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Resolved, That Rev. J. Carson, Rev. D. Smith, and Mr. C. F. Stiles, be a committee to make extracts from the minutes of this convention, and to superintend the printing and distribution of them."
Resolved, that the convention adjourn, to meet at Jersey meeting house, Homochitto, on Wednesday the 24th day of November, 1819.
Concluded with prayer, in the most christian friendship and affection.
J. BULLEN, Moderator.
REVIVAL IN BERGEN, N. J.
Communicated for the Christian Herald. The late Revival of Religion in the congregation of Bergen has been such as to warın the hearts and excite the gratitude of the pious.
An unusual attention to the means of grace has been manifested for three or four years past; some have been added to the church every communion season, of such who continue to adorn and warmly to support the cause they bave espoused. In the months of May, June, and July last, we have every reason to believe the Holy Spirit was poured down in copious showers—"dropping as the rain, disa tilling as the dew, or the small rain upon the tender berb, and as the showers upon the grass.” It arrested and affected every rank and class of hearers, and afforded a strong hope that it was the Lord's Work. It has not ceased-It progresses.' Let the glory be ascribed to the Lord. · Although the convictions were deep, and the expressions of sorrow great, in many instances ; yet as these were not accompanied with noise or confusion, a reasonable hope is cherished, that this revival has not been the mere effect of animal feeling, and sympathetic excitement, nor the work of an earthen vessel : but the Lord has been pleased to bless his own Institutions, and to make it obvious, that the excellency of the power is not of man, but of God.
This hope is also strengthened by the attention that is paid to family Religion, to female, male, and juvenile prayer meetings, to the monthly concert of prayer, to the ordinances and worship of the Sanctuary, and to the support of religious Institutions.
There is in this congregation a female Cent Society, also a juvemile Cent Society for the support of the Theological Seminary at . New-Brunswick; two Sunday Schools, a Bible Society auxiliary to the A. B. S., which includes the whole Township of Bergen. Besides the preaching of the word of God on the Lord's day, the weekly lectures in private houses appear to have been blessed from above. Many have dated their awakenings under these lectures.
On the 12h of July last there were added to this church 45 members, three of whom were received on certificate from other
congregations; and the whole number of members added to this church, not reported in the last annual statistical report of the classes of Bergen, is 82.
It was deemed most proper not to make this communication till sufficient time had been given to test the reality of this work, although it had been expected, and some surprise expressed that it has not been made sooner.
JOHN CORNELISON, V. D. M. Bergen, New Jersey, Jan. 20, 1819.
FEMALE BENEFICENCE. A number of young ladies in the north parish of Bridgewater, have for a year past been associated under the name of the Female Society in North Bridgewater for promoting Christian Knowledge. They meet statedly at the house of their Pastor, and are questioned by hiin on some scriptural subject previously assigned for examination. They spend an afternoon or evening together about once a fortnight, and the time not occupied by the regular recitation is improved in serious reading or conversation, while the members employ themselves in braiding straw, knitting, or needle-work. The avails of their industry are devoted to charitable purposes, and they have, as the result of their diligence hitherto, presented their pastor, (Rev. DANIEL HUNTINGTON,) a New-Year's Gift of Forty Dollars, to constitute him a life member of the American Education Society.
NORTH BRIDGEWATER SABBATH SCHOOL. This school commenced in the latter part of May, 1818, and has continued for 16 Sabbaths.—The time allotted to recitation was an hour between the morning and afternoon exercises of public worslip. The list of members included 105 girls and 78 boys. The latter, however, did not attend so regularly as the former.
They were divided into classes of from four to eight, according to their ages; the males under the care of young men, and the females under teachers of their own sex; the whole under the direction of a superintendent. The assiduity of the teachers of both sexes was truly commendable, and the improvement of the scholars in general highly gratifying to their benevolent hearts.
The books which furnished subjects of instruction were the New Testament-Emerson's Evangelical Primer, and Hymns for Infant Minds.--Most of the scholars were, during the term, well versed in the Primer, and in addition to that, 32,674 verses of Scripture, and 27,300 verses of Hymns were recited. As specimens of individual diligence, the following are selected.
Verses of Scrip. Verses of Hymns. A girl aged 13, recited
1000 Another 11,
1558 Another 10,
1464 Another 8,
Another, aged 7, recited 2191 verses of Scripture; comprising the whole Gospels of Matthew and Mark, and nine chapters of Luke -beside 287 verses of Hymns. It is with pleasure recorded of this little girl, that when a pecuniary reward was presented her by a relation for her exemplary diligence, she generously sent the sum by the hand of her pastor to the Treasurer of the American Board of Com inissioners for Foreign Missions, for the education of heatben children.
Another little girl, aged 5 years, recited the whole of the Assembly's Catechisın, with proofs, 12 verses of Scripture, and 100 Hymns. The school closed with public religious exercises on the day of the annual meeting of the Bridgewater Evangelical Society, who bad voted the payment of its necessary expenses from their treasury. The sacred music on the occasion was performed principally by the scholars.
