Page images
PDF
EPUB

“ Oh

men, will long protect and continue them lumi. naries of useful science, and pure religion. Here we with pleasure introduce an extract from a manuscript sermon, delivered at Hanover, soon after the death of Dr. Wheelock.

"“ The Most High had purposed that this vast extent of territory, late a waste, howling wilderness, and a haunt for roving savages, should be filled with civilized inhabitants, and a people professing his name ; that here the gospel should sound far and wide, and churches branch out on every side; and for this glorious end he sent this Lamp of Science, this illustrious institution before the future inhabitants, as Joseph before his church in days of old, that many souls, many churches might be made and kept alive. magnify the Lord with me, and let us bless his name together!"

“The other colleges in this land have been exceeding great blessings; they have been the lights and glory of North America; God Almighty bless them all, and restore tranquillity and wonted usefulness to those of them, which are now desolated and waste; God Almighty brighten their glory, and increase them all in numbers and graces, in science and all needed benefactions. Peace be within their walls, and prosperity within their palaces ; for my brethren and companions' sake will I say, peace be within them until time shall be no more.

I consider christian universities, as instruments in God's hand, to be not only the greatest emolument to the State, but especially as the light of Zion and the day of Jerusalem. If ever I forget you, oh ye schools of the prophets, let my right hand forget her cunning; if I do not remember you, oh ye fountains of wisdom and science, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I

prefer not these pillars and ornaments of JerusaIem, above my chief joy. Yet certainly the school of the prophets, which the Highest himself has established here, is, in some regards, distinguished from any other on this side the ocean; the good hand of God is to be regarded in respect to them all, and the kindness of it has been more manifest to some of them than others; but never have I been acquainted, either from books, or in any other way, with such a wonderful series of events, leading to the establishment of any university, wherein the hand of God was so apparent and affecting to the attentive mind, as in the case of this institution.

The location of it in this part of the land, is that for which I admire the wisdom and goodness of God. The other colleges are all situated along the sea-shore, on the verge of the country, this in the very heart of it; they, as to their location, are like the sun in the horizon, this like that bright luminary flaming in the meridian. It is true, at present the inhabitants are more thin and scattered in these regions, than near the shore of the sea; but a little time will undoubtedly fill this part of the land with a great abundance of people ; many great and populous, , wealthy and affluent towns, will soon appear in these late desert regions. What rapid progress has been made already ? a seat of learning being fixed here, hath had, and yet will have, the greatest influence on multitudes to emigate from old settlements and to flock all around

you.

I

presume that in a few years more, no part of north Anerica will exceed this, in numbers, or in wealth; and blessed be God, that here he has placed a light before him, a seminary of learning and piety, whose rays may beam all around, to enlighten and guide the State in all civil and political affairs, and from whose fountain shall

issue, every year, streams which shall make glad the city of our God.

Thousands of churches, we may reasonably expect, shall hence be supplied with “ Pastors after his own heart, to feed them with knowledge and understanding.” What cannot divine power and love accomplish for the good of the human kind, and oh how glorious is the prospect !

Methinks I take my station on some lofty mountain adjacent, as Moses on the top of Pisgah, and survey this wide, extended country, in its future, hastening greatness and glory. I see innumerable, stately temples

, with spires piercing the skies, on every side. I hear even tongues of iron, proclaiming the sweet day of sacred rest, and calling the numerous votaries of the high God, and Jesus his Son, to “enter his courts with thanksgiving, and his gates with praise." I see in solemn and joyful procession, thousands of priests, clothed with salvation, and many thousands of saints shouting for joy. I hear in every house of God, the awful thunders of Sinai, and the voice of the trumpet waxing louder and louder ; anon, I hear the sweet inviting sound of gospel grace and heavenly love, and behold souls shaken with thunders and pierced with lightnings from the burning mount, listening to the charming voice of Jesus, until the wounded and the lame leap as an hart, and the tongues of the dumb sing !-methinks I hear the wilderness far and wide, resound with anthems of praise, and hear it said of this and that man, yea, of many thousands that they were born here, and that here the Highest himself, doth establish his kingdom. I hear every passenger cry out and say, “ How godly are thy tents 0 Jacob, and thy tab“ernacles o Israel ! as the valleys are they spread “ forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the

“ trees of lign-aloes

, which the Lord hath plant“ed, and as cedar trees beside the waters; he “shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his "seed shall be in many waters, and his king 6 shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom " shall be exalted."* God make your spiritual felicity a counterpart to that of the rich soil on which you dwell.

In concluding this humble tribute of filial duty and gratitude to the memory of our venerable patron and benefactor, we would express our sincere and ardent wishes, that these great and pious ends may always be kept in view by the successors of the honored founder in the presidency of the college and school, and by all to whom shall be committed the important trust of instruction and government, through ages yet to come. May the zeal and earnest labors of their predecessor, to promote the salvation of men, prove an animating example to all who shall come after him to carry on the good work, he so happily begun. As the charitable funds of Moor's school in Britain and America are now consider-able, may an effectual door be speedily opened for their successful employment in the conversion of the heathen, and promoting the best good of mankind. Unhappy must be that individual or that corporation, which shall wilfully pervert a mite of that sacred treasure transmitted to them, that they might publish the doctrines of the cross among the pagans of the American wildernes, to inculcate any other religion, or accomplish any

other

purposes. May all concerned feel a happy portion of that disinterested benevolence which fired the breast of the pious founder, and by their devout prayers and other suitable labors, promote the salvation of the heathen. May we all honor the memory of Dr. Wheelock by following the example of his virtues, and thus secure the reward of faithful laborers in the vineyard of our Lord.

* Numb. xxiv, 5, 6, 7,

cuous.

While this chapter was in the press, the deatlı of professor Hubbard was announced in the public gazettes. Letters from various friends at college soon confirmed the mournful fact, that another pillar of Dartmouth is fallen ; another luminary is extinguished. He graduated at Dartmouth in 1785, in the same class with the writer of this article. Never was a young man dearer to his college associates, than was our beloved Hubbard. In every branch of science his progress was conspi

With a remarkably retentive memory he was among the foremost in the study of the languages. Through life he continued to read the ancient Greek writers for his amusement. The strength of his mind rendered him a distinguished proficient in mathematics and philosophy. On leaving college he studied theology, and became a preacher of the gospel ; but his voice, naturally small and feeble, was ill adapted to a large assembly, and having a remarkable delight in the instruction of youth, he was induced to become the preceptor of an academy, in which employ he continued at New-Ipswich and Dearfield most of his life, till he was elected by the corporation of Dartmouth college to succeed the Hon. Beza Woodward in the professorship of mathematics and philosophy. This office he accepted and discharged with fidelity and accep

« PreviousContinue »