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year of rich mercies to them, their foundation thereof. They are families and all their connections. haughty and boast of success. Efpecially that it may be a year Like the Allyrian king, they fay, of spiritual blessings to them. We are come up to the height of the We thank them for the encour- mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, agement and support which they and we will cut down the choice cehave given to this magazine. We dars thercof, and the choice for tres folicit the continuance of their fa- thereof : and we will enter into the vors and their prayers for us, and height of his border, and into the that the work in which we are en- forest of his Carmel. Christians, gaged may be inore and more fuc- therefore, thould walk circumcessful.
spectly, not as fools, but as wife, As we are now entering upon a redeeming the time because the New Year, not knowing what days are evil. Like the Jewish may befalus, it becomes us king and the holy prophet, they with a holy submission, to Thould unite their prayers to God mit all our concerns to God; sup- for help. They hould pray in plicating his mercy, and trusting the closet, in private, and in the in him, through Christ
, to afilt house of God; watch unto prayus in all duties and to prepare us er ; pray with all supplication for all events
and prayer with all perseverance We have indeed called you to therein. They should take unto rejoice in the Lord ; but we with themselves the whole armour of you to rejoice with trembling. It God, be strong and quit thembecomes us to discern the signs of selves like men. They should be the times, that we may do the holy and without blame before duties of our day, and be prepa.. God, abounding in all the fruits red for the trials and events which of righteousness, which are by may be approaching us. The af. Jesus Christ unto his praise and pects of providence are uncom- glory. The ministers of the Lord mon, denoting danger, and cal- ihould be laborers in his harvest ; ling for Christian patience, cir- pastors after his own heart, feed. cumspection, fortitude, fidelity ing the people with knowledge and perseverance.
and understanding. They should Though God hath dore great be men of prayer, crying day and things for us whereof we are night, Spare thy people, O Lord, glad ; though great numbers, in and give not thine heritage to re
few years past, have been added proach. Then would the mighto the Lord ; though atheists and ty Saviour walk in the midst of infidels have submitted themselves the golden candlesticks, and hold to the sceptre of jelas, their num the Itars in his right hand. Then ber perhaps, is not dimined. the Lord God would dwell a. The wicked walk on every side, mong us, be our defence, our evand iniquity abounds. Infidels erlasting light and glory. Then and haters of God are numerous, would the enemy be ashamed, and open and bold. They are muf the faints triumph over him in tering all their legions from earth the language of the prophet, The and hell to fight againit God and virgin, the daughter of Zion hath his people. They adopt the lan. defpifed thee, and laughed thee to guage of the antient enemies of fcorn, the daughter of Jerusalemn Zion, Rafe it, rase it, even to the liath fhaken her head at thec.
Then not having defiled our gar- , sorrowful heart, and went out ina ments, we shall walk with Jefus to the field, that she might there in white raiment. When time give full vent to her grief ; but and days shall be no more, we shall while she was there, reflecting on inherit eternal life. The bleffed the insufficiency of human help, Saviour will profess our names be the found it powerfully suggested fore his Father and before his An to her mind, that there is one Al. gels ; and we shall enjoy him, one mighty God, who is to be prayed another, and all our redeemed to that this God has created all brethren, and love, and fing and things, that we fee—and that the worship in his presence for ever. God, who had given being to herAmen.
felf, and all other people, and had
given her child to her, was able to FOR THE CONNECTICUT EVAN- preserve and continue his life.
GELICAL MAGAZINE, On this the resolved, that the Attempts to propagate the gospel a would seek to God for that mercy,
mong the Indians in New-Eng- and did accordingly: The iffue land, &c.
was, that her child lived ; and her [Continued from p. 167.] faith (such as it was) in him, who NUMBER VI.
had thus answered her prayer, was An account of Japhet Hannit, fuc- wonderfully strengthened ; and
celor to John Tackanalb, as the confideration of the divine teacher of the first Indian church goodness herein manifested to her, on Mariha's Vineyard.
caused her to dedicate this son to APHET HANNIT was born the service of that God, who had
in, or about the year 1638. thus preserved his life : She early His parents having buried five informed him of this her religious children fucceffively, and each act; and did, as far as she could, within ten days of its birth, educate him accordingly. notwithstanding their employ Rev. Experience Mayhew reing powows, and making use marks, $ This may be faid of her, of medicines to preserve their lives, which can scarce be said concerning had a fixth, a son, born to them, any other of the Indians on the island, who is the subject of this part of who lived a considerable part of iheir the section.
time, before the word of God was The following account concern ever preached to them, viz. That by ing the mother of thischildis given a due improvement of the light of in Dr. Mather's Magnalia,* and nature, afifted by the spirit of God, in Mayhew's Indian Converts. She attained to so right a conception of The account is extraordinary. the only true and living God, and The reader will make such reflec- her own relation to and dependence tions upon it, as he shall think upon him, as that she did worship proper,—The mother of this child and call on him; and as it frems; oba being greatly distressed with fear, tained a gracious answer to her left the should lose it, as she had prayers.
