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glen among the mountains ? He may lay the foundation for Christian institotions, that shall shed around them a healing power, and remain an expression of the divine beneficence to the end of time.--[Miss. Pap. of A. B. C. F. M.)
Appeal from the Missionaries in Burmah. -We are in distress. We see thousands perishing around us. We see mission stations opening on every side; the fields growing whiter every day; and no labourers to reap the barvest. If each of us could divide himself into three parts, happy would he be, bol only to take leave of his pative land, and beloved connexions at bome, but of still nearer and more intimate connexions. We want, instantly, to send a Missionary to Mergui, a pleasant, healthful town, south of Tavoi, where a small church has been raised up, and left in charge of a native pastor. Oer hearts bleed, when we think of poor Mergui and the Karens in that vicinity, many of whom are ready to embrace the Gospel and be saved. But bow can we allow ourselves to think of that small place, when the whole kingdom of Siam lies in our rear, and the city of Bankok, at once a port for ships and the seat of imperial government? We want instantly to despatch one of our aumber to Bankok. One ? There ought, at this moment, to be three, at least, on their way to that important place. Another ought to be on his way to Yah-heing, a large town east of Maulmein, from which there is a fine river leading down to Bankok: there are many Karens at that place. The Christian religion is creeping that way, by means of our Karen disciples. North of the Thoung-yen river, the boundary of the British territory on that side, lies the kingdom or principality of Zenmai. One of our disciples, formerly with brother Boardman at Tavoy, is a nephew of the prince, or deputy prince of that country, and is anxious to return thither. But how can we send him, a very young man, without a missionary ? if we had a spare missionary, what a fine opportunity for introducing the Gospel into that central nation? It would open the way to other neighbouring nations, not even mentioned in foreign geographies, and even to the borders of China and Tartary. Between Maulmein and Zenmai are various tribes of Karens, Toung-thoos, Lah-wahs, &c. The former are literally erying out aloud for a written language, that they may read in their own tongue the wonderful works of God. From the banks of the Yoon-Za-len, on the northwest, the celebrated prophet of the Karens has repeatedly sent down messages and presents to us, begging that we would come and instruct bris people in the Christian religion. But how can we think of supplying that quarter, when the whole kingdom of Arracan, now under British rule, and speaking the same language with the Burmese, is crying, in the whole length and breadth of her coast, for somo ono to como to hor roocuo ! In that country are one or two hundred converts, and one country-born missionary, from the Serampore connexion, who is labouring without any prospect of reinforcement from Bengal, and desirous, that one of us should join him. The station, lately established by the English, is esteemed a healthy place. The commandant is disposed to welcome a missionary, and afford him every facility. Our bearis bleed to think of it, and the poor inquirers that one of our number lately left there, ready to embrace the Christian religion, if he would only promise to remain or send a successor. From thence, the way is open into the four previnces of Arracan; and what a grand field for our tracts and the New Testament now in the press! Of all the places that now cry around us, we think that Kyouk-pyoo cries the loudest-No-we listen again, and the shrill cry of golden Ava rises above them all. O, Ava! Ava! with thy metropolitan 'walls and gilded turrets, thou sittest a lady among these eastern nations; but our hearts bleed for thee. In thee is no Christian church, no missionary of the cross! It is true, that one of our number, who formerly lived at Ava, would not be tolerated during the present reign; but another missionary would doubtless be well received ; and, if prudent, be allowed to remain. Two missionaries ought, at this moment, to be studying the language in Ava.
0, God of mercy, have mercy on the tribes, whose names, though unknown in Christian lands, are known to thee. Have mercy on our mission-stations. Pour out thine Holy Spirit upon us and our assistants, upon our infant churches
and our schools. Aid us in the solemn and laborious work of translating and :: printing thine holy, inspired word, in the language of these heathen. O, keep
our faith from failing, our spirits from sinking, and our mortal frame from giving way prematurely, under the influence of the climate and the pressure of our labours. Have mercy on the Board of Missions, and grant that our beloved and respected fathers and brethren may be aroused to greater efforts, and go forth personally into all parts of the land, and put in requisition all the energies of thy people. Have mercy on the churches in the United States; hold back the curse of Meroz; continue and perpetuate the heavenly revivals of religion, which they have begun to enjoy; and may the time soon come, when no church shall dare to sit under Sabbath and sanctuary privileges, without having one of their number to represent them on heathen ground. Have mercy on the theological seminaries, and hasten the time when one half of all who yearly enter the ministry shall be taken by thine Holy Spirit, and driven into the wilderness, feeling a sweet necessity laid upon them, and the precious love of Christ and souls constraining them. Hear, O Lord, all the prayers which are this day presented, in all the monthly concerts throughout the habitable globe; and hasten the millennial glory, for which we are all longing, and praying, and labouring. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen and amen.
