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ligious instruction, will be to strike at channel, and be distributed in cons the root of that corțupt tiee which formity to a well regulated system, by sheds dreariness and penury from all which deception may be prevented, its branches. That there is a lament- and other indirect evils arising from able deficiency of religious obsery. numerous independent associations, ance, is extremely obvious. It is be fairly obviated. questionable whether one man or wo- It appears highly probable, that if man in fifty, of the indigent, enters a the administration of the charities of place of worship three times in a year. the city were so conducted, as to obThe means are not provided for them, viate all danger of misapplication and and they are unable to provide them deception ; these charities would flow for themselves. Now it has been re- with greater freedom, and that funds marked, that in the immediate vicin- might occasionally be obtained, which ity of a church, it is rare to find a would afford the means of erecting house devoted to lewdness or deprav- houses for worship, opening schools, ity. One half of the sum annually and employing teachers, and thus diexpended in the maintenance of the rect, with grcater efficacy, those mapoor, would be sufficient to build terials which alone can ensure to the three houses of public worship. great fabric of society, its fairest pro
Further, if wretchedness proceed portions, and its longest duration. from vice, and vice, among the poor,
9th. To obtain the abolition of the be generally the offspring of moral greater number of shops, in which and intellectual darkness, is it not a spirituous liquors are sold by license. most reasonable, social duty, which We trust that four fifths, if not the the enlightened portions of society whole of the intelligent portion of our owe to the ignorant, to instruct be- fellow-citizens will unite in opinion, 1ore they condemn, to teach before that the present extension of licensed they punish? Can there be a more retailers, is equivalent, or very nearly painful reflection in the mind of a hu. so, as it respects the morals of the cimane juror, than the thought of con- ty, to the entire abrogation of the law signing to death, or to perpetual ex- which requires a dealer in liquors to clusion from the enjoyments of virtu- take out a license. While the numous society, a fellow-creature, for ber of places in the city remain so crimes that have evidently resulted excessively great, which afford to the from that condition of vicious igno- poor and ignorant, not only so many rance, to which he has ever been ex
facilities, but so many invitations and posed, without any attempts on the temptations to spend their money part of the community to rescue him over the maddening bowl,” reformfrom it?
ation will be greatly impeded ; pove The committee would, therefore, erty and ruin must increase and a submit to the society, the proposition bound. of endeavouring to effect, as the means If each of the 1600 retailers in the may accrue, the gradual erection of city, sell, upon an average, to the abuildings for public worship, in those mount of 250 cents per day, an estiparts of the city where they are the mate which we presume all will conmost needed, until every citizen may sider within the truth, the aggregate have an opportunity of attending di- amount for the year, is $1,160,000. vine worship.
This enormous sum, extorted from 7th. To promote the advancement the sweats of labour, and the tears of First day, or Sunday School In- and groans of suffering wives and struction, both of children and adults. children, would be sufficient to build We cannot but regard this kind of in- annually, 50 houses of worship at struction as one of the most powerful $20,000 each, and leave a surplus that engines of social reform, that the wis- would be more than sufficient to erect dom and benevolence of men have e- school houses, and amply provide for ver brought into operation.
the education of every child in the ci8th. To contrive a plan, if possible, ty. When, with a single glance of hy which all the spontaneous chari- the mind, we contrast the difference ties of the town may now into one in moral effect, between the approprio
ation of this sum to the support of the To this salutary union, so long desirbuyers and sellers of strong drink, ed, and now again so loudly called and its appropriation to the support of for, and so often sought in vain, in honest and industrious mechanics, which the Reformed Church does not employed in the erection of buildings, go over to the Lutheran, nor the latter which would improve and ornament to theformer, but both unite in one new the city, and to the diffusion of reli- animated Evangelic Christian Church, gion and useful learning, who will not in the spirit of their Holy Founder, rise and exert his strength against there is no longer any obstacle in the the encroachment of so mighty an e- nature of the thing itself, if both parvil ?
ties seriously and honestly desire it in a true Christian spirit; and if produ
ced by this, it will worthily express From the London Magazine for Dec. the gratitude which we owe to Dilast.
