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plaintive expressions of dejec- | ness. To this agree the words tion and distrust, yet his confi- of the Prophet: “ Before they dence, in the goodness and truth call, I will answer; and while of God, was so far recovered, | they are yet speaking, I will that he could, at the close of hear." the Psalm, say, “ Blessed be the But, through the common Lord forevermore." And so course of divine Providence, we firm was his reliance, that he are liable to so many trying oceven added to the expression of currences, that though our praise and adoration, his repeat- hearts may not, at the time of ed Amen : Or, verily, so let it be. | trial, condemn us ; yet we may If God but looked through the be greatly afflicted. It is, therecloud, which, at any time, in fore, very important, that we tervened between his smiling have respect to all the divine face and the disconsolate soul of commands. This is the best David ; that condescending look defence against despair. Says could turn his darkness into day, David, “Unless thy law had his mourning into gladness; to been my delight, I should then the end or purpose, that his have perished in my affliction. glory (i. e. his tongue) might I will never forget thy precepts: sing praise to God, and not be For, with them hast thou quicksilent. (Psalm xxx.) And the ened me.” genuineness of his grateful affec “Great peace have they who tions often appears in that, upon love God's law.” They are his recovery from his despon- cheerful and confident in his dency he requests others to join universal government and prowith him in his acknowledge tecting goodness. And while inents of thankfulness and ado- they rejoice, that the whole creration. “I will bless the Lord ation is at his sovereign dispoat all times-iny soul shall sal, they, through faith, delightmake her boast in the Lord fully view the unchangeable Rethe humble shall hear thereof deemer accomplishing his graand be glad. Oh, magnify the cious design of redemption, and Lord with me, and let us exalt causing all things to work tohis name together : I sought gether for good to them who the Lord, and he heard me and love God, and who are the caldelivered me from all my fears." | led, according to his purpose.
he most effectual way to | And though they may be desprevent a melancholy temper titute of outward wealth, yet and dejected spirit is to walk they, in the true meaning of the closely with God, and thereby expression, possess all things. keep our consciences pure... In times of adversity, their song "Our iniquities separate be- | is, “ The Lord liveth ; blessed tween us and our God, and our be my rock ; and let the God of sins hide his face from us, that my salvation be exalted.” In he will not hear." But when them is fulfilled the saying of an we, through his free grace, love ancient : “Whether a man be and obey him, he favoreth us rich or poor, if he have a good with his special presence and heart toward the Lord, he shall, mercy : He even preventeth us at all times, rejoice with a with the blessings of his good-' 'cheerful countenance."
I conclude, by inserting the recollect that your observation following lines of an approved particularly respected the reviwriter.
vals of religion in Connecticut,
in which there appeared nothing Support in God's Covenant under troubles.
strange, disorderly, or visionary. 2 Sam. xxiii. 5.
| But judging from the narratives,
every thing was conducted with « My God, the Covenant of thy love decency and regularity; so that Abides forever sure ;
the enemies of the work could And, in its matchless grace, I feel My happiness secure,
say nothing against it, but what
was equally against the religion What, though my house be not with of the gospel. thee,
Pray now, sister, inquire what As nature could defire ?
is implied in your observation, To nobler joys than nature gives,
and what it is that you so much - Thy servants all aspire.
dread! Permit me to assist you 3. Since thou, the everlasting God, in this inquiry, and lay open My Father art become ;
the subject before your mind. Jesus my guardian and my friend,
Doubtless, you will remember, And heaven my final home;
that the narratives above menI welcome all thy sov'reign will;
tioned assured us, that the effects For all chat will is love :
of these revivals were of such And when I know not what thou dost, a happy nature, as to furnish inI wait the light above.
dubitable evidence that they 5.
were the work of the divine spirThy Covenant the last accent claims
it. The vain became serious, Of this poor falt'ring tongue ; And that shall the first notes employ
the vicious were reformed, the Of my celestial song."
negligent were disposed to social C. A. and religious duties, and those
who were the subjects of the
work, became more orderly and LETTER III. useful members of society, and From Shaphan to his Sister. entertained a humble hope of Belfast, August 26, 1804.
future happiness and glory.
