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Total. Gill, Ms. Fem. Char. Soc. by Mrs. A. Cannon, Treas.

$9 68 $22 00 Lydia Rogers of Do.

5 00 Greenwich, Con. Rev. Isaac Lewis, D. D.

2 50 Hudlyme, Con. collection in a concert of prayer,

1 31 Hartford, Con. Rev. Thomas H. Gallaudet,

5 00 Hariland, Con. Mr. Stephen Goodyear,

2 00 Hart wick and Fly creek, N. Y. Benev. Soc. by Mr. Levi Beebe, president, 12 00 59 50 Lenox, Ms. by T. Hopoo,

10 50 Manchester, Ver. by do.

21 96 Marietta, Ohio, Rufas Putnam, Esq.

100 00 New Braintree, Ms. Mr. Penniman

5 00 New Fairfeld, Con. The Fem. Cent Soc.

12 56 Do. Do. by Mrs. Rogers, Treas.

6 00 Rev. Meilad Rogers, of do.

1 00 New-London, Con. a person unknown, in letter,

10 00 New Marlboro' Ms. (south par.) a charity box,

6 00 Norfolk, Con, a young lady,

50 North Brookfield, Ms. a litile girl, 81 04, Dr. Potter of do. 82 00, 304 North Guildford, Con. Miss Collins' school,

3 00 A friend of Missions, in do.

3 25 Richmond, Ms. Miss L. Murphy, by the Rev. J. Harvey,

1 00 Sharon, Con. Cyrus Swan, Esq. $5 00, Abraham Pratt $1 00

6 00 Sherman, Con. the Rev. Maltby Gelston,

5 00 Stephenstown, N. Y. John Hendrick, by the Rev. J. Harvey,

2 00 Sarah Pardee of do.

1 00 Stratford, Con. from several ladies,

24 00 Utica, N. Y. a char, box by Samuel Ruggles,

5 25 Watertown, Con. Mr. Benj. Deforest,

5 00 Residence unknown. Individuals, by Samuel Ruggles,

5 00 A female friend, by the Rev. E. W. Dwight,

20 00 An unknown person, by T. Hopoo,

2 88 A Female friend of the Heathen, by the Rev. David D. Field,

2 00 Amount of donations from July 16th to Aug. 15th, $3,215 79. The amount of donations received from the 16th. to the 31st. of May, as published in our number for July, should have been $1,747 63, instead of $1,745 63. The mistake of 8%, was made in addition.

The list of donations received in the first part of June, the donation of S30 published as a note, might with propriety have been included in the text; in which case the total would have been, $2,553 09, instead of $2,503 09, as it now stands,

The Treasurer acknowledges the receipt of a trunk of clothes, &c. for the Osage orphan damed Lydin Carter, from Mrs. Lydia Carter of Natches, now at Brimfield, Ms.

Also a trunk of clothes from Ladies in Salem, for Missions to the American Indians.
The trunk was presented by Mr. J. B. Lawrence.

MISSION TO THE SANDWICH ISLANDS.

The Isles shall wait for his law. FRIENDS OF MAN AND OF THE REDEEMER OF MAN,

In the good providence of him, who “hath made of one blood all Nations of men--and determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitations; that they should seck the Lord, if haply they might feel after him and find him;"--Several youths, natives of the Sandwich Islands, have been brought to our shores, and favored with a temporary residence in these regions of light. Seven of thein have been placed under instruction in the Foreign Mission School, at Cornwall, Con. and their improvement in knowledge, human and divine, has fully answered the most raised expectations of their patrons, benefactors, and friends.

“() what a wonderful thing it is,” said one of them, "that the hand of the Divine Providence has brought me here, from that heathenish darkness, where the light of divine truth never had been. And here I have found the name of the Lord Jesus in the Holy Scriptures; and have read that his blood was shed fir many.--) what a happy time I have now, while my poor friends and relations at home are perishing with hunger, and thirsty, wanting of Divine Mercy and water out of the well of salvation:-My poor countrymen, who are yet having in the region and shadow of death --without knowledge of the true God, and

ignorant of the future world—have no Bible to read—no sabbath-and all these things are unknown to them. I often feel for them in the night season, concerning the loss of their souls. May the Lord Jesus dwell in my heart, and prepare me to go and spend the remaining part of my life with them. But not my wil!, O Lord, but thy will be done.- do not cease to pray for me, and for Tennose', and for the poor ignorant people at Owhyhee.” · The will of the Lord Jesus is done. The dear lamented Obookiah was not to return to Owhyhee. But his prayers and supplications with many tears, for his "poor friends, and relations and countrymen”- which he ceased not to offer, until his soul rested in the bosom of his Savior-will not be forgotten in heaven; nor must they be forgotten on earth.

