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Resolved, That the Thanks of this Meeting be given to the Mayor.
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM A
GENTLEMAN IN LONDON.
I HAVE lately had great pleasure in perusing the minutes of the yearly Conference of Lutheran and Calvinist ministers, from all parts of the continent, who met in Lusatia, together with 91 letters addressed from pious bishops and pastors in other parts, who could not attend. There was one from an association of Protestant ministers in Languedoc in France; from an extensive circle at Basle; from Alsace, Holland, Saxony, Wir. temberg, Osnaburgh, Nuremberg, Russia, Poland, Hungary, the banks of the Wolga, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Esthonia; also some accounts from Moscow; and some addresses from Catholic ministers. It gave a kind of ubiquity to me for the time, and afforded a peculiar delight, with one glance to see and converse with, or hear them converse,--all speaking the same heavenly language -all lamenting the low state of religion, in their various districts, and all breathing after a wider and wider spread of the glorious gospel.-There appears to be a considerable work going on among the Catholics in the south of Germany. Many pious priests are raised up, and labouring diligently. These are meeting with great opposition and persecution from their church. So much has bigotry decreased, that it is not uncommon to see Lutherans and Catholics hearing the gospel from the lips of a Calvinist minister, and all sitting down to commemorate the death of our Lord at the same table.
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM REV. MR. WRAY, MISSIONARY AT DEMARARA, IT IS DATED,
try. I feel thankful to the great Head of the church that I am still enabled to gladden your hearts, by informing you, That the work of the Lord prospers; and that the dear Redeemer is seeing of the travail of his soul in the conversion of the poor negroes. I have reason to believe, that more than twenty are sav ingly acquainted with the Lord Jesus Christ, and are rejoicing in that salvation which he has obtained for sin. ners. It may indeed be said of many here, That they receive the word gladly!'
'You will be astonished to hear that more than two hundred have learnt Dr Watts' First Catechism, and several some parts of the As sembly's; like wise some short prayers, the Ten Commandments, and other passages of Scripture; and, had I time and strength, I could teach as many more. Indeed, they are never tired of learning. Some spend their dinner hour in this delightful exercise; and tell me it is much better than eating. They possess great reverence for the word of God; and it is wonderful how their minds are filled with a sense of his greatness, goodness, and holiness, of which a few months ago they knew nothing.
A few days since, a manager in formed me, That the negroes on his estate had a funeral; and after it was over, instead of meeting together to drum and dance, as formerly, about 30 assembled together to sing hymns and pray!
Our new church was opened Sept. 11. About 700 people assembled together on the solemn occa sion. I preached to them from Luke xix. 9. This day is salvation come to this house.' The number of whites was about 50. Such a scene as this was never before beheld in this
* Le Resouvenir, Demarara, Nov. 21, country! Truly, 'the ends of the
'Dear Fathers and Brethren in Christ,
I DOUBT not you have often blessed God for his goodness manifested to me, since you heard of my arrival at this place: and that you are daily offering a petition to God in my behalf, and in the behalf of the sinful inhabitants of this coun
earth have seen the salvation of our God!'
I have written a little Catechism for them to learn; containing an Account of the State of Man by Nature, his Recovery by Jesus Christ,-The Work of the Spirit upon the HeartThe necessity of seeking Divine Grace in those Means which God has appointed in his Church,—The na
ture of Baptism, and The Obligations of baptized Persons; which, I trust, through the blessing of God, will be useful to them.
You will rejoice to hear that the prejudices of the people are, in a great measure, done away; and, I trust, the enemies of the gospel will soon become its friends. The white people, who attend preaching, and even some who have not yet been at the church, have subscribed near 2007. towards the Missionary cause; and several of the poor slaves have cast into their mite. There is a prospect of being permitted to instruct the slaves of another estate in the neighborhood. We have reason to believe it will be under the manage
ment of a very serious man. In that case, a congregation of 6 or 700 people will be obtained without difficulty.
Pray for me, that I may be useful to my fellow creatures; that God would deliver me from all unreasonable men, and keep me from giving way to the temptations which daily surround me. I assure you, I have need, every moment, of Paul's promise and Joseph's resolution. The people in England are entirely unacquainted with the temptations of this country; but, I trust, the Lord will be with me, and give me grace and strength according to my day.
I am, &c.'
