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In the beginning of fpring fhe ' returned to her country-feat, her ⚫ chamber, and the table on which 'the bible lay. Again he had the candle in her hand, and again faw herself in the glass. She turned pale, put down the can'dle, retreated to a fofa, and fell ' on her knees: "O God! I no 'longer know my own face. How am I degraded! My follies and ' vanities are all written in my ⚫ countenance. Wherefore have 'they been neglected, illegible, to this inftant? O come and expel, • come and utterly efface them, mild tranquillity, fweet devotion, and 'ye gentle cares of benevolent 'love!" AMANA.

Religious Intelligence. Extract of a letter from one of the Connecticut Miffionaries, dated COOPERSTOWN, Oct. 20, 1801. "NOTWITHSTANDING all the difficulties which attend my Miffionary bufinefs, I find myfelf fupported and encouraged, by confidering the excellency of the caufe, the all-feeing eye of that God whose cause it is,-and that the defires and prayers of all Christian friends attend me and are united in my fuccefs. The promife, "Lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world," is extenfive and animating. Good Miffionaries may plead it for themselves, and the people of God may plead it for them. I hope to be fo faithful as to fhare a part of this promife, tho' unworthy of the bleffing contained in it.

"I have already vifited, in my Miffionary tour, many fettlements in the counties of Delaware and Otfego; and have uniformly found a very friendly reception among the people where I have labored; 2 general readinefs to hear the

word, and in many places a ftrong defire after fpiritual nourishment. Could the good people of Connecticut behold the attention, the gratitude and the joy expreffed in the countenances and language of those who affemble to hear fermons and religious converfation, they would not confider their an nual contributions as money spent in vain. In many places which I have vifited, where the attention was fpecial the last year, I have found great engagednefs in religion. The fentiment is often expreffed by the people whom I have vifited, and expreffed with every mark of gratitude, that the Miffionary bu finefs is the moft benevolent and glorious that was ever undertaken in America. May the Lord give me grace to be faithful.”

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About the 20th December, Mr. James W. Woodward entered on a miffion to Black River and parts adjacent. And about the fame time, it is fuppofed the Rev. Soloman Morgan commenced a miffionary tour of a few weeks to the northern counties in Vermont.

All the Miffionaries continue to write that the call for miffionary labors is great, and that in many places they have reafon to hope their labors are attended with a divine bleffing.


On Wednesday December 22d, 1801, the Rev. Andrew Yates was ordained as colleague paftor with the Rev. Eliphalet Williams, D. D. of Eaft-Hartford. The Rev.

Walter King of Norwich made the introductory prayer; the Rev. Doctor Dana of New-Haven preached the femon; the Rev. Doctor Perkins of Hartford made the confecrating prayer; the Rev. John Marth of Wethersfield gave the charge; the Rev. William Lockwood of Glaftenbury gave the right hand of fellowship; and the Rev. Henry A. Rowland of Windfor made the concluding prayer.



IF the following hymns, written under bodily weaknefs, fhall be tho't worthy a place in your invaluable Magazine, they will perhaps, if my life be fpared, be a prelude to other communications. Yours, ELPIZON.

A prayer for beavenly mindedness. Glorious God, fupremely wife, Enthron'd in light above the skies: Life is a fpan, the time draws near, When at thy bar I muft appear.

This mortal frame will foon decay,
And moulder to its native clay;
But my immortal foul remains,
For endless life or endless pains.

O may a fenfe of this abide
Upon my mind, my actions guide;
Nor may I with to put away,
Far from my tho'ts the evil day.
This day with me may be the laft;
The next, probation may be paft;
My body with corruption mix'd,
My state unalterably fix'd.

O may the tho'ts of Jefu's love;
Of reft prepar'd for faints above;
Of judgment, and eternity;

Draw off my foul from earth to thee.

