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most spiritual and searching kind. circumstances is often so sudden; The pious Flavel was, perhaps, his their families have been accustomed favourite; and deservedly so, for he to live in ease, and often in luxury, owed more to him than to
other and are totally unprepared to enperson living or dead. This sub dure hardship; their opportunities ject also, was with him a frequent of defrauding their creditors are so theme of conversation with his pious great, that however we must lament friends. It seems to have been an the fact, we cannot be much surobject with him, all his life, to search prised, that many who have mainout exercised souls, who had a rich tained lofty pretensions to honour experience of the various dealings of and integrity, fall disgracefully on God, both in his providence and his this slippery ground. Indeed, the grace. By these means he became evidence which would convict a eminently skilful in casuistical di man of fraud, is commonly wanting vinity; and in those associations of in these cases; but the ease and pious men, sometimes held in this abundance in which the family of city, for conference on vital reli the bankrupt lives in retirement, gion, he was always considered an but too plainly demonstrates that instructive and useful member. He there has been some unfair managewas much in secret meditation, ment. This trial was endured by reading, and prayer: his closet he Mr. Haslett without a suspicion afconsidered the place where the fecting his integrity.
fecting his integrity. He honestly surest test of the present state of gave up every thing; and the cirhis soul might be found. If all was cumstances to which his family was right here, it was so every where immediately reduced, showed that else; and here, the first symptoms he had passed through this severe of declension and backsliding mani ordeal unhurt. fest themselves. But he delighted The temper with which he met greatly in public ordinances. The and endured all his reverses and afSabbath was to him a delight and flictions, deserves to be mentioned. honourable; and he was evidently He neither murmured at Providence, glad when they said, Come, let us go nor sunk into despondency. He up to the house of the Lord. Many viewed all as the wise but mysteria time has the church proved to him ous dispensations of a gracious and a Bethel; and while the messenger
faithful Father. He bowed his neck of God displayed the riches of grace, to the yoke submissively, and seemhis heart has been filled to overflow ed to say by all his conduct, It is ing, and he has been ready to ex
the Lord, let him do what seemeth claim, It is good to be here. One
The Lord gave, and the day in thy courts is better than a Lord hath taken away, blessed be the thousand.
name of the Lord. His friends could
observe no perceivable difference in Addenda.
his tranquillity, or his cheerfulness, Faith which has not been tried, and yet his nature was remote from cannot be known to be faith. Af insensibility. fiction is the test of virtue. That In a letter to a friend, after the ore which appears very brilliant,
death of his three sons, he says, often vanishes when cast into the “ You have doubtless heard of the furnace. The character which has afflictions I have experienced durstood fair in the day of prosperity, ing the past season. They have, is frequently withered by the blasts
indeed, been trying and severe, of adversity. This remark is veri but they have been tempered with fied, in a greater degree, in no class mercy. of persons than merchants, who be
“The burning bush was not consumed, come bankrupt. The change in their Because the Lord was there.'
“ You may remember it is said of never forget the interesting discusAaron when he lost his sons, And sions of that day, nor the solemnity Aaron held his peace; and by an
of the hour when the question was other Old Testament worthy, I was finally taken and decided. Aldumb, and opened not my mouth, be though a Congregational minister, cause thou didst it. But, my dear I received my theological educasir, think not that I have uniformly tion in the Presbyterian church; felt this disposition; alas, no; I and, on many accounts, shall alwas sometimes like a bullock unac ways feel attached to that denomicustomed to the yoke. At first I nation of Christians. At the same thought I experienced some degree time, I do not mean to imply an inof fortitude and submission, but difference to my own denominawhen the waves became high, and tion, nor to the Theological School, .billow upon billow rolled,' I had no established in our part of the counalternative but that of sinking Pe. try. What I most admire in your ter, Lord save, I perish.”
Plea is, its entire freedom from bigotry and sectarianism. I regret to learn the low state of
your funds, Heligious Intelligence. and am desirous to afford you some
little aid. I am inclined to do SOLID PRAISE.
something for your Seminary, more The following letter from the from the hope that my example Rev. John Codman, of Dorchester, may induce others to do likewise, (Mass.) contains the most solid than from the expectation that the praise of Professor Lindsly's Plea little it is in my power to give, for our Theological Seminary. We consistently with other numerous, publish it, to do honour to whom and pressing calls, will be of essenhonour is due; and with the hope, tial service to the institution. You that others may consider the ne
will therefore consider me an ancessities of our school of the pro
nual subscriber for $100 per anphets, and imitate this truly libe num for ten years. In case of my ral and benevolent benefaction. decease during that period, I will
E. S. E. make provision for the payment of
the entire sum, and should that Copy of a Letter from the Rev.
