Called my people together, as I had done the Monday morning before, and discoursed to them again on the necessity and importance of their laboring industriously in order to their living together and enjoying the means of grace, and, having engaged in solemn prayer to God among them for a blessing upon their attempts, I dismissed them to their work.  Numbers of them, both men and women, seemed to offer themselves willingly to this service, and some appeared affectionately concerned that God might go with them and begin their little town for them that, by His blessing, it might be comfortable for them and theirs in regard both of procuring the necessaries of life and attending the worship of God. – David Brainerd (1718-1747), journal entry for Monday, March 31, 1746.


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