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and all having families, of their own; not American Sunday School Union. These half I believe could read, and only two I attend to when ever I preach in their could make out to write their names. i respective neigborhoods. A third school, Immediately in my own vicinity, I visit- I have resuscitated, in the village of ed last spring, 30 families in succession, Manchester, distant six miles from me, and found that previous to the summer consisting of thirty five scholars, and six before, 25 of those families had been liv- teachers. This school belongs to the ing without the bible, and what was still Methodist society, though the superinmore astonishing, several professors oftendent told me that he should endeavour religion, and all residing within a short to get the consent of those immediately distance of a Baptist meeting house, concerned to annex it to the Sunday where, I was informed there had been School Union of Missouri, as he found preaching steadily for about 50 years. books could be procured cheaper from The people all through this section of that branch of the American Sunday the country know nothing about support- School Union, than from the Methodist ing the gospel; and unless ministers can Episcopal Sunday School Union. A be found of self denying habits, who for fourth school, I have assisted in organithe love they bear to their master, and zing, but cannot at present say what are his cause, will be content to live poor, and its numbers. These schools I shall reobscure, thousands of these precious soulsport to the American Sunday School must perish for the lack of knowledge; Union, in the course of two or three in this christian land. I expect on next weeks, when I can make the report Sabbath to get a third Sabbath-school in more definite than at present. operation, and the Sabbath following a Our temperance society continues to fourth one; and when all shall be proper-increase. At our last annual meeting, ly organized, and in full operation, there | (4th inst.) it was found to have increased will probably be taught at all these double during the last year. Small as schools about 200 children; which num- its amount in members are, even at presber I hope will continue to increase. sent, (70) yet considering the great op
The field in which I labour, appears position we met with in the commenceas yet a thirsty hill of Zion, but as the ment, and our very slender means, the kind master is watering, and very large- present prospects are flattering. The ly too, other neighboring hills with the little village where our meetings are held, showers of his divine grace; and that but is quite revolutionized-from being a a little distance from us, we are pray- haunt of dissipation, it has become quite ing, and hoping, and even looking out for respectable. a few drops at least to fall over this way.
I have endeavoured to be instant in sea- From the Rev. J. F. Cowan, dated Popson and out of season; have however not lar Grove, near Jackson, Cape Girardeau been able to preach more than from twice to thrice a week, have attended co. Missouri, June 161h, 1831. the monthly concerts, and weekly pray- last written communication, and as you
As it has been some time since my er meetings.
have never had a summary of what has
been done since my residence in this MISSOURI.
country as your missionary, I will en
deavour in this report to make a stateFrom Rev. J. S. Ball, dated Manches- ment covering the whole period since my ter, St. Louis, Missouri, June 18th, 1831. location here, of what has been accom
plished-a period of about a year and a I have been using my best exertions half. this spring & summer, in promoting Sab- New Churches.-The Brazeau conbath-schools, and have succeeded better gregation have erected a small log-house than I expected. The one in this neigh- the first edifice for worship that they borhood which last summer only amount- have ever had. The Apple creek coned to about eight or ten constant scholars, gregation have the frame of a new house now amounts to thirty-four scholars, raised and nearly covered. This house with six teachers, and a library of ten is 40 by 50, and when completed will be dollars value, In another neighbor- a comfortable place for the public serhood where great prejudices existed vice of God, particularly when compared against Sabbath-schools I have succeed with the one which we have, and are ed in establishing a school of twenty now using-a house built of logs, without some odd, with six teachers, and which stove or fíre-place, plastering or ceiling, promises to do well. They are making and also withiut windows. provision for a library. These schools Preaching of the word.-On an averare attached to the Missouri Sunday | age, I have preached three times in the School Union, as an auxiliary to the week. And I have preached as often as
seven and eight times in one week. The professing parents, and one adult have Sabbath, however, is the only day that been baptised in both churches. much is to be effected by preaching in Elder: Ordained.-Three have been this country, in ordinary times
