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Fourteen os fifteen are now indulging|nately, as I do. We unite in the Temper. hopes. We have had frequent meetings, |ance cause; and the Sabbath schools, and they have been crowded and solemn.which meet in different districts, are comWhether the work will spread and become posed promiscuously of all the children we general, we cannot tell; we have some can collect—and it is difficult to determine faith to believe, that the whole town is definitely how many belong to our respec. about to be visited, and that the Lord|tive societies. And in the pleasing revival will establish his church in this place. with which the Great Head of the church

has favoured us, during the past fall and

winter, both denominations have shared. From Rev. W. H. Whittemore, Rye, West. Some of the hopeful subjects of renewing chester Co. N. Y.

grace have united with each of the church. By the report of Mr. W. for the quarterles, while others have not as yet made a ending April 1st, we learn that an inte public profession. Although few have been resting state of things existed in his con.

brought in, compared with those who still gregation, and that many were rejoicing throng the way of death, we can truly say, in hope of salvation, through the Lord that we have seen great things, whereof Jesus Christ, and that others were anx.

we are glad. Some, who had for a long jously inquiring the way to Zion.

time manifested great hatred to the truth, and, like the master they served, had tried almost every device to persuade others to \beliere a lie, have hopefully been made free

by the truth, and are united with the peoFrom Rev. Joel Campioll, Honesdale, Pa.ple of God. During the last quarter, we have en.

[In the statistical table accompanying joyed some special manifestations of the the foregoing, the number of hopeful coniLord's presence, in the out-pourings of his versions is stated at not far from thirty.] spirit. The church has been revived, and some souls hopefully converted. Meetings have been frequent and well attended. I think there are indications of good för

From Rev. S. A. Loper, Hampden, Me. Zion in this region. The work which appeared to commenco in this place, two Although I am not permitted to report or three months since, is spreading around the existence of a revival of religion in 08. The church at Bethany is revived. this place at this time, yet we think there Sovie souls born again, and many appa- ||is ground to hope that the day is near when rently inquiring the way to Zion. the Spirit will be poured upon us from on

high. Of this, however, we would not be

too confident; for we remember that our Carbondale, Pa.

hopes have often been raised, and as often

dashed. Then we were not prepared for The congregation at Carbondale, aided the reception of so great a gift, and we fear by the A. H. M. S., has also been refreshed that we are not now. Still, we cannot but by the Divino Spirit within a few weeks hope. We are greatly encouraged. past. It has become necessary to erect a The signs of the times seem propitious. more commodious place of public worship, Appearances have been growing more and and efforts are now making for this pur- | more favourable for several weeks past. An pose.

unusual seriousness evidently pervades the minds of some. Prayer meetings, which have been nearly deserted, are now more

numerously attended; and Christians ap. From Rev. A. P. Tenny, Hebron and Gro-|| pear to be more humble, more prayerful, ton, N. H.

and more zealous in the cause of their Di.

vine Master than formerly. There is in each of these towns a Con

In my visits among the members of the gregational church of about sixty members, church, of late, I have endeavoured to press and a Calvanistic Baptists' of nearly equall upon their minds the importance of praying numbers. The houses of worship are own-land labouring for a revival of religion.ed in common by the two denominations. With special reference to this great object, They have a minister who preaches alter."'we have spent a day, the present month, in


fasting and prayer. We have also estab. sa letter addressed to J. R. B-, Esq. of lished another weekly prayer meeting, for this city, viz : the express purpose of asking our Heavenly “Sir-Please hand the enclosed as a Father to pour out His Holy Spirit and re- rected, and witness some benefits of a rive his work in the midst of us.

preached gospel upon the community, as An event has recently occurred in this well as upon a depraved sinner. Ó chat place which has given much joy to Christ. lit might have free course! AMEN." ians. A man, who is deacon of our

