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MR, EDITOR,

* As the Sun was hastening I SEND you the following to cool himself in the placid IMPROMPTU by a gentleman in waters of Lake Erie, CommemEngland, Alumnus of Harvard oroonah, Sachem of the Tus. University, and respectable for caroras, sat at the door of his his talents and character. It wigwam, scouring his red-rustarose literally out of the cir. ed scalping knife. Bambarrah, cumstances mentioned. It con- his faithful squaw, was prepartains a moral, which the in- ing hominee for the supper of telligent reader will readily ap- her lord; whilst their sons were ply to every sentiment, forced striving, who with truest aim upon the public mind by cus- could direct the tomahawk. tom or antiquity, and unsup- “At this interesting moment ported by reason or scripture, three envoys approached, bearwhether such sentiment relates ing a talk from Alpequot, the to church or state, to war or renowned Sachem of the Chippeace. Some of the party pres. pewas; which they thus deliv. ent, devoted to high church ered. and to the national ecclesias. Brother, when the great tical establishments, were a lit- Spirit created Tobacco for the tle indignant, and thought the solace of red men, He deliverreader, who was educated a ed to Animboonah, Father of moderate dissenter, had evin- the Chippewas, a torch, which ced a want of reverence for the the had lighted at the great, only true church.

day-star-The Chippewas have In a conversation with a few not suffered this celestial spark friends on church government, to be extinguished; but from a clergyman who was of the it have all our pipes been ige party said, “No one was entinited for ninety nine thousand tled to administer the offices five hundred and fifty moons. of the church, who had not re- This therefore, and this only is ceived Episcopal ordination; the true canonical. fire ; all

for wherever the episcopal other is unholy and damnable. • succession is preserved, there (A belt of wampum)

only is a true Church. “Nul. “ Brother, I send to you a la Ecclesia sine Episcopo." portion of this sacred fire, preTertullian.

served by uninterrupied suc-
The opinion of the gentle- cession, that with it you may
man being required, he replied, light your pipe, and diffuse
There is in the history of one the blessing through your na-
of the Indian tribes in America tion." (A belt of wampum)
an anecdote somewhat analo. “ Accept this, and the Chip-
gous, which with permission I pewas and Tuscaroras will
will read. Taking down a book, smoke together the calumet of
he apparently read what fol. peace, so long as the Wabash
lows:

shall
pour

its silver waters in. Ferunt, si justum est credi, etiam ignem cælitus lapsum apud se sempiternis foculis custodire-Amm. Marcellinus.

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to the dark torrent of the Ohio. ables us to draw fire immediate. Reject it, and instantly shall the ly from the great day-star. red war-hatchet be dug from With this the Tuscaroras arc its repose ; and the warriors accustomed to light their pipes. of Tuscarora shall be given (A belt of wampum) as a feast to the sons of Anim- “Our young men are expert boonah. (A belt of wampum.) at the tomahawk; our squaws

“ Decide: for Alpequot will are ingenious at roasting prissuffer no pipe to be smoked oners; and the arm of Com. that is not lighted from the fire memoroonah has not lost its uninterruptedly derived from vigour." (Three belts of wamthe great day star." (Three pum) belts of wampum)

In the succeeding moon the To this courtly message scouts of Tuscarora gave noCommemoroonah returned this tice of the approach of Alpetalk.

quot. Commemoroonah dressBrothers ! Chinquolinga, ed an ambuscade. A battle my grandfather, whose girdle was fought; and the bones of

always hung with the the Chippewas now lie bleachscalps of Chippewas, received ing on the plains of Musking from William Penn, the white um.

H. Sachem, an amulet, which en

was

ANTICIPATED FULFILLING OF THE PROPHECIES OF THE

LATTER DAY.

