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Young Men's Missionary Society.
passing the city six days, once each day, without all this routine of ceremony? But it is not necessary for us to multiply examples of this kind. The word of God abounds with such; and we presume none are disposed to contend that men are not used as instruments to accomplish His purposes. If this be admitted, the duty of each individual professor of religion should be humbly to inquire-"Lord what wilt thou have me to do."
en youth. Indeed, turn our attention to what part of the country we may, we behold some exertions making by young men.
But they have other examples equally imposing. The young Ladies in every part of the country, have connected themselves with some benevolent institution calculated to promote the welfare of mankind. The other sex assert, that they possess more magnanimity than their fair rivals. But, how do they make good their pretensions to this trait of character? We know not. We are not dispos
Before we draw our conclusion, let us ask, what has been accomplished by sending the gospel to the heathen?-Were we in posses-ed to give credence to the assertions of those sion of all the facts developing the good who are merely hearers, or rather, braggers which has accrued from Missionary labors, about their good dispositions, when they do they could not in the narrow limits of our not verify these boastings by a performance sheet, be even briefly laid before you. But, of them. Because we see a person at church who could procure this information? Who paying a decent attention to the preaching could tell what benefits have flowed from the of the Law, we do not infer that he is a doer of efforts of missionaries? Those celestial bodies the Law, merely from the circumstance of who surround the throne of God,-who rehis hearing it. Neither can we be convincjoice over the sinner that is converted, mighted that a person is sincere who says he has a have some just conception of the eternal ben efits which have, and continue to accrue from the labors of God's people. We cannot even guess at them; but let the history of many virtuous and pious heathen converts testify to
The many institutions of this kind should excite a holy rivalship in the heart of every christian. In the primitive age of the church, converts to the gospel "sold their possessions," and appropriated all their value to the good of the church. It is not required of you to dispose of your possessions for the spread of the gospel--a small pittance only is asked, not even as much as would purchase the tip ler's gorg for one week!
In New-York, the "Methodist Missionary Society of Young men," has afforded great as sistance to the cause of missions.
In Philadelphia, a society has been established, entitled the "Young Men's Domestic Missionary Society," w ich send or intend sending persons qualified, to the suburbs of that city, to teach and instruct the indigent
great deal of sympathetic feelings for the heathen, and who has never bestowed on them any assistance. What would you think, were a person to come and tell you-"I have just seen a man fastened in a deep gutter,
and he could not extricate himself. He is there yet, and I doubt not but he will perish, if he is not assisted;" if you were told that he had not made one effort to help him out? Just as absurd are the proceedings of those, who tell you that the heathen are in a benighted and darkened state, and never show a dispo
sition to relieve them.
aid in the promotion of a cause so necessary to the conversion of the heathen. We hope measures will soon be taken to have a society organized, sufficiently large and respectable to do honor to our place.
These remarks are made from a desire to
For the Miscellany.
MESSRS. EDITORS,-It has often been said, that a "Young Man's Missionary Society" could be establishIn Charleston, S. C., a society of young ed in this borough, embracing all demen has long existed, the object of which is, to nominations. But I have often had my aid in spreading the gospel. In the same city doubts, whether or not, this could be several of the Sabbath Schools, rai-e a fund effected. I shall communicate a coneach, sufficient to educate one or more heath-versation which took place when it was
United Foreign Missionary Society.
peculiar sphere than christians are? Did not christians in the primitive ages of the church sell their possessions for the purpose of contributing all they had to the benefit of religion? and, think you that the christians who profess to be guided by
first suggested to me. When I was about to point out the difficulties of establishing one, I observed that it would be a very arduous undertaking. “Why?” asked a friend. "Because," answered I, "our young men, are in a manner deaf to the subject; and care not for the wants of the heathen.-the same spirit, will not contribute They would rather appropriate their the trifling sum per annum of 50 cents? loose cash in the purchase of some Oh! nonsense. I cannot think it." luxury." "Uncharitable," said my I was exceedingly well pleased to friend. "Not have a concern for the find, that he had so good an opinion conversion of the heathen, when so of the young men, and I hope they will many of themselves, have been lately not deceive him, if he should be disbrought it is hoped, from principles of posed to make the trial. I shall not heathenism and slavery? Do not, I be backward in casting in my mite. pray you, insult the sympathies of so I wish you would introduce the submany professed followers of Christ."ject, Messrs. Editors, in a more forci"Friend," said I, "did you ever hear ble manner, to the people. Perhaps the story of a lady, who, on return-something may be done.
UNITED AND FOREIGN MISSIONARY SO
The last Register contains the Journal of Union, for Jan. and Feb. 1823; Great Osage Mission for Dec. 1822, and Jan. 1823; and the Seneca
which were noticed some time since, as being received by the board.
