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ORDAINED at Sandbornton, N. H. the country. In June, the Rev. Mr. on the 13th November, the Rev. Clark was ordained and installed in Abraham Bodwell, over the Congre- the town of Milton; a few months pregational church and society in that vious to which the Rev. Mr. Shad. town. The Rev. H. C. Parley of wick was installed in another congreMethuen, Mass. made the introducto- gation in the same town, In July, the ry prayer ; Rev. Asa M'Farland, of Rev. Mr. Rich was ordained and inConcord, preached from Ephesians iii. stalled at Sangersfield. In August, 8, 9, and 10. Rev. Ethan Smith, of the Rev. Mr. Adams was ordained Hopkinton, made the consecrating and installed in a congregation in prayer ; Rev. Isaac Smith, of Gil. Sherburne. manton, gave the charge ; Rev. Tho. It is a subject of pleasing conteme mas Worcester, of Salisbury, gave the plation, and cause of lively gratitude fellowship of the churches ; and Rev. to God, that congregations are now Mr. Babcock, of Andover, made the formed, and supplied with pastors, concluding prayer.
in places which but a few years since, Respecting this transaction there were a wilderness. was great unanimity in the church The ordinations above mentioned and society, and the order and pro. are confined to churches, which from priety which were observed during their agreement in doctrine and conthe solemnities of ordination, reflect formity in worship, and spirit of dishorrour' on the inhabitants of the cipline, may be considered as form. town.
Baptist On the 4th Sept. the presbytery of churches likewise increase in num. Oneida ordained Mr. George Hall, of bers; and an Episcopal church, which East-Haddam, Connecticut, to the has a settled pastor, was consecrated work of the gospel ministry, and in- on the 7th inst, at Utica. stalled him in the pastoral charge of On Tuesday the 23d of September the congregation of Cherry Valley. last, the presbytery of Oneida ordainThe Rev. J. Southworth, of Bridge. ed Mr. William Neill, a licenciate late water, made the introductory prayer, of the presbytery of New-Brunswick, and gave the right hand of fellowship to the work of the gospel ministry, and the Rev. Samuel F. Snowden, of New- installed him pastor of the congregaHartford, delivered the sermon; the tion of Cooperstown. The exercises Rev. James Camahan, of Whitesbo- were performed in the following order, rough, made the ordaining prayer ; and by the following persons : The the Rev. Joshua Knight, of Sherburne, Rev. Andrew Oliver made the intro. presided, and gave the charges to the ductory prayer ; the Rev. James Carminister and to the people ; and the nahan delivered the sermon, from Rev. Ardrew Oliver, late of Pelham, Luke ii. 34; the Rev. Joshua Knight in Massachusetts, made the conclud- presided and made the ordaining ing prayer.
prayer ; the Rev. George Hall gave This or lination is the fourth which the right hand of fellowship, and the has occurred within the space of four Rev. 'Samuel F. Snowden delivered innths, in the Presbyterian and Con- the charges to the minister and peogregational churches in this part of ple, and made the concluding prayer.
VEMOIRS OF MRS. HANNAH HODGE.
was married to Mr. Hugh Hodge.
He too vas one to whom the labours a concluded from p. 248.)
of Mr. Whitefield had been remarka774, as neerlas can be ascer- bly blest; and was chosen one of the
Sabjuct of this rafrative 'first deacons of the church which, as
we have already seen, was formed by a long period of time, during which an association of the particular friends there was some hope that their son and adherents of that eminent preach- might be alive, and the grief which er. Mr. Hodge “used the office of a they suffered when they were at last deacon well ;" sustaining it with great obliged to consider it as a melanch ly fidelity and reputation to the day of fact that their only child was no nice, bis death. On his side, as well as can better be supposed than describe on that of his wife, a regard to reli. ed. It is of more importance to regious comfort and improvement had mark, that their distress, great as it a governing influence in the choice was, never sunk them into dejection which they made of each other as or despondence, never brought from partners for life ; and experience fully them any unavailing or unchristian demonstrated, that on both sides a complaints, but was borne with a wise and happy choice had been resignation truly Christian, and a formed. Seldom has religion appear.
