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found to be a summary way of servable at the present time. rising into consequence. It There are others which have seems that wisdom to decide, operated ever since the country and vigour and integrity to exe- was settled. Such for instance cute, are not now numbered a- is that proininent one, the aumong the qualifications of a pol- spicious influence of the clergy ; itician; but they are supplanted whose general and uniform by confidence to assert, and im- character has been that of pudence to persist. The can- friends to freedom of opinion, didate for distinction joins him and of every thing which tends self to a party, or, in more phi- to increase real knowledge. losophical language, 10 a sect, But the time would not permit and labours without hesitation a particular discussion of all the and without respite, to make topics which present themhimself acceptable to the people, sclves. or the great men under whose On the whole, then, it seems, banuers he enlists, or both. If that there is little encourageassiduity and zeal could insure ment offered to the student in "success, he would be little likely this country. Save the tranquilto meet with disappointment. Pity of his own mind, the conIn the mean time, his passions sciousness of having improved take side, and carry on through his time as he ought, and the affected regard for the public, hope of doing some good, he what he at first
at first engaged in can have little to stimulate him through motives of private in- to action, or inspirit him in his terest. Thus the vigour and arduous undertaking. These sprightliness of youth, instead motives are sufficient, it is acof being improved in such a way knowledged, where, on account as to be useful to mankind, and of external circumstances, they pleasant as well as profitable to are not debarred their natural the possessor, are wasted in influence ; but, among men in frivolous debates, and local an- general, something more strongimosities. Not to mention, ly felt, and more easily gras ped that a mind under the influence at, is needed. of passion and selfishness, di- To tell what remedies may minishes as to its capacity, and possibly be applied, would rebecomes less and less capable of quire experience and informabeing wisely directed, till its tion which the writer cannot prepowers are spent in bootless tend to possess. There appears conflicts with enemies whom it no difficulty, however, in dewould be no honour to vanquish, ciding, that a change in the pubor in the service of men, who lic opinion, with respect to the have little regard for the instru- importance of learning, must ment, if the end is accomplished. take place, before any very salu
In this enumeration of tary alteration in common practhings favourable, and of those tice can be expected. Till this unfavourable to literature, in shall be done, it is hard to say, New England, it has been my what subordinate changes may intention to remark upon those be wrought, and what smaller only which are particularly obe advantages gained. Without
lispute, there is wealth enough ed, and every evil lust exalted to in the community to do all that uncontrolled dominion. Even can be done by liberal endow- poesy, a nymph of celestial orianents. Whenever men shall gin, they have seen made subfeel as generously disposed to servient to the basest purposes, wards colleges, and the votaries and the most unhallowed polluof science, as they bow do to- tions. All these things, it is wards theatres, and parties, true, can be proved to be abuses learning will be encouraged, and of what is a real blessing : but the labours of the student amply ought not the character of learnremunerated.
