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time.” Mr. Dunlap, as well as Mr. Barnard, gives a most affecting account of the religious state of the population, generally, among whom he has laboured. Hunting and fishing are in some places the common amusements of the Lord's day. There are multitudes, however, extremely eager to hear the Gospel preached. The calls for it are numerous and urgent, while there is among them a grievous famine of the word of life. In the county of St. Lawrence, wbere Mr. Dunlap is fully persuaded that his ministry has been blessed, there is only one preacher of the Gospel, and he not permanently settled. The uninformed inhabitants of the counties in which Mr. Dunlap has laboured, are represented by him as in imminent danger of being carried away with every wind of false doctrine; as there are not wanting around them and among them many, who, to use his expressions, “ are teaching for doctrines, not only the commandments of men, but the doctrines of devils. Such men,” he adds, “ fly to places which are destitute of religious instruction, and lead captive ignorant persons, who become a prey to these apos. tles of error."

The Board close their account of Mr. Dunlap's labours, with some extracts from bis latest communication of September 25th. “ Through the infinite mercy of the God of grace and providence, my life has been prolonged two years in the service of the Society. My health has been so good as not to prevent me from fulfilling any appointment for religious service. I have preached twice, but more generally three times, on the Sabbath, and often in the week. I have humbly attempted, in the strength of the Lord Jesus, to perform the duties of a minister of the Cross; preaching salvation to sinners, edifying saints, comforting the afflicted, visiting and teaching from house to house, conversing with many on the concerns of their souls, organizing churches, receiving members, ordaining officers in the house of God, exercising its discipline, and administering the seals of the Covenant to adults and infants. I have the pleasure to observe, that , not one whom I have received on confession, have hitherto wounded their profession, or made shipwreck of their faith. May the living God keep them by his mighty power, and receive them into the kingdom of his glory. I have observed that the more I am enabled to deliver divine truth in a plain and Scriptural style, the more is it relished, and the more good, I trust, is done by it. I have generally adhered to my original plan, of labouring in a circuit, watering what I have sown, giving line upon line, and precept upon precept. I have however found it necessary, at times, to deviate from this rule, in answer to pressing calls."

“During my two years' labour 'I have organized eight churches, have dispensed the Lord's Supper as often as once a month, and received nearly two hundred persons into communion. I have frequently visited and examined schools, and have distributed the greater part of the Bibles, Testaments, Catechisms, and Tracts furnished by the Board, which have been thankfully received, and no doubt done much good. I have laboured one third of the last year at Wes

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tern, have received $200 from the church there, and $38 from other places : which sums I have credited to the Society."

He thus concludes, "My time for Missionary labours and exertions will soon be over; and the few churches I have planted will soon dwindle and die without further aid ; I therefore earnestly eng treat the Board and the Society to take active measures for procuring suitable missionaries, who may be placed among them. I cannot boast of that rapid success in my ministry which many have en joyed; the residue of the Spirit is with the LORD; but I coysider it as an infinite mercy, that the God of grace has, in any measure, condescended to bless my very feeble and unprofitable labours with success. To his name be all the glory.”

The Board congratulate the Society, that they have been able to secure for another

year the valuable services of this venerable, zealous, and indefatigable missionary. In every letter he earnestly entreats an interest in your prayers, and the Directors hope that the members will not be unmindful of lắm, and their other Missionaries, at the Throne of Grace : for, a Paul may plant and an Apollos was ter, but it is God alone who can succeed their efforts and give the increase

