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THOMAS PAINE.-The one hundred and Rev. D. Lane, Keosauqua. fifth anniversary of the birth of this illustrious infidel, was celebrated in Salubria, Iowa, at the dwelling of Abner Kneeland, formerly of Mr. Lane, besides supplying Keosauqua, Boston.

A repast was provided, at which ladies and visits three or four other neighborhoods. In gentlemen partook. Strange as it may seem these, Christians, infidels and worldlings, are the following toasts were given by some of mingled together, and an audience of from the ladies.

By Mrs. Adams. The daughters of lowa, thirty to fifty persons attend in each place. may they learn less of priesteraft, and lay In K. the attendance is greater, and it is beaside their Bibles for the distaff and loom. coming more popular, among certain classes, By Mrs. House. The infidels in Iowa

to frequent the sanctuary. Increasing interest they have lived too long in the woods to be is manifested in the Sabbath school, and 50 frightened by priests.

By Miss D. L. Rice. The future immi- or 60 pupils attended even after the comgrants to our beautiful territory-may they mencement of cold weather. Mr. L. writesTeave all their superstition behind them.

By Miss D. J. Rice. The young ladies of Iowa-may their buoyant minds and guileless

We have formed a county Bible Sohearts never be ensnared by the artifices of ciety here, and a branch society at Far

mington. In both places about $60 have been subscribed. We shall order some 200 Bibles, and 3 or 400 Testaments from New-York, and hope to se

cure the aid of the inhabitants in the Kneeland and Joe Smith-Changes in

good cause. 1844.

the priests.

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The year 1844 will be memorable to those in this vicinity for the death of From Rev. Harvey Adams, Farmington. the “ Prophet” and the Atheist-doubt. less both of them impostors. A few words about the Mormons- Their head

Mr. A. was absent for a few weeks during is gone, and the body is already divided the summer, on a visit to the East. After his into some four parts. One with Lyman return he thus writes :Wight, gone into the “Pinery,' with Rigdon, near Pittsburg, one with Happy was the hour when I once the Laws in Rock Island Co. Rigdon more reached Farmington. My home claimed to be chief, but said that the is in the West. May He, by whose "spiritual wife" system, Bogus” permission and kind providence I came, (counterfeiting) system, and horse make me, both in life and in death, a stealing, must be abandoned in the blessing to those among whom I shall church. The Twelve rejected with dwell. Here the toils of a missionary indignation such a leader, and settled are many and severe, but not unwelthe inatter by a real fisticuff, confirm-come; yea, greatly to be desired. ing their arguments by blows. The Some valuable auxiliaries in missionary church confirmed the decision of the labor have been received. Among apostles, and sent Rigdon adrift, de- these are S. S. libraries, and some positing the keys with the Twelve. valuable acquisitions to my private Under their administration the Temple library. moves on with more zeal and energy On resuming missionary labor again than ever before. Some have been in October, there were, and still are, confirmed in their faith by the death of some things to encourage, and some their leader; and others, who were to discourage. The discouragements aspiring themselves, or had ambitious are, that some valuable members of the views with reference to their friends, church have left the place. They were are filled with doubts and unbelief. a blessing to us spiritually and tempoThe glory departed from Mormonism rally. We have been disappointed in when Joseph fell, and with him the sys- the erection of our house of worship the tem is doomed to die. Its effects will present season. The members of the long be felt, but its days are numbered. church on whom we depended for the

ness.

lumber, have sustained heavy losses. I istry. I must rejoice in every part of They were the proprietors of our prin- its duties, trying as some of them are. cipal mills, and the mills were so in. And especially do I rejoice in having jured by the freshet that the lumber been sent to this field, so far from my could not be sawed till it was too late puritan home. No feeling of regretfor building this season. Our Sabbath no wish to return has ever mingled schools were all closed when I return. with my thoughts of distant and much. ed, for want of a comfortable house in loved scenes. And the sum of my feel. which to hold them.

