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cient in dignity, in seriousness, commending an immediate and and urbanity. They are too universal attention to this shel6 familiar."
ter," and by modestly delineating - the character and worth of the departed youth.
The tenderness and sympathy The way of God vindicated, in a excited by the circumstances of
sermon preached Lord's Day, this discourse disarm criticism, Sept. 16, 1804, after the inter- and were it even less perfect ment of his only child, .Jona- would compel us“ to weep with THAN HOMER, A. B. who died them that weep.” A serious and of a consumption, Sept.7, 1804, rațional piety, a heart deeply afaged 21. By Jonathan Ho, fected with the government, and MER, Pastor of the first Church goodness of God, as well as del. in Newton.
icate, parental affection, bleeding
with secret anguish, are agreeaThe text selected for the af- bly exhibited in this sermon, fecting and melancholy occasion The style is plain and modest, is in Psalm xviii, ver. 30, “ As but sufficiently elevated for the for God, his way is perfect." mournful and distressing occa
The preacher first invites our sion. As in most works of ge« attention to the way of God in niuș, its uniformity leaves us in his providential government.” doubt, which part to select as a He secondly “ attempts to illus- specimen of its merits. trate the perfection of this way. An appendix is attached to the even when it clashes with our sermon, containing notices of the private views and interests.” death of young Mr. Homer from This he does by showing that various publications in poetry the way of God “is the way of and prose, with some extracts rectitude,” “ the way of wise and compositions of his own, dom,” and “the way of good- which further illustrate his ami, ness.” He finally improves the able character. This compilasubject by observing that, “our tion is not only calculated to do knowledge of the general princi- good by making the most seri. ples and motives of the divine ous impressions on the minds of government is an inestimable youth, but is a natural expression privilege to beings like ourselves, of the parents' grief and affec, perpetually exposed to the pierc- tion, and tends to sooth and con ing shafts of adversity," by “re- sole their wounded hearts.
State of Religion in Suabia, Bavaria, and Hungary. We are enabled, by the favour of controversies are laid aside ; practi. a Catholic (ecclesiastic) correspon- cal religion is enforced ; good mordent in Germany, to report, that the als and useful instructions are incul. state of religion in the Catholic parts cated, instead of the mere frigid of that empire manifests unequivocal forms of worship. The clergy are symptoms of improvement. The old enjoined by a solemn proclamation, published throughout Bavaria, to take difficult : not merely by the authoriz. an active part in the religious in- ed arguments employed by the Catho. struction of youth. There are seve lic clergy, during six weeks previous eral monthly publications, (one at to such conversion, in order to in. Lintz in Upper Austria, another at duce the applicant to remain a steady Constance, in Suabia) intended to member of the Romish communion : spread moderate maxims in religion : but also by the terrors of imprisonand these have contributed to ex. ment, stripes, and other violences. plode that abominable tenet, which it is even said, that justice itself is admits of no salvation out of the
biassed, on these occasions; and that (Romish) church. A writer in one absolutions for false evidence are not of these works has even ventured to uncommon. During the last war, propose, instead of the mass, which when a conscription took place, every is performed in Latin, the substitu- art was used to enrol Protestants as tion of a prayer book in German. In- soldiers, that they might perish by the stead of the old catechism a new one sword of the enemy. Protestants are is preparing; in which religion is excluded from public offices. Procarnestly recommended as a matter, testant books undergo scvere investihot of form, but of the heart. gation, and few which are sound in
In the Bavarian dominions, many their principles are allowed. The religious orders, monasteries, &c. Catholic clergy even wished to pro. have been abolished, as corrupt and hibit Protestants from going to any superstitious : many pilgrimages German university for education. hare been prohibited, and many Protestants who are zealous are rep. saints' days have been abrogated. It resented as seditious: those who are nust, at the same tine, be acknowls quiet, are sneered at as atheists. A edged, that a spirit of infidelity spirit of fanatical bigotry prevails, at Rakes rapid progress in the Catholic which enlightened and liberal Cathopart of Germany. This indeed might lics themselves are terrified. It is be expected. To be offended with again become the fashion on the anni. superstition, is not the same thing as versary day of Corpus Christi to to embrace religion : and where pure preach controversial servoons against peligion is unknown, what other als the Protestants. Various religious ternative has the thinking mind ?
