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Loomis. May we be prospered, and have the Divine presence! Visited Mr. S. Banning, of Hartland, a young man of twenty-one, who appeared to be upon the borders of the eternal world.—Could not talk with him much about dying, his reason being gone.—Commended him to the Throne of Grace in prayer.—Heard, at the same time, of the sudden death of Mr. Wilder, an old acquaintance.—Went to visit the distressed family.—Discoursed with them on the importance of being prepared to meet sudden death.—Lodged at Granville.
"July 28. Set out for Williamstown.—Dined with the Reverend Mr. Collins, Lanesborough.—Heard him discourse very sensibly on divinity.
"July 29. Kept Sabbath with the Rev. Seth Swift, Williamstown, an exceedingly agreeable gentleman and faithful minister.—Am grieved for the unhappy divisions among his people, chiefly on account of public affairs.—Preached from Numb, xxi., 9; 'And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole; and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass he lived.' And Tit. ii., 13; 'Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.'—The people were very attentive.
"July 30. Called on the Rev. Job Swift, of Bennington.—Had an agreeable interview.
"July 31. Lodged at Esquire Smith's, in Clarendon.
"Aug. 1. Came to Rutland.
"Aug. 2. Preached at Deacon Roberts's, from Matt. xiii., 44; 'Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field, the which, when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath and buyeth that field.'
"Aug. 3. Preached at Mr. Cornish's, from Tit. ii., 13. —Saw something of the power of God" among the people.
"Aug. 4. Visited a sick man—attempted to pray with him.
"Aug. 5. Sabbath. Preached at Rutland, from 2 Pet. i., 10; 'Wherefore the rather, brethren, give dili
fence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye o these things ye shall never fall.' Numb, xxiii., 10. 'Who can count the dust of Jacob, and count the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!'—The people gave remarkable attention.
"Aug. 6. Went to Pawlet.—Preached for Rev. Mr.
B , from Zech. xii., 10; 'And I will pour upon
the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,' &c.—Met with Rev. Mr. Graves, of Rupert, and Messrs. Thomson and Tolman, candidates.—Had much conversation with them.—All seem to be zealous in the cause of the Redeemer.—Heard Mr. Tolman preach from 1 Cor. vii., 29; 'The time is short.'
"Aug. 7. Heard Mr. Thomson preach to a sick woman, from Psal. lv., 5, 6; Tearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had the wings of a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest.'—Rode to Granville after sermon, in company with Mr. Thomson.—Visited a sick woman—prayed and conversed with her.
"Aug. 8. Preached at Granville for Rev. Mr. Hishcox.—Rode to Poultney.—Preached from Phil, iii., 13; 'Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before.'
"Aug. 9. Rode to Tinmouth,—preached, at 4 o'clock, from Col. iii., 4; 'When Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.'— Visited the Rev. Mr. Osborne, who, on account of division, had stopped preaching.—Lodged with Judge Mattocks of that place.—Had a most agreeable opportunity with him.
"Aug. 10. Took leave of Judge Mattocks.—Rode to Rutland—East Parish,—preached from Gen. xxviii., 12; 'And he dreamed, and behold, ;a ladder set up on the earth,' &c.—After meeting heatC that Mr. A
S: of that place received a dangerous wound in
his head by a stone accidentally cast. Went to see him—prayed with him—he appeared to be dangerously hurt.
"August 11. Saturday evening. Was very unwell. Some apprehensions of leaving the world.
"Aug. 12. Sabbath. Was much better through divine goodness.—Preached at West Rutland, from Num. xxi., 9; and Zech. viii., 22.—Sabbath evening, rode to Clarendon.—Preached to a crowded auditory, from Matt, xxviii., 5; 'And the angel answered and said unto the woman, Fear not ye, for I know that ye seek Jesus that was crucified.'
"Aug. 13. Rode to Dorset.—Preached atone o'clock, from Heb. xiii., 9; 'Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines,' Same day,—rode to Manchester—preached from Job xxxvi., 18; 'Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke; then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.'—
Lodged with Mr. C , a good Baptist minister.—Had
an agreeable interview with Messrs. B and G .
"Aug. 14. Rode to Shaftsbury.—Preached from Gen, xxviii., 12.
"Aug. 15. Visited Mr. B in the morning.—
Rode to Bennington—preached at 4 o'clock, from Matt, xxviii., 5.—Visited old Mrs. Robinson—dined with her —a pious woman !-~-Went to Rev. Mr. Swift's for lodgings.—Met with Rev. Mr. Swift, of Williamstown, and Mr. Marsh, a young candidate."
Thus the journal closes abruptly. Why it was never resumed is not known. Probably Mr. Haynes deliberately weighed the subject, and for reasons satisfactory to his own mind, decided to keep no journal or diary of his own feelings and actions. His extreme delicacy in speaking of himself, together with the unceasing round of labours which pressed upon him, might have been the reasons for such a decision. But from the sketch here given of his labours and cares for the kingdom of Christ during a few weeks, it is easy to form just conceptions of his whole life. Wherever you see him, whether at home or on a journey, whether among friends or strangers, he was "always abounding in the work of the Lord."
MINISTRY AT RUTLAND, VERMONT.
At this time the State of Vermont was a very important field for ministerial usefulness. There was much to be done. Every thing was in a state of nature; the genial influence of science and religion being scarcely felt. The foundation of literary institutions and religious societies was now to be laid. There was no college in the state, and the only academy was the one at Norwich, near Dartmouth College. There were not more than four or five Congregational ministers on the west side of the Green Mountains. A religious revival of considerable extent, under the preaching of Rev. Jacob Wood and others, had resulted in the formation of a few small churches. But they were, in a peculiar sense, as sheep among wolves, with none to lead or to feed them.
The inhabitants of this state had participated, not
only in the dangers, but also in the corrupting influence
of the revolutionary war. A systematic and confident
infidelity had been introduced, and it widely prevailed. It boasted of genius, and wealth, and station. Not a few among the leading men in the state were open infidels, and exerted, in many instances, a fatal influence on the rising generation. They extensively circulated Allen's "Oracles of Reason," and other infidel books, which were read with more interest by many than "the lively oracles of God."
Such was the state of religion in Vermont when Mr. Haynes first visited this great moral desert. And who is not compelled to see the hand of God in this event! Of all men, he was the one to expose the sophistry and silence the blasphemies of infidelity. His great memory and ready wit enabled him to deal the heaviest blow in controversy. No champion of the gospel in that region was better qualified to confute the specious subtleties of infidels. If they assailed him with argument, his replies were ready and appropriate, and generally with such naked point as to make sophistry appear ridiculous. And if they railed and ridiculed, he knew full well how to reply.
In his cast of mind there was great originality. He was keen in repartee; and whoever attacked him rudely or impertinently, had reason to regret that he had not preserved silence.
"On one public day," says a respected correspondent, "I saw Mr. Haynes engaged in conversation with a Mr. B. P., a man who had collected a number of books in support of infidelity, and fancied that he was an able disputant. A large circle of attentive spectators had gathered about them. The infidel asked Mr. Haynes in what he supposed real virtue to consist? I understood Mr. H. to give in answer nearly resident Edwards's view of the subject, to which the infidel