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as if it were a divine institution. The leges and seminaries; it does not fit: time was when good people would them for their work. I appeal to all have been shocked if a minister had experience whether our young men gone into the pulpit with pantaloons in seminaries are thoroughly educated on. They would have thought he was for the purpose of winning souls : certainly going to ruin the Church Do they do it? Every body knows with his innorations. I have been they do not.” told that some years ago, in New P. 159.-" There is evidently a England, a certain elderly gentleman great defect in the present mode of was so opposed to the new ministers educating ministers. This is a SOLEMN wearing pantaloons, that he would, on FACT, to which the attention of the no account, allow them in his pulpit. whole church should be distinctly A young man was going to preach for called, that the great mass of young him, who had no small clothes, and the ministers who are educated accomold minister would not let him officiate plish very little. An elder of a in pantaloons. Why,' said he, my church in a neighbouring city, inpeople would think I had brought a formed me recently of a case in point. fop intoʻthe pulpit, to see a man there . A young man, before he went to the with pantaloons on; and it would pro- assembly, had laboured as a layman duce an excitement among them: and with them, conducted their prayerso, finally, the young man was obliged meetings, and had been exceedingly to borrow a pair of the old gentleman's useful among them. After he had clothes, and they were too short for been to the seminary they sent for him, and he made a rediculous figure him and desired his help, but O enough, But anything was better how changed ! he was so completely than such a terrible innovation as transformed that he made no imprespreaching in pantaloons."
sion; the church soon began to comII. Things as they are.
plain that they should die under his
influences; and he left, because he Laymen." But now all these was not prepared for the work. It is things are gone by, in most places, common for those ministers who have and laymen can pray and preach
been to the seminaries and are now without the least objection. The evils useful, to affirm that their course of that were feared from the labours of studies there did them little or no laymen have not been realised; and good, and that they had to unlearn what many ministers are glad to induce they had there learned before they laymen to exercise their gifts in doing could effect much. I do not say this good.”
censoriously, but it is a solemn fact, Dress. Even now,
and I must say it in love." places, a minister would not dare to Support of Ministers by the Conbe seen in the pulpit in a cravat or gregations. P. 202. 4 A minister stock. The people would feel as if should be provided for by the church, they had no clergyman if he had no and his support guaranteed irrespectbands. A minister in this city asked ively of the ungodly. Otherwise, he another but a few days since, if it may be obliged either to starve his would do to wear a black stock in family or to keep back a part of the the pulpit. He wore one in his truth, so as not to offend sinners. I ordinary intercourse with his people, once expostulated with a minister but doubted whether it would do to whom I found was afraid to come out wear it in the pulpit.”
fully with the truth, I told him I was Effects of Theological Seminaries. surprised he did not bear down on
“ I do not call that a thorough edu- certain points. He told me he was so cation which they receive in our col- situated that he must please certain
are their o
men who would be touched there. It There is no need that the work should was the ungodly that chiefly sup
If the Church will do all her ported him, and that made him de- duty, the millennium may come in this pendent and temporizing."
country in three years.
What do State of Preaching.-" I heard a politicians do? They get up meetremark made by a leading layman in ings, circulate handbills and pamphlets, the centre of this state, in regard to
away in the newspapers, &c. &c. the preaching of a certain minister. all to gain attention to their cause, He said it was the first preaching he
and elect their candidate. All these had heard that he understood, and the
measures,” and for their first minister he ever heard that spoke end they are wisely calculated. ..., I as if he believed his own doctrine, or do not mean to say that they are pious meant what he said. And when first or right, but only that they are wise he heard him preach, as if he was say- in the sense that they are the approing something that he meant, he priate application of means to the end. thought he was crazy. But eventually, The object of the ministry is to get all he was made to see that it was all true, the people to feel that the devil has and he submitted to the truth as the no right to rule the world; but that power of God to the salvation of his
they ought all to give themselves to soul.”
God, and vote in the Lord Jesus Christ
as the Governor of the Universe.” III. Things as they should be. “ If the whole Church, as a body, Such are a few striking extracts had gone to work ten years ago, and from this popular work. We do not continued it as a few individuals,whom profess to give them as a specimen of I could name, have done, there would the book, but to furnish subjects for not now have been an impenitent sin- thought. The extracts under the ner in the land. The millennium would first head develope a state of formal. have fully come into the United States ism, characterised by a degree of atbefore this day. Instead of standing tachment to the heresy of a human still, and writing letters from Berk- priesthood such as we had scarcely shire, let ministers who think we are imagined to exist in the land of "equal going wrong just buckle on the har- rights.” This state is now passing ness, and go forward and show us a
away, and like a sheet of arctic ice more excellent way. Let them teach heaving with the swell of a coming us, by their example, how to do better. tempest of issues, and portentous I do not deny that we have made disruption of the old frigid state of mistakes and committed errors. I do things is everywhere visible. Many not deny that there are many things very interesting anecdotes are given that are wrong done in revivals. But
c revivals in the is that the way to correct them, American charches, which have atbrethren ? So did not Paul. He tended and greatly accelerated the corrected his brethren by telling them progress of this change; but what are kindly that he would show them a more we to think, when we find this zealous excellent way. Let our brethren take advocate of revivals uttering this hold and go forward, &c. &c. Only gloomy presentiment (p. 259). “The let them go on, and let us have the scale is on a poise,-if we do not go United States converted to God, and forward we must go back. Things let all union questions cease.
