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she has ascribed opinions and conduct to this class of Christians, which we believe no Calvinist ever believed, or practised. She has made Mrs. Wilson solely from her own brain, and has dressed her up in caricature, in order to ridicule what is usually denominated evangelical religion. As we have more to do with the religious character of the Tale than any other, we proceed to develope it. To the question, whether Jane had experienced religion, our author puts the following reply into the mouth of Mrs. Wilson :
1Experienced religion !-no,' replied Mrs. Wilson. 'How should she? She has not been to a meeting since her mother was first taken sick; and no longer ago than the day after her mother's death, when I talked to her of her corrupt state by nature, and the opposition of her heart, (for I felt it to be my duty, at this peculiar season, to open to her the great truths of religion, and I was faithful to her soul, and did not scruple to declare the whole counsel,) she looked at me as if she was in a dumb stupor. I told her the judgments of an offended God were made manifest towards her in a reinarkable manner; and then I put it to her conscience, whether if she was sure her mother had gone where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, she should be reconciled to the character of God, and be willing herself to promote his glory, by suffering that just condemoation. She did not reply one word, or give the least symptom of a gracious understanding. But when Mrs. Harvey entered, just as I was concluding, and passed her arm around Jane, and said to her, “My child, God does not will ingly grieve por afflict you,' the child sobbed out, 'Oh no! Mrs. Harvey, so my mother told me, and I am sure of it.'”-pp. 30, 31.
It was finally concluded that little Jane should, for the present, go and live with her orthodox aunt Wilson. While Jane was packing up her few things before going from her father's house, she received a note from this aunt, advising her to steal from her father's creditors some “spoops, table linen, her mother's ivory work box," &c. &c. ,
Such of our readers as wish to know how Mrs. Wilson came to be so bad a woman, are informed, that in addition to her creed, she bad been a hypocrite most of her life.
“ Mrs. Wilson had fancied herself one of the subjects of an awakening at an early period of her life; had passed through the ordeal of a church examination with great credit, having depicted in glowing colours the opposition of her nateral heart to the decrees, and her subsequent joy in the doctrine of election, Sbe thus assumed the form of godliness without feeling its power. We fear that in those tines of excitement, during which many pass from indifference to holiness, and many are converted from sin to righteousness, there are also many who, like Mrs. Wilson, delude themselves and others with vain forms of words, and professions of faith."--p. 39.
In the family of her aunt, as might be expected, Jane experienced every kind of ill treatment that any being, short of a demon, could offer. A few months after she had entered her aunt's family, a dancing master arrived in the village, and established a dancing school.
This event makes considerable stir, and gives our author an opportunity to slander, and sneer at, the clergy.
• Some clergymen denounced the impending sin from their pulpits. One said that he had searched the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and he could not find a text that expressly treated of that enormity, but that was manifestly because it was a sin too heinous to be spoken of in holy writ; he said that dancing was one of the inost offensive of all the rites of those savage nations that were under the immediate and visible government of the prince of this world; and, finally, he referred them to the church documents, those precious records of the piety, and wisdom, anri purity of their ancestors : and they would there find a rule which prohibited any church member from frequenting, or being present at, a ball, or
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dance, or frolic, or any such assembly of Satan; and they would moreover find that such transgressions had been repeatedly punished by expulsion from the church, and exclusion from all Christian ordinances."-pp. 71, 72,
Without being very particular in following the story, we shall notice a few more sentences which treat of religion. We wish our readers to be particular in reading the following quotation.
“ Mrs. Wilson was fond of the bold and highly figurative language of the prophets ; and often identified herself with the Psalmist, in his exultation over his enemies, in his denunciations, and in his appeals for vengeance.
“We leave to theologians to decide, whether these expressions from the king of Israel are meant for the enemies of the church, or whether they are to be imputed to the dim light which the best enjoyed under the Jewish dispensation. . At any rate, such as come to us in so . questionable a shape,' ought not to be employed as the medium of a Christian's prayer."-p. 167.
We should like to inquire if our author dare take it upon herself to say that any of the Bible is not inspired by the Holy Ghost, or is the revelation of heaven in so “ questionable a shape," that she can decide against only certain parts of it? Or does she mean the above paragraph to intimate that her creed is but little different from that of the boldest infidel? The following quotation will give a fair specimen of the feminine tenderness, with which our author treats those who differ from her in sentiment.
666 And I wonder you can have the heart to ask,' replied Mrs. Wilson, sobbing with passion, not grief; ' you have no feeling; you never had any for my afilictions. It is but two months, yesterday, since Martha died, and I have no reason to hope for her. She died without repentance.'
«Ha ! replied David, Elvira told me, that she confessed, to her husband, her abuse of his children, her love of the bottle, (which, by the by, every body knew before,) and a parcel of stuff that, for our sakes, I think she might have kept to herself.'
