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moting the progress of the kingdom of
God. The Bible, Evangelical Missionary,
Religious Tract, and other societies, are
organized, and labour with success. But
much remains ftyr us to do, to place our>
selves on an equality with manv other
churches of Christ. The letter which we
have placed before our readers, ought to
convince us of this.

This faith, which communicates itself
ftom one to another, in the Protestant
churches of America; the numerous so-
cieties which labour in concert, although
under difTermt names, in the work of the
Lord ; the active co-operation of the re-
deemed of Christ, each one in his sphere
of duty; — do they not say to ua? ** there
is the way, walk ye in it; that the first-
may not b^ found to be the last."

Take, then, dear brethren, a mere ac-
tive part in this1religi(>us excitement, and
the works which are its fruit. May our
zeal be rekindled at the torch of that faith
which our ancestors caused to shine with
So much brilliancy, and which revives
again in thxMc places to which persecution
scattered them. At the present day, eveiy
door is open to us; we have no longer to
fear being banished from our country for
bearing witness in favour of the Gospel of
Christ oefore men. l*he period of into-
lerance and proscription has past. Hap.
pier days have arisen upon us, 1 he Lord
lias given us sll our civil and religious li-
berty. The charter has recognised them;
the king, our august sovereigi^ has so-
lemnly promised to maintain tlfen. The
government itself approves our religious
excitement and our success. Seconded
by so many favourable circumstances> how

Sreatly we ought to be encouraged to
eclare ourselves freely and openly for
Christ, and walk in the footsteps of our
dear brethren in America ! May the Lord
bring about these happy results among us !
Ma)r every believer in our churches, pos-
sessing this precious faith of which the
apostle speaks, evidence its effects by a
life altogether consecrated to him who has
given bis life for us.



The Gtnerai'Jluiembhf of the Pretbyienan
Church in the United Statee ef^imericth
to the PoMtort and Membera of the i*ra*
tenant Ckureheo of France,

Respected and beloved brethren in Jesus
.Christ,

In reply to our communication gf last
year, we have received letiers from the
Editors of ** thi Archives of Christianity;"
from the Consistory of the Consistorial
church of Mens; and from the Pastor Co-
lany Nee ; all of which have been read in
our Assembly, and will be published in
the a['pendix to our minutes. It is loii^
since the General Assembly have felt their
love for their foreign brethren, so much
excited as it has been by these communis
cations. They have served to awaken the
consciousness of the unity of Chiast'sbody.
We feel, that of a truth, there is but one
faith, one Loid, one baptism, and that we
are all one in Christ Jesus. H'e deera diis
glow of affection which pervades our bo-
soms for you, and ve doubt not yours for
us, as one of the^nost happy resuhs of
our correspondence. We pray that our
mutual love may abound yet more and
more; and that while we are inhabitants
of different countries, and speak different
tongues^ we may be of one heart, and i/i
one mhid. We cannot refrain also from
expressing the satisfaction which it affords
us, to be made thus feelingly sensibk that
practical religion is the same in all quar-
ters of the globe, and that it cao be no
delusion.

We rejoice greatly to bear, brethrei^
that the work of God is prospering amun^
you. The details with which the above
mentioned letteis are filled, have served
to deepen our conviction that the gospel
will ever prove to be the power of God
unto salvation, where it is faithfullv exhi-
bited. The*meana which have been so
successfully employed for the revival of
religion in many districts of France, are
precisely those which have produced such
happy results among our churches. We
refer principally to the united and fervent
prayers of Christians, for the communica-
tions of the Holy Spirit; and to the clear
and faithful exhibition of the perishii^
condition of sinners, of the demaiuts of the
law of God, of the obligation of all men to
repent and believe the gospel, of the lul-
ness and freeness of the sslvation that it
in Christ Jesiis, and of the love of God to
the souls of men. We cannot but believe^
that if ministers could be brought to fed
their responsibility, and to WPge these
great truths with fidelity on the con-
sciences of their bearers, we should see
the gospel prosper now as it did in the
age of toe apostles^ and in tliat of the rs-
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' feel our own deOciency. Wc do hot pro-
perly lay to heart the flolenn nature of the
charge which God has committed to ua:
Dor do we remember as we ought, how
much the future state of our people de-
pends upon our fidelity. Brethren, let us
pray for each other, that we may give,
good heed to the flocks over which the
Holy Ghost has made us overseers. Atten-
tion to the religious instruption of the
young, we have found to be one of the
most effectual means of |)romoting piety
and good morals. M'e rejoice to be able
■ to say that this important subject is be-
ginning to awaken the interest which it
deserves. Our Sabbath schools and Bible
classes are extending their in^uence in
every part of our land. We hope that our
^ pastors will feel more than they ever have
done, the importance of pastoral attention
to the iambs of Christ's flock. .

