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the General Association are so mo. similar institutions, in the most eligia' mentous, that we indulge the rea. ble manner for building up the cause sonable expectation, that the min. of truth and holiness." isters of Christ will actively and Upon these principles, and embracseasonably promote it, and that all ing these objects, the Association was the enlightened friends of evangel. formed, and has proceeded. Annual ical truth will give it their counte.' meetings have been holden. At this nance and their prayers. We time delegates from seven Associagratefully receive, and gladly pub- tions are convened.* Harin ony prelish the following communication, vails, and pleasing prospects of the inwhich presents the nature and de- creasing utility of the Association are sign of the proposed union in the presented. Information is received ! most fair and unexceptionable light, from the members, that a considera. ) and must do much towards solving ble number of the churches in the the doubts and removing the diffi. connexion are in a prosperous state, culties of every impartial inquirer. and to several,' within two or three
EDITORS. years past, there have been large ad. :
ditions ; the Lord having been pleased THE GENERAL ASSOCIATION OF to accompany the means of instruc-. MASSACHUSETTS PROPER.' tion with abundant influences of his
Holy Spirit. In Hadley, NorthampTHE disconnected state of the As. tón, Southampton, Westhampton, sociationis within the limits of this im. Easthampton, Williamsburgh, Wil portant section of New England the I liamstown, Stockbridge, Sandisfield, little acquaintance which its ministers Lee and Bradford several hundreds have with each other; and the hope, have made public profession of relig, that by drawing closer the bonds of ion. It is noticed with peculiar pleas: union, the cause of truth might be' ure, that the very serious attention, i better promoted, suggested the expe•-, which has prevailed in Williamstown, diency of forming a General Associa. ' has been extended into the college, tion, 1A convention of ministers was ) and affords the churches a pleasing proposed to ascertain the general opin., prospect from the institution. It is ion on the subject. Delegates were also communicated that there are chosen accordingly by several Asso. hopeful appearances at the present ciations, who met in Northampton, s time in Charlemont, Hawley, and July, 1802. They united in the opin- several other places. Five ion, that it was expedient that a Gen. It is further stated, and the Associaeral Association be formed. They tion deem it their duty to present the agreed to admit as articles of faith unpleasant fact to the public eye, that the doctrines of Christianity, as they there is a tract of country of nearly are generally expressed in the Assem- twenty miles square in the northern ble's Shorter Catechism, for the basis part of the county of Berkshire, con. of union and fellowship.” On this taining seven towns, with a numerous ground they recommended to the sev. population, in which there is not one eral Associations, from which they settled Congregational minister ; and came, to choose two delegates to rep- that all those towns, Williamstown exresent them, who should meet and cepted, are in a condition which yields organize , the General Association; no rational hopes, that by their own the door being left open for other As- efforts any of them will be soon suppli. sociations to unite, if they should be ed with sound evangelical teachers. disposed. ,
• . They are therefore earnestly recomThe pbjects to be kept in view they mended to the attention of those agreed should be, "to promote broth, missionary Societies and Associaerly intercourse and harmony, and tions of ministers, which can most their mutual assistance, animation and conveniently afford them that aid, usefulness, as ministers... of Christ; which they so much need; and the to obtain religious information relative rather because this region is nearer to the state of their churches, and of the Christian church in this country . According to the present plan, two and through the world, and to cooper delegates are chosen by cach casocia: ate with one another and with other tion.
EDITORS. Vol. III. No. 2.
home, than any other which has been The result of their consultations was the scene of missionary labour. And a persuasion, that the civil, moral, and for encouragement, it is further stat. everlasting interests of their fellow. ed, that when ministers have oc.. men might be essentially promoted by casionally visited this almost forsaken' united and systematic exertions for people, they have been gratefully diffusing evangelical truth.” ACreceived a
cordingly, on the first of September of The General Association is found. : the year before mentioned, they assoed upon the puré principles of ciated by the name of“ The MassachuCongregationalism. One design of it setts Society for promoting Christian is to cherish, strengthen, and trans. Knowledge," and adopted a constitumit these principles. It wholly dis- tion for their government. They claims ecclesiastical power or authori. . have since been incorporated by an act txorce the churches, or the opinions of the Commonwealth. of individuals.
