Sidor som bilder


[ocr errors]

man, and

GREENE AND DELAWARE MORAL SOCIE- be reformed; the end aimed at, attain.

ed. But especially, must every man, *** At a meeting in Harpersfield of gentle who proposes to be a reformer of othmen from most of the towns in the ers, reform himself. What!

“ Thou counties of Greene and Delaware, and that preachest a man should not steal, from several places adjacent, pursu- dost thou steal ?" ant to public notice., to take into con

In the second place, every man sideration the expediency of forming must bear his testimony against vice ca

a Society for the promotion of Good and immorality. By all moral means, Morals,

he should endeavor to persuade big EI SAMUEL A. Law, was chosen Chair- fellow men to do well, and dissuade Home

them from doing ill; he should counOrrin Day, Secretary. sel, advise, and even entreat them to da After an appropriate prayer, the fol- practice virtue aud avoid vice : and

lowing Address was delivered from he should enforce all his good precepts I the chair:

by his own good example. H GENTLEMEN,

Now the difficulty of discharging We are assembled to enquire into these obvious duties to the best advanthe expediency of forming a Moral So-tage, individually and singly, lays the in ciety, for the suppression of vice and foundation for expediency of associaraimmorality. It is a subject in which tions or societies to aid in their perna we ore all interested, and happily formance. Were any individual, in blei forms an occasion, in which every a single capacity, to take it upon him

good christian, of whatever sect, and to pursue all those steps of duty which i every good citizen, of whatever party, reason dictates, to suppress prevailing in may meet, consult, and act togethervices and abounding immoralities, he ei as brethren. We are all bound to en- would be stigmatized for arrogance, ed courage virtue and discourage vice. and bring odium upon himself, with

To adduce proofs, that vices and out gaining the object sought. And gross immoralities prevail among us, | hence we may deduce the expediency We would be to insult your understandings of societies capable of embodying an

It would be like looking for proofs of|aggregate influence, and bringing it in. a light in the blaze of noon-day. Intem- to successful action, in the suppression lang perance, profanity, sabbath breaking, of such vices and immoralities. In ex and other breaches of the laws of God many instances, unquestionably, such du and man, pass before us weekly and societies have done inuch good. And

daily. To deny them would be to perhaps, a general or parent society, disbelieve our own eyes and ears. with appendant branch or town so

A very important question propocieties in Greene and Delaware, may ses itself to us, 'shall we sit still, and be extensively useful. But if such sola merely look on and do nothing?- cieties should be formed, they must 5 Men, despera:ely depraved, who un in the first place, evince themselves a

blushingly set decency at defiance, living spirit, and not a dead letter.ey may exult at the vices of their fellows, They must act. Now one danger is, i but there is not among them so incon- they will embody numbers, make a

sistent a character as the moralist, who noise awhile, and then die away.does nothing more than wish, or the Were such to be the issue, better christian, who does nothing more would it have been never to have than pray, for better things.

inade a beginning. Something must be done. But In the second place, if formed, they what shall be done?

must not only act; but they must act In the first place, every man must discreetly. Now another danger aris si reforn himself. This done, the work es, that, if they act, they may act indisles tself would be dono; the public would || creetly, and hurt the cause they aim 1

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

to help. How many excellent enter-dential Committee of the Sociéty, sức prises have miscarried by indiscreet officers approbating such applicar performances ? So may it be here. and signifying in writing such appro Well intending men may indiscreet-bation to the Recording Secretaryly advise. Like men may, in like And any person hereafter being a reg manner, execute; and consequences ular member of any branch society, go awry for lack of discretion, as the connected with the parent society perpetual directress.

shall of course be a member of this, If we associate for the proposed society-and it shall be the daty oferend, we shall do well to renounce oursery branch society to send a special own strength, and to say, God helpivg, deputation of at least two of its miem. we will do this or that. We shall evenbers to the annual meeting of the par need that real discretion, that true wis- |ent society. dom, which seek the best ends by the Art. IV. There shall be an aoniter fittest means, in all our efforts for the sary ineeting of the Society on the protection of the virtuous, and the re- third Tuesday of October, at 2 o'clock formation of the vicious.

