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Renunciation of Idolatry, góc.

9 upon general subjects were very ju- , ward, we hope with the spirit and dicious; but his attention to, and ques. | language of the Prophet of old, “Here tions upon our discourses, were such are we, send us.”

They were the as surprised not only the Raiateans, very men we should have chosen had but ourselves also. We think he

pos- we thought it prudent to nominate; sesses a very acute judgment so far but knowing it was at the hazard of as he knows. We do not wish in thus their lives, and that of their wives and speaking, to be understood that we little ones, we dared not to interfere, believe him to be what would be call- but left it to Him, who disposes the ed in England a converted person,

hearts and thoughts of men according though we have now indubitable evi- to His will. Mahamene, a deacon, dence that he is truly converted from having a wife but no children, was

} idolatry to Christianity. God hath one; Puna, a steady, and we hope a called him and the people out of dark- truly pious man, having a wife, with ness to the knowledge of his Son Christ two children, was the other; they Jesus. May they soon really know were both men we could ill spare on Him, whom to know aright is eternal account of their steadiness and our life. Auura was continually express- confidence in them; but such characing his anxious desire to return to his ters are the only proper persons for own land, and to carry to his poor such a work, therefore


other countrymen the knowledge he has consideration was obliged to give way. obtained of the true God, and his Son. To select a crew to bring back our Jesus Christ, expressing his fears in boat was the next consideration; as an affectionate manner, that when he this took up the greatest part of the got back he should find very few left, night, they had but a short time to get as the evil spirit was killing them so I ready for the ship, which was to sail fast.

| early the next morning. The brig Hope, Capt. Grimes from The brig got under weight the 5th London, touched at Raiatea on July 1 of July, and after most affectionately the 3d; we mention to the Captain committing Mahamene and Puna,

1 our wish to get those poor people back with their wives and little ones, to to their own Island; he with a readi

the care of our Lord and God, in the ness which does him the highest cre- presence of the congregation, we gave dit, offered immediately to touch their to each a letter in English and TahiIsland, and take our boat in tow, that

tan, recognising them as under the we might have an opportunity, should

patronage of the London Missionary our boat return from this yet unknown Society, with our sanction, and reland, to open a communication with commending them to any captains of the natives. We sent for Auura, the

vessels that might touch at Rurutu. Chief, and his wife, who were highly delighted with the prospect of return

The vessel lying too, outside the

reef for us, prevented our baving a ing; but he raised an objection to go- regular service; but though short, it ing to his land of darkness unless he

was both affecting and interesting. had some one with him to instruct him and his people. We were rather

At length we conducted our new fel

low-laborers to the brig. The Capt. at a loss how to act; however, we immediately called the deacons, inform

paid every attention; took our boat'in ed them of the circumstance, and de

tows and departed leaving us anxious

ly waiting to hear in due season of sired them to enquire who would vol

their reception and success; nor were unteer their services to go as teachers to these poor people. They assem

we disappointed. bled the church when two came for

Part of the night previous to their


Pittsburg Sabbath School.- Sabbath School Anecdote.





departure was spent in supplying , 1815, when the first of the schools, them as well as we could with those that form this Union, was commenced articles which they would find both that in so short a time there would be necessary and useful. Every mem- a Union of twenty-five schools, ember of the church brought something bracing so many different denominaas a testimonial of his affection-one tions of Christians? Who, at that brought a razor, another'a knife, a- time, on viewing the streets of Pittsnother a roll of cloth, another a few burg on a Sabbath day, would have nails; some one little thing and some supposed that in a few years so many another; we gave them all the elemen- hundred children, instead of spend tary books we could spare, with a few ing the day of the Lord in idleness, of the Tanitan Gospel of Matthew. would be taught in Sabbath Schools, Thus we equiped them for this little to fear the Lord and reverence his Mission as well as our circumstances holy name? “Verily, the Lord's ways would allow.

are not as our ways, nor his thoughts (Concluded in our next.) as our thoughts." Although much

has been done, much remains yet to Sabbath School Intelligence.

do. There are


children in Pittsburg and the vicinity, that never attended the Sabbath Schools. To extend the operations of this Union

much further, will require increased It is with great pleasure we notice

exertions: and we would look to the the spread and prosperity of those Society for that assistance, which we

need. institutions; and we are persuaded, our readers will receive any informa- The following interesting anecdote is tion respecting them, with the sarce

extracted from the "Sunday School feelings. We avail ourselves of the

Teachers Magazine;" printed in following extract from the fourth an

London, which is well worthy of nual report of the Pittsburg Sabbath

perusal. School Union, taken from the “Religious Intelligencer.” It is worthy of remark, that, “during the last year

(From Liverpool.) there have been added to the Union

In conversation with a respectable

middle aged searan at one of the eight schools, seventy-two teachers, and five hundred scholars; and there prayer-meetings of the Liverpool Sea

man's Friend Society, one of our are now in its connexion, twenty-five members asked him, what first inschools, three hundred and seventeen

duced him to attend to religion? Afteachers, and about two thousand

ter a pause of some moments, in or

der to recover the agitation the quesscholars. Of these schools, ten are tion had produced, he related the follocated in Pittsburg, and the remain- lowing narrative: der in different parts of Alleghany

"I have been a sailor from a very County.” The report observes :

early age, and never thought about

religion, or the concerns of my soul, From a review of the operation of

my return from


voyage. this Union, we are led to exclaim, My home, where I resided eighteen surely the Lord hath done great things years, is at a village near Workingfor us. Who would have thought in ton, in a small cottage, the next to a



Revival of Religion at Winfield, N. Y.


