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or his assistants, of partiality in sive matter. Some of the sendeciding on the parts to be o- tences, left out, however, we mitted ; as it also affords oppor- think should have been retained, tunity for stating both sides of a and we unfeignedly regret their question, in “ matters of doubt- omission. Still we think this ful disputation ;” and especially distinguished character stands as we feel a confidence that suffi- uninjured, and sufficiently high, cient antidotes will be provided as delineated in the American against all the poisonous senti- edition ; unless any should think ments and insinuations, which it necessary to the perfection of are scattered through the Eng- a biographical sketch to anticilish edition. Some inconve- pate the judgment of the great niences, however, will evidently day, presumptuously to usurp result from this restriction. It the prerogative of Heaven, and will of necessity considerably in- pronounce the sentence of the crease the size of the work. final Judge. The article America, for exam- In the article of American Bi. ple, has been enlarged to nearly ography, the publisher, in bis twice its original size ; and prin- advertisement, announces his cipally for the purpose of con- determination to make such artradicting and disproving false rangements as shall lay claim to statements, copied from interest- some degree of originality. This ed, partial, or ignorant, romantic promise, if punctually fulfilled, travellers. Had these statements will doubtless enhance the value been either wholly omitted, or at of the work, in the opinion of once corrected, the article would every American, who looks with have been much contracted, and reverence and affection on the freed from that controversial long list of venerable names, form in which it now appears. which shed a lustre over his

Another inconvenience, at country. When we consider tending the execution of this our means of information with new plan is, that it naturally leads respect to the characters of our to unnecessary controversy, and most celebrated men, it is naturwill, we apprehend, sometimes al to expect that material addilead to bitter controversy. The tions will be made to this most article Abernethy, would proba- interesting branch of knowledge. bly have led to this, had it not The geographical articles, been altered previously to the which relate to this country, it adoption of the present plan. In may also be justly expected, that article, as it appears in the will receive great improvements. English edition, some violent Not only our distance from Eupartisan has embraced the op- rope, but the rapidity, with which portunity to censure, in the most alterations take place in our popreproachful language, a whole ulation, wealth, and national order of respectable men. The greatness, renders it highly im, American Editor, by a few omnis- probable, that a correct and innsions and alterations, has judi- partial description of the United ciously expunged from the ar- States will ever be given by forticle this extraneous and offen- eigners. To this part of their duty, therefore, it is hoped, the al and religious information and American Editors will sedulous- instruction, we shall, in the folly apply themselves.

lowing review, pay a marked atThe two last subjects derive tention to subjects of this nature;

inconsiderable importance not, however, withholding such from the fact, that a surprising reflections on any other topic, as and unaccountable ignorance of may promise to be useful. this country prevails among the The foregoing remarks have learned, as well as the vulgar, in originated from a consideration England. There are individu- of the importance of the work, als, no doubt, who regard us in a under review, and are such, as point of view more conformable strike the mind without any refto truth ; but the most chimer- erence to the manner, in which ical tales, and the most prepos- that work is executed. The terous falsehoods, when we are reader shall be detained no longthe subjects, are received by ma- er from our critical observations. ny even of the literati, with all On'examining the first part of the credit and deference, due to Vol. I. it is with no common grave history. Even the despi- pleasure, that we are enabled to cable vulgarity of a Parkinson, the bear direct and honourable testiunprincipled and empty raillery mony to the style of its execuof a Moore, as well as the more tion. The paper, the type, the credited misrepresentations and engravings, and the accuracy of partial statements of a Weld, the printing, will not, it is becontribute to give a false and lieved, suffer by comparison with unfavourable view of our national any similar work, with which we character. It is indeed aston- have any acquaintance. In sayishing, that men of sense could ing this, no more than a just tri. be deceived, as they repeatedly bute is rendered to the care and have been with respect to us, by industry of the Editor. representations supported only by Yet there are some articles of the assertions of the most worth- small importance, in which imless of men, whenever they un- provements might be made. It dertake to publish what they call would be an alteration of some Travels. To repel all this calum- convenience, if the subject or arny, no method so effectual can ticle treated of first, in each colbe adopted, as to publish the umn, were noted in the margin facts, which relate to our schools, at the top of the page. This has our religious institutions, our in- been done in other works of this dustry, and general improve- kind, and facilitates the use of ment, and the various wise meas- such a Dictionary. It is well ures, adopted by our forefathers, too for the sake of easy referto promote the prosperity of ence, to be able to note the page; their children. These and many and, as the trouble of printing other particulars, at which we two or three figures is so trifling, have not hinted, will properly we can see no objection to it. find admission in some part of Every alteration ought to be the work before us.

made, wbich will so often save As the principal aim of the even a few seconds of time in Panoplist is to communicate mor- the course of a man's life.

