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other decision on the subject, than that the Christian party among the Senecas should fulfil the engagement they had made with the New-York Missionary Society. This covenant, which seems to have been of such eminent use in retaining the hold of the society upon the Senecas, has been lately engrossed on parchinent, and subscribed by the Directors and some of the most aged members of the society, and being enclosed in an ornamented tin box, has been directed to be forwarded to the chiefs of the nation.
Mr. Hyde has finished a new edition of a Spelling Book, in the Seneca language, and is about publishing, in the same language, Christ's Sermon on the Mount, and the first six chapters of the Gospel of the Evangelist John.
The Seneca Hymns, which he formerly published, have been found highly useful in the tribe. Indeed the great test of renouncing Paganism, and becoming a candidate for Christian instruction, is the use of these hymns; and Mr. Hyde has a class, composed of many of the young chiefs of the nation, who meet in the week for religious inprovement, and habitually engage in singing these hymns. Their attention to this exercise he finds to be highly profitable, and their anxiety to receive this instruction to be increasing. His dwelling house needing some repairs, the Board have appropriated for that purpose $50.
With respect to the Tuscarora mission, the Board state, that the Pagan part of the tribe have made a vigorous effort to destroy the mission. But by the mild yet firin opposition of the Christian part, tranquillity had been in part restored.
The school among the Tuscaroras appears to be in a promising condition. It has been already observed, that on the trans. fer of Mr. Young, Mr. Crane cheerfully acquiesced in the propo. sal of the Board respecting his assuming the duties of the school, in addition to his other engagements. Although he has had no experience in this branch of missionary labour, his services in this department have been bighly useful to the children in the tribe. He has altered the former mode and matter of instruction; and has directed his whole attention to the communicating instruction to them in their own language, teaching them all that he knows of it, and using his exertions to progress as fast in the knowledge of its construction, and the meaning of its sounds, as they do in the art of spelling and reading it. He has confined his attention, principally, to the essential branches, and has spent his time in teaching them, not so much to write with elegance, as to read and spell in their own tongue. From 30 to 50 have generally attended during the winter, who have made very encouraging progress in the branches to which he devotes his time. The parents appear pleased with the plan he has adopted and pursued, and they seem to exercise rather more authority over their children than formerly.
During the last year, Mr. Crane has made considerable pro
gress in learning the Tuscarora language, though not so much as he anticipated or Jesired. He finds greater difficulties than he first apprehended. Besides the great difficulty of pronouncing many of their words correctly, it is impossible, in many instances, to render the orthography a sure guide to a proper pronunciation. He has, however, discovered the principal sounds of which the Janguage is formed; and knowing the necessity of having something written and printed in their language before any thing could be taught to the children, he devoted a very considerable portion of his time, during the last summer, to the preparing something for the school in their own language. He accordingly, prepared, and has had printed, 500 copies of Brown's Catechism, and 400 copies of a Spelling Book, both in the Tuscarora language, of which he has sent copies to the Board for their inspection. Nothing, before this, was ever published in their language.
He had examined the books written in the Mohawk and Oneida languages, and found nothing to assist, but much to embarrass him, as the Tuscarora language is entirely different from theirs. These productions are small in themselves, but yet they promise much essential benefit to the mission, and are highly useful in leading the Tuscarora children to the knowledge of their own language, and especially of the truths of the gospel, communicated in the catechism, which has been published. They have been, during the past winter, introduced into the school, and the larger children not only read the Catechism fluently, after a little study, but are committing it to memory.
It is with much pleasure the Board inform the Society, that an interesting and promising youth, (Aaron Johnson,) one of the members of the Tuscarora church, has lately gone to the Foreign Mission School, at Cornwall, in Connecticut, to receive his education, and become qualified for the ministry. From his piety and talents we may anticipate much usefulness, and perhaps he may yet be eminently blessed in promoting the spiritual interests of the Tuscarora tribe, not only near Lewiston, but in Canada.
