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who is now so much engaged for the instruction of his people, we understand has never himself had the least instruction in a school.

26. Father Hoyt and sister Sarah arrived this morning from 'Tallony. They found sister Hall in a feeble state of health, but better than she had been. The people appeared very anxious to have the school begin. Boards were sa wed to finish the buildings, and would be ready to work in a few days.

27. Meeting for business. Having heard brother Chamberlain's report respecting the prospect for a school on the Chatooga creek, near Fort Armstrong:

Resolved, that preparations be made to send Milo Hoyt immediately to commence a school there.

Resolved, that brother Talmadge make out a list of the prices of the several articles of blacksmithing, and present it at the next meeting for business.

Resolved, that the hired men be discharged from their labor on Saturdays at four o'clock P. M.

29. This morning sister Talmadge was made the joyful mother of a promising son. This is the first male child born in the mission at Brainerd.

May he live to become a faithful missionary of the cross.

At a meeting for business, Resolved, that Milo Hoyt be permitted to take, for the use of the projected school at Chatooga creek, certain articles of household furniture as by bill presented at this meeting.

Resolved, that he be permitted to take Darius Hoyt with him to assist at Chatooga a few weeks.

April 1. In church meeting, after preparatory lecture, David Brown gare å relation of his religious experience, and answered such questions as were put to him relative to his supposed gracious change. His relation and answers were satisfactory; and he was admitted by unanimous vote as a candidate for baptism,

3. Milo Hoyt and his wife set out for their new station on Chatooga creek, and took Darius Hoyt with them. Brother Vail went with them, and took such articles of household goods and provisions as were sent from this place. Chatooga is about 60 miles south by west from Brainerd, and about the same distance from Creek Path, and from Tallony.

Meeting for business. Resolved, that the bill of prices for blacksmithing, as presented by brother Talmadge, be accepted. As it appears there will be much more work in this business than one man can do;- as the poor natives frequently get more orders from the Agent for work of that sort, for which gor. ernment will pay, than they can get smiths to comply with, and as a blacksmith, who is approved by ihe natives, and has a permit,-offers to labor for us, Resolved. that brother Talmadge be authorized to hire this blacksmith.

Resolved, that brother Talmadge have the management of the blacksmithing business.

8. Brother Vail returned from Chatooga. He had, on the whole, a prosperous journey, though he was somewhat hindered by the badness of the road, and by breaking a waggon. He left them all well, and cheerful. Their dwelling house, or cabin, is entirely in the woods, and rather small, being about 12 feet by 14, perhaps not quite so large. There is one small cabin in sight, but !0 village in that part of the country. The inhabitants are scattered through the woods, and each family on its own little plantation.

The news of their arrival soon spread, and numbers came to welcome their new friends, expressing great joy that we had arrived to teach their children. They had not begun their scliool house; having been waiting, as they said, for their teacher to come and tell where he would have it built. They were now ready immediately to set about it, and said they would soon have it ready for the school.

Mr. Espcy, the millwright, from Athens, Geo, arrived this evening. 10. Meeting for business.

The millwright having this day examined several places which have been thought of for the mill, gives it as his decided opinion, that there is but one place where a dam can be marle to stand. At this place the creek is not wide, and a firm rock extends from bank to bank, rising on each side of the creek. The only objection to this place is, there is not sufácient fall to place the mill near the dam; and we must be at the expense of digging a trench about three

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quarters of a mile. But when done, it is thought the whole will be permanent; and a saw-mill, grist-mill, or any other water works that may ever be wanted, may be built within a few rods of the mission house, with plenty of water, at all times, and without the least danger from the flood, which, in this creek, is at times very powerful. If a mill-race is cut here, it will enclose in the bend of the creek about 300 acres of good farm land, which will require but very little fence on the bank of the creuk to make it secure from all encroachments. Although we greatly regret the necessity of so much expense at this time, yet, considering the above advantages, and the great risk of building at any other place,

Resolved, that we build the mill dam at the place recommended by the millwright.

12. Beeting for business. As it will be wholly impracticable to do our cooking as it ought to be done, in one small kitchen, if we bring into our present family all the laborers it will be necessary to employ, in order to proceed with our enlarged business; and as it is of some importance that the laborers should hare their own time for eating, prayer, &c. and that their mechanical implements should be kept quite separate from those of the boys, therefore, Resolved, that we put up two small log houses between the mission house and the creek; and that a part of the mission family live there and cook for the laborers.

