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all that is solemn in the retributions of the eternal world: the peculiarities of time and circumstance might, perhaps, at the present opportunity, with some justice be considered paramount to the claims of truth and religion. But we dare not suppress the fact, and to us it is a source of the heaviest grief, “that many of the sons of the Pilgrims have forsaken the Lord;" “ have provoked the Holy One of Israel to
are gone away backward." Descendants of New-England! This is a day on which it becomes us, with high exultation, to commemorate the virtues of our ancestors; and by our adherence to the principles, and our attachment to the institutions, which they have intrusted to our care, prove to the world how worthy we are to be called their sons. Wherever your allotment may be cast, you have much to do, to revive, and defend, and perpetuate the spirit and influence of men " of whom the world was not worthy.” Your children, and your children's children,“ will rise up and call you blessed," as you tread in the steps of your fathers. Little do the advocates of a liberal religion and morality anticipate the influence of their views on future generations, or suspect that they are devoting their offspring to a system of faith and practice that will plant thorns on their dying pillow, and embitter their reflections throughout eternity 6. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good
rians of the present age, are only men of good sense, and without much practical religion : and there is a greater apparent conformity to the world in them, than is bbservable in others.” He also says, that “ he hopes they have more of a real principle of religion than they seem to have .' He further allows, “ that they are pecaliarly wanting in zeal for religion."
way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest to your souls."
Christians of New-England! The events of the present day are calculated to prove your sincerity, and to discover the secrets of your heart. « Watch unto prayer.” Alike fearless of the allurements of that modern catholicism, which chants forth the praises of its own liberality* only to betray the unthinking and the unwary, and fearful of that “philosophy and vain deceit,” where many a mind shoots ahead of its own expectations, and passes beyond the hope of recovery or return it “contend, earnestly, for the faith once delivered to the saints.” “Be ye holy, harmless, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom
shine as lights in the world.”
* In a very excellent sermon, preached by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Miller, not long since, at the ordination of the Rev. William Nevins, as Pastor of the first Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, after expressing his views of the “ dreadful and soul-destroying errors of Arius and Socinus,” the Rev. author subjoins the following note :
“ The above language, concerning the destructive nature of the Arian and Socinian heresies, has not been adopted lightly: but is the result of serious deliberation, and deep conviction; and in conformity with this view of the subject, the author cannot forbear to notice and record a declaration made to himself, by the late Dr. Priestly, two or three years before the decease of that distinguished Unitarian. The conversation was a free and amicable one, on some of the fundamental doctrines of religion. In reply to a direct avowal on the part of the author, that he was a Trinitarian and a Calvinist, Dr. Priestly said, 'I do not wonder that you Calvinists entertain and express a strongly unfavourable opinion of us Unitarians. The truth is, there neither can, nor ought to be, any compromise between us. If you are righ:, we are not Christians at all; and if we are right, you are gross idolaters.' And nothing certainly can be more just.”
+ Dr. Priestly says of himself, “ He was once a Calvinist, and that of the strictest sect; then a high Arian, next a low Arian; then a Socioian; and in a little time a Socinian of the lowest kind, in which Jesus Christ is considered a mere man, as fallible and peccable as Moses, or any other Prophet.” He also says, “ I do not know when my creed will be fixed.""'
Ministers of New-England!“ Hold fast that you have received, let no man take your crown.” “The time will come,” yea, is now come, “when men will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts, shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and shall turn away their ears from the truth.” The prevalence, the deception, the dishonesty of error, are no cause of despondency to the friends of the “ truth as it is in Jesus." Perilous times may come; but in a little while, the Church shall put on her glory. Do not dissemble ; do not. wrest the Scriptures from their native import; but seize on every opportunity to manifest your adherence to the adorable mysteries of the Gospel. Stand up to your work; and be assured you have nothing to fear, but from the unfaithfulness of a shameful neutrality in a cause which is identified with your Redeemer's glory.
Fellow-immortals! see how every thing is measuring out the span of human life, and hastening one generation after another to eternity. Before another century shall pass away, other men will walk these streets, and be invested with these possessions. Before another anniversary, the places which now know you may know you no more. Forget not the God of your fathers. Come out from the world, and live as “ pilgrims and strangers on the earth.” And in a little while, all your wanderings shall be over : chastened by the trials of earth, and exalted by the spirit of heaven, you shall be partakers of a rich, a glorious inheritance, and enjoy the “rest which remaineth for the people of God.” AMEN.
BY FRANCIS WAYLAND, JR.
PUBLISHED AT THE REQUEST OF THE BOARD
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS.... TO WIT:
District Clerk's Office. REMEMBERED, That on the third day of November, A. D. 1830, in the fiftyfifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Hilliard, Gray, Little and Wilkins, of the said District, have deposited in this Office the Title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors in the words following, to wit:
* The Introductory Discourse and Lectures, delivered in Boston, before the Convention of Teachers and other Friends of Education, assembled to form the American Institute of Instruction, August, 1830. Published under the Direction of the Board of Censors.'
In Conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned :' and also to an Act entitled “An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, an Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending ihe benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.'
JOHN W. DAVIS, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.