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and government are the same : Where the Greek is absolute, so is the Shan. Extract of a Letter from Capt. scrit; and in many instances the Stonehouse, to the same Society. primitives or roots are the same. Nov. 18, 1806. This will exhibit a curious phenomenon to the learned in Europe.

“ It is impossible to give you an “ While I am writing, Mr. Carey adequate description of the anxiety has sent to the college, for the Hon. that was manifested by the poor ourable Court of Directors, 40 copies Spaniards to get possession of a Tes. of his Shanscrit grammar, just pub- tament; many sought them with tears lished, containing 1014 pages in and earnest entreaties; and, although quarto.

I had nearly enough for them all, yet “ I have given you the above infor- it was with difficulty they were paci. mation, my dear Sir, merely to con- fied, until they received from my vince you, that we are not indifferent hand the word of eternal life. Since to the cause in which you are engag- which I have witnessed the most ed. But for a more accurate and pleasing sight that ever my eyes be. satisfactory account you must wait beheld-nearly a thousand poor Spantill the end of the year, when the ish prisoners, sitting round the prison first report will be published.

walls-doing what ? Reading the “I am, with sincere regard,

word of God, with an apparent eagerMy dear Sir,

ness, that would have put many proMost truly yours.” fessing Christians to the blush !"

Literary and Philosophical Intelligence.


Bishop of London's Donation. The East India Company's Shipping. By bishop of London has transferred the official list recently published at twelve hundred pounds stock to the the India House, it appears that thic master and fellows of Christ college, company have in their employ 58 Cambridge, and directed the interest regular ships abroad, from 800 to of it to be laid out annually in the pur. 1200 tons; 16 at home, and one re. chase of three gold medals, to be con. pairing : 20 extra ships of 500 to tended for by the students of that col600 tons abroad; 9 proceeding to In- lege ; one of fifteen guineas, a prize dia, but not sailed; and 2 at home. for the best Latin dissertation on Total 106. The chartered tonnage some evidence of Christianity ; anothof which exceeds 150,000 tons; the er of 15 guincas, a prize for the bestEn. number of sailors is near 10,000. glish composition on some moral pre

Breweries. Statement of the quan. cept of the gospel; and one of 10 gui. tity of barrels of beer, denominated neas, a prize to the most distinct and porter, brewed in Londou by the 12 graceful reader in, and regular attend. principal houses, between the 5th ant at chapel; and the surplus, if any, July, 1806, and the 5th July, 1807 : . to be laid out in books, and distribut

ed by the master. His' lordship Meux

170,879 was educated at this college, and cer. Barclay

166,600 tainly is its greatest living ornament ; Hanbury

135,972 and in this mark of his regard for it, Brown and Parry

125,657 it is difficult to determine whether Whitbread

104,251 the magnificence of his liberality, F. Calvert

83,004 or the wisdom of its direction, is Combe

80,278 most to be admired. His liberality Goodwyn

72,580 has certainly insured an earlier atten. Elliot

47,383 tion than usual to the sublime subClowes

38,554 jects of these compositions, which J. Calvert

37,033 cannot fail to lay a solid foundation Hartford

33,283 for piety and religion. Its effects

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upon the prosperity of the college must soon be felt; such provocations to moral and religious improvement must operate. The subjects will not Variation of the Magnetic Needle. be given out till October ; which, in this first instance, it is probable that The editors of the Panoplist are inthe bishop himself will propose. formed, that S. Dewitt, Esq, surveyor

Life Boat. On the 8th and 14th general of the state of New York, has July Capt. Manby made several es- lately discovered, that the variation of periments with a life boat and appa- the magnetic needle is rapidly change ratus, at Yarmouth, constructed in- ing in a direction contrary to that in der his own inspection, and which which it has heretofore moved. This not only overcomes supposed impos- is a singular and interesting phenomesibilities, but promises the most es- non ; and we should be obliged to any sential service in saving the lives of of our philosophical correspondents to those unfortunate persons, who may favour us with their observations upon in future be involved in such dreadful it ; noticing the time when this resituations, as occurred to the crew of versed movement commenced, the the Snipe gun brig in that tremendous progress it has already made, the causgale of the 18th Feb. last, when on- es which have probably produced it, ly 18 out of 72 were saved. It is on. and any other circumstances, which ly necessary to add, that Adm. Doug- may throw light on a subject of so las, and many officers of the navy, much importance. A communication also several merchants and gentlemen of this kind would be very acceptable resident there, were present, and ex. to the editors, and gratifying and usepressed themselves fully convinced of ful to the public. its services and great utility. [Panor a.

