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the pleasure of looking upon those vol been one of mercy to us as individuals and as kümes; and while speaking upon the sub- families, and of prosperity in our labors. ject, he said to me, 6. You will please

There has been no death, no serious illness,

no accident, no political commotion. Our write to Dr. Robinson after my decease, strength has been reinforced, bodily and nu

and tell him how much pleasure I have merically; our families have been contented derived from my companionship with and happy; our field open and opening him, and how much I have been the wider; the work to be done abundant; and gainer from our association for a com

more than all, the good Spirit has descended,

not indeed in large, visible manifestations, mon.object. Tell him I have ever re

but gently, and yet in almighty power, for garded him as one of my most valued of

souls have, we trust, been converted.” earthly friends; and do not forget to say that I am entirely satisfied with his treat

Schools-Seminary. ment of me, in the new edition of the

In consequence of a re-arrangement of Researches. I could have asked noth

our field on Lebanon, several of the xing more honorable. Congratulate him

common schools, which were formerly on the completion of that noble and im

under our charge, have been transferred sportant work, and express to him my

to the care of other brethren. We have hope that he will give his remaining had but two, both at Abeih, one for boys, strength to the work of providing a com

the other for girls. The latter, which mentary upon a book or books of the sacred Scriptures. But this is for him educated by Mrs. Whiting, has recently

was taught by Sada, one of the girls decide."

been suspended, and the teacher transDr. Smith suffered but little, which is

ferred to Tripoli, to take charge of a the more wonderful as Dr. Van Dyck, on

school for girls at that station. Our kepost mortem examination, took from

boys' school has been prospered, the avthe lower part of his stomach a cancer

erage number of pupils having been which had reached its active state, as

forty. large, or nearly as large, as the egg of a goose. The neighboring parts of the in

In the seminary there are twenty pupils, testines had become, in consequence, so

most of whom give good promise of useful

One pious young man has been obliged much disordered, that almost no nourish

to leave on account of the death of a brother, ment.could pass into the circulation from for whose family this young man must now

hie stomach, and his death at this time provide. The year has been one of more seems to have been from his dropsy and

than usual religious interest in this instituthe want of sustenance. Yet his appe

tion. The usual thorough course of biblical

instruction has been still pursued. tite continued good to the last, and his stomach digested well. But he has gone. Our pupils are gathered from a wide God hath again smitten our mission. range of country, and as usual are from May we be sanctified by the affliction. different sects. It is pleasing to see how

the simple study of the Bible brings

them all to a substantial agreement in REPORT OF ABEIH STATION FOR 1856. religious opinions, and to a unanimity in The report notices the return of Mrs. Whi- rejecting all schemes of men as a suffi

ting to the United States on account of the cient rule of faith and duty. death of her husband, by which there “has Of open opposition we have had but ceased from among us a family known and little. One youth, who was on his way loved in Syria for the last twenty-five years.” to Abeih to join the seminary, was forciThe place thus made vacant has been supplied bly taken by night in the village where by the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Bliss, but Mr. Bliss's attention must of course be given in

he slept, by the emissaries of a Maronite great measure, at present, to the acquisition bishop, and carried to a neighboring of the language. The year, it is stated, “has conven on the pretence that the boy


was acting without his father's consent. stract made by one of the youth in the Several of his relatives have recently seminary, and were surprised at its become Protestants in Hasbeiya, and we accuracy. The heads of the discourse, hope that the youth will yet find his way and the inferences, were correctly open to return to us.

stated, and much of the filling up was

added. Church-Preaching-Congregations.

Our public worship is conducted in all Our little church has been increased respects as in the United States. Singfrom sixteen to twenty-two members. ing has been successfully introduced; It has doubled within the last eighteen and though this part of worship is not months. Additions have been made at performed with all the skill and taste of each of the four communion seasons practical choirs at home, yet we may during the year, and we have good hope venture to say, that there are those who that they are of those who shall be indeed sing with the spirit and with the saved. We think that, in general, they understanding. manifest a more than usual degree of

At Aramon, an out-station, about an simplicity in their Christian character. hour distant from Abeih, religious serTwo, admitted at our last communion, vice is usually held on the Sabbath, conare pupils in the seminary; young men

ducted chiefly by M. Araman, the first who give promise of much usefulness. teacher in the seminary. The congreTheir declared aim is to fit themselves gation sometimes reaches to thirty, to become religious teachers of their though oftener the number is from fifcountrymen, and we have confidence that teen to twenty-five. There are two such will be the result.

