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ry dignity, its central position, its Clergy and the Laity, through their signal deliverance from the enemy, different gradations, appear to have and its restoration to more than its emulated each other in copying the pristine elegance and grandeur, to be- example of their beloved Emperor, come the centre of the common op- and in endeavouring to give effect to 'erations for disseminating the word of his designs for the spiritual welfare of the living God. 66 The importance his dominions, of this station” (observes the Prince) " I consider” (said the Emperor, " has not escaped the penetrating in his Address to the Moscow Bible eye of our most pious Monarch ; Society,)“ the establishment of Bible ever watchful over the spiritual inter- Societies in Russia, in most parts of ests of his subjects, and sincerely Europe, and in other quarters of the desirous that all men may drink of globe, and the very great progress that living water which springeth up these Institutions have made in disinto everlasting life. His Imperial seminating the word of God, not Majesty, in consideration of the vast merely among Christians, but also anumber of Bibles sent from this place, mong Heathens and Mahomedans, as and of the hourly augmentation of a peculiar display of the mercy and the Committee's labors, which also grace of God to the human race. renders an increase of means for On this account, I have taken upon transacting its business absolutely myself the denomination of a memnecessary, has been most graciously ber of the Russian Bible Society, and pleased to present this society with a will render it every possible assistlarge stone house. Thus the good ance, in order that the beneficent will of the King of kings towards the light of revelation may be shed acause of the Bible Society, is con- mong all nations subject to my scepspicuously revealed in the liberal aid which this cause receives from our With this declaration, so worthy of most gracious Sovereign, who, having the sovereign of a great empire, and resolved to rule, live, and act, ac- so consonant with the spirit of the cording to the doctrines of Christ the British and Foreign Bible Society, Saviour, and having bound himself to your Committee will conclude the this in the most solemn manner, be- European division of their Report. fore the face of all nations, invites to Some further extracts may be given this celestial light those nations also in a future Number from this interwhom Divine Providence has in- esting Report. trusted to his care, And thus is fulfilled that which was foretold by CONVERTED, BUDAU PRIESTS. the prophet, “The Gentile shall come

From the Christian Herald. to thy light, and kings to the bright- Extract of a letter from Liverpool, daness of thy rising

ted Jan. 7, 1818. Your Committee cannot take leave A circumstance occurred during of Russia without bearing their testi- the last month relative to the Missmony to the energy and harmony ionaries, of a very serious nature. which characterize all the proceed- " Sir Alexander Johnson, Lord Chief ings of the Committee of the Russian Justice of the island of Ceylon, (who Bible Society. Of the former quality, is a very warm friend of the Missiona fair specimen will be seen in one of aries on that island,) is just arrived in the monthly papers of business, wh ch England, and has brought with him will appear in the Appendix. Tra- two of the principal priests of Budhu, ces of the latter are to be found in the (the name of the god which the nawhole system of their operations tives worship,) they had read the throughout the Empire. Indeed, gospels which are translated into your Committee cannot but attribute their language, and their belief in the a large proportion of the success on religion of Budhu was considerably which they have had occasion to shaken. They read the gospels, over expatiate, to that spirit of unanimity again, and came to the resolution of and concord which has animated all renouncing the worship of Budhu and orders of the Russian people. The embracing Christianity. They had

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man.

read, that except a man give up and very few persons have access to houses and lands, &c. for the sake them." of Christ, he cannot be his disciple ; and understanding this in a literal sense, they immediately parted with

Died-In Tennesee, Mr. Daniel the lands which had been appropria Anderson, aged 111. ted for their support; and under

In England John Williams aged standing the Chief Justice was com

100, leaving 17 brothers whose ages ång to England, they waited upon

amount to 1379. him to request he would bring them

In Pennsylvania, Gen. Jacob with bim to England, the land of Brown-61. Christians. They told him they read In Boston, Mr.

