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From the Episcopal Ilalchman.
THE BAPTISM. I saw them at the sacred altar stand, Three in pride of womanhood; and five In childish beauty gazed upon the scene, Marvelling what should mean that solemn rite, And in their earnest curiosity Forget all else around. With might endued From Heaven, just in life's prime to turn away From all its proffer'd wealth, and yield the heart Up to its Maker,-thus the three stood there. Each in her turn breathing the sacred vow, Received the holy pledge of sins forgiven. I saw the crimson color mantling high, And then receding, leave one marble brow Pure as the feeling which was thus revealed, And a sweet voice low murmur'd the response Which to the Saviour wedded her young heart. And he stood by, whose destiny was linked With hers,—whose all of life and happiness Was in her keeping with her image blent. He saw her in her quiet, youthful grace, Offer the fittest, noblest boon to heaven, The meek devotion of a woman's heart! Oh! should he wander through life's busy scenes, Amid its tempting pleasures, unforbid, The memory of that hour will be a spell To keep him stainless fron"un ballow'd joy,His spirit free from passion's lawless reignHis steps unerring ’mid alluring snares. Again—the consecrated drops were shed On childhood's forehead fair;—the holy seal Was set in token that in coming years, As they grew up to manhood, not a blush Of shame to own their faith, should stain the cheek; In token that their youthful strength should be Enlisted in their Saviour's cause,--and they Devoted, humble followers of the Lamb! Oh! small indeed earth's richest gifts all seem. Friendship, that fits but in the cloudless day, Then vanisheth;—the love that pours its trust On faithless things, then backward thrown again, In secret wastes the heart--the spirit breaks; Wealth, with her bright array of gilded cares; And Fame, whose breath is but the idle windAll-all are worthless: turn we then to God!
Amcrican Board.--The annual meeting of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, was held in Newlaren last month. The session commenced on Wednesday morning and closed on Friday evening.
from the Treasurer's Report, it appeared that the receipts of the Board during the past year were $100,934; viz—donations, 89,063; legacies, 9236; interest on permanent funds, 2630.Payments during the same period, including the debt of last year, $103,875 "The sermou was hy the Rer. Dr. Woods, of Andover, on ‘Hindrances to the Spread of the Gospel.'
On Thursday evening a public meeting was held, at which, after the reading of extracts from the Report of the Prudential Committee, addresses were made by Rev. Drs. Cornelius, Lansing,
Beecher, and M'Auley, and a contribution, amounting to $303; * was taken up.
We understand that the Rev. Dr. Cornelius was unanimously elected Corresponding Secretary of the Board, in place of the late Mr. Evarts.
The Report of the Prudential Committee was read by Messrs. Anderson and Greene, Assistant Secretaries. The Intelligencer furnishes the following brief abstract.
The Board has eighteen distinct missions under its care;- four in Asia, three in Europe, ten among the Indian tribes of NorthAmerica, and one in Polynesia. These missions embrace 51 stations, and are composed of 61 preachers, 45 lay assistants, and 126 female helpers, married and single; in all 232. Fourteen preachers of the Gospel have received appointments, with a view to their proceeding into different fields, as soon as possible. One of these is, indeed, already on the way to the place of his destination. Eight, with a physician and printer, are expected to embark, during the present month, for the Pacific. One is destined to liberated Greece; another to Palestine; another to the Jews of Turkey; and two to Bombay.
The number of schools in the several missions is, 1045, containing upwards of 50,000 scholars. There are four printing establishments, with eight presses, from which not far from 1,000,000 of books, and 47,000,000 of pages, have been issued in eleren different languages. Thirty-three churches have been organized, and contain upwards of 1300 members; and within the period embraced by this report, not less than five of the missions have been visited with copious effusions of the Spirit of God.
Catholics in Missouri.--The Catholic influence in Missouri is great. Besides the College in St. Louis, they have flourishing schools in several places. 1. At Florissant, about 10 miles above
St. Louis, where there is a large number of pupils instructed by teachers. 2. There is a female school in St. Louis, of about 30 scholars. 3. There is a large institution at Perryville, in Perry county, 85 miles south of St. Louis, and 40 from Cape Girardeali. The boys' school at that place has about 100 pupils, mostly from Louisiana and the West Indies. The school for young ladies has a large number of pupils. Besides, there is a Theological Semina- • ry here, containing 24 or 25 young men preparing for the priesthood. 4. A female school is about commencing on Apple Creek, in the southern part of the same county.
There is no college in Missouri in the hands of Protestants. It is hoped that this will not be the case long. The Sunday School enterprise is going on well in Illinois and Missouri.-N. Y. Obs.
MORAL, Middlesex Co. Temperance Society, U. C.-Tbis society was organized at St. Thomas, on the 20th day of April, 1831, by delegates from the General Social Societies in the county, the most of which have been formed during the current vear, and it now consists of 8 local societies, and 325 actual members in good standing, a majority of wbich are male beads of families. The inffuence this part of the society exercise over their families, servants, friends and associates, upon a moderate calculation, is 4 to 1; so that upwards of 2000 persons, through the influence of Temperance Societies in this county, are temperate upon the principles of total abstinence from the use of alcoholic liquors, and a saving of lives and property almost incalculable.
