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- It was some days after this, and was replied, Perhaps if he should it was after he gave me this account he would cut you off. He anof himself, that he first began to en- swered, “ Well, I won't find tertain an hope, that he was inter • fault with him if he does ; I ested in the promises of the Gof | ' won't say, I submit, and then pel, tho' he had much comfort, find fault with him, because he when he gave me this relation, and does not do with me, as I wish had set up the worship of God in he would.” He said these his family, which till this time, he things, with an emphasis and exhad always neglected, and he had pression, which cannot be copied, taken pains to convince one, wkom and which apparently bespoke the he had led into the persuasion that feelings of his heart. He remainall men would be saved; and has ed for several weeks rejoicing in lnce visited others for the same God, and in his government, and purpose. But whether his con- in the doctrines and duties of the version be genuine, must remain to Gospel. His countenance was be proved by his fruits, and perse- cheerful, and even his natural abil: verance in religion.
ities, especially for free, social To the account given of this conversation, seemed to be enlarg. man, I will subjoin that of anoth-ed ; altho' at the time, he had no er-a man about fifty-six years of idea, or hope that he was a real age, who had no great share of Christian, or was entitled to the general information, or sociability. I promises. His serious neighbors He had been very inattentive to indeed confidered him as one born religion, even in speculation, and again, and one of them fuppofiog had very much neglected public by the tenor of his conversation on worship. When the awakening religious fubje&s, that doubtless he first began among us, this man had considered himself a convert, re. let himself out at work, in a quested him to state the reasons, neighboring town ; but after two which made him suppose, or hope or three months returned. He that he was a Christian. He reobserved the great alteration, that plied, “I don't think I am onehad taken place among the people, I have no idea that I am ; but and was led by it, to reflect on his T'I hope I shall be.” Mention was own sioful and miserable condition, made to him of the gracious promand became deeply impressed with ises, which God had made to such a sense of his danger. From this as would cast themselves upon his time, he constantly attended reli- mercy. He answered, “ I choose gious meetings, and scon acquired • he saould do with me as he some just views of the state of the thinks fit.”. Since that time by controversy between God and comparing his exercises with the himself, and expressed his views, word of God, he has conceived with much feeling and propriety. | an humble hope that he has real re. Not long after, he manifested a ligion ; and he continues to possess spirit of submission to God. He much joy and comfort, at the same was then asked whether he was time that a sense of his own vilewilling that God should govern allness and unworthiness increases upthings, according to his own good on him. But he now says that “a pleasure ? He readily answered, · sense of his vileness, neither in. * Yes, this is what I want.” It terrupts his happiness, nor leads
• him to dread the day of judg- , believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. • ment, for his hopes are in Christ | Amen. I am, &c. salone !"
JONATHAN Miller. I have observed, that altho' but a small proportion of the heads of
LETTER II. families among us were professors of religion, yet about two thirds
From the Rev. Samuel 7. Mills of those, who have now become
of Torringford, flate of Conapparent converts, are the children
necticut. of such parents-that little more Torringford, Litchfield county. than one third are above thirty GENTLEMEN, years of age—and that the num. TN the latter end of August ber of the females is almost double I 1798, unusual religious apto the males. Yet I hope there | pearances commenced in this place, are numbers, who are reconciled especially among the young people. to God, with whom I have had no | They met weekly by themselves. opportunity for particular conver- | Their number constantly increaffation ; and so the number of con ed, until it was found that a private verts may be greater, and the pro- room would not contain them. portion as to age, sex and family | They then repaired to the meetingmay be different from that which | house, where they prayed, sang, is here mentioned. And on the and conversed on religious subjects. other hand, if some of thofe, An event so extraordinary, exwhom we now charitably hope arę | cited a spirit of general enquiry Christians, should apostatize from throughout the society, and sevetheir profession, it ought not to ral weeks, and even months pas. Surprise us, or bring an eyil report | sed away, while as yet one was on this great and good work of scarce able to decide whether any God; for our Lord has fore- very deep, or powerful impressions warned us, that some shall be like were on their minds, or not, unseed fown upon stony ground.- less in a very few instances. And there have been many in all In the mean time an unusual so. ages, who have come unto the lemnity appeared on the countemarriage-feast, without a wedding nances of the people in general. garment. But we hope better things And those who antecedently to all of them all, and things that accom- this, had been much in prayer to pany falsation, tho' we thus speak. God for a day of his divine powAnd while we rejoice in hope of I er, " thanked God, and took their blessedness, we have cause to courage.” Of course, conference tremble for the greatest proportion meetings of a more general naof the people, who yet undoubt-ture, were appointed ; and crowds edly remain in fearful bondage to were wont to assemble at such seafin and death,
