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and the wood is supplied by the parents. This has hitherto been done promptly and with cheerfulness; often without my giving notice. This I did not expect: as it was the business of all, I feared all would neglect it. But there seemed to be a mutual care, which never left me unsupplied. The parents also encourage me by occasionally coming to hear the scholars read, and whenever I have given notice at the close of a term, they have always given importance to the school by visiting it, and having the children present in season and clean. Nor are we kept waiting until the scholars are impatient. To-day the children were just seated in order, when the com:pany came and gave the most fixed and silent attention during nearly two hours' examination of eighteen scholars, which was the number present. Encouraged by the silent attention of the parents, the chil. dren went through their lessons promptly and correctly. The lessons were in the Testament, Easy Lessons, and the Spelling Book, and a repetition of a part of their Sabbath instruction.

The children attended the school with remarkable regularity. The school, including the Sabbath School, was taught eighty-two days. Of these a number of the children, from four to seven years old, attended seventy-five, seventyeight, eighty and eighty-one days; and one attended every day,

I could fill sheets in communicating my labors and anticipations respecting the school, but this is unnecessary. You can readily anticipate them all, as they are chiefly found in fixing moral principal and in keeping the interest of the scholars so as to secure constant attendance. This must be done or the object is lost. Moral principle must be fastened, and habits of industry and study begun and carried forward. In doing this we must sometimes have recourse to the rod. But I turn to the more delightful part of my employment. Most * the scholars can read understandingly in books suited to their age and capacities.

e wish to give them taste for reading and thirst for knowledge. To do this they must * only be taught, but suitable books must be obtained.

Noticing the trials to which the mission family al that station are subjected since the arrest and imprisonment of Mr. Worcester, and the anx*y and trouble into which the Cherokees are brought by the proceedings of the Georgia guard, Miss S. remarks—

This is a day of trouble and rebuke and of blasphemy. May none of us even in our feelings, go down to Egypt for help, or trust in chariots or horsemen. Is it not as one of nations as of individuals, Cursed be man that trusteth in man, and maketh

flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord? May we all have our hearts fixed, trusting in the Lord, so that we shall not fear evil tidings. God seems to be overturning the nations of the earth, but we know that he will come whose right it is to reign, and the world will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. When that day comes mations shall learn war no more. Whether our beloved country will be destroyed by intestine wars ere this blessed day arrives is known to Him who rules the destiny of nations. Oh for faith to pursue a right and steady course, so that we may lose no time by painful anticipations,

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Quit meetings have been thinly attended this winter, owing principally to the very open and cold place we have had to meet in. A house, was erected last fall by the church; but there is yet no floor or chimney to it, and it is otherwise not finished. It has therefore been a very uncomfortable place for meetings this cold winter. But as the weather has now become warmer, our congregation will probably be consid: erably increased. One member has been suspended from the church, the past year, one dismissed by letter, and one has died. Three new members have been added. There, are now in regular standing 26 Cherokees, eight whites, and three blacks, making in all 37 members. One of the persons who has united with the church the past year is a young man who formerly went to school at Brainerd. I have received him into my family in order to prepare him for an interpreter. He is a young man of considerable promise. The member that died was Eunice, a full Cherokee woman. She died rejoicing in the Lord. She has left good evidence that she was indeed a child of God. Mr. Huss continues to itinerate and reach as usual, and is increasing in nowledge and usefulness. The Cherokee members all appear well. The prospects around us, however, are gloomy indeed, Since the laws of Alabama were extended over that part of the Cherokee nation in which we live, white people are flocking into the valley to look for land. Some have already moved in, and we hear of many others that are coming soon. One man has set up a little store within about a mile of us, where he deals out the liquid fire, and some who had for a long time abstained from drinking, have now returned to it like the dog to his vomit. Out of the church 1 believe there is but very little if an seriousness. The minds of the people seen

wholly occupied with the things that have come and are coming upon them.

