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1824 CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR. No. 1.) . JANUARY 1, 1824. [Vol. VI.
Religious Communications. For the Christian Spectator. these people were pious; most, if not History of the Connecticut Mission
all, had been religiously educated.
They were now far from their friends ary Society.
and from christian society, and were Origin, design, and plan, of this So- exposed to all the trials and temptaciety.-The energetic and enterprising tions incident to their situation. They spirit which sustained the first colo- hailed not the dawning of the Sabbath pists of this country through all their as they were wont to do when they severe trials, has to this day covrinu enjoyed it with those who kept “hoed to characterize their descendants. ly time.” The stillness of the forest The adventurous sons of New-Eng- was never broken by the “churchland have imprinted their foot-steps going bell." The pious mother, as on almost every corner of the earth, she taught her little prattlers the as they went with the design of bear. names of God and the Sabbath, had ing the flag of commerce, or the ho- no sanctuary to which she could lead lier purpose of unfurling the banner them--00 baptismal font, in which of the cross. Soon after the termin- she could dedicate them to her Say. ation of the Revolutionary War, this jour. She could only baptize them spirit led many of the inhabitants of with her tears, and kneeling with Connecticut lo emigrate to the North them, suffer the wild winds to bear and West, more particularly into the her sighs to heaven, that God would States of Vermont and New-York. send them the bread of life. These States were then almost an en- In this situation, individuals and tire wilderness, and uninhabited by neighborhoods made applications to civilized beings. Tracts of country their former Pastors, stating their which then contained only a few pic growing necessities, and beseeching ous people, are now inhabited by a them in the most earnest manner, to population of more than two millions. visit them in their solitary condition, Most of the first emigrants were in and preach to them the glad tidings Jow circumstances; but with the of salvation. These entreaties were hope of improving their condition, frequently repeated, were loud and they left the homes and institutions urgent. . Scarcely a breeze came of their fathers, and mingled with the from the wilderness without being yearly increasing tide of emigration loaded with thein. What could be which was rolling and emptying its done ? Could these ministers close burden into the wilderness. After their ears and garden their hearts arriving at their place of destination, against such appeals ? The came it was often a long time before they from those who were their brothers; could erect comfortable dwellings; - for the pious Pilgrims who foundand they saw no period in prospect, ed the American church on the rock when they could hope for schools, for at Plymouth were the fathers of all. Sabbaths, and Pastors. Many of They were not strangers--they had