• In the year 1804, this Society distriThe objests of this Association be- . buted books in Massachusetts Proper, ing in no respect incompatible with in Rhode Island, Virginia, South-Carthose of the Convention of ministers olina and Georgia, to the number of annually hölden in Boston, no interfer. 6253, and in the year 1806, in a comence between them is designed, or pass a Fittle more extended, to the can reasonably be apprehended. Ti number of 9174. Among the books
Having these views, the General distributed are several of the works of Association continue to invite their Doddridge, Henry, Burder, Wilson, brethren to unite with them in ani' Lathrop, Vincent, Leslie, &e. institution, so evidently promotive of In future Nos. of the Panoplist, we the all important interests of Chris. shall present our readers with inter! tianity, And for their accommodation i esting extracts from some of the nuit is hereby notified, that the next' merous letters to the Directors of the meeting of the General Association is: Society, from their agents to whom to be, holden' at the house of the Rev.. books have been sent for distribution, Samuel Austin in Worcester, on the containing strong approbation of the last Wednesday in June next, at gi design of their institution, and eno'clock, A. M.
. i couraging accounts of its usefulness. STEPHEN WEST, Moderator. It is with much satisfaction we learn, Attest: SAMUEL AUSTIN, Scribe.' that an institution of the same kiire Windsor, June 25, 1807.
i with the above has been lately formed 1. For the Panoplist. i Island, by the name of “ The Provi.
at Providence, in the State of Rhode Transcribed by Enoch Hale, Secretary. dence Association for promoting
Christian Knowledge." In their address, they say, “ We have in view the
promotion of no interest separate from MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR PRO that, which involves the highest hap.
MOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWL piness of our fellow creatures.' WhatEDGE.. oni
ever be the religious sentiments, which EARLY in the year 1803, a number we individually embrace and advoof gentlemen, among whom were his
cate, we are resolved to adopt no Honor" Samuel Phillips, Esq.' late
measures in our associated capacity, Lientenant Governor of Massachu-'
, which will favour one denomination of setts, and the late Professor Tappan,
Christians, in preference to another. stimulated by the success of indi.
:: In determining on books for distriburidtials and of societies, in dissemi
mi tion, we shall, agreeably to our consti. siating Christian knowledge by means
tution, carefully avoid all such, as are
thuion of religious Tracts and otherwise,
on points of controversy, and select were induced to confer together re
those only, that contain sentiments in peatedly on the best means of pro
which all real Christians are cordially moting the same important object.
united.” Fine These eminent men both died before This Constitution we shall publish the Society was formed.
ar large in a future No. of the Panoplist.
Extract of a Letter from a respectable . PENITENTIARY.
An address has recently been 1807. « We had a delightful day yester
circulated, signed by about twenty reday. Seven were added to our
spectable merchants and others in
London, containing proposals for a church; all of them, I trust, or
new institution, to be called “THE dained to eternal life. The complex.
LONDON FEMALE PENITENTIARY, ion of all our late converts has been very uniform and satisfactory. Two were
the object of which shall be to afford
an asylum to unfortunate females, who propounded yesterday. About ten
shall have deviated from the paths of are in a hopeful way ; besides which, four children, of about 12 years of
virtue, and are anxious to be restored,
by means of Christian instruction, age, have all together appeared on the side of religion, with the features of a
moral discipline, and the formation of new creation on their souls. This
industrious habits, to a respectable
station in society.” All who are ac. event has given a new animation to
quainted with the extensive preva. the friends of religion. On the whole, I am inclined to think, that our awak
lence, and the fatal effects of the evil
which it is intended to remedy, must ening is on the increase.”
feel a lively interest in the formation and progress of such an institution, The Magdalen charity, however ex.
cellent, both in its design and in its GREAT BRITAIN.
effects, is obviously inadequate to London Missionary Society.
meet more than a very small propor.
tion of the enormous mischict in One of the missions of this society question; and it must therefore be 'in SOUTH AFRICA (viz. that station. admitted, that one or more additional ed at Klaar Water) appears by the institutions of the same kind are last account from that quarter to be loudly called for. We only hope in a flourishing state. The number that they will be formed with a due composing the settlement is stated to regard to the extreme delicacy of the be 784, of whom 80 can read. There case, and with the same prudence is among them, it is said, “ a great and circumspection, which bave disdesire to hear the word of life; and tinguished the management of their numbers are brought to a saving prototype.
