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Bennington, it is hoped, while warfare, and without doubt, rethey realize their obligations to ceived him to a more noble and a once beloved and faithful pas- exalted state, in that better world, tor, will cherish with pleasure where warfare is never known. his memory, and be fully sensi- The patience with which he enble of the honor conferred on dured the pains of his last sickthem, in having enjoyed the la- ñess, and the composure and bors of one so highly distinguish- peace of mind, which he mained. After leaving Bennington, tained in the prospect of apfrom motives truly pious and proaching death, excited the laudable, he removed to Addison. greatest astonishřent in an unThe people of Addison will al-believer who happened to be preways remember, with the warm- sent. When asked if he was est emotions, their obligations to willing to die-Dr. S. replied, him for the good which he was

“ Death has no terrors." Most instrumental of accomplishing a persons think it a happiness to mong them. The town had long die in the midst of their friends; been in a divided state, the situ- but he, more těnder of them than atión unhappily of too many of of himself, wished that none of the towns in Vermont. But af- them might be present to witter the town was blessed with his ness so painful a spectacle. residence, as if an angel had some of his last words werétaken up his abode with them, I have often thought it would the moral and religious char- be very distressing to have my acter of the people was soon family around me in the hour of entirely changed. A church was death.” Thus died the Rev.Dr. organized and rendered respect- S. cut off by a sudden death, in able by the number of its mem- the entire posséssion of his mená bers. Publić worship on the tal faculties, and at the very gabbath was statedly observed, height of his usefulness. On and every thing began to wear the death of such an eminent sera à new and promising appear- vant of God may we notexclaim, ance. It is not easy to con- Surely a great man has fallen in ceive the grief, which the peo- Israel ! ple felt on learning the sorrow- His funerat sermon ful news of his death. This tru- preached by the Rev. Benjamin ly mournful event happened, Wooster, from Isai. lvii. 1. The while he was in the northern righteous are faken away from part of Vermont on a mission, the evil to come. His funeral which, with the consent of his rites were performed in the prepeople, he voluntarily undertook sence of the same persons who at his own expense. The same had heard his last sermon and zeal and disinterested concern witnessed the earnest zeal for for the highest good of his fel- their salvation, which he manilow creatures, which he dis- fested at the conference which played through life, he exhibited he was attending when taken till death. On the 20th of Oc- unwell. Surely they must be tober, 1804, after he had passed greatly blame-worthy, if they his sixtieth year, while he was have failed to profit by the affectat Enosburgh, his kind Lord re- ing and instructive lesson which lieved him from his Christian I they then received, or if they VOL. V. NO. 12.

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suffer the impressions made on ness of the wicked in a charitatheir minds ever to be effaced. ble and gospel manner. As was A funeral sermon was afterwards his doctrine, so was his life.” preached at Addison, by the The character of Dr. S. shines Rev. Jedediah Bushnell, from with distinguished lustre in whatHeb. xi. 4. By it Being dead he ever situation or relation he be yet speaketh. The Rev. Lemu- viewed, whether as a man, as a el Haynes also preached a fune- citizen,as aChristian,pastor,schoral sermon on the oceasion, to lar, neighbor, friend, husband or his people in West-Rutland. parent. He early discovered an

A few remarks will here be inquisitive turn of mind and a added, as a farther illustration of fondness for investigating scithe character of the Rev. Dr. S. ence and truth. The Author of

