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among them; and I believe that God is sat in darkness, now beholds the Star preparing them to receive the ever- in the East rising with healing on his blessed Gospel of peace.

wings, and bringing light and joy. But " In the first year after our arrival, no land is more highly blessed in this (says Mr. Kendall, of the Church Mis- particular than our own. The word of sionary Society),many New-Zealanders life, the minister of reconciliation, is died. They had not food sufficient to every where accessible. Every one preserve life; and, in this weak condi- that will, may come and drink freely tion, we could discern little of the na- of this fountain of life and health. No tive mind. Since then, the natives in matter how reduced their circumstances general at the Bay of Íslands, and in or limited their means, every one may the adjacent country, eager to procure have a Bible ; for though totally destiimplements of war and of husbandry, tute they may come, without money and have exerted themselves so much in without price, to some of those sociecultivating land for potatoes, Indian ties that adorn and bless our age, and corn, &c. that they have not only ob- they shall be supplied. tained such articles as they wanted,

There was a time when men had not but have lived much better themselves, such free access to the oracles of truth. and have had but little mortality among Before the invention of printing, the them. Their native disposition has, of advantages of the Christian world were course, been greatly revived; and, be- much inferior to our own. Many a ing heathens still, they follow the cus- thirsty soul has been sent empty away. toms and traditions of their forefăthers Many have been compelled to content with avidity. War is all their glory. themselves with a transient glance at They travel to the south, and kill great the object of their desires, or with the unnumbers. Although the natives in ge- satisfactory manner of hearing it read neral show no disposition to injure us; by another. And even since that meyet, being so unsettled and unsteady, morable period, during the dark reign our situation among them is the more of ignorance and superstition, when trying.”

the Pope's mouth was equal to the voice from heaven -when a knowledge of the

“ Lord's Prayer” was sufficient qualifiFor the Christian Journal.

cation for the Christian ministry, and An Address to every one possessing a all the scriptural information of the Bible.

people was comprised in an Ave Maria We may daily observe the joy and even in that no distant period, a Bible gratitude with which Christians of the was not to be found amongst the laity present age speak of the kindness and if they desired one, and seldom amongst mercy of the Great Disposer of the the clergy. A Bible, chained to the times and conditions of men, who has desk of a parish church, might indeed permitted them to live in this age of have informed them of the existence of the world, and this era of the Church. such a book, but it was denied to their But whence arises this joy ? Why this inspection, and even the privilege of peculiar gratitude ?--It is because they perusàl would be to the unlearned ana enjoy the meridian splendour of that empty compliment—the volume being bright Luminary, whose very dawn written in an “unknown tongue; sheds an ecstatic gladness into the heart whilst their teachers (if they deserve of the aged, spent, expiring Simeon. the name) were by no means inclined It is because the revealed book of God's to expound it. The motto of that book will is spreading widely over all re- was not then as now,

“ Search the gions. From the rising of the sun Scriptures;" but, even to the going down of the same, the

procul, 0! procul este profani name of the only true God is now Clamavit vatis. preached. The sound of Evangelists' But we are not thus benighted in igo voice has gone into all the earth, and norance and misled by false teachers. their words unto the ends of the world. The Gospel is nigh unto every one of Almost every pation, that for ages has us, and faithful teachers to assist us in


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studying its truths. The question then ing, and cried : I hoped in thy word. is, Do we make a proper use of our high Mine eyes prevent the night watches, and distinguished privileges ? Do we that I might meditate on thy word.”_ constantly peruse the Bible ? Do we sit Amazing diligence ! and worthy to be at the feet of Jesus as he speaks there- imitated ! But what is the result? Does in, with the same avidity for spiritual he not grow weary of the study? Is he knowledge, the same humble docility not disgusted with the monotony of freof mind that characterized Mary? quent repetition? Hear his own words:

Reader, have you a Bible ? If not,. “More to be desired are they (the Scriphaste and procure one, lest the light of tures) than gold, yea, than much finegold the everlasting Gospel be hid for ever -sweeter also than honey and the honey. from your eyes.

