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A few days ago 812 were paid to the treasury of the A. B. C. F. M, for the education of a heathen child in Ceylon which sum was collected by a society of young ladies who depend on their own labors for their subsistence, most, if not all of them being employed at service in a country village.
This is truly a most laudable example. It is the product of hard labor, and cannot be said to be an offering which.cost nothing. It affords an example which ought to put to the blush those many wealthy men in our country, who give nothing for any charitable or religious purpose, but who, with perfect ease, and without abridging one substantial enjoyment, or denying themselves one rational pleasure, -mighi give hundreds nay thousands of dollars. To immense numbers in al nost every county, nay to many in nearly every village, an hundred dollars would be a smaller sum in the means of living, and the donation of it a less sacrifice, than the single dollar of an industrious female, who procures it in the mode above mentioned.
A man prosperous in business became wealthy. Money was his object and his all. He could give nothing for charity; and to support the Gospel in his own town but five or six dollars, and rarely attended religious meetings.
An alarming and afflictive providence awakened his attention to eternal things. He is made a hopeful subject of grace. He became a constant attendant on all religious meetings, and united himself to the Church of Christ. In about one year he has given to the American Board C. F. M. $75. To the Education Society $50. To the American Bible Society $60 To Mr. J. B. H; de 20; besides many articles in clothing, bread, and other necessary comforts of life to the poor of his neighborhood. He can now give $25, or 30 to his own minister; and it is believed has given a piece of land to the General Baptist F. M. Society worth $600 or $800.
CLAIMS OF THE MISSIONARY CAUSE. It may be thought by many, who see the published lists of donations to the Board of Foreign Missions, that the sums lately received are adequate to the recent expenses. But this is not the case. Since the first of September, about twice as much has been paid from the treasury, as has been received within the same time; and large remittances must speedily be made both to the east ard to the west. What is to be done? Let every reader peruse the lists of donations, and select the most prominent instances of liberality; and then, according to his means, let him go and do likewise.
NOTICE TO THE FRIENDS OF MISSIONS. It is desirable that each mission among the heathen should be furnished with an extensive Library; and it is presumed that many friends of missions have on hand books, which would be highly valued by the missionaries, but which, in their present situation, are of very little use to any one. Such persons might render an important service to the cause of missions by a donation of books, in almost any department of knowledge. It is desirable, that each mission library should contain a variety of works on theology, practical religion, biography, history, languages, medicine, geography, &c. &c.
The missionaries to Judea will need a library containing books of different kinds in French, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic. Any grammars, dictionaries, or classical works, or any copies of the Scriptures in either of these languages, or any English works relative to Western Asia; histories, travels, geographies, gazetteers, any periodical works, or any copies of the Bible, or any part of it, in any language, will be an acceptable and useful addition to their library. Books of any kind, that would be useful to missionaries, way at any time be forwarderl to the Treasurer, or to any of the agents of the Board.
PALESTINE MISSION, The week after the mission to the Sandwich Islands had sailed, a favorable opportunity was presented for sending Messis, Fisk and Parsons to the Levant,
in pursuance of their previous appointment. It was supposed that the ship, in which they had taken passage, might sail on Saturday, Oct. 30:h. The missionaries, therefore, after making a hasty visit to their parents and friends, and using the utmost expedition in their preparations, were in Boston by the time assigned. For want of favorable winds the ship was detained till the following Wednesday; and thus the missionaries and their friends were permitted to enjoy several most interesti g scenes together.
In the forenoon of the Sabbith, the Old South and Park Street churches united in celebrating th: Lord's supper, at the house of the former, where it was the regular season of the communion. The missionaries and the member's of Park Street Church were present by invitation. The Rev. Mr. Codinan, who preached that day in th: destitute charch, presided; and the Rev. Dr. Worcester, and the Rev. M«rsr's. Jenks, Dwight, and Fisk, took part in the exercises. In the afternoon Mr. Parsons preached in Park Street Church, on the state of the Jews; and in the evening, Ir. Fisk preacher in the Old South, on the design and prospects of the Palestine Mission. After sermon a collection, amounting to $293, 31, was received in ait of this enterprise; and the instructions of the Prudential Committee were delivered in public. Both the sermcos and the instructions of the Committee are published. At the close of the exercises, a gentleman presented a bill of exchange for thirty pounds sterling, lo form the foundation of a Bible Society, or a school, in Palestine, whenever the missionaries should be able to gain access in thai interesting region. As general notice had b: en given, the Old South church was more crowded, than we almost ever recollect to have seen any place of concourse. Not only the pews, but the aisles, stairs, boli galleries, and all the avenues, were throngcd, so that it was with great difficulty that the boxes could be circulated for the collection. Many ageil persons and many ladies, were obliged to stand during the whole services; and yet, the profondest attention was observable to the close. It was supposed that multitudes would retire after the collection, and before the instructious were delivered, in consequence of suffering inconvenience from the pressure; but so deep was the interest of the occasion, that few avajled themiselves of the interval to withdraw.
