and Indians' Advocate
Wednesday, June 24, 1829
Vol. II, no. 12
Page 2, col. 2a
From the Charleston Observer.
Extract of a letter from the Rev. T.C. Stuart, Superintendent of the Mission at Monroe, Chickasaw Nation, to the Editor of the Observer, dated.
ABBEVILLE, S.C. 22nd Mary, 1829.
Rev. and dear Sir. I now address you from my native place, which I reached after a tedious and fatiguing journey of five weeks. My health, during the whole time, was very feeble. I found it necessary to rest at least one day in each week beside the Sabbath. I have most abundant cause of gratitude to the Father of mercies for His good hand over me and mine, while on our way and since our arrival. My health, though not restored, is much improved, and I am beginning to hope that, with proper care, I may yet be permitted to enjoy good health. This I most earnestly desire, not only because afflictions are grievous, but because I long to return to my field of labor on Mission ground. It is a reflection which I sometimes do not bear with as much patience as I should, that I am laid aside for the present, and know not that I shall every again enjoy the privilege of instructing the benighted Heathen in the way of salvation. My time drags on heavily. I seem to be doing nothing in the great work of building up the Kingdom of Christ, either in Heathen or in Christian lands. It is but little I can do any where; nothing without the blessing of God; yet it is pleasant to be employed in the use of those means which he has appointed for the advancement of his cause.
When I left Monroe, and for two months previous, the state of feeling amongst our people, on the subject of religion, was very interesting and encouraging. A few gave good evidence of having passed from death unto life: several were under deep distress, and many in an impairing state of mind. A new impulse seemed to be given to the good work which has been going on for years. The sovereign goodness of God to that people is truly wonderful, and calls for our adoring gratitude and praise. The seriousness still continues, as I learn by a letter recently received from Mr. Holmes, dated 12th April, from which I give you some extracts: "Our Sacramental season was observed as usual on the first Sabbath in this month. Messrs. Kingsbury, Williams and Wood, of the Chotaw Mission, were with us. There were two or three persons whom we expected to receive into the communion of the Church, but they were providentially detained at home. A great number applied for admission, but were deferred -- some of whom appeared well. I have heard of none who were under serious impressions when you left us, who have since declined. The season, I thought, was peculiarly solemn -- a large assembly were present. The Spirit of God appeared especially present on Sabbath evening; there was a crowd around the house who could not obtain admission -- all were solemn, and none seemed willing to leave the place." A request having been made that all who desired an interest in the prayers of God's people should rise, a large number arose amongst whom was William H. Barr, of whom Mr. H.says, "William is exceedingly distress in mind -- says, he never, until lately, felt his heart to be hard, but now he sees and feels so much of it, that it almost overcomes him." This youth was the first full-blooded Chickasaw who was admitted into the school at Monroe. His mother (whose name is Catharine) is an eminently pious woman. I hope the Lord is about to answer her prayers for this son. His attention was first arrested by the reading of the Scriptures in own language. By right, he is to succeed to the Regenry of the South East District, at the death of the present Chief. The Lord grant he may become a pious ruler.