Sivut kuvina

and more frequent scenes of intoxication For private Christians to bear this subject than on any other night in the week. in constant remembrance in their closets,

The Sabbath of God, the day of peace in their families, and in their social religious and holy rest, is more polluted than any circles; so that by frequent consideration other day.

the desire for this reviral may become And what is the exertion made by the strong, and fixed and habitual. ruling authorities, to prevent the profana- For those ministers in London, who partion of the sabbath ? Let those say who ticularly feel the importance of the subject, have attempted to enforce the laws, but if such a nieeting can be arranged with probare been soon compelled to cease so irk- priety and suitableness, to assemble in desome an office, from the little encourage- vout prayer and humiliation, acknowledging ment they have received, or rather the many their past remissness, bumbly supplicating obstacles which have been thrown in their forgiveness through the merits of Christ, way. And what is the state of our churches and at the same time specially entreating the while these outward profanations of the sab- divine aid in this work, as well as a gracious bath take place? Let those answer this out-pouring of the Holy Spirit on this city, question, who are present when the office

Now we perfectly approve of all of the Holy Sacrament is performing, or at the afternoon service. If it was said that this; but here, as we intimated there were six thousand stated communi- with reference to Mr. S.'s former cants west of Temple Bar, though there are publication *, we are compelled to above three hundred thousand inbabitants, say, This is not enough. More, would it be to under-rate the number?

much more, may and ought to be Mr. S. next presses upon minis- done both by ministers and by priters and devout Christians the duty vate Christians than is even here of attempting a revival, the encou- hinted at.

hinted at. It is our duty to pray ragement to look for it at the pre- for the out-pouring of the Holy sent period, and the means which Spirit—to pray for this not merely may be adopted for this end.

weekly but daily, in our private, our What then can be done to promote this family, our social, as well as our revival?

public worship. But our prayers If we read with attention the Acts of the must be accompanied with zealous Apostles, particularly the former part, we and active exertions to effect the shall observe, that, while the gracious power desired object. of the Holy Ghost was the efficient cause of the blessedness of those days, the means

It may indeed be questioned, which were used were these: 1. Fervent whether pious ministers in London prayer to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit

. can in general undertake more perTbis, not only upon the day of Pentecost, sonal labour than they now perbut frequently during the progress of the form. Some of the most eminent work. 2. The calling siuners to repentance, and the constant preaching of the Lord are, it is well known, compelled to Jesus in his glorious fulness, and in all his quit the field for a season; and the gracions offices. 3. The intimate union of valuable writer of this pamphlet the true disciples, boldly coming out from has only recently been able to rethe world, living in harmony and brotherly

sume his labours.

But much may love, adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour by a conversation becoming the Gos- still be effected by their influence, pel, welcoming with affection those who by their pens, and through the inwere walking in the truth, and at the same strumentality of their people. We time strongly discouraging insincere profes- apprehend, that Sunday and other sion. These were some of the principal schools may be still exceedingly, means then used.

A full adoption of this course would be increased ; that many thousands of the commencement of a revival of religion. children are still in a neglected and Preparatory to this the following steps may perishing state; that whole classes be recommended.

of people have been hitherto left to For ministers, in their private chambers, perish in their sins, with scarcely seriously to meditate and ask counsel of the Lord, upon this important subject, and to

an effort for their conversion (we make it an occasional topic in their public allude especially to the lower ordiscourses.

ders of Irish); that numerous boFor such ministers as reside in the same dies of clerks, artificers, apprenneighbourhood, privately to meet with their brethren for united prayer and consultation. : Si Christian Guardian for 1821, p. 494.


tices, servants, &c. are accessible whole would be miraculous.”_"No, Sir," in various ways; and that if there- said he; “ certainly if it took place at all,

it must be miraculous; but you may defore the members of large and esta

pend upon it, they will not be converted at blished congregations were suitably all;-you know that was Lightfoot's opinion; addressed by their respective mi- and it is very plain, from their obstinate imnisters, some plans might be adopt- piety, that they are wholly given up to ed, which, under the divine blessing, hardness of heart. Sir (he continued, might be productive of a great and reaching down a thick quarto), did you

ever see this book?"-" If I may guess blessed effect. These hints, how- from its cubical shape,” said I, “it is Waever, must suffice for the present; genseil's Tela ignea Satanæ, and I certainly in the mean time, we earnestly re

have seen it."" Well, Sir, and what do commend the present tract to the you think of it?"-" Truly, Sir, I think notice of our readers, and pray tracts against Christianity.”—“ And what

that it contains some horribly blasphemous God it may be accompanied with hope have you,” rejoined he; “ of conabundant success.

verting such a race of impious blasphemers ?

how can you imagine that they will read the A Dream in a Mail Coach.Pp. New Testament?”. .“ Let me understand 28. Hatchards. 1823.

you, Sir," said I; “ do you mean to assert UNDER the similitude of a

that the blasphemous tracts which Wagen

seil collected and published in the year dream, the writer of this little tract

1681, were written by all the Jews who has, in a very sensible and inge- have lived since that time?” -“Certainly nious manner, exposed several of not, Sir; I meant nothing so absurd.”the leading objections which are

“ Then may I ask, Sir, bow your argu

ment applies to the present race of Jews; made to attempting the conversion of the Jews; we cannot but feel, and, whether they ought to be denied the

of Christian instruction, because that it is admirably calculated to Rabbi Lipman and his bretbren, who have remove the prejudices which many been dead for ages, were blasphemers ?”still entertain; and we trust the

They are all the same, Sir," said he. following specimen may induce

“ Sir," I replied, “ I deny the fact; I as

sert, that among the present race of Jews our readers to circulate it as they there is a disposition to examine the erihave opportunity.

dences of Christianity.” I confess I was somewhat disheartened

After quoting Dr. Pinkerton's by this interview; but went on, and in the next house congratulated myself on having testimony on this subject, the wrifound a man who had evidently paid a good


proceeds: deal of attention to the history and anti- “ These are intimations of no ordinary kind quities of the Jews. This I discovered relative to the nation of the Jews, and seem froni some general remarks which I led him clearly to point out that an important crisis to make before I brought forward the sub- in the religious state of that people is not ject of the Hebrew New Testament; but far distant."-" It is some time," said I, when I did, he replied at once, Pooh! “ since this was written, and it has been Sir, it is all nonsense. What is the use of followed by sufficient proof that the Jews giving them a book which they will not are willing to receive the New Testament, read?”_" Sir," said I, “ we have good and to read it.”—“ I have no doubt, Sir," reason to believe that they will read it."- said he, “that they are willing to receive it; “ No, Sir,” said he, “ you may be as- but as to their reading it, that is another sured tbey will not; they are a race of stiff- matter."--" Then why should they wish to necked blasphemers. Did you ever hear have it?" Why, Sir, with their deterof a Jew being converted unless he was to mined enmity to Christianity, it is not diffiget something by it?"-" Yes, Sir,” said cult to assign a reason--they take them and I; “ I remember a history of a Jew who burn them.”-“I doubt,” said I, “ wbewas just what you describe- -a blasphemer ther the Jews, of all people in the world, and injurious--who was converted, and, in- are likely to spend their money in such an stead of obtaining any worldly advaotage, amusement; for we have full evidence that endured the loss of all things.”—“Ay, manyof them have bought New Testaments Sir, you mean the Apostle Paul; but that at fair prices.”—“Sir," said he, “ there is was miraculous, and we are not to look for no saying what the Jews will, do ;-the miracles in these days."-". Now, really," Jews Here he was interrupted by the said I, “ this is very hard'. the last gentle- entrance of a friend, who, catching his last man with whom I conversed, refused to do words, said in a familiar way, “ Well, what any thing because he was expecting the of the Jews?"-Pp. 14--19.

[merged small][ocr errors]


AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY. The seventh Anniversary of this Insti- and received with lively approbatiou. Thougla tution was celebrated at New York, May 8. a foreigner, and of course imperfectly acAt nine o'clock the Society assembled, in quainted with our language, bis address was their new building, Nassau Street, and at strikingly appropriate, chaste, and impreshalf past nine moved in procession to the sive, indicating sound principles, and the City Hotel Mat. Clarkson, Esq. in the most Catholic spirit. absence of the Hon. John Jay, President, “Conscious, as I am," said be," of being took the chair, supported by the Hon. De unable to express properly my thoughts in Witt Clinton, and Rd. Varick, Esq. Vice- the English language, I would excuse myself Presidents. The Report stated, that the from occupying a single moment of the iime Society have distributed gratuitously during of this meeting : but the love of my country, the past year, to Auxiliary Societies and superior to any self-consideration, impels others, 12,923 Bibles and Testaments, me, to break silence, and ask your indulamounting in value to 7592 doll. 25 cents. gence. Born in South America, near the

The receipts during the past year, in- equator, under the Spanish yoke, and including the subscriptiou to the Depository, quisitorial fanaticism, how gratifying it is amount to 45,181 doll: 25 cents.

for me to meet here so many good ChrisDuring the same period there have been . tians, the glory of America, and consolation recognised 59 new Auxiliary Societies, mak- of humanity! My joy can be better under: ing in the'whole 360..

stood than described. Where can there be The meeting was addressed by the above- an emotion niore pure and exalted than that kamed gentlemen, and by the Rev. Dro which I experience at this moment, seeing Woodbull, the Rev. Mr. Ross, the Hon. myself surrounded, for the first time in my Peter A. Jay, the Rev. Dr. Milledoler, and life, by so many worthy supporters of reliSen. Vicente Rocafuerte, a Spanish gentle- gion, who, in spite of the apparent diversity man, and a native of Peru, who was intro- in dress and worship, are all clothed with duced to the Society by Dr. Milnor.

the Spirit of the true God, enlightened with Although the day was rainy and uncom-, the wisdom of the Bible, and united by the fortable, the large room in wbich the Society brotherly love of the Gospel. From this met was filled with company; among whom very difference of opinions and sects results were the Judges of the Supreine Court of the a harmony as admirable in the moral order State, a large number of Clergymen of differ- as it is in the planetary system ; and in the ent denominations, and other gentlemen of same nianner as the different stars, at difdistinction from different parts of the Union. ferent distances, in 'submission to the same The business lasted for nearly five hours, law of attraction, are revolving without inand many persons were unable to obtain seats, terfering, never altering the calmness of yet no symptoms of fatigue or uneasiness the sky; in the same manner, Christians, were manifested. The address of the Pre- subjected to the will of God, as revealed in sident was such as might bave been ex- the Bible, meet each other with cheerfulness; pected from its venerable author~able, im- animated by the benevolent spirit of the pressive, and pious.--The meeting listened Gospel, they love their fellow-creatures, to the aged Dr. John Woodhull with give up their passions, seek the road to heamingled emotions of delight and surprise. yen by a self-denial of their own .concerns, This venerable minister of the Gospel has ånd serve the true God of charity, extendreached within a few months of his 80th ing by their good actions the sphere of huyear-he assisted in forming the Society; he man happiness. This picture of virtue and has witnessed its progress and prosperity religious tolerance, is only to be found here, with fervent thankfulness; and now, at his in England, and among the nations which advanced age; appears to pronounce upon

enjoy the benefit of free institutions, maniit his parting benediction. Possessed of festing in the purest light the perfect conmost singular strength and energy of body cord and union between Christian niorality, and mind, in the full enjoyment of his fa- political liberty, and genuine principles of culties, it was truly affecting to hear him legislation. This truth is extremely inportsay,

“ He who now addresses - you, will aut for a South American, conscious of the probably address you no more. His bead noble struggle in wbich his country is enis whitened by eighty winters—he has la- gaged to expel from its fruitful shores boured fifty-five years in his Master's vine- "the monster of despotism, and to extinguish yard—it may truly be said, his course is for ever the monastic superstition, the enefinished.”

my to every useful reform, which in the The speech of Senor Rocafuerte, a native name and on the behalf of religion, savriof Peru, was listenod to with much delight, ficed to its avarice the innocent race of Posio

JULY 1823.

