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home, than any other which has been the scene of missionary labour. And for encouragement, it is further stated, that when ministers have occasionally visited this almost forsaken people, they have been gratefully received.

The General Association is founded upon the pure principles of Congregationalism. One design of it is to cherish, strengthen, and transmit these principles. It wholly disclaims ecclesiastical power or authority over the churches, or the opinions of individuals.

The objects of this Association being in no respect incompatible with those of the Convention of ministers annually holden in Boston, no interference between them is designed, or can reasonably be apprehended,

Having these views, the General Association continue to invite their brethren to unite with them in an institution, so evidently promotive of the all important interests of Christianity. And for their accommodation it is hereby notified, that the next meeting of the General Association is to be holden at the house of the Rev. Samuel Austin in Worcester, on the last Wednesday in June next, at 9 o'clock, A. M.

STEPHEN WEST, Moderator. Attest, SAMUEL AUSTIN, Scribe. Windsor, June 25, 1807.

For the Panoplist. Transcribed by Enoch Hale, Secretary.


EARLY in the year 1803, a number
of gentlemen, among whom were his
Honor Samuel Phillips, Esq. late
Lieutenant Governor of Massachu-
setts, and the late Professor Tappan,"
"the success of indi-
stimulated by
viduals and of societies, in dissemi-
nating Christian knowledge by means
of religious Tracts and otherwise,
were induced to confer together re-
peatedly on the best means of pro-
moting the same important object.

• These eminent men both died before
the Society was formed.

The result of their consultations was
a persuasion, that the civil, moral, and
everlasting interests of their fellow-
men might be essentially promoted by
united and systematic exertions for
diffusing evangelical truth.”
cordingly, on the first of September of
the year before mentioned, they asso-
ciated by the name of "The Massachu
setts Society for promoting Christian
Knowledge," and adopted a constitu-
tion for their government. They
have since been incorporated by an act
of the Commonwealth.

In the year 1804, this Society distributed books in Massachusetts Proper, in Rhode Island, Virginia, South-Carolina and Georgia, to the number of 6253, and in the year 1806, in a compass a little more extended, to the number of 9174. Among the books distributed are several of the works of Doddridge, Henry, Burder, Wilson, Lathrop, Vincent, Leslie, &c.

In future Nos. of the Panoplist, we shall present our readers with interesting extracts from some of the numerous letters to the Directors of the Society, from their agents to whom books have been sent for distribution, containing strong approbation of the design of their institution, and encouraging accounts of its usefulness.

It is with much satisfaction we learn, that an institution of the same kind with the above has been lately formed at Providence, in the State of Rhode Island, by the name of "The Providence Association for promoting Christian Knowledge." In their address, they say, "We have in view the promotion of no interest separate from that, which involves the highest happiness of our fellow creatures. Whatever be the religious sentiments, which we individually embrace and advocate, we are resolved to adopt no measures in our associated capacity, which will favour one denomination of Christians, in preference to another. In determining on books for distribution, we shall, agreeably to our constitution, carefully avoid all such, as are on points of controversy, and select those only, that contain sentiments in which all real Christians are cordially united."

§ This Constitution we shall publish at large in a future No. of the Panoplist.

Extract of a Letter from a respectable Gentleman, dated New London, July, 1807.

added to our

"We had a delightful day yesterday. Seven were church; all of them, I trust, ordained to eternal life. The complex; ion of all our late converts has been very uniform and satisfactory. Two were propounded yesterday. About ten are in a hopeful way; besides which, four children, of about 12 years of age, have all together appeared on the side of religion, with the features of a new creation on their souls. This event has given a new animation to the friends of religion. On the whole, I am inclined to think, that our awakening is on the increase."


London Missionary Society. ONE of the missions of this society in SOUTH AFRICA (viz. that station. ed at Klaar Water) appears by the last account from that quarter to be in a flourishing state. The number composing the settlement is stated to be 784, of whom 80 can read. There is among them, it is said, "a great desire to hear the word of life; and numbers are brought to a saving knowledge of divine things." The mission at Zak river, under the Rev. Mr. Kicherer, does not seem to enjoy the same degree of prosperity. A long drought had occasioned a dispersion of the settlers, and the depredations of the neighbouring Boschemen placed both the lives and the property of those who remained in imminent danger. The school how ever still contained 31 children and 11 adults, and the whole number in the settlement was 103.

A missionary, Mr. Creighton, has been sent to the newly captured colony of BUENOS AYRES, containing a population of 70,000 souls.

A free school is about to be opened by this society for the instruction of children of Jewish descent, both male and female. Grown up females of the same race, who wish for instruction, may have it at the same place from ladies, who attend daily to superintend the girls' school. Ch. Ob.


