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prayer, and was presented to me by the contributors, to be forwarded to the Board for the object above specified. I am happy to say that there has been a growing interest among my people in the cause of missions during the year past. The cause lies near my own heart, and I often feel like sitting at the feet of the humblest of my brethren who are permitted to labor among the heathen. You know some of my former feelings on this subject: I can now assure you, after one years' residence among a people whose kindness and whose affection has greatly endeared me to them, that the toil and selfdenial of a missionary at times appear more desirable than the quiet of a settled minister. My attachment to the cause I hope is increasing. I tell my people I shall never cease urging upon them the claims of the heathen, so long as there remain heathem to be blessed by their prayers and charities. At our monthly concert I have labored to give a history of the different missionary stations under the direction of the Board. It has cost me much labor, when added to my other daily labors, but l ilave been more than repaid for the efsort. The subject has interested the people, and made our concerts crowded in comparison with other meetings. In former years they contributed from $10 to $15; this year not less than $90. They have increased also their yearly subscriptions. Though my salary at present is small, I am determined to try to persuade my people to give to the missionary cause enough to make up a handsome salary; then I hope to be contented. Here I would mention one fact in regard to our monthly concert for prayer. The first concert, in January last, was the means of awaking one member of my congregation to a sense of his sins. He has since made a public profession of religion. He is the father of several children, and now daily brings them around the family altar. While we think and talk and pray for the heathen, God remembers us.
It is proper to say that the writer of the preceding extract manifests an interest in the other objects of christian benevolence similar to that which he here expresses in missions to the heathen; and while he very frequently brings forward the latter object in his sermons and exhortations, he also preaches on the others, not only to his own people but to other congregations which he providentially visits; and not only when he desires to obtain donations, but in the common course of ministerial labor, as if these were topics on which he desired to hold communion with his fellow Christians, merely for the sake of the profit and pleasure the contemplation of them affords.
Might not the christian community become more cordially interested in these subjects, if ministers would preach upon them occasion
ally when they were not asking for contributions, so that the introduction of them might not always be associated with solicitations for money? Are not the kingdom of Christ, as affected by the operations of christian benevolence, and the duty of his followers with reference to them, suitable topics for common ministerial instruction and exhortation?
NOTICE TO RELATIVES AND Friends of MISSIONARI Es or ‘th E BOARD in FortEl GN LANDS.
All persons who desire to send letters, periodicals, boxes of goods, or packages of any kind, to the missionaries of the Board in foreign lands, are requested to forward such communications or packages to the “Care of Henry Hill, Treasurer, Missionary Rooms, 28 Cornhill, Boston, Mass.:” or, if it be found much more convenient, they may forward such things to the “Care of Jesse Talbot, BrickChurch Chapel, Nassau Street, New York.” Whatever may be received in this manner, will be forwarded to the missionary station to which it is destined by the earliest opportunity.
The inquiry is often made, When will there be an opportunity to send to Bombay, or Beyroot, or the Sandwich Islands? etc. The reply which must generally be given is, We do not know. As information respecting the sailing of vessels to foreign ports is frequently received only a day or two, or perhaps a few hours before they actually sail, they who wish to send communications or packages to their friends abroad, should, whenever they are ready, forward them to the Missionary Rooms, as directed above, to remain there in readiness to be sent by the earliest conveyance.
Many of the most valuable papers and other periodicals published in this country, together with numerous books, deemed most important for the improvement of the mind and heart, and supposed to furnish missionaries with the best helps for prosecuting their studies and labors in preparing the Scriptures, religious tracts, and school books, in the languages of the nations where they are, are forwarded to them. All the missions are supplied with libraries in a good degree adequate to their wants. Any valuable books or periodicals which the relatives or friends of missionaries may desire to send to them, will be gratefully received and forwarded by the officers of the Board.
Chickopee Factory, Gent. and la.
gold necklaces, 13; 78 00
cong. so. 16; 19 53 Monson, La. 47 33–146 00
Lowell and ric. Ms. Char. Asso. W. Davidson, Tr.
African miss. 5; 8 00
.New Haren city, Ct. Aux. So. C. J. Salter, Tr.
