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have already been attended with teus' Evidences; four dozen copies beneficial effects, and which, in of Worcester Catechism; twenty future, promise still greater bless- copies of the seven first numbers of ings. But with pleasure they in the Christian Disciple, for 1814. To form the Society, that adequate Ellsworth, under the care of Rev. assistance will be furnished to the Mr. Nurse, six copies of Nos. 5, 6, people of Ellsworth, to enable them and 10 of the Christian Monitor ; to prosecute their plan; and they four copies of Doddridge's Rise and will devoutly rejoice at the genu- Progress ; ten copies of Porteus' ine effects of Christian charity, Evidences; four dozen copies of through whatever hand it may flow. Worcester Catechism, and twenty
The Trustees have appropriated copies of the seven first numbers of one hundred dollars towards the the Christian Disciple, for 1814. support of Mr. Warren, the present To the Rev. Mr. Mason of Castine, year. In consequence of the re- six copies of numbers 3, 6, and 8 of lease of the payment of any part Christian Monitor ; four copies of of the salary of Mr. Nurse, the Doddridge's Rise and Progress; four Trustees would gladly have taken copies of Porter's Evidences; two a new field of Missionary labours; dozen copies of the Worcester Catebut they were not able, in season chism ; and ten copies of the seven for the present year, to fix upon the first numbers of the Christian Disinost eligible place, nor to obtain ciple, for 1814. the suitable candidate. But seve- The whole fifty copies of the ral applications for assistance have seven first numbers of the Chrisrecently been made, and there is a tian Disciple, for 1814, were prefair prospect, that the Trustees of sented to the Society by the Rev. the ensuing year may successfully Noah Worcester, of Brighton. attempt the formation of a Chris- Forty-seven dollars, the donation tian Church and Society, among a
of individuals in Ellsworth, remain people to whom the gospel is not on hand, appropriated to schools, preached.
but to be expended under the direcThe Trustees view schools, and tion of the Society, the distribution of religious and The pecuniary concerns of the school books, as objects of high Society will appear from the followconsideration, they have accord- ing statement, from the Report of ingly appropriated sixty dollars to the Treasurer this day exhibited. schools, and thirty-eight dollars for books. The school money has been
The funds of the Society, at the last equally divided between the towns annual meeting, amounted to bordering on Ellsworth, under the
the sum of
Reserved of this sum, as an accudirection of Rev. Mr. Nurse ; and
mulating fund the plantation of Jackson and Since received by annual subscrip
tions and donations Washington. These are exclusively
Expended in promoting the objects designed to aid in the maintenance of the Society, the last year of female instructors, and for the
Remaining in the hands of the
Treasurer instruction of young children.
Reserved of this sum, as an accuThe following books and pam
mulating fund phlets have been distributed, viz. For future appropriations To Jackson, under the care of Rev. Mr. Warren, six copies of Nos. 3, After the Treasurer had exhibit5, 8, and 10, of the Christian Moni- ed his account, the following additor; four copies of Doddridge's Rise tions were made to the funds of the and Progress; ten copies of Por- Society.
D. C. these encouraging presages of the Angual subscriptions from Mem. bers this year.
approach of the promised triumphs Brom the Female Cent Society in
of the gospel, in every section of Watertown
the inhabited globe. . Although our From the Female Cent Society, 2d Parish in Marlborough
means and efforts have been humble From the Female Cent Society in
and limited, they have not been Lancaster from the Female Cent Society in
without salutary and encouraging Waltham
26 88 From the Female Cent Society in
effects. By the blessing of God, we
have cause to rejoice jo success, Weston From the Female Cent Society in
and to be animated to perseverence Concord
in similar exertions. From the Church in Concord From the Church in Chelmsford
EZRA RIPLEY, Vice-Pres. From Individuals.