EBENEZER That Jesus Christ chose fishermen for RHOADES, late Editor of the Indebis apostles ; they said that they were pendent Chronicle, aged 43.-Frankof the caste of fishermen, and that iin Tukey, of Portland, by a stone perhaps ' Jesus Christ would send thrown by a lad of the name of Wythem to preach his gospel. Sir A. "Johnstone did not encourage their

In Hanover, N. H. Hon. Wm. W, going to England, told them he had Woodward, Treasurer and Trustee no authority to take them; that they of Dartmouth University, and late would be a great expense to the Chief Justice of the Court of Common Committee who manage the Missions, Pleas, for the Western District and that there was no room in the

At Lynn, Albert Curtin, a member vessel. They repeatedly waited up of the Society of Friends, and son of on him, and said they would go in the late James Curtin, aged 18. the steerage if he would but allow

In Hingham, Mr. Nathaniel Gill, them. Still he discouraged them, aged 75. and when he was on board, and the

In Johnston, R. I. Job Smith, Esq. vessel actually under weigh, they aged 32. took a boat from the shore, and went

In Keene, N. H. Captain Joba along side the vessel, and begged in Houghton, aged 72. the most importunate manner he

Mrs.
In Baltimore,

Elizabeth would take them along with him; Champney, aged 74, formerly of he then consented, and they came

Roxbury. in the steerage. They are placed

In Arundel, Capt. Thomas Perkins, under the care of Dr. Clark, at Mill

jr. aged 66. brook, about 10 miles from Liverpool,

In Hampton Falls, Mrs. Mary, and discover the greatest genius. relict of the late Deacon Jeremiah They are learning the English lan- Lane, aged 82 ; Mr. Joseph Tilton, guage, and seem most anxious to be

aged 35. made Christians. Dr. Clark labours

In Danvers, Capt. Clark Wilson, to impress upon their minds, that

aged 46. they must be made Christians at the

In Salem, widow Sarah Leach, ago heart. They anxiously inquire how

ed 76. Jong it will be before they are Christians at the heart. One is about 23

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MINISTRY. years of age, and the other about 25. They still wear their robes, which Thomas Tracy, Cambridge. are yellow, and are worn thrown o

Samuel Gilman, do. ver one shoulder, the other left bare.

John Allyn,

do. If they should become acquainted

John A. Shaw, do. with true religion, and ultimately P. Osgood, preachers of it, they promise to be

Alvan Lamson,

do. of considerable service in instructing

Andrew Bigelow,

do. other Missionaries in their languages,

Seth Alden,

do. &c. and in preaching the Gospel to

Elisha Fuller, do. their idolatrous countrymen. I feel Jonathan P. Dabney, Salem. a very strong desire to see them, but

E. Q. Sewall. Concord. they have not appeared in public,

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CHRISTIAN DISCIPLE.

No. 10.

OCTOBER, 1818.

Vol. VI.

SKETCHES OF MARTIN LUTHER: The Roman Catholics have If Luther's violence and ar. heaped up a mass of falsehood rogance be objected to Proto. obscure the fame and ob- testants, we reply in the words struct the influence of Luther. of our great Chillingworth to No regard has been had in this, his antagonist" And what if says Bayle, either to probabil. Luther, having a pope in his ity or to the rules of the art of belly, as he was wont to say blandering: and the author's that most men had, and desir. of the calumnies have assum- ing perhaps to have his own ed all the confidence of those interpretations pass without who fully believe that the pub- examining, spoke such words lic will blindly adopt all their in the heat of argument ; Do stories, be they ever so ab- you think it reasonable that surd. Many of the charges we should subscribe to Lu. which were once currently ther's divinations and angry propagated have been with speeches ? Will you oblige drawn ; but still there is yourself to answer for all the scarcely a single defence of assertions of your private docthe Romish Church, publish- tors? If not, why do you trou. ed in protestant countries and

ble us with what Luther says modern times, which does not and what Calvin says ?" And make use of the character of if the Roman Catholics further Luther as an argument against object as Chillingworth's opthe Reformation. It is not ponent did, “ That when Lu. difficult to vindicate the Re- ther began, he being but one former from most of the seri- opposed himself to all, as well ous charges alleged against subjects as superiors,"-we him ; but were it impossible reply again with our renowned to clear his memory from any Protestant champion-" If he one of them, the Reformation did so in the cause of God, it would stand upon the same was heroically done of him. It solid principles, which are in- is not impossible that the whole dependent of individuals and world should so far lie in wickr parties. The children of cor- edness, as St. John speaks, ruption have always sought to that it may be lawful and noble brighten themselves by black for one

to oppose the ening others.

