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Such was the character of this might have happened also in excellent man. “He went about other counties. He therefore doing good.” The life of Christ resolved to visit the prisons of was the original, bis the copy, neighbouring shires. This he How nearly the latter resembled did ; and his fears being realized the former, you will judge from by the miserable scenes his eyes what has been said. Nor am I beheld, he extended his progress afraid you will charge the ac- · further, and visited the whole count given of him with exagge- kingdom. The information thus ration. His character was a obtained, and which was com, very extraordinary one. It was, mitted accurately to writing, he however, not without its imper- immediately applied to the obfections ; nor should I do him ject he had in view. justice were I to omit adding In the year 1774, he was exs that he was himself deeply sen- amined upon this subject before sible of those imperfections. the House of Commons, when he

It remains that I mention a had the honour of their thanks. few historical facts, which will And soon after a bill was brought serve to throw a further light in" for the relief of prisoners, who upon the character we have shall be acquitted, respecting drawn, and confirm the truth of their fees ;” and another bill for what hath been said.

preserving the health of prison, In the year 1773, he was call- ers, and preventing the gaol dised upon to serve the office of temper." These two acts, which sheriff for the county of Bed- passed that session, he had printford. The prisons, of course, ed in a different character, and falling under his inspection and sent them to the keeper of every management, he became ac, county-gaol in England. By quainted with such disorders and those acts, as he observes, the abuses, as failed not to excite his tear was wiped from many an eye ; compassionate concern. He and the legislature had for them considered that prisons, houses “the blessings of many that were of correction excepted, were not ready to perish," Thus had a meant for punishment but con- HOWARD the honour of pouring finement. No man is in the eye consolation into the afflicted of the law guilty, lill legally tri breast ; and through bim it ed and convicted. He therefore might be said, “God looked rightly concluded that to subject down from the height of his a person in this state to any in- sanctuary, to hear the groaning convenience, more than the ne of the prisoner, to loose those cessary one of confinement, is that were appointed to death.” unjust ; and to suffer him, when his views, upon this success, acquitted, to be loaded with ex. were quickly enlarged. He re orbitant fees, is cruel oppression, solved to visit the prisons in

The utmost pains, therefore, foreign countries, not only to he immediately took to effect a obtain relief for the oppressed, reform in the gaols under his and a mitigation of miseries to own custody. This naturally the distressed wherever he found. led to the idea, that what had happened in his own county,

* Ps. cii. 18, 19.

Journal of one only (the Rev. Mr.' them, as “ wonderful ;” twenty-one Hidden) had been received... Dok! have been added to their church, un

