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with fill such vacancy.-Provi- | to the present time. Wholly ded always, that it fhall be the without funds, and without any duty of the faid Trustees to lay certainty how they could be obbefore the General Affembly an- tained, the important object was mually, an account of their receipts undertaken, under a deep sense of and expenditures and of fuch al duty and ftrong defires, as they terations as may be made in the humbly conceive, to advance the aforesaid Constitution by the Gen- kingdom of the dear Redeemer in eral Affociation and a fummary the inftruction and falvation of of their proceedings and successmen. Yet from the moment that and it shall be in the power of the this charitable and noble defign General Affembly to difallow, commenced, neither Miffionaries and set afide any alterations of the to carry it into execution, nor faid Constitution made as afore money to fupport them have been faid at their discretion.Provi-wanting. The honorable legilladed also, that this act or any part ture have patronized the design ; thereof may be altered or repeal and the charity of the people, and ed by the General Assembly. the fuccess of the missions have
exceeded the most fanguine ex
pectations. The Truftees acknowlAn Addrefs from the TRUSTEES edge this to be the Lord's doOF THE MISSIONARY Socie- ings and it is marvellous in their
OF CONNECTICUT to the eyes. They ascribe all the sucMinifters and people of the state : cess and glory to him. To him, With a Narrative on the subject they defire not only to give of Mifrons, and a fatement of thanks themselves, but pray that the Funds of the Society, for the they may also be given by all the
churches of our Lord Jesus Chrift.
They are happy, and it is with HEN the Trustees of the joy and thanksgiving, that they
Missionary Society of are able now to lay before the Connecticut consider the fmall public such an account of the furbeginnings of the missionary bufi-cess of the missions, the increafe nels, in the deliberations and exer- of their funds, of the state of the tions of particular gentlemen, and Society, and the prospects of its particular affociations, who sent extensive influence and usefulness out Missionaries into several of the as will evince that the divine ímiles new settlements, wholly at their have never more manifestly atown expense, and that of the Mil-tended the inflitution than in the fionaries who undertook those ar courfe of the laft year. This induous labors, and the uncertainty deed adds greatly to their pleawhich there then was of any pub- fure, that while these circumlic or general support; when they ítances afford them peculiar fatisreflect on the progress which has faction, they will also excite been made in the businefs, and the the joy and thanksgiving of all good which has been effected, those who wish well to Jerufalem. they hold themselves bound in du. Under thefe impreffions, the ty to acknowledge the divire Trustees requel the attention of Providence, confpicuously watch the ministers and people of the mg over, foftering and succeeding itate to the following narrative. it, from its very commencement Duing the year 1802, the
Rev. Mesirs. Jof.ph Badger and Miffionaries. The country is exEzekiel 7. Chapman, have labored tensive ; the settlements as yet as Missionaries in New Connecti- scattered and generally small, but cut ; the Rev. Messrs. Seth Wil. rapidly increafing. A wide field liflon, Jedidiab Bufbnell, James W. is opening in that territory for Woodward and William F. Miller missionary labors, and there is in the state of New-York ; the great need that in this their inRev. Meflirs. Solomon Morgan, fant ftate they should be aflitted by Alexander Gillet, John Willard, the exertions of their more favorjun. Samuel Leonard, Jedidiah ed friends in the old settlements Bubnell and William F. Miller in of New England. the state of Vermont.