ST. JOHNSBURY SABBATH SCHOOL. A letter to the Editor of the Recorder, dated St. Johnsbury, Vt. Dec. 29th, observes, “ The accounts which you publish of the Sabbath Schools has a very happy effect in promoting their establishment and progress. It encourages the youth in those places where Sabbath Schools are established, to find that their proficiency is noticed in your widely circulating paper. I am exceedingly gratified to find that Christians are becoming more and more awake on this subject. In this place there have been two, and a part of the time three Schools, during the past season. I am not informed of the progress except in one; that commenced in August last, and owing to particular circumstances has inet only every Sabbath. There are 67 names on the list of Teachers; of each sex nearly an equal number—about 45 has been the average number that has attended.-Wilbur's Catechism has been used by each till the whole of it is repeated. They then proceed to the Old or New Testament, as they choose. The whole number of verses which has been repeated is 12,060. One scholar has repeated 1501; a second, 1489; a third, 597; a fourth, 572, and others are following hard after. The school will probably be continued through the winter; and I trust we shall be able to render a good account of it next spring, when · you will hear from it again."
From the Missionary Chronicle, for November.
INDIA. The following intelligence, from one of the Society's stations in India, will afa
ford a high degree of satisfaction to all who feel an interest in the success of missions in that populous region of the earth. Some of Satan's strongest holds have long been established in Hindostan ; but they begin to totter, and we doubt not that, by the blessing of God on a patient continuance in well doing, they will hereafter be levelled with the ground. It is peculiarly
pleasing to find that the Missionary cause in Travancore is countenanced by the native government, as appears from the following letter :
South TRAVANCORE. Mr. Mead, in a letter dated Quilon, April 4, 1818, says, South Travancore Mission is assuming a pleasing aspect. Many are continually for instruction and baptism. The former Christians feel their drooping courage revived, while others, undecided before, have come to the determination of declaring on the side of truth. In several villages persons bave applied for schools to be established, and a Christian church to be built in their neighbourhood. A heathen, who lately found some treasure on the sea beacb, has offered one half of its value to build a better church than that now erected in Auticanda. Owing to the benevolent exertions of Col. Munro, and the favourable disposition of the native government, we hope the mission will soon be enabled to support itself.
'I am now about leaving this place for Nargarcoil, where a house, (formerly the residence of Col. Munro,) has been given to the mission.
•The Queen's government have been pleased to appoint me to the office of Christian judge at the court of Nargarcoil.
Having a comfortable house, I shall now take my dear infant with me to the southward. He is as well and as happy as a motherless babe can well be ; and while the Lord continues to afford so much of his gracious presence, I shall be enabled to bear the severe loss which I have sustained. The arrival of fellow labourers will tend greatly to strengthen my hands, and cheer my heart. I hope the Directors will request permission for two to come.* Here is a large and unoccupied field for their benevolent exertions."
From another quarter we learn, that the Rajah of Cochin bas, in emulation of the Rannee, (the Queen,) presented 5000 rupees to the Missions.
A gentleman of great respectability, well acquainted with this district, says, "The small Protestant community formed by Mr, Ringeltaube in South Travancore, although still in a state of infancy, is much respected. Its Neophytes are called, “The Vadakans," or People of the Book ;' and sometimes. The people of the Suttee Vada' - an obvious allusion to the sacrifice of widows on the funeral pile of their husbands; and it receives more proselytes than all! the other sects of Christians in Travancore.'
AMBOYNA. - A letter from the Rev. J. Kam, dated March 6, 1918, has just been received. He rejoices in the prospect of receiving the Malay New Testament, now printing by the British and Foreign Bible
* The Directors have appointed two Missionaries to join Mr. Mead at this station.
Society, vast quantities of which are needed by the inhabitants of Ainboyna and other islands.
Mr. Kam, in the autumn of 1917, visited many of the Islands, particularly Ternate, Medado, Kama, Lokoepan, Bolam, &c. &c. as well as several of the little and the great Sangur islands, in most of which he found a deplorable want of Bibles. In some places even the schoolmasters had only a few leaves of the Scriptores remaining, and some were wholly destitute of them. Every where Mr. Kam was received as an angel from heaven, and multitudes heard from his lips the joyful sound of salvation. The kings and chiefs in general forwarded his pious endeavours in the most friendly manner.
In the course of his voyages among the islands, he sometimes encountered great dangers, and at Liou was attacked by a dangerous sever, which it was feared would have proved fatal to bim; but he was mereifully restored, and having finished his proposed tour, returned by a wiialer to Amboyna. The people in the islands who professed Christianity, having been long without even the occasional visits of ministers, the ordinances had not been administered. Mr. Kam baptized, in the several islands, more than 5000 children, and nearly 500 adults. He also baptized in Amboyna, chiefly of those who had been Mahomedans, about 128 adults, besides children.
OTAHEITE. The following is a brief summary of the various accounts which have reached us of the success which has attended the preaching of the Gospel in the South Sea Islands, taken from a letter written to the Rev. John Hughes, minister of the Gospel in Montgomeryshire, by the Rev. John Davies, a missionary, who went from that neighbourhood.
I shall now give you a short account of the state of things with us in the South Sea Isles. The revival and reformation wbich conmenced in 1813-14, continued and increased in 1815-16-17, so that the whole of the inhabitants of Taheite, Eimeo, Tapuamanu, Huaheine, Raiatea, Taha, Borabora, and Marua, have renounced idolatry entirely. The gods, altars, &c. are utterly destroyed. The offering of human sacrifices, and the practice of infanticide, are altogether abolished. The worship of the true God, and the profession of Christianity, are general throughout all the above islands. In Taheite there are 66 chapels built, and in Eimeo 16. The people assemble for worship thrice every Sabbath, and on every Wednesday evening. The Lord's day is strictly observed throughout the whole of the islands. Private and family prayer are general among the people. About 4000 persons have learned to spell and read, and many to write. In a word, the change far exceeds all our expectation.