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pages of heathen writers, yet still not enlarge. This day se’nnight keep our faces towards Jerusalem. I attended the two men that were I am glad I am writing to one who condemned for robbery, to the is desirous to unite every improve- place of execution; preached upon ment, to promote the main point, these words, upon the heath to improve himself, that, in time, " What sha it profit a man if he he may improve others; for want gain the whole,” &c. Thousands of this, many of the tapers and of people attended with great serilamps of the sanctuary, I mean ousness.
Mr. Hall, I suppose, ministers, burn very dim - they has given you the account. scarcely afford light at all to those I remain, dear Sir, yours in the about them.
best bonds, but in haste, It is Saturday, therefore I can.
ON THE PROPRIETY OF DISSENTING MINISTERS WEARING THE
To the Editors.—WHILE con tained by their successors, and tending, as Dissenters from the has thus been handed down to us Established Church, against the by custom. It is worthy, however, unmeaning forms and ceremonies of observation, that the Congreconnected with its worship, it be- gationalists are the only regular comes us to look with a keen eye body of Dissenters who now asupon our own practices, and watch sume the gown; the Baptists, as against any approach towards that well as the Wesleyans, having which we justly condemn. We entirely abandoned it : and I am advance a plea in favour of our anxious that ministers of our own mode of worship from its simplicity, denomination should imitate their and any departure from it must brethren in this respect. certainly be deprecated, inasmuch Having often conversed on the as it may insensibly lead to other subject, with a view to elicit some and greater innovations. The good reason for the adoption of custom of wearing the Gown, this custom, and being as often adopted by many of our Dissent- disappointed, I am anxious to ing Mini ers, I think may fall bring
the matter before your under this censure, conceiving, as readers, that our ministers, who I do, that no sound argument can wear the gown, may have an opbe brought forward in favour of portunity of defending the practice. the practice, Most persons are
It is useless to assert that the aware that the gown, as worn by adoption of it will tend to weaken Dissenters, is a collegiate, not an the prejudices of our Episcopalian ecclesiastical costume, and yet by friends against dissent, for, to say far the greater part of those who nothing of the inconsistency of assume it never studied at a uni. such a policy, I can testify, so far versity. The practice was pro- as my knowledge extends, that bably introduced by the worthies they only smile at the attempt on who were ejected from their live our part to imitate what we so ings under the Act of Uniformity, stoutly contend against. Those to whom the costume properly be- who are resident in university longed; it seems to have been re towns will, I think, bear testi
mony to the prevalence of such an that ministers of the Congrega. opinion among members of the tional Denomination generally were Establishment.
willing to forego this unmeaning Being desirous that the sim- distinction, to establish a higher plicity which is in Christ may be claim to consistency. preserved among us in its primitive
A CONGREGATIONALIST. state, I should be happy to find
FOURTEEN REASONS WHY DISSENTERS SHOULD NOT SUBMIT TO
I. BECAUSE the marriage-con- spirit, can be worshipped only“ in tract being, at least so far as it spirit and in truth.” properly falls under the cognizance V. Because such compliance, of the legislature, a common, in on the part of Dissenters, tends to distinction from a religious engage- neutralize and nullify that open ment, should be regarded by the testimony which they consider it law merely as a civil transaction. their duty to bear in the face of
II. Because no sacred rite hav- obloquy and reproach against the ing been, by divine appointment, errors and corruptions of the Enappended to matrimony, any so dowed Church, by declining to join lemn form of celebration which in in its communion, and habitually effect converts this contract into a absenting themselves from its ordireligious ceremony, savours strong- nary services. ly of superstition, and gives coun VI. Because the present state tenance to the erroneous doctrine of the English Marriage law casts of the Romish Church, that mar an unjust reflection, and fixes an riage is a sacrament.
unmerited stigma, on the ProtesITI. Because the imposition of tant Dissenting Ministers of Enga specific form of religious service, land, who are thereby treated as on any class of nonconformists, unfit to be trusted with the celebra
any other occasion, tion of marriage ; while their is a flagrant violation of the most brethren in Scotland, Ireland, and sacred right of every buman being, the British Colonies, and Christian to worship God according to the ministers of all varieties of sect and dictates of his own conscience. denomination in the United States
IV. Because the outward ob- of North America, universally posservance of any religious service, sess that privilege. in virtue of a command emanating VII. Because it imposes an unmerely from human authority,* in- just and oppressive tax on Protesvolves a person in the guilt of treat tant Dissenters, by compelling ing the only object of all true them to remunerate the Clergy of worship with mockery; and must, the Endowed Church, for services even though performed in extenuat- which might be more advantageing circumstances, be displeasing ously performed by ministers or in the sight of him who " searcheth magistrates of their own selection, the heart,"t and who, being a who would cheerfully give them,
on so interesting an occasion, their vious uniformly consistent refusal of unbought blessing, or gratuitous compliance, procured a recogniservices.
