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which he compared the unhappy state of our forefathers, who were heathen, with the salutary change which had since taken place, in consequence of which we are now acquainted with the gospel of Christ, and the duty of showing our thankfulness for it, in spreading Christianity among the heathen.
The Report was then read to a very numerous meeting of subscribers, and began by stating, that, as our fields and gardens do not produce every year the same crop, but sometimes more and sometimes less, so it was with the annual accounts which the Directors present to the members of the society. On the present occasion they had to communicate great and good things.
Their labours had been continued uninterruptedly; their monthly meetings during the last year well attended; their res. pective Committees faithfully fulfilled their duties, and their secretaries have been as indefatigable as ever.
The Report further says, that the Directors have been enabled to proceed in their labours, and even to extend them, by several legacies and donations during the past year, and by an increase of many respectable subscribers, from whom assistance, in different ways, our society may confidently look for.
In Rotterdam and Amsterdam, associations have been formed for the purpose of receiving penny subscriptions, and good success has already been experienced; and there is hardly any doubt but in other places also similar associations will be formed. And these encouragements are so many motives for thankfulness, and for proceeding with redoubled zeal in their labours.
The Directors further report the arrival of six natives of Africa on the coast of Guinea, who, after having had proper instruction in Holland, were sent at the expense of the Dutch government, and will be employed in its settlement to instruct their countrymen in reading, writing, and the first principles of religion.
The Directors go on to mention, that they have great hopes that Erasmus Simon, a Jew, who embraced Christianity and was publicly baptized at Rotterdam, may soon proceed in carrying his intention into execution, and preaching, like St. Paul, to Jews and heathens, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and the Saviour of the world.
The Report then concludes in stating what the Directors have been enabled to do among the lower classes of the people in Holland, and that 11,000 tracts have been distributed among the poor.
The Pope has issued a circular letter to the Irish prelates against “ Bible schools,” in which he expresses great concern and fear, lest the circulation of the scriptures, translated into English by “the Bible Society, and abounding in errors,"
amongst the lower classes in that country, should overthrow the power of his holiness, and the people become heretics !
“Bible schools, supported by the funds of the Catholics," says the bull, “ have been established in almost every part of Ireland, in wbich, under the pretence of charity, the inexperienced of both sexes, but particularly peasants and paupers, are allured by the blandishments and even gifts of the masters, are infected with the fatal poison of depraved doctrines.
" Every possible exertion must therefore be made to keep the youth away from these destructive schools; to warn parents against suffering their children, on any account whatever, to be led into error. But, for the purpose of escaping the “snares” of the adversaries, no plan seems more appropriate than that of establishing schools, wherein salutary instructions may be imparted to pau. pers and illiterate country persons.
“ In the name, then, of the bowels (of the mercy) of our Lord Jesus Christ, we exhort and beseech your Lordship to guard your Alock with diligence, and all due discretion, from those who are in the habit of thrusting themselves insidiously into the fold of Christ, in order thereby to lead the unwary sheep astray: and, mindful of the forewarning of Peter the apostle, given in these words, viz.
“There shall also be lying masters among you, who shall bring in sects of perdition,” 2 Pet. ii. 8. Do you labour with all your might to keep the orthodox youth from being corrupted by them -an object which will, I hope, be easily effected by the establishing of Catholic schools throughout your diocese."
This document has been received in Ireland, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, has issued a circular letter in perfect accordance with it. On the other hand, Dr. Walsh, Roman Catholic Bishop of Waterford, has addressed his diocese in a charge, enjoining the perusal of the scriptures, and stating that the Douay and English Bibles do not essentially differ.
It is said the Hibernian Bible Society intend to print the Douay version, without note or comment, under the sanction of some of the Roman Catholic Bishops.
The various reports and correspondence which we have before us, evidently show that the Bible is eagerly sought for by the Catholics, in defiance of the injunction of the Pope and Archbishop.
From King Henry (of Hayti) to the Right Hon. Lord Teignmouth,
President of the British and Foreign Bible Society. My LORD.-The particular eşteem which I entertain for your Lordship, has made me observe, that it is long since I have heard from you, I can give you no other proof of the concern I feel for
your health, than by entreating you to let me know, whether it is such as I wish it to be.
It will, I am persuaded, give you the highest satisfaction to learn, that our schools continue to go on exceedingly well, and that our young Haytians make much progress. The holy scriptures are now in the hands of all the scholars of our national as well as our private schools.
Six more schools, according to the British system, are going to be established in the interior, by monitors who have been deemed capable of undertaking the management of them.
1 am, with profound veneration and sincere esteem, &c. &c.
Departure of the Osage Mission. The religious exercises preparatory to the departure of the Mission were held in the Middle Dutch Church, in this city, on Monday evening the 17th April. The exercises were as follows: Introductory Prayer by the Rev. R. B. E. M'Leod; Address and Charge to the Mission Family by the Rev. P. Milledoler, D. D. Corresponding Secretary of the Society; Address to the Board of Managers and Audience by the Rev. Mr. Chapman, one of the Missionaries ; Address by the Rev. Mr. Vail, the Superintendent of the mission; Concluding Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Richards, of Newark.
On Tuesday evening the farewell meeting took place in the Brick Church. The Rev. Dr. Romeyn made the introductory Prayer, which was followed by an Address by the Rev. Mr. For rest, a Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Knox, an Address and Prayer by the Rev. Dr. M.Dowell, and Addresses by the Rev. Messrs. Fisher and Marsh, Rev. Dr. Griffin, and Rev. Mr. Vail.