These are the natural fruits of DEAR SISTER,
true religion. In things of this T TNDERSTANDING that kind does the grace of God ap
you received my last in pear when implanted in the good part, I am induced to write | heart. Then what you so much you again. You once observed, I dread, and are determined so when speaking of the Connecti- strenuously to oppose, is the cut Evangelical Magazine, that | work of God's spirit in alarmyou was very much displeased ing, convincing, reforming, and with the narratives given in it of renewing sinners to the knowlreligious revivals. You added, I edge and obedience of the truth. “ I expect there will be a revival | From the above statement, in amongst us before long, the peo- connection with your observaple have become so abominably tion, it seems that there is nothwicked; but there is nothing ing you so much dread, as to that I more dread, or would so hare vicious men become virtustrenuously oppose.” You will 'ous. For instance; to have the drunkard become a sober man, , have sinners repent of their the liar a man of truth, the knave transgressions and believe in an honest man, the profane Christ :-You dread to have a swearer a man of decent and so man love his neighbor as himber language, and unkind, slan- self, to receive and suffer wrong derous, and quarrelsome neigh- with meekness, to forgive injubors to amicably settle all their ries, and wish well to all men. disputes, and live in friendship | You dread to have sinners and mutual kindness.
freed from the condemnation of There is nothing you more God's law and the dominion of dread than to have people faith- sin : You dread to have them ful in the discharge of all rela- | enjoy the blessedness of a partive duties. For example ; to doned state and the hopes of have masters lenient and ser-heaven : You dread to have them vants faithful, parents attentive escape the perdition of the unto the spiritual and best good of godly and obtain a crown of untheir children, and children du- fading glory in the world to tiful and kind to their parents:- come. You say there is nothNothing you more dread than to ing you so much dread as these see husbands and wives live in things, when you declare that peace, and be mutual helps and you dread a revival of religion comforts in their way through more than any thing else ; for life ; or rulers to rule in right- | these things are the happy efeousness and in the fear of the fects of a genuine revival of reLord, and people to lead quiet ligion ; they are either implied and peaceable lives.
in it, or directly flow from it. There is nothing you more | You not only dread, but are dedread than to have irreligious termined most strenuously to men become attentive to the du- oppose these things ; that is, to ties of religion. To particular- oppose virtue, the present welize ; you dread to have sinners fare of mankind, their eternal become prayersul, to read the salvation, and the glory of God. scriptures, and constantly attend As you are resolved to oppose public worship :-You dread to the cause of virtue and happihave the sabbath observed by ness, you must of course lend those who have profaned it, and your assistance to build up the the worship of God to be set up kingdom of sin and misery. in the houses of your prayerless Since you are determined to use netchbors.
your influence to prevent men There is nothing you more from becoming holy, you rejoice dread than to have persons who in their sinfulness. Since there are destitute of all moral good- is no other way to future happiness, enriched with the graces / ness and glory but by being reof the gospel. To be particular; / newed unto holiness, you can you dread to have sinners love | rejoice in the shame and endless God,'to have them thankful for | ruin of your fellow-creatures. his mercies, patient under his | You are strenuously opposed to frowns, submissive to his will, the advancement of Christ's rejoicing in his government, kingdom, you are therefore trusting his faithfulness, and pleased with seeing the kingdom obeying his laws: You dread to l of Satan prosper, and can cheer
fully lend your assistance for its | than an increase of genuine repromotion.
ligion. When God buiids up You say, there is nothing you his kingdom aniongst men, we so much dread as a revisal of are to expect that he will make religion. Not the most distres. sinners to see their danger and sing famine through the land- tremble, before they are brought Not the prevalence of the most to hope in his mercy. Instead loathsome and mortal pestilence ! of its being inconsistent with a - Not all the horrors of a wasto work of God's spirit, for sinners ing and bloody war-Vot tre to inquire with anxious solicitmost melancholy and shameful ; ude, " what shall we do to be death of all your kindred and sared?” it is no more than what friends—. Vot the sorest jude. we have reason to expect in evements of God imaginable.Vory place where God is building not even the endless miseries of up Zion. This took place unmankind. According to your der the ministry of the apostles; own voluntary declaration, you men whom Chiist sent forth to would choose that any one, or all preach his gospel ; and instead of these evils should happen, in of considering serious inquiry preference to a religious revival, and distressing solicitude in the or which is the same thing, in minds of an assembly about their preference to an increase of so salvation, as
an evidence that briety, truth, righteousness, mer. God was not there ; they rely, faithfulness, piety, and all joiced in the thing as an evident the fruits of God's spirit.
display of divine power and Are these your feelings, sis- grace and a prelude to a happy ter? Is this a just picture of change. And though many are your heart?
