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The sum enclosed is from the 1st and 2d circles--the avails of their labor during the last year; excepting the expense of the work above referred to, and a few other religious books, which are read at the meetings, and circulated in the intervals.
I have been thus particular in mentioning these little establishments-not to give them a
fancied importance, but in order to remind youth in other places, how easily and how pleas. 1 antig tbey may do something toward the great object of converting the world." I would
remind Christian parents too, that they cannot employ more hopeful means for the spiritual improvement of their own offspring, than to make them early and practically acquainted with the benevolent enterprises of the present day. Their labors for the souls of the hea. then will tend to awaken their attention to the preciousness of their own souls. They will learn more justly to estimate the privileges, which they are thus engaged to impart. Above all, we may hope that the blessing of many who were ready to perish, will come upon them; and that the prayer of faith, from those to whom they have sent the Gospel of Peace, will be answered, in their own personal experience of its saving power. Yours, &c. D. H
The following postscript was added to a letter lately received, containing a donation.
“You are requested to receive the enclosed ten dollars from one, who has a desire to cast in a mite to help those, who are doing so much for the upbuilding of the Redeemer's kingdom. In looking over the pages of the Pan. and Her for December, my mind was deeply impressed with our responsibility as stewards of God; and I felt that I had been an unfaithful steward. When I read in the Report of the Prudential Committee, of the voluntary offerings made, not only by individuals, but by families, my heart told me, I must not hold back my mite.
“I believe, if Christians were more generally to take some religious publication, they Fould, from knowing what others are doing, le more willing to do something themselves. I think the last number of the Pan. (that for Dec.] ought to be in the hands of every Chris. cian in our country.”
MISSION TO THE SANDWICH ISLANDS.
Letter from the Rev. Hiram Bingham to the Rev. Dr. Worcester.
Brig Thaddeus, Lat. 2 S. Long. 29 W. REV. AND DEAR SIR, We are now cheered with the hope of sending you a line, to tell you how graciously the Lord has dealt with us thus far on our way to the "isles of the Gentiles's I say that our kind Redeemer has dealt graciously with us; though he has given us, as we have been disposed sometimes to think, our full share of affliction.
We have been tried with contrary winds much of the time; and some of us with sea-sickness most of the time since we embarked. I was sick more than 30 days, though not severely. The Lord provided kindly for me: I was not
confined to my couch a single day, but was unfit for any business. It was a grief | to me, that I could do so little for the spiritual good of our dear mission family.
But still I enjoyed an uniform peace of mind, and was enabled w rejoice that the Lord reigned, and superintended all our concerns; and that he had blessed us with his exceedingly great and precious promises, and allowed us to engage in an enterprise, which we trust will result in giving the blessings of civilization and Christianity, to a nation now perishing in the darkness and pollution and wretchedness of idolatry. God has greatly smiled on my dear wife and on me also, by granting her an unusual share of health and contentment. Mrs. Bingham was but slightly affected with the common complaint, for two or three
days, since which time, I have every day had occasion to bless God, with ad! miring gratitude and joy, for the comfort and aid of such a companion.
We are all to-day in comfortable health, though brother Ruggles, and Mrs. Holman, and Mrs. Loomis, seem not to be permanently relieved from sea-sickness. A good degree of union and harmony prevails. Our morning and evening devotions are uniformly pleasant. We have twice joined with the Churches of Christ in the monthly concert of prayer, and found them to be favored seasons. We also joined our friends in Massachusetts in observing the annual Thanks. giving, in some measure, we hope, according to the proclamation of Gov. Brooks, which was read, and made the subject of remark, together with other appropriate exercises.
On the Sabbath, we have a meeting in the forenoon for prayer and singing, and for reading and expounding the Scriptures in the cabin; and in the after noon for preaching on deck. I am, in haste, Yours, H. BINGHAM.
