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statuté laws of the Union.” He adds affirm, that , “ the partaker is as bad that " imported slaves are sold by as the thief?the officers of government, and the What would be said of a parent proceeds paid into the public treasu- who should take stolen horses from ry.” Bold charges these! He adds his sons, sell them at public auction, further, “ John Lafitte, the pirate, in- and convert the money to his own formed me, that in 1813, he introduc- use! But how much more odious ed into Louisiana, eighteen hundred must it be in rulers thus to take huSlaves ; and Mitchel has depots a- man beings and sell them as slaves. long the Georgia and Carolina shores, What worse did the kidnappers do, for the reception of slaves he intends or intend to do than this? With to be discovered by the public au- great propriety the Albany Register thorities, and then his agents in Savan- bas said " the law which authorises nah and Charleston become the pur- blacks to be sold for the benefit of the chasers.”_Centinel.

government, is a black page in our Many Articles of a similar charac- statute books that ought to be exter might easily be collected from the punged.?! It may justly be added, Newspapers. Indeed Articles of this that the barbarous sales under this kind have become so common that black law are foul stains on our nation: we fear they are read by many with al character-Stains which can never as little emotion or astonishment as be wiped away by all our boastings the every day advertisements for the of freedom and independence, or of sale of English and West India goods. the blood which has been shed in the But that we may have a more correct cause of liberty In vain do we view of this traffic, let it be supposed claim the character of a just and that the advertisements for the sale magnanimous nation while as a peoof human beings were taken from a ple we tolerate such atrocious acts of Gazette of Algiers or Tunis, and that barbarity and injustice. the victims to be sold were white citizens of the United States; what

ORDINATIONS. would be the feelings of our govern. At' Vassalborough, Me. Aug. 26 ment, and of our countrymen in Rev. Thomas Adams was ordained general ? Suppose moreover that the Pastor of the Society in that place. names of the victims should be given Introductory Prayer by Rev. Fifield and among them the name of a Son Holt, of Bloomfield ; Sermon by Rev. of His Excellency James Munroe, Jonathan Cogswell, of Saco ; ConsePresident of the United States, and a crating Prayer by Rev. D. Lovejoy, Son of His Excellency John Brooks, of Fairfax ; Charge by Rev. E. GilGovernor of Massachusetts ! with let, of Hallowell; Right Hand by what emotion, what sympathy, what Rev. B. Tappan, of Augusta ;-and indignation would the Advertisements Concluding Prayer by Rev. J. Peet, be read! Shall we then have no of Norridgewock. feeling for our black brethren who are In Hallowell, Me. on the 9th of · kidnapped and sold, as thieves steal Sept. Rev. Winthrop Morse, to the and sell horses ! These man thieves care of the Baptist Society in that ought to be regarded as the most de- place. testable beings of the human race- Installed at Robbinstown, Me. war makers only excepted.

Sept. 9th, Rev. D. Lovejoy, as PasShall thén a government which tor of the Congregational Society in boasts of being a free government, that town. or a government for the protection of liberty, participate in the crimes of manstealers ? Shall such a govern- Died in Boston, Samuel Bradford, ment under the pretext of checking Isq. Sheriff of the county of Suffolk. the abominable practice of kidnap- Also, Sept. 19, Rev. Francis Anping, take human beings from the thony Matignon, D. D. a much 'reshands of abandoned villains, and then pected Pastor of the Catholic Church. sell them as slaves to the highest bid- At Brighton, Mrs. Nabby, the wife der! In this case, may we not boldly of Mr. Samuel Davis, aged 38.


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Character of Mrs. Susanna a prominent excellence, that

Wright, who died Sept. 12, she showed an independence, 1818, aged 77, relict of the a decision, a marked abhorlate Rev. Phinchas Wright rence in her expressions of of Bolton.

detestation for duplicity and Divine providence appoints notorious wickedness. In this it as our duty to record the she has seldom been surpassdeath of this eminent Christian. ed, and we could only consider Her character may be exhibit. it as flowing from a high sense ed to uncommon advantage of virtue and from conscious for the initation of her sex. rectitude. Its leading traits would reflect She filled with honour her honour on all christians. station as the head of a family ;

She possessed the qualities “ looked well to the ways of of mind and heart, which her household ;" and mingled formed her for an interesting firmness with mildness and and confidential acquaintance condescension in domestic and friend. An improved government. understanding and a corrrect She was “a lover of hospitaljudgment, united with a social ity.” No visitants ever retiriemper rendered her an objected from her presence and of respect and satisfaction in habitation but with a full belief the circle of her friends. To that the professions of friendthese were added the sincerity, ship she had uttered, and her the candour, the freedom from tokens of solicitude for their disguise, the simplicity of welfare and happiness had manners, which strengthened come from the heart. her claims to general attention Her desire for the plain and and confidence. “ She open- unceremonious intercourse of ed her mouth with wisdom, ancient times with her conand in her tongue was the law stitutional feelings of sympaof kindness."

thy and kindness, happily fitted She had always a mantle of her for the offices of good charity in readiness to spread neighbourhood.

