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for mercy, compelled to stand able to satisfy me, on some points,
, there till pierced by many a shot connected with my story, which she expired in extreme agony. are at present utterly beyond my Nor did she suffer alone. A limited comprehension. number of our neighbors and It is said, that this is called a friends shared the same fate. Christian land; that the inhabi
Since that evil day, there have tants boast much of their bue been frequent collections of boys, manity; that they have a book and even men, in our neighbor- purporting to be a revelation hood, for the express purpose from heaven, which is entitled of inflicting similar barbarities the Bible; that most of them on others of our species. Among profess to believe the truth of the hapless victims of these cruel every word which it contains, sports, I might name most of my and to take it for the rule of own brothers and sisters, who their conduct. It is said, morehave successively fallen into the over, that the whole tenor and hands of the sportsmen. How spirit of this remarkable Book, it is, that I have escaped so long, are opposed to every species of is more than I can tell you. Fre- cruelty; that it does not permit quent attempts have been made the lords of the creation to inflict upon my life, and I have every needless pain on any living thing; reason to fear, that before the and that there is to be a day of Christmas and New-Year holi- judgment, when every act of days are over, I shall follow those cruelty will be brought into who have already expired under view. the slow tortures of a shooting Mr. Editor, can these things match. Nay more, as it is said, possibly be true? Is this a Christhat the annual Thanksgiving is tian land? Is the Bible the best at hand, it is more than possible, book in the world? Do the peothat while you are reading over ple profess so highly to esteem my complaint, I shall be writhing it and yet allow themselves to at the stake. I have never been conduct towards us, just as if very far from home, but it is re- cruelty was made an essential ported among us, that the same duty? I would not say, positively, cruelties are practised, more or that professors of religion in my less, upon my kindred, in every neighborhood, very often take part of the country. It is enough part in the barbarous sports of a to make one's heart bleed to shooting match; but it is dis. think of it, and I hope for their tinctly whispered, that many of sakes, and for the honor of human their sons are among the forenature, that the report is at least most, and that they are seldom, exaggerated.
if ever, reproved for it. These Now, Mr. Editor, as you are a are some of the unaccountable wise man, and I presume no things which have long perplexno sportsman, I hope you will ed my mind. condescend to take our deplora- And there is one thing more. ble case into your most serious I have observed, that we are in consideration; that you will, if the greatest danger, about the possible, devise some means for time of Thanksgiving or Christour relief; and that you will be mas, and the commencement of
the New Year. I hope you will is full of admonition to impeninot consider it impertinent in tent sinners. Their situation me, to ask, how this happens? and conduct resemble what is Is it proper for rational and ac- detailed above, in the following countable creatures to be em- particulars. ployed in torturing the inferior 1. Many, if not most, impenipart of creation, when they tent sinners in a Christian land, should be praising our common are perfectly convinced that it is Creator and Benefactor for the their duty to repent and believe. bounties of his providence, and They are as thoroughly confor his merciful protection? vinced of this, as the criminal Nov. 1812. CHANTICLEER. above mentioned was, that his
duty required him to leave off
stealing: Yet they persist in a A LESSON TO IMPENITENT SIN- course of impenitence and un
belief. They do it deliberately,
knowing their folly and wickedThe truth of the following state- ness. They know also, that their ment may be relied on. A few interest and their duty speak the years since a manwas taken up on same language, and urge them a charge of burglary, in a country to flee from the wrath to come. town in one of the New England 2. Impenitent sinners who enStates. Burglary was then pun- joy the means of grace, and hear ished with death. The criminal faithful preaching, generally rewas tried, convicted, sentenced, solve to repent and believe at and executed. After his con- some future time. While doing demnation, he confessed that he this, they are sometimes sensihad been in a constant course of ble, and sometimes not, of the thieving for many years, and dur
and dur- gross affront they are deliberateing the greater part of his life. ly offering to God, by acknowl. Yet he imposed some limits on edging that it is their duty to. himself in this particular: he love and serve Him, and yet denever took any thing unlawfully termining to put off his love and from his near neighbors, but service, because a course of sin was himself esteemed a very is most agreeable to them for good neighbor. He stated that the present. They often fix uplie had resolved not to steal any on some distant time, when, as more after he should have arriv- they seem to think, they shall be ed to the age of sixty; and this under fewer temptations to conhad long been a standing l'esolu- tinue in a course of sin; and tion with him. It is very remark- when they can disengage their able that he was executed on the affections from the world. Poor, very day that he completed his deluded men! As if a single arsixtieth year! These facts were gument could be urged for their stated by the minister of the repentance a year, or ten years, town where he was executed, in hence, which cannot be urged a sermon preached the Sabbath now; as if the habit of procrasafter the execution had taken tinating, like all other habits, place.