When more

church members in the village, and a years and more experience are added, considerable number of enlightened perwe hope that they will become useful

One among these is a Greek pastors of rural congregations. The priest, who has given up all connection year has been one of much harmony with the old church, and is known as a in the church, though (for the first time

Protestant. Another is a Druze, who in its history) we have been compelled

exhibits a spirit of uncommon perseverto resort to discipline in the case of two ance in the cause, is evidently convinced of its members.

of the truth, and may perhaps have passed Our Sabbath services have been main from death to life, though we wait for tained as usual in the chapel-an expos

more decisive evidence of a saving itory exercise at nine o'clock, A. M., change. He has endured no little oppreaching at ten, and a second service position, and has been often threatened at two, P. M., similar to the one held at by his old associates; and yet avows his nine. The first of these two expository

readiness to receive baptism, and thus services is usually conducted by M. Ruz- publicly proclaim his attachment to zuk, the second teacher in the seminary. Christ, and his hope of salvation in him At our regular preaching service the

alone. congregation averages from sixty-five to We have been essentially aided durseventy. It is made up of the seminary ing a part of the year in preaching, both students, and young men from Abeih and at Abeih and at Aramon, by Mr. Wilson, other villages. Of females, we usually who was compelled by the illness of his have not more than eight or ten present.

wife, to leave, for a time, his station at The attention to preaching becomes, Homs.

. we think, increasingly devout. A con

Reports from several other stations of this siderable number of the hearers, espec mission have been received, but cannot be ially of the students, take regular notes. published in this number of the Herald for We had occasion lately to see an ab

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intend to proceed, should God spare my Greece.

life, the ensuing year. One of these,

which I consider very important, is LETTERS FROM MR. KING, DEC. 31, 1856,

Alleine's Alarm to the Unconverted. I AND JAN. 28, 1857.

wish also to publish, as soon as possible, The first of these letters from Mr. King is

a third edition of the “Prayers of the designed as a summary report of his labors

Saints,” in Modern Greek, as the first during the year, and furnishes, in many

and second editions of that work are respects, a very gratifying account of the work in which he is engaged, its results and out of print. This work, which I first its promise.

published several years ago, consists of

the greater part of the prayers contained Use of the Press.

in the Old and New Testaments, togethI have this day finished correcting the er with those passages which relate to translation of the fifth volume of the prayer, the manner in which it should be collection of the American Tract Soci- offered, through whose mediation, &c. ety's publications in modern Greek.

Of portions of the Scriptures, school-books, This volume contains upwards of six and religious tracts, Mr. King had distributed hundred pages 8vo., and the correction during the year, not far from half a million of the translation has cost me a great deal of labor. The first volume, of four PreachingTheological Class. hundred and thirty pages, I printed in I must speak of my preaching in 1853. The second volume, of five hun- Greek on the Lord's day. This I have dred and eighty-seven pages, in 1854. continued through the year, with no The third volume, of four hundred and interruption except once or twice by ninety-eight pages, also in 1854. The illness. The audience has averaged fourth volume, of four hundred and about fifty. Many of the hearers are thirty-five

pages, in 1855. The fifth, as students and men of intelligence, and in above mentioned, of six hundred and general, listen to what is said with great forty-eight pages, is just finished; mak- attention. After the service, my daugh

ing in all upwards of two thousand five ter has had a class of Sabbath-school hundred

pages which I have printed dur- scholars, consisting of girls from five or ing the last four years.

This work I six to eighteen or twenty years of age. had a great desire to accomplish as soon The number has varied from ten or as possible, because I felt that no other twelve to eighteen or twenty. be


thetaken away by death, many of the Amer- ological class, consisting of six young ican Tract Society's publications would men, (a part of the time there were remain useless, on account of the style more,) all Greeks, who, I trust, will one in which they were formerly printed. day be, in one way or another, useful to Some of the translations too were very their nation; and most of them, if not incorrect, and almost all needed a thor- all, by preaching the gospel in its purity. ough revision, in order to make them Those who commenced their course with truly useful and acceptable to this peo- me, a little more than a year and a half ple. Now that they are put in an ago, have carefully examined most subeligible and permanent form, I trust they jects which usually come under considwill be useful long after my head shall eration in dogmatic theology, and also have been laid in the grave.

the important subject of the proper mode There are other publications of the of interpreting the sacred Scriptures. same Society, which need correction, To aid them in this, I wrote a little work the old editions of which are exhausted. in modern Greek, with a view to combat, To the printing of some of these Il at the outset, an idea so prevalent among

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many, that everything written in the | We have just learned, that a band of word of God, is veiled and mysterious, robbers entered a village near Livadia and can be understood only by a few, and took three men, one of whom they whose minds have been enlightened butchered, the legs and arms of another (darkened ?) by a study of the fathers ! they broke, and cut off the nose and ears

of the third. Not long since, they took Intercourse with the People.

some fifteen persons, most of whom they My general intercourse with the peo mutilated by digging out their eyes, ple here has been very satisfactory to breaking their legs, &c.

