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Sabbath schools, colporteurs, are all family, and generally closing the intergood in their place; but they will ac- view with prayer. He preached three complish comparatively little without and four times a week during the year; the herald of the cross. A system of visited destitute settlements, and organitinerancy is good, and may be indispen- ized churches, and endeavored to dissable in the new country, but a perma- charge the duties of his commission. nent ministry is infinitely better. 1 But sad indeed was his story of the was never so fully convinced of this first year's labor. Instead of seeing a fact as I have been during the past year large barvest of souls among the people in Jaboring among the destitute. The of his charge, he saw many of them foundation is laid where there is a sta. leave for another part of the county, ted ministry. It is far different among and none converted; while only one the destitute. Every thing is to be male member of his church remained done. Hence we cannot expect imme- within three miles of him. But another diate results in the salvation of a multi- field, more inviting, then opened, and tude of souls in the scattered population during the second year, about 70 were of the new settlements, as we do when collected into the church; some by prochurches become established. Muchfession, but the great portion by letter. labor in digging and laying the founda- In the providence of God, I'then retion and collecting the materials, is ceived a unanimous call to become the necessary before the building rises to pastor of the church at —, which I view. So it is with respect to planting | accepted. That church enjoyed four the Gospel in the new settlements at revivals of religion during my stay the West.
among them. Divisions were healed,
and the cause of God advanced; and in Changes in Western Michigan in nine that small township 82 united with the
church on profession, and 74 by letter.
Ties were cemented and strengthend, But it is encouraging to look at the which nothing but death can sever. changes which have taken place in Friendships were formed which will be Western Michigan for a few years lasting as eternity. But my individual past. The contemplation fills my soul church was only one among many that with zeal and nerves me for future shared largely in the gracious effusions labors. Nine years ago, I wrote to a of the Holy Spirit. friend in Calhoun county, making inquiries respecting that as a missionary Increase of ministers and churches. field. I took the parting hand from my friends; I set my face to the West. When I first came to Michigan there Commissioned by your Society, I ar- was no minister of our denomination rived at the county of Calhoun about who devoted himself exclusively to the middle of October, 1835. Two preaching the Gospel, within 50 miles. little churches were then organized in Take a line drawn north and south from the county.
One was supplied with the east boundary of Jackson co., and preaching, I went to the other. My all the western portion of the state, Iittle salary was $300, half paid by your except here and there a little church, Society, avd half by the people. It cost like an oasis in a desert, was a wide me $100 to move my family, and I desolation. St Joseph's Presbytery, paid $54 for my first nine weeks' board. embracing all the western part of MichiEmigration was rapidly pressing into gan and a part of Indiana, contained six the country-speculation raged almost or seven ministers. Perhaps of the to insanity-every thing was extrava. Congregational and Presbyterian order, gantly high-almost every man saw there were twelve of fifteen churches bright visions in the future, and dreamed, on this whole field. if he did not actually think he was rich. What a mighty change has nine years Discouraging indeed were the prospects produced! These beautiful plains and of your missionary. He visited from prairies are becoming the habitations house to house, on two prominent roads, of civilized man; and towns, and villafor 20 miles, conversing with every I ges, and churches are springing into
existence as if by magic. Well may I ex- | missionaries, during the year, have been claim "What hath God wrought!". The ordained, or installed to the pastoral wilderness and the solitary place is be care of the churches where they were ginning to bud and blossom as the rose. laboring; one in Limington, York What a multitude have come along after county; _one in Temple, and one in me. Instead of one presbytery of six or Strong, Franklin county; one in Houlseven, we have four presbyteries and con- ton, Aroostook county, and one in ferences, containing an average of ten or Harpswell, Cumberland county. There twelve ministers, and from twelve to four- have been some revivals of religion in teen churches. Some most precious sea- different parts of the state, under the sons of refreshing from the presence of ministrations of missionaries, but less the Lord have been experienced. The powerful in their nature, and more cirgreat Head of the church has manifested cumscribed in their influence, than in his goodness and power in the advance- years that are past. Something over ment of the church. Her cords have 100 have been added to the feeble been lengthered, and her stakes churches, probably little more than supstrengthened. My eyes have been per- plying the places of those removed by mitted to see all this-to behold the death and otherwise. And yet there foundation of the church laid, with many has been great outward prosperity, tears and prayers, on ground where, but great internal harmony, great encoua few years since, the deer bounded ragement to the cause. through the forest unscared, and the war-hoop of the savage echoed across Financial concerns of the Society. its plains and prairies.
