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ligioas, are commencing or Aourishing a- Report of the Paris Society. "We have round us : and what is the main spring of now rapidly passed over the inhabited surall these operations ? the answer is : “ It face of our Globe. From Iceland to the is the Bible Society, that has brought us Cape of Good Hope, from the Peninsula together; before, we did not know each of India to the Western Coast of Africa, other; individually we could not have de. from the United States of America, to the vised such schemes, or if we had, we Pacific, there are few points accessible to coald not execute them. But in the Bi- European Commerce, which Bible Soci. ble Society is a bond of union and stim- eties have not embraced in the cosmopoluius to exertion."
itanism of the Gospel. Hard indeed must His Excellency Count Schimmelman, at be his heart, and blind his spirit, who can the Anniversary meeting in Copenhagen.- look on such a spectacle without emotion." “We must not suffer ourselves to be ar. rested in our endeavours, by a doubt recently renewed, well intended as it may be,
ALEXANDER. whether it be really desirable to put all The rumour which has been extensive. classes of people into the possession of all ly circulated in this country, that the Emthe books of the Holy scriptures, without peror Alexander had shown himself unexception? We cannot, we dare not, add friendly to the missionaries in his domin. one jot or tittle to these books, nor take ions, forbidding them to baptize converts, one away. As they have descended to us except in the Greek Church, &c. appears miraculously preserved by the hand of from the following letter recently publishProvidence, and rescued from the wreck ed in the N Y. Daily Advertiser, to be unof time in which nations and generations founded. The letter is from an English have perished, so they must remain for the gentleman in Russia to a gentleman in benefit of all, without exception. We are New York, dated at St. Petersburg, Aug. pot permitted to make distinction be- 31, 0. S. 1823. tweeu enlightened and unenlightened, to “ The accounts you transmit relative to whoo access to the Holy Scriptures, more the prosperity of the American Bible Soor less may be allowed
ciety, have cheered and refreshed our Who will presume, in a "Protestant hearts. church, to prescribe limits to the reading “ The good work here continues to proof the Scriptures ? Where will be place ceed with unabated vigour and celerity. them? How will he maintain them? One most important measure has been
Are the doctrines and precepts of the Ho- proposed and adopted the printing of the ly Scriptures taught exclusively in the New Testament in the vernacular Russ by schools of the learned, and in the 'assem- itself alone, unaccompanied by the ancient blies of the wise? Or are they proclaimed
Slavonic as its safeguard and standard. with an impressive, powerful voice, and When it is taken into consideration that supported by wooderful effects upon the thie Slavonic version has been the only people at large? And how could we dare translation in use in the Russian church to deprive any one individual of that, for apwards of nine centuries, that its age which, as a divine legacy, has been deliv. has necessarily procured for it no common ered to the whole human race ?
degree of veneration, and that, being Let us, therefore, continue to give the strictly ecclesiastical, it is regarded as peBible indiscriminately to all. The hea. culiarly sacred, the introduction of a new veoly comfort there deposited, will surely version by which it is virtually supersedDot be valued and felt more in palaces eu, cannot but be viewed as a most auspithan beneath thatched roofs, and in cotta
cious token of the progress of opinions in
this empire in a high degree favourable to The Right Rev. Dr. Boisen, Bishop of the amelioration of the state of its inhabi. Lalind, Denm ark.-“ Although separa
tants, The first edition is just about to ted by sea and land, yet the word of God leave the press, anıl another consisting of unites all mankind in sacred fellowship, the same number of copies (10,000) will so as to become one great family. A more
be begun immediately. A separate edi. delightful avion cannot be conceived. tion of 5,000 is also going on at Moscow; What the sun in the firmament is to the so that by the end of the year, there will natural world, the word of God is to those be out 26,000 copies of the New Testawho in the midst of the conflicts and af- ment in the common language of the counAictions of this transitory state, seek their try: The translation of the books of the final portion in the beavenly mansions of Old Testament is also in progress; and it perfect peace. In the Lord's name I there. is hoped some of them will soon be put to fore offer you all the right hand of fellow.
As it is done from the original sbip with a heart full of affection and Hebrew, it will of course differ consideragratitude. In Heaven we shall see each bly from the Slavonic, which is a daughter other face to face, and shall then reap, in of the LXX, and its publication, when is the full enjoyment of love, what we have resolved, will be a greater proof still of the sown here below.”
liberality of the higher orders of the clergy.
