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text, therefore, does not warrant religion, which alone“ gives the supposition, that Paul ever glory to God, on earth peace, rejoiced in any preaching, or sys- good will towards men.” tem of theology, which was in The length, peculiar structure, his view deficient in any essential and consequent intricacy of some article of the Christian faith ; periods in this discourse, may, and, it is presumed, more will perhaps, have led us to mistake not be required of us, than of our author's meaning. Errors bim.

springing from this source, will We now leave it to the intelli- not be charged to our account. gent reader to determine for With frankness we confess, that himself

, whether the kind of the perusal of this sermon has preaching, above described, tho', frequently reminded us of the like the ancient philosophy, it old, but useful adage, Bis ad may be useful to civil society, limam quod semel ad linguam. may not endanger the final sal- The appendix to this discourse yation of the individual, by con- contains an account of the procealing from him his true char: ceedings of the Society, before acter and the only medium of whom it was preached. The pardon, and by leading him to greater part of their funds, it apdepend on himself, and not upon pears, are expended in books for God alone.

distribution, and in the support It is a great pleasure to us, in of missionaries and schools in the this connexion, that we are able district of Maine, which, for conto except the worthy author of venience, they have divided into this discourse from the number seven missionary districts, here of those superficial preachers, described ; in each district books whom he has described. Nor are deposited, with some suitable would our duty, on this occasion, person, for distribution.

The have been equally imperious, had instructions given by the Society the mantle of catholicism been to their missionaries, together cast by a gentleman, less res- with an account of the number pectable for talents, natural and of missionaries employed the acquired.

current year, and some interestTo the correctness and weighting extracts from their journals, of sentiment, expressed by our are inserted in this appendix, author under the last head of his which concludes with a list of the discourse, we are happy to give present officers of the Society. our cordial testimony. We rejoice to find the preacher here

These extracts are inserted under in his own element, while cele the head of “ Religious Intelligence," brațing the excellencies of that which see.

Religious Intelligence,


Report of Nov. 1806, state, that they Tre Society for Propagating the have employed four missionaries this Gospel among the Indians and others year in the District of Maine. The

Journal of one only (the Rev. Mr. them, as “wonderful q” twenty-one Hidden) had been received.

have been added to their church, unMr. Hidden completed his missio- der his ministration, in this small set. nary labours, in the counties of York tlement. They conclude by expressand Oxford, early in November. His ing their earnest desire that “we who journal has been received, from which send, and they who receive, may it appears, that he has travelled about unite in our prørers to God, that he seven hundred miles, preached ninety- would continue the gospel among two sermons, baptized seven adult them.” A letter to the Society, of persons, one by immersion, and forty. like import, has been received from the three children ; received twenty-four inhabitants of the town of Albany. persons into church communion, vis. From the acceptance and success ited twenty-seven aged and sick per. of Mr. Hidden's labours, and the good sons, established four schools, admin- dispositions manifested by the people istered the Lord's supper four times, to whom he was sent, the Society have visited eleven schools, and sixty fam- great reason to be satisfied with their ilies, and distributed about two hun. missionary, and much encouragement dred books. Mr. Hidden observes, to continue their attentions to those, that “ the weather was so favourable who so gratefully receire, and so comduring the whole of his mission, (of mendably improve them, three months) that he was bindered Since our last annual report, the from travelling but a single day:" that aged and reverend Zechariah May“people in general were very ready hew, long a diligent and faithful misto attend on the word and ordinances sionary in the service of the Society, of God," that “ many manifested among the remnant of Indians* on warm gratitude to God, and thankful- Martha's Vineyard, has deceased. ness to the society for their notice of The ancestors of these Indians were them ;” that “ he found the schools, among the first of the aborigines of which had been begun by the society, New England, who embraced Chrisin excellent order." of the inhabit- tianity ; and from that time to the ants in many of the towns he visited, present, they have not ceased to enjoy he speaks in terms of high commenda- the ordinances of the gospel. Though tion, for their industry, frugality,

