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Extracts from the Rev. Mr. Alley's Sermon. ed, even the testimony of a good cong 1
“ A bare instruction in such worldly science, and the hope of the life which is learning as may suit different ranks and
to come, they proceed with that confi- 1 degrees here, cannot be termed education. dence which is the result of conscious rec. We know that we have to govern our lives titude, and have been joined by the best by certain principles, and that we have in spreading saving knowledge i certain duties also to perform. When we amongst the poor. Within the last 30 or 40 set about the momentous task of edụca- years great exertions have been made, but tion, we cannot either be so ignorant, or so even these have been found insufficient; jnattentive to the future and eternal wel. from the progress, however, which the Na. fare of our children, as not to feel the im- tional Society is now making, we have rea. perious duty of setting before them the son to look for the happiest results. Al. good and the right way, training them up ready are there 1640 schools in Great-Bria in those principles, and accustoming them tain, in which 270,000 children receive to the performance of those duties, which their education; and from the last reports are necessary for the guidance of their fu we also find the great assistance which the ture lives. Whilst we are at so much pains Society for Promoting Christian Know.
P to promote scientific and classical know. ledge has afforded to this most valuable ledge, so very zealous in all things which body. We find that the aid of that Chris. tend to our provincial interests, should the tian society has been extended to no less ‘one thing needful be forgotten? Should than 152,153 children, who have been we neglect to impress upon the infant wholly or in part supplied with books mind, the means by which the great du whilst we ourselves not only receive simi, ties of a Christian, in this world of trial, lar aid, but are also indebted to the Somay be known ? should we leave the learn. ciety for the Propagation of the Gospel in ing these to chance !-to commit these lit. Foreign Parts for pecuniary assistance to tle ones to the probability of either never wards the support of our school masters." li having the knowledge of the truth set be “ The Madraş system of education fore them, or of having it very improperly stands unrivalled both for the excellent taught, whilst we are at such pains to mode of instruction which it pursues, and make them excel in worldly learning, for its making religion a fundamental which certainly is of a very minor value principle. when compared with the knowledge of “The difficulties which haye hitherto that which tends to their eternal salva. attended instruction, are in this beautiful tion? No, my Brethren! I hope better system completely removed. This may things of you! I hope that you are con be evident to every one who attends our vinced of the importance of a religious schools ; you will there see a pleasing education, and that you look with a just contrast with the laborious task of indread at the neglect of so awfully sacred a struction according to the old method.
D duty, well knowing that, as your dear Here more is done in two hours, by the children are unable to decide for them. effect of emulation, and by the consequent selves, you are called upon by every tie, necessity of attention, than by the fear by every obligation, both divine and hu
and drudgery of the other in a day. A man, to do that for them.!"
more pleasant, speedy, and effectual mode “ The progress which education is of instruction could not be invented-it making throughout the United Kingdom is gives children habits of industry and rea subject of joy and congratulation. Its gularity-it inspires proper pride'-it schools and universities deservedly rank brings into action, in childhood, all those high amongst those of other nations, while principles and qualities which are so manone can excel or even equal the prodigi- terially necessary in future life, and eus exertions which are daily making in teaches children to use their reason and the education of the people in general. mental powers, instead of being driven But the efforts which have been, and are like beasts of burden to their task-in still made by the National, aided by the short, to use the words of a learned divine, two venerable societies," namely, that for whosoever attentively surveys a seminary Promoting Christian Knowledge, and the of education conducted on this plan, will Society for the Propagation of the Gospel at once be satisfied, that the point has been in Foreign Parts, merit our highest ad gained, upon which the judicious instruc. miration. Those deservedly respected and tor may take his stand, and direct the 'valuable societies, seeing that a great and mind in whatever it pleaseth bim." effectual way was open' for general im “ Another, and, indeed, the chief reason provement, have been neither faint nor why the institution, for which I am now weary in exertion, and, although surround- addressing you, deserves universal suped by many adversaries,' have stood un- port, is, that it does not rest satisfied with dismayed amidst the attacks of those with giving only temporal instruction, but sees whom they have had to contend. Having the importance of instilling into the youth. the highest motives to sustain them in the great cause. ich they so happily adopte * Dr. Barton, Chap. to Abp. Cant.
