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him respecting his mission have yet the general design of this benevolent been received.

institution, a grant of fifty dollars Mr. Sewall's tour was extensive, was made by the Board to an Indian and the duties of his mission arduous. youth by the name of Williams, By a communication received from whuse object it is, so soon as he shall him, it appears, that in the whole of be qualified for the service, to devote bis mission, he travelled one thousand himself to the instructions of his seven bundred and ninety-one miles, brethren according to the flesh, and preached one hundred and fifty-eight whose recommendations for piety and times, visited one bundred and ten abilities are highly satisfactory. families, nineteen sick persons, and At the semi-annual meeting of the three schools, and attended three Board in October last, the Rev. Jo. funerals; that, in general, he was tham Sewall, and Mr Abraham Burnvery favorably and gratefully re. ham were appointed for missions in ceived; and, in several instances, the District of Maine ; Mr. Bailey, had the satisfaction to witness a very and Mr. Merrill were re-appointed for pleasing success of bis Missionary lan the western regions ; and Mr. Nabors.

hum Fay was conditionally appointed Mr. Coe's mission appears, also, to for the destitute settlements in the have beer. performed with great en. State of Vermont ; all to continue in gagedness and fidelity, and with the service until the present month. pleasing success “In my late mis. The kev. Mr. Sewall, pursuant to sion,” be writes, “I have preached his appointment, entered upon bis one hundred and seventeen sermons; mission, but continued it. the service eight times administered the Lord's only seven weeks ; " in which time,” supper; and assisted in an ordination he states in bis journal, “ I rode over a church lately formed in a four hundred miles; preached sixty village of Dartmouth, where no one times, visited twenty-five families, two of our order ever preached before schools, and five sick persons ; attendMarch, 1807 I have also baptized ed four conferences, admitted seven fourteen adults and twenty-four chil. persons to church-fellowship, baptized dren; admitted nineteen members four adults and eleven children, and into churches before formed, and give administered the Lord's supper once.” en assistance in forming one church From his journal it also appears of forty members; attended thirty that Mr Sewall, as usually he has conferences, three church meetings, been, was very gratefully received : one special fast, and three meetings and that, in four or five different for prayer; and made five bundred places, be had the satisfaction to wit. and eighty-nine family visits. Great ness very pleasing revivals of reliattention and bospitality have been gion. received, and great displays of divine Mr. Burnham did not find it con.' grace have been seen Since the sistent to accept his appointment; winter of 1807, about four hundred but in his place Mr. Jacob Burbush, have joined the different churches of pursuant to an arrangement for the our order not far distant, three of purpose, performed a mission of five which have been lately formed. In months in the eastern District. From several villages, the external refor. him however, no communications, mation from profanity, intemperance, from which any particulars can be and contempt of divine institutions, tó given, have yet been received. decent order, has been great. The Agreeably to his re-appointment, largest additions to the churches have Mr. Merrill continued in bis western been made, where the people have mission. In a letter addressed to been trained to regular habits, under the Board, and giving a summary stated ministrations of the word; view of his whole service, under both bat a respectable number in the mis. appointments, Mr Merrill states : sionary field.”

“I have spent forty-five weeks in the From the Rev. Mr. Cram, no com service of the Society ; in which time munications have yet been received. I have travelled one thousand four

At the time of the last a nnual meet. hundred and ten miles ; preached ing, as it was thought to fall within two hundred and eighteen times ; yi's

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ited four hundred families and a num late the Society on its progressive ber of schools ; attended several fu. prosperity, and its brightening and nerals and frequent conferences; and animating prospects. Zion's God as opportunity presented, visited the still reigns, and he will yet make her sick and sorrowing. In the different walls salvation, and her gates praise. places, in which I was calles to la. Let her friends, then, not be discourbor, I uniformly found a kind reception. aged; but with united hearts, and with People were attentive and solemn; augmented zeal, let them pray and Christians were mourning and hun. labor for her prosperity and her peace. gry for the word ; and often with tears After hearing and accepting the of gratitude, they would acknowledge report of the Trustees, the Society the benevolence of those, who were proceeded to their annual business mindful of their spiritual wants.” The Act of incorporation, granted

In the course of the year the Rev. to the Society by the Legislature of John Sawyer, under a former appoint. the Commonwealth was accepted. inent, performed a mission of thirteen The officers of the Society, elected weeks in the District of Maine. for the present year, are as follows.

So far as the Trustees have been Key. NATHANIEL EMMONS, D. Di able to ascertain, The MASSACHU.

President. SETTS MISSIONARY Magazine has Rev. Jacob NORTON, Secretary. been continued, with about the same Dea JOHN SIMPKINS, Treasurer. extent of circulation, and about the The President, Ex-officio, same productiveness to the funds of Rev. DANIEL HOPKINS, this Society, as in former years. The SAMUEL Niles, Committee, appointed at the last'an. SAMUEL SPRING, D.D. nual meeting to obtain an incorpora. John Crane, D. D. tion of the Society, have executed Samuel Austin, D D, their commission with success. New ELIJAH Parish, D. D. members in the course of the year JONATHAN STRONG, past have been added; our funds JACOB NORTON, have been liberally augmented ; and SAMUEL WORCESTER, the general patronage of the society L'ea. Isaac WARREN, bas been very considerably encreased. The public esercises of the occa.

