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sistance of friends on whom years this people sold their they can rely with perfect con- property in Pennsylvania and fidence-of a medical man, who removed still farther to the can have no wish but to render westward, and settled, if we them a service,
and of a min- mistake not, in Indiana. If the ister of religion, to pour the account of them by Mr. Melbalm of spiritual consolation lish, and by others who have into their wounded spirits with visited them, be correct, they out money and without price. are justly entitled to a very high At death they can resign their rank among the many denomioffspring to the charge of the nations of Christians. Perhaps Society in the full confidence of there is not one in our country their well being-which single which has higher claims to the eircnmstance disarms the grim character of disciples of the messenger
of more than half his Prince of peace. As becomes terrors. And the purity of their his followers they are decided life having fitted them for the in their principles against war, enjoyment of God, they can re- and disposed to live in peace, sign their spirits into the hands not only anong themselves but of the merciful Father of with all men Yet, like their spirits ; and their bodies being Lord and Master, they were consigned to the dust among traduced and persecuted in their the abodes of their brethren, own country. their graves are so many me- Let Christians of other de. morials of their virtues." nominations who adopt a human
Any person may join the creed as a test of character, Society; and the mode of doing compare themselves and the so is equally simple with all people of their respective sects the other regulations. They with the Harmonist Society, have no religious test. The and then ask themselves, whethcandidate intimates his inten- er the Harmonists do not suc. tion, and is received on trial ceed better without such a test one month, during which he than others do with one ; and lives at the tavern. If he is whether there can be any
bet then satisfied, and chooses to · ter test of character than the conform to their principles of moral precepts of the gospel. morality, he is forthwith ad. After all the contentions amitted as a member, and enti- mong Christians and all the tled to all the privileges of the censures which they have pass. Society. If he is rich, he de- ed on one another, it is not posites all his property in the Lutheranism, nor Calvinism, coinmon stock-if he is
he nor Arminianism, nor any other has no lack, all his wants are ism of human manufacture, supplied out of that stock.” which constitutes a person a
We have now given the prin- follower of Christ ; but it is ' cipal facts recorded by Mr. keeping the commandments of Mellish respeeting the Har. God delivered by him. monist Society. Within a few
INCONSISTENCY OF CHRISTIANS.
When we consider the vast Yet are there not some duties extent of the christian morality, of a Christian of which they and compare it with the inades appear to have no adequate quate conceptions of duty which sense ? Are there not others many christians entertain, it which seem to have been set may well be thought surprising aside by common consent as im. that men should have discover. practicable unnecessary ? ed so much more solicitude to Whence this strange inconsiserect standards of faith than tency then in our religious zeal ? standards of practice. The ut- Is it because a standard of duty most care has been taken to pre. is not worth erecting ? Is it be. serve uniformity of doctrine and cause the intentions of scripture speculation. Men have guard- are more plain upon this subject ed the articles of their faith by than on articles of faith ? Or is every possible barrier; and it because the love of domina. have considered the church in tion is more flattered by subjectdanger when their formularies ing other men to the rule of our have been departed from, or speculations, than by taking their absolute perfecion doubt- care that they do not mistake ed or denied ; but sem never their duty ? to have thought it equally ne- Whatever answer may be cessary to vindicate a system given to these questions, no one of duties. Diversity of senti. who makes the scriptures his ment on the subject of practice study need be more surprised or has been thought a less danger- concerned at the variety of docous heresy than on that of opin- trines which men have attempt. ion. A church or synod can- ed to draw from them, than at not be shown in ecclesiastical the imperfert notions which still history that has established a exist on the subject of duty. creed of morals. And though The cause is to be sought, not no man who undertakes to col- in the obscurity of our Saviour's lect the opinions of different precepts, for in general their Christians on this subject of spirit cannot be mistaken ; but christian purity and require. it is to be sought in our ignoment, but will discover that rance of ourselves, in our slav. their notions are extremely im. islı subjection to custom and perfect and erroneous ; yet this fashion, in our evil hearts and does not appear to have excited thoughtless lives, and above any alarm. The defenders of all, in the great reluctance the faith do not here rush to- which every man feels to suffer gether to support the cause of the standard of duty to be truth ; and there is compara. raised much higher than the tively little anxiety Jest the law point to which he has bimself which Jesus delivered should attained. be invalidated by any unhallowed freedom of inquiry.
SKETCH OF BOERHAAVE.
For the Christian Disciples Ir comes within the scope of at his school. His father left your design, I believe, to insert him but little property, but avith in your work biographies of lit- a resolution equal to his abilierary, scientific, and pious per- ties, and an unshaken spirit he sons. And, in my opinion, no determined to supply by diliinstruction is comparable with gence, the want of fortune. At that of teaching lessons of vir- the university his genius and in
. tue and piety by example. lo dustry met with patronage and aid of your praise-worthy plan applause.
applause. Young Boerhaave I have abridged the life of a made great advances in all the distinguished physician, written sciences; he studied mathematby Dr. Johnson, and who died ises for pleasure and from a in the last century.
convietion of their necessity : Dr. Herman Boerhaave was but regulated his studies with born 1668, at Voorhout, near a view to divinity. At the age Leyden. His father was minis- of 22, having uncommon repu. ter of Voorhout, and a learted tation for piety and erudition, · man. His mother was a trades. he took his degree in philosoman's daughter, and had obtain. phy: He read the scriptures ed a knowledge of physic not in their original languages, and common in female students. was struck with veneration of
Boerhaave was always de. the purity of the doctrine of the signed by his father for the early writers and the holiness ministry. At the age of eleven, of their lives. Having exhausthe had made great proficiency ed his fortune in the pursuit of in grammatical learning and the his studies and having an unelements of languages.