Collections were taken up at both meetings for the benefit of the Mission, amounting to about 600 dollars.
The Mission consists of the following persons : Rev. William F. Vail and wife and four children ; Rev. Epaphras Chapman and wife; Dr. Palmer, the physician of the establishment; Mr. Redfield, treasurer of the family, teacher, and carpenter; Mr. Fuller, husbandman; two Messrs. Requeas; Miss Johnston, Miss Lines, Miss Hoyt, Miss Foster, Miss Cleaver, and Miss Beach, to be employed in managing the concerns of the family, and in teaching Indian girls.
On Thursday, about 10 o'clock, the Mission Family assembled on the wharf to embark on board the steam boat Olive Branch. Before the steam boat left the wharf, the Rev. Dr. Milledoler addressed the throne of grace, committing them to the care and protection of God.
They arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday, and on Sabbath evening the Rev. Mr. Vail preached a sermon in the Second
Presbyterian Church, to a numerous audience, after which Mr. Chapman gave a concise narrative of his tour through the country whither they are going. Prayer was offered and addresses made by several of the clergy of Philadelphia, and a collection made in aid of the object.
On Tuesday evening a parting prayer meeting was held in the First Dutch Reformed Church, the appropriate exercises of which were performed by the Rev. Drs. Janeway, Ely, and Neill, and the Rev. Messrs. Hoff, Parker, and M'Cartee.
While the Mission was in Philadelphia, seven hundred dollars in cash, and one thousand three hundred dollars in goods, were contributed to its aid.
The family have resumed their journey to “Union,'* followed by the prayers of their fellow Christians, and the good wishes of every friend to enlightened benevolence.
The “ Weekly Recorder,” published at Chillicothe, Ohio, contains an appeal to Christians in that quarter, to come forward with their donations for the Mission, and we have no doubt a liberal contribution will be made.
Summary of the Twenty-third Annual Report of the New York
Mr. William Cairns, Treasurer. The efforts of the Board, during the past year, have been restricted to the Seneca and Tuscarora nations. The Missionaries, still under our employ, are the Rev. James C. Crane, Mr. Jabez B. Hyde, and Mr. James Young.
Mr. Young had been employed as a teacher among the Tuscaroras, up to the date of the last Annual Report; but immediately after the last Anniversary, in consequence of the pressing wants of the Senecas, and the crippled state of our funds, the Board resolved that it was expedient to transfer Mr. Young from the Tuscaroras, as a teacher to the Senecas, provided they would agree to bis reception, and provided Mr. Crane would assume the charge of the school, in addition to his other duties. With this request Mr. Crane cheerfully complied; and, agrecably to the directions of the Board, Mr. Young visited the Senecas, to ascertain the state of their minds and their wishes on the subject of the school We wished to have established among them. The chiefs very cordially accepted the offer, and after selecting the site, agreed to assist in erecting a building for a dwelling and a school-houseAfter some unavoidable delay, this house was, on the 29th November last, so far enclosed, that Mr. Young removed his family from Tuscarora, and continued himself to work at the house and school-room until the middle of February. “I find from expe
* This missionary station, we understand, is to be called “ Union." Vol. VII.
rience, (says Mr. Young:) that the location of the school is good, on account of its being retired from the highway. It is a spot somewhat elevated, commanding a pleasant view on every side. I find some advantages arising from the school being in the same house in which I dwell. The scholars are more silent, and under more restraint. I can spend more time in the school than I otherwise could.” The house, when finished, will be sufliciently large for the use of Mr. Young's family, and furnish a large and light school-room 24 by 28 feet. There is still much work to be done in order to complete the school-room and the dwelling. The building was however so far completed, that on Monday, the 21st February, Mr. Young commenced his school. Ninety have attended. On the day previous, agreeably to the directions of the Board, he commenced a Sunday school, consisting of 32 scholars. On Monday there were 42 scholars.
On the 25th December, Mrs. Young and Miss Low, (a pious female who accompanied Mrs. Young in order to assist in the instruction of those ignorant, perishing heathens) commenced in the tribe a Female Adult school. From 16 to 25 attend, and the order and attention manifested, and the improvement made by the school, is to them very pleasing and encouraging. The women were all unacquainted with knitting. They have commenced instructing them in sewing, marking, knitting, and spinning; and this instruction, which they communicate two afternoons in every week, creates among them much interest, and promises much good.
But “ the most pleasing part of our employment,” says Mr. Young, “is our Sunday school. The number attending on that day is often greater than through the week. The scholars are already orderly and perfectly still. One or two chiefs attend through the day to observe the school and exhort the children. Many of the nation continue anxiously inquiring after the gospel, and manifest a great desire for every kind of improvement."
During the past year a violent effort has been made to dislodge the gospel from among the Senecas. T'he Pagan party in the tribe employed every means in their power to overthrow the Christian interest which had been established among them, but without success. At the annual council of the Six Nations in June last, at Seneca village, a warm and interesting debate arose, principally aimed at the covenant which the Senecas had made with this Society. The Onondagas and Tonewantas, joined with the Seneca Pagans in opposing the introduction of the gospel. The chiefs of the Senecas justified their conduct with much candour, moderation, and firmness, and were defended in the same spirit by several of the Tuscaroras, who were also present, such as Cusick, Sacharissa, and Captain William, who severally addressed the council in favour of Christianity. The only abuse and irritation displayed were from the Pagans. But after an animated discussion, the council dissolved without coming to any