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1807.] Account of John Norton, the Indian Translator. 323

Their meals were regular, their are again engaged from 9 to 12 ; diet wholesome, and the preparations play 2 hours ; then in school till evenneat and cleanly. These things, ing. In the summer between sunhowever small to us, were of the last down and dark, and in the winter be. importance; and to be particularly tween dark and 9 o'clock, they have observed in an institution designed spelling lessons, and close by singing not only to rescue the rising race a hymn, and prayer by the master. from savage manners, but also to Then, just before the children lie light up beacons, by which the parents down, on their knees they commit might gradually be conducted into themselves to the guardian arms of the same field of improvement. their indulgent Parent, and go to rest

The children were all neatly cloth. securely under his wing. I am, &c. ed, mostly in stripped cotton, or plain

GIDEON BLACKBURN. linen, manufactured in Tennessce, and made up by the master's wife, as each scholar stood in need. The fe. males of my own congregation were often active in furnishing part of this

To the Editors of the Panoplist. supply. Young female youth, who GENTLEMEN, had been the subjects of the remarka. THE Panoplist of October mentions ble revival of religion in our country, two thousand copies of St. John, in took the frocks off themselves and the Mohawk language, as lately printsent them to the Cherokee children. ed at London, at the expense of the

On the 4th of July, 1805, the whole British and Foreign Bible Society. I school appeared before a large con. send you an account of the translator, course of red and white people, taken from the Monthly Magazine of cloathed in one of their donations. September, 1805. The account is

I was obliged to furnish blankets said to be drawn from the source of for the scholars to sleep on, as the use intimate acquaintance and knowledge, of beds was not known in the nation. This Indian chief, had just visited This was an article of considerable ex- England, and was known there by the pense, and on one occasion had near- name of John Norton, but among his ly effected the ruin of the institution. own tribe, Tryoninhokaraven, which In the fall of 1804, a considerable signifies “the open door,” because, number of blankets were wanting ; by his negociation he had once opened the money I had procured was so the door of peace to his tribe, after a nearly expended, that I dared not lay long and bloody war. He is a chief it out for this article ; and as by fa- of what were formerly termed the tigues and exposures an inflammation Five Nations, to which confederacy a kad settled in one of my legs, which sixth has recently been added. They rendered it both painful and incon- were driven from the Genesee river, venient to seek for supplies, I was re- their original habitation, in 1783, and duced to considerable difficulty, until established themselves on the Ouse I conceived of the following expe- or Grand river, that runs into the dient. In the October of this fall the north-eastern extremity of Lake Erie. annuity was distributed among the This chief went to England to obtain Cherokees. I then gave in the names from government a confirmation of a of the children, as part of the nation, certain grant of land to his country. and by the influence of Col. Meige's His father appears to have the agent, and a principal Indian been an Indian, and his mother a na. chief, I drew 26 blankets and 2 other tive of Scotland. He was educated articles; thus we had a comfortable at a British school from the age of supply for the winter.

thirteen to that of fifteen. He disThe order of the day for school ex. played uncommon eloquence in his ercises is nearly the following: The

discourse. "His observations were children rise, pray, and wash ; then acute, and the language in which they the school opens by reading the scrip- were conveyed was strong and cletures, praise and public prayer; are gant. In history, both ancient and engaged in lessons till breakfast; modern, he is well versed ; in geogthen have an hour for recreations ; raphy he displays peculiar informa

men.

tion. On every subject, connected bly, and listened to with attention. with his country, his knowledge is The scattered friends of Jesus, who minute. His person is tall and mus- had the pleasure to hear them, escular, his eye large and expressive. pressed their gladness of heart and His thirst after every species of their gratitude both to God and to the knowledge is extreme ; butliis par Missionary Society. ticular attention is directed to obtain Thcir missions together make an every information that may improve hundred and two weeks.

