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pacy. They have had preaching every | them I think the whites may be reached. Sabbath by Methodists or Episcopalians. Great good can no doubt be done, by taking Still there are but few members of any a little pains with these poor blacks. I church–7 or 8 Methodists; 7 Episcopa. hope I have not gone beyond the limits of lians; 12 or 15 Cumberlands, und about my commission, in devoting so much time 25 Presby ieriar.s.
to them, The members of this church are scat. My black congregation numbers about tered over a very large territory, and there 150. are but three male members; one of whom lives 12 miles froin town; the other two are the elders of the church. Each of these resides 7 miles from town, and are
From the Rev. G. G. M'Afee, Continued. 14 miles apart.
The other half of my time I gave to Very few attend church-I would say vacant congregations, wherever I could about 100, Sabbath morning. This is find them, until the 1st of January, 1835. considered a good congregation, and yet Then my labours commenced in Evans. there are 600 inhabitants in Henderson. ville, Ind., 10 miles from Henderson.
I hold the Monthly Concert, and a You have learned the state of things there weekly prayer meeting, in which I am from brother Butler. I expect to preach assisted by the Cumberland and Methodist there half of my time for three months. ministers; but still very few attend. They have subscribed about $35 for that
I spend half my time here, and have the time. It is an important place, and ought house in the afternoon and evening. In to have a minister on the ground. It bids the evening I preach to the whites, and in fair to become the largest town between the afternoon to the blacks.
Louisville and the mouth of the Ohio.
WIDE FIELDS OF DESOLATION.
PREACHING TO THE The blacks are numerous in this town This part of the valley of the Missis. and county, and their inasters are entirely sippi is peculiarly destitute. No Presby. willing that they should have preaching. terian preacher resides in less than 85 It has generally been supposed that they | miles of me in any direction. There are would not go to hear a white preacher; about 30 counties around me, sustaining but I feel confident that this opinion is a population of upwards of 100,000 souls, without foundation. One Sabbath morn. who have but little preaching of any kind. ing I told the white congregation that I Occasionally, in each neighbourhood, would preach to the blacks at 3 o'clock, where little log meeting houses are erect. on the first coinmundment, and requested ed, a sermon is preached by a Baptist or them to inform their servants. At the Methodist. To the praise of the latter be appointed hour, the house was filled, and it spoken, that in no corner of this desolate I never preached to a more attentive and field can it be said, that Methodists have interesting congregation. Having long not published the good news of great felt a deep interest for this portion of our joy. Still, their success is small, and like community, I can assure you that I re. all other denominations, their number of joice to find that they are more than will. members is small. While so much is to ing to hear the Gospel. That a white be done; while the people on this side of preacher should care for their salvation, the river are favourably disposed towards removes their prejudice, and enlists their | Presbyterian ministers, and many of them feelings. I have been ready to weep, are willing to contribute liberally for their when one of them has taken me by the support, ought not something to be done ? hand, and with tears in his eyes, uttered, I could mention several very important My dear young master, may the Lord places on the river, which do a large busi.
ness for the back country, and have They still continue to coine, and my scarcely any preaching. I mention only expectations are more than realized. I one, which I have visited—Owensboro”, feel greatly encouraged to go on in my or the Yellow Banks, the seat of justice, labours with them. It is true, they are situated most beautifully on the Ohio, in very ignorant; but a plain and affection. a county of fine land, and containing a ate exhibition of truth goes right to their population of 400 souls, has no organized hearts. I would rather preach to them church of any denomination, and no than to any white congregation I have preaching, except a sermon from a Baptist ever seen. I look upon thenı as the most once a month, and 2 or 3 professors of the hopeful part of my charge ; and through | Cumberland Presbyterian Church. A Vol. VII.
INDIANA AND ILLINOIS.
AN APPEAL FOR MISSIONARIES.
lawyer of that place told me that the peo. humble efforts to sustain these ple were anxious to have preaching, that churches, to raise up others in destitute they would like a Presbyterian, and would | places, and introduce the various means raise about $300 towards his support.- 11 of instruction, are necessarily scattered Owensboro' demands immediate attention. and feeble. For five years or more, some The Catholics are making an establish. of our number have been riding thousands ment in the county, and will no doubt go of miles, preaching every where day and into town as soon as a favourable opportu- | night, often with nature contpletely ex. nity offers.
bausted, hoping to hold out a little longer, Owensboro' is about 30 miles from Hen. || striving to keep these churches alive, un. derson. I should feel greatly strengthen- | til additional labourers could come to our ed, if a Presbyterian would settle there. | aid. The churches too have been ans. He would have a large field, and I should || iously crying for help. But they receive be his nearest neighbour.
