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to teach their parents and the generation that will succeed them. The boys will, it is contemplated, be instructed in some practical husbandry; and from among them, no doubt, will be raised up preachers who will both preach to their own nation, and carry the gospel to other Indian tribes with more success, than white men can ever do. They will, in all probability, make a generation of good citizens, pious Christians, and industrious farmers, for their hunting will soon be done. The girls will be taught to sew, spin, knit, weave, cook, &c. and will be thus qualified to become obedient wives and tender mothers. In short, the instruction of the rising generation will entirely change, under the blessing of God, the whole nation for the better.
The Mission family now in this place, is as follows; myself and wife, two young men, one young woman, and an interpreter; besides another young woman that we hired with difficulty till Christmas. The women have three times as much to do as they are able at present in striving to make clothes for half-naked children, washing and cooking, besides every other part of housework, without being suit. ably furnished to do any of these things without much additional labour and tronble. We expected two young women before this time, but owing to their sickness, and that of brothers Jacob Young and James B. Finley, who were to provide them, they have not come, and we expect none sooner than three weeks. Bro. Finley was sick at the time of, and after, conference, and perhaps is now, so that our lot is for the present a very laborious one. As to myself, I had to teach the school till a few days ago altogether, besides providing for our large family; but the interpreter teaches the school now ; but it so increases that I shall be under the necessity of re-commencing it with him again; and how I can attend to other matters is more than I can tell, unless by some miraculous aid, which I do not expect nor wish. The hours not devoted to school, are closely employed in regulating so many boys and girls taken out of the woods, and unaccustomed to our manners and customs. The school will, in all probability, amount to about fifty by next Christmas, (if it must not be stopped for want of means to support it, of which there appears something very like it at present) and next spring and summer, to between seventy and an hundred of the yandot nation; besides there is a number of the Seneca children that we are solicited to take. This, if not the certain, is undoubtedly the probable view of the future state of this school, and amounts in my opinion to its real prospect.
We want many things now to enable us to carry on this establishment. Many of the children are half-naked or more ; their old leggins, mockasins, hunting shirts, &c. are worn out. With much struggling we have got them two shirts apiece, so as to be enabled to put on clean shirts every week, which, by the way, is a very necessary expedient to prevent ****. We have only ten knives and forks for a family amounting to more than forty persons. We are so ill off for beds and blankets, that I dread, as the approach of a deadly enemy, the coming winter. What will ensue, I cannot tell precisely; but this I know, ihat without a speedy relief we will be reduced to the greatest extremity. Most of the nation are now at a distance hunting, and if, when they return, they find some of their children frozen and others almost famished, it will have a serious effect, after our churches having pledged their faith to support them. Every sort of clothing is needed, such as linen, and woollen cloth, factory cotton, shoes, hats, stockings, &c. for children from four years of age to full maturity. We need money; I have now only a few dollars, and I owe, on the Mission's account, twice that sum. I do not spread this alarm, to give any, even the most remote idea, that brother Finley has neglected us; for no man could do more than he has done. But perhaps he is now sick; he lives more than a hundred miles from here, and when he left this place he did not expect the school would increase as it has done. Perhaps he has got money; perhaps he is well now; perhaps he has got sup. plies; and certainly he will not be wanting on bis part. Surely every benevolent mind will assist us. I need not add any more. My paper is almost done. We will struggle on till we hear what the public will do ; we hope God will support
DEATH OF JOHN ALLEN.
To the Editors of the Methodist Magesine.
Richmond, Va. Dec. 2, 1822. DEAR BRETHREN,
By request of the Society in this place, I send you the following. By inserting it, as early as convenient, in the Magazine, you will gratify them and perhaps others. Yours, &c.
P. ANDERSON. Departed this life, on Thursday, Oct. way; but from the paucity of such per24th, in the 37th year of his age, John sons, their diffidence if there were such, ALLEN, a native of England, but for or the novelty of the thing, it did not three years a resident of Richmond. In succeed as in the case above-mentioned. the death of this lamented man, society My acquaintance with him justifies me bas lost one of its rare ornaments, the in saying, that, church a most useful member, and a 1. He possessed a true Christian zeal. surviving partner one of the best of hus- Immediately after bis settlement in Richbands. His attainments in learning and mond, he began to search for opportupiety were such as, in addition to his nities of doing good. Not contented excellent natural qualities, could not fail with merely filling his station in the to please and to edify those who came church as an approved member, he was within the influence of his spirit. solicitous to improve every occasion,
Little is known by the writer of the all times, and every talent to the utterearly part of his life. But being inti- most. The management of a Sunday mately acquainted with the deceased, I School was an exercise for which nalearned from himself that he was a lead- ture and grace had both contributed to er of two classes in his native land, and render bim eminently qualified. Here, also the superintendent of a large Sab- but not here only, Allen seemed to be bath School. When he informed those in his element. And such was his comwhose literary and religious instruction manding, though mild and affectionate, was entrusted to him, of his expected re- influence, that assistant teachers and pumoval to America, they were deeply pils seemed to please themselves when affected. And I have heard him speak they pleased him. When the exercises of the ardent attachment of his soul, not of the school were concluded, with his only to many youth, for whose interest “ company of young soldiers,” to use in time and eternity, he laboured Sab- his own expression, would he, morning bath after Sabbath, but also to some ad- and afternoon, repair to the house of vanced in life, who unfortunately, from God. On the sum of good which a man some cause, had failed, in their tender thus constituted is calculated to accomyears, to receive the elements of learn- plish, it is unnecessary to enlarge. Deing; but who notwithstanding had been clining no suffering, shunning no cross, prevailed on to seek a sufficient ac- he persevered in the path of duty, not quaintance with letters to enable them for a month or a year only, but to the to take knowledge of those divinely in- end of life. His visits to the sick were spired writings, which make wise unto not performed with that heartless charsalvation. And such was his success, ity, which only says, “be ye warmed that in one instance at least, a person and filled," but with prayers for their who had long lived in ignorance and salvation, accompanied by that liberalsin, was brought to feel the spirit and ity, which will finally be accepted by power, as he read the letter, oi the sa- the Judge of all, in terms like these, “I cred oracles, and will probably shine as was hungry, and ye fed me, sick, and a star in the crown of our beloved bro- ye visited me,” &c. By his conversather to all eternity. How worthy our tion and example, he warned the unimitation such acts of benevolence! He ruly, reproved transgressors, consoled also made an attempt in Richmond to the aftlicted, and charmed to the obebenefit the aged illiterate in the same dience of the cross.
