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church. But in the years of 1810 and -11 a glorious revival took place, during which eighty-three precious souls were added to the church, many of whom were youth. In this hallowed season of Divine influence his soul was on the wing, rejoicing in the glorious triumph of Divine grace, and laboring incessantly to promote the glorious cause of the divine Redeemer. In 1816 it pleased the Lord again to pour out his Spirit on this church and society, which produced an addition of sixty souls to the church. About the same time a shower of Divine influences descended on the village of Norwich, which caused an accession of one hundred and one members to the church in that place. In this revival Br. F. was very active and exceedingly useful. He baptized nearly all the new members, as their pastor, Eld. J. Randall, was unable to administer, by reason of a dislocation of his shoulder.
But in the midst of his useful labors in this vicinity, Prov. idence seemed to call upon him to relinquish his pastoral charge. Accordingly, on the 25th of Oct. 1817, he gave in his resignation, and removed to Milo, in the county of Yates, N. Y. Here he was called upon to take the pastoral care of the church in Milo and Jerusalem. In this relation he continued until the time of his melancholy exit. His labors in this vicinity were greatly blessed, especially the last year, in which he was called upon to baptize a large number in Pultney.
But it pleased the sovereign Disposer of all events to present him with a bitter cup, of which he must drink; for on the 6th of Sept. 1820, the desire of his eyes, the wife of his youth, was called from these mortal shores to the enjoyment of brighter pleasures in the world above. The stroke was heavy; yet with due submission he bowed to the will of God. On the occasion he writes thus: “ After being wedded to her about twenty-two years, death hath dissolved the connection, and left me with seven motherless children, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn under the bereaving providence. I know, O Lord ! that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.” In 1821 he married the widow Rachel Roberts, a worthy member of the church in Montgomery, Penn., under the pastoral care of the Rev. Silas Hough. In this woman he found an agreea. ble companion, a kind mother to his children, and a real helper in the gospel.
But this happy family were not allowed long to enjoy each other ; for on Tuesday, the 17th of June, 1823, about 4 o'clock, P. M. a cloud arose from the southwest, highly charged with the electric fuid, and seemed to pass over, but soon returned ; the lightning and thunder were incessant. Br. F. observed the clouds had a singular appearance, and seemed anxious to watch their movements, and frequently went to the door, until requested by his daughter to come away. He came and took a seat by her, but in a moment left the seat, and went to the window; but as he was stooping to look out, the angel of death, arrayed in flames, gave the fatal stroke, and his soul took its departure to the realms of glory. The explosion damaged the house very much, but no other person received any lasting injury. His daughter's apron was set on fire, and when the neighbors entered they found his clothes burning, but could perceive no signs of life in him.
He was interred on the following day, when an appropriate discourse was delivered by Eld. Amos Chase, to a large and deeply affected congregation, from Psalm xii. 1: * Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth ; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” He had for some time previ. ous to his death been exercised with an unusual concern for the souls of his fellow-men, and preached with much freedom and fervency on the distinguishing doctrines of the gospel. On the Sabbath before his death he preached three sermons, with much power, seeming to his hearers to possess unusual liberty of thought and utterance. His last text was in Acts xx. 21 : “ Testifying both to the Jews and to the Greeks repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."
His labors were divided between three distinct congregations, among two of which some hopeful appearances cheered his heart, while the one with which he was local. ly situated seemed to remain unaffected under his pious and faithful admonitions and pathetic prayers. This circumstance seemed to try his faith, and to move him to tears; but God still chose to hide from him the thing which he intended to do for that people, and called him to cease from his labors and enter into his rest.
On the Sabbath following this melancholy providence the people appeared much affected ; the saints were aroused to a sense of their duty, and strengthened to take up their cross
and come up to the help of the Lord, notwithstanding He had removed their under-shepherd from them; while sinners, impressed with the thoughts of death, judgment, and eternity, cried, What shall we do? and some, in view of the misim. provement of their time and neglect of his ministry, reproached themselves, saying, “How often has he warned us of our danger, and prayed for our souls, and we regarded it not!” About twenty on that day rose up in the congregation, and asked the prayers of God's people for them. А subsequent account states that many souls there have been hopefully brought into gospel liberty; some had been baptized, and the work was still progressing.
