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Another thing which pleases us in rect delineation of the character the writings of the Americans ge- and conduct of the individual, not nerally, is the manifest honesty merely for the gratitication of and good faith with which all their friends, or the satisfaction of idle positions are advanced, and the curiosity, but for the purpose of obvious practical tendency of all doing good, and exerting a salutheir speculations and under- tary influence upon the minds of takings. They may be mistaken; others. To this all their remarks, but they never seek to mislead. all their illustrations, all their quoThey have no pleasure in para- tations, are made conducive. It is doxes, and just as little in the certainly true that they not unfreproving of truisms. When they quently err in carrying these to too speak, it is hecause they have great à length, and so swell their something to say, which they deem books to such an extent, that the it important should be said. They perusal of them, except to persons are most rigid Utilitarians, not who have much spare time, and only in philosophy and politics, are strongly attached to such works, but in every department of human is rendered almost impossible; buit knowledge. In all their engage- notwithstanding this, we are bold ments, they never fail to have to say, that from few, if from any, before their view a detinite and of the numerous memoirs of transcertain object, to the attainment of atlantic worth, with which we have which their materials are of late been furnished, any reader rately disposed, and their exertions has risen with any thing approachnicely adjusted. Hence their pre- ing to a sense of weariness, or ference of physical to psychologi- without having derived inuch imcal philosophy; hence their de- provement, both in an intellectual, termined subordination of science and a spiritual point of view. to art; hence the superior estima. With these feelings it is with petion in which they hold the sound culiar pleasure that we hail the
and hard-headed present accession to our previous judgment of such men as Frank- stores in this department of reliJin and Jefferson in matters of po- gious literature, especially in the litics, to the speculations and de- very cheap and convenient form in ductions of the acutest and most which it is presented to us by its refined jurisconsult; and hence excellent and highly esteemed edialso among their theologians and tor. Containing, as it does, the preachers that steady direction of memoirs of the life, and large exall their efforts to the one grand tracts from the journal and letters, point of making the truth as it is of a most pious and devoted man, in Jesus tell upon the hearts and the friend and fellow.labourer of consciences of iheir hearers, to the Pliny Fisk, composed in a style of neglect of much of the inward simple but lively narrative by a essence and frequently all of the near relative of the deceased, and outward form of pulpit oratory, now coming in a condensed and for which they are so remarkable, portable form, nullo verbo omisso and by means of wbich they have quod proprium, nullo retento quod been honoured to be so useful. nimium sit- from the hands of one
The influence of the same prac who has long been known for his tical spirit is evident in all their station in the church, and his exbiographical compositions. The ertions in the cause of truth and one grand object in all these is, piety; we know no work which evidently, the exhibition of a cor- we could with more confidence
and greater pleasure commend to dom, and from the illustration the notice of our readers. For which it affords of the manner io ourselves we value it very highly, which revivals in America are not only for the information which brought about, and the point of it contains, which is by no means view in which they are regarded trifling, but also for the clear ex- by Christians there: hibition which it gives us of a cha. racter in which Christian feeling “ Middlebury College, June 24, 1814. and Christian principle are asso. " Rev. SiR The present is a solemn ciated with talents, literature, and period. God is pleased, in his mysterious personal influence, and yet main providence, to visit this seminary again by
the effusions of his Holy Spirit. The tain a superiority to which the work commenced about four weeks since. others are cheerfully subservient, Four young gentlemen of promising taas well as for the pleasing and lents, who had been long regardless of
God and their own salvation, are now proanimating impression which the claiming their Maker's praises. At preperusal of it leaves upon the mind. sent they appear to possess
spirit of For, as Mr. Innes justly remarks: Christ, and are much engaged for the sal
vation of their fellow-students. Thousands “In reading the Memoir of Mr. Par
may be brought to glory through the insons, we are carried back to the days of strumentality of these young disciples, EDWARDS, and BRAINERD, and HENRY perhaps many perishing heathen. Bless Martyn, and are reminder of that high- the Lord, oomy soul? let all the saints toned piety by which these eminent ser
praise him. Last evening, about a hun. vants of God were distinguished; and dred students assembled in a conference while every reader must be struck with meeting, avd many were deeply affected. the contrast between the singular devo
While the brethren spoke of the attri. tedness of such men, and that dwarfish butes' of God, particularly his justice Christianity with which professors in in the destruction of the incorrigible general, in the present day, rest satisfied, sinner, and his mercy in saving any, al! it is useful and edifying to place such was silent as the grave. One who had models before our view. While such a
for a long time neglected his duty as a contrast is fitted to fill us with deep hu. Christian, and mingled with the world, nility, we shall pot improve these exam- arose with a burdened heart. His coun: ples as we ought if they do not stimulate
tenance strongly indicated the anguish of us to increased zeal and activity, while his mind. Tie spake of his past conduct they show what, even in this state of im
with the deepest regret, and solemnly perfection, men of like passions with our- warned sinners not to let his life prove selves have attained." - Pref.
