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; vol.. v. PRINTED WEEKLY t\t $2 50 if paid in advance, $3 insix m laths, or |S 00 il paid ail lie end of the year. " , . .. To subscribers who can readonly the Cherokee language the price v»ill he $2,00 iu advance, or $2,50 to be paid within the Every subscription will be considered as Continued unless subscribers give notice*to the contrary before the commencementol a new year, and all arrearages paid. Any person procuring six subscribers and becoming responsible for the paytacnt, ihall receive a seventh gratis. El3*All letters addressed to the F.ditor, post paid, will receive due attention. RlELieiOUS. From the New York Observer. MR. WIRT'S ADDRESS To life several Bible Societies, and friends" of the Bible cause throughout the S'afe of Maryland, and on the Jyotth side of the Potoniac, in the Dis trict of Columbia. Friends of the Bible Cause—lt is at flie request" of the Bible Society c>f the Stafc> of Maryland, through their Board of their Managers, that I presume to address you. It is, therefore, you per ceive an official duty which I am not at liberty to decline. My regret is, that it has been so long and unavoida bly delayed by my illl health. The title by which I a:n instructed to adress you, "The Friends o/ the Bible Cause," warrants the assump tion that you have attended, with inter est, to .the means which you have been heretofore employed for the propaga tion of the Holy Scriptures throughout the world. You know, consequently, that in England, in France, and else where, abroad, Bible Societies, on a large scale, have been for several years in active and successful operation; that the great American Bible Society, whose theatre of contribution is the whole United States, is in immediate connexion ft correspondence with those foreign societies; and that, in several of the states, auxiliary societies have been formed, which stand connected with the national society, remitting their surplus funds, after the supply oi their own domestic wants, to that so- Society, for the purpose of being ap plied to the larger objects of the asso ciation. You are also informed, we presume, that the State of Maryland has not been wanting to herself on this interesting occasion, but that, by a general movement of the Christian community, without distinction of fleets, a Bible Convention, for the State, was held at Baltimore in the month of Ma) last, in which that portion of the Dis trict of Columbia, formerly composing part of the State of Maryland, was alsc represented; and that, by this Conven tion, the report of a committee was a dapted, proposing to organize the Stat< the purpose of producing a more promp and effectual development of its re sources. Copies of this report, inclu ding the proposed constitutions for tU< different societies, will be distribute! whereever it has not been already done and you will perceive that the plan i: at once very simple, and, it is believed very efficient; the proposition being t< have one principal society for the State with branches in each county, and mi nor branches in each election distric of the several comities; so that tlii appeal to Christian charity will knocl at the door of every house and ever' cottage within our limits, and will, w< trust, be blessed of Him in whose numi it will be made. You are all aware of the surprising and prodigious results that have been realised in every department of labor, in every country where the experiment has been made, by the force of union and concert of action. You cannot, therefora, perceive the vast advantages which the simple system proposed must have over the separate efforts of a few unconnected societies, sparsely scat tered in different parts of the state.— A few of these societies have existed ;yid still exist among us. It is not in tended to detract froin their merits. Far from it. Every Christian has been cheered by their spirit, and has felt grateful for their services in this labor of love. Nor can those societies them selves be otherwise than gratified to CHEROKEE NEW KCIIOTA, CHEROKEE NATION, I ITHRDiy see the whole state at length catching ' the impulse which they have given, and assuming an organization that bids fair to render that labor thorough and ef fectual. It is indeed confidently hoped that those societies will sec the advan tages that they will give to the cause which they have so much and so just ly at heart, by incorporating themselves into the system now proposed, and that they will throw themselves promptly and cheerfully into it, and animate it with a double portion of that vigor which has heretofore so honorably characteriszed their proceedings. It will be seen that under the ar- rangement proposed, the Bible Socie ty ol'the State is a mere agent of the county and district societies; its func tions being to unite and harmonize their action, and to concentrate and apply their sufplus funds, according to the pro visions of their respective constitutions. Hencfc the society of the state can do nothing effectual in furtherance of the common object, without the aid of those auxiliary societies. It is for this rea son, and in the hope that the plan de vised and