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and the Board, the deep interest which is
taken in the spiritual food which you send
to this people.

There are two Sunday-schools and two
prayer meetings that I attend, and I have
two Bible chunes forming, which I will
take charge of, if I am re-appointed, and
if I am not they must^go down, and with
* them, three established places of worship.
I will continue to labour here in the hope
of a re-appointment, until I receive an
answer fit>m you. If you send me another
commission, let it commence with the pre-
sent month, at which my last appointment
terminated.

With my most earnest prater for your
personal weHare, but especially for the
prosperity of the good cause in which you
are engaged,

. I am, dear Sir, yours, in the bonds of
Christian esteem, •

Jamxs B. M*CasABT.

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TwaBTY^VBian coxxvaioATios.
WTAI-USING.

A report has been received fitMO the
Eev, Burr Baldwin, who has been labour-
ing as a Missionary of this Board for two
months, in Wyalusing, and its vicinity,
Susquehanna Co. Pa. which thus con-
cludes : —

<* The services of this evening close the
term of my commission under the direc-
tion of the Board of Missions, having la-
boured as their Missionary two months,
and' preached during that time forty-one
sermons, and attended six prayer meet-
ings; have aided in forming one T'ract
and one Temperance Society* At the
close of my Mission under your direction,
the state <k things was so encouraging at
Wyalusing, that I felt unwilfing to leave
the people, and therefore oontimied to



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laboar among them two or three Sabbalhs
longer. I baia almost foigotten to mention
that before and after my mission closed,
I visited in Wyalusing al>out forty families,
msJung, in all, that I have visited, about
sixty. I>aring my visits in Wyalusing, I
found the consciences of a number very
tender on the subject of religion. On the
last SabbaUi of my preaching here a col-
lection was taken up for the Board uf
- Missions, amounting to five doUars, with
a strong encouragement that the Mission-
ary Society in the place^ auxiliary to the
Board of Missions^ would raise a conn-
derable sum to be handed to roe, or to
the next commisnoner to the General Aa-
tembly, to be transmitted to your treasu-
rer.**

BUENOS ATRBS.

Extract from a letter of the Mev, Wm, Tor»
rejft a MSnionanf of the Board in South
jSnerica, dated Buemo jSyreOt Mv, 30^
1828.

« l*he report of the General Assembly
I read with much interest, and hope their
extended Missionary arrangements will
be the means of great good both in North
and South America. The arrangement in
Kgard to furnishing this country with tho*
Scriptures, which is making in Philadel-
phia, was also exceedingly gratifying, so
mr as its general principles are concerned.
I cannot gather from the data within my
reach, sumcient information to judge of
the wisdom of their more specific arrange-
ments. If I may judn from some remarks
in their address, and from the speeches of
the Rev. Mr. Allen, in London, on the
aubject, I ^ould doubt whether they are
fully aware of the difficulties in the way,
and thf magnitude of the work. The

Providing of Bibles and sending them
ere, and distributing them by Agents in
the different towna and villages^ so that
all that wish may buy, is but a part of the
work. In thousands of cases, the people
must be taught that there is such a book
in the world, and in other thousands the
desire to possess it, must be excited, be-
fore it can be gratified. The idea that the
destitute millions in this country are hun-
gering for the bread of life, and that the
great work to be done, is to put it within
their reach, though it may be admitted,
for rhetorical purposes, in a public speech,
cannot safely come into the deliberations
of a Society or Committee who are to act
on the subject. Such a Society should
have eonstaatly present the truth, that,
though a few cases will 4>ccur in travers-
ing the country, of readiness and anxiety
to purchase, yet these are excepUono to
the general rule, and not to be mistaken,
on account of the prominience they have



in the reports of Agenti^ for the rule it-
self. The mass of 'the people, probsbly
more than nineteen-twentieths of then,
are dead in ignorance and indifference oa
the subject, and one of the most import>
ant parts of an Agenf s duties here, would
be to awaken interest and attention
upon the subject of the Bible. To do thi%
he must be well acquainted with the lan-
guage, and with the habits and manners
of the people, and the peculiar difficulties
to be encountered. With this object in
view, a Tract has been prepared on the
subject, and forwarded to the London
Society for publication, containing a po-
pular discussion of some of the most com-
mon arguments and objections I had met
with, in my inlercoune among the people.
I make not these remarks for the purpose
of discouragement, there is no ground for .
that, but to prevent the formation of ex-
pectations, which cannot be realized, and
would end in dissppointment. I am anx-
ious also to know whether the Philadel-
phia Society will publish their own books
with the Apociypha, or purchase from
the Am. Society. In the latter case, ad-
ditional obstacles will be in their way, as
the practical question h^re is, in msny
cases, whether the'people shall have the
Bible after the canon of the Roman church,
or not have itatalL

