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Divinity of Jesus Christ, and the duties of family religion, and the efficacy of the atonement
the government and education of special agency of the Divine their children. Spirit in regeneration ; the ne- At the age of twenty-six, Mr. cessity of repentance ; of faith Moorhead married Miss Sarah in Christ, and of good works. Parsons, an English lady of a
He possessed strength of bright genius and good education. mind, sprightliness of imagina- With her he lived happily, many tion, and readiness of expres- years; and by her had several sion; but appeared indifferent to children. The only surviving the choice of the most appro- one, is the widow of the late Capt. priate phraseology. His manner Alexander Wilson of Boston. was solemn, affectionate, and He continued the faithful paspathetic. His language and tor of the church about forty-tour manner were the index of his
years, and died at the commence. mind. He spoke from the heart. ment of the revolutionary war, His tears flowed in the earnest, and entered we trust into everalarming, or persuasive applica- lasting rest. tions of his sermons. He was The children of the founders án “ Israelite, in whom was no of the church, feeling less atguile.” Such was the success tachment than their fathers, to of his faithful labours, and the the particular forms of Presbyteaccession of foreign Protestants, rian church government, and that in six years, after the found- finding themselves locally distant ing of the church, the communi. from those of the same denomicants were about two hundred nation, with whom to associate ; and fifty. Four times in the changed the Presbyterian, for the year, he celebrated the Lord's Congregational form of governsupper. They were seasons of ment, at the settlement of the
reat solemnity. On these occa- Rev. Dr. Belknap, the successor sions Mr. Moorhead commonly of Mr. Moorhead. had the assistance of one or two May the purity of evangelical of his brethren, particularly the doctrines and manners, be foreve Rev. Mr. M'Gregore, and after- er maintained in a church foundwards the Rev. Mr. Clarke of ed by the signal' direction and Londonderry, and once, of the blessing of Heaven ! celebrated Mr. Whitefield, when every heart was moved by his solemn and enraptured perform
LIFE OF REV. JOHN SERGEANT. ances. On these occasions, each minister served a tablein rotation.
(Continued from page 355.) At those seasons of fervent zeal in religion, the house BESIDES contending with the could not contain the multitudes, difficulties, which arose from the eager to hear the words of eter ignorance, the degradation, the nal life. The doors and windows habits of the Indians, Mr. Serwere crowded with spectators. geant met witi: obstructions to
The society in general were his benevolent designs from an respectable for good morals, in- unexpected quarter. If indig. dustry, sobriety, attention to the nation ever rises in the breast of
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a good man, he will feel indig- the objects of the mission. The nant when he reads, that certain number of scholars had now in. Dutch traders from Hudson's creased to twenty-five, and the river, who had supplied the In- opinion which Mr. Sergeant had dians with rum at a very advanc- formed of the capacity of his ed price, and who took advantage tawney pupils, will be seen in of their folly, when in a state of the following extract from a letintoxication, to make a good bar- ter addressed to Adam Win. gain with them, fearing that throp, Esq. Secretary of the their profit would be diminished board of Commissioners. and their “ craft be in danger,” do not judge amiss, the Indian made every attempt to produce children excel the generality of in their minds an aversion to the ours in pregnancy of parts and Christian religion and a suspi- good humour. I am sure that I cion of tie design, for which could not have found an English a missionary was sent amongst school any where, that would them. But such conduct, how have pleased me so much." He much soever it may excite ab- proceeds to say,
proceeds to say, “Capt. Kunka- . horrence, is neither surprising pot is an excellent man, and I do nor uncommon. When men believe has the true spirit of prefer the acquisition of wealth Christianity in him. He knows to a good conscience, we must a great deal, and by the character suppose that they will overlook all his acquaintance give of him, every consideration of humanity his conduct is unexceptionable." and benevolence; and how ma- While at New Haven, he was ny do we now observe, who op- not unmindful of his Housatonic
progress of the gospel, friends, but sent them several if not exactly in the manner a- letters; in one of which he tells dopted by the Dutch traders, yet them, you are always in my by refusing to obey it, by their heart, and I cease not every day pernicious examples, and by cast- to pray to God for you. We are ing contempt upon the righteous? all sinners, and deserve to be punMr. Sergeant, however, was so ished; but Christ took upon himhappy as to convince the Indians self the punishment due to us. of the design of the traders, and They cannot be your friends, thus counteracted the insinua- that try to discourage you. They tions of those, whose gain was only endeavour to keep you in their godliness.
