« PreviousContinue »
17 mince of his
**ond St. An Address of the Charitable Society for || ties, Charitable Associations of Females, Prime the Education of indigent pious young || who meet one afternoon in a month,
men, for the ministry of the gospel. - and as often as exigencies inay demand, riski vam ll citrom (Conclude.: from No. 2, Vol. III, page 35.] bringing each an oblation in raw materiamie Dornan
There are in Connecticut 218 church- als, or domestic manufactures, or money the Rev
...es, which may be supposed to contain up-to purchase them, upon which they bebouing prize
on an average 50 members. Now, if each || stow the necessary labor, and devote the church would engage to pay at the rate clothing ready made to the objects for of one dollar a member, the rich mem- which this society is formed.' How
bers making up the deficiencies of the blessed would be the efficacy of such an T'ATTEET
poor, and churches that are strong the example in every congregation in the some parthe deficiencies of the weak, the result State! What female is there who does A al creating and would be an annual income of 10,000 not now devote to social visits, at least
uitsutelom ryt, dollars; whir:h, allowing 100 dollars all one afternoon in a month? But how Sharpnes Hach they starts
year to each student, wonld support an- much more cheering and ennobling the m. ren muling nually 100 students. Of course 50 cents friendships which would be formed, and rum prout ishita 1. a member, would support 50 students. strengthened, by such an intercourse for
LAST COUN, - Now, is there a church in this state, such purposes.
continual scan to contribute annually to this Society at soms? Are there not young men in
Bilance in the rate of froin 50 cents to 1 dollar a this State, whose emulation will be ex**3* *wl sovete sa member? When the result will be the cited by such fair examples ? might not himself that
annual support of from 50 to 100 young|| auxiliary societies of men be formed in stove life of ad as men of piety for the ministry. How inany places, who, by retrenching su. non poraneka light will be the burden, and how effica-perfluous expenses, or adding a trifling prani fle fetás I' 'cious the charity.
effort to ordinary exertion, would be aBut the churches are not our only ble to contribute liberally to bless their os hope. There are a multitude of Female country with religious instruction ? How
Charitable Associations spread over the many young men might be educated for tiruly the State, who save their weekly pittance to the Lord if the money which is some* was no charytaty be consecrated to benevolent purposes. times worse than wasted were saved,
To these worthy Associations we look and consecrated to this benevolent obfr aid. Many of them have alreadyject. We invite, then, the co-operation,
and from the beginning, devoted their and intreat the assistance of the young Courts et de charities to the education of pious young men of Connecticut, in this great work
men for the ministry. Those already of providing religious instruction for our formed, we trust will be enlarged, and land. It is not improbable, that the vesimilar associations we hope will be ry men you help to educate, may be
formed in every society in the State; come your own pastors in this State, or endorse is
tortad we invite them all to upite the streams in the new settlements, and the instruHans in the Phisi mult
of their charity into one river, which,|ments of bringing your souls into the 1.620. kod ielan:Poruc xa 917
without ceasing, shall refresh our thirs- kingdom of Goil. jolie, wilu iki ty land.
