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son g5. Matt St. Clair Clark g5. Cash
SI, P. M. Gallaudet gl, Wilham Wil-
liamson gl, James R. M. Bryant gl, Jo-
siah Boswortb 50 eenti, Anne Blagden 25



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cents, a friend of missionB 7 cents, George
Watterton 60 cents. Total g2l 32.
. "Fredericksburg, Va. Oct. 26 (Sab-
bath) 29 ^nothing done. Received of an
individual gl.

" Riciimond, Va. Oct. 30 and 31. The
reply is here as usual. * The people are
contributing a? present to other objects
as much as it is prudent to ask of them.'
Yet received here of John W. Gordon
i^t of Benjamin Brand g2, of Charles B.
Williams gl, of James Gray gl. Total
26. May possibly receive more in this
place.

•* Accordingly, if my calculation be
right, 1 have actually received in trust for
the Board, ^74 57, and have on my do-
nation book g85 07. It may be thought
strange, that of the ^7A 57 which are, or
should be, in my bands, I can only trans-
mit 240. But, sir, my expenses have
been great, and may be yet greater, and
I feel it important in this strangle land, to
have something in my pocket. But I
trust the Board will lose nothing by me,
though they may not gain much.

<* My manner is to lay my business first
before the pastors and elders. If they
insist that it would not be prudent to so-
licit for this purpose at the time, I for-
bear, judging always of the force of their
objections, and pass on. If they permit,
they give me the names of persons from
whom to solicit. Between Philadelphia
and Mifflintown, Pa., I did not call; but
all the way from the latter place to this, I
did what 1 could in every town and city
through whicl) I passed."

In a letter, dated at Hampden Sidney.
Prince Edward Co. Va. Nov. 5, 1827, be
wrote thus :

** You.did me a favour in recommending
me to the employment which has brought
me here, and I shall take it as an addi-
tional favour to be permitted to address
you on this business.

"For though I hope it hasbeen a bless-
ing to me, and may be hereafter, and
though I have no complaint to offer re-
spectmg the diffictdty or disagreeableness
cf my ser^'ice, yet I feel at present pretty
clearly called to give it up. 1 have all
the way been careful to s^ek direction
from those I thought most capable of
giving it ; and the whole tenor of that
' counsel seems to lead me to this conclu-
sion. In the first place, 1 find myself in-
capable, from want of speech, of inform-
ing the minds, and exciting, to any ex-
tent, the charities of the people respect-
ing the claims of your Board. Without
inrormation and excitement afresh on this
particular subject, they will give nothing,
a few individuals excepted. But in the
•econd place, among those who under-
ttaod this object and acknowledge its



claims, I can find but few whose liberality
is not engaged by some other benevolent
object. And thirdly, there are some (I
might mention five or six pastors) who
think this Board ought to give place to
the American Home Missionary Society,
and who, fur thaU reason, are not free to
encourage the former. These obstacles
have been in my way from the first, and I
find them increasing southward. In

R I solicited from a few of tlie most

benevolent, though 1 liad been almost
forbidden by one of the pastors, and they
gave me in all six doliart; but they gave
It with such a liberal kind of reluctance,
that 1 was almost induced by my reflec-
tions afterwards, to carry them back their
respective donations. It was evident tliat
they were doing, and devising to do, much
in Bible and Domestick missionary opera-
tions.

"All these considerations operate in
strengthening the conviction that I ought,
if possible, to lay aside every thing which
would interfere, and submit to the treat-
ment of some skilful physician, for the re-
coveiy of my voice. ^ A mode of treat-
ment has been prescribed by a number of
respectable pliysicians, at difl^ercnt times,
but with one consent; and this mode I
have never yet adopted ; partly because I
did not fully credit the prescription, and
partly because of adverse circum'^tances.
But I lately heard of this prescription's
effecting a cure in a similar case. 1 heard
of this just as 1 last left home, and it made
me pause. But as the Board had taken
me up, and paid me 33 dollars in advance,
I concluded to come on, and wait the
Lord's will to afford me some convenient
place and opportunity to do as that pa-
tient had done.

'< And now, sir, though I am at a loss
where or how to live while taking medi-
cine, I feel it a duty to make it my object,
and the only object to ascertain. And if
the Lord has smitten me enough, perhaps •
he may be pleased to heal me; though 1
deserve to be beaten sorely. But, sir, I
have no wish to trouble you with my con-
cerns; and my trust is fixed in God. I
love him the more as I feel his rod; and
I hope, by his grace through Jesus Christ,
I shall — but only this, please pray for me.
I find it difficult sometimes to possess my-
self in patience.

