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our objects, were previously deemed ne- the distinct expression of public opinion on cessary, may be considered as no less im- the subject.” periously called for at the present moment. We call upon our readers to join
“ In this persuasion, the Committee their exertions in this great work, and would particularly reconimend, that Asso- daily to unite in prayer to Almighty God ciations should be formed in every part of for tbe relief of the captive, the enslaved, the United Kingdom, for the purpose of the oppressed, and those who have no co-operating to diffuse information, to pro- helper. cure the requisite funds, and to call forth
EXTRACT FROM THE FRIENDS YEARLY MEETING EPISTLE, 1823. DEAR FRIENDS,
tirement in spirit before the Lord, and to We have again been made thankful in wait in reverent silence for the secret intithe belief that the Lord is not unmindful mations of his will. If this be not immeof us; and we reverently trust, that this diately manifested, let not any be dismeeting has not been beld in vain. We couraged, but let them persevere in faith. may inform you, that the current of Chris- Then we believe, that in the Lord's time tian love has renewedly flowed amongst us;
that eridence of his care will be granted, and it bas extended to all our absent which will prove consoling to the mind. friends. Under this precious influence, we On such occasions, the precepts of boly offer you our endeared salutation, desiring writ will at times be brought instrucyour advancement in the way which leadeth tively to our remembrance. With these unto eternal life; and that you may ever invaluable writings, it becomes every one, bear in remembrance, that “ other foun- who bears the name of a Christian, to endation can no man lay, than that is laid, deavour to be well acquainted. In order which is Jesus Christ."
to acquire this knowledge, we wish that all Beloved friends, we have to new doctrine our members may observe the good practo communicate; no fresh precepts to en- tice of a daily serious reading of the Scripforce: it is a peculiar excellence of the tures in their familics, when collected; and Gospel, that its character is always the also that they frequently read them in same. To those who desire to have their private in a pious disposition of mind. hearts cleansed from the defilements of sin, In the sacred writings no duty is more -yea, to all-the grace of our Lord Jesus clearly set forth than that of prayer. Prayer Christ continues to be freely offered. The is the aspiration of the heart unto God; it cross must be daily borne by all who would is one of the first engagements of the become his disciples. If we would attain awakened soul ; and we believe that it heunto that holiness without which no man comes the clothing of the minds of those can see the Lord, we must apply in faith whose lives are regulated by the fear and unto Him who “ taketh away the sin of lore of their Creator. If in moments of the world"-who was “ wounded for our serious reflection, and when communing transgressions," who was « bruised for with our own bearts, we are sufficiently our iniquities," and by whose “ stripes we alive to our helpless condition, we shall are healed;" who, being in glory with the often feel that we' may pour forth our seFather“ before the world was," conde- cret supplications unto the Lord. And as scended, in order to effect our redemption, we believe that it is one of the greatest prito come down from heaven, and take upon vileges a Christian can enjoy, thus to draw him the nature of man. In contemplating nigh in spirit unto the Father of Mercies, the infinite iniportance of these solemn we earnestly desire that no one may deprive truths, and in publicly acknowledging our himself of so great a blessing. But let all belief in the divinity of our blessed Saviour, on such occasions remember the awful mawe desire most clearly to convey the senti- jesty of Him who filleth heaven and earth, ment, that it is not the mere assent of the and their own unworthiness in His pure judgment to the truths of Holy Scripture, and holy sight. If these considerations however desirable such an assent may be, ought to possess the mind in our secret that is sufficient to make us real Christiaps. aspirations unto the Almighty, how inIt is only by the sanctifying operation of cumbent is it upon those who publicly apthe Holy Spirit that we come fully to par- proach the throne of grace, to cherish them take of the benefits of the mediation and in their hearts, and to move only under propitiatory sacrifice of the Son of God. the influence of that Spirit which enables
It iş our earnest solicitude, that all us to pray aright. whom we are addressing may be cnough Whilst he, who would be a real and not concerned for the salvation of their souls.
a nominal Christian, is duly impressed Dear friends, we believe that, for the ad- with the necessity of striving to become a vancement of this most necessary work, it meek and bumble disciple of Jesus, — whilst is good for us frequently to seek after re- he bears in mind that he is constantly liable to fall, and that he must therefore be of Him whom we are met to serve. But waiting for the renewal of his spiritual the duties of the day to which we have adstrength, and at all times be placing his verted, are not confined to the time allotdependence upon divine aid—there is safe- ted to assembling with our brethren. Our ty. But we fear, with respect to some spiritual growth may be advanced by babits who have run well for a time, that either of quietness and retirement, and by suitthrough the friendship of men, or outward able reading in the course of the day. On prosperity, or through unwatchfulness, the other hand, great care is necessary that they bave gradually fallen away from that we do not, by unprofitable visiting or conto which they had once attained; and that versation, by travelling on our outward others, from similar causes, are not ad- avocations, or by otherwise engaging in vancing to that state of purity and simpli- them, dissipate those good impressions city in which they would become useful witb which we have been mercifully famembers of the church of Christ. Dear voured. friends, permit us, in Christian love, to We rejoice, with gratitude, that this remind you of the ever-important injunction country.bas continued to be faroured with of our Lord; “ Watch and pray, that ye the blessing of peace, whilst we lament that enter not into temptation; the spirit in- other nations, no great distance from us, deed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” If have been involved in contention and bloodyou endeavour to prove by your actions the shed. We desire that we may all so live sincerity of your profession, if in your in- under the influence of that Spirit which tercourse with others you show that you breathes peace on earth and good will tohave an honest and upright heart, if your wards men, that, whenever occasions oclives are ordered in the fear of the Lord; cur, we may be prepared, by our conversayou may, by your daily walk through life, tion and conduct, in meekness and wiscommend and adorn your own religious dom to show forth our precious testimony principles. But, if there be a want of con- to the peaccable nature of the Gospel dissistency of conduct, it may lead those pensation. around you, lightly to esteem those very This meeting has again felt deeply inteprinciples which their judgment has at one rested on behalf of the natives of Africa, time approved ; nay, it may cause the way who continue to be torn from their homes, of truth to be evil spoken of.
and consigned to cruel bondage, as well There are many ways by which our at- as for those who are held in slavery in the tachment to religion and virtue may be colonies of this country. And we desire, made manifest to others. One of these is, that friends every where may not fail to rethe due observance of that day which is member all who are thus deprived of their publicly set apart for the performance of liberty, with feelings of sorrow, and to divine worship. Our care for the due at- pity them in their degraded condition; and tendance on our religious meetings, both also, that they would embrace every faon first-days and on other days of the week, vourable opportunity that may present ithas been repeatedly expressed, nor have self for pleading the cause of these our opwe at this time been unmindful of this pri- pressed fellow-men. mary obligation. We earnestly entreat “ Now unto Him that is able to keep you every one, when thus met, to consider the from falling, and to present you faultless worship of the Almighty as a solemn act. before the presence of His glory with exUnder this impression, his demeanour will ceeding joy, to the only wise God our Sabespeak a serious thoughtfulness; and let viour, be glory and majesty, dominion and all remember, that at such times an indo- power, both now and ever. Amen." lent state of mind is offensive in the sight Jude, 24, 25.
INSTANCE OF PIOUS GRATITUDE. The following strict observance of the terms. These poor men, it seems, were direction, “ Vow, and pay unto the Lord thy caught in a dreadful storm in the Meditervows,” is stated in the newspapers to bave ranean; and baving betaken themselves to occurred recently at Marseilles.
prayers, according to the forms of the The master of a Greek vessel and his Greek Church, they made a vow to give crew astonished the inhabitants of Mar
their cargo to the poor, if Proridence seilles, a short time since, by carrying the should be pleased to spare their vessel and cargo their small vessel,
their lives, for tbe sake of their wives and rice, to the market-place, and distributing families. The storm abated, and they it gratis to the poor. It may easily be gained Marseilles in safety, where they risupposed, that their customers increased gidly performed their vow. It is to be obhourly when the circumstances were made served, that the master and crew of a Greek kaown; and several other cargoes might vessel are all joint owners, in certain prohave been speedily disposed of on the same portion, of ship and cargo.
