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2d. A spirited dissertation on the in- tem, by Moses Quinby, leading the fluence of Commerce on public manners, mind from a contemplation of the by George THORNDIKE, distin- wonders of creation to admire the guished by sentiments of the purest wisdom and power of the Creator. nature, mingled with a glowing zeal The science of astronomy was for the simplicity of ancient times, traced can amore through the stages and the incorrupt integrity of “ days of its progress to the present times
. of yore." And if, in some instances, The speculations of ancient and modthis zeal led to severe invective
ern sages, and the ingenious theories against the mercenary, avaricious, of philosophers, from Pythagoras ta and meanly interested trader, it ought Newton, and from Newton down to not to have been construed, as dero. Darwin, were passed in review by gating from the value and respecta- the orator, and proved his attachment bility of the fair and honourable mer- to mathematic calculation, and philochant, or of a profession which serves sophic inquiry. to unite mankind in bonds of mutual 8th. An English Oration on the benefits.
progress of Refinement, by Isaac 3d. The Forensic disputation on the FOSTER COFFIN, led the enchanted question, Whether utility be the founda- attention of the audience through all tion of moral obligation, by Joan Da. the steps of human advancement, vis and BENJAMIN TITCOMB, was “ from passion and debasement" to conducted with accurate investiga. the highest polish of civilized society tion, and a discriminating attention to and, if elegance and urbanity of man. the theories of writers on ethics, and ners, ease of elocution, and dignity of the insidious distinctions of modern sentiment are entitled to applause, philosophists.
this young gentleman was highly enti4th. A dissertation on the use of his tled to it. Indeed the whole exhibia tory, by RICHARD COBB, exhibited a tion, of which a sketch is here given, maturity of mind, and extent of read. excited lively emotions of pleasure in ing and observation, highly honoura. a literary, respectable, and attentive ble to the genius and industry of the audience, and gave an earnest of the speaker. It contained energetic and future hopes of society from an insti. judicious remarks; the style was tution, fostered by public munificence, perspicuous and appropriate, and the and private benefaction, and govern. benefits of historical knowledge to le ed with paternal fidelity aud profes: gislators and professional men, to sional skill. princes, patriots and heroes, were After these exercises, the following displayed with glowing eloquence. excellent Address was made by the The eulogy on our countrymen, who President to the candidates for their fell before Tripoli, was calculated to first degree. “rouse even cowards to emulate the actions of the brave."
Gentlemen, 5th. An ingenious and discursive Having finished the course of studisquisition on the powers of language, dies, prescribed by the laws of this by John O'Brien, evincing a nice institution, you are now to receive attention to the subjects connected its first honours, and soon to enter up: with eloquence, and to the influence on public life. I trust you need not of oratory on the human mind and be assured, that the governors and passions in every age, with an indig. patrons of the society, and we espenation against innovators, and cor- cially, who have had the immediate ruptors of our idiom, characteristic of direction of your studies, feel deeply the critical and classic scholar. interested in your usefulness and hap
6th. An English oration by John piness in life. As instruction here DAVIS. This composition was mark. commenced with you ; on you, more ed with the features of judgment, se- than on any succeeding class, will deriousness, and piety. Its subject was pend the reputation of this infant “ the Powers of Man," and it afford. seminary. ed evidence of the tender feelings, As the broadest, firmest, and surmoral perceptions, and studious ap- est foundation of your future usefulplication of its author,
ness and respectability, let me ear7th. A disquisition on the solar sys. nestly recommend to you piety to
wards God, and a life of virtue, found- and guided by sincerity and truth. ed upon evangelical principles. You Avoid every dishonest art to advance will make a very dangerous mistake, your interest or reputation, and prob; . if you think it sufficient to maintain a ably the world will do justice to your decent character, formed on worldly characters ; but if not, you will have principles, and governed by worldly for your consolation the testimony of inotives. I am not unwilling that re- your consciences, which is infinitely ligious principles and resolutions better than the plaudits of millions. should be strengthened by a regard to reputation ; but the gospel of our The degree of Bachelor of Arts blessed Redeemer directs our su. was then conferred on the following preme regard to Him, who knows the young gentlemen, alumgi of Bowdoin secret springs of all our actions. And College; Richard Cobb, Isaac FosterGod forbid that you should ever be Coflin, John Davis, John O'Brien, ashamed to be governed by the prin- Moses Quinby, George Thorndike, ciples of the gospel of Jesus Christ. and Benjamin Titconıb. If you heartily embrace the religion It was indeed a novel enjoyment to of the Redeemer, it will furnish you witness the refinements of science in with the most powerful motives to a country not long since reclaimed practise the things that are virtuous from the wilderness, and to view a. and praiseworthy; and, in a bumble literary seminary, “ Cirrhia procul et dependence on divine aid, you will re- Permesside lympha,” promising the solve with holy Job, that your heart benefits and ornaments of erudition to shall not reproach you so long as you the youth of unborn generations. live. Would you maintain conscien.
