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ve found ourselves safe at the bottom, in Arch's mother's, where we found his a region where the Gospel had doubtless brother, uncles, sisters, &c. assembled to beep forever unknown.

meet us according to previous arrangeWe called on the chief and proposed a ment. Here we had a precious interview meeting. He appointed it to morrow with these dear people ; and after dioner, about noon at the council house. We having spent about two hours with them, then rode about six miles to Soti's father's, we set out for Long Town. The moun. having travelled about twenty iniles. Some tain, and the path generally, were very of the neighbours came and spent the eve. bad, so that we did not arrive at the place ning with us. We improved the time in where we had apponted a meeting, until singing, prayer, and conversation on the near sun set. Many of the people had regreat doctrines of religion.

turned home. The chiefs and a few othWednesday, 19. Spent the morning in ers were yet waiting. I told the chiefs ! conversation with Soti's father, a very would meet them the next morning. Some old man. After breakfast we all kneeled of the pe ple, however, thought the meetbefore our common Lord, to implore his ing was to be that night ; and a numerous blessing, and then set off for the council assembly met at the council house, and house about six miles distant. The road about 9 o'clock sent for me. I told them, being bad, and our horses fatigued, we that by an arrangement with the chiefs, I concluded to walk, being accompanied by was to meet them the next morning. our dear Cherokee friends. About fifty Brother Thomas and Soti went with them, men besides some women and children as. and spent a good part of the night in talk sembled. After prayer and singing, broth. ing, &c. er Thomas gave them a short account of In the morning before sunrise, they sent Christians at the north, their method of again for me to come. I accordingly went, raising money, making clothes, &c. for the and found perhaps 200 people assembled, support of schools, &c. He also stated the and fifteen or twenty young women or girls contents of a letter from Mr. Hicks. After engaged in a dance. Their appearance this I spoke of the Bible, as being the only was neat, their dress good ; but what a light to guide us in safety through this difference would religion make, in all their world. I dwelt particularly on the way feelings and behavior. Soon their music of salvation, pointed out in the Bible, ceased, and all was still. through our divine Lord and Savior.

After singing and prayer, I spoke to I told them of his coming into the world, them in substance, nearly as yesterday, at his character, miracles, sufferings, death, Otter Town. They heard with the ut. resurrection, ascension, invitation to sin. most attention; and were endeared to me Ders, &c. and of his ability and willingness more and more. After an address of perto save all who come to him. After this haps an hour and a half, and commending we sang, and prayed, and took our leave them again to God, we took an affectionof the assembly. Before we left them, ate leave. The men and boys, and many however, they wished to know when we of the women and girls, came and shook would come again, stating that they need. hands with us ; after which the old chief, ed some one to tell them osten of these with a distinguished dress and appear. great truths, and expressed much grati. ance, arose and spoke at some length, tude for our present visit. We returned thanking us for our kindness in visiting to Soti's father's and spent the evening in them, &c. He then shook hands, and thus conversation, singing, &c. We attended we took our leave of this dear people. I prayer as usual, but Soti, who appears saw none in the assembly who were not really serious, and inquiring after God, full Cherokees, and none were able to un. wished us to pray again. O how dear derstand English. This town is near the these poor people seemed to me. I often head of the valley river. wept at the thought of leaving them ex- Friday, 21. Rode down the river ten posed to all the wiles of Satan with no one or twelve miles to Tellico; called on the to guide-them to the fold of Jesus. chief and proposed a meeting. He ap

This town lies near the line of North pointed this evening, at the council house, Carolina ; is almost entirely surrounded and immediately sent messengers to give by mountains ; contains from one to two information. About dark we went to the hundred families, and but one individual, place appointed. The people continued that I know of, able to speak English. Af. coming, till after 9 o'clock. We then ter breakfast, and after commending this commenced meeting, having, I should dear family and people to God by prayer, judge, near 200 hearers. As they were we set off for Long Town. We returned ignorant of the first principles of religion, a different way from that we came, in or. I thought best to go over nearly the same der to visit J. Arch's friends, and also to ground as in Otter and Long Towns. They cross the mountain at a place where it is not seemed attentive to all I said. Our meet. so high, though steeper for a short distance. ing continued about an hour and a half. About 10 o'clock we arrived at brother J. We then took leave of these dear people, a little before 11 o'clock, and returned to lanes, on the Sabbath day, for the express the chief's. O may the Lord be with purpose of constraining their wicked shipthem, and fix his word in their hearts, as mpate to come to the house of prayer, I a nail in a sure place, and may their souls blugh for the supineness of christians abe saved in the last great day.

round me.

