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crowned with signal success. Wher. He seemed alike dead to the comever he went, the spirit of God mon topics of the day, and the unseemed to accompany his preach. holy ambition of some young canHis brethren in the ministrv, didates for the ministry. Instead
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. of labor, and we found his whole piety, that talent had risen to the soul in the great work of his life. first order. Hence the depth and Vol. III.
crowned with signal success. Wher. He seemed alike dead to the comever he went, the spirit of God mon topics of the day, and the unseemed to accompany his preach- holy ambition of some young can. ing. His brethren in the ministry, didates for the ministry. Instead witnessing the success of his labors, of seeking great things for himwere of opinion that he ought at self, his worthier ambition was to least to delay the execution of his seek good things—the best things purpose to leave the country. In for deathless souls, with as many deference to their opinion he con- gems as possible for the Savior's sented to delay; and as his labors crown. While some other candi. became increasingly successful, his dates of popular talents seemed to brethren became more and more be making inquiry for wealthy and convinced, that God had called him intelligent parishes, he appeared to to labor as an evangelist at home. prefer places beneath their notice Still, he never entirely abandoned -not anxious for ordinary compenthe idea of a foreign mission until sation, but ready to enter the most his health failed in 1822.” p. 49. humble field of usefulness, and there
During these first ten or eleven spend all his strength in winning years of his public life, while the souls to Christ. Our position ever Great Master gave him health, and afterwards, was favorable to mark enabled him to labor abundantly his conspicuous movements through and with unparalleled success, Mr. the period now under review. The Nettleton performed the great and Memoir specifies forty revivals in peculiar work for which God raised which he labored successfully within him up, and on account of which the ten years prior to his prostrahe became so extensively known ting sickness in 1822 ; and we disand endeared to Christ's ministers tinctly remember the fame of him and churches. Nearly all this time, at the time in most of these places. the man of God was seen hastening Some of the larger churches rewith the ardor and energy of a hus- ceived not less than two hundred bandman in harvest, from one white members each, as the fruits of these field to another, and the Lord of seasons of refreshing. We should the harvest gave him strength to like to give some specimens from labor night and day with tears amid the volume, of the solemn and thrillthe most heart-stirring scenes. To ing scenes in these revivals ; but himself, it was almost literally one our prescribed limits will only adlong, powerful, delightful revival. mit of a few extracts from the Near the beginning of this golden testimonials of sundry pastors of period of his life, our eyes first saw churches, where he labored in this him. It was at an evening meeting main work of his life. in a small destitute parish of Con- The venerable Dr. Chapin of necticut, and he was plainly in his Rocky Hill says, “During the greater element, surrounded by a breathless part of several months, he was in. throng who had come flocking from defatigable, laboring in season and the highways and hedges to the out of season, to the full extent of gospel feast. Nor is the fact with his health and strength.”. out interest that his reverend biog. important sense brother Nettleton's rapher, then in his youth, sat by the talent was one. In the cultivation side of young Mr. Nettleton that and improvement of that one, he evening, and was the preacher. was unwearied. By the concentra.
Soon after this, we had several tion of study always directed to the interviews with him in his next field most useful point, which is practical of labor, and we found his whole piety, that talent had risen to the soul in the great work of his life. first order. Hence the depth and Vol. III.
exactness of his knowledge in true –21. I have felt that he was a reexperience, and the things which markable man-fitted to draw forth are essential to salvation. Hence the often repeated saying of a ventoo, the quickness of discernment erable president of a distinguished relative to the specific instruction, college, respecting him a wonderand the manner of imparting instruc- fully wise man !'” “ The word of tion, that every mind needed with God in his hands was indeed a sharp which he came in contact. He had two-edged sword that pierced, and a quick and precise perception of was a discerner of the thoughts and the sources whence objectors and intents of the heart. His preaching cavilers draw their difficulties. In was emphatically in demonstration replies, showing the true answer and of the spirit and with power. There the only remedy, he was ready and was not the least attempt at display. appropriate, generally silencing and He was always hidden behind his not rarely convincing. In the whole subject, and he would present that of his intercourse he was exempla. so clearly, and naturally, and justly, ry.” pp. 97, 8.
and strikingly, that his hearers were Dr. Tenney, in his account of a filled with the light of truth, rather revival in Wethersfield, 1821, first than admiration of the man. He published in the Religious Intelli- addressed the reason and conscien. gencer, remarks: “ Previous to the ces of men in a way not to excite revival, our church consisted of about their animal passions, or any outtwo hundred and sixty members. break of feeling; but to reach, and As its fruits, precisely two hundred search, and move the deepest sensihave been added. Of this addition, bilities of their souls. This did, seventy-nine are heads of families.” under him, as it does in every case, “ Peculiar are our obligations to the secure the utmost stillness, the most Rev. Asahel Nettleton, who was fixed and almost breathless attention, much with us, and whose labors and the most profound solemnity. were blessed eminently and exten. His was the eloquence of thought, sively. To us and the churches in of truth, of living, burning truth this region he has been of as great from the living God. In such elouse as were to ancient Israel their quence I have never known him chariots and horsemen. Though in surpassed-seldom equalled. The this work there has been the strong. Spirit of God was in it. His preach. est coincidence between the means ing seemed in perfect harmony used and the success, and between with the word of God, and with the the prayerfulness of Christians, and influences of the Spirit upon the the conviction and conversion of sin. minds of men.” pp. 357—60. ners, yet God has displayed his glo. Dr. Porter of Farmington, in the rious sovereignty in the work which appendix of Dr. Sprague's Lectures is emphatically His. To Him all on Revivals, thus speaks of Dr. Net. the glory is due. To Him let it be tleton. “To his labors, so far as given now and evermore.” pp. 135 human instrumentality was directly -7. In a letter of recent date from concerned, the progress of the reDr. Tenney is the following lan- vival must be chiefly ascribed. The guage : “My particular acquaint- topics on which he principally dwelt, ance with Dr. Nettleton commenced were the unchangeable obligations of in 1818, while he was laboring in a the divine law, the deceitful and enrevival in Rocky Hill, a parish in tirely depraved character of the natWethersfield. My acquaintance ural heart, the free indiscriminate became intimate during nearly three offers of the gospel, the reasonable. months of his labors with me in a ness and necessity of immediate re. great revival, in the winter of 1820 pentance, the variety of those ex.