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the 1st parish of West Springfield, Mass. by the ladies of that parish, $80. Rev. Wm. B. Sprague, junior pastor of the same, by the same, $30. Rev. George Stephenson, late of London, now of Bridgeport, Conn. by his own subscription, $30. Rev. Robt. B. Walker, York District, S. C. by the ladies of his congregation, $30. Rev. Samuel R. Andrew, 1st society, Woodbury, Conn. by the ladies of his congregation, $30.

To constitule Laymen Members for Life.- John Johnson, Esq. New-York, by his own subscription, $30. Thomas Mead of South Salem, West Chester co. N. Y. by his own subscription, $30.

Donations from Auxiliary Bible Societies.-Woodbridge, Conn. Female Auxiliary Bible Society; $28. Susquehannah co. Penn. Bible Society, $23. Vermont Bible Society, $400. Middletown, N. J. Female Bible Association, No. 1, $13 48. Watertown, Conn. Bible Society, $23.

Donations from Individuals and Societies not Auxiliary.~Female Juvenile Society, Boston, by Miss Catharine Clough, for the express purpose of aiding the translating of the Holy Scriptures in the Indian languages, $20. "A Friend," through the Rev. Mr. Phillips, of East Hampton, L. 1. $1 A member of the congregation of the Third Church, Salem, Mass. $50.

From Auxiliary Bible Societies, &c. for Bibles -Camden Bible Society, S. C. $60. Maine Bible Society, $261 36. Vermont Bible Society, $450. Young Men's Bible Society, of Baltimore, Md. $300. Providence Marine Bible Society, $119 90., Lexington, Va. Bible Society, $150. Charleston, S. C. Marine Bible Society, $200. Massachusetts Bible Society, $504. Fishkill, N. Y. Bible Society, $34 70. Middletown, N. J. Female Bible Association, No. 1. $12 52. New-York Bible Society, 8242 31. Fairfield co. Conn. Bible Society, $75 47. Newburgh Bible Society, N. Ý. 37. Rev. John Clark, on account of Bibles, $10. Individuals, for Bibles sold by the Agent this month, $79 36. Total, $3,295 10.

W. W. WOOLSEY, Treasurer A. B. S. The issues from the Depository, for the month of December, were-Bibles, 1440; Testaments, 717. Total, 2157—value $1445 11.

Presented to the Biblical Library-By Mrs. Harriet A. Tucker, of Danbury, Conn. widow of the late Rev. James W. Tucker, of Springfield, N.J. a Dutch Bible, duodecimo, printed at Dordrecht, 1720. By Divie Bethune, Esq. New-York, a Latin Bible, folio, printed at Venice, by Nicholas Jensen, in the year 1476 : 36 years after the invention of the art of printing.

J, NITCHIE. Agent A. B. S.

SUMMARY. Rev. W. Ward.--Our readers will be pleased to learn that the Rev. Mr. Ward, who is now on a visit to Boston, and several other places in New-England, has met with a very cordial reception, and has preached in several of the churches at Boston to crowded audiences. We understand he has been successful in obtaining a part of the amount necessary to complete the object of his visit to this country. He probably will return to this city in a few days, and we hope when he shall complete his intention of waiting on some others of our citizens, he will find them “ ready to give and glad to distribute.

The Rev. Ward Stafford, late minister of the Mariner's Church in this city, has been appointed by the Board of the American Bible Society, an Agent to promote the objects of that institution in some of the southern states. Mr. Stafford sailed on Tuesday, the 2d of January, for Charleston, S. C. The great services this reverend gentleman has rendered to the seamen of our country, and especially those who visit this port, we doubt not will ensure him the most cordial reception by Christians of every name, in whatever place the important objects of his mission may call him.

A Missionary Society, auxiliary to the United Foreign Missionary Society, has been organized at Jamaica, L. I. A similar society has been formed at Newtown, L. I.

A Marine Bible Society has been formed at New-London, Con. of which Gen. Thomas H. Cashing is President.


