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The Committee on appropriations beg leave to report :
They have searched the records of the Board of Managers, and collected the fol. lowing account of appropriations made during the last three years.
For the Eastern Mission. 1823. May 10. To Rev. Mr. Lawson of Calcutta for the Missionaries
sending out Mrs. Judson and other purposes 1824. May 1. For the Burman Mission Nov. 15. Dr. Judson's house in Ava 1825. March 21. For the Burman Mission
100 500 500 500 319,32
For the Carey Station, f. 1823 May 16. For the Carey Station 1824. Jan. 26.
ditto Feb. 23.
ditto May 3.
ditto ditto ditto ditto
ditto June 15.
ditto, received from government
ditto March 10.
91 150 300 150
14,50 300 189,30
80 12,68 300 540 195
For the Valley Torons.
ditto Nov. 10.
ditto Dec. 8.
ditto 1894. May 1.
ditto July 30.
ditto, from government Oct. 22
ditte, from government
ditto Dec. 6.
ditto 1825. Tan. 17.
9,21 300 350
For the Tongwanda School. 1824. July 30. For the Tonawanda School from government Oct. 29. ditto
ditto 1825. February 21.
Mission Funds October 4.
ditto from government 1826. April 14. ditto
For Education purposes.
1824. May 3. July 31. October 29. 1825. April 30. October 5. 1826. January 27. April 14.
403,10 413,07 192,17 254,36
Cor. Secretary 31. 1824. Jan. 26, J. M. Peck June 15. Cor. Secretary July 30.
Mr. Burdick March 20. Mr. Brown April 14. George Evang
J. M. Peck
90,50 126,85 30,00
1824. July 30. Oct. 29. 1825. Jan. 31. Sept. 30. Oct. 5. 1826. Jan. 27. April 14.
Your Committee discover that monies have been collected which have not regu. larly passed through the Treasury of the Board, and therefore the appropriations for such ‘monies have not been made. Of these, the records of the Board furnish evidence, that one hundred dollars have gone to the Barman Mission, and three thousand four hundred fifty-six dollars ninety seven cents to the Carey Station.
There have been monies appropriated to the education of Rev. Mr. McCoy's children not included in the preceding account.
Your Committee have discovered that the Board assigned four hundred dollars per annum for this purpose in consideration of the fact that the same amount allowed by government, for his services, has been thrown into the general funds of the Station, All wbich is respectfully submitted.
J. L. DAGG, Chairman.
Your Committee on the Withington Station in the Creek Nation on the Tallipoosa
River in Alabama, solicits leave to report, that, so far as they can learn, the internal concerns of this Station have been conducted with assiduity and pru. dence,
This Mission, it is well known, was originated under the auspices of the Ocmulgee, Georgia, and Ebenezer Associations; and was subsequently revived under the care of your Board. At present, the mission family consists of the Rev. Lee Compere, his wise and sister, and a brother Peter Doty, and perhaps some female helps, and occagjonal hired persons.
The school consists of rather more than forty pupils, and is represented as being in a prosperous state.
Rev. Mr. Compere seems to possess the entire confidence of the Indians, among whom there is an increasing desire for instruction and reform; and strong hopes have been entertained, that the spirit of the Highest is already oporating upon the hearts of some of these rude sons of the forest, and is bringing them to the knowledge and love of our f'wiour.
But this Mission baw not been without its trials. A national edict was passed to prohibit the preaching of the gospel in the nation. But owing to the fate disturbances in that unhappy land, this edict has become of no effect, and presents now no difficulty to the efforts of the Missionaries.
With regard to the financial concerns of this Station, your Committee are not able to state any thing with that perspicuity desirable, for want of the proper documents. It appears that a detailed report of the condition of this Station was forwarded to the Secretary of War by the superintendant, in October, 1823, and an appropriation of six hundred dollars per annum was made by government for the station, (which has been regularly paid) and a promise of two thirds of the cost of buildings on the pre:nises which has since been paid, amounting to eight hundred seventeen dollars seveniy cents. The sum appropriated by your Board since the last session of this Convention, as appears from the records of their acts, amount to three thousand one hundred forty-nine dollars six cents During the same period about two thousand dollars have been forwarded to this Station by the Oemulgee and Georgia Associations, with certain other small sums contributed by the Ebenezer Association, and the Mission Society in its bounds, and other societics and individuals. The Missionaries at this Station have never received any compensation for their services.
There are some things of an embarrassing nature attending this Mission. It appears that the superintendant, in expressing his views, in his public and private letters, relative to the treaty held with that devoted people, at Indian Springs, in the heat of public excitement on that subject, gave offence to many of his brethren in Georgia, and that he thereby lost their patronage.
