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rejoice in the establishment and in would send them all. He added, the success of the Hibernian Society, that he had a Bible and Testament

At the date of the Report, this So- in his house ; that he read them and ciety had established 347 schools ; compared them with the Doway the number of scholars was 27,776. Translation, and could find no great This institution was established by difference between them. On this the protestants, but they were dispos- the priest threatened to put him our ed to extend the benefits of education of the church; to which he replied, to the children of the catholics. In another church will take me in." opposition to this, strong prejudices A poor man who lived in the were manifested on the part of the neighbourhood of one of the schools catholic clergy. It is, however, told Mr.J that when the priest pleasing to observe, that a considera- commanded his parishioners to take ble number of them are of a different their children from the schools, he opinion, and encourage parents to waited upon hini and asked him with send their children to the schools much respect, why he wished the established by the Society.

children to be taken from the school? The following extracts from the The priest replied, 'it is my pleasure, Report will be interesting to our sir! The poor man said, I know, readers.

please your reverence, that it is your The Committee are happy to pleasure, but I have taken the liberstate, that the regulations for the con- ty of calling on you to know why it duct of the schools are in full opera. is your pleasure! The priest told him tion, and that the inspectors are that he was impertinently inquisitive, active and circumspect. The pro- and that he would give him no other gress of the children in learning to

The poor man then preread, and in committing the scrip, sumed to expostulate with him, and tures to memory, and the interest exclaimed- 0! dear sir, learning is which the catholic parents feel in a great blessing. I feel the want of having their little ones appear with it: let me bave my poor children credit at the inspections, are truly instructed in a school now happily in gratifying The attention of the this neighbourhood. 0, dear sir,learnMasters, in general, to the import of ing is a good thing! The priest, unthe sacred word is pleasingly on the moved, made no other reply thanincrease ; and among such as have it was his pleasure to disperse the had their own understandings enlight- schools; that it should be so, and ened and informed, there exists a that he would punish all who dared spirit of emulation to have their to disobey: The poor man then very pupils excel in giving suitable an- gravely asked the priest, what pur swers to questions relating to the ishment he intended to inflict on the meaning of passages which they re- parent who continued his children at peat."

the school? The priest, with a de. “ One of the scholars in B-'s gree of surprise, asked why he made school was learning his scripture task that inquiry? to which he received at home by the fireside. While this answer- BECAUSE, PLEASE reading aloud, his father, a catholic, YOUR REVERENCE, I THINK IT BETwas sitting by, and hearing that verse TER THAT I SHOULD UNDERGO THE read,- The Lord is rich unto all PUNISHMENT THAN THAT MY CHILthem that call upon him,' he repeat- DREN SHOULD WANT EDUCATION.' ed the passage two or three times, The poor man was driven from the and falling on his knees, said, he presence of the priest, but remained blessed God that he saw in that text firm in his resolution, and has erer what he never saw before--that God since sent his children to school." is no respecter of persons, and that “ The Committee hare remarked in people of other persuasions may be former Reports the existence and presaved, as well as Roman Catholics. valence of this hostility to the schools

" A poor man told his priest that of the society; and they are concerna he had one child in the Society's ed to observe that in some places, it school, and if he had twenty he still continues its baneful operation. By the pow'or of Divine Providence, At Abington, Mr. J. Ford, aged 30. however, this hostility is to be con- --same week his wife, aged 70. templated by the supporters of the At Nahant, Abner Hood, aged 84. Hibernian Society, not tlırough the At Groton, Con. Nathan Daboll, gloomy medium of discomfiture and Esq. aged 68. defeat but in connexion with increase At Westhampton, Hophni Judd, ing exertions and decided success. Esq. aged 25. And what is yet more encouraging, At Washington, Col. Robert Gardthe philanthropy of the Society's de- ner, aged 55. signs, the importance of its objects At Salem, Mr. J. Eldridge aged 70. and the purity of its means, have in At Londonderry, N. H. Rev. Wm. many instances, not only neutralized Morrison, D. D. aged 70. opposition but even conquered sys. At Middlebury, Vt. Rev. Daniel tematic resentment, and converted Avery, aged 71. persecutors into friends.