Perhaps no mission from this country has been more decidedly popular, than that which sailed in October for the Sandwich Islands. On this account, it is to be regretted, that Christians, in every part of our country, had not been suffi. ciently aware of the necessary expenses of that mission, so that donations fully corresponding with these expenses might have been received in season. The fact is, however, that but little more that $2,000 in cash have been received specifically appropriated to the Sandwich Island mission, while the payments in cash, on account of it, have exceeded $10,000. We wish it to be distinctly under: stood, that there is ample room for donations to that mission, not only to replace advances, which have been made to it from other funds, but to provide for its wants in future. At the return of a year, (which will soon arrive,) renewed expenses will be necessary to aid our brethren in the isles of the sea.
All the other objects of the Board of Foreign Missions, demand continual and increasing expenses. Since the annual meeting, the Treasurer has paid out nearly 810,000 more than has been received, within the same time, in donations; and the payments must be continued, or the work must stop. Can the Christian public hesitate on this subject?
To those, who may think the Sandwich Island mission more expensive, than they had supposed would be necessary, it may be well to state, that the embarkation of the first mission from London, for the Society and Friendly Islands, cost, if we remember right, more tlian $60 000. That mission did not contain more than twice the number of persons, who embarked from Boston last October for the Sandwich Islands.
CHARITABLE SOCIETY OF WINDHAM COUNTY, (con.)
(We have been requested by the Secretary of this Society to publish the following brief account of it.]
A SOCIETY of the above denomination, was organized at Pomfret, Con. Dec. 17th, 1818, by a number of gentlemen, who assembled for that purpose, as dele. gates from their respective branch societies. The Rev. Eliphalet Lyman, of Woodstock, preached on the occasion, from Mark xvi, 15. The Society is composed of branches; which branches consist of those members who reside in a par-, ticular parish, or town, or such other limits as are found convenient. The branches "have liberty to be represented in all the meetings of the society, by a delegation of one from every five members of each branch respectively.” Any person who signs the constitution, and pays annually a sum not less than one dollar, is a member of the society; and any person, paying ten dollars at one time, becomes a life-member. The members are allowed to designate the object, or objects, to which they wish to have their money appropriated.
The object of this society is to aid any, or all of those benevolent institutions in our country, which are calculated to promote the cause of Christ. The first annual meeting of the society was held at Westminster, on the first Tuesday of June, 1819.
The following branches were represented, viz. Woodstock, Pumfret, Brook. lyn, Westminster, and Thompson. A sermon was delivered by the Rev. James Porter, from Joshua, xiii, 1.-The officers chosen for the year ensuing were, Rev. Eliphalet Lyman, President, Joseph Scarborough, Esq. Mr. Smith Wilkinson, and Rev. Erastus Larned, Vice Presidents, Rev James Pirter, Secretary; John H. Payson, Esq. Treasuitr, Rev. Messrs. Daniel Dow and Samuel Backus, Dea. John Barstow, Capt. Moses Clark, and Dea. Job Williams, Directing Committee. The next annual meeting of the Society, will be held at Brooklyn on the 1st Tuesday of June, i820, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
At the time of the annual meeting of this Society, there were nearly two hundred dollars in the treasury. This sumn is devoted to a variety of objects, such as Foreign Missions, Domestic Missions, American Bible Society, Connecticut Bible Society, Yale College Education Society, Connecticut Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb, &c. &c. This Society is yet in its infancy, and cannot boast of great things. It is to be hoped, however, that, under the fostering care of heav
en, its operations will be greatly enlarged and increased, by the formation of branch Societies in all parts of the county, and by the increasing exertion and patronage of its present supporters.
JAMES PORTER, Secretary. .
BALTIMORE FEMALE MITE SOCIETY.
The third annual Report of this Society, was published in the Baltimore Morning Chronicle, of the 17th ult. with the following remarks by the editor of that paper.
"We publish to-day with much pleasure the Report of the Female Mite Society of Baltimore. It is an interesting document, and will well reward the labor of perusal. The members of that Society, we have no doubt, will receive that patronage to which they are so justly entitled.
“The exertions now making for the advancement of the kingdom of our Redeemer, have been, in a most remarkable degree, followed by divine benedictions. It is too late in the day to pronounce the eff rts making for the conversion of savages, the exertions of dreaming enthusiasts. Such bas indeed been the language; but when we see the brown Indian, and the sable Ethiopian, renouncing their idols, and kneeling with our missionaries, at the feet of the cross, we know, that the assertion is false.”
