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ings. Grateful for the effusion of the Oct. 8, Mr. Levi Kneeland, of Can-
Hampton, Vir. Oct. 10. Sermon, by
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at Brewster, Mass. Oct. 2. Sermon, TION, ,
by Rev. William Bowen, of Martha's Met at Troy, Oct. 15. Sermon by Vineyard. Rev. Spencer H. Cone. Mr. Cone Mr. Calvin Newton was ordained at was chosen Moderator, and J. Smitzer, Bellingham, Mass. Oct. 22. Sermon, Clerk. The Report states, that the Gen- by Rev. Professor Ripley. eral Agent has received in donations the
Mr. Nicholas Medbury, was ordainlast year, 2873 dollars, and the syste- ed Pastor of the Central Baptist Church, matic plan, recommended the year pre- Middleboro', Nov. 12. Sermon, by vious, that each member of the church- Rev. E. W. Freeman, of Lowell. es should contribute at least 18 3-4 Nov. 13, Mr. Erastus Denison was cents, annually, has been adopted by ordained at Groton, Con. Sermon, by fifteen Associations, embracing more Rev. Mr. Palmer. than twenty-five thousand members. Nov. 27, Mr. C. B. Keyes was orSeveral Indian Stations and schools are dained Pastor of the Baptist Church, under the direction of the Convention. North Adams, Mass. Sermon, by Rev. The Tonnewanda station presents par- J. Matteson. ticular encouragement. Two Indian
Rev. Timothy P. Ropes was installconverts have recently been baptized, ed Pastor of the Baptist Church in Seaone of whom had entertained a hope in brook, N. H. Dec, 2. Christ, and maintained family worship Dec. 18, Mr. Henry F. Baldwin for three years previous ; the other, was ordained at Bennington, Vt. Serwho is the interpreter, and is son-in-mon, by Rev. Leland Howard, Troy. law to Little Bear, the most influential Mr. E. Thresher was ordained at chief of the Christian party, has re- Portland, Dec. 18. Prayer, by Mr. cently passed from death unto life. Flanders; Reading the Scriptures, by Thomas Jameson, their former inter- Mr. Tinson; Sermon, by Dr. Sharp; preter, also professes a hope in Christ, Prayer, by Mr. Nutter; Charge, by Mr. and has requested to join the native Butler; Right Hand of Fellowship, brethren at Tonnewanda. He has re- by Mr. King; Address, by Mr. Stow; ceived a good education, has completed Concluding Prayer, by Mr. Clark, a course of medical studies, and is practising among the natives and whites.
MEETING-HOUSES OPENED. The Board state, that they have sent At Hillsboro, N. H. Nov. 5, a beauinto the field about thirty missionaries tiful Baptist Meeting-house, 65 feet by the past year. Appropriations were 45, was opened with religious services. also made to several churches, to aid Sermon, by Rev. Joseph Elliot. them in procuring preaching. Rev.
Nov. 5, the brick Meeting-house, Elon Galusha was chosen President of erected for the Baptist Church and Sothe Convention, and C. G. Carpenter, ciety in Brentwood, N. H. was opened Secretary, for the ensuing year. for religious worship. Sermon, by
Rev. B. Stow, of Portsmouth.
CHURCHES CONSTITUTED. Mr. Joel Peck, student of the Hamil Nov. 28, a Baptist Church was conton Theological Institution, was or- stituted at Willimancit, Mass. consistdained as an Evangelist, in Jay, N. Y, ing of about 40 members, to whom 20 March 8, 1827. Sermon, by Elder more are expected soon to be added. Samuel Churchill; Ordaining Prayer, Dec. 2. a Baptist Church was recogby Elder Abel Wood.
nized at Sea-Brook, N. H.
Pr Accounts of Moneys are necessarily deferred till our next Number.