List of Dew publications.

The Approved Minister. A ser- An Essay on the Life of George non preached October 28, 1807, at Washington, commander in chief of the ordination of the Rev. Enoch the American army through the rey. Pratt, to the pastoral care of the West olutionary war, and the first president Church and Society in Barnstable. of the United States. By Aaron BanBy Thaddeus Mason Harris, Minis- croft, A. A. s. Pastor of a Congrega. ter of Dorchester. Boston. Lincoln tional Church in Worcester. 8vo. pp. & Edmands.

nearly 600. 2 dols. 50 cts. boards. A Thanksgiving Sermon, delivered Worcester. Isaiah Thomas, jun. before the Second Society in Plym- A Letter to Dr. David Ramsay, of outh, November 26, 1807. By Seth Charleston, S. C. respecting the erStetson, minister in that place. Bos. rors in Johnson's Dictionary, and oth. ton. Lincoln & Edmands.

er Lexicons. By Noah Webster, A Sermon, preached at Hatfield, Esq. 12mo. pp. 28. New Hayen. October 20, 1807, at the opening of Oliver Steele, & Co. 12 cts. Hatfield Bridge. By Joseph Lyman, Vol. VI. Part I, & II. of Rees' New D. D. pastor of the church in Hat Cyclopedia, or Dictionary of Arts field. Northampton. William But and Sciences. Philadelphia. S. F. ler.

Bradford. Lemuel Blake, No. 1, A Sermon, preached July 22, 1807, Cornhill, agent in Boston. at the funeral of the Rev. Alexander A Sermon preached at Northamp. Macwhorter, D. D. senior pastor of ton before the Hampshire Missionary the Presbyterian church, in Newark, Society, at their annual meeting, Aug. New-Jersey. By Edward D. Griffin, 27, 1807. By Rev. Samuel Taggart, A. m. surviving pastor of said church. A. M. Pastor of the Presbyterian New York. S. Gould.

church in Colrain. Northampton, W. Butler.


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Serious and Candid Letters to Kev. of some of their inhabitants. Boston. Thomas Baldwin, D. D. on his book Lincoln & Edmands. 1807. entitled “ The Baptism of Believers only, and the particular Communion of the Baptist Churches explained The Tenth Volume of the Collec. and vindicated.” By S. Worcester, tions of the Massachusetts Historical

Salem. Cushing & Appleton. Society, is in the press of Munroe & Domestic Medicine ; or a treatise Francis of this town, and will be pubon the prevention and cure of Dis- lished in February. eases by Regimen and simple Medi- Manning & Loring of this town have cines ; with an appendix, containing in the press an 8vo. volume of Select a dispensatory for the use of private Sermons, by the late Rev. Samuel practitioners, &c. By William Bu- Stillman, D. D. late pastor of the 1st chan. First Charleston edition, en. Baptist church in Boston. larged, from the author's last revisal. E. & J. Larkin are publishing Law's 8vo. Charleston. South Carolina. Serious Call, from the fifteenth LonJohn Hoff. 1807.

don edition in one volume, price, one Worlds Displayed, for the benefit dollar and 25 cents, neatly bound and of young people, by a familiar history lettered.




IN 1753.
From the Religious Monitor.
YE, who with giddy thought, or ardent view,
Earth’s bliss through all her fancied paths pursue ;
Who o'er the flow'ry fields of pleasure stray ;
Or climb, with steep ascent, ambition's way :
Or dig, beneath a weight of gold to groan ;
Or chase the flying echoes of renown ;
A friendly muse, a complicated throng,
Calls you to listen to her serious song-
Be wise, be taught, and know at what you aim ;
Earth’s bliss is false, a visionary name.



Tue Editors feel under great obligations to Candidus, for the assistance his eommunication affords them in preparing a sketch of Calvin's life. His leam. ing, diligence and fidelity are manifested in his communication, which will be used, we trust, in a manner corresponding with the wishes of Candidus. His letter, on the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, is received, and shall appear next month.

