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valiantly; for He it is that shall tread down their enemies [Ps. lx. 12.], And truly it may be said, that if it had not been the Lord who was on our aide when men rose up against us, then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us [Ps. cxxiv. 2. 3].

The long and arduous conflict between Great Britain and this country, was brought to a close in the year 1783.

Provisional articles of peace had been signed at Paris in the latter part of the preceding year, and as soon as intelligence of the fact reached here, all hostilities ceased. A number of the exiles ventured forthwith to re-occupy their former dwellings; but they did not generally return, until after an event, the anniversary of which has been celebrated ever since the evacuation of the city by the British troops, on the twenty-fifth of November, 1783.

About this time. Doctor Livingston came back to resume his pastoral charge, and commenced a laborious course of ministeral duty.

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FROM THE RESUMPTION OF HIS PASTORAL CHARGE AT THE CLOSE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, TILL THE ADOPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH, IN 1792.

The first interview between Doctor Livingston and his flock, upon their return to New-York, after so long a sepamtion, must have been attended with mingled emotions of joy and sorrow.

On the one hand, the successful termination of the war, with the glorious results in prospect the re-possession of their former habitations, a sight again of those venerable temples in which they had so often raised the voice of supplication and praise, and a sight of each other, as preserved through all the vicissitudes and perils of seven eventful years, were circumstances which could not but awaken in every breast the most pleasurable feelings. But, on the other hand, the many sad events which had taken place in a number of families, and some of which, perhaps, had not been extensively known or heard of before, traces of the outrages committed by the enemy, visible in many parts of






        
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