The attention of our brethren, assembled at the Monthly Concert, is particularly directed to the interesting letters from the Corresponding Secretary, written from the Western States. The third and fourth numbers will be found belov.
AMERICAN HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
Secretary of the A. H. M. S.
I address you under emotions which could probably be produced by no circumstances other than those in which I now write. The communications which I sent you from Ohio and Indiana were from states which I had before visited, and the scenes about me were, to some extent, familiar. It is now otherwise. Time has rolled on another month, and the Father of mercies has preserved me to the first of another year, while the steamboats, stages, and "pad-ponies” of the wost,
have conveyed me to a portion of the great valley which is all new to me, and so different in its appearance from what I have before seen, that I despair of con. veying to your mind an adequate description of it. There is no portion of country on the Atlantic slope to which I can liken it;
-0 new in its present settlement, and yet so old in its aspect and in its remnants of antiquity, which indicate that here have lived, and fought, and died, other generations of men, whose name and ge. nealogy are as much a mystery to us, as the beginning of the days of Melohisedeck; 80 rich in its fertility, so expanded and beautifully variegated in its surface, that the traveller who looks upon it for the first time, however familiar with its his. tory, is constrained to feel that the half
talking people. They are accustomed to
had not been told him. And yet, surprised || character and condition of the mass of and delighted as I have been with the western mind, as it now is, its diversity of vision of this country, and strange and habits and moral tendencies, the prevail. new as its scenery appears, my heart hasing carelessness of religious restraint, the been so much interested in its moral im- existing perversion of the public conprovement, and my mind so much enga- || science on the subject and demands of re. ged in furnishing its rising settlements ligion and religious institutions, the allow. with the saving health of the Gospel, and ed disregard of the Sabbath, the prejudices I have so long breathed, as it were, a which prevail, and the errors which are western atmosphere, in conducting the inculcated by many professed religious operations of our beloved society, that, in teachers, whose power to pervert the occasional interviews with the scattered || public mind is every where strengthened population, and on meeting the churches, by the too, prevalent neglect, in these and especially the few devoted ministers, western states, of the means of common which, through our instrumentality, have school instruction, in consequence of been planted on this immense territory, I || which, a vast proportion of the rising seem to myself to be mingling with fami. || population are not even able to read, -1 liar friends. I feel with them, irresistibly, | say, the more I become acquainted with a common interest, and if, by a wish, I these facts, together with the power of could transport my family to one of these the Catholic superstition, in its debasing states, I know of no country which would || influence on the minds of thousands, the mingle with it more of the charms of more am I impressed with a sense of the home. If I could feel that I had any greatness of the obstacles which stand is abiding place on earth, or continuing the way of the success of those efforts city, I would as soon plant my vineyard which are now used by the Home Mis here, and ereet my dwelling in the centre ||sionary, and other benevolent societies, 10 of this wide valley, as upon any other subdue this whole valley to the dominion spot on the globe. It is the scene of my | of Christ. I never before felt that the brightest anticipations, in relation to the work to be done was so great. It demands future progress of the cause of Christ; and the sympathies of all hearts, and the the more I contemplate its capacity to efforts of all hands; and these efforts, I sustain a dense population, its prospective am convinced, ought to be more generally wealth, the moral power which it will and more intensely applied to the simple ultimately concentrate, and the influence object of supplying this population with which it must exert upon the older states, ll the PREACHING of the Gospel
. All and, in connexion with them, upon the other means, without this, are comparawhole world, the more intensely does my | tively inefficient.
Over the religious heart cleave to it, as the land of hope ; and, || Tract, and over the Bible, with all its in vicw of the lively interest which is now rich treasures of wisdom and knowledge, felt in its spiritual prosperity, the prayers hundreds of thousands of this people will and the efforts which are put forth to slumber till they die. They will not, of promote it, and the blessing of God upon they cannot read. They are not generally them, I cannot but regard it as also the a reading people, but a thinking and a land of promise.