Sir, the claims of sailors upon your Christian munificence are as imperious as

they are righteous imperious, because THE CAUSE OF SEAMEN.

they are annually dying by thousands, Extract from the Speech of the Rev. Mr.

and righteous, because to them we owe Somers, at the third anniversary of the

not only the introduction of the gospel New York Bethel Union.

into this country, but it is by their toils It is true, Mr. President, as stated in

that we enjoy our wcalth and prosperity as

a nation. It is by their aid that we plant your Report, that nearly 2000 years have

the standard of the cross under the scorchelapsed since the command was given “Go

ing beams of an Indian sun, on the Islands pe into all the world, and preach the gos

of the sea, and on the desolate plains of pel to every creature.” How sew there are who have obeyed this injunction, by

the Holy Land. By them science and re

ligion have been carried from sbore to preaching the gospel to sailors ! and dur. ing the short period employed in this holy

shore; they have borne the heat of sum

mer, and the blast of winter, to promote service, how little has been achieved !

the wealth and the happiness of man; For the moral and religious improvement of every other part of the community,

yet they seem to be the only mortals who

live, or rather linger out a wretched exseminaries of learning have been erected ;

istence, and then die unpitied and unacademies of arts and sciences have been

known.” established; churches have been built ;

Mr. Somers stated, that there are in benevolent Societies, of every description, have been originated, and carried into

different parts of the world, 67 Bethel Un.

ions ; 33 Marine Bible Societies, and 15 successful operation : But alas ! how few

Churches and Noating Chapels, dedicated have been our efforts to meliorate the mor. al wretcheuness, and to save the souls, of

to the spiritual illumination of sailors ;

but Mr. President, although this presents poor sailors. That very class of men to whom we owe most, are the men who

a cheering prospect,“ what are these ahave been least benefitted by our Chris

mong so many ?" Uprcards of a million of tian brethren. Why is it thus? are they number, not less than one hundred thou

men are employed as mariners, but of that incapable of religious improvement ? No, . sir, the finger of heaveu seems to point to

sand sail under the star-spangled banners them, as of all men the most likely

of America. It must be acknowledged

that much has been done, and also that to welcome the tidings of salvation by Je. sus Christ. It is not mere fancy. I appeal although we can supply them with Bibles,

more remains to be accomplished; for to facts. Where is the ship commanded by a pious Captain, whose crew do not perhaps not more than one in twenty have

yet received the gist: admitting that they give evidence of respect for the Sabbath

all had Bibles, and were all christians, we and Ir.stitutions of Jehovah? what vessel has ever been employed to convey the preached Gospel, as there exists not more

could not accommodate them with the heralds of Salvation to foreign climes, where one or more of the ship's company

than one Marivers' Chapel for every sixty

thousand seamen. have not experienced, under their instruction, the precious infuences of the grace of God. Let the Board of this Bethel Union speak—when did they enter a Sail. CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. or's Boarding House, or mount the deck of (Extract from the last Report.) a vessel to hold a prayer meeting, Adverting to the great increase of the and have not beheld a listening throng Society's funds and exertions, the Report who came to bow the knee before the God states that “during the first thirteen years, of the winds and waves ? never have I the gross amount of its receipts only a. preached the Gospel to a more interesting mounted to £22,000 ; in the last year and solemn audience, than to a company alone, they had receired upwards of of sailors collected on the deck of a ship. £32,000. In the tenth year of the SocieAnd, sir, it is a cheering truth, that when ty, they had only nine missionaries emseamen are converted to God, none are ployed, not one of whom was an English more ardently devoted to the cause of Je. clergymen ; they have now more an sus, none display greater intrepidity and ninely European missionaries, of whom, pious zeal in doing good to others. Wit- twenty-two are English clergymen. No ness the Bethel Missions in England, sir; less than nineteen labourers had been sent when I contemplate those devout sailors, out to their respective destinations during who traverse the docks, and streets, and the past year. The offers for missionary

