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On the 24th Sept. the Rev. Els the solemnities of the day by an apJAR WHEELER was ordained pastor propriate address to the audience; of the Congregational church and so. Rev. Mr. Eaton, of Boxford, made ciety in Great Barrington. The day the introductory prayer; Rev. Mr. being pleasant, an unusually large Allen, of Bradford, preached from concourse of people witnessed the 1 Cor. xii. 31. “ But covet earnestly solemn transaction. The Rey. Sam. the best gifts; and yet shew I unto you uel Shepard, of Lenox, made the in- a more excellent way.” The charge. troductory prayer; the Rev. Dr. was given by the Rev. Dr. Cutler, West, of Stockbridge, preached the of Hamilton; the fellowship of the Sermon; the Rev. Joseph Avery, of churches by the Rev. Dr. Dana, of Tyringham, made the consecrating Ipswich ; and the Rev. Mr. Whitaprayer; the Rev. Alvan Hyde, of ker, of Sharon, made the concluding Lee, gaye the charge ;, the Rev. Oli- prayer. The weather was very plea. ver Ayer, of West Stockbridge, gave sant, and harmony and good order re.. the right hand of fellowship; the Rev. markably prevailed through the day. Nathaniel Tumer, of New Marlbo- At Colchester, (Con.) Oct. 1, 1806, rough, made the concluding prayer. the Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely. Ser.
In North Yarmouth, October 1, men by his father, Rev. Zebulon Ely, GEORGE Dutton, to the pastoral of Lebanon. care ofithe third society in that town. At New London, (Con.) Oct. 22,
On the 8th of October, the Rev. 1806, Rev. ABEL M‘EWEN. Ser. DAVID TENNY KIMBALL was ordain. mon by Rev. Dr. Dwight, President ed to the pastoral care of the first of Yale College, from Acts xxiy. 25. church and society in Ipswich. Rev. “ Felix trembled.” Mr Abbot, of Beverly, introduced
HON. WILLIAM PITT. against 89 passed this vote, under tho
(Coreluded from p. 191:) impression that a new administration, The friends and the political ene. in which Mr. Fox will bear an emis. mies of Mr. Pitt have united in as. nent part, had been already agreed to cribing to him considerable praise by his Majesty. Mr. Pitt is termed since his decease. Indeed the read. in the address “ an excellent statesiness, with which Mr. Fox not long man,” and his “loss” is affirmed to since consented to serve with him in be “ irreparable ;”, expressions in the same cabinet is no small testimo, which it is obvious that all parties in ny in his favour. It seems now agreed, the House could not acquiesce with any that Mr. Pitt was a great man, a per- consistency. But the deep and un.. son of transcendent talents, of high feigned sorrow which is generally excourage, of honest intentions, of much pressed on this occasion, bears a patriotism and public spirit, and of stronger testimony than any vote can eminent disinterestedness.
do, to the exalted place which Mr. « Oh, my country," declared Mr. Pitt held in the public esteem. We Rose, were nearly the last words are sorry to add, that Mr. Pitt has which he uttered. The House of died considerably in debt, we under. Commons has addressed the king, stand to the extent of 30 or 40,000 1. requesting that Mr. Pitt may be bu- With all, or more than all his father's ried with public honours, in the same greatness, he appears to have inher. manner as his father, the Earl of ited his contempt for money. Chatham, and, a majority of 258 However we may agree that a com
bination of all the talents of the coun. ly and secretly levelled against it, by try may now be essential to its pro. men of bold, enthusiastic, and fero. tection, we cannot help considering cious spirits. Great Britain has lost the loss of Mr. Pitt at this awful pe. in William Pitt the ablest champion riod of our affairs to be an alarming of her constitution. aggravation of our national dangers It becomes us also to remember and calamities. It has occurred at a the firm and unshaken resistance, time, when his acknowledged abili. made by this great statesman, to the ties, firmness and patriotism seemed secret machinations, and infuriated to be more than ever requisite to the violence of the French anarchists ; safety and welfare of his country. the courage with which he braved And we would not omit the opportu- their rage, even when we were aban. nity of pressing upon our readers in doned by our allies, the splendid elogeneral, and, did there exist any hope quence with which he denounced that this hasty sketch would meet their crimes, and animated his coun. their eyes, upon his successors in par- try to persevere in the awful strug. ticular, the various affecting lessons, gle; services, which justly entitle which the death of this eminent him to the gratitude of the civilized statesman, considered with all its world. circumstances, is calculated to afford, The first ten years of Mr. Pitt's but which are too obvious to require administration was a period of peace ; a distinct specification.
