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will likely take place soon, you cannot, at present, oblige me, my family and school more, than by such articles as plain cloths, &c. as will be necessary in our situation. And, that I may escape the displeasure of the Colonies, by sending them as a present to me or the school, to the care of Mr. Jonathan Mason of Boston. But I even blush at that which looks so much like crowding upon a friend ; although you do, my dear Sir, appear to have the genuine marks of a good steward of the manifold grace of God; and as such I bless God on your behalf, and should do so if advantage to me was wholly out of
Your eye is single, and your heart is enlarged towards the cause of the Redeemer. And, I make no doubt, this cause, which is the object you have so much fixed upon to encourage, is indeed near to him, and, for his sake, worthy all that attention and respect for which you have so distinguished yourself. It is his cause; and I may say, so far as I am able to know or judge, it is above any thing of the nature, at present, in this land; the joy and hope of God's children.
I heartily thank you for your prudent, judicious, and well adapted letter to my students. It was received with universal expressions of gratitude and respect. I believe it will do good: and I here enclose their answer. And I humbly beg a repetition of the favor, as your occasions will allow ; as your name and influence here is great.
I thank you also for your enclosed copies of the account of a revival of the work of God at Chester—from the good woman at Quebec, and the conversion of the Tuscarora squaw. All which were refreshing.
The missionaries returned some weeks ago. Mr. Dean was stopped in his progress, by news of hostilities committed, and others designed by tribes, in his way to Detroit. · Mr. Frisbie visited and preached to the little nest of christians at Quebec; and was pleased to find such appearances of real religion, in that very wicked, blind, deluded province. They left Thomas Walcott with the Sachem at St. Francis, from whence they brought to this school the Sachem's son, and three other boys whose grand parents were captured from New England many years ago. And Mr. Kendall brought another boy from Cagnawaga. I have now six children of captives, and all appear promising. If God shall graciously fit them for missions among distant tribes, whose language they can speak, we may say, that this expensive mission, though in some respects unsuccessful, was well repaid.
I enclose a puerile performance of my second son, about twenty years old. The
temper and conduct of my students (about one hundred in number) are quite agreeable. It is quite a refreshment to me to meet them at prayers as soon as it is light in the morning, and read and expound a chapter to them before prayer, when there is nothing but silence, gravity, and attention: and again in the edge of the evening to sing a psalm, and ask them questions, and discourse with them about half an hour, on some important point in divinity, and withal, to see a laudable enulation in them to excel. And I can say I do not know, or suspect there is more than one trifling scholar in my whole number ; nor is there any living for vicious youth here. This is the Lord's doing, and in him I hope for the continuance of it.
I pray you, my honored Sir, let me hear from you as soon as may be ; as it gives me much pain, that my drafts have so much exceeded the fund. I shall be impatient till I know your pleasure respecting the matter.
Please, my honored patron, accept my warmest affection, and sincerest duty, and pray fervently for,
Your much and often obliged friend,
To Mr. Samuel Savage.
Dartmouth College, October 24, 1775. My very Dear and Honored Friend,
Yours of March 1st, and one of the same inst. I received a few days before, were most thankfully received. But your care and kindness, therein expressed to me personally, seem to outbid any reply, or suitable return of gratitude, that I know how to make.
And, though the state of the kingdom, through the madness and distraction of men, is such, as nearly cuts off all hopes of my partaking of the benefit which you had in your heart to bestow; yet your purpose and reward are with him, whom you will soon find able and mindful tò requite it. He is my sole executor for this purpose ; and it is my last will he should
And I have much pleasure in the assurance, that he will not make the unworthiness of the object of your charity his rule of reward to you.
My sun is now declining apace, and I sometimes long to have my day's work done, and well done, that I might undress, and go to rest with you. Yet I am not at all weary-I love my Master, and love his service but alas, how little have I done! And that little, how full of defects and hateful appendages ! Insomuch, that I feel ashamed to die, because I have done no more, nor better for him. Thanks be to God, who has, at infinite expence, provided a cover for all defects, and supply of all the necessities of the most unworthy and ill deserving.
I give you joy, my dear friend, on your near approach to your
Father's house. Your journey is near ended-you are just within sight of your happy, happy home; your rest with Christ forever.
I write you and dear Mr. Keen, jointly, of some particulars, which I supposed would be as well. And, I pray you, let it be as acceptable as though I had written you separately.
Please to accept most hearty thanks, and warmest love from, my dear Sir,
Your most cordial brother,
To Messrs. Savage and Keen.
Dartmouth College, October 24, 1775. My Dear and Hon. Sirs,
I suppose that our public affairs have long apologized for my silence. Our seaports are blocked up, and seldom have an opportunity, by any ordinary channel, to transmit a line, &c. &c.
I long to see you and my hanored patrons ; but especially my dear Lord Dartmouth, whom I most sincerely love and honor, and most ardently wish to be steady and firm for the Redeemer, in this day of temptation, when truth is continually so disguised, and every artifice is used by the old sower of discord among brethren, to accomplish his own devilish purposes.
We dwell in peace here in this wilderness; and through the unfailing goodness of God, hitherto enjoy a continued series of blessings, outward and spiritual, and this, my dear Sirs, beyond what I can easily describe to you. The progress of the great design under my hand has been as rapid, and the prospects as great, since resources from your side the water have been suspended, as ever. Every day turns out some new wonder of divine favor towards it. I have this day been out to see my labourers, who have near finished sowing 110 acres of wheat and rye, but mostly of wheat, and 100 acres of it on new land. No providences, however calamitous to others, not even our present public distresses, but seem as though they were calculated to favor this design. Yea, when I look back on the course of providence towards it, it appears to have been the charge and care of a guardian full of eyes. God gives me
all I ask for, and he is a prayer hearing God. And if I was not stupid, sluggish, and unbelieving, I doubt not I should have much more, and all I want; for he hath said, “open your mouth wide and I will fill it." But the greatest of all his blessings upon this institution, hath been of a spiritual kind, The last spring and summer was a very heaven here. The operation began with a few, and gradually increased till the lump seemed almost leavened by it. But there is now evidently an abatement of religious affairs. Yet we see and feel the happy effects of it. I never saw such a set of youth together (about 100 in number) in my life. Though perhaps this may not be so well said by me as by another. But I wish you could be here to see and judge for yourselves. I tremble for fear of such sad effects as the abuse of such a favor will entitle us to.
I send this by the Rev. Mr. Ripley, who is going on a mission to the tribes of Indians in Canada, and with orders to bring a number with him to this School. My dear Sirs, I thank you both for all your multiplied expressions of respect and kindness to me; I pray the Lord to reward you: and hope ere long to meet you in our Father's house, I am, with most cordial affection, gratitude and esteem, Yours in the dearest bonds,
To David M-Clure, Portsmouth.
Dartmouth College, March 9, 1774. My Dear Sir,
The success and conquests of the last war in America, spread universal joy through Europe as well as America; and (especially as thereby a door appeared to be opened, not only to extirpate antichristianism, but for the spreading of the gospel among brutal pagans.
The steps of Providence were observed so to coincide, as to inspire great confidence that very great and happy events were even at the door.