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the main, the work of God. The Rev. pious family, with whom I had some aeGeorge Scott came in the morning from quaintance. his house, twelve miles distance, and “ Thursday, 24. Rode to Mill Creek, preached the first sermon on Monday; Aventy two miles, and south of the Ohio and M.. Hughs preached the second, and six. Called on Mr. Scott, minister of that dismissed the assembly about thrçe ja lhe place, and lodged. Serious aitentiou ja afternoon.
It was thought on the Sabbath his congregation pretty general; but a that the assembly amounted to nearly two number of bitter opposers. Mr. Scott 25 thousand. There was decency and good cducated at Prince-town college ; is a sen. odes universaily preserved, except in a sible, sound preacher. Next day rode to few low bred people, who stalked about ar Afr. M*Curdy's, in the congregat:on where a respecerul distance from the asserably. the aitention began last fall, and in comThose who were distressed complained pany with Mr. Scott, who was going to much of their heari bring hard ; and view. assist at the Cro:ä Creek sacrament. Here nd themselves toally opposed to God, and received the pleasing account of the ho, in imurirent danger of eternal ruier. and comfort of the old man, one hundred Those who had obtained hopes, speake of and three yeais old, mentioned in my leto the p city of the law; of the native aid ter last November. He obtaiced a com. andeney of sins of the justice of God in fortable hupe, made profession of religion, the condemnation of the sinner, with'pro. attends public worship, is able to walk se: prixtvMary secined io lose all sense of veral miles on the Sabbath to the place of aleir own danger, and to b: swallowed up. m:eting, and gives comfortable evidence in views of the justice and plery of the o real friendstip and union :0 Christ. divine gove fires. The plan of salvation Saturday, rode to Cross Creek, a congreo sche gospel appeared to thein excellent, gation under the car:of Mr Marcus. People in that God was exalied, and iha orcatura Wire gathering hon all quariers,-proabased, ard m that it is a salvation from bably a thousand were now upon the sin. After the exercises kere ended, a ground. About twento large five-borte becture was a prvinied for me in proach waggons were stanci:g, with as many next day at iwerve, at Bever township. mure large teuts pitching around ibe ?a. Rochische place, and lodged. Preached thering assembly, many of whom were exc day to about firy people, and rode, now i cupied in speaking to each other of altes preaching, bíll en niks, to a piace the rising glory of the Redeener's kiige where a Mr. Cook wits to be ordained by dom in this western world; and others de Presbytery i he nex! sav.
singing hyinns suitable to the occasion. • June 23. Presbytery met at right " About 3 P. V. the noise of pitching this noming; and, aiter examination of tenis and other preparation work ceased; thir Cardidate, a sconon was preached by the assembly, who were now the larsest by Nr. Boyd, contrining «rthodox sentiments, far I had ever seen convened for special and periiuent to the occasion. Mr. Cook worship, tonk seats. They covered more was then set apart to the work of the mi- than balt" an acre of ground. I was reDistry, and to the pastoral charge of the quested by Mr. Marcus to preach. It are congregation, by laying on of the hands peared ro mx I should not be able to speak of the Presbytery, and prayer. In this so as to be heard ; but I made the trial congtegation, the aitention is considerable. from I Cor. i. 18. The prople were very Many were in fear, and sevcral fell in solimo, attentive, and still, through the she lime of ihe exercise. From the mic exercises, excepting those who fell and nisters convened on this occasion, we were
By speaking slow and distioci. intormed, inat the awakening had become ly, with a loud voice, they could hear. pretty general in ten congregations on this Ainong the number inat feil, there was a side of the river. Twcive ministers are tout, hearty looking man, whose distress
