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word, that was all he said ; and tion to administer the Lord's upon a solemn, assurance that it supper ; but did not live to perwas, he replied, “ Doctor, I am form that service. The day besatisfied, and you may be as- fore he was confined to his bed, sured of my favour; but look he was in his study, of which he to yourself, or Hyde will be too took a solemn leave, blessing hard for you."
God for the many pleasant and After his ejectment he usual- useful hours he had spent there, Jy resorted to his own church, and expressing his joyful hope where he heard his successor, of a state of clearer knowledge Dr. Patrick, till he was obliged and higher enjoyments. At to desist. After this he preach- night he prayed with his family,
. ed on Lord's day evenings in his under great indisposition, and own house, and on Wednesday recommended himself to God's mornings ; for which Justice wise disposal ; desiring that, “if Ball proceeded against him. he had no farther work for him When the indulgence, given in to do, he would take him to him1670, expired, and the Dr. was self.” When he went to bed, he apprehended, after his sermon was scized with a lethargy, to the on the Lord's day, many persons great loss and grief of his friends, of distinction attended him ; so as it deprived him of all capacity that he met civil treatment ; for conversing with them. He and, when a prisoner in the died 18th Oct. 1677, in the 57th Gate-house, the keeper, though year of his age. usually severe, granted him eve
Dr. Manton was
a man of ry convenience.
great learning, judgment, integAfter his release, when the rity and moderation. He had a indulgence was renewed, he fine collection of books : and his preached in a large room in delight was in his study. He Whitehart-yard; but there he had carefully read the fathers was at length disturbed. A band and schoolmen, and well digested of rabble came on Lord's day the commentators on Scripture. morning to seize him ; but, hav- He was also well read in ancient ing timely notice, he escaped and modern history, which rentheir fury. The place was fined dered his conversation entertain401. and the minister, who ing and instructive. He dispreached for him, 201. When coursed with young gentlemen ihe indulgence was confirmed in who had travelled, so as to sur1672, the merchants set up a prise them with his superior lecture at Pinner's Hall, which knowledge of things abroad. He was opened by Dr. Manton. took great pains with his ser
When his health began to de- mons, and sometimes transcribcline, he could not be persuaded ed them more than once. long to desist from his delight- good thought came into his ful work of preaching ; but he mind in the night, he would light at length consented to spend his candle, and sometimes write some time with Lord Wharton an hour. His delivery was natat Woburn. Finding however ural and free, clear and eloquent, but little benefit, he soon return- quick and powerful, and always 6, and gave notice of his inten- suited to the simplicity and ma
jesty of divine truth. His earn estness was such, as might soften the most obdurate spirits. "I am not speaking," says Dr.Bates, "of one whose talent was only in voice, who laboured in the pulpit, as if the end of preaching were the exercise of the body. This man of God was inflamed with holy zeal; and spoke, as one who had within him a living faith of divine truths. The sound of words only strikes the ear, but the mind reasons with the mind, and the heart speaks to the heart." He abounded in the work of the Lord, preaching with unparalleled assiduity and frequency; yet always superior to others, and equal to himself. In the decline of life he would not leave his beloved work, the vigour of his mind supporting the weakness of his body. As a Christian, his life was answerable to his doctrine. His contempt of the world secured him from being wrought on by those motives, which tempt sordid spirits from duty. His charity was eminent in procuring supplies for others, when in mean circumstances himself. But he had great experience of God's fatherly provision, to which his filial confidence was correspondent. His conversation in his family was holy and exemplary, every day instructing them in their duty from the Scriptures. His humility was great. He was deeply affected by a sense of his frailties and unworthiness. A little before his death he said to Dr. Bates, "It is infinitely terrible to appear before God the Judge of all, without the protec. tion of the blood of sprinkling." This alone relieved him, and supported his hopes; which was
the subject of his last public dis
Dr. Harris, in the memoirs of his life, mentions the following anecdote of him. "Being to preach before the Lord Mayor and court of Aldermen at St. Paul's, the Doctor chose a subject, in which he had an opportunity of displaying his judgment and learning. He was heard with admiration and ap plause by the more intelligent part of the audience. But, as he was returning from dinner with the Lord Mayor, a poor man, following him, pulled him by the sleeve of his gown, and askeď him, if he were the gentleman, that preached before the Lord Mayor. He replied, he was,
Sir,' says he, I came with hopes of getting some good to my soul; but I was greatly dis appointed, for I could not understand a great deal of what you said; you were quite above me.' The Doctor replied with tears, Friend, if I did not give you a sermon, you have given me one,'
SKETCH OF REV. THOMAS VIN: CENT, M. A.