In the month of June the Rev. SYMMES C. HENRY, of the Presbyterian church, was appointed to labour in the Southwestern counties of this State, in the direction of Buffaloe. Mr. Henry spent two months on his mission, and finding that Pittsford and Carthage, two villages to the west of Canandaigua, were particularly in want of a preached gospel, he spent the principal part of his time at those two places. In Pittsford he found a church organized, but no stated dispensation of the means of grace. In consequence of this, many of the people were very negligent in the observance of the Sabbath, and apparently indifferent about securing to themselves a preached gospel. He was received in a very friendly manner, and while he continued among them, had no cause to complain of the want of hearers at a single meeting. The udiences on the Sabbath, and at the weekly meetings, were very large and attentive. Towards the close of his labours among them, the number of hearers at the evening meetings became so great as to render it necessary to transfer them from the School-house to the Church. Even zhose who were foraerly scotlers at every thing sacred, and were seldom or never at a religious meeting of any kind, became punctual in their attendance at the house of prayer. He observes,' “ 1 know of nothing special occurring under my ministry at this place, except the general and increasing attention to the means of grace; and I left them, much more disposed than before to obtain some spiritual guide to point out to them the way to eternal life. Carthage, the other place, and which was the principal scene of his labours, is a small village of about forty families, at the head of navigation on the Genessce river.“ This,” says Mr. Henry, " was the spot where I had

, the happiness to witness the blessing'. of God on my feeble attempts to promote hiş cause among a people perishing for lack of



knowledge. When I first yisited it, there was nothing like the feature of a religious society. Excepting three or four families of wealth and respectability, the inhabitants were generally of the poorer class. Their ignorance of the great and fundamental doctrines of christianity was lamentable in the extreme. I commenced preaching, and visiting from house to house, for the purpose of communicating instruction in a plain and familiar manner. In a short time there was a general attention throughout the village, and the people manifested an eager desire to hear the glad news of salvation. The School-house became crowded, and solemnity appeared to pervade the audience. Several began to be deeply concerned for their spiritual welfare, and to inquire, in the language of the Scriptures, what must we do to be saved? The good work continued to increase, and new instances of conviction were multiplied. Things verged to such a crisis as seemed to justify the establishment of a branch of Christ's Church in this village. Accordingly, after some conversation on the subject, a day was appointed for the purpose of attending to this solemnity; when, with the assistance of the Rev. Mr. Williams, of Rochester, I organized a Presbyterian Church. The whole number of members at the time of the organization was six, four of wbong were previously professors of Religion. On the last Sabbath, which I spent in the place, I administered the Lord's Supper, when there was an addition of four more, who professed their faith in Christ and attachment to his cause. After the preparatory lecture I baptized two adults and 12 children. The season was peculiarly solemn, and I have reason to believe made a very deep impression on the minds of several. Besides those who have already assumed the Christian name, there are 12 or 15 who continue seeking for their salvation. Such being the state of things, I confess it was not without painful emotions that I considered myself under the necessity of leaving them. They followed me with tears in their eyes, entreating me to remember their situation and represent their case to the Christian sympathy and benevolence of your society. They are willing to contribute towards the support of the stated preaching of the gospel, and would do all in their power to render the situation of a minister pleasant and agreeable.”

Mr. Henry also preached occasionally at a neighbouring town called Perrington, where, previously to his visit, something like a revival of religion had taken place, through the instrumentality of a few pious individuals, who had established prayer meetings and a religious conference on the Sabbath. The work had been greatly checked by the introduction of doctrines inimical to vital piety. Those of the Universalists had been industriously circulated, and many were led away by them. His meetings, however, were well attended; and he had the pleasure to find that those pernicious sentiments were daily losing ground, and that several who had embraced, renounced them as false and destructive.

The Board would add, that sympathizing with the people of Carthage and its vicinity, in their interesting case, they have directed their Committee of Missions to look out for a missionary to be sent to that place.

The last report mentioned that Mr. John E. MILLER had succeeded Mr. Phillips, who commenced a mission among the destitute inbabitants of the northeastern parts of the suburbs of this city, on the first of Oct. 1817. Mr. Miller entered on his labours on the first of November, continued in the service of the Society for 4 months, and was indefatigable in the discharge of his duties. He visited from house to house, the abodes of ignorance, poverty, and distress, distributed Bibles and Tracts, and preached the Gospel in Sunday Schoels, and wherever he could gather a company of sinners to hear it from his mouth. Though he met with many discouragements and difficulties in his work, principally from the want of a suitable place, in which he could statedly preach to the poor; yet, we have reason to believe, that his labours were not in vain in the Lord. Through his exertions, the ignorant were instructed in the way of duty, and the vicious reproved, and in some instances reclaimed. The souls of poor and pious saints were refreshed by his conversation and his prayers. The sufferings of the sick were alleviated by his kind attentions, and the pillow of the dying was softened by the consolations of the gospel which he administered. Of the families he visited, while a few turned a deaf ear to his counsels, and refused admittance into their houses, both of him and of the Bible which he proffered, many received him gladly as a messenger of mercy, and earnestly desired a repetition of his visits. Under his ministrations, sinners were convinced of their sins, and baving obtained hope in our Saviour, connected themselves with Christian Churches. Among the number was a hoary-headed man of 70, and his grand-daughter