But doubtless you comb." No words can more strongly have a Bible--a family without one is express his delight in the sacred volume. rarely to be found it has become a ne- After frequent perusals he declares it to cessary ornament on every book-shelf- be“ precious” and “sweet”—precious, (though, alas ! it is too often little more because it contained the words of eterthan an ornament)-I would ask you, nal life--sweet, because it consoled then, reader, Do you improve your high him under the trials of a probationary privilege ? - You believe the Bible to be state, and afforded a perennial spring the Word of God-do you value and of joy, when all other sources were obey it as such ?-You believe any dried up, Consider, moreover, that contempt or ridicule of its precious this “Word,” which afforded David and truths to be impious blasphemy-do the other Hebrew saints such comfort, you show your respect to it by reading was the Old Testament, wherein the and practising its precepts? When will of God, with regard to the great weighed in the balance against any other plan of salvation, was not so clearly book on earth, you give it an infinite revealed as it has been since, in the preference; but do you treasure its in- Gospel. They had but a partial view valuable contents in your own heart? of the Redeemer and his mighty work; It may be you contribute towards ex- whilst we behold the work complete, tending it to the heathen, but do you and witness its glorious effects. They study it with any of that diligence you rejoiced in the anticipation of the good would wish them to evince on receiving to come; we contemplate the good alit? In short, do you treat it as the ready wrought. They had the promise; Word of God or as a fable? The ques- we have the completion of the promise. tion is between you and God. Judge Let us take heed, therefore, that we do yourself, therefore, that you be not not come short of their good example; judged of the Lord.

and beware that we despise not the StaHear what Jehovah said to Israel af- tutes of the Lord - For whoso deter the promulgation of the Law:- spiseth the Word shall be destroyed.” « These words, which I command you “This is the” peculiar“condemnation” this day, shall be in thy heart; and of man,“ that” more “light hath come thou shalt teach them diligently unto into the world, but men love darkness thy children, and shalt talk of them rather than light.” when thou sittest in thine house, and But, thanks be to God, very many when thou walkest by the way, and Christians also have borne testimony when thou liest down, and when thou to the value of the Book of Inspirarisest up. And thou shalt bind them tion--some, like David, making it the upon thine hand, and they shall be study of their lives--some, on the bed as frontlets between thine eyes,”– of languishing, declaring it to be a balm (Deut. vi. 68.) Hear also what our to heal their wounds of mind and body Saviour says to the Jews : Search -some pronouncing it to have been a the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye lantern to guide them in the intricate have eternal life, and they are they paths of life, and that, now, at this trywhich testify of me.” And hear what Dan ing hour, when all delusions vanish, vid did in compliance with the Divine and all deceptions unmask, it is their commands - I prevented the dawn only consolation---some asserting they

could ever bring forth from that trea- vidence, that we are induced to give it sure things new and old--some weep- a place in the Christian Journal. It ing with gratitude at the recollection of shows, too, how watchful parents ought the pleasure they derived from a re- to be of their little innocents, who so peated and tedious revision of the sa- frequently and sportively run into excred text—some recommending it to treme hazards of which they are not their friends, while standing round their conscious. dying couch, as the best legacy in their (Fiom the Village Recorder, of April 11.) gift, and some, after a life spent in the “ Last week a little boy, of Mr. Benacquisition of the most valuable human jamin Cope, of Eastbradford, only 4 sciences and literature, regretting they years old, was playing near a chamber did not devote more time to the study window, to which he had found his of saving truth.

way. He had been in the habit of getSuch and many more testimonies ting out of the kitchen window, holding may you find, reader, in the biography by his hands, and dropping to the of saints, of the improvement and plea- ground, a small distance, which did sure, the consolation and joy, which not hurt him; and now the little fellow, they derived from studying the Scrip- fuļl of life, was all unconscious of the tures. If, then, you find you do not de- difference, or the danger. Mrs. Cope rive similar gratification from the same hastened up stairs to the room, when source, it must follow, you are not like the child threw himself out, as he had minded with them, and they, as your been wont to do, hanging alone by his self, must confess, are like-minded with little hands, laughing that she could not Christ,for they fulfil his commandments, catch him. Who can describe the agony and walk in his ways. How you must of a mother's feelings? It was an only stand, then, let your own conscience

son-it was an only child--and oh! if judge. Think you it a small thing to dis- it had not been—it was a darling boy, regard the message of the Lord, or feel his eye full of mischief; his little tongue any distaste towards that Word which running with playfulness—and he dereveals the true character of God? Is pending by nothing but the slender that loving the Lord thy God with all hold of his infant hands--three stories thy heart, and soul, and strength? Nay, from the ground, and therefore over apis it not contemning the Most High

