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national church, known by the name of moderate men; the latter was truly evangelical in his views and sentiments, and consequently ranked with those, who are denominated the orthodox clergy of the church. Dr. R, one Sabbath morning, delivered to the congregation a sermon upon virtue. In his discourse he endeavoured to exhibit this ornament of christian character, under the most engaging aspect; and, after he had bestowed upon it every epithet of commendation, which his powerful imagination could invent, he summed up the whole matter in this very animated an' striking sentence. Indeed virtue is an object in herself, so amiable, lovely and commanding, that were she to appear, in our world personified, I am sure, men would fall down and worship her.”
Dr. E - ascended the pulpit, on the afternoon of the same Sabbath, and addressed the congregation. His subject happened to be more evangelical. He had occasion, therefore, to speak something of the fall of man and of the depravity of human nature. The conclusion of his colleague's discourse seemed to militate a little against this doctrine; and, therefore, induced him, in his sermon, to make a gentle allusion to it. He said, “ Probably his worthy brother had been carried away rather too much by the warmth of his imagination and his attachment to his subject; when, in the forenoon, he declared, that men he was sure would fall down and worship virtue, were she to appear on our earth personified; for, that virtue had already once appeared upon this earth personified; but men, instead of falling down and worshipping her, cried out against her, “ Away with her, away with her; crucify her, crucify her."
A SINGULAR CONFESSION. A professor in one of the German universities, whose unconcern for religion generally, was notorious, was not less remarkable for the care which he took in the religious instruction of his children. One of his friends, astonished at this inconsistency, and asking him the reason of this conduct, he answered, “ It is because I wish my children may enjoy more peace of mind and more contentment in this life than has ever fallen to my lot; and this they can obtain by no other means, than by possessing more faith than myself.”
Satan is never more likely to do more mischief than when he puts on Samuel's coat.
Preserve a serse of thy spiritual wants. As fullness inclines the body to sleep so doth a conceit of spiritual fulness, the soul; when the belly is full, then the bones would be at rest, the man hath more mind to sleep than work; whereas he that is pinched, his craving stomach keeps him awake; if once thou beginnest to have a high opinon of thyself, and thy spiritual hunger be a little staid, from a conceit of thy present store, and sufficiency of thy grace, truly then thou wilt compose thyself to sleep, and sing the rich man's lưlaby to thy soul. Take thy case, O my soul, thou hast goods laid up for many years. Christian, if thou wouldst keep thy soul awake for this or any other ordinance, take heed thou losest not he sense of thy wants; begging is the poor man's trade; when tiou beginnest to conceit thyself rich, then thou wilt be in danger to give it over, or be remiss in it.
Summary of Reúgious Entelligence.
In the following summary we have endeavoured to give in a condensed form the amount of thị most interesting Religious Intelligence which the last month's irrivals have furnished.
EUROPE. Persecution at Geneva.—This city, onte celebrated as the mother of the Reformation churches, and which enjoyed he labours of a Calvin and a Beza, a Turretine and a Stapfer, is now sunt in Unitarianism; and notwitha standing the exclusive claims of that sect to liberality, it is obvious that they are liberal only so long as they have not the power to oppress. The venerable company of Geneva pastors have drawn up certain articles prohibiting any minister to preach on the Divinity of our Lod, original sin, and other fundamental doctrines; and such ministers as adhere to the doctrines of the cross, have been, and continue to be the victims of the most illiberal persecution. Of these Mr. Malan appears to be the most distinguished. Though of the most eminent talents, unwearied benevolence, and fervent piety, yet because he continues in the face of all opposition, to preach salvation through a divine Saviour, he has been deposed from his office as regent of the College, deprived of his ministerial character in the church, and subjected to every injury and petty insult which the Arian, Socinian and Pelagian ministers could invent, to gratify their malignant feelings. Under the protection of government, however, he continues to preach in a small chapel without the walls.-A year or two ago, he visited Scotland, and at the meeting of the United Associate Synod in September last, was received into the fellowship of that body.
At Edinburgh a society has been formed to co-operate with that in Glasgow, for promoting the spiritual interests of Scottish settlers in the British provinces of North America. The Edinburgh petition to Parliament for the mitigation of Slavery in the West Indies has received about sixteen thousand sig
ASIA. Bombay is a small Island on the west coast of Hindostan, but very important as a missionary station. A mission was first established here in 1813, which has been subjected to numerous échanges and bereavements. Yet with the good hand of God upon them they continue to persevere. They have translated and printed most of the New Testament, and portions of the Old, into the Mahratta language, which is spoken by twelve millions of pagan idolaters in Bombay and the adjoining country. In August last, wnnected with the mission there were 35 Schools; containing 2000 children. A greater number than there has been at any former period.