Your Committee are impressed with the importance of couciliating the feelings and of regaining the co-operation of the brethren in that State ; but as nothing is alleged against the moral character or official doings of Mr. Compere, and as he possesses so much of the confidence of the Indians, and his heart seems to be so much bent to seek their good, your Committee are of opinion that the future prosperity of che station will be promoted by his continuance as your missionary at Withington. All which is respectfully subrnitted.
JESSE MERCER, Chairman.
[L.) VALLEY TOWNS AND TINSAWATTEE STATIONS.
The Committee on the Valley Towns and Tinsawattee Missionary Stations, beg leave to report :
That after a very careful examination of the various documents submitted to their consideration, they are deeply impressed with a conviction of the paramount im. portance of the efforts of this Convention, to establish Missionary Stations among the Cherokee Indians at the Valley Towns in the northwestern section of North Carolina, and at Tinsawattee on the High Tower River in the State of Georgia ; and beg leave, to recommend a vigorous prosecution of the objects originally contem. plated.
The Committee have felt great pleasure, in the perusal of sundry communications from Rev. Evan Jones, your Missionary at the Valley Towns, from which it appears, that although a great loss has been sustained in the entire demolition of the mills, out houses, &c. belonging to the Mission, by an inundation of the waters of the Hiwassee River, that loss has been repaired; and he is at present employed, not only in preaching the everlasting gospel to the benighted Indians, but in the successful cultivation of the valuable farm connected with the establishment. Your Committee regret that they are not in possession of any means by which to ascertain the amount of property belonging to this Convention at the Valley Towns; but trust it has not diminished in value since the last meeting of this Convention.
To your Committee it has afforded a peculiar gratification to learn, that the schools at the Valley Towns continue to prosper. The blessing of God has mani. festly succeeded the labo'irs of Rev. Mr. Jones, in the business of teaching. Upwards of one hundred of these children of the forest have been taught to read the Scriptures, and to several of them, these have become the power of God unto salvation. The progress of the Cherokees in general science, in agriculture, and in manufactures, is of the most encouraging nature, and furnishes a gratifying pledge of the future success of your missionary operations among the benighted Aboriginees of our country. The system of Sabbath instructions has not been neglected; and your Committee would mention, with unfeigned gratitude to God, that ten of the scholars in the Sunday School at the Valley Towns, have been baptized upon a profession of their faith, and have been added to the church of the Lord Jesus in thai place.
In the opinion of individuals well acquainted with the Indian character and habits, it is stated, that the influence of your Missionary labours among the Cherokees has been very salutary. Hundreds of young men have been taught to read and write in their native language, and a very general anxiely prevails throughout the whole nation, not only to improve in the arts of civilized life, but to obtain a knowledge of Jesus Christ as the Saviour of sinners.
Mr. Jones has succeeded in translating the gospel according to Luke into the Cherokee language ; and from a letter from one of the converted natives, a desire appears to prevail, that this Convention(should adopt the earliest practicable measures to print the sacred Scriptures in the language of that nation. The account current of your Missionary, Rev. Evan Jones, has been carefully compared with the vouchers forwarded, and the Committee have found them generally correct. But your Committee consider themselves bound to report, that one hundred and eJeven dollars ninety three cents have been charged in the account for which no receipts have been furnished. The Committee do not entertain a doubt that every item in the account rendered, is entirely correct, but it is very much to be wished that the appropriate vouchers should for the future, be forwarded with the goneral account rendered to the Convention. It appears that two thousand two hundred and ten dollars and twenty five cents have been expended at the Missionary. Station in the Valley Towns from March 31, 1825, to February 23, 1826, inclusive, and that from the anticipated necessities of the Station, a sum of not less than two thousand dollars will be required to sustain your operations during the current year.
Your Committee report, that the Tinsawattee School, which was originally a branch of the Valley Towns Mission, under the superintendance of a Society in the Serepta Association in the State of Georgia, liad from a variety of causes greatly depreciated ; but that, by the exertion of Messrs. Mercer and Sherwood, who were appointed at the last meeting of this Convention to inquire into the condition of this School, it has been resuscitated, and is, at present, enjoying a degree of prosperity which promises extensive usefulness. The school is under the care of Mr. O'Bryan, and has an average attendance of twenty scholars, who are making satisfactory progress in the acquisition of general knowledge. A church consisting of fifteen or twenty members has been constituted at Tinsawattee ; among whom are