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society of this city is not peculiarly attached The Rev. James Montgomery, rector of to our communion, yet, as their object is not St.
Marks, Mantua, a new parish. only of supreme importance, but that in The Rev. Benjamin Allen, formerly of which all denominations of Christians agree, Virginia, rector of St. Paul's church, Philaand as it contributes its share to the great delphia, vice the Rev. Dr. Pilmore, resigned. design of publishing the glad tidings of salva The Rev. William Thompson, promoted tion where they have been hitherto unknown, to priest's orders, bas taken charge of Triand of depositing the record of them in the nity church, Pittsburgh-long vacant. hands of the destitute in all countries, nomi The Rev. William H. Delancey, formerly nally Christian, it has been presented to the of New York, employed as assistant to the notice of the conventions for sundry years bishop, in the pastoral duties of Christ church, past, and under continuance of the impres. St. Peter's, and St. James's, Philadelphia. sion, there is now declared a deep conviction The Rev. Bird Wilson, D. D. has accepted of the importance of the subject.”
the professorship of systematick theology in The remainder of the bishop's address hav- the theological seminary, and has accordinging been alrea oy inserted in another part of ly removed to New York. our work, we proceed to notice the changes The Rev. Peter Van Pelt removed to South which have taken place in the diocese, within Carolina. the last year.
The Rev. Moses P. Bennet, employed by The Rev. John C. Clay, from Maryland, the society for the advancement of Chris. rector of St. James's, Perkiomen, and St. tianity in Pennsylvania, as a missionary in John's, Norristown, vice his father, the Rev. the western part of the state. Slator Clay, deceased.
* Trinity church, Southwark, was built in 1821, and consecrated on the 26th of January, 1822. The first confirmation held in it was on the 29th of March. For an account of its consecration, and of the liberality of the Rev. Mr. Turner, see our Number for March last, p. 104.
+ St. John's church, York, after remaining vacant for the greater part of the preceding three years, was supplied with a minister in May last. The prospect at that time was quite discoạraging. The congregation had become considerably scattered, and the building used
There is a female adult Sunday school con- propriate our funds, and the object be, at the nected with St. James's church, Philadelphia, saune time, under our own direction. Such consisting of ten teachers and thirty scholars. being the case, it was judged expedient, un.
der ihe-then existing circumstances, to forBaptisms in twenty-one parishes 449
ward a considerable part of our annual inBurials in sixteen
come to the London society for the promoMarriages in fifteen do.
tion of Christianity among the Jews. Since Communicants in twenty-two do. 1509
that time, however, there has been a change Sunday Scholars in thirteen do. 2139
in the feelings of the American churches,
which seems materially to affect the relative Resolutions were passed approving the for; position which
we hold towards that long negmation of the general missionary society, and lected people; and which opens to us facilirecommending the interests of the general ties for employing our funds more advantatheological seminary, to the active care of all the members of the church in that diocese, geously, as we believe, than we could do by A committee was appointed to draft a report
sending our money abroad. oi the state of the church, and to present the received a communication from the New
Previous to our last annual meeting, we same to the next convention, and another York society for colonizing the Jews, inviting committee to consult with the bishop upon
us to relinquish our individual and indepensome mode of supplying the vacant congre- dent existence, and become auxiliary to gations with occasional services.
them. About the same time we received Standing committee for the ensuing year : Clerical members-Rev. Frederick Beasley, missionary now at Málta, containing a pro
a letter from the Rev. Pliny Fisk, American D. D. Rev. James Abercrombie, D. D. Rev. position to our society, relative to the supe Jackson Kemper, Rev. George Boyd, Rev. port of a missionary among the Jews. The Benjamin Allen : Lay members-William following is an extract from the abovemenTilghman, Richard Dale, Thomas M'Euen, tioned letter. John Read, Charles Wheeler.
“ Before closing this letter, I beg leave to Delegates to the next general convention : Clergymen—Rev. George Boyd, Rev. Jack suggest a subject which we have of late
thought of with interest; but which we feel son Kemper, Rev. Levi Bull, Rev. William to be a subject of great delicacy, and wish tę A. Muhlenburgh : Laymen-Levi Pauling, propose with all proper deference. It is nothDavid Scott, Richard Dale, William Tilgh- ing less than that the ladies society of Boston Resolred, That the annual meeting of the should, instead of remitting their money to
the London society, themselves undertake convention be on the first Tuesday after the the support of a missionary to this part of the first Wednesday in May; and that the next annual meeting of the convention be held in world, whose sole object shall be to labour
among the Jews. God forbid that we should the city of Lancaster.
