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and he has frequently been urged to settle among them for life. He had already preached twenty sermons, and established eight Sunday Schools. He remarks that there are in that country a few bright Christians, the most eminent he had ever known; but adds, " they are indeed a little flock; while on the other hand, infidelity, and vice, and error prevail in some places to an extent that I never witnessed or believed existed in any part of our country. If you were here, your heart would bleed." Since he has been in Virginia, Mr. Chester has excited the people of two places to take measures to erect churches for the worship of God. One of them has already been commenced. He says, “the fields here appear whitening to the harvest.” The Board would add, “God grant that it may be abundant."

In the course of the summer, Mr. William D. SNODGRASS, another licentiate of thesame church, was employed to undertake a mission to the eastern parts of Virginia, and to North Carolina, in company with Mr. Chester. Mr. Snodgrass has recently set out for the place of his destination.

Previous to his departure for Virginia, Mr. Snodgrass, at the request of the Board, undertook a short tour of Missionary duty in the towns of Bolton, Caldwell

, and Warrensburg, where auxiliary societies were formed during the summer, and from which places, particularly Bolton, very pressing calls had been received for missionary aid. Of the very interesting church at the latter place, in which the power of the grace of God has heretofore been remarkably displayed, almost without the use of means, he gives the following account:"The Presbyterian Society in Bolton is scattered over an extent of country of about six miles square. As a Society they are extremely poor, and from their situation, have no opportunity of attending upon the administration of the word, except when Missionaries are sent among them. They however manisest a very unusual anxiety to enjoy the preaching of the gospel, and are always ready to make a Missionary comfortable and useful among them. Their congregation consists of about 40 families, in which there are about 80 persons who publickly profess the religion of Jesus. They have a very convenient place of worship, in which they assemble on the Sabbath for prayer and to attend the reading of a sermon. Besides this, they hold a conference meeting on Sabbath evenings, and one on Thursday evenings, which is intended particularly for the benefit of the young. One of those I attended. After the introductory exercises, I delivered a short exhortation, and then requested them to proceed in their usual manner. One of the deacons then made a few remarks, and was followed by two young men, who spoke in a very solemn, impressive, and interesting manner The meeting was conducted with the greatest propriety I aitefed it with much satisfaction to myself, and observed with pleasure the spirit of undissenbled piety which seemed to manifest itself among a majority of those present.”

Mr. Snodgrass visited Caldwell, where he preached twice, and was treated with much respect; but was prevented from proceeding to Warrensburg by the inclemency of the weather.

The Board are engaged in endeavouring to procure suitable Missionary aid for those three places.

On the 25th of June the Directors agreed to employ the Reverend Thomas C. SEARLE, of the Presbyterian Church, as a Missionary to labour in the present state of Illinois. As they have rez ceived no communication from that gentleman, they are uncertain whether bis commission has ever reached him.

Sometime ago they resolved to send Mr. Wm. Tinlow, a licentiate of the Hudson Presbytery, to the counties of Sullivan and Broome, in this State, and Wayne and Susquehannah, in Pennsylvania. They have been informed that Mr. Timlow received his commission, and intended to fulfil it, but was providentially prevented. They are still in hopes he will be able to accomplish this mission.

In the last report it was mentioned, that Mr. JOHN BARNARD, a licentiate of the Presbyterian Church, had been engaged to labour during the winter in the Northern parts of this State. He entered on the performance of his duties in the beginning of December last, and continued three months in the employment of the Board. He laboured as the colleague of the Rev. Mr. Dunlap ; but the pressing calls for the Word of life in that destitute region frequently kept them asunder in their work. The field of their labour was in the towns of Western, Boonville, Remsen, Steuben, Russia, Fairfield, Floyd, Constantia, Volney, Oswego, Newhaven, Richland, and Williamstown, in the Counties of Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, and the vicinity. During this period Mr. Barnard preached 54 times, and attended a variety of meetings for religious purposes. He spent much time in visiting schools and families. The unusual severity of the season, the badness of the roads, the scattered state of the population, and the indifferent means of conveyance, prevented bim from preaching as often as he wished. This circumstance, however, gave him more time for performing that most important part of a missionary's duty, visiting at their houses the people to whom he preaches. These visits be often found profitable to others, and exceedingly refreshing to himself. We are bappy to find, from bis report, that the New Testament, even in these dark parts of our state, is generally used as a school book, though we regret to learn that. there, as well as in other places, where it is less excusable, “piety is considered so unimportant a qualification in the teacher of a school.” Mr. Barnard represents the prospect in Western, where a church was organized by Mr. Dunlap, in January last, as promising; the attention to means as more general; and the desire to enjoy stated ministrations as increasing. After Mr. Barnard's first visit to Remsen a church was formed there which has since receive ed an addition of twelve members; and though the prospect in March, when he wrote, was less flattering than it bad been early

