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mediately called, in order to learn the and are even looked up to by the rest true state of things. One of them is a of the Finns. They are also industribookseller, and who has chosen this ous; but their country, although per. line of business for the pious purpose haps one of the most romantic and of supplying his countrymen with reli- beautiful in the world, is not producgious tracts and other religious books, tive : all the hopes of the husbandman but especially with Bibles. He brings being often cut off by one night's frost. them from Abo at his own expense, a They have managed to get bibles even distance of 400 English miles, and car to their remote regions; but they are ries them about with him to all the few in number. As the people can fairs, and sells them for five rubles per generally read they seemed to require, copy, which makes about five-pence in no ordinary degree, the attention of advance for his trouble and the car the Bible Society. It may be necesriage of them.
sary here to mention, that at the reFrom this pious and intelligent man quest, and with the advice of the I learned that the cause of our Lord friends in Abo, I appropriated the moand Master is prospering in various ney, granted by your Society to the places, particularly to the north of Ku- Auxiliary Societies in Finland, to the opio, and extending itself to Karel.- procuring and keeping up a sufficient Many are inquiring about the salvation stock of Bibles in each of the governof their souls; the awakening in some ment towns, from which all the parishparts is general, and the consequence es could be easily supplied. This you is a desire to have the Scriptures, and will observe, secures a constant supply to read them.
of copies of the word of God for the The Dean, the Rev. Mr. Ingman, the future. Gratuitous distribution, exPresident of the Society there, agreed pense of carriage, &c. must be defrayto call a meeting of the committee, at ed out of their own subscriptions.his house, on the evening of the 14th. Their income in Kuopio has hitherto It was pretty numerously attended, been small, and the little they have reand all I proposed to them was upani ceived has been used for necessary exmously agreed to. Their stock of Bi- penses. If any copies are to be given bles and Testaments was immediately away gratis, they must receive assistdivided to all the different parishes; ance from abroad, and I promised to but so scanty was the supply, that for apply to you for a little assistance for the parish of Kuopio, containing 25,000 nine of the poorest of their parishes, inhabitants, only 39 bibles, and about all situated in Karel; and which would half the number of Testaments could require about 100 Bibles, and 500 Tes. be allotted. It was resolved to write taments, to relieve their most urgent a circular letter to all the Pastors, in wants. This will be only about 501.; forming them of the number of Bibles but this is only for the Kuopio govern. and Testaments they were to receive. ment, and does not include that part of A new supply was resolved to be or Karel over which Dean Slottman is dered from Abo. It was agreed to call placed, and which is equally destitute upon the peasantry to take part in the and poor, and deserving of attention. Society, and that more especially, as if you would give about half of the many of them had expressed a wish to sum mentioned above, for his district, do so. I got from the committee a including Kexholm, you would gladparticular account of the state of the den the heart of many a pious, but country, and of the parishes which poor christian, and cause many thanksstood most in need of being supplied givings to ascend to the Father of mergratis, with the Scriptures. Almost cies. Indeed I have promised to ap. the whole of Karel was strongly re- ply to you for assistance; and told commended. The people here are, in them that you would not disappoint general, very poor; but, otherwise, their expectations. I shall expect orquite a superior race. They were des. ders from you to send them tbe requircribed to me as a tall, stout, robusted supply by the time I reach Peterspeople, remarkable for their primitive burgh. I hope that I need not mensimplicity of manners; distinguished tion, as an inducement to grant my refor their hospitality, and kindness to quest, what one of my friends mention strangers, and for cleanliness and ed to induce me to take an interest in Deatness in their persons and houses. the situation of these good people; They possess superior information: (trat one Sunday, at their Parish
Church, he exainined the scrips of all Trustees, engagements liave in several inof them, and found only one which slances been entered into with them, contained bread unmixed with bark. with the consent of their people, tbat I have no room to tell you any thing weeks annually, for five years, in the em
they should labour as missionaries ten about the beauties of this beautifully ployment of this Society romantic country. The scenery is the "The holy Bible and other religious books finest perhaps in the world. What
and tracts continue to be distributed. Im. renders it so peculiarly delightful, is, portant aid is given to the establishment the numerous lakes with which the and conducting of Sabbath Schools, to the country is covered; and the hundreds no little benefit of children and youth. of beautiful islands with wbich they are
Persons are found, and some who hope. studded. Here I am in one of the fully are pious, that do not possess a comwildest parts of the country, but am
plete copy of the inspired scriptures. A
feeble old man, a missionary relates, who happy to have found the divine vol
doubtless has seen more than seventy uine in several places, and to find it years, and had no means of support but used.
