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ties, on the cold earth, his bed of satisfied with the pain hope of the coundeath. No sympathizing friend par. try beyond the hills ? Are these the takes in his misery, no filial hand is sentiments of Christians ; Christians stretched out for his relief. The whose hearts have been softened by wife of his youth has forsaken him ; redeeming love, whose immortal his daughters are carried captive ; hopes rest on sovereign mercy, and his sons have been slain in battle. whose unceasing song, through eterExhausted with sufferings, and weary nal ages, will be, grace, rich grace ?". of life, he turns bis eye upon the p. 37, 38., grave. But the grave to him is dark and silent. Not a whisper of comfort is heard from its caverns, or a beam of light glitters on its gloom. Here the curtain drops, time ceases, eterni

The Hurt that Sin doth to Be.' ty begins : Mighty God, how awful is lievers ; to which is added, a. the scene which follows ! But I dare word of entreaty to all those, not attempt to lift the veil that cov.

that name the name of Christ, ers it. A moment since, and this immortal soul was within the reach

to depart from iniquity. By of prayer: now its destiny is fixed, NATHANIEL MCINTIRE. Bos. and just, eternal Sovereign! are thy ton. Belcher and Armstrong. decisions." p. 28, 29.

1806. pp. 41. Again ; “ Can it be that the tender mercies

This little pamphlet, the proof such an auditory are exhausted ? Have you then nothing more to lend duction of a layman in a humble to Jesus Christ ? Have you no longer walk of life, bears the marks of any alms to bestow on your suffering piety and good sense. The aubrethren, and shall I tell them you thor seems to possess an inti. have not? shall I recall the mission mate acquaintance with the aries you have sent them, and extinguish the hopes which your former Scriptures. Some little inaccucharities have inspired ? Shall I pro- racies must be expected, but nounce on the savages their doom, they are readily overlooked by shall I say to the pagan just emerg- those, who wish for a plain reping from the gloom of nature and die resentation of important truth, recting his steps towards the hill of life, Go back into your forest, cover

and who prefer a pious sentiagain your altar with victims, mutter ment to an elegant period. your nightly orisons to the stars, and be

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ligion, within their several jurisdicREGULAR intercourse has for some tions, and confer together, with a view years past subsisted between the to devise measures best adapted to General Assembly of the Presbyte. preserve the harmony and advance rian church, and the General Asso- the prosperity of the churches. ciation of the State of Connecticut. Much advantage to the cause of our Lately the Convention of the State common Christianity has already been of Vermont have been received into the result ; & it is earnestly hoped that the connexion. Delegates from each the Congregational churches in Mas, of these representative bodies at- sachusetts and New Hampshire will tend and act at their respective an, speedily make the necessary ar: nual meetings, and communicate in. rangements for joining in this useful formation concerning the state of re. intercourse.

The General Assembly, at their years, if prompt and effectual meameeting in May last, received the sures be not taken to furnish a supply following report from the Rev. Ger. of ministers, much greater than the shoin Williams, their delegate to the existing state of things is likely to Convention of Vermont ;

produce. The Assembly were, in. “That agreeably to appointment, deed, deeply affected by the view, he attended during the whole of their which they had taken of this subject, sessions, which were held at Pitts. and were extremely solicitous to ford-ihat he was received and treat. adopt the most efficient measures, ed in a manner, which discovered which circumstances permit, to remhigh respect for the General Assem. edy the evil, which exists, and to prebly; that no very important business vent its augmentation. But, as the except the common concerns of their Presbyteries of which the Assembly churcb, came before then-that very have the oversight, are scattered agreeable accounts were received of over a wide extent of country, and the revival of religion in various their circumstances are known to be parts of the State---ihat the churches

extremely rarious, it occurred, that in that quarter appear to be dwelling an absolute injunction on all the Pres. together in harmony, and that with. byteries immediately to enter on the in the term of three years past, a execution of the plan proposed, might very great change, favourable to the bear hard on some, if not be entirely cause of religion, has taken place incapable of execution. On the other that it has been a time of refreshing, hand, merely to recommend an atten. in which the visible church has been tion to the plan, without attaching, greatly increased—that they have any responsibility to the neglect of come into more regular order ; and the recommendation, appeared to the are combining their councils in exer- Assembly incompatible with the cising the discipline of the church :- high importance of the subject, and that they appear cordially desirous with their own duty as the guardians that the intercourse, now begun be. of the church, Bound especially to tween them and the General Assem. provide for their people a supply of bly may be continued.”

