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eral attention to the truths of religion. On week days, as well ■is on the sabbath, an encouraging number attend lectures, and appear very attentive and sometimes affected with gospel truths. 'Tis not uncommon for people to ride five or fix miles to attend an afternoon lecture, and ten or twelve miles on the sabbath. These things I mention to encourage you in the unwearied pains you are taking to promote the great objects of our society. Our labor, we hope, is not in vain in the Lord. Infidels in some instances are inquiring, Whether that book, they have so long despised and ridiculed, will not prove true at last? God is King in Zion, and he will support his own cause. The missionary business is very pleasing to me. The serious attention of the people, and' their friendly hospitality veiy far exceed my expectations. I have not in a single instance been treated with unkindness.
"I have preached nearly as often as once a day since I have been on missionary ground. There is no difficulty in obtaining hearers, even in the most busy season.
"I have visited and catechisedschools wherever I found them, and encouraged them in learning the catechism. They are generally very ignorant in this respect. As far as time would permit, I have visited from house to house and conversed with families on the concerns of another world. I have much unfaithfulness to lament, hut 'tis my prevailing desire to . answer in some measure the great objects of the Society, to acquit rnyself to my own conscience, and to God the Judge of all.' The station is most important; and I feel' sensibly the exclamation of
the apostle, Who is ramcient for these things?
"The distribution of the Society's books has, I hope, produced a happy effect. In one neigh, borhood I found three families who had took up the duty of family prayer, in consequence of conviction derived from Doddridge's Address, which was left with them by one of our missionaries the last year.
"I must with sentiments of esteem and affection, subscribe myself yours in the gospel,
Utica, August io, 1803.
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. Earth and Heaven.
WHAT troubles meet me cv'ry step I take! What sorrows still pursue my weary
way! Sickness and pain, and pressing want,
and care, Unjust reproach from smiling, cruel
man, Haughty disdain, and selfish, cold neglect; Nor these r.Iore; for mischiefs worse
than these Beset my path and oft annoy my peace. How often doth temptation, gayly
decked In charms deceitful, gain upon my
will i And lure my sliding footsteps into sin? In an unguarded hour, what passions
rile; EifHt; .the fettle.' purpose os my soul, » And bind my luart to earth's delusive,
toys? To quench dc'res wiu'ch conscience
reprehends How ineffectual oft ray struggles proper
Make us perceive how vile we've been,
6. Make us in this distressing hour,
HOW long, O God of hosts shall
in blood? The faithless Jews their dear Redeemer scorn, And slight the gracious offers of their God?
How long shall scoffers laugh ? and impious hands
Thy I oly temples and thy name profane?
Presumptuous fouls thy righteous Jaws withstand,
And sin and sorrow o'er the nations reign?
Oh! come the bless'd—the, premis'd
glorious day When ev'ry knee before thy name shall
bow, And ev'ry heart in faith and fervor pas The morning incense and the evening 1 vow.
When with the wolf the gentle hmi shall feed,
The lion with the ox divide the grain;
The tame ttnd fierce together graze the mead,
And infants harmless play where serpents reign.
Teach barbarous lands to fear thy glorious name,
Crush their vain idols and restore thy foes
Send down thy grace our sinful worI3 reclaim,
And bid the desert blossom as the rose
So shall tha wilderness lift up her voice, The lofty cities of thy love shall sing; The spreading isles in tov'reign grace
rejoice, And shout hosannas to our heav'nly
When will this war be over ? When shall sin
And guilt, defeated, vex my peace no more?
When shall my God alone have all my heart,
And no rude rival ever dare intrude?
O day of joy ! And will it come indeed?
Yes, it will coifk; this conflict soon shall end.
The day of my redemption hastens on,
Jehovah reigns, and will subdue lny foes:
Jesas my Lord will guard me safely home,
That wherehe is, his meanest'child may dwell.
Hail blest abode of rest and pure delight!
The purchase of a dying Saviour's love;
IVhere pain, and sighs, and tears, so frequent here,
Obtain no place, where fin shall be unknown,
Where ev'ry thought shall centre in my God,
And love divine forever fill my breast.
HejlcSifons in a season of prevailhgjickticsi.
I. f~^ REAT God when men thy laws
Thy wrath provoke and spurn thy
Thou bidd'st, and at thy dread command,
Disease invades a guilty land.
1. All things stand ready to fulfil
3. Thy patience long have we abus'd,
4. And Bow thy hand assumes the rod
5. Thou, righteous God, haft brought
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Religious exercifes in the Indian Congregations—a specimen of the exhortations, or sermons of two es their teachers, comprehended within a narrow compass— State of the Indian Churches and Congregations in the year 1687, extracted from a letter of Dr. Increase Mather to Professor Leusden.
IT may be proper to premise, that some of the gospelized Indians quickly built for themselves good and large meeting houses, aster the English mode, in which also, aster the English manner, they attended the things of the kingdom of heaven. And some of the English kindly assisted them in such works—among whom ought particularly to be mentioned the Hon. Samuel SewVol. IV. No. S.
all, Esq. of Boston, who, at his own charge, built a meeting house for one of the Indian congrega» tions.*
As the Indians in New-England were taught Christianity by ministers of the congregational denomination, so their public re. ligious exercises bore a resemblance to those performed in the congregational churches of the English. They prayed in their assemblies without any pre- composed form : And it was observed by those who understood their language, and .occasionally attended their mee.tjngs, that many of those, who led in their devotions, prayed with much pertinence and enlargement.