13. Received a letter froin brother Butrick, dated the 8th inst. It was truly welcome, as we had heard nothing from him since the 3d day after he left us, which is now a full month. The prospects at Creek Path are hopeful. He writes,

"When we left Brainerd we lost our path, travelled till some time after dark, and came to the road near Little Meat's. We stopped, and were greatly refreshed by the kindness of our dear Cherokee friends. We left that place early on Sabbath morning, and went to brother Hicks's. The congregation there was not large.

"On Monday we travelled to Mr. Pardue's, visited Path Killer on the way; Tuesday to Mr. Burn's;—got a recruit of provisions: Wednesday to a large hickory blown down by tne wind, where we had a very comfortable Jodging. Thence to a Mr. Scott's; --Friday to a large whiteoak log in the woods, between Shoat's and Cox's:-Saturday to Capt. J. Brown's. We told him our business, and he informed others. Sabbath we came to his father's, where we were kindly received; but it being late in the day, we had no meeting. Monday Capt. J. Brown came told me he had seen the chiefs; that they were glad we had come, and wished me to accompany him the next day, select a place for the school house, and meet them at an appointed place. On Tuesday I went with Capt. Brown, but referred it to him, to say where the house should be. He selected a place. We met the chiefs, and I told my errand. They told me they would do as I had stated, and appointed the next Friday to begin the house. On Friday they assembled, old men and children. They cut the timber, and put up the house, making the inside 22 feet by 17. Saturday they made the boards without a saw, covered the roof, put up most of the chimney, cut out the door, split part of the puncheons for the floor, put in the steps, and hewed down the house inside. I think the house is nearly or quite as high as that at Brainerd. We appointed a meeting on the next day.

“Sabbath we met-perlaps 30 Cherokees, and a number of black and white people.

"On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, a less number worked on the house, made a good floor, door, hearth, and back, finished laying up the chimney, chinked the house, made benches, &c. Thursday we began school, having 8 scholars the first three days.

“On the Sabbath, we attended meeting. Perhaps 60 or 70 Cherokces attended. I began a Sunday school for the blacks with 10 or 15 scholars. Monday about 20 scholars came: since that, we have had this week about 27; in all, upwards of 30 different scholars. Old Mr. Gunter told me to-day, he expected to send 10 in a month from this time. Last night the people had a talk; the Old Path Killer advised them to be attentive to our instruction, and to give their children into our care; telling them, that they must continue their children with us at least four years, in order to profit them.

“This morning they desired me to meet them at the store. I went; saw the Path Killer. I cannot but love him. The people agreed to send an express to Braineru when secessary. I mentioned to them the propriety of having benches prepared as at Brainerd, to accommodate all the children, and expect they wil procure plank and prepare them next week.

“The people here, from the oldest to the youngest, appear anxious to receive instruction, and some appear really inquiring after the truth. All the people whom we see, receive us as their nearest friends. So we say now: but how long we shall receive these undeserved marks of attention the Savior knows. It is not for any thing we are or do; but because they wish to learn, and have a disposition to be kind.

"I have written this letter in the singular, as if no one were with me; but our dear brother John has done much more than I have. He has not only done all that I have by interpreting, but has done much himself.”

Speaking of the progress which the children have made in these few days, he says, “About 14, who knew none of their letters, have learned them, and read in syllables of two letters, and some in three. If the people continue pleased with the school, I think there will in a few days be 40 scholars. You will not be surprised, however, if there should not be ten."

The above appears to have been written on Saturday. Sabbath evening he adds, "To-day we have had a large collection of people for this country. About 100 Cherokees and blacks."

15. Brother Conger left us to take his eldest daughter to Father Gambold's. She expects to continue there a while for the benefit of instruction. Brother C. thinks it necessary she should have more learning, and that the business here is so constantly crowding upon the female department, that it would be best to place her where she cannot be taken off from the school.

Milo Hoyt came up from Chatooga, to obtain a horse and some other articles which are found necessary there. The people are very friendly, and be expects they will have the school house ready for the school next week.

