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erate with the divine will; if you must some time be found, is a conscientiously endeavour to pre- truth, which we all know, but vent crimes with all your might, which all neglect, and perhaps you will obtain the applause of none more than the speculative good men in this world, and, in reasoner, whose thoughts are althe world to come, the approba- ways from home, whose eye tion of God.”
C. Y. A. wanders over life, whose fancy
dances after motions of happi. ness kindled by itself, and who
examines every thing rather than LETTER OF THE CELEBRATED his own state. DR. JOHNSON, ON HIS WIFE's
Nothing is more evident than that the decays of age must ter
minate in death. Yet there is March 17, 1752, Q.S.
no man (says Tully) who does DEAR SIR,
not believe that he may yet live NOTWITHSTANDING the warn- another year; and there is none ings of philosophers, and the who does not, upon the same daily examples of losses and principle, hope another year for
misfortunes, which life forces his parent, or his friend ; but the , upon us, such is the absorption fallacy will be in time detected;
of our thoughts in the business of the last year, the last day, will the present day, such the resig- come ; it has come, and is pastnation of our reason to empty The life, which made my own hopes of future felicity, or such life pleasant, is at an end, and the our unwillingness to foresee gates of death are shut upon my what we dread, that every calam- prospects ! ity comes suddenly upon us . The loss of a friend on whom and not only presses as a burden, the heart was fixed, to whom but crushes as a blow.
every wish and endeavour tendThere are evils, which happen ed, is a state of desolation in out of the coinmon course of which the mind looks abroad, nature, against which it is no impatient of itself, and finds reproach not to be provided. A nothing but emptiness and horflash of lightning intercepts the ror. The blameless life, the traveller in his way ; the con- artless tenderness, the native cussion of an earthquake heaps simplicity, the modest resignathe ruins of cities upon their in- tion, the patient sickness, and habitants ; but other miseries the quiet death, are remembertime brings, though silently,' ed only to add value to the yet visibly, forward, by its own. loss; to aggravate regret for lapse, which yet approaches un. what cannot be amended; to seen, because we turn our eyes deepen sorrow for what cannot away ; and they seize us unre- be recalled. sisted, because we would not arm These are the calamities by ourselves against them, by set- which Providence gradually disting them before us.
engages us from the love of life. That it is vain to shrink from Other evils fortitude may repel, what cannot be avoided, and to or hope mitigate'; but irreparahide that from ourselves, which ble privation leaves nothing to
• a good man, he will feel indig the objects of the mission). The
nant when he reads, that certain number of scholars had now inDutch traders from Hudson's creased to twenty-five, and the river, who had supplied the In, opinion which Mr. Sergeant had dians with rum at a very advanc- formed of the capacity of his ed price, and who took advantage tawney pupils, will be seen in of their folly, when in a state of the following extract from a letintoxication, to make a good bar ter addressed to Adam Wingain with them, fearing that throp, Esq. Secretary of the their profit would be diminished board of Commissioners. “If I and their « craft- be in danger," do not judge amiss, the Indian made every attempt to produce children excel the generality of in their minds an aversion to the ours in pregnancy of parts and Christian religion and a suspi good humour. I am sure that I cion of the design, 'for which could not have found an English a missionary was sent amongst school any where, that would them. But such conduct, how have pleased me so much." He much soever it may excite ab- proceeds to say, “ Capt. Kunkahorrence, is neither surprising pot is an excellent man, and I do nor uncommon. When men believe has the true spirit of prefer the acquisition of wealth Christianity in him. He knows, to a good conscience, we must a great deal, and by the character suppose that they will overlook all his acquaintance give of him, every consideration of humanity his conduct is unexceptionable." and benevolence ; and how ma. While at New Haven, he was ny do we now observe, who op- not unmindful of his Housatonic pose the progress of the gospel, friends, but sent them several if not exactly in the manner a letters ; in one of which he tells dopted by the Dutch traders, yet them, “ you are always in my by refusing to obey it, by their heart, and I cease not every day pernicious examples, and by cast to pray to God for you. We are ing contempt upon the righteous? all sinners, and deserve to be punMr. Sergeant, however, was so ished; but Christ took upon himhappy as to convince the Indians self the punishment due to us. of the design of the traders, and They cannot be your friends, thus counteracted the insinua. that try to discourage you. They tions of those, whose gain was only endeavour to keep you in their godliness.
