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there was no danger in the rest; I see him at the tree forbidden. How true a serpent he is in eve ry point! in his choice of the tree, in his assault of the woman, in his plausibleness of speech to avoid terror, in his question to move doubt, in his reply to work distrust, in his protestation of safety, in his suggestion to envy and discontent, in his promise of gain.
And if he were so cunning at the first, what shall we think of him now, after so many thousand years experience? Only thou, O God! and these angels, that see thy face, are wiser than he. I do not ask why, when he left his goodness, thou didst not bereave him of his skill? Still thou wouldst have him an angel, though an evil one; and thou knowest how to ordain his craft to thine own glory. I do not desire thee to abate of his subtility, but to make me wise; let me beg it, without presumption, make me wiser than Adam; even thine image, which he bore, made him not (through his own weakness) wise enough to obey thee; thou offeredst him all fruits, and restrainedst but one; Satan offered him but one, and restrained not the rest. When he chose rather to be at Satan's feeding than thine, it was just with thee to turn him out of thy gates with a curse: why shouldest thou feed a rebel at thine own board?
all along prevailed among Christians, it has been greatly kept under restraint. In every age, however, it has subsisted, and, it is to be hoped, is at present warm and vigorous in the breasts of multitudes. In the whole of his conduct, the great HOWARD shewed that he was animated by this sacred principle. Amongst the many circumstances that might be produced to prove this fact, the following, following, though unnoticed by biographers, to whom it was probably unknown, is not the least worthy of preser vation :
HOWARD, THE PHILANTHROPIST.
A TRULY catholic spirit is amiable wherever it appears. Amidst the contentions, which in a greater or less degree have
When on a visit to Glasgow, for the purpose of viewing its prison & public institutions, some of his friends were pointing out to him the various places of worship be longing to the different denomi nations of Christians in that large and populous city; lifting up his hands he said, with deep emotion, "May great grace, mercy and peace be on all them, that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity."
Reader, if ever thou art disposed to repine at the divisions that exist in the Christian world, and at the smallness of the numbers in the denomination with which thou art associated, copy the spirit of St. Paul, Phil. i. 18; think of the conduct of Howard, and go and do likewise. Religious Monitor.
IT is with a Christian as with the Sicilian vines." An old proprietor, (says Swinburne) informed me, that the strength of the liquor depended on the close pruning of the vine."
Several reviews of new publi. cations are on hand, but deferred to give place to other matter.
found it to be good for your nation, and being well acquainted with the dismal situation of your grandfathers, as well as other tribes, and having compassionate feelings towards us induce you to come so far to offer or recommend to us the same, I thank you for
"Grandchildren, I now declare unto you, that we have well considered the matter you propose to us: and I and my chiefs, heroes, young men, women, and children, unanimously agreed to accept and take hold with both hands all what you have recommended to us. Our eyes are now on you."
A large white Belt of Wompom near 4 feet in length delivered, containing 6000 wompom.
Note. The above is copied verbatim from the Indian manuscript.
N. B. The above mentioned Dela wares are numerous, and are considered as the head of all the other tribes. The belt and speech recommending civilization and religion will, in due time, be communicated by the Dela. wares to all the other tribes. The Delaware and one other tribe told our Messengers, that they were now ready to accept a minister and schoolmaster, but they must come recommended by them.
Interesting Extracts from the Appendix to the Report of the British and Foreign Bible Society, taken from the
THE first is an extract of a letter from the Rev. Dr. Dalrymple, one of the ministers of Ayr.
"I give you joy, and would take some small share of it myself, that we have lived to the day of a British and Foreign Bible Society. In the 82nd year of my age, and 59th of my ministry, next to both deaf and blind, it is little that I can do in an active way to assist in so glorious a design; but that little shall not be wanting. This evening I intend to overture our Synod for a Collection, after the good example of the Presbytery of Glasgow, and I hope to sucreed." (p. 34.)
• Mr. Kiesling, a respectable merchant of Nuremberg, thus writes,
"Your letter afforded me such joy that I could not contain myself, but immediately went to the Rev. John' Godfried Schoener, one of the most respectable ministers of our city, in order to communicate to him the joy. ful news from a far country. He was no less affected than myself; and we agreed to appoint a meeting of Chris. tian friends on Ascension-Day, at which we unanimously resolved to unite for the formation of a Bible Society, and by a printed letter, to invite our Christian friends throughout Germany and Switzerland, to assist us in so noble an undertaking.
