Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

some

he entertained thoughts of stu- | vidence has made the business dying the law, and was on the of my life. One day passeth point of entering into an advan-away after another, and I only tageous connection with Mr. know that it passeth pleasantly Eyre, a counsellor, when he re- with me. As for the world ceived a letter from Mr. Clark, about me, I have very little conoffering to take him under his cern with it. I live almost like care, if he chose the ministry a tortoise, shut up in a shell, alupon Christian principles. He most always in the same town, considered this offer as a sea- the same house, the same chamsonable interposition of Provi. ber. Yet I live like a prince ; dence ; and, accordingly, he re- not indeed in the pomp of grealturned to St. Alban's, and con- ness, but the pride of liberty; tinued months at the master of my books, master of house of his excellent friend, my time, and I hope I may who directed his studies, fur- add, master of myself. I can nished him with books, and la- willingly give up the charms boured to cherish religious dis- of London, the luxury, the positions in his heart. In 1719, company, and the popularity he was placed under the tuition of it, for the secret pleaof the Rev. John Jennings, who sures of rational employment kept an academy at Kibworth, and self-approbation ; retired in Leicestershire. In 1722, from applause and reproach, Mr. Jennings removed to Hinck from envy and contempt, and ley, at which place Mr. Dod- the destructive habits of avarice dridge preached his first ser- and ambition. So that, instead mon, on the 22d of July.- of lamenting it as my misforFrom his first appearance in the tune, you should congratulate pulpit, he was remarkably ac- me upon it as my happiness, ceptable in the places where he that I am confined to an obscure exercised his talents. In 1723, village ; seeing it gives me so he settled at Kibworth. As he many valuable advantages, to lived in an obscure village, the most important purposes of he could devote almost his devotion and philosophy; and whole time to the acquisition I hope I may add usefulness of knowledge. Soon after his too.' settlement at Kibworth, one of Dr. Kippis observes, that he his fellow-pupils having condol- has transcribed this passage with ed with him, in a letter, on his peculiar pleasure ; as he has being buried alive, he returned reason to reflect with some dethe following answer : Here I gree of satisfaction, that the stick close to those delightful spending a number of years studies which a favourable Pro- in retired situations may be fa-.

vourable to the increase of know* Author of Two Discourses on ledge and the habits of study. preaching Christ, and particular To this gentleman's excellent and experimental Preaching; which life of our author, prefixed to were so much esteemed, that, they the seventh edition of The were recommended by two Bishops, at their visitations of their cler- Family Expositor,' we refer the my

reader for a pleasing account of the particular objects of Mr. | formed the most distinguished Doddridge's studies, and the scene of his usefulness. manner in which he conducted On the 24th of December them, both at the academy, and 1729, Mr. Doddridge removed during the earlier years of his his academy to Northampton, in ministry. Into these, as well as consequence of a pressing ininto his preparations for the pul- vitation to take upon him the pit, and the character of his ser- pastoral office of the congregamons and expositions, during tion at Castle Hill, in that town. the same period, although very Two months afterward, he was interesting subjects, our limits seized with a very dangerous will not permit us to enter. illness, from which, however, he

In 1725, Mr. Doddridge re- happily recovered ; and, on the moved to Market Harborough, 19th of March following, he was but without discontinuing his ordained at Northampton. relation to the people at Kib- Dr. Kippis, speaking of Mr. worth. About this time, he re- Doddridge's abilities as a preach. ceived pressing invitations from er, thus expresses himself ; some large congregations at He was always warm and affecLondon, Nottingham and other tionate in the applications of his places. But he preferred his sermons. His sentiments on connection at Kibworth and Har- this head he has thus expressed : borough, and, in 1729, being “ It is indeed unworthy the chachosen assistant to Mr. Some, racter of a man and a Christian, minister of the congregation at to endeavour to transport men's Harborough, he preached alter passions, while the understand nately at this place and at Kib-ing is left uninformed, and the worth. Mr. Jennings who died reason unconvinced. But, so in 1723, had declared it to be his far as is consistent with a proopinion, sometime before his per regard to this leading power death, that Mr. Doddridge was of our nature, I would speak and the most likely of any of his pu- write of divine truths with a pils to proceed with his plan of holy ferrency. Nor cani I imaacademical instruction ; and ma- gine that it would bode well to ny of our author's friends con. the interest of religion to endea. curring in the same idea, he vour to lay all those passions opened an academy at Harbo- asleep, which surely God imrough, in Midsummer 1729.- planted in our hearts to serve His first lecture shewed to his the religious as well as the civil pupils the reasonableness and life, and which, after all, will advantages of acknowledging probably be employed to some God in their studies. In the very excellent or very pernicious second, he gave directions for purposes.” This is the lantheir behaviour to him, to each other, and all around them. Af- * The late Rev. Hugh Farmer, so ter this he proceeded to his or- well known among the Dissenters as dinary course. Thus was he a most excellent preacher, and by led to a situation of life which the literary world in general for his

