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prudent management easily remove the monies in its favour, which, it is hoped, allered difficulty ?
may excite a renewed attention to it. “ You may evade the application of The first of these is by the late Rev. these queries to your own conscience Job Orton; the latter from the Rev. now; hut, О remember that you must John Pye Smith, who, in his tract, enshortly answer the spirit and substance titled, “ A Concise Statement,” &c. of them to your eternal Judge !"
6. The editor cannot but express
his surprize and concern that this trea. The Utility of Academical Institu
tise has not been more known and read. tions to the Church of Christ : a
Though its occasion was controversial, Sermon preached at Hoxton Chapel, yet its principles and arguments are at June 26, 1806, before the Supporters
all times imporiant.
The observations of Iloxton Academy, at their Anniver
on the qualifications of communicants sary, by Benjamin Cracknell, A. M.
are particularly valuable; and, at the Minister of Weynlouth Chapel.
present day of laxity in Christian dis
cipline, highly seasonable.” The utility and importance of academical institutions to the church of Christ, few, we presume, will venture to dispute, whose opinions are worthy
The Dangers of the Country. By the of atrenrion ; but it must be remein
Author of " War in Disguise.” svog bered, that there are many that now occupy ations of eminent usefulness in the church, who never trod the
This is a very masterly production, franchised walks of a college, and who
and proceeds from the pen of a well
informed and, we presume, pious man, possess no claims to titles of literary distinction. However,
who thinks it his duty to remonstrate judiciously
« against ihe indifference and supineavailing themselves of the aids pro
ness which prevail in regard to our vided by the learning of others, and
public defence.” In the first part of studiously cultivating the acquirements
this work, the author endeavours to more immediately connected with the salvation of souls, they have left their
prove that“ we may be conquered by
France ;” and then shews, that the efpeople little cause to regret the want
fects of such a conquest would be of other advantages : for these reasons
“ usurpation or destruction of the we could wish that Mr. C. had more
throne, overthrow of the constitution, particularly distinguished those objects
destruction of the funds, and ruin of of academical pursuits which, after all that inay be justly said in their praise, merciless goveniment, subversion of
property in general, a rigorous and are but of subordinate importance, from those that are essential to an
our religious liberties, and dreadful evangelical ministry ; and had the sub
corruption of morals.” ject of his discourse been more forcibly
In the second part, he points out the
Various means by which these dangers urged by considerations derived froin
may be avoided; in which he displays the glory of the character and work of our Lord Jesus and the value of im
much political knowledge and military
information; and we rejoice to find, mortal souls, it certainly would not have been less acceptable to the hear
among the means proposed for our deers, or less useful to the cause it pleads.
fence,“ reformation, as the essential
basis of national safety';" and here the We are nevertheless indebted to our
author introduces " the Abolition of author for many excellent thoughts,
the Slave Trade, as essential to that neatly expressed; and we earnestly Reformation." We wish we had room wish that his discourse may contribuie
to ii sert a few paragraphs' froin this to the further prosperity of an institu
part of the work, for we have never tion which the Head of the church has
seen any thing more striking, more so greatly honoured.
conclusive, more demonstrative of the extreme iniquity, and impolicy also, of
this detestable traffic The Sanctity of the Lord's Supper vin
After expressing the most patriotic dicated; containing an answer to
feelings of partiality for his beloved Dr. Priestley's Free duidress to Pro
country, the author adds, “ This same testant Dissenters on that Subject.
beloved country is polluted by the Bys. Paluver, is, 6d.
most sordid and barbarous crimes ; Tus work was first published in though dear to ourselves, she is a curse 1770, without the name of the author; to a large portion of the globe: ber and is now overed afresh to the public wealth generaies, and her power mana syucuce of some recent testi
tailis, a greater mass of human wretchi
edness and guilt than even the pestilent
LITERARY. NOTICES. ambition of France : perhaps than all The Works of the pious and evanthe other political crimes of the age.
gelical Tr All., late Minister in LogI have often thought that were an
don, are well-known in the religious angel to look down from Heaven,' in world, and highly prized. A small order to determine which of the pa
volume of his Serious, on Pet. i. 2, 31 tions of the globe is the greatest and on Gal. ii, 21, was published not scourge to the human species, his eye
long ago, and well received. would be arrested by Africa and the
published from a MS. which had laia West Indies, and by those receptacles neglected for many years. It is known of unspeakable misery, the ships that
that more of his MS. Sermons are exare passing between them; and his
tant; and it would be a very acceptawful report would be, 'reat Britain
able service to the church of Christ is that merciless nation."
were they sought out and given to mi. Whoever will take the pains to read
nisters who would actively e:gage in this part of the pamphlet (which we
their publication. They might, in the are glad to find may be purchased separately) will not think this language Magazine.
first place, be sent to the Editor of this too strong.