tion of the validity of their marVIII. Because the Marriage riages, in the very Act which comservice prescribed by the Book of pelled all other Dissenters to conCommon Prayer, was notoriously form to the ceremony of the Enborrowed from the Ritual of the dowed Church. Romish Church, and is founded XII. Because the spirit and on the assumption of a tenet pecu- character of the present times imliar to that Church, viz, that matri- peratively demand that the more mony having been consecrated by numerous and influential denomidivine authority, to be a sacred nations of Protestant Disseuters sign, or mystical emblem, is au should no longer exhibit to their affair of ecclesiastical cognizance, fellow-countrymen that egregious belonging exclusively to the pro- lack of proper feeling and becomvince of a Priesthood connected ing energy, which their past conwith an Episcopal Hierarchy.
duct has betrayed. IX. Because many persons feel XIII. Because the limited class conscientious objections to a form of Dissenters, called Unitarians, of words which one of the parties upon whom this law presses with is invariably required to repeat :- aggravated weight, having during With this ring I thee wed, with my several successive Parliaments, body I thee worship, and with all brought the subject before the Lemy worldly goods I thee endow ; IN gislature, it has already undergone
THE FATHER, full discussion in both Houses, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE where the principle has been uniHoly Ghost: the former or versally conceded, on which an declaratory part of these words efficient measure of general relief containing expressions, the mean may be founded. ing of which, in the judgment of XIV. Because the
havpersons learned in the law, is high- ing been thus prepared by others, ly equivocal; while their combina- and the only obstacle which imtion with the solemn formula intro- peded the successful prosecution of duced at the conclusion, renders the object being removed by the the lawfulness of the whole ex recent accomplishment of parliatremely doubtful.
mentary reform, the orthodox DisX. Because the repeal of this senters will be utterly inexcusable, intolerant law will wipe off one if, when a new House of Commons reproach which has long attached is to be freely elected, they longer to the great body of Dissenters, hesitate to take such steps as may who are justly chargeable with be necessary to secure the speedy having made a pusillanimous com- passing of a decisive and effectual promise of the rights of conscience, measure of redress for a grievance as well as a lamentable defection which, having long been oppressive from that zealous regard to the and vexatious, has now become purity of Divine worship, and the utterly intolerable. honour of the Divine name, for *** Should the above “ Reawhich their Puritan forefathers
or Mr. "Joshua Wilson's were eminently distinguished. more elaborate "
Appeal,” make XI. Because the Society of any of our readers, who contemFriends, so long since as the year plate marriage, uneasy in the 1752, in consequence of their pre- prospect of submitting to the rite
as at present prescribed by the points that most affect their own laws of the country, we would minds. suggest, that they may relieve their The above paper is sold at a consciences by presenting to the cheap rate, by the dozen or hunofficiating clergyman a respectful dred, at Mr. Dinnis's, Paternosterprotest against the imposition, in which they can embody those
The golden harvest richly waved o'er Bethlehem's sunny plain,
And Ruth, who gleaned kind Boaz’ fields, became his solace, pride.
J. S. H.
N.S. NO. 92.
Arm'd with a faith which cannot fail ; Beyond the dark and circling tomb;
Where life's celestial gardens bloom. The little circle of his home
There as a seraph spread thy wings, Was far too narrow for his soul;
And range o'er every sun and sphere, Whose bound was heaven's surrounding And wonder that such little things dome,
As seas and realms could hold thee Whose field the earth from pole to pole. here. But, slow the swiftest ship can glide, A glorious messenger of love,
And slow the foot of man can tread ; Šent ever and anon afar, While meteor thought, o'er regions wide, Peace bearer, like the deluge dove,
And distant dangerous realms hath fled. To visit many a distant star! Thou wondrous, all exploring mind, Ranging o'er countless worlds, untird
Veiled in a dark and earthly shroud, The liberated spirit flies,
Like lightning bursting from its cloud ? A MISSIONARY of the skies !
From the “ Geistliche Lieder” of Klopstock. Saviour! by thy holy birth;
Help us, oh! thou blessed One,By thy life of innocence ;
Lamb of God, God's decree By thy sorrowing on earth;
Ere this earth its course began, By thine agony intense;
Slain for sinners such as we,By thy death upon the tree;
Help us still to live to thee! By thy triumph, when again
Help us unto thee to die; From the grave in Majesty
And, from care and sin set free, Thou did'st rise on high to reign : Make us thine eternally.
W. L. A,
OP DEN ZEVENDEN DER DAGEN HEEFT DE ALMACHTIGE
On the seventh day reposing, lo! the great Creator stood,
-saw and felt that it was good;