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who Thall give bonds for the faith the Society, annually, an account ful difeharge of the trųst, in such of their missions and success; and sum as the said Trustees shall also to select books and pamphlets direct.

for distribution. The Trustees III. The President, (who shall meet twice a year, and as may be chosen from the clergy, or much oftener as their President laity) shall preside in the meetings, shall judge the interest of the in. make drafts upon the Treasurer, ftitution requires. In the ap. according to the directions of the pointment of missionaries, and se. board of Trustees, and act as one lection of books, tracts, and pam. of the Trustees, a majority of phlets, for distribution, they will whom shall constitute a quorum. frequently advise and consult with

IV. It shall be the duty of the the lower Pifcataqua Association Secretary, who is to be one of the of ministers. Trustees, to enrol the names of VII. The Society shall meet the members, to record the pro-'l at Portsmouth, N. H. on the ceedings of the Society, to file first Wednesday in May annually, at and preserve all papers and letters | 10 o'clock, A. M. At the ancommitted to his care, to tran. nual meeting, a sermon will be describe such as shall be judged suit. livered in public, and two preachable, or expedient to be made ers be appointed by ballot, for public ; and to be the organ of the next year; the second of whom communication for the Society, (if the first should not fail) shall in all correfpondencies relating to be the first for the year next sucits interests.

ceeding. The meetings of the , V. , It shall be the duty of the Society and of the Trustees to be Treasurer to take the charge of opened with prayer. all the property of the Society, | VIII. In all transactions of from whatever source arising ; to the Society, a majority shall gove exhibit to the Society, at their ern. Additions and alterations of annual meetings, and to the board this Constitution may be made, of Trustees whenever required, a provided the same shall have been full and fair statement of all his one year under consideration of the proceedings, and of the situation Society, of their property; and, at the | IX. Any person may become expiration of the term for which a member of this Society, by subhe is appointed, to deliver over to fcribing his name to this constituhis fuccessor in office, all the So- tion, and paying to the Treasurer, ciety's property in his hands, or for the purposes of the institution, under his care.

i wo dollars. Each minister, beVI. Oithe Trustees not more longing to the Society, will, at than three, nor less than one, shall any time, admit members on the be appointed from the laity. condition aforesaid. Each sub

Their duty shall be, to procure fcriber shall be held to pay two and examine persons to be employ dollars, annually, to the treasurer, ed as millionaries; to iffue certifi. until he shall express, to the Seccates of their appointment, and | retary, in writing, a defire of begive letters of instruction and re ing disconnected; which delire commendation ; to direct their being thus expressed, the memitinerations ; to recal them when bership ceases of course. expedient ; to communicate to X. All monies received by members, are to be receipted for, 1 - AN Address : and transmitted to the Treasurer ; To Christians of every denomination, whose receipt is a discharge to the

to BRETHREN, , ... person paying the same. .

: .

• THE religion of Jesus Christ • XI. To preserve and perpet

was not, like that of Moses, excluuate the institution, donations or bequests are to constitute a Fund;

fively designed for any particular

place or nation. It is evidently and one ficth part of the Appual

the will of God that his glory, as interest or proceeds of the fund,

displayed in this religion, should thus constituted, shall be added su

fill the whole earth. Agreeable to the Capital.

to this comprehensive design, was XII. · The accounts of the the commisfion, which the Aposa Society fhall be open to the in- tles received from their divine fpection of all, who shall be de-Master: Go ye into all the world, Lirous of examining them. risol and preach the Gospel unto every - XIII. At cach annual meet

creature. i. iiin.

1 It is extremely evident, that ing of the Society, the Treasurer Thall deliver to the Secretary a list

the gospel, hitherto, is far from

" having spread to the extent deof all donations received ; that a

figned : The kingdoms of this world Record may be made thereof in

" bave not yet become the kingdoms. the Society's Books.

of God, and of his Chrif. It is XIV. In the choice of mil. but a comparatively small portion fionaries, such will be preferred, of the world which acknowledges who have been some time settled the Christian religion in any form in the ministry, whole knowledge whatever. · But however defirable and experience will afford them it would be, that the Heathert greater influence, and who may pould be given to Chrift for an inna be serviceable in gathering Clur. beritance, and the uttermof parts of ches, and adminiftering the ordi- the earth for a polleffion, there arë, nances : but, piety, prudence, for at present, many obstacles to such titude, and a well directed zeal, an event, and even to the introare esteemed qualities indispenfible ducing of the gospel among them, for miffionary employment. I with probability of success. Ma.

niny, among our own citizens, how. DAVID SEWALL,

ever, are in a condition to claim JOSEPH BUCKMINSTER,

Christian charity. In the northBENJAMIN ABBỌT, .

ern and thinly inhabited parts of

New-Hampshire, and in the DilHUNTINGTON PORTER, crict of Maine, the means of evanJESSE APPLETON. gelical inftruction are very spar.

ingly enjoyed. In such new fet.