The enclosed letter referred to was handchurch, had been in the habit of drinking led to Mr. P-, and on being opened was ardent spirits temperately for more than found to contain the following, (with tho half a century. Although he thought and amount named) which we are permited to spoke well of the temperance enterprise, publish, viz. : yet he declined joining our association, and “A penitent thief, hoping in the pardon. consequently the whole weight of his in- ing love of the Lord Jesus Christ, returns fluence was against us—and that influence to Mr. P- the enclosed $50, being was dreadful. Great numbers took occa- principal and interest of money fraudu. sion from his example not only to oppose lently taken from him some years since. the cause of temperance, but to cast re. It is to the foolishness of preaching that proaches on the cause of religion. Means Mr. P. is indebted for this act of just res. were used, gently and cautiously, and titution. How safe is it to trust in the much prayer was offered, for the cure of Lord. How able is he to protect our prothis deplorable evil. Through the Divine perty from the evil man. *If the Lord be blessing the cure has been effected. Dur. for us, who can be against us? O, abused ing the last three or four months he has friend, pardon my wrong, and help to practised total abstinence, and three weeks spread a gospel so honourable to God, so ago subscribed the constitution of the Tem. safe for man. perance Association. He is now 75 years “How shall we escape if we neglect so of age. We regard this as a signal triumph great salvation ?" of reason and religion over the inveteracy of habit and the cravings of appetite.This event has given a new impulse to the

NOTICE cause of temperance here, and, we trust, it will have a most favourable influence on TO MISSIONARIES OF THE A. H. M. 8. IN INDIANA, the interests of religion.

All Missionaries in Indiana, holding commissions under the A. H. M. S. are re.

quested to send duplicates of their Reports MISCELLANEOUS,

to the Corresponding Secretary of the Indiana Missionary Society, Rov. J.H.John.

ston, Madison, Ia. This course is required The effect of the Gospel.

by the terms of connexion between the

State society and the A. H. M. S. but we The following anonymous note was re- have inadvertently omitted to name it in ceived a few days since, by the Editor of some of the commissions which have boon the * Home Missionary,” enclosing $3, and Lissued during the past year.


Appointments by the Executive Commitlee of the A. H. M. S., from March

15th to April 15th, 1831. Missionaries not in Commission last year. Rev. J. Stephenson, Bellefontaine, Stonoy Crock

and Cherokee Churches, O. ker. L. Robbins, Sandnsky City, 0.

Rev. J. M. Ellis, Jacksonville, III. Rev. Seth Backett, to go to Indiana.

Rev. Joel Campbell, Honesdale, Pa. Bey,

Walker, Moscow, Livingston Co. N. Y. Rev. B. B. Smith, Campbelltown, N. Y. Ber. Joseph Crawford, Cobocton, N. Y.

Rev. N. Hood, Claiborne and Granger Cos., Ten. Rer. - Waldo, Centerville, N. Y.

Rev. R. L. M'Afeo, Round Prairio and vicinity, Mo. Rer. David Smith, Waynesfield, O.

Rev. F. Bartlett, Hocking Co., O. Rer. Crtan Palmer, Chester, Geauga Co., O. Rev. Wm. Williams, Victory, N. Y. Lav. Thos. Brown, Mount Zion Congregation, || Rev. D. W. Lathrop, Agent of the A. II. M. B. og Iliwassee Dist., Ten.

the Western Reserve, O. Rev. Fielding Pope, Athens, Columbiana, and Cal Rev. S. Peet, Euclid, O. buon, Ten.

Rev. Saml. Bissell, Twinsburg, O.

Rev. Isaac Flagler, Hopewell, Ontario Co., N. Y. Missionaries re-appointed.

Rev. Saml. Sweezy, Florence and Williamstowa,

N. Y. Rer. X. Berts, Wakeman and Clarksfield, O. Rev. I. Headly, New-Lisbun, N. Y. ker. C. G. Clark, Dexter, Mick. Ter.


The Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Society acknowledges the Receipt

of the following sums, from March 15th to April 15th, 1831. Alexandrie, D. C. Second ch. Aux. per J. Bequest of a deceased Lady, per Mrs. 11. S. Douglass, Tr.

$70 00

20 00 Andover, Mass. from the estate of the late Subscriptions to Home Missionary,

39 00 Warron Richardson, per Hobart Clark, 2000 00

$4167 67 Barre, Mass. Rev. John Storrs,

3 00

K. TAYLOR, Treasurer. Blairsville, Pa. Rev. T. Davis, 5; Mrs. Davis, 5,

10 00 Bristol, Ct. Sew. Soc. per Mrs. Amanda Ives, 9001 The following sums are acknowledged as received Cairo, N. Y. Lad. Benev. Soc. per Rev.

by Rev. M. P. Squier, Corresponding Secretary Dr. Porter,

10 00

of the Western Agency of the A. H. M. S. for Catskill, N. Y. Mrs. Sarah Porter and Mrs.

the state of New York, from March 12, to April Ruth Collins, L. M.

