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660 Relig. Intel.—Donations to Religious and Charitable Institutions. [Dec.
lum established also by Count Von der Recke, for orphans, and the children of criminals, aud giving still farther proof of his benevolence. It is to be hoped that the appeal of one engaged in an undertaking so worthy of Christian patronage, will be histened to by the friends of the cause in this country. The documents which will probably be published after Mr. J. has visited the Society in New-York, will give more minute and interesting information. The testimonials, which he brings with him, especially when compared with the facts stated in the Jewish Expositor, are amply satisfactory, both as they relate to his character, and to the objects of his embassy. The most important are a certificate from Dr. Spies of Frankfort, giving a statement of his baptism, and admission to the church in that place; a letter from Mr. Marc, before mentioned, to him, and the letters of the Count to the Society, and to , several individuals in this country. Mr. J. has recommended himself very highly to all, who have had the opportunity of conversing with him since his arrival, by his srank and obvious sincerity, and hearty devotion to the object in which he is engaged.—[Boston Recorder.
From the Missionary Herald.
Mission to thr. sandwich is L.Ands. Since our last number was issued, we have received a letter from Mr. Bingham, dated Woahoo, Jan. 31, 1821. It was hastily written, and sent by way of Calcutta, in a vessel which touched but a few hours. The intelligence from the mission is thus brought down two months and ten days later than we had heard before. This letter mentions the distressing fact, that the church had felt itself obliged to adopt the last measure with Dr. Holman ; and to cut him off from its communion, on the charges of walking disorderly, slander and railing, and coretousness. Mr. Bingham states, that “Mr. Thurston and himself were then preparing what they hoped would be an impartial history of the case.” The missionaries were writing at large, and about to send the continuation of their journal, by a Boston ship then in port, which would proceed by way of Canton. These letters may be expected by the next arrival from that port; but we believe no arrivals are expected for some months. The close of Mr. Bingham's letter is as follows; “We think an excellent spirit appears in the members of the church generally. “By the Cleopatra's barge, the Tartar and Lascar, we were happy to receive the communications,supplies, house-frame, &c. which you sent us. Accept our cordial thanks; and have the goodness to tender to the owners, Messrs. Briant and Sturgis, the grateful acknowledgments of this mis
sion for the great favour they have sogenerously bestowed on us.” “Our schools are making desirable progress; the mission still prospers, notwithstanding its afflictions; the family is in health; our Sabbaths are pleasant; and the favour of the people, and the smiles of Providence, encouraging.” In a postcript Mr. B. says that the fund for the support of orphan children, raised by subscription at the islands, amounts to $600, and that the plan is going on well. Dox ATIows to REligious AND chasitaple institutiows. The Treasurer of the American Edutation Society, acknowledges the receipt of S464 42 in the month of November.
From the New-Brunswick, .N. J. Times.
Will of Hon. ELIAs Bou Dixot, LL. D. It is generally known that this distinguished Philanthropist has appropriated a large proportion of his estate to religious and charitable uses, and as it must be acceptable to all and particularly advantageous to those concerned, to be correctly informed on this subject, the following summary has been obtained, and may be relied on as authentic. The Testator gives 1. The sum of $200, to be distributed by his daughter among ten poor widows. 2. He gives his daughter 15 shares in the Aqueduct Company of Burlington, the yearly produce of which, she is to distribute among “the Friendly Society of Females in Burlington.” 3. He gives $200 to the New-Jersey Bible Society, to be laid out in spectacles for the use of indigent old persons, to enable them to read the scriptures. 4. A devise of 4,000 acres of land, in the county of Warren, and state of Penno to “the Society established in the state of New-York, for atmeliorating the condition of the Jews,” under certain conditions, for the purpose of supplying Jewish settlers with farms of fifty acres each or at the option of the said society, the sum of $1,000 within two years. 5. The sum ef S2,000 is given to the United Brethren of Moravians, at Bethlehem, to enable them to civilize and gospelize the Indians. 6. To the Magdalen Societies of NewYork and Philadelphia and to “the insti. tution at Cornwall, in Connecticut, for educating the Heathen,” respectively the sun of $500. 7. To the Trustees of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, three houses in the city of Philadelphis, the rents of which are to be laid out in the purchase of books for pastors of congresa: tions—the first year's rent to be divided equally between the Presbyterian Church at Elizabeth Town, and the Episcopel Church at Burlington.
