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is 100, whose annual subscriptions have and the purity of the motives and reamounted to 240 dollars.
wards which it presents to man; can view Donations the past year have been without strong emotions the progress 139 dollars 11 cents, for which sum it is making in the world. A few years the Board would respectfully acknowl. since, and to the savage of our western edge their obligations to the Cent So. wilderness, and the stranger in our ciety of New Braintree for 39 dollars southern borders were alike inacces. 61 Cents, the cent Society in the West sible those waters of life, which are Parish of Brookfield for 50 dollars, for the healing of the nations-now to and the Charitable Society of New both is opened that living fountain, of Braintree and North Brookfield for which if a man taste he shall live for26. Life subscription 30.
The balance in the Treasury last year Nor is the prospect less animating was 226 dollars 25 cents. and inter. when we cast our eyes abroad, and con. est of the fund the present has been 9. template the wonders which have been Total 644 dollars 36 cents.
effected by our Christian brethren on There are yet unpaid subscriptions the other side of the Atlantic. We to the amount of 14 dollars.
there behold those vast but inauspicious Two hundred dollars have been ap- regions of Europe and India, which propriated to the establishment of a have so long experienced the inost depermanent fund.
plorable moral, and intellectual degra. The Board have expended 439 dol. dation, now gradually receiving the lars 97 cents for Bibles. Contingent impress of bumanity and of heaven, expenses have amounted to 3,30 and under the secretly operating and transthere now remains in the Treasury 109 forming influence of the Bible. We dollars.
behold the superstitious Persian, and The influence of Divine Truth is the sensual Mahommedan, the cheer. commonly like the “still small voice" less inhabitant of Siberia, and the cruel spoken of by the Prophet. We are native of Hindostan, stretching out not therefore to expect immediate and their hands to receive this best gift of splendid effects from our exertions. Heaven. And do we believe that the It is sufficient for us, that the Bible law of the Lord is perfect, converting has always proved the most effectual the soul ; that the cummandment of barrier against vice in every form, that the Lord is pure,enlightening the eyes;" it has always softened the rugged, and
» do we think that tbis law is " more reformed the vicious heart of man, to be desired than gold, yea than mucle when its influence has not been per. fine gold ;” and shall not our hearts verted by the most persevering obsti- glow with fervent desires, to contri. nacy. But the Christian must feel, bute by our prayers, as well as in every that the Bible is a blessing, whose mag. other possible way, toward its univernitude can never be estimated in this sal diffusion and success? Ah! can we world-he must feel, (viewing the sub- forget to remember before him, who ject in its awful connexions with eter- alone can make even his own word nity) that the value of that word effectual to salvation ; our brethren of which brings life and immortality to the human family, who are groping in light-which teaches immortal man the hopeless, helpless darkness of the way to Heaven, is great beyond heathenism, annihilating the tenderest conception.
sympathies of our nature, and sacrifice Who that has seen the preciousness ing even the babes of their bosoms to of Divine Truth-that has experience appease the anger of their imaginary ed its consolations when human com. deities? Forget them! where then forts have been desolated by affliction, is our zeal for human happiness! where or has heard its unerring voice cry, our boasted compassion for the wretch. "this is the way," when bewildered in ed! where our Christian sensibilities! the labyrinths of doubt and error But blessed be God! the spirit of sulwho that has discovered the sweetness pineness, which has for centuries cruof its promises, the safety of its rest, elly abandoned the heathen, in their
own and other countries, to their mis. Do not publish people's defects. crable destiny, is fast hastening away. Du not change what you have said. The christian world has awakened from Do not make loose songs. that strange slumber, which so long
Do not revile the sages.. closed its eyes to the situation, and Be most cautious with respect to su. wants of those, who were sitting in periors, relations, and the dead. the region of darkness and shadow of
IV. Beware of sloth. death, and is wondering that it slept
Do not go to sleep early and rise late. so long. The work of the Lord is
rap- Do not neglect your own field and idly going on. Who would sit idle,
plow your neighbour's. when all nature seems as it were to be
Do not run too fast after gain. travailing in birth and waiting for the
Do not learn to do that from which redemption of Zion? Who would not
there is no advantage. esteem it a privilege of no ordinary
Be most on your guard against having importance, to be permitted to lend his
the body present but mind absent. assistance in that cause which is dear to God, the cause of virtue, the cause V. Bewure of throwing away characters. of Christ.
