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afternoon and in the evening of every Sabbath in the mission-bouse near the intersection of Catherine and Sixth streets, in Moyamensing.

Tuesday afternoon is usually spent in visiting families at Moyamensing and adjacent places. In the evening the Bible class recites, and the scriptures are explained.

Wednesday afternoon is devoted to preaching and visiting in the Alms-house. The chapel at that place on the Sabbath is regularly and faithfully supplied from other sources. It is considered an object of the highest importance to send the gospel to those who are confined by sickness to their respective wards, and who are consequently unable to attend the preaching in the chapel. The number of these is great, and their peculiar circumstances are highly favourable for religious instruction. Such instruction can be given them only by preaching, and visiting in the different wards.

Thursday afternoon is usually employed either in visiting at the Alms-house, or in attending to the frequent calls to visit the sick and afflicted in different parts of the city; but when the case is urgent, I attend to these calls whenever they are made. And indeed there is scarcely a week that passes away without my conversing with several persons who in a few days appear before the Judge of quick and dead to answer for the deeds done in the body!

Formerly on Thursday, at present on Friday evening, I attend a prayer meet ing among the people of Moyamensing.

The preaching at this place on the Sabbath is now quite well attended. The audience has been and is still somewhat fluctuating. But upon the whole the house is generally well filled, though never to overflowing.

There is at present a greater seriousness than usual prevalent among the people who worship here. About ten or eleven persons appear to be anxiously concerned, and four of these profess to have received a hope of forgiveness. Two of the last mentioned are members of the Bible class. A prayer meeting has been established composed entirely of the female members of this church and of the Bible class. The books contained in the library have been extensively read, and doubtless have been the means of disseminating much import ant knowledge. Some of them are taken by the managers of this society to the Alms-house, and placed in the hands of the poor in that place. It is much to be regretted that exertions to increase the number of books have almost or entirely ceased.

Could there have been procured a lot of ground for the permanent location of an edifice for the use of the church organized at this station, it would have created an interest, formed a bond of union, and contributed much to its prosperity. But this has not yet been found practicable. Hence the people are somewhat reluctant to attach themselves to it, and are with difficulty kept together.

Were the people who worship here wealthy, this important object could easily be attained without the assistance of others. But they are not, and are therefore compelled to look unto others for aid. But there has been for some time past an unusual appeal to the liberality of the churches from various quar. ters, and some of them are in embarrassed circumstances themselves. No aid bas therefore yet been obtained, and indeed but little can be expected during the present state of things. Perhaps a future period may be more favourable.

Could the church at Moyamensing be built entirely by subscriptions of donation, so that nothing need be paid for the right of a pew, and but a small rent, which even the humblest labourer could afford, annually received for its occupation, it would afford complete relief to the poor in its vicinity; and here a great portion of the poor of this city actually reside. It might therefore be considered as the commencement of a work calculated to contribute to the temporal and eternal welfare of thousands of immortal creatures.

J. H. V.6 (To be continued.)

A GOOD EXAMPLE. Extract of a Letter from a young Merchant to a Presbyterian Clergyman in

Philadelphia “ As our Father in heaven has not only preserved me during the past season, but blest my business in a peculiar manner, I feel it my duty to do more than I

have done in promoting his cause on earth, and have therefore enclosed you $ 50. Knowing that you have sometimes in your family worthy young men, whom you are endeavouring to help into the ministry, I have sent this sum to you for the assistance of such persons, should any be with you who need it. Should you have none at present who need it, put the money into the funds of the Education Society of Philadelphia.

“ Painful experience has taught me the uncertainty connected with business, and from the success of to-day I would not calculate on the same to-morrow. Yet I feel desirous, so long as it is in my power, to continue to do something for Him to whom I am so infinitely obligated. Under these feelings I have thought (as soon as my situation would warrant) of supporting some pious indigent young man, till he was prepared for the ministry: On this subject I should like your sentiments, whether individual efforts in this way are as advisable as to place annually, what Providence may enable me to do in the hands of the Education Society. In giving your advice, recollect that I have not much property, and am just emerging from old embarrassments; that I have many claims here and elsewhere on what I have to give away; but you must also remember that my business is good, and I feel willing to trust the Lord with implicit confidence for the future."

