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Elisha Clap, A. M. Treasurer. the favour, that thou bearest unte
Rev. Samuel Ripley, Sce’ry, thy people,” &c. and eight Trustees. The object of this Society is, to promote the In the evening the Rev. Ezra knowledge and practice of religion, Ripley, of ncord, preached the by the publication and distribution second sermon in Boston, before of religious tracts. The subscrip- Phe Evangelical Missionary Society, tion is two dollars annually.
in the Old South Church, from John The preacher, for the next anni. iv. 35. Say not ye, there are yet versary, is Dr. Richmond, of Stough four months, and then cometh the ton; and for the succeeding, the harvest,” &c. Rev. Wm. E. Channing, of Boston. This Society was instituted at
Lancaster, in 1807, and was the first In the evening of the same day, to adopt the plan of locating Misthe Rev. Elisha Fiske, of Wrenth- sionaries, instead of having them am, preached the seventeenth an- itinerants, as is the usual practice. nual sermon before The Massachu- Officers chosen at the last annual setts Missionary Society, in the Old meeting, in October, at Shrewsbury. South Church, from Nehemiah. "I Hon. Elijah Brigham, President. am doing a great work; so that I Rev. Ezra Ripley, V. President. cannot come down. Why should Rev. Nathl. Thayer, C. & R. Sec. the work cease, whilst I leave it, Hon. Benj. Heywood, Treasurer. and come down to you ?”
The President and Vice-PresiOn the morning of the General dent, ex officio, Rev. Aaron BanElection, the Rev. Joshua Bates, croft, D. D. Rev. Reuben Puffer. of Dedham, preached the annual D. D. Rev. Richard R. Eliot, Rev. sermon before The Society for pro- Asa Packard, Rev. Isaac Allen, moting Christian Knowledge, from Hon. Joseph Allen, Deacon Jobn John xvii. 17. “ Sanctify them White, Deacon Moses Coolidge, through thy truth."
Thoinas W. Ward, Esq. Isaac Fiske, Oficers of the Society. Esq. and Mr. Josiah Bridge. Eliphalet Pearson, LL. D. Pres. The next annual meeting, will be Rev. Ab. Holmes, D.D. V. Pres. in the Chapel of Harvard Univer.. Dr. James P. Chaplin, Treas. sity, 2d of October, at which the Mr. Oliver Brown, Clerk.
Rev. Isaac Allen, of Bolton, is to Rev. Jed. Morse, D. D. Sec'ry. preach. The Rev. Wilkes Allen, of Mr. Jacob A. Cummings, Libra. Chelmsford, is second preacher. Mr. Henry Homes, Auditor, Any person may become a memDirectors,
ber of this Society, by paying two The above, with Rev. William dollars annually in aid of the InstiGreenough, Rev.John Codman, Rev. tution. Samuel Gile, Rev. Joshua Huntington, Caleb Gannett, Esq. Deacon The Massachusetts Convention of William Hilliard,
Congregational Ministers met, on the The next preacher is, Rev. Da- 29th and 30th of May. niel Dana, D. D. of Newburyport. The Bey. John Pierce was re
chosen Scribe, and Rev. Charles At the General Election, the Rev. Lowell, Treasurer. John Thornton Kirkland, D. D. On Thursday, the Rey. William LL. D. President of Harvard Uni- E. Channing, preached the annual versity, preached from Psalm cvi. sermon before Convention, from 4,5. “ Remember me, O Lord, with · Isaiah ii, 4. · Nation shall not litt
up sword against nation ; neither
Select Committee. shall they learn war any more." Samuel Salisbury, Esq. Jedediah
The collection, after sermon, was Morse, D. D. Alden Bradford, Esq. $663 05 for the benefit of the widows Mr. James White, Rev. Charles and orphans of deceased ministers. Lowell, with the President, Secre
Among the most important arti- tary, and Treasurer. cles of business, transacted at this The Rev. William Greenough, of Convention, were the following: Newton, is to preach before the
A Committee of sixteen was ap- Society, in First Church, the first pointed to inquire into the provision Thursday in November. Dr. Fosinade in the Manufactories of this ter, of Brighton, is second preacher. Commonwealth for the instruction, and moral and religious improve- The Society for the suppression of ment of the children employed in Intemperance met on Friday, the them, and report next year.
