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that afterwards produced a series “Resolved, That it is the opinof fantastic follies. Several woo ion of this Committee, that it men pretended to be possessed is the peculiar and bounden with the spirit of one of the duty of the Legislature to proburnt women, and affected to mote, by all just and prudent produce wonderful cures among means, the interest and happithe sick. The imposition was, ness of the inhabitants of the however, at length checked, and British dominions in India, the impostors punished by the and that, for these ends, such collector, and even by the pres- measures ought to be adopted ent Rajah, Serforee."

as may gradually tend to their

advancement in useful knowl“Can any refecting man read

edge, and to their religious

anci moral iniprovement. these Extracts," say the British publishers, without a deep conviction, that it is our indispensa- Africa and the East," instituted

The “Society for Missions to ble duty, and our soundest wisdom, to plant such men as Swartz by members of the Established and Gericke, wherever British Church, has come forward in

this important business, with Influence extends? Shall SIXTY

much zeal, as will be seen by MILLIONS OF HEATHEN SUBJECTS

the following Resolutions:of the British crown, nay, TENANTS and RETAINEks of the Brit

"At a Special General Meeting of ish nation, shall they be abandona the "Socicy for Missions to Atrica ed to a cruel and debasing su- and the East,' held at the New Lon. perstition, when prudent nieas- dou Tavern, Cheapsicle, on Friday,

the 24th April, 1812, in consequence ures, and holy men, will, with

ot'a requisition from many respecta the blessing of God, be the means

bie Members; of enlightening their minds, ele

Present, the Right Hon. Lord vating their characters, attaching Gambier in the Chairmand about them to British interests, and Four Hundred Gentlemen. everlastingly saving their souls? Kesolved, unanimously, on the Mo

tion of HENRY THORNTON, Esq. M. No measures of coercion are

P. seconded by WM. WILBERFORCE, asked for: nor are they wanted: Esq. M. 1'. viz. nor ought they to be employed. . * fhat, it appearing to this Meet. But let this nation now, as withing, that a very numerous body of one voice, assert its determisste European and native Christians are tion, as a Christian nation, to re

subject to the British crown in Ind:a, deem its character to repent of ination, upwards of Sisty Millions of

and also, according to general esti. its past negligence and ingrati. Maliomeluns and Heathens-it is a

tude and to express its sense duty incumbent on this Society 10 of the Divine mercies toward it,

exert itselt in order to procure such by endeavoring wisely, but zeal provisions in the New Charter to be ously, to communicate to its framed 20 the East India Company,

is shall afford sufficient opportuni most distant dependencies, the ties to those benevolent persons who word of life and salvation.

shall be desirous of going to India, “Let the nation now resolve for the purpose of coinmunicating la to act in the full sprit of the res. its population the blessings of Chris. olution of its Representatives in and also such provisions as shall pre

tian light and moral iinprovements Parliament, passed May 14th, vent the obstruction of their endeava 1793."

Ols for promoting their vbject in 1990 Voi, V. New Series.

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country, so long as they shall conduct is our individual and national themselves in a peaceable and order. transgressions. The directions ly manner.”

in the above mentioned essay “Resolved, unanimously,on the Mo. tion of the Right Hon. Lord Cal. are well calculated, it is believe THORPE, seconded by James Ste. ed, to effect an object so desiraPHEN, Esq M. P. "That a Deputa. ble as the removal of national tion of the Members of this Society calamities. The proof is conbe appointed to wait on his Majesty's clusive from Scripture, that genChancellor of the Exchequer, and the Earl of Bnckinghamshire, the Presi. eral repentance and reformation dent of the Board of Control, to so

will be followed with the blessing licit their support to the objects of of God, and the cessation of evils the foregoing Resolution, and the which are suffered by the peohonor of conferring with them on tlie

ple. Then will the Lord be ineans of attaining those objects, so far as this Society is concerned. And jealous for his land, and pity his also that the Deputation be empow

people. This is one of the conered to wait on any other of his Maj. soling declarations which God esty's Ministers, and any of the Mem has made, in view of such conbers of either House of Parliament to dact. But there is among us a whom they may deem it expedient to

great obstacle to general reapply.”

