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looked solemn, were attentive, some wepl.
in the bounds of this society. Most of
Well may Zion in this town say, “the from Fox River; and in this and other Lord hath done great things for us where. places on the river I have now laboured of we are glad." The heads of some of between two and three months. There the principal families were added to our are some excellent families here, and a church, but the majority of the converts number who profess religion, but at were youth, descendants of the pious, church yet; we expect to form one is teachers in the Sabbath School, or scho. September. My labours on the Sabbath lars. One of my children had been a are divided chietly between this place as inember about a year, and, to the praise of another eight miles up the river. The sovereign grace, three others of them
people generally attend public wersbiņa bave been hopefully brought into the Re. and appear grateful that the Gospel s deemer's kingdom. Eminently, so far as preached to them. We have had a Teo. my own family is concerned, this is revi.
perance Society, to which half, and per
. val ground, and the birth.place of souls.
haps a greater proportion of the people
which are well attended, and in which the From the Rev. W. Kirby, Blackstone's children seem much inte rested. We bare Grove, Aug. 7, 1034.
two prayer meetings a week, besides the
concerts on the first and second Monday The church in this place has grown
of every month. Next to preaching dia mightily since its first formation. It is
the Sabbath, I have considered family only about a year since it was first organ.
visiting the best means of doing good, ized. It then consisted of only eight mem
and have therefore visited repeatedly me bers, timid, fearful, and trembling for the
of the families around me; and intend, If ark of God. There are now thirty etlicient
my life is spared, to labour much more I active Christians in this little branch of
this way hereafter. The people, so far a Zion. There are a few others who will
I have become acquainted with thein, are probably unite with us, from more distant
generally correct in their habits, and value settlements, as well as in our own vicinity,
the institutions of the Gospel. Every which will increase the number to more
family is furnished with a Bible, and, for than forty. Your aid will, of course,
the most part, the people abstain entirely be needed but a short time. The church
from intoxicating drinks; and I do not will soon sustain itself and contribute to
remember to have heard a profane word send the Gospel to others,
during my residence here. From the Rev. R. W. Gridley, late of
From the Rev. J. G. Kanouse, Saline,
M. T., Aug. 13, 1834.
some of them rejoiced to see me come. bis family, long accustomed to other scenes and as On the first Sabbath, I preached in a sociations, "are contented and happy." We have school-house to about fifty souls. All only room for the following brief extracts from his letter of the above dato.
One lady, from Rochester, N. Y., on a We had a safe and prosperous journey,
visit to her relations in this place, and were kindly received by Br. Porter, the close of the discourse, with deep feel and the friends of religion at Chicago. To ing, and in tears said, addressing herell them I am under many obligations, for to me, “will you look up my the attention and kindness which they and publicly presented me a filty cent showed to my family while they remained piece. This money I handed over to the in that place. I passed through the coun. people, in public, for the benefit of a Sab ties of Cook, Lasalle, and Putnain, to Peo. bath School. The effect of this has been ria, which is the county seat of Peoria wonderful. A respectable library has been county, 160 miles from Chicago. The procured for a school, and a flourishing country is most beautiful, and the soil ex. school kept up, embracing
about 50 child ceedingly rich, and in a few years must We have now five Sabbath Schools be densely populated. From Chicayo to Peoria, I found but two ininisters of them are sinall, the number of pupils gan our denomination. Big Grove is about dually increasing twenty miles from Ottowa, and three miles I have preached regularly three times
on the Sabbath, and four times during the think not long, considerable aid from your week. During the week I have made it society. He would find efficient helpers my business to visit from houso to house, || in every good work among the members in the neighbourhood of 'my appointment, of the church. The field is ample; the to converse on the subject of religion, l population already numerous, and fast in. with each member of the family, and pray | creasing. There is work enough for the with them.
strongest. I was pained to come away Places of worship, barns, log school. || from so interesting a place for religious houses, and in the village of Saline, the enterprise, without seeing a prospect of Methodist chapel, in an unfinished state. its immediately enjoying the benefits of a
Number of those who attend, from 250 settled ministry. I know of no vacant spot to 450 souls. Places of worship always in Indiana which now presents a more ur. full, and many times more than can be gent claim, or is more inviting to a minis. accommodated. We want a house suffi. ter willing to do hard labour. ciently large to accommodate 700 people.
