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rienced contradictions, in all which may be useful to it; as ages? In succeeding to the zeal if the church had need of an arm and ministry of the apostles, of flesh to support it; as if men, have they not succeeded to their plunged in sin, could be useful tribulations and reproaches ? It in the work of God; as if it was was not by temporizing with necessary to flatter the great, for sinners that they converted the maintenance of a religion, them ; it was by combating which was at first established by them ; it was not by flattering combating their passions ; in the great and the powerful, that fine, as if it was indiscreet not to they induced them to submit to use flattery and collusion in our the yoke of Christ ; it was by ministry. making them tremble, as Paul My brethren, let us not seek formerly did even kings upon supports of flesh and blood for their thrones, by the terrors of religion. Let us unite fidelity the holy word ; by the frightful in our ministry, with the respect image of a judgment to come, and regard due to human greatand of the punishments reserved ness; what we owe to a love of for the worldly-minded and un- the truth, with a proper regard chaste.
to the rules of Christian pruWe however flatter ourselves dence. Religion does not auwith succeeding better by adopt- thorise excesses and indiscreing another method towards the tion in zeal ; it condemns only a great and the powerful ; and fear of man, and the cowardly this is a perpetual illusion, which and interested views of self-love. conceals from us our prevarica- Let us respect the great and the tion and weakness. We hardly powerful, but let us not respect dare show them, even at a dis- their vices and their sins ; let us tance, truths which displease render to their persons the love, them, which yet alone can be the homage, and the regard useful to them. Their most which are due to them, but let us public and most shameful vices not render the same to their are to us like sacred things ; and vices ; let us exhibit to the comwe touch them only with cir- mon people examples of submiscumspection, and with strokes sion and fidelity to the great, not so slight and tender that they of adulation and shameful mcanare not perceived. Our gre pess. The men of the world object seems to be, not to con- study enough to corrupt and vert them, but to forbear irritat. blind them by the poison of coning them; as if our ministry, as tinual flattery ; let us not prostirespects them, consisted in hu- tute our ministry to so unworthy mouring them, not in convert- a use ; but, by a wise and reing them ; and in preaching to spectful sincerity, let us prethem the words of salvation in serve for them a resource for such a manner, that they cannot knowing the truth. If, in confind any thing that regards and sequence of our places and stainterests them. We persuade tion we have free access to them, ourselves that we ought not, by let us not be occupied in adan indiscreet zeal, to deprive the vancing our own fortune, but church of worldly greatness, their salvation. The only meaus
It is rare
of being useful to them is not to to put in a word, that may be to desire them to be useful to us. edification. If we aspire at procuring their Use no recreations or delights favour, we must begin by hu- of sense, but what thou canst at mouring their foibles.
that very time desire of God, that their good graces are to be that it may be sanctified to spir. purchased but by weakness and itual ends. base complaisance on our part. Take your eye off from othWe should tremble when they ers, and turn it inward upon load us with favours ; the high- yourself; this will render you er they elevate us, the lower, we less sensible of their failings, and have reason to fear, we are in more observant of your own, reality degraded ; their gifts cost both which consequences are deus dear, since they must, almost sirable. always, be purchased at the ex- Use not animosity and contenpense of truth, and of the dignity tion in any matter, that may be of our ministry. Not that the brought to a good issue in the great are unsusceptible of the way of peace. truth ; on the contrary, by their Engage not hastily as a party being the less accustomed to it, in a difference between others, it would make the stronger im- but reserve thyself impartial and pression. Their ruin generally unengaged, that thou mayest proceeds from this source, that moderate between them. there is no person near them, When thou hast an opportu. who dares to show them the pre- nity of speaking a word for the cipice, and reach forth a hand to good of another's soul, defer not hinder them from falling into de- the doing of it till another time. struction.
Watch against all bitter and passionate speeches, against malignant opposers of truth. For
meekness of spirit and behaviour FRAGMENTS.
is more according to Christ, than wrathful zeal.
