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the Heathen the glad tidings of salvation. The students had, the night before, begged to be permitted to express their gratitude on this occasion, and they chose Mr. Jaremba to be the organ of their sentiments. His seriousness and energy spoke even as much as his words.
Mr. Stockmeyer and Mr. Lr Roche, ministers at Basle, then addressed the meeting, which was closed by Mr. La Roche with fervent prayer.
MISSION TO THE SANDWICH ISLANDS. American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. For several years past, the eyes of the Christian 'community has been fixed upon Owhyhee, and the neighbouring islands, as an inviting field for missionary labour. Attention was first drawn to this most delightful cluster in the northern Pacific, by the fact, that some of the natives, providentially cast upon our shores, were receiving the advantages of a liberal and Christian education, and had apparently become the subjects of that spiritual change, which alone could fit them to be useful to their countrymen in the highest sense. The hope, that they might return to their native islands, accompanied by faithful missionaries, and bearing the offers of mercy to ignorant and perishing multitudes, was greatly strengthened by the wonderful displays of divine grace in the islands of the Southern Pacific. The lamented Obookiah was anxiously looking for the day, when he should embark on this voyage of benevolence and of Christian enterprise. Though it seemed good to the Lord of missions, that his young servant should not be employed, as had been desired by himself and others, but should be called to the enjoyments of a better world, divine wisdom bad prepared, as we trust, other agents to aid in accomplishing the same blessed design.
Tamoree, king of Atooi, expressed himself as being exceedingly desirous that missionaries should come and teach the people to read and write, as had been done in the Society Islands. This he did in conversation with American sea-captains, and wrote a letter, to the same effect, by the vessel which brought this intelligence, addressed to his son at Cornwall. This son, though not attached to the mission, sailed with the missionaries, and professed a desire to befriend them, and to promote the cause of truth among his countrymen.
The principal means, which Providence used to bring about this surprising result, was the continually repeated rumour of what had been done in the Society Islands, and the continually repeated assurance of our sea-captains and sailors, that the whole system of idolatry was foolish and stupid. Thus has a nation been induced to renounce its gods by the influence of Christian missionaries, who reside at the distance of nearly 3,000 miles across the
ocean. Thus, while the Gospel is becoming the power of God and the wisdom of God, to many in the Islands of the Southern Pacific, the distant rumour of these blessed results has made the idolaters of the Northern Pacific ashamed of their mummeries, and consigned to the flames the high places of cruelty, the altars, and the idols together.
MISSION TO THE CHOCTAWS. ELLIOT. S rerican Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. This is je primary seat of the mission to the Choctaws-named after the “ Apostle of the In. ans"-within the state of Mississippi--on the Yalo Busha Creek, about 30 miles above its junction with the Yazoo; 400 miles W. S. W. from Brainerd—70 miles west of the Ohickasaw Agency-100 north of the Choctaw Agency, and 145 miles from the Walnut Hills; which last mentioned place is a little below the entrance of the Yazoo into the Mississippi, and about 130 miles above Natchez.
“ The Rev. Mr. Kingsbury's acquaintance with the native character, his high standing in the esteem and confidence of both red men and white,--and the experience which he had in commencing and advancing the establishment at Brainerd, combined to render it, in the view of the Committee, highly important that the superintendence of the Choctaw mission should be committed to him.” Such was the statement made in the Report, two years ago, at the commencement of this mission; and the Committee think it right now to say, that the confidence thus expressed has been fully justified, and the anticipations thus made public have even been surpassed, in what has been realized.
