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some other places in the county of Hampshire, many additions have been made to the churches since the last meeting of the General Association.
Accounts from other Associations, in the limits of which no special awakening has occurred the last year, are in a good measure favorable. From other parts of the Commonwealth, not represented in this body, very pleasing in. formation has been received of revivals of religion. In Uxbridge, Franklin, Hanover, Falmouth, and Nantucket, the Lord hath appeared in his glory in building up Zion.
Such information cannot fail to awaken the liveliest gratitude to God, to impress a deep sense of our increasing obligation, and to rejoice the hearts of all, who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.
Confiding in the faithful promise of God, they will be excited to pray for the peace, enlargement, and purity of the church. When Zion travaileth, she bringeth forth children.
This Association learn also with peculiar satisfaction, that in those places within their limits, in which there have been special displays of divine grace in preceding years, but few instances of apostasy or backsliding have occurred; and that an increasing union of sentiment and affection among the friends of Zion is apparent.
They also feel it to be their duty to acknowledge the great goodness of God in the flourishing state of the Theological Seminary, and in the increas. ing utility and success of the Missionary Societies. Nor must they omit to mention the prosperous religious state of some of the Colleges in New England, particularly Yale College, and the animatiug hopes, which are thereby excited in the churches.
From the delegates of the General Associations in Connecticut and New Hampshire it appears, that in some places there have been astonishing dis. plays of divine grace in the conversion of sinners ; that particularly in Con. necticut, and within the limits of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian churches, Zion has arisen from the dust, and the fruits of the Spirit have abounded to the praise and glory of God; that in general infidelity and error are becoming less bold and formidable, and the attention of the people to public worship more constant and serious.
While, then, we lament the general insensibility to the things of religion, which has appeared in some places; let us adore the God of all grace for the favourable signs of the present day, especially for the power and sovereignty of his grace in calling such multitudes into the kingdom of his Son."
Voted, that the report of the Committee respecting the state of religion be committed to the disposal of the Committee of publications.
Voted the thanks of this Association to the Secretary for his faithful servi. ces during the three years past.
The Association united in singing a psalm ; and the meeting was closed with prayer by the Rev. Aaron Bascom.”
From the foregoing statement it will manifestly appear, what are the principles and objects of the General Association, and in what transactions they were engaged at their last meeting. Can any man suppose, that their design will be abandoned? Can it enter into the imagination of a single individual, that an Association commencing with such pious views, proceeding thus far with such happy union and such encouraging success, and attend. cd at the present time with such propitious circumstances, will be suddenly forsaken? Its principles abjured ? Its objects renounced ? Past success and present prospects overlooked? And all the good, attained and expected, rashly lost ? In such a cause, and with such animating motives to persever, ance, surely no association or individual can be in danger of putting his hand to the plough and looking back.
Before we can be reasonably expected to relinquish our purpose we must be satisfied, that the principles of our union are unsound and dangerous. By conclusive arguments it must be proved, that the social bond, as soon as it unites together a considerable number of gospel ministers, loses all its force, or at least ceases to be of any advantage ; that the character of Christians, or
the nature of their religion is so unsocial, that union among them becomes mischievous, in proportion as it becomes extensive ; that although a few of them in the same neighborhood may, without hazard, associate themselves together, and frequently meet to consult the interests of the church; an attempt to go beyond the limits of neighborhood, and associate a larger num. ber, is hostile to the cause of Zion. Some satisfactory argument must be offered to make it appear, that we are chargeable with a direct or indirect interference with some other body of men; that we have transgressed the bounds of the liberty, with which Christ hath made us free, and which is confirmed to us by our civil constitutions; or that we have, in some way, violated the equal rights of our brethren or fellow citizens. And something must be done to evince, that the religious doctrines, which we unitedly embrace, are unscriptural and false. Until these things are made evident, it will be no mark of candor or justice for men to cry out against our Asso. ciation, as founded on narrow, party principles, and tending to ecclesiastical domination and oppression. All that we would ask of those who differ from us is, that they would leave us without restraint to exercise our own rights and pursue the objects, which our consciences approve. In our serious apprehension, no ends can be more momentous than those,at which we aim; viz. to banish mutual prejudice and alienation from the family of the faithful; to promote among them the peace of God; to strengthen each other's hands and encourage each other's hearts; reciprocally to communicate all useful information respecting the state of religion in our churches and societies, and thus to awaken serious and tender solicitude and unceasing prayer for the general welfare. In short, to co-operate in every eligible measure for the advancement of the kingdom of Christ. The cause, which we wish to promote has engaged the love and counsels of God, and the labors of angels and saints. It is the cause of those, for whom Christ died. It is the cause of the church, which God has chosen, as the place of his glory, and his rest. Will not every friend of the Redeemer say, "If I forget thee, o Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth ; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy."
