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Christ our Lord. And although this number may appear but small when compared with the numbers that flocked to Jesus elsewhere ; yet, let it be remembered, that the numbers from which they were gathered were very small. The permanent residents in the village are few, and the surrounding country is circumscribed and very thinly inhabited. There have been fifty-five added to the church; eighteen adults baptized. The awakening continued until the commencement of the watering season in 1820, when it seemed to cease all at once. Some doctrinal disputation in the north part of the settlement had a very injurious effect. Sabbath schools are flourishing and very beneficial ; monthly concert well attended ; some few instances of recent conversion; children catechised weekly; and as a fruit of holiness in the lives of those who have named the name of Christ, we would mention a female charitable society, which, amongst the acts of its benevolence, has sent down twenty three dollars in aid of the funds of your ..". for the education of poor, pious youth for the gospel ministry. One of their number has departed this life triumphantly. Your committee would next turn your attention to Malta, literally a moral wild. With the exception of a very small methodist church in one corner of the town, and two or three of God's children in another corner, there was neither piety nor prayer, no mean of grace nor hope of salvation. There had indeed, many years before, been a small church there, but it was broken down and in ruins ; not a single member remained who had any claim to right or privilege in it. The pride and so and ambition of rule, that roke it down, were still in existence indeed, brooding over the ruins of their own producing, endeavouringsedulously to raise them as a bulwark between sinners and salvation, and rejoicing in their long continued success. There had been several attempts made to introduce the stated ministration of the gospel, but without any encouraging effect. Such was the state of things in the fall of the year 1819, when Mr. Nettleton first preached among them. There had been one or two hopeful conversions in August; and in September and October, there were a few awakened. About the beginning of October, Mr. Hunter, a li.

centiate from the presbytery of NewYork, visited the place, and his preaching and other labours of love were greatly blessed among them. Mr. Waterbury and Mr. Olmsted, from the theological seminary of Princeton and Mr. Armstrong of Moreau, were all providentially led to the place, and continued for some time to labour in their several spheres of action, with very encouraging success, so much so, that on the 26th of October, there was a little church collected and organized consisting of twenty-four members, mostly recent converts to the faith of Christ. Other ministers had preached occasionally in the place; but from the time when the church was formed, Mr. Nettleton preached for seven or eight months almost constantly among them, and his labours of love was highly rewarded by the Great Head of the church. From the very commencement of his labours, the work of the Lord's Spirit became nuore o; and rapidly progressive. It was but a little while until weeping and anxious distress were found in almost every house; the habitations of sin ; the families of discord; the haunts of intemperance;

the strong holds of error; the retreats

of pharisaic pride; the entrenchments of self-righteousness, were all equally penetrated by the power of the Holy Ghost. Foundations of sand sunk out of the reach of feeling and deceived confidence Refuges of lies fled from the eye, and fancied security from the heart of the unregenerated. In some cases sorrow was soon turned into joy, but in other cases anxious distress continued long; it was deep, heartfelt and awfully pungent ; and brought the distressed almost down to the gates of death. Under its influence, error lost all its alluring importance; and violated obligation, forfeited happiness, a long rejected Saviour, and approaching wrath, death and judgment, with the retributions of eternity, filled every heart, occupied every thought, and agitated every feeling. Often and anxiously was the inquiry made, “What shall we do?” During several weeks, the awakening spread over different parts of the town until it became almost universal. Nor were the attempts so often and so offensively made to draw the attention to doctrinal disputation, very influential in stopping its progress. Fvery house exhibited the solemnity and silence of a continued Sabbath ; so profound was this stillness and solemnity, that a recent death could have added nothing to it in many families. Common conversation was rarely engaged in, while every ear was open to hear the gospel, every heart prepared to receive the tidings of salvation. There were some melancholy exceptions indeed, but we shall not name them. The breath of the Lord rested on their unholy influence, and it was wilted and withered and gone for ever. The holy one paralyzed their efforts against his anointed, and scorned their opposition to the spread of Messiah's kingdom. Within the year there were added to the church more than one hundred, and there were perhaps fifty others who cherished a so of forgiven sin. Some of those who joined the church have been severely tried ; but the trial of their faith has eventuated in the confirming of their hope and confidence in God. All who have named the name of Christ, are giving good reason to believe, that they have rested on the sure foundation, and gained a dwelling in the ark of safety. There is no tendency to error amongst them, but a great and growing attention to the pure and simple doctrines of the bible. There were fifty adults baptized. There were some special cases, clearly manifesting the sovereignty of God’s grace and the freeness of his salvation. [This pamphlet, which contains 51 octavo pages, gives an account of revivals of religion in many other places. Our limits prevent us from making those extracts which we should otherwise wish to present to our readers.] The Committee in their Report to the Presbytery, state—“There are twentyfour churches under your care; and the spirit of the Lord has been poured out upon twelve of these, and upon the College. The additions to the church: es, during the year 1820, as reported to the presbytery, amount to nearly one thousand four hundred. Of these there have been three hundred and twenty-four adults baptised! Surely “ the Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”

AMERICAN BIBLE society.

