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foundation decp and strong in way, continue yourselves, and your own hearis. But I will exhort others to continue. suppose this foundation already “ We cannot too often recur laid ; that your hearts, renewed to first principles, if we would by divine grace, glow with love preserve purity in faith and practo God and charity to man ; that tice. In this age, especially, you are rooted and grounded in when many, alas ! even of proa lively faith ; and that your fessing Christians, have erred whole souls and hearts are given from the faith ; when many to your profession. Then your books are thrown upon the labours in the service of Christ world, and eagerly read by the are, and will be, blessed. Easily thoughtless, in which the origiwill you obtain the victory overnal depravity of man is carefully a world lying in wickedness; concealed, and an apology made and nothing can deprive you of for the greatest crimes, under the present rewards of piety and the names of sensibility and revirtue-peace of mind; the joy finement—when, in the form of of doing, and being good; the novels, of natural philosophy, or strong persuasion that you are travels, many attempts are made working together with God; to lead the incautious into the that you are protected by an om- snares of vice and irreligion, it pipotent arm; assisted and din becomes you, my reverend rected by unerring wisdom; brethren, to warn the rising genand that the fidelity of God is eration especially, of these inpledged to make all things work sidious foes. To your office a for your present and everlasting high responsibility is annexed. good. The fate of the unfaitha That you may counteract the ful and insincere in the work of devices of the evil one, be firm, the minisiry, it is necessary freo be intrepid, put on the whole arquently to recal to your thoughts; mour of God. Often place bethat, by the terrors, as well as fore your hearers the leading the goodness of the all-seeing truths of Christianity, the corJudge, you may persuade your- ruption of our nature by our fall selves and others to strive from innocence, the necessity against languor and remissness, and influence of the mediation and to be in all respects worthy of Jesus Christ, of preventing of your exalted privileges and and assisting grace, of man's hopes.
free will in rejecting or in com"In the good old paths, in which plying with the gracious covethe first reformers walked ; in nant, into which we were admit. which your forefathers found ted by baptism : In short, the peace ; in which I am fully con- essential truths of the everlasivinced the blessed apostles then- ing gospel, which, as they are selves and their successors walk- nesessary to all, may by all be uned, until a great corruption derstood, so far as to become overspread the Christian world, the articles of their faith. The and its rulers were inflamed by union of morality and devotion, love of riches, and the ambitious of faith and good works, is an projects of domination even in object so momentous, and so evtemporal concerns-in this good ident, that it necds only be men
tioned ; indeed, as the oracles of wicked, they may be excludtruth are, in this age of free in. ed from communion with the quiry, open to all, sincerity and church. And while you considwarmth in recommending prac- er yourselves as guardians of tical truths are rather required the church, watching over its in teachers of Christianity, than temporal concerns, and the regabstruse and elaborate disquisi- ularity of its lay members, allow tions.
me to call your attention to those “ While, therefore, I exhort canons which respect the conyou to remain faithful to your duct of your ministers. It has ordination vows, and not only often happened, either through to cultivate a regard to the arti- ignorance of the mode of trying cles of our church, but in your clergymen who are guilty of any sermons to recommend a dili- immorality, or breach of our gent perusal and acceptance of rules, or from delicacy and comthem, by the people coinmitted passion for one justly liable to to your charge, let it be your censure, or through a wilful and main concern to nourish them
perverse contempt of ecclesiaswith the bread of life, to make tical government, that offending them wise unto salvation. Re- clergymen have been retained in membering that you speak, and their parishes by their vestries. they hear, for eternity, you will The hurtful effects of this illendeavour to suit your discourses judged conduct are evident. It to particular ages and condi- affords to men careless of relitions, without giving offence, by gious duty, a just cause of withany marked designation of in- holding pecuniary aid from clerdividuals.
