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Revival of Religion.
Rev. James M. Mathews, New-York. Rev. Samuel H. Cox, New-York. Rer, Henry Smith, Camden, New-York. Rev. Dirck C. Lansing, Auburn. Rev. Eliphalet Nott, D. D. President of Union College. Hon. Samuel M. Hopkins. Albany. Hon. Thomas B. Cooke, Catskill. Hon. Hiram Horton, Malone, Clinton county. Mr. John D. Keese, New York. Mr. Guysbert B. Vroom, New-York, Mr. Simeon Hyde, New-York. Mr. John Nitchie, New-York. Mr. Henry Andrew, New-York. Mr. James 0. Morse.
Treasurer.--Peter Hawes, William, corner of John-street, New-York. Corresponding Secrelary.--Eleazer Lord, No. 26 Wall-street, New-York. Recording Secretary.--Stephen Lockwood, No. 432 Pearl-street, New-York.
Executive Commillee.-John D. Kecse, Chairman. Rev. William M.Murray, Rev. Samuel H. Cox. Rev. James M. Mathews. Rev. Elihu W. Baldwin, Mr. Thomas Webster. Mr. Guysbert B. Vroom. Mr. John Nitchie. Mr. Archibald Falconer. Mr. Knowles Taylor.
Members ex-officio.-Peter Hawes, Trensurer. Eleazer Lord, Corresponding Secretary. Stephen Lockwood, Recording Secretary..
For the Christian IIerald.'
REVIVAL OF RELIGION. Extract of a letter from a gentleman near Somerville, N. J. to his friend in this city. : There has, to appearance, been some considerable seriousness over the face of the congregation for some time past. This has been observed, more or less, ever since the death of our late beloved pastor, though all was still; and many of the pious, on that account, were under apprehensions that amidst all the spiritual advantages we enjoyed, both under the teachings of our late minister, and also since, under the ministrations of others who have been sent to us, the word had little or no effect upon the hearts of the hearers. But God, who is “wonderful in bis counsel,”—unsearchably deep in his plans —was silently preparing the way for the rich display of His allconquering, soul-ravishing, heart-renovating, victorious grace!
From what has already transpired, it appears that the good seed of the word had been sowing for some time past. On examination of applicants, before the Consistory, for admission to the communion, it appeared, that some dated the beginning of their religious exercises as far back as nine or ten years ago ; some from five years, and under; and some more recently; and a few to impressions made on their minds but a few weeks since.
The particular means which God has graciously blessed for the manifesting His power and great glory, as it is now seen, appears to have been the following, to wit : The Consistory, having heard of the Rev. Mr. Osborn, a Presbyterian Missionary, who was then in Philadelphia, labouring in the suburbs of the city with success-going into the hedges, and prisons, and lanes--compelling hardened sinners to lay down their weapons of rebellion against God-to submit to the terms of the Gospel-and to accept of Jesus as their Saviour: they therefore sent an invitation to him, that he would visit 119. He immediately came “ without gainsaying." He was with us about eight days; visited from house to house; conversed personally with many; preached for us one Sabbath, and almost every evening ; besides attending several anxious meetings. The Holy Ghost seems indeed to have accompanied his ministrations. He seems to have
been the blessed instrument, in the hands of the Spirit, to water the sown seed.
It has appeared, first,“ in the blade," and after that in the full corn in the ear." Mr. Osborn left us last Friday. Next day, which was Saturday, Consistory met in their room for the examination of applicants, if any there should be, for their admission into the Church. (Communion was to be next day.) Pretty soon after the meeting of Consistory in the morning, to their astonishment, the room was full of men and women, and, to appear. ance, all with melting hearts and weeping eyes ; though all was discreet-no enthusiasm--no bitter outcrying--but a deep, heartfelt sense of the evil of sin; of its defiling power; its heinousness in the sight of a holy God; with a strong desire to be delivered from its dominion in their hearts, even if there were no punishment annexed to the commission of crime. We had two ministers with us on the occasion. The applicants were very closely examined as to the nature of the Spirit's work on their hearts ; when begun, how carried on, and what views they had in approaching the Lord's table ; and what strong obligations, if admitted, they would be under, to lead holy and innocent lives ; lest they should reproach Christ and his cause. Their answer to queries inade by the Consistory, were satisfactory. Forty-seven were admitted on examination, and confession of their faith, and seven by certificate, that evening. For the purpose of giving others opportunity of making application, Consistory agreed to meet on Sabbath morning, at nine o'clock, when 14 more applied, and were admitted to the communion of the Church ; making in the aggregate, 61 in number. 0! what a draught of
great fishes,” or great sinners, were here “caught!” “And for all there were so many, yet was the net not broken."
ALLEGHANY COLLEGE. The following literary honours were recently conferred by the President of Alleghany College, in conformity to a unanimous resolve of the Board of Trustees of that institution, viz :
Hon. William WINTHROP, of Massachusetts, A. M. at Harvard College, ad eundem
Rev. ABIEL HOLMES, of Massachusetts, LL.D.