fortitude truly exemplary. Mrs. ed to more advantage in the conjugal Hodge, who had both hopes and fears, relation, than in tbat which subsisted in regard to the real piety of her son, between Mr. and Mrs. Hodge. For told the writer of these memoirs that nearly forty years they were emphati- she had passed many an hour in muscally "helps-mete" to each other in ing on what was probably bis eternal Christian duty, and in their journey state. “ After all,” said she, “it o the heavenly rest. “They walked must be left entirely with a sovereign before the Lord in all his ordinances and holy God; but I may, must, and and commandments," with a blame. do hope, if I get to beaven, to find lessness of which the examples are
The death of her daughter, who Coming together with a very small was ber first child, she has been portion of worldly property between heard to affirm, gave her very little them, they had to provide for their disturbance. “I had been married subsistence by their own efforts. eleven years,” said she to an intimate These efforts were mutual, strenuous, friend,“ and had no child. Nor was I and constant; and by the smiles of very anxious on the subject, till on a Providence, such was their success certain occasion, I was much interest. in business, that they were able not ed in seeing an infant devoted to God only to live in a comfortable and re- in baptism, in our church. I was putable manner; but to show a most then forcibly struck with the thought, amiable example of hospitality, to that a Christian parent possesses an perform numerous acts of charity and unspeakable privilege, who gives birth liberality, to be among the foremost to an immortal being, and is permit. in the support of the gospel, and, af- ted to give it away to God, in this his ter all, to remain possessed of a hand- instituted ordinance. On the spot I some capital.
fervently prayed for this privilege, if This pious couple had two children, it should be consistent with God's a son and a daughter. The daugh- will to grant it; and I solemnly vow. ter died in infancy; but the son lived ed that if it should be granted, I
grow up, to receive a liberal educa- would, by his grace assisting me, tief, to study physic, and to give unreservedly devote to him the child promise of future usefulness to the which he should give me. My world, and of comfort to his parents. prayer was answered, my vow was But these expectations were soon performed, and my child was taken blasted. During the revolutionary to God, all within a year." war, he went to sca, on a voyage of During the life of deacon Hodge, enterprize, with a number of other his house was constantly open for the promising youth of the city of Philadel. reception of all evangelical clergymen phia, and no certain information was who visited the city. The cordial Fler received afterwards, either of welcome which always met them them, or the vessel in which they there, and the pleasure which they Bailed. The probability is, that all both gave and received, made them Were buried together in the bosom of love to resort to this happy dwelling: the ocean. The anxiety which Mr. To many of them it was, for several and Mrs. Hodge experienced through years, a home, to which they went
with as múch freedom as they would same place for sacred conferences, bave felt in going to a house of their and meetings for prayer aud religious own. Such, indeed, was the deep improvement. One of these meet. interest which both Mr. and Mrs. ings was held weekly at her house Hodge took in every thing that re- till a short time before her death, lated to the church, such their emi. and was, as she acknowledged, 1 nent piety, and such the influence of valuable substitute for the privilege their opinion upon others, that their of public worship, from which her insentiments on many interesting sub.
firmities at that time often detained jects, were asked by their clerical her. For many years after the death visitors, and are well known to have of her husband she likewise continu. had weight in several important pub- ed the business of shop-keeping, to lic concerns.
which she had long been accustomed. The house of deacon Hodge was
He had left her an easy maintenance, also remarkable as a place in which independently of any exertions of her religious associations, and assemblies
But she continued in her forof various kinds, were frequently mer occupation from considerations, held. Pious conferences, prayer
which manifested equally her benermeetings, and the exhortations of the olence and piety, and her good sense ministers of the gospel to as many as
and knowledge of human nature, the house and yard could contain,
The income from her shop, which were here always welcome, often
was considerable, was almost wholly witnessed, and in many instances em
applied to charitable uses, aud someinently blessed.
times she even added to it from her A general outline has now been ex
other resources. Thus, though she hibited of the life and habits of this did not labour for her own subsist. pious couple, for a long series of
ence, she had the satisfaction of proyears. Harmony between themselves, viding more extensively than she active attention to necessary worldly
could otherwise have done for the business, with a singular beneficence,
poor, the friendless, and the pious : charity, and piety, rendered them
and while she performed an imporshining examples of practical and
tant duty, gratified highly the feel. primitive Christianity.
