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every thing existing in the universe; a soul which creates all, inspires all, and preserves all. Filled with these great ideas, the Deaf and Dumb have prostrated themselves on the earth, along with Mr. Sicard himself, and he has told them that this soul of nature, is that God, whom all men are called upon to worship, to whom our temples are. raised, and with whom our religious doctrines and ceremonies connect us from the cradle to the grave.
All was now done; and Mr. Sicard found himself able to open to his pupils, all the sublime ideas of religion, and all the laws of virtue and of morals."
The extracts are about one
STATE OF SOCIETY IN VIRGINIA.
third of the Address. When it shall have been duly considered that Mr. Clerc, the writer of these paragraphs, has been deaf and dumb from his birth-that he was first educated in the French language, and afterwards acquired the English, without ever hearing or speaking a word, the Address will be regarded as a wonderful production,and also as affording proof, that the author possesses strong powers of mind, and that the Institution for teaching the deaf and dumb is worthy of encouragement. Fifty years ago such an address from a man who had always been deaf and dumb would probably have appeared miraculous.
the contrary, stabbing, shooting and cudgelling are among the monthly items of news in this part of the country. You will form some idea of the real state of society here when I assure you that nine tenths of the people go armed, when in public, either with pistols, dirks, stillettos or shillalas, and some armed cap-a-pie with all together. This is brought about in a great measure by the divisions and subdivisions of party. We have among us Jeffersonians, Madisonians, Randolphites, Gilesites and Burrites, &c. &c. all of whom are arranged into separate clans or parties, and, every returning election, form so many distinct phalanxes, all violently opposed to all parties and
candidates except their own. In this county and many others, in the wrangle and scramble for offices, regular and systematic parties have been formed who bear to each other the most deadly hatred, and whose corruption, intrigue, personal abuse and flagrant outrage were never equalled by the most active and boisterous demagogues of either party in the Northern States."
We cannot but hope that this account is in some re spects exaggerated. But if it be true that in Virginia, "nine tenths of the people go armed - with pistols or dirks," or other instruments of murder, the state of society is barbarous indeed. Such preparations for war are a proof that men have little confidence in God or in each other that they estimate human life at a low rate, and that they have a strong propensity, to acts of violence. Men of pacific principles, who love their neighbours as themselves, will not evince such a disposition to be always ready to fight. These preparations for war are proofs of a ferocious disposition, and they render every man's life more insecure than it would be in the entire absence of all such preparations
Would not every humane and reflecting man be shocked to see the people of Boston, or of any other town in this state, go to their public meetings armed with pistols or dirks, ready to fight and shed each others blood! If any individuals should be known to appear at town meetings thus Vol. VI. No. 10. 40
How wretched must be the condition of slaves in Virginia, when such is the state of society among their masters! and to what cause can we more rationally impute the slow progress of civilization in that state, than to the unfavourable influence of slave-holding on the human character? Let the people of New-England be truly thankful that they are not slave holders; and let them also be thankful that party spirit has not yet converted them into such barbarians that they cannot appear in public without being armed with pistols or dirks.
Since writing the preceding remarks, a gentleman who has travelled much in the western States, has assured us that what the above paragraph affirms of the people of Virginia is true of the people of most of the Western Statesthat it is a general custom to travel armed with both pistols and dirks. He observed however that the custom was less general in Ohio than in the other States; that when he
went into those regions he was
These facts may account for our wars with the Indians; and they afford strong grounds of suspicion that the murders which have been imputed to the Indians, were either committed by the white savages, or by the Indians in revenge of wrongs done to them.White people who are so sav. age-so fond of fighting, or so revengeful as to go armed
that they may be always ready to fight one another, are not likely to possess more kind sentiments or more humane feelings towards their red brethren. Unless, therefore, something can be done to civilize our own people and abolish this savage custom of going armed, we may expect that murders will be more and more multiplied, and that our nation will be cursed with frequent wars with the Indians, till it becomes accountable for the blood of the surviving tribes.
From the New-England Galaxy.
The following sacred Melody was written by MRS. RowsON of Boston, and originally sung at the Oratorio performed by the Handel and Haydn Society.
