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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,
4 91 who have missionated
among them. The following is a state
from Middlebury, 20 ment of their contributions.
7 from Cambridge,
2 50 To Rev. James Davis.
6 28 At Salisbury, $ 1 46
from West-Rutland, 19 4 Hancock,
17 50 Vergennes,
3 68 Starksboro'
11 15 Berkshire,
from East-Rutland, 15
12 75 Hinesburgh general
11 2 meeting,
13 37 Rochester,
5 21 Hardwick,
from New-Haven, 7 10 Cabot,
from Hinesburgh, 4 15 By an unknown hand 0 25
A private donation, 0 20
45 11 To Rev. Lemuel Haynes. At Weybridge,
$ 3 96 Swanton,
11 50 To Mr. Morgan. At Fairfax,
$ 1 63 By an individual
1 83 To Mr. Wheeler. At Kingston,
$ 2 40 Moretown,
2 26 Starksboro'
2 51 Monkton,
2 79 Milton,
205 75 A donation from Mr.
Samuel P. Robbins,
Berkshire County. 1
Haynes, collected on
11 50 From Rev. James Da.
vis, collected on a
45 20 A donation from Mr.
Medad Shelden, W.
est on money loaned,
42 A contribution from
the Female Society,
5 8 A contribution at the
Oct. 10th, 1805. BalHaven,
ance in the Treasury, 99 1 From Mr. Asaph Morgan, collected on a
$327 97 mission,
1 83 SETH STORRS, Treasurer. A contribution from
Examined by Richmond,
LEMUEL HAYNES, A contribution at the
JEDEDIAH BUSHNELL, general meeting in
BENJAMIN WOOSTER, Bridport,
13 16 From Mr.Elijah Whee
AN ADDRESS. ler, collected on a mission,
THE Consociations of the Sept. A contribution
Western District of Vermont, at the general meet
and some adjacent towns in the ing in Middlebury, 20 7 State of New York, beg leave to A donation from Mr.
address the people in the limits Stephen Tomblin,
above mentioned, on a subject Cornwall,
25 they esteem important and to all A donation from Mrs.
very interesting Brewster, Richmond, 38
Brethren and Friends, A donation from Mr.
THE remarkable missionary Matthew Lewis,Corn
spirit which has for years past wall,
taken place in many parts of the
world, amorg Christians of al$ 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
Jesus. Those who have been thousand - fold of temporal and
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
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.