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SOCIETY FOR MISSIONS TO AFRI.
CA AND THE EAST.
of our tracts; and especially our almost
DOMESTIC. miraculous preservation till this period amidst the ravages of hostile incursions
ANNUAL REPORT we cannot help pleasing ourselves with OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, TO the idea that Providence has dealt kindly
THE NEW YORK MISSIONARY SO-
Iy recounting to the brethren of the Society, at their annual meeting, the transactions of the past year, it would rejoice the hearts of the directors, to be able with truth to announce the rapid
progress of the gospel in every quarter FROM an address of Feb. 1. of the
to which their labors have extended. society for missions to Africa and the
But though they cannot boast of an event East, instituted by members of the
so grateful to the lovers of the precious established church in England, it ap
Redeemer, they have cause to believe
their efforts have not been altogether pears that they are making commend. fruitless. The constant attendance, the able exertions to diffuse christianity serious and solema attention visible among the natives of the western among the Tuscaroras, and the earnest coast of Africa, and that they have
zeal and anxious solicitude for the confavorable prospects of making some.
version of their brethren, testified by the remuneration to Africa for her wrongs
believing part of the nation, are favorable endured in consequence of the inhu.
symptoms, and presages, we hope, of the man traffic in human blood, now abol.
eventual success of the Mission, ished,
Notwithstanding the reluctance of the A grammar and several cat
Missionary to trust in appearances, echisms have been published in Susoo which frequently prove fallacious, he is and English. Two settlements are constrained to acknowledge in a late formed on the Rio Pongas. Four communication, that the word of the live Lutheran ministers, the Rev. Messrs. ing God has, in some instances, reached Renner, Butscher, Barneth, and
the hearts of both white people and In
dians. Wenzell, occupy these settlements on a mission from the society to the
No additions, it is true, have been
made to the church among the Tuscaro. Susoos. They receive under their
ras, by baptism, during the ministration care the children of the natives, of of Mr. Gray. Applications for admiswhom they have a considerable num- sion to the ordinance, have not been ber, several of them children of wanting; but these were deservedly rethe neighboring chiefs. Rev. Mr. jected, as arising from mistaken ideas of Nylander supplies the place of chap. the ordinance, and of the subjects prop
er to receive it. lain to the colony of Sierra Leone. The society has lately undertaken the hand of the Missionary, steady atten
A willingness to accept of baptism at the establishment of a settlement at
dance at church, and a disposition to the bay of islands in the northern break off from gross sins, were deemed part of New Zealand. Two artisans, sufficient qualifications for the ordinance, one a carpenter and ship builder and by those ignorant or misguided persons. the other a flax dresser and twine In a few individuals lately, a better spir
it has discovered itself.
As these af pear spinner, have sailed under the care of Rev. Mr. Marsden, chaplain of deep sense of their undone condition,
to be actuated by better motives; by a New Soutlı Wales.
and a conviction of the necessity of a Sa. The Society has established a mis. vior's righteousness, they have claims sionary seminary in England under better authenticated; and after receive the direction of the Rev. Thomas ing the vecessary instruction, and affordScott,rector of Aston Sanford, Buck. ing satisfactory evidence, by their life inghampshire. Two Lutheran min. and conversation, of the reality of a save isters and one Englishman are pre. ing work of grace on their hearts, will paring for their future labors under
doubtless be admitted to a participation
in the sacred ordinances of the Gospel, his superintendance.
and contribute to the increase of the Africa contains 150 millions of in. church among the Tuscaroras. The era habitants, and Asia 500 millions, all
roneous spirit formerly prevalent among with few
exceptions heathens or fol. that people, the Missionary humbly trusts, lowers of Mahomet.
The Lord has rebuked, and is now spread:
îng sentiments more just, and more con- The farm purchased for the use of the genial to the nature of the gospel of Mission is said to be valuable, but will still Christ.
