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their principies and tempers, and to im. Children and others instructed in the prove their manners and habits; and you school--one of your first duties is to be even sacrifice a portion of the highest grateful to those who devote so much enjoyment, undisturbed intercourse with time and attention to you, and who seek heaven in the house of prayer, to a vigi. to make you wise, and good, and happy. lent superintendence of their deportment Their only object is your improvement, during the solemn exercises of this sa- and this will be their best reward. If cred place and the best means of ad- you do not attend to their instructions, vancing their instruction, improvement, and if you disregard their admonitions, and happiness, occupy your frequent coun- you will not only be ungrateful to them, sels. No inconsiderable self-denial and but you will injure yourselves. Your imexertion, as well as employment of mind provement will be prevented; and instead and time, are necessary to the discharge of growing wiser and better, you will of these duties. I see among you persons continue in ignorance, and acquire idle of both sexes; the young engaged in the and vicious liabits, which will make you active business of the Institution, and displeasing in the view both of man and those of more mature age, extending to of God. For, remember God is always it their teasing and wise superinten- present with you. He hears every thing dence and counsel. Responsible is your which you say, he knows every thing charge, and arduous your duties; but I which you do, and he will bring every am satisfied you are more than repaid for thing into judgment. Fear him; and all your care and labour, in witnessing love him too, for he is infinitely good. the improvement of your scholars--their He is your Father and Benefactor; and advancement in those elements of human he so loved you as to give bis only belearning, so necessary to their temporal gotten Son to be your Saviour--to atone welfare; and, above all, in that know- for your sins, and to lead you to heaven. ledge which makes them wise to salvation Diligently, then, learn the lessons from --their continual progress, under your the Bible, the Prayer Book, and other fostering attention, in decency of inanners, pious books which are assigned you, that sobriety of deportment, and piety of prin- you may know your duty to God, your ciple and of life. What reward, indeed, Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier; to can be more grateful to you, than the yourselves and to your fellow-men. Be. consideration, that you are powerfully have well during the time of worship, instrumental in promoting the instruction and remember that then, especially, the and improvement of those in whom, as eye of God is upon you. In all things its future members, society is deeply in- seek to please him. He will guide and terested ; and the religious knowledge, protect you while you live; and when and the piety and virtue of those whom, you come to die, he will make you happy as the members of his fold on earth, and with him for ever. the heirs of his celestial kingdom, yourRedeemer regards with solicitude and affec

MEDITATION on HELL. -tion. Need I indulge any fears that you

(From the Pious Country Parishioner.) will not persevere in a work so beneficial in its effects, and so full in its rewards ?

The holy scriptures assure us, that

the disobedient and rebellious, the The flourishing state of your school, it

haters of God and despisers of goodis believed one of the largest in the city, is

This, an evidence of your past exertions, and af ness, must be turned into hell.

O my soul, is the doleful abode of fords both a pledge and a motive for their the fearful and unbelieving, of the continuation. Go on--you will be repaid proud and angry, malicious and rein the improvement and happiness of vengeful ; qualities, which render these children in the delightful con- these wretched sinners fit company sciousness of doing good, in the grati. for devils and reprobate sinners. tude of all who are acquainted with your Here whoremongers and adulterers, meritorious labours, and in the approba. drunkards and profane swearers, are tion of your God.

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October, 1817.
Meditation on Hell.

303 gnashing of teeth. O could you are past and gone, their misery will hear them cry out in the midst of their be the same, where their worm never torments, how would you fear to fol- dieth, and the fire shall never be low them into their sins ! how would quenched. It is eternity which tincyou strive against the temptations of tures the sinner's doom with the deep