We suggest one thing more, known how differently foreign which we have never seen in any names are pronounced from similar Dictionary ; and that is, what an Englishman would im, when there is reason to fear an agine, were he to regard the orinexperienced reader will find thography alone. Hence arises difficulty in pronouncing a word, the striking disagreement in the true pronunciation might be pronouncing them, observable expressed, by spelling it accord- among persons of education. ing to the natural powers of the

To be continued. letters in English. It is well

Religious Intelligence.

The friends of missions and the follow for the last year was read at Haber,

os of Him, who commandled his dasher's Hall by the secretary, (Rev. disciples to love one another,will Dr. Burder.) It contains an abund. be gratified with the

following extract ance of important information. This of a letter from an American gentle- meeting closed with a short address man in London, dated May 20, 1807. by Mr. Hill of Homerton, considering

the missionary society as the cause “The last week would have been of humanity, the cause of truth, and a very interesting week to you, had the cause of God. In the evening Mr. you been in London. It was the Griffin of Portsea preached a most grand Jubilee of serious Christians valuable sermon, at Tottenham Court throughout England. Perhaps there Road Chapel upon the signs of the is no meeting in the world so interest times, as favourable to missions , ing, as the meeting of the Missionary “ The time to favour Zion, the set Society. Tosce thousands of private time is come.” The congregation at Christians, and hundreds of Christian this place was larger, than at either ministers, uniting on this delightful of the others, The collection was occasion is a sight peculiarly grateful about 1501. to every serious mind. On Wednesday Friday morning at St. Saviour's morning, May 13, the services com- Church in the Borough, Dr, Draper of menced at Surry Chapel, a very large, the Church of England delivered a trucommodious building, where the ly catholic discourse from Matt. xxviü. celebrated Rowland Hill preaches. 18—20, which I heard with very un. After the church service was read by common pleasure. The collection Mr. Hill, Mr. Newton of Witham was about 1501. In the afternoon we delivered a very judicious discourse went to Sion Chapel to close the sol. from the words, “ All nations shall emn services, in which we had been call him blessed.” I presume there engaged, by commemorating the were about four thousand souls pre- death of our common Lord, by cele. sent, and among them between two brating together the riches of redeemand three hundred ministers. The ing love. Can you conceive a more collection at the door was 2551. ster- delightful sight, than two thousand ling. In the evening the service was five hundred Christians, of different at the Tabernacle, a place of worship denominations, sitting down at the built by Mr. Whitefield, which is same time, at the table of their Lorel, larger than Surry Chapel. Mr. Tack and thus publicly professing their of Manchester preached an excellent attachment to Jesus, and their love to sermon from Isaiah xxvii. '6. The one another? The Rev. Dr. Haweis collection here was 1421.

presided on this interesting occasion. Thursday morning a most interest- Several ministers exhorted, several ing report of the misssionary society engaged in prayer, and thirty or forty were employed in distributing the tancement both in scholarship and elements. The collection was 1601.* public speaking

Thus closed one of the most sol. But a scene of much greater moemn and interesting scenes I ever ment took place in the vacation, for witnessed. Many ministers, I trust, which you will warmly unite with us have returned to their congregations in grateful acknowledgments of the more animated with zeal for the Re- triumphant power of divine grace and deemer's cause than they were be truth. Union Presbytery, in which fore. The prayers of all good people for some months Mr. B. and myself in our dear country will no doubt be have had a regular standing as memoffered up to the throne of grace, for bers, had a session at Greenville, ac

soch a useful, such an extensive, such cording to previous appointment ; ' a blessed institution, as the Mission- and such a reviving season I never ary Society. Let us fervently pray, enjoyed before, since our arrival at that those excellent men, who have the College. You know the common left their native land, with all its com- practice of Presbyterians is to have forts, to engage in the dangers, the public worship for several days on a trials, and the arduous duties of sacramental occasion. Wishing our missionary labours, may be supported ministerial brethren from a distance by that Being, who can make water to be heard by the people here as of. to flow from the flinty rock, and who ten as possible, we have gladly concan make the wilderness to blossom formed to the prevailing custom, as the rose ; that they may go out though with singular exemption from with joy, that they may be led forth those disorders, which in some parts with peace : then shall the mountains have greatly marred the visible beauand the hills break forth into singing. ty and comeliness of the church. Instead of the thorn, shall come up Public exercises commenced at Mr. the fir tree, and instead of the brier B.'s meeting house on Friday aftershall come up the myrtle tree ; and noon ; two sermons were preached it shall be to the Lord for a name, there on Saturday, two on Sabbath for a sign, that shall never be cut day, one on Monday, and two at the off. Hasten the time, Lord Jesus !” College on Saturday and Lord's day

evenings. We have reason to be thankful that our brethren came to us “ in the fulness of the blessing of

the gospel of Christ ; that they did UITRACT OF A LETTER FROM THE

not shun to declare the whole counsel REV.CĦARLES COFFIN, VICE PRESI:

of God; but that speaking the truth DEXT OF GREENVILLE COLLEGE, in love, they in meekness instructed TENNESSEE, TO A PARTICULAR

those that opposed, and commended FRIEND IN NEW ENGLAND.