do any thing to diminish the income of the London society. On this account we have hesitated about making the present proposal. But let two or three facts be considered. All
the English missionary societies, we believe, The following Circular Letter from this find it easier to obtain money than men; and society to its auxiliaries, has been recently
are continually sending to Switzerland, Gerput into our hands for publication.
many, Holland, and Russia, for men. “ The Female Society of Boston and vici- country, on the contrary, there are generally nity for promoting Christianity among the young men waiting to be sent out
, who are
deterred for want of money. Several are Jews,” having recently adopted some new
thus detained at the present time. £ 100, measures, deem it their duty to submit the with some extra allowance for an outfit following statement to their auxiliaries for would support a single man in this country." their consideration.
Our society were desirous of deliberately When this society was instituted, there ap- considering these respective propositions. We peared no special opening, in our own coun
wished, in coming to a conclusion, simply to try, or abroad, where we might eligibly ap. inquire what would most effectually promote
the object of the society, and the glory of for worship was rapidly falling into decay. God. After sincere prayer, as we bope, for By the blessing of God, the state of things is direction, we were constrained to believe, now changed. Funds have been procured, that considering the large tract of country on the church put in thorough repair, and the the Mediterranean which is now open to us, congregation once more gathered in.
and the facilities it affords for a missionary to
BOSTON SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRIS
TIANITY AMONG THE JEWS.
labour among the Jews who reside there, the ration of the Jews, as the signal of their final object of our society would be more immedi- accomplishment. And as we look back upon ately promoted by our supporting a mission- the Jews, once beloved of the Lord, from ary, than it could be in any other way. whom we derived all that sweetens this life,
A ineeting of the board was accordingly or casts the light of faith and hope on that convened, and the following resolutions were which is to come, and remember the long, adopted.
long period, during which this devoted peoResolved, “That as soon as a suitable man ple have been withering under the malecicshall be found for the service, this society tion of the Almighty, we will not forget that will support him as a missionary to those it was for us they were broken off from their Jews, who reside in the countries bordering former privileges. And while we behold the on the Mediterranean."
crescent of the false propbet, triumphantly Resolved, “That we make our selection displayed as the ensign of spiritual death, ou from those, who either have been, or shall the bill of Zion, where once descended the be approved as missionaries to the heathen, blessing of God as “the dew upon mount by the prudential committee of the Ameri- Hermon;" we will not be indifferent spectacan board of commissioners for foreign mis- tors of a reverse so tremendous to them, so sions; and that, though supported by this replete with blessings to us; nor cease to society, he be in the same manner under their pray for the peace of Jerusalem," nor la. direction, as any of their other missionaries.” bour for the salvation of her children.
Resolved, " That this missionary be re. Though “blindness in part has happened quested to hold a correspondence with the to Israel,” the oath and promise of God are secretary of this society, giving from time pledged to restore them to their former stato time, such information, and making such tion and immunities. Trusting in the oath suggestions, as he will naturally make to the and promise of God, therefore, we would go prudential committee of the American board forward, and joyfully bear our part in the acof missions."
complishment of his purposes of mercy to. The reasons which induced us to decline ward his ancient people. We esteem it an the invitation of the New York society are honour to be permitted to send forth the first obvious. And we wish it to be distinctly American missionary to Palestine, exclusively understood, that the plans of that society, so to the seed of Abraham. We confidently far as in this incipient state, they are, or can expect the co-operation of our auxiliaries: be known by us, meet our approbation. Our and indulge the hope, that others also will object is one. And while, in aiming to effect assist us in this delightful work. And may the same glorious achievement, the salvation he, whose blessing alone can render any of that people, who were so long the exclu
means effectual, bless, and increase us, more sive guardians of that inspired volume which and more, and all similar institutions tkroughcontains the charter of our common hopes out the world; till that shall be brought to and privileges, we are constrained to adopt pass which the mouth of the Lord hath measures somewhat differing from theirs ; we
spoken, “Behold, I create Jerusalem a re. most sincerely bid them God speed. There joicing and her people a joy. And I will recan be no variance between us. They are joice in Jerusalem and joy in my people; and labouring in one way, to rear the superstruc- the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, ture of that spiritual temple, which shall be and their kings shall minister unto thee. For built of all the kingdoms, and nations, and in my wrath † smote thee, but in my favour people under heaven; and we, as we humbly have I had mercy on thee. And Israel shall trust, in another. If the building goes for be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salward, we must, we shall rejoice ; nor is it
vation." pecessary, or possible, that all the instru
N. B. Communications to the society may ments, and all the modes of operation, should be addressed to Miss Hannah Adams, corresbe precisely the same. The object which this society has in view, or to Miss Frances Erving, treasurer, No.
