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LITTLE SALEM.

hanced by a population, which, in regard to moral and religious habits, need not shrink from a comparison with most of our country towns. Rich and poor are kind to the stranger, and strive also to fulfil their relative duties towards each other. One of the great evils of the present time is the wide separation that exists between the different classes of Society. There is a great deal of it to be seen in agricultural districts, but much more in large and populous towns. In Little Salem, however, this is not the case. Here the comparatively wealthy make it their business to look after the poor. If the Husband be engaged in the active concerns of life, the Wife and the Daughter grudge not to works of piety and benevolence, a reasonable portion of that time, which by too many is wholly devoted to pleasure-perhaps I should rather say to vanity. I know not one here who would willingly turn away from any poor man, whose poverty is not the result of idleness, or a sinful indulgence of the lusts of the flesh. I would mention another particular in which the inhabitants of this favored place are worthy of praise and imitation. A goodly number of them love their Holy Church. They delight in her sacred ordinances, and regularly resort to the House of Prayer. Assisted by the owners of the soil, they have restored their consecrated building to something of its former beauty,—the pews are removed, unsightly excrescences are gone, and the East window, filled with stained glass, reflects the colours of the rainbow on a host of apparently devout and pious worshippers. Here, too, the Holy Church derelops her real character, and proves herself to be-what, in sooth, she ever has been, and ever will be,-the friend of fallen, suffering humanity. I could point out other honorable traits in the general character of the good people who dwell in Little Salem, such as their loyalty, and ready submission to the Powers ordained of God; the kindness of the poor towards each other, especially in seasons of affliction; and their attachment to our good old English customs. The design of this publication, however, is not to praise the many, though well entitled to the eulogy I have bestowed upon them,-but to reprove the irreligious proceedings of a few individuals, who are rudely attempting to disturb the harmony which generally prevails amongst this little community. There are speckled birds in every flock,exceptions to almost every rule. Satan is permitted to walk amongst the Sons of God, and, together with his accursed crew, he labors incessantly to assist the evil, and to oppose the good. He knows that the inevitable tendencies of schisms and divisions amongst professing Christians, are to enlarge -his own Kingdom, and to quench the sanctifying influences of the Spirit of God. The party, to whose serious consideration I commend these remarks, is composed, as I have before said, of a few individuals. Their leaders are comparative strangers to the place, and likewise, 1 fear, to the old paths, wherein is the good way, which God has commanded us to ask for and to walk in. * Their history, since their advent to Little Salem, may be related in few words. At first they attached themselves to a Society of dissenters of long standing in the place. Ere long they desired, like Diotrephes, “to have the pre-eminence among them," but failing to constitute themselves the Princes of the Congregation, they set up on their own account, and promulgated a heresy, which, from its very birth, has been abhored and rejected by every true branch of the universal Church of Christ. Great exertions are being made by these persons, and unwonted means have been had recourse to, both here and in the neighbouring parishes, to draw disciples after them. Their success, however, has not been such as might have been reasonably anticipated. A few ignorant people of unstable minds and of no fixed principles, in matters of religion, voluntarily joined them; others, chiefly women, have been won over by the many and powerful attractions of the Mammon of unrighteousness, A sort of babel-school also is established, in which the pupils are suffered to do just what they please, and are kept together by a profligate system of treating, which by very many would be called bribery. The poor children are chiefly occupied in committing to memory the contents of an heretical hymn-book, which, sad to say, is substituted for the scriptural and time honored Catechism of the Church in England.

* Jeremiah vi. 16.

Now to expose and refute, in familiar language, the anti-christian dogma which this unscrupulous sect mainly insists on, is the object of the Dialogue in the last chapter of this tract between

c., who represents a CONSISTENT CHURCHMAN, and W.-A WAVERER, "tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind of doctrine."

CHAPTER II.

At Matin - Time, at Evening - Hour,

He bent with reverent knee,
The Dial carved upon the Tower,

Was not more true than He.

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OT far from Little Salem is a stupendous Rock, whose summit, which is easily approached, commands a prospect of exquisite beauty; to do justice to which

would require the descriptive genius of a Scott. On one side of it is a deep dell or quarry, which yields an abundance of marble and excellent limestone, and affords employment to many of the inhabitants. On a Summer-day, whilst strolling in the neighbouring wood, I suddenly found myself on the verge of this sequestered and romantic spot. The Sun had reached the zenith, and the workmen were eating their noonday meal. My attention was particularly attracted by two men, who, reclining on a low projecting rock shaded from the rays of the Sun by some overhanging brushwood, were engaged, apparently, in earnest conversation. I was familiar with the countenance of one of them, for my heart had often been warmed and delighted by his devout ind reverent demeanour in the House of God, from * Reeds shaken with the Wind. The Second Cluster. By the Vicar of Morewenstow, Cornwall. Derby, Henry Mozley and Sons. 1844. which he was hardly ever absent on the Lord's day. He looked, when engaged in the services of the Sanctuary, as if he felt it to be a delightful and solemn occupation. Having wished to become acquainted with this good man, I descended the hill and determined to embrace the opportunity which was then afforded to me. On my near approach he rose from his rocky bench whereon he had been reclining, and after we had exchanged a kindly greeting, and conversed a little on indifferent matters, he modestly informed me that he and his companion had been talking about Infant Baptism, and that they unfortunately entertained very opposite opinions respecting it, I confess to you, Sir, he added, that this is a subject in which I feel deeply interested, not only on my own account, but also for the sake of a large family, which God has given to me to prepare, so far as the duty of a parent is concerned, for another and a better world.

I replied it is a subject in which we are all greatly concerned, because our Lord and Saviour has made Baptism a condition of salvation.

True, Sir, said he, and it is because this blessed Sacrament was "ordained by Christ Himself,” for the remission of sins, that the Church has declared it to be “generally necessary to Salvation; ” but, he continued, casting at the same time a sorrowful glance on his companion, the authority of the Church of The Living God,” though He has pronounced Her to be the Pillar and the Ground of the Truth," + is but lightly thought of in our day, and that by many who have noed that

+ I Tim. ii. 15.

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