The Missionaries at Union sta
ing from a ride one very cold day, seen a poor man at her gate, and from her own feelings was led to conclude he must be very cold? Bring in the poor man to the fire,' was her command to a servant, as she repaired to her warm stove room. But, after her benumbed limbs had returned to their wonted feelings, one of her servants came and told her, that the poor man wanted some charity.-Journal for March and April, 1823; Send him away,' she replied; the day has become quite agreeable." "-"Shame, shame!" cried he, "do you compare a carnal woman to the sanctified believer in the doctrines of the tion, have not had as prosperous apgospel of Christ? Shame." fess sir," said I "it is a lamentable pearances of success, as heretofore. comparison. But have you ever made Occasional withdrawments from the a trial of their sympathies? If you school has taken place, which humbles have not, do." "I shall be the first them very much. The Journal for in the attempt," said he; "Because I cannot believe any one would refuse Friday Jan. 10, mentions the conto contribute the trifling sum of 50 or tinued sickness of Mr. Alsoff the 75 cents per annum to such a divine-millwright; and for Jan. 18, sister ly featured institution. "Look," he Vaill's confinement with the pleucontinued, "at our young men who risy. Notwithstanding all these discare not for these things? They can spend three or four dollars in one day, advantages, they, with the true spirit gossipping with their foolish compan-of christian resignation, say, like ions; are they more generous in their Paul, "when we are weak then are
United Foreign Missionary Society.
for conference and prayer. One of our hired men has, for several days past been under serious concern respecting the state of his son. Two others are pious, and attend prayers every evening with the hired men at their room.
Sabbath, Dec. 8.-This morning we were agreeably surprised with the voice of one of our hired men in our family prayers, and in the evening the satisfaction was increased, when another, in the state of whose mind we have felt lively interest, consented to pray, for the first time in so large a company. Besides the improvement and establishment of the individuals themselves, we consider these events
we strong." They have, notwithstanding these apparent frownings of their master, many precious tokens of acceptance and of favor. Clamore, one of the Chiefs, who has ever been favorable to them, consults them on all occasions of importance; which is a şure indication of his conviction, that they are superior to him in knowledge. This chief, on the 14th of Jan. made a request, that the missionaries would attend a council of the Indians; the object of which was, to concert measures for having a murderer brought to justice. Accordingly Messrs. Pixley as interesting, on account of their and Vaill, accompanied by the inter-probable influence on the sentiments preter, went to the village, and done and conduct of the hired men at this as they were requested. The inter-place. est which Clamore takes in the missionary cause, keeps alive, we are disposed to think, a still more brilliant prospect, than would be, under a reversion of his sentiments. On the 14th of Feb. he committed to their care his adopted son. "He is about 14 years of age, has a good degree of boldness and appears much at home. We would give thanks to God for the brightening prospects," says the jour-ural or divine. On being informed nal. Towards the close of the Journal notice of the recovery of the sick in the family is given.
GREAT OSAGE MISSION.
Corn Ground for the Indians.
The first corn for an Osage was ground at our mill to-day. Soon may this important engine of civilized man be the means of relieving the Osage females from the fatigueing task of manual labor. That it will greatly making their corn soft by means of promote their civilization we have great reason to hope. In his astonishment at the form and the rapid motion of the machinery, an Indian pronounced it Woh-cur-do-ka, supernat
of this instance of extravagance, one of our elder Osage boys, with a correctness of thought remarkable in a heathen youth, observed, that Mr. Austin made the mill, and the water turned it, therefore it is not divine.
As the prospects of this mission are Monday Dec. 23.-Several Osage brighter than that of the Union, and women brought corn to our mill, to as the journal mentions many things the amount of ten or twelve bushels. indicative of a special favor from God, The pond is well supplied with water, we shall present the substance of sev-and the mills perform to our full sat
eral items in the Journal.
Sabbath Dec. 1.-Attended divine service as usual. In the evening met
isfaction. The grist mill will grind six bushels per hour.
Tuesday, Dec. 31.-Heard from Br. Montgomery. He had arrived at the In
Maine Mis. Soc.-Revival in Athens.
dian encampment. He states that one | Rev. Mr. Cogswell, of Saco. A vote of the chiefs (Billa Ossean) is desirous of thanks to those Societies & individto have a school established at his vil-uals who have contributed to its funds, lage. He promises one child, and was moved by D. Campbell, Esq., his influence among his people in our Treasurer, seconded by Rev. Mr. behalf. He says if we come to his Chapin, and passed unanimously.village, we shall not want for chil-The gentlemen severally favored the dren.
Sabbath, Jan. 5.-Enjoyed another opportunity of coming around the table of our Lord. We trust it was a refreshing season. Four of our laborers, and Captain Dunlap, the U. States' blacksmith among the Osages, requested occasional communion. Sister Belcher not being able to attend at the organization of the church, requested to be admitted to-day.This request was readily granted.
Society with appropriate addresses.
