Texas Presbyterian. (Victoria, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 4, Ed. 1, Saturday, January 23, 1847 Page: 1 of 4
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A FAMILY NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO RELIGION TO MORALITY TO EDUCATION TO AGRICULTURE AND TO THE NEWS OF THE DAY.
VICTORIA TEXAS SATURDAY JANUARY 23 1847.
A Ftmilv Newspaper devoted to Christianity
te Morality to Edneation to Science to As-
ricHltarf 'and to the diffusion of useful
Rev. Andrew J. McGown
Editor & Proprietor.
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Agents for the Presbyterian.
James M. Baker Esq. Qucro De Witt co.
John D. Anderson Chisholnfs Ferry.
Bcnj. B. Peck and James Ramsey Gonzales.
Thos. II. Duggan and Andrew Neill begum.
Rev. Mr. McCullough Bexar.
JohnF. McKinncy Goliad.
Benjamin II. Stribling Stribling's mill.
A. W. Hicks Hallct's Lavaca co.
Bcnj. J. White Texana.
John McCamie White Esq. upper Jackson co.
Tost master Matagorda.
Samuel Blythe Teach creek.
J. M. Osburn Egypt.
George W. Gardner Columbus.
Abnar Kuykendall Cumings1 creek.
Thomas J." Rabb add Dr. Manlcy La Grange.
Mr. Gillespie Bastrop.
N. S. Rector Austin.
Dr. George W- Barnett Chrisman'sscttlcm't.
ElderJatnes H. Stribling Independence.
Esqr. Norris "
A. si. Lewis Brenham.
Hon. R. E. B. Baylor upper Brazos country.
Dr. Thorns J. Mcara Washington.
Mr. Munger clerk San Felipe.
Paschall P. Borden Richmond.
Dr. J. Wilson Copes Columbia.
James Burke Brazoria.
E. Floyd Fantharpc's Grimes county.
Samuel McGown Huntsvlllc Walker county.
Rev. Mr. Nevill Crockett.
James Sharpe Douglass.
Isaac Lee and Gcn."T. J. Rusk Nacogdoches.
Rev. Finis E. Foster San Augustine.
Rev. John B-irnett Sibine county.
A. McGowen Rv. Win. M. Trv'on Houston.
Charles A. Stewart and Rev. Mr. Henderson.
Earn"! Corley and S. F. Donncll Red River.
D.ivid Love Robertson county.
Judge Bragg Burleson county.
Rev. John Buchann Boonsboro'.
Rev. Benjamin Picrson Faycltcvillc.
Rev. Barnett Miller Helena.
Judge Thomas Kerr SaTcoxie Newton co.
Rev. Alexander Campbell Bowling-Green.
Rev. H. W.B. Ware Georgetown Pettis co.
Her. Jared R. Avery Groton X. London co.
John A. Mitchell merchant Apalaclncola.
Rev. II. A. Porter Philadelphia.
Rev. A. M. Bryan Pittsburgh.
Rcr. M. Bird Uniontown.
Rev. Mr. Black Lebanon.
Gen. William Lee D. Ewinir Vandalia.
Richard Kerr Esq. Atlas Pike county.
Rev. John M. Peck Rock Spring Madison c.
Rev's. L. Jones Joseph Weaver and II. A
Hunter general agents.
Rev. Mr. Quate Hopkinsvillc.
Dr. Miller Madisonville.
Dr. R. Beard Princeton.
Hon. F. E. McLean Elkton.
Hon. Samuel Hatfield Franklin.
Rev. Albert G. Irvine Richmond.
THE PRIDE OF THE VILLAGE.
May no wolf howle: noscrcceh owl stir
A wins about thy sepulchre!
No boisterous winds or storms como hither
To starve or wither
Thy swift sweet earth! but like a spring.
Love keeps it ever flourishing.
