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comprising in a single view the various man, minister of the Reformed Chris. causes, direct and remote, which con- tian Church, both residing in Trenton, tribute to the sad phenomenon : at the county of Oneida, and state of N York. same time sensible, that the true causes A statement of the concerns of the must be apparent before our exertions society shall annually be made at their. to remove it can be directed in such a general meeting. manner as to furnish a well grounded Signed by order of the Society, hope of success, the Society propose to
JOHN SHERMAN, Secry. their enlightened christian brethren the
The Reformed Christian Church, in following questions ; upon which the
association with the members of the answers are expected before the first
United Protestant Religious Society in day of December, 1807, in a fair legible
the towa of Trenton, Oneida county, hand, copied by another, with a Symbo- and state of New York, informed of the lum, as usual, the author's name writ. laudable exertions of the “General Synode ten in a separate sealed paper, super. of the Reformed Dutch Church" to estab. scribed with the symbolum of his dis. Ish a “ Professorate,” for the purpose of sertation, and forwarded with the dis- obtaining a more learned ministry, and sertation, free of postage, to the Rev. thus to promote a correct and general John Sherman, Secretary of the Society. knowicdge of the sacred scriptures.
1. What are the principal causes of have (though unable to contribute to the increasing fanaticism, enthusiasm, this laudable undertaking of the General and infidelity within the limits of the Synod) unanimously resolved, in view Middle and Eastern States ?
of their own situation, to co-operate. So II. What are the most potent reme. far in the general object of diffusing dies for these moral diseases ?
christian knowledge, as to make a col. III. In what manner may these reme. lection twelve times a year, (viz. nine dies be the most successfully applied ? times at Oldenbarneveld, and three
The crowned dissertation upon these times at Holland's Patent, beginning questions shall be published, and the au- with the first Sunday in October) for thor shall receive a preinium of Fifty the following religious purposes : DOLLARS. The second shall be noticed Resolved ist. That one half of the with an accesset.
money collected, shall be entrusted to Members of the Society, who write the Rev. John Sherman, our minister, upon the subject, shall sign their disser. for the purchase of books and tracts, tations with their proper names, with written to promote the knowledge of out being candidates for the prize. the christian doctrine, who shall circu
The Society also propose the followlate them among the members of the ing questions for 1808. “Ithut degree church and society, and supply with of knowledge in Oriental and Greek litera- bibles those of them whose low cir. ture, Jewish antiquities, and Ecclesiastical cumstances may require this aid. History, is requisite to quulify a minister Resolved 2d. That the other half of of the gospel to silence the cavils, and suc the money collected shall be placed in cessfully to refuse the objections of ancient the hands of the Treasurer of The Soand modern infidels, against the Jewish ciety for promoting the knowledge of the and christian revelations ?”
Sucreu Scriptures, to be disposed of by The Society for promoting know'edge, said society in aid of the benevolent c. appeal to the hearts of their chris purposes of their institution. tian brethren of all denominations, to Resolved 3d. That the Rev. John co-operate with them in the important Sherman shall be qualified to open a cause.
correspondence with, and to receive Each member of the society pays two applications from any churches or re. dollars at his admission, and one dollar ligious societies, for the purpose of annually, so long as he continues to be miting and co-operating upon a more a member.
extensive scale in promoting the chrisDonations in money for the general tian cause ; provided he do not obligate purposes of the society, or in useful the church or society in any manner books and tracts, particularly Bibles, to whatsoever, without their previous conbe distributed among the poorer classes, sent or approbation. will be thankfully received.
Resolved 4th. That, as the Religious The money to be transmitted to Col. Protestant United Society, and The Pe. A. G. Mappa, treasurer, and the books forme! Christian Churchiare constituted (free of expense) to the Rev. John Sber by persons of different denominacions, the members of the church, in order . VIII. The name by which this church that the publick may be acquainted with is designated shall be, The Reformed their religious standing, deem it be. Christian Church. coming to publish the articles of their . By order of the meeting, union,
JOHN SHERMAN, Moderator Articles of union of the members of the Reformed Christian Church.