Ş!...tlements, it would perhaps be im. N. B. For the purpose of or. poflible to enjoy a stated miniftry, ganizing the Society agreeably were it ever so much desired. to this conftitution, a meeting of Preachers, self authorized, ill the subscribers shall be called, informed, of vagrant life, 'uncerwhenever their numbers amount tain character, and erroneous prin: to fifty; of which notice will be ciples, availing themselves of these given in the public papers. circumdances, rush in among the

scattered settlements, fow the thật those, for whose benefit our seeds of religious discord, and exertions are designed, have im. disaffect the minds of people | mortal fouls, which fouls muit be to a regular ministry; infomuch saved or loft. .. that, when the inhabitants become In a few years, their probation, fufficiently numerous to enjoy the as well as ours, will be closed ; kated dispensation of the gospel, and how dreadful the thought, they have lost their relish for fo that any of them' fhould perish great a blessing.. Thus the way forever, through the want of that is prepared for lasting confufion instruction, which, with a little and impiety.

exertion on our part, might be To correct and remedy these afforded them ! . evils ; to propagate the truth as 1 Confider, for a moment, what it is in Jesus ; to do fomething to. kind of religion that is, which we wards the falvation of our perish wish to propagate ;-<a religion ing fellow finners, is the design of which the fon of God came down the preceding constitution a de from heaven to reveal ;--for the fign, which, we are confident, will | honor and spread of which, mirameet the approbation of the bescles were wrought, and miracu. nevolent and pious. But we do lous power bestowed ! And if not poffeís even the outward means the gofpel is of such unspeakable of giving it success. For these, | value, as to have been propagated we must resort to public generof. | by the Holy Ghost fent down from ity. Those, who are disposed to heaven, surely it is worth those join our society, we gladly admit, endeavors and those facrifices agreeably to the foregoing consti- which we folicit. ' tution, and if any are charitably 1. The particular times, in which difpofed to forward the important we live, give additional weight to design in view, but cannot conve- these matives. , Violent exertions niently become members, or meet are making on the side of irrelig. with us, we would thankfully ac ion. Many are they who avowknowledge their contributions, edly. combine against the Lord, and -The motives, by which we are | against his anointed. They conactuated, we humbly conceive to centrate their strength with deterbe the following; viz. a regard mined perseverance. Ought mea to the present state of society, and to sleep, while the cnemy is lowthe welfare of immortal fouls sve ing tares? Shall the children of - As to the first, we are convinced this world forever be wiser than that no instructions are so power the children of light? Is not ful to regulate the human paffions, the salvation of fouls as strong an reduce human pride and obftinacy, inducement to a good man, as the as the precepts of Christ. No proftration of moral principle, and man will be so likely to be an up the ruin of souls can be, to the right, peaceful citizen, and to dil | wicked ? charge, with fidelity, relative and We derive great encourage. social duties, as he, whose heartment, in our present attempt, is thoroughly impressed with the from a consideration of the extramighty doctrines of the Chriftian ordinary exertions to the same faith. uosta bre u ed purpose, now making, both in

But, secondly, This is not our Europe and America. “ These weightieft motive. We know exertions, faith a respectable wri. ter, appear to me promising indi, i ture of misery : it presents,few cations, that God is about to scenes which are pleasing. The accomplish some great and good man of observation, traces the work among our fallen race." footsteps of uneafiness and trou. Perhaps the time to favor Zion, ble, in almost all the ways of men. even the set time, is come. Upon a review of my own life, I . Finally : We well know, that find it to have been a series of except the Lord build the houfe, they anxiety and discontent. Altho? labor in vain who build it. We I have shared largely in what are bow our knees, therefore, to the called the pleasures of life ; ale God and Father of our Lord Je. tho' my time has been devoted to sus Christ, implorkig that he riot and amusement; yet I have would smile on our present under always been a stranger to real fa. taking, raise up perfons pofseffed tisfaction, and enjoyment. The of firmness, zeal, prudence, piety, pleasures of sense have not afford, and a sound mind,--give us, wil. ed me that satisfaction which I dom to adopt the best measures, expected. I do not meet with and enable us to make such dis- success in my endeavors to obtain pofal of your liberality, as will happiness. The world proves redound to the honor of his bles- faise, It allures only to deceive'; fed gospel and the salvation of it charms, to amfiet ; it captivates, men. ,; '


to torment. The enchanting ap

pearance of vice has engrossed my TO THE EDITORS OF THE CON

attention, while its effects have * NECTICUT EVANGELICAL MA

rendered me unhappy. I have

been a votary of vice ; and the GAZINE.