Four of his surviving companions appear to have been made partakers of the same grace, to be filled with the same spirit, and to be burning with the same desire.

Shall the holy flame be quenched?-Shall these dear young disciples not be allowed and encouraged to return, and publish in their native Isles the Good Tidings of great joy which in this land they have heard, and which shall be to all people. But how shall they return?--and how shall the great design, so dear to their hearts--so important to those whom they love, and to many thousands of buman beings be carried into effect?-Shall they be sent back alone,-without means-without aid--for the arduous, glorious enterprise?

Ye favored Dwellers in this land of blessings, is not the voice as distinct-as clearly an expression of the Savior's good pleasure—as was that which was heard at Troas? Not only does it sound from the grave, or from the celestial mansion, of Obookiah; but even now “there stand' men of (whyhee, Woahoo, and Atooi,* praying, and saying Come over,” and send over, to the Sandwich Islands, and help us. : The call has touched the hearts of many. Some have offered themselves to go; and the resolution to send is fixed. By or before the middle of October next, Providence permitting, a mission to the Sandwich Islands will be embarked at Bostoni, under the direction of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions; comprising, besides four of the natives now at the Foreign Mission School, eight or nine of our own countrymen-most of them married, and one having a family of five children; in all more than twenty-five persons:--two, Messrs. Hiram Bingham and Asa Thurston, ordained Missionaries; two, Samuel Ruggles, and Thomas Hopoo, (a native of Owhyhee, and the Friend of Obookiah) advanced in preparations for the ministry, and well qualified for Catechists and Teachers; a physician, a printer, and a prime farmer, with qualifications also for teaching. Individuals of the company are, besides, skilled in various mechanical trades. : To the interesting young Islanders all is hope and joy. To the devoted and beloved Servants of the Lord Jesus, who go with them, the sacrifices are great. Yet the love of Christ constrains them; and for the benefit of those who are ready to perish for lack of knowledge of him, they cheerfully relinquish their friends, their country, their earthly prospects and give up themselves and their all. Will not then this Christian compunity as cheerfully supply the requisite means for the various exigencies and purposes of the Mission? · The expense, especially in the outset, evidently cannot be light.

Fitting the vessel for so many passengers and ship-room for them, and for all that they should carry with them, will cos! --according to a contract, made as is thought on quite reasonable terms—ab ut two thousand dollars; the owner furuishing wood and water, but no provisions or stores. The provisions and seastores, requisite for so large a company, during a voyage of five or six months, must be of n inconsiderable amount. And those who embark in this enterprise must be furnished besides with many articles for their sustenance and comfort after they shall have landed.-A frame, with materials for covering and finishing a small house for the immediate use of the mission family must be provideu. Medicines for themselves, and for the benefit of the natives, in suitable variety and liberal quantity; and a good supply of the common implements of husbandry, -axes, ploughs, hoes, shovels, &c. &c. as also of the most important tools of various mechanical arts--smithery, carpentry, &c. must be

• The names of the three most important Sandwich Islands.

furnished. These tools and implements, in almost any given quantity, may be turned to good account for the purposes of the mission; as they will answer instead of money, and even better than money, for purchases to be made of the natives, and at the same time serve to promote their civilization.

The plan of this mission requires a great variety of books, embracing the first rudiments of learning and extending to the higher branches of literature and science. The missionaries and their assistants will need ample means of pursuing study themselves in various branches and all the stages of education; and ample ineans are needed to furnish a Seminary on heathen ground, where native teachers and preachers may be trained for usefulness among their coantry: men. English Bibles and Testaments will also be needed not only for the mission itself, but for distribution among British and American sailors, many of whom touch at the islands. A fount of types and a printing-press will be procured. An abundant supply of stationary will also be required.

But what is all this expense, in its utmost estimate--compared with the object? It is a sentiment worthy of the respected Preacher by whom it was uttered:"If the churches of New England, knowing the purpose of God concerning Obookiah, had chartered a ship and sent it to Owhyhee or purpose to bring him to Christ and fit hin for hcaven; it would have been a cheap purchase of blessedness to men and glory to God:--and were there no other expedients now to rescue his poor countrymen for whom he prayed, the end would justify the constant employment of such means to bring the sons and daughters of Owhyhee to glory."*- Is there a person in New-England—is there a believer in the Gospel on earth-who would not subscribe to this sentiment?- taheite, Eimeo—the Society Islands;-purged of their idols, --cleansed from the blood of human sacrifices,-illumined with heavenly light,-resounding with grateful praises to Him who made, and has redeemed the world! —of what comparative account are all the expenses and all the labors of the twenty years Mission!—The Sandwich Islands are a larger and richer field for Christian charity and Christian hope; containing a population equal to one third of New England, kindly disposed, desirous of civilization, and of excellent mental endowments; the climate salubrious, and the soil exuberantly fertile.