orders are revived ; and the educaA few years ago, several Catholic
tion of youth is exclusively entrusted divines, in the circle of Suabia,
to the Catholic clergy. Eclectic Rev. adopted a manner of preaching, which excited general attention. They nost strongly enforced by doctrine and example the necessity of vital
DISTRESS IN GERMANY. podliness, and practical religion. Their churches were crowded. Those
(Continued from p. 563.) who adhered to the old system, caus- The following intelligence has ed them to be cited before the tribun. been received from the Rev. W. Kucal of the bishop of Augsburg ; where per, German Chaplain to his Majesty, they so effectually detended them. at St. James', in a letter addressed selves, as to be dismissed to their re. to the Rev. Mr. Steinkopff. spective parishes without further “STAFFORD-Place, Dec. 19, 1805. harm.
In Hungary the animosity of relig- “My dear Friend, ious party is peculiarly active. It “To make you sensible of the vus first kindled by the Jesuits, and calamities sustained by his Majesty's the higher Catholic clergy inflamed it. subjects in Hanover, I need not have In this country hardly any marriage recourse to minute details. It is of persons belonging to both com. notorious, that ever since the month bunions takes place, except the Pro. of June, 1803, when Hanover was intestant party engages to become vaded by a French army, that counCatholic, or, at least, to suffer his try has been ruined, and the well-bechildren to receive a Catholic educa. ing of most of its loyal inhabitants Lon. The conversion of Catholics to destroyed systematically. Exoibi. Protestantism is rendered extremely tant contributions were raised; and every month new taxes invented, that intelligence, they are in the greatest fell most heavily on all, even on the want of relief, and are most sorely lowest class of the subjugated; while distressed to get bread for them. thousands of French conscripts, who selves and for their children, and to wanted everything, successively be sheltered from the cold. poured in, and were quartered in “My worthy friend, yours entire. great numbers on every housekeeper, ly,
W. KUEPER." and lo:lger, and when clothed and fed This affeeting communication made were called away, to give room to a strong impression on the Commitothers, that were to be provided for tee, and in consideration of the length in the same manner. Soon the most and severity of the sufferings of the industrious men throughout the coun. Hanoverians, a considerable sum was try became unable to bear these ex- appropriated to their immediate relief. penses ; all commerce and business being nearly stopped—the levied
London, Jan. 17, 1806. money being sent to France in large Since the first publication of the sulins--the harvests proving scanty, preceding documents, the Committee and the prices of every thing rising in have been favoured with many liberal proportion as more was wanted, subscriptions, which have enabled made the sad effects of this public ca- them to afford supplies to numbers of lamity to be wofully felt, especially the distressed inhabitants of the conin those communities and families, tinent; and they are now greatly enwhich had formerly supported them- couraged to persevere in their en selves by their industry. In every deavours to assist the poor sufferers town, and every viliage, many honest, in various parts of Germany. reputable people were reduced to In publishing some of the following beggary, and almost brought to de. letters, the Committee, for obvious spair tor want of the absolute neces- reasons, have decmed it proper not saries of life. After having sold and to give the authors' names. The pawned whatever they had to part writers are persons highly respectawith, numbers of them I know have ble, and well known to some of the been obligal to leave their homes, Committee : and it should be observ. their starving wives and children; ed, that none of them will be partak. and some have fled over to England ers of this bounty, being themselves to enrol themselves as privates in his above want: the joy they express Majesty's army, amongst whom were arises purely from the happiness they clergymen's sons, and several other feel in being the honoured almoners respectable persons, who had for- of this providential relief. merly followed mercantile or literary professions. It was not before Translation of a Letter from a respecto things