cannot remain as they are. If the and if revivals do cease in this land, church do not come up, if we do not the ministers and Churches will be have a more powerful revival than we guilty of all the blood of all the souls have had, very soon we shall have that shall go to hell in consequence of it. none at all. We have had such a
great revival, that now small revivals seem determined to leave it to God do not interest the public mind. Who alone to convert the world and say, but God knows what will be the state • If he want the world converted let of these churches, if things go on an- him do it.' They ought to know this other year without a great and general is impossible ; so far as we know, revival of religion ?” We confess we neither God nor man convert the cannot but reiterate this question with world without the co-operation of the much solicitude, because if we could Church," &c. &c. for a moment suppose that the pros- We had thought the Church inperity of the churches of God in any herited the blessing of “the man who quarter of the globe were dependent trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope on the uncertain breath of popular the Lord is,” but it seems we have to applause - the interest of the public learn a new lesson from the new world, mind," and the trickery of ever- that the trust of the Church is in changing novelties to attract and fix man, and that she consequently dreads the inconstant crowd, we must indeed the curse, She “shall be like the heath tremble for the result. That which in the desert, and shall not know when appears to us the most portentous good cometh : but shall inhabit the feature in the aspect of the future parched places in the wilderness, in a for the American churches, is the salt land, and not inhabited.” Which tendency to lean upon an arm of flesh, evil may the Father of mercies avert which can most distinctly be traced from our Transatlantic brethren for not only in some of the extracts we Jesus' sake! have given, but we fear as a widespreading evil in the churches of the United States. There is an earnest
LOUIS PHILIP AND THE QUEEN OF zeal, a spirit of self-renunciation, and of candour and honesty in the writer from whom we quote, which induce “ The French frigate Venus, comthe earnest desire that he should be
manded by Commodore du Petit taught the truth more perfectly; but Thoire, has been giving the poor what shall we say of the love of filial half-civilised Tahitians the same sort dependence and reverent submission of lesson which was lately put in practo the Sovereignty of the All-wise
tice by the French in Mexico. Jehovah, in the mind which could in- “In satisfaction of an insult, alleged dite, or the readers who can approve to have been offered to the French a work containing such sentiments as flag, M. du Petite Thoire demanded the following, p. 236.
“ That Her Majesty should pay “ The reviyal will cease whenever down 2000 dollars. Christians get the idea that the work “ 2. That the French flag should will go on without their aid. The be hoisted on the island, and a salute church are co-workers with God in fired under it of twenty-one guns. promoting a revival, and the work
“ That the Queen should write a can be carried on just as far as the humble apology to King Louis Philip. church will
66 The Venus was cleared for acGod has been for one thousand eight tion, and the town of Matavai, the inhundred years trying to get the fant metropolis of Tahiti, threatened Church into the work. He has been
with destruction in case of a refusal.” calling and urging to get them to take hold, he has stood all this while ready to make bare his arm to carry on the
Extraordinary Proceedings at Tahiti. work with them; but the Church have 66 We have now before us a letter been unwilling to do their part. They from a respectable resident at Tahiti,
containing a detail of some most ex- bles, was despatched by order of traordinary proceedings there on the Queen Pomare to enforce obedience part of the French nation, which we to the laws. Being refused admission think can scarcely be allowed to pass to the house, the constable, by direcunnoticed by the British Govern- tion of the judge, removed the roof, ment.
