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He was a man of gifts ; and his he might be resigned to God's gifts were rot bestowed in vain. will, living or dying: Oft times, He used them in the service of in turns of severe distress, he extrue religion. No Chriitian could pressed concern, left, by impahear him converse upon religion, tience, he should dishonor God. cr pray, especially, without receiv

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distress be ever so great, ing pleasure and edification ; for or continue ever so long, I pray he discovered great fimplicity and for patience, that I may not diéFully fincerity.

honor God and religion. I have He was a Christian, who evi- always found him to be a good dently grew in grace; and remark. God. If I had a thousand fouls, ably so, in a few of his last years. I would leave them at the foot of He shone brighter and brighter fovereign mercy.”. until he departed to the perfect A little before his death, being day.

told that his children were all As he had lived a long life of present, he said, “ I wish I had religion, it pleased God to give strength to bless them, as Jacob him its comforts on his death-bed. did his.” He affectionately and He was confined several weeks, by earnestly recommended religion liis last illness, and was called to unto them ; reading of the scripendure a great deal of bodily dis- tures, family and secret prayer. tress; but his mind was calm and He said, “Oh! I could triumph peaceful. He was not anxious over death ; it would be nothing about his scul ; he trusted that in to die, if my children and grand the hand of God, and believed it children were converted.” to be safe. But he seemed to be He lamented, on his death-bed, afraid, left, by impatience, he the infidelity and lax sentiments thould dishonor his profession, and in divinity, which he perceived to his God. He appeared to be sen- be spreading and prevailing in our fible, from the beginning of his country.

With tender concern illness, yea, for months before, and pity, he beheld the lukewarmthat the time of his departure was ness and deadness in religion of ct hand ; and, therefore, he was some professors ; and earnestly redefirous of doing what good he quested his minifter folemnly to could to his friends and visitors, warn them of their danger, and before his opportunity should be to cxhort them to be alive and orer. He was free to converse awake in religion, as they would upon the itate of his own mind, hope to be comfortable, or safe, the excellency of the Chriftian rc on their death-bed. He wished, ligion, and the unspeakable valuc i also, that it might be made known, of the Christian hope to one in that he died in full belief of those his fituation. He cxhorted all, decisines, commonly called the who visited him, to fee to it, that doerines of grace, and derived they did not neglect religion ; af- confort from them. furing them that they would need Al, who saw him, and heard iz aid, when they shoulů be called him converse on his death-bed, to encounter the king of terrors. were convinced of the fincerity of When his Christian friends were his religion, and of its inestimable about to pray with him, he di- worth ; and were almost perfundi? rected them not to pray for the to be Christians ; none could rs. engthening out his life; but that Ifrain from faying, “ O, let n.

die the death of the righteous, , ble life and power ; and that the and let my last end be like his.” welfare of the immortal soul has

He appeared to have a hum- become the general topic of conbling sense of the depravity of his versation. In Virginia and North heart, and of his linfulness and Carolina there have lately been unworthiness of any favor from large amicable meetings of differGod; and said, that all his de ent denominations, to promote a pendence for salvation was on the general union, and some visible disfree grace of God.

plays of divine power, in their Thus lived this good man, and public exercises. By a letter from thus he died, or rather, fell asleep, a worthy character, juít come to January 8th, A. D. 1800. hand, it appears that there is a

Mark the perfed man, and be revival of religion, which attracts bold the upright: for the end of that much attention, now at the Waxman is peace.

haws, about seventy miles north

J. B. of Camden, in South Carolina, Middleborough, Mass.

An able minister in the back part Feb. A. D. 1802. } of this state, says, in a letter very

recently received, “ I have juft 6 returned from a tour of fifteen

“ days preaching, in the upper Religious Intelligence. “ counties of the state. Thou

“ sands of every rank attended on Extract of a letter from a gentle

“ the word, with awful folemnity." man of eminence in Newark, N. Still later accounts from Powel7. to one of the Editor's, dated ton, forty-five miles from LouisJuly 22, 1802.

ville, speak of a great revival of

religion in that place." « THERE is a remarkable attention to the things of religion in this and some neighboring congregations. Many arejoining them- LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. felves to the church, and it ap

From a late London paper. pears to be matter of praise to the God of all grace.”

