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cal Society, with which he was con. what we have to say must be Dected, was not annulled by the act confined to a few brief observaof Tolland Consociation," was a de.
tions. cision which the Council was not authorized to make: since they had
1. It seems marvellous! to us, neither power nor right to examine that the members of the second the proceedings of the Consociation; council should know so much nor to sit as judges over that ecclesi- about Mr. A., while he should astical judicatory, and since, if they know so little about them. They had had such right, these proceed: “are persuaded that his inquiries ings were not before them, nor was the Consociation either heard or rep. have been made in the love of resented.
truth, and his sentiments com“Resolved, 12. That the circum- municated in the spirit of the stances under which the Council of Christian.” Statement, p. 45. June 5th was convened, and the na. ture of its result, constrain the Gen. They also speak with the utmost.
confidence of “his intellectual eral Association to consider its pro ceedings not only as unprecedented, powers, his literary and theologþut as disrespectful to the Churches ical attainments, the diligence of of Connecticut, -as an invasion of his research after truth, his pru. evangelical order,--as an effort to dence, candor, and charity, the justify heresy,—and as a public and solemn declaration, that there can be excellence of his moral characneither ministerial nor Christian fel. ter, and his affability and tender. lowship between themselves and the noss in the intercourse with the cons ociated Churches and Pastors." people of his charge.” p. 46, Proceedings, 'Pp. 28, 29.
Surely these men must have live
ed in habits of the greatest inti. In these resolutions, the pub- macy with Mr. A. for many lic have before them the voice
years. Not so;
Mr. A. says of the Connecticut clergy, fully, that with the majority of the fairly, and legitimately express. council he had little personal ed, on this unexampled obtrusion acquaintance, and no knowledge upon the rights and usages of of their opinion, &c.' The mysthe churches in that state. If
tery is increased when we con: any future impartial council sider that men are usually much should be called from Massachụ. better acquainted with their suç setts into Connecticut, in a simi- periors, than the contrary, and lar case, we hope all the mem that the council was composed bers selected to compose it will of great doctors in and near the hare the wisdom to stay at home; metropolis of New England, but, should the urgency of the while Mr. A. was a plain parish call be irresistible, we advise minister in a remote country them not to make the want of town. We were unable to ex. evidence the sole foundation of tricate ourselves from this diffitheir authority and of their re- culty, till we recollected, that all sult; especially if it is the inter- liberal ministers are, of course, est of the party before them to wise, and learned, diligent inkeep all evidence out of sight.
quirers after truth, men of great Many topics of inferior impor. intellectual powers, and great tance, started by Mr. A., might literary attainments, and, in short, furnish occasion for interesting candid, charitable, and deserving temarks; but the remainder of of every commendatory expres.
sion which the English language first and second admonition re can furnish. All that the coun- ject;" when he must have known, cil had to do, therefore, was to that he was rejected after many ascertain whether Mr. A. were admonitions, proba bly after the a liberal man. That point being fiftieth, or the hundredth. We established, there was no danger are told from authority which of excess in their praise.
cannot be reasonably questioned, l. It was extremely disingen- that “individuals by private deal, uous in Mr. A. to quote the Say- ing, and the church itself, with brook platform in support of the great intelligence and integrity, opinion that the Scriptures alone pursued the course which the are the rule of faith, (an opinion Gospel directs.
With many which no man will deny,) and anxious feelings, and with much yet not to state expressly that circumspection, they proceeded the same Platform made it the 'to prepare the way for the convenduty of associated pastors to dis- tion of the consociation-reluccipline their members for scan- tantly apprehending that such dat and heresy Mr. A. will a measure might finally be nenot deny that he was one of these cessary. They labored diligentassociated pastors.*
ly for many months to convince 3. It was extremely disingen- their pastor, and to restore that uous in Mr. A. to insinuate, as harmony which they sincerely he has done in many places, that desired.” Proceedings, p. 12. the members of the consociation, 5. Although Mr. A seems to and many other persons in New be a champion for the rights of England, are most satisfied that conscience, he strangely overe the Scriptures alone should be looks the fact that his church the rule of faith and practice. were as much entitled to the Now we do not believe that there rights of conscience as himself, is a single minister of the Gos- He would if possible, have conpel, or private Christian, in the yened a council composed of United States, who denies the ministers of the same opinions sufficiency of Scripture. If there with himself, and who would be, let him be named, let the fact have upheld him in his docbe proved upon him, and then trines. What would have been let him be held up to disgrace. the intended effect of this? Mr. A's own pamphlet does not Doubtless to silence opposition, furnish the slightest proof, that that he might remain the pastor any person in Tolland county of a church, the members of has denied, either by words or
which utterly disapproved of his actions, the sufficiency of Scrip- preaching, and considered it exture.