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An Inaugural Oration, delivered February 21, 1310. By Henry Davis, A. M. President of Middlebury College. Boston: Farrand, Mallory, & Co. and Lyman, Mallory, & Co. Portland, 1810.
Ministerial Labour and Support:--A Sermon preached at Middlebury, Vermont, February 21, 1810, at the Ordination of Mr. Henry Davis, and his induction as President of the College. By Alexander Proudfit, A. M. Pastor of the first Presbyterian Congregation in Salem. Salem : Dodd & Rumsey, 1810.
Reflections on the Administration of Justice in Pennsylvania. By a Citizen. Philadelphia: Hopkins & Earle, 1810.
A Sermon, preached at Trinity Church, April 5, 1810, being the day of Public Fast. By J. S. J. Gardiner,
A. M. Rector. Boston: Munroe & Francis, 1810.
A Sermon preached in Boston, April 5, 1810, the day of the Public Fast. By William Ellery Channing, Pastor of the Church in Federal Street. Boston; John Eliot, jr. 1810. A Discourse delivered at Cambridge, in the hearing of the University, April 8, 1810. By David Osgood, D. D. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel. Cambridge; William Hilliard, 1810.
A Discourse addressed to the First Parish in Hingham, on the day of Fasting, April 5, 1810. By Joseph Richardson, A. M. Boston; W. Pelham, and W. Blagrove, 1810.
An Inaugural Disputation on the disease termed Petechial, or Spotted Fever; submitted to the examining Committee of the Medical Society of Connecticut, for the County of Hartford. By Nathan Strong, jun. of Hartford. Peter B. Gleason, 1810.
Remarks upon an anonymous letter, styled, "The duty of a Christian in a trying situation;" addressed to the Author of a Pamphlet, entitled, "The Mediator's Kingdom, not of this World," &c. "Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." Rom. xii. 21. New York; Williams & Whiting, 1810.
NEW EDITIONS. William Tell; or Switzerland Delivered. By the Chevalier De Florian, Member of the Royal Academies of Paris, Madrid, Florence, &c. &c. A Posthumous Work. To which is prefixed, The Life of the Author, by Jauffret. Translated from the French, by William B. Heweston, Author of the Blind Boy, Fallen Minister, &c. Baltimore; P. H. Nicklin & Co. and Farrand, Mallory, &. Co. Boston, 1810.
Dialogues concerning Eloquence in general; and particularly that kind which is proper for the pulpit. By M. De Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray. Translated from the French and illustrated with Notes and Quotations. By W. Stevenson, M. A. Rector of Morningthorp in Norfolk. Boston; Farrand, Mallory, & Co. ; and Lyman, Mallory, & Co. Portland, 1810.
Memoirs of Frederick and Mar
A Trial of Antichrist, otherwise the Man of Sin, for High Treason against the Son of God. Tried at the Sessions of the House of Truth, before the Right Honorable Divine Revelation, Lord Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of Equity; and the Honorable Justice History, one of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Information. Taken in short hand by a Friend of St. Peter, Professor of Stenography, Author of Dialogues between St. Peter and His Holiness the Pope of Rome, &c. Boston; Lincoln & Edmands, 1810.
THE following came to hand too late for insertion under the proper head; we were not willing, however, to withhold such information from our readers, and, therefore, insert it by way of
We learn with pleasure that there appears to be a work of divine grace in Salem. God's Spirit seems to have come among that people with power. During the winter past, an unusually solemn attention to religion, has pervaded all parts of the town. Some hundreds, it is hoped, have already begun their everlasting song; others are still inquiring what they shall do to be saved. The same appearances have also been witnessed at Manchester. Lately the shower of divine influences has begun to shed its blessings on the towns of Beverly, Marblehead, and Danvers in the same vicinity. Sev eral towns in Worcester county, have recently experienced the outpourings of the Spirit. From Exeter, N. H. we hear that God has visited and refreshed his heritage in that place. We are likewise informed, from authentic sources, that a general and very powerful awakening has, not long since, commenced in the city of New York. Such accounts cannot fail to excite the fervent gratitude of Zion's friends, and to cause them to pray with increased ardor, thy kingdom come.
WE doubt whether justice will admit the claim of our anonymous correspondent to the "place" of an umpire, in the debate between E. H. and R. A. We observe that W is a signature adopted by more than one of our correspondents. We recommend that the original proprietor be left in undisturbed possession.
