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Clerical Convention.—The attention in conducting and promoting revivals of the religious community has for of religion.” The Convention was in some months past been very generally session for more than a week, was directed to the late revivals in Troy conducted with a spirit of tenderness, and in Oneida County, New York, and the discussions were interspersed some differences of sentiment having with seasons of prayer. The proposiarisen among the friends of revivals tions that came under discussion,and the respecting measures pursued in those votes taken on them, were as follows. places. These differences gave rise That revivals of true religion ar to a Convention of ministers, which the work of God's Spirit, by which in was held at New Lebanon, New York, a comparatively short period of time, in July, by special invitation from Dr.
many persons are convinced of sin, Beecher of Boston, and Mr. Beman of and brought to the exercise of repentTroy. Of the brethren who were ance towards God and faith in our Lord considered as duly invited, there were Jesus Christ.--That the preservation present, Rev. Asahel S. Norton, D. D. and extension of true religion in our land of Clinton, N. Y. Lyman Beecher, have been much promoted by these D. D. Boston, Mass. Moses Gillett, revivals.- - That, according to the Romie, N. Y. Nathan S. S. Beman, Bible, and the indications of Provi. Troy, N. Y. Dirck C. Lansing, D. D. dence, greater and more glorious reAuburn, N. Y. Henan Humphrey, vivals are to be expected, than have D. D. Amherst College, Mass. John ever yet existed. —That, though reFrost, Whitesborough, N. Y. Asahel vivals of religion are the work of God's Nettleton, Connecticut, William R. Spirit, they are produced by means of Weeks, Paris, N. Y. Justin Edwards, divine truth and human instrumental. Andover, Mass. Henry Smith, Cam- ity, and are liable to be advanced or den, N. Y. and Charles G. Finney, hindered by measures which are adopOneida Co. N. Y. Absent, Rev. Da- ted in conducting them. The idea vid Porter, D. D. Cattskill, N. Y. that God ordinarily works independAlvin Hyde, D. D, Lee, Mass, Sam- ently of human instrumentality, uel Tomb, Salem, N. Y. Joel T. Ben- without any reference to the adaptaedict, Chatham, N. Y. Eliphalet Nott, tion of means to ends, is unscriptural. D. D. Union College, N. Y. Thomus - There may be some variety in the McAuley, D.D. New York, Gardiner mode of conducting revivals, accordSpring, D.D. New York, James Patter- ing to local customs, and there may son, Philadelphia, Henry R. Weed, Al- be relative imperfections attending bany, N. Y. Samuel C. Aikin, Utica, them, which no doubt destroy the puN. Y. Thomas H. Skinner, D. D. rity of the work and its permanent and Philadelphia, and Edwin Dwight, general good influence upon the church Richmond, Mass. - The Rev. Caleb and the world ; and, in such cases, J. Tenny, of Wethersfield, and the good men, while they lament these Rev. Joel Hawes, of Hartford, Conn. imperfections, may rejoice in the rebeing present by invitation from Dr. vival as the work of God. There Beecher,—the Rev. George W. Gale, may be so much human infirmity, and of the Oneida Academy, N. Y. being indiscretion, and wickedness of man, present by invitation from Mr. Frost, in conducting a revival of religion, as and the Rev. Silas Churchill, Minis- to render the general evils which fiow ter of the place,-it was voted that from this infirmity, indiscretion, and they be invited to take a seat as mem- wickedness of man, greater than the bers of this Convention.
