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The next quarterly day of general fast- and Ireland, (and indeed in other parts ing and prayer, will happen, according to of the world, to which our Conour standing rule, on Friday, June 2ěth. nexion has access,) depend so much, We are thankful to learn that these sea- under the divine blessing, on the measods of solemn humiliation and united sures adopted, and the spirit excited and intercession have, of late, been observed cherished, at these Annual Assemblies by our Societies with increasing serious- of the Ministers and Pastors of our ness, and have, in various circuits, been churches, that it becomes a manifest part followed by encouraging tokens of the of our duty, as Methodists, to engage in divine favour. The ensuing fast-day, we fervent prayers on their behalf. And think, should particularly call fortli the what season can be more convenient earnest supplications of all our people. and suitable for such a purpose, than the We take the liberty of suggesting, that fast-day which precedes, almost immediin addition to the ordinary subjects of ately, the period at which they occur? prayer, it will be proper, on this occa- Some late Conferences have been dission, specially to bring before “ the tinguished by a more than usual blessthrone of the heavenly grace" the follow- ing on the Preachers, and through them ing topics :

eventually on the Connexion at large. 1. The case of our Preachers, and other Let us pray that this year also we may Brethren, in Ireland, many of whom, we be similarly favoured ; and that, in the fear, must be involved in much anxiety choice of the annual officers of our body, and distress, in consequence of the pre- -in deciding on the offers of new candisent suffering state of that country. dates for our regular ministry,—in the Ought we not, in christian sympathy, to yearly examination of the character and pray that our common Lord will have conduct of those already acknowleged as ihem in his holy keeping, and will afford fellow-labourers,-in fixing the stations them the needful succour and consola- of the Preachers for the following year, tion in the time of their trouble ?

and in every other subject of delibera2. The approaching Meeting of the tion,--the CONFERENCE, shortly to be Irish Conference, which is to commence held in the Metropolis, may be under its sitting in Dublin, as usual, on the the directing and over-ruling and sanctifirst Friday in July;—and especially, that fying influences of that Holy Spirit, of the British CONFERENCE, which is who knows how to order every thing acto be held in London, at the close of cording to the counsel of his own will, the month last-mentioned. The welfare and without whom nothing is wise, or of our Societies, and the prosperity of strong, or good. the work of GOD in Great Britain


(We are much obliged by the Corre- GUJE-ETWASSAW, and SEGWASKENACE, I spondent who has obtained for us the have the pleasure to send herewith A following very interesting Document, Talk, written by their Teacher, MR. which, we are sure, our Readers will J. B. Hyde, which they wish you to acperuse with the greatest pleasure. cept in reply to the Address delivered by

Editor.] John BROADHEAD, Esq., to the Seven Copy Of A COMMUNICATION RECEIVED Warriors, when in Leeds, and by them

FROM THE SENECA INDIANS, IN NORTH conveyed to the Seneca Nation. * * * AMERICA.

Inclosed you will receive herewith six (No. I.)

broaches from SEGWASKENACE, as preExtract of a Letter from AUGUSTUS C. Fox, sents, viz. No. 1, for James Bolton;

who acted as Interpreter to the Seven No. 2, John HOLMES; No. 3, Elizá Seneca Indians, who paid a visit to Eng- FOTHERGILL, York; No. 4, J.D. SMITH; land, in 1818.

No. 5, John BROADHEAD; No. 6, PIM Buffalo, 2d April, 1821, Nevins; together with which they send RESPECTED FRIEND,

their best respects, and assurances of By the request of Young King, one grateful remembrance to their friends of the Chiefs of the Christian Party, Ne- generally: also, be pleased to accept the respect and gratitude of your obedient Our Brothers doubtless know that we, humble servant,

AUGUSTUS C. Fox. and the rest of our Red Brothers in this To MR. JAMES BOLTON,

country, have been a people by themNo. 20, Bond Street, Leeds, England. selves, depending much on hunting for

subsistence, and worshipping the GREAT (No. II.)

