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evening, very wet with the rain. The 15th taker's next day, a little before noon, being the day of their yearly feast, no. where I met with the Rev. John Anderthing else could be attended to until that son, who was appointed by the Board of was over; they killed two fat beeves, and Trust to spend two months amongst these had melons, cucumbers, beans, corn, &c. Indians. in abundance. They finished about sun. Lord's day, 18th. I preached here from down, agreeing not to dance as is their Gal. vi. 7. Mr. Anderson preached in custom; but to attend early in the morn- the afternoon. On Tuesday Mr. Andering to hear sermon. Crane addressed son preached at the village, and on Wed. the people, and thanked them for their nesday I sat out on my journey home. good behaviour. I never witnessed more civil conduct among as many white peo- Extract from the Sixth Report of the Reliple, even when convened on more impor
gious Tract Society. tant occasions. He thanked the good Spirit for giving them that day so many
[From a Clergyman.] good things; and told the people to come
“ I HAVE dispersed a few hundreds of carly in the morning to sermon. They your tracts in my chapelry and neigh. came, as directed, before breakfast; and bourhood, during the last two years; and, there were more than a hundred souls. I thank God, he has made them a blessing preached to them from Eph. v. 6, and it to many. was the most attentive feeling meeting
“ When I entered on my ministry I have ever seen in this place. Several here, less than one-fourth of the inhabi. appeared very solemn, and one black man tants attended public worship on Sunday was in tears.
mornings; few or none in the afternoon. As I had found out, that some white Now, I have often the satisfaction of people who reside near the lower town, meeting two-thirds of my neighbours at were in expectation that the reserve land, chapel, morning and afiernoon, on the of two miles square, at that place, would Lord's day. Communicants, for the last shortly be sold, and that they were wait. two years, have been double the number ing for an opportunity to purchase; and they were before; and an earnest desire as I thought it would be very prejudicial to grow in grace, and in the knowledge to the Indians, and very detrimental to
of our Lord Jesus Christ, is in general the missionary cause, to have a number of manifest in our little village. such people settled here, I proposed to
“I have reason to conclude, that God the chiefs, that they should make a pro. has wrought this happy change among posal to congress to exchange as much of us by the means of your tracts, as much their land along the line of the late pur
as by all my feeble efforts united.” chase for this reserve. After the chiefs had consulted a little, they replied, that As it must be pleasing to the benevothey would be willing to give land to con- lent to hear of the progress and success gress for this reserve; but they could not of missionary exertions, the following will do it without the consent of other nations. be peculiarly animating. From June 1, “ But,” said they, " we will ask our fa. 1804, to June 1, 1805, the donations and ther the President, to give us one half of subscriptions for the use of the London it, and the other half to the missionary or missionary society were sixty thousand, minister, who will come and live with nine hundred and ninety-three dollars, us." He then delivered a speech, or pe. and thirty-three cents! tition, which I wrote down as interpreted, to be sent to the President, and which On the 5th inst. was opened in this city lias been forwarded. I then set out for an Independent Church, under the pastothe lower town, and arrived at Mrs. Whi- ral care of the Rev. John Hey.
Memoirs of Mrs. Hannah Hodge, evho served the appellation of " a mother in
died in Philadelphii, Dec. 17th, 1805, in Israel.” The circumstances of her early the 85th year of her age.
life were, likewise, closely interwoven Or the subject of this memoir it may with the most remarkable occurrences be said without exag eration, that, for which attended the great revival of religi. inore than half a century, she had de- on in Philadelphia, in common with many
other places, through the instrumentality actly described all the secret workings of of the Rev. George Whitefield. For these her heart, her views, her wishes, her reasons it is believed, that a biographical thoughts, her imaginations, and her exsketch, somewhat more ample than usual, ercises, that she really believed he was of this truly excellent and remarkable either more than mortal, or else that he woman, may not be devoid either of in
was supernaturally assisted to know her struction or entertainment to the readers heart. So ignorant was she then, of what of the magazine.
