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by another principle of our nature. dominion of Christ. The resourThe soul of inan is never satisfied ces of the infinite God are sufficient with its present condition. In ad- for the creation of worlds and sysversity, it is looking forward to a tems, without end. And who can deliverance; and in the height of tell, that he will not, when raised to prosperity, it is ever aspiring after the heights of heaven, behold the greater good. Human happiness creating power of God exertedcan be permanent no longer than it behold worlds and suns starting inis on the increase. This is true of to existence in the now trackless men, without regard to character or void, peopled with life, intelligence condition. This principle sancti- and happiness. fication does not destroy, and it In view of this subject, it is obbelongs to the saints in heaven as vious to remark the fearful conditwell as those on earth. But if so, ion of the wicked. They have enthere can be no happiness in heav- listed in a cause which is sure to en, unless there is constant increase fail, and under a leader who is even of it. We are sure then, that the now in chains, under darkness, recapacities and happiness of every served for a more fearful destrucsaint in heaven, will increase with- tion. So surely as the cause of out end. The mind enlarging its Christ will finally prevail, so surely powers will be multiplying the sour- will that of satan be overthrown.ces of its enjoyment. Hourly as it And every step of the progress of expands, it will be bringing within its Christ's kingdom is an encroachreach something new of the myste- ment upon the kingdom of darkries and works of God; something ness. Christ is to bring to the to start a new thrill of joy, and to advancement of his kingdom all the swell to a higher strain the eternal resources of earth and heaven and song. The range of mental vision hell, and (what is more than all) will not cease to extend itself, till it of his own omnipotence. In the shall embrace all objects, with their same way that all things will conqualities and relations—till it has tribute to the increase of the bleschased away the cloud of every mys- sedness of the saints in heaven, will tery—till all existences, animate and they increase the pains of the damninanimate, created and uncreated, ed in hell. The same things will become so many never-failing sour- be sources of pleasure to the one ces of enjoyment. It may then be and of torment to the other. While said of the subjects of this kingdom, one enjoys a universe more and that all things are theirs—the uni- more, as his powers expand, the verse is eventually to be subject to other feels its weight pressing bim them. In this sense it is true, that deeper in hell. the government and peace of Christ And on the other hand, how gloshall increase through interminable rious are the prospects of the citiages.
zens of Zion. They have the prosAnd that it is not true in a still pect of security from danger, ultihigher sense, we are not able to de- mate success in the grand pursuit of cide. The visible creation is com- life, and happiness enough to fill prised in Christ's government; and the vast and eternally expanding it cannot be proved, that there is not desires of the soul. His prospects a constant increase to this, and that are those of Christ's kingdom ; and other worlds innumerable are not he must increase, stand or fall with yet to be created, all subject to the that. As he advances in this life,
his graces and happiness will in- what is it then? follow it to the crease; and after millions of millions farthest stretch of human conof ages of increasing joy shall have ception, and what is it then ? folgone, an eternal weight of glory is low it till it can enjoy more in one before him.
hour, than all created existence And hence we see the difference have yet enjoyed; and then tell me between the righteous and the wick- if such a soul is not worth a few exed. There is a mark in the char- ertions to save. And if this is not acter of every individual, which in enough, fix upon an unhappy soul, the view of God exhibits a distinc- who is the subject of God's wrath, tion, broad as infinity. And this and follow it down through similar difference is daily increasing. The gradations, down to the lowest
one is growing more holy, and the depths, to the botomless pit, till it 1. other more sinful. We can con- has a devil's heart and a devil's tor
ceive of a period, when they will be ments ; and then tell me if such a as different in character and con- doom is not worth escaping. dition, as Gabriel and Satan-of a To conclude, I remark the futine, when one perhaps enjoys more ture glory of the Church. The than a world now enjoys, and the time is fast approaching, when the
other endures more than a world glories of all lands shall fow into her, I can now endure. This difference and all earthly royalty shall yield her
does not begin till the heart of the homage. And when all her glories one is renewed. Then it commen- here shall be gathered in, she
ces, and goes on, widening and shall be transplanted to the new mi widening, as long as eternal ages Jerusalem, to live in eternally growgo round.