The Reviews of Dr. Tappan's volume of Sermons, of the first volume of Foster's Essays, and of Mr. Griffin's Sermon on the Death of Dr. Macwhorter, came too late for this month. These approved compositions, with several articles for the Obituary, prepared for the present number, shall be inserted in the next. Errata.- Page 309, first colume, 11th line from bottom, for “ beaten soil, &c:

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SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF JOHN CALVIN, Taken from the Religious Monitor, with the addition of several extracts of a

communication received from a learned and ingenious Correspondent. BIOGRAPHY, or the delinea- of divine truth, must be interesttion of human character, may be ing in no common degree to the termed the art of moral painting. friends of genuine godliness. It represents the features of the No apology, therefore, is necesmind, and the actions of the life, sary for introducing to the notice as the pencil does the lineaments of our readers, the following of the face, and the peculiar air sketch of the life and character of the person. When the moral of that illustrious reformer and portrait is skilfully executed, it defender of the faith, John Calvin, wants nothing to make it perfect, to whom the greater part of the but what it is impossible it ever Protestant world look back, as can receive, the animation of real under Providence, one of the life ; and is as superior in im- most eminent supporters of that portance and utility to the most form of religious doctrine and striking picture, as the living discipline, which they believe character is to the inanimate to be consonant to the word of bust. It not only revives the God. When we consider his pimemory of friends long forgote ety, and his ardent zeal for the ten in the silence of the dead, but truth, his uncommon talents, and gives them a much more exten- indefatigable industry, his deep sive range of acquaintance than and solid learning, and his vari when alive, by transmitting not ous other accomplishments; we their name only, but their attain- must view him as one of the ments and virtues, their imper- most eminent men of the sixfections and errors, for the imi- teenth century, and as one of the tation and warning of future first, the ablest, and most sucgenerations.

cessful reformers. The lives of those, who have It must be accounted a very been raised up as instruments of interesting attainment for any reviving, reforming, strengthen- modern Christian to become ing, or extending the knowledge fully acquainted with this wonVol. III, No. 8. тт

derful man. A full drawn pic- papal yoke. It was something ture of him would be a valuable too, that the dominant clergy, the present to the literary and the regular canons above all, had, christian world. His virtues by their depraved manners, in. would afford a strong spur to curred the hatred of the best of imitation, while his imperfections their fellow citizens ; while the would remain a most instructive interdict of the archbishop of caution. But he, who shali un- Vienne, in the year 1:527, exasdertake this task, must have a perated them more and more, complete acquaintance with the and the detection of priestly impolitical state of Geneva at that posture opened the eyes of period; with the arts and in- many. trigues of the court of Rome and In 1532, Farell daringly stept her partizans at the dawn of the forward in Geneva, and preached Reformation, and with all the ob- the gospel doctrine, convincing stacles which the first Reformers many of its truth. This bold, had to surmount.

intrepid preacher was not awed The Reformation of Geneva, by danger. In Basil and Wirbeing inseparably connected with temberg he had before encounthe history of Calvin, cannot be tered harsh and violent treatpassed in silence. A concise ment; but there, as well as in account of it will spread light on Geneva, his labours were crownsome dark spots in the following ed with success. sketch.

Farell was followed, 1534, by The Reformation was begun one of his disciples, Ant. Froin Geneva long before Calvin's ment, who, under the cloak of a residence in that city. But the schoolmaster, spread the seeds obstacles, which prevented or de- of the Reformation far and wide. layed its progress, were many But after awhile the violence of and powerful; among which the soldiery, and the increasing must be mentioned the ignorance, tumult of the people, induced superstition, bigotry, and domi- him to leave the city. neering spirit of the higher and After his retreat, more rigid lower clergy; and the turbulent laws were enacted against the state of the city arising partly meetings of the Reformed. But from various factions watching all these proved too weak to one another with a furious .zeal, check the impetuous ardour of partly from the imminent danger the Reformers. They were yet, which menaced their liberty and however, compelled to hold their independence from the dukes of assemblies in secret, in which the Savoy, and partly from their alli- Lord's Supper was first adminisance with the Swiss Cantons, tered by Guerin. They all opposwho opposed the Reformation ed themselves vigorously to the with violence.

scandalous superstitions, which It was, indeed, something, that had, for ages, defaced the church the canton of Berne had seceded of Christ, though it must be acfrom the church of Rome, es- knowledged that, in the manner poused openly the Reformed of their opposition, they somecanse, and encouraged its neigh- times went beyond due bounds.. bours and allies to throw off the From the year 1538, a more sol

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