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being in its infant state, and the instead of edifying, will confuse human mind considered as un- and disgust the mind. prepared for more direct and This arduous and difficult clear discoveries, the mode of work we are now attempting, revelation by external, visible not without many suspicions and signs and figures was preferred fears of the issue; but God can as better adapted to the state of lead the blind in the way that the system and the condition they know not, make darkness and capacity of man.
light before them, rough places 4. The mode of exhibiting smooth, and perfect his praise subjects by typical representa- out of the mouths of babes and tions is very instructive and plea- sucklings. If any man lack wissing. The general object be- dom let him ask it of God who ing suggested and the type pro- giveth liberally and upbraideth not. duced, it is an agreeable exercise for the mind to investigate the subject, apprehend the myste- To The EDITORS OF THE Con. rious signification of it, and dis- NECTICUT EVANGELICAL MAcern the consent between the
GAZINE. type and the substance. Hence communicating instruction by GENTLEMEN, types, metaphors, allegories and
SHOULD you think the folparables, hath always been grateful and pleasing to the lowing letter from a lady in Ver
mont to her sister in Connecti. mind.
5. The work of redemption, cut; on the death of her first the great object of all scriptural child, of any use to the cause of types, is so very complicated, religion, I am authorised to prethat it cannot be fully exhibited
sent you the copy—tho’ it was by any one individual type, and
not originally designed for pub
lication. this hath given occasion for a great variety, each of which hath its peculiar object, and they col
My dear Sister, lectively exhibit the wonderful Y
variety of sensations, and and glory most attentively.- so many things crowd upon it But hence,
at once, that I have been some 6. To explain the types be-time deliberating in what manner comes a work very arduous and to begin my letter. difficult, requiring great skill When I received your kind and judgment to discern their favor by Mr. F, I thought nature and object, and, not ex- best to omit writing you until I ceeding their proper limits, to knew how divine providence apply them according to their would dispose of me, in an hour original design. While this ex- which I then expected would hibits their propriety and utility, soon take place-the hour arand makes them an happy mean rived just three weeks ago this of important and pleasing in- morning, when I was made the struction, to misunderstand and mother of a lovely daughtermisapply them, will distort and myself and babe remarkably divest them of their beauty, and well--without any hesitancy we
work in its importance, beauty My mind is so filled with a
consecrated it in baptism and , gloomy, the divine conduct may gave it your name-five days we appear to sinful short sighted were permitted to enjoy it appar- mortals. ently in health-but where, dear If a little sparrow falleth not sister! where is it now? Yes to the ground, but only pursuterday, we committed the little ant to God's eternal plan of opeperishable part to the grave.-- ration, then surely the exit of For a fortnight we were exer- my babe, which was of more cised, with alternate hopes and value than many sparrows, must fears, and I held it with a trem- have been in the wise plan of bling hand, sensible I had no God--therefore my soul must, right to it, in any sense of the and will say amen. Not one word, which in the least preclud- pain did my poor distressed ined the absolute right of God ; fant suffer for which I had any my little seeming right, howev- right to impeach either the wiser, I trust I had given back to dom or justice of God-trifling the Lord long before its birth ; were the pains of the mother, it never, I think, has been so however, when it was brought much' my desire, that it might into life, compared to those of live, as that it might be a sanc- seeing it suffer such agonies as tified one. Surely I have no were inflicted; but I repeat it, right to complain ; and I think that all was right. my heart cheerfully acquiesces Last week our parents came in the divine right to take it, and over to make us a short visit, and to dispose of it as seemeth good to rejoice with us, on the birth in his sight; and the event of my first born ; but alas! they shows that the good of his king- found us in circumstances of dom demanded that it should be affliction. Our father being otaken from its mother'sembrace; bliged to return home, left mothand should then my heart with- er here, who has, however, rehold it for my own private com- turned to day ; so that I am as fort? Had it been continued in it were alone, and yet, blessed life it might have proved a snare be God, I am not alone, for I and been an occasion more and enjoy, I hope, in some degree, more, and yet perhaps imper- the promissed comforter. ceptibly, of drawing off my af How great are the consolafections from him on whom they tions of the blessed gospel ? ought supremely to be fixed; What can afford quiet to the or it might so have conducted mind equal to a confidence in in life, as greatly to dishonor the rectitude of the divine gorGod and bring me in a more ernment? What can ravish the advanced
with sorrow to the heart more than a perception of grave ; at any rate I know it the glorious, the beautiful charmust be best as it is ; infinite acter of God, shining through wisdom cannot err, infinite all the pages of divine Revelagoodness must choose ; and in- tion ?
