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solution to adopt the mode of erable time past had been free living which we have from intoxication. amongst the white people. The Deputation from Balti
& Brothers ! It was a great more add in a Postscript to satisfaction to hear a few days the Report that they were inago from our friend, John formed by " the United States Johnson, that our brothers the Agent; who has the charge of Quakers still remembered us. the Wyandots at Upper SanWhen he delivered to us the șlusky, that these Indians have Articles which you sent us, we almost entirely abandoned the received them thankfully, and use of spiritous liquors, and they afforded us great encour- very generally adopted habits agement, because we were of industry-that at the late convinced that you would con council held near Piqua, not tinue to help us, if we would one from this village had been continue to do the best we drunk; that notwithstanding could for ourselves.
they received at that time from « Brothers! We hope that the Government 3,500 dollars the Great Spirit, the Maker in cash, on account of their of all things, will bless this annuities, and as an indemnity day: he is witness of the sin for their losses during the cerity of our present talk ; and late war, and many efforts were we pray him that he will con- made by designing people to vey you safe back to your induce them to purchase drink, homes-that when you get they resolutely refused to there you may have the satis- spend any part of their moncy faction to find your families all in that way ; but concluded to well , and in our names take take the whole of it home, and the old people and all our apply it in the improvement brothers the Quakers by the of their houses and procuring hand, and that he will bless. farming utensils." the good works in which you The following paragraph of are engaged."
the Postscript by the members · The Committée farther re- from Baltimore is too interport that they were informed esting to be abridged :-by Col. McPherson, Assistant It also appears that the United States' 'Agen't that Wyandots have an excellent these Indians had more than mill seat at their village on 500 acres of land inclosed by the Sandusky river; and that good fences----200 acres of corn they, as well as the Indians planted many of them good near Stony Creek, are extremegardens ; that they had 70 ly anxious to have mills built, head of cattle, some hogs and and receive some instruction a sufficient number of horses ; in tke farming business. Capthat these Indians had uniform- tain Lewis, when we left his ly conducted themselves ex- town, accompanied ús several tremely well, were generally miles on our journey ; and on industrious, and for a consid- parting from us most earnest
ly entreated that Friends would feel the force of their ancient not forget his village. He habits opposing itself to the stated to us that his people change, which they know to were willing and anxious to be essential to their very exwork, but that they were very istence ; and with an anxious. ignorant, and in great need of solicitude, they are looking instruction ; and that if we towards Friends to throw in could do no more he hoped we their aid and rescue then would send one of our young from the destruction which men, if it should only be to thcy, now believe otherwise remain with them three or awaits them These consid. four months, to show them erations, acided to the unboundhow to put in and manage ed confidence which they ap.
It is therefore, pear to have in our Society, our opinion, that these Indians the lively gratitude they mani, have a strong claim upon the fest for the assistance already sympathy and attention of furnished to them, and the Friends. Their situation is strong affection which they peculiarly calculated to awak., generally feel towards us,en the commiseration and ex. cannot, we hope, fail to excite cite the active benevolence of Friends to a renewed and more all who feel for the sufferings vigilant attention to the highly of their fellow men, they are interesting and important conthemselves now fully convin- cern in which we are em ced, that they have no alterna.. barked." tive but to abandon their form. (Signed) JAMES ELLICOT, cr habits and apply themselves
PHILIP E. THOMAS. to agriculture, or become to. The whole number of the tally extinct as a people. At several tribes of Indians in the same time many of them Ohio, in 1815, was 3650,
SOCIETY OF SAINTS IN NORWAY. The following particulars wards left the employment in have been collected from a which he had been engaged, Tract printed in London in 1815. that he might devote himself
About 30 years prior to the to the will of God. He travel. date of the Tract a man by led on foot into different parts, the name of Hans Neilson of the country, and into DenHough, was on board a boat mark, endeavouring to impress which by some accident was on the minds of people the overset, and he was in immi- necessity of repentance, or nent danger of losing his life. turning to the Lord ; and of In his extremity he cried to attending to the light of truth the Lord for deliverancc, and in the heart to enable them to promised, if God would pre- keep his commandments. As serve him at that time, he he could not unite with any of would serve him as long as he the churches with which he should live. He soon after was acquainted, he endeavour.