60 00

12, 1831. Conway, Mass. Joseph Avery,

10 00

Auburn, E. Hills, L. M. $30 ; Rev. J. RichFluvanna, Va. Mro. Louisa Cocke, per A.

ards, D. D. 10; E. Č. Bradford, 5; A. Converse,

20 001

Munger, 3; Jno. Porter, 2; Stephen Greenwich, Ct. Rev. Isaac Lewie, D. D. 20 00

Ball, 2,

52 00 Hadloy, Moss. H. M. Assoc. to const. Mrs.

Castleton, Ladies' Aux.

15 97 Sarah M. Brown Life Member, per Miss

East Bloomfield, to support a Missionary in Meria P. Dickinson,

30 00

thc Valley of the Mississippi, especialHampshire Miss. Soc. in support of Rev. T.

ly devoted to S. Schools-viz. A. Ad. A. Spilman, per E. Williams, Tr. 150 00

ams, 50; A. Munson, 50,

100 00 Hillsborough, N. H. Reuben Hatch, 1 00 Ellington, collection,

2 00 Lancaster, Pa. English Mon.Con.

Geneva, Chas. Butler, 2; EL. Smith, 2; per Rov. Mr. Dickinson,

25 00

Wm. Kirkland, 5; Fortescue CrittenLansingburgh, N. Y. Phebe Janes,

5 00

den, 5; A. Whitney, 3; Chag. GodLexington, N. Y. Lewis Miles L. M.

per Rev. Dr. Porter,

30 001

frey, 5; P. Prouty, 6 66 ; Young Peo-
ple's Aux. (balance) 26 50,

55 16 Lyme, Ct. Cong. Soc. per W. Noyes, 10 00

Genoa, Ist Presb. cong. (balance)

12 56 Massachusetts, a Friend, per Rev. Brown Emerson,

200 00

Groveland, Presb. cong. coll. per Rrv. Mr.

5 00 Middletown, Ct. Henry S. Ward, per W.A.

Hopewell, do. do.

11 25
Livonia, Auxiliary,

26 00 Mount Morris, N. Y. Reuben Sleeper L. M. 30 00

Mon. con. and coll.

14 00 New-Haven, Ct. two Ladies, per Rov. W. Kirby,

7 17 6 00/ Napoli, collection, Now.York, Bowery ch. Assoc. P. Perit, 50 ;

North Penfield, Aux. (13 64 before acknow-

6 32 C. A. 5,

55 00
Ovid, Auxiliary,

38 00 Do. Brick ch. Assoc. Eli Goodwin,

25 00

Penn Yan, Ladies' Aux. 42 90 ; Sab. coll. Do. Cedar st. Fem. Assoc. per Mrs. C. Mul

19 60,

62 50 ligan, Tr.

162 25 Do. do. Sab. Sch. Migs. Assoc. per H. B.

Peru, Donation, after reading Home Mis-

1 00 Hinsdale, Tr. 170 00||Pulteny, Presb.cong: and coll

9 00 Do. Juv. Miss. Soc. S. S. No. 8, Dr. M'EIroy's ch. per G. D. Baldwin,

50 00

Rochester, coll. in 3d ch. 33 69 ; D. Sibley, Do. Laight st. ch.cont. of Male Members,

12 50; J. K. Livingston, 10; A.Wheel

13 08 Do. J. R. Peters, Esq. (800 page 19)

er, 5; A. Chapin, 1 ; P. Smith, 5; A. 50 00

C. Burr, 5; A. Wakely, 10: E Cook, Do. Rev. A. Peters, do.

3 00

10; Ladies' Aux: (balance) 28 50, 120 69 Do. Murray et. Assoc. David Andrews, 25 00

Sennett, Auxiliary,

6 25 Do. Seventh Presb. ch. Mon. Con. per Rev. E W. Baldwin,

36 00 Scipio, 2nd ch. V. Benedicl, 4; Sarah BenDo. South Dutch ch. Mon. Con.

edict, 1; coll. 2,

700 11 20Trumansburgh, Auxiliary,

16 00 Do. per C. Morgan,

9 00 Do. a Female Friend, per D. Thomson,

Waterloo, Aux, and coll. 38; B. Malt

50 001 Do. a Friend of Missions,

by, ?,

24 38 5 00 Do.

