hath planted, and which ciated, when first we knew the he has often watered with the dews Lord-how many of their places of heaven, and which we have seen are now vacant.

We shall go to so fair and flourishing, shall droop | them, but they will not return to and die, and this beautiful heri- us. And let a few more years tage of God lie waste-Can we pass away without a revival, and anticipate all this without emo- none arise to build the walls of tion? But let no revival of religion this Zion, and the place that once take place, and how long will it knew her shall know her no more be, before all this is realized forever. Do our hearts respond, What inroads has death made up- Oh that this church might live! on the church already!--Our fath- Oh that it might arise and shine! ers, where are they and the pil - Let us awake, then, before it is lars of the church, have they not too late. fallen ? The companions of our A FRIEND TO REVIVALS. youth, those with whom we asso

Utica Cbrist. Repos.

Religious Intelligence.


GREAT INCREASE OF ROMAN CATH- - ! containing 2000, and yet insuffic

ient for the accommodation of new According to returns laid be converts to Popery; 3000 Roinan fore Parliament, about thirty-five Catholic children were confirmed in years ago, the then number of Ro- | 1813, in Liverpool, Manchester and mon Catholics was 69, 376; but, Preston; the Roman Catholic chapaccording to the statements of cer- els in Lancashire and parts of the tain Roman Catholic writers, the adjacant counties are nearly as number of souls belonging to their numerous as the Protestant churchcommunion amounted, about six es. Jesuits officiate in all of them;

or seven years ago, to 500,000. | the Jesuits of Stonyhurst are lords ! In the year 1781, there were of that manor, of which they re

only three Roman Catholic schools serve, for the use of their estabof any note in England; but at lishment, 1000 acres; they invapresent upwards of fifty; most of riably dispossess their unconverthe Roman Catholic chapels, the tible Protestant tenants, as soon number of which is actually no as their terms expire, and substiless than nine hundred, were built tute Roman Catholics in their within the last thirty-five years; | places; they find means to restrain in the collegiate establishinent at many Protestant booksellers from Stonyhurst, there are accommoda-selling any books against Popery, tions for 300 pupils, besides pro- while there is a Popish bookseller fessors, managers and domestics. in a large town, whose shop is Before the arrival of the Jesuits, abundantly supplied with publicathere were not more than ten or a tions hostile to the cause of Protdozen Roman Catholics in the im- / estantism; their ablest orators regmediate neighbourhood of Stony- ularly preach against the doctrines hurst, but now several thousands; of the Reformation and the Estabwithin a few years, there have lished Church; they frequently been erected near that place two despatch agents to Ireland, and spacious chapels, each capable of appear to be deeply interested in

Col. Mag.


the religious and political concerns attended. God is pouring ont kis of that distracted country. Spirit on this wicked place. O it

is a solemn time indeed! It would do your heart good to witness the

engagedness of Christians.” This Society has been in opera- Another letter, dated Sabbath tion ten years. During this time, evening, December 19, saysit has published 4,217,500 Tracts. ** This day has been peculiarly Its receipts have been, from do- interesting. The meeting-house nations, $ 12,467,54, and for was crowded with hearers, so that Tracts sold, $22,366 06. It is many could not obtain seats.estimated, that about one third of Have we not reason to think it the the amount received by donations, work of God, when the Universalhas been delivered to donors in ist, the Deist, and those who have Tracts at cost. Hence, the amount denied the divinity of our Savour, of charity, which has been suffer- come out from the world, and proed to remain at the disposal of fess to be on the Lord's side?" the Society, is about $8500. With

Bos, Tel. this sum, in ten years, 4,217,500 Tracts have been printed; that is, DESTITUTE CHURCHES. each dollar, devoted to the ob- From the minutes taken at the jects of the Society, has already Vermont Convention of Minisbeen, on an average, the means of ters, September 17, 1824, it apprinting about 500 Tracts. But, pears, that in Windham county the value of the Tracts, now con- there are no less than 13 Congretained in all the Society's Deposi- gational and Presbyterian Churchtories, is more than $8500.- es destitute of Pastors-PenningHence, every dollar given, has ton county, 6-Windsor, 15– not only been the means of print- Caledonia, 7-Chittenden 4,-Esing 500 tracts; but remains some- sex, 1-Rutland, 4-Orange, 4what increased, to print the same Addison, 11-Washington, 11number, in an equal space of tiine, Orleans, 13—Franklin, 6 Grand or about once in five years, so Isle, 1. Total destitute CHURCHlong as the Society shall continue Es, of one denomination, in the its operations. Perhaps an equal State of Vermont, 96. The whole sum of money was never more ad- number of settled Ministers of the vantageously appropriated. See same denomination is but 77. Of “ Proceedings of the First Ten course more than half the churches Years” of the American Tract are destitute of a regular ministraSociety.'