common knowledge of the mathrecreate his mind and strengthen ematics, he read lectures in his constitution, le employed those sciences, for a support. himself'in agriculture, which he His propension to the study continued through life, to the. of physic induced him to devote benefit of his mind and body. considerable time to medical His studies were interrupted at writers, although he intended the age of 12 by a malignant it only for diversion. He read! uleer, upon his left thigh, which the ancient physicians through for near five years afflicted him all the Greek and Latin writers ; severely, and defeated the art he engaged in the practice of of his physicians. Then it was chymistry and botany with great his own pain taught him to eagerness. He intended, after compassionate others, and incit- taking the degree of doctor in ed him to attempt the discovery physic, which he obtained at of other methods more certain the
age of 25, to carry into ef. than those used for hiin. At fect his pions design of underthe age of 14 he lost his father, taking the ministry. But a At this early age he was victo- malicious report having been rious in every contest for prizes industriously spread of his be Vol. VI.No. 1.
Ling an Atheist. be thought it In his last illness, which was neither necessary nor prudent to the fast degree lingering and to struggle with the terrent of painful, his firmness did not popular prejudice, and deter- forsake him. He neither intermined to devote himself to a mitted the necessary cares of profession which must claim life, vor forgot the proper pre; The second place among those parations for death. He said which are of the greatest benefit his long sickness had afforded to mankind.
him opportunities of contemBoerhaave began to visit pa- plating the wonderful and inextients, but without much encour- plicable union of soul and body; agement. His time was wholly that his soul was always master taken up in visiting the siek, of itself, and always resigned studying, making chymical ex. to the pleasure of its Maker. periments, teaching mathemat. He lamented any impatienee ics, and reading the scriptures. under suffering, saying, he that At the age of 33 he was elected loves God, ought to think nothto a professorship of physie in ing desirable but what is most the university, and read lectures pleasing to the Supreme Goodwith great applause. He redu- As death approached he eed the science of chymistry to was more cheerful under his certain principles. He contin- torments. He died in the 70th ved advaneing in reputation at year of his age. home and abroad, and foreign Thus died Boerhaave, a man societies elected him to mem- formed by nature for great deberships. He had the gout so signs, and guided by religion in severely that he was confined the exertion of his abilities. to his bed five months, and he He was of a robust and athletic declared, that when he lay constitution of body, so hardenwhole days and nights without ed by early severities and wholsleep, he found no method so some fatigues, that he was indiverting as meditations upon sensible to inclemencies of his studies---reviewing those weather. He was cheerful, stores of knowledge which he forbearing and forgiving, and had reposited in his memory. was an admirable example of His patience was founded on temperance, fortitude, humility religion, not vanity, not on vain and devotion. His piety and a reasonings, but on confidence in religious sense of his dependGod.
ence on God, was the basis of So far was this great master all his virtues, and the prineifrom presumptive confidence in ple of his whole conduct. He his abilities, that, in his exam- ascribed nothing to himself, did inations of the sick, he was re- not conceive he could subdue markably eirenmstantial; and passion or withstand temptation he well knew that life is not to by his own power ; but attributbe sacrificed, either to an affec- ed every good thought, and tation of quick discernment, or every laudable action, to the of crowded practice, but may be Father of Goodness. He avowrequired, if trifled away, at the ed that he had attained to a hand of the physician. mastery over a resentful temper
by daily prayer and meditation subject of his conversation. He
Throughout his life the first asserted on all occasions the hour, after rising in the morn- divine authority and sacred effi. ing, he retired to private prayer cacy of the holy scriptures, and and meditation, and told his maintained that they alone friends it gave him spirit and taught the way of salvation, vigour in the business of the and that they only could give day. He therefore commended peace of mind. Such were the it as the best rule of life, for sentiments of Boerhaave. May nothing, he knew, could sup- his example extend its influence port the soul but a confidence to his admirers and followers ! in God, nor can a steady and May those who study his writrational magnanimity flow from ings imitate bis life! And those any other source than a con- who endeavour after his knowl. sciousness of the divine favour. edge aspire to his piety! The excellence of the chris
S. AS tian religion was the frequent
MORAL AND RELIGIOUS NARRATIVES.
For the Christian Disciple. No. I.
tion, then, my dear,” said be, The Family Bible. 6 and assure you that I am in * Skall we send off our new earnest. Nothing but the disfamily bible with the other fur. tress of our circumstances could nitare ?” said Mr. Olney to his compel me to suggest the prowife, when they were packing posal.” Mrs. Olney said nothup several household articles, ing, but taking a small pair of which their reduced circumstan- golden pendants from her ears, ces compelled them to dispose which were set with brilliant of at public auction. Mrs. pearl, and had adorned her betOlney started with some alarm ter days, she went to her hus. at the question—her cheek red band, smited, and put her only dened her
moistened and remaining jewels into his hand. she looked at her husband with She then carried away in trithat expression of mingled doubt umph the bible, which she placand confidence, which we feel ed, after kissing it, with somewhen a friend whom we love thing like an air of affection, lets fall a careless yet cutting iuto a trunk, among a few indisremark. “ Did I not know, pensable articles which she was Mr. Olney," she replied, " that about to reserve. however gay and elastic your Their course of life henceforspirits usually are, you never ward became changed from what are in the habit of jesting on it formerly bad been. They serious subjects, I should sus- experienced a total pect you now, not only of tri. There were some friends, it is ding with my feelings, but also true, who were, if possible, of really sporting with sacred drawn still closer to them by things.' “I repeat the ques- this new bond of adversity