Mr Huntington was born of respectable and pious parents, August 21, 1763, in the town of Mansfield, Conn. At the age of eight or nine years, his mind was very seriously impressed, and again at the age of fourteen ; but in each case he was left with an increased propensity to neglect the concerns of the soul. At the age of about seventeen, his attention was again arrested ; at which time, as he states, in his diary, the burden of guilt seemed to leave him, and he was led to rejoice. He says, “I thought I took delight in the duty of secret prayer; loved the society of those I tecmed Christians; and, for a season, lived a sober life. Whether Mr Huntington afterwards supposed that at that time he experienced a saving change, nothing is found by which we can certainly determine. Be this as it may, it appears that his joy was of short continuance, for soon after this he enlisted into the army; and, gradually giving way to his passions, he at length, in his own estimation, became as thoughtless as ever. To use his own words: “The war ended, and I returned to my father's house, a poor, licentious, giddy youth, kept out of hell by sovereign mercy.” After this he came into the state of Vermont, where he engaged as an instructer of district schools. He commenced at Norwich, and afterwards taught at Tunbridge. In his twenty-seventh year, while engaged in a school at the latter place, his attention was again arrested, but by what means he was unable to determine.
The account of his exercises at this time is given nearly in the words in which they are expressed in his diary. “I was moving on a smooth tide. The world seemed to go well with me. And the people around me were pursuing earthly objects as their highest
good. Why such a poor wanderer should once more be called after, is matter of wonder.
Determined to save, he watched over my path,
When, Satan's blind slave, I sported with death.' I became more sober, retired for reflection, broke off from vicious practices, and resolved on an amendment of life. My feelings at first I kept a secret; but on contemplating my sinful life, my condition was opened to my view, and my soul was seized with anguish not to be concealed. In August, 1790, being borne down with guilt and distress, I stopped on my way to my school, in a little solitary grove, as I had been wont to do, to pray; when the light burst into my mind, and the glory of the Lord shone with such lustre as to pour into my soul a flood of inexpressible joy. This was a heaven below. I was, as it were, in a new world. From this time, I had many happy hours. Old things had passed away, and all things became new. My love of vanity was overcome; and my name, which I had thought would be reproached if I became a Christian, I felt willing to give up for Christ's sake. I had intervals of great darkness, but such seasons were generally succeeded by great peace; and my hours of retirement for meditation were very precious.
* Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.' - In a few months after this change in his mind, he was baptized by Elder J. Ilibard, of Royalton, and connected with the church of which Mr Hibard was the Pastor. On the sixth of December he was married to Miss Sally Field, with whom he lived one year and eleven months, and by whom he had one son. She departed this life on the 10th of November, 1794. The summer following, in compliance with the repeated solicitations of his brethren, he commenced preaching. From that time, he labored as a preacher of the Gospel, in the vicinity of Royalton, till the spring of 1797, when he commenced his labors in Braintree. On the 18th of June, 1800, he was ordained as an evangelist. Not long after, he was married to Miss Lydia Parmalee, by whom he had ten children, eight of whom are now living. Although he was set apart to the work of the ministry as an evangelist, he was statedly employed by the Baptist church composed of members belonging to Braintree and Randolph. From the time of his ordination till the day of his death, which occurred on the 24th of June, 1828, he had the particular charge of this church, and served them as a minister of God, “in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings.”
In the vicinity where he spent the last thirty years of his life, and where he performed the most of his ministerial labors, his character is well known; and the writer is willing that men of virtue and candor should judge with relation to the correctness of the following statements.
To say that Mr Huntington was a perfect man, would be to contradict the voice of reason, and of revelation, and declarations
which have repeatedly fallen from his own lips. Both reason and revelation testify that every man has his defects, and perhaps no man ever entertained a more deep sense of his imperfections than the subject of this sketch; and very few have been more ready to acknowledge them. But while his own assertions confirm us in the opinion that he was a fallible man, they react upon the mind, impressing it with the belief that but few men have maintained a more humble walk with God.
As a man, he was distinguished for honesty. In all his conduct pertaining to worldly concerns, he showed himself far more willing to suffer than to do wrong. His example on this point is worthy of the remembrance, and of the imitation of all; especially of the ministers of Christ. With the petty divisions of the town in which he resided, either with relation to men or measures, he gave himself no farther concern than to strive to hush contending passions, by directing the attention of opposing parties to the Prince of peace.
