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AMERICAN COTTAGER, by a man who is employed in turning over the pages of history. He pores over his book, he beholds on this Or, Conscience and the Lord's Supper, by the Rev. leaf one people, one king : he turns it, and lo! other
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American religion in the newly-formed settlements of
the Western States, is most graphically exhibited in American Anecdote.
this beautiful little narrative. Log-houses and logMr. W. a merchant in Boston, agreeably to his usual churches are here described by the pen of an intelligent, liberality, sent a present of chocolate, sugar, &c. to the pious, and devoted labourer in that Home Missionary Rev. Dr. Byles, with a pote desiring his acceptance of held; and we believe that every reader will be thankful it, as a comment upon Gal. vi, 6, “Let him that is for our recomiendation of this elegant and touching taught in the word, communicate unto him that tencheth, deliveation of piety among the new settlers of America. in all good things." The Doctor, who was then con- We purpose to enrich our pages with some of its affectfined by indisposition, returned his compliments to ing details. Mr. W., thanked him for his excellent Family Expositor, and wished Mr. W. to give him a practical exposition of Matth. xxv, 36, “ I was sick, and ye visited me."
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“ Haste to the throne in trouble's day;
Blown by the breath of heav'n away.
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“ And heavenly peace thy soul shall keep;
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Shall make obedience free and sweet,
Shall keep thy heart reclin'd on God!”
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MIRACLES have always been the means of demonstrat. ing the divine mission of the inspired servants of God. Moses, the founder of the ceremoniul dispensation of mercy to the nation of Israel, and Christ and his apostles, the founders of the evangelicul economy for all the nations of mankind, wrought miracles in proof of their heavenly cominission. Familiarity with the inspired records renders it unnecessary to enumerate for the readers of the Christian's Penny Magazine the wonderful works of God, by his inspired inessengers; the present observations, therefore, are livnited to the apostolic visit to Lystra, in Lycaonia of Asia Minor, as recorded Acts xiv.
Idolatry of the most absurd, ridiculous, and demoralizing character, was practised by the refined Greeks and Romans. Jupiter was regarded as the supreme divinity, or father of the gods, among both those refined divisions of the ancient world. Mercury was esteemed the god of eloquence, and the messenger of the other deities; and it was a common notion, that all the divi. nities were confined to some particular place or country; but that on some occasions they condescended to visit mortals, and converse with them on great affairs. According to this theology, they believed that Mercury usually accoinpanied Jupiter on these expeditions; and, agreeably to these notions, when the people of Lystra beheld the miracle performed on the helpless cripple, ther immediately expressed their astonishinent. Luke
says, “And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of inen. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker."
Instantly Paul and Barnabas were metamorphosed, in the imagination of these superstitious citizens, into Jupiter and Mercury, whom they supposed to be inseparable companions. Barnabas seeins to have been the tallest and most elegant figure ; and they concluded therefore, that he must be the father of the gods, whom they were accustomed to represent as an old man, of robust make and of majestic aspect. Paul, whose “ bodily presence was weak,” according to his own testimony, yet being but a young inan, of sprightly manners, whose public talents and rhetoric were most distinguished, they were persuaded could be no other than Mercury, the eloquent interpreter of the gods. This persuasiou might the more casily prevail in the minds of the people of Lystra, from the well-known fable of Jupiter and Mercury having descended from heaven in human shape, and being entertained by Lycaon, from whom the people of this province were called Lycaonians.
Honoured as they thus imagined themselves to be by a visit froin Jupiter and Mercury, having witnessed the miracle of benevolence in the healing of the cripple, the citizens of Lystra, to render due honour to these
illustrious personages for their condescension, determined on celebrating a public and solemn sacrifice, and MINON ROBINSON, THE AGED GREENWICH decked themselves and the victims designed for the
PENSIONER. offering. “Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates,
British sailors are entitled to the respect of the nation: and would have done sacrifice with the people.”
