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Voted, unanimously, That the larity-has been solemn and evthanks 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 has 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-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 wrihas 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, 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 pidity, 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 bothe. 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 apning 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 awafor every sin? “ They are," was kened sinner. Is any thing too his answer. Are you now go-hard for the Lord ! By his spir: ing to endless destruction. “I it he can, in a moment, teach an am,” said he, “ in the broad ignorant, impenitent sinnner, road to hell and deserve to lief more than they, who have redown in eternal sorrow !" If so, mained stupid, have ever learnt 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, I brought from an ignorant, seam but one step from it ?”. care and sinful state to that of When asked, if he did not view the enlightened and humble Christ able and willing to save disciple of Jesus Christ. The re: him, he replied, “I fully be- vival in Little Compton is great, lieve Christ both able and wild and apparently genuine. And ling.” Why then do you not it is hoped and presumed the res 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 chuses 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 Inway probable.” Though he was anity of a Worldly Life. past weeping, he added, I feel as though I should sink into the very earth, and as though I were 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 is 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 and 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 overratethem. 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 coarse pullies und dirty ropes which opium commonly occawhich exhibit and move the sions, and I do by no means de. gaudy machine.. I have seen sire to repeat the nauseous and smelt the tallow-candles dose, for the sake of the fugitive which illuminate the whole de- dream. Shall I tell you that I coration, to the astonishment bear this melancholy situation and admiration of an ignorant with that meritorious constancy multitude. When I reflect back and resignation which most peoupon what I have seen, what I ple boast of? No, for I really have heard, and what I have cannot help it. I bear it because done, I can hardly persuade my. I must bear it whether I will or self that all that frivolous hurry no. And I think of nothing but and bustle and pleasure of the killing time, now he is become world had any reality ; but I mine enemy. It is my resolulook upon all that has passed as tion to sleep in the carriage the one of those romantic dreams remainder of the journey.”

Donations to the Missionary Society of Connecticut.

May 7. Ezekiel Williams, Esq. of Wethersfield, 200 00 9. Female Association in Litchfield,

31 54 Ladies' Society in Norwich,

12 31 Friend of Missions of Woodbury,

1 00 19. A Stranger from Berlin,

5 00 20. A Friend of Missions of Cheshire, not to go to account of permanent fund.

104 00

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Conformity to the world, 137,170

Page. Conversion, narrative of a, 100,
BRAHAM, typical, 155

477
Address of an instructor, 399

of an infidel, 31
the Editors, on New Courtesy, Christian, exemplifi-
Year's day,
241 ed,

113, 149
to professors, 415
Ahasuerus,

438

D.
Amusements,

318 Death of Rev. Joseph Wash-
Anecdote of Ann Swift, 279 burn,

321
an Italian bishop, 159 Dialogues, 141, 145, 253, 374
a robber, 119 Doctrine, sound, importance of,
Timothy Dodd, 160

121
Apostolic benediction, 21 Dodd, Timothy, anecdote of,
Article Greek,

160
Asaph,

91, 401, 452 Donations to the Miss. Soc. of
Asiaticus,

113, 149 Con. 40, 80, 120, 160, 200,
Atonement, dissertation on the 240, 280, 320, 360, 400,
161, 217, 248, 292 480

Dutton, Rev. Nathaniel, ordin-
B.
ation of,

440
Benediction, apostolic, 21 | East Indies, mission to, 175
Berkshire Missionary Socie- Edinburgh Missionary Society,
ty,
226

240
Bible Society, 276, 319 Edacation, religious,

384
Bishop, Italian, anecdote of, 159 Egraphe,

356
Brookfield, revival of religion Ejaculatory sonnet,

160
in,

65 Eliot, Rev. John, life of, 322,
Bull, Samuel, memoirs of, 383

441
Explanation of scriptural types,
C.

34, 71, 155, 272, 315, 350,
Character of Justin Martyr, 74 | 394
Charis,
339 Extract,

36
Christ, divinity of, 308, 333, 376
Christian Observer, extracts

F.
from, 37, 56, 104, 108, 113, Faithfulness, ministerial, 104,
147, 149, 274, 279, 318

147
Clergyman, letter from a 462 Funds of the Missionary Socie-
Commands of the Old Testa- ty of Berkshire,

230
mnent,

2141
Connecticut,

352

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