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remove ; whether they have any venerable body, with design to pro. attachments to particular parts and mote the happiness of their fellowpeople of the United States ; and men, who do not enjoy equal adevery thing which may be of im vantages to obtain religious knowl. portance to the Mission, and make edge with the people of Connecta faithful report to this board. icut, have lately formed themselves,
The Trustees affectionately and by common consent, into a Counfervently recommend you to the cil or Society, called the Mifrora. care and keeping of their great Re. | ry Society of Conne&ticut ; and that deemer. When you walk through Society have appointed the Trusthe trackless and lonely paths of tees before mentioned, and have the wilderness, may he be with given them authority to send good you, invigorate and comfort your men and able instructors in religion, soul. May he preserve and emi. / into the new settlements, which nently succeed you, and return you are forming on the frontiers of the with rich experience of his pater- United States, and among such nal care and goodness.
Indian nations as will receive them;
which men, so fent as teachers of The following Message was pre religion, we call Missionaries; and pared to be communicated to the from hence the Society above de. Indians by the Missionary. scribed takes the name of the MifTo the Indian Tribes bordering on
on 1 Having explained to you the or. Lake Erie.
1 igin, and general designs of the Friends AND BROTHERS, Trustees of the Missionary Society THE person, whose name is of Connecticut ; it will be proper underwritten, announces himself more particularly, but very brief. to you as the Chairman of a Coun- ly, to inform you what is meant cil of twelve persons, who are here by religion, as the word is used in known by the name of the Truf-| this address ; leaving it to future tees of the Missionary Society of occasions, as they may occur, to Connecticut. You will please to unfold it more at large. listen while, in the name of the Religion, then confifts, fumma. Trustees, he explains to you their rily, in believing that there is an origin, their views and the objects eternal all perfect Being of fupreme of this address.
| power, wisdom and goodness whom Our fathers, and brethren, whose we call Gas--that this great and office it is to teach the People of good Being, in the beginning, Connecticut the things of Religion, made the world ; the sun, the annually chose from their number moon, the stars, the earth, the twenty-four perfons distinguished | fea, the air, and all creatures and for piety, gravity and good sense, things therein, and especially man, who meet together in a Grand the Lord of this lower worldCouncil called the General Alloci. | that he made higher and nobler oration, to consult and advise togeth-ders of rational beings in Heaven, er, and to adopt fuch regulations called Angels that he upholds all as, in their judgment, may best things by his power, and supports serve to advance the cause of vir. every living creature by his bounty tue and religion among their own--that he is the great Kingand Govpeople, and, as far as they have | ernor of the world, and in his opportunity, thro’the world. This government seeks his own honor,
and the greatest good of the ra-moned to the judgment seat of tional creatures he has made that Christ, and there be judged accord. some of the Angels have broken ing to their works, whether good his laws, and become rebels and or evil, and will receive the reward enemies, for which caufe he has of eternal life, or eternal death cast them down from heaven, 're- or endless misery, by the sentence served them for judgment, and of the judge. Religion, in pracwill doom them to suffer endless tice, consiłts in loving and fearing torments, as their juft punishment ; God and keeping his commandand these cyil Angels are called mentsin receiving his son Jesus Devils--that the first man and wo- Christ as our only Saviourerin man were made in the likeness of loving all our fellow men as our. God in temper and character, and selves ; particularly, in abstaining perfe&tly happy that the Devil from murder, adultery, stealing, tempted them to break the law lying, cheating, Nandering, and which God had placed them un-1 oppreffing one another in honorder, and by his fubtilty seduced ing and obeying our parents and them from their obedience, and governors in doing acts of justice they fell from their first happy state and kindness, as we have power
that all mankind, of all nations, and opportunity, to all men, even sprang from this finful and unhap- to our enemies in moderating our py pair, partake of their finful na- passions and affections and in liv. ture, and are all exposed to suffer ing soberly, chastely and temper: eternal death as transgressors of ately in our conversation. God's law-that being in them- Should you ask how we know selves in a helpless and hopeless these things are true, the answer ftate, God was pleased, of mere is, we have a book we call the mercy, to provide an Almighty bible, þeing of all books the most Saviour JESUS CHRIST his own precious, written by good men, in Son, who, in our nature, came very ancient times, who were in-, into this world, in ages past, and spired by God himself, and of as our second head, perfedly obey consequence, that all it contains is ed God's law, and suffered a bit-most important, and most certain. ter death for us that we might live ly true ; and that this book con. and be happy in the world to come tains all the truths which have pm that through his obedience and been mentioned, and many more death, God can freely pardon our fully unfolded to view, and in a fins, and restore us to his favor | word, all things which are profitathat if we repent and are sorry for ble for instruction in religion, by our fins, and trust in this Almigh which, a man, rightly disposed; ty Saviour, who is risen from the may be furnished to every good dead and ascended into Heaven, work. We oblerve, that our reGod will for Christ's sake, give ligion is taken wholly from this us eternal life ; but if we repent book of God, the bible ; and not, we shall be forever miserable are sure that right reason approyes after death-that he has appointed all that is written in it, tho' there a day in which he will judge the are some truths therein revealed world in righteousness, by his son which reason, of itself, could nevJesus CHRIST-that all men, of er have discovered. It may be all nations and ages, will then be proper to remark, though you may raised from the dead, and sum. I already know it, that from the
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name of our Lord and Saviour Je- | to bring you to the knowledge of sus Christ we, and all others, who Jesus Christ, and to the belief and profess the religion which he practice of his holy religion. taught, are every where called In your dealings with people Chriflians, and that religion is cal who call themselves Christians, it led Christianity or the Christian is not unlikely you have observed, Religion.