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UNITED FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. This society was organized, August, 1817, by commissioners from the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, and from the synods of the Reformed Dutch and Associate Reforned Churches. Its affairs are conducted by a Board of Managers, who hold their meetings in the city of New York, Its aim is, to send the gospel to the destitute, as extensively as possible: hitherto, its attention has been confined, chiefly, to the savage tribes on the borders of our country. At present, it has among the aborigines of America, four missions, viz, une called the “Union" station, among the Little Osages of Arkansaw; one called “ Harmony,” among the Great Osages of Missouri; one among the Tuscaroras, and one among the Senecas, in the north-western part of New York state. At these several stations there are from 70 to 80 persons employed, including ministers of the gospel, mechanics, farmers, female teachers, and children. The prospect of success, in endeavouring to raise the character, promote the comfort, and save the souls of these hapless immortals, is, upon the whole, encouraging; although a war between the Cherokees and the Osages has retarded the missionary operations among the latter. The latest accounts from the Union station that we have seen, are dated September 29th and 30th. The missionaries then entertained a hope that peace would soon be restored ; and, in that event, the Indians had promised to send as many of their children to school as could be accommodated. A school-house and some other buildings have been erected; and the health of the family was better than during the summer. “We are," says the superintendent, “in the hands of the greatest and best of Beings; and though Indians prowl around the forest in quest of each other's blood, we dwell securely.”

The Harmony station is fixed about 150 miles north of Union, on the bank of the Maredicine river, four miles above its junction with the Osage river. This site was granted to the mission by the Indians in council, August 13, 1821. It is an eligible spot. The land is said to be excellent, and of some extent, including good timber, stone coal, clay suitable for making brick, together with a mill-seat, and a fine spring of water. “ The Indians," says one of the missionaries in a letter to a friend, “appear very friendly. They frequently visit us ; and we are assured that some of their children will be sent to us so soon as we shall be able to accommodate them. We are within fifteen miles of the Great Osage village."

The Rev. Mr. Crane, in a letter to the domestic secretary of the Board, dated November 17th, gives a pleasing account of the good work of the Lord among the Tuscaroras:

“Our Sabbath school, conferences and prayer meetings, have been regularly attended. The Christian Indians have become more attentive to conferences, and their anxiety for the conversion of others, is evidently reviving; although they do not as yet evince as much solicitude as is desirable. But, among our dear youth, a work has commenced, and appears to be progressing, which promises the most happy results. But a short time since, some of our most intelligent young men were addicted to the most degrading and ruinous vices; and others were distinguished for their levity and their almost inveterate stu. pidity about their future destiny. Now there are many, whose anxiety for the salvation of their souls is encouraging, and gives us reason to believe that the Spirit of God, is, at least, affording his word and their consciences some assistance. But there are four young men, now the most intelligent, industrious, and promising of any in the tribe, who are under the most pungent conviction of their sins. In these the sovereign, discriminating grace and power of God are displayed. It is not long since all of them were intemperate. It is but a short time since three of them were seen by myself, reeling with intoxication through the village. Now they are evidently inquiring the way to Zion, with their faces thitherward.' Lately they were full of envy, jealousy, and every pernicious passion; now in all our meetings, we see enough to make us exclaim -How these dear youth love one another! The aged Cusick, who has been

interpreter here for twenty years, called at my house a few days since, and in the course of conversation remarked I never saw such times in our nation before. All is peace! All are united!”

The Seneca Mission appears to be doing well also; but we are not in possession of any very interesting intelligence from it of recent date.

The maintenance of these missions, it is manifest, must be attended with great care, labour and expense : and, surely they will not be permitted to languish for want of the means of support. If all the congregations represented by the respectable society named at the head of this article, would take up a collection, in aid of its funds, when they meet for prayer, on the first Monday of every month, what a handsome sum might, by this simple means be thrown into the treasury, in the course of a year, and how consistent and seemly it would be, thus to offer our alms and our prayers together!

We are happy to state, that one of the missionary societies of Philadelphia has recently declared itself auxiliary to the “United Foreign Missionary So. ciety;" and that active measures are now in process for collecting funds and increasing its members. That institution certainly has strong claims upon the prayers and liberality of the three denominations of Christians, by whose order it was formed, and under whose sanction it is labouring for the temporal comfort and eternal salvation of the Heathen of America. May God direct its be. nevolent exertions, and never suffer its managers to faint, or grow weary for want of countenance and support from their Christian brethren!

THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AT PRINCETON, N. J. From a catalogue lately published, it appears that 235 young men have enjoyed the benefits, less or more, of this institution since its organization, August 1812 ; that of this number eight are known to have deceased; and that the present number of students, including four, who are marked as absent (for a time we suppose) is seventy-five. The list of studies, &c. at the end of the catalogue, we insert for the information of our distant readers :

Third Class or first Year.-Original languages of Scripture-Sacred Chronology--Sacred Geography--Biblical and Profane History connected Jewish Antiquities, and Exegetical Theology.

