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FOR THE YEAR 1822.
Published at the expense of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions,
and all the profits devoted to the promotion of the missionary cause.
No. 50, Cornbill.
MISSION AMONG THE CHEROKEES.
REPORT OF THE PRUDENTIAL COMMIT pleasure to the commencement of TEE.
these benevolent labors. They set out r Continued from vol. xvii, p. 580.)
on their journey about the first of November, and reached Brainerd the 10th of January. Nothing of importance
befel them, other than the ordinary ocIn turning to the exertions of the
currences of travelling at an unpleasBoard, among the Aborigines of our
ant season of the year. western wilderness, there is much to excite gratitude for the past, to inspire
Station of Brainerd. hope for the future, and to impel forward in an enterprise, which has re
The various operations at Brainerd ceived signal tokeps of the divine ap
have been carried forward, as the probation. It is now the universally admitted duty of American Christians health of the missionaries, and the reto send the knowledge of Christianity | ity. The school has continued, with as
sources at their disposal, gave the abilto the scattered tribes within our own
little variations in regard to numbers, as borders. The missions, already undertaken among them by this Board, have
could reasonably be expected. In the obtained favor with the government of i beginning of last month, there were 87
Cherokee children, 57 boys, and 30 the United States, with the Christian community, and with the people, for girls, actually in the school, beside the whose benefit they were primarily in
children: belonging to the mission fami
liey. tended. Perseverance, an attentive
There were also 15 Cherokee observation of Providence, an unsha- children belonging to the school, who ken reliance on the power and promis.
were then absent, for various causes. es of God, and a careful eye to every || their studies, passed the stated exam
The pupils had regularly proceeded in practicable improvement in the system inations with credit, and were advanof operations, will not fail of the most desirable success and the most glorious cing to maturity with all those incitereward.
ments to industry and virtue, which be
long to a Christian and civilized counIn the course of the past year, the try. More assistants to carry on the mission among the Cherokees has been || business of education, in its various strengthened by the arrival of the Rev. || branches, to the best advantage, were William Potter, and Dr. Elizur Butler, | urgently needed; particularly a young who have entered with zeal and ac person of cach sex, possessing vigorous tivity into the labors of their brethren. health, good judgment, and a love for Mr. Potter was ordained to the holy | the work, to be employed in the superwork of an evangelist, soon after the || intendence of the children, when out last annual meeting of the Board, by of schorl. This want, it is hoped, the the association of ministers in Wind- | Committee may hereafter be able to fram county, Con., under whose auspice supply. These children, collected from es he had been previously licensed the wilderness, and placed under the to pycach. Dr. 'Butler completed direction of Christian benevolence, are
his medical education in Connecti- | indeed a precious deposit. Every • cut, not long before he entered upon thing should be done for their improve
the work, in which he is now employed. I ment, which can possibly be effected. Both had been recently married to Soon they will be mingling with their persons, who, as well as themselves, countrymen, and imparting their achad for some time looked forward with li cuired character to others, and VOL. XVIII.
they to others still, in a wider and
now probably on their way thither. still:wider range. No time is to be lost. They have small families, and are The principal difficulty lies in selecting strongly recommended as qualified to the best agents, which our Christian discharge the various duties, which will community is able to supply, for this there devolve upon them. Should they labor of love. But the Board, and arrive in safety, it is probable that one its friends in every part of the country, will assist Mr. Hall at Taloney." look to him who has the resources of During the year past, there has been the universe at his disposal, there is much sickness among the members of reason to believe that He will provide the mission families. Few have essuch instruments, as will be acknowl caped; the greater part have suffered edged and honored by himself, in the severely. Yet it should be mentioned communication of his mercy.
with gratilude, that no adult connected Among the events, which particular with the mission has been removed by ly concern the school, it is to be noticed death, and that the children of the with gratitude, that several of the boys school have been remarkably healthy. were uncommonly serious, at the date The very ardous labors of all, but esof the last intelligence; and that there pecially of the females, have doubtless was a general disposition to listen to re produced much of the sickness, which ligious instruction. A considerable | they have endured. The Committee number of boys and girls had been sincerely regret that so heavy a burden selecred to be supported as beneficia has fallen upon those public-spirited ries, and had received names prescrib- || and devoted females, who have addicted by their patrons. The little Osage || ed themselves to this service of the captives, concerning whom the sympa- | saints. They have well nigh sunk unthy of many has been excited, were der the various and distressing weight taken from the mission in the summer of care, which has continually rested of 1820, by order of the government, | upon them. As hired assistance could! to be restored to their tribe with other not be obtained without difficulty, and captives, as one mean of preserving when obtained was often worse than peace between the Osages and the none, they determined to manage the Cherokees of the Arkansaw. The ne domestic affairs, with the aid of the gociation failed however; and the female pupils between the hours of little girl, removed so many hundred school. Some estimate of the labor miles, amidst the dainps and exhala performed may be made, when it is tions of autumn, sickened and died, not stated, that one of the female assist. far from the mission established by the ants, who was far from enjoying goud Board, on the Arkansaw. In the hours
health, had, as her charge, to iron for of sickness and languishing, she exem: 120 persons, and to mend the clothes of plified the sweetest submission; repeat more than 50 boys; and that another, ing the hymns, which she had learned who had a weakly child to purse, suat Brainerd; and, it is probably not too perintended the washing, beside teachmuch to hope, that out of the mouth of ing the school for the girls. A worthy this babe the Savior may have perfect matron, who gratuitously spent three ed praise.
months in the labors of the mission
family, writes as follows concerning [The Report then describes the labors of
them: “When we take into considerathe year--the erection of mills, &c. and states that the "agricultural department has
tion the attention, which the sick renot yielded that profit, which was hoped and quired, the reception of company, expected from it.” The difficulty lies in sev. cleaning of house, making of candles eral causes, the multiplicity of cares, the and soap, &c. I am astonished that so erection of buildings, the want of more assist much could have been performed. It ant missionaries, &c. Some details of the
would be much for the cause, if some farming business are then given from the
pious woman, a good manager, and in journal, as published in the Flerald for No. vember, p. 338.)
good health, could be sent to superin
tend the kitchen, and the mission table. In accomplishing the original design | O may no thoughtless, useless, inexof the Coninittee, as well as with a perienced female ever add to the View to relieve the brethren at the burden of the dear sisters at Brainerd.” present exigency, two assistant mis Though the Visiting Committee sionaries, one from Vermont and the
could not conveniently attend the exother from Onio, have been directed to amination of the school, and inspect the join tile mission at Brainerd, and are concerns of the mission, as would have