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I must be humble. I think I often feel like a little child. and often huinble myself before my Saviour.”-Blelled temper! Whoso humbleth himself shall be 'exalted!
: JANUARY 5, 1795." Observations made by a young Man at a Conference Meeting.
“ My friends, it is now seven years since I was first awakened, and thought myself converted. But by frequently falling into lin, I find myself still a stranger to true religion, and have continued in a stupid, forlorn con. dition. Of late my inind has been affected with my awful condition. The calls and invitations of the Gospel appear to me to be persuasive and preffing. I find myself without excuse. I am a wretched, undone finner. · Pray for me, my dear friends. I find I can make no other prayer than what was made by the publican, “ God be merciful to me a finner.”
: : JUNE 19, 1795. . · Declaration of a Female, in order to join the Church. : At a Church meeting, at which the wife of Ceufick, a Tuskarora woman, was examined at her desire to join our church; she being requested to manifest her mind, said, “ I have long been attentive to religion. Some years since I thought I was converted, but foon found my soul in darkness. But, through the mercy of God, my mind of late has been delivered, and the difficulties removed. I now feel it my indispensible duty to take upon me the public profession of religion; and hope, by the grace of God, to be able to live agreeably to this holy profession."
JULY 15, 1796.
Immortality of the Soul. A conference meeting.--Question, “ What evidence can we bring to convince a Heathen of the doctrine of the immortality of the soul?" One answered, “ The best evidence was froin God's word, which plainly declared it.” Another answered, “ That in this life the mind of man can never find complete satisfaction."
Jaid, “This the beinas examined the wife of church.
· SPEECH OF A TUSCORORA WOMAN,
TTEND to me a few moments: I am not wise, nor A can I speak much; I will say a little, and give thanks to God.
You may have observed that for some time past I have walked in bitterness of spirit, and with a heavy heart. The reason is this:- It seems to me as if I carried about the sins of my youth, and they are a heavy burden; I wonder they have not crushed me, and sunk me down into hell long before now. Indeed they would crush me in a moment, but the Almighty Jesus upholds me!
I will try to explain myself a little more, my brethren, that you may see how my mind feels towards God, and why my sins have borne me down for so long a time, AIL. the sins of my youth, and especially those since I first heard of the Great God and Jesus Christ, rise up at times, and appear all alive before me, and I am swallowed up in wonder. Yea, all amazement, that God should call · me after I had been so long in fin!
I praise God the Father and Jesus Christ, that he hath sent his gospel of light in our Indian territories, which are all darkness as to spiritual things.
I will try, iny brethren, to be yet more explicit, and tell you just how matters are with me. Why, my heart weeps for my fins, and I abhor myself, and am ashamed before God. I see that God is great and excellent. He is all worthy! but here words fail me; they are no match, because tbere is no telling how much God is worth, nor how lovely he is in himself.
The holy angels and faints above praise him continually, and try to tell how great God is, and what Jesus hath done. They do right in thus exalting God. It is just and reasonable that they should always thus exalt God.
Well, my brethren, I see that all my sins have been
against this great, holy and good God! (Here her spirit was so overwhelmed, fhe made a pause for some timethen proceeded). I weep because I have finned against the holy and great God, and that I still carry about with me a heart that is contrary to the mind of the holy God, and his son Jesus Christ.' I have, as it were, cast dirt and mire, and thereby ftained the name of God!
The fins of us who are the profeffed friends of religion, have been the occasion of others making light of God. We have, as it were, darkened God's glory, and trodden his word and ordinances into the mire; and now poor blind sinners say, that God is good for nothing !-the Christian's God is not worth'any thing he is not such a God as fometimes minifters tell of, and thofe communicants have, pretended. O! my brethen, this grieves me to my inmost foul. O! how exceedingly wicked it is to fay any thing against the great and holy God! ; As to my part, sometimes I fee that Jesus can wath away all the stain and filth I have cast at God.' Then my heart rejoices, and I caft my souł down at the feet of Jesus, and fay, O Lord, here I am, do just what thou pleaseft with me; I know thou can'ft oot do any thing wrong; all is ever right that thou doeft.
