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islands is considered, not only for the direct improvement of the natives, but to limit the pernicious influence, and restrain the brutal violence of outlaws from Christian countries; —when these things are brought clearly before the mind, and made the subjects of poor and deliberate consultation, how can the Committee help feeling a strong desire to send a reinforcement thither, at the first favorable season? Such a season will return early next autumn. And shall these thousands, suffering under a complication of vices, which the Gospel alone can cure; sunk in a depth of degradation, from which the Gospel alone can raise them; held by Satan in a bondage, from which Christ alone can vindicate them;-shall they be left to perish without light and without hope, because the expense of sending and maintaining a few additional laborers cannot be borne? Many contributors to the missionary cause may be disposed to inquire, “How shall we know when the present exigency has ceased; and when the Board is able to proceed, in supplying the missions now existing, without embarrassment and without anxiety; at least so far as pecuniary resources are in question?” This is a natural inquiry; and, for several reasons, it should receive an answer, which needs not to be repeated every month. Although the Committee neither possess nor desire the power of directing or controlling the religious charities of their brethren, otherwise than by presenting unquestionable facts, sound arguments, and Christian motives; and although they do not presume, in any case, to fix the sum, which any one of their brethren should appropriate to these objects; yet they feel bound to state, that the present embarrassments will not be removed, unless the monthly list of donations, for several months in succession, shall show the average amount of receipts to be ten thousand dollars a month. And they have no hesitation in adding, that Christians in the United States, who have already patronized the missions of the Board, owe it to themselves to see, that the average of the monthly donations should never hereafter fall below that sum. There are in Great Britain three missionary societies, all relying upon the aid of those, who believe that men must be horn again, before they can see the kingdom of God, and all intently engaged in sending the Gospel to the heathen. Each of these societies, for several years in succession, has received an annual income of $150,000, gradually rising allove that Šum from year to year; and during
the year before the last anniversary, which included a period of pecuniary distress unparalleled in that kingdom, the contributions for supporting missions were augmented;—a grand exemplification of the firm hold, which this cause has gained upon the affections of British Christians. There are several other societies engaged in the same cause, promoting it with great zeal and success, and receiving a generous support. But of the three, to which special reference is had, it is believed that not one of them can depend upon the support of so numerous, or so wealthy, a community of Christians, as are to be found in the Congregational and Presbyterian churches of this country. Not one of them can appeal to so. many well educated evangelical ministers, as are to be found holding the office of pastors of these churches; or to so many private Christians not bowed down under the weight of public burdens, and not straitened for the means of meeting their ordinary expenditures, as are to be found enjoying the ministrations of these pastors. Why then should American Christians be willing to follow, at so humble a distance, the noble example, which is set in the land of their fathers? Why should they not outrun, as they will soon be able to do, all that has yet been achieved by any single generation of men, since the age of the Apostles? There is, indeed, in some of
our cities and towns, a little circle of devoted
men and women, who would not suffer by a comparison with any similar portion of the British public even; either as to the extent of their benefactions, the perseverance of their efforts, or their pious attachment to the cause. But have professors of religion generally put forth their strength to this work? Have they labored for it, as for a highly valued object? Have they preferred the success of missions to their chief joy? Have they endeavored to enlist others in this noblest and most beneficent undertaking? Have their actions corresponded with their prayers, their professions, their pledges, or their avowed wishes and expectations? If all these questions could receive a satisfactory answer, there would have been such a supply of means, from the voluntary and cheerful offerings of the pious and the liberal, as would have conveyed spiritual life and peace into many lands as yet unvisited by the Gospel. When the Committee ask for additional resources, it is proper to renew the assurance, which has always been implicitly given and understood, that the appropriations to meet the various engagements of the Board, are made with a solemn and conscientious reference to the inquiry, How can the most good be done, in the different fields of missionary labor, at the least expense? Or, How can the means
furnished accomplish the greatest amount of
good? In answering this inquiry, the Committee are doubtless liable to err; and it would be high presumption to suppose they have not erred more than once; but they can truly say, that they seek for information, with reference to this subject, from every quarter; that they endeavor to profit by experience, and and that they are in the constant habit of asking for wisdom from above to guide them in discharging every part of their official trust. After this frank disclosure, and this direct appeal, it is proper to recommend several
measures, which, if generally adopted, will not only afford present relief, but give a new
impulse to all the evangelical exertions in our
country. These measures may be arranged
under the following heads. 1. Let the organization of the friends of missions into associations and auxiliary societies, so far as it has been effected, be thoroughly pursued. lections should be made exactly at the proper time; that is, at the expiration of each year, reckoning from the date of the first payment. As the numerous associations were organized
