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ness of the possessor. God This spirit ever exposes a has connected a portion of pain man to misjudge the character and misery with such a spirit; of his neighbour, as well as his and a portion of real pleasure' own. . That forbearance and and happiness with the exercise tenderness towards the suppoof a candid mind. In this sed erroneous, which is one of way he has made it for the pre- the best evidences of self sent interest of Christians to knowledge, humility and chris. cultivate a kind, candid and tian love, will, by the uncandid, forbearing spirit. For the truth be set down as evidence of lake, of this remark we may appeal warmness, hypocrisy or an into the experience of every re- clination to apostacy ; and a al Christian. Each one has readiness to censure, or a de. probably at different times famatory zeal in one of his own known what it is to feel candor, «party, will be regarded as eviand the want of candor. Let dence of love to the truth, to each one then reflect, and ask orthodoxy and to God. Have himself, in which state of mind we not reason to fear that mahe has enjoyed the most happi- ny in our day have been as real. ness.
ly deluded by an uncandid As an uncandid spirit is un- spirit, as were the Jewish cler. friendly to personal happiness gy in our Saviour's time? And so it is to the happiness of so- what sect is free from persons ciety. It is in a great degree of this description ? contagious ; and it tends to How lamentable and shock.. produce bitterness, envy and ing is such a spirit in a miniscontention. In its fruits it is ter of religion! It is like the the reverse of that wisdom war spirit of a ruler, easily which is from above.
transfused into the minds of Under the influence of this others, and dangerous in prounhallowed disposition, a per- portion to his popularity. Such very
liable to self decep- a minister will very naturally tion, and to account his bitter · dwell much on the peculiariand censorious feelings towards ties of his own sect; and whethhis dissenting brethren, as evi- er they be truth or falsehood, dence of his own love to God, he will treat them as the essen. to truth and religion. Such tials of religion. Those who was probably the case with have confidence in him will those who “ killed the Prince naturally believe that to emof life.” The same was the brace his system of opinions is case wiih Paul, while breath- the one thing needful ; and a ing out threatnings and slaugh- disposition to defame those of ier against the followers of the opposite opinions will be deemLamb. An uncandid spirit is ed as one of the fruits of chrisever a spirit of delusion, and tian love. This belief and this the degree of delusion is prob- disposition will prepare the ably in proportion to the de- hearer for communion with his gree of unkindness which is minister. That which ought indulged.
to be viewed as evidence of de.
jusion in both, will prepare show how cordially professed them to dwell together in a Christians hate one another. dreadful kind of unity! it will The rising generation is prepare them to applaud each greatly injured by the example other for the unchristian viru- of an uncandid spirit. Chillence with which they mutual- dren in every society necessaly reproach people of other de- rily imbibe many of the opinDominations.
ions of their parents and their Again, the prevalence of an ministers. If these guides inuncandid spirit has a powerful dulge unchristian feelings totendency to confirm deists in wards their brethren of other their disbelief of the gospel, to denominations, this pernicious arm them with weapons against leaven will assuredly be transthe christian religion, and to en- fused into the minds of young able them to make proselytes to people ; and they will grow up their own system. Any reli. with censorious dispositions togion which authorizes its pro- wards the objects which they fessors to treat one another in have thus been taught to desan injurious manner, may just- pise. By this deleterious in. ly be esteemed as from beneath Auence they will learn to deand not from above. If the fame worthy characters, and to gospel justified such conduct hate those who are beloved of it might justly be classed with God. the Alcoran of Mahomet, as an In a time of war between two imposture. However unjust nations, the children of each such a method of proceeding are taught by example to hate may be, it is unquestionable, and revile the people of the that unbelievers are much dis. Other, before they know, or are posed to form their estimate of capable of knowing the grounds -the gospel from the influence of the contention, or which parit has on its professed friends, ty is the most in fault. In like to the neglect of carefully stu- manner the children of differdying the scriptures for them- ent denominations of Christians selves. While, therefore, they are prepossessed and injured behold in professors of chrise by an uncandid spirit in their tianity, that spirit which is from parents one towards another. beneath-a disposition to ruin This unsanctified spirit is aland devour one another, what so a great obstacle to improvebetter is to be expected than ment in religious knowledge, that the fault will be imputed both in regard to the aged and So the religion they profess. the young. It disqualifies any If Christians would conform person for perceiving with .their hearts and their lives to clearness or judging with imthe precepts and example of partiality. Very little confisheir Lord, the mouth of infidel. dence is to be placed in the ity would be in a great measure judgement of any one who is stopped. But for ages unbe so far under its influence that lievers have had opportunity to he cannot speak peaceably of Vol. VI.--No, 3.
his opponents, or patiently ex- not be doubted that you are veamine their arguments.
