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25 1 00
Mr. Joel Bliss, for S. I. M.
1 00 Total. Westfield, Ms. A Soc. of ladies, for the S. I. M. by the Rev. I. Knapp, 6 86 24 96 The monthly concert, by Dea. John H. Stow,
25 00 S8 00 Westhampton, Ms. Ladlies, for a child to be ed. in Ceylon, and nained Exocu Hale,
12 00 Westminster, Ms. A missionary box, for For. Missions,
2 00 Williamsburg, Ms. Fem. Assoc. for HENRY LORD, 3d ann. payment, by Lydia Graves, Treas.
30 00 90 00 Williamstown, Ms. The Rev. President Moore,
15 00 Wilmington, Ms. Mrs. S. J. for the mission to Jerusalem, by the Rev. F. Reynolds,
5 00 Wilmington, Del. Fem. Harmony Soc. by Mrs. A. M. Maomullen, 12 00 42 00 Children in a Sabbath school, belonging to the 2d Presbyterian chh. for
ed. a child at Braineru, to be pamed ELIPYALET WHEELER GILBERT, from respect to their pastor,
24 00 Winchester, Con. Individuals, by the Rev. Frederic Marsh, forthe S.I. M. 1 25 Winchester, Vir. Mr. Lewis Hoff, by Col. C. Sherman,
42 38 128 61
11 00 Woodstock, Ver. The Hon. Charles Marsh, for the ed. of a child in Rev. D. Poor's family, Ceylon,
30 00 Individuals, by the Rev. W. Chapin, for the S. 1. M.
33 75 Worcester, Ms. “Friends to the cause of missions," enclosed in a letter; viz. -for the mission to Jerusalem,
12 00 -for S. I. M.
5 50---17 50 Worcester County, Ms. Relig. Char. Soc. by the Rev. Joseph Goffe, Treas. 144 00 1,189 7$ Worthington, Ms. Ladies, for the S. I. M. by D. Stebbins, Esq.
1 38 The residence of the persons presenting the following donations is unknown. Sept. 27. From C.C. a missionary, 23. An individual, for S. I. M.
1 00 Oct. 1. Another individual, for do. 2. Dropped into the box, for do.
50) 4. An unknown female, by H. Hudson, Esq. for S. I. M.
3 00 A friend of missions, by do. for S. I. M.
1 00 Dropped into the box, 11. From William Gregg and Samuel Barrett, by Mr.J. D, F. for S. J. M. 1 00 12. Arails of a patch of potatoes, devoted to missionary purposes, by a poor tenant,
3 68 Dropped into the box, 13. from a lady, for S. 1. M.
4 00 From a box,
57 14. Individuals, by the Rev. Dr. Beecher, for For. Mis.
An individual, by the Rev. Joseph Harvey, remitted by Honooree, 1 00
5 00 16. Dropped into the box: by Mr. S. T. Armstrong, for S. i. M. 2 15
From D. F. by S. T. A. for do.
2 25 Benj. Southwick, a part of his pension, for ed. hea. children, in the E. 200 18. A female friend, for S I. M.
4 00 Another, do. for mission to Jaden, 2; for S. I. M. 82,
4 00 20. An individual, by Mr. W. P. Kendrick,
1 00 23. Unknown persons, by Capt. Chamberlain,
55 05 The Amount of the preceding donations is $5,852 69: bot a part of the donations from
Cazenovia, viz. $143 80, was received in April last, and credited to the Board, a. that time. The list of these first donations from that place was left to a published at the request of the donors. The sum actually received, therefore, from Sept. 16, to Oct. 25d, is $5,708 89.
LIFE OF OBOOKIAH.
In the preceding list of donations is a legacy of 8500 from the late Col. Williams, of Green wich, Mass. to aid in the objects of the foreign Mission School, and the education of
Indian youth. A few days before he made his will, this gentleman had been reading the life of Obookiah, and it was in consequence of the interest excited by that little book, that the legacy was inserted in his will.
There have already been many instances, doubtless, in which donations have been prompted by the same cause. We were recently informed of a gentleman, who bad been opposed to missions; but who, on perusing the simple story of this interesting young man, came with Qars in his eyes and presented a ten dollar bill for the aid of missionary operations.