Is it possible ! disposed to believe that all is enAbiding by your declaration, you thusiasm and the work of an cannot deny it, unless you say, evil spirit ; when wicked men that by a revival of religion you
are convinced of their sinfulness, do not mean an increase of so alarmed at their danger, and briety, righteousness and godli- through repentance and faith ness. But this you cannot say,
come to hope in God's favor; since your observation particu- yet this is wide from the truth, larly respected those revivals of if we are permitted to judge eiwhich we have a narrative in the ther from observation or scripmagazine. The uniform repre- ture. When people think themsentation there given us of these selves righteous and safe withreligious attentions is according out ever feeling their vileness, to the statement I have made without self-loathing and selfNeither the accounts we have condemnation, without beholdhad attested by eye-witnesses of ing their danger from a sight of what passed where these revivals God's holiness and justice, we took place, nor the permanent have reason to fear that they ars effects they produced upon the settled upon their lees, that they minds and practice of people, have never seen their hearts in can possibly lead us to suppose the eye of the divine law, and that they consisted in noise, en
that their hope is the hope of the thusiasm, disorder', fear, wild- hypocrite. fire, or, any thing, more or less,
I intreat you seriously to conVOL. V. No. 6.
sider the import of the expres. | preached in many vacant towns sion which has been the subject and plantations, and had considof this epistle, and if it imply | erable assemblies on week-days, the sentiments now stated, it as well as upon the sabbath. might be supposed, that your The scattered inhabitants geneown heart would be an object of | rally evidenced a desirable enterror to yourself. Awful re- gagedness to attend their minisflection ! that the heart is oppo trations. They also visited sed to every thing that is moral schools, catechised children, disly good ; to all that is suited to coursed on religious subjects render God's rational creatures with people in their families, permanently happy. And this conversed and prayed with the is the miserable and alarming sick, dispersed the Society's state of every person who is op- books, and as occasions present, posed to a work of divine grace ed, administered baptism and upon the hearts of sinners, in the Lord's supper. They formbringing them to repentance and ed three churches ; one in the the hope of glory. And I would state of New York at Verona, in beseech you, with all who enter Oneida county ; two in Maine, tain the same feelings toward one of them at Albany, in the religion, I say, I would beseech county of York, and one at you, by the many solemn and Rumford, in the county of Cuminteresting things of the gospel, berland. to cease your opposition to right Rev. Timothy M. Cooley and eousness and piety, Test you be Rev. Peter Fish labored in the found to fight even against God. state of New-York. Their mis. SHAPHAN. sions were limited mostly to the
counties of Oneida, Chenango
and Onondago, and continued 1 Report of the Trustees of the eighteen weeks. They united Ilampshire Missionary Society. their counsels and either acted
together, or took different routs, A T the last annual meeting as they judged would render Th of the Society measures their services most beneficial.were adopted to obtain a legal | Mr. Cooley travelled thro' the incorporation. Those measures settlements on Black river to have been carried into effect ; lake Ontario, preached at conand an Act of incorporation ob- venient places as he passed, and tained confirming without alter- made appointments, which he ation the Constitution of the fulfilled on his return. He then Society, and giving all the pow- visited the counties of Chenaners needful for its operations. I go and Onondago, in which he
The last year four missiona- 1 spent about one half of the time ries were employed by the Soul of his mission. Mr. Fish la. ciety. They performed their bored one third of his time in missions, two of them, in the these counties, and two thirds District of Maine ; the other of it in Oneida. tivo, in the new settlements of Rev. Joseph Strong and Rev. New-York. They were kindly Joshua Crosby performed their veceived and cordially welcomed | missions in the District of by the friends of Jesus. They Maine, principally in the coun