ing to be retrieved from the inAfter the cursory view which famy which would, not unnatuhas been taken, it is a natural rally, cling to it, from the consubject of inquiry, what are the duct of its professors? And duties especially incumbent ought it not to be a matter of upon the friends of science, in
special attention, that it should order that her interests may be be practically shown to be fabest promoted? To this pur- vourable to peace, harmony, and pose it would probably have no love among men, and sincere pismall efficacy, if they were unin ety towards God? formly to exhibit themselves as There is another practical inthe friends and advocates of vir- fluence, of no small importance tue. The truth is, that num- to the happiness of our country, bers among the great body of which literary men may possess. mankind are not a little afraid I refer to the influence which of learning ; & perhaps, if the af- would result from vigorous exJair is canvassed, their suspicions ertions to support and preserve will not be found entirely desti- the institutions of New Engtute of plausibility. They have land. In this secluded corner seen splendid talents, and high of a corrupted world, the seeds literary attainments prostituted of happiness were sown by exilto feed selfishness, to pamper
ed Christians, of whom the East. pride, to flatter wealth and pow- ern Continent was not worthy ; er, to corrupt and destroy man- and by the goodness of Provi. kind. They have seen the mind dence the seeds look root, and of man, that of Mr. Hume for produced a plentiful harvest. instance, irradiated by genius, Here liberty and law have walked and enlarged by study and con- hand and hand, shedding around templation, labouring to invali- them a shower of blessings. date evidence, and obscure truth, The man who can assist in repelto “ darken counsel by words ling the dangers which threaten without knowledge,” and to en- the destruction of these things, velope the whole moral world in will conser a high obligation on gloom. They have seen the mankind. same mind employed, in excit- The spirit of infidelity and of ing and stimulating the passions, hatred to the truth has been long and in extending the means, and lying in wait to lay sacrilegious improving the manner of their hands on all that we have most gratification. They have seen reason to esteem precious. As reason dethroned, virtue depress- to the triumph of party, it is all of little significance, when com- ican Union is lamentable, and the pared with the importance of our prospect lamentable, far as the schools, our churches, the fami- eye can reach. The prevalence ly instruction and subordination of intrigue, and of electioneerwhich have prevailed, and the ing for public office, will of itself general manners, which cannot prevent the most worthy perhave a more happy designation sons, in ordinary cases, from bethan that of steady babits. Tho' ing elected. And the most pat. these have been made a subjectural result of the process is, that of reproach by our enemies, let the tenure of office should be us count them our glory. While irksome to all who are possessed possessed of these we need not of firmness and integrity, and fear the deprivation of liberty. sought only by those who can There is also something truly barter conscience to the highest noble in being engaged in de- bidder. The clamours of party fence of truth. Such a champi- threaten in future to drown the on, as a Wilberforce, claims an voice of wisdom, and the most elevation in the view of judg. vociferous bawler is likely to be ment and conscience, compared esteemed by many as the most with which thrones and diadems meritorious man. In such times, are the dust of the street.
when “ the post of honour is a Before this subject is dismiss. private station,” it is the part of ed, I would mention one induce, prudence steadily to maintain a ment which young men have, at fondness for private life ; to rethe present time particularly, to tire with books and friends, and engage with ardour in the pur- make it the constant design to suit of literary knowledge. It is, be actively, though silently, enthat they may be fitted for use- gaged in something which may fulness in the world, and yet re- benefit mankind. tain the situation of private men.
C. Y. A. The state of politics in the Amer.
ON SELF-DECEPTION, FROM THE
sion of his iniquity. How came CASE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST's it to pass that repentance and
confession of sin were at this
time so general among the JewWHEN John the Baptist ish people ? The doctrine of repreached repentance, we are in- pentance, it seems natural to formed in Scripture, that “ Jeru- suppose, must at all times be unsalem and all judea, and also all popular ; for to repent, even in the region round about Jordan, the lowest sense of the word, imwere baptized of him, confessing plies an acknowledgment of their sins.” Each individual of having donc wrong: and is the this vast multitude, made, in bulk of mankind disposed to this words at least, the due confes- admission ? Surely men may be
converted to any sentiment more bring forth fruits meet for reeasily than to this. Let us then pentance.' inquire how it probably came to We may deduce from this paspass that so great a multitude sage a most important lesson. made profession of repentance. We may learn from it that bap
There is a certain fashion in tism is nothing that confession religion. Men follow the of sin is nothing-that the prostream. Does an extraordinary session of repentance is nothing, preacher appear? How many unless there be added fruits meet Ay to hear him, and (what is for repentance. Though a man more remarkable) how unani- should have eyes which stream mous are they in his praise ! all the day with tears ; though They will hear perhaps the most he should talk much of his baseobnoxious truths from his lips, ness and unworthiness; though and will become professors of he should profess the same faith those doctrines by which they with the sincerest saint ; though themselves
condemned. he should at the same time talk For they feel complacency at most earnestly of forsaking his the thought of agreeing with the sins; nevertheless if he does preacher, and do but imperfecto not in truth and in fact forsake ly consider what he says : they them, he is nothing. It is not do not at least perceive all the the profession of repentance bearing of his doctrines ; they which is required of us ; but do not follow it out into all the fruits meet for repentance. practical consequences to which
Ch. Ob. it leads. This unquestionably is a common case in our days; and
( By Ibrahim Ben Adham.) probably this also was the case at
Religion's gems can ne'er adorn the time of the preaching of the The slimsy robe by pleasure worn, Baptist.
