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visit, an opportunity was afforded of North and South Carolina, till they preaching seven sermons, and administer
reached Georgia, preaching as often ing the sacraments. I found myself among a pretty numerous and very worthy peo
as opportunities were offered, conple, mostly members of the Presbyterian
sistently with a due regard to the church. They are generally emigrants place of their destination. Circumfrom South Carolina, and have inhabited stances prevented their formally this wilderness about two years.' They received your missionary as a messenger
putting themselves under the direcof peace; and attended his labours, by day
tion of the Synod of South Carolina and by night, with a punctuality seldom and Georgia. They however folequalled. His demands on their time and lowed the advice of a member of attention were many and pressing, but a their Board of Missions, and of two prompt and cheerful compliance on every
other members of that synod. The occasion, furnished a pleasing evidence of the enjoyments they realized in the de. region which they selected by the lightful exercises of public worship.
advice of these brethren, embraced *« 26th.—After public worship, the pre seven of the western counties of liminaries relative to the formation of a
Georgia ; viz. Baldwin, Jones, church were adjusted. A paper with a preamble expressive of the object, was
Twiggs, Pulaski, Laurens, and signed by the heads of families; and the Wilkinson, lying between the rivnames of individual members enrolled on ers Oconnee and Ocmulgee, and the records of the church, which received the southern part of Washington on this occasion the appellation of New between Oconnee and Ogechee Hope. The following day presented be
rivers. fore me a large and interesting congregation, assembled to behold, for the first Their plan was first to explore time in this land of spiritual destitution, the principal towns and places in the celebration of the holy eucharist. The these counties, and then to visit duties of the day were introduced with a
them as frequently as they could. sermon from John, v. 40: “And ye will not come,” &c. At the close of the ser
One of the missionaries thus demon, the ordinance of baptism was admi
scribes this portion of Georgia: nistered to four children. After a short interval, the Supper was solemnized. This
“It has been purchased from the Inholy feast was furnished with thirty guests,
dians within about 14 years, and has been two of whom were admitted for the first
settled within 13 years. Of course, as time to hold communion with their Lord
must be expected, it shares largely in the and his saints at his table. The people of
vices of new population, whose design in God appeared to be much edified-they
leaving older settlements is to acquire prowere much delighted. Their feelings
perty. The want of an enlightened and were in unison with the expression of the
faithful ministry is seen in its deplorable Psalmist : “Blessed are they that dwell in
consequences among them. Religion is thy house; they shall be still praising
lightly esteemed by the major and more thee." I retired from the consecrated
influential part of the community, many spot in deep meditation on the conde
of whom are shrewd, discerning and
intelligent men. But this, alas! is too scension and goodness of my Divine Mas
much to be ascribed to the inconsistter. My labours were arduous and numerous, and yet he sustained me. My
ent and ungodly walk of professors, and
even of some who call themselves the body as well as my soul seemed refreshed. Thither let missionaries direct their way.
ministers of Christ. Such examples, And may the great Head of the church
though not common, have had a baleful
influence on the minds of multitudes. send them a pastor, who will feed them faithfully with the bread of life. Here I
Neither is religion from the desk arrayed received 8 dollars 25 cents for the Mis
in that lovely garb, nor presented in that sionary fund.”
beautiful consistency, nor supported by
that weight of evidence, which justly beMR. CHARLES J. HINSDALE, AND
longs to her, and which is calculated to MR. AZARIAH G. Orton,
win the attention and command the re
spect of discerning men. Have reported the fulfilment of “ Within the circuit above referred to, their mission to Georgia. In tra
I believe there was no Presbyterian velling to the scene of their labour,
preaching before our arrival. In fact, they passed on rapidly through
many expressed great desire to hear us,
and came out of curiosity perhaps more Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, than from any other motive, as they had
never heard a Presbyterian. Yet there terpreter, through whom he addressed are a great number of Baptist and Metho them, in different places seven or eight dist preachers. These two denominations different times. In general they appeared are the prevailing and exclusive sects, if attentive and solemn, but not willing to we except a few scattering professors, encourage us in establishing a school for who are principally Presbyterians.”