** There is, perhspsb scaacely a field in
the world, where more depends on the
direct blessing of God on toe means em-
ployed, than this; all the influence of
custom and respectability, and popular
feeling, which in many parts of our own
country, eo to sustain the institutions of
the gospel, here go in precisely the op-
posite direction. Hardly any Uking slioft
of the sancti^ing grace of God, can keep
alive the little miffious interest there is
among us, and on this grace alone can «fe
depend for any increase of that interest
I have spoken sometimes of our pecuni-
aiy wants, and we have felt gcstefiil for
the aid of this description which we haye
received, yet we would deeply feel, and
wish our Christian flfiends at home to feel
also, that what we should most annoualy
desire is, their fervent earnest prsyera in
our behalf, that God would bless his word,
bless his ordinance^ and raise up to him-
self a people here, to his praise.''

TWXKTT-rOVRTH COlOrUKICATIOK.

A Voice from Miooouri,

The following extracts from a letter of
a gentleman in Missouri, dated St. Charles,
Feb. 20th, will serve to show the deep
anxiety of the destitute in the West, to
enjoy the stated ministrations of the word;
the gratitude they feel for attempts, even
wben^for a tine miauccessful, to supply



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their spiritUAl wsDt»-»«ul the nature and
extent of the moral desolation which every
where wuToiind them.

" Yoa may rest aaaured, that your prompt
attention to supply with an able minister,
the present destitute and critical situa^
tion -of the church there, is extensively
known and appreciated in this quaiter,
and will have ita full weight in at-
taching the churchea here to the Assem-
bly's Board. May the Lord overrule this
and every incident for his own glory and
Zion's wel&re. As for us, we have just
cause to fear, that we have been trusting
too much to the arm of flesh, and not
honouring as we ought the Great Shep-
herd of the sbeep.r-Pray for us, that the
Lord, in the multitude cf his tender mer-
cies, may revive hia work in our hearts,
and choose a shepherd for us according
toiiia own heart, who will cheerfully come
to ua in the fulness of the blessing of the
Gospel of Peace, to gather in and build
up the weak and wandering sheep of the
covenant Majr the special direction and
good will of Him that dwelt in the Bush,
rest and remain with your Board, who, in
the tourse of bis providence, have beeii
placed as providmg, distributing, and
guardian sentinels, on the desolate walla
of Zion.— >May He open to you the two-
leaved ntea of the hearU of hia children,
especiaBy in the rich and favoured
churches towards the Athintic shores—
that they may offer freely as in the days
of David, that the Lord's Spiritual Tem-
ple may be built up in theae desolations
among their brethren in the West. Then
might we hope that the principles of
true piety and gospel morality w«uld
grow and expand with the growth and
expansion of the tide of popwation, per-
petually rolling westwani^lt is a serious
reflection, that a people, chiefly your bro-
thers and sisters, and sons and daughters,
rapidly growing into a body poliuc, and
forming a character, that that character
should not be formed without a due por-
tion of the leaven of the gospel, otherwise
it will be a work of ten-u^ hdnmr to re-
deem what has been lost. It has been a pe-
culiar trait of man in every age and nation
to forget and forsake the institutions of
Beaven. There is, in &ct, a peoiliar ten-
dencjf ui all new settlements to lead to this
rery issue :— -the thinness of the popula-
tion, the difference of manners and cus-
toflDS, the filling up and changing of the
new settlers, the gKat attention, care and
exertion necessary for some years to pro-
vide food, and Qx themselves in anything
fike a comfortable way of living. Add to
this, that a Urge proportion of the new
aettleis were, perhaps, careless infidels,
in the midst of gospel privileges^ and are
now well pleased that they have left be-



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hind, the Sabbath, and all other Christian
institutions and restrictions—their families
rising fast to manhood, without family
prayers, a Bible, or perhaps education, or
opportunity to hear a faithfiil gospel mi-
nister—Look at such a population with a
few Dious families, or rather, parents scat-
tered here and there, without gospel pri-
vile^s, or opportunity to hear a faithful
minister for years, perhaps growing remiss
or backsUding, the constant influence of
their careless and profime neighbours,
their children rising up under the same
influences from their associates} every
thing to contaminate, nothing to correct.
I need not sa^ more; I know vou wiU feel
for us as Christian fathers, although you
are not able to send us all the help we
need. Pray for us, in these desolations,
to the blessed Lord of the vineyard, with
whom is the residue of the Spirit, that he
would provide and prepare labourers to
enter his vineyard, even such as he will
honour and bless, in the building up of
the wastes o^ Zion. Finally, may he ena-
ble the Assembly's Board to keep the
watch tower on Zion's walls, as able in-
struments in His hands, in furthering the
glorious building, till it become that great
temple, filling the whole earth, and the
face of the deep.