"I expect to make use of my commis-
sion as an introduction on my way home ;
but not to solicit, unless some favourable
opportunity may offer, nor, unless I am
more successful thsn I have been, shall I
expect any further allowance than the 33
dols. first advanced. And as soon as I am
able, that is, (if the Lord will allow,) as
soon as I find a convenient opportuni^ to
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•11 that I hare collected, except whut I
have already sent in a letter to Br. Green.
<* But not wishing to relinquish this bu'
siness hastily, nor without good advice, t
expect to remain here and wait, if you will
please to write me immediately, your ad-
vice. Is it not best for the present to re-
sign this business? I am assured that a
southern climate will not help my voice,
it must be medicine, and the sooner taken
the belter."

In a letter, dated at Prince Edward Co.
Va. March 7tb, 1828, ancl addressed to the
Corresponding Secretary, he «|^s:
. " I hope, if you have a few minutes lei-
sure, you will bear with me. I come to you,
sir, on the same errand as when 1 came
to you last fall, viz. to ask your advice.

*' 1 confess I do not ima^ne how it is in
your power, or in that of any body else,
to advise me what to do ; nor shall 1 ex-
fecit air, that even your ingenuity and
knowledge of thinn will be sufficient to
meet my case. I shall not, however, de-
spair of obtaining some clue from you by
which I may find a way — perhaps through.
The difficulty is, sir, that f can eat but can-
not work. This was the substance of my
complaint to you before, and you got an
employment, for which I still thank yuu:
but I was not able for it.

•« I have passed a very soft winter, but
its effects on me were hard. There has
Tieen very much rainy, damp weather;
the same kind or similar to that which in-
flicted my present wounds at Princeton,
two yeara ago. I have been situated in
one of the choicest families, and had every
convenience, but ah ! this crazy flesh was
a great trouble to me ; ever, except in
clear weather, and often then.

** Besides this, I necessarily felt myself
getting poor in estate, which was a cause
of some uneasiness. You will pleaae to
understand me, sir, as stating mv case in
order to solicit vour counsel, and nothing
else ; if I should wish other ud, I will ask
it again.

•• My desires, sir, you will observe, are
of the flesh. I feel in want of two objects ;
of the superintendance of a skilful phy-
sician; and, of funds to pay my debts.
But suppose I should waive these as im*
practicable ; then, if the Lord spare me,
aa well as I am, ( want some employment
that will bring me food and raiment. I con-
fess I cannot conceive, nor hear of any way,
in which I could expect to earn my iteces-
saries, unless 1 should throw myself en-
tirely into the world, and engage in some
kind of merchandise, or learn a trade. .

"I can teach a scholar Greek and
Latin, Stc. — perhaps [ inigl^t teach six
without much trouble. But I could do it
better with a voice, and therefore L could
not ask the same of an employer aa if 1



had a voice. Besides, as to teaching, I
doubt the sufficiency of my strength, un-
less 1 should have very few scholars.

" I suppose 1 have friends who would
cheerfully pay that which I owe the
Board. But I am too low to borrow, and
perhaps too high to beg; at least I am
not convinced that I am come to the last
resort, and must solicit for myself.''

Such as these letters exhibit him, was
Samuel Bryson ; and he, being dead, yet
speaks the language of a truly Christian
agent. His debt to the Board does not
exceed 20 dollars, and that his widowed
mother has determined to pay. With the
exception of his want of health, and of a
voice to plead our cause, we should be
glad to employ fifty missionary agenta
like him. They would make the churches
know at least, that the General. Assembly
has a Board of Missions; and that the
missionary operationa of the Assembly
within the last firiy yean, have been
chiefly instrumentaVin forming about 900
Presbyterian churches in the United
States.

The general agent has received from a
well known and responsible person, whose
name he is not at liberty to mention, the
following bond, viz.

" I hereby obligate myself to pay to Jlhe
Treasurer of the Trustees of the General
Assembly for the Board of Missions act-
ing under said Asiiembly, ons tmousand
DOLLAafi, in ten equal, annual payments of
one hundred dol|ars each, for the pur-
pose of spreading the gospel; one half of
which shall be devoted to the cause of
Protestant missions to South America ; —
the first payment to be made on or be-
fore the last day of December, 1829, on
the following conditions—

Firtt, That said Board will publish at
least quarterly, a journal of missions.