in some of them, much fraud, inFRIENDS AND BROTHERS, justice and cruelty, and may have
The General Assembly, or become prejudiced against Chris. Grand Council of the State of tianity on that account : But you Connecticut, feeling the importance may rest assured, that men of this of spreading the knowledge of the fort are not indeed Christians, but Christian Religion in the new settle- the basest of men, who either nev. ments on your borders, and among er embraced Christianity, or have you, have, from time to time, wickedly renounced it, and be. granted liberty to the Trustees to come apostates. True religion ask the contributions of the good must be learned from the bible, people of Connecticut, and their and not from the practice of wick. Tiberality has enabled the Trustees ed men, who though they may to send a Missionary among you, | take the name of Christians, are to instruct you in the great truths wholly unworthy of it. The biof religion ; and to prepare the ble teaches us to love God and our way for this, they have sent their fellow-men of all complexions and Christian Brother who reads this of all tribes and nations ; to do to TALK before you, as their messen- others as we would wish them to ger, to explain their desires on do to us ; to deal justly, to love this great subject, and to learn mercy, and to walk humbly with your mind upon it, whether you God ; and, in all things, to cease are willing to receive a Millionary to do evil ; and to learn to do well. among you. Him though not by The Trustees having thus briefoffice a teacher of religion, they ly stated their design in fending recommend to you as a good man this their good brother to you, conand a good Christian ; he will talk clude by intreating you to receive freely with you on the great truths him, and to treat him kindly as a contained in the bible; and will friend to you, and to all his brothmore fully explain the views of the ers of the human race, and only Missionary Society ; and having | add their fervent prayer that God learned your mind on the subject, | would prepare the Indian tribes he will faithfully report to the and nations, who are the offspring Trustees the success of his journey of God as well as others, to emand labors.
brace and practise the holy religion The General Assembly and peo of Jesus Christ, and with this prayple of Connecticut, the Missionary er they commend you to his favor Society and their Trustees in all and blessing. this, can have nothing in view but By order of the Trustees, to promote your peace and happi
JOHN TREADWELL, nefs in this world, and your ever
Chairman. lasting welfare in the world to come ; they desire not your corn The Committee of Missions, fields, nor your hunting grounds, appointed to do business in the renor any of your goods ; but only I cess of the board of Trusteces, according to the orders given them, i This awakening was not, in a are the Honorable JONATHAN | single instance, attended with outBRACE, and the Rev. Messrs. cry, or noise. The subjects of it Nathan Williams, D. D. Cyprian appeared very solemn while attend. Strong, Nathan Strong and Abel ing public worship, and conferenFlint.
ces. In conversation they com
plained of their ignorance and stuMr. BackUS' account of the Reli
pidity—they wondered that they gious Revival in Somers, in Con
| had not before seen themselves on necticut, in the year 1797.
the brink of everlasting ruin ; and
expressed a strong desire to be inTN the latter part of February, structed in the doctrines of the
1 1797, a serious attention to gospel, and to be dealt with in the religion began in this town, in the plainest manner. In some the congregation under my ministry. alarm was but momentary—they It followed a season of awful secur- soon returned to their former state ity ; and was not immediately pre- of carnal peace. In those who ceded by any unusual dispensation appeared to become the fubicats of of Providence, either in the town | saving grace, their first alarm was or neighborhood. There was not followed with a more full discoveat that time, any uncommon seri- | ry of their moral pollution. They .ous thoughtfulness within fifty confessed that they felt themselves miles of us.
