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ing his third year in College that ciliation to God. As he was nathe more than ever felt his need of urally reserved and a person of few a new he'ırt.
He now felt that he words, it may not be thought strange was a sinner, a lost sinner ; and he that persons not particularly friendwas convinced he must be bornly to religion of any order, seeing again, or never be saved. After some his engagedness and zeal, should days of deep solicitude about the rumour about that young Ward had things that belonged to his peace, become a Methodist. It was believand with increasing views of his ed his labour there was not in vain. guilt and danger, he indulged a hope Soon after he graduated, he enthat he had been reconciled to God tered the Theological Seminary at through Christ by repentance and Andover, with a view of preparing faith. It could be said of him, himself for the ministry. There he Behold he prayeth. Those, best pursued his studies, till ill health acquainted with him before this, obliged him to leave the Seminary. had thought, that should he
In consequence of his poor health, rience religion, there would be lit- heat times, almost despaired of ever tle or no change in his external life. preaching the unsearchable riches Before this change took place in his of Christ. But the desire of his views and feelings, of which I am heart was at length granted him. now speaking, he was often seen in After this he spent some months in the conference room, and in the the eastern part of this State as a praying circle. He outwardly took missionary. He was then employsides with the pious students. ed an assistant instructer in the
But notwithstanding all his exte- Academy at Pembrook, N. H.rior correctness and his apparent Within the last year he was in the interest in religion, when he was employment of the Maine Missionbrought to renounce all his own ary Society at Washington and righteousness, and count all things Biglow. Soon after hearing the but loss that he might win Christ, death of his beloved mother, he rethere was a change, that could but turned to his father's, to weep with be noticed by all who knew him.- him and comfort him in a day of He was soon found persuading deep affliction. He continued others to come and see a man that with his father till June, when learnhad told him all things that ever he ing something of the situation of did. About twenty of the students the church and people in Biddeford, became pious near this time. But he was induced to go there, and if probably none ever felt more than the Lord had any thing for him to he did the importance of working do, he would do it. He commenced while it is called day, for the night preaching at Biddeford about the cometh, when no man can work. middle of June. After labouring The first vacation after his becom- there about three months, he reing hopefully pious, he spent at ceived a unanimous call from the Plymouth, N. H. where his parents first church and Society to settle then resided, and where his father over them in the ministry, as Col. now resides. It might be said he league with the Rev. Nathaniel went about doing good. His ac- Webster. On the 26th of last Oct. quaintance and friends were the he received ordination, under flatsubjects of his daily entreaties and tering prospects. There he preachwarnings. He urged upon them ed, and prayed, and visited with inthe importance of immediate recon- creasing evidence, that the Lord
was with him, till his Master called Few young ministers bid fairer him away from his earthly labours than he did to be useful ; few and toils, to give him, it is believed, would be more lamented in the cira seat in the Kingdom of his Lord. cle of their acquaintance, or by the Just fourteen weeks from the day people of their charge. Few, young of his ordination, his funeral was or old, have gone down to the grave attended. How soon was our re more beloved, with a fairer characpicing turned into mourning. ter, or with clearer evidence of beHelp, Lord; for the godly man ceas- ing prepared for a blessed immoreth; for the faithful fail from
among tality. And that he should be the children of men.
taken away in the morning of his
days, in the very commencement Those who were acquainted with of his ministry, at a day when so Mr. Ward, and have heard him many ministers are needed, and at preach, know that his speech and the very time, when it seemed God his preaching were not with entic was just beginning to bless his laing words of man's wisdom, but in bours and revive religion, is a very demonstration of the Spirit and of mysterious providence. The lanpower. He was a plain, practical guage of the Psalmist is appropripreacher, warning and rebuking ate : “ Thy way is in the sea, and and exhorting with all long suffer- thy path in the great waters, and ing and doctrine. He reproved thy footsteps are not known.” This vice and immorality, whether in the providence has made many a counrich or poor.
He seemed deter- tenance sad,and many a heart bleed. mined to be clear from the blood While his church and people are of sinners. He was not only a deeply afflicted at the loss of so good minister in the pulpit and on the a minister, and while they have such Sabbath, but in every place and at evidence that there loss is his gain, all times. He took a deep interest in I would just say to them, Be ye
folthe religious education of the youth. lowers of him so far as he followed He had commenced a Bible class Christ, and be also ready, for in with pleasing prospects of useful. such an hour as ye think not, the ness.