Number of members in the church when I came here, 36. Since that time
I visited Michigan city, thirteen miles there have been added, by letter 25, ad. from Laporto, and on Lake Michigan, at mitted to the sealing ordinances, for the
the mouth of Trail Creek. This place is first, 2. Whole number 63, now in com.
in Laporte county, and the only point munion. There will be something of an
which Indiana has on the lake. It bids addition at the next communion. There
fair to surpass all the towns, at least, in have been, and still are, some cases of the northern part of the state. The land seriousness, and a few cases of conver.
in its immediate neighbourhood is not sjon.
valuable except for its timber. It is co. The cause of Temperance is gradually vered with pine. Eight or ten miles back gaining ground among us. Some new
is a luxuriant prairie, seventeen miles long Temperance Societies have been formed
and five or six broad. It is the point in some of the school districts.
where the Michigan road, from Madison, This is truly an important field. No
on the Ohio, terminates. It is already a doubt, with the blessing of God, in three place of considerable business, and has years this people will be able to sustain || twenty or more families living in houses themselves, independent of foreign aid, and sheds; though nine months before I and will in turn, be one of your best coun.
visited the town it had not a beginning. try helps to some other feeble church.
Vessels cross Lake Erie and come through
priation for the improvement of the har. IMPORTANT FIELDS OF LABOUR.
bour. It will undoubtedly be the depot From the Rev. Martin M. Post, Logans for the produce of an extensive and fertile
country, and a place for wholesale merchan. I have recently made a tour of two dising. I heard of no Presbyterian family weeks in the northern countics in this
in the place, but that there was a desire state.
among some of the prominent men to have a Presbyterian minister settle among them,
and that liberal sums had been offered for I spent about three days, including a the support of one. It is a very important Sabbath, in South Bend (county seat of point, and cannot be occupied too soon. St. Joseph's) and its vicinity. I organ. ized a Presbyterian church of eleven members. There are, probably, as many The whole northern frontier of this more who will unite with it the first con state is now very rapidly settling. The venient time. This is a very important | northwestern corner is not in market, but point to be occupied by a missionary. is fast becoming settled, nevertheless, with The town is on the St. Joseph's river, a substantial population. That frontier is, handsomely situated and healthy. It has on the whole, the most beautiful part of some very good buildings; among these Indiana. The soil is, probably, not the is the court house. Five or six hundred richest, but is rich enough. It has good souls are now there. A small steam-boat roads, is healthy, abounds in fine transpa. olies once or twice a week from the mouth rent lakes, and is a most advantageous in. of the St. Joseph's port to South Bend. A termixture of timber, prairie, and barrens, missionary would need at first, though I l or, as they are sometimes called, oak openVOL. VII.
were also pursued under the direction in
in that state, into a long neglecled fella
ings. Between brother Corey, in Lagrange 11 years ago. Of his previous history se county, (the northeast corner of this state,) ll have only general impressions, deritan and brother Morrill, at Laporte, a dis. from frequent allusions, in the intimeer di tance of more than eighty miles, though a an uninterrupted friendship, but wibre thickly settled country, there is no Presby. || that knowledge of details, which ma terian minister. On the south, from La. Il give interest to this notice of his character grange, lies Elkheart county; and north He was a native of Windsor, in Verboel, from Laporte is Michigan city, and west a but being early deprived by death of la large district of country yet to be supplied. counsel and guidance of a worthy father, Coming down from Elkheart county to he was left with other children to be sa Fort Wayne, and taking the road along the tained by the efforts ofhis widowed mother canal, now in progress and under con. in straightened circumstances. Young tract, to a point fifteen miles from Logans. Henry soon felt the necessity of provides port, the traveller will pass through a rich for himself, and after a somewhat advenand heavily timbered country, which al. turous boyhood, he was drafied as a se ready contains two organized counties, dier in the last war of this country with and new but thrifty towns, and presents England. To the camp he carried bis many scenes made busy by the emigrant “ Pocket Bible," furnished, no doubt, by or the labourers of the canal, and many in the piety of his affectionate mother, sk dications of promise ; but this entire dis. i being of a thoughtful, studious tar el tance of eighty miles, between Fort Wayne mind, and removed from access to ether and Logansport, is unsupplied with Pres. | books, he was accustomed to gralifying byterian preaching. It is highly important desire for the materials of thought, by that at least two ministers should be sent spending his hours of leisure in reading, to occupy these two new counties without the Word of God. To avoid the tautu d delay. From Logansport, still following the careless, ho sought opportunities e the river, he finds no Presbyterian minis. retirement for this purpose. The rest ter till he arrives at Lafayette, forty were such as he had not himself antiek miles distant. Yet there are two Presby. pated. That which he began in cokl se terian churches at and near Delphi, in Car. culation, became, in a little while, a mal. roll county, and several other points, which ter of deep and unutterable interest. The it is very important should be supplied Word of God was quick and powerful with preaching
Its meaning was impressed upon his soul You perceive, sir, from this imperfect the Holy Spirit waked him to anxiety 250 sketch, something of the greatness of the to prayer, and, in the midst of the cany, work yet to be done, before even the pre as he ever afterwards hoped, he became i sent want of missionaries, in the northern Christian, a soldier of the cross. To this section of Indiana, will be supplied. And event he was accustomed to look back the deficiency is every year becoming great. with the deepest interest, and in the interer, and the difficulties in the way of the la. course of friendship, where it was promet bourer continually enhancing. How ob. for him to speak of himself, be often viously important, then, that whatever alluded to it with tenderness and humility, can be done to meet the necessities of this and with expressions of gratitude, which portion of our country, be done quickly. magnified the grace of God in his contes
On retiring from the army, he imme. diately applied himself to study with
view to the Christian ministry; and It is at once a mournful and pleasant | though, from motives of economy and duty which we owo to the memory of de. convenience, he was induced to dispense parted friends, with whom we have been with the advantages to be derived from i associated in Christian enterprise, to in.
