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assiduous application of the pupils, the directors deem it but justice to 'say, that it has removed the doubts of many incredulous, and the forebodings of many fearful persons; that it has settled the question of the practicability of affording ample useful instruction in the various departments of intellectual and religious knowledge to the intelligent deaf and dumb; that it has gained the decided approbation of those who have visited the school; and, that, so far as the information of the Directors has extended, it has equalled the most sanguine expectations of the parents and friends of the pupils.

Much time and patient labour, however, will yet be necessary to place this infant establishment upon such a basis that it can enjoy all the facilities of improvement which a long course of experience has furnished to similar institutions in Europe.

The instructers have felt it to be their duty to exert themselves to convey useful religious knowledge to their pupils, and there is reason to believe that their exertions have not been without success. In a regular series of written lectures, always explained and illustrated by signs, the principal events recorded in the sacred volume, with some of its essential doctrines, have been communicated to the most attentive group of expectants of delight, which perhaps the eye ever witnessed. To their astonished view has been opened the sublime idea of the Infinite and Eternal God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, concerning whose existence and character some of these imprisoned minds seemed to have had scarcely any conception, while those of mature age, who had been led by the instruction of their friends to the contemplation of some Being in the heavens, evidently had formed of him the most crude, and, in some instances, the most absurd notions. A knowledge, also, of the soul's immortality, of a future state of retribution, and of the manner in which their eternal existence may be rendered happy, has been, in part at least, unfolded to them. They have been taught, too, how much love they owe to their Heavenly Father; how

they ought, by their own expressive language of signs, to pray to him; and how they are bound to imitate the example of Christ in the habitual exercise of charity and good-will towards all their fellow-men. The more advanced pupils have understood these truths to a very considerable extent, and all have made such progress in the acquisition of religious knowledge, as to sanction the belief, that nothing but persevering efforts will be necessary for the complete developement to their minds of those truths, the understanding and belief of which, under the blessing of God, will conduce to their own present and future happiness, and fit them for usefulness in the world. It is a fact, too, which ought to encourage the hopes, and animate the prayers, of all the friends of the Asylum, that the knowledge already imparted to the pupils has had a very happy influence upon them; while the eagerness with which they receive instruction, and the interest with which they often converse about it, with their teachers, and among themselves, afford a truly animating prospect.

The domestic happiness, too, of so numerous a family; its religious order; its good manners and morals ; with its thousand nameless wants, demand the care of those who will supply the place of father and mother. And the Directors feel a peculiar pleasure in making it known to the friends of the Asylum, that its superintendance is entrusted to the Rev. Samuel Whittlesey and his lady, in. whose parental watchfulness and kindness they place the most entire confidence, trusting, that under their fostering care the pupils of this Asylum will grow up to increased respectability and usefulness.

All this machinery cannot move without considerable expense, and the fact is, that each pupil has been charged a less annual sum for board, washing, and tuition than these articles have cost the Asylum. Applications for admission are constantly received, and it will be impossible for the Institution to enlarge, the sphere of its usefulness without such aid, either from public or private munificence, as will enable it to pro

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vide instructers, erect buildings, and purchase grounds for the improvement and accommodation of its increasing numbers. Specimens of original composition, by some of the most advanced pupils in the Asylum.

The writer of the following letter is a lady of mature age, who has been in the Asylum since April 15th, 1817. At the time of her admission she could not write even the simplest phrases; so that in a little less than one year, she has made the progress which this, her own composition, will indicate. Hartford April 3d 1818

I hope to be forgive and have peace and avoid wickedness. God is a spirit. Anciently I have never read the bible. I wish to read the bible

MY DEAR FRIEND.

I am writing myself an original lesson. I intend to write letter to you. I was agreeably talking with you. I hope you will be better. I was agreeably surprised to see G. W's letter their gift of money to the Asylum. I am in the class of Mr. G. who has 11 pupils. Every Saturday morning Mr. C. explained and lectured all the deaf and dumb who attentively about God and Christ &c. also Mr. G prayed and made signs with us up. We learn a little of the bible. David was inspired, who wrote the psalm to sing. Mary's child of Jesus Christ was the son of God, They were in a manger of the stable no room and inn. Joseph was poor, who was a good man, he was a carpenter. Joseph was married to Mary. Jesus Christ died to save us. Moses was very meek. Anciently Noah's ark floated on the waters deluge. Mr. C. was at Washington last January he returned 4 1-2 weeks. He saw the President and Congress. Miss F. and I were teachers alternately to our pupils which made us glad while Mr. C. was in Washington. I wish to stay here. I like the Asylum very much. There are thirtyone pupils in the Asylum-they are very well. I am very happy with all my friends the deaf and dumb. Every noon I am teacher and make signs to my 2 pupils. The roads are very bad now. It is unpleasant day. I have often gone to church. deaf and dumb were very glad to come in the Asylum. We thanked God. I hope I love God and Christ.