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service were very numerous, and the of female children leads to a subject of Committee endeavoured to use the ut. incalculable importance ; wherever boys' most care in the selection of those which schools are instituted, the natives begin to were accepted. Fisty-seven persons had expect girls' schools also. This is joyful offered their services during the past intelligence to those who know that the year, of whom eighteen had been accept- degraded state of the females tends even ed, twenty-seven declined, and twelve more than caste itself to retard the prowere still under consideration.— Twenty- gress of Christianity. two students were now preparing at the In closing the Report, the Committee Society's expense for future service. advert to the progress the Society has

The Society have now no less than two made. At the end of the first ten years hundred and thirty native labourers of va- the Society had only about 200 scholars, rions descriptions ; many most intelligent, they have now 11,000. They had not atsiduous, and devoted characters. The more than twenty hearers, they bave now Society need only refer to the names of many thousands ; they had not one single Abiool Messee, and Mr. Bowley, as ex- convert, they have now above a thousand amples, whose steady course proves that stated communicants ; and while they are native teachers are every way competent thus successful, their coadjutors in all lo torin and instruct Christian churches. other missionary societies meet with simNor is the African mission destitute of ilar prosperity. An interest in the consimilar characters, who undergo a degree version of the heathen is common to all. of exertion which no European can sus- An union in prayer for the outpouring of tain, and of whom our missionaries state the Spirit generally prevails. The sum that. they teach schools, distribute rations, pow annually raised is magnificent complap buildings, and superintend their pared with the former penury, however erection, visit the sick, and, in short, as small in comparison of the magnitude of Mr. Johnsoni expresses it, do any thing and the object. More than one thousand every thing ; so that he can never suffi. pounds is daily raised for the evangelizing ciently praise God for such assistance. of the world. With these examples before us, what should discourage us from hoping, that Gocł will raise up sufficient teachers from

BIBLE SOCIETIES. among themselves, to supply the wants of The Reports of the British and Foreign, the perishing heathen? Nothing is want. and French Protestant, Bible Societies, ing to effect this, but the Divine blessing each forming a volume of about 250 pages, on our exertions. Already, nearly twen- have lately reacheà this country. From ty African youths are preparing for in- the mass of interesting facts which they structors of their countrymen. Mean- exhibit, our limits suffer us to select only while, from every part of the world, and especially from the East, from Calcutta, The Committee of the British and ForCotym, &c. more assistance is earnestly eign Society advert, in the first instance, required.

to the Protestant Bible Society at Paris, Respecting the West African Mission, and its auxiliaries in other parts of France. the Report says, “In commencing this The Central Society at Paris is rapidly mission, the colony of Sierra Leone was exhausting, by the distribution of the not primarily contemplated. Unforeseen Scriptures in its own immediate sphere, circumstances are collected on that spot and supplies to auxiliary societies, those 17,000 inbabitants, of whom 15,000 are large editions with which its depository negrues, and nearly 10,000 liberated has been stocked. It has undertaken a slaves. The Society have here twenty- stereotype edition of Ostervald's Bible. eight European labourers, assisted by a Of Martin's Bible 36,000 copies have been great number of native teachers. Cap- provided; and stereotype plates of a large tain Sabine, of the Royal Engineers, aster edition completed. The Society is now spending six weeks in the colouy, states, supported by thirty-six auxiliaries, one that the representation of the improved consistorial society, twenty-eight branch condition of the negroes is perfectly true; societies, and forty-nine associations, of and that he is persuaded there is not to which seventeen exist in Paris alone; mabe seen in the world a community so large king a sum of one hundred and fourleen and so irreproachable. This community, Bible Institutions in various parts of the Committee remark, is founded on the France. The Report of the Paris Socieword of God, which renders other laws al- ty, taking a survey of these Institutions, most unnecessary, of which some pleasing Nismes gave the first example of instances were related.

those small Bible Associations, the formaAt CEYLON, the Society report they tion of which, in our country, we had so have eleven European labourers anú ardently desired, and which constitute the twenty-three native assistants. The real strength, the immoveable basis, on schools contain 500 children, of whom which rests the great British and Foreign about one-eighth are girls. The mention Bible Society. These Associations, six of

a very few.

says, “

which now exist in the city of Nismes, are tinued its extensive distribution of the composed of laborers and mechanics, who, Scriptures in these languages. The Zubeing unable to give a large sum at once, rich Society has circulated, during the deposit every week, in the

hands of one of ten years which have elapsed since its their number, the small contributions formation, nearly 6,000 Bibles and Testawhich they deduct from the wages earned ments. The St. Gall Society, during the by the sweat of their brow.