Rev. Jo the condition of his country.

seph Blodget, laboured twenty ; Rer. “ Tryoninhokaraven is a Christian, David H. Williston, eighteen ; Res. as are most of his nation. He has John Dutton, twelve; Rev. Royal completed a translation of the gospel Phelps, twenty six; and Rev. Naof St. John into the Mohawk lan- thaniel Dutton, twenty six weeks. guage, of which three thousand copies The three gentlemen first named were have been printed. He intends to employed in the counties of Kenne. proceed with the Evangelists Matthew beck and Oxford in the District of and Luke, the Five Nations being al. Maine; the other two in Onondago ready in possession of a Mohawk and Chenango counties, and in the translation of St. Mark, and the Lit- country between Black river and the urgy of the English church by the lakes Oneida and Ontario in New. well known chief, Col. Brandt. The York. religion of Tryoninhokaraven appears The fidelity, diligence and zeal with to me the purest Christianity. In which they perfornied their missions every conversation, which I had with fully meet the approbation of the him on that subject, he expressed Trustees. Beside delivering two, samal faith, humility, and brotherly love for frequently three sermons on a sabe all men. Seldom have I met with a bath, and preaching in some instancharacter so beautifully interesting, ces nearly every day in the week, even in its smaller ornaments, or who they gave religious instructions in fam. so completely possessed the virtues of ilies, conversed and prayed with the à patriot and a Christian, as John sick, officiated at funerals ; visited Norton, Tryoninhokaraven."

schools and catechised the children, Bath, July 21, 1805. D. C-L formed several churches, and as fit

P. S. My friend receiveci, when subjects were presented, administer he was christened, the baptismal cui baptism, and the holy supper of names of Jolin Norton.

our Lord. With these services they H.J.

comected the dispersion of the socie. ty's books; with which they endeav.

oured to encourage children in learn. ANNUAL

ing the catechism, and people of all

ages in seeking godly instruction by SOCIETY, AT

reading as well as by hearing, and in IN NORTHAMPTON, AUGUST 27, favoured with a preacher.

attending public worship thougla not 1807.

Missionaries are again sent out. The members and friends of the Rev. David H. Williston and Rev. Hampshire Missionary Society at this Alvan Sanderson, went in March to anniversary meeting', will unite with the District of Maine, to labour thirty the Trustees in offering praises to one weeks, each in the held visited God, that his gracious providence con- the last year by Mr. Williston, with tinues to smile on our endeavours to liberty to extend it farther eastward. advance his kingdom. Our mission- Rev. Royal Phelps and Mr. Ebenezer aries, who were employed the last Wright commenced a tour in June year, were all by his goodness enabled through the settlements on and near to complete their missions. He pro- the river St. Lawrence, in which they tected their lives, preserved their are to spend twelve and an half weeks. health, and, it is believed, favoured Kev. Elijah Lyman of Brookfield, them with a measure of his Spirit. Vermont, and Mr. Walter Chapin en They were in almost every instance tered on a mission the last of July, to received kindly, entertained hospita• the destitute settlements in Vermont.

THE

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE HAMPSHIRE MISSIONARY

THE MEETING OF THE SOCIETY HELD

They are to continue their work, Mr. which have accompanied the exer. Lyman ten, Mr. Chapin twelve u eeks. tions of the pious and charitable, has

No communications bave been re- blessed them with different degrees ceived from the last named gentle- of success in various places. men. Those in New York bad been Fainily religion is of consequence on missionary ground a few days; on encouraged and increased, public the 16th of June, one them writes, worship is attended in places where it * The people so far lave given us a was not before observed, churches are very welcome reception, and are very established, and the settlement of obliging and attentive to the preach- ministers promoted. The morals of ing of the gospel.” From those in many individuals are reformed, and the District of Maine more informa- charity requires us to believe that tion has been received, both pleasing nut a few souls, that were perishing and interesting