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Since the last communication from us relative to the progress of religion, it has leased the God of grace to continue the influences of his Spirit among this people. As the fruits of ū. revival, we have received nine to the fellowship of the church. Five others now stand propounded who are expected to unite with the church at the next communion. Five more will be ex amined as candidates next Monday. These last are all young females in our school. At this time there are in our schools and in the different neighborhoods a considerable number who are subjects of conviction. Of some of these we indulge hope that they are born from above. A considerable nunber, how many I am not able to say, have united with the Methodists and Cumberland Presbyterians in the adjacent white settlements. In July last we held a three-days' meeting in one neighborhood and a two-days' meeting at this place, and another twodays' .." in another neighborhood. These were all most solemn and interesting seasons. Between fifty and sixty in the three places professed to be anxiously seeking their salvation. All of these, with the ex eption of three, are still inquiring or in. hope. Three have drawn back, robably to perdition. On the second Sabath in November we held another threedays', meeting here. In many respects it was the most solemn and joyful season I have ever witnessed in the Cherokee nation. Thirty-four appeared as anxious inquirers. In some parts of the nation the seriousness is perhaps declining. In others it continues and increases. t this place and in the near neighborhood the work of the spirit is evidently continued and is extend. ing, Christians are awake, prayerful, and joyful; and sinners, one after another, are coming anxious. I have never known the religious state of the mission family in all respects so encouraging as at the present time. We trust that the special, in wrought F.". of faith is offered up by many hearts; and we know that this kind of prayer “availeth much.” We trust the friends of missions will unite with us in thanksgiving

to God for this work of his grace, small indeed, in comparison with the revivals by which he is displaying his glory in many parts of our land, but great in itself and great in comparison with any thing before known in this dark region. We . trust they will unite with us in fervent and believing prayer, that the work may continue and spread and become great in every respect. It is the only influence by which this people can be saved from ruin.

The Schools.

Our schools are in a very interesting state. In the female school there are seven over whom we rejoice as the young disciples of our Lord. Several others are deeply serious, and we hope not far from the king: dom of God. In the boys' school none as yet express a hope of having been renew: ed, but several of them are in a state of great concern. We do hope mercy is in store for them. Both divisions of the school are making satisfactory improvement in various branches of a useful education, and are forming habits which will tend to their own good and the improvement of their people. We have a very interesting infant school, composed mostly of the children of the mission family. There are a few Cher: okee children in it. The plan of the school is substantially the same, as of the infant schools in our cities, and the improvement made is such as to justify the high estimo tion in which these institutions for infantile cultivation have been held by the wise and good every where. We hope the Holy Spirit is moving upon the hearts of someo these little ones, and we would especially solicit the prayers of our Christian friends, that our little babes may indeed be lambs in the fold of the Good Shepherd, taken in his arms and carried in his bosom. The establishment of this school has relieved us of much anxiety respecting our childre; while they are young, and we hope it will be of permanent benefit to them.

Interesting Cases of Conversion.

The letter from which these cztracts are taken was addressed to Mr. Cornelius, the late Secre. tary of the Board, who, it will be recollected, was the author of a small biographical parrative, entitled the Osage Captive. The little Osage girl, who is the subject of the narrative, was first met by him while travelling as an agent of the Board, at Caney Creek in the northeast part of the Chickasaw nation, and was then in the hands of her Cherokee captors, who were returning from a war expedition west of the Mississippi to the old Cherokee nation.

To you, my dear Sir, the following facts will not be without interest. You will never forget “Caney Creek” nor the interview you once had there. Your mind must have

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an indelible impression of the warrior group there met, and of the horrid memorials of their success—the “Little Osage Captive” and the scalps of her murdered parents! Two of that party have, we trust, become followers of peace with all men, a lesson they have learned of the meek and holy Prince of Peace. They are fuits of the revival we have enjoyed, and are now members of our church. One of them is the individual who “could speak a little English,” and who acted as your interpreter. The other is the leader o band, and the very person who went to his bag and held up two scalps, saying in answer to the question, “Where are fier parents?” “Here they are!” I have often conversed with him respecting the affair of Caney Creek. He regretted the untimely death of little Lydia; and would now, if qualified, go as a herald of salvation to the poor benighted Osages. He is a man of much enterprise and activity, and his influence in the nation is considerable. We hope, by the divine blessing, he will do much good among his people. His wife is also a member of our church, and one, if not two, of their children is hopefully pious.