Attest, Collection at the Annual Meeting at Cambridge
S. RIPLEY, Cor. & Rec. Sec'ry.
At the late annual meeting of the Making the funds of the - Society
Society, they chose for their offiamount to
cers, the ensuiug year,
Hon. Christopher Gore, Pres. While Christians, in every region
Rev. Ezra Ripley, D. D. V. Pres. and of every considerable sect, are Rer. Samuel Ripley, Cor. and now strenuously engaged to dissem
Rec. Sec'ry. inate the knowledge of God and of Hon. Benjamin Heywood, Treas. Jesus Christ among the idolatrous Rev. Francis Parkman, Assistant nations of the earth, and are united
Treasurer. in exertions to send the word of life
Trustees. to those, who are perisling for lack Rev. Aaron Bancroft, D. D. of vision, while the friends of Chris- Hon. Joseph Allen tianity through the world manifest Deacon John White this active endeavour to extend the Rev. John Foster, D. D. glorious gospel in its purity and Deacon Moses Coolidge efficacy, the Trustees congratulate Rev. Asa Packard the Society on being partakers of Thomas W. Ward, Esq. the same spirit, and engaged to Rev. Richard R. Eliot effect the stated preaching of the Rev. Nathaniel Thayer Gospel in places, where it has sel- Isaac Fiske, Esq. dom been heard, and to furnish Rev. Isaac Allen destitute people with the means of Mr. Josiah Bridge. improvement in Christian knowledge, and attainments in Christian The Society will hold their next virtue. And they unite with them annual meeting at Templeton; in in sentiments of devout gratitude the County of Worcester. The and praise to God, the Father of our Rev. Wilkes Allen is the first, and Lord Jesus Christ, for this general Rev. Jonathan Osgood the second revival of the Christian spirit, and preacher.
MISSIONARY SOCIETY INSTITUTED IN LONDON.
From a tract kindly presented ceedings of the Missionary Socieby the Editor of the Panoplist, en- ty," we have collected the following titled "
Symmary view of the pro- important facts.
The Society was formed in 1795, ada, Newfoundland, and the Weston the liberal principles of admit Indies. ting serious Christians without any In about fifty different stations, distinction of sect or denomination, the Society employs seventy or and of leaving it to the heathen, eighty missionaries. “whom God may call into the • Their Missionary, Mr. R. Morfellowship of bis Son, to assume for "rison, has translated the whole of themselves such form of govern- the New Testament and some parts ment as to them shall appear most of the Old, into the Chinese tongue ; agreeable to the word of God.” two editions of which have been
“ 'The first efforts of the Society, printed and widely circulated were directed to the Islands of the through different parts of the emSouth Pacifick Ocean." The mis. pire.' sionaries were called to endure Those who believe in the truth many trials and discouraging cir- and value of the Christian religion, cumstances ; but by perseverance and who read with candor what has they gained an establishment. In been actually effected by mission1812 Pomare, the king of Otaheite, ary exertions, will lay aside their avowed himself a Christian. “Since doubts, as to the utility of the that time many of the natives have efforts to spread the gospel throughfollowed his example, and diligent out the world. The liberal ground ly attend the ordinances of religion, adopted by the Society in London and are distinguished by the name is truly commendable ; and the less of the praying people. About three there is of Seciarian dogmas and bundred attend the worship of God, prejudices associated with mission. and nearly as many attend the ary exertions, the greater, in our adult school. Several chiefs in opinion, will be the prospects of real adjacent islands have also joined advantage both at home and abroad. them, and wish instructors to be By a letter published in the Resent to their people.”
corder, October 8, it appears that In 1798 several missionaries were the missionary exertions at Otasent to Africa. • A flourishing heite have been wonderfully blessChurch of converted Hottentots has ed and prospered, that “the Ta. been formed consisting of several heitan nation have changed their hundred persons
Among a peo- false gods for Jehovah the true ple who were savage, ignorant, and God;" that “the majority of the idle, a settlement is now establish people of Eimeo, near a thousand, ed in Caffraria which consists of have renounced their idols and pronearly 1200 people, with a large fessed themselves worshippers of quantity of cattle.”
the true God;" that in one school From year to year other settle- there is six hundred and sixty schoments in different and distant parts lars; that the "priests publickly of Africa have been formed. There burn their gods; the chiefs destroy are now more than twelve different their Morais, pull down their sacred places in which religious instruction altars, and cook their victuals with is offered to different nations of the materials ;” and “ group
group" are seen flocking to the The exertions of this Society have missionaries, giving themselves up extended to India, China, Can- to the Lord."
THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA,
Extracts of a letter from the Rev. H. Lindsay, to the British and Foreign
Constantinople, Jan. 10, 1816.
I have to acknowledge the re- who kept a small shop, and a garceipt of the case of books, con- dener. They are all three Greeks, taining fifty Arabick Bibles and and their ignorance is lamentable one hundred Modern Greek Testa- indeed. One of them I found able ments; also, two hundred and fifty to read a little, and left with him a Armenian Testaments.