public institution, he became a respectable stract ourselves and others by recurring scholar in most of the branches of a libe to those points in their example which ral education. His theological studies may be useful to the living. The late sudden and lamented decease of the Rev. Henry Hunter, Pastor of the Eighth Pres. : preach the Gospel, by an associations byterian Church in New York, imposes
Vermont, about the year 1821. l'apta on us, as conduotors of the “ Home Mis.
tending and unambitious in his character, sionary,” the claims of such a duty. Our
and desirous simply to be useful, he is acquaintance with him commenced in the early part of his ministerial life, twelve
REMINISCENCES OF THE REV. HENRY HUXTER.
the town of Clarendon and vicinity. His its duties December, 1827. In respect to labours were self-denying, unremitting, this event, he says, in a letter about that and unexpectedly successful; many souls | time, “I feel much solicitude about the were converted, a church was organized, change that is before me, and hope you a commodious house of worship erected, will pray much that I may have wisdom and in the course of the five years of his from on high, and be divinely qualified for ministry there, what was before a desola. the new line of service on which I am tion, had put on the smiling aspect, and about to enter. I go out, not knowing had began to exert the healthful influences whither I go, only I believe I go in ac. of a permanently established and well re. cordance with the call of duty and of Pro. gulated religious society.
vidence.” In this service he continued a In the mean time, the United Domestic little more than one year, and gave the Missionary Society had been formed, and first impulse to the cause of the society in in January, 1825, Mr. Hunter was enrol. many places in New England, but espeled on the list of its missionaries, and his cially in Massachusetts, where he expend. congregation aided a small amount in his ed most of his labours; and where many support. This aid was continued by the friends of the cause of missions, in our American Home Missionary Society until rising country, associate their recollec. the Spring of 1827. His reports were al. tions of him and of his warm and enlight. ways interesting and encouraging to the ened appeals, with their deepest and haphearts of the Executive Coinmitfee, in piest impressions of its immense importthose early days of our exertions. The fol.
He at length became convinced, lowing single remark,on taking leave of his that the arduousness of the labours of this missionary field in 1827, will show the agency was too great for his somewhat spirit of the man, and the tendency of his enfeebled constitution to sustain. This labours. “We have now been on your consideration, together with the ill health books two years and a half, and in that of his family, induced him to decline a time about forty have been added to our continuance in his agency; and he adds, in communion, all of whom continue to one communication on this subject, “I walk as becometh the Gospel of Christ; | fully believe that the work of the minis. and exertions for the distribution of the try, in its appropriate sense, is the work religious tracts,
for which if I was made for
Schools and sales piet pand purity of the l anything that is good." * miter
church, together with a little for the occupied several pulpits for a time, in Mas. precious cause of missions, are steadily in. sachusetts and New York, and performed creasing, and getting a much deeper and temporary agencies for other benevolent happier hold of the hearts of the people." societies with great acceptance, until he
It was now apparent that Mr. Hunter, took charge of the church of which he by having been faithful over a few things, died the beloved pastor. In this last powas fitted for some larger sphere of useful. sition he had acquired a standing and was ness; and the practical talent and good exerting an influence which promised sense with which he had adapted his mi. much for the cause of Christ in this nistry to the difficult field which he had cily. The church under his care was hitherto occupied with so much success, enjoying a healthful increase in numbers attracted the attention of some whose bu. and in the spirit which gives energy to siness it was to provide for the benevolent Christian action; and few pastors have enterprises of the day. The cause of ever enjoyed more fully the confidence and Home Missions had but just begun to be warm affections of their people. pleaded in New-England, in connexion We knew him well, and always had oc. with the national society. Many friends casion to number him among the most un.
were consulted, and, by a exceptionable of our brethren in Christ. unanimous concurrence, Mr. Hunter was Il is talents were not the most brilliantselected as the first agent of the A. H. M. but his mind was solid, judicious, and well S. in the New.England states.