Here a pause

neat chapel; but the people who go sweetest prayer I ever heard. This to this chapel being called by the was too much for me: the knife and neighbors Methodists, I never would fork dropped from my hands, and I venture inside the door, nor suffer gave vent to my feelings in tears.”my family, if I could prevent it. I

ensued. He appeared usually sail out of Liverpool. During much affected. On recovering himthe winter the vessel is laid up. At self, he continued, “I enquired who those times I return home for a few had thus instructed the child. The weeks to my family. Having a small mother informed me the good people family, and the times pressing rather at the chapel next door; and the child hard upon us, during my absence never would go to bed, nor rise in last summer, my wife, endeavoring to the morning, without kneeling down save a little, sent my oldest girl, to


for herself and her dear father about six years of age, into the Sun- and mother. Ah! thought I, and I day school established at the chapel, never prayed for myself or my chilMy stay when at home being gener- dren. I entered the chapel in the ally of short duration, (about three or evening, for the first time, and conour weeks, my wife might suppose

tinued to attend the means of grace it would be no difficult matter to keep there. The Lord having awakened me in ignorance of the circumstance. me to a sense of my danger through

“I came from my last voyage be- the instrumentality of a dear child, fore Christmas, and journeyed home. I am now seeking him with all my Being late when I arrived, I had not heart, and truly can say I am happy the opportunity of seeing my eldest in the thought, that Jesus Christ came girl until the following day. At din- into the world to save poor sinners, ner time, when we had sat down, I of whom I am chief.” After some began, (beast-like,) to eat what was further conversation we parted; but before me, without ever thinking of with a hope to meet again. my heavenly Father, that provided my daily bread; but glancing my eye REVIVAL OF RELIGION. towards this girl, of whom I was

WINFIELD, HERKIMER COUNTY, N. Y. doatingly fond, 1 observed her to look at me with astonishment. After a

From the Religious Intelligencer. moment's pause, she asked me in a In order to give a just view of the solemn and serious manner, “Father, abounding grace of God to this peodo you

never ask a blessing before ple, it will be necessary to shew the eating?” Her mother observed me to state of religion ainong us previous to look hard at er, and hold


knife the revival. and fork motionless; (it was not an- I will go back in the narrative to ger-it was a rush of conviction the commencement of the which struck me like lightning:) ap

The moral and religious aspect of the prehending some reproof from me, church and people, at this period, was and wishing to pass it by in a triling peculiarly gloomy: and to every perway, she said, “Do you say grace, son acquainted with our condition, Nanny.” My eyes were still rivited (who was not void of moral sensibiliupon the child, for I felt conscious Ity,) it must have been exceedingly had never instructed her to pray, nor even sat an example, by praying with The church, as a body, appeared to my family when at home. The child have fallen into a deep spiritual seeing me waiting for her to begin, sleep; and non-professors were eviput her hands together, and lifted up dently wholly absorbed in their worldher eyes to heaven, breathed the I ly pleasures and pursuits. The youth

year 1821.



Revival of Religion in Winfield, N. Y.

swallow up

especially appeared to be wholly giv-ed that they never, since they made en to vanity: Balls and sleigh rides, a profession of religion, liad experien, and other parties of pleasure were al- ced such spiritual darkness and moral most incessant. Convivial mirth and insensibility, as they had for a number hilarity appeared to banish all serious of months past; that they had criminal- thoughts of God, and eternity from ly neglected their duty to God, to their minds. In short, the riches, the their own souls, to their brethren and honors, or the pleasures of the world to sinners around them; that they felt appeared completely to engross and themselves shut out from the favora

the whole soul of all class- ble presence of God, that they could es of those who made no profession not, as in former times, approach the of religion; of the aged, and the mid- mercy seat with filial confidence. dle aged, as well as the


and This was a very solemn, interestthe church in their feelings, and their ing and painful scene. The church practice, were criminally conformed in general, I believe; felt deeply imto the world. The moral darkness pressed with the idea, that we were and gloom which pervaded the church approaching some very solemn and and people in this place, at the com- awful crisis-that God was about to mencement of the year 1821, appear- visit this people in a very extraordined evidently to increase, until about ary manner, either in mercy orin venthe middle of February, when a num- geance: a very deep solicitude was ber of the members of the church evidently felt by many.

