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white already to the harvest. A church had been built, the people were very desirous to obtain a preacher of the gospel. It was a crisis there. Either the disciples of Christ must, or the men of Belial would, immediately enter into the harvest. My judgment, and especially my feelings, were, I suppose, influenced in some degree by this circumstance, that I had been longer in Natchez than in St. Louis. 'I had formed stronger attachments, and had more confidence of success there. I had fouod in the territory a few pious clergymer, who would much strengthen my hands and increase iny usefulness.
“I determined, therefore, on seeking a missionary appointment to either of those three places, giving Natchez il decided preference."
Of Cuba, Nov. 8. “After the gale was over, with which we had been beset for several days at the commencen:ent of our voyage, we had pleasant weather and very favourable winds until day before yesterday, when we were becalmed twenty-four hours. We were, however, exposer! 10 some danger in passing among the Eahagia islands in the night; and, in crossing the Bahama bank, our vesel struck several times. A few inches less water might have occasioned our destruction. For twelve or fourteep hours we were sailing across this bank, with barely water sufficient to foat our ship. And yet we were entirely out of sight of land, except at the buttom.
“Several times, both in the gale, and in crossing the bank, the mariners have been thrown into some conster
nation: but somehow, either from ignorance of my danger, from natural apathy, or from some other cause,
I cannot be greatly alarmed. While they are all bustle and activity, doing this and that for the preservation of the ship, I look calmly on, and say in my heart,
"My spirit looks to God alone;
“Balize, Nov. 18. “We passed Havanna and the island of Cuba, with a fine breeze, under full sail. The weather was very pleasant. But as I walked on deck, and contemplated this wretched land of ignorance, of superstition, and of suffering, my spirit was stirred within me. O when shall the light of the gospel, in its divine purity, irradiate this benighted island;-when shall these "habitations of cruelty" become the dwelling place of humane, enlightened, and beneficent christians."
It has been such men as Mr. Smith, who have carried the gospel from island to island, and from country to country, ever since the ascension of our blessed Lord. It is a comfortable thought to à christian minister, that he can pray for those to whoni be may not have it in his power to preach. Mr. Smith is sailing by the island of Cuba; he cannot go ashore to preach Jesus and bim crucities. But walking on the deck of the ship, he can pray, “O when shall the light of the gospel in its divine purity irradiate this benighted island." This prayer is had' in remembrance, and though the dust of our dear brother sleeps in Louisville, this prayer may
now be answering, or some embryo plan may now be forming, which may waft the gospel with its richest influence to Cuba. In the development of the divine plans in the great day, Cuba may rise up and bless God for that gale that wafted this servant of God within view of her shores.
"New Orleans, Jan. 1, 1816. This evening we had the monthly concert of prayer attended, for the first time.io this City. There were, it was said, fourteen professors of religion present-all were but three. The meeting was interesting. It drew together a number of pious persons who were not before acquainted. How sweet to think, that here in New Orleans we may unite with the thousands of Israel in supplications for the enlargement of Zion. The religious state of New Orleans is certainly improving. There are now four clergymen in town.”
This was the commencement of a new æra in the history of New Orleans. And we fondly hope this monthly concert of prayer has from that period been observed in that city. Few things are better calculated to elevate the whole soul to God, than a recollection that many thousards of our fellow professors are uniting with us in consecrating a portion of the same day, and that the burden of every petition is, “Thy kingdom come.” Sbould this good practice be laid aside at New Orleans, and should this memoir ever meet they eye of any christian in that city, let it at once recall their departed friend, and their duty to mind.
Few things tend more to depict a man's heart than those sentiments and reflections which flow from him in
à diary, especially when those thoughts are poured forth without any view of meeting the public eye. Such we are confident was the case with Mr. Smith in writing his journal. It has been with a view of distinctly portraying the man, and if possible of exciting others to imitate him, that we have made so many quotations from his journal. We shall make but one or two more.
“Natchez, Jan. 18. “At length, through the good providence of God up on me, I have reached in safety the place of my desti nation. Here I would consecrate myself afresh to the service of God, who has preserved me from the dangers of the deep and of the wilderness, and has followed me with loving kindness.
“When the church was opened last March I observed that no place was assigned to the blacks. The poor creatures were hanging about the doors, afraid to enter. Some went away much chagrined, saying, the house was too grand for them. Another considerable difficulty has arisen out of the sale of a part of the pews. The im. pression is abroad that those who do not own pews will be considered as trespassers if they come to church. I requested the commissioners to devise some remedy for these evils. I even told them that it would not be consistent with my duty as a preacher of the gospel to occupy
for any length of time a house from which any portion of the community was excluded."
Mr. Smith's ministerial engagements at Natchez ex. pired April 1st, 1819. (Ile was married in 1818.) He and his family left Natchez in April, and went by the way of New Orleans to Philadelphia, where he attended the General Assembly, and afterwards went on to New England, to visit his relations in Vermont, and his friends at Andover. The western country, and the destitute people on our frontiers, always seemed to lie near his heart, and when at Andover he used every exertion to awaken a sympathy among the students in behalf of the people among wbom he had so successfully missionated. In November he returned to Natchez with a commission as agent for the American Education Society. The Rev. Mr. Weir came to Natchez in the spring of 1820, and continued there but a short time, and then came into Kentucky. In July Mr. Smith was solicited to supply the pulpit at Natchez for six months, the people having previously given Mr.Weir a call. In the true spirit of a christian minister, Mr. Smith accepted the invitation, and did every thing in his power to procure a proper reception for his successor. Mr. Weir returned late in December. Mr. Smith then gave up the pulpit io him, and rejoiced in the hope of seeing one settled there in whose piety and devotedness to the discharge of his duty he had entire confidence. In a few weeks Mr. Smith removed out into the country, and spent his time in preaching to the destitute. After Mr. Weir was installed, he said "he now felt ready and willing to leave the place. There was much self-denial and humility manifested in this part of Mr. Smith's conduct