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224 Resolutions of the Managers of the American B. Society. Rev. Joshụa L. Wilson, by ladies of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio,

$32 Rev. Asa Basset, by females of the 1st Society in Hebron, Conn.,

30 Rev. Isaac Galvin, by ladies of the Congregational Society of Butternuts, N. Y.,

30 Rev. Caleb Knight, by the Ladies' Mite Society in Franklin, N. Y.,

30 Rev. Daniel Smith, by the ladies of Stamford, Conn., 30 Rev. Daniel Haskill, by the ladies of the 1st Calvinistic Society of Burlington, Vt.,

30 Rev. Thomas Snell, by the ladies of North Brookfield,

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Rev. Wm. M'Pheeters, by the students of Raleigh Aca-

demy, and the Euterpean Society of Raleigh, North-
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Rev. Thomas H. Nelson, of Knoxville, Tennessee, by 30
Rev. Hutchins Taylor, by the Wilkesbarre Female B. S.,
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At a late meeting of the Board of Managers of the American Bible

Society, the following resolutions were passed :“Resolved that Auxiliary Societies and Members of this Society, upon their application for New Testaments, be supplied therewith from the Depository of the Society, in the same manner that they are supplied with Bibles upon similar applications."

" Resolved that the Members of the American Bible Society be permitted to purchase Bibles and Testaments at the same prices as Auxiliary Societies; and that the Members of Auxiliary Societies be permitted to purchase Bibles and Testaments at the same prices as members of the American Bible Society.

TO AN UNKNOWN CORRESPONDENT. We have received a note signed S...... W......., inclosing a “letter from a dear friend now no more." Both the sentiments and the language of that letter are suitable for our miscellany. We will with pleasure give it a place in our next. It came too late for insertion in this Number.

Vol. V.]

Saturday, July 18, 1818.

[No. 8.

FOR THE CHRISTIAN HERALD.

The account published in the last Number of the Christian Herald, of the state of the Indian Congregation at New-Fairfield, in Upper Canada, as given by the Rev. Christian Dencke, Missionary of the United Brethren, stationed at that place, is truly interesting. It shows that the chief object of his abode among them, as a Christian teacher, is answered. After the example of the Apostle Paul, he preaches “Jesus Christ and him Crucified,” 1 Cor. ii. 2; and this gospel comes now unto them generally, it appears, as it did to the ancient Thessalonian church, "not in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance,” i Thess. i. 5. This will surely not be wondered at by any one who considers, that when Paul was called to preach the gospel among the heathen, he received the following remarkable commission from Jesus Christ, promising the very success that should attend his labours : " I send thee to the Gentiles, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me,” Acts xxvi. 18:—that he afterwards attests; my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power; that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God, I Cor. ii. 4, 5:—that he asserts generally “the Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth,Rom. i, 16: that our Lord, with particular reference to the preaching of the gospel in the manner he has directed it to be preached, Matt. xxviii. 19, 20, has given to all his servants the promise, “ Lo, I ain with you alway, even unto the end of the world,” Matt. xxviii. 20 :-and that he had previously declared, through the prophet Isaiah," my word shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I send it,” Isaiah, lv. 11.

The number of Indians residing at New Fairfield, who are Mr. Dencke's daily hearers, and conform to the rules and regulations by wbich they are constituted a Christian community, is at present one hundred and eighty. Besides these, there are many other Indians who have been, and still are, at times, instructed by the Missionaries there, but who generally reside elsewhere.

The Indians of that town are nearly all of the Delaware and Monsy tribes. Mr. Dencke has, with the greatest diligence, devoted himself to the learning of their language, the knowledge of which he has acquired grammatically and critically. After his first year's abode among them he could express himself with much fluency in it, on all ordinary subjects. But for many years past, they have considered him a perfect master of their whole speech, and have willingly listened to his sermons to them, which were always delivered without the intervention of an interpreter. It will naturally be supposed, that the facility and correctness with which he is now able to address them tends much, under God, to endear him to them, and make his labours useful. He is now about forty-three years of age. Mrs. Dencke, who has lived about fourteen years among the Indians, speaks their language as readily as her husband, and is very useful among her sex, particularly by the instruction which she gives in the Indian school.

Mr. and Mrs. Dencke have, from apostolic principles merely, there is every reason to believe, (2 Cor. v. 13, 15,) endured many hardships and privations among their flock, particularly during the late war, when their town was burnt, and all their property was destroyed, or taken from them. They then also lost nearly all they had among the Indians, except the clothing which they wore at the time. But they at no time forsook their congregation; they assiduously continued their instructions to them at their encamping places in the forests; and availed themselves of all the means in their power, through their influence with benevolent Societies, to mitigate their sufferings, and to promote their temporal as well as spiritual comfort. It will easily be believed, that the faithfulness, and affectionate attention to the welfare of their congregation, which they were then, in the way of God's mysterious providence, particularly called upon to exercise, was calculated to impress even the most savage hearts with respect for them personally, as well as for the gospel which they preached to them. It appears, from a series of letters since received from Mr. Dencke, that these severe trials were preparatory to that general effusion of the Spirit upon his congregation, which they now so happily experience. Oh how favoured is such a Christian church, collected from among savages! How must the bearts of pious Missionaries rejoice, who was labourers together with God,” after many and severe trials, are privileged, as Mr. and Mrs. Dencke now are, to be witnesses of such distinguished grace and mercy, bestowed upon those who have been so long the objects of their tender parental care !

