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quested them to invite in the other blood and butchery. As he closed this families in the house. “They don't portion of his discourse, a shudder come in here," was the reply. “Well, and thrill of horror pervaded the whole then, I will go in and see them.” He house. But lost in his subject, imdid so, and found them equally unwil. pressed with a deep sense of his responling to call in their neighbors. He sibility, and moved with indignation, then said to them, “ Well, I will take he proceeded : “ And now my chilthe devil's stand in the entry, and all dren, as I stand here the servant and you come to your doors while I pray.” minister of the most high God, like his They obeyed him, and became friends, faithful servant Jacob of old, I pro- . and lived in peace the rest of their days. claim in regard to the authors and
This trait of his character was still contrivers of this foul deed, “ Cursed more strikingly exhibited in his dis- be their anger, for it is fierce, and their course, addressed to certain individuals, wrath, for it is cruel! The Lord will who, by much solicitation and artifice, divide them in Jacob, and scatter them persuaded a party of friendly Indians in Israel.” to accept their hospitalities at a feast,
Such facts or incidents show clearly and, after getting them drunk, fell that Mr. Moody had an iron will, upon them and killed them. Accord- dauntless courage, indomitable ing to one account of his discourse on ergy, and was fearless in the performthis occasion, he first dwelt on the mys
ance of his duties as a minister of the terious nature of divine Providence in gospel. suffering crimes of the darkest dye to
Still he was a humble man and readbe committed; then, upon man's ily confessed his faults. This is agency in such crime. This finished, enshrined in several well-authenticated he dwelt upon the importance of integ- anecdotes. A pious man, who had rity of character in the concerns of this
a long distance to make Mr. life. Then, lifting up his hands; and Moody's acquaintance, was sitting with raising his eyes as if in prayer, he him and family at the breakfast-table, cried, “ Lord, who shall abide in thy when a neighbor came in somewhat extabernacle ? who shall dwell in thy cited, and said to Mr. Moody, “ Your holy hill ? "
Then turning to his audi- cattle have got into my field and done ence, as if the bearer of a divine mes
much re, and I wish you would sage, he replied, “He that walketh
take care of them.” Mr. Moody was
uprightly and worketh righteousness and very much irritated, and replied sharpspeaketh truth in his heart; he that ly. The stranger was astonished. In doeth no evil to his neighbor." He a few moments Mr. Moody rose from then called upon his hearers to contrast the table, and went into his study. He the requisitions of the divine law with soon returned, however, weeping over the character of the bloody tragedy of his sin, and saying, “If it were not the week preceding. Here, in brief, for the example of the Jewish prophet. but clear, select terms, he detailed the Jonah, left on record, I should have no systematized treachery, the hollow- hope of myself.” hearted pretences of friendly hospitali
During a revival he met two meno ty, the cunningly devised means of disputing about the state of thingsthrowing the red man off his guard, and one for, the other against, the revival. then the consummation of the deed of
He gave as he supposed the one op
posed to the revival a blow upon the 1 Narrative of the Preble family, by Judge shoulder with his cane, exclaiming, Preble.
“I'll teach you better than to dispute
against the work of God.” After a provided, when he to be the moment's reflection, and discovering guest. He was called upon to return that he had struck the wrong man, he thanks. He proceeded to bless the fell upon his knees in the road, con- Lord that he not only supplied their fessed his fault, and asked forgiveness. wants from the field, flocks, and herds, He did not forget the divine require- but suffered them to “suck of the ment, “ Confess your faults one to abundance of the seas and of the treasanother, and pray one for another that ures hid in the sands." ye may be healed."
He was overtaken one Saturday But what peculiarly characterized some distance from home, and conMr. Moody were his eccentricities. cluded to spend the Sabbath with a These appear under nearly all circum- brother minister. The good brother stances, and frequently very welcomed him to his house, and said, marked and striking. Occasionally he “I should be very glad to have you exchanged with his son-in-law, Mr. preach for me to-morrow, but I am Emerson, of Malden. Mr. Emerson, almost ashamed to ask you." · Why, much to the edification of the people of what's the matter ?""
