Images de page

themselves upon our attention.- correspondence. This is laying the The great Missionary interest, so axe to the root of the tree. Should cheering to benevolent minds, Peace societies be extensively esseems to be extending its influence tablished, heroes and conquerors to all the villages and countries of will no more be allowed to wade to the Christian world. The growing thrones through the blood of their zeal and opulent means of Bible people; the silver trumpet of the Societies give hopeful promise, that Gospel will not be drowned in the the word of God, at no distant peri- clangour of war, nor the soldiers of od, may be read in all the lan- the cross be driven from their pivus guages of mankind. That the next labours by the legions of tyrants.generations of the world, and the In connexion with these things, great mass of the people, even in when we recollect the prophecies Christian nations, will become more and promises of Divine Revelation, enlightened and humanized, may be our faith almost rises to assurance, sanguinely anticipated from the that the day makes haste, when multiplied and extending means of wars shall cease, and all shall know education, and the increasing atten- the Lord. Should Peace societies tion to intellectual and moral cul- be extended, they will be so many ture. Nor do we hesitate to ac- handmaids, or rather guardian anknowledge, that from recent decla- gels of other benevolent institutions. rations, by some of the mighty Po- Their establishment seems to be the tentates of the world, we have been commencement of a new era of powerfully excited to hope, that bope and benevolence. One of the those, who have been oppressors great purposes of the Gospel was, may ere long beeome the ministers to produce peace on earth and good of God for great good to his people. will to man. It has been devoutly You perceive, that we refer to the expected, that in the process of “ Holy League" formed by three ages, this would be the glorious reof the powerful empires of Europe, sult; hence ministers of the gospel, Russia, Austria and Prussia-in and other saints, have prayed, that wbich they recognize the Gospel of wars might cease, and the lion and Jesus, as the basis of their alliance, lamblie down together ;" but and embrace each other as brethren. this consummation, so devoutly to They, also, offer to receive all other be wished, has never been permapowers, “who wish solemnly to nently and extensively accomplishprofess the sacred principles which ed. But rulers and people are bedictated that holy alliance." Near- ginning to believe, that carrying de ly simultaneous with this great solation and murder over a country event, Peace societies were estab- is not the most reasonable method lished in the capital of Massachu- to ensure peace or

ty; no setts, and New-York, and (proba- means seems so likely to produce bly) in Great Britain, and all this universal peace, as the influence of without any previous concert or such societies.


Rxtract of a letter from a friend near London, to a friend in Nen-York.

I UNITE cordially with thee, in to the highests interest of our spehailing the many extraordinary cies in various parts of the world. symptoms of an awakened attention On the subject of war, a number noi


of our fold, have associated for the that a Peace society did really expurpose of disseminating Tracts, ist in Great Britain ; and to remove asserting its inconsistency with all apprehensions of danger from Christianity, and it began its la- the exertions of the friends of peace bours by re-printing the “Solemn in this country. Review," of which several thousand If we take into view the Holy copies are already circulated. I League or Imperial Peace society, hope its author will be encouraged the accession of Sweden and Holland to persevere in his purpose of a to that League, with what has been quarterly publication, and would done in Great Britain and in the U. willingly subscribe for ten copies of States within one year; may we not it, if the means of conveying them indulge a hope that the renown of in a private channel should pre- war bas passed the meridian, and sent."

that the time is at hand, when those The above extract is given to es- who shall choose to fight, will be intablish the fact, which we have fluenced by some other motive, for sometime believed to be true, than love of military fame.


Ordained, at Middletown, (Con.) Deacon, by Rev. Dr. Griswold, July 24, Rev. Chauncey A. Good Bishop of the Eastern Diocese. Serrich. The parts were performed in mon by the Bishop: the usual order, by Rev. Mr. Ripley In New-York, Rev. J. T. Hull, of Meriden; Rev. Mr. Goodrich of and Rev. T. C. Brownell, Deacons, Berlin.--Sermon from Heb. 13, 17-- were adinitted to the order of Rev. Dr. Lyınan, East-Haddain ; Priests, by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Rev. Mr. Selden of Chatham ; Rev. Hobart. Mr. Sunith ut Durham, and Rey. Mr. In Easthampton, Aug. 14, Rev. Merwin of New Haven.

