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several years past, not thinking themselves able at present to do more. They feel under great obligations to the Society for propagating the gospel, for assisting them so much, and still request farther aid. At Fairfax appearances are more favourable. In consequence of the small sum subseribed in this town the year preceding, they had preaching more than one quarter of the year. The missionary observes: “Good appears to have been done. Three have been added to the church; and all the members appear to feel most sensibly the importance of enjoying the regular administration of the word and ordinances of God.” On this mission he preached 6 sabbaths at Wassalborough, 1 at Haerlem, 2 at Fairfax, 1 at Fairfield, 1 at Unity, and 1 at Dixmont. He preached 54 times, attended one conference, and one meeting for prayer, visited 6 schools, and frequently catechised children.
MR. EPHRAIM Abbot has performed five months’ missionary service in Robbinston and the vicinity, since his first mission of two months in 1811. In a part of Dennysville the people contributed ten dollars, observing, that they had received much benefit from the Society; that they hoped it would grant them farther assistance; that they needed it, and books; and that they wished the Society to receive their contribution as a token of their approbation of its benevolent designs, and of their gratitude for the favours which they had received from it.” At Dennys river Theodore Lincoln, Esq. has erected a building, that is used as a school house and meeting house. It is suffieiently large to accommodate 200 persons. After the first mission, Mr. Abbot preached 4 weeks at Robbinston, 6 weeks at Calais, and 3 months at Eastport; in the first of these places being compensated by the town, in the two last, by subscription. He distributed nearly 100 books and tracts, which he received of the Society; 266 Bibles, and 216 Testaments sent him by the Bible Society; and school books, with religious books and tracts, received by donations from Andover, Cambridge, Charlestown, and Boston, to the amount of about one hundred dollars. The supply of school books encouraged parents to make considerable exertions to provide schools for their children. The religious books were much needed, and were all thankfully received. Many expressed their gratitude by
words, and some by tears. A large proportion of the people were poor, and many children, and some men and women could not read. The incorporated towns have public free schools. There are very convenient meeting houses in Robbinston and Calais. The missionary observes: “The principal men in these towns have manifested a regard for the public good by the erection of these houses, by their liberal support of schools, and by their judicious and expensive improvement of roads, which entitle them to much respect and esteem.” There was a very general attendance of the people in all places where he preached. During his mission, he assisted in organizing a church in Robbinston. Appearances were favorable at Eastport, “where the principal men, who were desirous of having a congregational meeting among them, had signed obligations for erecting a respectable meeting house, and had purchased a convenient lot for its site.”
THE Rev. Robert CooHRAN was employed two months early in 1812, in the northeast parts of Lincoln county. His services were chiefly performed in Appleton and Lincolnville, an account of “the friendly disposition of the people towards the standing order of ministers, and the great gratitude they expressed to the Society for sending them a minister of that order.” He visited schools, and preached sometimes to large and attentive assemblies. He also performed two months’ additional service for the Society, in the autumn of the same year, at Robbinston and the vicinity. He visited Jonesborough, where there is no church formed, of any denomination. The people of that place have been neglected, and requested that it might be made known to the society, “that they were very desirous of having them send a missionary.” At Dennysville he found considerable attention to religion, and to the education of the children. At Robbinston the people requested him to continue with them a few weeks, at their own expense; but he could not comply with their request. He preached 34 sermons on this mission, and remarked, that, “considering the
scattered situation of the people, they attended meetings well,
and gave good attention.” Robbinston, in his judgment, would be a very favorable station for a resident missionary, who might instruct a school, perform pastoral duty, and occasionally do missionary service in the vicinity; but the effects of the war upon that region of our country are such, as must for the present render such an establishment inexpedient, if not impracticable. Mr. Cochran has performed the service, assigned him the present year at Appleton and the vicinity. In general, he had larger assemblies than he could have expected. He instructed children and youth in a school at Appleton one month and preached on Lord's days. The success of the mission was very encouraging in this place, where he expected a church would be shortly gathered.
