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poses in thine own way, and when and how thou pleasest. Oh, gather me at last with thy faints, and thine shall be all the glory and the praife, world without end, AMEN.
ExtraS o/a letter from a re/peSable character in Aujlinburgh, NewConnecticut, to one of the Editors, dated z^th Nov. 1803.
"I HAVE to communicate to you the pleasing intelligence, that j God is verily among us, in this' wilderness, calling home sinners to himself. As I wrote you before, there has been some appearance of uncommon seriousness this last summer in my family, and, as I now sind, in some othera. After my journey to Smithsield, and seeing how God manifested himself on facramental occasions, I tho't it my duty to have those of my family that could attend the next facrament, which was to be at a place through the wilderness about 60 miles. Accordingly three of my children, with 8 or 10 others, attended, and werg much impressed there. They returned on Thursday about noon, and were desirous that there might be a meeting that evening. And notwithstanding the shortness of the notice, God so stirred up the hearts of the people, that more than 60 attended. The night was spent in prayer. None went from the place.—A solemn night! A number were deeply impressed in their minds—Some lost their bodily strength. The next Sabbath Mr. Badger preached with us. The people were all very fol
«hn. As the assembly wa» dismissed artd began to go out, behold three young men, each about 16 years of age, were fallen down together near the door. Some of them had been remarkably careless. They were in such agony of mind, that every beholder was struck with astonishment. Mr. Badger immediately went to prayer, and prayed in a manner peculiarly adapted to the occasion. Few could resrain from weeping. A number of young men who had begun to boast of insidel principles, were struck at that time, and one person fell. Three little girls, walking from the place of meeting with locked arms, fell on the ground, and lost their bodily strength—one of whom did not recover till aster midnight, which night was spent in prayer. At times to the number of eight, I recollect, lost their bodily strength. But little was heard from them except deep sighs. Since that time, God appears to have been calling home some poor sinners, and among the number we hope ; some of our family have been ineluded.
At a meeting of our youth last I evening, I am insormed that thirteen were impressed in this extraordinary manner, which is more 1 than has ever happened at one ! time. These marks of power arc i not limited to awakened sinners. Many Christians where the work I has prevailed, have also been thus ; assected under a sense of divine truth."
On Wednesday the 15th inst.
the Rtv. Shubael Bartlett was orI dtiiued to the pastoral care of the j second Church and Society in
East Windsor. The Rev. An
drew Talcs made the introductory prayer; the Rev. Zebulon Ely preached the Sermon from Acts xx. 24; the Rev. Nehemiah Pruddtn made the consecrating prayer; the Rev. David M'Clure, D. D. gave the Charge; the Rev. Henry A. Rowland gave the Right Hand of Fellovv/hip; and the Rev. Richard S. Storrs made the concluding prayer.
COMMUNICATED AS ORICINAL.
A fight us Death.
HOW terrrble must be the pang Of the last parting breath i While n3ture,ftruggling,sainting,yields To cold, resistless death?
2. TV immortal spirit, disengag'd
At once its habitation leaves,
3. And am I mortal? Must I meet
Must I, perhaps this day, this hour,
4. Must soon my flesh, thus loathsome,
5. Trembling I seeksomeguardian arm
Jesus, thou only canst sustain
6. This king of terrors thou hast foil'd,
Thy bleeding handpluck'd out his stiog,
7. From the dark prison of the grave,
Hark how the heavenly hosts proclaim
8. For rebels he endur'd the cross,
And for his meanest child prepares
9. Then why, dear Jesus, fliould I shrink.
Cheerful I'd leave this low abode,
Donations io the Missionary Society of Cor.neSicul.
February 7. A Lady 4 o
15. A Lady in Vermont 2 o
22. Deacon Aaron Moses of Symfbury . . . .5 o
29. Joseph Hull of Norfolk o 75
Dols. 11 75
Frcm a 'Friend of Missions, 900 Sermons on the Prodigal Son.
A Narrative on the fuljc3 of Mifsionx: and a Statement of the Funds of the Millenary Society ofConnecticut, for the year 1803. Published by order of the Trujleet of the Society.
(Continued from p. '336.)
THE Rev. David Bacon is yet on a mission to the Indian tribes. And, by letters from him, dated November 1803.it appears, that he is yet at Michilimakinak, where he has been long waiting for an interpreter, to instruct him more perfectly in the Indian language, and to act as an interpreter to the Arborcrosh tribes, to which he is anxious to introduce himself. But he has unfortunately met with a series of difappointments which could neither be foreseen nor prevented.
The situation of the Arborcrosh Indians, it is thought, is more unfavorable to the reception of the gospel than that of some of the other tribes. Roman catholic missionaries have been and still are sent among them, who greatly prejudice their ignorant minds against the protestants. The proximity of these Indians to Michili
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makinak, where there are many traders, gives them access to spiritous liquors, which they very greatly abuse; and these traders, instead of aiding Mr. Bacon, are throwing every obstacle in his way which they can do without appearing openly to oppose him. The Chiess at the Miami and at Arborcrosh have had several interviews with hitn, and have uniformly manifested a reluctance to his visiting the tribes; especially at the Miami, where he was turned away, and his ossers wholly rejected. For these reasons he has as yet done little, excepting partly learning the Indian language ; nor is it probable that he will be able to form a missionary establishment among the Indians in that vicinity.
