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24. The sick giri continues very low, but her symptoms do not indicate imme! diate danger. Have concluded to send information of her sickness to hc: family. One of our hired men was taken violently sick to-day.

26. The sick man is recovering, and we have reason to hope, that the fever in the case of the girl, has come to a crisis, and will terminate favorably. We would feel and acknowledge our obligations to God for his merciful interposition,

27. Sabbath. Though deprived of the preached word, we have met, with some of our neighbors to worship in the sanctuary, and trust our God was present to aid and bless us.

28. One of our female scholars, aged about 18 years, was attacked with severe vomitings and raising of blood. The pain in her stomach is spasmodic, and produces partial delirium. The parents of this girl were providentially encamped at a short distance, and their aid is very opportune, as many of the sisters are feeble, and unable to render much help in attending the sick. Capt. Folsom arrived, and brought letters from brother Kingsbury.

29. Brothers Finney and Washburn returned, having proceeded no further than the Walnut Hills, on account of the overflowing of the Mississippi. The mother and grand-mother of the girl who has the fever, arrived. They shed tcars of joy to find her recovering.

March 2. Capt, F. and some other visitors left us. They are much interested in this mission, and we believe all, who visit us, go away under very favorable impressions The chiefs and head men who are acquainted, manifest a cordial regard to the establishment,--and are active to remove any bad impressions that may be inade on the minds of any. We received a packet of letters from the Chickasaw Post-Office.

4. Had intelligence for the first time from brother Pride; though he has been absent more than eight weeks. The bearer of this intelligence left him at the Agency on his return. He also brought a packet of letters from the Choctaw Post Office.

5. We were rejoiced on receipt, for the first time, of the fruits of Christian charity in articles of clothing addressed to this mission. These were brought from the Walnut Hills, and were very much needed. The contributors are truly helpers in the work, in which we are engaged. The Lord reward them a hundred fold. Brother Pride returned in health. The Lord, whose watchful Providence is ever over us, has prospered his way, and caused his safe returo.

9. We feel the severity of winter weather. After much thunder and rain, the sleet and snow have fallen so as to cover the ground, and it is nearly hard enough to bear a horse. Fruit trees were in bloom, and the fruit is doubtless all cut off.

11. After several fruitless attempts we have succeeded in catching a large wolf, in a wonden trap:-One of our hired men cut his foot very badly. He was an inportant part of our help, and as several of our men have recently left us, we feel some anxiety respecting our crop; but the Lord will provide.

Sabbath, 19. Public worship was well attended. More blacks present than usual, as they have an opportunity to learn to read in the morning. Brother Washburn preached from Psal. xxxiv, 11. As the subject was addressed to the children, and the language and manner adapted to their capacity, those who understand English were peculiarly attentive.

The parents of one of our scholars, who live more than 100 miles distant, came to ascertain the situation of their son. They had heard various unfavorable reports, by which they were induced to believe, their son was not well treated.

20. Two wolves were caught in different traps.

21. The parents of the boy mentioned above, having, by inquiring of the children, and others, satisfied their minds, respecting the school and labor of the pupils, left us to-day. They expressed the most cordial approbation of what they saw and heard, declaring their willingness to leave their son entirely under our care.

24. Brother Finney preached from Hab. iii, 2, preparatory to the communion. Truly we need a revival of the work of grace in our own hearts, as well as among those around us. It is a painful consideration, that this vine of the Lord has not been enlarged, but diminished. May the Lord strengthen the things that remain, that are ready to die, and grant an extensive ingathering of souls from among this people.

Pipa 25. Letters were received from brother K. by which we learn his circumassistances; and that he is enabled to advance, in some good measure, in the new establishment.

26. Sabbath. Were again permitted to sup together at the table of our divine Lord. Brother Finney preached from Canticles, viii, 5.

29. Brother King-bury returned in health. The Lord has been gracious to re him, and those with him, in preserviug their health amidst their exposure to * cold, wet and fatigue. He brought a packet of letters, and another came by a

diff rent route in the evening. These, with his return, revived our feelings

Another scholar, a boy of 17 or 18, who speaks both languages fuently, came ge with brother Kingsbury. He had for some time been expected, and a place was reserved for him.

30. Meeting for business. Resolved, that brother Pride go to the Walnut Hills, to take charge of our supplies at that place, and to direct the freighting of them on board our boat, which is on the way.

