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Scripture; for there is a great variety of|fying transgressor, in maintaining his other expressions, in God's word, pe controversy against the heavens, would culiarly adapted to the feelings of gra- have God come down to his terms.cious persons, in the solemn circum- But, must God be reconciled to the stances of dying
sinner? Is God to acknowledge that Natural death is often personified by his ways are unequal? Is God to rethe King of Terrors; and many appa-cede from bis holy law that the sinner rently good people are in the habit of may be happy? The uniform language expressing themselves as though it was of Divine Revelation is to this point, Be a revealed truth, that death is the king || ye reconciled to God. And when the of terrors both to the saint, and to the heart is reconciled, then there is peace, sinner. From representations frequent-contention with God ceases, Jesus ly made, the attentive youth receives Christ is precious to the soul, and the this impression, and he receives it just convert has joy unspeakable. The ly, that even to the real Chirstian, no-prayer in Psalin iv. 6, Lord, lift thou thing is so terrible as death.'But, is this up the light of thy countenance upon us, sentiment taught in the oracles of God? expresses no idea of this kind, that God In Job xviii. 14, we read an affecting would be reconciled to us. It implies, description, which the inspired Bildad however, an heart reconciled to God, gave of the wicked man; and among and earnestly supplicating the Divino other things he said, His confidence....... presence. In such a frame of spirit, the It shall bring him to the king of terrors. disciple of Christ prays,“ Manifest thy In the same paragraph, a reason for self unto us." this assertion is expressed: His own Isa. Ixiii. 3, is often introduced as counsel shall cast him down. It is ask- referring to the sufferings of our bles: ed, how is the upright and godly char-sed Saviour. I have trodden the voine acter implied in this threatening ?-press alone, and of the people there was The words are appropriated expressly none wilh me ; for I will tread them in to the wicked, to him that knoweth not mine anger, &c, Whoever reads God. There is no doubt but that these words, attentively, with the condeath may be the king of terrors to text, will see reasons to believe that it those on whom the wrath of God abi-is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. The deth, and who die in their sins. But paragraph evidently looks forward to it appears inaccurate and unjust to ap- that great and glorious period, when ply the words to the faithful in Christ Jesus Christ will render vengeance to Jesus, who die in the Lord, and for his adversaries, when he will dash whom to die is gain. It is desirable them in pieces like a potter's vessel, that all those distinctions should be and stain his raiment with their blood. observed that the Holy Ghost hath When the year of his Redeemed is come, made, between the righteous and the there will be such manifestations of his wicked.
power both in the destruction of his enThere are religious persons whoemies, and in the protection of his litgenerally have these petitions in their tle flock, that He alone will be exalted form of prayer: “Lift thou up the light as his people's Deliverer. Rev. xix. of thy reconciled countenance upon 13–16, furnishes a key to this prophevs,” and “Be thou a reconciled God cy. Here the Holy Ghost explains unto us.” Are we supported by the what was said, in the prophetic words Scriptures, in making such requests ? under consideration; and we contem Do these petitions agree with the feel-plate Him, in prospect, whose name is ings of a broken spirit and a contrite called the Word of God, smiting the naheart? We have no doubt but that ittions, and treading the wine press of the is the desire of the sinner's heart, when fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. concerned for his soul, that God would That familiar Scripture in Hosea iv. be reconciled to him. The self-justi-\17, Ephraim is joined lo idols, let him
álóné, has been often misapplied.-ja trial to ourselves. It should be From the connexion in which the friendly, temperate and well bred.
words are commonly used, people re Social visits.-- Would we make the WI
ceive the idea that God is here addres- best improvement of visits, it appears
The eminently humble Christian
The best Excperiences. Those are
the best experiences which are qualifi-
word to you is this, Let him alone. or partial; i.e. which are attended
tice and mercy ; holiness and grace; ry at Jerusalem,to inquire in the temple majesty and condescension of God;
and to be steadfast in my covenant." and 3d, That are raised to an high deDeline In this text, it is conceived, the Lord gree. The higher the better, if they vilki solemnly warns all his people against are thus qualified. associating with the ungodly world, in
Cavils. Objections against a thing periode their sins, parallel with that direction fairly proved are of no weight; the
in 2. Cor. vi. 17, Come out from among proof rests upon our knowledge, the
Mags. M. M. Errors.-Error seldom walks abroad
in her own dress; she always borrows
On giving reproof. Whether it be toof truth and reason.