your spiritual enemies, and try to est blackness. It is this that consumflee from the wrath to come! the con- mates the torinents of hell, and makes sideration of what the righteous en- damnation of all things most to be joy, and what themselves might have dreaded. If this state may seem enjoyed, had it not been their own dreadful in the description, how much fault, is a great addition to their more dreadful will it be in reality? ? misery; that there should be a heaven Well may we then cry out, O cursed which they cannot enter into; that sin, whose short-lived pleasures, and there should be a God, whose blissful momentary delights are purchased at sight they must be excluded from; the dear rate of never-ceasing woes! that they should be separated from In hell, darkness fills both the place the company of their blessed Sa- and minds of those that are banished viour, from the goodly fellowship of from God's presence; blackness of the prophets and apostles, from the darkness for ever fills the place ; noble army of saints, martyrs, and biackness of guilt, horror, and deconfessors, and all the blessed society spair. which help to make up the happiness Oh, says the condemned sinner, of heaven; what a tormenting thought that I had not given way to the spirit is this ! The scriptures describe the of lust and uncleanness, of luxury and torments of the wicked, by all the cir- wantonness, whiru betrayed me into cumstances of horror : by every thing innumerable miscarriages in my life! that is frightful to the senses, and ter- Oh, that I had not followed the dicrible to the imagination! stiling them tates of malice and revenge ! Oh, that everlasting burnings ! the worm that I had never defiled my lips with pronever dies! a falling into the hands fane swearing, cursing, and blaspheof the living God! the being cast in- my! Oh, that I had never been unto outer darkness, where is weeping, merciful or uncharitable ! that I had wailing, and gnashing of teeth! This never injured or oppressed the poor, is some part of the account which the but had relieved their necessities, and word of God gives to the sinner's por- made them partakers of my abuntion in a future state; and how dread- dance! Had I done this, and instead ful is it! both body and soul, and all of pursuing criminal pleasures, made the faculties of them, shall be torment- the salvation of my soul my care and ed. The body shall suffer because it study, I might, instead of being torhad a share in the sins that occa- mented in these flames, have been in sioned these sorrows. Now, if the yonder bright and glorious mansions, burning of a fever, if the pains of any singing praises and hallelujahs among acute disease, be so grievous to be the blessed saints, and with them comborne, as we know they are ; how municating in those unspeakable pleaterrible must it be, to be cast into a lake sures, which are ever to be felt in the of fire, which the breath of the Lord, presence and enjoyment of God and as a stream of brimstone, doth kin- his Christ; but from thence I am dle! but the most amazing circum- eternally banished. stance of all is, that the torments of As the tree falls so shall it lic; and, the damned will be endless and un- O my soul, how many thousands have changeable, without the least respite been surprised in the midst of their or intermission. They, that is the sins, and hurried away to everlasting damned, have no rest, says St. John, sorrows! And I, alas ! how many day or night, but shall be tormented times have I sinned against heaven? for ever and ever! Forever and ever! and yet my God hath spared me hiOdreadful word, For ever! When therto, according to the multitude of ten thousand times ten thousand ages his mercies. No other reason can I



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give, why I am not eternally misera- ONDIXATION AXD INSTITUTIOX. ble, but that thou, Lord, art merciful. On Tuesday, the 7th inst. an Ordination When, therefore, I am next tempt

was held at St. Michael's Church, Trenton, ed to commit any sin, I will say to

by the Right Rev. Bishop Croes, when'

the Rev. JAMES MONTGOMERI was admitmy soul, How can I do this great

ted to the holy order of Priests. Mornwickedness, and sin againsi Gods. ing service was performed by the Rev. provoking his infinite justice and al- John BARNWELL CAMPBELL, Rector of the

Church at Beaufort, South-Caroliva; and mighty power to punish me? O Lord

a sernion on the occasion, was delivercd most holy! who can dwell witii ever

by the Rev. Dr. Warton, Rector of St. lasting burnings ! O blessed Jesus, Mary's Church, Burlington. thou most worthy Judge eternal, let

On Wednesday the Bishop instituted me never fall into the bitter pains of Mr. MONTGOMENT Rector of St. Michael's eternal death!

Church. Mr. CAMPBELL #gain performed

the morning service;' and the Rev. LEWIS $ TE PRAYER

P. BAYARD, Rector of Trinity Church,

Newark, delivered a sermon on the occaO eternal and most gracious Fa- sion. iher, who hast declared in thy holy In the afternoon of the same day, the word, that thou desirest not the death boiy rite of Confirmation was administer's of a sinner, but that he should rather ed in the Church before mentioned. Even turn from his sins, and he saved; and in service was performed by the lev.