"When sometimes I am privileged to give away a Bible or New Testament, father and mother, son and daughter, are running after me, thanking me a hundred, and a thou sand times, kissing my hand, and my coat; shedding tears of joy, and loudly exclaiming; May God bless you may the Lord Jesus bless you in time and to all eternity.' Really I felt sometimes a foretaste of heavenly joy, so that I could not sufficiently bless God, for having entrusted me with the honourable commission of steward of the kind benefactions of others. But the more I disperse, the more the petitions both of Ministers and Schoolmasters increase, not only from Austria, but likewise from Stiria, Carinthia, and Hungary, inso. much that I am afraid to present their petitions." (p. 36.)
The address circulated by the Nuremberg Bible Society throughout Germany closes with the following appeal.
"We confidently hope for the success of our undertaking. If in England, according to the latest ac. counts, even hard working artisans have contributed their mite towards the support of the Bible Society, can we suppose that less zeal for the good cause will be displayed by our German and Swiss reverers of the sacred writings?
"The inherent value of the book, the religious wants of the people, the critical circumstances of the times, the present tranquillity of the States; all these, besides many other urgent reasons, loudly call for attention to this important undertaking.
"O ye, who know and revere the Bible, which yet remains the Bible of all religious parties, lend your aid in promoting it: Ye who, on the brink of the grave, can dispose of your property at pleasure, think on the words of the just Judge of the world, I was hungry and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink. If the blessing be already so great for him who ministers to the bodily wants of his fellow-creatures, how much greater will it be for those, who, constrained by the love of Christ, provide for satisfying the hungry after the liv ing word of God, and lead thirsty souls to the pure wells of salvation" (p. 41.)
From the Letter of a Roman Catholic Priest in Swabia we gladly extract a few passages.
"I had the pleasure to learn, from a copy of your letter, addressed by Mr. Tobias Kiesling, of Nuremberg, the great number of zealous friends of the Bible in London, who are filled with a noble desire to send out the pure word of God, as the best preacher, into the world. This account excited in my breast the most heartfelt joy and gratitude towards that God,
who is the only Giver of every good & perfect gift; but I felt also lively emotions of unfeigned love and affection for you, and for all the members of that venerable Bible Society, for whom I wish a thousand blessings. May the Lord Jesus, through whom all blessings are communicated to us, be the beginning and end of their praiseworthy undertaking! and may his name be glorified for it to all eternity!
"What particularly induced me to write, was your question, Whether the Bible was still prohibited to the Catholics? Being convinced thereby that you was mindful even of the poor Catholics, I was particularly moved and edified; for indeed nothing is more affecting than that love which embraces all, without the least dis. tinction; for God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.' I felt myself, therefore, constrained to thank you, in the name of all honest and welldisposed Catholics, for these your fraternal sentiments.
"In answer to your question, I ohserve, properly speaking, the Bible
has never been prohibited to the Cathe olics. The Council of Trent only states, Indiscriminata lectio Sacra Scripturæ interdicta est. Well-inform. ed Ĉatholics took this always in that sense only that not all the books of the Bible promiscuously, should be put into the hands of the common people, referring chiefly to some books of the Old Testament. Besides, this pro. hibition of the Council of Trent has never been admitted as binding by the whole body of the Roman Catholic clergy in Germany; but so much is true, that all blind bigots of our church have always spread the opinion, that it was entirely forbidden for all laymen to read the Bible; and this prejudice is, alas! still deeply prevalent among the greater part of the people. There are, however, at present, many of our clergymen, both in Swabia and Ba varia, who strongly recommend the reading of the Bible, chiefly of the New Testament; and do every thing in their power to promote it. I have, for my own part, distributed many New Testaments, and some Bibles, among better enlightened Catholics; and several of my dear brethren in Christ do the same. We are, however, not able to satisfy all the demands for Bibles." (p. 43, 44.)
"I am sure we could dispose of 1 good number of Bibles and New Testaments. The people seem to get more and more desirous of the Bible; and the number of clergymen is increasing, who not only would tolerate, but commend the reading of it.
"I feel a very great desire to witness the formation of a similar Bible Society amongst the Roman Catholics; and indeed I will make some attempts, though I foresee many dif ficulties; and can hardly suppose that so many active and benevolent friends of the Bible are to be found amongst the Roman Catholics, as would be requisite for such an undertaking. Your question, however, respecting the Catholics, inspires me with the hope, that your Society is desirous to extend its beneficial influence likewise to the Catholics, wishing only to know, whether a dispersion of Bibles amongst them would be practicable:
and indeed it would not only be practicable, but desirable in the highest degree." (p. 44.)
"I cannot express, in terms suffi