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from him on Indian affairs, with a view to the establishment of a mission in that country; to that letter no answer bas yet come to -hand. A letter has been received from the Rev. Gideon Blackburn, of Tennessee, stating that he had been engaged in collecting information respecting the Indian nations, from Lake Michigan to the heads of Red River, and that the number of souls is computed to be 194,087.

Some pains have been taken to call our youth, and especially those who are in the schools of the prophets, to the honours and dangers of the missionary life.

The Chairman of the Committee of Missions has been requested to send to the Theological Seminaries of Princeton, New-Brunswick, and New-York, as many copies of the Address of the Board of Managers as he should see fit, accompanied with a letter affectionately soliciting the students in those seminaries to institute the --solemn inquiry, whether it is not the duty of some of thein to engage in missionary efforts under the direction of the Foreign Missionary Society. He has also been requested to prepare for publication a short tract on the subject of Missions, addressed generally to the pious youth of our country.

The Board of Managers acknowledge with pleasure the receipt of several printed copies of the last annual reports of the New York - Missionary Society, the Young Men's Missionary Society, and the Evangelical Missionary Society of Young Men, all of the city of New-York.

Information has been received from the Secretary of the Northern Missionary Society in the state of New York, announcing that it has become an auxiliary to this Institution. An official letter has also been received from Miss Catharine Weller, of Kingston, in the state of New-York, announcing the formation of a Female Society auxiliary to this, and enclosing a donation of sixty-six dollars.

A letter has been received containing sundry resolutions of the Associate Reformed Presbytery of Saratoga, in the state of NewYork, expressive of their high approbation of this Society, and giving an account of measures taken by them to promote its interests. A leiter has also been received from the Board of Directors of the Young Men's Missionary Society in the city of New-York, enclosing a donation of one hundred dollars. Another letter has been received from a Committee of the Young Ladies of Chartiers congre

a gation, Washington County, Pennsylvania, enclosing the sum of thirty-one Dollars, for the purpose of constituting their Pastor, the Rev. Dr. John M'Millin, a member of this Society for life.

The Board of Managers will not conceal from their brethren, tbat a delay has taken place in many Presbyteries and Classes to act upon the application recently made to them for pecuniary aid. Sufficient reasons have doubtless existed to justify the delay; we cannot, however, but view it in its present aspect as a subject of regret.

The Boardl have adopted measures to have this subject brought before the bighest judicatories of our churches at their next annual sessions, and have no doubt but some general plan will be by them devised for carrying the desired object into effect.

The money collected thus far for Missionary purposes, amounted, by the last Report of our Treasurer, to the sum of fourteen hundred and fifty-three dollars.

From the statement that has now been given, it will appear that this Society has been engaged during the past year, not so much in acting as in preparing for action.

From the magnitude of the work in which we are engaged, the necessity of exciting a warm and extensive interest in its behalf, the time occupied in exploring the most promising regions of Missionary labour, in calling youth to the Missionary field, and in raising the necessary funds for their support, it might be calculated that months would elapse. Months have accordingly elapsed in preparation.

Permit us, brethren, under these circumstances, to call your attention once more to the state of the heatben and antichristian sections of our globe. Look at the maps of Asia, of Africa, of America, and even of a part of Europe itsell, and see how far the god of this world has extended his dominion. Stretch your mental vision far as it can reach, and survey the immeasurable fields whitening to the harvest ! Behold nations, numerous as the sands of the sea, rising into being, living without God, and dying without hope ! :

When we contemplate their situation, brethren, we are reminded of our own idolatrous origin. Can we forget the time when our ancestors first saw the heralds of the cross ?-—first turned a listening ear to the soul-arresting message they delivered, and bowed to the overpowering majesty of truth? That era is to us memorable indeed! Had not those messengers of peace been willing to land upon in hospitable shores—to meet the averted eye-the finger of scornthe scowl of bigotry-and even the arm of violence itself, our fathers · bad, humanly speaking, never heard the Gospel. Those who sent out these men acted in Christian character. The command of their Saviour had not only fallen upon their ears, but had vibrated upon the chords of their hearts. And the Missionaries themselves, though standing, in spiritual things, on high and sheltered ground, yet when they realized the state of the heathen, and evidently saw them perishing in their sins-scorning mercenary calculation and personal fear, they nobly resolved to rescue them, or to perish in the attempt.