[ocr errors]


ruvian Yncas, condemned to the stake the South America; that you could immediately unfortunate Guatimozin, the last of the establish in Lima, an Auxiliary Bible SoMexican Emperors, and established in un- ciety: I am convinced that it would prosper; happy America the sanguinary worship of the inhabitants of those bappy climates are inquisitorial fanaticism. It is not enough good, benevolent, of mild dispositions, and to know that there is a perfect union be- will soon comprehend the great utility of tween morality and legislation ; its applica- this Institution. The Spanish policy, guided tion to tbe new Government of America is by short-sighted bigotry, has deprived them, indispensable. To you, noble promoters of till now, of the consolation of perusing virtue, benefactors of mankind, directors of those admirable maxims. Very few of the the institution of the Bible Society, to you clergy even have had an opportunity of belongs the fulfilment of that honourable reading the Bible throughout; but when task. Turn your eyes towards the rising they know the good effect of the Bible, they nations of the South, and you will there ob- will undoubtedly form several establishserve a people worthy of your sympathies, of ments under the auspices of the Parent Soyour protection, struggling for independence ciety. Perhaps many patriots and enlightand liberty; but, alas! liberty is not to be ened ministers, giving up their anterior preobtained without virtue, and virtue is not judices, will recommend these sacred books, to be found but in the principles of the and, giving the Bible to the people, will Bible and of the Gospel : those sacred repeat what the Lord said unto Joshua, books, without note or comment, are the « This Book of the Law sball not depart true elements of social order. To promote out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate virtue through the Gospel, is to fix on a therein day and night, that thou mayest obsolid basis the political liberty of America ; serve to do according to all that is written is to sow for future generations the incor- therein, for then thou shalt make thy way ruptible seeds of peace and happiness. I prosperous, and then thou shalt have yood wish you could send thousands and thou


success.'sands of Bibles and New Testaments to

New York Evening Post, May 9.


We are bappy to learn from the Audit Account of this valuable Institution, that its receipts during the last year amounted

to no less than 57,7141. 195. 11d., and at ", besides supporting its missions, schools, &c.

it has issued 3682 packets of books to the members on the usual terms of the Society, wbich together with those specially voted and gratuitously distributed, contained as follows:


New Testaments and Psalters .
Common Prayer Books
Other bound Books.
Small Tracts, half-bound, &c.
Books and Papers (for gratuitous


* 39,559

57,404 103,826

86,042 835,154


Making a total of .....



The Right Rev. Bishop Heber has re- and on the following day received, at a specently been attending at, and taking his cial Board of the Society for Promoting leave of, some of those distinguished Insti- Christian Knowledge, convened for that tutions which are the ornament and bulwark purpose, a valedictory address from the of our land. His Lordship condescended, Bishop of Bristol, to which bis Lordship on June 9th, to take part in the delibera- replied with a degree of piety, feeling, and tions of the monthly Committee of the eloquence, deeply affecting all wbo were Church Missionary Society, and after ex- present. We would earnestly call upon all pressing his warm attachment to that valu- our readers to unite in fervent prayer for 8 able Institution, earnestly desired their blessing on his voyage and his important prayers for the Divine blessing on his ar- labours, deeply connected as his prosperity duous undertaking. His Lordship preached and success must necessarily be with the the annual sermon to the charity children, promotion of the cause of Christianity in at St. Paul's, on Thursday the 12th of June; the East.


We are happy, in being able to state, that awfully under the sanction of the British the abominable and cruel practice of cun- Government in India, has recently been soming widows with the dead bodies of brought before Parliament; and we eartheir busbands, which has increased most nestly hope that the subject will not be per



mitted to rest, until the barbarous custom demonstrate that the practice was not sancis entirely abolished. Of the practicability tioned by the Hindoo law, and to show by of such abolition we have no doubt what- various examples the success which had fol

lowed other attempts to suppress cruel and The county of Bedford has had the high abominable native practices. He concluded honour of taking the lead on the present oc- by submitting the following petition, which casion; an example which we hope will be was ably seconded by J. Foster, Esq. of generally followed.

Brick Hill, and unanimously adopted. A public meeting, convened by the High Sheriff, pursuant to a requisition, was held " To the Honourable the Commons of the in the County Hall, Bedford, on Monday, United Kingdom of Great Britain and April 28th, 1823, to consider the expe- . Ireland, in Parliament assembled. diency of addressing Parliament on the sub- “ The humble Petition of the Gentry, ject of Hindoo widows being burnt alive

Clergy, rand other inhabitants of the on the funeral pile of their husbands in

county of Bedford, hereunder signed, British India—John Higgins, Esq. in the

“ Sboweth, chair. The business was opened by the Rev. T.

“ That your petitioners contemplate with S. Grimshawe in a long and eloquent speech, British India of immolating widows alive

extreme concern the practice existing in in which he described the nature of the

on the funeral pile of their husbands. That practice. The funeral pile, erected to con

from official returns now before the public, sume the dead body of the husband, is also destined to destroy the living body of the

it appears that the number so immolated, wife, and the eldest son is selected to apply in the presidency of Calcutta alove, in the the blazing torch, and thus becomes the years of 1817 and 1818, amounted to up

wards of 1500. That assuming this calexecutioner of the mother to whom he owes his birth.—The act is said to be voluntary:

culation to be a standard whereby to judge but Dr. Buchanan well remarks, “no man

of the extent of the practice throughout the

whole of Hiudvostan, the total number may will believe, that a young person of twelve

be computed at upwards of 2000 in every or fourteen years, and they are often no older, will go willingly to the funeral pile.” year:

" That it further appears by the regulaSo far from this being the case, the widow is bound fast to the corpse of her deceased

tions passed in India in the year 1815, that busband to prevent her escape, while in

an attempt was made to diminish the fretoxicating drugs are usually administered to

quency of this ceremony, by restricting its her, and her cries drowned by the sound of

use within the limits prescribed by the music and the acclamations of the multitude. Shaster, which limits had, in a variety of

It appears that these murders have been instances, been exceeded; but so far from rapidly increasing. The official returns in having the desired effect, this act of interthe presidency of Calcutta give the follow- practice, by giving to it the character of

ference had contributed to increase the ing numbers:

legality, in all cases specified by the Sbaster. In the year 1815


That your petitioners would respectfully 1816 ...... 442

submit, that to allow a custom in any form, 1817 707

or under any modification whatever, which 1818 839

may be justly chargeable with the crime of They have thus more than doubled in murder, is to violate the principles on which four

years; and this increase is attributed by all civil law can alone be founded and maiothe Hindoos themselves, to the authority tained, and no less involves a breach of and sanction given to the practice by the

those laws of God, wbich demand respect regulations of the British Government. from every country professing Christianity. The question, then, for serious and

“ That under these circumstances your deliberate consideration is: Can things be petitioners earnestly implore your Honoursuffered to remain in this state ? Is not able House to adopt such measures as may humanity outraged ? Is not every social, be deemed most expedient and effectual for filial, and domestic feeling rent asun- putting an end to a practice, which, so long der? Is not the character of the British as it is suffered to continue, cannot but be nation and Government deeply involved in considered as an anomaly in the administrathe commission and continuance of this tion of civil law, authorizing a wasteful excustom ? And is there not a moral respon

penditure of human life, and highly injusibility before God and man, connected with rious to that character of humanity, and the whole subject, which attaches the eharge

veneration to the laws of God, which tbey of guilt to the authority that tolerates such trust will cver distinguish the government a practice ?

and people of this country. Mr. Grimshawe then proceeded to esta- “And your petitioners will ever pray, blish the right of British interference to &c. &c."

« EdellinenJatka »