Mr. MONTGOMENT, and a sermon delivered for that end hast encouraged us to by Bishop Crors come boldly to the throne of Grace, that we may

in the time of David LONGWORTII, No. 11 Park, has need: 0 do thou vouchsafe to hear recently published "A concise View of the the prayers and cries of me, thy sin principal Points of Controversy between

the Protestant and Roman Churches : conful creature, who do most earnestly taining-I. A Letter to the Roman Cathoimplore thy mercy in the pardon of lics of the city of Worcester, in England. all my sins, for the sake of thy dear 11. A Reply to the above Address, by the , Son, and my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, late Archbishop Carroll

. lll. An answer who suffered and died once a most

to the fate Archbishop Carroll's Reply.

IV. A short answer to the Appendix to the bitter death upon the cross, that we Catholic Question decided in New-York might not die and suiker eternally. in 1813. V. A few short Remarks on Dr. Amen, Amen.

O'Gallagher's Reply to the above Answer, O God, the Father of Heaven, have by the Rev. C. H. Wharton, 1. D. Rector mercy upon me a miserable sinner; and Member of the Philosopħical Society

of St. Mary's Church, Burlington, (N. J.) and from thy wrath, and from ever- of Philadelphia fasting damnation, good Lord deliver These tracts contain much valuable inme.

formation on the points which they disGrant, O God, that, knowing these The late Archbishop Carroll was terrors of the Lord, I may effectually liar tenets of his own Church, and Dr. I

certainly competent to defend the pecube persuaded to break off my sins; for Wharton's character has

been long estait is a fearful thing to fall into the blished as an accomplished scholar and .ihands of the living God, who is a con- vine. His remarks deserve additional i 12 suming fire to all the workers of ini- terest from the circumstance of his having quity. By the assistance of thy hea- renounced the Roman Catholic commu

nion ; in justification of which measure, venly grace, I resolve this day, o

the first tract in the series was written. Lord, and all the days of my life, to The Protestant Clergy and Laity should live as becomes one that has eternity not be indifferent to the points of controin view;

that when my perishing body versy between them and the Roman shall crumble into dust, my soul may hope that this work will meet with an ex

Church; and we, therefore, indulge the be received into Abraham's bosom; tensive circulation. The Bookseller has and at the general resurrection in the published it at his own risk, and unless'exlast day, when soul and body shall be ertions are made for the sale of it by those reunited, I may be acceptable in thy who are interested in its contents, he will

sustain considerable Joss. sight, through the alone merits and intercession of our Lord and Saviour, Printed and published by T. & J.Swours, Jesus Christ.

No. 160 Pearl-street, New-York:

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Life of the Rev. NICHOLAS FERRAR, officiency in historical and classical

the Church of England. learning, caused him to be removed, There are few biographical ac- at six years of age, to Euborn School, counts more interesting or useful than near Newbury, in Berkshire ; from those of men of learning and talents, which, by the especial recommendawho, having mixed much with thé tion of his tutor, he was admitted at world, have at length perceived its Clare-Hall

, Cambridge, in his fourvanities, and have retired from them teenth year. From his infancy he to spend their remaining days in the united great diligence in study with immediate service of their God and natural talents of the highest order: Saviour. Among persons of this de- but far from exciting envy, even scription the celebrated Nicholas Fer- among his youthful competitors, his rar may be included ; and though in amiable and cheerful temper, combinreviewing his life we shall perceive a ed with almost excessive modesty and great mixture of austerity, and per- delicacy of character, won upon their haps even of formalism and supersti- affections as much as it secured their tion, yet, with all his peculiarities, we esteem. cannot fail to discover a genuine

A circumstance which occurred in though oftentimes mistaken piety, his sixth year evinces the religious and may learn from his example not sentiments which had thus early taken a few lessons of much practical im- possession of his mind. Being one portance.

night unable to sleep, a fit of scepticism The father of Nicholas Ferrar was seized him, and gave him the greatest a merchant of considerable opulence perplexity and uneasiness. He doubtin London; a man of respectable fa- ed " whether there was a God;" and mily, liberal manners, extensive cha- if there was.

what was the most rity, and earnest devotion. Of his acceptable mode of serving him.” mother, who was remarkable for per- In extreme grief, he rose at midnight, sonal beauty and great modestý of an, went down to a grass-plat in the character, Bishop Lindsell was accus- garden, where he stood a long time tomed to say, that 6 he knew of 10 sad and pensive ; reflecting seriously woman superior to her in eloquence, upon the great doubts which thus ex. true judgment or wisdom and that tremely perplexed him. At length, few were equal to her in charity to throwing himself upon his hands and wards men or piety cowards God."

