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ALBANY, a city in the state of too apt to forget it ; but when New York, remains in this edi- we reflect upon it, we cannot but tion, as it came from England, see, that many passages in Job, and occupies not more than one Psalms, Isaiah, and the other third of a column. The reason prophets, as well as throughout why a more full description of the New Testament, are incomthis important city was not give parabl more sublime than any en, we apprehend to be, that it human composition. stood so early in the work, that 2. The Mahometans treat the the editors could not procure in- Koran with great respect and formation in season. But we veneration. But how common is sincerely hope, that hereafter it for us to see the word of God a satisfactory, though concise treated with every degree of disdescription will be given of all respect, from cold formality to our important cities and towns. systematic contempt? SomeGentlemen can be found, by times, indeed, we observe those proper exertion, who are both who profess to receive the Bible able and willing to furnish infor- as the word of God, speak of it, mation for a work of so much and act concerning it with no consequence, as the one we are small degree of irreverence. Mareviewing
hometans are more consistent. The article ALCORAN is very They have been led astray by an judiciously treated, and to it we artful impostor, and act in acrefer the reader who is desirous cordance with their belief; but of seeing a short, but satisfac- we, alas, who have received the tory account of this book; a gospel of the blessed God, too book of great consequence, as it frequently entertain it with coldis the rule of faith and prac. ness, or reject it with disdain. tice to many millions of our 3. “The Mahometans have fellow creatures. In passing we taken care to have their scripcannot help making a few obser- ture translated into the Persian, Yations, not so much in the na- the Javan, the Malayan, and other ture of a review, as of an admo- languages.” This fact may well nition to Christians.
stimulate Christians to persevere 1. The Mahometans boast in their attempts to translate the much of the sublimity of the Bible into the languages of the Koran, and assert it to be a East. If so much can be done standing miracle. Many passa- to propagate falsehood, what exges, no doubt, are really sublime; ertions ought to be made to make but in these instances, the known the true way of everlastthoughts are taken from the ing salvation! Jewish and Christian scriptures. In the article ALEMBERT, the With how much propriety may American editor has subjoined a Christians insist on the unequal- useful hint in saying, “ that he led majesty and glory manifest cannot dismiss the article within the stile of the inspired vol- out lamenting, that if this disume! Being so much conver- tinguished 'person was indeed sant with this sublimity, we are possessed of the virtues attributVol. III. No. 6.
ed to him, they should have been and who spent a great part of found in alliance with principles his life in propagating and retending to the destruction of all peating falsehoods? But again : virtue.” But this is not saying “ He seems to have adopted that enough. The life of this labori- system of deified nature, which ous infidel, as inserted from the bereaves the world of a designing English edition, is extremely re- cause, and presiding intelligence." prehensible. The writer says, Wbat need of this unintelligible * His (D'Alembert's) abhor- jargon, unless to see how politerence of superstition and priest- ly the world can be told, that he craft, it must be allowed, drove was an abandoned atheist ? Again: bim into the extreme of infidel- “ A love of truth, and a zeal for ity.” And is the man who spent the progress of science and freenearly half a century in making dom, formed the basis of his war upon all religion and the character.” Could he love the foundation of all virtue, to have truth, who lived in an age when his character plastered over in all the evidence in favour of rethis manner? Is his conduct to ligion came under his eye, and be palliated and extenuated, as yet exerted himself chiefly to though he was driven into infidel- destroy all religion? To apply ity by his abhorrence of priest- an expression of our Saviour, he craft and superstition ? He abhor loved darkness rather than light. superstition ! Far from it; he Aleppo, a long and interestwas a bosom friend of D’Argent, ing article in the English edition, Maupertius, and others, who, has received a judicious addition though atheists, were very su- on the subject of preventing conperstitious, as we are informed tagion from pestilential disease. by Thiebault, one of their num- ALEXANDER VI. Pofte. The ber. He abhor priestcraft! How American editor cites Mr. Rosthen will he account for his in- coe, as denying that this papal timacy with Voltaire, that high Nero was guilty of all the atrocipriest of impiety, whom he well ties usually imputed to him. On knew to be utterly faithless, all hands, however, it is concedwhose craft was never exceeded, ed, that he was a guilty wretch.
To be continued.
ABOLITION OF THE BRITISH SLAVE TRADL.
This grand measure, so long de- berforce and others for many years gired by the friends of justice, hu. past, received the sanction of royalty manity, and religion, and which on the 25th of March: a day never crowns with triumph the laborious to be forgotten in the annals of this and persevering efforts of Mr. Wilfree country! While we most sincere
ly congratulate our readers on this of the nobility, members of parliaimportant event, we would wish to di- ment, clergymen, dissenting minisrect their thoughts to the great Ruler ters, and other gentlemen, were pres. of the world, as the Author of every ent. His Royal Highness opened the blessing; “ from whom all holy de- business with an appropriate speech; sires, all good counsels, and all just and many very important and interworks do proceed;" and to recom- esting thoughts on the subject were mend the most devout acknowledge advanced by Lord Spencer, Mr. Wilments to the Father of mercies. berforce, the Rer. Mr. Owen, Mr.