But while these little streams are There have also been formed recent- flowing to refresh the land, we intre: ly, without superceding the Cent Socie- those whom God has blessed
wealth, to cause a deeper and broader It is with peculiar pleasure, and a tide to roll. It is no ordinary subject, cheering coufidence of being heard, that that invites your attention; it stands, we ask the co-operation of the ALUNNI first in importance, God hinaself being of YALE-COLLEGE. Though the immeJudge; "For what shall it profit a man | diate object of the Society is the ed. if he gain the whole world and lose his ucation of ministers, yet in no method, own soul. For after that in the wisdomperbaps, can the blessings of a comof God, the world by wisdom knew not inon education for our countrymen be God, it pleased God by the foolishness better secured, or the best interests of of preaching, to save them that believe.science better promoted, than by extenSo then faith cometh by hearing, and ding an educated ministry through the hearing by the word of God.-But how nation. The Gospel has always been shall they hear without a preacher, and friendly to science; enlightening the unhow shall they preach except they be derstanding while it purified the heart; sent." Worlds are interested in the and educated ministers of the gospel preaching of the gospel ;" for godliness | have always been efficient patrons of is profitable to all things, having the schools, academies, and colleges.promise both of the life that now is, and Wherever in this land the gospel has exthat which is to come.” When theerted the most steady and powerful inwretchedness of our country then is so fluence, there the common people hare great, the word and the providence of been the best instructed, and science God justify no hope of amelioration: has been most successfully cultivated. but by extending the religious and mor The prosperity of Yale-College also, al influence of his own institutions, are though not the primary object of this we not brought to your doors upon a no-Society, will be the certain and happy ble errand ? And will you not receive consequence of its success. For the our solicitations with a smile and re- talents and piety and exemplary conduct ward us with a liberality surpassing what of the students whom charity shall send has ever yet been witnessed in this thither, will doubtless contribute to puState ? May we not anticipate your patrify its morals and elevate its literary ronage of this institution, by a charity character; while through life their reli which shall bear a just proportion to gious enterprize and literary eminence, your wealth, and the immense impor- will make her heart glad, and bring new tance of the object. Men of wealth !-honors to her growing age. help us; we intreat you help us to save By all the tender recollections, then, your country from ruin, and the souls of your collegir:de life, and by your at of your countrymen from death. Free-tachment to the institution in whose ly ye have received; freely give. walls you passed the most interesting pe.
To the Legislature of this state, andriod of life, and laid the foundation of to all who are occupied in its civil ad. that reputation and prosperity which ministration, we look with confidence, God has since given you, we invite your as to men who feel the insufficiency of co-operation. an arm of flesh, and justly appreciate
The motives to such an effort as we the alliance of Jehovah in the govern-propose, are numerous and powerful. ment of men; who know, experimen-li. It is indispensable to prevent the tally, the multiplied blessings of religreat body of the nation from sinking gious institutions; and who will help down to a state of absolute heathenism. us by their prayers, and their charities | Let the tide of population roll on for seand their official influence, to extend venty years as it has done for the 70 these blessings through the nation.* that are past, and let no extraordinary
* In the year 1644, a representation of the ne-exertion be made to meet the vastly incessities of indigent students at Carnbridge was creasing demand for Ministers; but let made to the Commissioners of Massachusetts, with a request that they would encourage a General Court, contributions of grain and progeneral contribution in their behalf. They ap- visions were annually made through the United proved the motion, and by their recommenda. Colonies, for the charitable end proposed. tion, seconded by the recommendation of the
Vide. Dr. Trumbull's hist. of Con.
them increase only in the slow propor- y bind us together by firmer bonds. Com. Nution that they have done, and what will mencing as each state did, a kind of in
be the result? There will be within sulated existence,and preserving still as & the United States SEVENTY MILLION | it ought to do, an ipilependent internal
SOULs—and there will be only six thou organization; and spread as the States sand competent religious teachers; that are, over a vast extent of country; and is, sixty-FOUR MILLIONS out of the se-united as they are, chiefly for defence
VENTY, will be wholly destitute of pro- and coinmercial purposes, there is not * per religious instruction. They may sufficient intercourse to beget affection; į not become the worshippers of Idols ;-- nor a sufficient solidity of the whole na
but there is a brutality, and ignorance, tion to counteract the danger of local re
and profligacy always prevalent where pulsion in times of public commotion. ¿ the Gospel does not enlighten and res- A remedy must be applied to this vital y traio, as decisively ruinous to the soul,|| defect of our national organization. But
as Idolatry itself. It is of little conse. what shall that remedy be? There can
quence to a ruined immortal in hell, be but one. The consolidation of the # whether he perished by the waters of State Governinents would make a des
the Ganges, or on the road to Jugger-potism. But the prevalence of pious, innaut; or whether he perished at home, telligent, enterprising ministers through
consumed by slow fires within, or chill-the nation, at the ratio of one for a thouied by frost in a fit of intoxication. The sand, would establish schools, and colles little light that may glimmer upon theges, and habits, and institutions of hom.
dark places of our land, if it be notogeneous influence. These would proenough to rescue souls from death, may duce a sameness of views, and feelings,
even render their circumstances more and interests, which would lay the foun. i dreadful than the total darkness of hea-dation of our empire upon a rock. Re
then lands, by aggravating their guilt|ligion is the central attraction which and condemnation. The civil welfare must supply the deficiency of political of the nation demands imperiously the affinity and interest. Religion is the universal co-operation of religious insti-bond of charity, which in storms must tutions. If knowledge and virtue be undergird the shij). The intercourse of
the basis of republican institutions, our good men, in the blessed enterprise of n!