in the afternoon, at such place as may * After which the following resolution be previously appointed. was taken :

Art. V. Fifteen members present in Resolved unanimously, That this any meeting regularly convened shall meeting form themselves into a Socie-| constitute a quorum to do business. ty by the name of “ The Greene and Art. VI. The objects to while this Delaware Society for the promotion of society shall direct their attention and Good Morals."

labours, are the suppression of pro CONSTITUTION.

fanity, sabbath-breaking, the immodThe suppression of vice and the en-erate use of intoxicating liquors, and couragement of virtue in a communi-other prevailing immoralities. The ty, have ever formed an object of high remedies which they intend are exammoment in the estimation of wise and|ple, affectionate persuasions, admongood men.

tion, and in the extreme, legal coerFor the accomplishment of this ob- cion. ject we have agreed to unite in an As- Art. VII. And more fully to carry sociation, and to regulate our endeav-into effect the objects of thiş Society, oursaccording to the following articles. it shall be the duty of its members to

ART. I. This association shall be exert their influence in promoting the called and known by the name of formation of Branch Societies, to be “The Greene and Delaware Society connected with this Society, and to for the promotion of Good Morals.". make report of their proceedings to ** Art. II. The officers of this society this society at its annual meetings. shall be a President, three Vice-Presi- Art. VIII. It shall be the duty oi dents, a Prudential Committee of se- the President to call special meetings ven, and a recording Secretary, who of the Society whenever requested by shall also be Treasurer. The Pruden- | the Prudential Committee. tial Committee shall jointly and seve- Art. IX. The Prudential Commitrally be the Corresponding Committee shall manage the concerns of the tee of the Society. All the Officers of Society during the intervals of its the Society shall hold their offices for meetings; shall have power to approone year, and until others are chosen. priate its funds, and shall make report

Art. III. Any person of a fair moral of their doings to the society at their character may be admitted a Member annual meetings; three members of of this Society, either by the vote of said committee shall constitute a quothe Society when sitting, or when not|rum. in session on application to either of Art. X. If any member shall," by the Presidents, or to either of the Prü- || his conduct, persevere in a spirit hos

[ocr errors]

The reme

[ocr errors]

may with


se to the expressed views of the So-|| use of intoxicating liquors, and other -ety, he shall be subject to expulsion prevailing immoralities. vote of the Society.

dies which they intend are example, Art. XI. At each annual meeting affectionate persuasion, admonition, de public address at least shall be de- and in the extreme, legal coercion. vered before the Society by some Art. V. Any person disposed to erson previously appointed: after promote the objects of this society hich a public collection shall be may become a member on application Jade for promoting the objects of this to the Secretary and by signing the ociety.

Constitution. Art. XII. This Constitution may be Art. VI. The society may dismiss tered by the vote of two thirds of the any member whose conduct does not ociety; on such alterations having correspond with the design of this ineen proposed at a previous annual stitution; and

any member heeting.

draw from the society by signifying in Officers

for the ensuing year : writing his wish to the secretary. Samuel A. Law, President-Daniel Art. VII. The Society shall meet ayre, Beriah Hotchkin, Stephen annually on the day of at which 'enn, Vice-Presidents-Hiland Hill, meeting an address shall be delivered "homas O’H. Croswell, Abraham Van by some person designated by the exDyke, Thos. B. Cooke, Simon Sayre,ecutive committee; the officers shall Villiam Van Bergen, Orrin Day, Pru- be chosen, and a contribution inade 'ential Committee-Elisha Wise, Sec- for the benefit of the Society. etary and Treasurer.

