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The only fault worthy of notice is, not want of method, which is unexceptionable, but want of numerical distinction of heads. It is not contended that all sermons should be thus distinguished. Some subjects seem hardly to admit of it. But this is not one of them. Though numerical distinctions do not constitute method, yet they may greatly assist the hearer and reader in apprehending and retaining it. When a head is distinctly announced, the hearer or reader can scarcely avoid paying Peculiar attention to learn what it is. This tends to fix it in his mind. If a leading head is retained, it is generally easy to recall the observations made to prove, illustrate and enforce it. If therefore the heads of a well composed discourse are remembered, the substance of the whole is remembered or may be easily recalled. Besides, if the heads are numerically distinguished, the hearer may easily know whether he retains them all ; and thus have opportunity to exert all his power of recollection to regain any part that he may have lost. Are not people, who are accustomed to hear dis
courses thus distinguished, generally the most attentive, and the best instructed?
Though such distinctions are not so useful from the press, as from the pulpit, yet it is desirable to retain them here also, partly for reasons above mentioned, but more especially to discourage the pernicious practice of laying them aside in the pulpit.
This discourse is earnestly recommended to the attentive perusal of all, who are bound to perform, and of all, who are concerned to know the duties of a wife.....of all who have lost, of all who possess, and of all who desire pious and amiable companions.
The writer of the foregoing review regrets exceedingly, that he is not . to inform the public where this discourse may be purchased. Without this appendage, reviews of the best works appear defective, and often leave painful impressions on the reader's mind. The writers of reviews and the Editors of the Panoplist are requested to pay attention to these little, but very interesting particulars. It is hoped that the “Mourning Husband” will soon be for sale in Boston, if it is not at present.
LETTER FROM A corr Espon. DENT
have taken unwearied pains to be.
come acquainted with the state of religion in our country, and as they have been faithful in communicating such information, as they have been able to obtain, to their fellow Christians; I feel it my duty to transmit to them a short account of a revival of religion, which I have just received in a letter from a respectable clergyman in Newport. “A most remarkable reformation prevails in Middleborough, Berkley, Arronett, Carver, and Fair Haven. In Fair Haven, religion has been greatly neglected till lately. Most of the people in this town have been violently opposed to reformations. The Lord is now working in a wonderful manner: the minister has become a hopeful convert. One hundred are admitted or propounded for admission into the church. As the village is small, this is an astonishing number. A large number have been admitted into Mr. Andrews’ church in Berkley. Opposition is still great in Fair Haven; but Christ as yet triumphs gloriously. Here a number of old, abandoned sinners, who had for a long time neglected public worship, were present at a conference, and for some time stood together, unmoved and boking on ; at length, the minister addressed them with his usual energy inthe following words, “Your children are now waiting for your property, the worms for your bodies, and the devil for your souls.” The divine power accompanied this bold address. In a moment their heads fell, the tears, gushed from their eyes, and they became anxious to inquire and hear what they should do to be saved. With what ease can God cause his word to pierce the sinner's soul . The Lord can make his people willing in the day of his power. The reformation is increasing in all the places before mentioned. There is a great call for pro aching. The fields are white already to harvest.” In a degenerate and licentious age, when the enemies of religion are straining every nerve to bring the pure doctrines of the gospel into contempt, when the bulk of nominal Christians by their lives and conversation are deoing the religion they profess; such information must afford the true followers of the meek and lowly Jesus Peculiar pleasure. While Zion prosPers, let her sons and her daughters rejoice. May the children of God, encouraged by the recent triumphs of the cross, be fervent in their prayers that this glorious work may extend,
that none may say, “The harvest is
past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”
We think it important to the interests of Christianity, to preserve from oblivion the following detection of a base and insidious forgery. We extract it from the Palladium of May 26, 1807.
For GERY to ET ected.