the word of life. It was therefore The Assembly, at their meeting in determined to take a middle course May, 1805, submitted to the consid- between these extremes, so as, if eration of the several Presbyteries, possible, to avoid the inconvenience in their connexion, “ an Overture re- of both. With this in view, it was specting the education of pious youth resolved to recommend, and the As. for the ministry." In llay, 1806, sembly do hereby most earnestly recom. the Assembly resumed this impor, mend, to every Presbyterý under, tant subject, and having been made ac. their care, to use their utmost en. quainted with the opinions of the ser- deavours to increase, by all suitable eral Presbyteries, which happily were means in their power, the number of in unison, they “determinerl, that promising candidates for the boly the part of the orerture, which relutes ministry-to press it upon the par. to the selection and education of young ents of pious youth to educate them men of piety and talents for the gospet for the church, and on the youth ministry, presents a plan, wbicli they themselves, to devote their talents consider as well deserving their and their lives to this sacred callingcountenance and support. li işg int

to make vigorous etertions to raise deed, an obvious and melancholy funds to assist all the youth, who fact, that the candidates for the gos. inay need assistance-to be careful pet ministry, within the bounds of that the youth whom they take on the Presbyterian church, at present, their funds, give such evidence as is greatly disproportionate to the de, the nature of the case admits, that mand, which is made for their sers

they possess both talents and pietra vices; 'and that the rapid increase of to inspect the education of these vacant congregations, taken in cou- youth during the course both of their nexion with the youth, who are study. acalemical and theological studies, ing for the ministry, presents a most choosing for them such schools, semgloomy prospect of wliat is likely to inarics, and teachers, as each Pres: be the state of our church in a few bytery may judge most proper and

advantageous, so as eventually to in the service, and were well receiv. bring them into the ministry, well ed by the Indians : that the Indians, furnished for their work and the having expressed a strong desire to Assembly do hereby order, that eve. have the gospel established in the ry Presbytery under their care, make, nation, a school for the education of annually, a report to the Assembly, their children and the arts of civil stating particularly what they have life introduced among them; the sy. done in this concern, or why (if the nod, encouraged by these favourable case so shall be) they have done appearances, had made the greatest nothing in it ; and the Assembly efforts to follow the leadings of di. will, when these reports are receive vine Providence in this case. ed, consider each distinctly, and de- “ That they have employed the cide by vote, whether the Presbyte. Rev. Mr. Joseph Badger as a stated ries severally shall be considered as missionary for one year; iwo white having discharged, or neglected their men as labourers, of whom one to be e-, duty, in this important business. ventually employed as a schoolinaster;

“The Assembly called upon the one black man (acquainted with their synods, which manage the missiona. language, and hopefully pious) and ry business in a separate capacity, to his wife : they have also purchased report their diligence and success in sundry live stuck, household furnithis work,

ture, implements of husbandry, a “A report on this subject was bort for transportation, &c. al of presented by Mr. Matthew's, in be. which were to be forwarded to Sanhalf of the synod of the Carolinas, disky, about the first of April last; From this, it appeared, that in the that the synod, animated with a noble course of the year preceding the last zeal in this glorious cause, are er. meeting of synod, they had two mis- tending their views to the Seneca In. sionaries employed for about nine di ans, settled on the Alleghany river, months each, at the Natchez, and and devising means for bringing them parts adjacent; and that the reports “out of darkness into marvellous receired from the missionaries gare light."-Op the whole, the Assemgreat hopes of continued success, in bly were highly gratified by the the mission to that quarter :-that prospects opened to them by the sy. one other missionary had spent one nod of Pittsburg; and only regret month in missionary labour, in the the want of means to realize the North Western parts of the State of blessings they present. North Carolina : that some of the “ The following letter having been missionaries appointed by the synod, read before the Assembly, they had been prevented from fulfilling agreed to recommend, and do heretheir appointments; and that the sy- by recommend it to the attention of nod have directed the Presbytery of all their Presbyteries, and the youth Orange to ordain Mr. James Smilie, concerned : with a view to his returning as a mis- “The College of New-Jersey was sionary to the Natchez.

