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poned to the bar of God. The indi-|| An aged Missionary's Testimony for vidual, who was thus suddenly called

Home Missions. to his account, it is hoped, was prepared for the summons. He had been My feelings with regard to the ima professed follower of the Lamb of portance of effort for the spiritual wel. God many years, and for several years fare of this great valley, are stronger a very valuable member of our church. than language can express. The apHe will be missed very much in our peal on that subject in the Home Mis. prayer and conference meetings; es- sionary, I do hope will awaken the pecially at our monthly concert.' He churches to increased exertions. There took a deep interest in this meeting, is, in my view, serious danger that Roand contributed much to make the manism, will have a predominant influ. meeting interesting and profitable to ence in this valley: I have in view some others. The church has met with a

reasons which I have not seen stated, great loss. By this providence, God and which it perhaps would not be exteaches us that it is unsafe not to be pedient to state publicly. We need not in readiness for death, at any moment ; however despair of Zion's ultimate trialso he teaches the church, that there umph, for her King is on the throne. is no safety in depending at all on any vidually, nothing to fear; and if the

If faithful in his service, we have indicreature.

church as a body will be faithful, she need not fear. The hopes of millions

hang on the A. H. M. Society, and From a Missionary Report.

the blessing of God attending her ef. forts. May God continue to smile upon and prosper you more and more, in your

great and good work. To be successful in these western parts, we find it requisite to “ become all things to all men ;" for great is the

OHIO. diversity of character with which we come in contact. Men are here from From Rev. H. Smith, Sec. of the Maevery direction, and with all kinds of

riella H. M. Agency. peculiarities and prejudices. It is necessary, after the apostolic mode, to go

The field and the men. from house to house. I spend much of the time thus; and some happy fruits, The moral aspect of this field does through the grace of God, have I wit- not differ materially now, from the picnessed. I am very busy; my field is ture of desolation which has been again hard, but God blesses me with unin and again presented to your notice. terrupted health, and I think I do love The progress of the truth has neverto work for him.

theless, we have reason to think, been

fully equal to the means employed ;Strange preaching places. it has gained ground-if slowly, yet

steadily. Unremitted effort, however, At I am to preach next Sab- on the part of God's people, and unfalbath. The people are a set of real tering perseverance and self-denial on "rowdies.” I have an appointment to the part of the missionaries, as they preach before the grocery door, and have been the price at which past proanother on a stump near. No one has gress has been purchased, so, for years ever preached there before, that I can to come, they must be the price at find out. I have made friendship with which this moral wilderness is to be the old grocery keeper, by several acts brought under cultivation, and these of kindness, before he knew that I was spiritual wastes are to be built up. a minister. He is the king of the place; It is the conviction of this Agency, he says that such a one as I may preach that if any class of laborers in the great there! What will be the result, I harvest of the world, more than another, know not. The prospect, though strange, calls for the daily prayers and constant seems good.

sympathy of the people of God, it is a obliged to live several weeks in an old portion of our Home Missionaries at log house, so open, that the rain and the West. Poor in worldly goods, snow came into it in such quantities, as charged generally with the support of greatly to endanger our health. My young and increasing families, the in- wife and myself caught severe colds, from terests of Christ's cause and the senti- the effects of which we have neither of ments of the churches alike adverse to us fully recovered. their engaging in secular pursuits for My field of labor is very important a support, receiving oftentimes but the and extensive, fourteen miles long and merest pittance from the people to twelve wide. I frequently go beyond whoin they minister, (the amount ac- its limits, to preach to those who are tually subscribed remaining not unfre- famishing for the want of the bread of quently in wbole or in part unpaid,) Jile. I have been twice to Royalton on and deriving in many cases from the the border of Michigan. There had Missionary Society a sum entirely in- never been Presbyterian or Congrega. adequate with their other actual re- tional preaching in that town. I found ceipts to support them comfortably- | a few sheep as it were without a home they have suffered, they do suffer, and or shepherd. They were urgent that I they must continue to suffer, for the should preach there often : they comlove they bear to the cause of the dear plained of the low character of the Redeemer,-to the precious souls which preaching in that region, and spoke of he has purchased with his blood. Still its dangerous tendency. they are regarded as being on christian ground, as sustained by christian sym

“Factorized Preachers.” pathy, and are therefore too olten, in their labors and trials and saintness of Among the greatest difficulties I have heart, though pressed out of measure, had to encounter, are the erroneous views above strength—forgotten by the people disseminated by certain preachers: they of God, not indeed in their annual con- discard education, and tell the people tributions, but in their daily sympathies to beware of Pesbyterianism. These and petitions at the throne of grace. preachers genrerally have little or no

education. In -, a preacher of the character just named, told his friends

when I came on, that they had got the From Rev. G. S. Johnson, Swanlon, ground, and it was best to keep it. I Lucas Co., 0.