But when we attempt to finite power must execute what speak of the Christ of God, and is best. “ God is love," there- the astonishing grace manifested fore nothing can take place in through him to a rebellious his system but manifestations of world, we must be filled with love, however adverse, dark and astonishment at his condescenVol. V. No. 4.
sion and love. What rebellion, she was restored to you, and therefore, for me to murmur that in mercy I trust. You against God for what can he must, dear sister, and you will, inflict which I do not deserve ? consider your children as not Dear sister, let your prayers be your own, in any sense which in concert with mine, that this precludes the absolute right of dispensation of divine provi- him who has committed them dence may be sanctified, and to your care-a care how imabundantly made up by those portant! They are intrusted sweet consolations of God's holy with you under the sacred in spirit which are better, yea, junction, that you should bring far better than the unsanctified them up for God. I am ready enjoyment of sons and daugh- to tremble for myself, (as I was ters ;-let it serve to quicken us
married into the care of chilboth in the divine life, and may it dren) and for all parents in the excite you renewedly, to give up land of gospel light, especially yourself, your companion, your when I read what was said to children and your all, unreserve
them under a darker dispensaedly, and unconditionally to God; tion, when we enjoy the meridfor if with congenial hearts, we
ian sun-shine of the gospel-I possess full confidence in the allude more particularly to rectitude of all the divine con- Peut. vi. and vii.-Neglect a. duct, what can prevent such a rising from ignorance under dedication ? Eternity is just at that dispensation, might be hand-soon will the scene of winked at with respect to many ; life be closed-soon must we but ignorance under gospel light, appear at the tribunal of God betrays a heart alienated from and Oh, that we might appear on God, and must therefore be the right hand of the judge-considered wilful and inexcusa. and may we find our little Sally ble. O let us not, my dear there.
sister, follow the multitude, eiHe who took little children ther to do positive evil or omit in his arms and blessed them, known duty. announcing at the same time, I conclude you are now setthat of such was the kingdom of tlęd in Hd, and am much heaven, was able to wash away pleased that you are in so good the original pollution of this a situation to enjoy the means child, renovate its nature, and of grace and hope your worldly clothe it in robes of his own circumstances are eligible and righteousnessmif such was the sufficient for your comfortable grace bestáved it was taken support and usefulness in life. from the evil to come has es You will not surely expect hapcaped all the trials, temptations piness from the things of the and sorrows of this life, and world, for all is delusory and therefore will be the happier | vain. for the pains it endured in its short continuance here. You
I am affectionately yours, &c. 'Casily conceive of mother's anguish, when you call to mind the distressed situation your el
B Bgest was in while an infant; but
LITCHFIELD, Aug. 16, 1804. PLAX of a FEMALE ASSOCIA,
TION. To the COMMITTEE of the T'RUS- T a time when eminent TEES of the MISSIONART So
and successful exertions CIETY of ConnecTICUT. are making in the world, to
spread the knowledge of our GENTLEMEN,
dear Redeemer; it would be WILL you please to ac
pleasing to observe that sex,
who have formerly distinguished cept, and take the disposal of
themselves as his firmest friends, thirty-three dollars fifty-six cents, contributed by an Association of foremost to honor him.