Pfalmody constituted part of their public worship. Some os them performed this in a veiy melodious manner. Mr. Eliot prepared a version of the Pfalms in their language in metre.
In respect to their preaching— In early times, till they had gained more knowledge, and had more experience, the public discourses of the Indian teachers
wereratherinthe form of a serious, scriptural exhortation: But they gradually imitated, in some measure, the manner of preaching, customary at that day among the New-English divines.
Mr. Eliot vtiited the Indians, and preached flRures as often as he could, on weejc days ; but as his field of service was extensive— as so many Indian congregations were under his superintendence, he found it necessary to employ some of the most serious, best instructed, and judicious men aflumg them to give a word of exhortation to their brethren on Lord's days, and on other days on special occasions. After some years, teachers of their own nation were generally fixed among them. At the fame time, some neighboring English ministers statedly visited the Indian societies, preached lectures to them, and gave necessary assistance to their fiated teachers.
In the specimen I shall now give of some public discourses of •their teachers, the Christian reader will be pleased with the air of seriousness in which they appear; and with many pertinent and solemn thoughts which they suggest, as arising from the subject : The plain garb in which their thoughts are drest, will not disgust any candid Christian: Their apparent sincerity, and zeal tc promote practical religion will more than compensate the want of external ornaments.
Serious readers will doubtless be gratified with the following exhortations. The first was delivered on a fast day, when sickness was prevalent among them— the other on a day of fatting and prayer on account of excessive rains, in the year 1 Cj 8, when
great damage had been done t» the fruits of their fields.
The exhortation of Waban, an Indian, from Matthew ix. 12, 13.
"But when Jesus heard that he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick."
"But go ye, and learn" what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice ; for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
"lama poor weak man, and know but little, and therefore I shall fay but little."
"These words are a similitude, that as some be sick, and some well; and we see in. experience, that when we be sick we need a physician, and go to him, and make use of his physic; but they that be well do not so ; they need it not, and care not for it: So it is with Soul-Siclne/i; and we are all sick with that sickness in our fouls; but we know it not. We have many, at this time, sick in body, for which cause we do fait and pray this day, and cry to God ; but more are sick in their fouls. We have a great many diseases, and sicknesses in our fouls, as idleness, neglect of the sabbath, passion, &c. , Therefore, what should we do this day, but go to Christ the physician ; for Christ is the physician of souls: He healed mens' bodies, and he can heal fouls also: He is a great physician; therefore let all sinners go tp~ him: Therefore this day, know what need we have of Christ j and let us go to Christ to heal us of our sins ; and he can heal us both foul, and body,"
"Again, what is that lesson, which .Christ would have us to learn, that he " came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance? What! Does not Goi love them that are righteous? Does he not call them to him? Does not God love righteousness? Is not God righteous 1 Answer, The righteous here are not meant those that are truly righteous; but those, that are hypocrites— that seem righteous, and are not, that think themselves righteous, but are not so indeed: Such God calls not, nor does he care for them: But such as. fee their sins, and are sick of sin, them Christ calls to repentance, and to believe in Christ. Theresore let us fee our need of Christ to heal all our diseases of foul, and body."*
The exhortation of Nishokon from Genesis viii. 20, 21.
"And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and olssered burnt olsserings on the altar."
"And the Lord fmelled a sweet favor; and the Lord faid in his keart, I will not again curse the ground."
"A little I shall fay according to that little I know."f
"In that Noah facrisiced he showed himself thankful; In that Noah worshipped he showed himself godly. In that he olssered clean beasts, he showed, that God is an holy God: And all that
* Mr. Eliot's letter to the Corporation, Lond. 1659, quoted by Mr. Neal, Vol. I. p. 059.
f It would be well, if some modern, extemporaneous teachers, within thefe states, whosc education has been poor, and whosc knowledge in theology is but small, would imitate thesc honest, and humble Indian teachers— would contract their discourfes, by keeping to that point which, at the beginning, they proposcd as their subject. This would be more prositable than a long difcoursc, in which they quickly lofe sight of their text, and introduce a multitude of points in divinity without any order, or connexion.
come to God must be pure, and clean. Know, that we must, by repentance, purge ourselves, which is the work we are to do this day." "Noah facrisiced, and so worshipped. This was the manner of old time. But what facrisices have we now to osser .? " I shall answer by thatr in Pfalm iv. 5. Osser to God the facrisice of righteousness, .and put your trust in the Lord. These are the true, spiritual facrisices, which he requireth at our hands, the secrinces of
j righteousness; thatje we must look to our hearts and ways, that they be righteous ; and then we shall be acceptable to God, when we worship him. But if we be unholy, unrighteous, ungodly, we shall not be accepted ; our iacri* sices will be stark naught. Again, we are to put our trust in the Lord; Who else is there to trust in? We must believe in the word of God: If we doubt of God, or doubt of his word, our facrisices arc little worth ; but if we trust steadfastly in God, ourfacrisices will be good." "Once more, What facrisice. must we olsser? My answer is, we much osser such as Abraham offered: And what a facrisice was that ? We are told in Gen. xxii. 12. Now I JLnr.it, that thou searest me, seeing thou hajl not withheld thy son, thy only Jon from me. It seems he had but one dearly beloved son, and he ossered that son to God, and so God faid, I inow thou searejl me. Behold a facrisice in deed, and in truth! Such an one must we osser: Only, God requires not us to facrisice oar sons, but our fins, our .dearest sins. God calls us this day to part with all our sins, tho' ever so beloved; and we must not withhold any of them from him. If we will not part with all, the sacrsice is not
-right. Let us part with such slag