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tion among his people, nor to raise that feverish excitement, which too often ends in spiritual pride, and consumes the true foundation of the christian character. No man was more in earnest, than he, in the cause of religion; no man loved better to witness its progress "pure and undefiled ;'-he saw with joy every indication of the power of the Gospel among his peo
his delight was to win souls to the Saviour. But he wished for no wild and violent efforts at religion ; he sought not to produce agonies and raptures, but to place the hearts of his hearers under the tuition of the spirit of the Gospel, and to impress it upon them, that a good and holy life is the best orthodoxy, and a bad one, the worst heresy. He dwelt upon the consideration, that a good minister at least prevents much evil, and therefore that he should not be wholly discouraged, though in looking around he should see but few palpable and direct effects of his exertions.
In speaking of this distinguished man, we have said nothing of many traits of character, which he possessed in common with other great and good men. His name will long be remembered with honour among the clerical fathers of New England, who have enlightened, adorned, and blessed our churches, by their piety, and primitive dignity, and long and useful labours. We think there was some general resemblance between his character, and that of the late bishop Watson,--the same energy, the same fearlessness, the same superiority to all the littleness of sectarian feeling. Many of his faults and frailties were evidently such, as sprung from the same sources, which gave rise to some of his best and noblest qualities ; and such frailties and faults who would wish to remember? His death was a happy one : for it was truly falling asleep in Jesus. It seemed as if Heaven in kindness bad permitted him to die just as he would have wished to die.
He had a great aversion to that death-bed parade, that going off in triumph, which is sometimes thought important as the proof of, sustaining piety and trust. His work was finished, and well finished. He had stood at the post of duty for years, and had grown old in the service of his God. The incumbrances of earth had apparently been falling away from him ; aud the transition from labour and duty to reward and glory, when it came, was gentle and easy. It is ours to wear the remembrance of him in our hearis, and to profit by it as we ought.• They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever.'
Massachusetts Peace Society. The seventh Annual Meeting was held at the Vestry of the Old South Church in Boston, on the twenty-fifth day of December-where the usual business was transacted at a full assembly of the members. An excellent address was delivered in the evening by the Hon. Richard Sul. livan. We offer to our readers a few extracts from the Annual Report.
At the expense of this Society and its Auxiliaries there bare been distributed in the last yearOr the Numbers of the Friend of Peace,
6620 Of smaller Tracts
7926 In the same year there have been soldor the Friend of Peace,
3068 of other Tracts,
17,143 In the gratuitous distributions, besides the many copies which have been circulated in the United States, some have been sent to each of the British provinces in America--some to France, Holland and Russia on the continent of Europe-to Calcutta, Ceylon and Serampore in Asia--to New Holland, Otaheite and the Sandwich islands,--and some to South America. A greater number have been sent to Great Britain than to any other foreign country; but these have chiefly been in exchange for the Herald of Peace. Including these, there have been sent to foreign states 771 copies of the Friend of Peace, and nearly the same number of other Tracts.
A gentleman by the name of Matthew Simpson, residing at Ballston Spa, in New York, on reading some of the Peace Tracts
, became impressed with the importance of their object, and travelled through several counties in that state and a few towns in Vermont, and procured 1950 subscribers for a book to be composed of the Solemn Review and seven Numbers of the Friend of Peace. He then procured the copies to be printed, and distributed them himself.
In former years, Tracts were sent into all the neighbouring British provinces. The seeds thus sown bave taken root, and pleasing fruits have already appeared. In Nova Scotia, we have an active Agent in Walter Bromley Esq. formerly an officer in the British army. Through his exertions, aided by respectable gentlemen of different denominations, a Society bas been organized at Rawdon in that province, as large as ours was at its formation. By a letter from one of its officers, recently received, we are assured that considerable effect has been produced on the minds of many people ; that articles have been admitted into newspapers to excite attention to the subject,and that gentlemen high in office and truly respectable, have approved the Peace Tracts, and the exertions to render war the abhorrence of man.
The progress of the Society in Great Britain for promoting permanent and universal Peace is truly animating. Their Report for 1822 has not been received; but their Fifth Report contains facts worthy of grateful notice. They had then 300 new subscribers and two new Auxiliary Societies.
They bad printed 219,250 Tracts; and their sales and distributions in the preceding year bad amounted to 22,000 copies. Two Tracts and one Report had then been translated into Spanish ; and since that time six Tracts have been translated into French. Their subscriptions and donations in one year had amounted to nearly 1800 dollars--a much larger sum than has ever been received in one year by our Society. Yet how small was this sum when compared with what the same subscribers and donors have had to pay annually in support of the military system. There is scarcely any thing which the people of a warring nation eat, or drink, or wear, for which they do not, in one form or another, pay something of “the price of blood !"
With great pleasure the Committee observe that a correspondence has recently been opened with the "Society of Christian Morals” in France, by a letter from Baron Turckheim, one of its Vice Presidents -- which letter has been answered. The Society in France has been sanctioned by the government. One of its avowed objects is the promotion of peace. From a Society thus sanctioned, embracing men of high rank, renowned for talents, integrity and benevolence, much good may be expected. A Duke of the kingdom is President of the Society, and several of the Nobility are among its officers and members. A few men near a throne, who are imbued with pacific senti. ments, may cause a great change in the policy of a nation, celebrated for its exploits in war.
at Since the Seventh Annual Report was formed, intelligence has been received both from Warwick and from Philadelphia. The Branch Society in Warwick, of 31 members, bas been organized.
In Philadelphia a long wished for event has occurred. A society, styled 'the Pennsylvania Peace Society, of about 100 New Seriesvol. IV.
members, has been organized, and their constitution has been published in Poulson's American Daily Advertiser.
The meetings of the Society are to be beld on the 25th of December and the 4th of July annually. Happy it would be for our country if these two days should be observed for the same benevolent object in every part of the United States.
Donations to the Evangelical Missionary Society. Female Society in Northborough,
$10,00 Contribution in Rev. Mr. Clarke's Church, Princeton, 16,00 Rev. James Flint, Salem, A Lady in Dedham,
1,00 A member of the Society,
50,00 From Concord,
2,00 Contribution in Federal-Street, Dr. Bancroft's Society, Worcester, Ladies of the West Church, Boston,
75,75 Contribution at Brookline, on thanksgiving day,
$328,48 As mistakes have sometimes been made in publishing the donations from Brookline, we give here the subscriptions and contributions for the last five years. 1818,
30,28. 1820, Thanksgiving day, 61,55. do.
55,47. 1822, do.
ORDAINED At Harvard, on Wednesday, Jan. 1st, the Rev. Ira Henry Thomas Blanchard, over the Congregational Society in that place. Rev. Mr. Allen, of Bolton made the Introductory Prayer; Rev. President Kirkland preached the Sermon; Rev. Mr. Foster, of Littleton, made the Ordaining Prayer; Rev. Mr. Norton, of Weymouth, gave the Charge; Rev. Dr. Thayer, of Lancaster, addressed the Society; Rev. Mr. Osgood, of Sterling, gave the Right Hand of Fellowship; and the Rev. Mr. Damon, of Lunenburg, made the Concluding Prayer.
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