Son of Man cometh.
Summary of Religious Xntelligence.
Revivals.-There is said to be eign residents, $513.--Information, very special attention to religion in on which reliance is placed, that Hanover, N. H. particularly in the 'the situation of Mr. Judson and College.-The revival in Williams- his companions, in Burmah, is not, town, continues. Apparent revi- at present, perilous; and that there vals exist in several towns in Con- is but little reason to entertain apnecticut.
prehensions for their final safety.'Missionary.-The donations to The Methodist mission family at the H. B. C. F. M. from February the island of Antigua, W. I. con21st, to March 20th, inclusive, sisting of four ordained missionaamounted to $2,847. In the months ries, one of their wives, four chilof April and May, 1825, there were dren, a servant, and a young lady, contributed to the Board, in the were lately lost, by shipwreck, in Sandwich Islands, from Chiefs and attempting to return from a yearly other natives, $ 428, and from for- meeting at St. Kitts.
Want of Bibles.-The Bible So- all his slaves, 70 or 80 in number ciety of Cayuga county, N. Y. have and bequeathing five or sir thousanı lately ascertained that more than a dollars to defray the expense thousand families in that one coun- transporting them to African coloty, are without a copy of the sacred ny." Scriptures!
National Domestic Missionary ORDINATIONS AND INSTALLA TIONS. Society.–At a meeting of minis
1825, Dec. 7th, Ordained Rev. Daoters in Boston, on the 11th of Jan- iel Warren, as pastor of the Congregauary last, it was resolved to adopt tional Church in Waterbury, Vt. measures to organize a Society of 1826, Ordained Rev. Charles Buntthe above name.
“It was unani- ley, as pastor of a Church at Middle
Haddam, Con. mously voted, that it is highly de
1826, Ordained Rev. Francis H. Case, sirable, that the more general meet- as pastor of the Church at Gosben, ing should be requested of the Do- Con. mestic Missionary Society of New
1826, March 1st, Installed Rev. Reu. York, and that that Society should ben Mason, as pastor of the Congrega.
tional Church in Glover, Vt.
Sermon become the American Domestic
by Rev. Drury Fairbanks of Littleton, Missionary Society, should no spec- N. H. ial reason occur to render such a 1826, March 8th, Ordained Rer.Jo. measure inexpedieni.”—' A union seph Underwood, as pastor of the Conof all denominations, in this Socie- gregational Church in New-Sharon, lue.
Sermon by Rev. Mr. Thurstoa. ty, is not to be attempted, as a for
1826, March 9th, Ordained Rer. I. mal thing.'
Rogers, as pastor of the Congregational Liberation of Slaves.—Colonel Church in Farmington, Me. Sermon by Smith, an old revolutionary officer the Rev. Dr. Gillet
. of Sussex county, Virginia, died in Beecher, as pastor of the Church in
1826, March 22d, Installed Rev. Dr. February last, "leaving directions
Hanover-street, Boston. Sermos by in his Will for the emancipation of Rev.Prest. Humphrey, from I. Cor. iji. 6.
From the Boston Telegraph,
For thou must sail on sorrow's stream
Thyself a bubble !
These cloudless skies may shortly lour, furl'd,
And driving storms thy vessel sever ; Must oft by waves be toss'd in danger; Thy sun a few faint beams may pour Yet welcome to this stormy world
Then set forever !
Toss'd by the storms of Passion's sbapThy morning dawns, all cloudlesga
Thine eyes must oft be wet with tearsThou restest on a waveless ocean ;
There's no escapi ng ! And thou canst look on grief and care, Witbout emotion. Thy friends must leave thee, one by one,
The grave around them darkly closing; And many friends are watching near
Thou must not hope such ills to shunOf all its pangs thy heart beguiling :
Here's no reposing.
