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sano eoTpore. They ought to be men of
intelligence, because the people are intel- •
ligent; capable of appreciating the force of
an argument, and the fiiimess of an illus-
tration. They ought to be men of enter-
prise and active habits, because the inha-
bitants are sparse, the coaatry new, the
difconragements many.

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The Board of Missions under the Synod
of Ohio, in their last Annual Report to this
Board,, state —

" That during the past year, they have
employed twenty miseionaries, most of
them for short periods, amounting in the
aggregnte to twenty-6ve montbs and a
half. From these Missionaries, they have
received reports of twenty-one months and
a half missionary labours. In performing
these labours, our missionaries bave visited
140 places, preacbed 604 sermons, received
into the church 13 members, baptized 9
adults and 16 infants, and administered the
Lord's supper six times; and from their
reports, the Board have received increased
evidence of the anxiety among our vacan-
cies, to obtain the stated means of grace.
We regard tbe present as a time peculiarly
auspicious for missionary efforts in this
part of our Zion. There is demand and
room for at least fif\y additional ministers
and missionaries within our bounds, and
afler a few years' labours, we think tha;t
this, or even a greater number, would re-
ceive their whole support from their con-
S rogations. We rejoice that our Parent
loard, and the Am. H. M. Society are be-
g inning to direct their Missionaries to this
eld, and hope that they may be enabled
greatly to increase their efforts in our be-

The amount of our collections for ordi-
nary missionary purposes is about $600.
In addition to this, the members of the S^-
nod pledge themselves to the Board ior
$400 per annum, to support our Missionary
to the cv>nvicts in the Ohio State's Prison.
From this.Missionarv, we have received a
favourable report. The convicts generally
appear to give good attention to his preaeh-
ing, and several have felt much gratitude
for his e£R)rts to do them j^ood ; bis whole
time is devoted to that station. He reports
that in conversing with them in their
rooms, he has frequently seen them affect-
ed even to tears, and that some of the pri-
soners, of their own accord, established "a
prayer meeting^ to be held on the Sabbath
morning. He is encouraged to hope that
bis labours among these wretched men
. bave not been in vain, and that through
bia instrumentality some three or four have
been changed."

their appobitmeiit, bave become ettaliliili-
ed as stated pastora over two of our con-
gregations, where we bardly dared to hope
one year ago, that the people would be M
soon supplied with tbe regular preaching
of the Gospel. By a partial, yet pleasanl
revival of religion in Twinsbury, the Lord
opened the way for a miniater of the Qoe-
pel to be settled in that place ; ud by a
concurrence of favourable eircumetaneet
in Florence, a minister is settled there.

Although this Society baa not acquired
that efficiency of exertion to which it had
aspired, nor accomplished that amoont of

food it anticipated, yet in view of what it
as been instrnmental of doin|p, we are oo-
couraged to go forward, praiaing Ood our
'Redeemer for pait sueceas, aad lookiiig to
him by humble prayer for fotere aid."

Wh. Hawfobd, Stated Cletk.


*' The Synod of the Western Reserve
report to the Board of Missions of the Ge-
neral Assembly^ that aa a Miaeionary So-
ciety, during the year past, they bave ap-
pointed three Missionaries, who have per-
formed fourteen weelis of service. And
what is peculiarly gratify iii|^ to the Synod,
if, that two of theae Miaaionariea, since


The last report of this Presbytery to tb^
Board, is as follows.

^ We have a wide and very destitute re-
gion lying within our bounds, and loud and
pressing calls bave been frequently made
for missionary labour; but we have not
bad it in our power to supply it. Could
two or three suitable Missionaries be had,
the means for their support could t>e easily
obtained, there being two or three hundred
dollars already on hand. There are large
portions of oar Miasionary field, which
must continue to be uncultivated, onleae
furnished with labourers by some Misnon-
ary Society. The fMpnlaltoi&isepane, and,
indeed, must remain eo for many years to
ooroe from the nature of tbe oountry. FVir
the present summer we have the prospect
of procuring the services of one or two li-

Could the Assembly's Board affind to
this vast and waste region one or two Mis-
sionaries, much, we think, mirht be done
for the interests of the cborch of Christ.
G. A. Baxter, Moderator.

J. D. Ewiiio, Clerk.


The delegate from this Presbytery to the
last General Assembly, in a note to the Se-
cretary, communicates the following plear
sing intelligence, which We hope may be
the means of exciting many other Presby-
teries, to go and do likewise.