Dur- ry confident of the rectitude of ing the ministry of the Messiah, your opionions; for great self the Jewish clergy, as well as confidence generally comes in others, had a blessed opportu. to fill up the void where cannity to acquire knowledge and dor is wanting. What class of to correct the errors which men were ever more confident they had received by tradition. than those who murdered the But with regard to the majori. Lord of glory? Do you think ty of them, he laboured in vain yourselves to be of the most and spent his strength for pious sect? So did they. Are nought. They were so uncan, you very precise in some did that they despised and re- things ? So were they. Have jected him; they either refus- you many adherents or coadjued to attend on his ministry, or tors whom you esteem as the attended with a desire to catch best of men ? So had they. something out of his mouth But notwithstanding all these which they could make a flattering circumstances, by an ground of accusation or calum- 'uncandid spirit they were misny. Thus in every age an un- led, deceived and perhaps forcandid temper stands in the ever undone. In view of their way of religious improvement. example, let him who thinketh With the fatal example of the he standeth take heed lest he Jews before their eyes, how fall. many there are in different The same unfortunate dis.. sects at this day, who indulge position prepares a person to the spirit which proved the ru- disregard or misapply the ada in of thousands of that people. monitions of Providence, and
But the uncandid of every to despise the friendly endea with sect will probably plead, that ours of his brethren to conthey are on the side of truth, vince him of error. In times. which was not the case with of public calamity, a person of the Jews. To this plea we this temper will be very ready may reply :
to confess the sins of others, First. If you are on the right and to proclaim them as the side of any question in debate, procuring cause of divine you have obtained mercy of the judgements ; but less disposLord, and have reason to be ed to lay his hand: upon his both. humble and thankful Büt own heart and say,
« Lord is the kindness of God to you what have I done ?" The ena reason why you should be deavours of others to convince unkind to your erring 'bretha him of error or "danger will yen ? But
probably be treated with disSeeond. Does not your want dain. « Thou wast altogether of candor towards others afford born in sin, and dost thou teach: strong ground to suspect the us," was once the language of correctness of your own opin- uncandid men. Moses showed ions, and that your i nquiries himself to his brethren the Ishave been very partial It will raelites “as they streve, and.
would have set them at one a- neighbour wrong thrust him again, saying, sirs, ye are breth- way, saying, who made thee a Ten, why do ye wrong one to judge and a ruler over us." another : Bụt he that did his
SXERTIONS OF THE FRIENDS TO CIVILIZE THE INDIANS.
Continued from page 47. AFTER completing their bu. been very much pleased to find siness with the tribes mention- you have so much ground ined in the last Number, the closed by good fences, and so Committee proceeded to Sto- considerable a quantity of corn, ny Creek on the head waters growing. of the Great Miami river. « Brothers ! We are now This village is composed of satisfied that you are beginning eight tribes, “ Miamies, Min- to see your true interest, and goes, Shawanoes, Sennecas, we hope you will not permit Cayagas, Munsies,Onondagoes, any small discouragement to and Delawares; and is esti- turn you out of the way which mated at 400 persons." Aro' you are just getting into. rangements were made for a This path if steadily pursued council, five chiefs attended by you, must in a few years and a considerable number of lead you to comfort and plenty. other persons. At which time, •6 Brothers ! We have very say the Committee, we delive much rejoiced to hear from ered the following communi- your white neighbours that cation to them:
your general deportment has " Brothers ! Your friends' been such as to secure to you the Quakers at Baltimore have the universal respect and good directed us as we passed near
will of all of them. This is a your village to call and take very strong proof of your good you by the hand on their be conduct, and we will not fail half, and see what progress to conimunicate it to your you are making on your farms. friends at Baltimore, and also
“ Brothers ! Having some to your father the President of time ago heard through your the United States. good friend, John Johnson, that 6 Brothers ! We have also you were in want of some tools, heard with great satisfaction to aid you in the cultivation of that you have for a considera. your lands, they requested him ble time past entirely banished to hand you a few of such as strong drink from your village they thought would be most This measure, if persevered useful to you ; we hope that ia, will be of the greatest imsince you received them you portance and most lasting benhave diligently used them for the purposes for which they « Brothers ! As long as you were intonded.
conduct yourselves o correct6 Brothers. ! Since we have ly, we shal fee ourselves been in your village we have bound to extend to you all the
efit to you.
assistance in our power. The " Brothers ! I will mention Great Spirit will never permit your words to all my people your friends to abandon you, who are not here, to the old while you thus continue your men, to the young men; and to exertions to do right; our the women and children, that means of aiding you are not they may bear in remembrance now very extensive, but you the good advice that you give may rely upon our doing all we can to encourage you." « Brothers! The observa
In reply Captain Lewis, one tion of the white people that of the chiefs, observed :- we do them no harm is true;
“ My Brothers and friends! because, knowing that the We feel very much rejoiced Great Spirit'has made this that the Great Spirit has island for his children to live brought us together this day. on, in love to each other as It is indeed a high satisfaction brothers ought to do, we'rethat we are permitted this day strain our people from doing to meet you ; the long jour- any body damage. ney that you þave made to visit « Brothers! It is now, and us, proves 'to us your good has been for a considerable disposition towards us. We time past, our sincere desire believe that you have been to turn our attention to the cul. moved by the Great Disposer tivation of our land. Your adof all things to undertake so vice this day encourages us in great a journey to see your this determination.
We canbrothers and sisters whom not look round us without seeyou have this day met here ; ing how the white people live, every one that is now present, and we resolve to follow their
both old and young, men, wo- example. The game is gone and , men and children are rejoiced will never return to our counin their hearts to see you and try, and the hunter loses his have the opportunity to hold time; it is a thing that will you by the hand.
continue to run before us, but “ Brothers ! Every one that that which we raise will never you see here has been much leave us, it will continue to pleased to hear you talk; we become more and more tame. can not find words to explain $6 Brothers! We wish also thé gratitude we feel for your to observe to you that we now kindness.
see it right to employ our time “ Brothers ! Your talk has in a way that will be perma. made a great impression upon nently useful, because our laour hearts, and we fully be bour will not then be lost, but, lieve what you say : John when we are gone, will be Johnson and Colonel McPher. beneficial to our children and son, and other good men have those who come after us : told us the same things, and this is a general sentiment we are fully convinced it is the amongst us, and has contributtruth.
ed to strengthen us in the re.