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A Sermon, occasioned by the Death A Treatise on the Nature and Ef. of the Hon. William Phillips, preach- fects of Heat, Light, Electricity, and ed June 3, 1827, being the Sabbath Magnetism, as being only Different after the Funeral. By Benjamin B. Developements of one Element. CamWisner, Pastor of the Old South bridge. Hilliard & Brown. 8vo. pp. Church in Boston. Boston: Hilliard, 91. Gray, & Co. pp. 52.
The Epitome of History, with HisA Companion for the Book of Com- torical Charts. By J. E. Worcester. mon Prayer, containing an Explana. Cambridge. Hilliard & Brown. tion of the Service, to which is annex- Sketches of the Ancient History of ed Questions. By John H. Hobarty the Six Nations. By David Cusick. D. D.
Lewiston, N. Y. Utility of Ministerial Influence; a An Introduction to the Mechanical Sermon preached in Boston, May 29, Principles of Carpentry. By Benja1827, before the Pastoral Association min Hale, Principal of the Gardiner of Massachusetts. By Ebenezer Por- Lyceum. Gardiner. P. Sheldon. ter, D. D. Andover. Flagg & Gould. Much Instruction from little Read. 8vo. pp. 36.
ing, or Extracts from some of the The Grand Theme of the Gospel most approved Authors, Ancient and Ministry ; a Sermon preached at the Modern. By a Friend to General Dedication of the Trinitarian Church Improvement. New-York. Mahlon in Concord, Mass., December 6, 1826. Day. 5 vols, 12mo. By Samuel Green. Concord. Allen A Visit for a Week, or Hints on the & Atwill.
Improvement of Time. New-York. Letters on the Atonement, in which A. B. Holmes. a Contrast is instituted between the Mental Discipline, or Hints on the doctrines of the Old and New School, Cultivation of Intellectual and Moral addressed to a Brother in the Minis- Habits, addressed particularly to Stutry. By J. J. Janeway, D. D. dents in Theology and Young Preach
The Light of Truth, in Four Parts. ers. By Henry F. Bowder, A. N. Milledgeville.
The Bible in Pennsylvania.-The Bi- Bay of Islands, about twenty-five miles ble Society of Philadelphia, following distant. the example of that of Nassau Hall, mentioned in our last, have given an Jews in Poland. The following are unanimous vote and pledge, that to the extracts of a letter from our country. utmost extent of their abilities, and in man, Rev. Edward Robinson, to Rev. the shortest possible time, every desti. Dr. Spring, published in the New-York tute family in Pennsylvania shall be Observer. The information was obfurnished with a Bible.
tained from Mr. McCaul, missionary Similar resolutions have been passed of the London Jews Society, stationed by the respective Bible Societies of in Poland. eleven counties, of the State of N. Y., In all the Polish provinces there are comprising one fourth of its whole pop- at least 2,000,000 of Jews, and the ulation.
general estimate is 2,500,000. Of
these, from four to eight hundred The Wesleyan Mission at Wanga- thousand are in the Russian jurisdicroa, New Zealand, has been broken up, tion, that is, the kingdom of Poland and through the violence of the natives, the Russian Polish provinces. This and the Mission Establishment plun- must therefore be considered at predered and burned to the ground. The sent as the chief seat of the Jewish naMissionaries found protection at the tion. They wear a national costume, Church Mission Establishment, at the which I saw often at the Leipzig fair,
consisting of a robe of black silk, or known that several instances of concotton, &c. with a high rur cap, or version have taken place through their sometimes a hat. The beard is uni- silent instrumentality. In the first versally permitted to grow, and they three or four months of this year, religiously abstain from
trimming more than two thousand Jews visited the even the corners' of it.
