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Churches. We trust, therefore, that of joy, and, it is believed, of spiritual reMothers and Sisters in our Israel, both freshing to the people of God. Some inin the city and country, will come for stances also of religious concern and apward immediately and ardently to the parent conversion have been witnessed;
and, from present appearances, we are enhelp of the Lord in this labour of love.
couraged to hope that God has not withIn furnishing a Mission family, on a
drawn from us his Holy Spirit. Consider. plan so extensive as is contemplated able attention has been paid to the instruc. by the Board, money to a very con tion of children, particularly those of the siderable amount will also be indispen- church and congregation. sably requisite for their outfit, for de “ We have also connected with the fraying their expenses in travelling, congregation two Sabbath-Schools, both and for procuring the necessaries of at present very flourishing, which are life after they have reached their place principally under the direction of persons of destination. For this supply we
professing godliness. In short, it is mani.
fest, tbat the best of causes is rapidly gaindepend on the munificence of those ing ground in this section of the city.with whom the God of Providence
When I reflect on its neglected and fearhas intrusted, in the riches of his Boun- ful situation three years since, and consid. ty, the wealth of this world.
er the steps by which the hope expressed By order of the Committee,
in the first annual report of your society Philip MILLEDOLER, respecting it, has been realized, I am fore. ALEXR. PROUDFIT,
ed io exclaim,. What hath God wrought! GARDINER SPRING.
He has evidently followed our feeble and
unworthy exertions with his gracious New-York, Jan. 4, 1821.
smiles. The gospel standard is now fair. Mr. Samuel Newton, of Wood- ly erected in this neighborhood : the house bridge, in this vicinity, is, with his fami of God, just completed, will, by the or. ly, devoted to the Mission noticed dinary blessing of Providence, soon be above, and he is authorized by the filled with worshippers. An association Committee of Missions of the United
of cbristians is formed, which may be ex. Foreign Missionary Society to solicit pected to increase in number and in fer
vour, and prove a rich blessing to future donations for this new establishment.
generations. 0! who that bas been perDonations can also be left with Sam'l.
mitted to contribute in any degree to pro. J. HITCHCOCK, Esq. who is an agent of doce this cheering result, will not bless the Un. For. Miss. Society,
God for the privilege of doing it? Yes, it shall be known and mentioned with boly gratitude for generations to come, that the seventh Presbyterian Church owed its ex
istence, under God, to the christian chariFrom the fourth annual report of the
ty of your benevolent association.” • Directors of the New York Evangelical Officers elected.- Mr. ELEAZAR LORD, Missionary Society, read at the anniversa
President; Pelaliah Peril, First Vice-Pres. ry meeting, Dec. 6, 1820, it appears that
ident; Olirer Wilcor, Second ditto; 41. the Rev. Charles S. Robinson has labored fred De Forcst, Third ditto ; Rev. Gardiner during a part of the year in Missouri and
Spring, D. D. Corresp. Sec'ry ; Mr. SteIllinois; the Rev. John F. Bliss, the Rey.
phen Lockwood, Recording Sec'ry ; Thom. Silas Pratt, and the Rev. Calvin Colton
as Ichsler, Treasurer; John West, Clerk. bave been employed in the western part Managers, Rev. Samuel H. Cox', Elihu ". of the state of New-York, and have been, Baldwin, Mr. Horace W. Bulkley, Abijah in a good degree successful.-In the city
Fisher, Simeon Hyde, Dr. James C. Bliss, of New York, the Rev. Elihu W. Bald.
Mr. Heman Averell, William Luyster, Anwin bas labored at Corlear's-Hook, where
son G. Phelps, William Couch, Horace Hola congregation bas been collected; a
den, Moses Allen, George M. Tracy. church, now consisting of 91 members, formed ; and a bouse of worship erected. Mr. Baldwin states, I have regularly main
Through the liberality of benevolent in. tained three services on the Lord's day,
dividuals, the New-England Tract Society and in general two lectures during the
are enabled to proceed in printing new
Twelve new tracts are now in week; besides conducting stated meel. ings for prayer, visiting the sick, attend
press, and will be ready for delivery soon:
If the means can be obtained, a whole vol. ing funerals, and devoting a large portion of my time to family instruction. I wish
urde of new tracts will be printed before I could add, that we have observed
the next annual meeting. The five vol. Christ's special presence, and the reviving
uincs which have been printed, and the influences of the Holy Spirit, evidently
new tracts as they come out, may all be
obtained at ibe general depository. pervading our frequent assemblies. Many of them have, indecd, prored occasions
Andover, Dec. 27, 1820.