8. The Testator's library is left after his daughter's decease, to the Theological Seminary at Princeton, N.J. 9. 4,080 acres of land, in Luzerne County, Penn. to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church, the proceeds of which to be appropriated to the education of such students of divinity in the Theological Seminary at Princeton, as are not able to support themselves—each student not to receive more than $200 annually. 10. 4,000 acres of land in the same county, to the trustees of the college of New-Jersey—from the profits of which are to be appropriated $1,000 in the first instance, for the improvement of the cabinet of natural history, and the residue for the establishment of fellowships in said college, so that no incumbent, however, be allowed more than $250 per annum. 11. 4,542 acres of land, in Lycoming county, Penn. to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, in Mass. for the purpose of sending the Gospel to the Heathen, and particularly to the Indians of this continent. 12. 3,270 acres of land in the county of Bradford and state of Penn. to the managers of the hospital in Philadelphia, for the use of poor and destitute foreigners, and persons from other states than Pennsylvania, to enable them to gain admittance when necessary, into this institution. 13. To Messrs. Matthew Clarkson, Wm. W. Woolsey, Samuel Boyd and John Pintard, of New-York, in trust for the AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY,4,589 acres of land, in the county of Northumberland and state of Pennsylvania, the profits of which are to be applied to the general purposes of the institution, but especially to the sending the gospel to the Heathen. 14. To the mayor and corporation of Philadelphia, 13,000 acres of land in Centre county, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of forming a fund for supplying the poor of that city with wood on the lowest terms; from this fund a medal worth $10 is to be
given to any person who will undertake the purchase, and distribution of the wood gratuitously. 15. The sum of $5,000 to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, one half of the interest of which sum is to be appropriated to the support of a missionary or catechist, who is to instruct the poor in the hospitals, prisons, &c. in Philadelhia, and the other half for a like purpose n the city of New-York. 16. The residue of his estate, the Testator gives and devises to his trustees— and among the trusts, are the following of a public nature, to be carried into effect after his daughter's death. 1. To the trustees of the college of New Jersey, the sum of $10,000, half for the use of said college, and half for that of the Theological Seminary, as directed in the devise of real estate above mentioned. 2. To the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, the sum of $5,000, for like objects as stated in the devise of real estate. Finally after providing very liberally for his nearest family friends and connections, by a codicil, he gives the residue of his estate, after the death of his daughtel, and after satisfying his specific appropriations, to the use of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church towards the support of such of the members as are of the Synod of New-Jersey, and whose salaries are insufficient for their support. Or this fund may, at the discretion of the General Assembly, be applied, in whole or part, to missionary purposes, or to the use of the two education societies under the superintendence of the said General Assembly. The Trustees and Executors are— Mrs. Susan Bradford, of Burlington. Richard Stockton, Esq. Counsellor at Law, and Samuel Bayard, Esq. of Princeton. Lucius H. Stockton, Esq. Counsellor at Law, Trenton. Elias E. Boudinot, Esq. Newark, N.J.
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Oct. 21st.—The Rev. HARVEY BushNELL, was ordained pastor of the Church and Society in Plymouth, (Monument Ponds,) Mass.-Sermon by the Rev. Mr. Torry, of Plymouth.
Nov. 7th.--The Rev. John KEEP, was installed pastor of the Evangelical Church and Society in Homer, N.Y.
Nov. 14th.--The Rev. Messrs. NATHANIEL LAthAM, and IRA DUNNING, were
ordained as Evangelists, at Hamilton, N. Y.—Sermon by the Rev. Jesse Miner. Nov. 28th.-The Rev. WillIAM J. ARMstrong, was ordained by the Presbytery of New-Brunswick, and installed pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Trenton, N. J. Dec. 12th.--The Rev. JEsse STRAtton, was ordained at Woodbridge, as an Evangelist.—Sermon by the Rev. Professor Fitch, of Yale College.
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United St Ates.
