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passing the city six days, once each day, with. en youth. Indeed, turn our attention to out all this routine of ceremony? But it is what part of the country we may, we behold not necessary for us to multiply examples of some exertions making by young men. this kind. The word of God abounds with But they have other examples equally imsuch; and we presume none are disposed to || posing. The young Ladies in every part of contend that men are not used as instruments the country, have connected themselves with to accomplish His purposes. If this be admit- some benevolent institution calculated to ted, the duty of each individual professor of promote the welfare of mankind. The other religion should be humbly to inquire—“Lord sex assert, that they possess more magnanimwhat wilt thou have me to do."

ity than their fair rivals. But, how do they Before we draw our conclusion, let us ask, || make good their pretensions to this trait of what has been accomplished by sending the character? We know not. We are not disposgospel to the heathen?-Were we in posses. || ed to give credence to the assertions of those sion of all the facts developing the good | who are merely hearers, or rather, braggery which has accrued from Missionary labors, about their good dispositions, when they do they could not in the narrow limits of our

not rerify these boastings by a performance sheet, be even briefly laid before you. But, of them. Because we see a person at church who could procure this information? Who paying a decent attention to the preaching could tell what benefits have flowed from the of the Law, we do not infer that he is a doer of efforts of missionaries? Those celestial bodies the Law, merely from the circumstance of who surround the throne of Gods-who re his hearing it. Neither can we be convincjoice over the sinner that is converted, might ||ed that a person is sincere who says he has a have some just conception of the eternal ben efi!s which have, and continue to accrue from great deal of sympathetic feelings for the

heathen, and who has never bestowed on the labors of God's people. We cannot even

them

any assistance. What would you think, guess at them; but let the history of many

were a person to come and tell you—“I have virtuous and pious heathen converts testify to ll just seen a man fastened in a deep gutter,

and he could not extricate hiraself. He is The many institutions of this kind should there yet, and I doubt not but he will perish, excite a holy rivalship in the heart of every

he is not assisted;" if you were told that he christian. In the primitive age of the church, bad not made one effort to help him out? Just converts to the gospel "sold their posses.

as absurd are the proceedings of those, who sions," and appropriated all their value to the good of the church. It is not required of you and darkened state, and never show a dispo.

tell you that the heathen are in a benighted to dispose of your po: sessions for the spread

sition to relieve them. of the gospel;--a small sittance only is asked, not even as much as would purchase the tip. aid in the promotion of a cause so necessary

These remarks are made from a desire to ler's gorg for one week!

to the conversion of the heathen. We hope In New-York, the “Methodist Missionary

measures will soon be taken to hare a society Society of Young men," is as afforded great as.

organized, sufficiently large and respectable sistance to the cause of missions.

lo do honor to our place. In Philadelphia, a s eiety has been estab. lished, entitled the “Young Men's Domestic

for the Miscellany. Missionary Society," wi ich send or intend bending persons qualified, 10 the suburbs of Messrs. EDITORS, It has often that city, ļo teach and instruct the indigent | been said, that a “Young Man's Mis

sionary Society” could be establishIn Charleston, S. C., a soeiety of younged in this borough, embracing all demen has long existed, the object of which is, to nominations. But I have often had my aid in spreading the gospel. In the same city || doubts, whether or not, this could be several of the Sabbath Schools, rai-e a fund effected. I shall communicate a coneach, sufficient to educate one or more heath-|| versation which took place when it was

some

and poor.

United Foreign Missionary Society.

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UNITED AND FOREIGN MISSIONARY SO

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first suggested to me. When I was peculiar sphere than christians are? about to point out the difficulties of Did not christians in the primitive establishing one, I observed that it ages of the church sell their poswould be a very arduous undertaking. I sessions for the purpose of contriont“Why?” asked a friend. “Because,” ||ing all they had to the benefit of reanswered I, "our young men, are in a ligion? and, think you that the manner deaf to the subject; and care christians who profess to be guided by not for the wants of the heathen.- the same spirit, will not contribute They would rather appropriate their the trifling sum per annum of 50 cents? loose cash in the purchase of some Oh! nonsense. I cannot think it." luxury.” “Uncharitable,” said my I was exceedingly well pleased to friend. “Not have a concern for the find, that he had so good an opinion conversion of the heathen, when so of the young men, and I hope they will many of themselves, have been lately || not deceive him, if he should be disbrought it is hoped, from principles of | posed to make the trial. I shall not heathenism and slavery. Do not, I be backward in casting in my mite. pray you, insult the sympathies of so I wish you would introduce the submany professed followers of Christ.”ject, Messrs. Editors, in a more forci“Friend,” said I, “did you ever hearble manner, to the people. Perhaps the story of a lady, who, on return- || something may be done. ing from a ride one very cold day,