in unbelief, are recovered to the way The new settlements present to us a of life, and will be an eternal crown diversity of conditions. Some of them, of joy to those whose alms and la. become able to support Christianin. bours of love have promoted their sal. stitutions, are no longer dependent on vation. Rev. Nathaniel Dutton in the charity of missionary societies ; his journal observes, “ It evidently but others lately commenced bave but appears that missions have been the here and there a lonely family in the means of great good in this country. wilderness to excite the commisera. I have conversed with several who tion of the friends of souls. And dated their conviction and conversion many, that contain a considerable under such missionaries.” number of inhabitants, are no less These are not unimportant fruits needy; for, collected from different of missionary exertions. The Savi. parts, of dissimilar habits, and of our of the world preached several several denominations, as well as in years, and wrought many miracles to many of them too insensible of the make but a small number of disci. importance of religion willingly to ples. To regenerate men, is a diffi. give their money to purchase its cult and interesting work, and howev. privileges, they are in no favourable er successful the Holy Ghost will situation to supply themselves with render it in the day of Christ's power, the means of grace and salvation. his love and zeal teach us, to view no The few among them who love the labour lost, nor any expense useless, worship of God are weak; illiterate which God makes a mean of saving, and unqualified teachers are at hand, if it be only a few or even one soul, who offer their services for little or no for whom the Saviour paid the price reward; characters proper to be of his blood. But, emplo; ed are not readily found; To promote religion and the salva. to discriminate between them and tion of men in the new settlements, dangerous pretenders, is not always is not the only inducement to liberal. easy, where impositions by immor. ity to the missionary cause. Dona. al and erroneous men are too fre- tions to the Lord brought with a pi. quent. Under such circumstances ous heart increase longings to see his the new settlements look to mission- glory. Give freely to him, and arary societies for help. And it is be- dent will be your love and effectually lieved help of real importance has fervent your prayers for the grace of been given. People, who, having the Holy Ghost. While reaching out gone from preaching and ordinances, your hand with the tender of the were in danger of becoming heedless gospel to remote objects of charity, of both the duties and the hopes of what will not be your earnest soliciChristianity, have been awakened to tude for souls that are near? With attention. An occasional sermon or a what trembling concern will you look pious tract, impressed by the thought, upon your neighbours, upon your that unknown and distant christian children, and on yourselves, that you friends were concerned for their receive not the grace of God in vain ? souls, las aroused their sleeping with what godis ferrour will you then mind and excited it to activity. Å address the throne of grace for the efgracious God, hearing the prayers fusions of God's Spirit, where means

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are stadedly enjoyed, as well as where The Charitable Female Associa. they are only occasionally used ? God tions in the county have furnished delights to hear prayer, the sincerity for several years most of the funds for of which is witnessed by liberal sac- a large supply of books for distribu. rifices on his altar. In some blessed tion, 8172 44 1-2 contributed by them instances, while people were giving remain in the treasury for future use. their substance to send the gospel to When Christ dwelt in flesh to preach their destitute brethren, they have to men, pious women accompanied been awakened to a religious atten- him in his journeys ; “who minister. tion to their own souls. They sowed ed to him of their substance.” Many their carnal things and reaped spiritus of this ses are now his friends, and al things. The bread which they cast are ready by both their offerings and upon the waters, to feed people their prayers to aid his kingdom. that were perishing for lack of know. They evidence their love to him by ledge, has been returned to them. kind acts to his redeemed, and zeal selves in the bread of life.

to serve his cause, as well as by atIn ministering to the destitnte in tendance on his worship. the new settlements, the perishing It was the character of Christ, that heathen are not forgotten, thouglı liule "he went about doing good." To do as yet has been done to carry them the good is the character of his disciples. words of eternal life. A covenant of It is the way for them to benefit their friendship has been entered into with generation and secure a blissful imthe Stockbridge Indians, as the open. mortality. The faith, which works ing of a door to their more western by love, and produces imitation of brethren. And fifty dollars have been Christ, is to everlasting life. appropriated, to be used as soon as Alms and prayers united are opportunity offers. The committee efficacious. Offered in the name of are making inquiries and waiting for Jesus for the advancement of his the providence of God to order circum- cause, they are acceptable to God, stances favourably to employ a mis- and promotive of the salvation of men. sionary or school master with a pros- With how delicious a pleasure the pi. pect of success.

ous female who gives her cent a week Since the last annual meeting, to the treasury of her dearest Lord, $1329 91 have been expended, $981 contemplates its extensive effects in 58 1-2 have been paid to missionaries; spreading the knowledge of his name, $299 37 for books, including the as the Saviour of a perishing world? printing of the last Report, and the And with what devout satisfaction, binding of 160 vols. and 841 95 1-2 will not godly husbands and fathers for other expenses.

behold the piety of their wives and 344 bound volumes and 831 pamphe daughters in their liberality to Christ !cts have been sent out for distribution. and prayerfulness for the prosperity