Resolved, unanimously, on the Mo. pentance and reformation, viz., tion of CHARLES Noel Noel, Esq. the influence of party spirit. It M. P. seconded by T. R. KEMP, Esq. is to be feared that this will, in a M. P.

great degree, prevent the per"That the Governor and Treasurer of this Society be a Deputation for lead to perseverance in iniquity.

ception of our national sins, and the purposes mentioned in the fore. going Resolutions, and that they be The course, which party spirit empowered to avail themselves of naturally takes, let the truth be the assistance of any other Member where it may, promises nothing of the Society whom they may think favorable. It is thought, how. proper."

ever, that something may be

done to check the progress of For the Panoplist.

this destroyer of nations. To

recommend a diligent search ON PARTY SPIRIT.

after truth, though it be granted

that the influence of truth will In the Panoplist for Sept. 1812, banis! party spirit, does not ap. I read with pleasure an essay, pear sufficient. The fact is, that “On the means of averting na- truth, in politics, is often suptional calamities.” In the pres- posed to be already attained. ent state of our nation, this sub

Hence arise those strong preju. ject is peculiarly interesting, dices, which are so opposed to and ought to engage the prayer repentance and reformation. ful attention of every Christian, Shall not we have more reason and indeed, of every citizen. In to expect good, if means be first the counsels of divine Provi- used to allay the fury of party dence, there is a reason for the spirit to render prejudices less infliction of so great a judgment, violent and to diminish the inas war, upon our nation. This Auence of existing animosity? reason, without the least doubt, Will it not be more probable,

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that reflection will then return, ced to examine their own hearts, and the mind inquire with more -to reform themselves, and to sincerity and ardor after truth? pray that others may be deliverNothing can be more indisputa- ed 'from its influence. I have ble, than that the great mass of sometimes been astonished, that the community act from feeling. ministers so seldom introduce Their passions are in some way into their public prayers any excited, and every thing concurs thing connected with this evil, to strengthen these passions. which is so threatening to our All pretend, indeed, to act from country.

Much good may be reason, but how often is it man- done by praying aright in refere ifest, that their feelings give ence to this subject. The soforce and weight to their rea lemnity of the sanctuary will sons; and that, without the feel. have much influence. If the ings, the reasons would have no speaker should not be guilty of influence, and would even ap- the very iniquity, which he is pear ridiculous. It must be the praying may be brought to an first object, then, to lessen the end, the minds of the people will violence of party spirit.

In or naturally be affected; and their der to effect this purpose, let the attention will be turned to their following considerations be at- own feelings and conduct. tended to

It hardly need be added, that 1. Let the ministers of the no ininister can desire to sce the Gospel exhibit full proof by their influence of party spirit diminconduct, that they percieve and ished, who uses expressions fear the evils of party spirit. À which are calculated to strengthman may be jealous and anxious en and cherish party feelings. for the rights and privileges, and

2. Let ministers occasionally, prosperity of the country, and in their sermons, lead the atten. may manifest the deep concern tion of their people to the subof a true patriot, without show. ject of brotherly love. In addition ing the extremity the fully to common cases, let them show the madness of party spirit. what must be its operation in re. Never let the servant of God so spect tu party, and how hostile far forget himself, as to discover to its existence is the influence the feelings of a partisan. of party spirit. There is great

. Further; let the ministers of reason to believe, that a person, the Gospel, when they are uni. who is deeply engaged in party ting with the people in public feelings, can have but very little worship, humbly and fervently religion. Two things afford very address the Lord to destroy the conclusive proof of this. In times influence of party spirit. It is of revival of religion, party is an acknowledged evil; all should almost forgotten-party spirit is pray, therefore, that it may cease. nearly extinguished. And those, Many considerations may be ap- who appear to have the most repropriately introduced in this ligion, have the least concern connexion. One only is suggest with the party politics of the ed, viz. fervent supplication that country. If this proof be admitthe people may feel right in ted, each Christian is deeply conview of this evil,may be indu- cerned. He is piercing his own

soul (if under the influence of be inculcated. We should be party spirit) as well as wounding taught our own weakness and inhis Savior, and the religion of firmity, and our exposure to do the Gospel.

wrong. Should it be objected, that The view which has been such is the state of the country, taken is calculated to fill the that even the subject of brotherly hearts of Christians with serious love cannot be thus treated with reflections. Much is depending out giving offence to Christians, upon their conduct. If they will in case the church be composed with one heart do their duty, we of members of both parties, it shall have great reason 10 hope, might be sufficient to answer, that the evils, which now affice that our churches then contain our country, will ere long come but little religion. The minis. to an end. May all be disposed ter, or the members, or both, to unite with engagedness in so must be highly in fault. But good a work; and may the bles. another answer, more honorable sing of the Lord rest upon our to the Christian name, is now laud.