these people have at present among peace and order; and particularly for them, two ordained Indian teachers, their attention and exertions in edu- by the name of Hansuit and Jeffer, cating their children. Of the town of (the latter a temperate, worthy man) Lovel especially, containing forty yet as both are advanced in life, the families, all of the Congregational de Society contemplate making further nomination, he says, “ there is the provision for their instruction, and will greatest attention to religion in this not cease to contribute, according to place, according to the number of peo. their means, to the support of reli. ple, and the least enthusiasm, I ever gious ordinances among them. saw.”

“ Sabbath, Nov. 2, preached The venerable Mr. Hawley, now in at Lovel, and administered the Lord's the eightieth year of his age, and in supper ; received nineteen persons in the fifty-fifth of his missionary la. to the church, baptized one adult and bours, and who receives annually a ton children. One received into the church was seventy-nine years old, another sixteen. God is doing wonders here. This was one of the most The number of people of colorit, solemn and joyful days I ever saw." taken from actual enumeration, at Gay Though few in number, they contem- Head, Martha's Vineyard, were as fol, plate settling a minister among them. lows, in October, 1806. The church in a letter to the secreta. Between four and twenty-one ry, in very affectionate terms, express

94 their grateful acknowledgments to Of twenty-one years and uprard, God and to the Society, for “ send- men 43, women 75,

118 ing missionaries to preach to poor, perishing sinners, the unsearchable

212 riches of Christ.” They speak of the The number under four years not mer: success of Mr. Hidden's labours anong tioned,


years old,

part of his support from the Society, vail among Christians who enjoy so is still diligent, active, and successful, many gospel privileges; that so few, in discharging the duties of his mis- compared with the whole number of sion at Marshpee. He is justly ven- sinners who hear the gospel, feel its crated by his people, who are chiefly power and accept its ofiers in love ; of mixed blood, as their father, and ibat in some societies gross sins the protector of their rights and prop. abound, and into others essential er. erty. (To be continued.) rors have crept. Deeming it a sa.

cred duty to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints,

Synod take this opportunity of raising Extract from the Minutes of the pro- their warning voice against this cold.

ceedings of the Synod of Albany of the ness; these sins and errors. It is Presbyterian Church, at their Ses- mournful that they who are snatched sion in Whitesborough, held on the 1st from perdition by the grace of Jesus and 2d days of October, 1806. should ever be careless in the service The Synod have heard with plea of their Master; should ever permit pare, that the institutions of religion their love to decay in its ardour or within their bounds are well attended, its public expression. Christians and treated with marked reverence mught ever to be awake and walk, as and affection. In some places strik- becometh children of light, and the ing instances of the triumphs of the redeemed of God. It is high time cross have occurred, and in most the for them to do so, since the night is fork of God seems to be advancing, far spent, and the day is at hand. though silently, yet surely. The They must gird on the armour of youth are instructed in the principles Jehovah, and bear testimony against of our holy religion with considerable sins, especially those which abound. and commendable assiduity. Peace

Drunkenness and profanity, and sab. and harmony prevail generally, and bath breaking ought not to be so much the good order of the church is pre- as named among Christians ; and Sy. served unimpaired. Vacant congrega. nod hope that all who are in their tions are snpplying, new ones are

connexion will most studiously avoid forming, and the cry for additional the appearance of evil as well as its preachers of the word becomes more practice ; and that they will admonish loud and urgent. The pastors appear and exhort all, who are guilty of im. to fulfil their duties, and the Aocks morality, to repent and live godly in theirs, so that between them, except- Christ Jesus. ing in very few instances, exists the Error in practice arises from error unity of the Spirit in the bond of in doctrine ; not that all who are cor. peace.