local and temporary advantages of the The object of the Convention, as revival; that is, this infirmity, indisappears from the minutes of the meet- cretion, and wickedness of man, may ing, was " to see in what respects there be the means of preventing the con is an agreement between brethren version of more souls than may have from different portions of the country, been converted during the revival. in regard to principles and measures In view of these considerations, we re
gard it as eminently important, that contrary to their judgment and wishes, there should be a general understand. by an excitement of popular feeling ing among ministers and churches, in which may seem to render acquies respect to those things which are of a cence unavoidable, is to be carefully dangerous tendency, and are not to be guarded against, as an evil which is countenanced. The above proposi- calculated, or at least liable, to detions were voted unanimously: -- In stroy the institution of a settled midis. social meetings of men and women, try, and fill the churches with confufor religious worship, females are not sion and disorder. Voted unanimousto pray. Nine voted in favour of the ly.--Language adapted to irritate, proposition, and nine declined voting. on account of its manifest personality,
- There may be circumstances in such as describing the character, de which it may be proper for a female sigpating the place, or any thing which to pray in the presence of men. Eight will point out an individual or individvoted in favour of the proposition, and
uals before the assembly, as the subten declined voting. It is improper jects of invidious remark, is, in public for any person to appoint meetings in prayer and preaching, to be avoided. the congregations of acknowledged Twelve voted in favour of the propoministers of Christ, or to introduce sition, and five declined voting. any measures to promote or conduct All irreverent familiarity with God, revivals of religion, without first hav- uch as men use towards their equals, ing obtained the approbation of said or which would not be proper for an ministers. Thirteen voted in favour affectionate child to use towards a of the proposition, and five declined worthy parent, is to be avoided. Vovoting. Those meetings for social ted unanimously.- -From the temreligious worship: in which all speak porary success of uneducated and araccording to their own inclinations, dent young men, to make invidious are improper; and all meetings for comparisons between them and settled religious worship ought to be under pastors; to depreciate the value of the presiding influence of some person
education, or introduce young men as or persons. Voted unanimously.- preachers without the usual qualifica. The calling of persons by name in
tions, is incorrect and unsafe. Voted public prayer ought to be carefully unanimously. -To state things avoided. Ten voted in the affirmative,
which are not true, or not supported seven in the negative, and one declined by evidence, for the purpose of awakto vote. -The calling of persons by ening sinners, or to represent their name in social prayer ought to be care
condition as more hopeless than it refully avoided. * Eight voted in favour ally is, is wrong. Voted unanimously. of the proposition, and nine declined -Unkindness and disrespect to suvoting.--Audible groaning in prayer,
periors in age or station, is to be careis, in all ordinary cases, to be discour: fully avoided.
Voted unanimously. aged; and violent gestures, and bois
-In promoting and conducting reterous tones, in the
same exercise, are vivals of religion, it is unsafe, and of improper. Fourteen voted in favour dangerous tendency, to connive at acof the proposition, and three declined knowledged errors, through fear that voting. - Speaking against ministers enemies will take advantage from our of the Lord Jesus Christ, in regular attempt to correct them. Voted unanstanding, as cold, stupid, or dead, as imously. -The immediate success of unconverted, or enemies to revivals, any measure, without regard to its as heretics, or enthusiasts, or disor- scriptural character, or its future and ganizers, as deranged or mad, is im- permanent consequences, does not jusproper. Sixteen voted in favour tify that measure, or prove it 10 be of it, and one declined voting:- right. Voted unanimously:---Great The existence in the churches of care should be taken to discriminate evangelists, in such numbers between holy and unholy affections, to constitute an influence in the and to exhibit with clearness the community, separate from that of scriptural evidences of true religion. the settled pastors, and the intro
Voted unanimously.--No measures duction, by evangelists, of measures,
are to be adopted in promoting and without consulting the pastors, or condacting revivals of religion, which
those who adopt them are unwilling to hearer does not perceive to be applihave published, or which are not prop- cable to his own character. Ten voer to be published to the world. Vo- ted in favour of the proposition, and ted unanimously.---As human instru
declined voting. -Evening mentality must be employed in promo meetings continued to an unreasonable ting revivals of religion, some things hour, ought to be studiously avoided. undesirable may be expected to ac- Voted unanimously.----In accounts of company them; and as these things revivals of religion, great care should are often proclaimed abroad and mag. be taken that they be not exaggeranified, great caution should be exer- ted. Voted unanimously. cised in listening to unfavourable report. Eleven voted in favour of the The Bible in New Jersey.-At a propositton, and six declined voting. late meeting of the Nassau Hall Bible
-Although revivals of religion may Society in the College Chapel, the folbe so improperly conducted, as to be lowing resolution, after an animated attended with disastrous consequences