Secondly^ That the Corresponding Se-
cretary and General Agent for the time
being ahall devote himself exclurively to
his agency and secretaryship ; and

TAtrrf/y, That ninety-nine other per-
sons will, on or before the 1st day of Oc-
tober, 1829, oblige tltemselves to pay an
equal sum, in similar payments, to the
same treasurer, and for the same object."
Signed, "L. M."

The general agent has received from a
collection at the monthly concert in the
Third Presbyterian Church in Philadel-
phia, gl3^ ; and he takes this occasion
to commena some heads of families who
pay weekly one cent to this monthly con*
cert contribution for each member of
their respective families. One cent a
week for each member of most Christian
houaeholda might easily be spared; and
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siderable aagmentation oF our imssionaiy
funds.

The agent reports a donation from Mrs.
Henry Taylor, of Kishacoquillas Valley,
of S5.00, forwarded by her pastor, Rev.
James H. Stuart.

On the 19th of October, the general
agent preached in the morning in the 4th
Presbyterian Church in this city, under
the pastoral care of the Rev. George C.
Potts; and m'/iet^-Mretf subscriptions were
obtained before he left the cnurch. Of
these g^'OO were paid on subscribing.
In the afternoon of the same day he
preached in the church at Kensington,
under the pastoral care of the Rev.
George Chandler; and there he received
2^*0^ *" hand, with seventy-two sub-
scriptions in all, payable on or before the
25th day of December.

We expect all arrearages from our sub-
scribers, as a Christmas present to the
Board of Missions.

Solomon Allen, Es(|., the Rev. Ashbel
Green, D. D., and ti>e Rev. Ezra Stiles
Ely, D. D., have agreed to pay to the
Board of Missions of the General Assem-
bly, one hundred dollars a year, for ten
years in succession, for the general pur-«
poses of the Board, provided ninety -seven
other subscribers will agree to the same
terms; it bein^ understood that the death
of any subscriber shall render yoid his
subscription.

FOURTXENTU COUHVMICATIOK.

The General Agent has received from
the Female Missionary Society of Rocky
Spring Congregation, under the pastoral
care of the Rev. John M'Knight, the sum of
$20. " The resuscitation of the Board of
Missions is," says Mr. M'Knight, " agree-
ably to my calculations, a very popular
step in this region of country."

A few churches have begun to remem-
ber our Board in their prayers and contri-
butions at the montbly concert. The 8th
Church in Philadelphia, has remitted to
us from this source, $9.65; and the 3d
Church from the last concert and Sabbath
evening rotation service, has paid $9.61.

The Church al Newtown, Bucks coun-
ty, Pa. observe a season of thanks^^iving
after harvest ; and on the last meetmg of
the kind, collected $15 for charitable ob-
jects ; $5 of which their pastor, the Rev.
Alex. Boyd, has paid to our treasury. The
remaining $10 have been equally divided
between the Bible and Tract charities.

Sundry contributors in the \wt Church in
this city have paid $22.75; and $6.25 have
been paid by annual subscribers in the
church at Ne&haminy, in Bucks co. Pa.

The Rev. Thomas Barr,. of Wooster,
Ohio, has accepted of an agency in behalf
of the Board of Missions, for that state ;
aad the Rav. Joseph Labaree, of O^fordi



N. Carolma, for S. Carolina, Gkoi^ifti ami

Florida.
The Missionaries at present employed

b^ the Board tite forty-five ; and the mo-
nies paid by the Executive Committee
since the loth of June last, amount to
$338a7.

^ The Rev. John Rhoads, one of our mis-
aipnaries, has laboured in Luzerne county.
Pa. since June, 1821, in no less than ten
different, feeble congregations, scattered
over an extent of forty mdes. In one place,
which had only 12 communicants when he
became their pastor, there are now 46, not-
withstanding deaths and other removals.
From June, 1821, to June, 1826, he had
received towards his worldly maintenance
in produce and money, no more than $7.49.
He concludes the journal of his last mis-
sion for our Board, of two months, thus :

" Daring mj mission I have preached
34 times ; administered the Lord's supper
3 times, baptized 10 children, and travelled
400 miles. The state of religion in Lu-
zerne CO. from present appearances, can-
not be said to be languishmg, although no
particular indications of a revival are visi-
ble. Meetings oh the Sabbath are general-
ly well attended, in good order and so-
lemnity. The churches in which I have
laboured, have been blessed with small ad-
ditions, and many of their members appear
to be enjoying that comfort and peace
within, which the world can neither give
nor take away. The many waste places
in this county, present to our view an oc-
casion for mourning and lamentation. —
The inhabitants are not only poor and un-
able to support a regular and orthodox mi-
nistry, but are overrun with heresies; and,
from want of proper instruction, greatly
pervert the Scriptures."

