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dren. It will be a moderate cal-Pharaoh, as to knowledge, than to culation, to suppose that the menus, and less was therefore to be above the age of twenty, formed expected. one-fourth of the whole. There As to the supposition that the were then three millions in all. miracles wrought made Pharaoh Estimate these at three hundred altogether inexcusable in refusing dollars apiece, it amounts to 720 to comply with the demand, I admillions of dollars : not to mention mit it. But is it not equally true their cattle and other property, that those plagues, while they prove which were very valuable. Now, God's displeasure against Pharaoh is it to be wondered at that Pharaoh and the Egyptians for enslaving felt reluctant to lose so much pro- Israel, go directly to prove the perty ? Nothing was said about general truth, that all who enslave buying their freedom. He was re- others, or hold them forcibly in quired to give all up-not to bear slavery, do what is offensive to a part of the loss, and they the God ? Pharaoh may have persuadrest—he was to bear the whole ! ed himself that Moses wrought We can easily conceive how Pha- his miracles by magic. Pharaoh raoh might have persuaded himself was an ignorant Pagan. We bethat to lose so much property, and lieve that God wrought the mibe deprived of all his labourers- racles; and the general truth is and have to set his own people to plain, God bates oppression. all the hard work in the city, and To conclude my apology, which in the field, to which they were not is much too long, I repeat that I accustomed, was really rather too fully believe that Pharaoh did much.

wrong in enslaving Israel-in perHe might very possibly have severing in it; and that, however thought, that if it was wrong at plausible his excuses, they availed first to enslave the Hebrews, he at nothing. The thing was wrong. least was not to blame for it; that He only added sin to sin, and made it was done long before he was matters worse by his delay. The born; that he found them in sla- event proved that it would have very, and held them as property ; been better for Egypt never to have that the whole habits of the Egyp- enslaved Israel. It would have tians was such now, that the evil been better to have given up this of slavery was a kind of necessary state at any one time that could be evil; that they could not do with named; for not only did they go out it; and that it was hard to out, but they spoiled the Egypmake him pay for the faults of his tians; and the attempt to force forefathers, and to give up what them back involved the whole he had received as property by army, with Pharaoh at its head, in inheritance.

ruin. All this is admitted. Yet I There is another point deserving say Egyptian slavery was not so notice. Natural and personalrights hard as some other cases of slawere not then so well understood very ;-and Pharaoh's excuses are, as now. Perhaps few, if any, then I think, better than what have samaintained the doctrines, that per- tisfied, and now satisfy, many. sonal "6

liberty is an unalienable right,” whịch no man has a warrant either to take or withhold from us, under the plea of a right of property. Less was given to

DINATION.

Hints ON THE IMPORTANCE OF OR-I if it arise from the latter feeling,

they are alike unworthy the regard To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. of churches and of neighbouring MR. EDITOR,

pastors. TKERE are few things more evi- I trust, Sir, you will give a hint dent in the New Testament, than on the subject on the first opportuthat the apostles, and ministers re- pity that may present itself. I cognized by them, ordained those know that the minds of some exwho were chosen to the exercise of cellent men are pained with the the pastoral office. We read of fact. They think it a departure their ordaining elders in every from the order of the New Testachurch; ministers are instructed as ment, and perceive in it a tendency to the qualifications which should to weaken the bonds between a be possessed by those who are church and its pastor, and to exthus ordained, and they are ex- cite a spirit of prejudice against horted not to be hasty in placing the institutions where such young men in this important station.

men are educated for the ministry. Independently of this view of It is not impossible but that the the case, the ordination of a young evil may have been encouraged, if man as a pastor in our churches, indeed it has not had its origin, tends to promote his respectability, from the fact that some good men to cherish feelings of regard be- have of late years removed from tween him and neighbouring minis-churches where they have exercised ters, and to foster confidence be the pastorate for some years, to fill tween the different churches; it that office in others without a pubfurnishes an opportunity of giv- lic recognition. I cannot but fear ing suitable advice to the parties that this practice is pregnant with more immediately concerned, and evils. Surely it becomes of some through them to others, and very importance to inquire, whether the eminently conduces to prevent the independence of ministers and intrusion of improper men into the churches may not be carried so far churches, by merely obtaining an as to oppose the requirements of artificial majority on their side. our great Master, and to violate

