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ly, freely asked him, if fuch'a Gentleman appeared, at first, rathconnexion was formed, as reporter out of temper ; and asked the stated-at the same time observing, | Minister why he need trouble him. that he would presently see the rea | self with the concerns of young son why such freedom was used people ? He was referred to what with him. He answered the ques. had before past between them on tion in the affirmative, with as the subject. This calmed him much frankness, as it was puta But, he said he was undone. He He was then afked if he had ev was told, he must not faint yet er let the young Lady's parents these were but the beginnings of know what his principles were re- his trouble, The God, whom he specting religion? He replied, he had disregarded, had begun with had not. Whether he did not him; and when, and where, would think it would be very grievous to be the end, was known only to the parents, to marry their daugh- | him, in whose hand his breath was ter to a man who disregarded all --that he must gird himself, and religion ? He thought probably it prepare for still heavier thingsmight ; and said he should be that nothing but evil was before sorry for them. Whether it could him that, on his own principles, be consistent with the friendship he had not the least authority for and faithfulness, which the Min- expecting any good. He was enister owed to all the members of treated to see and consider his dan. the church, to neglect giving them | ger, before it was eternally too information -He did not know late. He seemed to be affected that it would. The Minister then He soon became rather gloomy requefted him to take the matter and melancholy-So much so, into serious consideration, for a that the family, in which he lived, few days : And then, if he could, noticed it ; though they were iggive him a reason, which would be norant of the cause. From thence fufficient to excuse him from the forward, instead of manifesting redisagreeable task of informing the sentment, he evidently fought op. parents.
portunities of falling, as it were by After, several days had passed, accident, into the company of the the Minister called on him to Minister. These opportunities know the result. He confessed he were improved in endeavors to did not see, but that friendship and how him the evil case he was in, faithfulness required, that the par- the weakness, the folly and unreaents should be informed. He was fonableness of the principles he requested to give the information | had' imbibed, and the awful fate, himself. He said he could not. which awaited him, if he persilted He was told that if the informa- in them. tion were given, it would occasion | His health foon began to be im. him trouble. He replied, perhaps paired : And in a few weeks he it would, and perhaps not-seeming fell into a fever. For some time, to feel pretty indifferent as to any the symptoms were not threatening: trouble, which might result to him. but, at length, increased to fo 2. The parents were informed. Soon larming a degree, as to take away after this, the Minister, walking, all hope of his recovery. The found him, fitting by the fide of | Minister visited him, and fount, the road, very pensive. He afis- him distressed, both in body and ed him the occasion. The young mind. He feit himself upon the
very verge of eternity ; but wholly | will do so, 'till the lat great day unprepared for the awful scene. I remeal it. But we may see the “ Oh,” he would cry out, “ that urter insufficiency of infidel princiI was a Christian-All the world ples to afford fupport and comfort, would I give, if I had it, that I in that war, in which there is no were a Christian.” He was re- discharge. minded of the fullness and fuffi. ciency of Christ, the richness of Messrs. Editors, divine mercy, and the freeness of I HAVE sent you some redivine grace.” “ Yes,” would he marks on the importance of docreply, but all is out of my reach trinal preaching ; which you are - I have no heart to accept. 0! at liberty to publish in your MagaSir, do pray, pray for me-do pray zine if you think proper. with me, and for me.” He was told, that it was hoped he would ACCORDING to the acpray for himself. " Oh ! he 11 counts which have been pubcould not-God would not hear lifhed refpecting the late revival such prayers as his-he wished that of religion, in different places, we a!l good people would pray for | find that no such wild disorderly him." Soon, on this, he became things have attended the work, as delirious ; and fell into a phren- | prevailed in the reason of the relizy. His horrors, in this situa. | gious awakening, near 60 years tion, appeared to exceed descrip. ago. And to what must this be tion. The most dreadful terrors | imputed ? Is it not owing to the feemed to have taken hold of him. | increase of doctrinal light among His affrighted imagination seemed us? Without any disparagement to haunted, sometimes with awful our venerable ancestors, may we spectres-sometimes with terrible not conclude that the doctrines of wild beasts, just ready to devour the gospel are more diftinguishing. him. He would cry out, and ly taught and better understood, beg for help that some one would than they were in general in this come and deliver him. Horror, I country, a little above a half cena distress and anguish were strikingly tury past? I think this inference painted in every feature of his face. may be fairly drawn from the difA pious and very sensible woman, | ferent manner in which religious who was with him, the last night awakenings are now conducted and of his life, observed that his ter. treated, from what they then were. rors appeared far to exceed any And this evinces the great imthing she had ever witnessed- portance of the ministers of the That she could not have imagined, gospel being faithful in explaining that it was in the power of human and inculcating the fundamental nature to endure the distress and and leading sentiments of Chrisbitter anguish, which he seemed to tianity, upon their hearers. Nor fuffer. But, a little before he ex | ought their apparent inattention to pired, it was observed, his coun. I be the least objection against doc. tenance altered, and became pla- trinal preaching. Because in the cid. He put on a smile, and ) dullest seasone, people will get anci talked of pleasant meads, and de- retain some ideas of what they are lightful fields. Very foon on this taught ; and especially will the he expired. What is beyond, lies truths they have repeaiedly heard concealed bchind the veil: And, come afreth to their minds, when
their attention is duly excited to discourses, their preaching will foon the great things of another world. become trite, and void of fenti. Some are advocates for practical ment.