[Some of our readers may remember, that about the beginning of the present year, we extracted from a Philadelphia paper, a curious account of certain writings found in a globe of marble, dug up at Aleppo, from which it was inferred, that the Apocalypse or Revelation, was written by CERINThus, and not by Saint Jo H. N. This account was given in a Philadelphia paper, as a translation of an article from the Marseilles Gazette, of the 20th of October, 1806. A writer, under the signature of CEPHAs, commented on this narrative in the Palladium, and expressed his jears, that this story was transcribed from a French paper into some of ours by some disciple of To M PAIN, to discredit the validity of the New Testament. Some gentlemen who, Anew the circumspection of editors of periodical papers, at this time, in Roman Catholic countries, doubted if such a publication ever appeared in a French Newspaper : Among these was Dr .W Ai ER house, who, being a member of the Marseilles Academy of Sciences, &c. wrote, to one of his correspondents in that city, and enclosed the publications on that subject from our paper ; and on Friday he received, via Philadelphia, the following letter in answer to his queries :—]
MARsz1 LLEs, MARCH 28, 1807. $1 R,
Immediately on the receipt of your letter of the 12th of January, I went to the printer and editor of the Marseilles Gazette, to inquire agreeably to your wish, respecting the “Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Alep£: to his friend in this city,” said to
e printed in the Marseilles Gazette of October 20, 1806. On examining the number of that date, there was not to be found a single word of the matter! I was accompanied in my researches by M. AchARD, the Director of our Public Library, and perpetual Secretary to our Academy of Arts and Sciences. This is an old ntleman, endowed with much earning, especially in antiquities, and whose son is actually the printer & editor of the Marseilles Gazette. He assured me that he had no recollection of any such article as appeared in the Phitadelphia paper, and in the New EngIand Palladium, purporting to be a translation from the Gazette of this city. We examined with strict attention, all the Gazettes from the 1st of August until this day; and it is our opinion, as well as the opinion of many other gentlemen, that the piece which .# so much alarm in the timorous consciences of your country, is an absolute lie—or has been published in some other paper; but of which, we have no knowledge whatever. The vessel which carries this, will sail off to-morrow, or I would have annexed a certificate of Mons. AchARD, and of the Magistracy of this city, to support what I have said. I hope, however, that the minds of your friends of the clergy will be satisfied with what is said above. You are at liberty to use my letter as you think proper. I remain, &c. &c. Louis VALENT IN. Dr. WATERhouse, Professor, &c.
[Dr. Valentin is a learned and respectable physician—has been in the United States ; is a member of our American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and well known to some of our most respectable citizens who have travelled in France.]
NEW HAMPSHIRE M Ission ARY soc 1 E.T.Y.
From the report of the New Hampshire Missionary Society, (con
sisting of about 100 Members)
published Nov. 1806, it appears that the total amount received by their Treasurer from contributions of members and others, in the years, 1804, 1805 and 1806, was $2167, 83. With this sum they have employed various Missionaries in the northern
arts of the State of New York and New Hampshire 174 weeks, who have
distributed 1157 Bibles, Testaments, and other books and tracts. “As to the benefits arising from the missionary services performed for the Society,” say the Trustees, “we hope they will appear to be of some importance in the day when God shall make up his jewels. The journals of our Missionarics contain accounts which encourage such a hope. The Missionaries have found opportunities to oppose that torrent of errors, which threatens to deluge our infant settlements, and there to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.—They have found opportunities to refresh the hearts of many of God's children, scattered up and down as sheep in the wilderness, “ Under their labours, some have hopefully become the subjects of di. vine grace. Many have communicated to this Society their grateful acknowledgments for missionary services among them. Being unable to procure, among themselves, the administration of the Gospel, they have solicited further aid.”
We are informed that a letter has been received by a gentleman in Baltimore from a respectable correspondent in Wirtemberg, Germany, giving an account of most important occurrences in the religious world,
“Cardinal Fesch,” he says, “Bonaparte's uncle, is appointed chief of the church over all the congregations of the Rhenish confederation, and has actually been acknowledged as such by all the Protestant princes, although he is a Roman Catholic. He had scarcely taken his seat at Augsburg, before everything began to incline towards Catholicism, with the poor betrayed flock of Protestants. Our Protestant clergy, (says the letter) are to lay aside the dress they have hitherto worn, as they commanded neither respect nor made any show in their pres. ent mode, and are to wear mass. weeds; and our prelates, actually wear them now, and are obliged to wear on their breasts the order of Maria in a golden cross. A great number of Catholic mass-books have been printed in the German language, which are divided into hours of prayer, and which are now actually read before preaching, at the altar in the Protestant churches on the frontiers. The apostasy from religion is every where attributed to want of respect for the pope; it must, say they, be re-established, and the pope be viewed as the firstling of the kingdom of God. An universal union of religion, under the direction of the popeddin, was every where spoken of, and no person had, for fear of Bonaparte, as yet, made any opposition. A new sect had also appeared, signalizing themselves by a particular j and by a sign which every one wears on his hat, who have actually deified Bonaparte.”
