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ficers and Managers of both the Male and Female Parent Societies, and the officers of the church.
The report gave an account of the rise and progress of the five Sunday schools connected with this church, and stated that since their first commencement, about 5000 pupils have been admitted, to all of whom more or less instruction had been imparted: more than 500,000 verses of scripture had been committed to memory and recited by the scholars. The present number of pupils is about 500. We have procured a copy of the report, and shall further notice it in a future number.
OSAGES OF THE MISSOURI.-HARMONY.
United Foreign Missionary Society. The Osage Indians of the Missouri occupy two villages, six miles apart, on the Osage river, about 120 leagues from its junction with the Missouri-iatitude 37° N. Longitude 19° 20° West--climate salubrious--oumber of persons about 6,000_of peaceful babits.
This is a new missionary station, to be occupied by the interest ing mission whose departure we have just been called to witness. We understand the station is to be called Harmony. The mission consists of forty-one persons, and has been collected from nine different states, and from the three sections of the Christian church, Dutch Reformed, Associate Reforined, and Presbyterian, which have so harmoniously united their exertions in the work of evangelizing the heathen.
On Monday evening the 5th inst. they were publicly set apart to their office, in the Associate Reformed church in Murraystreet. The exercises were as follows: A short introductory prayer, by the Rev. Dr. Mason-Music by a select choir* _AQ address to the Throne of Grace, by the Rev. Dr. Milledoler Charge to the Missionaries, by the Rev. Dr. Romeyn-Addresses, by the Rev. Mr. Dodge, superintendent, and the Rev. Mr. Pilexy, assistant, of the mission~In conclusion, prayer was offered by the Rev. Dr. Proudfit.
On the following evening, the religious exercises took place in the Middle Dutch Church, in the following order :- lotroductory prayer by the Rev. Mr. Haight, of Wilton, Conn.-the general commission was read by the Rev. Dr. Spring - the instructions to the missionaries were read by the Rev. Š. N. Rowan-Addresses were delivered by the Rev. Dr. Gunn, of Bloomingdale, the Rev. Isaac Lewis, Greenwich, Conn., the Rev. Dr. M.Dowell, of Elizabethtown, N. J., the Rev. Mr. Knox, of this city, and the Rev. Mr. Allen, of Woodbridge, Conn.--and the concluding prayer was offered by the Rev. Dr. Hillyer, of Orange, N. J.
* We cannot notice this part of the exercises without expressing our entire disapprobation of getting up, on such occasions, select pieces of music, in which the whole congregation are unable to unite.
The churches were crowded on both evenings, and thousands went to the doors who were unable to get in. Collections for the benefit of the mission were received, amounting to upwards of of six hundred dollars.
On Wednesday, at two o'clock, the Board of Directors held a meeting with the missionaries, in the Consistory Room of the Dutch Church in Garden-street.
After the formal delivery of the commission and instructions, the audience united in singing an appropriate hymn. The mission was commended to God, in a prayer offered by the Rev. Dr. Griffin. A parting hymn was sung by the missionary family, The benediction was pronounced by the Rev. Dr. Proudfit; and they were accompanied by numerous friends to the steam boat Atalanta, where they embarked amid the tears and prayers
of multitudes of our citizens, cheerfully setting their faces toward the wilderness, for the love they bore to the heatben. As the steam boat moved from the dock, they sung with moving effect, a farewell hymn.
“A little after sun-set," says the Elizabethtown Gazette, “the steam boat, which had generously conveyed the family, and their travelling baggage, free of expense, arrived at Elizabethtown Point. Here it was delightful and overwhelming to the friends of missions, again to behold the interest taken in this glorious object."-We have received accounts of the manner in which the missionaries were received at Elizabethtown, New Brunswick, &c., but must defer them, as also a list of their names, to our next.
STUDENT AT COLLEGE. In our last we published a correspondence which took place between a student at college, (whom, for convenience sake, we shall call J. T.) and a respectable clergyman in a neighbouring state. We called the attention of the benevolent to consider the object the young gentleman has in view, and his pecuniary situation, and to contribute something for his relief. A highly res. pectable and benevolent lady in this city, on reading the correspondence, was determined to do something for the young pedestrian, and accordingly her husband waited on the Editor with her donation of ten dollars, and added the like sum for himself. This sum (twenty dollars) was immediately transmitted to the President of the college, the receipt of which he has acknowledged.
An interesting letter has been received from a gentleman in Philadelphia, with five dollars enclosed for J. T.
