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Yet these people are, perhaps, as of Oahu give their attention to instrucready to hear and obey the Gospel, as tion, in some form or other. How any similar number of the human race large a portion of the inhabitants of all who possess not true piety. in but the islands are acquiring the rudiments few places, if, any, in our own country, of knowledge, it is not possible to tell : or in any other country, would a minis- but it is stated, that 41,000 copies of ter labor for ten years to come, with an elementary book has been printed, fairer prospects of having souls for his and nearly all distributed; and that an hire, than in those islands.
edition of 10,000 copies of the hymn Almost every station which has been book, which has been frequently menformed, stands in great need of being tioned in this work, as going off very strengthened ; and, on Hawaii espe- rapidly, though the missionaries are cially, various new stations should be careful to give away copies to none, unspeedily organized.
less they can read, or have made such Tuo printers, and two presses, kept progress that they will soon be able to in constant employ, could not furnish read. The entire edition would be the materials of reading and reflection gone in three months, were every one as rapidly as they are demanded by the who applies, to be supplied with a waking intellect of the Sandwich Isl
copy. ands, and by the circumstances of that
Mr. Bishop, who labors at Kowaiinteresting people: and hereafter there should be two printing establishments,
hae, writes--one for Hawaii, the other for the re- Sabbath evening, Nov. 5.--I have maining islands.
just returned from the services of this It will be proper to say here, though day, where I have preached twice to a in few words, that a mission to the North- congregation of more than ten thousand West Coast will soon be expedient; listening hearers.
They were assemand that whenever it is expedient, it bled in a cocoa-nut grove, and I deliyhad better be attempted, probably, by ered my message to them in the open some of the missionaries, from the air. The stillness of this immense Sandwich Islands. From those Isl. multitude ; the solemn occasion upon ands access to the coast will be easy, which we had met ; the thought that and may be frequent ; and for some
all this people would pass into eternity of the missionaries such an enter- in the lapse of a few years ; gave a spprise may furnish a desirable change lemnity, and an interest to the scene, of climate. The mission on the N. which I have seldom felt. The Lord W. Coast might be regarded as a helped me to speak as one standing beBranch of the Sandwich Island mis- tween the two worlds,--as an ambassion, and labors and laborers might be sador of reconciliation between God interchanged, as should be deemed ex
and his fallen creature man, revealing pedient : and the expense of the new
to him a covenant of grace. mission, thus undertaken, and thus There was never, perhaps, a time, conducted, would be considerably less, when the prospect of complete success than it must be, if sent originally from to our enterprise was greater than at this country.
present. Could you but witness, for In view of this not improbable state one day, the order, the attention, the of things, it becomes still more impor- anxious, eager look, and observe the tant, that the present necessities of the tear which starts in the eye of the tawInission at the islands be supplied with ny, sun-burnt savage, and the countea liberal hand.--Mis. Her.
nance of hope and joy as he casts his
eye upward to heaven upon hearing The latest communications from the
the terms of pardoning mercy proclainMissionaries at these Islands, publish
ed to him, your heart would leap for ed in the Herald, are exceedingly en- joy, and you would give God thanks couraging. We select several para
er put it into the hearts of graphs which are chiefly interesting
any to come over the wide waste of wa
ter that divides us, to preach salvation for the facts which they embody.
to this people, who have long been sitMr. Chamberlain thinks, that not ting in darkness and the shadow of less than a third part of the population death.
Mr. Ely, whose station is at Kaava- On the evening of the 5th, (which roa, says,
was the evening previous to their em Our schools are fiourishing. Consid- Park-street church, and in the pre
barkation,) at the Monthly Concert, in crable efforts have been made the year sence of a large congregation, the lopast to inprove the manner of instruc, structions of the Prudential Committee tion; and many are already able to read
were read to these missionaries, by the the word of God. I made a survey, a
Corresponding Secretary ; and they short time since, of the schools within ten miles each way from Kaavaroa. vine protection, in the prayers offered
were specially commended to the diThe number of scholars exceeds 2,000.
on that occasion. --Mis. Her. And in the villages beyond, to the south, including kau, I think that, at a mod. erate estimate, they may be reckoned
The Cherokee Alphabet.-We have 2,000 more, making in the whole, 4,000. formerly noticed the invention of a I think the actrial number exceeds this. syllabic alphabet by George Guess, a But the number of scholars is limited native Cherokee. This alphabet is only by the want of teachers. With
become an object of great national safety it may be asserted, that, of the 80,000 people who inhabit Hawaii, partiality, and indeed is regarded with 40,000 are ready to become learners, so much enthusiasm by the Cherokees as soon as they can have teachers ; and that the Missionaries think it would be with even the present prospects, we
useless to attempt introducing books may calculate that in two years from this date, 20,000 will be able to read printed in any other character. Mr. the Gospels, and more than that num- Worcester, a Missionary, thus writes ber of copies will be wanted.