The Executive Committee have ap-
pointed Mr. R. for two additional months,
to perform service in his circuit ; and thus
by contributing annually $132 towards lus
support, he Will be enabled to continue in
his humble, faithful tours of duty through
the whole year.

During the four past years the Board of
Missions have assisted in the support of
the Rev. Alvan Coe, as a minister of the
gospel, and teacher of an Indian School in
the Territory of Michigan. His present
location is at SauU de St. Marie^ (the Falls
of St. Mary,) near the outlet of I>ake Su-
perior. He has received from us, mission-
ary pay for three months in a year ; and
for toe remainder of his support has, wo
believe, depended on his own industry.
He has frequently preached in the garri-
son at the Fort of St. Mary, and has been
vei;y acceptable to the few pious persons
whom he. has found at that station. In the
conclusion of his last journal, lately re-
ceived, he says :

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I teaoh my schohni to spell both English
and Indian words. I have bad, of late,
rising of 30 pupils ; a few of which are
white children; but roost of them half-
breeds. The full-blooded Indians who have
been at fchool this season, have (in Sep-
tember) mostly ffone to the woods with
their parents, in the precediug journal
I have included 14 sabbaths, and during
my mission have preached 20 times; be-
sides attending 24 religious meetings,
which I conducted without preaching.

" If the Board think best they will please
to send me another appointment. Irl am
a^in appointed, my object would be prin-
cipally to instruct the natives. I was gra-
tified to learn that the Board are making
vigorous exertions to advance the kingdom
of our divine Lord and Master. While
they cast the mental eye over the expan-
sive dominions which now lie in the sha-
dow of death, I would invite them to look
at this region. The Chippeways are very
numerous. The Indian Agent here says
that there are 8000 under his agency.
Many of the same tribe are in the British
territories. I think that the Indians in this
region are not so much prejudiced against
the whites as those in many other parts of
the country. At a treaty about two vears
ago, the Indians gave a section of land near
Sault de St. Marte, fbr the purpose of hav-
ing a school ; and onr government engaged
to pay them $1000 annually for the sup-
port of a school : $2000 wiU soon be due.
It has been expected that our Baptist bre-
thren would make an establishment among
the Chippeways, and have the appropria-
tion of tois money. Why do they delay so
long ? If they are not determined to c^u-
pv this field, will not your Board ? Proba-
Diy some of their ministers in your city
will know whether any thing has been
done in this business. If tbe;^ will occupy
this spot, the field before us is still wide
and long towards the west. The country
between Lake Huron and the Mississippi
is inhabited bv Chippeways, and some
parts of it are rortije prairies. I am much
m favour of forming coloaies among the
Indians; and with proper encouragement
many families I think would renounce the
chase to live by labour. The idea that the
aged Indians are to be abandoned seems to
i|e to be wrong. T^e Wyandotts at Upper
Sandusky in Ohio; the Ottowas near Mac-
kinac; and some Chippeways on Drum-
niond's Island in Lake Huron, are exam-
ples which prove, that aged Indians can be
civilized and christianized."

To enable Mr. Coe to continue his la-
bours among the aborigines of our country
who surround him, the Executive Com-
mittee have renewed his commission ; and
would be thankful for the men and money
requisite to send him a reinforcement. In
the mean time our btrother says, " if the
Baptists are coming, do urge them en."

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There is room enough in our waste places
for all the services, zeal, wisdom, and funds
of all the Missionary Societies of all deno-
minations of true Christians in our coun-
try. " Let us all be up, and doing. Let ua
be valiant for the truth, and our blessed
Captain of salvation."

We have now published the names ofkll
the annual contributors, which are in the
possession of the General Agent ; but in
several congregations he has enrolled many
with their consent, and lefl the lists to be
completed by the sessions. It is hoped
that these will be forwarded before the
convnencement of the ensuing year. It
would be a still greater favour, if some
congregations not visited by the Agent of .
the Board, would remit to us the names of
many contributors to the 50 oent fund.
Why should not every minister of the
Presbyterian Church, who feels a friendly
regard for its Board of Missions, become
at once an agent in his own congregation ?
Is it too muck for us to ask of every Pres-
byterian in our connexion who can spare
that sum, without subjecting himself to
any serious privation, that he would pay
^y cents annually in aid of the missionary
operations of the General Assembly ? Will
any benevolent donor to other associations
give them the less for giving usjifty cetUs T
But if we can render uiis contribution ge-
neral in the Presbyterian Church, we s£ill
give God thanks, take courage, and go on
prosperously.

