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NARRATIVE on the subject of truth abundant occasion for reMissions : and á Statement of joicing in the goodness of the the funds of the Missionary Lord, and for praise and thanks. Society of Connecticut, for the giving to the Father of mercies, year 1805. Addressed by the and God of salvation. Trusteeds of the Society, to the
The services performed, unMinisters and People of the der the auspices of the MissionState.
ary Society of Connecticut, the
year past, have not indeed been "HE Trustees of the Mis- so great as in some preceding
sionary Society of Connec- years. The Trustees however ticut desire again to call the at- derive great satisfaction from the tention of the ministers and peo- reflection, that this has not arisen ple of the State, to the important from a want of liberality in the subject of missions. To all who good people of the State, in confeel concerned for the eternal tributing as largely as in former welfare of their fellow men, the years to the support of missions, subject will ever be interesting; and a consequent diminution of and it will afford them satisfac- the annual income of the Societion to hear of any instance of ty; nor, as they trust, from á success, with which a gracious want of faithfulness on their part "God sees fit to crown the labors in discharging the duties devolof those who are engaged in pro- ved upon them. It is to be aspagating a knowledge of the Re-cribed to the difficulty of procudeemer, and of the way of salva- ring suitable persons to employ tion through him.) Although the as missionaries ; and this diftiTrustees have nothing peculiar- culty has arisen from two sourly new and striking to commu- ces,man unusual call for Candinicate on the subject, yet the dates for the ministry among continued smiles of the great the old settlements, and an inhead of the Church upon the crease of the number of mismissionary
causè for another sionaries employed by other year, afford to the friends of Missionary Societies. So that Vol. VI. NO. 8.
on the whole, though fewer per- Mr. Badger's journal to Sept. sons may have been laboring last has been received. From under the direction of the insti- | the latter end of November, 1804, tution in this state, yet as other to the latter end of May, 1805, Societies, by the increase of their he travelled about 700 miles ; funds, have been enabled to ex-preached 87 sermons; attended tend the fields of their labors, 7.Church meetings; admitted and to support more missiona- several persons into communion ries, the services performed du with the Churches ; administerring the year, among the newed the sacrament of the Lord's settlements, have execeded those supper twice"; baptized one aof any former year.
dult and 11 children ; attended May that God who disposes many conferences and meetings people to afford pecuniary aid, for prayer; visited and catechifor the promotion of so import-sel schools ; attended funerals, ant an object, raise up and qualify and visited many families. In a competent number of laborers June he went on a mission to for his vineyard, which is con- the Wyandot Indians, from tinually becoming more exten- which he returned in August. sive!
An account of this mission will (In their former Narratives, be given in the sequel of this the Trustees have mentioned Narrative. the County of Trumbull, in the In the fall of 1804, Mr. RobState of Ohio, (commonly called bins, having recovered from a teNew Connecticut) as being a dious fit of sickness, entered part of the country, which, in again on his missionary labors ; their view, claimed particular and from that time to Septemattention. They therefore, some ber 12th, 1805, the date of his time since; voted statedly to em- last letter, he itinerated over the ploy three mişsionaries at least, greater part of the County, and in that territory. In pursuance visited and preached in nearly of that vote, the Rev. Messrs. all of the settlements, in several Joseph Padger and Thomas Rob- of which there never had been a bins have continued there thro' sermon preached before. He the year; and the Rev. David administered the Lord's supper Bacon was there from the begin- twice ; babtized one adult and ning of March last till the latter 8 children ; admitted several, end of November; itinerating as persons into Churches, and a missionary part of the time, preached nearly 200 sermons ; and preaching statedly in Hud- besides attending conferences, son the other part, supported by visiting schools and private famthe people of that place. · Ano- ilies, administering consolation ther missionary would have been to the sick and dying, and attensent there, to labor a certain por- ding funerals. Owingtoill health, tion of the tiine in the service of the latter part of the sumthe Society, and the residue to mer, his labors were less apreach in some particular towns, bundant than they would have where the people wished to em- otherwise been. ploy him, but a suitable person Mr. Bacon returned from his has not yet been found for that mission to the Indians at Michpurpose.