To replace the monies taken from of his kingdoin? Strangers, that read the treasury S1511 30 have been re- the account of their deeds, hare be. ceived; of which $850 47 1-2 were nevolent emotions excited in their own contributed by towns and parishes in hearts. Many are stirred up to imitate the county, besides S 193 10 1-2 giv- what they approve. The sacred flame en by the Charitable Female Assucia- communicates from breast to breast. tions, $69 48 were contributed ia the It is grateful to view the extensive new settlements, $79 are donations spread of the missionary spirit, in 2 of individuals out of the county, few years, through the Christian $119 were presented by the charita. world, and its efiects in Europe, in ble Female Association of Whites. Asia, in Africa, and in America. town, New-York, 641 20 were col. The translation of the inspired scriplected at the last annual meeting tures into the languages of the east, by public contribution ; $ 187 30 were in which hopeful progress has beca obtainer by books, &c.

made, the extensive dispersion of Bi. A more detailed statement and the bles by Bible Societies in Europe, and audit of the Treastrer's accounts are the employment of missionaries to contained in the Appendix; which preach the gospel in many dark parts show the promising state of our funds. of the carth, as well as in the intant

APPENDIX NO. I.

47 32

48

2 : Hymns,

plantations of our land, evidence the power of God in awakening the zeal An account of monies expended by the of Christians in his cause, and encour. Hampshire Missionary Society, from age tħe hope that he will soon do Aug. 28, 1806, to August 27, 1807. great things for Zion.

Balance due to missionaries, viz. It is an interesting age. The gates Rev. John Dutton* for serof hell are moved. The devil and

vices, A. D. 1805, tricked men are engaged. False

$79 82

Do. 12 weeks services, 1806, 96 philosophy and violence combine to

Do. interest on his account, 9 44 delude and destroy. Terrible wars are

Rev. Joseph Blodget, 100 wasting, large portions of the earth.

Rev. David H. Williston, 72 God is shaking the nations and punish- Rev. Royal Phelps, 136 ing their sins.

Rey. Nathaniel Dutton, 136 All are called upon to exhibit a decided character. And who will

Advanced to Missionaries.

104 not appear on the Lord's side? Not Rev. David H. Williston, to perish with the wicked, we must be Rev. Alvan Sanderson,

53 active in defending and promoting his Rev. Royal Phelps,

50 kingdom. How great, or how long Mr. Ebenezer Wright, continued, will be the calamities of Rev. Elijah Lyman,

50 the nations, we cannot predict; but

Mr. Walter Chapin, we can with assurance say, God will Total for missionaries, 981 58 preserve his church, the Lord Jesus will save every one that believes in For the printing, purchase him. Let sincerity and zeal in serv. and binding of Books, viz. ing him be our hope of safety. 400 Annual Report and SerTo be happy on earth and eternally mon,

32 75 blessed in heaven, let our wisdom be 72 Bibles,

51 that which is from above, and our ac- 12 New Testaments, tions those of faith and charity. And

5 let us not be weary in well doing, for 18 Burder's Vil.Sermons, 3 vol. 36 in due season we shall reap if we faint 19 Lathrop's Sermons, printnot. “ He that soweth to the flesh,

ed 1806,

25 50 shall of the flesh reap corruption ; but 28 Panoplists, Vol. I, bound, 56 he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of 24 Vincent's Catechism, 9 12 the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

600 Trumbull on Prayer, 30 The Trustees request the several 200 Bonar on genuine religion, 14 religious congregations belonging to 100 Short Sermons,

4 the society, that they have a public Binding 30 Vols. 1. Con. contribution for the benefit of the Evan. Magazine, 10 society's funds, on the day of the Binding 130 Vols. of religannual thanksgiving, or, if it be

26 thought more convenient, on a Lord's

299 37 day near that time.

Other Expenses, viz. The Trustees also recommend it to Paid Rev. J. Sargeant as the society to pass the following our agent, expenses of making Resolves :

a treaty with the Stockbridge Resolved, that in future years, the Indians, annual meeting of the society shall be Paid Rev. Nathaniel Dutton holden at 10 o'clock of the day ap- for his journey and expenses to pointed by the constitution.

receive monies for the society Resolved, that in future the audit at Utica,

5 ing Committees be directed yearly to Boxes and carriage of books, 15 99 examine the accounts of the Com- Advertising,

3 25 mittee of Trustees.

Postage of Letters,

11 44 CALEB STRONG. Entertaining Committees,

87 Stationary

1 39 By order of the Trustees.

41 94 The balance due to Mr. Dutton for 1805, was put into the hand of his agent, and inserted in the last report as paid. But his agent, not having opportunity to conde ! it to him, returned it with interest, and his account was finally settled the present year.

ious tracts,

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