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where 3 or 4 Greeks live. Found one of in which 9 or 10 Greek men and boys are them grinding grain. Another soon came employed. To one of these we gave a in. Both were able to read. We read to Testament, charging him to read it conthem the address to the church in Sardis, stantly, and remember that it is the word and then the account of the day of judg of God, and the guide to heaven. He ment, Mat. xxv. Conversed with them bowed, thanked us for the gift, and said, about what we read, and then spoke of “I will read it often." the Lord's day, and endeavoured to explain its design, and gave them some tracts.

Journey to Philadelphia. We had our usual forenoon service in the In the afternoon took leave of Sart, and upper part of the mill; and could not re went across the plain to see the tumuli or frain from weeping, while we sung the barrows on the opposite hill. In half an 74th Psalm, and prayed among the ruins hour we crossed the Hermus, and in an of Sardis. Here were once a few names, hour more reached one of the largest barwhich had not defiled their garments; and rows. It is made of earth, in the form of a they are now walking with their Redeem semiglobe, and as nearly as we could meaer in white. But, alas! the church as a sure it with our steps, 200 rods in circumbody had only a name to live, while they ference. From the summit of this, 40 or were in reality dead; and they did not 50 others were in sight; most of them hear the voice of merciful admonition, and much smaller. Strabo says, the largest of did not strengthen the things which were these was built in honour of Halyattis, ready to die. Wherefore the candlestick the father of Crosus, and was 6 stadia,' has been removed out of its place. In the i. e. three quarters of a mile, in circumafternoon we walked out and enjoyed a ference. season of social worship in the field. This From these tumuli we went to Tatarhas been a solemn, and we trust a profit keny, a village one hour east of Sart on able Sabbath to us. Our own situation, the way to Philadelphia. Arrived in the and the scenery around us, have conspired evening, and put up with a Greek priest. to give a pensive, melancholy turn to our There are about 50 Greeks in the village thoughts. Our eye has affected our hearts, and its vincinity. They have a church while we saw around us the ruins of this which was built 10 years ago. In the evenonce splendid city, with nothing now to ing, 6 or 7 men came in, and we read to be seen, but a few

mud huts, inhabited by them the three first chapters of Revelaignorant, stupid, filthy Turks; and the tions. Sometimes they seemed pleased, only men, who bear the Christian name, and at other times surprised. It all seemat work all day in their mill. Every thing ed new to them. The priest had never seems, as if God had cursed the place, and seen a Romaic Testament before. There left it to the dominion of Satan.

is no school in his parish, and he says very Brother Parsons is unwell. If one of few of his people can read. us should be attacked in this place with a Tuesday, 14.-Gave Germanicus, the lingering and dangerous disease, it would priest, a Testament, and some tracts for be only such a trial as we often thought his flock and for another priest in the of, and mentioned when anticipating the neighbourhood. At half past seven set mission. Yet such a trial would put our out for Philadelphia. Our road lay along faith and our submission to a severe test. the south side of the plain. On the north The Providence and grace of God alone side were several villages. In 4 hours, we can give us comfort and support.

came to a Greek shop, where we took

some refreshment, and gave tracts to two Ruins of the Place.

or three men. Monday, 13.-Went out to view more particularly the ruins of the place. Saw

Visit at Philadelphia. the decayed walls of two churches, and of In three hours more we reached Philathe market, and the ruins of an ancient delphia, now called Allah-$cheyr, i. e. the palace. Two marble columns are stand city of God. Obtained the use of a small ing, about 30 feet high, and 6 in diameter, dirty room in a khan, and put up for the of the Ionic order. The fragments of simi night. In the evening Serkish called for lar pillars lay scattered on the ground. Martino in great haste, and said, “the Chandler, who was here about sixty years Turks are taking our horses.” Remonago, says five pillars were then standing. strance was in vain. A Pacha was coming All our guide could tell of the place was, with some hundred attendants, and horses that it was the palace of the king's daugh. were wanted, for a few days, for their use, ter. Ascended a high hill to see the ruins Ours must go among the rest. Martino of the old castle. Some of the remain went immediately to the Moslem, and staing walls are very strong. Copied two ted that we are foreigners, have just arinscriptions.

rived here, and wish to go on soon. The There is now in Sardis no Christian fa

plea prevailed. The Moslem ordered two mily. There are three grișt mills here, men to take, the horses, and reconduct

them to the khan. “The heart of the From an ancient castle on the south, we king is in the hand of the Lord.”

had a good view of the place. It is situaWednesday, 15.-Early this morning, ted at the foot of Mount Tmolus, the south Theologus, a Greek to whom we had a side of the plain. It is nearly in the form letter of recommendation, went with us to of a parallelogram, and surrounded by visit Gabriel, the Archbishop of this dio walls now in decay. We counted six mincese. He has held his present office six arets. Saw the church in which, they say, years, is reputed a man of learning, but the Christians assembled, to whom St.

