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here given of the local situation, strength, character, &c. of the Indian tribes in Louisiana, we hope will prepare the way for Missionaries in due time to carry the gospel of the crucified Redeemer among them. With this view we shall cheerfully extend the valuable information among our readers.

The following extracts are from "Historical Sketches of the several Indian tribes in Louisiana, south of the Arkansa river, and between the Missisippi and river Grand."

"CADDOQUES, live about 35 miles west of the main branch of the Red river, on a bayau or creek, called by them Sotlo, which is navigable for peroques only within about six miles of their village, and that only in the rainy season. They are distant from Natchitoches about 120 miles, the nearest route by land, and in nearly a north west direction, They have lived where they now do only five years. The first year they moved there the small pox got among them and destroyed nearly one half of them; it was in the winter season, and they practised plunging into the creek on the first appearance of the eruption, and died in a few hours, Two years ago they had the measles, of which several more of them died. They for, merly lived on the south bank of the river, by the course of the river 375 miles higher up, at a beautiful prairie, which has a clear lake of good water in the middle of it, surrounded by a pleasant and fertile country, which had been the residence of their ancestors from time immemorial.

They ave a traditionary tale, which not only the Caddos but half a dozen other smaller nations believe in, who claim the honour of being descendants of the same family; they say, when all the world was drowned by a flood that inundated the whole country, the Great Spirit placed on an eminence near this lake, one family of Caddoques who alone were saved; from that family all the Indians originated.

The French, for many years before Louisiana was transferred to Spain, had, at this place, a fort and some soldiers; several French families were likewise settled in the vicinity, where they had erected a good flour mill with burr stones brought from France. These French families con

tinued there till about 25 years ago, when they moved down and settled at Campti, on the Red river, about 20 miles above Natchitoches, where they now live; and the Indians left it about 14 years ago, on account of a dreadful sickness that visited them, They settled on the river nearly opposite where they now live, on a low place, but were driven thence on ac, count of its overflowing, occasioned by a jam of timber choking the river at a point below them.

The whole number of what they call warriors of the ancient Caddo nation is now reduced to about 100, who are looked upon somewhat like knights of Malta, or some distinguished military order. They are brave, despise danger or death, and boast they have never shed white man's blood. Besides these, there are of old men and strangers who live amongst them, nearly the same number, but there are forty or fifty more women than men. This nation has great influence over the Yattasses, Nandakoes, Nabadaches, Inies, or Yachies, Nagogdoches, Keychies, Adaize and Nachitoches, who all speak the Caddo language, look up to them as their fathers, visit and intermarry among them, and join them in all their wars.

The Caddoques complain of the Choctaws incroaching upon their coun try; call them lazy, thievish, &c. There has been a misunderstanding between them for several years, and small hunting parties kill one another when they meet.

The Caddos raise corn, beans, pumpkins, &c, but the land on which they now live is prairie, of a white clay soil, very flat: their crops are subject to injury either by too wet or too dry a season. They have horses, but few of any other domestic animals, except dogs; most of them have guns, and some of them have rifles; they and all other Indians, that we have any knowledge of, are at war with the Osages..

The country generally, round the Caddos, is hilly, not very rich; growth a mixture of oak, hickory and pine, interspersed with prairies, which are very rich generally, and fit for cultiva tion. There are creeks and springs of good water frequent. (To be continued.)

Messrs. Samuel Stansbury, J. & T. Ronalds, J. Osborn, and George F. Hopkins, of New-York, have in the press an elegant and correct edition, in one volume, octavo, of Walker's Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language; from the third London Quarto edition; containing the last improvements and corrections of the author.

Proposals are issued by the Rev. William Pryce and Joseph Jones, of Wilmington, Delaware, for publishing, by a general subscription throughout the United States, an Exposition of the New Testament, both doctrinal and practical. In which is insert

Drdination.

ORDAINED, on Wednesday the 8th of January last, over the first religious congregational society in Marietta, (Ohio) the Rev. Samuel Prince Rob. bins. The public exercises of the occasion were performed in a solemn and impressive manner. The Rev. Jacob Lindsly of Waterford made the introductory prayer. The Rev. Thomas Robbins of Connecticut preached the sermon from Matt. xxvi. 14. Several circumstances, naturally coming into view on the occasion, rendered the usual addresses peculiarly solemn and affecting. The Rev. Lyman Potter of Steubenville, (formerly from New-England) made the consecrating prayer. The Rev. Joseph Badger,

ed, 1. A correct copy of the sacred text, and the genuine sense thereof. 2. The truths of the Christian relig ion are set in a clear light. 3. Difficult places are explained. 4. Seeming contradictions reconciled; and 5. Whatever is material in the various readings, and the several oriental versions is observed. The whole illustrated and confirmed from the most ancient Jewish writings. By John Gill, D. D. 4 vols. quarto, 900 pages each. Price $450 a volume, in boards; $5 00 plain bound in sheep; $5 50 elegantly bound in calf. An elegant likeness of the author will be presented as a frontispiece to the first volume.