made no effort to wrest it froin their

hands : but he has now left it, because Trials of a new mission. the people refused to go to hear him

preach. Another preacher came, and I have delayed quite too long, to for- endeavored to put down “factorized ward a report of my labors, but my wife preachers,” or the factorized preachers has been sick nearly five weeks-a part as he called me, saying that he himself, of that time dangerously sick-and I had never attended school more than have had not only to take care of her, six months. I have turned neither to but also to attend to our domestic atfairs the right nor to the left--but have enmyself. It has been very sickly in this deavored to preach the Gospel faithvicinity two or three months past, and fully, and the people are beginning to I have found it very difficult to obtain think Presbyterianism is not so dangerhelp. Our neighbors have done what ous as it has been represented. Said they could for us : but they have been a professor to me, the other day, “ we prevented by sickness from doing what have been accustomed to rank your they would have otherwise done. I denomination with that of Universalism, have preached regularly every Sabbath, but we were greatly mistaken; we now two or three times, and held weekly feel perfectly friendly, and are willing meetings; we were greatly disappointed to aid you all in our power." I find on arriving here, in finding the new wherever I go, that there is a great cuhouse in which we expected to live, not 'riosity to hear a Presbyterian preach even covered on the outside, and were l'as very seldon had any. preachers of that VOL. XV.



denomination been in this part of the || me in a hard field, yet unless duty is country. I have frequent and urgent plain, I feel no disposition to leave it. invitations from different places to It is indeed true, there are many and preach, more than it is possible for me serious difficulties in preaching to two to comply with.

churches, on alternate Sabbaths. It

breaks in upon system, prevents the Lapsed Professora-A Coadjutor following up of good impressions, and wanted.

leaves a portion of the congregations, I frequently find persons who were on each alternate Sabbath, to go w bere formerly members of Presbyterian fancy leads. Yet each church declares churches, but have not been recognized it better than no preaching at all, and as Christians since they came to this through the blessing of God, we make part of the state, and some of them seem

some advance. hopeless cases. We greatly need the

Visible improvement. influence of the Holy Spirit. The hope that it will ere long descend Both churches united now number upon us, is the only thing that supports about 100 members; whereas two years

My work is indeed arduous. Can ago they numbered only 50. Then, you not send some one to help me cul- each church had but a skeleton of a tivate this extensive and important field ? meeting-house, now one is fully comMy days will be few unless I can have pleted, except painting, furnished with help. Other fields in this and adjoining slips sufficient to accommodate 300 peocounties, are equally or more destitute ple, and in pleasant weather is filled of the means of grace.

with an attentive audience, while the

other is completed, except the pulpit and First fruits,

slips. Then, neither church bad a In a corner of the town of Amboy, choir of singers ; now, each have a rethe Lord has recently converted, as I spectable choir. Then, the Sabbath trust, some ten ortwelve persons-some schools in both congregations, were mere of them were, to huinan appearance, cyphers, now, each has one, averaging, hopless cases. I preach twice on the in lavorable weather, 40 scholars each, Sabbath in another part of the town six while most of the adult members form miles distant, then have a third service themselves into Bible classes in union in the part of the town to which I have with the Sabbath schools. Thus, with just alluded.

great disadvantages, something has been The Tabernaclo of the Lord set up. done. To God be the glory.

The church at Johnson is, I trust, In the same town the people have

growing in grace and knowledge, and lately built a log meeting-house-rude the congregation increases in numbers indeed, but as good as the people could and in permanence. Nineteen differobtain means to build. One or two

ent men, not connected with the church, families took the windows from their most of whom, two years ago, gave to own houses to put into the meeting. no such object, now contribute for the house, because they could be procured support of the Gospel. This is small in no other way, they boarded up the business to an eastern mind; but to places from which the windows were

us who must gain influence over men removed.

by inches, it is at least an encourageOn the whole, feel greatly encour. ment. aged in my work—Christians are wa- To this church were added last year, king to duty, and we hope prayer will 19 on profession and 5 on certificaie. soon be answered in rich etfusions of the Holy Spirit.

What benefactor of the Home Missionary cause, on reading the above, will regret

all that he has ever given, or can withFrom Rev. Asaph Boutelle, Alexan

hold his future patronage to promote so good dria, 0.

a work? If any one is tempted to be weary Disadvantages.

in well doing, let him read the following, The Providence of God has placed Wand thank God for the visible connection


of human efforts with the most precious about trials. I go from 6 to 20 and 25 blessings of heaven.

miles to preach, often preaching by the

way side, and in several instances, I The congregations are unanimous in hope, with a blessing upon the souls of their desires for my continuance among those to whom I address myself. I them, and the proofs of their affection find it all important to be instant in and kindness are not few nor far between season and out of season ; also, to be They are also united in themselves. filled with the Spirit, so that I may They are of good comfort, because they apply myself directly to the hearts and are of one mind and live in peace. consciences of those to whom I preach. May the God of love and peace pour No man should think of laboring in his Spirit upon them, that they may not this country who cannot visit the peoonly continue in love, but in manifest- ple in their houses. ing all the fruits of the Gospel of Christ ! But for the Home Missionary Society, these churches would have been with. out the means of grace, and probably From Rev. J. W. Pierce, Hudson, Mich. soon without a name on earth. Should the time come, (which may God avert,) Rejoicing over first converts. when through want of funds you would be obliged greatly to retrench your ap

