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on our land, and he quitted the place him and his activity was confined immediately."
within yet narrower limits, he did
not lose his cheerfulness, but deExtract of a letter from Bethlehem in lighted to hear reports of the work Pennsylvania, Feb. 5, 1809, of God in the world, read to him by
his wife and fellow laborers, and "I HAVE to mention to you to-day, was quite resigned to the will of that it has pleased the Lord to call the Lord as to the declension of bis home to himself, after a short illness, powers. his aged and venerable servant, bro.
" In his instructions to the young ther David Zeisberger, on the 17th missionaries, wbo generally spent of November, 1808, at Goshen, on some time at Goshen, to receive the the Muskingum, in the eighty-eighth benefit of his paternal counsel, he year of his age, after a service of
up- immediately won their hearts by his wards of sixty years, in the Breth- affectionate, lively, and solid conver. ren's Mission among the North sation, and thereby proved the nieans American Indians.
of benefit and blessing to distant "6 This eminent servant of God to missions. his last breath retained the same se- “ Th this venerable witness for renity of mind, ardent desire after Christ finished his course on earth, the conversion of the heathen, and and having fought the good fight of firm confidence in his God and Sa- faith, and overcome by the blood of vior, which distinguished his charac- the Lamb and the word of His testi. ter during the whole of his mission.
mony, he has now obtained the Crown ary life. Under the severest trials, of Life, which the Lord, the rightand most discouraging circumstan. eous Judge, shall give him at that ces, he never murmured or gave him. day; and not to him only, but to all self up to despondency; and though them also that love His appearing." he had a way peculiar to himself, of strongly expressing his feeling on every subject relating to the mission, Extract of a letter from Basseterre, yet it always partook of uncommon St. Kitts, Feb. 7, 1809. cheerfulness, 'benevolence, and unshaken trust in the almighty power « On the 5th of this month, we of Him, at whose word all opposition had a truly blessed and signaliz. must cease, and to whom all things ed prayer day : three men and three must be subject, insomuch, that both
were baptized. Looking by conversation, and by letters, he over our church-books, I find, that inspired his fellow missionaries, and since the year 1779, the number of all who were connected with him in
negroes baptized by the Brethren's the labor, with renewed courage and missionaries in St. Kitts, amounts zeal in the Lord's cause. Though to 3683. remarkably bold in faith, and ever “ I had lately a very pleasing con. manfully resisting the influence of versation with a principal magistrate the devil by the Word and Spirit of and proprietor of estates in the islGod, he was truly humble and lowly and, who honored us with a call, on in heart, gladly dependent upon the purpose to see our settlement. He grace of his Savior for every good entered very freely into the subject gift ; and always spoke and acted of the conversion of the negroes.as a man whose strength is only in There are 47negroes on his estate bap. his God. When he began to feel tized by us. In speaking of the Bishthe effects of old age, and could no op of London's excellent admonitory longer travel about as formerly, he letter to the planters,&c. in the West was content to devote all his time to
India Islands, he declared his wil. the welfare of the Indian congrega. lingness to do what was possible to tion at the place of his residence, promote the spiritual welfare of his sparing no pains, both with old
negroes, but stated the difficulties and young, to teach them how to attending the instruction of the chil. walk worthy of the gospel of Christ. dren under their present circum. When his eye-sight began to fail stances,"
Oliver D. Cooke of Hartford, server for 1806, in which they will (Cun.) and I. Cooke & Co. N. Haven find a Review of it. We are bappy (Con.) booksellers, have in the press to announce a book of so much plain. and expect
in a few weeks to have ness and practical religious worth. ready for sale, Jamieson's Use of Sa. cred History, 2 vols. in one, at the reduced price of $3. The author of this interesting
Great Britain. and useful work is the same, who accepted the challenge of The Rev. James Parsons has un. Dr. Priestley to answer his His dertaken to publish the remaining tory of early opinions concerning collections of the Septuagint, preChrist, and who executed this answer pared by the late Dr. Holmes. in such a manner, that no opponent Professor White will shortly pubhas yet appeared to enter the lists of lish under the title of Synopsis Crise. controversy with him. Those who os Griesbachiane, an explanation, in wish, more particularly, to learn the words at length, of the marks and character of his Use of Sacred His.' abbreviations, used by Griesbach in tory, may consult the Christian Ob. his edition of the New Testament.
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SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF REV. THOMAS
ALLEN, OF PITTSFIELD.
The Rev. Thomas Allen was born py in this world. To his family he at Northampton, January 17, 1743, was all, that is to be expected from and graduated at Harvard college in a most affectionate husband, and a the year 1762, being ranked among most kind and faithful parent.
