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word, that was all he said ; and tion to administer the Lord's upon a solemn assurance that it supper ; but did not live to perwas, he replied, “ Doctor, I am form that service. The day besatisfied, and you may be as- fore he was confined to his bed, sured of my favour; but look he was in his study, of which he to yourself, or Hyde will be too took a solemn leave, blessing hard for you."
God for the many pleasant and After his ejectment he usual- useful hours he had spent there, ly resorted to his own church, and expressing his joyful hope where he heard his successor, of a state of clearer knowledge Dr. Patrick, till he was obliged and higher enjoyments. At to desist. After this he preach- night he prayed with his family, ed on Lord's day evenings in his under great indisposition, and own house, and on Wednesday recommended himself to God's mornings ; for which Justice wise disposal ; desiring that, “if Ball proceeded against him. he had no farther work for him When the indulgence, given in to do, he would take him to bim1670, expired, and the Dr. was self.” When he went to bed, he apprehended, after his sermon was seized with a lethargy, to the on the Lord's day, many persons great loss and grief of his friends, of distinction attended him ; so as it deprived him of all capacity that he met civil treatment ; for conversing with them. He and, when a prisoner in the died 18th Oct. 1677, in the 57th Gate-house, the keeper, though year of his age. usually severe, granted him eve
Dr. Manton was
a man of ry convenience.
great learning, judgment, integAfter his release, when the rity and moderation. He had a indulgence was renewed, he fine collection of books : and his preached in a large room in delight was in his study.
He Whitehart-yard; but there he had carefully read the fathers was at length disturbed. A band and schoolmen, and well digested of rabble came on Lord's day the commentators on Scripture. morning to seize him ; but, hav- He was also well read in ancient ing timely notice, he escaped and modern history, which rentheir fury. The place was fined dered his conversation entertain401. and the minister, who ing and instructive.
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When coursed with young gentlemen the indulgence was confirmed in who had travelled, so as to sur1672, the merchants set up a prise them with his superior lecture at Pinner's Hall, which knowledge of things abroad. He was opened by Dr. Manton. took great pains with his ser
When his health began to de. mons, and sometimes transcribcline, he could not be persuaded ed them more than once. Jong to desist from his delight- good thought came into his ful work of preaching; but he mind in the night, he would light at length consented to spend his candle, and sometimes write some time with Lord Wharton an hour. His delivery was natat Woburn. Finding however ural and free, clear and eloquent, but little benefit, he soon return- quick and powerful, and always od, and gave notice of his inten- suited to the simplicity and ma
jesty of divine truth. His earn the subject of his last public disestness was such, as might soften the most obdurate spirits. “I Dr. Harris, in the memoirs of am not speaking,” says Dr. Bates, his life, mentions the following “ of one whose talent was only anecdote of him. “ Being to in voice, who laboured in the preach before the Lord Mayor pulpit, as if the end of preaching and court of Aldermen at St.. were the exercise of the body. Paul's, the Doctor chose a subThis man of God was inflamed ject, in which he had an opporwith holy zeal; and spoke, as tunity of displaying his judg. one who had within him a living ment and learning. He was faith of divine truths. The sound heard with admiration and ap, of words only strikes the ear, plause by the more intelligent but the mind reasons with the part of the audience. But, as he mind, and the heart speaks to the was returning from dinner with heart.” He abounded in the the Lord Mayor, a poor mang work of the Lord, preaching following him, pulled him by with unparalleled assiduity and the sleeve of his gown, and asked frequency ; yet always superior him, if he were the gentleman, to others, and equal to himself. that preached before the Lord In the decline of life he would Mayor. He replied, he was, not leave his beloved work, the “Sir,' says he, I came with vigour of his mind supporting hopes of getting some good to the weakness of his body. As a my soul; but I was greatly disChristian, his life was answera- appointed, for I could not underble to his doctrine. His con- stand a great deal of what you tempt of the world secured him said ; you were quite above me.' from being wrought on by those The Doctor replied with tears, motives, which tempt sordid Friend, if I did not give you a spirits from duty. His charity sermon, you have given me was eminent in procuring sup- one;' plies for others, when in mean circumstances himself. But he had great experience of God's SKETCH OF REV. THOMAS VIN: fatherly provision, to which his
