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Drdinations.

On the second of September the it was formed last spring, that one Rev. Martin Powel of Westford, Vi. infidel bas lately been converted was ordained at Moores, the town through the instrumentality of misadjoining Champlain on the west. sionaries, and that many are under Rev. Mr. Pettengill of Champlain a conviction of their sin. In Stockmade the introductory prayer, and holm many perceive themselves congave the charge and the right hand d. mned by the law, and some have of fellowship; the Rev. Mr. Morgan obtained a hope of salvation through of Essex, Vt. preached a sermon on the blood of Jesus. In Hopkinton, Acts xxvii. 31, and made the ordaining where the inhabitants were rery stuand concluding prayers. The scene pid, there is now but little said, exwas peculiarly solemn and affecting: cept about religion. In Malone a seAssembled in the open air, in a field rious attention to divine things pre. surrounded by a wilderness, the vails in every part of the town. friends of the gospel beheld the ser We have been informed that in vant of Jesus inducted into the pas. several towns in the state of Conncc. toral office.

The town is new, con ticut the blessed gospel of salvation taining only about 30 families. Last has impressed the minds of many. spring 13 persons were united into a This is the case particularly with church ; since then God has made Litchfield and Goshen. To the this desert to rejoice. In this wil. church in the latter town one hundred detness the waters have burst forth. persons bave been added within a About 30 persons, it is hoped, have few months. recently experienced the saving influences of the Holy Spirit. A man of On the 16th Sept. Mr. Levi Par. considerable influence and respecta. sons was ordained pastor of the east bility in this town, who had vehe. church and society in Marcellus, mently opposed the reformation from (N. Y.). Rev. Mr. Pomeroy of Bru. hatred to the doctrines of grace, has tus maile the introductory prayer ; of late been impressed by the truths Rev. Mr. Hyde of Lee, (Mass.) of God, and yields to that which he preached the sermon ; Rev. Mr. formerly resisted.

Leonard of Cazenovia made the. con. In 4 towns to the west of Moores, secrating prayer; Rev. Mr. Higgins of along the Canada line, the Lord is Aurelius gave the charge ; Rev. M:. reviving his work, and bringing sin Wallis of Pompey gave the right ners out of darkness into light. A hand of fellowship ; Rev. Mr. Woodletter from Mr. Weeks states that ruft of Scipio addressed the church the church in Madrid has received and people ; and Rev. Mr. Clark of acccssions equal to its number, when Milton made the concluding prayer,

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INSTALLATION. Os the eighth of July the Rev. which empties into lake Champlain, Amos Pettengill of Salem, N. H. Was where Ave hundred persons assen. installed at Champlain (Clinton Coun- hled, apparently devout and rejoicing ty, New York.) Rev. Mr. Wooster in this interesting occasion. Before of Fairfield, Vt. made the introduc- this time no minister of the Congregatory prayer and preached a scrmon on tional order had been settled in any 1 Thes. 2 ch. 4th verse. Rev. Mr. part of the widely extended region, Bague of Georgia, Vt. made the con which lies west of the lake. The sosecrating prayer and delivered the ciety contains a hundred and forty charge. The right hand of fellow. men, many of whom are unusually en. ship was given by Rev. Mr. Weeks, gaged in the cause of the Redeemer, a missionary, and the concluding The church at the time of the instal. prayer made by the Rev. Mr. Page, lation of Rev. Mr. P. consisted of but also a missionary.

fire individuals ; of late about twenty The solemnities were attended on have made a public profession of res. a sinall island in the Chazi river, ligion.

Dbituary.

Biographical Sketch of RICHARD Devens, Esq.

Who died Sept. 20, 1807, aged 86 years.

Good men, though dead, speak to the living by their example, when it is exhibited for their instruction and imitation. With this view we write the following sketch :

RICHARD DEVENS, Esq. was born in Charlestown, Sept. 1721. Or his ancestors, and the early part of his life, we have little information, except what we clerive from his last will and testament. In this instrument he informs us, that he had to struggle with “great and unspeakable troubles,” and that he was left in a peculiar sense a child of Providence, and dependent on his care. By the blessing of God, however, on his industry, he soon rose from his depressed circumstances, first to a state of comfort, and af. terward to a state of affluence; and his prosperity continued till his death.