. The set apart in Brazeau, and three in Apple population being sparse, it is difficult to creek, to the office of Ruling Eldersget a congregation in the week. The making five in all the forrner, and seven preaching of the word is regularly, nu- in the latter church. merously and solemnly attended on the Missionary Support. - In the two conSabbath. I preach once at the church, | gregations $230 were subscribed last and in the afternoon at one of the Sun-year, towards my support. About two day-school places. This plan whilst it thirds of it has been paid. Nearly all of gives additional life to the schools, brings it will, however, be paid. About the the preaching of the gospel near to
same will be done the present year. many who never attend at the church, They are about making an effort to see and ihus they are “compelled to come what can be done towards my perma
nent location among them. We will try Sabbath Schools. We have six schools to make less, than your liberal proffered in our two congregations, 5 of them are aid for the current year answer our purentirely under our control. One is taught || pose. in common by the Baptists, and by our General Remarks.—The foregoing people. The Baptist minister, Mr. is a skeleton of our operations since my Green, is an excellent man-ever ready residence on the western side of the Misto co-operate in this and other institu- sissippi. In reviewing it, there is reason tions of the day. We have libraries for thankfulness, and at the same time connected with each of our schools, the much reason for humility. My field of aggregate cost of which has been about | labor has been interesting, and never was $80. We will in all probability have more so than now. Though formerly a two or three more schools in a short || distracted people, the utmost harmony time.
has ever prevailed since I have been Tracts.—Through the instrumentality | here. The Lord save us from "fightof our tract society, from thirty to fortyings within” ourselves. We all need thousand pages of tracts have been more spirituality, more prayer. I have brought into our region of country. We not said any thing about prayer meetings. have adopted the monthly distribution A female prayer meeting has been kept in a circuit of country ten or fifteen miles up a part of the time since I have been ain diameter,
mongthem, and will be renewed as soon as Monthly Concert.-In Apple creek, possible; common prayer meetings have this interesting season of prayer is regu- | been occasionally attended to. At this larly and tolerably well attended. °In season of the year, most people think that Brazeau it is not as yet observed at all. they have no time to spare from their
Sabbath School Concert-This institu- farms, to attend prayer meetings. About tion is partially observed in Apple creek Bible classes, I have said nothing. only.
These valuable institutions have not esTemperance Societies. --Much has been caped the memory of your missionary. done in revolutionizing public sentiment Our people are so generally engaged in the last year, in regard to the use of with the Sunday-school questions, that I ardent spirits. We have yet no society have thought it better that they should from prudential reasons: but will have absorb their whole attention. Provision one or two soon. Many are becoming is made for supplying our county with very anxious on the subject.
the Bible, in which we have taken part. Family Visitation. ---Many families and are contented and happy, though far
Mrs. C. and myself enjoy good health, have been visited. This part of Mission from "home,” and its thrilling associaary labor however takes up very much tions; and should the Lord continue to time if performed to suit the wishes of say, that it is our duty to remain in this the people. The minister is expected to stay all night with every family. He
country, we say Amen. must be sociable.
Members added to the Church.-To From Rev. Silas HUBBARD, dated Allen, Brazeau, sixteen have been received- N. Y., July 20, 1831. seven on examination and nine on certificate: making in all thirty-nine mem- stances have occurred, in rendering it im
Several special and important circumbers, To Apple Creek, thirty-three practicable for me to make my quarterly have been admiited-sixteen on exami- report in due time. Being now provination, and seventeen on certificate- dentially permitted I attempt it. From making in all about 130,
the first of April when I reported to you Baptisms.--Forty-eight children of"I continued to labor as usual in Allen
until commencirg my journey to Philadel- was with me on Friday and Sabbath afphia, to attend the General Assembly. ternoon. During the time I was there,
Arrangements had been made for my thirty six were added to the church by place to be supplied in my absence by profession, and eleven by certificate. ministers of our presbytery. After my | The following week a small church in return my health, and particularly a Clarendon, consisting of eleven members hoarseness, which almost prevented me were, at their own request, and also by from speaking loud, were such that for the advise of the Presbytery, united with two weeks I preached but one sermon. the church at Holly. The additions in all I however,attended meeting on Sabbaths, were 25. These with the 17 previous and was able to make family visits du- members, now compose a church of 76 ring the week. Since that time my la- communicants. They have the frame of bors have not been interrupted.
