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Wandering Arabo

nevolence from these barbari. 8.-I then asked him how ans : The old people always they knew their own ages, and received the first drink of inilk, he answered-Every family and a larger share than even keeps a record of the ages and the acting head of ihe family, the names of its children, when they were scanted in which they always preserye quantity. When the family and pack up in the same bagi moved, a camel was first pre- in which thcy carry the Ko. pared for the old man, by fixing ran.--The Arabs who live on a kind of basket on the animals the desert, said hc, subsist ça: back; they then put, skins or tirely on the milk of their other soft things into it to camels; it is the milk of an make it easy, and next listing animal that we call sacred, and up the old man they place hi: it causes long life; those who carefully in it, with a child or live on nothing else, have no two on each side to take care disorders, and are particularly of and steady him during the favoured of leaven. But only march. As soon as they carry these same people from stopped to pitch their tents, the desert and let them live on the vid man was taken off and meat and bread and fruits, a drink of water or milk given they then become subject 10 him, for they take care to save every kind of pain and sicksome for that particular pur. Dess when thcy are young, and pose. The remarkably old only live to the age of about man I am speaking of belonged twu zille and a half at the most 10 a family that always pitched while a great many die very their tent Ilear 10 our's, so that young, and not one tenth part I had an opportunity of wit of the men or the women live nessing the manner of his to the age of one zille.' . . treatment,

“ Most of the Arabs are After I was redcemcd in well armed with good doubleMogadore, I asked my master barrelled French fowling piec. Sidi Hamet of what age he es, and with good scimitars or supposed this old man to have knives They are ever ready. been, and he said about eight to attack an inferior, or even zille, or Arabic centuries. an cqual force, and fight for Now an Arabic century, or the sake of plunder.“They ate zille, is forty iwo lunar year's tack the small towns in the of i welve moons in each year, vicinity of the desert, on all so that by this computation be sides--if successful, they put must have been nearly 300 all 10 the sword, burn the years old. He also told me towns and retire again to the that it was very common to descrt with their spoil. Such find Arabs on different paris is the wandering Arab of the of the great desert, five zille' great African Desert. His oldretaining all their faculties, band is against every man, and that he had seen a great and conscquently cvely man's many of the ages of from 5 to hand is against him."

NEMARK3 ON MATTHEW xvi. 19.

April, 1818. ing to their respective characMR. EDITOR,

ters. Suould you consider the I think it not impossible that following observations worthy all which I have mentioned of a place in “The Christian may be implied in the expres. Disciple" you will pleasc to sion. Yet on comparing the insert them. i.

passage with one in St John Matthew .xvi. 19. And I with which I.conceive it to be will give unto thee the keys nearly parallel, I am of opinof the kingdom of heaven; and ion that something more must whatsoever thou shalt bind on also have been included to, earth shall be bound in heave justify the strength of the ex. ep; and whatsoever thou shalt pression; and that the passage loose on earth shalt be loosed may, with some restrictions, in heaven.

be understood in the literal By 'the keys' we are un sense of that referred to in questionably here to loder. John, to wit, “ whose sins so. stand the christian dispensa cver yc remit, they are remittion, the preaching of which ted to them ; and whose sins was to be the means of intro socver ye retain they are re. ducing men into the king. tained." dom of heaven,' They are This interpretation will not said to be given to Petcr in make it necessary to suppose particular as he was to have that the Apostles had power to charge of the flock-he was to forgive or retain the sins of be the first preacher of the every man, nor those of any ban Gospel both 10 the Jews and particular person or persons. Gentiles, and upon him Christ Our Saviour did not himself, declared he would build his' feel at liberty to bestow his church.

favours upon all indiscrimin.. But the proper meaning of ately, but only upon certain the latter', clause of the sen. persons and upon certain contènce under consideration is ditions. The Apostles were not so obvious. '

doubtless to observe the same It may refer to articles of regulations, in the respect the Jewish law, such as those which Christ prescribed to concerning circumcision and himself. eating of meat, which articles I should therefore undera the Apostles should have alle stand by their expressions not thority to annul; or to their only that the Apostles were power of regulauing the church authorised to naake known the

their preaching of ile gos- terms of salvation, and to propel, making kilo in the terms scribe rules for the regulation of salvation, and thereby iic of the Church ; but, that they vermining who should be were able also, in certain ca. bouse and who loosed accordo ses at least, to discriminate

between those who did or ness to explain it to me, for as would, and those who would it respects religious truth I not accept the gospel, and am merely that consequently they had

