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dently intoxicated, they would admon-||ish of Sharon reported resolutions, in ish him when sober--and on a repeti substance as follows: That the Sabtion of the offence, either lay it before hath ought to be regularly observed ab the Society for advice, or present it indispensable to the support of moraldirectly to an informing officer, and belity; that they would refrain from unready, when duly called on, to testify necessary journeying, labor, and recre. before any lawful tribunal ; that they ation, on that day; that they would would use their influence to prevent carefully guard themselves against evsuch buying and selling of ardent spirits ery thing implied in profane swearing, as the statutes prohibit, and hold them- and be vigilant in restraining those unselves bound to make the proper au-der their direction from this heaventhority acquainted with the breaches daring vice; that to offer ardent spirits of the law upon this subject, that shall|-excepting in cases of sickness, could come to their knowledge; that, with not be considered either as a deed of their families and domestics, theycharity, or as the smallest evidence of would-unless prevented by some jus-politeness and hospitality ; that they tifying cause-attend public, worship would diminish, and, as far as praction the Sabbath, and on other days set cable, discontinue the use of distilled apart for this purpose by competent liquors among the laborers they em authority, and use their influence with ployed.....Substituting other kinds of others to do the same ; that neither drink and means of sustenance; that, they, nor theirs, would labor, travel, or by mutual advice and friendly reproof recreate unnecessarily on the Lord's they would assist each other, and their day, and would be ever ready to aid neighbors generally, in the promotion the civil authority in preventing chil- of good morals; and that, to a correct dren and others from wandering idly example in their own conduct they or mischievously in the fields, or along would add a constant readiness to supthe pubic roads, or from house toport the civil authority in executing house,on the Sabbath; that if any grand|the laws of the State against every spejuror, constable, or tithing-man, neg-cies of immorality.-Such measures lect the duties of his office, when point-had already produced a favorable ased out to him, they would take meas-pect in the social state. Magistrates ures for his due presentment; that, as had become more evidently a terror travelling on the Sabbath, for either to evil doers.". Considerate observworldly business or vain recreation, is ers had begun to indulge animating a public affront offered to God and to hopes, that many, and of long continthe State, they were determined, bothuance, would be the happy effects of in word and deed, to be faithful in the their exertions to do good. performance of such duties as the The Branch Society in Green's peaceful order of society and the wel- Farms, Fairfield, reported, That the fare of mankind required at their hands measures they had adopted and carri----that they would bear a uniform and ed into operation, had been productive decided testimony against the impious of salutary consequences ; and that and destructive practice of profane they held themselves ready to unite swearing, and, when other means ofre-| their labors with those of others comformation fail, they would make some bined in every part of the State for informing officer acquainted with such the suppression of vice, and, of course, offences;—and that, in their inter- for the promotion of good morals. course with each other, with their The Branch Society in the first parneighbors and the world, they wouldish of Coventry reported, as their debe careful not to sow discord, or to in- liberate and decided sentiments, That vent, take up, or propagate, falsehood, using the Sabbath as a season of rest concerning their fellow men.

from worldly recreations, and of selfThe Branch Society in the first par- devotedness to spiritual exercise; also

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that the regular attendance on public || The Branel Society in Woodbridge, worship, the religious education of parish of Amity, reported their organchildren, a sacred regard to moralization, and their adjournment to recharacter in the election of rulers, and ceive communications and instrucopposition to vice of every sort, aretions from the General Society. things essential to good morals and de- The Branch Society in the first parsirable enjoyment in a community - ish of Farmington reported, Thai they They reported, likewise, their resolu nad resolved to exert themselves, as tions to carry into practice the forego- far as possible for the suppression of ing sentiments in their own personal Sabbath breakins, intemperance, proconduct, and in their families respect-fanity, and licentiousness of every ively; and that, while they would bear description ; that, by the activity and their testimony against immorality in public spirit of one magistrate, travelgeneral, they would particularly dis- ling and impious recreations on the countenance and oppose those fash- Lord's day had been seriously, and alionable habits of devouring strong most wholly, checked; that the relax drink, by which intemperance and ru- ation of wholesome laws, relative to a in are brought upon so many thousand number of gross immoralities, had so in our country,

long been tolerated, that many were The Branch Society in North Ha- nearly ready to believe it impraeticaven reported arrangements for secur-||ble to revive the execution of them ; ing a better observance of the Lord's that it had been difficult to find suitable day ; hoped to strengthen each others persons willing to serve as informing hands in duty, both social and moral,|| officers; that, in several instances, and to do good by their exertions for those appointed informers refused to the suppression of vice.