no response; their fond hopes are blasted. May God look down with pittying eye, || No additional labourers can be obtained. and send labourers into this part of his One of our number has just returned from great vineyard.
the East, having flattered himself and en. couraged the churches, that he would bring with him two or three Missionaries, He has been faithful in his efforts, but has
returned alone in despondency—is almost In connexion with the foregoing state- || daily met with the heartrending question, ments from Mr. M‘Afee, it seems proper || Where are our missionaries ? We know to introduce the following affecting ap. not what reply to make. Must we tell peal on behalf of a portion of the same them the desponding truth, there is no field, and the adjoining counties of Indi. || help, no hope for you? How can we ana and Illinois, which we have recently bear to pronounce to these perishing received over the united signature of churehes their fearful doom !--perpetual
The Red. Stephen Bliss, and the Rev. desolation No. We cannot give them Isaac Bennett, dated Wabash Co., Il. ll up. Therefore, two or three of us, after linois.
much prayerful deliberation, have deter. * What can be done to revive the hopes | mined, in the name of the Lord, to make and sustain in existence our destitute
one more humble appeal to the Boards of churches in the Southern and Eastern Missions and Theological Seminaries of parts of Illinois ? Here is an extensive
older states. country, and very important portion of
These churches must die, and die our Western Zion, which hitherto•ap
soon, without immediate aid. The Great pears to have been overlooked and neg.
Head of the church never designed them lected, in the great extensive missionary
to live and flourish without culture, with. operations of the day. Your missioná. out a minister; and when they die, other ries all stop short, turn aside, or pass by | important religious institutions will exthis extensive field. We estcem it our
pire with them. One or two of our duty to make a full expose, and an hum. || churches may be already considered as ble and affectionate appeal io the Mission extinct—two or three more will probably ary Boards and Theological Senrinaries | expire soon, if not aided. One of the at the East, in behalf of the famishing | brethren consulted with regard to this churches in this section. Wherever we appeal, is your missionary in the south turn our eyes, we see little but a vast, a
west part of Indiana. There too, are fearful desolation, Begin at Darwin, || twelve or fifteen counties, with about as Clark Co., on the Wabash, run a line many churches, with only two ministers west to the Okan river, thence down that
to break unto them the bread of life. Six river to the Mississippi. Rising of twenty
of these churches are located in county counties, the oldest, and some of them
lowns, which must and will exert a pow. the most populous in the State, lie south erful influence over the surrounding coun of that line. llere Romanism, Arianism, / try. It is vastly important that they Universalism, Campbelism, Deism, and
sliould be supplied without delay. The almost every other delusion prevail. Here church in Vincennes, the oldest and per
seventeen Presbyterian churches, | haps most influential town in the stato, widely separated, many destitute, famish: || (the key to the Wabash county,) is now ing, and some expiring, supplied by only
without a pastor. Here, as report says, four ministers, most of whom have been are soon to go up a Catholic college and long in the field and nearly worn out. All || nunnery, and $10,000 to be expended in
RAPID FORMATION OF A PRESBYTERY.
70 purchase of lands for the settlement f Catholic emigrants around them. To ffect even a partial supply for the
Some of the brethren may have in. churches in the south and east of Illinois,
formed you that a Presbytery has been
formed in this part of the state. When and the south west part of Indiana, at east eight additional labourers are needed
Providence directed my steps here, less without delay. “Go ye,” is the cominand
than two years since, there was not a of the Great Head of the church. The
Presbyterian minister, I think, and but funds already ex
two or three feeble churches of our name ded in the Sabbath School eause and other religious institu
within the bounds of the Presbytery as
now constituted. There are included in tions, will be unavoidably lost, without the living teacher.
it at this time, eleven churches, and eleven The preaching of the
ministers. Gospel is God's ordained plan for the salvation of souls, and our churches must
This, I presume, is unparalleled progress
in the history of our church. And these have faithful ministers. O that they may come, come without delay. Under God, | ministers, with one exception, were born we look to our brethren in the older
and educated in, or on the borders of our states, as our only hope, and suspend our
beloved New-England; and here, I think, last hope upon the success of this humble
she is justified of her children. appeal. In the name of the Lord we send it, and follow it with our importunate From the Rev. James A. Carnahan, Day. prayers.
ton, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.
The church at Dayton was formed in From the Rev. J. Porter, Chicago, Il
June last, consisting of forty-nine mem.
bers. Mr. Carnahan now writes as follinois.
lows. A GRATEFUL RETURN.
