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only thing required for membership in the down my pen, I cannot restrain myself from Jewish dispensation. Hence, it follows, when saying, that infant sprinkling is a dogma of we have divine authority for the rejection of the priests, by which they make money, and Jewish adults, we have, in the same place, build-up their unholy craft, and as men are divine authority for the rejection of their in apparently beginning to love their Bibles, fants or offspring. If the Christian church which teach them that God will uproot everywere merely a continuance of the Jewish church, thing that he has not planted, they will disit would, then, be a very reasonable question card, and never more bow the knee to that to ask, if the Jews complained of the abridge-tradition, along with hundreds of their“ gospel ment of divine authority. But it is presumed, mysteries ;” none of which can be found in that all who are acquainted with their Bibles, the New Testament. will admit that the Christian church is an

D. F. entire new church; so that it is neither identical, nor a continuance, nor built upon the Jewish church ; but upon a new foundation, ITEMS OF NEWS. “Jesus Christ himself the chief corner stone." Therefore, all who desire to build upon that! DORNOCK, August 14TH, 1849.-We have superstructure, must acknowledge the fact been highly favoured by a visit of Brother Sercontained in Peter's confession, i.e." I believe vice, from Glasgow : he came from Dumfries that thou art the Christ, the son of the living to our place on Tuesday, 31st July, and stopped God,whether they be Jew or Greek, bond or with us six days, proclaiming the glad tidings; free. I would recommend the querist to read he preached here five times; at Annan, which at least four times over the following passages : ) is two miles from Dornock, three times; and (Ezek. xvi. 60-62, Heb. viii. 8 to the end, Gal. one evening at a village about seven miles iv. 21 to the end)--and they will sufficiently distant: the people listening very attentively. prove his questions.

Besides this, he daily went from house to house,

While he was with us, one made the good con3. “If infant baptism is not of divine au- fession and was baptized into Jesus; and we thority, where, or when, did it commence, and are not without hope of more soon following who protested against it?”—After a little re- their Saviour. We have all been very much flection and superficial investigation of “the refreshed by his visit. May the Lord prosper wisdom of men, it is not very difficult to the good work in which he is engaged ! conclude that infant baptism is of human origin.

W. LATIMER. That it is of great antiquity, we always admit, while at the same time we can prove that! RHOSLLANERCHRUGOG, AUGUST 14TH. — “infant sprinklingis of more modern origin. Since I wrote last to you, we have received into Suppose we failed to prove the place where, | the church of Christ here, two females from and the time when it did commence, what the Baptists, and one brother restored; also then ? Can any one tell where, and when, five have been added by immersion to the church the great apostacy commenced ? Paul, the at Cefn-maur.

EDWARD CLARK. Apostle in writing to the believers in Thessalonica, said “The mystery of iniquity already BANFF, August 10.-I am glad to have to works"i. e. in the days in which the Apos- inform you that we have had the pleasant duty tle lived, the apostacy of which he foretold had to perform of immersing five men into the actually began its work. Some of its seeds nanie of Jesus Christ, for the remission of had not only been sown, but had began to sins, that they may live in the hope of imgerminate. Infant baptism, too, along with mortal glory at the coming of Jesus Christ. the rest, is a plant that our heavenly Father In all of them I have great confidence of usenever planted. Its seeds were not sown till fulness in the kingdom of Jesus, because they late in the second century of the Christian are intelligent, honest, and firm, in their geneera, when some 66 bishops, in the year A.D.ral character. We have not had any additions 150, saw some of its blooms, and resolved for some years past, and to us it was gratifying, setting about cultivating and keeping it in therefore, to give the right hand of fellowship order. This is the date when it is put on record. to four on the 22nd of July, and to one on the And we give any man the New Testament, | 29th of the same month, with the full prospect from the first chapter of Matthew's testimony, 1 of many following their example. The word of to the last chapter of the Apocalypse--we God is like himself, “quick and powerful,” will also give him the history of the world, and must prevail. As in the days of the aposfrom the first year of the Christian era to the tles, so now, the gospel is the power of God present time—and if he can prove, that an unto salvation to all those who believe and infant was baptized and admitted into the obey him. O! that men would understand Christian church sooner than the second cen- | that God means what he says, and says what tury, then we will say, among those who have he means, that whoever obeys His command been born of women, since the days of the will receive what He hath promised. apostles, he is the greatest. Before laying

