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been cstablished in various parts of our country, and the benevolent mind looks forward to the period not far distant, when education and knowledge will be diffused through all the ranks of the community. To a Beneficent Providence who has crowned our labours with his blessing, we'desire to render un feigned thanks, and evince our gratitude by renewed exertions in the path of duty.
Signed by order of a meeting of the Board of Managers, held 12th month (Dec.) 31st, 1817.
PHILLIP GARRETT, Chairman.
SYNOD OF GENEVA, N. Y.
From the Palmyra (N. Y.) Register. The Synod of Geneva convened at Rochester February 18th, :1818, and report :
The Synod of Geneva has six Presbyteries, viz. Onondaga 19 Ministers and 27 Churches ; Cayuga, 15 do. and 26 do.; Geneva 14 do. and 21 do.; Bath 6 do. and 10 do.; Ontario 19 do. and 16 do.; Niagara 9 do, and 16 do.
Some of the ministers belonging to the Synod have the pastoral charge of churches not yet connected with any Presbytery; and some have no pastoral charge. Twenty ministers and 1791 communicants have been added to the Synod the last year.
STATE OF RELIGION. From a free conversation had on the state of religion within our bounds, it appears, that in all our Presbyteries there is an increasing attention to religious concerns. Most of the congregations belonging to the Presbytery of Cayuga have been graciously visited ; many sinners have been convinced, and hopefully made penitent and hunible, and the professed friends of Christ have generally been revived and made to rejoice in the God of their salvation. In the congregation at Auburn the work of divine grace has been extensive and gloriouş; 210 have already united themselves to the church, and are rejoicing in the love and service of their Redeemer.
The congregation at Ithaca has shared largely in Divine quickening. The two congregations in Geneva have also been graciously visited, and God's children refreshed. In the Presbytery of Onondaga the riches of Divine grace have also been displayed during the last year. In the town of Camillus the Holy Spirit has been glo. riously shed down, and a church constituted, consisting of about 100 members. The congregation in Otisco has also experienced a plentiful effusion of the Spirit. At Salt Point, and in the villages of Orville and Liverpool, the riches of redeeming love have been expe* rienced.
The congregations in Richmond and Genesee, in Ontario Presbytery, and the congregation in Buffalo, in Niagara Presbytery, have been graciously visited, and the number of communicants very considerably enlarged.
During the last year; Sabbath Schools and Bible Classes have been insututed in many of our congregations, and have been productive of much good. Monthly concerts for prayer, and weekly conferences have generally been observed. These, with the stated female prayer-meetings, observed in many of our congregations, with an increased disposition to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, and to attend on the stated and occasional preaching of the word, have gladdened thc hearts and excited the exertions of the friends of Zion.
In view of these rich blessings of our God and King, the Synod take courage, and call upon themselves and brethren to make exertions to advance the interest of the Redeemer's kingdom, in full confidence that the time has come for the Most High to have mercy on his Zion.
The Synod are not insensible that “ there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed."
The name and Sabbaths of the Lord are, by many within our bounds, greatly profaned; which, with the intemperate degrading use of ardent spirits, are abominations which call for deep repentance, speedy reformation, and the joint counteraction of all the friends of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Synod thankfully recognize the good hand of God upon the congregations within their bounds, and supplicate a continuation of the smiles of the Great Head of the Church, to render all his friends more faithful, to bring his enemies to bow to his authority, and to fill the world with the knowledge, love, and praise of his name.
REVIVAL IN POULTNEY, VT. Extracts from a communication of the Rev. Clark KENDRICK, to one
of the Editors of the American Baptist Magazine. Nov. 1817.
The uncommonly gloomy season we witnessed last year, seemed to fall with more weight on the minds of the public than any one judgment of God I ever witnessed before. It evidently produced a solemnity on the minds of many people ; but there was no general acknowledgment of special conviction until September, when there began to appear something of a work of grace in one corner of the
For some time we were held in a state of suspense between hope and fear as to the issue, whether it would continue and extend its balmy influences, or take its flight, and leave the people in their sins.
About this time there was an occurrence perhaps worili noticing. In the centre of the town where nothing of the work had discovered itself, one evening towards twilight, a number of young girls, from about 11 to 14 years of age, were very merrily at play on the broad steps of the Baptist Meeung House, and of a sudden, without any visible cause, they were struck with solemn awe, and retired with sighs and sobs to a house, where they spent the evening in reading the Bible and other good books. Some of these children (one of whom was my eldest daughter) eventually obtained a comfortable hope, and were baptized. This circumstance led me to hope that the Holy Spirit was mercifully covering over us.
The latter part of October there began to be evident appearances of conviction, in different parts of the town. Sabbath and conference meetings became crowded; and many were inquiring what they should do to be saved.
During the revival, perhaps nearly 200 have been hopefully brought into the possession of religion. Some of whom have not as yet joined the church. I conclude that between forty and fifty have united with any Congregational church in this place. The additions with us since the commencement of the work are an hundred and seven, six of whom have been added by letters. The converts generally maintain a good degree of engagedness in the cause. Many of them are in the bloom of youth. One of whom, a young man, soon after he had made a religious profession, ended his warfare, and sleeps with the pious dead. The reformation has given rise to a large Fe male Mite Society, to aid missionary funds and the education of youth for the ministry.
