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JOURNAL OF MR. KING.
we see now.
ihe was dangerously sick, so much the 5. Multitudes arrived from Syra, Mynore need to give her that instruction by conos, and other places, in order to celewhich alone she can be saved. What he brate, the next day, the feast of the anwill do I know not. He seems much cast nunciation. Towards night, I went with lown. I suspect, though I have not ask my wife, and our Episcopal brethren, to ed him the question, that her friends have the church of the Evangelistria, where old Bapoo, if he violates his caste by was a singular display of the different initing with the Christian Church, his costumes from various islands, and differwife shall not live with him. He asked | ent parts of the Morea, and from Asia me what he must do, if his wife would not Minor. consent to live with him in case he joined When on my way to the church, a man the church. I referred him to what came up to me with a plate, on which he Christ had said was necessary to be done begged me to put some money, in order in order to be his disciple.
to purchase powder to fire the next day
in honor of the virgin Mary. I refused, GREECE.
however, to contribute, and took occasion to observe to him, that I did not like the
use of powder at their feasts, and espeWhile on the Island of Tenos.
cially as they were in the habit of firing March 30, 1831. I called on the teach-guns on the Lord's day, which was a sin; er of the Lancasterian school, and gave that their forefathers, who were Chrishim a copy of the “Catechism of the tians, did not thus profane that holy day, History of Greece,” lately printed at and that they were better Christians than Malta. Was happy to find, that he had
“O,” said he, “our foreat length concluded (as he said) to have fathers eat meat, and were a different sort his scholars assembled on the Lord's day of men from what we are; now we wish for the purpose of learning the gospel. for powder and a noise, and the Panagia The lesson, which he told me he had (the virgin) desires it.” Seeing that I appointed for the ensuing Sabbath, was would not give any thing, he began to a part of Christ's sermon on the mount. threaten me, and said he would fire such
April 1. In the morning the Greek heavy charges before my door as to break bishop called on Messrs. Robertson and my windows. Of this I told him to beHill, who a few days previous had paid ware, as he had now publicly threatened hith a visit. While he was with Mr. R. I me, and it any damage was done, I should and my wife went in to see him. On my know whom to look for. observing, that we had news from Rome, 7. I walked to the little market place, (with regard to the flight of the Pope,) and conversed with one or two persons I he entered into a long conversation, in met there, on the subject of the gospel, which he attempted to explain many lying wonders. &c. One of them said, prophecies in Daniel, Ezekiel, and the that he had fought several battles for me Revelation. With regard to the Revela. with the people here, and that he was tion, he said, that each chapter contain- persuaded that the gospel was what we ed the events of a hundred years, and all ought to follow. He also spoke very that we were now thirty-one years ad- freely against the lying wonders pervanced in the 19th chapter; that the two formed in the church of the Evangelislast chapters regard heavenly things, but tria. all the rest things on earth; that about
Voyage to Athens, the year 1840 the Turks are to fall; and 8. Went on board a Hydriot vessel after their fall, all Christian churches bound for Syra, Hydra, and Napoli. are to be united, the Jews will become Found on board about one hundred pasChristians, and all the heathen nations; sengers. Among these I distributed 80 that all that dwell on the earth will tracts, and placed a gospel, where any become Christians, and remain so, for one, if disposed, might take it to read. 500 years, as some suppose, and accord-Very soon little circles were seen here ing to others, 1,000 years; then will en- and there, reading and listening to the sue a defection, and then will come the tracts and to the gospel. Among the end of the world.