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very much. I am busy with writing and learning.

I am your's affectionately friend,

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MY DEAR THOMAS,

T. H. G. requested me to write this letter. Thomas will show this letter to his father. I did not know God and Jesus Christ before I came to the asylum. L. C. first taught me about God and Jesus Christ. L. C.

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teaches the deaf and dumb every Saturday morning about bible. We must pray to God from temptation. Lead us not into temptation but us from evil. We must pray to God and God sees us and if God will love We cannot go to heaven if we are wicked. When we shall die we shall go to either heaven or hell. God preserves us day and night We do not know but we hope God preserves us. We think Jesus Christ will be our savionr. I composed myself wrote this letter. I have written this letter to Thomas.

I am your affectionate friend. A Youth of ten years of age composed the following letter, aud gave precisely, without suggestion or alteration, the replies to the following questions which were proposed to him one day by his instructer. He had been a little more than eleven months in the Asylum, and before his admission was able only to write the names of the most common objects.

Hartford April 3d 1818.

MY KIND SIR,

I begin to meditate a letter to you I shall come here back, I think of my father would be very sorry, you must often think of all the deaf and dumb.-Mr. W. begin to think

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he will go to New York. You must often very industrious, you will be, very well. We have no a new asylum, but the masons will not cause the asylum. The pupils are learning and meditating and composing and knowing and remembering and understanding and improving very fast. Mr. C. is always praying to God that all the deaf and dumb and Mr. W. and Mr. G. will be very well. I wish to write a long letter to Mr. G. and T. G. Miss A. G. told me I shall write a long letter to your

brother T. G. but I do not know him and I fear. It is pleasant, the grass grows a beautiful. God would give you your health

I love very my friend T. G.
I am your affectionate friend.

1. What is your soul?

My soul is spirit is very strong, my soul hates my sins. 2. Where is your soul?

My soul is in my body. 3. Is the soul like the body? No; my soul is like the body. 4. Where will your soul go when you die?

I do not know my soul will go to either heaven or hell

5. Who makes the soul holy? God makes the soul holy. 6. Explain what is holiness?

Holiness is good and kind and true

and just and pure and powerful and wise and benevolent and blessed.

From a Merchant in Cologne to the British and Foreign Bible Society. Cologne, Dec. 28, 1817.

Let me mention an anecdote of a Catholic soldier, who had taken with him a New-Testament to Breslau, and afterwards thus wrote to his mother:-" What an excellent book is the New-Testament!-Twelve of us assemble every evening in the barracks ; one reads, and the others listen to the glorious things spoken there. Should I ever return to you, my dear mother, you shall find a son in me, quite different from what I was. I read now so many good things; and as a soldier, I am taught the useful lesson of obedience, which I had never learned before."

From a Catholic Clergyman in Switzerland, to the B. F. Bible Society. January 7, 1818.

I have received gratuitously several thousand copies of Leander Van Ess's German New-Testament, which I have circulated far and near, and which are eagerly read by old and young. For the French part of Switzerland, I do not possess such easy means of supply, as for the German. In order to cultivate this portion of the Lord's vineyard, I applied to Basle, and soon afterwards received a thousand Testaments of De Sacy's version. But those appear only a few fragments, when I represent to my mind one hundred thousand souls to be provided for, I have to encounter a great many strong prejudices, enforced as they are by the authority of two Papal Nuncios, and other ecclesiastical superiors; but a full persuasion, that the Lord des mands my feeble services in this sacred work, has fortified my mind, so that I can courageously proceed in combating those prejudices, by my public and private instruction, as well as by fervent prayer; and the evident blessing of the Most High accompanies our exertions. Many parish ministers join me, and aid me with word and deed.

May I once more repeat my earnest request, that you will support me with your powerful arm, nerved as it is by the Almighty, in order to satisfy the hunger of so many souls in Switzerland, after spiritual nourishment, and to present them with the oracles of truth, or to sell them at a cheap rate?