Wm. Smith, and several other speakTHANKSGIVING. Many serious persons having ex. It was unanimously resolved, pressed a desire that a particular day That this meeting is deeply im. might be mentioned, on which those, pressed with a sense of the enormous who conceive the Abolition of the wrongs which the natives of Africa Slave Trade to be a national blessing, have suffered in their intercourse may unite their praises with those of with Europe ; and from a desire to their fellow Christians in all parts of repair those wrongs, as well as from the kingdom, we have the pleasure general feelings of benevolence, is to state, that it has been agreed by anxious to adopt such measures as some very respectable persons, min- are best calculated to promote their isters and others, both in the Estab- civilization and happiness ; Lished Church and among various That the approaching cessation of other denominations of Christians, to the Slave Trade, bitherto carried on propose that, on the first Lord's day by Great Britain, America, and Den. of June, it be recommended to such mark, will, in a considerable degree, persons to offer up to God their hear- remove the barrier which has so long ly thanks for this glorious event, obstructed the natural course of soin their private retirements, and in cial improvement in Africa ; and that their respective families. The minis. the way will be thereby opened for ters of the gospel will use their dis. introducing the comforts and arts of cretion whether to take notice of it in a more civilized state of society: their public devotions; doubtless, That the happiest effects may be many of various descriptions will reasonably anticipated from diffusing think it a privilege so to do.
useful knowledge, and exciting indus
try among the inbabitants of Africa ; THE AFRICAN INSTITUTION. and from obtaining and circulating
throughout this country more ample This great and important measure, and authentic information concerning the Abolition of the Slave Trade, is the agricultural and commercial faccertainly an act of national justice ; ulties of that vast continent; and that, but humanity suggests the propriety through the judicious prosecution of of repairing, as far as it may be prac. these benevolent endeavours, we may ticable, the wrongs we lrave inflicted ultimately look forward to the estabupon Africa. It is now proper to em- lishment, in the room of that traffic brace the opportunity which the abo. by which the African continent has fition affords, for extending the bene- been so long degraded, of a legitifits of commerce, of agriculture, and mate and far more extended comother arts of social life, to that im- merce, beneficial alike to the natives mense and injured continent.
of Africa and to the manufacturers of Impressed with such sentiments, a Great Britain and Ireland : very numerous and respectable meet- That the present period is eminenting of noblemen and gentlemen was ly fitted for prosecuting these benev. held on Tuesday, the 14th of April, olent designs, since the suspension, at Free Masons' Hall, in London ; during the war, of that large share of when his Royal Highness the Duke of the Slave Trade which has commonly Gloucester presided. Several of the been carried on by France, Spain, and bishops, and a considerable number Holland, will, when combined with the effect of the abolition laws of M. P. J. Simeon, Esq. M. P. W. Great Britain, America, and Den. Smith, Esq. J. Stephen, Esq. R. mark, produce nearly the entire ces- Thornton, Esq. M. P. Rev. John sation of that traffic along a line of Venn, S. Whitbread, Esq. M. P. coast extending between 2 and 3000 W. Wilberforce, Esq. M. P. miles in length, and thereby afford a That the said Committee be em. peculiarly favourable opportunity for powered to solicit subscriptions, and giving a new direction to the indus- to appoint a Treasurer and Secre. try and commerce of Africa :
tary pro tempore, and bankers to reThat, for these purposes, a Society ceive subscriptions, subject to the apbe immediately formed, to be called probation of the next General MeetTHE AFRICAN INSTITUTION: ing, at which the choice of officers,
That the nobility, clergy, and gen- in such mode as may, upon the report try of the United Kingdom, be gener- of the said committee, be adopted, ally invited to become members here. shall take place : of; and that a subscription be opened That the thanks of this Meeting be in the metropolis, and all the cities given to W. Wilberforce, Esq. for and chief towns in Great Britain and his unwearied exertions, during many Ireland, for supplying the expenses of years, to expose the injustice and the institution :
cruelty of the African Slave Trade, That His Royal Highness the Duke and to procure its abolition by the Les of Gloucester be requested to do the gislature of Great Britain : Society the honour of accepting the That the thanks of this Meeting office of patron :
be given to Granville Sharp, Esq. for That a committee be immediately his zealous, early, and persevering efappointed to draw up laws and regu- forts in opposition to the African lations for the government of the soci- Slave Trade ; and for his generous ety, and to report the same to a Gen- endeavours, at first unsupported, eral Meeting, to be held for that pur- though at length successful, to estabpose, at Free Masons' Hall, on the lish the claims of Africans, resident 12th of May next :
in Great Britain, to the common rights That the following noblemen and of legal protection and personal freegentlemen be requested to be members of the said committee :