Iii the course of an excursion through
one of the remote counties of Englond I
had struck into one of those crow roads
that lead through the more secluded parts
of the country and stopped one afternoon
at a village situated on a hill beautifully
rural and retired.- There was an air of
primitive simplicity about its inhabitants
not to be found in the villages which lie
on the great coach road?. I determined to
pass the night there and having taken an
c:irlv dinner strolled o:it to cniov the
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My ramble as is usually the case with
travellers soon led me to the church which
stood at :i little distance from the village.
Indeed it was an object of some curiosity
its old tower being completely overrun
with ivy so that only here and there a jut-
ting buttrass; an angle of gray wall or
a lantasticallv carved ornament necreel
through the verdant covering. The early
part of the day had been dark and showery
but in the afternoon it had cleared up; and
though sullen clouds still hung over head
yet there was a broad tract of golden sky
in the west from which the setting sun
gleamed through the dripping leaves' and
lit up all nature into a melancholy smile.
It seemed like the parting hour of a good
christian smiling on the sorrows and sins
of the world and giving in the serenity of
his decline an assurance that he will rise
again in glory.
1 hud seated myself on a half sunken
tombstone and was musing as one is apt
to do at this sobcr-t bought cd hour on past
scenes and early friends. on those who
were distant and those who were dead
and indulging in that kind of melancholy
fancying which has in it something sweet-
er even than pleasure. Every now and
then the stroke of a bell fram a neighbor-
ing tower fell on my car; its tones were in
unison with the scene and instead of jar
ring chimed in with my feelings; and it
was sometime before I recollected that it
must be tolling the knell of some new ten-
ant of the tomb.
Presently I saw a funeral train moving
across the village green; it wound slowly
along a lane; was lost and rc-appenred
through the breaks of the hedges until it
passed the place where I was sitting. The
pall was supported bv young girls drcss-
livals and holiday pastimes and still kept
up some faint observance of the once pop
ular rites of May. These indeed had been
promoted by its present pastor; who was a
lover of old customs and one of those Chris-
tians that think their mission fulfilled by
promoting on earth and good will among
mankind. Under his auspices the May
pole stood from year to year in the centre
of the village green j on May-day it was
decorated with garlarnds and streamers;
and a queen or lady of the May was ap
pointed as in former times to preside at
the sports and distribute the prizes and re-
wards. The pictcrcsquc situation of the
village and the fancilulncss of its rustic
fetes would often attract the notice of cas"
ual visitors. Annng those on the may-day
was a voting officer whose regiments had
been recently quartered in the neighbor-
hood. He was charmed with the native
taste that pervaded this village pageant;
but above all with the dawning loveliness
of the queen of May. It was the village
favorite who was crowned with flowers
and blushing and smiling in all the beauti-
ful confusion of girlish diffidence and de
light. The artlcssncss of rural habits ena-
bled him readily to make her acquaintance
he gradually won his way into her intima-
cy ; and paid her court to her in that unthink-
ing wav in which young officers are too apt
to trifle with young simplicity.
There was nothing in his advances to
startle or alarm. He never even talked of
with a repulse for tlicrc arc moments of
mingled sorrow and tenderness which hal-
low the caresses of affection. He was nat-
urally imnetuous. and the siirht of beauty
apparently yielding in his arms the confi-
dence of his power over her and the dread
of losing her forever all conspired to over-
whelm his better feelings he ventured to
propose that she should leave her home
and be the companion of his fortunes.
He was quite a novice in seduction and
blushed and faltered at his own baseness;
bufj so innocent of mind was his intended
cd in white; and another about the age of
love; but there are modes of making it more
eloquent than language and which convey
it subtilclv and irresistablv to the heart.
'The beam of the eve. the tone of the voice.
the thousnud tendernesses which emanate
from every word and look and action ; these
form the true eloquence of love and can
alwa'.s be felt and understood but never
described. Lan we wonder that they should
readily win a heart young guileless and
suspoctiblo? As to her she loved almost
unconsciously; she scarcely inquired what
was the growing passion that was absorb-
ing every thought and feeling or what
were to be its consequences. She indeed
looked not to the future. When present
his looks ami words occupied her whole at-
tention; when absent she thought but of
what had passed at their recent interview.