“Our people York, gave carefully prepared and are in such a habit of leaving before the well-written discourses. They soon meeting is closed, that it seems to me gave their own minister, who preached an imposition on a stranger.”
“ If without notes, to understand that they that is all, I must and will stop and should like better prepared, even writ- preach for you.” Sabbath came, and ten sermons. He tried his hand at it, Mr. Moody appeared in the pulpit. and soon appeared in the pulpit with a After he named his text, he stopped written discourse. After the intro- and said, “My friends, I am going ductory services were over, he began to preach to two sorts of folks to-day, to read his manu
nuscript. He read on saints and sinners. Sinners, I am going until tired of such trammels, and then to give you your portion first, and I stopped suddenly, and, looking round would have you give good attention." upon his audience, said, “Emerson When he got through with them he must be Emerson, and Moody Moody. paused, and said, “There, sinners, I feel as if I had my head in a bag. I have done with you now ; you may You call Moody a rambling preacher, take your hats and go out of the and it is true enough ; but his preach- meeting-house as soon as you please.” ing will do to catch up rambling sin- All remained in their seats till the
You are all runaways from the service closed. Lord.”
After the capture of Louisburg the He noticed one Sabbath quite a num- officers had a great dinner. Knowing ber of his hearers asleep. He stopped that Mr. Moody was favorable to in his sermon, and cried out at the top long services, and fearing that the ,of his voice,“ Fire ! fire ! fire !” One food might get cold before eating, man, just aroused from his slumber, they hesitated about asking him half conscious, trembling with fear, en- to ask a blessing. But their required, " Where ?" “In hell for spect for him prevailed ; and the gensleepy hearers,” was the reply.
eral invited him as usual to say grace. One of his people noticed that, when Much to their surprise the old man he returned thanks after meals, he in- came forward, and, lifting up both troduced passages of Scripture descrip- hands, said, “O Lord, we have so tive of some article of food on the table. much to bless thee for, we must To test his skill, a dinner of clams was refer it to eternity, for time is too
short ; so bless our food and fellow- his labors, Mr. Moody was peculiarly ship for Christ's sake.”
adapted to the society for which he laDuring a revival he overtook, as he bored, in its days of poverty and worldwas going to meeting, a poor lame wo- liness, in its seasons of trial and danman, wending her way to the place of ger, and when it blossomed as the rose worship, burdened with a sense of sin. under the influence of the Spirit of God. He reined up his horse and invited her What he accomplished during his to step upon the fence and mount the ministry in York can not be fully depillion behind him. She thanked him, scribed ; for who can paint with words but refused his kind offer. Yes, yes," the loveliness of individual and social said he, “jump on; the time has now life, as again and again waves of holy come when the lame shall leap for joy.” light, love, joy, and peace swept through She yielded to such solicitation, and the hearts of families and religious asrode to meeting behind Father Moody; semblies of the people of York during and in a few days her heart did leap his ministry of forty-nine years ? Who for joy, for its burden was rolled upon can tell how often heaven was thrilled Christ as her Saviour.
with joy over penitent men coming to Several more anecdotes illustrating Christ, or how many were welcomed his eccentricity might be given ; but to the shining ranks above? And who we will take time only for one more.
can estimate the influences set in motion At a meeting of the Association at still spreading into such widening cirhis house, his brethren criticised him cles; the sparks of light struck out for his peculiarities. After listening a expanding into infinite brightness and while he said, “
“Why, what have I glory ; the emotions of happiness done?” They repeated various care- swelling into oceans of love and joy ? less expressions, which, as they under- The work of a faithful, devoted servant stood, he had used, and said to him, of God may be learned from the rec“You are liable by such a course to ords of eternity, but not from those of injure the good cause.” He was silent time. And the most he does here, even, for a few moments, then arose and is in the hearts and minds of men, and went into his study. But he soon re- not revealed to the eye of sense. turned with a list of some thirty names
Christian labor visible results are only of persons whose conversion had been the index of greater results, known traced to those same expressions. The only to Him who searches the heart. good brethren were somewhat discom- One fact, though, suggests much in fited as Father Moody read over the Mr. Moody's case. Learning one Satnames and dates, and stated the facts urday evening that a certain individual somewhat fully. They began to con- connected with his congregation negclude that they had been a little hasty. lected family worship, he hastened to So one of them remarked, “If the Lord call upon him. After reproving his owns Father Moody's oddities, we friend, and finding him, on account of must let him take his own course. diffidence, unwilling to attend to his
Possessing such marked peculiari- duty in the family, he gave him to unties and strong faith, so earnest and derstand that he should not leave the benevolent, so fearless and humble in house until he erected an altar to God.