The Edueation Society of West Ten. The Presbyterian Missionary Society of Dessee, bave now under their care seven North Carolina, was in session during the students, designed for the ministry, who same period, at the same place. are supported by the exertions of the so Many pleasing exhibitions of brotherly ciety; and more are shortly expected - love were witnessed, and much that should They are in different stages of education, have arrested the eye of christian benev. apd promise eventually to be a blessing to olence. But nothing appeared more novthe church.
el, and nothing more interesting than a i societies in different churches or personage who associated with the minis. neighborhoods should be formed, whose ters of our Lord. There was a man funds should be placed at the discretion of among them whose presence would once the Executive Committee of the Educa have excited very different emotions. It tion Society of West Tennessee, and thus was Jobn Arch, a converted savage. He be auriliary to us in this design of educa. is a Cherokee by birth. He was born ting the poor and pious; or should dona. and raised on the mountains tions be forwarded to us by the benevo. the confines of South Carolina-Hearleot apd liberal, might it not be lending to ing while ut Knoxville of the school the Lord in a way which he would repay at Brainerd, he went home, and travelled with interest ? Such funds would be grate. with his gun to the place. He told the fully received, and accounted for by the missionaries he had come to learn, and of. Society, if directed to any of its officers- fered his gun for clothes. He was accept. either to the Rev. Duocan Brown, Chair ed. Soon be was discovered to be under man, or Rev. Dr. Gideon Blackburn, Treas. serious convictions which terminated, as is urer.-W. Rec.
hoped, in bis conversion. The number of Methodists bas been
The appearance of this brother in stated as follows :-Under the care of the
Christ, was truly calculated to excite the British and Irish Conferences, 242,459; feelings of the christian. To behold bim, under the care of tbe American Confer
who in other times, would have delighted ences, 260,290. Total, 502,749.
to brandish the tomahawk, or scalp the in
fant, now uniting with christians in the A female Charitable Society bas been worship of God; commemorating his Re. formed at Lexington, Ken. for the educa deemer's love ; and pondering with de. tion of indigent and pious young men for light over deliberations relative to the exthe ministry.
tension and prosperity of Zion, was de
Jigbtful indeed. " Many shall come from A Presbyterian Synod bas existed for the east and from the west and shall set some time in West Tennessee, and the down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in southwestern counties of Kentucky, not the kingdom of heaven.” By the liberaliin connexion with the General Assembly ty of a number of individuals he was conof the Presbyterian Church—it is compo stituted a member of the Union Foreign sed of four Presbyteries, in which, says Missionary Society. their last report, (October) " religion is in The fact being announced to him by the a more flourishing state than it ever has president of the N. C. Missionary Society, beeo since the first constitution of their
be arose and decently addressed the socharch. In two Presbyteries it is stated ciety, to the following purport: that there bave been 1000 conversions “I thank you gentlemen for your good. each--in another, 773, in another 65.---Rec.
ness to me. I thank my God for putting A female society has been formed in it into your hearts to do so. And 'I hope Philadelphia, entitled the “Union Society your pious liberality and exertions will be for the Osage mission." The object of extended to my nation." the society is “ to provide clothing for the When he rose to speak an attention of Indian children, connected with the 0. unprecedented solemnity marked every sage Mission at Union." Four hundred
auditor. His looks, his language and his and fifty garments are already finished and request, might have moved any heart are ready for transportation. The officers Surely, if departed saints revisit our earth, of the society are ;
the shades of a Buchanan, a Brainerd, a Miss Martba Engles, Directress,
Newel, a Mills and an Obookian bovered Miss Martha Tabelle, Treasurer,
over this moving spectacle with heavenly Miss Mary J. Macpherson, Rec. Sec. complacency." Mrs. Ano Booth, Cor. Secretary,
Missionary societies have been establishMrs. Susan Negis, Miss Mary Linnard, ed in the island of St. Christopher, and Miss I. Jobnson, Miss Jane L. Berry, Miss
Nevis. Jalia Leiper, Miss Eliza Stewart, Manageri.