Yale college, 60,36; 90 36 JWew York city and Brooklyn, Aux. So. W. W. Chester, Tr. 1,728 88 | Norfolk co. Ms. Aux. So. Rev. E. Burgess, Tr. Medfield, Orth. cong. chl. 24 00 Medway, E. par. Gent. 15; la. 34, l l; 49 11 Milton, Gent. 13 00 Quincy, Gent. and la. 26 50 Wrentham, 1st par. La. 13 50–125 11 Oneida co. N. Y., Aux. So. A. Thomas, Tr. Clinton, Cong. clih. and so. 100; O. Marvin, 15; 115 00 Plymouth, 1st cong, chh. 16 50 Utica, Isleecker-st. chh.. to constitute Rev John B. SHAw and John P. Balch Eld E.R Honorary Members of the Board, 150 23 Westmoreland, La. sew. so. 12 00–o 79 Palestine niss. so. Ms. E. Alden, Tr. 41 70 Coll. 1834, 10, 19; C. 25; 35 19 Abington, 1st par. La. 65 00 3d par. Gent 46,47; la. 28,83; 75 30 Braintree and Weymouth, United so. Gent. and la. 138,85, mon. con. 96,23; 235 08 East and West Bridgwater, La. 15 50 Hanover, Gent. 5 00 Scituate, La. 20 00 Weymouth, N. par. Gent. 58; la. 50,66; 108 66—601 43 Rockingham co. West, N. H. Aux. So. M. C. Pilsbury, Tr. Candia, Gent. 27,89; la. 25,33; mon. con. 45,87; 99 09 Chester, W. par. Gent. 9; la. 14; mon. con. 29,36; 52 36 E. par 85 00 Deerfield, E. par. Gent. 16,25; la. 12,52; mon. con. 24,21; 52 98 Derry, Gent. 44,29; la. 56,46; mon, con. 16.30; refunded. 6; 123 05 Ilampstead, Gent. 18; la. 10; mon. con. 10,10; 38 10 Londonderry, Gent. 26,32; la. 27.83, mon, con. 20; 74 15 Northwood, 58 00 Plaistow and North Haverhill, Gent. 15; la. 2006; mon. con. 19; 54 06 Raymond, Mon. con. 8 47 Windham, Gent. 25; la. 25,17; mon. con. 24,17; 74 34 719 60 Ded, expenses paid by aux. so. 50 719 10 Ded, $58 and $85 ackn, in April and May, fr. Northwood and Chester, 143 00-576 kg
Acton, Me. Mon. con. 1 12
Baltimore, Md. F. Hall, principal of Mount
the Board, 100; 600 00 Bangor, Me. A friend, . 10 00 #: N. Y. Mon con in presb. chh. 60 00
Barton, Vt. A box, fr. la miss. so. for wes.
Staunton, Va. Rev. Mr. Kerr, 2; Byrd and
Providence, Asso. 17,75; Prince Edward co. Fem. asso. college chh. 40; Mrs. Z. A. Cockran, 1; Union Sem. P. Harrison, 5; Augusta co. Hebron chh. 35,13; Middlesex, Mrs. M. G. Blackton, 5; Mecklenburg, T. Brame, Jr. for miss. to China, 5. Shepherdstown, Presb. chh. 7,25; Charlestown, Presb. chli. 15; Richmond, Fem, asso. in 1st presb. chh. 242, gent. do. 400, av. of jewelry, 3,25; E. D. P. 50c. 1st chh. African miss. asso. 8,76; Clarkesville, Asso. 20; Lexington. By Dr. Leyburn, agent, 120, Fayetteville, N. C. Fem. frag. so. (of which to constitute Rev. S. Colton an Honorary Member of the Board, 50;) for cd. of females in China, 250; Fem. juv. for. Iniss. so for Henry Augustus Rotri and in Ceylon, 15; mon, con. 8, Hillsboro’, Mon. con. 15; coll. 9,54; Greensboro’, Mon. con. 33; Lexington, Mon. con and coll 35, 17; Hawfields, Mon. con. and coll. 8; Rocky River, Asso. for S. E. Africa, 241,25; Phila. Asso. 30.75; Steel Creek, Asso. 62.25; Poplar. Tent, As-o. 127,91; sem. benev. so. (of which to constitute Rev. John Roni Nson, D. D. an Honorary Member of the Board, 50,) 55; Paro Creek chh. Asso. 28,60: Charlotte chh. (Of which to constitute Rev. A. LEAve Nworth an Honorary Member of the Board, 50; and fr. members of his fam. and school, 14,945) 92,50; Sugar Creek chh. Asso. (of which to constitute Rev. Robert H. Morrison an Honorary Member of the Board, 5);) 116,72; mon, con. 10; Mallard Creek chh. Asso. (of which to constitute Rev. Willi A.M. S. CHARf an Honora
