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MISSION OF THE LONDON
SOCIETY AT THE SOCIETY
tion for commemorating the Savior's dying || among them. We met in December last, love next Sabbath; and we feel more and and I was then enabled to state that the more pleased with these dear Christians, as Scriptures were finished. This excited in we converse with them all, individually, re their minds, as also in my own, gratitude to specting the state of their souls. Besides God for his supporting goodness, in sparing the two suspended some time since, not the my life, and enabling me to finish what I least occasion of church discipline has yet had, with long and unremitting endeavors, appeared; and we feel that the presence of labored to accomplish. It now appeared to the blessed Holy Spirit is in our midst. the brethren very desirable that the Scrip
tures should be printed in England, by the aid of the British and Foreign Bible Society. The work was selt to be too great for us to attempt. Detached portions of Scripture,
as a single Gospel, or a single book, a spelState of the Native Churches at Tahiti. ling-book, or a tract, might be accomplished;
but the entire volume of Divine Revelation The mission on Tahiti, where the missiona- || could at best only be done in a very inferior ries arrived in March, 1797, was the first
manner, and by a process so slow as to oc
casion commenced by the London Society, and
most undesirable delay. The
brethren were very apprehensive of the risk among the earliest of modern missions. I should incur in another voyage round Since that period numerous associations | Cape Horn, and though they did not doubt have been organized in christian countries
that the change of air would tend to restore
my exhausted energy and health; yet, they for sending the gospel to the heathen, which
rather hoped than believed, that I should have been from year to year occupying new reach my native country in such a state of posts and constantly extending their opera- health as to be instrumental in forwarding tions in heathen lands. Mr. Noit, the writer
the printing of the Bible for the poor Tahi
tians. This was my hope; the thought of of the following article, was one of the ear
it cheered and animated my spirit in the liest missionaries to Tahiti, and having wit- || prospect of dangers, and the uncertainty as nessed the progress and reverses of the
to how I might bear the voyage. By the work there, is well qualified to testify re
good hand of God upon us we have arrived
at the land of our fathers, in improved specting what has been accomplished. The health, and have found thai the Lord has editors of the London Missionary Magazine | been better to us than all our fears. introduce his communication with the follow You will naturally be anxious to know in
what circumstances I left the brethren, and ing remarks.
the people of my charge; and it is with deThe friends of the society have been in
vout gratitude to the Father of mercies I formed of the arrival of Mr. Noit, who has
inform you, that it is long since the spiritual returned to this country after the labor of
state of the people, among whom I labored, forly eventful years in the South Sea Isl was so encouraging as when I left. The ands, during which he has witnessed, and
Lord has put his hand a second time to the been a chief instrument in effecting, by the
cause, and has revived his work in the midst blessing of the Most High, one of the most
We received, with much enmarvellous and important changes that any
couragement, the assurance of your affecaation can experience—the abandonment of tionate sympathy with us in the trials to idolatry, and the adoption of the christian
which our churches were exposed, from the faith. The following extract is from a com
improper conduct of some, once numbered munication addressed, by this devoted ser
among their members, from the occurrence vant of Christ, to the directors of the so
of war, and the shameful importation of arciety, since his arrival in England, and will
dent spirits. But it will be gratifying to be perused, we are assured, with grateful || you to know, that when the irregularities satisfaction.
produced by these causes, especially by the
latter, were greatest, the mass of the peoOn the 20th of February, 1836, I embark. || ple were in sobriety and peace, and a large ed, with Mrs. Nott, on board the French | majority of the members of the churches, brig Courier, bound for Bordeaux, and an with perhaps only one exception, remained chored off that city on the 5th of June, hav- || stedfast in the faith, and order, and purity of ing been only three months and a half at the gospel. sea. At the quarterly meeting of the breth At my own station, Papaoa, in the close ren in Tabiti, in September, 1835, I inform of the summer of 1835, several, among those ed them, that by the time of our next meet who seemed neither to fear God nor regard ing, which would be in the following Decem man, came forward, expressing repentance ber, I hoped to lay before them the whole toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus of the Scriptures in the Tahitian language. || Christ. These persons belonged to two difThis information produced no small joy I ferent classes. Some were among those VOL. XXXIII.
of the years.