to be enemies to God, and wholly This revival was not rapid in its opposed to the plan of salvation ré. progress ; and never became gen- | vealed in the gospel. They were eral in the town. Here and there distressed because they had no preone, in different parts of the place, per conviction of their fins ; and were seriously impressed, within observed that while their conscientwo or three months from the be- ces told them that they should reginning of the work. It continu- ceive no wrong if they were sent ed to increase for almost a year. to hell, their hearts rose against It then began to decline. A few the justice and sovereignty of God. new cases of serious thoughtfulness 1 The hopeful converts, in genehave occurred from the commence- ral observed that when divine truth ment of the late revival, at short first appeared in a new and pleasing intervals, to the present time. light, they scarcely thought of their
This awakening began with the personal safety; or, whether they youth, and afterwards extended were, or were not, converted. to the middle aged, and to a few | They discovered a relish for the who had passed the meridian of doctrines of the Bible ; and delife. The greater part of the sub-clared that the truths with which jects of this work were heads of they had been contending, were families. More than half of the the objects of their present enjoywhole were under 35 years of age. ment. They were abundantinacFifty-two persons united themselves knowledging, that if gospel grace with the Church within two years were not free and sovereign, there from the beginning of this religious | could be no hope for such great appearance ; the mot of whom finners as they were. They conprofessed to have experienced a | feffed that they had not made any saving change in the course of this advances, of themselves, toward revival.
submission to the will of God; and that if they were his children, he children in the nurture and admehad, in fovereign mercy, fubdued nition of the Lord. When they their hearts by his spirit. None dedicated themselves and their manifested high confidence of their households to God, " in the af. conversion. They felt themselves sembly of the saints," there were bound to confefs Christ before visible tokens of his gracious presmen ; but were afraid left they | ence. They carried religion into should be deluded by a false hope, their houses, and called upon and should not live agreeable to God's name, morning and evencovenant bonds. It was common ing, in a social manner. for them to say, when conversing | The hopeful converts were re. about joining the church, “ We formed in their lives, and appear“ know not how to refrain from ed desirous to know and practice « publicly appearing on the Lord's all the duties both of the first and “ lide ; but we tremble at the second table of the law.-Amidst " thought of reflecting dishonor on the declenfions which have taken “ his name, in the eyes of a scof place, there is reason to hope, that “ fing world. Yet, unworthy as a number will to eternity look “ we are, we desire to give up our back with joy on the late happy « felves to God, and to attend on feason, as the day in which they “ all the ordinances of his ap- were efpoufed to Christ. of pointment. We know that he It is to be expected in the most “ can enable us to live to his glory, promising religious appearances, « and we pray that we may al that there will be tares with the
ways feel our dependence on wheat. False brethren have min« his gráce.”
gled with the true, ever since there It was animating to meet at the was a church on the earth.-- If Lord's table, in this season of re any profefling Christians rest in palt freshing. Old Christians were en attainmerits, and become habitual livened, from the beginning of this ly indifferent to holy diligence and work. It rejoiced their hearts to watchfulness, they make it manibehold souls focking unto Christ, felt that their hope is the hope of and coming to his table. The old the hypocrite. It ought not to and the young appeared to feel the furprise us, if we see persons of worth, and to taste the sweetness this description become more loose of the Saviour's dying love. The in their lives than ever before. Spectators were more numerous Persons may hear the word, and than they had ever been ; and not receive it with joy, from a belief á few of them were in tears. In that they are saved from the wrath several instances, persons had their to come, without any relish for the doubts removed, and were embol-holy beauty of divine truth. These dened to join the church, by what “ have no root in themselves ;? they saw and heard at the adminis. and hence " endure but for a tration of the Lord's supper. I time.” They have nothing to sea
The heads of families who were cure them against stumbling at the the subjects of this work expressed do&rines of the cross, and shrinkastonishment, that they had lived ing from the trials of the Chris. so long without any juft fenfe of|tian life. They are prepared to the duty which they owed to their fall away ; and to imbibe fone offspring. They resolved, by di- damnable herefy, or to indulge vine asistance, to train up their their vicious propensities without