Journal of Mr. Kingsbury, while absent from Elliot, commencing the estab

lishment on the Oor-tib-be-ha.

Feb. 12, 1820. Last evening joined company with two men, who left Elliot on the 9th with a waggon, and some necessary articles for commencing the new establishment. A heavy rain began this morning and continued most of the day. We were about 20 miles from the Pigeon Roost, where we intended to spend the Sabbath with our friend Capt. Folsom. In consequence of bad travelling, and the rise of the creeks, the two men were obliged to stop with the waggon. They found a shelter from the storm, under a small bark camp, which had been erecied by hunters. Rode to Capt. F.'s and procured another man to go with a horse, and assist in bringing in the waggon.

Sabbath 13th. As no information had been circulated that there would be preaching, but few were present. Capt. F. interpreted to those, who could not understand English. The men left in the wilderness, being much exposed, and short of provisions, thought it their duty to travel. They arrived a little before night, having swum the waggon through five creeks.

15. Still at the Pigeon Roost, unable to proceed on account of high water. Yesterday received a visit from the father of one of our scholars, a lad of about eighteen. This youth having been much indulged at home, manifested considcrable dissatisfaction with the restraints laid upon him in our school and family. The father, having obtained from others very particular information concerning the manner in which his son was treated, expressed his entire satisfaction, and his earnest desire that his son should continue at school, and submit to those regulations, which he knew were for his best good. While this continues to be the disposition of the parents, we shall have no difficulty with the children.

17. Left the Pigeon Roost in company with Capt. Folsom. He is a half breed chief with some education, and great influence among his people; is a warm friend to the missionaries; and accompanies me for the purpose of selecting a site for the new school.

19. Reached Maj. Pitchlynn's, one of the public interpreters. He is a white man, has a Choctaw family, and large possessions. Lately he has become friendly to religion, and is much interested for the instruction of the nation. · There was an appointment for preaching at his house this afternoon, by a Methodist minister, who has a circuit in Alabama, on the opposite side of the Tombigbee. A few natives were present, who heard with attention.

20. Preached at Maj. Pitchlynn's. Several were present, among whom were two or three captains. Conversed with them through the public interpreter. They expressed great thankfulness, that good white people had come to teach them. They had seen many white people, but did not know till lately, that there were such men as preachers.

21. Went in company with Capt. Folsom and Maj. Pitchlynn to select a site for the new establishment. Found many good places, but at all of them some things were wanting. It was difficult to determine, which combined the most advantages. Felt a responsibility upon my mind, which I cannot express. My heart was lifted up in fervent supplications, that the Lord would direct to that place, where he would delight to record his name, and to erect monuments ti his glory.

22. Expected to have returned to Maj. Pitchlynn's last night, but the di tance was too great. Endeavored to reach the house of a native, but was unas able to cross a large creek, which, in consequence of the late rains, overflow its banks. Stopped in the woods, without food or fire, and having collecte: some dry grass for a bed, and commended ourselves to the protection and guidance of our Heavenly Father, enjoyed a good night's rest.

23. After mature and prayerful deliberation, resolved to establish the schoc on the borders of an extensive prairie on the south side of Ook-tib-be-ha creet, about 12 miles above its junction with the Tombigbee. This creek is the boundar line between the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. As no one of the sisters could at present be spared from Elliot, I hired a young man and his wife from the settlements in Alabama for ten months.

Came with three laborers upon the ground, which is henceforth to be consecrated to the service of God. The particular site selected for the buildings was the very spot, on which we had slept the night before, in our grass bed. It is a pleasant eminence, overlooking towards the south a prairie of several miles in circumference. The part of this immediately contiguous is of exhaustless fertility,-requiring only a very little labor to prepare it for the plough. On the right is a small creek, which will furnish water for stock, and on the left is the Dok-tib-be-ha, navigable in high water for keel boats, which, at particular times, may come within a quarter of a mile of the establishment. May the Lord God of Israel bless us, cause his face to shine upon us, and prosper the labor of our hands.

24. Commenced preparation for building a camp to shelter us from the storms till we can erect a house. Left the men, and went down to the Tombig. bee, for the purpose of procuring a boat to take up a load of corn, and other supplies for our use,

25. After proceeding about 25 miles, I found a boat which was destined, in a few days, for Mobile. The owner would take my load up, if I would have it put into the boat on the Sabbath. To this proposal I could not for a moment listen. He finally consented, that, if all possible dispatch were used, in loading and running the boat, be would rest on the Sabbath. Shall be under a necessity of sending for two of my own laborers to assist in this business; which will retard the preparations for a house.