gymen thus situated. It brings “ Gentlemen of the vestries ; our discipline into disrepute, and in order to give due effect to the may drive some from a church, labours of clergymen, and in a in which such irregularities seem great measure to make the to be countenanced. person who is your rector a re- “It must occur to you, that in spectable character, very much an age when innovations are so depends upon your exertions. common, there is danger lest a Your aid is necessary in many daring and restless spirit, imparespects. You are more in the tient of control, may seek to world than your minister is break through the decent forms or ought to be. When per appointed for the orderly, and desons notoriously immoral are vout celebration of public worfound among our members, ship ; and schisms be introduced, you will see, by our canons, by which the unity and peace of that it is your duty to inform the the church may be violated, and incumbent ; that such persons the consciences of the honest and may be warned of their sinful, sincere be ensnared. destructive courses, and that, if “ That in many parts of my possible, they may be brought to diocess a great revival of serious such a serious way of thinking, and devout impressions has taken as may be attended with lasting place, is to me cause of joy and good; or that, if incorrigibly thankfulness to him, who holds in Vol. II. No. 3
his power the hearts of all men, the foundations of the Prophets and who has promised to be with and Apostles, Jesus Christ himhis church to the end of the self being the chief corner-stone. world. May he enable and di- Bless God that the light of the rect us to have a zeal, tempered Gospel yet shines among us. with prudence and knowledge, Prize it as the greatest mercy ; and conducted by his love and dread its removal as the worst fear.
of evils ; and think, if we all “ Ministers and people should improve our talents as Chrisbe mutually helpful in labours of tians should do, how joyful and love. The relation which sub- happy our meeting will be, when sists between them is a very sa- the Lord of heaven and earth cred one. It only begins now; shall have gathered, from this it is indissoluble, and forms a link world's pollutions, all the souls in that chain which binds the found worthy of eternal life! church on earth to the church Amen. in heaven ; which shall be glori- “ Your affectionate Diocesan, ously unfolded at last, when the THOS. J. CLAGGETT, faithful servant of Christ shall Bishop of the Protestant Episcopresent that portion of his fellow- pal Church, Maryland. travellers, now entrusted to his Craom, 29th July, 1805." care, to the great Bishop and Shepherd of souls. Every consideration, natural, moral, and religious, suggests the duty of
FRAGMENTS. decently supporting those who fubour among you in holy things, REMARKABLE SAYINGS OF that they may give themselves to this work. As they cannot The devil cozens
us of als now, without good reasons, such our time, by cozening us of our as the Convention may approves present time. leave their flocks, so, if you give That is always best for us, them a competent support, dur which is best for our souls. ing good behaviour, it is firmly If the end of one mercy were believed that you will experience not the beginning of another, we the happiest result.
should be undone. . New mer "Lastly, let all of us, whether eies call for new returns of of the clergy, vestry, or of the praise ; and these will fetch in people at large, remember that new mercies, we form a part of that great fam-' When the mind and the conily, of which- Jesus Christ is the dition meet, there is contenthead ; that we have been admit- ment. Haman was discontented ided into this family by baptismi; at the court, Ahab on the throne, and that the vows of God are up- Adam in paradise, and the angels on all of us. Be persuaded, my that fell were discontented in dear friends of the laity, to do heaven itself. all in your power to aid the en- Four things he was most anxo deavours of your ministers and ious should not be against him, -vestries in this. good work; ad- the word of God, his own conhere to your church, built upon science, the prayers of the poor,
and the account of godly min- man returned to his companion, isters.
he found him really liseless! ImHe that hath a blind con- mediately he began to exclaim science, which sees nothing, a aloud, oh, Sir, he is dead ! oh Sir, dead conscience, which feels he is dead! On this the arch. nothing, and a dumb conscience, bishop returned ; and discoverwhich says nothing, is as misera- ing the fraud, said, it is a dangerble, as man can be out of hell. ous thing to trifle with the judg. Life of Mr. Henry.
ment of God.