It was on the 27th of June, 1818, that Mr. Kingsbury, and Mr. and Mrs. Williams, arrived at this place from Brainerd. The place was then' an entire wilderness; and after various hindran. ces, and necessary arrangements, the first tree was felled, upon the spot selected for the establishment, on the 15th of August. On the 16th of the same month, their first log house was erect. ed, for the lodgment of the family. On the 29th, Mr. Peter Kanouse and his brother John G. Kanouse with his wife, from Rockaway, N. J. and Mr. Moses Jewell and wife, from Chenango County, N. Y. arrived at the station, as assistants. About the middle of the next January, Mr. A. V. Williams, from Saratoga Co. N. Y. a brother of the first assistant, joined the mission. On the 1st of the ensuing February, Miss Sarah B. Varnum, now Mrs. Kingsbury, from Dracut, Mass. and Miss Judith Chase, now Mrs. Williams, from Cornish, N. H. were gratefully welcomed to the mission family. Six months after, on the 1st of August, the mission was further cheered and strengthened, by the arrival of Dr. William W. Pride, a young and devoted physician, from Cambridge, N. Y. and Mr. Isaac Fisk,* a highly approved
* MR. Fisk died on the 19th of September, 1820. This man furnished a rare exam. ple of excellence, though little known beyond the circle of his neighbourhood, until a year or two before his death. Modest and retiring in his manners, and tender of the feelings of others, he would on no other account give them pain, than io attempting to show them the maligaity of a sinful nature.
blacksmith and farmer, from Holden, Mass. On the 1st of July last, Mr. Anson Dyer and Mr. Zechariah Howes, agriculturists and schoolmasters, in the prime of life, reached the station, from Ashfield, Mass. Their companions, on the journey, Mr. Joel Wood, of like qualifications, and his wife, sister of the Messrs. Williams, from Salisbury, N. Y. were left some distance behind, on account of sickness; and it is not known how long they have been detained.
The Rev. Alfred Wright, who was mentioned in the Report of the last year, as being designated for this mission, and then expected to proceed to the station from South Carolina before winter, owing to circumstances not to be controlled, found it necessary to defer going until spring; and, having returned to visit his friends in New England, he set out from Columbia, Con. June 1st, with instructions, for purposes of agency, to proceed leisurely and somewhat circuitously, to Elliot. He was at Marietta, in Obio, about the middle of August.
On Wednesday, Sept. the 14th, Messrs. John Smith, Calvin Cushman, and Elijah Bardwell, with their wives and children, substantial farmers, and two of them accustomed to school keeping, aged from 35 to 40, of Goshen, Mass. and Mr. William Hooper, of Berwick, Me. a young man, a tanner and shoemaker, and well qualified also to act as a schoolmaster and catechist,---set out with four waggons from Goshen, for this same mission.
Mr. Peter Kanouse, on account of ill health, as mentioned in the last report, left the station about five weeks after his arrival, and returned to New Jersey. And the last of August, a year ago, his brother, Mr. John G. Kanouse, who did not consider himself engaged, like the rest, for life,---returned also with his wife, from the mission.
Only a week after, on the sixth of September, the mission was still farther diminished and deeply afflicted, by the decease of the younger Mr. Williams. His disease was distressing and rapid, but his mind was steadfast and serene; and his death peace. ful and consolatory.
This beloved and lamented youth was hardly nineteen years old, when, with uncommon maturity and strength of mind, and of modest, fervent, and active piety he entered the service; saying, in a letter written at the time,'" I have a desire to do all the good I cair. I feel willing to be spent in the service of my God." His revered and respected father could say,—and did say,---in answer to inquiries with respect to his feelings on the subject: “I would,
Having noticed the sickness of several members of the mission family, one of the missionaries says: “But these afflictions we should consider light, in comparison with the dispensation of Providence, which has by death snatched away one of the pillars of this establishment. On the third instant brother Fisk was attacked with the bilious sever. On the 19th he fell asleep in Jesus. By his death the cause has lost one of its most faithful votaries. He was zealous, persevering, and most exemplary. Wc fcel, we mourn for our loss; but he is now reaping the reward of the faithful."
hereby, and do hereby, give my most cordial and hearty approbation to his joining in the missionary cause. My children are near and dear to ine. But I trust I feel as though I received them from God, and have given them back to him in the holy ordinance of baptism; and I am willing to devote them to him for the service of the poor heathen, if they can be of any service. Had I a hun: dred sons and daughters, I should not think the sacrifice too great to devote them, for the salvation of one poor heathen. A better life than the life of man has been laid down for them. Shall I withhold a son, or a daughter, if God calls them, and they can be of any service? God forbid. Take them, therefore, dear Saviour ; take them, my Lord and my God. O take them, ye servants of the most high God, ye agents for God, in behalf of the suffering, benighted Pagans; send them wheresoever your wisdom and prudence shall dictate."