This evening we were refreshed by a letter from the dear brethren at Elliot. Brothers Finney and Washburn were still there. They had attempted to get over to the Arkansaw, but were obliged to return on account of the high water. A desire to have their children instructed appears increasing among the Choctaws, and brother Kingsbury had gone to commence another establishment in that nation near the Tombigby.

Sabbath, 16. Milo Hoyt offered himself to be examined with a view to be propounded, if the church should think proper, for admission to full communion. Hopes have been entertained of his gracious renewal for perhaps more than a year; but owing to occasional darkness and doubts, he has hitherto been kept from making a public profession, through fear that his heart deceived him, and his profession would prove unsound. His supposed evidences have of late, in his opinion, been renewed with additional clearness. His relation and answers were satisfactory, and he was, by unanimous vote, received to be propounded.

17. Resolved, that Robert Step: one of the laborers, be dismissed from our service to-morrow for his bad conduct.

Milo Hoyt left us this morning to go to Chatooga.

22. Some of the laborers have been employed the week past in hauling timber for the saw mill and other buildings, with steers raised at Brainerd. Four pair already work very well; a fifth, and perhaps a sixth, may soon be added. Few people, in this part of the country, either red or white, know any thing about working oxen. A few pair well broken, introduced into different parts of the nation, may do much towards teaching the people, that “Much increase is by the strength of the ox." Cattle are so easily raised in this country, that the natives might easily furnish themselves with oxen, did they but know their value, and how to train them for work.

Sabbath, 23. The members of the church being detained after sermon, David Brown was examined, as to his knowledge of the nature and design of baptism, what constitutes a due preparation for receiving that holy ordinance, and what are the special duties and relations of the baptised. He giving satisfaction on all these points, next Sabbath was assigned for the day of his baptism.

24. Mary K. Rawlings, a member of the Presbyterian Church in Washington, (Ten.) having offered her services gratuitously for our assistance here for a

time, and having no convenient mode of conveyance, unless we send for her, we sent David Brown with a horse to assist her in coming. We think the labors of this devoted young woman will be of great service here at this time, as he labors of the female department are increasing, and cur sister Anna Hoyt continues in such a feeble state of health, that it is not probable she will be able soon to render much assistance, either in the school or in the kitclien.

Meeting for business. Resolved, that brother Conger with his family, remove into the new log-houses, as soon as they are in readiness.

27. David Brown returned with our beloved sister, Mary K. Rawlings.

Mr. Dawson, who is engaged as a teacher in the mission school, projected by our Baptist brethren in the eastern part of this nation,-called to make us a short visit. Mr. Dawson, and the Rev. Mr. Percy and family, have commenced their operations on the bank of the Hiwassee creek, about 20 miles from the Tennessee river, and about 120 from Brainerd, in the valley called Peach-tree. They do not expect to begin their school till corn is ripe.

28. Brother Dawson left us, on his return. He appears much engaged in Indian reform, and truly devoted to the work.

The laborers sent from this place to work on the school house at Tallony returned. They say the house is nearly finished, but the materials failing, they were obliged to leave about three days work, which can be done by a carpenter in the neighborhood. Brother Hall writes, that he hopes to commence a school in about two weeks.

(To be continued.)


( Continued from p. 29.) [Tuis journal was copied soon after it was received; and, after the publication of the pre

ceding part, was inadvertently laid aside. We wish, however, to furnish our readers with a complete history of this mission.]

Sept. 21. 1819. At our meeting for business, read and considered the rules and regulations forwarded by the Prudential Committee. Resolved, that we make inquiries relative to two or three points, but, generally, we cordially approve of said rules and regulations. Resolved, that any brother have a right to call a special meeting for business. Resolved, that brother Kingsbury, as soon as practicable, prepare a joint letter to be forwarded to the Board.

23. Addressed a circular letter to those parents whose children we engager! to take in October, saying, that we are now ready to receive them.

Oct. 2. A little boy was brought to-day to be placed under the physician's care. Also, a white man, one of our neighbors, who has been sick for some time, was brought to our house. He requested us to take him into our family, that he might have the benefit of medical attention, change of air, and better attendance.

5. Eight more scholars were brought to school. We rejoice to see the interest which these people manifest for the education of their children.