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OLD MILLS, August 17.--It is with plea. | at Jerusalem, and from thence to every nation sure that I inform you that we have had the under heaven, to proclaim reformation with reindefatigable labours of our beloved Brother spect to God, and faith with respect to the Lord Service, from Glasgow, for four weeks. Two Jesus Christ. But did not their journeyings young men put on the Lord by baptism, and through distant countries cause them to alter are added to the church in Dumfries. Our some of the statutes of their king? Ah, no! prospect is very encouraging at present; two Whither they went--to Corinth, to Ephesus, or three more we are expecting soon to bow or to Rome -- they proclaimed the same glad to the government of Jesus. If we had a few tidings in every city. When they went to Comore such men in the field as Brother Service, | rinth, after strenuously debating with the Jews I have no doubt that the churches would in- in public, showing by the Scriptures that Jesus crease and be edified. He goes from house to was the Messiah, many of the Corinthians behouse, and converses with the people to win lieved and were baptized. When they arrived them to the Saviour. His example is well in Ephesus, Paul asked, into what were you worthy of imitation for those who go forth as baptized ? and they said, into John's baptism. evangelists, to preach the gospel to their fellow- And Paul said, John indeed administered the men. The churches in this locality are endea- | baptism of repentance, saying unto the people vouring to keep him on in the good work, if that they should believe in Him who was to they can raise funds for his support, which I come after him, that is on Christ Jesus. And hope they will be enabled to do, as he is not hearing this, they were baptized into the name one of those who wish to make a gain of godlic of the Lord Jesus. In Rome, writing to those ness; having food and raiment he is therewith who were called to be saints, he says, “Do you content.

A. HUTCHISON. not know, that as many as have been baptized

into Christ, have been baptized into his death?"

Whether they went to Syria, Asia, or Italy, FAMILY CIRCLE.

