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the tribes or of the mission, cannot now be foreseen. The Committee will spare no pains to keep themselves informed on the subject, and will take such measures as may seem necessary to secure the mission and the Union against loss.
MISSION TO THE CHEROKEES.
CHEROKEE.-Rev. Messrs. E. JONES and W. P. UPHAM, and their wives.
TAQUOHEE.-Tanenole, native preacher.
FLINT.-L. Downing, D. M. Foreman, native preachers.
Five stations, eight outstations; two missionaries, two female assistants; six native assistants.
In January last, Toostoo, a native Christian of good mind and established piety, was ordained pastor of the church at Delaware Town, as successor of the lamented Oganaya. He enjoys the confidence and affection of the members, and though they are poor, they have undertaken to provide for his support, independently of the treasury of the Union. John Wickliffe is the oldest native preacher, and he and his wife are the oldest Cherokee members of the church now living. He was ordained many years since at Valley Towns; and though infirm with age, devotes himself with cheerful earnestness to his Master's work. Tanenole is a tried, judicious and stable Christian, of a good understanding, and liberal to the extent of his ability. Since the decease of the two native preachers, noticed in the last report, he has been overburdened by his increased labors. Lewis Downing is an efficient helper. His range of labor is very extensive, forming a circuit of more than 200 miles. D. M. Foreman, now residing at Verdigris, has rendered much assistance to the mission. He speaks both English and Cherokee. Mr. John B. Jones, son of the venerable senior missionary, who speaks the Cherokee fluently, has labored several months in the mission, with much usefulness and to general acceptance. Mr. Jones, (senior,) has been afflicted by the death of a little son, and blessed by the hopeful conversion of a daughter, who was baptized in November last.
There has been during the last year, as the mission have had the grateful duty of reporting in former years, a very good degree of spiritual interest in different parts of the field. The general meetings held for successive days at one or two of the stations, have been largely attended and at times very solemn. There are religious inquirers in most of the congregations, and the presence of the Holy Spirit has been clearly manifested. The number of baptisms was sixty-nine, all but two of them Cherokees. In many neighborhoods the people are anxious to have preaching, but there are no men to respond to the call. More native preachers are urgently needed. Gasannee, a Cherokee of decided piety and promise, named in English Smith Christie, has been licensed within the year.
The churches are interested in the missionary cause, and formed a society a year since, auxiliary to the Union. Their contributions for the last twelve months amounted to $109. At a missionary meeting held at Verdigris in September last, a band of Osages was present. Their utterly savage condition, clothed in blankets and skins and sub
sisting wholly by the chase, at once moved the congregation to pity for them and gratitude for deliverance from such a state. The chief of the band was much struck by what he saw of the improvements among the Cherokees, and a desire was expressed to follow their example. Several of the Cherokee brethren are deeply concerned for this tribe, and anxious to do something for them.
The public school had eighty-five different pupils during the year. Some of the boarding scholars came from twenty to a hundred miles to enjoy its benefits, and are sustained at the expense of their parents. For advancement the school will bear comparison with schools of the same character in New England. Twenty of the pupils have entered the High Schools..
The number of missions prosecuted under direction of the Board, is twenty-one, embracing eighty-six stations and five hundred and thirtynine outstations. Connected with the missions are sixty-six missionaries, of whom sixty-one are preachers, and there are sixty-four female assistants. Two missionaries and five female assistants have died, and four missionaries and four female assistants have joined the missions. The number of native preachers and assistants is two hundred and twenty; total of missionaries and assistants connected with the missions, three hundred and forty-nine. Three missionaries are under appointment. There are one hundred and ninety-two churches, having a membership of about 15,219, of whom were added by baptism the past year, 1,820. The number of schools is eighty-eight, including three for native preachers, and fourteen normal and boarding-schools, with about 1,992 pupils.
NOTE-Discrepancies between the recapitulation of the Report as published and that of the Abstract presented to the Union, are not seldom noticeable, owing to defective information at first. In the present case there were some errors in the Abstract which make the difference grea ter than usual.
Mr. Chandler's expenses in this country 1 year 11 mos.,· ·
Remittances, drafts, and purchases, ·
Outfit and expenses of Mr. and Mrs. Chandler,
do. Mr. and Mrs. Telford,⚫
Passage of Mr. and Mrs. Chandler and Mr. and Mrs. Telford, to Singapore,.
Outfit and expenses of Mr. and Mrs. Lord,.
Passage of Mr. and Mrs. Lord and Mr. and Mrs. Knowlton