passengers, was a Greek from Smyrna, 2. Conversed with a Greek on the sub-and I found, that with his wife, mother, ject of confession to the priests, and the and sisters, I had formerly been acmode of partaking of the Lord's supper. quainted. With him I entered into a He said he wished for some book, that long conversation on various religious subwould show him what was the practices jects, and several listened while I endeaof the apostles and early Christians, with vored to explain several points, which he regard to these things. For the practice seemed not fully to understand. Among of the apostles, I referred him to the these were circumcision, baptism, the New Testament
passover, the Lord's supper, the Jewish
Sabbath, and the Lord's day. After talents, and of good sense, and as a warm speaking for some time on these subjects, friend to all my undertakings. His wife I took the New Testament and read is an Athenian, and expressed great pleaaloud the 11th chapter of St. Paul's epis- sure in the hope, that I should go to the tle to the Romans, and spoke on the sub- place of her nativity to reside and estabject of the restoration of the Jews, and iish a school. the feelings, which Christians ought to have towards them, and of the ingather ARKANSAS CHEROKEES. ings of all nations.
16. In the morning we were near Ægina. EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER OP Gave Niketoplos the gospel, and asked the captain, his men, and the passengers, Prevailing attention to religious instrucif they would like to hear a chapter read.
tion, All said, yes, and he read audibly not It is with feelings of thankfulness and only one chapter, but two or three, and joy, to which I cannot find full utterance, we both occasionly made remarks upon that I announce the fact that we are enwhat was real. About noon, we arrived joying, to a considerable extent, a revivat Ægina. There I met with a kind re- al of religion among this poor people. ception from various persins, and the Five natives now stand propounded for commissary of police ordered a room for admission to the church. Ten others are me, where I found myself very comfort, rejoicing in hope; and, as far as we can ably situated.
judge, give us reason to hope for them, 17. Sabbath. I rose at an early hour, that they are indeed born from above. and was delighted with the music of All these are persons living above us on birds, which I have scarcely heard since I the Salisau. In addition to these, we are have been at Tenos. The air was mild, permitted to rejoice over four of our dear the sky serene, and my heart felt a light- Cherokee youth in the female school, as ness and joy, which it used sometimes to the children of God. For several months feel on a Sabbath morn in New England. past there has been an unusual solemnity Went to the principal church, where I and tenderness upon the minds of a consaw swallows fitting about, and sparrows siderable number of the girls, which has had made their nests near a picture, convinced us that the good Spirit was over the head of which was written a striving with them. For a few weeks, Greek phrase, which conveys the same the four alluded to have been rejoicing in idea, as "I AM.” Longed to have the the sense of pardon. We never saw gospel preached to this perishing people. youthful converts appear better. Sevefor whom I really felt pity and sorrow. ral of the scholars, and more among the The sparrows had indeed found a nest people, seem to be subjects of conviction near the altar of the Lord, and my feel- more or less pungent; and many have ings would all have been in accordance their attention more solemnly arrested with those of the psalmist (described in than ever before. the xxxivth Psalm) had I not seen that In the northeast part of the nation, bor. likeness intended to represent Him, who dering upon the wild settlements, there has no likeness either in heaven or on is also very considerable excitement earth!
among the Methodists. They have late. After leaving the church, I met a man, ly taken into their society about twentv whose countenance I recognized, but persons connected with the Cherokees. did not recollect his name. On meeting Several of these had been professors in him, he stopped, inquired kindly after the old nation, and had fallen back and my health, and invited me to go with become desperately wicked. Others him to his house. On my way, I found are serious persons, received as seekers; him to be the celebrated teacher in the and a few others we hope are true conCentral School, Mr. Gennadios, whom verts. I had seen for a few moments, when at This work is evidently of the Lord. Ægina last year. With him I had a long It illustrates the sovereign freeness of conversation on a variety of subjects, and, his grace. The church here has for a among others, with regard to my opening long time been in a state of great coldness. a school at Athens. He said I should A few have mourned and prayed in senot find the least difficulty on the part of cret overour declensions; but as a church, the people, that they thirsted for know- we have been, and I fear still are, very ledge. 'In speaking of Niketoplos, he far from what we ought to be. There said, he thought him the best teacher for is now evidently a waking up, and I a Lancasterian school in Greece, and hope we shall all soon be engaged with that I should do well to employ him for our whole hearts in seeking for the conthe present. With Mr. G. I was much tinuance and spread of the good work. pleased. He conversed like a man of 'Most of our native members are revived,
and I think this is the case with all, or eral deportment we have no reason to be nearly all the mission family here, as it greatly displeased; but we feel anxious is with our fellow laborers at Fairfield for their souls. Shall they all finally perand Forks of Illinois.