vine Providence for the invaluable. Berlin, Oct. 11.-His Majesty the blessings of the Reformation, and honKing of Prussia has been pleased to our the memory of its great authors in address the following invitation to the the continuance of their work. Consistories, Synods, and Superinten- 66 But much as I must wish that the dencies of the Monarchy
Reformed and Lutheran Churches in “My illustrious ancestors reposing my dominions may share with me this in God, the Elector John Sigismund, my well tried conviction, I have far the Elector George William, the too much respect for their rights and Great Elector King Frederick I., and their liberty to force it upon them, or King Frederick William I. as is prov- to order or decide any thing in this ed by the history of their reigns and affair. lives, endeavoured with pious zcal to “ This union, besides, can have real unite the two scparate Protestant value only, if neither persuasion nor Churches, the Reformed and the Lu- indifferentism have a part in it; if it theran, in one Evangelic Christian proceed from the unbiased liberty Church in their dominions. Honour- of self conviction, and is not only a ing their memory and their salutary union in external form, but has its views, I willingly join them, and wish roots and vivifying service in unity of to see a work agreeable to God, heart, according to the genuine prinwhich met with insuperable obstacles ciples of Scripture. in the uphappy sectarian spirit of “As I shall myself celebrate in this those times, to be brought about in spirit the approaching secular festival my dominions, to the honour of God of the Reformation, in the union of and the weal of the Christian Church, the late Reformed and Lutheran conunder the influence of a better spirit, gregation at Potsdam, in one Evanwhich disregards what is not essential, gelical Christian congregation, and and holds fast what is the vital part of take the holy Sacrament with them, I Christianity, in which both Churches hope that this my own example will are agreed ; and I desire to see the have a beneficial ipfluence on all the beginning made upon the approaching Protestant congregations in my coun. secular festival of the Reformation. try, and that it may be generally folSuch a truly religious union of the a- lowed in spirit and truth. To the bove-mentioned Protestant Churches, wise direction of the Consistories, to who are separated only by external the pious zeal of the Clergy and their differences, is conformable to the Synods, I leave the exteriour coincid. great objects of Christianity ; it an- ing form of the union, convinced that swers the first views of the Reform- the Congregations will readily follow ers; it lies in the spirit of Protestant- in a true Christian spirit, and that ey.
it promotes religious spirit; it is ery where when the attention is disalutary to domestic piety ; it will be rected seriously and sincerely without the source of many useful improve any interested secondary views, to ments in churches and schools, which what is essential to the great sacred have been often hindered hitherto, cause itself, the form will be easily merely by the difference of religion. found, and the external will naturally"
result from the internal, simple, digni- ings for the blessings bestowed upon fied, and true. May the promised us, and pray for the outpouring of period be no more remote, when un- His Grace upon all of us ; conformder one common Shepherd, all united ing themselves in this matter to the in one faith, one charity, and one words of Sacred Writ, which requires hope, sball form only one flock! us to render to the King Eternal, Im
FREDERICK WILLIAM. mortal, Invisible, the only wise God, Postdam, Sept. 27, 1817.
honour and glory for ever and ever. “To the Consistories, Synods, &c."
ALEXANDER. “ The undersigned Minister, charg- The Newspapers have given anothed with the publication of this expres: er article relating to Alexander which sion of his Majesty's wishes, does not is perhaps as worthy of imitation as doubt of the desired and happy suc- the preceding ; it is contained in an cess; because, as it has been accept- extract of a letter from a gentleman in ed since the 1st of this month by the England to his friend in Philadelphia clergy of this city, of both Evangelic and given in the Religious Rememe Confessions, united in one Synod, brancer as follows :with unanimous joy and grateful re- “ The Emperor has lately given a spect for his Majesty's sentiments fine mark of a purified taste, in withand views therein expressed, it will drawing from a company of French certainly be received in the same Comedians, annual grant of manner by all the Evangelic Clergy 190,000 roubles, about 90001. sterling, and congregations in the kingdom. and transferring it to a Philanthropic
Minister of the Interior, institution. Surely this may be view-
provement." Ukase of the Emperor Alexander, ad
dressed to the Legislative Synod, Extract of a letter from Peachan, Moscow, Oct. 27, 1817.