ponding secretary, No. 26, Newbury Street, the conversion of the Jews, we deem of un- 17, Colonade Row. speakable importance. It is an onject pre
Boston, July 15, 1822. cious in the sight of every hoiy being. It is an object connected with the best interests of the whole human family; for the same predictions, which warrant the expectation, Further extracts from Mr. Hodgson's Jourthat “the heathen shall” one day “ be given pal, continued from our number for Juve, to Messiah for bis inheritance, and the utter. most parts of the earth for his possession," 66 The town or township of Cosito is said to point with unerring significancy to the resto- be able to muster 700' warriors, while the
NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS.
number belonging to the whole nation is not tary; although some of the family usually estimated at more than 3500.
succeed, if there be no particular objection. " About a mile from the town we came to The chief speakers are by no means necesthe Chatáhouchy, a beautiful river. We sarily the principal orators, but may employ were ferried over by Indians, who sang in a fluent chief to convey their sentiments. response ; the Indian muses, like their eastern Their office is to carry into effect the decisisters, appearing to love alternate song.' sions of the great council of the nation ; a Their dress frightened our horses; and, as deliberative body, composed of chicts from we were pushing from the shore, a young the different towns. hunter Jeapt into the boat, with no other “ The most popular and influential person, covering than his shirt and belt, and his bow however, in the nation, is Mackintosh, thé and arrows slung behind.
head warrior, a half-breed, under forty years “We arrived at Ouchee Bridge about one of age; who is consulted on every occasion, o'clock; and our horses being rather tired, and who, in a great measyre, directs the afwe determined to rest the remainder of the fairs of his country. I saw him at Washingday at a stand kept by a young man from ton, in the beginning of the year, on a depuPhiladelphia, whose partner is a half-breed. tation to the American government. His I slept in a log cabin, without windows; and suite were at the inn where I staid ; and on supped with my host and several unwashed inquiring from one of his aides-de-camp, as I artificers and unshaved labourers, who, ac- believed (for they adopt our military terms,) cording to the custom of this part of the coun- if general Mackintosh had arrived, I was a try, even when not within Indian limits, sat little startled by his replying, "I ain Mackindown with us in their shirt-sleeves, fresh from tosh.' He was very civil, and gave me an their labours. Our host had killed a panther invitation to visit bim if I passed through the a few days previously, within twenty yards Creek nation ; wbich, at that time, I did not of the house.
contemplate. "Ouchee Creek, which is here to form the “My host regretted, in the most feeling boundary between Alabania and Georgia, terins, the injury which the morals of the when the Indian title is extinguished, derives Indians have sustained from intercourse with its name from the Ouchees, a conquered tribe the whites; and especially from the introof Indians; many of whom were long held in duction of whiskey, which has been their captivity by the victorious Creeks. We saw bane. He said that female licentiousness, several of them, who exhibited, in the sub- before marriage, is not attended with loss of dued and dejected expression of their coun- character; but that conjugal infidelity is tenances, indications of their degraded con- punished by whipping, shaving the head, and dition.
perpetual exile; the husband being liable to "We lest Ouchee Bridge on the 26th of suffer the same severities, if he connive at the May; and, early in the afternoon, arrived at return of his offending wife. The murderer Irish Bainbridge, where we found a stand in is now publickly executed; the law of priwhich the 'Big Warrior' is a sleeping partner, vate retaliation becoming gradually obsolete, and a head-waiter from one of the principal Stealing is punished, for the first offence, by inns in Washington, the efficient man. There whipping : for the second, by the loss of the is, however, another partner, whom I found ears; for the third, by death; the amount highly interesting. He had lived fifteen years stolen being disregarded. My host rememin the heart of the Indian country, having bers when there was no law against stealing ; inarried an Indian wife, and adopted the man- the crime itself being almost unknown; when ners of the natives. He appeared to unite the Indians would go a-hunting, or 'frolickgreat mildness and intelligence; and has con- ing,' for one or two days, leaving their clothes tracted so ardent a love of solitude, by living on the bushes opposite their wigwams, in a in the woods, that he lately removed his stand populous neighbourhood, or their silver trinfrom the most profitable situation, because kets and ornaments hanging in their open huts. there was a neighbour or two within four Confidence and generosity were then their chamiles. As he was going out to hunt in the racteristick virtues. A desire of gain, caught woods, for an hour or two, at sun-set, I ac- from the whites, has chilled their liberality; companied him; glad of an opportunity of and abused credulity has taught them susp:learning some particulars of the Creek Tn- cion and deceit. He considers them still atdians, from one so long and so intimately ac- tached to the English, although disappointed quainted with them.