IMPORTANT FACTS.

The Minister of Marine in France has presented to the Chamber of Deputies a project of a law to put an end to the Slave Trade, by exposing every vessel to confiscation which shall be found employed in that busimess.

The Ladies of Salem have established a Sabbath School for the benefit of the free blacks in that place.

The Treasurer of the National Bible Society has acknowledged the receipt of $5,028,58 cents in the month of June.

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A duel took place at Edgefield between a son of John Simkins and George M'Duffie, Esquires, in which both fell and immediately expired. "Both of the deceased were of high standing in society."

At Sacket's Harbor a duel has been fought between two Soldiers with muskets. James Hanway was successful and killed his brother, by the name of Varian. Hanway has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to ten years imprisonment. Had the combatants been generals no such punishment would have been inflicted on the conqueror.

At Albany a soldier of the name of Hamilton shot Major Birdsall of the U. S. army; the Major expired in about two hours. Hamilton will undoubtedly be executed for this revengeful and atrocious act. We know not that any apology can be made for him, excepting that he was probably subject to the same kind of insanity by which public wars of revenge are produced. Had Hamilton killed a hundred Seminoles, each of them as innocent as Major Birdsall, he would have been extolled as a hero.

Between Albany and Hudson, the

Capt. of a sloop struck a man with a spade and instantly killed him.

A woman died in Shodack, by wounds wantonly inflicted by her husband.

At Nottaway Court-House, in Virginia, a rencontre took place between Dr. Bacon and Dr. Harding each. party using a dirk; each of these brave men were wounded-the latter died in three days after the "glorious battle."

Pensacola by war in a time of peace, To crown the whole; after taking Major General Jackson, on the 31st of May, 1818, issued an order by which Captains M'Girl and Boyle were required to raise "two companies of Alabama mounted volunteers and proceed forthwith to Perdido and scour the country between it and Mobile and Pensacola, and put to death every hostile warrior that may be found."

"One murder makes a villainMillions a Hero."

Such is the state of things in this enlightened age !"

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ORDAINED.

At Keene (N. H.) July 1st. Rev. Zedekiah S. Barstow over the Congregational Church and Society in that place. The Introductory Prayer was made by the Rev. Mr. Cooke of Acworth. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Woodbridge of Hadley, from Titus, ii. 15. "Let no man despise thee." Consecrating prayer by Rev. Mr. Fish, of Marlborough. Charge by Rev. Mr. Wood, of Chesterfield. Address to the Church and Congregation by the Rev. Dr. Thayer, of Lancaster. Right Hand of Fellowship by Rev. Mr. Crosby, of Charlestown. Concluding prayer by Rev. Mr. Dickinson, of Walpole.

The facts are memorable, that in every measure of the Church and Society relative to the settlement of Mr. Barstow, and in the proceedings of the Ecclesiastical Council at his Ordination, there was not a dissenting vote.

At Shrewsbury, the 17th ult. Rev. Elias Megregary, to the pastoral care of the Baptist Society in Shrewsbury and Boylston.

At Franklin, Del. Co. N. Y. Rev. Elisha Wise, was ordained an Evangelist.

INSTALLATIONS.

On Wednesday, the 22d ult. the Rev. Bela Jacobs, was installed over the Baptist Church and Society in Cambridgeport. The Rev. Mr. Grafton, of Newton, addressed the Throne of Grace; the Rev. Mr. Sharp, of Boston, delivered an appropriate discourse from 2d Corinthians, 5th chap. 20th verse; the Rev. Dr. Gano, of Providence, gave the Charge; the Rev. Dr. Baldwin, of Boston, presented the Right Hand of Fellowship. Concluding Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Williams. The services were highly interesting and appropriate.

At Albany, Rev. Thomas McAuley, LL. D. professor in Union College.

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"Still tost tempestuous on the sea of life,
My little barque is driven to and fro,
With wind and waves, I hold unequal strife,
Nor can decide the doubtful course I go,

The following sentimental thought was written by a Sailor who felt and

reasoned like a Christian.

Contending passions, are the storms that rise,
And errors, darkness, clouds, the mental ray,
The lamp of reason, seldom gilds the skies,
With lustre equal, to direct my way.

do.

do.

But there's an hour, when every storm shall cease,
All darkness fly, and brilliant suns appear,
My barque be sheltered in the Port of Peace,
And ride eternal at an anchor there.

Frening Gazette.

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