Asa Brooks, as a Missionary to the In North-Yarmouth, July 30th, county of Randolph, Virginia, for Mr. Otis Briggs, over a Baptist one year, by the New-Hampshire Church in that place. Sermon, by Missionary society.-Sermon by the Rev. T. Baldwin, D. D. of Boston, Rev. Mr. Packard of Shelburne. from Eph. iv. 17.

At Beverly, Aug. 14, Rev. N. W. In Portland, July 31st, Mr. T. B. Williams, as pastor of the Baptist Ripley, over the Baptist Church, church in that place. Introductory in that town. Introductory prayer prayer by Rev. Mr. Grafton, Newand sermon by Dr. Baldwin.

ton; sermon by Rev. Dr. Baldwin ; Rev. Willard Preston, has been consecrating prayer, by Rev. Mr. installed pastor of the Pacifick Con- Bachelor of Haverhill; charge, by gregational Church and society in Rev. Mr. Bolles, of Salem ; right Providence.

hand, by Rev. Mr. Chaplin of DauAt St. John's church, in Provi- vers; concluding prayer by Rev. dence, Aug. 1, Rev. G. T. Chap- Mr. Collier, of Charlestown. man was adınitted to the order of

[blocks in formation]

VI. We should be excited to work, let nothing hinder us from persevere in the good work of persevering in this way of well distributing the scriptures, from doing. the consideration, that, after the VII. A further encouraging first efforts, we are prone to relax motive to the unwearied disin our exertions to do good. charge of this duty, is the won

The reason is, we often act derful union which prevails, in from the influence of feeling, advancing this interesting obrather than of principle. We re- ject. quire some powerful excitement Under a painful conviction of to call forth our active powers ; the contentions, which, in eveand as this, in the nature of ry age of the Christian Church, things, cannot be of long dura- have been excited respecting tion, wben it ceases, or becomes the doctrines of that gospel, weakened, we remit our efforts. which proclaims “ peace on earth How often have we seen good and good will toward men, objects at first supported with a it is refreshing to find one cause,

a zeal, which seemed to promise which so nearly relates to our the happiest results ?. But this commop salvation, is which we zeal has suddenly abated ; and can, for the most part, so harthe most flattering prospects moniously unite. This glorious have been disappointed.

object combines the exertions of That this may not be verified all the various sects, into which in us, with respect to the distri- christianity is divided. As if bution of the Bible, let us attend none dare show a backwardness to the many arguments, which in diffusing these means of light, prove it to be our duty ; let us

members of the Roman fix it in our minds, that it is an Catholick church, whose usual object deserving our assiduous policy has been to conceal the care; and, having begun a good scriptures from the common peoVol. IV. No. 10.



ple, have manifested a laudable midst of private and publick diszeal to retrieve their errours in asters, while struggling for all, this respect, and to provide for that is dear to humanity, and the diffusion of the sacred ora- while clouds and thick darkness eles, among all classes of the of most portentous aspect hung destitute.

over the civilized world, laid the In the accomplishment of this foundation of The British AND ohject we find a unanimity, Foreign BIBLE SOCIETY ; and which the most sanguine friends what, short of miracles of mercy, of peace despaired to witness, in has it not been instrumental in these days of confusion and of producing! From the eleventh revolution.

