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grown up together with themselves, ciety is managed by twelve trustees, they had been neighbours, friends, of whom six are civilians, and six and parishioners, with whom they clergymen, all of whom are annually had often taken “ sweet counsel, elected by the Society. The Treasand gone to the house of God in urer is made responsible for his company.” Many of them they bad trust by beavy bonds. Thus this baptized and called them their spirit- Society was brought into existence ual children. They were now com- by the urgent wants of the early empelled to see them growing up in ig. igrants; its object is "to christiannorance and immorality ; to see ize the Heathen in North-America, them scattered in the wilderness and to support and promote chriswithout a shepherd to protect them tian knowledge in the New Settlefrom the wolves ; and their hearts ments; its plan is one of great simyearned in compassion. Hence, plicity. What have been its effects, these ministers leit their own flocks,

is yet to appear. while they went to seek those who Difficulties encountered by the Sociwere formerly under their care.

ety. These visits were occasional ; were It will be recollected that this Sovery thankfully received, and were ciety is the oldest of its kind in our apparently very useful.

In conse

country. At the time it was formed, quence of siunilar applications, the and for many years afterwards the several associations of the State, sent subject of missions was new, and but out one or more of their ministers, little understood. Though the trustees whose pulpits were supplied during have ever been men of sound, distheir absence by their neighbouring criminating judgment, yet, confined as brethren. In the year 1788, the they were at home, and with but litGeneral Association of ministers of tle experience in the business, it Connecticut took up the subject, and could not be expected that their earrecommended the several associa- ly operations would be marked with tions to send out ministers as far as that efficiency, with which they are they had power.

But as they had at the present time. The judgment no funds, and as the calls for labour

necessary 10 select proper missionaat home and abroad were fast in- ries, the requisite knowledge of the creasing, con paratively little was exact condition and wants of those accomplished. In 1792, the Gene- to whom they were to be sent, could ral Association petitioned the Legis- only be acquired as they advanced. lature of the State for an annual con- The difficulties in the way of obtaintribution for three years, to be ap- ing good missionaries were many, in plied to missionary purposes. This the early stages of their operations. petition was granted, and the first Few of those who were appointed, contribution was taken up in May could accept the office of a missionfollowing. From that time to the ary on account of the many inconpresent, the new settlements have veniences of leaving their own parnever been destitute of missionaries ishes; and if they did accept, many froin the State of Connecticut. In delays occurred before they could get the year 1798, the General Associa- into the field of labour. The funds tion resolved itself into the Mission- too of the Society were at first small, ary Society of Connecticut." This though they have been increasing, as was only taking a name ; for the So- their exigencies demanded. ciety had existed in fuct, since 1792. About ibe time of the commenceThe Society was incorporated by ment of the operations of this Societhe Legislature in 1802, before which ty, the march of Infidelity was desobody the trustees annually present lating the fairest portions of Europe. an account of their receipts and ex

Reason became the guide of men ; penditures. The business of the So- and after trampling on the revelation

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of God, she covered the earth with each other, and by practice, they be-
the slain, and wading through the came expert in asking knotty ques-
blood of nations, ascended the throne, tions ; but as the Society commonly
and ruled the greatest part of the sent out none but men of sterling
continent. It was a fearful time. character, they generally yielded him
lofidelity had almost "put out his place, or, as they expressed it,
the sun of Righteousness,” and “gave him the great chair,” and lis-
brought back“ darkness visible.” tened to his instructions. Our mis-
It was a sweeping storm, whose burst- sionaries manifested a desire to make
ing nearly overwhelmed all that is christians, and not proselytes; and
cheering in this life or the next. As the different denominations gradually
might be expected, a part of the laid aside their peculiar prejudices
cloud soon spread, and rose over our and heard them gladly.
country, darkening our prospects, Another obstacle has been the
and threatening to drowo us in the prevalence of bigoted and ignorant
fury of its tempest. We were at this preachers, with whom our new coun-
time in a kind of wild exultation, or tries have ever abounded. They
heyday of liberty, having just thrown have often crossed the path of
off our allegiance to England, and preachers from this Society, and by

an independent people. their cavils and boisterous conduct, Hence freedom, for a time, was have caused them no small trouble. little else than another name for li- They usually are ignorant, illiterate centiousness. The contagion reach- men, some of whom are scarcely aed our new settlements in a peculiar ble to read. They commonly submanner, and the missionaries were stitute rant and noise for the solemoften necessitated to combat Infidel. Dities of the Gospel. They have ity in her boldest attitudes. Per produced many divisions and disaliaps they encountered more harden- greements amung infant churches; ed and daring infidelity during the and spent no small quantity of breath first six years, than during all the re- in railing against educated minismaining period. This was a great ters, and against doctrines and truths obstacle; but it was one from which of the import of whose names, they it would not do to shrink. Our mis- are entirely ignorant. They are sionaries were generally able, judi- “ zealous, but not according to cious, pious, energetic men, and they knowledge." I do not pretend to finally rebuked avowed impiety from deny that uneducated ministers have their presence, wherever they came. been in a degree useful in our new

The population of our new settle settlements. I am only stating facts, ments is composed of emigrants from without theorizing. all parts of New England, and in- The trustees have often had malideed, from almost all parts of the cious reports circulated, impeaching world. Hence our missionaries have sometimes their motives and characfound almost as many opinions and ters, sometimes thuse of their mis. sentiments on the subject of religion, sionaries. These have been indusas individuals. They were of many triously propagated at home and different sects or denominations, and abroad. But as the Directors have each bigoted and tenacions of his own). ever been discreet, disinterested, They were often jealous lest the ob- and public in all their measures, the ject of the missionaries, was to gain enemies of evangelical religion bave proselytes. In Vermont especially, found it hard to pass coin so evidentit was often the case, that when a ly base, and sucb reports have comminister arrived, the most skilful or monly sunk under the weight of their jealous men of the village would as- own sins. All these obstacles have semble and examine him as to his been met and overcome with a pa. capacity to teach. By watching over tience that does honor to our religion,

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