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discourse was ended, he carefully inter- fectual to the checking of moral disorder preted to the Indians the leading ideas of in our guilty world. the whole sermon. (He has a remarkably With the highest esteem, I am, dear tenacious memory.) You will be able to sir, your's in the gospel of God's dear Son, form an idea of the state of his mind by
GIDEON BLACKBURN. the following circumstance.
Rev. Ashbel Green, D. D. A few days before I visited the school, a half-breed by the name of Vann, had Lilled a relation, I think a cousin, of this Extract of a letter from the county of, man, who of course was called to sit in Oneida in the state of New-York, dated council on the case, as it is a law among
Sept. 10th 1806. Indians for the nearest of kin to be the On the 4th inst. the presbytery of avenger of blood, and it was thought he Oneida ordained Mr. George Hall of would have been obliged to have taken East-Haddam, Connecticut, to the work the satisfaction.
of the gospel ministry, and installed him During my conversation with him I re. in the pastoral charge of the congregamarked on the existence of an overruling tion of Cherry-Valley. The Rev. James providence, that we were constantly un- Southworth, of Bridgewater, made the der its immediate notice and subject to introductory prayer, and gave the right its control
. Said he, “I am now clearly hand of fellowship; the Rev. Samuel F. convinced of this, for two or three mi. Snowden, of New-Hartford, delivered the nutes before I left the council, it was un- sermon; the Rev. James Carnahan of certain whether I should not have been Whitesborough, made the ordaining obliged to do an act, which, according to prayer; the Rev. Joshua Knight, of my present convictions, might have caus- Sherburne presided, and gave the ed me future uneasiness, but it was charges to the minister and to the otherwise decided ; and, on my return, people; and the Rev. Andrew Oliver, meeting you at iny house, with the vari- late of Pelbam, in Massachusetts, made ous circumstances which have taken the concluding prayer. place, all put together, convince me that It was observed by several persons prethere is a God, and that he overrules our sent, that the transaction was one of the affairs; and, from this peculiar case, I am most impressive and affecting which they more strongly convinced of it, than I have had ever witnessed: the circumstances ever been in all my life." All this was which contributed to render it such desaid with such fixed attention and so- serve notice. This congregation, tho' one lemnity as marked the feelings of a mind of the oldest west of Albany, had enjoyed, deeply penetrated by the truth.
but in a partial degree, the labours of a Just after the close of divine service minister of the gospel, and had been for (as observed above) a principal man, a
some time destitute: many unpromising full blooded Indian, named Cheuhequa, un.
circumstances had discouraged, and der a conviction of duty, requested to be almost destroyed the hopes of the regularly married. Through the inter. friends of religion in it. The prospect of preter, 1 explained the nature and obliga. having the gospel speedily and permation of the rite, and solemnized it in a nently established among them became plain and expressive way: perhaps few daily more gloomy. The hand of Provicases of the kind have occurred in Ame- dence seemed evidently to direct Mr. rica where there were greater marks of Hall to this place, and in a surprising solemnity than on this occasion.
manner to concentre and increase the I have evidence to believe that this strength of the congregation, and hapwas the first marriage of a full blooded pily to unite them in him. The recollecnative which has ever been celebrated in
tion of these particulars, with the suffer. this nation. Some others are seriously re. ings endured by this settlement in its
infant state, during the war, which were Should marriage become general, it seasonably brought into view in the course Would have a good tendency to reform of the exercises of the day, produced
savage habits and custäms of the strong and tender emotions. This was tribe, as well as to increase and establish fully manifested, when the members of their families, and very much promote the congregation came forward, after but the introduction of vaccination has fellowship and affection. Aged men, the
it be small pox has been pretty fatal, their minister the right hand in token of Stopped its career so far as it has been fathers of the settlement, whose hair was practised. Oh, that the divine Redeem. gray with years, and in whose remener would make his precious blood as cf. brance were revived afresli, the difficul.
fecting on the subject.
chastity and virtue.
ties, sufferings, and toils, which they had The ordinations above mentioned are undergone, but on whose minds an era confined to churches which from their of union, peace, and prosperity appeared agreement in doctrine and conformity in now to dawn, were unable to contain the worship, and spirit of discipline, may be feelings with which their hearts were considered as forming one denomination. full. This scene drew tears from the eyes Baptist churches likewise increase in of the spectators, as well as from those numbers; and an episcopal church which of both the ministers and people: even has a settled pastor, was consecrated on the most collected could scarcely refrain. the 7th inst. at Utica.