2. He was free from bigotry. So cess of Methodist Missions, is clearly good was done, he was not solicitous discoverable in the last annual report of under what name the desired end was the Virginia Conference Missionary Soattained, or to whose credit it was set ciety. down. A member of the Bethel Church, That he was truly, and on all occafor the benefit of seamen, a manager of sions, the gentleman, many are prepared the Religious Tract Society, Secretary to testify who had the best opportunity to the Sunday School Union, and Vice- of knowing. That he should have been President of the Junior Bible Society, taken from us at this time, while his seras well as Secretary of the Virginia Con- vices were so important to the church, ference Missionary Society, he seemed while many, whose attainments in every disposed to try every means, and make respect, were far in the rear of his, are the most of every opportunity, by which still preserved, and the chasm made by there was any probability of promoting his removal will be so difficult to fill, if the divine glory and the benefit of hu- filled at all, is one of those mysteries man kind. If a report was to be drawn of Providence which we cannot know up, Allen was often looked to, as a per- now, but must wait to know hereafter, son possessing a mind so enlightened and which for the present we must be and improved, and a soul so ardently contented to resolve by this general sodevoted, as to render him eminently lution, that “in wisdom God orders all prepared for the task.
things." 3. But he was decidedly and of choice He seems to have had a presentiment a Methodist. Believing this people to of his approaching end. For at the last be eminently blessed of God, whatever meeting of the class of which he was the were the views entertained by others, leader, and to which he had become he seemed to say, “ Thy God shall be greatly endeared, before concluding, be my God, and thy people mine.” Not called the name of every member sepawilling to make a loud profession of at. rately, and told each what he thought of tachment to the economy of the church, his or her spirit and deportment. Shorton some occasions, which might be con- ly after submitting with a Job-like patradicted by his practice on others, he tience to the loss of two lovely infants, considered it both his duty and privilege the mortal affliction seized his system. to observe all her institutions. His at. His testimony in the trying hour was, tention to the public ministration of the “ my temporal business is adjusted, my word and ordinances, to his class, to peace is made with God, my soul is prayer-meetings and meetings for busi- calm and serene, and I have only to ness, was uniform and uninterrupted, wait the will of my heavenly Father.” except by unavoidable circumstances. Notwithstanding the severity of his disHis services might be commanded at any ease, his soul remained throughout calmtime when they could be rendered with ly staid upon God, till it took its everout infringing on other duties. During lasting flight to the regions of bliss. His the two years in which I had the pas- remains were followed to the grave by toral charge of the society here, I found many sighing hearts; and while virtue bim sufficiently disposed to acquiesce in is revered, and Heaven is prized, he will those wishes which were judged most live in the remembrance of many whose consistent with the genius of our insti- language will be, “Let me die his death, tution. His ardent concern for the suc- and let my last end be like his."
FOR FEBRUARY, 1823.
From the Wesleyan Methodist Magazine.
THE TRIAL OF ABRHAHAM ILLUSTRATED AND IMPROVED:
HEBREWS XI. 17-19. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Issac; and he that had received
the promises offered up his only-begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called : accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.—(See also Gen. xxii.)
The obedience manifested by Abraham, in the unparalleled trial to which the text alludes, was probably the most prompt and unreserved that has ever been offered by a creature to the almighty Creator. And as it has pleased the Divine Being to transmit this history to us through the medium of inspiration, doubtless it is his intention that we should derive from it instructions of the most salutary nature.
The doubts and difficulties which necessarily occurred to Abraham, on receiving a command to sacrifice his son, would greatly augment the reluctance, which, as a kind father, he must have felt to the perpetration of such a deed. And it is evident, that God, in the manner of giving this command, seemed determined to exaggerate its severity, and thereby to enhance these doubts and difficulties. “ Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt-offering."
Among the thoughts and soliloquies of the holy patriarch on this occasion, would not the following naturally occur?,"Is it pos. VOL. VI.