The Lord grant that his gra. Thus things passed on, with but cious presence and power may con- few instances of hopeful convertinue with us—that the children fions, until about the middle of of God may be more abundantly the following winter. fanctified—that converts may be While our hopes, and our fears, greatly multiplied, and prove real had thus long been very sensibly converts to God-and all the peo. | excited, by turns, as appearances ple have great joy and peace in varied, at this memorable period,
it pleased the great Head of the of their own hearts, and to anincreasChurch in a very peculiar manner, ing conviction, of the impoffibilto show forth his presence, and ity of ever obtaining relief, in power in the midst of the people. their own way, they have felt very So extraordinary a season, for sensibly disturbed. They have weeks, and we may say, for been ready to plead in their own months we never witnessed. An defence, while they dared to do answer to the enquiry, Whether | it,' that they could do no more the Lord was indeed among us, or | than they could that they never, not, was now attended with no | made their own hearts and that difficulty. The minds of many 1 it was out of their power to change were greatly agitated, and unusual them--they have contended also attention was paid to means of against God, for showing mercy to instruction. In the time of this ex- | others, while they were left--and traordinary visitation, a goodly | even for giving them existence. number of the people, obtained But as their convictions increased, hope of their reconciliation to God. they became sensible of the dread.
Having made this general state ful obstinacy of their own hearts, ment, I shall now descend to some | and found themselves growing worse particular observations.
and worse, till finally all hope difI. It is worthy of particular no appeared, except what arose from tice, that the work has been car- the sovereign grace of God-from ried on with remarkable regularity. the consideration that he could, Little or nothing has been discov | and that he would have mercy, on' ered, of wild enthusiasm, or dis | whom he would have mercy. They. order. The subjects of the work, found their hearts so much oppohave been as able, and ready in sed to God, to his law, and to the : any stage of it, to inform of the gospel, as to see that nothing short ground of their distress, as a pa- of divine power could ever subdue. tient to tell what part of his body them. In the midst of all this, was in pain. This perhaps, may their proud and obstinate fpirits account for it (in measure,) that would rise against that very sovethere has been so little open op- reign grace, which secured them position to the work. Such as from utter despair, and contained wished to censure and reproach it, their only remaining hope, of efwere confounded. It may be ob- caping divine wrath. Butne soonserved,
er were they led to a discovery of II. As to the nature of the the justice of God in their conwork, that it has been such, in the | demnation--to see and to feel that course and issue of it, as wonderfully | the law was right and holy, and to display divine power, and grace, hell their proper place, than they and to bring out to view the hu. | found their mouths fhut, and their man heart. The subjects of it in complaints at an end. They have the first stages of their concern, readily acknowledged, that God have generally been filled with sur would be glorious in executing senprise and astonishment at them-tence against them. Thus have selves, and their past lives. And they been brought to resign themseeing themselves in danger, have selves cheerfully, without any reformed resolutions, and entered on ferve into the hands of God, to measures to amend their situation. be disposed of as may be most for When led to a more full discovery, I his gloryco-rejoicing that they were, and might be, in the hands of such | the extreme sinfulness, and cor. an holy, just and wise God, let ruption of their own hearts, as to their future situation be what it be ready to conclude it to be utmight. There have been among terly impossible, that they should them such like expressions as these, have any grace. This may ac• The character of God has ap- count for a remark frequently • peared inexpressibly beautiful, made by themselves, and circula. even in the view of his pronoun- ted by others, that they had given
cing sentence against me.' 'I up their hope. « wish that others might praise God, In consequence of becoming re• though I should perish.'
