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pastor, so jealous of her best interests--but he is gone--the All-wise Disposer, who moves so often in a mysterious way, chose not to employ him in a work to which he looked forward with such pleasing anticipation-He saw fit that he should exchange the service of the church, for (we confidently trust) the joys of paradise. Since God so ordered it, we acquiesce; with such confidence of his divine acceptance, we sorrow not as those who have no hope.
The religious public will, we doubt not, be favoured hereafter with a more extended notice of this interesting young man,
FOR THE PRESBYTERIAN MAGAZINE.
THE CLOSING YEAR.
BY W. B. TAPPAN.
What shall in thy annals live,
FOR THE PRESBYTERIAN MAGAZINE.
Zechariau, xiii. 7.
From Bruce's Juvenile Anecdotes. * Papa," said a little boy to his father, “what is the meaning of the words Cherubim and Seraphim, which we meet with in the holy scriptures?” “Che. rubim,” replied his father, “is a Hebrew word, signifying knowledge; Seraphim is another word of the same language, and signifies flame. Whence it is supposed, that the Cherubim are angels who excel in knowledge; and that the Seraphim are angels likewise, who excel in loving God.” “I hope, then," said the little boy, “when I die, I shall be a Seraph; for I would rather love God than know all things!”
This sensible and pious child was the son of Bishop Berkeley. His life was short: he is now gone, we trust, to that happy land, where with his excellent father, and with “the spirits of just men made perfect," he has a complete knowledge of God, and loves him with unabating ardour,
The eldest daughter of Dr. Doddridge was a most lovely and engaging child. As she was a great darling with her family and friends, she often received invi. tations to different places at the same time. Her father once asked her, on such an occasion, what made every body love her so well ? She answered, “Indeed, papa, I cannot think, unless it be because I love every body."— This interesting child died before she had completed her fifth year.
When a little girl was expostulated with by a clergyman for attending a Sunday school belonging to a different place of worship from his own, she very acutely replied in the words of Dr. Watts :
“I have been there, and still would go,
A mother who had lately buried an only son, a fine boy, about five years of age, became almost inconsolable for the loss. It is remarkable that about four months before the child's death, he fixed his eyes upon his parent, and in an unusually serious manner said, “Mother!” “What, my dear ?" she replied, “If you do not pray more, and read the scriptures more, God will take me away from you !""
A child of six years of age, introduced into company for his extraordinary abilities, was asked by a dignified clergyman, “Where God was," with the offer of an orange. “ Tell me," replied the boy, “where he is not? and I will give you two."
A little girl whom I knew, about seven years of age, was taken, with a bro. ther younger than herself, to see an aunt who lay dead. On their return home, the little boy expressed his surprise that he had seen his aunt, saying, “I always thought when people were dead that they went to hegyen; but my aunt is not gone thither, for I have seen her.” “Brother,” replied ftis sister, “I fear you do not understand it: it is not the body that goes to heaven ;-it is the think that goes to heaven! The body remains and is put into the grave, where it sleeps till God shall raise it up again.”
A little child, when dying, was asked, whither she was going? “To heaven," said the child. “And what makes you wish to be there ?” said one, “Because Christ is there.” “But what,” said a friend, “if Christ should leave heaven?” “ Then,” said the child, “I will go with him.” Some time before her departure, she wished to have a golden crown when she died. “And what will you do,” said one, “with the golden crown?” “I will take and cast it at the feet of Christ.”
A very little girl walking home with her aunt on a fine frosty evening, had her attention attracted by the brilliant appearance of the heavens, and pointing to the stars, she said with great simplicity, “ Aunt, what are these? are they little gimlet holes, to let the glory through ?"
A Gentleman in Paris, superintendant of an institution for the instruction of deaf and dumb children, was asked by a friend to allow him to put a question to one of the children, with a view to ascertain his mental improvement. The request being complied with, he was desired to write his question, and affix it to the wall. It was this:-“Does God reason?” The child instantly wrote underneath with his pencil, “God knows and sees every thing. Reasoning im. plies doubt and uncertainty; therefore, God does not reason.”
Sarah Henley, a little girl about eleven years of age, said to a relation who complained of poverty, “A man ntay go to heaven without a penny in his purse, but not without grace in his heart.”
NEW PUBLICATION. « THOUGHTS ON THE ANGLICAN AND AMERICAN-Axglo CHURCHES." By John Bristed, Counsellor at Law :* Author of " The Resources of the British Empire," and of “The Resources of the United States of America:" published at New York, 1822, in a handsome volume of 500 pages, octavo.
We are indebted to the author for the compliment of a copy of this spirited and learned work, which we are reading with no ordinary relish, and which we hope to notice hereafter, more fully than time will perinit at present, Mean: while we cannot deny our readers the pleasure of a short extract from p. 70.