.New-York, May 11.

The fifth anniversary of the American Bible Society was yesterday celebrated in this city. , Agreeably to public notice the Board of Managers and Officers of the Society, many of whom were from different and distant parts of the country, and a large number of Delegates from Auxiliary Societies, specially appointed for the purpose of attending the annual meeting of the Parent Institution, met at the Managers' room in the New-York Institution, at 9 o'clock in the morning. Upon the Board being called to order by the Hon. Matthew Clarkson, senior Vice President, the meeting of the Board was opened by the reading of the 72d Psalm, by the Rev. President Day, of Yale College, Conn.

After passing through the ordina business of the meeting, at 10 .# the Board of Managers, with the Officers of the Society, and the Delegates from the Auxiliaries, proceeded to the City Hotel in Broadway, where the necessary preparations had been made for holding the meeting. At half past 10, the Hon. Elias Boudi Not, President of the Society, supported by Gen. Clarkson and Col. Varick, two of the Vice Presidents, took the chair, when the meeting was opened by the reading of the first chapter of Revelations, by the Rev. Dr. M'Dowell of Elizabethtown, N. J.

Letters from several of the Vice Presidents, apologising for their necessary absence from the meeting were then stated;—after which, the business of the meeting commenced by the President's Address, which was read by the Rev. Dr. Milnor, the Secretary for Foreign Correspondence. The Treasurer's Report for the past year, was then read by W. W. Woolsey, Esq. Treasurer, by which it appeared that the receipts of the year ending the 1st of May, 1821, were $49,578 84, and the expenditures were $47,759 60The Annual Report of the Board of Managers was then read by the Rev. Selah Strong Woodhull, by whom we understand it was prepared. It is an able and interesting document, and reflects great credit on the talents of that very active officer of the Society. In

addition to the general and important collection of intelligence concerning the operations of the Society, and other kindred Institutions in other parts of the world, the following facts are stated in it.—The Society have issued during the past year 29,000 Bibles, and 30,000 New Testaments—and they have received from the British and Foreign Bible Society, for distribution in Louisiana, 800 French Testaments, making in the whole 59,800, which added to the number mentioned in the last Report, make a total of 231,552 Bibles and Testaments, or parts of the latter, printed from the stereotype plates of the Society in New-York, and at Lexington, Kentucky, or otherwise obtained for circulation, since the commencement of its operations. From the 30th of April to the 1st of May of the past year, there have been issued from the Depository 26,772 Bibles, 16,424 New Testaments; Indian Epistles and Gospels 50,—making in the whole, 43,246.-In the four preceding years, there were issued 96,314 Bibles and Testaments, and Indian Gospels and Epistles 788—making a total of 140,348 Bibles and Testaments, and parts of the latter, issued by the American Bible Soeiety since its organization. Among the Bibles issued during the past year, there were 155 German, 22 Dutch, 582 French, 10 Gaelic, and 1 Welch ; and among the Testaments before mentioned, there were 1508 in the Spanish language. During the 5th year of the Society, there have been issued gratuitously, 15,242 Bibles and Testaments, and parts of the latter, valued at $9,447 84. in the course of the year, there have been added 32 new Auxiliary Societies, making in the whole 288. After the reading of the Report was finished, the following resolutions were unanimously passed viz. On motion of the Rev. Dr. Staughton, of the Baptist church, Philadelphia, seconded by John Griscom, of the Society of Friends, N. York. 1. Resolved, That the annual Report now read, be received and adopted, and that it be printed, under the direction of the Board of Managers. On motion of the Rev. Mr. Truair, of the Presbyterian church, Cherry Valley, New York, seconded by the

Rev. Mr. Bangs, of the Methodist church, New-York. 2. Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be given to the Board of Managers for their persevering attention to the business of the Society. On motion of the Hon. John T. s.r. ving, of the city of New-York, seconded by the Rev. Dr. Morse, of NewHaven, Conn. 3. Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be given to the Secretaries and Treasurer, for their unremitted services during the past year. On motion of the Rev. Mr. Mat. thews of the Dutch Reformed Church, in New-York, seconded by the Rev. Mr. Somerfield of London— Resolved, That the thanks of the Society be given to the President for his continued and watchful attention to its important interests: and that the society sincerely regret that his indisosition has prevented them from enjoying the benefit of his talents and services in conducting the whole proceedings of the present anniversary. Each of the gentlemen by whom the resolutions were moved and seconded, addressed the meeting on the occasion with great force and effect. We shall not, however, indulge in any particular remarks on the character of the different addresses, as the Society have requested copies of them for publication. After the exercises of the meeting were closed, the Society attended to their ordinary business.--N’ Y. Daily Adv.