Happy son! Happy father! And not the less happy for what the Lord, in his sovereign wisdom, has seen fit to do in this early removal; nor by such a death will the cause eventually suffer.
There are now belonging to the mission, already in the field and on their way to it, thirteen men and nine women.
At Elliot they have cleared fifty or sixty acres of excellent land for cultivation, a good proportion of it bottom land of inexhaustible fertility. Several acres of the land were cleared by the native boys of the school, under the dircction of their immediate in. structor, Mr. Williams.
The buildings for the establishment are eight commodious log cabins occupied as dwelling houses; a dining room and kitchen coatiguous, fifty-two feet by twenty, with a piazza on each side ; a school house thirty-six feet by twenty-four, of hewn logs and finished on the Lancasterian plan; a mill-house thirty-six by thirty; a commodious blacksmith's shop and joiner's shop; a lamber house and granary; a stable, and three or four out-houses.
There are belonging to the mission more than two hundred neat cattle, including calves ;---teams of oxen and horses, wagons, carts, ploughs, and other implements of husbandry, suitable for a large plantation ;-mechanical tools for various arts; and all the varied apparatus for the accommodation of a family consisting of a hundred persons. • In the school, there are seventy or eighty children and youths, male and female.
From the first, the Choctaws,-the chiefs especially, have mani. fested toward the mission the most friendly dispositions. They have done more than merely to give their consent to the establish. ment, and allow their children to be instructed; but of the sinceri. ty and ardour of their desire for the instruction of their children and improvement of their nation, they have given substantial and unexampled proofs.
“It has been our endeavour,” says Mr. Kingsbury, "to impress
on the minds of this nation the advantages of instruction, and the propriety of their contributing towards the education of their own children. We are decidedly of opinion, that in every point of view, it is important that they should learn to help themselves. By commencing on a liberal and extensive scale for their improvement, we have drawn forth a spirit of liberality, as unexpected as ii is encouraging.”
In the Report of the last year, it was stated, that soon after the missionaries arrived in the nation, the king Puck-sha-nub-bee gave for the school $200, to be paid annually from the annuity by his part of the nation, from the U. S.; and that at a council of the nation in the fore part of August, after an address made to them by Mr. Kingsbury, a subscription was opened on the spot; and 85 cows and calves and $500 dollars to be paid annually, and $700 as a donation to the establishment, were subscribed. Your Committee have now the gratification to report other and greater donations.
“Ata treaty holden in 1816, the Choctaws sold a tract of country for which they are to receive of the U. S. $6,000 annually, in cash, for 17 years. The nation is divided into three districts, called the Upper, the Lower, and the Six Towns. At a council
, holden on the 4th of Sept. by what are called the Lower Towns ; including the north-east part of the nation, between the public road and the Tombigby river, it was voted unanimously, that the sum of $2,000, their proportion of the $6,000 above mentioned, be appropriated to the support of a school in their own district, under the the patronage of the American Board. They also sent a letter to the chief of the Upper Towns, in which Elliot is situated, requesting them to appropriate their proportion, an equal sum, to the support of this school."
Mr. Kingsbury, in a letter 5th of May, says, “It is probable that an alteration will be made, so that the $2,000 dollars annuiiy will go to the establishment, leaving the particular application of it to our own discretion, with the understanding that there shall be a blacksmith's shop connected with it on the plan of the one at Elliot."
In the beginning of June this national bounty was completed, by a like formal donation, on the part of the district in which Elliot is situated, of their part of the annuity, $2,000, for that establishment.
These donations and communications speak for themselves; and they speak with an emphasis that should arrest every mind-with a pathos that should touch every heart in this Christian land. They betoken an influence from the All-powerful Spirit that originally caused the light to shine out of darkness. The movement presses upon the mission with the force of a mighty rushing wind. The missionaries have found it impossible, and your Committee have found it impossible, to proceed as fast as it would impel