She would wander with him through the
green lanes and rural scenes of the vicini-
ty lie taught her to sec new beauties in
nature; he talked in the language of polite
and cultivated life and breathed into her
car the witcheries of romance and poetry.
Perhaps there could not hive been a pas-
sion between tlio seves. more pure than
Rev. R. Burrow Denmark.
Rev. C. J. Bradlej- Paris.
Major John B. Bostick Memphis.
Rev. Joseph Crawford Hillsboro.
Rev. N. P. Modrell and Hon. N. Green Win-
chester. Rev.H. B. Warren Corncrsvillc.
A. B. Robinson Rev. S. Aston Nashville.
Rev. R. Donncll Lebanon.
Mr. Tompkins Gallitan.
Rev. Mr. Edmondson Columbia.
Hon. A. Caruthcrs Carthage.
Rev. B. Chapman Rev. M. Bone Iluntsville.
Rev. M. Moses Morrisville.
Rev. J. N. Roach Rev. J. Shook Columbus.
' Rev. S. Lambert Salem.
Rev. T. L. Beard Holly Springs.
J. McFerrin and Rev. Win. Burney Oxford
Samuel Edmondson Pontotoc.
Dr. T. McGown Hillsboro.
Rev. M. Co wen Hernando.
Railroad to the Pacific. A meeting
ef the citizens of Philadelphia was held on
'the 22d inst. the Mayor presiding at
which resolutions were adopted approving
of Mr. Whttxev's project of a railroad to
the Pacific and petitioning Congress to
appropriate the lands requested by Mr.
Whitney to enable him to construct the
road. Resolutions were also adopted re
questing the -Congressional delegation of
the state to give me measure tneir earnest
. attention and support and suggesting to
ylhe Governor the propriety of calling the
Mention of the Legislature to the project.
The Meeting is represented to have been
highly respectable and as showing the
deepest interest in the object for which it
Wis assembled. Mr. Whitotet was present
aai with tereral others addressed the mee-ti.
seventeen waiked before a chaplet of white this innocent girl's. The gallant figure of
her vouthlul admirer and the splendor ol
his military attire might at first have charm-
ed her eye; but it was not these that had
captivated her heart. Her attachment had
something in it of idolatry: she looked up to
him as to a being of a superior order. She
felt in his society the enthusiasm of a mind
naturally delicate and poetical and now first
awakened to a keen perception of the beau-
tiful and grand. Of the sordid distinctions
of rank and fortune she thought nothing; it
was the difference of intellect of demeanor
of manners from those of the rustic society
to which she had been accustomed that el-
evated him in her opinion. She would lis-
ten to him with-charmed ear and downcast
look of mute delight and her check would
mantle with enthusiasm; or if she ventured
a shy glance of timid admiration it was as
quickly withdrawn and she would sigh and
blush at the idia of her comparative unwor-
thincss. Her lover was equally impassioned; but
his passion was minified with feelings of a
coarser nature. He had begun the connex
ion in levity; for he had often heard his bro-
ther officers boast of their village conquests
and thought some triumph of the kind ne-
cessary to his reputation as a man of spir-
it. But he was too full of youthful fervour.
His heart had not yet been rendered suffi-
ciently cold and sclish by a wandering and
a dissipated life; it caught fire from the ve-
ry flame it sought to kindle; and before he
was aware of the nature of his situation he
became really in love.
What was he to do? There was the old
obstacles which so incessantly occur in these
heedless attachments. His rank in life
the prejudices of titled connexions his
dependence upon a proud and unyielding
father all forbade him to think of matrimo-
ny: but when he looked down upon this
innocent being so tender and confiding
there was a purity in her manners blamc-
lessncss in her life and bewitching modes-
ty in her looks that awed down every li-
centious feeling. In vain did he trv to
fortify himself by a thousand heartless ex-
amples of men of fashion and to chill the
glow of generous sentiment with that cold
derisive levity with which he had heard
them talk of female virtue; whenever he
came into her presence she was still sur-
rounded by mysterious but impressive
charm of virgin purity; in whose hallowed
sphere no guilty thought can live.
