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The Society can tell of six missionaries whom who, in exploring the waters of the Pacific,
it has assisted in preparing to preach the Gospel to the heathen, two of whom, after having delivered their message with exemplary devotedness, have ceased from their labors, and left their bones upon pagan ground; and it can mention several other missionaries, who are laboring with zeal and fidelity in distant and destitute parts of our country. It can enumerate more than thirty who have been settled as pastors of churches, and nearly the same i number of licensed preachers of the Gospel, who will probably ere long become pastors. It sees two whom it has aided, holding offices | of great responsibility and usefulness in two of the largest benevolent Societies in the country—while two others, who have been
prevented, by loss of health, from statedly preaching, are sending abroad a salutary and pious influence from week to week by means of the press. Twelve or fifteen others are engaged for the present, as Instructors of Academies, or as Tutors in Colleges; and one is a Professor in a Seminary for educating men for the ministry. Twelve have died who had not com: pleted their preparatory studies. Of those who are now in different stages of their education, some are in academies, and private schools; between one and two hundred are members of colleges; and a large number are pursuing theological studies in Seminaries established by evangelical Christians. In one of these institutions, the Theological Sem. inary at Andover, one fourth part of the whole number of the students is composed of those who have enjoyed the patronage of the American Education Society.—p. 13.
JourtNAL of A Tour: A Rou ND HAWAII.
A copy of the “Journal of a Tour around Hawaii, by a Deputation from the mission at the $andwich Islands,” having been transmitted, not long since, to the Geographical Society of Paris, the following official letter has, in consequence, been sent to the Board.
- Paris, Sept. 18, 1826. Gentlemen,_The Geographical Society have received the work, which you had the goodness to send to them, entitled “A Journal of a Tour around Hawaii,” and have directed me to express to you their high gratification on re
a work, which contributes so much to
have visited Hawaii, have seen a small part only of that island; and their observation being confined to the coast, they could, of course, give us but little information respecting the interior: while your missionaries, on the contrary, have made the tour of the island, and even descended into that immense volcano. then in action, agitating itself in the midst of the mountains, with which the island is covered. The minute accounts, which they have published respecting this grand phenomenon, respecting the streams of lava, and the physical changes that have taken place, and also respecting the customs .." traditions of the people; are equally new and interesting, and demand the acknowledgements of all, who de
sire the advancement of geographical scie ce.
But this is not the only merit of your missionaries. They have, in the view of all enlightened men, a merit of a far higher order; that of having devoted their lives to the work of disseminating the light of the Gospel among those unhappy islanders, immersed in the darkness of the grossest idolatry: a business truly nobie, and deserving the amplest commendation. None can avoid praising your missionaries for their generous devotedness, and exemplary perseverance, in the pious labor, which they have undertaken. But what are all our praises, in comparison with that recompense, which will be given by Him, in humble obedience to whose command, they have gone forth . to instruct the heathen, and preach to them the Gospel.
Accept, Gentlemen, this expression of my high regard.—Yours most affectionately,
so the advancement of knowledge. Navigators,
FROM November 21st, to DECEMBER 20 ris, INCLUsive.
T. B. EYRIES. President of the Central Committee.
3.htfritan i50arts of jūiggiciú. FORMATION OF AUXILIARIES.
OHIO.—Portage County. Elizur Wright, Esq. of Talmadge, Pres. Dea. J. H. Sherwood, Nelson, 1st. V. Pres. Rev. Caleb Pitkin, Charlestown, Zd. do. David Hudson, Esq.. Hudson, 3d. do. Rev. George Sheldon, Franklin. See. Mr. Harvy Baldwin, Hudson, Treas. Organized Sept. 7, 1826.
Trumbull County.—Rev. Harvey Coe, Vernon, Pres. Dea. Abram Griswold, Gustavus, 1st. W. Pres. Mr. F. P. Fanner, Canfield, 2d. do. Dea. Robert Russell. Newton, 3d. do. Rev. J. W. Curtis, Warren, Sec. Sept. 22, 1826.
Numerous Associations have been formed, recently.
in different parts of the country, of which there will be a notice in the next number.
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wood in Ceylon, 20; 68 16 Betlefontaine. O. A. Newell, 1 00 Berlin, Ms. Fem, cent sq. 12 00 Bermuda, (Isl. of) A widow, for Bombay Mission, - 10 00 Bloomingburgh, O. Indiv. 7 63 Boston, Ms. An indiv. for Sou. Amer. miss. (prey, remitted, 860.29%) J. McKissick, Columbia, Pa., 25; Rev. N. Patterson, 10; Mrs. M. B. Smith, Cincinnati, O. 5, 40 00 A friend, 2; Indiv. in Old South so, for Joshua Huntington in Ceylon, 30; la. in do. for William Jenks at Mayhew, 20; 52 00 Brandon, Vt. Mon. con. 6 50 Bridgton, Me. Fem. miss. so. 13 00 brookline, Ms. Kingsbury so. for school at Hightower, 23 65
Dec. 21, 1824. Left Zidon for Tyre, where I took lodgings in the house of my Arab friend Nicola Manassa. Here I spent about a month, and made some efforts to establish a school for the education of Tyrian females, and was vel near succeeding, when one of the principal priests rose up and said, “It is by no means expedient to teach women to read the word of God. It is better for them to remain in ignorance, than to know how to read and write. They are quite bad enough with what little they now know. Teach them to read and write, and there would be no living with them.”