eight years of its existence, has circulated At Calvisson, more than four thousand upwards of 21,000 copies of the Scripof our brethren, gathered together in the tures, both among the Protestants and open air, because the church could not con- Roman Catholics in its immediate sphere. tain them, raised their prayers to Heaven, Very satisfactory details have been reand implored the Divine blessing on Bible ceived from the Bible Societies establishSocieties.

ed in Germany. The Wurtemberg SoM. Soulier also gave us a lively and al. ciety had issued 5528 Bibles, and 2620 fecting account of the eagerness with Testaments, during the year, making the which the multitude of Protestants at total amount of its issues, for domestic Sommières assembled at the first general purposes only, 63,994. At the head of the meeting of a Branch Society which was donations to the society appears a recent formed in that city.

grant of 500 florins from its royal patron, lo conclusion, Gentlemen, the second the King. Among various bequests, there city in the kingdom, a city whose name is one of 1500 forins from a Roman Cathand example exercises a just and patural olic lady. The Bible Society of the grand influence over a great part of France, Ly duchy of Baden has adopted active meas. ons, has witnessed the formation of a Bi. ures to ascertain the wapt of tae Scrip. ble Society; and the distinguished names tures in Carlsruhe, and in the surrounding which appear among those appointed to territories. Returns of the estimated de direct its concerns, afford us the assurance ficiency from thirty-three districts make of its becoming an efficient auxiliary. it exceed ten thousand copies, a number

We may therefore affirm, with a humble still supposed to fall far short of the real conviction of the imperiections attendant amount. The reports from various other upon our exertions, yet with an animated Societies are similar, -The Frankfort feeling of gratitude to Divine Providence, Society has distributed, in its seventh that there is scarcely any portion of Prot- year, nearly 9000 Bibles and Testaments. estant France, from her opulent and in- The Herrnhut Branch of the Saxon Bidustrious cities down to her poorest ham. ble Society bas circulated during the last lets, in which some efforts have not been year, 10,375 New Testaments of Gosner's made, or at least some desires excited, for and Van Ess's versions, and 1710 Bibles in the propagation of the Holy Scriptures." the German and Bohemian languages.

The circulation of the Scriptures in The Hanoverian Society has issued France is not confined to the Protestants. 16,784 copies By the agents of the British and Foreign The Hambro-Altona Bible Society has Bible Society, upwards of 12,000 Bibles circulated, since its establishment, 18,839 and Testaments of the French Catholic Bibles, and 1908 Testaments, and has version, have been circulated during the commenced a new edition of Luther's veryear, and an additional donation of 5,000 sion, consisting of 20,000 copies. New Testaments has been recently made The Committee, adverting to the lato the Society for Mutual Instruction bours of Dr. Leander Van Ess, among his

From the Bible Society of the United Roman Catholic brethren in Catholic Netherlands, (says the Report of the Brit. Germany say, “It appears from a printed ish and Foreign Society,) the committee document published at Darmsdadt by this have received very encouraging accounts. indefatigable advocate of your cause, in

The Central Society at Amsterdam has August 1822, that he had circulated, from now nearly sixty auxiliaries; and 5,896 the commencement of his operations, up Bibles, and 4,339 New Testaments were to May of the same year, 456,870 copies issued during the last year from the de- of his New Testament, besides 8,934 co. pository of the Society. Among its aux. pies of Luther's German Bible, and a iliaries, the “ Merchant-Seamen's Socie- number of copies in the Greek, Latin and ty'' has been distinguished by its activity. Hebrew languages. His supporters Many striking proofs of the salutary effect among persons of his own religious perproduced among the sailors by the diligentsuasion were on the increase." and faithful use of the Bible, have been From Prussia 'an official letter ascribes recorded

to the direct influence of the Bible SocieThe numerous Bible Societies in the ty a growing spirit of harmony, which is different cantons of Switzerland labor with obserrable among all classes of Christians zeal to supply the want of the Scriptures in that country. Dr. Pinkerton confirms among the natives of their country, wheth- the general tenor of this opinion by the er speaking the French, German, or (tal. following remarks : "The cause of the ian language. The Basle Society has con- Prussian Bible Society, and of every oth

er Christian and humane institution, con. lated, in this year alone, 2500 New Testatinues to prosper in Berlin, und genuine ments.” . Dean Helgasen, secretary to the Christianity is now making very encour- Icelandic Bible Society, says, “It is a well aging progress in every part of the Prus. founded opinion, that