The sudden arrival of orders for the re-
giment to repair to the continent complet-
ed the confusion of his mind. He remained
for a short time in the most painful irreso-
lution; he hesitated to communicate the ti-
dings until the day for marching was at
hand; when he gave her the intelligence in
the course of an evening ramble.
The idea of parting had never before
occurred to her. It broke in at once upon
her dream of felicity; she looked upon it as
a sudden and insurmountable evil and wept
with the guileless simplicity of a child.
He drew her to his bosom and kissed the
tears from her soil cheok nor did he meet
i t ..
uowcrs: a to:ccn m u tuc deceased was a
young unmarried female. The corpse was
followed by the parents. They were a
venerable couple of the better order of peas-
antry. The Hither seemed to repress his
feelings; but his fked eye contracted brow
and deeply furrowed face showed the strug-
gle that was passed within. His wife hung
on his arm and wept aloud with the con-
vulsive bursts of a mother's sorrow.
I followed the funeral into the church.
The bier was placed in the centre aisle
and the chaplet of white flowers with a pair
of white gloves were hung over the scat
which the deceased had occupied.
Every one knows the soul subduing pa-
thos of the funeral service: for who is so
fortunate as never to have followed some
he has loved to the tomb? hut when per-
formed over the remains of innocence and
beauty thus laid low in the bloom of exis-
tence what can be more affecting? At
that simple hut most solemn consignment
of the bodv to the grave "Earth to earth;
ashes to ashes dust to dust!" the tears of
the youthful companions of the deceased
flowed unrestrained. The father still seem-
ed to struggle with his feelings and to com-
fort himself with the assurance that the
dead are blessed which die in the Lord :
but the mother only thought of her child as
a flower of the field cut down and withered
in the midst of its sweetness she was like
ltachael "mourning over her children and
would not be comforted."
On returning to the inn I learnt the
whole story of the deceased. It was a sim-
ple one and such has often been told. She
had been the beauty and the pride of the
village. Her father had once been an op-
ulent farmer but was reduced in circum-
stances. This was an only child and
brought up entirely at home in the simplic-
ity of rural life. She had been the pupil
of the village pastor the favorite lamb of
his little flock 'lhe good man watched
over her education with paternal care; it
was limited and suitable to the sphere
in which she was to move; for he only
sought to make her an ornament to her
station in life not to raise her above it.
The tenderness and indulgence of her pa-
rents and the exemption from all ordinary
occupations had fostered a natural grace
and delicacy of character that accorded with
the fragile loveliness of her form. She ap-
peared like some tender plant of the gar-
den blooming accidentally amid the har
dier natives of the fields.
The superiority of her charms was felt
and acknowledged by her companions but
without envy; for it was supposed by the
unassuming gentleness and winning kind-
ness of her manners. It might be truly
said of her
"This is the prottyest low-born lai that ever
Ran on the greensward: nothing sho does or
?$L smacks of something greater than herself;
ob noblo for this place."
The village was one of those sequestered
spots which still retaius some vestigates of
old English customs. It had its rural fes-
victim that she was at first at a loss to
comprehend his meaning; and why she
should leave her native village and the
humble roof of her parents? When at last
the nature of his proposals flashed upon her
pure mind the effect was withering.
Sha did not weep she did not break forth
into reproaches she said not a word but
shrunk back aghast as from a viper gave
him a look of anguish that pierced to his
very soul and clasping her hands in ago-
ny fled as if for refuge to her father's cottage.
I he officer retired confounded humiliat-
ed and repentant. It is uncertain what
might have been the result of the conflict
of his feelings had not his thoughts been
diverted by the bustle of departure. New
scenes new pleasures and new compan
ions soon dissipated his self-reproach and
stifled his tenderness. Yet amidst (he stir
of camps the revelries of garrisons the ar-
ray of armies and even the din of battles
his thoughts would sometime steal back to
the scenes of rural quiet and village simplicity--the
white cottage the footpath
along the silver brook and up the h.iwtliorn
hedge and the little village maid Ioitcriw
along it. leaning on his arm and listening
to him with eves beaming with unconscious
The shock which the poor girl had re-
ceived in the destruction of all the ideal
world had been indeed cruel. Faintings
and hysterics had at first shaken her tender
frame and were succeeded by a sctticd and
pining melancholy. She beheld from her
window the march of the departing troops.