a gente fiul mind the principles of Christianity, we have a great work in hand, truly great Likit and the necessity of a consistent practice. both in a spiritual and temporal point of that l It exercises a paternal care in giving such view. We have need for your prayers and ponica wholesome instruction as may be a mean,
assistance. We need your prayers, be, by de' under the help of the Almighty, to make cause we well know that on God depends immt its youth a comfort to their friends and so. the success of every undertaking, that it las ciety-it teaches them to worship God in is he alone who giveth the increase;' and En mai spirit and in truth; to live in unity and we look for your assistance, because the -rsuits
peace; to pay due respect to parents and work which we have on hand is attended zich superiors; to honour the king, and all with a variety of expenses which must be ve but that are put in authority under
him, and, charged on those who have better means of sult in all stations, and under all circumstan- defraying them than the poor. Therefore, 7 Gred ces, to do their duty as unto God, and not my Brethren, while you pray for our sucen ma to men-not as eye-pleasers, but as men cess and utility, let the measure of your last me who knoweth that God seeth the most se contributions bear ample testimony to the W cret actions of life, and is about their sincerity and fervour of your prayers 6 tian Al path, and about their bed, and spieth prayer without exertion is nothing--sepa. Et n out all their ways. Thus religion and rated they are of no avail-united, and all tha: Co morality are made fundamental principles things are possible ! to no ! --and thus, by implanting in early life the • The great spiritual importance of a. bare fear of an omniscient God, the assurance religious education has, I hope, been imh bride of a future state of rewards and punish.. pressed upon you, and I trust that you, my terey ments, a knowledge of their own infirmi hearers, are fully impressed with the awto tell ties, and the necessity of striving against, ful responsibility we lie under, to spread Cr$t and not permitting them to prevail; in amongst all classes the light of saving sun short, by inculcating sound principles ofree knowledge. Our great God willeth not, nation ligion, do we hope, through God's help, to that one of these little ones should peduris secure an attachment to those social duties rish,' and it, through our neglect, they be arcel which bind man to man, and which we lost, how will it fare with us? Bury not, Vesa could never otherwise hope to be observed. then, your talents, but so lay them out,
“ The spirit of emulation, moreover, that, at the coming of our Lord, he will which the Madras system excites, is de. find them bringing forth with usury, to bet serving of admiration. It is most inter the glory of his eternal name! eriti esting to behold the anxiety of the scholars Never, my Brethren, were our exer: bior in their laudable contest for pre-emi. tions more needed than at the present
nence. Their study is rendered an amuse time, when vice is seen in every corner, latin ment in place of a labour. They love when impiety and fanaticism are spreading
their duty when they are led to it by ex abroad their baneful influence, when docstene bortation-when, instead of whipping and trines the most impure are maintained and the other disgraceful punishments, their little propagated, when blasphemous and sedi.
reason is appealed to by suitable motives, tious publications are circulated with so
and when, by praise or reprehension, they much'avidity, particularly amongst the d are'incited to the performance of those lower orders ; in short, when we see the
tasks which are assigned them. 'Emula agents of our great adversary so assiduous tion,' says Aristotle, is a certain painful in seeking prey for him to devour; never,
solicitude, occasioned by there being pre. I say, my Brethren, was there more occa-, hanya sented to our notice, and placed within our sion for all our watchfulness! Never were
reach, in the possession of those who are by 'We more imperiously called upon to place pature our fellows, things at once good every barrier in the way, to fortify our
and honourable, not because they belong to strong bolds against the attacks of the The them, but because they do not belong to 28.' wicked one. And how can we more efa
“ In fact, the Madras stands pre-emi. fectually do this than by bringing up our nently superior to any other system of children in that right and good way in education yet discovered. The labour of which reason and religion tell us they
the school is equally divided, the tasks are aught to go, and causing the word to grow mit easy, and perfectly suited to the capacity and increase amongst them.