she well understood afterwards, that all Mrs. Hannah Hodge was born in Phi- corrupted human hearts are much alike; ladelphia, in January, 1721. Her father's and that he who can paint one, justly and name was John Harkum: he was by de- in lively colours, may present a picture scent an Englishman, and by occupation a which many will recognize as their own. tobacconist. Her mother, whose maiden The effects produced in Philadelphia, name was Doe, or Doz, was a descendant at this time, by the preaching of Mr. of a French protestant, who tled his coun- Whitefield, were truly astonishing. Numtry on account of his religion, in conse- bers of almost all religious denominations, quence of the revocation of the edict of and many who had no connexion with any Nantz by Lewis the 14th, A. D. 1685. This denomination, were brought to inquire family of Doz, with other French protes. With the utmost earnestness, what they tants, were principally instrumental in should do to be saved. Such was the enerecting the first presbyterian church in gagedness of multitudes to listen to spithe city of Philadelphia. Associating ritual instruction, that there was public with a few English and Irish, whose sens worship regularly twice a day, for the timents they found substantially the sme space of a year, and on the Lord's day it with their own, they built a small wooden was celebrated generally thrice, and frehouse for public worship, where the first quently four times. An aged man, deeply presbyterian church now stands. Of this interested in the scenes which then were church the Rev. Jedidiah Andrews, a witnessed, and who is still living, has incongregational minister from New-En- formed the writer, that the city (not then gland, was called to be the first pastor. probably a third as large as it now is) His unyielding attachment to certain contained twenty-six societies for social measures, which he judged to be impor. prayer and religious conference; and protant in organizing the congregation and bably there were others not known to settling its government and worship, dis. him. So great was the zeal and enthu. inembered it of several persons who had siasm to hear Mr. Whitefield preach, that been most active in its formation, and who many from the city followed him on foot from that time joined the episcopal to Chester, to Abingdon, to Neshaminy, church. Among these was the maternal and some even to New-Brunswick, in grandfather of Mrs. Hodge. Her own New-Jersey, the distance of sixty miles. father and mother, however, remained in She, the narrative of whose early life has connexion with the congregation of Mr. led to the notice of these circumstances, Andrews, and under his ministry she was gave the writer a particular account of born, and lived to the age of about eigh- an excursion of twenty miles, which she teen years. From her childhood she was made to Neshaminy on foot, to attend a disposed to a degree of serious thought. religious meeting there. But so far was fulness, and was a constant attendant on she from applauding herself for it, that public worship. But it was her settled she condemned both herself and others, opinion, in after life, that she was totally as chargeable with imprudence and exunacquainted with vital piety, while she travagance. She said, that in these exremained under the pastoral care of Mr. cursions, the youth of both sexes were Andrews. By him, notwithstanding, she often exposed to danger and temptation, was persuaded to join in the communion and that the best apology which could be of his church, of which she was a member made for them was, that they were both for two or three years.