The causes which impelled them to action still exist with undiminished force. May God now give to the Church, by the outpouring of bis Spirit, minds that shall feel, and hearts that shall beat in unison with theirs. We have no prophetic powers, brethren, and yet will not hesitate to predict, that our Missionary zeal must rise many degrees higher than its present elevation before we can calculate upon its extensive and powerful agency in the heathen wilderness. It is consoling, however, to reflect, that the heathen of our day are as easily brought over to the knowledge of the truth, as the heathen of the apostolic age. Having the command of God for Missionary efforts, we may certainly calculate upon success. All

then that appears necessary for the Church to perform, is to say that · these efforts shall be made.

We cannot close this Report without making another appeal to the Christian youth of our country.

What cause of congratulation would it be, if God at this very time should pour out upon them a Missionary spirit! The cause of Missions in our land is at this moment pining for the want of suitable Missionaries.

Our American youth have in other concerns shown themselves equal to the most arduous undertakings. The brows of many are entwined with laurels, the reward of intrepidity and talents in the tented field, or upon the mountain wave. And are there none who are ambitious of the Missionary crown? Shall our youth be for ever dazzled with the splendour of this world, and lose sight of the kingdom of God?

Although our Eastern Churches have done something in the Missionary cause to Redeem the American character, yet nothing has hitherto been attempted in our country that is either proportioned to its population or its means.

The glory of this work, we fear, is not suficiently appreciated. What great and good men think of it is well expressed in a letter written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, at the commencement of the last century, to the Christian Missionaries at Tanjore. “ Your province, brethren," said he, "your office, I place before all dignities in the Church. Let others be pontiffs, patriarchs, and popes; let them glitter in purple, in scarlet, or in gold : let them seek the admiration of the wondering multitude, and receive obeisance on the bended knee: ye have acquired a better name than they, and a more sacred faine; and when that day shall arrive, when the Chief Shepherd shall give to every man according to his work, a greater revard shall be adjudged to you. Admitted into the glorious society of the prophets, evangelists, and apostles, ye, with them, shall shine like the sun among the lesser stars in the kingdom of your Father for ever. O happy men, who, standing before the tribunal of Christ, shall exhibit so many nations converted to his faith by your preaching! Happy men, to whom it shall be given to say before the assembly of the whole human race, 'Behold us, O Lord, and the children whom thou hast given us.' Happy men, who, being justified by the Saviour, shall receive in that day the reward of your labours, and also shall hear that glad encomium, Well done good and faithful servants, enter ye into the joy of your Lord'."

The Board of Managers offer to the Almighty God their fervent prayer, that many such stars may arise and shine in the firmament of ihe Church, and of the world. They are encouraged the more to bope for such an event, when they consider how many schools of the prophets have recently been reared in the midst of us, and how

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many of our youth are at this moment preparing for the service of their Redeemer. May the angel flying through the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, soon reach the utmost limits of his destination; and may our ears soon be saluted with the joyful sound from every region under heaven, of—"Now is come salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ;"_“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever." By order of the Board of Managers,

PH, MILLEDOLER, Cor. Secretary. Board of Managers Elected 13th May, 1818, Stephen Van Rensselaer, Esq., President; Robert Lenox, Esq., Peter Wilson, L. L. D., Rev. Ashbel Green, D. D., Rev. John H. Livingston, D. D., Rev. Alexander Proudfit, D.D., Vice Presidents." Rev. Philip Milledoler, D.D., Cor. Secretary; Zechariah Lewis, Recording Secretary ; Divie Bethune, Treasurer.