otter; h their senedig
preached at Durham, N. Y. by Seth
In Senate, June 2, 1814. Williston, Pastor of the Presbyterian
Read and concurred, and the Hon. Church in that place.” In the first Messrs. White and Bemis, are joined. three Discourses the author spreads
JOHN PHLLIPS, President. before the eye the most interesting pas
The Committee appointed by both sages of scripture, which relate to the Houses to consider what further proSabbath, making suitable comments, vision is necessary to enforce a due oband applications to the practices of our servance of the Lord's day, and te country, as he goes along. By pass
whom were committed several petiing over those ideas in later quotations from the people on this subject, tions, which had been the subject of with leave to report by bill orotherwise previous remark, he constantly pre- have attended to the duty assigned sents the reader with something new.thein, and respectfully offer the follow In the fourth Discourse he offers you|ing the arguments for the perpetuity and
REPORT change of the Sabbath. The fifth is We find a law passed March 8, filled with Reflections. The whole 1792, and another passed March 11, concludes with an Appendix, contain: | 1797, the provisions of which extend ing“ Some brief Strictures on Dr Pa- not only to all the evils mentioned in ley's Scripture Account of Sabbatical the petitions, but to all such as are in Institutions."
any other way known to us to exist in This useful little work would be a regard to the outward observance of valuable acquisition to any family, the Sabbath. The provisions of these particularly those which contain chil- two laws we think are sufficient to ac. dren. If it is not too large, (144 pa-complish the end proposed, if they ges 18mo.) it may lay a reasonable were faithfully and discreetly execu. claim to the notice of the Tract Soci- ted. The preamble to the first law is eties. At least those benevolent indi-| solemn, clear and impressive. It states viduals who are in the habit of pur the design and use of the Lord's Day chasing small books for gratuitous dis- in a manner well calculated to excite tribution, may find this among the
in the minds of the people, and of the by which are worthy of their
pious at: officers named in the laws, a just sense tention.
of their responsibility and duty, and to stimulate them to corresponding ef
forts. The specifications and increasPROCEEDINGS OF THE MIDDLESEX CON
ed penalties, which follow, appear not Concluded from page 258.]
to us to require any further additions
from the Legislature, until it shall apREPORT OF THE LEGISLATURE ON THE
pear from a fair experiment in execu
ting the laws, that the evils are not reCommonwealth of Massachuselts. moved. In the House of Representatives, May 26,1814. But while we thus report that no
Ordered—That Messrs. Brown, of further legal provisons are required Boston; Seccomb, of Salem, and from this honorable body, we are still Bridge, of Southampton, with such as impressed with a deep sense of the ex the tonorable Senate may join, be atent and importance of the evil como Committee to consider what further plained of both by the clergy and the provision is necessary to be made to people, and are earnestly desirous to enforce the due observance of the give all the aid in our power to the ex: Sabbath, within this Commonwealth,||ecution of the laws, by our renewed with leave to report by bill or other-| sanction, and the full expression of our wise.
sentiments and feelings. Sent up for concurrence.
We believe, that an enlightened, uTIMOTHY BIGELOW, Speaker. niform and pious observance of the
OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH.
Lord's Day, in attending public and || denomination in the Commonwealth. private instruction and worship our That each Minister be requested to selves, and in refraining from all ac- read in his pulpit, on the Sabbath, the tions and practices which may disturb existing laws, for the due observance the worship and instructions of others, of the Lord's Day, and to address the is a duty solemnly binding upon the people on the subject; pointing out as conscience of every individual. We fully and explicitly as the occasion believe that without the appointment and the circumstances of his people and continuance of the Lord's Day, may require, according to his own public instructions and worship would judgment, the importance and value of soon languish, and perhaps entirely the Sabbath, and the reasons which cease: that private worship and the best bind us to observe it, and to obey the virtues of social life would share the laws of the Commonwealth : same fate : that the scriptures, contain That the people be especially and ing the records,the principles, the duties distinctly called upon to elect such and the hopes of our religion,would soon moral and religious men to fill the ofpass from the recollection of multitudes fice named for the particular execution of our citizens who now regard them, of the laws in regard to the Sabbath as and never become known to the great shall giv the public a rational confibody of the rising generation: that the dence, that all proper means will be
powerful and happy influence which adopted to meet the just expectations they now exert upon public sentiment of the Legislature, and of all the lovand morals would be seen no longer : ers of righteousness, peace and order: that the safety of the state, the moral That the people be distinctly remindand religious iinprovement of the peo-ed of the necessity of supporting such ple, the personal security and happiness public officers in the faithful discharge of all, are intimately, if not inseparably of their duty, by uniting and preserving connected with the uniform and consci- the common sentiment in their favor, ențious observance of the Lord's Day, and not permitting it, by neglect or ir. and its various institutions and servi-| ritation, to turn against them to injure ces; and that we are all bound to make their reputation, business or happiness: every just and proper effort to secure And that the officers themselves, the execution of the laws which have who are or may be thus appointed, been already made upon this important should be discreet, judicious and beand interesting subject. However nevolent,while they are yet honest and wisely and skillully laws may be fram- firm in the execution of their trust, aced, they must greatly depend upon the cording to the oath of office prescribed public sentiment and virtue, and espe- in the statute. All which is respectcially in all ineasures of a moral and fully subunitted by order of the Comreligious character, for their final and mittee. complete success. We trust the pub
D. A. WHITE, Chairman. lic sentiment and virtue in this Com
In Senate, June 14, 1814. monwealth are sufficiently elevated
Read and accepted, sent down for and powerful to secure the execution
concurrence. of just laws' for the observance of the Sabbath, when once the public mind
JOHN PHILLIPS, President. shall be properly and simultaneously In the House of Representatives, June directed to this object, and to the rea 14, 1814, sons which enforce it.
