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our prayers for their restoration to the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls.

To Him who has promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in his Son's name, let us address our supplications, that He will have mercy upon them after his great goodness, and, according to the multitude of his mercies, do away their offences ;" that, being “justified by faith, they may be made heirs according to the hope of life eternal.”

Abstract of the Treasurer's Account.

Amount of Subscriptious,

$269 21 Received from individuals in Fitzwilliam, by Mrs. Sabin, 26 92 Received from Portland Female Auxiliary Society, 160 75 Uxbridge ditto,

42 48 Female Cent Society in Northbridge, 14 00 Interest on six per cent. Stock,

20 26 Sum total of monies received, $533 62

Balance in Treasury last year, 159 79 In Six per cent. Stock, ($500 of which is permanent fund,)

675 00 Interest due on the same,

25 72 Amount paid by order of the first Directress. For the education of Jewish children in Bombay,

$100 00 Premium paid on the above,

2 00 For the assistance of a destitute Jew,

30 00 For a bill of exchange transmitted to the London So

ciety to aid in the translation of the New Testa-
ment into Hebrew,

444 44 Contingent expenses,

32 31 Total of monies expended,

608 75

Since the completion of the Treasurer's account, the following

donations have been received: From a Cent Society in North-Yarmouth,

18 50 By Mr. Ford, collected in charity boxes at the Columbian Museum,

38 00 At a Baptist prayer-meeting,

22 00 At the Baptist infant female reading Society,

20 00 From ladies in Carlisle,

11 18 From ladies in Foxborough,

30 00 From a widow in Gouffstown,

11 52 From the Female Auxiliary Society in Uxbridge,

22 40 From the Medfield Female Auxiliary Society,

21 75

From the Female Charitable Society in Wrentham,
From Dea. Eleazer Whitman, (Abington)
From the Female Charitable Society in Holliston,
From a Friend to the Jews in Cazenovia, (n. Y.)

May, 1818.

$16 00 20 00 5 38 3 00



At a meeting of the General Association of Connecticut, at Middle

town, the third Tuesday of June, 1818. The Committee appointed to take minutes of the narratives, and prepare a concise account of the state of religion, made a report, which was accepted as follows :

Although the efforts made for the suppression of the awful vice of intemperance have not succeeded so fully as could be desired; although the Sabbath is much neglected in some places, and in a few perceptibly more than heretofore ;--and although it has pleased the great Head of the Church not to bless this portion of Zion with refreshing showers, so copious and extensive as in past years; and although we find, in the moral and religious state of the community, grounds for sore lamentation and deep abasement before a holy and sovereign God ;-yet there are considerations of vast moment which should animate Christ's ministering servants to the most unabated exertions, and all Christians to the most fervent and increasing prayers and activity in the cause of Him whose interests they have espoused, and call forth the most heartfelt gratitude to the Father of mercies. In some places the Sabbath is observed with greater solemnity than heretofore. The increasing attention paid to the religious instruction of children, particularly the establishment of Sabbath Schools, a plan extending so widely and with so much efficacy, bas a direct influence upon the best interests of men : a plan which we most cordially approve, and for a divine blessing upon which all good men will unceasingly pray.

With no ordinary emotions do we observe that decided support which the various charitable institutions of the present day receive from the liberality of the Christian public, and the deep interest they feel in their extension and usefulness. Nor do we permit ourselves to doubt, that these streams will continue to augment and flow with greater celerity, as the state of the world may demand.

In the heathen school established within our limits,' we behold a foundation laid on which we humbly trust it will please the great Head of the Church, by the instrumentality of human means, to erect a noble edifice; we behold a light dawning, which we trust

will brighten and spread, until many pagan lands, and especially the islands of the sea, shall be cheered with its heavenly radiance, and the glorious and universal reign of Messiah tbe Prince shall commence.

Among the several subjects of consideration, the success of the Domestic Missionary Society claims our gratitude. Its usefulness is becoming daily more and inore evident; and it is hoped that the great object of building up our waste places will excite an increasing degree of interest in the public mind.

Nor do we consider it a small matter of congratulation and thanksgiving to God, that the Asylum established at Hartford for the instruction of the deaf and dumb has been so far prospered. While all the feelings of humanity are strongly enlisted on its side, and prompt, with almost irresistible energy, to its support, the Cbristian beholds, in its operations, a door opened for its unfortunate subjects to assume a station, with their fellow immortals, in the intellectual and moral kingdom of God, and be prepared to share in that infinite blessedness purchased by the Saviour's blood. May the dews of heaven distil more abundantly upon this humane Institution ! May it share largely in the prevailing prayers of the Angel of the covenant! And though the dear pupils cannot speak the language of men, may they be taught by the Spirit of Grace, that they may speak forever the language of angels, and of the spirits of the just made perfect!

But, above all, do we find matter of praise to the God of grace, in the revivals of religion with which, although less numerous and powerful than in some preceding years, it hath pleased Him to bless several of our churches. In some places the shower appears to have abated; in others, the rain of divine influence continues copiously to descend. In Middletown, Upper-Houses, Weathersfield, Rocky-Hill, Bethany in the town of Woodbridge, Salem, a parish in Waterbury, East-Hampton in Chatham, and Haddam, God has wrought gloriously, or is still working. In these tokens of our Saviour's presence his friends find abundant cause of gratitude, courage, hope, and prayer; nor should they be forgetful of the additional obligation which every soul brought home to Christ, and secured in his fold, lays upon them, with united hearts to ascribe to Him all the glory.

