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which was truly cheering. The ministers remarked, that “they saw the Lord Jesus leading the Indians to make narrow inquiries into the things of God," and expressed their fervent gratitude for the influences of the Spirit which had been poured out on their souls.
In the summer of the same year, Mr Whitfield again visited the Indians, at Nonanetum.
He was struck with astonishment at their appearance; and, from their general behaviour, and decent apparel, he could scarcely distinguish them from the English people. On the 9th of June, a meeting of a Synod was held at Cambridge ; and with the view of confirming the reports which had been spread respecting the work of the Lord among the Indians, and of exciting a spirit of prayer on their behalf among the churches, Mr Eliot was requested on this occasion to convene them in the afternoon, and to address them from the word of God. He collected a large company, and preached to them concerning their miserable con
much as to ask questions publicly immediately by themselves; we did therefore desire them to propound any questions they would be resolved about, by first acquainting either their husbands or the interpreter privately therewith."-Shepard's Clear Sun-Shine of the Gospel, p. 6.
dition without Christ, from Ephesians ii. 1. “ You bath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins." When his sermon was finished, a considerable time, as usual, was spent in conversation with the Indians, who deeply impressed the English by their anxiety to obtain knowledge, and by the simplicity with which they received the truth. “ Their gracious attention to the word of God," remarks Mr Shepard, “ the affections and mournings of some of them under it,—their sober propoundings of divers spiritual questions,—their aptness to understand and believe what was replied to them,—the readiness of divers
naked children to answer openly the chief questions in the catechism, which were formerly taught them,--and such like appearances of a great change upon them, did marvellously affect all the wise and godly ministers, magistrates, and people, and did raise
their hearts to great thankfulness to God; very many deeply and abundantly mourning for joy, to see such a blessed day, and the Lord Jesus so much spoken of among such as never heard of him before."
At the conclusion of one of Mr Eliot's sermons, the aged man, to whom allusion has already been made, as deeply affected by the ministry of the word, addressed his countrymen in the most ener
getic and earnest manner; and praised the goodness which God had manifested to the Indians, in şending his word to remove their darkness and ignorance.
Soacute were many of the questions proposed by the Indians, and so deeply expressive of concern for their souls, that Mr Edward Jackson, a respectable gentleman, was induced regularly to attend Mr Eliot, for the purpose of noting them for his own improvement. He furnished Mr Shepard with a long list of these questions, from which a few are here selected :" Why are some men so bad that they hate those men that would teach them good things? If a father pray to God to teach his sons to know him, and he teach them bimself, and they will not learn to know God, whạt should such a father do? How long is it before men believe that have the word of God made known to them? If we be made weak by sin in our hearts, how can we come before God to sanctify a Sabbath. *
.“ There is need of learning in ministers who preach to Indians, much more than to Englishmen, and gracious Christians; for these had sundry philosophical questions, which some knowledge of the arts must belp to give answer to, and without which these would not have been satisfied. Worse than Indian ignorance hath blinded
Mr Jackson, in passing some of the wigwams a little after sunrise, observed one of the Indians engaged in prayer, and was so much affected by the earnestness displayed, that he considered that God was fulfilling his declaration, that “ the ends of the earth shall remember themselves, and tum unto him.” On another occasion he observed a father call his children from their work in the field, and devoutly crave a blessing, in their behalf, on some parched corn to be used for their dinner.
On the 13th October, Mr Eliot preached on the words, “ Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness." When he had concluded his discourse, he was asked by the Indians about the opinions which Englishmen formed respecting him when he came among wicked Indians to teach them. From some other questions which were proposed to him, he was led to conclude that the converts entertained the desire of teaching their ignorant countrymen.
At a funeral, on the 7th of the same month, which was conducted in the most decent manner, one of the Indians, named Tutaswampe, prayed for half an hour. While he was engaged in this
their eyes that renounce learning as an enemy to gospel ministers."
exercise, the Indians were so deeply affected that the woods “rang with their sighs and prayers." A gentleman, who witnessed this earnestness in devotion, remarked, that he was ashamed of himself and his friends, who, with all their knowledge, fell greatly behind their lately barbarous brethren. « God was with Eliot,—and the sword of God's word will pierce deep when the hand of a mighty Redeemer hath the laying it on."
& Shepard's Clear Sun-Shine of the Gospel, p. 6, 8, 10-15, 36, 37,