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heard that wisdom's ways were , enabled to hold out till the Lord pleasant, but had never proved shall graciously receive them to it before. Now we trust they | his eternal and glorious king. can add their experience to that | dom. of many others, and assure their I will conclude this narrative companions that the Lord is by mentioning two things which gracious.

satisfy us that this is the work In Feb. the broken parts of of God. the church were united, and 1. There are evident marks have hitherto given evidence of sovereignty in the choice of that the union was cordial.- the subjects of the work. They Thirty nine members were col- themselves acknowledge this ; lected together, like sheep that because they know that nothing had been scattered upon the | but grace could make them mountains and in the wilderness. what they are. This is evident They now dwell in the same to others, because some are tafold, except one who has died, ken and others left. Who and another removed, and we hath made such a difference, hope under the great Shepherd where reason could not find out and Bishop of souls.

| the cause ? This appears to be Fifty four have since been ad- the “ Lord's doing.” ded, mostly of those who obtain- 2. The subjects of the work ed hopes during the revival.. seem to have taken a course enOthers give evidence of a good tirely new. They seem to be work upon their minds, who fully established in the belief of have hitherto been afraid to call the truth, and can without diffithemselves Christians, by a pub | culty bow their reason to the lic profession.

most humiliating doctrines of Professing Christians have as the gospel. The total sinfui. yet been graciously preserved ness of the natural heart, the nefrom apostacy. Some, who, like cessity of Jesus Christ, and of tender plants, seemed to flour such a salvation as his, the elecish awhile, now wither away, tion of grace, and the necessity and disappoint our expectations. of a thorough change by the And some, who have remained Spirit of God, are the doctrines unaffected during the general to which they stedfastly adhere. attention, appear now to be so lhe affections which the gosmore hardened in sin than they pel requires, seem to be in them. were before. We fear that the | They appear to have an affecjudgment of Pharaoh is in part tionate regard for the honor of come upon them. And we have God, and the salvation of their reason to fear that some who fellow men. Hence proceeds now stand fair, like goodly trees, that practice which may be justmay be shaken down, or blight- ly called Christian They ened so as to bring no fruit to per- deavor to avoid all sin of omisfection. Our request is that the sion and of commission, and to prayers of all God's people may discharge every duty which is be united with ours, that the de- incumbent on them in their sev. juded may be undeceived, and eral places and relations. that those who feel weak and They also seem to renounce helpless in themselves may be this world as their portion, and

set their affections supremely on A T the annual meeting of the world to come.

n the Society, holden, NewIt is worthy of special obser- port May 3, A. D. 1805 ; vation, that the animosity which The meeting was opened with was once so prevalent and disa- prayer by the Moderator. Af greeable is now done away, so ter which the following Votes that peace and harmony abound. were passed : Those families also, who had | Voted, That the Secretary be never heard a prayer in their requested to write, in the name houses, but by some stranger, of the Society, to the Massaare now called upon regularly chusetts Missionary Society and to worship God through Jesus request their assistance to fur. Christ.

nish a Missionary, to itinerate in The subjects of the work gen- those towns in this State, which erally manifest great tenderness are destitute of the preaching of and concern for the honor of re- the gospel, as the funds of this ligion, and the eternal peace of Society are inadequate to the their fellow creatures. And necessities of the people, and the while they feel daily more and prospect of usefulness among more sensible of their own sins, them. unfaithfulness, and vileness in Voted, That the Committee the sight of God, they at times be authorized to procure a numrejoice in believing, with that ber of pamphlets for distribution “joy which is unspeakable and in this State ; and that the defull of glory.” How many will scription, number and price be persevere is known only to Him, referred to their judgment. who is the sole “ author and Voted, That the Rev. Otis finisher of faith.” In him must Thomson of Rehoboth preach be all our dependence, “ For the sermon at the next annual of him and through him, and to meeting, (the sermon to be de. him are all things, to whom be livered on the evening of the glory for ever.”

day of Election,) and in case of ELISHA YALE. bis failure, that the Rev. Caleb Kingsborough,

J. Tenney perform that service, [Johnstown, N. Y.]}

Voted, That the officers for 14th April, 1806. J

the ensuing year bę as follows,

Rev. Wm. Patten, President.

