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edge to the preacher and his au- and four English famílies, careditors. It was a general inqui- fully selected, were to be admitry through the preceding week, ed for the purpose of assisting where Mr. Vincent was to preach in civilizing the Indians, and that on the Sabbath. Multitudes fol. the solitary servants of the Lord lowed him wherever he went'; might be surnished with some and several were awakened by cheering society. every sermon. He visited all, l'reviously, however, to the that sent for him, without fear ; conjunction of the two compa: and did the best he could for nies in their new town, they went them in their extremity ; espe- into the woods for a number of cially to save their souls from weeks to inake sugar from the death. And it pleased God to sap of the maple; and Mr. Ser: take particular care of him ; for, geant, unwilling they should rethough the whole number, reck- main so long a time without in: oned to die of the plague in Struction, accompanied them. London this year, was 68,596, He prayed with them morning and seven persons died of it in and evening in their own lanthe family, where he lived, he guage, and preached on the sab: continued in perfect health all bath. In the day he taught the the time. He was afterward children to read, and at night the useful, by his unwearied labours, adults collected that they might to a numerous congregation, till learn of him to sing: While he the year 1678, when he dicd at was in the woods the snow was Horion.
about a foot and a half deep. A ORTON. deer-skin, spread upon some
spruce boughș, with two or three blankets, formed his bed, and water from the “running brook” was his only drink.
We here see the man of truc (Concluded from page 400.)
benevolence. We behold an ob: It has already been mention- ject, which casts contempt on all ed, that the Housatonic Indians earthly dignity, and eclipses the lived on two tracts of land, ser- glory derived from genius, learn: eral miles distant from each oth- ing, or conquest. er. In order to remove the in- Mr. Sergeant hąd opportunity conveniences occasioned by this particularly to observe the man circumstance, the General Court, ners of the Indians. He found at the request of Gov. Belcher, them kind to one another and purchased of the Indians in 1736 very hospitable to strangers, all the land, which they owned
The women and children were at Shatekook, and in return bashful ; the latter exhibited no granted them a township six kind of respect to their parents, miles square, including Wnahk- Compliments were unknown, tukook, or the great meadow. When a stranger visited them, This township is now called he entered the buț or wigwam Stockbridge. Mr. Sergeant and as though it was his own, and Mr. Woodbridge wera each made
said nothing until something was proprictors of one sixtieth part, given him to eat.
LIFE OF REV. JOHN SERGEANT.
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
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tween study and labour that none dred pounds sterling for educatbe lost in idleness; that 200 acres ing a number of the Indian boys. of land should be devoted to their Mr. Samuel Holden of London, use, which they should cultivate; and Madam Holden were also that they should be accustomed liberal benefactors of the mission. to restraint and obedience ; that To these may be added the girls as well as boys should be names of Dr. Watts, Dr. Aysreceived into the school, and that cough, and Capt. Coram of Lonthey should be taught the duties don, and Gov. Belcher and Dr. of doinestic life; and at the same Coleman of Boston. time that the principles of vir- ticularly the last mentioned gentue and piety should be instilled tleman, whose name deserves to into their minds in a way, that be held in remembrance. He should be likely to make the was the early friend of the mismost lasting impression." sion and unwearied in his exer
This was the plan for a school tions to promote its interest. formed by Mr. Sergeant, and Through him the bounty from which by great exertion he was England was communicated to · 'enabled in part to carry into exe- Housatonic. He rejoiced in the cution just before his death. hope of promoting the salvation
It would perhaps be useless to of the heathen, and it was but enter into a detail of events, four days before his death that which had relation to this mis- “ with a sick and faint breast and sion at Housatonic, but there are a trembling hand” he wrote to two inquiries that will naturally Mr. Sergeant to make known to be made ; first, by what means him a new instance of the liberwas Mr. Sergeant supported, and ality of Mr. Hollis. At the from what sources did he derive close of this letter we find the funds for desraying the unavoida- following affecting benediction, ble expenses to which he was
the Lord be with thee ; subject, and secondly, what suc- and prosper thou · when I am cess rewarded his labours ?