We would also observe, that in the undiminished prosperity and usefulness of Yale College, an institution founded in wisdom, watered with the prayers of our pious progenitors, and which the Son of God has made a fountain of refreshing streams to his church for more than a century, we feel that there is special cause to exalt His name.

From the accounts rendered of the state of religion within the bounds of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, it appears that the interests of the Redeemer's kingdom are evidently advancing. Several of the Presbyteries under their jurisdiction have been very powerfully visited, the year past, with the influences of the Holy Spirit, and many have been added unto the Lord. Churches, under their superintendance, are multiplying as the settlements extend into that wide region on their border. Their Theological Seminary is sending forth a succession of young men as heralds of the Cross; and the general aspect of Zion is highly favourable. And it is pleasing to learn, that the General Assembly has recommended and strongly urged upon the members of their communion, to pay particular attention to the religious instruction of their slaves, that they may be prepared, in God's own time, for their emancipation.

From our brethren in Massachusetts Proper we learn, with heartfelt joy, that revivals of religion in several counties, especially that of Berkshire, have taken place; and not only the happy fruits of former ones remain, but goodly numbers have been gathered unto Christ ;--that the Theological Institution at Andover is in a flourishing condition, and promises to extend its utility, already great, over an extensive field.

From the General Association of New Hampshire we are informed, that the prospects in many parts of the State are gloomy;that some churches are low, and some professors lukewarm. At the same time, it is evident that a gracious God hath them in rcmembrance. Revivals of religion, powerful, and resulting in the hopeful conversion of very considerable numbers, have claimed the gratitude, and encouraged the hearts of both ministers and private Christians in that section of our country. And it has been particularly noted by them that, in those revivals, God has been pleased to call in from the world the greatest proportion of converts from among those who, in their infancy, received the seal of baptism.

The church of our ascended Lord in the State of Vermont continues to flourish. The number of settled ministers is enlarging, and several churches, increased with the increase of God, are assuming additional stability, beauty, and glory: Peculiarly favoured of her Head, Zion here looks forth, fair as the moon, and clear as

In two Associations, consisting of twenty-six congregations, more than twelve hundred have been brought, hopefully, to accept the crucified Saviour. And we are happy to add, that twelve or fourteen of the pupils in the College in Middlebury bave been, as there is reason to hope, made the subjects of renewing grace.

On the whole, your Committee rejoice, in common with the members of this body, and all who wish for Zion's welfare, that the Christian character is rising-tbat Christian ebarities are extensively multiplying, and the spirit of Missions extending in all directions : that young men of talents and piety are consecrating themselves to God, in the kingdom of his Son, with particular reference to the Pagan world, and that the signs of the times loudly call on the Christian world to redouble their prayers and their liberality. Behold the dawn of the glorious day-that day which prophets predicted, and for which saints have prayed--that day in which the light of the Moon is to be as the light of the Sun, and the light of the Sun seven-fold ;-in which the triumphs of the Cross are to be signally exhibited from the rising of the Sun unto the going down of the same ; in which the gospel, in its triumphant career, is to march the circle of the globe, and Alleluia, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth, resounded from every land. Even so, come Lord Jesus, come quickly, Amen.

Approved by the Association,

ABEL FLINT, Moderator.


From the London Jewish Expositor. Extracts from a Letter on the passage of the Red Sea by the Children

of Israel, in their route from Egypt to Mount Sinai. [The Letter from which these extracts are made is thus introduced in the Jewish Expositor:

“ Having some time ago in the voluminous works of the Jesuit Missionaries, met with many curious essays of the learned and indefatigable FATHER SICARD, written during his long residence in Egypt, with a view to the intended work on the. Antiquities of Egypt, which he did not live to finish, I was particularly pleased with his letter on the Passage of the Red Sea, and thought much of the substance of it might be interesting to Protestant readers. I therefore drew up the following account, still retaining the form of a letter; and where any information peculiarly opposite occurred from other sources, I occasionally introduced it." The original letter is dated “ Grand Cairo, April, 1720.". "I felt a double interest in Father Sicard's accoumt, from the high terms in which Denon speaks of his geographical accuracy; and from the frequent use of the learned Jesuit's charts, and his observations to the celebrated geographer D’ANVILLE. I am, &c.

“ Mary AYSE SCHIMMELPENNINCK. Bristol, (Eng.) Feb. 9, 1818.")

I myself, in company with Mr. Fronton, took the very same journey as that pursued by the children of Israel in their departure from Egypt. My object being to trace their route, we determined, as much as possible, to choose a similar season of the year.

We sat out from Cairo in March, and, like the Israelites, precisely at the time of the full moon. Like them too we encamped at Ramesses, Succoth, Etham, and Phi-Habiroth, and accomplished the whole of our excursion with the greatest ease in three short days' journey. Judging by the number of hours in which we performed it, we concluded the whole distance to be about twenty-six French leagues. And we concluded that the Israelites might with perfect ease march every day nine leagues. This would be by no means difficult to a people habitually inured to the hardest labour, and already accustomed to hunger, thirst, and all the rigours of a hard and oppressive servitude; especially when animated by the hope of recovering their liberty. The road too is perfectly easy and commodious, and the time of year as favourable as possible; the

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