In August we had a communion season,
which was one of peculiar interest to this While we are pained with the accounts little church-such as they had never which are constantly reaching us of re. witnessed before. Some of the members maining desolations of the south and west,
who had been living in a cold and formal and would urge the special attention of
state, came forward and made humble our readers to the preceding appeals of confession of their sin in so living ; and Messrs. M'Afee, Bliss, and Bennett, on
the greater part appeared to have more of behalf of the southern sections of Indiana the spirit of prayer than I had ever wit. and Illinois, and the adjoining portions of nessed among them. The result of this Kentucky, we have constant occasion to
meeting was that ten came out on the thank God and take conrage, for his sig- Lord's side, and made a public profession nal blessing upon many of the places to
of their faith in Jesus Christ, in addition which labourers have been sent, and the
to four or five who united early in the aid of the Society extended. The follow-spring. One of this number is now at ing is from the Rev. J. Porter, of Chicago. || the 'Wabash College” in Crawfordsville,
I have the pleasure to communicate in our vicinity, pursuing his studies pre. the following resolution, recently passed paratory to the Gospel ministry. This at a meeting of the members of my con no doubt, in the estimation of many, gregation.
would be a “ day of small things," but to • Resolved :—That the Presbyterian || us, who live almost in the wilderness, it church and society in Chicago, recog. || does not so appear_especially when we nise with gratitude the very generous aid reflect that by these mercy drops our little they have received froin the American | band has been increased one fourth. Home Missionary Society, in sustaining | What is peculiarly interesting to your the Rev. Mr. Porter as a missionary missionary in reviewing the result of this among them one year; and that they now work, is that all these bave and still are feel it their duty and privilege to raise members of the Bible Class, with the among themselves a competent support || exception of one aged lady who since has for Mr. Porter."
gone to her rest. The society hope it will be in their power to aid you in your work of love, by returning to the treasury of the Home Missionary Society, more than they have From the Rev. G.C. Wood, Marion Co., Mo. received from it. Wo hope to water as Since the date of my last commission, we have been watered, abundantly. June 1, 1834, I havo witnessed much to
bless God for. My health, which for a by sickness from procesding to the westyear before was bad, has been good, and I ern part of the state, which he purposes have suffered no interruption in my la to explore hereafter. He is now engaged bours, and it has been a cause of rejoicing, in a tour through the counties along the to be where God has poured out his Spirit, | Mississippi from St. Louis to New Madrid and souls were converted.
the southern extremity of the state. The At several of the camp meetings which following is extracted from his last report. I have attended, we have enjoyed special I need not say much of the fatigues, seasons of refreshing; and many of the privations, and exposure I experienced : churches in this state, where these meet. they are something, and I ain persuaded ings were held, have been greatly biessed ; many good brethren, settled at comparaChristians have been excited to more ac. tive ease, in the midst of high physical, tivity, and many sinners have been hope. | moral, and mental improvemenis, would fully converted to God. My labours have slirink from them, as unsupportable. But been principally confined to Salem church, they are exceedingly small, compared with and its vicinity. The church is small, con. what Christ endured for us. It is a pri. sisting only of twenty-four members, five vilege to be permitted to do and to suffer of whom have been received on examina. a little for such a Saviour. It may be felt tion, and one by certificate, during the pe. to be a choice privilege, when cold, faint, riod embraced in this report. Our church and weary, traversing alone the vast prai. has more than doubled in a little more than
ries, barrens, and forests, sleeping in the a year. Some others are now rejoicing in poorest cabins, and feeding upon the hope, and others are concerned for their coarsest fare. What would some think eternal welfare. It is only three years of eating, for days together, bread, made since the settlement commenced in this fron corn grated on a tin grater? It was neighbourhood, consequently, the people all the good people had, and it was season. have had but little time to prepare for liv. ed with kindness and piety. I bless God, ing, they have built a small log meeting. that he permits me to labour in Missouri. house, which is not quite finished, and || From the people on whom I call, I expe. this winter we are under the necessity ofrience uniform kindness and hospitality. holding our nieetings at private houses, I cannot tell you of all the difficulties in and but few of these can accommodate the way of "home missionary" operations. the congregation. Every member of the One must be on the ground, see, hear, church, is a member of the Temperance and feel, in order to know them; but pruSociety, and many others in the congre. dence, persevering industry, prayer, and gation.
self-denial, will at length overcome them.
Christ's kingdom must be built up, souls Two years ago, there was no settle. must be converted in Missouri, and, judg. ment west of this neighbourhood, and ing from all I know, it is my decided opi. now the country is filling up for thirty | nion that Presbyterians and the A.H. M.S. miles west. I intend, as often as possible, must have a large instrumentality in the to preach to those who are settling on the
work. If in the present generation we borders, and expect to go soon to the most can lay the foundations, in Gospel truths remote settlement above us. Twice, du. and practice, deep and strong, we will call ring the summer, I visited Lewis county ;
even this triumphant success. once with brother Cochran. There is a small Presbyterian church in this county, called Wyconda church, and, with the ex. ception of the two meetings that I attended with them, they have been destitute.