10 00 do.

Wayne, coll. Presb. congregations,

1 00 Philadelphia, Pa. First. Presb. eh. Assoc. per

West Dresden, collection,

3 00 W. Davison, Tr.

300 00 Do.

Estate of F.

$601 75 Montgomery, deceased, A. White, executor,

100 00 Sums acknowledged by Rev. R. Cushman, Agent of Do. Fifth Presb. ch. Assoc. 35 51; J. Gray,

the A. H. M. S. Cincinnati, O. March 23, 1831. 10 ; per G. W. M'Clelland, Ty.

45 51 Cincinnati, A. Drosser, 30; R. Cushman, Pittsburgh, Pa. Legacy of Wm.Semple, per

30; Henry Starr, 5; F.W. Athorm, 5; W. M. Semple, ex'r,

50 00 Wm. Nesbit, 2; James Gregor, 2; Jas. Rockaway, N. J. Fem, Cent Soc.

12 00
Gwin, 1,

75 00 Bouth Hadley, Masy. Young Men's Mies. Lebanon, Ky. Auxiliary,

31 25 Soc. to const. Rev.Artemas Boies L.M. 31 00Lexington and vicinity, Ky.

130 75 South Killingly, Ct. Rev. J. R. Wheelock

Reading, Hamilton Co. 0. Aus. Soc.

2N 13 L. M. per Dr. Porter, 30 00 Richmond, Madison Co. Ky. do.

53 90 Troy, N. Y. Fem. Aux. Soc. 2d ch per Mrs. Springfield, Washington Co. Ky. do.

$0 25 Silliman,

62 29 | Winchester, Clark Co. Ky.


18 00 A Friend to the Redeemer'. cause,

100 00 A Friend, Mre. E. 2 00

$417 28






* THE HIGHEST STYLE OF MAN." out of the world in deep anxiety, and,

often, in absolute despair. (Furnished by a Clergyman.)

But it is delightful to pass from the

double grief of such a death to the sickEVERY Pastor, who has been long bed of the Christian. Here is exhibitaccustomed to minister at the couches ed a totally different set of feelings. of the sick and the dying, has had oc- | The God in whom he has trusted hicasion to remark with what different therto, comes with him to the shores of feelings different men come to the end | Jordan, and divides the waters that he of their days. The infidel, the ne- may go over on dry land. He is peaceglecter of religion, the mere man of|ful and happy; sweet music charms his the world, who has formed his system ||ears : visions of glory fill his soul; and of theology independent of the bible, || before he leaves the body, he begins to enters the dark valley single-handed | assume the while robe which he shall and alone. Pains and infirmities cluis-wear eternally in the heavens. Here ter upon him, and he feels that he has we lose sight of all worldly distincneed of all things. But no eye pities tions in the simple greatness of the him that is able to do for him any of Christian, as he is pulling off the last the things which he desires. Often, vestige of the old man, and putting on perhaps, when in the vigour of health, the new man, in the fulness of his stayou heard him say, and he said it in ture. This, in the light of eternal the pride of human reason, what it truth, is the highest style of man.would be right for God to be and to It has been my privilege to witness do. He had adopted some one of the many such deaths, which have marked ever-varying theories of the unbelieving the pathway of the gospel's saving world on this subject, and it had served | health, through the whole course of my 88 a quietus to his conscience, while he ministry. But there is one such scene, had lived a life of impenitence; but it which, on account of the character of was not the theory of the bible; it its subject, and the importance of his had in it none of the light which com- relations to the church, has taken deepeth from above. It was a spark of er root in my memory than any other. his own kindling; and it goes out as He was my friend and fellow-labourer, he approaches the grave, extinguished and one of the few that stood firm in by the shadows of death. Now he has the defence of the Lord's cause, when no time to indulge his fancy with spe- || the enemy came in like a ood. He calations upon what reason teaches was venerable in years, and having concerning God and eternity; and all || used the office of a deacon well, he had that reason ever has taught, becomes purchased to himself a good degree, and jarring and discordant as the confusion great boldness in the faith which is in of tongues on ancient Babel. He can Christ Jesus. Such was deacon F. in gather nothing up from the whole the evening of his days; and he was mass of his worldly wisdom to comfort | led to the possession of such a charachis soul. The messenger comes to call ter in a way which it may be profitable him to another world, dashes to the briefly to sketch. ground the shield which corrupt desires In his youth he received a respectaand abandoned habits, perhaps, had in-|ble common education, and by his paterposed between him and conviction ; || rents, who were persons of prayer

