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In the promotion of these ply our own neighbours is to do great objects, which expand the but little towards the reformation heart with the noblest emotions, of the world. The process of we are called in Providence to amendment is, in the nature of contribute our aid. In addition things, gradual; and it is rational to the exertions, which are mak- to proceed from parts to the ing in the old world for the dis- whole. If we would hope to retribution of the scriptures, and form others, we must begin with the preaching of the word, among reforming ourselves. . the heathen, it is gratifying to Let us not limit our views to witness the efforts of our a supply of the destitute in our countrymen to promote these in- own land. Should we ere long valuable objects. Our BibleSo effect this ohject, there will recieties amount to about one hun. main much of more extensive dred and fifty. Besides nume- to be done. The enlightrous societies for foreign mis- ened christian will not be inacsions, and respectable annual tive, while there remains a scope contributions for translating the for his benevolence. scriptures into the languages of But suppose, that we shall not the East, we have numerous be permitted to realize in our combinations to discountenance day, the dearest wishes of our vice and to promote reformation hearts; grant, that there may of manners. While so many are

still be clouds and darkness to thus contriving various modes of hang over scenes, which are now doing good, it is devoutly to be bright and flattering. Admit, hoped, that our own amendment that we may not at present be will be effectually advanced, and allowed to discern all the pleasthat the wants of all the destitute ing results of our munificence. will, in due time, be supplied. We know, that it is the cause of

Let us not faint at the magni- God, of the Saviour, of all good tude and the difficulty of the task beings. There can be therefore proposed; “ for in due season we

no good reason, why we should shall reap, if we faint not.” We withhold our exertions.

We are sball at least perceive, for we assured, that, if we

66 be not are already beginning to witness, weary in well doing," although the good fruits of our exertions we find not on earth our amplest among those, whom our bounty , satisfaction, we shall infallibly has been sent to relieve.

be recompensed

at the resurLet us not object, that to sup. rection of the just.”

NOTICE OF THE NEW-YORK CONTROVERSY.

For a number of years past, been grieved by what appearmany reflecting Christians have ed to them a hostile spirit in

this vicinity, between professing trines of justification, atonement, Christians of different senti- and imputation, in preference ments; and perhaps no impartial to the Calvinistick. In his person will say, that all the fault opinion, “ If the mediation of has been confined to one side. Christ takes away guilt, there is Indeed this is seldom the case in nothing to pardon, and no more controversies of long continu- room for the exercise of grace, ance; and probably it is as sel- than if man had never fallen.” dom that either party is duly p. 16. He of course infers the aware of its own faults.

fallacy of that theory of reRecently our attention has demption which views our sins been called to a controversy in as debts, and says the Saviour the city of New-York. And if pays them.” But he denies the documents we have seen neither the necessity nor the may be regarded as a thermome- efficacy of the Saviour's death. ter for ascertaining the degree of Mr. Dewey appears to be a heat with which the dispute has young man of considerable ta. been conducted, there is doubt- lents and reflection. In addiless much reason to deplore the tion to this, he seems to have spirit which prevails in that re- possessed a spirit of candour and gion,-and also some reason for charity even towards those by saying, that Boston is now the whom he was expelled from the temperate, and New-York the seminary. This is apparent in torrid zone of ecclesiastical con- his reply to the letter of expultroversy.

sion. Had his Instructors posOne of the documents refer- sessed an equal share of candour, ed to we have already given would his conpexion with the in the number of the Chris- seminary have been in such a tian Disciple for July; name- manner dissolved ? ly, the Letter by which L. It is pretty evident, not only D. Dewey was excluded from from the expulsion of Mr. a Theological Seminary. Since Dewey, but from the writings writing the remarks on that of “Investigator,” the author of Letter, we have seen the Dis- “ The Triangle," that what is course by which Mr. Dewey regarded as orthodoxy in Newdrew down the displeasure of England is supposed to be “damhis Instructors. We have also nable heresy” in New-York ; seen a pamphlet entitled, “ The and that those who regard them

Triangle." From these it is selves as the orthodox of Newpretty evident, that the unpar- York “cry out” against those donable sin of Mr. Dewey con- who have adopted the Newsisted in his having adopted the England orthodoxy, delusion ! orthodoxy of New England, in heresy! blasphemy !" p. 22. In preference to the orthodoxy of the same page, in speaking of New-York. In other words, he Dr. Mason and the expulsion of adopted what are called Hopkin- Mr. Dewey, the writer represents sian views relating to the doc- that the Doctor has "cut asun

sense.

der by one expulsion,” “ The fired in squadrons and battamighty multitude of Christians lions.” He says, some other composing three fourths of that things in this connexion which I profession in the United States.” shall forbear to copy,—the reaHe adds." Had they but one son will be obvious to those neck, he would serve them as who have read the paragraph, Nero wished to serve the Ro- p. 66. mans, i. e. in an ecclesiastical

Why, it may be asked, is this He has put them all into account of a disagreable controthe snare of the devil,' and de- sy brought forward in thc Chrisclared them not to be endured, tian Disciple? We answer: It NO NOT FOR AN HOUR !"

