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tioned. In the brief illustration clined to universalism, from their of that text, the author says, pleasing dream, shows them who “Happy were the human pair a

is their leader, and what has midst this delightful Paradise, until a

been the fatal end of following certain preacher, in his journey, came him. that way, and disturbed their peace

The plan of the sermon is, to and tranquillity, by endeavouring to reverse the prohibition of the Almigh- attend to the character of the old ty, as in our text, Ye shall not surely serpent as a preacher; to the die."

doctrine he inculcated ; the hear. 2. It is a very impressive and er addressed ; and the medium convincing sermon. What could or instrument of the preaching. more strongly prove the false. In describing the character of the hood of universalism, than to preacher mentioned in the text, show from scripture, that the these particulars are just noticed. devil was its author and first 1. He is an old preacher. 2. He preacher.

is a very cunning, artful preacher, 3. The satire, which runs

3. He is a very laborious, unthrough the sermon, is founded wearied preacher.

wearied preacher. 4. He is a on truth and justice, and manag- heterogeneous preacher. 5. He ed with Christian sobriety. is a very presumptuous preacher.

4. The sermon displays much 6. He is very successful originality. Although, while preacher. reading, we are ready to say, it is After several pertinent infereasy to make such a sermon; yet ences, the sermon is closed with there are few men, who would the following singular apology. ever have conceived the idea of “ As the author of the foregoing opposing a universal preacher in discourse has confined himself wholly such a way

to the character of Satan, he trusts 5. It is a very popular sermon.

no one will feel himself personally inof this there is sufficient proof any imbibe a degree of friendship for

jured by this short sermon : but should in the six editions of it which

this aged divine, and think that I have have been printed within two not treated this Universal Preacber years.

with that respect and veneration which 6. It is a very useful sermon,

he justly deserves, let them be so kind

as to point it out, and I will most especially to those, who want cheerfully retract; for it has ever leisure, ability, or patience to fol- been a maxim with me, Render unta low with advantage a long chain all their dues." of reasoning. The great argument here used, is not only unanswerable, but easily under- A Review of the Transactions stood, and easily felt. And none of the Parisian Sanhedrim"* in can want leisure or patience to the Panorama, for August, 1807, peruse a discourse, which may concludes as follows : be distinctly read in 10 or 12 mi

“ There are many curious cirnutes ; and none can think it too much to procure a sermon, which ed in these transactions, wbich

cumstances incidentally includ. may be had for 3 or 4 cents. This

we are compelled to pass without little sermon may do much to

mention. We should have preserve men from the delusion of error. It awakens men, in- See page 224 of this No. Pan.

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been glad had a work of equal ney (without interest !) past, authority been extant, on the present, or to come ; at the subject of the general assembly mercantile agency of this peoof the Jews, said to have been ple, among all the nations of the held in Styria, about A. D. earth ; but, especially, at intelli1620_30. As the fact of that gence of what is passing in other council having been held, or if countries ; an enormous and init were held, of what passed in calculable extent of the princiit, has been placed among apoc- ple of espionage ! The Grand ryphal events, we cannot give it Seignior never was so well servso much reality as to compare it ed as when his (unknown)agents with the present : we are, there- were Jews, in every court of Eufore, thankful for the appearance rope : they knew that the fate of of the volume before us ; and thousands of their brethren dedoubt not but the interest attach- pended on the nod of a capried to the subject will secure to cious tyrant : they laboured, the ingenious, and we believe therefore, diligently to render faithful translator, an adequate that nod favourable. When the reward for his labour and dili- reader has considered what we gence.

have said on the circumstances “ The reflections to which of Spain and Portugal, and the this subject gives occasion are influence of opinion on political ecclesiastical and political. Will events; when he considers the the Jews in the various domin- immense advantage which ions of the earth be induced to knowledge of the strength and relinquish their expectation of weakness of all governments, Messiah Ben-David ? W pre derived from unsuspected, yet sume, they will not : the very ever vigilant agents, would condispersion of this people pre- fer on an active character ; when vents them from being of one

he looks back to what was, in mind : and not till the time fact, the foundation of the excomes, wliich is known only to tensive control exercised by the the Supreme, will the purposes papal power ; what was the rise of their conservation be disclos- and support of the influence ened. Will they abandon, in other joyed for a long while by the orcountries, their ideal superiority, der of Jesus ; and what may be and exaltation over the nations ? accomplished by the same prinCertainly not : the persuasion ciple with the improvements of has the current of too many cen. modern policy, he will see in the turies in its favour. But in a conduct of the Emperor and political view, Bonaparte may King, in the intended meeting answer no trifling purposes by ' of the GREAT SANHEDRIM in patronizing the Jews. Cromwell October next, and in the whole gained something by favouring of Bonaparte's conduct with rethem, though not all he wanted; spect to the Jews, motives suffiand Bonaparte is treading in his cient to actuate his policy, and steps. If we might indulge more than sufficient to stimuconjecture, as to his purposes, late British vigilance to the utwe should hint at supplies of mo- most."