By probable calculations, the author There is in the press, and will soon be shews that more than three millions and published, a translation of Wilsius's a half of slaves have been imported Conciliatory Animadversions, by the into the British colonies. To these
lare Rev. T. Bell, of lasgow, accommay be added the vast number who panied with his Notes, and recommendperish in Africa, while on their journey ed by the Rev. J. Dick, A. M. from the interior to the coast, and the Also in the press, a Volume of Ser. greater pumber who perish on the pas- mons, by the late Rev. Nir. Strange, of sage by sea, forming together, proba- Kilsby, in Northamptonshire. bly, one-third more. To these may be
A Plea for Religious Seminaries, as added, immense numbers of slaves sold by our ships on the coast to other na
useful Preparatives for the Work of tions ; so that we have, perhaps, ex
the Ministry, designed to remove the
Prejudices which have been propagated patriated in all, above six millions
by the Weak, the Ignorant, and the of our unhappy fellow-creatures !!! Such being the criminality of our
Illiterate, against those useful and infree, enlightened, and highly-favoured
portant Institutions. By J. Cobbin,
of Holloway. country, what a glorious cause of exultation is afforded by the prospect of Dr. Staunton, of America, has issued the abolition of this bloody trade! Let Proposals for a Work, to be called Britons mourn over the guilt of ages
“ The Æra of Missions." past, and rejoice in the hope of being A new and improved edition of delivered from blood - guiltiness in Shrubsole's Christian Memoirs, with future.
the Life of the Author.
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An Essay on the Inspiration of the of Nature, by Js. Fisher, 8vo, second Scrip'ures, &c. By the late Rev. W.
edition, 75. Nelson, second edition, with Notes, A Letter to the Freeholders and and some Account of the Author, hy other Inhabitanis of Yorkshire, on the the Rev. A. Bower, is. 6d.
Abolition of uie Slave Trade.
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AMERICA. The General Assembly of the Presby- general, attended with punctuality and
terian Church, at their vinnual earnestness. They regret, however, Sessions in May, are in the prac
that in some particulars, they are comlice of receiving accounts of the
pelled to use the language of represtate of Religion from the mem
hension. It is with pain they observe bers, representing the various paris
it to be the practice of too many, in
some of their churches, to attend of their ecclesiastical jurisdiction, and divine service only on one part of the of condensing and publishing these
day, to the neglect or contempt of the accounts in the form of a Report. remaining part. Against this practice, The following is their Report for so injurious to the spiritual interests May last.
of their people ; so entirely inconsist
ent with the Christian character and THE Assembly have heard with privileges, they think it no more than pleasure, accounts from the east and their duty solemnly to protest. And wes!, the north and south, proclain. they do most affectionately beseech all ing the triumphs of the Redeemer, in who are conscious of delinquency in the extension and prosperity of his this respect, no longer to withhold from kingdom in our country.
God any portion of that time which ** The Assembly have received an im- he hath specially consecrated to his pression of the most pleasing kind from owu service. the intelligence that there is, in almost We live at a time when it becomes every quarter, a general, and in some a duty peculiarly incumbent, to “conparts of our church, an increased at- tend earnestly for the faith once detention to the public worship of God: livered to the saints.” It will, howthat there exists a spirit of inquiry in ever, be remembered, that the sacred, regarı to religious truth, and a more cause of truth can never be promoted general conviction that the power of by angry controversy, or railing accugouliness is necessary to stamp value Saion. It is, therefore, recommended on its form.