We are informed that Mr. John J. We acknowledge the Scriptures Watts, of Philadelphia, is about to put of the Old and New Testament to con to press a new and valuable work enti. tain a revelation of God's will to man- tled the “ Stranger in England." It is kind, and that they are in matters of said to contain a more satisfactory and religion, the only standard of doctrines particular account of Great Britain, than and rules of practice.
any work which has hitherto appeared. * II. We acknowledge that no other In it the character and manners of the conression or text of christian fellow. English, Irish, and Scotch are depicted strip and standing in the visible church in a style which marks the hand of a of God ought to be established than master and the judgment of a connois. that which Christ and his apostles made sieur. Rich with anecdote and critical necessary, or on which they received remark, it presents not only a veritable believers in the gospelMat, xvi. 15. picture of the present state of that 16, and 17. Acts viji, 36 and 37. 1 John country, in its moral and political rela. iv. 15, and 1 John v. 1.
tions, of which so little is at present · III. Liberty of conscience shall be known, not withstanding our constant preserved inviolate. Every member intercourse with it, but also exhibits shall be maintained in his right of free a novel and highly interesting scene to inquiry into the doctrines of scripture; the view of the traveller and the scholar. in publishing what he believes the To this country such a work is invaluaa scriptures contain, and in practising ble, and we announce it with a full aocording to his understanding of his confidence that it will prove in no small duty. This liberty shall not be abridg degree gratifying to every class of ed, as to his understanding and practice readers.-U. S. Gaz. respecting the ceremonies, ordinances, Letters of Lord Lyttleton.—The subor positive institutions of cliristianity. scribers intend to commit to press, in a
IV. The government and discipline few weeks, the first American edition shall be according to the direction of of the “ Letter's of Lord Luttleton the our Lord in Mat. xvii. 15, 16, and 17. Younger.” Conditions will soon be The executive authority of the church publishesl, and subscription papers pre. shall be vested in the minister, the el. sented to the lovers of fine writing. ders and deacons ; but if any one sup
WRIGHT, GOODEXOW, & Co. pose that by the church there mention, Troy, N. 1: Oct. 1806. ed, is intended the brotherhood gener. The publick will we gratifcd to hear Ally, he shall have the liberty of refer that a small volume of poems, written ring his cause for adjudication to the by Clarlotte Richardsor, with whose body at large.
interesting life we have been acquaint. · V. The oficers of the church, ellers ed through the medium of several pe. and deacons, shall be chosen by ballot, riodical publications, bas lately come to and hold their office during the pleasure hand, and will be reprinted by Kimber, of the church, or choose to decline Conad, & Co. of Philadelphia, in the serving any longer.
course of a few wecks. • VI. The mode of admission to the Fine ArisMrD. Edwin of Philadel. church shail be, that any person wish- phia has engraved and is now publish ing to become a member, shall make ing, a very accurate and clegant View known lais desire to the consistory, the of the Blood Vessels of the Human Body, minister, elders, and deacons, who shall, executed under the streetion and with if the applicant be a person of good the assistance of Dr. Wistar. The exmoral character, rcier bis case for deci. ecution of this engraving referts great sion to the church at large.
credit upon the skill, talents, and accu. VII. The Lord's Supper shall be rary of Mr. Edwin, and will be found oelebrated four times a year, twice at extremely useful to the students in Oidenbanevell, and i wice in Holland's physick and surgery, as well 5$ to Patent, on such particular Lord's days others who may wish to acquire f as shall be found convenient
knowledge of the anatomy of the hur man body, particularly in regard to the An important fact with regard to blood vessels.
the theory of electricity, has recently GREAT-BRITAIN.
been discovered by M. Bienvenu. By The following arrangement has been varying his experiments he has found, made at the Roval Institution for twelve in contradiction to the received opinion, courses of lectures, to be delivered the that glass and rosin produce the same ensuing season, by the undermentioned kind of electricity, and that the differgentlemen. 1. Ön Chemistry, by H. ence depends upon the rubbers. With Davy, F.R.S.-2. On Natural Philoso a cat's skin he electrizes an electropho.
