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and continue in that state for some days, perhaps weeka, before they receive comfort. I have conversed with many who fell under the influence of comfortable feelings; and the account they gave of their exercises, while they lay entranced, was very surprizing. I know not how to give you a better idea of them than by saying that, in many cases, they appeared to surpass the dying exercises of Dr. Finley; their minds appeared wholly swallowed up in contemplating the perfections of Deity, as illustrated in the plan of salvation; and whilst they lie apparentiy senseless, and almost lifeless, their minds were more vigorous, and their memories more retentive and accurate than they had ever been before. Thave heard men of respectability ase sert, that their manifestations of gospel-truth were so clear, as to require some caution when they began to speak, lest they should use language which might induce their hearers to suppose they had seen those things with their bodily eyes; but, at the same time, they had. seen no image nor sensible representation, nor indeed any thing be side the old truths contained in the Bible, · Among those whose minds were filled with the most delightful coinmunications of divine love, I but seldom observed any thing. ecstatic. Their expressions were just and rational; they conversed with calmness and composure ; and, on their first recovering the use of speech, they appeared like persons recovering from a violent. disease, which had left them on the borders of the grave, I have sometimes been present when persons who fell under the influence of convictions, obtained relief before they arose : in these cases, it was impossible not to observe how strongly the change in their minds. was depicted in their countenances; instead of a face of horror and despair, they assumed one open, luminous, serene, and expresive of all the comfortable feelings of religion. As to those who fall down under legal convictions and continue in that state, they are not difa ferent from those who receive convictions in other revivals, excepts ing that their distress is more severe. Indeed, extraordinary power is the leading characteristic of this revival ; both saints and sinners have more striking discoveries of the realities of another world, than I have ever known on any other occasion.

I trust I have said enough on this subject, to enable you to judge how far the charge of enthusiasm is applicable to it. Lord Lyttleton in his letter on the conversion of St. Paul, observes (I think justly) that enthusiasm is a vain self-righteous spirit, swelled with self-sufficiency, and disposed to glory in its religious attainments. If this be a good definition, there has been, perhaps, as little enthusiasm in the Kentucky revival as in any other: 'never have I seen more gen! nuine marks of that humility which disclaims the merit of its own duties, and looks to the Lord Jesus Christ as the only way of acceptance with God. I was indeed highly pleased to find that Christ was all and all in their religion, as well as in the religion of the gospel. Christians, in their highest attainments, seemed most sensible of their entire dependence on divine grace; and it was truly affecting to hear with what agonizing anxiety awakened sinners in. quired for Christ, as the only Physician who could give thein any help. Those who call these things enthusiasm, ought to tell us what they understand by the Spirit of Christianity. In fact, Sir, this revival operates as our Saviour promised the Holy Spirit should, when sent into the world; it convinces of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment: a strong confirmation to my mind, both that the promise

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is divine, and that this is a remarkable fulfilment of it. It would be of little avail to object to all this, that probably the professions of many were counterfeited :—such an objection would rather establish what it meant to destroy; for, where there is no reality there can be no counterfeit; and, besides, when the general tenor of a work is such as to dispose the more insincere professors to counterfeit what is right, the work itself must be genuine ; but, as an eye-wit. ness in the case, I may be permitted to declare, that the professions of those under religious convictions were generally marked with such a degree of engagedness and feeling, as wilful hypocrisy could hardly assume :—the language of the heart, when deeply impressed, is very distinguishable from the language of affectation. Upon the whole, Sir, I think the revival in Kentucky among the most extraordinary that have ever visited the church of Christ; and, all things consi. dered, peculiarly adapted to the circumstances of that country. Infidelity was triumphant, and religion at the point of expiring, some. thing of an extraordinary nature seemed necessary to arrest the at. tention of a giddy people, who were ready to conclude that Chris. tianity was a fable, and futurity a dream. This revival has done it; it has confounded infidelity, awed 'vice into silence, and brought numbers, beyond calculation, under serious impressions

Whilst the blessed Saviour was calling home his people, and building up his church in this remarkable way, opposition could not be' silent. At this I hinted above; but it is proper to observe, that the clamorous opposition which assailed the work at its commence, ment, has been, in a great measure, borne down before it. A large proportion of those who have fallen, were, at first, opposers; and their example has taught others to be cautious, if it has not taught them to be wise.