Exertions similar to ours have recently been made both in Europe and America. The ministers and disciples of Christ, grieved and distressed with their long divisions, have sighed for union and peace. Alarmed by the boldness and triumph of their enemies, they have found it necessary to lay aside their trivial disputes, and combine their strength for the safety of their common cause. Extensive and happy has been the influence of these united exertions both in Christian countries and among the heathen. The success, which has attended them, invites us to harmony, and strongly urges us to resolution and zeal. When others have done so much for the cause of truth and love ; shall we, with equal or superior advantages, do nothing ? Shall the ministers of Christ in Massachusetts sleep, when his ministers in every other part are awake? Shall we be content in a disjointed, broken condition, when the Christian world in general is yielding to the benign influence of the love of Christ, and tasting the joys of mutual affection and confidence ? When so much is to be done ; when such astonishing things are to be accomplished, before the millenial glory; shall we indulge in indolence ? Sinners are to be converted, and all the great events of divine providence are to take place, through the instrumentality of creatures. It is indeed the power of God which carries into effect his benevolent designs. But he confers on his people the honor and happiness of being active in their accomplishment. Parents who are diligent in the religious instruction of their children; churches laboring for their own and each other's order, holiness, and peace ; pastors, who faithfully preach the unsearchable riches of Christ to their beloved flocks; missionaries, who are moved with compassion to pro. claim salvation to the ignorant and perishing heathen; ministers, who unite their counsels and endeavors for the suppression of error and vice, the gen. eral interest of religion and the spread of the gospel; and trembling believ. ars, who, feeling that they can do little in any other way, daily prostrate themselves in secret devotion before the throne of grace, and with fervent love, pray for the out-pouring of the Spirit and the prosperity of Zion; these, and all others, who are obedient and prayerful, may have the satisfaction to know, that they are promoting the cause of infinite wisdom and goodness, and helping forward the illustrious and blessed period, when the knowledge of God shall fill the earth.
This is a day of great events, both in the civil and religious world. The King of kings is fast preparing the way for the final consummation. The scene is coming to its close. From the prophecies of scripture and the motions of divine providence, we are led to expect that the day of Zion's enlargement, beauty, and joy draws near. Ministers and churches ought to arise from the dust ; to shake off the sloth and slumber of past ages; to be filled with spiritual life, and clothed with the garment of salvation. Let us be resolute, active, and constant in advancing the kingdom of grace; and lift up our heads with rejoicing in prospect of the kingdom of glory. “ Be. hold, I come quickly." Confiding in everlasting strength, and fearless of remaining danger, let us go forth, in one holy band, to meet our approacking Redeemer. « Even so, come, LORD JESUS.”