THOMAS and Nathaniel Vincent were sons of the worthy and reverend Mr. John Vincent; of whom it was observed, that he was so harassed for his nonconformity, that, though he had many children, not two of them were born in the same county, This Mr. Thomas Vincent, the elder son, was born at Hertford in 1634, and educated at OxFORD. He succeeded the Rev. Mr. Case, as rector of St. MARY MAGDALEN, MILK STREET
London, from which he was ejected. He was a worthy, humble, eminently pious man, of sober principles, and of great zeal and diligence. He had the whole of the New Testament and Psalms by heart. He took this pains (as he often said)
not knowing but they, who took from him his pulpit, might in time demand his Bible also." Even Wood says, "He was always held in great esteem for his piety by those of his persuasion." But his eminence and usefulness were not knowledged by a particular party only, but by all sober persons, who were acquainted with him. He was one of the few ministers, who had the zeal and cour. age to continue in the city amidst all the fury of the plague in 1665; and he pursued his ministerial work in that needful, but dangerous season, with all diligence and intrepidity, both in public and private. He had been for some time employed in assisting Mr. Doolittle at Isling ton in giving young persons an academical education; for which service he was thought well qualified. Upon the progress of the distemper in the city, he acquainted his good friend and colleague with his design to quit that employment, and to devote himself chiefly to the visitation of the sick, and the instruction of the healthy, in that time of pressing necessity. Mr. Doolittle endeavoured to dissuade him, by representing the danger he must run; told him, he thought he had no call to it, being then otherwise employed; and that it was rather advisable he should reserve himself for farther service to the rising age,
in that station, wherein he was then so usefully fixed. Mr. Vincent not being satisfied to desist, they agreed to request the advice of their brethren in and about the city, upon the case. When Mr. Doolittle had represented his reasons at large, Mr. Vincent acquainted his brethren, that he had very seriously con, sidered the matter, before he had come to a resolution, He had carefully examined the state of his own soul, and could look death in the face with comfort. He thought it was absolutely necessary, that such vast numbers of dying people should have some spiritual assistance. He could have no prospect of usefulness in the exercise of his ministry, through his whole life, like that which now offered itself. He had often committed the case and himself to God in prayer, and upon the whole had solemnly devoted himself to the service of God and souls upon this occasion; and therefore hoped none of them would endeavour to weaken his hands in this work. When the ministers present had heard him out, they unanimously declared their sat isfaction and joy; that they ap prehended the matter was of God, and concurred in their prayers for his protection and success. Hereupon he went out to his work with the greatest firmness and assiduity. He constantly preached every Lord's day through the whole visitation in some parish church. His subjects were the most moving and important, and his manage ment of them the most pathetic and searching. The awfulness of the judgment, then every where obvious, gave a peculiar
edge to the preacher and his auditors. It was a general inquiry through the preceding week, where Mr. Vincent was to preach on the Sabbath. Multitudes followed him wherever he went'; and several were awakened by every sermon. He visited all, that sent for him, without fear; and did the best he could for them in their extremity; especially to save their souls from death. And it pleased God to take particular care of him; for, though the whole number, reckoned to die of the plague in London this year, was 68,596, and seven persons died of it in the family, where he lived, he continued in perfect health all the time. He was afterward useful, by his unwearied labours, to a numerous congregation, till the year 1678, when he died at Horion.
LIFE OF REV. JOHN SERGEANT.
(Concluded from page 400.)