Do not with old books roll up parcels, And let us never be weary in well nor paste the windows, doing: let us never be discouraged at Do not with useless papers boil tea, not so soon beholding the fruits of our or rub the table. efforts as we had expected that Bible Do not blot good books. we bestowed, that prayer we offered, Do not write at random against the may, even in a future day, be made doors or walls. the instrument of saving a soul, nay,
Do not destroy a rough copy. many souls from death ; and of accu- Do not throw away writing on the mulating an additional weight of bles. road. sedness for ourselves in the heavenly VI. Pay due respect to the relations world. “They that be wise shall
subsisting amongst Men. shine as the htness of the firma. Kindness is the principal duty of a fament, and they that turn many to righ- ther. teousness, as the stars forever and
Respect is the principal duty between ever.”
[Recorder. a prince and his minister.
Brothers should mutually love. THE CHINESE DECALOGUL.
A friend should speak the truth.
A husband and wife should mutually 1. Beware of lasciviousness. agree-They should be particular. Not having seen, you should not think ly careful to shew respect. of.
VII. Cleanse the ground of the heart. When seeing, there should be no irreg- Consider the doctrines of the ancients ularity.
to regulate the heart. Having seen, there should be no re.
Sit in a retired place and call bome membrance.
the heart. With respect to virgins and widows,
Be sparing of wine or pleasure, and be particularly guarded.
purify the heart. II. Beware of wicked thoughts. Reject selfish desires and purify the Do not harbor a dangerous thought. heart. It is particularly requisite to Do not put forth an irregular thought.
understand the utmost reasons of Do not remember resentment unallay- things to illuminate the heart. ed.
VIII. Establish a good manner.
Be diligent in business, and attentive
to your words. III. Beware of the errors of the Let your intentions be exalted, but mouth.
your manners humble. (Literally, Do not speak of women.
Let your mind be high, but your Do not meddle with clandestine affairs. body low.)
Be bold, yet careful. (Literally, 'Let roneous, and venerate the true, in
your liver be great, and your heart order to defend my doctrines. little.')
[Evan. Mag. Rescue men from present errors, and follow the ancients.
UTILITY OF RELIGIOUS TRAOTS. Reject the depraved, and revert to the upright.
The following Anecdotes are from Study the Sage's Nine Topics of Study.
the reports of the London Tract 1. Wben you look, study to see clearly.
Society. 2. When you listen, study to hear ful. ly.
Stockholm, April 15, 1808. 3. In your countenance, study to be My very dear Brother, placid.
Last week the first Tract was print. 4. In your appearance, study to be ed, and between two and three thouvenerable.
sand have already been dispersed and 5. In your words, study to be faithful.
sent to different parts of the country. 6. In business, study to be respectful.
We thought it best to print the little 7. In cases of doubt, study to mquire.
Tract concerning James Covey first, 8. In anger, study to recollect the diffi. It has made a very good impression culties in which you may be involved.
on the minds of many already. I have 9. In what you acquire, study to be just heard this morning that one of just.
them has found its way to the Prince Venerate the Three Things which the Royal ; he was rather diverted with Sages venerate.
the first part of it ; but when he came 1. Venerate Heaven's decrees.
to Covey's conversion, he grew very 2. Venerate magistrates.
serious, and at last burst into tears. 3. Venerate the sayings of the Sages.
Little did poor Covey think that his -Be careful not to regard every thing history, would preach the gospel in that is said.
Your's most respectfully, IX. Be attentive to your in:ercourse
J. P. with a friend. Be not inattentive from first to last. Let your inside and outside be the
From a respectable Clergyman in
the Isle of Man. Do not make a difference between the
Kirk Lonan, Jan. 15, 1811, noble and ignoble.
REV. Sir, Living or dying, be the same.
I feel it a duty incumbent on me to Let the meritorious and defective mu.
inform you of an important change tually advise.
which a Tract, published by the reliReject (the ancients) E and Hwuy, gious Tract Society, has been instru.
and serve Chung-ne (Confucious.) mental in producing in one of my aged Reject the dissipated and boisterous, parishioners. The person in question and associate with the moderate and
has already numbered his three score upright.
years and ten, and is fast advancing to You should establish yourself as a eternity. He has been through life
friend whom 10,000 ages may imi. a man of decent external deportment, tate.
rówho trusted in himself that he was X. Widely diffuse Instruction and Reno. righteous,” while he was an entire vation.
stranger to real religion, and utterly When you meet with superiors, dis.
insensible of his need of a Savior. I course of right reason.
some time ago presented him with a When you meet with equals, speak of few Religious Tracts, made up into a the rewards of good actions.
small volume, and among the rest the. Print a number of good books.