Other Managers. Rev. Edw'd. D. Griffin, D.D., Rev. James Richards, D.D., Rev. John B. Romeyn, D.D., Rev. Gardiner Spring, Rev. Stephen N.. Rowan, Rev. R. B. E. M'Leod, and Messrs. Rensselaer Havens, John E. Caldwell, Guysbert B. Vroom, Isaac Heyer, Henry Rankin, and Jolin Borland.

By the Treasurer's account it appears, that the amount received by him during the past year for the Society, for subscriptions, donations, and congregational collections, is

$ 2,732 34 And that the amount expended is,

154 09 Leaving a balance in his handecof

2,578 26

DEAF AND DUMB ASYLUM AT HARTFORD. On Thursday the 28th of May the preceptors of this interesting Institution:

made a public exhibition of the attainments of their pupils. It was held in

the Brick Meeting-house in that city, in the presence of the Governor and .. both houses of the General Assembly, and a large collection of people of both

sexes, from that and the neighbouring towns. Under the care of the Directors, who have ever watched over the interests of the Asylum with paternal solicitude and diligence, a stage was prepared for the pupils, with the neces-r sary accommodations for writing, on which they were arranged with their

respective preceptors. The two houses of the Legislature adjourned at 4 o'clock, and attended at the

meeting-house. The exercises were opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Flint. Mr. Laurent Clerc, one of the Instructors, himself deaf and dumb, then presented to the audience a manuscript, which, by gestures perfectly intelligible, he signified was an address which he wished to inake them, and then handed it to Mr. Gallaudet, the Principal Preceptor, to read. The following is a copy of that paper, which is entirely the original production of Mr. Clerc,

who was born deaf, and has never heard a sound or uttered the simplest phrase of speech. He was eight years a pupil of the celebrated Abbe Sicard, who now presides over the Royal Institution for the Deaf and Dumb in Paris, in which Mr. Clerc has been eight years a teacher. The Connecticut Asylum for the relief of these children of misfortune, held a public examination of the pupils on the 28th of May, and at the request of the Directors, Mr. Clerc prepared this address, which was delivered by Mr. Gallaudet, who takes this mode of informing those who may peruse it, that a very few alterations have been made in some idiomatic expressions, but nothing which can affect the originality of its thought, language, or style.

Hartford, June 1st, 1818. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

The kind concern wbich you were pleased to take in our public exhibition of last year, and the wish which you have had the goodness to express, to see it renewed, have induced me to comply with the request of the Directors of the Asylum, to deliver this address. I at first intended to write two or three pages, that I might not fatigue the attention of our auditors; but my thoughts have led me farther, and I flatter myself that you will attend to and keep the memory of these particulars, as a small token of our gratitude for all the favours which you havę vouchsafed to confer both upon us and our


The origin of the discovery of the art of teaching the Deaf and Dumb is so little known in this country, that I think necessary to repeat it. Afterwards I will give you a basty sketch of our system of instruction; then let you judge whether the opinion of some persons Among you is correct, who believe that the sight of the Deaf and Dumb, or conversation about them increase iheir number, and at Jength make you appreciate the importance of educating these unfortunate beings.

A lady, whose name I do not recollect, lived in Paris, and had among her children two daughter's, both Deaf and Dumb. The Father Famin, one of the Members of the society of Christian doctrine, was acquainted with the family, and attempted, without method, to supply in those unfortunate persons the want of hearing and speech, but was surprised by a premature death, before he could attain any degree of success. The two sisters aś, well as their mother, were inconsolable at that loss, when by divine providence, a Lappy event restored every thing. The Abbé de L'Epée, formerly belonging the above mentioned society, had an opportunity of calling at their house. The mother was abroad, and while he was waiting for her, he wished to enter into conversation with the young ladies; but their eyes remained fixed on their needle, and they gave no answer. In vain did be renew his questions, in vain did be redouble the sound of his voice, they were still silent, and durst' hardly raise their heads to look at him. He did not know that those whom lie thus addressed were doomed by nature never to hear or speak. He already began to think them impolite and uncivil, and rose to go out. Under these circumstances, the mother returned, and every thing was explained. The good Abbé sympathized with

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