I perceive, indeed, that there are great || catch the glance of the living eye, and to and appalling difficulties to be overcome. be instructed and animated by the collMy impression of the magnitude, variety, sels and persuasions of the living voice
, and strength of these, is by no means Books do not attract their attention; and diminished by my present visit. The || before the Bible will even be read by this mre I become acquainted with the || population, there must be, in all this land.
THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDER.
let the friends of the cause, the whole NESS" to prepare its way. Allow me, cause of God and of man, apply a due then, my dear brother, in addressing you proportion of their energies to this departfrom this field, to express my increased
ment of effort, according to its compara. conviction, that the work, in which it is tive importance, and pursue it with united our privilege to labour, is, of all others, || action and fervent prayer, and then “Who the most important in its action upon the art thou, O great mountain ? Before Zereligious condition of the west. It is in. || rubbabel, thou shalt become a plain.” As dispensable-I had almost said, it is the I have traversed the wide prairies, which one thing needful. I will not, however, spread out like oceans, and the fertile undervalue any agency which the Holy || woodlands which skirt them, in this state Ghost has been pleased to honour as the and Missouri, and have reflected upon the instrument of converting a soul. I vene. multifarious character of the population rate the zeal which is spreading the Bible, which is so rapidly clustering upon their and religious Tracts, and Sabbath Schools || surface, the immortal destiny of the future over this field, and my heart melts into millions that shall dwell here has risen sympathy with every agent who is putting before in solemn prospect. Nothing but his hand actively to these labours of love. the prevalence of religious institutions, But they will utterly fail of accomplishing and the blessing of God upon them, can their object without the living ministry ; | save these millions from the perdition of and I cannot do justice to my present im- | ungodly men. And will the churches of pressions, enforced by a multitude of facts, the older states withhold their prayers, with which, in a brief survey of this efforts, and contributions from an enter. country, I have become familiar, without prise so divinely adapted to this object? urging upon you, and, through you, upon My faith answers, no; and I am almost the hearts of the benevolent in the older || ready to say to the future inhabitants of states, my confirmed opinion, that the this land, “ Ye shall go out with joy, and cause of Education and of Home Missions be led forth with peace; the mountains have not received their proportionate and the hills shall break forth before you share of the patronage of the religious into singing, and all the trees of the field public. Able, devoted, well educated shall clap their hands." ministers, must be sustained on this field, But I have indulged longer than I inin sufficient numbers to arouse the atten. tended in these general remarks. It was tion of this wide spread population to the my intention to give you, in this letter, a things which belong to their peace, or the
brief statistical view of the churches and hopes of the churches concerning them Home Missionary operations in Illinois ; will never be realized. This is God's ap but I must defer it for another communi pointed ordinance for salvation, and they cation, in which I shall also embrace that preach the Gospel may claim liis pro. some remarks on Missouri, which I hope mise to be with them till the world shall to visit again before my next. My heart end. And with such an agency, so wisely is now warm with emotions of gratitude, adapted to the condition and wants of in view of the happy results of the people, and with God for its author, who has so signally crowned with his MY FIRST BABBATH IN ILLINOIS. blessing the feeble efforts which we have I arrived in Jacksonville on Saturday bitherto exerted, the work may be—it will evening, the 29th December, and felt my be accomplished. Difficulties and oppo. way, in the dark, to a wing of the new sition will vanish before it, for strong is |College building, which stands, on a beauhis hand, and high is his right hand. Only tiful rising ground, about a mile from the
village, and met a warm reception fromnary. The suggestion was reciprocated
commodation. In the afternoon I preHere, as I have intimated, stands "Illinois | sented a brief history of the operations of College." This, too, owes its origin 80 es. our Society, and was listened to with an sentially to the operations of the A. H. M. ||interest which beamed in almost every S., and has been reared to its present re-countenance, and made me feel that I spectable standing by the enterprise of its stood in actual contact with the souls of missionaries, that it cannot fail to be an men and the hearts of Christians. In the object of lively interest to all who labourovening we held a meeting for the purpose with us in the cause of the rest. It is of commencing a subscription for the A. less than four years since the first thought||H.M. S. Several addresses were made. of establishing a college in some western There was deep emotion manifested in state was suggested by an association of the audience, when one brother arose, and soven young men, then pursuing their said he rejoiced in the opportunity now studies in an eastern Theological Semi- || afforded this people of reciprocating, in