I have written on this subject to a greater length than I first in, tended; but, if this account should give you any satisfaction, and be of any service to the common cause, I shall be fully gratified. Yours, with the highest esteem,

G, BAXTER * INDIAN TALK,

(Continued from our last, s. 376.] Father, SINCE you, as a Missionary, first visited us, we have been slor to give you an answer,' The reason has been, that as there were three nations to consult, it took up much time; but now we are ready to give you an answer. In the sỉtuation that we are in, we are exposed to the white people ; but we believe the Missionary So, ciety of New York to be our friends. You are our instructor ; it you take advantage of us, you take advantage of the ignorant.

Father, now attend to the custom of our forefathers. Since you returned from visiting our brethren at the River La Trench, you have received the heavy tidings of the death of your daughter, Now, we suppose, that you have more understanding about the de. parture of a soul into the other world, by the word of Jesus, than we have.

Father, now we are ready to receive you, and remove your grief, and wipe away your tears, and clear your throat ; that, as you have the knowledge of the Gospel, you may see clearly, and speak freely to your children. We hope your daughter is gone to happiness, to Jesus; for we hear that Jesus came to save sinners ! Now we de. Liver you this wampum to wipe away your tears, and clear your throat, that you may see and speak freely to yout' children ; and also as a token of our friendship, according to a custom of our fore. fathers in cases of grief like yours, before we proceed to public business. We suppose that all inankind, though of different colours, when they die, go to one place, according as they have done food or evil.

Father, yout Mission is a great thing. We suppose you are sent to take care of the souls of men.

Father, now atrend ! As you are sent to us from the New York Missionary Society, we hope you will be kind enough to excuse our delay, in giving you a full answer respecting the objects of your Mission. We have taken time to deliberate. We have been embarrassed with doubts. We thought not proper to proceed hastily, lest, nor having thoroughly weighed the objects, we should do wtong, and have reason hereafter to repent it, therefore, we have been slow since you have been here.

Father, we now accept the offer of the Missionary Society.

Father, our forefathers were happy in the enjoyment of this whole işland, which was well stocked with game and trees, which was given them by the Great Spirit: although they did not enjoy the things and the means to get a livelihood that the white people had, yet sliey were contented.

Father, our brothers, the Missionary Society, are taking great pains cu instruct us. If our forefathers had accepted such an offer we should not have been so deceived and cheated by the white people. We do not suppose that we that are grown up can receive Inuth benefit ; but we hope that our children will be instructed, so that they may not be so deceived and imposed upon by white people as our forefathers and we have been

Father, we have heard from our forefathers, that they had a Miss sionary sent them from Boston some years ago, to preach to them the name of Jesus; but they did not receive him; and now we are sorry they did not receive him. We suppose that our forefathers thought it was not necessary to have preaching among the red people; being strictly attached to their old customs, and not to those of the whites. We have learned, however, that the white people have a name given them, by which they may be saved; but we Suppose our forefathers did not understand that name, and therefore rejected the preaching of the Missionary.

Father, we present this wampum as a testimony of our minds.

Fathers, we let you know that this is the wainpur which we received from our father, the great man of the United States, Awnondagoinius t, as a chain of friendship between the United States and the Six Nations. When we transacted business with the United States, their intention, doubtless, was good, intending the welfare of Indians; which consideration encourages and begets in us a desire to brighten the chain of friendship, and adopt the customs and modes of living practised by the white people,--as our mode of living, by hunting, will soon become difficult; because the game will be destroyed by reason of the white people inereasing, and settling in our game country; and we have already seen it come to pass, that our lands are in the possession of the white people. Two stengs of black wam pum. Destroyer of towns. 3 K 2

Father, . Father, from the Commissioners of the United States holding creaties with us, we have heard talk about the Great Spirit; and that it was the wish of the white people, that, for qur own good, we should become better acquainted with the Great Spirit.

Father, we are always glad to hear froin you; you have given us some instruction about the Gospel of Jesus, which he has commanded to be preached to all people. We think it a great thing to receive the Gospel, therefore we thought it proper long to deliberate. Now we, the Seneca Nation, have concluded to receive the Gospel of Jesus,--now we hope that we shall have success, and not fail ; and that it will be continued to be preached to us; for we have great trials.

Father, as the Missionary Society have sent to us, offering us assistance in the education of our children, we receive it kindly, and return them our thanks; but we have some difficulty in our minds about the school-house. The white people at Buffaloe, were to provide a house ; which not being done, we cannot send our children at present.

Father, we wish you to know that we accept the favour offered to us by the Missionary Society, for the schooling of our children; buti it is our desire that a house may be provided in our village for worship, and schooling onr children ; and that assistance may be given us by the Missionary Society, to build such house, that it may be handy for our children. .