7. The Choctaws, who came with their children on the 5th, are greatly animated with the school. They say, there never was so great a thing done for their nation. Sister A. V. Williams, who has been feeble since the death of her husband, is now so ill as to require watchers.

9. Sister K. sprained her foot badly: is unable to walk. Sister L. S. Williams is the only one of all the sisters able to attend to the business of the family. But the Lord has provided us with an excellent man to do the work in the kitchen.

Sabbath, 10. Had an interesting meeting. The number attending much as usual. 11. Brother K. has several days been unable to attend to business, on accennt of a painful swelling under his right arm. Sister A. V. Willianis is better, buc still feeble. Sister K. is able to walk a little.

13. Sister Williams is able to ride out. We would acknowledge with gratitude the kindness of our heavenly Father, in restoring to us so far the blessing of health,

At our meeting for business, Resolved, that there be a vacation in this scheid of six weeks, commencing on the first Monday of August annually, provides it meet the approbation of the Prudential Committee. Resolved, that all dona tions from the inhabitants of this nation, and other donations from benevolen: Societies and individuals made directly to us, for the benefit of this establiitument, be recorded in a bouk kept for that purpose, and an account of them be rendered to the Board annually. Resolved, that the joint letters to Brainerd be written in alphabetical rotation. Resolved, that all joint letters, sent out frorn this establishment, be signed in the order following: viz. first the superintendant, afterward the brethren according to the time of their entering on the mis sion. When two came at the same tiine, they shall observe the order of age.

14. A white man, who has a Choctaw family, brought four children tu school. He is desirous that we should take two or thrưe more of his children; but we could give him no encouragement of raceiving them at present. Some circumstances, in reference to this school, are very favorable. The children are placed entirely under our control. Their parents uniformly wish them to stay till, in our opinion, they have acquired a suitable education. No child has yet left the school, and we think no parents have any wish to take their children away. Many of them give encouragement that they will aid in the support of their children.

15. Sister L. S. Williams quite unwell. Two more girls, one about 19, and the other about 12 years of age, were brought to school. The father, who came with them, wished to enter four other children, who were orphans. In consequence of previous engagements we were obliged to decline taking them at present. He made a donation of four beef cattle for the benefit of the school.

16. The white man, who brought four children on the 14th, will tarry over the Sabbath. Gave him an octavo Bible, for which he appears very grateful; said we could not have made him a present which he should more highly value. He had read his Bible much the past summer; but often found difficulty in consequence of the smallness of the type, and the pages being defaced by use. On this account our present was the more acceptable, as the type was fair.

Brother K. is mostly confined to his room: the swelling under his arm is extremely painful.

17. The tumor unler brother Kingsbury's arm was opened this morning, by which he found much relief, but was unable to attend public worship.

19. A valuahle mare, which had been lost about ten months, was brought home. For this favor we were indebted to the exertions of the Rev. Joseph Bullen, of Jefferson Co. (Mis.)

20. Meeting for business. Resalved, that Ahab-leen-tubbee, the young man who is an apprentice to the blacksmith's trade, take the name of Avery Holden, at the particular request of brother Fisk.

21. Last nigat lost one of our best horses. He was found dead in the stable. We would notice the hand of Providence in restoring the lost mare in season to take the place of this horse; otherwise our business would have experienced a serious injury.

Sab. 24. Public worship as usual.

26. We have almost daily applications to take more scholars, but are obliged to desist, for want of female help. We are now busily engaged in daubing and preparing our buildings for winter. Meeting for business. Resolved, that we take one scholar, on condition that his father furnish provision and clothes for him. Resolved, that we take two more scholars, whose names ought to have been placed on the list of candidates, but were omitted. Resolved, that we take no more scholars on any consideration, except those now on the list, until we hear from the Board, and until we are better provided with women's help. Resolved, that brother Kingsbury take a journey to the Agency as soon as practicable, for the purpose of transacting some important business. Resolved, that four of the boys in rotation labor a day at a time in the field, until our crop be gathered in.

28. The sick man, who has been with us since the 2d inst. was able to leave us to-day. He has been very low, and for a time his recovery was doubtful. We hope he has received those serious impressions, which will be blest to his better preparation for a sick and dying bed.

29. Å lad of about fourteen came to be admitted to the school. He has spent about three years in the wliite settlements, but has inade very little improve

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