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vail among Christians who enjoy so many gospel privileges; that so few, compared with the whole number of sinners who hear the gospel, feel its power and accept its offers in love that in some societies gross sins abound, and into others essential errors have crept. Deeming it a sacred duty to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints, Synod take this opportunity of raising their warning voice against this coldness; these sins and errors. It is mournful that they who are snatched from perdition by the grace of Jesus should ever be careless in the service of their Master; should ever permit their love to decay in its ardour or its public expression. Christians ought ever to be awake and walk, as becometh children of light, and the redeemed of God. It is high time for them to do so, since the night is far spent, and the day is at hand. They must gird on the armour of Jehovah, and bear testimony against sins, especially those which abound. Drunkenness and profanity, and sabbath breaking ought not to be so much as named among Christians; and Synod hope that all who are in their connexion will most studiously avoid the appearance of evil as well as its practice; and that they will admonish and exhort all, who are guilty of im morality, to repent and live godly in Christ Jesus.
part of his supports from the Society,
Extract from the Minutes of the pro-
Although the prospect externally is thus promising, Synod regret that so much coldness and formality pre
§ One hundred dollars, beside some occasional grants of small sums, stationary and books.
These Indians possess several thousand acres of land, which were sequestered and secured to their ancestors, and their successors, by Richard Bourn, their pastor, who first planted Christianity here, about a century and a half ago. This plantation is an asylum for Indians from various parts of New England and Long Island, and some have resorted here from Georgia, and even from the East-Indies. They are not Bumerous. The Indians of unmixed blood do not exceed forty or fifty persons.
Error in practice arises from error in doctrine; not that all who are correct in the latter, are always so in the former; for many are only nominal believers, who though they profess the truth in words, hold it in un. righteousness. Between sound principle and sound conduct there is an inseparable connexion. Synod there. fore, whilst they warn their churches against immorality, warn them solemnly against errors. Those which chiefly prevail respect the future destiny of sinners, and the character and work of the Redeemer. Satan is still instilling into the hearts of sinners what he said unto the woman in
paradise," ye shall not surely die." He is filling them with the hope, that though they live after the flesh, they will finally be saved. Thus he is exciting them to turn the grace of God into licentiousness. Christians ought not to be deceived. Sin is an awful
evil, and merits infinite displeasure. It need only be realized, to be thus acknowledged, and that with pungent grief of soul. We exhort our churches to beware of rejecting this solemn truth.
FEMALE EXERTIONS FOR SPREAD-
To the Editors of the Panoplist.
THE multiplied and liberal exertions of Christ's female disciples in promoting his kingdom, are a consoling evidence of the power of his grace in their hearts, and are the lively expressions of their attachment and fdelity to him, and of their disinterested, ardent wishes for the recovery and salvation of immortal souls. The Divine Jesus, in our age, no less than in the days of his apostles, has given discriminating marks of his love and kindness to the daughters of Zion, by exciting their affections to him, and by animating their zeal and liberality to minister to the necessities of his poor members. They have the marked honour of taking an active and leading part in repairing the desolations, and building up the walls of our Jerusalem. Numerous are the instances of female charity to the souls of men. Among others, let the Panoplist record the seasonable and benevolent exertions of a number of devout ladies in Whitestown, New York, who have formed themselves into a society for the purpose of aiding missionary labours in the new settlements of our country, by the name of The Female Charitable Society of Whitestown; and, as the first proof of their pious benevolence, have collected and contributed to the funds of the Hampshire Missionary Society, for the purpose of promoting mis sions, the sum of $110. To this in. formation, which must be pleasing to the friends of Jesus, let me subjoin an extract of a letter, written by a worthy minister in the District of Maine, to a member of the Hampshire Mis sionary Society,