This ordination is the fourth which has occurred within the space of four On Tuesday the 23d of September months, in the presbyterian and congre- last, the presbytery of Oneida ordained gational churches in this part of the Mr. William Neill, a licenciate late of the country. In June, the Rev. Mr. Clark presbytery of New Brunswick, to the was ordained and installed in the town
work of the gospel ministry, and instal of Milton, a few months previous to led him pastor of the congregatione which the Rev. Mr. Shadwick was instal. Cooperstown. The exercises were per led in another congregation in the same formed in the following order, and by the town. In July the Rev. Mr. Rich was following persons: The Rev. Andrey ordained and installed at Sangersfield. Oliver made the introductory prayer; the In August the Rev. Mr. Adams was
Rev. James Carnahan delivered the ser. ordained and installed in a congre. mon, from Luke ii. 34; the Rer. Joshua gation in Sherburne.
Knight presided and made the ordaining It is a subject of pleasing contempla- prayer; the Rev. George Hall gave the tion, and cause of lively gratitude to right-hand of fellowship; and the Ret God, that congregations are now for. Samuel F. Snowden delivered the charges med, and supplied with pastors, in places to the minister and people, and made which but a few years since were a the concluding prayer. wilderness.
ed froin a small volume of Poems by Mr. Descends, a sweet engaging form,
And folly flies her chastening rod; RELIGION
She makes the humble contrite heart
A temple of the living God. Through shades and solitudes profound, Beyond the narrow vale of time,
The fainting traveller winds his way; Where bright celestial ages roll, Bewildering meteors glare around, To scenes eternal, scenes sublime,
And tempt his wandering feet astray: She points the way and leads the soul Welcome, thrice welcome, to his eye, At her approach the grave appears
The sudden moon's inspiring light, The gate of paradise restor'd; When forth she sallies through the sky, Her voice the watching cherub hears,
The guardian angel of the night! And drops his double-fiaming sword Thus mortals, blind and weak, below Baptis'd with the renewing fire,
Pursue the phantom, bliss, in vain'; May we the crown of glory gain: The world's a wilderness of woe, Rise when the host of heaven expire, And life a pilgrimage of pain!
And reign with God, for ever reigai.
AN OCCASIONAL HYMN.
ANDREW RIVET, D. D. The Rev. Andrew Rivet, d. D. was a very eminent and learned French protestant divine, who flourished in the United Netherlands, from near the beginning till the middle of the seventeenth century. After a long life of distinguished usefulness, both as a writer and a preacher of the gospel, he died at Breda, of one of the most painful and fearful maladies which can attack the human frame. It continued for twelve days, during which time this wonderful man exhibited a fortitude of mind, and superiority to distress and approaching dissolution, such as have seldom been witnessed. The following account of him is somewhat abridged from that given in Middleton's Biographia Evangelica.
It will be but necessary, before we enter upon the relation of other things, briefly to mention something concerning the temper and disposition of this holy person, and his circumstances before his last sickness, that the grace of God towards his servant may appear the more illustrious; when we see with what care and providence he disposed his affairs in the whole course of his life, but especially in this last act thereof.