Father and Brother, we pray you be not offended at the difficulty we shall now mention. The white people seem to despise us for our poverty and nakedness. Our children being ragged, and partly naked, will probably be disagreeable to the schooltraster; we, therefore, pray the Missionary Society to grant us some assistance in clothing our children, that they may be comfortable and decent to go to school.

Father, we are glad that the Missionary Society have had pity on us, and that they wish to copumunicate to us the knowledge of the Gospel; and, as we have just began our friendship, we wish to talk ; often together, and that you would visit us as often as you can find it convenient, that we inay have a better understanding of the Gospel. is .

Father, as we expect the Missionary Society will act towards us as fathers towards children, we expect they will enlighten us for our good. We know that the white people have cheated us out of our interest. We feel ourselves ignorant and unacquainted; which was the cause of our being cheated.

Father, rick we let you know that we have eight children which we mean to send to school as soon as the house at Buffaloe is finished, and we wish the Missionary Society to provide meat for them while they are at Buffaloe'; but when the school is on our land, we will provide for them ourselves.

Father, how we will mention this, it may be that our own way of worshipping the Great Spirit may appear barbarous to you ; but we desire our elderly people may be indulged in their former mode of worship; rot ihat we will despise your instruction; we rather desire moio of it, that we and our children may be wise and happy. . Father, we have now opened our minds to you; ne have said what we have to say, and, as a testimony of our friendship, we dez liver you this belt of wanipum, to be communicated to the Missidiary Society.

(Signed by Eleven Chiefs und Paris. ]

· MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS.
Subscription at Greenwich Taberaacle, .
Paisley Missionary Society, by Mr. Carlile 10Q 0.

PEPPARD ANNIVERSARY."
Dear Sir,

To the Editor. . In the year 1998, out of compassion to the rising generation of this dark neighbourhood, I instituted a Sunday school, gave each a trifle weekly for coming; which, under the blessing of the Most High, has been attended with much benefit :---some, who first enicred the school, I trust, are called by divine grace; others are auch reformed, and the children in general are very promising. My attention was rext directed to suppress the iniquitous practice of Sabbath-breaking and revelling, which they had been awfully famous for, it having been their practice for a number of years to fiave a great revel on Whit-Monday upon Peppard Green, which led the van to many more round the neighbourhood. In order to coun, 'teract such a scene of wickedness, I have three services on that day, and give the children, young people, and many of the poor, a din. ner. Last Whit-Monday we had our eighth annual service. The Rev. Mr. Collison, of Walthamstow, preached in the morning, from Psalm 1xxii. 17. ; in the afternoon, Mr. Cook, of Maiden head, from 1 Pet. ii. 12. ; in the evening, Mr. Douglas, of Read. ing, from Prov. xxii, 26. Messrs. Lovegrove, of Wallingford ; Scholefieli, of Henley; and Start, of Goring, assisted in reading the Scriptures and in prayer. The Lord was graciously pleased to smile upon our endeavours ; for, though it was a rainy day, the attendance was so great, that many could not get into the place, and the people were constrained to go away, saying, What a happy day have we enjoyed ! and some of the inhabitants, who were once bitter enemies against religion, expressed their gratitude to God for the introduce con of his gospel amongst them..

J. W.

- ASSOCIATIONS. At the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Society, for spreading the Gospel by an itinerant ministry, in the villages of the four Northern counties, held at Hamsterly, on Aug. 11 and 12, 1802. - Aug. 11, seven in the evening, Mr. Hill prayed ; and Mr. Beard preached from Acts v. 3 , and concluded with prayer... Aug. 12, half past Ten, Mr. Beard prayed; Mr. Ruston preached from Mat. ix. 25.; Mr. Carnson prayed, and then preached from Isaiah xi. 9.; Mr. Graham concluded with prayer, &c. - Half past six in the eveniug, Mr. Norris prayed ; Mr. Kelso preached from 1 Cor. i. 2.; and Mr. Cook from Heb. iv. 8, 9.; and Mr. Whitfield concluded." The Rev. J. Graham being generally accep. table as a preacher, engaged to preach as an Itinerant, under the patronage and direction of this Society.' is on

The next Annual Meeting will be held on Aug. 10, 1803, at Reeth ; Messrs. Kay and C. Whitfield to preach.

At the Annual Association of the ministers of the county of Kent, a plan was formed of the KENT UNION SOCIETY, for the relief of the Widows and Orphans of "Gospel Ministers; and also of such ministers as, through age or infirmities, may be incapable of pub lic service in the county. It is proposed to raise a fund, by subscriptions, collections, 'donations, and legacies. The widows of

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