ignorance, that they may be unIn December, agreeably to his der better advantage to cheat promise when he left New Ha- you. Knowledge is certainly ven, he returned to the college good. It is to the mind what to remain until commencement light is to the eye. You would with the class, which had been think them your greatest enecommitted to his care. He took mies, that should endeavour to with him two Indian boys, the put out your eyes ; especially if sons of the Captain and Lieuten- you were travelling a difficult ant, and left in his school at Hou- road. This world is like a thick, satonic Mr. Timothy Wood and entangled wilderness; and bridge of Springfield, who was why should not you, as well as very serviceable in promoting other people, enjoy the benefit of
the light? Truth is more pre- visit to the Indians, and in July cious, than the light of the sun. left New Haven intending to pass Don't suffer your enemies to im- the remainder of his life at Hou, pose upon you.”
satonic. As he found some of In January, 1735, deputies the Indians desirous of baptism, from the several clans, which it was necessary that he should constituted the tribe of River In- be ordained in order to adminisdians, met in council at Housa. ter that rite Accordingly he tonic, to see whether they would was in August solemnly set approve the conduct of their apart to the service of the gos. Housatonic brethren in consente pel. The ordination was pering to be taught the Christian re- formed at Deerfield, under cir. ligion. On the result of their cumstances calculated to add redeliberation every thing relative spectability to the mission. It to the mission depended. The took place by the direction of Rev. Mr. Williams and Mr. Hop- Gov. Belcher, at a time when he kins of Springfield were there was in that town, with a large fore present. They found near committee of the Council and Jy two hundred Indians assem: House of Representatives, hold, bled, and among them Corlair, ing a treaty with several of the the chief sachem of the whole Indian tribes. The Rey. Mr. nation. Mr. Williams preached Appleton of Cambridge preachto “ one of the gravest and most ed the serinon, in the preface to attentive auditories,” that he ever which he observes that “ many addressed; and after repeated of the Indians were grave specconferences the proceedings at tators of the solemnity, and the Housatonic received the approba- Housatonic Indians sat by themtion of the council. They desir- selves and attended throughout ed Mr. Woodbridge to continue the whole service with great sein the school, and expressed a wish riousness; and were much pleasthat Mr. Sergeant would return. ed to see one, whom they had
After business was finished, a such a love for, so solemnly sepa« frolic" followed of course. rated to the service of their souls.* “ Their dancing, (says Mr. S.) is Very soon after Mr. S. had a most laborious exercise. They returned to the scene of his ladance round a hot fire, till they bours, he baptized the captain are almost ready to faint, and lieutenant with their famiand are wet with sweat ; and lies, first unfolding to them the then run out, and stripping nature of the rite and a discoursthemselves naked, expose their ing upon all the more important bodies to the cold air, and roll points of belief and practice in the in the snow till they are cold, Christian religion.!! “ The lieuand then return to their dancing tenant,” he says in his journal, again. They repeat this four or “ is a clear-headed, smart man, of a five times in a night, concluding deep reach and pleasant humour, with excessive drinking. When and is one of the best speakers they are drunk, they often fall we hear ; is free in conversation, asleep in the open air, perhaps and talks excellently well. He buried in snow.”
has entirely left off drinking te l'n May, Mr. S. made a short excess, and declaims against it ; his astonished view the ocean of de ance ; to the tendency of the gos. pravity which exists in the human heart. Deeply impressed with a
pel; to the revolution which has sense of the rectitude of God's holy
taken place in this country ; and law, he was convinced that the pun to the events, which we have reaishment of sinners was just. Brought son to believe are hastening forat length to bow to the sceptre of
ward to their completion. Under Jesus, he gave satisfactory evidence to those around him, that he was the
each of these heads we find very subject of regenerating grace. When
pertinent remarks. The author the agonies of his mind had impaired is so happy, as not to lose sight the health of his body,...still he spake either of the text, or of the occawith the most profound reverence of sion. We observe a beautiful God and religion; declaring repeatedly, he had no wish the divine law
ease of language, which is naturshould suffer that he might be saved. al to one who is blessed with ease Here was evinced that cordial submis. of thought. The characteristic sion to the decrees of Heaven, which trait of the composition is a liveconstitutes the true Christian.”
ly, forcible brevity. In some The youth and inexperience
sentences there is a transposition of the writer must be an apolo
approaching the air of poetry. gy for some incorrect thoughts
The following specimen shows and expressions, for some un- the au
the author's manner. couthness and harshness in his
In the concluding address figures, and for the incoherence
« Mankind are branches of the same of the several parts of his oration.
family. Turn to the East or West, to the North or South ; traverse the globe from pole to pole. Wherever
you meet a human being, you meet The Messiah's Reign, a sermon
a brother or a sister. This Christiani.
ty teaches and enforces in the strongfireached on the fourth of July,
aty, est language. The heart of the patbefore the Washington Society, riot....glows with a warmth communiby JAMES MUIR, D.D.Pastor af cated from Scripture. That meglectthe Presbyterian Church ated, that despised, that persecuted Alexandria. Snowden. AlexAlerandra Snowden Alay book has scattered the seeds of patri
otism, and cherished their growth. • andria.
