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by our situation, nor by our crimes, to tant question. Higher praise than aspire to this guilty pre-eminence. I

this we need not bestow. But we am fully persuaded, that a few of our brethren have duly reflected on the may propose some serious ques strong resemblance which subsists be- tion:twixt the pretensions of the Church of Rome, and the principles implied in

1. Is it not a lamentable thing strict communion ; both equally intol- that Christian brethren should so erant, the one armed with pains and far overlook the spirit of their repoenalties, the other, I trust, disdaining ligion as to “ fall out by the way," such aid ; the one the intolerance of power, the other of weakness."

and divide into hostile parties on “A tender consideration of human account of differences of opinion, imperfection is not merely the dictate while no one on either side can of revelation, but the law of nature, exemplified in the most striking man

show that the peculiar belief of his ner, in the conduct of him whom we all profess to follow. How wide the inter- New Testament enjoined as a con

own party is any where in “ the val wbich separated his religious knowledge and attainments from that of his dition of salvation ?” disciples ; he, the fountain of illumina- 2. Is it not a fact that in most tion, they encompassed with infirmities. of the theological controversies, But did he recede from them on that acoount? No: he drew the bond of the supposed importance of the union

closer, imparted successive doctrines io dispute has resulted streams of effulgence, till he incorpor- from the heat of party zeal ? ated his spirit with theirs, and elevated them into a nearer resemblance of him.

3. Can any thing be more griev. self. In imitating by our conduct to. ous to an enlightened and bepevowards our mistaken brethren this great lent mind, than to see professed exemplar, we cannot err. By walking Christians of different sects mulutogether with them as far as we are agreed, our agreement will extend, our ally censuring and reproaching differences lessen, and love, which re

one another, while they can corjoiceth in the truth, will gradually open our hearts to higher and nobler inspir. dially unite in supporting the most ations.

fatal error which ever found a “ Might we indulge a hope, that not place in the mind of man-the eronly our denomination, but every other description of Christians, would act up

ror of public war ? Is there not on these principles, we should hail the reason to suspect that the hostile dawn of a brighter day, and consider it passions which have been indulg. as a nearer approach to the ultimate triumph of the church, than the annals

ed in theological controversies, of time have yet recorded. In the ac- have been the principal cause why complishment of our Saviour's prayer, this worse than Egyptian darkwe should behold a demonstration of the divinity of his mission, which the

ness has so long prevailed in most impious could not resist; we should Christendom ? behold in the church a peaceful haven, 4. Can it be denied that for inviting us to retire from the tossings and perils of this unquiet ocean, to a

ages the contending sects of Chrissacred inclosure, a sequestered spot, tians have conducted towards each which the storms and tempests of the other, as though a belief in human world were not permitted to invade."

creeds were of greater importance The whole pamphlet is such as than that “meek and quiet spirit, might have been expected from which is in the sight of God of the distinguished talents and elo- great price ?” quence

of Mr. Hall, when engag. 5. Is it not to be lamented that, ed on the right side of an impor- at this day, any ministers of relig

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ion should be disposed to erect an attempt to establish an INQUIEcclesiastical Tribunals, which SITION in Massachusetts. Such would be calculated to lon Tribunals will not long endure the and to increase the spirit of hos- light of the sun of righteousness, tility among christians, and to or the sun of peace. keep their eyes closed in respect We doubt not that the advo. to the ways of wisdom, the paths cates for Tribunals imagine that of peace

they will be of great service to the But such are my views of the cause of religion ; but others beprobable consequences of the pro. lieve, that kuowledge and truth, ject to its advocates-should it go love and peace, have no need of into operation-that; were I a such means either for protection “determined enemy” to those min. or advancement,

and that such isters, and of a disposition to be engines are adapted to no better gratified with such military enter.. purposes, than to destroy religious prizes, I should rejoice to see the liberty, to protect ignorance and tribunals organized. For I am error, and to cherish and perpetumuch out in my calculations, if ate warring passions among those “the night is” not too “far spent" who should be 'distinguished by for ministers of religion of any party to acquire much renown by

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The Editor gratefully acknow- this character, the subject of war ledges the receipt of fifteen num- is brought under examination; its bers of “ The Philanthropist,” causes, its crimes and its miseries loaned by a friend. This inter- are ably exposed. The friends esting work is published in Lon- of peace, therefore, in this coundon, quarterly, and promises to try, may calculate ou receiving be eminently useful in the cause great encouragement in the laudaof religion and bumanity. It is a ble enterprize from the coopera* Repository for hints and sugges- tion of powerful writers on the tions calculated to promote the other side of the Atlantic. The comfort and happiness of man :" following curious article from the it gives an animating view of the Philanthropist we transcribe with various institutions, and the multi- pleasure :plied exertions in Great Britain and other parts of Europe, which are adapted to the purposes of diffusing useful knowledge, im- Who, that takes an accurate proving the human character, and view of what has passed of late preventing or alleviating human years in Europe, can doubt that suffering. As might naturally war has raged with more destruchave been expected in a work of tion and sanguinary effect in this


nineteenth century of the Chris- resent an injury or an affront, tia, æra, than in any other age of whether it relates to a privilege of the world ? And that amongst na- traffic, or to firing a gun, by pluntions professing the Christian re- ging into hostility and war,-enligion,—a religion with the prin- tailing death and misery on thousciples of which, war and all its hor- ands and tens of thousands of hurors are totally inconsistent ! man beings—to say nothing of the