A COMMON ENQUIRER. power of making particular Nore-The above article and definitive applications of has been several months in olie its blessings and of its denun- possession. We now give it, ciations the latter of which not as being perfectly satisfied I do not know but Annaria with the exposition, but in the and Sapphira are examples. hope that some correspondent

I hope, Mr. Editor, if I am will be induced to favour us mistaken in my explanation of with a critical examination of the above passage of Scripture, the important text. that you will have the good

POETRY.

MARCO THE AFRICAN. The following verses are High o'er the vessel's tottering mast founded on the story of an The liquid mountains fiercely

break! English gentleman and lady to

Each eye is fix'd in wild despair, who were on their passage to And death displays its terrors there. the East Indies, in one of the vessels of an English fleet. Now plunging in the dread abyss, For some particular reasons

Thev pierce the bosom of the

deepthey left the vessel and went

Now rise where vivid lightnings biss, on board the Admiral's ship,

And seem the murky clouds to leaving two young children in

sweep. the care of a negro servant, Thro' the dark waste dread thunders who was about 18 years of age.

roll, In a violent storm, the ship

And horrors chill the frigid soul! containing the two children The storm abates_but sbatter'd sore, was fast sinking, when a boat The leaky vessel drinks the brine: arrived from the Admiral's They seek in vain some friendly shore, ship for their relief. The Their spirits sink-their hopes de

cline:. crew eagerly crowded to the

But lo! what joy succeeds their grief, boat but the negro lad, find. Kind Heaven grants the wish'd reing there was only room for

lief. him alone, or the two children, renerously put them on board, See on the deck young MARco stands,

Two blooming cherubs by his side, and remained himself on the

Entrusted to his faithful hands ; wreck, which with the gener- "A mother's joy, a father's pride :' ous boy was immediately in. Tho' black his skin as shades of gulphed in the ocean :

night. IN y Ady His HEART is fair-his soul is · BY AN AMERICAN.

· white ! TREMENDOUS howls the angry blast! The boldest hearts with terror

Each to the yawl with rapture flies, quake!

Except the noble, generous boy

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REPORT.

ciety, because the members were Of the Trustees of Plymouth and from several towns in each county,

Norfolk Bible Society, together and because this was the only instiwith a brief account of the origin iution of the kind in either. Time and progress of the Society.

we hope, will extend us so widely, The Clergymen and others, in the as fully to vindicate our name. The northern sections of Plymouth and sum of money necessary to be paid in, Norfolk Counties, being apprised of order to become a member, was fixed the amazing charilies of the British at a low rate, in order to render it less and Foreign Bible Society, and of burdensome, and within the power of the very respectable efforts of the a great proportion of the community. Massachusetts Bible Society, &c. Art. 2d of the Constitution. were thereby led particularly to en- Every person paying annually to quire into the deficiency of copies of the funds of the Society seventy five the scriptures, in their respective So- cents, shall be a member during the cieties and vicinities. This deficien- punctual payment of this suin, and cy was found to be so great, that it any person paying to the Society five was thought expedient to form an dollars at any one time, shall be a · Association, whose primary object member for life, and liable to no fur. should be, to supply the destitute in ther assessment. their neighborhood, but which should Summary of the Treasurer's acalso contemplate lending its aid to count for the year ending Sept. 1817. some larger institution, whose chari William Torrey, Treasurer of the ties are more extended, whenever Plymouth and Norfolk Bible Society the state of their funds should permit to the Trustees of said Society. Accordingly at a meeting of the

Dr.
Bay Association, at Marshfield, A. By cash received of 34 mem-
pril 24th, 1816, a Constitution was bers for life at $5 each $170 00
reported by the Rev. Jacob Norion, By cash of 64 annual subscrip-
and adopted and signed by William tions