With regard to the progress of the cause
of our Redeemer in this country, we would
refer you to the narrative of the state of
religion^ during the past year, which will
be published by the Assembly, and a copy
of which will be transmitted with this let-
ter. You will find that we have reason to
thank God for the great things, which he
18 still doing in the midst of us; and you
.will rejoice with us in the increasing zeal
of our national Bible Society, and other
benevolent and religious institutions. We
would especially bespeak your prayers^ in
behalf of the enterprise upon which the
American Bible Society haa entered, in
reliance upon divine aid, of supplying
every destitute family in the tJnited States,
that ia willing to receive the Scriptures,
with acopyiff the Bible, within two years.
This is a giiat work ; one in which the
honour of religion and the welfare of many
souls are deeply involved. And while the
American churches address themselves to
this work with sanguine hopes of success,*
they feeJ their need of the prayers of their
brethren, in every part of the world. We
Cannot but hope toat God is awakening
in his church a new spirit; that Christians
•re beginning to feel the claims of perish*
ing immortals, at- home and abroad. On
their prayers and exertions; and we trust
that this. spirit will neither faint, nor grow
weary, until the Gospel is preached to
every creature under heaven.

We hope, brethren, that this corres-
pondence may be long continued ; that it
may have the efl*ect of promoting our
mutual love ; of increasing our knowledge
of the state of Christ's jungdom in our
respective countries; of producing a
deeper interest for our mutual welfare ;
and of increasing our zeal in the service
of our common master. We would now
commend y(hi to God, and tlie word of hia



grace, praying that your work of faith and
labour of love may not be in vain in the
Lord.

Bkkjahir H. Rics, Moderator,
Joffji M'Dowsu, Permanent Clerk,

From the Rev. Jbhn Blackburn^ to Dr» Ely,
Stated Clerk.

Pontonville, hondouj ^pril Tth, 1029.
Jleverend and Dear Sir,— I am instruct-
e* by the Congregational Board of Mi-
nisters in this city, which includes about
eighty members, to forward the enclosed
letter to you, as the clerk of the reverend
body to whom it is addressed, and to beg
that you will take the earliest opportunity
of communicating ii to them. I trust tfaas
epistle may open a correspondence, by
which our holiest and most fraternal feel-
ings will be increased, and that the
churches of America and Britain, being
found in the interchange of every religious
sympathy, may cause even unbelievers to
exclaim, ** Behold! how these ChristiaQS
love one another !"
1 am Rev. and dear Sir, yours.
Very respectfully,

JoBN BxAOKBima;

(Enclosed in the preceding Letter,)
To the' Moderator and Membert of the
General Aotembly of the Presbyterian
Church in the United State:

Reverend and Christian Brethren,— »
Prom the lands of your fathers, influenced
by the principles of our common faith»
the ministers of the Congregational Board
of London and its vicinity now address
^ou. Though separated by the ocean, and
holding diflrerent views respecting the or-
der and ^vernment of the Church of
Christ, we trusi you and we are united in
heart; and that holding in common the one
hith and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ,
must feel a deep and sacred interest in each
other, and in the state of religion in those
countries to which we respectively be-
long. We doubt not but you are prepared
to adopt with us the beautiful language
of the apostle, *' as the body is one and
hath many members, and all the members
of that one body, though many, are one
body, so also- is Christ; and therefore,
whether one member sufler, all the mem-
bers should suffer with it; or one member
be honoured, all the members should re- .
joicc with it."

It is our privilege, beloved brethren, on -
the present occasion, to rejoice with you.
The report that God has visited and
blessed you in a reniarkable manner, haa
reached us through various channels,
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enjoy any direct communication from you.
The periodical publications, in which well
authenticated statements have appeared
of the revival of religion in many of the
presbyteries and chnrches under , your
inspection, have been extensively circu-
lated in this country^ and have awakened,
very powerful feelings, both on your and '
our own behalf. We trust we can say that
many thanksgivings have been presented
to God on your account, and many fervent
prayers offered, that he would atiil cdnS-
nue to bless and prosper you.