In life's gay spring enchanting hours!
When every path seems deck'd with flowers :
Presents the cup with pleasure crowned;
When to a suffering brother's cry
And thou, who through life's thorny road,
AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY. From the Christian Herald. Quarterly Extracts, published by the American Bible Society, in Aug. 1818.
ALREADY has the American Bible
Society begun to occupy a station among the great Bible Establishments in Christendom, which are an ornament and a blessing to the nations which gave them birth. The increasing resources of this Institution, and the comparative importance of its operations, are already exciting an interest which it is essential to keep alive and to cherish. To communicate to the public more frequent and extensive information of its proceed ings, of the patronage which it con tinues to receive, the contributions to its funds, and the good opinion entertained of it by those societies of individuals who are disposed to second its views and aid its efforts, appears to be a duty incumbent on those to whom the direction of its concerns has been intrusted. The Managers of this Society are also per suaded, that a more copious diffusion of intelligence relating to the progress of the Bible cause, derived from for eignas well as domestic sources, would tend to awaken and interest the pub lic feeling in its favour, and stimulate to more active exertions in promoting it. American Christians, being more generally informed of the extensive, and successful operations of kindred Institutions in other parts of the world, will feel an additional encouragement to aid their own Na
4th. Such parts of the publications of the British and Foreign, and other Bible Societies, as it may be deemed useful to insert therein.
The concentration under the same roof of the mechanical operations carried on for the Society, has greatly facilitated the systematic conducting of its business. But though the num ber of presses employed in printing the Bibles has been increased, the demand for the sacred volume has considerably exceeded the means of supplying it. Ten presses are now in operation for the Society, and one or two more will be added as soon as they can be procured.
The following copies of the Scriptures have been printed for the Society during the last 4 months; 2,000 Octavo Bibles, 4,000 Duodecimo Brevier do. 2,000 do. Minion do. 2,200 Octavo New Testaments, 2,500 Brévier do.
The Eighth Anniversary of the New-Jersey Bible Society was held at Burlington on Tuesday last. The venerable President, Dr. Elias Bondinot opened the business of the meeting with an Address. The Annual Report was then read; and interesting and impressive Addresses where delivered by the Rev. Dr. Wharton, of Burlington, and the Rev. Dr. Green and the Rev. Dr. Miller of Princeton. A resolution was unanimously adopted by the Society, recommending the establishment of Bible Associations in every city and town in the State.-N. Y. Spectator.
HILLSBORO' GOUNTY N. H. BIBLE AND CHARITABLE SOCIETY, Held its annual meeting at Hopkinton, on the 2d inst. In the forenoon a public discourse was delivered at the meeting-house; after which the Report of the Directors was read to the Society, which exhibited its affairs as in a prosperous condition, and gave evidence of increasing attention to its interests. There ap
pears a favourable prospect of the extension and general patronage through the county of the important objects of the Institution. In the afternoon, the Society made choice of its officers for the ensuing year, when the old board were re-chosen, viz.
Hon. David L. Morrill, President.
By the Report of the Treasurer, it appears there were upwards of 300 members, and that there have been received, from members and donors, above 600 dollars for the different objects of the Society. From 17 towns, from which only returns have been made, above 650 dollars have been paid in. There are 21 other towns in the county. If these towns had contributed in the same ratio with the others, the amount would have exceeded 1300 dollars.
From the Am. D. Advertiser. THERE is nothing more gratifying to the Philanthropist and the Christian, than to contemplate the march of civilization and the spread of pure and undefiled religion. Between the enjoyments and prospects of the savage, and those of man on whom the light of revelation has beamed its mild and benignant lustre, there is indeed an indescribable contrast.-The former is surrounded by a fearful gloom which nature can never penetrate, and enchained by destructive superstitions; while the path of the latter through life and his prospects of futurity are gilded by a ray of divinity. These are common place observations, but relate to things of unutterable importance.
We have on our frontiers and even within our own territories, many of the aborigines of this continent, who are still groping in worse than Egyptian darkness. It becomes the Américan people individually and nationally, instead of “exterminating