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From the Minutes of the Board of Trustees of the Society for supporting the Gospel among the Poor in the City of New York, at a Meeting held on the 20th of January, 1813.
Whereas, it has become known to this Board, that the Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely is indebted to the amount of two hundred dollars, in consequence of the very small compensation received for his past services as stated Preacher of the Hospital and Almshouse,
Resolved, That the Treasurer pay to Mr. Ely two hundred dollars, as a donation from this Society, to enable him to discharge that debt.
JOHN E. CALDWELL, Secretary. Once more then I can say, that I owe no man any thing, but love.'
WITHIN the last twelve hours, I have preached four discourses, besides performing all the other usual services of public worship. In the last exercise I stood between two rooms in the Almshouse, and preached to an unusual number. Some of the paupers were much affected, and particularly a young woman, S. A. E-, of lovely countenance, who lay beside my table sick of a fever. After sermon, I conversed with her, but her language was in whispers and tears. She knew that she was a great sinner, she said; but could not doubt Christ's ability to save, even herself.
In the Hospital the yellow man was eagerly attentive to the doctrine of a believer's union to Christ, by
SICKNESS AND DEATH.
I am weary
which he is constituted a new creature. indeed, but not with the gospel; which I have been proclaiming to four attentive audiences.
To-day, the old woman who lay on the floor of the Almshouse cellar on the 21st instant, departed this life. A drunken life ends in a dreadful death!
sent for me again, to hear more of Christ, and was anxious to have me speak loud, that all the poor people in the room might hear. He says that he can understand my doctrine better than any which he has heard; and does not desire any other earthly teacher. In the Hospital, I prayed in a ward appropriated to depraved females; in which are, at present, four or five very young and delicate lost ones. When I first began to exhort them, I could see the smile of the abandoned playing around the lips of several of them; but, in a few moments, when 1 reminded them of the premature death of a multitude of their companions, they became solen.
The evening was spent with a small praying society, which has existed for many years (I believe for `about twenty) without intermission. This can be
said of few establishments of the kind; for Christians in general are too prone to become weary in well doing, and fluctuate from zeal to lamentable stupidity. Something new is then requisite to excite their sluggish spirits; and hence religious associations, founded on the best principles, rise and fall. Not unfrequently, one or two zealous and discreet persons will preserve, for a long time, the life of piety in their little
A PRAYING SOCIETY, &c.
company; and therefore the few, who are capable of leading in social worship, should be punctual and
THIS morning, at the request of Mrs. L-C-, I visited a young man, Mr. C―r, who is on the verge of the grave with the consumption. He has been in the Hospital twice, with the desire of gaining relief, but his case is beyond the physician's skill. His mother has a little room in the third story of an old house, in which she attends to her sick son, and schools eight or ten children. The floor was carpeted, and every thing was neat. The son seems to have some knowledge of the nature of faith, without any skill in describing it. He has been a wild youth; but for a few years past, his present disorder preying on his lungs, has made him thoughtful. I asked him in what manner a sinner became interested in the Lord Jesus Christ ?--and he answered, By praying to him, seeking him, loving him, and keeping his commandments.' He had, therefore, no idea of any but a practical faith in Christ.
W-F- is still very sick. I found him in bed with his wife and some of their children. His gratitude for a little religious attention is very great, WR, the blind boy, has rarely failed of repeating one hymn, after public worship weekly, for more than six months. A few moments before going to the
THE PAUPER'S HYMN.
Almshouse this evening, I composed the following stanzas, which were sung by Blind George and his followers:
HYMN. C. M.
BEHOLD, the poor, the lame, the blind,
The sick, the wretched meet,
E'en at the mercy seat.
With all our poverty and pain,
O may the Son of David hear
Remember, Lord, the fatherless,
Thou, blessed Jesus, come and dwell
Within each trembling breast!
Deliver us from sin and hell,
And give us, sinners, rest.
'WHEN I was in the Hospital,' said the young man, Mr. C, whom I visited on the 26th, and again to-day, I did not much regard your preaching; but I have had much time for reflection, and now the
same things seem of infinite consequence. I would not, for all the gold I could lift, return to my past sins. Many similar things he said, and assured me that his hope of eternal happiness, through Jesus Christ, is so strong, that he is willing to die.
In the Hospital I conversed with a Scotch-Irish woman, who was brought in by one of the Dorcas Society. She was found in a miserable condition; but for many weeks has been made as comfortable as her diseases will permit. Like most of her countrywomen, she speaks of doctrinal subjects with more propriety than is usual with people of other nations. Of the heart of this woman I cannot judge, but you will never hear her speak of acceptance with God, on any other ground than that of the righteousness of Christ.
The yellow man pleases me. Sir, I was thinking,' he said, 'just now, that if it were not for religion we should have no Hospital, and no such good provision for us.' All charitable institutions of this kind have certainly sprung from the benign influence of Christianity.
Of Christ he said, 'Well, now, I think he did all he could for us, for he died for us, and we must do the best we can, and look to him, for if the truth was known, I think he is now in Heaven praying for us poor sinners.' With the sermon last Sabbath, he professes to have been pleased and instructed. The rheumatism may prove his spiritual good, God grant it!