In these revivals, we have been eailed
to mark and adore the sovereign amnge-
ntents of our divine Lord, who now, as at
the banning, distributes the influences
of his Spirit according to his own will, and
teaches his people, tnat while even Paul
may plant, and Apollos water, it is God
alone who grveth the increase. At the
same time, we think we have reason to
mark the regard which God ever shows to'
a conscientious and diligent administration
of his own ordinances, and his faithfulness
in answering believing, importunate, and
persevering prayer. It is thus he encou-
nges us to labour and not to faint; and
w£en be sends success^ to ascribe to him
idl the glorv.

In regard to the state of religion in our
own country, we have much to be thank-
fill foi^ and much to humble us in the sight
of God. Our civil and religious privileges,
as dissenters from the national establish-
ment, are not only continued, but have
lately been increased. Our opportunities
of spiritual improvement and usefulness.
Ere many and encouraging. Our congre-
gfttiona m general enjoy peace, and our
ministers occupy important fields of use-
fulness, and» we tvMt, are generally dis-
posed to culdmte them with diligence.
Our Bible, MiMionary, Tract, and Sunday.
School Societies, continue to be support-
ed with liberality j and conducted with
2ea]. Compared whh former years, we'
trust we may say, and we say it with
thankfulness, that the cause of Christ, and
tlie number of his faithful disciples, are on
tile increase.

While we desire to bear this testimony
to the honour -of God, we feel deeply con-
Ktotts that there is great shortcoming,
and much cause for shame and humiliation.'
Our progress in self-denial, liberality, and
holiness, are far from corresponding with
our many and long enjoyed advantages.
God has exalted us to Heaven, in point of
privilege, which we have been in danger
of fori^tting, or of becoming proud of our
elevation. We want a larger portion of
that devotedness and spirituality which
many of your and our fathers enjoyed.
We have to compkin of the extent to



which a cold and inoperative profession
prevails, of the lukewarmneas, worldly*
mindedness, and carnality which belong
to muhitudes among us, who bear the
Christian name. The love of ease, con-
formity to the world, nnwillingness to
suffer, or to make (he sacrifices which the
cause of Christ may require, characterize
many, of whom better things might be
expected. We want more of that high-
toned experience of the power of religionb
and manifestation of its influence, without
which no outward profession will be pro«
ductive of extensive or lasting benefit to
the world, or of much profit to those who
make it. We feel that we need, both cts
ministers and people, a larger portioA of
that unction from the Holy One, by which
alone our persons and services can be hal-
lowed and accepted. We feel that it be-
comes us to pray, •* revive thy work, O
Lord, in the midst of the years, in the
midst of the yearn made known, in wrsth
remember mercy."

Christian brethreq^ pray for ua, that the
word of the Lord may have free coarse,
and be glorified even as it is with you.
We beseech you'to implore on our behalf
that some drops of those sdiowers of bless-
ings by which you have been refreshed
and watered, may descend on our hiHs of
Zioui-r-that the soil from which yoa
sprung may not be visited with the curse
of barrenness; but that it may be in a still
greater degree than ever, a gaiden of the
Lord—a vineyard of his own right faand^
phnting.

Our object in thus addressing you, is to
convey the most cordial expressions of our
Christian and fraternal affecti^; to inform
you of the tnt^reat we f^I in your joy and
prosperity; to strengthen the bonds by
which America and England are united
together, for the puiposes of high, morale
and spiritual importance, and which, we
trust, will be as lasting as they are strong
and delightfiil; to innte the interchange
of Christian sentiments and feelings, and
the reciprocity of prayer and thankigiT-
ings on each others behalf. ,

It win therefore afford us the sinoerest
g^tification to hear from you, should oar
correspondence be acceptable, or deemed
consistent with the forms of your eccles-
astical polity. Commendinr yoa in the
meanwhile to' the care and blessing of the
Great Shepherd and Bishop of Souls, and
imploring on our behalf an interest in your
prayers,
We are, reverend and dear brethren, your

affectionate andfifithful fellow servnti^
JoBV HnirmiTS, LL. D.
Chairman^
TfltoMAS Haxpx|^ Secf^etar^
London, March lOikf 1839.



