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sound and bright, after the wear at meeting in heaven, those,
of almost six thousand years, whom their charity has been in-
the author concludes that with strumental of saving, the preach-
common use it may endure more er exclaims,
than one thousand years to come.

“ Moment of unutterable extacy!
“ It does not appear that those Angels, could angels covet, might
heavens and this earth, which atter emulate your bliss, and sigh to be:
the lapse of six thousand years, still come partakers in it.” p. 33.
display so much magnificence, and

Will not the angels experience shine in so much glory, will, in little as great bliss at beholding the more than a thousand years, bave

redeemed of the Lord return grown old as doth a garment, and be. come unfit for use." p. 18.

to Zion, as any of their fellow A prudent man may judge beings, who may have been inhow long a garment will last; strumental in bringing them a skilful artificer, by examining

thither? the timbers of a building, may

Though we cannot give our judge how long it will stand; unqualified approbation of this but none, it is believed, but the sermon, we, on the whole, condivine Architect, so thoroughly sider it as possessing no ordinaknows the structure of the unis ry degree of merit. It is evanverse, as to foretel either its con- gelical and deeply impressive. tinuance or dissolution.

The author imitates, with much · The following rellections, aris- success, the thundering eloing from this extended view of quence of the French pulpit. the Millennial period, are animat- One can hardly read the following; and furnish a fair specimen ing paragraphs, without believof our author's style and manner. ing, that the writer had received

“What ideas does this article give the falling mantle of Pastor us of the designs of Deity in creation Saurin. In reference to the and redemption! How august ap- Pagan world he exclaims, pears the character, how complete

“ And now, O my God, what more the victory of Jesus! Where once stood his cross now stands his throne. of man contemplate miseries the

shall I say? Can the unfeeling heart And the same world which once saw

most extreme, and not be moved ?the transitory triumph of his adversa.

From the hill of Zion, beaming with ry, now sees his own aliding triumph, light, and smiling with life, let me di. and pays to his divinity a perpetual homage. This glorious period the

rect your view to the vale of darkness,

and the shadow of death. death of Christ principally respects.

“ Yonder are the pagans. Friends All previous cunquests are unimpor- of humanity, o that I could describe tant. Those subdued by his grace them to you !--cold, naked, famished, during six thousand years, will be few compared with the number who ing with revenge, and thirsting for

friendless; roaming the desert, burn. shall crown liis final triumph. How

blood.-Yonder

the pagans: great that number will be i dare not

Friends of Immanuel, o that I could even conjecture. But, though I dare

describe them to you, assembled on not, I love to agitate the question; the ground of enchantmepit, practis. to recount the hundred and forty and

ting the delusions of witchcraft, insultfour thousand; to contemplate, and to become absorbed, in that great dogs, and paying their impious adora.

ing the heavens by the sacrifice of multitude of the redeemed, from

tions at the shrines of devils ! among all nations, a multitude which

From these profane devotions, the no man can number.”

hoary warrior retires. His steps tot. In relation to that happiness ter with age, he reaches the threshold which believers will experience, of his but, and sinks beneath infirmi.

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ties, on the cold earth, his bed of satisfied with the vain hope of the coun. death. No sympathizing friend par- try beyond the hills? Are these the takes in his misery, no filial hand is sentiments of Christians ; Christians stretched out for his relief. The whose hearts have been softened by wife of his youth has forsaken him ; redeeming love, whose immortal bis daughters are carried captive ; hopes rest on sovereign mercy, and his sons have been slain in battle. whose unceasing song, through eterExhausted with sufferings, and weary nal ages, will be, grace, rich grace ?" of life, he turns his eye upon the p. 37, 38. grave. But the grave to him is dark and silent. Not a whisper of comfort is heard from its caverns, or a beam of light glitters on its gloom. Here the curtain drops, time ceases, eterni

The Hurt that Sin doth to Bety begins: Mighty God, how awful is lievers; to which is added, a the scene which follows! But I dare

word of entreaty to all those, not attempt to lift the veil that cov.

that name the name of Christ, ers it. A moment since, and this immortal soul was within the reach

to depart from iniquity. By of prayer: now its destiny is fixed, NATHANIEL MCINTIRE. Bos. and just, eternal Sovereign! are thy ton. Belcher and Armstrong. decisions." p. 28, 29.