The expenditures of the year have
been about 8000 dollars. The trea. Auxiliaries.
surer, besides paying the missionaries
at the last anniversary, has met calls MAINE MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
of the current year to such an amount,
that with the balance of 800 dollars in Thirty Seventh Anniversary. the treasury, will meet the liabilities of
the Society, wanting about 3000 dollars. The meeting was held in Bath, June 26th, 1844. When the annual meeting
History, was held here, in 1810, there were 53 Congregational professors in the place. The Society had its foundation meet. There are now between 400 and 500; ing in June, 1807. There were thirtyand the Missionary Society has in- two members, nine of whom only now creased in numbers, influence and ope- survive, residing in the state. This rations, in about the same ratio. It has number has been increased, so that it never had any very sudden enlarge- would be difficult now to tell the thoument; but caution has been exercised, sands. There are about one thousand that whenever it did take a step, it life members, the payment for which, should be a step forward. It has “held in successive years, has brought 20,000 on the noiseless tenor of its way," until dollars into the treasury, and the numthe little rill has become a broad river, ber of these is annually increasing. The so that many drink of its waters, until operations of the Society, at its origin, the acorn dropped in the forest-ground were necessarily restricted; only one has become a wide-spread oak, where missionary employed the first year. And many sit in its shade. “ Behold, what the sixth year the number had only a great inatter a little fire kindleth !" reached twelve, and the income amount
ing to about 1000 dollars. In the thirResults of Missionary operations.
teenth year, which was 1820, the num. The Trustees have employed, during ber of missionaries was twenty-six, and the year, some for a longer, and some the income increased in proportion. for a shorter period, seventy-five mis. There was a gradual enlargement of sionaries, seven in advance of last year, operation till 1835–6, when silver was and about the same increase in the an- no more accounted of than in the days nual amount of labors. Five of the l'of Solomon, and the income of the So
ciety rose to 10,000 dollars, and the | The Massachusetts Missionary Society, w number of missionaries to ninety. The The Massachusetts Hous MISSIONALI following year came the sad reverse. Society. The income was diminished at once fifty per cent., and the missionaries, of
The Treasury. course, reduced to half the number. From that time, seven years, the Society
At the beginning of the year there has been gradually advancing ; so that,
was a balance on hand of $2,226 46. the coming year, should there be the Since that time the receipts have been the same increase as in the two or three $22,680 05; which is $6,793 99 more years past, the Society will realize again l'here have been expended on feeble
than the receipts of the preceding year. its income of 10,000 dollars, with a healthy movement and stable founda- parishes in Massachusetts $8,564 22 tion. This amount, annually increasing, and paid to the American Hone Miswill meet the wants of an extensive sionary Society $13,124 58–a larger and ever-extending population.
sum than has ever gone from this trea. The policy of the Society has been, sury to that in a single year. In giving from the beginning, to have their mis la complele view of receipts within the sionaries in some degree permanent, or
bounds of this Auxiliary, it should be limited to particular stations, in order added, that collections, donations and to forward the settlement of the Gospel legacies from various places, amounting ministry. Some, indeed, in so extended to $5,128 55, have been sent directly but the greater portion of them always that the whole amount of receipts from a field, must be missionaries at large, to the Parent Society, and therefore not
included in the above statement. So have been laboring in prescribed cir
Massachusetts into both treasuries is cuits, and in this way have effected, in many places, the organization of 830,508 60;, and of these receipts churches, and the settlement of the 821,253 13 have gone to supply the ministry. Of the two hundred and wants of the newly settled and more eleven churches in the state, one hun
destituto portions of the land.
The advance which has been made dred and seventy have been established or aided at some time by the Missionary the past year, is much greater than the
in the amount of collections and donations Society ; more than four-fifths of the whole number. And the churches yet ral thousand dollars less than the year
total advance—the legacies being seveto be organized in the waste places, and in the breakings-in upon the forest,
preceding must be formed by the same means, and trained up, if they are trained up
Summary of results. at all, in the same way.
The fields of labor that have been under the culture of this Society the past year in Massachusetts, are Sixty
FOUR-seven less than were reported the MASSACHUSETTS HOME MISSIONARY
preceding year; and of these, there are other seven that are now reported for
the last time-having been brought to The public meeting, at which an abstract of a state of improvement which will no the 45th Annual Report of this Society was longer require the husbandry of Home presented by the Secretary, Rev. J. S. Clark, Missions. Thus does the missionary was held at Boston, on May 28th, 1844. Rev. field in Massachusets gradually dimi. J. P. Langworthy of Chelsea, Rev.C. E. Stowe
nish from year to year.
