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the General Association are so mo. similar institutions, in the most eligia' mentous, that we indulge the rea. ble manner for building up the cause sonable expectation, that the min. of truth and holiness.” isters of Christ will actively, and Upon these principles, and embracseasonably promote it, and that all ing these objects, the Association was the enlightened friends of evangel- formed, and has proceeded. Annual ical truth will give it their counte- meetings have been holden. At this nance and their prayers. We time delegates from seven Associaa gratefully receive, and gladly pub- tions are convened.* Harmony prelish the following communication, · vails, and pleasing prospects of the inwhich presents the nature and de- creasing utility of the Association are sign of the proposed union in the presented. Information is received most fair and unexceptionable light, from the members, that a consideraand must do much towards solving ble number of the churches in the the doubts and removing the diffi. connexion are in a prosperous state, culties of every impartial inquirer. and to several, within two or three
EDITORS. years past, there have been large ad.
ditions ; the Lord having been pleased TIE GENERAL ASSOCIATION to accompany the means of instrucMASSACHUSETTS DROPER. tion with abundant influences of his
Holy Spirit. In Hadley, Northamp-: The disconnected state of the As- ton, Southampton, Westhampton, sociations within the limits of thuis imál Easthampton, Williamsburgh, Wilportant section of New England; the I liamstown, Stockbridge, Sandisfield, little acquaintance which its ministers Lee and Bradford several hundreds have with each other; and the hope, have made public profession of religthat by drawing closer the bonds of ion. It is noticed with peculiar pleasunion, the cause of truth might be ure, that the very serious attention, better promoted, suggested the expe.- which has prevailed in Williamstown, diency of forming a General Associa. : has been extended into the college, tion. A convention of ministers was, and affords the churches a pleasing proposed to ascertain the general opin- , prospect from the institution. It is ion on the subject. Delegates were also communicated that there are closeg accordingly by several Asso. hopeful appearances at the present ciations, who met in Northampton, i time in Charlemont, Hawley, and July, 1892. They united in the opin- several other places. ion, that it was expedient that a Gen. It is further stated, and the Associa. eral Association be formed. They tion deem it their duty to present the agreed to admit as articles of faith unpleasant fact to the public eye, that the doctrines of Christianity, as they there is a tract of country of nearly are generally expressed in the Assem. twenty miles square in the northern bly's Shorter Catechism, for the basis part of the county of Berkshire, conof union and fellowship.” On this taining seven towns, with a numerous' ground they recommended to the sev. population, in which there is not one eral Associations, from which they settled Congregational minister ; and came, to choose two delegates to rep- that all those towns, Williamstown exresent them, who should meet and cepted, are in a condition which yields organize , the General Association ; no rational hopes, that by their own the door being left open for other As. efforts any of them will be soon supplia sociations to unite, if they should be ed with sound evangelical teachers. disposed.
They are therefore earnestly recomThe objects to be kept in view they mended to the attention of those agreed should be, “to promote broth missionary Societies and Associaerly intercourse and harmony, and tions of ministers, which can most their mutual assistance, animation and conveniently afford them that aid, usefulness, as ministers of Christ; which they so much need ; and the to obtain religious information relative rather because this region is nearer to the state of their churches, and of the Christian church in this country • According to the present plan, tuo and through the world ; and to coopere delegates are chosen by cach casocia. ate with one another and with other tion.
Editors, Vol. III. No. 2.
home, than any other which has been the result of their consultations was the scene of missionary labour. And a persuasion, that the eivil, moral, and for encouragement, it is further stat. everlasting interests of their fellow. ed, that when ministers have oc.. men might be essentially promoted by casionally visited this almost forsaken' united and systematie exertions for people, they have been gratefully diffusing evangelical truth.” ACreceived.
cordingly, on the first of September of The General Association is found.. the year before mentioned, they assoed upon the pure principles of ciated by the name of“ The MassachuCongregationalism. One design of it setts Society for promoting Christian is to cherish, strengthen, and trans- Knowledge,” and adopted a constitumit these principles. It wholly dis- tion for their government. They claims ecclesiastical power or authori. . have since been incorporated by an act ty over the churches, or the opinions of the Commonwealth. of individuals.
