« PreviousContinue »
Christ's Church, Philadelphia, 25th Spain. 8vo. pp. 303. Boston: Thomas October, 1827; at the consecration of B. Wait & Son. 1827. the Rt. Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, D. A Defence of “our Fathers," of the D. as Assistant Bishop of the Protes. Original Organization of the Methodist tant Episcopal Church in Pennsylva- Episcopal Church, against the Rev. nia ; by John Henry Hobart, D. D. Alexander M'Caine, and others; with Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal historical and critical notices of early Church in the State of New York. American Methodism. By John Em
Travels in North America, in the
years 1780–81-82. By the Marquis Rev. Mr. Mcllvaine, in answer to De Chastellux. Translated from the the Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, D. D. French, by an English Gentleman,with New-York: John P. Haven.
Notes by the Translator. 8vo. pp. 416. Personal Narrative of the First Voy. New-York: White, Gallaher & White. age of Columbus to America : from a 1827. Manuscript recently discovered in
Revivals among the Heathen.-Re- attended with extraordinary success. cent intelligence from our Missions a- both among the white population of our mong the Indians at the south is highly extensive frontiers and recently acquiinteresting and encouraging. In May- red territories, and the Indians in difhew there has been very considerable ferent parts of the States, and in the excitement for several months. Eight province of Upper Canada. have been united with the church; one Seven new missionary establishments of them a full blood Choctaw, and one have been made among various tribes a half breed. Several others, among since the last session of the General whom are two Indian boys, give good Conference, and their progress has evidence of a change of heart. At Tik- been attended with the most encoura. hun-na village, an aged Choctaw has ging circumstances. hopefully passed from death unto life. Other important missions among Many in that village are still inquiring these people are in contemplation. A the way of life.
great and effectual door is opened to In the Chickasaw nation, serious at
carry the gospel of salvation to them. tention to religion has prevailed for six We have pressing invitations, yea, or eight months.
Before the present even entreaties, from distinguished revival, the church at Monroe contain- chiefs, to establish missions in their naed more than twenty native members. tions, with assurances that their utmost About that number are expected soon influence shall be employed to protect, to be added; making in all forty native encourage, and aid the great work. members of that church. The work God is evidently raising up native still goes on in that nation. Schools Indians to be “workers together with and all worldly concerns are thrown us” in spreading the influence of the entirely into the back ground by the gospel among these outcast people. A missionaries there; and the conversion distinguished warrior of the Cherokee of the souls of the heathen is the grand nation, who was among the “first object.
fruits" of our missionary labors in that The labors of our Methodist breth- tribe, after having given the most sat. ren among the native tribes of our isfactory evidence, not only of a genu. country are unwearied; and their suc- ine conversion, but also of a gracious cess may well stimulate us to greater influence moving him to proclaim to his exertion. Our Missions, say the Bish- countrymen “the unsearchable riches ops of the Methodist Church in a letter of Christ,” has been employed in the to the British Conference, have been missionary establishment, and is travel. ling through his nation, under the di- ed to his former privileges. We have rection of the superintendent, 'preach- witnessed the best effects resulting ing Jesus' in the native language. from church discipline. This appears Other natives are usefully engaged, in to be even more necessary, if possible, a less extensive way, in promoting this in a heathen, than in a Christian counblessed work.
try. We have now, in the United States In the course of the year, the school and Canada, about one thousand of has been favored with three seasons of these people in Society, most of whom special religious excitement. On these have been brought from the grossest occasions, many have been awakened ignorance, and deepest degradation and to a very serious attention to the conwickedness. In these we have a de- cerns of their souls, and begun in good monstration of the mighty power of the earnest to seek the Lord. The good gospel. They are sober, chaste, and impressions of some bave been abiding; industrious—cultivating the habits of but those of others have been like the civilized life, and the virtues and duties morning cloud, and early dew. During of Christianity.
these seasons of special exeitement,
which usually continue several weeks, American Home Missionary Society.- it often bappens that those who had The field which is open to the opera- been previously awakened, but had betions of this Society is vast, and is ev- come comparatively thoughtless, are ery day extending; and the multiplied again aroused, obtain clearer and more calls for assistance are constantly be impressive views of divine truth, and coming more loud and pressing. The give satisfactory evidence of genuine managers of this noble institution have conversion. This was the case with yielded to the demands upon its resour- some of those, who, in the course of ces, hoping and believing that its trea- the year, have been received into the sures would be replenished by its church. Thus the latter as well as the friends, until their engagements to la- former rain of the Spirit appears to be borers employed are in advance of the necessary before the good seed of the means of discharging them in the full word can yield its fruit. amount of $14,000. We are fully con- These occasional revivals are most vinced that this Society holds a place salutary to the members of the church. of very high importance among the be- All who are heartily engaged in the nevolent objects of our time, and has a welfare of the mission, becoming actuclaim to a large share of patronage. ated by a stronger faith in the promises We are glad to learn that the Congre- of God, and by more raised expectagations in New-York are beginning to tion of witnessing still brighter displays awake to the subject. That under the of divine grace, re double their diligence care of the Rev. Dr. Mathews, as we in the good work. This increased dillearn from the New York Observer, igence and zeal on the part of the stuhas lately formed an Association, aux- dents not unfrequently attracts the atiliary to this Society; and at the end tention of the surrounding heathen. of one week had raised a subscription Some of them are constrained to acof about one thousand dollars.