60 10
Shaw, D. D. Zepheniah Willis, John By cash of Nathaniel Russell
Allyn, D D., Elijah Leonard, Jacob for various persons
Norton, Nehemiah Thomas, Nicholas By a donation from the Church
B. Whitney, Jacob Flint, Morrell of Duxbury

3000
Allen, Samuel Deane, Henry Col. By donations receiied by Rev.
man. A meeting was likewise ap- Mr. Colman

14 54 pointed to be held at Hanover on By contribution at Hanover, the 2d Wednesday in June, 1816, for Sept. 11th

20 50 the purpose of organizing the Socie. ty. A very respectable number of

$302 64 Clergy and Laymen, appeared' at the time and place appointed, who be. During the same year there were came members and chose their offi- distributed, cers for the year to commence Sept. Octavo Bibles

35 1816. They assumed the name of Duodecimo do.

200 the Plymouth and Norfolk Bible Son Testamċots Vol. VI. No.!!.

44

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200.

Report for the year ending Septem- have occurred. But în no instances ber, 1818.

have the receiver and the donor sharThe Trustees of the Plymouth and ed so much pleasure. Aged persons Norfolk Bible Society respectfully to whom the common editions of the report, that during the past year, they Bible were nearly or totally illegible, have distributed,

on receiving a large and fair copy, Octavo Bibles

have cast their eyes upon it, and inDuodecimo do.

176 stantly raised them to heaven in gratTestaments

171 itude. It has filled their hearts with These have all been distributed, joy; it has revived the lamp of life ; as was done the former year, within it has shed a light around them at the County of Plymouth, and a few evening time. towns in the north section of Norfolk. For large copies however, there

In seeking for cbjects on whom to cannot be an extensive demand. bestow your charity, we have gone Nor indeed, will so great a deficiency to the cottages of the poor ; we have of Bibles, in our vicinity, soon be enquired for destitute persons whose found again. A much less annual livelihood is procured on the seas ; supply will serve. With this imwe have looked for servants in opu- pression, the Society from this time Jent families; and for the aged that propose to become auxiliary to the they might be supplied with fair and American Bible Society, and have allegible copies.

ready transmitted ibe sum of $100. Of the first class we have found We trust that those persons whose many. Perhaps in but few instances aid we have a right to expect, will we have bestowed the Scriptures on not withhold it, with the idea, that persons in whom was a total inability their exertions should be limited to a to procure them for themselves. But county or a district. To the frontoo generally we have found, that the tiers and new settlements there is a Scriptures have not been prized suf- loud call for attention, as appears ficiently, to call forth an effort.- from reports of the American Bible From our hands, however, they have Society. Liberal things only are been cheerfully and gratefully re- worthy of liberal hearts. Extended ceived. To children they bave been views belong to the Christian, who " as the dew upon the tender herb." should labour to promote his Mas

or the second class a considerable ter's kingdom, and the conversion number has been found. It is in- and salvation of the whole family of credible to one who has not înquired, man. how few copies of the Bible are on SAML. DEANE, Per Order. board our vessels. It is worthy of attention. If the idea, that the ship is Summary of the Treasurer's acsafer for baving copies of the Divine count for the year ending Sept. 1818. Book on board, seem too supersti- . Wm. Torrey Treasurer, to the Trustious to be entertained, at least it tees can be well comprehended, that the By balance due last settle't. $74 67 moral influence of the Scriptures will By cash received of members 77 32 tend indirectly to safety and prose By donation received through perity.

the hands of Rev. Mr. Colman 8 37 of the third class we have found By do. do. of Rev. Dr. Sanger 11 00 some to receive our charity. Fam- By do. do, of Rev. Jacob Non ilies too often permit servants to en. ton :

12 86 ter and leave their service, without By do. from a friend transmitted 50 beirg furnished with the Bible, or re- By do. Rev. Jonas Perkins 25 00 cuiving any intimation that it is ne- By do. do. of Rev. Dr. Allyn 3 50 cessary to become acquainted with By cash received of the Trus. its contents. We would not be se tees

12 15 vere, farther than a simple statement By contribution at Bridgewater 33 18 of the fact is severe. Of the fourth class, as may natur

$258 55 ally be supposed, fewer instances WM. TORREY, Treasurer.

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