ings, as I recall the past, is "hitherto The encouragements are such as hath God led me," and praised be his these :-My companion and myself en- name. joy excellent health and fine spirits. Other things in this review make me Health is also generally prevalent. The sad. One year of labor and effort is Lord has sent another missionary to gone. As faults and failures cannot be our aid, so that my labors can be devo- mended, I am sad when I think how ted to Farmington and vicinity. This little apparent good has resulted from is very necessary. There has been a my labors. So much to be done, so large increase of population, and the little religious influence exerted upon demand for my labors here is great. this community—the church so imperThere is no prevailing excitement, fect, and living so little the life of godlieither political, local, Campbellite, or These things make

me sad. Mormon. The two latter sects have And yet they are not strange. not preached here for some time. It is a time of external peace in the church.

Delay, a sonrce of difculis. There is no strife among brethren. God is providing us a large and com- Had a faithful minister come here fortable room for worship during the six years since, the whole moral aspect winter. It is a new ware-room 20 by of the place would now be quite differ40 feet; and is furnished by one of our ent. So that upon our shoulders rests, citizens, who gives us the use of it, and not only all the present work of a church is aiding us in preparing seats with here, but the arrears of, at least, half a backs to them-quite an improvement, dozen years, wlien nothing was done, since we have had nothing except except by the Methodists. benches made of slabs. Our people are I am often reminded of the vast good fully determined, (Deo Volente,) to, you are doing by sending ministers so build a house of worship next season. early into different places in the West. Our congregation has enlarged very I firmly believe that a minister in this much. The school-house in which we place, seven years since, might have have met has usually been full-crowd-done more good in one year than he can ed; and there are many more who in- now do in four. And this thought will tend going to our meeting when we bear expanding, and in its application have a larger and more comfortable to all new settlements in this mighty room. They are now aiding us in fur- West, forms one of the most cogent nishing the new seats. The church reasons for immediately extending the have paid considerable more towards

operations of your Society.
my support for last year than they
agreed to do.

Signs of Progresı,
Still, I can note progress here. When

the weather would admit I have had From Rev. H. Hutchinson, Burlington. uniformly a full house, and an attentive

audience-often a deeply solemn ode. Review of the first year in Iowa. The church has more than doubled its

members during the year. And the In surveying the past year, mingled members seem to have made some profeelings of joy and sadness fill my mind. gress in piety, though far less than I cannot but rejoice that God has count-duty required. ed me worthy, putting me into the min.

s ten feel—"O for the Spirit of

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God to come here and revive us again brated the Lord's supper together, for

“Come, O breath, and breathe upon the first time, and entered into solemn these slain!" For such a visit we look covenant with each other and with God.

This little flock is scattered over a reOur church building has made no gion of twelve miles, though the largest progress during the summer. The part of them get together at our quar, floods in the Spring have made this a terly communions. We have not had hard year, and our people feel poor. a communion since our formation withWe need a house sadly. We are out some additions. Three have joined cramped every way for want of one. us on profession, and one by letterWe expect to complete our house next making our present number sixteen. summer.

In consequence of the church being so much scattered we have not been able to get together for prayer and con

serence meetings as we have desired ; From Rev. E. B. Turner, Cascade, Du- and it is very difficult for them to cobuque co.

operate. Our only hope in building up

a permanent church here, is, that the With this communication closes my Lord will pour out his Spirit to convert first year's service for the A. H. M. s. some of the impenitent among us, and I can hardly realize that twelve months also that He will cause some good peohave rolled away since I came to this ple to emigrate from the East and settle field. I look about me for some fruits here. For those two objects many of my year's toil, but I find I have only prayers have ascended, and I trust we made a beginning. Though I am sen- shall not cease to pray till the desired sible that many hard days labor have blessing comes. been performed, and not a few sleepless

Being destitute of a place of worship, nights spent, yet there has apparently my church thought it best to make some been but litile accomplished.