AN ACCOUNT OF A WORK OF di impressions were found. It contin
VINE GRACE, IN THE REVIVAL ued without much visible abatement, OF RELIGION, IN NORTHBRIDGE, till the following September, when (MASS.) IN THE YEAR 1808. we began to discern marks of its
SOMETIME in the month of Feb. decline. During this season twentyruary, 1808, there appeared, in this five persons made public profession of place, more than usual seriousness religion. These were generally able upon the minds of a few individuals. to give some satisfactory evidence of Previous to this period, for years, a work of grace on their hearts. They there had prevailed among us, great all seemed to be convinced of their stupidity, in the concerns of a future great sinfulness, and complained of state. Our church had been decreas their wicked hearts. They professing for seven or eight years, during ed to hope, that they had passed from which time we had lost by death, by death to life. There was no uncomremovals, by apostasy and by excom. mon means used, at this time, nor munication, about thirty members. was there any singular providence of Religion was rapidly declining, and God, which called up the attention our prospects were, every day, grow- of our people, at this particular season. ing more and more discouraging. In All those who were the subjects of this unpromising state of things, it this work had usually attended the pleased God to arrest the attention of stated worship of God, on the saba small number of persons, and bring bath. Some of them, however, were them to see and feel themselves to not careful to give constant attenbe in a lost perishing state. Relig. dance in the house of God. Among ious conferences were now revived. the number who were hopefully conBefore this season began, it would verted, were some, who had been in have been difficult, to have collected the practice of profaning the sabbath together for religious exercise, ten in the pursuit of vain amusements persons on any day, except the sab. and unsuitable recreations ; and bath ; but now, we had the pleasure there were others, who had been to see convened, more than one hun. much opposed to the doctrines of didred, at almost every weekly confer. vine grace, and had used their inflil. ence. In this collection many of our ence in giving encouragement to sen. youths appeared, and some of them timents hostile to christianity. These seemed to be deeply affected with the were brought to feel, that they had concerns of their souls. This good been enemies to Christ, and had acwork gradually progressed, and from ted from wrong motives, in this optime to time new cases of serious position to the interest of his kinga
dom. They found themselves to be pleasure more than lovers of God different creatures, and religion a continued to pay their customary different thing, from what they had visits to public houses, even while conceived them to be. They were religious conferences were attended laid prostrate at the feet of sovereign within a few rods of the place of mercy, and made to feel, that the their resort ; and whatever concern mercy of God in Christ, was all their they might have for their own souls, hope. This season was calculated or whatever might be their opinion to console and rejoice the heart of of the work of God on the heart of God's true people. These were their neighbors, they were not willtimes of refreshing from the presence ing to renounce the pleasures of sin, of the Lord. None but those who even for a season. This being the have seen the grace of God, can have state of facts, as it respects this dean idea of the joy arising from see. scription of men, it is worthy of ining sinners pass from obduracy of quiry, whether persons of intemperheart to that contrition of spirit, ate habits are not further removed, which distinguishes all true peni- than others from the influence of retents.
ligious means, and whether there This work, as far as we are able to is not a greater improbability of their judge, appeared to be genuine. Those repentance, than there is of the re. who were the subjects of it, continue pentance of other sinners. If this is to give evidence of their faith. It granted sensuality in general, and was a pleasing circumstance attend. especially intemperance are sins ing this work, that no indecency, no which not only destroy the soul, but irregularity, no enthusiastic zeal was increase the improbability of the sinonce seen on any occasion. Those ner's salvation. who were serious appeared to be If this work of God on the hearts self collected, and more ready to of sinners has been joyful to some hear, than to speak, more ready to among us, it has unquestionably been receive instruction, than to exhort unjoyous to others. Such times are others.
unpleasant days to people who hate It may be proper to add, that con God, and mean to remain sinners. sidering the small number of people Much has been said upon divine belonging to the congregational soci. things while there was a listening ear ety, in this place, this revival of re. among us. Almost every interesting ligion is not inconsiderable. Not and useful subject, at one time, or more than fifty families compose the another, has been considered. As number usually assembling for divine far as I am capable of judging, few worship, in this town
places have enjoyed greater religious Several others, besides them, who advantages, than this place has, for have made public profession of relig- a time, enjoyed. Our people have ion have been more or less exercised been repeatedly pressed to consider in mind, with a concern for their the necessity and the importance of souls. The number of this descrip- improving the day of God's visita aon. tion is not less, than ten or twelve. If any have refused to hear the voice Some of these persons have been as of God speaking to them by his word deeply affected with a view of their and by his work of grace,If any miserable state, as any; but it is to have resisted the Holy Ghost, they be feared, their goodness, is as the have undoubtedly enhanced their morning cloud, and as the early dew, guilt, and will if they continue imit goeth away. It may be useful to penitent, be subject to a heavier observe, that this work did not ar condemnation. rest, as we could perceive, the pro
JOHN CRANE. gress of the habitually intemperate. August 19th, 1809. Tavern haunters and the lovers of
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
Constitution, List of Officers, Trus. EULOGIUM on the Rev. John tees, &c. Boston, J. Belcher. 1809. Smith, D.D. Professor of the Learn Proofs of the Corruption of Gen. ed Languages, at Dartmouth College. eral James Wilkinson, and of his By the President. Hanover, C. & W. connexion with Aaron Burr, with a S. Spear. 1809.