" The nucleus of new churches m this
country are chiefly emigrante from the
middle States, the Carohnas, New York,
and Pennsylvania, and are Methodists,
Baptistp and Presbyterians ; there are but
few vemigranu from the eastward of the
Hudson, Connecticut excepted, who, when
they come hpre, make any profession, un-
less it be in name that they chum to be
Unitarians, Universalists, ace.— Hence all
the churches formed here, not Methodists
or Baptists, have invariably been formed
under Presbyterian order and govern-
ment. When Mr. Giddinga, in 181^ form-
ed the church at St Charles, he proposed
to us congregational government. We
told him no, we were Presbyterians, and
wished to be formed as such. So it was
at Bonhomme^ the Mines, Apple-creek,
Dardenne, EdwardsviHe, SboaUcreek, &c.
Wherever new churches have been forml
ed in all these parts, they have invariably
showed their attachment td the Presby-
terian church ; while she, instead of show-
ing a foatering care of her weak and scat-
tered children in the West, has of late,
in a great measure, abandoned them to
the care of their congregational brethren;
and surely it becomes us with gratitude
to acknowledge their kind regara for our
spiritual welnre ; and also^ that they did
not send their Missionaries for 3, o or 9
month^ but to locate themselves^ to stay
and build up these desolations in the wil-
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and bless tbem for tbeir pioos regard of
«% we would much prefer young men
from our own school^ under the imme*
diate inspection and ^recdon of our own
church, acquainted with her manners and
customs, and firqnly attached to her doc-
trines and politj.

^ '* Is it so that we in these desolations of
Zion, may pray, and plead, and cry in
Tain ? When we bear your report of the
extensive calls for ministers, and your ina-
bility to supply these calls, we are ready
to faint and cry out, we have no bc^e.-^
Mr. ■ ■ has deserted us in our need ;
yet we will not despond, but hope and
trust in the Lord's mercies^ that he will
•nable you to send one of his own choos-
ing to break to us the bread of life, in this
important station. Missionaries to such a
couatty as ours, ought, in a special sense,
to be.abie, godly ministers. It is of great
consequence that they who lay founda-
tions should be able, wise maste^build-
«m. Neither will it be of advantage for
a missionary to come to these desohttions
to prepare the soil and plant a crop, and
not stay to cultivate the seed sown ; for
before another may conne to fill his plaee
m the vineyatd, the fences may be bro-
ken down, the crop choked with weeds,
trodden down and eaten up by beasts of
piey."



BOAaO Of EDUCATION OV THB pEKS*
^AL A8SBMBLT.

OiBw of dw Bond of BdntatioD,
Ko. 144 aoiitb 8e«ood tu mia.

CIRCULAR.

To the MhMtert and Elden of the Prekby-
terian Churchy and to the Priendo of
Bdtteation genercdly.

Very dear Friends and Brethren,

As the authorized representatives of the
Board of Education of the General As-
sembly of the Presbyterian Church, we
have taken the liberty of addressing you,
on a subjeet deeply interesting to our
feelings, and involving, in no ordinary de.
gree, the spiritual weU-being of the Pres-
byterian Church. It has bitherto been a
louree of heart-fek regret to the Board,
that their ability has been so restricted,
and their success so incommensurste with
the wants of an extended and rapidly in-
crearing Church. Pemuaded in their own
minds, however, that the Institution over
which they preside, may be rendered ef-
ficient in preserving the succession and
promoting the increase of the Christian
Ministry, their sense of dttt7 forbids tbem
any longer to retain a mere BominBi ex-



