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efit of his power for the suppression say “It is enough." The papal Inquiof free inquiry. Nor can we doubt, sition did not, like Jonah's gourd, that there are clergymen in this land, grow up in one night. It was the who have as good a right, as his Ho- fruit of a long course of gradual liness, to interpret the scriptures for usurpation on the part of the clergy, others, and to set up their own inter and of encroachments on the chris. pretations as infallible, requiring all tian liberties of the church. If tritheir brethren to submit to their de. bunals should now be erected among cisions. Why then should we won us with all the power which has been der if men, thus qualified, associate or proposed, let it not be imagined, that çonsociate, and exercise their power this will satisfy the cravings of those, for the “preservation of their faith, who are not contented with the ar. and the extirpation of veresies?” As rangements made by the Head of the there is not in every circle a tribunal church. If the first demand should already formed, why is it thought be granted, this grant will be a stepstrange, that those who are conscious ping stone to higher power; and thus of their own infallibility, should wish gradual advances will probably be to have new tribunals organized? If made, until the tribunal shall be felt the Pope had a right to organize the as a curse to community, a terror to tribunal of Inquisition, others, equally every honest mind, and a shield for infallible, may be supposed to have subservient and abandoned hypocrites. equal rights. If the Nuncio, in the We do not believe that this is now exercise of his "christian liberty," intended, but it may be expected as the could plead for the continuance of a natural result, should the plan be atribunal, which destroyed the chris. 'dopted. tian liberty of ten millions of people, In our opinion, it was not an over. let it not be thought extraordinary if sight in the Lord Jesus, that he negsome in this land, in the exercise of lected to institute the wished.for their "christian liberty," make efforts tribunals. He knew too wel “what for tribunals, which shall put an end was in man" to delegate to any indi. to the "christian liberty" of all, who vidual, or any class of men, domindissent from their opinions. As the ion over the faith of others. The man papal Inquisitions are likely to be all who is not satisfied with the arrange. set aside, this may be urged as a rea ments made by the Lord of glory, son, why protestant Inquisitions should and who, like Absalom, is sighing out, be multiplied.
It will not be unpre “O that I were made judge in the cedented if such tribunals are urgeil, land,” is not, we believe, fit to be "as necessary and beneficial to the trusted with any more power, than is church,"
or if the want of them be given him by the gospel. Those, who considered as "detrimental to reli. would be the best qualified for judges gion itself." Nor let any be surprised, in such a tribunal, have so much if the pleas in favor of such tribunals sense of their own fallibility, that they should be accompanied with expres would sooner suffer the pains of death, sions of great zeal and concern for the than accept such an office. The interests of religion; or if the advo- judges, therefore, would of course be cates for them should, “in the great men so ignorant, as not to be sensible est bitterness of their hearts," pro of their own liability to err, and so test against any attempts, to prevent puffed up with imagined self-sufficienthe existence of tribunals, so necessa cy, as to be unworthy of confidence. ry to the support of their opinions. It will probably be pleaded, that no The Nuncio's protest is a model of one in favor of new tribunals has any excellency in that kind of writing; wish, that they may have power to we would recommend it to the notice burn people alive for erroneous opinof all who wish for terrific tribunals jons, This is probably true; but are in the church of Christ.
they not in favor of penalties or pun. But let it be remembered, that am ishments, as really injurious and unbition is among the things which never just? If at this time their eyes are so
blinded by prejudice, and their hearts quisitions were formed, and from so steeled by thirst for dominion, that which all their horrid executions have they think it would be doing God ser resulted. From a similar principle vice, to take from an unoffending have proceeded all the persecutions brother his office, his character, and and martyrdoms since the crucifixion his means of living, because on some of the Messiah. And, in our view, points he happens to know a little this principle is not only the basis, less or a little more than themselves; but the very worst part of popery, and the time may soon arrive, when they has done more mischief in the world will think that they may do still great than atheism itself. Since it was aer service for God, by adopting the dopted by the council of Nice, it has penalties of the Spanish Inquisition. not only slaughtered millions of the We are however “persuaded better human family, but it has divided the things" of the clergy in general, “and church into numberless parties--exthings which accompany salvation, cited the most bitter alienations be. though we thus speak." The num tween different sects-produced thou. ber in favor of new protestant Inqui. ,sands of vindictive anathemas of one sitions, is we believe, so small, that sect against anotherimpeded in an the project must be suspended for a awful degree the