full refutation of his slanderous alle. Reports of Cases argued and deter- gations in relation to the character of mined in the Supreme Court of Judi. the principal witness against him. cature, and in the Court for the Trial By Daniel Clark, of the city of New of Impeachments, and the Correc- Orleans. Philadelphia, W. Hall, jun. tion of Errors in the State of New & George W. Pierie. 1809. York, Vol. 4, Part 2; containing the Memoirs of the American AcadeCases in the Supreme Court for May my of Arts and Sciences. Vol. III. Term, 1809. By William Johnson, Part I. Esq. Counsellor at law. New York, Collections of the Massachusetts Robert M’Dumat: 1809.
Historical Society, Vol. X. With Remarks on “An Address from a General Index to the ten volumes. the Berean Society of Universalists
NEW EDITIONS. in Boston to the Congregation of the Sermons on Education, from the First Church in Weymouth, in An- German of the Rev. George Joachim swer to a Sermon delivered in said Zollikoffer. Boston, T. B. Wait, & Church, December 18, 1808, enti. Co. 1809. tled “The Will of God respecting The Star in the East; A Sermon, the Salvation of all Men, illustrated." preached in the Parish Church of St. Also a few Strictures on a Perform- James', Bristol, on Sunday, July 26, ance of Samuel Thompson, entitled 1809, for the benefit of the "Society “Universal Restoration Vindicated” for Missions to Africa and the East." in a Reply to the same Sermon. By By the Rev. Claudius Buchanan, Jacob Norton, Pastor of the Church LL. D. from India. “For we have in Weymouth. Boston, Lincoln & seen his star in the East, and are Edmands. 1809.
come to worship him.” Matt. ii. 2. Extracts from the Minutes of the Philadelphia, Bradford & Inskeep. General Assembly of the Presbyte. Coelebs in Search of a Wife, comrian Church in the United States of prehending Observations on Domes. America, A.D. 1809. Philadelphia, tic Habits, and Manners, Religion, Jane Aitkin.
and Morals. From the second Lon. An American Biographical and . don Edition. In two volumes. New Historical Dictionary, containing an York. 1809. Account of the Lives, Characters, A Dissertation on the Mineral and Writings of the most eminent Waters of Saratoga. Second Edition, persons in North America from its enlarged, including an Account of first Discovery to the present time, the Waters of Ballstown, embellish. and a Summary of the History of the ed with a Map of the surrounding several Colonies and of the United Country, and a View of the Rock States. By William Allen, A. M. Spring at Saratoga. To which are Cambridge, William Hilliard ; and added, Corsiderations upon the use Farrand, Mallory, & Co. Boston. 1809. of the Mineral Waters, as prepared
Select Reviews and Spirit of the in this City, both as a Remedy 11? Foreign Magazines, No 8, for Au. Disease, and an ordinary Drink. by gust, 1809. By E. Bronson and Valentine Seaman, M. D, one of the others. Philadelphia, Hopkins, & Surgeons of tho New York Hospital Earle, and Farrand, Mallory, & Co. New York, Collins & Perkins. 1809. Boston.
Letter from Alexander Hamilton, A Circular Address from the Bible concerning the public conduct and Society of Massachusetts, with the character of John Adams, Esq. Pres.