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Hection, that God is right-the fiasm ; but I believe a serious cardivine character is good, his ad. did mind would judge there were winistrations all just; all is right no appearances of it. And when on God's part, perfectly right : it began to be known that God was But on their part all is wrong, fin. in very decd among us, by the ful and vile. They agree in this blessed influences of his fpirit ; the very fully, that it would be quite older Christians appeared to be exjust and right in God, forever to ceedingly cautious and to walk exclude them, urterly reject and softly. It was evidently " the still cast them off ; whatever he does small voice.” Here and there one, with others. Yea, one, and a in different parts of the town, were very sensible man about middle age, awakened, took to their bibles and told me with the greatest apparent their closets, and endeavoured to fimplicity and affection : "it ap- keep hidden as much as possible peared to him, that for such a from the eye of the world. I beg wretch as he, who had rebelled leave here to remark, that if God's against and insulted fo great, so reople really desire he should grant holy a God all his days, that hell them a gracious visit, they must was his proper place--and he did humblv ase for it. Not practical not fie how God could do any ly desire Jesus to depart, as the other than send him there, and he | Gadarenes did ; but intreat and felt that if he might love and praise importunately beg, that for his own him, he should be willing io he name's fake, he would be pleased to separated from that holy world come and get glory to himself, in where such wretches as he ought subduing his enemies and bowing not to come." It is not unfre. the hearts of obstinate stubborn quent for them to feel entirely sub- finnners to his feet.

« Ask and misfive to God, and pleased with ye shall receive." his administrations, while as yet 5. Before I clofe, it may be they do not imagine they are inter proper to make some observations elted in the atonement of Christ, respecting the fruits of this glorious nor view themselves forgiven and work of God among us : As it is accepted of God.

now almost two years since it be. 4. The manner of the begin- gan. You will observe in the narning of this work of God is to be rative preceding ; that the number noticed. Altho' similar to others added to the Church may be tho't who have written ; yet I feel it a perhaps rather extraordinary. duty to add to their testimony, that is but just to observe, that a conthis blessed work of divine grace liderable number of them, perhaps was preceded by the longings and twenty or thirty, did not date their earnest prayers of God's people. hopes of being the subjects of real They seemed to be engaged and religion at this time. But fundry to have strong hope that the Lord as far back as the revival before was about to appear in his glory to mentioned in 1783. And some build up our Zion. Individuals

These seemhere and there, (and I trust we ed to have walked between hope had a precious number before this and fear, not knowing to what revival) seemed wonderfully to be kingdom they belonged; who were ftirred up and, as it were, “wait now wonderfully quickened and ing for the consolation of Israel.” Teemed to have fresh anointings or Some may perhaps call this enthil the holy Spirit. And with some


even more remore.

of them, these feelings and exer- fifty years of age, who had been a
cises were preceded with horrible member of the Church for many
darkness and fore distress. But years and tho't himself a Christian
more than thre-fourths of those more than a year past, gave up his
who have made a public profeffion, nope intirely, viewed himself in an
are such as have until this day of uncione ftate, that there was no
grace, lived without God in the mercy for him, dare not approach
world. The hopeful converts to the Lord's table, was oftentimes
have generally conducted hitherto, filled with such anguish as that he
as well as could reasonably have could hardly attend to the necessa-
been expected. Religious conferry concerns of his family. Now
ences have been and Itill are atten. it is hoped that his captivity is
ded every week in five different turned and he hath lately expres-
parts of the town and are near. sed him elf as having entirely dif-
ly as full as ever. They begin ferent views of God and the Re-
and end with prayer, and besives deemer from what he ever-before
finging of hymns, they converfe conceived and at times seems fil-
on some texts or passages of holy led with peculiar joy.
fcripture---read fome pious dil I hope and trust that thousands
course or pieces from the New and thousands in heaven and earth,
York or Connecticut Evangelical are and will be employed in thankf-
Magazine, &c. A spirit of love givings and praises to the triune
and union seems to prevail, as yet, God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
among them. And it is hoped that for the marvellous displays of his
their religion will not be “as the infinitely, free, rich and sovereign
morning cloud and early dew which grace among us here, as well as in
foon pafTeth away."

many parts of our finful land and
But after all, it is by no means world. And O! let all that love
designed by these communications, our Lord Jesus and bis caufe-join
to represent, or to have it under. as he hath taught us, and with un-
Atood, that in such a glorious har-' ceasing importunity devoutly and
vest, there is not chaff among the humbly pray, “ Thy kingdom
wheat.- It is greatly to be feared come, thy will be done on earth
and expected that all will not per- as it is in heaven." Amen.
severe--that some will be found I am yours affectionately,
with a lamp of profesion, but no

AMMI R. ROBBINS. oil in their lamp “ Many shall Norfolk, O&t. 17, 1800. say unto me in that day, Lord, Have we not eat and drank in thy LETTER XVI. presence,” to whom he shall say From the Rev. Asahel Hooker, “ depart from me I never knew you.” But it is not for us to draw

of Goben. the line of separation. It must


, the heart and tryeth the reins.”