their children, being under the impression
that the President of the United States In some of the places the people
would do this. were very indifferent to the preach
“ We acknowledge with gratitude the ing of the gospel, but in others they attention and care of the Board of Miswere desirous of enjoying this pri sions toward this remote and comparativevilege. In some of the towns there ly destitute region, manifested by the apwas a prospect that Presbyterian pointment of Mr. Khent to labour among
us for six months. We hope that we shall congregations might be organized,
continue to receive your friendly notice, from whom contributions might be
and partake of your liberality according to obtained toward the support of the your ability and wisdom. A large portion ministry,
of territory in the north-western corner of
this state has lately been purchased from From the Synod of Ohio the fol
the Indians, and is now settling. If these lowing report has been received:
infant settlements could be early visited « Circleville, State of Ohio,
by missionaries, we might hope for saluMarch 21, 1821.
tary effects. “The Missionary Board under the di “ The expenses incurred by this Board rection of the Synod of Ohio, present to during the last year, have been $800, and the Board of Missions acting under the we are sorry to add that our treasury is authority of the General Assembly, the exhausted, and upwards of two hundred following report of their proceedings du dollars of this sum unpaid. ring the last year.
Signed by order. “In April, 1820, we appointed ten missionaries for different periods of time,
“James Hoge, President. amounting to twenty-four months, and in
“ROBERT G. Wilson, R. Sec.” October last seven were appointed, the term of whose services, when added,
The Board of Trust of the Westamounted to twelve months; that is, we ern Missionary Society have sent have, during the last year, appointed mis the following report:
of three years. Satisfactory reports have “ The Board of Trust of the Western been presented to us of the fulfilment of Missionary Society, report to the Board of twenty-four months of this time. The Missions of the General Assembly, that, missionary ground within our bounds has during the last year, the following missionbeen generally visited, and nearly 500 aries have been for different terms of time, sermons have been preached; many fami from two weeks to three months, employlies have received ministerial visits, and ed in the service of the Board, and in the many sick and dying families have had the parts of the country respectively mentiontruths and consolations of the gospel pre
ed, viz. sented to them. And the Board feel hap “ The Rev. Mr. Core, for six weeks, in py in being able to add, that in some in the settlements north of Youngstown, stances which have come to their know Ohio. ledge, the labours of their missionaries “ The Rev. Mr. Sullivan, two months, in have been the means of bringing sinners the county of Huron and parts adjacent. to the knowledge of the truth.
“ Mr. Solomon Cowles, three months, in • The embarrassments under which we the destitute settlements contiguous to have laboured during the past year have his residence in the Presbytery of Steubeen many, especially those which have benville, Ohio. arisen from the deficiency of our pecu “ Mr. James Rowan, a licentiate of the niary resources; but if we, as instruments, Presbytery of Ohio, one month, on the have succeeded in rescuing one of our waters of Conewango and Propenstraw, guilty race from the darkness of nature, Pennsylvania. the blessing of God has attended our la “ The Rev. Wm. M'Clain, two months, bours, which should excite our gratitude, in the destitute settlements in the vicinity and urge us on in the benevolent work. of Canton, Ohio.
During the past year the Rev. James “ The Rev. Robert Lee, one month, in Scott, by our direction, visited the Indians the state of Ohio. residing in the neighbourhood of Upper “ The Rev. Hezekiah N. Woodruff, of Sandusky, and took with him a pious in the Presbytery of Bath, one month, in
Ashtabula county, Ohio, and parts adja signing, as soon as their knowledge of the cent.
field will permit, to divide the country. « The Rev.Joseph Badger, two months, which is the principal theatre of their exin the new settlements of Ohio, bordering ertions into distinct missionary circuits. on Lake Erie.
On the whole the Board, though they have “ The Rev. Amos Chase, two months, not been able to do as much as in some on the route prescribed to Mr. Rowan.
preceding years, or as they could have “ The Rev. Mr. Allen, one month, on desired, feel encouraged by the success the Monongahela river; and
which has appeared to attend their efforts, “ The Rev. Mr. Simple, for two weeks, and rejoice that by their exertions
many on his former route.
in the barren and desolate regions of our “In some cases these missionaries have country have been blessed with the occabeen unable to fulfil their appointments
sional visitations of the messengers of for the whole time for which they were
truth and the heralds of the gospel of appointed, and in others their missions re
of peace. main yet partially unfulfilled.