extensive learning and valuable publications, was one of Mr. Doddridge's earliest students

guage of wisdom.

True elo ministers of the gospel would be quence consists in an union of able to set an equally striking the rational, the forcible, and example.' the pathetic ; and to address to In 1730, Mr. Doddridge marthe affections, as well as to the ried Mrs. Mercy Maris, of reason, of mankind, is the dic-Worcester ; a lady who, with a tate of the soundest philosophy. delicate constitution, and precàThe cold and feeble conclusions rious state of health, proved an of many discourses from the excellent wife, and received, in pulpit, are as disgusting to a return, the most endearing just taste, as they are unprofita- proofs of conjugal affection. ble with regard to religious im- Dr. Kippis, in his Life, has provement.

employed many pages in an inIn 1738, Mr. Doddridge per- teresting account, interspersed suaded his people to concur with with important reflections, of him in establishing a charity the manner in which Mr. Dodschool, for instructing and cloth-dridge conducted himself as an ing twenty boys. He himself academical tutor. We must often visited the school, and ex- bere be content to observe, that amined the children; accompa- so great was his reputation in nying his exhortations with af- this respects that the number of fectionate prayers for their im- his students was large, being, provement and welfare. With one year with another, thirtysuch distinguished abilities, and four : and the academy was ussuch excellent virtues, it is not ually on the increase. During surprising that he possessed the the twenty-two years in which esteem and love of his congrega- he sustained this office, he had jon. In his last will he bore about 200 young men under his this testimony to their character, care, of whom i 20 entered upon · That he had spent the most the ministry. Several of his delightful hours of his life in pupils were from Scotland and assisting the devotions of as se- Holland. One person, who was rious, as grateful, and as deser intended for orders in the ving a people, as perhaps any church of England, chose to minister ever had the happiness spend a year or two under his to serse.' This character,' tuition, before he went to the says Dr. Kippis, ' was, no doubt, university. Others, whose paalmost universally true. Nev. rents were of that church, were ertheless, he was not without placed in his family, and were . his calls for the exercise of pa- readily allowed to attend the estience. There were persons tablished worship ; for the conbelonging to his sociсty, who stitution of his academy was were narrow bigois, and weak perfecily catholic. enthusiasts ; and these some. Mr. Doddridge, in younger times obtruded upon him in a life, afforded various proofs of a foolish and troublesome man- poetical turn. Of the lines her. He behaved, however, to which he wrote on the motto them, with a condescension and to the arms of his family, · Dum onderness which they scarcely vivimus vivamus,' Dr. Johnson's leserved, and of which toit opinion was, that they constituVol. I. NO. 1.

B

ted one of the finest epigrams in Live, while you live,' the sacred the English language. Though preacher cries, so well known, they cannot be

* And give to God each moment as

it Bies.' omitted in any memoirs of the Lord, in my views let both united author's life :

I live in pleasure when I live to • Live, while you live,' the epicure Thee.

would say, • And seize the pleasures of the pre

[To be continued.] sent day.'

be ;

THI

A Narrative on the Subject of Missions, for the Year 1807. And &

Statement of the Funds of the Missionary Society of Connecticut.
Published by the Trustees of the Society.
THE Constitution of the Missionary Society of Connecticut

having made it the duty of the Trustees of the Society to publish annually, an account of the Missionaries employed by them, and of the places to which they are sent—of the state of the funds,-and generally of their proceedings in the discharge of the trust committed to them, the said Trustees invite the attention of the ministers and people of the State to the following Narrative for the year 1807.