ish! We commend them to the especial We have three appointments for three pravers of the Committee; we commend days meetings in the nation, the first to them to the God of grace who hears and begin next Friday. I believe all who answers prayer. love our Lord Jesus Christ among us have made these meetings the subject of special frequent prayer. I trust many
PROCEEDINGS OF PRESBYTE. will go to them under the influence of a
RIES IN THE WEST. heavenly unction, and we hope and pray and expect to witness displays of God's [Deeming it a matter of great impor. saving grace. We expect our brethren 'tance that our readers should be fully in. from Union will unite with us, and also forned, respecting the official doings of some of our Methodist and Cumberland those Presbyteries in the Valley of the brethren from the white settlements. Promising State of the Schools.
Mississippi, which are friendly to the plans Our schools close to-morrow for the
and operations of our Board, we shall deannual vacation. We can but feel great vote a considerable portion of the present solicitude respecting the dear children, number of the Reporter, to the publication especially those whoare going into neigh- of the resolutions which have been for. borhoods where vice prevails. This is the case with some who are hoping, and mally adopted, on the subject of Mission. with several who are anxious. May the ary operations in the West, and in reference good Shepherd preserve these lambs. to the Convention, to be held at Cincin.
The girls school has made greater im- 'nati, in the 23d of the present month.] provement the last year than ever before. A considerable number of the scholars PROCEEDINGS OF THE PRESBYTERY OF entered school since January. Nine of
WEST LEXINGTON. them are between the age of five and The Presbytery of West Lexington eight years. All can read fuently in ea- met in Walnut Hill church, on the 28th, sy lessons, and with considerable ease in 29th and 30th of Sept. 1831. the New Testament. The youngest and Wednesday 28th. - Presbytery resolv. most backward can answer nearly all the ed to receive the application of Mr. A. questions on the map of the world. The W. Canıpbell for ordination as a minishigher classes are as far advanced as any ter of the Gospel, and proceeded to exclasses we have ever had in the school. amine him on Theology, Church History All of them have made great improve- and Government, and his examination was ments in the use of the needle, and in sustained. other lahors. Their general behaviour, It was then agreed that the business I can say without exaggeration, has been respecting the Convention at Cincinnati, better than I have ever known in a com- be the order of the day for to-morrow at pany of equal number, and of the same 10 o'clock. age, in any place where I have been ac Thursday 29th.-Mr. R. J. Breckinquainted. Indeed they are a most inter- I ridge was introduced to the notice of Pres. esting group of little girls and young wo- bytery as a candidate for the Gospel
ministry. He was examined as to his July 12. I have just returned from the acquaintance with experimental religion, examination of the boys school. The ex- and his motives in seeking this office, and hibition of improvement made by them his examination was sustained. is very gratifying. They have made Presbytery then proceeded to the orquite as good improvement as the females der of the day, when the following prein every branch of study. The boys suf- amble and resolutions were presented by fer by having too much time out of school the Rev. R. Stuart, and adopted, with at their own disposal. The influence of one or two dissenting voices, viz:this is peruicious upon them as scholars, Inasmuch as the General Assembly at and especially upon their morals and the its last meeting recommended to the juconcerns of religion. There is a very dicatories of the churches in the valley great contrast in the appearance of the of the Mississippi, to agree upon some two schools in respect of religion. Not plan for conducting Missionsin the Westone of the boys gives evidence of piety-jern states; and inasmuch as it is propos. not one is the subject of real conviction. ed that delegates from all the PresbyteA few, we hope, are somewhat thought-j ries in said valley meet in convention at ful. With their advancement in learn- Cincinnati on the 23d of November next, ing we are well satisfied-with their gen- to consult upon a plan for conducting
said missions; the Presbytery of West tained, proceeded to ordain him to the Lexington, after taking the subject into work of the Gospel ministry, by prayer serious and prayerful consideration, and the laying on of the hands of the adopted the following resolutions: Presbytery. 1st. It is the opinion of this Presbyte
S. STEEL, Stated Clerk. ry that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed to his church, as a sacred deposit, RESOLUTIONS OF THE PRESBYTERY OF the preaching of the gospel, the administration of ordinances and discipline, and all other things relative to its peace and
At a very full meeting of the Presbyprosperity.