His the best classical scholars of that charities to the poor excited their day. His regard to the interests of gratitude, and rendered his religious religion, determined him to devote instructions the more effectual. His bis life to the ministry of the gospel. house was the seat of hospitality. To. He accordingly pursued the study wards other denominations of chrisof theology under the direction of the tians, though strict in his own prinRev. Mr. Hooker of Northampton, ciples, he was yet exemplarily canand was ordained April 18, 1764, the did, neither believing that true piety first minister of Pittsfield, then a was confined to his own sect, nor frontier town, in which garrison that gentleness and forbearance were had been kept during the French useless in the attempt to reclaim
At the time of his settlement, men from error. At the commence. there were in this place but half a ment of the American Revolution, dozen houses, which were not made like most of his brethren, he engagof logs. He lived to see it a riched warmly in the support of the and beautiful town, containing near rights and independence of his counthree thousand inhabitants. During try, for he believed that the security a ministry of forty six years he was and permanence of the best of earthunwearied, and faithful, and zealous, ly enjoyments as well as the progress in dispensing the gospel of Jesus of genuine religion were intimately Christ, both “in season, and out of connected with liberty. In the year season."
In addition to his stated 1777, when a detachment from Bur. labors on the Sabbath he in the goyne's troops under the command course of his life preached six or of colonel Baum had penetrated as seven hundred funeral sermons. In far as Bennington, and threatened to the early part of his ministry he also desolate the country, he accompani. occasionally preached in the neigh- ed the volunteer militia of Pittsfield, boring towns, not then supplied who marched to repel the invasion. with settled ministers. But few of Previously to the assault of a particuthe disciples of the Redeemer have lar intrenchment, which was filled been more diligent in the service of with refugees, he deemed it his dutheir Master.
ty to advance toward the enemy and Although the peculiar duties of exhort them to surrender, assura minister of the gospel chiefly ing them of good treatment in a voice oecupied his thoughts ; yet the distinctly heard by them. But being same benevolence, which awaken- fired upon, he rejoined the militia, ed bis zeal in guiding men in and was among the foremost, who
to heaven, made him entered the breast-work His examdesirous also of rendering them hap. ple contributed somewhat to the
triumph of that day, which checked sometimes exposed him to the charge the progress of the British, and pre- of indiscretion.” pared the way for the capture of His health had been declining for Burgoyne. During the rebellion of several years before his death, and Shays Mr, Allen supported the au- more than once he was brought to thority of the established govern. the brink of the grave. His indispo. ment of Massachusetts. He was atsition was induced by his long conone period proscribed by the insur. tinued labors in preaching the gosgents, who threatened to seize him pel of Jesus Christ, by domestic af. and carry him as a hostage into the fictions, and by the cruel calumnies, state of New York. But being con. with which from various causes his stitutionally intrepid, he was not to upright character assailed be shaken from his purpose and his Though his infirmities rendered him duty.
incapable of preaching for several He survived four of his children. monihs before he died, yet he was His first born daughter, who married confined to his house but a few days. Mr. William P. White of Boston, He was fully aware of his approach. died in London, leaving an infant un. ing dissolution, and the prospects protected by any relatives, her hus. of eternity brightened as he drew band being then in the East Indies. near the close of life. Those precThough the child was left under the ious promises, which with pecucare of a very respectable gentleman, liar tenderness he had often exbibit. who was concerned with Mr. White ed to the view of the sick and the in mercantile husiness, yet such was dying, were now his support. The the solicitude of Mr Allen for its allsafficient Savior was his only hope ; welfare, and such his resolution, but he rested on him with perfect that in the year 1799 he encountere confidence. He was desirous of de. ed the dangers of a voyage across the par ing, and was chiefly anxious, lest Atlantic, and brought his grands he should be impatient. Knowing child home to his own family. In his dependence upon God, he continmany other instances bis active be- ually besought those, who were a. nevolence was strikingly displayed. round his bed, to pray for bim. He
In his theological sentiments he took an affecting leave of his family, was a Calvinist. He had carefully repeating his pious counsels, and examined the sacred Scriptures and bestowing upon each one his valedic. he thought that they gave no sup. tory blessing. When he was report to that system of doctrine, which minded by a friend of his great laattributes any thing good to the will bors in the ministry, he disclaimed of man independently of the grace of all merit for what be had done, God. “The atonement of the Divine though he expressed his belief, that Redeemer, the evangelical doctrines he had plainly and faithfully preach. of grace, and their application to the ed the gospel. He forgave and praypractical duties of life in the various ed for his enemies and calumniators. relations of society were the favorite When one of his children, a day or subjects of his public sermons and two before his death, pressed him to private conversations. He explained take some nourishment, saying, that them without the formality of logic, unless he took something it would but with a happy perspicuity of style, be impossible for him to live ; he re. and recommended and enforced them plied, “ Live? I am going to live with apostolic zeal. Simple and for ever!” He would frequently ex. courteous in his manners, sincere in claim, “Come, Lord Jesus ; come his communications, and just in his quickly.” In the morning of the dealings, he set his parishioners an Ford's day, February 11, 1810, he example of christian morals. His fell asleep in Jesus. remarkable frankuess and his zeal
TO CORRESPONDENTS, A few communications have been received, and more original ones would be acceptable.