CENT, M. A. filial confidence was correspondent. His conversation in his Thomas and Nathaniel Vin, family was holy and exemplary, cent were sons of the worthy every day instructing them in and reverend Mr. John Vincent ; their duty from the Scriptures. of whom it was observed, that he His humility was great. He was was so harassed for bis noncon. deeply affected by a sense of his formity, that, though he had frailties and unworthiness. A many children, not two of them little before his death he said to were born in the same county, Dr. Bates, “ It is infinitely ter. This Mr. Thomas Vincent, the rible to appear before God the elder son, was born at Heriford Judge of all, without the protec- in 1634, and educated at Ox, tion of the blood of sprinkling." FORD, He succeeded the Rev. This alone relieved him, and Mr. Case, as rector of St. MARF supported his hopes; which was MAGDALEN, MILF STREET,
London, from which he was in that station, wherein he was ejected. He was a worthy, hum- then so usefully fixed. Mr. ble, eminently pious man, of so- Vincent not being satisfied to de, ber principles, and of great zeal sist, they agreed to request the and diligence. He had the advice of their brethren in and whole of the New Testament about the city, upon the case. and Psalms by heart. He took
When Mr. Doolittle had repre. this pains (as he often said) sented his reasons at large, Mr. “ not knowing but they, who Vincent acquainted bis brethren, took from him his pulpit, that he had very seriously con, might in time demand his Bible sidered the matter, before he a.so.” Even Wood says, “ He had come to a resolution. He was always held in great esteem had carefully examined the state for his piety by those of his per- of his own soul, and could look suasion." But his eminence death in the face with comfort. and usefulness were not He thought it was absolutely knowledged by a particular par. necessary, that such vast numty only, but by all sober persons, bers of dying people should have who were acquainted with him. some spiritual assistance. He He was one of the few minis could have no prospect of usefulters, who had the zeal and cour, ness in the exercise of his minage to continue in the city istry, through his whole life, amidst all the fury of the plague like that which now offered itin 1665; and he pursued his self. He had often committed ministerial work in that needful, the case and himself to God in but dangerous season, with all prayer, and upon the whole had diligence and intrepidity, both in solemnly devoted himself to the public and private. He had service of God and souls upon been for some time employed in this occasion; and therefore assisting Mr. Doolittle at Isling- hoped none of them would enton in giving young persons an
deavour to weaken his hands in academical education ; for which this work. When the ministers service he was thought well quale present had heard him out, they ified. Upon the progress of the unanimously declared their satdistemper in the city, he ac- isfaction and joy ; that they ap. quainted his good friend and prehended the matter was of colleague with his design to God, and concurred in their quit that employment, and to prayers for his protection and devote himself chiefly to the success. Hereupon he went out visitation of the sick, and the in- to his work with the greatest struction of the healthy, in that firmness and assiduity. He contime of pressing necessity. Mr. stantly preached every Lord's Doolittle endeavoured to dissuade day through the whole visitation him, by representing the danger in some parish church. His he must run ; told him, he subjects were the most moving thought he had no call to it, be- and important, and his manage: ing then otherwise employed ; ment of them the most pathetic and that it was rather advisable and searching. The awfulness he should reserve himself for of the judgment, then every farther service to the rising age, where obvious, gave a pecuțiar
edge to the preacher and his au- and four English famílies, careditors. It was a general inqui- fully selected, were to be admitry through the preceding week, ed for the purpose of assisting where Mr. Vincent was to preach in civilizing the Indians, and that on the Sabbath. Multitudes fol. the solitary servants of the Lord Jowed him wherever he went'; might be surnished with some and several were awakened by cheering society. every sermon. He visited all, Previously, however, to the that sent for him, without fear ; conjunction of the two compaand did the best he could for nies in their new town, they went them in their extremity ; espe- into the woods for a number of cially to save their souls from weeks to make sugar from the death. And it pleased God 10 sap of the maple ; and Mr. Ser: take particular care of him ; for, geant, unwilling they should rethough the whole number, reck- main so long a time without inoned to die of the plague in Struction, accompanied them. London this year, was 68,596, He prayed with them morning and seven persons died of it in and evening in their own lan: the family, where he lived, he guage, and preached on the sabit continued in perfect health all bath. In the day he taught the the time. Ile was afterward children to read, and at night the useful, by his unwearied labours, adults collected that they might to a numerous congregation), till learn of him to sing: While he the year 1678, when he died at was in the woods the snow was Horion.