selled north of the Onjo wairs in continued, with very late intermission, Per vivavia; these, with Mr. Wick and so as to render him totally incapable and riyseli in this county, form ihe Erie of taking care of himself until Monday Presbytery. There are sixteen congrigan evening, when I left the congregation. — rions newly formed within the bounds of After surmon, the people niade all further balio is Presbytery, who are smoking for sur- arrangements necessary to stay on the plies, and several for candidates to sitle ground through the occasion, and took rewith thein; bui here are not more than tresement. The place of meeting was two or three licentiates on this side the convenient, and rendered comfortable with mountain. Several congregations will prin light sheds and seats, covering nearly an bably be forired in this county within ante ar: acre of ground. The air was clear ad other year. After atinding to presbyte- dry; and as the day. light withdrew, nal business until ihe sun was down, we candles were lighted, and placed so as to aljourned, and rede ten mil's towards gi:e light to the whole congregation. The Ecorge-town, and lodged with a plain, speaing excrcises then began, in singing
prager, and discourses from two of the gation, that there were, some part of ministers. About twelve I retired with the time, froin Sabbath evening until Mr. Marcus, and had a few hours sleep; Tuesday morning, two hundred persons Sabbath morning I returned the a time, unable to support or take tent at about cight. Here this great care of themselves. The enemies of family were then engaged in worship. religion, say this canno: be the work There was then an interval vill ten ; but of God, for the Bible gives no account singing of hymns, conversing, and prayer, of such things. But when all Israel were carried on ju parts of the assembly, the file come down, and consume by pious people, the whole time. The first the sacr fice and the altar on which Sermon was preached by Mr. Hughs. Mr. Elijah offered sacrifice, they fell on Patterson fenced the tables; after which, their faces, " and they said, the Lord while singing a psalm, about one hundred he is the God, the Lord he is the and thirty coinmunicants took their seats God.” Paul fell to the ground under deep at 'the tabies. He then consecrated the conviction, when going to Damascus. clements, and administered to them. The The jailer trembled, and fell down betables were filled six times, making about fyre Paul and Silas, and said, “ What eight hundred communican 5. There were shall I do?"--It is said also, that two instances of persons being so overcome only persoas of ignorance, weak nerves with views of the Saviour's lovc, as to and intellects, fall. But men of strong render them incapable of going to the minds, and of learning, in the vigour table without help, or supporting them. of life and health, are brought down, selves on their seat. The sweet and like other people.
I will mention one lovely frame Christians appeared to be justace, without naming the gentleman in, the meekness and humbleness of mind, who attended on a sacramenti scason, exceeded any thing I ever saw before. I think the first Sabbath in June, deo At the close of the sacrament, there claring to the ministers and others, was an intermission of half an hour; that he could, by his medical skill, and then Mr. Patterson preached a and on philosophical principles, account short sermon, and dismissed the as. for all the extraordinary exercises. He sembly until candle-lighting.
It was said none but weak women, and persons thought about five thousand people aiteid- of weak nerves, were made to fall; but ed on this day; and but few went away at if some stout, healthy, brawny. burit night. The order and decency of the as- should fall, he should think it sembly exceeded any thing I ever saw. above human art.
· It was so ordered, Those that fell were taken care of without that he had the most fair trial. Some time any oced.css bustle. The outcries of the in the meeting, he found himself alarmcd distressed prevented some near them from from his security, and, instead of philosohearing for a few moments ; but their ex. phizing on others, was constrained to atpressions respecting their hard hearts, tend on his own soul; his strength was W 'Oh, my hard impenitent heart, it is so far gone he could not escape ;
asked harder than a rock. I have sinned against some near him to carry him out, which the light of God's word, and against the they did immediately. When they had faithful warninge of Christ's ministers; got him out of hearing, “ Oh, carry me I have sinned against my parents; I have back,” he said, “ God is here, I cannot crucified Christ; I am the greatest of get away from God; I know now that I sinners. Oh, my hard heart, my hard, am in God's hands; this is God's wirk!” impenitent heart, it will not repent! How They carried him back into the a semcan such a sinner as I an ever be saved” bly, trembling and feeble as a dying man.