tion of the word.

towns there are which have pei. REVIVAL IN LOCKPORT, N. Y. ther Congregational Ministers nor

We have been favoured with the churches, we are not informed. perusal of letters from Lockport, The facts above stated, however, Niagara county, N. Y. which give are sufficient to convince every information of a powerful revival friend to religion and morality, of religion recently commenced in that even in New-England there that place. In the first, dated remaineth yet very much land to December 13, the writer says, “I be possessed," and still more to have just returned from one of the be cultivated and improved. most interesting meetings I ever

How many


Died Jan. 17, 1825, Rev. DavID SEL- | pense of his education. In college, he nes, pastor of the church in Chatham, was distinguished as one of the best Con. He preached, as usual, on the scholars of his class. He received the Sabbath, and died on the Tuesday fol. honours of Brown University, in Seplowing. He had been pastor of the 'tember, 1812. At this period, his mind church in Middle Haddam, Chatham, was much exercised on the subject of nearly 45 years; and was beloved by religion. For years before, le had, at his church and people. by his brethren intervals, been subject to serious imin the ministry, and by all wlio knew pressions, occasioned, it is presumed, by hin.

Communicated. the example and instructions of a pious In Mobile, on the 30th of November | mother. At the time of his admission last. Dr. Alva CARPENTER, son of Dea. to college, he indulged a hope, that be Elihu Carpenter, of Seekoak, Mass. in had experienced a change of heart.the 27th year of his age. Nature bad This hope, however, he soon relinquishEndowed him with a generous, humane ed; having found in himself “a disposiand active mind. He was a graduate of tion opposed to the gospel.” He expe. Brown Universiiy, in 18 8, and turned rienced an increasing conviction of the his a'tention to the study of medicine. truth of the peculiar doctrines of the III health induced him to seek a climate gospel, during his collegiate course ; more congenial to his constitution. He but it was not till nearly the close of it, visited the Southern States in search of that he ventured to hope, that his heart knowledge, as well as health. In the had become reconciled to the truth.first, success attended him ; of this his The indulgence of such a hope, deterpractice so long as bis health remained, mined his mind, in the choice of a prois the best evidence. Under a lingering fession. "Though (as he wrote, in the sickness, he suffered mush, but he suf- relation of his experience) I had previ. fered patiently; he was amicted, but ously designed to study physick, and not deserted, nor left unpitied. He was had actually attended lectures, preparnot insensible to the first virtue in bu- atory thereto; I thought it my duty to man nature, gratitude. He fell among engage in that profession, in which I strangers; but was with those, whose might be most useful. I, indeed, feared charity, kindness and urbanity, spring that I was not prepared for the imporgently and rarely as the drops of a liv. tant office of a minister of the gospel; ing spring

Gazette. but I thought it would afford me conso.

lation, even if I should finally be exclud. Died Feb. 4th, 1825, Rev. JOSEPHUS ed from the presence of the Almighty, W&BATON, pastor of the church in Hol. tbat I had been made an instrument in liston, Mass. aged about 40 years. his hand, in rescuing others from a sim.

Tbe biography of Mr. Wheaton, ilar fate." On leaving college, he pur. would be very interesting and instruct. sued the study of Divinity a few weeks, ive. It would serve to show, what na- when he received and accepted an invi. tive talent, accompanied with industry tation to take the charge of an Academy and virtuous habits, may achiere, amidst in Providence, R. I. for the term of one formidable difficulties and discourage year.

But, before this term expired, he ments; and, at the same time, striking. was appointed Tutor in the University, Jy illustrate the declaration of David, and entered on the duties of that office that " verily every man at his best state in 1813. These duties he discharged in is altogether vanity."

an able and satisfactory manner, for Mr. Wheaton was son of Joseph more than two years. In this time, be. Wheaton, Esq. of Rehoboth. In his sides reviewing the classicks and attend. early youth, be was distinguished by so- ing to his pupils, he continued the study briety and good manners lle was re- of Divinity, and received regular license markably free from those follies and vi. to preach the gospel. On resigning his ces, to which the young are so prone.- office, in September, 1815, he received He early discovered signs of superiour a very unanimous call from the church mental abilities: but the means of culti. and people in Holliston, to become their vating them he had to obtain, in a great pastor and teacher, and was solemoly ormeasure, by his own industry and exer- dained as such, on the 6th of December tions. With the avails of a trade, which following. Here he pursued his studies he had acquired principally by his own with uncommon assiduity, and performingenuity, he defrayed most of the ex. ed the various duties of the ministeria? office with exemplary diligence and upon the uniform regularity of his life; faithfulness. His talents and learning but upon the mercy of God, through the frequently drew to his house, young atonement of Christ and the sanctifying men, who were either preparing for col. influences of the Holy Spirit. He viev. lege, or attending to the higher branch..ed true religion to be more than exteres of science. With the exception of 'nal morality. "I have, he writes, cona severe affliction in the death of the sidered the exercise of disinterested be. wife of his youth, he enjoyed the smiles nevolence, as determining whether we of Providence, and seemed to have be. have passed from death unto life.” Ile fore bim a bright prospect of eminent professed his belief in the doctrines of and protracted usefulness.