a suitable house already erected, which With respect to the present state of will be finished this season. my people, I would say that there ap- They are also making vigorous efforts pears to be a good degree of engagedness to obtain an acceptable minister, who among part of the church, and there has shall go in and out, before them, and been one hopeful conversion among the break unto them the bread of eternal life. people. It is a boy about 14 years of age. There appears to be some serious im- A YEAR IN THE WEST, BY A MISSIONARY. pressions on the minds of a few others. These are the encouragements; while on
About a year since, I removed with the other hand, there are some old, deep ligious region, with ardent desires to
my dear family to this destitute, irrerooted jealousies and prejudices, among be instrumental in the hands of my massome of the churches against each other; ter, of promoting his glorious kingdom, which seem impossible to be removed and the welfare of immortal souls. With in any other way, than by a special act of this purpose I accepted of the appointwhile I have been here in person, since ment of principal of the academy in this my last report, exclusive of the time I place, that I might obtain a support for was absent to attend the General Assem- and youth in the fear of God. My Sab
a numerous family, and educate children bly, I have preached nineteen times, baths and frequent opportunities in the attended two monthly concerts, made 15 week, have been occupied in preaching special family visits, and attended pray; the gospel, administering its ordinances, er meetings on sabbath evenings, when I
attending prayer meetings, and promohave not preached a third sermon. I have haptised one infant, and organized ting the benevolent institutions of the day. one Sabbath school. There has been one has increased from seventeen to 'above
The Presbyterian church in this place, person received into the church by let-forty members since my arrival. We ter.
have a bible society and I am actively
engaged in distributing bibles to the desExtract from the report of a Missionary intitute. I have organized a temperance the state of New York.
society of more than fifty members.
Finding that the agent of the Sunday Organization of a Church,
School Union, as a stranger amidst the Sabbath before last I spent in Holly, a clamours of the day, would have little small village on the canal. There has success, I voluntarily engaged gratuitous. been a revival of religion in progressly to attend to the business of this counin that place, most of the time since De- tv, and five schools have been organized. cember last. It has, however, been some- We have a tract society and a colonizawhat interrup:ed by the prevalence of a tion society. We have a weekly prayer proselyting spirit. The Presbyterian meeting in the village, and the monthly church however has taken no part in concert is regularly observed. Thus this. Although they have had occasional there is before me an ample sphere of preaching by the neighboring ministers, operation in the best of causes; but the they have never even given an opportu- difficulty is, to be sustained and supportnity for any one to unite with them untiled in this region. The enemy has been week before last. It was found that a very busy in his opposition since my arlarge number of those who had obtained rival, and he is so cunning, as to engage a hope, had not united with any denomi-even professors of religion in his designs. nation, because they were waiting for an My course is to preach the truth plainly, opportunity to unite with the Presbyte- affectionately, and forcibly—and studiousrian society. I was requested to spendly to avoid all personal acrimonious oba week with them,and I did accordingly, servations, and to treat those who differ stay with them from Wednesday until from me, with christian benevolence. Monday. Brother Myers, of Brockport, Now the question is, shall I be driven