Great as their error is, who do this, it is surpassed by that of those who deny the only Lord God who bought them. Over their sad and dreadful mistake we weep with unfeigned sorrow. The divinity and atonement of Christ, are written as with a sun beam in Scripture, and are felt to be truths by all awakened souls. Let none be deceived by a parade of learning in the opposers of these doctrines. These men arrogate to themselves à greater share of it than they really possess. Their conduct is imposing, but their foundation is unstable as the wind. Before their opinions can be substantiated, the Scriptures must be abandoned for if these be explained, according to the mode of explaining works of uninspired men, Christ is truly God, and has paid the price of We receive redemption for our sins. these truths, as they are published in the volume of inspiration, confessedly a mystery, but it is "the mystery of godliness," worthy of Jehovah, and Without necessary for sinful man. this mystery the convinced sinner can find no peace here, or hope for eternity. To the law and testimony; if we speak not according to these, it is beWe cause there is no light in us. leave these sentiments with you! we appeal to your consciences! we call on the churches to defend the common salvation with the temper of the gospel. Many of them are the posterity of those, who for the same preeious truths, left their native homes, braved the terrors of the deep, and settled in a country then inhabited by savages. We pray that the spirit, they felt, may influence their descendants, and all who belong to our Zion. May great grace, mercy and peace be multiplied unto all such, and all believers every where, from God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Saviour. AMEN.
JONAS COE, Moderator.
EXTRACT. "From sober report, the presence of God, I conclude, accompanied your missionaries, when they were here, and in other places also. I feel a degree of thankfulness to God that he has been pleased to favour you with such missionaries, as you have sent into Maine. They are an honour to your Society. They comfort & rejoice the hearts of God's poor people, who are sad and solitary, and destitute in the wilderness.
“I observe in the Report of the The specific object of the Associa. Trustees of your Society for August, tion is expressed in their circular 1805, this entertaining period, - Total letter. from Female Association, $278 88.' “ We humbly hope, we in some. When the condescending God order- measure feel the magnitude of the obed the erection of a tabernacle, that ject, which is, the advancement of the he might dwell among his people, the cause of the dear Redeemer. This sacred story is this ; And all the wo- we would endeavour to promote by mes that were wise hearted did spin with contributing to the support of faithful their hands, and brought that which missionaries, who are sent to break they had spun, both of blue and of pur, the bread of life to those who are des. ple and of scarlet and of fine linen. And titute of the ordinary means of grace, all the women, whose heart stirred them which we so richly enjoy. up in wisdom, spun goat's hair. Three “ We bave recently been told, by thousand years have now elapsed missionaries returning from distant since this piece of history was parts of our country, of persons who corded by an amanuensis of the Holy have come to them, and with tears in Spirit; since which time there has their eyes assured them, they had not nothing of the kind come
heard a sermon for fourteen years beknowledge more pleasing, and more fore ; and who, taking them affecsimilar to this piece of ancient histo- tionately by the hand, have invoked ry, than the efforts of the Female the blessing of Heaven on their heads, Association in Hampsbire county to
and on the heads of those charitable baild, enlarge, and ornament the tab- persons, whose compassionate hearts emacle of the glorious Redeemer, the had moved them to commiserate their charck of the living God, the pillar and unhappy condition, and to send the fround of the truth. May they never word of life and salvation to their per- . be weary in well doing; for they shall ishing souls.". haz due season reap, if they faint not.”. May “the blessing of many ready to
Q. perisli” come upon this Society; and
others of their sex, more liberally fa. To the foregoing, the Editors think voured with the bounties of Provi.