The Trustees, taking these things into consideration, and having maturely deliberated on the subject, have judged it expedient to recal him from the place where he now is. They do not however mean to abandon the object of communicating the gospel to some of the American Indians; but to seek a more favorable situation than Arborcrosh. With
this view they have voted, that Mr. Bacon come to New Connecticut, and there labor as a missionary in concert with Messrs. Badger and Rabbins, and improve himself, as he shall have opportunity, in the Indian language. And also that Mr. Badger and he endeavor to obtain information respecting the tribes in the vicinity of that country, and the Sandufky bay, with a view of establishing a mission among some of them.
When the difficulties of access to the Indian tribes, arising from distance, their jealousies, manners and customs are considered, it could hardly have been expected, that more could have been done, in so short a time, than to take some pre-requisite steps to a direct application to them. Experience alone can fully obviate .the difficulties which really exist; a«d open, more and more, the steps necessary to be taken and the measures to be pursued, in successfully prosecuting the object, which in its nature is cf such consequence, that it would be highly unwarrantable to abandon it, on making only some feeble efforts. What the event ultimately may be, it is impossible, at present, with certainty to determine. Should it be the case, that after making the most persevering efforts, nothing effectual be done; yet, it will most certainly afford comfort and consolation to the friends of the million, that an experiment has been made, aud vigorous measures been persevering!)' pursued, to promote the salvation of thole poor benighted tribes. It is, most certainly, an object cf such magnitude, as to be worthy of being uurfued, till every prospect of success is closed. —Should God in his gre2t mercy fee fit, on the other hand, to bless the measures which are pursuing,
so far as to make any impression on any of the numerous Indian tribes, it may be the beginning of something which will gladden the hearts of all the friends of Christ, thro' all succeeding generations. It may be the beginning of the budding of the wilderness and the blossoming of the rose. But the whole must be left to the disposal of Him, who hath promised to his son, that he will give liim the heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession; and that he shall have " dominion from sea to sea, and from the rivers unto the ends of the earth."
On a review of the preceding narrative of missionary transactions, during the year 1803, it will appear, that thirteen missionaries have been in the field of labor; some through the year, others for a shorter time—That the gospel has been preached over a vast extent of country—The various ordinances of the gospel have been administered to such as would otherwise have been destitute of them—Some have been awakened out of security; and several new churches have been formed in the wilderness. Some we have reason to hope have been turned from fin unto God; and the hearts of many Christians been made to rejoice. It appears, that the friends of Christ are gratefully affected with the exertions which have been made, to disseminate the principles and doctrines of the gospel among the inhabitants of the new setdements. If infidels ridicule, and impute the exertions which have been made to the worst of motives, it is no more than what they have always been accustomed to do, and caght now to have been expected. There is great reason to believe, that although the efforts
which have been made, have not borne down every obstacle, yet that seeds have been disseminated, which will gradually spring up, and, for years to come, will augment the harvest of fouls.
The contribution of last May ■was such, as affords the most satisfactory evidence, that the spirit which has been poured out so extensively into the hearts of pious and feeling Christians is not, on the whole, withdrawn. Notwithstanding the day for public contribution was so unfavorable, yet, contrary to what was expected, it exceeded any preceding contribution. Besides the public contributions, the funds of the society have been considerably augmented by private donations, and by the avails of the Connecticut Evangelical Magazine.
Notwithstanding several years have elapsed, since the attention of Christians in Europe and America was awakened to the important object of spreading the light and knowledge of the gospel among those who were in darkness, and of helping those to the enjoyment of the ordinances and means of salvation, who but partially enjoyed them, yet, it appears that their zeal is not diminished, but rather increased. Which gives us reason to hope, that it is the design of the merciful sovereign of the universe, gradually at least, to forward hie own glorious purposes, in diffusing the knowledge of Christ throughout all the earth.
The friends of the missionary institution have occasion to rejoice in the goodness of God, that he has been pleased t» direct the attention of the society to such men to go out as missionaries, as have been so laborious, zealous and prudent, as to stop the mouths of its enemies, and of all such aa have
sought occasion to find fault. Some attempts, it is true, have been made to circulate evil reports, but they have languished and expired in the mouths of those who invented them.
Accounts received from the London Missionary Society are such as are truly animating; and afford promising prospects of much success. But as those accounts have been already published in the Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, no extracts will here be made from them.
On the whole: The Trustees would unite with the pious of all denominations, in devout ascriptions of praise to the God of all mercies and fountain of divine influence, for his wonderful operations on the hearts of Christians in the various parts of Christendom, in disposing them, in a manner which rarely if ever was exemplified in any age of the world, to strive together for the salvation of their fellow men. And may Christians of every denomination unite, not only in their prayers to God, that hiskingdom may come; but in contributing in every possible way to advance it. May they never rest until they fee the salvation of God. There is every kind of encouragement which can be given. There are, in Divine Pro. vidence, most pointed intimations of God's readiness to hear the prayers and succeed the exertions of his people. Besides, is there not great reason to hope, that through the liberality and exertions of the people of Connecticut, many have already been turned from fin unto God, and are now rejoicing in the hope of future glory!
J. Treadwell, Chairman. Pqffed by the Board of Trustees^
January 5th, 1804.