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MEDFIELD FEMALE SOCIETY.
AFTER the lapse of 1800 years, amidst all their afflictions, and who it is time that the eyes and hearts will not fail to be gracious to those of Christians were turned towards whom he has chosen. To us they the desolate family of Abraham. must be an interesting people, and The dispersed of Israel are still the for them something must be done covenant people of Jehovah. This by Christians. scattered dock is to be brought to Among the numerous institutions the fold of the great Shepherd. of the present day, for benevolent Though for a short moment for- and charitable purposes, we recogs saken, yet they will be gathered nize, with much satisfaction, the with infinite kindness. The Jews
one recently formed in Boston for and the Gentiles will be seen work- promoting Christianity among the ing together at the building of the Jews. Desirous of promoting the same Spiritual Temple. Scattered same worthy objects, by casting our among all nations of both conti- mites into the treasury of charity, nents, the Hebrews, once become we, whose names are apnexed, do Christians, could effect, by buman promise to pay annually, to such means, more among heathens than treasurer as this Society may hereany other people on earth. The after appoint, the sums affixed to receiving of them would be life
our respective names. For the indeed from the dead. The vine, sake of greater convenience, order, brought from Egypt, would flourish and permanency, we do adopt the onee more on the hill of Zion. Nor following has providence been accustomed to let those go unrewarded, who have gone up to the help of Israel and Judah. Gratitude and pious sym- 1. This Society shall be styled, pathy would restore to the Jews the “ MEDFIELD FEMALE SOCIETY that' knowledge of the Christian for promoting Christianity amon: scriptures and of the Messiah, which the Jews." we once received from them. A 2. The sums collected, shall, promise of greater success is made unless otherwise directed by a vote to every Christian exertion at the of the Society at their annual present time, when the attention of meeting, be transmitted by the the dispersed of Israel, now looking President, at least once a year, to for redemption and consolation, is the treasurer of the Boston Female especially excited to the examina- Society for promoting the same tion of the Christian system, which Christian objects. is built wholly on the Jewish foun- 3. They, who subscribe fifty dation; and at a period too when cents, shall be considered members no small pumber of the most en- of this Society so long as they shall lightened in Europe are summoned continue to pay this sum annually. to their aid. Numerons Societies They, who, from pecuniary circumhave been receptly established, to stances, feel themselves unable to do what human means can effect, pay this sum, shall be entitled to towards the conversion of the many membership, by paying twenty-five millions of this dispersed and afflict. cents a year. ed race. They have been more 4. The members of this Society forsaken of man than of Jehovah, shall mcet, on the first Tuesday of who has always preserved them August, annually, to choose otficers,
to make by-laws, to amend or to charge of the prudential affairs of add to this constitution by the con- the Society; issue orders on the current votes of two thirds of the Treasurer, without which orders, members present, and to transact signed by a majority of the board, all business which may best pro- no money shall be paid by the mote the objects of this Christian Treasurer; may fill such vacancies charity.
as may occur in the board and 5. Special meetings may be among the Collectors; which percalled by giving publick notice after sons, filling such vacancies, shall the customary services of worship, continue till their places shall be on the Sabbath, shall be ended, filled as usual at the annual meeting provided a majority of the Board for election of officers. The other of Directresses, shall order such officers shall be a recording Secrenotice to be given.