rooms of the mission, in order to bear At present, one may, generally and converse with them; and the speaking, reckon three classes of missionaries have sometimes been Jews. First, the Kaufleuts, or mer- invited to speak to them in thcir syna. cantile class, who are often very rich. gogues; but this they have from pruSecondly, the poorer class, who are dential motives declined. Through mostly mechanics, or petty small tra- the labors of the missionaries, strenty ders, as in old clothes, beer, &c. or have been led to give up their former gerve in the farnilies of the richer Jews. belief, and have been baptized, mostly Thirdly, the learned, some of whom in the Catholic church; and sixty othare rich, though the greater part are ers have a conviction of the truth of poor. These are educated from child- Christianity, though not yet baptized: hood as learned, and their education some of these last are very useful and learning consists solely in commit- among their countryinen, by convers. ting to memory the Pentateuch,Psalms, ing upon and defending the principles Proverbs, and then as much of the Tale of the Christian religion. It is not lo mud as the duration of life permits. be understood of many, and perhaps
The Polish Jews are bigotted to the most of these, that they have any thing Talmud and the Rabbinic institutions, more than a conviction of the truth of and know nothing of the law except Christianity. through these; nor, independent of Nothing but schools and instruction these, has the law, or the Old Testa- can penetrate the thick darkness of ig. ment in general, any authority what- norance which hangs over the minds ever. They do not offer sacrifices, of the Jews. It is the common belief because this is not permitted out of with them, that the idolaters of CaPalestine; instead thereof, they read naan, whom their forefathers were to in their daily prayers those portions of exterminate, were Christians ! and the Old Testament which relate to that the Christians of the present day sacrifices, and so also on their Sab- are descendants from those Canaanites. bath. Ten persons form an assembly As soon as a Jew is baptized, he is or synagogue, and may choose one to entirely cast off by his nation, and is read for all;-otherwise each repeats looked upon as more irreclaimable, and the prayers himself. They celebrate as an object of greater contempt, than very strictly the three great festivals, the Christians themselves. of the Passover, Pentecost, and Taber- It follows, of course, that Jewish nacles; in the latter, all live in booths, converts, generally speaking, can not or tents covered with boughs, and exert much influence on their unconthese are often splendid. At the verted brethren. Still, Jewish misPassover they sacrifice no lamb, forsionaries, of good address and talents, the reason above given ; but they are are received better than Christians. very strict to use only unleavened Most of the Jews expect the literal bread, and carefully put away all leav- return of the nation to the Holy Land; en out of their houses.
very many make pilgrimages thither, As indications of some moral change or go thither to die; others have earth to be hoped for among them, may be brought from that country, by which mentioned, an universal desire to pos- their graves are famed at home. The sess the Hebrew Old Testament greatest body of Jews now in PalesScriptures, and to understand them tine are Polish, and considerable sums grammatically. They are every where are collected every year in Poland, and willing, and perhaps curious to hear transmitted to the East for their supthe missionaries: they receive the port. The converted Jews in general New Testament willingly, but are not abandon the belief in a literal return; in general eager for it. Very many the missionaries, however, appear te Tracts have been distributed, and it is believe in it.
Ir Some Intelligence, and the list of Ordinations, deferred for want of room
THE OBLIGATION OF PIOUS YUUNG As these instances of the rejection
MEN OF PROPERTY, TO DEVOTE of the sacred ministry by persons THEMSELVES TO THE CHRISTIAN apparently fitted to be useful in it MINISTRY.
have successively taken place be
fore my eyes, I have felt the deepLEST the sentiments advanced est regret—a regret which I doubt in this paper should be thought to not has been felt in common by all have a bearing upon Education who ardently desire the prosperity Societies which is not intended, I of the kingdom of Jesus. That it beg leave to state explicitly that I is the duty of all pious young men, am a decided friend of those soci- possessed of property, irrespective eties which educate indigent young of circumstances, to devote themmen, possessing the requisite qual- selves to the ministry of the gospel, ifications, for the ministry. I re- is not pretended. But that it is joice in their success; and it is my their duty generally, and always, fervent prayer and hope that their where circumstances do not indiresources and efforts will continue cate that some other mode of seryto increase, until every spot upon ing their generation according to the globe shall be furnished with a the will of God should be chosen faithful minister of the Lord Jesus. in preference, I shall attempt to
During a period of many years' show. The considerations to be observation, I have seen a consid- adduced will apply alike to those erable number of young men, pious who have already obtained a literaand liberally educated, refusing to ry education, and to those who enter the ministry; and choosing have not, but possess the requisite in preference some secular profes- means; and that too, whether they sion. During the same period, I are in actual possession of property have seen a still greater number of themselves, or have parents who young men, in whom talents and are able to furnish it. " It is admit. piety were apparently united, and ted, however, that in those cases who possessed ample means of ob- where they are dependent upon taining a literary and theological their parents, the parents them. education, neglecting to avail them- selves are primarily responsible. selves of their advantages for be- The services which these coming ministers of the gospel, and men may render in the ministry comparatively burying their talents are needed. Much, comparatively in the active pursuits of business. very much, is doing for the diffusion Vol. 1.--No. XI.
young of the blessings of the gospel. The a layman in the midst of a Christian number of ministers commissioned population, as he would be if be to preach the gospel, consisting filled the post of a minister of the partly of those who have defrayed gospel which would otherwise be the expense of their own education, unoccupied. To this question it and partly of those who have been is believed that only one answer educated by the assistance of char- can be given. itable funds, has for some years Pious young men, by sustaining progressively increased. But addi. the expense of their own educational ministers, and that too in tion for the ministry, contribute great numbers, are still needed. largely to the fund of Christian beFor the field of labour is very am- nevolence. He who gives five ple. At this very time, villages hundred or a thousand dollars to are multiplied in our land more educate an indigent young man for rapidly than ministers, while very the ministry, is justly esteemed a few of the millions of the heathen liberal benefactor of the church. have ever heard of Jesus of Naza. But it is perhaps not considered, reth--that only name whereby they though sufficiently obvious, that the can be saved. Even if all the pious young man who expends bis propyoung men in christendom, both erty to educate himself, or the farich and poor, were to be set apart ther who educates bis son, for the to the ministry, we should still ministry, does in reality aid the have occasion to pray the Lord of great cause of Christian benerothe harvest to send forth more la- Jence to precisely the same extent. bourers into his harvest.