The fullest confidence is entertained, that this Mission will commend itself to the hearts of American Christians, and obtain an extensive and liberal patronage. But the bounty that shall be received in the outset will be doubly precious. The expense of setting the mission out must be heavy in proportion to what probably will be necessary for supporting it afterwards; and besides large drafts upon the funds of the Board are urgently demanded for other objects; particularly for a large reinforcement now going to Brainerd; for the Mission to the Cherokees of the Arkansaw; and for the Mission to Jerusalem. A special call, therefore, for immediate and liberal help has become necessary; a call which may be answered, and will, it is not doubted, be promptly and cheerfully answered, by contributions and donations either in money, or in such articles of various kinds, as are wanted for the voyage and the mission.

Friends of man and of the Redeemer of man, is it not a rare opportunitypresenting itself at a moment when your store-houses, and barns, and fields, are. demanding from you a grateful offering to the bountiful Parent of all?-The object is before you--the bringing of many thousands of fellow beings to light and to glory GOD LOVETH A CHEERFUL GIVER.

In the name of the Prudential Committee of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions,

S. WORCESTER, Cor. Sec.Boston, Aug. 23, 1819.

N. B. Any donations of Sea Stores, books, medicines, implements of husbandry, &c. designed for this mission, may be left at Mr. Armstrong's, No. 50. Cornhill,on or before the first of October. Such necessary articles as are not received in donations must be purchased. It is desirable, therefore, that all persons, who wish to aid the mission by specific donations, should leave them, as soon as convenient, at the place above mentioned. Any of the above described articles, which can be conveniently transported,may be left with the Rev. Mr. Harvey, Goshen, or Henry Iłudson, Esq. Hartford, (Con.)

Articles of cotton and linen clothing, both for adults and children, will be very acceptable and very useful to the mission.

* Sermon on the death of Obookiah, by Rev. Dr. Beecher.

MISSIONARY HARDSHIPS.

[We are not disposed to direct the attention of readers principally to the privations, which

missionaries suffer from the want ofcomfortable food, and from exposure to the inclemencies of the season without shelter, &c. &c. These sufferings are but occasional, in respect to most missions; and when they do occur, they can be borne for a short time. The greatest trials of missionaries arise from difficulties of a moral nature. We have thought, however, that most of our readers would feel interested in the perusal of the following account of bardships experienced by a missionary at one of our Indian stations, in the month of March last.]

Mr. returning from his expedition after corn, arrived on the opposite bank of the creek in the evening, * just after dark. He had ridden about 40 miles, swum two creeks, eaten nothing since breakfast, and we had no means of bring. ing him over the creek, or conveying to him any food. The high water had broken and carried off our light canoe; the large one was down the creek, and the stream was so rapid, that it was thought unsafe to attempt swimming it,especially with a tired horse, in the night. After much agitation, and various unsuccessful expedients to transport him across the stream, it was concluded that he must spend the night there. His clothes were wet, and the ground filled with water, the weather cold, and he had no blanket, except a small one which had been used under the saddle. To remain in this situation through the night without fire, would be not only very uncomfortable, but might endanger his health, if not his life; as he had scarcely recovered from a severe turn of inflammatory rheumatism. Various attempts were made by the strongest men to throw a brand of fire to him, but without success. In this dilemma, an Indian boy proposed to fasten a piece of lighted wood to an arrow, and shoot it over the river. This proposal was immediately adopted, and fire very readily sent over to him. Our joy on this success was but transient; for no fuel could be found but green trees and bushes, and what had been soaked in the water; so that all his attempts to kindle a fire failed. We built a fire on our side of the creek, which though it could afford him no heat served to render the darkness of the night less gloomy, and to keep off the wolves, which were howling in numbers near him. Some of us kept watch to prevent his sleeping too long at a time, and men were sent down the creek to get a canoe to bring him over.

By occasionally taking a little rest in sleep, and walking the remainder of the time, he retained the use of his limbs; though at times they were nearly stiffened with the cold. After light his horse was turned in and swam the creek safely, but not without considerable difficulty: and about sunrise we succeeded in conveying our brother over the river. "His health was so mercifully preserved that no evil consequences followed.

DONATIONS TO THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SOCIETY IN JULY 1819.