adopted, by the Convention, will be proved by the constituents, that I have been specially instructed, by the society of the State, to entreat, in their name, and the name of Him un der whose banner they are enlisted, ] that the friends of the Bible cause throughout our limits, will, without de lay, form themselves into county and district societies, in execution of this plan; and that they will report their proceedings to the Corresponding Sec retary of the State Society, with the view that we may know what progress has been made in the work, and wheth er it may be proper for us to direct our farther efforts. It is hoped that men of influence, friends of the Bible cause, will not withhold that influence from Hi m who withheld nothing fromusH but that they will, without hesitation or delay, begin this pious work, to then respective spheres, by calling meetings, and organizing societies, as soon as possible, both for the counties and dis tricts. The cause is one which calls upon us to put forth all our strength, and to it immediately. Millions of our fellow creatures are dying in the depth of spiritual darkness, and in total ig norance of that name, which is the 011- 1/ one that has been given under Hea- ven, whereby men can be saved. Let us do our utmost to dispel this dark ness, and unite in one consentaneous effort to place the State where she de- serves to stand, in this noblest of al competitions, that of seeing who shall do most good to the world of man, most for the honor of Him who died that we might live. You will observe that in the Report of the committee of the Bible Conven- tion, it ha 3 been estimated that they are, at least, 80,000 professing Chris tians within our bounds, and it is sug gested that if we estimate the whole number at only 60,000 and the average amount contributed by each, at only fifty cents, (how much below the av- erage amount squandered, annually by each of us, on comparatively worthless objects!) it will give g30,000 as our yearly offering to this noble cause.— The belief is farther expressed, in that Report that §2,000, a year, will keep our own state supplied with the Bible, hereafter, it is added, with a feeling of generous anticipation, "What a large fund should we thus have left for the relief of less favoured portions of our country, and the supply of those dis tant lands which are yet uncheered with the light of God's truth." You will probably have seen, by the public prints, that our sister state of Virginia, animated with the zeal which becomes this high and holy cause, is making the most strenuous exertions in its support; and that according to the computation of her State Bible Socie ty, it is in the power of Christendom, by judicious application of means easily at their disposal, to supply within twen ty ye. .rs, the entire reading population of the world with the Holy Scriptures. Her society has, by its resolution, an- nounced this object to the American iiiblc Society for their consideration, by whofn it has been approved; and the affiliated foreign societies, already in the field, will be invited, we have no doubt, successively, to co-operate in t he achievement of this humane and AWB OWAJfS' ADVOCATE. CHEROKEE NATION, PROPRIETOR. »EDITED 3 nagnificicnt enterprise. Every thing cons to favor its accomplishment.— 3oth at home and abroad, Christians ■ fall denominations have, through re arian feelings, have met on the Bible [round, in the true spifit of primitive Christian brethren, and have united icart and hand, for the purpose ofpro lucing one great concerted movement >f the whole Christian would, for the idvancement of the Redeemer's king lom. What an effecting spectacle is inch a union as this; and what may lot be expected from the persevering •lovvned, us we have reason to hope, hose efforts, if made sincerely and in lingleness' of heart will be, by the ap irqving smiles of heaven? Besides his propitious union of all Christendom it home, there are other indications of success abroad, of the most cheering character. Obstructions, heretofore listing to the admission of the Bible nto foreign heathen nations, are al ready extensively mnoved, and are n a still farther progress of removal; uid missionaries of tke cross, bearing he Book of Life, are now cordially re ceived and welcomed among them.— Thus agracipus Providence seems to )e inviting us to action, by preparing he way for the fulfimenf of this great md beneficicnt design: and it rests vith us to sav whether tve will or will lot accept this invitation of cur God ind Father, and unite, sincere and ar lently, with our Christen brethren in loing His holy will. Can Christians ind friends of the Bifile cause, hcsit ite as to the course flhich ft becomes hem to take? Can wc sit still and un noved, as if we had neither part nor ot in this matter, while the work i* 'lowing all around Can we sec he whole Chistian w»rld in motion, md marching with firm and roeolutc tep in this all comprehensive work o ove, and yet stand aloof ourselves, ii :old indifference as if it were no con :ern of ours? Can do this, with tin tnowledge that eye is upon us befor< i'hich the secrets of all hearts are a: open as the sunlit hill, and