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the arms of victory. His name will be cherished by Karens as the instrument of introducing to them the christian salvation, and will be transmitted to coming generations. Mr. Mason returned with the bereaved family of our brother, and took upon himself the responsibility of the station, which, aided by the native preachers, he has fully sustained. Fifteen candidates have since been examined and received to baptism. The church consists of eighty nine members, spread through nine different villages, diffusing as extensively as their influence goes, the savor of a pure and undefiled religion.

SCHOOLS. All the missionaries unite in opinion as to the importance of boarding and district schools; and at their respective stations, they have given such attention to establish and superintend them, as their other duties would allow. Being few in number, however, and seldom more than one family at a station, till the recent recruits arrived, they could not accomplish their benevolent wishes. They would commence schools, and perhaps from sickness or other disabilities, be obliged io reduce or relinqnish them. This has been the case, both at Maulmein and Tavoy. At the former, various modifications have occurred in the boarding school at different times; but at the last date, through the assistance of Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Kincaid, though Mrs. Wade was necessarily absent from sickness, it was assuming a perinanent character. As the same causes which have heretofore affected it, are not likely to recur, now that there is such an accession of numbers to the station, we shall hope to be favored with regular reports of its progress and success. The oldest female pupil, not before a member of the church, has recently experienced religion and has been baptized. The Karen school, establisheıl above Maulmein, on the river, is taught by Moung-Doot, and as he and his wife are both pious, they may be expected to exert the best influence, not only on the children, but on the parents.

The state of the Tavoy schools, together with the changes which have occurred from sickness and other causes, will be best described in the language of Mrs. Boardman. In a letter on the subject, dated April 29th, 1831, she says: “It is just three years since our removal to Tavoy, during which time we have been entirely alone; the station has been twice broken up and labors suspended; once for three months, and afterwards for six, besides frequent excursions among the Karen mountains and Tavoy villages. In addition to this, for two years, I scarcely knew what it was to have a well day, and was several times brought very low; and during the last year, a disease bas been preying upon my busband, the mournful result of which you already know. Under these circumstances, it could not reasonably be expected 'much would be done in the way of schools. It is the opinion of all the members of the mission, that this department of missionary labor, cannot be conducted with much success without constant and undivided attention. Still we have tried to do something, and till my beloved partner's health was impaired, we had a flourishing boys' school, averaging from twenty to thirty. Our removal to Maulmein, nearly broke it up, and when we returned to Tavoy, Mr. Boardman's health prevented his doing what would otherwise have been attempted. Besides, our house was continually thronged with inquiring Karens, wbose instruction occupied my time. Mr. and Mrs. Mason arrived on the Ilth, and have taken charge of the scholars, excepting an hour in the morning, when they come to my room for w hip, and at noon they assemble in the hall, and spend an hour in reading the scriptures and in religious discourse. This is an interesting exercise to myself, and I think profitable to them,

as they are required to repeat what they can remember of the reading Jesson, and are allowed to make any remarks, or ask what questions they like in reference to the subject. We sometimes have Karens and other persons present, so that the benefit is not confined to the scholars exclusively.

“ The girls' day school was recommenced the 22d of last month, with five scholars, and has increased to twenty.* The pupils are taught by the same woman who had charge of them formerly. They are required to spend an hour with me every day, and to attend worship on Lord's days. The flourishing state of this school encourages the most sanguine hope, that we shall be able to establish others during the rainy season, when my time will be less occupied with the Karen females.

Ko-Thah-byoo, the Karen preacher, has a mixed school in the wilderness, composed of adults and children, male and female. He arrived yesterday, with five of bis scholars, who appear to have made very goo 1 progress. Two of them are sisters, who, with their mother, were baptized four months ago. Another of bis scholars is a fine girl, about twelve years old, who has for some time past given evidence of piety, and has now come to ask for baptism. There is also with us a young woman, a sister to one of the disciples, who has learnt to read by means of the instruction she could get from Burman travellers, who sometimes pass the night at her home in the wilderness. The Karens throughout the province, believers and unbelievers, are exceedingly anxious to have their children taught to read.”

MISSIONARIES UNDER APPOINTMENT. Besides Mr. Hancock, already mentioned, Rev. Nathan Brown and Rev. Thomas Simons are expected to sail for Burmah the present season. The latter was ordained at Augusta, Geo, on the 18th of December, 1831, under circumstances every way interesting, and an impulse was given to the missionary cause in that section of our country which we trust will continue long. Mr. Simons bas since been travelling in South Carolina and Georgia, and has received many tokens of the approbation of our esteemed brethren. Mr. Brown has been spending the past winter at Newton, (Mass.) and it is expected he will soon be set apart to the great work to wbich he has devoted himself.

