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inst. a pleasant Sabbath morning, about half past seven o'clock, she was sweetly released from all the sorrows and sufferings of this mortal life, and I trust entered on that Sabbath of rest, which remaineth for the people of God.

Language is too feeble to express my own feelings on this occasion. I would bow with submission to the divine will. The sovereignty of God is most strikingly displayed in this event.' No dispensation of Providence, since our arrival in this land, has fallen so heavily upon us. No one has called louder for deep humility, and self-examination to know wherefore it is, that the Lord is dealing thus with us. My loss none can estimate, but those who bave experienced a similar affliction. My prayer is, that this afflicting dispensation may be made a blessing not only to myself, but to the mission, and to this perishing people. If this bereavement should be made the means of uniting us more firmly in holy love, of making us more diligent and useful in our labours, of exciting us to greater zeal and fidelity for the salvation of sinners, Mrs. Kingsbury's death may do more than she could have accomplished by a long and laborious life.

I have only time to add, that we hope the committee will not be discouraged by these repeated and sore afflictions. We more than ever feel the need of additional helpers to strengthen the things which remain, and to occupy different places in this wide field, which is already white to the harvest. From different and distant parts we hear the daily call, Come over and help us. We now have the pecuniary means, but not the persons, necessary to carry on the work. We are peculiarly tried on this subject. We know not what encouragement to give, or what arrangements to make.

With the leave of Providence, I shall set out in a few days with Mr. Jewell, if he is able to travel, for the six towns, to do something towards making preparation for a school in that district. But the feeble health of him and his wife will render it necessary that they have help soon.

At the close of his letter Mr. Kingsbury says, “ If we had a few good assistants to go into different parts of the nation, and teach a few children in each place, and give some instruction to the people, we think it would greatly subserve the cause.”

In a previous letter, Mr. Kingsbury enumerates the following additional helpers, as peculiarly needed at the present time; viz. at Elliot, a blacksmith, a teacher to assist Mr. Wood in school and to labour with the boys, a carpenter, a shoemaker, a cook, that is, a strong man to labour in and about the kitchen; at Mayhew, a good evangelist, and one or two persons to labour with the boys when out of school, and at other times to labour about the house, as circumstances may require; at the French Camps, a good, energetic, faithful man to labour on the farm ; at the Six Towns, two or three labouring men, to aid Mr. Jewell, in getting that establishment in

operation.

'It is desirable that all these persons should be faithful, humble servants of Christ, willing to devote their whole strength to his cause. At present, it seems necessary, that most of them, if not all, should be unmarried. They should possess the essential qualifications of a willingness to labour and a habit of self-denial. They should cultivate a kind, obliging disposition, and add to it unceasing diligence, and unwearied perseverance. Thus will they have great enjoyinent in their work, and be able to do much for the heathen.

MORAVIAN MISSION.-GREENLAND.

[From the New-York Christian Herald.]

LETTERS received from New-Herrnhut, dated June and August, 1821, mention, that the health of the missionaries on that station continued favourable; while the prevalence of damp weather, during the months of June and July, had occasioned dangerous colds among the Greenlanders, which had interrupted the activity of the missionaries, during the seven most auspicious weeks of the summer season, and in the sequel greatly augmented their labours. The spiritual state of the Greenland congregation was more encouraging and hopeful, than before; divine worship was very numerously attended throughout the winter, the communicants walked worthily of their profession, the young people were more attentive to the things belonging to their peace, and the children were in a better state of subordination. The indifference of ten persons, who had been excluded, was a solitary cause of regret. From the date of the accounts of last year down to the above period, six persons had been received as members of the congregation ; eight admitted to the Lord's table; and five heathen, who had removed to New Herrnhut two years ago, were baptised. The congregation consist. ed of 362 souls, of which number, 168 were communicants. The winter had been uncommonly mild; the cold never exceeding 15} degrees below 0, by Reaumur's thermometer, and the Greenlanders suffered no want of provisions. On the 27th of February, they had a severe storm, resembling a tornado. One hundred years have elapsed, since the worthy Danish Missionary commenced the Greenland mission; a jubilee has been appointed by the Danish government, to be celebrated on the 16th Sunday after Trinity, whereof notice has been sent to all the settlements of the Danish and United Brethren's missions.

CHARACTER OF POMARE.

MR. NOTT, one of the Missionaries at Tahiti, in a letter to a relation, (Mr. Turner), in London, referring to the death of king Pomare, says, “ He was a prince who never had an equal in these islands; the friend of all foreigners, and the protector of the Missionaries. In knowledge of every kind he was among his country

men unrivalled. Had he enjoyed the advantages of education, he would have attained to as high a degree of eminence as some of the greatest men have reached; and, with respect to myself, I have in his death sustained an irreparable loss, as he was so valuable an assistant in the work of translation.”

NEW ZEALAND.

