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THE CHRISTIAN'S ARMORY.

No. 21.]

FEBRUARY, 1807. [No. 9. Vol. II.

Biography.

To the Editors of the Panoplist. GENTLEMEN, DESIROUS of paying a tribute of respect to the memory of a good and useful

man, who exhibited through life, an example worthy of imitation; and at the request of a respectable member and officer in the church founded by the Rev. Mr. Moorhead, I take the liberty to enclose the following

sketches of his life. In my youth, I was well acquainted with him, though he was then considerably

advanced in years. From information of some of his aged acquaintances and my own knowledge, I have collected the following account of him. It is imperfect, because little is known of the early periods of his life. His contemporaries have long since deceased, and the few writings which he left, were lost in the siege of Boston. Very respectfully yours, &c.

D. M.

MEMOIRS OF REV. JOHN MOORHEAD, FIRST MINISTER AND FOUNDER OF A PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN BOSTON.

About the year 1729, a num- ining, that, as they came from ber of Protestant, Presbyterian Ireland, they must necessarily be families from the North of Ire- Papists. But the truth was, that land, came to Boston. They the Protestant sect, to which were from the counties of Lon- those strangers belonged, had sufdonderry,Donnegall, Antrim and fered far more dreadfully by the Down. The motives inducing a Papists in Ireland, in plunderings, removal from their native coun- massacres, and all the horrors of try, were the enhanced price of persecution, than the fathers of their leased lands, ecclesiastical New England ever had, by all the oppression, the prospect of the oppressions of the English hieracquisition of property here ; but archy, conducted by the sanchiefly that they might enjoy re- guinary bishop Laud and his asligious and civil liberty, in this sociates. land of freedom. They were a They were generally descendcompany of religious, moral and ants of ancestors, who emigrated industrious people. They met

They met from Scotland to Ireland, in the with opposition at their landing, reign of king James I. ; and setand patiently suffered the insulis tled in the north part of the Islof the misinformed rabble. Some and, which had been conquered, were opposed to their reception and the estates confiscated, by into the town, ignorantly imag- his predecessor Queen Elizabeth. Vol. II. No. 9.

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Hence they were called Scotch voices, they worshipped and honIrish.

oured Him, who, for our salvation, On their admittance into Bos- condescended to be born in a stable. ton, their first care was to prom -As the congregation increased, cure a place for the peaceable by migrations from Ireland and worship of Almighty God, ac- Scotland, they enlarged the place cording to his word. They pur- of worship, by adding two wings chased a lot of land in Bury to the lowly building. The presstreet, cornering on Federal ent commodious and decent edistreet, then called Long Lane. fice was built Anno 1744. Either before they left Ireland, or The first meeting of the brethon their arrival, they invited Mr. ren, with their minister, for the Moorhead to be their minister, election of Elders, according to and he arrived in Boston, soon the discipline of the Church of after them.

Scotland, was at the house of Mr. Moorhead was born in John Little, in Milk Street, July Newton, near Belfast, in the coun- 14th, 1730. ty of Down, of pious and respect

The Elders then chosen, were able parents.

His father, who John Young, Robert Patton, Samwas a farmer, gave him the best uel M'Clure, Richard M'Clure, advantages within his power, for and Thomas M'Mullen, who were improvement in learning. He solemnly consecrated to that offinished his education at one of fice. the universities in Scotland. He In doctrine, worship and discicame to Boston about the twenty- pline, the church was formed acthird year of his age. There cording to the model of the Presis no record of his ordination.* ' byterian Church of Scotland. This little colony of Christians, The Elders with the Pastor formfor some time, carried on the ed the session, and constituted an public worship of God in a barn, ecclesiasticalcourt, for the adjudiwhich stood on the lot which they cation of all matters of governhad purchased. In this humble ment of the congregation, and temple, with uplifted hearts and discipline of its members. AN

* About the time of the arrival of baptized persons, as well as memMr. Moorhead's fock, a considerable

bers in communion, were subnumber of families, with three or four jected to the watch and discipline ministers, also came over from Ire of the session. Candidates for land, and fixed down in different parts admission into the church, were of the country. Particularly, the Rev. John M'Kinstry, who with his examined and admitted by them. people, in 1730, began the settlement Their discipline was strict, and of Ellington,' (in Connecticut) then conducted with great solemnity called Windsor Goshen. The Rev. and decorum. The session met Mr. Abercrombie, who, with a num

frequently, either at Mr. Moorber of families, settled in Pelham ; several at Coleraine, and also in the

head's, or the houses of the ElNorth Society in East Windsor, and ders, in rotation. It began with at Brookfield.

The Rev. James prayer, by the Minister, and M'Gregore, with a considerable con

closed with the same by one of gregation, in 1719, began the settle. inent of Londonderry, in New Hamp

the Elders. shire. He was succeeded by Rev.

In 1744, the number of El. Matthew Clarke in 1729.

ders of his church, were

As a

xwelve, and the congregation was were within his ability to bestow; divided into twelve districts. or solicited assistance for them. The duty of each Elder was to Virtuous strangers from North visit and pray with the sick, with. Britain and Ireland, were sure in his bounds ; to counsel, ac!- to find a friend in him. vise, and reprove, when peedful ; good Bishop, he was given to and to notify the session of the hospitality. As a sample of this circumstances of the poor, and benevolence, allow me to men. obtain for them some pecuniary tion, that it was his custom, when assistance.

he heard of ministers from the Once or twice in the year, Mr. country, who were strangers in Moorhead visited all the families Boston, at public houses, to go of bis congregation, in town and or send for them, to come to his country ; (one of the Elders, in hospitable roof. rotation, accompanying him,) for He was faithful and impartial the purpose of religious instruc- in his duty, as a reprover of ertion. On these occasions, he ad- ror and vice in all their forms. dressed the heads of families While he rebuked with sharpwith freedom and affection, and ness, he shewed an affectionate inquired into their spiritual state. concern for the offender, and by catechised and exhorted the chil. meekness and condescension, ladren and servants, and concluded boured to reclaim him. With his visit with prayer. In this last equal cheerfulness, he visited the solemn act, (which he always hut or the garret of the poor, and performed on his knees, at home the parlour of the rich, to do and in the houses of his people) them good. Some were offendhe used earnestly to pray for the ed at the severity of his reproofs, family, and the spiritual circum-' and withdrew from his society stances of each member, as they to others, where they could find respectively needed.

more indulgence. He was uniIn addition to this labour of versally respected by the good, family visitations, he also con- and feared by those of the oppovened, twice in the year, the fam- site character. He appeared less ilies, according to the districts, at ambitious of fame, than of faiththe meeting-house, when he fulness as a minister of Christ. conversed with the heads of fam- Mr. Moorhead was a plain, ilies, asking them questions, on evangelical and practical preachsome of the most important doc: He paid very little attention trines of the gospel, agreeably to to the ornaments of style, in his the Westminster confession of pulpit performances. His disfaith; and catechised the chil- courses appeared to be extempodren and youth,

He expounded the He was unwearied in his en- Scriptures in course in the morndeavours to promote the edifica- ing, and delivered a sermon in tion and salvation of his people. the afternoon. He preached the His thoughts and plans of be law and the gospel, in their spirnevolence extended also to ituality and purity. He insisted their temporal concerns. He principally on the peculiar doc, encouraged the industrious, by trines of the gospel,—the deep such small pecuniary aids as depravity of human nature-tbo

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