who had never made more than a nominal are seeking salvation through the blood of profession of Christianity, by abandoning the Lamb! On these occasions it often gave idolatry, and joining in public christian wor. me 'unspeakable pleasure to see many of the ship, and other outward observances. They poor old members of the church creep along had never given evidence of personal con ihe beach with totlering steps, and leaning cern on the subject of religion; but bad rath. on a staff, as they approached the chapel to er, without much consideration, followed the which they came, that they might be present stream when the nation, as such, adopted to hear the instruction given io those over the christian faith; they had never been bap. | whom they had otten wept, and prayed in tised. Others were among those who had secret and in public, who were now turning been baptised in their infancy, as children of 10 the Lord. Ou inquiring of them whal church members, but had never been con was their reason for coming, as the instrucvinced of sin, or of their need of a Redeein- || tions given were generally a repetition of er to save them from the wrath to come. what had been formerly given to themselves, Both these classes, about the time above re- they said that God had answered their ferred to, appeared under deep conviction prayers, by fulfilling that passage of Scripof the necessity of personal attention to the iure which I had formerly preacbed from, state of their souls; and were exceedingly Compel them to come in, that my house importunate to be numbered with the people may be filled.” God was now filling his of the Lord. They were not, however, im house with these poor outcasts, who were portunate in any rude or vain-confident man not a people, but are now the people of ner, but wished to pursue any course that God. “And now we entreat you to persemight be deemed most conducive to the ai. vere in exhorting and warning them to flee tainment of the object of their desire. To from the wrath to come. Tell them, as you these two classes of persons a third might be are telling them, to stand aside, every one added, which seemed under deep religious of them who are on the Lord's side, by tens, impressions, viz., those who, though they || by twenties, and by hundreds, and let them had been admilled to the church, had, on seek with earnestness and sincerity, that account of improper conduct, been separated they may be enrolled among the people of from its fellowship. Many persons of this God. Tell them not to spend either their description applied to me with all the im- || time or their labor for that which is not portunity of men in good earnest to obtain bread, or to give to the things of time that that salvation which is in Christ Jesus with attention which is only due to the things of eternal glory. At first they used to come eternity. Do not keep them too long out of in small parties, two, four, or six at a time. the church; you will find them more intelliAt our quarterly meeting at Papeite, which gent than in former years, when you were took place in December, 1835, the brethren instructing us and receiving us into the inquired into the truth of the reports which church. They can read and write too, and they had heard on this subject, and being understand the different catechisms very answered in the affirmative, we rejoiced to well. These they learned long ago, but begether on account of what the Lord appear. ing deceived by the devil they have neg. ed 10 be doing in behalf of the poor people lected their books; now they apply to you -We thanked God and took courage. Bụi || 1o be instructed and received into the when, after the meeting, we returned to our church, and we hope you will not delay respective stations, the number of those per- their admillance loo long." sons who professed to be seeking salvation Previous to this period, the minds of sevby the blood of Christ increased greatly, and eral of the brethren, including myself, were they came in companies of ten, iwenty, and very powerfully impressed with the vastness thirty at a time, asking the way to Zion and importance of the things of eternity. I with their faces thitherward. These would never felt satisfied in leaving the chapel, ungive me no rest, but pressed me with impor-less fully convinced that I had, in depende tunity at all times in the day, morning, noon, ance on the Divine blessing, used my utmost and night; and often, after I had been endeavors to persuade men to fly from imspending a considerable time with them, in- || pending vengeance. I did not feel satisfied structing, exhorting, and examining them unless I had made them feel my words as preparatory to baptism and communion with well as bear them. Others of the missionaihe church, they would still follow me home,ries have expressed themselves in similar as if unwilling to attend to any other sub- 1 language, and have spoken of the impressive ject. I held the meetings with these in- | urgency and importunity which the Lord quirers in the chapel, and many of the mem had enabled them to use with their people. bers of the church were accustomed to at. Thus we were enabled to reprove, rebuke, tend. On these occasions, the latter could exhort, with all long suffering and doctrine; not refrain from the expression of their sure willing to bear all things, to endure all prise at the great work which God was do- l things for the elect's sake, that they might ing among them. These people, they said, I obtain the salvation, which is in Christ were many of them wild men and women Jesus, with eternal glory. from the mountains, and had only now be About a fortnight before I left the island come tame and tractable, and behold they her majesty Pomare and her husband, and
ber mother, and a number of her attendants, || church so many of whom I entertained such came and requested to be admilled into the favorable hopes, for never were the prosfellowship of the church. After due exami- | pects of my station more encouraging. nation they were received among us, with The churches at the various stations of the entire concurrence of the whole church, ll the brethren, I believe, are on the increase, and united with us in partaking of the ordi- i especially at Mr. Davie's slation at Papara. nance at the Lord's table on the following Mr. Davies mentioned that a strong and exSabbath.
tending attention to the great truths of salNever had it been my privilege to admit, || vation had taken place at his station, similar in so short a lime, to the fellowship of the to that witnessed at my own.