New-Testament in ancient and
moI have had an interview with the dern Greek. Armenian Patriarch, and presented My next object was to see Laohim with a copy of the Armenian dicea. In the road to this is GuzelTestament. Having stated to him bisar, a large town with one Church, the nature and objects of the So- and about seven hundred Christians. ciety, and my hopes that it would In conversing with the priests here, meet both with his approbation and I found them so little acquainted co-operation, it gave me great with the Bible, or even the Newsatisfaction to hear him answer, “I Testament in an entire form, that am a Christian ; as such I cannot they had no distinct knowledge of bnt approve of the object of such a the books it contained, beyond the Society."
four Gospels. I have sent thither When I last wrote to you, I was three copies of the modern Greek on the point of setting out on a Testament since my return. short excursion into Asia Minor. About three miles from Laodicea, As I distributed the few books of is Denizli, which has been styled, the Society which I was able to but, I am inclined to think, erronecarry with me, I think it necessary ously, the ancient Colosse. It is a to give some account of the course I considerable town, with about four took.
hundred Christians, Greeks, and From the conversations I had Armenians, each of whom has a with the Greek Bishop and his Church. I regret, however, to say, clergy, as well as various well that bere the most extravagant informed individuals, I am led to tales of miracles, and fabulous acsuppose that if the population of counts of angels, saints, and relicks, Smyrna be estimated at one hun- have so usurped the place of the dred and forty thousand inhabitants, scriptures as to render it very diffithere are from fifteen to twenty cult to separate in their minds, thousand Greeks, six thousand Ar- divine truths from human invenmenians, fifty thousand Catholicks, tions. one hundred and forty Protestants, Eski-hisar, close to which are the and eleven thousand Jews.
remains of ancient Laodicea, conAfter Smyrna the first place I tains about fifty poor inhabitants, in visited was Ephesus, or rather (as which number are but two Christians the site is not exactly the same) who live together in a small mill, Aisalick, which consists of about unhappily neither could read at all. fifteen poor cottages. I found there The copy, therefore, of the Newbut three Christians, two brothers Testament, which I intended for
this Church, I left with that of De- publick worship, and form together nizli, the offspring and poor re- a congregation of about forty. mains of Laodicea and Colosse. There appears then still a remThe prayers of the mosque are the nant, “a few names, even in Saronly prayers which are heard near dis," which have been preserved. the ruins of Laodicea, on which the I cannot repeat the expressions of threat seems to have been fully gratitude with which they received executed, in its utter rejection as a the copy of the New Testament in Church.
a language with which they were I left it for Philadelphia, now familiar. Several crowded about Alah-shehr. It was gratifying to the priest to hear it on the spot ; find at last some surviving fruits of and I left them thus engaged. early zeal; and here, at least, Ak-hisar, the ancient Thyatira, there is still the form of a Christian is said to contain thirty thousand Church; this has been kept from inhabitants, of whom three thousand the hour of temptation, which camo are Christians, all Greeks, except upon all the Christian world. There about two hundred Armenians. are about one thousand Christians, There is, however, but one Greek chiefly Greeks; twenty-five places Church and one Armenian.
The of publick worship, five of which superiour of the Greek Church, to are large regular Churches. То whom I presented the Roman Testhese there is a resident Bishop, tament, esteemed it so great a treawith twenty inferiour clergy. A sure that he earnestly pressed me, copy of the modern Greek Testa- if possible, to spare another, that ment was received by the Bishop one might be secured to the Church, with great thankfulness.
and free from accidents, while the I quitted Alah-shehr, deeply dise other went round among the people appointed at the statement I re- for private reading. I have, thereceived of the Church of Sardis. fore, since my return hither, sent I trusted that it would not have him four copies. been suffered to perish utterly; and The Church of Pergamos, in reI heard with surprise, that not a spect to numbers, may be said to vestige of it remained. With what flourish still in Bergamo. The satisfaction, then, did I find on the town is less than Ak-hisar; the plains of Sardis, a small Church number of Christians is about as establishment! The few Christians great; the proportion of Armeniwho dwell around modern Sart, ans to the Greeks nearly the same, were anxious to settle there, and and each nation also has one erect a Church, as they were in the Church. The Bishop of the dishabit of meeting at each other's trict, who occasionally resides there, houses for the exercise of religion ; was at that time absent; and I from this they were prohibited perceived, with deep regret, that by the Turkish governour, and, in the resident clergy were totally consequence, about five years ago, incapable of estimating the gift they built a Church upon the plain I intended them. I therefore dewithin view of ancient Sardis, and livered the Testament to the Lay there they maintain a priest. The Viear of the Bishop, at his urgent place has gradually risen to a little request; he having assured me, that village, now called Tartar-keny; the Bishop would highly prize so whither the few Christians of Sart, valuable an acquisition to the who amount to seven, and those in Church. He seemed much pleased its immediate vicinity, resort for that the benighted state of his na