ft has also appeared that the minds Not only is war the greatest scourge of other reflecting men have been re. and curse of nations the means of markably open to receive light on the lespotism, oppression, poverty and subject of war, and that but little at. wo, but it ever involves the most fla. tention has been necessary to convince grant injustice, and crimes of the them, that war is not a fruit of that deepest die. The fame of the con. wisdom which is from above. Some queror, which resounds through the who have doubted the practicability world, results from multiplying ten of abolishing war, have professed a thousand fold the sin of Cain and the belief that the exertions of Peace So. most atrocious crimes of unlicensed cieties will do much good, that they robbers and pirates. All that one will cause statesmen more seriously nation gains by war is so much lost to to reflect on the subject and thus pre- another, or to suffering individuals ; vent so frequent a recurrence of the and nineteen out of twenty of the con. calamity as wouidotherwise take place. quering nation are real sufferers by This, it will be perceived, is admitting what is called a successful war. enough to justify the greatest exer- To this catalogue of evils we may tions

add, that war is the grand reservatory But if it be correct to infer from and hot bed of vice and crime-from what has been done with very limited which every country is filled with fe. expense and exertion, what might be lons, who live by depredation, till done by more ample means and ef. they find their way to the prison or forts, there will be no room to doubt the gallows that a hundredth part of the annual To effect the abolition of such a expenditures of Christian nations in custom, what exertions can be too preparing for war, if judiciously em- gieat ! Only to save such a town as ployed, would be sufficient, in twenty Boston from the fate of Moscow, or years, to abolish the custom from every from the usual calamities of a city country on which the gospel shines. taken by assault, would justify the ex

It does not require a learned educa- pense of a hundred millions of dollars, tion, nor much reflection, to convince and ten years of benevolent exertion men of common sense, that War is the throughout the United States. If Enemy and Peace the Friend of man. this be doubted, let fancy for a mo. kind What if some men have been ment apply to this town the sacking enriched by war ; is it not obvious of a city taken by storm ;-a hundred

that they must have fat!ened on the thousand ferocious troops- let loose spoils and blood of their brethren of from all restraint, inflamed by maliganother country, or on the toil and op- nity, avarice and 'lust-plundering or pression of their fellow citizens? burning your property according to What if others complain that they have their pleasure-filling your streets been impoverished and ruined by and houses with massacre and blood, peace; is it not clear that the founda- violation and death! Say not that tion of their bankruptcy was laid in such a scene in Boston is impossible. the preceding war, or in their own For to such horrors every town and improvident thirst for gain ?-But to city on earth is now liable, in conse. one who is a gainer by war, thousands quence of the popularity which has are sufferers ; and to one who suffers been given to war as a just and honby peace, thousands are gainers. Be ourable mode of deciding the contro. sides, the existence of such a custom versies of Rulers. If no means are as war for the settlement of disputes, in operation to prevent it, better a. subjects every thing to hazard, and dapted to the purpose than prepara. renders insecure the most prosperous tions for war, it may safely be said, and flourishing conditions of commu- that Boston is more likely to be sack. nities and individuals. This year' ed within ten years to come, than Mosthey may be surrounded with every cow was ten years ago. To save this earthly comfort ; the next they may ''town, and all the towns and cities of be reduced to beggary or butchered the work from such 'horrible scenes by an army of ferocious and licensed is the object of l'eace Societies, Inrobbers, urged on by a Christian gov. deed it embraces the virtue and hapernment !

piness of the whole human family


It then there be any institution in not only the Anniversary of the Mas. which all mankind are interested, and sachusetts Peace Society, but also of which claims the favour and patronage the Annunciation of the Pacific Alliof all, such are societies for the aboli. ance in Europe, and of the birth of the tion" of war and the promotion of Prince of Peace ; who has taught us peace.

to love our enemies--to bless and Were there only a probability of curse not. In two of the neighboursuch partial success as the doubting ing states, this day has been set apart friends of the society admit, the ob- for public thanksgiving and praise. ject would justify the fervent prayers May we not then rejoice in the belief and vigorous exertions of every Chris. that much will have been done in tian in every country But there is various parts of the world to aid the something more than a probability of cause for which we are assembled. partial success; there is a moral cer. May we not also indulge the pleasing tainty of complete success-providedhope that CHRISTMAS will henceforth that exertions be made corresponding be generally appropriated to the work with the importance of the object of promoting the design of the Sav. And every cent which is given in this iour's mission,--that the anthem of cause, may be the means of saving a angels will be be better understood, hundred dollars in war taxes ;-and that on each successive return of this what is still more important, every season the temples of the Lord in every cent may save a soul from death and land will be crowded with worshiphide a multitude of sins. For the pers, , and resound with the song cause is the Lord's, and he will give GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST effect to benevolent exertions.