MISSION TO THE SANDWICH ISLANDS,
ORDINATION OF THE MISSIONARIES, The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions having for some time contemplated sending a mission to the Sandwich Islands; and the Prudential Committee having accepted the offers, made by persons duly qualified for the various departments of the work, and having made other arrangements for the embarkation of the mission; Wednesday, the 29th of September, was fixed upon as the time for the ordination of the missionaries. The North Consociation of Litchfield County, Con, had been previously requested, by the Prudential Committee, to attend to this solemn service; a service, on which that highly respectable and venerable body entered with great cordiality and Christian feeling. The Consociation met at Goshen, on the 28th; the Rev. David L. PERRY, Moderator, the Rev. JAMES BEACH, Scribe, and JOHN 'TALLMADGE, Esq. Assistant Scribe. The Hon. JOHN TREADWELL, President of the Board of Foreign Missions, the members of the Prudential Committee, and the numerous clergy present, were in vited to sit with the Consociation.
The Prudential Committee offered for examination, preparatory to ordination, Mr. HIRAM BINGHAM, a graduate of Middlebury College, and Mr. Asa THURSTON, a graduate of Yale College, both of whom had spent the last three years in theological studies at Andover. After the proper testimonials of their li:erary and theological attainments, and of their church-membership, the candidates were examined in respect to their doctrinal and experimental knowledge of divine truth, and their reasons and motives for offering to engage in the mis. sionary work. The examination was principally conducted by the Rev. Mr. GILLETT, in behalf of the council. At the close, the Consociation voted unaninously, to proceed to ordination on the cnsuing day; and assigned the various services of the interesting occasion.
On Wednesday a large concourse assenibled from Goshen, the neighboring towns, and more distant parts of the country, to witness the solemu scene. Evo ery part of the church was crowded. The Rev. Mr. Mills of Torringford, Con. (father of the Rev. S. J. Mills, who fell a sacrifice to his zeal in the cause of Africa.) vade the introductory prayer; the Rev. Mr. HUMPHREY, of Pittsfield, Ms. preached the sermon; the Rev. Mr. HALLOCK, of Canton, made the conseevating prayer; the Moderator delivered the charge; the Rev. Mr. PORTER, of Farmington, gave the right hand of fellowship; and the Rev Dr. WORCESTER, Corresponding Secretary of the Board, offered the concluding prayer. Of the sermon we have spoken in another place. The prayers were eminently solemn, devotional, and impressive. The hymns were adapted to the occasion, and were sung with correctness and taste by a numerous choir. The effect of the whole was increased by the presence of most of those, who go out as assistants to the mission, and of nearly all the members of the Foreign Mission School, who had come over from Corowall with the Rev. Mr. DĂGGETT, their inStructor.
No believer in Christianity could have been present, without receiving deep and sacred impressions. The enterprise, which had occasioned these soleinnities, Was iu the bighest degree benevolent; the truths, brought to the mind by the various services, were encouraging and subliine; and the hopes and wishes and aims, inspired :y the occasion, were eminently cheering and joyous. Not an in Jividual of the great congregation could doubt, that it was a good thing to send the Gospel to Owhyhee; that the design was approved by God our Savior; and that, however Infinite Wisdom may see fit to dispose of the present missim, the design will finally be accomplished. No one could doubt, that attempts to send the Gospel abroad exert a most powerful efficacy, in promoting religion at home. Great thanks are due to the Lord of missions, for the Christian har
mony, fellowship, and zeal-the holy alacrity in the good work-the pledges of future and continued exertious--which were brought forth as sacrifices well pleasing to God.
Nor ought we to forget the unbounded hospitality of the people, to which the great number of clergymen and others from a distance afforded opportunity; nor the liberal offerings, in money and many necessary articles for the mission, which were collected from all quarters, and brought with cheerfulness to the depository. These offerings, made, as we trust, out of love to the Savior and his cause, will not be forgotten by him.
