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the importance of delegating suit- gentleman, during the adminisable men for the administration tration of Gen. Washington," of government; the clergy ; the may have excited her sympathy, rights of man ; and the equal and upon some occasions infiuclaims of mankind, have not enced her pen. been forgotten. “ General ob
“The President of the United servations” conclude the whole. in his hand from the moment of his
States held the hearts of all America In the course of the work a
elevation to the command of her argreat number of characters are mies, to his honourable retirement to drawn : in this the author has private life, and from his dignitied rediscovered much facility, but we treat to his inauguration at New York. are not sufficiently informed to united voice of all parties, it was ex
Placed in the executive chair by the be able to pronounce upon her pected the chief magistrate, whom flataccuracy. We think a freedom tery endows with all perfection, and to is used in some instances which whom justice atu ibutes many excela gentleman would not, perhaps, lent qualities, would have feli himself have thought prudent. Alter
above the partialities that usually
hang about the human heart ; and that mang remarks upon the charac- divesting himself of the little prejudi. ters and conduct of Gen. Wash- ces that obtrude, and frequently sully ington and Mr. Adams, the read- the greatest characters, he would er is informed that
have been of no party in his appoint. “ The operations and the conse
ments, and that real merit, whether quences of the civil administration of federal or anti-federal, would have the first President of the United States,
been equally noticed............Many of notwithstanding the many excellent
the people begin to inquire whether qualities of his heart, and the virtues
all the late energetic exertions were which adorned his life, have since designed only to subserve the interbeen viewed at such opposite points,
ests of a certain party, and to furnish that further strictures on his charac: salaries, sinecures, and extravagant ter and conduct shall be left to future compensations for the favourites of historians, after time has mollified the the army and the sycophants of pow. passions and prejudices of the presenter, to the exclusion of all who had not generation.” Vol. III. p. 389. " The adopted the creed of passive obedi
ence.” administration of his immediate successor we shall also leave.” p. 391.
Our author's remark respect“ The laborious statesmen, whowith ing the clergy is, that they ability and precision defined the rights “ should keep within their own of men, and supported the freedom of line, which directs them to entheir country ; without whose efforts America never would have had an
force the moral obligations of soarmy, are many of them neglected or ciety, and to inculcate the docforgotten.” p.418.
trines of peace, brotherly kindThe historian has evidently ness, and the forgiveness of injuaimed at being impartial ; but as ries, taught by the example of she justly observes, “ complete their divine Master, nor should perfection is not to be attributed they leave the appropriate duties to man ; undue prejudices and of their profession to descant on partialities often imperceptibly political principles or characcreep into the best of hearts.” ters.” The remark is certainly We naturally feel for our friends, just ; and if any of the gentleand it is not impossible that the men referred to have left “ the following complaints extracted appropriate duties of their profes
a letter to the author," sion to descant on political prinwritten by a “ very judicious ciples or characters," they de
serve, and ought to receive cen- 1 Cor. ii. 2, For I determined not sure ; but, at the same time, it to know any thing among you, save must be observed, that the cler- Jesus Christ, and him crucified. gy possess rights, liberties, priv- The introduction, though on ileges, and property, in com- the whole, striking and appromon with their fellow-citizens, priate, is yet in some instances and have an equal right to judge exceptionable. to whose care they may be The writer's observations, rebest committed, and to express specting his early “resolution their opinion, as to the suitable to be a minister of the everlastness of persons proposed : it is ing gospel ;” and the time of his their duty to do so; for their admission to the Christian church, profession, as clergymen, does and a few other remarks of a not exempt them from their du- similar nature, though doubtless ties as men ; and indeed it is ea- highly interesting to himself, sy to conceive that cases may oc- would have better become anothcur, in which even their duty, as er pen. Too much concerning clergymen, would require their “ourselves" is, on no occasion, descanting, and descanting free- either“ proper” or “necessary." ly to, upon both political and After treating of the peculiar religious principles and charac- honour and happiness of those, ters. The advice, however, is who are used as instruments in good ; and might with great the salvation of men ; the writer propriety have been extended to
adds ; other classes of the community, “The man, who by the energy of for we all have our « appropriate
the Holy Spirit, turns a sinner from duties :" according to the apos, which leadeth unto everlasting life,
the path of destruction into the way ile Paul. (Tit. ii. 3) even “ aged shall cover a multitude of sins. But women” have a sphere of useful- Alexander, having subdued what was ness; and in his first epistle to then supposed the world, sat down Timothy, (chap. ii. 11, 12) he
and wept, because there was no other points out a part of the duty of military prowess.”
world in which he might display his women generally.