discussion was unanimously adopted : to the church and the souls of men ; That this Society, in dependence on diyet, it is also true, that the best con- vine aid, and in co-operation with the ducted revivals are liable to be stig- several Bible Societies of the State, will matized and opposed by luke-warm if possible, within a year, cause every professors and the enemies of evan- destitute family in this State to be supgelical truth. Eleven votea in favour plied with a copy of the Bible. of the proposition, and six declined ry this noble resolution into effect, a voting:
-Attempts to remedy evils very liberal subscription was immediexisting in revivals of religion, may, ately commenced ; volunteer agents, through the infirmity and indiscretion from the College and Seminary, to the and wickedness of man, do more inju- number of thirty, have engaged, during ry, and ruin more souls, than those the next vacation, to explore every evils which such attempts are intended corner of the State, to ascertain the to correct. Nine voted in favour of number and places of the destitute ; the proposition, and eight declined and agents have been appointed to visvoting. ---In public meetings for re- it all the local Bible Societies of the ligious worship, composed of men and State, to rouse them to exertion in the women, females are not to pray. Nine great cause. voted in favour of the proposition, and eight declined voting:- -The wri. Religion in Louisiana.-- In this ting of letters to individuals in the State are only three Presbyterian congregations of acknowledged minis- churches : one at New Orleans--one ters, or circulating letters which have at Baton Rouge-and one at Jackson, been written by others, complaining of a few miles from the southern boundameasures which may have been em- ry of Mississippi, where the gospel is ployed in revivals of religion; or vis- preached statedly, but once a month. iting the congregations of such minis- The Methodists have a few regular ters, and conferring with opposers, societies, and there are also a few Bapwithout conversing with the ministers tists; but the great majority of the of such places, and speaking against people are either nominally Roman measures which have been adopted; Catholics, or unbelievers. A few years or for ministers residing in the congre- since, it was rare to find among the gations of settled pastors to pursue wealthy and fashionable, one that prothe same course; thus strengthening fessed to believe in the inspiration of the hands of the wicked, and weaken- the Scriptures ; and in many parts of ing the hands of settled pastors, are the country, the same spirit of infidelity breaches of Christian charity, and still remains. ought to be carefully avoided. Nine voted in favour of the proposition, and Ви nah. A letter from the Rev. eight declined voting.-In preaching Dr. Judson, brings the unwelcome inthe Gospel, language ought not to be telligence of the failure of his late employed with the intention of irrita- mission to the Burman empire. He had ting or giving offence; but, that accompanied an English embassy to preaching is not the best adapted to the government of Ava, as interpreter; do good and save souls, which the and a principal object of the mission
was to obtain from the emperor, a free between the two countries, and there. toleration of religion in his dominions. by to stop the effusion of human blood, But he found it impossible to effect and arrest the evils of all kinds which any thing favourable, on account of might arise from the continuance of the reluctance which the government the present state of things. Its nest feel to enter into any stipulations with object is, to secure for Greece a gorforeign powers.--Our mission to that ernment, which, if not actually indecountry, however, need not be wholly pendent of the Porte, shall possess madiscouraged ; for the cessions of ter ny of the advantages of independence; ritory made to the British by a late and in the attainment of these objects treaty, will give them room for their the high contracting powers bind operations, without embarrassment themselves not to seek any accessfrom the government, for a considera. ions of territory, any exclusive influble time to come.
ence, or any commercial advantage for
their subjects, which the subjects of Marshal Von Bulow. This Prus- any other nation may not equally obsian general who brought up the army tain. of reserve at Waterloo, and by whom The secret article, which, as ir the fate of that bloody day was deci- most other treaties, is the most imporded, is now exciting considerable in- tant, stipulates that it shall be announterest in the Christian community, by ced to the Porte that the high contract. his zeal in the cause of Christ. Ile is ing parties intend to send consular said to have been converted to Christ agents to Greece, and that if the Porte in the year 1818, after several months do not accept, in one month, the armisof extreme anxiety and wretchedness. tice proposed, or the Greeks refuse to In 1819, he visited Norway, distribu- sign it, the high contracting parties ting Bibles, and imparting religious will conjointly employ all their means instruction. In 1826 he visited the in the accomplishment of their object, whole coast from Christiana to Dron- without, however, taking any part in theim, preached the gospel at sixty the hostilities between the two condifferent places, distributed some hun- tending parties. And finally, if these dreds of copies of the Scriptures, and six measures should fail, the high powers or seven thousand tracts.
He was or
will continue to prosecute the work of dained in London in Feb last, and is pacification, for which purpose they now a missionary, under the patronage authorize their representatives in Lonof the Continental Society in London, don to discuss and determine the ultefor the Propagation of the Gospel in rior measures to which it may become Europe.
necessary to resort.
