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wealth of Massachusetts, beg leave at their last session, in which he respectfully to renew their memo
-" That publick policy, pure rial to the Honourable the Congress morality, and undefiled religion, of the United States, respecting combine in favour of a due observthe transmission and opening of the ance of the Sabbath ;" and though, mail on the Lord's day. It is with in time of war, the daily carriage solicitude and grief that we have of the mail may be supposed neseen this usage, sanctioned as it is cessary for important publick purby publick authority, made the poses," when peace shall arrive, pretext for various encroachments the necessity will greatly diminish ; on the regular observance of the and it will be, at all times, a pleaSabbath.
sure to this department to prevent From the concurrent testimony any profanation of the Sabbath, as of divine Revelation and of general far as relates to its official duty, or experience, we are solemnly con- its official authority.” We are vinced, that our social and civil aware, that to prevent the carriage institutions cannot be preserved, un- of the mails, and the delivery of less the publick inanners are form- letters and papers from the Posted on the basis of sound morality; Offices on the Sabbath might seem that such morality cannot be main- to be inconvenient, especially in tained among a people, without our large towns. But we cannot the active sense of religious obli- consider the continuance of the gation; and that neither can long praetice to be indispensable, even exist when the Sabbath ceases to in such towns, as we are well inbe regarded as an ordinance of formed, that in London, the first Heaven. We believe this sacred commercial city, this practice does institution, with its systems of not exist. moral restraints, to be a more With these impressions, respecteffectual preventive of crimes, and ed Legislators, we beg leave to apa better shield to the vital interests proach you, as the guardians of our of the coinmunity, than any code of civil and sacred privileges, and to penal statutes that can be framed. express an earnest bope, that the
Among the reasons which en- speedy and effectual interposition conrage us to repeat our represen- of the National Authorities may tations on this subject to your provide a remedy for the evils of honourable body, we are happy to which we complain. And, as in mention a report of the Post- duty bound, your memorialists will Master-General, made to Congress ever pray. In behalf of the Convention,
SCHOOLS FOR ALL.
“ The anniversary meeting of held on Monday, the 13th of May, this Grand British Institution, was 1816."
Very great emotions of plea- tion, and thirteen years possession sure appeared to agitate the As- of hard earned independence, we sembly, when that part of the re- are not (says the Gazette) the same port, which regards Hayti, was people. Formerly, as brutes, we read. The chief, Christophe, deep- bowed under the lash of a cruel ly penetrated with the benefit of and ignorant master; as men we knowledge and diffusion of the were dead; our faculties all crushscriptures, invites among his peo- ed; but we burst our chains, and ple, all those who could contribute again erect, we look upward toward to their improvement. In a pro- heaven as men, as social beings ! A clamation, in the Gazette of Hayti, career is now before us ;
“I invite professors of all thanks to thee, O God of heaven! sciences; no difference of religion Haytians ! says the chief, be it shall be deemed as exclusion.
ours to shew, by our lives, that Merit and ability alone shall be blacks, equally with whites, are, considered, without regard to the the work of Omnipotence, and the nation which gave birth, or the objects of the kind regard of the creed which may be preferred. Father of all." After twenty-six years of revolu
Evangelical Magazine, No. 298.
EXTRACTS FROM A LETTER FROM THE REV. DR. BLESSIG OF STRASBURG,
IN ALSACE, TO THE REV. MR. STEINKOPFF.
December 20, 1815.
" You ask me:-1. Whether our other societies, to the disseminaBible Society purchased copies of tion of the sacred text as the word the scriptures without note or com- of truth alone, leaving its interprement? Nor do I wonder at your tation to each respective party or feeling rather uneasy, as we had individual. announced several years ago a Bi- “ 2. You propose the question, ble with comments. Now I am whether our Society has received fully persuaded, that a selection of the grant of three hundred pounds ? the best explanatory remarks on
we have not. But so the Holy Scriptures is a real desi- much I may say without violating deratum of our times. This is the the bounds of modesty, that if more necessary, as many of our there ever existed a period in present commentaries are written Alsace, in which every kind of in so profane a tone, and with assistance and relief was most essuch striking contradictions to each sentially wanted, it is the present. other.