“Which is respectfully submitted. “It however appears, that the Board
Pittsburgh, May 1, 1821.” have been able to bestow upon the destitute settlements from ten to twelve months of missionary services, in addition to which From the Missionary Herald for Septemthey have expended better than $230
ber, 1821. upon the Indian school established at San
PALESTINE MISSION. dusky, under the care and patronage of this society. From the journals of their While this sheet was preparing for the missionaries it appears, that they have press, letters were received from Mr. been received with gratitude and affection Fisk, down to June 1st, containing intelliby those to whom they were sent, and that gence from Mr. Parsons to March 13th. in general their ministrations have been We mentioned, in our number for July, promptly attended. Though there has that Mr. Parsons had written to Mr. Fisk not appeared to be any special divine in. from Castello Rosso, Jan. 13th. We now fluence, or peculiar success attending have before us a letter to the correspondtheir labours, yet they seem to have im ing secretary, dated at the same place, parted some degree of strength and en Jan. 25th, giving an account of the voyage couragement to those feeble congrega. thus far, of which we shall lay before our tions to which our attention has been par readers a brief outline. ticularly directed; and in one or two in At Scio Mr. P. had an opportunity to stances our missionaries have been in call on Professor Bambas, and give him duced to settle in congregations unable an account of the tour in Asia Minor, esfully to support them, in the expectation pecially of the distribution of books. He of receiving annual appointments from replied, “Much good may be done in this this Board, and devoting a portion of their region by activity and perseverance.” time to the destitute regions around them. The number of students in the college The expenditures of the Board, amounting had increased rapidly, and the Young Mito about $700, have not been as large du nister's Companion was in high reputaring the last as some former years, owing tion. At Samos the vessel took refuge in part to the diminution of the amount of for four days, in a solitary harbour, far congregational collections received into from any human dwelling. the treasury, and the difficulty of collect On the morning of Dec. 18th, they passing monies due the Board, and partly to ed between Samos and the ancient Melithe want of one or more acceptable mis tus. Mr. P. read to the pilgrims the 20th sionaries, who were able to devote a con of Acts, and pointed to the place, where siderable portion of the year to the exclu Paul had his affecting interview with the sive service of the society. The mission elders of Ephesus. Towards evening of ary ground in the bounds and on the out the same day, passing near Patmos, the skirts of our Synod, is extensive and needy, epistles to the seven churches were read. and there are a few small congregations, There was perfect silence; and the pilwhose existence will be rendered extreme grims informed Mr. P. that they never bely precarious, if they do not speedily enjoy fore heard these epistles, in their own lana larger amount of missionary labour than guage. it seems possible for us to yield them. After being becalmed off Coos, they arThe Board have recently appointed one rived at Rhodes on the 21st, and were deof their members to visit the different In tained there six days. During this time dian towns on the shores of Lake Erie, Mr. P. became acquainted with the Greek and to report upon the expediency of bishop, the English concil, an Archiman. making a permanent missionary establish. drite of Jerusalem, and the president of a ment in that region; and they are also de. distinguished monastery, On Mr. P.'s pro
posing to the bishop to leave with him
“ Larnica, Cyprus, Feb. 7, 1821. tracts for distribution, and showing him “ Rev. and Dear Sir-In a letter, dated specimens, he replied, “Your offer is very Jan. 25th, I gave a short account of the generous; I will send a man with you to voyage from Smyrna to Castello Rosso. bring the rest.” Mr. P. sent 150 copies The next morning we left that harbour for the priests and the schools, and the with a favourable
wind, which conveyed next day received a message from the us very rapidly to the port of Limesol, in bishop approving the tracts, and express Cyprus. The captain had given orders ing gratitude for them.
