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St. Louis, where there is a large number of pupils instructed by teachers. 2. There is a female school in St. Louis, of about 30 scholars. 3. There is a large institution at Perryville, in Perry county, 25 miles south of St. Louis, and 40 from Cape Girardeali. The boys' school at that place has about 100 pupils, mostly froin Louisiana and the West Indies. The school for young ladies bas a large number of pupils. Besides, there is a Theological Seminary here, containing 24 or 25 young men preparing for the priesthood. 4. A female school is about commencing on Apple Creek, in the southern part of the same county.

There is no college in Missouri in the hands of Protestants. It is hoped that this will not be the case long. The Sunday School enterprise is going on well in Illinois and Missouri.-N. Ý. Obs.

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Middleser Co. Temperance Society, U. C.-This society was organized at St. Thomas, on the 20th day of April, 1831, by delegates from the General Social Societies in the county, the most of which bave been formed during the current year, and it now consists of 8 local societies, and 825 actual members in good standing, a majority of which are male heads of families. The inffuence this part of the society exercise over their families, servants, friends and associates, upon a moderate calculation, is 4 to 1; so that upwards of 2000 persons, through the influence of Temperance Societies in tbis county, are temperate upon the principles of total abstinence from the use of alcoholic liquors, and a saving of lives and property almost incalculable.

Drunkenness in the Russian Army.—Is it any wonder that the Poles are so superior to their Russian foes, when the latter are in the habit of going to battle in a state of intoxication? In the sanguinary struggle wbich occurred at the passage of the Nawrey, the Russian soldiers were so drunk as scarcely to be able to stand erect. What marvel, when their commander was so much addicted to the beastly crime?

John Newton and Temperance. It is well known that Newton, when a youth, was wild and giddy. While following his employment as a seaman, bis father made inquiry respecting him, of a seafaring gentleman, who knew his son's habits. How,' said bis father, does John conduct?' 'He is still unsteady,' was the reply. 'Is he intemperate?' asked his father. 'No,' was the answer. Then,' said his father, 'I do not despair of him.' What John Newton was afterwards, all the world knows. But how lit tle hope is there of a drunkard! The Rev. Dr. F. formerly ; minister in this city, said he had known 4000 drunkards, and be did not know of but four that had thoroughly reforined. --Christian Watchman.

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The Cherokees.—We think it must be pretty evident about this time, that the Cherokees are really attached to their country and homes. What has not been attempted within the last two years to induce them to forsake the 'graves of their fathers?' Every thing except open force. It was supposed by most of the firm friends of the Indians, that it was impossible for the Cherokees t) withstand the oppressive measures of the General Government and the State of Georgia—they supposed that they would be compelled to remove,' as soon as they were made to understand that they would receive no protection. But their fortitude and

have grown with the increase of their oppression. They are di termined tn cling to their bomas until forced away, or their rights acknowledged by proper tribunals. In the mean time, they will continue, as they have done, to urge those rights upon the consideration of the American people; they will continue to call upon the Executive and Congress of the United States for that protection wbich bas been solemnly promised to them in better days, whether those high authorities will hear or not. It is highly desirable that Congress should meet the question honestly; come to some decision; either acknowledge the treaties, or declare them null and void, as the President has done. The Cherokees wish the question settled soon some way.-Cher. Phanir.

THEOLOGICAL WORKS. Paler's NATURAL THEOLOGY, illustrated by the plates and by a selection from the notes of James l'axton, with udditional notes, original and selected - New edition.

WATSON'S THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTES, or a view of the evidences, doctrines, morals and institutions of Christianity, by Richard Watson.Stereotype edition.

In addition to the above may be found a very valuable collection of Theological and other Books at

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13, Market-street.

BOOK & JOB PRINTING. WILLIAM MARSHALL & Co No. 12, Market-Square, 4th story, re. spectfully inform the public that they have ju-t added to their stock of materials, an entire new office, selected with great care by a gentleman who contemplated prosecuting the printing business in this town.

This being added to their former large assortment of materials, makes an extensive variety, and enables them to offer very great advantages to persons who may

want any kind of Letter Press Printing done in good style, and at short nostice.

Providence, Oct. 31, 1831.

SCOTT'S FAMILY BIBLE, with critical Notes and practical Obser. rations, in 6 Octavo vols.-Price 13 dollars-For sale at No. 5, MarketSquare, by

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AN ESSAY ON THE STATE OF INFANTS, bıç Rev. Alvan II de D.D. Price 10 cents. For sale by

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HOPKINSIAN MAGAZINE.

VOL. IV.

DECEMBER 15, 1831.

NO. 17.

SERMON.

JEREMIAH vi. 16– Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways,

and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

But they said, We will not walk therein.