For the Christian Spectator. A correspondent in N. Carolina writes; « The Synod of North Carolina met ai
REVIVAL IN NEW-HAVEN. Poplar-Tent Church, Oct. 5th, and was The year 1820 commenced without ang in session until the 9ih.
indication nf unusual interest on the subVOL. 3No. I.
ject of religion, except that several young or, there was a certain aspect in the signs men, members of the congregational of the times, wbich, although not suffichurches, by mutual agreement-requested ciently distinct and definite to be charac. their Pastors to attend a Sabbath evening terized, failed not to excite attention and conference. The request was joyfully even to inspire hope. Nothing of this was complied with, and hailed as the harbinger communicated, but an appointment was of greater good. This meeting was contin. announced publicly on the Sabbath, for ued without interruption, in a place provi. those who were particularly desirous of ded for the purpose, and capable of ac being conversed with respecting their own commodating not less than 300 persons. salvation, to meet next day for the purpose. The room was alu ays crowded, and from This notice was speedily noised abroad, the seriousness and solemnity which uni. and excited unusual interest and enquiry, formly pervaded the assembly, a stranger, as 10 the occasion of its being given. The appearing suddenly among iben, would mecting was accordingly looked for have thonght that a revival of religion with anxiety, accompanied with many bad already begun. Yet noi more than prayers. Atllie time specified, seventeen two or three instances of special religious assembled,--several of whom were pro. impression are known to bave existed for fessors of religion--recorered from their some time. Meetings for prayer were; as decicusion and awakened to new life and they bad previously been, frequent and nu vigour in the cause. The others came as merous,--and characterized by fervency enquiring sinners,--several of whom were of spirit. The spring opened with these under real conviction of sin, and the rest prospects,-although no living breath in a state of solicitude on the subject. When from the four winds seemed to breathe up the result of this meeting became known, on the multitude of the slain
the effect it produced on christians and on In April, several of the divinity students many of the unconverted, was immediate, and charity scholars of Yale College man. sensible and important. It commuoicated ifested a deep interest to effect the institu an impulse like that of an electric stroke, tion of a" biblical class.” They were ad. to no small portion of the community. vised to proceed, and not at all discour About the same time, a few of the brethren aged by the general indifference which ap. met for free conversation and the mulual parently prevailed to subjects of the kind, confession of their faults. That week was succeeded in procuring a large number of one of fears and hopes, which had not subscribers to the proposed establishment. been felt for a considerable number of A class, whose written constitution has
years. There was evidently preparation since been published, was formed,-con; making for an approaching change in the sisting of youth of both the ordinary and existing state of ibings. the most respectable standing in the com The next week thirty attended the anx. inunity. The usual exercises were the re ious meeting. It was now evident that citation of a portion of scripture-previ. God had begun to revive his work; there ously given out, and a lesson in " Perkins' were perceivable, though as it were in Catechism,"-enforced by explanations, miniature, all the characteristics of a gen. addresses and prayers from the attending uine revival of religion. The tidings ministers. These occasions were always spread and produced still greater effect. highly interesting to those who altended
Seventy assembled at the meeting for enthem. They excited not so much emotion quiry the subsequent week: the week fol. as a spirit of enquiry after religious truth-- Towing one bundred and twenty; the accompanied, in some cases, with pecnl. week after that one hundred and eighty ; iar solicitude and solemnity. The scrip. and for two or three of the succeeding tures were, in consequence, more fre. weeks, from two hundred to two hundred quently and diligently searcbed, and more and forty or fifty attended. These persons bighly valued as the only source of true were not all under deep conviction, or wisdom. No method had ever been adopt that extreine distress of mind which usualed by us for the instruction of the young, ly precedes the submission of the sinner to which produced so much attention to the God, but they were all more or less ans. word of God. These recitations became, jous as to what they must do to be saved,from week 10 werk, more frequented, and with the exception of those who had begun the interest manifested in the subjects pre to hope in ibe mercy of God through sented, more deep and extended. This Christ. class, in consequence of the multiplicity These meetings were usually opened of other religious meetings, has now beer, with a short address, after which all knelt for some time, discontinued, -but a large and united in a short prayer. The ministers proportion of its inembers, we trust, are present then proceeded to converse with sitting as learners at the feet of Jesus, and every individual, in a low tone of voice, training up for the enjoyment of his beav. so as nol to interrupt each other, or break enly presence.
