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REV. I HADDEUS OSGOOD, EMPLOYED BY THE SOCIETY FOR PROPAGATING THE
not an imperfect production of man, present. In our prisons, also, there but the book of God; not a work of are many unhappy individuals, who controversy, but the gospel of peace, peculiarly need this charity. which all Christians acknowledge to These are the considerations which be the standard by which their con- have called forth this address. It is troversies must be judged.
hoped that they will engage the seri. This object is recommended by its ous attention of the friends of religion great simplicity, and by the facility and mankind. Those persons, who with which it may be accomplished. feel the importance of this object, It requires no intricate arrangements. are respectfully requested to meet at The distribution of a single book is the State House, in the Representathe only thing intended. The object tives' Room, on Thursday, the sixth is so definite, as almost to exclude day of July next, at 3 o'clock, to the possibility of misapplying the consider the expediency of associat. funds of the proposed association. ing for the distribution of the Bible. No heavy burdens need be laid on in. A general attendance of the respectdividuals. A small annual subscrip- able and influential part of society, tion from Christians in moderate cir. and of Christians of all denominacumstances, united with the dona. tions, is desired and anticipated. tions of the opulent, will be sufficient Boston, Fune, 1809. to distribute the Bible wherever it is wanted.
EXTRACT FROM THE MISSIONARY One more advantage, and a very JOURNAL OF important one, remains to be men. tioned. This is an object, in which all Christians may unite. Here is a
GOSPEL, &c. common ground, on which all denom. From the time of his setting out inations may meet, and join heart and till his return to Boston, was about hand, and forget the distinctions nine months ; during which period which keep them asunder. Let he travelled about 3000 miles, pass. Christians of every name concur in ing through the northern parts of the good end bere proposed, and they Vermont, Lower and Upper Canada, can hardly help improving in that the western parts of New York and love, which is the badge of the true Pennsylvania, the eastern part of the disciples of the Savior.
state of Ohio, the western part of There is but one objection which Maryland, and closed his mission in can be offered to the institution here the northern part of Virginia. He proposed, viz. that the people of this preached 265 times, administered land are too well supplied with Bi. the ordinance of the Lord's supper bles to need the aid of a Bible Socie. 4 times, baptized 26 children and ty. But we must not judge of the adults, gathered one church, attend. country at large from what falls un.
ed 2 funerals, 9 religious conferen. der our immediate observation. The ces and visited upwards of 50 schools, Philadelphia Bible Society, in their and a great number of private famiaddress to the public, express the lies. opinion, that one fourth of the fumi. During his mission, and on his relies of this country are destitute of turn home, he collected for charitaBibles. If we confine ourselves to ble purposes, upwards of a thousand New-England, we have reason to dollars. The donations were receive suppose that this want is considera ed in the towns and cities in the fol. bly felt in several parts of Rhode Isl. lowing order. and, Vermont, New-Hampshire, and In a number of towns in Vermont, the District of Maine. In many 368-In Montreal and its vicinity, houses where the Bible is found, it is 110-In Cornwall and its vicinity, 20 so much worn, and so wretchedly - In Ogdenburgh, N. York, 25-On printed, that its usefulness is very the way to Kingston, 10-In Kingsmuch diminished. In all our towns, ton, 40-On the way from Kingston there are poor families to whom a to York, 15-In York, Upper Canada, neat edition of the Bible, in a good 30--In Niagara, Queenston, and type, would be a most acceptable their vicinities, 36_From Buffaloe Vol. II. New Series.
to Pittsburgh, 25—In Pittsburgh, was holden at Boston, on the 30th and 56–In Washington, 25--In Brown. 31stdays of May last. The meeting was ville, 20-In Uniontown, 18-In the attended by a large number of minissity of Alexandria, (Virginia) 86- ters and other members of the Socie. In Washington city, and Georgetown, ty The exercises of the day were 120-In Baltimore, 110-In Phila- introduced by sacred music. The delphia, 130—From the Philadelphia throne of sovereign mercy was then Bible Society, 50 bibles, and 50 tes. addressed, in a solemn and pertinent taments-In the city of N.York, 105. prayer by the President ; after which
The amount of the above mention- the following report of the Trustees ed sums is 1017 dollars; out of which was read by the Secretary. be paid for the printing of upwards of 50,000 small tracts, for distribu.
