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advantages, or so exquisitely enjoy the excused for mourning the loss of any delights of reciprocal affection. other friend; his sorrow for the death Accordingly the people of God are the of a discreet and pious wife is com. sincerest mourners-Jesus, weeping mendable and dignified.” at the grave of Lazarus, sanctioned all He then proceeds to take a the tears, by which his people, on
more particular survey of her similar occasions, express the tender
“ amiable character and useful. ness and sorrow of their hearts.” At first view this example may
ness." not seem to the point. It was
In lively, but not gaudy colours not on a funeral occasion, that he paints her loveliness. Jesus went. It cannot be sup- the character of a wife, uniformly
“What encomium is too high for posed, that he felt any grief on
good !-Her modest, gentle, and account of the death of one, who peaceable temper has a never fading was immediately to be raised to beauty, a charm infinitely superior to life. His were rears of sympathy, that of a fair countenance and splenand teach us to weep with them
did apparel. Above all, how orna.
mental is the spirit of piety, which that weep. Still they may be raises her eyes and her heart to God; considered as sanctioning” the which consecrates to him all her af. tears of those, who mourned the fections and all her actions, which death of a brother.
prompts her diligently to perform “ The father of the faithful had liv. every domestic duty, as unto God, ed happily with Sarah, his wife, for
and to seek purity of heart, as well as many years. When she died, how
blameless deportment. Religion im. amiable did patriarchal tenderness ap
parts uniformity to her conduct, and pear in the melting tenderness of
the highest excellence to her charac.
Every person acquainted with The“ design" of the discourse
her, is constrained to acknowledge
her worth. But no person so clearly “is to justify the tears of Abraham discerns her amiable temper, or so at the grave of Sarah, or to show; highly esteems her character, as her with what singular propriety a
partner. He has the nearest survey husband mourns the death of a dis
of those virtuous qualities, which
adorn her mind. In her life the graces creet and pious wife."
of Christianity flourish before his eyes. This he shows generally in He prizes her above rubies. How few words.
grievous, then, his berearement, when “All that can be said on the excel. she departs. How affecting the mo. lence and happiness of friendship in ment, when so much loveliness er. general, may, with eminent propriety, pires. When her heart, so full of be applied to the friendship, which kind affection, ceases to beat, and her exists in the matrimonial state. It is eyes, which bespoke the sensibilities there that friendship is found in its of her heart are closed in death; how highest purity and force ; there it is great must be his sorrow. With productive of its best joys. How what propriety does he weep at the highly does the pen of inspiration grave of so much excellence." honour marriage by representing it, The author of this excellent as resembling the sacred and holy discourse is equally happy in union between Christ and his church. The married state is designed by God describing her usefulness in as the consummation of human love.
“ domestic concerns," in educaKind heaven has wonderfully com- ting children ; in preserving her bined the interests and feelings, the husband “ froin the snares of the joys and sorrows of the husband and world ;" in his “
in his “ perplexing the wife, so that they are one. If therefore bereavement in any other cares ;" in "prosperity ;" and relation ought to be deeply felt; more
in " affliction." so in this. If a man is justified, or “ But," continues our author,
“ Ver influence rises still higher. manner not likely to disappoint If he is impenitent, her pious conduct
the reader. He observes “ that 2wakens his conscience, and impres. sively recommends religion. If he is
these observations are in a good happily united with her in the love of measure applicable to this solo God, she greatly promotes his moral emn occasion." To justify the and religious improvement. How of. remark a note is subjoined, conten does her piety and engagedness
taining a valuable sketch of the pouse him from spiritual sloth, and render him fervent in family and se.
life of Mrs. Church. cret derotion. When she deviates In the course of his solemn from duty, his heart is melted by the and melting address to the promptitude and tenderness of her mourning husband, he observes, confession....Her undissembled hu.
“In order that your grief be not mility often makes him ashamed of his pride, and her meekness and con.
irregular, ar hurtful, you must be tentment, of his passionate, and re.
careful to mingle with it those joys, pining spirit....Here let me say, that which religion furnishes, and which few women have opportunity to be
are inseparable from Christian mournmore extensively useful, than the ing....God...is infinitely better, than
the most amiable wife and most af. pious partner of a gospel minister..... Other women in the married state,
fectionate mother....She tarried long observing her diligence, her econo: enough to receive and communicate my, and her charity, are inclined to.
much good.... Though her body is en. excel in the same virtues. By her
closed in the gloomy coffin....she still example they are excited
to love their lives, lives in the most exalted sense..... husbands, to discharge, with unre.