JETHRO. preaching only ; tho' this is very Connecticut, Sept. 16, 1800. necessary in its proper place, yet all who are well skilled in the fcriptures of truth, will readily
Religious Intelligence. own, that a right doctrinal knowledge is essential to lay a founda
TN the Magazine for September tion for a right faith, right exer
I was an extract of a letter concises and a right practice. It must
taining some information concernbe granted that the knowledge
ing a revival of religion in the which people gain of fcripture doc
counties of Otsego and Delaware. trines while unregenerate, is as use
The following more particular inful to them when they are brought
telligence has lately been received. to love religion, as that which they afterwards acquire. And | Extract of a letter from one of the where persons who have been but Connežticut Miffonaries, dated poorly indoctrinated are made the Otsego County, August 19, 1800. subjects of conviction and conver- ' “ YOU will recollect, in my fion, they frequently run into ma- | last letter, I mentioned some reliny wild and erroneous opinions, gious attention in this county, at which not only tend greatly to a place called Otsego Creek. Soon tramp their minds, and to destroy after I wrote, the attention increastheir peace, but prove prejudicial ed; numbers were hopefully brought to the interests of religion. to accept of Christ. Viewing these
It may be further observed, that prospects, I thought it proper to no preaching has a more direct ten. tarry some longer in this county. dency to strike the minds of fin- \ I staid and preached more extenpers with a deep conviction of their lively in it than I had dope before. loft, guilty and ruined state, than The blessed work appeared to that which points out their total | spread in a very glorious manner. depravity ; the nature of their im- | The people upon Otsego Creek appotency ; the character of God ; peared exceedingly awakened. It and his sovereignty in the dispensa- foon spread over the hills between tions of his blessings; or that which the Otsego and the Susquehannah, brings into view the character and to a place called the Hardwick fetoffices of Jesus Christ ; or the tlement ; then into Metcalf-hill do&trine of regeneration, of justi settlement ; soon after the work fication by faith alone. The great began powerfully in Springfield, doctrines which bring to view the and extended considerably into resurrection, the last judgment, | Worcester. While the work was i heaven and hell are peculiarly cal | making progress in this county, I culated to strike careless minds received information from Delawith awe, and to lead them to ware county, that there was a think on their ways, and to look shower of divine grace in those out for a way of escape from the parts. In consequence of this inwrath to come.
formation, I went to Delhi, the It may be further remarked that capital of Delaware county, and where preachers confine themselves found the revival much greater than chiefly or altogether to practical | I expected. Where there ap
peared a little dawn of an awake, employ of the Missionary Society ning the last spring, I found that of Connecticut, are the Rev. Wilthe fun had rifen. As many as liam Storrs and Mr. Robert Porforty persons in the town of Delhiter in the northern counties of the were hopefully converted ; many | state of Vermont ; the Rev. Seth more were underserious impressions. Williston, the Rev. Jedidiah BushSome of the neighboring towns nell, and Mr. Amasa Jerome, in have shared considerably in the bles- the western counties of the Itate sed effusions of the Holy Spirit. of New-York ; and Mr. Josiah The last Sabbath I preached at Del- | B. Andrews, upon the head was hi, nineteen persons were received | ters of the rivers Delaware and into the church, most of whom were Susquehannah. Appointed and youth in the bloom of their days. now going out, the Reverend
“ When I returned to Otsego | David Huntington to Vermont county, I found the awakening had and the settlements on the west much increased : the fields did ap- side of Lake Champlain to Canpear really white for the harvest. ada line, and the Rev. Joseph Laft spring, soon after the atten- Badger to the settlements on Black tion began at Otsego Creek, we River and the east end of Lake organized a church in that settle- Ontario, from thence to travel ment, consisting of eighteen per- througla the military tract and the fons ; part of them old professors Genesee country to the head wafrom New-England,and part young ters of Delaware and Susquehanconverts. The first Sabbath that nah-Mr. David Bacon to the I preached there, after my last re- | Indian tribes south and welt of turn from the Delaware, we ad. | Lake Erie.