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Religious families purposing to move to the West, who are willing to take females under their protection during the journey, are requested to give notice of the fact to the Secretary, and of the time of their expected removal.
In behalf of the Executive Committee of the Western Baptist Educational Association.
Bela Jacoes, Cor. Sac.
Cambridgeport, Mass. HENRY JACKSON, Chairman. Editors of Baptist papers are requested to publish the preceding Address.
The annexed feeling and beautiful lines are said to have been written by a young English lady, who had experienced much afiliction. There is a devotedness, a spirit of religion running through it, which cannot fail to touch the most obdurale heart.
All to leave and follow thee;
Thou, from hence my all shall be.
All l’ve sought, or hopil or known;-
God and heav'n are all my own!
They have left iny Saviour too:
Thou art not, like them, and true:
God of wisdom, love and might,
Show thy face, ind all is right.
Come disnster, scorn and pain;
With thy favor loss is gain:
I have set my heart on thee;
All must work for good to me!
Rise o'er sin, and fear, and care;
Something still to do or bear:
Think whai heavenly bliss is ihine;
Child of heav'n canst thou repine?
Arm’d by faith, and wing'd by prayer;
God's own hand shall guide thee there:
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim-days;
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise!
BAPTIST LITERARY INSTITUTIONS.
One of the most pleasing features of the times, and one full of rich promise for the future, is the attention paid to the subject of education by our Christian brethren. And not the least encouraging circumstance, is, that the influence of Christianity is made so extensively to mingle with and qualify the pursuit of learning. Most truly and beautifully bas it been said, “ The key of knowledge will avail us little, unless it open to us the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
We have taken some pains to ascertain the number, names, and location, of the literary institutions established by our denomination in this country, and we give the following as the result of our inquiries. It may be imperfect; but, as far as it goes, we believe it is correct.
Newton Theological Institution, Newton, Mass.
Providence, R. I.
Some of those which folloy, have a theological department connected with the classical. Union Academy,
New Hampton, N. H.
Hampton Falls, N. H,
South Reading, Mass.
Shelburne Falls, Mass.
Wake Forest, N. C.
Alton, Illinois. Measures, we believe, are in operation to get up similar institutions in Tennessee, and Indiana. It was also decided at the last General Convention of Western Baptists at Cincinnati, to establish a grand Central Theological Seminary for the West, though the place of location is not yet determined.
REVIVALS IN LITERARY INSTITUTIONS. Besides the revival in Brown University, noticed by us some time ago, in which about 30 young men became subjects of personal piety, we bave to record, with gratitude and joy, the Divine favor in several other of our literary insti:utions.
The first term of the Rockinghamn Academy, just closed, was favored by the conpersion of two or three of the students. At New Hampton, the last term, not far from 20, in the female department, became hopefully pious. In the Worcester High School, 10 or 12. In the Franklin Academy, Shelburn Falls, (Mass.) not far from 40. In South Reading Academy, 2 or 3. In the Wake Forest Institute, (N. C.) 10 or 12. Io the Mercer Institute, Greensborough, (Geo.) from 20 10 40. Making, in all, in one year, about 150, who, in pursuing their course of education, have found the Saviour of sinders.
Will not Christians, then, fervently unite in the Annual Concert of Prayer for Colleges and Literary Institutions, on the last Thursday in February? Will they not leel authorized, by the exhibitions of Divine mercy the year past, to pray in faith?
We copy the following valuable and encouraging facts from the Boston Recorder
of last year.
PRAYER FOR COLLEGES.
The last Thursday in February being the day devoted extensively to prayer for the Colleges, we have looked into our files, as far back as 1825, for the purpose of collecting some facts that may be gratifying and useful to our readers, and the contemplation of which may tend to excite a spirit of more earnest and believing prayer on the occasion.
It appears that in 1820–21, through the labors of the Agent of the American Education Society, a mass of valuable inforination was communicated to the public, and a spirit of prayer on behalf of our Colleges awakened among the churches. In those years there were revivals in many of our Seminaries of learning, among which were Brown and Ohio Universities, and Dickinson, Hamilton, Jefferson, Middlebury, Yale, and Dartmouth Colleges. Encouraged by these circumstances, several judicious and devoted Christians, in different places, were led to devote the last Thursday in February (1823) to prayer for the effusion of the Holy Spirit upon our literary institutions. The day was observed in
many of the Colleges, in one of which at least a revival immediately followed. The day has since been observed, every year, and more and more extensively, to the present time.
In 1825, there were revivals in Yale, Williams, Middlebury, and Hamilton Colleges. An account from Middlebury says,
" Seventeen students give good evidence of having experienced a saving change. The number now of those who feel no solicitude is very small. It is a gracious display of Divine mercy. Its effects may be felt in India. The revival at Williams commenced near the close of the year, and continued till the Spring of 1826. We give an extract or two of different dates:- Dec. “The whole College has been shaken, and in less than a week after our public fast, there were 15 or 20 rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God.'