Nor is she wholly lost to you. The mitting care, every conjugal duty, incite your gratitude and your imita,
remembrance of her virtues ought to and above all other accomplishments, tion. The remembrance of her death to seek the precious ornament of a
will constantly exercise your submis. meek and quiet spirit. By her exam.
sion to the will of God. And henceforth ple they are reminded of their obliga; the thought of her will be associated tions to their children, and impressed with eternity, and so tend to raise your with the importance of bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the spirit and produce a heavenly frame... Lord. By her example they are led to
Let not your grief, however sincere shun all slander and evil speaking.... murmuring thought...God is love."
and tender, be attended with a single She endeavours to banish from friend. ly society every light and unprofitable
He concludes with appropriate topic, and to introduce and support addresses to“ her aged parents ;" conversation, which is not only enter. to " those, who mourn the loss taining, but serious and edifying: Sie of a sister;" to “ brethren and laments the least appearance of looseness and impiety in the rising age,
friends of that society ;” and to especially among young women; does
66 hearers...assembled on the oce all in her power to render them mod. casion." est in dress and behaviour, and to al.
Such are the outlines of this lure them to the practice of Chris. tian piety.... Religion, in which they find a few good sentences in a
discourse. We may sometimes are inclined to think there is some. thing gloomy and forbidding, becomes very irregular and shallow perattractive, when seen in her example. formance. Extracts in general In short, her life conspires with the pastoral labours and prayers of her present a picture much brighter husband, to promote among the peo.
than life, Not so with those ple a solemn attention to the Sabbath, taken from this discourse. Who and all the means of grace, and the ever would duly estimate its love of real goodness in its various worth must view and review the forms,
whole, He applies the subject in a
The only fault worthy of no- courses thus distinguished, genetice is, not want of method, rally the most attentive, and the which is unexceptionable, but best instructed? want of numerical distinction of Though such distinctions are heads. It is not contended that not so useful from the press, as all sermons should be thus dis- from the pulpit, yet it is desiratinguished. Some subjects seem ble to retain them here also, hardly to admit of it. But this partly for reasons above menis not one of them. Though tioned, but more especially to numerical distinctions do not discourage the pernicious pracconstitute method, yet they may tice of laying them aside in the greatly assist the hearer and pulpit. reader in apprehending and re
This discourse is earnestly taining it. When a head is dis recommended to the attentive tinctly announced, the hearer or perusal of all, who are bound to reader can scarcely avoid paying perform, and of all, who are conpeculiar attention to learn what cerned to know the duties of a it is. This tends to fix it in his wife.....of all who have lost, of all mind. If a leading head is re- who possess, and of all who detained, it is generally easy to re
sire pious and amiable compancall the observations made to
ions. prove, illustrate and enforce it. If therefore the heads of a well
The writer of the foregoing review composed discourse are remem.
regrets exceedingly, that he is not bered, the substance of the whole this discourse may be purchas
able to inform the public where is remembered or may be easily ed. Without this appendage, rerecalled. Besides, if the head's views of the best works appear defecare numerically distinguished, tive, and often leave painful impresthe hearer may easily know
sions on the reader's mind. The whether he retains them all ; the Panoplist are requested to pay at
writers of reviews and the Editors of and thus have opportunity to ex
tention to these little, but very inter. ert all his power of recollection esting particulars. It is hoped that to regain any part that he may be for sale in Boston, if it is not at
the « Mourning Husband” will soon have lost. Are not people, who
present. are accustomed to hear dis
LETTER FROM A CORRESPONDENT come acquainted with the state of re.
TO ONE OF THE EDITORS OF THE ligion in our country, and as they PANOPLIST. May 15, 1807. have been faithful in communicating Sir,
such information, as they have been As the Editors of the Panoplist able to obtain, to their fellow Chris. have taken unwearied pains to be. tians; I feel it my duty to transmit to
them a short account of a revival of past, the summer is ended, and we are religion, which I have just received not saved.” in a letter from a respectable clergyman in Newport.
“A most remarkable reformation We think it important to the interests prevails in Middleborough, Berkley, of Christianity, to preserve fronì Arronett, Carver, and Fair Haven.
oblivion the following detection of In Fair Haven, religion has been a base and insidious forgery. We greatly neglected till lately. Most of extract it from the Palladium of the people in this town have been vio.
May 26, 1807. lently opposed to reformations. The
FORGERY DETECTED. Lord is now working in a wonderful manner : the minister has become a [Some of our readers may remember's hopeful convert. One hundred are that about the beginning of the present admitted or propounded for admis. year, we extracted from a Philadelsion into the church. As the village phia paper, a curious account of cere is small, this is an astonishing number, tain writings found in a globe of mar: A large number have been admitted ble, dug up at Aleppo, from which into Mr. Andrews' church in Berkley. it was inferred, that the Apocalypse Opposition is still great in Fair Há. or Revelation, was written by CE. ven; but Christ as yet triumphs glo. RINTHUS, and not by Saint John. riously. Here a number of old, aban. This account was given in a Phila: doned sinners, who had for a long delphia paper, as a iranslation of an time neglected public worship, were article from the Marseilles Gazette, present at a conference, and for some of the 20th of October, 1806. A time stood together, unmoved and quriter, under the signature of Ce. looking on; ať length, the minister PHAS, cominented on this narrative addressed them with his usual energy in the Palladium ; and expressed his in the following words, ‘Your children fears, that this story was transcribed are now waiting for your property, from a French paper into some of the worms for your bodies, and the ours by some disciple of Tom Pain, devil for your souls.' The divine pow- to discredit the validity of the New er accompanied this bold address. Testament. Some gentlemen who In a moment their heads fell, the knew the circumspection of editors of tears gushed from their eyes, and periodical papers, at this time, in they became anxious to inquire and Roman Catholic countries, doubted hear what they should do to be saved. if such a publication ever appeared in With what ease can God cause his a French Newspaper : Among these word to pierce the sinner's soul! The was Dr .WATERHOUSE, who, beLord can make his people willing in ing a member of the Marseilles the day of his power. The reforma. Academy of Sciences, &c. wrote to tion is increasing in all the places bc. one of his correspondents in that city, fore mentioned. There is a great and enclosed the publications on that call for preaching. The fields are subject from our paper ; and on Friwhite already to harvest.”