IT has already been mentioned, that the Housatonic Indians lived on two tracts of land, several miles distant from each other. In order to remove the inconveniences occasioned by this circumstance, the General Court, at the request of Gov. Belcher, purchased of the Indians in 1736 all the land, which they owned at Shatekook, and in return granted them a township six miles square, including Wnahktukook, or the great meadow. This township is now called Stockbridge. Mr. Sergeant and Mr. Woodbridge wera each made proprictors of one sixtieth part,
and four English famílies, carefully selected, were to be admited for the purpose of assisting in civilizing the Indians, and that the solitary servants of the Lord might be furnished with some cheering society.
Freviously, however, to the conjunction of the two compar nies in their new town, they went into the woods for a number of weeks to make sugar from the sap of the maple; and Mr. Ser geant, unwilling they should remain so long a time without instruction, accompanied them. He prayed with them morning and evening in their own language, and preached on the sab bath. In the day he taught the children to read, and at night the adults collected that they might learn of him to sing. While he was in the woods the snow was about a foot and a half deep. A deer-skin, spread upon somẹ spruce boughs, with two or three blankets, formed his bed, and water from the "running brook" was his only drink.
We here see the man of true benevolence. We behold an ob: ject, which casts contempt on all earthly dignity, and eclipses the glory derived from genius, learn÷ ing, or conquest.
Mr. Sergeant had opportunity particularly to observe the manners of the Indians. He found them kind to one another and very hospitable to strangers. The women and children were bashful; the latter exhibited no kind of respect to their parents, Compliments were unknown, When a stranger visited them, he entered the hut or wigwam as though it was his own, and said nothing until something was given him to eat.
Their language in this respect the larger tribes, who were still was remarkable, that it furnished in darkness. To this end he names to designate relations, was particularly careful to cultithat are not designated in other vate the friendship of strangers ; languages. Thus, for instance, he preached to a number of Inof the children of the same pa- dians on an Island in Hudsou's rents the elder brothers are de- river, and even visited the Shawnominated, by all the younger anoos, who lived 220 miles distant members of the family, Netoke on the Susquehannah. haunut, and the elder sisters, Although Mr. Sergeant could Nmesuk, while the younger chil- not complain of a total want of dren are called by the elder, success at Stockbridge, yet his Nheesumuk. Here then we have exertions were not prospered in names expressive of three rela- the degree that he wished. The tions, in which children of the manned, in which the Indians same family stand to each other. lived, presented an almost insu
When the Indians were settled perable difficulty. Except when in one village at Stockbridge in employed in hunting, the men 4737, Mr. Sergeant was enabled were generally idle, and idleness to instruct them in a more regu- led the way to drunkenness. Belar manner. He had become sides this their language was so well acquainted with their lan- imperfect and barbarous, that it guage, and translated into it was impossible by means of it several prayers and Dr. Watts' to communicate fully the imporfirst Catechism for the use of tant truths of the gospel.
In the children. He conversed fre- order to surmount these difficulquently with his own people and ties Mr. S. was convinced, that with strangers who visited them, it was absolutely necessary to and endeavoured to impress their civilize them, and to persuade minds with the truth and excel- them to exchange their own for lence of the Christian religion. the English language and habits. At the request of some Indians For this purpose it was that he living at Kaunaumeek, a place wished several white families to about 18 miles to the N. W. from be placed among them, and the Housatonic, he visited them and more completely to accomplish preached in the Indian language. this object he formed the plan He thus opened a way for the es- of a school for the education of tablishment of a mission among Indian children in a manner, them a few years afterwards by which should effect a thorough the zealous and excellent Mr. change in their habits of thinking Brainerd.
and acting. He proposed that a From this time to that of his number of children and youth, death in 1749, Mr. Sergeant from ten to twenty years of age, continued his faithful labours as and among them some from oth a missionary at Housatonic ; but er tribes, should be placed under his views were not confined to the care of two masters, one to the small tribe, with which he have the oversight of them in was connected. He was earnest- the hours of labour, and the other ly desirous that the blessings of in the hours of study ; that their the gospel might be extended to time should be so divided be