Member of the Board, 50;) 95; Ramah chh. 10,81; Concord town, 35,51; Bethpage chh. 24 50; Thyatria, Asso. 38,46; Unity Lincoln, Asso. (of which to constitute Rev. J. H. ADAMs an Honorary Member of the Board, 50.) 73,45; Back Creek, Asso. (of which to constitute Rev. A. Y. LockRibor an Houorary Member of the Board, 50;) 100; Third Creek, Asso. (of which to constitute Rev. A. W. Kilpa Trick an Honorary Member of the Board. 50,) 66,50; Bethany, Asso (of which to constitute Rev. S. Front is an Honorary Member of the Board, 50;) 60,68; Tabor, Asso. 46,25; Iredell co. J. Young, l; Concord chh. Asso. 26,93; Fourth reek chl. 14,75; Centre chh. 35,41; Prospect chh. 29.35; Milton, Mon, con. 20; coll. 26,33; a lady, 25; Orange, Miss S. Grimes, 5; Culpeper, Miss S. Hudson, 50c. Georgetown, D. C. Mon. con in Bridge-st. chh. 12,46; Washington city, 1st presb. chh.. for support of a missionary to Uhina, 111,12; ki. Four ladies, 2,75;
Va., Treasurer of the Central Board of Foreign Missions, acknowledges the receipt of the following sums, from May 1st to
AMERICAN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR FOREIGN Missions. No. XXII.
EMBLEMATICAL FIGURE OF THE SAC AND Fox INDIANs, REPRESENT. ING THE LIFE OF A M.A.N.
Figure E represents the life of a man. Figure A a war road crossing the course of life, in which the success of the road, or expedition, is represented by the figures upon the road; 1 indicating that he had taken one man prisoner; 2 that he had killed one woman; 3 that he had killed one man; and 4 that he had killed another man On the second war road, the mark near which 5 stands shows that he was the fourth to strike an enemy.—The three roads having no marks on them show that he engaged in three war expeditions without success against the enemy. The section of the war road marked with o shows that he had been once defeated. The road marked with c shows that, in that expedition, a man and a woman were taken prisoners, and one killed. F points out his Meshaum, or sack, containing his sacred things. D represents the name of his clan, which is Thunder, the zig-zag line being designed to represent the appearance of the lightening in the clouds. Figure g shows that he fasted every time he went upon a war expedition.
NOTICES OF THE SAC AND FOX INDIANS.
DURING the summer of 1834, Rev. Cutting Marsh, missionary of the Board to the Stockbridge Indians, residing near Green Bay, by appointment of the Prudential Committee, visited the Sac and Fox Indians, for the purpose of ascertaining their number and condition, and the expediency of establishing a mission among them. He was accompanied by a number of the christian Indians from the Stockbridge settlement, between whom and the Sacs some affinity is recognized. Mr. Marsh spent from two to three months among these Indians, or in their immediate vicinity, travelled extensively in their country, visited all their principal villages, and had free intercourse with the chiefs and head-men. He was very hospitably received and treated with much frankness, and was furnished with the requisite facilities for obtaining correct information respecting these untamed inhabitants of the rairies. p The engraved figure at the head of this o; was copied by Mr. Marsh from one which he found on his tour; and though rude and in itself uninteresting, it may serve to bring strongly to the mind of an enlightened christian reader how miserably ignorant a people must be who are compelled to resort to so imperfect means for preserving a communicating knowledge; and of how much depravity and social wretchedness they must be the subjects, almost all the events in whose life, deserving to be commemorated, are bloody and exterminating wars with their equally debased and unrelenting neighbors. The following account of these Indians, which, it will be remembered, constitute the band to which Black Hawk belonged, is taken from the journal of Mr. Marsh, and is given principally in his own words. In their superstitious notions and observances, and in their condition, habits, and general character, this band do not probably differ essentially from the hundreds of thousands of miserably poor, ignorant, and debased Indians, who roam over the wilds stretching from our western frontiers to the Pacific ocean.