ceedingly dangerous to the souls 4. It was extremely disingen- of men. Have the church no nous in Mr. A. to represent the
no rights? Are they to hear docdecision of the consociation as a trines, from Sabbath to Sabbath, "gross disregard of the apostolic which they believe to be ytterly injunction, A heretic, after the false, and subversive of the Gos
pel? Are they to disregard their "See art. XII, XIII.
own salvation, and the salvation
of their children merely be assault and perpetual hostilicause their minister professes ty?" It does not appear from to be very sincere in the inculca- his own narrative, that he ever tion of what they believe to be experienced any assault or heresy. To demand this would be hostility. As to the right of indeed lording it over conscience. conscience and private judgment,
6. The assertions of Mr. A., we do not believe there is a Cat that "there is forming and vinistic clergyman in Connectistrengthening a combination in cut who does not claim that New England, to awe the spirit right for himself, his brethren in of inquiry and the liberty of con- the ministry, his church, and for science and private judgment in every individual in Christendom; regard to the holy Scriptures," and we must say, that the rights and that "there is substantial ev. of conscience have incomparably idence in his case of the fact, more able defenders among the that a man who presumes to dif- class of persons referred to, not fer from the general opinions only than Mr. A. himself, 'but embraced by the clergy and than any of his party, so far churches of Connecticut cannot the talents of the lattter have live in peace, cannot subsist, been displayed through the mewithout assault and perpetual
dium of the press. hostility,' are entirely unsup
Mr. A. is an entire stranger ported by fact, and are therefore to us, and we have no disposition zo be considered as gross slan- to cause him unnecessary pain; ders. We say they are unsup- but the interests of truth must ported by fact, because we are ig- not be sacrificed out of tenderness borant of any facts of this nature, to the feelings of a man, who has and because Mr. A. has not pro• himself, by the insinuation of duced any; it being taken for groundless charges, disregarded granted, that, if he knew of any the feelings of a large majority such facts, he would have pro of the clergy of New England, duced them. As to the declar- many of whom he will not deny ation in a public assembly, allu- to be his superiors in age, talded to by Mr. A., we suppose ents, learning, and piety, and we heard the declaration intend- whose zealous Jabors in the sered, and that it was essentially vice of God, and for the good of different from the one which Mr. mankind, entitle them to the A. has stated. But with what public gratitude. propriety can Mr. A. complain of
Though the principal part of the in MISSIONERS FOR FOREIGN
furmation contained in the following MISSIONS RESPECTFULLY SUB. Report has been laid before our read.
NIT, TO THE GENERAL Asso. ers, yet for the sake of preserving all
CIATION OF CONNECTICUT, THE the proceedings of the Bourd of Com. missioners, we insert the Report en.
The first meeting of the Commis. Nøe AMERICAN BOARD OF Com. sioners was held at Farmington, in VOL. V. New Series.
Connecticut, Sept. 5th, 1810. The lowed to a missionary by the London
waga tribe of Indians offered the most The executive business of the favorable prospect. And it was voted, Board is, by constitution, principally “That this Board will pay particular committed to the Prudential Com. attention to the condition of the Cagh mittee. At the second meeting of nawaga tribe of Indians in Canada, the Commissioners, which was held and establish, as soon as practicable, at Worcester, in Massachusetts, Sept. a mission among them; and, to for, 18, 1911 the Prudential Cominittee ward this design, that one hundred made a report which was accepted dollars be appropriated to aid the ed. by ihe iBoard, and which presents a ucation of Eleazer Williams, a native view of 1 he measures which had been of that tribe, and his preparation to taken, for promoting the great de. enter on that mission: and that this sign of the Board, and of the success hundred dollars be paid in the present of those measures. To that report, year, and be committed to the man. a copy of which accompanies this pa- agement of the Rev. Dr. Joseph Ly; per, we beg leave to refer the Gener. man, and the Rev. Ricbard S. Storrs." al Association, as containing an im. These measures were adopted in portant part of the information which the confidence, under Providence, the Board bave to communicate. that the Christian public, in this
At this last meeting the Board country, would not be backward to judged it inexpedient to resign supply the funds necessary for carry: Messrs.Judson Nort, Newell, and Hall, ing them into effect. the four missionary brethren, partic At the same meeting, two other ularly mentioned in the documents young gentlemen, members of the before referred to, to the direction of Divinity College, at Andover, viz the London Missionary Society; but Messrs James Richards and Edward to tke measures to employ those Warren, offered themselves as candibreihren in a mission to be directed dates for the missionary service, and by this Boarii, as soon as Divine solicited to be taken under the pat. Providence, sball open the door for it. ronage and direction of the American
Agreeably to the opinion given in Board. Upon the ground of a formal the report of the Prudential Commit. recommendation from the Professors tee, the Board directed their atten. of the Divinity College, the Board tion to the Birman empire, as pre. very cheerfully accepted the propos; senting, in their view, the most eligi, al of the two young gentleman, and ble station for the establishment of took them under their patronage, an American mission in the East. Not on condition, that they complete their knowing, however, what difficulties course at the seminary agreeable to might occur in the way of establish- its constitution. ing or executing a mission in that cm This communication from the pire it was voted, that the four mis. Board of Commissioners for Foreign sionaries should, as soon as conven- Missions, is respectfully submitted ieni, be emplo ed in Asia, either in to the General Association of Conthe Birman empire, Surat, Prince of necticut, and to the General Associa. Wales's Island, or elsewhere, as, in tion of Massachusetts Proper, with the judgment of the Prudential Com.
