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In many conferences I have meaning of such things. Yet thought that the dropping of a through the merciful providence pin might be easily heard. The of God there was not much open voice of God seemed to be still opposition. and small, but all-powerful.- It could not but be remarked Small companies would at times, by the attentive observer, that when they had opportunity, go those who had appeared mostapartinto convenient places, and friendly to religion, in former there discourse of the serious times, were most animated and. truths of the word of God.- engaged in the time of this reNeighbors frequently visited vival. each other, and instead of world- Thus things continued during ly conversation, which had been seven or eight months, in which so natural to them, would readi- time many were deeply convinly introduce the subject of reli- ced, some slightly impressed, gion. Often have I entered and a number hopefully brought their houses, when almost the out of darkness into marvellous first cuestion would be concern- light. ing some difficult, or serious sub- Towards the close of the ject, or some passage of serip- year, when the attention among ture. The holy scriptures were those of middle and more advanmuch used, and with that rev- ced age had chiefly subsided, erence which was never mani. and when few young persons: fested before. Indeed there see- had become hopefully pious, the med to be a general conviction, Lord was pleased to arrest their that “all scripture is given by attention more generally: inspiration of God,” and that few, at first, assembled at the " the words of eternal life” can house where I boarded, and be found only in the testimony seemed to manifest a desire that of Jesus.
young people should have some At some conferences it was seasons of instruction designed truly affecting to see the people, particularly for them. This was who had attended with the ut- agreeable, and one of the conmost awe and reverence, during ferences was devoted to the purthe time of exercise, disperse in pose. Numbers crowded togesmall companies, some speaking ther to hear the words of eterof the excellencies of Jesus and nal life, and to obtain answers to of his religion, others groaning such questions as anxious minds because they could not see " why usually feel disposed to ask.— he is to be desired rather than This was by the special goodanother," and others pensiveness of God. It seemed indeed, and sad, as though they were that he had “ turned the hearts mourning over some dear de- of the fathers to the children, parted friend.
and was turning the hearts of Persons of all classes and all the children to their fathers.”ages seemed to be thus impres. This continued through the winsed, at the same time that many ter of 1804, with little abateof the same classes and ages, of ment; so that many young perthe same neighborhoods and fa- sons thought it best to forsake milies, seemed to be only slight-their former ways, and turn to Jy moved and ready to ask the lithe ways of the Lord. They had
heard that wisdom's ways were , enabled to hold out till the Lord
it before. Now we trust they his eternal and glorious king-
satisfy us that this is the work
the cause ? This appears to be Fifty four have since been ad- the “ Lord's doing." ded, mostly of those who obtain- 2. The subjects of the work ed hopes during the revival.. seem to have taken a course enOthers give evidence of a good tirely new. They seem to be work upon their minds, who fully established in the belief of have hitherto been afraid to call the truth, and can without diffithemselves Christians, by a pub-culty bow their reason to the lic profession.
most humiliating doctrines of Professing Christians have as the gospel. The total sinfulyet been graciously preserved ness of the natural heart, the nefrom apostacy. Some, who, like cessity of Jesus Christ, and of tender plants, seemed to flour such a salvation as his, the elecish awhile, now wither away, tion of grace, and the necessity and disappoint our expectations. of a thorough change by the And some, who have remained Spirit of God, are the doctrines unaffected during the general to which they stedfastly adhere. attention, appear now to be So the affections which the gosmore hardened in sin than they pel requires, seem to be in them. were before. We fear that the They appear to have an affecjudgment of Pharaoh is in part tionate regard for the honor of come upon them, And we have God, and the salvation of their reason to fear that some who fellow men. Hence proceeds now stand fair, like goodly trees, that practice which may be justmay be shaken down, or blight-ly called Christian They ened so as to bring no fruit to per-deavor to avoid all sin of omisfection. Our request is that the sion and of commission, and to prayers of all God's people may discharge every duty which is be united with ours, that the de- incumbent on them in their sevJuded may be undeceived, and eral places and relations. that those who feel weak and They also seem to renounce helpless in themselves may be this world as their portion, and
set their affections supremely on T the the world to come.
the Society, holden, New. It is worthy of special obser- port May 3, A. D. 1805 ; vation, that the animosity which The meeting was opened with was once so prevalent and disa- prayer by the Moderator. Afgreeable is now done away, so ter which the following Votes that peace and harmony abound. were passed : Those families also, who had Voted, That the Secretary be never heard a prayer in their requested to write, in the name houses, but by some stranger, of the Society, to the Massa. are now called upon regularly chusetts Missionary Society and to worship God through Jesus request their assistance to fur. Christ.
nish a Missionary, to itinerate in The subjects of the work gen- those towns in this State, which erally manifest great tenderness are destitute of the preaching of and concern for the honor of re- the gospel, as the funds of this ligion, and the eternal peace of Society are inadequate to the their fellow creatures. And necessities of the people, and the while they feel daily more and prospect of usefulness among more sensible of their own sins, them. unfaithfulness, and vileness in Voted, That the Committee the sight of God, they at times be authorized to procure a num. rejoice in believing, with that ber of pamphlets for distribution “joy which is unspeakable and in this State ; and that the de. full of glory." How many will scription, number and price be persevere is known only to Him, referred to their judgment. who is the sole “ author and Voted, That the Rev. Otis finisher of faith.” In him must Thomson of Rehoboth preach be all our dependence, “ For the sermon at the next annual of him and through him, and to meeting, (the sermon to be des him are all things, to whom be livered on the evening of the glory for ever.”
day of Election,) and in case of ELISHA YALE. his failure, that the Rev. Caleb Kingsborough,
J. Tenney perform that service. [Johnstown, N. Y.]
Voted, That the officers for 14th April, 1806.
the ensuing year bę as follows, viz.