Spirit according to the notions we had Copy of the Talk," from the Seneca received from our fathers. This has Indians.

been the case with us from the earliest The under-written Seneca Chiefs in account we have heard of our people. North America,

We, our brothers and fathers, have Unto John Holmes, J. D. Smith, seen great afflictions, especially since James Bolton, Joun BROADHEAD, PIM white men came to our country; but NEVINS, JOHN CUDWORTHI, and others, notwithstanding our great afflictions, our men and women of the Society of people have generally kept strong hold Friends, and the good people of all of the instruction we received from our denominations in England, that showed fathers, refusing to give up our way of kindness to our people while in your living, or worshipping the ĜREAT SPIRIT country, SEND GREETING; may peace and as they bad taught us. lore be multiplied unto you.

The great injuries we had received Brothers, It has long been on our from white men, the wickedness we conminds to speak to you.

When our stantly saw practised among them, young men left us to visit your country, greatly strengthened our minds against we had many anxious fears concerning their ways and their religion, thinking it them; we knew not what might befall impossible that any good could come out them' by the way, what hands they of a people where so much wickedness would fall into in that land of strangers, dwelt. In this bondage we and our or when or how they would be returned fathers have been held for more than 200 to us.

years, retiring and wasting away before Brothers, We cannot too often speak the white men, our means of subsistence of our thankfulness to God, the pre- diminishing, corrupting ourselves in their server of men, that he was pleased to sins, hardening ourselves in our aftlicreturn to us all our people in bealth, tions, destruction before us, and no arm and that we saw all their faces in the to deliver. land of the living.

This, Brothers, is a short history of Brothers, We cannot too often ex- our people, and this was much our case press our thankfulness to you, for the when our people left us to visit Engkind interest you were pleased to take land. in our people. In a land of strangers About the same time you were taking you received them as brothers, you notice of our people in your country, and watched over them with the care of endeavouring to show them a better way fathers ; guarding their path, supplying than the wild way of their fathers, a getheir wants, instructing them in things neral shaking took place on the minds of useful for the present and future life, our people at home, and a great searching presenting them with many useful things, was made into the religion of our fathers; and helping them to return to us, with the more we searched it, the more dark much good counsel,and many good wishes and discouraging we found it. However for themselves and for us their people. pure and excellent their religion might

This, Brothers, is the pleasing ac- have been in old time, from the many count our young men gave us of their hands through which it has passed to us, treatment by the good people in Eng- it was so defaced and impaired, that we land. God be thanked that he put it could find nothing in it to direct our path into your hearts, and gave you ability, to God, to safety or to happiness, in this or to show such kindness to our kindred. the coming world. In this darkness and May the GREAT SPirit reward peace into perplexity in which we found ourselves, your own bosoms, and enable you all after much counselling and agitation, your days, by his bounty, to witness the some of our people were induced to iruth of his word, that “ it is better listen to the word of God; a little light to give than to receive."

shone into their minds ; they invited Brothers, From the interest you were others to come and see if this was not pleased to take in our people while they true light; others listened and were were with you, and the good talk you convinced that it was true light from were pleased to send us by them, we are God, to guide our feet in safe paths, confident you will receive it kindly, that through this dark world, to a bright we give you some account of ourselves, world above. and the things that have taken place From our village near Buffalo, where among us.

this light was first discovered, the report of what had taken place soon reached the Redeemer for ever and ever. These others of our villages, and produced a things we believe and are assured of, great commotion among them; some and our hearts are comforted. He said we had become crazy, had lost our lightens our trials, makes our tabour selves, and were doing great wickedness pleasant, and prospers the work of our in forsaking the religion of our fore- hands, and we take delight in cultifathers, which God had given expressly vating the earth, which He causes to for the Indians, for them to hold to, to bring forth food for man and beast. the end of time. This produced great Brothers, you will unite with us in confusion among our people; some cried praising the ORD, and in beseeching one thing and some another; but some Him that He would perfect the mercy came from time to time to hear for them. He hath begun in the midst of us, and selves this new way, and were convinced fill the whole earth with the knowledge that we had found the true light; that of His truth. the good Book the white men had, was

Young King, &c. &c. verily the Word of the living God, and Jesus the only Saviour of sinners. Brothers, you will now listen to a few