Dear Brethren, tion ; at the expense of 365 dollars, Under the benign auspices of Him, packed up, and sent to the new set. who is Head over all things to the tlements from Philadelphia and New- church, we are indulged the pleasure York, in books and tracts, to the again to meet in this place of our anamount of 205 dollars, (exclusive of nual solemnities, to reciprocate the the donation of the Bible Society ;) greetings of Christian affection, and paid for cloathing and necessary ex.
renewedly to attend to the great conpenses by the way, 180, and has now cerns for which we are sacredly asso. on hand, with which he is purchasing ciated. First of all, it becomes us to lift books and small tracts for the new up our hearts to the throne of infi. settlement, 250 dollars.
nite love, in devout thanksgiving for Mr. Osgood closes his journal in the riches of his goodness to us hiththe following words : “ Ï conceive erto, and in humble and fervent de. it to be my duty to make known to sires, for his continued favor and benmy employers the cordiality with edictions. Then may it be our care which I was received, and the hospi. to animate our mutual charity, to tality and friendship, usually mani. strengthen the bonds of our union fested, during my stay in the differ. and fellowship, to quicken each other ent towns through which I travelled. in the love of Christ, and his cause, I think I had evidence, that many of and to forward the great object of the people among whom I labored, our meeting, by a serious and brothhad a real regard to the cause in erly and zealous attention to the busiwhich I was engaged. No evidence ness before us. can be more satisfactory on the sub- In fulfilment of enjoined duty, the ject, than that with which I was fa. Trustees for the year now closing, vored, viz. a prompt attendance on would respectfully submit to the Soci. the appointed seasons for public wor- ety the following report of their own ship, and the becoming solemnity transactions and of the general miswhich usually appeared during relig. sionary concerns. ious exercises.
As the Society, at the last annual I close this journal by returning meeting, accepted the Act of Incorthe thanks of many of the destitute poration, granted by the Legislature inhabitants which I visited, to the of the Commonwealth, the Trustees society, in whose service I have been made it their early care to place the employed. And in the name, and by funds of the Society under legal sethe particular request of a number of curity, and to make such other ardestitute persons, both in Canada and rangements, as were deemed neces. in the western settlements, I would sary in conformity with the statute. respectfully, but earnestly solicit the At the commencement of the year, future patronage and assistance of sixmissionaries were appointed by the the society."
board ; the Rev.John Sawyer and Rev. Jotham Sewall, for six months each,
in the District of Maine ; Mr. Na. CHUSETTS MISSIONARY SOCIETY. hum Fay, for six months, in the west
The tenth annual meeting of the ern counties of New York ; Mr. Da. Massachusetts Missionary Society vid Smith, for six months, in the
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MASSA.
north-western parts of New Hamp. shire. Mr. Williams and Mr. Rich reshire ; Rev. Daniel Emerson, for six ceived an appointment to be our mis. nonths, in the destitute parts of sionaries,in Rhode Island, Mr. Fisher Rhode Island ; and the Rev. Joseph also received an appointment as a Badger, for the whole year, among missionary in Maine. Mr. Waldo the Wyandot tribe of Indians. was appointed our missionary, in the
Having received the journals of northern parts of Vermoni, and Mr. only a part of our Missionaries, it is Paiker in Steuben county, New York. impossible to make a complete re- Mr. Rich performed his mission, of port; but from Mr. David Smith, twenty-six weeks, in Rhode Island ; whose mission was in the north west- in which time he preached one hunem parts of New Hampshire, we dred and forty-eight sermons, and learn, that he labored in thirty-eight made five hundred and seventy fami. towns ; preached a hundred and six. ly visits. He observes that his ag. ty-eight sermons ; visited three hun. semblies were small, and with few dred and twenty-six families, and exceptions, behaved quite decently, travelled 994 miles. He observes, and in general were very attentive. that his mission, on the whole, was He found some persons distressed in pleasant ; "that if the missionary view of their sinful, condemned state, Society could be fully acquainted and a few solitary, mourning Chris. with the feelings of many pious peo. tians. He thinks that books might ple in the new settlements, and see be distributed here to great advan. and hear them express their thank- tage, and that the prospect of mis. fulness for missionary institutions and sionary labors is promising: missionary labors, at the same time From Mr. Parker, who labored in realizing their dependance on God to the northern part of New York, we make these labors effectual to their are informed, that in twenty-five salvation, that we should not give towns he preached one hundred and grudgingly ; nor think that we were three sermons, attended nine conferspending our strength for nought." ences, visited about three hundred He further observes, that there was families, and rode about eighteen a general seriousness on the minds of hundred miles. In some instances, his hearers, and that many appeared he found special attention to the to feel sensibly the truths which were things of religion, anu considers the delivered to them.”