FORMATION OF THE MISSION CHURCH, AND OTHER PREPARATIONS. The missionaries and their assistants arrived in Boston, on the 11th and 12th of October, to prepare for embarkation. It was expected they would sail on the 16th; but various hindrances detained the vessel a week longer. This time was not found too long for the various preparations. It was spent by the different members of the mission, in Christian intercourse with friends of the missionary cause;—in uniting themselves together as a Christian Church, and forming a common family;-in receiving the public and private instructions and counsels of the Prudential Committee;-in taking leave of friends;—in providing many things for their own comfort, and for the advancement of their settlement, among an uncivilized people; and in the varions public and more select meetings for religious worship
On Friday, the 15th, the mission-church was formed, consisting of seventeen members; viz. the two missionaries, and the five assistants, with their wives, and three natives of the Sandwich Islands; all of whom had previously belonged to other churches, and were in regular church standing. The covenant and articles of faith were drawn up with great care and solemnity; the religious services were performed in the Vestry of Park Street Church, by the Rev. Dr. MORSE, the Rev. Dr. WORCESTER, and the Rev. Mr. DWIGHT; the articles and covenant were assented to and subscribed by the members, in the presence of many Christian friends; and the whole scene, with its many associations, was more interesting than can well be conceived.
In the evening, Mr. BINGHAM preached, from 2 Tim. iii, 16, 17; particularly from the words, that the map of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works. The doctrine which the preacher deduced from the text and urged upon his hearers, was, “that the great design of the Bible is to promote benevolent action."
After sermon, the Instructions of the Prudential Committee were delivered to the various members of the mission. As these instructions have been published, we need not describe them here. They were heard with deep interest, and, so far as we know, universally approved by the Christian commu. nity. Mr. THURSTON opened the services of the evening with prayer.
On Saturday morning, at 10 o'clock, Park Street Church was again crowded, and an address was delivered, in behalf of the mission, by Mr. TUURSTON; in which he bade farewell to the personal friends of himself and his associates, to the friends of missions, and to his native land. Hopoo then ascended the pulpit, and made an extemporary address to the audience. His manner was grave, dignified, and highly becoming the house of God; his observations indicated good sense and piety; and his delivery was free from any embarrassment, except what arose from his want of readiness in the use of our language. At the close of his remarks, he begged permission to address, in his native language, five Sandwich Islanders, who had recently arrived in this country, and who were about to receive some advantages of education. He spoke to them with great fluency; and urged upon them. (as he afterwards explained himself in private,) a good use of the religious advantages, which they might enjoy in this Christian land. The choir of Park Street Church, at the request of the missionaries, joined them in singing an anthem, which begins thus; “Head of the Church triumphant!” and which was performed in a very superior style. The introductory prayer to these services was offered by Mr. Bingham, and the concluding prayer by Mr. Fisk, one of the missionaries to Palestine.
At the request of the newly formed mission church, the sacrament of the Lord's supper was administered at the close of religious worship, on Sabbath afternoon. The Rev. Dr. WORCESTER presided at this solemn ordinance and led in the services; and was assisted by the Rev. Messrs. JENKS, SABINE, DWIGHT, and! BINGHAM, and the Rev. Professor PORTER. The number of communicants was probably 600; and the multitude of spectators was very great. The occasion was one of the most interesting and solemn, which can ever exist in this world. The impression which it made on many minds will not soun be erased.
EMBARKATION OF THE MISSIONARIES. On Saturday the 23d. the mission family, with a great number of friends, acquaintances and strangers, assembled on the Long Whart, to unite in religious exercises preparatory to the last firewell. The assembly united in singing the hymn, which commences with “Blest be the tie that binds," a fervent and affeca tionate prayer was offered by the Rev. Dr. WORCESTER; a closing address was made by Hopoo; and Messrs. BINGHAM and THURSTON, assisted by an intimate Christian friend, sung with perfect composure, “When shall we all mee! again?”-a piece of melting tençlerness, both in respect to the poetry and the music. A fourteen oared barge, politely offered by the commanding officer of the independence 74, was in waiting; the members of the mission took leave of their weeping friends, and were speedlily conveyed on board the brig Thaddeus. They were accompanied by the Committee, and other particular friends. In a short time, the vessel weighed anchor and dropped into the lower harbor; and the next day, the wind and tide favoring, put to sea. To the favor and protection of that God, who maketh the clouds his chariot and walketh upon the wings of the wind, this little band is devoutly commended by many prayers.