Dr. INCREASE MATHER in more should we be in prayer his “ Exhortations to faith and as we see the day approaching fervency in prayer,” published when the glorious prophecies in 1710, makes the following and promises shall receive remarks.

their accomplishment. We are “ The providence of God is assured that when the sixth calling us to prayer. Great trumpet, called also the second things are doing in the world. quo, has done its work, the Wonderful revolutions there seventh trumpet, called the have been in our days, and third wo, will come quickly. greater are expected. Are not Now there is reason to hope the nations in travelling pains ? that the second wo is past, that We see the beginning of sor- is, that the Turk shall be no rows. Are not the judgements more such a plague to the of God abroad in the earth ? christian world as for ages past The sword is devouring in ma- he has been. At the time ny places, and in some the fam- when the second wo passeth ine and pestilence. A vial is away there is to be a great pouring upon the earth : and if earthquake; in that earthquake

sider our state, does it one of the ten kingdoms over not call for prayer ? What which Antichrist has reigned frowns of heaven have been will fall.*' -—" There is a great upon us! And so much the earthquake among the nations,

we

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MAY THE KINGDOM OF FRANCE REVOLUTION THERE! We
BE THAT TENTH PART OF THE shall then know that the king-
CITY WHICH SHALL FALL ! doin of Christ is at hand.”+
MAY WE HEAR OF A MIGHTY

+ page 97.

INDULGENCE FOR ROBBERY. JOHN TETZEL, a Dominican received a diploma sealed and inquisitor, employed to sell the signed by Tetzel, absolving indulgences of Pope Len X. him from the unexplained travelled throughout various crime which he secretly intenparts of Europe persuading the ded to commit. Not long afpeople that the moment any ter, when Tetzel was about to person had paid the money for leave Leipsic the nobleman his indulgence, he might be made inquiry respecting the certain of bis salvation ; for all road he would probably travel, his crimes, however enormous,

waited for him in ambush at a would be forgiven. At Leipsic, convenient place, attacked and it is said, that after he had robbed him ; then beat him “scraped together a great deal soundly with a stick, sent him of money from all ranks of back again to Leipsic with his people," a nobleman who sus- chest empty, and, parting, said, pected the imposture, put this 66 This is the fault I intended question to him—“ Can you to commit, and for which I grant absolution for a sin which have your absolution !a man shall intend to commit This hu

orous story is in future ?" “ Yes,” replied related by the cautious Seckenthe frontless commissioner, dorf, and may serve to show

condition that the the almost incredible lengths proper sum of money be ac- to which the popish agents tually paid down." The noble proceeded in the detestable man instantly produced the traffic so clearly laid open by sum demanded, and in return this anecdote. Am. Baf. Mag.

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A MAN of letters on viewing of the amiable archbishop of the destruction of his library Cambray, and expressive of his by fire, observed, “I should compassion for the poor. By have gained but little improve. his tenderness towards the poor ment from my books, if I knew peasants, his kindness to them not how to bear the loss of in their distresses, his habit of them."

visiting them to impart to them

of the good things of this life WHEN Fenelon lost his li- and the consolations of religion, brary by fire, he exclaimed- he gained their affections in a “God be praised that it is not remarkable manner. They rethe cottage of some poor fam- . garded him as a father and veily !" This was characteristic nerated his name long after his

a

death. “ Thcre, they would On a certain day Louis XIV. say, is the wooden chair in attended church and was much which our good Archbishop astonished to find only one of used to sit amongst us;" and his court present. He demandw eping they would add " Ah! ed the reason of the major of we shall never see him more !” the guards. “Sire, replied the

l'Enelon wrote against the officer, I had given it out Jansenists, believing that their that your majesty would not doctrine

attend divine service this was dishonorary to

I God and injurious to man.

morning was happy in "What a terrible Being, said your having an opportunity of he, do they make of God! For knowing for yourself, those who my part I consider him as come hither to pay their devogood Being : And I can never

tions to God, and those who consent to regard him as a ty

only come to pay their court to rant, who having fettered us, your majesty." " commands us to walk and then LORD chancellor King, in a punishes us because we cannot conversation with Mr. Whiston, obey him."

vindicated the practice of some Still however Fenelon was of the English clergy, in subaverse to every mode of perse- scribing articles of faith which cution. “ Let us be," said he, they do not believe-“because, “ with respect to them, what said he, we must not lose our they will not permit the Divine usefulness for scruples” WhisBeing to be with regard to ton asked his lordship “whethmankind, full of mercy and in- er in his court they allowed of dulgence.” He was told that such prevarication ?" The the Jansenists were his avowed chancellor answered, “We do enemies and omitted no op- not.” Whiston replied, “ supportunity of decrying him and pose God Almighty should be his doctrine ;-"a more forci- as just in the next world as my ble reason still, said he, to for- lord chancellor is in this, where bear and forgive them.”-Fen

are we then !!! elon had learned of him who was meek and lowly of heart.