These words from a priest, were sufficient to frighten the whole Greek Catholic population. With indignation, I ia: to him, “Do these words proceed from the mouth of a priest, whose lips ought to keep knowledge? Art thou set here as a light to the peoÉ. and dost thou say, that darkness is
etter than light? St. Peter said, ‘Add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge;’ how canst thou say, ignorance is better than knowledge?”
But though I did not succeed in my P. of establishing a school, yet I had requent opportunities for reading the .
Scriptures, and conversing with the Arabs on the subject of religion, and showing them the ignorance and sottishness of their priests, who wish to have all around them as much in darkness as themselves; and I have some little hope, that the school will yet be established,
from Beyroot, and Tuesday, the 25th,
we set out together for Jaffa, where we arrived Saturday the 29th. Here I preached nine successive Sabbaths, in Arabic, to a little audience of from six or eight, to twenty persons. During our stay here, many ver curious reports were circulated with regard to us, both among Christians and Mussulmans. Some said, that we bought people to our faith with money; and that the price we gave for common people, was ten piastres, and that those ten piastres always remained with the man who received them, however much he might spend from them. Some said, that when a man engaged to be of our faith, we took his picture in a book, and, that if, at any future day, he should go back to his former relig. ion, we should shoot the picture, and the man would die, although we should be in England, and he in Asia. Signor G. D. informed us, that a Moslem came to him one morning, and told him he had heard, that there were men in his house, who hired people to worship the devil, and asked if it were true, saying, that if it were, he would come and join us, and bring a hundred others with him. “What,” said Signor D. would you worship the devil?” “Yes,” replied the Moslem, “for the sake of money;” and I have very little doubt of his sincerity. The greater s". of the people serve him . now, and that, too, for very miserable wages. 5
Some said, that we had caused a great shaking in the city, meaning by it a moral commotion; and, among the Mussulmans it was reported, that we had actually caused an earthquake, Feb. 23. Mr. Lewis arrived from Beyroot, on his way to Jerusalem. 25. Our teacher (Mr. Fisk’s and mine,) was quite frightened to day, when at prayers in the Mosque. Some Mussulmans came to him, and told him they had heard, that there were certain men here, whom he instructed in witchcraft, that they had made an earthquake in the city, and that it was they, moreover, who had caused the the great o: at Aleppo. Leaving the Mosque, he came to us, apparently in great fear, and expressed a desire not to give us any more lessons. 26. He came and informed us, that two learned sheiks had called on him early in the morning, to inquire whether it was true, that those men in the house of Domani (Mr. Fisk and myself) had caused an earthquake? He, in reply, asked them if they were fools? and if they thought ...} one but the Lord of all worlds, could make an earthquake? and whether they thought we were ods? Read to day about twenty pages of what are called, by the "... the Psalms of David, a §§ of which I have just procured. . They are very much in the style of the Koran, though there is an evident attempt to imitate, in some respects, the genuine Psalms of the inspired monarch of Israel.
28. I.eft Jaffa for Ramla, where we took lodgings in the Greek convent. From the Superior we learned, that none of the books, which we had sold there last year, had been taken away, and that d: who had bought, had suffered nothing in consequence of the Grand Signor’s firman,
29. Set out for Jerusalem, where we arrived in the evening, after the gates were shut. The governor, however, very politely, ordered them to be opened, and we entered. Several of the Greeks came out with lanterns to meet us, and, at the Convent of the Archangel, we were received with open arms, and were informed, that when our coming was announced, prayers were offered for us by the Greek priests.
Our reception was truly gratifying and cheering, especially, as we had anticipated, or, at least, feared, some
trouble, on account of the firman, and the strong enmity of the Roman Catholic priests. Thus far have we been led along in safety by the Great Shepherd of Israel, and may all glory be to his name. 30. Several of the Greeks sent us presents of bread and wine. 31. In the afternoon Signor Durogello, the Spanish Consul, arrived from Aleppo, to pay his devotions at the Holy Sepulchre. shru 1. About noon, the Pasha of Damascus arrived with two or three thousand soldiers, and pitched his tent without the city, near the gate of Jaffa. It is the custom of the Pasha of Damascus to come up hither once a year, to collect tribute, both from Christians and Mussulmans; and his coming is generally a precursor of distress and sorrow. . It may emphatically be said, during his stay here, that “these be days of vengeance.” Towards night we went to the church of the Holy Sepulchre to hear the sermons of the Latin priests, and to witness their idolatrous worship. There were delivered, as is usual on the anniversary of the crucifixion, seven sermons. Four were in Spanish, two in Italian, and one in Arabic. “The first scene of the theatre,” as one of their own priests, who assisted in the performance, remarked to us, “was in the chapel of the Roman Catholics.” Into this we entered a little after sunset, where we saw, arranged in order, and clothed in splendid robes, the priests of the Terra Santa. In a few minutes the doors were shut, the lights all extinguished, and one of these sons of darkness arose, and began a sermon in Italian. He had not uttered more than three or four sentences, before he began to tell how big the emotions were, that filled his breast, and changed the tones of his voice much sooner than a common"tragedian would have done in a French theatre; so soon, that no one,
I presume, could have been affected.
Indeed his art was so manifest, and ill
timed, that I could feel nothing in my own bosom but disgust. After having spoken fifteen or twenty minutes, he named the cross, and at that instant, a little door, which led into an adjoining apartment, opened, and a man entered with a light, bearing a large wooden cross. “FCCo vienne,” cried the preacher, “nel momento proposito;” (“Behold it comes in the moment prophesied;”) and kneeling before it, said, “Thee, O cross, we revere, and thee we adore;” (“Tu, O croce, ti reveriamo, et ti adoriamo?”) The second sermon was delivered at the place, where, it is said, the gar