Ch. Ob. knowledge of divine things.” The mission at Zak river, under the Rev. Mr. Kicherer, does not seem to enjoy
IRELAND. the same degree of prosperity.
We formerly mentioned that a soA long drought had occasioned a dis
ciety had been formed under the title persion of the settlers, and the dep
of " The Hibernian Society," for the redations of the neighbouring Bos. chemen placed both the lives and the
purpose of diffusing religious knowl. property of those who remained in edge in Ireland. The committee an. imminent danger. The school how
pointed to conduct its concerns, have ever still contained 31 children and
lately published a report, which, if 11 adults, and the whole number in
correct, is highly important, and the settlement was 103.
ought to call forth the warmest exerA missionary, Mr. Creighton, has
tions of the friends of religion and been sent to the newly captured colo
hamanity, in order to rescue our fel. ny of Buenos Aynes, containing a low-subjects in Ireland from their
present state of barbarism and moral population of 70,000 souls. A free school is about to be opened
degradation. In the south, the pro. by this society for the instruction of portion of Papists and Protestants is children of Jewish descent, both male
said to be 20 to one ; scarcely any of and female. Grown up females of
un' females of the former, and few even of the lat. the same race, who wish for instruc- ter, possess a copy of the holy scrip. tion, may have it at the same place tures. Schoolmasters are much from ladies, who attend daily to su. wanted in every part of Ireland ; and perintend the girls' school. Ch. Ob. such is the solicitude manifested by
the Roman Catholic poor for the in. struction of their children, that it is believed they would be willing to send them even to Protestant schools, and to permit them to read the Bible as a school book. The committee state that they have been forming a plan for instituting schools in every parish in Ireland, in which no religious tract
or catechism is to be introduced, but the seriptures only. This is a great and good work; but we trust it will be superseded by the provident care of the government, which, we under. stand, is now directing its attention, too long withheld, to this momentous object.
Literary and Philosophical Intelligence.
editions of the New Testament and Rev. Mr. Sutcliffe, of Halifax, Eng.
Common' Prayer books, a Welch land, has translated a seventh volume
New Testament, and a beautiful nonof Saurin's Sermons. "This volume pareil Bible have already proceeded consists of twelve discourses on the
from the Cambridge press ; which following subjects, viz. The Delay
will soon be followed by other edi. of Conversion ; Perseverance; the
tions, both at Cambridge and at Ox. Example of the Saints ; St. Paul's
ford. The London press of Mr. An. Discourse before Felix and Drusilla ;
drew Wilson has produced an edi. the Covenant of God with the Israel
tion of Entick's Dictionary, which, ites ; the Seal of the Covenants ; the for beauty, accuracy, and cheapness, Family of Jesus Christ : St. Peter's surpasses, it is said, all other editions denial of his Master; and the Nature of that work. Various smaller works of the unpardonable Sin. The Edi. are now publishing from the same tors of the Eclectic Review, speak. press; and Mr. Will
press; and Mr. Wilson has announcing of the Translator of this volume,
ed that correct, well-printed stereosay, “ We are free to acknowledge,
type editions of the following works, that in placing himself by the side of at reduced prices, will be in the Robinson and Hunter, he has assum.