You effort to build one. We started a subhave already been informed that the scription paper for that purpose, and by field which I occupy was entirely new, the help of the people of the vicinity so far as the labor of a Congregational we raised about $300. We have obor Presbyterian minister was concerned, tained from the East about $250, and when I came here. The Methodists have a frame erected 26 by 36, on a have forined a small class, and a small solid stone wall two and a half feet Baptist church was organized.

higb, and the frame is partly enclosed. The principal part of my labor for the 'We are hoping to get it finished far first six months, consisted in going from enough to use before winter, but we house to house, forining acquaintances, shall probably be prevented by the and distributing tracts and good books. weather. We now meet in a log cabin

One important object which I kept in which is rented for a school. I preach view in my visits, was to ascertain how here every other Sabbath, and ihe inmany professors there were of our or-' termediate Sabbath at a Scotch settleder, and whether they had a desire to ment ten miles south of here. I have unite and form a church. The number established a Bible class in this place of this class that I found far exceeded which I attend every Sabbath that I my expectations, and they were not am here. Our Sabbath school is sus. only unanimous in opinion, but were pended for want of a place to hold it. strongly desirous that a church should Our temperance society meets once be formed, which should embrace the in three or four weeks, and new names doctrines and adopt the usages to which are added every meeting. This society they were accustomed. Many of them was formed since I came here, and now had been praying for some time for it, numbers about 150. The morals of and rejoiced to hear that a gospel minis- this place are evidently inproving. It ter of their own order had coine to set is not three years since it was resorted tle among them. The church was to by the whule region on the Sabbath, formed the last Sabbath in January, and the day was spent in gambling, 1844, when a little band of twelve cele horse-racing, drinking, &c. Now there is preaching here every Sabbath, and || of sickness occasioned by the high wa consequently Sabbath breaking has ters and storms of last spring and sum greatly diminished, though the day is mer. In one family four children died, now regarded inuch less than it should one after another, in almost as many be. Being on a public thoroughfare, weeks. On the day the last child was we are not a little annoyed with tra- buried, I attended the funeral at 10 vellers.

o'clock, A. M., and at 3 o'clock, P. M., admitted the father of two, and tbe mother of two that died, (two brothers

living together,) into the church, and MISSOURI.

administered the sacrament to them and

an aged grandmother, who was lying From Rev. T. S. Reeve, St. Joseph. sick of the sever, unable to sit up. It

was a solemn, and an unusual, and a Pioneering

deeply interesting occasion. This

family, in which are four of the memAlthough my labors have been ex

bers of our church, live on the bot. tremely arduous, having ridden, in the tom,” some three miles from town. I discharge of my ministerial duties, more

have an appointment there for the pure than a thousand miles, preaching the pose of organizing a Bible class for the Gospel under all possible circumstan

winter season, the neighborhood being ces—in the open air, in open log houses,

thickly settled. in groceries, in taverns, in private

We are hoping that God will, during houses, and in unfinished buildings, the winter, revive his work among us. visiting the sick and dying, &c.; yet tired of living wickedly, and as the ex.

The wicked even are beginning to feel God has, in much kindness, preserved my health and strength. Dangers have citement of politics, which has been a been around me and mine, still life deadly curse to the churches in Mishas been sustained. Difficulties, try-souri, will have subsided, we trust that ing and great, have been met and over- religion will become more prosperous.