revels of debauchery were my ont GENTLEMEN,:: -.

ly sources of pleasure. - Deluded :: IF you judge the following past life, without the keeneit lens

mortal! I cannot reflect upon my worthy a place in your Magazine,

ne, sations of regret. Every part of you are at liberty to insert it.

it has been a scene of the most

! *. It i, it has been a icene of Refledions of a Youth once disolute,

fiwful dissipation. Vice has been brought to serious confideration.

my bosom companion, It reigns

cou in my very nature. It has alienTATHAT is human life ?ated my breast from every social

VV What a scene of confu- feeling. It has rendered me calfion and disorder?, What tumults lous to the tender feelings of hu. and anxieties are its attendants? manity, and deaf to the calls of What troubles.---what calamities distress. It has obliterated every aecompany it? How momentary principle of benevolence, and corare its enjoyments? how precari. rupted every sympathetic emotion.

Qus, are its pleasures? How re- It has dried the fountains of ra. · plete with wretchedness. What tional pleasure, and opened the

broils and commotions, distract sources of misery.--I cannot exmankind ? How are they invol pect happiness, when I live conyed in war and contention. The ; trary to the plain dictates of reahistory of the human racecis itain- fon and common sense. I muft ed with descriptions of blood. Thed either relinquish my present course aird laughter. To, a reflecting of conduct, and seek happiness in mind, the world exhibits a pic- l some other way; or determine to be wretched. My own feelings in their presence, and acknowlcoincide with the assertion of edges her inability to make mea scripture, that “the way of trans- happy. gressors is hard.”

Such are the effects of virtue, I am informed, that a virtuous that loft to his own interest mult course of conduct will alone make be that man, who does not em. me happy. My own experience brace it. The life of the virtu. evinces, that a consciousness of ous, and that of the vicious man, internal rectitude, is the greatest form a perfect contrast. While source of enjoyment. Virtue has the former is happy in doing acts charms peculiar to herself. She of muniscence, the latter is miser. attra&s, but not to disgust. She able in endeavoring to happify beams a delight upon all who himself. The one has a fountain come within the reach of her rays. of enjoyment in his own breaft ; She calmns the boifterous paffions; the other a fountain of mifery. but gives energy to every noble Such being the different condi. sentiment. With maternal kind. tions of the virtuous and vicious ness she wipes the tear of distress, man, shall I any longer be the and cherishes the disconfolate un companion of the latter? Is it der the burdens of life. In the not time to renounce my present cup of affliction she mingles the course of conduet, which leads draught of confolation, and pours directly to ruin, and pursue one the balm of comfort into the which will tend to make me hapwounded bosom. She supports py? The pleasures of in adversity, and tempers in prof- longer afford me satisfaction. I perity.--She dispels the gloom of am fick of a vicious life. Be. anxiety from the mind of her vo- fides, I have still more urgent motary, makes it the receptacle of tives for living a virtuous life. every generous sentiment, and is There is a future state. After a source of rational enjoyment. all my endeavors to disbelieve Her votaries are distinguished for Christianity, and exertions to a peace of mind, and ferenity of bring it into disrepute, it still is, countenance, which never grace and will remain a reality.--Has the person of the debauchee. not my paft disbelief of it arisen They reflect upon the past, with rather from a wish to have it a out regret, and anticipate the fun falsehood, than from a conviction ture, without fear. Their whole that it is ? Is it not, at least, dissives are checkered with a variety ingenuous to reject a system as of the most pleasing scenes. Their false, which comes with so much conduct is the effect of the purest evidence as that does; till I have motives, and the noblest inten- more thoroughly examined it ? tions. They administer relief to But whenever I have examined it, the disconfolate, and afford pro- I have been more secretly con tection to those who need it. Sovinced of its truth; so much so, ciety is benefitted in consequence | that I can have no doubt of its of their pious exertions. The being a reality. It comes with virtuous part of mankind, are the all the evidence I can rationally ornament and support of the com- wish ; and to reject it in the face munity. With the stricteft proof so much teftimony, is arro. priety they are denominated “the gance, is unreasonable. If then falt of the earth." Vice blushes 'chę Christian system is true ;

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