An address has recently been spectable merchants and others in circulated, signed by about twenty reLondon, containing proposals for a new institution, to be called "THE LONDON FEMALE PENITENTIARY,

the object of which shall be to afford an asylum to unfortunate females, who' virtue, and are anxious to be restored, shall have deviated from the paths of by means of Christian instruction, moral discipline, and the formation of industrious habits, to a respectable station in society." All who are acquainted with the extensive prevalence, and the fatal effects of the evil which it is intended to remedy, must 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 meet more than a very small proportion of the enormous mischief in question; and it must therefore be admitted, that one or more additional institutions of the same kind are loudly called for. We only hope that they will be formed with a due regard to the extreme delicacy of the case, and with the same prudence and circumspection, which have distinguished the management of their prototype. Ch. Ob.


WE formerly mentioned that a society had been formed under the title of The Hibernian Society," for the purpose of diffusing religious knowledge in Ireland. The committee appointed to conduct its concerns, have lately published a report, which, if correct, is highly important, and ought to call forth the warmest éxertions of the friends of religion and hamanity, in order to rescue our fellow-subjects in Ireland from their present state of barbarism and moral degradation. In the south, the proportion of Papists and Protestants is

said to be 20 to one; scarcely any of the former, and few even of the latter, possess a copy of the holy scriptures. Schoolmasters are much wanted in every part of Ireland; and such is the solicitude manifested by

the Roman Catholic poor for the instruction of their children, that it is believed they would be willing to send them even to Protestant schools, and to permit them to read the Bible as a school book. The committee state that they have been forming a plan for instituting schools in every parish in Ireland, in which no religious tract

or catechism is to be introduced, but the scriptures only. This is a great and good work; but we trust it will be superseded by the provident care of the government, which, we understand, is now directing its attention, too long withheld, to this momentous object. Ch. Ob.

Literary and Philosophical Intelligence.


Rev. Mr. Sutcliffe, of Halifax, England, has translated a seventh volume of Saurin's Sermons. This volume

consists of twelve discourses on the following subjects, viz. The Delay of Conversion; Perseverance ; the Example of the Saints; St. Paul's Discourse before Felix and Drusilla; the Covenant of God with the Israelites; the Seal of the Covenants; the Family of Jesus Christ; St. Peter's denial of his Master; and the Nature of the unpardonable Sin. The Editors of the Eclectic Review, speaking of the Translator of this volume, say, "We are free to acknowledge, that in placing himself by the side of Robinson and Hunter, he has assumed no rank, as a translator, which he cannot honourably maintain." "As the general character of the whole of these interesting discourses," they observe," that while they display the talents of the orator in a manner little inferior to any of his sermons hitherto translated, they are superior to most of them in exhibiting the earnestness, the solemnity, and the faithfulness of a conscientious ambassador of Jesus Christ." We hope the American Editor of the six volumes of Saurin's discourses, will speedily gratify his subscribers with this additional volume.



THE art of STEREOTYPE PRINTING is advancing rapidly towards full activity in this country. Different

*Rev. Mr. Collier.

editions of the New Testament and Common Prayer books, a Welch New Testament, and a beautiful nonpareil Bible have already proceeded from the Cambridge press; which will soon be followed by other editions, both at Cambridge and at Oxford. The London press of Mr. Andrew Wilson has produced an edi. tion of Entick's Dictionary, which, for beauty, accuracy, and cheapness, surpasses, it is said, all other editions of that work. Various smaller works are now publishing from the same press; and Mr. Wilson has announced that correct, well-printed stereotype editions of the following works, at reduced prices, will be in the course of publication during the year 1807, viz.


ΗΚΑΙΝΗ ΔΙΑΘΗΚΗ, cum Versione

THEODORI BEZAE. DAWSON'S Lexicon to the New Testament.

Nov. Testamentum. Int., TH. BEZA.
CESARIS Commentarii,
CICERONIS Orationes,


Gradus ad Parnassum. SCHREVELII Lexicon. CLARKE'S Introduction. CORDERII Colloquia. Eton Grammar, Latin.



In Usum

Del phini.


Nouveau Testament.

El Nuevo Testamento.

Les Adventures de Telemaque.

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From the Report of the Central Vaccine Committee for the year 13, it appears, that 125,992 persons have been inoculated in the course of that year in 42 departments, from which the returns had been received. progressive diminution of deaths is reported in those places, where vaccination has been introduced and an increase in the number, where the practice has been neglected.

A canal has been projected upon a grand scale, to unite the Rhone with the Rhine, and thus connect the North Sea with the Mediterranean. Its extent will be 71 leagues, and it is to receive the name of Bonaparte. The expense is estimated at 14 millions of livres. M. Koch, member of the Tribunate, pronounced a discourse on the subject, at a meeting of the Legislative Body; in which he gives a historical account of this project, which was first suggested under the Roman Emperors. He enumerates also the advantages which not only France, but Europe at large, will derive from the execution of this scheme.

So large a demand is expected for the New French Catechism, that a bookseller has purchased the copyight for 25,000 dollars. It is to be stereotyped.