Otaheite. The progress of the gospel in these Islands of the Sea, is truly astonishing. A letter dated at Hidia, in Otaheite, in September last, states, that the number of adults who have offered themselves fa baptism is 247, of whom I have baptized 139. Our church consists of 69 members, 40 of whom were received into communion at other stations. The attendance of the people on the Sabbath day is good. Nearly all inhabiting a space of 20 miles, (viz 10 on each side of the station,) attend, in numbē's between 500 and 600. A spacious chapel is building; it is plastered and nearly floored, but not seated. The school is increased from 100 to nearly 210. In the adult school, which assembles every morning excepting Saturday, from 200 to 300 attend. I am going on with my Taheitan Dictionary, an 1 have begun the translation of the prophecy of Hosea.
Sandwich Islands.--The most gratifying intelligence respecting the progress of christianity continues to be received from these Islands. In the Island of Mawaii there are 40 schools in operation, containing an aggregate of not less than 800 scholars; about one half of these is in the village of Lahaina. In this place not fewer than 50 families regularly maintain family worship evening and morning. Three native female prayer meetings have been established. Mr. Richards mentions that 6 churches are now building in the Island. As a proof of the zeal of the natives in their erection, the boards in some instances, have been brought 25 miles on men's backs. A building has been completed at Lahaina, ninety feet by twenty-fou', a little higher than a che story house in America. It was opened for worship in July last, and on the evening previous, a herald was sent through the village crying as he went, To morrow we enter the new house of prayer. In trat house all noise is forbudden, all laughter, all talk, all whispering. No dog shall enter it, and no child that will make a noise ; no tobacco pipe shdl be carried there, and after meeting, all the people shall retire in silence.” From that time the church has every Sabbath been completely filled with attentive audiences, “Blessed indeed, is Lahaina” are the words often on the lips of the natives; and we would respond,
Blessed be the Lord for what Lahaina is.” It is only two years since the mission was first established at this place.
The Rev. Mr. Stewart who went out as a missionary, in 1822, and to whom wc are indebted for much interesting intelligence, has been under the necessity of returning with Mrs. Stewart, whose health is in a very precarious state. Ise is expected at New-York by the next arrival fiom Liverpool.
Ceylon. The last intelligence from Oodooville, in this Island, states, that there is now at that place a Female Boarding School. Thirteen native Free Schools, a decent place of worship, a respectable congregation, and a little church.
Burmah.—The situation of the missionaries in this empire since the commencement of the war, has been distressing and critical in the highest degree. That war is now closed. Merque, Java, Zea, and Arracan, are ceded to the British. Ava is to receive a Resident, and Rangoon a Consul. We sincerely hope that this, through the prayers of the churches, will turn out for the furtherance of the gospel in that benighted region.
AFRICA. Bethelsdorp, 500 miles east of Cape Town. Here a new place of worship, has been erected for the Hottentots, at the opening of which,
about 500 were present, to hear the word of salvation. In the end of 1821 Dr. Phillips who has the superintendence of the Society's Missions in the colooy, visited this station, and made the following communication to the society : I can now meet the calumniators of wissions, and the enemies of the Hottentots on their own ground, and challenge them to shew me, in any part of the world, a people more capable of being improved than the abused Hottentots of South Africa, or attempts at civilization more complete in their success than what may now be seen at Bethelsdorp.
Freetown.—The mission at Freetown, Sierra Leone, under the Church Missionary Society is represented as in a prosperous condition. This year, three missionaries, three schoolmasters, and one schoolmistress have been added to the mission.
Liberia.—The last accounts from Liberia represent the colony as in a flourishing state. Two new settlements had been made, and the natives were on terms of good faith with the emigrants. On the 17th of February the brig Vine arrived from Boston with colonists, having taken out the Rev. Mr. Holton a missionary, the Rev. Mr. Sessions, agent to the colony, and Mr. Force, a printer. The colony was overjoyed at their safe arrival." A journal under the title of the 'Liberia Herald' had commenced. Subsequent accounts mention the death of Mr. Sessions and Mr. Force, after a short illness.
AMERICA. The anniversaries of the American Religious and Charitable Institutions which took place in May, renders the intelligence under this head voluminous and interesting; a very brief notice of these is all that we can propose, observing the order of their celebration. Our extracts are made chiefly from the New-York Religious Chronicle.