were come to this extremity able Clergyman in Germany, dated that part of the French invaders, by December 6, 1805. the movements of Prussia, were “ Your letter of the 22nd of Nov. obliged to withdraw, clearing away 1805, addressed to our highly remost of tlle cattle that had been left spected friend, bad an astonishto the unhappy peasantry. But yet ing effect on him, and on us all. The several thousands of the enemy still determination of English Philanthrooccupy the fortress of Hamein, písts to relieve those who are suffers plaguing its inhabitants, destroying ing all the calamities of war, we justand pillaging the country around; ly ascribe to a very gracious interpoand a large army of English, Rus. sition of Divine Providence, and are sian, Prussian, and Swedish troops fully convinced, that what they now is now assembling: to provide for sow, they shall more abundantly reap these, all the grain of the exhausted at the day of the great harvese, when country has already been threshed all the blessings now imploredt for out by order of government. And them, shall richly descend upon thent. although they are no longer exposed We were forcibly struck with this pas. to the points of French bayonets, yet sage : * God is able to make all such is now the situation of many grace abound towards you, that se thousands of my poor countrymen, always having sufficiency in all things, that, I can assuže you, on authentic may abound to every good work, as it is written, He hath dispersed abroad, duty to administer relief. There wil he hath given to the poor; his righteous. be soon a meeting of a committee, at ness remaineth forever.” Ohow great which the matter will be more fully is the mercy of our God and Saviour considered, and in due time we will towards those who were on the very send you more circumstantial acbrink of destruction !
counts, and letters of thanks we may "The sum of £ 100 we have already receive, in order that you may see what received from Messrs.
of emotions of joy and gratitude your - ; and, in the name of so many gifts have caused." sufferers, we beg to express our most sincere and respectful thanks to all Translation of a Letter from Heidel. their benefactors. At the same time berg, dated December 8, 1805. we humbly pray that God, wbo is the “ From Messrs. , I received girer of every good and perfect gift, your very acceptable letter of the 22nd may impart to us that wisdom which of November, the contents of which is requisite, in order to distribute filled me with inexpressible joy. 0! these charitable gifts in a most pru. thank in my name those excellent dent, equitable and beneficial man friends, who have so kindly thought ner. We wish to do nothing rashly, upon their suffering brethren in Ger. but deliberately. Our next shall give many. God will reward them. “ In you particulars.”
as much as you bave done it unto one
of the least of these my brethren, ye Translation of a Letter from a respec. have done it unto me.” table Merchant in Nuremberg, dated “ The plan I shall adopt in execuDecember 6, 1805.
ting this most delightful commission, "I cannot express the excess of my is as follows :- In the first place, i joy, when I received your letter of the have this day written both to Stutt22nd of November, in which I read gardt and Nuremberg, in order to with astonishment, that One Hundred inform myself of the districts they inPounds sterling have been assigned tend to relieve ; and by entering into to our distribution among those Aus- a correspondence with them, I, as well trians, and others, who have been as they, shall be better enabled the plunged by the war into poverty, want more equally to distribute the money and distress. I felt like Peter at the committed to each of us. In the dis. miraculous draught of fishes, and was trict, which falls to my lot, I will look 80 overcome by the view of this prov. out for some intelligent and conscien. idential assistance, that I could not tious men, with whom I may consult help exclaiming, “ Lord, depart from on the best method of affording relief, me, I am a sinful man !" I immedi. and whom I can entrust with the disately went and communicated your let. posal of some part of the money. ter to my highly respected friend From each I shall take a receipt, keep
We looked at each other an exact account of the whole expendiwithout knowing what to say for joy ture, and finally send it over to you, and gratitude.