the solemn stillness of the scene. The Early in July, the watchmen of the meeting was then closed with suitable ese night, saw, or thought they saw, the dawn bortation and a prayer. It is impossible to of day. There were certain appearances, convey to those who have not witnessed
such an assembly, an adequate idea of its ous to do it, and contributed much, very impressive solemnity. There was evi much, to relieve the labours and strengthdeatly much emotion, although no noise en the hands of their pastors. Their conthere were many tears, although no out ferences and prayer meetings, conducted breaking of the agony of the mind, save in altogether by themselves, bave been impor the espressive look and the ball-stifled sigh. tant auxiliaries to the great work carried on To stand and attentively survey a multi- by the divine Spirit. This revival bas by no tude of immortal beings, convened for
been confined to the denomina. such a purpose-the salvation of the soul, tion with which we are officially connect-Ibat for which the Lord of glory left ed; but all the other denominations in the heaven, and caine down to earth, --was an place have, more or less, experienced its almost overwhelming sight. We have peye benign and saving etlicacy. Indeed, er beheld an assembly, the bare view of 50 great and extensive has been the effect which was so affecting and solemn. The produced, that the community at large fascinations of sense, with all the glory of wears the aspect of seriousness. time seeined to fade away, and an ap. This work begun among the young, and proaching eternity alone to occupy the waz for some time almost exclusively conthoughts. The effect was increased by fined to those belween tweive and twenty the fact, that meetings were usually hell years of age. But it now comprises ola. the same evening for prayer-"ith special ny of maturer age, some quite 'advanced reference to the additional effusions of the in years. There are those as young as oine divine Spirit on this ansious assenbly. orien, who bave, it is hoped, by regeneraMeetings held from day to day, in private tion, become chuidren of God. houses, consisting of trom eight to filleen Very few instances are known of those or twenty persons, proved highly aseful in who, having been particularly anxious, awakening the attention, as well as in bave relapsed into a state of stupidity. deepening the impression of religious truth There is, as has always been the case, a on the mind.. Both bave been signally great variety in the former character and blessed of God, and made the birth-place condition of those who appear to have of many souls. One week in Septeniber, been awakened, convicted and converted. from twenty-five to thirty, it was judged, Husbands and wives, in some instances, were bopefully converted.' The week tola have been separated, in some they have lowing oniy a few less; and, on one occa. both been taken, and together made to sion, eight or nine were, in the coinpass of magnity the grace of God. The amiable, ao bour, to human view, brought out of lovely, and accomplished youth, who once darkness into light. Our ordinary con thought he wanted nothing new, has been ferences, which were frequent, and held distressed for sin, and made a subject of in different places at the same time, were that holiness, without which no mao shall always crowded, and from that which was see the Lord. The man proverbial for his the most public and general, hundreds honesty and morality,-- whose life for have been obliged to return home for the three-score years had been uniformly ex. want of room.
emplary, has been brought to feel that mo. The object, in speaking on these occa rality could not save him, and made a new sions, was not to address the passions, creature in Christ Jesus. The prolane but to impress the simple truth on the swcarer has been struck dumb by a sense conscience; to siiow sinners, from the of guilt, and bis oaths and curses given Ford of the living God, that they are place to prayer and praise to God and the guilty, condemned, lost, and must be mis. jamb. The scoifer has been taught to ad. erable for ever without a change of heart, mire the grace he once despised, and the and that it is their duty immediately to supercilious, sarcastic infidel prostrated at submit to God, and become reconciled to the foot of the cross, imploring mercy, as bim through the efficacy of atoning blood. a ruined bell-deserving sinner. Wbere sin
Some weeks after the revival had com did abound, grace has much more aboundmenced, the Rev. Mr. Nettleton, provj.
ed. dentially directed, came and spent a num
We bare made no calculation as to the ber of weeks, as an evangelist, among us.
exact nounber of this accession to the conHe was received with joy, and his labours stantly accumulating hosts of the Lord. --were eminently blessed of the great About one hundred and eighty have been Lord of the harvest Is it not important examined and propounded to the two conto the churches, that there be many men of gregational churches in the city; perhaps this tried character to assist their wearied somewhat more than half of the whole brethren, al such times? Several other pumber, who entertain a hope. From fisministers rendered seasonable and efficient teen to twenty bave recently been admitaid.
ted into the church in Yale College. The brethren of our two churches have The number that remains to be added to also, manifested a very becoming zeal and the foregoing list, must depend on the coactivity for the salvation of souls and the piousness of the showers of divise grace, glory of God. They have come forward that shall in the mean time descend. like men scosible of their duty and desir And blessed be God that his compas.
sions toward us fail pot! blessed be bis there such a spirit of prayer as at the preboly name that we may still speak, pot sent time.