He further obferves, all the former ; and utterly def- That such a discovery of the true pairing of any help from such God io ber, before be was favored means, as had been formerly tried with the light of the gospel, did very without any success, as soon as wonderfully prepare her for a really he was able, took him up with a reception of it, when the provident: B. vi. p. 63. ť p. 44.
| Indian Converts, p. 136, VOL. III, No. 7.
of God brought it to her, as within But to return to Japhet Hana a few years it did. In the con. nit. His parents being early confeffion she made publicly at her ad- verts to Christianity, gave him a million into the church, she gave religious education : His pious a relation of the preparation for mother particularly, remembering the knowledge of Christ, with the vows she had made in trouble, which God, in his wonderful way, was attentive to promote his best had favored her.
interest : Indeed the early informIn Dr. Mather's Magnaliat ed him, that she had dedicated we have this observation, « How him to the service of that
great far a sovereign and gracious God God, who had heard her prayer, may, in an extraordinary manner, and preserved his life ; and as far discover of himself unto fome as she was able educated him acamong the poor pagans, who have cordingly; but performed this not enjoyed the preaching of the important, parental duty more gospel, who can particularly de- vigorously and to better purpose af. termine ?*"
ter she had been indructed in Chrif.
tianity and had cordially received + B. vi. p. 62.
the faith. The compiler would not willingly When a school was opened for be thought to be fond of dealing in the the benefit of the Indian children marvellous He would not chuse to incur the imputation of credulity or en
and youth in 1651, his father thusiasm. The account above being sent him to it and he learned to attested before many people, by the read both in the English and Infubje&t, who was viewed as a person of dian languages, and to write a lecompeterit anderstanding, and after her conversion to Christianity, appeared to
gible hand and was there also inbe, thro' life
, a person of eminent pi- ftructed in the principles of the ety, who, for these reafons, must be Christian religion. fupposed to speak the real sentiments of When the first Christian church her heart, and not to have been deceived herself; he sees nothing in the reason of things, or in divine revelation, parfued before ; and be prepared for to render it incredible. He can sub- the more ready reception of the gospel, scribe heartily to the words of Mr. if it should be offered, as was thc case Seed, in his fermon upon a particular with this woman. He does not see, providence, (Vol. 2 p. 165. edition 4th.] that this supposition militates against “When any good suggestion, without any the doctrine of the neceflity of a writantecedent train of ideas, arises in our ten revelation to teach the true knowlminds, we know not how, or from edge of God to the nations of the what quarter, we oughe to look upon world, as such inftances as that related it as a Beam of Ligbt breaking in upon above, appear very rare, our minds from the Great Fatber of God may have wife reasons in his Ligbts ; and let us improve, cultivate nioral government of the world, for and ripen it, till it breaks forth into such a procedure, in making such a correspondent actions."
discrimination among the heathen, in And he does not know, why God some special instances. We may not be may not, in sovereign mercy, suggest able fully to discover the reasons; yet truths, (already revealed to Christians) hereby the general good of his intelliimmediately by himself, or the ministry gent kingdom may be greatly preof angels, to fome among the heathen, moted. who have never had the advantage of a Dr. C. Mather has expressed fuchs written revelation ; but have, in some thoughts as these, refpe&ting this matgood measure, improved the light they “ The Holy One of Israel may enjoyed, whereby they may be led to a také unrevealed and extraordinery feps better course of action, than they had out of his usual paths."
was gathered on the Island in the in this affair, gained him an high year 1670, Japhet was, as he esteem and kind treatment among told a friend, in a most distressed them. He was generally viewed condition, on account of his not by them, not only as a discreet, being of the number of those, but pious man: And being well who confederated to walk togeth- accounted of among the Indians, er as a church of Christ according they called him to the work of the to the order of the gospel : On ministry among them. His milithe one hand, he greatly lament- tary office he now laid down ; but ed his not being of that hap retained that of a magistrate for py number, as he esteemed them; some years after he began to and on the other, at the same time preach, being judged more fit for feared to offer himself, left he that trust than any other person fhould be unqualified for the privi- there. leges to which others were admit Being called to the work of ted. However, it was not long the ministry, he was very
faithful before his fcruples were removed, and diligent in it ; and was efand he made a public profession of teemed the best qualified of any Christianity, attended all its ordi- Indian on the Island not yet in the nances, and behaved himself as pastoral office. He was therefore, became a Christian.