at different seasons of the year, the annual
payments will be coming in, from different quarters, in the course of every month; so that a constant supply will be afforded. But delays, in reference to periodical claims of charity, are extremely natural. Their influence, however, on the whole system of operations, is depressing, and discouraging, to an alarming degree. All who are awake and alive to their duties, (and who should not be awake and alive?—) ought not to indulge themselves in procrastinating an attention to these duties for a single day. It is an easy matter for a contributor to suffer his religious charities to fall into long arrears. But it is not an easy matter for a missionary among barbarians to live without food, when his supplies are exhausted; or without medicine, when he is sick; or without clothing, when his garments are worn out. It is a serious thing, for rising schools in heathen countries, to be abandoned, for want
of the accustomed means of supporting them;
and for the press to stand idle, for want of
paper, in the midst of a population clamorous
for books. While punctuality is urged upon the mass
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the secretaries, treasurers, and collectors will excuse the Committee for pressing upon them, with affectionate importunity, the great advantage of a punctual and exact attention to !, their duties. It surely will not be said, that the labor, and the care, and the exertion are o great. This is surrendering the whole cause at once. For if the resources of the Christian community cannot be called forth, with the aid of a simple and popular organization, they cannot be called forth without this aid; and if there is not public spirit enough to collect and concentrate the otherwise feeble and divided efforts of individuals, it would seem hardly possible to attempt any thing on a large scale for the salvation of men. It should also be the constant aim of all, who justly appreciate this object, to increase the amount collected, till it shall have risen to a much higher standard, than has prevailed hitherto;-to a standard, which shall have been evidently formed, under the powerful | influence of Christian principle, and with a steady reference to the eternal world. 2. Another proposal, which the Committee would respectfully make to their brethren, is this: that they should sit down, and deliber| ately ponder this subject, with reference to | their past contributions. There are those, | after a particular scrutiny, will be confirmed in the opinion, that they have treated the cause of missions, as it becomes enlightened men and women to treat a great and noble cause, which has a claim upon their best affections, and demands their strenuous efforts. Are there not others, who must pass a different sentence upon themselves? and who cannot avoid the conclusion, that, for the accomplishment of a ourpose dear to their hearts, for obtaining a personal gratification,--they should cheerfully have given five or ten times as much, as they have contributed to send the Gospel to the | ends of the earth? If any should be conscious, that this is the case in regard to them, does not the present occasion call for an immediate revision of the matter? And will they not deem it a privilege to make up past deficiencies by a prompt remittance, either through the established channels of communication. or directly to the treasury of the Board? 3. It may be fairly presumed, that, among the multitudes, who will rend these paragraphs, there are not a few individuals, who have done nothing for the benefit of the heathen, or whose contributions have been so small, and so infrequent, as scarcely to be remembered:
among the decided friends of missions, always praise the self-denial of the missionaries, and
the support of all, who love the Saviour of
lost men, or claim to be numbered as his dis
appear to rejoice in the good which is accom-ll ciples.
plished. Is this altogether consistent? If all the friends of missions were to limit their patromage to the expressions of warm attachment and cordial approbation, would not this be, in the language of Scripture, to love in word, and in tongue, and not in deed, and in truth? And would not the extinction of the light, which now begins to shine in so many dark places, be the immediate consequence? Let every person, then, who gives the sanction of his voice to the missionary enterprise, and has given nothing else, hasten to add the sanction of a spirited example.
4. Much is to be done, in the way of directing patronage to this object, by friends in their intercourse with friends, and neighbors with neighbors. How many are there, who could enlarge the circle of missionary influence, and enlist new strength in the cause, by simply making it as prominent a subject in conversation, as its dignity and importance deserve? In using such an influence, as is here recommended, there are no drawbacks,— nothing to detract from its salutary tendency, nothing to give pain on reflection, even in the most solemn circumstances, and in the hour of death. i
To conclude, the design of bringing all men to the knowledge of the true God, and to faith in Jesus Christ, is so benevolent in its character, so distinctly authorized by Scripture, so efficacious in its bearing on the happiness of man, that it invites scrutiny, and is not afraid of the closest investigation.
It boldly challenges
Boston, Jan. 26, 1827.
TuSCARO RA MISSION.
|The Rev. Joseph Lane left Boston on the
25th of December, with his wife, and proceeded to the station among the Tuscaroras, in the western part of New York, where he is expected to reside. He arrived at the scene of his future labors early in January, and was gladly received by the principal men of the tribe.
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Barkhampstead, ~ 1st chh. 12 00
East Windsor, 1st so. Mom.com. 15 ov)
N.so, for hea. youth,
at the west, 7 60
La. 4 25 Glastenbury, 1st so. Mon. con. 66 44 Hartford, N. so. Mon. con. 10 81 W. so. La. 20 37
S. so. Gent. 73 00
Hartland, Miss P. Case, 5; L. Case, 5;
for Bombay miss. 10 00
Wethersfield, La, benev, read.
Windsor, Wintonbury so. Gent. 24 78
Amherst, Fem. read. so. 7 75
Milford, Gent. 32 15 Pelham. La. 50-40 40
Middlesear, Ct. C. Nott, Tr.