the ruin of their souls Many wept; O As the incidents of Mr. Par- yes, many, who, a few days since, trifled
with serious subjects, now weep for their sons's life present us with little immortal souls. The scene reminded us of that is very new or striking, we the general judgment, when saints with shall not occupy the time of our rejoice in the smiles of their Saviour, and readers with a recital of them. sinners will tremble at his final sentence. We shall better, we apprehend, most active in wickedness, now cry for
Some of those very individuals, who were engage their attention, and give mercy. God has smiled upon this instithem a better potion of the interest tution in a peculiar manner. This is the
fourth revival which I have witnessed of the volume, by presenting them
here. In the senior class twenty-five are with a few extracts from his diary hopefully pious; in the freshmen all but and letters as they are furnished to four. ' Not unto us, O Lord, not unto as; us in the Memoir. The following but to thy name be all the glory.' What letter to the Rev. Moses Hallock, holy child Jesus !
• wonders are wrought in the name of the
There is the sound of of Plainfield, Mass., written when
much rain. Oh! that the saints at PlainMr. Parsons was at college, is field would pray for us at this critical valuable, both from the exhibition moment. Who can tell but God designs which it gives of the lively interest
to raise up many in this.college to proclaim
salvation to the heathen, and hasten on which, at a very early age, he took the latter glorious day? in the progress of Christ's king- “ The revival among your dear people
is peculiarly pleasing to Christians here. 80 the Lord pitieth them that fear him.! God is evidently demolishing the walls of Will the Redeemer leave me to languish Satan's kingdom, and building up his and faint in a foreign land ? Will he
The church is coming up out of the cast me from his presence? No, Di. wilderness, leading on her beloved.”- vine Saviour, thou wilt never leave me, pp. 30, 31.
nor forsake me. '1 hough far from paFrom the pleasure with which
rents and friends, thy presence will sup
port and comfort me, and the Holy Spirit Mr. P., in this letter, seems to con
guide me into alltruth. If the Lord be template the probability of some on my side, ‘I will not fear, though a proceeding from the literary semic host encamp against me,' though
My grace,' saith nary from v hich he wrote, as mis. buried in the sea.
. Now, sionaries to the heathen, it is evi. God, is sufficient for thee.