On Monday evening the united monthly concert of the Old South and Park Strect churches wis liek ar the usual place. On the recurrence of this meeting, a coilection has been regularly made, during the past year, for the express purpose of supporting the Palestine Mission. It was peculiarly grateful to the members of these churches, therefore, to see the missionaries with them, just before their departure. Nor will it soon be forgotten, that these beloved, and highly valued brethren, led in the prayers and the exhortations of the evening:
The combined tendency of all the meetings, which have now been described, was to promote religion in the hearts of Christians, to carry the most salutary convictions to the consciences of sinners, to enlarge the mind, to ennoble the feelings, and to swell the soul with the benevolent desire of sending the Gospel to the remotest corners of the world.
On Wednesday forenoon, the missionaries and a few friends went on board the ship. Wbile the anchor was weighing, a parting prayer was offered in the cabin; and, soon after, ile mutual firewell was exchanger, and the vessel put to sea with a delightful breeze. She is expected to touch a' Malta; and, after a stay of a few days, to go thence to Smyrna. This is precisely such a destination, is would have been chosen, had the voyage been planned solely for the mission. There is abundant reason to acknowledge the kindness of Providence in all these events and to trust in the same Providence in reference to the future.
ERRATA. In onr number for July, p. 322, line 22 froni lop, for "except his books and his library" read “except his books and his money,
In the number for October, p. 436, line 33 from top, for "deceire" read "receite."
In our last number, p. 524. The "collection at a prayer-meeting," $10 50, published as from Springfield, Mass. should have been fronı Eust li indsor. Con.
The list of donations to the Foreign Mission School, published in our number for September, p. 427, contains not only donations received by the accountant, within the time there specificil; but likewise domatious received by the Rev. Joseph Harvey for several nmnths previously.
OF THE PRINCIPAL MATTERS CONTAINED IN THIS VOLUME.
Actions public, common motives of, 362 Avarice of professed Christians, 529-an
opprobrium to religion, i6. -remedies
530 for 530-a proper subject of church dis-
493 Bagroo river and adjoining country, ac-
Beecher, Rev. Lyman, review of his ser.
eign Missions, donations to, 38,84,127,173 Belchertown, revival of religion in, 46,132
the 2d report of, 241-indifference of Missionary to the Sandwich Islands, 526
ib. 22:2,286, 866,472-extracts from Mrs.
138,189,240,285,335,382,431-review of -Schools, flourishing state of, 467
395 Brainerd, journal of the mission at, 41,322,
494 568-letters from the missionaries,423
169 partments, 54,-cultivation of the mis.
Brown, Catharine, departure of from the
556 Burgess and Milli, Messrs, their mission
Butrick, Rev. D. S. letter from, 423-bis Crook, Rev. W. P. letter from,
-establishment of a school at, 469
3.5 Death of the Rev. Edward Warren, 35
498 Huntington, 143- the Rev Dr. Sprius,
307 190_of the Hon. John Langdon, 456
381-journal of the Rev. Mr. Poor, at the Rev. William Percy, ib.-of Gen.
312 ledge, ib.-of the Hon. Keating L Sim-
monds, ib.-of the Rev. Joshua Hun.
548 tington, 480—of the Rev. Levi Harts-
Death, ivfliction of, on criminals as a pon-
-to the Amer. Educ. Society, 92,138,189,
534 of described, 493-resemblance of this
witches, 460--commencement of the Duty, on the rule of, 531-of Christians
- wretchedness, many sources of, 389
Edwarıls, Rev. Jonathan, extract from
292 Ell-e.kee, murder of, for witchcraft, 460
192 Elliot, letter from the missionaries at, 313
school opened, 317,461-journal of the
481 idence of their complete inspiration, 433
Execution of criminals, 19--of the pi-
126 Familiar Sermons, No. XI, 1-No. XII,
5.28 Females, qualifications of, as instructors
3GD) attenkling their husbands ainid the hor.
proached for undertaking missions, ib.
19 Fiski, lev. Pliny, designated for the mis-
sion to Palestine, 92-preparations of
described, 559-general state of, 559
nual meeting of, 25-address of the
Gallaudet, Rev. Thomas H. extracts
from his adiress to the missionaries, 197
Worcester's, notice of, 69-remarks on, 108
Treasurer, 383-letter from, to the
Cor. Secretary, 286-visits the district
mon at the inauguration of the Rev.
scripts of, examined by Sir Humphrey
of them, ib.
mission to the Sandwich Islands, 528
Ralston, Esq. 177--to a lady in Phila-
Huntington, Rev. Joshua, address of, be.
fore the Boston For. Miss. Society, 73
propagation of Christianity in, 484
improvement, 170,171--capable of civo
for promoting Christianity among them,828
the Choctaws, 553-marriage of to
Miss Varnum, 554-letter from, 555
astonishing progress in acquiring a
Society for propagating the Gospel, 571
nese College at, 169--objects of ihe