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in some meastire sensible that they experience the renewing and sanctiare sinners and justly condemned by fying infuences of the Holy Spirit on the holy law of God;—that God has his heart, he must perish forever. in his infinite mercy provided a suita For a few days he was deeply disble and all-sufficient Savior for them, tressed in view of his guilty and per. and that he is willing and ready to ishing condition. He was then hope. receive all those who will return to fully inade a subject of divine grace; him in the exercise of repentance and is now rejoicing in the l.ord and faith. They have been made Jesus Christ. If any one might desens ole that they could not do any pend on mere morality, undoubtedly thing to recommend themselves to ibis person might. But he has the divine favor, and that there was found ihat morality alone is not to be no ground for them to hope but in the depended on. He has found that mercy of Goul. They have felt their experimental vital religion is absohearts subdued and humbled, and luiely necessary to salvation, that filled with holy love to God, to Christ, without real holiness of heart no to Christians, and to all their fellow. can see the Lord, however men. They humbly hope, that they blameless and exemplary he may ex. have been enabled to see in some ternally be. I.et all who are depend. measure the beauty and glory of the ing for salvation or mere morality, Divine character. They humbly tremble in a view of their danger, hope that they have been made wil. and secure an interest in the salvation ling to choose God for their portion, of Christ, before it be forever too late. the Lord Jesus Christ for their Sa. The neighboring ministers kindly vior, and the Holy Ghost for their came in, and labored amongst us, at Sanctifier; and that it is their great this interesting period. The great desire to devote themselves to the doctrines of the Gospel have been service of God, in a life of holy obe. plainly and faithfully preached. Here dience to his revealed will.
it would be wrong not particularly The designed brevity of this com: to notice, with gratiturle to Goul, the munication will not allow me to de. labors of one who has been peculiar. scribe many particular cases of con. ly active, diligent, and indefatigable, version, which might be instructive and whose labors have been pecul. and edifying. There is one, howev. iarly acceptable, and attended with er, which ought not to be omitted as great success. The Rev. Isaac Lew. it strikingly shows the insufficiency is, lately pastor of the church in of a foundation on which many, in ev. Goshen, sale of New York, happen. ery place, are confidently resting ed providentially to pass through the their hopes of future salvation. The town just at the commencement of person to whom I allude is upwards the revival. Discovering the unusu. of seventy years of age. He had ex. al attention to religion, he was inperienced many severe afflictions in duced to stay with us for a week, the course of his past life, but with and has since returned and again out any spiritual benefit. Having spent some time with us. While lived what the world calls a good here he has been unceasingly and moral life, having been regular and most zealously engaged in preaching exemplary in his external conduct, and conversation; and there is reahe thought he was good enough, and son to believe his abundant labors of rested on his morality for future hap. love, have been greatly biessed to piness. But soon after the commence- the people, and greatly instrumental ment of the revival he was awakened in promoting the work of the Lord. from his false security, and brought The number of those who have to see, that though lie had been hopefully been made the subjects of very moral in his conduct yet he was divine grace, it is impossible exactly interly unacquainted with true relig- to determine. In the Congregational ion; that he was dead in trespasses Society more than one hundred and and sins, and that unless he shoulch twenty have been awakened, and
more than eighty have expressed. a · year past. The Junior Class was exhope that they bave passed from amined in the Hebrew language, and death unto life. Fifty were received in Sacred Literature as it respects into the church last Sabbath. It is both the Old and the New Testa. stated by the Episcopalians, that ments. The Middle Class exhibited “within three months past in the essays on theological subjects, as ev. parish of St Michael's Church there idences of their progress in Christian have been one hundred and thirteen theology. The Senior Class exhibit. persons apparently seriously awaken. ed similar essays, and were also es: ed, ninety seven hopefullyconverted amined in Sacred Rhetoric. As the forty two adults baptized, -eighty examination of all the classes is by conårmed,-sixty six added to the the present arrangement compressed communion.” The Methodists state, within the limits of one day, there that they have received fifty eight was time for the several classes to into their church. The Baptists in- be examined in a part of their studform us that within three months, ies only. they have received thirteen into their The exercises of the students were communion. It may with safety be closed by an interesting and excellent added, that in the whole town, dur address delivered by a member of the ing the present revival, more than Senior Class. The result of the exthree hundred persons have been amination was highly satisfactory to a wakened, and more than two hun. the Visitors, Trustees, and spectators. dred and fifty have expressed a hope The advantages, which this import. that they have been renewed by the ant institution offers for the acquisis Holy Spirit. The work is still car. tion of theological knowledge, are ried on, and within a few days ap. now extensively known and felt. it pears again to have increased; and it' is hoped the day is not far distant, is devoutly to be wished that it may when the unexampled beneficence of siill continue for a long time to come. the Founders of this Seminary will
be duly appreciated by many church. es, whose pastors will have been ed. ucated for the ministry by this exalt.