they made no difference they dare not : that

which the Lord has spoken must be doneSACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE APOS what he has commanded shall stand fast. They TIES.— The commission, as narrated by Mat- had the same important mission to announce to thew, the evangelist, was among the last words | all men, and maintained the same facts to all which the Lord Messiah spoke on the earth, the people of God, namely—one body, onespirit, and before he ascended up on high. To the and one hope of their calling-one Lord, one favored twelve he said, (Matt. xxviii. 18-20) faith, one baptism--and one God and Father “Go ye, therefore, teach all nations, baptizing of all, who is over all, and with all, and in all. them into the name of the Father, Son, and To be harmless and blameless in advocating Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all these facts, they asked no stipend, fee, or salary, things, whatsoever I have commanded you. but wrought with their own hands night and And lo, I am with you always, even unto the day, that they might not be chargeable to any end of the world.” But, at the time the Sa- one; nay, they endured rather the greatest priviour delivered the commission, his disciples vations. How heroically and faithfully were were far from being able or prepared to carry they to the trust committed to them! Rememto the uttermost parts of the earth, these glad ber the great persecution which arose against tidings to rebellious man. The following is then the church in Jerusalem, which was the cause recorded by another evangelist, (Luke xxiv. 49) of dispersing abroad all the disciples (proclaim“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father ers) except the apostles, who remained in Jeruupon you, but tarry ye in Jerusalem until ye be salem, enduring persecution, for no other reason endued with power from on high.” Then re than to proclaim repentance and remission of turned they from Mount Olivet to Jerusalem. sins to the betrayers and murderers of their be“And when the day of Pentecost was fully loved Lord and Master. And three thousand come, they were all with one accord in one place. gladly received the word, and were baptized. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven But, still more strange, the disciples increased as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all to the number of 5000; and many of the priests the place where they were sitting. And there became obedient to the faith, the Lord adding appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of the saved daily to the congregation. Indefatifire, and it sat upon each of them. And they gable labour ! amazing success! They shrunk were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began not from their duty — they never abandoned to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave their honorable post : though the flames of perthem witness. Peter, being first in order, hav secution raged far and wide, they boldly, and ing the keys of the kingdom, lifted up his voice without any restraint, proclaimed Jesus. They and gave thein a full exposition of the things trembled not at the fierccst lion from the forest, which they both saw and heard ; for, as there nor the fires which were kindled for their dewere present Jews and devout men out of every | struction—they feared not their lives unto the nation under heaven, they were greatly amazed death-they knew well that bonds and impriat the things which were done. This is the day, | sonment awaited them in every city. Still they then, in which the twelve apostles were to begin 'toiled and labored, consoling themselves in being considered worthy to suffer for the Lord's who have been their greatest benefactors. As sake. In all the countries through which they to the pure folly of this kind of talk, it will travelled, they altered not one decree : faith, suffice to remark, that, next to the resolve pot baptism, and a new life, were embodied in their to profit by the experience of ancestors, should commission to Jew and Gentile, bond and free. come the determination not to profit by that In spite of all opposition, they proclaimed the of contemporaries ; and the man who has thus gospel to all nations, announcing that “ Who- decided that he will not profit at all by the soever believed and was baptized would be experience of others, has only one step in this saved, and whosoever believed not would be con- chain of inconsistency remaining, which is, to demned.” Now I ask, shall we continue to decide that he will not profit by experience in erect monuments sacred to the memory of those any form-not even by his own! So logical herocs whose renown is that of having led thou- and refined may men become in an age so far sands of their fellow-men to the field of battle, transcending all others in its developments of making countless numbers of widows and wisdom. Absurd as this may sound, it is really orphans—and not yield our weapons of warfare nothing more than a veritable rendering of up to the holy prophets and apostles, when, in much that passes for brilliant philosophy in our so doing, we raise our hearts to heaven, sacred time. One of our philosophical seers has to their memory :-D. F.

taught, with much earnestness and iteration,

that the man who would learn wisdom should CONTEMPT OF THE PAST.-There is a school

aim to divorce his mind, not only from the among us who talk of the past as though no

past, but as far as possible from all other minds. thing, or next to nothing, had been derived to

derived to He is himself a thinker ; what need then that us from it. In the view of these persons, our

other men should think for him? All that own age stands wholly independent of all pre. I man has been. he may be. In himself he ceding ages. It does not seem to be suspected

possesses all that man has been or is. Why that the present, in at least some nineteen

then look abroad for that which may be found twentieths of what it includes, is really the

at home? There is nothing known he may creation of the past. Civilization is of slow

not know, nothing felt he may not feel. Why growth. Many long ages are needed to realize

then all this concern about the mind of ancesit. It has required the labour and enterprise

tors, or the mind of contemporaries ? His own of eighteen centuries to place these independent

mind is all mind in epitome—the world in speculators in the condition into which they

little, or rather in great, from its being the were born. This is true of all the civilized

world which, in his case, may be subjected to men of Europe found northward of the Alps the closest inspection. Strictly to this effect and the Pyrenees. In spite of themselves,

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is the te

is the teaching of Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson. their outward allotment, and their very habits

|--Dr. Vaughan. of thought, have come to them--not as something self-originated, but as something inherited.

