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is the minister, so are the people. If the minister is enlightenword will come with power upon
ed, lively and vigorous, his many, and make them so. If he is formal, the infection will spread among his hearers. If he is lifeless, spiritual death will be visible through the greatest part of the congregation. In this sense, may you, my dear Sir, become the spiritual father of many generations, and be an happy instrument of preventing that fatal spiritual lethargy, that has got too much power already, and seems to be gaining ground in almost every congregation. The task is hard, but the prospect charming. Many children, when you are quiet in the grave, will rise up and call you blessed.
If your present situation has a tendency to enforce these important concerns upon your mind, it will be a blessed one.
That you may become more and more useful; that your own soul may prosper; that the schools of the prophets may be replenished by your labor, and, that you may, at last, have an additional glory for your work's sake, is the earnest prayer, and sincere desire of,
I was unwilling to omit the present opportunity of thanking you, for yours of 14th April, from Norwich, in your way to Hartford. And it gave me pleasure to hear that you left all well; and that Mr. A- -y continued with Mr. Kirkland. May the Lord ever keep us simple hearted, ceasing from man, and having our eye ever fixed on him.' The Lord our God is merciful, gracious, long suffering, abundant in goodness and truth. The various societies of believers, are united in one; for we have one common Lord, one faith, and one baptism.
And the gifts and graces of the spirit are not confined to any sect; but the beauty of holiness is discernable, throughout God's universal church; in all that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Let us then be careful, that we grieve not the least of his children, whose name is Jealous; and above all, take heed that we make not a covenant with his enemies; but may we look up to God for a blessing, that he may give us a right judgment in all things.
I have, since writing you last, received a well written letter from dear Mr. Occum, who stands high in my good opinion, for that honesty and simplicity I have ever remarked in him. As I sent you a copy of my last letter to him, I trouble you once more, with what I have now written him, as I shall rejoice to hear you think favorably of him.
The bands of the wicked have robbed God; but now he has broken the gates of brass, and burst the bars of iron asunder, that impede the promulgation of the glorious gospel. I doubt not but he will make his great power known. May judgment, mercy and faith be ever in exercise, and preserve us from every evil way. May the Lord guide us by his counsel, and afterwards receive us to glory.
I am, always, with sincere regard,
Dear and Rev. Sir, your much devoted and
From the Rev. Charles Beatty.
Reverend and Dear Sir,
Philadelphia, April, 1772.
The committee of the board of correspondence of the society in Scotland, for propagating christian knowledge, are now sitting, and have an agreeable prospect of opening a mission soon, among the Delaware Indians, upon Muskingum, about one hundred miles westward of Fort Pitt. They are informed,
that there is considerable ground to hope it will be in your power to provide them with a suitable missionary for that purpose, and would be extrem y glad of your influence and assistance in that affair. But that you may have a full, and particular account of this important design, have appointed three of their number, viz. Mr. Beatty, Mr. Brainard, and Mr. Spencer; to meet you at such time and place, as you may judge convenient; either in Connecticut, or in some other place, you shall be pleased to appoint; hoping that such an interview may be of singular service, in promoting the general interest of our blessed Redeemer.
Signed by order.
CHARLES BEATTY, Sec.
P. S. If it should be agreeable to you, it would be most convenient to the above gentlemen, to meet you at Hartford, the 25th of April next, that they may have time to return, by the meeting of Synod, which will be the 20th of May. Your answer is desired by post, as soon as may be, directed to Mr. Spencer, at Trenton, New Jersey.
From His Excellency Governor Wentworth,
Rev. and Dear Sir,
Wentworth-House, June 24, 1772.
Mr. Storrs has this minute called upon me, earlier than expected, on his return to Hanover. I am unwilling to delay him; therefore have only time to thank you for your two letters, enclosing extracts from letters, which, undoubtedly, originated in abominable falsehoods, invented by the enemies of Dartmouth College, on this side the water; with a view to its ruin but happily for that institution, founded upon liberal charity; upon motives of universal disinterested piety, it cannot be subverted, but by a desertion of its own fundamental principles, which worthily embracing the highest and unlimited good of mankind, will finally meet ample support. The
conduct of our maligners is entirely disingenuous, and utterly false. To Dissenters we are represented as the child of Episcopacy; to Episcopalians, as a seminary of devoted sectarians, combining for the extermination of the church of England. For a day they will impede and distress. Truth will not long be obscured; its radiance will discover their fraudful practices, and establish those friendships, that we shall find able and disposed to preserve us. Our original and true basis is universal charity. Our interest, forever to avoid any discrimination, but virtue and vice. While such are our pursuits, we cannot be radically injured; although the enemies of such views do continue, fas aut nefas, to oppose.
The St. John's Indians are not yet prevailed upon to send any youth for education. They have promised me a visit this summer, at this place, upon that business; when I hope to engage them therein. In the mean time, my officers in the eastern country persevere in their invitation.
If you can furnish me with a list of college lands, through their mutations, to the original grantees, I will take care that none shall be escheated. Without such information, I am not able to do any thing. It is said, that Mr. L has sold to Colonel Moulton, a right in Piermont, that he subscribed to the college. If so, I am apprehensive you will meet with some difficulty in explaining the matter to the public; as you have given him credit for the donation in your last narrative.
If possible, I will again come to Hanover to commencement. I have the pleasure to enclose you a patent for the ferry, of large extent, for the college; of which I desire their acceptance.
In whatever I have omitted writing you, you will attribute it to my present haste, and be assured, that all things which are useful or honorable to the college, or to yourself, hold a very firm place in my mind.
I am, with perfect esteem, and affectionate regard,
Dear Sir, your faithful friend,
To the Hon. William Smith, Esquire.
Dartmouth College, Dec. 30, 1773.
My very Dear and much respected Sir,
Your very friendly, judicious and improving letter, of Aug. 31st, came to hand some weeks ago, and was peculiarly agreeable and satisfying to me. I have taken the liberty to enclose the original to Lord Dartmouth, and the rest of the honorable Trust; as I could not see how the important contents could be set in a better light, in so few words, than you had done; nor any hand, which could command greater respect than yours. If I have made too free with it, without your leave, I ask your pardon. I have only to say, in excuse, that I could not see how the cause you had, so justly at heart, could be otherwise better served; and that without the least grounds to suspect any disadvantage, but the contrary to your character thereby.
Governor Wentworth, among other monies to encourage the settlement of this school here, promised, that three miles square, or the equivalent, adjoining and including this college, should be incorporated into a district parish; and, that it should be endowed with such immunities, powers and privileges, as might be most subservient to the health, peace and well being of this seminary, which yet remains to be done. You would, my dear Sir, very greatly oblige me, if you would, in addition to your former expressions of friendship towards this institution, favor me with such a plan, and draft of incorporation, as you shall think most beneficial for the same, and safest for it in bad times. Whereby it may be in the power of the college, to keep out bad inhabitants; prevent licentiousness; regulate taverns, and retailers of strong liquor; prevent the corruption of the students, by evil minded persons; encourage and support divine ordinances, &c. &c. Pray, good Sir, be so kind as to make this matter the object of your attention, at some leisure hour, and transmit your ripest thoughts to me, as soon as may be; as I apprehend a delay of the matter is not safe nor