ed to establish one similar to În 1813 he was still a prise the churches of the first chris. oner. Many of his followers tians.
were obliged to give up their Believing himself called to books, to leave Bergen, and to the ministry, he propagated his five separtaely. They were . principles both by preaching threatened that if they present and writing ; and although he ed to preach, circulate, read or was persecuted by the clergy, keep any books concerning he found many to join him. their opinions, they also should By way of derision they were be imprisoned. If any person called Saints.
should purchase any of the On account of ill treatment books that treated of their from their neighbours many of principles, they were to be the society sold their posses- subject to a scvere penalty. sions, and found it 'nccessary Those of their number who to live more closely together, had not resided wholly in Be! They devoted their property gen were not deprived of their to the service of the Lord, for property, and they were enthe purchase of books, for the abled to assist those who were relief of the needy, and for the driven from thence. Notwith. spread of the Gospel princi- standing all these restrictions ples. Some of them became and abuses, this people still merchants and traders, their continued to propagate their numbers increased, and they principles, and when they had became a respectable body of opportunity they met together people. But they were tra. in one another's houses. duced and misrepresented ; H. N. Hough, the founder the magistrates were stirred of this society, was not a very up against ther, and their long time kept in irons, and leader was imprisoned in Chris- he was frequently told by the tiana. He was denied the magistrates that he might leave company of his friends, the the prison ; but this he deuse of the Bible, and of pen clined, unless they would asand ink ; nor was he even sign a sufficient reason why permitted to speak to other they had imprisoned him and prisoners. His hands and feet taken his property, and that were put in irons ; and when of his friends. He however this was done he said " I re. so far availed himself of the joice that I am worthy to suf- liberty granted, as occasionalser persecution for the Lord's ly to visit his friends and to sake ; and though you have meet with them for religious taken away my outward prop- purposes. erty, you cannot take away my Among his followers were inward peace.” This had such two blind men who regarded an effect on the multitude who themselves as called to the stood by, that many of them ministry ; and thougl they became converts to his relig. were born blind, they had acious principles.
quired an extensive knowledge
of the scriptures and could re. This they considered as a great fer to any part of the Bible in blessing, for he instructed them their preaching. This Society in his religious sentiments, and retain the ceremonies of bap- endeavoured to promote the tism and the Lord's supper, principle of truth in their but in many respects their hearts. After a while they principles accord with those were removed to another ship, of the Society of Friends. where they found Barclay's Like the Friends they are op- Apology in the hands of a prisposed to war as antichristian ; oner, and adopted the opinions get some of them have been of that writer. One of them known to take up arms in obe. wrote a letter to the people dience to the commands of called Quakers, and gave dimagistrates.
rections to the bearer that it During the late war between should be delivered to the first England and Denmark,
person he should meet of that board of a prison ship off persuasion. This occasioned Chatham two Norwegian pris. the inquiring prisoners a supe oners became seriously im. ply of books, as well as visits pressed with the sin of swear from Friends. Other prisoning, to which they had been ers observing their serious accustomed, and deeply hum- and exemplary deportment Sled in view of their depravi- united with them till their ty and guilt. One of the So- number amounted to 28. ciety of Sair.ts was brought on What a happy sight to behold board as a prisoner ; they ob- men who had been brought up served that lie was not in the as warriors transformed from habit of swearing and soon be- lions to lambs by the power of came acquainted with him. the christian religion !