foundations will soon rest upon the sand, evangelizing our land, will do more than unless a more effectual and all-pervad- every thing heside to make the different ing system of religious and moral in- parts of the land acquainted, to do astruction can be provided. The right way local jealousies, to consolidate the of suffrage in the hands of an ignorant nation and perpetuate its liberties. The
and vicious population, such as will al. very enterprise will cause every one time ways exist in a land where the Gospel who embarks in it to love his country
does not restrain and civilize, will be a better, while be constantly renders his sword in the hand of a maniac, to make country more worthy to be loved. desolate around him, and 6nally to des. How blessed will be the remunera. troy himself. It is no party in politics tion of such an enterprise, in the health, that can save his nation from political the temperance, the industry and peace death, by political wisdom merely.- and friendship diffused through the naThe disease is upon the vitals, and the tion. The expense of crimes and of remedy must be appropriate. There is their punishment, besides all the woes ne remedy but the tree whose leaves of wickedness, is four times as great, az are for the healing of the nations. Be- the expense of their prevention, by a
neath the shade of this tree the millions comprehensive system of religious inlr
of our land may sit down with great de- || struction. light, and its fruits shall be sweet to their With respect to the young men taste.
whom we shall educate by our charities, ur
The integrity of the Union demands it may be obseryed, that as we take special exertions to produce in the na-them under our patronage not until they tion a more homogeneous character, and are fitted for college, we shall not be
likely to be deceived in the objects of|| the prayers and example of this one. our charity, after such a probation as| The Providence of God also seems, the preparatory studies will afford. We at the present time, to indicate, with shall be able to select young men of uncommon clearness, our duty. There sound minds, and good talents; and is an unusual predisposition, manifesting they will be taken from a state of socie-itself in our country, to receive the Gosty, where bodily vigor, resolution, and pel. Infidelity has long been on the a capacity of enduring hardships, will decline, and the importance of religious be found in their best estate.
institutions is more highly appreciated. Upon the College, and upon the state Something begins to appear in some at large, the influence of such an acces- of the new settlements, which reminds sion of intelligent and pious young men, us of the early days of New England, will be most auspicious. The religious when our fathers carried their pastor and moral habits of our young men in with them, to commence a settlement College, are to effect deeply, the civil in the wilderness. The utility of Misand religious interests of the State.sionary labors is more and more admit. The age at which they reside in Collegeted, and the demand, as to extent and is the forniing age ; and the habits of importunity is increasing every year. thinking and feeling acquired there, Several charitable foundations have will often be carried through life. We already been laid, with a view to prefeel constantly in our churches and in pare indigent young men of piety for our civil concerns, in all parts of the College: and God has raised up suddenState, the good or ill effects of princi- ly, and by an unparalleled liberality, ples imbibed, and habits formed in Yale Theological Seminaries to receive then College. Now the great difficulty, and fit them for the ministry when reg. where such numbers of inexperienced ularly educated. By the revivals of reyouth are associated, is to guard against ligion, also, which have prevailed and irreligion and dissipation. What parent, now prevail in our land, a great multion sending his son to a public seminary,tude of young men have been made does not treinble at the temptations to willing to devote themselves to all the which he may be exposed ! But the hardships attending so great an enterstudents whom charity shall send to prise as the evangelizing of the nation. Yale College, will possess, ordinarily, a Our College constitutes the broken link. weight of talents, and always, it may be To her threshold, every year, young hoped, that piety and circumspection, men of piety come, and for the love of which will create an influence in the Jesus, and the worth of souls, plead for College, surpassing the power of laws or admission, and are sent away because discipline. What a serurity to our sons no funds are provided to help them to have in the College, whither we send through. From all parts of the land, them, a select band of pious compan- the cry ascends, Give us Ministers, or jons to watch over and pray for them, we die ; and pious young men, smitten and lead them in the right way. with compassion, spring up, and rush to