27. Preached to a considerable number of Indians and black people, who were attentive, and appeared very thankful for instruction. In the evening, received a letter from Elliot. It has pleased the Lord again to visit that family with severe sickness. I can sympathize with the dear brethren and sisters there, and pray for them, but cannot go to their assistance.

28. finished loading the boat, in which I have been constantly employed for three days past. Rode to our camp at the prairie.

March 3d. Have been busy two or three days in building a corn crib, and making other preparations for unloading the boat, which arrived this afternoon. This was the first boat, which had ascended the Ook-tib-be-ba, and much time was spent in cutting away logs, &c. which obstructed the navigation. Although the distance is only 12 miles by land to the mouth of the creek, it is supposed to be 30 by water. Mrs. L. the woman hired, came in the boat. This will relieve us from the embarrassment of cooking for ourselves.

5. Hard rain prevented the fulfilment of an appointment to preach at Maj. P.'s. Had religious exercises in our little family.

7. Have twice attempted to go only 15 miles on business; but could find no means of crossing a large creek, which is fuil and overflowing. Our situation is extremely unpleasant. The weather is so rainy, that we can make no progress in our business, and our little camp is wet night and day, and filled with smoke; but through the goodness of God we enjoy good health, and are comfortably supplied with provisions.

A kind Providence is now manifest in supplying a boat at the very time it was wanted. Had we missed that opportunity of obtaining supplies, we should have been destitute of provisions at this unpleasant season. The waters are so high in every direction, that it is iinpossible to obtain them by land carriage.

8. Last night there fell a severe storm of sleet and hail;-very cold for the season. This morning one of our hired men, on whom I had placed great de

pendence, disheartened at our gloomy prospects, and hardships, mounted his horse, and signified that he should not return to our aid. Never, since I have been on missionary ground, have I witnessed so discouraging a prospect. No house as yet, and not sufficient help to build one, if the weather would permit; and I know not when or how I shall obtain more. But my anxiety is not wholly, nor principally, on account of my present situation and the prospects of this establishment. The dear brethren at Elliot are sorely tried with sickness, and are in great want of help. Brother Pride is on a journey to New Orleans, on important business, and has been gone much longer than was expected. We know not what disappointments or unfavorable providences may have befallen him. In this season of darkness and perplexity we would not forget the tender mercies of the Lord, in days that are past; nor would we doubt, that if we trust in Him, he will again cause the light of his countenance to shine upon us.

About sun-set, the man who left us in the morning, returned. In his way he came to a creek, which was impassable except by swimming. He reflected on the situation, in which he had left us; and it was strongly impressed on his mind, that, if he attempted to cross the creek, he should be drowned. He resolved to return and labor incessantly, let the weather be what it might, until we could build a house. This singular interposition of Providence greatly encouraged and rejoiced my heart.

Sabbath 12. Spent the day in religious exercises at Maj. Pitchlynn's.

13. Late in the afternoon, set out for the camp with a lad from the lower part of the nation, who is on his way to the school at Elliot. Reached a large creek, and succeeded in making our horses swim across it, before dark. Lost our way in a dismal swamp. We gave up all hope of finding our way out by our own skill, and gave the reins to our horses, and through the guidance of a kind providence, they brought us to the path. The night was excessively dark, except when illuminated by flashes of lightning, which were almost incessant, About two miles from the camp, we were overtaken by one of the most violent tempests of thunder, wind and rain, that I ever experienced. We had just reached the borders of an extensive prairie, and were thankful that we were secure from the falling trees; but the wind bore upon us with great violence, and the rain decended in torrents. We were compelled to turn our backs to the storm, and patiently wait till its fury was abated. About 9 o'clock reached the camp. Never had I more occasion for devout gratitude. Miserable as was this shelter, it was worth a palace.

15. Expected a number of men to raise our house; but the waters were so high, they could not come. Nevertheless we succeeded in getting up a part of the body. In the evening two men providentially came, who will be able to assist us in putting up the most difficult part of it.

Heard that health was in a good measure restored to the dear family at Elliot;—that brother Pride had accomplished his business and returned, and that the brethren Finney and Washburn had returned, so that the family would not be destitute of a preached Gospel. This has relieved my mind of a heavy burden.