By T. B. Balch, a Classmate. On the prospect around me I listed mine eye,

The war-horse was tranquilly ranging the hills ; And I heard not a sound, save the flocks passing by

To the folds of the vale, by the side of the rills. The star of the evening lay sweetly at rest,

Encircling the hills with its rich softened glow; It hung on the cloud, far away to the west,

To illumine the path o'er the landscape below. How chang'd was the scene since that ill-fated day,

When the city, far fam’d, heard the trumpet's rude sound; When the whirlwind of war swept her children away,

And stripp'd of its verdure the landscape around. But scarce were the thunders of war heard to cease,

When a Herald so youthful, but girded on high, Rolls along the rich stream of the gospel of peace

Like an angel of light, that had stoop'd from the sky. Ah! friend of my youth, when o'er the hill and the glade

The mild summer's evening its mantle had shed; In the garden of Science we carelessly strayed,

Till the streaks of the West from the mountain had fled. But leave me thou didst, in the far lonely vale,

By the light of the morn or the noon's gentle beam To lead forth my flock, where the fountains ne'er fail

To the verdure that hung on the sides of the stream. Here, wand'ring along by the stream's lucid wave,

I have gaz’d on the flower all rent by the storm ; A flower once worthy to bloom on the grave

That enwraps in its bosom thy beautiful form. In the dew of the morn have I gaz'd on the star,

When the climes of the East were refresh'd by its light; Revolving o'er cities, and deserts afar

Again we behold its sweet splendors at night. Now the song of the boatman, so plaintively wild,

Is hushed-and the charms of the landscape are flown ; But the star that so sweetly my path-way beguild,

Still flashed like a jewel in Heaven's high throne.

Vol. VII.]

Saturday, February 17, 1821. .

[No. XX.


For the Christian Herald. BIOGRAPHY OF THE REV. DAVID ZEISBERGER, Sen. For sixty-two years a faithful Missionary among the North Ameri

can Indians.

(Concluded from page 587.) We cannot conclude the biography of this apostolic missionary without

remarking how “wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working,” is the Lord of Hosts. And how our incitements to serve, worship, and adore Him, are heightened by such splendid exhibitions of his love and mercy, as raising up men, like ZEISBERGER, qualified with grace, and

zeal, and strength, to execute His gracious purposes. Our worthy Moravian friend and correspondent, to whom we have alrea

dy been considerably indebted, remarks, in offering this memoir for publication—“Zeisberger's biography is translated from the German original, as it appeared in the society accounts of the United Brethren. It will no doubt prove very acceptable to those readers of the Herald who have perused Lockiel's History of the Mission of the United Brethren among the North American Indians, or the Rev. Mr. Heckwelder's narrative concerning the same mission; because in neither of those works is there any detailed account of brother Zeisberger's private life,

nor of his last moments." It the present time, when the eyes of our Israel are turned to the Ameri

can Indians, we believe that this particular history of one who has borne the burden and heat of the day—whose character is eminent for every excellence of the Christian missionary, and whose useful life was closed by a triumphant death, will furnish many useful lessons, and much encouragement to all, and especially to those who are engaged in

the same arduous labour. From the note of the translator alluded to above, we shall indulge in transcribing the following expression of his wishes :-“ That the Lord

may continue to cause the Herald to be a medium for conveying light and instruction to the uninformed, and religious joy and edification to those that have the extension and interests of the Redeemer's kingdom at heart, is the fervent wish and prayer of the Translator."

One party of the savages, together with some English officers, moved on with them, and surrounded the Indian congregation in such a manner that they were completely encircled. On the 11th of Oct. they had proceeded 125 miles in this manner, and were now come to the river Sandusky. Here the half-king of the Hurons left our company and went home, without leaving word what those should do that were left behind. They at last reVOL. VII.