Yours, &c. G. seen a poor man at her gate, and froin her own feelings was led to conclude he must be very cold? 'Bring in the poor man to the fire,' was her command to a servant, as she repaired to The last Register contains the her warm stove room. But, after Journal of Union, for Jan. and Feb. her benumbed limbs had returned to their wonted feelings, one of her ser-1823; Great Osage Mission for Dec. vants came and told her, that the 1822, and Jan. 1823; and the Seneca poor man wanted some charity.- Journal for March and April, 1823; Send him away,' she replied; "the which were noticed some time since, day has become quite agreeable."". “Shame, shame!" cried he, "do you

as being received by the board. compare a carnal woman to the sanc The Missionaries at Union statified believer in the doctrines of the tion, have not had as prosperous apgospel of Christ? Shame.' fess sir,” said I “it is a lamentable pearances of success, as heretofore. comparison. But have you ever made Occasional withdrawments from the a trial of their sympathies? If you school has taken place, which humbles have not, do." "I shall be the first them very much. The Journal for in the attempt,” said he; “Because I cannot believe any one would refuse

Friday Jan. 10, mentions the conto contribute the trifling sum of 50 or tinued sickness of Mr. Alsoff the 75 cents per annum to such a divine- millwright; and for Jan. 18, sister ly featured institution. “Look,” he Vaill's confinement with the pleucontinued, “at our young men who risy. Notwithstanding all these discare not for these things? They can spend three or four dollars in one day, advantages, they, with the true spirit gossipping wich their foolish compas- of christian resignation, say, like ions;--are they more generous in their | Paul, “when we are weak then are

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United Foreign Missionary Society. we strong.” They have, notwith - || for conference and prayer. One of standing these apparent frownings of our hired men has, for several days their master, many precious tokens of past been under serious concern resacceptance and of favor. Clamore, others are pious, and attend prayers

pecting the state of his sonl. Two one of the Chiefs, who has ever been every evening with the hired men at favorable to them, consults them on their room. all occasions of importance; which is a

Sabbath, Dec. 8.- This morning we şure indication of his conviction, that

were agreeably surprised with the

voice of one of our hired men in our they are superior to him in knowledge. | family prayers, and in the evening the This chief, on the 14th of Jan. made satisfaction was increased, when ana request, that the missionaries would | other, in the state of whose mind we

have felt lively interest, consented to attend council of the Indians; the

pray, for the first time in so large a object of which was, to concert meas. || company. Besides the improvement ures for having a murderer brought to and establishment of the individuals

themselves, we consider these events justice. Accordingly Messrs. Pixley

as interesting, on account of their and Vaill, accompanied by the inter-probable influence on the sentiments preter, went to the village, and done and conduct of the hired men at this as they were requested. The inter-place. est which Clamore takes in the mis

Corn Ground for the Indians.

The first corn for an Osage was sionary cause, keeps alive, we are disposed to think, a still more brilliant this important engine of civilized man

ground at our mill to-day: Soon may prospect, than would be, under a re- be the means of relieving the Osage version of his sentiments. On the females from the fatigueing task of 14th of Feb. he committed to their

making their corn soft by means of

manual labor. That it will greatly care his adopted son. “He is about promote their civilization we have 14 years of age, has a good degree of great reason to hope. In his astonboldness and appears much at home ishment at the form and the rapid mo

tion of the machinery, an Indian proWe would give thanks to God for the nounced it Woh-cur-do-ka, supernatbrightening prospects,” says the jour-ural or divine. 'On being informed nal. Towards the close of the Journal of this instance of extravagance, one notice of the recovery of the sick in the of our elder Osage boys, with a cor

rectness of thought remarkable in a family is given.

heathen youth, observed, that Mr. Austin made the mill, and the water

turned it, therefore it is not divine. As the prospects of this mission are

Monday Dec. 23.-Several Osage brighter than that of the Union, and women brought corn to our mill, to as the journal mentions many things the amount of ten or twelve bushels. indicative of a special favor from God, The pond is well supplied with water, we shall present the substance of sev

and the mills perform to our full sat

isfaction. The grist mill will grind eral items in the Journal.

six bushels per hour. Sabbath Dec. 1.-Attended divine Tuesday, Dec. 31.-Heard from Br, service as usual. In the evening met || Montgomery. He had arrived at the In

GREAT OSAGE MISSION.

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dian encampment. Hestates that one Rev. Mr. Cogswell, of Saco. A vote of the chiefs (Billa Ossean) is desirous of thanks to those Societies & individto have a school established at his vil- | uals who have contributed to its funds, lage. He promises one child, and was moved by D. Campbell, Esq., his influence among his people in our Treasurer, seconded by Rev. Mr. behalf. He says if we come to his Chapin, and passed unanimously:village, we shall not want for chil-The gentlemen severally favored the dren.

Society with appropriate addresses.
Communion Sabbath.

Another public meeting was held Sabbath, Jan. 5.—Enjoyed another journals were read, and applications

in the afternoon, when missionary opportunity of coming around the ta-| for aid in behalf of destitute places. ble of our Lord. We trust it was a In the evening a sermon was preachrefreshing season. Four of our la-led by the Rev. Mr. Loomis, of Banborers, and Captain Dunlap, the U. States' blacksmith among the Osages, done what she could.” A collection

gor, from Mark xiv. 8. "She hath requested occasional communion. Sister Belcher not being able to at- and a gold ring. The next meeting

was taken up, amounting to 8201,65, tend at the organization of the church, will be held at Bangor. requested to be admitted to-day.This request was readily granted.