parently inevitable destruction.' Perhaps, you imagine that, were Je- « The mother could scarcely speak hovah to issue his commands and re- ere he fell. Was it an angel's wing veal his will audibly from heaven, as has that buoyed him up and broke his fall? been the case, you would not be inat- Extraordinary as it may appear : he tentive, but listen and obey with the did not break a limb; but he fell on the most trembling and willing submission. earth between two stonės, and was so And is this Divine message less im- little bruised, that an hour he was portant, because it come not immediate- running again playful as ever.' ly from the rending clouds ? Is it less the Word of God, because it come not directly from the mouth of the Lord ? From the Churchman's Magazine, for No, fellow mortal, it is not the man

January 1821. ner that causes this indifference

it is Address of the Scottish Bishops to the the matter of revelation that offends

Clergy of Connecticut, you. “ If you hear not Moses and the It is well known to the readers of Prophets," Christ and his Apostles, our Ecclesiastical History, that when

neither would you be persuaded Dr. Seabury was sent to England, to though one rose from the dead," or a be invested with the Episcopal office, voice came unto you from heaven. J. certain Parliamentary difficulties stood

in the way of his consecration, which

were subsequently removed, however, Interesting Incident.

by an act of the Legislature. In this The following narration so strikingly predicament, he recollected that there displays the hand of a preserving Pro still existed in Scotland "a Catholie

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188 Address of the Scottish Bishops to the Clergy of Connecticut. [No. 6 Remainder of the Ancient Church;” Bishop Skinner. The “ Concordate" which was so far from being connected referred to, we believe is still in existwith the civil power, that it was the ence; and should we be so fortunate as subject of political oppression, for its to meet with it, we shall be happy in attachment to the exiled house of Stuart. giving it to our readers in a subsequent The Scottish Bishops had been deprive number. ed of their Sees at the time of the Re- To the Episcopal Clergy in Connectis volution; and, although some mitiga

cut, in North-America. tion of their sentence had been obtained under the reign of Queen Anne, yet, REVEREND BRETHREN, AND in consequence of the rebellion excited WELL BELOVED IN CHRIST, in Scotland in favour of the Pretender,

Whereas it has been represented to soon after the accession of George thé us, the Bishops of the Episcopal First, heavier penalties were inflicted, Church of Scotland, by the Rev. Dr. and the Scottish Church was oppressed Samuel Seabury, your fellow Presbyby enactments scarcely less severe than ter in Connecticut, that you are desirous those, which, in former ages, had been to have the blessing of a free, valid, levelled against the conventicles of the and purely Ecclesiastical Episcopacy Covenanters. It is true, the severest communicated to you, and that you do of these laws were gradually disused, as consider the Scottish Episcopacy to be the danger to be apprehended from the such in every sense of the word : And Pretender subsided; but they still stood the said Dr. Seabury having been suffiunrepealed among the acts of Parlia- ciently recommended to us, as a person ment, to the great detriment of the very fit for the Episcopate ; and havChurch in Scotland, till the year 1788; ing also satisfied us that you were willwhen, the last male heir of the house ing to acknowledge and submit to him, of Stuart having expired at Rome, the as your Bishop, when properly authoBishops and Clergy of Scotland re- rized to take charge of you in that chasolved to acquiesce in the government racter :-Know, therefore, dearly beof the kingdom, invested in the person loved, that We the Bishops, and, unof George the Third, and to testify their der Christ, the Governors, by regular compliance by praying forhim by name succession, of the Episcopal Church of in their public worship.” This step Scotland, considering the reasonablewas preparatory to an application to ness of your request, and being enParliament for relief, which was made tirely satisfied with the recommendain the following year, and granted after tions in favour of the said Dr. Samuel a three years' delay,

