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“ catch the living manners as III. The suitable and efficathey rise.” They diffuse cor- cious antidote provided and aprect information among those, plied against this double evil of who bave less opporiunity for being given to change, and of reading and inquiry. In sach meddling with them that are. discourses the importance of The two fast sermons are passing events, their connexion from Psalm lxxxii. 5. with morais and religion, and “They know not, neither will their probable influence on the they understand ; they walk on community may be distinctly in darkness ; all the foundations portrayed. While the subject of the earth are out of course." rouses attention, the solemnity In these sermons the preacher of the day, the character and re- observes,“We may do well to look sponsibility of the preacher, as into our political and moral state, weil as the affection and respect to discover what is unsound, dep. he enjoy's, increase the interest recate what is threatening, corof the people, and give additional rect what is wrong, turn wholly force to the truths delivered to the Lord our God, and seek By printing such discourses of him a right way for ourselves their infiuence is continued and and our children." extended. We would not by I n aiding his people in these this recommend the printing of duties, he observes, Ist. We every fast or thanksgiving ser- may confess and lament that mon ; but when the information truth is falling, and has fallen in given respects our dearest inter- our streets. 2. That there is a ests, when it has not been difl'us manifest and extreme decay of ed generally through the com- neighbourly kindness, brotherly munity, when the nanner can love and charity. 3. That mogive no just offence, when the rality and religion are held in style is correct, impressive, or such low estimation in the choice engaging, we think the publica of civil rulers. 4. That disretion will promote the general spect, in so many instances and good.
ways, is shown to age, authoriThese remarks, with some ty, just influence and merit. slight exceptions, perhaps, apply 5. That forgetfulness of the to the sermons under considera- past, aversion to trace and as
cribe important eflects to obvious The first is from Prov. and true causes, and open and xxiv, 21. “My son, fear thou gross abuse of those to whom the Lord and the king: and we are chiefly indebted are so meddle not with them that are prevalent, 6. That so much given to change.”
is done to separate church The preacher observes, that and state, religion and gore the text comprises three articles ernment, which is a blow struck for distinct consideration. at the foundation of things.
1. The character drawn, 7. That prejudices are excited and the nianner in which it is against, and odium cast upon a formed.
stable form, and firm administraII. The caution, which is tion of government, which are given, “ Meddle not with them.” calculated to work evil in the
community. 8. That immoral- that divine truth is the means of ities so generally prevail.. . sanctifying men, without show
Though the style and punctu- ing its adaptedness to that puration of these discourses are liable pose. And in order to show its to criticism, we think the topics adaptedness to that purpose, he above-mentioned are illustrated must display its nature, and point in a manly, candid, and serious out its leading qualities. To . anner; calculated to answer make it appears that revealed the great end of preaching, to truth is suited to convince and make men wiser and better. convert sinners, and to excite
and improve holy affections in believers, it is necessary to show
what representations it makes of A Sermon preached at the ording. sinners, what motives to repen
tion of the Rev. Charles Lowell tance, and what objects of holy to the pastoral care of the west affection it exhibits. But this is church and congregation in a part of what should be done Boston, Jan. I, 1806. By under the second head. If the ELIPHALET PORTER, pastor author had attended to the secof the first church in Roxbu, ond point first, he might have ry. Belcher and Armstrong. had the advantage of illustrating Boston. 1806,
it distinctly and fully, and, at the JOHN xvii. 17. Sanctify them same time, of preparing the way through thy truth; thy word is for a profitable consideration of truth. On the foundation of this the other point. well chosen passage, the preach- Many of the observations on er proposes to illustrate two each head are valuable, some of points. I. It is by means of them are superficial, and some truth, that God sanctifies man- exceptionable. The preacher is kind. II. The word of God is careful to guard his hearers athe truth, by which this import, gainst supposing, that the doc. ant purpose is effected. This trine he defends is intended to division appears simple and nat- exclude the needful influence of ural. But unfortunately the two God's Spirit. “By his enerpoints are placed in a wrong or- gy,” he observes, “ all things are der. The rules of correct ser sustained ; and without his sup. monizing undoubtedly require, port, co-operation, and blessing, that the point, which holds the nothing truly good and desirable second place, should have been can be effected, either in the first attended to. To attempt to natural or inoral world.” In this show the tendency of any sys- sentiment all enlightened divines tem, before showing what it is, and Christians agree. But the would commonly be deemed an author is not content, without