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sations of God's providence, as an expres conformity with instructions resion of his just displeasure against the too
ceived from them, he itinerated in general dissipation of the town, their neglect of the Sabbath, religious institu
Salem, Cumberland, and Cape May tions, &c. And this idea I inculcated from
counties, New Jersey. He reports house to house, and urged repentance and that in the town of Salem a house reformation as the only ground on which of worship is erecting by the Presthey could hope to avert the frowns of
byterians, which, it is expected, Almighty God, and secure his favour. Of this I availed myself also, to impress on
will be finished in the course of the their minds the necessity of forming them summer. The congregation that selves into a religious society of some kind. may be collected in this place will, They appeared to feel the force of these
with a little assistance, be soon able remarks, and held two or three meetings on the subject, the last of which resulted
to support the gospel, either alone, in their taking measures to become incor or in conjunction with some other porated as a Presbyterian Church. In this congregation. Mr. Safford preachplace also I spent four Sabbaths, and by ed on week days as often as conveexchange supplied them a fifth. The
nient. The whole region visited by meetings on Sabbath were generally well him stands in need of missionary attended, but at the same time there was manifest a want of feeling on the great
labour. In all he preached 69 times, subjects of religion; and some, if I might held monthly concert prayer meetjudge from their countenances, seemed to ing twice, and visited from house think it strange, to be urged to repent and
to house. He was invariably rebelieve, on the dreadful alternative of losing their souls. In this place I preach
ceived with open arms, and treated ed fifteen times, and by supply twice, and
in the most kind and affectionate distributed about 100 tracts. But whether manner. In a number of places he the careless have been alarmed, the back
was informed of the happy effects slider reclaimed, or any saving benefit has been imparted to any, is beyond my pro
of the missionaries who had prevince to say. The greatest apparent good
ceded him. The almost inveterate resulting from the labours of your mission prejudices which many formerly ary here, is the formation of this people entertained against Presbyterian into a regular congregation, and the pros-' pect of their being supplied one-half of the time by the Rev. E. A. Osborne, of
attendance on the worship of God Frankford. And this, I conceive, is not all.
became more and more respectful ; This town is so connected with the adja
and there had been a number of incent country by being the centre of all the
stances of hopeful conversion. public business of the county, that under the blessing of God, they can scarcely fail
MR. SAMUEL CORNISH, to exert a singular and beneficial influence A man of colour, has performed a on a large district of country around. It must therefore be considered important as
mission of three months in the city far as human agency is concerned, to ren
of Lancaster, and town of Columder this post prosperous and secure. The
bia, and Marietta, and adjacent collection for the purposes of the board places, in Pennsylvania, under the was indeed small, ($3.50,) yet it will be direction of the Rev. Mr. Boyer. gratifying to learn that a domestic mission. ary society will probably be formed here,
His appointment had a special renot only to supply their own wants, but
gard to the benefit of the people of also those of the adjacent country. On colour. A few passages from Mr. the whole, I trust the time is not far dised land shall rejoice in the benignant rays
“Sunday, May 14.-1 preached in the of the glorious Sun of Righteousness."
Alms-house in the city of Lancaster: there
were present at least 150 poor, with a MR. HENRY SAFFORD
number of gentlemen and ladies from the
city of Lancaster. A more attentive au. Has reported the fulfilment of his dience could not be. I sincerely hope missionary appointment for five
the Lord did bless his word. I rode ten months. He was put under the di
miles, and preached at Mr. Boyer's misrection of the Domestic Missionary
sion-house in Washington. The audience Society of West Jersey; and in
was large, and did truly rejoice in the use of the means of grace,
tant when this desolate part of our favolisco
dis- Cornish’s journal is here given.
May 28.- Mr. B. being from home, I preached for his people in the morning. At 3 o'clock to a large audience of coloured people in Dr. King's school-room, who seemed to receive the word with eagerness. In the evening I preached again for Mr. B.'s people. The congregation was large, and I can truly say this has been a day to be remembered.
“ June 5.--I preached in Lancaster city to a considerable congregation of coloured people. At 3 o'clock addressed and prayed with the coloured Sabbath school, and at 5 o'clock attended the white school, and at the request of the managers, addressed and prayed with 300 boys, and a number of gentlemen and ladies. I believe the Lord attended his word.
“ June 23.-I went with Dr. Houston, and preached to an attentive audience in Mountjoy. I believe some good was done: many tears were there shed. May the Lord ever have that people under his holy keeping
“July 4.- I preached on the banks of the Susquehanna, under the trees, to a large number of white and coloured, the richest and poorest of the people. The Lord was with us of a truth. In the evening I preached at Dr. King's school-room to a mixed audience, composed of Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists. We had a time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. O how delightful is the service of our God!