ON THE COMPLACENCY WITA WHICH INFANTS ARE CONTEMPLATED. Whence the delight, sweet infancy, On yon cane-planted clustering shores That each fond eye derives from thee? Round which the western billow roars, I blush to tell the reason why, That whip, whose lash so long reI blush for frail humanity.
sounds, So oft the sense that time supplies "Tis man that lifts,'tis MAN it wounds ! Proves but capacity of vice;
The wretch in that dank room who A power to love and to believe
pines Th' illusions that to wrong deceive ; 'Tis not disease, 'tis MAN confines ! A mental light that basely shines Those corses, yonder plain that strew, To guide the step, of dark designs ; 'Twas man and not the tiger slew ! A miner's lamp, low paths to light, Fir'd cities blacken heaven with Deeds under ground, the works of smoke, night ;
'Twas man's red lightning dealt tho We turn from vice-encumbered sense
stroke. To smile on empty innocence. For this each eye, sweet infancy,
Delights to bend its look on the This scene of things indignant scan, Since stronger souls their strength See Man throughout the pest of MAN! employ
And strain their powers but to destroy; Since eagles dip their beaks in blood, Complacence turns her view from And make their meat in throbbing
thence To feebleness and innocence.
From them the falling eye of love Since vigorous falcons tyrants are Drops to the weak but barmless dove. The hovering terror of the air
EXTRACTS from a Report to the ing the enormous devastations of this
66 New-York Society for the preven. evil upon the minds and morals of the tion of Pauperism.”
people, we cannot but regard it as
the crying and increasing sin of the But with a view to bring the sub- nation, and as loudly demanding the ject committed to our charge, more solemn deliberation of our legislative definitely before the society, we have assemblies. thought it right, distinctly to enumer- 4th WANT OF ECONOMY. Prodi ate the more prominent of those gality is comparative. Among the causes of poverty, which prevail poor, it prevails to a great extent, in within the city ; subjoining such re- an inattention to those small, but fremarks as may appear needful. quent savings when labour is plenti
1st. IGNORANCE, arising either ful, which may go to meet the privafrom inherent dullness, or from want tions of unfavourable seasons. of opportunities for improvement. 5th. IMPRUDENT AND HASTY MARThis operates as a restraint upon the RIAGES. This, it is believed is a ferphysical powers, preventing that ex- tile source of trial and poverty. ercise and cultivation of the bodily 6th. LOTTERIES.
The depravfaculties by which skill is obtained, ing nature and tendency of these aland the means of support increased. lurements to hazard money,
generThe influence of this cause, it is be- ally admitted by those who have been lieved, is particularly great among the most attentive to their effects. The foreign poor that annually accumu- time spent in inquiries relative to lotlate in this city.
teries, in frequent attendance on loto 2nd. IDLENESS. A tendency to tery offices, the feverish anxiety this evil may be more or less inherent. which prevails relative to the success It is greatly increased by other causes, of tickets, the associations to wbicha and when it becomes habitual, it is it leads, all contribute to divert the the occasion of much suffering in labourer from his employment, to families, and augments to a great weaken the tone of his morals, to amount the burden of the industrious consume his earnings and consequentportions of society.
ly to increase his poverty. But ob3d. INTEMPERANCE IN DRINKING. jectionable and injurious to society This most prolific source of mischief as we believe lotteries to be, we reand misery, drags in its train almost gard as more destructive to morals, every species of suffering which af- and ruinous to all character and comflicts the poor. This evil, in relation fort, the numerous self-erected lotteto poverty and vice, may be emphat- ry insurances at which the young and ically styled, the Cause of Causes. the old are invited to spend their moThe box of Pandora is realized in ney in such small pittances, as the each of the kegs of ardent spirits that poorest labourer is frequently able to stand upon the counters of the sixteen command, under the delusive expechundred licensed grocers of this city. tation of a gain, the chance of which At a moderate computation, the mo- is as low, perhaps, as it is possible to ney spent in the purchase of spirituo conceive. The poor are thus cheat
nors would be more than suf- ed out of their money and their time, ficient to keep the whole city con- and too often left a prey to the feelstantly supplied with bread. 'Viewe ings of desperation : or, they are imVol. VI.--No. 3. 12