blessed God, accept this surrender of my dent how deep an interest, even at all into thy hands; and when I present that time, he took in the great myself in a public manner to take the scheme of missionary, enterprise. thou graciously accept the offering, and
most sacred vows upon me, then wilt Long antecedent to this, however, grant me an unction from the Holy a desire to be personally engaged nie.' Guide me, 0 thou great Jehoin the work had taken possession vah, while I wander as a pilgrim and a of his mind, and he had exclaim. stranger; and when the work which thou ed
last for me to do is completed, then may
'I have fought a good fight, I have “ Become a missionary! Oh, blessed finished my course, I have kept the faith; thought! May I indulge it! Labour, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown toil, suffer, die for souls. Oh! the hos of righteousness, which the Lord, the nour is too great! 'tis an angel's trust;- righteous Judge, shall give me in that here I pause and wonder."-p. 28. day.' ”- pp. 100, 101. And here he continued to pause
Before setting sail for Palestine, for a considerable time, revolving to which quarter of the world he in his mind the question of duty, and his friend Fisk had been aplaying his case before the Lord, pointed, Mr. P. spent some time and soliciting the advice and coun
as a missionary, and subsequently sel of his friends; nor was it until as an agent for the missionary he had nearly finished his theolo- board, in his own country. During gical studies at Andover, that he that time his labours were most came to the final resolution of de abundant, and his success great; voting himself to the cause of the but he felt that there were numbers heathen in the service of the gos work fully as efficiently as he, and
at home who could do the same pel. But having once made his mind upon the subject, he he longed to enter upon that sphere ceased to have either hesitation in of labour to which he had dedigoing forward, or even a transient cated his life. Accordingly, on inclination to look back. In his the 3d of November, 1819, he and journal, under the date Aug. 26, Mr. Fisk sailed from Boston for 1817, he thus writes:
Asia Minor, and landed at Smyrna
in January, 1820. After residing “In the view of the approaching som lemnities of my ordination as a missionary
in this city for some time, and to the heathen, I desire this day to hum. visiting the site of some of the ble myself before God, and plead for the seven Asiatic churches, he set sail influences of the Holy Spirit. In this for Jerusalem, leaving Mr. Fisk dedication Christ must have all. The examination of the subject of missions, lication of tracts, and to supply the
at Smyrna to superintend the pubafter years of serious and painful enquiry, has terminated in a tranquil con- agents with Bibles. The followviction of duty. Weak and unworthy asing excerpts from his journal during I am, this is my consolation, that the this period may not be uninterestLord will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking fax. This is all my ing to our readers.
While at hope. • As a father pitieth his children, Jerusalem he went to witness one
of the great ceremonies of the Lord, I believe, forgive my former un. Greek Church ; what follows is a
belief. After this the pilgrims retired, description of what took place :
abundantly satisfied with what they had
seen and heard.”—pp. 206-208. “Every apartment of the church was
Thus is it that the most solemn crowded with Turks, Jews, Christians, mysteries of our faith are materialand with people from every nation under ized and burlesqued, and men's heaven. These assembled to witness the
minds blinded and abused, even on supposed miraculous descent of the Holy Spirit, under the similitude of fire. It the very spot where these mysteis estimated that at least 5000 people ries were first published, and their were present. The governor of the city, real verity first experienced! and Turks of rank were there. convenient place was allotted me, to ob
What Christian is not ready to serve distinctly every ceremony. About
utter the cry,“ How long, O Lord, twelve o'clock we witnessed scenes of a how long ?" On leaving Jerusavery extraordinary nature, and highly de
lem, Mr. Parsons thus writes : rogatory to the
Christian profession. А body of Arab Christians, natives of Pa
“ Before leaving the city, I must say, lestine, were admitted to perform their that in many respects my time bas passed part in the duties of the holy week. They
pleasantly since my arrival at the holy began by running round the holy sepul
city. My health, I think, was never bet. chre with all the frantic airs of madmen,
ter for three months in succession. If I clapping their hands - throwing their
had been better furnished with Bibles caps into the air-cuffing each other's and tracts, I might, by the Divine blessears - leaping half-naked upon the shoul- ing, have greatly extended my useful. ders of their companions -hallooing, or
As it respects gaining and impartrather shrieking to the utmost extent of
ing information, this is, indeed, the centre their voices. This was the exhibition
of the world. The station must not be reto five thousand people, who were in ex- linquished. The door is already open. Diffi. pectation of soon witnessing the descent culties must be expected; but the good of the holy fire.