The Board has also received proposals from no less than five brethren, whose course of theological education, it is supposed will justify their departure from this country in little more than one year.

It may be proper here to state, for the information of the public, that some other vorthy brethren have offered their services, and would gladly have been accepted by the Board, had the state of their families allowed. It is a circuinstance not generally known, that missionaries find it difficult to make such provision for the education of their children in Burmah, as to be satisfied to keep them there; and hence those parents who have surviving children, have expressed solicitude and a desire to send them to this country. What course they will finally adopt, we cannot say. The Board have made no provision for an exigency of this sort, but with this fact before them, they did not feel at liberty to encourage families, having several children, to go out. The same objection does not exist in reference to stations in this country, and for which the Board would gratefully receive a proffer of assistance from well qualified brethren.

* Letters of a later date inform us, that the male and female departments together, had increased to sixty, and pupils in the other schools to the number of forty.

LIBERIA.
Though we are unable to report the appointment of any

Missionaries to this important field since the lamented death of Mr. and Mrs. Skinner, it is our happiness to say, that the good work of God has nevertheless prospered, and a healthy religious influence pervaded the Colony. A letter from Mr. C. N. Waring, one of the pastors of the Baptist Church in Monrovia, furnishes the following particulars: “Since Captain S. was with us, there have been nearly one hundred added to our Church.

The work began in June, 1830, in Monrovia, and lasted till the early part of 1831. It then extended to Caldwell and Carey Town, a settlement of recaptured Africans. Among the latter it has continued ever since, so that they make up the largest number that has been added to the church, and they seem fully to adorn the christian character. They have built themselves a small house of worship, at which they meet regularly on Lord's day, and twice in the week for prayer. We have appointed one of the most intelligent among them, to take the oversight of them, and to exhort them when done of the preachers are there from Monrovia. Monrovia may be said to be a christian community ; tbere is scarcely a family in it that some one or the whole do not possess religion. We are about to build us a new Meeting-house, which has been delayed on account of the want of funds ; but we have renewed our exertions, and the corner-stone is to be laid on the fourth of next month. It is to be forty by thirty-four feet, and built of stone."

The Board have not, in consideration of what was doing without them, slackened their efforts, but have carried on a correspondence with individuals in various parts of our country where a prospect offered of obtaining suitable missionaries. They regret to state that they bave not yet succeeded in engaging any one, though all have not been heard from who were addressed.

CAREY

INDIAN DEPARTMENT.

STATION. The removal which it was hoped would be brought about at this station did not take place, and Mr. and Mrs. Simerwell are still there. Finding they were likely to remain for an indefinite time, they made arrangements to continue the school, and employed Luther Rice, a native Indian, and lately a resident at Hamilton, N. Y. to teach it. The number of boarding scholars averages probably ten, but any of the Indian children in the vicinity of the school are at liberty to attend. Whether the government will provide for the removal of the Puttawatoinies the present season, is uncertain, but we think there can be little doubt of their intention to do so. Whenever that event takes place, the station will be relinquished, of course, and it may be before that time.

In connexion with the history of this Station, may be mentioned the lamented death of the Rev. George Kallocb. He was accepted by the Board, nearly a year ago, as a missionary to the Indians, and looked forward to the time when he should enter on the duties of his appointment, with delight. The opening which was anticipated for him west of the Mississippi, did not present itself in season, and he was instructed to join the mission at Carey, and there await the direction of Providence. Preparations were commenced for his departure, and the time was fixed for setting him apart by solemn prayer and other appropriate services; but before the day arrived, he was seized by a fever, from which he never recovered. He died at Charlestown, Mass, on the 16th of

November 1831. This painful event was deeply regretted by the Board, who thought they perceived in Mr. Kalloch those qualifications which they have so ardently desired in their missionaries to the Indians. They are convinced, if the ends they have in view are accomplisbed, intelligence must be associated with piety, in the men whom they employ. An opinion more erroneous is seldom indulged, than that any man, however ordinary his attainments, is competent to teach the Indians.

THOMAS, This station is situated among the Otawas, on Grand river, of Lake Michigan, in Michigan Territory; and is under the superintendence of Mr. Leonard Slater. For some time, Mr. Jotham Meeker was associated with Mr. Slater, but during the last year, he deemed it his duty to retire, and is at present antong the Creeks, west of the Mississippi.

The mission school at Thomas, is committed to the care of Mr. Ramsay D. Potts, and has been alternately kept on the mission premises, and at a village about one mile distant. This measure afforded accommodation to children out of the mission family, and has probably contributed to bring under instruction, some who would otherwise have grown up without it.