Fight hard against a hasty temper. Anger Quarrel with this dependence as they may, they will come, but resist it stoutly. A spark may do owe it to their civilized progenitors that set a house on fire, and a fit of passion may they are not themselves savages. Now we ive you cause to mourn all the days of your hfe. must be allowed to say, that in the language of contempt in reference to the past to which we

THE LAW OF LOVE. are sometimes compelled to listen, there is, in

Pour forth the oil-pour boldly forthour judgment, something more censurable than

It will not fail until folly-than mere flippancy, or coarseness of

Thou failest vessels to provide, feeling. Such conduct betrays a want of grati

Which it may largely fill. tude, no less thau a want of taste. It is dishonest and ignoble.* The men whom those

Bilt soon as such are found no more, parties despise after this fashion, are the men

Though flowing broad and free

Till then, and nourished from on high, * “ There is one mind common to all individual

It straightway staunched will be. men. Every man is an inlet to the same, and to all of the same. He that is once admitted to the rigt Dig channels for the streams of love, of reason, is made a free man of the whole estate. What Plato has thought he may think, what a saint

Where they may broadly runhas felt he may feel, what has at any time befallen For Love has ever-flowing streams any man he can understand. Who hath access to To fill them every one. this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent. But if, at any time, thou cease All that Shakespear says of the king, yonder slip of a boy, that reads in the corner, feels to be true of

Such channels to provide, himself. Why all this difference to Alfred, and The very founts of love for thee Scanderberg. and Gustavus? Suppose they were Will soon be parched and dried. virtuous, did they wear out virtue? Why should we not have a poetry and philosophy of insight, and not For we must share, if we would keep of tradition, and a religion of revelation to us, and That good thing from abovenot the history of theirs. In this manner Mr. Emerson discourses to our youth about “ Self

Ceasing to give, we cease to have: reliance."

Such is the law of love.

CONVERTING INFLUENCE. of Israel shall their fold be : there

shall they lie in a good fold, and in NO. V.

| a fat pasture shall they feed upon the L. to E.

mountains of Israel.” What cause of

| unbounded gratitude we also have, Bethpage, April 20th.