knowledge, that these things are true, and important; but others **
gaze, and Central School at Balticotta.-From admire, and hate the change.' the Third Annual Report of this inter- The members of the school are becomesting institution, contained in the Mis- ing a very useful medium of communicasionary Herald for November, we make tion between the missionaries and the the following brief extracts.
most learned and influential of the heaThe present number of students is then. Hitherto learned natives have fifty-two, and of the number, twenty- stood very much aloof, and regarded two are members of the church. These the school with contempt. Believing generaliy give pleasing evidence that the only object of it to be the propagathey sincerely believe the Gospel, and tion of Christianity among the people, sacredly regard its injunctions. One they would on no consideration assist member, however, was suspended from the missionaries in procuring copies of the church for the term of six months, their most valuable books on science which was subsequently extended to and religion. But the members of the nine: he will probably soon be restor- school, by solving mathematical quesa Voz. I.-No. XII.
tions, and by inquiries of these men on that they may as soon as possible put various subjects, have greatly awaken- them to the test of observation and exed their attention. In self-defence, periment. they are obliged to be communicative A new contest is evidently begun, by with the students, and their views res- which it appears that a general diffupecting the school are in some respects sion of the light of science will in vari. altered.
ous ways be highly conducive to the The subjects proposed and the state- best interests of the people ; and it is ments made on the subject of astrono- equally evident that the youths instrucmy, create much uneasiness in the ted in the school will exert a far more minds of some. It is a very common extensive influence on this subject, notion among the Tamulians, that the than could be exerted by the same system of astronomy and religion are number of missionaries from foreign inseparably connected.
lands. They suppose that their system of The hopeful piety of nearly one half astronomy is sufficiently proved to be of the members of the school, must be true, by their accurate calculation of considered as an encouragement of the eclipses; and consequently that their highest order. It justly demands a trisystem of religion must be true also. bute of gratitude and praise from all A pandarum in this neighborhood, who who are interested in the prosperity of appears to be set for the defence of the mission. It is obviously most imheathenism in this village, recently ob. portant, in itself considered, and in its served to the principal of the school- bearings upon the general objects of “ If you will only prove the earth is the mission. It well corresponds with round, and in motion, we will all come the professed object of the institution, over to your religion.” Though this which is to teach the knowledge of remark was made partly in jest, it is God;" and also with the means propovery evident that the confutation of the sed for the accomplishment of this obprevailing notions of astronomny would ject, which is, to honor the word of be highly conducive to the propagation God as the grand repository of wisdom, of Christianity. Such a refutation is by making it in an important sense the much more difficult than many might text book in the institution. suppose it to be; for, with the excep- In carrying forward the object of the tion of those who are under the influ. school, it is obvious many difficulties ence of missionaries, all who are capa- must be encountered, and disappointble of understanding the proofs by ments experienced; much expense must which the prevailing system might be be incurred, and many losses sustainrefuted, are interested to perpetuate ed; strenuous efforts must be made, error.
and the patience and perseverance of For reasons, which will appear ob- all concerned be put to the test : some vious in view of the preceding remarks, on whom much labor and expense have the members of the first class entered been bestowed, will probably be disupon the study of astronomy at a much missed in disgrace, and become more earlier period in their course of study, wretched than though they had never than they would have done under other been received into the school. circumstances. As they are pursuing But the object of the school is imthe study of this branch in the presence portant, and must be accomplished. It of those who strenuously deny the is to educate, in the midst of this heatruth of what they learn, they are then population, a body of men in all strongly urged to apply themselves dil- respects qualified to carry forward that igently to the subject, and to exercise system of means, which God has aptheir own judgment in the investiga- pointed to be used for the conversion tion of it. They must be able to defend of the people. This object, if accomthe new system they are learning, or plished, will to a great extent super. be put to shame in the presence of the sede the necessity of sending missionapeople. This state of things, which is ries from foreign countries, and will, highly conducive to the improvement even in accordance with the concesof the students, renders it necessary sions of the enemies of missions, lay a that they be thoroughly instructed. broad foundation for propagating cor. They are now noting down the points rect principles of science and religion. of difference between the "wo systems, The difficulties therefore to be encountered, and the disappointments to ing the months of September and (cbe experienced, though numerous, are tober, $10,802 75. not worthy to be named in view of the To the American Home Missionary contemplated object.
