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MR. BRAINERD'S JOURNAL

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MR. BRAINERD'S JOURNAL 

 

IN TWO PARTS 

 

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ADVERTISEMENT 

 

THE Journal having been so much referred to in the Life and Diary, 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 variation in the Titles, which are here subjoined. 

 

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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 and Pennsylvania; 

Justly represented in a JOURNAL kept by order of the Honourable Society (in Scotland) for 

Propagating 

Christian Knowledge; 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." 

 

 

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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 Pennsylvania; 

Justly represented in a JOURNAL kept by order of the Honourable Society (in Scotland) 

for Propagating Christian Knowledge; 

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." 

 

 

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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 time, 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 darkness." 

 

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 mind, 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 Reverend 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 thanksgiving to that honourable 

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