ignorance, that they may be un., In December, agreeably to his der better advantage to cheat promise when he left New Ha
you. Knowledge is certainly ven, he returned to the college good. It is to the mind what to remain until commencement light is to the eye. You would with the class, which had been think them your greatest enecommitted to his care. He took mies, that should endeavour to with him two Indian boys, the put out your eyes ; especially if sons of the Captain and Lieuten- you were travelling a difficult ant, and left in his school at Hon road. This world is like a thick, satonic Mr. Timothy Wood
Wood- and entangled wilderness; and bridge of Springfield, who was why should not you, as well as tery serviceable in promoting other people, enjoy the benefit of
the light? Truth is more pre- visit to the Indians, and in July cious, than the light of the sun. left New Haven intending to pass Don't suffer your enemies to im- the remainder of his life at Houpose upon you."
As he found some of In January, 1735, deputies the Indians desirous of baptism, from the several clans, which it was necessary that he should constituted the tribe of River In- be ordained in order to adminisdians, met in council at Housa
ter that rite. Accordingly he tonic, to see whether they would was in August solemnly set approve the conduct of their apart to the service of the gosHousatonic brethren in consent- pel.
The ordination was pering to be taught the Christian re- formed at Deerfield, under cirligion. On the result of their cumstances calculated to add redeliberation every thing relative spectability to the mission. It to the mission depended. The took place by the direction of Rev. Mr. Williams and Mr. Hop- Gov. Belcher, at a time when he kins of Springfield were there- was in that town, with a large fore present. They found near- committee of the Council and ly two hundred Indians assem- House of Representatives, holdbled, and among them Corlair, ing a treaty with several of the the chief sachem of the whole Indian tribes. The Rev. Mr. nation. Mr. Williams preached Appleton of Cambridge preachto “ one of the gravest and most ed the serinon, in the preface to attentive auditories,” that he ever which he observes that “ many addressed ; and after repeated of the Indians were grave specconferences the proceedings at tators of the solemnity, and the Housatonic received the approba- Housatonic Indians sat by themtion of the council. They desir- selves and attended throughout ed Mr. Woodbridge to continue the whole service with great sein the school, and expressed a wish riousness; and were much pleasthat Mr. Sergeant would return. ed to see one, whom they had
After business was finished, a such a love for, so solemnly sepa« frolic" followed of course. rated to the service of their souls." “Their dancing, (says Mr. S.) is Very soon aster Mr. S. had a most laborious exercise. They returned to the scene of his ladance round a hot fire, till they bours, he baptized the captain
almost ready to faint, and lieutenant with their famiand are wet with sweat ; and lies, first unfolding to them the then run out, and stripping nature of the rite and a discoursthemselves naked, expose their ing upon all the more important bodies to the cold air, and roll points of belief and practice in the in the snow till they are cold, Christian religion." “ The lieuand then return to their dancing tenant,” he says in his journal, again. They repeat this four or " is a clear-headed, sinurt man, of a five times in a night, concluding deep reach and pleasant humour, with excessive drinking. When and is one of the best speakers they are drunk, they often fall we hear ; is free in conversation, asleep in the open ail's perhaps and talks excellently well. He buried in snow.”
has entirely left off drinking te In May, Mr. S, made a short excess, and declaims against it ;
shews great compassion towards tonic tribe to receive the gospel, the rest of the Indians, and seems and of the good Spirit on you to heartily to lament their misera- leave the college and go among ble condition ; wishes they were them. He answers me, that he come to the knowledge of the is always looking out to this gospel; is himself thoroughly quarter of the world for such apconvinced of the truth ; and his pearances. May Jesus, says he, knowledge does not puff. him the head of the church and of naup.”
tions, attend your young missionMr. Sergeant's auditory on ary with extraordinary assistance, the Sabbath gradually increased ; and success.