Second Class or second Year:-Biblical Criticism–Didactic Theology-Eccle. siastical History, and Hebrew Language continued.

First Class or third Yeur.–Didactic Theology continued-Polemic Theology: Ecclesiastical History continued--Church Government-Composition and delivery of Sermons and the Pastoral Care,

N. B. As the course above stated always commences in the fall, that is of course considered the most favourable time for students to enter the seminary.

There are two vacations in the seminary, of six weeks continuance each. The first commencing on the Wednesday preceding the third Thursday of May : and the second, on the last Wednesday of September in each year."

This inestimable institution, the common property of the whole Presbyterian Church in the United States, has, even now, going on ten years since it was founded, but a bare eristence. Yes, Presbyterians, while the demand for labour. ers in the great gospel vineyard, is waxing louder and louder, and while Pagan souls are passing into eternity by thousands in a year, we have the mortification to see young men, of hopeful piety and talents, denied the advantages of this school of the prophets, for want of the means of procuring for them food and clothing, while preparing for the work of the ministry.

We hope this seminary will not remain long in its present cramped and em. barrassed condition. Four of our synods have passed resolutions expressive of their kind intentions of augmenting its funds, by the endowment of professorships; but let not the slow movements of these large bodies towards the accomplishment of their good designs, be regarded as superseding the necessity of individual munificence. Resolutions meant to be executed, but depending on precarious conditions, afford slender ground of reliance in great and expensive enterprises.

AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY. The Managers have, by a unanimous vote, chosen the Hon. John Jay of Bed. ford, N. Y. President of this Institution, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Elias Boudinot, L.L.D. deceased.

AMERICAN EDUCATION SOCIETY. From the last report of the Directors of this Institution, it appears, that the receipts at the treasury for the year ending September 30, 1821, were $13,108, and some cents; that the whole number of beneficiaries assisted by the society since its formation, in 1815, is 321; and that the number now dependant on its funds for support, is about 250.

HOPE FOR SEAMEN. We learn from the “ Evangelical and Literary Magazine and Missionary Chronicle," of Richmond, Va. that a society has been recently formed in that place, for the religious improvement of seafaring men;-a Bethel flag has been procured; a prayer meeting is held every Thursday evening, and worship, on the Lord's day, whenever the attendance of a clergyman can be obtained. Four committees have been appointed to attend the meetings in rotation; and many sailors, considering the comparatively small number usually in that port, assemDle every evening, when the Bethel flag is seen waving at the mast's head.

How gratifying to the pious mind, to contemplate the diffusive and benigni influence of Christian philanthropy! May the word of the Lord have free course, and be glorified more and more, till the glad tidings shall have been preached to every creature!

MOURN FUL EVENT! The Orphans' Asylum of Philadelphia was reduced, by fire, to a heap of ruins, on the night of the 24th ult.; and, distressing to relate twenty-three of the children perished in the flames! The conflagration took place about two o'clock in the morning. The wind was high, and the cold excessive. Every thing that human agency could do, was done to rescue the helpless little ones from the devouring element; but to those that slept in the third story, it was impossible to administer relief: by the time the others were got out, the stair-way was completely in a blaze. This is a dispensation of Providence, to which it becomes us to submit in silent adoration. « How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” “The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice," It is true in many instances, what he does we “know not now;" but, if we revere his government and trust his grace, we “shall know hereafter."

A friend has just furnished the following, which may be relied on, and which we insert with pleasure:

The contributions in the city and liberties, for rebuilding the Asylum, amount this day, (Feb. 1st.) to $12,834. The legislature of the state have granted $5000, and about 83470 have been received from other sources; making a sum total of $21,304.

The family are about removing to a temporary residence, on the south side of Market-street, one square westward of the Centre-engine-house. A new edi. fice, it is confidently boped, will be erected in the course of the present year.

NEW PUBLICATIONS. Letters on Unitarianism, addressed to the Members of the First Presbyterian Church in the city of Baltimore. By Samuel Miller, D. D., Professor of Eccle. siastical History, &c. in the Theological Seminary at Princeton, N. J. pp. 312; octavo. Price $1.50.

A review of this admirable work is in a course of preparation, and may be expected, in part at least, in our next number. In the meantime, let the book itself

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