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trious, never thinking his proper busi- which purport to unite the interests of ness a burden, and punctual in fulfil. truth and charity. It maintains that, ling engagements. He maintained revelation being designed for all class. a cheerful serenity of mind; not elated es of persons, the doctrines universal. by prosperity nor dispirited by ad. ly essential to be believed must be versity; was contented and patient, a plain; that it is the first and indispenstranger to envy, and free from a sable duty of every one to follow the worldly spirit; looking habitually to light he has, and seck for more; that his final destination.
virtue, holiness, is final in Christianity; With such qualities, as would be that saving faith depends not on the supposed, he entered into the spirit of number or extent of the doctrines be. his sacred office, and discharged its lieved, but on the disposition of the various functions with fidelity and af mind to the light presented, and that an fection. His views of Christianity in honest mind cannot fatally err. These the beginning of his ministry had the and other muxims of the catholic sect Calvinistic tincture, wbich his educa. received the cordial assent of Dr. tion would naturally produce. His Lathrop, being consonant alike to his further inquiries led him to think what judgment and temper. In the deliv. is peculiar and distinctive in the state- ery of his discourses, he was earnest ments of doctrine by that sect errone- and affectionate-in prayer, fervent and ous, and to vary accordingly the tenor solemn. In the private duties of the of his instructions. But he was afraid to pastoral office, he was exemplary and use the pulpit, as though it were design- engaging the counsellor, the com. ed to be a "mint of controversies." Ste forter and friend of his people. considered the sanctifying and consol. Dr: Lathrop loved his country with ing influence of Christianity, as depend- ardor, and thought it is duty in bis ing on a few simple and plain, but pulpit discourses, to notice interesting grand, fruitful, and affecting truths and events, and give the counsels which motives. These he aimed to display and the aspect of the times seemed to re. enforce, not coveting a precision of quire. He was a patron of all our most sentiment and exactness in theological valued institutions, and an associate in language, which may serve to give a
their labors and cares. In 1784 he reputation for ingenuity and depth, or received the degree of Doctor of Dito excite or gratify a party spirit, but vinity from the university of Edinnot to make men wiser or better. burgh. He was Librarian and one of
Dr. Lathrop was a zealous cham- the Counsellors of the American Acadpion of Christian and protestant liber. emy of Arts and Sciences-one of the ty, and a catholic spirit. The judging, Trustees of the Humane Society-Pres. imposing temper and separating ident of the Massachusetts Congregaschemes, so often prevailing among tional Charitable Society-Vice Pres. Christians, would lead one to suppose ident of the Bible Society; and of the that men thought Christianity was de Society for propagating the Gospel in signed to give them a ground of self- North America. From the year 1778, exaltation; to encourage our propen. he was one of the Corporation of Har. șity to think very highly of ourselves vard University, and for many years and contemptuously of our neighbours, Secretary of the Board of Overseers. and allow us to make a principle of He took peculiar pleasure in the duour selfish passions. There seems to ties arising from this Academic relabe no remedy for this deep disease, tion; though they were sometimes but the conversion of all good men to rendered arduous by peculiar circumone opinion, or agreeing to differ.
As stances. unity of speculations and dogmas is u ith some heavy afflictions, Dr. not to be expected, it is wise to cul- Lathrop enjoyed much prosperity. tivate unity of affections and views. He outlived the friends of his early Catholicism, however, not indif. years, but the proofs he received of
It is founded on principles attachment and respect from those * See Mr. Parkman's Sermon, at his interment..
who came in their places, abated the his wife and family. In the midst of sense of their loss. He was favored. bis rage he overheard this child, who in his end. After a short, though was only separated from him by a low painful illness, in the full possesion of mud partition, praying aloud, that “God his mind, he sunk to rest.
He was en would have mercy on, and pardon his abled to meet death without dismay, wicked father.' The effect was astonand to rejoice in the hope of the glory ishing; his heart was struck; he crept of God.
to the bed side, and there with 'a brok. On the 9th instant, after a service en and contrite heart,' joined in sup: suited to the occasion, in which pray- plicating that God would be merciful ers were offered by the President of to him, a sinner. Such a prayer was the College and Rev. Mr. Chan.
never yet rejected at the throne of ning, and an affectionate and just trib. grace: a Saviour was presented to his ute paid to the memory of the deceased view, able and willing to save to the utby Rev. Francis Parkman, minister of
He is now a perfectly rethe church connected with that of Dr. formed, correct, industrious character, Lathrop, his remains were carried and his wife and other children are to the grave, attended by a numerous partakers with him of 'like precious concourse of friends and fellow citi faith;' and thus a family, in which zens, who joined in testifying their comfort was before unknown, and who Tegret for the loss of a character so
were a proverb in the country for wicklong known to the community, and so edness, are now patterns of sobriety, generally esteemed.
industry, and cleanliness to the neighFrom the loss of such persons, let borhood. May we not exclaim then, us learn what are true principles for "out of the mouth of babes and suck the conduct of life. By proper med lings the Lord hath perfected praise;" itations on the removal of the good, and should not such blessed effects anmay survivors be excited to such use- imate the friends of religion, and of fulness as may tend to repair the their country's welfare and good order, breaches made by death.*
to further the objects such institutions We are happy to be enabled
to state, that numerous additional Hibernian Sunday School Society.