prospect for missionary labors as A journal of several weeks labour, very encouraging. performed by Mr. Emerson in Rhode From Mr. Sawyer, who labored in Island, we have received. But this the District of Maine, we learn, that good man was cut off in the midst of he spent forty-seven weeks in the his labours, and called, as we hope, service of the Society. He preached to receive the reward of a good and between five and six times each faithful servant.
week ; attended seven funerals, nine From his journal it seems, that the conferences, six church meetings, Christian religion is little regarded and two ecclesiastical councils. He in that part of our land.
assisted in forming one church ; ad. place, he observes, that on the Sab. mitted one member into the church in bath he saw people making hay, and Hamden, and four into the church in was told that others were mowing.
Dixmont. Visited seven sick per. The Sabbath, he remarks, is not only sons ; baptized one adult and six broken with impunity, but without children. Visited three schools, and blushing. The ways of Zion mourn, administered the sacrament of the none come to her solemn feasts. Lord's Supper nine times. He dis.
At the semi-annual meeting of the tributed about fifty Bibles, forty Tes. Trustees in Nov. 1808, Mr. Sawyer taments, some Psalm books and was appointed to labor in the vicinity Primers, and a large number of reof Collegetown, in the District of ligious tracts. In the course of his Maine. Mr. Jotham Sewall was ap.. journal Mr. Sawyer observes, “ It is pointed to perform a mission in the re. peculiarly interesting to discover gion of Winipisiokee pond,in N.Hamp- with what affectionate and tender
emotions some will receive a Bible, Reo. Facob Norton, Secretary. while others shew a heart as unfeel. Dea. John Simpkins. Treasurer. ing In distributing the Primers The President, Ex officio,' 7 committed to me, I have obtained a Rev. Daniel Hopkins, promise of the parents of the chil. Samuel Niles, dren, to whom the books were given, Samuel Spring, D D. to teach their children the Assem. Fohn Crane, D.D bly's Shorter Catechism, and engag: Samuel Austin, D D. ed the children to learn, informing Elijah Parish, D.D. them that I shall inquire, should I Jonathan Strong, see them again, respecting their im. Jacob Norton, provement. I have been much dis- Samuel Worcester, appointed to find people so generally Dea, Isaac Warren. ready to receive, and teach the cate
The public exercises of the occa. chism to their children.
I have en
sion were attended on the evening of gaged nearly a hundred children
the first day of the meeting, at the within a month, to attend to this subject. This will furnish some profit.
Old South meeting house. The ser;
mon by the Rev. Mr. Worcester of able employment for their parents, Salem was sentimental, elegant, ap. who while teaching their children, propriate, solemn, and highly inter; it is to be hoped, will gain instruction themselves. I have found a
esting ; the assembly was large and
solemnly attentive ; and the contrigoodly number of the dear children
bution to aid the benevolent object of of God scattered in our new settle
the Society more liberal, than on any ments, who are hungry for the bread
The of life. Such I have endeavored to
preceding similar occasion. feed, comfort, and support-And I
first preacher, for the next annual
meeting, is Rey. Jacob Norton of indulge the pleasing hope, that by the Weymouth, the second Rev. Timothy grace of God, some few sinners
Dickinson of Holliston. The follows have been awakened, and reconciled
ing missionaries have been appointed to the gospel, and some backsliders
by the board of Trustees ; Rev. Jo. recovered. It becomes me to add,
seph Badger for the year, among the that I have witnessed more attention,
Wyandot tribe of Indians ; Rev. the year past, in the new settlements,
John Sawyer, for the year, between than in any preceding period of my Kennebeck and Penobscot rivers missionary labors.”
