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very desirous from thence of being thought truly gracious; who, when I could not but express to them my fears respecting their spiritual states, discovered their resentments to a considerable degree upon that occasion. There also appeared in one or two of them an unbecoming ambition of being teachers of others. So that Satun has been a busy adversary here, as well as elsewhere. But, blessed be God, though something of this nature has appeared, yet nothing of it has prevailed, nor indeed made any considerable progress at all. My people are now apprised of these things, are made acquainted, that Satan in such a manner“ transformed himself into an angel of light," in the first season of the great out-pouring of the divine Spirit in the days of the apostles; and that something of this nature, in a greater or less degree, has attended almost every revival and remarkable propagation of true religion ever since. And they have learned so to distinguish between the gold and dross, that the credit of the latter is trodden down like the mire of the streets :" and it being natural for this kind of stuff to die with its credit, there is now scarce any appearance of it among them.
And as there has been no prevalency of irregular heats, imaginary notions, spiritual pride, and Satanical delusions among my people; so there has been very few instances of scandalous and irregular behaviour among those who have made a profession, or even an appearance of seriousness. I do not know of more than three or four such persons that have been guilty of any open misconduct, since their first acquaintance with Christianity, and not one that persists in any thing of that nature. And perhaps the remarkable purity of this work in the latter respect, its freedom from frequent instances of scandal, is very much owing to its purity in the former respect, its freedom from corrupt mixtures of spiritual pride, wild-fire, and delusion, which naturally lay a foundation for scandalous practices.
May this blessed work in the power and purity of it prevail among the poor Indians here, as well as spread elsewhere, till their remotest tribes shall see the salvation of God! Amen."*
* Money collected and expended for the Indians.-As mention has been made in the preceding Journal, of an English school erected and continued among these Indians, dependent entirely upon charity; and as collections have already been made in divers places for the support of it, as well as for defraying other charges that have necessarily arisen in the promotion of the religious interests of the Indians, it may be satisfactory, and perhaps will be thought by some but a piece of justice to the
world, that an exact account be here given of the money already received by way of collection for the benefit of the Indians, and the manner in which it has been expended.
The following is therefore a just account of this matter: Money received since October last, by way of public collection, for promoting the religious interests of the Indians in New Jersey, viz.
£. so do From New York
23 10 2 Jamaica on Long-Island
3 0 0 Elisabeth-Town
50 Elisabeth Town farms
1 18 9 Newark
4 5 7 Woodbridge
2 18 2 Morris-Town
12 11 0 Freehold Dutch congregation
4 14 3 Shrewsbury and Shark-river
5 0 Middle-Town Dutch congregation
2 0 0
5 11 0
10 5 0
The whole amounting to
Money paid out since October last for promoting the religious interests of the
Indians in New Jersey, viz.
3 5 0
17 10 0
3 0 0
The whole amounting to
£106 0 0
MR. BRAINERD'S JOURNAL,
CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OP HIS
METHOD OF LEARNING THE INDIAN LANGUAGE, AND OF INSTRUCTING
THE INDIANS ;
WITH THE DIFFICULTIES
WHICH LIE IN THE WAY OF THEIR CONVERSION.