Rev. Caleb J. Tenney, Secreta.
TO THE EDITORS OF THE CON- ry. Mr. Jabez Denison, Trea-


Rev. Mase Shepard, William

Patten, Caleb J. Tenney,Messrs. GENTLEMEN,

John Mein, Jabez Denison and *TIE Rhode-Island Mission-John Bailey the committee to ary Society, agreeably to their transact the business of the Constitution, transinit you for Sociсty. publication, if in your judgment On Thursday evening a sersuitable, an account of their promon was delivered before the ceedings for the present year. Society by the Rev. Mase She:

I pard, from Psalm lxxii. 6.

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Voted, unanimously, That the | larity--has been solemn and ev. thanks of the Society be made idently genuine. Mr. Davis has to the Rev. Mase Shepard, for also united his labor and influhis excellent sermon delivered ence with the Rev. Mase Shethis evening.

pard, of Little Compton, and The first vote was communi- among his people has been of cated to the Trustees of the great and acknowledged benefit. Massachusetts Missionary Soci- | in this place, under their labors, ety. In consequence of which often united, an unusually great, they appointed five ministers of general and solemn revival bas the Trustees to itinerate, in this been prevailing since the first of State, a month each. Last fall last January. The towns, menone performed his tour. Ano- tioned in this communication, ther is expected this spring, but lie contiguous in the South Easfrom unknown causes the others tern part of this State, and for have failed.

six months past, have been reAt the annual meeting, the markably blessed with the deministers of this State agreed, scent of the divine Spirit. Yet, that one of them would, yearly, when we lift up our eyes and and in his turn, itinerate three look over the State, in general, weeks in this state. Accord- we are constrained to say, Beingly, the Rev. William Patten, hold, the fields are white already the last season, performed this to harvest. But, though the service. Several Missionaries | harvest be great, the laborers have this year, been employed are few. We hope, therefore, by us in different parts of the that the friends of Zion will State ; all of whom have been unite with us in praying the gratefully received and evident. Lord of the harvest to send ly serviceable. Mr. Thaddeus forth laborers into this, his harOsgood, a candidate for the mi-l vest. nistry, performed the service of By order of the Rhode Island three weeks; the Rev. John Missionary Society, Davenport, of four weeks, and CALEB J. TENNEY, Sec'y. the Rev. James Davis, an or- Newport, April 15, 1806. dained evangelist, has already been employed five months. He As a correspondent the wri. has itinerated in Tiverton, Fall ter would add, that at Tiverton, River, and Westport, and in a young man, who, to the age each place, especially in the of nineteen, had passed a very first, has been attended with ignorant, stupid and vicious life great success. In this place, was of late, greatly alarmed by twenty, or more, have joined the observation of a young, we themselves unto the people of instructed female, who said to God. A general seriousness | him, “I fully believe, that inalso prevails in the place. Those fants are depraved and that, unneighboring ministers, who have less cleansed by the blood of occasionally visited the people, i Christ, they can never be sav. have been not a little gratified ed.” From this, said the young by the evident appearances of man to himself, “ If infants God's power among them. The need cleansing by the blood of work has been free from irregu. Christ, how much more do I, who