31st of May, Rev. Jesse Apple. An address to the publick was ton, D. D. President of Bowdoin voted to be printed, being an at- College, delivered the annual adtempt to correct the publick mind dress. on the subject of war:
Oficers chosen. A Committee of seven was ap- Hon. Nathan Dane, President. pointed to consider, whether any Eliphalet Porter, D.D.) ineasures, and if any, what may be Hon. Arteinas Ward, V.Pres. usefully adopted by the Convention Hon. Samuel Haven, to discountenance and suppress the Rev. Jos. M.Kean, LL.D. C. Sec. great evil of intemperance, in the Mr. John Tappan, Recording Sec. use of spirituous liquors'; to consult
Counsellors. with any Committee, that may be Rev. Dr. Worcester, Rev. Abiel appointed by the Massachusetts So- Abbot, Rev. Dr. M·Kean, Rev. ciety for the suppression of intem- Joshua Bates, Rev. Charles Lowell, perance, and with such gentlemen Hon. Richard Sullivan, Professor in civil life, as may be thought pro- Levi Hedge, Jeremiah Evarts, Esq. per, and report the result of their
The person chosen to deliver the deliberations and consultations at
next annual discourse, is Dr. Worthe next anvual meeting of this cester of Salem. After him, the Convention.
Rev.Wm. E. Channing is to officiate. The Rev. Dr. Hyde, of Lee, is to preach the next year. The second
On Monday, third of June, The preacher is the Rev. Dr. Ware,' Ancient and Honourable Artillery Hollis Professor of Divinity in Coinpany held their 178th anniverHarvard University.
The Rev. Paul Dean preached
from Romans xiii. 4. In the afternoon, The Society for propagating the gospel among the On Thursday, 6th of June, The Indians and others, in North-Ame- Bible Society of Massachusetts, held rica, held their annual meeting, and its seventh annual meeting. elected
The Rev. John Pierce, of BrookHis Hon. Wm. Phillips, Pres. line, preached from Galatians vi. 9. Eliphalet Porter, D. D. V. Pres. “Let us not be weary in well doAbiel Holmes, D. D. Secry. ing; for in due season we shall reap, Rev. Wm. E. Channing, As. Sec. if we faint not," on the motives to Sanuel H. Walley, Esq. Treas. unwearied perseverance in distriMr. Josiah Salisbury, V. Treas. buting the scriptures.
There was a contribution of two
Ordinations. hundred and twenty-six dollars. June 5th, Rev. Joseph W. Curtis,
over the First Church, in NorthOfficers.
Yarmouth. Introductory prayer, His Hon. Wm. Phillips, Pres. by Rev. William Jenks. of Bath ; Rev. John T. Kirkland, D. D. sermon by Rev. E. Payson, of PortLL. D. Vice-President.
land, from 2d Corinthians v. 20; orRev. Samuel C. Thacher. C. Sec. daining prayer by Rev. T. Lancaskev. Join Pierce, Record. Sec'ry. ter, of Serborough ; charge. by Mr. John Tappan, Treasurer. Rev. S. Ealon, of Harpswell; right Mr. John Grew, Assistant Treas. hand, by Pev. J. Scott, of Minot; Trusiees.
concluding prayer, by the Rev. D. Dr. Freeman, Dr. Porter, Dr. Thurston, of kinthrop. Holmes, Dr. Baldwin, Rey, Charles May 15, at Bethlehem, ConnectiLowell, Rev. Joshua Huntington, cut, Rev. Johu Langdon. At the Samuel Salisbury, Esq. Hon. Wil- same time two Missionaries, Steliam Brown, Hon. Isaac Parker, Hon. phen Mason and Herman Halsey, to Peter C. Brooks, John Tucker, Esq. labour in the State of Kentucky. Joseph Hurd, Esq. Samuel Park- In Dracut, Rev. William Gould, man, Esq. Joseph May, Esq. Henry over the First Church in that place. Hill, Esq. Deacon John Simpkins, Hon. Thomas Dawes, Hon. Dudley
Died at New-Mills, New Jersey, Rev. William E. Channing,
Rev. Joseph Stratton, pastor of the Rev. Francis Parkman,
Baptist Church in that place. Mr. Edward Tuckerman, Jun.
In Richmond, Virginia, William Marshall, Esq. Clerk of the Federal
Court for that District. The “ Board of Commissioners of
In Amesbury, of hydrophobia, the Society in Scotland, for promoting Christian Knowledge," have
Mr. Francis Chase, aged 30. He
was bitten about the middle of not been obtained.
March by a heifer, which was sup
posed to have been previously bitten Bible Sociсties.
by a mad dog. The Newark Bible Society has In Philadelphia, Peter M. Potter. become auxiliary to the American His death was occasioned by a moBible Society, agreeably to the pro- ral hydrophobia-he was killed in a visions of the third article.
duel. The New-York Auxiliary Bible At Norwich, Connecticut, Miner Society has also yoted to pay over Babcock was executed for murder ; to the National Society its surplus and the Thursday following was apmonies, after supplying its own dis- pointed for the execution of Peter trict. The West-Chester Bible So- Lung, at Middletown, in the same ciety has passed a similar vote. State.