" At the Session of the Presbytery of
Mississippi in October last, H was uoani-
mously resolved, that the Presbytery ep-

Krove of tbe plan for raising fends in aid of
fissions suggested by the Board of Mis-
sions in their circular, and reeommend to
the churches under their care to adopt said
plan, and pay the monies so eolleeted to
the treasurer of tbe Presbytery at the

Sring Session, to be forwarded by him Co
e Treasurer of the General Assefnbljr.
Ninety-five dollars, obtained from iadivi-

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daal sabieiiplienf of 6ftjr eenU, have been
paid in, and the plan meele with general


At the last stated meeting, the following

J preamble and resolation were adopted and
brwarded to the President of this Board,
vix : —

** The committee appointed on the com-
munication of the agent of the Board of
Missions of the General Assembly, pre-
sented the following report.

The Presbytery of Lancaster view with
heartfelt gratitude to God, the exertions
making by varioas Missionary Societies,
to evangelize the heathen, and to afford
' rappUes and pastors, to feeble and destitute
charchei in our own land. They feel par^
ticnlarly gratified with the vifforous endea-
vours recently made by the Board of Mis-
sions, emanating immediately from the
highest judieatnre of our church. To en-
courage them in their good work) we re-
commend the adoption of the following re-
solution :

<^ Whereas, The Board of Missions of the
Ckneral Assembly, have recently com-
menced a course of vigorous and extended
operations, somewhat suited both to the
wants of the churches and the ipirit of the
•ee, this Presbytery do consider it as one
of the anspicions omens of the present dav,
and hereby pledge themselves, to snstam
the Board, with their prayers and efforts
as iar as they can, consistently with pre-
vious engagements."


Extracts from the Ust Annual Rmort of
this Presbytery to the Board.
*< There are a number of towns within
our limits, destitute of the means of grace
ftom any minister of our order, and seve-
ral large settlements, where the Gospel b
not preached by any denomination of mi-
nisters ; new settlements are springing ap.
in our wilderness, which are very appro-
priately missionary ground. These are
favourite places for every empiriok in the-
ology to try his powers at proselyting^
error grows readily and rapidly in such
fresh soil. Many of the people would joy-
fully receive a messenger sent from you to
carry them, in the name of Christ, the
good tidings of peace. But their poverty
pleads as strongly as their spiritual neces-
sities. Tbey are literally poor. In the
best places in the three counties over which
oar Presbytery extends, the people do not,
nor are they able generally, to pay more
than $300 a year. This is the common
salary your brethren receive in Charoplain
Presbytery. Your Missionary the last year
. visited and spent some weeks in five of
their places, and was well received. The
prospect of usefulness, could a Misfifionary

be obtained, is promising. Souls are pe*
rishing for want of the means of graces
and we know of no other means of supply-
ing them with the Gospel but by the libie-
ralit^ of the Board, which we have so often
received, and for which we desire to be
thankful." .


To the Board of Missions of the General

Dear Brethren —

At a meeting of the Winchester Presby-
tery, which commenced on the 22d tilt,
after much deliberation, the Board uf Mis-
sions of the Presbytery was dissolved^ snd a
Missionary Society was formed, auxiliary
to the Board of Missions, of the General

Under the former organization, the Pres-
bytery was the Missionary Society, and
the officers of the Presbytery as such, were
the only officers known in the Missionary
SocietjT. Under the present organization,
the society consists of the members of the
Presbytery, annual subscribers, and dele«
gates from auxiliary societies. It has its
own ofiScers and a Iraard of managers, con-
sisting of the members of the Presbytery, i
(who are managers ex officio) and eient
laymen, who are choeen annually. The
business of the Society is conducted by an
executive committee of five members,
chosen by the managers out of their own
body. The innds of the society are to be
chiefly employed in supporting missiona-
riee in places where there may be a pros-
pect or organizing, or building up pertna-
.nent churches. — The design of the recent
organization is to give more efficiency to
missionary exertions in our bounds. When
we look around us, we see much need for
increased zeal in missionary operations.
Our Society^ which embraces the limits of
the Presbytery, extends over a region of
country embracing a population ox about
240,000 ; and the best data on which we
have been enabled to base our cal^tilations,
lead us to the conclusion that nine-tenths
of these immortal beings are not professors
of religion in any branch of the Christian