now more generally among the Females, in the first Society of
Benevolent and devout wothis town. The object of the
men ministered to our Lord's contribution is specified in the necessities, when he was here Constitution of this Associa
upon earth great was their tion, a copy of which, send you inclosed. It will be
faith in his promises, after his seen that the hint and princi- are, who minister to him, tho’
death. Many such there now pal part of the plan, was taken
in heaven, by ministering to the from a similar institution in the county of Hampshire, Massa- ties of his disciples and friends ;
spiritual and temporal necessichusetts. Should it be thought favora- and joy to that happy period,
and who look forward, with faith ble to the general promotion of when the knowledge and glory the same charitable disposition, of the Lord, shall fill the earth. and in this way be coincident Whatever is done by them, eiwith the views of your Society, ther to hasten his coming and and to the advancement of the
kingdom, or to relieve or comcause of our common Lord, the enclosed can, if you
fort his needy followers, he rethink
ceives and rewards as a kindness proper, be submitted to the Edi
done to himself. tors for insertion in the Connec
It is believed that his cause ticut Evangelical Magazine.
would obtain material aid if the P. S. As Mrs. Eliza W. liberal and pious women of our Huntington, is by the Constitu- towns, would more generally ution, receiver for the Female nite among themselves, if only Association in Litchfield, she | to raise a small sum, annually, will be considered their agent in to be employed, in sending the their transactions with your So-truths of his life-giving word ciety.
where at present there is an unhappy destitution.
To give the good women of THE Trustees of the Con
the town of necticut Missionary Society, at
an opportunity their last meeting, passed a vote
of thus knowing the Lord with
their substance, in a way too, of thanks to the Female Association in the first Society in the
which will be very little burdentown of Litchfield, for the gene proposed-believing that the ap
some, to most, a plan is here rous collection, which is men
probation of their own conscien, tioned in the preceding letter.
ces, and the tender mercies of
our blessed Redeemer, will be son or persons, with whom it is their rich and abundant reward. left, to the Treasurer of the .
A PLAN of a FEMALE Asso Connecticut Missionary Society, CIATION in the town of for All monies so paid, shall be the purpose of an annual contri- sacredly appropriated to the sole bution, for the purchase, and purpose of purchasing copies of charitable distribution of the Holr| the Holy Bible, and other pious, BIBLE, and other pious, Chris-Christian writings, according to tiar writings, among the needy | the best discretion of the Trusinhabitants of the new settlements, | tees, or their Committee, and by in the United States.
them be distributed amongst We the subscribers, animated the needy and least informed inby the successful exertions of habitants of the new settlements many benevolent persons in our of the United States. own country, and in other parts IV. Each subscriber is at liof the Christian world, to spread berty to discontinue her sub. the knowledge of the blood scription, at the end of each bought salvation," through the year, by notifying the receiver earth; tenderly affected with of their contributions, of such the spiritual embarrasments and discontinuance; and is to be perishing necessities of multi-considered a member of the Astudes of our fellow-immortals, sociation, until such discontinuin the remote, destitute settle ance is regularly notified. ments of our own country ; and V. Regulations may be made desirous of casting our mite in- by the members of the Associto our Lord's treasury, for the ation as shall by them be found furtherance of his gospel-Do useful. associate together for the pur Relying on the guidance and pose of mutual assistance and blessing of the dear Immanuel ; encouragement, in pursuing praying for the success of his measures for the extensive dis- kingdom ; and humbly waiting tribution of the Holy Scriptures, on him for a reward, we mutualand other pious writings of ly covenant together, and subChrist's faithful servants.
scribe our names severally to We unite ourselves by the the foregoing articles. name of the Charitable Female Association of
under the following articles :
I. This Association shall con. Religious Intelligence. sist of women, either married or single, who shall subscribe Mr. KICHERER's Mission to the our articles.
Hottentots, extracted from the II. Each subscriber shall pay Religious Monitor," &c. printo some suitable person or per
ted at Edinburgh. sons, belonging to the Society, one cent every week, or
distinguished cents by the year; the year to
appears to have end with the month of Septem- been prepared, in a peculiar ber.
manner for missionary labors. III. All monies, thus contri- | At an early period of life, he -buted, shall be sent by the per- I happened to read Cook's Vay