take the qualifying oath; but that the The Branch Society in Granby re. Society, nevertheless, hoped, in future ported nothing further, than that they to perform their part in furthering the had appointed a committee to form excellent object of the institution. resolutions for their consideration at a The Branch Society in the first parfuture meeting.

ish of East Windsor reported their orThe Branch Society in the third ganization; their appointment of a parish of Wethersfield reported, That committee to prepare regulations and measures had been taken to support to point out measures to be pursued the civil authority in putting a stop to for securing the object of the associaforbidden travel and recreation upon tion ; and their hope, by mutual counthe Lord's day; in preventing the sale sel and support, to accomplish the veof ardent spirits contrary to law; in ry useful purposes for which their so. suppressing places where gaming and ciety had been formed. other licentious practices were tolerat- The Branch Society in Somers reed; and in rendering intemperance, ported, that their organization was reprofanity, and vice of every sort, more cent; that they felt the duty of disdeeply disreputable. By these meas-couraging idleness, profanity, gross ures the profligate had been consider- breaches of the Sabbath, intemperably disturbed.

ance, and immorality of every sort; The Branch Society in New-Lon- that they were cordial in resolving to don reported their approbation of the attempt a reformation; and that they general object; their determination to were not without hope of doing someexert themselves for its accomplish-| thing for the promotion of a cause so ment; and their intention to confer desirable. with the civil authority, on the impor- The Branch Society in Hadiyme tance and best means, of executing the reported, That they had commenced laws provided for the suppression of a system of efforts to produce a reFice.

formation; that, beginning with theiaselves, such of their members as shall tizans of every description, who, some be guilty of known immorality, and weeks since, were ia circumstances more will not be reclaimed by the kind ad- or less easy, and at least knew no want; monitions of their brethren in the soci- of their all, are with their families per

now,

without a home, and stripped ety, shall have their names erased

ishing of hunger. What the industry of from the list of members, as unworthy many years had acquired, was annihilatof a place in the association; and thated in a few hours.All around is one it shall be the duty of every member wide waste. The numerous villages and to use his influence for the reforma-hamlets are alınost all entirely or partion of the openly vicious, and by com tially reduced to ashes; the yet remainplaint, to bring before the constituteding buildings are perforated with balls, in authorities such as shall prove incapa- of every thing; the barns, cellars, and lofts

a most ruinous condition, and plundered ble of being reclaimed. The Branch Society in North Cov-carried off; the implements of farming

are dispoiled, and stores of every kind entry reported, That they had punctil- and domestic economy, for brewing and iously pursued the course recommend distilling-in a word, for every purpose ed in the constitution of tbe General | the gardens, plantations, and fruit-trees Society; that the members had pledy- are destroyed; the fuel collected for the ed themselves to pay a sacred regard winter, the gates, the doors, the floors, the

woodwork of every description, were to their own conduct, and to that of

consumed in the watch-fires; the horses their families; that they would be

were taken away, together with all the ware especially of idleness, profanity, other cattle ; and many families are degross breaches of the Sabbath, and in-ploring the loss of beloved relatives, or temperance, by example and reproof, are doomed to behold them afflicted with testifying always and boldly against sickness, and destitute of relief. The transgressors as opportunities should miserable condition of these deplorable offer; that they would hold themselves tress which meets our view whenever we

victims to the thirst of conquest, the disready to aid the civil authority in the

cross our thresholds, no language is

capadischarge of their duty“ as ministers ble of describing. The horrid spectacle of God for good” to the people; that wounds us to the very soul. the said authority should have no ex- “All the countries of our Continent cuse for“ bearing the sword in vain;" have been more or less drained by this and that the members would not deem destructive war. Whither then are these it either sordid, inhospitable, or impo- poor people, who have such need of assislite, lo omit giving ardent spirits to tance ; whither are they to look for relief!