We state this fact with the hope that
the attention of the Board will be turned
towards us. In many parts of our desti-
tute region, congregations might soon be
gathered, and churches organized. At
present, we have three or four stations
where missionaries might be placed in
feeble chuiches; and where, if they were
supported in part for some time, nnder the
blestiing of God, nhmeroos churches might
be gathered. If we could obtain a suitable
person, we would be willing to engage his
services at once, trusting to God for the
means of meeting the expense. But at
present, we do not know of any suitable

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muBioBary whose wnrioes ctn be ob-

We tnist that voa can give nn aid — You
know the kind of men that we De.ed in thie
region of coontry, and we do moat earn-
eatly request yoo to bear oar wanta in
mindi and ^ive na aid in Bccuring the ser-
Tioeii of those who wiU be blessings to our

We rejoice in the extending operations
and the increasing uiiefulness of your body.
It is our desire to see the bonds of union
between the Assembly's Board and all the
charches under the care of the General
Assembly, abundantly strengthened. We
cherish the hope tMt any efforts which
may be made to withdraw the attention
and affection of any part of the Presbyte-
rian church from that Missionary Board,
which was created by the highest judica-
tory of our chnrch, and is amenable to it,
will not be successful ; and will be over-
ruled by the Head of the chuich, for the
glory of his name and the good of his

May the Lord bleas you and crown your
labours with abundant success.

By order of the executive committee,
Jamss M. Brown, Secretary.
Berkely CataUyj Va. May 21, 1829.


MansJUId, Ohio, J3pra20, 1829.
To Rev. Joshua T. Russell.

Dear Sir, — The Presbytery of Richland
in session at Frederick on tjie 37th inst. '
made it my duty to forward to yon the fol-
lowing preambles and resolutions:

" Whereas at the last meeting of the
Oen- Assembly, meaaures were adopted to
render the Board of Missions under the
diiection of that body more efficient than
formerly; and the Board having in conse-
quence commenced an energetick course of
aojUon according with the spirit of the age,
and in some measure calculated to meet
the wants and expectations of the churches
of our denomination, Therefore this Pres-
bytery do rejoice in it as a most auspicious
event, and do hereby resolve,

1. That .we will sustain and aid the
Board of Missions of the General Assem-
bly in its operateotts, by our prayers, and
such other support, as is withm our power
consistentlv to afford.

2. That both a sense of duty and a spirit
of filial affection induce us to apply in pre-
ference to this source, for such aid as the
feeble churches and destitute settlements
within oor bounds may requir^

3. That while we gratefully acknowledge
the kindness of the A. H M. S. this Board
would respectfully wifbdraw from its con-
nexion with that Society, to act as a pres-'

Stery through our natural organ, the B. of
. or the General Aaaembly.
4« Reeolved that a oopy of theae ie«ala>

tions be forwarded to the EzeevUve Com-
mittee of the A. H. M. 8. together with a
respectfnl oommonication, acknowledging
our gratefiil eenae of the kindness of that
Board, in affording aid to a number of those
churcbes within our bounds/'
By order of the Presbjtery,

James Rowland, Stated Chrk
qfRiekland Presbytery,


Letter to the Corresponding Secretary from
a Missionary of the Board, dated Ihi-
therfordton, Aagust, 7, 1829.

Rev. and Dear Sir, — From Morgantowo,
where 1 wrote my second report, I went
directly to Ltncolnton, where I remained
four Sabbaths. Here are four denomina-
tions of professing Christimn8, - eadi warai-
\y engaged to support his respective party.
The Presbyterian chorch here is compara-
tively small. Having appointed a com-
munion to be held the fourth Sabbath, Mr.
Sparrow, the pastor, who givee them half
his time, and myself, coBunenced our pre-
paratory labours, with the month, (vis.
July.) We held meetings about three
times every week, and when not providen-
tially prevented, three times oo the Sab-
bath. We also visited firom house to
hooee— talking'botb to profeaaora and non-
professors, and alao praying with and ibr
them. Finally the communion came on.
This was truly an interebting season ; al-
though only two were addeo to the oom-
munion of the church, yet the tone of
Christian feeling is donbtfeas consiilerablv
raised, and the cause of the Redeemer ad-
vanced." And here I would mention, that
one of the elders recently resigned the
office of poet-master, becauae he coohi not
conscientiously diacbarge the boaineas of
the office on the Sabbath day. This is
worthy of imitation.

