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REMEDY FOR INTEMPERANCE.-Were this country to be ravaged by that pestilence which is now spreading desolation through the fairest portions of Europe, all would feel that systematic and persevering efforts were necessary to stop the progress of the evil. If a sovereign remedy was discovered for the evil, none would stop to inquire whether it was a Universalist, or Congregationalist, or Baptist, or Methodist, who had made the discovery. All would rejoice that Providence had directed to the application of the best means, and would cheerfully apply it. Intemperance is a more destructive evil than the Cholera-that ravages a nation but for a short time, while the other is a growing and increasing evil. A remedy has been discovered for the evil of intemperance-not Dr. Chambers' medicine-but a remedy that is simple-and that all men may procure without money or price. Total abstinence is a remedy for intemperance. A plain, simple, and cheap remedy. To cure a man of the cholera, it would cost money-but a man can be cured of intemperance for nothing. More than this, the application of the remedy will put money into his pockThe more medicine he takes the richer he will be.- Ch. Mirror. BRANDY AND CHOLERA.-Take Notice.-An opinion, founded on a very general error, has prevailed respecting the use of Brandy, and hundreds have betaken theinselves to that beverage. We assure the public that the use of any ardent spirits create a tendency in the constitution to contract the disease; and that although brandy may be used as a medium for fixing and dissolving medicines for the sick in Cholera, it is one of the most dangerous beverages for the healthy. We, therefore, caution all against its use, and advise them to use no Brandy, nor any other spiritous liquors, while in good health.-Montreal paper.
NUMBER SLAIN IN-BATTLE.-Two hundred and ten battles have been fought in England, from the invasion of Cæsar to the close of the Scottish rebellion, in 1745. In only forty of these is the slaughter ascertained; but in those forty battles no less than 580,000 men were sacrificed.
Edmund Burke calculates that the number of human beings who have been slain in battle, and have perished in a no less miserable mauner by the consequences of war, from the beginning of the world to the commencement of the French Revolution, were at least seventy times the number of souls then on the globe; which, at the calculation of five hundred millions for its population, amounts to the almost incredible number of thirty-five thousand millions.
AGRICULTURE IN ENGLAND.-An American gentleman, now in England, thus speaks, in comparing English agriculture with that of this country:"From Manchester to Birmingham, with the exceptions of Wolverhampton and another few miles of poor land, the whole country is a perfect garden. An American farmer knows nothing of English husbandry. The difference is too wide for him to appreciate it. Select the most cultivated ground of the rich on Manhattan Island, or behind Brooklyn, or in the immediate vicinity of Philadelphia or Boston-and they are only ordinary specimens of English farming, A poor English cottager displays a taste about his humble dwelling, and gets a product from his little patch, which might shame the wealthy fariners of the United States. I wish not to speak disrespectfully of my country, or countrymen-but I should like to provoke them, by whatever means, to more rapid improvement, both in agriculture and horticulture."
STEAM BOAT DISASTERS.-Twenty-four Steam Boats have been destroyed on the Mississippi and its branches, since the commencement of the present season.
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Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition.-JOHN xvii. 12.
In this chapter is recorded Christ's last and most solemn and affecting prayer for his people, and particularly for his apostles. It begins with general petitions for all his friends. whom the Father had given him. But, from the 11th to the 20th verses, our Lord intercedes particularly for those whom God had assigned him, and whom he had selected to be his "And immediate companions and apostles while upon earth. now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name; those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled." It is here asserted, not only that Judas was lost, but that he was the son of perdition; which is a Hebrew mode of expression, importing that perdition was his appointed and proper end and accordingly, it is added, that he was lost, in fulfilment of the predictions of sacred scripture. Hence the words before us authorize me to say, that JUDAS WAS A REPROBATE. It is proposed, in prosecuting the = subject,
