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oath, to keep forever in view the momentous value of life, and to aim at its worthiest use, its sublimest end; to spurn with a last disdain those foolish trifles, those frivolous vanities, which so generally, within our sight consume life as the locusts did Egypt; and to devote yourself, with the 'ardor of passion, to attain the most divine improvements of the soul; and, in short, to hold yourself in preparation to make that interesting transition to another life, whenever you shall be claimed by the Lord of the world."

GRIMKE ON BAPTISM. The following extract from a Letter to Rev. J. H. Linsley, Dec. 18, 1833, will show the views of that eminent scholar, statesman, and Christian philanthropist, Thomas S. Grimke. We copy it from the Christian Secretary. Mr. Linsley is pastor of the Baptist Church, Stratford, (Coon.)

“If you were surprised at my communication on infant baptism, I assure you, I am still more surprised at the view which you have taken of it. Most assuredly, I must have expressed myself in a very awkward and imperfect manner, to have made such impressions upon you, as to have led to such sentences as the following: —'I am much surprised that you should read so much in favor of, and not be willing to balance that account by an equal portion against this tradition of men, and then take your New Testament on equal grounds. You now read the New Testament with all preconceived prejudices. You will pardon me, my dear sir, when I say, that your remark hardly comports with a desire to know the truth, and hardly corresponds with the habits of a thorough going scholar, as I know you to be. Never mind being convinced by argument.

“Now, my dear sir, you entirely misunderstand the matter. 1st. I have no prejudice on the subject, at all-I assure you, not the least. Although I was born and brought up in, and still belong to a Pædobaptist church, my prejudices, if I have any, are actually in favor of adult baptism. 20. I do not decline the reading of writers in favor of the views of the Baptists, on account of any apprehensions that I may be convinced by argument. Still less is it because I have not a desire to know the truth. The course which I am pursuing, my dear sir, is precisely like that taken by a judge, before whom a question is to be argued on the · constitutionality of a law. He is already acquainted with the constitution; and, without having made out a decisive opinion on the question, his impressions are favorable to the plaintiff

. He says, then, to the plaintiff, I do not desire to hear your arguments, although, in the regular course of business, you have to speak first. I would rather hear the defendant; and, if he makes any serious impressions on my mind, it will be time enough to call upon you to reply.

“Now, I am precisely in the situation of the judge. The New Testament is the constitution. The Baptist is the plaintiff, allege ing the unconstitutionality of Pædobaptism. The Pædobaptist

stands on the defensive-relies on his traditions, and the opinions and acts of the Christian church, for many centuries. With the New Testament in my hand, I say at once to the Pædobaptist, I would rather hear what you have to say, because my impressions are against you. I see instances innumerable of adult baptism, but not a single case of infant baptism. I see abundant reason for infant circumcision-I see none for infant baptism.

I have not resorted to the commentaries of Gale and Robinson, and Carson and Cox, but preferred to oppose the Bible, singlehanded, to the arguments of Dwight and Calvin, of Wall and Woods; satisfied that if they could not convince me they are right, I needed not to hear their antagonists. T. S. GRIMKE.

ANTICIPATION.

So rolleth on the day
Of man's deliverance from the rule of sin.
Each fleeting year brings trophies to the feet
Or Him that died for us. 'Tis but a day
And all the treasured wealth of all the tribes
That dwell on earth shall be in meekness brought,
And laid upon God's altar. Then the light
Of morning's earliest ray, and evening's last
Shall witness clouds of incense, dense and rich,
Gathering about the throne, where Jesus stands-
The living Intercessor. Lamb of God,
Who, in thy people's offerings, now dost ask
The heathen, thine inheritance—a glow
Of joy unspeakable, a holy thrill
Rushes along our bosoms, when we think
How soon the ransomed world shall celebrate thee-
JEHOVAH, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

() ye who weep in mourning o'er the marks
Of Zion's desolations, faithless ones-
Do ye not know, that God hath promised it-
Hath promised that his Son shall have the world
For one great temple—and the dwellers there,
His worshippers in spirit and in truth?
Look ye abroad! The trump of conflict sounds
Louder and louder, o'er the famished earth.
The war of sin and truth will soon be done
Sin will shrink back ; and truth triumphant, then,
Will lift her glorious banner. On the breeze
That comes beyond the water, from the east,
And south and frigid north, the gathering sounds
Swell o'er us—blessed sounds, that tell of heaven.
Listen, ye faithless! trust ye but in God,
And from your thrones above, ye soon shall bear
The anthem, richly rolled from myriad tongues,
From all beneath the sky—“BLEST LAMB OF GOD!
WE HAIL THEE LORD OF LORDS, AND KING OF KINGS."

F.

THE HOLY BIBLE. ARRANGED IN many rarities are not,) a real treasure of PARAGRAPHS AND PARALLELISMS,

explanations and excellent counsels. We with PhilologICAL AND EXPLANA- tice taken by the Editor, of the critical la

are pleased also, to see the respectful noTORY ANNOTATIONS. By T. W. Coit, bors of the Rev. Mr. Curtis, formerly of D. D. Rector of Christ Church, Cam- London, but now pastor of the Baptist bridge. Boston : William Peirce. 1834. church in Bangor, Maine.