From Lincolnton I went to aaaistthe
Rev. Mr. Dickinaon, in {Nazareth congre-
gation, Spartanburgh district, S. C

Although this copgregation is not with-
in my prescribed bound, it lies near it.
From the stale of excitement in this con-
gregation, which commenced during a few
days 1 spent with them last spring, and
which has not only been kept up, but con-
siderably raised by the indefatigable la-
bours of their worthy pastor, I waa ad-
vised to attend.

The meeting commenced on Thursday,
and terminated on the following Monday.
It was numerously attended from the be-
gfinning; and better order and more un-
tiring attention, 1 believe 1 never saw oa
any occasion. The whole number of new

* Here they have also a Sabbath achool,
which J attendod and twice addreased.

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eoBunmiioaiiti was 48» 15 of .whom were
admittad Saturday evening, the reat bad
been ezemiiied a few Sabbaths before.

SablMitb oigbt aboat 30 persons pablick-
1t professed anzietji and it is believed
that double that number are deeply im-
preoMd. It wae dplightful to aee the mo-
ther of eiffhty— with the bo^ of 13, at the
taUe of tEe Lord, for the first time, oom-
memorating the dying; love and living
care of the Saviour of sinners. The pros-
pects of the church here are now quite
Battering. From Nazareth 1 came to bro-
ther kerr*s, where I am now resting a lit-
tle from the fatigue. I have dehvered,
doring this month, 17 sermons, — three ex-
hortations — attended two communions, and
visited a great deal, but I cannot say'pre-
eiiely hovir often ; also attended one month-
)j concert, distributed a number of tracts ;
nd travelled ViO miles. The amount of
inaies I may be able to collect for your
Bovdy I will mention in my last report.
I \ lemain. dear Sir, yours, most respect-

I Mr-


I Extract fnm a Monthly Report of the jRev.
Henry Van Demos, i/otsd, i>e(aioore,
Aug. ly 1829.

'' We have in my charge three Bible
elasaes, for which I write qoeetions.—Two
ef these classes are examined monthly, the
other once in two weeks. We have four
Sabbath School Societies on the Union
pjan, and nine schools in the four societies.
We have a flourishing Tract Society,
imoonting to about one hundred" mem-
bers. We have two Missionary Associa-
tions for foreign missions, male and fe-
nmle. We have also a prayer meeting
established, which we attend twice a wedi.
We moreover attend to the monthly con-

At this time religion within our bounds
ii more encouraging than at any former
period. Assemblies for religious worship
are collected with (kr less dimculty, and in
greater numbers, both in my char^^e and
Tiemity, than I have ever before witness-
Mi ; and in many places it is evident that
the Lord is at work. In my own charge,
■ few days before I received your com-
nusrion to labour a^.your missionary, I
^dded to the church twenty-five membera,
ind considerable seriousness still remains

^ratifrom the Rejaort of a Missionary
^tke Board, dated, Goshen, Ohio, Mg.
o, 1889.

" Our pablick services are well attended,
^ vast multitudes throng the gates of
ZioB, and bv their frequent sighs and the
profosion of tears, manifest the pungency
« their grief. There appears to be in-
^i^Mbg attention amongst the yoothi aiid

the old grey headed fathera and mothers,
who have long refused to obey the gospel,
begin to listen to and desire to hear the
mild accents of the gospel of Jesus to cheer
them in the prospect of death."


Report qf a Missionary of the Board,
datedy Alexandria, July 31, tS29.

Dear Sir,— I feel myself happy in being
under the direction of your excellent
Board, all whose measures, hitherto, ap-
pear so eminently calcalated to prosDOte
the interest of evangelical piety, and
which, from the success that has crowned
yoor operations, seems evidently to have
met with the approbation of the great
Head of the church. May all your mtoie
deliberations as regards the missionary
work, be dh'ected by the spirit of holiness
and the infinite wis<k>m of the '* Wonderful
Counsellor," that you may not fail to suc-
ceed in gaining many subjeots to the
Prince of Peace, from the world which
lieth in wickedness. This is the heart's de*
sire and fervent praver of your humble
servant, who will eDdeavour, by the graco
of God, to perform his respective part in
the good work of promoting the kingdom
of Him whoee right it is to reign.