From a native strength of mind, quick discernment, careful observation, uprightness of character, and commendable industry, Mr. Devens, without the advantages of education, became qualified to fill, with usefulness and reputation, many offices of honour and trust in the town and commonwealth. Previous to the American revolution, and at different periods afterward, he sustained the offices of Selectman, Overseer of the Poor, Justice of the Peace, Treasurer and Representative of the Town, and President and Director of Bridge and other Corporations and Societies. He was a tember of the general court at that critical and anxious period of pub. lic affairs in 1774, in those “times which tried men's souls," when they resolved themselves into a provincial congress; was an active member of that confidential body of men, the Committee of Safety ; and after. ward whas appointed Commissary General of the state of Massachu.

setts, in the year 1775, and was an. mually rechosen to that responsible office so long as it was continued.

As a husband, parent and friend, he was affectionate and kind ; as a counsellor in difficulties, wise and faithful; as a patriot, ardent, intrepid and active, especially in the early part of our revolution; as a public officer, upright and useful ; as a Christian and a father to the poor, eminent and distinguished. As a Christian, Mr. Devens was a pillar in the church of which he was a member ; a cheerful and liberal supporter of the gospel ministry ; a constant and devout attendant on public worship, and the ordinances of religion. In faith he was a disciple of the old school. He embraced, as the truth of God, the doctrines of grace, as they are summed up in the Assembly's Catechism ; for these doctrines he was ever a firm advocate. He walked in the “old paths," which he deemed “the good way.”

The doctrines, which he so firmly believed, and the efficacy of which we trust he felt in the renewal and sanctification of his own heart, formed the basis of all his hopes of future happiness, and prompted him in the discharge of his Christian duties of piety and be. nevolence. His good works were the fruit and evidence of his faith ; not the ground of his justification before. God. No man ever appeared to have a deeper sense of the de. pravity of his own heart, of the de. fects in bis Christian life, and of the worthlessness of his own righteousness, than he entertained. His own striking words, which are copied from that solemn instrument, his last will and testament, follow : “I recuminend my soul to Him who gave it ; having no one recoinmend. ing qualification of my own, all my righteousness being but “ filthiy

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rags,” through a total moral deprav benefit to the souls of men, of ality of heart, the whole of my con most any other, and which he purduct being stained with spiritual pol sued to a great extent; and that is lution. I rest my hope of justifica- the purchase and dispersion of Bition and resurrection to eternal life bles, and religious books and tracts, wholly on the mercy of God, through among the poor in various parts of the merit and intercession of a glo. New England, particularly in the rious Saviour, Jesus Christ.” This frontier settlements. The number precious Saviour, we trust, he em of books thus distributed at his exbraced in the arms of faith, with pense can never probably be estilively joy; and being spared, as mated. It is presumed, from what was the pious Simeon, to a very ad. is known, that the number would vanced age, he could no doubt on much exceed 100,000. God gave good grounds say with him, “Now, him the means to do good, and Lord, lettest thou thy servant depart with the means a heart to employ in peace, for mine eyes have seen them in his service, for the benefit thy salvation.”

of his fellow men. His active be. The other distinguishing feature nevolence continued to the day of in his character, his beneficence to his death. Rarely has a man died, the poor, which appears to have at his advanced age, whose loss is been the fruit of his Christian faith, so extensively and sensibly felt. is particularly worthy of our notice But he ceases not to be useful now and imitation. In respect to his that he is in his grave. A liberal feelings and conduct towards the portion of the means he employed poor generally, and to the widows in doing good while he lived, are left and fatherless particularly, he ap in his will to operate in the same pears to have taken for his pattern, way now that he is gone. Eight that eminent servant of the Lord, bank shares of the United States Job, in the days of his prosperity. Bank are bequeathed to the use of Like him, her delivered the poor the poor of his native town, and an that criell, and the fatherless, and handsome sum to four religious sohim that had none to help him. cieties, for the purpose of aiding in The blessing of him that was ready propagating the gospel.* to perish came upon him, and he Such a noble example of industry caused the widow's heart to sing in business, of fidelity in office, of for joy. He was eyes to the blind, Christian piety and beneficence, it and feet to the lame. He was a fa. is hoped, will animate others whom ther to the poor, and the cause which God hath blessed with talents and he knew not he searched out." In wealth, to “ go and do likewise.” consequence, “ when the ear beard “ Blessed are the dead, who dic him, then it blessed him, and when in the Lord; from henceforth they the eve saw him, it gave witness to rest from their labours, and their him.” His known charities to the works do follow them.” poor and unfortunate, and his contributions to various religious and * To the fund of the Baptist Eduother useful purposes, were remark. cation Society, for the purpose of eduably liberal; and as he was anxious cating pious, indigent youth for the that his left hand should not know

gospel ministry, ten shares in the Fire what his right hand did, we have and Marine Insurance Corporation in reason to conclude that his private Boston. To the Connecticut Missioncharities, which will never be known ary Society, ten shares. To the Mastill proclaimed at the day of judg sachusetts Missionary Society, ment, were not inconsiderable. shares. To the Himpshire Mission

There was one species of charity, ary Society, ten shares of the same the most valuable and fruitful of stock.

