This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ...Thus did the mother give her blessings to this young daughter in her settlement, and finally bequeathed her the whole Baptist territory of Berkshire county as her dowry, though it was a number of years, before all the churches in that county could leave the embraces of the mother, even to stay in their own mountain home. It seemed like the separation of Naomi and her daughters; while Orphah went hack, and was content like some of those churches; Ruth said,--" Entreat me not to leave thee, or return from following after thee:--for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge:--thy people shall be my people, and thy God, my God:--"Where thou diest, will 1 die, and there will I be buried; the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death, part thee and me." (Ruth, 1: 16, 17.) So a number of the Berkshire churches cleaved to their foster mother, until the affairs of their own county called so loudly for their help. They at last have all become settled, we believe, in their own home, with one or two exceptions; a loving band of churches, enterprising, benevolent, and prosperous amid the cultivated hills and mountain sides, and along the fertile valleys of Old Berkshire; where the quiet Hoosick murmurs on its way, and the placid waters of the Housatonic sparkle in the sun-beam, while they move a hundred water-wheels, that drive the machinery of the manufactories of western Massachusetts. The circular of this year "On the sanctity of the Christian Sabbath," is very well written, and as we suppose, from the pen of Elder Augustus Beach of Pittsfield, Mass. The corresponding letter was by Elder John Harris of 1 Nassau: though after this year, a member of the Saratoga body for many years, and now living at Battle C...