As a neighbor, he was kind and obliging, ever ready, as far as his circumstances would allow, to minister to the necessities of all around him. The servant of the Lord must not strive, was a direction to which he gave good heed. He strove not himself; nor did he wish to know more of the strife of others than would enable him to labor successfully in the adjustment of their difficulties.
As a father, he filled his station. He was not only obeyed by his children, but his government over them was such as effectually to secure their esteem. He was a tender and affectionate husband. Mrs Huntington's constitution has generally been feeble, particularly so for a few years past, which greatly increased his cares; but notwithstanding the peculiarities of her illness, he watched over her with untiring patience and assiduity.
Mr Huntington was a devout Christian. Few men of the present age have manifested a more deep sense of divine things. The law of God seemed to be engraven on his heart. Judging from his exercises as expressed in his diary, the thought of violating the divine commands, was to him more dreadful than death.
He was a man of quick sensibility, particularly so in relation to the subject of religion. A deviation from what he supposed to be right, filled his mind with extreme anguish. He was not only burdened with those errors of life which come to the knowledge of men, but especially with the inward corruptions of his heart. When afflicted with these, he gave himself no rest till, by the grace of God, he had obtained a victory over them.' Of nothing did he complain more than of what he called spiritual pride; for which there can be no doubt his soul was often deeply humbled. Of course he was eminently a man of watchfulness and prayer. Notwithstanding his inward groanings, he had much enjoyment in religion. The ground of his joy, was the sufficiency of his God and Saviour. His religious exercises were not momentary, but abiding. He did not at one time exhibit a solemn aspect, or an extravagant zeal, and at another engage in the trifles of the world. Serious subjects uniformly pervaded his soul. The world was under his fect. The principles of the gospel regulated
him in all his temporal concerns, and he made the practice of religion the business of his life.
As a minister, Mr Huntington was sound in the faith. His principles were strictly evangelical. He well understood the system of doctrines contained in the Bible; and with untiring perseverance he labored to explain and enforce them upon the minds of his hearers. In consequence, as it would seem, of his love of truth, and a sense of its important bearing upon the eternal destiny of men, in illustrating some of the fundamental principles of the gospel, he occasionally rose above himself, and as though endued with extraordinary power, presented truth in a manner the most clear and impressive. He was a faithful preacher. He did not “ daub with untempered mortar.” It never seemed to be any part of his labor to accommodate his sermons to the feelings of the carnal heart. It was his custom to direct his discourses to the consciences of men, without consulting the consequences of plain dealing. It is well known that his preaching did not always meet the approbation of all his hearers; nor was he always free from the censures of his fellow-men ; but he bore opposition like a Christian, and accounted it the highest honor to which he could arrive in this world, to suffer persecution for Christ's sake. He did not, however, seek persecution. He studiously avoided the giving of unnecessary offence; and it was but rarely that he displeased any, except in cases where he could not avoid it without sacrificing what he supposed to be the truth. Mr Huntington was decidedly a Baptist; and, no doubt, he was pleased to see that denomination prosper; but it is believed he allowed himself in no unwarrantable measures to increase the number of Baptists. The writer of this article has resided in the same town with him for twenty years; and, during this long acquaintance, he has never suspected him of a disposition to disturb the tranquillity of the church with which he is connected, though of a different denomination. So far from this, he has evidently rejoiced in our prosperity, and sympathized with us in our trials. In his character as a minister, precept and example were happily united. It is believed that very few men have exemplified in private life what they taught in public more effectually than did the subject of this sketch.
He was also a man of benevolence. His desires to do good were not limited by the parish or town in which he resided. They were expansive. His benevolence led him to plead for a perishing world. He was a friend to foreign missions. For missionaries in foreign lands he prayed; for their support he contributed of his worldly substance; and exerted an influence over vthers which led them to go and do likewise.
As might be expected, in his last sickness a scene was exhibited of deep interest. The following representation of it, however, will fall far short of the reality. Were it possible to notice every particular which interested his friends, our limits would not warrant the undertaking. A few general hints is all that must be attempted. The writer of this sketch made him repeated visits while upon his dying bed ; in one of which he found him with his mental