The CIst Number of the Accounts of the London Society of the United Brethren contains, in addition to many interesting accounts of the extension of Christian knowledge, the following statement of the settlements of the Institution :
Begun. In 1732.
In the Danish WEST INDIA ISLANDS.
(Among the Negro Slaves.)
(Thirty-six Missionaries.) *
(Eighteen Missionaries.) In 1784.
(Among the Native Indians.) New Fairfield, in Upper Canada; Spring Place, in the Cherokee country; Oochgelogy,
(Seven Missionaries.) Begun In 1798.
IN SOUTH AMERICA. (Among the Negro Slaves.)
(Eleren Missionaries.) In 1786.
IN SOUTH AFRICA. renewed in
(Among the Hottentots.) 1792. Gaudenthal, (Bavianskloof,) Groenekloof. 1818. Enon, on the Witte Revier, in Uitenbage district.
(Thirty-six Missionaries.) In 1754.
(Eight Missionaries.) In 1756.
IN ANTIGUA.- St. John's. Gracebill, Gracebay. 1817.
Newfield, 1822. Cedar-bill, Mountjoy.
(Eighteen Missionaries.) In 1764.
On the COAST of LABRADOR.
(Among the Esquimaux Indians.) Nain, Okkak, Hopedale.
(Twenty-five Missionaries.) In 1765.
In RUSSIAN ASIA. renewed
(Among the Turgutschen Horde of Calmucs.) In 1815.
(Three Missionaries.) ,1775.
In St. KITT'S.
(Seven Missionaries.) Thirty-three Settlements ; in the service of which 173 persons were employed at the beginning of the ycar 1823.
These numbers always include the wives of Missionaries, who, in the Brethren's Settlomonts, take an important share in the spiritual concerns of the female converts.
REGISTER OF EVENTS.
We have still to iament the existence of a most dangerous spirit in Ireland, which has lately manifested itself in more than one instance of most sanguinary outrage. Partyexcitement has also been fomented by an attempt, on the part of a Romish priest, to introduce the idolatrous rites of his confession into the burial precinct of a Protestant Church. This was resisted, as a matter of course ; and the consequence is, a great outcry against the Archbishop of Dublin, who happened at the time to be many hundred miles distant from the spot; as though the accustomed practice of a parish sexton were an act of bigoted aggression on the part of his Grace.
The career of the French in Spain has been more rapid within the last few weeks. It is apprehended, that treachery has been the cause of several of the misfortunes which bave lately befallen the party of the Cortes. The Trocadero, a strong outwork of Cadiz, was forced, with a trifling loss, and the whole defending force was captured. Malaga was taken on the 4th of September ; Påmpeluna, the strongest fortress in Spain, on the 17th. Santona has since capitulated. "A body of troops in Catalonia, nearly 2000 strong, bas laid down its arms; and Riego, the originator and leader of the revolution, has been captured, after the dispersal of his troops. Scarcely any thing remains to be done, excepting the conquest of Cadiz, which is daily expecting an attack, and with little hope of successful resistance. While, however, the French subdue every thing before them, a new enemy rises in their rear, and greatly incommodes them. The Regency, which the Duc D'Angouleme established at Madrid, refuses to concur in his views, and seems inclined to push matters to the most terrible extremes. Much opposition and bickering has thus arisen between the French authorities at Madrid and their Spanish coadjutors.
Notices and Acknowledgments. RecziveD–J. W. M.;--Aliquis; H. H.;—J. S.;-Chirurgus.
We were somewhat surprized at R. T.'s long silence, especially as he had given hopes of our hearing from him again. We shall be happy to receive the sequel as soon as convenient, in order to determine when to insert the first part.
A pressure of matter alone prevented our noticing the favor of A Member of the Society of Friends, in the way he would have wished. We shall always be happy to hear from him.
p is inadmissible. The irregular Ode is one of the most difficult species of Poetry i and we should not, therefore, advise bim at present to attempt it.
The Entire Works of the Rev. Thomas Scott. Vols. I. and II.
In the Press.
Secreta Monita ; the Secret Instructions of the Jesuits.