every family sian dominions, but especially in this city. throughout this island is now in possession Here, within the last ten years, God has of a Bible or a New Testament. This saraised up a number of able preachers and cred volume is read with diligence, duprofessors, who are unanimous in the de- ring the long winter evenings.”—The fence of his cause, and the pleasure of the West Indian possessions of his Danish MaLord prospers in their hands."?-From the jesty have been supplied with Creole New presses of the Cansteiu Institution at Halle Testaments for the use of the Negroes. bas lately igsued a beautiful edition of the The Swedish Bible Society has issued, Hebrew Bible after Simonis, which was during its seventh year, 20,000 Bibles and out of print.-The Thuringian Bible So- Testaments, from the depository at Stockciety at Erfurt has distributed in seven holm, of which 1,803 Bibles and 265 Tesyears, 6805 Bibles. The annual issues of taments, were distributed gratuitously. the Berg Society vary from 1000 to 2000 The progress of the Bible cause in Syria, Bibles, besides Testaments.-- The Elber- India, the South Seas, Africa, and South field Committee bad resolved, notwith- America, we are compelled to pass over, standing the exhaustion of their funds, to noticing only the Calcutta Society, whose undertake a new edition of 10,000 copies distribution of the Scriptures during its of the Psalter.- The Cologne Society etate eleventh year, "amounted to more than that there is "a growing desire felt for 12,000 copies, of whieh 4,000 were of Bithat Divine light and consolation which bles and Testaments, in about twenty flow from the word of God.” The issues Asiatic languages; besides upwards of of the Scriptures by the Cologne Society, 900 copies of the English, French, Spanamong Protestants and Roman Catholics, ish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Danish school children and soldiers,have been ve- and Greek versions. ry great.--The Neuwied Bible Society 'The Russian Bible Society has 267 continues to receive the support of the Auxiliaries and Associations. In the nine prince and his family. “The introduction years which have elapsed since its estabof the Testament into several Catholic lishment, it has printed, or caused to be parishes (writes the treasurer of the So. printed at its expense, 104 editions of the ciety,) is a subject of real exultation.

Holy Scriptures, in 26 languages, the Exclusively of the Catholic clergymen, number of copies being 507,600. noticed in our Report, several others have The British and Foreign Bible Society is applied for New Testaments, for the pur- sued during the year ending March 31,1823. pose of Jistributing them anong the youih

123,127 Bibles, at school."— The Silesian Bible Society

136,723 Testaments; at Breslau has supplied the prisons of seve which, together with those issued at the eral fortresses with tre Scriptures. The expense of the Society, from foreign presFirst Report of the Freystadt and Sprottau ses, since the commencement of the InstituSociety states, that the schoolmasters hav. tion, amount to three millions, eight hun. ing represented to their youthful circles dred and serenly five thousand, four hun. the Divine blessing altending the Scrip. dred and sevenly four copies of the Holy tures, had the gratification of seeing the Scriplures. children, both of the rich and the poor, come forward with contributions, amount- From the addresses, letters &c. contain. ing to 100 dollars, accompanied by assur- ed in the Reports before us, the following ances that these should be anuually re- will, we think, be read with interest.

The venerable Anlistes Hess, of the SwisThe Bible Societies in the Danish do. Church.—“If we take a retrospective minions continue to receive the sanction glance, how much bave we seen, that we of his Majesty the King, who has facilita- are happy to have outlived ; and again ted their proceedings by various privi. how much have we experienced which it leges. The total number of Bibles and has afforded us joy to have witnessed ; Testaments issued by the Danish Society for instance this blessed promulgation of since its formation amounts to 44,169 cop- the word of God. What glorious things ies in the Danish language, and 10,000 in do we anticipate by the eye of faith, as the Icelandic. Among the recent contri. about to develope themselves, when we butors to this institution appear 120 stu- are no longer on earth. dents of the university of Copenhagen, T.P. Platt, Esq.—“My residence in candidates for holy orders, or students in France has not yet been long, but it has Divinity. Dr. Boisen, Bishop of Lolland, been long enough to persuade me that whose diocese comprehends 120 parishes, the Bible Society is one of the greatest writes :

blessings that Divine Providence has ever ** We have not less than twelve Bible bestowed opon that country. Societies associations in this diocese. I have circu. and Institutions, philanthropic, moral, red

peated.

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