Ye free, ye beneficent, ye happy Britons, people in health

whose generosity is attested by every (To be continued.)

page of the annals of suffering humanity; whose soil has been trodden by no hostile

foot; who know not the feelings of him DISTRESS IN GERMANY. that beholds a foreign master revelling in A nemorial, addressed by the city of his habitation ; of you the city of Leipsic Leipsic to the independent and benevo- | implores relief for the inhabitants of the lent British nation, in behalf of the inhab- circumjacent villages and hamlets, ruined itants of the adjacent villages and hamlets, l by the military events in the past month who have been reduced to extreme dis- l of October." tress by the military operations in Octo- A letter from Mr. Kaufmann, counselber, 1813, states as follows:

lor of the regency of Lauenburg, has the “ Our resources are exhausted, and we following passage :have yet here a prodigious number of “ We have suffered here beyond all besick and wounded; upwards of 30,000 in | lief. Only our lives are saved; and if Promore than 40 military hospitals, with our vidence preserves us from the epidemical own poor, to be provided for."

diseases, which begin to spread around “We have before our eyes many thou- us, as the effects of our wants, anxiety, sands of the inhabitants of the adjacent and grief, we shall be thankful. The two villages and hamlets, landed proprietors, last harvests are entirely lost to us; and farmers, ecclesiastics, schoolmasters, ar-|| many fields could not be cultivated for want of labourers, cattle, and seed.to return, were stripped of their coats, Thousands of horses and waggons, cows | boots, or shoes. To most of them not a and sheep, have been taken from us; and shirt, coat, boot, or bed was left. Some, we have been, for these three months far advanced in years, cannot yet recover past, exposed to all kind of exactions and from the effects of this cruel treatment.-eruelties. Even now we stand helpless The wives of some of the clergymen of and forsaken. But God will have mercy | my diocese are now lying on nothing but upon us, and our countrymen will pity straw, expecting the birth of infants, for and assist us whenever they can reach us. whose covering they have hardly a few Had we only some money to buy bread rags left, nor have they even the means and fuel ! All our wooden fences are des- of keeping a fire in their rooms : indeed troyed by the French in their watch-fires. most of the houses of the clergy are burnt Our situation is such that we fear a fam- and they have been obliged to take sheline."

ter in such huts as were too wretched to Extract of a letter from the Rev. Mr. attract the notice of the French soldiers. Wynecken, superintendant of Ratzeburg. The churches afforded no refuge; for ev

* I will not hurt your feelings by a min- en they were plundered, and the pews usnte description of the incredible suffer- ed as fuel. It is impossible to obtain, in ings of this little country, which has been our own country the means of relief; occupied these three months past by al- for the distress is too widely extended, most the whole of the French and Dan- and the inhabitants too much impoverish armies; 11,000 of whom, were, in ished. May we then not hope, that from one instance, quartered for several days England the hand ofcharity will be stretchon the small town of Molin, containing no ed out for the relief of the distressed ?more than 250 houses. Our ruin seems and that also the suffering clergy of my inevitable; every thing around us is des- diocese will find some alleviation of their troyed, our fields and gardens laid waste, misery in the Christian sympathy of our our houses emptied, 10,000 head of cattle English brethren?" consumed by the enemy, who barbar

Christian Observer. ously shot three of our honest peasants, for not willingly surrendering the last of their property. Epidemic diseases begin to complete our misery: but God will

No intelligence has been received of late help us over the hills, since we have sur-, from our missionaries in the East, except mounted the rocks, being now free from what is contained in a single sentence of a the enemy.

letter written by Mr. Johns, the Baptist Extract from a letter of the Rev.N.N. missionary who had been arbitrarily sent superintendant at Eckhartsberg in Saxo- to England by the Bengal government. ny, addressed to the Rev. W. Kuper, in This letter is dated March 7, 1814, and London.