rect in the latter, are always so in the Although the prospect externally former; for many are only nominal is thus promising Synod regret that believers, who though they profess so much coldness and formality pre. the truth in words, hold it in un.

righteousness. Between sound princi

ple and sound conduct there is an One hundred dollars, beside some inseparable connexion. Synod there. accasional grants of small sums, sta- fore, whilst they warn their churches tionary and books.

against immorality, warn them solemn1 These Indians possess several thou ly against errors. Those which tant acres of land, which were seques- chiefly prevail respect the future tered and securell to their ancestors, and destiny of sinners, and the character their successors, by Richard Bourn, their and work of the Redeemer. Satan pastor, who first planted Christianity is still instilling into the hearts of sin. here, about a century and a half ago. ners what he said unto the woman in This plantation is an asylum for In- paradise, “ ye shall not surely die." dians from various parts of New Eng He is filling

them with the hope, that land and Long Island, and some have though they live after the flesh, they resorted here from Georgia, and even will finally be saved. Thus he is ex from the East-Indies. They are not citing them to turn the grace of God

The Indians of unmixed into licentiousness. Christians ought blood do not exceed forty or fifty persons not to be deceived. Sin is an awful




evil, and merits infinite displeasure. It need only be realized, to be thus acknowledged, and that with pangent grief of soul. We exhort our church

To the Editors of the Panoplist

. es to beware of rejecting this solemn truth.

GENTLEMEN, Great as their error is, who do this, The multiplied and liberal exer it is surpassed by that of those whó tions of Christ's female disciples in deny the only Lord God who bought promoting his kingdom, are a consol. them. Over their sad and dreadful ing evidence of the power of his grace mistake we weep with unfeigned sor

in their hearts, and are the lively ex. row. The divinity and atonement of pressions of their attachment and 6Christ, are written as with a sun beam delity to him, and of their disinterest. in Scripture, and are felt to be truths ed, ardent wishes for the recovery and by all awakened souls. Let none be saivation of immortal souls. The deceived by a parade of learning in Divine Jesus, in our age, no less than the opposers of these doctrines. in the days of his apostles, has given

These men arrogate to themselves à discriininating marks of luis love and greater share of it than they really kindness to the daughters of Zion, possess. Their conduct is imposin, by exciting their affections to him, but their foundation is unstable as the and by animating their zeal and liber. wind. Before their opinions can be ality to minister to the necessities of substantiated, the Scriptures must be his poor members. They have the abandoned: for if these be explained, marked honour of taking an active according to the mode of explaining and leading part in repairing the des. #orks of uninspired men, Christ is olations, and building up the walls of truly God, and has paid the price of our Jerusalem. Numerous are the redemption for our sins. We receive instances of female charity to the these truths, as they are published in souls of men. Among others, let the the volume of inspiration, confessedly Panoplist record the seasonable and a mystery, but it is the mystery of benevolent exertions of a number of godliness," worthy of Jehovah, and devout ladies in Whitestown, New necessary for sinful man. Without York, who have formed themselves this mystery the convinced sinner can into a society for the purpose of aid. find no peace here, or hope for eterni. ing missionary labours in the new set. ty. To the law and testimony; if we tlements of our country, by the name speak not according to these, it is he. of The Female Charitable Society of cause there is no light in us. We

Whitestown; and, as the first proof leave these sentiments with you! we

of their pious benevolence, have col. appeal to your consciences ! we call lected and contributed to the funds of on the churches to defend the com- the Hampshire Missionary Society, mon salvation with the temper of the for the purpose of promoting mis gospel. Many of them are the posteri. sions, the sum of $110. To this in ty of those, who for the same pre. formation, which inust be pleasing to cious truths, left their native homes, the friends of Jesus, let me subjoin ant braved the terrors of the deep, and extract of a letter, written by a mot. settled in a country then inhabited by thy minister in the District of Maine, savages. We pray that the spirit, to a member of the Hampshiré Mis. they felt, may influence their descen- sionary Society, dants, and all who belong to our Zion, Extract. From sober report, May great grace, mercy and peace be the presence of God, I conclude, acmultiplied into all such, and all companied your missionaries, when believers every where, from God our they were here, and in other places Father, and Jesus Christ our Sa. also. I feel a degree of thankfulness piour. AMEN.

