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paid unto him from regions,“ hopes, in some instances, there which but lately had been the “ have been happy fruits of his haunts of savage beasts and sav “ labors, in the awakening and age men ; and that he might “ conversion of sinners :- That raise up monuments of his sove “ in the west part of Turin, and reign and infinite mercy, who“ in the north and south parts of shall shine, love and worship in “ Leyden there has been more his presence
for ever! The So-“ attention to religion in six ciety sent missionaries thither, “ months past, than has been praying and hoping, that they “ since the settlement of those might be of service to preserve places. In Turin the attention some remembrance of God, his “ has been the greatest, On that word, sabbaths and ordinances ; “ account he tarried longer at keep alive the almost dying “ that place, than at others. For spark, and preserve a holy seed several days, he scarcely enin the wilderness, and behold,“ tered a house in which there what the Lord hath wrought!“ was not one mourning or reRejoice in the Lord, O ye right-"joicing. At conferences and eous, give thanks unto him and “ lectures, and especially on the bless his name: for his
mercy. “ sabbath, meetings were reendureth for ever!
“markably full. Many of the Mr. Samuel P. Robbins, who “new settlers express great had been appointed a missionary“ gratitude to the Missionary to itinerate in the settlements on “ Society, for their attention to Black river, and in its vicinity," them. The Missionary Sociecommenced his missionary tour ty, he doubts not, have the aron the 17th of August, 1803, “ dent prayers, as well as thanks and was about six months on his “ of the settlers, that their exer: mission. He returned the latter “ tions for the advancement of end of February, 1804. During “ the kingdom of holiness may this period, he visited the settle- “ be succeeded. Missionary laments on Black river three or “ bor is still needful. Numbers four times ; twice he visited the came to him with tears in their settlements in the district of " eyes, when he parted with Camden and Western; and once " them, expressing their fears the settlements on Pearch river," that they should starve through between Black river and St. Law-" a famine of the word ; and rence. He travelled 1324 miles," begging that the Missionary preached 171 sermons, attended “ Society would again take them 74 conferences, made several “ into consideration." hundreds of family visits ; visit It is mentioned in the Narra. ed 19 schools, and catechised tive of last year, that the Rev, and instructed the children. He Calvin Ingals was on a mission writes in his journal of the 29th to the north-eastern parts of Ver. of February, “ That the cate-mont. He was on his mission “chising of the children by the nearly seventeen weeks. Al. “ missionaries, has had a prac- though the snow was deep, and “ tical influence ; that they have the ways bad, and much of the “ made proficiency in learning time the weather was snowy and “ and that the schools are in a inclement, yet he rode 1083
flourishing way :--That he miles, preached 74 sermons, ad.
ministered the Lord's supper | writes that though pure religion once, and baptized several chil- in general is in a low state in dren. He preached principally in those parts of the country, yet the counties of Essex, Orleans that there are some places in and Franklin in the state of Ver- which there is much attention mont, Once he crossed the and seriousness; especially at boundary line and preached in the Nine Partners, Chenango Canada. He passed Connecti- and the Cook-House. cut river and preached eight Mr. Samuel P. Robbins was times in the county of Grafton in appointed to go on a mission of the state of New-Hampshire. about three months to the northHe has minuted in his journal, western part of Vermont. He “ that he was kindly received by began his mission on the 16th of “ the people in general, that March, 1804, and returned on “ they express much gratitude the 21st of June. He was on his « for the favors which they have mission about fourteen weeks. 6 received, and solicit a continu- He rode 795 miles, preached 85 « ance of them, as they serve to sermons, attended 33 conferen
check vice, and to preserve ces, made a great number of $6 and promote Christianity a-family visits, and in many in“ mong them : That the work stances catechised and instruct. « is most important and requires ed the children. He writes, that Śr exertions."