She had seen her faithless lover borne off
as if in triumph amidst the sound of drum
and trumphct and the pomp of arms. She
strained a last aching gaze after him- as
the morning sun glittered about his figure
and his plume waved in the breeze; he
passed aw ay like a bright vision from her
sight and left her all in darkness.
It would be trite to dwell upon the parti
culars of her alter story. It was like oth-
er tales of love and melancholy. She
avoided company and wandered out alone
in the walks hc had most frequented with
her lover. She sought like a striken deer
to weep in silence and loneliness and
brood over the barbed sorrow that rankled
in her soul. Sometimes she would be seen
late of an evening silting in the porch of
the village church; and the milk maids re-
turning from the fields would now and
then hear her singing some plaintive ditty
in the hawthorn walk. She became fer-
vent in her devotions at church; and as the
old people saw her approach so wasted
away yet with a hectic bloom and that
hallowed air which melancholy diffuses
around the form they would make way for
her as for something spiritual and looking
after her would shake their heads in gloomy
She felt a conviction that she was hasten-
ing to the tomb but looked forward to it as
a place of rest. The silver cord that had
bound her to existence was loosed and
there seemed to be no more pleasure under
the sun. If ever her gentle bosom had
entertained resentment against her lover.
it was extinguished she was incapable
of angry passions and in a moment of sad-
dened tenderness she penned him a fare-
well letter. It was couched in the simplest
language but touching from its very sim-
plicity. She told him that she was dying
and did not conceal from him that his con-
duct was the cause. She even depicted
the sufferings which she had experienced;
but concluded with saying that she could
not die in peace until she had sent him her
forgiveness and her blessing.
Bv dcjrrccs her strength declined and
she could no longer leave the cottage. She
could only totter to the window where
propped up in her chair it was her enjoy-
ment to sit all day and look out upon the
landscape. Still she uttered no complaint
nor imparted to any one the cause of the
malady that was praying upon her heart.
She never even mentioned her lovers
name; but she would lay her head on her
mother's bosom and weep in silence. Her
poor parents hung in muto anxiety over
this fading blossom of their hopes still llat-
terring themselves that it might again re-
vive to freshness and that the bright un-
earthly bloom which sometimes flushed her
check might be the promise of returning
Iu this way she was seated one Sunday
afternoon her hands were clasped the lat-
tice was thrown open and the soft air that
stole in brought with it that frangrance of
the clustering honey suckle which her
own hands had trained around the win-
dow. Her father had just been reading a chap-
ter in the Bible; it spoke of the vanity of
worldly things and the joys of heaven; it
seemed to have difTused comfort and sereni-
ty through her bosom. Her eye was fixed
on the distant village church the bell had
tolled for the evening service the last vil-
lager was laging into the porch and eve-
ry thing had sunk into that hallowed still-
ness peculiar to the day of rest. Her pa
rents were gazing on her with yearning
hearts. Sickness and sorrow which pass
so roughly over some faces had given to
Iter's the expression of a seraph's. A tear
trembled in her deep blue eye. Was she
thinking of her faintless lover? Or were
her thoughts wandering to that distant
churchyard in whose bosom she might soon
Suddenly the clang of hoofs was heard
a horseman galloped to the cottage he
dismounted before the window the poor
girl gave a faint exclamation and sunk back
in her chair: it was her repentant lover!
he rushed into the house and flew to clasp
her to his bosom; but her wasted form
her death-like countenance so pale and
so lovely in its desolation smote him to
the heart and he threw himself in agony
at her feet. She was too faint to rise
.-he attempted to extend her trembling
hand lier lips moved as if she spoke but
no word was articulated she looked down
upon him with a smile of unutterable ten-
derness and closed her eyes forever!