“In these United States, we have no Dissenters, because we have no national church establishment linked with the civil government; the federal constitution having put all religious sects upon an equal political footing. But our mo. dern fashionable theologians, in the American-Anglo Church, entertain to the full, as great a horror of Calvinism, as do any of their brethren in the Anglican establishment. Nay, some of the very slenderest, most unfledged, and callow divines, who might answer to Pope's definition of Entick, the dictionary-maker, as one who may possibly understand the meaning of a single word, but, cer. tainly, not the meaning of two words put together,-affect, in defiance of Bishop Horsley's emphatic caution, to prattle about “the absurdity, the weak. ness, the inconclusive reasoning, the narrow capacity," and so forth, of CalFix, Knox, Owen, and many other of the brightest luminaries that have ever blazed as beacon-fires in the Christian hemisphere."
IN THE PRESs. A. Finley, corner of Chesnut and Fourth streets, Philadelphia, has in press, and will publish on the 16th inst. “The Young Convert's Apology, and Affec: tionate Remonstrance, in Ten Letters, to his near Relations and former Companions, by whom he is derided and persecuted on account of his Religious Profession." By George Betts.
We have read this work, and think it well worth republishing. It is an at. tempt to make fiction subserve the cause of truth. The subject is deeply interesting to young believers in Jesus, whose circumstances may resemble those which are here supposed. The following extract from Letter VIII. to a sceptical "acquaintance, who disapproves of the leading doctrines of the gospel, as irrational," may serve as a specimen of the author's spirit, and manner of writing.
“If, however, you are resolved to disbelieve all that cannot be fully under. stood, you are, I think, verging very fast towards universal scepticism, and may soon doubt of every thing; for there is not a blade of grass on the earth, or an insect crawling in the dust, or a pebble on the sea shore, but contains mysteries which you and I shall never comprehend. In short, you may, for aught I know, soon doubt of your own existence, or, at least, refuse to acknowledge the ascendancy which the mind has over the human frame, if you are resolved to discredit every thing which exceeds comprehension. Can you explain the nature of that union which subsists between the body and the mind, or how it is that they act one upon the other? Can you tell exactly how it is, that the mind wts upon, and moves every part of the body, according to its volition, and how it is, again, that the nerves act upon the mind, in perception or sensation? Or can you understand how it is, that the mind, having received innumerable ideas through the medium of the senses, treasures them up in the memory, and there retains them in all their wonderful diversity, for months, or even years, and in some cases, through the greater part of life? These things are facts which cannot be controverted, but they are also facts which cannot be comprehended."
In press, and will be speedily published, by J. Crissy, 177 Chesnut street, Philadelphia, “Jesus Christ AND HIM CRUCIFIED :" eight sermons, by the Rev. Benjamin Allen, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Philadelphia. To the sermons will be added an appendix, containing arranged references to
* And a member of the Episcopal church.
several hundred of the most important passages of scripture, on the essential truths treated of in them ; comprising all the texts used by Magee, Simpson, and others; so as to enable every one who has the Bible in his hands to give a reason of the hope that is in him.
To throw the work into wide circulation, the price is put much lower than usual,--price 50 cents in boards—and, to enable those disposed to make use of it as a tract, a very large discount will be made to all who enclose any sum not less than five dollars to the publisher.
The Treasurer of the Trustees of the General Assembly of the Pres
byterian Church, acknowledges the receipt of the following sums
month of November last, viz.
75 50 Of Rev. Mr. Davidson, per Rev. James Douglas, New Monmouth and Bethesda, in Lexington Presbytery, for ditto
20 00 Of Rev. James H. C. Leach, per Mr. Fassitt, the balance of the collection in Winchester, Virginia, for ditto
1 30 Of Rev. Francis G. Ballentine, per Rev. J. W. Scott, Deerfield, for ditto
4 00 Of E. Steel, in full for rent due 1st October, for ditto
Amount received for the Contingent Fund $205 98 Of Alexander Henry, Esq. in full of his subscription for the Professorship to be endowed by the Synod of Philadclphia
250 00 Of Rev. James Linn, Bellefonte, for ditto
16 00 Of Rev. John Goldsmith, Newtown, Long Island, for the Professor
ship to be endowed by the Synod of New York and New Jersey .27 00 Of Rev. Dr. Moses Waddel, per Mr. Woodward, for the Southern Professorship
50 00 Of Rev. Dr. J. J. Janeway, his first instalment for the Oriental and Biblical Literature Professorship
50 00 Of Alexander Henry, Esq. his first ditto for ditto
50 00 Of Rev. Reuben Post, his first ditto for ditto
50 00 Of Rev. Dr. S. B. Balch, per ditto, his first ditto for ditto
15 00 Of Rev. Alexander Williamson, in part of his ditto for ditto
15 00 Of Mrs. Henderson, treasurer of the Female Cent Society of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, for the Students' Fund .
15 00 Of Rev. Nathaniel Conklin, one year's interest on $92, the balance
of his subscription for the Scholarship to be endowed by the Eu.
5 52 Of Mrs. Jane Keith, treasurer of the Female Association of Charles
ton, South Carolina, for the Scholarship to be endowed by them,
Total $924 50
The Treasurer has the pleasure further to acknowledge the receipt from Mrs. Jane Keith, per Robert Maxwell, Esq. of Charleston, South Carolina, of a certificate for $2,500, of six per cent. United States stock of 1813, bearing interest from 1st October last; being the principal sum required for the endow. ment of a Scholarship.