“ Yes, yes, she did die in a terrible uproar of mind about some things of that kind; but she had no feeling of her lost state by nature.'
“Oh, the devil !" grumbled the hopeful son and brother; if I had nothing to worry my conscience but my state by nature, I might get one good night's sleep, instead of lying from night till morning like a toad under a harrow,
“ This comment was either unheard or unbeeded by the mother, and she went on : David, your extravagance is more than I can bear. I have been wonderfully supported under my other trials. If my children, though they are my flesh and blood, are not elected, the Lord is justified in their destruction, and I am still. I have done my duty, and I know not " why tarry his chariot wheels." '
« It is an easy thing, ma'am,' said David, interrupting his mother, 'to be reconciled to everlasting destruction ; but if your mind is not equally resigned to the temporal ruin of a child, you must lend me the money.' "-pp. 132, 133,
Will any candid person pretend that such opinions were ever entertained by orthodox Christians, and will the writer believe that such representations can gain her friends, or the cause of truth proselytes ?
In consequence of such a mother, one of Mrs. Wilson's sons commits highway robbery, and even he, from the walls of his prison, pours out his curses against the orthodox creed as being the sole agent of his destruction. It is part of his letter to his mother :
“Mother, mother! oh, that I must call you so!as I do it, I howl a curse with every breath-you have destroyed me. You it was that taught me, when I scarcely knew my right hand from my left, that there was no difference between doing right and doing wrong, in the sight of the God you worship ; you taught me that I conld do nothing acceptable to him. If you taught me truly, I have only acted out the nature totally depraved, (vour own words, that he gave to me and I am not to blame for it. I could do nothing to save my own soul; and according to your own doctrine, I stand now a better chance than my moral cousin,
Jane. If you have taught me falsely, I was not to blame; the peril be on your own soul. My mind was a blank, and you put your own impressions on it; God (if there be a God) reward you according to your deeds !'”-p. 265.
With one more quotation we close. It is some observations on Mrs. Wilson's character immediately after her death.
"• Ought we to wonder that she effected that imposition on herself, by the aid of self-love, (of all love the most blinding,) since we have heard, in her funeral sermon, her religious experiences detailed as the triumphs of a saint ; her strict attention on religious ordinances commended, as if they were the end and not the means of a religious life ; since we (who cannot remember a single gracious act of humility in her whole life) have been told, as a proof of her gracious state, that the last rational words she pronounced were, that she 66 was of sinners the chief?” There seems to be a curious spiritual alchymy in the utterance of these words; for we cannot say, that those who use them mean to “ palter in a double sense,” but they are too often spoken and received as the evidence of a hopeful state. Professions and declarations have crept in among the protestants, to take the place of the mortifications and penances of the ancient church; so prone are men to find some easier way to heaven than the toilsome path of obedience.'” --pp. 267, 268.
We profess not to be insensible to the beauties of the work before us. In most instances the language is elevated and chaste-the descriptions often natural and glowing. To render what we have written intelligible to our readers, we must inform them, that our little heroine, Jane, lived several years in the family of her aunt, met with some romantic adventures, and tinally married a Quaker, who had been her patron and friend during all her troubles. Though Monsieur - Lavoisier" takes French leave, with Elvira, and we hear no more about them after his wonderful escape from the “tar and feathers,” we have no fault, on the whole, to find with the ending of the story, as it was perfectly proper to marry Jane to an old widower, or any other person. But we cannot but mention what we esteem unpardonable blemishes. There are not a few expressions that border on profaneness, which would by no means become a lady's lips, however they appear from ber pen. Jane Elton is a perfect character, as religious and as pure as an angel; and that too from her infancy-for we read of no time when she wis otherwise. The quakers are represented as almost perfect beings-the clergy are ridiculed-deacons are sneered atconferences are derided-missions and missionaries are pointed at every thing that distinguishes evangelical religion is misrepresented and stigmatized. If our author considers herself as an accountable being, we wonder by wl.at law of mercy she expects to be judged, when she is so severe upon that obpoxious part of Christians, Calvinists. And is this the book that is to be vended and spread over our land, and put into the hands of our youth? Is this the manner in which an accountable being, of no ordinary talents, is to exert her influence ? A sorry item indeed, we believe, this little work will make when her every action is impartially judged. She informs us that she wrote for the purpose of adding “something to the scanty stock of native : American literature.” Were this the design, it is certainly to be commended ; though we think the addition our literature gains by it, will be but a “ scanty” morsel. We must now take leave of our author with the hope, that should she again appear before the public, she will have more of the modesty which so much becomes a lady, is indeed she is wholly free from the humility and candour of a Christian.