We need only add that Dr. Coit has 12 mo. pp. 1224.

retained in the inner margin of this edi. It gives us pleasure to make our readers tion, the number, designating the chapters acquainted with this accurate and beauti- and verses in the common division; so ful edition of the sacred volume. For a that no complaint can be made on that portable, yet legible, cheap and conve- score-it being equally convenient for pient, yet critical, study' BIBLE, we reference. On the whole, we cannot but know nothing equal to it.

seel deeply indebted to the labors of the Here we have the word of God in its nat- learned and pious Editor, and cordially ural form and divisions; not broken up into congratulate the Christian community tha chapters and verses, in which the natura such a truly valuable edition of the Boob connexion and order onfounded and of Books is put within their reach, atösc lost; but in the very order and connexion trifling an expense. dictated by the sense itsell, and therefore, in a certain sense, by the Holy Spirit AMERICAN LADIES' MAGAZINE who inspired it. 'However habit may Edited by Mr

Sarah J. Hale. have attached us to the common divisions, it is, or ought to be, universally known, We find upon our table a copy of the that they are of no older date than the December number of this interesting peri13th century. They are, therefore, of odical, which has just completed its sevmerely human origin. And not only so, enth volume. We are happy in the opporbut they betray, in numerous instances of tunity which it affords us of recommending the division into chapters, a great want it to the attention of our fair readers, as of good judgment. It is time that this ar. happily adapted to aid them in adding tificial appearance of the word of God the fundamental character of the Christian, should give place to the order of nature, the sentiments and accomplishments be to the order in which they were written coming the “ American Lady.” It is and read by the prophets, apostles, and devoted to the mental, moral, and reliprimitive Christians. As far as we have gious improvement of the sex, of which examined Dr. Coit's arrangement, it ap- its Editor is so distinguished an ornament. pears to us perfectly just and natural; and Its avails have hitherto been sufficient to it is truly delightful to see what a new enable her to support and educate a dependbeauty and clearness is, by this simple ent family; but we are sorry to learn that means alone, shed over the sacred page. the pressure of the times, and the increase

But this is not the only advantage of of new periodicals have, during the year Dr. Coit's edition. Mr. Nourse's which past, materially diminished its patronage. we noticed in our last November number, We trust, that her persevering labors, how is almost equally valuable in this respect, ever, will not fail to be crowned with mer. and well deserves circulation. But Dr. ited success, and that the revival of busiCoit's has the advantage of a larger page ness, and the improvements made in the and type ; of a critical English text and work itself, will enable her triumphantly punctuation; of the marginal readings of to carry into effect her original design the English Translators, usually found in undertaking the arduous charge of cononly in the quarto Bibles, or in Canne's; ducting it. of brief occasional explanations of verbal Mrs. Hale observes, in the present numdifficulties, &c. surprisingly condensed, ber, “Female Education, and its results, and of great worth to the ordinary reader, shall be the ruling theme of our Magazine who has no commentary at hand to con- -its importance to the promotion civ. sult. It also bas the Chronology on each ilization, Christianity, human improve. page. Besides his own excellent Preface, ment and happiness, renders it earnestly Dr. Coit has given us-what has never deserving the attention of the philosopher before appeared in any American edition and the philanthropist. Will not such -the original Address of the Translators aid us in this work? Our Protestant Lo the Readers, as it appeared in the first writers must rouse the public mind; edition of King James' Bible, in 1611. measures must be taken to diffuse knowThis is at once a curiosity, and, (which ledge; and above al. other considerations,

manner

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ance.

Female Education must be provided for- | happiness of individuals and of society, otherwise convents will increase, and exemplified in a familiar Catholicism become permanently rooted This object is well attained in this sim. in our country.

ple and engaging volume, which we corIn these sentiments we heartily concur. dially recommend to the use of Sabbath We are much pleased with the appear- Schools, and of our young readers genance of this number generally. The terms erally. of the work are three dollars a year. Each volume is embellished with six ele. gant engravings.

THE CHILD's Book on INTEMPER

Illustrated by Engravings. Ву AN AUDRESS DELIVERED AT THE REv. CHARLES A. GOODRICH. Bog. INAUGURATION OF THE FACULTY OF ton : William Peirce. 1835. pp. 109. BRISTOL COLLEGE, Bucks County,

This is a little book, admirable alike Pennsylvania, April 2, 1834. By Rev. in design and execution. The principal CHAUNCY Colton, M. A. Second part is made up of tales, founded on facts, Edition, &c. Philadelphia. Key and told with touching simplicity, and full of

heart-thrilling pathos. Many of them Biddle.