“ From the inquiries which I have made," says the Rev. Mr. Crane, “it appears that God is still blessing my poor people. I have written much in my lale letters to the Board about our troubles. I had no hope for some time of finding any seeking the salvation of their souls; but by recent inquiries, we are assured that the wrath of man has not restrained the gracious work of God. One female has given the most satisfactory evidence of the conversion of her soul to God, and two or three others are under deep religious impressions. Just while I am writing, another poor soul is discovered with her face towards Zion. She says it is her sincere desire to open her heart and receive the Son of God. Such appearances among Indians are encouraging under any circumstances-under the present, are tokens of especial favour."
The Board have lately appointed a standing committee, whose business it shall be, every three months to write a friendly address to the Indians, calculated to conciliate their good will, and manifest the interest of the Board in their prosperity and welfare.
The Rev. J. B. Finley, in a letter to the Editors of the NewYork Methodist Magazine, in speaking of the revival of religion among the Wyandotts, says, “I appointed to hold a quarterly meeting on the 13th and 14th of November with them, on the head of Mad River, forty-two miles from Upper Sandusky, and twelve from Solomon's Town, the chief habitation of this nation. Accordingly on the 13th we met at the place appointed, at which place were convened perhaps sixty Indians, among whom were four chiefs, whose names are Between-the-logs, Monnonque, Hicks and Scuteash, and their families. We had two interpreters, brother Armstrong, a white man, who was taken prisoner in the year 1780 ; and Jonathan Pointer, a coloured man, who was taken when small. Both of these have experienced religion since they began to interpret the gospel to the Indians, and are both very happy in the love and enjoyment of God.
“We commenced our meeting by singing and prayer, in which the Indians joined. They have learned to sing several of our hymns in English, particularly this, " Jesus my all to heaven is gone,” &c. After these exercises, I commenced speaking to them on the providence of God, and our duty to Him and one another, and of the necessity of all men, whether white, red, or black, breaking off from sin and seeking mercy at the hand of God.-Brother Moses Hinkle concluded with exhortation ; all of which, I believe, they perfectly understood by the interpreter. We then joined in singing and prayer; it was a happy meeting to us all. Several of the chiefs subsequently addressed the meeting
“ The first that rose as a witness for our holy religion, was Between-the-logs, and one of the chiefs. He lifted his eyes toward heaven, streaming with tears of gratitude to God, and after a short pause, he began as follows :- My dear brethren, I am happy this morning that the Great Spirit has permitted us to assemble here for so good a purpose as to worship him, and strengthen the cords of love and friendship. This is the first meeting of this kind held for us, and now, my dear brethren, I am happy that we who have been so long time apart, and have been enemies to one another, are come together as brothers, at which our Great Father is well pleased. For my part I have been a very wicked man, and have committed many great sins against
the Good Spirit, and was addicted to drinking whiskey, and many evils; but I thank my good God that I am yet alive, and that he has more perfectly opened my eyes to see those evils by his ministers, and the good book, and has given me help to forsake those sins, and turn away from them. Now I feel peace in my heart to God, and all men; but I feel just like a little child beginning to walk-sometimes very weak and almost give up; then I pray, and my great Father hears me, and gives me the blessing; then I feel strong and happy--then I walk again ; so sometimes up
and sometimes down. I want you all to pray for me that I may never sin any more; but always live happy, and die happy! then I shall meet you in our great Father's house above, and be happy for ever.' This speech was attended with power."
Receipts by the Treasurer of the American Bible Society, during the
month of March, 1820. To constitute Ministers members for life.-Rev. M. Miner York, minister of Towanda and Wysox, Pa. from the Female Benevolent Society of those places, $30. Rev. Da. vid Thurston, pastor of the church in Winthrop, Maine, by the ladies of his church, $30. To entitle the Female Beneficent Society of Simsbury, Con. to the rights and privileges of a member for life, contributed by the Rev. Samuel Stebbens, their late pastor, $30.