“You will likely have been favoured on now in so ruinous a state, that it was your side the Atlantic, with the same news thought necessary to suspend public worrelative to missions in Russia, that have ship in it in December last ; since which been in circulation in England. It is all time is has not been opened. The Epismisconception. The Moravians were in- copal students at the University have deed refused certain extension of privi- amounted, for a series of years, to one leges; but the Scotch Missionaries have seventh of the whole number; and this recently baptized two converts in public, year there are forty-five, most of whom by the express sanction of the Emperor are from the middle and southern states. declaring that their privileges authorized The students are not allowed to come to them to receive into their communion all Boston, to attend divine service ; and the who were brought by their instrumentali. Episcopalians, . their own church being ty to the knowledge of Christ. One of the closed, are required to attend constantly converts is a young Persian, of acute intel. at the College chapel. It is due, howerlect, whom we one day hope to see engaged er, to the President of the College lo state, in the work of a Missionary.”
that he has expresscd a desire to have the church repaired ; and provided with a suitable minister, as a means of providing
for the accommodation of those students DECLINE OF MAHOMMEDANISM. who protess to be Episcopalians. If the The following important communication, influence of impressions made on the minds
says the London Baptist Magazine for of these young men during the interesting October, may be depended upon as au- period of collegiate life is properly consid thentic; it is from the pen of a gentle- ered, the state of this church will produce man whose rank and character render a feeling of anxious solicitute in the bor his testimony indubitable.
som of every parent in our communion, “ You ask me if the Mahommedan reli- who wishes to have his children enjoy the gion is on the decline. I answer; in Per- advautages which that distinguished and sia they can scarcely be called Mahomme. richly endowed University offers. The dans : they are Deists, if any thing, and church at Cambridge is therefore to be
considered as a chapel for Episcopal stu. are ready to receive the Christian faith. A few such men as Mr. Martyn would dents, and as such, a subject of general in. soon effect a change. You cannot con
terest. ceive the eagerness with which they ask for the translation of the New Testament. I have distributed several hundreds, and could have done so with twice the num
DONATIONS TO RELIGIOUS AND CHARIber if they had been sent mo. At Mecca,
TABLE INSTITUTIONS. the resort is so much fallen off, that not The Treasurer of the American Board one in a hundred (perhaps if I were to say
of Commissioners for Foreign Missions two hundred, I might be wearer) now
acknowledges the receipt of $3361 42 dur. goes, for those that did. Indeed the reve.
ing the month ending Dec. 12.-- Also nues in consequence of this have so much deereased, that in lieu of overflowing Dr. Solomon Everest, of Canton, Conn.
$1100 as a part of the legacy of the late treasuries, the Ottoman Government is ob
The Treasurer of the United Foreign liged to make large remittances for the pay. ment of its officers and troops. Those pilceipt of $122 90 during the month of De
Missionary Society acknowledges the regrims who now resort thither, make no of
cember. ferings or presents; they are satisfied with
The Treasurer of the American Educagoing. Indeed, from my own observation, after a residence of near twenty-four years $1682 21 in the same month.
tion Society acknowledges the receipt of amongst the Arabs and Persians, I can
The Treasurer of the American Tract safely
that Islamism is fast falling to Society acknowledges the receipt of decay.”
$252 53 in the same month.
The Treasurer of the Foreign and Do.
mestic Missionary Society of the Synod of Episcopal Church at Cambridge. South Carolina and Georgia, acknowledg.
es the receipt of $331 36 for the month of (From the Report to the General Con- November and December. vention.]
The American Society for colonizing The church at Cambridge, founded in free people of colour, acknowledge the the year 1761, but deserted and almost receipt, from various sources, of $1104. destroyed during the revolution, has lan- 100 of which is from the Hon. Bushrod guished ever since, having been chiefly Wasbington–325 from the Vermont Aux. supplied by lay readers, who were resident iliary Society and 550 from the Peters, graduates at Harvard University. It is burg (Virginia) Auxiliary Society.
Ordinations and Installations.
Nov. 15. Ordained, at Sunbury, Geor- T. Jves to the Holy Order of Priests, and gia, the Rev. James Shannon, as an Evan- Mr. John H. Hopkins to the order of Dea. gelist. Sermon by the Rev.J. H. Ripley. Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Beasly.
Nov. 20.- The Rev. Clarkson Dunn Dec. 17.-Ordained, at New-Bedford, was admitted to the Holy Order of Priests, over the First Congregational Church and by the Rt. Rev. Bp. Croes. Sermon by "Society, the Rev. Orville Dewey. 5erthe Bishop.
mon by the Rev. Mr. Tuckerman of ChelDee, 4.-Ordained, at Hollis, Me. the Rev. Mr. William P. Kendrick, as an Dec. 18.- The Rev. John Ingersoll was, Evangelist. Sermon by the Rev. Dr. ordained as Pastor of the Congregational Church of Pelham.
Church in Pittsford, Vt. Sermon by the Dec. 5.-The Rev. William Jarvis was Rev. Mr. Hopkins of New Haven. Vť. admitted to the Holy Order of Priests, by Dec. 21.–At Salisbury, Md. the Rev. the Rt. Rev. Bp. Brownell, in the Church Noah Davis was ordained as an Evangel. at East Haddam. Sermon by the Bishop. ist. Sermon by the Rev. L. Fletcher,
Dec. 5.-Ordained at Providence R. I. Dec. 24.- The Rev. Isaac Chase was in the first Baptist Meeting House, the ordained Pastor over the South Baptist Rev. Solomon Peck. Sermon by the Rev. Church in New-Bedford. Sermon by the Mr. Ludlow.
Rev. Peter Ludlow of Providence, Dec. 10.-At Vershire, Vt. Rev. Thom. Dec. 28.— The Rev. George H. Marcher as Simpson over the Congregational' was ordained at Darlington Court House, Church and Society in that place.
as an Evangelist. Sermon by the Rev. Dec. 10.- The Rev. Royal A. Avery B. Hill. was ordained Pastor of the congregational Jan. 3.--The Rev. Daniel B. Johnson Church and Society in Cambridge Vt. was ordained as an Evangelist, at Charles
Dec. 14.- The Rt. Rev. Bp. White ad- ton, S. C. by the Charleston Union Presmitted the Rer. Moses P. Bennett and Rev. bytery. Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Leland.
View of Public Affairs.
to be known and declared; we are bound Among the most interesting subjects to bring, in aid of its decision, that moral which have occupied the attention of the force which must ever reside in the opinpresent Congress, are the resolutions sub- ion of a free and intelligent nation. mitted by Mr. Webster and Mr. Clay; “ The age is a peculiar one; it has a the one respecting the appointment of an marked and striking character, and the agent or commissioner to Greece; the position and circumstances of our country other concerning the anticipated interposi- are no less so. There has occurred no tion of the Allied Powers, in behalf of age that may be compared with the pres Spain, to reduce to their former subjection ent, whether in the interest excited by , the republics of South America.
what now is, or the prospects it holds The resolution by Mr. Webster, was
to what shall be. The atti.' called up on the 19th, and, after being tude of the Voited States, meanwhile, is read, was supported by him in an eloquent solemn and impressive. Ours is now the spezch which occupied the day. Mr. w. great Republic of the earth. As a free deprecated the responsibility of any effort government-as the freest government, its to change the policy of our government. growth and strength compel it, willing or The policy of this government he said, is unwilling, to stand forth to the contempla. peace. But that policy, while it is pacif- tion of the world. We cannot obscure is, should at the same time be liberal ; he ourselves if we would; a part we must spoke now, in relation to those great ques. take, honorable or dishonorable, in all tions, which are at this hour agitating Eu- that is done in the civilized world. Now, rope and the world-questions which are it will not be denied, that within these conce. ned wherever a nation attempts to last ten years, there has been agitated in obtain its freedom-the question, in a that worid, a question of vast moment-a word, between regulated and unregulated question pregnant with consequences fapower. Wherever it is disputed, whether. vorable or unfavorable to the prevalence,
pation shall or shall not possess a con- nay, to the very existence, of civil liberMitation, our side of that question ought ty.”