Mr. Hidden completed his missio. der his ministration, in this small set. nary labours, in the counties of York ulement. They cor 'ude by express, and Oxford, early in November. Hising their earnest de: that “we who journal has been received, from which send, and they wh reive, may it appears, that he has travelled about unite in our prayers tu 1, that he seven hundred miles, preached ninety. would continue the gosp among two sermons, baptized seven adult them.” A letter to the Society, of persons, one by immersion, and forty- like import, has been received from the three children ; received twenty-four inhabitants of the town of Albany. persons into church communion, vis From the acceptance and success ited twenty-seven aged and sick per. of Mr. Hidden's labours, and the good sons, established four schools, admin dispositions manifested by the people istered the Lord's supper four times, to whom he was sent, the Society have visited eleven schools, and sixty fam- great reason to be satisfied with their ilies, and distributed about two hun, missionary, and much encouragement dred books. Mr. Ħidden observes, to continue their attentions to those. that “the weather was so favourable who so gratefully receive, and so com, during the whole of his mission, (of mendably improve them. three months) that he was hindered Since our last annual report, the from travelling but a single day:" that aged and reverend Zechariah May“ people in general were very ready hew, long a diligent and faithful mis, to attend on the word and ordinances sionary in the service of the Society, of God,” that “ many manifested among the remnant of Indians on warm gratitude to God, and thankful. Martha's Vineyard, has deceased. ness to the society for their notice of The ancestors of these Indians were them ;” that “ he found the schools, among the first of the aborigines of which had been begun by the society, New England, who embraced Chris in excellent order. Of the inhabit. tianity ; and from that time to the ants in many of the towns he visited, present, they have not ceased to enjoy he speaks in terms of high commenda. the ordinances of the gospel. Though tion, for their industry, frugality, these people have at present among peace and order; and particularly for them, two ordained Indian teachers, their attention and exertions in edu- by the name of Hansuit and Jeffer. cating their children. Of the town of (the latter a temperate, worthy man) Lovel especially, containing forty yet as both are advanced in life, the families, all of the Congregational de Society contemplate making further nomination, he says, “ there is the provision for their instruction, and will greatest attention to religion in this not cease to contribute, according to place, according to the number of peo. their means, to the support of reli. ple, and the least enthusiasm, I ever gious ordinances among them. saw.» « Sabbath, Nov. 2, preached The venerable Mr. Hawley, now in at Lovel, and administered the Lon's the eightieth year of his age, and in supper ; received nineteen persons in the fifty-fifth of his missionary la. to the church, baptized one adult and bours, and who receives annually a ten children. One received into the church was seventy-nine years old, another sixteen. God is doing won. ders here. This was one of the most The number of people of colour, solemn and joyful days I ever saw." taken from actual enumeration, et Gay Though few in number, they contem- Head, Martha's Vineyard, were as fol plate settling a minister among them. lows, in October, 1806. The church in a letter to the secreta- Between four and twenty-one ry, in very affectionate terms, express years old, their grateful acknowledgments to Of twenty-one years and upsard, God and to the Society, for * send. men 49, women 75,

118 ing missionaries to preach to poor, perishing sinners, the unsearchable Fiches of Christ. They speak of the The runber ander four years not mes. success of Mr. Hidden's labours among tioned..

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part of his supports from the Societs, vail among Christians who enjoy so is still diligent, active, and successful, many gospel privileges; that so few, in discharging the duties of his mis- compared with the whole number of sion at Marshpee. He is justly ven- sinners who hear the gospel, feel its erated by his people, who are chiefly power and accept its ofters in love ; of mixed blood, as their father, and that in some societies gross sins the protector of their rights and prop- abound, and into others essential er. érty. (To be continued.)

rors have crept. Deeming it a sacred duty to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints,

Synod take this opportunity of raising Extract from the Minutes of the pro their warning voice against this cold.

ceedings of the Synod of Albany of the ness; these sins and errors. It is Presbyterian Church, at their Ses. mournful that they who are snatched sion in Whitesborough, held on the 1st from perdition by the grace of Jesus and 2d days of October, 1806. should ever be careless in the service THE Synod have heard with plea

of their Master; should ever permit sure that the institutions of religion their love to decay in its ardour or within their bounds are well attended, its public expression. Christians and treated with marked reverence

ought ever to be awake and walk, as and affection. In some places strik becometh children of light, and the ing instances of the triumphs of the redeemed of God. It is high time cross have occurred, and in most the for them to do so, since the night is work of God seems to be advancing, far spent, and the day is at hand. though silently, vet surely. The They must gird on the armour of youth are instructed in the principles Jehovah, and bear testimony against of our holy religion with considerablc sins, especially those which abound. and commendable assiduity. Peace Drunkenness and profanity, and sab. and harmony prevail generally, and

bath breaking ought not to be so much the good order of the church is pre

as named among Christians ; and Sy. served unimpaired. Vacant congrega nod hope that all who are in their tions are supplying, new ones are

connexion will most studiously avoid forming, and the cry for additional the appearance of evil as well as its preachers of the word becomes more practice ; and that they will admonish loud and urgent. The pastors appear and exhort all, who are guilty of imto fulfil their duties, and the focks morality, to repent and live godly in theirs, so that between them, except. Christ Jesus. ing in very few instances, exists the Error in practice arises from error unity of the Spirit in the bond of in doctrine ; not that all who are cos. peace.

