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"Her influence rises still higher. If he is impenitent, her pious conduct awakens his conscience, and impressively recommends religion. If he is happily united with her in the love of God, she greatly promotes his moral and religious improvement. How of ten does her piety and engagedness rouse him from spiritual sloth, and render him fervent in family and secret devotion. When she deviates from duty, his heart is melted by the promptitude and tenderness of her confession....Her undissembled hu

mility often makes him ashamed of

his pride, and her meekness and contentment, of his passionate, and repining spirit.... Here let me say, that few women have opportunity to be more extensively useful, than the pious parer of a gospel minister..... Other women in the married state, observing her diligence, her economy, and her charity, are inclined to excel in the same virtues. By her example they are excited to love their husbands, to discharge, with unre mitting care, every conjugal duty, and above all other accomplishments, to seek the precious ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. By her example they are reminded of their obliga: tions to their children, and impressed with the importance of bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. By her example they are led to shun all slander and evil speaking.... She endeavours to banish from friend. ly society every light and unprofitable topic, and to introduce and support conversation, which is not only entertaining, but serious and edifying. She laments the least appearance of looseness and impiety in the rising age, especially among young women; does all in her power to render them modest in dress and behaviour, and to allure them to the practice of Christian piety....Religion, in which they are inclined to think there is something gloomy and forbidding, becomes attractive, when seen in her example. In short, her life conspires with the pastoral labours and prayers of her husband, to promote among the people a solemn attention to the Sabbath, and all the means of grace, and the love of real goodness in its various forms."

He applies the subject in a

manner not likely to disappoint the reader. He observes "that these observations are in a good measure applicable to this solemn occasion." To justify the remark a note is subjoined, containing a valuable sketch of the life of Mrs. Church.

In the course of his solemn and melting address to the mourning husband, he observes,

irregular, or hurtful, you must be "In order that your grief be not careful to mingle with it those joys, which religion furnishes, and which are inseparable from Christian infinitely better, than

the most amiable wife and most affectionate mother....She tarried long enough to receive and communicate much good....Though her body is enclosed in the gloomy coffin....she still lives, lives in the most exalted sense..... Nor is she wholly lost to you. The incite your gratitude and your imitaremembrance of her virtues ought to tion. The remembrance of her death will constantly exercise your submis sion to the will of God. And henceforth

the thought of her will be associated with eternity, and so tend to raise your spirit and produce a heavenly frame... Let not your grief, however sincere and tender, be attended with a single murmuring thought....God is love."

He concludes with appropriate addresses to "her aged parents;" to "those, who mourn the loss of a sister;" to "brethren and friends of that society;" and to "hearers...assembled on the oc


Such are the outlines of this discourse. We may sometimes find a few good sentences in a very irregular and shallow performance. Extracts in general present a picture much brighter than life. Not so with those taken from this discourse. Whoever would duly estimate its worth must view and review the whole.

The only fault worthy of nctice is, not want of method, which is unexceptionable, but want of numerical distinction of heads. It is not contended that all sermons should be thus distinguished. Some subjects seem hardly to admit of it. But this is not one of them. Though numerical distinctions do not constitute method, yet they may greatly assist the hearer and reader in apprehending and retaining it. When a head is distinctly announced, the hearer or reader can scarcely avoid paying peculiar attention to learn what it is. This tends to fix it in his mind. If a leading head is retained, it is generally easy to recall the observations made to prove, illustrate and enforce it. If therefore the heads of a well composed discourse are remembered, the substance of the whole is remembered or may be easily recalled. Besides, if the heads are numerically distinguished, the hearer may easily know whether he retains them all; and thus have opportunity to exert all his power of recollection to regain any part that he may have lost. Are not people, who are accustomed to hear dis

courses thus distinguished, gene. rally the most attentive, and the best instructed?

Though such distinctions are not so useful from the press, as from the pulpit, yet it is desirable to retain them here also, partly for reasons above mentioned, but more especially to discourage the pernicious practice of laying them aside in the pulpit.

This discourse is earnestly recommended to the attentive perusal of all, who are bound to perform, and of all, who are concerned to know the duties of a wife.....of all who have lost, of all who possess, and of all who desire pious and amiable companions.


The writer of the foregoing review regrets exceedingly, that he is not able to inform the public where this discourse may be purchased. Without this appendage, reviews of the best works appear defective, and often leave painful impres

sions on the reader's mind. The writers of reviews and the Editors of the Panoplist are requested to pay attention to these little, but very interesting particulars. It is hoped that the "Mourning Husband" will soon be for sale in Boston, if it is not at present.

Religious Intelligence.


PANOPLIST. May 15, 1807.


As the Editors of the Panoplist have taken unwearied pains to be

come acquainted with the state of re. ligion in our country, and as they have been faithful in communicating such information, as they have been able to obtain, to their fellow Christians; I feel it my duty to transmit to

them a short account of a revival of religion, which I have just received in a letter from a respectable clergyman in Newport.