progress of light and more convenient season; and if these truth, even among protestants-bound few observations may be an occasion the papal church in adamantine chains of its being forever postponed, our of darkness and superstition-and oclabor will not be in vain. We assure casioned the pages of ecclesiastical our readers, however, that we are history to be filled with narratives, both grieved and ashamed, that we which shock the feelings of the humble have had any occasion to say a word christian, and afford matter of derision on this subject, as applying to our and triumph, to hardened unbelievers. own country. But as efforts have A principle, which has done so much been boldly made, for erecting tri. mischief, which has so long been the bunals, as really inconsistent with bane and disgrace of the christian christian liberty, and the rights of world, which encourages one man, or conscience, as the Spanish Inquisition; one class of men, to invade the essensilence in us at this time might be tial rights of others, and in the most viewed as evidence of a shameful tip flagrant manner to violate the goiden midity, or a shameless acquiescence. rule, by actually doing unto others, as
Lest our views and feelings should they would not that others should do be misapprehended, we add; that we unto them, deserves the abhorrence do not consider all who may be in fa. of every human being. When this vor of inquisitorial tribunals, as desti. domineering principle, root and tute of piety and goodness. Some branch, shall be exterminated from good men in this country, as well as the hearts and minds of men, truth in Rome or Spain, may be so prepos will have free course, will run and, be sessed, as to really think the establish. glorified; and the real friends of our ment of such tribunals “necessary and exalted Saviour will be distinguished beneficial to the church." It is the from the world, not by erecting intol. principle, not the patrons, that we re. erant tribunals, but by love one to anprobate. The principle is this, that other. No more will the door of ad. some christians have a right to ex mission to christian privileges be ercise dominion over the faith of barred by human creeds; no more others, or to make their own interpre- will christians of one sect say to those tations of scripture the standard of of another, stand by yourselves, for we faith for other people, and to punish are holier than you; no more will as. such as dissent from their creed. sociations, or consociations, assume a Such we, believe, is the principle, on popish dominion over the faith of which the proposed tribunals must be their brethren in the ministry; and no formed, if formed at all. Such was more will reviling denunciation be the principle, on which the papal In- substituted for preaching the gospel.
POETRY. To the Editor of the Christian Disciple.
The following lines have little poetical merit, but they were written im. mediately after reading this passage in one of the odes of Frederick the Third of Prussia, to Marshal Keith:
“Après ma mort, quand toutes mes parties
Par un méme destin, il ne pensera plus."* Are these the dictates of eternal Is it to swell the brazen trump of truth?
fame; These the glad news your boasted To bind the laurel round an aching reason brings?
head; Can these restrain the daring fire of To hear for once a people's loud ac.
youth, The craft of statesmen and the pride Then lie forever with the nameless of kings?
dead? Whence is the throb that swells my Oh no--far nobler hopes my life conrising breast?
trol, What lofty hopes my beating heart Presenting scenes of splendor-yet inspire?
to be Why do I proudly spurn inglorious Great God! thy word directs the lof.
rest, The pomp of wealth, the tumult of To live for glory—not from mendesire?
Note to the Report of the Trustees to the Evangelical Missionary
Society, which appeared in the last number.
Note. To the above sum in the hands of the Treasurer being 1176 79 may be added monies, received since that account was closed, 282 55 making in the whole
$ 1459 34 Of this sum $300 have already been appropriated to the payment of the missionary services performed the last year in the District of Maine. The remainder is for future appropriation.
It may be satisfactory to the public to learn, that since the institution of the Society, in the year 1807, exclusive of the stated annual subscription of members, the following liberal donations have been received, viz.
From different Churches and Congregations in the Counties of Middlesex and Worcester
435 64 From Cent Societies of young ladies in four different towns
178 90 Collections at annual meetings of the Society
352 29 Donations from individuals
Amount $ 1214 16 Since the formation of the Society, there has been expended for the sup. port of Missionaries and Schoolmasters in the District of Maine
$ 1235 • When after death my body yields to corruption, the same destiny also awaits my powers of thought.
ABSTRACT OF SEVERAL FOREIGN ARTICLES, FROM PERIODIO AL
WORKS. Society for promoting christian A letter from the chief minister of knowledge.
the Zurich Church, dated Sept 12, From the last year's report of this
1812, announces a new edition of the society it appears, that the income of German version of the scriptures for the society during the year was as fol.
the use of the poor. This was effect. lows:
ed by aid from the British Bible SociBenefactions and leg
£4,562 12 4 Extracts of a letter from a cathe' Subscriptions from
olic professor of divinity at the members,
3,614 14 6 Dividends, &c. 6,422 69 University of Marburg, to Mr.