would not gain strength;-as if The case of this unhappy man the danger of final perdition
were not inconceivably increased pare men in general, (for the by this wretched deception of great body of mankind are im. deferring till a future time what penitent,) with a notorious cul. should not be left undone a sin- prit and malefactor: and doubtgle moment.
less the great majority of men in 3. There is reason to believe, a Christian couniry would abhor that a large proportion of those, the thought of stealing. But do who defer their religious con- they not allow themselves in sins cern to a future day, which is to equally forbidden and equally be a more convenient season, are heinous? Vast multitudes alfipally and forever undone. As low themselves, for instance, to very many the future day in .profane swearing, others in never arrivcs. They drop into impurity, both evidently as heinetcrnity either without a mo- ous sins as theft or robbery: and ment's warning, or amidst the all the impenitent allow theme alarm and terror of a sudden and selves to persist in the very ago unexpected summons. They are gravated sin of unbelief. not favored to live, as in the case Let every impenitent sinner before us, till the day when their examine into the nature and fixed time expires. But should enormity of his own guilt; let they, as they sometimes do, live him humble himself before God, till their future day beconies see his danger and the method present, their usual practice is of escape, and turn from his evil to fix another future time. It is ways that he die not. O. P. not at all probable, that the crim. inal above described would have THE CORBAN SOCIETY. kept his resolution, if he had been spared beyond the period An association of ladies under of sixty year's. Why should he? this name, was formed in Boston, The property of others would in the month of September, have had as many charms after 1811, for the sole purpose of asthat period as before; the tempgisting poor young men, who are tations would bave been in every students in divinity, to complete respect as strong; and the rea- their education. The officers sons for abandoning bis easily of the Society, who with nine besetting sin would have gained Assistanis compose the Board of nothing in force.
Directors, are as follows: 4. Impenitent sinners generally select sonic trait in their Mrs. Mary Bowers, President. character on which they can Mrs. Dorcas Homes, V. Pres. «lwell with pleasure. The crimi. Miss ELIZABETH Haskins, Sec. nal, whose case has been stated, Miss HARRIET MOORE, Treas. was of this number. He obtain. ed the reputation of a good In the Report of the Directors neighbor from those who lived to the society, at their annual ncar him.
On this he might mceting in September last, it pride himself; so deceitful is the
was stated, that there were sixty human heart, and so fond of flat- tree members of the society, tery. Possibly it may be thought and thirty nine annual subscriharsh and unwarranted to com- bers, who paid into the treasury
$305 a year; that they had re- which he raised from it, and ceived in donations $335 77, of illustrated, are these. 1. That wbich $200 were for a perma- our Lord Jesus Christ calls and nent fund; that they had, in the sends forth the ministers of the past year, given assistance to Gospel. 2. That he sends them iwenty four young geistlemen, to open the eyes of sinners; to who had received in cash $138, turn them from darkness to and in articles of clothing, 8222 light and from the power of Sa64 cts. in all $360 64.
tan unto God.
3. That his graMuch praise is due to the Di. cious design in this dispensation rectors for the zeal and ability of the Gospel is that men may with which they have conducted receive forgiveness of sips, and the affairs of this highly com- an inheritance among them that mendable institution. In the are sanctified by faith in him. existing circumstances of the 4. That he will be with his minChurch, it is hoped that this isters, and give them all that charity, so ornamental to the help and delivcrance which are female character', will be imitated needful for them. 5. That he by ladies in the other large towns
inclines and enables minister's to in New England.
obey his sovereign will, when A SPECTATOR.
called to the most diflicult scrvices.
