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tals of paradise in rotes of praise and in the voice of supplication. In one of his last conversations, with his arms stretched forth in the attitude of dedication, he made a final surrender of himself, soul, and body, and exclaimed, in the language of the penitent,
“Here, Lord, I give myself away,
'Tis all that I can do."
Eld. SYLVANUS HAYNES was born at Princetown, Mass., Feb. 22, 1768. His father's name was Joseph Haynes. In early childhood he used to attend secret prayer; and had so deep a sense of sin, and of his exposedness to Divine wrath that he spent his hours alone in prayers and tears. He determined to live no longer as he had done, but to attend to religion in earnest. He soon, however, became as thoughtless as ever. But through mercy, those powerful impressions were frequent, and he had such views of his sinfulness, and of his danger of eternal ruin, that he was impelled to prayer. At about the age of fourteen he was much addicted to pitching quoits : and he delighted in anticipating the pleasure he should take in the diversion, when the season should open. But it occurred to his mind that he had heard it said, " That people often become much attached to this world, just before they were going to leave it.” “ This,” said he, “ brought death and judgment into view, and forever spoiled all my diversions." Thus God made use of his quoits as arrows to pierce his heart. He now felt himself among the greatest of sinners. His life appeared a continued series of sin. He saw that he had offended a just and holy God, and trampled on the blood of a crucified Redeemer. He viewed him. self altogether in the hands of that God against whom he had so long rebelled ; from whom he could not flee; before whose justice he could not stand; and whose wrath he could not endure. His convictions were extremely pungent. Despair seemed ready to seize his trembling soul. A view of the many mercies of God to him, and his ingratitude for them all, often filled him with grief and shame. He was greatly affected to think he had so long slighted the calls, warnings, and invitations, of Christ in the gospel. When he saw how he had grieved the Holy Spirit, he wondered that he had not finally left him. So great was his distress, that he thought if he could not obtain relief he must sink to the grave. While thus distressed, he concluded, that, if he could give himself to God, unreservedly, he would accept of him. But he was soon convinced, that, if his salvation depended on his giving himself to God in a right way, he never should do it, unless divinely assisted. This led him to a deeper sense of his utter lost and undone condition. Yet he resolved, God enabling him, to cry for mercy as long as he should live; and if he must sink to hell at last, to go praying. He had such views of the deceitfulness of his heart, that he feared he should be left to settle down on a false hope. After a long season of distress, in which he endured the most pungent convictions, God was pleased to reveal Christ in him as the hope of glory. From this time he had such vivid views of the glorious plan of salvation as caused him to rejoice in the hope of a blessed immortality. Then he could triumphantly say, "My Lord and my God, my Christ and my Savior, my heaven and my home.”
About the age of seventeen, he began to have scruples about his baptism, (as he had only been sprinkled in his infancy.) But after a close examination of the Bible, with fasting and prayer, he was convinced that believers were the only subjects of this ordinance, and immersion the only proper mode. Accordingly, July 5, 1786, he was baptized by Eld. Isaac Beal, of Leicester, Mass., and soon after joined the church under his care. He was then in his nineteenth year.
He long had severe trials respecting his call to the work of the ministry. After much prayer and fasting, and great strugglings in his own mind, he finally gave up, and submitted the matter entirely to God, leaving all the consequences with him. A door in providence soon opened, and he commenced preaching the last Sabbath in March, 1789. He preached in Princetown about a year. During this period his labors were blessed, and several were converted to God through his instrumentality. In March, 1790, he removed to Middletown, Vt. July 8, 1791, he received ordination, and took the pastoral charge of that church. Elds. Beal, Cornell, Blood, and Green, assisted at the ordination. August 16, 1791, he was married to Miss Louisa Gardner, a member of Middletown church. In 1792 a small revival took place, under his ministration. In 1800 and 1801 another revival took place, in which seventeen souls were added to the church. In the year 1808 he had strong exercises of mind, and ardent desires for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit ; and on the evening of the last Sabbath of October the work of God commenced at a conference-meet. ing, and went on powerfully. In the course of a year from its commencement
were baptized and added to the church. In November, 1817, a precious work began, and during the work he baptized fifty-three. Notwithstanding this good work, he felt it to be his duty to remove to some other place. Accordingly, in October, 1817, he removed with his family to Elbridge. Shortly after his location at this place thirty were added to the church, three of whom were awakened under his preaching.