ed charity. How great a gift to the The annual examination of the stu. Christian church is a single well edudents in the Theological Seminary at cated ininister of the Gospel! How Andover took place, in presence of vast, bow incalculable are the bless. the Visitors and Trustees of that in ings to be derived from an institution, stitution, a considerable number of which annually sends forth to the the Clergy, and several other gentle churches a considerable number of men, on Wednesday the 23d of Sep such ministers! tember. The Senior, Middle, and The exercises of the day were Junior Classes were examined by the opened with prayer' by one of the Professors, in the respective depart. Professors, and closed with prayer ments to which they had directed by the Rev. Dr. Dwight. their particular attention during the
A Sermon delivered July 23, 1812,
on the day of the Public Fast apSERMONS on various important sub. pointed by the Governor and Council, jects of Christian doctrine and prac. of the state of Connecticut in conseiice. By Nathanael Emmons, D. D. quence of the Declaration of War Boston; Samuel T. Armstrong against Great Britain. By Nathan 1812. pp. 374. 8vo.
Perkins, D. D. Pastor of the third
Presbyterian Church in Hartford. Brookfield, Aug. 20, 1812, å day of Hartford; Hudson & Goodwin. prayer recommer.ded by Congress,
Proceedings of the General Asso- on account of the war in which we ciation of Connecticut, relative to the are involved with England. Ву Rev. Abiel Abboi, late pastor of the Thomas Snell, Pastor of the church First Church in Coventry, Hartford; in North Brookfield. Brookfield; E. Peter B. Gleason. 1812.
Merriam & Co. A Sermon delivered at New Brain- Advantages of moderation; a Ser. free, Aug. 29, 1812, on the general mon delivered at Pelbam, (N. H.) Fast occasioned by a declaration of Aug. 20, 1812, a dany of national huwar againsi Great Britain. By John miliation, recommended by the Pres. Fiske, Pastor of the church in New ident, at the request of the two Braintree. Brookfield; E. Merriam Houses of Congress, after having de. and Co.
clared war against Great Britain. By A Vindication of the Sentiments John Hubbard Church. Haverhill, and Practice of those who believe in (Mass.) W, B. & H. G. Allen. God's everlasting covenant, and apply
The zeal of Jehovah for the king. the seal to their infant offspring; in dom of Christ; a Sermon preached at six sermons, on Rom. iv, 11, 12. By Northampton, before the Hampshire John Smith, A. M. Pastor of the Missionary Society at their annual church in Salem, (N. F.) Exeter, meeting, Aug. 27, 1812. By the Rev. (N. H ) C. Norris & Co. 1812. Isaac Knapp, A, M, Pastor of the
Two Discourses, delivered to the church in Westfield, (Mass.) To second Presbyterian Society in New-' which is annexed the Annual Report buryport, August 20, 1812, the day of the Trustees. Northampton; Wm.. recommended by the President of the Butler. United States for national bumiliation The apology of patriots; a Sermon and prayer. By the Rev. John Giles. preached in Worcester, (Mass.) on With a copious appendix. Haver. the day of the national Fast, Thurs. hill; W. B. and H. G. Allen.