for their self-denying labours bave preserved our shores, Jupiter, it seems, they worshipped as the chosen and kept us in the secure possession of our peaceful guardian of their city; and a temple erected to his
homes. Many of them, it is true, exhibit a character honour stood a little way out of the town. The super
and habits, in which truly devout Christians cannot by titious or crafty priest immediately entered into the any means delight: but probably the churches of enthusiasm of the people, and brought victims and
Christ and individual believers are in a high degree culchaplets of Aowers, according to the rites of their pable, in having neglected to seek and promote their worship. With this preparation they proceeded towards spiritual welfare, by affording them more abundantly the lodgings of these holy men of God, to offer the the means of grace, and calling their attention to the sumptuous sacrifice, all wearing garlands, both the
gospel of their salvation. people and the victiins. Such proceedings shocked the
British sailors, however, are not all reprobates ; holy minds of these devoted servants of Christ; and, as
much has been effected for this class of our worthy the sacred historian remarks, “ When the apostles,
countryinen, in making provision for their spiritual Barnabas and Paul, heard these things, they rent their
edification ; under the Divine blessing, many have been clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and
made new creatures in Christ Jesus," and they have saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men
becoine “ living epistles of Christ, known and read of all of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye
nen.” should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all
of benevolence, has been not the least means of their things that are therein : who in times past suffered all
eternal good : for besides their personal comforts, nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he
which are so amply secured, and the religious instrucleft not himself without witness, in that be did good,
tion imparted by the chaplains in that noble instituand gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons,
tion, there are several chapels in the town, in which filling our hearts with food and gladness. And with
the gospel is faithfully preached by the Baptist, Indethese sayings scarce restrained they the people, that
pendent, and Wesleyan ministers, and many of the they had not done sacrifice unto thein.”
pensioners” attend those places of worship on the Every reader will observe the wise adaptation of the
Lord's day evenings, not a few of thein being meinbers address of these messengers froin God to the deluded
of the several chapels. and superstitious pagans. They derive their arguments
Among these devout men, one of the most distin. from no higher source thau natural religion, and insist
guished was MINON ROBINSON, who died Dec. 4, 1833, only upon the plain and obvious topics of creation and aged 92 years, after an illness of only a few days. He providence: for the works of creation are a certain was a member of the Independent church, under the dernonstration of the being of God - the living God,
pastoral care of the Rev. H. B. Jeula, Greenwich, and who made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things
highly esteemed by his minister and Christian friends. that are therein. In times past he suffered all nations,
Temperance and godliness might be seen beaming in except the house of Israel, to walk in their own ways,
his cheerful countenance; and his regularity at the without having given to thein any particular revelation
house of God, and devotional appearance when enof himself and of his holy will, like that which he had gaged in the service of the sanctuary, have been wit, made to his chosen people. Still his general providence
nessed with pleasure by the writer of this notice; and afforded to all ample proofs of his power and goodness;
they commanded the respect and love of all that knew as they declared, he left not himself without witness, in
him. Though so far advanced in life, his faculties that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven and
seemed unimpaired and vigorous, even to the last; his fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with foud and gladness. bodily activity indicated little more than half the years These arguinents are plain to the meanest capacity. He
which had passed over his head ; and in many respects who is the Creator and Preserver of us and all things,
he appeared the most remarkable man in the avhole the author and giver of all the good we enjoy, must be
establishment, which includes 2,700 pensioners. the only proper and the most worthy ubject of our Sir Jahleel Brenton, the excellent and pious Lieu. worship. Superstition however had so inflamed and
tenant Governor of Greenwich Hospital, took great transported the minds of the heathen, that with these
notice of Minon Robinson; and sometiines, we undersaying's scarce restrained they the people, that they had
stand, sent for him to enjoy his religious conversation. Sir not done sacrifice unto them.
