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accidental, unmeaning effu- actions, discover great cause sion, or flagrant hypocrisy. It for humility, and for increased is not, however, unfrequently vigilance and circumspection. the case, that men are entire. We may boast of zeal in reli. ly ignorant of their motives, gion, but it is worth our atand while they deceive others, ţention to inquire, whether a by an apparently correct con- natural ardency of temper and duct, their own hearts deceive a mere spirit of party are not them. They may believe
believe the principal causes of our exthemselves actuated by a re- ertion, whether 'our sharp angard for God and religion, imadversions do not proceed while they are wholly influ- more from a spirit of censorienced by their private inter- ousness than piety. On the ests, secreț yanity or other hand, when we profess
her sordid motive. Thus a great degree of liberality, Hazael, when his ambition charity and catholicism in prompted him to murder his matters of religion, it may king, might believe himself well to inquire, whether it. actuated by a just regard for does not result from listlessthe will of God ; because the ness and inactivity of spirit prophet had told him that he from lukewarmness, indifferwas soon to reign over Syria.ence and disregard to religion
- Without some supposition in all its forms. of this nature'we may find it speak peace to our consciendifficult to account for the fact, ces because we are punctual that a man who was so indig- in attending public worship'; nant at an insinuation of cruel. but do we go to the house of ty, should on the very next God, from a principle of conday be guilty of murder. No science, to serve our Creator doubt the apostles, James and and Redeemer, and to profit John, thought themselves ac- our immortal souls ? or is it tuated by the purest motives, from custom or curiosițý, when they requested liberty from a fear of singularity, or to call fire from heaven to even vanity? We are perhaps chastise the insolence of the charitable to the poor ; but Samaritans towards their Mas- has neither pride nor ostentater. But instead of pure tion any share in procuring Christian zeal and gentleness our liberality? We should conthey were insensibly govern- sider whether even in our best ed by a spirit of pride, revenge acts we are not.more influen. and cruelty.
ced by the opinion and apWe need not wander so far plause of men, than by the for instances, by which to
by which to will and approbation of God. show the necessity of free Unless we are careful and quently examining our hearts. thorough in our examination, Those who are the best satis- we may deceive ourselves to fied with their religious at: our everlasting ruin, we may tainments may perhaps, on in
esteem ourselves highly for vestigating the sources of their those things which are an å
vomination in the sight of the ‘of a future state of happiness, Lord. For he seeth not as and of the qualifications reman seeth ; for man looketh quisite for obtaining it ; and on the outward appearance, having been able after long but the Lord looketh on the and patient investigation to heart.
discover in himself those afLastly. Self-acquaintance is fections and habits, which an essential part of our pre- through the grace of Jesus paration for death. Clouds and Christ shall procure him addarkness hover over the fu- mission to heaven, he enjoys ture condition of that man a cheerful serenity in the who is ignorant of himself. evening of his days. The True, he needs no argument prospect of another life to convince him that he is fast smoothes the pillow of death, approaching the boundaries of for the grave has no terrors to his existence on earth; he en- alarm him. Do we desire to tertains no doubt but that the procure a fair and honourable thread of life will soon be cut reputation in life, to become asunder, but ignorant of what tranquil and resigned in the he is, he must hang in doubt. hour of death, and happy ful anxiety for what he shall through the revolving ages of be.. Not so with the man who eternity ? Then, next to the is not a stranger to his own knowledge of God, let us strive bosom. Having become pre- to obtain knowledge of ourviously assured of the reality selves.
For the Christian Disciple. MR. EDITOR,
heaven, does good to all! Who A CORRESPONDENT takes is great, not so much on acthe liberty to send you count of any exclusive priviextract from a Sermon, preach- leges, with which he is favoured in a country village, the ed, as because he is useful to sabbath after the interment his brethren of every class : of the late Chief Justice because he adopts and purParsons ; not for the sake of sues a conduct tending to difeulogizing his character, but fuse contentment and joy to extend the 'influence of art throughout the circle of his example, by which “he, be intercourse and acquaintance : ing dead, yet speaketh." The because he is just, charitable. text was in Matthew 23. 11. and beneficent in the prevail“ He that is greatest among ing series of his actions. you shall be your servant ;' « In whatever sphere he and the extract is as follows: moves, his first concern is to
“How dignified, how amia. fulfil the various obligations, ple, how happy is he, who, in under which he is laid. This imitation of his Father in he believes the highest hon
our within the reach of his at- great the loss which survivere tainment. Is he stationed in sustain, when the time of their the humbler walks of society ? departure arrives ! With this Far from thinking himself at blessing we were indulged, in liberty to disregard the com- the life, and with this loss we fort of others, he uses all the are afflicted, by the death of means in his power to promote the late Chief Justice of the it. Is he blessed with afflu- Commonwealth. Distinguishence and plenty ? Instead of ed by a native acuteness of cherishing the sordid disposi. understanding almost without tion of the miser, or falling a parallel, his gigantic inind, into the shameful excesses of versed in all the learning of the voluptuary, he considers the age, and capable of efforts that he is but the steward of and achievements, beyond the divine bounty, and, therefore, conception of ordinary intelcuses this world, as not abu- lects, was happily engaged in sing it;" is “rich in good the public service, and dispoworks, ready to distribute, sed to advance the cause willing to communicate ; lay- of truth and righteousness. ing up in store for himself a Whilst he sustained the imgood foundation against the portant and responsible office, time to come." Is he called in which he died, he did to posts of public trust ? Not much to simplify and facilitate his own profit or gratification, the administration of justice ; but the welfare of his country and had he been spared to is the object of his most are complete his designs, most of dent pursuit. In prosecution the perplexity and delay, so of this object, he spares no often complained of, in juripains, and withholds no sacri- dical proceedings, would profice which duty demands. In bably have disappeared. Nor a word, his whole character were his vigilance and sagaciproves him the friend of hu- ty less successfully exérted in
Faithsul to his behalf of our University. In promises, upright in his deal- consequence of arrangements ings, industrious in his calling, suggested or patronized by condescending in his manners, him, as a member of its Corbenevolent in his feelings, he poration, that venerable Insticontributes much to the gen- tution is raised to an elevation, eral good. He achieves the unknown in former times, and end of his creation, and rises presents a prospect of increast to perinanent greatness and ing respectability and usefulhonour; he commands the ness, for which we might, oth: respect of beholders, and, in erwise, have looked in vain. defiance of every adverse e. Inured to intense application, vent, is provided with a source how many, and how great the of consolation and felicity in benefits, which might have himself.