CANDID REFLECTIONS BY AN ORTHODOX CONTROVERSIAL

WRITER. "On complicated questions Since unhappily there are men will always differ in opin- still so many subjects of debate ion but conscious each of the among those who name the weakness of his own under- name of Christ, it is doubtless standing and sensible of the bi- every man's duty, after divestas which the strongest minds ing himself as much as possi. are apt to receive from think- ble of prejudice, to investigate ing long in the same track they these subjects with accuracy ought to differ with charity and and to adhere to that side of meekness,

each disputed question which

after such investigation appears may view the matter in a difto him to be the truth ; but he ferent light, and by his want of transgresses the favourite pre- charity does more harm to the cept of his divine Master when religion of the Prince of Peace,

injurious reflections than he would do good were he or denounces anathemas upon able to convert all mankind to those who with equal sincerity his own orthodox opinions."

he cast

INTELLIGENCE.

From the N, Y. Christian Herald. with equal concern. It was conceivRELIGIOUS CONVENTION OF CHRIS- ed that in all countries, and particuTIAN DENOMINATIONS.

larly in this, where the harvest is Ar a meeting of Ministers of the great and the labourers few, there Gospel and Christian brethren of dif- there should be as strong a bond of ferent denominations, convened on union among the different denominathe 18th of December, 1817, at Clear tions of Christians as possible. As Creek Church, near Washington, in the grand object is one, so their efthe State of Missisippi, pursuant to forts to obtain it should not be weakinformation publicly given, for the eded by unnecessary divisions. It purpose of mutually reciprocating the ; had long been a desideratum among expressions of Christian friendship, the good, that practical demonstraand endeavouring unitedly to pro- tion should be given to the unbelieving mote the common interests of the and the ungodly, that however much Redeemer's Kingdom ; the follow- the followers of Christ might differ ing ministers were present ;--Rev. upon subjects of smaller moment, David Cooper, Rev. William Mont- they have in fact, a common interest gomery, Rev. James A. Ranaldson, -a common cause—the cause of virRev. Daniel Smith, Rev. Lawrence tue and of God. With the view of Scarborough, Rev. John M. Menesce, unitedly and effectually promoting Rev. Benjamin Davis, and Rev. Eli- this cause the present meeting had as Cornelius, Missionary, Rev. Wm. been called ; and it was hoped by M'Mahon.

the help of God it would soon apThe Rev. David Cooper was cho- pear that it had not been called in sen Moderator, and Rev. E. Corneli- vain. us, Secretary.

These sentiments were followed by The Meeting having been opened the most cordial and animated exwith divine worship, it was moved pressions of mutual approbation by and seconded, that all officers of any the brethren present, who all seemed Christian Church who might be pre- to partake of the same spirit of love, sent, be

considered as forming a part and to be governed by the same purof this Religious Convention : when pose of united efforts for the promoit appeared that the following officers, tion of true piety and Christian moof churches were present: Messrs. rality. John Henderson, Abraham Galtney, The Rev. Mr. Bullen having arJoel Pate, Wm. Foster, Wm. Snod- rived, united in expressing his congrass.

gratulations on the occasion of the At request, the Rev. Mr. Mont

meeting and explained still further the explain the objects of subjects originally contemplated for the meeting as originally contempla, discussion, particularly the expediented by the Rev. Joseph Bullen and cy of an annual meeting of the difother ministers of the gospel, at whose ferent denominations of Christians in request the appointment had been this country for the purpose of inmade. These objects 'it appeared creasing and perpetuating those hapwere in a high degree benevolent, and py results, which he believed could such as every real friend of Christ, of not fail to be produced by such an whatever name, could not but regard extensive concentration of ChrisVol. VI.--No. 4. 16

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