Jahleel, we are informed, visited the venerable mariner, Paul and Barnabas would not, however, be satisfied
when he heard of his illness, desiring that every'thing pos, to reason with the people on the grounds of natural
sible might be done for his comfort, and was delighted religion: they preached to them the gospel of Christ
to witness his holy resignation to the will of his covefor their salvation. Disciples were found at Lystra :
nant God, and his triumph in hope of eternal glory by and though malignant Jews succeeded in prevailing on
Christ Jesus. His character was held in deserved rethe fickle multitude to stone their chief benefactor, and spect by his fellow-pensioners; and it is trusted that brutally drag him out of the city for dead, the Holy
his death has served to lead some of them to seek an Spirit bad blessed the good seed of the gospel already
interest in God our Saviour! sown, and we read that Paul and Barnabas returned again to Lystra, confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorling them to continue in the faith. The engraving at the bead of ihis article, represent
“There is no adversity, no disappointinent in life, that ing the intended sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas, is froin
does not leave behind it some serious, useful moral." one of the celebrated cartoons of Raffaelle, purchased “There is no idea which so directly tends to cirilize by King Charles I, and deposited in the palace at the human mind, making all men act towards each Hampton Court, of which they are esteemed the richest other as brothers, as any belief, however uncertain, ia treasures.
a state of future existence."
JOURNAL OF TRAVELS IN SOUTH AFRICA,
of the patriarchal life was seen in its most genuine
colours. As the customs of the East do not perinit Among the Hottentots and other Tribes, in the Years strangers to sleep under the same roof with the women,
1812, 1813, and 1814, by John Campbell, Minister visitors are always lodged under the porch, or in apart. of Kingsland Chapel, London. Abridged by the ments which have no communication with the principal Author. London. Tract Society. 18mo. Cloth. part of the house. At my desire, my bed was laid in a
raised corner under the porch, and my host reposed at MR. CAMPBELL's details, on his return from his mis- iny side ; for, according to the manners of the moun sionary travels, afforded the most lively delight to
taineers, the master of a family is both the keeper and crowded congregations in every part of Great Britain.
the guardian of his guests, a rule of hospitality which His volume, containing the journal of his travels, was I always fouvd most religiously observed. As soon as read also with deep interest, as it exhibits the triumphs
it was day, I attended iny host to the celebration of of Christianity among some of the most degraded of
mass, and resumed my journey, notwithstanding the human beings — the native tribes of southern Africa.
most pressing invitations to prolong iny visit. This abridgınent we regard as a most valuable and in
De Page's Trarels. teresting volume; which will form an admirable present for the young, peculiarly so for those who are collectors for missionary societies, or contributors to
True piety is lovely wherever seen: it irresistibly promote their evangelical operations.
throws interest and dignity around the most humble and There are few little volumes better calculated to pro
obscure; and when it beams brightly in the noble and mote the genuine improvement of the young pro
the brave, it imparts a double lustre to all their honours moting an enlarged benevolence of heart towards the
and their faine.” miserable heathen, and gratitude for our civilized British and Christian mercies - than this of Mr. Camp
LINES ON THE TERMINATION OF THE YEAR. bell's Journal.
A fleeting year with all its circling months,
Once more is lost in the expansive rush
Of that vast flood, Eternity, whose tide 18mo. Cloth. pp. 208. Religious Tract Society. Has onward roll'd its full, resistless stream, “ EXAMPLE is more powerful than precept,”, is a
Since the first morning of creation dawn'd;
And still will forward haste, till time shall cease, maxim which is finely illustrated in this valuable volume. Many bright examples, exhibiting the Christian
And this mortality shall be no more.
So speaks the inandate of th' Eternal God! graces, we have constantly before us in our favoured country: but in this choice collection of Anecdotes,
'Tis past! and seemeth now its realty but a dreain,
And its truest semblance is the invon ray, we behold a must instructive mirror, reflecting the excellences of many of the saints of God, in a most
Fitfully beaming through th' umbrageous grove, i striking manner. We give an example, illustrative of
Or streaming lucid on the peaceful lake. Luke xiv, 26:-“If any man come to me, and hate
'Tis gone! gone as the tropic whirlwind's blast,
When furious in wrath it sweeps the plain;
Or rending from its base some towering cray,
Adown the steep it falls precipitate, wife and children, who stood weeping by him ?
And distant groves re-echo back the peal.