istence ; and Uvnr hsM acc o wl iBgl r deter-
mined to modify their plan, and nake
their appeal to the Presbyterian Chuich
for that countenance and support, which*
if promptly afforded, wUI invigorate their
efforts, and enable them to assume a com^
manding attitude. Experience has de-
monstrated, that Urge Boards, in which
the responsibility is much divided, are
not calculated to conduct the details o£
business; and in accordance with thia
view, the Board of fiducatioo have selects
ed the undersigned as tbeir ExetvUve
Committee, who, in connexion with a Ge-
neral Agent, and such subordinate agents
as may be commisrioned, have resolved
to devote much of their time and prayer-
ful attention to the objects of their appoint-
ment. This measure is reooanmended by
its success in other instimtioos, and more
particulariy by the happy reatihs of its
recent adoption in the Boaidof MisiMms;
and it is fondly hoped, that in the present
case, it will succeed in securing for the
Board of Education the atteadcm and con-
.6dence of all friends to the Presbyterian
Church. Indeed they consider themselves
ss possessing peculisr and veiy fordble
Mms upon the affectionate co-operation
of all such, as they are, in fect« the only
regularl|r constituted oigan of the Su-
preme Judicatory of that Church, on the
subject of edttcatiiig indigort young mea
for the ministry.

The object is one which has mtrinaio
claims imon Christian benevolenoe; and
the can£d and cooscienttous^ who have
examined it in all its important besrin||%
will not be deteired from promoting it»
by the trite obj|ectioBS of its opposers.

Human learning is a powerfol auxiliafy
to the Christian Mimster; but this is to
be acquired only at a cost which far trans-
oends the resources of manv, who, beiog
called by the Spirit, and or unqoeationa-
ble piety, are r^dy to devote their talents
to the CUiurch, whenever they shall enjoy
the means of bringingthose talenik under
proper cultivation. To prepare the way.
for such men to go fortn and proclaim
the gospel, jwiU be the anxioua endeavour
of the Executive Committee ; and wfaibl
they disdsim an exdurive or proseriptive
spirit, tbey will select and eaucate those
who will enter the nunistry of the Presby-
terian Church from decided preference^
and with the stron^t atuchments fqr its
doctrines and discipline. Tbey do not^
as they conceive, intringe any law of cha-
rity, or incur any just reproach of bigotry,
when they express their partiatitv and
veneration for the standards of the church
with which thev are connected, and their
special solicitude to preserve its purity,
extend its Kmitsb and peit>etQate its ex-
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To diem it «pp6m Mgbly important
littt ^e Charehy under wiMtever modifi-
•aitoBs it nay lubsist, should appetr u
the guarduM of its own purity. Mid not
•ntiust the edueation of a large portion
of its ministry to assodations which are
aobject to no ecclesiastical control. This
appears to have been the view of the
funeral Assembly in the act by which the
Bosrd of education was organued, and it
will commend itself to the good sense of
the reflecting; and it will rotdily be seen
that the encouragement of this Board is
abflolutely indispensable to |>erieet the
system by which the Presbyterian Church
is to become efficient in spreading the
CiOKpel. It is to be a co-worker with the
Board of Missions; providing for it such
Missionaries, as may be commissioned
without hazard to the cause of truth in
I^Mrral, and to the interests of Presbyte-
nanism in particular.

In preparing this circular, the Eztcn-
^ve Committee have anticipated that an
impression will be made on the minds of
tteir brethren favourable to their design;
and whilst they request from all to whom
it may be transmitted, a prayerful conside-
tation of its purport, they are willing to
believe that the object of their appeal
will be secured, and that hereafter the
beneficiaries of the Presbyterian Church
will not* be oomoelled to have recourse to
Ibreign aid for their education. Large pe-
cuniary resources will be necessary to give
tftect to the proceedings of the Commit-
tee, and they pledge tbemielves to the
extent of their ability, to make a discri-
nioative and economicid distribution of
tiie charities of the church which may be
entrusted to them.

And now, dear brethren, shall these
bopes be frustrated ? Shall not your love
§0T the Gospel and your attachment for
that denomination under which yoo have
professed Christianity, give an energy to
jour exertions in this most Christian en-
terprise, which win be felt and acknow-
ledged in the remotest parti of our coun-
tryr Shsll no sympathy be awakened for
those spiritual desolations which have
never been cheered by the voice of a
Christian minister, and where ignorance
mnd ungodliness have never experienced
the salutary restraints of the gospel ? Con-
aider the unparalleled increase of popu-
lation in our country— the inadequacy of
the means now in operation for sopplyinp^
this increaae with the ordinances of reli-



gion, and reflect upon the sad come-
(;^uence8 which must inevitably ensue to
civil and relisnous liberty from the demo*
ralixation of tnis imdtitude, through a de-
ficiency of religious institutions; and adt
your hearts if it be not your duty and pri-
vilege to contribute your aid to send the
gospel to evenr creature^ Alss! none of
us can say we have done what we could ;
the Lord oiur Saviour has not been ho-
noured with that libeml measure of ser-
vice, which g^titttde for redemption and
the wants of his Church have manifestly
demanded. The opportunity, however,
is still afforded, and we may yet redeem
the time by obedience to the divine max*
im, ** whatsoever thy hand findelh to do,
da it with thy might*'*

ESBA S. EXT^

Jobs Sto.i.1,
Josh WMvujBf
Aux. Hsaav,
Wm. M. Eireus,

TjX€€UHV€ CofNIflJMM*

The Bxecottve Committee would ear-
nestly request their finends to exert them*
selves in the eoUeotion of ftmds by one
of the following methods.