day, Aug. 20, 1812, observed in comA Discourse delivered before the pliance with the recommendation of Merrimack Humane Society, at their James Madison, President of the anniversary meeting, Sept. 1, 1812. United States; and in consequence By John Andrews, A. M. Minister of of the declaration of war against the first church and religious society Great Britain. By Samuel Austin, in Newburyport. Newburyport, E. D. D. Published by request. WorcesW. Allen.
ter, Isaac Sturtevant. Repentance with Prayer; a Ser. A Memoir, containing a concise mon preached in North Brookfield, sketch of the exemplary and pious July 23d, 1812, a day of prayer re- life, and happy death of Miss Eliza commended by his Excellency the Van Wyck; who died March 33, Governor, on account of the declara. 1810. Boston; Samuel T. Armstrong, tion of war against England. By 1812. Thomas Snell, Pastor of the church A Sermon preached in Worcester, in North Brookfield. Brookfield; E. (Mass.) on the occasion of the speMerriam & Co.
cial fast, July 23, 1812. By Samuel Praying for Rulers a Christian du. Austin, D.D. Worcester; I. Sturty: a Sermon preached in North tevant.
Died at New Haven, (Conn.) on the 18th of August last, the Rev. JAMES Dara, D. D. aged 17. He was graduated at Harvard College in 1753, and was settled in the ministry, early in life, at Wallingford, (Conn.) In $1788, he va installed pastor of the first charch
in New Haven, his pastoral relation to the church in Wallingford having been previously dissolved by mutual consent. T'he degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him by the University of Edinburgh. In 1799, he was clected a membor of dae Corporation of Yale College, and continued to discharge the is made in the Acts of the Apostles, he duties of that station till death. The was literally an old disciple of Christ. prztoral relation in which he stood to the Almost sixty one years have elapsed. tirst church in New Haven was dissolved since he made a public profession of by mutual consent in the fall of 1805; religion, and united with the church of after which he preached occasionally in Christ. During that uncominon period, the pulpits of his brethren in the vicinity. he was regular and constant in attendance Dr. Daba published some occasional sir. on the public worship and ordinances, mons, and other small tracts, beside a and maintained the character of a sincere volume of sermons addressed to the youth and upright Christian. of his congregation. The Hon. Samuel "He was ever strongly attached to the W. Dana, Senator in Congress from society of literary and serious people, Connecticut, is the only child who sur- particularly of the clergy, with a large vives him.
number of whom he kept up a very At Charleston, (S. C.) lately, AMOs friendly intercourse. There is reason to NORTHROP, Esq. formerly of New Ha- believe, that by his exertions, for many ven, He was graduated at Y College 1804. years, in dispersing various books, he
At the same place, William M. contributed in no small degree to the dif. Smith, Esq. Yale College, 1805
fusion of knowledge and piety, and to the At Bath, Steuben county. (N. 'Y) the advancement of the cause of Christ. Fer Rev JOHN Niles. Yale College. 1797. persons it is believed, have done so much
At Dedham, (Mass.) on the 19th inst. in this way to benefit their fellow men. the Rev. THOMAS THACHER, pastor of He was often beard to say, that he knew a congregational church in that iown. of no mode in which he could be so use
At New York, George FREDERIC ful. Frequently was he emploved as an COOKE, the celebrated theatrical per- agent, in this wav, to distribute the former
charity of other religious people; a serAt Berlin, (in Prussia,) the French vice in which he evidenced much satisa General Durerte, the newly appoint. faction, and ever appeared solicitous to ed governor of that city, murdered in a perform it to the best advantage. duel by the Prussian General Lestoque. “Blessed with a memory uncommonly
retentive, he had amassed such a stock The following obituary notice of Mr. of knowledge, that he was literally able THOMAS ADAMS, who died at Medfield, to brine out of his treasury things sem July 13th in the 88th year of his age, is and old. On all occasions, and on almost extracted from a sermon delivered at his any subject, he was really with useful and funeral by the Rev. Dr. Prentiss.