A gentleman deceased in Scotland lately, has bequeathed 1200l. to be paid to the person who shall write and lay before the judges he has appointed, a Treatise which shall by them be determined to have the most merit upon the following subjects, as expressed in his will, viz. “The evidence that there is a Being, all powtrful, wise and good, by whom every thing exists, and particularly to obviate difficulties regarding the wisdom and goodness of the Deity : and this in the first place, from considerations independent of written revelation; and in the second place from the revelation of the Lord Jesus: and, from the whole, to point out the inferences most necessary for, and useful to mankind.” The ministers of the established church of Aberdeen, the principals and professors of King's and Marischal colleges of Aberdeen, and the trustees of the testator, are appointed to nominate and make choice of three of the judges.
An Account of the origin and progress of the Mission to the Cherokee Indians, in a series of Letters from the Rev. Gideon Blackburn, to the Rev. Dr. Morse. LETTER I.
Marysville, (Tenn.) 1807.
Roverex d S1 R,
As the promises of God respecting the conversion of the heathen are evidently on the eve of being accomplished, and as the friends of Zion are anxiously watching the signs of the times, and uniting their prayers afound the throne of God for the coming of the kingdom of Christ, and es
pecially for the spread of the gospel among the aboriginals of America; it may not be unimportant to give you a concise account of the rise and progress of the mission in which I have been engaged for some years with the Cherokee nation of Indians, bordering on the state of Tennessee. In the year 1794, I settled in that part of the state now called Blount county, at a time when the Cherokees were engaged in a bloody and destructive war with our frontiers. As this circumstance frequently called out the youths of my charge in the defence of their country, and exposed them to the vices attached to the military life, I chose at some times to go out with them in their expeditions, and thereby was led into the causes of the savage and wretched state of those Indians. From that moment my mind began to be agitated with the question; Can nothing be done with this people to meliorate their condition Is it impossible they should be civilized, and become acquainted with the gospel of Christ? Some cheering rays of hope would flash upon my mind when I reflected that they were of the same race with ourselves ; that they were able to lay and execute plans with ingenuity and promptness; but on viewing the attempts already made to christianize other nations, and finding that they had mostly proved abortive, I was led seriously to review those plans, that I might, if possible, discover the defect ; and either ratroduce some amendment, or a plan ertirely new. It was very observable, that instead of opening the minds of the Indians, and enlarging the number of their confined ideas, they were often dogmatically instructed on the most exalted subjects that can occupy the mind of the most enlightened man. They were urged to believe, as absolutely necessary, things of which, in their state of intelligence, they could have no apprehension, and which, by the manners of the white people with whom they were mostly conversant, they were every day practically taught to doubt, if not entirely to discredit. Hence it was evident, that a plan must be laid with the expectation of having to combat with ignorance, obstinacy, and strong prejudices. I knew that the operations of God on the hearts of men were not confined to means. Yet even in religion, cause and effect have been in the order of events without any great deviation. I conceived it therefore indispensable to prepare the mind by the most simple ideas, and by a process which would associate civilization with religious instruction, , and thus gradually prepare the rising race for the more sublime truths of religion, as they should be able to view them. I was fully persuaded the plans pursued in South America, in effecting what was called the civilization of that country, would not do with this strong minded and high spirited people ; that boasted civilization was not the result of determination, but of mere artificial impression; while these bid fair, if rightly managed, eventually to become American citizens, and a valuable part of the Union. This subject impressed my mind more and more, and became frequently the object of request at the throne of grace, until the year 1799. In that year I introduced the subject to the Presbytery of Union, of which I was a member, but found so many embarrassing difficulties thrown in the way, I was forced to yield any further attempts in that way. In the year following I laid a plan for a missionary society in that country, with a special reference to this object ; yet though many were highly pleased with the design, the scarcity of money and the poverty of the people in that newly settled country, became such insurmountable objects that I was again compelled to give up the attempt.
In the year 1803, I came a delegate from our Presbytery to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church, hoping I might find some method to bring this subject before that body. For this purpose I had drawn up the outlines of a plan for the education of the Indian children as the most likely nean of accomplishing a revolution in the habits of the nation. A petition was laid before the Assembly, requesting supplies for our frontiers, in which was noticed the state of the Cherokee nation, as exhibiting a field for missionary service. This was referred to the committee of missions, in answer to whose inquiries I presented the proposed plan, and was requested to undertake its execution : the committee agreeing to give 200 dollars for its support, and to engage my services as a missionary for two months. As this sum was quite insufficient, the committee of missions gave me a recommendation to the public to gain pecuniary aid, and on my return to Tennessee, I collected four hundred and thirty dollars, and some books to be applied by the direction of the committee, to the use of the institution. Foreseeing that many difficulties might obstruct my intercourse with the nation, I waited on the President of the United States, and by the Secretary of war received letters of recommendation to the Indians, and directions to Col. Meigs, the agent for Indian affairs, to facilitate my design.
I am, &c.