1. By donations.

3. By the subscriptions of weslthy and
liberal individuals of 100 or 50 dollars per
ear, for a specified term of years, or as

ng as they may find it convenient.*

3. By ^le formation of Congre^tion-
al Associations under the direction of
sessions, in which the subscription shall
be fiom 25 to 50 cents per annum, or any
larger sum.

4. By the founding of scholarships by
individuals or coneregations, at the rate of '
% 100 per year for each beneficiary ; in
which case the founder of the schohuahip
shall enjoy the right of selecting the in-
cumbent, subject to the approval cf the
Executive Committee.

N. B. All communications to be ad-
dressed to Bev. £. 8. Ely, D. D., No. 144^
South Second street.

* The following persons having engaged
to pay for the use of 4hi8 Board 100 dol-
lars a year for ten suocesrive years, pro-
vided my persons can be procured who
will do the same; viz. Rev. B. S. Ely,
D. D.; Bev. J. J. Janeway, D. D. ; Daniel
Montgomery, of Danville, Pa.; Alexander
Henry, John Stille, Robert Ralston, and
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The T^tawurer of the Trutteee efthe Oenerat Miem/tl^ ef the PreehyteHan Church ac-
knowledree the receipt of the foUtrmng eumefor their Theologieat Seminary at Prince^
tofit A*. J. during the month of^^ril loitt viz.

Of Tbomaa If. T. M>Kennaii, Esq. the second payment on account of the
sale cf the kad given by the Bev. William M'lliUan, for the contingent
fin* * - ' - . 8100 00

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87 50

20 00

500



Of Rev. John W. Scott, » quarter's rent, - - . - -

Of Mr. John M <MuUin, Sixth Presbyterian Church ...

Of Be?. Samuel Lawrence, per Bev. Samuel B. How, Qreenwich,

Amount received for the contingent ftind, % 312 50
Of Rev. Br. E. S. Ely, ftom members of Providence Church, in Muhlen-
berg County, N. C. for the Southern profeasorsbip, - - . 40 00

ToUl received for the Seminarjr, - . £252 50

Beceived also foa the Board of Missions, viz. < —

Of Bev. J. T. Bussell, from Miss Jane Dunlap, Treasurer of the Female
Missionary Society of Doylestown, . . . . •

Of Rev. Charles Hyde, fifty cent subscriptions in ditto, . . -

Of Rev. Dr. E. S. Ely, for Digesto and Minutes sold by him.
Of Alexander Henry, Esq. Monthly Concert collection in Second Presby-
terian .Church, -. - .- -
Of Bev. J. T. Bussell, from Mr. John M'MuUin, Monthly Concert coUec
tioD in Sixth Presbyterian Church, - - - %7 01

Donation from New Shilob, Gibson Co. Ten. per Bev. Mr. Hodgr, 5 00
Subscriptions in Germantown, per Bev. B. B. Campfield, - 5 50
From a friend in Abington, per ditto, - • • . . 50
Annuid Subscriptions in New Castle congregation, per Dr. Cooper, 31 GO
Balance on the Subscription List of the Eighth Presbyterian
Church 72 56



5516 00

800

96 60

13 85



Of ditto, the Subscriptions of Bobert Balaton, Alexander Henry, Soknnon

Allen, and Joseph P. Engles, Esquires, each g 100,
Of Bev. Samuel Lawrence, per Bev. Samuel B. How, Greenwich,
Of Rev. Ethan Osbom, per ditto, Fairfield, ...

Of Rev. William Latta, per Bev. Joseph Sanford, Great Valley, -
From the Female Missionaiy Society m ditto, . • -

Of Rev. J. T. RusseU, per Rev. Dr. E. S. Ely, collected by Bev. Mr.

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400 00

7 00

5 00

16 50

21 00

99 12

2794 64



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EUROPE.

At the time we write, the latest intelligence which has reached this couotty from
Europe, is from London, of the date of the 23d of March, and from Hambuig, of the
37th of the same month.



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