"A most remarkable reformation prevails in Middleborough, Berkley, Arronett, Carver, and Fair Haven. In Fair Haven, religion has been greatly neglected till lately. Most of the people in this town have been violently opposed to reformations. The Lord is now working in a wonderful manner the minister has become a hopeful convert. One hundred are admitted or propounded for admission into the church. As the village is small, this is an astonishing number. A large number have been admitted into Mr. Andrews' church in Berkley. Opposition is still great in Fair Ha ven; but Christ as yet triumphs gloriously. Here a number of old, abandoned sinners, who had for a long time neglected public worship, were present at a conference, and for some time stood together, unmoved and looking on; at length, the minister addressed them with his usual energy in the following words, 'Your children are now waiting for your property, the worms for your bodies, and the devil for your souls.' The divine power accompanied this bold address. In a moment their heads fell, the tears gushed from their eyes, and they became anxious to inquire and hear what they should do to be saved. With what ease can God cause his word to pierce the sinner's soul! The Lord can make his people willing in the day of his power. The reformation is increasing in all the places before mentioned. There is a great call for pr. aching. The fields are white already to harvest."

In a degenerate and licentious age, when the enemies of religion are straining every nerve to bring the pure doctrines of the gospel into contempt, when the bulk of nominal Christians by their lives and conversation are desying the religion they profess; such information must afford the true followers of the meek and lowly Jesus peculiar pleasure. While Zion prospers, let her sons and her daughters rejoice. May the children of God, encouraged by the recent triumphs of the cross, be fervent in their prayers that this glorious work may extend, that none may say, "The harvest is

past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."

We think it important to the interests of Christianity, to preserve from oblivion the following detection of a base and insidious forgery. We extract it from the Palladium of May 26, 1807.


[Some of our readers may remember, that about the beginning of the present year, we extracted from a Philadelphia paper, a curious account of cer tain writings found in a globe of marble, dug up at Aleppo, from which it was inferred, that the Apocalypse or Revelation, was written by CERINTHUS, and not by Saint JOHN. This account was given in a Philadelphia paper, as a translation of an article from the Marseilles Gazette, of the 20th of October, 1806. A writer, under the signature of CEPHAS, commented on this narrative in the Palladium; and expressed his fears, that this story was transcribed from a French paper into some of ours by some disciple of Toм PAIN, to discredit the validity of the New Testament. Some gentlemen who knew the circumspection of editors of periodical papers, at this time, in Roman Catholic countries, doubted if such a publication ever appeared in a French Newspaper: Among these was Dr WATERHOUSE, who, being a member of the Marseilles Academy of Sciences, &c. wrote to one of his correspondents in that city, and enclosed the publications on that subject from our paper; and on Friday he received, via Philadelphia, the following letter in answer to his queries :-]



Immediately on the receipt of your letter of the 12th of January, I went to the printer and editor of the Marseilles Gazette, to inquire agreeably to your wish, respecting the "Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Aleppo, to his friend in this city," said to be printed in the Marseilles Gazette of October 20, 1806. On examining the number of that date, there was not to be found a single word of the

matter! I was accompanied in my researches by M. ACHARD, the Director of our Public Library, and perpetual Secretary to our Academy of Arts and Sciences. This is an old gentleman, endowed with much learning, especially in antiquities, and whose son is actually the printer & editor of the Marseilles Gazette. He assured me that he had no recollection of any such article as appeared in the Philadelphia paper, and in the New England Palladium, purporting to be a translation from the Gazette of this city. We examined with strict attention, all the Gazettes from the 1st of August until this day; and it is our opinion, as well as the opinion of many other gentlemen, that the piece which caused so much alarm in the timorous consciences of your country, is an absolute lie-or has been published in some other paper; but of which, we have no knowledge whatever.

The vessel which carries this, will sail off to-morrow, or I would have annexed a certificate of Mons. ACHARD, and of the Magistracy of this city, to support what I have said. I hope, however, that the minds of your friends of the clergy will be satisfied with what is said above. You are at liberty to use my letter as you think proper.

I remain, &c. &c.


Dr. WATERHOUSE, Professor, Fc. [Dr. Valentin is a learned and respectable physician-has been in the United States; is a member of our American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and well known to some of our most respectable citizens who have travelled in France.]



From the report of the New Hampshire Missionary Society, (consisting of about 100 Members) published Nov. 1806, it appears that the total amount received by their Treasurer from contributions of members and others, in the years, 1804, 1805 and 1806, was $2167, 83. With this sum they have employed various Missionaries in the northern parts of the State of New York and New Hampshire 174 weeks, who have

distributed 1157 Bibles, Testaments, and other books and tracts.