Samuel Meruin, merely of what is past, but of that which
Nath'l. W. Taylor. is progressing. This is the seventh month New Haven, January 26tb, 1821. of the continuance of the work, and for aught that at present appears, it may be
DONATIONS TO RELIGIOUS AND CHARprolonged through as many successive
ITABLE INSTITUTIONS. years. “Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened that it cannot save ; neither bis
The Treasurer of the American ear heavy that it cannot bear.” What he Board of Commissioners for Foreign has done, if it do not serve as the pledge, Missions acknowledges the receipt of may well encourage the hope, that he will $1148,60 from Nov. 21st to Dec. 2016. do more. There is not indeed the same The Treasurer of the American Bigeneral excitement, nor the same degree ble Society acknowledges the receipt of notoriety attached to the subject now,
of $3295,10 in the month of Decemthat there was during most of the month of September. But although the novelty
ber. The issues from the Depository of the thing is gone, its importance is still during the same period, were, Bibles felt, and that witb a deepening interest. 1440; Testaments 717: value $1445,11. Although the number of persons now Presented to the Biblical Library, by awakened and hopefully converted, from Mrs. Harriet A. Tucker, of Danbury, week to week and day to day, is not so Conn. a Dutch Bible, 12mo, printed at large as it was at that period, fresh instan- Dordrecht, 1720. By Divie Bethune, ces are still occurring, some of which are Esq. of New-York, a Latin Bible, folio, uncommonly illustrious displays of divine printed at Venice, 1476, thirty-six power and grace. The progress of the revival remains the great and general sub. years after the invention of the art of ject of enquiry and conversation. The printing. attention to religious meetings is undimin. The Treasurer of the American Edished. There is no abatement of the ani. ucation Society acknowledges the remation, zeal and activity of professing ceipt of $190,25 in the month of Nochristians. And never among us was vember.
Ordinations and Installations. Dec. 20th. At an ordination held by N. Y. Sermon by the Rev. Mr. De the Rt. Rev. Bishop HOBART, at St. Witt, of Hopewell, N. Y. John's Church, Yonkers, N. Y. the Jan. Sd. The Rev. E. L. BASCON Rer. John GRIGG, was admitted to the was installed pastor of the First Church order of Priests. Sermon by the Rev. and Society in Ashby, Mass. Sermon H. J. Feltus, Rector of St. Stephens, by the Rev. Dr. Foster,of Brighton,Ms. N. Y.
Jan. 3d. The Rev. Messrs. JOSEPH Dec. 25th. The Rev. SAMUEL H. BROWN, REYNOLDS Bascom, Cha's Cox, was installed, by the Presbytery B. STORRS, ELIPHALET White, and of New-York, pastor of the Presbyte- EPAPARAS GOODMAN, were ordained rian Church in Spring-street. Sermon as Evangelists in the Circular Church, by the Rev. Mr. Weed, of Jamaica, Charleston, by the Congregational AsL.I.
sociation of South Carolina. Dec. 25th. The Rev. ELIHU W. Jan. 17th. The Rev. SEWALL HARBALDWIN, was installed, by the Pres DING was ordained pastor of the secbytery of New York, pastor of the ond Congregational Church and Sociseventh Presbyterian Church, situated ety in Waltham, Ms. Sermoo by the at Corlear's Hook. Sermon by the Rev. Mr. Ide, of Medway, Ms. 'I Rev. Mr. Goldsmith, of Newtown, new meeting-house erected b. L. I.
society, was dedicated to the Jan. 3d. The Rev. BAXTER PERRY, of God on the same day, bef: was ordained pastor of the Congrega- dination of Mr. Harding tional Church and Society in Lyme, Jan. 17th. The R N. H. Sermon by the Rev Josiah BROOKS was ordains Towne, of Hanover.
third Congregatio Jan. Sd. The Rev. David
PARKER, ham. Ms. Serr was installed pastor of the Reformed Ware, of Car Dutch Church, at Rhinebeck Flats,