You can scarcely, my Rev. brother, “But, on the other hand, where is form any conception whatever of the man fully capable of executing the entire exhaustion and impoverthe delicate task of an impartial ishment of this country, once so survey, examination, and selection, flourishing. Most of our churches, without being biassed in any degree schools, and parsonages, in the by the spirit of our age? I fully vicinity of Strasburg, are either concede, that the British and Fon entirely ruined, or stand deserted, reign Bible Society has acted as a having been plundered, torn to publick Institution, a most wise pieces, and shaken to their very and proper part, in adopting the centre; the property and the furfundamental rule, to confine its niture of the inhabitants ; their own labours, and its assistance to Bibles are gone also. We must, as'
it were, begin afresh our publiek courages them in the babits of institutions for the propagation of industry, sobriety, and frugality.” Christianity."
Ordained at Northborough, OcThe celebrated John Locke was tober 30, Rev. Joseph Allen. Inasked, " What is the shortest and troductory prayer, by Rev. Mr. surest way for a young gentleman Whitney, of Quincy. Sermon, by to attain to a true knowledge of Rev. Professor Ware, of Harvard the Christian religion, in the full University, from Jeremiah xv. 19. and just extent of it ?" He answer
“Let them return unto thee, but ed, “ Let him study the Holy return not thou unto them.” OrScripture, particularly the News daining prayer, by Rev. President Testament. Therein are contain: Kirkland, of Harvard University. ed the words of eternal life. It has Charge, by the Rev. Dr. Sanders, God for its author; salvation for its of Medfield. Fellowship of the end; and truth without any mix- churches, by Rev. Mr. Abbot, of ture of errour for the matter." Salem. Concluding prayer. by Rev.
Dr. Puffer, of Berlin.
It may be worth while to menUnder this novel title, it is pro. tion, as facts in the ecclesiastical posed to found an Institution in history of the town of NorthboBoston, for the security and im- rough, that Mr. Allen is its third provement of the savings of persons religious instructor, in succession ; in humble life, until required by that in every instance, only one their wants and desires. A meet- candidate has been employed; and ing of gentlemen has been called, that the town has been distinand a large and respectable Com- guished for the regular and harmomittee appointed, to apply to the nious attendance of its inhabitants Legislature (now in session) for an upon the institutions of our reliact of incorporation, and to digest gion. suitable Rules and By-Laws, to be November 11th, At Alfred, Re proposed to an adjourned meeting.
Nathan Douglas. Introductory Similar institutions exist in England prayer, by Rev. J. Cogswell, of and Scotland; in the former place, Saeo. Sermon, by Rev. E. Payson, under the appellation of “ Provi- of Portland, from Mark vi. 30, 31. dent Institutions for Savings,” and, Ordaining prayer, by Rev. Asa in the latter, of “ Savings Banks.” Rand, of Gorham. Charge to the The Edinburgh Review, No. 49, and pastor, by the Rev. Mr. Fletcher, of the Pamphleteer, No. 14, contain Kennebunk. Charge to the people, essays on the subject, explaining by the lev. Mr. Swett, of Sanford. their objects and principles, and Right hand. by Pev. George Paynarrating their beneficent effects. son, of Arundel. Concluding prayer, In Philadelphia it is proposed to by Rev. J. Greenleaf, of Wells. establish one of these Societies. We agree in the following senti
Candidates. ment, and wish every success to
Mr. David Reed, Cambridge the laudable scheme contemplated : Jonathan P. Dabbey do. *• It is not by the alms of the
Samuel Gilman do. wealthy, that the good of the lower
do. class can be generally promoted. Hiram Weston, Duxbury By such donations, encouragement
Samuel Clarke, Cambridge is far oftener given to idleness and Henry Ware do. hypocrisy, than aid to suffering
do. worth. He is the inost effective
do. benefactor to the poor, wiio en