absurdity. The author himself disclaiming curtain sentiments found the inconvenience of his contained in “ some theological arrangement, as he was, in sev- systems.” If he had been so eral instances, obliged, in order good, as to make us acquainted to illustrate the first proposition, with his meaning, we might be to anticipate the second. No under better advantage to judge writer can show to advantage, of the propriety of his remark ; and we think he ought not to compositions of fallible men, as have concealed an error, which tests of soundness in the faith, in his view was so hurtful. A and as preferable, or at least supgeneral, indefinite charge, of cer- plementary to the holy scriptain nameless errors contained in tures, appear honourary to the certain nameless theological sys. word of God, or promotive of tems, can neither be understood free inquiry and the progress nor answered. We must ac- of truth.” This has long been knowledge, that we are acquaint. the cant of liberal prejudice ed with no respectable divines in concerning creeds and conNew England, who entertain the fessions. But what imaginary idea, “ that there is no more being is the author now opposaptitude or tendency in divine ing? Who, except imposing patruth essentially to change the pists, ever considered any * comdispositions and character of the positions of fallible men,” as sinner, than in the light of the “supplementary to the holy scrifisun to give sight and sense to a tures ?” Who that has any claim marble.” It is possible that to the honourable title of a be. those, against whom the author liever, looks upon creeds of humeans to object, hold the fol- man composure, as preferable to lowing sentiment as tenaciously the word of God ? To charge as he does. " It is God who the reformed churches in Eusanctifies ; but he sanctifies rope and America with using through the truth, in a manner creeds and confessions, as pref consistent with our nature and erable, or supplementary to the faculties, as rational, voluntary, scriptures, is misrepresentation. and accountable beings."
The most strenuous defenders Considering the express de- of creeds since the reformation, sign of the author under the sec- have never received or used them ond head of discourse, we think in any other view,than as contain. his summary of revealed truth, in ing, in a condensed form, the esa p. 13, very defective.
sential truths of revelation. And The first inference is, the great we wish the experience of ages importance of the truth. The may determine, whether those, thoughts are pertinent and weigh- who have rejected the use of ty. In the second inference we creeds and confessions, have hear with pleasure, that great at. honoured the word of God by a tention and respect are due to the firmer faith, or studied it with word of God. With entire sat. more reverence, diligence, and isfaction we quote the following prayer, than Christians of a difhints. “Let men repair to the ferent opinion and practice. scriptures with humble, rever. On reading a passage near the ent, and teachable minds. Let close, we cannot withhold the rethem acknowledge no authorita- mark, that, to address an assemtive guide of their faith and prac- bly indiscriminately, as children tice, but Jesus Christ." The of the light and of the day, confollowing observation wants can- sists neither with scripture, nor dour and fairness.' “ Nor does with well known fact. It is putthe use which has often been ting light for darkness. made of creeds, confessions, and The Charge, by. Professor
WARE, deserves neither cen- head—wo unto 118 that we have sure, nor high encomium. It sinned.” After a few observais, on the whole, a pleasing per- tions illustrative of the text, and formance. It is thought, how of the original state and fall of ever, that when he points out the man, and a display of some of requisite qualifications of men, the deplorable effects of the aposwho should be introduced into tasy, as evidence of human dethe ministry, he ought to have pravity, the preacher introduces, added, in conformity to apostolic as a strong example to his purexample, soundness in faith.* If pose, the tragical event which the preceding sermon is true, occasioned his discourse. He this omission is very important. thus relates it :
The Right Hand of Fellowship, « On the ninth day of instant No. by Rev. Mr. BUCKMINSTER, is vember, in the year of our Lord eighsprightly and ingenious. But teen hundred and five, a most daring
robbery and murder were committed the correctness of his notions
within the bounds of this parish. It concerning unity is much doubt appears, that Mr. Marcus Lyon, a ed. He asks, “ Is there not, a young man of about twenty two or midst all the varieties of disci
three years of age, who was on his pline and faith, enough left to us
way from the state of New York, to
Woodstock, in Connecticut, the place in common to preserve a unity
of his nativity, was met by two ruf. of spirit ?" We cannot give an fian footpads, and robbed and murderaffirmative answer. They who ed, in open day, on the stage road in honour the Son even as they this town. It is probable that he was
shot at in the first place, with a pistol, honour the Father, and they who
aimed at his heart. This proving in. do not thus honour him, are too effectual, in consequence, it is likely, widely different to unite on gos- of his full dress, and the ball striking pel ground. The figure about one of his ribs, they had recourse to the “ planetary system” is far
other means of cflecting their nefari.
