Excerpt from A Discourse at the Ordination of Rev. Franklin Butler, Pastor of the Congregational Church in the East Parish of Windsor, Vt., Jan. 18, 1843 The exploring party having, satisfied themselves Of the feasibility of the place, return to the ship: and the whole company proceed forthwith and press for an instant the immortal rock. And now behold them - _the one hundred men, women and children - the outcasts of 'england treated as the offscouring of the world - possessed of no titles, wealth, patronage - of nothing but their own great hearts and the favor of Divine Providence l - behold them standing upon a bleak coast in the midst of rain, snow and frost, without a kindred settlement from the St. Lawrence to the Hudson to which they may look for assistance and sym pathy - with they know not what of wild beasts and savage men to encounter. Here they propose to make a stand, and have a place, unmolested, to worship God as their hearts told them men ought to worship God. It was a dear privi lege, and dearly did they purchase it.
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