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they to separate into different vil- ing accoumt, obtained from one of lages, at no very great distance their company. from each other. They took the “More than ten years ago, a subject into consideration, and re- man in the habit of a religious solved to comply with the propo- ascetic, visited one of the Karen sition, as nearly as possible. They villages several times, and preachcould not establish themselves in ed to the people that they must the vicinity of each other, the abstain from certain meats, pracBritish settlement being new, tise certain ceremonies, and worwithout placing themselves again ship a book which he left with under Burman authority, which them. He also told them there was inexpedient, while important was one true and living God. posts remained unoccupied, where About half the villagers (who they could have full protection. were perhaps thirty in all) beAccordingly, having deliberated lieved the teacher, and espousupon the comparative advantages ed his religion. When he had of these situations, they made gone,one of the company, more dechoice of Tavoy, and united in voted than the rest, became teachthe opinion that Mr Boardman er to his brethren; and although should remove to it.

he cannot read a word in the book Tavoy is an ancient Burman which they so much venerate, city, situated on the eastern side of and knows not even in what lana river of the same name, about guage it is written, he is their livthirty-five miles from its mouth. ing oracle, and the defender of It is south east from Martaban their faith.” Mr B. observes about one hundred and fifty miles, that these men requested him to and contains a population of more go to their village, or allow one of than nine thousand inhabitants. the native Christians to go and At this place Mr and Mrs Board- explain to them the nature and man arrived on the 9th of April, precepts of the Christian religion. 1828. They took with them two He promised to go when the rainy native Christians, one of whom, season was past, and gave them a though received by the church, tract, which one of the company had not been baptized; and four could read. A second deputation of the lads who composed part of professed to admire all the sentihis male boarding school at Mau- ments of the tract, and that their lamying, the remainder being de- aged teacher wept when he heard tained by their parents. So soon it read. as Mr Boardman had procured a While the above account exhibresidence for his family, he began its great credulity on the part of to receive visiters at his house, this people, it shows at the same and make known to them the time how much they need instrucgreat salvation, as well as his lim- tion, and that Mr B. bas in his viited acquaintance with the lan- cinity whole villages of a people, guage would allow. Among the apparently prepared to receive earliest of those who called upon the word of the Lord. It may be him, were a company of Karens, considered an auspicious circumwho reside in a village about three stance, that the unbaptized conday's journey from Tavoy. He vert who accoinpanied Mr Boarddescribes them as being a singu- man from Maulamying, is a Karen, lar people, devoid of any fixed and enters cordially into measures principles of religion, yet restless for their instruction on the subject, and obviously anx- Mr Boardman soon ascertained ious to be taught. More fully to that to be useful to the inhabitants illustrate their character and con- of Tavoy, he must occupy a zaydition, he introduces the follow- at. This he procured in a favor

able situation, and has already re- his righteous administration we ceived decided encouragement in bow in submission. How far this his work. Two men, one of them event will affect our missionary a Chinese, have given satisfactory operations at the place, cannot be evidence of true conversion, and distinctly foreseen. Doubtless it together with the Karen, have will interrupt them for a time, as been baptized.

Mr Carey had the entire control Boys' Boarding School.

of money sent out for that pur

pose, and until his affairs are setThis School was commenced at iled, no disbursements can be Tavoy with four lads, and has al- made. It is already ascertained ready increased to nine. Mrs that the school at Grand Cape Boardman, who was most usefully Mount is temporarily suspended, and happily employed before her till further remittances can be removal, with Mrs Wade in the fe- made. It was with surprise at such male department, has here found a time, and under such circumit necessary, being alone, to aid stances, the Board learned that a her husband. The conversion of European Missionary had intrudthe Chinese, promises not only to ed himself upon their ground, and relieve her in this respect, but to sent home for the means of susopen the field to more extended taining himself in the position. labors. There is in this commu- They trust, however, as necessanity a class of children, the off- ry funds have been sent out, that spring of Chinese and Burmans the former instructer, Mr John by intermarriages, who speak Rovey, has, ere this, renewed his both languages, and form a con- labors. He is a pious and well necting link between the people informed young man, who has of those vast empires. The im- been eight years in the country, portance of giving to them a become intimately acquainted with Christian education, will easily be the manners of the people, and is conceived; and the prospect is therefore more likely to be acnow fair for introducing a portion ceptable and useful than a stranof them into the existing estab- ger. The ladies of Richmond lishment, or of organizing a sep- prepared and forwarded by the arate school. The Chinese is last ship, many suits of clothes for qualified to instruct either in his the children of the school. own or the English language, and The church at Monrovia has has already entered upon the ser- enjoyed a healthful state from its vice.

beginning, and embraces at the

La present time, besides exhorters, Monrovia, on the Western Coast of

Coast two ordained preachers, Messrs Africa.

