Wednesday June 4, 1828
Vol. I, No. 15
Page 3, col. 2a-3b
Wednesday, June 4, 1828
At a sacramental meeting held on last Sabbath, at Hawies, one of the Missionary Stations of the American Board, we were gratified to see a large assembly of people, most of whom were, what are commonly called, full Cherokees. A meeting of 150 to 200 persons is considered large in this country, & it is so in truth, when our scattered population is considered. Many had come from the distance of 10 and 20 miles to hear the word of God proclaimed to them. An interesting discourse was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Chamberlain, a Missionary at Wills Town. Immediately after sermon, ten came forward as candidates for the holy ordinance of baptism, who were accordingly baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Ghost. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was then administered to about forty communicants, most of whom were members of the Church at Hawies, some belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and we saw a few who were members of the Moravian Church. It was a pleasing sight to behold professing Christians of different denominations uniting in celebrating the dying love of their common Redeemer. At candle light we attended a Cherokee meeting, conducted by John Huss ( or Spirit,) who is an uncommonly interesting man. He understands his native language only. His exhortations are heard with pleasure, as they are always fraught with good sense and energy. As a speaker he has, perhaps, few equals. His knowledge of the Bible we thought remarkable, considering his limited means of information. He is now in the service of the American Board.
We cannot but consider the Church at Hawies in an interesting state. God has evidently blessed it with his own hands. Its increase has been gradual, and we trust it will continue to increase and have a happy influence on the surrounding people.- It is now composed of thirty members, exclusive of the ten who were baptized. As respects those who are admitted into Church membership in this nation, it becomes us to speak in a very cautious manner, for it is not to be expected that all those who unite themselves with the people of God will continue steadfast to the end. It is therefore no wonder, particularly in this country, where the people are comparatively ignorant of the doctrines and duties enjoined in the religion of Jesus Christ, that some of those who make a public profession, should go back to the world. All that a Minister of the Gospel can do, before receiving persons as Church members, is to use necessary and Scriptural precautions, and to receive none but such as appear to give evidence of a change of heart. We are happy to say that such precautions have been used by the Missionaries of the Board.