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is21.] Relig. Intel—Address of the Un. For. Missionary Society.

“Who are these that fly as a cloud 7" But, brethren in the Lord, we need not inform you, that all which has yet been effected for the conversion of the nations is little more than the earnest of almost infinitely greater things, which must yet be accomplished before “all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” And is it not our duty, is it not our privilege, is it not our highest glory, to co-operate in advancing this most benevolent, this most magnificent design 2. But it is unnecessary for us to propose this inquiry. You have already evinced your attachment to the Redeemer's cause, and your willingness to spend in promoting it. The prayers which you offer up in your families, day after day, that his kingdom may come ; the supplications which you present in the sanctuary, from Sabbath to Sabbath, that his wa may be known in the earth; the petitions which you present in concert, month after month, and more especially that devotion of a portion of your secular substance, which you frequently make for the distribution of the written word, and the support of missions, are a public and convincing proof of the solicitude which you feel for the advancement of his cause in the earth. Nearly a year has now elapsed since a mission family was sent to a tribe of Indians, residing in the interior of our continent, and our souls are refreshed at the recollection of the christian ardour which was manifested on that occasion. Your warmest sensibilities were excited, your individual and united prayers for their prosperity were offered up, and a liberality, honourable to the Christian character, appeared, in providing whatever might conduce to their comfort. The rich seemed ready to contribute of their abundance, and the widow to throw in her mite.— The inhabitants of the city, and the vilHage, and the country town, were equally cordial in giving to these messengers of the churches the right hand of fellowship, in opening to them the hospitable door, in cherishing them with their conversation, and in following them with wishes and prayers for their success. Another opportunity is now presented for the renewed exercise and exhibition of the same christian benevolence and zeal. A call to come over for their help, like that from Macedonia to the Apostle, has since reached us from an

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other tribe of our savages, still more remote in the American desert, and we are pledged, through the organ of our Society, to send them relief. For this purpose we have resolved, with dependence on the great Head of the Church, to collect and organize another Mission family in the City of NewYork about the 20th of February next. We have also resolved that this family shall consist of nearly thirty members, and already more than one hundred persons, male and female, have volumteered to leave their kindred, and native region, and the pleasures of social life, that o may testify to the long neglected inhabitants of our western wilderness the el of the grace o God. Thus ... o the :{ ard lifted up, than the ranks were filled with a soldiery ready to march forth under the auspices of the Captain of Salvation and of this Society. Hitherto hath Jehovah smiled, and to you, Sisters and Brethren, partakers of the heavenly hope, we now look for the means of their support, and we should conceal our own convictions, did we not assert that we are persuaded we shall not look for your aid in vain. Another year of your period for labouring has elapsed, and the solemn moment is much nearer when the account of your stewardship will be required; mercies without number, during that period, have crowned your condition, and therefore we hope and believe, that you will be equally prompt in regarding the call of your Master, and of this Board. That Saviour, who spared not himself in our cause; who redeemed us to God by his own blood, is now looking down from his Throne in the expectation that each professed disciple will be cheerful in the performance of his duty. Come forward with us, then, and let us make another effort to obtain for him a greater portion of the Heathen as his inheritance, and another region of the Earth,for his possession. In furnishing this Mission family, which is designed to convey to the Heathen not merely the means of Salvation, but the arts of civilized life, all the implements of agriculture will be required, axes, hammers, hoes, &c. In furnishing this family, the various articles of bedding, clothing, &c. will be required, and for this supply we must depend principally on the exertions of benevolent females in our. Churches. We trust, therefore, that Asothers and Sisters in our Israel, both in the city and country, will come forward immediately and ardently to the help of the Lord in this labour of love. Í. furnishing a Mission family, on a plan so extensive as is contemplated by the Board, money to a very considerable amount will also be indispensably requisite for their outfit, for defraying their expenses in travelling, . for procuring the necessaries of life after they have reached their place of destination. For this supply we depend on the munificence of those with whom the God of Providence has intrusted, in the riches of his Boumty, the wealth of this world. By order of the Committee, Philip Millepoleń, ALExr. PRoudrit, GARD INER SPRING. JWew-York, Jan. 4, 1821. Mr. SAMUEL NEwto N, of Woodbridge, in this vicinity, is, with his family, devoted to the Mission noticed above, and he is authorized by the Committee of Missions of the United Foreign Missionary Society to solicit donations for this new establishment.— Donations can also be left with SAM'L. J. Hitchcock, Esq. who is an agent of the Un. For. Miss. Society.