The report of the trustees states,

that 30 missionaries have been emLabor performed by the female School. ployed in the course of the year,

Tuesday, Jan. 21.-Sister Etris re- whose labors together amount to about ported the work done by her girls | 300 weeks. Supplies to a greater or since Oct. 22, viz. Sally Dodge, 8 yards | less degree have been afforded to eveof seams, and 21 days in the kitchen. I ry county in the State-Those places Susan Larawe, 63 yards do. and 3|| have been especially aided where a days in the kitchen. Eunice Pike, 48 settle...ent of the gospel ministry yards do. and 7 days in the kitchen. might be effected, and where there Maria Seward, 38 yards do, and 7 was an unusual attention to religion. days in the kitchen. Mary Williams No extensive revivals have been wit28 yards do. and 2 days in the kitch- nessed in the sphere of missionary la

Jane Rennick, 24 yards do. and bors—but much good has been done 1 day in the kitchen. Rebecca Wil-weak churches have been strengthenliams, 18 yards do. Mary Ludlow, 15 ed, and the famishing have been fed. yards do

An unusual attention to the means of religion has been excited and in

many places, some sprinklings of diThe Boston Recorder, of July 5, gives an

vine grace has been felt, and recogepitome of the proceedings that took place,

nised as the prelude of an “abundance at an annual meeting of the above society

of rain." which was held in Portland on Wednesday This Society has existed 16 years the 25th ult. We make some extracts from |--and had no means of usefulness, the Recorder.

except what the Lord sent, “day by It was well attended by the mem - day.' It has accomplished much, bers from various parts of the State. and will accomplish yet more for the The Report of the Trustees was read || destitute Sections in Maine. by the Rev. Mr. Gillet, Correspond ing Secretary. A motion for its ac

REVIVAL AT ATHENS, PA. ceptance was made by the Rev. Mr. In No. 15 of the last volume, we publishe: Tappan, of Augusta, and seconded by a letter from a person in Albens, to a final

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MAINE MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

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Embarkation of the Missionaries for Burmah. in this place, giving an account of a revival || converts are men of the highest standwhich had, a short time previous to the dateing and influence in society; and these of the letter, begun. The Pittsburg Recor. were indefatigably zealous in helpder of July 17, contained the letter that fol- ing forward the good work from the lows, which shews that the work has not yet moment they were brought to expericeased; and we hope it may not eease, till ev. ence the power of divine grace upon ery unregenerate soul in the place be conver-their own hearts. The character of ted!

the work has been in almost every inExtract of a Letter from Rev. James Wil || stance, very deep conviction of sin, liamson, of Athens, Pa. to Rev. Andrew 0: |distress of soul on account of guilt,

Patterson. of Mount Pleasant, Pa. dated rather than dread of future punishMay 12, 1823.

“Till lately, I scarcely could allow ment; and had this continued long; myself to speak decidedly to my When the distress of the subjects has

the body could not have supported it. friends at a distance, respecting the been so pungent, they were usually attention in this place to religious brought tlie sooner to cast themselves things. We can now say, we

of God in Christ. The

mercy truly had in this congregation “a re- number hopefully converted since freshing from the presence of the

the commencement of the work is, Lord." About the time I received your letter, (dated Feb. 7,) a few

we think, about fifty. There are still members in our little church began to cises of mind, who as yet entertain

many more under

serious exer

very see the necessity of awakening from

There is not so their slumbers--of being more active

no hope of life. in the cause of their blessed Master.lent as was a few weeks since; but, we

much feeling or engagedness at presFrom that time there appeared some trust the Lord has not withdrawn his anxiety among sinners." The breth

Holy Spirit from us. We have rearen visited from house to house. Many, in different parts of the congre-things for us, whereof we are glad.'

son to say, "The Lord hath done great gation, were found inquiring after those things which make for their ev

We have cause to rejoice, but to reerlasting peace. Our religious meet- who of all those, who have been reli

-; ings now became more frequent, giously impressed, will prove faithful crowded, and solemn.. At the very unto death. There are many favoracommencement of the work, it

ble manifested to be of God, as some of

of revivals in two or

appearances the most hopeless persons, to human We have been praying that the Lord

three neighboring congregations. appearance, were among the first sub- I would extend his work.” jects. Some who had kept at a distance from the means of grace, and

We noticed, last week, the departure of opposed with ridicule every thing the missionaries destined for the Burmah, like religion were brought to beg for

empire. The follwing article was then in mercy; and, thro' sovereign grace, as

type, but unavoidably deferred till now. we trust have found peace with God. For several weeks, secular business

On the subject of their departure the Chriswas almost wholly laid aside. Dur- tian Watchman observes: ing about two months we had meet "It was expected the ship would have ings regularly every morning and sailed on Sabbath morning; and many evening, in the village, besides the repaired to the wharf for the purpose many meetings for prayer and preach-|| of witnessing the departure of our ing the word in other parts of the missionary friends; but the state of congregation. Several of the new | the wind prevented it, and rendered

was

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