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they have been utterly unprofitable ; the veil is yet upon the heart of the Jews; and until it shall please God to remove that judicial blindness, to which, for wise purposes, he has seen fit to condemn them, we have no reason to expect that others will succeed where they have failed.
(N.B.-This article has been in type several months, but excluded by a press of other matter. Later information has been since received, for which we may possibly find place hereafter.)
Massachusetts Peace Society.-The fourth anniversary meeting of this interesting and Aourishing society was bolden at Boston on the 25th of December. An address was delivered in the evening at the Old South Church, to a very numerous and attentive audience, by John Gallison, Esq. The speaker took an able and eloquent survey of the various causes, which have hitherto operated to counteract the pacific tendencies of the christian religion, and to maintain the custom of war amongst Christians not withstanding its direct repugnance to their principles ;--and insisted upon the practicability of its final abolition. After the address, the annual Report was read by the Rev. Noah Worcester, D.D. The corresponding secretary, which comprised a summary history of the origin and progress of the society, and a most encouraging view of its present state and future prospects. We hope, when the Report shall be published, to find room for some of its statements. The lovers of religion and of man must view with unmingled approbation the object of this Institution, and feel the most deyout gratitude for the prosperity by which Providence has been thus far pleased to distinguish it.
Theological Seminary in Cambridge. The annual visitation of the Theological School in Harvard L'niversity, took place on November 17th, in presence of a large number of its patrons and friends. The whole qumber of those pursuing Theological studies in their preparation for the Gospel Ministry, is 38. The following is a list of the subjects upon which exercises were exhibited :
1. The Nature of Divine Justice. 2. The character and design of the Mosaic dispensation. *3. Terms of Christian Cominunion. 4. The account of miracles said to have occurred when Julian attempted
to rebuild the Temple at Jerusalem. 5. The doctrines of Augustin concerning grace. 6. On the meaning of i Thess. iv. 15. 7. On the evidence from the light of nature of a future retribution. 8. On the author and character of the Book of Job. 9. The conduct and views of the Disciples of Christ before his Cruci
fixion and after his Ascension.
10. Character of Wakefield's Translation of the New Testament. 11. On the state of the soul immediately after death. 12. On the necessity of the study of Natural Theology. 13. On the means of discovering the Divine will, where revelation is
silent. 14. On the supernatural character of our Saviour. 15. On the nature of merit. 16. On the value of the morality of the Gospel as a proof of the divine
origin of Christianity. 17. On the evidence of Prophecy.
ADDRESS OF THE EDITORS.
The Editors of the Christian Disciple, close their labours for the year, grateful for the encouragement which they have received, and humbly trusting that they have not laboured in vain. The patronage with which the work has been favoured, has exceeded their expectations, and it affords them satisfaction to find that its circulation is constantly increasing. Aniinated by their past success, and by their future prospects, they will devote themselves with fresh spirit to the work, in the hope, with the blessing of God, to render it yet more acceptable and more extensively useful.
The uncommon excitement, wbich has existed, during the past year upon some controverted questions, bas ovavoidably led them to devote a larger proportion of their pages, than would have been otherwise advisable, 10 doctrinal discussions. They hope, in future, that there will be less occasion for this. For although they never intend to keep back their opinions on disputed points, yet they never would unnecessarily obtrude them upon these pages which should be sacredly devoted to the holier cause of pious affections and pure living. Those, therefore, who have complained that the share, which controversy has ha:l in the numbers of the last year, has left too little room for subjects in which they feel stronger interest, will probably find less reason for the complaint in time to come.
A different complaint demands attention. It is best stated in the words of a distant correspondent, who says, “With whatever ability the work may be conducted, and however much deservedly admired at present by the higher class of readers, it is not suited to the great mass of country subscribers." The Editors will, in future, give their attention to render the work acceptable and interesting to readers of every class. And they call upon their friends and brethren at a distance, and in all parts, to lend their aid by communications or otherwise, to improve the work, and adapt it better to the wants of the community. The experience of one year, with such aid, may be expected to render the attempt of the second more successful. With new cheerfulness, therefore, anxious to serve, to the best of their abilities, the religious interests of their fellow-christians; asking of them only candor and the love of truth, and looking with humble coolidence for the approbation of God; they again address themselves to the work.
END OF VOLUME 1.-NEW SERIES.