Last Sabbath, we held our propriations, many are the churches munion, and 9 were added to the carried by the fostering care of your church-only 2 by letter. It was an inSociety through the first stages of interesting season. Some of our brethren fancy, who will be enabled to live, to came 9 or 10 miles to attend. I am un. bless the world and to glorify God.

able to describe the feelings of my heart, as those individuals came for. ward and entered into solemn covenant with God and this church. You will

not be surprised what tears of gratitude MICHIGAN.

fill my eyes, that I have been permitted

to see some fruit of my labors, and have Cheerful endurance.

the unspeakable joy of beholding some

devote themselves to God and promise In some respects I have been much to promote his cause. favored. I bave been well supplied with shoes, and also my family; these

Temperanco reform. are articles generally difficult to obtain. Also, through the kindness of friends Quite a reformation has taken place at the East, I received from the mis- in reference to strong drink. This has sionary boxes some valuable articles of been a strong bold of drunkenness. clothing and bedding for myself and But at the town meeting, a few days family, also a number of valuable since, the landlord of the tavern where books. Through the venevolence of it was held, brought in a bill of $5 the brethren here, I received most of to the town board, for trouble-stating the books sent to this Presbytery, as I that he had usually sold liquor enough was almost destitute of a library. I to more than compensate for the troupray God to reward those dear brethren ble, but that on that day he had taken and sisters who so liberally supplied us only thirty seven and a half cents for with clothing and books. I ain un- spirits, which would not do more toworthy to receive the least favor, yet wards cleaning the house than to purGoj spreads a table before me in the chase a broom to sweep it. This apwilderness. Though I meet with diffi- pears to me like a new era. culties in my labors, yet when I com- There seems to be a serious attenpare them with the difficulties and trials tion to preaching in this place and the of the apostles, and thousands of holy vicinity. Some who never visited the men since; and when I think of the sanctuary till recently, appear to hear "Man of sorrows and acquainted with with candor, and, I hope, with profit. griei," I am ashamed to open my mouth Il Some have decided to live for the Lord,

as they trust. The number is indeed | by the A. H. M. S. If the revivals are not small.

as powerful as in some former years, they In Wheatland, and the north part of are at least as numerous; while there is less Pittsford, the work continues, and quite re-action and a more constant advancement. a number in the families, belonging to If "the cords” are not "lengthened” as fast this church and congregation, have re

as in some other years, at least the "stakes" cently appeared to submit themselves

are more firmly strengthened. to God, and are rejoicing in hope. In

A large amount of correspondence, beone family, four of its members have within a few weeks found peace to longing to the year which closed in May their souls.

last, might be given in illustration of the foregoing remarks. We select a sew specimens, from the state of New York, because fewer

reports have appeared in our columus from NEW-YORK.

this, than from other portions of the mis

sionary field.


The correspondence which we publish From Rev. A.C. Tuttle, Liverpool, N.Y. from ionth to month, may seem to many to be deficient in interest, because it does not When I entered the field in July abound in what are called “thrilling inci. last, I found a ferble and destitute dents.” But it should on that very account Presbyterian church, consisting of about be the more acceptable to the reflecting

30 members scattered among a populareader, inasmuch as the absence of startling without a church edifice, or any place

tion of some fifteen hundred or more, occurrences betokens a regular and healthful for public worship, except an upper state of the missions.

room, large enough to convene some Those conditions of the physical nature two hundred people, which they have which are most desirable, are the most gentle occupied in common with two other rein their coming and their changes,--such as ligious societies. To this they had a the lapse of the seasons; the silent growth claim for only one third of the time. and ripening of the grain and fruits; the In the early part of the spring, the unnoted circulation of the blood, and other church and society here commenced the functions of the body, which attract atten. erection of a church edifice. I contion only when they become disturbed and tinued my labors without any special painful. Something like this is true of the interest, till the dedication of our church

in the last week of October. From that spiritual world. Often, where no progress is reported, there is a quiet growth of grace in worshipped in our own house and has

period, our congregation has met and christian hearts; a silent extension of the gradually increased in number and insway of truth over individuals, families and terest until the present time. neighborhoods of the impenitent; a gradual increase of what may be called the fixtures

Means of advancement. and machinery of a well ordered congregation, as Bible classes, Sabbath schools, This was emphatically an era in the benevolent associations, libraries, accommo. history of the Presbyterian society in dations for preaching, &c. Such things this place. From that time to this, we occurring in steady succession, especially feel a delightful consciousness, that

God has been with us. when attended by conversions, more or less school and Bible class, consisting of

A Sabbath frequent, prove that truth is doing its work, about 80 pupils, and embracing most of and that "the kingdom of God is” indeed the children and youth of the congre"like leaven," silently pervading the mass gation, and of many who never went to in which it is hidden.

any place of public worsbip, has been Such evidence, we are happy to believe, is organized, and has ever since been in a abundantly furnished by the churches aided, flourishing condition. A weekly con

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