John Lewis and Colston M. WarIntelligence has been received ing. It has received additions by of the death of Rev. Lott Carey at baptism, and nearly every accesthis place an event which cannot sion of colonists has brought to fail to make a deep impression on them fresh strength. Not less all who knew him. His continu- than sixteen members of Baptist ance, to us, seemed most desirable, churches embarked in the late as he was eminently active and de- ship from Norfolk, several of voted, in promoting every measure whom are men of promise. for the temporal and everlasting well-being of the colonists and the

American Stations. natives of the country. But God, These are exclusively among who is “infinite in counsel and the Aborigines of this country, excellent in working,” saw that and are highly important, though his purposes would be best accom- the measure of success attending plished by removing him, and to them hitherto, from the amount of

labor bestowed, and means ex- doubtless settle in villages, and pended, has not been great. It is take with them the best informed feared that this will continue to of the tribes, who have had the be the case, in most instances at advantage of the schools taught least, wbile their situation remains in them, and are already familiarwhat it is. Inroads are constant- ized to the arts of husbandry, in ly made upon them by our extend- consequence of which the large ing settlements, and the policy of farming establishments kept up the State governments, to incorpo- by the Missionaries may be disrate the Indian lands within their pensed with. When the Missionrespective limits, and spread over aries, in single families, shall be them the influence of their laws. allowed to sit down among the The result, as might be expected, Indians in their respective settlehas been to unsettle the minds of ments, free from secular cares, it the Indians, and expose them to is believed that far more good the worst prejudices and passions. will be realized in their spiritual Aware of such a state of things, instruction and improvement. and believing that the only reme. In referring to particular stady would be found in procuring tions, we shall commence with for them a permanent home, the Carey on the St. Joseph, 25 miles Board presented a memorial to south-east of Lake Michigan, in Congress in the session of 1827-8, Michigan Territory. soliciting that the subject might be taken into their wise consider

Carey. ation, and a location assigned. Missionaries, Rev. Isaac M'Coy, The opinions and movements of Mrs M'Coy; Mr Johnston Lykins, the officers of government, who teacher; Mr Robert Simmerwell, had in charge the Indian depart- Mrs Simmerwell; Mr Joseph Bey. ment, were in happy coincidence At this place, the Commissionwith the views of the Board, and ers of Government, in September a survey of a territory at the last, negotiated a treaty with the west for the object was ordered. Puttawattomies, by which all the On this survey, our Missionary, surrounding country, with the exRev. Mr M'Coy, was appointed, ception of ten miles square, was has executed the trust assign- ceded to the United States. Withed him, and made his report. in the reserve, is the site of the Probably no man could have been Mission, concerning which a proselected for this service, so well visionary article was incorporated qualified to discharge it with the in the treaty, providing an indemhope of success, as having the nity, when the station shall be confidence of the Indians from given up. This event furnishes his long residence among them, another example, showing the aband being fully acquainted with solute necessity of seeking a liome what their exigencies require. On for the Indians far to the west. this Report, Congress has not def- In the meantime, this tribe will be initely acted, owing to a press of principally shut up on their small business; but it is fully believed reserve. If any advantage is to they will at their next session, be looked for from such a posture and not merely provide the home of their affairs, it must arise from required, but furnish such Indians their proximity to the Missionaas are disposed to remove to it, ries, within whose influence they with the means of so doing. will be more directly placed. When this shall be accomplished, The number of children in the it is probable the plan heretofore school has been about seventy, pursued of conducting missions and nothing special of a religious among them, in its most expen- nature has occurred till lately, sive parts, may be materially va- when four of the men engaged on ried. The first emigrants will the farm were hopefully brought to the knowledge of the truth. somed Indian through eternity This event displays in a strong bless God for the labors of your light the sovereignty of divine Missionaries! grace, since it transpired in the absence of some of the Missiona

Thomas. ries, on whom the station princi. This station is among the Ottapally relied for Christian instruc- was, on 'Grand river of Lake tion.

Michigan, about 40 miles from its A deeply interesting account junction with the Lake. Teachhas also been received by the ers, Mr Leonard Slater, Mrs SlaBoard within the year, of the death ter, Mr Jotham Meeker, Miss Suof Anthony Rollo, at the station. san Thompson, Miss Richardson. He was a half-breed Puttawatto- The school at this place may be mie, whose mind his father had reckoned at 25, its numbers varydeeply imbued with the Catholic ing at different times. It has more superstitions; nor was he willing particularly been reduced within that his son should be placed the last season by sickness, which, within the religious influence of though not fatal, was for a time the Missionaries. After the de- nearly universal in the mission mise of his father, a train of inci- family, and obliged them to disdents conspired to bring Anthony miss many of the children. At to the school, though imbittered the last intelligence, health was in his prejudices, and fully fortifi- generally restored, and wonted ed in his resolution against Prot- labors resumed. Besides the estant Christianity. After resid- Boarding School, the teachers ing here for a time, a revival com- have commenced in the vicinity menced in the establishment, a district day school, which apwhich terminated favorably for proved itself to the natives, and him." He early became a subject has been well attended. They of conviction; but his former views have also endeavored to qualify greatly obstructed his coming to themselves for greater usefulness, Christ, till at length he saw there by acquiring the Ottawa language, was no other refuge. “The 6th in which they have made conof Jan. 1825,” says Mr M'Coy, siderable progress. There can 4 was a day long to be remember- be no doubt of the ultimate advaned. It was on the evening of this tage of a measure of this kind. day, that Anthony desired an interview with some of the Mission

