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Dear brother, what shall I say more?-Pray for us, and write to us by every opportunity: news from your diftant part of the world will rejoice our hearts: above all, inform us of the fuccess of dear Mr. Holmes, and any other Missionaries among the heathen: tell us the News of your churches, and send us any trifling publication. We have received some intelligence from Ame. rica of European conceras before we heard it froin Europe. We have sent two copies of the Gofpel by Matthew in Bengallee, at the end of which are some other little tracts, bymns, &c. in that language, which we have dispersed. We beg your acceptance of one copy, and also that you will present the other, in our name, to the New-York Miffionary Society, as a token of our fincere union with them in the great object of theit undertaking I am, very affectionately, yours,
A short Account of the Ohio Presbytery; in a Letter from the Rev. Thomas Moore, dated Ten Mile, January
HIS Presbytery was conftituted in 1793. Its
first meeting was in October of the same year. It was fet off from the Redstone Presbytery. At its first constitution it consisted only of five members. The Monongahela-river, in its windings, is the eastern and northern boundary, till it joins the Allegany river at Pittsburgh. From thence its northern line extends to Presque Ife, and from thence westward. Two more members were added the next year, and a large number fince. The Great Head of the Church has highly favoured us, -as a Presbytery, with unanimity, love and friend hip among ourselves, and with a large addition to our number. He has evidently put much dehrable work into our hands, within the space of two or three years. We have, for a considerable time, almost invariably had more or less candidates under examination for licensure. We have now five probationers for the gospel ministry. Our Presbytéry consists of nineteen ministers; eighteen of which have charges; one without a charge; and one from the Presbytery of Orange, in Carolina, who expects soon to take a charge within our bounds. Five of the above nineteen are settled over the Ohio river, one of which resides within eight miles of Young's Town, and preaches there one third part of his time as a temporary supply. He has two other places of preaching, which are considered as being his charge. He was ordained last September.
The facrament of the Lord's supper was administered there in the wilderness on the following sabbath. Through the whole solemnity there was sensible liberty in preaching, close attention in hearing, and some evident tokeds of the fpirit of God operating on the minds of several, and on one or two’in a remarkable manner. The season was both animating and encouraging. * To see the table of the Lord spread, and the banner of the blessed Jesus displayed, so far to the west in the wilderness, which, but a short time fince, was inhabited by savage beasts andfavage men, and where satan has held his empire for a long time alınost without controal, was, to me, and, I fruit, to many others, a plealing theme of meditation. Mr. Williain Wick is the pastor of this congregation.
From the month of August, 1799, to Nov. 1800, the Presbytery of Ohio have ordained ten ministers of the gospel, installed nine of themi, dismiled one to go and itinerate in the State of Tennessee, and received and installed one from the Presbytery of Brunswick; fo that, in the space of one year and four months, there have been ten members added to this Presbytery. At present we have three who are how on trials in the Presbytery, and several more studying divinity. Our
* The above mentioned sacrament was administered in the forks of Big Beaver, thirty miles west of the Ohio and eight miles east of Young's Town. The church formed on the occasion consisted of forty-one members, five of which communicated for the first time.
churches are chiefly supplied from a little academy in Cannonfburgh, with no resources-supported entirely, till of late, by the Presbyterian clergy and their people. Lately it has received one thoufand dollars from the Legislature of this State. In this quarter the field is wide and extensive, the harvest truly great, but the labourers comparatively few. We rejoice that the Connecticut Mishonary Society are sending missionaries to Now-Connecticut. Lately the Rev. Mr. Badger paffed through our bounds on'a mission to New-Connecticut. Lately there have been several revivals within the bounds of our Presbytery. One under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. J. Millen; one under the Rey. Mr. Paterson; one under the Rev. Mr. J. Hughes; one under the Rev. Mr. J. Brice; and one in my own congregation, a particular account of which I intend to fend foon for the New-York Miffionary Magazine. Awakenings at present are not so 'fréquent as formerly:
Last fall we fent four of our ministers on a short tour to the Indians, to see what could be done in order to christianize them. The Rev. Messrs. J. Hughes and
Thomas Marques went to Cornplanter, a noted chief of the Six Nations; had some conversation with him, but returned without concluding on any thing very decisive. Rev. Thomas E. Hughes, with a probationer, visited the Indians near Detroit. The name of the chief of that tribe is Blue Jacket. They were received in a kind and friendly manner. They have brought with them a son of this chief, who is now studying with Mr. Hughes. His father wishes him to acquire an education, with the knowledge of agriculture. The young Blue Jacket appears very desirous ofiche fame. Since he has been with Mr. Hughes he appears to be under some religious concerns so much at least as to make him attempt secret prager."