Among the young female converts of our school, is an Osage captive, now about fourteen or fifteen years old, whose history is interesting. She was captured in the ear 1821, and remained in this nation, with er captor, till the autumn of 1822, when she was given to a white man of the territory, who promised to educate her and treat her as his own daughter. This man soon after sold her to another, who immediately started with her down the river, intending to sell her for a slave to the sugar planters of Louisiana. This fact being known to £o. Miller, he offered a liberal reward or the rescue of the captive. The kidnapper was pursued and overtaken a short distance above Natchez. He, however, effected his escape, but the little girl was taken and delivered to the governor, who kept her till the next spring, 1823, and then Committed her to the care of the late Rev. 1. Finney, of this mission, on his way from New Orleans. Here she has been ever since. Her parents, it is supposed, were killed at the time of her capture. The 'sages do not know that she has any relaoves living, and they have never wished for her return to them. She is a girl of

good mind, has acquired useful habits and * solid education. She now gives us most gotifying evidence of unseigned piety, and ohibits air promise of future usefulness, She is a monument of the mysterious grace * God. Had we been spectators of that battle field, and had we seen her parents fall under the tomahawk and herself a captive *mong the heathen, we could have seen no mercy manifested towards her. Had we *en her sold into slavery and .# owards the land of perpetual groans an bonds, we should have jofthat only

evil was intended inst her. But God meant all she suffered for good. Through this way that she knew not, he was leading her to this Christian asylum, that here, when his purpose was ripe, she might be called out of darkness and become a fellow citizen with saints and a child in the household of faith. Had her parents lived and she remained with her own people, she would never in this life have risen higher, than to be a hewer of wood and a drawer of water, and would have died without the light of life. What hath God wrought? o him be all the glory.


Interest Manifested in the School.

As has been remarked of this station before, it was intended that the school, so far as it might become a boarding-school, should be sustained by the Cherokees themselves. This they have hitherto done in a good measure and cheerfully. The number of scholars and the interest which both parcnts and children feel in the school seems to be increasing.

Our school I think is in good condition. After the August vacation we concluded that we would not take in more than twelve or fifteen boarders at most; but when the school was opened again we were immediately pressed with entreaties till our number of boarders, including the three Osage girls, amounts to 25. They all appear very willing to furnish the necessary amount of provisions. One man said, “I am more than willing, I am ten times willing to send the provisions, if you will take my children.” In the school I saw several young men who have renounced their former vicious habits, and came to me with a fixed determination to lead a new course of life, and gain a useful education. Besides the boarders, numbers come to school daily from home, making altogether 35.

Though our family is so large, yet we are often astonished to see how comparatively easy we get along. Our little farm, garden, and the Cherokees, furnish us at present with an abundant supply of provisions; and though but two of us to manage, and all sorts and sizes of children, we have been enabled thus far to keep good order. Our hired man does all the work out of doors, except what is accomplished by the school. boys, and in the domestic concerns of the family Mrs. P., with the help of the larger girls of the school, goes through the whole, commonly with ease, except when she is laid by with sickness. One of our Chero. kee Christian friends; seeing the ill state of Mrs. P.'s health kindly sent a servant girl to assist her through the winter. To sove expense Mrs. P. had refused to have a woman hired in the kitchen. We are constrained to believe the Lord is our helper, and is blessing our humble endeavors to instruct these children and youth.


Encouraging State of Religious Feeling.

The state of the church has been noticed in a communication sent sometime last September. I would only remark that at present there seems to be a good state of religious feeling among our people generally at this time. Our meetings are well attended and solemn. One of the persons lately received into the church is the young man from the white settlements who has been living with us and studying medicine for a year or more past. He is a very amiable and a promising man, and has now relinquished the study of medicine to prepare for the ministry. There is great encouragement to preach the gospel among the Cherokees. In every lace where regular appointments have en made, good effects have soon been manifested. If assistance should be sent to us as we hope, I should have time perhaps to make several other stands for preaching in different places.