proper to add the following particu- dence, when they shall read the above, lars of the Female Society above be excited to "go and do likewise.” mentioned, from their Constitution and Circular Letter. This Society was formed in Septem. ber last, at Whitestown, which, twenty years ago, was a wilderness. The members of this institution, believ- TO HIS CORRESPONDENT IN BOSing that a portion of the bounties of Providence can be applied in no better way than in administering to the
Philadelphia, Nov. 23, 1806. spiritual necessities of their fellow Sir, areatures, and convinced of the utili. ty and importance of missionaries, by I SUBJOIN an extract of a letter whose benevolent exertions the glad received by Dr. Stoughton, of this tidings of redemption are carried to city, from Mr. Carey, dated at Calcut. multitudes, who are perishing for ta, the 25th Oct. 1805. “The third lack of knowledge ; and wishing to volume of the Bible, from Job to Canco-operate with such societies, by ticles inclusive, is published. The santributing their mite towards the second edition of the New Testament advancement of so good a cause, as- will be out in about a month. The sociated for that purpose.
prophets are begun, and we intend to The Society is under the manage. begin printing the bistorical books ment of six Trustees, who choose from Joshua forwards in a few weeks. their Treasurer to receive the mo- The gospel by Matthew is printed nies subscribed, and to eep their ac. (nearly) in the Mahratta language ; counts and records. Each subscriber nearly the whole New and some parts is to pay one dollar annually to the of the Old Testament are translated
into that language, that of the Oris
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM A
CENTLEMAN IN PHILADELPHIA
Scriptures into the seven languages of India.
The mission last year was strengthened by the accession of four missionaries from England by the way of this country. This year two more have been conveyed directly from England; but no information is yet received of their arrival. The London Missionary Society, in the last year, also, dispatched six missionaries, who all arrived safely at Madras, Three of these were settled in Ceylon, two at Vizagapatam, and one at Tranquebar. Two more arrived after these, from the same Society, whose destination was for Surat. Thus the enemy's kingdom, in that dark corner of the earth, is invested on many sides.
With this you will receive a copy of the gospel by Matthew in the Mahratta language, and if you think it will be useful to promote the laudable work you have in hand, I can procure and will forward a copy of the New Testament and Pentateuch in Bengalee. Your friend,
se, the Hindostanne, and Persian. The gospels in Hindostanne, and Matthew in Persian, are printed for the college at another press. We have some more extensive plans for translations in contemplation, if God prosper us."
In a pamphlet, entitled, "Period. ical Accounts relative to the Baptist Missionary Society," I find the following: "We are forwarding the translating and printing of the Scriptures as fast as possible. The third volume of the Bible is finished. We have almost got through the second edition of the New Testament; we want it much, as we have not a single copy of the first edition left."
Subsequent to these advices, there can be no doubt but considerable progress has been made in this all Important work; and if the Lord please to spare the lives of his servants, now engaged in the translations and printing, and open the hearts of his people to furnish pecuniary aid, there is every reason to hope, that a few years will produce translations and publications of the whole of the
A Discourse before the Society for propagating the Gospel among the Indians and others in North America, delivered November 6, 1806. By Thomas Barnard, D. D. minister of the north church in Salem. Charlestown. Samuel Etheridge. 1806.
A Sermon, delivered Sept. 14, 1806, at the interment of Mrs. Rachel Smith, relict of the late Hon. Thomas Smith, Esq. who died Sept. 12, in the 74th year of her age. By Henry Lincoln, minister of the Congrega. tional church in Falmouth, Barnstable county. Boston. E. Lincoln. 1806.
List of New Publications.
The happy voyage completed, and the sure anchor cast. A Sermon, occasioned by the universally lamented death of Capt. Jonathan Parsons, who departed this life at sea, Dec, 29, 1784, in the 50th year of his age: preached at the Presbyterian church in Newburyport, February 27, 1785. Published at the request of the Ma
rine Society there. By Jolm Murray. A. M. pastor of said church. Reprinted. Newburyport. E. W. Allen. December, 1806.
A Sermon, delivered by Ezra Stiles Ely, on the first Sabbath after his ordination. Hartford. Lincoln and Gleason. 1806.
An account of the Massachusetts Society for promoting Christian knowledge. Published by order of the Society. Cambridge, W. Hil. liard. 1806. pp. 44.