tery of Steubenville at Beech Spring, 2d. That the several different congre- October 5th; there being present fourteen gations of the Presbyterian church in Ministers, (the whole number of Pres. the United States taken collectively con. bytery,) and fourteen Ruling Elders, the stitute one church; and that "a repre- following was unanimously adopted: sentation of the whole should govern and As this Presbytery “regard the transdetermine in regard to every part, and to action of Missionary business to be csall the parts united, that is, that a ma- pecially the duty of the Church in her jority shall govern.
distinctive character, and the present 3d. That “the General Assembly re- organization of the Board of Missions of presents in one body all the particular the General Assembly as most consistent churches of our denomination; that with the order which should be taken in they constitute the bond of union, peace, this matter:”—Therefore resolved, correspondence and mutual confidence 1. That as we desire but one General among all our churches,” that to them Assembly for the Presbyterian Church belongs the power of superintending the in these United States so we wish for no concerns of the whole churclı, and that more than one Board for conducting “they may send missions to any part to Missionary operations within our bounds, plant churches and supply vacancies.” to be directly under the control and su
4th. That the whole church is the only pervision of the General Assembly, ac. safe depository of these important pow-cording
to the Constitution of our ers, and we would deem it a departure Church. from the principles of our Church Gov 2. That the Board of Missions of the ernment for the church to relinquish General Assembly since is reorganiza“the power of conducting its own mis- tion has been managed with an energy sions, and for that power to be vested and wisdom entitling it to our continued in any body of men who are not appoint. confidence; and by its rapidly extending ed by, and directly responsible to the influence has clearly shown, that were whole church.
all Presbyterians to unite in cordially 5th. That no missionary he received in cooperating in its plans, this Board would the churches within the bounds of this be abundantly competent, under the diPresbytery, contrary to the provisions of vine blessing, to carry on all Missionary the 18th chapter of the "Form of Go-operations within our Church. vernment.”
3. That as we have nothing to do with 6th. That the delegates from this Pres. the separate action of voluntary associabytery to the Convention at Cincinnati, tions, employed in Missionary labors be instructed to oppose the adoption of within our bounds, irresponsible to the any plan for conducting Missions in the Church, an amalgamation of the MisWestern States, which shall not be in sions of our Church as such, either in accordance with the foregoing resolu- whole orin part, with the operations of the tions.
Home Missionary Society or any simiNominations were then received for lar institution, is undesirable and' unconJelegates to the Convention, and the fol-stitutional; and that we regard the atlowing persons received the number of tempts which have been made to produce votes respectively attached to their such an amalgamation, as the great source
Ministers-James Blythe, 19; of the evils which have arisen, and the Samuel Steel, 22; Nathan H. Hall, 8; bitterness which has been excited on the Sainl. V. Marshall, 1. Elders-Robert subject of domestic Missions. J. Breckinridge, 20; John R. Alexander, 4. From the present aspect of the Pres. 15; John M.C. Irvine, 9; Benjamin Mills, byterian church, and the inroads which 6.
have been made, and are attempted Messrs. Blythe and Steel, Breckin- | further upon her integrity and purity, ridge and Alexander, were therefore duly we feel bound to take a more decided elected.