ATTICUS ces void of offence towards God and Bath, Sept. 1806. man, without which you cannot be happy, shun the pestilential society of those, who are enemics to the relig- SINGULAR PHENOMENON. ion of Christ. In the commerce of the world you must sometimes fall Extract of a letter from Overton couninto the company of such, but let ty, Tennessee, dated Nov. 1806, to one them never be your chosen compan. of the Editors of the Panoplist. ions. Evil communications corrupt « I have reserved room to sketch good manners. Let your chosen you a short account of a rare occur. companions be men of virtue, men rence in the world of meteors. It who fear God and keep his command- was witnessed at Knoxville, on the ments. He that walketh with wise 27th of August last. Our attention men shall be wise, but a companion was attracted between 9 and 10 in of fools shall be destroyed.
the morning, by a number of extraor. Whatever profession in life you dinary circles about the sun. The may choose, whether law, physic or first was a common halo ; though of divinity, you ought never to imagine colours uncommonly vivid; the sun that the talents, which the Author of in the centre, as usual ; and the area nature has given you, or the instruc- very dark between the sun and circle, tions you have had in the first ele. like the space between the outer and ments of science, will supercede the inner rainbow. This circle was crossnecessity of diligence in the prosedu- ed by another considerably larger : tion of your studies. Inquire among of a whitish colour ; its periphery the living, or among the dead, and running through the sun and its cen. you will find no example of great em- tre at or towards the zenith. The Inence without industry:
third and fourth were much larger And in whatever stations the prov- than the second; paler, resembling a idence of God may call you to act your lunar rainbow, but the peripheries, respective parts, let your whole con- narrower and better defined, not con. duct be directed by an inviolable re- stantly complete ; one projected togard to duty, and that delicate sense wards the southwest, and the other of honour and propriety, which shuns towards the northeast, each encom. the appearance of evil. In your in- passing the halo, and intersecting the tercourse with the world, let your second circle and one another at a behaviour be marked with candour, point opposite the sun, from which a
line drawn to the centre of the sun and there was none for several days would, it was judged, be equally di- after, though at the time the air was vided by the meridian. The place of a little hazy, as usual when baloes intersection was bright and tinetured appear ; but what dis; osition of the with different colours. And easterly vapours could produce such a wonderand westerly there were fragraents of ful play of refraction and reflection, a larger circle varying in length, col- I do not pretend to determine. As it oured like a rainbow,
and of sufficient continued so long, I regret that I had size, it is believed, if complete, to no quadrant to ascertain altitudes and have included all the rest, and to have angles, though there was nothing reexten led southerly far below the hor- markable in a horizontal view of izon, altogether different from a rain things, except that the air appeared bow in situation and magnitude. The rather darker than usual, something scene varied a little from time to as it does in a partial eclipse of the time; and probably was various in stin; yet the scene above was se different parts of the country. It is brilliant, that my eyes, though resaid the number of circles seen in markably strong, were immediately some places was seven. In an hour so overpowered, that I could only or two it had disappeared at Knox- take sudden glances of the phenome ville, but came on again in the after- non, till I had procured a smoked noon, only reversed ; the point of in- glass. No one present, though there tersection of the three circles being were persons who had lived in differ northeast from the sun, and all ap- ent parts of America and Europe, had pearances changed accordingly. It ever beheld, as they said, or recolwas seen through a region of country lected to have read or hcardof the like. of several hundred miles in extent, and how much farther I am not in- We understand that Mr. Carri-' formed. I have waited to see if any gain, Secretary of the state, and Mr. thing similar was noticed in your Merril, are engaged in making such part of the Union : but suppose not, surveys of different parts of New as no mention was made in the pa.' Hampshire, as may enable thera pers. There had been no rain at shortly to publish an accurate map -Knoxville for some days preceding; of this State.