God governed bis ancient people, the Jews, by a special providence. He engaged to treat them, even in this world, as they treated him. He gave them bis sacred oracles as a rule to direct all their conduct. And when they lived in conformity to this rule, ke caused peace and prosperity to attend them. But when they disobeyed his commands, neglected his ordinances, and fell into errors in principle and practice, he first warned them of their guilt and danger; and then, if they refused to hearken, he chastised them with sore and desolating judgments. Agreeably to this established mode of proceeding, God in the context tells his people, that their enemies were wishing and preparing to destroy them; that if they refusedto be instructed, his soul should depart from them; that they had become extremely bold and hardened in sin; and that it was their immediate duty to make a pause, inquire for the old and good way, and walk in it, to prevent their ruin. "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the way, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.' This last clause acquaints us with the feeling of sinners towards the way to heaven. They will not walk in it.The sense of the text may be comprised in this general observation:

Sinners have always been opposed to the way to heaven. I shall,

I. Describe the way to heaven; and,
II. Show that sinners have always been opposed to it.
1. I am to describe the way to heaven. Here I would observe,

1. That the way to heaven is an old way. Mankind 'were formed for immortality, and this life was designed to be preparatory to another. If Adam had stood, he and his posterity would have lived a number of years in this world, and then been translated to the higher and nobler employments and enjoyments of heaven, without the pains of death. But as soon as our first parents lost the path of innocence, the original path to beaven was

in this way.

shut up. Having once transgressed the law of God, they stood exposed to the full execution of that curse, which doomed them to eternal death. This cut off all their hopes of heaven, and threw them into total despair of ever attaining it. The way of innocence being shut up, they could see no other. And as a striking emblem of this, the tree of life was guarded by a flaming sword, which turned every way to obstruct every passage to it. Had not God, therefore, opened a new and living way to heaven, by a divine Redeemer, the whole human race must have perished in their sins. But in that important crisis, when all hope was lost, God was pleased to assure Adam, that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head. This opened the way to heaven for all mankind; and all who have ever been saved, have gone to heaven

Hence the way to heaven is an old way. It is a path, which has been travelled by more or less, in every age, from the fall of man to this day. Hence God directs sinners to inquire for this old path, in which so many had gone before to the world of glory. For near four thousand years, there has been a small company of mankind walking to their long home, in the strait and narrow way God has opened to heaven Adam, Abel, Seth, Noah, Abraham, all the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, and in a word, all good men have walked in one and the same path, which leads to eternal life. It is a very old path, and has never been altered, since it was first opened, and revealed to fallen men.

2. The way to heaven is a good way. “Ask for the old paths, where is the good way.” It was devised by unerring wisdom and perfect goodness. Had it been a way devised by man, or any created being, it might have been a bad way ; but since the ever wise God devised it, it must be as good a way to heaven as possible. God saw all possibles, when he devised the way to heaven, and chose absolutely the best. It is the best way, that the wisest and best of Beings could point out for his sinful, perishing creatures. And this is confirmed by the experience of all who have walked in this way. Many have left their solemn testimony in favor of the way which God has opened to heaver. Solomon calls it the way of wisdom, whose paths are peace. Samuel said, “it was the good and the right way David ran in this way with great delight. Enoch walked with God, while walking in the way to heaven. Moses took more pleasure in walking in the path to heaven, than in all the wealth of Egypt. In short, all the most eminent saints, whose characters are recorded in the Old and New Testaments, are represented as enjoying peculiar happiness, in walking with God and one another, in the way to heaven. So that they found by experience, God's promise to sinners in the text, to be true. is Ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.' The path to heaven is the most pleasant path, that men can possibly walk in. All other paths are full of misery; but this is full of happiness.

This leads me to observe,

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3. That the way to heaven is a way of holiness. “It is writteo, be ye holy, for I am holy.” And it is said, “Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.” The prophet Isaiah, in describing the way to heaven, says, “ An highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it ; but it shall be those : the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." Holiness consists in conformity of the heart to God. God is love. Conformity to his moral image consists in pure, disinterested, universal benevolence. And this benevolence is the essence and comprehension of all pious and virtuous affections and actions. All who have gone to heaven, have possessed the spirit of true benevolence. The Apostle represents good men as forming one body, and possessing one spirit. 'For,' says he, as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For'by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether we are bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit.' All good men have been born of the Spirit, and conformed to the moral image of God. Here then, I would particularize,

1. That the way to heaven is a way of love. All who have gone to heaven bave possessed a spirit of supreme love to God. He has always required men to love him with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the mind, and with all the strength. This first and fundamental command the heirs of heaven have always obeyed. Many of them expressed this affection by the most disinterested conduct. Abraham was the friend of God, and he manifested his friendship to him, by forsaking his father's house, bis friends, his native country, becoming a pilgriin and stranger in the earth, and by erecting altars to him, and paying bim public homage and worship, in the midst of idolatrous nations. Moses loved God supremely, and was willing to sacrifice every thing to his glory. When God offered to make him a great nation, he refused, and chose to havə bis name blotted from his book, rather than the glory of his Maker should be eclipsed. Job loved God supremely, and would heartily bless his name at all times, even when stripped of every outward token of divine favor. David had a supreme affection for his Maker, and could sincerely say to him, 'Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth, that I desire besides thee. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, displayed astonishing love to the only living and true God, before the eyes of an idolatrous world. The Apostles and primitive christians manifested the same spirit through the course of their lives, and in their death. Supreme love to God has been one distinguishing quality of the saints in every age of the world. Nor have they been destitute of universal love to their fellow-men. Moses, David, Daniel, the prophets and apostles manifested a most disinterested concern for the temporal and eternal good of all around them, whether friendly or unfriendly to their personal characters and interest. They prayed for their en

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