And though me, and scarcely any thing has trans we are now quiet at Athens, it will be pired to give me trouble in my mission- nothing strange should the robbers take Various persons, who are

it into their heads to pay us a visit, as distinguished for their learning and the they did last summer. position they hold in society, have ex Within ten days past, eleven robbers pressed to me in private, their belief that have been beheaded, six here and five at I hold the truth as it is in the word of a place not far distant. Among them God, and the expectation that the Greeks

were two brothers. The father came to will, one day, return to the simplicity of take leave of them on the morning of the the gospel, and take the word of God execution, smoking a cigar, as I was only as their rule of faith and practice. told, and with the greatest indifference; One of these is a distinguished priest, and those who were to be beheaded who said to me that he did not dare expressed not the least compunction, or express his sentiments publicly.

sign of repentance for the evil deeds A Greek of distinction from Thessaly, they had committed. Their utter hard-. who, I am told, has great influence in

ness of heart and indifference attracted the region where he dwells, called on

the attention of the Greeks themselves, me only a few weeks since, for the pur

and was noticed in one of the principal pose, as he said, of expressing to me his papers in this city. Yet these hardened, friendly feelings (though an entire stran

robbers were all of them young men ger) and saying that he did not partici- from eighteen to thirty years of age. pate in the views of those who had been

One of them had butchered two girls opposing me in my work. The second whom they had taken, and for whom a time I saw him, I was ill in bed, but had ransom was not sent. When it was conversation with him sufficient to learn proposed to kill them because the ranthat he has abjured almost all the errors som was not furnished, one of the robof his church, and that he considers the bers seemed disposed to let them go. word of God as the grand and only rule Another said, No. The first had a few of faith and practice. He is the head figs in his hand, and the other said, of a family, and from his position in 'Give me those figs, and I will kill them, society, I think it not improbable that and on receiving the figs he butchered. we shall hereafter hear something of his them both! When these things are to influence exerted on those around him. cease in Greece, I do not know. I know, His wife, I believe, agrees with him in however, that the only means to prevent his religious views.

such evils, in all parts of the world, is

the preaching of the gospel. Disturbed State of the Country. I do not know exactly how many robThe state of the country seems to be bers (all of them murderers) have been always unsettled. And though it is pub- beheaded during the year, but I should lished to the world in some of the Greek think seventy or eighty, perhaps well newspapers, that robbery is put down, nigh a hundred, including those who still it exists to an alarming degree. were destroyed by the government troops.

Movement among the Greeks at Cas twenty-five years of age, appears to be sandra.

a very interesting young man, and has Mr. King refers to a movement of much nearly finished his course as a medical interest at Cassandra, in Macedonia, where

student in the University here. Till leveral heads of Greek families have openly quite lately, he has been, as he confessed proclaimed themselves Protestants. The movement, he says, " has been noticed by the

to me and as I learned from others, opGreek Patriarch at Constantinople, and called posed to me. Last Sabbath he attended forth an Encyclical Letter to the churches, to my Greek service, and afterwards exprevent the spread of such an evil. It has pressed his approbation of what he had been noticed in a Greek newspaper at Smyrna, heard, and asked for a private interview and by one of the principal newspapers in this city, and also in the Spectateur de

with me, which I granted him yesterday. l'Orient,' a periodical printed in French, and

After a good deal of conversation, I gave conducted by some of the most distinguished him my “Farewell Letter," my “ ExposiCreeks in Athens.” This movement has tion,” “Rites of an Apostolical Church,” frequently been mentioned, with much inter- and some other books, to read and exfest, by missionaries from the Church of Scotland to the Jews at Salonica. Cassandra is

amine carefully, so that he may know district lying to the west of Salonica, and precisely my views on the subject of rethe Greeks who are thus interested in the ligion. His strongholds of prejudice truth have been visited by Mr. Marcussohn against the truth seem to be broken and other laborers among the Jews at the down. latter place; and now the Committee of the

A Greek priest has also attended my Church of Scotland have agreed to engage Dr. Paionides, a pious young Greek, to re

Greek service for two or three Sabbaths side at Cassandra as one of their lay mis past, and last Sabbath, after service, he sionaries.

stopped and I had a long conversation Writing again, January 28, Dr. King with him. He spoke in such a manner, sends the translation of a very interesting I was almost tempted to say to him that letter, written by eight young men at Athens to their Christian brethren in Cassandra,

I thought him not far from the kingdom Which will perhaps be published in the May

of heaven. He declared his full belief number of the Journal of Missions. He that the Bible is the only rule of faith thepi mentions the following

and practice, that all acts of Councils are

to be tried by this word, and that only Pleasing Incidents.

such things as are in conformity with it, Yesterday morning, a Greek female are to be received. called, and told me that her husband, who is an Italian Roman Catholic, wished to become Protestant; and she added

Recent Intelligence. that she herself did not believe in varioris superstitions held by her own church.


la, writes, Jan. 6, sending for the “Morning In the course of the day, two students in

Star' “ fifty dollars from our Sabbath school, the University called on me, separately, and twenty dollars from our domestic Saband: expressed their persuasion that my

bath school;” and one hundred dollars as his beligious views were correct. One of own donation towards paying off the debt of thein is from Macedonia, and the other

the Board. He writes : “Last Sabbath was from Epirus. The one from Macedonia, had been preceded, as usual, by a tour, meet

our season for observing the communion. It who is, as I should judge, near thirty ings with inquirers

, with members under cenyears of age, said that he had read my

sure, and with the church for business, &c. Exposition of an Apostolical Church, The first day of the year, also, was observed end that it had made a very great impres- in our house of worship as a day of fasting florion him; and last Sabbath he came

and prayer. There was a goodly attendance, to my. Greek service.

but no extraordinary divine influences were

vouchsafed us. The Sabbath was a day of The other, from Epirus, perhaps much interest. Our house was crowded with

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