In the months of September and The following summary of their October, Mr. Badger, in company labors and extracts from their jour- with the Rev. Thomas Hughes and nals will give a view of the state of George Blue Jacket, son of an missions for the past year and part Indian chief, who had been living of the preceding
with Mr. Hughes, and who had In the last narrative the Rev. embraced the Chriftian religion, Iofeph Badger is mentioned as visited the Indians at the Miami having then recently returned villages. They went at the refrom a tour of 14 months to New quest of one of the Pennfylvania Connecticut. During that tour, Presbyteries, to propose to the Inhe visited every settlement which dians to agree to live together in was then formed, and almost ever towns, to cultivate land, and to ry family. He also visited all the receive Missionaries to teach fchools ; catechised the children them religion and inftruct their and gave them religious inftruc- children. They had several contion; preached almost daily, at ferences with some of the chiefs tended conferences frequently, on the subject, who, having held and performed much ministerial a grand council, told them they service. Heoccasionally went in- would give them a decisive answer to the state of Pennsylvania, where in the spring. They were treathe attended two Presbyterics, ed kindly by the Indians, many of preached fundry times and visited whom they found partially civilizleveral schools and families. At ed, and posesing some faint ideas Austinburg, he formed a church of the Christian religion, which confifting of 14 members, and they had obtained from Roman here and at other places adminil- Catholic Millionaries formerly fent tered the Chriftian ordinances.- among them by the French Most of the inhabitants appeared | There appears however little pros. friendly to religious inftitutions, pect that any thing can be done and were pleased with having a among those Indians at present, Misionary to preach to them oc to any good effc&t. casionally, till the settlements shall
Mr. Badger, returned to Newa become so large as to enable them England the first of January last, to settle miniiters. Some of the and being reappointed a Miffionapeople, it is true, were unfriendly ry by the Trustees, went again in to religion and openly exprefied the spring to New-Connecticut, their opposition to the truth, and where, after a very lengthy and faa determination to exert them- tiguing journey, he arrived, with felves to prevent the success of his family, the first of May. No
particular account of his miffiona Range, 7 in Pennsylvania, 2 in ry labors since that time has as yet • Young's town, 8 in No. 1, 3d been received from him. In a * Range, 6 in Boardman, 6 in No. letter dated November 19, 1802, • 1, 6th Range, 2 in Palmyra, he mentions that he had preached I in No. 1, 7th Range, i in in about twenty different settle-No. 2, 8th Range, and 6 in No. ments, since his arrival in that 3, 8th Range. country ; and that he had form “ I have visited the families in ed a church at Hudson consisting the towns before mentioned, and of 14 members. He represents
He represents publicly catechised the children the settlements as standing in great whenever I judged it expedient. need of miffionary labors, to pre • In places where the ordina.ices vent the growth of error, and to are not administered, where the encourage and assist the people in means of public, religious inthe establishment of religious instruction are not enjoyed, reliftitutions.
'gion insensibly loses ground, and The Rev. Ezekiel 7. Chapman, prayer in the family and cloas mentioned in the last narrative, • set is generally omitted. The left Hartford in November 1801, consequences of these things are as a Missionary to New-Connecti infidelity, stupidity and licencut. He reached that country « tiousness. the beginning of December ; “ I have been kindly received where he has continued to the pre- . in every place which I have vissent time, and is expected to re ited; and have been favored main until the ensuing spring. with the best accommodation Several letters have been received ' which the country affords. I from him, from which it appears have been welcomed by all the that he has preached in most of families which I have visited, as the settlements, and in some of a man, and by most families, I them several times ; that he has believe, as a miniller of Chrifl.” visited schools, catechised and in In his letters Mr. C. mentions structed children, attended confer- several places in Pennsylvania, and ences, administered the Christian some of the settlements in Newordinances, and performed other Connecticut, where there was an minifterial duties, wherever divine increasing attention to religion, Providence opened a door for his and an animating prospect that labors.
God was about to appear to build In a letter dated September 10, up Zion in the western wilderness; Mr. Chapman writes as follows : while in other places a great de" The following is an account of gree of stupidity prevailed, and
the sermons I have preached and but little encouragement was giv• of the towns in which they were en to Missionaries. He laments
preached. 9 in Auftinburg, 12 the scarcity of religious books in in No. 11, 5th Range, 6 in No. that new country, and expreffes a
11, 8th Range, 2 in No. 10, strong desire that the inhabitants 9th Range, i in No. 9, roth of Connecticut would continue * Range, 9 in Cleaveland, 11 in and increase their donations to ! Hudson, 1 in Thompson, 6 in the Millionary Society, that the : No. 13, 1st Range, 14 in Nos. Trustees may be enabled not only 's and 6, Ist Range, 3 in No. 5, to send out
greater number of 2d Range, 3 in No. 4, 2d Millionaries, but that they may VOL. III. No. 8.
also have it in their power to fup-1. In general the people take ply the new settlements with use. pains to notify and attend lecful, religious books, as a power 'tures, upon a short warning. In ful mean, under the blessing of ' some places the attention to Heaven, of checking the growth preaching has been so remarkaof infidel and immoral principles.ble, that I could not but hope
From the beginning of the year the time of their redemption was to the uth of November, the drawing nigh.