that in the midst of these natural It would be but a poor return, my blessings, we have not been left in dear E. for your descriptions of Mexi- ignorance of the source from whence can scenery, to give you an account they flow; that we, too, are priviof the quiet vales and sloping hills of leged to know that “ God hath made this part of Virginia. Yet I have no us, and not we ourselves”- that we, doubt you would admit that the bene- too, are “ the people of his pasture, ficent Creator has vouchsafed even and the sheep of his hand !" to us peculiar gifts, could you from Upon the left a prospect presents this eminence survey with me a land- itself of a more wild and romantic scape whicb, however familiar, can character. It is here that a thousand never lose its charms. At a distance fountains, which rising upon the hills, of perhaps 30 miles, a chain of high and falling in glittering spray from and irregular hills, covered with rock to rock, and flowing thence groves of trees, and robed in those through deep and shady glens to soft empurpled tints by which “dis- commingle their waters in the valley, tance lends enchantment to the view,” | have formed at length a large and form, by their wavy outline, faintly rapid stream, whose winding course sketched, as it were, upon the sky, is distinctly traced by steep and rocky the circumference of an immense cliffs, projecting alternately from circle, whose sweep the eye may fol- either side, until at a distance of eight low for more than 80 miles. Within miles they are lost in the highlands this field of vision, scenery of a varied which border the Ohio river. Here character presents itself. Upon the and there upon the sides of these right, a succession of hills seem ridges, dark green pines grow upon gradually to blend with each other as naked rocks down to the water's they become more and more remote ; edge, while their summits are covered presenting, upon their steep ascents, with their native forests, and few the rich foliage of the oak or maple ; signs of human habitation appear, and, upon their summits, extensive except that one may perceive at an ranges of undulating table-land, di- immense distance, like a stain upon vided into cultivated farms. The farm- the sky, in the verge of the horizon, houses, embosomed in blooming or- the smoke of a town upon the river, chards, the deep green woods, the or hear occasionally, borne upon the clumps of locust upon neighbouring sultry breeze, the regular breathing summits, the brighter green of the of the engines of steam-boats passing wheat-fields, and the graceful round- up and down. ed form of lofty eminences dotted | But it is when we advance to the over with flocks of sheep, give to this brow of the hill in front that we enpart of the picture the attributes of joy a view the most picturesque and the beautiful. Contentment, security, interesting. A green and fertile valand peace, seem here to reign ; fer- ley, about one mile in width and two tility of soil ensures plenty, and in length, spreads itself out like a salubrity of climate health. In beautiful painting upon canvass. viewing this scene, I am reminded of Lofty hills enclose it apparently on the divine promise to his ancient peo- every side, yet it is evident that they ple—“I will feed them in a good must retire and open a passage both pasture, and upon the high mountains at the upper and lower end for the stream which is seen to flow through volcanic mountains whose intestine its whole extent in a serpentine course, fires and flaming tops penetrate into distinctly marked by the leafy elms the very regions of perpetual snow, and marbled sycamores which line its and whose fearful explosions burst banks and lean towards its waters. | forth even beneath the ocean, eleAt the upper end of the valley may vating the earth above its former be perceived partially concealed by a level, and in the awful convulsions of projecting ridge, the white out-houses the earthquake burying thousands in and enclosures of the retired and the ruins of their dwellings : nor glory pleasant abode known as Bethany in the charming scenery and genial À little lower down upon an eminence climate of a region where vice and immediately adjacent to the stream, misery, ignorance and bigotry, tyrana house of worship may be noticed, ny and oppression every where prealmost hidden in a clump of oaks. A vail; and where revolutions in gofew small but neat tenements, with verpment rie in frequency and in their enclosures, are scattered here desolating power, with, earthquakes and there, and add to the cheerfulness and tornadoes. Ah ! never would I of the scene. A little lower down, exchange the peaceful and beautiful however, and upon a considerable scenery of this happy land, blessed eminence near the centre of the val- with such civil and religious privi.. ey we are presented with the more leges, even for the perpetual spring,” | imposing dimensions of Bethany Col- the "never-fading flowers,” the lege. Here, far from the pride, ex- “ dikes of porphyritic rocks," or all travagance, and dissipation of cities, the romantic beauties of the Plateau may youth be nurtured and instruct- l of Anahuac. ed. As no neighbouring fens can in- Having thus, I hope, fairly balanced fect the purity of the atmosphere my account with you, as far as these around, or poison the springs of life ; matters are concerned, I wish now to so no corrupting example can here confer freely with you in regard to impair the strength of moral principle, the important subject of converting or overcome the power of habitual influence, to which you have called virtue. Amid these rural and peace- / my attention. Indulge me, however, ful scenes, the giddy and tumultuous in the first place, in a few general vanities of life may find no place ; observations. but studious youth may store their It appears to me that this subject minds with useful knowledge, spend of spiritual influence and converting ing the intermediate hours in social power has never yet been fully and converse, or with some loved com- fairly treated by our religious dispupanion seated upon a grassy bank tants. And I confess I am as little musing upon former scenes, or future pleased with the manner as the matjoys, may be trained to usefulness ter of their communications upon the and honor, in the midst of influences subject. There has been too much every way calculated to facilitate this confidence and dogmatism ; too much object, while they leave unrepressed moral philosophy, opinionism, and the genial feelings, and warm affec- speculation in its discussion. tions which, in the spring-time of life, The whole subject of mental are fountains of delight, gushing forth operations and spiritual agency is from unselfish hearts

| confessedly abstruse and mysterious. “Gay hope is theirs by fancy fed,

How, indeed, could it be otherwise ? Less pleasing when possess’d; The eye cannot see itself-can the The tear forgot as soon as shed,

mind then understand itself? Can The sunshine of the breast."

the spirit of man, cloistered within Boast then no more my dear E. of the narrow precints marked out by a

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