In the year 1820 a revival commenced, during which seventy-eight were baptized. On Saturday, March 19, 1825, his wife departed this life, in hopes of a glorious immortality. On the 28th of January, 1826, he was married to Miss Mary Coman, of Cheshire, Mass. This lady had been a professor of religion for many years. But it was but a short time that she enjoyed his company. In less than a year death severed the bond, and removed him from this vale of tears to the mansions of rest. He died Dec. 30, 1826, after a little more than a fortnight's confinement from his ministerial labor. He had been engaged in baptizing only three weeks before his death. He died as he had lived, with a hope full of im. mortality. The approach of death was welcomed, for it only opened the portals of glory. The nature of his disease, which was an ossification of the heart, admitted his saying very little. But it appeared evident from his brief answers that he died in the triumphs of faith. He was interred on the first day of January, 1827, amid the tears of a bereaved church, and an immense concourse of weeping friends from various places, whom the melancholy providence had brought together, to testify their high respect for a great and good
A sermon was delivered by Eld. Wyckoff, of Auburn, who about twenty months before performed a similar service at the death of his wife.
Br. Haynes was of sound judgment, correct principles, and a faithful, affectionate preacher of the gospel. In him young preachers found a father and a friend; distressed churches a healer of breaches; and tempted souls a sympathizing guide. His many painful labors for the salvation of sinners, the peace of the churches, the general spread of the gospel, and the purity of the ministry, will never be fully appreciated until the time when he shall stand before his judge, and hear the words of his mouth, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
P. S. The foregoing is but a mere minute of this great and good man's life. The writer of this postscript sat under his ministry for near two years—had seen him in various circumstances; and in his opinion he had few superiors, as a minister or Christian. His sermons were uniformly excel. lent; rarely was it that you heard one not above mediocrity. They were all watered with his tears, both in his study and in the pulpit. He preached the truth in view of the judg. ment; and not a few have heard him repeatedly say, at the conclusion of his discourses, “ I am now ready, brethren, to step from this pulpit to the judgment.” There was another expression not uncommon with him when addressing his people, worthy of being remembered. - Brethren, we ought so to live always that death will be a privilege.” When conversing about death, he seemed to be always ready to depart. I have known him when absent from home, at the house of a brother, express himself much as follows : “ It is perfectly indifferent to me whether I live to see home. If I die by the way, it is no matter; when the Lord has done with me here, I am ready to go.” And yet, no man loved his family more than he, or more highly enjoyed the society of his friends or the institutions of his country. These great interests were near his beart, and according to his ability he gave to each, systematically and prayerfully. The Institution at Hamilton no man prized higher. He felt the want of early advantages, and he was desirous that his young brethren should be liberated from embarrassments under which he had suffered. By his industry, and persevering improvement of every leisure hour, he had acquired quite a fund of knowledge; and by the constant use of his pen in composition, he not only acquired a readiness in writing, but
he wrote with great force and beauty. Many of his essays have adorned the early volumes of the Register; and they may be now turned to and examined with interest and profit.
Died, in Brookfield, N. Y., on Saturday, the 23d of July, 1826, Eld. SIMEON Brown, in the 79th year of his age.
He was a native of Stonington, Conn., where it was the pleasure of the Lord to make him a subject of renewing grace, and call him into his service. He was baptized and joined the church under the pastoral charge of his father. It was soon manifest to him and the church that God had a work for him to do; and he was obedient to the heavenly mandate. Con. ferring not with flesh and blood, he was often heard telling of the wonderful work of grace on his heart, the unbounded love of a Savior, and recommending Christ wherever oppor. tunity presented. He soon began to preach the unspeakable riches of Christ to a gainsaying world. After laboring to much acceptance among the people where he first joined, in 1792, he removed to Brookfield, where he immediately erected an altar for God. He soon began meetings in his own log. house. Here, also his labors were blessed, and a church sogn formed, and he ordained their pastor. From that time, till age
and infirmities disabled him, he statedly administered the word of life to his flock, and had the satisfaction to see a respectable church and society multiplied around him, and a large and commodious meeting-house finished and dedicated to the service of God. After long and successful labors among the people, he by degrees gave up his charge.
In the spring of 1826 he was attacked with a shock of the palsy, which eventually terminated his earthly career.
He gradually declined after the attack, and had no hope of recovering. When he could talk, he did it with freedom, on his departure, and sure hope through grace. Notwithstand. ing his long and arduous labors in the vineyard of the Lord, he rested alone on Christ for salvation, and the happy plaudit, “Come, ye blessed of my Father.” Through his last illness it was very difficult to converse with him, and some time before his death he was entirely speechless, and gradually