Chester, M. f. 5 do
La. 8 24
Mon, con. 5 Oo
East Haddam, Gent. 37 07
I.a. 25 07
Haddam, La. 31 65
Hadly me, Gent. 17 00
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Killingworth, 1st so. La. 6 21
Millington, Gent. 15 15
La. 20 25
Mon. con. 2 25
North Killingworth, Gent. 17 86
La. 17 02
North Lyme, Gent. 20 87
on 17 6
Ileominster, Ms. Mon. con. in Calv. so. to
constitute the Rev. PHILLIPS PAYSON an Honorary Member of the Board, 50; sab. sch.
schol. for hea. chil. 5,16; a little girl, for do. 1; 56 16 3.ondon, Eng. D. Simpson, an. sub. 9 33 J.owell, Ms. Mon, con. 21 00 Lyme, N. H. Contrib. in Rev. B. Perry's so. 12 00 Lynn. Ms. Moon. con. in Rev. Mr. Rock
wood's so. 10 42 Marcellus, N. Y. Mon. con. 6 00 Marlboro’, Ms. J. S. 12 00 Martinsburg, N. Y. An aged disciple, 1 00 Medford. Mis, Mon. con. In 20 par. 17 57 Middlefield, Ms. S. P. Fitch, m."f. 3 18 Milton, Vt. Fem. asso. 13 16 Milton, Pa. 1. box of Miss H. Rees, 13 00 Monroe co. Missi. W. H. Craven. 5 00 Newburyport, Ms. Fem. Elliot so. for Elliot, 40 00 New Lebanon, N. Y. R. Woodworth, a
revolutionary pensioner, 5 00 New-London, Ct. Sewing so. 20 00 New Shannack, N. J. Aux. for miss. so. 23 25 Newton. Ms. Mon. con. in W. par. 20 87
New Utrecht, L. I. Mon. coli. in Reformed Dutch church, for John Beattle at Mackinaw, 23 00 Newville, Pa. Aux. so. 35 00 New-Zork city, Miss E. Thorburn, for Joseph McElroy at...Mackinaw, 12; a young man, on reading Hall's appeal. 20; ladies of Broom St. Presb, chh.. for Henry G. Ludlow and IWalliam Patton, 24; a lady, 5; ladies. 5; c. box, for Seneca Miss. 85c, fem. miss, clothing so. 35; coll. for Osage miss. 17; a fem, friend, 4th pay, for Charles S. Stewart at Harmony, 12; mon, con. in Bowery Presb. chh. 15.25; unknown, 8; coll. in brick Presb, chh.. for Pal. miss. 68; mon, con. in Wall St. chh. 35; scholars in school in Alien St. for hea. chil. 6; 263 10 Norfolk. Ct. J. Battell. 12; Mrs. S. Battell. 12; 24 00 North Adams and Smithville, N. Y. Aux.
fem. miss. so. 10 00 Northfield. Ms. Mon, con. in trin. so. 3 00 Norway. N. Y. Mon, con. 12 00 Norwich, Ct. J. Huntington, a bal. 50 Ogden, N. Y. Mon. coin. in cong, chh. 10 00
Owego, N. Y. Fem. cent so. 6; coll. 8; mon, con. 6; to constitute the Rev. HORA l'IO JONES LO MBER D. (now a life member of the U. F. M. So.) an Honorary Member of the
Board, 20 00 Oaford, N. Y. Mon. con, 27; Rev. ELIJAH D. WELLS, (now a life member of the U. F. M. So.), to constitute him an Honorary Member of the Board. 20; 47 00 Faris, N. Y. E. and G. P. Judd, 5 00 Parma and Greece. N. Y. United mon, con. 9 25
Philadelphia, Pa. Mon. con. in 7th Presb. chh. 34 16 Pine Creek, Pa. Fem, miss. so. for wes, miss. 31 00 Portland, Me. Mon. con. in 3d cong. chh.. to constitute time Hev. CHARLES JEN KiNS an Honorary Member of the Board, 50 00 Portsmouth, Nor. par. N. H. Mon. con. 31 23 Putney, Vt. Asso. 25 69 Reading. S. par. Ms. Fem. retrench. so. for Brainerd, 11 69 Ripley, O. J. N. C. 50c. T. S. W. 50c. 1 00 Rochester, Ms. Fem. mite so. in 20 par. 13 00 IRachester, N. Y. H. ELY. (which constitutes him an Honorary Member of the Board.) 100 00 Rome, N. Y. Mon. com. in Rev. Mr. Gillet's congo. 22 28 Romulus, N. Y. Miss. so. 17 00 Rowley, Ms. 1st par. mom. con. 7; fem. cnal. so. 4; for west. miss. 11 00 Salem. Ms. Fem. in Tab, chh.. for Samuel Moorcester at Brainerd, 30 00 Salem, N. J. Mon. con, in presb. chh.. half coll, in 1826, 9 70 Saratoga Springs, N. Y. Chil. in sab. school for Fayette Shperol at Mackinaw, 7 00
Savannah, Ga. Miss. so. bal. for support of
Saybrook. Ct. A Clergyman, a marriage fee, 5 00