tary and a Treasurer, whose duties 6. The officers of this Sooiety, are such as are preseribed by custo be chosen at their annual meet- tom. The Secretary and Treasurer ing, but to continue in office till and collectors, shall also belong to others shall be chosen in their the Board of Directresses, and shall place, shall be a President, whose be subject to such rules as the duties shall be such as custom has Board shall prescribe. There shall prescribed, and three Directresses, be four Collectors, who shall collect which four shall constitute, with the subscriptions, and pay them others to be named, a Board of Di- over to the Treasurer. All officers rectresses, who are to appoint and shall be appointed by ballot. regulate their own sessions; take
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
FIFTY-SEVEN HUNDRED AND
Tae twelfth report of this Society The total of Bibles and Testahas just been received. We regret ments, issued by this Society since that it came too late to give much its commencement, is ONE MILLION account of it in this number. We FIVE HUNDRED AND have now room only for a few items; but we intend to devote the next number principally to intelligence. The Society expended in the The Report is interesting, and it is
twelfth year, one
hundr o and accompanied by many important three thousand, six hundred and doeuments. Not merely the united eighty pounds, eighteen shillings kingdom of Great-Britain, but a
and eight pence. very considerable portion of Chris- The grants of money, and the - tendom seems to be alive with value of Bibles and Testaments Bible institutions,
given away in the same year, The general statement of the amounted to thirty-two thousand, copies of the scriptures, issued by four bundred and thirty-five pounds, the British and Foreign Bible So- seven shillings and one penny. ciety from March 31, 1815, to March The total expenditure of the so31, 1816, is
ciety, from the beginning, is stated 138,168 Bibles
to be four hundred and fifty two 110,068 estaments. thousand, two bundred and seventyfour pence.
three pounds, twelve shillings and The New-Hampshire Bible Societwo and an half pence.
ty has voted to become an auxiliaThe Society received in the ry to the American Bible Society ; twelfth year, one hundred and forty and also to present a petition to six thousand, seven hundred sixty- Congress, praying that the priviseven pounds, twelve shillings and lege of franking letters may be
granted to that important national Notwithstanding the vast number institution. of Auxiliary Societies, which had
Recorder. been formed prior to the Eleventh Report, twenty two have been
American Bible Society.-At a added to the number in the twelfth meeting of the Managers of the year, five of which contributed six
American Bible Society, held in the hundred and seventy pounds.
City-Hall, (New-York,) on the 19th of the numerous Auxiliary So- day of August, 1816, Gen. M. Clarkcieties of earlier date, we have ob
son, V. P. in the chair. seryed five, whose contributions
The Board having received the amounts to pine thousand, one hun
very liberal donation of a set of Stedred and forty-four pounds.
reotype Plates of the Bible, from “ There are five hundred and
the New-York Bible Society, and sixty-nine Auxiliary and Branch
the N. Y. Auxiliary Bible Society. Societies within the British domin
Resolved, That John E. Caldwell, The contributions from the
Divie Bethune, and Thomas Eddy, Auxiliary Societies for the twelfth
be a committee to cause to be printyear, amounted to fifty-five thou- ed, bound, and published, without sand, four hundred and fifty pounds, delay, an edition of the Bible, not three shillings and nine pence.
exceeding ten thousand copies.
By order of the Board, Massachusetts Bible Society.--At JOHN B. ROMEYN, Secry for a special meeting of the Massachu
Domestick Correspondence. setts Bible Society, Sept. 26, a vote was passed, connecting this society Benevolent Societies.--April 14, with the American Bible Society, 1816. A Sunday school was formed on the terms of the third article of
to educate the people of colour, at its Constitution ; namely,
Bergen, N.J. “ All Bible Societies shall be al
July 15, 1816. A Female Cent lowed to purchase at cost from this Society was formed at Bergen, for society,Bibles for distributionwithin
the purpose of educating indigent their own districts. The members
students for the gospel ministry, and of all such Bible Societies, as shall further to assist the Theological agree to place their surplus reve
School at New-Brunswick. nue, after supplying their own dis
Recorder. tricts with Bibles, at the disposal of this society, shall be entitled to yote in all meetings of this society ; Extracts from the Second Report and the officers of such societies of the Bible Society of Virginia.shall be ex officio directors of this.” The Bible Societies make one
grand whole, because they have Bible Societies. April, 1815. one single object in view. In our Three Bible Societies have been
humble manner here, we are corecently formed in Elizabethtown, operating with Greeks, Catholicks, N. J. all auxiliary to the American
and Protestants of every denominaBible Society.
tion, in a design which commends sal peace.
itself to the understanding and the mon,preached at the Thursday lecheart of every man who knows how ture, in Boston, August 15, 1816. to value the Bible.