Seabury, have accordingly promoted When Dr. Seabury found that legal him to the high Order of the Episcodisabiħties opposed his consecration in pate, by the laying on of our hands, England, he addressed himself to the and have thereby invested him with remnant of a suffering Church, where proper powers for governing, and perno oaths of allegiance were exacted, forming all Episcopal Offices in the and was consecrated at Aberdeen, in Church in Connecticut. And having 1784, by the Primus, assisted by his thus far complied with your desire, and coadjutor, and the Bishop of Ross and done what was incumbent on us, to Moray. On his return to America, he keep up the Episcopal Succession in a brought with him an address from the part of the Christian Church, which is consecrating Bishops to the Clergy of now by mutual agreement loosed from, Connecticut, which, for the Christian and given up by, those who once took spirit it breathes, and the anxiety it the charge of it, permit us, therefore, expresses, for the welfare of this new Reverend Brethren, to request your branch of the Episcopal Church in this hearty and sincere endeavours to furwestern world, deserves a place in our ther and carry on the good work we pages. It is written on parchment, and have happily begun. To this end, we from comparing the hand-writing of the hope you will receive and acknowledge signature with that of the address, it the Right Rev. Bishop Seabury as your seems to have been from the pen of Bishop and spiritual Governor, that

you pay him all due and canonical obe- ticles of it, we hope you will find them dience in that sacred character, and re- all both expedient and equitable, dicverently apply to him for all Episcopal tated by a spirit of Christian meekness, Offices, which you, or the people com- and proceeding from a pure regard to mitted to your pastoral care, may stand regularity and good order. As such, in need of at your hands, till, through we most earnestly recommend them to the goodness of God, the number of your serious attention, and, with all Bishops be increased among you, and brotherly love, entreat your hearty and the State of Connecticut be divided sincere compliance with them. A Coninto separate Districts or Diocesses, as cordate thus established in mutual good is the case in other parts of the Chris- faith and confidence, will, by the blesstian World. This recommendation, ing of God, make our Ecclesiastical we flatter ourselves, you will take in Union firm and lasting; and we have good part from the Governors of a no other desire but to render it conduChurch which cannot be suspected of cive to that peace, and agreeable to that aiming at supremacy of any kind, or truth, which it ever has been, and shall over any people. Unacquainted as we be, our study to seek after and cultiare with the politics of nations, and un- vate. And may the God of peace der no temptation to interfere in mat- grant you to be like-minded : May he, ters foreign to us, we have no other ob- who is the great High Priest of our ject in view but the interests of the Me- profession, the Shepherd and Bishop diator's Kingdom, no higher ambition of our souls, prosper these our endea than to do our duty as messengers of the vours for the propagation of his Truth Prince of Peace. In the discharge of and Righteousness : May he graciously this duty, the example we wish to copy accept our imperfect services, grant after is that of the Primitive Church, success to our good designs, and make while in a similar situation, unconnect- his Church to be yet glorious upon ed with, and unsupported by, the tem- earth, and the joy of all lands. To poral powers. On this footing, it is his Divine benediction, we heartily our earnest desire that the Episcopal commend you, your Flocks, and your Church in Connecticut be in full com- labourers, and are, munion with the Episcopal Church in Reverend Sirs, Scotland, as we the underwritten Bi- Your affectionate Brethren, shops, for ourselves and our successors

and fellow-servants in Christ, in office, agree to hold communion ROBERT KILGOUR, with Bishop Seabury and his succes

Bishop and Primus. sors, as practised in the various pro- ARTHUR PETRIE, Bishop. vinces of the Primitive Church, in all JOHN SKINNER, Bishop. the fundamental Articles of Faith, and Aberdeen, Nov. 15th, 1784. by mutual intercourse of Ecclesiastical Correspondence and brotherly fellowship, when opportunity offers, or ne

Mission to Polynesia. cessity requires. Upon this plan, which, RECENT reports to the London Miswe hope,

will meet your joint approba- sionary Society state, that at Otaheite tion, and according to this standard of 3000 copies of St. Luke's Gospel had primitive practice, a Concordate has been printed and distributed; being been drawn up and signed by us, the chiefly purchased by the people with Bishops of the Church in Scotland, on articles of native produce. The transthe one part, and by Bishop Seabury lation was proceeding. More than six on the other, the articles of which are thousand natives could read : their eato serve as a Bond of Union between gerness for books had operated as a the Catholic Remainder of the Ancient stimulus to labour; when nothing else, Church of Scotland, and the now ris- except hunger, could have had that efing Church in the State of Connecticut. fect: 10,000 copies, at least, would Of this Concordate, a copy is here- soon be in demand. The British and with sent for your satisfaction; and af- Foreign Bible Society has supplied the ter having duly weighed the several ar- paper for St. Luke's Gospel." Upward

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