John now quite aged, perhaps 75. Formerly wrote. It is now a mosque. We went he had one bishop under him; now none, to see a wall about a mile west of the town, and but about 20 priests. His diocese in said to have been built of men's bones. cludes Sardis on the west and Laodicea The wall now remaining is about 30 rods on the east; but he says there are not above long, and in some places 8 feet thick and 6 or 700 Greek houses in it. There are 10 high. The tradition is, that there was 5 churches in this town, besides 20 which a church near the place dedicated to St. are either old or small and not now used. John, and when a vast multitude were asThe whole number of houses is said to be sembled to celebrate his festival, the ene. 3,000, of which 250 are Greek, the rest my came upon them and slew them all. Turkish. We gave the Archbishop some

Their bodies were not buried, but piled tracts and a Testament. He said the Tes. up together in the form of a wall. The tament, which Mr. Lindsay gave him, and wall seems to be composed, principally, if another which he received from another not wholly, of bones. On breaking off source, he had given away, one to a school, pieces, we found some small bones almost the other to one of his priests.

entire. We went next to visit a school. It is Friday, 17.-Brother Parson's illness taught by George, a young man of this continues. It is now more than a week place, who spent some time at a school in since it commenced. If we pursue our Haivali and Smyrna, under the instruction way, as we had intended, to Laodicea, and of Economo and Benjamin. He has about thence to Smyrna by Ephesus, we must 30 scholars, who study ancient and modern travel a considerable distance in a barba. Greek. There is a small library belong rous part of the country, with the prospect ing to the school. The school-house con of very bad accommodations. It is disa. tains four apartments, one of which is re greeable to think of returning without served for company. We obtained leave visiting all the Seven Churches. But Proto use it during our stay in town, and

vidence seems to call us to do so. Laodi. very gladly removed our baggage from cea is, at present, almost nothing but ruins; the khan.

and that part of the country presents very Dined with the Archbishop. This is little opportunity for missionary labour. one of the Greek fast days, on which it is We cannot think it our duty to risk health unlawful to eat meat. The dinner con and life, by pursuing the journey in our sisted of rice, soup, boiled beans, several present circumstances, and accordingly plates of herbs, and a rich variety of fruits resolve to return to Smyrna. Before we with bread and cheese, and a plenty of left town, one priest bought a Greek, and raki, rum and wine. It seemed to us a another a Turkish Testament. We saw singular dinner for a fast day.

three priests together reading them. The Spent the afternoon at the school-house; schoolmaster consented to act as agent for - found in the library an old Ms. of the the sale of Testaments, in case we should Gospels in Greek. The date and title send him some. We gave him tracts for page are lost. Observed also a Romaic his pupils, and had the pleasure of seeing translation of Goldsmith's History of him call them one by one, and give each a Greece, and the first volume of a Greek tract, with a special charge to read it careLexicon now publishing at Constantinople. fully. This is one of the few Greek schools, It is a huge folio, and yet gives only four in which something like order is maintainletters of the alphabet. In the course of ed, and the children are taught to underthe afternoon, two men and one little boy stand what they read. came to us for tracts, which we gave, and Returned to Tatar-keny, and tarried added some short exhortations. Our tracts with Germanicus the priest. are likely to be less useful here than we had hoped, because the most, even of the Greeks, understand no language but the

ORDINATIONS. Turkish. This is said to have been the On the 24th of April, Mr. David fact even with the predecessors of the pre Magee, of our seminary, was orsent Archbishop

dained to the work of the gospel Thursday, 16.-- Read the first chapter ministry, by the presbytery of Jer; of John to the schoolmaster and a priest, who accompanied it with some remarks. sey, and installed pastor of a second Went out with a guide to see the city. Presbyterian church in Elizabeth

town. The Rev.Mr. Bergen preach

EDWARDS ON THE AFFECTIONS. ed the sermon, from 1.Cor. i. 21. The Rev. Dr. M.Dowell presided, A new edition of the “ Treatise and gave the charge to the minister, on Religious Affections,by the late and the Rev. Mr. Fisher to the

peo Reverend Jonathan Edwards, A. M. ple.

