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their agency, be reappointed, and that others be added, whe, in the opinion of the Assembly, will probably be active in the business. · 3. That it be earnestly recommended to all the Presbyte. ries under the care of the Assembly, to take the most effectual order to obtain subscriptions from all their congrega. tions, both settled and vacant, for aiding the funds in contemplation; and for this purpose, that they make it the duty of every minister to take up subscriptions in his own charge, and appoint proper persons to do the same in the vacancies: and also, that the several members aid, so far as may be necessary and practicable, the agents whom the General Assembly have appointed to solicit at large.

4. That the sums of money already collected, or which may hereafter be collected for the fund of the Theological Seminary, be forwarded, as soon as may be practicable, to the treasurer of the Trustees of the Assembly; and that the said Trastees be directed to invest such money in some productive public stock. · The following is a list of the agents for the ensuing year, appointed by the Assembly to solicit donations for the 'establishment of the Theological Seminary, including the agents reappointed, and also the new appointments made in addition, viz.

Of the Synod of Albany.

Rev. Mess. Jedidiah Chapman, William Morrison, James Carnahan, Jonas Coe, William Neill, John Chester, Mr. Isaac Hutton, and Col. John Linklaen.

of the Synod of New-York and New Jersey.

Rev. Mess. Samuel Miller, D. D. Philip Milledoler, D. D. John B. Romeyn, D. D. James Richards, David Comfort, John M'Neice, Isaac Vandoren, Gardiner Spring, Mess.. John Mills, and Divie Bethune.

Of the Synod of Philadelphia.

Rey. Ashbel Green, D. D. Nathanael Irwin, James Muir, D. D. John Glendy, Archibald Alexander, D. D. John E. Latta, John B. Slemons, John B. Patterson, James Inglis, Mess. Robert Ralston, Thomas Leiper, John M‘Mullin, Christopher Johnson, and William M.Donald,

of the Synod of Virginia. Rev. Mess. Drury Lacy, John D. Blair, William William. son, Samuel Houston, Conrad Speece, John H. Rice, Samuel B. Wilson, Mess. Hume, and William Calhoun.

of the Synod of Pittsburgh.

Rev. Mess. Samuel Ralston, James Guthrie, William Spear, and James Hughes.

of the Synod of Kentucky. Rev. Mess. Robert G. Wilson, James Blythe, Archibald meron, and Joshua L. Wilson.

of the Synod of the Carolinas.

Rev. Mess. James Hall, D.D. Daniel Brown, Henry Kollock, D. D. Malcolm M Nair, John Couser, James W. Thompson, Moses Waddell, D. D. William L. Turner, William M'Pheeters, John Brown, Andrew Flinn, John Elliot, of Medway, Dr. Buchan, Hon. William B. Chavis, Maj. Samuel Robertson, Dr. John Cumming, of Savannah, Mr. John Bolton, of Savannah, Mr. Thomas Cumming, Mr. Charles Banks, Mr. John Brownlee, of Charleston.

Besides their appointment to solicit in general within their respective districts, the Rev. Dr. Milledoler was appointed to solicit particularly on Long-Island, and the Rev. John E. Latta in Baltimore: on the east side of the Hudson, the Rev. Jonas Coe; on the west side of the Hudson, the Rev. Mr. Neill in Albany, Schenactedy, and the towns adjacent:

Ordered, that the foregoing resolutions, and appointments of agents, be printed with the revised plan of the Theological Seminary, and that a competent number of copies be transmitted, by the stated clerk, to the Presbyteries under the care of the Assembly.

It was also recommended by the Assembly, that the Presbyteries take order to supply the pulpits of the ministers, who are appointed agents, during the time of their absence from their charges in prosecuting the business of their agency .

The Committee appointed to lay before the Assembly, the amount of the subscriptions and donations, obtained by the agents appointed by the last Assembly to solicit donations for the Theological Seminary, reported, that it appeared, from the reports of said agents made to this Assembly, that donations to the amount of $ 14,000, or $ 15,000, had been

obtained for the aforesaid purpose. Of this sum, $ 3,000 are subscribed in the city of New-York; $ 1500 are on pa. pers in the hands of the Rev. John E. Latta, of the state of Delaware ; $ 1,100 on papers in the hands of the Rev. Dr. James Hall of North-Carolina ; $ 1000 on papers in the hands of the Rev. Malcolm M'Nair, of the same state. To the support of this institution, Deacon William Falconer, late of the city of Philadelphia, has devoted the whole of his estate, supposed to be worth eight or nine thousand dollars; and Mr. William Minnes, of Upper Octorara, has be. queathed the sum of $ 200, if the said Institution be established by the Assembly, to be paid one year after his decease.