he was hospitably received The Rev. Mr. Williston of wherever he went, and that mulLisle has been employed, part of titudes, apparently, received the his time, by the Trustees, in the word of life with emotions of missionary service. By two gratitude and joy. He represents communications from him, one that the religious attention which of the 2d of April, and the other has lately been so gloriously of September 6th, 1904, it ap- prevalent in many of the congrepears that, at different times, he gations in that state is now rathhad spent fifteen weeks in mis- er on the decline ; but the hapsionary services. He had preach-py fruits of it are however very ed more than eighty times, ad- visible ; and that society in ministered the Lord's supper general wears a new aspect. twice, admitted seven or eight Hundreds have flocked to the persons into full communion standard of truth, and enlisted with the church, baptized twenty into the service of the great Capchildren and one adult. He attain of salvation. tended many conferences, sever- The Rev. Calvin Ingals, who al church meetings, and made a has already been mentioned as number of family visits. His performing a laborious tour in preaching and labors have been the northern counties of Verprincipally in the counties of mont was soon after his return Chenango and Tioga and in the appointed to a missionary tour military grants. In April he in the settlements south and west made a tour of about four weeks of Lake George. He set out on down the Susquehannah, and his mission the 4th of June, and preached at Owego, Old Sheshe returned the 19th of September. quin, Sugar Creek, at Wysox He visited the settlements south and on to Tioga point. He 1 of South Bay and Lake George, and west of the lake. He rode there is not a single person who 857 miles, preached 70 times, can read a word. In some few examined several persons for places, notwithstanding, the peochurch communion, formed one ple are serious and attentive to church, baptized a number of preaching ; especially in Bur: children, visited the sick and af- lington, Springfield and in the Aicted, and spent considerable society of Union. In these platime in visiting from house to ces churches have been formed house. Once he administered in consequence of a happy work the Lord's supper. He observes of God, a short time since, among that in that tract of country, there them. Here, says Mr. Wil. is a wide field for missionarylabors | liams, at evening lectures the and that in many places the pros- places of meeting have common, pect of doing good is favorable. | ly been filled. On the sabbath The people were inclined to hear people have come from great when an opportunity presented. distances, and the assemblies He was every where politely re- have been numerous. The hear. ceived, and in some places with ers have generally given an earn. cordiality and affection. The est and solemn attention. These people were full of expressions churches have no pastors and of gratitude to the people of this is the case with many other Connecticut for their exertions churches in those counties.to afford them the preaching of Some are wholly destitute of the gospel, and wished for the preaching and in a broken, per, continuance of them.
ishing condition. The churches It was observed in the last and people manifest an increas. year's Narrative, that the Trus- ing desire to have constant preach: tees had appointed Mr. Thomas ing but cannot obtain it because the IVilliams a missionary in the laborers are few. From the ercounties of Delaware and Otsego rors and difficulties which a in the stàte' of New-York; and bound, the prospect, as to the that they had desired the origin- rising generation, is very glco. al association of Windham coun-my. Many parents seem to be ty to ordain him, as an evangel- sinking into discouragement and ist. He was ordained according saying, what will become of our to the desire of the Trustees, and children? Shall we ever have a commenced his missionary.la- / minister? bors in June. Three letters Mr. Eli Hyde, having been have been received from him, by appointed a missionary to visit which it appears, that he is zeal- the settlements on Black river ously and laboriously exerting and the adjacent country, went himself in the duties of his mis- 1 out on his mission the beginning sion. It appears that he had of September: By a letter from preached at the rate of about 150 him of the 8th of November, it times a year. He has attended appears, that he had visited most many conferences, and been la- of the settlements within the borious in the visitation of fam- field of his labors ; and that he ilies. The state of religion and had preached about 70 times, inoral instruction, in that part of besides performing other min. the country in general, is very isterial services. His remarks low. In some whole families respecting that country, as an
important part of the vineyard, From this statement it ap. are similar to those communica- pears, that the missionaries have ted by other missionaries who been zealous, laborious and faithhave preceded him; and allful in the discharge of the duserve to show the benefit re- ties of their missions. It also sulting from missionary efforts. appears that the call for misAt a late meeting of the Trus- sionaries is as great, and the netees, Mr. Hyde’s appointment cessity of their services as urwas renewed ; and it is expect-gent as ever it has been, and ed he will continue to itinerate even more so. Notwithstanding for several months in the vicin- many churches have been formity of Black river.