When we reof the child in each there must be well flect on these things, none, whose breasts 1 grounded instruction previously to any ad. are not steeled against every feeling of re
vance. Idleness and ill behaviour are to ligion and humanity, will resist the im. tally prevented by the number and watch. pression which such thoughts ought to fulness of the teachers, and all is obtained have upon thein ! All will be moved by by example and method; negligence and one common desire to promote the eternal inattention in one, will appear more con welfare of mankind by every means wollin spicuous by proficiency and diligence in their power, of being the humble instruthe other, pride and folly by meekness and ments, through Christ, of saving the soul humility;"
ota brother! When we behoid our mother “ We must not rest contented in the country making such prodigious exertions. mere effusions of praise on this occasion, in the moral impruvenent of mankind;
when we see her stretching forth the land
Institution. of Christian love and charity, sending to On Wednesday, September 27, 1821, the all nations the sacred volume of revealed Rev. Henry Anthon was instituted Rector religion, and distributing, unsparingly, in' of Trinity Church, in the village of Utica. religious trácts, such helps towards the Morning prayer was read by the Rey. Mil. right reading and understanding of Holy ton Wilcox, minister of Zion Church, OnWrit, as are necessary to prevent that sa ondaga county, and the office of institucred word being perverted, and to check tion was performed, and a sermon suitable the mischief not only arising from evil or to the occasion preached by the Rev. Lumistaken interpretation, but to fortify the cius Smith, Rector of St. Peter's Church, mind against the arguments of the infidel; Auburn, Cayuga county. when we see her so zealous in the instruc. tion of her own youth, shall we be idle ?
Ordinatioit. Shall we, I say, my Brethren, be idle? On the eighteenth Sunday after Trini. No! You, I am sure, will never be deaf to ty, October 21st, the Right Rev. Bishop the dictates of humanity: will never be Hobart held an ordination in St. Paul's proof against the feelings of nature and Chapel, in this city, and admitted Mr. grace! nor obstinately refuse, out of your William B. Thomas to the holy order of superfluities, to supply the means which, Deacons, and the Rev. Marcus A. Perry, under God, may save a soul from hell, Deacon, Missionary at Unadilla, Otsego and thereby cover a multitude of sins !'” county, and parts adjacent, to that of
[We will only add, that these excellent Priests Morning prayer was conducted, remarks on the Madras (or Dr. Bell's) sys. and an appropriate sermon preached by tem of instruction, and on that only truly the Rev. Daniel M'Donald, D.D. pro sor Christian mode of gratuitous education in the Interior Branch Theological Semiwhich gives to religion its proper degree nary of the Protestant Episcopal Church, of attention and importance, are particu. at Geneva. Jarly interesting in this city, where there is an Episcopal Charity School thus con. ducted. The trustees are now erecting, land, CANÓLINE, consort of GEORGE IV.
Dưen, In London, the Queen of Engfor its accommodation, a large and commodious edifice, and hope, with the aid of Agreeably to her own direction, her body the liberal, to be soon enabled so to ex
has been conveyed to Brunswick, to be tend the operations of the school as to af. buried by the side of her father and bro
ther. ford to all poor children of the Church, and to others who may apply, the benefit
Her Majesty was born the 17th of May, of a good common education, with the un
1768, and died August the 7th, 1821, aged speakably great advantage of careful in- 53 years, 11 weeks, and 4 days. She was struction in the principles and duties of married April the 8th, 1795, and was, Christianity.]
therefore, a wife 26 years, 17 weeks, anci 3 days. On the 7th of January, 1796, she
was delivered of her first and only child, At the annual meeting of the Bible and
the late Princess Charlotte, and of course, Common Prayer Book Society of the West. ern District of the State of New York,
was 25 years and exactly seven months a held at Trinity Church, in the village of mother. Her Majesty left England in Utica, on Wednesday, September 27,1821; 6 years. She was 1 year, 7 months, and
18!4, and returned in 1820, being absent the following persons were chosen officers for the ensuing year.
