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and forbearance to be exercis. persons are intended no more ed towards himself, let him than “three attributes" of the do the same to each of his one God ; a fourth, that by brethren. In this way they the three persons are intended will keep the unity of the only " three distinct offices" of spirit in the bond of peace, and the same Being, &c. &c.leave the work of judging the 'Yet with all this variety of heart to him who has been or. discordant opinions, they can dained of God for that pure love one another, and we hope, pose. But, consistently with 66 with a pure heart fervently.'' this spirit of love and forbear. Such forbearance among chrisance, each one may manifest tians is highly commendable ; concern for his brethren whom and we are not able to see why he views to be in error, and the same brotherly love might may do all in his power to cor- not be exercised, in regard to rect their supposed mistakes. differences of opinion, if their

If the foregoing answer articles of faith were all ex. should be unsatisfactory, we pressed in the language of will give another :- In the the Holy Spirit. case supposed, let the differ- As the doctrine just menent members be us forbearing tioned, is considered by many towards each other, as per- as of the very first importance, sons of the same sect usually and as there is no other doc. are who have mutually assen- trine respecting which proted to a “human system,” but fessors of religion are more have different views of the at variance, than those are asame articles. Among those mong themselves who make who have adopted a human this an article of faith; we creed respecting the Trinity, think that if squal candor and we often

an admirablc forbearance should be exerspirit of forbearance. You, cised by them in all other cawill rarely find two persons, ses, and all denominations of who perfectly agree in ex professors would imitate such plaining this article of their an example, the christian faith ; and you will often find world would soon know by their explications in the most experience “how good and perfect opposition one to the how pleasant it is for brethother; yet, among those who ren to dwell together in uniadmit the article, you will ty!” seldom find any hardness or We have been much gratifibitterness, on account of the ed by finding in the writings diversity in their explanations. of the learned and worthy Pri. One may believe that by the mate of Ireland the senti. three persons in one God, are ments we have quoted. As intended three distinct bc- an intellizent dignitary of the ing's united by mutual con- Episcopal Church, he was in a sciousness ;'s another, that the situation to know the sad efthree persons are but one be- fects of having the “ religion ing; a third, that by the three of Christ overwhelmed with

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course among men of improve dependence of mind, which ed understandings, and even led him to express his opin- among rational creatures in ion on this important subject. general, while gross misrepWe upite with him in lament- resentations of it are substituing the overwhelming influ. ted in the place of the simple ence of “ human formularies and perfect original." and systems ;” and concur in

MALLET'S ACCOUNT OF AUMAN SACRIFICES. In a work entitled “ North- price with which they could ern Antiquities" Mr. Mallet purchase the Divine favor.gives the following melan- In this manner the first king choly account of human sac- of Vermland was burnt in honrifices :

our of Odin to put an end to a “ It is probable that this great dearth. The kings in barbarous practice was form- their turn did not spare the erly almost universal, and that blood of their subjects; and it is of remote antiquity It many of them even shed that was not entirely abolished a. of their children. Hacon, inong the northern nations till, king of Norway, offered his towards the ninth century.-- son in sacrifice to obtain of In every ninth month they re- Odin a victory over his enemy newed the bloody ceremony, Harold. Aune, king of Swewhich was to last nine days.- den, devoted to Odin the blood They chose among the cap- of nine sons to prevail on the tives in time of war, and a- god to prolong his life. The mong the slaves in time of Ancient history of the North peace,

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persons to be sac- abounds in similar examples.” rificed. The wretches upon Mr. Mallet quotes from whom the lot fell were treated Dithmore, bishop of Marsberg, with such honours by all the a historian of the eleventh assembly--they were so over- century, the following article : whelmed with caresses by all “ There is in Zealand a place present, and with promises for which is the capital of Denthe life to come, that they some. mark, named Liderun. At times congratulated them- this place every nine years in selves on their destiny. But the month of January the they did not always sacrifice Danes flock together in crowds such mean persons. In great and offer to their gods ninetycalamities, in a pressing fan. nine men, as many horses, ine-if the people thought they dogs and cocks, with the cerhad some pretext to impute tain hope of appeasing the the cause of it to their king, Gods with these' victims.” they even sacrificed him with - " Dudo of St. Quintin, a out hesitation, as the highest French historian, attributes the

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Jame practice to the Normans. proach." « The Peruvians
There are still in Friesland, anciently offered humun sacri.
and in several parts of Ger. fices The Mexicans once of-
many, altars composed of such fered five thousand prisoners
large stones that they could of
neither be destroyed by the · Such is the account which
savages of time nor by the this istorian gives of the
zeal of the first converts' to former prevalence of a custom
Chiistianity. These altars which is now universally ab-
according to the tradition of horred by Christians--the cus-
the inhabitants and the report tom of offering human sacrifi.
of creditable historians, have ces to God. This custom has
served for the same horrid been abolished in Christen-
purposes.