in the little assistance which they derived " He told me that the 'Big Warrior' and from them in late wars. This, however, they the · Little Prince are the chief speakers of attribute, rather to the distance of the Brithe nation, or the heads of the civil depart- tish, which renders them less valuable a lies ment. Their dignity is not strictly beredi- than they cxpected, than to a treacherous
violation of their promises. Whatever the women; and it is melancholy to meet them, first glow of British feeling may dictate, on as we continually did, with an infant hanging hearing of their attachment, enlightened hu on their necks, bending under a heavy bur. manity will not repine, if, under their present den, and leading their husband's horse, while circumstances, they are becoming daily more he walked before them, erect and graceful, closely connected with the American govern- apparently without a care. This servitude ment, which has evinced an active solicitude has an unfavourable effect on the appearance for their civilization.
of the women; those above a certain age le“Our recluse told us, that they have a ing generally bent and clumsy, with a scowl general idea of a Supreine Being; but no re on their wrinkled foreheads, and an expresligious days, nor any religious rites, unless, as sion of countenance at once vacant and dehe is disposed to believe, their green-corn jected.” dance be one. Before the corn turns yellow, the inhabitants of each town or district assemble ; and a certain number enter the streets of what is more properly called the town, We have just received bishop Bowen's adwith the war-whoop and savage yells, firing dress before the Charleston protestant Epis. their arrows in the air, and going several times copal Sunday school society, at the anniver: round the pole. They then take emeticks, and sary of the society in Whitsun week, with fast two days; dancing round the pole a great the report of the society. We have only part of the night. All the fires in the town room for the following sketch, from the re. ship are then extinguished, and the hearths port, of the mode of proceeding in the school cleared, and new dres kindled by rubbing at St. Michael's church. two sticks. After this they parch some of “ The first class, being the youngest in the new corn, and, feasting a little, disperse years, or in religious attainments, learn the to their several homes. Many of the old church catechism, thoroughly, and the colchiefs are of opinion, that their ancestors in- lect for the day. The second class recite the tended this ceremony as a thank-offering to collect for the day; some portion of the old the Supreme Being, for the fruits of the earth, or new testament; a portion of the eviand for success in hunting or in war. dence from prophecy for the truth of Chris.
" The more reflecting of the Creeks think tianity, and the divinity of Jesus Christ, in a much, hut say little, of the change which is course of catechetical instruction;' a bymn, taking place in their condition. They see or part of a metrical psalm, from the book of plainly that, with respect to their future des common prayer; the order and arrangement tiny, it is a question of civilization or extince of the several books of scripture, and find the tion; and a question, the decision of which text of the preacher. The third class recite cannot be long postponed. They are there. the collect for the day; a portion of the ex. fore become very solicitous for the establish- position of the church catechism, &c. pubment of schools; and the introduction of the lished by the protestant fpiscopal society; a various arts, from which the whites derive hymn, or part of a metrical psalın. 'l hey their superiority. In some of these, they have are taught the use of the book of common already made considerable progress; and the prayer in the service of the church; an ex, nation, at this time, exhibits the very inte-planation of the calendar ; the method of resting spectacle of society in several of its Ending the lessons, &c. Some portion of 1%.c earlier stages. The hunter, who still spends gospel or epistle for the day, and one or more much of his time in his favourite pursuit, is of the articles of religion, are recited;
apd the possessor of perhaps several hundred head the text of the preacher found. Higher of cattle; and, if the warrior do not literally classes, with other exercises, are established turn his tomahawk and scalping-knife into as occasion may require. The extent of il.e pruniug-hooks, he is satisfied to regard them exercises is, in general, prescribed; but a as mere ornaments of dress, till hostilities shall discretionary power is given to the teacher, again call him into the field ; and is ambitious to regulate them according to the ability and to attain distinction in agricultural pursuits. opportunity of the scholar. Several classes I saw sereral neat and flourishing little farms, of coloured children are likewise instructed as I passed through the nation ; but my plea- by some elderly coloured members, under sure was alloyed by observing, that the la- the inspection of the ministers of the church. bour generally devolved, either on the African Their instruction consists in a knowledge of negro or the Indian wise. As few of the the church catechism; some portions of the Creeks are rich enough to purchase many sacred writings, and the psalms and hymine, negroes, all the drudgery is performed by the No secular instruction is given in this school."