MISSION TO THE SANDWICH ISLANDS, By a late arrival at this port from Canton, we have received intelligence from the missionaries who sailed from Boston in Oca tober, 1819, for Owyhee. They arrived there safely and in good health ; bad commenced their labour on two of the islands. The king had married-he received the missionaries with the greatest cordiality and kindness. We regret that our limits oblige us to defer a more full account of their reception and success.
THE GENERAL PRAYER MEETING Will be held on Tuesday the 3d of April, at 4 o'clock P. M. in the Mariners' Church.
Receipts by the Treasurer of the American Bible Society during the
month of February, 1821. To constitute Ministers Members for Life.- Rev. Elisha P. Smith, pastor of 2nd Presbyterian congregation of Pittsburgh, contributed by Milnor Lodge, No. 165 of that city, under sanction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, by E. Pentland, Esq. Secretary, $30. Rev. Joel Clapp, Shelburne, Vt. grand chaplain, by a vote of the Grand Lodge of Vermont, through Jeduthan Loomis, Esq. $30. Hon. David Lawrence Morril, Senator of the United States, New Hampshire, by his owo subscription, $30.
Donations from Auxiliary Societies, &c.—Benson Young Ladies Bible Society, Vt. $25. New-York Female Auxiliary Bible Society, $2 50. Saratoga co. N. Y. Bible Society, $53 25; for Bibles, &c. $97 75. Ohio Bible Society, $80 26; making $120, including $39 74 reported last month. Fairfield District, S. C. $73 25; for Bibles, &c. $76 75.
Donations from individuals and annual subscriptions.--A Friend to the Bible cause, $5. Annual subscriptions collected by John Monahan, $469.
From Auxiliary Bible Societies in Payment for Bibles.-Nassau Hall Bible Society, $69 25. Chatauque Union Bible Society, $20. Cumberland Co. N.J. Bible Society, $66. New-London District Marine Bible Society, $40. Sales made this month by the agent to individuals, $85 22. Total, $1500 73.
W. W. WOOLSEY, Treasurer A. B. S. The issues from the Depository, during the month of February, were, Bibles, 1800Testaments, 1081—Total, 2881. Value, $1931 37.
Monies received by the Treasurer of the United Foreign Missionary
Society, for the month of February, 1821. Agents of the Society. From the Rev. Mr. Baldwin, collected by him on his tour in N. Jersey, Orange co. &c. $343 47. From the Rev. Mr. Rowan and the Rev. Mr. Strong, collected by them when Commissioners to visit the Tuscarora and Seneca missionary stations, $250. From Mr. Otis Sprague, balance of monies collected in Boston, &c. $68 50. From Peter Richards, Esq. New-London, $74. From A. Varick, Esq. collected at Utica, $54 47. From Hugh Kennedy, Esq. donation $49, collected $1, $50. From Cornelius Sleight, Esq. at Sagbarbour, $15.
To constitute Ministers and others members for life.-From Miss Elizabeth Nitchie, of New-York, $30. From the Male Benevolent Society of Middletown, Orange co. N. Y. to constitute their minister, the Rev. Wm. Blain, and Dr. David Hanford, $60. Major James Dalaby, and Messrs. John Schuyley, jun. and Richard C. Groat, by the Auxiliary United Foreign Missionary Society of Watervliet and Niskeuna, received from the Rev. John Knox, $90. Henry Wells Christie, by his Rev. father, J. J. Chris. tie, $30. Rev. Dr. John M‘Dowell, by the monthly concert of prayer at Elizabethtown, $30. From Mr. John Tine of Agdenburg, $30.
Donations from Auxiliary Missionary Societies--Missionary Society at Marbletown, $22. Missionary Society at Basking Ridge, N. J. $15 25. Missionary Society at Jamaica, L. I. $136 69. Missionary Society at Kinderhook, $34. Missionary Society at Red Hook, $30. Missionary Society at Flatbush, $34 50. New-Hackensack Society at Fishkill
, $81. Missionary Society at Hopewell, Dutchess co. N. Y. 866 25. Missionary Society at Bound Brook, N. J. $30. Missionary Society at Rhinebeck, $24. Missionary Society at Greenbush, $28. Missionary Society at Nyack, $16 50. Missionary Society at N. Brunswick, $89 62. Missionary Society at Clarkstown, $2050. Auxiliary Society of Dutch Church, at Catskill, $15 62. Union Missionary Society at New-Town, L. Í. $101 50. Union Missionary Juvenile Society at Fishkili, 817. Union Female Benevolent Society at Middletown, Orange co. N. Y. $100. Union New-York Missionary Society, $163 09.