ing splendour. But my thought Here we learn the supreme val now fixes on one individual of ne of the soul. The thought that the Church. Whatever may have i it is to exist, in happiness or mise- been his condition here, the first
ry complete, and without end, is moment he enters heaven, he is -4 enough to raise its value above invested with all the honours of
that of worlds. But with what shall a king and priest to God. But it be compared, when we reflect, that where shall I find a metaphor to it is eternally to increase in happi- depict that eternally brightenning
ness or misery In searching for rainbow of glory which encircles his 14 a measure to a subject like this, we
There is one glory of the cannot stop short of infinity. Nay, sun, another of the moon, another "should we heap infinite upon infi- of the stars. Shall it be compared nite, and multiply infinite by infi- to either of these ? No, for it is nite," we should scarcely express destined to outshine them all. At it . Select a soul from yonder first, like a star, it is comparatively throng, who belongs to Christ ; fol- small, but it rises and enlarges and low him through life and to heaven, glows through an endless increase. and then tell how much one hour of
P. C. joy like his is worth—then mark how that quantity hourly grows as For the Hopkinsian Magazine. the soul rises through endless grada
SUPPRESSION OF INTEMPERANCE, tions of wisdom and knowledge.
MR. EDITOR Direct your eye up the acclivity of It may not be known to some of your a million of years, and what is it readers, that a Society was instituted at then? and á million farther, and Boston, in the year 1812, by the name
of The MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR necessary, are at least of great use THE SUPPRESSION OF INTEMPE:Ance, and importance, as a support dur. whose objeet, as stated in the Constitu- ing labour, and that, moderately tion, is to discountenance and suppress used, they are a salutary, or at the too free use of ardent spirits, and its worst, innocent stimulus. It is, I kindred vices, profaneness and gaming,
trust, scarcely necessary to say, that and lo encourage and promote tempe- no impression can be more unrance and general morality.
« Au founded, no opinion more fatally Clergymen of this Commonwealth, are
false, than that which attributes to cousidered as members, on their giving spirituous liquors, any power of pronotice of their desire of becoming such, moting bodily strength, or supportor subseribing the Constitution. The ing the system under labour and fa
tige. Experience has in all quarConstitution was early subscribed by a
ters most abundantly proved the conlarge number of respectable gentlemen,
trary. None labour so constantly, so in various parts of the State, including cheerfully, and with so little exthe then District of Maine ; among haustion, as those, who entirely alwhom may be mentioned, of those since
stain-pone endure so well harddeceased, Governors Strong and Brooks, ships and exposure, the inclemenHon. Samuel Dexter, and Rev. Docts. cy of weather,and the vicissitudes of Lathrop, Parish, and Worcester. This season. Society hold their Annual Meeting in But, there is another notion with Boston, on Friday next after the Gene. regard to the use of ardent spirits, ral Election; at which a Sermon, or which is, if possible, more unfoundAddress, is delivered before them. Each ed, and the custom arising from it Sermon or Address, delivered on this oc
more inexcusable. I mean the casion, is printed, together with the notion, that they are ever innocent, Annual Report of the Board of Council. salutary, or proper, as a refresh'The following extracts-are from the very ment, in a state of health. The appropriate and well-written Address,
evil which results from it, is that at the thirteenth-anniversary of the Soci it brings the means of indulgence
into common use ; it gives them ety, May, 1825, by John Ware, M. D. of Boston, and from the appendages to
currency; they are looked upon as
an article of common household the same.
necessity, to be resorted to at pleas
ure, without condemnation, withExtracts from Dr. Ware's Ad- out deliberation, without discrimidress.
nation. With what consistency “The first object which we can he censure so deeply the excushould endeavour to effect, is to ses of the less informed and enlightproduce a radical change in the ened classes, when the higher set opinions and customs of society in them the example, by indulgences; general, and of some classes in par- which only their better education, ticular, with regard to the use of or their regard for character, prethose articles wbich are capable of vent from leading them into habits being made the means of intemper- equally pernicious? It is not enough
that we discountenance intempeIt is an impression, almost uni- rance-we must discountenance all versal among the labouring classes, those things, which, either directindeed I may say among all classes, ly or indirectly, promote it. that ardent spirits, if not absolutely A second object, which it appears
last essentially necessary to ef- the nature and extent of the evils of fect, is an increase in the price, at intemperance, to induce it to sancwhich ardent spirits may be pro- tion, or at least to tolerate legisla
cared, either by a tax upon their tive interference. And there are ise, or by an excise upon their many considerations growing out
manufacture, and a duty upon of the influence which the prevaeir importation.