THE Society, the last year, voted one hundred dollars to Mr. PETER NURSE, in aid of the schools in Ellsworth. Mr. Nurse, in a letter to the Secretary, writes, that he taught a school there about ten months within the year, and that the number of scholars, who were of all ages from four to twenty and upwards, has varied from 40 to 70. “We use the Bible,” he observes, “much in the school, I endeavour to make my scholars read it with attention and understanding. I often make such remarks as seem to me suitable and important on the portions of seripture which we read. In this way my scholars have become considerably acquainted with the facts recorded in the scriptures. And I live in hope that their hearts will in some future period be impressed with the great doctrines of the gospel.” The benefit of his instructions, in qualifying his pupils to become teachers, deserves notice, as it promises extensive advantage to the settlements in Maine. “Nearly a dozen,” he writes, “who have received the greater part of their education in my school, have been employed in teaching schools in this and the neighbouring towns. Two of my scholars are now teaching schools in Castine.” Mr. Nurse has been ordained to the work of the ministry in Ellsworth; but he writes, “I am settled in this town on the condition that I shall superintend the schools, and instruct personally in the central one, as much * as I can in consistency with the faithful discharge of ministerial duty.” This statement shows the importance of the Society’s grant, as it respects the ministry, as well as the schools. To eneourage such promising beginnings, and to aid so import
ant an object, the society has made the same grant to Mr. Nurse this year, as the last, of one hundred dollars. A fuller account of this mission is given by the Evangelic AL MissionARY SocIETY, in whose service Mr. Nurse was first employed, and under whose auspices he was ordained. See the REPoRT of the proceedings of the Trustees of that Society, 1812.
MR. SILAs WARREN performed two months’ missionary service for the Society, the last year, at Jackson and the vicinity. He preached 26 sermons, made 26 family visits, distributed many books, visited one school, and attended two conference meetings. “The people,” he writes, “among whom I have laboured, join with me in expressions of gratitude to your Soeiety for the favour you have bestowed. We hope while we are faithful in our duty, that God will own and bless us, and that you will continue your aid.” Having been requested to pay particular attention to the schools, he forcibly states the importance of them, and the inability of the people to support them. “Money expended in this way,” he observes, “would be of great utility. It would not only qualify the rising generation for usefulness in society, but it would open the way for the reception of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The Society, this year, granted one hundred dollars to Mr. Warren, in aid of the sehools in Jackson; and the design appears to be faithfully prosecuted. In a letter to the Secretary, dated 7th October last, Mr. Warren writes: “We have had a school in each plantation for the benefit of small children. These schools have been under my immediate inspection—I find they have been useful. I have been at a part of the expense by discharging the bills of those whose parents were unable to pay. I have two under my care and instruction; one will be qualified to teach this winter. As soon as the inhabitants have gathered in their harvest, I shall commence a school in Jackson, and continue through the winter. The inhabitants join me in expressing gratitude for the continuance of favours....Yesterday the church was organized.” To have been auxiliary to this establishment, (as also to that at Ellsworth) must give satisfaction to the Society. A fuller account of this establishment is given by the Evangelic AL Mission ARY SocIETY, by whom Mr. Warren was first employed, and under whose patronage he has been ordained.
The Rev. Mr. CoE performed a mission of three months, the last year, in the western parts of this State. In several places he met with more encouragement than has usually been given in that quarter to missionaries. At Slater's factory lodgings were provided for him; and he spent seven sabbaths there. The prejudices and habits of the people, in the region he visited, he considers as unfavourable to the cause. “The few of our order,” he writes, “ receive the missionaries with joy ;” but he sees no prospect of building regular churches at present, excepting in East Greenwich, South Kingston, or Smithfield....“Several circumstances, however, are favourable. More encouragement is given to education than in past ages.”.... The agitation of the times caused some interruption of his labours. During his mission he preached 78 sermons, attended 7 meetings for prayer and addresses, and 1 conference, and visited 11 schools, and 206 families. His Journal gives a particular account of the moral and ecclesiastical state of the eountry; and suggests the importance of ascertaining proper stations for missionaries.
The Society has granted twenty five dollars for the last year, and the same sum for the present, to Rev. Mr. CHAPIs, of Pownal, in aid of the maintenance of the ministry in that place.
THE Congregational Church and Society in PRovincetown have presented a petition, which was communicated at the late semi-annual meeting, and received, as it obviously claimed, particular attention. They state, that the war has brought upon them great calamity and distress, and an evil which they peculiarly deplore—the necessity of “living without a preached gospel, unless they can obtain relief.” “In addition to our present poverty and distress (they observe) we should seriously view a deprivation of the public ordinances as a distressing