Steinkopff Total, 14,599 13 1 “I have just received the pleasing The whole of this sum, excepting news of your arrival in Stutgard, and about £1,600, was expended in for. your willingness to purchase 3,000 warding the various objects of the so copies of our New Testament for dis. ciety. In less than two years 2,319 tribution among our poor, I comnew members had been admitted into menced the translation and printing the society:
of my New Testament, in hnmble re. The books sent to the members of liance on God, and with a sincere the society, from April 4, 1811, to wish to benefit bis people. The first April 9, 1812-Bibles 12,667; New edition of 11,000 copies was disposed Testaments and Psalters, 21,971; of in a few months. Of the second Common prayers, 29,752; other bound edition about 7,000, and of the third books, 38,024; small tracts, 215,175, about 1,500 have been disposed of. Gratuitous distribution-Bibles, 1,167; How many do I hear, in these heavy Testaments and Psalters, 2,655; Com times of oppression and distress, de. mon prayers, 246; bound books, 499; claring the happiness they enjoy in Tracts 6,655. In future the society the knowledge of their Bible, in the is to be relieved from the expense of midst of all their troubles. How ofsupplying the navy with Bibles. The ten did my heart bleed, to behold malords of the admiralty have, however, ny coming to me from other parishes, made the society their almoners, and soliciting the gift of a New Testa1,5001. sterling has already been ad. ment, representing with tears their vanced to pay for Bibles &c. for the poverty to be so great, that they were navy.
unable to spare the smallest sum for Bible Society.
it; and yet it was not in my power to A letter from Munich to the British dispense the bread of life to these and Foreign Bible Society contains. hungry souls." the pleasing account, that a catholic Bible Society at Ratisbon, printed in From the bishop of Zealand to 1808, 28,000 copies of the New Tes. Lord Teignmouth. tament; the whole of which had been
“My LORD, when I was informed, disposed of, excepting about 1,000. that the Society for spreading the Director Wittman adds, “I discover knowledge of the Holy Bible had an increase of genuine christianity. kindly printed the New Testament in The minds of many are changed for the Danish language, to distribute the better; they pray more earnestly; copies to the prisoners of war of my nathey boidly renounce the world. A tion, I hastened to convey to his Grace, new impression of our Testament is the Arch-bishop of Canterbury, the now printing. There yet remains expressions of my lively gratitude for thousands, and tens of thousands, both a kindness, of which my heart feels in towns and in the country, who are all the obligation. I know ot whethe entire strangers to this holy book." er my wishes have been executed:
but being informed, that it is your Northeast London Auxiliary BiLordship who presides over this
ble Society. worthy association, I do myself the
This was formed March 16, 1813. honor of addressing myself directly
T'he Duke of Kent took the chair. to you, and of sending you, my
5001. sterling was subscribed. Lord Lord, a copy of the letter, which I
Gambier said, he considered his hav. had the honor of writing to the Lord ing been vice-president of the parent Archbishop of Canterbury. I venture
institution higher honor than all the ti. to offer to you the purest and most
tles and distinctions, wbich the liberaliheart felt thanks, as well for the kind.
ty of his country had bestowed on him. ness which I have just mentioned, as
At the last annual meeting of the for the very recent impression and
British and foreign Bible Society Dr. distribution of the New Testament, in
Thorpe stated, that when this society the Icelandic, and Laponese langua- was first instituted, not one third of ges.”
the inhabitants of Ireland had seen a On the first of August 1812, a só.
Bible; that it was not to be sold in ciety was formed at Columbo, called
more than fifteen places
but a great the Columbo Auxiliary Bible Society.
change had been produced. All the The governor is president, and all the
different denominations of christians members of his Majesty's Council are
were eager to promote the cause; vice-presidents.
even the Roman catholics unite to Progress has been made in forming promote it, and are eager to receive a Bible Society at Petersburg, his Im- and read the Bible. perial Majesty having sanctioned the
“Let us," said Lord: Teignmouth,
“trace the effects of the institution. A Bible Society has also been form. ed at Berlin, in reference to which, those of Labrador, the different in
From the people of the Esquimaux to his Majesty the king of Prussia says, habitants of which are now seen read. "It is with real satisfaction, that I dis- ing the pages of the New Testament, cover the laudable endeavours of the
with heart felt gratitude and delight. Prussian Bible Society, for the gra
In Africa, even the poor and despised tuitous and cheap distribution of the Bible, to the poor of my dominions.". with mingled prayers and tears. A.
Hottentot had received the blessing The king also made a donation to the
mong the Negroes of the West Indies society. East London Auxiliary Bible So- benevolence have been shown, as the
the greatest tenderness, devotion, and ciety.
reward of their benefactors." This society was formed Oct. 15, It may be doubted whether any 1812. The Earl of Moira was called single object, so benevolent in its nas to the chair. A provisional commit ture, as that of placing the gospel in tee had made inquiry, and found rea the hands of every class of peopie, in son to suppose, that there were 8,000 every land, was ever pursued with families in the eastern district in Lon. equal ardor by so great a portion of don, who were destitute of the scrip- the christian world. It may also be tures. They also reported, that a very doubted, whether any object was ever geveral desire was manifested to ob- pursued, more calculated to unite the tain them.
hearts of real christians of every sect,
While storms assail'd the temple of our rights,
The temple shook, and awe spread through the land.