provision through any unforeseen John Codman, to the Rev. Professor Philip Lindsly, dated Dor
dispensation of Providence, be prechester, Sept. 13, 1821.
vented, you may consider this let
ter as a sufficient guarantee, and Dear Sir-I know not whether I
order upon my executors for the am indebted to you, or some other payment of the sum that may be friend at Princeton, for a copy
of due; which I have no doubt will your Plea in favour of theological be readily admitted. Below you institutions, which I received a few will find an order for the payment days since, through the medium of of the first subscription upon a the post office. I have read it with house in New York. With great peculiar satisfaction. The argu- respect, your friend, &c. ments are unanswerable. As to the
John CODMAN. manner, style, and execution of the discourse, I could say much, were Extracts from the Report of the I not writing to the author. I have
Board of Missions to the General long felt deeply interested in the
Assembly in May last. prosperity of the Theological School at Princeton. I was a member of
(Continued from page 476.) the General Assembly in 1812,
The Rev. ROBERT WILSON, when it was located, and shall In performing his mission of three
months, between the waters of are not professors, either entertain Licking and Ohio, bestowed his la a hope or are inquiring what they bours chiefly in the counties of Ma must do to be saved. It is refreshson, Fleming and Bracken, though ing to the soul to be among them.” he passed into as many as eleven or A few selected parts of Mr. B.'s twelve counties on the waters of journal here follow: the Ohio. A summary view of his “ Dec. 17.-I rode 6 miles to Newburgh. labours he has given in the follow Preached twice to-day to an audience of ing words:
from 150 to 200 people. The Lord seem
ed evidently present by his Spirit. Many “I have preached to about ten thousand
were affected, and I trust good was done hearers; have administered or aided in
in the name of Jesus. After service visitadministering the sacrament of the Lord's
ed Mrs. Fuller, who seemed to be filled supper to about one thousand communi.
with the deepest reverence, while she incants; and farther that I have preached
dulged a trembling hope of her interest in upwards of one hundred times, beside so
Christ. Since my last visit she had had cial prayer, visiting the sick, and from
much enjoyment. I was solicited by the house to house; and I desire to praise the
people to remain, and if I could not do Lord that I have not laboured in vain : for
this, to return. I thought there were I have aided in receiving forty members strong indications that God was about to and in baptizing fifty-nine adults and forty
bless that people ;-such as great searchone children, of which a majority belong ing of heart among professors-great to the church at Washington. I have at anxiety among them for the impenitenttended one meeting of the Synod of Ken an unusual attention to the means of grace tucky, three meetings of W. Lexington --some inquiring what they must do to be Presbytery, and one meeting of Ebenezer
saved, and much tenderness under preachPresbytery, which, at its organization, ing. There is no Presbyterian church in consisted of seven members and one can.
this place, although many are friendly to didate, and has received a second candi
that persuasion. There is not a settled date. I have ordained two elders in the
Presbyterian minister in the county of church of Washington; and although Cuyahoga, which contains, according to have not organized any church as stated last census, 6322 inhabitants. Euclid and in the journal, yet there is some progress Cleveland are very desirous to obtain a towards the organization of two or three minister. In Cleveland attention to relichurches."
gion is increasing; a church has recently MR. WILLIAM B. BARTON
been formed there, consisting of nineteen
members. In Euclid they have had the Itinerated six months in the state ministry statedly for more than ten years, of Indiana. That state is rapidly
but are now destitute: about fifty were filling with inhabitants, and de
added to this church during the last sumserves particular attention.
mer. They are a very affectionate people, Al
and will support a pastor one half of his ready the fields that open for mis- time. There are many adjacent counties sionary labour would furnish em almost entirely destitute. I consider this ployment to fifty preachers of the part of the state of Ohio as uncommonly gospel. In the course of his mis.
important missionary ground. I found it
difficult to leave it." sion he preached 103 times, visited « Feb. 18.-The audience consisted of 36 families, and catechised 5 times. more than 100. In the afternoon many of Family visitation your missionary
them were in tears. I hope some good justly deemed important; but ow
was done, especially among the young.
Some offered me one half of what they ing to difficulties arising from the raised if I would settle among them. severity of the weather, he had not “20th.–To-day I preached to about 30. seen as many families as he wished. The meeting was unusually solemn. God His labours appear to have been
was evidently in the midst of us. Several blest. He has consented to give
wept during the discourse, and afterwards still more.