BERK given. The writer is acquainted with facts to the contrary of the fóregoing assertion, and that in ON GIVING MONEY IN CHARITY. the very case supposed. Let the Christian character appear in To the Editor of the Panoplist the preacher wbile he addresses bis brethren, and the objection is Sir, wholly removed. Then might I know not that you are in the it be said, as it was of old, “See, habit of giving advice; or that how these Christians love one you will deem it compatible with another."

the objects of your Miscellany 3. It is not sufficient that min. to lay a plain statement of a difi. isters only should feel this sub. cult case, before your readers. ject, and act as reason and Scrip. But, believing that your sympature require. Their people thy will be excited by my painful ought also to be impressed with situation, and that you will be the importance of the subject. disposed to do any thing reasonVarious methods may be taken able for my relief, I submit the to effect this. Ministers, by con- following account of my perpies• ducting as is here urged, would ities. contribute not a little. These It is a notorious fact, that the few ideas may be read by some present time is remarkable on of the influential members of our account of the multitude of dechurches, who can lend the help. mands made upon our property ing hand. Our religious public for objects termed charitable. cations may present this subject I am sure no age was ever burto their readers in different dened with so many charitable points of light. Common Chris. soc'eties, and charitable subscraptians should be taught to join tions, and charitable calls, laying their prayers in aid of so desira. continual siege to a man's purse. ble an object. Mutual regard, Our minister, Mr. Editor, has sympathy, and harmony, should caught this phrenzy, (for such ! esteem it,) and he is borne away This practice of giving is becomby the popular current beyond ing so customary among us, that the bounds of reason, and (as it any one who refuses his support appears to me,) beyond the dic- to charitable purposes will feel tates of his own judgment. He himself in some danger of being holds it to be a privilege to counted niggardly. live in such an age as this,

Now, Mr. Editor, I and my when demands on our charity wife have, by our industry and are so rapidly increasing. He good management, scraped toalleges that there is in the Bi- gether a handsome property. ble such a text as this; It is We know that we have as much more blessed to give than to re- money as our neighbors, and we cerve. Consequently, he often love to have others know it too. inculcates the duty of giving We wish to hold a respectable away money, as a mean of in- standing in society. We have creasing our own happiness. as good a house, appear as well And, preposterous as it may ap- clad, and set as good a table as pear, I have heard him pray, that any around us. And we intend opportunities for exercising our to do so still. But then, Sir, we charity might be multiplied, in came hardly by our property, order, according to his doctrine, and cannot think of throwing it that our own happiness might be away. We have never profited proportionably increased. by the charity of others; and we

But our minister, sir, is not can't see how others have any content with barely preaching claim on the fruits of our hard and praying in this style. If he labor. To give away our money were, I should not trouble you for the various charitable purpowith this complaint. For I can ses proposed, would be totally brave out pretty hard things contrary to all our ideas and from the pulpit, if nobody will rules of economy.

I was never throw them into my face and convinced, that charity meant eyes on week days. But when- giving away money. I wish my ever the minister rides up to my fellow creatures well; I have as door, I am afraid of seeing some much feeling for them as any subscription, some consiitution man. But I believe it was never of a charitable society, in which understood in former times, that money is the prime requisite of charity implied the giving away meinbership. I expect to hear of our property: This is cersomething about the poor hea- tainly a new coined doctrine. then, or of some young man who So, Mr. Editor, I am in conmust be educated for the minis. science opposed to this new plan. try, or some other proposal, Besides, Sir, I have several equally hostile to my purse and children. And my wife, though inclinations,

she is notably industrious and By his many good qualities, frugal herself, intends to make and known integrity, our minis- ladies of her daughters. Fashions ter has great influence with his you know run high. We think people. And whenever he pro- we can afford to support our poses a plan of chariiy, it re- children on a level with the first. ceives pretty general patronage.

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