Rev. Wm. Patten, President.
Rev. Caleb J. Tenney, Secreta. TO THE EDITORS OF THE CON- ry. Mr. Jabez Denison, Trea
Rev. Mase Shepard, William
Patten, Caleb J. Tenney, Messrs. GENTLEMEN,
John Mein, Jabez Denison and THE Rhode-Island Mission- John Bailey the committee to ary Society, agreeably to their transact the business of the Constitution, transinit you for Society. publication, if in your judgment On Thursday evening a sersuitable, an account of their pro
was delivered before the ceedings for the present year.
Society by the Rev. Mase She: pard, from Psalm lxxii, 6.
NECTICUT EVANGELICAL MA
Voted, unanimously, That the larity--has been solemn and ev. thanks of the Society be made idently genuine. Mr. Davis has to the Rev. Mase Shepard, for also united his labor and influhis excellent sermon delivered ence with the Rev. Mase Shethis evening.
pard, of Little Compton, and The first vote was communi- among his people has been of cated to the Trustees of the great and acknowledged benefit. Massachusetts Missionary Soci- in this place, under their labors, ety. In consequence of which often united, an unusually great, they appointed five ministers of general and solemn revival has the Trustees to itinerate, in this been prevailing since the first of State, a month each. Last fall last January. The towns, menone performed his tour. Ano- tioned in this communication, ther is expected this spring, but lie contiguous in the South Easfrom unknown causes the others tern part of this State, and for have failed.
six months past, have been reAt the annual meeting, the markably blessed with the deministers of this State agreed, scent of the divine Spirit. Yet, that one of them would, yearly, when we lift up our eyes and and in his turn, itinerate three look over the State, in general, weeks in this state. Accord- we are constrained to say, Beingly, the Rev. William Patten, hold, the fields are white already the last season, performed this to harvest. But, though the service. Several Missionaries harvest be great, the laborers have this year, been employed are few. We hope, therefore, by us in different parts of the that the friends of Zion will State ; all of whom have been unite with us in praying the gratefully received and evident- Lord of the harvest to send ly serviceable. Mr. Thaddeus forth laborers into this, his harOsgood, a candidate for the mi-vest. nistry, performed the service of By order of the Rhode Island three weeks; the Rev. John Missionary Society, Davenport, of four weeks, and CALEB J. TENNEY, Sec'y. the Rev. James Davis, an or- Newport, April 15, 1806. dained evangelist, has already been employed five months. He As a correspondent the wrihas itinerated in Tiverton, Fall ter would add, that at Tiverton, River, and Westport, and in a young man, who, to the age each place, especially in the of nineteen, had passed a very first, has been attended with ignorant, stupid and vicious life great success. In this place, was of late, greatly alarmed by twenty, or more, have joined the observation of a young, we i themselves unto the people of instructed female, who said to God. A general seriousness him, “I fully believe, that inalso prevails in the place. Those fants are depraved and that, unneighboring ministers, who have less cleansed by the blood of occasionally visited the people, Christ, they can never be sav. have been not a little gratified ed.” From this, said the young by the evident appearances of man to himself,
“ If infants God's power among them. The need cleansing by the blood of work has been free from irregu- Christ, how much more do I, who
have spent nineteen years in stu- conviction in which the writer pidity, profanity and awful im- saw and left the young man. piety." His attention was so- How different and unlike this to lemnly arrested. His sins rose his former state, and to that of before him. He trembled and every stupid and secure sinner! saw himself on the verge of How strong the bonds of every endless perdition ! When seen sinner's blindness, stupidity, self by the writer; he was asked, and flattery, and sin ! Verily, they answered the following ques- are stronger than the bars of a tions ; Do you believe God's castle! In their view, all is well, law just and good in requiring even when they stand, in fact, perfect obedience ? “ I do” said upon the very brink of the bot. he. And do you believe, you tomless pit! The above menhave, all your life, broken and tioned young man, however, trampled upon this law ? " I dlo" soon obtained relief of mind.he returned. Are the condem- And now, as a Christian, he apning sentence of this law and pears no less rational and agree, the wrath of God now upon you able than he lately did as an awafor every sin? “ They are," was kened sinner. Is any thing too his answer.
Are you now go- hard for the Lord ! By his spir: ing to endless destruction. $1it he can, in a moment, teach an am,” said he, “ in the broad ignorant, impenitent sinnner, road to hell and deserve to lie more than they, who have redown in eternal sorrow !" If so, mained stupid, have ever learnt it was asked, how do you ex- under all the light and benefits pect to escape ruin ? He retur- of the gospel! This instance ned, " I have no expectation of may serve in the room of many it! I see nothing, but hell must others who appear to have been be my portion ; and I believe, I brought from an ignorant, seam but one step from it ?”. cure and sinful state to that of When asked, if he did not view the enlightened and humble Christ able and willing to save disciple of Jesus Christ. The rehim, he replied, “I fully be-vival in Little Compton is great, lieve Christ both able and wild and apparently genuine. And ling.” Why then do you not it is hoped and presumed the reapply to him for salvation ?-ligious public will, in due time, My wicked heart will not let / receive an account of this work said he, “
my heart is op- of the Lord, posed to Christ and really chuses to perish rather than submit to him—and unless God, by his power, make me willing, I must From the Christian Observer, perish-and that he will do this for such an awful sinner, is no Testimonies to the wretched In: way probable.” Though he was anity of a Worldly Life. past weeping, he added, I feel as though I should sink into the ORD Chesterfield's remar, very earth, and as though I were kable testimony to the now sinking down into hell under wretched inanity of a worldly life the load of my sins !-Such was has been repeatedly quoted : it is the state of rational and deep not therefore merely for its own