From the Connecticut Mirror.

CAPE HORN AND THE STRAITS or LE M.A.I.R.E.

It is well known to all who are samiliar with navigation, that there is no spot, in any sea, more uniformly dangerous than the passage round Cape Horn. There are two ways of approaching the Cape—one is by passing round Terra Del Fuego, which increases the distance about 200 miles: the other is by going through the Straits of Le Maire, which is not often attempted, in consequence of its being but seldom free from storms which are rendered doubly dangerous from the want of sufficient sea-room. The weather being uncommonly fine as the Thaddeus approached the Straits, the Captain in order to save time, took the latter route. We publish the following extracts from the journal of Mr. R , one of the Missionaries to the Sandwich Islands, which were written while doubling the Cape, believing they will be interesting to the friends he has left behind him in Connecticut.

.Near Cape Horn, Jan. 27, 1820.

We this morning find ourselves clear of the dangerous shoals and rocks of Terra del Fuego, and are sailing at the rate of 6 knots an hour in a direct course for Cape Horn.The Lord has been our deliverer hitherto ; we will bless his name, and still trust in him. 12 o'clock. We are now able to see Cape Horn, distant from us about 8 leagues to the N. W. The sea is so smooth that we can scarcely discover the vessel to move, though we are advancing at the rate of 8 miles an hour. —This is rarely the case in this region of storms; how long it will continue thus is known only to Him who is able to make the wind and sea obey him. 2 o'clock P. M. How suddenly is our situation changed; a few moments since all was peace, and we were sailing as pleasantly as at any time since we left America. Now all is confusion, a hail storm is rising; all hands are summoned on deck to take in sail, one cries out from the mast head, “a whirlwind;” what the Lord is about to do with us we know not; one thing we do know, and this shall comfort us in every trial and danger. He loves his own cause, and if he has any work assigned us in Owhyhee, he will be our refuge and salvation. 5 o'clock. The storm was terrible but is now over. The whirlwind passed a few rods from us, but did not affect us. The wind is ahead, the waves run very high, and a strong current takes us back to the east 4 miles an hour. 7 o'clock. Lost sight of Cape Horn by being carried so far to the east.

28th. Lay to all day by reason of head winds.-29th. A fair wind which carries us towards Cape Horn again.

30th. Passed west of the Cape which we have so long dreaded. What shall we render to the Lord for all his benefits to us. It becomes us to devote our lives anew to his service, and live more than ever to his glory. We know not what is yet to befal us, ere we reach the field of our labors, but we

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know that hitherto the Lord has helped us; and now, not all the storms and tempests and dangers which may await us, shall hinder our erecting here in this cold and dismal region, around this memorable Way-Mark, our EBENEzek of praise to Him who has thus far been our Preserver and Deliverer.— Brother Bingham has written the following lines for the occasion, which were sung to-day at the close of our public worship.

EBENEZER.

1 With joyful hearts and grateful praise,
Our Helper God thy name we hail;
Our Ebenezer here we raise,
While round the stormy Cape we sail.
2 Conducted by thy Sovereign hand,
Mysterious, mighty, wise and good
We left our friends and native land
To toss upon the raging flood.
3 When adverse winds our course delay'd,
And dang'rous currents roll'd below,
Thy voice the roaring tempest stay'd,
And bade the breeze propitious blow.
4 From want, from pestilence and death,
Defended by thy gracious care,
To thee we raise our tuneful breath,
Our Rock of Help, forbids our fear.
5 This Way-Mark* in the trackless seas,
Fix'd by his hand who rules above,
The tempests of six thousand years
Have ne'er been able to remove.
6 So shall our grateful record stand,
That hither by thine aid we come :
So will we trust thy constant hand,
To BRING our souls in SAFETY Homo E.