away from such an important station, subject, and have succeeded in removing through want of support for myself and objections, with all whose hearts are not family. The church is small and un- enmity to order and morality, Schools able to afford it, & the great mass of the with good libraries are now in successful people is irreligious and dissipated, and operation, at Dille's Bottom, Boner's would rather drive a minister of Christ | Ridge, Wayman's, Fowler's, Forks of from this region, than contribute a cent Wheeling, Wolf Run, Strickland's and to retain him. I have been preaching| Howard's. I am also about etablishing the gospel from my youth—have been others at Dunsmore's, Patterson's, and often employed by my master, as a mis- Unity. Money is already collected for sionary and a pioneer, and glory in his libraries, which are to be procured this service, while I have scarcely received a week, and on next Sabbath they will comsubsistence for myself ard family, I am mence. Some of them have raised ten still willing to do much and suffer much dollars themselves, and for the others, I in the same cause, and also willing that obtained an order from an agent for five the ordinances of the Redeemer should dollars, so that they all have books to be observed, as it is written, “Even so the amount of ten dollars. The schools the Lord hath ordained that they who are mostly large, numbering from forty preach the gospel should live of the gos- to eighty scholars, and bid fair to be usepel.” I am a great friend to economy, ful. I visit them as often as practicable. but parsimony, defeats the great object. I mostly visit two every Sabbath. One Could our brethren in their pleasant cir- in the morning and another in the evencumstances, know our difficulties and ing. Bible classes I have not yet formed, our privations, by living in such dismal owing to my time being so completely regions, they would cheerfully afford us a occupied, that it was impossible for me comfortable subsistence. It is a perni- to attend to them. I hope, however, cious error, that young preachers and hereafter to facilitate my labours by those of inferior talents and attainments, having my different appointments in difwill answer the circumstances of a new ferent places, to come in more regular country-when in fact these unorganized succession. My wish is to have three, regions, abounding in wickedness,and er- one at each of my stations, for Sabbath ror, need, imperiously need, ministers of preaching. I have made arrangements age and experience, and the first talents for establishing three tract societies, one in the ministry.
in each congregation, which I hope will enable us to furnish every family with a
tract, every month. I have been sucVIRGINIA,
cessful beyond expectation, in the cause From Mr. Wm. D. Smith, dated Grave in a short time, it will be completely tri
of temperance, and have not a doubt, but Creek, Ohio co. Va. Aug. 1, 1831. umphant. Two distilleries have ceased
Between these stations, and on each to make, and one tavern to sell liquors, side, as you will observe by the plot of within the last two months. We have a the county, which I have sent you, I society at Wolf Run, of near 40 members, have a number of stations for week-day and one at Unity of 15. I have preachpreaching, at each of which I mostly ed on the subject, but owing to the strong preach once in three weeks. There is opposition at first, I made it a point never generally good attendance. My audi- to mention it on the Sabbath,which I think ences are generally large, considering had a good effect. Both the societies time and circumstances, and mostly at
were formed nearly two years ago, but tentive and orderly, At Wolf Run being neglected, had declined, and a numHere appears to be considerable so-ber of their members had proved unfaithlemnity, and some anxiety, and iful. Such was the state of feeling, when am not without hopes that something I came among them, that there were more than ordinary may be the result thoughts of dissolving the society, but With the assistance of an agent of the it now embraces the respectability and American Sunday School Union, I have influence of the neighbourhood. established Sabbath schools at every With respect to the surrounding coun. place in my vicinity where it was practi- I try, I can yet say but little, I can, percable. When I came on the ground there haps say more in my next report, how. was but one of these useful nurseries in ever, I can say of it generally, that it is operation. I found a rooted opposition, literally a "wilderness.” The situation owing to unfavourable impressions re-of the country east of me, as it was despecting the American Sunday School scribed to me by others, and the wants of Union, which were diligently kept up the people almost persuaded me to visit by the Universalists, Campbellites and it at least, as far as Waynesburg, but laInfidels. I preached considerable on the bour is accumulating so fast, that I feared
to take a too wide field, lest I should not PRESBYTERY OF ILLINOIS. be able to cultivate it thoroughly. Mis
Jacksonville, August 2, 1831, sionary labourers, zealous, and faithful, Dear Sir-It is my official duty to comare much needed.