require some additional fencing to comThe Rev. Robert Forrest, who, at the plete its improvement and renderit capa. special request of the Directors, visited ble of yielding
an increase proportioned the Tuscarora nation, in July, 1809, at- to its value. Though the accounts with tended their council, and preached for Mr. Holmes are not yet finally settled, them, gives ample testimony to the ex- some of the materials which were in his emplary conduct, and growing attention hands, have been delivered up by his to divine things, both among these In- agent, and applied to the repair of the dians, and among the white people in house,or used in the erection of a barn on their neighborhood ; as well as to the the farm. The real expense of the buildings fidelity of the Missionary, and his qualifi- has, however,been little diminished by the cations for the trust committed to him. materials recovered; but an immediate And this testimony, in itself unexception- disbursement of money, equal to their able, is corroborated by the opinion of value, has been saved. other respectable persons, both in the The school erected in the Tuscarora Western District, and in Canada, village for the instruction of the Indian
Mr. Gray, in summer, preaches children, in the estimation of all, is an obtwice every Sabbath. His first sermon jeot of the highest importance. A knowl. is specially addressed to the Indians; his edge of the English language, and the second is more particularlyadapted to the principles of divine truth oimbibed in situation and circumstances of the white youth, frequently repeated, and seriously inhabitants; and their numbers frequent- inculcated by a faithful teacher, would ly exceed the number of his Indian hear- not only greatly facilitate the labor of the ers. In winter he preaches but once, Missionary,but give direct access through and that almost exclusively to the abor- the understanding to the conscience. igines; but few of the whites attending. This department, however, has during
The number of his Indian hearers va. the last year languished, through the ries from fifty to seventy; the proportion indisposition of the teacher, whose labors of females being commonly the greatest. hare been much interrupted by the prevThe general deportment in the house of alence of a nervous indisposition. ExerGod is grave and solemn.
cise has now, in a great measure, removThough the youth appear sometimes ed the complaint. The school is increasto listen with attention to the voice of ing, and is at present attended by tweninstruction and reproof, at others, like ty-four children; of whom eighteen are too many of the youth among ourselves, Indians, sixteen boys, and two girls; the they break through every restraint, and remaining six whites. The lodian chilpursue their wicked practices with avid- dren have made but little progress. The ity The chiefs of the nation, and per- most advanced class is only beginning to sons of more advanced age, are friendly, read. But their progress in manners, is sober, and honest. Indeed, temperanco greater than their progress in letters. and honesty are prominent traits in the The Lancaster plan of tuition has been Tuscarora character. The conduct of attempted; but hitberto without success. the professors of the gospel is irreproach. The common mode of iostruction has of able
cousre been adopted. The deportment The seasons of catechising in the pres of the teacher is becoming his christian ent state of things cannot be regular and profession. He is now much encouragfixed, but are necessarily accommodat- ed, and able to give stated and regular ed to times and circumstances, wherev- attendance on his school. But by a stateer the Lord opens a door, either in visi- ment of his necessary expenses, submittation, or in private conversation. Af- ted to Mr. Gray, it appears that the alNictions, sickness, and death are the spe- lowance hitherto made him is insufficient. cial seasons of ministerial visitation. An augmentation of salary has been
The Board of Directo1$ unite with Mr. judged necessary to the continuance of Gray, in earnestly soliciting every mem- the school. ber of the society, in his private suppli- Since the last annual meeting, a reviv. cations at the throne of grace, to remem- al of correspondence with the different ber the interests of the Redeemer among Missionary associations, with which an the heathen in general, and particularly epistolary intercourse had formerly been among the people more immediately un- maintained by this Society, has been ato der the charge of the Society. The tempted; but answers have been receiv. promises and declarations of scripture ed only from the Northern Missionary on this subject, give the greatest encour- Society of this state, and from the Lonagement to the duty, and the Missionary don Missionary Society. views the personal blessings he has enjoy- From the Report transmitted by the ed in his present charge, as precious an- former, it appears, they are prosecuting swers to the prayers of the Society: the missionary cause among the Oneidas
with spirit, and not without success. Mr. ing for the translation of the Scriptures Jenkins, their missionary, was ordained into many different languages, particularto the work of the gospel ministry in ly into the Chinese : an undertaking hithApril, 1809; and from that time to the erto deemed insuperable, they are medi5th of September, in the same year, had tating a mission to the Greek Islands, to baptized thirty children He steadily of preach the gospel, and circulate the modficiates at Squasselow and Oneida. The ern Greek Testament among the inhabitwhole number of Indians at Oneida, ants. amounting to 450 or upwards, profess From the Netherland Missionary So. the christian religion, excepting 3 or 4 ciety, a letter has been received, breathpersons ; yet the number of communi. ing a spirit of fervent piety and zeal for cants in May, 1809, did not exceed 18 or the promotion of the gospel. The for19. An Indian, named Abram, labors warding of their transactions, though inalso with great zeal in promoting the convenient at the time, may be expectinterest of the gospel among the Onei. ed as soon as opportunity offers. These das, and lias been earnestly recommend zealous followers of the Redeemer, in ed by Mr. Jenkins, to notice and com- the midst of difficulties and discouragepensation from the directors of the North- ments, are not unmindful of their chrisern Missionary Society.