8 days Queen of England. Her daughter Hon. Morris s. Miller, of Utica, Presi. died 3 years, 9 months, and 2 days before. dent; Rev. Lucius Smith, of Auburn, 1st Vice-President; Rev. Russel Wheeler, of Turner, an aged presbyter of the diocess
Lately, in Philadelphia, the Rev. Joseph Butternuts, 2d Vice-President; Rev. Hen. ry Anthon, of Utica, Recording Secretary;
of Pennsylvania. Hon. Nathan Williams, of Utica, Treasurer.
Managers~-Joseph L. Richardson, Esq. George B. T'roup, Esq. Roderick Matson, A great number of stacks of hay and • Esq. of Cayuga;
Rev. Milton Wilcox, Jo- straw, on different farms in England, in nas Earll, jug. Esq. of Onondaga; Hon. consequence of being stacked too green, Thomas H. Hubbard, of Madison : Rev. F.
became overheated, took fire, and destroy7. Tiffany, Rev. M. A. Perry, of Otsego;
ed a large amount of farming utensils, Henry Green, Esq. Elon Andrews, Esq.of baris, stables, sheds, &c. Oneida.
The next annual meeting will be held on the fourth Wednesday of September, The Governor of New York has, by pro1822, at the Episcopal Church in Coopers. clamation, recommended the observance, town, county of Otsego, at 10 A. M. throughout the state, of Wednesday, the
M.S. MILLER, President. twelfth day of December next, as a Day I. ANTHON, Secretary.
of Prayer and Thanksgiving.
From the Churchman's Magazine, for now convertible terms, though the very September, 1821.
respectable denominations of ChrisBiography of Dr. Mansfield.
tians in this State, commonly called In presenting to our readers a bio- Presbyterians, was then generally degraphical sketch of one, who long acted noted by the latter appellation. It a distinguished part in the concerns of
was the religion of his ancestors-it the Church in Connecticut, we regret was professed by his instructors, and that it is not in our power to give a by the community to which he belongmore particular account of the facts ed, and his impressions were all, of connected with his life, than is con course, in favour of the tenets of that tained in the following communication particular denomination. When Dr. from a correspondent, whose favours Mansfield entered upon the investigawill always be thankfully received.
tion of religious truth, with a view to The Rev. Richard Mansfield, D.D. the ministry, there was no Episcopal was born at New-Haven, in October, 1723, and died at Derby, the 11th of * The principal distinction between ConApril, 1820, in the 97th year of his gregationalists and Presbyterians, arises
from their different views of the Cúristian age, and the 72d of his ministry. Dr. Mansfield gave early evidence of ministry. Originally the Congregationalist
held, that all Ecclesiastical powers were abilities, and a thirst for knowledge. vested in a society or congregation, whereLittle, however, is known of the em ever formed; and that the call, or election ployment of his youth, except that his of this congregation, confirmed by a vote parents fostered his passion for litera- of the Church, invested the person called ture, and placed him at a respectable with the authority of the Priesthood.--
• Ordination, whether by the hands of mi. grammar school.
Here his progress nisters, or the committee of the Church, was rapid, and creditable to his genius. they maintained, was nothing, but setting Not long after this he entered Yale apart, installing, or inaugurating one who College, where he distinguished himself had been chosen to the office, and that by his classical attainments, and gradu- ferred by the imposition of hands; and,
no spiritual or temporal power was conated in 1741, with the reputation of be- of consequence, that ordination was not to ing the first Dean scholar in his days, go before, but to follow election.”—“OrHis parents early imbued his mind dination doth not constitute an office, nor with the principles of religion, and give him the essentials of his office." See during his collegiate course, he was se
Cambridge Platform, and decisions of the rious and thoughtful on the subjects of Superior Court of Massachusetts, on the
Dedham Case, 1821. See also the early religion, and manifested an ardent love histories of the Colonies. of divine truth. It was this love of Presbyterians place their ministry on truth which led him, when preparing much higher ground. They hold that the for the ministry, upon which it seems
office of the Priesthood is conveyed by he had resolved at the time he gradu- ordination, and maintain its divine instiated, to examine the doctrines, disci- being handed down by a regular and un
tution ; they believe in the necessity of its pline, and worship of the Christian broken succession. It was on the grounds Church, with great fairness and can- of this distinction that Presbyterians have dour--and a readiness to embrace the sometimes refused to acknowledge the truth wherever it might be found, which validity or regularity of congregational
administrations. And it is believed to be no consequences could counteract.