and also of prosperity, unexampled in We should have rejoiced had it the annals of this or any other counbeen in our power to say more re- try. By his wise and enlightened specting the character of Mr. Pitt, in policy, under Providence, was Great those points which we deem infinite- Britain raised from the dust, from ly the most essential. There are, that state of imbecility, degradation, however, some other points, to which and dejection, to a state of power and it would be unpardonable in us not to opulence, far beyond any hope, which advert, and which entitle this great could have been previously framed. man to the grateful recollection of It was then she acquired that strength his country.
and consistency, and developed those The history of Mr. Pitt's adminis. resources, which have since enabled tration forms a distinct and most im- her to occupy the first place among portant chapter in the history of the the nations of the earth. The suc. world. Let it never be forgotten, ceeding period of his administration that to him, as the instrument in the was distinguished by scenes of turbu. hand of divine Providence, we are in- lence and public disorder. The sudebted for the preservation of our so- periority, however, of his genius was cial happiness; of that invaluable still manifest. Internal factions were constitution, which our gallant fore. dismayed and silenced by him, while fathers bequeathed to us, as the no- the foreign enemy was kept in alarm blest monument of genius, freedom, for his own safety. It was not mere. and humanity; and of those religiously that he electrified admiring senates, institutions, which serve way
or withered, as with the force of marks to a still nobler inheritance. lightning, the nerves of his oppo. This he effected in the face of what. nents : bis countrymen at large look. ever could shake the stoutest heart. ed to him as an oracle ; and felt their
Through those tremendous storms, hopes revive as he spoke. They rewhich the French revolution had signed themselves to bis direction, raised, and which might have appail- and rushed on with confidence, in the ed the most courageous mind, his su- path which he pointed out to them. perior genius safely piloted the vessel At his call, even when out of office, of the state. If he had not possessed we have seen half a million of free. a mind sufficiently capacious to ap.
men rush to arms, and array them. preciate the extent of our danger, selves in defence of their country. and sufficiently vigorous to withstand The force of eloquence never wrought the desolating progress of revolution. greater prodigies among any people. ary principles, the fabric of our policy Indeed, of the fascinations of Mr. must have crumbled into ruins, be- Pitt's eloquence, it is impossible for neath the blows that were both open. any one who has not heard him to
form an adequate conception. Its ef- the security of the free Briton will be fect, on some occasions, more resem- endangered, unless the man-stealer, bled that of the electric fluid than any against whom God has denounced his thing else with which it can be com- curse, receive from you licence and pared; while, on all occasions, it protection ? Will you say, that if rap. Howed from him with a clearness, co- ine and murder will at any rate be conpiousness, strength, and majesty, tinued, you are warranted in becoming which left every rival orator at an im- the despoilers and the murderers mense distance.
yourselves ? Is this to be a terror to A letter to a Friend, occasioned by evil doers? Is this to cleanse yourselves the death of this great statesman, froin all filthiness of the flesh and spir. closes with the follow ing striking and it? Is this to perfect holiness in the fear useful observations.
of God? Is this to abstain from all ap. "What if the voice of Mr Pitt pearance of evil? Is this to have the could now reach a British cabinet ? answer of a good conscience towards God? What if it could now command the Is it not practically to aver to the attention of a British senate? What Most High-The laws, O God, which are the suggestions which, with his Thou hast promulgated for the ad. present views, be it more or less that ministration of Thine own world, are his views are corrected and enlarged; inadequate to their purpose. That what are the suggestions, which, with which Thou com mmandest, we discoy. his present views, he would now be er to be in many instances detriment, carnest to enforce upon public men ? al. That which Thou prohibitest, we
"With solicitude inexpressibly perceive to be in many cases necessagreater than he ever felt on any subject !y: Forgive, approve, reward us, for of temporary concern, he would entreat introducing, as occasion requires, the statesmen and politicians habitually needful alterations and exceptions. to bear in mind not only that they Do you start at the thoughts of such have a country to protect, and a king language? Speak it not by your to serve, but that they have also a
deeds. Obey the precepts of your Master in heaven. “ Discharge your
God; and leave consequences in his duty,” he would exclaim, “ to your
hands. Distrust not his truth. Dare country and to your king in singleness
to confide in his omnipotence. Beof heart, as unto Christ; not with eye
lieve that it is righteousness which exservice, as men-pleasers, but as the ser.