By T'HADDEUS Mason Harris, D. D. During the last twenty years, we
minister of the First Church in bave seen the most splendid talents Dorchester, published for the beneemployed in the work of destruc- fit of the Female Society of Boston tion ; the riches of the world ex. and the vicinity, for promoting pended in support of sanguinary and Christianity among the Jews ; from desolating wars, and the physical Isaiah Ixii. 6, 7. “ Ye that make powers of the buman race exerted mention of the Lord, keep not silence ; to promote the schemes of lawless and give him no rest, till he establish, ambition. But now there is univer- and till he make Jerusalem a praise
At his bidding, who in the earth." rules the hearts of men and turns them whithersnever he will, the
OBITUARY. storm has ceased, and “there is a great calm.”
This is the auspi- Died in Deerfield, July 27, John cious moment for the friends of Williams, Esq. aged 65. He was a religion to go forth in the strength grandson of the first minister of the of the Lord God, and make a place; was educated at Harvard mighty effort to uproot from its College, and, in a happy manner, very foundation, the kingdom of united the Gentleman and the darkness. The providence of God Christian. He has left a reversion of calls them to the work. Kings, ac- several thousand dollars in real cording to the prediction of the pro- estate for the benefit of the Deer-, phet, have become nursing fathers, field Academy, for which he had and queens nursing mothers, to the ever discovered a parental concern. church of Christ. And considering In Cambridge, England, the Rev. what has recently been accomplish- East Apthorp, D. D. aged 83. He ed, it is not chimerical to hope, was a native of Boston. that those intellectual and physical In England, the celebrated Richenergies, which have been exerted ard Sheridan. Also, the Rev. Dr. in the work of destruction, will be Watson, Bishop of Landoff, aged 80. employed to promote the present In Northwood, New-Hampshire, comfort and everlasting welfare of August 11, Rev. Edmund Pillsbury, mankind. And that the earth, in- aged 78. 'stead of presenting before heaven, In Albany, General H. K. Van a scene of violence and bloodshed, Renssellaer, aged 72. will exhibit the human race,
In Sudbury, Rev. J. Bigelow, through the grace of the gospel, aged 73. rising from the ruins of the fall, as- In Boston, Mrs. Rebecca Lowell, suming again the likeness and im- widow of the late Judge Lowell, age of God; and humbly walking in aged 69, the steps of him who went about A Virginia paper says, in Cumdoing good.
berland county, a whole family died, From the Appendix ts the Twelfth Re- with the exception of one person, port of the British and F. B. s.
by eating a part of a cabbage, wbich
was boiled whole. On opening the Lately published by John Eliot, cabbage, a scorpion was found in the Boston--- Pray for the Jews ; a ser
The phrase evangelical urged to enforce obedience, the preaching" is much used at the object of the discourse, and the present day, but often in a very temper with which it is delivercapricious or equivocal manner. ed. One discourse is said to be very If a minister wishes to preach evangelical; another is called a doctrinal discourse of an evana pretty good practical sermon, gelical character, it will behove but not evangelical ; when the him to inquire whether the docprincipal difference between trine which he thinks of illusthem is, that certain sectarian trating was ever taught by Jesus phrases were adopted in the one Christ. Had this one point been which were omitted in the other. strictly attended to, many disSome discourses are approved as courses which have been termed evangelical on account of those evangelical, would never have phrases, while the leading senti- been delivered nor written. ment is not to be found in the In the next place, if a minister Bible; and others are pronounc- wishes to preach a practical dised not evangelical, while every course of an evangelical cast, he sentiment is clearly scriptural. should regard our Saviour's exWhen the words are used with ample, and inculcate the temper propriety, “evangelical preach- which he required, and such ing” is preaching which is con- duties as he enjoined. Supreme formable to the spirit of the love to our heavenly Father, and gospel ; or preaching that is impartial benevolence one toconsonant to the preaching of wards another, were considered Jesus Christ, which we have by our Lord as comprising whatrecorded by the Evangelists. ever is required by the law and Preaching to be strictly evan- the prophets.
And it ought gelical, should harmonize with never to be forgotten, that to the preaching of our Saviour, in love the Lord our God with all the doctrines inculcated, the the heart, with all the soul, with duties enjoined, the motives all the understanding, and all the Vol. IV. No. 11.