annual report, for May, 1815, It must be allowed, that there it appears, that it had given birth are some who doubt the expedi- to more than five hundred-auxency of this measure, who are iliary societies within the united reluctant to distribute the Bible kingdom ; that it had printed, without note or comment, doubt- or assisted in printing and cirless from the apprehension, that culating, the scriptures in fiftyit will operate to the disparage- five different languages and diament of their darling theories. lects; that it had expended three They seem to prefer, that the hundred and forty-eight thousand scriptures should not be embrac- five hundred and ninety-two ed at all, rather than that they pounds sterling, amounting to should be understood to favour one million five hundred and any sect, but their own. Hence forty-nine thousand, and three they identify their human creeds hundred dollars; and that it had with the pure and unerring dic- distributed, in various parts of the tates of inspiration. They claim world, Bibles and Testaments to for them equal respect, and ap- the almost incredible amount of pear to wish, that they may stand one million, two hundred and or fall together. It is but jus- ninety-nine thousand, two huntice to add, that of those who dred and eighty-two ! have recently published their Who can pretend to estimate opinions on this subject, the

this subject, the the sum of good, which has been members of the papal hierarchy produced, and which is likely to have not been the first nor the result from these unexampled fiercest to insist on this "hetero- acts of christian liberality ? In geneous mixture.

view of such munificence, and VIII. The good, which has in prospect of its blessed effects, already been done, and which who is not constrained to exthere is an opportunity of still claim, “ This is the Lord's dofurther accomplishing, is an ad- ing ; and it is marvellous in our ditional animating motive to eyes!” unwearied perseverance in dis- But this benevolent spirit, tributing the holy scriptures.

though enkindled in the British It is now but twelve years, nation, has not been confined since our parent country, in the within its narrow limits. . All

[ocr errors]

Europe, and various parts of can ensure and perpetuate it, is America, of Asia, and even of that national tranquility, which Africa have caught the generous is now so universally enjoyed ! flame. The missionaries, which Not only is it favourable to the have been sent forth from the control of those lusts and pasgreat centre of light and of heat sions, which are a disgrace to for imparting a kindred warmth our natures, and especially to our to other regions, have met as- profession, as christians, and an tonishing success. Nothing but impediment to our noblest plans the ample, and impartial reports, of usefulness; but it will give which have been made on this encouragement to commerce, and subject, can do it justice. Per- thus enable us to discern and to mit me however to remark, in supply the wants of our brethproof of the heavenly spirit, ren, in every part of the world, which presides over these under- who are destitute of the holy takings, that, in the midst of the oracles. late war with our parent nation, How reviving to those, who “ The British and Foreign Bible have lately been weeping over Society," with magnanimous su- the calamities of war, who have periority to the prejudices, which seen increasing reasons, and felt the vindictive temper, that ori- new motives for disseminating ginated the contest, was adapted the principles of the gospel of to excite, generously contributed peace, to witness the pacifick to the funds of several of our instrument, which has been resister societies in this land ; and cently issued by three of the that, in the same pacifick spirit, most powerful potentates in the our Society, with the aid of our north of Europe ! We will not benevolent fellow citizens, re- suffer any infidel suggestions to funded the amount of captures, interrupt our hope and our belief, which the rapacity of our priva- that it is a token for good, that teers had made of Bibles and the late tremendous war of deTestaments appropriated to gra- solation has been instrumental, tuitous distribution. The inter- under Providence, of awakening change of christian sympathies* men in the most exalted stations and congratulations, which these to its absurdities, its miseries, its transactions occasioned, do equal enormities, and that, under the honour to their authors, to the influence of the Prince of peace, institution of Bible Societies, it is about to lead contending and to the cause of the gospel, powers to other modes of adjustwhich is the cause of peace and ing difficulties, than have been of love.

before adopted, and of which the How animating to the friends document, just specified, is equalof peace and of the sacred scrip- ly a novel and extraordinary spetures, which alone, under God, cimen.

* See Christian Disciple, Vol. II. p. 220, and Vol. III, p. 250. + See Christian Disciple, Vol. IV. p. 129.

« PrécédentContinuer »