to have the anchors in readiness, and we “ According to the statement of the were all rejoicing in the assurance of a bishop, there are on the island about safe arrival at the destined haven. But 10,000 Turks, a greater number of Greeks; our pleasant prospects were soon blasted. 60 Greek churches; 100 priests; 22 mo The wind changed almost instantaneousnasteries; very few monks; one school of ly, and blew from the east with great viosome distinction; others smaller for chil lence during the night. Again the vessel dren."
was driven back to sea, but the next day, The English consul is friendly to the we were enabled to enter the harbour of distribution of the Bible, though a Catho Baffo, (anciently Paphos,) 40 miles to the lic. Mr. P. experienced from him marked west of Limesol. At that harbour, I left tokens of friendship and hospitality. the vessel; and proceeded by land to
M. P. visited a synagogue, and a school Limesol for the purpose of distributing for Jewish children. There are 200 Jew Testaments and tra ts. The first place ish houses in Rhodes. The Archimandrite, which I visited was Paphos. The priests and the president of the monastery very of the village immediately conducted me gladly received tracts to distribute. The to the church, where they say, St. Paul latter made “repeated professions of his preached the gospel; from thence to the gratitude, and implored a blessing upon hall, where he was condemned; and to those, through whose benevolence the fa the pillar, where he was bound, and revour was conferred.”
ceived forty stripes save one.' Leaving Rhodes on the 28th, they were truly affecting to see so many churches driven into a solitary harbour, where they destroyed-some used for stables, others were detained eight days. With consi for baths, others completely in ruins. of derable difficulty, the vessel reached the the 365 churches, once the glory of Paharbour of Castello Rosso, Jan, 7th. Some phos, only 4 or 5 now remain. Twentyyoung men from the village coming on five or thirty miserable huts are all that board, tracts were distributed to such as remain of the once most distinguished were able to read. These tracts were cir city of Cyprus. culated, and a general desire was excited “From this place I went to the house to obtain a greater supply. In the morn of a Greek bishop, in a village two or ing, as Mr. P. passed through the village, three miles from the shore. There I was a multitude thronged the streets, each received with the utmost cordiality; and crying aloud in modern Greek, “Sir, will all the proceedings of the bishop were you give me a tract?” Mr. P. gave 125 marked with great seriousness and dignitracts to the schools, at the particular re ty. He said, that it was his delight to quest of the teachers; and 50 to persons entertain strangers, and he wished
for no who came to the vessel for the purpose of pecuniary compensation. He highly apobtaining them. There was but one copy prov of the tracts, which I brought with of the Romaic Testament in the village. me, and engaged to distribute them among This had been purchased at Rhodes, and his people. Under his government are was circulating among the inhabitants. 200 churches, but only 50 are now open While there Mr. P. sold five Testaments, for religious service. In each of these containing the ancient and the modern churches is a copy of the modern Greek Greek in parallel columns, to individuals Testament procured at Nicosia from those in the village, and five to pilgrims. “In sent to Cyprus by the Rev. Mr. Conner. no place,” he adds,“ have I seen a greater “ On the way to Limesol spent one desire to read the word of God.”
night in a small village called Pisouri. Castello Rosso contains 250 or 300 The priest of the village purchased of me houşes, of which 30 belong to the Turks, a Greek Testament, and received a suffiand the rest to Greeks. It has a fine har cient number of tracts to supply all who bour, but is little else than a barren rock. could read. There is but one church in The vessel left that place on the 10th; the place, and no school of any importbut was driven back by very tempestuous weather, and remained there at the date “ The English consul at Limesol reof the letter. “Notwithstanding our fre quested me to reside in his family, till the quent disappointments,” says Mr. P. “the arrival of our vessel. This afforded me goodness of God to us has been peculiar, a favourable opportunity to visit the and very affecting."
churches and schools, and to distribute
tracts to the best advantage. A little boy, as the place where the prophet Elijah as an expression of his gratitude, present cast himself down upon the earth, and ed me a handful of flowers.