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BOABD OV MISSIONS OF THE G£NE-
BAL ASSEMBLY.

In our Dumber for the last moiith,
we earnestlj recommeDded to our
readers the patrons^ of The Mis-
nonary Reporter — a month I j sheet,
io which communications are made
to tlie publick, of the proceedings
and measures of the Board of Mis*
sionSy and the Board of Education,
both organized by, and acting un-
der the' direction of, the General
Assembly of the Presbyterian
Church. lYe at the same time
stated, that we should transfer to
our pages " all the missionary intel-
ligence" which should be published
in The .Missiooary Reporter. On
more mature consideration, howe-
ver, we are persuaded that a selec-
tion of the most important and in-
teresting; articles in that publica-
tion, will be more acceptable to
our readers, and in every respect
more eligible, than to lay before
them all that it contains. On this
plan, therefore, we shall hereafter
proceed— We shall thus give to our
subscribers as particular inforraa*
tion of the Missionary and Educa*
tion operations of the General As*
sembly's Boards as will be of gene-
ral use— leaving the full details and
most of the remarks of the editor,
to be cc^lected from the Reporter
itself, which we bop6 will be exten-
aivelv received and read by the
members of our church. On this
plan, likewise, we shall m^ke more
room in our pages for a portion of
general intelligence, than we could
otherwise appropriate to that im-
portant object.

WANTS OF THE SOUTH AND WEST.

The following communication
was recently received at the office
of the Board of Missions, from a
, Missionary who has been engaged
in our service for a consideri3>le
tiBie, IB Florida and Missouri ; and
who is still prosecuting his labours
with energy and success. — He
•peaks concerning the things which



he has ** seen and heardy^^ aad his
appeals are founded on facts-^acto
which ought to affect the sensibili-
ties, awaken the energies, and se-
cure the immediate, united, and
persevering efforts of all who love
their country and their Saviour.

'* I cannot prevail upon myself to dose
this report, however protracted already,
without calling your attention to, and
pressing upon you, and through you
upon' the Board, all ministers of the gos-
pel, and students of our theolopcal semi-
naries, the wants, the distressing wants,
of the southern and western country.

** It is true, indeed, these claims might
be more ably and successfiilly advocated^
by some who have been longer in these
fields, and ,8ee^^ more of the wide-spread-
ing desolation, than myself. But if they
forbear I must speak : or if they have al-
ready told you these things, I will join
my feeble, but expa'imtntai testimony to
theirs, that by our continual importunities
we may at last prevail.

" The great valley of the Mississippi al- '
ready embosoms a population of about
/oiir ttdlUpfu of immortal souls, and is ca*
pable of sustaining a more dense and nu-
merous population than all Europe/ This
statement will not appear too strong, if
we consider the great geographical ex-
tent and natural resources of this valley ;
stretchine from the sources of the Ohio,
westward, to the Rocky Mountains^ and
from the great northern Lakes, south*
ward, to the Gulf of Mexico, including
almost every variety of climate. Consider
too, the amazing fertility of the soil, pro-
ducing almost spontiH^»ously, not only all
the necessaries, but many^if the luxuries
of life, in the richest abundance. Hei«
the husbandman receives for his verjf nu^
derate labour, (I call it moderaiet for such
it is when compared with the tril of the
north and east,} an increase of a hundre4
fold.

*' But, Sir, our riches and blessings are
almost all of the phyeical kind. < Behold»
darkness covereththe earth, and gra*
darkness the people.' And there are
few *to turn them fh>ih darkness to
light.' In this fair portion of our countiy
there is a sore ftmine; tenfold more griev-
ous dian that which oppressed the Egyp-
tians—here are mumtudes of hungiy,
starving poor. Surely unto ourselves we
may apply the words by the mouth of the
prophet, <B^#d, the days come, sait^
the Lord GttKkaX I will tend a famine
into the liLnafnot a fimune of bread, nor
a thirst for water, but of hearing the
words of the Lordi and they shall waa*
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even to the east ; they aliAll run to and
fro to seek the word of the Lord, and
they shall not find it.'
- '• By these western rivers, many < have
sat down ; yea they Ijave wept when they
vemembered Zion' — when they think of
their Bibles, sabbaths, and the droppings
of the sanctuary, beneath which they once
sat, they *hang their harps upon the wil-
lows,' because there is none tn break unto
thero the bread of life. Surely, say they,
no man careth for our soul. — Sir, I speak
not the language of imagination, but coid
and naked reality, f speak not for the
thousands and thousands, whose faces I
have not seen, in this great valley. But
I speak that / do kno-a, and testify that /
have »een. This is the stale of things;^
these the desires, and thf se the feehngs
of many in Missouri and Florida, where I
have laboured the last nine months. Yes,
here (^pd other western and southern
states are equally destitute) tliere are
whole neighbourhoods, settlements, vil-
kges, towns, and counties, where there is
not a solitary Presbyterian preacher. In
> Missouri there is a population of about
120,000 inhabitants, and 8 Presbyterian
clergymen. In this state BXtfime adjacent
counties, in neither of which is there one
minuter of our order.