Vermont, dated Jan. 27. DURING my late travels through the 6. Since I wrote you in September, Provinces, I was obliged, to my no the attention to divine things among small regret, to listen to speeches this people has been truly wonderful, pronounced by some of the Clergy in and the power and grace of our Lord different parts, which contained un- has been manifested to be exceedingbecoming praises of me; praises which ly great. Forty-four new members can only be ascribed unto God. And were received to our communion on as I am convinced in the depth of my the first Sabbath in October, and 69 heart of the Christian truth, that eve- on the first in December; 18 had been ry blessing floweth unto us through previously received, çince the first of our Lord Jesus Christ alone, and that August ; one was received the last every man, be he whom he may, Sabbath, und 19 now stand propoundwithout Christ is full only of evil, ed. There are between 50 and 60 therefore to ascribe unto me the glory more within my knowledge, who hope of deeds, in which the hand of God that they have tasted and seen that had been so evidently manifested be- the Lord is good. The work, we fore the whole world, is to give unto think, still goes on, though it may be man that glory which belongeth unto less powerfully. Of the 69 received to the Almighty God alone.
communion on the first Sabbath in I account it my duty, therefore, to December, 35 were young men and forbid all such unbecoming express- boys, under 24 years. ions of praise, and recommend to the Holy Synod to give instructions to all TRANSPORTATION OF CONVICTS FROM the Diocesan Bishops, that they themselves, and the Clergy under " TROM the official return of the them, may, on similar occasions, in number of persons transported since future refrain from all such express- the first of January 1812, it appears ions of praise, so disagreeable to my that the total number of males is 3988, ears; and that they may render unto and of females, 671 ; and of male conthe Lord of Hosts alone, thanksgive victs under the age of twenty one,
980; and of females under twenty one, AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY. 136. Among the two latter classes TAE President of the United States were five of 11 years of age ; seven of and the Several Heads of Departments 12; seventeen of 13; thirty two of of the general government, havo by 14; sixty five of 15 ; 121 of 16; 132 their respective contributions become of 17."-Christian Observer for Sept. members for life of the American Bi1817, p. 610.
ble Society. This is a melancholy and disgrace- From the First Annual Report of the ful account: Melancholy as it relates Committee of the Reading Ladies to the victims of transportation ; and Bible Association. both melancholy and disgraceful in At this early period of their estabrespect to the government and police lishment, your Committee cannot but of Great Britain. The whole number regard it as a circumstance of pecutransported, male and female, in a liar encouragement from Him, who alittle more than four years and a half, Idne “giveth the increasc," that they was 4659—about 1000 annually--83 are enabled to record some most immonthly and nearly 3 every day for portant personal benefits resulting the whole term of time.
from their pleasing labour. The folNow let it be considered that the lowing anecdote reported by one of rulers of a nation are called fathers, the District Committees, will, they and that they are bound to exercise trust, communicate to the 'hearts of towards their subjects parental care,
their fellow labourers in the Vineyard, affection and tenderness, to seek their a portion of the cheering fervor which welfare in this world and in the world animates your committee in relating to come. Can it then be consistent it. with the duty of rulers to suffer little “One of our subscribers, after harchildren to grow up in ignorance and ing given us the usual sum, and as we vice, exposed to every temptation and were departing, smiled and said, this allurement, and then condemn them, is not all, I have something more to even before they are capable of pro- add connected with a little tale you viding for themselves, to a transporta- will rejoice to hear. A few weeks ation as little adapted to reform them, go, a young man came to my shop, as sending them directly to hell. What where the subject of the Bible Socien good parent could endure thus to ex- ty was mentioned ; on this, his indigile children from 11 to 16 years of nation immediately kindled, and he age, and doom them to spend their expressed, in unbecoming language, days in the society of abandoned' vil- the rancorous and bitter sentiments of lains and prostitutes !
his heart; he was, at this time, so litBotany Bay is an English Purgatory tle master of his passion, that any refrom which it is bclieved very few ever monstrance would have been ineffectreturned reformed. The most splendid ual-we made no reply, and he soort efforts of the British Christians to ex
I mentioned the circumtend the blessings of the gospel abroad stance to my little girl, then on her can never atone for their dreadful nega death bed, who, though young in lect of the poor population of their years was old in christian experience ; own country.