young and ignorant, and that they had When Mr. Whitefield first visited wanted either the opportunity or the inAmerica, she was deeply affected by his clination to hear faithful preaching, till preaching, on which she assiduously at. their attention had been engaged by tended. She has often told her friends, Mr. Whitefield. Slie used, indeed, often that after the first sermon which she to remark, that the general ignorance of hcard him preach, she was ready to say real piety & experimental religion was, at with the woman of Samaria, " Come see that time, truly surprising. After the first a man who told me all things that ever I impressions made by Mr. Whitefield, four did.” The preacher, she said, had so ex- or five godly women in the city, were the principal counsellors to whom awakened melted her soul. They seemed to chime and inquiring sinners used to resort, or in her ears after he was gone. She fell could resort, for advice and direction. upon her knees, and poured out her heart Even the public preaching of ministers of before God in secret; and she was enabthe gospel, some who were no doubt led so to trust her soul into the Saviour's practically acquainted with religion, was hands as to derive some hope of the divine not, it would seem, always the most sea- acceptance, and a measure of consolation, sonable and judicious. Mr. Rowland, a from that time. She experienced, howtruly pious and eloquent man, being in- ever, a number of Auctuations, before she vited to preach in the Baptist church, gained any thing like an established peace proclaimed the terrors of the divine law of mind. with such energy, to those whose souls It was at this period, that she, with a were already sinking under them, that not number of others, endured persecution a few fainted away. On this occasion, how- for conscience sake, and were even exever, his error was publicly corrected by cluded from their parents' houses, for the Rev. Gilbert Tennent, who, standing considering and treating the salvation at the foot of the pulpit, and seeing the of their souls as the one thing needful. eflect produced on the assembly, inter. The subject of this narrative, during rupted and arrested the preacher by this the time of her banishment from her address: Brother Rowland, is there no home, supported herself by her neebalm in Gilead, is there no physician dle. She had a sister who was similarly there?" Mr. Rowland, on this, changed circumstanced with herself. They rented immediately the tenor of his address, and a room, and lived comfortably and repusought to direct to the Saviour, those who tably on the fruits of their own industry, were overwhelmed with a sense of their and before their father's death, they had guilt. But, before this had taken place, the happiness of seeing him fully reconthe subject of the present memoir had ciled to them, and of hearing him express been carried out of the church, in a swoon his regret for the severity with which he which lasted for a considerable time.
had treated them. It has not been ascertained how long In 1743 a church was formed by Mr. her mind remained subject to legal terror, Gilbert Tennent, out of those who were without any measure of the comfortable denominated the followers and converts hope of the gospel. Her exercises, how. of Mr. Whitefield. No less than 140 inerer, are well known to have been of a 'dividuals were received at first, after a very violent and distressing kind. At one very sirict examination, as members of time she was brought nearto the borders of this newly constituted church. The ad. despair, insomueh that she even refused mission of a large number more was deto listen to the counsel of Mr. Tennent, layed, only because their exercises and or even to suffer him to pray with her, spiritual state had not yet attained such under an apprehension that it would but maturity as to afford satisfaction to them. aggravate her future condemnation. In selves, or to the officers of the church. this state of mind she was visited by the But among those received on the first Rev. Dr. Finley, who prudently waved a examination was the eminent christian direct discussion of her case, but gra- whose story is here recorded, and who dually and insensibly drew her attention was to be, for more than sixty years, one to the all-sufficiency of the Saviour: of the brightest ornaments and most use“ And who knows," said he “but there ful members of the church with which she may be mercy and pardon there for you.” now became connected. He then left her. But the words of who
[ To be continued.] kijows but there may be mercy for you,”
The face of nature was a view of rest; Slow sunk decliving day: the closing Still flow'd the stream; the west wind beam
breath'd serene; Hung on the western mountain's tow'ring Ah! how unlike her grief-disorder'd head;
breast, And o'er the distant landscape the last As sad Fidelia mark’d the tranquil gleam
scene. Of pensive twilight draws its dewy shade.
Her pallid cheek was wet with sorrow's Why, why, O Heav'n! is life to mis’ry tear;
giv'n, Her joyless bosom hear'd the sigh of woe; Why does thy pow'r an aimless being And from her languid aspect, pining care save, Had chas'd the smile of youth and rap. When the dark soul in sorrow's tempest ture's glow.
Can see no hope, no refuge but the grave? Alone the unfrequented path she sought, Which reach'd the grave-yard's solitary “ But ah ! from whence descends that gloom;
lambent ray, There to indulge the poignancy of Which softly beaming steals on fancy's thought,
sight? And pour her sorrows o'er the silent Gently it gilds the darkness of the way tomb.
And wraps a fair form in its azure
light * Ah! awful scenes!” she cried, “ ah! scenes more dear
“ Spirit of truth! thy mild auspicious Than the bright path which laughing form, pleasures spread;
In fair effulgent vision stands confess'd; The child of anguish finds a shelter here, Calms the wild ravings of the mental No pain nor care molest the peaceful storm, dead.