Ruminator will see that his remarks are, in a great measure, superseded, by the Review of Mr. Beecher's Sermon on Duelling, which is inserted in this number.
Several communications are under consideration.
MEMOIRS OF A CONVERTED QUAKER,
Written by the late reverend and learned CHARLES LESLIE, author of the SHORT METHOD WITH THE JEWS AND DEISTS, and many other learned and ingenious treatises.
THE person I am to speak of, was bred a quaker from her infancy, being born of quaker parents, and was not baptized till after she was married. She was of a quick and ready apprehension, and a cheerful temper, nothing inclined to enthusiasm. She discoursed with judgment and concern in matters of religion, of which I had frequent occasions, lodging a long time in the same house with her. She had an entire confidence in me, and opened her mind to me as to her confessor.
She died of a consumption, of which she had been ill, and wearing weaker and weaker, two years before her death, in all which time I attended her.
I preached to her the doctrine of faith, as set forth in our homilies of salvation, of faith, and good works, which she often read with great pleasure that the atonement and satisfaction to God for our sins, was made wholly and solely by the perfect obedience and meritoriVOL. II. New Series.
ous sufferings and death of Christ our blessed Lord in our nature, in our stead, as our sacrifice and our surety, who had paid the whole debt to the utmost farthing, to the last demand of infinite justice; that our good works had no merit in them, nor must come in for the least share of the satisfaction made for sin, as be ing mixed with our infirmities and our sin, whence all our righteousness was filthy rags, and our best repentance had need to be repented of; that there was no merit neither in our faith, which at the best was but weak, and that we had all reason to say, Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief; that all our dependance was upon the perfect and complete satisfaction made by the sacrifice of Christ, wholly without us, for our sins; that our faith was only a hand which reaches a medicine to us, the vir tue being in the medicine, not in the hand, no more than it was in the eye which looked upon the brazen serpent, and a less perзт
fect sight did cure, as well as the strongest; that sight is the nearest bodily representation of faith, as our blessed Savior himself makes the allusion, John iii. 15, "That as the serpent was lifted up," (and the cure was wrought only by the sight) "so was the Son of man lifted up, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life;" that good works are a necessary effect of faith, as fruit is of a tree; it is a dead tree that bears no fruit, so it is a dead faith that bringeth not forth good works, as there is occasion.
And St. James, whom some would make to oppose St. Paul in that matter, lays the whole upon faith, only brings the works to shew, that the faith was true; he says, James ii. 22. "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works?" And the Scripture was fulfilled which said, "Abraham believed God, and it was imput. ed unto him for righteousness." It was the believing was imput. ed, and he did believe, because he did work, else he had not believed but after all, there is no merit, either in the faith or in the work, but it is attributed chiefly to the faith, because faith is that which immediately lays hold upon, and reaches and applies to us the infallible catholicon, the satisfaction and at onement made for us by the passion and death of Christ our Lord; and as a tree is sometimes denominated by the fruit, so the works of faith are called faith, and the effects of faith are attri. buted to the works; and on the other hand, faith itself is called a work. John vi. 28, 29. "What shall we do that we may work the works of God? Jesus
answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe in him whom he hath sent :" so that faith implies works (where works can be wrought,) and works imply faith, the one as the tree, the other as the fruit.
Upon this subject the person I am speaking of, and F, have spent many hours, especially the last year of her life. As she drew nearer to her end, she used to say, This makes the way to heaven very easy, and gives an infallible assurance, that nei. ther the weakness of our faith (though the stronger the more comfortable) nor the unworthiness of our repentance, so it be sincere, can give us any ground of despair; because our trust is not in them, but in the all-suffi. cient satisfaction which our Lord has made for us.
I told her I was glad she found it so easy, for that this faith was the gift of God; and some would purchase it (if possible) with the whole earth, were it all their own; for all men have not faith though it is not only very clearly revealed in holy Scripture, but most consonant to our reason, for that God is not only just (as we use the word among men) to have some, or a great deal of justice in him, but he is justice itself, justice in the ab. stract; and justice cannot remit any thing to remit is not an act of justice but of mercy, and God is as much justice as mercy, one attribute must not fight with or oppose another; that would be to argue contradiction in God; therefore since it is of the nature of justice to require satisfaction, and satisfaction that is not full and complete is not satisfaction