The session of Congress commenced, according to the constitutional provision, on the first Monday of the resent month. After numerous balotings, the Hon. Philip P. Barbour, of Virginia was chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives. On Wednesday, Dec. 5th, the President sent a Message to both Houses of Congress, a summary of which we extract from the New-York Daily Advertiser. “The first important subject mentioned in it, is that of our navigation laws; and a long and laboured account is given of the attempt on our part to bring other nations to such terms respecting the mutual relations of commerce, as we wished, and the complete failure of that attempt. Then follows an account of some serious differences between us and France respecting the Louisiana treaty of 1803, and the seizure of a vessel in 1820 for the violation of our revenue laws. It is also stated, that the principles of the system of mercantile reciprocity, founded upon our law of 1815, have been applied to most of the other commercial states and nations without any important advantages that we can perceive as having resulted therefrom, unless it be with Norway. The dispute that has occurred in the construction of the first article of the treaty of Ghent, has been referred to the peror of Russia, as umpire, to decide. The execution of the treaty with Spain, and the occupation of the Floridas by the United States, is then mentioned, with a short notice of the disute between Gen. Jackson and Col. Callava; after which, speaking of the omission on the part of the latter to deliver over the archives and documents, the message says—“This omission has given rise to several incidents of a painful nature, the character of which will be fully disclosed, by the character of the documents which will hereafter be communicated. It then alludes to the controversy for judicial power between Gen. Jackson and Judge Fromentin. “Much alłowance (says the message) is due to
officers employed in each branch of this system;’ and then he makes a special apology for the former. The importance of establishing a government over the Floridas is then recommended to Congress. Notice is then taken of the commission for adjusting the claims under the Spanish treaty—of the state of things between us and Portugal—and of the condition of South America. Then follows the all important subject of revenue. In the first place it is stated, that it has been found necessary to carry into full effect the law of the last session authorizing a loan– The receipts into the Treasury from Jan. 1st to Sept. 30th are stated to be $17,219,997; and that there was a balance in the treasury on the 1st of January of $1,198,461. The payments into the treasury during the same period have been $15,645,288—leaving a balance on the 30th of September of $1,762,370. It is supposed the receipts of the 4th quarter will exceed the demands of the same period. Then follows a series of remarks on the subject of manufactures—mention is also made of the examinations with reference to fortifications—and the manner in which the naval forces have been employed, viz. in the Mediterranean, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic coast, the Gulf of Mexico, the coast of Africa, and in pursuit of pirates. Nothing is said P. Bankrupt act, and nothing decisive on the Tariff.
..At a numerous Meeting of the citizens of JNew-Haren, held at the County Hotel on the 10th of December, 1821, to take into consideration the subject of constructing a canal from .New-Haren to the North line of the State, through the tourn of Farmington—GEor GE Ho ADLEY, Esq. was called to the chair, and WILLIAM H. Jon Es, Esq. was chosen Serretary. The following Resolves were passed, riz.: Resolved, As the unanimous opinion of this meeting, that it is expedient to have a survey or surveys of the country from the tide waters of New-Haven Harbour. to the North line of the State, by way of Farmington, made by an experienced civil engineer: thereby to ascertain with Pre
cision the practicability of constructing a canal thereon, with the necessary locks;– and also, as near as may be, to ascertain the expense of making the same.
Resolred, That Messrs. Isaac Josills, Eli Whitney, Darid C. De Forest, George Hoadley and Wm. H. Jones, be, and they are hereby appointed a committee, with full power to procure such a survey or surveys of the route, or routes for the proposed canal, as they shall judge expedient, and to provide means for defraying the expense of the same; and to do and perform all such other matters and things as they shall find necessary, regarding the proposed canal.
A true extract from the proceedings of said meeting.
Attest,” wV. H. JoNES, Secretary.
WILLIAM FINDLAY, Esq. has been chosen a Senator of the United States, by the Legislature of Pennsylvania.
WILLIAM PinkNEY, Esq. has been reelected a Senator of the United States, by the Legislature of Maryland.
A revolution seems to be strongly threatening Spain. Portugal, it is said, will be doomed to partake of the destinies of that Peninsula, of which she forms only a geographical fraction.
European flags continue to navigate the Archipelago without molestation from the hostile forces.
The Pope has issued a Bull against the Carbonari.
The Primate of Ireland and the Archbishop of Dublin have withdrawn their names from the Hibernian Bible Society—assigning as their reasons, that speakers introduce topics irrelevant to the
business of the Society; that the “meetings consist of a number of persons whose religious opinions are at variance with each other, and each person has a right to express, without check or controul, his own religious opinions in his own language. Under such circumstances, it is impossible to prevent observations being made which are injurious to the establishlished Church, and offensive to its members.” The Secretary of the Society, in his answers states that the observations complained of never have been made in the Society, and expresses the regret of the Society that the Reverend gentlemen should withdraw their names and support.
Disappearance of a Mountain.—The Journal des Debats says—“An extraordimary event happened in the environs of Aubenas on the 15th of June last. A loud report was heard, during five or six minutes, to the extent of six miles round. The inhabitants knew not the cause; when a very high mountain, called Gerbier de Jone, at the foot of which springs the Loire, disappeared, and presented nothing but a lake. This mountain was high, and it was difficult to reach the top, at the extremity of which there was a fountain. The commotion was so strong, that it produced an earthquake for a space of five leagues in circumference.”
Bonapartean Manuscripts.-A Paris paper says—“A report is in circulation in London that the English government has secured to itself the inspection of all the manuscripts left by Bonaparte, without any regard to the persons in whose hands they might have been deposited. It is said even that Sir H. Lowe, Governour of St. Helena, has taken possession, temporarily, of all the papers of Napoleon, and has brought them with him to England.”
been removed from scenes of labour and self-denial in the church below, to join the general assembly and church of the firstborn. Mr. Gray was born at Sharon, Aug. 8, 1784. Of his early history the writer of this Article has no particular knowledge. He received his classical education at Williams College; where he took his first degree in 1809. Nothing can be stated with regard to the time and the circumstances of his first becoming savingly acquainted with the way of life and salvation. During the last year of his college life he made public profession of the religion of Christ, and united himself to the church at Hadley, Mass. For a considerable time previous to this he had indulged a hope of acceptance with God, and had been ranked among the decided friends of virtue and religion. During the first year after his leaving college, Mr. Gray commenced a course of study preparatory to the christian ministry, in the Theological Seminary at Andover. At the close of this year his studies were in part interrupted by his being called to the office of tutor, in the seminary where he was educated. During the two years of his continuance in this office, he enjoyed the esteem and the confidence of the other members of the faculty, and received special tokens of the respect and affection of his pupils. It was in the latter part of this time that he obtained license to preach the gospel, and commenced his labours in the ministry of reconciliation. In January, 1813, a few months after Mr. Gray had taken his final leave of college, he began to preach in the first parish at Washington, then vacant by the removal of the Rev. Dr. Porter to a professorship in the Theological Seminary at Andover. After a short period of labour among this people, he received a call to settle with them in the work of the ministry, and was ordained their pastor, April 4. In Sept. 1815, he was, at his own request, dismissed by the South Consociation of Litchfield County, in good standing ; and recommended to the churches. After his removal from Washington, he journeyed into the western part of the State of New-York, and continued to labour in different places in that State and in New-England, till the spring of 1817, when Providence directed his course to Stafford. Here he found a people, whose condition was much better adapted to excite christian sympathy, than to enable them to hold out any very powerful inducements to a minister to settle among them. They had been for about two years destitute of the stated ministration of the word and ordinances of God; they were few and feeble, and besides, were in the midst of numerous and decided ene
mies, both to themselves and the cause of truth. They had, however, experienced not long before, a measure of the special influences of the Holy Spirit, attending the occasional religious instructions which had been enjoyed among them: they had be: come deeply sensible of the value of a stated ministry, partly from being long deprived of it, and hence were strongly desirous to have one set over them in the Lord. Still, after making the most commendable efforts, and engaging for the support of their minister, all which could reasonably be expected from them, they fell considerably short of the salary which they deemed it necessary to offer to the man of their unanimous choice. This deficiency was supplied by the kind and seaseasonable assistance of the Domestic Missionary"Society of Connecticut, and the way thus prepared for this destitute and feeble flock to enjoy the blessing of a stated pastor. The feelings of Mr. Gray, and the me. tives which influenced him to accept a call for settlement under circumstances so unpromising, may be best learnt by the following extract from his answer:— “You have seen fit to present meaninvitation, unanimous on your part. to settle with you in the great work of the gospel ministry. And what answer, brethren, shall I make you ? Looking at the Incessant and arduous duties connected with the station to which you have called me; looking at the solemn and awful responsibility attaching to that station, and at my own insufficiency and unworthiness, I must answer in the negative. But looking at your condition; your unanimous desire; the loud and imperious call of duty: the high obligation to follow the great Head of the Church, by all that self-denial which the gospel demands from its ministers: looking at the progress of error, and the multitude among you who are perishing; beholding the sackcloth of Zion in this place ; observing the finger of God manifestly pointing me to this wide breach in the walls of our Jerusalem, though I tremble under the weight of an awful responsibility, and shrink from what a worm can. not achieve, I cannot lay my hand on a heart devoted to the cause and the service of my Master, and shrink from duty : though of myself nothing, I cannot shrink from duty and be clear before God. Taking this view of things, I feel constrained, with affection and cheerfulness, to assure you of my determination to comply with your invitation, and the proposals which you have annexed. I am persuaded that as a society you have greatly exerted yourselves, and that it would be highly unjust, it would indeed be doing violenre to my own feelings, to name a deficiency in point of generous and liberal view