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the light? Truth is more pre- visit to the Indians, and in July cious, than the light of the sun. left New Haven intending to pass Don't suffer your enemies to im- the remainder of his life at Houpose upon you."
As he found some of In January, 1735, deputies the Indians desirous of baptism, from the several clans, which it was necessary that he should constituted the tribe of River In- be ordained in order to adminisdians, met in council at Housa
ter that rite. Accordingly he tonic, to see whether they would was in August solemnly set approve the conduct of their apart to the service of the gosHousatonic brethren in consent- pel.
The ordination was pering to be taught the Christian re- formed at Deerfield, under cirligion. On the result of their cumstances calculated to add redeliberation every thing relative spectability to the mission. It to the mission depended. The took place by the direction of Rev. Mr. Williams and Mr. Hop- Gov. Belcher, at a time when he kins of Springfield were there- was in that town, with a large fore present. They found near- committee of the Council and ly two hundred Indians assem- House of Representatives, holdbled, and among them Corlair, ing a treaty with several of the the chief sachem of the whole Indian tribes. The Rev. Mr. nation. Mr. Williams preached Appleton of Cambridge preachto “ one of the gravest and most ed the serinon, in the preface to attentive auditories,” that he ever which he observes that “ many addressed ; and after repeated of the Indians were grave specconferences the proceedings at tators of the solemnity, and the Housatonic received the approba- Housatonic Indians sat by themtion of the council. They desir- selves and attended throughout ed Mr. Woodbridge to continue the whole service with great sein the school, and expressed a wish riousness; and were much pleasthat Mr. Sergeant would return. ed to see one, whom they had
After business was finished, a such a love for, so solemnly sepa« frolic" followed of course. rated to the service of their souls." “Their dancing, (says Mr. S.) is Very soon aster Mr. S. had a most laborious exercise. They returned to the scene of his ladance round a hot fire, till they bours, he baptized the captain
almost ready to faint, and lieutenant with their famiand are wet with sweat ; and lies, first unfolding to them the then run out, and stripping nature of the rite and a discoursthemselves naked, expose their ing upon all the more important bodies to the cold air, and roll points of belief and practice in the in the snow till they are cold, Christian religion." “ The lieuand then return to their dancing tenant,” he says in his journal, again. They repeat this four or " is a clear-headed, sinurt man, of a five times in a night, concluding deep reach and pleasant humour, with excessive drinking. When and is one of the best speakers they are drunk, they often fall we hear ; is free in conversation, asleep in the open ail's perhaps and talks excellently well. He buried in snow.”
has entirely left off drinking te In May, Mr. S, made a short excess, and declaims against it ;
shews great compassion towards tonic tribe to receive the gospel, the rest of the Indians, and seems and of the good Spirit on you to heartily to lament their misera- leave the college and go among ble condition ; wishes they were them. He answers me, that he come to the knowledge of the is always looking out to this gospel ; is himself thoroughly quarter of the world for such apconvinced of the truth ; and his pearances. May Jesus, says he, knowledge does not puff. him the head of the church and of naa up."
tions, attend your young missionMr. Sergeant's auditory on ary with extraordinary assistance, the Sabbath gradually increased ; and success. Methinks I love he was heard very attentively by him, upon your report, for his strangers, who happened to be courage and zeal. Let your heart, present, and such favourable im- dear Sir, be encouraged, and your pression was made upon their hands strengthened by the love minds, that some of them sent and prayers of men of God at their children to the school, and such a distance from you. They a few families were induced to hear of you, and rejoice and bless, reside permanently with their of whom you neither hear nor brethren at Housatonic. In a think.” few months after his ordination, Governor Belcher writes in a he had baptized about forty per- manner, which impresses one sons, adults and children, and with the belief of bis own undisthere was the same number of sembled piety and regard to the scholars in the school. He was truth ; “ Set before you the excheered with much greater suc. ample of the great apostle of the Gess, than he could anticipate in Gentiles for your imitation, that so short a time. He beheld the you may approve yourself a chosen wolf dwelling peaceably with the vessel unto Christ, to bear his lamb, and the lion eating stran name to those, that are perishing
The interest, which for lack of vision. And may you, good men at a distance took in Sir, be honoured of God by being his labours, will be seen in the made an instrument of taking following extracts from letters the scales from their eyes. May addressed to him.
