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and was instrumental, as is a reality.” Some of the spectrust, of sowing much seed, tators drove away their fears as which, with what was sown be- soon as they could forget such fore, and watered with the tears a spectacle, and became if pos: of saints, has through a divine sible, more hardened than beblessing since been made to fore; others received impresbring forth fruit to the joy of sions which were instrumental many hearts. During that year of exciting their attention to the some were excited to prayer, truth, but were for a time conand induced to believe that the cealed ; and one, in particular, Lord had neither forsaken nor who did not see, but only heard forgotten them. But in the win- of these things, was led to ask ter of 1803, vanity and folly herself,“ what would have been seemed to be so prevalent, es- her situation, if she had died in pecially among the youth, that his stead.” saints . hoped” almost against At first, however, nothing was hope.”
manifested but that general conOn the first day of April, a cern which appears under reman between fisty and sixty markable providences: the hearts years of age was seized with a
which were bleeding in secret, violent disorder, which, on the were covered with a vail; and fourth, ended his days. Having Christians who earnestly desired no hope of salvation, the fears that such an awful providence of eternity which were mani should be sanctified for the genfested by him, were such as fill- eral good, almost concluded that ed every Christian's heart with the stroke would be entirely forpity, and the hearts of all with gotten. But after a few weeks terror. Ile mourned over his the groans of some whose conown foliy, bade others take warn- sciences were wounded, revived ing from him, cried earnestly hopes that some of the arrows for mercy, and entreated all of conviction had taken effect. Christians to pray for him. His Some attention, though by no horror, in view of an endless state means general, was soon exciof punishment, which he had ted to the word of God. One, sometimes tried to think a chi- after having been at the house mera, was absolutely unuttera of God said, that it seemed as ble, and more fully expressed by though she could not hold up her the wringing of his hands, and head, under the preaching of other violent motions of the bo- the truth. Another, attenddy, than by words. The words ing to the first verse of the 14th of the Saviour and Judge, which Psalm, was convinced that the will be uttered on the last day, hearts of all men are naturally seemed to lie upon his mind, for full of atheism. a time, with great weight, “ De- Such anxiety in the minds of part from me, ye cursed, into ev- some, and a general solemnity on erlasting fire, prepared for the the congregation induced me to devil and his angels." At this think that conferences might be sight the natural unbelief of the useful. Therefore, towards the human heart seemed to yield end of April, a special meeting and be forced to say, “ Truly was appointed, and attended by an there is an hereafter,--religion unexpected number of people.
Attention to the word seemed to ly by the sovereign grace of increase during the months of God. " In that day, the loftiMay and June, but so gradually ness of man was bowed down, that it could not be said that and the Lord alone was exaltthere was a general awakening, ed.” though the minds of several It was affecting to see heads were deeply impressed with a of families, between forty and sense of sin, and the importance sixty years of age, of whom of religion. Two conferences there were many, and soine of were attended in each week. the most influential characters
Several circumstances appear in the place, attending to relied to have considerable influence gion for the first time. They on society, and to a spirit of en- had lived without prayer and quiry God soon added a general without God in the world, all seriousness and solemnity which their days, except at times when had never been witnessed in the they could not silence the claplace before. Christians began mors of conscience, but at length to be more vigorous in their began to feel themselves totally prayers, and animated in their inexcusable and blameworthy. conversation. The sleeping vir- | Often have I been exceedingly gins began to awake, and trim affected to see those fathers, their lamps ; and some feared whose heads were white with that theirs were entirely “ gone age, seeking instruction at the out,” or rather, that they were mouth of one who could not never supplied with true “ oil but feel himself a child both in olive." " A shaking" appeared years and understanding. But among the bones which had the Lord is marvellous in workbeen " very dry.” A third con- ing, and is certainly able to maference was appointed, and all nifest his great power by the our assemblies were numerous very weakest instrument of clay. and solemn. The doctrines He puts his treasure into “ which are most opposed to the then vessels.” human heart, such as its entire There were no outcries, or sinfulness, and the sovereignty remarkable bodily affections : of divine grace, were frequently the exercises of the mind were urged, and much hated, but ge generally expressed either by nerally victorious. Convinced the tear which could not be con. persons would long strive against cealed, or by the sigh which them. Some, at first, would could not be suppressed. condemn them as abominable, The solemnities of eternity who would by degrees, acknow seemed to be portrayed upon ledge not only their truth, but the countenances of those, who their usefulness. And it was frequently assembled in large truly affecting to see persons, numbers to attend religious who had once opposed them meetings. The wind which rent bitterly, as discouraging, lay the mountains, and broke the down their weapons, and sub- rocks in pieces, did not seem to mit to them, freely acknow-blow upon us; but the gentle ledging that in themselves dwelt breathings of the Divine Spirit Tio good thing, and that if they seemed to inspire all the happy were ever saved, it must be on- subjects. VOL. VI. NO. 12.