and asked her what should be done ; But any one who is acquainted with O father!" she replied, subscribe the history of that nation-with the for a Bible for him!' This we did, and number of men employed in the work I presented it to the young man, at of slaughter and devastation-with the
the same time informing him, who had immense appropriations of money for induced us to procure it for him. military establishments and for reward. Forcibly struck with the dying child's ing their heroes; will be able to ac- anxiety to supply him with a Bible, count for the prevalence of vice and he received it with gratitude-he took pauperism, and for their neglect of it home, he read it ; deeply impresseducating the poor in the paths of ed with the nature of its contents, he virtue, without imputing all the blame wished to share with others the pleasto Adam and Eve,
we he himself enjoyed; he read it to
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his fellow servants, who soon imbibed formed in the usual order by Ret. a similar feeling; and one of them, Mr. Bartlett, of Marblehead; Rev. ardently wishing to be in possession Professor Porter, of Andover ; Rev. of a volume, so unspeakably valuable, Mr. Thurston, of Manchester ; Rev. immediately paid down six shillings, Dr. Worcester, of Salem ; Rev. Mr. longing for the time to arrive, when Emerson, of Salem ; Rev. Mr. Edshe could say, this precious book is wards, of Andover. mine. We received the money with peculiar interest, and with increased
ORDINATION. conviction, that the work is of God, In Utica, N. Y. Feb. 4, Rev. S. A. and that nothing shall impede its glo- Aikin. rious and triumphant progress.'
At a subsequent meeting, the Collectors delivered the following pleas- Mr. Thomas Tracy, Cambridge. ing conclusion to this gratifying ancc
Jonathan P. Dabney, do. dote. 66 The remarkable change Samuel Gilman, do. wrought in the heart of an individual Thomas Savage, do. by the perusal of the word of God,
P. Osgood, who, from a bitter enemy, became a
Alvan Lamson. do. zealous advocate for the Bible, was
James Walker, do. lately noticed ; since that time, we F. W. P. Greenwood, do. have been informed, that he earnestly Andrew Bigelow, do. endeavours to improve in the knowl- John Graham Palfrey, do. edge of divine things, and that his ac
do.. tions prove the sincerity of his profes- E. Q. Sewall, Concord. sions ; he considers the offer of a Bible to a friend as the highest token of sincere regard ; and for this purpose Died-In Stratford, Conn. Rev. N. we have received nine shillings, with Birdsey, aged 103. He had 12 childthe acknowledgement of the privilege ren, 76 grand children, 163 great grand he felt it, to obtain so great a treasure children and 7 of the 5th generation. for so trifling a consideration. Surely In Philadelphia, Rev. Absalom if this were a solitary instance of suc- Jones, aged 72. cessful exertion, this
In Griswold, Conn. Isaac Hernek would not have been established in 97. He had 19 children, 92 grand vain !--Appendix to the 13th Report children, 182 great grand children and of the British and Foreign Bible So- 1 of the fifth generation; two brothers ciely.
were at his funers), one aged 93, the
other 81. INSTALLATIONS.
In Salem (N. J.) Henry Plat a black In Plymouth Mass. on the first of
106. Jan. Rev. W. S. Torrey, over the At New Haven, General David Third Congregational Church in that Humphreys. town. First prayer by the Rev. Mr. At Brookfield, Rev. Ephraim Ward, Huntington of Bridgewater. Sermon aged 77. tronn Acts 20, 20. by Rey. Mr. Weeks, In Worcester, Mrs. Mary Chamberof Abington; consecrating prayer by lain, widow of the late Deacon John Rev. Mr. Dexter, of Plympton ; Chamberlain, aged 70. Charge by Rev. Mr. Riohmond of
In Portland, Capt. Timothy Small, Halifax ; Right Hand by Rev. Mr. aged 73. Colburn, of Abington, and concluding In Hampton, N. H. Hon. CHRIS. prayer by Rev. Mr. Paine of Middle
TOPHER TAPPAN, aged 83. borough.
At Cornwall, Con. Feb. 17, Henry In Beverly, Feb. 16th, Rev. David Obookiah, aged 26, a native of Ow.
liphant, over the Second Church in hyhee, and a member of Foreign that place. The services were per- Mission School.