An account of the Massachusetts State Prison. Containing a descrip tion and plan of the edifice; the law, regulations, rules and orders; with a view of the present state of the Insti tution. By the Board of Visitors. Charlestown. Samuel Etheridge.
Christianity Displayed, or a rational view of the great Scripture doctrine of Redemption and Salvation, through Jesus Christ-together with
some practical observations. By a Citizen of Baltimore. 8vo. 25
Charity recommended from the social state of man. A Discourse, delivered before the Salem Female Charitable Society, September 17, 1806. By Rev. John Prince, LL. D. 8vo. pp. 39. Salem. Joshua Cushing.
A Discourse, delivered at Stillwater, before the members of Montgomery Lodge, August 12, 1806. By David Butler, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Troy, and of Trinity Church, Lansinburgh. 8vo. pp. 24. Troy, N. Y. Wright, Goodenow, and Stockwell.
A Sermon, preached July 13, 1805, at the funeral of Mrs. Lydia Fisk, late consort of the Rev. Elisha Fisk, pastor of the church in Wrentham. By Nathanael Emmons, D. D. pastor of the church in Franklin. Dedham. H. Mann. August, 1805.
The Life of God in the Soul of Man; or, the nature and excellency of the Christian Religion. By Henry Scougal, A. M. To which are prefixed, memoirs of the author. Boston. E. Lincoln.
A Discourse, delivered next Lord's day after the interment of Deacon Peter Whiting, who departed this life, December 9, 1805, in the 60th year of his age. By Nathanael Em. mons, D. D. pastor of the church in Franklin. Providence. Heaton and Williams.
An Oration, pronounced at Littleton, July 4, 1806, the 31st anniversary of American Independence. By Edmund Foster, A. M. minister of the gospel at Littleton. Cambridge. Hilliard. 1806.
The Death of Legal Hope, and the Life of Evangelical Obedience. An essay on Gal. ii. 19. Shewing that while a sinner is in the law, as a covenant, be cannot live to God in the performance of duty and that the moral law is immutable in its nature, and of perpetual use, as the rule of a believer's conduct. By Abraham Booth. 12mo. pp. 84. Boston. Manning & Loring.
Scott's Family Bible, vols. I, II, & III. Price to subscribers $6 per
No. 7. Vol. II.
vol. Philadelphia. W. W. Woodward. These vols. complete the Old Testament. The fourth and last, which contains the New Testament, will be finished in the spring.
American Annals; or, a Chronological History of America from its Discovery in 1492 to 1806. In two volumes. By Abiel Holmes, D. D. A. A. S. S. H. S. minister of the first church in Cambridge. Vol. II. Cambridge. W. Hilliard.
Hore Paulineæ; or, the truth of the scripture history of St. Paul evinced by a comparison of the epistles which bear his name with the Acts of the Apostles, and with one another. By William Paley, D. D. Cambridge. W. Hilliard. 1806.
PROPOSED BY SUBSCRIPTION.
A Theological Dictionary, containing definitions of all religious terms; a comprehensive view of every article in the system of divinity; an impartial account of all the principal de. nominations, which have subsisted in the religious world, from the birth of Christ to the present day; together with an accurate statement of the most remarkable transactions and events recorded in ecclesiastical history. By Charles Buce. Philadelphia. W. W. Woodward.
A complete system of Geography, ancient and modern, in 6 volumes 8vo. By James Playfair, D. D. Principal of the United College of St. Andrew's; Historiographer to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; F. R. S. F. A. S. Edinburgh; and author of "A system of Chronology." Philadelphia. J. Watts.
Collins, Perkins, & Co. of New York, propose to put immediately to press, a new and valuable work, entitled French Homonysms, or a collection of words, similar in sound, but different in meaning or spelling. By John Martin, professor of languages in New York.
The Era of Missions. By William Staughton, D. D. pastor of the First Baptist Church, Philadelphia.