Impressed with these facts, and the injunctions of inspired apostles. feeling deeply interested in the I am, Mr. Editor, prosperity of our Denomination, you

respectfully yours, will not, Sir, be surprised that I have

A PUBLICLY RECOGNIZED felt grieved on seeing that a prac

PASTOR. tice is creeping into the churches, which seems to me fraught with

I am informed that ON CHRISTIAN FAITHFULNESS. two young men who studied at one of our academies, have lately set- He that is faithful in that which is least, is tled as pastors, without ordination. faithful also in much. Luke xvi. 10. Whether they have discovered that such a service is improper, or whe- It is required of stewards that ther a love of novelty, or-I am they be found faithful; however almost afraid even to suspect it, inconsiderable the portion of goods a spirit of pride, leads them to which is committed to their trust, reject it, I know not. If it be the an exact account will be required former, they ought to give the world at their hands, and woe unto him the benefit of their discovery; and who, at the day of reckoning, shall

many evils.

be found careless, unfaithful, or of a little self-denial, if dismissed unjust.

on the heavenly errand of diffusing If the professed disciples of Je-life and peace where the Sun of sus improve this consideration as Righteousness hath never shone, instructed by their Lord, remem- they shall not always be found bering that each one individually wanting ; when summoned by the sustains the character and office of angel of death, we shall bid a final a steward, accountable to their adieu to the vanities of time, and engreat Lord and Master Jesus Christ, ter the unseen world, our gracious surely they will feel their station to Lord and Master, who remembers be one of fearful responsibility, every cup of cold water that is and the meanest thing committed given in his name, shall place upon to their care accompanied with a our heads a crown, in which we solemn trust, so to be used and shall again behold them, sparkling appropriated as shall meet with the with increased and unfaded lustre. approbation of Him from whom it I do not mean to imply that bewas received.

coming ornaments, without an unShould the following remarks due profusion (which must be left meet the

eye of a young disciple, with taste and prudence to deterwhose heart is warmed with a sin- mine) are in themselves unlawful or cere 'desire of becoming humbly improper, but might not their numinstrumentalin extending the peace- ber fand costliness in general be ful and blessed kingdom of the profitably diminished? And are Redeemer, and who would there- there not a few to be found whose fore rejoice in promoting this glo-hearts burn with so fervent a derious work, by enabling the mis- sire for the eternal welfare of their sionaries of the cross to erect its fellow-creatures and the glory of hallowed ensign on those “ gloomy God, that they would rather dehills of darkness” which have spoil themselves of every jewel, never been visited with the light of than be prevented from casting the glorious Gospel-possibly (as their humble mite into the great a hint from one who has herself treasury ? And oh! were such a made trial of the plan she wishes resolution generally adopted, who to recommend) they may not be can tell how great the results, how unattended with beneficial results. extensive the operation might be?

Whilst, then, the followers of Christian females might, indeed, the Lamb are not, it is apprehend- appear less brilliantly arrayed at ed, in general required literally to their festive parties, but if only part with all for his sake, are there one immortal soul were rescued not many of us possessed of some from endless woe through this sasuperfluous ornaments which might crifice of love, who can estimate be turned to nobler account, if the comparison between the littleemployed in the service and cause ness of the cost, and the immense of the Redeemer ? And though and eternal benefits which it has their loss in the decoration of our secured ? persons might require the exercise

SALOME.

POETRY

Lines on the Atheist."

Will the presumptuous atheist stand
And say there's no almighty hand,

That form'd each earthly clod ?
Can he direct his eyes on high,
To view the beauties of the sky,

And miss the sight of God?

Did matter out of chaos roll ?
Did chance make him a living soul?

Obedient to its nod,
Did yonder sun, which cheers his eyes,
Itself into existence rise,

And shine without a God?

Did those bright orbs that nightly grace
The firmament-burst into space,

And self-existent shine ?
Or did this mass of earth and sea
Start forth into immensity,

Without a power divine ?

The Thorn in the Flesh.-2 Cor. xii. 7. Lord, if consistent with thy will,

Ah! take this thorn away ; But if for me 'tis needful still,

The thorn should longer stay;
Then patience give, the cross to bear,
And faith, to trust thy love and care.
This thorn, it may be sent by thee,

A token of thy love;
That I may truly humbled be,

Like those thou dost approve ;
I would lie passive and be still,
And bow submissive to thy will.
The thorn sometimes feels sharp and sore,

And then to thee I cry;
For grace sufficient I implore,

Thy help is ever nigh :
Say to my soul, “I am thy God,"
And I shall gladly kiss the rod.
The thorn, a chastisement may be,

Beneath the stroke I bend ;
From every evil set me free,

Let me no more offend :
But look to Jesus as my shield,
And prompt obedience to him yield.
The thorn sometimes seems giving way,

Then I am cheer'd with hope;
At other times my fears bear sway,

And then my spirits droop :
My weakness, Lord, I feel and own,
Now let thy power in me be shewn.
The thorn may be to wean from earth,

And make me long for heaven;
Where I shall sound thy praises forth,

For I have much forgiven :
Oh! guide me to that heavenly shore,
Where I shall need the thorn no more.