That the thanks of this Meeting be His Royal Highness the Duke of given to Mr. Thomas Clarkson, for Gloucester ; Earls Spencer, Moira, the zeal, activity, and perseverance Euston ; Viscount Howick; Lord which he has uniformly exerted in Grenville ; Bishops of London, Dur promoting the abolition of the African ham, Bath and Wells, St. David's ; Slave Trade : Lords Holland, Ellenborough, Ers. That the thanks of this Meeting be kine, Valentia, Teignmouth, Head- given to his Royal Highness the ly, H. Petty, the Chancellor of the Duke of Gloucester, for his zealous, Exchequer, Right Hon. T. Gren. able, and eloquent support of the ville, G. Canning, J.C. Villiers, Sir cause of Africa, both in and out of J. Newport, J. Foster, N. Vansittart, Parliament. J. Smyth, Sir P. Francis, K. B. Sir Samuel Romilly, General Vyse, H. Our readers will rejoice in the Bankes, Esq. M. P. T. Bernard, Esq. prospect which this new institution T. Babington, Esq. M. P. T. Baring, presents in behalf of Africa : and Esq. M. P. R. Barclay, Esq. Henry though the object proposed is not Brougham, Esq. J. H. Browne, Esq. strictly religious, yet we insert the M. P. Col. Barry, M. P. T. Clark. proceedings of the meeting at farge, son, Esq. C. Grant, Esq. M. P. Rev. because we not only highly approve T. Gisborne, W. Huskisson, Esq. of such a just and benevolent plan, M. P. S. Lushington, Esq. M. P. but hope that the introduction of civilJ. B. S. Morritt, Esq. Z. Macauley, ization will facilitate the progress of Esq. M. Martin, Esq. M. Montague, the glorious gospel in the extensive Esq. M. P. W. M. Pitt, Esq. M. P. regions of Africa. Granville Sharp, Esq. R. Sharp, Esq.
A short Account of the Act of Parlia. dated July 29, 1805, to be much the
ment lately passed, entituled, “ An same as was formerly reported. Un. Act for the Abolition of the Slave fortunately, the missionaries had not Trade."
been able to receive letters or sup. It is enacted, that from May 1, plies from England ; in consequence 1807, the African Slave Trade, and of which, they felt disappointed and all manner of dealing and trading in discouraged; but we trust that, long slaves, at, to, or from, any part of the ere this, that difficulty has been coast or countries of Africa, shall be moved. utterly abolished, prohibited, and de. A letter from the missionaries clared to be unlawful.
states, that the political state of the If any British subject, or other island remained the same as before. person resident in the United King- Otoo maintained his authority unmodom, or in any place belonging to his lested, ever since the death of his fa. Majesty, shall be concerned in buy ther, Pomarre, and continued to afing or selling, bartering or transfer- ford the brethren his favour and proring, any person for a slave, he shall tection. He had also discovered a forfeit 100l. for every such offence. partiality for the English language,
Any vessel fitted out in this king; which he took some pains to acquire ; dom, or in the colonies, or navigated and had made such a proficiency in or employed for carrying on the Slave writing, that he sent a short but Trade, shall be forfeited, with all its friendly letter to the Directors, writ. boats, guns, tackle, apparel, and fur- ten by his own hand. It deserves niture.
notice also, that when Mr. Jefferson, All persons are probibited from re one of the missionaries, expressed a moving, as slaves, any inhabitants of desire to retire from the island on Africa, the West Indies, or America, account of his health, and was er. from one place to another, or being pected to leave it, Otoo and his fam. concerned in receiving them: and any ily discovered much concern, and vessel employed in such removal shall earnestly requested that more misbe forfeited, as also the property in sionaries, men, women, and children, the slaves; and the owners of such might be sent from England to settle vessel shall forfeit 1001. for each in their country. slave.
The general Journal of the breth. Any inhabitant of Africa, unlaw. ren, which the Directors have refully carried away and imported into ceived, commencing Dec. 12, 1804, any British colony, shall be forfeited and concluding July 30, 1805, togethto his Majesty.
er with separate Journals of tours All insurances on transactions con. made by the brethren Bicknell and cerning the Slave Trade, are now un- Henry, Elder and Wilson, to preach law ful ; and any person making such the gospel in various parts of the is. an insurance, shall forfeit 1001. for land, evinces, in the most satisfactory every offence, and treble the amount manner, the faithfulness and assidui. of the premium.
ty of the missionaries, labouring The Act not to affect the trading amidst the most discouraging cir. in slaves exported from Africa before cumstances ; and persevering to the first of May, 1807 ; and landed in preach the gospel of Christ, in the the West Indies by March 1, 1808. spirit of the ancient prophets,
[Ev. Mag " whether men would hear or fora
bear.” Referring to their journal,
Mr. Eyre, in the name of his breth, Extracts from the Report of the Di. ren, observes, “We are sorry to
rectors of the London Missionary say that you will meet with nothing Society, read at the 13th General in it respecting the grand object of Meering of the Society; May 14, our mission more encouraging than 1807.
what we have hitherto been able to
communicate. Instructions continue The state of the Mission at Ota- to be given to the inhabitants of the beite appears, from the last account island in the things of God, but, ap, received from the labourers there, parently, none are savingly profited