ings of her heart. But she also well Deacon Hodge died A.
knew the effect of habit on herself. By his will he left the use of nearly
She knew that having long been achis whole estate to his wife during
customed to fill up a large portion of her life, and at her death, made it a
the day with active business, she fund for the education of poor and
would be likely to feel the want of it, pious youth for the gospel ministry,
both in body and mind, when it in the college of New Jersey. Mrs.
should be discontinued. AccordingHodge bore the loss of her husband,
ly, when her infirmities at last com. pot indeed without keen distress, for
pelled her to relinquish her employ. all her feelings were remarkably
ment, she declared ihat she regretted acute, but yet with such a becoming it, principally because she found it and sweet submission to the divine
unfavourable to her religious state. will, as was extremely amiable and “ You are very fortunate, madam,” instructive. She cherished a fond
said a friend to her pleasantly,“ very remembrance of her husband through
fortunate, indeed, in having no care the whole remainder of her life, on all
or anxiety about the world, no busi. occasions she honoured his memory,
ness to take up your time or atten. often spoke of him with tenderness,
tion ; nothing to do from morning and yet, after her first sorrow's, never
till night, but to read, and meditate, with much apparent emotion, but in and pray, and converse with your the same manner in which she would friends." “ For all that," answered have mentioned a dear absent friend,
she, “I have not half so much comwhom she shortly expected to meet
fort, not even in religion, as when I again. Happy spirits! ye are now was bustling half the day behind the united, never more to part.
counter. I need more variety than I The house of Mrs. Hodge, after now get. I become poped and stu. the death of her husband, was the pified for the wint of something to same hospitable mansion as before, the
Besale all this, rain, fool,
jsh, wicked, and vexatious thoughts be useful. They will be closed with are almost constantly working their an attenipt to give th. most striking way into my mind, because I have features of her character, so much of that time, which you talk Among the natural powers of her of, for meditation. And, in addition mind, she was most of all distinguishto all, I become lazy and indolent, ed by that faculty which has been de. and do nothing as I ought to do. No, nominated common sense, and of which I was a great deal better of when I it has been truly said, that “though bad some worldly business to which no science, it is fairly worth the serI could attend moderately. It did en.” Except on the subject of religme good in every way. I must get ion, she had read but little ; and in along as well as I can, now that I am what is usually understood by mental incapable of business, but I find it no improvenient, she had made no great advantage, but the contrary, to be progress. Her powers of judging without it.” It is believed that this and distinguishing were naturally was the language of truth, of nature, strong, and these she had improved of experience. Those who have led a by thinking much, and observing busy life, should contract their busi. accurately. Hence she seldom gave ness as age advances, but they will an opinion »hich did not deserve to seldom find it beneficial, even to a
be heard with respect, and which was life of religion, to be wholly unemploy. not proved by experience to be just. ed in worldly concerns.
This was the source of the influence Mrs. Hodge had three attacks of an which she possessed, and which was apoplectic or paralytic kind, within singularly great. Often bas the wri. the last sixteen years of ber life. But ter of these sketches remarked, that she wonderfully recovered from them, she was a striking example of what and possessed all her faculties, in a solid sense, sterling integrity, and degree of vigour beyond what is usual- sincere piety will eficct, without the ly seen in persons of her age, till advantages of refined education, great about two years before her death. Wealth, or even of that sex which Then her decay became rapid and usually claims the highest respect. visible. On the 16th of Dec. 1805, It was his belief that for many years, in going to bed, she was seized with her opinion had more influence in a fit. Medical aid was used to re- the large religious society to which store her, and she recovered so far she belonged, than that of any other as to know and speak to those who
individual in it. Yet it may be rewere about her, especially to the pas- marked with truth, and the truth is tors of the church' to which she be. much to her honour, that she did not Jonged. In the course of the evening, appear to know the influence that she they both, at different times, prayed possessed. She was truly diffident with her, and she appeared capable of and unassuming, and never intruded joining in the service, at least for a her opinions upon others, nor deliverpart of the time. But her mind was ed them as if she supposed they were evidently in a broken, wandering, and important enfeebled state.