Tract "to the aged." He appeared Speak much of good actions.
highly gratified, and promised to read You should particularly oppose the er.
them carefully. Having called on hinn
within these few days, I perceived an
INAUGURATION. evident alteration in his manner and appearance. He was eagerly desir On Wednesday, April 17, the Hon. ous of conversing on his spiritual con. ISAAC PARKER, Chief Justice of Mas. cerns, and began by saying, “I con- sachusetts, was inaugurated Professor fess, before God and man, that I am
of Law at Harvard University, Cama vile and miserable sinner;" and then bridge. The usual ceremonies were taking up the little book of Tracts performed by the Rev. President which lay in the window, with tears Kirkland, and Dr. Ware. streaming from bis eyes, and with the The Professor, in an able, interest. strongest marks of penitence, he ing, and highly appropriate address, spoke nearly in these words; "This explained the object of the Professor: Tract ‘to the aged,' has opened my ship, and gave a brief account of the eyes to see myself a lost and ruined early state and gradual advancement man-oh! it has made me very wretch of jurisprudence. He shewed the im. ed; but then it has comforted too; portance of civil law to the existence for it tells me that Jesus Christ has of society, and enumerated some of saved sinners, as vile and miserable as the advantages which might be expect. I am, and has brought back wander.ed from a general knowledge of the ing souls from the very gates of hell." principle of the science
OR further conversation with him, This professorship is founded upon and from the reports of some of his
a donation made for this specific pur. neighbors, I find that deep, and I pose in 1773, by the Hon. Isaac Roy. trust an effectual and abiding change al, of Medford; which fund has been has been wrought in him. His views gradually increasing, till it is now of himself, and of the world, are en. found adequate to the expense of a tirely changed. He has begun to course of lectures annually to the unsearch the Scriptures with great ar- dergraduates. The name of the foun. dor, and to accompany the reading of der is prefixed to the professorship them with earnest prayer. I perceiv. till some more ificent benefactor ed, on inspection, that the Tract to the shall appear. aged had been so often thumbed and read, and probably wetted by the old man's tears, as to be scarcely legible.
Obituary. There is reason to hope that the Died at Eastham Rev. Ephraim Divine blessing has, in many other in. Briggs, in the 48th year of his age, stances, accompanied the visits of and 20th of his ministry. these little harbingers of salvation to In Sutton, Mass. Rev. Daniel Bach. the villages and cottages throughout eller, aged 43. the Isle of Man; but, should their in- In England, the Dowager Lady troduction among us have been suc- Hamilton, at the very advanced age of cessful only in this one instance, I will 90. Also, Lord Viscount Fitzwilliam. be bold to say, that the Society may He bas bequeathed the British Cam. consider all their labor of love in dis. bridge University 100,0001. in stock, persing of the Tracts as abundantly ten thousand proof plate prints, and a compensated.
H. S. collection of highly esteemed pictures.
Candidates for the ministry in Cambridge and its vicinity. Mr. Ed. W. Andrews, Newburyport. Mr. Thomas Prentiss, Cambridge. Mr. Francis Jackson, Cambridge. Mr. Hiram Weston, Duxbury. Mr. David Reed,
Mr. Samuel Clarke, Cambridge. Mr Joseph Allen,
Mr. Henry Ware, jun. do. Mr. Jonatban P. Dabney, do,
Mr. Rufus Hurlbut, do. Mr. Samuel Gilman, do.
FENELON, Archbishop of Cam- from France and sought an asylum bray, was born August 6th, 1651. in protestant countries. But vioIt is said that “ his early years lence and persecution were contrawere distinguished by many traits ry to the principles and spirit of both of courage and moderation Fenelon. "In a letter to a duke which were surprising in a child.” he observed That is not the While young he obtained an edu- true spirit of the gospel. The cation by which he was prepared work of God is not effected in the for usefulness and for eminence. heart by force.”-An officer of the
At 25 years of age he was or- , army consulted him to know what dained a priest in the Catholic course he should adopt with such form;, after which he spent three of his soldiers as were Hugonots. years in a state of retirement. He Fenelon answered" Tormenting then came forward and delivered and teazing heretic soldiers into a course of familiar explanations conversion will answer no ead, it of the scriptures which were high- will not succeed, it will only proly esteemed. He possessed great duce hypocrites. The converts fervour of mind in the cause of made by them will desert in religion ; and for a time he con. crowds. If an officer or any othtemplated a voyage to Canada, er person can insinuate into their that he might devote his life to the hearts, or excite in them a desire conversion of the savages ; but on of instruction, it is well ; but there reflection he relinquished the ob- should be no constraint, no indiject.
rect officiousness." Fenelon lived in the age of He advised prince Charles, son Louis XIV. who revoked the edict of James II. never to use compulof Nantz, and exposed the Hugo- sion in matters of religion.” No not dissenters to violence and human power, said he can force persecution. This barbarous pro- the impenetrable intrenchments of ceeding not only occasioned the the freedom of the mind. When death of multitudes, but the exile kings interfere in matters of religof a vast number of families. It ion, they do not protect it, they is said that 200,000 families Aed enslave it. Giye çivil liberty to Vol. IV. No. 6.