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is not he able to soften their
POETRY. hearts? Should I be instrumental in the salvation of but one among them, I should think myself but too well recompensed for all the labors and dangers by the end of the Ungodly, and Saintza which you endeavored to af
safety. fright me."
With these sentiments he en- LET boldeblasphemers vent their tered on his work; and it is And swell with impious breath ; said, that his success
With heav'n th’unequalcombat wage, ponded with his zeal and intre- And challenge endless death. pidity ; so that great numbers of
The mighty God their spirit holds, those wretched people were He knows how frail they are ; brought to embrace the Christian Th’omniscient eye their end beholds faith.
In chains of black despair.
He views the awful moment nigh, ORDINATION.
Which cuts the brittle thread ;
When all their pomp and pride must Ordained on Wednesday the lie, 16th ult. the Rev. JOAB BRACE And moulder with the dead. as Colleague Pastor with the Tho’ to the cedar's height they rise, Rev. Joshua Belden of Newing. He will their rage confound ; ton. The Rev. Evan Johns made None who his laws and grace des. the introductory prayer; the pise, Rev. Nathan Perkins, D. D. Were e'er successful found. preached the Sermon from Co- But those who humably trust his grace, Jossians i. 7; the Rev. John Shall in his presence dwell ; Marsh made the consecrating He'll guide them through this thorny prayer ; the Rev. John Smalley, maze, D. D. gave the Charge ; the And every foe repel. Rev. Calvin Chapin gave the His grace shall ne'er forsake the just Right Hand of Fellowship; and His everlasting love the Rev. Benoni Upson made Will guard their bodies in the dusty the concluding prayer.
Their souls in realms above.
Donations to the Missionary Society of Connecticut. 1805 January 1. From a Friend of Missions 23. Contribution from New-Durham Society,
$ 10 de
State of New York
A Narrative on the subject of Mis- | ing missionaries who should be
sions ; and a Statement of the sent into those settlements. The Funds of the Missionary Socie- legislature, approving of the dety of Connecticut, for the year sign, and wishing to manifest 1804. Published by order of their care and benevolence tothe Trustees of the Society. wards those people, many of
whom had been their neighbors ORE than sixteen years and fellow-citizens, cheerfully
have clapsed since the granted their petition. condition of the new settlements, As the new settlements rapidin the northern and western parts ly increased, as the object of supof the United States, became an plying them, with the preaching object of the serious attention of of the gospel and the regular adthe General Association, and of ministration of the sacraments, many of the good people of Con- became daily of greater necessinecticut; and since missionaries ty and magnitude, and as the have been employed to itinerate missionary funds were considerand preach among them. After ably enlarged, the General Asthe trial and experience of about sociation, for the better security four years, the General Associa- of their money, and for the more tion, finding the necessity of sup-regular and effectual manageplying them, in their infantile ment of the missionary business, state, more urgent, and the ob- in June, 1798, formed themselves ject of greater magnitude, than into the Missionary Society of they had at first conceived, and Connecticut ; and appointed a that private donations were inad- board of Trustees, for the more equate to the support of such a immediate management of their number of missionaries as were affairs, and also a Treasurer and highly necessary, in October, Auditor of the Society. 1792, made application to the In 1802, the funds having honorable General Assembly of considerably increased, the GenThe state, for a general contribu-eral Assembly, on application Sion, for the purpose of support from the Missionary Society, Vol. V, No. 9.
vested the Trustees with corpo- and thanksgiving publicly and rate powers, to enable them with privately offered to the Most greater advantage to execute the High, and his praises sung where trust reposed in them; especial- otherwise his name and Sabbath ly, with respect to the funds and would have been forgotten, and interests cominitted to their care. the people left in ignorance of Thus, under the smiles and nur- God and their Saviour. Many turing hand of providence, the religious books have been sent, countenance and approbation of and many more will be forwardthe legislature, and the liberality ed to them. Great numbers of of our good people, has the So- people have, with tears of joy, ciety happily progressed. From expressed their gratitude to the small beginnings it has advanced Missionary Society and to the to a state of importance and people of Connecticut, for the usefulness, which has exceeded assistance which hath been given any thing which was, at first, them in their spiritual concerns. contemplated or expected. Could the charitable people of As the progress
of our settle- the state know the emotions of ments, within a few years past, joy with which their assistance has exceeded all former exam- has been received, and what a ple, and new countries have pre- change has been made in the sented to us new and extensive hearts and lives of great numbers fields for missionary labors, our of their fellow sinners, they could funds have been increasing, and not be unmoved. Their hearts new benefactors of the institu- would expand with gratitude, and tion have been raised up, and their tongues would break forth God hath opened and enlarged in the praises of their Redeemer. the hearts of his people to con- Through the grace of God, and tribute to its support and useful- the instrumentality of our mis
sionaries, the wilderness and the The goodi effects of it in the solitary place have been made new settlements are beyond cal- glad, and the desert hath blosculation. The gospel has been somed as the rose ; and the peopreached and the ordinances reg-ple have been made the subjects ulariy administered through a of that wisdom, the price of which rast tract of country, in the wide- / is above rubies, and all thou canst ly extended regions of our north- desire is not to be compared unto ern and western frontiers. Ma- her. Pleasing and animating ny hundreds of children have have been the accounts which we been catechised and instructed have been able to lay before the in the first principles of Chris- public of the success of the Sotianity ; Christians have been ciety and of their missionaries, comforted and animated in their in preceding years ; but none heavenly course ; sinners, in nu- have been more so than those of merousinstances, have been turn- the year past. The missionaries ed from darkness unto light, and have labored abundantly, and from the power of Satan unto have not only been blessed, in God. Many churches have been general, with the ordinary sucgathered unto Christ, his Sab- cess attending a preached gosbath has been sanctified, his wor- pel, but in some places with that ship seriously attended, prayer which has been upcommon and!