From the Report we publish such an abstract as our limits will permit.
“Although the Board of Managers cannot, in the discharge of this their annual duty, give a detail of transactions equally extensive with those of many other associations for charitable purposes, yet they desire to adore that good and gracious God, who first excited in them the wish to be useful, and who has, in infinite mercy, crowned their weak endeavors with such success, as to authorize a reasonable hope, that this Society may be made the means in his hands, of rescuing some fellow mortal from the horrors of heathenism, idolatry, and superstition.”
The amount of monies collected the year past, was $299 50.
The Committee next proceed to notice a letter from the missionaries in Ceylon to the Rev. Dr. Worcester,* on the subject of educating children in the mission families; also a letter written by Dr. Worcester to the Secretary of the Society, in answer to a communication making inquiries on this subject.
The Society have agreed to support 20 children at Batticotta, who are to be
Mrs. SANGER, President,
Most of our readers are aware, that a Society of Ladies in Boston, having taken the name of the late Mrs. Graham, so justly distinguished for her beneficent activity, bare for several years been engaged in the laudable work of furnishing necessary articles of clothing to indigent young inen, who are preparing for the ministry.
From the third annual report we select the following particulars. In the course of the year past, the Society received $329 75, and various articles of clothing, valued at $243 89. Of these receipts $469 95 were expended on thirty seven young men, most of whom are under the auspices of the Am. Ed. Society. The Report closed with the two following paragraphs:
* Sce this letter in Pan. vol. sv. p. 519.
“Valuing, as we trust we do, the "opportunities of doing good to all, especially to those of the household of faith,” we wish to offer no more forcible appeal to the heart of a Christian, nor ask other reward for ourselves, than we have in the animating assurance of our Lord when he says, “Inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of one of these my brethren ye do it unto me."
“We would glance at another powerful motive to exertion, the opening view of the wide dominion of the prince of darkness shall not his busy efforts to maintain a firmer hold on the hearts of men, enlist our money and our talents in the Redeemer's service? And shall not every Christian soldier join in the general engagement, and unite in demolishing those strong holds, so vulnerable to the power of the Gospel? Surely with a leader such as ours, even the Lord of Hosts, we may venture with unshaken resolution to the battle, confiaent that ultimately “the standard of the cross shall float triumphantly on the last citadel of the enemy." Though a feeble few, and last and least in the ranks, and though our strength be but remotely and un observedly exercised, yet we fire 88 forward with the humble and thankful conviction, that we too may be instrumental in ushering in “the latter day glory of the Church."
MISSION AT ELLIOT.
[The following paragraphs are extracted from a letter, written by Mrs. Kingsbury, about three weeks after her arrival at the mission house. We print them not only for the information of the public, but for the benefit of all, who may think of offering their servi. ces, as assistants in the great work of evangelizing the Indians.] “We reached this place on Monday, the first day of this month, (Feb. 1819] at 12 o'clock, in good health; and received a hearty welcome from the dear brethren and sisters. We were much fatigued; but after taking some refreshment, and recounting our joys and sorrows, we spent the evening in prayer. The circumstance of its being the monthly concert for prayer made it doubly interesting to us all,
“The local situation of Elliot is very pleasant. The mission buildings are on a rise of ground. About 30 rods distant is a small creek. We are two miles from the Yalo Busha river.
“The Indians appear invariably kind, and anxious to have the school in opere ation. I feel much more interested for this people since coming among them, than I ever did before. The women and children are naturally amiable, and desirous of instruction. I cannot but think, that the Lord has some chosen ones here, whom he is soon to bring into his kingdom. On the Sabbath, about 50 persons, including our own family, attend public worship in our house.
“Our mode of living and food are very plain and simple. The greatest economy and industry are practised; yet our expenses are necessarily great. I hope the Christian public will not be weary in well-doing.
"I think, my dear Mary, that very few persons, who have not been on missionary ground, form a correct opinion of the qualifications requisite for a female assistant missionary, especially among the Indians. I thought, and still think, I had some idea of what was necessary, although I was sensible I fell far short of what I ought to be, for such an important station. I could not have a better school for improvement in this particular, than I now enjoy. I have not room, in this letter, to say all I wish or think on the subject; but will add a few words.