municate to you the following resolution of the Presbytery of Illinois, viz:
Resolved, "That Messrs. Ellis, Fraser
Sturtevant and Watson, be appointed a A FIVE DAYS MEETING IN TENNESSEE.
committee of correspondence with the In compliance with the demands of General Assembly's Board of Missions, public sentiment, and with the fond hope and with the American Home Missionary of advancing Messiah's kingdom, I ap- Society. And the stated clerk is directpointed and held a five days meeting, ed to transmit a copy of this Resolution within 11 miles of this place, and 2} from to the respective secretaries of the two Raleigh,commencing on Friday 15th Ju- Boards.
A true copy. ly, and ending the following Tuesday.
John M. ELLIS, Stated Clerk, It was numerously attended, and with no other guard but the strong bulwark of enlightened public sentiment; there was SPECIAL NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS. an order, decorum and ready conformity The present number commences the 3d to the ordinances of God's appointment, volume of this work. The first number seldom witnessed, and not surpass
by of the third volume will be sent to all our that which prevails at ordinary meetings, present subscribers, and if there should
By the aid of five other brethren, we be any, who wish to discontinue it, they were enabled to have four sermons during will either inform us by letters, post paid, the day and night, together with other before the 1st of September, or return public exercises, -all of which I am the present number to the Rev. J. T. happy to say were seriously attended to by Russell, with their name and post office all present. As no preparations had been address written upon the cover of the Remade to gratify a luxurious appetite, but porter. little time was consumed in preparing or
All persons who are in arrears for the receivingour'plain but wholesome diet.On Reporter will please without delay to the Sabbath God was indeed among us pay over the amount due, together with of a truth in the breaking of bread- the advance for the third volume, to any many a spirit held high and boly and de- Presbyterian minister, or other authorlightful communion with the Father and ised agent, most convenient to them, that his co-equal Son, Jesus Christ, and while the same may be forwarded to the Editthe Holy Spirit drew aside the curtain or, which veiled the bright splendours of the
We have it in contemplation in the Heavenly Paradise, many a bosom was next volume to furnish a greater variety filled with a “joy unspeakable, and full of of missionary intelligence, and occasional glory.” God's people sweetly realized original communications. and could almost bear individual testi- Our agents and inissionaries are re. mony to the soul-thrilling truth “He spectfully requested to renew their efforts brought me to the banqueting house, and to obtain new subscribers, and to forward his banners over me was love.' Yea! their names without delay. that place was as the house of God, and the very gate-way of Heaven to some blood-redeemed spirits. And although
Cash received by the Treasurer of the Board there were but few cases of pungent con
of Education of the General Assembly, viction, yet the moistening eye, the
from July 15, to Jugust 15. flushing cheek, and deep solemnity, are From Mr. Wm. Rowland, per Rev. W. M. inevitable proofs that the Holy Spirit Engles,
$100 00 was striving with the sinner, and its in- Dr. John White, do. do.
50 00 fuence upon the impenitent, will be seen Dr. Neill, late Gen. Agt. collected in eternity if not in time. I would re- by him, a few individuals of the ch. mark by way of conclusicn to this hasty Bedford, N. Y.
7 00 account, that the general impression
Hudson 15 50 made upon the pubic mind, not excepting do. do. Cooperstown, 80 00 those formerly prejudiced, was and is Judge Moore, Cherry valley, 10 00 now, that four and five days meetings in Levi Beardsly, Esq. do.
5 00 this sparsely populated region is proper- Joshua T. King, Albany for salary ly conducted, may be greatly instrumen.
10 00 tal in the hands of God, of pullling down the strong holds of the Prince of dark
$277 50 J. B. MITCHELL, Treasurer. Philadelphia, Aug. 24, 1831.