alteth a nation : that sin is a reproach tants of Christ, doing the will of God to any people: that nations shall be from the heart : with good will doing punished for their iniquitics. In untertice, as to the Lord, and not to men.
feigned humility; in constant prayer ; Be not ashamed of your God and your
in watchfulnesss against transgresRedeemer. Hold forth the word of life sion; not slothful in business, but ferbefore the eyes of all men, as the vent in spirit, serving the Lord; hope spring of action, as your supreme and
for the divine blessing on your coun. universal law. Hold it forth by meas- sels and exertions through that ador. ures conformable to its dictates : hold able Mediator, by whom all blessings it forth by the stedfast avowal of the are dispensed to man. Look to the printiples which it teaches, of the mo.
dav of account before his tribunal. tives which it enjoins. By the rules Think that betimes, which you will which it delivers, by the spirit which think at last. Judge all things now it inculcates, try all your proceedings. by the standard by which you are to Urge not the difficulties of your situ. be judged. If you may not sare your ation as a plea for sin. To you, to ev. country, forfeit not the salvation of
Ch.Ob. ery man, belongs the assurance, My your soul.” grace is sufficient for thee. Er. pel iniquity from your system. Will Memoir of Mrs. Hannah Hodge, who. you say that the machine of govern- died in Philadelphia, Dec. 17th, ment cannot pursue its course, unless 1805, in the 85th vear of her age. the path be smoothed by cormiption ? From the Assembly's Maguzine.) Will you say that the interests of your Of the subject of this memoir it country cannot be upheld, unless a dis. may be said without exaggeration, tant quarter of the globe be desolated that, for more than half a century, to support them? Will you say that she had deserved the appellation of 2“ mother in Israel." The circum, the pastoral, care of Mr. Andrews, stances of her early life were, likewise, By him, notwithstanding, she was preclosely interwoven with the most re- suaded to join in the communion of his markable occurrences which attended church, of which she was a member the great revival of religion in Phila- for two or three years. delpliia, in common with many other When Mr, Whitefield first visited places, through the instrumentality of America, she was deeply aflected by the Rev. George Whitefield. For his preaching, on which she assidu: these reasons it is believed, that a bi- ously attended. She has often told ographical sketch, somewhat more her friends, that after the first sermon ample than usual, of this truly escel- which she heard him preach, she was lent and remarkable woman, may not ready to say uith the woman of Samabe devoid either of instruction or en- ria, « Come see a man who told me tertainment to the readers of the mag- all things that ever I did.” The azine.
preacher, she said, had so exactly deMrs. Hannah Hodge was born in scribed all the secret workings of her Philadelphia, in January, 1721. Her heart, her views, her wishes, her father's name was John Harkum: he thoughts, her imaginations, and her was by descent an Englishnan, and by exercises, that she really believed he occupation a tobacconist. Her moth. was either more than mortal, or else er, whose maiden name was Doe, or that he was supernaturally assisted to Doz, was a descendant of a French know her heart. So ignorant was she protestant, who fled his country on ac- then, of what she well understood af. count of his religion, in consequence terwards, that all corrupted human of the revocation of the edict of Nantz hearts are much alike; and that he by Lewis the 14th, A. D. 1685. This who can paint one, justly and in lively family of Doz, with other French Pro. colours, may present a picture which testants, were principally instrumental, many will recognize as their own. in erecting the first Presbyterian The effects preduced in Philadelchurch in the city of Philadelphia. As- phia, at this time, by the preaching of sociating with a few English and Irish, Mr. Whitefield, were truly astonish; whose sentiments they found substan- ing. Numbers of almost all religious tially the same with their own, they denominations, and many who had no built a small wooden house for public connexion with any denomination, worship, where the first;Presbyterian were brought to inquire with tlre utchurch now stands. Of this church the most earnestness, what they should do Rev. Jedidiah Andrews, a Congrega- to be saved. Such was the engaged. tional minister from New-England, was, ness of multitudes to listen to spiritu: called to be the first pastor. His un. al instruction, that there was public yielding attachment to certain meas. worship, regularly, twice a day, for the ures, which he judged to be impor- space of a year, and on the Lord's tant in organizing the congregation day it was celebrated generally thrice, and settling its government and wor- and frequently four times.