"Tis fled! Hled as the vision of a summer dream, • Love them !' said he: Yes, if all the world were gold, and at my disposal, I would give it all for the
When solar languor steals upon the soul, satisfaction of living with them, though it were in a
And Ait the fairy forins in graceful dance; prison: yet, in comparison with Christ, I love them
The eager mind dispels the fantasy,
And wakes to prove the shadow of the bliss. not !'"
'Tis past ! and in its travellings have fallen
The great, the miglity, potentates and crowns,
And never shall oblivion veil its fame,
Or meinory forget its bright renown, The chief at Jelton having given me a letter to the mi- While Tiine shall spare the chronicles of earth, nister of Masra, a small village in the neighbourhood of Or hold its records sacred from its spoil: Mount Lebanon, I alighted at his door. He was not at For great has been the lustre of its scenes, home, but his wife received me in the kindezt manner, And glorious the annals of its deeds : and pressed me to wait her husband's return, and rest And while each year revolving to the view myself after my fatigue. She was a fine woman, in the Opens fate's dark predestination, flower of her youth, and conducted the detail of ber Scenes of to-iporrow dawn at inorning's break, family affairs in the midst of three or four little children,
And evening's shades proclaim the present past. whom she endeavoured to quiet by turns. Meanwhile The misty future, veil'd from mortal eye, the good man arrived from his farm, and seemed to vie Ere long shall beam upon the anxious view, with his wife in attentions to his guest. In compliance, And memory retrace prophetic thought. however, with the restraints which oriental manners Thus as successive years shall onward fleet, impose on women, she soon withdrew, and gave up her And Time shall haste it to its destined end, whole attention to the concerns of her family. At the Our frames must swell the inyriad hosts of dead, hour for evening respers, the people assembled in the And the heart's throbbing at the painful truth, open air, where prayers were offered up as much in the Counts its pulsations but that throb the less. spirit of true piety, and consequently in a inanner equally acceptable to the Deity, as if we had been seated under the gilded ceiling of the most sumptuous temple.
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ABYSSINIAN F1Y, 176.
Inquisition, history of, 96), 170, 178. Railways promote religion, 192.
Detached thoughts, 224, 298. Insects, proofs of mind in, 116. Reasoning, human, vanity of, 289.
Diary, Christian's, 328, 334, 357. Intemperance, effects of, 335. Reconciliation, on, 244.
Discovery, awfully instructive, 336. Ireland, voice of peace froin, 54; es- Rees, Rev. John, death of, 263.
tablished church in, 184.
Reform, hints for promoting, 37.
285, 864, 372, 390, 398.
Reproof of profaneness, 199.
Resignation and prayer, 170.
Resolution, a good one, 192.
"I will never leave thee," 328. Revelation of Jesas Christ, 21.
Jamaica, three months in, 147. Reverie, the, 48.
60, 67, 126, 167, 209, 227.
Jesuits, revival of their order, 357. Romaine, ker. Wm. death of, 399.
Education, on Christian, 31), 319. Jewish arguments for the Bible, 52; Roman grandeur, monuments of, 16.
Romans ix, a, criticism on, 14; xii,
3-5, explained, 325.
205, 213, 220, 230, 236, 245, 252, 261, their day of atonement, 312, 317. Sacrifice of bread and wine, 196.
Sailor's and Soldier's Pocket Com-
389, 397, 405.
Elders, reverence for, in Africa, 301. King George III, anecdote of, 248. Sailors, British, abroad, 357.
Kingston, earl of, his motto, 164. Salration, meditation on, 108; the way
Kneeling child, on the portrait of, 360. of, 183.
Krishna, the Hindoo idol, 193. Saturday evening prayer meeting, 288,
Saxons, religion of, 65.
tholomew's church, 392.
Schools in Israel, 233.
Escape for thy life," 360.
Sciences, progress of, 111; the Chris.
Legacy, prodigious, 344.
Scorner silenced, 93.
Leighton, abp. anecdote of, 238, Scrap-book, 104.
Liberality, clerical, 206.
Scrap-book, my, 47,63,71,79,87, 103,
Libraries, pablic, of Europe, 3-42. 144,191,199,246,271, 279,351,359,407
Life, genius of, 120; path of, 200, like Scriptures, on the dissemination of
the,!; excellency of the, 223; die
Lines in memory of H. W. 248. rections for studying, 301.