I will only add, that there are correct, have informed me, that a few instances of awakenings now previous to my settlement, in this with us. And a number who are place, there never was any rebowed down and appear

weary markable, and extensive revival of and heavy laden.”

religion, among the people. There One instance of a man towards I were, however, some signal in

be left with him “ who fearcheth S knowledge of the subject is

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stances of the power of divine

After this brief statement, the grace. Since my fixed residence following remarks will exhibit the here, which is almost nine years, distinguishing features of this work, things have remained, in the most and enable the candid and imparunpromising state, as to the inter- tial to judge, for themselves, ests of religion, with little excep- whether it be indecd, the Lord's tion, 'till about the middle of Feb- doing, and worthy of its reputed ruary 1799. That period, how- author. ever, was rendered memorable, 1. It is worthy of notice, that by the commencement of a work, numbes were deeply impressed, btthe happy fruits of which are still fore they were apprized, that any apparent, and which, I trust, will others were in like circumstances be lasting, as eternity. From Impressions did not seem to be {mall beginnings, it made fuch generally imparted, from one to progress, in a few weeks, as to another. Frequently, without the have arrested the general attention; intervention of any means, which while great numbers were under could be distinctly recollected, the the molt serious and imprefive sense truth and reality of eternal things of their forlorn state, as fianers. were brought home, and fastened The public worship, on the lab. on their minds, with a sort of ire bath, and all other nieetings, ap-relistable and impreffive weight, pointed for religious purposes, were pointing them to the vast imporunusually attended, both as to tance of fieeing quickly from the numbers, and seriousness. Many wrath to come. This evidently seemed anxious, and in great ear. was not the work of enthusiasm, nest, to know what they must do nor but flightly, if at all tinctured zo be saved. It was not long be with it. Hence, the subjects of it fore fundry persons manifelted an pretended neither to fet, por hear, hope of having passed from death nor feel, any of those things unto life.

In the compass of a which denote a disordered state of few months, their number became the understanding. None were confiderable, and continued still carried away by impulses, or the increasing. In the month of Sep flights of an ardent imagination. tember following, twenty-five per- None were disorderly, or indecent sons were admitted, as members in their behaviour, either in pubof the church ; in November for. lic, or private. Their paflions ty eight ; and in January of the were oot generally wrought upon, present year, four; making in the to any considerable degree. Hence, whole seventy-seven. A consider. instead of being noisy, or much inable number remain still, who ex- clined to conmunicate their feel. hibit the usual evidence of a new | ings to others, they were comhcart, who have not made public monly filent and reserved, except profeffion of their faith. The vil where they had opportunity of ible change, which has been conversing with those, whom they wrought in many, is truly great thought able to instruct them. and wonderful. Those, who gave 2. The first impressions on the previocs evidence of friendship to minds of those, who were fub. the Redeemer and his cause, seem- | jects of the work, did not in ed to say, with one voice, and in- common, conilt chiefly of fears,

This is the Lord's excited by the dreadful forebadoing, it is marvellous in our eyes." | dings of future puoilament. It