Society, from the 23d of October, to
the 20th of November, $2,108 40. To the American Bible Society, dur
ORDINATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS.
Oct. 4.- Rev. RichaKD Peck, was First Congregational Church in Bridg. admitted to the holy order of Priests in ton, Me. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Allen, Calvary Church, Berkshire, by Bishop of Bowdoin College. Griswold.
Oct. 24.-Rev. PETER SPARKS, over Oct. 8.--The new meeting-house the Baptist Church, at Lyons Farms, built by the first Presbyterian Church N. Y. Sermon by Rev. David Jones, in Utica, was solemnly dedicated to of Lower Dublin, Pa. God.
Oct. 24.-Rev. SYLVESTER CochOct. 10.-Rev. Lewis M'Donald, RANE, over the Congregational Church was ordained Priest in Trinity Church, in Poultney, Vt. Shelburne, Mass., and instituted Rec- Oct. 31.–Rev. MARK TUCKER, was tor of the Parish.
installed over the Second Presbyterian Oct. 10.--Rev. Ostas S. Eels, was Church in Troy. Sermon by Rev. installed Pastor of the Churches in Mr. Kennedy, of Whitehall. Fowler and Johnston, Trumbull Co., Nov. 1.-Rev. JOHN M. PUTNAM, Ohio. Sermon by the Rev. W. An- over the Congregational Church in drews.
Epsom, N. H. Oct. 11.--Rev. WELLS ANDREWS, Nov. 6.-Rev. A. C. WASHBURN, was installed Pastor of the Church in was ordained at Dartmouth College. Hartford, Trumbull Co., Ohio. Ser. Sermon by Rev. J. Wheeler. mon by the Rev. H. Coe.
Noy. 6.-Rev. Austin RICHARDS, Oct. 19.-Rev. GEORGE W. BE- over the Union Congregational Church THUNE, as an Evangelist, in the Pres. in Francestown, N. A. Sermon by byterian Church, Pearl St. N. York. Rev. Mr. Lord, of Amherst. Sermon by Rev. Dr. M'Murray.
Nov. 7.-Rev. SAMUEL T. BABOct. 23.-Rev. Messrs. N. B. Lit. Bitt, as an Evangelist, at Derby. TLE, J. N. HOFFMAN, S. HOSHOUR, Sermon by Professor Fitch. E. KELLER, and J. G. MORRIS, were Noy. 7.-Rev. ELIJAH DEMOND, ordained at Frederick, Md., by the was installed Pastor of the Church in Ministerium of the Evangelical Lu- Lincoln, Me. Sermon by Rev. Dr. theran Synod of Maryland and Vir- Codman, of Dorchester. ginia.
Nov. 7.--A new Baptist meeting Oct. 24.--Rev. Baron Stow, late house was dedicated at Walton, Ms., Editor of the Columbian Star, at and the Rev. Mr. FLETCHER ordained Washington City, was ordained over as Pastor of the Church and Society. the First Calvinistic Society in Ports- Nov. 15.-A new African Church mouth, N. H. Sermon by Rev. Mr. io Hartford, was dedicated to God. Babcock, of Salem.
Nov. 21.-A new Unitarian Church Oct. 24.-Rev. DANIEL NEwell, as was dedicated at Saco, Me., and Rev. colleague with Rev. N. Church, of the THOMAS TRACY was installed Pastor,
TO CORRESPONDENTS. A paper on the Rechabites” was duly received, but was mislaid. The au-thor may expect a further notice of it hereafter.
Edwards's view of Original Sin, 625
Essay on Taste, 474
Everlasting Punishment, 617
Exposition of 1 Cor. xiv. 29; 517
Mat. vi. 11 ; 397
Extracts from the Common place Book of
a deceased friend, 134, 247
First Impressions, effect of, 136
Fixed Principles of conduct, 459
Fruit a substitute for Ardent Spirits, 521
Funeral Customs in N-, 118
influence of on Intellectual char- Gardening ornamental, utility of, 354
God helps them that help themselves, 584
God honored by our conformity to him,
God not deceived by outward Appear.
istration of the Lord's Supper, 347 Grave of a Sceptical Lady, 206
ture with reference to its Author, 135
Historical sketch of the Pulpit, 337
Holy Time, Commencement of, 225, 393,
Discourses on the Nature of Sin," 17 How to gain the Divine Favor, 473
Immutability of God considered with it-
ference to Prayer, 565
Importance of Fixed Principles of Con-
of inculcating Practical Du-
ties in a Revival of Religion, 114
of the Doctrines of the Bible,
of Union among Ministers,
Influence of Nervous Disorders upon Re-
ligious Experience, 177
of the Bible on IntellectualChar-
Isaiah xxi. 1–10, translation and expla.
nation of, 6.3
J.P.W., Communication addressed to,629
Educated Ministry, 206
Leo the First, 57