In thy zeal against the sins of
others, be mindful of thy own HIMSELF ;" WRITTEN BY THE
exceeding sinfulness : call to re
membrance thy great offences, Never expect any thing from which, though they be unfeignthe world ; and when it offer's edly repented of, give thee to thee any thing that is good for understand what cause thou hast thee, receive it ; but catch not to be meek, and humble, and paat it greedily.
tient toward all men. Any matter of trial to thee, reckon among thy gains. In thy actions, consider not
INDIAN DUELLING, only what is lawful, but what is best in the present circum- NATCHES, July 1, 1807. The stances ; and do that.
following very extraordinary cirWhen thou art in company, cumstance occurred a few days where the talk is but vain, watch since. If the advocates for duel
REV. MR. CORBET.
ling were compelled to settle to the deceased.) He then in their “ affairs of honour" in a turn, bared and presented his similar manner ; substituting a breast, and was instantaneously common hangman to terminate sent into eternity. the scene, in place of a son to The dead bodies were each one of the parties, it is very carried the way they came, and probable that the practice would by their respective friends interin a short time become less red, one at each end of the lane. fashionable.
The wife and relatives of the unAt about 2 o'clock, P. M. an armed one, who was first killed, Indian was discovered, by the howled over his remains three family, entering the south end days and nights, and then disapof Cirault's lane. He drew their peared. On Friday last they reattention, being painted in an turned again, fired several guns uncommon manner; his whole on approaching the grave, gave body appeared red. He held in a general howl about a quarter of his right hand a gun, which he an hour, and retired. brandished with many gesticula
We learned from some among tions ; in his left hand he held a them, who spoke broken English, bottle. He was attended by two that they had quarrelled over a other Indians, who advanced at a bottle some considerable time sober.pace. At the opposite end ago, when the Indian, who was of the lane, some more Indians first killed, had his finger bit by were discovered, among whom the other in such a manner, that was a man painted in like man- his arm became inflamed; he ner, but unarmed. He was held declared he was “ spoiled," and and detained by a woman ; but that they must both die. They when the one brandishing his agreed, and formed the arrangegun came within about twentyment as related. [Panorama. yards of him, he burst from the embrace of his wife and rushed towards his antagonist. At
ANECDOTE. about four yards distance they both halted : when the unarmed Mr. W. a respectable Calvinman presented his naked breast istic clergyman in R. being visitto the other, who took deliberate ed by a young candidate for the aim, but, appearing to recollect ministry on Sunday, invited him himself, he suddenly dropt his to preach. The young gentlegun, and drank from the bottle, man readily consented and dewhich at the time was tied to his livered an ingenious Arminian wrist; the other patiently and sermon ; though his prayer was resolutely holding his breast open very calvinistic. When the serand presented all the while. vice was over, Mr. W. thanked Having finished his drink, he him for his kindness, praised him gave a whoop, and took fresh for his ingenuity, but told him aim ; and, in an instant, the oth- that, as they did not agree in er dropt dead almost at his feet. sentimenl, he could not invite This done, he once more loaded him to preach again ; but, conbis gun with all possible speed, tinued he, I have a favour to ask and gave it to a by-stander (son of you ; when you go home, will you sit down, and write a into the pulpit, and to the great prayer to agree with the senti-, astonishment of Mr. W. deliverments you have this day been ed a sound, sensible, calvinistic preaching ; will you commit it sermon. ;
When the service to memory, go into your closet, was over, Mr. W. asked him and repeat it to God? The young why he had altered his sentiman promised to do it. Accord- ments; the young gentleman ingly, when he went home, he asked him, if he did not recollect wrote the prayer, committed it a favour he had, a few years ago, to memory, went into his closet, requested of him; and being and attempted to repeat it, but answered in the affirmative, he found, through the power of con- related the circumstances, and science, that he could not. added, that, being greatly agita
A few years afterwards he ted as well as surprised, he had came again to Mr. W. Mr. W. carefully examined his sentisoon recollected him and receiv. ments, and had reasoned thus ed him very cordially. The with himself: Can it be proper young gentleman offered to for me to preach to a congregapreach for bim ; Mr. W. at last tion what I cannot offer up in reluctantly consented. Accord- prayer to God ? ingly the young gentleman went
Review of Dew publications.