The Gauls for a dom by the influence of Chris-
long time offered men to their tianity May we not hence
supreme God, Enes or Tev. derive a weil grounded hope
tat. The first inhabitants of that the same benign influ-
Italy and Sicily, the Britons, ence will yet abolish the more
the Phenicians, the Carthage malignant and barbarous cus-
nians and all the nations we tom of offering human sacri-
know of in Europe and Asia fices to men ?
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DR. CASPER WISTAR. The following account of was a good scholar may be in. Dr. Wistar, late President of ferred from his knowledge of the American Philosophical the Greek and Latin languaSociety, at Philadelphia, has ges. Until the age of sixteen been extracted from a Eulogi- his faculties were expanding; um, delivered before the Soci. but the peculiar cast of his éty, by the Hon. Wm. Tilgh- genius had not been developman, Chief Justice of the Com. ed. About this period occur. monwealth of Pennsylvania,

event which called and one of the Vice Presidents forth his ruling passion and of the Society, March 11th, decided his fate

decided his fate. This event 1818.

was the battle of Germantown, Dr. Casper Wistar was born in the year 1777. His relig, in Philadelphia, the 13th of ious principles kept him out of Sept. 1761, and was grandson the battle, but his humanin led of Casper Wistar, who emi. him to seek the wounded sol. grated from Germany to Penn: dier, and he was active in as. sylvania in 1717. As his par. sisting those who were adminents and ancestors were of the istering relief His benevolent Society of Friends, he was heart was affected by their brought up in their religious sufferings; and so deeply was principles, and received his he struck with the happy efclassical education at a school fects of the medical art, that established by them, That he he determined to devote his Vol. VI. No, Ilie

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life to a profession formed to cultivating the friendship of alleviate the miseries of man. distinguished persons.

For kind. Conquerors and heroes

and heroes two successive years he was -ye who delight in the shout elected one of the Presidents of battle, and exult in the crime of the Royal Medical Society son field of victory, contem- of Edinburgh. He was electplate the feelings of this ed also President of a Society young man, and blush at the

“ for the further investigation contrast ! But let us adore of natural history" These the mercy of God, whose mys. honours, conferred by a great, terious providence produces a learned and proud nation, on good from evil.

From the a youth, a stranger, one whose decay of matter, springs up country had but just risen into the green herb and the pur- existence, are the surest tesple flower. From the disas- timonies of uncommon merit. ters of Germantown, arise's a

Towards the end of the year youth destined to bind up the 1786, he took leave of Edinwounds of many, and to send burgh, leaving behind him a forth from his instructive name long to be remembered. school thousands of hands to His fame few before him to open the fountains of health

his native city where he arthroughout the land.

rived in January, 1787, after Having gone through the u. an absence of more than three sual course of study and at.

years. tended the medical lectures, Hitherto he had spent his Wistar offered himself in the time in preparation. It was year 1782, as a candidate for

time to be useful. This was the degree of Bachelor of the object of his labours, the Medicine, in the University of wish of his heart. He now Pennsylvania. It is said that engaged in the practice of he acquitted himself on this

medicine with every advan. occasion, in an extraordinary tage. His mind was formed manner-answering the ques- for a profession in which pre. tions proposed to him with cipitancy is danger, and missuch uncommon promptness

take is death. He spared no and precision as excited the pains in collecting all the surprise and commanded the symptoms. He paused before admiration of all who heard he decided, but was seldom him.

wrong--and his mind

once Instead of entering imme- satisfied, he was not easily diately into the practice of moved from his purpose. His medicine, he determined to ao patients he never failed to vail himself of the advantages attach to him. How could it to be found in the schools of be otherwise, when to the London and Edinburgh. Hav- sedulous attentions of a Physi- . ing remained a year in Eng- cian was added the sympathy land, he repaired to Edinburgh, and anxiety of a friend? where he passed his time in In 1787, he was appointed study, in attending lectures, in Physician to the Philadelphia

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Dispensary. In the same year suggested the plan of a sociehe was elected a member of ty for circulating the benefit the College of Physicians and of that noble discovery which of the American Philosophi- has immortalized Jenner. In cal Society. In 1788, he was May 1810 he resigned his ofmarried to Isabella Marshall. fice of Physician to the Hos. In 1789 he was elected Pro. pital. fessor of Chemistry in the As an author he has not left College of Philadelphia. In much behind him-his most 1790 he was struck with af. considerable work is his sysAiction in the loss of his wife, ten of Anatomy. Great lite whom he tenderly loved. In erary works are not to be ac1793, when the Physicians complished, without were the forlorn hope which leisure than is allowed to men stood between the pestilence engaged in extensive profesand the people, he had nearly sional business, Yet such lost his life-he did not es- may do much for the promocape the awful visitation, but tion of literature ; and this he recovered. The same year was the case with Wistar. he was chosen Physician to In 1795 he was elected the Pennsylvania Hospital. In Vice President of the Ameri. 1808, he was placed as sole Philosophical Society; Professor in the Anatomical and in 1815, on the resignachair in the University of tion of Mr. Jefferson, he sucPennsylyanja.

ceeded to the chair as PresiIt was here that the scene dent. The saine year he was of his greatest excellence was elected an honorary member exhibited. In many departs of the Literary and Philosophments of science he was con. igal Society of New-Yorkspicyous-here he was pre- the same honour was confereminent. Here he exerted red on him by other Literary all his genius and strained all Institutions. the faculties of his mind. No

No man who is not good de. pains, no money was spared, serves the name of wise. In to render the lecture com- the language of scripture, folplete and he succeeded; for ly and wickedness are the in the opinion of able judges same ; not only because 'vi. he might well bear a compar,

cious habits do really corrupt ison with the most celebrated and darken the understanding, Professors in existence. By but because it is no small de. the class of medical students gree of folly to be ignorant he was universally loved and that the chief good of man is to respected

know the will of his Creator In December 1798 he mar and do it. Wistar lived and ried Elizabeth Mifflin, niece of died in the religious princithe late Governor Mifflin. In ples of those who have adoptthe year 1809, knowing the ed the modest and endearing prejudices which obstructed name of Friends. The peo the progress of vaccination, he ple of this respectable Socie ģ

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