The several districts in which Missionaries have been employed are, the north-eastern part of Vermont,the north-western part of Vermont,the northern counties of New York, west of lake Champlain,—the settlements on Black river and parts adjacentthe western counties of New York,—the northern counties of Pennsylvania, and the territory called New Connecticut. The Missionaries who have laboured in these fields are, the Rev. Asa Carpenter, the Rev. Aaron Cleveland, the Rev. Jeremiah Hallock, the Rev. Holland Weeks, the Rev. John Hough, Mr. George Colton, Mr. Thomas Punderson, the Rev. Joseph Vaill, the Rev. Israel Brainerd, the Rev. Calvin Ingals, the Rev. Seth Williston, the Rer. John Spencer, and Mr. Abraham Scott.

In last year's Narrative, the Rev. Asa Carpenter is mentioned as appointed to labour in the north-eastern part of Vermont. He entered on his mission in November, 06, and itinerated 8 weeks, in which time he travelled upwards of 350 miles on missionary ground, preached 54 times, administered the Lord's Supper once, baptized 5 children, assisted in forming one church, and attended 3 conferences. In addition to these labours, he visited a number of families and several sick persons. In his journal he observes, 66 On the Sabbath the meetings were sull. Though at some lec

tures but few attended, at others there was a goodly number. In • almost every place there are some that are really serious, and who, consequently, are pleased with opportunities to hear the gospel preached.”

Last spring, and beginning of summer, the Rev. Aaron Cleveland performed a mission of 17 weeks in the same field. During his mission he preached 92 sermons, in 25 different towns, in 9 of which churches have been formed. He administered the Lord's Supper 5 times, baptized 11 children, attended funerals, visited and prayed with the sick, and visited several schools and many families. He found that in places where there is no stated ministry, error and delusion abound ; and that there is much need of continuing to send Missionaries to that country. In one of his letters he remarks, “ I have been received kindly, and treated • well every where. People in general have done their best to

attend appointed meetings, and I hope some little good will be • done by missionary labours. The salt of the earth seems to be

scattered more or less in every town, and now and then one is to • be found exceedingly pious and exemplary."

The next Missionary in this part of the country was the Rev. Jeremiah Hallock, who returned in Noveinber last from a mission of 16 weeks, in the course of which he rode upwards of 900 miles, baptized 12 children, received 4 persons into church fellowship, administered the Lord's supper 4 times, preached 90 sermons, attended conferences, visited the sick, and spent several whole days in visiting schools and families from house to house. The following is extracted from his journal: “ I was kindly received,

and comfortably provided for. The meetings were generally so• lemn and attentive. The spiritual interest of the Redeemer's king• dom hath evidently increased in the state within six years, when • I was there on a former mission. About 40 ministers have been

settled within this term, and mostly in new places where they • never had a minister before. There is yet much missionary

ground; and while the Lord's people return their cordial thanks to the Trustees, they earnestly request they would still remem. & ber them. Although the ecclesiastical convention of Vermont • have formed themselves into a Missionary Society, yet it is hoped • (as I heard it often observed) that this will not abate the atten• tion of the Connecticut Society to the destitute churches and • towns in that State."

The Rev. Holland Weeks, it is supposed, is now labouring in the same field.

In the fall of 1806, the Rev. John Hough received an appointment to itinerate 4 months in the north-western part of Vermont. Soon after he commenced his mission he was invited by the people of Vergennes, to preach statedly to them as a candidate for settle. ment. With this invitation he complied, and in March last was ordained to the pastoral care of the church and people in that place. Mr. Hough laboured as a Missionary only 5 weeks. In this time he visited many of the towns in the northern part of the State, and preached 31 sermons. In his letter to the Trustees he observes, « My discourses were heard with attention, and my appointments were usually well attended. A large proportion of the inhabi

tants in the vacant towns esteem it a high privilege to be visited * by Missionaries. There are in the State many towns which are - too new to be able to support the regular preaching of the gos

« AnteriorContinuar »