tian privileges, nor unwilling to impart The communication received from the what they have freely received at the London Missionary Society has been hand of their gracious, heavenly Master. published at large in the Christian's Mag. They were at the date of their letter, azine. In addition to the information preparing a mission to the coast of Corotherein contained, it may be proper to mandel. observe, for the encouragement of our From the laborious and faithful Paul brethren of this Society, that the exten- Cuffee, a communication was received sive utility of the pious and respectable soon after the last annual meeting of the body of men, connected with that associ. society, detailing the state of the different ation, is equalled only by the prudence congregations under his care. The suband perseverance with which their meas- stance of his letter was published with the
conducted. The success of last annual report, and does credit to his their labors is various. In Africa, a con- piety and fidelity, while it furnishes addi. siderable number of Missionaries is em- tional cause of gratitude to Jehovah Jeployed, with a zeal and success that have sus for the greatest manifestations of his astonished the world, particularly among love and power to the children of men,ev. the Hottentots, whose ignorance and stu- idenced in the work of his blessed Spirit pidity were proverbial, and who were on the hearts of many of the people unscarcely allowed to claim a rank in the der the care of Paul. A letter has been scale of being superior to the brute crea- written to the Rev. David S. Bogart, who tion
is the medium of communication between The pious, learned, and indefatigable the Society and Paul, requesting some Dr. Vander Kemp, bas formed a plan for account of the present state of his congreextending the chain of Missionary settle- gations; but no answer has hitherto been ments along the east coast of Africa ; received and has proposed, notwithstanding his The Directors have for some time advanced age, to proceed on a new mis- extended their views to other Indian nasion to the Isle of Madagascar. In his tions, particularly to the Senecas, among experlition, he is to be accompanied, whom it has been contemplated to erect among others, by Mr. Smit, who for a school; which is only delayed until a some time resided in this city, and is well person can be procured, properly qualifiknown to many members of this Society. ed for the office. A committee has been
A prosperous mission of the London As- appointed also, to inquire what places sociation, was founded in Demarara,in the may with propriety be occupied as Mismonth of February, 1808. It is occupi- sionary stations; and where it would be ed in disseminating the knowledge of the advisable to erect other schools. But blessed gospel among the negro slaves. some time must elapse, before these obIn March, 1809, the Missionary writes, jects in all their details, can be prepared that 24 of these had been received into for deliberation, and ripened into executhe church of the Redeemer by baptism, tion, even if every pecuniary impediment and that more than 150 of them were se- were removed. riously seeking the salvation of their To inspire every heart with confidence souls,
in the bountiful goodness of the divine The London Missionary Society is Head of the church, and to the honor of still extending its exertions to new fields the Assistant New York Missionary Soof labor. No practicable object escapes ciety,their liberal donation of $828,58cts. their notice Besides their endeavors to ought to be recorded with gratitude. remove the vail of Moses from the eyes This supply will be a seasonable aid to the of the Jews, and the efforts they are mak. Directors, in establishing a school among the Senecas; or, should this fail, may be accepted with thanks, and with a deteremployed to enlarge the sphere of the So- mination to profit by their kindness, when ciety's usefulness in some other quarter. circumstances call for its exercise,
A letter, inclosing a donation of $ 40, In surveying the progress of the Mis. has also been received from the Presby- sionary spirit, and reflecting on the terian Youth's Assistant Missionary So- amazing power of divine grace displayed ciety. This Association was formed in in the various departments of the vineNovember, 1809, for the sole purpose of yard of God, while the Directors do promoting the views of the New York homage to the zeal and activity of other Missionary Society. If we consider the Societies, less highly privileged than short duration of the establishment, and themselves, and acknowledge with shame the spirit of piety and generosity from their own inferiority, they are constrainwhich it originated, the donors will ed to exclaim, “ This is the Lord's doing, be found to deserve, as they have receiv- and it is wondrous in our eyes." ed, the sincere thanks of the Directors The Treasurer's account will exhibit a
The Young Men's Bible Society, is faithful statement of the receipts and ex, also entitled to the grateful acknowl- penditures for the year past, and will edgments of every friend to the Mission- show the present amount of the Society's ary cause, for the benevolent tender of funds. their service to supply this Association By order of the Directors, with Bibles. The offer was accordingly
P. WILSON, Seo'y. OFFICERS, AND OTHER DIRECTORS of the New York Missionary Society, elected at the late annual
Meeting, for the ensuing Year.
Mr. ROBERT GOSMAN,
Mr. WILLIAM WHITLOCK.