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Chriftians call'd to exertion.
HE Spirit and the word

Are mighty in the earth;
The vineyard of our Lord
Is freed from difmal dearth';
For finners fear,

That dreadful hour,
When God, in pow'r,
Shall call them near.

The faints in glorious fate,
Redeemed of the Lamb,
And angels approbate,
Who ever praise his name,
In raptures fing,
That wand'ring fouls,
Approach the folds
Of Chrift their King.

Can thofe, who longing reft
To fee their Judge defcend,
Poffefs unthan ful breafts,
To fee their friend amend,
For mercy call,
Their Saviour blefs,
Own and confefs,
Him Lord of all?

Let Chriftians then arife,
For lab'rers are but few;
A glorious harvest lies
Matur'd before their view,
And spare no pains;
But give and pray,
That heathens may
'Scape fatan's chains.

Left God for worthier keep,
Your bleflings in referve;
And leave your fouls to fleep,
As you for fins deferve;
And justly make
You to remain,
Like Sodom's plain,
A fruitless lake.


Alluding to the late revivals of religion.

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Attempts to propagate the gofpel | heathen, in connexion with gospel. among the Indians in New-izing them. England and parts adjacent.




The historical part will be abridged and compiled from various publications done by writers of information and ability; and exhib. ited, as far as may be practicable and convenient, in chronological order. An epitome of the life and character of the most diftinguifhed Miffionaries, will be included in the work.

A general compilation of this kind has not, as far as we can learn, been executed; and particular accounts, refpecting the prop

Tis propofed to publifh, in a feries of numbers, in your valuable Magazine, as far as neceffary documents can be collected, An Hiftorical Account of the attempts made in former, and fucceeding times, to propagate the gofpel among the Indians in New-agation of Chriftianity among the England, and parts adjacent, or Indians, lie fcattered in many not very remote-Of the fuccefs books; fome of which, particularwhich has attended the endeavors ly the ancient ones, are very of the Miffionaries among many of fcarce; and probably may not the tribes, together with the want have been feen and read by one in of fuccefs among others; with very many at the prefent day. fome, at leaft, of the probable caufes-Theftate of the Chriftianized churches, and congregations, in various periods, as far as can be afcertained, from the foundation of the first of them, about the middle of the feventeenth century, down to the prefent day.

To which may be fubjoined, fome thoughts upon civilizing the VOL. II. No. 8.

It may be ufeful to many, and very grateful in particular to pious perfons (provided the work fhall be tolerably executed) to have a brief collection made from several writers in different ages, who have given an account of what was within their obfervation, or came to their knowledge; we may add, that fuch a collection may be of M m

fervice to young miffionaries: The experience of their predeceffors, fome of whom had labored long in this most benevolent employment, may, being thus published, fuggeft fome thoughts to them, which, carried into practice, may greatly promote the defign they have in view.

grants the fame powers of govera-
ment, which the Maffachusetts
people enjoyed by their charter:
Mr. Mayhew was called Govern-
or of the islands. The grant of
the foil of thefe iflands could not
vacate the right of the Indian Sa-
chems, and proprietors".* Ac-
cordingly the English fettlers, at
an early period, purchased land of
one of the Sachems. Rev. Ex-
perience Mayhew gives this ac-
count. "Tawanquatuck was the

Martha's-Vineyard, where the
English firft fettled in 1642."

By the specimen of the perform ance I now fend, and fubmit to your infpection, you will judge, Gentlemen, whether it is done in fuch a manner, as to have a proba-chief Sachem on the east end of ble tendency to promote the general intereft you have in your eye, in the ufeful Magazine of which you are Editors, and will be acceptable to the body of your read ers: If it fhall meet your approbation, the compiler will endeavor to proceed in the work, as fast as his health and other circumftances fhall permit; if otherwife, let it be fuppreffed, and fomething more valuable be substituted in the place it might otherwise have held. I am, Gentlemen,

"He was, as I have been informed, willing to let the English have land to fettle on; but several of his council, or chief men, being much against his felling any land to thefe new comers; he, to quiet them, gave several parts of his Sachemdom to them; and then fold to the English a confiderable part of what he referved to himself, to make that fettlement on, now called Edgartown". And Gor. Hutchinfon, writing near the middle of the last century, obferves, "I fuppofe, most of the prefent inhabitants and proprietors, derive their titles from Indian grants pof Concerning the labors of the family terior to the grant made to Lord of Mayhew to propagate the gof- Stirling, or to that made by his pel among the Indians, particu-agent to Mr. Mayhew, and his larly on Martha's Vineyard.