Art. VIII. The society shall make a
: The following outline is recommended report at the anniversary meeting of

as a form of a Constitution for the " The Green and Delaware Society
several Branch Societies :

for the promotion of Good Morals."
Art. I. The name of this Associa-
Sion shall be the Branch Socie- Extract of a letter from a lady in Ha-
sy for promoting Good Morals.

nover, New-Jersey, to a friend in SulArt. II. The Officers of this Socie- livan, New York. y shall be a President, a Committee I have just returned from a visit to

bf seven persons, a Secretary and a Princeton, where I saw the Lord apwe Treasurer; which officers shall consti- | pearing in his glory to build up Zion.

stute an Executive Committee who Yes! he is there manifesting himself gre z hall hold their offices for one year, with power and great glory. A reviHand until others are chosen.

val of religion began in the College Art. Ill. The Executive Commit- | about last fast day. It commenced wtee shall meet once at least in every with some of the students who were usthree months ; to them shall belong the most respectable, and had the althe appropriaung of the funds of the greatest weight of character; so that

Society; the appointing extra meetings there were few who dared oppose.... yand of delegates to attend the annual those few were soon brought, also, to

meeting of the parent society ; it shall bow, and there are not now more than I also be their duty to attend to all com- half a dozen unawakened. About 30

plaints which may be made to them or 40 appear to give evidence of a from any member touching the objects change of heart, and thirty more are

of this society. Three of said commit- under conviction. O, it was a solemn, vai sals tee shall constitute a quorum for busi-joyful sight, to see more than a hun

dred young mer, all soleun as eterArt. IV. The objects to which this|nity, setting their faces Zionward.ball consociety shall direct their attention and Now will the Lord arise and prosper

labours, are the suppression of profan- his dear missionary cause in heathen far member aty, sabbath-breaking, the immoderate ll lands. The subjects of the work bave

VOL. 2.


[ocr errors][ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]


a great missionary spirit. They say I'll prove how hard it is to find they are willing to go to the ends of A lover of this wond'rous kind. the earth for Jesus. The President

Who loves himself to great excess, rejoices greatly. He says scarcely a You'll grant must love his neighbor less : day passes in which he is not called When self engrosses all the heart, upon to direct some of bis dear pupils | How can another have a part ? in the way of salvation. The work is

Then if self-love most men enthrall

, much like the revival here last winter, A neighbor's share is none at all. apparently genuine. Convictions are deep and short. The students labored Say, can the man who hoards up pell, under some difficulties on account of

E'er love his neighbor as himself?

For if he did, would he not labor having no convenient place for retire. To hoard a little for his neighbor ? ment. There is, however, one room

Then tell me, friend, can hoarding elves in the College unoccupied ; to this

E’er love their neighbor as themselves? they resort, and there are hardly five minutes in the day in which it is emp- || The man whose heart is bent on pleasure ty; for as one goes out, another en-Small love will to his neighbor measure: ters. A person walking the halls at Who solely studies his own good,

Can't love another if he would. ten, at night, may hear voice of

Then how can pleasure-hunting elves prayer in almost every direction. The

E’er love their neighbor as themselves? students are in the habit of praying with their room-mates morning and can he who sloth and loitering please. evening. In the Theological Semina- E’er love his neighbor like his ease? ry, are 34 students. They spend much Or be who feels ambition's flame, of their time from room to room,

Loves he his neighbor like his fame? versing with those exercised.”

Such lazy, or such soaring elves

Can't love their neighbor as themselves. DREADFUL EXECUTION.

He, whose gross appetites enslave him, On the 20th and 30th October, the Who spends or feasts the wealth Gud Turks, in Servia, impaled, and expo

gave him; sed to view, at the Belgrade gate, for- Full, pamper'd, gorg?d at every meal, ty-two Christians (Servians); 100 more He cannot for the empty feel. were seized, and carried to Belgrade,

How can such gormandizing elves

E’er love their neighbor as themselves? where theyexpected sentence of death. The Servians, in consequence of these | Then since the man who lusts for gold, cruelties, have risen upon their oppres- | Since he who is to pleasure sold; sors, numbers of whom have been cut Who soars in pride, or sinks in ease, off. Throughout the whole Ottoman His neighbor will not serve or please ; empire, the Jews and Christians, form

Where shall we hope the man to find ing a large population, are treated with To fill this great command inclind ? a degree of oppression beyond the

I dare not blame God's holy word, conception of those who have not wit-Nor censure scripture as absurd ; nessed it. These are facts worthy the Bat sure the rule's of no ayail attention of Christendom, its Princes, If plac'd so high that all must fail; and its presses.