A historical column is to be erected in the Place Vendome ; denominated the column of Austerlitz. It is to be 120 feet in height, and entirely cov

ered with bronze. It will display the most memorable events of the campaign of 1805 in basso relievo. The subjects to be represented will be distributed to different artists, who will furnish designs. The pedestal of this column is already begun.


Twenty years since, there were but two booksellers' shops in Moscow the returns of which did not amount to 10,000 roubles per annum. The num ber is now twenty; and the yearly return is about 200,000 roubles The increase of the trade and circulation of books in Moscow, is principally owing to the exertion of Mr. Novikow. He procured translations from foreign ied and anticipated public taste, and languages, established libraries, stud

traded in books with acuteness and success. Not more than 600 copies of Moscow newspapers were formerly sold; but under his management, the demand increased, in ten years, to 4,000 copies; at present their sale has reached 8,000.

The University of Dorpat, in Livonia, established in 1802, has made great progress in opening schools under its direction, throughout the four provinces of Livonia, Courland, Fionia, and Esthonia. Attention has hitherto been chiefly directed to those establishments, which are especially destined for the instruction of youths intended for commerce, trade, or the arts; and as preparatory schools for those, who are subsequently to make literature their profession. The parochial schools, where the first elements of education will be taught, begin also to be organized: of these, every town, however small, will contain two; one for children of each sex and similar institutions are formed in the country. But, as able teachers are greatly wanted, five seminaries have been formed in the district of the university, for the express purpose of training and qualifying schoolmasters. The Emperor has granted 42,000 roubles per annum, for the support of these five seminaries; which will continue in full activity for three years. Each student receives, while in these seminaries, 300 roubles yearly; and engages to take the charge of one of the public

schools, when appointed, and to continue in his office for at least ten years.

The Emperor suppressed, by ukase, in February last, the imperial seminary for the reception of young ladies, which was amply endowed by Cath arine II. In the preamble of his edict, he declares, that the funds of this institution would be employed to greater advantage, in the education

of those youths, who are intended to serve their country; and that the education of a female, being chiefly limited to the management of family affairs, she will sooner acquire the knowledge of them in her father's house, than in a sumptuous school, where it is attempted, but in vain, to teach them the rudiments of sciences, the knowledge of which nature does not allow them to acquire.

List of New Publications.

Elements of Therapeutics; or, a guide to health; being cautions and directions in the treatment of diseas. es. Designed chiefly for the use of students. By Rev. Joseph Townsend, M. A. Second American edition. Boston. 1807. Etheridge & Bliss.

An illustration of some difficult passages of Scripture on the doctrine of absolute predestination: attempted in a sermon by William Woodbridge, A. M. Middletown. 1805. J. & B. Dunning.

The Victim, in five letters to Adolphus, by the author of "the Guide and Refuge." Hartford, 1807. Lincoln & Gleason.

An Address delivered before the Right Worshipful Masters and Brethren of the lodges of St. John, St. Pe ter and St. Mark, at the Episcopal church in Newburyport, on the anniversary festival of St. John the Baptist. By Joseph Dana. Newburyport, June, 1807. E. W. Allen.

Sentiments on Resignation, by Rosewell Messenger, pastor of the first church in York, Maine. Portsmouth, N. H. 1807. W. Treadwell.

A sermon preached at the ordination of the Rev. David Thurston, over the church of Christ in Winthrop, Maine. Feb. 18, 1807. By Elijah Parish, A. M. Augusta, 1807. Peter Edes.

A sermon, occasioned by the death of Capt. Cyrus Bullard; and preached at Medway, May 25, 1806. By Luther Wright, A. M. pastor of the first church in Medway. Dedham, 1807. H. Mann.

A discourse, delivered before the members of the Female Charitable Society of Newburyport, at their fourth anniversary, May 20, 1807. By

James Miltimore, A. M. minister of the gospel in Stratham, N. H. Newburyport. E. W. Allen.

Mr. Dufief, of Philadelphia, has published a new edition of his work, entitled "Nature displayed in her mode of teaching language to man; or a new and infallible method of acquiring a language in the shortest time possible, deduced from the analysis of the human mind, and consequently suited to every capacity. Adapted to the French." Valuable improvements are made in this edition.*

A discourse, delivered at the Fune, ral of Mrs. Mary Woodward, consort of the late Hon. Professor Woodward, in the meeting-house near Dartmouth college, March 29, 1807. By Roswell Shurtleff, A. M. professor of divinity in Dartmouth college. Hanover. Moses Davis.

A new edition of the Boston Orations, commemorative of the Fifth of March, 1770. Boston. W. T. Clap.

The Seasons in England. Descriptive Poems. By the Rev. William Cooper Taylor, A. M. Boston. Joseph Greenleaf.


W. W. Woodward, Philadelphia, proposes publishing by subscription, in two handsome octayo volumes, A Theological Dictionary, containing definitions of all religious terms; a comprehensive view of every article in the System of Divinity; an impartial account of all the principal Denominations, which have subsisted in

For our opinion of this work, sea Panoplist for Oct. 1805, p. 215.

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