Methinks I love he was heard very attentively by him, upon your report, for his strangers, who liappened to be courage and zeal. Let your heart, present, and such favourable im- dear Sir, be encouraged, and your pression was made upon their hands strengthened by the love minds, that some of them sent and prayers of men of God at their children to the school, and such a distance from you. They a few families were induced to hear of you, and rejoice and bless, reside permanently with their of whom you neither hear nor brethren at Housatonic.
think.” few months after his ordination, Governor Belcher writes in a he had baptized about forty per manner, which impresses one sons, adults and children, and with the belief of bis own undisthere was the same number of sembled piety and regard to the scholars in the school.
He was truth; Set before you the excheered with much greater suc- ample of the great apostle of the cess, than he could anticipate in Gentiles for your imitation, that so short a time. He beheld the you may approve yourself a chosen wolf dwelling peaceably with the vessel unto Christ, to bear his lamb, and the lion eating stratu name to those, that are perishing like the ox. The interest, which for lack of vision. And may you, good men at a distance took in Sir, be honoured of God by being his labours, will be seen in the made an instrument of taking following extracts from letters the scales from their eyes. May addressed to him.
you be wise to win their souls, Dr. Colman of Boston says, in and be able to say to them, In a letter dated Nov. 18, 1735,
Christ Jesus have I begotten you * It is not easy to tell you, how through the gospel. For these much we have rejoiced here in things will I bow my knees, and your ordination to the good and lift up my heart to Him, with great work, into which you have whom is the residue of the Spir. entered. May the consolations it." of God refresh and enlarge your Rev. Mr. Appleton, of Camsoul from time to time, in all bridge, expresses himself thus ; your self-denials for the sake of “Give my hearty respects to his name, and of the dear souls, ' Mr. Woodbridge. I heartily for whom you are labouring. I commend you both to the grace gave some account to the excel- of God, earnestly praying, that lent Dr. Watts, of London, of the the great Lord of the harvest, strange disposition of the Housa- who has sent you forth, would
continue to strengthen your hands
For the Panoplist. and encourage your heart by in
REV. WILLIAM creasing the fruit of your labours ; and that these poor, neglected,
BATES, D.D. perishing people may be your joy for the present, and your
Introductory Remarks, crown in the day of Christ's ap- Messrs. Editors, pearing."
If the character of that body Some parts of Mr. Sergeant's of men, of which the first settlers answer to the Rev. Dr. Colman of New England were a part, may not be unacceptable to the were inore generally known at reader. “ Next to the blessing the present day, the cause of of God on my endeavours, the truth might be better secured prayers and good wishes of men against the injurious impression of God yield me the greatest sat- of epithets, which had their oriisfaction. In their favour I seem gin in prejudice and party spirit. to enjoy the pleasure of society During the reign of the Stewarts, in the deepest solitude. I wish I the high church party, headed by were worthy of the love of so ex- archbishop Laud, Sheldon, and cellent a man as Dr. Watts, other tyrannical prelates, brandwhom all love and admire. And ed all Protestants, whose conif I may be thought in any meas
sciences resisted their unscripure to deserve the good opinion tural impositions, with the ironof my fellow men, it is not a lit- ical epithet of Puritans, and tle owing to the Doctor's inge- Precisians. Sometimes indeed, nious writings, which have the from their attachment to civil force to charm the mind to the liberty, they were charged with love of virtue and piety, and to sedition and rebellion. But their infuse his own spirit into his common appellation was Purireaders.
tans ; an epithet, intended to de“ Those who have been bap- note no difference in the doctrinal tized, have behaved very well, articles of their faith (for in though they have several times these both parties agreed) but been tempted to exceed the rules that the Nonconformists or Disof temperance by the offers of senters were a set of weak, narstrong drink, which used to be row, ignorant and superstitious their beloved destruction. They fanatics, who through pride and seemed to be surprised with the obstinacy opposed the governchange they find in themselves, ment and ceremonies of the esexpressing the difference be- tablishment, and the subscriptween their former state and the tions required by law. The same present, by infancy and man- epithet is still retained and applihood, dreaming and being awake, ed by some, as a term of opprodarkness and light, and the like brious distinction ; but not so metaphors. I pray God, the day much to designate Dissenters star that seems to be arisen in from the ceremonies of the their hearts, may shine more and church, as adherents to its docmore to the perfect day.”
trines. This application of the
term may be well calculated to (To be continued.)
stigmatize the commonly receiv