Thus does of Lane Seminary, and Rev. W. M. Rogers every anniversary reiterate the assuof Boston, addressed the meeting.
rance that "the old wastes" within her
bounds shall all be redeemed, and this Annual Report.
Society be permitted, at length, to carry
forth its entire resources to aid the The Report commences by stating that by Parent Institution in occupying the an act of the Legislature of Massachesetts, the “ much land" that remains to be pos. name of the society had been altered from sessed in other parts of the great field.
A privileged position.
the Catholics. Rev. Mr. M. was edu.
cated in Ireland as a Catholic ecclesiThose who have watched the ways | astic, and took his first “orders” in of Providence, as unfolded in the past that communion. He received a priests' history of the Church, have observed orders” from an American Episcopal that generations have arisen at distant Bishop, and is said to be a Puseyite. intervals, whom God seems to have se- Rev. Mr. S. openly avows the peculilected and placed in a commanding po- arities of the Oxford tractarians. sition, suited to the putting forth of a Bishop to whose diocese they wider influence, and one that should belong, is a High Churchman, who reach farther forward than pertains to considers Congregationalists, Presbythe lot of other generations. Such were terians, &c., as not of the pale of God's the men who lived at the opening of the covenant. Then, we have many in Christian era, whom God employed to this state who make the whole of reintroduce the new dispensation. Suchligion to consist in rites and forms. were the German Reformers of the The baptismal regeneration of the Refourteenth century, whose movements former of Bethany, (A. Campbell,) is, in shook the moral world to its centre, | thejudgmentof many here, allthe religion breaking up the moss-covered founda- necessary to secure an entrance into tions of superstition, and remodeling, the kingdom of heaven. All these may for future ages, the frame work of human be expected to improve the system, by society. Such were the Puritans whom incorporating with it the numerous and God honored as the founders of New- imposing rites and forms of Romanism. England two centuries later, and whose Again, there is a great deal of fanaticism indelible impress, in a thousand living here. When I see multitudes, as I forms, is felt at this day. The nation often do, shouting, clapping their hands, feels, and to the end of time will this na- jumping, dancing, falling down, jerking, tion continue to feel, the influence of || &c., &c., I say to myself, Here are those earnest, costly, prayerful efforts abundant materials for the calmer and which were made by the fathers of 1620, sublime fanaticism of the Romanists. for the Gospel's sake, and for ours. We have also not a little of superstition.
With many, the evidences of conversion consist in dreams, visions and voices
spoken to the spiritual ear. Miracles Miscellaneous.
are wrought to awaken and reclaim
backsliders, to give new impulses in Tendency of crroneous systems to holiness, to convert sinners, and even
to cure diseases. Such persons are We have here nominally Protestant ripe to be seduced by the “ Man of ministers who strongly sympathise with | Sin.”
Appointments by the Executive Commiltee of the A. H. M. S., from Aug. 1st to
Sept. 1st, 1844.
Not in commission last year.
Rev. Josiah Wood, Nine-mile Prairie, Ni. Rev. David Pinkerton, to go to Wisconsin.
Rev. T. W. Hodgeman, Hornellsville, N. Y. Rev. H. B. Benson, do. do.
Rev. Sabin Mckinney, Bath, N. Y. Rev. Erastus Ripley, to go to Iowa.
Rev. C. Merwin, Bethel, N. Y. Rev. N. H. Barnes, to go to Northern Iudiana.
Rev. K. Kittredge, Sodur, N. Y. Rev. Matthew Meiga, Hayfield and vicinity, Va.
Rev. James Blakeley, Union, N. Y.
Rev. A. D. Freuch, Lisle Centre, N.Y.
Rev. R. Gaylord, Danville, III. Rev. Ebenezer Brown, Twolve-mile Grove, &c., ml. Rev. K. K. McCoy, Clayton, III. Rev. George Lewis, Welch Ch.on Rock Creek, III. Rev. M. Kimball, Augusta and Plymouth, Ill. Rov. Philip Eveleth, Fairfiold and Sommonauk, III. Rev. G. P. King, Grand Blanc and Atlas, Mich.
Rev. W. P. Hotchkiss, Centreville, Mich.
Co., N. Y.
Rev. S. W. Leonard, Hastings and West Moriah,
ville, N, Y.
The Treasurer of the American Home Missionary Society acknowledges the receipt of the
following sums, from August isi lo September 1st, 1544. NEW HAMPSHIRE
J. H., by Rev. B. Lockwood, $100 ; L. Duubartou, by Rev. B. P. Stone, Cong.
Wyant $3 ;
100 单 Ch., $26 71; D. II. Park, $6; Rev. J.