(314 Account of a late Revival of Religion,in, a part of the
Highlands of Scotland.
[Continued from page 220, and concluded.) N summer 1798 the Lord's supper was dispensed in our con
gregation, at the usual time of the year. For some weeks Before I endeavoured, in preaching, to explain more fully, and with more application to the conscience, the nature of the ordi. nance, and the character of those who, under the denoinination of disciples, were commanded to keep it. The exhortations arid warnings then given appeared to be accompanied with a divine blefling. Some of the ordinary communicants, judging themfelves to be in an unconverted state, kept back, of their own accord, from partaking of the facrament. Others, after converfing with me privately on the subject, took the fame resolútion. Many of those who might otherwise have applied for admiffion, forbore to apply. I inferred this from the coinparatively small number of persons applying. For some years before, the number of candidates for admission each summer amounted to thirty, forty, and sometimes near fifty. In fummer 1798 there were not above iwelve; of whom nine were admitted. The facrament was difpensed the same year again in November, on which occasion there were odly fix more new communicants admitted
Although the number of communicants was thus for the time diminished, yet the number of those who were brought under concern about their eternal interests was increasing. This concern (hewed itfel chiefly among the younger people under twenty, five or thirty. Their knowledge was yet imperfect. A natural fliyness-often hindered them long from difeovering to others what they thought or felt. They had as yet no friend or intimate whom they judged, able, from experience, to understand their situation, or to give them counsel. Some of them began to visit one of the two earlier converts formerly mentioned, from whose reading and conversation they derived conliderable benefit. By means of this common friend they were brought more acquainted with each other. One might now observe ar church, after divine service, two or three small groups forining themselves round our few more advanced believers, and withdrawing from the crowd into the adjacent fiekls, to exchange Christian salutations and hold Christian converse together; while a little coufin, or other young relative, followed as a silent attendant on the party, and listened earnestly to their religious discourse.
As the facrament of the Lord's supper had been much abused, by adınitting, without strict examination or special inftraction,
All candidates who could give a tolerable answer to common questions, and who were free from groffer immoralities; fo, it must be confessed that the facrament of baptism had been filt more profaned. Nothing but one kind of scandal was under stood to preclude à man from admiffion to this ordinance: Gross ignorance, or immoral behaviour, only laid a man open to some admonition or reproof; or at most laid him under the necesity of procuring another sponsor; but hardly ever hindered the baptifm of his child. Nothing subjects a man to greater difgrace and obloquy among us, than to have his child unbaptised. The dominion of custom in this matter is fo despotic, that most parents would choose father to carry their children a hundred miles to be baptised by a Popish priest than to be refused baptism when they demnand it. The superstitious notions and other abuses, attending our celebration of this facrament, called loudly for reformation. Last year I preached a short course of sermons ou baptism. At the same time, agreeably to a recent resolution and recommendation of the presbytery to which I belong, 1 revived the laws of the church which had fallen into disuse, relative to this ordinance, particularly that which prohibits private baptifin. Aðs of Assembly, 1690, X. Whenever I baptife a child on a week-day, whether in the church, or elsewhere, I give previous intimation of sermon, and after preaching I adiniaister the ordinance in the presence of the congregation. By these means many have been brought to understand better the nature of this facrament, and to attend to it with more reverence. It had been long customary for the parent to give an entertainment, according to his station, to his neighbours and connections, immediately after the baptism; by wliich means this facred ordinance, instead of being regarded as a most folemn religious service, had degenerated into an occasion of carnal mirth and feftivity. The more religioufly difposed amongst us have set the example of discontinuing this, practice.
In February, 1799. it pleased God to call home my dear wife, after we had been married little more than five years. She too had been growing in grace during the last two years of her life. She laboured for lome months under a gradual decline, which im. paired her strength, and occafioned sometimes a languor of spirits ; but her faith and trust in her Redeemer were on the whole uniform and steady. Her dismiffion from the body was gentle, without pain or struggle. Her meek and humble behaviour, her growing love to her Saviour, and the joy the expressed at the profpect of being foon with him, were blessed to the edification of our pious neighbours, who often called to visit her.
The following month, March, 1799, I began a course of practical sermons on Regeneration, which I continued to the beginning of July following. These were attended with a more gen