Donations from Societics and others, and annual subscriptions.-Female Bible So. ciety of Courtland county, N. Y. $40. Female Auxiliary Bible Society of the town of Westchester and vicinity, $9 82, and $12 18 for Bibles, &c. Ladies' Cent Society of Northford, Con. $14. Ontario Auxiliary Bible Society, N. Y. $170. Calvert County Bible Society, Md. $100. Xenia County Bible Society, Ohio, $26 75, and $173 25 for Bibles, &c. Norfolk Bible Society, Va. $150, and $100 for Bibles, &c. Jefferson County Bible Society, Va. $57 42, and $82 58 for Bibles, &c. Lynchburg Bible Society, Va. $50. Woodbridge Female Bible Society, Con. $8, and $14 50 for Bibles, &c. Detroit Bible Society, $50. Annual subscriptions collected this month, $341. Georgia Bible Society, for Bibles, &c. $300. Montgomery co. Bible Society, Pa. for Bibles, &c. $41 25. New-Haven, co. Bible Society, Con. for Bibles, &c. $41 80. Bibles and Testaments sold this month to individuals, &c. $39 36. Total, $1,911 91.
WM. W. WOOLSEY, Treasurer. The following is a resolution of the Board of Managers, lately adopted :— Resolved, That the payment of thirty dollars on behalf of any religious or charitable society, shall entitle such society to the rights and privilege of a member for life of the Ameri. can Bible Society.
The issues from the depository of the American Bible Society, for the month of March, have been as follows: Bibles, 2,405 ; Testaments, 1,906; total, 4,311-value, $2,737 14.
The following additions have been made to the Biblical Library, received from the British and Foreign Bible Society: viz. a Portugese Bible, a Manks Bible, Hindoos. tapee New Testament, by Martyn, Portuguese New Testament, from Vulgate, Arabic Psalter, and Gospel of Matthew in Bullom and English, printed by the British and Foreign Bible Society. A Polish Bible, Swedish Bible, Icelandic Bible, Bohemian Bible, printed by Bible Societies on the continent of Europe. The Turkish New Testament, printed at Paris. The following were presented by the Rev. Matthias Bruen, The Armenian Bible, 4 vols. Venice, 1805 ; Armenian and French Dictionary, 2 vols. Venice, 1812; Armenian and English Grammar, Venice, 1817; the Syriac New Testament, Hamburg, 1663; the book of Psalms, Arabic and Latin, Rome, 1814.
J. NITCHIE, Agent A, B. S.
SUMMARY. Northern Missionary Society.--A correspondent has sent us a annstitution of this Society. The preamble states, that the Pres.
bytery of Champlain have long been impressed with the importance of missionary labour among those who are destitute of evangelical instruction. At their February session, in Malone, the Presbytery resolved to form a missionary society, and according, ly framed a constitution, and now earnestly call on the liberal and pious to assist wiib their prayers and charities. The second article of the constitution stales the object of the society to be, to supply with the preaching of the gospel the destitute within the bounds of the Presbytery of Champlain, and its vicinity, and to aid the funds, and facilitate the operations, of the Board of Missions acting under the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. Rev. Ashbel Parmelee, of Malone, Secretary.
Mission to Ceylon.-We are informed that the mission family which sailed in the brig Indus, left Calcutta for Ceylon, on the 14th of November.
Methodist Missionaries.—Two young men are now preparing for a mission to the FLORIDAS. They are to go out under the patronage of the Methodist Missionary Society.
The donations to the funds of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, for the month of March, amount to $2,485 87.
American Education Society.-- The Treasurer acknowledges the receipt of $724 63, donations in February and March. Licensures. On the 3d of April
, the Presbytery of West Tennessee licensed Mr. Joseph Allen to preach the gospel.
On the 27th of April, the Presbytery of New-Brunswick, N. J. licensed five young men to preach the gospel, as probationers for the holy ministry.
Mr. William Ashmead, and Mr. John W. Scott, were licensed to preach the gospel, by the Philadelphia Presbytery, during their late sessions.
Ordinations.—At Chillicothe, Ohio, Mr. John T. Hamilton, was ordained to the gospel ministry, on the 14th April.
On Friday, March 10th, the Rev. Samuel Nichols was admitted to the holy order of Priests, in Trinity Church, New-York, by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Hobart.
On Tuesday, 2d inst. the Rt. Rev. Bishop Croes, held an ordination in Christ Church, New-Brunswick, N. J. and admitted Mr. Clarkson Dann, to the holy order of deacons.
Baptist Meeting House.—The new Baptist Meeting House, in Fayette-street, in this city, was opened for divine service, on Sunday the 23d of April. The Rev. Dr. Staughton, of Philadelphia, preached from Acts vii. 47, 48. "But Solomon built him a house. Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands."