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shine forever as stars in the kingdom of and putting on the new man, which af. our Father! How many living charac- ter God is created in righteousness and ters does it reprobate as enemies to the true holiness ;" it is walking "even as cross of Christ, who are placing in it he walked.” “If any man have not all their glory. No wonder if under the spirit of Christ, he is none of his." the influence of this consuming real, And to pass to the opposite side, we we form lessening views of the number should also remember, that men do not of the saved. “I only am left.” Yes, always live according to the natural tenthey are few indeed, if none belong to dency and consequences of their creed. them that do not belong to your party :

Some hold sentiments very injurious to that do not see with your eyes ; that hdliness, who are not wicked men; do not believe election with you, or u. their hearts are better than their opinniversal redemption with you; that do ions; their principles give their connot worship under a steeple with you, sciences a liberty to sin, which they or in a meeting with you ; that are not refuse to take ; and their practice is dipped with you, or sprinkled with you. adorned with good works, which their But hereafter we shall find that the system by no means requires. No one righteous were not so circumscribed, can imagine that I mention this with when we shall see, “ many coming a view to countenance or palliate the from the east, and from the west, from adoption of such sentiments. They the north, and from the south, to sit blaspheme every line in the bible, and down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are always injurious in a degree ; but in the kingdom of heaven." Do I plead where they happen to fall in with a love for an excessive candour? The candour of sin, the effect is dreadful; where which regards all sentiments alike, such a poisonous infusion is imbibed, and considers no errour as destructive, and not counteracted by a singular pois no virtue. It is the offspring of ig- tency of constitution, the consequence norance, of insensibility, and of cold in- is certain death. p. 19, 20, 21. difference. The blind do not perceive The following observations, in the difference of colours ; the dead his application of the discourse, are never dispute ; ice, as it congeals, ag.

at no time unseasonable, in no gregates all bodies within its reach, however heterogeneous their

quality christian community inapplicable.

: Every virtue has certain bounds, and “My brethren, the best evidence when it exceeds them, it becomes you can give of your integrity, is free. a vice ; for the last step of a virtue, and dom from the prevailing, fashionable the first step of a vice, are contiguous. vices and follies of the times and plac

But surely it is no wildness of can- es in which you live. A dead fish can dour, that leads us to give the liberty swim with the stream, but a live one we take ; that suffers a man to think only can swim against it. The influ. for himself unawed ; and that con- ence of one man over another, is truly cludes he may be a follower of God, wonderful: the individual is upright; though he follow not with us. Why his connections give him all his wrong should we hesitate to consider a man bias. Alone, he forms good resolua christian, when we see him abhor- tions; when he enters the world they ring and forsaking sin ; hungering and are broken, “like as a thread of tow is thirsting after righteousness ; diligent broken when it toucheth the fire.” It in approaching unto God; walking" in is not ignorance, but a cowardly shame, newness of life ;" and discovering a that keeps many in a state of indecisspirituality of temper, a disposition for ion, “halting between two opinions." devotion, a deadness to the world, a They know what is right, and would benevolence, a liberality, such as we gladly partake of the believer's safety; seldom find in those high toned doc- but they have not fortitude enough to trinalists, who regard themselves as encounter the reproach, which in one the only advocates for free grace? And form oranother, always attends an adhe. by the way, it is not a system of notions, rence to the cause of Jesus Christ. Othhowever good, or a judgment in divine ers, who had made some pleasing prothings, however clear, that will consti- gress, have been easily deprived by a tute a christian. It is a transformation laugh, or a sneer, of all their religion. by the rene wing of the mind ; it is a Noť to “bow the knee to Baal,” when putting "offthe old man with his deeds, all adore him: to step forth with out

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28 Literary Notice.-Dr. Dwight's Sermon on Duelling. (June, family behind us, and say to our neigh- ciples in the minds of his audience, and bours, and our relations, “ Choose you peculiarly of his pupils; and not at all this day whom ye will serve, but as for to attack, or characterize persons." me and my house, we will serve the Taking the following appropriate Lord;" to withstand in a pious cause, text, “ A man that doth violence to the the influence of example ; to keep our blood of any person, shall

. flee to the pit's way when we see an adverse multitude let no man slay him:" the preacher exapproaching us ; to pass through the hibits to view, in a'manner that would midst, unshrinking, as we feel the seemingly overpower any mind with scourge of the tongue, this is no easy conviction, the folly, the guilt, and the thing; this is principle in triumph; and mischiefs of duelling. this christian heroism is not only com- Before the stern and awful majesty mendable, but necessary. Do not say, of truth, the duellist stands appalled therefore, if we do this, we shall be and confounded; the blood stained lausingular. If you are christians, you rels are torn from his brow : his pleas Must be singular ; it is the grand de- and excuses vanish like vapours from sign, the unavoidable consequence of the presence of the sun ; his egregious the gospel. Read the character of its folly is made manifest ; the rankness of followers : “Ye are not of the world, his offence against God and man,is seen even as I am not of the world.” Ex in the strong colours of reason and aramine its commands : “ Be not con- gument, aided by sublime eloquence. formed to this world, but be ye trans- In the mind of the reader, the alterformed by the renewing of the mind." nate emotions of indignation and horWeigh the condition of its dignities ror, suddenly give place to the angoish and privileges : "Come ye out from a- of unavailing grief and compassion. mong them, and be ye separate, and The “uncovered coffin” appears to touch not the unclean thing; and I will view; the bloody corpse is plainly seen. receive you, and be a father unto you, There is beheld a train of bereaved and and ye shall be my sons and daughters, broken hearted relatives ; the father saith the Lord almighty.” My dear of the wretched victim of false honour, hearers, the language is too plain to be

of fixed in motionless sorrow;" the mo. misunderstood ; the meaning too awful ther," wrung with agony.” A group to be trifled with. Decide, and decide still more affecting is presented; the immediately. “Withdraw yourselves reader wets the page with tears. from these men,"before a common per- “Turn thine eyes, next,” solemnly dition involves you all. If with them exclaims the preacher to the bloody you will sin, with them you must suffer. victor, “on the miserable form, surThey who followed the multitude rath. rounded by a cluster of helpless and er than Noah, were drowned in the wretched children, see her eyes roli flood. They who followed the multi- with phrenzy, and her frame quivering tude rather than Lot, were destroyed with terrour. Thy hand has made her in the cities of the plain. They who a widow, and her children orphans, followed the multitude rather than At thee, though unseen,, is directed Joshua and Caleb, perished in the wil. that bewildered stare of agony. At derness ; and as i it was then, so it is thee she trembles ; for thee she lis. now; as for such as turn aside to tens ; lest the murderer of her hus. their crooked ways, the Lord will lead band should be now approaching to them forth with the workers of ini. murder her children also. (To be continued.) “She, and they, have lost their all,

Thou hast robbed

them of theirsupport, LITERARY NOTICE.

their protector, their guide, their soa

lace, their hope. In the grave all these Doctor Dwight's sermon on Duelling. blessings have been buried by thy

This sermon, though very lately hand.” printed, was preached last September, The superior elegance of its lana in the College Chapel at New-Haven. guage, is but the smallest part of the It was no part of the design of any merit which this discourse possesses. observations made in it to refer to any While it enchains attention, it informs particular events or persons.” “The the understanding ; while it awakens Role object” ofthe preacher (as by him- the indignant, and sympathetick pasa selfexpressed) “was to establish prin. sions, it convinces the judgment and

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corrects the heart. In the clear and tions. Did this bappen by chance, or awful light of the sacred oracles, it dis. is it not a manifest, as well as an ad. plays the horrible turpitude, as well as mirable, indication o

a divine superthe direful consequences, of the crime, intendence ? Der ham i. 310. which, in some parts of even this christian country, has been “ vindicated,

RELIGION. honoured, and rewarded, by common

RELIGION, viewed at a proper consent, and undisguised suffrage,' M among those who filled the superior point of sight, hath a very beautiful

face. It is innocent and very careful ranks of society." Connect. Courant.

not to hurt any body, or, doing it inad.

vertently, is uneasy till it hath made FRAGMENTS.

him amends. It always means well, PROVIDENCE.

and does as well as ever it can. If it In what extreme confusion must

offends, it wants to be reconciled; the world for ever have been, but for confesses its faults ; prays to be for the variety, which we find to obtain in given ; is desirous to be informed; is the faces, the voices, and the hand

less adventurous ; more circumspect ; writings of men ! No security of per: {very body; abounds in good will;

sensible of its own frailty ; forgives son, no certainty of possession, no justice between man and man, no distinc. delights in good offices; keeps itself tion between good and bad, friends and clean ; is pleased with itself; looks foes, father and child, husband and cheerful ; 'is cheerful! Why, then, wife, male and female. All would will any one be so indiscreet, as to have been exposed to malice, fraud, dress this lovely form in such a frightforgery, and lust. But now, man's ful manner, as to terrify the beholder, face can distinguish him in the light, instead of inviting him to embrace it. his voice in the dark, and his hand (Dr. Newton's Sermon on the Ministewriting can speak for him, though ab

rial Duty.) sent, and be his witness to all genera

Religious Intelligence.


From the mass of information before prayer. The Hottentots inquiring the us, we select for this number the fol. meaning of such an action, were informlowing articles.

ed, it was done to obtain the blessing MISSIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA.

of Almighty God, that their neglect of The London Missionary Society

this God was the cause of theirwretchwas established in 1795. The ninth

edness. This so forcibly impressed number of their Transactions, contains these poor heathen, that they immedia very interesting narrative of the Rev. ately sent to the government of the Mr. Kicherer's mission to the Hotten- Cape for gospel instructors. There tots, which has already appeared in they met several missionaries, just ar. some American periodical works. rived from Europe. So remarkable a From this we learn that Mr. Kicherer, coincidence of circumstances left no with Messrs. Vanderkemp, Edwards, doubt in the minds of the missionaries and Edmonds, embarked in Dec. 1798,

respecting their duty. On the 22d of for the Cape of Good Hope, where may several of them left Cape Town. they arrived the March following: A

At Rodezand they rested several days, few days previous to their arrival, where Mr. Voss presides over a flour. three Boschemen bad come thither ishing congregation. Thence they from Zak river, 400 or 500 miles N. E. visited Bavian's Kloof, where the Moof the Cape, with a view to solicit the ravians have a congregation of “ Tame government to send teachers into their Hottentots.” From Bavian's Kloof, country. They came in the capacity they proceeded a fortnight's journey, of publick ambassadors. At the con- through a vast tract of land, so dry as clusion of a peace between these hea. generally not to afford a blade of grass; then and the Farmers of the back set- yet the surrounding inhabitants, hear. dements, some of the latter offered a ing of their journey came to them to

hear the gospel. Arriving at Mr. Fis- but when they cannot procure these, cher's, who had negotiated the peace they make shift to live upon snakes, mentioned, they tarried three weeks, mice, and the most detestable creaduring which time they often preached tures they can find. There are some to full congregations of Farmers, who spontaneous productions of the earth came sometimes four, and sometimes of the bulbous kind which they also eight days journey to hear the gospel. eat, particularly the Cameron, which · Proceeding on their journey, the 22d is as large as a child's head, and the of July, they, on the 6th of August, Bardo, about the size of an apple ; arrived among the Boschemen, and there are also some little berries which fixed on a place of settlement ; on their are eatable, and which the women go knees devoting the place and them out to gather, but the men are too idle selves to the service of the Lord.

to do this. The following account of these mis

“ They are total strangers to domeserable people, by Mr. Kicherer, can

tick happiness. The men have sevenot fail to interest the feelings of our

ral wives, but conjugal affection is litreaders.

tle known. They take no great care “ These wild people have no idea

of their children, and never correct whatever of the Supreme Being, con- them except in a fit of rage, when they sequently they practise no kind of wor

almost kill them by severe usage. In ship. They have however a supersti.

a quarrel between father and mother, tious reverence for a little insect known

or the several wives of a husband, the by the name of the Creeping-leaf, a

defeated party wreaks his or her re. sight of which, they conceiva, indi. venge on the child of the conqueror, cates something fortunate, and to kill which in general loses its life. Tame it, they suppose, will bring a curse up- Hottentots seldom destroy their offon the perpetrator. They have some

spring, except in a fit of passion, but notion of an evil spirit which they im. the Boschemen will kill their chil. agine produces mischief, particularly dren without remòrse on various occa. the diseases which they endure, and sions, as when they are ill shaped, to counteract his evil purposes, a sort

when they are in want of food, when of men are employed to blow, and

the father of a child has forsaken its make a humming noise over the sick, mother, or when obliged to fee from which they sometimes continue for

the farmers or others; in which case many hours together.

they will strangle them, smother them, “ Their manner of life is extremely them

alive. There are instances of

cast them away in the desert, or bury wretched and disgusting. They delight to smear their bodies with the

parents throwing their tender offspring fat of animals, mingled with a powder before their cavern, refusing to depart “The Boschemen frequently forsake though matters were not so amicably their aged relations, when removing settled as to leave the missionaries from place to place for the sake of without fear ; that the shocking prachunting. In this case they leave the tices of murdering infants, and offering, old person with a piece of meat and an human sacrifices were continued, ostrich egg shell full of water; as soon which, together with fatal diseases as this little stock is exhausted, the were fast depopulating the island, the poor deserted creature must perish by inhabitants of which do not now exceed hunger, or become the prey of the wild 6000, or 7000 at most. It appears also beasts. Many of these wild Hotten that the natives view the missionaries tots live by plunder and murder, and with a jealous eye. Capt. McLennan are guilty of the most horrid and atro- of the ship Dart, by whom the above cious actions.