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summarty. Dr. Scudder, one of the missionaries of the American Board in the island of Ceylon, states, in a letter to the Rev. Dr. Morse, that he finds his medical knowledge of much use among the natives. . He says “I have prescribed for many hundreds, and thus have been enabled while attending to their diseases, to recommend to them the Divine Physician. No doubt you will say that, through the means of medicine, much good may be done, and that every effort should be used to open this door of usefulness wider and wider. But, my dear Sir, this door must be closed unless we have constant and large supplies of medicine from home, an ...} who would otherwise hear the gospel, must be prevented perhaps forever, from hearing it.—In addition to the sick many

others come with them, and to them also we can preach the unsearchable wisdom of Christ.” Anniversaries in JNew-York.-The Education Society of the Presbyterian Church held its second annual meeting on Thursday, the 3d instant. The Report of the Managers was read, and the ordinary business transacted. The anniversary sermon was preached in the Brick Church, on the Sabbath evening following, by the Rev. Mr. Fisher, of Patterson, N. J. from Gal. vi. 9. “As we have, therefore, opportunity, let us do good unto all men.” After the collection was taken up, the Rev. Mr. M“Lelland delivered an address in behalf of the institution. The number of students aided by the Society is fifty-two.

The Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, celebrated its second anniversary on Monday evening, the 7th inst. in the church in John street. The Rev. Bishop George, one of the VicePresidents, took the chair at 7 o'clock, and commenced the exercises by reading the 10th chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel. The Rev. Joshua Soule read the Report, and several resolutions were unanimously passed.

The United Foreign Missionary Society held its annual meeting on Wednesday af. ternoon, the 9th inst. in Dr. Romeyn's Church, in Cedar street. The Rev. Dr. M’Dowell, of Elizabethtown, N.J. opened the meeting with prayer, and the report was read by Mr. Z. Lewis, and the Rev. S. S. Woodhull.

The New-York Sunday School Union Society celebrated its fifth anniversary on Tuesday the 8th inst. The scholars assembled in the Park in front of the City Hall, at 3 o'clock, P. M.; and, preceded by the President and the other officers and committee, walked in procession to the Circus in Broadway. After the scholars were seated, they sung a Hymn, led by Mr. H. Sage. The Rev. Mr. Axtel, of Geneva, N.Y. prayed, and the Rev. Dr. Milledoler delivered an eloquent, tender and appropriate address.

Another Hymn was then sung, and the exercises were closed with prayer by Dr. Milledoler. As the scholars retired from the house each one was presented with a little reward book, entitled the “Orphan Boy." The number of Scholars present on this most interesting occasion was about 2,500.

In the evening the Society met in the Church in John-street. Col. Richard Warick, the venerable President, took the chair at half past 7 o'clock, and the Rev. Dr. Milledoler opened the meeting with a most servent prayer. The report was then read by Eleazer Lord, Esq. Corresponding Secretary, and appropriate addresses were delivered by the Rev. Mr. Snodgras, of Fayetteville, N. C. and George Wilson,

Esq. the Rev. Dr. Spring, and James Eastburn, Esq. of this city. After the meeting was closed with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Spring, the Society proceeded to the election of officers and a committee for the ensuing year.—Christian Herald. The Mission Family.—We do not think (says the Cincinnati Gazette of the 28th ult.) our town has ever witnessed a more affecting spectacle than was exhibited on Thursday, at the departure of the Mission family who have spent several days with us on their way to the Osage nation. This family is composed of sorty-one men, women and children, and are provided with two large and comfortable keel boats. They go under the auspices of the general government and are peculiarly fortunate in having an invitation from the nation to whom they are going to impart the arts of civilized life ...i the light of the gospel. The chiefs of the great Osages visited Washington last summer to request the President to send them a mission The United Foreign Missionary Society immediately despatched an agent to Washington who entered into a treaty with the chiefs, by virtue of which these benevolent individuals are seeking the wilderness, at the sacrifice of all their earthly prospects, with no other view than to promote the temporal and eternal wel. fare of the wandering tribes of Missouri. On Thursday morning an immense concourse of citizens assembled on the bank of the river to witness their departure. After those who had the pleasure of an acquaintance with them during their short stay had taken their leave and lest the boats, an appropriate address was deliver. ed by the Rev. Joshua L. Wilson, urging the missionaries to be of good cheer, and warning them of the danger of relaxing in their zeal—After which a suitable hymn was sung by the surrounding crowd and a [. addressed to the Throne of Grace y the Rev. Mr. Kemper. One of the gentlemen attached to the mission returned thanks for the kindness they had received in Cincinnati; and as the boats were putting off they raised a farewell anthem, which was calculated to render the scene doubly affecting. We do not recollect ever to have witnessed a spectacle more solemn and impressive. We are aware of the difficulty of reclaiming a savage from the wilderness; indeed we know it is next to impossible to reduce our native Indians to a civilized life, and we are sometimes almost induced to regret that so much treasure and so many lives are sacrificed in the apparently fruitless attempt; but wheu we recollect that the Son of man is to bave the heathen for his inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession, we are satisfied that such things will be brought about by human agency.

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