As heam thy rays on the benighted
breast. "Here too, the gay fallacious visions close, Which gild the morn of youth with rap- “ And hark! what soothing sounds on ture's ray;
fancy's ear, And solemn stillness shrouds the deep Awe the rash impulse of ungovern'd woe; repose,
Arrest the deep.toned murmurs of desAnd darkness veils the death-devoted
While thus the heav'nly-breathing accents
flow. “Once the gay radiance of hope's brightest beam,
• Weak child of sorrow! from the longlum'd my path, and fair the prospects clos'd tomb, rose,
Where hid in dust mortality decays, But soon, soon sunk! and not one sooth- Raise thy sad heart, now sunk in guilty ing gleam
gloom, Of joy, or peace now dawns upon my To light and love, to gratitude and
praise. " Alas! a wife, a mother now no more: • Were this the scene where man's last From my fond heart are torn its dearest views should rest, ties;
To this poor span were all his hopes conAnd all that cheer'd, and all that bless'd fin’d, before,
Then might despair o'erwhelm the human Deep in the gloom of earth's cold bosom breast, lies.
And death's dark sway its hopeless vic
tims bind. " That manly breast where love and virtue glow'd,
• For Oh! how vain the evanescent flow Now formless moulders in its earthy bed; of bliss, which life's short period Those ruby lips whence infant softness destroys, flow'd,
To satisfy the soul's aspiring glow, And cherub smiles, from death's wan Her vast capacity for boundless joys! touch have fled.
* But bright display'd to revelation's " And here, enclos'd within the narrow light tomb,
Her glorious hope of full fruition's Lost, erer lost, the hopes of life are laid ; giv'n: O vain, deceitful hopes! which gaily (n faith’s firm basis climb the dazzling bloom,
height, Then sink, enwrapp'd in sorrow's deepest And raise, exulting, raise thine eye to shade.
"Say, was that manly breast to guilt “ Yet feels my heart the blest impression
unknown Glow'd virtue there all spotless and And while the tear of contrite sorrow benign?
streams, Then think 'tis his before the awful Thine orb, pale moon, from o'er the throne
eastern hill, Of virtue's source eternally to shine. Throws on the dim-view'd
placid beams. did purest innocence and love, And beauty's bloom thy bosom’s darling “ But soon, pale moon, thy mild and pengrace?
sive light Now in their native seats of bliss above, To thy bright source shall yield its borSoft beam their raptures in the cherub's face.
And the rich landscape open to the sight,
In the full blaze of a resplendent day. * And think, for thee in ever-blooming bow'rs
“ Then, like the moonlight scene, the (If faith and virtue gain the promis'd distant views prize)
Of christian hope precede effulgent skies; Round a fair scene they wreath immortal But Oh; more sure than that the morn
flow'rs Where love prepard thy mansion in the Another day, th’ eternal sun shall rise! skies.
“ Shall rise to dissipate th' obscuring Nor while on earth thy little part shades assign'd,
Of mortal night, and by its vivid ray Not without end or aim, that little deem: Disclose ascene where beauty neverfades, i The slightest insect on the breezy wind, But light beams forth in dne eternal day! Exists to form complete the mighty scheme.
“ To thee, almighty Being! Father!
God! To glad the suff’ring heart is thine the Exhaustless Source of light, and life, and pow'r?
love! To sooth the scene of woe with pity's Supreme, controling Power! whose awful tear?
nod To gild, with friends endear’d, the social Can shake the depths of earth, or heav'n hour?
above ; Say, will thy bosom feel no intrest here?
“ To thee I lowly bend; on thee alone • Ah! comfortless indeed the tears shall My throbbing bosom casts its load of flow,
care; And dark and drcar the future prospects Oh! be thou pleas'd thy suppliant to own, rise,
And still the tempest which is raging If the cold heart ne'er feels the social there!
glow, Nor hope expanding soars to purer skies.' “ On this drear wild, Oh beam thy cheer
ing ray! “ As sinks soft twilight in the dusky veil And be the suff’ring path in patience of deep'ning night, the visions disappear,
Then peace and hope shall smooth the And light as murmurs of the dying gale, rugged way, The melting cadence falls on fancy's And faith triumphant rest upon her