Discouragements, dark and mighty, have clustered around my path- Is Home Missionary aid needed way, and yet I have been enabled to keep up my spirits, and to continue my labors, cheered with hope. I have se- The following, from a minister in the Upper cured the organization of a church in Missouri country, gives the answer: this new and flourishing town, which I trust, is to exert a holy and an exten- There is an immense amount of lasive influence in Upper Missouri. I bor to be done ; and although the field have also secured the erection of a log is very large, and already white for the church, and which is now nearly com- harvest, the laborers are indeed few. pleted.' To do this, I have had to! And unless some further arrangement shoulder my axe and march to the for- is made for the support of those now in est, and cut many of the logs inyself; the field, they will be still fewer. Minisand have done many a hard day's work ters cannot live on wind, nor have their upon the building besides.

families learned to subsist on thin air. Our little church consists of twelve Yet so scanty have been the means, that mernbers, and some of them, at least, I have heard a minister's children ery manifest a good christian spirit. I for bread, and none could be obtained. have also secured a small Sabbath My own family have actually suffered school library, and, as soon as our for many things. And I feel that duty church is finished, shall organize a will not compel me to stay much longer Sabbath school.

unless something more can be done.

If a man can be sustained here a few Solemn circumstances,

years the church will, most unquestion.

ably, be able to return the monies sbe This has been a trying season to is now receiving ; but if the field is great numbers of families, on account | abandoned for want of a few dollars,

come.

ments

which thousands in the churches have || for the sake of spending an hour with in abundance, the loss will be irre- the disciples of the Lord Jesus, in praytrievable, and the guilt will belong to er and conference. Two others have those who might have secured a lasting gone a still greater distance, and conblessing to multitudes.

sidered it, as they say, “no sacrifice whatever.” The subject of “revival," or rather of a revival in our hearts and

in our community, has been the theme WISCONSIN.

of much interesting discussion in these Specimen of pecuniary embarrass

meetings, and has elicited many fervent prayers from Christians. Many are be

ginning to feel that a revival in the I have received only thirty-seven dol- midst of us is greatly needed, and othlars from that church' since I commen. ers, that it is indispensable. ced my labors among them, a year ago last July. And I shall not probably realize over fifty dollars of the hundred that was pledged last year. I do not Violation of the Sabbath. mention these things by way of complaint, but they are not so pleasant to

It is painful, indeed, for one coming be endured, especially by one so poor from the " land of steady habits,” to as myself. There are some willing witness the very great, and I might say, hearts and ready hands to minister to almost total disregard of this day, in my necessities, though it be not in the this country. Our streets leading to shape of dollars and cents. Were it the principal ports upon the lake, are not for these we might suffer, and be in thronged with people going to and reneed of “all things.” But I find in all turning from market upon the Sabbath, my trials, the Lord a present help. “ I almost as much as any other day of the will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” week. Sixteen teams were observed is a strong consolation to the missionary to pass one way upon the Racine road who diligently pursues his work, and in a single hour. The same might prokeeps his eye single to the glory of bably be seen every hour of that day, God.

and of almost every Sabbath during the year. It is not unfrequently the case, that the ears are pained with the sound

of the sportsman's gun, and his eyes From Rev. M. Wells, Burlington, Wis. with the sight of the fisherinen upon

the ponds, or with other acts, which, if Prayer for revival.

possible, are still more offensive in the

sight of God, and more annoying to the For a few weeks past there has been Christian. No longer ago than the last an increased interest felt on the subject || Sabbath, during the morning services, of religion in these churches—especial- we were annoyed with the butchering ly in Burlington. Four weeks ago we of a hog, within a few rods, and in sight commenced a weekly evening prayer of the place where we were convened ; meeting in the neighborhood were most and every Sabbath, almost, is the quiet of of the church live, by going from house our village disturbed by the running of to house

a grist mill. Now, what shall we do? Meetings have been commenced in We preach, we pray, we labor for a rethis neighborhood before, but they have form in this matter; but there seems died away for want of supporters. But to be but little hope of success, while now every Christian seems interested in there continues to be so large a class of them. All attend them without regard prosessed religionists as we have in our to sect, all participate in them, and all community, who desecrate the Sabbath. seem desirous to have them attended in The last example of Sabbath breaking their own houses. An aged niother in mentioned above is by a leading memIsrael, one who has seen upwards of ber of a religious denomination. The eighty years, has gone a mile and a balf preacher of that church, as I am credi

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