body, to find that their generous attempt to send the gospel among the Indian nations upon the
borders of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, has met with such surprising success.
It would perhaps have been more agreeable to the taste of politer readers, if the following
Journal had been cast into a different method, and formed into one connected narrative. But the
worthy author, amidst his continued labours, had 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
repetitions; 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.
When we see such numbers of the most ignorant and barbarous of mankind, in the space of
a few months, "turned from darkness to light, and from the power of sin and Satan unto God," it
gives us encouragement to wait and pray for that blessed time, when our victorious Redeemer
shall, in a more signal manner than he has yet done, display the "banner of his cross," march on
from "conquering to conquer, till the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord
and of his Christ." Yea, we cannot but lift up our heads with joy, and hope that it may be the dawn
of that bright and illustrious day, when the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS shall "arise and shine
from one end of the earth to the other;" when, to use the language of the inspired prophets, "the
Gentiles shall come to his light, and kings to the brightness of his rising;" in consequence of which,
"the wilderness and solitary places shall be glad, and the desert rejoice and blossom as the rose."
It is doubtless the duty of all, in their different stations, and according to their respective
capacities, to use their utmost endeavours to bring forward this promised, this desired day. There
is a great want of schoolmasters among these Christianized Indians, to instruct their youth in the
English language, and the principles of the Christian faith; for this as yet, there is no certain
provision made:  if any are inclined to contribute to so good a design, we are persuaded they
will do an acceptable service to the "kingdom of the Redeemer." And we earnestly desire the most
indigent to join, at least, in their wishes and prayers, that this work may prosper more and more,
till the "whole earth is filled with the glory of the Lord."
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RISE AND PROGRESS
REMARKABLE WORK OF GRACE, &c.
FROM A.D. 1745 JUNE 19TH TO NOV. 4TH, AT CROSSWEEKSUNG AND FORKS OF
CROSSWEEKSUNG, in New Jersey, June, 1745.
June 19. Having spent most of my time for more than a year past amongst the Indians in the
Forks of Delaware in Pennsylvania; and having in that time made two journeys to Susquehannah
river, far back in that province, in order to treat with the Indians there, respecting Christianity; and
not having had any considerable appearance of special success in either of those places, which
damped my spirits, and was not a little discouraging to me: upon hearing that there was a number
of Indians in and about a place called (by the Indians) Crossweeksung in New Jersey, near
fourscore miles south-eastward from the Forks of Delaware, I determined to make them a visit,
and see what might be done towards the Christianizing of them; and accordingly arrived among
them this day.