President of Princeton College, has Aug. 14. At a meeting of the lately been published by Mr. James presbytery of Jersey, at Long Pond, Crissy, of this city, in a neat octavo Mr. Jacob Tuttle was ordained to volume of 432 pages. The edition the work of the gospel ministry. is the best impression of this work The Rev. Mr. Fraser preached the which we have ever seen; and the sermon from 1 Cor. iv. i. The Rev. publisher has taken great care to Mr. Bergen presided, and gave the give an accurate copy. Most of the charge to the minister; and the Rev. former editions of this work have Mr. Thompson gave an address to been inaccurately printed on bad the people.

paper and a worse type; so that this Aug. 15. The presbytery of Jer- deserves from its superiority to obsey installed the Rev. Enos A. Os tain universally the preference. Of born pastor of the church of New- the nature of this admirable treatise foundland. Sermon by the Rev. Mr. it is needless to offer any remarks Crane, from 1 Cor i. 23. The Rev. to the American public, who have Mr. Thompson presided, and gave long esteemed the author as one of the charge to the minister; and the the

brightest stars in the constellaRev. Mr. M.Dowell to the people. tion of western divines. E. S. E.

The Treasurer of the Trustees of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian

Church acknowledges the receipt of the following sums for their Theo

logical Seminary at Princeton, during the month of August last,-viz. Of John Maybin, esq. the four last instalments in full of his subscription for the Permanent Fund

$80 00 Of Edward Thomson, esq. 2d and 3d do. for do

40 00 Of Charles Chauncey, esq. four first do. for do.

40 00 Of Rev. Dr. E. S. Ely, 4th and 5th do. in full for do.

20 00 Of Rev. Dr. William Neill

, the balance in full of the subscription of Craig Rit. chie, esq. of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, for the Contingent Fund

20 00 Of Rev. John F. Clark, from Greenwich Dollar Society, for the same fund 23 50 Of Rev. William Snodgrass, the first instalment of Rev. Murdock MMillan, for

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duties of devotion, resolved, if possible, A DYING INFIDEL.

to obtain access to him. With much difA certain individual who resided not ficulty they accomplished their object. far from Dudley, in Worcestershire, was They found him in a most deplorable for some years a steady and respectable state. Horror was depicted on his counprofessor of Christianity. During this tenance, and he seemed determined not time, he was a good father, a good neigh to be comforted. They spoke to him, in bour, and a loyal subject. A wicked man, a suitable manner, respecting the Lord however, put into his hands Paine's Age Jesus Christ and salvation. But he reof Reason, and Volney's Ruins of Em plied with fury-" It is too late ;--I have pires. He read these pernicious books, trampled on his blood !They offered to renounced Christianity, and became a pray with him; but he swore they should bad father, a bad neighbour, a disloyal sub not. However they kneeled down, and ject, and a ferocious infidel! At length presented their supplications to God in sickness seized him, and death stared him his behalf. And while, in this humble in the face. Before the period of his dis posture, they were pleading the merits solution, some Christian friends, who had of Jesus, the poor miserable infidel actuformerly united with him in the sweet ally cursed God and died !




On this labour of love wäy a blessing at.

tend; May the Shepherd of Israel bis Salem be

friend, And hasten that period by prophets fore

told, When the stragglers of Judah shall rest in

his fold. For surely the time is approaching, when

He Will set, in his love, the law's prisoners And send them to feed in the ways of his

grace, And find them a pasture in every high place.

* These Stanzas are selected from “POEMS BY BERNARD BARTON,” who has been designated as “the Quaker Poet;”. we presume, with a design to characterize his productions, as plain, formal, stiff; and at the same time, as free from all vagaries of fancy, and perfectly inoffensive. The best piece in the volume is the one now extracted; which contains many poetical descriptions derived from the Bible, that inexhaustible source of sublimity. Several interesting predictions of the Old Testament and some striking passages from the New are inwrought in these lines, with happy effect. To the defence of “Drab Bonnets” we give the second place of honour among