In the region of country aasigned me, <
and in which I have been hibouring as
your missionary during the present month,
there are four little villages all destitute
of the stated means of grace, and some
without occasional preacntng from any de-
nomination ; the consequence is, that ini-
quity abounds, and a general laxity of
morals prevails. In each of these places,
I preaoh alternately un each succeeding
Sabbath, and in their respective vicinities
through the week. In some of the places
my meetings are well attended, and in
many instances, a deep serjoutoeimsand
engagedness of mind is manifested dffing
aervice, which promises something en-
couraging. But in other places, the re-
verse IS the case. The greatest careless-
ness, indifference and unooncem prevails,
not onfreqoently scoffing and ridicule, and
a general neglect to the preaching of the
word and the means of grace. In order
to amelbrate this deplorable state of
things, I have '*gone out into the high-
ways and hedges, and compelled them to
come in" to the house appointed for divine
service, and I have reason for gratitude,
that I have sncceeded in getting many to
attend who previously stood aloof from the
house of God, and Gallio-hke, cared for
none of these things. Who can tell what
maj be the result? As the Lord has put
it into their hearts to come, he may be
pleased also to open their hearts to bear,
and attend to those things which may be
spoken in his name.
Bfooy of tha people witlughom I havi

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converwd in private, I have found totally
iraoraot of the ewential doctrmee of Chrw-
tianity. and aome, indeed who bad hved to
the aie of twenty ot twenty-five, and oogld
not 80 much aa tell me who wm the Saviour
of stonera, though they could readv had
read the Bible, and their parents had been
from their /outh, membere of the church.
This ffross darkness which covers the peo-
pie, Ihope to see dispelled by the reful-
gent light of God's worf. Tor this pur-
pose, I have formed Bible classes, which I
^et at sUtod ^imes. I have, more than
ever before, felt the need of tracts. After
conversing with sinners on the all import-
ant eubiect of the soul's salvaUon, and
after knowing the stoto of their mmds,
it appears to me like doing the work effec-
tually, when parting, to leave with them
an apprppriato pithy little tract. A word
fitly spoken, is soraeUmes saluUry, yet it
is often erased from the memory, even
Ihouffh it comes first with fervour, but
"liters scripU manet." The little silent
messenger may meet the eye again, and
perchance, again, and eventually reach
the heart. I ihall soon have a supply of

During the present month I have tra-
velled 1& miles, excluding 190 travelling
to my appointed place, in which time
I have preached 30 discoursea, visited 55
families, with whom I conversed and
prayed, visited and exhorted two common
achools, revived one languiahing Sunday
school, well nigh extinct, and conyersed
with I know not how many individuals
•bout the one thing needful, with whpm I
incidentally mat."


. ETiraet frmn a UUer of a Missummru of
the Board, in Bradford County (Pa.).
HfThe Presbyterian church of Warren
needs help. They are composed of be-
tween thirty and forty members, and are
labouring under all the disadvanUges of a
new county. They are strngffrmg to thair
utmost, to enjoy the preaching of the
word, and ordinances, but they cannot at
present raise more than one hundred dol-
lars. It would be an act of charity to as-
I'lBt them, and no doubt would meet the
approbation of the Head of the church.

There is a great moral wasto in this
country. There is no settled pastor in
this county, and only three stated wpphes.
In thU presbytery, which is nearly 100
miles square, embracing 30 small churches,
there is only one pastor, and a few other
ministors. The prospect is gloomy ; with-
out help from some benevolent society, it
appears that our Zion will die .

As these churches are all poor, and none
of them able alone to sunport a preached
Mspel, it will be difficult for me, as a mis-
sionary) to twm iQl»oh money for tha


Board; all the nonay that can be raised,
is wanted on the ground, to aid the preach-
ing of the gospel, the Bible cause, traet
societies, Sunday sckooUi, and temperance

Extract from a Monthly l^sfort of a Mis-
oionaryofiko Board, m the south m^-
em part of this State, dated July lUh,

«* During the month past, I travelled
233 miles, made 24 family visits, preaobed
20 sermons, and gave several exhortations;
attended the monthly concert once, and
gave an address ; formed a Bible class in
Shawneetown, consisting of about fortv
members, and catechised it twice ; attend-
ed the Sabbath school here once, and gava
an address to the teachers and scholars,

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