upwards of two thousand scholars, with their Superintendents and Teachers, and a considerable number of citizens, attended. The exercises commenced with prayer, by the Rey. Mr. Mathews : after which the hymns selected for the occasion were sung. А
affectionate address was then made to the scholars by the Rev. Mr. Maclay. These were then dismissed ; and, as they left the room, a Religious Tract was presented to each. At six o'clock, Richard Varick, Esq. the President of the Society, read the Constitution. The Annual Report was then read by Mr. James Eastburn, Chairman of the Standing Committee.
We regret that it is not in our power to give in this Number even a summary of that interesting document, which is now printing, and may be expected to be soon published. It appears that there are at present about three thousand five hundred scholars who attend the schools of this Union, which are conducted by 359 Te and 50 Superintendents. Six new schools have been added since the last Report; making the present number of schools attached to the Union to be 34, of which two are for adults alone. The quantity of Scripture committed to memory by the scholars, generally, has been very considerable, and the practice of requiring of them proofs in texts of Scripture, to support certain leading truths given out occasionally for the purpose, has been found to produce the most beneficial effects, not only in calling into vigorous exercise the memory and the reasoning faculties of these untutored children, but also in storing their young minds with rich “ treasures new and old” from the word of life, which is able to make them wise unto salvation. The divine blessing appears to have accompanied this labour of love during the past year in no ordinary degree, especially with regard to the Teachers. We are informed that upwards of twenty of these in one congregation in this city have in the course of the last 12 months been added to the communion of the Church.
After the Annual Report was read, several motions were made, and supported by very eloquent and interesting speeches.
The exercises were closed with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Bangs. The Officers and Committee elected for the ensuing year, are as follows:
Richard Varick, President ; John Cauldwell, 1st Vice-President ; Divie Bethune, 2d Vice-President; Rensselaer Havens, 3d VicePresident ; Isaac Sebring, 4th Vice-President ; Guysbert B. Vroom, Treasurer; Eleazer Lord, Secretary.
Committee.-James Eastburn, Leonard Bleecker, Thomas Carpenter, Francis Hall, George P. Shipman, John V. B. Varick, Charles Richards, Valentine Mott, David L. Dodge, Dr. John Nelson, Thomas Stokes, Joseph Otis, Zechariah Lewis, William Col. gate, Hubert Van Wagenen, John E. Hyde, Heman Averill, Samuel B. Harper, Isaac Given, Peletiah Perit, and Abijah Fisher.
THE UNITED FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The first Annual Meeting of this Institution was held in the Wallstreet Church in this city on Wednesday afternoon, 13th instant. During the first year of its existence it has been chiefly employed in organizing the machinery of its future operations, and in increasing its resources for efficient action, when Providence shall open the door for commencing that career of usefulness which we trust it is destined to pursue. The importance of its object, and the spirit of Christian catholicism and brotherly love, which form the basis of its constitution, will, we hope, ensure to it a very general and extensive patronage and support, especially among those who belong to either of the three denominations of which it is composed.
We regret that it is not in our power to give in this Number either a copy of the Report, or of the excellent address delivered by the Rev. Corresponding Secretary on the evening of the anniversary. The former will soon be published by order of the Society.
The Board of Direction elected for the ensuing year is as follows:
OFFICERS. STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER, Esq. President. Vice-Presidents. Robert Lenox, Esq. Joseph Nourse, Esq. Peter Wilson, L.L.D., Rev. Ashbel Green, D.D., Rev. John H. Livingston, D.D., and Rev. Alexander Proudfit, D.D.
Rev. Philip Milledoler, D.D. Corresponding Secretary ; Mr. Zechariah Lewis, Recording Secretary; Mr. Divie Bethune, Treasurer,
Other Managers. Rev. Edward D. Griffin, D.D., Rev. James Richards, D.D., Rev. John B. Romeyn, D.D., Rev. Gardiner Spring, Rev. Stephen N. Rowan, Rev. Ř. B. E. M‘Leod, Messrs. Rensselaer Havens, John E. Caldwell, Guisbert B. Vroom, Isaac Heyer, Henry Rankin, and John Borland.
PRESBYTERIAL SUPPORT OF THE UNITED FOR. MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
Galway, Feb. 17, 1818. The Associate Reformed Presbytery of Saratoga, being met and constituted, read the letter to the Moderator from the Directors of the United Foreign Missionary Society.
The following resolutions passed unanimously:
1. That this Presbytery highly approve of the formation of said Society, and pledge themselves to encourage it to the utmost of their power.
2. That it be, and hereby is recommended, to every minister of this Presbytery, to preach on the subject of missions once a month, until the people are sufficiently informed.
3. That meetings for prayer be observed in all our settled congregations, at least on the first Monday of every month, and at said meetings there be read such documents as we possess respecting the success of the Gospel at home and abroad.
4. That it be recommended to vacant congregations to observe these meetings for prayer, as far as circumstances will admit.
5. That it be recommended to all our congregations immediately to form Missionary Societies, auxiliary to the United Foreign Missionary Society, and that different societies be formed among young and old, male and female, according to circumstances,
That where it may be judged expedient to adopt a different plan, a yearly collection in the church, or subscription, be substituted in its place.
7. That all moneys collected for said Society, in any of our congregations, settled or vacant, be transmitted to the Treasurer of the Presbytery, and paid by him to the Society.
8. That the Treasurer of Presbytery be and hereby is enjoined, in transmitting said moneys, to give each congregation credit for the sums severally collected by them, that this may appear in the printed reports of the Society.
9. That Mr. Forrest write a respectful letter to the Corresponding Secretary of the United Foreign Missionary Society, enclosing a copy of the above resolutions.
JAMES MAIRS, Moderator.
AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY. The second anniversary of the AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY was celebrated in this city yesterday. The meeting was held at the assembly room in the City-Hotel, which was politely offered for the occasion by Mr. JENNINGS. The doors were opened at 10 o'clock A. M. ; the President, the Hon. Elias BOUDINOT L. L. D. took the chair precisely at 11. The meeting was opened by the Rev. Dr. Mason, one of the Secretaries of the Society, reading the 49th chapter of Isaiah. A very interesting and impressive address was then delivered by the venerable President. Letters of apology for non-attendance at the meeting were read from several of the VicePresidents, who were detained by unavoidable necessity, viz. the Hon. John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State of the United States ; the Hon. Smith Thompson, Chief Justice of the state of New-York; the Hon. William Tilghman, Chief Justice of Penn.; the Hon. Andrew Kirkpatrick, Chief Justice of New-Jersey ; Joseph Nourse, Esq. of the city of Washington, and Francis F. Key, Esq. of Georgetown, District of Columbia. A letter was read from the Rev. Dr. Romeyn of the city of New-York, Secretary of the Society for domestic correspondence, apologizing for his absence on account of ill health.
The Annual Report of the Board of Managers was read by the Rev. Dr. Blatchford of Lansingburgh : after which the following resolutions were unanimously passed.
1. On motion of John Murray, Jun. Esq. seconded by the Rey. Dr. Samuel Miller, of Princeton, New-Jersey,