hv William Allen, esa FLS.- rus of rosin, which manifests negative On English Literature, by Rev. T. F.
electricity : an electrophorus made of Dibdin.-4. On Moral Philosophy, by a piece of glass, and rubbed with a Rev. Sidney Smith, A.M.-5. On Dra.
cat's skin, manifests exactly the same matick Poetry, by Rev. William Crowe, kind of electricity as that of rosin. This L.L.B. Publick Orator of the Universi. experiment proves that if the conductor ty of Oxford.-6. On Zoology, by Geo. of an electrical machi
of an electrical machine constantly gives Shaw, M. D. F. L. S. Librarian to the positive electricity, the reason lies British Museum.-7. On Belles Let.
in the morocco cushions, which postres, by Rev. John Hewlett, B. D.-8.
sess the property of developing the On Musick, by W. Crotch, M. D. Pro- electricity of glass, which, received on fessor of Musick in the University of
the conductor, communicates to it a Oxford.---9. On the History of Cóm. positive electricity. To prove this, he merce, by Rev. Edward Forster.-10. substitutes cushions of cat's skin in On Drawing in Water Colours, W. M. their stead; the glass is then negaCraig, esq.-11. On Botany, J. E. Smith,
tively electrized, and the conductor M.D.F.R.S. and President of the Lin- furnishing it with the electricity it has nean Society.-12. On Perspective, by
lost, manifests a negative electricity. Mr. Wood. GERMANY.
STATEMENT OF DISEASES, &e. It is not without sincere satisfaction
from Oct. 20 to Nov. 20, 1806. that the admirers of Gessner's Muse,
. The temperature of the atmosphere and the amateurs of the arts will learn that his family has engaged Charles
has been pretty equable during the past
month. The weather generally fair, William Kolbe, an eminent German
yet varied, with moderate rains, and engraver, to give to the publick, at a moderate price a series of the best
some snow. The most prevalent winds
have been the north-west, next to that landscapes executed by Gessner. That artist has obtained permission of
: the south-west, and then the north-east. bis patroness, the princess of Dessall,
The cases of disease have been much
diminished in number this month. The to devote some years to this purpose at
most common complaint continues to be Zurich itself, amidst the family and the friends of the amiable poet. The
fever ; accompanied with local inflamfirst number of this work has recently
mation more rarely than before. A made its appearance. It contains four
few cases of cholera have occurred ; of
cynanche maligna ; of rheumatism, and prints in large folio, representing two of the best pieces in water colours in
of pneumonic inflammation. the collection of Gessner's widow, and two drawings in the cabinet of the ERRATA.- In the first page of the last princess of Dessau. The two first are Anthology, in Mr. Adams' Disquisition, known by the titles of the Fishermen the first sentence of the 6th paragraph and the Fountain in the Wood. The should read thus :subjects of the two others are pasto. “ Philosophy! which ages of superral scenes taken from the Idyls : Daph. stition idolized as a Divinity, and which, nis, and Phillis, and Coloe. The though stripped of those false trappings, execution proves that the honourable still retains attributes and attractions, task of introducing these performances worthy the homage, and challenging to the notice of the publick could not the love and admiration of man in evbe confided to abler hands. M. Kolbe, ery age." deeply impressed with the spirit and In the lines “On listening to a Crick the manner of his model, has render. et,” last line of 20 and 10th verses, for ed his conceptions with equal feeling shall read shalt-In oth verse, 1st line, and accuracy
for faithful read forfai.
For the Anthology.
