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MR. BRAINERD'S JOURNAL,

IN

TWO PARTS.

Vol. 11,

RE

1

ADVERTISEMENT,

The Journal having been so much referred to in the Life and Diury, and being originally a part of the Diary itself, this work would be very imperfect without it. It was first printed not only in Two Parts, but with some varia. tion in the Titles, which are here subjoined. The First Part was, Mirabilia Dei inter Indicos;

OR, THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF A REMARKABLE WORK OF GRACE AMONGST

A NUMBER OF THE INDIANS,

In the Provinces of New-Jersey und Pensylvania, Justly represented in a JOURNAL kept by order of the Honourable Society (in Scot

land) for propagating Christian Kuowledge. 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 was,
DIVINE GRACE DISPLAYED;

OR,

THE CONTINUANCE AND PROGRESS OF A REMARKABLE WORK OF GRACE,

AMONG SOME OF THE INDIANS,

Belonging to the Provinces of New-Jersey and Pensylvania, Justly represented in a JOURNAL kept by order of the Honourable Society (in Scota

land) for propagating Christian Koowledge. With some general REMARKS. To which is subjoined an APPENDIX, containing some Account of sundry Things, 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.

PREFACE.

The design of this publication, is to give God the glory of his distinguishing grace, and gratify the pious curiosity of those who are waiting and praying for that blessed tiine, when the Son of God, in a more extensive sense than has yet been accomplished, shall receive “ the Heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for a possession.”

Whenever any of the guilty race of mankind are awakened to a just concern for their eternal interest, are humbled at the footstool of a sovereign God, and are persuaded and enabled to accept the offers of redeeming love, it must always be acknowledged a wonderful work of divine grace, which demands our thankful praises. But doubtless it is a more affecting evidence of almighty power, a more illustrious display of sovereign mercy, when those are enlightened with the knowledge of salvation, who have for many ages dwelt in the grossest darkness and Heathenism, and are brought to a cheerful subjection to the government of our divine Redeemer, who from generation to generation had remained the voluntary slaves of " the prince of darkDess.'

This is that delightful scene which will present itself to the reader's view, while he attentively peruses the following pages. Nothing certainly can be more agreeable to a benevolent and religious inind, than to see those that were sunk in the most degenerate state of human nature, at once, not only renounce those barbarous customs they had been inured to from their infancy, but surprisingly transformed into the character of real and devout Christians.

This mighty change was brought about by the plain and faithful preaching of the gospel, attended with an uncommon effusion of the divine Spirit, under the ministry of the Rererend DAVID BRAINERD, a Missionary employed by the Honourable Society in Scotland, for propagating CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.

And surely it will administer abundant matter of praise and thanksgiting to that honourable body, to find that their generous attempt to send the gospel among the Indian nations upon the borders of New-York, NewJersey, and Pensylvania, has met with such surprising success.

It would perhaps have beea more agreeable to the taste of politer rea. ders, if the following Journal had been cast into a different method, and formed into one connected narratire. But the worthy author amidst his continued labours, bad no time to spare for such an undertaking. Besides, the pious reader will take a peculiar pleasure to see this work described in its native simplicity, and the operations of the Spirit upon the minds of these poor benighted Pagans, laid down just in the method and order in which they happened. This, it must be confessed, will occasion frequent repeti. lions; but these, as they tend to give a fuller view of this amazing dispensation of divine grace in its rise and progress, we trust, will be easily forgiven

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