been anticipated from the con..." What a blessing are such tinued exertion of his pre-emmen to the world! and how inent talents, guided, as they
confessedly were, by christian no necessity, of waiting for principles! Yes, on the most some signal, some rare occadeliberate, profound, and crit- sion to display those talents ical examination of the sub- and virtues, which shall raise ject, this great man
us to eminence and glory : undoubting believer in the
we warranted to imgospel of Christ ; and let the agine true greatpess confined ephemeral assailants of our to a few chosen spirits, who holy faith, awed by the recol- now and then, outstrip their lection of such a champion, fellows, and shine with the who, though “dead, yet speak- dazzling lustre of genius, coneth," retire in silence, and quest, or wealth. Opportuni“ cease to pervert the right ty is daily and hourly given ways of the Lord."
us to distinguish ourselves, by « Few instances of mortali- achievements, to which both a ty have occurred in our land, temporal and an eternal crown which are more deeply to be are annexed
In the ordinary lamented; perhaps none, since
business and commerce of life; Washington was called to the · in our domestic, social, and skies. But to eulogize the civil relations, though seldom deceased is not my object. I called to exemplify a degree only wish to fix your attention of courage, or a species of conon the conduct of providence duct adapted suddenly to ain his removal, and to persuade rouse the admiration and asyou, whilst you look to God tonishment of the world ; yet for direction and aid, to imi. the numberless tender charitate the example, and and re- ties, which perceptibly sweetceive the instruction before en existence, and render it you.
inore supportable and happy, " To make the salutary ten
incessantly invite our attendency and result of our con- tion, and urge us to action. duct the exclusive ground and These, when performed with measure of our claims to dis.. a devout respect to the divine tinction is unquestionably in- command, and a bepevolent cumbent upon us all. View regard to the comfort, imthis process in the abstract, provement, and salvation of and it is full of dignity and those around us, will invest us beauty. View it in contrast with a character, at once, acwith its opposite, and this dig. ceptable in the sight of God, nity and beauty are unspeaka- and honourable in the estimably heightened. View it in its tion of man. These, of course, obvious consequences, and a will be highly advantageous variety of motives, irresistible to us, in every period of our 10 the ingenuous mind, will pilgrimage state, as well as, enforce its adoption.
6 at the resurrection of the “ Here, then is ample scope just.” for the exercise of an ambi- “ Whilst, therefore, we cul. tion, equally laudable and tivate an habitual sense of our boundless. IVe are under responsibility, at the tribunal of Heaven, and conscientions- our neighbours, our country, ly discharge the offices of pie- and our kind.
“ To do good ty and worship, let üs never and communicate, forget not ; dispense with the obligations for with such sacrifices Godis which we owe to our families, well pleased."
REFLECTIONS ON THE DECREASE OF AMERICAN INDIANS.
The history of the extermi- ted in the infernal regions, it nation of the Indian tribes in would be difficult to conceive both divisions of America, af- how their conduct could have fords matter for painful re- been more barbarous and anflection to the christian philan- tichristian. It is perhaps no thropist. The causes which injustice to say, that the Inhave contributed to the de- dians themselves were less crease of these tribes have savage than their christian torperhaps never been thor- mentors. ougbly investigated nor un- Any one who has attentivederstood. Too much has ly read the history of the been attributed to the special Spanish conquest, will not be and secret agency of Heaven, at all surprised at the answer and too little to the inhuman given to a friar by one of the and improper conduct of pro- Indian Chiefs. Having been fessed Christians.
condemned to perish in flames, The people of the United “When Hatuey was fastened States, at least many of them, to the stake, a friar, labouring read with horror the history to convert him, promised him of South America and the con- immediate admittance into the duct of the Spaniards towards joys of heaven, if he would emthe natives. The Spaniards brace the christian faith. Is invaded that country under there,' said the Chief, any the profession of christianity, Spaniards in that region of accompanied with priests of bliss which you describe ?' the Roman Catholic religion. Yes, answered the friar, but The king of Spain obtained only such as are worthy and from the Roman Pontiff, as good.' "The best of them, Head of the Christian church, replied the Sachem, have à grant of a country to which neither worth nor goodness ; he had no better title than Sa- I will not go to a place where can had to "all the kingdoms I may meet one of that accursof the world," when he offer. ed race.'" ed them to the Messiah. But Such views of Christians this grant encouraged a horde must naturally have been imof military desperadoes to in- bibed by the Indians of South vade the country and to com. America, in consequence of. anit the most dreadful outra. the cruel treatment which ges, as an acceptable service they received from the Spanio God and the Church. Had iards. Instead of being treatshe invading army been educa. ed as brethren, according to