have spent nineteen years in stu- conviction in which the writer spidity, profanity and awful im- saw and left the young man.piety." His attention was so- | How different and unlike this to lemnly arrested. His sins rose his former state, and to that of before him. He trembled and every stupid and secure sinner! saw himself on the verge of How strong the bonds of every endless perdition ! When seen | sinner's blindness, stupidity, self by the writer, he was asked, and flattery, and sin ! Verily, they answered the following ques.) are stronger than the bars of a tions ; Do you believe God's castle ! In their view, all is well, law just and good in requiring even when they stand, in fact, perfect obedience ? " I do” said upon the very brink of the bot. he. And do you believe, you tomless pit! The above menhave, all your life, broken and tioned young man, however, trampled upon this law ? “ I do” | soon obtained relief of mind.he returned. Are the condem- And now, as a Christian, he ap. ning sentence of this law and pears no less rational and agree. the wrath of God now upon you able than he lately did as an awa. for every sin? “ They are," was | kened sinner. Is any thing 100 his answer. Are you now go-hard for the Lord! By his spir: ing to endless destruction. 61 it he can, in a moment, teach an am," said he, “ in the broad. I ignorant, impenitent sinnner, road to hell and deserve to lie more than they, who have re: down in eternal sorrow !" If so, I mained stupid, have ever learn it was asked, how do you ex- | under all the light and benefits pect to escape ruin ? He retur- of the gospel! This instance ned, " I have no expectation of may serve in the room of many it! I see nothing, but hell must others who appear to have been be my portion; and I believe, Il brought, from an ignorant, se.. am but one step from it ?” cure and sinful state to that of When asked, if he did not view the enlightened and humble Christ able and willing to save 1 disciple of Jesus Christ. The re: him, he replied, " I fully , be-vival in Little Compton is great, lieve Christ both able and wil. I and apparently genuine. And ling.” Why then do you not it is hoped and presumed the re. apply to him for salvation ?- ligious public will, in due time, " My wicked heart will not let receive an account of this work me,” said he, “my heart is op- of the Lord, posed to Christ-and really chų. ses to perish rather than submit to him-and unless God, by his power, make me willing, I must! From the Christian Observer, perish—and that he will do this for such an awful sinner', is no Testimonies to the wretched In: way probable.” Though he was anity of a Worldly Life. past weeping, he added, I feel as though I should sink into the IT ORD Chesterfield's remar: very earth, and as though I werel kable testimony to the now sinking down into hell under wretched inanity of a worldly life the load of my sins !-Such was has been repeatedly quoted : it! the state of rational and deep not therefore merely for its own

sake that I propose to you to bring | pursuit, and in overturning one it forward once more. I offer it another, as if it were for their as the most suitable companion lives, or for some great desireathat imagination could conceive, ble prize : like, to a heap of to another picture of precisely | ants that gad about as busily, the same subject, drawn by a no fand make as much ado for sticks less masterly hand, but under and dust, as if they were about the influence of as opposite fee- some magnificent work. Thus lings as could exist in a being of doth the vain deceived world lay the same species.

out their thoughts and time upThe name of RICHARD BAX-on impertinences, and talk and TER is, doubtless, known to all walk like so many noctambulos your serious readers. With na- | in their sleep. They study, and tural powers of mind: far supe-care, and weep, and laugh, and rior to LORD CHESTERFIELD, labor, and fight, as men in a he was not seduced by their dream ; and will hardly be persplendor either to over-estimate suaded but it is reality which or misapply them. His truly they pursue, till death come and great soul bowed low before his awaken them. Like a stage Saviour, and therefore he was play, or a puppet-play, where all enabled to rise high above the things seem to be what they are world. From a safe and happy not, and all parties seem to do eminence (the true sapientum what they do not and then detempla serena) he looked down part, and are all disrobed and on the ways of men and saw, at and unmasked ; such is the life, once, that “all was vanity and of the most of this world who vexation of spirit.” Like a pi- spend their days in a serious tying angel, therefore, he de- jesting, and in a busy doing noplores and commiserates in oth-thing." The Reasons of the ers the delusions from which he Christian Religion, p. 244, 245. himself was rescued. Lord | Chesterfield laments the same Let us now hear the melandelusions ; but with the con- choly but wonderfully concursciousness of being a victim to rent, evidence of Lord Chesterthem, and without the least hope field. of any advantage from having “ I have run,” says he, “ the discovered their wretched fal- silly rounds of business and plealacy.

sure, and I have done with them “ It is,” says Richard Baxter, all. I have enjoyed all the plea« a dreaming and distracted sures of the world, and conseworld. They spend their days quently know their futility, and and cares for nothing ; and are do not regret their loss. I apas serious in following a feather, praise them at their real value, and in the pursuit of that which which is, in truth, very low; they confess is vanity, and dy- whereas those who have not exing in their hands, as if indeed perienced, always overrate them. they knew it to be true felicity. They only see their gay outside, They are like children, busy in and are dazzled with their glare. hunting butterflies ; or like But I have been behind the boys at foot-ball as eager in the scenes ; I have seen all the

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