Sunday schools have been lately form
ed, and are now forming in various A GENTLEMAN from the neighbor- parts of Ireland. Evang. Mag. hood of Castle Blaney, in the county of Antrim, gives the following very in• teresting account:-"A little boy, one of our scholars, became so impressed,
Report of the Trustees of the E. as never to go to bed without saying
vangelical Missionary Society. his prayers. One evening, while he
The Trustees refer to their Report was doing so, his father, a very profli.
published in April, 1812, for the state gate man, came home, and, as usual,
of the Society at that time. began to curse and swear, and abuse
• From the amiable and pacific character of Dr. Lathrop, it would be natural to infer that he would have favored such an object as the formation of the Mas. SACHUSETTS PEAce Socie ry. But we are not under the necessity of infer. ring this merely from his general character. We are able to state as facts, that he attended the first meeting for forming the society acted as moderatur in taking the minds of the gentlemen present; expressed his own opinion in favor of the object, and his willingness to become a member. Had the constitution been then completely prepared for signing, his venerable name would probably have been at the head of the list of subscribers. We have not indeed the please ure of saying, that he is now a member of the Peace Society on earth; but we have the pleasure of believing, that he is a member of a more perfect Peace $ociety in heaven. En.
The pleasing events, which were then your Committee found that the Conin prospect, have through the Divine gregational Society was gradually blessing, since taken place – The town gaining order, strength, and stability. of Ellsworth, and the Plantations of The expressions of delight from this Jackson and Washington, in the Coun. people, at the prospect of having the ty of Hancock and the District of Christian ordinances statedly adminisMaine, encouraged by your benefac. tered among them, were repeated and tions, ripened measures for the ordina- ardent; they receive your donation tion of the gentlemen as their minis. with gratitude, and earnestly entreat ters, who for years had been among its continuance, that the temporary enthem as preachers of the gospel. At gagement with their minister may be the earnest solicitation of those socie. followed by his permanent establishties, and of the pastors elect, three of ment among them. the Trustees, the Executive Cmmittee, In 1813, the Rev. Mr. Keith, of made a journey in the autumn of that whose qualifications the Trustees had year, and, in compliance with the votes ample testimonials, was employed to of their respective churches, assisted perform missionary services ten Sabin gathering a church and ordaining baths in the town of Dixmont, Maine. the Rev. Peter Nurse at Ellsworth, He was received by numbers with and ordahing the Rev. Silas Warren attention and respect; but on at Jackson. They received the warm- count of great divisions, as we learn est expression of gratitude from the from a respectable inhabitant, an assopeople of Ellsworth for the aid affordciation could not there be formed of ed them. Although this people have sufficient importance to contribute in manifested a disposition to contribute any proportion to the support of a to the utmost of their ability to the preacher of the Gospel; the Trustees maintenance of the public institutions were therefore discouraged in their of the Gospel, yet they are fully per attempt to give that people aid. suaded, that without assistance they That the Society might not be whol. could not have retained among them ly destitute of means, should the anthe man, to whose person and minis- nual contribution of its members octrations they are greatly attached. casionally fail, the Treasurer has beeu But thus assisted, a church gathered, directed to put one thousand dollars and a minister ordained, that people at interest as an accumulating fund. have a fair prospect of continued peace The Trustees having been fully and harmony, and are encouraged confirined by experience in the opinwith the hope, that the labors of ion, that by bestowing their charitatheir minister will be attended with in. ble aid upon particular churches and creasing usefulness. The birth of a societies, they should more effectually church, the society will hail as a re- promote the objects of the institution, newed evidence of the success of their than by allowing their missionaries to humble endeavours in the Christian traverse an unlimited extent of terri. cause, and bless God for his benedic. tory, and in the apprehension that the tion upon their measures.
war might press with peculiar weight The plantations of Jackson and upon the eastern section of our ComWashington are new and small, but monwealth, in 1813 and 1814, they are continually increasing in numbers; made the support of the Rev. Messrs. and by your bounty, and the benevo- Nurse and Warren a primary object; lent agency of others, they have been and they directed that the surplus of enabled to maintain the public min- appropriation in those years should istrations of the gospel; and these are be expended in schools a part in silently and gradually producing their Jackson and Washington, under the desired effects. The divisions which direction of the Rev. Mr. Warren; and in new settlements too often arise from part in the neighbourhood of Ellsthe preaching of ignorant itinerants worth, but not within the town under are subsiding; and under the faithful the inspection of the Ri-v. Mr. Nurse, and prudent services of Mr. Warren, whose agency in transactions of this
nature was fully approved.