As a husband and parent, he was .exemplary, kind, and affectionate. As a friend, faithful and sincere. Christian, meek and holy; and being favored with a melodi. ous voice, he might be considered as one of the sweet singers of Israel : he took great delight in singing the praises of God. As a minister, although his preaching talents were not above mediocrity, he was sound in the faith, and a firm advocate of the doctrine of free grace. As a pastor, he was exemplary, gently leading the flock, and feeding them with the sincere milk of the word ; always endeavoring to maintain peace and harmony in the church. Being diffident and unassuming, he was always ready to ask and receive council of his brethren.
Such was this valuable man; and in view of the circum. stance of his death, cut off in the midst of his usefulness, we are led to admire and wonder at the Divine administration. Yet it becomes us to be still, and know that he is God, and submit all to Him
" Who works in a mysterious way,
Eld. E. FERRIS was born May 10, 1762, in Dutchess Co., N. Y. His father removed to Stanwick, Conn., when Enoch was only two years old. His mind was impressed with the reality of divine things when about eight or nine years of age. In his sixteenth year he entertained hope in the mercy of God, and in the next year he united with the Baptist church in New Lebanon, N. Y. In his nineteenth year he married, and settled in Canaan. He early employed his talents in exhortation ; but through the cares of the world, he soon forgot his closet and family devotions, and also neglected his public exercises. At this time his feet had wellnigh slipped; but God in mercy reclaimed him, by means of a simple question from an unbelieving cousin, “Why does not cousin pray as he did formerly ?” This question suggested the thought that even unbelievers took notice of his apostacy. It greatly agitated his mind, and resulted in his return to his duty, with deep sorrow and confession. An extensive revival soon followed ; and the cousin who proposed the question to him was the first convert. From this time he engaged in public exercises, and was licensed to preach the gospel. He was ordained in the town of Southeast, in the year 1787, and continued to preach in that place, at Salem, and Nassau, until he was employed by the New York Baptist Missionary Society as their missionary. His heart was much in this work, as will be seen by an extract from one of his first letters to the Board.
66 I have not had one barren season. The Lord has been my helper. I hear more Macedonian cries than I can answer. Dear brethren, pray for me, that I may be kept at my Master's feet, and be made wise to feed the flock and to win souls. The prospect before me is favorable at present. I know not when I have enjoyed a more precious season to my soul than since I began my ride. My prayer to God is, that you may be filled with the fruit of your missionary exertions.”
In 1816 he removed to Mexico, Oswego Co., and continued to labor as a missionary in a wide circuit. In 1817 he witnessed the rise of three new churches, and the enlargement of others, under his instrumentality. In 1819 he removed to Richland; and receiving no aid, for a considerable time, from any society, he experienced the chills of poverty, while the calls about him were not diminished. Amid his gloomy prospects he thus writes :
“ There never was a time when a faithful missionary was more needed than at present; for the greater part of the
people are poor in the extreme, and but few are able to do anything towards supporting ministers. But they have precious souls; and multitudes are perishing for lack of the knowledge of salvation by Jesus Christ. Had I not some longings for their salvation, I should quit the field; for the time I have spent the year past, (for which I receive no other compensation than the pleasure I realize in performing the work, and in waiting for and witnessing the Divine blessing on my labor,) is worth to my family more than one hundred dollars. Thus, you see my missionary tax is great. I have worn out the most of my clothes, and have no way to get more; but I trust the Lord will provide.” Again, he writes, “Such is the pressing desire I feel to impart the word of life to the destitute in this wilderness, that I must, while I have strength, listen to the Macedonian cries around me.
Through the instrumentality of a kind uncle, the Lord was pleased, in 1825 or 1826, to relieve him from the pressure of poverty, and open to him the fairest prospects of a comfortable old age. This he regarded with much gratitude to God. In 1836 he writes to the Missionary Society thus : “ I do not believe it is my duty to ask you
further assistance. I expect this to be the last letter I shall write to you in the character of a missionary. I wish I could express the feelings of my heart towards you while I take my leave of you. I shall never forget your kindness to me, and the poor in this wilderness, while the fruits of your benevolence are around me.
After this, however, he received some more aid from the Society. His health had been failing for more than a year ; but, prompted by zeal in his Master's cause, he made an ex. cursion, in August, into the southern part of the county, where he visited from house to house, and preached as frequently as in his younger days. On the morning of the first Sabbath in September he labored under such indisposi. tion that it was with difficulty he could arise from his knees after family devotion. He was unable to preach that day. The next day he was unusually animated in Christian con. versation-still intimating that he should not recover from that illness. After this he was not able to walk out. In all his sickness, while his reason continued, he was resigned and comfortable in his prospects. On the 6th of October, 1830,