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the Protestant churches on the frontiers. The apostasy from religion is every where attributed to want of respect for the pope; it must, say they, be re-established, and the pope be viewed as the firstling of the kingdom of God. An universal union of religion, under the direction of the popedom, was every where spoken of, and no person had, for fear of Bona parte, as yet, made any opposition. A new sect bad also appeared, signal. izing themselves by a particular dress and by a sign which every one wears on his hat, who have actually deified Bonaparte."
A gentleman deceased in Scotland lately, has bequeathed 12001. to be paid to the person who shall write and lay before the judges he has ap pointed, a Treatise which shall by
them be determined to have the most merit upon the following subjects, as expressed in his will, viz. "The evidence that there is a Being, all powerful, wise and good, by whom every thing exists, and particularly to obviate difficulties regarding the wisdom and goodness of the Deity: and this in the first place, from considerations independent of written revelation; and in the second place from the revelation of the Lord Jesus: and, from the whole, to point out the inferences most necessary for, and useful to mankind." The ministers of the established
church of Aberdeen, the principals and professors of King's and Marischal colleges of Aberdeen, and the trustees of the testator, are appoint
ed to nominate and make choice of three of the judges.
An Account of the origin and progress of the Mission to the Cherokee Indians; in a series of Letters from the Rev. Gideon Blackburn, to the Rev. Dr. Morse.
pecially for the spread of the gospel among the aboriginals of America; it may not be unimportant to give you a concise account of the rise and progress of the mission in which I have been engaged for some years with the Cherokee nation of Indians, bordering on the state of Tennessee.
In the year 1794, I settled in that part of the state now called Blount county, at a time when the Cherokees were engaged in a bloody and destructive war with our frontiers. As this circumstance frequently called out the youths of my charge in the defence of their country, and exposed them to the vices attached to the military life, I chose at some times to go out with them in their expeditions, and thereby was led into the causes of the savage and wretched state of those Indians. From that moment my mind
began to be agitated with the question; Can nothing be done with this people to meliorate their condition? Is it impossible they should be civilized, and become acquainted with the gos pel of Christ? Some cheering rays of hope would flash upon my mind when I reflected that they were of the same race with ourselves; that they were able to lay and execute plans with ingenuity and promptness; but on view. ing the attempts already made to christianize other nations, and finding that they had mostly proved abortive, I was led seriously to review those plans, that I might, if possible, dis
cover the defect; and either introduce some amendment, or a plan en
tirely new. It was very observable,
that instead of opening the minds of the Indians, and enlarging the number of their confined ideas, they were often dogmatically instructed on the most exalted subject that can occupy the mind of the most enlightened man. They were urged to believe, as absolutely necessary, things of which, in their state of intelligence, they could have no apprehension, and which by the manners of the white people with whom they were mostly Cowersant, they were every day practically taught to doubt it, if not entire ly to discredit it. Hence it was evident that a plan must be laid with the expectations of having to combat with ignorance, obstinacy, and strong preju dices. I knew that the operations of God on the hearts of men were not
confined to means. Yet even in relig ion, cause and effect have been in the order of events without any great deviation. I conceived it therefore indispensable to prepare the mind by the most simple ideas, and by a process, which would associate civilization with religious instruction, and thus gradually prepare the rising race for the more sublime truths of religion, as they should be able to view them. I was fully persuaded the plans pursued in South America, in effecting what was called the civ ilization of that country, would not do with this strong minded and high spirited people; that boasted civiliza tion was not the result of determination, but of mere artificial impression; while these bid fair, if rightly managed, eventually to become American citizens, and a valuable part of the Union.
This subject impressed my mind more and more, and became frequent ly the object of request at the throne of grace, until the year 1799. In that year I introduced the subject to the Presbytery of Union, of which I was a member,' but found so many embarrassing difficulties thrown in the way, I was forced to yield any further attempts at that time. In the year following I laid a plan for a missionary society in that country, with a special reference to this object; yet, though many were highly pleased with the design, the scarcity of money and the poverty of the people in that newly settled country, were such insurmountable obstacles that I was again compelled to give up the attempt.
In the year 1803, I came a delegate from our Presbytery to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church, hoping I might find some method to bring this subject before that body. For this purpose, I had drawn up the outlines of a plan for the education of the Indian children, as the most likely mean of accomplishing a revolution in the habits of the nation. A petition was laid before the Assembly, requesting supplies for our frontiers, in which was noticed the state of the Cherokee nation, as exhibiting a field for missionary service. This was referred to the Committee of Missions, in answer to whose inquiries I presented the proposed plan, and was requested to undertake its execution; the committee agreeing to give 200 dollars for its support, and to engage my services as a missionary for two months. As this sum was quite insufficient, the committee of missions gave me a recommendation to the public to gain pecuniary aid; and on my return to Tennessee, I collected four hundred and thirty dollars, and some books, to be applied by the direction of the committee, to the use of the institution. Foreseeing that many difficulties might obstruct my intercourse with the nation, I waited on the President of the United States, and from the Secretary of war received letters of recommendation to the Indians, and directions to Col. Meigs, the agent for Indian affairs, to facilitate my design.