In the year 1804, this Society distriThe objects of this Association be-. buted books in Massachusetts Proper, ing in no respect incompatible with in Rhode Island, Virginia, South-Carthose of the Convention of ministers olina and Georgia, to the number of annually halten in Boston, no interfer- 6253, and in the year 1806, in a comence between them is designed, or pass a little more extended, to the can reasonably be apprehended. li number of 9174. Among the books
Having these views, the General distributed are several of the works of Association continue to invite their Doddridge, Henry, Burder, Wilson, brethren to unite with them in an' Lathrop, Vincent, Leslie, &e. institution, so evidently promotive of In future Nos. of the Panoplist, we the all important interests of Chris. shall present our readers with inter.' tianity, And for their accommodation i esting extracts from some of the nu.' it is hereby notified, that the next merous letters to the Directors of the meeting of the General Association is Society, from their agents to whom to be holden' at the house of the Kev, : books have been sent for distribution, Samuel Austin in Worcester, on the containing strong approbation of the last Wednesday in June next, at 9. design of their institution, and eno'clock, A. M.
couraging accounts of its usefulness. STEPHEN WEST, Moderator. It is with much satisfaction we learn, Attest, SAMUEL AUSTIN, Scribe.! that an institution of the same kind Windsor, June 25, 1807.
with the above has been lately formed
at Providence, in the State of Rhode For the Panoplist.
Island, by the name of “ The Provi. Transcribed by Enoch Hale, Secretary. dence Association for promoting
Christian Knowledge." in their arldress, they say, “ We have in view the
promotion of no interest separate from MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR PRO, that, which involves the highest hap.
piness of our fellow creatures.' What. 1 EDGE.
ever be the religious sentiments, which EARLY in the year 1903, a number
we individually embrace and advo
cate; we are resolved to adopt no of gentlemen, among whom were his Honor Samuel Phillips, Esq. late
measures in our associated capacity, Lientenant Governor of Massachu.' which will favour one denomination of setts and the late Professor Tappan,*
Christians, in preference to another. stimulated by the success of indi. In determining on books for distriburiduals and of societies, in siissemi- tion, we shall, agreeably to our consti. siating Christian knowledge by means
tution, carefully avoid all such, as are of religious Tracts and otherwise, those only, that contain sentiments
on points of controversy, and seleet Here incuced to confer together re
which all real Christians are cordially peatedly on the best means of
united.” moting the same important object. These eminent men both died before
$ This Constitution we shall publish the Society was formed.
ar large in a future No. of the Panoplist.
Extract of a Letter from a respectable
PENITENTIARY. Gentleman, dated New London, July,
An address has recently been 1807. “ We had a delightful day yester. spectable merchants and others in
circulated, signed by about twenty reday. Seven were added
London, containing proposals for a church; all of them, I trust, ordained to eternal life. The complex.
new institution, to be called “THE
FEMALE PENITENTIARY, ion of all our late converts has been very the object of which shall be to afford uniform and satisfactory. Two were
an asylum to unfortunate females, who propounded yesterday. About ten are in a hopeful way, besides which; virtue, and are anxious to be restored,
shall have deviated from the paths of four children, of about 12 years age, hare all together appeared on the by means of Christian instruction,
moral discipline, and the formation of side of religion, with the features of a
industrious habits, to a respectable new creation on their souls. This
station in society.” All who are ac. event has given a new animation to the friends of religion. On the whole, quainted with the extensive prevaI am inclined to think, that our awak lence, and the fatal effects of the evil
which it is intended to remedy, must ening is on the increase.”
feel a lively interest in the formation and progress of such an institution. The Magdalen charity, however excellent, both in its design and in its
effects, is obviously inadequate to London Missionary Society.
meet more than a very small propor
tion of the enormous mischiet in One of the missions of this society question; and it must therefore be in SOUTH AFRICA (viz. that station- admitted, that one or more additional ed at Klaar Water) appears by the institutions of the same kind are last account from that quarter to be loudly called for. We only hope in a flourishing state. The number that they will be formed with a due composing the settlement is stated to
regard to the extreme delicacy of the be 784, of whom 80 can read. There
case, and with the same prudence is among them, it is said, “ a great and circumspection, which have disdesire to hear the word of life; and tinguished the management of their numbers are brought to a saving prototype.
Ch. Ob. knowledge of divine things.” The mission at Zak river, under the Rev. Mr. Kicherer, does not seem to enjoy the same degree of prosperity.
We formerly mentioned that a soA long drought had occasioned a dispersion of the settlers, and the dep- of " The Hibernian Society,” for the
ciety had been formed under the title redations of the neighbouring Bos. chemen placed both the lives and the purpose of diffusing religious knowlproperty of those who remained in edge in Ireland. The committee apimminent danger. The school how: pointed to conduct its concerns, have ever still contained 31 children and lately published a report, which, if 11 adults, and the whole number in
correct, is highly important, and the settlement was 103.
ought to call forth the warmest exerA missionary, Mr. Creighton, has
tions of the friends of religion and been sent to the newly
captured colo- hamanity, in order to rescue our fel. ny of Buenos Aynes, containing a.
low-subjects in Ireland from their population of 70,000 souls.
present state of barbarism and moral A free school is about to be opened degradation. In the south, the proby this society for the instruction of portion of Papists and Protestants is
said to be 20 to one ; scarcely any of children of Jewish descent, both male and female. Grown up females of the former, and few even of the lat. the same race, who wish for instruc- ter, possess a copy of the holy scription, may have it at the same place
Schoolmasters are much from ladies, who attend daily to su.
wanted in every part of Ireland ; and perintend the girls' school. Ch. Ob.
such is the solicitude manifested by
the Roman Catholic poor for the in. or catechism is to be introduced, but struction of their children, that it is the seriptures only. This is a great believed they would be willing to send and good work; but we trust it will them even 'to Protestant schools, and be superseded by the provident care to permit them to read the Bible as a of the gvernment, which, we under. school book. The committee state stand, is now directing its attention, that they have been forming a plan too long withheld, to this momentous for instituting schools in every parish object.
Ch. Ob. in Ireland, in which no religious tract
Literary and Philosophical Intelligence.
GREEK AND LATIN.
editions of the New Testament and Rev. Mr. Sutcliffe, of Halifax, Eng.
Common Prayer books, a Welch land, has translated a seventh volume
New Testament, and a beautiful nonof Saurin's Sermons. This volume pareil Bible have already proceeded consists of twelve discourses on the
from the Cambridge press; which following subjects,' viz. The Delay will soon be followed by other edi. of Conversion ; Perseverance; tho tions, both at Cambridge and at Ox. Example of the Saints ; St. Paul's ford. The London press of Mr. An. Discourse before Felix and Drusilla ;
drew Wilson has produced an edi. the Covenant of God with the Israel- tion of Entick's Dictionary, which, ites; the Seal of the Corenants ; the for beauty, accuracy, and cheapness, Family of Jesus Christ; St. Peter's surpasses, it is said, all other editions *denial of his Master; and the Nature
of that work. Various smaller works of the unpardonable Sin. The Edi- are now publishing from the same tors of the Eclectic Review, speak- press; and Mr. Wilson has announcing of the Translator of this volume, ed that correct, well-printed stereosay, “ We are free to acknowledge, type editions of the following works, that in placing himself by the side of
at reduced prices, will be in the Robinson and Hunter, he has assum
course of publication during the year ed no rank, as a translator, which he 1807, viz. cannot honourably maintain.” the general character of the whole of
HKAINH AIAOHKH, cum Versione these interesting discourses,” they observe, “ that while they display the
Dawson's Lexicon to the New Testa. talents of the orator in a manner little inferior to any of his sermons hitherto
Nov. Testamentum. Int. TH. BEZA. translated, they are superior to most of them in exhibiting the earnestness,
CICERONIS Orationes, the solemnity, and the faithfulness of a conscientious ambassador of Jesus
HORATII Opera, Christ." We hope the American
VIRGILII...... Editor* of the six volumes of Sau.
OVIDII rin's discourses, will speedily gratify his subscribers with this additional
Gradus ad Parnassum.
El Nuevo Testamento.
Les Adventures de Telemaque.
L'Hist. de Gil Blas de Santillane. ered with bronze. It will display the Lei Fables de CHAMBAUD.
most memorable events of the cam. EXGLISH AND WELCH.
paign of 1805 in basso relievo. The GOLDSMITH's History of England. subjects to be represented will be disRoman History.
tributed to different artists, who will History of Greece. furnish designs. The pedestal of this Johnsos's Dictionary, 8vo.
column is already begun. EXFIELD's Speaker, improved. Asr's Institutes.
RUSSIA. Lovru's English Grammar.
Twenty years since, there were but English Exercises.
two booksellers' shops in Moscow ; Uaiter:al Spelling Book.
the returns of wbich did not amount to r Bibl Sanctaidd,}
12mo. Testament Newydd,
10,000 roubles per annum. The num. ber is now twenty ; and the yearly re
turn is about 200,000 roubles The The friends of Mrs. Chapone are
increase of the trade and circulation preparing a volume of Letters and oth
of books in Moscow, is principally ow. # Writings of that lady, hitherto un.
ing to the exertion of Mr. Novikow. published ; with an account of her
He procured translations from foreign Life and Character, in contradiction
languages, established libraries, stud. to some injurious statements lately
ied and anticipated public taste, and printed.
traded in books with acuteness and FRANCE.
success. Not more than 600 copies From the Report of the Central of Moscow newspapers were formerly Vaccine Committee for the year 13, it sold; but under his management, the appears, that 125,992 persons have
demand increased, in ten years, to been inoculated in the course of that 4,000 copies ; at present their sale year in 42 departments, from which has reached 8,000. the returns had been received. А The University of Dorpat, in Li. progressive diminution of deaths is vonia, established in 1802, has made reported in those places, where
great progress in opening schools un. vaccination has been introduced : and der its direction, throughout the four an increase in the number, where the provinces of Livonia, Courland, Fionpractice has been neglected.
ia, and Esthonia. Attention has hithA canal has been projected upon a erto been chiefly directed to those grand scale, to unite the Rhone with establishments, which are especially the Rhine, and thus connect the North destined for the instruction of youths Sea with the Mediterranean. Its ex. intended for commerce, trade, or the tent will be 71 leagues, and it is to arts; and as preparatory schools for receive the name of Bonaparte. The those, who are subsequently to make. expense is estimated at 14 millions of literature their profession. The palivres. M. Koeh, member of the rochial schools, where the first ele. Tribunate, pronounced a discourse on ments of education will be taught, be.. the subject, at a meeting of the Legis- gin also to be organized : of these, lative Body ; in which he gives a his- every town, however small, will con. torical account of this project, which tain two; one for children of each was first suggested under the Roman sex: and similar institutions are, Emperors. He enumerates also the formed in the country. But, as able adrantages which not only France, teachers are greatly wanted, five sem. but Europe at large, will derive from inaries have been formed in the disthe execution of this scheme.
trict of the university, for the express So large a demand is expected for purpose of training and qualifying the New French Catechism, that a schoolmasters. The Emperor has bookseller has purchased the copy- granted 42,000 roubles per annum, right for 25,000 dollars. It is to be for the support of these five semina. stereotyped.
ries; which will continue in full acA historical column is to be erected tivity for three years.
Each student in the Place Vendome ; denominated receives, while in these seminaries, the column of Austerlitz. It is to be 300 roubles yearly; and engages to 120 feet in height, and entirely coy. take the charge of one of the public