“ July 30.-preached in the Dutch Presbyterian church at Strasburgh, morning and afternoon, to more than 500 white and a few coloured people. This people received the word with gladness, and were very desirous that I should preach for them again.”
The Rev. John MONTEITH Has fulfilled his mission of two months in the Michigan Territory. He spent three Sabbaths in the country and five in the garrison, and in all ten several Sabbaths. He preached 31 sermons, admitted 9 persons to church privileges, administered the Lord's supper twice, baptized 3 adults and 12 infants, and visited 149 families.
Some impressions appear to have been made on the minds of the sol. diers.
“ March 12.-At break of day I am called to the garrison to see a man who has been all night in great distress of mind, weeping and praying. When I entered his room there were about twenty came in, and when I had talked some time and
prayed, I observed nearly all in tears. Spent a good part of the day among them and in the hospital.
13th.-That distressed soldier is more comfortable. I find four others deeply impressed. When I enter a room, numbers collect round me. They weep and mourn over their sins.
“ 14th.-Find the soldiers still affected; some under convictions, some professing to hope in the Saviour, and many of them resolving to lead a different life.
“16th.-Observe similar appearances. “ 18th.-Preach in the garrison.
“ 19th. Visit the quarters, hospital, guard-house, &c.
“ 21st.–Spent some time amongst them, and find many of them apparently anxious.”
In the close of his journal we find the following remarks:
“Of the impression made by my preaching, I have discovered no evidence very striking or satisfactory. The assemblies have given almost universally a fixed and serious attention, and several individuals have declared their convictions of conscience under the truths which they heard. This was particularly the case at Monroe, where there appears to be a growing concern about religious things. The good effect of individual admonition and close appeals to the conscience, I have remarked in numerous instances. I made it my business to have such interviews with every individual to whom I had access, and my visits were almost universally rewarded by the warmest expressions of gratitude. With tears in their eyes, in several instances, they have inquired, "When will you call this way again?'
“ With the state of the churches at Monroe and Meigs you are somewhat acquainted. You know that at both places there are organized churches with elders and deacons. They may be considered in a flourishing state. There is in both an evident increase of piety. Those whom we formerly admitted have in general walked as becometh the gospel. In both settlements almost all the leading characters have become active in the church. They still express their willingness to support a minister at the two places, and I do not doubt their ability.
“What the utility of exertions amongst the soldiers may be, cannot be estimated. Their intemperance is a most discouraging obstacle. Yet since they have had more regular instruction, the use of ardent spia rits has been greatly diminished, and in some instances laid aside. Of any reali piety I have not yet sufficient evidence. Many of them pray, and read the Bible and religious books with which they have
been furnished. We are making arrange very ignorant, I find it most prudent to ments for their assembling in our church, convey instruction to them, by conversso that they will not so much need mis ing with the children. By repeating these sionary labours."
visits, I could generally discover the state
of mind of each one, and apply my conMR. JAMES WILLIAMSON
versation accordingly. Where I have had Has sent an account of having ful prospect of returning, I have often given filled his mission in part, and pro
portions of scripture to the children to
commit to memory, which I find to be mises to forward his journal for the
very useful. Religious conferences, where whole time, when he shall have personal religion has been made the subfinished his mission. He was di ject of conversation, has been blessed in rected to labour in that region which
several instances to the awakening of some lies between Wilkesbarre and Tio
“ After I had passed over the greater ga Point, Montrose, and the adja
part of the field assigned me, I thought it cent country. During the term of would be of advantage to make some stay three months and a half, embraced in particular places, where there appeared in his communication, Mr. W. some prospect of usefulness. I have there. preached and lectured from por
fore been at this place (Tioga Point) and
in vicinity, since the first of this month. tions of scripture 112 times, attend It affords much satisfaction to find, that ed 19 prayer-meetings and religious the Lord has given me so much favour in conferences, and visited more than the eyes of this people. Wherever I have 200 families. He laboured chiefly been, I have had by some a very welcome in the counties of Susquehanna and
reception; and in many places I have had
the pleasure of seeing some under my mi. Bradford, east of the river. Two
nistrations brought to deep convictions of missionary societies have been form
sin, even during the short time I have ed in the region of country to which been engaged.” his mission extended ; one in Sus
The Rev. ALEXANDER COOK quehanna and another in Luzerne counties, and it is expected that Was directed to itinerate two another will be formed in Bradford. months in the county of Greene, Mr. W. deems the very severe win Pennsylvania, and in that of Moter of laborious duty the happiest of nongalia, Virginia. He has reporthis life. He had to encounter dif ed the fulfilment of this mission. ficulties arising from the imposi In the country visited by him, he tions practised on the people by found the people desirous
of minispretended ministers of Christ. He terial labour. On the Alleghany was, however, well received. The especially, they discovered great desire for a learned, as well as a anxiety for religious instruction. pious ministry, is growing in that There appears such an awakened region.
