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Cherokees. - Mr. Jones reports the baptism, at Cherokee, of four blacks, on the Second Sabbath of May, and four on the 30th of June. "There has been, for several months, considerable attention to religion, in this class of the population, on both sides of the line, principally through the instrumentality of a black man residing in that vicinity."
Mr. Jones also mentions the baptism of four Cherokee females on the first Sabbath in June, at Flint (late Amohee church,) and on the first Sabbath in July, two Cherokees and one black. "The brethren of Flint church divide the several neighborhoods among them, and hold meetings for devotional exercises in various places, which are attended with very happy effects. At Skin Bayou, near Arkansas river, there have been a number of hopeful conversions; and several serious inquirers at Ping[?], about fifteen miles south of Cherokee." With places north of Illinois river, Delaware, Dseyohee[?], and Taquohee, the ordinary intercourse was interrupted many weeks, on account of continued freshets.
The past season has been unusually sickly, the health of the missionaries has generally been good, with the exception of Mr. Frye, who was reduced in consequence, partly of unremitted attention to the sick, and Miss Hibbard, who was detained from school a short period, by intermittent fever. Mr. W. P. Upham, of Taquohee, narrowly escaped from drowning in crossing the Illinois river in May last, when it was swollen by excessive rains.
Choctaws. - In May Mr. Potts, attended a two days' meeting, a few miles Distant from Providence, and baptized five persons besides two at Blue; making the whole number of church members in Poshemetaha and Arkansas district, is from 150 to 160. "Meetings continue to be quite interesting, and his love is greater than the missionary is able to supply."
Ojibwas. - Mr. Bingham has made repeated visits to Tikuamina and other settlements. On the 24th March he baptized at T. two Indians, one a former beneficiary of the school named Lucy Ball, and the other a promising youth of about twenty-one years, by the name of Milo P. Jewett. The health of Miss Morse is in some respects improved, but it is feared, not essentially. She had not returned (July 25,) from La Pointe, to which place she had gone in hope of benefits from the voyage.
[From R. B. C. Howell, editor, The Baptist newspaper, 1844, p. 155, CD edition. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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