that, with al of us, so far as our eternal destiny i concerned the day of reckoning is nea at hand ? But it is far more agreeable to appeal to higher and nobler motives than thse of terror. The founder of our faith has instructad us that they are two coni mundinents, on which hang all tlve law and the prophets; the first* and great est of which is, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind;" and the second is like unto it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself;" and lest we should seek to shelter our selfiishness under too confined an in- terpretation of this word '• neighbor," He has left, on record, the beautiful parable of the good Samavatan, by which we are most effectingly taught that, in the sense of thi9 divine com mandment, all our neighbors who are connected with us by the common ties of humanity, and that although they may belong to different and distant nations, they are equally entitled to our strongest sympathies and sweetest charities. Thus we are instructed that love—love to God and man, com prehends the whole circle of our du- ties; it comprehends them, because it ensures their performance, and en- sures it from the best and nobest mo tive, the motive of love. For in what way this love acts, where ever it exists, we requiring no teaching to instruct us; ive know that it is vigilant, prompt, and forward to do the will, and pro mote the highest happiness of its ob jects. It does not wait to be entreat ed. It does not require its cold 10- luctant, penurious hand to be unclench ed, by the shame of a public refusal, on some rare Sabbath occasion. On the contrary, it is alert, active, inde fatigable, in seeking, and finding, and even making occasions, both private and public, of rendering useful service to the objects of its attachment; and zealous and generous in improving ev ery such occasion where it occurs.— We are not driven to any abstract dis quisitions, nor even to the example of the primitive christians, to prove the mode in which this love to God and man displays itself, whatever it exists in truth and power. We have, before * PH<EMIX I BY ELIJAH HICKS. OCTOBER 19, 1833. our eyes, a living illustration, of the most striking and captivating charac ter, in the scenes to which we have al ready alluded; the spectacle of all Christendom once more loosened from its foundations, not, as in former limes, to precipitate itself on Asia, for the comparatively travail purpose of res cuing, by the sword, from the hands of j the infidel, a small spot of earth, at the farther end of the Mediterranean; but for the far nobler purpose of rescuing, trom the darknes of idolatry, a fallen world, and restoring it to the pure light of the gospel, and the peaceful domin ion ol its true and rightful heir, the Son ot God. Christians, and friends ot the Bible cause, ask no better test : of the existence of this love, that a cor- j dial, faithful, cheering co-operation, in extending the glory of the cross, and hastening the day, which will sure ly come, when every knee shall bow to the Lord, an.d every tongue shall confess to God; when the Redeemer's kingdom shall cover the earth, even as the waters cover the great deep. Bless ed will he be, who, in the true and deep spiiit of Christian charity, shall con tribute effectually to this great result. No civic crown that Rome, in the days of her glory ever conferred, for saving | the life of a citizen can vie in lustre ] with his, who, from love to God and man, shall have been instrumental in saving the immortal lives of his fellow creatures. Let us only reflect that, ac cording to the most approved computa tion, twenty millions of immortal be ings, pass into eternity, every year, of whom four-fifths, it is • probable never heard of the Redeemer's name. O! what a field is here for the exercise of our deepest solicitudes, our most fer vent charities, and most intense exer tions; and with what vehement impor tunity docs the occasion urge us to im- i: mediate action. | And shall this appeal be confined to j professing Christians only' We bc | iieve, nay we are confident, that there are many friends of the Bible, who are not yet in open communion with any church; nay more, we believe that there are many who, regarding this subject in a light merely moral and po litical, have seen such demonstrative proofs of the Bible, in taming and civ ilizing the barbarous regions of the earth, in elevating and enlarging the intellectual character of their inhabit ants pin refining their manners, and fitting them for the society of nations, that from motives of philanthropy, and patriotism alone they may well be num bered among the friend of the Bible. As patriots philanthropists, then, we appeal to them to unite with us in (he j debai barizing of the earth and restor ing fallen man to his proper lustre ant I dignity. In this common enterprise, !wo offer them the victorious banner | under which Constanstine achieved his brightest conquests—the banner of the cross; and it is our prayer and trust, that in the hour which crowns our joint arm with success, in the holiest of wars, we may greet them by a still more fra ternal and endearing name than that of co-patriots and philanthropists. May the God of all mercies enlight en, guide and support us all in the dis charge of this high and solemn duty, and direct this great enterprise to His own glory and the salvation of a per- hmg word. WM. WIRT, President ofthe Bible Society of Ma ryland. JoriN Coleman, Corresponding Sec retary. Baltimore, Sept. 2, 1833. The Conquests of Religion.