on this ground that, notwithstanding their Dr. Mansfield was bred a Presbyte- community of interest, they form two rian, or Congregationalist, which are separate and distinct commmiens. VOL. V.
Church in New-Haven, and, indeed, governable species of enthusiasm, the but one Churchman, and he in the effects of which were felt long after hunibler walks of life. At this period, his career had ended. “ At the first the Church in Connecticut could not be appearing of this adventurer, who was said to have existed more than twenty in the orders of the Church of Eng. years. Its members were few in num- land, and still wore the garb of her -ber, and dispersed throughout the com- clergy, although he had violated her munity. This is remarked, to show laws as well as his own oath of canonithat Dr. Mansfield must have been un cal obedience, he was received with all influenced by extraneous circumstances the marks of high approbation and apin the investigation of these subjects, plause, by the dissenting ministers in and unbiassed in his conclusions. general.” That some of them regard
In November, 1723, Dr. S. John- ed him as sent forth upon an extraorson, who, with several others, bad dinary commission, and endowed with gone out to England for Episcopal or- extraordinary gifts, there is no room dination, returned, and settled in Strat- for doubt; but there were others who ford. “ He was then the only Episco- countenanced him, because they conpal clergyman in the colony, and found sidered him as an instrument by which himself, on all sides, surrounded by the Church in Connecticut might be bitter adversaries. He was generally crushed in her infancy, or, at least, her treated as a schismatic and apostate - growth much retarded." There was and the people seemed resolved, by some ground for this, in his freedom of thwarting him, and rendering his situa- remark, and constant invectives against tion uneasy, to drive him, if possible, her Bishops and Clergy. But it was from the country." Not_long after not long before they began to perceive this, “Mr. Williams, the President of their mistake, and to repent of the Yale College, entered into a combina- countenance they had shown him.tion with the Hampshire ministers to They were disappointed in their extry, if it were possible, to get the mem- pectations : for while the course he bers of the Church, of which there pursued did not materially injure the were now six or seven congregations in Episcopal Church, it threatened the Connecticut, deprived of their minis- utter dissolution of their own churches. ters, by contriving that they should be “Other itinerant preachers soon sprang stripped of their salaries. This is evi- up, who, imitating his voice and mandent from their letter transmitted to the ner, and disregarding all rules of EcBishop of London by Dr. Coleman."* clesiastical order, fanned the flame
There was but little at that time which he had kindled. These were which could induce one to attach him- not long after followed by a multitude self to the Church, but a conviction of of ignorant lay exhorters, who uttered its divine origin, and an imperious the most horrid expressions concerning sense of duty.
God and religion, and proclaimed the While Dr. Mansfield was engaged in divine wrath against the unconverted the examination of the doctrines, wor in the most affecting tones of voice, ship, and discipline of the Christian and with the greatest violence and exChurch, the celebrated George Whit- travagance of gesture.” field, a preacher, whose powers of ora By these circumstances the whole tory have rarely been equalled, tra- country was thrown into confusion. velled throughout the country, with the
“ The peace of the congregational ostensible object of arousing Chris- churches was disturbed, and endless tians from their coldness and indiffer- divisions and separations took place. ence, and exciting them to a zealous Altar was raised against altar, and new profession and practice of the Gospel. meeting-houses were erected in opposiBy his novel and declamatory style of tion to the old ones." oratory, mingled with deep pathos, hecies of fanaticism had spread into alwas enabled to excite a wild and un most every part of the State, and
every attempt to restrain it added to its See Chandler's Life of Johnson. force. “In short, the religious cons
This wild spe