Books in the Choctaw Language.- A new edition of the Choctaw Hymn book, consisting of 3,500 copies, has recently been printed. The hymns have all been revised by Messrs.- Wright and Williams, and many new hymns added, enlarging the collection to 123; which, with some supplementary matter, fill 162 pages. The former edition, printed in 1830, consisting of the same number of copies, has all been put into circulation among the people.
Mr. Bying has been employed most of the time during the last year or two, while the Choctaws have been in an unsettled state occasioned by their removal,in preparing books to aid in acquiring a knowledge of the Choctaw language. He has the materials for a Grammar of that language nearly collected and arranged. He has also in progress, a Choctaw Dictionary, containing more than 10,000 Choctaw words, arranged, with definitions in English; also an English Vocabulary, embracing 15,000 English words, selected from Webster's Dictionary, with Choctaw definitions. He hopes to complete these works during the ensuing winter and spring. They may be expected to contribute much towards fixing a standard of orthography in that language, and to aid future missionaries in acquiring a knowledge of it, and also to aid those Choctaws who may desire to become acquainted with the English.