to the churches, to vindicate the truth, Associations for prayer and reading not only by sound and temperate dis. the holy Scriptures, have, it appears, cussion, but also and especially, by been the means frequently blessed by the manifestation of its sanctifying and God, to preserve the very existence of transformning power over the life and religion in places destitule of the conversation; and by eviacing, that praching of the gospei, and the full "the like mind is in us which was in administration of its ordinances. Clirist Jesus vur Lord.” Such associations have happily pre
It should ever be recollected, that pared the people for the labours of the error in doctrine hath a native tendenpious inissionary, who thus caine upon cy to produce immorality in practice ; ground, as it were, already broke up, and, therefore, that we should not be and profitably scaliered the good seed carried about by every wind of doc. of the word.
trine. Let us prose all things, and The Assembly have also heari with hoid fast that which is goti. This great satisfaction, that the catechising Caution, it is hoped, will we received of children and others, has, in certain with attention and solemnity, indse parts of our churchi, been practised much as the church has been of late with more than ordinary care, and jmraded hy errors which strike at the with that desirable success which cay very foundation of our faith and pe; ever be expected to follow a suil- such as the denial of the Godhead, able regard to this most important and atonement of the blessed Reduiy.
deemer, the subjection of holy Scrip. With heartf it pleasure the Assem- ture to the most extrava a it impulses lily bear testimony to the charita'yle of the heart of man. These and oiner exertions made by some of their errors of a rangerous nature, have churches for the relief of the peor, been industriously, anil, alas! and for the dienance of the holy the Assembly should be constrained minisiry. They rejoice to find that to add, in some portions of our coudthe ordinances of ihe gospel art, in try, too successfully disseainated !
It is believed that, in the revivals of Extract of a Leiter from the Rev. late years, many have been added to Hugh Graham, of Sitniack, Nova the church of such as shall be saved ; Scotia, to the Rev. John Brown, of many who, steadfast in the Christian Whitburn, near Edinburgh. life, seek to adora the doctrine of
" In this remote and new country, God their Saviour in all things. For
and particularly in the more wilderthis, let the Giver of every good, and
ness parts of it, Bibles and religious every perfect gift be praised. These
books, tracts and catechisms, are very happy subjects of divine grace are
scarce. Were good books sent, they exhorted to "hold fast that which they would be read with avidity, for there have received, that no man take their
is a general thirst after religious knowcrown;" to “be faithful unto death, ledge. This they discover by their that they may obtain crown of
attention to such means of instruction life."
as they have. Many of my books are But as it has often occurred, in for
fairly worn out by lending. As they mer periods of the church, so there is
all can read, and wish to read, and reason to believe, it has happened have but few good books, 'tis a great with respect to these esfusions of the
pity that they are so ill supplied. Spirit's gracious influences. Trans
The ivhabitants of our principal towns formed into an angel of light, the are the least inclined to serious read. enemy of souls hath endeavoured to
ing; and this occasions a very scanty mar the glorious display of divine
importation of religious treatises. In operations, by inciting to the most this and the adjacent provinces, there absurd and extravagant outrages upon are a great many scattered settlements Christian sobriety and decorum. where a gospel minister is seldom The Assembly beseech all their
Were preachers of the gospel people to bear in mind, that if they allow themselves to abandon the un
to go among them, as the apostles did
in their days, they would give at least ørring guidance of God's written word, an attentive hearing and an eager rethey will inevitably become the prey ception.” Mr. Brown adds, " That of ignorance, superstition, and fanati
if any generous Chritians feel disposed cism. " Bodily exercise profiteth to send some Bibles, religious books, little.”
The mind sown with the seed or tracts to those poor people, they of the word; the soul renewed by the may address them to the Rev. Hugh Holy Spirit; these profit, these en- Graham, the care of Edward Mortimer, title a man to the character of being Esq. Picton, Nova Scotia." truly religious; and whatsoever has not a tendency to cherish aud promote true religion, is inconstant as the wind, and light as the chaff it scat
Extract of a Letter from Middleburg, ters.