In this way, a light was lit up in our words our young men desire to speak village, and continues to spread, though to you. great darkness and opposition remain Neguie-ETWASSAW and SEGWASKENACE with many of our people.

to their frienuls in England. Two of the young men that were in Brothers, we feel happy that our England, NegvIE-ETWASSAW and SEG- head-men have taken it up to send you WASKENACE, on their return, joined im- a Talk. They have said so much, that mediately with the christian party, and little remains for us to say at this time. rejoiced much in beholding what God Brothers, we remember you all, and had done for their people : they have your kindness to us while in your continued with us steadfast until this country, and your good counsel to us; day.

this we hold' fast, and endeavour to We wish we could give a more pleas- follow. We remember you talked to us ing account of the other men that were of the good Book; the knowledge of in England, but we can in truth say no which, you told us, was what delivered better of them, than that they are in your forefathers from the wild way in darkness, and do the works of darkness. which they formerly lived, and had adThe Chief that was in England is a vanced them to that prosperity and hapviolent opposer to all the ways of the piness which we witnessed. You said white people, and uses all his influence you desired that we and our people to persuade his people to retain their should come to the knowledge of the old ways; he is much given to his cup, good Book, that we might be alike and laughs at the thought of God seeing happy. This good Talk made our hearts and calling us to an account for our glad, hoping it would be so with us and conduct. We are sorry to say these with our people. things of this Chief, but we will not Brothers, our hearts were greatly redeceive you. We hope and pray that joiced, when returned safely to our GOD will give him repentance, and country, to find the minds of our people shine into luis heart to give him the were turned from the old way to hunttrue light.

ing wisdom from the good Book, and These, Brothers, are the great things that they were keeping the Sabbath as that God has done for us, whereof we God had commanded. are glad. Though we see but little yet, Brothers, this made our hearts light we are assured that we have found the and joyful, and we readily joined with true light; that the good Book is the our fathers and brothers that held to the Word of the true and living God, which Word of God, and kept the Sabbath-day: he has given for all nations. We be- Brothers, we know that you will lieve that Jesus Christ his Son is the greatly rejoice at this good news from only Saviour of sinners. We believe the Senecas. This is wbat you so much that we are all brothers, and that God desired should take place among us. hath made all nations of one blood, to Brothers, our way of worship differs dwell on all the face of the earth. We some from the way of the Society of believe nothing but the Spirit of Jesus Friends, yet we trust we love all who can make men love one another as hold to the word of God, and believe and brothers. We believe that Jesus is the trust in the Saviour. true God, and eternal life. We believe Brothers, we keep fast hold of the that all nations and languages that re- chain of friendship which reaches from ceive the Lord Jesus, and walk in him, you to us. We feel determined to keep will meet together in heaven, as one hold of our end : we hope and trust our family of brothers, praising God and brothers will keep hold of their end.

Rolating principally to the Foreign Missions carried on under

the direction of the Methodist CONFERENCE.



SOCIETY, 1822. We are happy to say, that the pleasing anticipations respecting this Anniversary, which we were led to express in our Number for April, have been fully realized. The friends of the Wesleyan-Missions have again assembled, from various parts of the country, to listen to a Report which was eminently calculated to call forth their humble thanksgivings for the encouragements of the past year ; and have solemnly renewed, under a more than ordinary influence from above, and with feelings of increased compassion for perishing souls, their pledges of inviolable fidelity to this holy cause.

The Three ANNUAL SErmons before the Society were preached on the 25th and 26th of April, by the Rev. JOHN JAMES, of HALIFAX, the Rev. DR. ADAM CLARKE, and the Rev. HENRY MOORE. These appropriate and able Discourses were highly interesting to the numerous and respectable auditories, who assembled in the Chapels at Spitalfields, Great Queen Street, and City Road.