ON EARTH PEACR-GOOD WILL TIn this age the eye of benevolence has discovered that preventing evil is entitled to the front rank among the

REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMIT.. various modes of doing good ; and

TEE OF THE SOCIETY FOR PROPthat it is much better to prevent pau.

GOSPEL AMONG perism, beggary and crime, by seasonably providing the means of virtua

NORTH-AMERICA-Nov 6 1817. ous education and employment, than to support paupers, beggars and crim

Of this valuable Report we inals in a state of idleness and vice. give only the outlines and principal May we not then reasonably presurne

The Report contains pleasing that it will soon be discovered, that it

accounts of the labours of the Mis. is much better and cheaper, as well sionaries employed by the Society : as- more christian, to prevent war by Rev. Dr. N. Porter in Fryeburg and pacific means, than to support such a

the vicinity ; Rev Asa Piper in the barbarous, expensive and all-devour. vicinity of Belfast ; Rev. Daniel Loveing custom ? And that the most no. joy at Robbinston and vicinity ; Rev. ble of all ambitions is that of promot- Josiah Peet at Norridgewock and ing peace on earth and good will to the vicinity ; Rev John Sawyer at

Brownville and the vicinity ; Rev. The dire calamities which have re. Henry True at Appleton and the vicently been felt on both continents cinity ; Rev. Peter Nurse at Ellsworth the progressive illuminations of the




and the vicinity ; of Mr Sargent aword of life, and the conciliating ten

mong the Stockbridge Indians; and dency of a thousand benevolent insti.

Rev. Mr. Alden among the Senacas tutions, have all conspired to prepare and Munsees. From the account of the minds of Christians to listen to the

the latter Mission we give the followprinciples of peace, to desire their dis- ing extracts : semination, and to co-operate in one The Rev. Timothy Alden, (presiform or another to emancipate the dent of Alleghany College,) in pursu. world fro the guilt, the tyranny and ance of the appointment of the Socie. the desolations of war.

ty, lias visited the Seneca and the In conclusion, it may be proper to Munsee Indians, and performed misindulge a thought on the auspicious sionary service among the destitute coincidence of Anniversaries. This is white inhabitants of the South-western


settlements. He “ made it a point to ning to see light. I have long been preach whenever and wherever an as. convinced that we are wrong. I have sembly could be collected ; which often told my people that we must be sometimes scarcely amounted to 20, wrong, and that you must be right, and seldom to more than 50 hearers, because you have the words of the except upon the Sabbath, when he Great Spirit written in a book.'” sometimes had nearly 200 At the Mr. Alden had informed him the white settlements, generally consisting day before, that he was going to see of people from the eastern states," be Red Jacket and the Indians of bis vil. writes, that “ he was cordially receiv. lage. In one of his addresses, Comed;" adding, that " in all places there planter said, “I have often talked to was a readiness, and in most an ea. Red Jacket about worshipping the gerness, to hear the gospel ; and fre. Great Spirit in your way, but he has quent were the lamentations that this constantly told me, that he was deter. privilege is so rarely enjoyed in those mined never to conform to your way, out posts of Immanuel's kingdom.” that he meant to hold on in the way After a brief account of the establish. which his fathers had taught him. ment of a mission by a Society in New As your object is good, it can do no York at the Tuscarora village, con- hurt to visit him and his people, but taining 320 souls, and the expecied or- I do not think that he will take hold dination of Mr. James C Crane as of it. If I thought Red Jacket would their resident missionary, and of the take bold of it, I would go with you religious state of the country, westerly to see Red Jacket, and talk to him from Lake Ontario, he proceeds to about it"_“On the following day," give information of the more immedi- writes the missionary, " he obligingly ate objects of our charity-the In- accompanied us 14 miles, to cold dians.