Such are the particulars which I gath-
ered of this village story. They are but
scanty and I am conscious have but little
novelty to recommend them. Inthe present
rage lor strange incident and high season-
ed narrative they may appear trite and in-
significant but they interested me strongly
at the time; and taken in connexion with
tne auecting ceremony winch 1 had just
witnessed lelt a deeper impression on mv
mind than many circumstances of a more
striking nature. I have passed through the
place since and visited the church ng.iin
from a better motive than mere curiosity.
It was a wintry evening; the trees were
stripped of their foliage; the church yaftl
looked naked and mournful and the wind
rustled coldly through the dry rass.
Evergreens however had been planted
about the grave yard of the village favor-
ite and oziers were bent over it to keep
the turf uninjured. The church door was
open and I stepped in. There hung the
chaplet of flowers and gloves as on thedav
of the funeral : The flowers were wither-
ed it is true but care seemed to have been
taken that no dust should soil their white-
ness. I have seen many monuments
where art had exhausted its powers to a-
waken the sympathy of the spectator; but
I have met with none that spoke more
touchingly to the heart than this simple
but delicate momento of departed inno-
cence. Washington Irving.
AMERICAN BOARD OF FOREIGN
Tukkkv. The intelligence from the
mission to the Armenians is still very cheer
ing in its character. At Constantinople
ten persons were admitted to the church
on the first Sabbath in September. At
Trebizond the persecution has been very
active of late; but the native brethern
manifest an excellent spirit. One of their
number has been sent to Constantinople in
charge of a canvass; and another has been
released from prison when his life was al-
most despaired of. At Ada Bazar the
Evangelical Armenians and enlightened
Greeks have been subjected to severe trials.
Our missionary brethern however rejoice
ir. the displays of God's goodness which
they arc permitted to behold.
Aiwexugger. Under date of July 14
Mr. Ballantinc writes as follows: "Our
new station at Wudelay has been much
prospered since its establishment llarri-
punt our native assistant has been station-
ed there since March 1st; and although lie
has met with considerable opposition from
the principal men of the village who even
refused him the privilege of getting water
from the public wells he has had quite a
number of inquirers from the lower castes
around him. As the fruits of his labor
four persons from the vicinity of Wudalcy
were baptized here on the first Sabbath of
this month. One of them was an old man
who applied for baptism in February at the
time the Wudaley chapel was first opened.
His advance in religious knowledge since
that time has been very gratifying."
One other individual was admitted into
the church on the occasion mentioned a-
bovc. Madura. Mr. and Mrs. McMillan ar-
rived at Madura. July 27. Thcv embarked
from Boston for the Madura Mission the
17th of March
Mr. Muzzy writing from Madura April
S says "Since the commencement of the
year 12 persons have been received into
the Church five of whom were formerly
connected with other denominations. Ten
others are still candidates for the same
privilege. Of those received all except
one have been on trial for more than a
Under datcof July 20 Mr. Muzzy states
that two congregations on of forty-three
persons the other of thirty-nine have re-
cently come under Christian instruction.
Other villages arc anxious to receive in-
struction; but the mission cannot comply
with their wishes.
Mr. Tracy says July 24 that there is
some seriousness in the seminary. "Of
some of the pupils" he says "I have con-
siderable hope that they will come out on
the Lord's side. One or two I trust have
already passed from death unto life."
Cevlon. From a letter of Mr. Iloising-
ton dated August 8 the following extract
"Last month I had the pleasure of re-
ceiving nine .into our little church. One is
an old man Nicholas a hopeful convert
from Romanism. His native village lies
within the bounds of the Chavacherry sta-
tion lie came here in February last and
has been with us ever since. His history
is interesting. I will endeavor to send it to
you at some future time. A son and son'
in-law of his express a desire to join the
The eight others received into the church
are students. Their names are Abner
Bryant William W. Pitt Augustus Anke-
tell Royal S. Chapin Loom is Pomeroy
Stephen S. Wardwell Jacob Bailey (sob
R. V. Bailey teacher at Ooodooville) and
Charles Mclntire These have stood as
candidates for some months and give us
pleasing evidence that they are such aa
will be saved.
