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MISCELLANEOUS. Mr. Walter Balfour has issued proposals for publishing by subscription, 1. An inquiry into the scriptural doctrine concerning the Devil and Satan. 2. An inquiry into the extent of duration, expressed by the terms olim, aion, and aionios, rendered everlasting, forever, g'c. in the common version, and especially when applied to punishment.-Conditions. The work will be handsomely printed in a 12mo. volume, containing between 350 and 400 pages, and will be delivered to subscribers at 81 in boards, or 81 25 bound. Persons becoming accountable for six copies, can receive a seventh gratis. The work will be put to press in May Dext, if it shall then appear that a sufficient number of copies are subscribed for, barely to cover the expense. If not, it will be abandoned. Those to whom subscription papers are sent, are respectfully requested to return an account of the number of subscribers obtained, during May next, to the author in Charlestown, Mass.
Mr. Charles Crocker of Boston, has issued proposals for printing Winchester's Dialogues on the Universal Restoration. It is to be a volume of about 300 pages, neatly bound and lettered, and is to be furnished for one dollar to subscribers.
A GOOD CONVERSION. A certain Quaker, who recently renounced his former opinions of religin, and embraced Universalism, was inquired of very politely, what was the difference in his feelings now compared with what they were when a Quaker: To which he replied, "when I was a Quaker, I loved all the Quakers; but since I became a Universalist I love the whole human race.” We do most heartily desire there might be thousands of such conversions.
Brother NATHANIEL WRIGHT, JR. a young minister from Boston, of promising talents, is now in Vermont
visiting those societies which are destitute of steady preaching. His labors, we hope, will be abundantly blessed and crowned with good success.
Justin declines a controversy with John Brooks; he is sensible that it would be impossible to convince Mr. B. and he is equally certain that Mr. B's reasoning is too visionary to convince him.--Comm.
The North Village Meeting-House in Hartland, was dedicated to the worship of Almighty God on the 25th of January last. The house is neat and commodious, and well adapted to the purpose for which it was reared. It is 58 feet in length, including the portico in front, which is surmounted by a low but well proportioned steeple, and 36 in breadth. The interior of the house presents a bigher degree of neatness, and discovers something of elegance and justness of design. It is divided into 62 pews, all so arranged as to have both pulpit and gallery in front of them. The front of the gallery is circular, and extends from the portico to the rigbt and left of the pulpit a few feet into the body of the house; the wings of which, together with the front of the pulpit, are supported on pillars of the Doric order.
This house was built for the mutual accommodation of different denominations of Christians, and has thus far been conducted with the spirit of mutual forbearance. The dedication services, performed by ministers of different denominations, were appropriate, the singing, aided by instrumental music, was performed in good style, and the occasion was truly interesting.
The candor, frankness, honesty and spirit with which every thing relative to this house has been conducted, is happily expressed in the following quotation which we are permitted to make from the sermon delivered at the dedication by Rey. Seth E. Winslow.
“It is a peculiar occasion, and requires that peculiar distinctions be made. I well know that many will think that all who sit in the same pulpit must be of one class, and may they not with equal propriety infer that all who are within the limits of one pew are of the same character? If they disclaim the latter inference, we also claim exemption from the for
We know, and are sure that you all must know, that
there is a wide difference in our religious opinions. We blame not each other for these honest differences, and we do not countenance each other in the same. We mean not to bring these into view at this time. The occasion does not require it. We have only met together to rejoice with this people, and with them to bring the first fruits, and our several offerings to this altar, and with the same charitable views and feelings towards each other, with which we have on many occasions met, and may again meet to sympathize with the afflicted.”