While the attention of our readers is di.
rected to the wants of Missouri, by the pre. This county needs a minister much, and an active, faithful man, might build up a
ceding communications, we are happy to
inform them that one labourer bar present. large church here. No county in the state is incroasing in population more rapidly | fied to be useful to the German emigrants
ed himself, who seems to us highly quali. than this.
in that state and in the adjoining counties
of Ilinois. The Rev. JOHN JACOB BRILLE, From the Rev. Amos P. Brown, Agent, || for eight years one of the pastors of the
dated Cape Girardeau Co., Missouri. Canton of Basle, (Switzerland) has re
During the latter part of the last sum. cently arrived in this country with a view mer and autumn Mr. Brown was engaged to preach the Gospel to the German emiin visiting some of the upper counties in grants in the western states. He was obli. the staro of Missouri, but was prevented l ged to leave his post in Switzerland, with
A MISSION TO THE GERMAN EMIGRANTS OF
all the other provincial pastors of the Can- || connexion with the elders of the church, ton of B., in consequence of the recent visited most of the families in the society. political revolution in that country. He Generally there appears to be a good de. is strongly recommended to our confi- gree of feeling in the church, and we found dence by letters from the Rev. G. De Felice || a goodly number whose minds are tender, of Balbec, the able correspondent of the and soine are anxious. I cannot but " New York Observer," and others. He hope that God is about to reveal his power has accordingly been commissioned as a in the midst of us. Hasten il, O Lord. missionary of the A. H. M. S. to the Ger. Yesterday was our communion. Eight mans in Missouri and Illinois, to labour were added to the church, and one, who under the advice and supervision of the had been examined and accepted as a Presbytery of St. Louis. Mr. B. appears candidate, was prevented from coming to be a truly evangelical and well educa. | forward. Numbers are hoping, who are ted man, and we have high hopes of his not yet ready publicly to take the vows of usefulness among the interesting and nu- God upon them. merous class of our western population to
The little church in Livingston county, which he is sent.
which claims one quarter of my time, is moving forward harmoniously. The
ground on which that church is planted, From the Rev. C. G. Clarke, Webster, was entirely wild when I came to this Washtenaw County, M. T.
REVIEW OF FIVE YEARS.
Mr. Clark reports a protracted meeting In reviewing the five years I have spent held at Webster, in September last, im here, I have much cause of thankfulness. mediately following the meeting of the
The little band of ten members has be. Monroe Presbytery, and continuing four
come two-numbering, including dismis. days. The close of his account is as fol. sions to other churches, near 120. Four lows.
flourishing Temperance Societies now On the third day, which was the Sab. exist, where there was none then. A bath, there was so much evidence of the number of Sabbath Schools, and various Spirit's presence, that we dared not close benevolent societies, have likewise sprung the meeting, as had been erpected. Mon. into existence. About forty have profess. day was the most solemn and interesting led religion under my ministrations. day I ever witnessed. The power of God was felt by many. The hearts of Chris.
P.S.-Can you not send us some minis. tians were enlarged and animated. More
ters? The call is affecting from many than forty attended the inquiry meeting destitute places. Do not overlook Michi. during the intermission. Ten or twelve
gan. Romanism and infidelity are pressmanifested a determination to live hence. forth to the glory of God. At the close
ing upon us, and shall they prevail ? of the afternoon service, all who felt anx.
From the Rev. Ira M. Wead, Ypsilanti, jous for their souls' salvation, were re.
M. T., Jan. 6, 1835. quested to remain. Not an individual left the house. I do not suppose that all were
ANOTHER AWAKENING, deeply affected, but great solemnity Last Sabbath gave us an accession of reigned. We regretted the necessity of || fourteen to our church. Six of them bringing the meeting to a close ; but I had were admitted on examination. It was a no ministerial help, on which to depend, day of deep and solemn interest. All my and was myself literally worn out with meetings are crowded and solemn. Some toil and anxiety.
are making the inquiry of the jailer. I immediately commenced visiting and
THE ANNUAL MONTHLY CONCERT. holding neighbourhood meetings, but on the second day was taken down by the Yesterday was the Monthly Concert. fever and ague, which laid me byfor some It was the most interesting season that I weeks, and soon after, I experienced have ever witnessed on that occasion in symptoms of the cholera, which brought this territory. All present seemed hum. mc low. Although I have tried to preach | bled and penitent, that they had done so every Sabbath but one, yet it has been in || little for the salvation of the heathen. great feebleness. And it has been but a With many prayers and tears they con. short time since I have felt able to enter fessed their sin, and I do hope, did it with vigorously into my official duties. sincerity. Special prayers were offered,
During the last two weeks, I have, in "that God would take some of the children