are painted to the Child's eye by a pic

ture, We have read this discourse with very way of explanation. The Introduction

to which the story is subjoined in the great pleasure. The leading topic of dis- and Conclusion by the author are excellent. cussion is THE STANDARD OF AMER1. It must be read with intense interest, and CAN SCHOLARSHIP AND ENTERPRIZE promises to be a most powerful agent in IN THE 19TH CENTURY. Pres. Colton maintains that it should be at once utary dread of the horrors of Intemper

fixing deep in the minds of children a salelevated, thorough and practical. These views are set forth and illustrated with a glow ofeloquence and piety truly delightful. Bristol College is a new institution, es

Youth's Book OF NATURAL Phi. tablished by our Episcopal brethren. It is already in a flourishing condition. An

LOSOPHY. By J. L. ComSTOCK, M. D. academical department and select school Boston: William Peirce. 1834. PP

244. are connected with it. The Bible is used as a text book through the whole course. This is an attempt to supply a deficienIn the three departments the number of cy in the series of American school books. pupils is 102.

The number is limited by It is intended as a cheap, simple, and atBlatute to 205; i. e. 120 in the college tractive manual, on the elements of the proper, 60 in the Academy, and 25 in the Natural Sciences,-Mechanics, Hydroselect school.

statics, Pneumatics, Optics, and Astronoiny. It is well illustrated by numerous

diagrams. We think the attempt at simThe Young INFIDEL RECLAIMED : plitication, with some few exceptions, emShowing the advantages of a Pastor's ar- inently successful. Many an intelligent guments for Christianity, in private con- here contained. All true science, be it

youth would be glad of the information versation. By EstHER HEWLETT. remembered, is tributary to the illustraBoston : J. Loring. pp. 171, 18mo. 1835. tion of the works and word of God.

The incidents blended with the argument of this little book are said to be

THE BEQUEST; or, the Dying Misdrawn from real life

. They are certainly sionary's Address to his Little Son. such as might easily occur in the present state of society, in the conflict continually Boston: Published by the Mass. Sab. carried on between the antagonist powers School Union. 1835. pp. 139. 18mo. of Christianity and Infidelity, holiness and gin, virtue and vice. Mrs. Hewlett We are happy to see a new publication in her preface, says she was induced to of our only' Baptist publishing Sab. embody them in this form, in consequence School Union. The Bequest needs no of seeing “a wish expressed by several recommendation from us. It is secure of persons high in the literary and religious being widely read. We trust our Sabworld, for a work in which the most pop- bath Schools will see that they are speediular objections against our holy religion ly supplied with it.

We need only say should be stated and answered; and the that the real name of the Missionary is influence of infidelity on the morals and |--BOARDMAN,

MISSIONARY REGISTER.

Subscriptions and Donations to the General Convention of the Baptist Denomination, in the United States, for Foreign Missions, &c., should be transin itted to Heman Lincoln, Esq., Treasurer, at the Baptist Missionary Rooms, No. 17, Joy's Buildings, Washington Street, Boston. The communications for the Corresponding Secretary should be directed to the same place.

BANKOK

Siam.

panied by the reflection that the immense expenditure was incurred for the improvement of his country,

it would have seemed noble. But LETTER FROM REV. J. T. JONES it is mournful to reflect, that his onTO DR. BOLLES.

ly ostensible motive was, to increase Bankok, Oct. 20, 1833. his religious merit, vand raise him

self, on his demise, to immediate My dear Sir,

divine honors; and the consideration, The king has lately spent several that all his bounty will go to fatten successive days in visiting various a set of lazy priests, who are a curse Wats,* and making costly religious to the land, and an offence to heaven, offerings. In these excursions, he fills the mind with unutterable grief. goes by water, attended by about I have lately made some inquiries, å hundred large boats, containing of several persons, both priests and about two thirds of the grandees, or laymen, in regard to the probable nobles of the kingdom. The num- number of priests in Siam. They ber of rowers, and the splendor and concur in estimating them at 100,000. ornaments of the boats, vary, ac- Some say more. This number incording to the rank of the personages cludes all the yellow cloth men, who occupy them. Some have not who live on the alms of the people. more than 20,-others 50 or 80 row. The real number of priests, properly ers. They move with great velocity; so called, is not so great; as many and, wherever the king approaches, of these are only noviciates. Yet the people on shore are all expected the people must supply them all to crouch, on penalty of being shot. with food and raiment. The latter He has visited about 20 Wats, and article is not triding; for a greater spent, on these “ecclesiastical es- part wear silk or crape. The agtablishments,” some hundred thou- gregate population is probably not sands of ticals. The spectacle was half so great as that of the United imposing; and, had it been accom- States. Let those who complain of

the hardship of supporting Christian * A Wat denotes a temple, or a num- institutions, make their reflections ber of temples, with all the connected on these facts! buildings; as priest's.bouses, pagodas,

24. Desiring to know more aczayats, bell-houses, tanks, and inclosed curately the state of the field before 500 persons. În future communications, me, I set out this morning for PackI shall use this word, (wat) as there is late, a place between this and the no English word corresponds with it. mouth of the Meinam. As the tide

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