resulting from a mission established here “ About one o'clock the Turks entered will be an infinite reward. the small apartment of the holy tomb, ex- “ May 3.-Early this morning visited tinguished the lamps, closed the doors, the bishops, and took my leave of them. and set a watch. I was determined to They said, 'We wish to see you again in enter myself ihe holy sepulchre, with the
this city'- Left the city at six o'clock, Russian Consul, to see from what direc- by the Jaffa gate. As I ascended the tion the fire proceeded. But they re
hill west of the city, I turned to take anplied, “ The Turks will not give permis
other view of the dearest spot on earth. sion to strangers to enter. Shortly after
The words of David were fresh in my the principal Greek priest entered the mind, 'If I shall find favour in the eyes holy sepulchre, attended by the Arme- of the Lord, he will bring me again, and nian patriarch, and also by the Syrian show me both it and his habitation.” patriarch. The Greek priest, however, pp. 211, 212. entered the sacred apartment unattend. This earnest desire to be pered. Every eye was fixed as the time approached. As we stood waiting, sud- mitted to revisit the land which he denly there darted from the sepulchre a so much esteemed, was not desflaming torch, which was carried almost tined to be gratified. A few instantaneously to a distant part of the
months only had intervened after assembly. I stood among the tirst to receive the fire, and to prove that, as to the penning of the above sen. its power of burning, it contained no ex. tences, when it pleased the Alltraordinary qualities. The zeal of the wise Dispenser of events to call pilgrims to get a part of the fire before
this faithful and laborious servant the superior qualities departed (as they to the better Canaan, and to that nutes) endangered the lives of many. Se enduring habitation whose builder veral were well nigh crushed to death. and maker is God. The circumSome lighted candles, others tow, with a
stances attending his decease, view to preserve a part of its influence. Some held their faces in the blaze, saying, which took place at Alexandria ' It does not burn.' Others said . Now, on the morning of the 10th of Feb.
1822, in the 30th year of his age, story will go down to the next are given in a most interesting generation as most authentic, and letter from his colleague, Mr. be cited as unquestionable eviFisk, addressed to Mr. Morton, dence in support of a doctrine the author of these memoirs. We which, after all, may be itself very could willingly have transferred questionable. this letter entire to our pages, but That individual, therefore, dewe have already exceeded the li- serves the thanks of all intelligent mits to which we originally in- and upright minds, who stops such tended to contine ourselves. a narrative in its course down the the less regret this, however, as stream of time, and exposes to the
are confident, that, from the observers of the present age, its extracts we have given,
given, our falsehood, which, if not corrected, readers will not require a repeti- will become a proof in support of the tion of our recommendation to superstitious creed with the coming peruse the volume for them- generation. Such a task has been selves.
well performed by the venerable Appended to the Memoir are author of the pamphlet before us, two sermons by Mr. Parsons, one which will be regarded by all upon Revivals in Rcligion, and the lovers of goblin tales as one of the other on Missions, which afford most provokingly cool and comvery pleasing specimens of his plete falsifications of a very good power of illustrating and enforc- ghost story that was ever performed. ing divine truth; and extracts from The case is this : the Rev. Rihis Farewell Address before leaving chard Warner, F.A.S. Rector of America, replete with the finest Great Chalfield, and a cordial feeling and the noblest zeal. We hater of all enthusiastical feeling shall probably, with the editor's and fanatical excitement in religion, permission, transfer, at some future has yet enough of sympathy with period, a few of his paragraphs the weak and the ignorant to beto our own pages in the contident lieve the following narrative, which assurance that they will be nothing he has “ introduced, by way of impoverished thereby.
episode,” into the second volume of
his Literary Recollections.” Remarks on some Passages in the " Lite
“ My sincere respect for the memory rary Recollections" of the Rev. Richard
of the Rev. Joseph Townsend, would, Warner, F.A.S. Rector of Great Chal.
were I to follow its impulse, lead me field, Wilts. In a Letter to a Friend.
into a length of remark upon his charac8vo. pp. 22. London: R. Hunter,
ter and attainments, incompatible with
the nature of my work : I will therefore When some gossipping chronicler
close this biographical sketch with the chooses to give to the public, as communication of a very singular fact, 'veritable bistory, a long account related to me, in the first instance, by of some supernatural occurrence,
him ; but which has since been confirmed
by a voncher scarcely to be resisted, in which he professes his own indisputably true report, of Dr. Alsop's solein belief,” and justifies his vica voce declaration on his dying bed. credulity by a minute detail of “ Lord William Petty was the third plausible circumstances, that makes
son of the old Marquis of Lansdowne, and
brother of the present highly gifted Lord even doubters to pause, and which of Bowood. He had attained the age of the superstitious regard to be seven or eight years; as remarkable for 6 Confirmation strong,
the precocity of his understanding, as he
was unfortunate in the delicate state of As proof of holy writ,”
his constitutional health. The Marquis, there is little doubt but such a called to London by his Parliamentary