attention to the means of grace, as The manner in which Mr. W. has not been seen for many years conducted his mission, as well as past. On week days the attendance the success attending it, will ap was great; and on the Sabbath so pear from the following passages large were the assemblies, that it in his letter.
required a great compass of voice “It requires some time to gain the con
to make all hear. On the whole he fidence of many people in this part of the met with much encouragement.country, as there have frequently been Beside the two months spent in fulpersons through it calling themselves ministers of Christ, who proved to he but
filling his appointment, he felt conministers of Satan. On this account my
strained by the pressing importunisecond visits have been generally much ty of the people to labour two better received than the first. In my first
months more in Butler, Armstrong, sermon, they mostly look to see the preacher-after that, they seem to look for in
and Venango counties. Here he
informs the Board he laboured night struction. Many of the families mentioned above, I visited twice and oftener. Frequently where the heads of families are
(To be continued.)
firmed the weighty truth, that it is a fear
ful thing to fall into the hands of the living A Grammar of the English Lan God. The following narrative, though less guage, adapted to Schools; by Jo known, is not less awful nor less impressive. seph R. Chandler, Philadelphia.
Its truth is confirmed by the joint testiAnimadversions on some Recent
mony of various respectable witnesses.
One of these is Mr. Simpson, the well Occurrences in the Presbyterian known author of “A Plea for Religion.” Churches of Cincinnati, Ohio; by He saw the unhappy subject of this narrathe Rev. William Arthur.
tive once, but declared, he never desired The Duty of Observing the Sab to see him again. The melancholy affair
happened in the years 1797, and excited bath, explained and enforced in a
considerable attention in the town and Sermon, addressed more particu- neighbourhood of Bolton. The deistical larly to the Young; by the Rev. brethren of the unhappy man, whose misePhilip Lindsly, Vice-president of ries this account describes, wished to perPrinceton College.
suade the public that he was out of his
mind; which was by no means the case. A Discourse, occasioned by the
He was in the possession of his reason; but Death of the Rev. James M.Chord; evidently given over, by God, to a hardby Robert H. Bishop. A.M. Lexing ened heart. ton, Kentucky.
William Pope, an inhabitant of Bolton, The Christian Remembrancer, a
in Lancashire, was a member of the Me.
thodist Society; and appeared to have been Sermon, with an Appendix; by the made a partaker of genuine repentance; Rev. Eleazar Harris, of York dis and of such faith in the adorable Saviour, trict, South Carolina.
as became the source of sacred peace and joy; He had a wife, who enjoyed much
of the divine comforts of religion, and who Statistics.
after adorning her profession upon earth,
in the full assurance of faith and hope, triCensus of the State of Georgia. umphantly fell asleep in Jesus. The population of Georgia, by the cen After her death his zeal for religion desus of 1820, amounts to 344,772. In 1810 clined; and by associating with some backit was 252,433: giving an increase in ten sliding professors, he entered the path to years, of 92,339.
eternal ruin. His new companions ridicuState of Connecticut.
led the eternity of future misery; and proThis state is divided into 8 counties : fessed to believe even in the redemption which are subdivided into 120 townships. of devils. William became an admirer of There are 210 Congregational churches their scheme; a frequenter with them of within the same state; of which only 30
the public house; and in time a common were destitute of a settled pastor, in June, drunkard. On one occasion of this kind, 1821. Of these 30 churches, 8 were able being upbraided as a Methodist, he replied, to support a minister; and 22 unable with “I am not a Methodist now; it would be out assistance. To supply their need, the
better for me were that the case; for while Domestic Missionary Society of Connecti.
I was a Methodist I was as happy as an cut sends these 22 feeble congregations angel, but now I am as miserable as a missionaries for a part of the year, with
devil.” the prospect of building up the waste Religion being neglected his mind turnplaces, and establishing in them the stated ed to politics, and these became his favourministrations of the gospel.
ite study. Proceeding onward from bad to worse, he became the disciple of Tom
Paine; plunged into the whirlpool of infi. Selections
delity; and dared to depreciate that ado
rable Redeemer, whom he had formerly WILLIAM POPE.
called his Saviour. The mercy he had
long abused was now withdrawn; the judg“Laugh, ye profane, and swell, and burst With bold impiety;
ments of the Most High overtook him; and
a lingering consumption became the har. Yet shall ye live for ever curst,
binger of death. And seek in vain to die.