you be wise to win their souls, Dr. Colman of Boston says, in and be able to say to them, In a letter dated Nov. 18, 1735,
Christ Jesus have I begotten you " It is not easy to tell you, how through the gospel. For these much we have rejoiced here in things will I bow my knees, and your ordination to the good and lift up my heart to Him, with great work, into which you have whom is the residue of the Spir. entered. May the consolations it." of God refresh and enlarge your Rev. Mr. Appleton, of Camsoul from time to time, in all bridge, expresses himself thus ; your self-denials for the sake of Give my hearty respects to his name, and of the dear souls, Mr. Woodbridge. I heartily for whom you are labouring. I commend you both to the grace gave some account to the excel- of God, earnestly praying, that lent Dr. Watts, of London, of the the great Lord of the harvest, strange disposition of the Housa who has sent you forth, would
like the oz.
continue to strengthen your hands
For the Panoplist. and encourage your heart by in
REV. WILLIAM creasing the fruit of your labours ; and that these poor, neglected,
BATES, D.D. perishing people may be your joy for the present, and your
Introductory Remarks, crown in the day of Christ's ap- Messrs. Editors, pearing."
If the character of that body Some parts of Mr. Sergeant's of men, of which the first settlers answer to the Rev. Dr. Colman of New England were a part, may not be unacceptable to the were inore generally known at reader. “ Next to the blessing the present day, the cause of of God on my endeavours, the truth might be better secured prayers and good wishes of men against the injurious impression of God yield me the greatest sat- of epithets, which had their oriisfaction. In their favour I seem gin in prejudice and party spirit. to enjoy the pleasure of society During the reign of the Stewarts, in the deepest solitude. I wish I the high church party, headed by were worthy of the love of so ex- archbishop Laud, Sheldon, and cellent a man as Dr. Watts, other tyrannical prelates, brandwhom all love and admire. And ed all Protestants, whose conif I may be thought in any meas
sciences resisted their unscripure to deserve the good opinion tural impositions, with the ironof my fellow men, it is not a lit- ical epithet of Puritans, and tle owing to the Doctor's inge- Precisians. Sometimes indeed, nious writings, which have the from their attachment to civil force to charm the mind to the liberty, they were charged with love of virtue and piety, and to sedition and rebellion. But their infuse his own spirit into his common appellation was Purireaders.
tans ; an epithet, intended to de“ Those who have been bap- note no difference in the doctrinal tized, have behaved very well, articles of their faith (for in though they have several times these both parties agreed) but been tempted to exceed the rules that the Nonconformists or Disof temperance by the offers of senters were a set of weak, narstrong drink, which used to be row, ignorant and superstitious their beloved destruction. They fanatics, who through pride and seemed to be surprised with the obstinacy opposed the governchange they find in themselves, ment and ceremonies of the esexpressing the difference be- tablishment, and the subscriptween their former state and the tions required by law. The same present, by infancy and man- epithet is still retained and applihood, dreaming and being awake, ed by some, as a term of opprodarkness and light, and the like brious distinction ; but not so metaphors. I pray God, the day much to designate Dissenters star that seems to be arisen in from the ceremonies of the their hearts, may shine more and church, as adherents to its docmore to the perfect day.”
trines. This application of the
term may be well calculated to (To be continued.)
stigmatize the commonly receiv
ed faith of the reformed church- of Dissenters are not formed es; but it is such a perversion, upon such slight foundation, as as would have excited the resent- the unlearned and thoughtless ment of Laud himself.