J.B.

Let him all nature's works behold;
The page of Providence unfold;

And if he fail to read
In every sentence, every line,
The record of a hand divine,

He must be blind indeed!

When the last awful trump shall sound,
And nations rise from under ground,

To meet a coming God ;
Where will the man who once denied
His being, then securely bide
From his avenging rod ?

W. Hunt.

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REVIEW .

Memoir of the late Mrs. Susan Hunting - this work to all classes of our readers,

ton, of Boston Moss ; consisting prin- as an admirable specimen of sound and cipally of Extracts from her Journal judicious Christian experience, most and Letters, with the Sermon occasioned by her Death. By BeNJAMIN B. feelingly and beautifully expressed. WISNER, Pastor of the Old South Mrs. Huntington, on the maternal Church in Boston. With a recom- side, was a descendant of the Rev. John mendatory Notice by the Rev. Dr. Elliot, who will bear, to future ages, GORDON, of Edinburgh. Price 6s. 6d. the honourable title of “ the Indian Edinburgh : Waugh and Innes.

Apostle.” This volume is a production of the We extract her account of the death American press, and we perfectly agree of her husband, and her Poem on the with the Rev. Edward S. Dwight, who death of an infant born after her hussent a copy of it to Mr. Innes, of Edin- band's death. burgh, that it well deserved to be reprinted here. America has been very that Mr. Huntington had stopped at Groton,

“ On Saturday, August 28, 1819, I heard prolific in specimens of excellent female fatigued; and was not much alarmed, supcharacters: we have, among others, posing that he did not come into Boston so Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Newel, Miss Fanny late in the week, to avoid the labour of Woodbecke, and it is to be hoped that preaching immediately after so long and we shall have some biographical ac- solicitations of my friends, and the consi

fatiguing a journey ; and overruled by the count of that excellent woman, Mrs. deration of the yellow fever being in Boston, Judson, whose history was so eventful, I remained at Bridgewater until Wednesday. and who manifested such distinguished On Tuesday I sat watching at the window, zeal in the Missionary cause. But we

to see the well-known chaise, the sound of are persuaded that the volume before which, on similar occasions, bad always de

lighted me. Toward evening I expected the us will be found inferior to none that stage, and possibly my busband in it. The have preceded it.

stage appeared. Instead of my hasband, These Memoirs are compiled by the the driver threw me out a letter. It struck Rev. B. Wisner, successor to Mrs. Hun- a pang to my heart. When I had opened tington's husband, and the selection of it, through the mistaken kindness of my

friends I was still informed that he was the materials appears extremely judi- fatigued. Distracted with apprehension cious. In addition to a short preface and suspense, I waited for morning; and at by the British Editor, we have a recom- nine o'clock left Bridgewater in the stage, mendatory notice by the Rev. Dr. Gor- with a heart tortured with apprehensions, don, of Edinburgh. The sheets had alas ! soon and certainly realized. During been sent to that gentleman while the my ride home this passage of Scriptare was

upon my mind, and comforted me- All work was passing through the press, things work together for good to them that and he expresses his opinion of it in love God.' the following note to one of the pub- “ On Thursday morning I set out in a lishers :

chaise, accompanied by a friend, for Gro

ton. During the ride, the first answer of “ My Dear Sir—I think you will render the Assembly's Catechism was strongly iman important service to the Christian world pressed upon my mind — Man's cbief end by the republication of the Memoir and is to glorify God, and enjoy him for ever.' Letters of Mrs. Hantington. The volume I felt tbat for the last twelve years I had in appears to us to be a very valuable one, and a great degree misunderstood the great obif I am not greatly mistaken, will soon oc- ject for which I was made ; that, if not my cupy a high place among works of Christian chief, a very high end with me had been, to biography."

be bappy in my husband, and make him

happy in me. I felt that the highest båpWe can most cheerfully recommend piness of a rational mind ought to arise

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