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the distresses of our friends in A Statement of the funds of the new settlements.

the missionary association, in

the Western Districts in VerContributions received in the new-mont, and the expenditures of settlements.

the same. Some of the people in the 1804, } Received a contribution

June.) from most wealthy towns, have manifested their liberality to the


$ 2 31 from Benson,

11 missionary cause, by contribut


3 70 ing to the support of those from Brandon,

from Weybridge,

4 91 who have missionated

among them. The following is a state

from Middlebury, 20 ment of their contributions.

from Bridgeport,

7 from Cambridge,

2 50 To Rev. James Davis.

from Dorset,

6 28 At Salisbury, $ 1 46

from West-Rutland, 19 4 Hancock,

2 54
from Castleton,

17 50 Vergennes,

5 87
from Whiting,

3 68 Starksboro'

2 72

from Cornwall,

13 0
from Jericho,

11 15 Berkshire,

1 44

from East-Rutland, 15

5 50
from Pawlet,

12 75 Hinesburgh general

from Orwell,

11 2 meeting,

7 50
from Pittsford,

13 37 Rochester,

1 63
from Salisbury,

5 21 Hardwick,

1 60

from New-Haven, 7 10 Cabot,

1 60

from Hinesburgh, 4 15 By an unknown hand 0 25

A private donation, 0 20


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45 11 To Rev. Lemuel Haynes. At Weybridge,

$ 3 96 Swanton,

25 Shoreham,

7 29

11 50 To Mr. Morgan. At Fairfax,

$ 1 63 By an individual

© 20

1 83 To Mr. Wheeler. At Kingston,

$ 2 40 Moretown,

61 Stow,

2 26 Starksboro'

53 Bristol,

2 51 Monkton,

2 79 Milton,

205 75 A donation from Mr.

Samuel P. Robbins,
a Missionary from

Berkshire County. 1
From Rev. Lemuel

Haynes, collected on
a mission,

11 50 From Rev. James Da.

vis, collected on a

45 20 A donation from Mr.

Medad Shelden, W.

1805, June. For inter-

est on money loaned,
by direction of the

42 A contribution from

the Female Society,


5 8 A contribution at the

11 71

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Consociation, New

Oct. 10th, 1805. BalHaven,


ance in the Treasury, 99 1 From Mr. Asaph Morgan, collected on a

$327 97 mission,

1 83 SETH STORRS, Treasurer. A contribution from

Examined by Richmond,


LEMUEL HAYNES, A contribution at the


JEDEDIAH BUSHNELL, general meeting in



13 16 From Mr.Elijah Whee

AN ADDRESS. ler, collected on a mission,

11 71

THE Consociations of the Sept. A contribution

Western District of Vermont, at the general meet

and some adjacent towns in the ing in Middlebury, 20 7 State of New York, beg leave to A donation from Mr.

address the people in the limits Stephen Tomblin,

above mentioned, on a subject Cornwall,

25 they esteem important and to all A donation from Mrs.

very interesting Brewster, Richmond, 38

Brethren and Friends, A donation from Mr.

THE remarkable missionary Matthew Lewis,Corn

spirit which has for years past wall,


taken place in many parts of the

world, amorg Christians of al$ 327 97 most all denominations, is a mat

ter with which we are all acMonies paid by order of the quainted : Its happy influence Committee,

in favor of religion is equally ob

vious. The same zeal in the 1804. For printing

cause of God has, in a measure, Circular Letters, $ 4 been diffused among many of June. For postage on

the people in these parts. Some à letter to the Com

contributions were made the last mittee,

9 year, to the amount of about 328 October. To Rev.John

dollars, the principal part of Griswold for eight

which has been expended in misweeks mission, 40 sionary labors, we believe, with To Rev.Lemuel Haynes

hopeful success. We have reafor five weeks mission 24 87 son to conclude, that some souls 1805, April. To Rev.