A Sermon, preached July 22, 1807, at the funeral of the Rev.
Alexander Macwhorter, D. D. senior pastor of the Presbylerian church in Newark, New Jersey. By Edward D. Grif. fin, A. M. surviving pastor of said church. 8νο. np. 52. New York. S. Gould. 1807.
IF an able and faithful gospel Being no strangers to the charminister be one of the most im- acter of this apostolic man, and portant characters in our world, knowing also the high reputation then the death of such an one is of his surviving colleague and a very solemn event, in the esti- eulogist, we took up this dismation of every thinking man, course with no common expectaand a judicious history of his life tions: And we are happy in beis a valuable record. Such was ing able to say that these expecDr. Macwhorter, whose decease tations have been fully answered. gave occasion to this discourse, The text on which it is foundHe was indeed a burning and a ed is Psa. cxi. 6. The righteous shining light. He filled a large shall be in everlasting remenspace in the Presbyterian brance. After an approprichurch, for many years. And ate introduction, in which brevity beyond the limits of that church, and feeling are remarkably units he was known, and revered, and ed, Mr. Griffin proceeds to shew his death lamented.
that the righteous “ shall be long
remembered with affection and ground. He baptised most of you, reverence on earth ;” and that
and will shortly meet those faces at
the bar of God, which he covered they “ shall be had in everlasting with the sacramental water. When remembrance before God, and I have heard him talk of the events the inhabitants of heaven.” of other times, and the well known These positions are illustrated in characters with whom he acted on a neat, perspicuous and striking the public stage, before I had exist.
ence, and saw him alone amidst a manner. If there be a fault in
Younger race, I have often contem. this part of the discourse, it is, plated him as a venerable oak, which that neither of these principal once stood in the midst of the for. heads is sufficiently expanded. est :--the ruthless axe of time has Such a preacher had no reason
laid his companions low; and now he
stands alone on the open plain, and to be afraid of fatiguing his hear
every withered leaf trembles in the ers, by a more full discussion of blasť. That trunk which seventy subjects, so rich and interesting. winters had in vain assailed, must After devoting a little more
fall at last, like the companions of his than three pages to the general ered to his fathers ! He no longer
youth. He has fallen, and is gathdoctrine of the text, Mr. G. stands alone in the open plain ; 'he proceeds to “ sketch the outlines is surrounded once more by the comof the history and character” of panions of bis youth, and stands, we the venerable deceased. The trust, transplanted and renewed a. execution of this portion of the
mong the trees in the paradise of
God." discourse is unusually happy. It is particular, without being tedi
The addresses, to the survivous; and every where sober and
ing relatives of the deceased, and discriminating,
without being to the afflicted congregation over vapid. It would be happy for which he had so long presided, the literary and ecclesiastical his- close this discourse. These, also, torian, if every distinguished man and especially the latter, are exhad found an equally faithful, cellent. We present the followable, and interesting biographer. ing passage as a specimen : We forbear to lay any part of this sketch before our readers, at “ Yes, while his body lies insensipresent, because it is our inten- ble before you, his soul still lives in
a conscious state. He loved you tiorf, in a future number to pre
much ; and in the abodes of bliss will, sent an abridgment of the whole. I doubt not, often think of you. Per. We cannot omit, however, to haps he may sometimes pass this transcribe a single paragraph, as
way, to mark how you improve the
instructions which he left among you, an example of that iender, poetic and whether you are coming after simplicity, which we believe of
him to glory. I have a strong per: ten distinguishes the composi- suasion that his former family and tions of this gentleman.
flock will not be wholly excluded
from his present cares. Perhaps he “ My reverend father lived to a
will sometimes visit our assemblies, good old age.
As I have heard him to hear those truths repeated which say, he lived to see two worl's die. he so often preached, and to observe He trod the path of life with those
their effects on you. Perhaps he who have long since gone to rest. may now be present ! Sainted SpirYour fathers kiew lim; and he help
it! bast thou come to witness our ed to fit those for heaven whose aged griefs ? Do I see thee hovering over dost now sleeps in that hallowed our assembly ? O! if thou wouldst Vol. III. No. 9.
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