prayed for rain, till there arose «a little “ The English consul made a request, cloud out of the sea like a man's hand.' in behalf of two poor churches in the vi “ The English consul at Jaffa, had recinity, for two Greek Testaments. I men ceived information of our arrival, and bis tioned to him that it was not agreeable to son and dragoman waited at the shore to the wishes of the members of the Bible take us and our baggage to his house. Society, that Testaments should be per Every assistance which he could afford, mitted to remain useless, but that they was generously offered, while we should should be constantly read. He assured remain at Jaffa, or at Jerusalem, My garme, that he would accompany the Testa den,' he said, 'will afford many articles ments with a letter, and the wishes of the for your comfort, which cannot be well donors would be strictly regarded.
obtained at Jerusalem.' “ Near the centre of the island is a dis “ The Russian consul at Jaffa, Mr. Mostinguished monastery, which is visited by tras, to whom I had letters of recommenall pilgrims, on their way to Jerusalem. dation, invited me to occupy a room, The consul engaged to send two tracts to which he has under his own direction, in that monastery, and 50 to the monastery a monastery at Jerusalem. After the called the Holy Cross.
Passover, in May or June, he proposes to “In Limesol are 4 churches 10 priests take a tour to Mount Lebanon, and he --one flourishing school upon the system wishes me to accompany him. If it should of Coray, other small schools designed be thought best to pass the summer there, merely for learning the church service; I may improve this favourable opportunity. four mosques; houses of unburnt brick; “ Yesterday morning I attended service port not convenient. Four or five vessels in the Greek church of this place. The lay at anchor. In the vicinity of Limesol assembly consisted, I should say, of 250 are large and rich plains, now green with people, all standing and repeating prayers, wheat and barley. The mountains are as is the custom in all the churches. The white with snow.
only difference which I observed was this, “Monday evening, Feb. 5th (63 days that the scriptures were first read in anfrom Smyrna,) arrived at Larnica. Let cient Greek, then in Turkish, and then in ters, which I brought with me from Smyr Arabic, as the Arabic is the common diana, introduced me to Mr. Vondiziano, the
lect of the country. English consul, in whose house I resided “ After service, the president of the with great satisfaction. I sent to the bi monastery in this village called at the shop of Larnica 200 tracts; 100 for his own
house of the Russian consul. He examiuse, and 100 for the archbishop of Nicosia. ned the tracts, which I brought with me, The next day the bishop, in company
with and approved of the plan of distributing the principal men of the village, came to them among the people. He took 50 or the house of the consul to express their
60 for the use of pilgrims, and others who approbation of the truths contained in the could understand them. As it respects tracts, and their gratitude for the favour. the distribution of tracts and Bibles, Jaffa It was my design to go to Nicosia by land is a station of high importance. Almost from Limesol, but the rain prevented. all the pilgrims from Russia, and from Na. The tracts which I send to that city will tolia, land at this port, and frequently be distributed, as in other places, among
remain here many days. Bibles and the priests and schools.”
tracts can be landed here without taxes The last letter, which has been received
at the custom house, and can be distri. from Mr. Parsons himself, addressed to
buted without the danger of suspicion atthe corresponding secretary, is the follow
tending a portage to Jerusalem. If a mis
sion should be established at Jerusalem, ing:
Jaffa can also be under the charge of the “ Joppa, (Jaffa,) Feb. 12, 1821.
missionaries, with the prospect of great “ Rev, and Dear Sir-I arrived at this usefulness to the souls of men. port Saturday morning, after 48 hours “ The Russian consul at Jaffa will take passage from Cyprus. A considerable charge of all the letters, or packages, dinumber of pilgrims took passage with us rected to his care; and forward them di. from that island, so that, at the close of rectly to Jerusalem. He designs himself our voyage, there were not less than 75 to be there at the Passover, for the pursouls on board. Eight hours after leav pose of protecting the Russian pilgrims. ing Larnica we came in sight of Mount Le “ This letter will be forwarded immebanon in Syria; and from thence we pass diately to Cyprus, to the care of the Enged near the shores of the Holy Land, and lish consul at Larnica. In the morning, had a distant view of Sour, Acre, Caiffa, we design to set forward for the Holy and Mount Carmel. We looked upon City. I now feel the need more than Mount Carmel with uncommon interest ever before, of the prayers of God's peo