lence of this vice has upon the It can hardly be doubted, that to wealth, the prosperity, and the chartheir cheapness, as much or more acter of a nation, which might be than to any cause, is to be attributed urged with great force, both upon the prevalence of intemperance.- the government and people, to conThere is no point of view, in which vince them that this object is of nathis circumstance has not a most un- tional importance-considerations, svourable influence. It gives double which will readily suggest themkace to the operation of all other selves to every lover of his country, causes. The poorest, the meanest to every one who prizes her respecman has within his reach ample tability, her virtue, her national means for procuring ardent spirits. character. These considerations It will follow then, if the remarks, The very nature of our political in
are most imperious and urgent.-which have been made, are founded stitutions, gives to the subject a in fact, that two things are to be brought about, before we can hope Wherethe people governthemselves,
new and overwhelming importance. for any very decided diminution of how essential it is to the stability, habits of intemperance-a change the order, the prosperity of society, in the opinion and habits of soci that they should be virtuous and ey with regard to the necessity and propriety of the common use of ar- intelligent !- The members who dent spirits --and such an increase
represent the interests, will reprein the price, as shall render them sent also the character and the
habits of their constituents. And difficolt of access.
The last of
what will be the termination of the these purposes, it is within the power of government, and of gover- of free institutions and a popular
experiment, which is here making ment only, to effect. But, it is questionable, whether the arm of system of government, if as our authority be strong enough to carry enlarge, we find our population de
prosperity increases, and our means into operation throughout our countrp, a law calculated to raise, in any
generating in morals, becoming inconsiderable degree, the price of temperate, debased and profligate! an article, which is almost univer- hension, no groundless fear,is indi
That this is no chimerical appresally considered as one of the necessaries of life. In a country like
cated by innumerable circumstanours, where the measures of govern
Already, in the councils of ment can only be an expression of our nation, has one of its ablest rep- the sentiments of the people, it fol- resentatives uttered his fearful anlows almost of course, that the peor nation of drunkards."
ticipation, that we were becoming a ple must be enlightened, before lege islators and rulers can be expected Extracts from the Report of the to take decisive measures upon a Massachusetts Society for the subject like this.
suppression of Intemperance. The first step, then, is to produce “ It will be recollected, that the a sufficient impression in society, of members of this Society, at their
last annual meeting, pledged them 3. The enforcing of the Los selves to each other, to refrain from already made, and procurement of allowing their own labourers in the others, which may then be found free se of ardent spirits, while in necessary, promise much. their employment; and that pre 4. Mechanics must be urged to viously a correspondence had been unite their endeavours to banish commenced with some of the Ag- intemperance from their workricultural Societies on this subject. shops, and to put an end to the It is gratifying to be able to re- practice of giving liquor to their port, that, at a late meeting of the journeymen and apprentices, at * Philadelphia Society for Promot- stated times. ing Agriculture,” it was unani 5. The cautions and instructions mously resolved, “That a gold of our Physicians, are exceedingly medal, of the value of fifty dollars, desirable on this hand-as “prebe offered as a premium to the per- cept upon precept, and line upon son, who shall conduct the busi- line." The love of intoxicating ness of a farm in Pennsylvania, on liquor is often hereditary." the largest scale, for two years, without using, or suffering ardent Extract of a letter from a late spirits to be used on his property, Member of Congress. unless the same be prescribed by “ At the next annual meeting a physician.”
(of an Agricultural Society, in "To conclude their Report, 1824,) I was gratified in finding your Committee would repeat the long known, often repeated, and a premium awarded for harvesting humiliating fact, that intemperance out a drop of ardent spirit, or any
a large crop of hay and grain, withis the greatest cause of crimes inebriating liquor by any of the among us, and is found to precede
What added to this or accompany most instances of gratification, was, an earnest comcommitment in our prisons. As
petition for the premium, and it saults and batteries almost always
was lost, or refused, to one or originate in this ; and the enormous
two competitors, because it was burden of erpense for the poor, found, that some little indulgence is the result of it, in a very great had been given at evening, on their degree.
return from the field.” As some of the means, which they would recommend (for the suppression of intemperance) the For the Hopkingian Magazine. following are presented :
MR. EDITOR-In the number of your 1. Let Tracts be circulated Magazine for July last, a person calling freely, giving facts in relation to himseli Listener, asks this question: the success of individuals or Socie
Is THE PRACTICE OF ADMITTING PENties, who allow no ardent spirit to such as they employ ;-detailing also the degradation and disastrous FOR TAE PURPOSE OF SUPPURTING THAT effects of intemperance.
RELIGION, FOR WHICH THEY PROFESS 2. AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES may
NO CORDIAL FRIENDSHIP, CONSISTEXT do much by offering premiums for with REASON OR SCRIPTURE? This I abstaining from ardent spirits, and think an important question, and I have by advising with respect to sub- waited some time for an answer, but as stitutes for them, as home-made pone has been published, I take the libwines, cider, &c.
erty to send you the following.
SONS MEMBERS OF A SOCIETY, FOP MED