A letter has been received by the sion were attended on the evening of Board, from The EVANGELICAL the first day of the meeting, at the Old MISSIONARY Society,recently form. South meeting-house. The Sermon, ed in the counties of Worcester and by the Rev. Mr. Strong of Ran. Middleses, in which they invite from dolph was highly evangelical and anthis Society, such communications, as imating ; the assembly was respectamay have a tendency to produce ble and solemnly attentive ; and the united and efficacious endeavours, collection for the purpose of the So. in prosecuting the common and im ciety was liberali portant designs of our respective in. The first preacher for the next an. stitutions.

mual meeting is the Rev. Samuel Such, brethren, is the summary WORCESTER of Salem, the second view, which your Board of Trustees Rev. JACOB NORTON of Weymouth. are in a situation to give of their own The missionaries appointed by the official doings, of the labors and suc. Board of Trustees for the present cess of our Missionaries, and of the half year are Rev. JOHN SAWYER general state of the Society. They and Rev. JOTHAM SEwali, Dis. segret the failure of documents for a trict of Maine ; Mr. DAVID SMITH, more full and particular report. But northwestern parts of New Hampfrom the general view row exhibited, shire ; Mr. NAHUM Fay, western and from information received from counties of New York; Rev. Dan. various quarters, they it feel to be iel Emerson, destitutc parts of their duty, on this pleasing anniversa. Rhode Island ; and, for the whole sary niost gratefully to acknowledge year, Rev. Joseph Badger, Wyan. the continued smiles of the Great dot tribe of Indians. Head of the Church on the Missionary An account of the funds of the So. interest; and devoutly to congratu. ciety and list of donations in our next




ences, being in itself a compendium

of mechanical improvements, in them. IXPROVEMENTS IN EDUCATION,

selves highly beneficial and capable of JOSEPH LANCASTER, of the free being applied to educate the poor by school, Borough Road, London, have hundreds and thousands, at a very ing invented, under the blessing of Di. small expense. Those who may think vine Prosidence, a new and mechanical fit to adopt this plan will find it ca. system of education for the use of pable of great good, in itself; and schools, feels anxious to disseminate may engraft on it any system of rethe knowledge of its advantages ligious instruction, which they please, through the United Kingdom. without diminishing its utility.

By this system, paradoxical as it It is intended to publish an abridgmay appear, above one thousand chil. Inent of the System of Education for dren may be taught and governed by the benefit of the poor in Ireland. It one master only, at an expense now will be executed under the inspec. reduced to five shiliings per annum,

tion of the author of the original syseach child; and supposed still capa tem, and recent improvements will be ble of further reduction. The aver. added One object of the intended age time for instruction, in reading, publication is to enable benevolent writing, and the elements of arithme. persons to spread the knowledge of tic, is twelve months. Among many this cheap, easy, and expeditious other advantages, which distinguish mode of education among school this system, is a new method of teach- masters, governors of charities, coming to read and spell; whereby one mittees, and friends of the poor, book, worth about seven shillings, in a general manner, and at the will serve to teach five hundred boys, expense of a small subscription, which who, in the usual method, would re is to be paid at the time of subscribquire five hundred books, worth about ing: twenty-five pounds. The improve A volume, which gives an account ment is three times greater by the of Lancaster's system of education new method than the old. Any boy, has been received from England, and who can read, can teach arithmetic read by a number of Gentlemen in the with the certainty of a mathematician, Unitel States with an high degree of altbough he knows nothing about it approbation. A school on this plan himself,

has been established in the city of The public are indebted to the New York with pleasing success, and Duke of Bedford and Lord Somer. it promises very extensive benefits. ville, in the first instance, and to many of the Nobility, Gentry, and THE PROTESTANT DISSENTER'S Clergy, for the support given to this system in London, when in its infant The plan of such a school has been state. The King, the Queen, and formed and published in England, and the Royal Family, feeling with pater.

are taken to carry the nal goodness for the welfare and hap- plan into execution. The object of piness of their people, have patron. the institution is to combine, on an ized by liberal annual subscriptions a extensive scale, the advantages of a design for extending the benefits of classical and religious education. It this plan to the education of ten thou. is designed to qualify persons to be sand poor children,

teachers of youth and to afford very One of the peculiar advantages of material benefit to those, who may this system is, that it does not enter devote themselves to the Christiana into any grounds of religious difer. ministry.





A PLATFORM OF CHURCH Disci. Members of the Female Charitable PLINE: gathered out of the word of Society of Newburyport, it being their God, and agreed upon by the elders Fifth Anniversary, May 17, 1808, and messengers of the churches as by Elijah Parish, D. D. pastor of the sembled in the synod at Cambridge, church in Byfield. Published at the in New-England: to be presented to request of the Managers. Newbu. the churches and General Court, for ryport : Thomas & Whipple. their consideration and acceptance in A Sermon preached before His the Lord. The eighth month, anno Excellency, James Sullivan, Esq. 1649. Boston : Belcber & Armstrong, governor ; His Honor, Levi Lincoln, 12 mo. pp. 70, price 25 cents. Esq. lieutenant-governor ; the Hon.