originally founded with a particular “The synod of Pittsburg did not view to promote the interests of rea make a formal report on this sub- ligion, as well as learning, by trainject; but a letter to the chairman of ing up men of piety and talents for the Committee of Missions, from the the ministry of the gospel. The Board of Trust, which has the imme. Trustees of the institution have ever diate direction of the missionary bu. been attentive to this great object, siness in that synod, was laid before and have made the most generous the Assembly and read.

provision for the support and instruc"From this it appeared that the tion of theological students. As the synod of Pittsburg, with a commen- encouragements here offered to such dable zeal and Hattering prospects of students are but little known, the success are attempting the instruction Faculty take the liberty of mention. and civilization of the Wyandot In- ing them to you, and requesting, you to dians, residing at, and near Sandus- co-operate with them in carrying inky; that the synod sent three mis- to effect the benevolent designs of the sionaries thither last summer, eachtrustees, by sending hither any young of whom spent two months or more men with whom you are acquainted.

who may need the advantages that venience, with honour to themselves, are here to be enjoyed.

and advantage and success to the All persons who are actually en. common cause. gaged in the study of theology, at Rev. Messrs. Payson Williston and whatever institution they may have Thomas H. Wood, laboured in the received the preliminary parts of their counties of Onondago and Chenango ; education, may, on producing proper each of them fifteen weeks. Mr. testimonials of their character, pursue Wood rode 1400 miles, preached 70 their farther studies here at the mod. sermons, administered the Lord's erate charge of one dollar a week for supper once, baptism 15 times, visitboard, and enjoy the assistance of the ed il schools and about 300 families, President and Professor of Theology, attended several conferences and diswithout any fee for instruction. tributed the Society's books, as he had This professor gives lectures to the opportunity,and found there was need. Theological Students twice in the Mr. Williston was not less active, week ; and at each succeeding meet- laborious and faithful in performing ing examines them strictly on the the several parts of his mission. subject of the preceding lecture. Rev. Royal Phelps performed a His course of Lectures embraces Di. mission to the westward of only 8 vinity, Ecclesiastical History, Church weeks. From his journal it appears Government, Christian and Jewish that he had a truly missionary spirit, Antiquities, and the Duties of the pas- and laboured without ceasing, and to toral Office. He instructs those who much effect. These missionaries, desire it, in the Hebrew language, who have entirely approved themse useful, and almost indispensable to selves to the Trustees, assure you of a good divine.

the respect with which they were * At every meeting, one or more of commonly treated : of the readiness his pupils submits to his criticism and shewn to hear the word preached, remarks, an essay or a sermon on a to receive more private instruction subject previously assigned. The and attend conferences for religious Professor, together with the Presi. conversation. Their services were dent of the College, holds a Theolo. gratefully acknowledged. A repetigical society once in the week for the tion of similar ones earnestly request. discussion of important questions, ed, missionary institutions highly esa' immediately relative to the science of timated, and their benevolent exerDivinity.

tions almost every where thankfully “ The emulation and encourage- owned. Often it was difficult for the ment communicated by a variety of people to utter all they wished and fellow students, the opportunity of cul. experienced. In divers places an tivating any branch of science, and hearing ear was granted. The bear, an access, at all times, to a large and ers hung on the lips of the animated well selected Theological Library, are speaker ; eager to hear, desirous to other advantages of no small con- imprové, slow to depart and ready to sequence.

return. Impressions were made by In behalf of the Faculty, the truth, faithfully and powerfully SAMUEL S. SMITH, President.” preached, which, it is hoped, will be

permanent. The Holy Spirit working effectually with the word: renewing

the heart and reforming the life. We add a half sheci to the present They state that such is the destitute

Number to admit entire the fol- and helpless condition of many of the lowing

new settlements that they still great.