The last clause of the senUpon the whole ; although tence, to say nothing of its tritewe cannot bestow unqualified ness, is not happily introduced. commendation on the work be. It neither illustrates nor enforcfore us, nor agree with the author
es the first. Had he said “the in every sentiment it contains,
man who turns a sinner from the we have no hesitation in acknowl- path of destruction” &c. "shall edging that we have derived con
shine as the brightness of the siderable pleasure, and, we hope, firmament,” the contrast would some profit, from a careful peru- have been proper. As it stands sal of it.
there is no contrast. Again,
“In the fulness of God's time, it is
my humble bope, that I was in a sense A Sermon delivered by Ezra prepared by the washing of regenera
STILÉs Ely, on the first Sab- tion, which opened my blind eyes, bath afier his Ordination. Hart- conquered the obduracy of my heart, ford, Lincoln & Gleason. 1806. tions, and moral habits to the soul." The writer then proceeds to third subdivision, “to profess methodize his subject. He first the religion of Jesus, and cele“ considers what is implied in brate his death, resurrection, asmaking known a crucified Sa- cension, and future judgment.” viour : and, secondly, what Under the same section of disthings are necessary to enable a course the following paragraph gospel minister to accomplish is selected, as a specimen of the the object of such a determina- writer's neat and comprehensive tion ?"
and gave new motives, views, atroc This sermon is founded on Habits are acquired, not given.
style. “ Such a determination ?” No “He [a Christian minister) must determination has been mention
be indefatigable in his exertions to ed. Though the sense is easily kind, patient under trials
promote the best interests of mandiscerned, the construction is in- in his undertakings, firm in his purcorrect. The first head is treat- pose, gentle in his manner, meek in ed in the following judicious and the instruction of opposers, a zealous natural manner.
assertor of the truth, holy in disposi. “ The messenger of God, who pitality, wise as a serpent, harmless
tion, undefiled in his life, given to hoswould make known nothing among his people, save Jesus Christ and
as a dove ; in short, Christ has left him crucified, must devote himself to
us an example, that we should follow
his steps.” the study of the gospel, and preach it faithfully; administer all the ordi- The paragraph immediately nances of Christ, and imitate, so far following is no less deserving of as he is able, the perfect example of commendation on account of its his Divine Teacher.”
peculiar justness and energy. The remarks respecting the It is too long for quotation. With importance of biblical literature, pleasure the reader is referred under the first subdivision, are
to the discourse. clear and weighty.
The extracts from Cowper, The following is a pithy sen- though pertinent, are too long tence.
for the occasion. A few lines, “Let no man preach either Paul, Apollos, Cephas, or, what is more
judiciously selected, would have frequently the case, himself, but the
been more impressive. Son of God, whose authority is sy. On the whole, the discourse is preme, whose doctrines Care] pure serious and appropriate, and we and perfect, whose life presents a
confidently hope will be introducspotless example of heaven-born mo. rality.”
tory to a faithful and conscienIt is a digression from the tious discharge of ministerial proposed method to exhort duties. Christians and others, under the
UNITED STATES. Extract of a Letter from the President be difficult for you, who are accus. of the “ Evangelical Suciety"'* in
tomed to a fulness of the means of Vermont, Dec. 26, 1806.
doing good, fully to conceive of the “In footing my subscription, I benevolent joy and gratitude, which found the amount $1578,70.-It will glowed in the countenance of every
brother present, on being made aca See an account of this Society, quainted with this unexpected bounPanoplint, No. 17, p. 237.
ty of the Great Head of the Chwch, No. 9. Vol. II. Huh
graciously conferred by the hand of table patronage, of this very usefut, liberal strangers.
The Trustees infant, flourishing institution, which could not forbear expressing, by vote, we shall with pleasure communicate their lively sense of gratitude to all to our readers. We fervently wish the recent benefactors of the Society. this Society may prove a thrifty Particularly have they requested me nursery, whence many of the vacant to write to the Editors of the Pano. churches in our numerous new setplist, and some other gentlemen, dis- tlements, may be supplied with pic tinguished on our subscription list, ous, faithful and successful pastors. by their liberal patronage, and to present them the most grateful ac
To the Editors of the Panoplist. knowledgments of the Trustees in
GENTLEMEN, behalf of the Society.
The following extracts from a letter “ Will you please, Sir, to present,
written by a worthy minister in the affectionately, the thanks of the Trus.
District of Maine, to a member of tees to the Editors of the Panoplist,
the Hampshire Missionary Society, and assure them of our sincere wish
are submitted to your disposal. es, that their Christian Armory may be more abundantly strengthened and « WHILE your Missionary Society brightened, by all the pious and char- were pursuing their benign design of itable uses to which it is applied. sending the gospel to the destitute, And that the liberal sum of $10, gratis, I entertained a secret but pleaswhich they have recently bestowed ing expectation, that God would bless from the profits of their work, may, you at home, and return your bread in future years, be returned a thou- “cast upon the waters” with a thou. sand fold, in the blsssings of many,
sand fold increase. And before ever who bave been ready to perish. I was well aware, save by anticipation,
« The Trustees have resolved to the thing is accomplished; and your recommend to the Society to put the eyes have seen, and your heart rejoiegreater part of the monies lately col- ed at the accomplishment thereof. lected into a perinanent fund; accord. God is indeed a rewarder of those ingly, the Treasurer, by their ad. who lay out themselves and their invice, has already loaned $1000 for terest for him. Blessed be his name the present year. If by any of those
forever and ever, He is God, the unforeseen providences, which we faithful God. Charge your dear chil. have been recently experiencing, it dren, and your dear flock, to express should please the Great Head of the their gratitude to God in deep hu. Church to rain into our Treasury mility, and humble, persevering walkabout as much more, as we have al. ing with God, in all his commands and ready received, our wishes would
ordinances. seem to be almost consummated. “ The blessed God, with respect We should then have a fund sufficient, to your local situation, and the vicini. with the annual tax of the Society, to ty, seems to have acted over again support several young men constant- the scene of Gideon's feece, which ly, in the uninterrupted pursuit of was filled with the dew of heaven, their studies.