rect in the latter, are always so in the Although the prospect externally foriper; for many are only nominal is thus promising, Synod regret that

believers, who though they profess so much coldness and formality pre

the truth in words, hold it in un. righteousness. Between sound princi.

ple and sound conduct there is an & One hundred dollars, beside some inseparable connexion. Synod there. occasional grants of small sums, sta fore, whilst they warn their churches tionary and books.

against immorality, warn them solemn1 These Indians possess several thou- ly against errors. Those which cand acres of land, which were seques- chiefly prevail respect the future tered and secured to their ancestors, and destiny of sinners, and the character their successors, by Richard Bourn, their and work of the Redeemer. Satan pastor, who first planted Christianity is still instilling into the hearts of sin. here, about a century and a half ago. ners what he said unto the woman in Thié plantation is an asylum for In paradise, “ ye shall not surely dic." dians from various parts of New Eng He is filling them with the hope, that land and Long Island, and some have though they live after the flesh, they resorted here from Georgia, and even will finally be saved. Thus he is exa from the East-Indies. They are not citing them to turn the grace of God numerous. The Indians of unmixed into licentiousness. Christians ought blood do not exceeil forty or fifty persons. not to be deceived. Sin is an awful

evil, and merits infinite displeasure. FEMALE EXERTIONS FOR SPREAD. It need only be realized, to be thus

ING THE GOSPEL. acknowledged, and that with pungent grief of soul. We exhort our church

To the Editors of the Panoplist. es to beware of rejecting this solemn truth.

GENTLEMEN, Great as their error is, who do this, The multiplied and liberal exer. it is surpassed by that of those who tions of Christ's female disciples in deny the only Lord God who bought promoting his kingdom, are a consol. them. Over their sad and dreadful ing evidence of the power of his grace mistake we weep with unfeigned sor.

in their hearts, and are the lively ex. · row. The divinity and atonement of pressions of their attachment and fi.

Christ, are written as with a sun beam delity to him, and of their disinterest. in Scripture, and are felt to be truths ed, ardent wishes for the recovery and by all awakened souls. Let none be. salvation of immortal souls. The deceived by a parade of learning in Divine Jesus, in our age, no less than the opposers of these doctrines. in the days of his apostles, has given These men arrogate to thiemselves a discriminating marks of his love and greater share of it than they really kindness to the daughters of Zion, possess. Their conduct is imposing by exciting their attections to him, but their foundation is unstable as the and by animating their zeal and liber. wind. Before their opinions can be

ality to minister to the necessities of substantiated the Scriptures must be his poor members. They have the abandoned: for if these be explained. marked honour of taking an active according to the mode of explaining

and leading part in repairing the des. works of uninspired men, Christ is olations, and building up the walls of truly God, and has paid the price of our Jerusalem. Numerous are the redemption for our sins. We receive instances of female charity to the these truths, as they are published in souls of men. Among others, let the the volume of inspiration, confessedly Panoplist record the seasonable and a mystery, but it is "the mystery of benevolent exertions of a number of codliness,” worthy of lehovah. and devout ladies in Whitestown, New necessary for sinful man without York, who have formed themselves this mystery the convinced sinner can into a society for the purpose of aid. find no peace here, or hope for eterni. ing missionary labours in the new setty. To the law and testimony: if we tlements of our country, by the name speak not according to these, it is be of The Female Charitable Society of cause there is no light in us. We Whitestown; and, as the first proof leave these sentiments with you! we 'of their pious benevolence, have col. appeal to your consciences ! we call lected and contributed to the funds of on the churches to defend the com. the Hampshire Missionary Society, mon salvation with the temper of the for the purpose of promoting mis gospel. Many of them are the posteri. sions, the sum of $110. To this inty of those, who for the same pre

formation, which must be pleasing to cious truths, left their native homes,

the friends of Jesus, let me subjoin an braved the terrors of the deep, and

extract of a letter, written by a worsettled in a country then inhabited by thy minister in the District of Maine. savages. We pray that the spirit, to a member of the Hampshire Mis. they felt, may infuence their descen- sionary Society.. dants, and all who belong to our Zion. EXTRACT, “From sober report, May great grace, mercy and peace be the presence of God, I conclude, ac. multiplied unto all such, and all companied your missionaries, when believers every where, from God our they were here, and in other places Father, and Jesus Christ our Sa. also, I feel a degree of thankfulness viour.-AMEN.