DIED, Feb. 25, 1806, at Edinburgh, Rev. DAVID BLACK, one of the Ministers of that city, after a short illness of ten days, aged 43. Few men have ever lived more universally beloved, or died more sincerely lamented by his acquaintance. We expect shortly to be able to gratify our readers with a full account of this excellent man.

Obituary.

At Pelham, N. H. April 11, Mrs. THANKFUL CHURCH consort of Rev. J. H. CHURCH, aged 31.

Under the benign influence of a religious education, Mrs. CHURCH

of the county of Trumbull, gave the charge. The Rev. Stephen Lindsly of Marietta gave the right hand of fellowship. Mr. Badger made the concluding prayer. A silent and respectful attention was given from a very numerous audience. Vocal and instrumental music, performed with great softness and accuracy, contributed much to the joy and solemnity of the occasion. The happy union and harmony existing, afford pleasing prospects to the minister and society. This is the oldest society in the state of Ohio and this the first ordination of a Congregational minister, that has been performed west of the Alleghany mountains.

seriously attended to the gospel from her youth. In 1798 she made a profession of religion, and was admitted a member of the church in Rutland. The doubts and anxieties, with which her mind was afterwards exercised, led her to attend more particularly to the distinguishing nature of experimental religion; in consequence of which, she obtained more satisfac tion.

She firmly believed, and humbly admired the peculiar doctrines of the gospel; and by diligent hearing, meditation, and prayer, made

progress in divine knowledge. The prosperity of Zion was dear to her heart. She often expressed a desire for a revival of religion, particularly among the people with whom she was connected. She was grieved at the conduct of impenitent sinners while nothing was more pleasing to her, than to see any hopeful attention to the things of religion. After she entered into a family state, the course of Providence impressed her mind more and more with the importance of a holy life.

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Her diligence in her domestic concerns was remarkable, especially considering the uncommon delicacy of her constitution. Her peculiar kindness and attention to her husband, during a late sickness, joined with her concern and anxiety for him, and her unceasing endeavours for the wel. fare of the family, exhausted her strength, and are thought to have been the probable occasion of that illness, which issued in her death.

In her last sickness, which commenced in Jan. 1806, she commonly enjoyed composure of mind. The religious doubts, which sometimes interrupted that composure, were generally succeeded by greater light and comfort. From time to time she expressed her earnest desire to have clearer views of the glory of Christ. Apprehending her dissolution to be near, she, with much calmness, made known her wish respecting some articles of her clothing, and desired that her husband, at a suitable time, would make certain presents to her little children, accompanied with pious counsel from her dying lips. Being asked by him, whether she felt willing to leave her children, she answered; "Iam. I have given them up to God. It has been my great desire and concern, that they may be trained up in his fear. It has been my prayer ever since they were born, and before, that they may experience

renewing grace; and I hope they will."

After this, she was divinely com forted, from day to day, regarding Christ as her Saviour and her all. A little while before she expired, feeling herself to be dying, she looked round on her family, and said; "I thank you all, my friends, for your kindness to me.-I wish we may all meet in heaven." She manifested humble confidence in God, and very devoutly prayed to the Lord Jesus, to strengthen her with strength in her soul, and to come and receive her spir it. Seeing her husband's tears, she said, "God will support you." She then took her ring from her finger, and put it on his, with these words; "Our friendship on earth is soon to end. But I hope we shall meet in heaven, and enjoy purer friendship."

To both her children she was enabled to utter the melting tenderness of a dying mother's heart. Taking the hand of her infant son, who had been her hope and delight, she said; "Dear little child! dear little child! motherless child! God be merciful to you, my dear child. I give you up to him. May you be to the praise and glory of his grace. Lord, he is thine;"subjoining fervent prayer for the child.

To her aged parents and her sis ter, she addressed herself in a very becoming and impressive manner, and took, of all her surrounding friends, a most affectionate farewel.

After that, her consolation increas ed, and her prospect brightened. Just before she died, appearing ex ceedingly serene and happy, she said, that her views were more clear and lively than they had been, and that God seemed to be gradually shining into her soul. She finally closed her eyes with her own hand, and, with happy quiet in body and mind, expired.

"Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord."

Poetry.

THE SEASONS.

SEASON is lost in season, year in year,
Time in eternity must disappear.

Spring, fairest of the seasons, first appears She smiles, we smile, she blushes and retires.

Summer, less fair, though comely, spring succeeds,
Each guest delighting, while she kindly feeds.
Autumn, next comes, with golden plenty blest;
Each want supplied, a hymn concludes the feast.
Grave winter then instructs the listening ear,
Till spring, more fair by contrast, re-appear.
Hail, heavenly charmer, aid our faltering tongue,
While thou" and thy soft scenes" employ our song.

Now gentle zephyrs, and now south winds blow;
Stern winter's heart relents, his tears now flow.
The teeming earth a verdant robe assumes;
Hark! yonder bird her warbling throat attunes.
Flora, with coyness first appears in view,
Blushing, advances, deck'd in richest hue.
The grove resounds with sweetest notes of praise;
And flocks and herds their grateful voices raise.
Shall man in silence hear all nature sing?
No thankful tribute to his MAKER bring?
Forbid it Heaven! The joyful choir we join,
Thy praise would celebrate in strains divine.

The garden now employs the lovely fair;
"These seeds, put here; those plants, those flowers put there;"

Yon toiling oxen pant before the plough;
There steeds move quickly, here their owners sow.
Seed time now ended, hear the general prayer,
"O GOD of harvest, be our fields thy care!"

As season follows season, pass our years;
Youth, buds and blossoms, wintry death, appears.
Be wise, frail man, thy seed time here improve,
Then, death surviving, reap in fields above.
There, ripening harvest, and immortal spring,
Conspire to bless, while saints and angels sing
"Glory to Go D," in whom mysterious join,
The FATHER, SON, and SPIRIT, all divine.

FILIUS.

MESSRS. EDITORS,

Reading in your last number, an elegy on that honoured servant of Christ, the Rev. Mr. WHITEFIELD, the thought was suggested, that the following lines on the same subject, from the pen of the celebrated Christian bard, Mr. CowPER, might be equally pleasing to your readers. They are submitted to your disposal.

After describing the scorn, ridicule and slander, which Mr. Whitefield experienced from the world, Cowper exclaims :

Now, truth, perform thine office; waft aside
The curtain drawn by prejudice and pride;
Reveal (the man is dead) to wond'ring eyes,
This more than monster in his proper guise!

He lov'd the world that hated him; the tear
That dropp'd upon his Bible was sincere;
Assail'd by scandal and the tongue of strife,
His only answer was, a blameless life;
And he that forg'd, and he that threw the dart,
Had each a brother's int'rest in his heart!
Paul's love of Christ, and steadiness unbrib'd,
Were copied close in him, and well transcrib'd.
He followed Paul-his zeal, a kindred flame,
His apostolic charity the same.

Like him, cross'd cheerfully tempestuous seas,
Forsaking country, kindred, friends and ease;
Like him, he laboured, and, like him, content
To bear it, suffer'd shame where'er he went.

Blush, calumny! and write upon his tomb,
(If honest eulogy can spare thee room)
Thy deep repentance of thy thousand lies,
Which, aim'd at him, have pierc'd th' offended skies;
And say,
"Blot out my sin, confess'd, deplor'd,
Against thine image in thy saint, O Lord!"

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

SALVIAN, to the author of the Letters signed CONSTANS, is received. While we are determined to avoid all angry controversy, we readily admit into our pages ingenious discussions of important subjects, when conducted with a Christian spirit. The remarks of Salvian will be duly noticed by Constans, in a manner consistent with the plan he adopted.

H. on "Christian faithfulness exemplified in the conduct of Daniel, has been handed to us, and placed on our files for publication.

The literary article from our Friend, relative to the celebrated LINDLEY MURRAY and his works, is highly acceptable, and shall have an early insertion in the Panoplist.

We are compelled to ask the continued patience of some of our Correspondents, whose communications have been for some time on our files. The re. views of Mr. Dow's Letters, and of the Memoirs of Pious Women, are necessarily postponed.

We are happy at the close of the year, to assure our readers that they may expect still to be entertained and instructed in the future numbers of the Panoplist by Zuinglius, Theophilus, Constans, Philo, Pastor, Z. H. C. Y. A. Philologos, &c.

The ships lately arrived from England have brought the Editors much late and very interesting religious and literary intelligence, which shall be detailed to our readers, as fast as our pages will admit.

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