Died, at Hartland, February last, Br. TIMOTAY SPALDING, aged 84. He was a pious believer in the doctrine of Christ, and rejoiced in the faith which was once delivered to the saints. About two years since, he came forward, with tears gushing from his eyes, and made an open profession of his belief in the doctrine of Universal Salvation, and said he was not ashamed to own Christ as the Savior of the whole world. After relating the state of his feelings, in whicb he discovered much piety, he requested of the Universal Church in Hart: land to become a member of their communion, and was most cheerfully received. He was an ornament in the church, bis conversation and daily example proved that he did most heart. ily love his Redeemer. As his love and faith in Christ continued active to the last, so we trust he has fallen asleep in Jesus, and gone to receive the plandit of his Lord and Savior, Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
Died, in Cavendish, January 19, Widow SUSANNA COFFEEN, in the 94th year of her age. The extreme age of one like
the person, whose departure we have now andounced, naturally invites a retrospect of many circumstances and incidents that are past. Who now in the land of the living were eye-witnesses of events which occurred before this venera. ble mother was born ? If such persons may be found, they approach our society, as the servants of Job approached their master, saying, “And I only am escaped alone to tell thee." Death has laid his hand on that generation, and left only to our world a few individuals, who exhibit in their persons but mere vestigies of what they once were. 'Like a few lonely trees that have survived the whirlwind and the storm, stripped of their leaves and all their beauty and stateliness, they appear bending toward the multitude, which lies prostrate around them. Think, for a moment, the race that is now before the living. When ninety-four years shall have passed, many millions that now people this earth, must long ere then be no more its inhabitants. And if a few, very few, among the vast multitude, may then survive, who can they be ? Reader, can it be you, or can it be 1, that is to be reckoned among the number ? · No. It must be some infant, or some youth, selected from the many, that shall see that day. But, alas ! how changed! It has ceased to be an infant ; it has ceased to be a youth; the strength and vigor of life has gone by ; beauty has faded ; and little is left, but the venerable tokens of experience and time. So one generation passeth away, and another cometh.
Mrs. Coffeen, in her father's family, was said to be the youngest of 16 children; her husband was the oldest of 13, in his father's family. Next May will complete 57 years, since she with her husband first dwelt in the town of Cavendish, at which time there were no other inhabitants. Previous to the birth of three of her children, was she removed from that now populous town, because the place could not afford the assistance that the sick require; it being 11 miles to the nearest inhabitants on one side, and 23 on the other. Of 14 children in her own family, four only survived her; and one alone was present to bid farewell to the remains of an aged mother.
We believe it is due to her character to say, that as she lived long, she did not live in vain. She was benevolent to the poor, and kind toward the afflicted. As the place where she lived began to be inhabited, there were many in that circle of new inbabitants, that needed her kindnesses, and many that received them. In short, we may say, among the new settlers of the place, she was a cominon mother. Besides, she was much disposed to hospitality. Being a great friend to her country, she withheld not her aid from the weary and sick soldier, but generously extended to many that passed her dwelling, the hospitality she was able to afford.
On the subject of religion, she exercised that freedom and independence of thinking, which, tho much more general at this day, was then common only to a few. She was one among the first in our country, that avowed the faith which embraces the salvation of all men. She lived long enough to test her faith by much experience, and to feel its happy influence and support in old age. She retained much of her faculties till within about two years, since which time, they have been much impaired. Kad she lived till the 30th of April, she would have finished her 94th year, wanting only 6 years, 2 months, and 11 days of a full century. [Comm.
THE LORD'S PRAYER. 1 Our Father, who in heaven resides,
Eternal King of kings, From whom each earthly blessing glides,
And joy eternal springs.
2 Forever hallowed be thy name,
Who reigns above the skies,
Thou only just and wise.
3 Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
To earth's remotest bound, Let all unite, beneath the sun,
Thy praises to resound.
4 As in the shining realms above,
Thy wisdom is display'd;
Throughout the earth be spread.
5 Give us, O Lord, our daily bread,
Forgive our wand'rings all,
While on this earthly ball.
6 Guide us, O Lord, in wisdom's way,
Shield us from every snare,
Our every heart prepare.
7 For thine's the glory and the power,
And thine the right to reign;
Thy wisdom shall remain.
8 Hail! Universal Father, hail,
How faint our feeble lays !
Let silence muse thy praise.
Feb. 10, 1826.