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In the House of Representatives, May 271b, 1802. RDERED, That the Hon. SPEAKER, Mr. Otis,
Mr. Russell, Mr. PARKMAN, Mr. Lowell, Mr. Brown, and Mr. HUNNEWELL, be a Committee te wait on the Rev. Thomas Baldwin, and to thank him in the name of the House, for his discourse delivered before His Excellency The GOVERNOR, the Hon. COUNCIL, and the two BRANches of the LEGISLATURE, on the 26th inftant, the day of General Election, and to request a copy thereof for the press.
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House of Representatives.
CAS FREE, AND NOT USING YOUR LIBERTY FOR 4
GLOXE OF MALICIOUSNESS. BUT AS THE SERVANTS OF GOD.".
NNUMERABLE are the favors which in. dulgent heaven bestows on the children of men. Among the choicest of an earthly nature, we may reckon the enjoyment of personal safety, the acquisition of property, and in general the liberty of doing whatever will not be injurious to the rights of others,
In order to secure these blessings men have been induced to affociate together. Their mutual wants and weaknesses urge them to unite for their common safety ; and a reciprocation of kind offices, in aslisting and protecting each other, forms the bond of their social union.
To give force, however, to such combinations, they must be reduced to system, their principles de
fined, and order and subordination established. By thus uniting, the strength of the whole body, upon any emergency, can easily be collected to a single point. In this union only individual and personal safety can be enjoyed. It will hence follow, that where the rights and privileges of all are secured, and equal protection extended, all must be under obligations to contribute to the fupport, and to yield obedience to them who are appointed to carry
the public will into effect.
These duties are inferred from the nature of civil government in general, from the express principles of our social compact, and from the plain declarations in the word of God.
The sacred scriptures inform us of the origin and progress of society, several centuries beyond what can be found in any other writings.
· The particular history of the Jewish nation for many ages together, and God's providential deal, ings towards that highly favoured people, afford us much interesting instruction. Their civil policy, which was principally dictated by God himself, and the influence which religion had in forming their national character, have been faithfully recorded and handed down to us.
The glory of this națion had been gradually. declining for five centuries before the Christian era; and at this time they were groaning under the Roman yoke. They were indeed looking for a Mesa SIAH, but had no idea that Jesus of Nazareth was the person. They were expecting a temporal deliv. erer, and not a spiritual Savior. Therefore when CHRIST attempted to introduce the gospel dispensa.
tion among them, they charged him with a seditious design against the Roman government. And although he declared that his kingdom 'was not of this world, yet his 'enemies insisted that he was endeavouring to establish a separate interest, which in its tendency was subversive of social order, and hoftile to the existing powers. No inference could be more unjust, nor a charge more false and cruel
3 yet on this pretence Pilate was prevailed upon to give sentence against him. If, said they, thou letest this man go, thou art not Cæsar's friend ; for whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Cæfar,"
The fame invidious charge was brought against the Disciples of CHRIST, and often made the pretext for their persecution. They charged Paul with being “a pestilent fellow, and a mover of fe dition
among all the Jews throughout the world.” In order to wipe off a stigma so foul, and to convince his adversaries that the benevolent religion of the gospel was not unfriendly to social order, we find him frequently inculcating upon his christian brethren, the duties of submislion and obedience to established authority. In his epistle to the Romans, he charged them to “be subject to the higher pow. ers;" by which he evidently meant civil magisțrates. To give force to the exhortation he adds, is for there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God.” The same Apostle directed Timothy to offer up “supplications, pray. ers, and intercessions for all that were in authority." He also charged Titus to put the flock to which he ministered in mind, “ to be subject to principalities