In de may imagine. They were thornominating those Puritans, who oughly considered, and judiciousrefused compliance with their ly reduced to the standard of arbitrary requisition, Episcopal- Scripture, and the writings of anians had no reference to doctrin- tiquity, by a great number of al articles of faith ; nor the least men of learning and integrity, I suspicion, that by so doing they mean the Bartholomew divines, should in process of time sub- or the ministers ejected in the ject those articles to the stigma year 1662 ; men prepared to of being the creed of weak and lose all, and to suffer martyrdom ignorant bigots only, and not of itself, and who actually resigned Inen of enlarged and enlightened their livings (which with most of understandings. Every dissent. them were, under God, all that er from the worship and ceremo- they and their families had to nies of the church of England is subsist upon) rather than sin in reality a Puritan in the tech- against God, and desert the cause nical sense of the term. No of civil and religious liberty ; honest and well informed Dis- which, together with serious resenter, therefore, can feel him- ligion, would, I am persuaded, self at liberty to apply this op- have sunk to a very low ebb in probrious term in such a con- the nation, had it not been for nexion, as to bring the doctrines the bold and noble stand, these of grace into disrepute. Of this worthies made against imposieffect indeed there would be no tion upon conscience, profanedanger, if the character of the ness, and arbitrary power. They Puritans had not been grossly had the best education, England misrepresented. To remedy could afford; most of them were this evil, in part at least, as well excellent scholars, judicious dias to gratify and improve your vines, pious, faithful, and labori. serious and pious readers, be ous ministers ; of great zeal for pleased to insert in your very God and religion; undaunted useful publication a few extracts and courageous in their Master's from the lives of some Puritan work; keeping close to their ministers. With the same view, people in the worst times; diliand as a natural introduction to gent in their studies; solid, afthe extracts, the following testi- . fectionate, powerful, lively, amony is proposed for previous wakening preachers ; aiming at insertion ; being the opinion of the advancement of real, vital rea man distinguished by erudition ligion in the hearts and lives of and strength of mind, but cer. men, which, it cannot be denied, tainly not influenced by partiali- flourished greatly wherever they ty to the favourite doctrines of could influence. Particularly the Nonconformists.
they were men of great devotion Extract from the character of the eject- and eminent abilities in prayer, ed nonconformist ministers, by Dr. uttered, as God enabled them, JOHN TAYLOR, of Norwich. from the abundance of their
“ The principles and worship hearts and affections ; men of diVol. II. No. 9.
vine eloquence in pleading at the to one,* as long as was convenient throne of grace ; raising and for certain 'purposes; and how melting the affections of their frequent occasion he had of aphearers, and being happily instru- pearing (never unacceptably) bemental in transfusing into their fore another.t His grave and souls the same spirit and heaven- anriable aspect commanded both ly gift. And this was the ground reverence and love. A constant of all their other qualifications; Serenity reigned in his countethey were excellent men, because nance ; a visible sign of the diexcellent, 'instant and fervent in vine calm in his breast. His prayer. Such were the fathers, natural endowments were pruch The first formers of the Dissenting beyond the common rate. His interest. Those who knew them apprehension was quick and not, might despise thein; but clear; his reasoning faculty your forefathers, wiser and less acute and ready ; bis judgment prejudiced, esteemed them high- penetrating and solid ; his wit ly in love for their work's sake. never light or vain, though faThe presence and blessing of cetious and pleasant. His memGod appeared in their assem- ory was admirable ; nor was it blies, and attended their labours. impaired to the last. He deliv-Let my sonil forever be with the ered his sermons memoriter, souls of these men!**
which, as he said, he continued To this may be added the tes- to do, when in years, partly to timony of the great Mr. Locke, teach some, who were younger, who was well acquainted with to preach without nøtes. several of them. Speaking of was reputed one of the best orathe Act of uniformity he says, tors of the age. His voice was “ That BARTHOLOMEW Day was charming; his language always fatal 10 our church and religion, elegant ; his style inimitably poby throwing out a very great lite, yet easy, and to himself the number of WORTHY, LEARNED, most patural. PIOUS, and
di- His learning was a vast treasvines, who could
not come, ure, and his knowledge of books up to this, and other things in so extensive, that one of the that act."
brightest ornaments of the estab
lishment said, were he to colSKETCH OF WILLIAM BATES, D.D.
lect a library, he would as soon
consult Dr. Bates, as any man he Dr. Bates was born in 1625. • knew." He was well versed in He was educated in the Univer- the politer parts of learning, sity of Cambridge, where he took which rendered his conversation the degree of B. A. 1647, and of highly entertaining to the more D. D. 1660. His graceful mien and cornely person were adapted
Charles II. to whom he was chap
lain. to command respect in that pal
| Kirg WILLIAM III. To whom, lic station, for which Providence at his accession to the throne, he predesigned him. His concern lay sented the congratulatory address of not only with mean men; he was the dissenting ministers. He also to stand before kings. It is well presented their address of condolence known in what relation he stood
on the death of the Queen.