pertinent remarks. But subjects con
nected with religion were most congen. 1 he text was 1 Thess iv, 13. That ial to bis taste and feelings. On these he ye sorrow not, even as others which have conversed with the greatest freedom, and no hone.
the most sensible delight. “The subject is clearly applicable to “His powers of mind he retained in an the mourners on the present oceasion. uncommon degree, under the decays and Their leparted friend was not unseasona- infirmities of the outward man . On the bly called out of life. He is gone off the last day of his life, when he was unable, stage ripe in years, and, we trust, in by any clear articulation, to communicate grace; anil meet to partake of the inheri- his feelings and views, he manifested, by tance of the saints in 11:ht.
looks and significant gestares,a full appre “Early in-life, his mind was brought hension that his departure was at hand: and under awakened and serious impressions, that he enjoyed the supports and comforts anil turned to a sober examination of the of religion, and was sustained br that hope doctrines and duties of Christianity. A which is an anchor to the soul, both sure warm affection for books, and an ardent and steadfast. Being asker! if he could thirst for knowledge, lecl him to a very say with the Apostle, I am now ready to extensive course of reailing. He ac. be offered; henceforth there is Inic up for euninted himself with all the variety of me 4 crown of righteousness, which the opinions, which have been embraced in Lord, the righteous Judge, shull give me? thic ! bristan world; and comparing them he very significantly replied in the affirm. with the Seriptures, he was from eontic. ative; and gave all the evilence, which tion, establishel in Congregational prin his situation permitted, of a firm unshacipies, and in the belief of the general ken confidence in the mercy of God, doctrines of the reformation. From through the merits and the mediation of those princinies, through a long course of Jesus Christ. Thus this aged servant of life and reading, he never saw Occasion Gol fell asleep, and left his beloved to depart.
friensis to moan nol as those who hart ** "Like ane Unason, of whom mention hope.”
AN ADDRESS TO THE CHRISTIAN PUBLIC ON THE SUBJECT OF MISSIONS TO THE
HEATHEN AND TRANSLATIONS OF THE SCRIPTU RES.
The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, at their late annual meeting, appointed the subscribers a committee to prepare and publish an address to the Christian Public in the name, and on the behalf, of the Board. The favor shewn to the objects in view by the liberal and pious in different parts of the country, as manifested by their free-wili offerings, their active exertions, and their prayers, carinot with propriely be passed over in silence; nor should the smiles of Divine Providence upon the first attempts to send the Gospel from America to Asia be received without distinct and grateful commemoration.
For a particular history of the events, in which the Board have been intimately concerned during the past year, it is sufficient to refer the reader to the Report of the Prudential Committee here. with published. The two most prominent of these events, however, it is proper to mention briefly in this place.
The first is the actual commencement of a mission to Asia, by the ordination and embarkation of five missionaries in the month of February last. The magnitude of this event, if estimated by its probable consequences, and the nature of the cause intended to be promoted by it, is such as to form a new era in the history of the American churches. While saying this, however, we do not forget, that the immediate consequences may be such as to disappoint the hopes and try the faith of Christians. But :hat the ultimate consequences of all attempts to diffuse the Gospel among mankind will be glorious, the explicit promises of God forbid us to doubt
The cther event referred to is the passing of an act by the Legis. lature of Massachusetts, incorporating the Board, and giving them power to hold, in their corporate capacity, funds sufficiently large to answer all the present purposes of the institution. The advantages of perpetual succession, and of holding funds under the immediate protection of the law, which could be obtained only by an act of incorporation, are highly important to secure the confidence of the American public. For this instance of the fostering care of the Legislature, the friends of religion, generally, will unite with the Board in expressing thanks.
VOL. V. New Series.