A ermon, delivered, May 18th, orable Council, of the Common 1808, at the ordination of the Rev wealth of Massachusetts, on the day Joshua Huntington, colleague pastor of General Election, May 25th, 1808. with the Rev. Joseph Eckley, D. D. By Thomas Allen, A. M. minister of the church of Christ in Marlbo. of the Congregational Church in rough-Street, Boston. By Jedidiah Pitisfield. Boston : Adams and Morse, D. D. pastor of the Congre. Rhoades. gational church in Charlestown. Bos, ton : Belcher & Armstrong.

IN THE PRESS. Quarterly catalogue of the names The Speech of Henry Brougham, of the young ladies, who belong to Es before the House of Commons, the academy kept by Rev. Timothy Friday, April 1, 1808, in support of Allen, jun. with explanatory notes. the petitions from London, Liverpool Number 1. Boston, Central Court, and Manchester, against the Orders xiv, May, mdcccviii. Boston: Bel. in Council. Taken in short-hand by cher & Armstrong.

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The Village Curate, a Poen. by in extra boards; and hot pressed, at J. Hurdis, B. D. professor of Poetry one dollar and twenty-five ceots. The lished by request of the committee of two first volumes have already made in the university of Oxford. Second their appearance. Too much credit American edition. Newburyport : cannot be given to the publishers for Thomas & Whipple.

their undertaking and prosecuting a An Historical Sketch of the county work of such magnitude and merit, of Berkshire, and town of Pittsfield. attended with such unremitted labor written in May, 1808. By Thomas and expense. The former, unques. Allen, A. M. pastor of the Congre. tionably, will command the interest, gational church in PittsfielJ. Boston: while the latter, we trust, will perprinted for the Author, by Belcher & suade the liberality of any one whose Armstrong:

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DIED at CAMBRIDGE, on Satur. age, who bears the name of his pious day the 11th instant, Mrs. Ruth and illustrious grandfather ; but, as GASSETT, the wife of CALEB GAN. a stepmother, she had the care and NETT, Esquire, Ætat. XLIII. She guidance of other children, whom she was a daughter of the late President treated as her own, combining reso. Stiles, whom she resembled in va. lution with affection, and fidelity with rious intellectual and moral traits of tenderness Independent in judging, character. Her understanding was and adhering to what was fit and vigorous, and her intuitive percep- obligatory, she took no counsel from tions were quick and discriminating. the fashionable world, in what relatHer imagination was lively, but it ed to religion and morals ; but purwas tempered and regulated by sound sued such a course, as was adapted jodgment. Her sensibilities were to mould her children and domestics strong, but they were directed and into the Christian temper and charac. contrculed by Christian principles. ter, and to form them to virtue and Under the guidance of a parent, who glory. This was the object of her su-, took delight as well in imparting, as preme desire, and of her most fervent in acquiring knowledge, she was from prayers. Her system of education early life habituated to the culture of was happily adapted to attain it. her mind; but agreeably to the pre. Highly propitious was its influence ; cept and example of her parental and the result may justly furnish per. instructor, she esteemed all other petual encouragement to all parents, knowledge as of secondary impor. to go and do likewise.

In this present tance,in comparison with divine. Ear. time she lost not her reward Sel. ly a professor of christianity, she was dom have children manifested an well establisbed in its distinguishing equal degree of filial respect and af. principles, not merely as a system of fection, with hers; or domestics, equal doctrines, but as a rule of life ; and regard and attachment. while she was able to give a reason During a long confinement, she of her faith and hope, she proved the gave astonishing proofs of the power soundness of the one, and the just. of religion, Under its divine influ. ness of the other, by a practical con ence, she sustained all the pains and formity to the requirements of the distresses of a lingering disease, not gospel.

with serenity merely, but with cheer. High was her standard of piety, but fulness. Retaining the faculties of not visionary ; strict her observance reason and speech until nearly her of christian duties, but not austere. last moments, she was enabled and Cheerful without levity, she gave disposed daily to impart salutary and new proof, that the ways of wisdom pious advice to all around her; and are pleasantness, and her paths perce. the attentive and interesting

manner, In social life she was engaging in her in which it was received, furnishes conversation and manners : adapting just hope, that the impressions and berself happily to the characters of benefit of it will never be obliterated. those with whom she was conversant, In the spiritual world, as in the and always uniting the useful with natural, clouds often obscure the the agreeable. The poor were the face of heaven. Few of the chil. objects of her charity; the afflicted dren of God uninterruptedly enjoy the of her sympathy. Her alms accom- light of his countenance

There are panied her prayers. In the relations seasons when they are liable to be in of a Wife and a Mother, she exhibit. heaviness, through manifold temptaed those virtues, which rendered her tions. Here was a favored instance a signal blessing and ornament to her of exception. From the time of Mrs. family, to which she was most highly Ganneti's entrance into her chamber, and justly endeared. She had one under a fixed persuasion that this child only, a son, now seven years of would be her last sickness, she ap.

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