I am, &c. GIDEON BLACKBURN. (To be continued.)
BISSET, the author of the Life of Burke, in his Life of George IIId. a work of much merit, has been misled into an important error, concerning the opinions of WASHINGTON at the commencement of the revolution, by giving implicit credit to certain let ters which were published as the private letters of WASHINGTON, in one of which that great character is made to say, that in declaring Independence Congress had overshot the mark. It is well known in this country, that
WASHINGTON publicly disavow ed those letters, (supposed to have been fabricated by a British officer) in a public letter to the Secretary of State, on his retiring from the presidency, and that at his request, his letter was deposited in the archives of State. It is to be lamented that such a learned and candid author as BISSET should have founded a train of false reasoning on the supposed premature declaration of independence, on the authority of WASHINGTON, with no
THE picture of New York; or the traveller's guide, through the commercial metropolis of the United States. New York. 1807. J. Riley, and Co.
The Young Christian, an instructive narrative, by James Muir, D. D. Alexandria. S. Snowden.
Universal Salvation, a very ancient doctrine; with some account of the life and character of its author; a şermon delivered at Rutland, west parish, 1805, by Lemuel Haynes, A. M. Sixth edition. Boston. 1807. D. Carlisle.
A sermon on the death of Hon. William Patterson, Esq. L. L. D., one of the associate justices of the supreme court of the United States, by Joseph Clark, A M. New Bruns. wick. 1806. A. Blauvelt.
A sermon, preached in the Independent, or Congregational church, Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 14, 1806, by Isaac Stocton Keith, D. D. Charleston. W P. Young.
A sermon, delivered at Lebanon, in the south society, at the dedication of the new brick meeting house, Jan. Vol. III. No. 1.
21, 1807, by William Lyman, A. M. Hartford. 1807. Hudson & Goodwin.
A sermon delivered in North Yarmouth (Maine) at the Installation of the Rev. John Dutton, over the church in the second territorial parish in that place, Oct. 1, 1806. By Asa Lyman, A. M. Portland. 1807.
A sermon preached in Halifax (Vt.) Sept. 17, 1806, at the Installation of Rev. Thomas H. Wood, over the Congregational church and society in that town, by Joseph Lyman, D. D. Northampton. 1807. Wm. Butler.
A Sermon before the Governor, the honourable Council, and both branches of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on the day of General Election, May 27, 1807. By William Bentley, A. M. Minister of the second church at Salem, Boston. Adams & Rhoades.
A discourse delivered at Hopkin ton, before the Honourable Legisla ture of the State of New Hampshire, at their ammual election, June 4th, 1807, by Nathan Bradstreet, A. M. Amherst. 1807. Joseph Cushing.
Eight discourses on Baptism, viz. Jolm's Baptism, Christian Baptism, Believer's Baptism, Infant Baptism, Believing parents and their children in covenant with God, being buried with Christ in baptism, illustrated. To which is annexed Mrs. Jackson's confession. Boston. D. Carlisle, 1806.
Letters concerning the constitution and order of the Christian ministry, as deduced from Scripture and primitive usage; addressed to the members of the United Presbyterian churches in the city of New York, by Samuel Miller, D. D. one of the pastors of said churches. Hopkins & Seymour.
A sermon, preached before the Massachusetts Missionary Society, at their annual meeting in Boston, May 26, 1807, by Elijah Parish, A. M. pastor of the church in Byefield. Newburyport. E. W. Allen. 1807.
A view of the economy of the Church of God, as it existed primitively, under the Abrahamic dispensation and the Sinai law; and as it is perpetuated under the more luminous dispensation of the gospel; particularly in regard to the covenants. By Samuel Austin, A. M. minister of the gospel in Worcester, Mass. Worcester. Thomas & Sturtevant.
The Boston Directory; containing the names of the inhabitants, their occupations, places of business, and dwelling-houses. With lists of the streets, lanes, and wharves; the townofficers, public offices, and banks; of the stages, which run from Boston, with the times of their arrival and departure; and a genera! description of the town, illustrated by a plan, drawn from actual survey. Boston. Edward Cotton. 1807.
A discourse deliverd before the Ancient and Honourable Artillery company in Boston, June 1, 1807, being the anniversary of their election of officers, by Thomas Baldwin, D. D. pastor of the second Baptist church in Boston. Boston. Munroe and Francis. 1807.
