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lent Societies whose object is, to when he very pathetically and af humanize and christianize the igno- fectionately addressed them on the rant and barbarous tribes. Let it subject of their everlasting welfare. not for a moment be imagined that one of his great great grand-chilthe perpetrators of the horrid deed dren was present on this occasion. were civilized men. While other This venerable patriarch was the parts of Christendom are alive with father of a numerous progeny, benevolent exestions, Savannah--if amounting it is believed, to nearly the report be true-is subject to 300. The following is a correct the reign of barbarism ; and by an return of them as far as hath been infamous bull against instructing ascertained-children, 16 ; srand the blacks, has outraged every prin- children, 92 ; great grand children, ciple of humanity, and out done 133 ; great, great grand children, even Algerine slave holders. 8-total, 249.

OBITUARY OF WILLIAM AMOS.

OBITUARY. Departed this life, in Harford

Died in Boston, Rev. Francis County, in this state, (Maryland,) Jackson, pastor of a church at Daon the 26th day of the 2d month, rien, Georgia, aged 29, son of ma1814, in the 97th year of his age, jor D. Jackson of Watertown. William Amos, a much revered

Mrs. Mary, wife of Mr. Benjamember of the Society of Friends, min Greene, aged 40. and seventy-six years a minister

In Medford, Mrs. Elizabeth thereof.

Cook, aged 78. It was in the early part of his

In Gloucester, Samuel Calder, life, while exercising the functions Esq. aged 55, Surveyor of the disof an officer in the militia, that it trict of Gloucester, and a Selectwas revealed to him that the king, dom of Christ was a “peaceful Nantucket.

man of that town; formerly of kingdom," therefore conferring not

In Providence, William God. with flesh and blood he was obedi dard, Esq. aged 78 ; he was the first ent to the heavenly vision-resign- editor of the Providence Gazette, ed his commission-and uniting which he established in 1762. himself in religious fellowship with

In Jefferson County, Ken. Rev. the Society of Friends, hath ever

Wm. Kellar. since continued his exertions, suc

In Lexington, Ken. Rev. R. Fen. cessfully we believe, both by pre- ley, president of the University in cepts and example, to turn men to

Georgia. righteousness. His own life was.

In Pendleton District, S. C. John indeed an exemplification of meek

Gilleland, aged 116. ness, piety, resignation, benevo.

In New-Orleans, Hon. C. C. lence and charity.

Claibourne, late Governor of Louis He was a great promoter of peace siana. and justice, and was frequently call.

In Dublin, N. H. Rev. Edward ed on by his fellow citizens to per- Sprague. form the Christian duty of mediator, and he had the satisfaction to find that his exertions to restore

CANDIDATES FOR THE MINISTRY. harmony were very generally crown- Mr Thomas Tracy, Cambridge. ed with success. In the year 1806, Jonathan P. Dabney, do. as many of his descendants as could « Samuel Gilman, do. be conveniently notified, were con- Thomas Savage,

do. vened, at his particular request, in

P. O good,

do. Friends Meeting-House in Lome Alvan Lamson, do. bard-street, Baltimore, to the num. James Walker, do. ber of about one hundred and forty “ E. &. Sewall, Concord.

THE

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLE.

No. 2.

FEBRUARY, 1818.

Vol. VI.

REVIEW of a Sermon, preached in the city of Hudson, Sept.

10, 1817, before the Auxiliary Bible Society of the county of Columbia. By Thomas Warner, 1. M, New-York, J. Sey

mour.

con

ever

We have perused this ser- sent. His earnestness is not mon with no ordinary pleasure, the misguided enthusiasm of The subject itself, we