In is done not from an apprehenp. 74, he observes—"I fully an- sion that, in itself considered, it ticipate all that will be said of will afford any true pleasure to these remarks; the contemptu- the writer or the reader; but ous slangs of Arminianism ! So- from a hope that it may be usecinianism ! Ribaldry! Slander! ful as a warning. It is adapted that will be thrown out."

to show the danger of indulging We sincerely hope that neither party passions and a censorious class of the clergy of New-York spirit-to show that little reliare so exceedingly vile and cor- ance is to be placed on the rerupt as the parties are disposed presentations of men who are to represent each other. Party disposed to cry heresy and to passions often lead good men to destroy the reputation of their judge, and talk, and write, and brethren on account of diversity act very strangely. We cannot of opinions—to show that herebut hope that our brethren in sy, as the term is used at this New-York, who are of New- day, is just what a self-sufficient England orthodoxy, are much majority may please to call by better men than they are allow that name that the same opined to be by their opponents; and ions which are orthodoxy in one we should be very sorry to know place, are heresy in another-and that those who treat them as that men, who are abused for hereticks are quite so destitute of their religious opinions always, uprightness, benevolence, and and very justly, consider such good manners, as Investigator treatment as “persecution." imagines.

The probability is, that each We cannot however, but se- class of Christians in New York riously fear, that this controversy is in some great errours.

The has given the churches in that same may be said respecting city much of a militant or mili- each class in this vicinity, and tary character. Investigator, in every part of the world. But who says of himself, “ I love what a melancholly thing it is to talk figuratively,” states, that to see two classes of Christians 6 not only the great gun, but blind to their own fallibility, and field-pieces, swivels, blunderbus- disposed to defame and injure bes, muskets, carbines, pistols- one another, under a pretext of even down to pop-guns bave, love to God!

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The Calvanistick clergy in whom he has no more concern New-York have as good a right than a fallen angel.” p. 12. to denounce their brethren of the " To this,” he says, “it is proNew-England orthodoxy, and to per to add, that they are tenatreat them as hereticks, as the cious their own opinions, and orthodox .of New-England have intolerant of those of others in so to treat other Christians. no ordinary degree. I shall jusWhichever of two parties may tify this remark, by simply adbe in the right, as to the opin- verting to the recent expulsion ions in dispute, that party is of a young man of unblemished always in the wrong which is character and respectable talents, disposed to revile, defame, or from a theological seminary in persecute. If this be the case this city. I cannot but notice on both sides, both are in the as an extraordinary coincidence, wrong, and a greater wrong than that the very man who expelled any mere errour of opinion. him, has at this time come out and

Investigator complains loudly astonished the world by a pomof a persecuting spirit on the pous and flaming production in part of the Calvinistick Clergy favour of general communion, of New-York, and he pleads ably catholicism, and christian cha-. for the rights of conscience. He rity. I wish he would inform endeavours also to prove that the world whether he intends the opinions of those clergymen, they shall follow his book, or bis on the doctrines of original sin, example. I cannot express what the sinner's inability, and the ex- gratitude I feel to Providence, tent of the propitiation made by that though Bonner and GardiJesus Christ, are grossly erro- ner should revive, they would neous, dishonourary to God, and not find in this country a goinjurious in their tendency. The vernment ready to second their opinions of the Calvinistick cler-intolerance by the flames of pergy,on these three points, are what secution. The tiger may show be calls “ The Triangle.”

.” “ The his teeth and growl, but he canwhole of their doctrine," he not bite.' says,

« amounts to this, that a It is certainly lamentable, if man is in the first place con- there is just occasion for such redemned, incapacitated, and eter- presentations, and such severity nally reprobated for the sin of of remark, respecting any minister Adam: in the next place, that or ministers of religion in our he is condemned over again for country, who claim the “ uppernot doing that which he is total- most seats in the synagogues" of ly, in all respects, unable to orthodoxy. And perhaps it is do: and, in the third place, that not less to be lamented that such he is condemned, and doubly representations should be made, and trebly condemned, for not if they are not well founded. In believing in a Saviour, who a future number we expect to never died for him, and with give our readers some extracts

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from the reasoning of Investiga- der a true and physical incapator on the doctrines which com- city to do any thing which God pose “ The Triangle." These requires." doctrines, as stated by him, are 3. That “ there is a remedy the following:

for a part of mankind; Christ 1. “ That the whole human has died for an elect number. race are guilty of the sin of Ad- They, and they only, enjoy an am, independently of their own offer of salvation; and for them conduct, and for that sin are truly alone is provision made.” deserving of eternal punish- Against these opinions Invesment.”

tigator reasons with ability, if 2. “ That all men labour un- not with moderation.

EXTRACTS FROM SOME CANDID OBSERVATIONS, BY THE REV. WILLIAM WELLS.

The following passages are from a tract recently published, entitled,

Some observations, taken in part from an address delivered in the new meeting-house in Brattleborough, July 7th, 1816, being the first Christian Communion held in that place.

“ DR. DODDRIDGE observes, in have every where the greatest his introductory sermon to his stress laid upon them in it.' lectures against Popery, which “ I most sincerely and heartily I have in manuscript,— Such assent to the sentiments containof you who have frequently at- ed in the above quotation. And tended my ministry, well know, you, my friends, can witness for that it has not been my custom me, that I very seldom indeed, to insist on subjects of contro- bring matters of controversy inversial divinity. As my temper to my publick discourses.-I does not incline me to dispute, shall, however, on the present so I confess; when I seriously occasion, give you my opinion,

, consider the importance of that as briefly as may be, on some eternal world to which we are controversial points. hastening, I can seldom persuade “Before I came into this counmyself to employ in matters of try, I wrote to Dr. Morse, recriticism and debate, those sa- specting a removal hither; incred and important moments, forming him, I was no great which we separate from stickler for particular sentiments common time, with a view to a in religion; being well assured more immediate preparation for that many wiser and better than it. Practical preaching is, un- myself differed from me, both on

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