POLYNESIA.-South SEA ISLANDS. Most interesting intelligence from the mission established in these islands, by the London Missionary Society, is furnished in the Missionary Chronicle for September. The deputation, consisting of the Rev. D. Tyerman and George Bennet, Esq. was sent out, more than a year ago, to visit these stations, and several letters have been received from them, by the Directors, which we shall now proceed to notice. The first letter is dated “ on board the Tuscan, Aug. 22, 1821. Pacific Ocean, lat. 29, 12. S. long. 85, 0. W.;" and states that with little variation, the voyage thus far had been pleasant and prosperous. The second letter is dated “ Eimeo, Dec. 3, 1821 ;” and states that they arrived at Matavai, (in Taheite,) on the 21st of September, without any calamity befalling them on their way. They express themselves as having been greatly delighted with the beauty of the islands, but most of all, “ with the victories and blessed results of preaching and living the Gospel of Christ,” at every station where they had been, viz.
At Matavai, at Papieta, at Buaanania in Taheite; and at Papetoai in this island. TRULY, « THE HALF WAS NOT TOLD US!" God has indeed done great things here, in a civil, moral, and religious view. The people here exhibit as literal and pleasing a proof being “ turned from darkness unto light, and from the power of Satan unto God, as can be conceived.
A nation of pilferers have become eminently trust-worthy. A people formerly universally addicted to lasciviousness in all its forms, have become modest and virtuous in the highest degree-those who, a few years ago, despised all forms of religion except their own horrid and cruel superstitions, bave universally declared their approbation of Christianity ; study diligently those parts of the Christian Scriptures which have been translated for them--ask earnestly for more, and appear conscientiously to regulate themselves by those sacred oracles, under the direction of their kind teachers, whose self-denying zeal and perseverance have been almost as remarkable as the success with which God has been pleased to honour them.
This is the victory that overcometh the world. Here is an answer to infidelity that is calculated to stagger its disbelief in the mighty power of “PREACHING and Living the Gospel.” It is true there are not many in our land who boldly and openly profess to disbelieve the Bible, but there are many who deny that the Gospel has any power to improve the condition of the heathen, who deny that it. is the power of God unto salvation to them that believe. This species of infidelity assumes a thousand shapes, in order to deride the missionary cause ; in order to excuse its want of Christian charity ; and, in order to gratify its selfish desires. Should this article meet the eye of any one who has heretofore held this subject so cheap as to brand it with error and delusion, we pray he will study the bistory of this mission, with much care and attention, and see if that scripture be not fulfilled, which says, “In that daya man shall cast his idols to the moles and to the bats."
The deputation found the missionaries, generally, in good health. Two of the late missionaries, Messrs. Bicknell and Tessier,
Have departed to their heavenly rest and gracious reward, leaving behind them very satisfactory evidence that “ the good hope through grace” which had supported them through life, could support them also in the hour of death.
The king was unwell, and was at this island when we arrived in Taheite. He soon made two obliging communications to us, through our excellent friend Mr. Nott, in which he expressed his hope of soon being over at Matavai to receive us. On finding, however, that Pomare rather grew worse than better, we came over to Eimeo, and were received by him with the utmost demonstrations of kindness, and with marked tokens of respect; Messrs. Nott and Henry accompanying us, and interpreting for us. His information, for a person who has read only the Taheitan language, appeared to us considerable, from the questions he asked respecting our Society's labours, their success, and their intended fields of labour; also his inquiries respecting the civil affairs of England and of Europe.
Pomare died on the 6th of December, and left directions that his infant son should be acknowledged as sovereign ; that the queen and her sister should remain at Taheite, having the care of the son and daughter, and govern the kingdom with the advice of the principal chiefs. This arrangement gave general satisfaction, and encouraged the hope that all things would go on well. The King had been a steady friend to the missionaries.
The translations and printing are going on well. Matthew and John are printed in the Tabeitan language, and are in innumerable hands. The books of Genesis, Joshua, the Psalms, Isaiah, the Acts, the Epistle to the Romans, and the other Epistles are in course of translation, and are waiting the mutual corrections of the brethren. The grammar and dictionary are not in so forward a state ; but both these are so important, that we hope to make a more encouraging report of their progress at no distant period.
Our hearts have been rejoiced to find that those labourers in the Lord's vineyard here, with whom we have had intercourse, appear to be, generally speaking, of the right stamp, holding forth the truth in their public and private teaching, and exemplifying the holy Gospel in their life and conversation. We must also add, that the general intelligence and good sense which we find among them is highly gratifying to us.
With the various appearances and productions of these delightful islands, which the Lord hath blest, we cannot now entertain you by any descriptions ; indeed they are, in many respects, so entirely sui generis, that vision only can convey an adequate idea oi' their fertility, beauty, and sublimity.
It is found unadvisable, and in part, impracticable, to attempt at present any manufactory on a large scale ; but the king and chiefs have approved of setting up the little cotton work, and Messrs. Blossom and Armitage are just now getting into their houses, which the chiefs have provided for them, close to the stream in Taheite, where the mill is immediately to be erected.