At Louisville (Ken.) Gen. G. R. “In exemplification of these obser- Clark, aged 66. vations, the committee are happy to In Montreal, Messire Chicoineau, present the following information. Priest, aged 81. One of the Society's first teachers In Pittsfield, Capt. Wm. Frances, . presented a Bible to a Catholic priest, aged 88. which was very gratefully accepted. In Piscataway, N. J. Mr. Var GelIn conversation with him the teacher der, aged 116. observed, that besides the common In Richmond, Va. a Negro man, ends professed in education, the Hi

aged 136. bernian Society wished that all the March 4th, Rev. Wm. Boardman, pupils should be intimately acquaint- Pastor of a church in Newton, Longed with the word of God, which alone Island. is able to make wise unto salvation ; In Gloucester, suddenly, Capt. and that there was no diminution of David Pearce, aged 82. the Society's zeal and exertions, not- At Cambridgeport, the Rev. Samwithstanding the great opposition uel Mead, of Amesbury. which it had met with. On this the

In Salem, Dea. Joseph Ross, 76. priest lifted up his eyes, and fervently In Andover, of a parlytic shock, implored a blessing on all with whom Mr. Moses Griggs, aged 70. the society originated, and by whom In Barrington, R. I. Solomon it was supported."

Townsend, Esq. aged 70, a revolutionary officer.

At Watertown, Col. Christopher CADIDATES FOR THE MINISTRY.

Grant, aged 74.
Mr. Thomas Tracy, Cambridge. At Moulines, France, Jan. 2d, in

Jonathan P. Dabney, do. the 32d year of his age, the Rev. Sam-
Samuel Gilman, do. uel C. Thacher, Pastor of the New-
Thomas Savage,

do. South Church in Boston, and one of P. Osgood,

do.

the orginal Projectors and Proprietors Alvan Lamson, do.

of the Christian Disciple.—By this James Walker,

do. admonitory and distressing event, we F. W. P. Greenwood, do. are taught, that the strongest attachAndrew Bigelow,

do. ments of a Religious Society, the John Gorham Palfrey,do. most ardent desires of relatives, and Seth Alden,

do. the most liberal exertions of friends, E. Q. Sewall Concord. are all insufficient to insure to a min

ister of the Gospel, either good

health, or long life. If things like OBITUARY.

these could have been availing our Died-In Boston, Mrs. Catharine 6. Brother had not died." Maria Ward, wife of the Hon. Ar- We shall doubtless be furnished temas Ward, aged 57.

with some particulars of the life and At Ipswich, Mr. J. Kinsman, aged character of Mr. Thacher for a future 93.

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CHRISTIAN - DISCIPLE.

No. 5,

MAY, 1818.

Vol. VI.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE. BENHADAD King of Syria heart, his cheek glowed with was dangerously sick. A. indignation at the charge, and larmed by his situation he he exclaimed, “Is thy servant sent to Elisha the prophet to a dog that he should do this inquirę whether he should re

great thing !" cover of his disease. The But mark the weakness and person employed on this er- wickedness of man ! This rand was Hazael. He appear. same Hazael who was struck ed before the prophet with with so much horror at the presents in his hand, and pro• bare charge of violence and ceeded to inform him of the cruelty, soon waded to the object of his visit. Dụring throne of Syria through the the interview, the prophet fix. blood of his murdered master. ed his eyes steadily on the No sooner was he endued with countenance of Hazael. Dis- the coveted robe of royalty, covering by a prophetic glance than, giddy with power and those traits in his character mad with pride, he became which would afterwards de familiar with all those enormivelop themselves, and per- ties, which, in the fervour of cieving the cruelties he would his indignation, he supposed one day practise on the inhab- nothing but a brute could com, itants of Israel, he was unable mit. to repress his feelings or to This interesting narrative restrain his tears.

furnishes many useful subjects Ignorant of the causes which of reflection ; but we shall onthus agitated the bosom of E- ly enforce the necessity of a lisha, unable to conjecture the thorough acquaintance with reason of his distress, Hazael our own hearts. with surprize demanded the First. This is necessary to occasion of his sorrows. He prevent us from gradually fawas then explicitly informed miliarizing ourselves with disof the malignant cruelty and graceful sins. violence with which he would Such is man's ignorance of end the career of his life. Une his own heart so uncertain conscious of those seeds of his hold on integrity, that he dark deformity which lurked may be led to commit crime: in the hidden recesses of his which at a former period of his Vol. VI, No. 5,

life he could not have contem- arrive at the point of wickedplated without horror.

To ness, which, if it had been establish this assertion I need foretold them at the beginning not refer to the history of Ha- of their career, would have oczael.