Randolph, by Rev. E. Taylor,
lo M. Putnam, $6; J. Ireland, $6; S.
NEW JERSEYKimball, 5; J. Buutin, $5,
54 71 Epsom, by Rev. B. P. Stone,
Madison, Ladies H. M. S., Mrs. S. W.
12 00 VERMONT
Newark, Mrs. Martha Craue, by James Dorset, Mrs. Jackson, $2; Mrs. Martin
Crane. dale, $5,
5 20 Thetford, in part of legacy of the late
Philadelphia, H. M. S., by Rev. E. R.
500 00 Missionary Society, by Rev. J. S. Clark, 500 00 ARKANSASDo. by J. Punchard, of which $30 is to
Fort Towson, Mrs. Gooding, by Rev. C. const. Rev. George Doo, of Beverly,
5 00 a L. MI.,
OH10Conway, H. M. S., bal. by 0. Childs, $1;
Hocking City, by Rev. L. C. Ford,
13 17 Samuel Denham, to const. Moses
Sandusky, 8. Morss,
40 Blood, Belvidere, III., a L. M., $30; 31 00
INDIANANewturyport, Ladies lodiana Society, of which $30 is to const. Miss Ruth
Monoquet, Presb. Ch., an Individual by
Rev. J. M. Sadd.
19 Colebrook, Cong.Ch., by Rev.A. E. Ives, 50 00 Fairfield, First Coug. Ch., by S. A.
Chicago, First Presb. Ch., Mon. Coa.
Coll., by Rev M. Hicks, Nichols,
95 00 Greens furms, a friend,
Elgin, an aged widow, by Rev.M. Hicks, 1 00
5 50 Greenwich, a friend,
Lockport, by Rev. J. G. Porter, 50 00
Pleasant Prairie, H. Allisou Jr., by Rev. Harwinton, Cong. Soc., by Rev. C. Bent
S. D. Smith, ley,
MICHIGAN New. Britain, South Cong. Ch., and Soc., by Rev. S. Rockwell, of which $10 is
Albion, by Rev. C. Clark,
Fentonville and Mount Pleasant, Presb. from the Juvenile Sew. Soc.,
101 50 New Haven, Chapel St. Ch., by Rev. J.
Ch., by Rev. P. H. Burghardt, P. Thompson,
Jackson, by Rev. C. Clark,
15 Center Ch., of which $30 is from R.
do. his don. L. Huntington to const. Mrs. Abigail
10 37 Huntingtou a L. M., by C. Robinson,
L. H. Jones,
do. $190; a Lady $3,
IOWA Hoxe St. Ch., bal. of Coll., by Rev. A.
Andrew Cong. Ch, by Rev. W. Salter. 1 63 C. Baldwin,
Makoqurta, Presb. Chi, North St. Ch., a gentleman,
3 00 Rev. Jeremiah Miller, per Rev. D. Mead, 10 00
Springfield, Rev. W. Salter, to const. Norfolk, Ch. and Cong., by Rey. Mr.
Benjamin Salter, Jr. a L. M., Eldridge, 100 00
$518 76 North Fairfield, Weston, Cong. Soc., 13 60 North Greenwich, Cong. Ch., to const.
J. CORNING, Treeswer. Rev. Juhn W. Alvord, of Stamford, a L. M., hy Rev. C. Wilcox,
50 37 Plymouth Hollow, Litchfield Aux., by
E. P. Hastings acknowledges the receipt of the Rev. H. D. Kitchell,
following sums, at Detroit, Muchigda. Upper Middletown, Cong. Ch. and Soc.,
Jackson, 0. C. Freeman,
10 (10 by Rev. 2. Crocker, 21 30 | Clinton,
18 62 NEW YORK
by Mr. Sweelzer, $43 84; H.C. Bowen,
Rev. F. Bascom acknowledges the receipt of the L. M., $30; G. M. Atwater, $10; R. A.
following at Chicago, Iu. Ivon, $10),
98 84 Chicago, First Presb. Ch., Ladies Sew. Fifth Presb. Ch., A. W. Benson, 25 0011 Soc., $50; bal. of Coll.. $3.
53 00 Forrestville, by Rev. E. Taylor,
In boxes of Clothing from New York City :- viz
9 91 Providence Chapel, Fem. H. M. S., by
Gloversville, N. Y., Rev. J. Harrison,
12 08 Lisboa, Cong. Ch., West Presb. Ch., Sab. School Miss. Assoc., by J. J. Griffen,