A particular providence of God ought also to be noticed, in the circumstance of our receiving this truly pleasing account from a portion of the Delaware tribes just at the present time, when the Managers of the American Bible Society are about sending to that nation of red brethren parts of the Holy Scriptures translated into their native language. It furnishes a very pertinent and happy answer to the questions which have been raised by some persons among us: Where are the Indians for whom it is worth the while going to the expense of translating the Bible into their barbarous dialects ? Who will be able, or desirous, to read the Scriptures in the tongue of the Delawares ? Delawares! Yes, God be praised, there are such Indians. Behold the Indian settlement at New Fairfield, County of Kent, Upper Canada. They have been prepared, by previous instruction, to read and understand the Scriptures in their own language ; and Mr. Dencke, their Missionary for eighteen years past, assures us they will receive the gift of any part of the word of God, printed in their own tongue, with the warmest gratitude ; and will make diligent use of it. Besides these, many other Indians who have been taught by the Missionaries of the United Brethren, would, it is known, thankfully partake of this benefit; a part of whom reside, under the care of the Rev. Abraham Luckenbach, at Goshen, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Ought we not also to indulge the hope that, as Societies for the propagation of the Gospel among the heathen are increasing among other denominations, both in number, in means, and in the energy which they display-who have sent Missionaries too among the aborigines of this country, whose labours are blessed—there is ground to expect, that similar endeavours of the Managers of the American Bible Society, agreeably to their constitution, in behalf of the Indian tribes, will be more and more called for? But the views of the Managers on this head are fully explained in their own second annual report, which is now before the public.

It may be proper to add here, that “the history of the Mission "of the United Brethren among the Indians in North America, in " three parts, by Geo. H. Loskiel, translated from the German by “Chr. Ign. Latrobe;" is to be had at No. 104 Fulton-street.

BENJAMIN MORTIMER, New-York, July, 1818,

From the Religious Remembrancer.

GOOD NEWS FROM NEW-ORLEANS.

In presenting to our readers the following extract of a letter

from the Rev. E. Cornelius, it is with pleasure that we prefix the Christian tribute of Mr. Larned to this evangelical servant of God. This pleasing testimony of Mr. C's exertion to promote the Redeemer's cause is from Mr. Larned's communication to the * Board of Missions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States :

“Rev. Elias Cornelius, acting under the authority of the Connecticut Missionary Society, had reached the city about three weeks before myself: And, conformably with a mutual understanding previous to leaving the Eastern States, had bent all his efforts towards effecting my permanent settlement. To say that his disinterested views and unwearied exertions have endeared him most strongly to my heart, would only express my individual feelings. For the rest, I will add, that if the Great Head of the church is opening for New Orleans any prospect of moral or religious improvement, that improvement cannot fail, with those who appreciate Christian endeavour, and especially in the eye of Omniscience, to be associated with the name of Mr. Cornelius,

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Elias Cornelius to the Editor of the

Religious Intelligencer, dated New-Orleans, March 30, 1818. My Dear Sir,-I have long intended to write to you, but the necessity for ministerial labour in this city has prevented me. I have never yet indeed seen a place in which a good man might not find work enough to perform. But in New Orleans such a man will find a field of usefulness, more extensive, I believe, than any other in the United States of the same population. Its local situation, pre-eminently important in a.commercial point of view, renders it equally so in its moral character; and more than this, I can say it is a field already white unto the harvest. The American part. of the population are as ready to promote religious institutions as the same number of citizens on an average in any other city of the United States. This has been very clearly proved within two months past. A new congregation has been formed, and a subscription to the amount of 15,000 dollars already made for the erection of a church, the whole expense of which is estimated at thirtyfive or forty thousand dollars. The Rev. Sylvester Larned, recently from the Theological Seminary at Princeton, and of whom I think it may be affirmed with truth, there is not a more worthy, a more able, or more eloquent young minister in the United States, has been invited to settle as pastor, with a salary of four thousand dollars annually. The invitation has been accepted; and I trust I am not extravagant in saying, that the fact deserves to be hailed as the signal for a great extension of religious influence, not only in this city, but in the adjoining region. It is certain, that the moral aspect of this region of our country is improving with wonderful rapidity; and when we reflect on the influence which Louisiana now has, and is destined to have to a much greater extent, from its accumulating and unrivalled wealth, it cannot but excite our gratitude to God, that he is also providing the instruments for its moral and religious improvement. There is a band of real Christians in New-Orleans; and very many, I assure you, who lend their influence and their property to the cause of religion and humanity with as much cheerfulness, and with more liberality than is usual in the northern states.

In regard to myself, I can say that I never laboured with more satisfaction, and with greater hope of usefulness, than I have the past winter in New Orleans. The field is indeed wide, and the work to be done immense. But this I regard only as a motive to greater exertion.

E. CORNELIUS. The following is an extract from the official communication of Mr. Larned, alluded to in the paragraph prefixed to the above letter :

“Aster procuring from the Legislature an 'Act of Incorporation for the First Presbyterian Church and Congregation in the city and parish of New Orleans,' a meeting of persons friendly to the object was called. From them I received an invitation to remain as their

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