Mr. W. exposed the principles and con- be brought to oppose it. Until public duct of the Holy Alliance, and showed opinion is subdued, the greatest enemy of that we are as legitimate objects for the tyranny is not yet dead. What is the soul operation of those principles as any who - the informning spirit of our own instituattempt to establish free governments on tions--ofour entire system of goveroment? the other side of the Atlantic,
Public opinion. While this acts with in“The doctrines advanced, (and which tensity, and moves in the right direction, are promptly supported by a great force,) the country must ever be safe-let us di go to prostrate the liberties of the entire rect the force, the vast moral force of this civilized world, whether existing under engine, to the aid of others. Public opinan absolute, a monarchial, or a republican ion is the great enemy of the Holy Alli. form of government. They are doctrines ance. It may be said, that public opinion which have been conceived with great did not succeed in Spain. Public opinion sagacity, they are pursued with unbroken way never thoroughly changed there ; but perseverance, and they bring to their does any man suppose that Spain is not at support a million and a half of bayonets." this day nearer, not merely in point of
“ But, apart from the soundness of the time, but intellectually and politically policy, on general principles, there is nearer to freedüm, than she was last a ground of duty on this matter. What Spring? True indeed, the Bourbon pow. do we not, as a people, owe to the princi- er did make an almost upresisted march ple of lawful resistance; to the principle from the Pyrenees to Cadiz-hut is Eu. that society shall govern itself? These rope satisfied ? Public opinion is not conprinciples have raised us to & state of pros. ciliated nor destroyed-like Milton's anperity in which our course is rapid and gels, it is vital in every part-and this fol. irresistible. We are borne on as by a lowed back the Conqueror as he returned, mighty current, and if we would stop long anu beld Europe in indignant silence. enough to take an observation, that we Let us then speak ; let us speak well of may measure our national course, ere we what has done well for us. We shall have can effect it, we find we have already mo- the thinking world all with us and be it ved a vast distance from the point at remembered, it was a thinking communiwhich it was commenced. This course we ty that achieved our rerolution before a cannot check; it is the course of things, battle had been fought." and it will go on. Shall we not, thus situated, give to others, who are struggling The following resolution has unanimousfor these very principles, the checrig ly passed the House of Representatives : aid of our example and opinion?”
* Tha: the MARQUIS DE LA FAY. “But it may be asked, what can ETTE having expressed his intention to wc do? This thunder is at a distance visit this country, the President be rethe wide Atlantic rolls between-zwe quested to communicate to him the assurare safe : would you have us go to war? ances of grateful and affectionate attachwould you have us send armies into Eu- ment still cherished towards himn by the rope? No: I would not. But this reason- government and people of the United ing mistakes the age. Formerly, indeed, States. there was no making an impression on a “And be it further resolved, That, as a nation but by bayonets and subsidies, by mark of national respect, the President fleets and armies. But the age has un- cause to be held in readiness a ship of the dergone a change : there is a force in pub- line, and invite the Marquis to take paslic opinion, which, in the long run, will sage therein, whenever his disposition to outweigh all the physical force that can visit this country be signified.”
Answers to Correspondents.
Communications with the following signatures have been received :-TRINITARIus; Yodh; H. W. E.; R; and OLD HUNDRED.
We thank T. G. S. for the Sermon he sent us, but think ourselves orbidden by its title page, to comply with the request which accompanied it.
Errata:—Page 32, col. 2, 1. 1, for gcologists read genealogis/s.-P. 96, c. 1, 1. 8, for Antediluviun read Anledilurian.
Influence of Missions
cessary as it is to intellectual cultiScience
upon and Literature.
vation, is an attainment to which a nation, in the natural progress of
civilization, left to its own unassist. [Concluded from p. 62.)
ed improvements, advances by very
slow degrees. When first visited by Let us now, in the second place, missionaries, the countries of which consider our subject in relation to
we now speak, had in fact made no pagan countries. What is the con
progress towards it, or bad been nection between missions and the long stationary, notwithstanding all interests of literature, in the coun- the intercourse between them and tries where they are established ?
the civilized world ; a fact somewhat Upon the uncivilized countries perplexing, we should suppose, to they bestow a written language. It the philosophers who have so much is almost unnecessary to say that this
to say about the perfectibility of man, must precede all important advances about his natural, and certain, and uin science and learning. Some of niversal, progress towards the highest the acquisitions of genius in our attaininents of intellect. Take a singeneration may indeed be transmit- gle illustration. Most of the native ied to the next by individual mem
tribes in our country, are even now, ory. Poetical effusions especially, as far removed from civilization, as may be preserved. Even these, when the ferocious Philip was sendbowever, must soon be lost unless ing terror and death through the setsecured by writing. The verses of tlements of the pilgrims. Now, upon Homer were for some generations such nations, missions almost at once committed and rehearsed with enthu
bestow a written language, and this siasm by bis countrymen, but they must exert an important influence were fast slipping from their memo
upon their mental improvements ry as early as the time of Pisistratus. To missions indeed, the whole of Had he not collected and published their intellectual existence must be them, the Greeks would bave lost ascribed. When we think of the perbaps, one of their greatest excite- pbilosopby and eloquence of Greece, ments to the heroic deeds of Marathon
we remember, or ought to remember, and Salamis, the Romans would have the Phenician traveller who gave to been without a model for the only her an alphabet. Much more will finished poem of their Augustan age, the future African and Owhyhean, and the world would have been de
when they contemplate the social inprived of the rich fountain from stitutions and the arts of their counwhich scholars have ever delighted try, remember the missionary, who to replenish the uros of genius and taught their fathers to read and to taste. But a written language, ne- write. Suppose even that Otaheite,
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