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so many of the that I even blush to send wbat I young gentlemen of her ac- have writ; yet since the narrowquaintance so shamefully degen ness of my paper has excluded erate, that she wipes her tears two or three thoughts, which for the sons she has buried, and may not be impertinent or usecomposes her soul to patience less on this mournful occasion, I and thankfulness, with one only will insert them here. You know daughter remaining. Perhaps Madam, the great and blessed God has by this stroke prevented God had but one Son, and he a thousand unknown sorrows. gave him up a sacrifice, and de Are your sons dead? But are all voted him to a bloody death out your mercies dead too? A wor- of love to such sinners as you thy husband is a living comfort ; and I. Can you shew your and may God

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gratitude to God in a more evistore him to you with joy! dent and acceptable manner, than Food, raiment, safety, peace, lib- by willingly resigning your sons erty of religion, access

to him at the call of his provimercy seat, hope of heaven ; all dence? This act of willing rethese are daily matters of thank- signation turns a painful affliction fulness. Good Madam, let not one into a holy sacrifice. Are the sorrow bury them all. Show that two dearest things taken from you are a Christian by making it the heart of a mother? Then to appear, that religion has sup- may you ever set so much the ports in it which the world doth looser to this world, and you have not know. What can a poor world- the fewer dangerous attachments ling do, but mourn over earthly to this life. It is a happiness for blessings departed, and gone a Christian not to have the heart down with them comfortless to strings tied too fast to any thing the grave? But methinks a beneath God and heaven. HapChristian should lift up his head, py is the soul, who is ready to as partaking of higher hopes. remove at the divine summons. May the blessed Spirit be your

The fewer engagments we have comforter, Madam. Endeavour on earth, the more we may to employ yourself in some hu- live above, and have our thoughts siness or amusement of life con- more fixed on things divine and tinually, lest a solitary and inac- heavenly. May this painful tive frame of mind tempt you

stroke be thus sanctified, and to sit brooding over your sor- lead you nearer to God. rows, and nurse them to a dan

J. W. gerous size. Turn your thoughts often to the brighter scenes of heaven and the resurrection.

The following Extract from M. Forgive the freedom of a stran

Massillon's Sermon on ger, Madam, who desires to be

ISTERIAL ZEAL" is recomthe humble and faithful servant

mended to the serious and atterie of Christ and souls. ISAAC WATTS.

tive perusal of those whom it

may concern. . P. s. Madam, you have so many Have not ministers, animatexcellent comforters around you ed with the Spirit of God, expe

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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 powersul, 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 submis. cumspection, and with strokes sion and fidelity to the great, not so slight and tender that they of adulation and shameful meanare not perceived. Our great

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 means



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. It is rare 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

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 dignitytion 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 sintulness : call to reREV, MR. CORBET.

membrance thy great offences, Never expect any thing from which, though they be unfeignthe world ; and when it offers 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 DIELLING. 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.



ling were compelled to settle to the deceased.) He then in, their 66 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

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 bim, 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 clergy man in R. being visita to 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. sentiment, he could not invite This done, he once more loaded him to preach again ; but, conhis gun with all possible speed, tinued he, I have a favour 10 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-10 agree with the senti- astonishment of Mr. W. deliverments you have this day been ed a sound, sensible, calvinistic preaching i 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 heted 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 him ; Mr. W. at last tion what I cannot offer up in reluctantly consented. Accord- firayer to God? ingly the young gentleman went


Review of New Publications.

A Sermon, fireached July 22, 1807, at the funeral of the Rer.

Alexander Macwhorter, D. D. senior pastor of the Presbyterian church in Newark, New Jersey. By Edward D. Grif. fin, A. M. surviving pastor of said church. 8vo.

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. cxii. 6. The righteous shining light. He filled a large shall be in everlasting rememspace 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 unithe was known, and revered, and ed, Mr. Griffin proceeds to shew his death lamented.

that the righteous " shall be long

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