face to the ground, and spreading out Nicholas, the

a third son of these his hands, he cried aloud_56 Yes ; worthy and Christian parents, was there is, there must be a God: and born Feb. 2, 1592, in Mark-Lane, he, no question, if I duly and earLondon; and, being of tractable dis- nestly seek it of him, will teach me position and lively parts, was sent to not only how to know but how to school at four years of age, and in a serve him acceptably. He will be few months could read or repeat with with me all my life here, and at the great propriety a chapter of the holy end will make me happy hereafter.Scriptures-his parents having always His doubts now vanished, and he accustomed their children from their returned to his apartment in traninfancy to this sacred duty. His quillity; but the recollection of the powers of memory, and his early pro- circumstance made bim ever after VOL. I


commiserate persons in distress of Such power of argument ! Such a mind on religious accounts; to many tongue, and such a pen! Such a meof whom in future life his advice and mory withal he hath, with such indepersuasions became eminently conso- fatigable pains, that all these joined latory and instructive.

together, I know not who would be The early promises of his infancy able to contend with him." began very soon to be realized at col- But the rising genius and virtues of lege. His tutor, Mr. Lindsell, wish- Ferrar could not exempt him from ing to elicit and exhibit his talents, the ordinary afflictions of humanity' ; or, as he himself expressed it, " to among which he had to enumerate a see his inside as well as his outside,” feminine and sickly temperament of made such trials of his abilities as the body, visibly aggravated by his seFellows thought quite unreasonable, vere studies, and which, though it urging, that it was a shame to spur could not abate his own courage, bea fleet horse, which already outwent gan greatly to excite the alarm of his the rider's desire, and won every race friends. His faithful and affectionate he put him to." In all these exa- physician being apprehensive that his minations young Ferrar succeeded valuable life was near its close, and beyond the highest expectations; and his friends in general thinking it im being anxious to continue the course possible for him to survive another of mental cultivation which he had winter in England, he was prevailed thus auspiciously begun, he gave him- upon to retire to the Continent, self unintermittingly to his studies, where, by the course recommended so that it became a common remark, for his adoption; his medical adviser that his chamber might be known by predicted that his life might possibly the candle that was last extinguished last to thirty-five years, beyond which at night and first lighted in the morn- he had no hopes that it could, under ing. His piety was equal to his any circumstances, be prolonged. learning, nor was any pursuit, how- The heads of the university, as soon ever interesting, ever suffered to as they were informed of Mr. Ferrar's interfere with the regularity of his intention, and that he was about to attendance at the college chapel-an join the retinue of the princess Elizaexample worthy of imitation by many beth, who was proceeding to the paljunior men,bers of our universities in latinate with the Palsgrave, her husthe present day, who, with much band, procured him, by special favour, clearer ideas, perhens, of the general his Master's degree, for which he had nature of Christianity, than were pos- already perforined the previous exersessed by young Ferrar, might yet cises, though he was not of sufficient find in his scrupulous strictñews of standing to receive it in the ordinary conduct and susceptibility of con. course. His written farewell to his science no unworthy subject of Chris-o family has been preserved, in which tian emulation.

he dwells upon the importance of In his second year Ferrar became preparing for death; exhorts his broa Fellow-commoner, his parents hav., thers and sisters to piety, unity, and ing deferred this privilege till he had love; consoler his parents with the proved that he deserved it: and in thought, that “If he should be soon 1610 he took his first degree in Arts, dead to them, he was get alive to and the same year was elected a Fel- God;" implores their forgiveness if low of his college. His literary ac- at any time he had displeased them; quisitions, as well as his personal cha- and adds, " It was God that gave me racter and influence among his friends, to you; and if he take me from you, had by this time become so conspicu- be not only content but joyful that I ous that Mr. Lindsell was accustom- am delivered from the vale of misery. ed to exclaim, “May God keep him This God, who hath kept me ever in a right mind; for if he should turn since I was born, will preserve me to schismatic, or heretic, he would make the end, and will give me grace to work for all the world. Such a head! live in his faith, to die in his favour,

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