the labour of his hands, came to me, and What discoveries will be made in with an air of meekness and humility rethis respect, on that day when all his quested the favour of a Bible, saying that elect shall be gathered together, and be in his old age he had been brought to an uncaught up to meet the Lord in the air! derstanding of what the Bible teaches, but Then those who have been instru- that be bad not a whole copy of it. A Bible
was given bim, and after expressing his ments in putting the Scriptures into their hands, shall reap of the fruit of gratitude with much warmth of feeling,
the aged man returned rejoicing, to bis their labours, and shall rejoice together house. with those who have been saved by The receipts for the year ending Au. their means.
gust, 1820, amounted to
$1590,59 Disbursement for the same time
1180,55 Cash in Treasury
410,04 Ministerial Fund.-In the First Society
in Farmington, the sum of $10,000 has Foreign Missions.-In the Missionary been raised by subscription,
for a permaHerald, a work which we would recom
nent fund. Of this sum, one man submend to the patronage of our readers, an
scribed $2,500. appeal is made to the friends of Missions, in bebalf of those Missions to the heathen, Mariner's Church.-In Charleston, S. C. "which have been instituted, and hitberto a church is to be built for the exclusive supported, by the liberality of Christians use of seamen. in the United States,' but which are ‘now in immediate danger, for want of support.' Missionary Church. In that part of Obio, We hope that this call upon the liberality
called the Western Reserve, measures are of the christian public will receive the at.. taking to fit out a mission to the Indians tention wbich it merits.
of the Pawnee nation, up the Missouri. «It
is to consist of two ordained ministers of Domestic Missions. In the nineteenth the gospel, physicians, schoolmasters, far. Report of the Hampshire Missionary So. mers, mechanics, together with a brewer ciety, the Trustees state that they have to and baker, and is calculated to embrace notice labors of their missionaries in six
about twenty families. of tbe United States ; performed in Maine The Missionary Church propose to fit by the Rev. Messrs. Josiah Peet of Nor
out a part of its members in the early ridgewock, Fifield Holt of Bloomfield, opening of next spring. They thankfully Thomas Williams of Brewer, and Ban receive, and faithfully appropriate any arcroft Fowler of Bangor; in Vermont by ticles of clothing, cloth, yarn, books, med. Rev. David H. Williston in the nortbern, icine, implements of husbandry, or any and Rev. Philip Spaulding of Jamaica, in thing which will tend to the promotion of the southern part of the state ; in New
the general object. York, by Rev. Messrs. Isaac Clinton of
The Corresponding Secretary of this Lowville, Joel Wright of Leverett, Mass, society, is the Rev. Joseph Badger. and Samuel Parker of Danby, county of Tioga ; by the Rev. Royal Phelps in Penn New England Tract Society.–The fol. sylvania, south of lake Erie and near the Jowiog are the titles of tracts recently publine of Ohio ; by the Rev. Messrs. Joseph lished by this society: M. Curtis and William Strong, in Ohio ; No. 108 True Prophecies, 12 pages ; 109 and by Rev. Asa Brooks, in the county of The way to Happiness, 4 pages ; 110 A Lewis, Virginia.
fectionate Friend, 16 pages; 111 The two "To encourage the settlement ofchristian Lambs, 12 pages ; 112 Peter and John ministers, which is an obiect with the Hav, 12 pages ; 113 Green's Question and
Counsel, 4 pages ; 114 Busy Bee, 8 pages; include the county of Trumbull, as 115 History of Catharine Haldane, 20 pa perhaps he ought, it has been greater ges; 116 The Sunday Scholar, 8 pages; and more extensive than 10 any year 117 Important Questions, 12 pages; 118 since the Connecticut Reserve was inStrayed Lamb, 4 pages; 119 Sunday School Remembrancer, 12 pages ; 120
habited by civilized inen. Heaven Lost, 16 pages ; 121 On the Lord's
From the journal of the Rev. Caleb Prayer, 8 pages ; 122 The Assizes, 8 pa.
Pitkin, who is connected with the ges; 123 The way to Convert a Cottage church and people in Charlestown, it apto a Palace, 8 pages ; 124 Sabbath Break pears that he has laboured for the Miser, 4 pages ; 125 Fatal effects of Ardent
sionary Society twenty seven weeks. Spirits, by Dr Porter, 28 pages ; 126 The His first toureommenced the 3d of Dec. Heavenly Pilot ; 127 Life of Emily Geddie, 128 The Church safe, 129 Poor Sarah, aging appearances of a religious nature,
1819. The same pleasant and encour130 The Two Apprentices.
mentioned by other Missionaries, were
to some extent, witnessed by him. XISSIONARY SOCIETY OF CONNECTI
The monthly concerts for prayer,
which he attended, were interesting (We suspend the continuation of the
and refreshing seasons. He found occa
sion to lament the lukewarmness and Summary of Religious Intelligence, for the purpose of commencing the publi
worldly mindedness of some who procation of the “Twenty-second Annual fess to be the disciples of Christ.