We were began to arouse from their spiritual held in trembling suspense, between slumbers, and to tremble in view of hope and fear, until the latter part their own situation, the languishing of May following; when it was evistate of Zion, and the deplorable con- dent to some who were watching the dition of the ungodly. A few began signs of the times, that the Lord of a sensibly to feel that it was high time truth was among us, by the special into awaken out of sleep; to urge with fluences of the Holy Spirit." An ununusual engagedness the importance usual solemnity was evident in our and the necessity of a revival of re- assemblies for religious worship; and ligion in this place.

we soon found that a number were unTowards the close of the month a der deep and pungent conviction; and day was set apart for humiliation and the anxious enquiry was forced from prayer.

their trembling hearts and quivering On the day appointed, the con- lips, "what must I do to be saved :) gregation, which assembled was un

On the last Sabbath in May, I apexpectedly numerous.

The mem- pointed a meeting of enquiry on the bers of the church were nearly all following Wednesday: 1 explained present. In the morning, a sermon the object of the meeting, and stated, was delivered; and the afternoon was that we did not expect any would atdevoted to a personal inquiry into the tend that meeting except such as felt religious state of the church, to pray- anxious for a revival of religion; or er and exhortation.

IIere a scene

such as felt anxious for their own souls. was opened which was truly affecting. I told them explicitly I did not wish The members of the church, male & a careless professor, or a stupid nonfemale, were questioned respecting professor to attend the proposed meetthe state of their souls and respecting | ing. At the time appointed, an untheir attention to religious duties, expected number assembledma midparticularly the devotion of the closet. | dling sized school house was crowdNearly all, I am not certain but every ed--a deep and awful solemnity was individual member of the churc!, stat- I depicted on the countenance of the




Received of Religion at Winfield, N. V.

13 assembly; and it was a peculiarly so- ing the revival, was then in town; we lemn and interesting season; and will, , had agreed to spend the day in visitwe doubt not, be remembered with sing from house to house; we took deep interest while they live. Some different routes, and agreed to meet who came doubting whether the time at Capt. B.'s for dinner. Mr. Goodto favor Zion had fully come, felt ell arrived there first; when I arriv-' their doubts removed; and it is be- ed at the gate Mr. G. came out to inlieved that nearly all who were pre- form me what was passing within sent, felt a solemn and awful sense of told me he had there witnessed the the presence of Jehovah.

most interesting scene he had ever At this meeting our first object was beheld. It was indeed an awfully to learn how professors of religion felt; interesting and solemn scene. All and it was found, on examination, (if secular business in the house and on I was not deceived) that all who were the farm was suspended, and had been present felt in a greater or less de- for several days, except works of negree a genuine spirit of revival—that cessity. There were Capt. B. his they had, some for months, and some wife, a son, 2 daughters, a hired man, for a number of weeks, and some for and the precepiress of the school, all few days only, been led to spend much collected in one room. Two of them, more time than usual in their closets; apparently in a state of perfect bodiand that they felt very different when ly health, were so deeply impressed there, from what they usually had as to overcome their bodily strength, done-they felt distressed in the view but had the most perfect exercise of of the deplorable condition of sinners. their reason. Their conviction of The question was then asked, wheth- sin, of the righteousness of God in er they were willing, in the presence their condemnation, and of a judg,

. and fear of God, and in humble de- ment to come, were clear, deep, and pendence on him, to enter into solemn overwhelming. I enquired of each covenant to devote certain portions of person present the state of their mind, every day to special prayer for revi- made a few remarks and took my val of religion in this place, (not that seat. All was silent as the grave, they should confine their petitions to except now and then a deep sigh from Winfield,) but that this should be a convicted, condemned sinners, who special subject of every prayer, that felt themselves on the verge of etertheir supplications might ascend to nal ruin. I again attempted to speak; the throne of grace in unison. If they but any thing I could say appeared felt willing to enter into this covenant, so mean and contemptible-it came they were requested to manifest it by so far short of the scene that was passrising. Every professor present, male ing before us, that it appeared inere and female, arose. Non-professors trifling. I felt that we had nothing were then addressed. More than to do but to sit still and she the saltwenty of them were soon found from vation of God. I never before witpersonal conversation to be under nessed such a display of the divine genuine and pungent conviction; and presence, of the infinite majesty, nearly all of them are now members of power, and glory of the great Jehothe church. About a week from this vah. Within 48 hours from this time, time, I was called to witness a scene Capt. B., his wife, a son, two daughthe most interesting and solemn I had ters, a hiredi man, and the preceptress ever witnessed, or ever expect to this of the school, were brought, as we side eternity. The Rev. Mr. Good- humbly trust, ont of nature's darkell, who spent the principal part of ness into marvellous light--from a two or three weeks in this place dur- state of spiritual bondage into the glo

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