Its feeble texture soon would tear, But did John compliment And give those jewels to the air. with the name of true penitents of peace and pleasure, in their God!
Thrice happy they who seek th’abode the multitude of persons, who whospurn the world, its joys despise, came to be baptized by him, and And grasp at bliss beyond the skies. to confess to him their sins? Was he satisfied with having a
PETER'S REPENTANCE. large audience? Did he judge, I, ONCE a rock, became a wavering
reed, that because they heard him
And though forewarn’d, thrice my gladly, they were therefore par- dear Lord denied. doned and accepted by God, and He turn’d and look'd-my heart o'erwere true disciples of the Sa
whelm’d with shame, viour ? Far from it. He sharply In bitterest anguish for his mercy rebuked many of these professed the bruised reed his mercy would penitents ; for, “when he saw not break, many of the Pharisees and Sad- But hastened to me early from the ducees come to his baptism, he grave; said unto them, O generation of And twice he bade me feed his sliecp, vipers, who hath warned you to That I did love him most who most flee froin the wrath to come ? forgave.
Ed. Miss. Mag.
Review of New Publications.
more successful in the hands of Genuine Religion the best Friend truth, than in those of error."
of the People ; or the influence Facts abundantly prove that of the gospel, when known, ber this is an easy, chear, and inoflieved, and experienced, upon fensive way of doing good ; that the manners and happiness of it is more extensire in its use, the people. Intended as a piron- and more likely to succeed, thian er present from the rich to the almost any other. Accordingly froor, and from ministers to che it becomes a matter of great confamilies under their charge. By sequence, that tracts be well ARCHIBALD BONAR,
written ; that they contain pure Charlestown. Howe. 1807. evangelical truth, and be plain,
striking, comprehensive, and enThe review of a tract may be tertaining. It is specially imthought a singularity. But when portant, that readers should find we consider the extensive cir. in tracts the way of salvation culation and influence of this through Christ clearly elucidated. species of publication, and how In this respect, those in circula. exceedingly adapted it is to com- tion are, generally speaking, municate instruction, we judge partly commendable, and partly it of sufficient importance to defective. They exhibit many merit the most respectful notice things of an evangelical cast. of reviewers. Many a cumbrous They mention Christ, grace, refolio might be named, which is generation, and salvation, as the far less valuable, and less fitted great things of religion. They to do good, than the pamphlet are suited to awaken, convince, now under review. One of the and guide sinners, to comfort the arguments, by which the present poor in spirit, and to animate beBishop of London recommends lievers in duty. But tbere comthe distribution of tracts, has monly appears, in a higher or much weight. appears, says
lower degree, onę defect. The he, that this is the very mode peculiar nature of regeneration made use of by the adversaries is not pointed out with sufhcient of our religion, in order to un
clearness. The characteristics dermine and destroy it. They of true religion are not sufficieniconsider small tracts of infideii- ly clistinguished from the characty, as the best and most effectual teristics of that false, delusive remethod of disseminating irreli- ligion, which leares ihe soul gion among their readers and ad- destitute of holiness. The dirmirers; and accordingly, have fereuce is not clearly pointed out employed their talents in con
between true Christian experiposing, and all their industry in ence, and that experience, which dispersing them over the world. will easily coalesce with unsancti. Let us, then, endeavour to foil fied nature. our enemies at their own weap
A religious tract, which proons, which will surely prove fesses to teach the way in which