stand in maintaining inviolate her princiPresbytery having heard a discourse ples of doctrine and government, and from A. W. Campbell, which was sus-lopenly to disapprove of all such mea
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sures as tend to weaken or impair the views in relation to this important sub. soundness of the one, or the efficiency ject, and with a view to allay the exciteof the other, and such we believe to be ment now existing and also to preserve the tendency of the Home Missionary the identity and distinctive character of Society in its operations within the Pres. the Presbyterian Church, this Presbybyterian church.
tery considers it highly in portant that 5. That while this Presbytery agree to their views should be fairly and fullv send delegates to the proposed Conven- represented in the proposed conrentiun. tion at Cincinnati, on the 23d of Novem Therefore, resolved, unanimously,– ber next, on the principles proposed by 1st. That it is expedient to appoint'iwo the West Lexington Presbytery; they delegates to attend the convention to be clearly avow their determination to ad- held in Cincinnati, on the 230 Nov, next. here exclusively to the General Assem 2d. That this Presbytery have full bly's Board of Missions, and hereby in- | confidence in the Board of Missions of the struct their delegates to act upon this. General Assembly of the Presbyterian principle in such a convention.
Church, as the regularly constituted organ Resolved unanimously, That the pres- i of Missionary operations, and deprecate ent state of the Presbyterian Church de- a union with any irresponsible association mands that it be a standing rule of this or organized body for conducting domesPresbytery, that every ordained minister tic Missions, not amendable to any judior licentiate presenting a dismissal to catory of our Church. this Presbytery, shall submit to a public 3d." That in the view of this Presbyteexamination on his views of Theology, ry, the effort made to effect a union bebefore he is received as a member, or tween the two Missionary institutions is under its care.
a chief cause of the unhappy excitement A true extract,
now existing in the Church; and if folCHARLES CLINTON BEATTY. lowed up, threatens it with increasing
Stated Clerk. discord and division. And that peace
and harmony are not likely to be restor
ed, except by abandoning all such efforts Ata meeting of the Presbytery of Red. in future, and thus allowing each instistone, October 4th, 1831, the following tution to pursue its own course without preamble was unanimously adopted, viz: impediment or interference on the part
Whereas, a difference of opinion and of the other. practice exists among the nieinbers of 4.h. That the delegates appointed to the Presbyterian Church, in relation to attend the Convention be instructed the proper organ for conducting domestic to exert their influence to procure missions, and as, in the opinion of this a decision of the Convention in favor Presbytery, evils have arisen from the of the Assembly's Board of Missions, conflicting operations of the General As- and that they oppose, with all their influsembly's Board of Missions, and the ence, whatever might tend to a union American Home Missionary Society: with any other body, not even concurand whereas the General Assembly, at ring in a united agency for conducting its last meeting, adopted the following Missionary operations in the West. Resolution, viz.
5th. That if the delegates should fail "That in view of existing evils arising to carry the last resolution into effect, from the separate action of the Assem- and a majority of the Convention should bly's Board of Missions and the Ameri- adopt any measures with a view to favor can Home Missionary Society in the a union with any other body, that they West, it be recommended to the Synods of be instructed to enter their protest, acOhio, Cincinnatti, Indiana, Illinois, Ken- companied with their objections. tucky, Tennessee, West Tennessee, and
6th. That'the Stated Clerk be insruct. the Presbyteries in the West, connected ed to furnish each delegate with a copy with them, to correspond with one an- of these resolutions. other and devise a plan for carrying on
7th. That in case no one of the deleMissions in the West, and report the re- gates appointed shall be able to attend, sult of their correspondence to the next that the Stated Clerk be instructed to General Assembly: it being understood transmit a letter to the Convention statthat brethren in the West shall be left ing the vie'ws and wishes of this Presby. to adopt their own plan, and that any tery, as herein expressed. other Synods and Presbyteries, besides Resolved, That the Stated Clerk transthe above mentioned, in the Valley of mit a copy of the above resolutions to the the Mississippi, may be embraced in the editors of the Presbyterian, and Chriscorrespondence if they desire it." tian Herald, for publication,
And whereas it is important that every | (A true copy.) Presbytery should freely express their ROBERT JOHNSON, Stated Clerk.