"As to the benefits arising from the missionary services performed for the Society," say the Trustees, "we hope they will appear to be of some importance in the day when God shall make up his jewels. The journals of our Missionaries contain accounts which encourage such a hope. The Missionaries have found opportunities to oppose that torrent of errors, which threatens to deluge our infant settle. ments, and there to contend earnest ly for the faith once delivered to the saints.-They have found opportunities to refresh the hearts of many of God's children, scattered up and down as sheep in the wilderness,

"Under their labours, some have hopefully become the subjects of di, vine grace. Many have communicated to this Society their grateful acknowledgments for missionary ser vices among them. Being unable to procure, among themselves, the administration of the Gospel, they have. solicited further aid."

We are informed that a letter has been received by a gentleman in Baltimore from a respectable correspondent in Wirtemberg, Germany, giving an account of most important occurrences in the religious world,

"Cardinal Fesch," he says, "Bonaparte's uncle, is appointed chief of the church over all the congregations of the Rhenish confederation, and has actually been acknowledged as such by all the Protestant princes, although he is a Roman Catholic. He had scarcely taken his seat at Augsburg, before every thing began to incline towards Catholicism, with the poor betrayed flock of Protestants. Our Protestant clergy, (says the letter) are to lay aside the dress they have hitherto worn, as they commanded neither respect nor made any show in their pres, ent mode, and are to wear weeds; and our prelates actually wear them now, and are obliged to wear on their breasts the order of Maria in a golden cross. A great number of Catholic mass-books have been printed in the German language, which are divided into hours of prayer, and which are now actually read before preaching, at the altar in


the Protestant churches on the frontiers. The apostasy from religion is every where attributed to want of respect for the pope; it must, say they, he re-established, and the pope be viewed as the firstling of the king. dom of God. An universal union of religion, under the direction of the popedom, was every where spoken of, and no person had, for fear of Bonaparte, as yet, made any opposition. A new sect had also appeared, signalizing themselves by a particular dress and by a sign which every one wears on his hat, who have actually deified Bonaparte."

A gentleman deceased in Scotland lately, has bequeathed 12001. to be paid to the person who shall write and lay before the judges he has appointed, a Treatise which shall by

them be determined to have the most merit upon the following subjects, as expressed in his will, viz. "The evidence that there is a Being, all powerful, wise and good, by whom every thing exists, and particularly to obviate difficulties regarding the wisdom and goodness of the Deity: and this in the hrst place, from considerations independent of written revelation; and in the second place from the revelation of the Lord Jesus: and, from the whole, to point out the inferences most necessary for, and useful to mankind." The ministers of the established

church of Aberdeen, the principals and professors of King's and Marischal colleges of Aberdeen, and the trustees of the testator, are appointed to nominate and make choice of three of the judges.

An Account of the origin and progress of the Mission to the Cherokee Indians; in a series of Letters from the Rev. Gideon Blackburn, to the Rev. Dr. Morse.


Marysville, (Tenn.) 1807. REVEREND SIR,

As the promises of God res pecting the conversion of the heathen are evidently on the eve of being accomplished, and as the friends of Zion are anxiously watching the signs of the times, and uniting their prayers around the throne of God for the coming of the kingdom of Christ, and es

pecially for the spread of the gospel among the aboriginals of America; it may not be unimportant to give you a concise account of the rise and progress of the mission in which I have been engaged for some years with the Cherokee nation of Indians, border. ing on the state of Tennessee.


In the year 1794, I settled in that part of the state now called Blount county, at a time when the Cherokees were engaged in a bloody and destructive war with our frontiers. this circumstance frequently called out the youths of my charge in the defence of their country, and exposed them to the vices attached to the military life, I chose at some times to go out with them in their expeditions, and thereby was led into the causes of the savage and wretched state of those began to be agitated with the question; Indians. From that moment my mind Can nothing be done with this people to meliorate their condition? Is it impossible they should be civilized, and become acquainted with the gos pel of Christ? Some cheering rays of hope would flash upon my mind when I reflected that they were of the same race with ourselves; that they were able to lay and execute plans with ingenuity and promptness; but on viewing the attempts already made to christianize other nations, and finding that they had mostly proved abortive, I was led seriously to review those plans, that I might, if possible, dis

cover the defect; and either intro duce some amendment, or a plan ertirely new. It was very observable, the Indians, and enlarging the num. that instead of opening the minds of ber of their confined ideas, they were often dogmatically instructed on the most exalted subjects that can occupy the mind of the most enlightened man. They were urged to believe, as absolutely necessary, things of which, in their state of intelligence, they could have no apprehension, and which, by the manners of the white people with whom they were mostly conversant, they were every day prac tically taught to doubt, if not entirely to discredit. Hence it was evident, that a plan must be laid with the ex pectation of having to combat with ignorance, obstinacy, and strong preju dices. I knew that the operations of God on the hearts of men were not

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