1806. pp. 41. Again ; “ Can it be that the tender mercies

This little pamphlet, the pro. of such an auditory are exhausted ? Have you then nothing more to lend duction of a layman in a humble to Jesus Christ ? Have you no longer walk of life, bears the marks of any alms to bestow on your suffering piety and good sense. The au. brethren, and shall I tell them you thor seems to possess an intihave not ? shall I recall the missionaries you have sent them, and extin

mate acquaintance with the guisha the hopes which your former Scriptures. Some little inaccucharities have inspired ? Shall I pro- racies must be expected, but nounce on the savages their doom, they are readily overlooked by sball I say to the pagan just emerg- those, who wish for a plain reping from the gloom of nature and di. recting his steps towards the bill of resentation of important truth, life, Go back into your forest, cover

and who prefer a pious sentiagain your altar with victims, mutter ment to an elegant period. your nightly origens to the stars, and be

Religious Intelligence.

UNITED STATES. ligion, within their several jurisdicREGULAR intercourse has for some tions, and conser together, with a view years past subsisted between the to devise measures best adapted to General Assembly of the Presbyte- preserve the harmony and advance rian church, and the General Asso. the prosperity of the churches. ciation of the State of Connecticut. Much advantage to the cause of our Lately the Convention of the State common Christianity has already been of Vermont have been received into the result ; & it is eamestly hoped that the connexion. Delegates from each the Congregational churches in Mas. of these representative bodies at. sachusetts and New Hampshire will tend and act at their respective an. speedily make the necessary arnual meetings, and communicate in rangements for joining in this useful formation concerning tbe state of re. intercourse.

The General Assembly, at their years, if prompt and effectual meameeting in May last, received the sures be not taken to furnish a supply following report from the Rev. Ger- of ministers, touch greater than the shom Williains, their delegate to the existing state of things is likely lo Convention of Vermont ;

produce. The Assembly were, in. That agreeably to appointment, deed, deeply affected by the view, he atten ied during the whole of their which they had taken of this subject, sessions, which were held at Pitts, and were extremely solicitous to ford-that he was received and treat- adopt the most efficient measures, ed in a manner, which discovered which circumstances permit, to reinhigh respect for the General Assem. edy the evil, which exists, and to prebly; that no very important business vent its augmentation. But, as the except the common concerns of their Presbyteries of which the Assembly church, came before them—that very have the oversight, are scattered agreeable accounts were received of over a wide extent of country, and the revival of religion in various their circumstances are known to be parts of the State that the churches extremely various, it occurred, that in that quarter appear to be dwelling an absolute injunction on all the Prestogether in barmony, and that with byteries immediately to enter on the in the term of three years past, a execution of the plan proposed, might very great change, favourable to the bear hard on some, if not be entirely cause of religion, has taken place, incapable of execution. On the other that it has been a time of refreshing, hand, merely to recommend an attenin which the visible church has been tion to the plan, without attaching greatly increased-that they have any responsibility to the neglect of come into more regular order; and the recommendation, appeared to the are combining their councils in exer- Assembly incompatible with the cising the discipline of the church :- high importance of the subject, and thai they appear cordially desirous with their own duty as the guardians that the intercourse now begun be. of the church, bound especially to tween them and the General Assem- provide for their people a supply of bly may be continued.”