Extracts FROM A LETTER OF MR. NEWtoN, DATED At Forks of Illinois, Dec. 31sr, 1831.

School—Church—Improvement among the People.

The school continued to prosper until vacation, which commenced in the second week of August. We then had 33 scholars on our list. Our vacation was intended to be only three weeks; but before the second week was passed, I was taken sick with fever, and very ill health has continued with more or less severity till the present time. Still we have much to encourage us in our labors. In eed our labors through the past spring and summer were delightful. We have never before felt that our

work was so purely a missionary work, and

we were contented and happy. Our school was easily governed, and we have never seen scholars in any other place assemble with more pleasure. They come brisk and cheerful in the morning, bring their dinner, and return at evening lively and happy. They made good progress in their studies, and neither tired nor grew dull until vacation. And now I seem anxious for my health to return, that they may again attend school.

Our Sabbath-day labors, continued the same as reported in June, until stopped by sickness. We think that the good Spirit which has operated in other parts of the nation among the Cherokees, has even visited this neighborhood. Two Cherokees were among the hopeful converts, and appear well. Others have seemed to give heed how they heard the word of God. Time will show how sincere they have been. A three days' meeting was held here in September. Brethren Vaill, Washburn and Palmer were present. The weather was unfavorable, and but few out of the settlement attended it. Since that we have had but one Sabbath meeting, and I do not know the feelings of the people, only as I have learned them from going to their houses. In my neighborhood visits, 1 find some hungering and thirsting for the bread and water of life. There are eleven church members in this establishment besides ourselves; four of whom belong to the Dwight mission church, and the rest to the Baptist and Methodist churches. Mr. Washburn has had two communion seasons with us the past year.

At the close of the three days' meeting, the Cherokee Temperance Society held an adjourned meeting, and eleven of our neighbors joined it.

Our neighbors improve in their living, houses, furniture, and clothing, and we think they improve still more mentally: Several of them raised wheat this year, and more have sowed for the coming year. They are building two grist-mills one saw-mill.

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WHILE on his way to his field of labor, Mr. Woone, from whose communications these extracts are taken, spent some time at Pyhea, the seat of the Church Missionary Society's mission in New Zealand, bears the following testimony to the success of the mission on that island.

The missionary experiment has been tried on few nations more degraded and barbarous.

Good Effects of the Mission in New Zealand.

During my stay at New Zealand, I had an opportunity of witnessing the degraded state of the poor *. and am convinced that the united labors of the brethren of the Church Mo: sionary Society have been very successful in Wo: a great change in their condition.

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eatest kindness and Christian friendship from the brethren of that society, which will never * erased from our minds, I visited the schools an attended divine service at the chapel, where o heart was delightfully gladdened to witness the blessed change o i. been effected among the inhabitants there, compared with the *

rounding population. One Sabbath, my dear brethren, myself, and our wives attended divine service in the chapel, and heard the church service in the native language. All those who were under instruction joined in the devotional exercises of that admirable form, and responded as well as the children and people in our parish churches at home. Indeed the sweet peals of the organ which has been lately erected in the chapel, called to mind many seasons spent in the tabernacles of the Most High in our own highly favored Isle.

e observed a willingness to listen to the advice of the instructor, and also a secling that was truly devotional while repeating prayers. The New Zealanders are on the whole decidedly altered to what they were about ten or fifteen years ago, from the accounts which I have read in various publications, and this change has been effected by Christianity. There is not that savage brutality among them now as formerly, nor are the inhabitants so depraved in their morals; and no doubt the time is not far distant, when “war shall be heard no more,” and when peace and happiness shall reign in every bosom. May the Lord hasten the time.

On arriving at the station of Nukualosa, on the island of Tonga, about the middle of March,

1831, Mr. Woone makes the following remarks concerning the

State and Progress of that Mission.