Valley Towns, on the head waters aries, and gave them reason to of the Hiwassee, (N. C.) believe that he exercised genuine Rev. Evan Jones, Missionary, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Mrs Jones, John Timson, InterHis views of himself as a poor, preter. The new arrangements justly condemned sinner, were at this Station have been carried very clear, and his hopes of heav- into full effect for the last year, en were based alone on the mer- and promise the best results. The its of the Saviour. He became Boarding school has averaged fully convinced of the absurdity of more than 20 pupils, has received his old Catholic ceremonies, and the unwearied labors of Mrs often entreated Catholics whom Jones, with occasional assistance he met in this country to read the by her daughter and husband, Scriptures.” During a protracted and is in a prosperous state. Beillness, he gave the most unequiv- sides this establishment, a school ocal evidences of genuine faith, has been organized, under the inand died “leaving not the smallest struction of Rev. Mr Morrison at doubt in those who had known Nottely, about 16 miles distant, him for the last three years, that and is well attended. The Indihe was carried by angels to Abra- ans in the vicinity provided the ham's bosom.” How will this ran- school-house, and have contribut

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ted something in provisions, to- sidered very doubtful; probably, wards sustaining the teacher, while however, but in small degree, and his salary is paid by the Board. that under the influence of better

The number of children is proba- men than their advisers, they bly about 30. A third school has might have been induced to adopt been set up at Gatugidsee, by the a different conduct. About this natives, and though not supported time, Mr Compere received an from your funds, is visited and en- invitation to become the pastor couraged by Mr Jones with no of a church, and the Board apless promise of benefit from his proved of his accepting it; and religious counsels than the others. resolved to suspend the Mission

The attention of Mr Jones for for the present, or until the pleasthe year, has been chiefly directed ure of the Convention should be to the acquisition of the language, ascertained. and to evangelical labors. He

Tinsawatta. has not confined himself to the station, but established preaching

The school kept at this place, at Nottely, Gatugidsee, and Gun- has been removed to Hickory-lognee, or Long-Bullet; at all of town in Georgia, where there is which there have been indica- a prospect of about 30 scholars, tions of special divine influence. under the instruction of Rev. Two have been baptized, and

Duncan O'Briant. Rev. L. Meeks, others evince a spirit of solemn who has been accustomed to visit inquiry

the station once a quarter, is ex

pected to continue his supervisWithington.

ion. Several of the members of This Station was commenced the Tinsawatta church reside among the Creeks on the Chata. here, and will, with others, rehoochee river, within the limits of ceive the pastoral labors of Mr Alabama. It has never appeared O'Briant. to be an object either of desire or favor, by the principal leaders of

Sault De St. Marie, Michigan Terthe Tribe, who have counteracted

ritory, (15 miles below the S. E. the efforts of your Missionary, Rev.

end of lake Superior.) Mr Compere, almost invariably. The establishment at this place

They have not attended preaching, was commenced the last year, by or been willing that others should, Rev. Abel Bingham, whose famithough their hostility has not ly is expected to join him this broken out into acts of open vio- spring. It is intended for the lence till within the last year. Chippewas; and, by its location, During that period, they have promises the best advantage to prohibited even their slaves from them, while it will afford the ophearing the gospel, and prevented portunity of usefulness to the U.S. such of them as had become pious garrison in its immediate vicinity. from attending even privately on Mr Bingham has been received the means of grace, without ex- and treated with much kindness posing themselves to severe pun- by Col. Schoolcraft, and by the ishment. On one occasion, sever- officers of the garrison. On openal of the latter were insolently ing the School, it was attended by seized and scourged at the mission more than fifty children, though house, in the presence of Mrs the average number will not Compere, and in the absence of probably exceed forty. Beher husband. Measures were sides preaching every Sabbath to adopted by your Missionary and the Indians, Mr Bingham regularthe Board, to procure toleration, ly performs one service among but without success. Flow far the other inhabitants in the settlethis spirit of opposition is to be ment, with encouraging prospects traced to the Indians, may be con- of success. Already has the

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