“ The evening exercises began with In the time of intermission, many gaihersinging and praver. Several of the mi. ed round to hear what he would say : nisters spoke in turn, with propriety and " Oh, I have lived forty-seven years an clearness, on the doctrines of grace. Some enemy to liod; I have been in some of the of the ministers continued through the hoitest battles, and never knew what it night, and but few of the people went was to have iny heart palpitate with fear; away. Afier refreshin nt was had in the but now I am all unstrung: I have cut off morbing, at ten a sermon was preached by Jimbs with a steady hand, and now I canMr. John Anderson. It was then my loc not hold this hand still if I might have a to preach again. After prayer and singing, world. I know this is not the work of the people were dismissed about 3 P. M. men. I feel that I am in God's hands, expecting they would mostly retire; but and that he will do with me just as he it was thought nearly two thousand kept pleases.". The last Sabbath in June their places, as though the religious exer- I saw him at Cross Creck; he said, cises were but just commencing ; many of he thought, at some times, he could see theni totally unable to go away, or take a little how that God could save, through care of themselves. It was thought by Jesus Christ, such a sinner as he was; but gome who passed through the congre, most of the tiine he was in total darkness." XII.
A General Account of the Mis- the blessings of Christian know.
sions, established by the So- ledge and Christian virtue. ciety, late in Connexion with
In Ireland, the Missionaries
are still unwearied in their labours, the Rev. John ll'esley. and, considering the peculiar difi.
The Methodist Missions have culties they have had to encounter, for many years been under the care they too have been favoured with, of the Rev. Thomas Coke, L.L.D. great success. Many of the poor who has been indefatigable in his and ignorant Catliolics have now exertions for their support, and heard, received, and obeyed, the. whose zealous labours have been genuine doctrines of Christianity, crowned with very extraordinary By recent accounts it appears, that success. Multitudes of immortal a wide door is opening for the souls have been brought out of spread of the gospel in that part of gross darkness into the “ marvel. the United Kingdom. Numbers are Tous light" of Christian truth; de- determined to risk the displeasure livered irom the bo'idage of sin and of their priests, and to hear and wickedness; and macle partakers of judge of truth for themselves. The those inestimable privileges and en.
little Tracts, distributed by the joyments which result from the Missionaries, are read with much glorious gospel of God our Saviour. avidity; and the best effects, both
But Dr. Coke having occasion to civil and religions, are likely to re. visit the religious Societies on the
sult from the plan of preaching the continent of America, the superin. gospel to the Irish in their own na. tendence of these Missions has of tive language. late devolved upon a Committee,
3. But the principal object of resident in London, and consisting the Methodist Mission has, for of the Preachers appointed for the many years, been the instruction of London Circuit, and the persons
the Negroes and People of Colour following, viz. G. Wolt, Č. Sun. in the West Indies; and the blessdius, and W. Marriott, Esqrs. Mr. ing of Heaven has crowned with J. Bitterworth, Mr. R. Middleton, most signal success the labours of Mr. W. Jerram, Mr. J. Bulmer, those who have been employed in Mr. L. Haslope, Mr. T. Allan. that quarter of the world. Many
They perceive that these Mise thousands of slaves, and others, sions will shortly furnish ample ma.
have been rescued from heathenish terials for an interesting publica- darkness and superstition, and are tion.
at this tiine living ornaments to the In the mean time, the Committee profession of Christianity. And most respectfully submit the fol. there is good reason to believe, that lowing particulars to the attention many thousands more, having lived of the public :
the life, have also“ died the death 1. The Mission in the Welch of the righteous," and are now, language was first undertaken in “ for ever with the Lord." the year 1800; and the blessing of There are at present 19 Mission. God has remarkably accompanied aries in the different islands; who it. In Denbighshire, Flintshire, have nearly 100,000 persons under Caernarvonshire, Anglesea, and their instruction. When the last other parts of North Wales, no less returns were made up, there were than fifty seven Societies had been more than 14,000 of the Blacks and formed in August, 1803 (when the Coloured People formed into reli. last regular accounts were received) gious Societies; many of whom are consisting of 1344 members. And truly converted to God; and all, as from advices received lately, there far as the Missionaries know, fulfil is reason to believe that this im. with propriery the relative duties portant work is still rapidly ad. of life, their own masters being vancing; and that there are now judges. Or, if occasionaly there be 1700 persons at least, who, by any who transgress the rules of mo. nieans of the Welch Mission, have rality, they are excluded from the exchanged ignorance and vice for Society, ai least after a neglect of
due reproof. And it may be add. cluthes he will want in that coun. ed, that they have all abandoned try, - a small collection of books, the practice of polygamy, their - money to purchase a horse,-the most besetting sin: and the fatal price of his passage, – and a few influence of Obeah (witchcraft) is pounds towards his subsistence in a effectually destroyed, wherever foreign land, amounts to more than Christianity prevails.