Scot's Miss. Mag
QUEEN ELIZABETH. ARCHBISHOP LEIGHTON. WHEN the enemies of Eng
land, stung with disappointment One day, in which there hap- at the defeat of the Spanish Arpened a tremendous storm of mada, in the year 1588, and wishlightning and thunder, as Arch- ing to detract from the honour bishop Leighton was going from of the brave defenders of their Glasgow to Dumblaine, he was country, loudly exclaimed that descried, when at a considerable the English had little reason to distance, by two men of bad char- boast, for that, if the elements acter. They had not courage to had not fought for them, they rob him ; but wishing to fall on would certainly have been consome method of extorting money quered, 'the enlarged and ready from him, one of them presently mind of Elizabeth instantly imsaid, I will lie down by the wayside proved the hint. She commandas if I were dead ; and you shall ed a medal to be struck, repreinform the archbishop that I was senting the Armada scattered killed by the lightning, and beg and sinking in the back ground; money of him to bury me. When and, in the front, the British the archbishop arrived at the fleet riding triumphant, with this spot, the wicked wretch told him motto around the medal ; “ Thou this fabricated story, who, having didst blow with thy wind, and the sympathized with the survivor, sea covered them."
A striking gave him money, and proceeded instance this, among thousands, on his journey. But when the that “ salvation is of the Lord.”
Beview of New Publications.
A Discourse before the Society for Church, in Boston, E. Linpropagating the Gospel among . coln, Boston. 1806. the Indians and others in North
occasions America, delivered Nov. 7, similar to this, have, of late years, 1805. By JOSEPH Eckler, D.D. become very frequent. Missionminister of the Old South ary Societies have been greatly multiplied both in Europe and sion to consider the nature and America. To communicate the effects of reconciliation through knowledge of Christ to those who the Gospel. Under the first sit in darkness; to establish the head he remarks, kingdom of light in the region
“That making peace or reconciliaof the shadow of death is an ob- tion involves the concession of a preject exceedingly interesting to existent state of disorder and offence. all the friends of human happi- duced into the
world by our first par:
The disorder or offence is sin, introness. They who have an un- ents in the garden of Paradise, and wavering belief of the promises pervading the hearts of their numer. which God has made in favour ous descendants from that melancholy of the church, and duly consider season to the present da y: It has the means, which must be em
shut the gates of Eden, nipped her
fair fruits, blighted her aromatic flow. ployed to accomplish those
ers; and instead of angels with smiles promises, have the most anima- of love, and accents of celestial joy, ting motives to abound in the has placed cherubims, and a flaming work of the Lord. A very en- sword, turning every way, to keep the couraging motive results likewise way of the tree of life. I cannot ade.
quately describe it. It consists in from the success which has at
contrariety to the nature, opposition tended the pious efforts of God's to the will, and disaffection to the people. What benevolent mind government of a perfect God. It has can survey that success, and produced a kind of war between hea. anticipate the time when the ven and earth.” earth shall be filled with the The author has good reason to knowledge of the glory of the consider the following observaLord, without humble triumph tion of importance ; viz ; in the power and glory of re
“ That the same ideas must ne. deeming love. With what pecu- cessarily be entertained in the mind liar propriety may every believer, of God concerning the evil of sin, at this day, adopt the holy re- when he pardons it, as when it exists solution of Isaiah ; For Zion's
in the first instance. No alteration in sake I will not hold my peaces Divine Being. On any other supposi.
this respect, is ever possible with the and for Jerusalem's sake I will not
tion, our views of the nature of pardor rest, until the righteousness there- must be entirely obscure. To the of go forth as brightness, and the contemplation of the sanctity compris. salvation thereof as a lamp that ed in forgiving love, must be attributed
the reciprocal enjoyment between the burneth.
reconciled sinner, and his Maker: Happy is the preacher, who, For, as repentance cannot fail to in, on a missionary occasion, shows yolve the disapprobation of sin, the a mind raised and ennobled by effect will be realized not in the mere the great object of redemption, desire of emancipation from the con.
demning power of å perfect law, and speaks from the fulness of a
which even the impenitent might exheart, which is united to the Sa- perience; but..... in the admiration of viour's kingdom, and earnestly the character of the Legislator, the desires its enlargement and pros- . dial ack nowledgment that salvation
love of divine holiness, and the cor. perity. The subject of Dr. Eckley's Christ.”'
is of pure grace through Jesus discourse is interesting in itself, anda suited to the occasion:
Under the second head we noFrom Col. i. 20, he takes occa
tice the following correct views