course of publication during the year ed no rank, as a translator, which he 1807, VI cannot honourably maintain.” “ As
GREEK AND LATIN. the general character of the whole of
HKAINH AIAOHKH, cum Versione these interesting discourses,” they observe, “ that while they display the
Dawson's Lexicon to the New Testatalents of the orator in a manner little
ment. inferior to any of his sermons hitherto
Nov. Testamentum. Int. TH. BEZA. translated, they are superior to most of them in exhibiting the earnestness,
CESARIS Commentarii, the solemnity, and the faithfulness of
CICERONIS Orationes, a conscientious ambassador of Jesus
TERENTII Comediæ, | E Christ.” We hope the American
HORATU Opera, Editor* of the six volumes of Sau
VIRGILII...... rin's discourses, will speedily gratify
OVIDII ...... his subscribers with this additional
Gradus ad Parnassum.
Eton Grammar, Latin.
-- Greek. The art of STEREOTYPE PRINTING is advancing rapidly towards full FRENCH AND SPANISH. activity in this country. Different Nouveau Testament.
El Nuevo Testamento. * Rev. Mr. Collier.
Les Adventures de Telemaque.
ered with bronze. It will display the most memorable events of the cam. paign of 1805 in basso relievo. The subjects to be represented will be distributed to different artists, who will furnish designs. The pedestal of this column is already begun.
L'Hist. de Gil Blas de Santillane.. . Les Fables de CHAMBAUD.
ENGLISH AND WELCH. GOLDSMITH's History of England.
- History of Greece.
The friends of Mrs. Chapone are preparing a volume of Letters and other Writings of that lady, hitherto un. published ; with an account of her Life and Character, in contradiction to some injurious statements lately printed.
FRANCE. From the Report of the Central Vaccine Committee for the year 13, it appears, that 125,992 persons have been inoculated in the course of that year in 42 departments, from which the returns had been received. A progressive diminution of deaths is reported in those places, where vaccination has been introduced : and an increase in the number, where the practice has been neglected.
A canal has been projected upon a grand scale, to unite the Rhone with the Rhine, and thus connect the North Sea with the Mediterranean. Its ex. tent will be 71 leagues, and it is to receive the name of Bonaparte. The expense is estimated at 14 millions of livres. M, Koeh, member of the Tribunate, pronounced a discourse on the subject, at a meeting of the Legis. lative Body ; in which he gives a his. torical account of this project, which was first suggested under the Roman Emperors. He enumerates also the adrantages which not only France, but Europe at large, will derive from the execution of this scheme.
So large a demand is expected for the New French Catechism, that a bookseller has purchased the copyright for 25,000 dollars. It is to be stereotyped.
A historical column is to be erected in the Place Vendome ; denominated the column of Austerlitz. It is to be 120 feet in height, and entirely coy.
RUSSIA. Twenty years since, there were but two booksellers' shops in Moscow ; the returns of wbich did not amount to 10,000 roubles per annum. The num. ber is now twenty; and the yearly return is about 200,000 roubles The increase of the trade and circulation of books in Moscow, is principally ow. ing to the exertion of Mr. Novikow. He procured translations from foreign languages, established libraries, stud. ied and anticipated public taste, and traded in books with acuteness and success. Not more than 600 copies of Moscow newspapers were formerly sold; but under his management, the demand increased, in ten years, to 4,000 copies ; at present their sale has reached 8,000.
The University of Dorpat, in Li. vonia, established in 1802, has made great progress in opening schools un. der its direction, throughout the four provinces of Livonia, Courland, Fionia, and Esthonia. Attention has hitherto been chiefly directed to those establishments, which are especially destined for the instruction of youths intended for commerce, trade, or the arts; and as preparatory schools for those, who are subsequently to make, literature their profession. The pa. rochial schools, where the first ele. ments of education will be taught, be. gin also to be organized : of these, every town, however small, will con. tain two; one for children of each sex: and similar institutions are. formed in the country. But, as able teachers are greatly wanted, five sem. inaries have been formed in the district of the university, for the express purpose of training and qualifying schoolmasters. The Emperor has granted 42,000 roubles per annum, for the support of these five seminaries; which will continue in full activity for three years. Each student receives, while in these seminaries, 300 roubles yearly; and engages to take the charge of one of the public