Sea, reflection at, 60,
Seals and mortos, 375, 382.
France, scate of religion in, 377, 387, “Lo I am with you always,"-320. Servants, maxims for, 9a.
Severus's arch, &c. 145.
French church, reform of, 166. Longevity, ancient and modern, 95 ) Shipwrecks, reflections on, 296.
instances of, 283.
Sierra Leone, notices of, 9.
Silence iu heaven, 118.
Madagascar, prospects at, 100. Sin, on reproving, 101.
Fuller, Rev. A. letter of, 262, Marshall, Dr. anecdote of, 304. Sister, my dying, 104.
Slave trade, illustrations of, 100.
Slavery, Godwin's lectures on, 16;
historical notices of, 22; legal docu.
207, 222, 238, 302, 326, 358. Melancholy, not caused by religion, 128. ments on, 26; sinfulness of, 125;
expense of, 159 : Brit. and Rom. 173.
pravity of, 324.
Soldiers, mortality of in W. Iud., 134.
Mexico, ancient, 289.
Songs of a pilgrim, 409.
Minister, Christian, on death of, 111. Soul, Indians' notion of, 214.
Minou Robinson, 410.
Spencer, Dr. hisdying commands, 102.
Missionary, lines on a, 24 ; reform, Sphinx, Egyptian, 41.
Goodwiu, Dr. Thos. death of, 223. 64; institution at Basie, 73; re- Spiritual operations, diversified, 119.
Spring morning, 152.
Graham, Miss, memoir of, 328. Missions, Eastern, of the Catholics, Stars, sonnet to, 125.
State, intermediate, poem on, Gl.
Stepney meeting-house, 353.
More, Mrs. H., death and legacies of, Stevenson, Kev. T. 90.
Storms and calms, 216.
Study, proper course of, 155.
Sunday Trading Society, 392.
Mother's influence, 61.
Sunday school system, 150.
Mourner, lines to a, 328.
Sunday school lectores, 221, 231, 287,
244, 250, 278, 286, 306,309, 324, 31%,
Sunset at sea, 276.
Synagogue, historie notices of, 201.
Highwaymen, deliverance from, 112. Negro slavery, abolition of, 94; in Syrian Christians, account of, 685,32%.
funeral of, 134; biography of, 142; Negro woman, inscription on, 72. Taste, the religiou or, 45.
Thirst, dearly quenched, 88.
Negrues, Christian, 88.
" Thy will be done,” 368.
Hints on the portable evidences of New Testament, Bogue's Essayon,352. Tower of London, 3-15.
New Year's counsel, 8.
Trusmigration of souls, 5.
Traveller, reflectious of a, 209.
Tyrant reprored, 176.
Venice, notices of, 25.
Official glory of Christ, 232.
Visit to au American pastor, 411,
War, expenses of, 13.
Orang Outang, 135.
Warfare, the Christian, 176.
Watch and pray, 107.
Past, present, future, 320.
Welsh eloquence, 237.
Paul preaching at Athens, 156. Whitfield," Rev. G. death of, 119;
Paul and Barnabas at lystra, 409. anecdote, 260.
Illustrations of Scripture, 152. Peru,scenery of, 198,281; ancient, 306. Wilberforce, Mr., death of, 248; ine.
moir of, 270, character of, 333; tri
Philosopher, op sacred history, 239. bute to,335; lines to his inemory 336.
Pleasure, substantial, 248.
Winter, Dr. death of, 272.
Wise taken in their own craft, 75.
136 ; ecclesiastical establishment, in Prayer, on, 12; enmity to, 136; guide Wolsey, cardinal, memoir of, 402.
British, description of, 354.
Worm that never dies, 32.
casioned by its invention, 384.
“You shall be my Cod," 3-16.
Providence, engaged for Christinns,76; Young, Dr. dying testimony oi, 327.
illustrated, 319; record of, 336.
Young mer's societies, 40s.
Zealanders', New, ideas of death, 12.