Spring. In passing difficult and dan"In Cornplanter's village, extending gerous places, he kindly took the lead, one mile along the banks of the Alle shewing us the safest course, and ghany, are 48 persons, of different whenever we came to a piece of tolerages and both sexes. I preached able road, with much civility he woull twice on a Sabbath in the spacious fall back, and, pointing for me to go house of that noble spirited" chief, forward, say, in broken English, good which was well filled, and mostly with road, good roadHaving taken noIndians. Some of these were from tice of an Indian school, which he visPeter Krous's neighbourhood and ited, under the care of Mr. Oldham, from Cold Spring. Henry Obeel, and of the salutary effect of his in. Cornplanter's eldest soli, a major in structions and example ; and of anoth. the late war, officiated as my interpre- er at Cold Spring, * diligently taught. ter. He performed with promptitude by Mr. Elkinton, at the expense of and in such a manner as to arrest the the Friends, who have long bestowed attention of the aboriginal part of my their benevolent attentions

on this sec. auditory. He has often interpreted tion of the Seneca tribe ;" he men. in councils on subjects of business, tions his preaching at a private bouse but never before for 'a clergyman. in Big Valley, nigh the upper end of Few if any of the Senecas have ever the Indian reserve, which lies upon had so great advantages for an educa. the Alleghany. Annēh'-yesh, a retion as the major. In early life he was spectable chief, usually called Long at school nearly 6 years in Philadel. John, and more than a dozen other in.. phia. He is a man of a very strong dians attended the meeting. Mr. mind. At the close of each of my McKay, a gentleman well versed in discourses, Cornplanter delivered an the Seneca language, acted the part interesting address, in which he ex. of an interpreter with ability. The pressed his gratitude for the notice chief made a speech, in which he taken of him and his people. He said, thanked me for coming to see the *I am always happy to see the minis. Indians and to preach to them, and ters, and to have them preach at Jen. wished me to express his grateful acnesadaqua We begin to understand knowledgements to the good people, something of the gospel. We have been in the dark, but we are begin. • The Tallest, or The Tall One:

who thought so much of the poor In- pel to the unenlightened parts of the dians as to send a preacher to them. earth, of the prophetic declarations of From all that he had heard, he “had scripture relative to a happy period, little expectation of being permitted which is fast approaching, when poor to preach to the Indians in this, which Indians, and millions of the buman is the most populous settlement of the race, as ignorant as they, would be Senecas ;" but he “met with a much brought to behold and to rejoice in more agreeable reception than he had the glorious light of the gospel, when anticipated. Accompanied by Mr. every wicked practice would come to Hyde,” he observes, we visited some an end, and all the tribes of men of the natives, particularly Young would form one vast band of brethren. King and Capt Pollard, two of the I mentioned that the good people of most influential chiefs. The business Boston and the vicinity, a distant place of my mission was made known to on this island, (adopting their lanthem, and they expressed their appro- guage,) had sent me to preach to them, bation of the object Pollard said he that they hal' no sinister motives for was glad I had called on the chiefs so so doing, that they did not wish for as to inform them of my wishes, that their land, nor any thing they possessthey might have opportunity to com- ed ; but, feeling the comforts of relimunicate them to their people. It gion in their own hearts, they longed was their desire that the meeting to see the Indians and all their fellow might be on the Sabbath, to which I creatures blessed with the heart cheer. cheerfully agreed.” Of the discourse ing hopes of the gospel of Jesus, and to the Indians, at the time appointed, they considered it a duty to help those, he gives the following interesting who are unable to help themselves, as account. “ We met at the school. far as in their power, to a knowledge house in the Seneca village, and of such infinite moment to every hu. it was filled with the tawny in- man being ; adding, that I should habitants, while a considerable num. gladly hear any remarks they might ber stood without at the door and win. see fit to make upon any thing I had dows. Ten chiefs were present, of offered. After a short consultatiori, whom one was the noted Sõ.gwē.e. Capt. Pollard rose, and in a very wau-tau, * known by the name of Red graceful and eloquent manner deliverJacket, of whese shrewd remarks to ed an address. I regret that I cannot missionaries, on some former occa. present it to you in full. Never did I sions, you have probably been ap. behold a more solemn and interesting prised. In my address I spake of the countenance. Jameison said he could past and present state of the Indians, not interpret the whole, but would lamented the bad example too ofien give me a sketch. It was nearly in set them, and the injustice not unfre. these words :-- Brother, the chiefs quently done them by the unprincipled have agreed that I should speak to you among their white brethren i spake in their name. We are happy to see of the excellence and infinite impor- you among us We are happy to hear tance of the gospel, and the comfort, about the Great Spirit. We are happy which many Indians had enjoyed on a to hear the gospel. We have understood cłeath bed in trusting their souls to almost every thing you have told us. the Lord Jesus Christ. I descanted We like it very much. We thank you on the uncertainty of life, a judge for coming to talk to us. We thank the ment to come, and an eternity to fol. good people who have thought of us, low, the awful state of all men by na- and have sent you to us We should be turė, and the only method of escape glad to have ministers come to see us from the wrath which awaits the im- again. This is probably a very mea. penitent and unbelieving, represent. gre as well as a greatly abridged ver. ing that Jesus is the Son of God and sion of a speech, in the pronouncing of the only Saviour of the world. I also which the chief was not less than 20 spake of the wonderful exertions of minutes, and displayed the talents of the present day for spreading the gos. an orator absorbed in the magnitude