Still, however, it She possessed great sensibility, and seenied to draw to the centre which strong passions, which caused her mahad so long attracted it. Help, ny a sore conflict. Yet the united inLord Jesus! help; come Lord Je- fluence of religion and good sense, sus, come quickly,' were sentences had given her as a habit, a remarka. thai she often repeated. She had a
ble self-command; so that she was succession of slight paralytic affec. capable of managing, with a happy tions during the night, and early in address, the most refractory spirits of the morning, fell asleep in the Loril
, others. She could remain self-pos. expiring without a sigh, a struggle, sessed and silent, till the time for or so much as the motion of a single administering reproof was come, and muscle.
then give it with the most complete Few persons in the city of Philadel. effect. Many examples of this were phia had so extensive a religious
known to her acquaintance. acquaintance as Mrs. Hodge. To Kindness and affability were dis, bem these memoirs will be interest. tinguishing features of her character. ing, and to others a part of them may They rendered her company unusual.
ly agreeable and pleasing ; so that conversion and piety of a native Afri. even the young and the gay sought it, can woman, whom her husband had and were often delighted with it. purchased, and whom she had assid. They could not but admire in her a ucusly taught the principles of relig. strictness of piety, united with a ten- ion. This woman died at last in derness, an attention, and a desire to Christian faith and triumph, uttering, give pleasure, which they seldom in broken English, sentiments that found. To the last she was visited would have adorned the lips of the by the young as well as by the old. oldest and best instructed saint.
Her benevolence and liberality have The piety of Mrs. Hodge was in. already been mentioned. Many will deed eminent, but its peculiar charac. feel their loss, and, ungrateful as the teristic was humility. Those who world is, many will long remember had heard much of her did not al. with gratitude the benefits she con- ways find their expectations realized, ferred.
wlien they became acquainted with She was remarkable for sincerity. her. They found that she was not There was nothing that she abhorred one of those who anticipate continu. more than dissimulation or bypocrisy. ally and with confidence the leavenly She could not endure it in others, joys, who are raised by this above all and she stood at the greatest distance fear of death, and who seem to be from it herself. She loved to hear rapped into a better world while they and to speak the truth in all its sim- remain in this. A person who, from plicity. On some occasions, the
what he had heard of her, was led to frankness and explicitness of her believe that she possessed something manner gave offence. Such instance of this character, after a short aces, however, were not numerous ; for quaintance, offered to present her though she would never speak what with a handsome copy of Mrs. Rowe's she did not believe, she was often si. Devout Exercises of the Heart. lent, when she differed from the Her reply to him was this: “I know sentiments of others, and when she son ething of that book, Sir, and I thought that speaking would do no thank you sincerely for offering it to good. But her silence on many such But I must say that it is a book occasions was eloquent, for it was
which does not suit me. I wish I not easy for her countenance to con- was more like Mrs. Rowe than I am. ceal any sentiment that she strongly But her exercises were so far superior fcit.
to mine, and her descriptions of them In domestic life she was indeed a are so strong, that, to tell you the bright example. Intent on doing truth, they rather discourage me than good in this, which is the principal help me. If you please, let the book sphere of female usefulness, and hav. be given to Mrs - I think it will ing always a small family of her own, exactly suit lier.” In this there was sle brought up a number of orphan no atiectation, to which indeed she or destitute children, received several was a stranger. She believed that female boarders into her house,* and others had made attainments far be. made it a charitable asylum to others yond her own, attainments which she who had once seen better days. Ma- wished to make, and mourned that ny of these, especially the youth, re- she wanted; but to which, as she ceived the most essential benefit believed she did not possess them, from her example, her conversation, she would make no pretensions, her instruction, ber admonitions, and There were some considerable porher prayers.
A domestic incident tions of her life, and many short sea'on which she loved to dwell was the scattered torough almost the
whole of it, in which she rejoiced and * The last of these was the aged and triumphed in God her Saviour. But aminble wistow of the late Rev. Dr. as a habit she did by no means posFinley, whose company and conversation sess the “full assurance of hope." were the principal earthly solace of Mrs. On the contrary, she had frequent Hotge in the lust years of her life: doubts and fears, and great anxiety And to whom the writer here begs leare about her spiritual state ; though to dedicate these memoirs of her dear never, after her first exercises, did departed friend.
she sink into any thing likę despon.