The Albany Bible Society has Suppose every man should be exbecome auxiliary to the National. ecuted, who has been guilty of shedSociety, and voted a donation of ding innocent blood; how greatly $500 to its fiinds.
would this diminish the population The Philadelphia Female Bible of Christendom! But while a few Society have also voted $500 to the are hanged for such crimes, thousNational Society.
ands are trained up to the business The constitution of the Plymouth by the rulers of nations, and are and Norfolk Bible Society is omit- paid and praised for the murders ted for want of room.
The siege of Jerusalem lasted the passover. As the multitude only five months. But from the of foreign Jews augmented the immense strength of the place, number inclosed within the walls and the desperation of the inha- of the city, they also increased bitants, it expected to the famine and the pestilence. sustain a much longer resist- Our Lord also had said, “They
According to the testi- shall fall by the edge of the mony of Roman historians, near- sword, and shall be led away ly a million of Jews perished with- captive into all nations.” The in the walls; and Josephus sup- trath of this prediction and its posed a still greater number. accomplishment, we have no oc
Titus, the Roman general, after casion to prove, by quoting authe conquest of the city, exclaim- thorities. Our Saviour added, ed—“We have fought with the “ And Jerusalem shall be trodden assistance of God; it was God down by the Gentiles, until the who drove the Jews out of these times of the Gentiles shall be fortifications : for what could the fulfilled.” In agreement with band of man effect against such this prediction, Jerusalem has works."
been subject to the Romans, the Our Saviour had said, “ Ex- Saracens, the Egyptians, the cept those days should be short- Mamelukes, the Franks, and the ened, there should no flesh be sa- Turks. The Jews have never ved; but for the elect's sake those possessed it, and they still remain days shall be shortened.” Matt. distinct and dispersed among all 24. 22. The providential cir- nations. It is also never to be cumstances which seem to have forgotten, that contrary to the shortened the time of the siege, usual practice of the Romans were such as these-the intestine and to the will of Titus, who divisions among the Jews, the made exertions to preserve it! wanton destruction of provisions the city was entirely destroyed. by the opposite factions, and the They dug up the walls, they vast number of foreign Jews, who ploughed up the foundations of had come to Jerusalem to attend the temple : and the only mopuVol. IV. No. 8.
ments left of the metropolis were Lord, how unsearchable are thy sume towers, which were suffered judgments ! and thy ways past to stand, as proof of the im- finding out ! who bath known the pregnable nature of the works, mind of the Lord, or who hath and the courage of the besiegers. been his counsellor !" For said our Lord, “ Thine ene- But some
unbeliever may mies shall lay thee even with the ask, what is your authority for ground, and they shall not leave believing the minute fulfilment one stone upon another which of these extraordinary predicshall not be tbrown down.” tions? We answer, that we have “ Behold your house is left unto the same kind of evidence in you desolate.”
support of the facts wbich have The destruction of Jerusalem been stated, that we have for betook place thirty-seven years after lieving that there was such a the crucifixion of our Saviour. city as Jerusalem, and that this This accords with his prediction.city was destroyed—the testimony —“Verily I say unto you, this of reputable historians. Read generation shall not pass away the history of Josephus, then lay till all these things be accom- your hand upon your heart and plished. Heaven and earth shall say, whether any facts can be betpass away, but my words shall ter substantiated. Josephus was not pass away." Although he a Jew, but not a Christian. He limited the time to that “ gene- wrote his history of the conquest ration,” he did not foretell pre- of Jerusalem, not under preposcisely the day or the year-“ But sessions in favour of Christianity, of that day and hour knoweth no and was probably ignorant of the man, no, nor the angels which predictions of our Saviour. He are in heaven, neither the Son, was an eye witness of the calamibut the Father.” The precise ties which befel bis nation ; day had not then been revealed and while he records them, he to him, but the event was to take attempts to account for their unplace while some of that genera- paralleled greatness, by describtion should be living. The un- ing the wickedness of the people. certainty as to the day orthe year, His history is confirmed by the was a strong argument for vigi- publick register to which he conlance on the part of the disci- fidently appeals; by the testimoples, and hence the propriety of ny of Vespasian, to whom his the
reiterated injunctions, to book was presented, and it has watch, to pray, and to be always all the marks of authenticity ready.
which any parrative can be supT'he circumstances which have posed to exhibit. But even if been mentioned, are not even the the history of Josephus had not larger part of those which might come down to us, the Roman be enumerated and confirmed by historians would have been suffi. undisputed histories. But on a cient to bave confirmed the escareful review of those which sential parts of the prediction. have been mentioned, who will It is perhaps not too much to say, not be ready to exclaim-"O that there is no other portion of