of his subject." Which literally means, Wide a. Mr. Alden visited the Cataraugus wake and keeps every one else awake. village ; but “many of the leading



characters were absent."' Johnson, our, a slave or free, to read or write,
the interpreter, said he was persuaded or causes such persons to be so
it would be very agreeable to the taught, is subjected to a fine of
chiefs and their people to hear the thirty dollars for each offence; and
gospel, if they had been at home.
Mr. Taylor, of the denomination of every person of colour who shall

keep a school to teach reading or Friends in their vicinity, expressed

writing, is subject to a fine of thir. his regret, that our missionary coud not have an opportunity to preach to ty dollars, or to be imprisoned the Cataraugus Indians.

"These are

ten days and whipped thirty-nine all Senecas, except about 6 families,

lashes !" who are Munsees. At the Seneca Such is the News-paper account. village on Buffalo Creek are about 700 If it be correct and founded on Senecas, 16 Munsees, some Ononda. fact, the ordinance of Savannah is gas,

Cayugas, and few a reproach not only to that city Squaukes In the different reserves, but to the United States, and to the Senacas amount to something more the whole civilized world. It is an than 2000. The language of the ordinance against which every Munsees is radically different from Christian should feel and express that of the former. They are so call the most perfect abhorrence. ed from the place where they formerly lived, on a branch of the Susquehan.. dinance characteristic of all the

If we could suppose such an ornah, but are of the Delaware tribe." In the review of the last year we

white people of Savannah, we see much to afford us pleasure and

should be compelled to assign them

a rank in the scale of beings, even encouragement. Some of our missions have been unusually successful. Thir. below the blacks whom they treat ty years have now elapsed since the as beasts and property ; and if the incorporation of the Society. That more righteous or less wicked blacks. its endeavours to promote the religious were removed from the city, we improvement and final salvation of might justly fear that Savannah those, who have stood in the most need would share the fate of Sodom. of assistance, have been, in some de.

But we hope and believe that gree, effectual, there seems no room

there are

the city, exclusive of to doubt For this cause we bow our

the people of colour, more than tent knees in devout thankfulness and praise to GOD, who hath “command righteous persons, who have been ed the blessing.” If the fruit of our grieved with the “ ungodly deeds" labours be not now always visible, it of those who passed the detestable

ordinance. may appear hereafter. The promise is sure. If we sow bountifully, we

It is an opinion founded on ob. shall reap also bountifully.

servation, that those who are ex., not," therefore, brethren, “be weary perimental y acquainted with the in well doing; for in due season we value of knowledge, virtue and reshall' reap, if we' faint not

līgion, are disposed to diffuse these By order of the Select Committee. blessings among their fellow beings; A. HOLMES, Secretary. and especially among those who are

under their care. We may then CONSUMMATE BARBARITY.

very naturally infer, that those who As a perfect contrast to every made and sanctioned the ordinance thing humane, benevolent or Chrism for excluding the blacks from these tian contained in the Disciple we privileges, were themselves stran.. have to record the following report gers to the benefits of a virtuous of a barbarous ordinance of the city

education : They are people who of Savannah, which has appeared

have as strong claims on the comin several Newspapers.

passion of Christians as the Hindoos “The city of Savannah has passe or the Hottentots. We would there ed an ordinance, by which any per. fore recommend their case to the son that teaches any person of col. consideration of all those benevo

• Let us

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