TO CORRESPONDENTS. PASTOR, and several other communications on hand, are postponed te give room for recent and interesting intelligence.

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From the London Evangelical Magazine. The Rev. Christian Frederic written by himself, that he often, Schwartz was born the 26th of at that time, went into a solitary October, 1726, at Sonnenburgh, place, where he poured out his in the New Mark. His father's heart before God; in doing Dame was George Schwartz ; and which he felt himself very haphis mother's maiden name, Gru. py. When he had done any ner. The latter, who died dur- thing amiss at home, he could ing his early childhood, declared not be easy till he had earon her deathbed, both to his fath- nestly implored pardon of er and to the clergyman who at God. tended her, that she had dedicated When the above mentioned her son to the Lord ; and exact rector was advanced to the situa. ed a promise from both, that they tion of minister, and his succeswould at least lay no obstacle in sors paid little attention to the his way, in case he should ex- culture of the hearts of the youth press a desire to be educated for under their care, Schwartz bethe church.

came again light minded. He At the age of eight years, received confirmation from a Schwartz was sent to the town clergy man, who was contented if school, where he received many his catechumens could answer good impressions under the then his questions ; but was not anxrector, Mr. Helm ; who, in his ious to perceive in them a real instructions in religion, affection- change of heart. Although at ately recommended prayer to partaking, for the first time, of his scholars, and shewed how the holy communion, Schwartz they might, in their own words, experienced some serious imlay their concerns before God. pressions, they were soon obliteSchwartz relates, in an account rated. Vol. III. No. 6.

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He was afterwards removed to House; but his countryman, the school at Custrin, where God the Rev. Benjamin Schultze, raised him inany benefactors. who had been an English misBut he lodged with light sionary at Madras till the year minded scholars, his heart be 1743, and now resided at Halle, came more and more estranged advised him to enter immediatefrom God, although he was not ly at the college, as he was alinattentive to external decorum ready 20 years of age, and suffiin his conduct. However, even ciently grounded in elementary here, God did not leave himself knowledge. He took his advice; without witness to him ; for the and diligently attended the lecdiscourses of the Rer. Mr. Steg- tures of the Professors at the mann, of Custrin, made strong University, Baumgarten, Miimpressions upon his mind; on chaelis, Knapp, 'Freylinghausen, ly he imagined it was not possi &c. while he lodged and boarded ble there to lead a religious life. at the Orphan House. He was He was also still destitute of a soon employed in the instruction right notion of what true re of youth, and was likewise apligion is ; besides which, he pointed to hold the evening praydid not perceive the necessity er meeting with the servants of trusting in the Divine belonging to the farm of the Strength, to enable him to per Orphan House.

Both the insevere.

struction of the children and his He was afterwards entrusted prayer meeting were beneficial with the tuition of the daughter to himself. Also, by his intera of a magistrate, who had studied course with a pious countryman at Halle, and who expressed a of his, and by faithfully digesting great love and veneration for the what he heard in the meetings teachers of that place. He lent for edification, which were held him also some books, especially at that time, he was more and the “ Blessed Footsteps of the more confirmed in Christian senever living God," by A, H. timents. They had both been Franke; which he read not first awakened in the prayerwithout emotion, and which first meetings held by the Rev. G. F. excited in him a wish to go to Weisse, then inspector of the Halte.

German Schools of the Orphan He further observes, in the House. above mentioned account, that he It was at that time in contemhad been diligent, but merely plation to print the Bible in for the sake of vainglory; that, the Talmul language at Halle, in a dangerous disorder, with. under the superintendance of which he was twice attacked, the above mentioned missionary he had formed a resolution to Schultze. Schwarız, together devote himself wholly to the with another student of this place, Lord; which, however, he soon was commissioned to learn the forgot to carry into execution. Talmul language, in order to

in the year 1746, he went to be employed in correcting the Halle, with a view to attend the press. Although the printing of Latin School of the Orphan the Bible here was not carried

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