states that a letter had been that week “After the battle of Leipsic, the received from Calcutta from which Mr. great mass of the retreating, as well as Johns learnt, that Messrs. “Nott and the pursuing armies passed through our Hall had received the sanction of the neighborhood ; and my diocese, con-worthy Sir Evan Nepean to remain in his sisting of thirty-seven parishes, suffer- department if they pleased.”. ed the most dreadful calamities. The

Panoplist. fate of the clergy is peculiarly distressing. The doors, shutters, floors, and even the roofs of the houses, were seized The reader is requested to correct the and burnt at the bivouacs by the French ; | following passages in the piece on praying who, in their flight, also carried off all for perfection, first sentence, " the folutensils, beds, and clothes. Though the lowing reason is offered for this answer," Austrians, Prussians, and Russians, de- read the following reason is offered in serve high praise for the discipline which | support of this answer.” 40th line, 2d cowas maintained in their armies, yet a 'lumn, “salutary to persons health,” read great number of marauders scoured the " salutary to persons in health.” 5 lines country, and took away what the inhab- from bottom=“as events in connection itants had endeavoured to hide in the with its consequences," read their conwoods. Many clergymen were person- sequences.” 2d page, 1st column, 30th ally compelled to drive their cattle after line, for “ period of probation,” read“pethe French armies, and, when permittedriod of their probation.”

AMERICAN MISSIONARIES.

THE

UTICA CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE.

VOL. II.

NOVEMBER, 1814.

No. 5.

THE MARVELLOUS WORK OF THE LORD.

For the Utica Christian Magazine. || by which we may be led to acknowl

edge, that it is a marvellous work of

God. Matthew, xxi. 42.- The Stone which the 1. How soon and how marvellously

builders rejected, the same is become the did the kingdom of Christ triumph in head of the corner. This is the Lord's Jerusalem! Within fifty days after doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. he was laid in the sepulchre, when all

All the works of the Lord are mar- hope concerning his kingdom had exvellous. “ The works of the Lord are pired; the good news of his resurrecgreat, sought out of all them that have||tion and ascension was preached to pleasure in them.” The works of cre- | the assembled nation of the Jews, and ation, providence, and grace, justly attended with the conversion of about excite our admiration. But among all three thousand. The marvellous the works of God, none is more mar- scene, on the day of Pentecost, comvellous than that which is announced menced, on the part of the people, in the text. The stone which the build with mocking, but concluded with ders rejected, is Christ, who appeared gladly receiving the word. The church in the world as the founder of a king-in Jerusalem soon consisted of about dom, or as the corner stone of a five thousand : and they were all of church. He professed to be the pro-|| one accord, in prayers and praises, in missed Messiah: but was rejected by holy conversation and divine ordinanthe Jewish builders. By them he was ces. All this took place in defiance delivered to the Romans, and at their | of the power and malice of the chief instigation he was condemned to the priests and rulers of the Jews. On death of the cross. He expired under this occasion, the power of God was the mockeries and insults of his ene- || as manifest, as it was at the creation mies. He was laid in the sepulchre, of the world. This was, evidently the at the mouth of which, a great stone | Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in was laid, sealed by public authority,||our eyes. Under the circumstances and effectually guarded.

which have been considered, no man In his hour of peril, Jesus was for- can account for the first establishment saken by his disciples and friends. of the christian church, on any natural His enemies appeared to be trium-principles. Had all this been effected phant; and he was rejected by the by a wicked imposture, how easily whole authority of Jews and gentiles.might this imposture, odious to God Placed under the power of death and and man, have been detected; and the grave, and forsaken by his friends, how soon would the cause of Christ if he ever became the head of the cor- have fallen into just contempt! Left ner, if he ever succeeded to lay a firm to themselves, the weak and ignorant foundation for his church, it must have disciples of Christ, would have speedibeen a marvellous work of God.

ly plunged in ruin, had they been desLet us now attend to some of the titute of divine support. Thus reasoninost striking instances of Christ's ed the wise and candid Gamaliel. fuilding and establishing his church ;||“ Reiraiu from these med, and let

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