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
NOTICES FROM THE MISSIONS. ton Theological Seminary, and Mrs. Tracy, BEYROOT.-Mrs. Smith, wife of the Rev.
of Philadelphia; Rev. F. D. W. Ward, of Eli Smith, whose severe illness and voyage Seminary, and Mrs. Ward, of New York
Rochester, N. Y., also from the Princeton to Smyrna were mentioned last month, was removed by death, on the 31st of Septem-1 N. Y., and Mrs. Steele, of Cummington, Ms.
city; and Doct. John Steele, of Auburn, ber. A more extended obituary notice will be given in a future number.
Besides prayers and appropriate music,
the instructions of the Prudential Committee CREEKS.-Some of the chiefs of the were read by one of the Secretaries of the Creek Indians residing on the Arkansas | Board, and a fraternal address to the misriver, having made unfavorable representa- || sionaries was delivered by the Rev. N. tions to the Indian Agent in that quarter, || Adams, of Boston. respecting the missionaries laboring among The company are destined to the Tamul them, and requested that they might be re-l people in Southern India, and will probably moved from their country. Orders to that labor at Madura, or at new stations to be effect were given by the agent on the 9th of occupied in the vicinity of that city, where September last, to all the missionaries, in a mission, regarded as an extension of that cluding those of the Baptist and Methodist | in Ceylon, has been in operation since July, denominations, and Rev. John Fleming, and
1834. The families mentioned above emDoct. R. L. Dodge, under the care of the barked at Boston, on board the ship SaraBoard. No misconduct is alleged against cen, captain Thomson, for Madras, Novemeither of the missionaries of the Board.
Choctaws.-Mr. Peter Auten and wife, EMBARKATION OF MISSIONARIES.
from Chili, and Mr. Jared Olmsted, from SOUTHERN INDIA.-A missionary meet
Homer, N. Y., and Mrs. Nancy W. Barnes, ing was held in Bowdoin-street Church, || from Beverly, Mass., destined to the ChocBoston, Sabbath evening, November 2016, taw mission on the Red River, west of Arwhen the following persons received their | kansas, where they are to be employed as public instructions and designation as mis- | teachers, embarked at New York for New sionaries of the Board;-Rev. Henry Cher-Orleans, on board the ship Richard Bourne, ry, of New York city, and recently from the December 12th. They were accompanied Auburn Theological Seminary, and Mrs. || by a son of Rev. L. S. Williams of the Cherry, of Norwich, Ct.; Rev. Edward Cope, Choctaw mission, who has spent the last five New Lisbon, N. Y., and from the Auburn | years in the State of New York. Theological Seminary, and Mrs. Cope, of SANDWICH ISLANDS.-On Sabbath eveParis, N. Y.; Rev. Nathaniel M. Crane, ofning, December 4th, the largest company of West Bloomfield, N. J., and also from the missionaries and assistants which has ever Auburn Seminary, and Mrs. Crane, of Pom been sent forth by the Board at one time, pey Hill, N. Y.; Rev. Clarendon F. Muzzy, I received their instructions in Park-street of Athens, Pa., recently from the Andover meeting-house, consisting of the following Theological Seminary, and Mrs. Muzzy, of || persons, thirty-two in all Wardsboro', V.; Rev. William Tracy, of Rev. Isaac Bliss and wife from Virgil, Norwich, Cı., and recently from the Prince N Y., where Mr. B. had been for a year or
two pastor of a church; Rev. Daniel T. Conde, of Charlton, N. Y., and his wife, of Jericho, Vt.; Rev. Mark Ives, of Goshen, and his wife, of North Guilford, Ct.; Rev. Thomas Lafon, M. D., from the state of Missouri, and his wife, from New Bedford, Mass.; Doct. Seth L. Andrews and wife, of Pittsford, N. Y.; Mr. Amos S. Cooke, of Fairfield, Con., and his wise, of Sunderland, Mass.; Mr. William S. Van Duzee, of Ogdensburg, N. Y., and his wife, of Southington, Con.; Mr. Edward Bailey and his wife, of Holden, Mass.; Mr. Abner Wilcox, of Harwinton, and his wife, of Norfolk, Con.; Mr. Horton O. Knapp and his wife, of North Greenwich, Con.; Mr. Charles McDonald and his wife, of New York city; Mr. Edwin Locke, of Fitzwilliam, and his wife, of Cornish, N, H.; Mr. Bethuel Munn, of Trumanshurg, and his wife, of Skeneateles, N. Y.; Mr. Samuel N. Castle, of Cleaveland, Ohio, and his wife, of Plainfield, N. Y.; Mr. Edward Johnson, of Hollis, and his wife, of Warner, N. H.; and Misses Marcia M. Smith and Lucia G. Smith, of Clinton, N. Y.