One young woman threw herone half of his time to Jefferson self on a bed in an adjoining apartment, church, of which he observes, in the bitterly mourning over her wicked heart. close of his journal, that "the atten
“ 21st.-Rode 5 miles to the Dutch set. tion to religion has continued to in
tlement. Visited one family.
“ 22d.--Catechised to-day in this place. more and more, until a
Twelve recited. They had made some greater part of the inhabitants who
proficiency since the last time. Preached
afterwards. Appointed to preach here “ 28th.-Rode 7 miles to Ryker's settienext Friday: after which it was proposed ment. Was informed the seriousness conthey should make arrangements for build tinued to increase : that at a prayer meeting a place for worship.
ing the preceding Sabbath, almost the “ 23d.-Rode 2 miles. Preached in the whole assembly were bathed in tears, and evening to 20 persons.
that an aged Baptist, whose son was weep. “ 24th.-Went three miles to the Scotch ing aloud, rose in the audience, and with settlement. The Scotch are moving in his eyes streaming with tears, cried out, very fast, and this will doubtless be an im "We are all one, we are all one.' I was portant place in a few years. They are re also informed that some were awakened served, but kind, and reverence their mi under my last sermon. On the 9th I found nisters.”
many of God's people in great darkness “ March 1.-Preached 3 miles north of and in great distress. Vevay, to about 40 people.
“29th.–To-day I preached in this place. « 20.-Rode 10 miles, and preached in Owing to peculiar circumstances the authe Dutch settlement. After worship they dience was small, yet uncommonly solemn unanimously resolved to build a house of and tender. After sermon visited three worship, 30 by 35.
families. In the first the man was a pro“3d.—Spent the day in preparing for fessor, and thought he had a comfortable the Sabbath.
evidence of an interest in Christ, but was “ 4th.—Delivered two discourses to-day. greatly bowed down for neglecting family Prospects in this place more and more en worship. He has since attended to this couraging. Rode 2 miles after service. duty, and his countenance has assumed a
“ 5th.-Rode 5 miles, and visited one very different aspect. His wife had been - young man and one young woman under serious for a long time, but much more so very serious impressions. The Lord seems for a few weeks. She opened her mind to be moving up on some hearts by his freely, had a very affecting view of the Holy Spirit.
depravity of her heart, and gave very «6th.-Rode 3 miles, and preached to good evidence of having been born again. 35 in the Dutch settlement.
In the second family, the man had been in “7th.— Travelled 54 miles. Wrote an great distress of mind since the 9th March. answer to the people of Worthington: in Indeed his view of the wickedness of his formed them I could not comply with
heart seemed almost to overcome him. their request. I have already spoken of His wife had been serious a long time, but this place.
thought it wrong to express her feelings, “gth.-Preached to-day to about 30. and had incorrect views of the evidence The direction to the inquiring, Be much of a change of heart, expecting something alone,' affected them very much.
miraculous. She now entertained an hum. “ 9th.-Rode 3 miles, and preached at ble hope, and seemed filled with holy joy, Mr. Bonefield's in the evening, to a nume while the tears of penitence streamed from rous assembly. This meeting more so her eyes. I endeavoured to impress upon lemn than any preceding. Several wept Mr. C.'s mind the importance of family aloud during the whole discourse. There worship; told him he would find it easier was indeed a shaking among the dry to begin now than at a future period. He bones. Several were awakened this even. said it seemed a very great task, but he ing. It is not by might nor by power, but would try to perform it; which he did, by thy Spirit, O God.
and it was made a great blessing and com“ 10th.---Travelled 13 miles to Ver fort to him. In the
third family two young sailles. Several had died in this place people were serious. Rode 5 miles. since I left it, and many were now sick. “30th.---Next Sabbath being the day
"11th.This morning visited a sick fa appointed to administer the sacrament of mily. Several were present, and appear the Lord's supper in this congregation, ed solemn. Preached twice to-day to brother Searle had agreed to preach in about 70. I bless God that they are more the Dutch settlement to-day at 12 o'clock. and more attentive. Two professors moved The people having assembled, and brother into the place since I left it, one of which S. being providentially detained, I preachis a Presbyterian. After service had much ed to them. As the service concluded, serious conversation with a few of the brother S. arrived. He also preached, people, in which I was encouraged. One and baptized one child. This was a solemn of them informed me, he supposed nobody delightful day with God's people, and a had told me his situation, but it appeared day of power among the unconverted. to him I had been preaching all the time Rode 14 miles to-day. particularly to him.