--The several Miffionmitted twenty eight persons more ary Societies in the United States into that church, baptized twelve are requested to transmit, monthadults and twenty children. Prob- ly, to the Editors of this Magaably twenty more persons living zine, for publication, the names at the Otsego and its vicinity, hope of their Millionaries and the plathey have of late passed from death ces to which they are sent, that thus to life ; and will soon become the respective societies may not intermembers of the church. Last fere with each other, & that a difproSabbath, at Springfield, we ad portionate number of Millionaries mitted thirteen persons into the may not be sent to the fame place. church in that place,and on the Sab. bath and Monday, baptized twen-/ ORDINATION-Ordained, ty-fix children. The awakening by the Consociation of the Westincreases much in that place. It is ern district of the county of Newa wonderful to see the display of di- Haven, on Tuesday, Sept. gth, vine power in this country. The 1800, over the first church of awakening is very folemn and regu- Christ in Hamden, the Rev. A
lar. It is like the still, small voice SA LYMAN. The introductory * which made the prophet Elijah wrap prayer was made by the Rey. Daa
his face in his mantle. The truth vid Tullar, of Milford; the ferof that text never appeared more mon was preached by the Rev. clear chan at present : not by might, William Lyman, of Millington, or by power, but by my Spirit faith brother to the.paftor elect, from the Lord of Hofts.”
Deut. xviii. 6, 7 ; the consecraMISSIONARIES. . ting prayer was made by the Rey. THE Missionaries now in the Noah Willison, of West Haven ;
COMMUNICATED AS ORIGINAL
the charge was given by the Rev. | The Christian rejoicing in the prospect of Benjamin Trumbull, d.d. of North the final confummation of the world.
, T HAT tho' old nature's wheels Haven ; the right hand of fellow- | 1. W
W . ere long decay, ship was given by the Rev. Abra. The ef
Th' effulgent lamp of heav'r deny the bam Alling of Hamden, Ealta | day, it! Plains; and the concluding pray
With thickest darkness clad; er was made by the Rev. Abner: What tho' the stars affrighted leave Smith, of Derby. The sermons
1. The inoon turn pale, or drest in blood was peculiarly adapted to the oc
appears, cafion, and the other parts of the Before the incarnate God: service were well performed. An lo. Thou hoe
2. Thou happy foul, with awe prouncommon solemnity reigned thro' |
found, the assembly...
Shalt hear the trump of Gabriel sound,
And view the dead arise ;
And on the wings of love ascend,
To meet him in the fkies.
tial sentence, " Depart accurs’d ye who deny tê
And did my grace despise ;
Bat come, ye blessed, whom my grace
elected, a scrap of paper lying on my table, I took up my pen for my own amuse
Ere time began, with me by faith con
nected, ment, and wrote the following lines, I which, if you think them worthy to
To heav'n and glory rise. fill some corner of a page in your usesul Magazine, you may insert.
Praise to God for the instructions of a D.
piows mother. 1. M Y gracious God, I bless thy I
name, En Evening Thought.
When I recall the tender scenes 1.'T'IME rollo away and stays for of cariy childhood, mercy came, none;
And stor'd my mind with gospel How foon will all my days be gone, themes. And grilly death appear!
12. 'Twas thou didnt give that parent Then let me keep their end in view,
dear, And virtue's peaceful path pursue :
| Who, ere my birth, pronounc'd me Thus to my God be ever true,
thine ; And love my Saviour dear.
| She early taught me whom to fear, 2. Let finful paffions all subside, And bade me know thy love divine. My soul be cleans'd from baneful pride, And fill’d with love divine :
3. Oft on her knees the holy saint May I ne'er from God's law depart,
Implor'd thy blessing on my head; But treasure it within my heart;
Oft she imposd the kind restraint, And thus, by acting well my part,
• While precious tears were on me shed. Prepare in heav'n to shine. 14. Her lovely name I searce could speak, 3. And when the clay-cold hand of
And when the couscolt hand of! Ere I was taught to pray and praise, death
| Was sent in secret thee to seek, Shall chill my lungs, and stop my breath,
And daily told thy wondrous ways. And close these mortal eyes ; 15. Grant, gracious God, that she may see May I to happier climes remove, I The fruits of all her pious cares; Where all is friendship, joy and love, Let not her fon thy rebel be; There join the glorious choir above, 1 Dlessme, O Lord, &grant her prayers.
Where heav'nly anthems rise!