A Public PRAYER-MEETING was held at the City-Road Chapel, at Six o'Clock in the morning of the 26th ; for the purpose of specially imploring the divine blessing on the Anniversary, and on Christian Missions throughout the world. This was found, by the Ministers and People who attended it, to be a most edifying and delightful addition to the usual services of the occasion ; and we strongly recommend that, wherever it is practicable, a similar Meeting should always be included in the arrangements made for the Anniversaries of Auxiliary Societies. We are persuaded that Prayer,--solemn, fervent, and united Prayer,is among the most necessary and most powerful of those means by which Christians are now peculiarly called to promote the work and cause of God; and that, in fact, without an increase of their prayers, in connexion with the continuance and augmentation of their pecuniary contributions, the grand object of our common hope and effort,—the conversion of the World,—will never be accomplished. We rejoice, therefore, in every indication of a growing spirit of supplication among those who take an active part in Missionary Institutions.

Sermons were also preached, in aid of our Missions, on Sunday, April 28th, in all the Chapels of the Wesleyan-Methodists in the London Circuits. To the various Preachers from the Country, who kindly added their valuable services to those of their Brethren now stationed in Town, in thus pleading the cause of Missions before our congregations in the Metropolis, the Society is under much obligation. We are glad to learn that their labours were successful; the Sunday Collections having, in almost every Chapel, exceeded those of the last year, although, in most cases, Branch-Societies exist in connexion with these several Chapels, each of which had previously held its own Annual Meeting, and had remitted, together with Subscriptions and Donations, the public Collection then made ;—so that the Sunday Collections at the General Anniversary are, in fact, the second congregational Collections, for this object, made at those places in the course of the year. We deem it but justice to our liberal friends in and near London, to notice this circumstance.

After stating, which we do with unfeigned gratitude, that the whole of the Collections and Donations, received in connexion with this Anniversary, amount to upwards of Twelve HUNDRED POUNDS,-being an increase of Two Hundred Pounds above those of the last year,—we proceed to lay before our readers, as usual, an account of the General Meeting.




The Meeting was opened with prayer, by the President of the Conference ; and the Chair was then taken. The Chapel had been crowded for some time. The platform was occupied by the members of the General Committee, by official Members of the Auxiliary Societies from the Country, and by Ministers and Gentlemen connected with other Missionary Societies. Letters were read from Sir SAMFORD WHITTINGHAM, K.C.B., late Governor of Dominica, and from Mr. WilBERFORCE, expressing their good-will to the Society, and their decided approbation of its objects and labours; and regretting their unavoidable absence from the Meeting

THE CHAIRMAN introduced the business of the Meeting by observing, that at the period of the first propagation of the Gospel, it had pleased God, in the course of his Providence, to make use of the Roman Empire to give facilities to the preaching of the Gospel, which apparently would not have existed had not one goveroment prevailed over the greater part of the world. At the present period, if this country did not possess an extensive dominion in Europe, we had considerable influence even there, by our character, by our cominerce, and by our power. Our colonies were most numerous, populous, and important, spreading through a very large portion of the Pagan world. These were given to us, not to fill us with pride, not to promote luxury and dissipation, but to be used for the highest and most important purposes. When we considered that we possessed Gibraltar, the key of the Mediterranean, and the means of diffusing the light of truth into Spain, and that our influence extended to the lonian Islands, which brought us into the neighbourhood of Greece, and the Turkish Empire ;-if we crossed the Atlantic, and considered the important colonies where our own language prevails, and the access which our possessions there give us to every part of the great American continent;if we re-crossed that ocean and looked at Africa, and the stations of Sierra Leone and the Cape of Good Hope,-and went further east to Ceylon and the great Empire of Continental India, where are nearly one hundred millions of souls under the British Crown ;-if we considered that the Colony of New South Wales had the elements of a mighty empire withiu itself, and the influence which our settlements and rising power and commerce there gave us in the Pacific Ocean ;-we must feel that as å nation of professing Christians, Divine Providence has assigned us a most important work to do, and that every individual was called upon, both by providence and by grace, to do his duty. Those who had money should give their money; it should be at the service of the great God and his cause. Those who had time or talents to devote, were called to give their time and talents to Him. And those who could not give these were to pray to God to pour out his blessing on his Ministers, and on those who take an active part in the extension of his kingdom. On this very day we learned that the new states in South America were thrown open to the commerce

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