"All will acknowledge, that ardent piety is the first and most important qualification: but this is not all. That they may be useful, assistant missionaries, must be acquainted with all domestic affairs, apt to teach, exemplary in their daily conduct, industrious, economical, so humble, as to be ready to wash the disciples feet, and have a perfect command of their feelings. Indeed, if they are not perfect, they must be going on to perfection. Now, my friend, though I fall short in almost all these things, I am happy; and assure you, that I never enjoyed greater peace of mind in my life. All the sisters, that are able, work hard; but you know the sleep of a laboring person is sweet. No female ought to think of joining these establishments, who is not willing to work with her own hands. I mention these things, not that I was disappointed in the least; but that others need not be. It will not do for any one to think of a genteel living in such a place.”
Extracts of a Letter from Mr. Fisk, to a friend in Holden, Mass. dated
Elliot, October 7, 1819.
“TAE Lord has dealt very kindly with me, notwithstanding all my ingratitude. I have as yet enjoyed good health, which I hardly expected, coming, as I did, in the hottest weather. The climate here is not so much hotter than that of Massachusetts, as I expected; yet there is a more steady heat, and for some constitutions I think is not so healthy as at the north; yet some of our number enjoy better health, than before they came here, while their labor is much harder. Others are feeb'e; but I think a principal cause of this is hard labor, and the different manner of living. I have labored as I would not have been hired to do at Holden; but when I consider it is for the Lord, and for the building up of Christ's kingdom, I can endure it most cheerfully.
"I do not find time to visit Christian friends, as I used to do. Indeed we can hardly say, Christian friends, out of our own family; but we have some hope of two native females, that they have passed from death unto life. Some blacks appear s rious. I think I can truly say, we are surrounded with friends. The Indians plače great confidence in us. Some have hinted, that they should take up arms to defend us from being driven away. The most enlightened of them thirst for more knowledge; and, especially, desire that their children may be instructed. But they are almost entirely ignorant of the character of God, and of themselves. Nevertheless, what they have done for the support of schools, is far beyond all expectation; and, for the time, beyond all I have heard of any other heathen nation. This, I think, is a manifest token, that the Lord has much good in store for this people; while it also proves, that all hearts are in his hand; that the silver and the gold are his, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
"Are there not many here for whom Christ died? And is not the way now opening to make him known unto them? The cry is, “Come from the north and help us." And what heart, influenced by the Spirit of Christ, and considering the worth of souls, does not burn to labor in such a field as this, already white to the harvest."
[After describing the donations of the Choctaws for the support of the school, Mr. Fisk closes with an account of Mr. Williams's sickness and death. The following is in a postscript.]
“We have now a full blooded Choctaw on trial, as an apprentice to me. He is supposed to be 16 years old. His Indian name is, Ahab-leen.tub-be, which in English means, "kick them and kill them.” He and his friends are very willing that he should have an English name. Perhaps you may hint a name to be given him; while you also will pray, that his name may be written in the Lamb's book of life.”
Extracts from a letter tu the Treasurer, written by Mr. Kingsbury, and dated,
Elliot, Jan. 4, 1820.
“DR. PRIDE will leave us for Natchez and New Orleans to-morrow. This journey has become necessary, in order to obtain money and supplies for another year. There is no other way for us to live in this country, but to keep a year beforehand. You will perhaps be surprised, when I inform you, that I have this day drawn on you for $1,550.* in three different sums. It is not certain that all these will be negociated; but we shall endeavor to do it. The money must be had, if we continue our work. We are now considerably in arrears, and a great effort must be made to get beforehand. It is too expensive and troublesome for us to live here in debt. Gladly would I live on bread and water all the days of my life, if it would prevent drawing so much money. I am fully aware of the extended concerns of the Board, and of the great demands for other mis. sions. But if we think of keeping along in any nieasure, we must have supplies for the family;-and must obtain them on reasonable terms;--and must have
* Mr. K. had not long before drawn for $1,300, and had received a remittance from the north of $1,000.