—-"O f.jfW most difficult conquests, indeed, large portion is overlooked by the'iiu inan eye. While the evii done in its name is seen by all, and'dwelt upon in triumph by the adversary—its pure and holy conquests are oflen effected in stillness and silence; in the abode of poverty, in the obscurity of humble and retired life.—Who is "there, that was a true ciiristian, in his life and in his death? who has seen the holy culm that sheds itseff over that soul, where grace has triumphed over passion, where envy and hatred and pride are sounds un known? who that has seen the bright &. holy glow of devotion diffused over the countenance? who that has heard the fervid accents pf a christian's prayer? - I | who that knows the joy of a christian's communion with his Maker, the devout aspiration °f a soul which is the temple or the Holy Spirit, adorned and sancti fied by his best and richest gifts,and graces - who that lias seen the christ ian struggling with the storms-cflife? though cast down, not destroyed? though preplexed, not in despair: sub mitting with humble resignation to the. correction ofhis heivenlv Father, and gathering the peaceable fruits of right eousness from the seed'which was sown m tribulation and tears? And yet more, who that has seen that sight on which angels look with joy—that hallowed bed where a christian renders up his soul, as to a faithful Creator; where, with no vain display, no idle rapture, the dying saint., knowing of a truth that he is faithful who promises, relies, in the last awful scenes 0 f life, with humble confidence, on that hand which has borne him through all the storms ant struggles of his earthly pilgrimage, and which will now cheer and comfort him, in his passage through the dark valley of the shadow of death! This is, not what Christianity can do, but what it rfot;s /day by day; not what it docs . r .TOllcarned and enlightened christ ian only, but what it does to shed light and joy over the humble . abode of llio lowly and ignorant." From the American Daily Advertiser. The twenty-fourth annual meeting of lie American Board of Commissioners or Foreign Missions, was held in his city in the Seventh Presbyterian -/hurch, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on last week.' This body is •tiictly a Board of Commissioners for he purpose of conducting Protestant Missionary operations, for the Congre gational Reformed Dutch and PresLy eriau denominations of this country, imong the unevangelized nations. It vas originally constituted by the Gen eral Association of Massachusetts, and las been formally sanctioned and re jommended to the confidence and co 'peratiou oftheir churches, by the oth it General Associations in JVew Eng and. and by the General Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church, and the Gen eral Assembly of the Presbyterian L/hurch. I'rorn its formation it has ;one on steadily advancing in the cou idence ot the C hristian community, 11 the amount of pecuniary means pla ced at its disposal, and in the extent jf its missionary operations in diff erent r»»jts of the world. At its late r.eeting in this city, the Hon. John Cotton Smith, of Connecticut, Presi dent of the Board, presided, and va rious other gentlemen cf distinction, Clergymen and Laymen, from different salts of the country, attended. The proceedings were of a highly interest ng character, cxpecially on Friday, ,vhen various resolutions relating to he past and future progress of the be levolent enterprise in which the Asso ciation are engaged, were presented ind adopted, which elicited some ani mated and eloquent discussion. The Report of the Prudential Com mittee presented a most encouraging* dew of operations of the Board." It nas at present twenty-two different missions, in Greece, at Constantino ple, in Syria, to the Jews of Turkev, it Bombay, in India, in Ceylon, Siatii, China, Indian Archipelago, Sandwich Islands, Patagonia; among the Chero vecs east of the Mississippi, the Chick isaws, the Cherokees ofthe Mis sissippi, the Chootaws, the Creeks, the Osages, the Stockbridges, at Macki iuw, amongt lie Ojibeways, at Mamucc 11 Ohio, and among the Indians in the State of New Vork. In these missions ire comprised sixty different stations. Fhe missionary work at these stations s carried on by eighty-three ordained nissioriaries, six physicians, not ordain ed, six printers, twenty-six other assist mt missionaries, farmers, mechanics, k.c., and one hundred and twenty-six' enialcs, two hundred and forty-seven ;ent from the churches of this country; ;ix native assistants. Total, two-lmn- Jred and ninety-seven. Of these nine, icen ordained missionaries, two phy sicians, two printers, and twenty-five other male and female assistants—to tal, forty-eight, were sent foiih within the past y<-or. Several new missions, jVO- 34.