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LIFE OF HALLOCK.
CHAPTER I. Birth.---Ancestry.-Occupation in early life.- Person. * I was born,” says Mr. Hallock in a narrative of his early life,“ on Monday, the thirteenth of March, 1758. My native place was Brookhaven, on LongIsland, in the state of New York. My father's name is William Hallock. He was born on Long-Island in 1730. My mother's name was Alice Homan. My grandfather, Noah Hallock, lived and died at a place, called The-Old-Man's, nearly opposite NewHaven. I have reason to believe, that my paternal grandfather and great grandfather, with my grandmothers, were professors of religion, calvinistic in sentiment, and godly in their lives.
“ I have often heard my dear father date his hope at about eight years old, though he was more than forty, when he made a public profession of religion. He always prayed in his family, and I have repeatedly found him at prayer, in some retired place. He always appeared to regard the holy Sabbath, to delight in the public worship of the Lord, to respect the Bible and preachers of the Gospel, to love Christians, to value awakenings, and cordially to believe in the doctrines of grace. He ever appeared to think very lowly of himself, and to feel, that, if a
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Christian, he was the least of all. He was hospitable, and felt in the distresses of the afflicted. He was gifted in prayer, apt to speak in conferences, and to converse on religion. I know of none, with whom I could talk more freely on religious subjects than my dear father. My mother, I believe, made a profession of religion, when I was about eight years old, and I trust from her life and conversation, she really is what she professes to be.
“ My father had nine children, who lived to grow up, two sons and seven daughters, all of whom except the youngest daughter settled in the family state. I was the oldest of the children. When I was about eight years old, my father removed with his family to Chesterfield, now called Goshen, in Massachusetts. Here I lived with him till I was twenty-one, and went through privations and hardships in assisting him to bring under cultivation, an entirely new farm.”
Beside these early toils on the rocky and unsubdued heights of the Green Mountains, Mr. Hallock was twice called, in the war of the revolution, while yet in his minority, to exchange the tranquillity of agriculture for the tumult of arms. By this severe discipline in his youth, God was preparing him for that “hardness," which he afterwards endured so joyfully as a good soldier of Christ. He sometimes mentioned an incident which occurred in one of these tours of military service, and which, for its excellent moral, may here be introduced.
In 1777, he was one of a body of troops, selected for a secret expedition across Lake George. The detachment left the shore about one o'clock, P. M.,