“ April 17, 1797, I was desired, says Mr. Soon you'll confess the frightful names
Rhodes, the narrator of the following ac. Of plagues, you scorn'd before,
count, to visit William Pope. For some No more shall look like idle dreams,
months he had been afflicted with a conLike foolish tales no more." WATTS,
sumptive complaint. At the same time the The awful and affecting cases of New state of his mind was deplorably wretched. port, Altamont, and Spira, have long con. When I first saw him, he said, “ Last night
I believe I was in hell, and felt the horrors and torments of the damned! but God has brought me back again and given me a little longer respite. My mind is also alleviated a little. The gloom of guilty terror does not sit so heavy upon me as it did: and I have something like a faint hope, that, after all I have done, God may yet save me.' After exhorting him to repentance, and confidence in the Almighty Saviour, I prayed with him, and left him."
“ In the evening he sent for me again. I found him in the utmost distress, overwhelmed with bitter anguish and despair. I endeavoured to encourage him; and mentioned the hope which he had spoken of in the morning. He answered, “I believe it was merely nature ;--that finding a little ease from the horrors, I had felt in the night, I was a little lifted up, on that account.” I spoke to him of the infinite me. rit of the great Redeemer; of his sufficiency, willingness, and promises to save the chief of sinners, who penitentially turn to him. I mentioned several cases in which God had saved the greatest of sinners; but he answered, “No case of any, that have been mentioned, is comparable to mine. I have no contrition; I cannot repent; God will damn me! I know my day of grace is past. God hath said of such as are in my case, I will laugh at your calamity and mock when your fear cometh!" I said, “Have you ever known any thing of the mercy and love of God?" “Oh yes,” he replied,
many years ago, I truly repented, and sought the Lord.
At one time in particular, in my distress and penitential sorrow, I cried to the Lord with all my heart; and he heard me, and delivered me from all my trouble; and filled me with peace and heavenly consolation. This happiness continued for some time. I was then truly devoted to God. But in the end I began to keep company, which was hurtful to me; and also gave way to unprofitable conversation, till I lost all the comfortable sense of God, and the things of God. Thus I fell from one thing to another, till I plunged into open wickedness.” Indeed he several times complained to me, that the company he associated with, had been of irre. parable injury to him. I prayed with him and had great hopes of his salvation; he appeared much affected; and begged I would represent his case in our Society and pray for him. I did as he desired that night in our congregation; the people were much affected at the account, and many hearty petitions were put up for him.
Mr. Rhodes being obliged to go into the country, for a few days, his fellow labour. er, Mr. Barraclough, visited William Pope, and gave the following account of what he witnessed.
“ April 18, I went to see William Pope; he had all the appearance of horror and
guilt, which a soul feels, when under a sense of the wrath of God. As soon as he saw me he exclaimed, “You are come to see one who is damned for ever.” Ian. swered, “I hope not, Christ came to save the chief of sinners.” He replied, “I have rejected him, I have denied him; there. fore he hath cast me off for ever! I know the day of grace is past; gone gone never more to return !" I entreated him not to draw hasty conclusions respecting the will of God; and I asked him if he could pray, or felt a desire that God would give him a broken and contrite heart? he answered, “I cannot pray; my heart is quite hardened; I have no desire to receive any blessing at the hands of God," and then immediately cried out, “Oh the hell!-the torment!-the fire that I feel within me! Oh eternity, eternity! To dwell for ever with devils and damned spirits in the burning lake, must be my portion!--and that justly-yea very justly!"
“ I endeavoured to set before him the all-sufficient merits of Christ, and the vir. tue of his
atoning blood; assuring him, that through faith in the Redeemer he might be forgiven. He fixed his eyes on me and said, “O that I had hope! O that I had the smallest beam of hope! but I have not, nor can I ever have it again.” I requested him to join with me and another friend in prayer. To which he replied, “it is all in vain.” However we prayed and had some degree of access to the throne of grace for him, When I was about to depart he looked at me with inexpressible anguish, and said, “Do you remember preaching from these words in Jeremiah, "Be instructed, o Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee?” I replied that I recollected the time very well, and asked, “ Did God's Spirit depart from you at that time?" he replied, “No, not at that time, for I again felt him strive with me; but oh, soon after I grieved, yea, I quenched him; and now it is all over with me for ever!”
“On Thursday I found him groaning under the weight of the displeasure of God. His eyes rolled to and fro: he lift up his hands and with vehemence cried out, “Oh the burning flame! the hell! the pain I feel! Rocks, yea burning mountains, fall upon me, and cover me! Ah no! they cannot hide me from his presence
who fills the universe!" I spoke a little of the justice and power of Jehovah, to which he made this pertinent reply, “He is just, and is now punishing and will continue to pun. ish me for my sins. He is powerful, and will make me strong to bear the torments of hell to all eternity!" I answered, “God is just to forgive us and powerful to rescue us from the dominion of sin and Satan. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and I trust he will soon manifest his salvation to you.” He replied, “You do