Mr. Slater has devoted himself principally to evangelical labors, and no doubt with advantage to the Indians. He has acquired their language, and can address them without an interpreter. His custom is to spend a part of every week at their lodges, and press on their attertion the subject of personal religion. Finding but little enconragement, the members of the mission family, early iu the present year, resolved to set apart a day for fasting and special prayer. In accordance with this purpose, they inet, January 13th, and at the close of the day, found, to their inexpressible joy, that they had not sought the Lord in vain. A hired man, who lived in the family, was the first to discover the deep conviction of his soul, that as a sinner he was lost. After him several of the Indian children, members of the mission school, and finally one of the chiefs, became much distressed. Four only had given evidence of a hope in Christ, at the date of our last intelligence, but the prospect of a considerable work was no way diminished. This exhibition of mercy to the perishing Indians, is the more cheering, from the fact, that all previous efforts for their salvation, had proved nearly fruitless. It reflects, at the same time, great honor upon prayer, and teaches the absolute dependance of means on the blessing of God. It shows that no faithful servant of Jehovah should labor in despondency, while he executes the duties of his situation in the spirit of prayer.

SAULT DE ST. MARIE. This station is in Michigan Territory, and is under the superintendence of Rev. Abel Bingham-Mr. Tanner, interpreter-Miss Macombor, school teacher-Miss Rice, assistant to Mrs. Bingham.

The school has received every attention calculated to render it useful, and besides the children boarded in the mission family, has been attended by many from the neighborhood. The average number of scholars is from forty to sixty. After conducting them through the week in their ordinary studies, Miss Macomber has regularly met them at suitable hours on the sabbath, to teach them the great truths of religion. In this service, she is aided by two ladies from the fort, Mrs. Hurlburt and Mrs. James, who are happily qualified for the undertaking.

The labors of Mr. Bingham have been almost wholly of an evangelical character, and divided between the Indian and wbite population. To the former, their value has been greatly enhanced by the interpreting

of Mr. Tanner, who is pious, and enters into the spirit of every address. A translation of a part of the New Testament into Chippewa by Dr. James, has also been useful, and should it be printed, will doubtless prove a blessing to the tribe.

In December, it became apparent, that the word preached was taking effect, and a more than ordinary interest was felt in the subject of religion. The number of bearers increased, and anxious inquirers often tarried for prayer and conversation, after the assemblies were dismissed. In a little time, the work spread into the garrison, and several of the soldiers became hopefully pious. Still more were asking, “what shall we do to be saved ?” of the converts, few had made an open profession of religion at the date of Mr. Bingham's last letter. Five had submitted to baptism, and united with the church, which now consists of twelve members, and others were expected soon to come forward.

This station bas the advantage of affording its missionary frequent opportunities for giving religious instruction to natives from the interior. It so occurred the last winter, that a Tequemenon Chief and his daughter were detained at the place for several weeks, during which time it was hoped that she became savingly acquainted with the truth.

The temperance measures of Mr. Bingham have been very successful. Nearly all the inhabitants of the place are united in them, and partake in the general benefit,

VALLEY TOWNS. This station is on the Hiwassee river, within the limits of North Carolina, and is under the care of the Rev. Evan Jones. The report from the station a year ago was of the most animating character, and it will be perceived, by what we have to communicate, that it has lost none of its interest since. In a letter dated May 11th, Mr. Jones observes. “I feel abased and astonished at the goodness and mercy which the Lord is manifesting to us at this place. But God will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. He hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise ; and the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty, that no flesh should glory in his presence! These sayings are signally verified at tbis station. By the very feeblest instrumentality, the Lord is revealing the wonders of his grace. The work moves on with a steady pace. Every portion of labor which we are enabled to apply to this interesting field, surprises us by a speedy increase. Brethren John Wickliffe and Dsulawe, are become very useful; and considering their slender opportunities for obtaining information, they are making very encouraging improvement. I believe the Lord is deepening as well as widening his work among the Cherokees, and think growth in grace and the knowledge of the Saviour, is as apparent among the professors, as the addition to their numbers.

In June following, Mr. Jones adds, “The members of the church who live at a distance, are become so numerous, that it is scarcely posBible for all to attend at one place at communion season.

For the accommodation of those who were thus circumstanced, we appointed a sacramental meeting for last sabbath, and the Saturday before at Desehdsee, about 18 or 20 miles from hence; situated in the beautiful valley, which gives the name of Valley Towns to this part of the nation. Our brethren erected a convenient shelter for the occasion, covered with boards and railed round, except two door-ways. They also cleared a place at the side of the Valley river, to go down to baptize, and for the congregation to view the administration of the ordinance. During the preaching, by brother John Wickliffe and myself, mucb seriousness pre

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