Missionaries to the South Sea Islands.

WE have pleasure in being Extraa from the Georgia Analyti- been received from Otaheite high

able to flate, that accounts have cal Repository, c periodical relizious publication, for May and ly favorable, and such as to in

duce fanguinc liopes of the comJune 1802.

plete fulfilment of the objects of “ LATE accounts received by this million. Since the desertion letters, fay, that a great and hap- of part of the body, the rest have py change has taken place among resided at Matavia, where they the body of the people in Ken- have acquired a knowledge of the tucky; that the Presbyteriang, language, and conciliated general Methodists and Baptists have had affe&tion and esteem. Amongst large additions to their respective many instances which are mentionsocieties ; that the work of the ed of the favor in which they are Lord, though rather on the de- held by the savages, is, that the cline, till goes on with corsidera- 1 day after the birth of a son to

the Rev. Mr. Henry, he was vis- weeks fáil from our settlement in ited by Pomarre, who adopted the New South Wales, to whose infant, and gave to him the name wants it can ultimately be made of Te ochree dalrai, (the great to contribute, this island alone chief.)

being competent to supply food The King of Hauhine, who is to 50,000 persons more than its related to Pomarre, was at Opar- inhabitants. re, at the date of the late dis The loss of the ship Duff was patches, and had become so at- known at Otaheite.

The Roy. tached to the Millionaries, as to al Admiral, according to recent have invited them to settle with accounts, had arrived at Canton him, assuring them of protection, on her way to the Society Isands. and promising to attend their in- Beasts of burthen are much wantstructions, and to engage his fub- ed by the Missionaries to facilitate jects to do the like. He appears their professional excursions thro' to be led to this measure, not less the island ; and a small vessel is by policy than by religion; con- requisite to the same object. ceiving the doctrine which they preach calculated to establish legitimate authority, and to weaken the party of some disaffected Hampshire Missionary Society. chiefs, who are constantly engaged in plots to deprive him of the thire Missionary Society have re

THE Trustees of the Hamplovereignty. Our people were solved to employ four millionaries then too few to separate ; but as long ere this the Royal Admiral, District of Maine, and two in the

the present season ; two in the Captain Wilson, has arrived there with ten more brethren, the wish kemer and Oneida, in the state

counties of Montgomery, Heres of the young Monarch of Hau- of New-York, to labor on the hine, have, doubtless, been com

north side of Mohawk river. One plied with, to the obvious benefit ef the undertaking.

miffionary has gone to each of Pomarre, and all his family, athan Grout to the District of

these fields of labor ; Rev. Jonhave joined in a request for more Maine, and Rev. Samuel Tuggart Miniiters. Independent of the ardent delire we entertain for the to the western part of New-York.

The other two will follow as soon extensive promulgation of the gospel, the Mimon in question

as they can be procured.

Thé Trustees have also approbolds forth other advantages of a commercial and political nature, Chase of Bibles and other religious

priated 300 dollars for the purwhich well deserve consideration. This extenfive Archipelago

books to be distributed among

the inhabitants of the new fettlebounds in turmeric, cotton, and sugar-cane,. and which with numerous medicinal and dying plants grow fpontaneously. Cora is produced in profufion, and the thips

MISSIONARIES. employed in the fur trade, or whale fishery, might here obtain THE following perfons are abundant supplies of every necef- now in the service of the MissionCary: Otahcite is only three ary Society of Connecticut,--

ments.

to cry.

to the

at me.

Rev. David Bacon either at De- 1 3. Ditress’d by want, they fought troit or among a tribe of Indians

the lonely wood; on the river Miami ; Rev, Messrs. 4. Where the wild broom and mallows

were their food. Foseph Badger and Ezekiel F. s. Vile, and unfit with honest men to be, Chapman in New Connecticut ;

They were expell’d from their society; Rev. Messrs. Seth Willifton and (They hooted after them, as aster Jedidiah Bufonell in the western

thieves :) counties of New-York ; Mr. 6. To dwell in cliffs of vales, in rocks,

and caves. James W. Woodward in the Black

7. Inur'd to savage and to beastly ways, River country ; and Rev. Alex

In desart solitude they spent their ander Gillet in the northern part days : of Vermont. Three other mil Among the shrubs and nettles would fionaries are appointed, and it is

they lie;

And, like an uncouth ass, were heard expected they will soon enter on their missions ; one to go

8.