A person, who had the best op- nature had given him a capaportunity of knowing and observ- cious and comprehensive mind, ing him accurately, declares and rendered him capable of ex“ that patience, contentment and ploring the depths of knowledge cheerfulness in every circum- and of investigating the most stance of his life, distinguished abstruse subjects. Divinity was his character : That he never his favorite study. In this sciknew him express a murmuring ence, he made great acquisitions. or complaining word, or mani- His views were profound and fest any real uneasiness in any clear ; his sermons rich in sensituation, however disagreeable, timent and well digested. Such or under any trial, however af- was the strength of his mind, that fiictive : That if he ever discov- he never committed his sermons ered any thing of the kind in any to memory, nor for many years, of his family, he always admon- made use of notes in delivering ished them ; reminding them them. He studied them while how many mercies they en- walking in his room, or in the joyed, and how ill they deserved field, and delivered them extemthem: That he always bore the poraneously. The numbers who contradiction of the wicked with have been often entertained and the most admirable patience : edified by his faithful labors and That he never knew him, in a instructive discourses, can witsingle instance, revile again ness that he was an able preachwhen he was reviled: That he er, a scribe well instructed unto always bore the bitter reproach- the kingdr n of God. In prayer es and slanders of his enemies he was sumn, devotional and without the least apparent unea- fervent. He was always able to siness ; and that when called to adapt himself to particular occacndure their personal abuse, he sions with peculiar pertinency. always submitted himself to it, His words were weighty and acwithout ever shewing the least companied with an air of sincerdegree of resentment : That he ity. His manner was tender, afwas never heard to utter a wordfectionate and winning. With slanderously, or reproachfully, truth may it be said of him, that against any of his fellow-men; in meekness he instructed those not in any instance, even against who opposed: His religious his enemies : 'but always bore sentiments he endeavored to: testimony against thc wicked- I found on the word of God, rather

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Himself, as conscious of his awful a pure source, that he might receive from thence unadulterated and anxious that the flock he fed

charge, knowledge. He always inculca- Should feel it too. Affectionate inlook, ted strongly on his hearers, the And tender in address, as well bedoctrine of human depravity, the necessity of regeneration, A messenger of grace to guilty men.” faith, repentance and good works, Providence, in casting his lot and adapted his discourses tocom- in Vermont, appears to have mon comprehension, never over- placed him where he could do looking even the lowest capacity. most good, and where he was He was apt to converse with per- most wanted. On him literally sons of every description, that he devolved the care of all the might win their good will and churches. They looked up to benefit them. He ever mani- him as to a father, for counsel fested that zeal for the great and advice. His influence was truths and duties of Christianity never confined to the place which is according to knowledge; where he lived; but was felt and but, at the same time, abhorred most readily acknowledged in bigotry. He ever exhibited an other towns and societies, where amiable liberality of disposition religion had any friends. There in his judgment of others, was are few men in his profession, disposed to speak of them with who attain to such distinguished candor, and entertain a charita- eminence, and fewer still, to ble hope for all of whatever de- whom all concur

in paying nomination, who appeared to such distinguished respect. His possess the essentials of religion. weight among the clergy was The different congregations not less than among the people. with whom he has successively Seldom was there an ordination labored, can witness his prudence where he was not consulted, or in the discharge of ministerial an ecclesiastical council where duties, his sincere love of peace he was not invited. At counand his unwearied efforts to pre- cils and meetings of the clergy, serve it. They can witness that he ever presided with peculiar he was not slothful, but abun- dignity. His age, talents and dant in labors, coveting not theirs influence placed him at the head but them. The wc of Cow- of the clergy, and by them, he per apply, with such exact pro- was universally beloved and repriety, to the person who is the vered. He felt for the destitute subject of these remarks, that situation of the newly settled one is almost tempted to suppose, towns, and more than once, at that the poet must have had a an advanced age, encountered personal reference to him. the difficulties attending a mis

“ A preacher, such as Paul, sion. Though at times he viewWere he on earth, would hear, ap- ed prospects as very dark with prove and own.

respect to the religious state of -Simple, grave, sincere ; In doctrine uncorrupt; in language almost entirely discouraged ;

Vermont, and was ready to be plain ; And plain in manner. Decent, sol- yet he would never give up his cmn, chaste,

hopes entirely ; Providence re

warded his perseverance and lation to all matters of business, prayers by giving him more in which he was engaged, he comfortable views, during the possessed what may be termed latter part of his life, and it was an efficient character, His sound with heart-felt pleasure that he judgment enabled him to disbeheld, before his death, a revi- cern real difficulties and to pro: val of religion in many of the vide against them. His zeal to towns.

do good was undiminished to the Whether we view him, as a last. His death, like his life, minister, or as a man, as labor- was calm without any surprise ing to promote the spiritual or or agitation of spirit. He died the temporal happiness of others, with a blessed hope of a glori: he was truly benevolent, pious ous immortality. and sincere ; wishing well to all, Let his life and example stimand contriving to promote their ulate others to a happy imitawelfare. În conversation he was tion, and his death impress upinstructive and cheerful ; and of on the hearts of all, the things easy access to all, both young which they have heard from his and old. He ever was forward | lips, that now he is dead they to countenance merit. Ingen- may have them always in re: ious and pious young men he membrance. stimulated to obtain a liberal education and willingly assisted them in preparing for it.