conciled to the divine character, It has been no uncommon thing law and sovereignty, to which befor the subjects of the work, whose fore they were so much opposed ; chief distress and anxiety antece. the character and work of Chrift, dently arose from a sense of their have been wont to appear unspeakabeing in the hands of God, unex, bly glorious and beautiful, as pectedly to find themselves rejoic. magnifying the divine law, and ing in that very consideration-con- | opening a way for the acceptance templating the glory, and happi- of finners in such a manner, as ness of God, as an object of high-glorifies God and exalts the grace er consequence, and more precious and work of Christ, and lays them than their own personal salvation, I prostrate at his feet. and all this, while as yet, they The great and essential differhave had no idea of having experi- | ence, between their former and enced any saving change of heart. prefent views and feelings, has
They have in various instancesap- very sensibly affected their own parently rejoiced in God's suprem minds, as well as the minds of acy, and in being at his disposal, others ; especially, in those instancalmly leaving their case to his ces in which they had antecedently wife and holy decision, and have distinguished themselves, by their conversed in a language to which | opposition to the doctrine of dethey never before were accustomed, crees, divine sovereignty, the aband have gained the favorable opin- folute dependence of the creature ion of others, while they have on God, and his universal provihad no such thought respecting dence, and the duties of uncondithemselves. Instead of this, jeal. I tional submission, and disinterested ousies have often been excited in affection. To find themselves now their minds, (on finding themselves | attached to those very doctrines so calm and peaceful,) that God and duties, and lamenting their had left them that their concern | former blindness, has served to exwas over, and have wished it to recite peculiar admiration and gratiturn again. And when at length tude. reflecting on their views and feel. | III. It may perhaps be proper ings, or by conversing with oth- to notice, that the great Head of ers, they have ventured to enter the Church, has by no means contain some feeble hope about them. I fined himself in the display of selves, it has been in various iristan- his grace to persons of any particces, of short continuance. Within ular rank or age. Children and the course of a few days, or per- young people, of both sexes, and haps a shorter period, they have | heads of families, of different had such an overwhelming sense of ages, and, in one or two instances, such as were far advanced in life, each other. The observations alare among the number who hope ready made respecting the nature of though once they were blind, that the work in this society, apply now they see.
with equal truth to other societies, The impressions were such on so far as can be known, both far the minds of the children, in dif. and near. All are made to drink ferent schools, as led them to lay into one spirit, and to speak one aside their customary diversions and language. After all, sometimes to pass their intermissions I V. It is by no means pretended in prayer, reading, or religious con- that the wheat is wholly free from versation, among themselves. Such a mixture of tares, or that all as were capable, requested it as a who entertain hope of themselves, privilege, that they might be allow are really friends to Christ. The ed at school to read in their bibles. parable of the lower may doubtSeveral of the scholars obtained less be applied, in a greater or less hope respecting themselves, some degree ; and it is to be feared, under 12 years of age, but the that more or less will finally wither greatest number between 12 and 18. away. Sufficient to such a day is
IV. The uniformityevery where the evil thereof. It is very gratiobservable, as to the views, and fying to the friends of Zion, that exercises of the subjects of the there are so few instances of this work, is a circumstance particular- | nature, where apparent evidence ly to be no iced, both antecedent of a change of heart has been exto their obtaining relief, as well hibited. One observation farther. as afterwards. Most generally, VI. It is conceived, and it is let any person become informed in thought no more than proper to acrespect to a single instance, of the knowledge it, that the measures views and feelings of a sinner, un- which have been adopted by the der concern, and of his consequent state, for the spread of the gospel ; exercises, and different views, and the address from the General apprehensions, and he would for Assembly, recommending a more substance learn what others could careful observation of the fabbath say. The same excuses, pleas, —the regulations respecting schools cavils and objections, againit the -together with various late publi. doctrines and precepts of the gos- | cations, have been employed under pel, while under conviction, and providence, to promote and spread the same kind of fubmission, when this great and glorious work, which brought to a cheerful surrendery God hath already wrought, and is of themselves to God which were still accomplishing. Yours, found in one case were to be look
SAMUEL J. Mills. ed for in another. Tb find persons
(To be continued.) who never conversed, one with the other, communicating the same Letter from the Rev. Dr. HAWEIS ideas, has been very striking to of London, to his Correspondent many. And it ought to be partic in Conne&ticut. ularly observed here, that this is Dear BROTHER, not the case, merely in neighbor. THE kind mention you make hoods or focieties ; but in distant L 1 of me in your letter affects. and different quarters, wherever me. Tho unknown, we often the work has spread, amongst meet as brethren before him who those who never saw or heard of hath the residue of the spirit, and