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From the fourth annual report of the Directors of the New-York Evangelical Missionary Society, read at the anniversary meeting, Dec. 6, 1820, it appears that the Rev. Charles S. Robinson has labored during a part of the year in Missouri and Illinois; the Rev. John F. Bliss, the Rev. Silas Pratt, and the Rev. Calvin Colton have been employed in the western part of the state of New-York, and have been, in a good degree successful.—In the city of New-York, the Rev. Elihu W. Baldwin has labored at Corlear's-Hook, where a congregation has been collected; a church, now consisting of 91 members, formed ; and a house of worship erected. Mr. Baldwin states,“I have regularly maintained three services on the Lord's day, and in general two lectures during the week; besides conducting stated meetings for prayer, visiting the sick, attending funerals, and devoting a large portion of my time to family instruction. I wish I could add, that we have observed Christ's special presence, and the reviving influences of the Holy Spirit, evidently pervading our frequent assemblies. Many of them have, indecd, proved occasions

of joy, and, it is believed, of spiritual refreshing to the people of God. Some instances also of religious concern and apparent conversion have been witnessed; and, from present appearances, we are encouraged to hope that God has not withdrawn from us his Holy Spirit. Cousiderable attention has been paid to the instruction of children, particularly those of the church and congregation. “We have also connected with the congregation two Sabbath-Schools, both at present very flourishing, which are principally under the direction of persons professing godliness. In short, it is manifest, that the best of causes is rapidly gaining ground in this section of the city.— When I reflect on its neglected and fearful situation three years since, and consider the steps by which the hope expressed in the first annual report of your society respecting it, has been realized, I am forced to exclaim, ‘What hath God wrought !” He has evidently followed our feeble and unworthy exertions with his gracious smiles. The gospel standard is now fairly erected in this neighborhood: the house of God, just completed, will, by the ordinary blessing of Providence, soon be filled with worshippers. An association of christians is formed, which may be expected to increase in number and in fervour, and prove a rich blessing to future generations, 0 , who that has been permitted to contribute in any degree to pro

duce this cheering result, will not bless

God for the privilege of doing it 2 Yes, it shall be known and mentioned with holy gratitude for generations to come, that the seventh Presbyterian Church owed its existence, under God, to the christian charity of your benevolent association.” Officers elected.— Mr. Elf AzAR Lord, President; Pelasiah Perit, First Vice-President; Olirer Wilcor, Second ditto ; .31fred De Forest, Third ditto ; Rev. Gardiner Spring, D. D. Corresp. Sec'ry ; Mr. Stephen Lockwood, Recording Sec'ry; Thomas Webster, Treasurer; John West, Clerk. Managers, Rev. Samuel H. Cox, Elihu W. Baldwin, Mr. Horace W. Bulkley, whbijah Fisher, Simeon Hyde, Dr. James C. Bliss, Mr. Heman Arerell, William Luyster, Anson G. Phelps, William Couch, Horace Hotden, Moses.illen, George M. Tracy.

Through the liberality of benevolent individuals, the New-England Tract Society are enabled to proceed in printing new tracts. Twelve new tracts are now in press, and will be ready for delivery soon. If the means can be obtained, a whole volurne of new tracts will be printed before the next annual meeting. The five voluncs which have been printed, and the new tracts as they come out, may all be obtained at the general depository.

..Andover, Dec. 27, 1820.

The Edueation Society of West Tenmessee, have now under their care seven students, designed for the ministry, who are supported by the exertions of the society; and more are shortly expected — They are in different stages of education, and promise eventually to be a blessing to the church.

If societies in different churches or neighborhoods should be formed, whose funds should be placed at the discretion of the Executive Committee of the Education Society of West Tennessee, and thus be auxiliary to us in this design of educating the poor and pious; or should donations be forwarded to us by the benevolent and liberal, might it not be lending to the Lord in a way which he would repay with interest ? Such funds would be gratefully received, and accounted for by the Society, if directed to any of its officers— either to the Rev. Duncan Brown, Chairman, or Rev. Dr. Gideon Blackburn, Treasurer.-W. Rec.

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The Presbyterian Missionary Society of North Carolina, was in session during the same period, at the same place.

Many pleasing exhibitions of brotherly love were witnessed, and much that should have arrested the eye of christian benevolence. But nothing appeared more novel, and nothing more interesting than a personage who associated with the minis. ters of our Lord. There was a man among them whose presence would once have excited very different emotions. It was John Arch, a converted savage. He is a Cherokee by birth. He was born and raised on the mountains near the confines of South-Carolina.-Hearing while at Knoxville of the school at Brainerd, he went home, and travelled with his gun to the place. He told the missionaries he had come to learn, and offered his gun for clothes. He was accept. ed. Soon he was discovered to be under serious convictions which terminated, as is hoped, in his conversion.