Another public meeting was held in the afternoon, when missionary journals were read, and applications for aid in behalf of destitute places. In the evening a sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Loomis, of Bangor, from Mark xiv. 8. "She hath done what she could." A collection was taken up, amounting to $201,65, and a gold ring. The next meeting will be held at Bangor.
The report of the trustees states, that 30 missionaries have been em
whose labors together amount to about 300 weeks. Supplies to a greater or less degree have been afforded to eve
Labor performed by the female School.ployed in the course of the year, Tuesday, Jan. 21.-Sister Etris reported the work done by her girls since Oct. 22, viz. Sally Dodge, 8 yards of seams, and 21 days in the kitchen.ry county in the State-Those places Susan Larawe, 63 yards do. and 3 have been especially aided where a days in the kitchen. Eunice Pike, 48 settlement of the gospel ministry yards do. and 7 days in the kitchen. might be effected, and where there Maria Seward, 38 yards do. and 7 was an unusual attention to religion. days in the kitchen. Mary Williams No extensive revivals have been wit28 yards do. and 2 days in the kitch-nessed in the sphere of missionary laen. Jane Rennick, 24 yards do. and bors-but much good has been done1 day in the kitchen. Rebecca Wil-weak churches have been strengthenliams, 18 yards do. Mary Ludlow, 15 yards do.
ed, and the famishing have been fed.
MAINE MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Boston Recorder, of July 5, gives an epitome of the proceedings that took place at an annual meeting of the above society This Society has existed 16 years which was held in Portland on Wednesday the 25th ult. We make some extracts from—and had no means of usefulness, except what the Lord sent, "day by It has accomplished much, day." and will accomplish yet more for the destitute Sections in Maine.
It was well attended by the members from various parts of the State. The Report of the Trustees was read by the Rev. Mr. Gillet, Correspond ing Secretary. A motion for its ac ceptance was made by the Rev. Mr. Tappan, of Augusta, and seconded by
REVIVAL AT ATHENS, PA.
In No. 15 of the last volume, we published a letter from a person in Athens, to a friend
Embarkation of the Missionaries for Burmah.
in this place, giving an account of a revival converts are men of the highest standwhich had, a short time previous to the dateing and influence in society; and these of the letter, begun. The Pittsburg Recor- were indefatigably zealous in helpder of July 17, contained the letter that fol-ing forward the good work from the lows, which shews that the work has not yet moment they were brought to expericeased; and we hope it may not cease, till ev- ence the power of divine grace upon ery unregenerate soul in the place be conver- their own hearts. The character of ted! the work has been in almost every instance, very deep conviction of sin, distress of soul on account of guilt, rather than dread of future punishthe body could not have supported it. ment; and had this continued long; When the distress of the subjects has been so pungent, they were usually brought the sooner to cast themselves
Extract of a Letter from Rev. James Wil-
"Till lately, I scarcely could allow myself to speak decidedly to my friends at a distance, respecting the attention in this place to religious things. We can now say, we have truly had in this congregation "a refreshing from the presence of the Lord." About the time I received
mercy of God in Christ. The number hopefully converted since the commencement of the work is, your letter, (dated Feb. 7,) a few we think, about fifty-There are still members in our little church began to cises of mind, who as yet entertain many more under very serious exersee the necessity of awakening from There is not so no hope of life. their slumbers-of being more active much feeling or engagedness at presin the cause of their blessed Master. ent as was a few weeks since; but, we From that time there appeared some trust the Lord has not withdrawn his anxiety among sinners. The brethHoly Spirit from us. We have rearen visited from house to house. Many, in different parts of the congre- things for us, whereof we are glad." son to say, 'The Lord hath done great gation, were found inquiring after We have cause to rejoice, but to rethose things which make for their everlasting peace. Our religious meet-who of all those, who have been relijoice with trembling; we know not ings now became more frequent, giously impressed, will prove faithful crowded, and solemn.. At the very unto death-There are many favoracommencement of the work, it was ble appearances of revivals in two or manifested to be of God, as some of three neighboring congregations.the most hopeless persons, to human We have been praying that the Lord appearance, were among the first subwould extend his work." jects. Some who had kept at a distance from the means of grace, and opposed with ridicule every thing like religion were brought to beg for mercy; and, thro' sovereign grace, as we trust have found peace with God. For several weeks, secular business was almost wholly laid aside. During about two months we had meet- "It was expected the ship would have ings regularly every morning and sailed on Sabbath morning; and many evening, in the village, besides the repaired to the wharf for the purpose many meetings for prayer and preach-of witnessing the departure of our ing the word in other parts of the missionary friends; but the state of congregation. Several of the new the wind prevented it, and rendered
We noticed, last week, the departure of
the missionaries destined for the Burmah, empire. The follwing article was then in
type, but unavoidably deferred till now.
On the subject of their departure the Christian Watchman observes: