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Saul, “a man after God's own heart,' sent for him; at length he came & our main attention must now be di- bandsome young man, twenty years rected.
of age; and the prophet received the Some sixteen years elapsed when sign from God, and poured the sacred the aged and sorrowing prophet was oil on his head. It is possible his sent to Bethlehem, of Judah, to the father and his brethren did not suspect house of Jesse, grandson of Boaz and its purpose; but from that time God Ruth, and was told that one of his sons was in an especial manner with him. was to be the future king. Samuel was David, though young, was eminently afraid lest Saul should kill him, if he devoted to God. He early acquired should hear of it, a proof that his power celebrity for his piety, his skill in music had increased, and that the ungovern- and psalmody, his great prudence and able impetuosity of his self-will had not courage. It is highly probable that diminished. The prophet therefore went some of the sweetest psalms were the as if only to sacrifice, and having quieted compositions of his youth. Full of the apprehensions of the Bethlehemites, heavenly fire, and free from care, his who feared lest he was come for some heart and soul were lifted up to God. judgment, he sacrificed. Having directed He who watched the flocks by night, in s Jesse, a pious old man, to sanctify him- gentle climate like that of Judea, with a self and his family, and come to the devout heart, would be sensible that 'the sacrifice, he caused his seven sons, ap
heavens declare the glory of God, and parently, fine, strong men, to pass before the firmament sheweth forth his handyhim. When the eldest passed, the aged work;' that day unto day uttereth prophet, struck by his noble person and speech, and night unto night sheweth bearing, said to the Lord, Surely the knowledge.” With what feeling would Lord's anointed is before him.' But he he sing ; When I consider thy heavens, was told, the Lord looked not at the the work of thy fingers, the moon and outward appearance, but on the heart. the stars which thou hast ordained; They all passed by, and to the surprize what is man, that thou art mindful of of Samuel, not one of them was chosen. him, or the son of man, that thou visitest Knowing the direction he bad receiv him?" The sweet pastoral psalm, befrom God, he inquired if Jesse had not ginning, “The Lord is my shepherd, I another son, and was told that there shall not want,' could only have been was the youngest, keeping sheep. He conceived by one, pious and contemplahad been overlooked, as if it was need- tive, and a shepherd, like the son of less to introduce him to the man of Jesse. God. Impatient to see him, Samuel
To be continued.
AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES.
It is now generally admitted that the local character, and many Associational. Baptists form the largest denomination societies. The Societies in the various in the States. It is, however, far from States and Associations which corresbeing the most wealthy. I have no pond with the national ones, many of reason to suppose them less active than them bearing other names, pay their overother churches. They sustain many plus of income to the national societies. benevolent and christian enterprizes. and thus become members of the general The principal national Baptist Societies, bodies : there are, therefore, large sums are the four following:-Foreign Mis- of money raised for some of those obsion; income last year, 74,408 dollars, jects not accounted for in the above 61 cents. Home Mission ; income, about reported income. The Baptists have in 50,000 dollars. Bible Society ; income, the States thirteen chartered colleges in 20,577 dollars, 66 cents, and by sale of successful operation; viz., Waterville, books, 3,215 dollars, 86 cents. Publica. in Maine; Brown University, Rhode tion and Sabbath-school Society, in Island; Columbian College, district of come, 12,667 dollars, 67 cents. Be- Columbia; Richmond College, Virginia; sides these there are many State. Rector, Western Valley; Wake Forest, societies for various purposes of a more North Carolina ; Mercer University, Georgia; Howard, Alamaba; Judson, crease is truly astonishing, when every Mississippi ; Union University, Tennes- year multitudes are leaving for the west. see; Georgetown, Kentucky; Shurtleff
, The habits of the people are, to a great Illinois; and Granville, Ohio. Theolo- extent, migratory;
a prospect of temporal gical seminaries are the following, New- benefit is sufficient to induce many to ton, Massachussetts; Hamilton, New go into the wilds of Wisconsin, and York; Furman, South Carolina, Thor- Ioway, tearing themselves away from naston, Maine; and Covington, Ken- christian privileges and society,--from tucky. Theological studies are pursued spheres of usefulness and happiness; in the following institutions which do and by this means, in too many innot rank as colleges, viz., New Hampton, stances, strong and efficient churches in New Hampshire; Worcester county are not unfrequently reduced to a bare high school, Massachussetts; one in existence. But it is, perhaps, well; the Connecticut, and one at Franklin, In- * far west' continues to recede as popudiana; also in the colleges of Rich- lation increases ; and popery and infimond, Mercer, Howard, Georgetown, delity would plant themselves there if Granville, and Shurtleff.
christians did not. In a few years the I have said the Baptist is the largest western part of the United States will denomination in the United States; control
control the whole-probably by the their numbers, according to the last next census, in 1850. Taking a general reports are, associations, 540; churches, view, the Baptist denomination is pros9,230; ministers, 5,373, licentiates, 1004; pering, but as we enter into detail we baptized in one year, 89,589. Total shall discover much to excite alarmnumber of members, 707,942. These but the detail I will not enter into now. are the regular Baptists, having no Ordained ministers are usually termed particular epithet. In the state of New elders, in ordinary discourse and adYork are, forty-two associations, 812 dress, though great efforts are making churches, 733 ministers, 124 licentiates, to introduce the term bishop. I have re14,642 baptized in one year, and 98,557 ceived many communications lately with members. Besides these, there are the the title of bishop prefixed; the object I Freewill Baptists, numbering 61,372. suppose is, first, to counteract the inThe six principle Baptists, 3,055 : these fluence of the name in its present use are mostly in Rhode Island; Seventh among Papists, and Episcopalians, and day Baptists, 6,077; Church of God Episcopal Methodists; and second, to (Baptists), 10,000, chiefly in Pennsylva- employ a scriptural title. Of the wisnia, Maryland, and Ohio; the Reformers dom of such a course I am now silent (Campbellites), about 175,000; Christian --every one may judge for himself. Connexion (Unitarian Baptists), 35,000. Deacons are usually called by their It is of the regular Baptists I write: I official title, not only in the Churches mention the others to show the preva- but by all the people; and in some inlence of adult baptism. I might have stances this title is given by people added to the above, the Mennonites, generally to an elderly man who is renumbering over 60,000. Making a markable for his consistent deportment. total of 1,058,446 persons. With such If deacons remove from one church to numerical strength, there would be another, they retain their title, though much to hope, were all animated by the not in office. There is a general opinion spirit of the gospel; but, alas ! too many that a deacon cannot lose his office, except are suuk in grievous error; from the for bad conduct—if he resign, it can self-conceited, and do-nothing Anti. only be active service,' he is still a nomian, to the cold, and frigid, but deacon. I have also found another equally conceited, Unitarian. My re- opinion equally strange to me, viz., that marks and descriptions in future, will when once a person unites with a be in reference to the first class given, church, he cannot cease to be a member the regular Baptists, and especially to either of that or some other church unthis denomination in the State of New til death, except by exclusion; this York. You may form some judgment of opinion has led to some singular arrangetheir prevalence in this state. The po- ments and proceedings, which will be pulation in 1840, was 2,428,921-pro- hereafter mentioned. Then we have bably now three millions, and nearly one ecclesiastical councils for organizing hundred thousand Baptists, whose in churches, ordaining ministers, and settling difficulties. Persons who preach the entire management of its temporal occasionally, or who are just beginning concerns—the entire controul of the to preach, are termed licentiates, and meeting-house-lend it to whom they receive a written licence from the church please, and in some instances without to which they belong. Churches are consulting the feelings of the pastor. usually incorporated, and their trustees I will now finish this general sketch, are considered officers of the church, hoping you will find something to inand in very many instances they have terest you, and not a little information.