** The population of Florida may be es-
timated at nearly /or^^ thomand^ and there
you have one missionary. (I know of no
more.) I mention these things now, be-
cause the time is at hand, when the dear
young men in our Theological Seminaries
will go forth into the harvest. Tell them
of the multitudes who are perishing with-
out an opportunity of hearing the word of
God. And, O ! let them not say, ' There
are yet iome years and then cometh the
harvest. Behold,'! say unto you, lift up
your eyes and l»ok on these fields f for
they are -white already to the harvest.
And he that reapeth receiveth wages,
and gathereth fruit unto life eternal. The
harvest truly isplenUous^ but the labourers
are few/' Let each oi»e of them ask
prayerfully. Lord vhat wilt thoU have me
to do? Under God, our eyes are tamed
to your Board, and the II. M. Society, for
help. Can you not send us a few devoted,
self-denying young men this fall? Are
there no young heralds of the gospel in
our Theological Seminaries, who bum
with an holy ardour to unfurl the banner,
plant the standard of the cross, and
preach the riches of Christ where he has
not been named ? To such we would say,
• Come over and help us,' and the God of
all grace and conso1ation|tame with' you.
At this time the provide^p^ God, and
the calls of your Board, seem to say to
such, * Whom shall I send, and who wiH
go for us?* Andmethinks I hear many



among those sons of the pmpbeb responA
•Here are we, send usV

'* We call upon them, we call upon the
Board, and all ministers of the gospel, and
private Christians, to cut in sunder the
cords which have so long bound the pU
nions of the angels * havin? the everhot-
ing gospel to preach,' and let them win|f
their way, and speed their flight over the
western mountains.

'* And to those who wUl forsake all and
come to these destitute regions to be use*
fill, it may truly be said, • Rarely, if ever,
has there been a more ample field, more
urgent need, or a happier opportuni^.

"Praying that the Divine blcssii>ii: may
rest upon you and the Board, in all your
deliberations and labuurs, I remain, sin-
cerely and affectionately,

•'Yours in Christian bonda.*'



From Mr, John^, Tkonuon to the Corree'
ponding^ Secretary, datedy PortloHdg
Fountain Countyi AHgrust lAth, 1S29.
.Dear Sir, — The time has now come, .
when it is my duty to transmit to you
some account of my labours as a Mission-
ary under the General Assembly's Board*
1 received my commission about the first
of May, nnce i^hich time I have been al-
most constantly engaged in the region of
country assigned me.

Although mv commission only extendi
to three months of the year, yet, 1 shaU
at this time give you a gener»l account of
the manner in wnich all ray time is dis-
posed of, also some general account of the
country in which I am called to labour.

The first setftlements were made in this
county about six years ago, yet by far the
largest part have been made within the
last three y<ears. The present popuiatioo
of the county is supposed to be between
seven and eight thousand, and is rapidly
increasing^ There is one Presbyterian
church organized in the county called
^oal Creek, and consisting of between
60 and 70 members. In this church I am
employed one half of my time, dependinflT
for my support upon a subscription of
2160, which, if collected, together with
»ome other things which I receive from
the people here, owing to my Kving
amongst them, wiH probably amount to
2200. The subscriptions are liberal, and
show that the hearts of at least some of
the people are engaged in the good work.
Two of my people subscribe at the rate
of g20 each, two at ^15, and several
others at JglO, for the half of my time.
We have had one communion rince I have
been here, at which time we received six
persons on certificate, and five on <



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