have been delivered from eterJames Davis for six

nal death, through your instru. teen weeks mission, 80 mentality ; for which, we desire June. To Mr. Asaph

to ascribe all the praise to soveMorgan for eight

reign grace. Those who have weeks mission, 40 sincerely cast their bread upon August. To Mr. Eli

the waters will find it after ma. jah Wheeler for 8

ny days; especially when they weeks mission, 40 come to meet those in heaven,

who will be their crown of re228 96 joicing in the day of the Lord

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Jesus. Those who have been thousand - fold of temporal and
employed to preach the gospel eternal good to the faithful and
among our new settlements, and liberal.
in vacant congregations, have Many of you, whose aid we
had a very welcome reception, entreat, will, no doubt be in eter-
and a pleasing conviction of the nity before the next year; many
great utility of missionary la- of those, whose necessities re-
bors. People have often cast in quire assistance, will also be
a little to promote the beneve- gone ; and should you have no
lent design. These hopeful be- disposition now to contribute,
ginnings have encouraged the you may eternally lose the re-
ministers and delegates of the ward, and souls perish through
churches in these parts most ear your neglect.—God has done
nestly to solicit a continuation of more than enough to convince
your liberality and exertions, in the candid that missionary exer-
so laudable an employment ; ful- tions are well-pleasing in his
ly believing that you will not sight. Those towns and socie-
withhold that pecuniary aid ne- ties that have watered, have been
cessary to prosecute an object of watered themselves. Those who
so much magnitude and impor represent all Missionary Socie-
tance. Many of your children ties as mercenary, adapted to
and friends have removed to dis- private sinister objects, certainly
tant parts of this and the neigh-betray great ignorance of the
boring States, where they are institution, or hearts unfriendly
not able or disposed to have a to morality.
settled ministry. Their tempo- We most earnestly entreat the
ral support and prosperity lies assistance of all, according to
with weight on your minds, their several abilities. Should
which perhaps excites you often any be able to cast in only two
to send them supplies. But can mites, with faith and prayer, it
you forget to send them the bread will doubtless yield a plentiful
of life, to save their perishing harvest. “ Who then is willing
souls? This is the best act of to consecrate his service this day
kindness you can manifest to- unto the Lord ?” While we call
wards your children, who have upon you to impart, we trust
removed from you, and may be that the precepts we inculcate
an expression of those peniten- on others will have a practical
tial reflections that become you, influence on ourselves; and that
for past unfaithfulness. This God will dispose us amply to dis-
will lay the most probable foun-charge the duty for which we are
dation for you to meet them a- now pleading. The trustees of
gain, where the pious will never the Society engage to give you a
be separated. You need not be just and accurate account annu-
informed that what we call our ally of the monies received and
property, is not our own; but of their expenditures, that you
that we are the Lord's Stewards, may not be ignorant of their ap-
and that he, in his providence, propriation.
calls for some of it. Will it not We fervently hope, and ex-
be a kind of sacrilege, or rob- pect, that as you have begun in
bing God, to withhold ? The this good work, you will increase
Almighty is able to refund a more and more, that you may

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receive a full reward and that we not recollect that Artaxerxes the blessing of many ready to began his reign, A. M. 3555, and perish, may come upon you. that Mordecai was carried to That while your hands are cast- Babylon, A. M. 3405, which ing into this treasury, it may be must have made him at least accompanied with your earnest 155 years old,” an age altogethprayers to the God of all grace, er disqualifying for the public that he would smile on this and service ascribed to him in the all other Societies that arejformed book of Esther.

6 We are for the spread of the glorious therefore compelled to consider gospel and the salvation of im- Ahasuerus to have been Darius mortal souls. Amen.

Hystaspis," adding reasons to B. WOOSTER,

Committee confirm his conjecture. So difL. HAYNES,

of ferent has been the opinion of J. BUSHNELL, J Consociation. historians respecting this Ahas.