Nor let it be thought that this aid They will probably be more use. is unnecessary. For although much ful if they enter the ministry than has been done, the efforts of Christthey would be in any other situa- ian benevolence have hitherto been
Viewed in the light of eter- very inadequate to the exigencies nity, all other employments except of this dark and sinful world. And that of promoting the eternal salva- even if Christians generally should tion of men, are comparatively un- exhibit a liberality commensurate important. This will be admitted. with their obligations, it is not beBut then it will be said, pious lay- lieved that the aid in question men are as necessary in the church could well be dispensed with. It as clergymen. I am by no means forms, or rather it might form, one disposed to undervalue the services of the largest items among the reof pious laymen, gifted with talents, ceipts into the treasury of the Lord. and judiciously employing those tal. And great as would be the amount ents in promoting the interests of thus given, it would be given under the Redeemer's kingdom. I have such circumstances that it could known many such men. I greatly hardly be viewed in the light of a honour them. And I am sensible personal sacrifice. The time may that the prosperity of Zion can indeed come when the demand never reach its destined height, upon the liberality of Christians until many such men are found in shall be lessened. And when it all the churches of our Lord. But does, this certainly is not one of let it be remembered that to this the contributions first to be struck day, the greatest portion of the off from the list, as a case entitled world is destitute of the Word of to peculiar indulgence. life. And the question now at is- The young men referred to would sue is, whether a young man of probably be happier in the ministry talents and piety is likely to be as than in any other sphere. It is by useful, if he establishes himself as no means uncommon to hear those
of them who have engaged in secu- his sphere of action upon earth, lar business, expressing, when it is presents himself before the throne too late to rectify their mistake, of the Eternal, in company with the their deep regret at the unwise redeemed ones converted by his choice they have made. And prob- instruinentality—and now his joy ably the greater part of them are and crown of rejoicing! through life more or less harassed Pious young men of property by with the reflection that they have devoting themselves to the minisput it out of their power to be as try set a beneficial example before useful as they might have been their irreligious acquaintance. The There is a painful conviction upon men of the world are ever prone to their minds that they have done flatter themselves that Christians wrong. To those who are looking act from no higher inotives than forward to a life of ease and of self- themselves. It is desirable, thereindulgence, or who are hankering fore, if possible, that examples of after the riches or the honours of Christian self denial and devotedthis world, and who thus hope to ness to the cause of Christ, too be happy, I would say expressly, manifestly disinterested to be misthe ministry is no place for you. I understood, should be continually would go farther. I would call exhibited before them. Such an in question the sincerity of their example can be but partially exhibChristian profession. For although ited by indigent young men educaI am prepared to maintain to its ted for the ministry. For however utmost extent that ministers should disinterested they may in fact be, be men of self denial and of dead- they are necessarily precluded in a ness to the world, I have yet to great measure from the privilege of learn that a less degree of self-de- exhibiting it, by the circumstance nial and of deadness to the world of their being elevated by their edis allowable in private Christians. ucation to a higher standing in the But to those who are sensible of community. But when the men the vanity of the world, and whose of the world see a young man vol, faith presents unseen and eternal untarily relinquishing distinguished objects to the mind in all their real-worldly advantages apparently withity, the ministry of the gospel may in his reach, and cheerfully conbe safely recommended, as furnish- signing himself to a situation which ing the richest sources of enjoy- debars hin from that course of worldment. It is true they may have ly gratification so generally coveted, trials and hardships which they are constrained to admit that peculiar. But who would not en. there is in Christianity, a disinterdure them all with joyfulness, when estedness, a purity, and an elevahe knows that he has the high ap- tion of motive to which they are probation of his Lord! Who upon themselves strangers. And while earth ever tasted a gratification so contemplating this phenomenon, intense and pure and exalted, as such a conviction of the reality of the faithful minister when he brings religion is fastened upon their back a lost sheep to the fold of minds, as sometimes ends in their Christ! Who on the bed of death conversion to God. has so much to look back upon with Pious young men, possessed of gratitude and joy, as he who has considerable property, may, by enspent his life in extending the king. tering the ministry, be the means dom of Jesus! And on the great day of rendering peculiarly important of reward, who will occupy a more services to the cause of religion. desirable situation than the faith- I have no desire to see an affluent ful minister, who, however obscure ministry. I fully believe, all things