List of New Publications. OBSERVATIONs upon baptism, de- , Magazine, and Review of the United livered at Ipswich, south parish, June States for December. Being a con12, 1806. By Joseph Dana, D. 1). tinuation of the Monthly Register pastor of the church in that place; and Review newly arranged. This with a view of introductory circum. work will be conducted as before, by stances and proceedings in the said S. C. Carpenter, in connection with church. pp. 24. Blunt. Newburyport. another gentleman of first rate ac.
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Drdination. Ordained, on the 10th of Dec. to of Little Cambridge, from 1 These the pastoral care of the church and v. 12, 13.; ordaining prayer by Rev. congregation in Freeport, (Me.) the Mr. Herrick, of Durham, and charge Rev. SAMUEL VEAZIE, M.A. The
by Rev. Mr. Eaton, of Harpswell ; several performances on the occasion Rev. Mr. Jenks, of Bath, expressed were as follows; the introductory the fellowship of the churches, and prayer by the Rer. Mr. Weston, of Rev. Mr. Miltimore, of Falmouth, Gray; sermon by Rev. Mr. Foster, concluded with prayer.
Dbituary. In the city of New Brunswick, On the morning of the 16th inst. by state of New Jersey, Jan. 13, in the the falling of the south wall of the 69th year of his age, Col. John Bay. Columbian Museum (after the buildard, formerly a citizen of Philadelphia. ing had been consumed by fire) six
At Lexington, Ken, Dec. 14, Hon. young persons, viz. William, son of John Brackenridge, Attorney Gen. Michael Homer, aged 11; John, son of the United States.
of Mr. Philip Condon, aged 14: In this town, suddenly, on the 6th Henry Fullerton, aged 20; Isaac inst. aged 77, Ebenezer Storer, Peabody, aged 15; Joshua Urann, Esq. A. M. A. A. S. and treasurer of aged 17 ; and James D. Beals, aged Harvard College.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. B. C. D. on the resurrection of Christ, Philalethes on the same subject, Luther's reply to J. C.. Memoirs of the life of Stephen Smith. Esq. Leightoa on the influences of the Holy Spirit, Quolquum's sketch of David's character, H. on self-acquaintance, Theophilus on the divinity of Christ, (inserted in this number,) with his exposition of Heb. vi. 4 to 7, are received.
We are particularly obliged to our correspondent for his translations for the Panoplist. The result of the members from Zeland of the synod of Dort, on the question, " In what manner should candidates be prepared for the sacred min istry?” is excellent and peculiarly seasonable ; as are also, “th sentiments of the British divines at the synod of Dort, on some interesting points of divinity," inserted in the present number. We are always gratified by the communications of this correspondent.
Orton's sketch of Dr. William Bates, with preliminary observations, is . thankfully received. His design to send us a succession of the lives of some eminent non-conformist divines, and of the members of the celebrated West. minster Assembly, meets our cordial approbation, and we have no doubt his communications will be highly gratifying to our readers, and promotive of the great object of ourAvork.
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