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Having quoted Chilling from them to us; but withat worth, we will transcribe two we say there are many bad ; other passages of his on the neither do we think ourselves character of Luther, which ap- bound in prudence to resist pear to us

once just, the good with the ba or to candid and spirited :

retain the bad with the good, « And then for Luther's op- but raiher conceive it a high nosing your church upon mere point of wisdom to separate passion, it is a thing I will not between the precious and the dery because I know not his vile, to sever the good from heart, and for the same reason the bad, and to put the good you should not haye affirmed into vessels to be kept, and to it. Sure I am whethier he op- cast the bad away ; to try all posed your church upon rea- things and io hold that which son or no, lie had reason

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And Luther, confident in his abil. therefore if he did it upon pas- ities and his cause, styled himsion we will follow him only self Ecclesiastes, the in his action, and not in his Preacher; for, says he, “it passion ;, in his opposition, is not fitting that I should be not in the manner of it: And without a title, having receivthen I présume you will have ed the work of the ministry no reason to condemn us, un- not from man or by man, but less you will say that a good the gift of God and the reveaction cannot be done with lation of Jesus Christ." reason, because somebody be- another place he calls himself fore us hath done it upon pas- " Luther the second Elias, and

the Chariot of Israel." “ As for Luther's speeches- This extravagant self-estiI told you nui long since, that mation which cannot be justiwe follow no private man, and fred, was perhaps necessary to regard not inuch what lie says enable him to stand almost either against the church of singly against the world. Rome or for it ; but what he His strong passions operaproves. He was a man of a

ted to his disadvantage in privebement spirit, and very of. vate as weil as in public life. ten what he took in hand, he We have disgusting pictures did not do it, but overdo it. of them in anecdotes and conHe that will justify all his versations indiscreetly pubspeeches, especially such as lished by his friends. Much he wrole in the heat of oppo- however, as the Catholics have sition, I believe will have work exclaimed against Luther's enough. Yet in these senten- imperfections, they would have ces, though he overreach in readily pardoned these if he the particulars, yet what he had spared them the mortifisays in general we confess cation of his virtues, it is not true ; and confess with him

the indiscreet and intemperate That in the Papacy are many man, but the Reformer that good thingswhich have come they hate,

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The enmity of the Roman the Rcformer's tomb; whilst Catholics was not extinguish- the troops of Charles V. ed in Luther's grave; they quartered at Wittemberg in invented and propagated a 1547, a soldier gave his effigy thousand fables.concerning his in the church of the castle two death; Some said that he died stabs with a dagger; and the suddenly as by a judgment of Spaniards, encouraged by their God; athers that he perished priests and commanders, earin a debauch ; others that the nestly solicited the emperor devil strangled him ; and oth- to demolish his tomb and to ers that the stench of his perinit his bones to be dug up corpse was so intolerable that and burnt. The emperor the bearers were obliged to magnanimously refused comrun from it, and to leave it on pliance, and even forbade any the road, as they were carry- violation of the sanctuary of ing it to interment. All those

the grave on pain of deathare known to be gross false- His answer is said to have hoods. They are worthy of been--I have nothing fur. recital, however, as an

ther to do with Luther ple of the spirit of orthodoxy, has henceforth another judge, which is always the same ; it whose jurisdiction it is not never suffers a heretic to go lawful for me to usurp: know out of the world without pur. that I make war not with the suing hin with some invention deud, but with the living, who to the discredit of his dying still make war against me.” moments.

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To the Editor of the Christian would be gratifying to have it
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Portsmouth, N. H. Reverend & Dear Sir,

Aug. 21, 1818. THE questions you have
DEAR SIR,

proposed to me, and to which I send you a copy of a let- you desire an answer, pierit ter from a 'much respected particular attention as threy Clergyman, formerly of this bear a direct aspect on the vicinity, to his friend in this honour of religion and the town, which was found among prosperity of the church of his papers after his decease. Christ. In matters of such The importance of the sub- importance every friend of ject treated, and the opinions true religion must feel himcontained in it, induced sever- self bound to proceed on the al gentlemen here to think it best information he can obtain, would be a useful article if and a clear conviction of what published in the Christian is right and agreeable to the Disciple. If your opinion is will of God, lest he should the same,

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