Nor is it a. vain expectation, that the the Lord, and no provision is made to prayers, the example, and the conver-receive them. sation of these sons of the prophets in For a number of years past, from 16 our College, will be connected with fre- to 20 applications of this kind have quent revivals of religion, and that our been refused. There are at this time charities to them may be the very several young men in Yale-College who, means, which God will make the occa hearing that this society had been organsion of salvation to our own children.lized, have come and flung themselves What a pledge to the State for the pie- upon us. We could not send them a. ty and integrity of her pastors and of ri- way, and yet unless we are patronized sing legislators. It is no unreasonable by the public, they must go away deshope, that in educating one minister by pairing of their object; for they stand in charity, we shall provide two for our need of every thing, while as yet it is country, by the blessing of God upon comparatively nothing that we can do
After all, it may be demanded, by must stop to provide ministers, and the het in some, what evidence have we that the whole land sit in darkness. Besides, your f,i objects of our charity will devote them-obligation to give does not arise from the 1 selves to the profession for which they absolute certainty of success. The ne
are educated, and will adorn the doc-|cessities of your country and the world, bei trine of God their Saviour. You have and the high authority of heaven, bind of the evidence of a profession of religios, you to give,committing the event to God. is confirmed by a correspondent life, If he hear your prayers and bless your ey through at least two years of prepara-alms, you are bound to give thanks. o tory study.
But if for the trial of your faith he disConsidering the great demand for appoint your hopes, then you are to Ministers and the evident purpose of submit without murmuring, but never God to provide a supply, indicated by to withold your charities and your pray
revivals in Colleges and unheard of lib-ers. áll erality of many to educate ministers, And now, people of Connecticut, and il you have reason to believe that those all who fear God; with these facts we
who offer themselves will be generally | appeal to your consciences whether it is those whom God has called, and whom || not your duty to give. We appeal to he will preserve and bless. And you your hearts whether you are not willing have the analogy of past experience, to give to save your country from ruin from which it appears that, with few ex- and to save millions of your country. ceptions, the young men who have been men from hell. Are you a friend to educated by charity for the ministry, your country? Behold her nakedness have answered the expectations of their and spread over it the cover of charity. benefactors. But suppose occasionally - Are you friends to civil liberty? Give,
we should be disappointed and our la- that it may be rescued from a violent de
hors be in vain, would that be a reason | death, and a speedy one, by the hands for abandoning the whole system of of ignorance and irreligion. Are you charitable education, and leaving our patriots ? Bless your country by uniting country to relapse into heathenism, and in the holy enterprise of converting a our posterity to be crushed by the hand moral wilderness into a fruitful field.of despotism. Must we be certain of|Are you fathers ? Give, that you may success in every case, before we lift a provide for your children at home and finger in any charitable enterprise? 18 abroad, an inheritance incorruptible and
no trust to be reposed in God,and no risk undefiled, and unfading in heaven. Land
to be run for the love of Jesus and the Are you christians ? Pray without ceasgood of souls? Do we in common lifeling to the Lord of the harvest, that he
vest no capital in any business without would thrust laborers into his vineyard, les an absolute certainty of a profitable re. and let your prayers and your charities
turo ? Ifa crop fail, will the farmer nev- go up together.—Do any of you antici. er sow again? If a voyage prove unsuc-pate a speedy reinoval from this to a bet. cessful, will the merchant never try an- ter world, and do you wish to conseother? We have at least as high securi-crate to some useful purpose a portion ty for the accomplishment of our chari- or the whole of your property ? Give it,
table designs as attend any ordinary we beseech you, for the education of in. he worldly avocations in which the risk of digent pious young men for the gospel
failure 'never deters any one. Where Ministry, that you, being dead, may yet, then you would run the risk of failure'|through distant generations, speak 10 from a prospect of earthly gain, will you your countrymen the words of eternal not do it to glorify God, to bless your life. And, finally, whatever it shall be country, to save immortal souls from your purpose to do, do it quickly and perdition. You have as high and even with all your might; for of the five inillhigher security than parents ordinarily ions of your destitule countrymen every have who educate children for the min-year is sweeping 150 thousand to the
istry, and upon the principle upon which i grave. While you read, they die and go do
you would refuse to give, all efforts to the judgment: and with all the expe