The peopie over involuntary errours of with whom she lived, long speech, judgment, and con- bear grateful and respectful duct. It was at the same time testimony to her affeciionate Vol. VI. No. ll.



and unremitted concern for of feeling and sentiment, whicli. their state. Where are the was the fruit of correct ideas prosperous, whose prosperity of the merciful purpose of did not enliven her counte- christianity; caused her to nance, and diffuse joy through mourn for the discords and her soul! Where are the Sons alicnations in the family of and Daughters of affliction, Christ. with whom she was not ready Her Bible was her best to weep! It is but a just trih. treasure and her constant com. ute to those who shared her panion. “ She read therein sympathy, to relate, that she by day, and meditated by unreservedly expressed her night. gratitude to heaven that her From the tenour of her conlot was cast, and that she was versation and life ; from her permitted to associate with outward respect for christian christians, who were inclined ordinances ; from her delight to reciprocate acts of humanity in the observance of them; aod tenderness.

and from the thoughts of her All who had the privilege dependence on God and her of being her witnesses were obligation, which have constrained to venerate her often heard, we have consoldiscretion, her exemplariness, ing evidence of her firm faith her uniform display of the in the Son of God, and of the spirit of her religion in those sincerity and constancy of her scenes, which were exposed devotion. We may believe to public observation.

that in the prospect of death We are most to admire her with the elevation of feeling character as, a christian pro- and thought which the lanfessor. Her . religion gave guage implies, she gave utterthe most solid proof that it was ance to her piety in that dea pure stream from the foun- vout strain ; « whom have I, tain. It was a religion of the O God, in heaven, but Thee, understanding, affections, and and there is none upon earth life. Of few disciples of Jesus that I desire in comparison of can we with more justice say, Thee. My flesh and my heart She was a cheerful Christian. faileth, but God is the strength Such were her ideas of God, of my heart and my portion of the Saviour, and of his Gos- forever" pel, that she was alike preserv

It is not our design to repreed from indifference and in- sent this estimable christian as sensibility on the one hand, having no imperfections, but and from gloominess and su- as one who had a governing perstition on the other. sense of God and religion.

Her heart was warmed with When a disciple who had ate charity. None ever heard tained to such eminence in the from her lips an uncandid school of her Master is no whisper against the sincere longer suffered to shed a lustre and humble of any denomina- on religion by her example, tion of Christians. A liberality it becometh us to boip with

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to live long, in making the In this distinguished female
evening of her life honourable, wonderfully combined
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as to die in the faith and hope nity and worth to her sex.
of the gospel. We may even Let it be the employment of
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mercy to her, that her remove vey this portrait, that she may
al took place at a time when learn the course to the moral
she was useful, and had a re- and religious elevation and to
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THE WORD OF GOD PREFERABLE TO HUMAN SYSTEMS. “ It is my earnest wish and that while human learning is prayer, that by a more general making a rapid progress in its cultivation of biblical criti- various branches, the religion cism, the lover of the scrip- of Christ is almost every where tures may better understand overwhelmed by human form. and more deeply admire them; ularies and systems. Christand that those who neglect a ianity can never have its free due. examination of them, or course among men of improvwho deny their authority may ed understandings, and even be convinced of their impor- among rational creatures in tance, and may discover the general, while gross misrepre. signatures of truth stampt on sentations of it are substituted them. My ardent love and in the place of the simple and admiration of these divine

divine perfect original." writings lead me to conclude The foregoing excellent that they cannot be seriously paragraph was taken from the and carefully read without Preface to Archbishop Newpleasure and conviction. Ila- come's “ Observations on our ment that they are impiously Lord;" a book which we have interdicted to a large body of already recommended to the Christians ; that they are so perusal of our fellow christmuch disregarded, and af ians. The passage which we course misunderstood by the have transcribed expresses our bulk of Protestants among own views and feelings in re. ourselves; that many of our gard to the excellency of the clergy, unmindful of the sol. scriptures, the importance of cmn engagement at their or- biblical criticism, and the evil dination, do not devote their of having the religion of Christ · time to che study of them, and 66 overwhelmed withr buman


formularies and systems," or explained in a greater variety human liturgies, creeds and of senses, than some of the confessions of faith.

articles of that catechism. We are

that some We have not mentioned the worthy persone, whose char- “ Assembly's Catechism". for acters we have no inclination the purpose of reproaching it, to reproach, or deprecate, nor as singular in regard to its have been of opinion, that a being understood in different confession of faith in the lan- serises; but because it has guage of scripture is no defi- been one of the most popular nite expression of the views confessions in our country, and of those who may adopt it ; most generally known. Other and that creeds of human com- confessions are liable to the posure are a more sure cri. same objection that they are terion of a man's real senti- very differently understood by ments. But we have never those who assent to them. had the pleasure of seeing a Such in fact is the diversity creed, or confession of faith, of opinion among those who in the words of man's wisdom adopt the same creed or conin which the doctrines of the fession, that their formal asgospel were expressed in a sent is evidence of little more more definite or unambiguous than this, that they have premanner, than they may be stat- ferred a popular confession of ed in the simple and unadulter- faith, in the words of fallible ated language of inspiration. men, to a confession in the

We know îndeed, that pas- words of the Holy Spirit. sages of scripture may be When such a long confession differently understood by dif- of faith is adopted as that of ferent persons, and that per- the Westminster Assembly,

of very contradictory or that of the Church of En. sentiments may honestly sub- gland, it may reasonably be scribe to the same articles of doubted, whether onc member faith, If stated in the language in five hundred, understands of the Bible. But this difficulty each article according to the is not avoided by setting aside original intention of the comthe language of scripture and pilers ;, and it may also be substituting the language of doubted whether so many as fallible man. For it is a well two in the five hundred agree known fact, that persons of in their views of cach article. very different sentiments have What important purpose, then, mutually adopted the “ As do such confessions answer sembly's Catechism' as a con- excepting that of being Shib. fession of faith, and that the boleths to distinguish one different persons explain par: party of christians from anothticular articles in that con- er, and making a show of fession in a very different man- unanimity in sentiment, far

Indeed it is doubted beyond the true state of facts ? whether there be one passage In most cases of adopting of Scripture which has been human confessions or systems,




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