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deep personal and family affliction. I the only ministers who sympathized with was confined with fever and ague, my the interests and objects of your Socie. wife was in a declining state, and our ty. We had four ministers present, and hopes of her recovery were at the lowest knew of three others whose hearts were point of depression. But, through mer- with us, but whose circumstances forcy, she is now better, and we are per- bade them to be present. mitted to hope for a speedy restoration. During the first month of this quarter, I was entirely disqualified for missionary service. Since the last Sabbath in October I have been able to preach every Sabbath, and occasionally during From Rev. J. C. Holbrook, Dubuque. the week. The results of these labors have not been revivals of religion ; but One of the new missionaries is staat all my preaching points, there are in- tioned twenty-five miles south of me, and creasing congregations. There is in another the same distance southwest; the community an increasing conviction and these are now my nearest ministeof the importance of religious institu- rial neighbors in Iowa, while I have tions to the temporal and spiritual wel- none north or west of me. fare of society. Along with these labors, in preaching publicly, and from

Cascade. house to house, I have circulated about one hundred volumes of the American Tract Society, and two thousand pages I have engaged in a few days to go to of tracts. We have a quantity of Bibles Cascade, to assist the missionary there from the American Bible Society. The in organizing a church. It is an intelabor of distributing them, and making resting and important point, and I have collections, &c., devolves on your mis- for some time felt the need of a laborer sionary. I hope, before the expiration there. At this point there is one of the of another quarter, to see the word of most beautiful cascades which I have God in every dwelling in our county. ever seen, formed by the falling of The is less of destitution in our com- the Maquoqueta River perpendicularly munity than I had expected to find, as over a ledge of limestone rock of conwell as greater readiness to receive siderable heiglit, and affording an admi. Bibles and pay for them. I have also rable water-power, which is already imobtained froin the depository of the proved in part by the erection of an American Sunday School Union a box excellent flouring 'mill. As soon as the of their publications, worth one hundred country becomes more settled, and carddollars, which I am authorized to sell ing machines, &c., are needed, it will at a reduced price. As soon as spring be quite a manufacturing place. returns, I hope to make these of great value in establishing Sunday Schools.

Laborers needed. The past quarter has also been marked by the formation of the “Congregational Association of Northern Iowa.” I had hoped, that of this band of The meeting was held at the Forks of new missionaries, one could have been Maquoqueta, where Brother Salter is spared for Clayton County, (the next located. There were present, brethren north of this). It is a delightful section Salter, Turner, Bobbins, and myself. of the Territory, already considerably We organized a church of eight mem- settled, and will eventually be a very bers, and also the association. This populous county. It is watered by the body is designed to embrace the Con- Turkey River, and affords a fine opporgregational ministers and churches tunity for settlers to make farms in a north of the Iowa River. To me it was healthful climate, on a rich soil, and in a season of peculiar interest. I looked the neighborhood of a good market, back only three years, when I entered which this place affords-and always this field, and lived more than a year, will, while mining operations shall be and myself and another, now gone, were continued in this region. There are

are

several professors of religion settled at little interest in these “ Yankee meathe county seat, where a church might sures,” but after hearing the nature be organized, and where, in connection and influence of it, as brought out in with itinerating in the county generally, I the discourse, were pleased and dethe labors of a missionary might be ad- lighted. I embraced this occasion to vantageously employed. I hope that present the cause of Home Missions for ere long you will be able to plant a man a thank-offering, and received $4 70. there.