After a balanced, while his spirit was characte. trial of several inonths, in which he sought | ristically amiable and kind. His piety to negotiate this exchange with luis people, was marked with these characteristics, in such a manner as to leave them unin and was cheerful, uniform, and consistjured by his removal, and during which ent, as well as tender. He was an affec. time he made several communications to tionate and faithful Christian; and the the society in a spirit most creditable to manner of his education had been such his pioty, ho at length obtained the reluct. as to fit him peculiarly for a useful influ. ant consent of his people, accepted the upon the several classes of his appointment as ageni, and entered upon l charge ; while his intercourse with his
of the cause
brethren in the ministry was healing and had attained, are a striking illustration of healthful. On the whole, we remember what may be accomplished in a very brief him as a Christian, as a minister, as a de. | life, by diligent study, and persevering voted friend of the cause of God, and an and judicious labours consecrated to the associate in the labours of the missionary cause of God by daily prayer. To all who enterprise, with a satisfaction which is thus labour, God is not slack concerning mingled with the recollection of coinpa. his promises. Let our young friends in ratively few things to regret. Seldom the ministry, whose eyes may fall upon have we followed one to the grave, whose this sketch, go and walk in the steps of example, as a whole, we can more cor. this example, and the oracles of truth as. dially recommend to the imitation of sure us, that what has already been the others. The results of his labours in the delightful experience of our lamented bro. conversion of souls, in the aid which he || ther, will be realized by each one of them, had brought to the cause of benevolence, when their work is done. "THE END OF and in the useful influence to which he THAT MAN IS PEACE.”.
Appointments by the Executive Committee of the American Home Missionary
Society, from August 15th to September 15th, 1834.
Rev. Isaac Crabbe, Phelps, N. Y.
Rev. S. W. Magill, to go to Georgia, or Floride. Rov. John Mason, Rondout, N. Y.
Rev. W. W. Woods, Greencastle and Pulainville, Rev. Lemuel l'oster, Bloomington, Ind.
Rov. Joba Vance, Boonton, N. J.
Secretary of the Western Agency in the State of
Rev. John A. Murray, of New-York city. Missionaries not in commission last year.
Appointments by the Etecutive Committee of the
Western Reserve D. M. S., auxiliary to the Rev. Somuel E. Blackburn, Spring Cove Ch.,
H. M. S. Macoupin Co., III. Rev. A. M. Edgerton, destitute places in Georgia. Rev. A. Bridgeman, Huntsburg and Batavia, O. Rev. John Ballard, to go to the West.
Rev. Ilenry Root, Ashtabula, O. Rev. Lewis F. Laine, to go to Ohio.
Rev. Henry T. Kelly, Madison, O.' Rov. Hiland Hulburd, Pultneyville, N. Y.
Rov. William L. Butret, Ruggles, O.
The Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Society acknowledges the
receipt of the following sums, from August 15th to September 15th, 1834. Albany, N. Y., Mrs. Jancs, per E. Watson, $300 Mrs. J. B. Condit, L. M., 30.00, (60 00 Ashville, N. Y., cont. per Rev. E. Ingalls, 12 50 Loroell, United Cong. Socs. coll., also a Catskill, N. Y., Edgar B. Day, L. D., in
ring, per Rev. Dr. Peters, full, 70.00; Samuel S. Day, L. D., in
South Northbridge Cong., per Mr. Whitfull, 70.00; George B. Day, L. D.,
19 50 100.00, per Rev. Dr. Porter,
240 00 New flampshire Miss. Soc., per F. N. Fisk, Connecticut Miss. Soc., viz. :
111 Nystic Bridge and Groton, soveral la
Hampstead, per Rev. J. Kelley, dies, per Mrs. M. N. Denison,
15 00 New-Haven, East Dist. Miss. Assoc., per New Haven, H. E. Hodges,
10 00 H. E. Hodges, Treas., North Killingly, cont. from Ch. and
New-York, South Dutch Ch., J. D. Keese, 100 00 Cong., per Rev. W. Bushnell,
4 62 Providence, R. I., Richmond-st. Ch. Young Pomfret, legacy of Miss Ellen D. Gros
Men's Asso., per J. Kingsbury, Treas., 100 00 venor, per Misg S. P. Grosvenor,
10 00 Sag Harbour, L. I., For. and Dun, Miss. Stonington, Fem. Aus., per L. A. Shof
Soc., per H. T. Deering, Treas.,
15 0 fiold,
Sand Lake, N. Y., mon. con. and other Woodbury, N. Pierce, 1 00 coll., per Rev. T. S. Wickes,
23 00 Mag3. Miss. Soc., viz. :
Waynesville, Ga., Rev. J. H. Fowles, outfit Hampden Co. Miss. Soc., per H. Brewer,
rofundod, juo. Treas., viz.:
50 Long Meadow, Gent. H. M. Assoc., to const. Deac. Judah Cooley, L. M.,
$1152 92 30.00; Fem. Benev. A&Boc., to const.
K. TAYLOR, Treasure