The Rev. William Hanford has a Narrative of Missions, performed under the direction of the Trustees of vice of the Society, he laboured twen
pastoral charge in Hudson. In the serthe Missionary society of Connecticut,
ty one weeks. Notwithstanding seprincipally in 1820,” which has just ap
vere bodily infirmities, he succeeded in peared, and which will be alike inter
fulfilling, with few exceptions, all his esting to the inhabitants of this and the other states.]
appointments. Generally speaking,
the audienees to which be preached From the Rev. Simeon Woodruff, were attentive and solemn. Judging who has a pastoral charge in Tall from appearances, he was led to conmadge, no communication has been clude that religion, was, on the whole, received of a later date than July last. in a prosperous state. Still he could By bis journal, it appears that he had not suppress the fear that the hearts of spent nine weeks in the service of the many of his apparently serious auditors Society, part of which was performed were yet fixed on the world. In Hudin Dec. preceding. He observes that son he bas had the happiness to see a several of the Missionaries had made new meeting-house erected and comarrangements to succed each other in pleted in a handsome style, and ornaregular tours of two weeks each; and mented with a parish bell. And, what that this arrangement was found con- is still more remarkable, he bad the recient to the Missionaries and agreea- pleasure to see the whole accomplishble to the people whom they visited. ed, even to the distribution of the seats, By this means their appointments with the most perfect harmony and could be more extensively known, and good feeling. He solicits the prayers more generally attended by those who of God's people, that the Lord will wish to enjoy the benefit of missionary pour out his Spirit, and cause the labours.
house thus happily consecrated to his The Rev. John Seward has a pas- service, speedily to be filled with his toral charge in Aurora. Between the glory. 25th of October, 1819, and December No returns have been received from 14th, 1820, he spent twenty one weeks the Rev. Jonathan Lesslie, of a later in the service of the Society. Besides date than August 22d, 1820. He had the ordinary labours of a Missionary, spent forty two weeks in the service of he attended the meeting of the Synod the Society, a portion of which was and of the Presbytery, the ordination performed the preceding year. In one of Mr. Sullivan, and the dedication of a place, in the course of his mission, he house of worship in Hudson. He re, met with a sect of religionists who demarks that within the circle of his mis. ny the Divinity and Humanity of Our siotary labours the attention to reli- Lord Jesus Christ, among whom he gion has been greater this year than was induced to discuss these promiit has any year since 1812 ; and if he nent doctrines of the Christian Faith,
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and he hoped with good effect. In the The journal of the Rev. Giles H. town of Westfield, where he spent a Cowles, who is stationed at Austinconsiderable portion of his time, there burgb, gives a detail of his labours for was an extensive and powerful work the society, twenty-six weeks during of divine grace.
The house of wor the year, commencing December 10th, ship was crowded with solemn and 1819. He notices with much interest, anxious worshippers. The people ap the precious revivals, to which frequent peared to hear the word as for eternity. allusion has already been made." He The hopeful subjects of conversion laboured, a part of his time, in the were of every age, from twelve to six midst of those revivals; and was hopety three. Their experience led them fully instrumental in comforting and most cordially, to embrace the doc- encouraging the children of God, and trines of grace. He attended a relig. in guiding awakened and convinced ous conference, or preached a lecture sinners to the Saviour of the world.33 evenings out of 35. That good In his vicinity, a Missionary Society work extended itself to other towns in has been formed, of which he is apthe vicinity, and probably constitutes pointed one of the directors. Under a part of that which has been noticed the patronage of this Society, a comby other Missionaries.
pany is forming to constitute a MissionIn his last letter, he informs the ary Colony, and to go to a branch of Board that he had deemed it expedi- the Osage Tribe of Indians. The Rev. ent to request of the Presbytery a dis Messrs. Badger and Lesslie are particmission from his pastoral charge in ularly engaged in carrying this benerHarpersfield, which request was grant olent project into operation. ed. To this course he was induced, The Rev. Alvan Coe, resides in by the increased pecuniary embarrass Greenfield in the County of Huron. ments which he suffered, in conse In that town no church, of any denomquence of the severe illness of his wife, ination, has yet been organized. Since and by the hope, that a removal, to a Aug. 1, 1819, he has spent forty weeks more southern climate, may prove an in the service of the Society. The essential benefit to his long afflicted, general state of religion around him is and, at present helpless companion.— very low. A few individuals have It is not his intention immediately to hopefully been brought into the kingleave the service of the Society; and, dom the year past. He is frequently should providence permit, he may receiving pressing invitations to preach, take a commission to labour in a more in those destitute regions. He has southern field.