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In many conferences. I have meaning of such things. Yet thought that the dropping of a through the merciful providence pin might be easily heard. The of God there was not much open voice of God seemed to be still opposition. and small, but all-powerful.-- It could not but be remarked Small companies would at times, by the attentive observer, that when they had opportunity, go those who had appeared most apart into convenient places, and friendly to religion, in former there discourse of the serious times, were most animated and. truths of the word of God - engaged in the time of this reNeighbors frequently visited vival. each other, and instead of world- Thus things continued during ly conversation, which had been seven or eight months, in which so natural to them, would readi- time many were deeply convinly introduce the subject of reli- ced, some slightly impressed, gion. Often have I entered and a number hopefully brought their houses, when almost the out of darkness into marvellous first question would be concern- light. ing some difficult, or serious sub- Towards the close of the ject, or some passage of serip- year, when the attention among ture. The holy scriptures were those of middle and more advanmuch used, and with that rev. ced age had chiefly subsided, erence which was never mani. and when few young persons fested before. Indeed there see- had become hopefully pious, the med to be a general conviction, Lord was pleased to arrest their that “all scripture is given by attention more generally: A inspiration of God,” and that few, at first, assembled at the of the words of eternal life" can house where I boarded, and be found only in the testimony seemed to manifest a desire that of Jesus.
young people should have some At some conferences it was seasons of instruction designed truly affecting to see the people, particularly for them. This was who had attended with the ut- agreeable, and one of the conmost awe and reverence, during ferences was devoted to the purthe time of exercise, disperse in pose. Numbers crowded togesmall companies, some speaking ther to hear the words of eterof the excellencies of Jesus and nal life, and to obtain answers to of bis religion, others groaning such questions as anxious minds because they could not see "why usually feel disposed to ask he is to be desired rather than This was by the speciał goodanother," and others pensive ness of God. It seemed indeed, and sad, as though they were that he had “ turned the hearts mourning over some dear de- of the fathers to the children, parted friend.
and was turning the hearts of Persons of all classes and all the children to their fathers.”ages seemed to be thus impres- This continued through the winsed, at the same time that many ter of 1804, with little abateof the same classes and ages, of ment; so that many young per. the same neighborhoods and fa- sons thought it best to forsake milies, seemed to be only slight- their former ways, and turn to ly moved and ready to ask the lithe ways of the Lord. They had
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 kinga 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 sinful. 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 the 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 gooilly trees, that practice which may be justmay be shaken down, or blightly 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 wbich is be united with ours, that the de- incumbent on them in their sevluded 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 T the annual meeting of the world to come.
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 furChrist.
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 de. full 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. his failure, that the Rev. Caleb Kingsborough,
J. Tenney perform that service. [Johnstown, N. Y.]
Voted, That the officers for 14th April, 1806.
the ensuing year bę as follows, viz.
Rev. Wm. Patten, President.
Rev. Caleb J. Tenney, SecretaTO THE EDITORS OF THE CON- ry. Mr. Jabez Denison, TreaNECTICUT EVANGELICAL MA
Rev. Mase Shepard, William
Patten, Caleb J. Tenney,Messrs. GENTLEMEN,
John Mein, Jabez Denison and "THE Rhode-Island Mission- John Bailey the committee ta ary Society, agreeably to their transact the 'business of the Constitution, transinit you for Society. publication, if in your judgment On Thursday evening a sersuitable, an account of their pro mon was delivered before the ceedings for the present year.
Society by the Rev. Mase She: pard, from Psalm lxxii. 6.