very extraordinary; especially and in some places, almost pathin various settlements in New less country, nearly 1700 miles Connecticut.
a year; and that he preaches We learn by the letters and about 140 or 150 sermons. He journals which we have received, attends many conferences, and from Messrs. Badger and Rob- meetings for prayer, catechises bins, that the Lord hath been re- the children, and is abundant in markably building up Zion and family visits. appearing in his glory, under In a number of letters from their ministrations.
the Rev. Thomas Robbins, he noBy recent communications tices the extraordinary work of from New Connecticut, it appear-God in that new country, and ed, that the work of God was observes, that a regard for the still progressing among the peo- Christian institutions was eviple in various parts of that wil- dently increasing. He is not so derness; that additions were particular as to the number of making to the church ; that the miles which he rides, and the seasons of communion at the number of sermons which he Lord's table, of which there had preaches as Mr. Badger ; but as been four, in different places the far as can be learned from his last quarter of the year, had been communications, he preaches at more than commonly solemn the rate of about 110 or 120 serand refreshing; that some were mons a year. He visits families overcome with the views which and schools abundantly, and apthey had of the love and glory pears to be zealously engaged in of their Redeemer; and that the labors of his mission.* Messrs. Badger and Robbins Who can refrain, on reading were zealously employing their these accounts from New Conunited exertions for the further- necticut, from reílecting with adance of the gospel, in that part miration, gratitude and praisc, on of our country. There are sev- the wonderful works of God! eral churches now in New Con- How different his thoughts and necticut. Mr. Badger has drawn ways are from the thoughts and up a confession of faith, and ar- ways of men! How high above ticles of practice to which they them, even, as the heavens are have generally given their as- above the earth! People have sent.
been flocking from various parts In this glorious work, Cod has into the wilderness, for the sake shown himself to be a wonderful- of farms, honoi's, wealth and ly great, high and holy Sovereign. worldly Food; but the Lord hath Some have been taken and oth- planted it, that churches might ers left. While many places be gathered unto his name ; that have been so remarkabi, visited worship and praise might be it is observed with respect to others, that they were wholly stupid.
Mr. Robbins has been sick of a Mr. Badger has endured great bilious fever. He was seized with the hardships in riding in storzıyand fever on the 2nd of July and confined
four weeks to his roon. For lietween serere weather and in fording four and five veuks he was so feeble vivors. It appears, from lii» jour that he could do but litile in the busin na!, that he travels in that rough, I nüss of lais ansiosios
paid unto him from regions," hopes, in some instances, there which but lately had been the “ have been happy fruits of his haunts of savage beasts and sav- labors, in the awakening
and age men ; and that he might“ conversion of sinners :- That raise up monuments of his sove-“ in the west part of Turin, and reign and infinite mercy, who " in the north and south parts of shall shine, love and worship in" Leyden there has been more his presence for ever! The So-" attention to religion in six ciety sent missionaries thither, “ months past, than has been praying and hoping, that they “ since the settlement of those might be of service to preserve places. In Turin the attention some remembrance of God, his “ has been the greatest. On that word, sabbaths and ordinances ;" account he tarried longer at keep alive the almost dying “ that place, than at others. For spark, and preserve a holy seed" several days, he scarcely enin the wilderness, and behold,“ tered a house in which there what the Lord hath wrought!“ was not one mourning or reRejoice in the Lord, Oye right-“ joicing. At conferences and eous, give thanks unto him and lectures, and especially on the bless his name : for his mercy, “ sabbatho, meetings were reendureth for ever!
“markably full. Many of the Mr. Samuel P. Robbins, who “ new settlers express great had been appointed a missionary “ gratitude to the Missionary to itinerate in the settlements on “ Society, for their attention to Black river, and in its vicinity," them. The Missionary Sociecommenced his missionary tour ty, he doubts not, have the ar: on the 17th of August, 1803, “ dent prayers, as well as thanks and was about six months on his “ of the settlers, that their exer: mission. He returned the latter“ tions for the advancement of end of February, 1804. During the kingdom of holiness may this period, he visited the settle-“ be succeeded. Missionary laments on Black river three or « bor is still needful. Numbers four times ; twice he visited the came to him with tears in their settlements in the district of " eyes, when he parted with Camden and Western; and once “them, expressing their fears the settlements on Pearch river, “ that they should starve through between Black river and St. Law-“ a famine of the word ; and rence. He travelled 1324 miles,“ begging that the Missionary preached 171 sermons, attended “ Society would again take them 74 conferences, made several “ into consideration." hundreds of family visits ; visit- It is mentioned in the Narraed 19 schools, and catechised tive of last year, that the Rev. and instructed the children. He Calvin Ingals was on a mission writes in his journal of the 29th to the north-eastern parts of Ver- . of February, “ That the cate-mont. He was on his mission “chising of the children by the nearly seventeen weeks, Al“ missionaries, has had a prac- though the snow was deep, and 6 tical influence ; that they have the ways bad, and much of the " made proficiency in learning time the weather was snowy and
and that the schools are in a inclement, yet he rode 1083 flourishing way :- That he miles, preached 74 sermons, ad.