of 20 years old. Some who had formerly professed the name of Jesus, but who had forsaken his service and his ordinances, had their steps again directed to his sanctuary. The lambs of the flock were not neglected by him. He often met with a little groupe of Sunday scholars of about ten years of age, who had associated to devote an hour, weekly, to the duty of social worship: He found them thus worthily engaged; and when he left them, he encouraged them to persevere. In the first two months of his engagement he visited 97 families : in the whole period he made 237 visits to the poor, and distributed among them 623 Tracts and 55 Bibles. In the beginning of January Mr. Miller commenced preaching statedly on Wednesday evenings, at a house in Norfolk street, where he had increasing, aitentive, and, towards the close, crowded and solemn audiences. To them he delivered his farewell address, after sermon, in the evening of February 25th. His hearers were much affected, and many of them expressed a deep regret at his leaving them. In speaking of these meetings, he observes, “The meetings which have been held in this street, I can confidently say, for the encouragement of the Society, have not been in vain. A great improvement has taken place in the morals of several persons in the neighbourhood. A number who were immoral,


and who had entirely neglected public worship, are now moral, and attend the public ordinances of God's house. Several who were careless about religion, begin to think seriously about their souls."

Mr. Miller also, during the months of January and February, preached regularly on Sabbath morning to the Sunday scholars in the room of the Henry-street Free School, and in the evening to their parents and others in the same place. On the 22d of February, he observes, “ The number of scholars assembled was large. They have much improved in their attention and conduct since I have preached to them. Some of them are uncommonly attentive, and often tender under preaching." His congregation of adults here was also on the increase. In the evening of March 1st he preached his farewell sermon to an assembly of 3 or 400 persons. During the exercises much solemnity prevailed, and he trusts they will not be forgotten. The Board would only add Mr. Miller's testimony in favour of the Report on the subject of Pauperism, published in this city during the last winter. He says, “ The causes of the poverty and of the degradation of the poor, are justly stated in that report; and I feel sensible, from the intercourse I have had with them, that the Committee have suggested the very best methods for correcting the

many evils existing among the poor.'

The Society cannot fail to recollect the notice, in the last report, of the steps which had been taken to procure ground in the vicinity of Corlaer's Hook, for the building of a Mission house, the approbation with which the plan of erecting such a building was received, and the vigorous measures then taken in relation to that subject. In addition to one thousand and twenty eight dollars, which was sub'scribed on the spot, the sum of one thousand one hundred and forty five dollars was afterwards added to the subscription by members not then present, and other persons friendly to the object. The Committee, previously appointed for the purpose, waited upon Col. Rutgers, who promptly offered to the Society the donation of any vacant land belonging to him. It was with regret that the Board were not able to avail themselves of that gentleman's liberal offer: there being no situation within the limits of his estate deemed suitable for the purpose. After various negotiations with different individuals, they at length fixed upon two lots belonging to Col. Willett, on the north side of Broome-street, between Lewis and Cannon-streets, and in the vicinity of Mr. Miller's missionary labours. Those two lots they leased for twenty five years, from the first day of May, for $100 per annum. A Committee was appointed immediately with full power to build a Mission House. This duty has been performed in a manner highly satisfactory to the Board, in the erection of a very handsome place of worship, 40 feet by 50. This building has cost, including its furniture, about 2800 dollars, which will exceed the amount subscribed for that purpose by about $627. This sum the Board will have to pay out of their Missionary funds, unless it be raised, as they hope it will be, by voluntary donations from those who have not yet contributed to the object.

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