sectarian zeal; it is the genceive, is among those of the erous ardour of a mind embra. highest importance, which, at cing in its scope the eternal the present day, claim the in- interests of men, considered terest of Christians. We look as beings of a common origin upon Bible Societies as cons and a common destinỳ, enlightstituting one of the noblest in. ened by reason and conscience, stitutions, which have and equally the creatures of been designed. It is a scheme, God, and the objects of his rewhich comprises facilities and gard and mercy. means of spreading the knowl. His discourse is divided inedge and influence of christ- to two parts. The first is ocjanity to an unlimited extent. cupied in considering some of It is built on the broad basis the most important circumof universal benevolence, and stances relating to the history is so constituted, that, in any of the Bible, and the signal of its operations, it cannot pos- providence of God in preserysibly proinote any other end, ing it during the many ages than the best good and happi- since it has been written, note ness of men. We were glad withstanding the threatening to find, in the discourse before dangers to which it has been us so able a defence of this ad- exposed, and from which it mirable institution. The au. would seem nothing could resthor's views of the subject are cue it but the arm of God. those of an enlightened and The second part is devoted to liberal mind. His sentiments remarks on the importance are expressed in a tone of and benefits of Bible Societies. christian charity and benevo- It is the fate of most of the lent feeling, which commands productions of human wisdom, our respect and wins our as- industry, and learning, thạt Vol. VI.No. 2.

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they soon pass away and are anguish of despair? Will they
forgotten. They serve to ex- speak peace to the troubled
cite a momentary attention, spirit, carry us beyond our-
and perhaps to touch the spring seives, and wast us on the
of slumbering thought, and wings of hope to the regions
draw forth a transient gleam of of brighter day? They want
feeling and sentiment; but this power-they are the pro-
they hardly fix an impression ductions of men—they want
on the tablets of the memory ; the stamp of divinity, and the
the stream of oblivion passes seal of inspiration. One book
silently over them; their name only there is, in which these
and their influence are alike are found ; and this is the Bi-
forgotten, and they are, as if ble, the holy word of God.
they never had been. A few The history of its preserva
have been more fortunate tion, therefore, is a subject of
they have survived the rude no small interest, and Mr.
shocks, and escaped the with- Warner has made it as per-
ering touches of time, they yet spicuous and complete, as the
stand forth in their native maj. nature of his subject and his
ésty, venerable by the weight narrow limits would allow.
of years they sustain, and im. We give the following extract
posing by their real greatness. from this part of the sermon,
We look to them for instruc- as a specimen of the author's
tion, and resort to them for a- style and manner. It is an
musement. We are astonish- argument, in connexion with
ed to hear the voice of wisdom others, to show, that none of
speak in accents so profound, the books, which were deem-
and filled with wonder at the ed sacred at the time of thc
force of intellect and the in- Babylonish captivity were lost
spiration of génius, which we amidst the series of disasters,
find in them. We are alter- which immediately preceded
nately charmed by the music this event.
of poetry, dazzled by the flash-
és of eloquence, and made

“ Most of the inspired writers, both

of the old Testament and new, frethoughtful and serious, wise quently refer to the books of Moses, and profound, in the groves of and those at least of the earlier prophphilosophy. But the effects of ets, as documents well known to exall these are transient and un

ist, and of undoubted authenticity.

at the times in which they wrote. satisfying. They may relieve

And it is probable, that the notoriety the thirst of an ardent mind, of those documents was the reason, they may employ the vacant why none of these frequent allusions thoughts of the indolent, and

to them have assumed the shape of give a momentary pleasure to

explicit attestations to that effect.

There was no occasion to attest what the votaries of taste, refine

every body knew, and nobody thought ment and knowledge ; but is of disputing. The uniform silence, not this all ? Will they give too, of all the inspired writers, from consolation and strength to the

the first to the last, as to any loss of the soul, which is sinking under implies a clear and strong presump

sacred books, or of any part of them, afflictions and distress; the tion that there had been no such.

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And this presumption rises even to “ Bible Societies, it is true, are not the force of demonstration, as it res- the only distinction of the present pects the books of Moses, when we age ; but in the peculiar principles of consider that any deviation from a their organization, and in the pre-ewmost minute and punctilious adher- inently happy and beneficent effects ence to the rites and ceremonies of of their operation, they present, behis institution had been sacrilege and yond comparison, the noblest feature abomination in the sight of the pious and finest practical expression, of the Jews, so that the actual observance of religious and moral spirit by which these rites and, ceremonies among the age is characterized. No other them at any period of their history institutions have been so decidedly may be affirmed to prove the existence conducive to that melioration of senand authenticity, at that period, of the timent and feeling in the religious books of their great law-giver." world, that enlightened and just

and tolerant catholicism, which has

already done so much, and in its furBut we wish to draw the at- ther progress promises so much more, tention of our readers more

for the success of great and extensive particularly to Bible Societies. plans of Christian benevolence. The