16. By the assistance of our visitors finished raising the house. It is built of logs; the dimensions, 20 by 22 feet.

Sabbath 19. Had great desires that the laborers employed here might be made partakers of the Gospel. Read, prayed, and conversed with them.

23. Removed into our new house. It was a day of rejoicing. We had lived in a smoky wet camp four weeks. May the Lord vouchsafe his presence, and make this house a Bethel and fill our hearts with gratitude and praise.

25. Having made arrangenents for a garden and cornfield, set out on my return to Elliot.

26. Preached at Capt. Folsom's. Had much conversation with him. He said the leading men among the Chocławs, by their acquaintance with religious people, had discovered that they were friendly to the red people, and wished to do them good. He said that the good book, the Bible, had taught good white people thus to love all mankind. Many of the Choctaws wished to know what was in this good Book, which produced such good effects; but they were very ignorant on the subject, and it would require great pains and patience to instruct them. He thought the way was prepared for them : opea their ears to those, who would come to teach them.

29. Arrived at Elliot. Found the family in good health. Praised be tb Lord for all his mercies.

Our readers have been informed, that one district of the Choctaw nation las fall relinquished the part of the annuity from the United States, which fell to it share, amounting to $2,000 annually, for the benefit of the school to be establishod on the Ook-tib-be-ha. Another district has more recently done the samt thing, appropriating the donation partly to a school, and partly to the support of a blacksmith's shop, as will appear more fully by the following documents.

Resolved in Council, this 21st of March, 1820; held for Mingo Pushamataha's District in the Choctaw nation, That the balance of the annuity due to the said district from the United States, for the purchase of land in the year of our Lord 1816, made by Gen. Coffee, Col. McKee, and John Rea, Esq. of two thousand Dollars per annum, shall be appropriated in the following manner; viz. One thousand Dollars for the erection and continuance of a black-smith's-shop, with iron and the necessary utensils for conducting the same for the best acconmodation of the Indians; and one thousand Dollars to be applied to the use and benefit of a school, to be established as soon as practicable. The said amount to be paid by the United States' agent in the nation, to the above establishments quarter yearly. Signed, PUSHAMATAHAW, in behalf of the council. In presence of John Pitchlynn, John Hersey, Edmond Folsom, Jos. C. Pichlynn, Henry Nail, and M. Mackey,

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Choctaw Trading House, March 21, 1820. REV. CYRUS KINGSBURY. DEAR SIR,-It is with much pleasure I can inform you, that we have this day resolved in council to appropriate one half of our annuity due to us from the United States, for this district, of one thousand Dollars for the use and benefit oi a school to be established in our district, as soon as practicable; and we particularly wish you to take charge of it for us, as we are much pleased with your ex: ertions already made for the benefit of a part of our nation.

Please to present our thanks to our Father the President of the United States, and also to your friends, for their thoughtfulness of us, and tell then, we hope the day is not far distant when we shall take our place among the enlightened states of this happy land. Very respectfully your obedient servant,

PUSHAMATAHAW, Chief of one District of the Choctaw nation.

Choctawo nation, March 27, 1820. DEAR SIR, The lower district chiefs in Council have given up one thousand Dollars of their annuity for the use of a Missionary School, to be established in the lower part of the nation, and one thousand for a black-smith's-shop, and for steel and iron, to be also in the lower District. You are to have the whole direction of the busi

You will receive a letter* from the principal chief on that subject. I was very sorry that Capt. Folsom did not go down, as I stood in great need of his influence. I must return my kind thanks to Joel Neil and Jesse Brashears, for their influence in this business. I ain your sincere friend and humble servant,

John PITCHLYNN, Interfircter. Rev. Cyrus Kingsbury.

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Choctavo Agency, March 30th, 1820. Rev. Sir, You will see by the inclosed copy,t how Pushamatahaw's District have dispos. ed of a part of their annuity—and when making that disposition, they requested me to furnish you a copy of the same, and further, to request you to take the care and arrangement of the black-smith's shop by sending on to the North,and engage a suitable black-smith to conduct said shop, one that may have a small family would be preferred, and a good mechanic, as it is their intention to put some of their own people to learn the trade. And further request you to make engagements for a year, or years, at any salary you may think proper to give and the

• See No. 2.

See order in Couocil No. 1.

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