to the Editor of the Missionary Herald The sabbath-school under the care on the subject. of Mrs. Ely is still flourishing. The scholars are now learning a history of the Cherokees is correct, in regard to
Whether or not the impression of important events from the Bible, in the the superiority of their own alphabet form of questions and answers. We have often had occasion to speak of the have, and it is not easy to be eradica
for their own use, that impression they children and youth of Kaavaroa, and ted.' It would be a vain attempt to are happy now to be able to state that persuade them to relinquish their own we have daily and renewed encourage
method of writing. Their enthusiasın ment to persevere in giving them in
is kindled: great numbers have learned struction, and have the pleasing hope to read: they are circulating hymns that many of them will ere long stand and portions of Scripture, and writing as pillars in the church of God.
letters every day: they have given a
medal to the inventor of a wonderful Embarkation of Missionaries for method of writing their own language: Bombay.--On Tuesday, 6th ult., Rev. at their national council they have lisCyrus STONE and Rev. David OLIVER tened to a proposal to substitute an ALLEN, with their wives and Miss alphabet like Mr. Pickering's, and CYNTHIA FARrar, embarked at Boston have rejected it: they have talked in the ship Emerald, Capt. Heard, for much of printing in the new and faCalcutta, expecting to proceed from mous character: they have appropriathence as soon as possible, to Bombay. ted money to procure a press and types, Mr. Stone was ordained as a missions and taken measures to ascertain the ary at Springfield, Mass. a little more cost: some are eagerly anticipating than a year since. Mr. Allen receiv. the printing of the word of God in a ed ordination at Westminster, Mass. manner in which they can read and on the 21st of May last ; and both had understand it. Tell them now of printpursued a regular course of theologic. ing in another character, and you al study at the Seminary in Andover. throw water upon the fire, which you Miss Farrar has gone as a teacher are wishing to kindle. To persuade with a view to taking charge of the them to learn that other, would be, in schools for native femules, which have general, a hopeless task. Print a book lately been established at Bombay, in Guess's, and hundreds, both of
adults and children, can read it the
MISCELLANEOUS. moment it is given them: print it in Mr. Pickering's, and you have to American Asylum. From the Elev. overcome strong feelings of disappoint- enth Report of the Directors of the ment to kindle enthusiasm in the place American Asylum, for the Education of aversion, and by the assiduous labour and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, of years, to attain, probably at best, we learn that the Institution is graduonly a part of what, on the other sup- ally extending the sphere of its usefulposition, is already attained. In the
The whole number of those meantime a crisis in the nation is pas- who have enjoyed its advantages, is sing by: a few years may decide its two hundred and twenty-seven. Of fate: those few should be occupied in these, about one half have left the Asythe diligent use of means the most lum, and have gone back into the immediately efficacious towards their world, furnished with the means of moral and intellectual improvement. intercourse with their fellow men, And when at such a crisis, such an prepared for usefulness and happiness enthusiasm is kindled, it must be chere in this life and made acquainted with ished, not repressed, if you would those truths which reveal the blessedsave the nation. If we had been ready ness of a future state and the way of to print books in Mr. Pickering's als obtaining it. phabet several years ago, it might have been of some avail. But it seems State Colonization Society.--A meetnow too late. The experiment upon ing of the citizens of this State at Hartnational feeling is too hazardous to be ford, on the 5th of May, formed a Somade, for the sake of all the advan- ciety auxiliary to the American Colotage which can possibly be anticipated. nization Society. According to the
As a fount of types, on the model constitution, an annual subscription of proposed by Guess and approved by one dollar shall constitute any individuthe principal men among the Chero- al a member of this Society; and a kees, is in a course of preparation, it donation of not less than ten dollars at may be expected that the Cherokees one time, a member for life. His Exwill soon have the means, as many of cellency the Governour of the State them certainly now have the disposi- was chosen President of the Society. tion, to become a reading people,
The comparative severity of EgypRussia and France returning to Rea- tian and modern slavery is forcibly exson. We are credibly informed that hibited in the following paragraph the Emperor of Russia has given per- which we extract from an article in mission for the re-establishment of the the Christian Observer. Bible Society, and that his Imperial “Even the children of Israel multipliMajesty liberally patronizes the insti- ed in Egypt. They grew from a sintutions which enjoyed the favor of his gle family-from about seventy perlate brother.
sons, to six hundred thousand men, It gives us great pleasure to state, besides women and children. To the that the strong expressions of public British West Indies alone there have feeling in France, relative to the pro- been carried from Africa, not fewer, on jected law of the press, have induced the most moderate calculation, than the French Government to withdraw two millions of human beings. These that most obnoxious and impolitic sta- have not only not increased, but they tute.--Lond. Bap. Mag.
have diminished to little more than a
third of that number." Bigotry in Sardinia. - The King of Sardinia has issued an ordinance, de- Succor to the Greeks. The brig Lecreeing that if any of his Catholic Pied- vant sailed from Philadelphia on the montese subjects die without receiving 31st of May for Greece, with eighteen the sacrament, they shall be buried at hundred and fifty barrels of provisions. night, and in unconsecrated ground ; The Boston Greek committee have and that Protestants shall be interred obtained a vessel to transport a cargo without any public ceremony, not more of provisions to Greece. than twelve persons of the same religion being allowed to be present. The Hon. Daniel Waldo has made
a bequest to the Calvinist Society in fund, the income of which is to be apWorcester, of the meeting house in propriated for the support of the go:which they worship, and five thousand pel ministry in that society. dollars in addition, as a permanent
ORDINATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS.
