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were when first acquainted with the great things of eternal peace. But, as a number retain their first impressions, and as they generally attend with reverence upon his ministry, he goes on with his work with encouraging hopes of the presence and blessing of God with him in this difficult undertaking.”
With the subsequent labours and success of Mr. Horton the Editor is unacquainted; not having been able to ascertain how long he was employed as a Missionary ; or whether his Diary was ever published.
“ It was some time after this, before the Correspondents could obtain another Missionary. At length they prevailed with Mr. David BRAINERD to refuse several invitations to places, where he had a promising prospect of a comfortable settlement, to encounter the fatigues and perils which must attend his carrying the Gospel of Christ to these poor, miserable savages.'
David BRAINERD, the subject of the ensuing Life, and author of the Diary incorporated with it, was examined and approved as a Missionary, at the city of New York, by the Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, Nov. 25, 1742.
The field of Missionary labour, originally proposed for him by the Correspondents, was among the Indians living near the Forks of Delaware in Pennsylvania, and the Indians farther westward on the Susquehannah. Owing to some contention subsisting, at the time of his appointment, between these Indians and the whites, concerning their lands, the Correspondents concluded to defer his mission among them until harmony was restored ; and having received intelligence from the Rev. Mr. SERGEANT, Missionary to the Indians at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, that the existing state of the Indians at Kaunaumeek, place in the woods between Stockbridge and Albany, promised success to the labours of a Missionary; they selected i hat as his first station. His labours at Kaunaumeek commenced April 1, 1743, and continued one year; when he prevailed on the Indians at that place to remove to Stockbridge and attend on the Rev. Mr. SERGEANT's ministry.
BRAINERD was ordained as a Missionary at Newark, N. J., June the 12th 1744; and on the 22d of the same month, entered on his labours at Sakhauwotung, within the Forks of Delaware.
On the 5th of October, 1744, he visited, for the first time, the Indians on the Susquehannah, and commenced his labours at a placed called Opeholhaupung.
On the 19th of June, 1745, he began to preach to the Indians at Crossweeksung, a place about twenty miles west of Amboy in New Jersey, and the scene of his greatest success. It is now called Crossweeks, and is on the road from Amboy to Bordentown,
On the 3d of May, 1746, he removed from that place, with the whole body of the Indians, to a place called Cranberry, fifteen miles from Crossweeksung. At these places he continued to reside until March 20, 1747 ; when, owing to the ravages of a pulmonary consumption, brought on by his exposures and hardships, his la bours as Missionary were terminated and he bade farewell to his beloved Church and people a: Cranberry.
The first communication made by him to the Correspondents, was in a letter to the Rev. Mr. PEMBERTON, of Nov. 5, 1744 ; giving a succinct account of his residence at Kaunaumeek and of the commencement of his labours of Sakhauwotung and Opeholhaupung. After this he regularly forwarded to them a copy of his Diary. They published extracts from his Diary, in two parts or numbers, with some variations in the titles. The First part, commencing with his residence at Crossweeksung, June 19th, 1745, and reaching to Nov. 4th, 1745 ; was published early in the following year; and was entitled,
“ Mirabilia Dei inter Indicos ;
Among a number of Indians,
* These extracts are from the Preface of the Correspondents to Brainerd's Letter to Pemberton.
Justiy represented in a JOURNAL, kept by order of the Honourable Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge; with some General Remarks ;
By David BRAINERD, Minister of the Gospel, and Missionary from the said Society : Published by the Reverend and worthy Correspondents of the said Society ;
with a Preface by them." The Second part, extending from Nov 24th, 1745, to June 19th 1746, was published in the latter part of that year; and was entitled
“ Divine Grace Displayed ;
Among some of the Indians
Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge ;
with some General Remarks; To which is subjoined an Appendix, containing some account of sundry things,
and especially of the Difficulties attending the Work of a Missionary among the Indians :
By David BRAINERD, Minister of the Gospel, and Missionary from the said Society: Published by the Reverend and worthy Correspondents of the said Society."
These two parts have always been called “BRAINERD'S JOURNAL;" and were published during his life.
BRAINERD died at the house of the Rev. JONATIAN EDWARDS, of Northampton, Oct. 9th, 1747 ; leaving all his papers in the hands of that gentleman, " that he might dispose of them as he thought would be most for God's glory, and the interest of Religion.” Of these, the most valuable was the Account of his early life and the original copy of his Diary. From these materials, Mr. EDWARDS prepared a Life of BRAINERD, an 8vo volume of 316 pages; which was published at Boston in 1749, with the following title ;
" An Account of the Life
Missionary to the Indians,
In the 30th year of his age :
for his own use ; and now published,
By Jonathan Edwards, A. M.
Minister of the Gospel at Northampton.” It has been the intention of the Editor, to render this volume, as a Memoir of BRAINERD, complete. It contains the whole of the Life and Diary including the JOURNAL, together with al his letters, and other writings (so far as they are known to the Editor) and the concluding Reflections on his Memoirs, by President Edwards; all arranged in a regular series, according to the order of events. In addition to these, it contains two letters of JOAN BRAINERD and the Sermons of PEMBERTON and EDWARDS; both of uncommon excellence.
The Diary of BRAINERD, a single point only excepted, is probably the best manual of Christian experience, ever yet published. The exception arises from the fact, that the native temperament of BRAINERD's mind inclined him to melancholy. This, his biographer, and himself, towards the close of life, regarded as a serious unhappiness, not to say defect, in his character. If the requisite allowance be made for this constitutional infirmity, the diary will prove altogether useful to the private Christian. As an example of a mind tremulously apprehensive of sin, loathing it in every form, and for its own sake, avoiding even the appearance of evil, rising above all terrestrial considerations, advancing rapidly in holiness, and finding its only enjoyment in the glory of God; probably no similar word in any language, can furnish a parallel.
In the Reflections on the Memoirs of BRAINERD, as in a clear transparent mirror, the reader if he is not voluntarily blind, will discover the true character
of his own heart. The narrative of conversions, during the long Pentecost season at Crossweeksung, while it cannot fail to delight and animate the real Christian, will satisfy every mind open to conviction, that the Doctrines there taught were taught by the Apostles; and will teach every Minister, that to preach Christ Crucified is the only way to secure the co-operation of the Holy Spirit. The account given by BRAINERD of the Doctrines which he preached to the Indians, and their visible Effects ; of his method of learning their language; of his plan of Instruction ; and of the Difficulties in the way of Christianizing them, will also be peculiarly useful to the Missionary; while the Diary at large will furnish him an example of self-denial, of patience under privations and sufferings, and of glorving in infirmities, which Paul himself would have respected and loved. On the whole, the Editor is convinced that few works hitherto published, are calculated to be equally useful to the Church at large, or to the individual Christian ; and, with these views concerning it, he cheerfully commends it to the blessing of Almighty God; without which the Word of Life, itself, becomes a“ savour of death unto death."
PREACHED IN NEWARK, JUNE 12, 1744,
ORDINATION OF MR. DAVID BRAINERD,
A MISSIONARY TO THE INDIANS
BORDERS OF NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA,
BY EBENEZER PEMBERTON, A. M.
PASTOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.