E.B Ely, Cor. Sec. dec.

FIFTESKTH COMMTTiaCATTOir.

The executive committee have received
from Miss Elizabeth Hackett, a donation
of %\ : from six subscribers in the Third
Presbyterian Church in this city g3 ; from
the Rev. Septimus Tustun, advance re-
turned in AiU 28.37^; from a physician
in Columbia, Pa. being the avails of the
practice of medicine on the Sabbath, re-
mitted by John M'Kissick, Esq., g5; from
a misnonary box, by the same, 50 cents;
from the Rev. John Joyce, on account of
five subscribers to the Philadelphian oh*
tained agreably to the ofler of the editor,
%5\ from Mr. Anthony Finley, his An-
cient and Modem Atlas, for the use of
the executive committee, worth 814;
and from Ezra S. El>, gir, towards the
instruction and relief of an Indian youth ;
and j^ in aid of a church in the state
of Missouri.

The number of missionaries appointed
under the patronage of the Board since
May last, now amounts to fifty^hree.

Of our missionaries there have been
sent during the present year, 6 to the
state of New York, 13 to Pennsylvania,
7 to Ohio, 5 to Indiana, 3 to Missouri, 1
to ArkanMui Territory, 1 to the Territory
of Michigan, 1 to Tennessee, 3 to Ken-

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tucky. 4 to N. Carolinat 3 to Louisiana, 2
to Florida, and 4 to other places.

The executive committee have resolved
to pay the City Sunday School Union
2200, towards the support of Mr. John
L. Grant, for one year, while preaching
to the apprentices of this city.

Mr. Joseph A. Mines having been sent
to the bounds of the Ebenexer Presbvte-
ry, has received a call from the church in
MaysviUe, Ky. which he intends to ac«
cept; and has in consequence left our
service.

The Rev. William S. Potts, having been
sent to Missouri, has become the settled
pastor of the church at St. Louis; on re-
turning his letter of instructions, he thus
writes—

St. IjoitiB, Oct. 37, 1828.

'^I received the accompanying commis-
sion at Nashville, Tenn. on the 28ih day
of April last, and commenced my mission
on the Ist of Blay following. On Sunday
the 4th of that month, I preached at Hop.
kinsville, Ky. and addressed the Sabbath
school in that place. The church here
had been for some time in a destitute
situation, but their pastor elect, Rev. Mr.
Campbell, from Virginia, arrived the same
day with myself. I left Hopkinsville on
Monday morning, and was occupied until
Saturday following in travelling to Kas-
kaskia, in Illinois. The country passed
through in this journey is but little inha«
bited, and the few inhabitants whom I
found, were chiefly illiterate. The only
chance that I had for doing good was by
occasional conversations by the way side,
and in the cabms in which 1 lodged; and
by the distribution of tracts.

<* On Sunday the 11th, 1 preached to a
small congregation in a school room at
Kaskaskia. There is but one meeting
house in the town, which is occupied by
the Papists. I preached morning and
evening, and heard Rev. Mr. Matthews in
the afternoon. Owing to the solidtations
of the people, I consented to remain the
following day, and preached a third ser-
mon, at which time the house was crowd-
ed with attentive auditors. The church
in this place is very feeble. They have
had the labours of the Rev. Mr. Ellis, a
missionary from the H. M. Society, until
within a short time. The Rev. Mr. Mat-
thews IS now their supplv. From con-
versation with the people here, as well as
from what I have seen, I do not doubt
that a popular and devoted man might
build up a church in this place. The po-
pulation is about 1000, principally Papists.

•* I arrived at St. Louis on Wednesday
the 14th «f May, addressed a prayer meet-
ing on the following evening, and preach-
ed twice upon the succeeding Sabbath,
to very attentive audiences. On Tuesday



the 20tfa of the same month, I reodvcd
an invitation to supply the pulpit lor 6
months, and on the 13th of July, received
an unanimous call to the pastoral charge
of the church. Durit»; my renidence at
St Louis, the house of^God has been fe*
nerally well attended, and by an attentive
audience. A spirit of prayer has, I tnist,
in some de^e, been poured upon the



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