Most of this company, excepting the of. dained missionaries and the physician, proceed to the island with the expectation of being employed in teaching and superintending schools.
The public services consisted of prayers by the Rev. Mr. Fitch, of Boston, and Rev. Mr. Aiken, of Amherst, N. H., the Instructions of the Prudential Committee by Mr. Anderson, one of the Secretaries of the Board, a fraternal address to the missiona. ries by Rev. Mr. Bird, recently returned from the mission in Syria, and appropriate music. On the 13th the company assembled on board the barque Mary Frazier, commanded by captain Sumner, when, aster singing a hymn, they were commended to the care of the Head of the Church, during their vayage and their fulure course of la. bor, in a prayer offered by the Rev. Dr. Jenks, of Boston. Owing to the state of the weather, the vessel did not sail till ten o'clock on the morning of the 14th. pains were spared on the part of the owners and captain to provide the best accommodations, and to render the voyage in all respects comfortable and pleasant, for so large a company.
Board of Foreign Missions in Ref. Dutch chh.
W. R. Thompson, New York city, Tr. 2 70
fr. a member of Augusta chh 30,)
mon. con. 92; to constitute Rev.
Thomas THWING Hon. Mem. 352 90
la. 121,14; mon. con. 48,25; 350 05
mon. con. 29,50; young la. 15,16;
to constitute Rev. EBENEZER
CARPENTER an Hon. Mem. 50;) 84 26
94,16; mon. con. 65,24; male
33 50-2,433 85 Chrittenden co. Vt. Aux. So. W. I. Seymour, Tr. Burlington, La.
26 00 Essex, Mon. con.
4 81 Underhill,
15 12-45 93 Exser co. North, Ms. Aux. So. J. Caldwell, Tr. Bellville, La.
chh. 107; mon. con. in Dr.
154 41 -198 41 Essez co. N. J. Aux. So. T. Frelinghuysen, Tr. Elizabethtown, Fem. united miss.
so. in Ist and 21 chhs. for Darid
chh 16,63; asso. in 2d presb.
Mem. 50;) 559,29; a friend, 6,50; 582 42—622 42
mon. con. 34,39; la glean. so. 20; 187 02
132 44—827 72
Franklin co. Vt. Aur. so. C. F. Safford, Tr.
Cambridge, Cong. chh. and so. 6 52
28 73 Sheldon, Rev. P. Kingsbury,
2 00 Swanton, Benev. so. 18,37, mater. asso. for Ark. miss. 4,25;
22 62 St. Albana, Cong. chh. and so. 125 06–188 05 Genere and vic. N. Y. By C. A. Cook, Agent, Benton, Presh. cbh.
40 00 East Ridge, Sodus, Presb. chh. 9 17 Graveland, Gent. 20,81; la. 10,65; mon. con. 12,36;
43 82 Livonia, Presb. chh.
14 00 Romulus, Presb. chh. 53; mon.
ron. 115,50; special effort, 110; 278 50 Wayne, Av. of self denial and thank off.
10 00 West Bloomfield, 10; mon. con.
in cong. chh. 28; coll. 17; Rev.
55 00-450 49 Grafton co. N. H. Aux. śo. W. Green, Tr. Bristol, Mrs. M. E.
50 Campton, Mon. con. 24,35; a chh.
mem. to constitute Rev. BER-
74 35 Dorchester, Gent and la.
3 75---78 60 Greene co. N. Y. Aux. So. Rev. Dr. Porter, Tr. Big Hollow, L. Hays,
5 00 Cairo, Mon. con.