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
REPORT from the Secretary of the April 7, 1810, Ætatis 73. By NaTreasury, on the subject of Ameri- thanael Emmons, D. D. Pastor of the can Manufactures, prepared in obe. Church in Franklin. Boston : Pub. dience to a resolution of the House lished by Farrand, Mallory, & Co. of Representatives. April 19, 1810. and Lyman, Mallory, & Co. Portland, Referred to Mr. Bacon, Mr. Macon, 1810. Mr. Pitkin, Mr. Fisk, and Mr. Clop- Two Dissertations. First. The ton, Boston : Published by Farrand, Nature and Constitution of the Law, Mallory, & Co. and Lyman, Mallory, which was given to Adam in Paradise; & Co. Portland, 1809.
designed to shew what was the Ef A Discourse, delivered at the Fu- fect of his disobedience. Second neral of the Rev. David Sanford, The Scene of Christ in the Garden A. M. Late Pastor of the Second of Gethsemane ; designed to shew Church in Medway. Who died the Nature of the Gup, which he
prayed miglt pass from him. By ical Journal, No. 29. October, 1809. David Sanford, A, M. Pastor of a To be continued quarterly. E. SarChurch in Medway, Massachusetts. geant, New York. Boston : Published by Farrand, Mal. The Eloquence of the British Senate; lory, & Co. Suffolk Buildings; and being a selection of the best speeches Lyman, Mallory, & Co. Portland, of the most distinguished English, 1810.
Scotch Parliamentary A Dictionary of Practical Surgery. Speakers, from the beginning of the Containing a complete exhibition of reign of Charles the 1st, to the presthe Principles and Practice of Surge. ent time, with Notes, biographical, ry, collected from the best and most critical, and explanatory. By Wil. original sources of information, and liam Hazlitt. 2 vols. Prior & Dun. illustrated by critical remarks. By ning, New York. Samuel Cooper, Member of the Roy. Vol. III. No 4, of the Christian's al College of Surgeons, London, and Magazine, Designed to promote author of the First Lines of the Prac. the knowledge and influence of evantice of Surgery. With Notes and gelical truth and order. Williams & Additions, by John Syng Dorsey, Whiting, New York, . M.D. Adjunct Professor of Surgery The Task; a Poem, by William in the University of Pennsylvania,&c. Cowper, of the Inner Temple, Esq. In 2 vols. octavo. B. & T. Kite, To which is prefixed, a short account Philadelphia,
of the Life and Writings of the auThe Child's Monitor ; or Parental thor, Albany, B, D. Packard, 1810. Instruction. By John Hornsey, au- The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain. thor of “ A Short Grammar of the New Haven, Walter, Austin, & Co. English Language,” &c. The first 1810. American edition, corrected and improved. B, & T, Kite, Philadelphia.
The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Numbers 3 and 4. Bradford & Inskeep, Philadelphia. P W. W. Woodward, Philadelphia,
The Travels, Imprisonment, and proposes to republish-Butterworth's Sufferings, of John Nelson.
Concordance, with which he will acneat pocket volume, from the twen. commodate those who shall give tieth London edition. J. Kingston, their names for the new edition of Baltimore.
Scott's Bible, as well as those who The Office of the Holy Week, ac- have subscribed for and received the cording to the Roman Missal and first edition. Proposals will shortly Breviary. The first American edi. be printed, with the terms to those tion, revised and corrected by a Cath- who subscribe for Scott's Bible, new otlic Clergyman of Baltimore, and edition, and those who have had the published with the approbation of first edition of the work, and to those The Rt. Rev. Archbishop Carroll. who subscribe for the maps and conB. Dornin, Baltimore.
cordance alone. The Life of the honorable major- Bernard Dornin, Baltimore, progeneral Israel Putman : Embellished
poses to republish-An edition of the with a copperplate Engraving, repre. Lives of the Saints ; by the Rev. Alsenting the General riding down the ban Butler, in six volumes, octavo. steep precipice at Horse Neck, on J. Kingston, Baltimore, proposes a full trot to elude the pursuit of to republish-The Substance of the British troops commanded by Brooke's Fool of Quality, or, the Cel. General Tryon. To which are an- ebrated History of Henry, Earl of nexed two Poems ; an address to Moreland. This fourth edition will the armies of the United States, and be printed verbatim from the last a Poem on the Happiness of Amer. London copy of this justly admired ica. By Col, D. Humphreys, aid.de. work, collated and revised by a camp to Gen. Washington during the learned Divine of the Church of Revolutionary War. M‘Carty & England. This work will be print. White, New York.
ed in two handsome volumes, duodeThe Edinburgh Review; or, Crit. cimo, containing together more than