to God that he has been pleased to

favour you with such missionaries. JONAS COE, Moderator. as you have sent into Maine. They

are an honour to your Society. They comfort & rejoice the hearts of God's poor people, who are sad and solitary, und dcstitute in the wilderness.

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"I observe in the Report of the The specific object of the Associa. Trustees of your Society for August, tion is expressed in their circular 1805, this entertaining period, Total letter. from Female Association, $278 88. " We humbly hope, we in some When the condescending God order- measure feel the magnitude of the ob. ed the erection of a tabernacle, that ject, which is, the advancement of the he might dwell among his people, the cause of the dear Redeemer. This sacred story is this ; And all the wo- we would endeavour to promote by men that were wise hearted did spin with contributing to the support of faithful their hands, and brought that which missionaries, who are sent to break they had spun, both of blue and of pur- the bread of life to those who are des. ple and of scarlet and of fine linen. And titute of the ordinary means of grace, all the women, whose heart stirred them which we so richly enjoy. up in wisdom, spun goat's hair. Three “ We have recently been told, by thousand years have now elapsed missionaries returning from distant since this piece of history was re- parts of our country, of persons who corded by an amanuensis of the Holy have come to them, and with tears in Spirit; since which time there has their eyes assured them, they had not nothing of the kind come to my heard a sermon for fourteen years beknowledge more pleasing, and more fore ; and who, taking them affecsimilar to this piece of ancient histo- tionately by the hand, have invoked ry, than the efforts of the Female the blessing of Heaven on their heads, Association in Hampshire county to and on the heads of those charitable build, enlarge, and ornament the tab- persons, whose compassionate hearts ernacle of the glorious Redeemer, the had moved them to commiserate their church of the living God, the pillar and unhappy condition, and to send the ground of the truth. May they never word of life and salvation to their per

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in due season reap, if they faint not." May “the blessing of many ready to

Q. perish” come upon this Society ; and

others of their sex, more liberally faTo the foregoing, the Editors think voured with the bounties of Provi.

proper to add the following particu- dence, when they shall read the above, lars of the Female Society above be excited to “ go and do likewise. mentioned, from their Constitution and Circular Letter

This Society was formed in September last, at Whitestown, which, twen. EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM A ty years ago, was a wilderness. The GENTLEMAN IN PHILADELPHIA members of this institution, believ TO HIS CORRESPONDENT IN BOGing that a portion of the bounties of Providence can be applied in no bet. ter way than in administering to the

Philadelphia, Nov. 23, 1806, spiritual necessities of their fellow Sir, creatures, and convinced of the utili. ty and importance of missionaries, by ..-- I SUBJOIN an extract of a letter whose benevolent exertions the glad received by Dr. Stoughton, of this tidings of redemption are carried to city, from Mr. Carey, dated at Calcutmultitudes, who are perishing for ta, the 25th Oct. 1805. “The third lack of knowledge ; and wishing to volume of the Bible, from Job to Canco-operate with such societies, by ticles inclusive, is published. The sontributing their mite towards the second edition of the New Testament advancement of so good a cause, as will be out in about a month. The sociated for that purpose.

prophets are begun, and we intend to The Society is under the manage. begin" printing the historical books ment of six Trustees, who choose from Joshua forwards in a few weeks. their Treasurer to receive the mo- The gospel by Matthew is printed nies 'subscribed, and to keep their ac. (nearly) 'in the Mahratta language : counts and records. Each subscriber nearly the whole New and some parts is to pay one dollar manually to the of the Old Testament are translated Treasurer

into that language, that of the Oris

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