“ 31st. It rained very fast until eleven “ 22d.-Preached to-day at 12 o'clock o'clock, when we rode 3 miles to Ryker's in this place (Miller's Settlement) to about settlement. About 50 were present. I 40. Conversed with a few after meeting. preached first. Brother S. spoke after me. Rode 5 miles.”
Many were in tears. Six came before the
session, and having given satisfactory evi. ter's journal will manifest that there dence of a change of heart, were admitted
is reason to believe that his labours into the church. Many were prevented
have not been without a blessing. from attending to-day by the rain and high waters.
“ July 11.-I arrived in the Pleasant April 1.-This morning one woman
Valley, Dallas county, and remained there came before the session, and was admitted about four weeks. During my visit, an to church privileges. Brother S. preach
opportunity was afforded of preaching ed the action sermon, and administered twelve sermons, ba
ing two adults and the ordinance. About 50 partook; 7 for
six infants, administering the sacrament the first time. Several more would have
of the Supper, and of performing some come forward, if the weather had been favourable. The audience was considerably
other missionary duties. The exercises of
public worship were generally well atlarge. I addressed them in the afternoon.
tended. On Sabbaths the assemblies were The Lord was evidently present to-day.
large, attentive, and serious.
Here a It was a day of great solemnity, of trem
church was erected, and gospel ordibling and rejoicing. Christians seemed to
nances administered by your missionary, feel much alike-all mourning over the hardness of their hearts; yet this was min
two years ago. The great Head of the
church has been pleased to smile on this gled with the most tender affection. In
infant society. Its original members, at the the evening we had a prayer meeting: time of their association, occupied Congress God's people were still lamenting their land; and their continuance within the darkness and stupidity: they felt as if they
sphere of the society was suspended on wished to hang upon each other's neck,
the uncertain results of public sales. Not and wept. Brother S. and myself both addressed them: it was a precious season.
a single family was obliged, on this ac
count, to remove beyond its limits; nor has “ 2d.-To-day I was informed they had subscribed 105 dollars in this congrega
a single member been cut off from the so
ciety of the faithful by death, or the disci. tion, for one half of my time for six months.
pline of the church. I met them all again Having previously told them I would re
at the table of the Lord, and found their main for 100 dollars, owing to their indi number doubled. These facts bespeak gent circumstances, I accordingly told them I would remain. Brother S. preach
the kind and gracious interposition of Di
vine Providence. On Sabbath, the 30th ed at 10 o'clock. The influences of the
of July, we assembled in a grove near ValHoly Spirit seemed sweetly yet powerfully ley creek, which since my arrival had been to melt the hearts of the assembly. After consecrated to the worship of Almighty sermon, 8 children were baptized. This
God. Mr. Kennedy of Cahawba, a licenbeing the last day of the feast we parted, tiate of Union Presbytery, was with me, and I trust considerably refreshed." and assisted in the exercises of the occa
sion. THE Rev. FRANCIS H. PORTER
The gospel was preached; two
adults were admitted into the church by Was appointed to itinerate in the holy baptism, and the sacrament of the missionary service, two months, in Supper was administered. About fifty of the state of Alabama. He was in
the professed disciples of Jesus complied duced to continue his labours for
with the dying injunction of their Master,
“Do this in remembrance of me.” Four the benefit of that destitute region of these were admitted for the first time. three months. He preached 48 ser The assembly was large, and characterised mons,
attended 4 communions, bap by a propriety of conduct seldom surpasstized 2 adults and 11 children, and
ed. Serious attention prevailed through
the various exercises of the day. Much collected 838 for the missionary
good I hope was done. The children of fund. In consideration of the time God were refreshed and strengthened, he spent, the Board deem it proper, and many evinced a deep interest in the under the circumstances of his case,
solemn scenes exhibited before them, to allow him to retain what he col
The following day the sum of 29 dollars
75 cents, was collected for the Missionlected as a compensation for the ad
ary fund. This church is yet without a ditional month's service; though it pastor, and had received during the interis always to be understood, that val of my visits, only three or four serwhen a missionary extends his mis
mons from missionaries. May God soon
send them a faithful shepherd!”
“ Aug. 23.-I arrived in White's and
Story's settlement, on the western bank to augment his compensation. The
of the Black Warrior, Green county; and following paragraphs in Mr. Por remained five days. During this short VOL. I.