Your friend and fervant,



IT may be proper to premife, "That on the 10th day of Octo ber, 1641, James Foret, agent for the earl of Stirling, grants to Thomas Mayhew of Watertown in the colony of the Maffachusetts, and Thomas Mayhew his fon, Nantucket and two fmall islands adjacent; and on the 23d day of the fame month, Martha's Vineyard and Elizabeth iflands; and agreeable to the opinion of that day,


The family of Mayhew, from the early days of the fettlement of New-England, has been noted for their zeal and diligence in propagating the gofpel among the Indians. It is worthy of particular notice, that miffionaries of five fucceffive generations inclufive, have labored in this evangelical work, and all held in great efteers.

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Thofe in public ftations in the church (for of them chiefly our fubject leads us to fpeak) were efteemed men of diftinguished mental abilities, of found judgment, and unaffected piety. Neither credulity, fuperftition, nor enthufiasm were characteristics of the family. We rather mention this in our introduction, as we shall make much ufe of their writings in compiling the hiftory of the Vineyard Indians.

tofore conveyed into the world, and found a favorable reception: And, in those narratives, we again fay, his truth may be relied upon, and his fidelity is irreproachable."

An honorary degree (a thing very unusual at that day) was conferred upon this gentleman in the year 1723, by the overfeers of Harvard College, which was an evidence of the judgment they formed of his learning and merit. He lived to a very advanced age, and fupported to the laft, an amia

Rev. Experience Mayhew, fuperintendent of the Indian church-ble and excellent character. He

es and congregations on Martha'sVineyard, from whofe writings we thall make many extracts, was highly valued by his contemporaries: The affociated minifters of Boston, Dr. C. Mather, Dr. Colman, Dr. Sewall, Mr. Prince, and the other paftors of the congregational churches there, in the year 1726, give him this honorable teftimonial, in their atteftation prefixed to his book, containing an account of the converfion of many of the Indians, viz. “The author of this hiftory, Mr. Experience Mayhew, is a perfon of inconteftable veracity. He was born and bred in the midft of the Indians; and has been all along intimately acquainted with oecurrences among them, and is a defcendant from ancestors, that, for feveral generations, have laudably done their parts in gofpelizing them. He is a judicious, faithful, conftant preacher of the gospel to them; and on the week days, as well as on the Lord's days, he is an unwearied worker with God, and for Him among them. Among all the inftruments of the good work, which brings the Indians into the Kingdom of God, he fhines as one of the first magnitude. Several things written by him, have, by the prefs, been here

was, for more than 60 years (as one of his fons has published to the world) a preacher of the gofpel to the Indians on Martha'sVineyard, employed by the commiffioners of the London Society for propagating the gofpel in NewEngland, and the parts adjacent in America.

He was born, January, 1673; began to preach to the Indians, March, 1694; and died about the year 1754, or 1755, aged 81 or 82 years. He left an excellent character, and fandry valua ble compofures in print, which were evidences of a judicious mind, and pious heart.


On the miffionary labors of the Res.

Thomas Mayhew, jun.

Of his great benevolence, zeal and diligence-The way he took at first to lay a foundation for Chriftianity among the natives; and of the fubfequent methods he made ufe of to carry on the work; and the affiftance he received from the first Indian convert, the memorable Hiacoomes -Of his felf-denial, and the hardships he endured in the important business of gofpelizing the Indians-What tended to

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