The word of life. It was therefore The Assembly, at their meeting in determined to take a middle course May, 1805, submitted to the consid. between these extremes, so as, if cration of the several Presbyteries possible, to avoid the inconvenience in their connexion, “an Overture re. of both. With this in view, it was specting the education of pious youth resolved to recommend, and the As. for the ministry.” In May, 1806, sembly do hereby most earnestly recomthe Assembly resumed this impor. mend, to every Presbytery under tant subject, and having been made ac- their care, to use their utmost en. quainted with the opinions of the sev. deavours to increase, by all suitable eral Presbyteries, which happily were means in their power, the number of in unison, they “determined, that promising candidates for the holy the part of the overture, which relates ministry--to press it upon the par, to the selection and education of young ents of pious youth to educate them men of piety and talents for the gospel for the church, and on the youth ministry, presents a plait, which they themselves, to devote their talents consider as well deserving their and their lives to this sacred callingcountenance and support. it is, in- to make vigorous exertions to raise deed, an obvious and melancholy funds to assist all the youth, who fact, that the candidates for the gos. may need assistance to be careful pel ministry, within the bounds of that the youth whom they take on The Presbyterian church, at present, their funds, give such evidence as is gicätly disproportionate to the de. the nature of the case admits, that mand, which is made for their ser. they possess both talents and piety sices; and that the rapid increase of to inspect the education of these Bidani congregations, taken in con- youth during the course both of their sexion with the youth, who are study, academical and theological studies, ings for the ministry, presents a most choosing for them such schools, sem. gloomy prospect of what is likely to inaries, and teachers, as each Pres. Le the fate of our chwb is a fost bytery may judge most proper about advantageous, so as eventually to in the service, and were well receive bring them into the ministry, well ed by the Indians : that the Indians, furnished for their work--and the having expressed a strong desire to Assembly do hereby order, that eve- have the gospel established in the ry Presbytery under their care, make, nation, a school for the education of annually, a report to the Assembly, their children and the arts of civil stating particularly what they have life introduced among them; the sya done in this concern, or why (if the nod, encouraged by these favourable case so shall be) they have done appearances, had made the greatest nothing in it ;-and the Assembly efforts to follow the leadings of diwill, when these reports are receiv. vine Providence in this case. ed, consider each distinctly, and de- “ That they have employed the cide by vote, whether the Presbyte- Rev. Mr. Joseph Badger as a stated ries severally shall be considered as missionary for one year; two white having discharged, or negleeted their men as labourers, of whom one to be eduty, in this important business. ventually employed as a schoolmaster;

"The Assembly called upon the one black man (acquainted with their synods, which manage the missiona- language, and hopefully pious) and ry business in a separate capacity, to his wife: they have also purchased report their diligence and success in sundry live stock, household furnithis work,

ture, implements of husbandry, a "A report on this subject was boat for transportation, &c. all of presented by Mr. Matthews, in be. which were to be forwarded to San. half of the synod of the Carolinas. dusky, about the first of April last ; From this, it appeared, that in the that the synod, animated with a noble course of the year preceding the last zeal in this glorious cause, are exmeeting of synod, they had two mis. tending their views to the Seneca Io:sionaries employed for about nine dians, settled on the Alleghany river, months each, at the Natchez, and and devising means for bringing them parts adjacent ; and that the reports “out of darkness into marvellous received from the missionaries gave light.”-On the whole, the Assem. great hopes of continued success, in bly were highly gratified by the the mission to that quarter :--that prospects opened to them by the svone other missionary had spent one

nod' of Pittsburg; and only regi.. month in missionary labour, in the the want of means to realize the North Western parts of the State of blessings they present. North Carolina : that some of the The following letter having been missionaries appointed by the synod, read before the Assembly, they had been prevented from fulálling agreed to recommend, and do heretheir appointments; and that the sy- by recommend it to the attention of nad have directed the Presbytery of all their Presbyteries, and the youth Orange to ordain Mr. James Smilie, concerned : with a view to his returning as a mis- “The College of New Jersey was sionary to the Natchez.

originally founded with a particular "The synod of Pittsburg did not view to promote the interests of remake a formal report on this sub. ligion, as well as learning, by trainject ; but a letter to the chairman of ing up men of piety and talents for the Committee of Missions, from the the ministry of the gospel. The Board of Trust, which has the imme. Trustees of the institution have ever diate direction of the missionary bu. been attentive to this great object, siness in that synod, was laid before and have made the most generous the Assembly and read.