great and fundamental principles upThis institution originated in on which these societies have almost England, in the year 1803. It uniformly been organized, and to the is impossible to contemplate its peculiar merit of which they have present immense scale of op- unexampled patronage and success

been chiefly indebted for the rapid and crations, and reflect on the une

of their exertions, is that of distribuparalleled rapidity with which ting the Bible alone without note of it has grown up to such great- comment." “ Here then is the first ness, without astonishment, and peculiar and distinctive excellence of the conviction forcibly impress

these institutions ; formed upon this

st liberal and enlightened principle, ed, that it has received the they open the widest possible field gracious protection, aid, and for the united resources, and co-operblessing of the Almighty. The ative exertions, of christian philanjostitution of the British and thropy in every part of the world.” Foreign Bible Society has well

"I cannot therefore but regard

these benevolent institutions as the been denominated “a grand purest and most perfect now existing cpoch in the history of reli- in the Christian world. They are, I gion,' and we agree entirely conceive, of all others the most Prowith Mr. Warner in the opin- milder and more lovely form, of the

testand the best exemplification, in a ion, that the age in which we

genuine spirit of the Reformation. live

may with great propriety There are no others founded upon be calleci the "

ago

of Bible so full and just a recognition of the Societies”

principles of religious liberty; and The following is an animat

mone, of course, that present a range

so wide and elevated, and unimpeded, ed picture of the character

to the most aspiring and comprehenand operative effects of these sive aims and efforts of religious char, societies, and it is drawn in ity:"-pages 26, 27. colours so just, and exhibits in so creditable a light the feel. In speaking of the superior ings and habits of thinking of advantages of Bible Societies the author, as they are shown tu Missionary exertions in in many parts of his sermon, making known the truths of we will not withhold it from christianity, with singular pro: our readers.

priety, and in a truly catholic

spirit he makes the following hended in them, we should still remarks.

maintain, that incalculable ben“The living teacher-I speak it efits must necessarily arise to not to disparage the importance of his every nation and tribe of men, office-is, in some respects always among whom the scriptures more or less a sectarian : zealous, it is can have a free circulation. admitted, to make good Christians of

Were it practicable we should his disciples, but apt to be a little more zealous to make them good desire, to be sure, to have the christian Churchmen, or good chris- mighty fabric of the christian tian Presbyterians, Methodists, Bap- dispensation' clearly undertists, or United Brethren, &c. ;, where stood, and properly estimated, as, upon the great evangelical principle of Bible Societies, all these denom- by every mind among them, in inations meet and unite-the sectari- the majesty and beauty of all an no longer makes any part of the its parts. But this is not withChristian-and the Bible, without in the compass of our hopes. comment and without appendage, is Christianity in its scope and sent abroad with a purity and disinterestedness of christian charity alto

doctrines was not designed fo: gether singular, I believe, and unpre- savages. It is too large a cedented, since the apostolic age, to grasp for the mind, which has make men Christians, and for no oth- nat been expanded by calculaer purpose."--page 30.

tion, and has not yet escaped These are not the sentiments from the contractile powers of of a narrow mind labouring to ignorance and prejudice. A establish its own peculiar te. certain degree of intellectual nets ; they are the result of culture is necessary before its enlarged thought on human truths can be communicated to nature, and the grand scheme the understanding. The husof christianity as adapted to banchman will look in vain for the wants and conditions of a harvest, if he scatters his men, and they flow from a grain on the soil, which has christian benevolence, expan- not been prepared for its rcsive as it is disinterested. ception. The trees, which

The questions have been of- shoot up, and flourish, and proten asked, why will you send duce abundantly under the fosthe Bible, a book of so difficult tering hand of the gardener, interpretation even by the most would be stinted and barren in wise and learned, among rude the wilderness. and barbarous tribes, who can- Civilization must precede or not possibly understand its accompany any successful atmysteries, or comprehend its tempts to establish, on their designs ? Will not these peo- broader basis, the doctrines ple look with distrust on ma- of christianity. For this reany parts, whose objects are son we have sometimes doubtless, obvious, and entertain ed the usefulness of the serdoubts at least respecting their vices of those missionaries in divine origin and authenticity ? foreign parts, who begin their

To these questions we an- labours by instructing the simswer; that although we should ple natives in the mysteries of admit the consequences appre- the trinity, the efficacy of the

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