to God that he has been pleased to

favour you with such missionaries, JONAS COE, Moderator.

as you have sent into Maine. They are an honour to your Society. They comfort & rejoice the hearts of God's poor people, who are sad and solitary, and elestitute in the wilderness.


to my

“I observe in the Report of the The specific object of the Associa. Trustees of your Society for August, tion is expressed in their circular 1805, this entertaining period, - Total letter. from Female Association, $278 88.' “ We humbly hope, we in some. When the condescending God order- measure feel the magnitude of the obed the erection of a tabernacle, that ject, which is, the advancement of the he might dwell among his people, the cause of the dear Redeemer. This sacred story is this ; And all the wo- we would endeavour to promote by mes that were wise hearted did spin with contributing to the support of faithful their hands, and brought that which missionaries, who are sent to break they had spun, both of blue and of pur, the bread of life to those who are des. ple and of scarlet and of fine linen. And titute of the ordinary means of grace, all the women, whose heart stirred them which we so richly enjoy. up in wisdom, spun goat's hair. Three “ We bave recently been told, by thousand years have now elapsed missionaries returning from distant since this piece of history was parts of our country, of persons who corded by an amanuensis of the Holy have come to them, and with tears in Spirit; since which time there has their eyes assured them, they had not nothing of the kind come

heard a sermon for fourteen years beknowledge more pleasing, and more fore ; and who, taking them affecsimilar to this piece of ancient histo- tionately by the hand, have invoked ry, than the efforts of the Female the blessing of Heaven on their heads, Association in Hampsbire county to

and on the heads of those charitable baild, enlarge, and ornament the tab- persons, whose compassionate hearts emacle of the glorious Redeemer, the had moved them to commiserate their charck of the living God, the pillar and unhappy condition, and to send the fround of the truth. May they never word of life and salvation to their per- . be weary in well doing; for they shall ishing souls.". haz due season reap, if they faint not.. May “the blessing of many ready to

Q. perisli” come upon this Society; and

others of their sex, more liberally fa. To the foregoing, the Editors think voured with the bounties of Provi.

proper to add the following particu- dence, when they shall read the above, lars of the Female Society above be excited to "go and do likewise.” mentioned, from their Constitution and Circular Letter. This Society was formed in Septem. ber last, at Whitestown, which, twenty years ago, was a wilderness. The members of this institution, believ- TO HIS CORRESPONDENT IN BOSing that a portion of the bounties of Providence can be applied in no better way than in administering to the

Philadelphia, Nov. 23, 1806. spiritual necessities of their fellow Sir, areatures, and convinced of the utili. ty and importance of missionaries, by I SUBJOIN an extract of a letter whose benevolent exertions the glad received by Dr. Stoughton, of this tidings of redemption are carried to city, from Mr. Carey, dated at Calcut. multitudes, who are perishing for ta, the 25th Oct. 1805. “The third lack of knowledge ; and wishing to volume of the Bible, from Job to Canco-operate with such societies, by ticles inclusive, is published. The santributing their mite towards the second edition of the New Testament advancement of so good a cause, as- will be out in about a month. The sociated for that purpose.

prophets are begun, and we intend to The Society is under the manage. begin printing the bistorical books ment of six Trustees, who choose from Joshua forwards in a few weeks. their Treasurer to receive the mo- The gospel by Matthew is printed nies subscribed, and to eep their ac. (nearly) in the Mahratta language ; counts and records. Each subscriber nearly the whole New and some parts is to pay one dollar annually to the of the Old Testament are translated

into that language, that of the Oris





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