when the ground round about it was “ At the late meeting of the board dry: Pray, pray mightily and persethey took under their petronage, two veringly, that heavenly influence may hopefully very pious, promising youth, graciously be continued to you and with whom they were generally weli the places around you. If God withacquainted. They had been for some draw from you suddenly (as he justly time waiting the hand of Providence, may) after such a sunshine of his and without property making some Spirit and grace now with you, the laudable exertions toward an education darkness will, no doubt, be more genwith a view to the ministry. We have sibly felt, by discerning people, than now five youth in the different stages ever heretofore. The calamity will of education, besides Mr. Burge, who reach to the heart and soul. May graduated last summer.”
God by continuing your present great N. B. We expect shortly from the mercy, prevent such bitter calamity : Trustees, a particular account of the and may the word of the Lord sound constitution, proceedings and chari. out from you to all around you, and in every place your faith to God-ward be when a company of truly pious per. spread abroad.
sons, rejecting the corrupt doctrines « Humble, godly people, so far as I and practices of the church of Rome, know, and I have made particular formed themselves into a congrega. inquiry, receive your missionaries tion or church at Litiz, in Bohemia, with open arms, houses, ears, and first calling themselves, Fratres Le. hearts. And I think their labour has gis Christi, and afterwards, being not been in vain in the Lord. Except joined by others, in the same view, such as are some way influenced from Unitas Fratrum. party, I believe real friends of Christ Q. What were the circumstances and true religion, every where, in these that led to it? parts, are highly pleased, and thank. A. The enmity and persecution of ful to God for his mercy; and to you the Papists, and the ardent wish of for your care about their souls, and the brethren, to serve the Lord and Four liberality in sending understand- promote his cause according to the ing, faithful missionaries among them, dictates fof their consciences, and at your own expense. I regret there by a close adherence to the princiare so few contributions made to your ples laid down in the word of God. society and missionaries among the Q. What are your leading religious friends of religion in these parts. Bet principles ? when we consider how long the A. The Bible is the only source ground of Maine has been uncultiva. from whence the church of the brethted, we shall not be discouraged, be. ren derive their doctrines. They cause it does not as yet yield fruit maintain accordingly, that man is a equal to a watered garden, or fruitful lost and undone creature, fallen from field, which the Lord hath abundantly God, and a slave to sin by nature, and blessed. I pray you not to cease your that there is no other name given, pious care about poor Maine. You by which he can be saved, but the will reap in due season if you faint not. name of Jesus. They are therefore Your undertaking is such, that if you " determined to know nothing among utterly fail of desired success, yet men but Jesus, and him crucified. your reward is sure. The Master They differ in no respect, in essentials, will be accountable for all your cost from those who ascribe our whole and labour of love to his glorious name salvation to God's free grace and and kingdom. What need I say love, but never enter into disputes more?”
about controverted points, and in the
words of the Scriptures, “ beseech alt With pleasure we extend the knowledge men to be reconcilet to God.”
of the following interesting and useful Q. What obstacles or difficulties document, which we copy from the have you had to surmount? Assembly's Magazine.
A. The history of the church of
the brethren exhibits a series of those QUESTIONS
difficulties and tribulations, experi. Put by Dr. Ashbel Green, charman enced both by the church and by in.
of the standing committee of mis. dividuals, which our blessed Saviour sions, appointed by the general as. foretold would be the lot of his follow'. sembly of the Presbyterian church They have repeatedly suffered in the United States of America, the most dreadful persecutions, and in 1805: answered, by commission the enmity of the Papists was peculi. of the elders' conference of the uni- arly directed against them. Both in ty of brethren, and in the name of ancient and modern times, they have the Brethren's Society for the fur. been hated, reviled, and abused for therance of the gospel among the Christ's sake. heathen, in London, by C. I. La- Q. Have any opposed you by writtrobe.
ings, or by government interest ?
A. Perhaps no church has been Question.—How long has your so- more shamefully misrepresented and ciety existed ?
calumniated by writings and false re. Answer.The church of the Unit. ports. In ancient times, governments ed Brethren, or Unitas Fratrum, has in popish countries have persecuted existed ever since the year 1453, the brethren with the most bitter ani.