illimakinak, in December 1804
and in January, 1805, left Hart- opposition, the people regularly ford for New Connecticut, where meet every Sabbath, for public he arrived the beginning of worship, in many of the towns, March, after a very fatiguing and in several of them measures journey. At Cadarogus, on lake are adopting for the settlement Erie, he was detained some time of gospel ministers, and the re, by bad weather. Here he had gular and stated administration an interview with some of the of Christian ordinances. The laSeneca Indians, who have a vil. bors of missionaries have doubtlage near that place; and at less had a very considerable intheir request he went and prea fuence in producing these efched to that benighted people, fects. This certainly furnishes , many of whom discovered a dis a powerful motive for the conposition to hear the word of sal-tinuance of those labors; and it vation, and to be enlightened in is hoped will be an inducement the truths of the gospel. Hav- to the people of this State to coning arrived at Hudson, where tinue their contributions, that the his family was, he soon entered Trustees may have the means on his labors as a missionary, of gratifying the wishes, and aidand from that time to Novembering the endeavors, of the judi21st, when he left the County, cious, steady and serious inhalhe itinerated 19 weeks in the itants of that County, in checkservice of the Society, preaching ing, as far as human means shall every Sabbath, and many other be conducive to that effect, the days of the week, and perform-spread of infidelity and all false ing other ministerial services as principles, and of promoting a opportunities presented. The knowledge of the truth as it is in residue of the time he preached Jesus.) Although the fervor of statedly to the people of Hudson. the late revival there has abated, It is expected that in the spring its happy effects continue ; and he will again go to that country, in the town of Canfield there has being reappointed for another been an awakening the year past, year, as are also Messrs. Badger and some hopefully born into the and Robbins. The Rev. Calvin kingdom of the Redeemer.
In Chapin is likewise appointed a this place the work of God was missionary to the same field. not attended with those remark
(The Missonaries to the Coun- able bodily impressions which ty of Trumbull unite in repre- have characterised the late revisenting that territory as rapidly vals in the southern States, and settling ; and as being a 'field which were common in Austinwhere missionary labors are burgb and its vicinity. On the greatly needed, and where there whole, from other sources of inis a prospect that under the bles- formation, as well as from the sing of God much good may be journals of the missionaries done by them. Most of the themselves, there is abundant settlers are as yet friendly to re- reason to believe not only that ligious institutions ; but others they have been faithful, but also of them opposed to the intro- that much good has been done duction of the worship of God by them. and the observation of the Sal- (The western Counties of the bath. But notwithstanding their / State of New-York, and the nor
with many families ; attended is a great diversity of sentiments * conferences; endeavored to heal on religious subjects. Tenets
divisions in Churches, and exert- are propagated, and practices ed himself to build up the Re- countenanced, which, in the deemer's kingdom in all the pla- opinion of the Trustees, are çes which he visited. Ill health very erroneous. They think, and the circumstances of his therefore, that every possible exfamily prevented his itinerating ertion should be made, in a pruany more as a missionary, pre- dent manner, to check these vious to the date of his last com-errors, and to promote the pure munication, which was in Octo- doctrines and precepts of Chrisber. lle is re-appointed for an- tianity ; that while these settle,
ments are increasing in numbers In this same field the Rev. and wealth, and while the inCalvin Ingals Jabored, in concert habitants discover a laudable zeal with Mr. Williston, from about to establish schools, they may the first of May to the middle of be induced also to attend to those September. In the course of religious institutions which have his mission le travelled upwards ever been found highly conduof 1400 miles ; preacher 100 cive to the well being of society, times, and baptized 10 children ; as well as promotive, under the besides performilig other minis- blessing of Coc, of those affec
tions which are necessary to pre
ties in the Churches; of bringpare men for happiness in a fu- ' ing, as I hope, a few to-sub, ture state of existence. The la- mit to the prince of peace ; bors of pigus, faithful, zealousand of instructing, comforting missionaries will doubtless con-, and reviving a considerable tribute greatly to promote these number of his dear cijildren, desirable objects.
It is not without much sorrow ( In the last year's Narrative of heart that I think of declin, the Rev. Thomas Williams is ing the renewed appointment mentioned as laboring in the of the Trụstees; but the state Countjes pf Otsego and Dela- • of my health is such as unfits ware, State of New York, and as me for the discharge of the being re-appointed to continue duties of a missionary. Sure, there another year; but in Feb- ly they who desire the salvaruary he returned, having per- • tion of souls, and strive for an formed a missionary tour of about' incorruptible crown, will never eight months, mostly in the rest until they see the standard Counties mentioned above, and of Sion's king erected every the rest of the time further west- where, and the kingdom, and ward, in concert with Mr. Wil- the greatness of the kingdom, liston. Mr. Williams, at the con-.
(and the dominion under the whole clusion of his journal, observes, heaven given to the people of the " During my inission I have saints of the most hugh God.
preached 149 times, Until De- May all the saints on earth, ·cember 9th, I commonly prea- (with one heart and voice, re,
ched 6 times a week, Since - solve that, for Sion's sake they
to the ( ich bin