charge of a school composed of sixIn Burton is the pastoral charge of teen Indian youth. the Rev. Luther Humpbrey. His jour
[To be continued.] nal specifies but thirteen weeks of missionary labor. During the past summer, he left bis people, and the missionary field, to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, at The Treasurer of the American Board Philadelphia, and to visit his friends in
of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, New-England. On this tour he soli- acknowledges the receipt of $2339,83 cited, with some success, donations for from December 21, 1820, to January 20, the Literary Institution, established at
1621. Donations in articles of clothing, Burton. He obtained about four hun.
&c. for the Missions to the American Indred dollars in books and other things. dians are also mentioned in the monthly The great object of those who manage
statements of the Missionary Herald.
The Treasurer of the American Educathis Institution is, to aid the cause of
tion Society acknowledges the receipt of missions. A few young men are now $ 1483,11, in the months of December and in the Institution, who have their hearts January, fixed on the work of the Gospel minis The Treasurer of the American Bible try as their future employment. It is Society acknowledges the receipt of believed, that if that infant seminary $1318,81 in the month of January.' The could be furnished with sufficient funds,
issues from the depository in that month it would soon send furth streams
were; bibles, 2582 ; testaments, 1618 : which would make glad the city of our
value $2352,89. God
DONATIONS TO RELIGIOUS AND CHARITABLE
Ordinations and Installations. Jan. 25th. The Rev. CAARLES Y. Feb. 8th. The Rev. SAMUEL POR. CHASE was ordained pastor of the TER WILLIAMS, was installed Pastor Congregational Church and Society in of the First Presbyterian Church and Corinth, Vt. Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Society, in Newburyport, Mass. SerBates, President of Middlebury Col mon by the Rev. Mr. Codman, of Dorlege.
chester, Mass. Jan. 31st. The Rev. REUBEN Feb. 14th. The Rer. ASA CUM. SEARS, was installed by the London. Mings, was ordained Pastor of the derry Presbytery, pastor of one of the Frst Church in North Yarmouth, Mass. Churches in Dracut. Sermon by the Sermon by the Rev. Mr. Allen, PresiRev. Mr. Bradford, of New-Boston, N. dentof Bowdoin College. H.
Feb 22d. The Rev. BENJAMIN Feb. 6th. The Rev JAMES W. BlydeNBURG WINNER, was ordained BRACKETT, was ordained by the Rev. Pastor of the Old South Church and Presbytery of Albany, and installed Congregation in Boston. Sermon by pastor of the congregation at Malta, the Rev. Dr. Woods, of Andover. Saratoga, Co. N. Y. Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Moore, President of Williams College.
Dedications. Jan. 17th. The new Presbyterian many difficulties, but they have shown Meeting-House in the Rev. Mr.Bean's a commendable zeal and perseverance society, Groton, N. Y. was dedicated in prosecuting their object. It is deto the worship of Almighty God. voutly hoped that what they have acSermon by the Rev. Mr. Lansing, of complished will promote their spiritAuburn, N. Y. A paper printed in the ual welfare and subserve the interests vicinity of Groton observes :
of religion in that place.” The house is 65 feet by 50, with an Jan. 17th. The Presbyterian Meetelegant steeple--contains on the lower ing-House recently erected in Kingsfloor 76 pews and slips ; and for con ton, R. I. was dedicated to the worship venience, taste and workmanship, is of Almighty God. Sermon by the surpassed by few in this part of the Rev. Mr. Brown. On the same day, a country. From the newness of the Church of Christ was regularly organplace and the hardness of the times, ized and the Lord's Supper administhe people have had to struggle with tered.
View of Public Affairs.
the 19th inst. By this treaty, we come On Wednesday the 14th instant, the in addition to the advantages reaped
into the possession of the Floridas, and votes for President and Vice-President by those merchants who have claims of the United States, were opened in the upon Spain for the capture and confis. presence of both Houses of Congress. cation of their property, are to be reckThe presons now holding those offices, oned the benefit derived by governwere found to be re-elected. Mr. Mon- ment from the suppression of smugroe had all the votes for President but gling, and by the cause of humanity oce. Congress did not decide wheth
from the decrease of traffic in slaves. er the votes of Missouri should be Contests with the Indians in that quarcounted.
The Treaty between the United ter, will not so frequently occur.
FRANCE. the latter government, and the Senate His Majesty, Louis XVIII opened, of the U. $. gave their assent to it on in December, the Session of the Le