(To be concluded.)
THE CHRISTIAN HERALD.
Saturday, April 7, 1821.
From the New York Literary Journal.
HENRY MARTYN. In the second and third numbers of the present volume, we published
brief memoir of this “man of God,” which was chiefly an abstract fromí " Memoirs of the Rev. Henry Martyn, B. D.” &c. by the Rev. James Sargent, jun. Two editions of this most interesting work have been republished in Boston, and are now for sale at the principal bookstores in this city.
The records of human philanthropy can furnish no ensample of affection and heroism, like that of the faithful inissionary of Christ, on his pilgrimage through distant climes. There is no field of suffering like that which he is called to tread; his sacrifices are those to which it were vain to search a parallel; his motive is higher than all else, for it is drawn from the very fountain of that heavenly love, which passeth all understanding. The reward which awaits his journey of tribulation and tears, has nothing temporal, nothing present, nothing obvious to mortal sense. His hope and treasure lie hidden in a certain, but unknown stale of being: and for these earth is accounted as nothing; the thousand charms of this world are čast unheeded away; and, till the last repose comes, the herald of mercy must sit down and weep, like captive Israel, by the waters of a strange land.
It is not merely in the actual extent of physical endurance and privation, that the bitterness of this holy martyrdom consists; ihough the body has no small share in the encounter. It is into the spirit that ihe cup of sorrow is emptied to its dregs. The very absence from those endearments of social love which make life's chiesest pleasure, were enough to intimidate the stoutest heart, were that all that is certain in the evils of this wilderness of existence. But there is besides a continued struggle with passions, strange and discordant; a contention with prejudices, obstinate and inveterate; a contact of mind without communion ; an appeal to bosoms that answer no return. He who sets out like Xavier, Brainerd, and Swartz, to plant the standard of the gospel of truth, in those dry and thirsty lands where the wells of salvation have been never known; to break down the strong holds of the adversary's kingdom, in the very point and centre of his power; to crush the terrible bulwarks of a deep-rooted and
complicated idolatry; to tear up the habits, the associations, the establishments of ages; meets that which none but those who feel it can ever know, and of which the most fiery trials in a Christian clime can afford no explanation. All that man suffers either of positive or of negative evil, in a land of common religion and reciprocal sympathy, is but the lighter or deeper shade of that cloud which is ever interposing between bim, and the vision of his brightest hopes. The mist is not always hanging; what. ever be the reasons of its intervention, they find either an interval or an end ; and a pure, though short sunshine, will scatter the darkness away. But for him whom oceans and deserts separate from the chances of such a change, his griefs are a long night, on which the day-spring can never arise. What arm of man shall hold him when he fails? What voice shall speak peace, when his weary spirit sinks? Who shall explain his doubts, comfort his fears, encourage his hopes? He stands single in creation's extended scene; he toils, but who can estimate bis labours ; he perishes, and who layeth it to heart ?
As all wretchedness is made more intense by the contrast of former experience, there will be degrees in the suffering of the individuals composing this heavenly band, proportioned to the sweetness of those enjoyments they have for ever left behind. He who parts from the shores of his nativity, inured to poverty and self-denial, enters the lists with a body more steeled against the keen sense of personal misery: he will not ache in the sudden void of luxuries untasted, and gratifications unsupplied; he will have passed through the difficult school of self-dependence; and his frame, in the new regimen, will feel a change, but not a fall
. In the concerns also of mind, the uneducated adventurer will prove less anguish in the anticipation and advancement of his future career. He will not see himself so desolate in the transit from an intellectual to an unintellectual almosphere of being the thirst for literary enjoyments will not be for ever drawing his affections back to the high communion of genius and of learning, in which he cannot hope again to participate. The alteration for him will be purely spiritual : he will pass from a world where heaven is all manifest, to a region of dubious twilight, or thick darkness; his solitude will be ihat of the pilgrim to a better country, without one companion to beguile the ruggedness of the road; his woes will be less various, for they will be emanations from one source.
Who, then, shall assign the mcasure of that mixed draught of pain, which cultivated talent tastes in this untried waste of things? Here is the double struggle with the prepossessions of a Christian and a man: for there has been the two-fold refining hand of worldly knowledge, and of that wisdom which cometh from above. Who shall count the tears of him who descends from the super. Auities of high, or the comforts of middle life? He starts at a