New-York Sunday School Union Society.--This institution held its Meeting on the 9th. The following statements are prepared from the Report.
The Schools connected with this Union have increased to the number of sisty, of which the folowing general statement, is believed to be correct;
The number of male conductors is 538; female conductors, (belonging to this Union) 236.
Of these 417 are professors of religion ; the remaining 357 are not professors.
There are of scholars—white boys, 3096; coloured boys, 326; coloured adults
, 94. White girls, 1325; coloured girls, 103; coloured adults, 57; Total number of scholars, 5001.
American Home Missionary Society. This society held its first meeting on the tenth. The object of it is to assist feeble congregations and to spread the gospel among the destitute within the limits of the United States.” A constitution was agreed upon, and recommended to the United Homestic Missionary Society, for adoption at their ensuing Meeting.
American Tract Society.-With the nature and objects of this society, our readers are already acquainted From its first annual Report the following intelligence is collected. The publishing committee have, during lhe year, approved of 185 tracts, comprising six volumes of 400 pages; the whole number printed by the Society is 697,900; comprising, exclusive of ishing Auxiliaries, the Female Tract Society of this city, the Young Men's Tract Society, and the Auxiliary Tract Society of Utica stand pre-eminent.
The whole sum received by the Society for publishing Tracts, during the past year, is $10,158 79.-Of this sum $3,233 22, have been received from Branches, Auxiliaries, benevolent individuals and institutions for Tracts sold ; $2,431 have been received from 36 Life Directors ; $2,307 by 115 Life Members, and $2,187 consist of annual subscriptions, donations, &c. &c. The whole sum expended by the Society is $10,129 86 ; leaving a balance of $28 92 remaining in the treasury.
American Bible Society --The tenth anniversary of this institution was celebrated, on the 11th. in the Dutch church, Nassau-street, New-York ; the room in the City Hotel being found to be to small. At the meeting of delegates, at the Society's house, on the preceding day, many very interesting facts, respecting the want of Bibles, were stated. The prosperity of the Society continues undiminished, and its usefulness daily extends. The usual resolutions were passed.
"From the official statements we learn that there have been printed by the Society in the tenth year of its labours, English Bibles—28,250; French-2,000; Spanish—4,000 ; English Testaments—44,750 ; French-2,000; making 31,000. The amount of the nine preceding years was, 451,902; making since the Society's first organization, a total of 532,902, upwards of half a million copies. The isues of the past year were of both Bibles and Testaments, 67,134 ; of the nine years anterior, 372,913. Total issues of ten years, 440,047. In this amount were embraced 5,386 copies in Spanish. Au edition Of 2000. pocket Bibles now in the press.
The nett receipts of the year were $51, 489 94; of last year, $44,833 08. Difference, $6,566 86 ; nett payments, $48,346 66.
The gratuitous issues have reached the amount of 16,547 Bibles and Testaments, valued at $10,541 88.
Fifty-four new Auxiliaries have been added-making the whole number recognised 506."
Presbyterian Education Society. This Society held its eighth anniversary meeting on the 11th. Its object is, to assist young men in an obtaining education preparatory to the ministry. The report states, that,
“As reports from all the branches of the Society have not been received ; it is impossible to ascertain precisely the number of students under the patronage of the Society. Judging, however, from what have been received, and from former reports, the number is estimated at about 125.
The balance in the treasury at the last anniversary, was $225 91, and there have been received since $1,371 13, making in all, $1,597 04. Of this, there have been appropriated to the aid of beneficiaries under the care of different auxiliary societies and executive comn.ittees, and for other purposes, $1,400 28, leaving a balance in the treasury of $196 76.”
American Jews Society. This Society instituted for ameliorating the conclition of converted Jews, has entirely failed in the attainment of this object. At their meeting on the 12th, a report was read which was not accepted. The reasons for rejecting it appeared to be, partly a reluctance to detail more fully the disappointments the Society has encountered during the past year, and partly an objection to the manner in which the document was prepared. After a protracted meeting, during which a good deal of warmth was manifested, the Society adjourned; having effected nothing except the choice of a new set of officers, elected by a close ballot. “It appears that nearly $8,600. have been received by the Society the last year, and that the expenditures have ex ceeded $7,000, leaving in the treasury a balance of $15,512. As no line of proceeding has been determined on for the ensuing year, it is supposed that these funds will be accumulating by investment, till some clearer indications of the measures best adapted to promote the grand design of the institution, shall be apparent."