the eighty sonnets of this book, and to his “Meditations in Great Bealings' Church Yard,” the third. The whole volume seems to us little more than kind prose addresses to “Hannah, Phæbe, Lydia, Joanna,” and “Sarah Candler;"; and speeches about going to and from the sea-side, the moon, winter, sleep, and other similar subjects. It deserves a great deal of negative, and very little of positive, praise. It contains nothing to vitiate a correct taste, nothing to corrupt the minds of its readers, nothing to render virtue odious and vice agreeable. Every line of it means something, (which can be said of few mo. dern poems) but something very common, of little interest. It will be likely to do no harm, and may possibly be the means of some good, to those who will read it, from curiosity, or some other regard to a book of drab poetry. Had it been written on this side the Atlantic, no bookseller in England or America would have risked the expense of publishing it; and it probably would have been read only in manuscript, by the individuals personally addressed: but, produced as the thing was, in a dearth of English poetry, it has obtained a second edition here, and may reach the third in its native land.

E. S, E.

Behold, they shall come from afar at his

word, Which alike in the north and the west shall

be heard; His uplifted standard shall Sinim's land see, And a light to the gentiles his people

shall be. Awaken, o Zion! and put on thy strength, And array thee in beautiful garments at

length; Shake thyself from the dust, with the might

of the strong, And cast off the bands which have bound

thee so long. The sons of the strangers thy walls shall

rebuild; Thy gates shall be open, thy courts shall

be fill'd: God once smote thee in anger, but now

thou shalt see That He, in his favour, hath mercy on thee. The Lord, in his glory, upon thee shall rise; The gentiles shall come to thy light with

surprise; And their kings shall rejoice thy bright

rising to greet, When God shall make glorious the place

of his feet. Then shall ye, poor wanderers! no longer

roam wide, For a greater than Moses your footsteps

shall guide; Not unto the mount, where the trumpet

once sounded, With blackness, and darkness, and tem.

pest surrounded; But unto Mount Sion, the city of God, The courts of whose temples by angels

are trod; To the church of the first-born, recorded

above, And the spirits of just men, perfected by

love. And to Him, whose new priesthood shall

ever endure More pow'rful than Aaron's, more holy,

more pure; Who needeth not daily oblations to make, Having offer'd up freely himself for your

sake. If the judgments of God on your fathers

went forth, Who were deaf unto him that spake only

on earth; O refuse not the boon which would surely

be given, Nor turn ye from Him who now speaketh

from heaven!


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of that God, whose mercies are new

every morning, and fresh every moSome Account of the Religious Ex

ment of our lives! ercises and Trials of Mrs. E. J.

Some time previous to my fall, it Written by herself.

had been the burden of my prayer,

that I might know in whom I had (Continued from page 359.) believed; might have the faith of

assurance; and that all doubt might

August, 1820. be taken from my soul. I believe Let me now recount some of the the Lord heard

my prayer, wonderful dealings of my covenant swered it; though in a way conGod with me, during the last two trary to my expectations, yet best years: but first of all, I would bow for my eternal good. When I found my soul down at the feet of my com myself upon the ground, and saw passionate Saviour, and say, “O

that my limb was so mangled that Lord, I beseech thee to have mercy but little hope would be entertainon me, and grant me the light of thy ed of its recovery, the question ocreconciled countenance; and by thy curred to my mind, Can I bear it? Holy Spirit assist me in what I am No, my weakness is such that I canundertaking. May it be performed not. Can my friends bear it? No, to thy glory, and be productive of they have troubles of their own, and some good, when the body of this an arm of flesh is too short to reach sinner shall be laid in the dust. Let my case. Something instantly asnothing be stated which will not sured me, God can enable you to bear the light of eternity, nothing bear it. I immediately was perkept back which might have a ten suaded that he would. It appeared dency to make afflicted ones trust to me, that God was a Rock, wherein the Lord.”

on I might rest, with all my care, On the last day of September, for soul and body, for time and eter1817, in the thirty-second year of nity. I sensibly felt, that God was my age, it pleased the allwise God, near, and I had no more doubt of it for the correction of my sins, and than if I had seen him with my bofor my growth in grace and in the

dily eyes. knowledge of our Lord and Saviour I did not feel willing that any Jesus Christ, to permit me to fall should say it was a dreadful wound, from a wagon, and break my ancle

upon the dark side; for God in so shocking a manner, that it ter was there and God had done it. minated in the amputation of my After I was brought into the limb on the 28th of the next March. house, and laid


the bed, waitHere I can begin to reckon up a ing for the surgeon, an almost overnew train of afflictions: but where whelming sense of my own vileness shall I begin to reckon the mercies rushed upon me, so that I was con. Vol. I.

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