in the winter, there was still much attention to means, and an earnest desire for gospel privileges. When he left them, a subscription was in circulation to raise money for procuring a partial sup: ply of preaching; their intention being to place it in the funds of this Society, and request such supply from them. The other pla. ces he describes as greatly in want of Missionary aid. Some of the people are indifferent, and others very much engaged as to spiritual things. Some infant churches are languishing for want of the means of grace. Some places, from great division of senti : ment, are unable to procure religious instruction, while others, though abundantly able, care little about it. Sectaries, such as Universalists, Socinians, and Chrystians, abound in many places, while religious institutions are so utterly disregarded in some, that immorality is not ashamed to appear without a covering. The la. bours of missionaries are, however, generally well received ; ma. ny hear the word gladly, and the assemblies on the Sabbath and at conference, are often large, attentive, and solemn. In concluding his modest and interesting report, Mr. Barnard says, “On a review of the Mission, I have not the happiness to collect and present to your view an abundant ingathering that I have made from the Gospel field in which I have laboured. But, the seed is sown, I trust, in truth and sincerity. It remains with the great Head of the Church to give the increase. I could indeed telt

you thronged assemblies-of the silent and solemn attention that peryaded them—of the tears that told the anguish of the heart; but these are no certain indications of a gracious renovation. They may be like the morning cloud and the early dew; yet, 1 humbiy trust, our prayers and labours have not been in vain. The want of Missionary labourers in this particular section of the country is great. It bas, until quite recently, been almost entirely neglected by other Societies. To yours they now feel encouraged to look for assistance, and they do look with earnest importunity. Having become personally acquainted with these facts, and having heard the entreaties of the people, it is not without reluctance that I yield to the call of indispensable engagements, and decline a longer continuance on the mission." Mr. Barnard received $7 from two places in which he laboured, which have been credited by him to the Society.

In the latter part of July the Poard agreed to employ the Rev. John DAVENPORT, of the Presbyterian Church, who was recommended by Mr. Dunlap as an old, experienced, and very acceptable Missionary, to supply the place of Mr. Barnard. Mr. Davenport probably received notice of his appointment in the latter part of August, and it is presumed is now engaged in the performance of its duties, although no communication has as yet been received from him.*

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* Since the Annual Meeting, the Board have been informed that Mr. Da.. venport entered on his Mission in the beginning of October, and was still diligently employed in fulfilling its duties.