I. To draw the character of Judas.
II. To make it appear that he was a reprobate.
As to his natural abilities, we have no particular information in scripture. But, for aught appears, they were as good as those of the other disciples. Indeed, it seems from several instances of his conduct, that he possessed no small share of He was crafty in laying his understanding and discernment. plans, and artful in the means of executing them. He was, in this respect, at least, as wise as the children of light. But, our
present concern, is not with his natural abilities, but his moral character. And here I may observe,
1. That Judas was a professor of religion. He left his occupation and his home, with the other disciples, and followed the great Teacher sent from heaven. He professed to be friendly to the views, doctrines, and designs of Christ. He witnessed as good a confession of his faith and love to the Saviour, as any of his followers. And as he professed the same faith and friendship with the other disciples, so Christ treated him in the same manner; received him into his family, and sent him forth, with the eleven, to preach the gospel and work miracles. He accordingly went, and preached, and performed mighty works, in the name of the Son of God, to human view, with as much fidelity and to as good acceptance, as any of his brethren.
2. Judas maintained a fair external character, till near the close of his life. He walked, and conversed, and lived, apparently, like a sincere disciple of Jesus. It is not intimated that the other apostles had any doubt of his being what he professed to be. As they were able to look on the outward appearance only, they regarded Judas with esteem and love, as equally sincere and upright as themselves. He had the address to exhibit in his manners and conversation such apparent humility, self-denial, zeal and devotion, as to deceive the very elect. His brethren sooner suspected themselves than him. When Christ informed them that one of their number should betray him, no one thought of Judas. They had no apprehension that such an apparently devout, disinterested and holy man, would ever do such a foul deed. Each one of them, in the true spirit of humility, as men acquainted with the deceitfulness of their own hearts, said, "Lord, is it I? Lord, is it I ?" But Christ was omniscient. He knew what was in man. He saw through the fair exterior of Iscariot, and discerned the thoughts and intents of his heart. Which leads me to observe,
3. That Judas was a base hypocrite. Under the cloak of a fair profession, he concealed a foul and totally depraved heart. Instead of having self-denial and disinterested love, he was perfectly selfish. He was one of those who followed Christ for the loaves and fishes; for the favors which he received or expected to receive from him. Covetousness appears to have been his ruling passion. He grudged whatever was needed to honor Christ and promote his interest. He exhibited this av
aricious disposition fully at the house of Martha and Mary; though under such a plausible pretence of economy and charity, as to deceive the spectators. "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son,-Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred penee, and given to the poor This he said, not that he cared for the poor; hut because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein." He was too covetous to be willing to see any expense bestowed in honoring his Master. He wanted all should go into the bag, which, as steward of the family, it was his office to bear. He had no love to Christ, but only to the money which he collected, and hoped, at some future time, to appropriate to his own use. He served Mammon, and not God. In. deed, such was the total selfishness of his heart, that he was willing to sell his Lord and Master for a few pieces of silver. Which leads me to observe, once more,
4. That Judas finally apostatized, as hypocrites generally do, sooner or later, aud openly renouneed the service of Christ. His iniquity at length found him out. He had always hated the Saviour and his words; but he found it convenient for awhile to walk with him, and pretend to be his friend. But he pretty soon became fatigued with playing such a constrained and hypocritical part. His disgust and enmity increased, the longer he heard Christ preach and saw his works. His hatred and malice at length arose to such a height, that, uniting with his habitual love of money, they impelled him openly to renounce his profession, and appear as he always had been in reality, the mortal enemy of the holy Saviour. At the suggestion of Satan, who always stands ready to infuse evil thoughts into the minds of covetous and false professors, he went to the chief priests and agreed with them to betray his Lord into their murderous hands for thirty pieces of silver, (said to be about fifteen crowns,) the common price, at that time, of a slave. He fulfilled his agreement, actually betrayed his Divine Master, received his money, and smitten with remorse and a guilty horror, went out and hanged himself. Such, in brief, was the vile and infamous character of Judas. I now proceed,
II. To make it appear that Judas was a reprobate,