DRUNKENNESS REPROVED BY A BEAST.
1 fome time after his adıniffion into the church, awfully ensnared by the fin of drunkenness, but was at length recovered from it in the following singular way:He had a 'tame goat which was wont to follow him to the alehouse which he frequented, and one day, by way of frolic, he gave the poor animal fo much ale, that it became intoxicated. What particularly struck Mr. P. was, that from that time, though the creature 'would follow him to the door, he never could get it to enter the house. -Revolving on this circumstance in his mind, Mr. P. was led to see how much the fin, by which he had been enslaved, had funk him beneath a beast; and he not only became a sober man from that time, but, through the divine grace, an exemplary Christian, and a very fuccessful minister of the Gospel. "... • Mr. Pritchard was the author of a well known and much admired book of poems, entitled, “ The Welshman's Candle.”
[The inftitution of Female Societies in the United States,
for relieving the difresses of their own fax, and for promoting knowledge, virtue, and happiness among that important part of the canmunity, is an enterprize worthy of universal approbation. It forms an interesting æra in the history of our country. Pious women,.enlightened by knowledge, and animated with the love of virtue, and a desire to promote the general good, are beginning to see more fully than ever, that they may be, in a certain fphere, no
lefs useful to fociety than the other fex. The following · Asociation, being more extenfive in its view than several · others which have been formed by females in this country,
we fhall present in the first place to our readers.] The Articles of the Boston FEMALE Society, for promoting ike Diffusion of Christian Knowledge.
PRELIMINARY. , ANIMATED by the noble exertions which are making, in various parts of the Christian world, to spread the knowledge of Divine Truth, and by the success with which Heaven has seen fit, in many instances, to crown the united endeavours of the dear people of God; a number of Females, feeling interested in the glorious cause, and desirous of promoting it, do form themselves into a Society, to collect 'a sum for the express purpose of purchasing books, to be presented annually to the Directors of the MASSACHUSETTS MISSIONARY Society, to be distributed by their Missionaries among those families and individuals, with whom they shall be called to labour, who are most destitute of the means for acquiring a knowledge of Christianity. With a view to accomplish the designs of the Society, the following articles are adopted for its regulation:
ARTICLE I. THIS Society shall confit of Females, of no limited
number, who shall feel themselves disposed to contribute their mite towards so noble a design as the diffu
fion of Gospel light among the shades of darkness and fuperftition.
II. This Society shall meet on the first Thursday after noon of every month, excepting when some particular cire cumstances interfere; it shall then meet as may be appointed.
III. No: more shall be required of each member than one Shilling a month; those, however, who possess ability, will be at liberty to contribute as much more as they shall think consistent with duty. Each meinber shall pay one pilling at entrance.
IV. Four persons shall be chosen by vote of the Society, in whose hands the fund, being equally divided, shall be deposited ; and they shall obligate themselves to take faithful care of the same, and render in an exact account to the Society every month of the sums committed to their charge. This obligation shall be recorded in the Society's book, and witneffed by some person in behalf of the Society, ...V. One person also shall be chosen to keep an accurate account of the particular sums committed to the above mentioned persons, and of the sum total; also the names of those who pay their contribution. Those persons shall be chofen either annually or semi-annually, as shall be judged best by a majority of members present.
VI. In order that no particular expense accrue to the Society in consequence of meeting, it is proposed that they meet at each other's houses. An invitation shall be given at a preceding meeting by any member who shall think it convenient for her to receive them at the next : there shall, however, be no compulsion on all, as family circumstances may render it inconvenient.
VII. In case more than one invitation be given, it shall be determined by existing circumstances; and a refusal be thought no offence by the other. 7
. VIII. No entertainment shall be given by the more able members; consequently none will be expected of others.
IX. No persons shall be admitted into the Society, but such as sustain a good moral character, and whole views and motives we have reason to hope are right. '