The appearance of this brother in Christ, was truly calculated to excite the feelings of the christian. To behold him, who in other times, would have delighted to brandish the tomahawk, or scalp the infant, now uniting with christians in the worship of God; commemorating his Redeemer's love; and pondering with delight over deliberations relative to the extension and prosperity of Zion, was delightful indeed. “Many shall come from the east and from the west and shall set down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” By the liberality of a number of individuals he was constituted a member of the Union Foreign Missionary Society.

The fact being announced to him by the [. of the N. C. Missionary Society,

e arose and decently addressed the so

ciety, to the following purport:

“I thank you gentlemen for your goodness to me. I thank my God for putting it into your hearts to do so. And I hope your pious liberality and exertions will be extended to my nation.”

When he rose to speak an attention of unprecedented solemnity marked every auditor. His looks, his language and his request, might have moved any heart Surely, if departed saints revisit our earth, the shades of a Buchanan, a Brainerd, a Newel, a Mills and an Obookiah hovered over this moving spectacle with heavenly complacency."

Missionary societies have been establish ed in the island of St. Christopher, and Nevis.

For the Christian Spectator.


The year 1820 commenced without any indication of unusual interest on the sub

ject of religion, czcept that several young men, members of the congregational churches, by mutual agreement—requested their Pastors to attend a Sabbath evening conference. The request was joyfully complied with, and hailed as the harbinger of greater good. This meeting was continued without interruption, in a place provided for the purpose, and capable of accommodating not less than 300 persons. The room was always crowded, and from the seriousness and solemnity which uniformly pervaded the assembly, a stranger, appearing suddenly among theiß, would have thought that a revival of religion had already begun. Yet not more than two or three instances of special religious impression are known to have existed for some time. Meetings for prayer were, as they had previously been, frequent and numerous, and characterized by fervency of spirit. The spring opened with these prospects, although no living breath from the four winds seemed to breathe upon the multitude of the slain In April, several of the divinity students and charity scholars of Yale College manifested a deep interest to effect the institution of a “biblical class.” They were advised to proceed, and not at all discouraged by the general indifference which apparently prevailed to subjects of the kind, succeeded in procuring a large number of subscribers to the proposed establishment. A class, whose written constitution has since been published, was formed,—consisting of youth of both the ordinary and the most respectable standing in the counmunity. The usual exercises were the recitation of a portion of scripture—previously given out, and a lesson in “Perkins' Catechism,"—enforced by explanations, addresses and prayers from the attending ministers. These occasions were always highly interesting to those who attended them. They excited not so much emotion as a spirit of enquiry after religious truth— accompanied, in some cases, with peculiar solicitude and solemnity. The scriptures were, in consequence, more frequently and diligently searched, and more highly valued as the only source of true wisdom. No method had ever been adopted by us for the instruction of the young, which produced so much attention to the word of God. These recitations became, from week to week, more frequented, and the interest inanifestcd in the subjects presented, more deep and extended. This class, in consequence of the multiplicity of other religious meetings, has now been, for some time, discontinued, -but a large proportion of its inenbers, we trust, are sitting as learners at the feet of Jesus, and training up for the enjoyment of his heav. enly presence. Early in July, the watchmen of the night, saw, or thought they saw, the dawn of day. There were certain appearances,

or, there was a certain aspect in the signs of the times, which, although not sufficiently distinct and definite to be characterized, failed not to excite attention and even to inspire hope. Nothing of this was communicated, but an appointment was announced publicly on the Sabbath, for those who were particularly desirous of being conversed with respecting their own salvation, to meet next day for the purpose. This notice was speedily noised abroad, and excited unusual interest and enquiry, as to the occasion of its being given. The mecting was accordingly looked for with anxiety, accompanied with many prayers. At the time specified, seventeen assembled,—several of whom were professors of religion—recovered from their declension and awakened to new life and vigour in the cause. The others came as cnquiring sinners, several of whom were under real conviction of sin, and the rest in a state of solicitude on the subject. When the result of this meeting became known, the esfect it produced on christians and on many of the unconverted, was immediate, sensible and important. It communicated an impulse like that of an electric stroke, to no small portion of the community. About the same time, a few of the brethren met for free conversation and the mutual confession of their faults. That week was one of fears and hopes, which had not been felt for a considerable number of years. There was evidently preparation making for an approaching change in the existing state of things. The next week thirty attended the anxious meeting. It was now evident that God had begun to revive his work; there were perceivable, though as it were in miniature, aii the characteristics of a genuine revival of religion. The tidings spread and produced still greater effect. Seventy assembled at the meeting for enquiry the subsequent week; the week following one hundred and twenty; the week after that one hundred and eighty; and for two or three of the succeedin weeks, from two hundred to two hundre and forty or fifty attended. These persons were not all under deep conviction, or that extreine distress of mund which usually precedes the submission of the sinner to God,—but they were all more or less anxious as to what they must do to be saved,— with the exception of those who had begun to hope in the mercy of God through Christ. These meetings were usually opened with a short address, after which all knelt and united in a short prayer. The ministers present then proceeded to converse with every individual, in a low tone of voice, so as not to interrupt each other, or break the solemn stillness of the scene. The meeting was then closed with suitable exhortation and a prayer. It is impossible to convey to those who have not witnessed