A sermon, preached before the Congregational ministers in Boston, May 27, 1807, by John Reed, D. D. pastor of the first church and Congregational society in Bridgwater. Boston. Munroe & Francis. 1807.
per's poems, in three volumes, being a more complete edition of his works than has been yet published. Manning & Loring, E. Lincoln, and Joseph Cushing.
Elements of Zoology: or outlines of the natural history of animals. By Benjamin Smith Barton, M. D. Professor of Materia Medica, Natural History, and Botany in the University of Pennsylvania. Conditions, &c. I. It is proposed to publish this work on a plan, in most respects, different from that of any other writer on the same subjects. It will embrace, 1. An outline of what is commonly called the Philosophy of Zoology; that is, the anatomy and physiology of animals, their manners and instincts, their uses, &c.; together with 2. Systematic arrangements of animals, descriptions of the principal genera, and many of the species: also, 3. An explanation of the greater num ber of the terms that are employed by writers on all the branches of Zoology. II. As the work will be the production of a native American, so it shall be the studious aim of the author to adapt it, in an especial manner, to the lovers and cultivators of Natural History in the United States. Accordingly, independent of the philosophical or physiological departments, these Eleinents will contain the descriptions of a great number of American Quadrupeds, Birds, Serpents, Fishes, Insects, Vermes, &c. not a few of which have never yet been (publicly) described by any naturalist. III. The work being intended as a companion for the author's Elements of Botany, published in 1803, it will, like that work, be printed in an octavo form, of the Royal size; on a good paper, and a new type. IV. For the convenience of the purchasers, the work will be printed in two volumes, each of which is to contain, at least, 256 pages, exclusive of an Index. V. It will be illustrated by a few (not less than ten) necessary plates, engraven by eminent artists, both in America and in Europe. VI. The price of the work (in boards) will be five dollars to subscribers.
Adams's Roman Antiquities. One large volume, 8vo. 640 pages. $3 To be published in the fall, by MatA new and elegant edition of Cow- thew Carey. Philadelphia.
IN THE PRESS.
American Ornithology, or, the Nat. ural History of the Birds of the United States; comprehending those resident within our territory, and those that migrate hither from other regions; among which will be found a great number of land and water birds hitherto undescribed. Specifying the class, order, and genus to which each particular species belongs. Following with a few exceptions, the arrangement of Latham. Describing their size, plumage, places of resort, general habits, peculiarities, food, mode of constructing their nests, term of incubation, migration, &c. &c. By Alexander Wilson, Conditions: The work will be printed in large imperial quarto, on a rich vellum paper, and issued in Numbers, price Two Dollars each, payable on delivery. Three
plates, 13 inches by 10, will accompany each number, containing at least ten Birds, engraved and coloured from original drawings, taken from nature. The numbers to be continued regularly once every two months, until the
whole be completed. Samuel F. Bradford. Philadelphia.
A Volume of Sermons on important subjects; by the late Reverend and pious Samuel Davies, A. M. some time President of the College in New Jersey This is an additional volume, collected from the author's manuscripts, never published in America. Conditions. The volume will comprise about 450 pages octavo. It will be printed on a new type and fine paper, and will be handsomely bound. The price to subscribers, who pay for their books on delivery, will be one dollar and seventy-five cents. To those who become responsible for ten copies, a discount of ten per cent. will be made from this price. To non-subscribers the price will be two dollars. Should a sufficient number of subscribers be obtained in season, to defray the expense of publication, the work will be ready for delivery by the first of Octo S. & E. Butler.
ber next. ampton. 1807.
Ox Wednesday, the 17th inst. the new church in Hingham was consecrated to the service of Almighty God. Rev. Mr. Whitney of Hingham, made the dedicatory prayer. Rev. Dr. Ware preached a sermon on the occasion from Exod. xx. 24. Rev. Mr. Whitney of Quincy made the concluding prayer.
In the afternoon, Mr. HENRY COLEMAN was ordained pastor of the
third church in Hingham.-Rev. Dr. Eliot of Boston made the introducto ry prayer. Rev. Mr. Pierce of Brookline preached the sermon from 1 Tim. iii. 1. Rev. Dr. Reed of Bridgwater made the ordaining prayer. Rev. Dr. Lathrop of Boston gave the charge. Rev. Mr. Whitney of Hingham expressed the fellowship of the churches.
languished in extreme distress, for a number of days, and then expired. He was a person of a serious mind and amiable manners, and much esteem
To the Editors of the Panoplist. If you will insert in the Panoplist the following account of the death, and dying advice of a youth, you will grated by all who knew him. In his illify a constant reader.
NOT long since, a youth in his 15th year, by a sudden casualty suffered internal injury, under which he
ness he exhibited an example of patience and resignation, and, in the near view of death, and in the full exercise of reason, he expressed a calm hope of a blessed immortality.