day he received, via Philadelpbia; In a degenerate and licentious age, the following letter in answer to his when the enemies of religion are queries :-) straining every nerve to bring the pure doctrines of the gospel into contempt, MARSEILLES, MARCH 28, 1807. when the bulk of nominal Christians
SIR, by their lives and conversation are de- Immediately on the receipt of your pying the religion they profess; such letter of the 12th of January, I went, information must afford the true fol. to the printer and editor of the Mar. lowers of the meek and lowly Jesus seilles Gazette, to inquire agreeably to peculiar pleasure. While Zion pros- your wish, respecting the “ Extract pers, let her sons and her daughters of a letter from a gentleman in Aleprejoice. May the children of God, po, to his friend in this city," said to encouraged by the recent triumphs of be printed in the Marseilles Gazette the cross, be fervent in their prayers of October 20, 1806. On examining that this glorious work may extend, the number of that date, there was that none may say, “The harvest is not to be found a single word of the
matter! I was accompanied in my distributed 1157 Bibles, Testaments, researches by M. ACHARD, the Direc. and other books and tracts. tor of our Public Library, and perpet- “ As to the benefits arising from ual Secretary to our Academy of the missionary services performed Arts and Sciences. This is an old for the Societ;,” say the 'Trustees, “we gentleman, endowed with much hope they will appear to be of some learning, especially in antiquities, and importance in the day when God shall whose son is actually the printer & ed. make up his jewels. The journals of itor of the Marseilles Gazette. He as. our Missionaries contain accounts sured me that he had no recollection of which encourage such a hope. The any such article as appeared in the Phi- Missionaries have found opportunities ladelphia paper, and in the New Eng. to oppose that torrent of errors, which land Palladium, purporting to be a threatens to deluge our infant settletranslation from the Gazette of this ments, and there to contend earnest. city. We examined with strict atten. ly for the faith once delivered to the tion, all the Gazettes from the 1st of saints. They have found opportuni. August until this day, and it is our ties to refresh the hearts of many of opinion, as well as the opinion of many God's children, scattered up and down other gentlemen, that the piece which as sheep in the wilderness. caused so much alarm in the timor. “ Under their labours, some have ous consciences of your country, is an hopefully become the subjects of diabsolute lie-or has been published vine gruce. Many ha e communi. in some other paper ; but of which, cated to this Society their grateful we have no knowledge whatever. acknowledgments for missionary ser
The vessel which carries this, will rices among them. Being able to sail off to-morrow, or I would have procure, among themselves, the adannexed a certificate of Mons. ministration of the Gospel, they have ACHARD, and of the Magistracy of solicited further aid." this city, to support what I have said. I hope, however, that the minds of your friends of the clergy will be sat.
We are informed that a letter has isfied with what is said above. been received by a gentleman in Bal
You are at liberty to use my letter timore from a respectable corresas you think proper.
pondent in Wirtemberg, Germany, I remain, &c. &c.
giving an account of most important
occurrences in the religious world. LOUIS VALENTIN. “ Cardinal Fesch,” he says, “ Bo. Dr. WATERHOUSE, Professor, &c. naparte's uncle, is appointed chief of [Dr. Valentin is a learned and res.
the church over all the congregations pectable physician-has been in the of the Rhenish confederation, and has United States ; is a member of our
actually been acknowledged as such by American deademy of Arts and all the Protestant princes, although he Sciences, and well known to some of is a Roman Catholic. He had scarceour most respectable citizens who have ly taken his seat at Augsburg, before travelled in France.]
every thing began to incline towards Catholicism, with the poor betrayed flock of Protestants. Our Protestant clergy, (says the letter) are to lay
aside the dress they have hitherto From the report of the New worn, as they commanded neither reHampshire Missionary Society, (con- spect nor made any show in their pres. sisting of about 100 Members) ent mode, and are to wear mass. published Nov. 1806, it appears that weeds; and our prelates actually the total amount received by their wear them now, and are obliged to Treasurer from contributions of mem- War on their breasts the order of bers and others, in the years, 1804, Maria in a golden cross.
A great 1805 and 1806, was '82167, 83. number of Catholic mass-books have With this sum they have employed been printed in the German language, various Missionaries in the northern which are divided into hours of parts of the State of New York and prayer, and which are now actually New Hampshire 174 weeks, who have read before preaching, at the altar in
NEW HAMPSHIRE MISSIONARY