Extract of a Letter from Mr. Kendall to the Rev. Dr. Waugh, Nov. 25, 1821.

THE longer I am among the New Zealanders the more I am convinced that they sprung originally either from Assyria or Egypt. The god Pan is universally acknowledged. The overflowings of the river Nile, and the fertility of the country in consequence are evidently alluded to in their traditions; and I also think the Argonautic expidition, Pan's crook, Pan's pipes, and Pan's office in making the earth fertile, are mentioned in their themes. “ In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land : when the Lord of Hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance." Query. Are not the Malays and the whole of the South Sea Islanders, Egyptians ? Is not o hina, or Hina, the ancient queen of heaven?

ESTABLISHMENT OF A PRESS AT MALTA.

LETTERS bave recently come to hand from Mr. Fisk and Mr. Temple, dated at Malta, in July. They bring the pleasing intelligence, that the Governor had given permission to put the mission press in operation, and to print tracts, &c. in different languages, for distribution. Several tracts in Italian and Modern Greek were already prepared; and the missionaries were only waiting for types, which had been ordered from France. Mr. Fisk urges a reinforvement of that mission. He probably left Malta in September, on an exploring tour. The pious friends of that mission, in Malta, think they discover a peculiar interposition of Providence in its behalf. Fields of immediate usefulness are opened, much beyond their expectation.

AMERICAN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS.

THE annual meeting of the Board was held in this city, on the 12th and 13th of September. The receipts into the 'Treasury, during the year ending Aug. 31, 1822, amounted to about $61,000, of which, more than $59,000 were donations. The expenditures of the Board surpassed $60,000.

Mr. Evarts having been re-appointed Corresponding Secretary, HENRY Hill, Esq. of New-York, formerly Vice Consul of the United States at Valparaiso, was appointed Treasurer, and will immediately enter upon the duties of his office, at the Missionary Rooms, Boston.

A GOOD DESIGN. A friend in middling circumstances, who feels deeply interested in the prosperity of missions, was lately suggesting, that if other contributors were to adopt the plan he has for several years acted upon, the amount of aggregate subscriptions would be greatly increased. He has formed his family into an Auxiliary Society, and the small contribution of each member is regularly laid aside every week. By this simple method, without any sensible effort, a sum is raised, at the year's end, considerably exceeding what the individual himself would feel it right to give, if he were to pay his annual subsciption at once, in the usual way. Thus, to use the language of our eloquent friend, Mr. Bunting, at our late annual meeting, may christians “ provide in their respective families and connections, a share of those funds which are the sinews of this great and finally successful warfare."

May the time soon come, when there shall be no church without the appendage of an active auxiliary to missions, and when the spread of the gospel shall be considered, by all chrisiians, as necessary a part of ministerial and private obligation, as the promotion of individual piety and social religion !"-Bap. Mag.

QUESTION. An answer is requested to the following question :- Were all mankind to become truly and deeply pious, what effect would it have upon them, with respect to the present gratifications, occupations, and pursuits of the world ?

NEW PUBLICATIONS. Thoughts on the Anglican and American-Anglo Churches. By John BRISTED, Counsellor at Law, author of « The Resources of the British Empire,” and of “ The Resources of the United States of America.” New-York. J. P. Haven.

Prometheus, Part II. with other Poems, by JAMES G. PERCIVAL, M. D. New Haven. A. H. Maltby & Co.

Epitome Historiæ Græcæ, cum Appendice de Diis et Heroibus Poeticis, Accedit Dictionarium Latino-Anglicum. New Haven. A. H. Maltby & Co.

T. Correspondents.-Religious Communications, No. 3, Senex Nos. 2 and 3, c. and “ To be continued-to be concluded”-P. on consistency of character, and Amicus, are on hand and will receive immediate attention.

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CHRISTIANS ought to rejoice, even when the blackening clouds of adversity lowr around, and the waves of contention rise in wild disorder; for these may be tokens of the peculiar favour of infinite Goodness. As man plucks up the weeds which have entwined themselves around the delicate roots of some esteemed flower, with such violence that the latter is almost torn from its bed, so Providence deprives us of the pleasures and amusements of this world, that we may not fix our affections entirely upon them, but that we may have a longing desire to participate in the pleasures of Heaven, to receive there a cherub's beauty, and to bask in the rays of glory that radiate from Jehovah's throne. Why then should displeasure darken our brows, under the experience of those afflictions that tend to purge us from defiling lusts, and such things as are pernicious to the immortal soul? They show us the impotence of all sublunary objects, and the foolishness of reposing any confidence in them :They put our faith, our patience, and resignation to the trial, and improve our graces, to the honour of the Deity and to our own immediate advantage. Could we but lift the veil which is now impenetrable to the ken of mortal vision, and see the bright throng of those who unite in loud hosannas to the lamb, should we hear ther complaining of the sufferings they endured while here below? No; the happiness they there enjoy has erased these from their

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