'uerus, and this diversity has arisen perhaps entirely from

the supposition, that Mordecai Ahasuerus.

was carried to Babylon with Je.

coniah. Now will the public UESTION. Who was the forgive the writer if he presumes

Ahasuerus that made to suspect that these learned hisEsther his queen ? Though this torians have erred in supposing, question be not of the first mag- that Mordecai was carried away nitude, yet as historians have captive from Jerusalem to Babdiffered in their answers to it, ylon. As he would not indulge which has occasioned some con such a suspicion, without some fusion in the public mind; if it support for it in his own mind, can be satisfactorily resolved, he will not suggest it to the pubwill it not produce unanimity of lic without submitting his reaopinion, and make the perusal sons to candid consideration.of history more entertaining and Let the history be examined. agreeable ? It is now proposed Esther ü. 5, 6. Now in Shuthap to attempt it.

the palace was a certain Jew, Some have contended, that whose name was Mordecai

, the this Ahasuerus was the Persian son of Jair, the son of Shimei

, emperor, Xerxes, who made the son of Kish, a Benjamite, the celebrated expedition into who had been carried from Je. Greece. Others have insisted, rusalem with Jechoniah king of that it was the Persian emperor, Judah. And he brought up

HaArtaxerxes, called Longimanus. dassah, (that is Esther) his une To this the supposed great age cle's daughter. Upon this let of Mordecai has been objected. it be enquired, The learned historian Prideaux,

1. According to a grammatiwho adopts this opinion, proposes cal construction of the text, what various hypotheses to remove is the antecedent to the relative the objection, and reconcile the who? Who was carried to Babage of Mordecai with the reign ylon? Was it Mordecai or Kish? of Artaxerxes : and says the Is it usual in a connected senlearned and pious Mr. Brown, tence to pass three intervening * to this we should agree-did nouns and fix upon the fourth as

the antecedent to the relative ? | supply and read the text in If an instructor should demand Esther.according to Ezra. Now of a pupil, Who was carried to there was in Shuthan the palace Babylon? and he should reply, a certain Jew named Mordecai, Mordecai ; would he not correct the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, him, and say it was Kish? So the son of Kish, a Benjamite the following words, And he who was carried away, &c. This brought up Hadassah-accord- Mordecai, brought up Esther. ing to direct grammatical con- Does not this make it a perfect struction refer to Kish as the parallel with Ezra, move all person. But,

obscurity from the passage and 2. As Mordecai is the person make it as evident, that it was introduced, and the subsequent Kish who was carried to Babyhistory decidedly makes him the lon, as it is, that Aaron was the person who educated Esther, has progenitor of Ezra. not the grammatical construc- If it be admitted that it was Kish tion been disregarded ? and has who was carried away to Babyit been inadvertently received, ton, as Mordecai was the fourth that Mordecai was carried away generation from him, was not captive, when the history de- Mordecai cotemporary with Arsigned only to give his genealo- taxerxes ? and of an age qualigy up to the captivity; as Luke fying him for the eminent offices gave the genealogy of Christ and services ascribed to him in to David, Abraham, &c. and the book of Esther ? and does then proceed to give a narrative not this, by obviating the objecof the facts to be recorded of tion from this supposed great him ; but affirms that it was age of Mordecai, and corroboKish, who was carried to Baby- rated by his liberal disposition lon. In support of this hypo- and the royal favors which he thesis let us now consider, conferred on the Jews, address

3. A parallel passage. Now satisfactory evidence to the mind, in the reign of Artaxerxes, king that the Ahasuerus who made of Persia, Ezra, the son of Seriah, Esther his queen, was Artaxthe son of Phinehas, the son of erxes Longimanus? Eleazer, the son of Aaron the

chief priest. This Ezra went
up from Babylon, Ezra vii. 146.
Let us for this Ezra, substitute
the relative Who went up accord-

ing to the text in Esther, and
would not the grammatical

ORDAINED, on Wednesday construction make it Aaron who the 8th of January last, over the went up from Babylon, as the first religious, congregational grammatical construction

construction of society in Marietta, (Ohio,) the Esther makes it Kish who was Rev. Samuel Prince Robbins. carried away captive to Babylon. The public exercises of the ocBut the insertions of the words, cason were performed in a sol. This Ezra, transfers the gram- emn and impressive manner. matical construction from Aaron The Rev. Jacob Lindsly of Wato Ezra and removes all ambigui-terford made the introductory ty from the passage. Let us now 1 prayer. The Rev. Thomas Rob.

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