THOUGHTS UPON THOUGHT. For Young it may be the means of opening before them
Men, Second Thousand. Snow: Lon- a wide field of very important and profitable don. 12mo. pp. 144.
inquiry; and all will feel most impressively,
as they carefully peruse its well written This is a very valuable and instructive sections, that the vigilant inspection of their treatise. The subject is of immense impor. thoughts and the due government of them, tance to every individual ; but as it is pre- are essential to their preservation from all pared more especially for the benefit of
evil courses, and to their becoming exemplary intelligent young men, who have acquired a christians or worthy men. The author has taste for reading and intellectual culture, our
suppressed his name. As far as the merits attention to it must necessarily have respect of the work are concerned, there was no to its adaptation to its purpose. It is written need for this; it would not dishonor any in a lively, nervous, and attractive style, and living christian philosopher : but if his ob. though its author has chosen to designate ject was to give it to the world unprotected, the volume thoughts,' as containing sugges. that it might make its way by its owa tions rather than complete discussions, its excellence, and perhaps enter into cireles, various topics are illustrated and enforced at
from whence bigotry would otherwise bave considerable length. The plan of the work precluded it, we feel certain that its value is comprehensive. Part I. relates to the
will secure it extensive circulation, and we responsibility of man in relation to his trust its benefits will be enjoyed amongst the thoughts. Here, after introductory remarks, youth of every class. are noticed, what are or are not a man's own thoughts--what are the general principles on
The MissionARY'S REWARD; or, the success which responsibility rests—how these apply
of the Gospel in the Pacific. By GEORGE to thoughts—their influence on conduct
PRITCHARD, Esq., Her Brittannic Ma. God takes cognizance and legislates for
jesty's Consul in the Islands of the Pacific. thoughts -the revolution the thoughts under
With an introduction by the Rev. JOHN go in conversion, &c., &c. Part II. refers
ANGELL JAMES. Snow : London. 12mo., to the government of the thoughts. The nature, importance, and
of this Tus is one of those books which call forth government, are urged on our attention. the devout gratitude of the christian reader. The last part is devoted to an exhibition It is devoted to a brief developement of the of the influence of thoughts in the formation delightful effects of the gospel on those of character. Amongst other important tribes who a few years ago were ferocious facts and illustrations, are given, interest. cannibals. The influence of the gospel on ing references to the influence of thought in individuals, families, communities, in correctthe social circle: the brother's, the compan. ing their errors, purifying their morals, ion's, the minister's, the mother's influence elevating their thoughts and affections; in are beautifully exhibited. The whole con- abolishing their cruel and abominable rites cludes with an affectiouate appeal to the and customs, and introducing order, civilizareader.
tion, and innumerable temporal blessings, This imperfect analysis is sufficient to with the bright hope of immortality,- is very shew the comprehensiveness of the plan of happily exhibited in this volume. The facts the work. Its execution presents much to are selected from various islands, and shew admire and little to disapprove. We com. that the influence of divine grace has alike mend this volume most affectionately to our attended the labours of European and Ameriyoung men, and to those who have the can, of Independent and Wesleyan mission. direction of their reading, or who are their aries. It is a book of facts, and this gives counsellors. They cannot peruse it without to it its interest. Here is brought before intellectual and moral benefit.
us a Chief, once the terror of the neighbouring
islands, but who afterwards for twenty years LAODICEA; or, Religious Declension, its was zealous and devoted, humble and pious, nature, indications, causes, consequences, as a disciple of Christ, and who died tran- and remedies. An Essay. By DAVID quilly saying, “ Christ is my resting-place- EVERARD FORD. Author of 'Decapolis,' the fear of death is removed." There, a • Chorazin,' $c.