The application of the subject CRDINATION OF MISSIONARIES
is pertinent, solemn, and instructIN 1733.
ive. The remarks; 1. How de
plorable is the condition of man! You are at liberty to insert the How doth it command our pity following extract in the Panoplisi, if
and prayers! 2. Learn the honor you think it worihy of notice. It is taken from a Sermon preached by the
and duty of Gospel ministers. Rev. Joseph Sewall, D. D. at Boston,
3. How precious is the Gospel Dec. 12, 1733, at the ordination of revelation and ministry! 4. Learn the Rev. STEPHEN PARKER, Eben. the glorious power and tender izek HINSDELL, and Joseph Sec. pity of our Lord Jesus Christ. CONBE, as missionaries of the Edin.
5. When Christ's ministers are burgh Society for propagating Chris. tian Knowledge, to carry the Gospel prospered and their labors crownto the aboriginal natives on the bor
ed with the desired success, the ders of New England.
glory must be given to him. This was the first public ordina. 6. God's covenant people are tion of evangelists in New Engrand, bound in duty to use their best under the patronage of the Society. The society had elected Governor
endeavors that the light of the Beicher, Dr. Colman, Dr. Suwall, Gospel may shine to them who and others, their commissioners, are in darkness and under the who close and ordained Messrs. power of Satan. 7. The subject Parker, Hinslell, and Seccombe, 10 go affords direction and encourageand preach the glad tidings of salvation
ment to such as are called to to the heathens on the borders of
preach the Gospel in the dark
places of the earth. The text, which Dr. Sewall
The Rev. William Cooper chosc on this occasion, is in Acts
and John Webb led in the The doctrines prayers before and after the ser
Dr. Colman, led in the to her majesty Queen Anne to ordination prayer, and gave the countenance and support the decharge; and the Rev. Mr. Prince sign by her royal authority. She, presented the right hand of fel- with the advice of her privy lowship. The sermon, charge, council, approved and recomand right hand of fellowship, are mended'it as a pious and charitaprinted, as is a brief account of ble design, and granted letters the society, It may be agreea- patent for erecting the subscrible to some of your readers to bers into a society and corporasee an extract from this account. tion for managing the same. In the year 1701, a number of
The first subscription was a private gentlemen met, usually little over one thousand pounds in Edinburgh, for the reforma- sterling; which increased, within tion of manners. Reflecting on twelve years afterwards, to more the ignorance, infidelity, popery, than eight thousand pounds. and impicty, which so much To this society the Rev. Danabounded in the Highlands and iel Williams, D. D. of London, Isles of Scotland, they justly con- gave an estate, the interest of cluded that all these flowed from which was £56 sterling, per the want of suitable means of in- annum, towards the support of struction. This led them to en- three qualified missionaries to gage, by themselves at first, in a
labor in the conversion of the voluntary subscription for erect- poor perishing natives of Amer. ing Charity Schools in those
ica. places of darkness and irreligion.
The society baving unanimousBut upon trial, they found them. ly resolved to employ missionaselves unable, in their private aries among the heathen in New capacity to carry on so great and England, as the first objects of public a work; therefore they their care, did, on the 29th of applied their thoughts to find out April, 1731, nominate, commis. methods of raising a sund equal sion, and empower his Excellento the design.
cy Jonathan Belcher, Esq. with To accomplish this end, they other honorable and reverend moved it privately to members gentlemen, their correspondents of the General Assembly of the and commissioners. church of Scotland, that the Governor Belcher laid the representatives to that body matter before the General Court might concur in the work. of Massachusetts, with the let1706, the General Assembly took ters relative to the choice of it into consideration, and recom- himself and other persons as mended that proposals for the commssioners. The General propagation of Christian Knowl, Court testified their high approedge in their Highlands and bation of the proposed mission, Isles, and also in foreign parts and granted an additional supbe published. These proposals port to each of the missionaries were sent to all the Presbyteries for the term of five years. of Scotland, and to the several The commissioners set themsocieties therein for the reforma. selves to promote a mission of tion of manners.
such weight and in portance. Application was made, in 1708, Messrs. Parker, Hinsdell, and