a hundred guineas. In proof of the general good con- At this time there are pressing ductof the Negroes, the Committee applications from various islands ' with pleasure relate a fact, which for more Missionaries : and Divine has been stated to them by the best Providence is raising up men qia.. authority, viz. That when an office lified for the work, and ready, with which implies trust and confidence, all humilicy, to go wherever God such as that of watchman, is va- shall direct. cant, it is an usual practice, in se. A few months ago, the Com. veral of the islands, with the plant. mittee had to advance a considerers or their managers, to enquire able sum of money, in order to de. for a religious Negro, who may fill fray various necessary expences; it. And in Antigua, Nevis, Tor. but by some late public collections, tola, and St. Vincent's, the owners
their Fund is now cleared from that of estates, and other inhabitants, are debt. They are, however, in want so fully satisfied with the conduct of further contributions to carry out of the Missionaries, and so conscie the blessed work, which has been ous of the political as well as reli. so happily begun; and they most gious advantages resulting from earnestly intreat the kind support their labours, that they entirely of all who are friends to Christian support the work in those islands • nity and to mankind. by voluntary contributions and sub- Subscriptions will be received by scriptions. But tho' in the other each Member of the Comınittee, islands there are several friends of and by the Preachers in town and the Missions among the rich and country, benevolent, the work there is still The List of Subscribers will be very burdensome to the Fund in printed, together with the detailed Europe. Indeed, the mere send. account of the Missions, as above. ing over of Missionaries from time mentioned. to tine necessarily occasions very signed, by order of the Committee, considerable expence. The charge Jos. BUTTERWORTH, Sec. of supplying a preacher with the London, April 13, 1804.
gregation, Whitehaven, half of a public Collection
k. 8io Rev. Mr. Wilkinson and Friends, Howden, Yorkshire 4
April 3. The Rev. R. Adams was or
of Gosport, addressed the people from dained pastor over the Independent Church
i Thes. v. 13; and Mr. Scamp, of Ha. at Winchester. Mr. Binglaam, or White
vant, concluded. church, began the service by prayer and April 13. The East Kent Association Trading ; Mr. Esdale, of Andover, deli- held their Hall-yearly Me ting at Mr. vered the introductory discourse ; Mr. R. Cramp's, St. Peter's in the Isle of Thaa Winter, of Newport, Isle of Wight, of. Mr. Collins, vi Folkstone, preached fered up the ordination praver, with impo- in the morning, from 2 Thes. ii. 16, 17; sition, ut hands; Mr. Kijs Jury, of South- Mr. Young, of Canterbury, in the evega ampton, gave the charge, from 2 Corvi. ing, from P's. cxvi. I ; Mr. James Par 4 i Mr. Cox, of Fareham, prayed the nell, the preceding evening, from Zech genéra. intercessory prayer; Mr. Bogue, xiv. 9. The next meeting is to be held at
Mr. Gurteen's, Canterbury, Occ. 24. The gaged in other parts of the services. We preachers appointed are, Mr. Townsend, rejoice in the prosperity of this Society, of Ramsgate; Mr White, of Ashford ; which was first formed by the exertions of and Mr. Gore, of Sandwich.
the late Mr. Holmes, of Exeter. After a
variety of changes, and litile prospect of May 9 and 10, a new Independent success, there are pleasing appearances of Meeting was opened at Swansea, of which usefulness under the labours of Mr. Het the Rev. D. Davies is minister. Twelve
debourck (late a student at Axminster) sermons, in English and Welch, alter.
now settled among them. nately, were preached by the Rev. J. Da. vies, D. Morgan, W. Griffiths, T. Davies,
A Meeting of Ministers, residing in S. Davies
, J. Lloyd, D. Peters, M. Jones, North Wilts and the borders of Berkshire, T. Phillips, T. Brown, M. Lewis, and G.
was held at Mr. G. Manell's, Swinden ; Hughes. From 1000 to 1500 statedly when two Sermons were preached by worship at this place ; and the brethren
Messrs. Berkky and Thresher; after would be glad of the occasional assistance
which a new Society was formed, to be of any ministers from England who travel
called “ The North' Wiltshire Religious Society for Spreading thie Gospel on the
Borders of Wilts and Berks, by distributo June 6. The Rev. G. Clayton was or
ing Tracts and Preaching." Mess. J. and dained over the Independent Church at Walworth, Surry. Mr. J. Clayton, jun. and the Rev. S. Clift, Secretary.