and truth flashes upon his mind at once, to|of blameless lives, was diligently inalarm and to torment him. He goes structed into the knowledge of the

Scriptures. Possessing a mind of con- || he would not hear them. He forsook siderable strength and activity, and an | the sanctuary; he left the fountain of uncommonly retentive memory, these living waters ; and, having committed early instructions were deeply engra- this one evil, he was immediately hurven upon his soul. They were oftenried into another, which almost invathe subject of his meditation, and by || riably accompanies the first. He hewed the frequency with which they were out to himself broken cisterns, which repeated both at the fire-side and in could hold no water. His spirit, baving the sanctuary, he was enabled to trea- | walked through dry places, seeking sure them up for God to bless in his rest and finding none, took refuge at future life. In his old age, and to the length in that system of deism, which last of his days, he was able to repeat had at that time obtained considerable long continuous portions of the bible, currency both in Europe and in this which were impressed on his memory country. He denied the divinity of in childhood, and he took pleasure in Jesus Christ, rejected the divine inspirecounting texts and plans of sermons, || ration of Scripture, and disputed and which he remembered to have heard | ridiculed the authority of its doctrines. when he was a lad. In a word, his Impelled by the turmoil and restlessearly training was in the way he shouldness of his own feelings, he soon bego. He was educated for eternity. came familiar with the common argu

At the age of 25 years, he was mar ments of infidelity, and possessing ried, and having settled in business in much knowledge of the scriptures, and his native town, he embraced, with his exceedingly ready conversational powcompanion, what was called “the half-ers, he became a champion of the sysway covenant," a provision which was tem which he had embraced. He enat that time made in many of the trenched himself in the strong hold of churches of New-England, by which impenitence, and used with uncommon parents, without becoming members of dexterity and zeal the weapons of his the church, were permitted and en-||infidel warfare. “ I was,” (said he, in couraged to offer their children in bap- one of the last interviews which the tism. Under this provision Mr. F. lived writer was permitted to enjoy with him several years. Thus the strong man in his last sickness, alluding to this pearmed remained in peaceable posses- || riod of his life,) “ I was, in the lansion of his goods; his conscience was guage of the Apostle, literally mad at ease, until his covenanted righteous-against the church.ness was powerfully put to the test by Continuing in this state of mind, and the following occurrence. A revolu- || waxing still more and more irreconcilation was at length wrought in the feel- ||ble to the church, he removed from ings of the body of that church, with his native state in the year 1804, and regard to the propriety of the custom became settled in the town of B. when to which we have just now alluded. he was 44 years old. Being thus re“ The half-way covenantwas rejected, moved from the local causes which had as a provision unknown to scripture, exasperated his feelings, he became and inconsistent with the sacred guards less bold and strenuous in his opposiwhich the Great Head of the church tion to the progress of vital godliness. has placed around the sacraments of Still, however, his spirit was unhumhis appointment. Those, therefore, bled, and he was by no means idle in who had hitherto sustained this partial the support of his Deistical views. He relation to the body of the faithful, was soon known and listened to by were now cut off from their fancied those with whom he mingled, as an privilege.

advocate for the principles of infidelity. With this measure, Mr. F. was deep-|Thus deeply and actively opposed to ly offended; his heart also rebelled the doctrines which he afterwards against the pungency of those doctrines adorned, and at war with the grace to which had constrained the body of the which he finally yielded himself a willfaithful to cross the path of his hopes, ing captive for eternity, he lived out and remove the ground of his depend-half a century of his life. These were hard sayings, and

When he was FIFTY YEARS OLD, he


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