ly, and probably will long need all, Report of the Trustees of the Hamp which the funds of this society, and

shire Missionary Society, made at other societies, will be able to do for their Annual Meeting in Northampton, their relief. Many of the infant the last Thursday in August, 1806. plantations are small and scattered :

The Trustees inform the Society, some of them are divided in their reli. that the missionaries, employed the gious opinions, and some are broken last year, completed their respective by sharp and unchristian contentions. Missions without any special incon. Mossrs. Williston and Wood had a

friendly interview with the New. ficulties, brighten your prospects, enStockbridge Indians, under the imme. large your funds, and furnish suffidiate care of the Rev. Mr. SERGEANT. cient numbers to preach in remote Something was said relative to a parts the unsearchable riches of mission among some remote tribes of CHRIST, to the instruction, conver: Indians ; particularly the Miami and sion and salvation of many thousands Delaware. Though at present your of precious and immortal souls. Larg. funds are small, and though few are er contributions have been made to qualified, and inclined to undertake the funds in the new settlements the such a mission, and though yet little last year, than before. is doing, the friends of souls are earn- The Trustees at their last annual estly looking for the time when a wider meeting appropriated for the present door may be opened to preach to the year, for missions, a sum not exceed. natives the everlasting gospel of the ing 900 dollars, and for books the sum blessed God and our Saviour.

of 400 dollars. You have now five Rev. Messrs. Joseph Field, Samuel missionaries in your employment Sewall and John Dutton fulfilled a Rev. Messrs. Joseph Blodget, David mission, in the whole, of fifty-four H. Williston, John Dutton, Roy. weeks, in the counties of Oxford and al Phelps and Nathaniel Dutton. Kennebec in the District of Maine. Messrs. Blodget, Williston and John Mr. Field preached 83 times ; 35 on Dutton, are employed in Oxford and the Lord's day, and 48 on other day's; Kennebec counties, for fifty weeks in administered the Lord's supper four the whole. Messrs. Phelps and Na. times, and seven baptisms, inspected thaniel Dutton, are employed in schools and attended funerals. Mr. Onondago and Chenango counties Sewall rode nearly 1400 miles, preach- and on the Black river, for fifty-two ed 133 sermons, visited private fami. weeks, making in the whole 102 lies, attended conferences, and per weeks' service for 856 dollars. formed other missionary labours. As yet but a few communications

Mr. Dutton was equally disposed have been received from the mission. and enabled to discharge the impor- aries; these are of an encouraging tant trust committed to bim. They and pleasing nature. As in former rendered useful services to the Socie. years the Trustees have attended to ty; their labours were gratefully re- the distribution of books. They con. ceived and crowned with success. ceive that this object justly claims All your missionaries agree in the much attention, and must claim it in utility and necessity of continuing future. In this way continual and these missions, of increasing the num. rich instruction is easily, cheaply, ber of labourers, and contracting the and extensively diffused. The books field of labour.

which have been sent this year to be The labourers being few and their distributed will appear by document harvest plenteous, and desirous of do. (A) as will those wbich are now on ing more good, the field of labour may hand. be improperly extended and the pro- Availing themselves of a large imposed effect diminished. Every thing pression of Vincent's Explanation of cannot be effected, and should not be the Assembly's Catechism, a very valuattempted, by a few persons in a short able work, made at the desire of sev. time, embracing a large extent of ter- eral Associations, the Trustees have ritory in their commission. Fearing taken for the Society's benefit 700 colest they should not do what is expect. pies at a very reasonable price ; one ed and allotted them, they are induc- hundred and sixty of which have been ed to pass rapidly from place to place, exchanged for 2,000 sheets of Tracts and lessen their ministerial services. and other works proper for distribu. They cannot do what they would. tion. Bound with Vincent, is a well Could three objects be gained ; an written address on the subject of increase of missionaries, a contraction prayer and family religion, by Rev. of their limits, and a lengthening of Dr. Trumbull. he neat profits of a their missions, much greater good good work, called the Panoplist, ariwould be effected. At present neces- sing from the sales in this county, sity restrains your operations. Prov- have been offered by the Editors for idence may in time remove these dif. your benefit; and will add between No. 5. Vol. II.


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