an earnest request, that the exertions mitiee, Providence shall direct. of those venerable bodies may be
For the purposes of the mission, it continued, and that their prayers may was voted to allow to each missiona. ascend in union with those of this ry, if married, one hundred and fifty Board to the Great Head of the pounds sterling, and, if unmarried, church, that he would add his bless. one hundred pounds sterling, as an ing to the humble endeavors of his annual salary—the same which is al. servants and open an effectual door
for the spread of the Gospel, until all that county have approved of the in. the nations of the earth shall em. stitution, and engaged to support it. brace his truth, and be made the par. takers of his great Salvation,
The Aberdeen Auxiliary Bible Society JOHN TREADWELL, Pres. was formed in June, 1811; the MarA true copy from the Minutes of the quis of Huntley, President; the Lord Board,
Provost of Aberdeen, James Fergu. Attest, CALVIN CHAPIN,
son, Esq. M. P. the Rev. Principal Recording Secretary. Brown, and others, Vice Presidents. ABSTRACT OF RELIGIOUS INTELLI The Society for Missions to Africa
and the East, have a flourishing es.
tablishment of scbools at Bashia in the (Continued from vol. iv, p. 375.)
Rio Pongas, on the western coast of The Missions of the United Brethren Africa. This society voted $2,200 have been described in a summary towards the Eastern translations, and account lately published in England, $1,100 towards the support of public from which it appears, that the readers of the Scriptures in the ver. Brethren support about thirty mis. nacular languages of India. sions, in which 150 missionaries have the care of 20,000 converts. The The African and Asiatic Society, of most flourishing missions are those in which Lord Barham is president, in. Greenland, Labrador, Antigua, St. `stituted for the purpose of relieving Kitt's, the Danish West India Isl- the wants, and removing the ignor. ands, and the cape of Good Hope. ance of the Africans and Asiatics in The others are in Upper Canada, in London, state in their annual report, the United States on the Muskingum that they have relieved 236 cases of and among the Creeks and Chero- extreme wretchedness within the kees, in South America; in and near preceding year; and that some good Surrinam, in Jamaica, in Barbadoes, effects have resulted from the religand among the Calmucs near the ious instruction which they had been Caspian sea. At Bavian's Kloof near the instruments of diffusing. the cape of Good Hope, five married and two single missionaries reside in The Edinburgh Bible Society appears a settlement of 1000 Hottentots. to have been very vigorously engaged, Lord Caledon, the British governor during the year preceding May 4ih, at the cape, is very friendly to the 1811, in executing its benevolent pur. mission, and another settlement has poses. Besides distributing the Scripbeen begun by his desire. The Breth tures among the poor and destitute ren have been engaged in this good in the neighborhood, and among the work without relaxing their efforts the French and Dutch prisoners of since the year 1732. For the support war, the Society remitted $3,100 10 of the work no fund.wbatever exists. the parent society, $1,300 10 ite Hi.
The expenses are about 826 000 bernian Bible Society, and about $:00 annually. Many of the missionaries towards the Eastern translations. do much towards supporting them. APg the donations to the society, selves by their own exertions; none two are worthy of particular notice; of them receive regular salaries, but $127 from a regiment of militia, it have such necessaries sent out to them being a day's pay of the non-commis. as they request. Their children and sioned officers and privates; and $88 widows are provided for. The ut: from a society of female servants, at most frugality' is used at home and Aberdeen, who contributed one penny abroad,
(two cents) a week each. The Sussex Auxiliary Bible Society Mr. Morrison, the missionary of was formed at Lewes (Eng.) on the the London Society at Canton, has 8th of August, 1811. T. R Kemp, printed off a thousand copies of the Esq. M. P. was chosen President. Acts of the Apostles in Chinese. The Many of the nobility and gentry of expense of printing was about $450;