themselves to every man's conscience ED MAY 6, 1807.

in the sight of God.” We have reaDear Sir,

son to believe that through the divine It gives me pleasure to inform blessing much good has been done. you, that at our late examination and On Sabbath noon the sacrament of the exhibition spectators were apparently Lord's Supper was administered. unanimous in the opinion, that the About 70 persons communed ; and to students evidenced important ad. the joy of our souls, Mr. W's former

people, who have heretofore unaniThe expenditure of the missiona- inously declined to commune with us, society last year was £6200. The were included in the number. It is society has a seminary at Gosport, un- remarkable, that the ministers were der the care of Rev. Mr. Bogue, where so enabled to exhibit the spirit of the shere are now 13 students preparing for gospel with its doctrines and institumissionary service." It should be ob- tions, that where opposition is not served, to the praise of many wealthy subdued, its mouth is shut. It would

Christians in London, that during the have afforded you high gratification missionary services, there are as many to have witnessed, on the late occasion, as thirty houses of private Christians the fidelity of the ministers and the open for the reception of any ministers solemnity of the people; to have heard do choose to come.

those truths, which have here been

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INDIA.

wrathfully controverted for so long a ning to end was perfectly harma time, inculcated with a simplicity, af- nious. fection and zeal, over which, it appear

I am, &c. C. COFFIN. ed, a knowledge of the past could have no power, either to disturb or control. Beholding in such circumstances more than 400 persons rapt in the We have been favoured with att most profound attention, not a few account of the state of religion in some shedding tears, and a general face of parts of our Indian Empire, by a awe and candour on the whole assem- most intelligent eye-witness, a Clerbly, you would surely have said, gyman of the Church of England, "God is in his holy temple.”

which we shall give chiefly in his own After the forenoon sermon on Mon- words, as contained in a Letter to a day, which was intended to open the Friend in this country. The obsersession of Presbytery, John Glouces- vations were made in the course of a ter, a freed black man, delivered, as journey by land, undertaken during part of his trials for licensure to the last year, from Bengal to Cape preach the gospel, a popular discourse Comorin. in the hearing of the people and of the “ When in the province of Orissa," Presbytery, with which every body observes our traveller, “I visited the was well pleased. He was awakened celebrated Hindoo Temple of Juggand converted, we believe, some years ernaut. I passed about ten days in ago under Mr. Blackburn's preach- making observations on it. Jugger. ing, while a slave. Mr. B. has ob. paut appears to be the chief seat of tained for him his liberty at the price Moloch in the whole earth, and the of 600 dollars, 200 of which remain to centre of his dominions in the presbe paid. With the advice of Presby- ent age. The number of his wor. tery, Mr. Balch invited him to come shippers is computed by hundreds of and study grammar, geography, &c. thousands. Four thousand pilgrims in the college, and board with him. entered the gates with me, on the We have instructed him and supplied day previous to the grand festivals of him with books gratis. He has en- the Rutt Iatra at Juggernaut. There deared himself to all classes of relig. I first saw human victims devote ious people in the neighbourhood, themselves to death, by falling under and bids fair to make a very faithful the wheels of the moving tower in and acceptable minister of the gospel. which the Idol is placed. There I His several parts of trial were satis- saw the place of skulls, called Golfactory to the Presbytery, as far as pur- gotha, where the dogs and vul. sued, and he has gone on to the Gener- tures are ever seen expecting their al Assembly to be at their direction. corpses. There I beheld the impure Mr. Blackburn, who is our commis- worship of Moloch in open day, while sioner to that body this year, expects a great multitude, like that in the to have him licensed under peculiar Revelations, uttered their voices, not advantages for extensive usefulness. in Hosannahs, but in yells of applause He is indeed a genius, an orator, a at the view of the horrid shape, and man of modest and engaging address, at the actions of the high-priest of inwell acquainted with genuine good famy, who is mounted with it on the breeding, and, we trust, of more than throne. Exhausted and disgusted usual Christian experience. White with the daily borror of the scene, people think the word of God comes hastened away from it. How differwith power from his black lips. We ent is that valley of Hinnom from the have two members of college, whom scene which at this moment presents we expect hereafter to become able itself to me here among the Christian and faithful ininisters of the New churches of Tanjore! Here there is Testament.

becoming dress, humane affections, The above mentioned Presbytery and rational discourse ! Here the includes eleven ministers; and I can. feeble-minded Hindoo exhibits the didly think some of them are worthy Christian virtues, in a vigour which to be ranked among the most instruc- greatly surprises me! Here Christ tive and moving preachers that I have is glorified; and this is the scene ever heard. The session from begin, which now prompts me to write.

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