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was apparent, that their most deep iffue, relief and comfort were and painful impressions arose espe. found, in some fort, very differcially, from convictions of fin, by ently from what was expected. which they were set at variance The comfort and joy of the sub. with themselves, and their past jects feemed not to arise, primariconduct, as finners; and by which ly, from an apprehension, that it was awfully realized to then, they were brought into a safe and that, “ There was no peace to the happy state ; but from new and des wicked." Accordingly, it was a lightful views of God, of the remarkable characteristic of this Redeemer, and the great truths, work, in the early lages of it, which pertain to his kingdom. It and before the subjects were appa- is hence remarkable, that frequentrently renewed, that they were ly, the subjects of the work seemconvinced of those truths, to which ed to be brought out of darkness, all natural hearts are opposed.- into marvellous light, and to ex. They were generally made ac-perience the sublime joys of reli. quainted with the controversy be- gion, before they conceived any tween God and them, so as to distinct hope of having become feel, and that frequently, in a new creatures. It was herce renvery clear and affecting manner, dered hopeful, that this joy was their opposition to God, to his not selfish and delusive, as it could justice, to his sovereignty, as ex. not have risen primarily, or chiefcrcised in dispensing mercy to fin ly, from an apprehension of their ners, and thence to the whole own good estate. They thereplan of salvation, by Jesus Christ. fore seemed frequently to lose fight In many instances, when their at- of themselves, and their own pare tention was first arrested, they sat ticular intereft, while contempla. out, in apparent hope of working ting the glory of God, as exhibited out their own salvation, with ease in the face of Jesus Christ. and dispatch. But the attempt Thore, however, who were alike ferved to show them, that they as to the nature of what they ex. were ftill working out their de. perienced, were different, in this struction. It is hence worthy of view, that all had not the same particular mention, that those, measure of light and comfort. It who became eventually reconciled was very common, for a new to the truth, and found a comfort heart to discover itself, and to able hope of their good estate, were produce the joys of holiness, in led to such an acquaintance with view of different objects, especialthe plague of their own hearts, as ly at first. In some, it seemed to served to subvert all hope, arising be first apparent, by a spirit of from themselves and their own do complacency, in the perfe&tion of ings. They were thence shown, God's law; in others, by a sense that if laved, it must be, not by of his justice, in the punishment works of righteousness, which of fin ; in others, by their approthey had done, or could do, but bation of the holy and wise soveby the wasbing of regeneration and reignty of God and in others, the renewing of the Holy Ghof, by a complacency, in the glorious according to the divine purpose and character and all sufficiency of the grace, in Chrif.

Redeemer. There were some, 3. Where the foregoing con- whose right views and exercises victions were brought to an happy I feemed to confift, in a sort of gen

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eral sense of the glorious excellen. specially owned and blest, by the cy of the divine perfections, with holy spirit, and thence made the an answerable sense of their own wisdom and power of God, to the guilt, baseness and deformity, as falvation of finners. Many were finners. There frequently appear brought to embrace those doctrines, ed to be a reconciliation, and with readiness, and evident comthence a profound submission of the placency, which they had once conheart to God, in the view of his templated, with abhorrence, and glorious perfection and majesty, which are too often regarded, as before there was any distinct ap. intricate and unprofitable. Indeed, prehension of the Reileemer, and they now appeared to furmount hence before there was any clear their former difficulties, with great and explicit exercise of faith in ease, and to embrace those truths, him. This seemed the more evi underliandingly, and with great dedential, that old things were palled light, which had once seemed to away, and all things become new, them hateful and mysterious. In from its being common for persons this view, the words of Solomon when convinced of the truth, to were fingularly pertinent ; They feel the most lively and sensible are all plain, to him, who underopposition to God, and the dif- landeth, and right to them, who tinguishing doctrines of his word. find knowledge." It may be seasonable to notice here, 4. The subjects of this work that frequently the doctrine of were in some respects, exceedingGod's sovereignty, in electing, ly various, as to their previous and actually distinguishing the ver characters, and circumstances.sels of mercy, and which was the There was no apparent discrimina. most painful to persons, under tion, through the diversity of temtheir antecedent convictions, was poral circumstances. In dispenyet exceedingly consoling and de- sing his mercy, the most high lightful, on becoming reconciled did not regard the rich, more to the holiness and justice of God. than the poor ; nor the poor, more In some instances, those who had than the rich. The rich and poor been used, to discard the doctrine met together, and shared indirof election, and of answerable criminately, in the unsearchable distinguishing mercy, were brought, riches of divine grace. Sundry while yet opposed to them, to children exhibited marks of und acknowledge, that they could see sual feriousness, for a time, and no other ground of hope, in their hopes were conceived, that some case.

of them were made new creatures. It is worthy of particular no The far greater part, however, tice, as a distinguishing feature of who were subjects of the work, the lace work, in this place, that were young, and middle-aged perthore, who have been the hopeful fons, from fifteen, to forty years subjects of it, in its saving effects, of age ; though there were several notwithstanding their foregoing hopeful instances, at fifty years, or prejudices, and opposition, have more. A large proportion of the come uniformly and with one con- whole number were those, who sent, into the scheme of doctrines had been educated, in babits of understood by the general term, general respect, for religion, for

Calvinism. These are the doc the fabbath, and public worship. trines, which seem to have been of these some were evidently go

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