and having effected an entrance from “ The circumstances, out of which the outside, requested the priests to these proceedings arose, are simply as proceed immediately on board the follow :
vessel, which was then about to sail. “ It may be remembered, that some One of the two, apparently endowed two years ago, Pomare, the young with a little more common sense than Queen of Tahiti, refused permission his companion, quietly complied with to two French priests, from the Ro- the mandate of the queen; the other, man Catholic missionary establish- offering some resistance, was taken by ment on Gambier's Island, to settle in force and placed in the canoe which her dominions, being very judiciously was to convey them to the vessel. averse to countenance anything likely Even then, so anxious was he for the to stir up the flames of religious dis- honours of martyrdom, he threw himcord among her still semi-barbarous self overboard, and received a good subjects. The priests, however, dis- ducking for his pains. regarding her injunction, landed on “ This, then, was the head and front the south-western side of the island, of poor Queen Pomare's offending. and finally made their way to head- Moerenhout and his Popish .colleagues quarters, where they were taken under despatched, by the first opportunity, the protecting wing of the American to His Most Christian Majesty, the consul, Mr. J. A. Moerenhout, a Bel- Citizen King, a flaming detail of the gian by birth, and a Roman Catholic indignities alleged to have been perpeby profession. Naturally incensed at trated on the French ecclesiastics, the her orders being set at nought in her result of which representation was, an own dominions, Queen Pomare imme- order to Commodore Du Petit Thoire, diately gave notice to the priests, of the French frigate Venus, then on through the American consul, that the South American station, to proshe would on no account permit them ceed immediately on Tahiti to demand to remain on the island, beyond the reparation for the wounded honour of time specified for the sailing of the La Belle France. On the arrival of vessel in which they arrived. To this the frigate at Tahiti, M. du Petit notice Mr. Moerenhout returned a Thoire, after a lengthened consultahighly impertinent answer, intimating tion with Mr. Moerenhout (who had his intention to keep the priests on been dismissed from his American the island, in defiance of Her Majes- consulship, and rewarded with the ty's orders; the only excuse offered French consulship, for the share he for such marked disrespect being, that had taken in the transaction), deshe was inclined to believe that the patched a letter to Queen Pomare, queen had been induced to issue these requiring, in the name of His Maorders by the advice of Mr. Pritchard, jesty the King of the French, immethen a missionary, but now the Bri- diate compliance with the following tish consul at Tahiti. When the demands, in satisfaction of the insult time for the vessel's sailing arrived, alleged to have been offered to the and no signs of an intention to com- French flag :ply with Her Majesty's commands “ 1st. To pay down 2000 dollars. were manifested by the priests, one of “ 2nd. To hoist the French flag on the district's judges, accompanied by the island, and fire under it a salute à posse comitatus of Tahitian consta
of twenty-one guns.
*" 3rd. Queen Pomare to write a hum- and acted upon among all nations, ble apology to King Louis Philip. that every foreigner must comply with
“ In significant intimation that his the laws of the country in which he demands were in earnest, M. du Petit for the time resides, however opposed Thoire proceeded, immediately on de- those laws may be to the laws in force spatching his letter, to clear the decks in his native land; the priests had for action, intending, in the event of no reason to complain, therefore, a refusal, to batter down the town of when they were civillly told that Matavai, the metropolis of Tahiti, the Queen would not permit them to overturn the Government, and place remain on the island ; nor has the an inferior chief, of M. Moerenhout's French nation any reason to complain selection, on the throne. For the - that compliance with the laws of the feeble state of Tahiti to have refused land were in this instance enforced. compliance with the demand, unjust As well might the British traveller, and outrageous as it was, would have without a passport, in France, combeen worse than madness; but, un- plain that the detentions to which he fortunately, the whole national trea- is exposed are direct infringements on sury did not contain a tithe of the the liberty of the subject, and the sum demanded. In this dilemma, the British Government espouse British Consul, Mr. Pritchard, Dr. as a fit subject for a national quarrel. Vaughan, a British settler, and Mr. “ Holding, then, that Queen PoBicknell, the son of one of the mis- mare has in no way offended against sionaries, generously came forward to the law of nations; that, in short, in Pomare's assistance, and furnished excluding the two French priests from her with the means of satisfying the her dominions, she did no more than French king's demand.
she had a perfect right to do; we are “ We have thus put our readers in at a loss for a term sufficiently strong possession of the details of this extra
to express our opinion relative to the ordinary affair; we shall now proceed conduct of the French Government to offer some remarks on the whole, in this matter. We should hesitate to We presume that Queen Pomare, who apply the term piratical to any action, is at least a more legitimate sovereign emanating from a nation só distinthan Louis Philip, has as much right guished for gallantry as the French; as the latter to see that the laws of yet the proceeding resembles nothing her kingdom are enforced. Now, it we have ever heard or read of, but is well known to the residents in this the buccaneering practices of by-gone colony, that one of the first laws of times. Call it by what name we may, the Tahitian code prohibits foreigners nothing is more certain than that such of any description from residing on an unwarranted aggression on an un. the island without the express permis- offending and defenceless people, will sion of the queen.
But even if no leave an indelible stain on the reputasuch law existed, Queen Pomare ex- tion of France." ercised nothing more than a sound policy in excluding the priests from It is scarcely possible to read the her dominions; for their avowed ob- narrative of this outrage without ject was to stir up religious discord feelings
feelings of the deepest sorrow. The among her subjects. We say nothing law of nations has been grossly of the share Mr. Pritchard had in violated, and the French Governthe transaction, for whether Pomare ment has, by mere exercise of superior acted as she did by his advice or by force, trampled on the prerogative the advice of Mr. Moerenhout him- of an independent sovereign. How self, the act was equally the act of the revolting and odious a view does it Queen. It is a principle recognized open to
open to us of Popery! These noxious