ous purpose. His body was found, on from suiting the occasion. It is
the evening of the foDowing day, in long, and full of labour, and shallow water, in the edge of Chicoagrees not with a performance, pee river, at a small distance from which should be an easy expres.
the highway, and confined with a sion of the heart.
stone to prevent its floating. His face and head, particularly the latter, were greatly bruised, and the back part of his skull very much fractur.
ed. A brace of pistols, in a very A Discourse delivered in Wilbra
shattered condition, and one of them ham, Nov. 17, 1805, occasion.
much smeared with blood, was found
nigh him. They were doubtless made ed by the murder of Marcus use of to break his head. Whether Lyon. By Ezra WITTER, clubs(one of which was also found near A. M. Pastor of the church in the spot) or stones, were likewise use said town. Springfield. Brew
ed, is uncertain; though somewhat
probable, from his head being so exer.
tremely bruised and broken. The This discourse is founded on verdict of the jury of inquest sem. a passage in the Lamentations of
moned on the occasion was, wilful
murder. Jeremiah, chapter v. verse 10.
“ His body, as soon as was con. “ The crown is fallen from our venient, was conveyed to the place of
his nativity, where it has doubtless * 2 Tim. i. 13. ix. 3.
received the rites of Christian sepul.
tre, and been embalmed with many The “ inferences and reflec. a tear.
tions" which conclude the dis“ His melancholy fate excited an uncommon interest in this and the
course, are serious and appropria neighbouring towns, and pursuers ate, and under the circumstances were immediately dispatched, in in which they were delivered, quest of the perpetrators of the hors must have been impressive and rid deed. Through their expedition
useful. Though this performand perseverance, the supposed as. sassins have been apprehended, ance bears evident marks of haste brought back into this county, had in its composition, it is yet easy to before magistrates and committed to discover in it traces of a pious prison at Northampton, where they and ingenious mind, disposed are to await their trial, at the next
and able to draw instruction from session of the supreme court of this and commonwealth. Whoso sheddeth remarkable passing occurrences man's blood, by man shall his blood of Providence. be shed.”
Rerort or A COMMITTEE OF THE India and Christian nations will farour
BOSTON ASSOCIATION OF MIX. continued missionary efforts, and the ISTERS.
translations now made will be useful
to future missionaries, and in general The letter respecting the translation of to all Christians, who visit the counthe Scriptures into several Eastern try. Changes in the East may be exLanguages being laid before the pected favourable to Christianity, parBoston Association, a Committee was ticularly the decline of Mahometan appointed to consider the subject, who ism. after a careful inquiry offe.c.l the fol. The present translators appear ta lowing report.
have fidelity and ability, and possess The circulation of the Holy Scrip: many advantages for translating and tures through a large part of the East. circulating the scriptures. Mr. Caern world is the object proposed by rey, who superintends the work, is ac the translations, which this associa. quainted with Latin, Greek, Hebrew tion are desired to encourage. In ad. and Sanscrit, and many living lan. dition to the general obligation, which guages of the East and West. He is imposed on Christians, to diffuse has composed grammars of the San. the light of the gospel, there are some scrit, Bengallee and Mahratta lancircumstances, which appear to rec- guages, and begun a Sanscrit dictio. ommend the Eastern nations to par- Dary. Marquis Wellesly appointed ticular regard. They are in some de him to an honourable station in Fort grec civilized, they possess written William College at Calcutta, which languages, they are accessible to appears to have been a very respect. Christians, and they must receive able institution. In the journals of much benefit or much injury from the missionaries, we find him quoting the Christian world. It is perfectly some of the most important critic safe to preach the gospel amongst works on the scriptures; and in no. them. As far as the scriptures hate ticing some difficult passages, he disbeen dispersed, a general disposition covers minute attention, and a “des to read them has been expressed. sire to make the translation as just The increasing connexion between as possible.” In his letters he shous
an observing mind. He communi* For the letter referred to see the cates many interesting remarks on 10th No. of the Panoplist, p. 462. the natural and moral state of the