Is not such outrageous violation wanton waste of treasure exacted of that system, which speaks peace from the hard-earned property of on earth and good will to men, to laborious industry-and at length be referred to this source ? name- as to the cause of dispute, are glad ly, that amongst potentates and to leave off where they began. governments there exists no su- This, then, being the state of preme, paramount, or controlling things existing in our own times, power, which has the effect of it is obviously an irrefutable placing them in a state of civiliza- truth, that there is no such thing lion like their respective subjects ? existing on the face of the earth as

In a community that is civiliz- a Christian government, strictly ed, men are not allowed to avenge speaking; and whilst governments their own cause in case of injury continue to exist in their present or injustice; that is to say, to be savage state, without any controljudge, jury and executioner in ling power that shall bring their their own cause; the law is to de- injuries to an equitable and effeccide and redress. But what is the tive adjudication, wars will conactual state of the case in this en- tinue to rage, be the religious pro lightened age of the world ? fession of nations what it may. Potentates and governments,

IRENIUS. like the savages of the wilderness,



From the Harrisburg Federalista
SWEET to the soul the parting ray,

That usherz placid evening in;
When with the still expiring day,

The Sabbath’s peaceful hours begin ;
How grateful to the anxious breast,
The sacred hours of holy rest.
I love the blush of vernal bloom,

When morning gilds night's sullen tear,
And dear to me the mournful gloom
Of autumn,

“ Sabbath of the year;"
But purer pleasures, joys sublime,
Await the dawn of HOLY TIME.

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Hush'd is the tumult of the day,

And worldly cares and business cease ;
While soft the vesper breezes play,

To hymn the glad return of peace ;
O season blest, O moments given !
To turn the vagrant thoughts to heaven.
What though involv'd in lurid night,

The loveliest charms of nature fade!
Yet, mid the gloom, can heavenly light,

With joy the contrite soul pervade ;
O then, Great Source, of light divine,
With beams etherial, gladden mine.
Oft as these hallowed hours shall come,

O raise my thoughts from eartbly things
And bear nie to my heavenly home

On living Faith's immortal wings
'Till the last gleam of life decay,
In one eternal SABBATH Day!

f" The following beautiful Sonnet, by the late Dr. Leyden, is the germ of the most poetical part of Graham's Poem, called “The

Sale bath."]


Hail to the placid, venerable morn,
That slowly wakes, while all the fields are still;
A pensive calm on every breeze is borne,
A graver murmur gurgles from the rill,
And echo answers softer from the hill,
While soster sings the linnet from the thorn,
The sky-lark warbles in a tone less shrill,
Hail ! light serene! hail ! holy Sabbath morn.

The gales that lately sighed along the grove,
Have hush'd their downy wings in dead repose,
The rooks float silent by in airy droves,
The sun a mild, but solemn lustre throws;
The clouds that hovered slow, forget to move ;
Thus smil'd the day, when the first morn arose.



Fourth Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the Boston So


for the Religious and Moral Improvement of Seamen.

THE Executive Committee of the way to the heart ; some good, and perBoston Society for the Religious and haps not a little, may be done. We do Moral Improvement of Seamen, re- not anticipate the production of effects, spectfully report :

which will be imposing ; which will That since the last annual meeting, soon excite general attention. But the opportunities of exertion in proino- many of the most important religious ting the objects of the society, have and moral impressions which are made been more favourable than in any year upon men, are known only to him who since its formation.

A year of peace

receives them, and to the searcher of and of active commerce, has given em- hearts. ployment to the great mass of our sea. Your committee have to report, that men, on the element which they love ; since the last annaal meeting, they have and has placed them in circumstances, published, the best suited to the impression of re- « Prayers for seamen, social and priligious and moral truth upon their vate, to be used at sea.” 2,000) copies. minds. During the late war, our frig. “ An address to masters of vessels, ates were supplied with traets, as were on the importance of promoting the also the few merchant vessels which religious and moral improvement of left our harbours; and by various means, their seamen”

1,000 copiese they were widely distributed among our 6 The Life Boat"

2,000 copies. sailors on shore. But it was peculiarly “Home; or a short account of Charles our hope, in the commencement of our Grafton”

2,000 copies. efforts in this cause, that while our sai. At the beginning of this year, many lors were at sea, we might in some of our former tracts remained on hand. measure at least prepare them, with But such has been the demand for them, better principles and resolutions to that nearly all, except of the last which ineet the temptations, which they have we have published, have been distributo encounter on the land ; that we ted. Through the attention of General might there point out to them the path Dearborn, every vessel which clears at of duty, of safety and of happiness, and the custom house has a parcel of tracts, give them encouragement to enter and with a circular to masters requesting pursue it. And we are still sanguine in their agency, in distributing them to the belief, great as are the obstacles their sailors; and your committee avail which are to be overcome, that very themselves of this opportunity, of regreat good may be effected, in this large newing their thanks to Gen. Dearborn, and useful class of our citizens. We for the interest which he has taken in have been repeatedly assured by those, the objects of the society, and for the on whom we can place the most entire very important aid which he has given reliance, even of the eager reception of in their execution. our tracts by seamen ; and we have nev. Even if it should be doubted, whether heard of an instance, in which they er any elevation is to be given to the who received them, bave treated them characters of common sailors, or whethwith levity. A great object therefore er any serious attention can be excited has been secured. It is proved, that in them to the principles and duties of tracts, written for their use, will be religion, we may ask, whether someread, and even sought by sailors; and it thing should not be hazarded for an obis at least probable, that in frequently ject, which, if accomplished, will be meeting wit important principles and acknowledged of very great importance? sentinients, in books in which they are Whether efforts are not demanded for sufficiently interested, to seek 'their a class of men, by their course of life pleasure in reading them, some of these excluded from the ordinary means of principles and sentiments will find their ipprovement, and to whose privations

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