He was remarkable for his kindness and hospitality ; ever The Rev. Mr. Kicherer's Narra, proved himself a faithful friend; tive of his Mission to the Hot. was frank in his disposition ; but tentots. at the same time prudently cautious. In private life, he was

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Di. and activity. He was an accu: ary, which was published rate observer of men and things; Holland, in the ninth Number and though he never would de- of their Periodical Accounts, part from his proper station, yet and which I happened to bring he was not inattentive to politi- with me when I came from cal occurrences.

thence to London. As a scholar, he was well ver- On the 3d of October, 1802, sed in classic literature ; and I baptized four Hottentot men the honor of a Doctorate in Di- and two women. vinity, conferred on him, by the ceding day they had given a corporation of William's Col- satisfactory Confession of our lege, was but a deserved tribute Calvinistic Creed, showing that to his worth. He was a friend they were well grounded in the and patron of literature and of pure word of God, and that they literary institutions, and was suc- had found solid consolation in cessively member of the corpora- the truth, in confidence of which tions of Dartmouth, Williams they could venture into the eterand Middlebury Colleges. In re- nal world ; declaring also that

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they were deisrous, by their day we celebrated the Lord's walk and conversation, to show Supper, when I discoursed on forth the power of Jesus Christ, Rom. viii. 31—34, and there was in whom they believed ; deter- much life perceivable among us. mined, henceforth, not to liye Our new brethren and sisters unto sin, but unto him.

from among the heathen, parThe solemn service vas be | took of the sacred emblems gun by reading the 52d, 53d, with us, and we, through grace, 54th, and 55th chapters of Isa- felt perfectly united with them. iah. We then sang the 3d part The hymn was Psalm lxviii. 10. of Psalm cxviii. The Sermon, During the celebration of the which was on Rom. vi. 1-4, ordinance, the High-Priestlyconcluded with a short address. prayer of our Lord, in John xvii. After which Psal. lxxii, ver. 7 to with part of John vi. and Isaiah the end, was sung. When the lv. assisted our devotion. first of these candidates for holy The conversion of these poor Baptism kneeled down, we sang heathen was scarcely so surprisPsal. lxxii. ver. 5. At the kneel. ing to us, as the cordial union of ing down of the second, we joined so many Christians with us in in that verse of the, Evening these exercises, though so conHymn.“ Were we found sprink- trary to their former customs led with thy blood," &c. The and prejudices. But he who third kneeled down under the has the hearts of all men in his last verse of the same Hymn: hand, convinced us that nothing and the fourth under the words is too hard for him, and caused

“ Come Jesus make my sins them not only not to oppose our “ to vanish.” These verses were proceedings, but to manifest the sung while they were on their spirit of brotherly love.* knees, in order to receive the covenant seal of Baptism, the

* Mr. K. informs us, that the Minister laying his hands on

Dutch Colonists differ much in their their heads. The Ordinance

moral character, and in their dispohaving been administered, the sition towards the Missionary cause. Apostolic benediction was pro- 6. The more moral and serious,” said nounced over each of them, he,“ gave me every assistance in singly. The following Chris

“ their power, and I can never be tians were witnesses of the sa

sufficiently thankful for it. Those

“ who opposed us were generally cred transaction : J. Scholtz, C. « uncivilized and ungodly men, who Botma, Stephen Botma, Gerrit “ were led astray by our enemies, Maritz, and John Van de Wer- “ and pretended to suspect me of huisen. Service being over, we

6 political views. The better sort of had a Love-Feast together with

" the Settlers instruct their Hotten

" tots and their Slaves, and through ournew brethren and sisters, be

" their instrumentality, some have ing desirous to intimate that all

“ been savingly converted. But the distinction which had before " those Farmers who are notoriously subsisted between them and us " wicked, are afraid that the heathen was now at an end, and that we

" will become too wise by instrucshould consider one another as

« tion, and so reprove them for their

" wicked works." members of Christ, supported

It may here be observed, that the by the same spiritual food.

Hottentots are not slaves; they receive In the evening of the same ! wages for their labor, more or less,

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