He pressed him up to duty until in ag1 The most of the anecdotes I have introduced ony of spirit he cried out, “ Lord, may be found in a somewhat different dress teach me to pray.” — “ Well done,” either in Sprague's Annals or the Biographical responded Father Moody, “ that is a Sketches of the Moody family.
good prayer ; you have begun excel
HERE LIES THE BODY
lently ; I am satisfied ; now go ahead; he died, and beside the graves of those and as the purpose of my visit is ac- he loved. On the stone at its head is .complished, I will bid you good-night." the following inscription:
What a community it must have been, when, as we may conclude from
of the Rev'd this incident, family worship was ob
SAMUEL MOODY, A. M. served in nearly every dwelling! How The zealous, faithful and successful pastor of different the place from what it was
the First Church of Christ in York; when Mr. Moody came to it! Then it was born in Newbury, January 4th, 1675,
graduated 1697. Came hither May 16th, was given up to levity and wickedness ;
1698. Ordained in Dec. 1700, and now it was filled with love, joy, and
died here Nov. 13th, 1747. For his peace. Then iniquity and crime were
further character read the 2d fast spreading ; now all was beautiful
Corinthians, 3d chapter, with holiness. Then the church was
and first six verses." very small, numbering possibly a “Mr. Moody was first married to score ; now it contained three hundred IIannah Sewall, the only daughter of and seventeen members. Then only John Sewall, of Newbury, and the first here and there one was connected with cousin of the Rev. Dr. Sewall, of the it; now probably from one third to one Old South Church, Boston. She died fourth of the whole population. What Jan. 29th, 1728, aged fifty-one years. a.change to be produced, under God, They had three children, namely, Joprincipally by the labors of one man !
seph, pastor of the Second Church in He closed his labors at seventy-two, York ; Mary, who became the wife of “in great distress of body.” During the Rev. Joseph Emerson, of Malden ; his last hours “ Joseph,' his son, sat be- and Lucy, who died in infancy." hind him on the bed, holding him in his
“ The following is a list of Mr. arms.
When he ceased to breathe and Moody's publications : The Vain Youth the people began to remark that he was
summoned to appear at Christ's Bar; gone, his son exclaimed with a loud Lecture Sermon at York, Me., 1701 ; voice, · And Joseph shall put his hands The Doleful State of the Damned ; upon thine eyes.' He then closed his Substance of Several Sermons at York, eyes, and laid the liseless body back on 1710 ; Judas the Traitor hung up in the bed.”
chains to give warning to professors, His grave is but a few rods from the 1714 ; Massachusetts Election Sermon, old church, which was built the year 1721 ; Sermon preached to children
after catechising in the town of York, 1 Mr. Joseph Moody was the only son of Mr. Me., 1721 ; A summary account of the S. Moody. He was born in 1700. Graduated Life and Death of Joseph Tussan, an at Harvard at the age of eighteen. He was
Indian ; A sermon on the Way to get active in civil life for several years, serving as
out of Debt, and the Way to Keep town clerk, register of deeds for the county, and also as judge of the county court. In 1732 a
out of Debt." second church was organized in York, and he was invited to take charge of it, and did so; 1 Sprague's Annals. after about six years he became gloomy and Mr. Moody was married a second time, but closed his labors in the ministry.
had no children by that matriage.
The Third Congregational Society of in June following, at its first session Burlington, Vt., was formed July 21st, after the organization of the church. 1860. Regular public services were es- The original membership of the tablished by the society in the Court church included fifty-two persons, most • House on the ninth of the following of whom were previously connected September. The Third Congregational with the First Church in Burlington. Church was organized on the first Sah- On Dec. 26; 1860, the church inbath in November, and was received in- stalled the , Rev. George B. Safford, as to the Chittenden County Conference pastor, through a council of which the