grace, and endeavoured to inculcate But, it has pleased God, whose wis- them upon his hearers, as the words of dom is unsearchable, to put an untimely eternal life. period to his labours, and to destroy As a preacher, Mr. Wheaton excelled, his hopes' and those of his affectionate in the correctness and elegance of his people, in the very 'midst of his days.' style, and the gracefulness and anima. Early in 1823, his health began to de. tion of his delivery. Though his miniscline, under a malady, which baffled the trations were not accompanied with any skill of the ablest pliysicians, and after | very general effusion of the Holy Spir. near two years of languishment and dis it; yet we trust they were not in vain tress, terminated his life.

to all his hearers, bu' were savingly besAmidst the decays of nature, and in eficial to numbers, who will be his crown the near view of death, it is said, by of rejoicing in the day of the Lord. those who saw and conversed with him, The death of such a man, at such an that he exhibited peace of mind and en- age, and in such a season of abounding tire subinission to the will of God. The error and wickedness, is a heavy loss, hope which cheered him, while de not only to his bereaved people, but to scending into the valley of the shadow the world, a d loudly calls the friends of of death, it is believed, was not built | Zion to bumility and prayer, to diligence upon his amiable natural qualities, nor and activity in the service of Christ.

SELECTED POETRY. “ The day is thine ; the night also is Those hues that make the sup's decline

thine ; thou hast prepared the light So soft, so radiant, Lord! are thine. and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth; thou hast made When night, with wings of starry gloɔm, summer and winter."-Psalm lxxiv. O'ershadows a'l the earth and skies, 16, 17.

Like some dark beauteous bird, whose

plume Thou art, oh God! the life and light Is sparkling with unnumber'd dies;

Of all this wondrous world we see ; That sacred gloom, those fires divine, Its glow by day, its smile by night, So grand, so countless, Lord ! are thine.

Are but reflections caught from thee. Where'er we turn, thy glories shine, When youthful spring around us breathes And all things fair and bright are thine. Thy Spirit warms her fragrant sigh;

And every flower the summer wreathes When day, with farewell beams delays Is born beneath that kindling eye.

Among the opening clouds of even, Where'er we turn, thy glories shine, And we can almost think we gaze, And all things fair and bright are thine. Through golden vistas, into heaven;


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I, John, i. 10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word

is not in us.

WHETHER, at the time this I. Who are those, that virtually epistle was written, there were say, they have not sinned? any nominal Christians, so igno- II. How does it


that raót of the Divine law and of such make God a liar? themselves, as to say, in so many 1. I am to enquire, who those words, that they had not sinned, is are, who virtually say, they have a point neither easy nor important not sinned? to determine. The apostle mere- There may be some, bold enough ly makes the supposition, that to say this explicitly; but, if not, there might be some so self-right there are many who do not hesitate eous; and, if there were those, to say what implies it. And, who had the presumption to say, 1. Those virtually say they have what implied that they were not not sinned, who presume to say, guilty of siu, there was sufficient they have never acted from selfish occasion for his monitory declara- motives. While many deny the tion. It makes no material differ- existence, and some, the possibilence, whether we say, expressly, ity of disinterested benevolence; that we have not sinned, or say nothing is more common, than for what implies and amounts to the all sorts of sinners to profess besame thing. All, who do this, nevolent motives and feelings.make God a liar, i. e. they contra- How often do we hear them say, dict his word, and thus impeach in reference to their past conduct, his veracity; and, of course, his that they meant well, that they word is not in them; i. e. they had a sincere regard to the good have in them no belief and appro- of their fellow-creatures, that they bation of the word of God." As aimed, ultimately, at the public there were, probably, some such, welfare? How rarely do we hear in the time of the apostle; so there them own, that their views and are many such at this day; which feelings have been supremely selrenders it as proper and necessary fish, and that they never sought a to explain and apply his words, higher end, then their personal innow, as it was for him originally terest? to write them. In order to this, Now, those who profess to have it seems needful to answer the always had benevolent feelings, two following enquiries:

and to have always acted from be

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