O may come angel guard thy way,
While o'er this troubled ocean drivenBat do not let thy bosom dream,
And wast thee to the realms of dayThat thnu canst live, thus free from
The shores of Heaven. trouble ;
firms, that the wrath of God is Rouans, ii
. 1.- Therefore thou revealed from heaven against all art inercusable, O man, whosoever ungodliness and unrighteousness of thou art that judgest ; for wherein men, who hold the truth in unthou judgest another thou condemn- righteousness; because that which est thyself ; for thou that judgest may be known of God is manifest doest the same things.
in them; for God hath showed it
unto them. For the invisible things These words appear to be an ap- of him from the creation of the plication or inference drawn from world are clearly seen, being unthe preceding chapter. In that derstood by the things that are the Apostle, after his usual saluta. made, even his eternal power and tion, proclaims his readiness to Godhead; so that they are without preach the gospel, and likewise excuse.'-And why are they withthe efficacy of the gospel in the out excuse ? “Because that, when salvation of those who receive it in they knew God, they glorified him the exercise of faith and love. For not as God, neither were thankful, saith he, I am not ashamed of the but became vain in their imaginagospel of Christ ; for it is the power tions, and their foolish heart was of God unto salvation to every one darkened. Professing themselves that believeth ; to the Jew first, to be wise, they became fools; and and also to the Greek. He then changed the glory of the incorruptbrings into view the exceeding ible God into an image, made like wickedness of mankind, showing to corruptible man, and to birds, that their depravity does not con- and four-footed beasts, and creepsist in the understanding, but in ing things. Wherefore God also the heart. They know God, but gave them up to uncleanness, glorify him not as God;-They through the lusts of their own hold the truth, but hold it in un- hearts, to dishonour their own righteousness. But this could not bodies between themselves; who be, if their understandings were changed the truth of God into a depraved. For then they could lie, and worshipped and served the not know God; they could not creature more than the Creator, know the truth, and the light of who is God blessed forever ?" And nature would not render them in after observing that they did not excusable. But the Apostle af- like to retain God in their know,
ledge, he enumerates a black cata- by judge and condemn themlogue of crimes, which he
selves. sentscas being the spontaneous ef To illustrate and confirm this! fusions of the natural heart.-And proposition, it is proposed to bring 30 they did not commit these crimes into view several particulars, which w through ignorance, or lack of un- men practise and highly approve, derstanding : -For be says, “who as wise and commendable in them- + knowing the judgment of God, that selves and their fellow-creatures, but a they which commit such things are still hate and oppose and condemn * worthy of death, not only do the the same method of procedure in s same, but have pleasure in them their Maker. And, that do them.". Hence the con 1. It is thought to be a mark of clusion in our text is very just and wisdom and prudence in men to wa natural "Therefore thou art in- concert a plan before they proceed is excusable, O man, whosoever thou to the execution of any business, le art that judgest; for wherein thou especially if it be of much impor- zu judgest another thou condemnest tance. This all men of common thyself; for thou that judgest doest understanding practise and highly .. the same things."
approve. w It is very obvious, that if a per The more perfect the plan, the de son indulge himself in any evil more harmony and exactness diso it practice, and condemns the same coverable in the adjustment of its us
conduct in another person, that he several component parts, the more ni does thereby judge and condemn applause will they receive from the himself. This was the case with their fellow-creatures. And a dife King David. He, not knowing to ferent line of conduct is sure to in- iter whom the prophet had reference, cur the disapprobation of mankind. (h in the parable which was propound. Should a person be at a great ex. ima ed to him, was led thereby to pass pense to procure materials and pro- 1se. sentence of death upon himself. .ceed to the erection of a large house, de
And it is no uncommon thing to without first laying a plan and adde see the failings of others held up to justing his materials, he would be we the view of the world, as highly thought to act a very unwise and we criminal, even by those who are inconsistent part. But if he first not exempt from the same. And draws a plan of his building, acwell would it be for mankind, if cording to his ability to execute i this propensity to judge and con- then determines to pursue it ---pro-li demn others, were limited to the vides the materials, suited to their imperfections of their fellow-creat- respective destined places, and diures. But many hate and oppose rects all his exertions to its compleand condemn that method of pro- tion, he will be thought to act a cedure in their Maker, in whom rational part, worthy of imitation. there is not the least shadow of im- But some people feel opposed to perfection, which they themselves God and do actually complain of practise and consider not only jus- him for acting in the same manner. tifiable, but also highly praisewor They feel totally opposed to the thy. The doctrine, therefore, which trath of God's concerting a plan
I shall deduce from the text, is the before he proceeded to create the following, viz. : 'B *, "} she world and its inhabitants. They
Those who disapprove and con- will not admit that God does always demn the ways of God, do there; act with design, and are unwilling