to the hungry lion, who stands roaring which makes it shine. They are utter till some peace offering be made to strangers to cleanliness, as they never him. In general

, their children cease wash their bodies, but suffer the dirt

to be the objects of a mother's care, to accumulate, so that it will hang a

as soon as they are able to crawl about considerable length from theirelbows. Their huts are formed by digging a

in the field. They go out every mornhole in the earth about three feet deep,

ing, and when they return in the even.

ing, an old sheep's skin to lie upon, and then making a roof of reeds, which

and a little milk or piece of meat, if is however insufficient to keep off the rains. Here they fie close together

they have it, is all they have to expect.

In some few instances, however, you like pigs in a stye. They are extreme

meet with a spark of natural affection, ly lazy, so that nothing will rouse them to action, but excessive hunger. brute creation.

which places them on a level with the They will continue several days together without food, rather than be at of the dart or harping iron. They then creep the pains to procure it. When con

behind the small bushes, where they conceal

themselves, and attack the beast when about strained to sally forth for prey, they ti.e distance of an hundred steps. If the dart are dexterous in destroying the various wounds him in the slightest degree, the Hotbeasts which abound in the country ;*

tentot is sure of his prey: sometimes the wounded beast falls down dead immediately, ig

other cases he pursues it for a time, and at • " The wild beasts are alwars shot with poi. length succeeds. They then take out the soed darts They take the poison out of the wounded part, and eat the rest without injurg. jawbone of the serpent, and put it on the joint They can run almost as well as a horse."

intelligence was received, gave infor“Such are the people to whom the mation to the Directors of his converprovidence of God has directed our sation with the missionaries there, and course ; and among them, blessed be of the death of the chief Pomarre, uphis name, he has been pleased to call on whose decease they desired the capmany to the fellowship of the gospel, tain to stay until they could ascertain and to render them the distinguished whether they were likely to be secure trophies of his almighty grace." under the new governours ; when hav,

An abstract of the remainder of this in. ing made some inquiries, it appeared teresting Narrative, with the latest intel- to them that they might venture to rely ligence respecting the Missions in this on the promises of Otoo and Edea, that quarter shall appear in our next number. they should remain unmolested on the

island, whatever changes might take EAST INDIES.

place. The London Missionary Society have The society have missionary stations' several missionaries lately sent to the at Otaheite, where they have 15 misCoromandelcoast, to Ceylon and to Su- sionaries; at eight places in South Afrat. Among other reasons for sending rica, where they have 17 missionaries; to Surat, were the following ; “ The at Ceylon, Serampore, Surat, and other great population of the city, supposed places in the East Indies, where they to be more than 100,000 souls ; the fer- have 9 missionaries ; at Quebec, Bay tility and population of the surrounding of Chaleur, Twillingate, and Newcountry; the complete toleration of re. foundland, where are 3 missionaries. ligion; the independence and security BAPTIST MISSION IN BENGAL. of British subjects, and the free access From a periodical account of the his. to every description of the heathen, tory and progress of this mission, pub. many of whom are acquainted with the lished last September, it appears, that English language; that it does not ap- the number of baptized'natives had inpear any missionary efforts have been creased to twenty three, two of whome made in that neighbourhood ; and that were Brahmins, three were of the writits situation and commercial connec- er cast, and four were Musselmen, the tions are remarkably favourable to ren

others of the inferior casts of the Hinder it a suitable station from whence doos. The following extracts from the the gospel may be diffused through all Journals and letters of the missionaries the northwestern parts of India, Cabul will doubtless be acceptable to our Candahar, Persia, and Arabia.” readers.

The same society contemplate a “ From our journals and letters you mission to the Prince of Wales’ Island, will get a pretty correct idea of the inhabited and visited by great numbers work of God amongst us. No doubt you of Chinese and other people, and are ready to say, He ha:h done great where protection and encouragement things for us whereof we are glad: yet, would be offered to the Missionaries. my dear brother, could you see the They also propose a translation of the thousands assembled before a wooden scriptures into the Chinese language. god ; could you sce as our brother

Kristno saw this day, a quarter of a OTAHEITE.

mile froin our house, three women COMMUNICATIONS from this place mount the funeral prierf a dead husband!! received July, 1804, inform, that the you would be reudý to say, who hath beo island remained in a state of peace, lieved out report," &c. (p.425) “Iu will


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