Observation will fur- casioned them in their súrnish melancholy proofs of its prise to exclaim_“Is thy sercorrectness ; and it is gener- vant a dog that he should do ally true, that most of those this great thing !" No doubt instances of apostacy from vir- the surprise and indignation of tue, , which disgrace society, Hazael was unaffected. We, may be traced to ignorance of have no reason to suppose that rcal character as their source. Peter was conscious of any hyEvery man has his darling pocrisy or fraud when he assins, his favourite passions, sured our Divine Master that which he is prone in some de- he would sacrifice his life soongree to gratify. The first er than he would deny him. compliances are considered as But the event showed in both trifling weaknesses, natural cases how extremely ignorant infirmities, or little sins. Ev. they were of the real condition ery unlawful indulgence in- of their hearts, and of their creases the strength of corrupt own characters. desires and weakens the bar. To avoid such humiliating riers of virtue. Guilt infuses and destructive consequences, its poison and imperceptibly we should carefully examine taints the soul. Conscience our natural propensities and may remonstrate, but it is qui- dispositions, that

we may eted by being reminded of our strongly guard those points natural weakness, the strength where we are most vulnerable: of temptation, the smallness Examine whether we have not of the guilt, and of our resolu- a secret bias to some of the tion not to offend in future. numberless vices in the black It is by artifices of this nature; catalogue-Such as intemperby appealing to the common ance, sensuality, idleness, practice and sentiments of the pride, malice, covetousness, world; by contrasting their ambition, and many others. own conduct with their neigh. To ascertain this we need only bours ; by pleading the pecu- consider what indulgences afliarity of their temper, the ford us the most gratificationparticular dangers that result in what company or in what from their occupations and circumstances

are most situation in life, that men are solicitous to place ourselves insensibly led from one step what it is that most destroys to another in vice. They are our time our temper and our unconsciously allured by their property; consider only these favourite and predominant pas- things and we shall be im. sions, deluded by their self-mediately furnished with a ignorance and flattery, till their clue to our favourite vices and judgement is perverted, their reigning propensities. When consciences weakened and they we have ascertained this, we

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should attend to the occasion, hand, yet it may produce such that most usually betrays us a tempest in our souls as shall into them ; consider the spring obliterate every moral impres; whence they arise and the cire sion, and carry ruin and desocumstances that most favour lation in its progress. Let us them :-Had Hazael been con- not rely altogether on our own scious of the spirit of ambition watchfulness and care, but let by which he was actuated, he our daily prayer ascend to God would not have been so far for that which must be afforddeceived by it, as to seek its ed to keep us from falling, and gratification by an act of vio. to present us faultless before lence on the life of his master.' the presence of his glory with Had he known the pride and exceeding joy. cruelty that were concealed in Second. This self-acquainhis heart, he might have so far tance is highly requisite to enshunned the occasion of ex- able us to judge of the virtue citing and indulging them as of our actions. Our hearts are to decline the kingly office, the most successful Aatterers which he must have known a- we have. It is a humiliating bounded with temptations to and painful employment to their indulgence.

search out our own defects and Such is the necessity of a infirmities. On this account correct knowledge of our own we are very ready to admit the hearts, in order to prevent our partial suggestions of our favourite vices from betraying hearts, and it is almost unius into the grossest enormi. versally the case, that men beties. It is impossible for us lieve themselves governed by to be sufficiently guarded be. much better motives than they fore we fully ascertain where really are. But it is matter of we are most in danger. We infinite consequence for us to cannot be too patient and in- inquire into the secret springs defatigable in discovering, nor of our actions, to ascertain too scrupulous in indulging whether our supposed virtue

reigning propensities. proceed from a principle of They will assail us in every holiness, or whether it may form, and solicit us under ey• not result from a mere casual ery pretext. We should not combination of circumstances, forget the gradual encroach. which we had no agency in ments and fatal progress of producing, or whether our apvice—that one crime invaria: parent piety is not a cloak, bly paves the way for its suc- assumed to effect some sinis. cessor-that one criminal in- ter or selfish purpose. dulgence may be followed by Except the motives of our a train of incalculable evils conduct be pure and honour. Although we may esteem the able, our religion is not an first as a very trifling sin, reo acceptable service. Virtue, sembling the appearance ob- unless it proceed from a proserved by the servant of Eli- ciple of love to God and beshama little cloud as a man's nevolence to inen, must be an

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