Read and concurred. We therefore recommend the fol TIMOTHY BIGELOW, Speaker. lowing measures to be adopted by the A true Copy. Attest, Legislature: That this report be printed, and a
S.F. MCLEARY, Clerk copy sent to each Minister of every
of the Senate. VOL. 2 mm
Directions to Tithingmen, and others, || to the demands of the Tithingman..
how to prevent unnecessary travel. For the first mentioned offence, he ling on the Lord's day.
may be fined, by the Justice of the 1. Have complaints, and warrants | Peace : for the last mentioned offence, prepared, (except adding names, and viz. not giving true answers to the deplaces of abode,) previous to the mands of the Tithingman, he may be Lord's Day
bound over to Court ; and be prosecu2. Let a Magistrate, and an officerted by presentinent of the Grand Jube near at hand, on the Lord's Day,|| ry, before the Circuit Court of Comso that should it be necessary, a com mop Pleas. plaint may be entered, and a warrant 5. If the offender have escaped out issued, and executed, without delay. of the County, let the Titbinginan give
3. Let the Tithingman exantine all information to the Grand Jury of the persons, whom he shall have good Circuit Court of Common Pleas. cause to suspect of annecessarily trav 6. Any citizen may prosecute for elling on the Lord's Day; demand of|| unpessary travelling on the Lord's Day, them the reason of their travelling; and under the same advantages as a Tithalso their names, and places of abode.ingman, except in case where the If the reason be not satisfactory, and complainant is entitled to a part of the there be danger of the traveller's es- fine, he cannot himself be a witness : cape, let a complaint be immediately but to obviate this difficulty, let some entered, before a Justice of the Peace other person enter the complaint, and in the County wherein the offence may the citizen aforesaid be cited as a witbe committed, a warrant inmediately ness. issued, and executed, and the travel It may be added, that refusing to ler kept in the custody of the officer, answer the enquiries of any person till he can have his trial. If there be not a Titningman, is not a legal ofno danger of the travolter's escape, it fence. will be proper to delay entering the Note. No Tithingman should receive complaint, till after the Lord's Day. a fine of offenders, even if offered.
4. Should a traveller refuse to give the Tithingman his name, he may be
ADDRESS TO THE PUBLIC. prosecuted under any name; and General accounts are continually rewhen he proves that he has been niis-ceived, of the extension of exertions nained, let his true name, by consent to prevent violations of the Sabbath of both parties, he inserted.
in various parts of this Commonwealth If the traveller will not consent to and of New-Hampshire. In Connectthis amendment, the warrant must be icut exertion has already become uniquashed ; but before he is discharged a versal; and wherever made, is sucnew warrant, containing his true namecessful. About ninety persons were may be issued, and executed. There present at a convention at Worcester, need be no embarrassment in making on the 19th of October; and it was reout, or swearing to a complaint with solved, among other things, to form a supposed name, as the name is, in a themselves into a society for the suplegal view, an unessential circum-pression of vice in general, and parstance. The Justice may explais, orticularly of profanity, inlemperance, in administering the vath, qualify it and the profanation of the Lord's Day. with words like these, though you Minor societies are to be formed in are uncertain with respect to the true each town, which are in future to send name of the offender."
delegates to the general society.In this case, the traveller is guilty of This is only a sketch, communicated two distinct offences, viz. of unneces- by an individual from memory. A sary travelling on the Lord's Day, and more particular account of this and also of refusing to give true answers, ll other conventions will probably soon