dead." He received an annual salary As to the success, which attendof 120 or 130 dollars from the ed the benevolent labours of Mr. Commissioners for Indian affairs Sergeant, it was such as must have at Boston, which however was administered to his heart the very incompetent for his own
purest satisfaction. When he 'comfortable subsistence and that went to Housatonic in 1734, the of his family. The General whole number of Indians living Court, besides building a school- there did not amount to fifty ; house, and house for public when he died in 1749 the numworship, made him a small grant, ber was increased to 218; of and for what was still wanting he these 129 had been baptized, and was dependent on the generous 43 were communicants, 18 males donations of individuals. Among and 24 females. About 70 oththese it is pleasing to recollect ers had been baptized who were the munificence of Mr. Isaac not living. When it is recollect. Hollis, of London, who in the ed that Mr. S. was cautious as to course of four or five years the admission of members into contributed upwards of two bun- his church, that he carefully examined those who offered them- At last, in July, 1749, after selves, perhaps without presump- commending his departing spirit tion we may indulge the hope, to the blessed Redeemer, he died that most whom he received in peace, and has entered, it is were real Christians, truly peni- believed, into that rest, which retent and believing. If however maineth for the people of God. he was the means of bringing Mr. Sergeant has left an ex. but one heathen to the knowl- ample, which in many respects edge of the gospel, this event is worthy of imitation. He was would fill heaven with joy. frequent in the duty of secret
The wives both of the Captain prayer. Morning and evening and Lieutenant died, expressing to he worshipped God in his famihim their hope of salvation, and ly, reading at the same time a giving evidence that their hope portion of the sacred Scriptures, was not groundless ; and several and making such observations others, while Mr. S. was living, upon it as he thought would be closed their eyes in peace, and useful. He preached four serjoyful expectation of eternal life.
mons every Lord's day, two to At length the time arrived the English, and two to the Inwhen he himself was to be sum- dians, and in the summer season moned into the world of spirits. usually spent an hour with the In his sickness he was frequently latter after the common services, visited by the Indians, and he instructing and warning and extook every opportunity to enforce horting them in the most familupon them the instructions iar manner. Besides this, during which he had given them, charg. the week he kept his eye upon ing them to live agreeably to the them, and continually endeavgospel, as they would meet him oured to promote the objects of at last in peace. So great was his mission. He was very caretheir affection for him, that they ful in the improvement of his assembled of their own accord, to time. He translated into the Insupplicate their Father in heav
dian language those parts of the en for the continuance of his Old Testament, which contain precious life.
an'account of the creation, of When he was asked, whether the fall of our first parents, of the grave excited any terror, he the calling of Abraham, of the replied, “ Death is no surprise dealings of God with the patrito me.
My acquaintance with archs and child of Israel, and the blessed world, to which those which relate to the coming I hope I am now hastening, of Christ, and the whole of the through the mercy of God in New Testament, excepting the Christ, is not now to commence. Revelation. This was a work, I can trust him, in whom I have which cost him much labour, and believed, and long ago placed my the reading of it to the Indians, as everlasting dependence upon.” their language abounded in guteOn being reminded that his work turals, was extremely fatiguing. was well done, “I can call my- Mr. Sergeant was just, kind self," he answered, “ a most un- and benevolent; compassionate profitable servant, and say, God to the afflicted, liberal to the be merciful to me a sinner.” poor, friendly to his enemies, Vol. II. No. 10.
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. and anxious to save the sinner The reader, who with a befrom death. He was careful not nevolent joy has seen the gospel to speak evil of any one. No en- conveyed to the Indians at Houvious or unkind word fell from satonic, will naturally desire to his lips, and no resentment was know what has been the state of excited by the injuries he re- that tribe since the death of Mr. ceived. His cheerfulness did Sergeant.
Sergeant. The Rev. Jonathan not degenerate into merriment, Edwards succeeded him as misnor his seriousness into melan- sionary at Stockbridge. Anumcholy ; but he seemed always to ber of years after his death the have the quiet possession of whole tribe emigrated to New himself.
Stockbridge, near Oneida, in the Such is the representation, state of New-York, where they which is given us of the Rev. now live under the pastoral care Mr. Sergeant. Many traits of the Rev. John Sergeant, a might be added to this portrait, worthy son of the excellent man, but those who wish for more mi- a sketch of whose life and labours. nute accounts are referred to the has thus been given. pamphlet already mentioned..
ence of outward means and inward agency, he may take pos
session of that seat to which he (Concluded from page 419.) is entitled ; but which has long If the doctrine of divine in- been occupied by the world and fluence, as before stated, be true; sin. we are reminded of the unspeak- 2. It appears, likewise, that able goodness of God. He has our depravity must be very great not only ushered in an economy indeed, or else such a kind and of which divine grace lies at the gracious gospel, as that of foundation'; he has not only sent Christ, would need no spiritual his Son, the great and blessed influence to procure it a ready reIMMANUEL, from heaven, to ception. It is strange, that sinopen a way for the exercise of ners under sentence of eternal mercy; to open prison doors 10 death, need to be urged to accept them that are bound, and to break pardon, and a heavenly inherittheir chains; but he sends his Men do not require urgspirit, to take them by the hand, ing to accept earthly benefits. and lead them out. As all out. They readily and gladly accept ward means, however numerous, them. One would suppose, that or forcible, are insufficient for men would be greatly dissatisfied our delivery, on account of the with their sinful state, and very deep corruption of our hearts ; anxious to avoid the dangers of he sends his Spirit, to operate it ; that the offer of forgiveness within, that, by the joint influ- and eternal life. would be em