ed in various places, and a conLast summer and fall Mr. Ol-siderable number of congregaiver Wetmore performed a mis- tions have been supplied with çionary tour of about four months able pastors, yet so rapid have in the north western parts of been our population and settleVermont, and in the settlements ment, that there are now a much west of lake Champlain. Sever- greater number of new and vaal letters were received from cant settlements, than when the him during his mission from Society was first instituted. The which it appeared that ill health settlers are generally young peoand heavy rains, which rendered ple, and their families are full traveling very difficult, and in of children. Some of the missome places impossible, prevent- sionaries have observed that they ed his preaching so frequently have been surprised at the numand performing so much mis- ber of children, which they have sionary labor as some others seen in some of the new settlehave done. He appears howev- ' ments. The proportion of chil. er to have been faithful, and to dren and young people is doubt. have been received with a de- less much greater than it is in gree of cordiality and thankful- the old settlements. But how ness, in most places, which evin- gloomy must the prospect be ces that the judicious part of the with respect to them without people in the new settlements | schools, or books, or means of feel it to be a very important grace ! In many places the peoobject that missionaries should ple are so scattered and poor continue to visit them till cir- that they cannot support a mincumstances shall be so ordered ister. In some other places in providence as that they can where they are able they are so -settle ministers among them.- divided in opinion, that they canMr. Weimore is now on a mis- not. Here is a wide door opension to the north eastern part of ed for charity, for Zion to enVermont.
large the place of her tent, to We have now exhibited to the stretch forth the curtains of her public a concise, but faithful ac- habitations, to lengthen her cords count of the labors of our mis- and strengthen her stakes. What sionaries the year past, and of can be a more benevolent, pleasthe countries through which they ling and glorious work, than to have preached the gospel, ad-aid her in breaking forth on the ministered the sacraments, and right hand and on the left, and visited and instructed schools. in causing the desolate places to
be inhabited ;-than to plant re-i While we thus rejoice, we de. gular churches and pastors; than sire with humble and ardent gratto promote Christian morals, and itude and adoration, to bend the to diffuse the blessings of litera- knee and lift up the heart to the ture and civilization, of regular God of all grace, for his goodness society and undefiled religion to us, to the Society, and to our through wide and extended coun- | fellow men who are rejoicing tries? What can be more en- in his grace and salvation. We couraging than the approbation feel ourselves a thousand times and smiles of divine providence, compensated for all our expense which have so remarkably at- and labors in the missionary bustended our missionary institu- iness, in the evident smiles of tion, and the labors of our mis- providence upon our institution, sionaries from its commence- and in its happy effects, in the ment?
instruction, comfort and salvaWe rejoice in the zeal, faith-tion of men, and in the advancefulness and abundant labors of ment of the kingdom and glory our missionaries. We rejoice, 1 of the Redeemer. that through the good hand of We are animated and enabled our God upon us, we have been to proceed joyfully in our work. spared another year; and at the From our own feelings, we perclose of it, we have been able to suade our ourselves, that all who lay so pleasing an account of the love our divine Redeemer and affairs of the Society before the the precious souls of their fellow public. We rejoice, that thro' men, will be also animated and the instrumentality of our mis- rejoice with us. But if we resionaries, and the power and joice now what will our joys be grace of God attending their when we shall meet numerous ministrations, such numbers of of our redeemed brethren in our perishing fellow men, have glory, of whose edification, comapparently been born again ; and fort and salvation, it hath pleasbeen brought out of darkness in-ed God, to make us instrumento marvellous light :-That pro- tal ?- When we shall witness digals are returning with peni- their glory and blessedness, and tence and joy to the Father's how Jesus Christ is glorified in house :- That Jesus Christ and them? When they shall prohis gospel are exalted and glori- nounce eternal blessings upon fied. Yes, we rejoice indeed, our heads, and we shall for that there is joy in heaven over ever rejoice together in God and repenting and returning sinners: one another ? When the judge That the dead are alive again, Shall make it public that we and that the lost are found. We have done good unto his people, rejoice in their joy, in the joy and that in as much as we have which the Missionary Society done it unto one of the least of and all our good people will have his brethren, we have done it in the happy effects of the So- unto him and shall proclaim, ciety, and of their charity, in the Come, ye blessed of my Father, encouragement, edification, com- inherit the kingdom prepared fort and joy of their brethren in for you from the foundation of Christ ; and in the salvation of the world? What is gold ! What their fellow men.
| arę labors and toil in comparison