An aged ship, dismembered it of several per man, deeply interested in the scenes. sons who had been most active in its which then were witnessed, and who formation, and who from that time is still living, has informed the writer, joined the Episcopal church. Among that the city (not then probably a third these was the maternal grandfather of as large as it now is) contained twen. Mrs. Hodge. Her own father and ty-six societies for social prayer and mother, however, remained in connex- religious conference; and probably ion with the congregation of Mr. An. there were others not known to him. drews, and under his ministry she was S) great was the zeal and enthusiasm born, and lived to the age of about to hear Mr. Whitefield preach, that eighteen years. From her childhood many from the city followed him on she was disposed to a degree of seri. foot to Chester, to Abingdon, to Neshous thoughtfulness, and was a constant aminy, and some even to New-Bruns attendant on public worship. But it wick, in New Jersey, the distance of was her settled opinion, in after life, sixty miles. She, the narrative of that she was totally unacquainted with whose carly life has led to the notice of vital piety, while slie remained under these circumstances, gave the writer
2 particular account of an excursión exercises, however, are well known to of twenty miles, which she made to have been of a very violent and dis: Neshaminy on foot, to attend a reli. tressing 'kind. At one time she was gious meeting there. But so far was brought near to the borders of despair, she from applauding herself for it, that insomuch that she even refused to lisshe condemned both herself and oth- ten to the counsel of Mr. Tennent, ers, as chargeable with imprudence or even to suffer him to pray with her, and extravagance. She said, that in under an apprehension that it would these excursions, the youth of both but aggravate her future condemnasexes were often exposed to danger tion. In this state of mind she was and temptation, and that the best visited by the Rev. Dr. Finley, who apblagy which could be made for them prudlently waved a direct discussion of was, that they were both young and her case, but gradually and insensibly ignorant, and that they had wanted'ei- drew her attention to the all-suftither the opportunity or the inctination ciency of the Saviour: “ And who to heat faithful preaching, till their knows,” said he “but there may be attention had been engaged by Mr. mercy and pardon there for you ?" Whitefield. Stre'used, indeed, often
He then left her. But the words to tem trk, that the general ignorance
“ who knows but there may be mercy of real piety and experimental reli- for you,” melted her soul. They gion was, at that time, truly-surprising. seemed to chime in her ears after he After the first impressions made by was goule. She fell upon her knees, Mr. Whitefield, four or five godly wo- and poured out her heart before God men in the city, were the principal in secret; and she was enabled so to counsellors to whom 'awakened and in- trust her soul into the Saviour's hands. quüring sinuets used to resort, or could as to derive some hope of the divine resort, for advice and direction. Even acceptance, and a measure of consolathe public preaching of ministers of tion, from that time. She experienclite gospel, some who were no doubt ed, however, a number of Huctuations, practically acquainted with religion,
before she gained any thing like an #as not, it would seem, always the
established peace of mind. most seasonable and judicious. Mr. It was at this period, that she, with Rontand, a truly pious and eloquent á number of others, endured persecuman, being invited to preach in the tion for conscience' sake, and were Baptist church, proclaimed the ter
even excluded from their parents' fors of the divine law with such ener.
kouses, for considering and treating to those whose souls were alreadly the salvation of their souls as the one sinking under them, that not a few thing needful. The subject of this fained away. On this occasion, how. narrative, during the time of her bana crer, his error was publicly corrected ishment from ber home, supported by the Rev. Gilbert Tennent, who, herself hy her needle. She had a sis. standing at the foot of the pulpit, and ter who was similarly circumstanced seeing the effect produced on the as.
with herself. They rented a room, sembly, interrupted and arrested the "and lived comfortably and reputably preacher by this address : “ Brother on the fruits of their own industry, Rowland, is there no balto in Gilead, and before their father's death, they is there no physician there !" Mr. had the happiness of seeing him fully Rowland, on this, changed immediate. reconciled to them, and of hearing ly the tenor of his address, and sought him express his regret for the severity to direct to the Saviour, those who with which he had treated them. were overwhelmed with a sense of In 1743 a church was formed by Mr. their guilt. But, before this had tak. Gilbert Tennent, out of those who en place, the subject of the present
were denominated the followers and memoir had been carried out of the converts of Mr. Whitefield. No less church, in a swoon, which lasted for a than 140 individuals were received considerable time.
at first, after a strict examination, as It has not been ascertained how long members of this newly constituted her mind remained subject. to legal church. The admission of a large terror, without any measure of the number more was delayed, only be. comfortable hope of the gospel. Her cause their exercises and spiritual