Of their penury they gave it—but willI have recently prea ched to my peo- ingly, and many who had nothing would ple on the subject of Home Missions, gladly have given. It was the first time and am happy to say that much interest this cause had ever been presented was manifested on the occasion. I en- here. deavored to point out the vast importance of present efforts to plant the institutions of the Gospel in our land, and the responsibilities that devolve upon

MISSOURI. the present generation, especially those who inhabit • the West.” A contribution. From Rev. Amasa Jones, Deep Water, was taken up at the close of the exer

Mo. cises, amounting to $15 50, which, though in itself a small sum, it is something, when it is considered that we The past year has been more peobliged to depend on foreign aid in sus. culiarly marked with mercies than any taining our own Gospel institutions. of my life. Through the last long and But I hope that this, our first humble dreary winter, my health was such as offering, will be followed hereafter by to enable me to meet my appointments, other and more important contributions with few or no exceptions. And what to the cause which, to say the least, is was still more encouraging, the people second to no other in its claims upon have universally shown a disposition to the American churches. We have also come together, and listened with great established the monthly concert of attention. prayer for the conversion of the world, Quite a harvest of souls, seventeen, and at each meeting a contribution is to were gathered into the Salem church, be taken up, one half to be appropriated about the middle of January, (1343). to Foreign Missions, and the other half In the same month, five were received to the American Home Missionary So. into the Deep Water church. The ciety.

most of these were received on prosession. Six were received to the Oseola church, in the early part of summer. All three of the churches to which I

minister, have been considerably reThanksgiving in Iowa.

vived ; and have walked together, so far as I have been able to learn, in the

unity of the Spirit and in the bonds of Our Governor made us no appoint- peace. My health, though somewhat ment for Thanksgiving. I thought it declining, has been such as has enabled best to begin at the start to train our me to attend more meetings, and to little church to the good old custom of preach more, than any other year of my the East. Accordingly, I made an ap- life. I have attended several protracted pointment to preach on the subject on meetings, which, for the most part, have the 30th of November. Several of our been meetings of great interest. The eastern families had never attended a one held in the Salem church, in June, Thanksgiving in the West-it was a was a season of deep interest-some great treat to them; and several of our eight or ten were bopefully convert. oldest members, over years of age, ed, and have since united with the had never attended a Thanksgiving be- church. fore. It was a new and strange thing At my last visit to Oseola, in the ear. to them; and at first, some felt but ly part of the present month, we had a

ty, Mo.

sacramental season. The exercises | Our meetings in that church, through commenced on Saturday and continued the summer, and since my last report, until Wednesday evening. The Sab- have been crowded, Christians engaged, bath was a beautiful day, and a good and some who, before last summer, necongregation came together. I visited ver attended preaching, have become among the people in the day time, and regular in their attendance, and feel preached at night. Good congregations much anxiety with regard to their salassembled and were attended with a vation. Complying with calls from great deal of solemnity. Although no other places, I had been absent from accessions were made to the church, them for several weeks, until Saturday, yet we have reason to believe much two weeks ago; when, late in the good was done.

evening, I arrived at the house of one of the elders. They circulated the notice, and that night we had a crowded meeting. On Sabbath I preached in

the meeting-house to a large and soFrom Rev. David Wier, Morgan Coun- lemn congregation. On the solicita

tion of a worthy member of the Cum

berland Presbyterian Church, we apMy regular appointments for preach- pointed meeting that night, at his house. ing, through the latter part of the sum

We had a solemn night, much feeling, mer and fall, were much interrupted and ardent prayer with the people of with sickness. For about seven weeks God, and many tears from some of the at one time, public preaching was al. irreligious. most entirely suspended ; which time

One token for good in that church is, I spent principally in visiting the sick the sincere and prayerful co-operation from house to house, by day and by

of the Cumberland Presbyterians, in night. Such was the aflicted condition the immediate neighborhood; and we of some parts of my field of labor, that acknowledge ourselves to have been through seven weeks, I got but three much aided by their prayers. nights of unbroken rest. The afflict-li

On Monday, when about to leave,

one of the elders of our church, underalarming ; but

the darkening clouds ment was nearly out, said, " Do you ining scourge for some time appeared have dispersed, and health is again restored." We have to record the death tend to continue ?" I told him,“ certainof a beloved sister in Christ, about ly.” With tears in his eyes, he said, “O, eighteen months from Scotland, aged

will you not come to us?” I told him, thirty-one years. She was a female of with the will of God, I would serve well cultivated mind, and ardently them; at which, his emotions seemed to pious. During her illness I visited her be such as are more easily conceived three times; which were, to me, occa

than described. sions of deep spiritual interest. Her mind was strong, her ideas clear, her piety ardent, and her hope firm and

WISCONSIN, unwavering in view of the solemn change.

