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churches, though there has not been what is generally denominated a revival of religion, yet there have been many instances of hopeful conversion. Scattered throughout the bounds of this Presbytery are many, not only hungering, but starving for the bread of life; many small societies that have no teachers, and are crying in the spirit and with the anxiety of the Macedonian man, "Come over and help us." Here are large districts of country entirely destitute of the means of grace; and which, in earnest and pressing strains, beg, the prayers and the exertions of the devoted missionary of the cross.
It is with pleasure the Synod state, that moral order pervades, in a good degree, the military stationed within the bounds of this Presbytery ; that they have been supplied with copies of the holy Scriptures, and manifest some disposition to attend upon the means of grace. In Lewisville, God has shed down some of his precious mercy drops, and made his children there to rejoice in a revival of his work.
In the Presbytery of Champlain the state of religion is, on the whole, favourable in those places which enjoy the stated means of grace. Upon Potsdam and Lorain, God has began to pour down the influences of his Holy Spirit; and the effects are already very visible. We trust that he is about to gather in a rich harvest of souls in those places. With the exception of these two places, there have been no special revivals; yet the outward means are well attended, charitable institutions are prosperous and multiplying, and a good degree of harmony pervades their churches. This Presbytery is in the midst of a dioral wilderness. Large tracts of country inhabited, but no one to preach to them the unsearchable riches of Christ. This is a region which has hitherto been greatly neglected. The precious streams of salvation, at which the way.worn pilgrim drinks and refreshes his soul, have flowed around it in every direction; but have not yet broke their way through this spiritual desert. They have heard from a distance the sound of the waters, but their thirst has not been allayed. The glimmerings of light that have occasionally flitted across their horizon, have exposed to their view the dark, cold cloud that hangs upon them, and they wait with indiscribable eagerness the rising of the King of Day. From the windows of their cottages, and from the tops of the mountains they are looking forth, and the anxious cry, "Watchmen what of the night,” is raised throughout their benighted borders. When, oh when shall their cry touch the hearts of our churches, and the faithful missionary be sent to tell them of Jesus. To the Presbytery of Oneida, God has manifested himself again in ways of mercy. With only one or two exceptions, the congregations under their care have been more than ordinarily engaged in religion during the past year; and several of them blessed with the special presence and work of God. Upon Holland Patent, Clinton, New-Hartford, Whitesborongh, Utica, Westmoreland, Mount
Vernon, Litchfield, and Union, the Lord has rained down righteousness, and many precious souls have been quickened by the vivifying influences of the Holy Spirit. If it were proper to make any calculation on a subject of this nature, the Synod would remark, that from the statements of the members of that Presbytery it would appear, that more than seven hundred souls have been born unto God during the past year. The fruits of these revi. vals, like those of every other genuine work of grace, have been peace and holiness. In view of this conquest, made by the great Captain of our salvation over the hearts of his enemies, we cannot refrain from saying, “Go on thou Prince and Saviour, from conquering to conquer, until every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Passing on to the Presbytery of Otsego, we are still able to mark the footsteps and the victories of the King of kings. Particularly in Cooperstown and Sherborne, the Lord has appeared for the salvation of many. In the former of these places, the revival began in a very interesting and powerful manner; so in. teresting, and so powerful, that if the relation did not exceed the bounds of such a narrative, the Synod would be happy to give it to their people. The fruits of this revival were 111 hopeful con verts; and in Sherburne about 200. The general features of the work in these societies, were similar to those of the other revi. vals within the bounds of this Synod.
From Otsego, we come to the Presbytery of Albany. Here have been gathered many trophies of the cross during the last year. In ten contiguous towns there have been special and powerful revivals of religion; but more particularly at Saratoga Springs, Malta, Stillwater, Ballston, East Galway, West Galway, Amsterdam, and Schenectady, the work has been overwhelming. To give any thing like a particular account of these revivals, would very far exceed our limits. We can only say that the work has been very general throughout these towns; that it has been ac. companied with very deep and pungent convictions of sin as committed against a holy God; and that its fruits have been such as to convince the most incredulous, that of a truth the Lord was here. The arrows of the Almighty have been sharp in the hearts of his enemies. Many a proud sinner has been humbled, and there is good reason to believe that nearly two thousand souls have been washed in the blood of the Lamb. A year, such as the past has been, was never known before in the bounds of this Presbytery.
In the Presbytery of Columbia, God has also made bare his arm for the salvation of sinners. At Schaghticoke, North Pittstown, and at Nassau, more than one hundred give hopeful evi. dence of being born of God. The same shower that watered the vineyard in the Presbytery of Albany, was spread out over these places. In Lansingburgh there has been more than an ordinary
attention to religion, and about 16 or 20 give evidence of a saving change.
Other places, not particularly named, within the bounds of this Synod, have made large additions to their churches during the past year; and an increased interest to religion, as well as a more faithful attendance upon the means of grace, have been very manifest.
With these rich and abundant effusions of the Holy Spirit God hath been pleased to bless our seminaries of learning. In Union and Hamilion Colleges there have been special revivals of religion; the fruits of which are the hopeful conversion of thirty-four in the former, and seventeen in the latter of these institutions. Thus, with the smiles of his Providence upon these colleges, our Heavenly Father is mingling the converting and sanctifying in. Auence of the Holy Spirit: and we fondly hope, preparing many faithful labourers for the fields already white with the harvest.
In some of our congregations lukewarmness and apathy still prevail
. O would to God it were not so. But on all such the Synod would loudly call; and urge them to be up and doing in this day, distinguished by God's merciful visitation to our churches.
On a review of the whole, we would cordially and unitedly say,
“Bless the Lord () our souls, and all that is within us bless his holy name, and forget not all his benefits.".
Jonas CoE, D. D.
NEW-YORK SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION SOCIETY.
(Concluded from p. 414.) In our last we were obliged to omit most of the extracts from the Reports that we designed to lay before our readers, as illus. trations of the fact that these schools are the nurseries of the church, and capable of producing a great moral revolution in our city population, and in the rising generation wherever they are established. We now conclude our notice of the reports, with increased assurance that this subject is fast rising in the public estimation, and that the opposition to instructing the children of the poor, and the coloured population of our city, and of our country too, will soon entirely cease. Amongst those who opposed Sunday Schools in this city four years ago, and those who deemed them unnecessary, we now find some of their warmest advocates and most zealous promoters. At that period, we recollect to have been told, that such institutions were not wanted in this country at all, or certainly not for many years to conie; and then only in manufactories. where children are employed a!!
the week :-and we were pointed to the New-York Free School, in which many more mighi then have been accommodated, as a reason for this assertion. But it is now seen, as was then predicted, that the Sunday Schools have been the means of furnishing the Free Schools with pupils, in such numbers, that that society has been obliged to extend its accommodations to several new schools, and all of them are full, and still more are needed.
Union is strength. This truth has never been more clearly and happily shown than in Bible and Sunday School Societies
; and we should greatly rejoice--and may we not hope to see all the Sunday Schools in this city united, under the appropriate title of the “ New-York Sunday School Union ?!!'
School No. I. attached to the South Dutch Reformed Church. The conduct of most of the scholars, while in the school, is such as to merit commendation. Soon after the departure of the mission family for the Osages, a box was placed in the school, to receive the contributions which the scholars attending the male and female schools belonging to our church, might be disposed to make towards the object of the mission. Five dollars have in this manner been collected, and forwarded to the Treasurer of “The lánited Foreign Missionary Society.” The box is still continued in the school, to receive the mites which the scholars may yet wish to cast into the treasury of the Lord.
The prayer meeting, of a number of the teachers and scholars, is still continued on Sabbath evenings; and occasionally meetings of this kind have been held during the week. Although we do not know that since the last Report any in the male school have been brought "from darkness to light;" yet, in the female school, we have met with a few instances in which we trust that the Lord has owned our labours, and brought sinners to a knowledge of himself.
School No. III. attached to the Brick Presbyterian Church.-Exclusive of the scripture proofs, there has been recited by the Tes. tament classes eight thousand verses. From 15 to 20 boys have been rewarded monthly, each with a tract, by the Visiting Committee, for reciting proofs ; and two premium Bibles have been distributed since our last Report was submitted. No deaths have occurred in the school for the last 6 months, but a number of our pupils have been visited with 'dangerous sickness; and at these seasons, when visited by their teachers, both parents and children have manifested the most lively feelings of gratitude. Some of these children continue to cherish a sense of their dependance, and of the sinfulness of their hearts, and their obligation to their instructors and to God. At some of our visits at their dwellings, for the special purpose of conversing with the parents on the welfare of their immortal souls, we have witnessed the silent tear steal down their cheeks, and approve of that holy law which condemns their sins of omission and commission.
Our weekly prayer meeting is still continued, and it is with joy that we are enabled to say, thai another individual has united herself to the visible church, who says, that she dates her first serious impressions at one of these meetings. Another of our teachers, during the last quarter, has made a public profession of religion, and commenced a course of studies preparatory to the ministry, making, in all, five young men who, during the last two years, have left us and are now engaged in their studies. A prayer meeting is held in the school room on Sabbath mornings, half an hour previous to opening the school, for the special purpose of imploring the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the school. Many of our older Christian brethren encourage us, by their pre; sence and counsel at the school; and, upon the whole, we feel animated in our labours, and earnestly hope and expect, yet to see many brought into the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the instrumentality of Sunday School instruction.
School No. IV. attached to Christ Church, in Ann-street.--The superintendents, with great pleasure, present the result of their exertions, in directing the concerns of the school. From a review of the several teachers' statements it appears, that in the last six months, 11,199 verses, or 373 chapters, have been committed to memory by 24 boys.
A prayer meeting, for the teachers of the male and female schools attached to the church, was commenced some time ago, on recommendation of several members of the church. These meetings are highly useful and interesting, and are frequently attended by our pastor. The evening is generally spent in devotion, which we trust will have the effect, through Divine assistance, of encouraging our hearts, and strengthening our hands, in the great work we have before us.
School No. VIII. attached to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Though we cannot mention any particular instances of conversion, we are happy to state that many of the children are moral, and attentive to religious instruction. We feel not discouraged because the fruit of our labour does not appear in the abundance we could wish, for the promise animates us. Our teachers are young men, punctual, zealous, pious; who “ let their light shine before their tender charge, and endeavour, by precept and example, to direct their infant feet to the paths of wisdom.
School No. X. attached to St. George's Church. The changes which have taken place since the last report, are still, we doubt not, fresh in your memory, especially that afflicting dispensation of an all-wise providence, which has removed from among us one* who had devoted himself to the service of his Redeemer, in
Mr. CHARLES W. ABRAMS, who died on the 23d of June last, in the 24th year of bis age, of an injury he received while in the discharge of his duties as a Fireman. Amongst the many Sunday School Teachers with whom we are acquainted, we know of none more devoted to the arduous employment than Mr. Abrams; during nearly VOL. VIT,