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solved to spend the winter in Upper Sandusky, and quickly built small log houses to secure themselves against the cold; for the savages had even robbed them of their bedding and blankets. The scarcity of provisions in these parts was so great, that many of the Indians had to travel back to the desolate towns, in order to bring corn from thence. Shortly after their arrival, our late brother, together with the three missionaries and four national assistants, had to repair to Fort Detroit, at the request of the English governor there, because many complaints had been lodged against them, as though they had kept up a correspondence with the Americans prejudicial to the British government. At a judicial examination, however, their innocence was proved and acknowledged. Upon this desirable issue of the affair, they were treated in a friendly manner by the governor, and thereupon returned to Sandusky. At the commencement of the year 1782, the Indian congregation and their teachers had to suffer exceed ingly from hunger and cold. It likewise became more and more apparent, that the design of the brethrens' enemies was forcibly to put a stop to the preaching of the gospel in the Indian country, and to disperse the united Indian congregations. The governor at Detroit found it impracticable to make good the promise he had made the missionaries, that they should be enabled to prosecute their labours among the Indians without molestation, since the enemies of the brethren continually besieged him. In March the missionaries were informed that they were to be brought as prisoners of war to Detroit. The separation from his dear flock grieved brother Zeisberger inexpressibly, and he exhorted them, at parting, with paternal tenderness, now their teachers were taken from them, to cleave the more firmly to their Saviour. On their way to Detroit, the missionaries received the heart-rending news of the melancholy occurrence on the Muskingum, when 96 Christian Indians, (62 adults and 34 children) who were gone from Sandusky to Salem and Gnadenhûtten, to fetch corn from thence, had been cruelly murdered by a band of Americans.

The governor of Detroit thought to render a service to the missionaries if he had them safely conducted to Bethlehem. Brother Zeisberger, however, gave him full information concerning the instructions 'he and his assistants had received in reference to their calling, and at the same time represented, that if even any of the missionaries were prevented from labouring among the Indians, the directors of the brethrens' church would not on that account neglect the missionary cause, since it was a divine injunction to preach the gospel to the heathen. In process of time this noble-minded gentleman, by his intercession, prevailed on the Chippeways to permit the Christian Indians to settle on their territory on the river Huron, about 25 miles from Detroit. At this new missionary station, (New-Gnadenhûtten,) brother Zeisberger and several other missionaries removed, until the spring

of 1786, when the unfriendly disposition of the Chippeways compelled the inbabitants to seek another place of abode. Peace having been concluded between England and the United States, it was proposed that the Indian congregation should once more return to their former dwelling places on the Muskingum. In this year, however, they could not proceed further than Cajahaga. Hard labour, and want of provisions, occasioned many distempers, and our late brother too was affected by them. In this trying situation, a letter from his old acquaintance Bishop John De Watteville, who had arrived at Bethlehem on a visitation of the North American congregations, greatly revived his spirits.

In the spring of 1787, the travelling congregation was expected to arrive at their place of destination ; but another war threatening to break out between the savages and the United States, they received a forewarning of its approach from both parties. Hereupon, Zeisberger, with his assistants, collected a flourishing congregation at Pettquotting, in about four years, which proved a great encouragement to him. But various outrages being committed in the mean time, by each of the above parties against the other, which more and more damped the expectation of a general peace, the hostile Indians at last unanimously resolved to associate together in one body, and thus to measure their strength with that of the United States. First, however, all those Indians that refused to go to war were to be drawn together, and brought to a certain spot on the river Miami, there to be under the protection of the belligerent nations. Zeisberger, who was well aware that such a measure was intended to compel the Christian Indians to participate in the conflict, could not consent to it. He therefore sent brother Edwards, in March, 1791, with some Indian brethren to Detroit, to look out for a place of security for the Indian congregation till the storm should be over. They found the same in 1792, near the outlet of the river Detroit. Here brother Zeisberger and his wife met with a remarkable preservation, having very nigh found a watery grave. In the following year the Indian congregation were permitted to settle on the river Retrench, afterwards called Thames, in the British territory. This new station was called Fairfield, and there Zeisberger staid till in the fall of 1798, when he moved with a part of this congregation, and his assistant, brother Benjamin Mortimer, to the Muskingum, where he began the missionary station at Goshen. This was the 13th Christian Indian town that he laid out, and here he spent the last 10 years of his life without any molestation from without, and in a continued state of activity. Still he was not wanting in a variety of afflictions, and most of all he was grieyed by those moral defects in the Indian congregation which appeared from time to time, and which, probably, for the greater part, arose from the long protracted Indian wars.

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