drawing nigh. We hope the Rev. Seth Willison, performed fev- good people of Connecticut will eral short missionary tours, in the • not only send Missionaries among western counties of New York, the new settlers; but also pray amounting in the whole to 15 ' for the blessing of God to acweeks. The rest of the time he company their labors. We hope labored as a stated pastor at Lisle. • also that they will pray to the During these miffions, Mr. Wil • Head of the Church speedily to lifton preached about 120 times, prepare the way, that these defattended a number of conferences, 'titute flocks may have stated administered the Lord's fupper 4 paltors, which is a blessing that times, baptized several adults and they greatly need. In confiftchildren, vifited and catechised a ency with such a prayer, which number of schools, attended fune none will hesitate to make, we rals, and visited the fick. He • hope Christian fathers and mocloses his journal with the follow (thers will not hold back their ing remarks : “During this year, Samuels, but lend them to the • I have not, as a Missionary, been • Lord as long as they live.” • permitted to gather in any har About the middle of Novem• vest of fouls ; ftill perhaps thro'ber, Mr. Willifton entered on a 'grace, here and there a fheaf mission of ten weeks to the counmay have been gathered into ties of Luzerne and Wayne in
Christ's garner. Seed may also Pennsylvania. • have been fown this
which In the narrative for 1801, the will spring up into a harvest the Rev. Jedidiah Bushnell is mennext or some future year. If I tioned as then laboring in the upmay not, like some of my breth- per counties of Vermont. He
ren, reap, I should be thankful returned in January laft, and has " that I am allowed to fow. I given the following general ac• hope my mission the present count of his tour, in the year 1801. ‘ycar has been of some service “ The whole of my last mis. "to those who were before in fion to the new settlements, I • Chriít. Sometimes I think I • spent in the Itate of Vermont. " have scen their faces glisten un • I left Hartford February 18th,
der the preaching of the word. • 1801, and continued on my mil• They seemed by their very coun « fion eleven months and two days;
tenances to say, “Oh, how love in which time I aslisted in the • we thy law !" I have also been formation of three churches ; • allowed to administer special, administered the sacrament of • sealing ordinances to some, who the Lord's Supper 15 times ; • would otherwise have fighed for preached 256 fermons ; attendthem in vain. As before, so ed 66 public conferences ; bapnow I must say, have been tized 22 adults and 241 chil. kindly reccived and well treated. dren ; attended one ecclesiastie
*cal council and one ordination, churches, which have generally • and performed other missionary been amicably settled. Most of • duties as time and opportunity the young churches appeared to
would permit, such as visiting enjoy something of the life of 'schools, families and attending religion, and some of them shone "to the instruction of children. in its real power and beauty.
“ The most of these labors were · The fruits of past revivals of re• in the north-western part of the ligion, among then are very • state ; in the counties of Addi. 'genuine. • son, Chittendon and Franklin. " When I had visited the • I visited the towns on the shores churches in the western coun
of lake Champlain, the Ilands ties of the state of New York,
in the lake, and also the towns ' I directed my course into the . interspersed among the Green • state of Vermont. I have visit
mountains. I never received "ed the three northern counties • more kindness from the people upon the west side of the moun• on a mission than the last. Their ‘tain, which were the field of my • hospitality I think is uncommon. • millionary labors the last year. • They express much gratitude · They were glad to hear the gof'to the people of Connecticut, pel this year. A number of churwho have contributed to the • ches have been formed in my ab
support of missions, hoping that ence, which, with those previous• their benevolence may be re- ' ly formed, are in a flourishing • warded with the infinite blessings ftate, and
appear hungry for the • of eternity.”
• bread of life. In May Mr. Bubnell was re
“ In both the western and appointed a miffionary, with di • northern countries, are partial rections to visit the towns and set revivals of religion. I found no tlements in the states of New-York place where the divine work apand Vermont, where he had for peared so powerful as I have merly labored.
The following 'seen on former missions ; neither extract of a letter from him dated ' have I found any place fo dreadCornwall, Vermont, October 6, fully stupid as i formerly have. 1802, exhibits a fummary view of The spirit appears more generalhis mission.
• ly spread, and yet is not accom“ Soon after I left Hartford, panied with those tokens of • in May last, I directed my course power, that appeared in the beto the westward, and commenc ginning of the glorious work.
ed my mission ten miles west of our religious assemblies have • Catskill. I continued my mis- been as large and probably larg' fion west, and preached from erthan on my preceding missions. • town to town, and from county The tents of Jacob never appear' to county, until I had visited ' ed more pleasant, Christians (most of the settlements and and churches put on a degree of churches among which I had order and stability which make ' previously travelled. I preach • them appear more like an army to some settlements that I had 6 with banners. not formerly visited, and omit “ Missionaries are much wanted • ted some with which I had been both to the westward and north. partially acquainted. Some dif-ward. The Lord is opening ficulties appeared in few a wide door for millionary la