16 00 Catskill, H. Whittlesey, for ed.
of a boy in Persia, 20; R. S. 3; 23 00 Greenville, A. Wakeley,
5 00 Huater, Mon. con. in presb. cbh. 20 00 Lexington, Rev. A. L. Chapin, 10; presb. cong. 4,50;
14 50 Windham, C. Camp,
10 00—-93 50 Hartford co. Ct. Aux. So.J. R. Woodbridge, Tr. Canton, Gent. 36,70; mon. con. 4,19; T. Case, 10;
50 89 East Windsor, Wapping, Mon. con.
5 87 Enfield, Mon. con. 2,92; E. Parsons, 10;
12 92 Granby, Gent. 8,65; a friend, 1,28; 9 93 East, A friend,
50 00 Hartford, Ist so. Mon. con. 39,55; gent. 30; la. 16;
85 55 N. 80. Gent.
816 00 West, la.
26 02 Hartland West, La.
30 83 Suffield, Mon. con.
10 00 Windsor, Gent.
34 50-1,173 02 Hillsboro' co N. H. Aux. So. R. Boylston, Tr. Antrim, Gent.
16 25 Bedford, La
22 35-38 60 Lutchfield co. Ct. Aux. So. C. L. Webb, Tr. (or which fr. Bridgewater, Coll. 26,91;
Litchfield, Dona, 10; New Hartford, s.
Britain, Mon. con. 8,89; coll. 87,19;) 550 00 Middlese. North and vic, Ms. Char. so.
J. 8. Adams, Tr.
9,50; Dunstablo, 66,24; Fitch-
PORT, of Bolton, an Hon. Mem.) 718 57
34 00 Bergen, Ist. cong. chh.
57 45 Bethany Centre, Presb. chh.
12 00 Brighton, La, benev. so.
20 00 East Bethany, Presb. chh.
15 00 Henrietta, Cong. chh, and cong. 130 00 Mendon, 1st presb. chh.
39 75 Moscow, Presb. chh.
11 62 North Bergen, I. Guthrie,
Ogden, Presb. chh. and cong. (of which to constitute Rev. Č. P.
Wing an Hon. Mem. 50;) 145 00 Pennfield, Presb.chh.
27 04 Pittsford, Presb. chh. (of which
to constitute SETH L. ANDREWs an Hon. Mem. 100;) 122 49 Richmond, Presb. chh. and cong.
(of which to coastitute Mrs. SOPHIA BILLINGTON an Hon. Mem. 100;) 200; T. Williams, to constitute Rev. LINUS W. BILLINGTON an Hon. Mem. 50; 350 00 Riga, Cong. chh.
12 00 Rochester, 1st presb. chh. (of
which constitute LEVI
G. LEE an Hon. Mem. 100; 862 46
15 00 Warsaw,
Presb. chh. and cong. 95; A. Woodruff, 10;
105 00 West Mendon, Presb. chh.
75 00-1,953 81 New Haren City, Ct. Aux. So. F. T. Jarman, Tr. Center chh. and cong. 318,04; mon. con.
in 1st and united so. 50,73; do. in Yalo
425 91 New Haven co. West, Ct. Aux. So. W. Stebbins, Tr. A child,
20 Bethany, Gent. 31,33; la. 13,02; 44 35 Derby, Gent, and la. 107,82; mon. con. 42,18;
35 73 Middlebury, Benev, so.
43 03 Milford, lst so. Gent. 61,36; la.
48,40; la. sewing so. for
sch. for do. 30, chh. 50; 224 76
mon. con. in lst and 2d so.
59 65 Oxford, Chh.
33 12 Prospect, Gent. 12; la. 14,42; 26 42 Waterbury, Gent. 33,25; la. 46,11; mon. con. 11,12;
90 48 Salem Bridge, Chh. and so.
28,44; mon. con. 17,25; fem.
char. so. 20; juv. sew. so. 5; 70 69 West Haven, Gent.
45 00 Westville, A friend,
5 00 Woicott, Gent. 10,85; la. 13,73; 24 58
Woodbridge, Gent. 12; la. 34,05; 46 05-1,061 91
Nitchie, to constitute Rev. BENRY
2,652 15 Norfolk co. Ms. Aux. So. Rev. Dr. Burgess, Tr. Milton, La, sew. circle,
32 04 Oneida co. N. Y. Aux. So. A. Thomas, Tr.
Adams, 35; mon. con. 10,60; 45 60