May 19.-Rev. William S. Plum- Sermon by the Rev. Mr. Burton of MER, as an Evangelist, by the Presby- Ridgebury. tery of Orange, at Danville, N. Y. June 5.-Rev. WALTER COLTOX, Sermon by the Rev. James W. Doug- Chaplain in the Military Academy, at lase.
Middletown, was ordained at WorthJune 19.—The Rev. Alvin Ack- ington, as an Evangelist. Sermon by LEY, over the Baptist Church in Cols the Rev. Mr. Allen, of Eastbury. chester and East-Haddam, Conn. Ser- June 6.-Rev. ICHABOD PLAISTED, mon by Elden Wilcox.
over the South Church in Rochester, May 20.-Rev. E. Evans, from Mass. Sermon by the Rev. Mr. Storts Wales, was ordained as an Evangelist, of Braintree. by the New-York Independent Asso- June 6.-Rev. SAMUEL C. JACK ciation in Providence Chapel. Ser. SON, over the West Church in Andomon by the Rev. S. Overton, New- Mass. Sermon by the Rev. ProJersey.
fessor Stuart. May 23.—Rev. ELDAD W. Good- June 7. Rev. RODNEY A. MILLER, MAN, over the Congregational Church over the First Church in Worcester, in Springfield, Vt. Sermon by the Mass. Sermon by the Rev. Mr. Fay Rev. P. Cook, of Acworth, N. H. of Charlestown.
May 23.-Rev. David PAGE SMITH, June 27.- The Rev. NATHANIEL over the Congregational Society in GALE over the Unitarian Church in Sandwich, N. H. Sermon by Rev. Dunstable, New-Hampshire. Sermon Jacob W. Eastman, of Methuen, Ms. by the Rev. Mr. Gannett, of Boston.
May 23.-Rev. EBENEZER COLMAN, June 27.—The Rev. SAMUEL H. over the Congregational Society in RIDDEL, over the first Congregational Swanzey, N. H. Sermon by Rev. Church in Glastenbury, Conn. Sermon Mr. Barstow, of Keene.
by the Rev Samuel Greene of Boston. May 23.--Rev. Ralph S. CRAMP. June 27.-The Rev THOMAS HoliTON, over the Congregational Church Day was installed Pastor of the Union in South Woodstock. Sermon by the Presbyterian Church of Onesquethaw, Rev. Mr. Hotchkiss of Saybrook. N. Y. Sermon by the Rev. H. R.
May 29.-Rev. HENRY BENEDICT, Weed, of Albany. at New-Canaan, as an Evangelist,
A number of Communications have been received, which shall be noticed in due time. Among them are PHILODEMUS, JOSEPHUS, and Philo.
V. was to late for the present Number.
Erratum. -At page 357, line 22, in some copies, Shy revealer' should be 'Sly revealer.'
REPLY TO MINIMUS ON
MENCEMENT OF HOLY TIME.
TIE COM- sing if they had been unable to de
cide a question of such practical
importance. But it seems that It was the practice of our ances- they were unable to decide it. tors to begin the Sabbath on Satur- And Minimus has now stepped forday evening at sunset. This they ward to draw aside the veil which did on the ground that the Jews be- has hung over it for almost nineteen gan their Sabbath at the same hour hundred years, and to chase away
on Friday evening, and that the the mists which have darkened the - Christian Sabbath commenced one eyes of the fathers of the Christian
day later. And although many of church. The universal agreement their descendants have, in this as of commentators proves nothing, in other things, departed from their although it forms a chain of eviexample, yet the alteration in the dence reaching almost back to the commencement of the Sabbath, and commencement of the Christian consequently in the night observed era; the practice of the Jews since as holy time, has been defended on their dispersion proves nothing, other grounds than that the Jews although as a nation they are and began their Sabbath at midnight. ever have been, distinguished for That question, indeed, I conceived the inveterateness of their prejudito be set at rest. I thought that ces against innovation. But what the Bible had decided it. I thought is the testimony brought forward to that the practice of our ancestors establish a claim which carries with had decided it. For with whatev- it such prima facie evidence of its er faults they might have been improbability ? It consists in an chargeable, whatever might have assemblage of texts designed to been the blindness of their zeal, prove that the evening followed the their intolerance, or the repulsive day instead of preceding it, and sternness of their religious creed, that the Jews commenced their no one has been fool-bardy enough civil day at midnight. These asto deny their vast acquirements on suredly were facts which the Jewall subjects connected with Biblical ish writers must have known,-facts science. And trained as they were which must have been either directto habits of patient investigation, ly or indirectly alluded to in the and urged on by their love of the pages of almost every author. truth and the fervour of their reli- Strange then that a mistake so unigious feelings, it would be surpri- versal should have prevailed when
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