RECEIPTS OF THE “ FEMALE BRANCH OF THE NEW-YORK RELI
GIOUS TRACT SOCIETY."
LIFE SUBSCRIBERS BY THE PAYMENT OF TEN DOLLARS.
Mrs. D. Codwise,
Miss Elizabeth Nitchie.
ANNUAL SUBSCRIBERS. Mrs. Adams, dolls. 1 Mrs. Goodman,
50 Mrs. Ann Nugent, C. Ailmans, 1 Miss E. S. Greenleaf, 1
Rufus i Nevins, Avery, 1 Mrs. Grant,
50 I. Vitcie, Miss Mary Ayers,
1 Miss Mary Priam, Mrs. Boorman,
50 Mrs Chrips, W. H. Bukley,
50 Pillips, Bliss,
50 Miss Perry
1 1 1
Notices and Acknowledgments.
Viss, Grace Bennett,
50 Miss Frances Havens, Mrs. Blachford,
50 Mrs. Mary Hemmett, T. Brown,
50 Miss Sarah Hoff, Brinckeroff,
1 Mrs. Holt, Miss C. Bronson,
Silas Holines, Mrs. Baldwin,
W. M. Halstead, Miss Ellen Boyd,
50 Benj. Huntington, Mrs. Barber,
Alex. C. Jackson,
Wm. G. Jones,
T.C. Johnson, Yrs. Celius Baker,
50 Miss Kip, E. Briggs,
1. Mrs. Kerr, C. Buckly,
James Kelso, Miss T. Ball.
Leggett, Mrs. Simeon Benjamin,
Mrs. D. Lord,
E. Lewis, Ric'd Cunningham
Z Lewis, McCartee,
R. H. Lathrop,
50 Miss 0. Murray, Jane Dean,
50 Mrs. Isabella M.Flinch, D'Espraing,
2 Miss Maria Magie,
Mrs. Susan E. Magie,
Mabbatt, Mrs. R Dunlap,
Moran, , Mise De Forest,
1 Miss E. Mabbati, Mrs. Davenport
Hannah Murray, Miss M A. Davenport,
1 Mrs. John Morrison, Mrs. Fellows,
50 Masters, Ferrier,
1 Miss M.Kenzie,
50 Mrs. I. Neal, Falconer,
Sarah A. Nelson,
50 P. Radcliffe,
1 1 Sylvester Roe,
50 1 B S. Robertson,
50 Martha Rhodes, Renwick
2 1 Miss I. Renwick,
50 1 Miss Stansbury,
1 50 Mrs. John Stevens,
1 2 D. Smith,
50 50 Ann Steele,
1 50 Cath. Strong,
1 1 Miss Mary Ann Steele, 1 1 Mrs. P. Steele,
50 1 Spies,
N. W. Sandford, 1 1
50 1 Mrs. H. Thomas,
2 1 A. Tappan,
1 50 Taylor,
Susan Tomlinson, 50 50 Grant Thorburn, 50 50 Telfare,
1 50 Ton,
1 50 Ann Thomas.
H. Van Norstrand, 1 Miss. S. Wilson,
2 50 E. Wickham,
1 Sophia Wright,
50 50 Mrs. T. Watkins,
2 50 Miss E, O. Ward,
1 50 Margaret Williams, 50 2 Mrs. Waterman,
1 50 Miss Wells,
50 2 Wickham,
50 3 Wallace,
1 1 Mrs. Sarah Ward,
1 Elizabeth Ann Webb, 1 1 llenry Young,
A. C. Jackson,
Notices and acknowledgments. “ ALTER CLERICUS," in reply to “ Clericus," on Pastoral Visitation ; “ Remarks, on the character of the Rev. Levi Parsons;" “ God meant it unto good;" “Memoirs of John Christopher Laberchet," a converted Jew; “ D. C.” on the Prayer of Faith ; and “ Piety dejected, &c.” are received.
Obituaries of “ Harriet Newell Truair,” and “Stephen Summers Prust," shall have an early insertion. “ Self examination for evening secret devotion” has been inislaid for some time; we hope yet to find it, and give it a place.
The fourth, and last, part of “ The Fire Alarm,” will be inserted in our next At the request of a correspondent, we would respectfully inquire of the Religious Tract Societies whether the Fire Alarm would not be an useful addition to the list of their publications ?
To remove any unpleasant feelings which were excited by the remarks in our last number, on the Bancker-street Mission, we assure the parties who have taken exceptions, and all concerned, that we designed no imputation to either their motives, or the amount of their labours. The managers have persevered against many difficulties, and have always been blessed with the aid of faithful missionaries,
We stated distinctly, that, in our opinion, the mission had not failed; and we
are now happy to add, that the subject has been referred to a highly respectable committee, who deem it inexpedient to recommend the removal of the MissionHouse. This will render further remarks, on our part, unnecessary ; except, perhaps to add, that we have full confidence, that great good will result from a continuance of the mission : and our hope, that the Christians of our city will cherish it with renewed tenderness, zeal, and liberality.