And 'tis impossible to prove

That any can his neighbor love.
The Impossibility Conquered: or

In the manner of Sir Walter Raleigh.
BY MISS HANNAH MORE. Yes, such there are of heav'nly mould,
The Objector.

Unwarp'd by pleasure, ease or gold;
Each man who lives,the Scriptures prove, He who fulfils the nobler part
Must as himself his neighbor love; By loving God with all his heart;
But though the precept's full of beauty, He, only he, the scriptures prove,
"Tis an impracticable duty :

Can, as himself, his neighbor love.


hen join, to make a perfect plan, # If then the rule's too hard to please ye,
the love of Gor to love of Man; | Turn Christian, and you'll find it easy.

our heart in union both must bring, “Still 'tis impossible," you cry,
-his is the stream and that the spring; "In vain shall feeble nature try.” [ture.
: This done, no more in vain you'll labor, 1 'Tis true; but know, a Christian is a crea-

A christian can't but love his neighbor, | Who does things quite impossible to naturé.


[ocr errors]

CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF REMARKABLE EVENTS WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THE YEAR 1813. E Jan. 2. The President of the U. S. sigr:s a law for the increase of the Navyr. ind another for cancelling the bonds given by merchants under the non-imortation law.

6. The Russians enter Koningsberg, and take 8000 prisoners.

9. The Prince Regent of G. B. issues his manifesto, stating the causes of var against the U. S.

10. The French Conservative Senate boast, that they have 300,000 regucar forces in the interior of France and Italy. They advise to send 100,000 of the newly raised conscripts to the armies, and to raise 200,000 more. Not ong after this, they call out 430,000 additional co

conscripts. 18. Platoff and his Cossacs invest Dantzic.

22. The Spanish Cortes abolish the Inquisition, 94 votes to 43. The decree to take effect from Feb. 3.

Gen. Winchester is attacked by the British and Indians at the river Raisin. Hiş detachment is entirely cut off. American loss in killed and missing, 396; prisoners, 536.

25. Bonaparte signs an agreement with the Pope.
26. A loan bill passed the H. of R. 75 to 38, for $16,000,000.

30. The thermometer at Boston 4 below 0; at Salem 10; at Portsmouth 11; at Portland 16.

Feb. 1. Louis XVIII. issues a proclamation to the French people,

The British government publishes an order in council, permitting the sale of vessels by belligerents to neutrals.

4. Chesapeake bay blockaded by the British.

7. A party of Americans cross the St. Lawrence from Ogdensburg, and take about 50 prisoners.

8. The Russians enter Warsaw.

10. Votes counted and declared for President and Vice President of the United States. Mr. Madison bail 128 votes, and Mr. Clinton 89, for President: Mr. Gerry had 131 and Mr. Ingersol 86, for V. P.

16. Bonaparte makes a speech to the Senate, in which he professes a desire of peace, but insists upon the same arrogant terms as before.

18. The British House of Commons, after having the diplomatic intercourse between the two nations for the last three years laid before them, unapimously resolve to support the ministry in the American war.

22. Ogdensburg taken by the British American loss, 5 killed.

25. The American sloop of war Hornet, 16 guns, capt. Lawrence, took the British brig Peacock, 16 guns, after a battle of 15 minutes. The British cap

tain Peake was killed. British loss, 8 killed, 27 wounded; American loss, 1 ゴ 3

killed, 2 wounded. The Peacock sunk before all her erew could be taken out.

March 3. Expiration of the 12th Congress,
4. The Russians enter Berlin.

6. The Pope's nuncio in Spain issues an ecelesiastical order forbidding the
publication of the decree which abolished the Inquisition.

6. Swedish manifesto published, assigning the reasons for engaging in the

[ocr errors]
« FöregåendeFortsätt »