Besides the Missionaries, Messrs. BINGHAM and THURSTON, the following persons go out as assistants; viz. Mr. DANIEL CHAMBERLAIN, Agriculturalist, Brookfield, Mass. Dr. THOMAS HOLMAN, Physician, Cooperstown, N. Y. Mr. SAMUEL WHITNEY, Mechanic and Schoolmaster. Branford, Con. Mr. SAMUEL RUGGLES, Catechist and Schoolmaster, Brookfield, Con. Mr. ELISHA LOOMIS, Printer and Schoolmaster, Middlesex, N. Y. All the above-named persons are married, anci take their wives with them. Mr. Chamberlain has five children, three sons and two daughters, the eldest child aged 13. The following Sandwich Islan:lers, hopeful converts to Christianity, belong to the mission as teachers; viz. John HONOOREE Native of Owlyhee. Thomas Hopoa, Native of Owhyhee WILLIAM TENNOOE, Native of Atooi. GEORGE TAMOREE.-syn of Tamorce, king of Atpoi and Oneeheow, two of the Sandwich Islands, who has been educated with the other Native Youths, at the Foreign Mission School, returns with the Mission to his Father.
REPORT OF THE CORBAN SOCIETY. The Directors of the Corban Society, in presenting their Annual Report, are gratifie:l in being able to state, that, notwithstanding the numerous and increasing calls for charity, which have invited and received the patronage of the Christian Cummunity, the resources of this Society have not been diminished. The progress of every year strengthens their conviction, that this branch of your charity is happily direcied into a most useful and important channel, and while they rejoice in witnessing the success which attends other means employed to repair the waste places of Zion, they feel a persuasion that, however wide the arms of your benevolence may be extended, your interest in the prosperity of the Society will suffer no abatement; but that the zeal, which first projected its formation will be increased for its support, in proportion as its great utility becomes more manifest.
The Directors are happy to acknowledge the receipt of several valuable articles of clothing during the past year, among which are some from the following places and persons, v.z. from ladies in Ashby;– from ladies at Bradford;- from sundry persons in Boston; also 500 Copies of the Rev. Dr. Porter's Sermon, preached at the Dedication of the New
Chapel at Andover, from Mr. Bartlett of Newbury port, to be sold for the benefit of the Society; and donations in cash from friends in Killingworth, Worcester, Marblehead, Templeton and Boston. And it gives them pleasure to state, that a Society, auxiliary to this, has been formed at the Theological Institution at Andover, from whicb S30 have already been received.
The number of beneficiaries for the past year is 32, and the number of articles bestowed in wearing apparel is 135, which, together with S66 75, paid in cash for mending garments, are valued at $374 90.
The present number of suhscribers is 85.
THERE is perhaps no practical subject, which needs more frequently to be dwelt upon, than the covetousness and avarice of professed Christians.
It would be a waste of time to prove, that covetousness is classed, in the New Testament, among the most disgraceful crimes; and that the indulgence of it is among the most decisive proofs of an irrelig. ious character. That this is the case no intelligent Christian will undertake to deny. The main difficulty seems to lie, in conveying a clear idea of what covetousness is, and in convincing the covetous, that they really possess that character.
It is not the design of this short paper, to enter upop a description of covetousness; but rather to call the attention of readers to the opprobrium, which it brings upon religion, and to suggest some methods of applying a remedy.
There are many persons in our country, who, though professors of strict religion, afford continual occasion of reproach to Christianity, by their inordinate love of money, their withholding from charitable objects, and the general course of their pecuniary transactions. Not long since, the following observations were made by a gentleman, in one of our large cities, on being presented with a subscription paper, “Yes, I will give you twenty dollars; but I see my neighbor Closcist's name here, with only five dollars against it, and I know him to be worth twice as much as I am, and more than five times as able to give; for he has none of those heavy charges, which curtail my resources. I have long known his character, and he invariably shows the same attachment to money. Many times he refuses to give at all, on some frivolous pretences; and, when he does give, it is questionable whether his name is not an injury, by its depressing the standard of charity. For myself, I make no pretensions to religion; but he professes to be a stranger and a pilgrim here;—to be laying up treasures in heaven; to brave his conversation in heaven;—to renounce the world and its vanities;—to consider the soul of man as incalculably precious;-to deny • himself, and take up his cross daily;—and to seek not his own temporal good, but the permanent and spiritual good of his neighbor. All these things he professes and much more. He attends religious meetings, and scoms in earnest, so far as words are an evidence in the VOL. XV.