BENEVOLENT EXERTIONS. Extract of a letter from the Rev. Robert Johnston, to the editor of the
Chillicothe Recorder, dated Forks of Yough, Feb. 21. The church in this place is composed of a goodly number of decent and respectable professors, many of whom; we have reason to believe, are really pious, and some, we trust, are locking and longing for times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, though nothing very encouraging has yet appeared. We have had an addition of six to the communion this winter, and two of that number, women who have families, were baptized. We have lately witnessed an almost unanimous zeal in the Forks, in both sexes, to engage in benevolent institutions. The ladies have recently organized a Cent Society, which promises important aid to the funds of the Western Missionary Society. A Bible Society was formed on the 12th inst. including the Rev. Matthew Henderson's charge and mine, which appears to meet with very general concurrence. The day we met to organize exhibited a zeal and unanimity which the precepts of that Holy Book are calculated to inspire. bout a hundred names were added to the long list of Zion's professed friends, at our first meeting. I expect to present you with a copy of our Constitution and Address, perhaps by the next mail. Late in the fall I proposed to form a Bis ble class in each branch of my charge, on the plan recommended by the General Assembly. So soon as I got my people to understand the design of the instituțion, it met with encouraging attention; and the experience of a few evenings has procured the most unqualified approbation of old and young, as the best institution for improving the mind in the knowledge of God, and the Bible, that has ever been known in the church. The number that meet in each congregation once in two weeks, is generally between cighty and a hundred. As it respects myself, I can say it is the most pleasing and laborious undertaking I ever attempted. We seldom get through the examination under three hours. I belicve this is one of the means by which the Redeemer is about establishing his universal dominion on earth., Dear friend, the mighty machine is in operation, which will shortly demolish the strong holds of Satan, overturn the whole empire of darkness, and establish the Redeemer's kingdom in every land.That this joyful event may soon be realized by every people, kindred and nation, is the prayer of your friend and brother in the Gospel of our common Lord.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY. The Treasurer of the American Bible Society has acknowledged the receipt of the following contributions, in March, 1818.—viz:
From the Norfolk Bible Society, a donation of 150 Dollars; the Washington county B. S. (N. Y.) 370 Dollars, their surplus funds; the Lynchburgh B.S. (Va.) 350 Dollars, part of their surplus funds ; the New Jersey B. S. 500 Dollars, to purchase Bibles ; Samuel Bayard, Esq.,_50 Dollars, to purchase Bibles; the Reformed Dutch Church at English Neighbourhood, Bergen county, (N. J.) 160 Dollars, to constitute their pastor, the Rev. Cornelius J. Demarest, a Director for life; the students of Middlebury College, (Vermont,) 120 Dollars, presented to Rev. Joshua Bates, their President (in addition to 30 Dollars received 5th December last) to constitute him Director for life :—from the following gentlemen as members for life : James Monroe, Esq. President of the United States, fifty Dollars; William H. Crawford, Esq. Secretary of the Treasury U.S. 30 Dollars; J. C. Calhoun, Esq. Secretary at War, 30 Dollars ; Richard Crowningshield, Esq. Secretary of the Navy, 30 Dollars ; James W. M‘Cullough, Esq. of Baltimore, 100 Dollars ; Elias B. Caldwell, Esq. of Washington City, (D. C.) 30 Dollars : also thirty Dollars each
to constitute the following ministers members for life, viz :-Rev. Daniel C. Clark, by the Female Cent Society of Southbury, (Conn.); Rev. Lyman Beecher, by a number of ladies of the first Ecclesiastical Society in Litchfield, Conn. ; Rev. Dr. William Neil, by a Bible Class of young ladies of his congregation, in Philadelphia ; Rev. James M'Chord, by several ladies of Market-street Church, Lexington, Kentucky; Rev. Joseph E. Camp, by benevolent females in the Society of North Litchfield, Conn. ; Rev. Ichabod Nichols, by a number of young gentlemen of the first Congregational Society in Portland, Maine; Rev. Nathaniel Hewit, by the ladies of Fairfield, Conn. ; Rev. Thomas H. Skinner, by ladies of the Fifth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia ; Rev. Archibald Alexander, by several students of the Theological Seminary at Princeton, (N. J.) Rev. Elisha Macurdy, by the congregations of Cross Roads and Three Springs, Burk's county, (Penn.) ; Rev. John Langdon, by the ladies of Bethlehem, Conn.; Rev. Philander Parmele, by the Female Cent Society in Bolton, Conn.:-also three Dollars for the annual contribution of each of the three following members, Rev. John Knox, of New-York; Elward Payson Willis, of Boston; and Zophar Meade, of Horseneck, (N. Y.)"
Saturday, April 18, 1818. [No. 2.
The missionary intelligence from the South Sea Islands for nearly two years past lias been of the inost cheering description. . Several partial accounts bave been received and published during the past year, exhibiting the cause of Christianity in Otaheite and the neighbouring islands as making rapid progress. The following long expected details of the glorious work of the Lord in that region will doubtless be read with no ordinary interest.
From the London Missionary Magazine.
OTAHEITE. We have long been waiting for official information from our Missionaries in the South Sea Islands. We are at length completely o gratified. On Monday, January 19th, the following letter came to hand, which fully confirms all the preceding and imperfect accounts received from individuals in New South Wales. Idolatry is no more in Otaheite or Eimeo, and is fast giving way in other islands. The school flourishes, and many who have learned to read have dispersed themselves among the islands, and have taught others. Many hundreds can read well; at least 3000 have books among them; and hundreds of the natives can repeat the Catechism word for word.
In addition to the letter of the Missionaries, we have the pleasure of presenting to our readers the literal translation of a letter from the King of Otaheite to the Missionaries, accompanied by a present of all his family gods, (the public ones being previously destroyed,) and which he desires the Missionaries either to burn, or to send to • Britane, for the Missionary Society, that they may see the likoness of the foolish gods which_Tahiti worshipped. These, which Mr. Marsden has forwarded to England, will enrich the museum of the Society, and we shall probably give a print of them in a future number of this work.
The following letters call anew upon the friends of the missionary
The last letter we received from you was dated July 23d, 1814,