The Rev. John DUNLAP, of the Associate Reformed Church, has spent another year in the service of the Society, as their Missionary in the counties of Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, and St. Lawrence. The Board have received from him a vumber of communications. During the year he has formed four new Presbyterian Churches-one at Volney, one at Western, another at Vienna, and the fourth at Oswego falls. There had been at Volney a Congregational church of some years' standing, but it had fallen into ruins. After labouring there for some time, be, in the month of December, at their earnest request, organized them into a Presbyterian Church, of twenty-eight members, ordained three Elders, and dispensed among them the Lord's Supper. In speaking of this event Mr. Dunlap remarks, “this, I think, was the most solemn day I ever witnessed. The solemnities lasted three hours and an half. The weather was extremely cold; and after taking some refreshment I rode four miles, through snow two feet deep, and preached in the evening." "He gives the following account of the organization of the Church at Western, in a letter of the 20th January. “I have the satisfaction to inform you, that Western, a town to which I had given a part of my services during the last .year, has exceeded my expectations. It was in the most deplorable state when I first visited it, and the most unpromising field I ever laboured in. It had never enjoyed the stated ordinances of God's worship, but was a thoroughfare for Chrystians, and other Sectaries. There was no place of public worship except a very small meeting house of the Friends. A request was made for a part of my services. I complied with it, and among other things urged upon them the duty of erecting a house for the worship of the Living God. Many of the people are rich, and they complied with my request. They have finished a very commodious house, which will conveniently hold 700 people. I preached the dedication sermon on the 15th instant, from 1st Kings, viii. 13 and 27. The Church was overflowing, and all appeared very solemn. On the same day, with the assistance of two ministers, there were examined and approved for church membership, nine persons from the world. With them, and six professors, I formed a church of 15 members. I dispensed baptism to 3 adults. The whole of ihe exercises were attended to with the utmost solemnity, and I trust lasting impressions were made on all present. It was a day long to be remembered by the people of Western. The Lord's Supper was dispensed last Sabbath, The members unanimously resolved to become a Presbyterian Church, and two elders were chosen.” He adds, “thus, through divine grace, I have accomplished what I have long laboured and prayed for, and may the Lord build up this infant church, and make it a praise in the earth.”'

In the same letter he observes, “There are awakenings in several places in this region. The people of the town of Remsen have been in the habit of disregarding God's ordinances and institutions; but for some months there bas been a solemn attention among them,

I have lately spent one Sabbath with them, and Mr. Barnard two. I am requested to administer the Lord's Supper there, which I shall do on Sabbath next. Seven persons have offered themselves, and more are expected to join the Church of God at that place. In the town of Florence, which is destitute of Gospel ordinances, there is also a serious attention to religion. Twelve persons wish to join the Church, and I am earnestly desired to visit that place also, to dispense the Sacrament."

In a letter of March 6, he says, “Mr. Barnard has closed his mission. He has been very acceptable, and his ministry blessed wherever he laboured. I shall now be alone, unless the Board send others to take part with me in the important work. There is evidently an increased attention to divine things wherever we have visited. In a number of places in this region the Spirit of God is poured out. Many others are requesting the everlasting Gospel to be preached unto them, and the healing waters of the Sanctuary administered to their souls. What a howling wilderness presents itself to view! Oh LORD! pour out thy Spirit, and send forth labourers to proclaim salvation to those who are perishing in their sins.”

On the fourth of May he writes, “I have frequently expressed my inability to answer all the calls made on me for ministerial labour. The fields are truly whitening to the harvest. On the third Sabbath of April, in answer to repeated solicitations, I 'dispensed the Lord's Supper in Florence, where a Church has existed for some years, but has never had a settled ministry. Twelve were received on profession of their faith. The day was very stormy, the roads extremely bad, yet a respectable audience attended, and solemnity marked their deportment. Last week I visited the Churches I had planted at Constantia and Volney. The first is reduced to four members, in consequence of removals from that place. The Church at Volpey is prospering. Several persons are desirous of becoming members, They keep regular Sabbath meetings. I was pressed to administer the Lord's Supper, but could not tarry.” The following is an extract of a letter, dated Rome, 24th June: “ Since I brought my family to this place,” (in the beginning of that month,) “ I have been deeply engaged in my labours, and the Lord has evidently blessed them. I have organized two Churches, one in Vienna, of 12 members; the other at Oswego falls, of 18 members. There has been a great attention to religion in the latter place for some time past. Eight weeks ago I preached in the village, and on a short warning an audience of

200 convened in an evening. I preached with great freedom from these words, “ God is love." All eyes were fixed, all ears were open, and I trust their hearts also. It was nearly 11 o'clock before I closed. There was not a sleeping Eutychus present; and if I had continued until midnight the people would have gladly heard me. To the 30 persons mentioned above as having been received in these two places, I have also received 8 in Western, and baptized 8 adulys. I have dispeused the Lord's Supper twice in this

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