about a foot and a half deep: A ORTON deer-skin, spread upon some
spruce boughs, with two or three blankets, formed his bed, and water from the “ running brook" was his only drink.
We here see the man of truc (Concluded from page 400.)
benevolence. We behold an ob: It has already been mention- ject, which casts contempt on all ed, that the Housatonic Indians earthly dignity, and eclipses the lived on two tracts of land, sev glory derived from genius, learn: eral miles distant from each oth- ing, or conquest. er. In order to remove the in Mr. Sergeant had opportunity conveniences occasioned by this particularly to observe the man circumstance, the General Court, ners of the Indians. He found at the request of Gov. Belcher, them kind to one another and purchased of the Indians in 1736 very hospitable to strangers, all the land, which they owned The women and children were at Shatekook, and in return bashsul; the latter exhibited no granted them a township six kind of respect to their parents. miles square, including Wnahk- Compliments were unknown, tukook, or the great meadow. When a stranger visited them, This township is
he entered the huț or wigwam Stockbridge. Mr. Sergeant and
as though it was his own, and Mr. Woodbridge wera each made said nothing until something was proprictors of one sixtieth part, given him to eat.
LIFE OF REV. JOHN SERGEANT.
Their language in this respect the larger tribes, who were still was remarkable, that it furnished in darkness. To this end he names to designate relations, was particularly careful to cultithat are not designated in other vate the friendship of strangers ; languages. Thus, for instance, he preached to a number of Inof the children of the same pa dians on an Island in Hudsou's rents the elder brothers are de- river, and even visited the Shawnominated, by all the younger anods, who lived 220 miles distant members of the family, Netok on the Susquehannah. haunut, and the elder sisters, Although Mr. Sergeant could Nmesuk, while the younger chil not complain of a total want of dren are called by the elder, success at Stockbridge, yet his Nheesumuk. Here then we have exertions were not prospered in names expressive of three rela- the degree that he wished. The tions, in which children of the manne., in which the Indians same family stand to each other. lived, presented an almost insu
When the Indians were settled perable difficulty. Except when in one village at Stockbridge in employed in hunting, the men 1737, Mr. Sergeant was enabled were generally idle, and idleness to instruct them in a more regu- led the way to drunkenness. Belar manner. He had become sides this their language was so well acquainted with their lan- imperfect and barbarous, that it guage, and translated into it was impossible by means of it several prayers and Dr. Watts' to communicate fully the imporfirst Catechism for the use of tant truths of the gospel. In the children. He conversed fre- order to surmount these difficulquently with his own people and ties Mr. S. was convinced, that with strangers who visited them, it was absolutely necessary to and endeavoured to impress their civilize them, and to persuade minds with the truth and excel them to exchange their own for lence of the Christian religion. the English language and habits. At the request of some Indians For this purpose it was that he living at Kaunaumeek, a place wished several white families to about 18 miles to the N. W. from be placed among them, and the Housatonic, he visited them and more completely to accomplish preached in the Indian language. this object he formed the plan He thus opened a way for the es
of a school for the education of tablishment of a mission among Indian children in manner, them a few years afterwards by which should effect a thorough the zealous and excellent Mr. change in their habits of thinking Brainerd.
and acting. He proposed that a From this time to that of his number of children and youth, death in 1749, Mr. Sergeant from ten to twenty years of age, continued his faithful labours as and among them some from otha missionary at Housatonic; but er tribes, should be placed under his views were not confined to the care of two masters, one to the small tribe, with which he have the oversight of them in was connected. He was earnest the hours of labour, and the other ly desirous that the blessings of in the hours of study ; that their the gospel might be extended to time should be so divided be