From the statement of the agents, it moreover appeared, that, on account of peculiar circumstances, they have not in many places made any applications for donations for this object; nevertheless, sufficient grounds are afforded to believe, that, by suitable exertions, ample funds will be obtained for the establishment and support of a Theological School under the direction of the General Assembly. By order of the General Assembly,


JACOB J. JANEWAY, Stated Clerk.-
Philadelphia, June 13, 1811.

Extract from the Report of the Standing Committee of Mis

sions, to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, for 1810.

“ BARNET gives comfortable evidence that he is a subject of a work of divine grace. Of his own and his childrens' baptism, we have before reported ; last summer, about the end of June, he was admitted to full communion,

Previously to his admission, he had a conversation with the Rev. George Scott, the substance of which follows.

Barnet said that he had much trouble of mind on account of the sinfulness of his heart, that he thought when he joined the Church, and was baptized, he would never sin any more as he had done. His feelings were then so interested in religion, that he thought he made a full and free dedication of himself to God, and hoped that Jesus would make him his, and would accept of him, though he knew him. self to be the most unworthy, and that he would conquer the

evils of his heart. For some time after this, he found a peace and satisfaction in Christ that he could not describe, and he thought he could give his whole life to the service of his Je. sus. But afterward he found his heart began again to be wicked; yet in all his trials he thought, if he was not deceived, he wanted to serve God, and to be entirely resigned to him ; but he found something within him that opposed all his desires and resolutions. He could compare it to nothing, but to two constantly fighting within him. He thought in reality he desired to love God, and to serve him; but his evil heart opposed it, and this so distressed him, that he sometimes thought he could not survive it.

Mr. Scott then took his Bible, and pointed out the 7th chapter to the Romans, and directed the interpreter to translate it to him. When he had done, Barnet said that he could not have told his case better than what was represented there ; and then inquired if that man was a Christian. On being answered in the affirmative, he said, he now hoped that Jesus would yet think of his case, and free him from this evil. He said, he had a desire to commune with his brothers in the sacrament, and had come into the settlement for that purpose ; but he could not think of doing this, unless he felt more clearness than he did at present. Mr. Scott then entered into a conversation on the nature of the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. Barnet said, that the view he had of it, was, that it was designed to bring us in remembrance of the sufferings of Christ ; but he wished more information on the subject. Mr. Scott gave him a particular account of the nature, end, and designs of the ordinance, When the time of the communion arrived, Barnet went forward, behayed well, and appeared cheerful.

A peculiarly afflicting circumstance we have to report, respecting these Wyandot Indians, and which is truly Calculated to awake sympathetic and compassionate concern for them, is, that notwithstanding many remonstrances and advices have been addressed to them by various persons, viz. by our Missionary, Governor Hull, and by other tribes of Indians; a number of those who are under the influence of the Indian Prophet, have persisted in the superstitious and cruel practice of killing some of even their most respecte able people, under the supposition that they are witches or wizards. We notice particularly one aged woman, called the Jew, who has, from time to time, been considerably impressed, and somewhat hopefully exercised about her soul's salvation. She was killed last summer. Also an aged and respectable chief, known by the name of Leatherlips This

man was particularly influential in bringing the Indians, at first, to receive the Gospel. The circumstances of his death are affecting: he was at a distance from home, on the waters of Scioto, and we have been informed, that the Prophet sent two messengers to kill him. When they came to him, and informed him of his sentence, and their being appointed to execute it, we are told, that the white people in the neighbourhood, made up, and offered them a sum of money, upwards of an hundred dollars, as a ransom for his life; but they rejected it, and appeared to be displeased at the proposal. Leatherlips, then, while his grave was preparing, took water and washed himself; then went to the grave, and pray-. ed for a length of time very fervently; he then addressed the Indians, saying, I am now confident that God will receive my soul in peace, and that he will revenge my blood on my murderers. He then covered his face with his hands, and told his executioners that he was ready; and they immediately struck him in the head with their tomahawks, and killed him ; and then buried him in the grave they had prepared.

We have also been informed, that the old principal chief, Crane, was condemned as a wizard, and sentenced to death: that the time was appointed for his execution, and that when the Indians were collected for that purpose, he addressed them in a long speech, and when he concluded, they generally cried out, no witch ! no witch ! and declined his execution.

The Board further reports that the farm at the missionary station, has been considerably productive the last year; some wheat and a large crop of corn was raised, and the stock of cattle and hogs have thriven well. We have sold upwards of an hundred dollars worth of cattle and pork last winter,

By these means, by our annual contributions, and the aid received from the General Assembly's funds, we have been able to discharge the expenses of the mission hitherto, and have also employed two missionaries, for five or six weeks each; one in the western extremity of the bounds of this Synod, in the State of Ohio, and the other in the eastern extremity, in the Alleghany mountains. In each of these places, there appears to be great need of missionaries.

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