Donations for this mission may be left in the box, placed for that purpose, in the Herald office, No. 128, Broadway.
We acknowledge our obligations to the Charleston (S. C.) Bethel Union" for a subscription for ten copies of " The Christian Herald & Seaman's Magazine ; to the “ New-York Bethel Union” for ten copies ; and to many individuals both in town and country, who have promoted its circulation. We beg the friends of the work, particularly, to note the fact, that while Religious Publications, in other places can count their patrons by thousands, the C. H. and S. M. is not supported without a personal sacrifice, which no individual ought long to sustain.
We may say with one of our correspondents, that our work “receives more praise than patronage.” The testimonies we are daily receiving convince us that it is not altogether unworthy of a patronage much more extensive. For whatever merit it may possess, and for the good, which, under the divine blessing, we trust it does, we are greatly indebted to several valuable friends. Had it more patronage, it would probably have more merit and usefulness.
Cannot the city of New-York, with its twenty thousand professing Christians, give ample support to one religious publication? With three times the population of Boston, shall it yield not more than one tenth part as much support to the religious press? While the press, devoted to the necessary secularities of life issues daily its thousands of sheets, and affords an immense revenue to its various proprietors, shall the religious press issue only a few hundreds once or twice a month, without affording even a maintenance to those who conduct it.
We have not hitherto troubled our readers with the private assairs of our work, but after more than three years labour, without a pecuniary benefit equal to that of the most common day labourer, we are constrained to announce the fact, that our fellow Christians may see all the inducements for future efforts to support and promote the religious press.
We have not room now to notice the 66 religious celebration of the Fourth of July, 1822,” but shall in our uext.
FOREIGN. Europe.—The aspect of Europe has not changed since our last article. The affairs of Russia and Turkey, and the war in Greece, have not received any inore decisive character since May. A report is in circulation that a Congress is to be held in Europe (at Florence report says) for adjusting the affairs of Russia, Greece and Turkey, at which the Grand Seignior is to send an ambassador. How far any considerable mediation may be admitted we have no means of judging, por are we clear that the practice of settling the concerns of nations by the authoritative interference of their neighbours, will conduce, on the whole, to the welfare of the the world.
Ireland and England.—In Ireland disturbances by the disaffected have in some degree subsided. But it now appears that large districts of that country are suffering the horrors of famine and attendant pestilence. It appears that the last crop of potatoes was cut short, and consequently the means of living of those of the poor, who depended in a considerable measure upon the produce of their small potato gardens, were lessened, and before the new crop was planted
Civil Retrospect. ---Foreign.
the old store had been consumed. In England the agricultural inte. rest is suffering from the abundance of its produce and the consequent diminution of its value : of this produce no doubt large supplies are, in the ordinary internal commerce of those kingdoms, remitted to Ireland, and we are informed that the price of provisions there is but little enhanced by the failure of the crop. The real cause, therefore, of the distress lies in the condition of poverty and dependence in which the Irish peasantry are placed, which render it impossible for them to purchase food when they are disappointed in raising it, at whatever rate of cheapness it can be afforded. The consequence, therefore, of a tailure in the earth to supply its expected portion of food is either the miseries of famine, or insurrections arising out of the maddening refle tions of people starving in the midst of surrounding abundance. In the mean time, in England, very considerable endeavours are making to supply food to the distressed parts of the sister kingdom, out of the funds of private liberality as well as the national treasury, and some endeavours bave been made by parliamentary enactments to supply with work for the public, the poor of parts of the country, who might thus be able to obtain the means of purchasing food by their industry. We rejoice at both of these things. The first, by stimulating the kindly and paternal feelings of the English people, will give a permanency to their better feelings towards their Irish fellow-subjects, and from the attention which the voice and feelings of the people in favour of objects confessedly important and capable of general appreciation, will exact from government, will have a strong tendency to induce the adoption of measures for counteracting and correcting the existing evils in the condition of Ireland. At the same time, (although we believe that the feelings which prompt us to liberality are stronger and more permanent causes of good will
, than those which the receipt of favours draws forth,) it will we hope tend to soften that bitterness towards England which exists in the minds of the Irish, and which their political and religious circumstances serve to keep alive. The other measure we are also happy to witness, as we conceive it to be founded on just views of the evil under which the country labours, the want of means and opportunities to call forth its industry. If the wealth which is drawn from Ireland by its wealthy nonresidents were spent in encouraging its domestic industry, the individuals of its population would not be so dependent upon the produce of their solitary acre ; but by being employed in occupations for which a steady and constant remuneration would thus be provided, and which depended on no fluctuations but those of the industry of the people, their dependence for food would have its basis enlarged from the scanty acre of their own gardens to embrace the general produce of all the portion of the world reached by British commerce. Habits of industry, frugality and prudence must also be formed in the great body of the people, habits for which the Irish at home are not the most remarkable ; and this can only be done by the diffusion of education and the dissemination of correct religious principles. Indeed, we consider the present condition of Ireland as a striking illustration of the extent to which what are usually consiVol. IX.