Jan. 3. (From one of the Faculty.) " The revival has been wonderful in College. Besides those absent in their schools, there were but 31 on the ground without hopeful piety. Of the 31, we hope for 27. * * We have had a most solemn meeting in the chapel to-day, being the last day of the term. The students have agreed to remember each other, and the now absent members of College, in their prayers, * * 'and hope to return at the end of vacation in the spirit of a revival. I know not how to express my gratitude, when I tell you, that there are now upwards of 70 precious youth in College, who hope that they are pious. What a treasure to the church! March 1. “ The glorious work goes on in the town with unabated force; and since College has come together, it is as powerful there, according to the numbers to be affected, as it was last term.”
In 1826, a revival commenced in Dartmouth College early in March,-soon after the annual concert. It was of the most powerful and interesting character. In a statement made on the 8th of June, President Tyler estimated the numbers at College, who were subjects of it at between 50 and 60. At Bowdoin College a revival commenced on the day of the annual concert. The number of hopeful conversions in the New England Colleges this year is stated to have been 109.
In our volume for 1827, we find notices of special attention to religion in Bowdoin, Williams, Amherst, and Athens. In an account of the revival in Amherst, by President Humphrey, it is remarked that the observance of the annual concert was marked with uncommon interest and solemnity. The revival commenced about the middle of April, and after the 20th it “advanced with surprizing rapidity and power. of the 30 in College, who perhaps give some evidence of faith and repentance, and who are beginning to cherish hope, 20 at least are supposed to have experienced relief in the space of a single week. * * About 30 of. our students are still without hope.” This was written on the first of May.
In 1828, there were revivals in Amherst, Yale, Hampden, Syddey, and Danville, (Ky.)
In Jan. 1829, the following paragraph appeared in the Quarterly Journal of the American Education Society:
" It is now six years since the last Thursday of February has been observed by Christians, as a season of united and special prayer for our literary institutions. About 15 Colleges and a large number of Academies have within that time enjoyed the reviving influence of God's Holy Spirit. From an accurate examination, we have ascertained that not less than four hundred and fifty members of our Colleges have been made the subjects of renewing grace within that period. At one institution 60 individuals were hopefully converted in one revival; at another, in three successive revivals, 70 individuals.”
The season immediately following the annual concert in 1831, was distinguished beyond all precedent by revivals in the Colleges.
As early as March 23, we find the following, named as enjoying the special presence of the Holy Spirit; Bowdoin, Williams, Yale, Union, Western Reserve, Jefferson, Hamilton, Geneva, Kenyon, Princeton, and Athens, Ohio;) eleven. Amherst, Middlebury, Hampden, Sydney, Chapel Hill, Athens, (Ga.) Miami and Danville, were soon added; making eighteen in all. We copy a few extracts. Amherst. “We have witnessed scenes of intense interest, which can never be obliterated from our minds in this world or another. The work has been distinguished for a deep and sometimes awful solemnity. Not less than 30 in the College have lately expressed hope.” Yale. (March 9.) “Within the last three weeks, between 50 and 60 of the students have been called out of nature's darkness.” (March 24.) “About 125 in this institution hope they have truly given themselves to the service of Christ. The interest still continues." (April 20.) “The revival here continues interesting in a high degree. Only about 75 of the 350 students remain uninfluenced in this work.' Chapel Hill. (May 27.) “The Lord is working gloriously in this place. in little more than one week, about 20 conversions have taken place among the students. This is the first revival since the institution was founded."
We might multiply extracts of the most interesting character; but the above are sufficient. Since 1831 revivals in our literary institutions bave been comparatively very few. Meantime great numbers of young men have become connected with them, who know not God, and obey not the Gospel. Those members of college, who witnessed these displays of Divine grace, and a large proportion of whom are under the control of Christian principle, are about to leave, and their places to be supplied by those whose influence will be to a great extent of a different character. The urgent need of a very great number of educated young men for the service of the Gospel at home and abroad, is becoming more apparent every year. Never before since the concert was commenced, bas there been such a combination and pressure of motives to observe it. Let it be thought of before the day arrives. Let the dawn of that day, find Christian hearts already in the attitude of prayer for our literary institutions. Let Christian souls be full of it, in consequence of its having been considered in all its bearings.
One fact more. Revivals in Academies—female academies, as well as others—have been numerous and powerful; and from these and those in colleges, the spirit of revival has frequently gone out over a large extent of country. In consequence of their prominence, and the extensive connexions of the students, revivals in Colleges have been far more prolific than others, of good results elsewhere.