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Religious Jntelligence.


UNITED STATES. The state of religion within the in the promotion of religion, and dwell

bounds of the General Assembly in peace. of the Presbyterian Church, is The late extraordinary revivals of represented by that body in their religion in the south and west, ap. Minutes of May, 1807, as follows : pear to be gradually declining ; leave

“ The Assembly having heard ing, in our view, many fervent fol, from its members a circumstantial ac- lowers and friends of the Saviour, count of the state of religion, within who stand ready to do whatever their their bounds, and parts adjacent, are hands find to be done for the glory of of opinion, that during the last year, God, and the salvation of their fellow the cause of vital piety has in general Whilst these parts of the been progressive.

church exhibit sundry causes for seThroughout a great part of the vast rious and anxious solicitude, they region to which the Assembly extend still present to view, many whose ed their inquiries new churches are convictions and pressing inquiries, forming, and those already formed give ground for comfortable expecta. are receiving successively additional tions ; and in various corners of this members. Migrations from some part of the vineyard, the operations of parts, particularly those which are almighty power, and sovereign grace, central in the state of Pennsylvania, arrest the attention, and demand reduce the churches, but furnish, on thanksgiving. the southwestern frontier, the seeds of Their Missionaries, in different new Congregations.

parts, have manifested a zeal and inIn various congregations belong- dustry equal to the expectations of ing to the Synod of New York and the Assembly; and by their laboure New Jersey, we are presented with have, we trust, been instrumental in evidences of almighty power and producing those great benefits to grace accompanying the word of God, mankind, which will be the most and producing happy effects.

grateful reward of the liberal contri. Similar effusions of the Holy Spir. butions, which our people have made it on different churches under the for Missionary purposes. care of the General Association of We also view with solicitous er. Connecticut and of the Convention of pectation, the gradual advances of Verinont, likewise demand our offer. two tribes of Indians, whose appar. irgs of fervent gratitude to God for ent disposition to subject themselves his great mercies. These divine fa. to the benign influences of civiliza. vours, though not widely extended tion, literature and religion, though in any particular district, are of great marked with their usual caution and importance ; and the more so, as they suspicion, have made' considerable have extended their influence to the progress, and exhibited favourable young men in one or more literary inappearances. stitutions; where are generally form- For these great blessings let God ed those characters on whom, under Þe praised. God, depend, in a great measure, the But, alas! in connexion with the important concerns of the Church, review of these manifestations of di. and of the Nation.

vine love and mercy, many humbling in those parts, silent solemnity evidences of human depravity and and deep impression pervade the sav. weakness constrain us to painful reing work of God. And the churches marks. The sincere worshippers throughout, including our brethren of God, compared with the great of the General Association of Con. mass of society, appear few: the im. necticut, and of the Convention of portant duties of domestic religion in Vermont, are harmoniously engaged many instances are neglected; and



in many are only partially attended to. The Assembly also deplore the obviously increasing dereliction of truth, which, in some parts, pervades AT a meeting of the General As. all classes of society; the prevalence sociation of Connecticut in June, 1806, of the profanation of the sacred names " Inquiry was made with respect to of Jehorah; the violation of the Sab- the state of religion in the churches bath; and in many parts debasing in. with which we have connexion, from temperance in the use of ardent spir- which it resulted, that although its.' They deplore likewise the prev- much coldness and lukewarmness, alent inordinate attachment to the in spiritual concerns, appear in many things, and to the friendship of the places, yet in others the spirit of vital world.

piety eminently prevails, and various We have still cause to lament, that parts of the vineyard are watered in those situations where attendance and enriched with heavenly dews. is most convenient, and the advanta- The friends of real religion have ges for religious improvement are much cause to render praise to the great, many of our people forsake great Lord of the vineyard, and to their religious assemblies on one part persevere in prayer, that showers of the day. But above all, and in may descend in plentiful effusions." close and fatal union with this last The business of missions is prose, and the preceding evils, they deplore cuted with great zeal, and a very dethe prevalence of unbelief; that state sirable success by the churches of of mind which is enmity against God, Connecticut. Nearly three thousand reproaches his truth, and contemns dollars have been contributed, during the amiable glories of redeeming the year past, for the support of mis.