The ministerial ranks are filling up From Rev. E. G. Bradford, Platterille, in our Missouri country, which seems

Grant Co. to promise better days to come. We are encouraged with the evidence we

Distressing sickness. have that truth is making a silent, but sure conquest over error ; and, on the The cause of the delay of this report whole, Christians are on the advance in is the existence of the small-pox, in an piety. The Moreau Church begins to epidemic form, in our village. We assume an attitude that is encouraging. have been, and are being, most severely The few members composing it feel and dreadfully scourged with it. It that the rise and prosperity of Zion is commenced in this village, on the 28th with them the great business of life.ll of October, in a very mild form, and

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An Inviting Region. urches." My labors are more than I can en- The field I occupy is assuming a ure, and are fast exhausting my phy- great importance; equalling, perhaps, cal energies; but I can see no place to any other in this part of the State. p. I want, AT LEAST, TWO BRETHREN About this place there are eighty ith me

in this field. Will they families convenient for one congregame ?

tion. () the -, as I stood, one morning, at the door of one of our brethren, I counted sixty smokes is.

suing from the chimnies of settlers, and ILLINOIS.

this was not one half of the families

within the bounds of our church there. Utility of S. s. Books.

The numbers are constantly increas

ing—much land yet at $125 per Our Sabbath Schools are increasing acre, and that full as good as any a numbers and interest. The books, already occupied for farming pur.st summer, have aided us very much. poses. . is delightful to call upon families and e what interest is excited by parents

Backsliding and Crime, od children in perusing them. Some ortions are committed to memory. I ajoice, particularly at this time, in the

I have previously given you some atroduction of the Sabbath School statement of the moral character of this ublications, because they constitute people. Yesterday I called on Mrs.

whose husband now lies in jail, lmost the entire reading

of the young, awaiting his trial for murder. He and ther books being but few. We are his wife came here nine years ago, from rying to raise a spirit for purchasing ibraries for themselves. The children a Presbyterian Church'in Pennsylvalave began to hand in their contribu- nia. They were among the first setions. I hope by the next report, that I tlers after the Indian war. For a time hall be able to forward at least five dol. they maintained family worship. But ars. We have three schools in opera. church, and but sew professing Chris

there being no public worship, no ion this winter, which I meet at least tians, they began to lay aside their doonce in four weeks. We shall com- mestic altar, and to employ the Sabbath mence a fourth in the spring, and per- for other than holy purposes. Neigh. haps a fifth. None of these will be less bors would visit each other, and look than five miles from each other. could not have increased the interest up claims, and get into disputes and for schools to such an extent, had it not

contentions about claims, &c. This been for the libraries furnished-two man partook as deeply as any other in from the Massachusetts S. S., and one

these evils, until it resulted in the death

of his next neighbor. from the Am. S. S. U. But these books do no suffice.

The design of the Am. S. S. Indispensableness of a Stated Minis. Union, of granting $3,000 to this Valley, gives great joy to those of us here who mourn over the desolations This melancholy result of spiritual and errors that surround us. Errorists destitution, shows the vast importance here mourn most bitterly, that children of a settled ministry, early in every are furnished with reading of such a cha- settlement. If there is not the public racter. And still these books find the worship of God, there will be no Sabmost ready access to families; I have bath. If men tarry at home, they will found no instance where they are re. not be likely to spend the time in prifused. I hope we shall not be over- vate devotion. The Sabbaths, where looked in the appropriation, and in the there is not a competent ministry, are mean time I will do what I can to raise employed, too often, even by professors something on our part.

of religion, for secular purposes. How

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