Vermont, July 30, 1806. The Assembly are happy to add,
Dear Sir, that their observations on the prose You may have heard of an attenperity of the church, and the favour- tion to religion in this and some of the able position of religions affairs gene- neighbouring towns. There has been Tally, were not meant to be contined
an awakening in Middleburg about a to the preshyteries under their care : year ; and ninety-four persons have, in they comprehend also the state of consequence, been added to the church. things within the bounds of the Ge- The attention still continues in some neral Association of Connecticut, and parts of the town. There is also a among the congregational churches considerable attention in Cornwall, in the state of Vermont, where the in- under the preaching of the Rey. Mr. teresis of Christ's kingdom appear to Bushell. The Lord has done much for prosper.
us in this part of the country ; and to On the whole, they commend their Hin be the glory! There is more than beloved people to the grace of God, usual attention to religion at this time praying the great Head of the Church in the towns of Newhaven, Weyoridge, to vouchsafe to them yet farther days Salisbury, and Shoreham. The attenof refreshing from his presence. Ex. tion has also in some degree reached the alted Redeemer !
pour water on the college. We may hope that God will thirsty, fuods of water upon the dry uphold his cause, notwithstanding the ground, thy Spirit on our seel, and worul apostacy of many.
What rea. thy blessing on our offspring, that son have we to be thankful that we they may grow up as grass, and as may trust the interests of our souls, willows by the water-courses !" Amen. and those of the church, in the hands
of the great God, even our Saviour Jesus Christ?
EDINBURGII We are happy to learn that the col.
MISSIONARY SOCIETY. lege in Middleburg is in a prosperous
A LETTER has lately heen received state, for an infant seminary, in a
from Mr. Brunton, at Karass.
He re. newly · settled country. There are
peats, in strong terms, what was menabout sixty students. The religious interests of Vermont are thought to be
tioned in a former letter, that several
Effendis of the first rank in that counintimately connected with the success of this institution.
try, make no secret of their suspicions
respecting the truth of their own reIn Northampton (Massachusetts) ligion, and discover a strong desire to a very pleasing and general attention
understand the New Testament. They to religion prevails, and is extending
do what they cau to read it in Arabic ; to several of the neighbouring towns.
but most of them, it is feared, with Many, especially in Northampton,
They earnestly wish for have been added to the church.
a translation of it in Turkish; and it is
much to be regretted, that there is no The physicians of Philadelphia have translation of it to be had in a lanpublicly and strongly recommended guage so extensively spoken. In order inoculation for the Kine or Cow-Pox, to convert people, they must be in.
certain preventive against the structed ; and here,” silys Mr. Brunton, Small - Pox. The Managers of the “ there are few ways of instructing the Philadelphia Dispensary have also de- Mohammedans but hy quietly circulatclared, That they have for eighteen ing among them small tracts, and comonths inoculated for the Cow-Pox; pies of the Scriptures. Were this done and found it mild, unattended with in a wise and prudent manner, I am danger, and a full security against the persuaded, from what has already taken Small-Pox.
place, that the happiest effects would After these paragraphs, in an Ame- soon follow.” Mr. B. concludes with rican publication, “ The Panoplist,” saying, “ Consider the nature of the it is added,
Mohammedan religion, the state of the “ After a mature consideration of the countries in which it is professed, and preceding statement of facts and re, the prophecies respecting it in the holy commendations, we would venture to Scriptures, and you must be convinced ask every person of reflection, Whether that it will meet with an awful and it is justifiable to continue to inoculate sudden downfal: but for this the minds for the Small Pox?"
of Mohammedans must be gradually prepared.”
The Philadelphia Baptist Association was held Oct. 7-10. Rev. R. Smalley, Moderator, and W. Staughton, Clerk. The Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Magazine is printed for the benefit of this Society, and under its patronage. Dr. W. Rogers, Corresponding Secretary, from the Bethel Baptist Association, S. Carolina, gave a large and interesting arcount of its rise. It was formed November, 1789, and consisted only of ten churches ; but so increased, that in August 1800, fourteen churches were dismissed from their body to form the Broad River Association; and, in the year 1802, nine churches were dismissed, to assist in forming what is called the Saluda Association. In the years 1802 and 1803 a great revival took place among then. In 1805 the number of churches was 49 ; of ministeis 50, and of members 4092.
FRANCE. From some recent statements, it appears that l’rotestantism is reviving in various parts of the French dominion. By the union of Geneva, and of the German provinces on the left bank of the Rhine, a very considerable addition is made to the number of Protestants subject to France. The Protestant pastors receive an allowance, in the country places, of about 1ool. a year; and in cities, about double that sum. A seminary is proposed to be established for Protestants; the expence attending which, it is intended to del'ray by means of voluntary contributious and annual charity-sermons throughout the Protesiant community in France. It is likewise added, that very little doubt exists of their ability, in this way, 10 obtain the object of erecting and maiiie taicing the proposed establishment.