such an assembly, an adequate idea of its impressive solemnity. There was evidently much emotion, although no noise— there were many tears, although no outbreaking of the agony of the mind, save in the expressive look and the half-stifled sigh. To stand and attentively survey a multitude of immortal beings, convened for such a purpose—the salvation of the soul, —tbat }. which the Lord of glory left heaven, and catne down to earth, –was an almost overwhelming sight. We have newer beheld an assembly, the bare view of which was so affecting and solemn. The sascinations of sense, with all the glory of time seemed to fade away, and an approaching eternity alone to occupy the thoughts. The effect was increased by the fact, that meetings were usually he'd the same evening for prayer—with special reference to the additional effusions of tile divine Spirit on this anxious assembly.— Meetings held from day to day, in private houses, consisting of from eight to fifteen or twenty persons, proved highly useful in awakening the attention, as well as in deepening the impression of religious truth on the mind. Both have been signally blessed of God, and made the birth-place of many souls. One week in September, from twenty-five to thirty, it was judged, were hopefully converted. The week sollowing only a few less; and, on one occasion, eight or nine were, in the compass of an hour, to human view, brought out of darkness into light. Our ordinary conferences, which were frequent, and held in different places at the same time, were always crowded, and from that which was the most public and general, hundreds have been obliged to return home for the want of room. The object, in speaking on these occasions, was not to address the passions,— but to impress the simple truth on the conscience; to silow sinners, from the word of the living God, that they are guilty, condemned, lost, and must be miserable for ever without a change of heart, and that it is their duty immediately to submit to God, and become reconciled to him through the efficacy of atoning blood. Some weeks after the revival had commenced, the Rev. Mr. Nettleton, providentially directed, came and spent a number of weeks, as an evangelist, among us. He was received with joy, and his labours were eminently blessed of the great Lord of the harvest Is it not important to the churches, that there be many men of this tried character to assist their wearied brethren, at such times : Several other ministers rendered seasonable and efficient aid. The brethren of our two churches have also, manifested a very becoming zeal and activity for the salvation of souls and the glory of God. They have come forward fike men sensible of their duty and desir

ous to do it, and contributed much, very Inuch, to relieve the labours and strengthen the hands of their pastors. Their conferences and prayer meetings, conducted altogether by themselves, have been impor tant auxiliaries to the great work carried on by the divine Spirit. This revival has by no means, been confined to the denomina. tion with which we are officially connected; but all the other denominations in the place have, more or less, experienced its benign and saving efficacy. Indeed, so great and extensive has been the effect produced, that the community at large wears the aspect of seriousness. This work begun among the young, and was for some time almost exclusively confined to those between twelve and twenty years of age. But it now comprises many of maturer age, some quite advanced in years. There are those as young as nine of ten, who have, it is hoped, by regeneration, become children of God. Very few instances are known of those who, having been particularly anxious, have o into a state of stupidity. There is, as has always been the case, a great varietv in the former character and condition of those who appear to have been awakened, convicted and converted. Husbands and wives, in some instances, have been separated, in some they have both been taken, and together made to Inagnify the grace of God. The amiable, lovely, and accomplished youth, who once thought he wanted nothing new, has been distressed for sin, and made a subject of that holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. The man proverbial for his honesty and morality,+-whose life for three-score years had been uniformly exemplary, has been brought to feel that morality could not save him, and made a new creature in Christ Jesus. The prolane swearer has been struck dumb by a sense of guilt, and his oaths and curses given place o: and praise to God and the iamb. The scoffer has been taught to admire the grace he once despised, and the supercilious, sarcastic infidel prostrated at the foot of the cross, imploring mercy, as a ruined hell-deserving sinner. Where sin did abound, grace has much more abounded. We have made no calculation as to the exact number of this accession to the constantly accumulating hosts of the Lord.— About one hundred and eighty have been examined and propounded to the two congregational churches in the city; perhaps somewhat more than half of the whole number, who entertain a hope. From fifteen to twenty have recently been admitted into the church in Yale College. The number that remains to be added to the of list, must depend on the copiousness of the showers of divine grace, that shall in the mean time descend. And blessed he God that his compas

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