provision for the support and instruc"From this it appeared that the tion of theological students. As the

encouragements here oftered to such dable zeal and Aattering prospects of students are but little known, the success are attempting the instruction Faculty take the liberty of mentionand civilization of the Wyandot In- ing them to you, and requesting you to dians, residing at, and near Sandus- co-operate with them in carrying ina by: that the synod sent three mis. to effect the benevolent designs of tbe sonaries thither last summer, each trustees, by sending bither any young of whom spent two months or more men with whom you are acquainted,

who may need the advantages that venience, with honour to themselves, are here to be enjoyed.

and advantage and success to the “ All persons who are actually en. common cause. gaged in the study of theology, at Rey. Messrs. Payson Williston and whatever institution they may have Thomas H. Wood, laboured in the received the preliminary parts of their counties of Onondago and Chenango; education, may, on producing proper each of them fifteen weeks. Mr. testimonials of their character, pursue Wood rode 1400 miles, preached 70 their farther studies here at the mod- sermons, administered the Lord's erate charge of one dollar a week for supper once, baptism 15 times, visit. board, and enjoy the assistance of the ed il schools and about 300 families, President and Professor of Theology, attended several conferences and dis. without any fee for instruction. tributed the Society's books, as he had This professor gives lectures to the opportunity and found there was need, Theological Students twice in the Mr. Williston was not less active, week ; and at each succeeiing meet. laborious and faithful in performing ing exaniines them strictly on the the several parts of his mission. subject of the preceding lecture. Rev. Royal Phelps performed a His course of Lectures embraces Di. mission to the westward of only 8 vinity, Ecclesiastical History, Church weeks. From his journal it appears Government, Christian and Jewish that he had a truly missionary spirit, Antiquities, and the Duties of the pas. and laboured without ceasing, and to toral Office. He instructs those who much effect. These missionaries, desire it, in the Hebrew language, who have entirely approved themso useful, and almost indispensable to selves to the Trustees, assure you of a gond divine.

the respect with which they were * Atesery meeting, one or more of commonly treated : of the readiness his pipils submits to his criticism and shewn to hear the word preached; remarks, an essay or a sermon on a to receive more private instruction subject previously assigned. The and attend conferences for religious Professor, together with the Presi. conversation. Their services wero dent of the College, holds a Theolo. gratefully acknowledged. A repetigical society once in the week for the tion of similar ones earnestly request. discussion of important questions, ed, missionary institutions highly es. immediately relative to the science of timated, and their benevolent exerDivinity.

tions almost every where thankfully « The emulation and encourage- owned. Often it was difficult for the ment communicated by a variety of people to utter all they wished and fellow students, the opportunity of culexperienced. In divers places an tivating any branch of science, and hearing ear was granted. The hear. an access, at all times, to a large and ers hung on the lips of the animated well selecter Theological Library, are speaker ; eager to hear, desirous to other avantages of no small con- improve, slow to depart and ready to scquence.

return. Impressions were made by In behalf of the Faculty, the truth, faithfully and powerfully SAMUEL S. SMITH, President.” preached, which, it is hoped, will be

permanent. The Holy Spirit working. ellectually with the word: renewing

the heart and reforming the life. We add a half sheet to the present They state that such is the destitute

Number to admit entire the fol- and helpless condition of many of the Jowing

new serilements that they still great

ly, and probably will long need all, Report of the Trustees of the Hamps which the funds of this society, and shire Missionary Society, made at

other societies, will be able to do for their Annual Meeting in Northampton, their relief. Many of the infant the last Thursday in August, 1806. plantations are sm:111 and scattered :

The Trustees inform the Society, some of thein are divided in their reli. that the missionaries, employed the gious opinions, and some are broken last year, completed their respective by sharp and unchristian contentions. Missions without any special incon- Messrs. Williston and Wood had a

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