London : Simpkins most ferocious cannibal is seen transformed Marshall. 18mo., pp., 118. into a most exemplary christian deacon,
The title of this small volume sufficiently preaching the word of life; and when dying,
describes its contents. The name of its exhorting all to be steadfast, and giving author, and its affinity with other useful words of consolation to his missionary pastor. In addition to scenes of this kind we are
works proceeding from his pen, will, we introduced to families presenting every ap.
doubt not, secure for it, as it deserves, ex
tensive circulation. It is a book which may pearance of order and decorum; to meetings
be perused with advantage by all. By the for religious purposes hallowed by all that is spiritual in sentiment and sacred in de.
healthy christian, as admonitory; by the Totion. When
incipient backslider as a solemn warning; by we see the habitations, the schools, the manufactures, the clothing of
the despondent, as affording hope. The
writer is serions, and his sentiments are the people; and observe the absence of for.
scriptural. The facts and anecdotes by which mer savage customs-we feel that “instead of the thorn, has come up the fir tree, and in
his statements are illustrated, we have read stead of the briar, the myrtle tree.”
It is awarding to this in
with deep interest. addition to its interesting details, this volume
book no mean praise, to state, that it deserves has claims arising from the character and
a place amongst the other excellent works on station of its author, and from a lengthened practical and experimental religion, which
Mr. Ford has already published. introduction by Mr. James, of Birmingham, who has wisely touched on the iniquitous LUTHER AND Calvin; or, the true spirit of conduct of the French in Tahiti.
the Reformed Church. By J. H. MERLE
D'AUBIGNE, D. D. Blackie f Son, The REFORMATION IN EUROPE.
Glasgow. 18mo., pp., 60. author of " The Council of Trent.” Tract Society. 18m0., pp. 388.
This is a beautiful and interesting address, Tais is a very useful manual. It contains
delivered by Dr. D'Aubigne before the Evan.
gelical Society of Geneva, in June last. Its & comprehensive but concise history of the Reformation in Europe, and is adapted to
object is to point out the diversity and the
unity which subsists between the Reformed give as complete an idea of its progress as is
Churches and Lutheranism, and at the same needful for ordinary readers. It is divided
time to shew that the Reformed Churches are into twelve chapters. The first, gives a brief historical detail of the rise and progress of
more scriptural and simple than is Lutheranthe corruptions of christianity. The second,
ism. It tends more to freedom and spiritudescribes the state of Europe at the beginning
ality. of the Reformation. The third, notices the The Jew, in this and other lands. Tract early life of Luther, the controversy as to Society. 16mo. square, pp. 152. indulgences, and the progress of reform in
What a wonderful, interesting, and extraor. Germany, to its establishment. Chapters IV. to X., are devoted to a narrative of the Re
dinary people are the Jews. Scattered formation in Switzerland, Sweden, &c., the
through all lands, yet a separate people.
Persecuted and injured and despised, and Low countries, France, Poland, England, Ireland, and Scotland.
yet maintaining their nationality. The de. Chapters XI. and
scendants of Abraham, the conservators of XII., dilate on the important results of the Reformation, and expose the misrepresenta
the writings of the prophets, and yet rejecting tions of the papists.
the Messiah they foretold. Formerly, most The whole is com pleted by an admirable chronology of the
addicted to idolatry-now, clear of its influence Reformation, in which the chief events from
in every clime. Here is a beautiful book, conthe death of Wickliffe in 1384, to the revo.
taining the choicest information as to the cation of the edict of Nantes, in 1685, are
present condition of this people; noticing presented in their chronological order.
their ancestry, synagogue, writings, and the have not seen a more complete, comprehen
predictions as to their ultimate conversion. sive, and impartial compendium of the his.
How important the lessons it inculcates !
How cheering the hopes it inspires! and tory of any period, than is here given of the Reformation,
what melancholy interest the blindness under Its learned compiler has
which they now labour, and their prostrate availed himself of every valuable source of
condition excites ! information, and has neither distorted facts, por palliated errors under the influence of THE ALMOST CHRISTIAN DISCOVERED. By party feeling. This book should be in every
the BISHOP OF LONDONDERRY. Tract Sunday school library.
Society. 32mo. VOL. 7.-N. S.