by John Tackanash, nominated in For a considerable time he was his last fickness as a suitable person employed in civil and military of- to succeed him in the office, from fices among his countrymen : In which he expected a speedy release both departments he conducted by death, which event took place, himself to the satisfaction both of January 1684: At his funeral, the English and Indians. And Japhet, who much lamented his in the time of the general war be- death, made a serious speech, tween the English and Indians, some of the heads of which were which began in 1675, commonly taken in writing by Rev. John called Philip's war, he was very Mayhew, viz. serviceable, both to those of his “ We ought to be very thankful own nation, and to the English on to God for sending the gospel to the Island; being fully determi- us, who were in utter blindness ned, if possible, to preserve peace and ignorance, both we and our between the English and Indian fathers. Our fathers' fathers, and inhabitants of the Island : And their fathers and we, were at that being an Indian captain, he was time utterly without any means, employed by the English to ob- whereby we might attain the ferve and report how things went knowledge of the only true God. among the Indians. To his fi- That people also, who knew the delity in the discharge of this ways of God, were some thoutrust, it was presumed, that the sands of miles distant from us ; preservation of the peace of the fome of whom, by reason of difIdand was very much owing, ference among themselves about when the people on the main were their way, removed into this land; involved in a moit distressing and but it was God, who sent them, bloody war, which for a time, that they might bring the gospel threatened the destruction of the to us. Therefore I say, we have New England colonies.
great reason to be thankfulto God; Japhet's fidelity to the English, and we have reafon to be thank
ful to them also for that they He was faithful and diligent in þrought the gospel to us ; but preaching the word, reproving fin, most specially we ought to thank and instructing all of every age; God for this : for though they and frequently taught the chiltaught us, it was God, who fent dren of the congregation the fuft them, and made choice of them principles of religion. for this work of inftructing us in He maintained a good discithe ways of the Lord.”
pline in the church, making those .: Before we knew God, when necessary distinctions in the ad. any man died, we said the man is miniftration of it, which the fa. dead, neither thought we any thing cred rule requires. In difficult further, but said he is dead, and cases which occurred, he was caremourned for him, and buried him; ful to consult the most judicious But now it is far otherwise ; for persons, and pay due deference now this good man being dead, to their opinions. And when we have hope towards God con- there was danger of discord among cerning him, believing that God his brethren, he would not fide hath received him into everlasting with any party, but make obli. reft.”
ging and engaging speeches to "Now therefore we ought to them all, tending to compose the improve the benefit which we have difference ; and so happy an abilby the gospel. And first, such ity had he in this kind and useof us as had like not to have re- ful office, that he seldom failed ceived this kindness, I mean, of success. fuch of us as were grown up,
He frequently visited the fam. when the gospel came to us, lo ilies under his care, especially that it only found us in being ; when they were in affliction, and such are strongly obliged to im- usually entertained them with seprove the same, since they scarce. rious and profitable discourses ; ly received it, or were in danger and observed to a friend, that vis. not to have enjoyed it."
its of that kind had proved very “ Secondly : There are others advantageous to some of the peoof us, that have been born under ple. He often performed the the gospel ; and we that were so work of an evangelift, in preachought duly to improve the same, ing the gospel among the Indians in as much as we have received fo in places on the main land ; and wonderful a benefit."
God gave him very observable “ And now, though this man success. that went before us in the way His sermons, though not very of God, according to the gofpel, accurate, were very serious, and be deceased, and helps us no more; fraught with very useful fentiyet his do&rine remains still for ments. In prayer he was fervent, us to improve ; nor ought we to frequently praying with much coforget him, but should remember piousness and affection, especialhim by his wife and children ly on communion days. God whom he has left among us.”
gave gracious answers to his prayJaphet, in the spring after the crs, especially in helping him adecease of John Tackanash, was gainst a temptation, with which called to succed him in the pasto- he had a conflict for some time ; ral office, and continued in it about and having, with importunity, twenty-eight years, viz. till 1712. I fought to leaven for deliverance