Which shallow laughing hearers give to fools. SHAKESPEARE. THE scanty portion of happi: in appetite, can find some kind of ness, and the abundant diffusion of gratification in every place. But misery over the world, has been a perhaps there is nothing, which so constant source of lamentation in much disturbs the tranquillity of all ages, and in all states of socié social life, as that mocking, gibing ety ; but that the degrees of each spirit, which the Poet of Nature depend more upon ourselvesy than has justly condemned ; which, we are willing to believe, is per: though the possessors flatter them. haps as well founded in truth, as it selves to be the effect of superiour may appear to be paradoxical : quickness and penetration, has ever to complain of fortune, and re- been considered by the wise, as proach each other, are privileges characteristick of a light and su. we seem to cling to as tenaciously, perficial mind. as to existence ; to estimate them In highly cultivated society sue above the price of happiness itself; periour talents are necessary to and think, that peace and content. attain eminence, and even they ment would be purchased dearly will not always ensure success; by making them a sacrifice. In but though the spirit of honourable proportion as the progress of sci- ambition is felt by few, the desire ence and extension of literature of notice and distinction is comhave tended to ameliorate the con- mon to all; hence the labours of dition of life, and refinement of taste egotism to display itself, and the to polish the manners ; mankind exertions of vanity to extort admi. have been ingenious to counter- ration ; hence peevish invective is balance these blessings by fictitious indulged in the hope of being sorrows and artificial evils ; by dreaded as well-directed satire, forlistlessness and languor, by peev ward impertinence attempts to im. ishness and spleen, by arrogance pose itself for an easiness of adand conceit, which reason is not dress, and flippant pertness sets suffered to repress, and by insa- up for a wit to rail at the ignorance tiable vanity, which, generally be- and dulness of mankind. This ing as coarse in taste, as voracious gibing spirit, so frequently mens
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tioned by Shakespeare, appears to ferments and vents itself in ebullihave excited in his bosom a great tions of petty malice and mean dedegree of indignation and con- traction. The imperfect state of tempt ; of contempt for the qual man affords an abundance of crimes ity itself, as the ontspring of a fool's and follies, of deviations and misvanity, and of indignation at those takes, of strange and ridiculous “shallow laughing hearers," whose circumstances, which require no injudicious applause gives it an extraordinary penetration to disinfluence, which renders it mis- cover. It is easy enough for little chievous. That this propensity beings to spend their time in huntshould abound in polished life is ing out the little foibles, humours, not to be wondered at, when we awkwardness, or peculiarity, of consider how insidiously vanity their neighbours ; to hold them up mixes itself with all our actions, to ridicule, and delight themselves and how much its sphere of exer- and “ shallow laughing hearers," cise is enlarged by the decoration, with descriptions incessantly repageantry, and caprice, which at- peated. Cats, owls, and ferrets tend on luxury and fashion : but delight to hunt after vermin, bethat this spirit should acquire an cause they feed on it afterwards; influence to make itself dreaded, and monkeys will,for their own parwe must account for by supposing ticular gratification, perform that these laughing hearers to be as office for which decency and cleancowardly, as they are complaisant, iness require the assistance of a and that their applauses proceed comb ; but generous natures find as much from fear of being sub- no gratification in such employ. ject to its effects, as from the plea- ment; their aim is to attain superisure they take in seeing it em- ority, rather than degrade it ; to enployed on others.
courage the diffident, rather than It is evident, that ignorance and overwhelm them with confusion ; vanity are the legitimate parents and to support modest pretensions of mockery and flouting. Those and honest endeavours, when in who best know themselves find danger of being brow-beat by arimperfections enough at home to rogance, or of shrinking from the beget humility, and tenderness to jeers of a gibing spirit. A gibing the failings of others; and those spirit requires neither the keenness who have made some advances to- of satire, nor the brilliance of wit ; wards the temple of wisdom, find it often affects these qualities, but more pleasure in the extension of supplies their place by prying cutheir prospects, than pride in re- riosity, a spiteful temper, unblushviewing the small comparative ing assurance, a loud tone, mimprogress they have made ; but su- ickry, exaggeration, and not selperficial minds, having reached as dom by falsehood. It is most frefar as their feeble vision enabled quently possessed by those whose them to see, believe they have at- vanity has been mortified, or whose tained the summit of excellence, extravagant pretensions few wers and sit down in confidence to enjoy willing to allow ; by those whose all the immunities of vanity ; its chimerical notions of fancied hap pretensions being frequently not piness experience has overthrown, only unreasonable, but unbounded, or whose malevolence has been deare sometimes disputed; this gen- feated, and recoiled upon themcrates a petulant disposition, which selves ; but it reigns triumphave