What will be the result of this inDonations, --To the American terference, it is perhaps, at present, Board, for the month ending July 20th, idle to conjecture. The Porte has of $6,034,80.
late gained too many advantages not to To the American Colonization Soci- be desirous to propose his own terms ety from July 25th, to Aug. 15th, of pacification. · Most of the provinces $1,257,47.
lost in his six years contest bave been
retaken; the Greeks have retired bePOLITICAL.
fore him to the verge of their country, Greece and Turkey.-Very late ar- with scarcely sufficient courage to rerivals from Europe bring intelligence tain their last hold. If with these adof a Treaty for effecting peace between vantages he accept the armistice, we the Ottoman Porte and Greece, signed are inclined to believe that it will be at London by the plenipotentiaries of only in obedience to the “ ulterior Great Britain, France, and Russia. measures” of the interfering powers. This treaty is accompanied by an addi. And desperate as is the condition of the tionaland secret article, determining the Greeks, they have little to hope from measures to be adopted, in case the any interference which shall not conparties do not, within one month, ac- tribute to the attainment of the inde. cept the mediation proposed.
pendence for which they have so long The primary object of this treaty is, struggled. to put an end to the hostilities waging
told the reason, and refractory, when Connecticut Retreat for the Insane. commanded instead of being intreated, The treatment of patients in this In- soon became peaceable and docile. stitution is somewhat peculiar, and, as In respect to the medical and dietetic appears from its recent report, is very treatment, it also varies essentially in successful. “During the last year,” the main, from the course adopted at say the Committee, “there has been other hospitals. Formerly patients admitted twenty-three recent cases, of labouring under mental diseases were which twenty-one have recovered, a largely medicated chiefly by emetics, number equivalent to 91 3-10 per cent. cathartics and bleeding. At the presThe whole number of recent cases in ent time this mode of treatment has the Institution during the year was given place to intellectual and dietetic twenty-eight, of which twenty-five regimen, in most European hospitals. have recovered-equal to 89 2-10 per The Physician of our Institution has cent.
introduced a course of practice, differAt two of the most ancient and cel- ing from both these, but partaking ebrated Institutions of the same kind more or less of each. He combines in Great Britain the percentage of re- moral and medical treatment founded cent cases, has been from thirty-four upon the principles of mental philosoto fifty-four. In our own country at phy and physiology. In one class of two highly respectable Institutions the cases moral, and in another medical recent cases cured have amounted to, treatment, become the paramount remfrom 25 to 51 per cent."
edies, out in each class of cases, both The following is the method of are combined.” treatment.
“In respect to the morul and intel- Christian Liberality.-Several genlectual treatment, the first business of tlemen of Rochester, N. Y., says the the Physician, on the admission of a Albany Christian Register, have offerpatient, is, to gain his entire confi- ed 1000 dollars each, to aid the Amerdence. With this view, he is treated ican Bible Society in publishing and with the greatest kindness, however circulating the Scriptures in the Spanviolent his conduct may be,—is allow- ish language in South America, on ed all the liberty which his case ad- condition that 100 similar subscriptions mits of, and is made to understand, if can be obtained in the United States in he is still capable of reflection, that so the years 1827 and '28. Two or three far from having arrived at a mad- others at the west, on hearing of this house, where he is to be confined, he proposition, it is said, have offered the has come to a pleasant and peaceful same; and we doubt not that the whole residence, where all kindness and at number may be obtained in less than tention will be shown him, and where six months. There is something anievery means will be employed for the mating and elevating in designs of this recovery of his health. In case coer.
sort. cion and confinement become necessary, it is impressed upon his mind, The London Missionary Society have that this is not done for the purpose of engaged Rev. W. Ellis, missionary punishment, but for his own safety, from the Sandwich Island 3, and Rev. J. and that of his keepers. In no case is Edinonds from India, to visit Ireland, deception on the patient employed, or with a view of promoting the interests allowed. On the coutrary the great of the society in that country. For est frankness, as well as kindness the same purpose they have sent to forms a part of the moral treatment. Scotland, Rev. Dr. Philip, from S. AfHis case is explained to him, and he is rica, and Rev. H. Townley, from Inmade to understand, as far as possible, dia. the reasons why the treatment to which he is subjected has become ne- Sales of Ladies' Work took place in cessary
London, May 17 and 18, for the India By this course, of intellectual man- Female Education Fund, which agement, it has been found, as a mat- amounted to $650. For the Newter of experience at our Institution, foundland School Society, $348. For that patients, who had always been the Negro-Children Education Socieraving when confined without being ty, $533. April 21 and 27, for the