"All and each can do something This short sermon is founded
for the benefit of society. Few, it is
true, can enlighten the nation, or manon the following prophetic de
age public affairs. Pretensions to scription of Christ's reign by the this 'by those whose ignorance prophet Micah. “He shall judge and weakness are too apparent to be among many people, and rebuke denied, tend to confusion. Like strong nations afar off, and they
Phæton, in the heathen mythology,
who unwisely seized with his feeble shall beat their swords into
grasp the reins of his father's fiery ploughshares, and their spears steeds, they bring themselves into into pruning hooks; nation shall danger, and expose their fellow-men not lift up sword against nation, to dreadful calamities. God fits men neither shall they learn war any
for different purposes. Let each
know his place. He may be an exmore. But they shall sit every pert mechanic and a useful farmer, man under his vine, and under who would prove a most miscrable his figtree; and none shall make statesman.” them afraid.” The author's plan The author cannot close withis to consider these words in their out seizing the opportunity to afect to the Messiah's appear, recommend the missionary ob-.
ject, and to solicit aid to the mis- however, with safety, until they had
almost reached their homes, about 8 sionary fund. This may subject
o'clock in the evening, when a heavy him to the censure of the partial
squall met them, as they were crosscritic, but will much endearing Rye-ledge, which instantly upset him to the heart of the fervent their boat. Cæsar kept his hold of Christian.
the boal, and was saved, while the others were thrown from it, and at once perished in the deep. Their
bodies were found early next morn. Two discourses occasioned by the
ing, and interred the afternoon of the sudden deaths of Joseph Brown,
prown, same day.” jun. Æt. 23, and James Jenne88, Æt, 24; who were drowned near Rye-Beach, on the even. A Discourse before the Society for ing of 9th Sept. 1806 : the for- . Propagating the Gospel among mer delivered Sept. 10th, at the the Indians and others in North time of interment ; the latter America, delivered November delivered the Lord's day fol. 6, 1806. By THOMAS BARlowing. By WILLIAM Pid NARD, D.D. Minister of the GIN, A. M. Minister of a Pres North Church in Salem. To byterian Church in Hampton, which is added an Appendix. Newburyport. E. W. Allen. Charlestown. S. Etheridge. 1806.
. pp. 47. These are plain, serious, pertinent and useful discourses, from
The theme of this discourse the two following well chosen is St. Paul's declaration, Phil. i. texts : Ecc. ix. 12. For man also 18. “What then ! notwithstandknoweth not his time: As the fishes ing every way, whether in prethat are taken in an evil net, and tence, or in truth, Christ is as the birds that are caught in the preached ? and I therein do resnare ; so are the sons of men joice, yea, and will rejoice." snared in an evil time, when it. After a pertinent introduction, falleth suddenly upon them. And the preacher invites the attention Job xxi. 23, 24. One dieth in his
One dieth in his of his audience to the three folfull strength, being wholly at ease lowing observations.
I. * Permit me to observe the and quiet : His breasts are full of
manner in which the Being, suprememilk, and his bones are moistened
ly powerful, wise and good, chose to with marrow.
propagate Christianity in the world, The melancholy circumstan- at the time of its introduction, and in
the years immediately succeeding."." ces, which occasioned these dis
II. “Inattentive to the authentic. courses, are brictly related in history of the time, we are disposed to note, as follows;
think discordance of opinion with re« Joseph Brown, of Northampton, spect to the Christian doctrine, could
not have arisen under the authoritawith a man of colour, named Cæsar, tive and infallible instruction of an holy had been at Portsmouth. While re. Apostle ; and without besitation at.. turning, which was late in the day, tribute to its first preachers universal. the clouds collected, and appeared "ly the highest purity and benevolence." very black and threatening, attended III. « There is no mode of action with frequent lightning, and at length we can adopt, which will more dignify a free discharge of rain. Night came our characters, or more rejoice our on, which greatly added to the gloom-' hearts in the seasons of impartial re. iness of the season. They proceeded. Aection, than a persuasion that we are