Drunkenness in the Russian Army.—Is it any wonder that the Poles are so superior to their Russian foes, when the latter are in the habit of going to battle in a state of intoxication? In the sanguinary struggle which occurred at the passage of the Nawrey, the Russian soldiers were so drunk as scarcely to be able to stand erect. What marvel, when their commander was so much addicted to the beastly crime?
. John Newton and Temperance. It is well known that Newton, when a youth, was wild and giddy. While following his employment as a seaman, his father made inquiry respecting bim, of a seafaring gentleman, who knew his son's habits. . 'How,' said his father, does John conduct?' 'He is still unsteady,' was the reply. "Is he intemperate?' asked his father. "No,' was the answer. “Then,' said his father, 'I do not despair of him. W bat John Newton was afterwards, all the world knows. But how lit tle hope is there of a drunkard! The Rev. Dr. F, formerly : minister in this city, said he had known 4000 drunkards, and did not know of but four that had thoroughly reformed. --Christian Walchman.
SECULAR. The Cherokees. We think it must be pretty evident about this time, that the Cherokees are really attached to their country and homes. What has not been attempted within the last two years to induce them to forsake the “graves of their fathers?' Every thing except open force. It was supposed by most of the firm friends of the Indians, that it was impossible for the Cherokees t) withstand the oppressive measures of the General Government and the State of Georgia-they supposed that they would be compelled to remove, as soon as they were made to understand that they would receive no protection. But their fortitude and enrgy have grown with the increase of their oppression. They are di termined to cling to their bom's until forced away, or their rights acknowledged by proper tribunals. In the mean time, they will continue, as they have done, to urge those rights upon the consideration of the American people; they will continue to call upon the Executive and Congress of the United States for that protection which has been solemnly promised to them in better days, whether those high authorities will hear or not. It is highly desirable that Congress should meet the question honestly; come to some decision; citler acknowledge the treaties, or declare them null and void, as the President has done. The Cherokees wish the question settled soon some way.--Cher. Phænir.
THEOLOGICAL WORKS. PALEY's NATURAL THEOLOGY, illustrated by the plates and by a selection from the notes of Janues l'axton, with udditional notes, original and selected --New edition.
WATSON'S THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTES, or a view of the evidences, doctrines, morals and institutions of Christianity, by Richard Watson.Stereotype edition.
In addition to the above may be found a very valuable collection of Theological and other Books at
CORY & BROWN'S,
BOOK & JOB PRINTING. WILLIAM MARSHALL & Co No. 12, Market-Square, 4th stoiv, re. spectfully inform the public that they have just added to their stock of materials, an entire new office, selected with great care by a gentleman who contemplated prosecuting the printing business in this town. This being added to their former large assortment of materials, makes an extensive variety, and enables them to offer very great advantages to persons who may want any kind of Letter Press Printing done in good style, and at short no- tice.
* Providence, Oct. 31, 1831.
SCOTT'S FAMILY BIBLE, with critical Notes and practical Obser. rations, in 6 Octavo vols. --Price 13 dollars-For sale at No. 5, Market. Square, by
CREWER & WILCOX.
AN ESSAY ON THE STATE OF INFANTS, by Rev. Alvan II de D.D. Price 10 cents. For sale by TIITCHENS & SUPARDI.
DECEMBER 15, 1831.
SERMON. JEREMIAH vi. 16– Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways,
and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
God governed bis ancient people, the Jews, by a special providence. He engaged to treat them, even in this world, as they treated him. He gave them bis sacred oracles as a rule to direct all their conduct. And when they lived in conformity to this rule, he caused peace and prosperity to attend them. But when they disobeyed his commands, neglected his ordinances, and fell into errors in principle and practice, he first warned them of their guilt and danger; and then, if they refused to hearken, he chastised them with sore and desolating judgments. Agreeably to this established mode of proceeding, God in the context tells his people, that their enemies were wishing and preparing to destroy them; that if they refusedto be instructed, his soul should depart from them; that they had become extremely bold and hardened in sin; and that it was their immediate duty to make a pause, inquire for the old and good way, and walk in it, to prevent their ruin. "Tbus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the way, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. This last clause acquaints us with the feeling of sinners towards the way to heaven. They will not walk in it. The sense of the text may be comprised in this general observation:
Sinners have always been opposed to the way to heaven. I shall,
1. Describe the way to heaven; and,
1. That the way to beaven is an old way. Mankind 'were formed for immortality, and this life was designed to be preparatory to another. If Adam had stood, he and his posterity would have lived a number of years in this world, and then been translated to the higher and nobler employments and enjoyments of heaven, without the pains of death. But as soon as our first parents lost the path of innocence, the original path to beaven was