Mr. Turner and Mr. Cross looked very pale and sickly, apparently much fatigued and exhausted, caused by their great . and the Very extreme heat of the climate. Since we have been here the thermometer stood once at 35, and generally it has been 100, :10, and 115.

tnotwithstanding this, they arc happy in their work, and secm determined to go torward in the *rength of the Lord. When we arrived, their !eelings may be better conceived thau described; they seemed quite overjoyed that the expected help had at length arrived, and that we had safely encountered the dangers of the great deep. We all united together to praise God for his goodness, and consecrated ourselves to his work and service. And O. how shall my pen describe the wonders which the Lord hath wrought among this people! The powers of darkness are mightly shaken in this interesting island; and from what we learn from our brother Thomas, * the Habai Islands, the work is much more *ouraging. At this place, Nukualosa, a gemoal change seems to have taken place among

People; and not one half has been told in England of what we daily see. We cannot love any way for several miles, but we hear the People singing the praises of God, and en§§ in other devotional exercises. On the *Sabbath after our arrival we attended divine *oice at the chapel, when the brethren Turner * Cross engaged alternately; and on that **asion, we were quite overcome on beholding *al devotion and apparent sincerity the natives molested in their worship. , The king and queen were present with us, and Josed in the service, and, like all the rest, seem“d truly devoted to God. In the afternoon we

*"ended again, and heard two of the natives Ray, Abraham and Daniel; Mr. Cross told us they prayed most judiciously. At the *::: *hool we heard the queen pray, and some other

females, and were led to say, “What hath God wrought?” On Sunday last, we went to chapel to attend a baptism of several adults; when nearly seventy were received into Christian communion, alter having made a formal declaration of their convasion to God. This was a very interesting scene, which affected us to tears; they were both old and young who came forward to be thus received into the Christian church. Our brethren have been at great pains to get books for the natives. They are nearly all written, which must have cost them much labor and time. They are now quite elated, as they expect to have printed books soon. When they heard that the printer had arrived, and not the surgeon, they said, “We are glad that the printer is come; the surgeon might do good to our bodies, but the printer will do ...i to out souls.” Lon Don soci ETY's Mission IN souTH A FRICA.

Encouraging Attention to the Means of Grace.

MR. Bailie, missionary at New Lattakoo among the Bechuanas, under date of August 25, 1831, writes—

I am happy to inform you that spiritual things still continue very encouraging. The prayermeeting, conducted by Aaron Josephs, and held in his i. on Friday evenings, is generally crowded to excess, and many retire from it, as well as from the house of God, and repair to the bushes, where, I trust, they pour out their hearts to God in earnest supplicatious. The place of worship on the Lord’s-day still continues to be well attended. The people collect in numbers around the door, before the bell is rung, eager to gain admittauce; and but a few minutes Clapse atter the door is opened when almost every inch of ground is occupied (the most, it is to be understood, sit upon the ground,) besides a considerable number who cannot obtain admittance. One. of us, however, in this case, holds a secoud meeting in one of the mission houses. To prevent this inconvenience, as it will be fully two years. before the new building is finished, we in the mean time intend to annex a back wing to the old one, so as to render it capable of containing the whole congregation. v e., hope, however, that when the new chapel is built, which will be twice the size of the present, there will be sufficient accommodation for all who may attend. We shal), of course, rejoice to witness it also overcrowded. Since the beginning of this year there has been again an apparent revival. Previously, indeed the place of worship was tolerably wels attended; but the effects of the former awakening seeme forgotten, and the church appeared sunk into coldness and indifference, so that I began to wonder is they were indeed the same people of whom I had heard such favorable accounts in m native land. In the month of March two old members, who had been ejected for immorality were, after evident F. of repentance and re: formation, again admitted into the church, and with them a new member—a female about fift years of age. On the occasion I preached from Acts xvi. 25–35, on the conversion and baptism of the }. at Philippi; after which I baptised c

the old woman and two of her children: many seemed impressed with the solemnity of the sex.

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