There arc other cases of encouragement
i both in the seminary and without. I do
not know that I have mentioned the case
of Sanmoogan the old Tamil teacher in
the seminary. For many years he was
with us and under faithful instruction and
admonition ; but he stood firm as a heathen
frank and open in his professions. He ev-
er seemed one of the most honest and in-
genious of heathen men. Within the last
few months (having been for years entire-
ly away from us) he professes to have re-
ceived the Saviour. He talks well and so
fiir as we can learn walks well. Certain
ly in many respects he appears like one
who is sitting at the Saviour's feet.
We have recently had a visit from the
Bishop of Colombo and the Chief Justice
of Ceylon Mr. Carr. The Bishop repeat-
ed his visit. They both seemed highly
satisfied with what the Bishop styled uan
unostentatious and excellent institution"
which he publicly declared to be "altogeth-
er superior to any other school in the island-"
He said after some hours of ex-
amination "We all profess to teach tho
Bible and to make it our leading bcok but
you do it in reality."
Mr. Meigs under date of August 10
gives the following information respecting
In the early part of July we gave no-
tice at four of our stations that the com-
mittee of the female !oarding school would
attend at Ooodooville on the seventeenth of
the month for the purpose of receiving a
few girls to fill up the vacancies which had
been made by deaths and marriages. For
some reason Mr. Poor did not give the no-
tice at Tilliyally. though there are thirty
or forty girls there who wish to be re-
ceived into the school. The committee
were surprised to find sixty-six present
most of them girls of good caste from re-
spectable families and most of them ablo
to read. Had notice been given at Tilli-
pally at least one hundred would havo
been present earnestly seeking admission
to the school. It is worthv of special -no
tice that twenty-five were present from
Batticotta where a few years ago we
could scarcely obtain one. There was
room in the school for only seventeen.
the friends of the remaining children as
well as the children themselves were of
course sadly disappointed when we told
them that no more could be admitted at that
time. Those whom we did admit were all
of them fine girls and very considerably
advanced in their studies. This is a great
improvement upon our former practice
when we were to receive them without a
knowledge of the alphabet. In this coun-
try where early marriages arc the rule
and not the exception as in Europe and
America it is of great importance that tho
education of females be commenced at an
early age; otherwise they leave us before
their education is completed.
Last Sabbath we had the communion at
Ooodooville when seven of the girls be-
longing to the boarding school were taken
into the church. Four of these were bap-
tized on profession of their faith; and three
of them had been baptized in infancy.
Their names arc as follows: Mary Weir
Frances Burchard Charlotte Armstrong
Augusta Kehoe Rebecca R. Brundige Ab-
by Ann Egcrton and Harriet S. Tucker.
Their benefactors in America who have
long supported them in the school and
prayed for their conversion will rejoice to
hear that they have been received to the
communion of the church and that they
all give very satisfactory evidence of true
conversion. I also conversed individually
with fifteen others. Several of them seem-
ed much affected and nil of them appeared
to be serious. Most of them may be con-
sidered candidates for admission to the
church a few months hence.
Cherokee?. From a letter of Mr. Wi-
ley dated August 20 it appears that two
individuals stood propounded for admission
to the church at this station. Others were
contemplating the same step. uThc cause
of Temperance" he says "prospers great-
ly in most parts of the nation. At the
Inst two meetings held here one hundred
and sixty or seventy members were added
to the society."
Some Washington writers having stated
that President Polk had "good reasons to
expect a peace with Mexico the Union use
the following language in reply:
"However much we may desire peace
there is no certainty of it. We risk little in
saying that the President has no positive
private 'good reasons' for expecting peace
however much he may prefer it. His own
message shows that he is in favor of the
most vigorous prosecution of the war; and
no considerate man can expect peace if we
relax our exertions in the slightest degree."
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