9 00

Mrs. Lawrence, Meredith, N. H. S1. A Gentleman, of do. $2,

$300 Young Lady; of G-,N. H. $5, do do. by A. Mead, Si,

6 00 Several ladies in Hopkinton, N. H. by the Rev. Roger C. Hatch,

2 30 Female Cent Soc. of Chester, N. H.

14 62 A friend, by N. Willis, 85, John Frost Sapford, Me. $4, Female Char. Soc. Blandford, Mass.

12 00 Sally Hasy of Lebanon, Me. 82, Ann Famam of ditto 50 cts.

2 50) Church in Washington, Con.

20 00 A young lady in Hardwick, Mass. $1, Benj. Smith of Putney, Ver. S3

4 00 Avails of a contribution box in Andover, Mass.

2 00 Female Education Soc. Washington, Con.

54 46 A Friend, retrenched from ornaments on wedding-cake, Avails of a Charity-box kept in the meeting-house, East Sudbury,

6 75 Female Cent Society, Mason, N. A.

3 69 First annual contribution of the first church, Newburyport, for the support of a pious youth in preparation for the ministry,

130 00 A friend in Middlebury, Vt.

2 79 A small Reading Soc. of young misses, in the Rev. S. Chapin's parish, Hanover, Mass. 9 00

1 00

*A small river, about 100 feet broad.

Ladies in the north Soc. of Woodstock, Con, surplus fand after applying S40 to con. stitute their Pastor a life member,

Si 50 From the following sources to consitute clergymen members for life, viz. Rev. Warren Fay, Harvard, Mass. from a cordial friend of Zion,

40 00 Rev. Saml. Backus of Woodstock, Con. from ladies in the north parish,

40 00 Rev. David Kellogg, Framingham, Nass. from ladies of bris Soc.

40 00 Rev. Joel Mann, Bristol, R. I, from ladies in the Congregational Soc.

40 00 Rev. Jonas Perkins, Weymouth, from ladies of the Union Soc. Braintree and Wey, 40 00 Rev. Joua. French, North Hampton, N. A. from ladies of his parish,

40 00 S520 54

MISCELLANEOUS NOTICES RELATIVE TO RELIGION AND MISSIONS.

A worthy clergy man writes from the interior of New York as follows, viz:

"You are herewith furnished with dollars, for the A.B.C. F. M. to assist in the interesting and glorious work of evangelizing 600,000,000 of heathen, whose claims are imperious.”

"It is but little that we do for the missionary cause of our dear Lord and Savior, in this moral waste, where a few only are disposed to do any thing; and they meet with much opposition. The Lord grant, that many more in this place, and thousands and millions elsewhere, may submit themselves unto him with pieces of silver; and that the blessed cause may triumphantly prevail, until every precious promise made to the church shall be fulfilled. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

Since the list of donations for this month was closed, the Treasurer of the Å. B. C. for Foreign Missions received the following letter from an unknown correspondent, who writes without name, or date, or post-mark. "DEAR SIR,

Believing the christianizing and civilizing of the heathen one of the noblest ** employments of man, and it having pleased a kind Providence to enable me to do something for charitable objects, I enclose one hundred dollars for the use of foreign missions, one half of which I wish to be appropriated to the support of missionaries, and the residue for the translations. Respectfully yours,

A FRIEND OF MISSIONS, Some important donations in clothing and books came too late to be particularly acknowledged in this numher.

MEETING OF THE A. B. C. F. M.

The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions will hold their annual meeting at Boston, on Wednesday the 15th mst. at 10 o'clock, A. M. The Rev. Dr. Payson, of Rindge, N. H. is appointed to preach the annual sermoni, which will be delivered in the Old South Church, on Thursday, the 16th, at half past three, P. M. After the services, a collection will be taken for the funds of the Board.

When the public consider the missions at Bombay and in the vicinity, and those on the Island of Ceylon, with their translations, printing and Schools; the missions to the Cherokee, Choctaw, and Arkansaw Indians, and those intended for the Chickasaw and other tribes, with the Schools of different kinds either now belonging to these establishments, or soon to be engrafted upon them; the Foreign Mission School at Cornwall, a most interesting nursery of youths from pag in countries, preparing to carry the Gospel to their native lands; the intended mission to Jerusalem, which is expected soon to leave our shores; and the not less interesting mission to the Sandwich Islands, just or the eve of departing to carry the blessings of the Gospel and the elements of civilization and social order to a numerous race;-when these objects of the Board are considered, we trust it will not be necessary to urge the friends of missions to liberality, to exertien), to an active and animated devotedness.

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