R. Syange were appointed Treasurers;
Next began with prayer, &c. Mr. Kingsbury meeting to be held at Mr. Berkley's, introduced the work of the day; Mr. Malmsbury, Second Tuesday in Sept. Simpson offered the ordination.prayer, with laying on of hands; Mr. Clayton,
June 28. The Rev. G. Atkins, late seo. gave the charge, from 1 Tim. vi. 20;
student at Wymondley, was set apart 10 Mr. Goode engaged in the general prayer ;
the charge of a congregation, formerly at Mr. Nicol preached to the people from
Kirkley, now at Thorneford, near Mor. Is. xl. !; and Mr. Berry, of Caruberwell, peth, Northumberland. Mr. J. Heslup concluded.
began with prayer, &c; Mr. D. M'Indce
preached from Mat. xxviii. 20; Mr. A. June 13. The Rev. Jas. Wall (late Hadley introduced the business; Mr. student at Homerton) was ordained at
Blythe offered the ordination-prayer ; Mr. Southwold, Suffolk. Mr. Price began ;
1. Kirton gave the charge, and addressed Mr. Waltord introduced the business;
the people irom i Cor. 1V. 2; Mr. J. Orr Mr. Garduer (late pastor) offered the 01
concluded. Mr. Kello gave the charge, from Mat. xiii. 52; Mr. Ray
July 2. The Anniversary of the Hoxtoa addressed the people from 1 Thes. iii. 8 to
Itinerant Society was held at Mill-Hill, 13; and Mr. Wall, of London, conclud
Middlesex; when the Rev. Mr. Platt ed. Mr. Price preached in the evening, preached in the morning, and the Rev. and Mr. Perry engaged in prayer. We
Mr. Buck in the afternoon. The above are happy to find this an increasing in.
is the first place of worship and Sundaye. School which this Society established in
1797. But since that time, through the The Devon Association met at Ex. blessing of God, they have been enabled to mouth, June 20. At seven in the morn
carry on the worship of God in six other ing a meeting for prayer, &c. when the villages where the gospel was not heard, Address, prepared by Mr. Stoat, of Ash
and where it had been formerly rejected burton, was read and approved. Mr.
with persecution. — This Society is held Small preached in the morning, from Tit.
at Cuinberland Street Chapel. i. 15 Mr. Saleren, of Bridpori, in the afternoon, from Luke xvi. 23, &c. Mr. July 5. "The Kentish Association of W. Rooker in the evening, frum Gal. i. Independent Ministers, held their Annual 15, 16. Other parts of the services were Meeting in the New Tabernacle, Green conducted by Messrs. S. Rooker, Crook,
wich. - The Rev. G. Townsend preached Varder, Hevdebourck, and J. Crook. Mr. the preceding evening, from Rom. xv. 16. Allen, of Exeter, preached on the preced. A prayer-meeting was held the next morn. ing evening, from Jer. ii. 31.
ing, at seven oclock, as usual. In the
forenoon, Mr. Gurteen, of Canterbury, Next day, most of the same ministers preached from Rev. ii. 1; and Mr. Via. attending, a chapel was opened at Teign- cent, of Deal, in the evening, from 1 Cor. mouth. Mr. Swall preached, from Jer. iii. 9. Immediately after, the ministers xxii. 29; and in the evening, Mr. Allen, and members of diferent churches joined from i Cor. xv. 58. Messrs. Innes, Win- in the communion of the Lord's Suppel, son, J. Crook, W. Rooker, and Pyke, en- at which Mr Ralph, of Maidstone, pre