sions, besides what has been receiv. In circumstances highly distin- ed from the profits of the Evangelical guished by the blessings of Heaven, Magazine. both in a religious and civil view, es- Two acts of the General Associa. pecially when contrasted with the tion follow: state of many nations ; such evidences (1.) “Whereas a few individuals of ingratitude and impiety present in the ministry have openly denied alarming provocations to a holy God. the divinity and personality of our They awfully increase our guilt, and Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Votrouse our fears. Surely the Lord is ed :That this Association, feeling long suffering and of tender mercy ; it a duty to bear testimony against therefore amidst all our provocations principles so subversive of the pillars We are permitted to view Zion rising of gospel truth, of vital picty and mo, with increasing glories and exten- rality, do recommend to their breth, sion; and to see some late arrange. ren in the State, earnestly to contend ments for increasing the number of for the faith once delivered to the pious and faithful ministers, opening saints ;-to hold no communion, and à Hattering prospect in this important to form no exchanges in ministerial concern.

duties with preachers of this bar, The Assembly, on the whole,

acter." praise God fo: the degree of success (2.) “Whereas the relation be. with which he has been pleased to tween a minister and his people is crown their efforts for the extension one of the most solemn that can be of his kingdom, and the edification formed in the world, Voted :-That of the body of Christ.

this body do disapprove of the grow, And, relying on the liberal contri. ing usage in the churches, by which butions, and pious co-operation of this relation is dissolved without their people, both by their holy living making public the true reasons of and fervent prayer to God, desire to discontent in the parties ; as tending, prosecute, under the encouragement on the one hand, to shield the in with which they are favoured, with moralities and erroneous opinions of redoubled diligence, the great and a minister, and, on the other, to gloss interesting undertakings which have over the unreasonable discontents hitherto employed their cares and and vices of a people." their labours."


of the age.

Extract of a letter from the Reo. Mr. efforts in this noble work, that we

Fackson, Darset, ( Ver.) to one of may be approved to our recent and the Editors of the Panoplist.

numerous benefactors, and above all

to Him, who hath required of stew, Rey, and dear Sir,

ards, that they be found faithful. The interest, which the Editors For the liberal proposal of the Ed. of the Panoplist are pleased to take itors to put all the Panoplists sold in in the growth of our infant institu. Vermont on a footing which shall tion,* is viewed with much gratitude give the profits to our fund, I am re. by the friends of religion in this coun- quested by the Trustees and the Sotry, and particularly by the Trustees

ciety to return you their hearty thanks. and members of the Evangelical Soci. It affords them much pleasure and ety. We read, with much pleasure encouragement, both as they are well and encouragement, your approbation pleased with the publication, and as of such of our proceedings as have they indulge a strong hope that, in the come to your knowledge, and the

way you propose, it may not only frank assurances you give us of your bring present instruction and comfort future aid and influence. Your broth- to the destitute, but be instrumentally erly freedom in suggesting ways and raising up a succession of enlighten, means for the promotion of our de. ed, spiritual instructors for them and sign is very pleasing to the Trustees. their children.

At the last meeting of the Board, The Panoplist continues to be well we added to our charity list one more spoken of in this country. The clerhopefully pious and promising youth ; gy are well pleased with it. They esand the Trustees have the claims of teem it one of the best publications some others now under their consid

What influence they eration. It is also to be noted with have will be devoted to give it a cure gratitude, that the Rutland Associa rency, if its merit should not decline. tion, at their last meeting, were called Your affectionate brother, to the pleasing, important work of

W. J. examining and approbating for the ministry, four young men apparently endowed with more than an ordinary measure of that information and enlightened zeal, which promise useful.

FOREIGN ness in the vineyard of our Lord. One of these had been assisted in his education by the society. These events are very encouraging. At the By an edict of the Emperor of Chi, present day, which seems like the na, which bears the date, 1805, it apfearful hour of the power of darkness, pears that a persecution was at that to behold talents and piety rallying time carrying on against the converts round the standard of that Prince, to Christianity. The edict admits who is the sign that shall be spoken the right of Europeans settled in against, must cheer the hopes of China to practise their own relig; those, who wait for the salvation of ious usages, but states it as a settled our Israel. We may with confidence law of the Empire, that they should believe that, when the Lord shall not propagate their doctrines among give the word, great will be the com- the natives. In contempt of this law, pany of those who publish it. And Te-tien-tse (who it seems is a Cath. should the Evangelical Society be suc- olic Missionary resident at Pekin of ceeded, as instruments, in raising up the name of Odeadato) had taught his and bringing forward a few of this doctrines to many persons, and had great company, how pleasing would induced them to conform to his relig. be their reward ! We feel ourselves ion, and had also printed in the Chi. more and more bound to continue our nese character no less than thirty one

books, with a view to seduce the * A brief account of this Institution minds of the simple peasantry. This has been given in the Panoplist. See is declared to be a very odious ofVol. II. p. 237.

fence, and Te-tien-tse is sentenced,


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