Besides those excellent gifts, wherewith he was adorned (which cannot here be reckoned up particularly) through the goodness of God he had been favoured with the enjoyment of a sound mind in a sound and healthy body; he was of a cheerful and sedate spirit, holding on in an even course of life, neither lifted up with prosperity, nor cast down by adversity. So that by the habit of a comely and moderate deliberation, he was ever blessed with VOL. II.
an inward joy, and possessed all things with delight and gratitude, being ready to part with them without regret and trouble, pursuing his own profit and advantage in a serious contemplation of the vanity of all worldly things; often repeating that of the apostle: The things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor. iv. 18. He was never moved with sorrowful events that fell out suddenly, whether in public, or in his private concerns, as a man surprised by an unexpected evil; neither was the tranquillity of his mind shaken by them: he was wont to say; “ Nothing is imposible; I wonder at nothing." Neither, on the contrary, did he at any time break forth into a loose and immoderate joy; as being one set in a higher place, and looking down upon all things here below as uncertain and perishing. He never found himself, on any other account under such perturbation, nor showed the like, as upon the decease of the young prince of Orange, who from a child had been committed to his instruction and tuition; and whose death (as he often affirmed) he bewailed out of pure charity, and not for any private loss that himself might sustain thereby: because the confidence he had of his excellent disposition, and expectation of his longer life, had raised him to the hope that he would prove a useful instrument for the good both of the state and the church. From that time he seemed to be more than ever drawn off from worldy things, and used to speak of them with a certain loathing and disdain. The frame of his mind was also discovered, by a frequent interrupting of his accustomed course of reading the scriptures in order in his family, and turning to some select chapters, such as Job xiv. Eccles. iii. and iv. Psalm xlix. and cxliv. From whence he took the occasion of such discourses, as showed what meditations he was customarily taken up with.
In the last week wherein he lived in health, being in his garden accompanied by a friend, and walking up and down therein, as he was wont, with great pleasure, he gave order what he would have done in the dressing of some trees, and then added : “ If I live till the spring time, they will afford me a pleasant sight; but if not I shall be in a garden far more pleasant.” When his friend interposed and said, “ There was no cause why he should presage such a thing to himself, seeing he was sound and lively;" he received a rebuke from Dr. Rivet to this purpose: “ The time is now come that I am to be treated after another manner; my age is so far declined and hasting to an end, as plainly to declare that death (which none can be exempted from) stands at my door: and truly death is the principal matter that I meditate on; God
is my witness, that I desire not its delay, but am ready, with a cheerful mind to embrace it, yea even this day, if the will of God were so."
On the same day he was entreated by Mr. Hulsius, the pastor of the French church in Breda, that on the next day, being December 25, he would preach a thanksgiving sermon after the celebration of the Lord's supper; which he consenting to do, chose for his text Psalm cxliv. 3, 4. Lord, what is man, that thou cakest knowledge of him, or the son of man, that thou makest account of him? Man is like to vanity; his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
When the sermon was finished, he returned home as lively and well as he had been seen for some years past; nor did he the next day feel any decay of his former strength. But on Thursday, which was the twenty-seventh of December, 1650, he began to complain of a pain below his navel, which proved to be the commencement of a constipation of the bowels. There were no proper means unattempted, nor any kind of help by clysters, fomentations, or baths, but which were made trial of, until by the stubborn disease that resisted all remedy, he was brought unto death, the twelfth day of his sickness; the history of which we shall now prosecute more at large.
, On the second day after his disease had seized him, he, well understanding the nature of it, declared what the event would be; “ Not (saith he) that I would neglect remedies; that I may please my friends I will do whatsoever is thought meet to be done, being secure as to the issue, which I commit to the providence of God:” Then he asked his niece, Mrs. Mary Moline, what she conceived of his disease, which he thought would prove mortal: she answered, that her opinion was the same; yet that he had no reason to fear any thing, having been long prepared to follow God when he should call; that the time of his life hitherto had been long, if it were crowned with a happy and glorious end.
u Thou speakest right (saith he) and I pray thee always address thyself to me with like speeches; and while my sickness continues, depart not from me day nor night: Promise me now that thou wilt keep a cheerful countenance, and that thou wilt speak nothing to me but what may administer joy and support to me; although I fear not death, yet I fear the trial of those pains which I have always had a very sharp feeling of.”
Then suddenly turning his speech unto God, he said : * Great God! thou art my Father, thou hast given me both life,