Mr. Thaddeus Osgood, for the year, . On the whole, beloved brethren,
north-western parts of New York, we see no cause to be discouraged ; and borders of Canada ; Rev. Jotham the fields are white for the harvest, and a thousand reasons urge us to
Sewall, six months, destitute parts of
Rhode Island ; Mr. Kelloggi persevere in this good work of the
and Mr. Eliphalet B. Coleman, six Lord.
months, in the counties of Steuben, The Society, having heard and ac.
Ontario, and Genesee ; Mr. cepted the report of the Trustees, proceeded to their annual business.
Hardy, six months, lake Champlain,
and St. Lawrence ; and Mr. The officers of the Society, elected for the present year, are
Greely, six months, Nova Scotia.
An account of the funds of the SoRev. Nathanael Émmons, D.D. Presie ciety and list of donations in our dent.
them, by a select choir of singers; The Rev. EDWARD DORR GRIF. the introductory prayer was made FIN, D.D. late of Newark, New by the Rev. Mr. French; the sermon Fer.) on Wednesday, the 21st inst. was delivered by Rev. Dr. Spring; was inducted into the office of Bart. the Statutes were then read by Rey, let professor of pulpit eloquence, in the Dr. Pearson ; the inaugural prayer Theological Seminary in Andover. The was offered by Rev. Dr. Morse; the solemnity commenced with an an. ereed was read by Dr. Pearsoni
1809. General Association...Bible Society.... Intelligence.
to the professor elect, and by him re- GENERAL ASSOCIATION. peated and subscribed ; after which he was invested with the privileges The General Association of Congré. and honors of his office, by the pres- gational ministers in Massachusetts, ident of the board of trustees. The met at Newburyport on the 27th of June. professor then pronounced his inau. Delegates from the General Associagural oration ; which was followed tions in Connecticut and New Hampa by a prayer by the Rev. Mr. Dana. shire, were admitted to sit and act with At intervals, during the preceding them. The Rev. Dr. Austin deliv. exercises, appropriate psalms were ered the appropriate sermon, to £ sung, and in the conclusion, an an- large assembly of the clergy and laity. them; all which were performed in The transactions of this budy will be a style of superior excellence. The given at large in our next number. benediction by Dr. Griffin. The day was singularly propitious. The occasion was honored by a nu. merous collection of people, among We are happy to announce to our whom were a large body of the cler. readers, that the citizens of Ma asy, and many ladies and gentlemen chusetts, such of them as can make of distinguished character.
it convenient to attend, are invited The services being ended, the to meet at the Representatives' chamtrustees, visitors, professors, clergy, ber, in Boston, on the 6th of July, at musicians, and gentlemen in public 3 o'clock, P.M.“to consider the ex. office, preceded by the students of pediency of associating for the disthe Theological Institution, walked in tribution of the Bible.” We hope to procession from the church to the be able to favor our readers with a hall of the academy, where with so. pleasing account of the result of this cial and cheerful feelings, they par. meeting in our next number. took of the bounties of Providence. We have received from an obliging
We understand thut the sermon correspondent the fifth Report of the and oration, delivered on this occasion, British and Foreign Bible Society: both of which were excellent in their which we shall publish next month. kind, have beeën requested for the press.
We have received from one of our Klapp, and Daingerfield of Philadelmedical correspondents, the fol. phia. After touching upon the mo. lowing remarks on a publication, tives which led him to the course of which has lately appeared, enti- experimenting that he had pursued, tied, " Experiments and observa. he proceeds with a detail of the extions on Cutaneous Absorption by periments, he had made with an in. Reuben D. Mussey, M. D. of Mas. fusion of the rubia tinctorum, or sachusetts. From the Medical and madder, applied to the external surPhysical Journal conducted by Pro. face of the human body. In the fessor Barton. Philadelphia, from first experiment he remained impress of T. & G. Palmer. 1809.” mersed “in a pretty strong watery
infusion of the rubia tinctorum two We publish these remarks for the hours and forty five minutes.” The benefit of that respectable class of our úrine he voided three hours after he readers,whomay be gratified and profit- left the bath, “was slightly tinged ed by them.
with red, and treated with a solution The author of this treatise com- of the common sulphat of iron, it mences by glancing at the objections, gave a tinge of a purplish brown." which had been raised to the doctrine In the second experiment, “I continof cutaneous absorption, by M. Se- ued three hours in the madder bath. guin of Paris, and by Drs. Rousseau, The portion discharged five hours af