These abjeet fellows all receiv'd northern counties of New York

their birth west of Lake Champlain ; one to From fools, more base than is the the northern counties of Ver vileft earth. mont; and one to the vacant set

9. And now their false, deriding fons tlements adjoining Connecticut agree, river in the States of Vermont

In mirth and songs, to scoff and jeer and New Hampshire.

10. They me abhor, and far away they

move; Nor with me fit, in fympathizing

love. POETRY

To vent their spite, and bring om

me disgrace, They rudely cast their spittle in my

face. FOR THE CONNECTICUT EVAN 11. Since mine authoritative cord He GELICAL MAGAZINE.

broke,

And I endure his fore afflictive REVEREND EDITORS,

stroke ; AGREEABLY to the request of They lose restraint, and by their the writer who, as contaiped in your

words aspire, 15th number, verfified the xxix chapter To lead and rule me, as their hearts of Job, I have attempted to versify the defire. xxx chapter. The production is submit. Although the trying rod of God ted to your consideration. If you con

I bear, ceive that it is worthy of a place in And I mine own integrity declare ; your useful Magazine, you will insert On my right hand the youth preit; and oblige one of your readers.

fume to rise ; C. A. And what I speak, they rahly fay,

“ are lies." A version of ibe xxxth chapter of Job.

'Tis thus they strive to overthrow UT, now my state's adverse,

mine hope, young scorners say,

And leave my soul in dire despair "I reap the fruit of my degen'rate way.”

13. The path in which, to seek relief, I Whore fires I knew : And they in

go, ferior were

They all obstruct; and thus increase To useful dogs of my domestic care.

my woe. 2. Yea, írom their hands I could expect 14. As the wide breakings in of water no aid;

roll They liv'd in vain, and were, thro' Throughout the field, and overage, decay'd.

spread the whole;

COMMUNICATED AS ORIGINAL.

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my joy.

my mind.

Their power and skill they, hand in 24. But though my foes may shout in hand, employ,

my disease; To bear me down, and overwhelm Death wafts my soul to rcalms of

endless bliss. 15. They chase my soul swift as the

25. If others pin'd, through pen'ry fleeting wind;

or difeare, My welfare's gone ; and terrors fill

When I was bleft with wealth, and

health and ease; 16.

AmiAive days, which cause my Did not lact the sympathizing part; sad complaint,

Relieve their wants, and chcer their Impair my itrength, and make my troubled heart? fpirit faint.

26. For this, I hop'd my God would 17. Though I lie down by night, I have me reward, no cafe,

With the rich favors, for his friends Since piercing pains my bones and prepar'd : finews seize.

I look'd for good ;

;-Me evil did sur18. My fore disease extends o'er all prise; my skin,

For ligbt; but darkness overcast And, by its force, my garment is unclean,

27. Through inward groans, my bowels 19. I'm plung'd in mire ; thy fouling could not rest; power I bear;

My daily woes prevented my reAnd as the doft and ashes I appear.

quest. 20. Though, in distress, I stand, and 28. Without confoling light I mournpray to Thee ;

ing went; Thou wilt not hear, nor few re And the assembly heard my fore gard to me.

complaint. 21. I'm stricken by thy cruel scourge ; and feel

29. I hideous cry, I sit in folitude. Mine hopes destroy'd by thine op

As owls and dragons of the drcary

wood. posing will.

30. The heat of my disease is so severe, To winds expos'd, I ride upon My bones are burnt, my skin's as their wings ;

scorch'd by fire. Dy them I waste, as do the frailest

31. My pleasantharp and organl refuse; things.

And, in their stead, a plaintive voice 24. For, through thy power, the grave

I use. will me receive ; Which is the house, prepar'd for all

January 1,-1802. who live.

mine eyes.

22.

Donations to the Misionary Society.

D.

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From a friend of Missions,
From Rev. Dr. Trumbuli, avails of his sermons,
From Rev. Samuel Nott, Franklin,
From Dr. Joshua Lothrop,
From a friend to Missions,

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