This is a reprint form the edition of 1693. if the wise and prudent cautions and di. It is serious, plain, and useful.
rections of this book were regarded. LEARNING TO FEEL. Truct Society. 18mo. Child's COMPANION, for 1844. 32mo. TaE CAREFUL NURESMAID. Do.
pp. 380. Tract Society. Tee WORKING Man's WIFE. Do.
BAPTIST CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE, for 1844. THESE three books are about the same size,
32m0., pp. 380. Hull, Harrey, & Co. and price.
The first is embellished with THESE two neat little volumes justly deserve engravings, and explains and enforces love, the circulation they have gained. They are pity, sympathy, kindness, and many other embellished with many engravings, and are virtues, in a series of delightful conversations. replete with instructive and appropriate It is the companion of Learning to Think.' matter. It is very suitable for children. The second
THE BAPTIST CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE, AND is exceedingly useful, giving to a nursemaid
Youth's MissioNARY REPOSITORY for such instructions as will be of service to her in her station, and improve her character for
January, 1845. No. 1. Enlarged Series. life. The last is full of useful lessons to a This enlarged series presents increasing working man's wife, and what with its valu- claims on the attention of the young. In able coupsels, its recipes, its tables, and in addition to the former range of subjects, the dex, is the most complete thing of the kind ever ever interesting topic presented by christian published. Happy would many families missions, is introduced.
CORRESPONDENCE. THE ACADEMY LIBRARY, &c.
young women; these institutions have es
tensive libraries, maps, globes, drawings, To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository.
various apparatus, chemical and philosophical, Sin,-Being called by business to Leices. telescopes, microscopes, &c. At a public ter, I was anxious to visit our Academy; to meeting in Manchester, it was stated ibat see its library, philosophical apparatus, maps, there are thousands of them in Lancashire, &c., &c. But judge of my disznay and sur- and the libraries contain thousands of vol. prize, to see a library, not the size of an umes. In Sheffield there is a society conordinary tradesman's, or of many mechanic's; ducted by an Independent minister, in which not one map, or a pair of globes: philoso. there are four hundred in humble life, who phical or chemical apparatus, nil. The li. are receiving instruction in english grammar, brary is destitute of an encyclopedia; two composition, latin, greek, mathematics, metaof the zealous and worthy students were physics, logic, astronomy, and other sciences. anxious to supply this desideratum, and col- If the English working people are thus lected at Nottingham ten pounds, but want moving, what position should Baptist minisfifteen pounds more, to procure a work ters take? Should not the teachers of the suitable for such an institution. We often people attain a higher altitude? Should not hear in the pulpit of the zenith of power; the teacher have a commanding influence ? but what can they know of the zenith or na. Should be not be 'a workman who needs not dir without globes and maps to learn the to be ashamed,' in whatever society or cirsciences of geography and astronomy. I be- cumstances he may be placed? In making lieve there is a general desire that our min- these observations, my object is, to induce isters should rank equally with other micisters, public-spirited individuals, or
the on the platform, in committees, and in gene- committee of the Academy, to organize a ral public acts of usefulness; but how can plan, and appeal efficiently to the ministers, they, unless they possess that knowledge churches, and congregations, for pecuniary which Bacon calls power? We are living aid; so that the library should be worthy of in an age fraught with important events; the the General Baptist Academy. Also a pair children of paupers are receiving an edu. of eighteen inch globes, suitable maps, mathecation better than the children of the nobility matical, and other instruments, should be prodid five centuries ago; the children of the vided. I should be pleased if every member British schools, better than those of trades. of our body were to read the statistical acmen and wealthy classes forty years since. count of the Baptist colleges of America, In all our large towns are established reading by Drs. Cox and Hoby, they would have an rooms, and mechanics institutions, in which example worthy of imitation, in providing are taught the various branches of knowledge means to educate their ministers. and science, for a very small sum per annnm,
I am, Sir, respectfully yours, to labourers, mechanics, apprentices, and Nottingham.