The Trutsees continued to receive ministers, who shall contend earnestly information of the success attending for the faith which was once delivered the faithful labors of the ministers, in to the saints. They indulge the hope, whose induction into the pastoral of- and unite with the members of the fice they had sssisted. A Church Society in the devout prayer, that was gathered at Jackson, numbers their association may be successful in presented themselves for admis-sion, the humble endeavour to arrest the and an increasing attention to re- triumphs of error, to promote pure ligious concerns was manifested a. and undefiled religion, and to enkin. mong the people. Mr. Warren devot. dle that charity which is the bond of ed a part of his time successfully in perfectness. a school
AARON BANCROFT, Committee The beneficial effects of the indefat. NATHANIEL THAYER, igable labors of Mr. Nurse, as a preach
Trustees. er of the Gospel and an instructor of The next annual meeting will be at youth, appeared in the greater atten. Cambridge. The Rev. Isaac Allen is tion to public worship, in the more chosen the first, and Rey. Wilkus Al. general manifestation of the Christian len the second preacher. spirit, and in the elevation of the tone Worcester, Dec. 26, 1815.* of public morals. His school continued to flourish. Under his auspices, many children and youth were
Obituary. greatly improvell in the most useful In Danvers, Jan. 2, Hon. Samuel branches of education; and numbers Holton, aged 77 were qualified to become themselves In Braintree, Jan. 16, Rev. Ezra instructors in schools.
Weld. In 1814 the Legislature of the Com- There were in Portland, during monwealth, in compliance with their 1815, 111 deaths, nearly one half of petition, granted the Society an act which were cbildren. of incorporation. In pursuance of an The deaths in Hartford in 1815, application of a number of gentlemen were 122, 50 less than in 1814 of Boston, who, approving the plan of In New Haven the deaths in 1815, our institution, were disposed to aid were 213, in 1814 they were 100 in the attainment of its object, the The deaths in Baltimore in 1815, Society voted to hold a semi-annual were 1349, of which 218 died of conmeeting in that town.
sumption, 167 of cholera morbus, 108 The Trustees invite the attention of pleurisy, 858 of various fevers. Of of the Christian community to the ob- these 8 exceeded 80 years of age, jects of their institution. They beseech 5 exceeded 90, and 1 was upwards of those who are favored with the re- 100 years of age.
(Centinel.] gular administrations of the Gospel, to Many aged people have died this express their sympathy for their breth- winter. Beside the Baltimore account, ren who are suffering for lack of know- in the obituary notices of the Centinel ledge. They assure all the benevo- for Jan, 13, mention is made of the lent, that their charity shall be faith
death no less than 14 persons up. fully applied to the education of chil.
wards of seventy years of age; 7 of dren and youth, to the founding of whom were upwards of 80 churches, to the support of regular
Candidates for the ministry in Cambridge and its vicinity.
Mr. Samuel Clarke, Cambridge,
Mr. Henry Ware, jun.
do. Mr. Jonatban P. Dabney, do,
Mr. Rufus Hurlbut,
do. Mr. Samuel Gilman,
do. * See the Annual Report, in the Number for December last, p. 379.
same nature-thou shalt love A standard proposed. thy neighbor as thyself;" and Having suggested, in the pre- that on these two hang all the ceding Number, some probable law and the prophets:- lu other
: sources of misapprehension re- words, that these two commandlating to this subject, I shall ments comprise all that God renow propose a standard, by which quires of men-The sum of reli. we may judge of the progress or gion and virtue. The gospel evdecline of religion and virtue. idently makes that love which It is perhaps impossible to fix on worketh no ill to his neighbor, any standard, which will cor- the proper evidence of genuine rectly apply in every supposable love to God, and to his Son, Je. case; yet it may be possible to sus Christ, The proper fruits ' fix on one, which may be safely of the spirit, are love, joy,
" adopted, as a general rule. The peace, long suffering, gentleness, standard pow to be proposed is goodness, faith, meekness, temthe following:
perance.” The “wisdom, which The progress or decline of benev- peaceable, gentle, easy to be en.
is from above, is first pure, then olent, humane, and pacific prin- treated, full of mercy and good ciples.
fruits, without partiality and By these principles the Chris. without hypocrisy.” “Pure and
. tian religion is remarkably dis- undefiled religion—is this, to
-tinguished from paganism, ma- visit the fatherless and tbe wi. hometism, and all the cruel and dow in their affliction, and to sanguinary isms or religions, keep himself unspotted from the which have ever prevailed among world."
Our Savior has taught us, Such being the nature, the that to love God with all the spirit, the principles and the du, heart, and all the understanding, ties of the Christian religion, and all the strength, is the first what can be a more proper standeommandment of all; that the ard for judging of the progress second commandment is of the or decline of true religion and
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