On my knees I will for my own satisfaction, and that of adore my God, and call upon all my the Committee.” fellow-christians to join me in thanks and praises to the Most High. Oh ! Translation of a Letter from Stuttwhat will be the reward of all those gardt, dated December 13, 1805. nobleminded and generous Christians « With the most lively impressions in London, and Great Britain, who, I have just received your intelligence from so great a distance, hastened to of the considerable present, which our relief. As soon as I had received some English and German friends the £ 100, I placed it in the hands of have made to such of our country. the Rev. Mr. -, till we can obtain men as have suffered most severely from different ministers and magis- by the calamities of war. I will call trates the best information respect together all those Gentlemen whom ing those families and individuals who you have named, with the addi. have suffered most severely. We will tion of some others ; the money pay a due regard to good and pious shall be most conscientiously disposed people ; but wherever we meet with of, and with due regard to all the pargreat distress, we shall think it our ticulars you mentioned, and when this Vol. II. No.1,
has been done, a report shall be trans. pious families, in connexion or ac. ini ted to you.
quaintance with our brethren. I yes. P. S. Since the above was written, terday received a letter from Herrn. I have received the remittance of hut, stating the misery of the peo£ 100 sterling."
ple in that neighbourhood to be very
great indeed, and likely to rise stilt Translation of a Letter from a respec- higher before the next harvest. Our
table Gentleman in Suabia, dated De- brethren at Herrnhut, and elsewhere, cember 14, 1805.
have exerted themselves to the ut. “ In the Electorate of Wertem- most of their power, and by their conberg, the districts that have most suf. nexions have procured corn, &c. when fered are those of Heidenheim, Koen- none else could get it, and thereby igsbrunn, and Blaubeuren. As it was have kept many poor families from impossible so speedily to provide such a perishing with hunger : but now the vast quantity of provisions as was de. scarcity begins to be felt in all our set. manded, every thing that could be found tlements, and there is an almost total was taken away without scruple, so that stagnation of all business. The poor the poor inhabitants had nothing left linen manufacturers in Lusatia, Bofor themselves. Had the armies kept hemia, &c. are entirely destitute of their position near Ulm but a few days employ. longer, whole districts must have en- “Two of our Missionaries, going igrated, or have been starved to death. to Surinam, told me, that many peoThe soldiers were not satisfied with ple had died in consequence of the taking all the provisions they could unwholesomeness of the articles they find, but also appropriated to them. were obliged to substitute for bread." selves many other things. The tender voice of humanity seemed entirely suppressed. One whole village in
The Committee most readily re. our neighbourhood was entirely plun- solved to employ the United Brethren, dered without any act of hostility (commonly called Moravians,) to dishaving taken place, or any offence tribute a considerable portion of re. been given, but that the inhabitants lief in the districts above-mentioned : did not possess what the French sol. By the vicinity of their residence to diers required them to furnish. From Moravia, the late scene of dreadful the clergyman they took literally ev- conflict and devastation, they will be ery thing but his shirt.
enabled to penetrate the most insulathe rest, shall partake of the benefac. ted abodes of misery in those countion from England. Several other tries, and to relieve the wretched in. villages met with a similar fate.” habitants who survived the late ter
rible contest. Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Mr.
La Trobe, dated Neville's-Court, OF A letter from the Secretary of Fetter-Lane, London, Jan. 21, 1806. the London Missionary Society to one of
“Great distress prevails in Upper the Editors of the Panoplist, dated Feb. Lusatia, Bohemia, and the adjacent 1806, states, that more than 10,000 1. parts, among the poorer classes of so- sterling had already been collected in ciety, amongst whom are many truly England for the distressed Germans,
glish Spelling Book, which if we may
judge from the sentiments of the THE celebrated LINDLEY MUR- British critics, and from its sale, RAY has lately added to his long cat- may be pronounced his chef d'euvre. alogue of useful publications, an Ea- So great is the reputation of this lit