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tions, and recommended to the churches as suitable candidates to preach the gospel, and for settlement in the work of the gospel ministry. Our churches are therefore always furnished with preachers, and the public worship of God is attended twice every Lord's-day in all our churches, extraordia naries excepted. We abound'in schools, and they are better endowed than in any other state in America, and we persuade purielves, that common schools are not more amply provided for in any part of the world. It is enacted by law, that the Bible Mall be read in all the schools once every day, and that some orthodox catechism fall be taught in them every week'; and it is also enacted that all masters shall be examined and approved by a committee of the diftri&t appointed for that purpose. The schools also are all subject to a visitation of the committees; and cannot, without submission to the laws, in these respects, receive the money appropriated to their support. There are late regulations made by the legislature of this state.
In consequence of peace, and the almoft incredible population of our inhabitants, the new settlements in the northern and western parts of the United States have spread themselves beyond all former parallel, over a tract much more extensive than all the old settlements in New England. The General Association of Connecticut, though those settlements are all without their limits, to keep up the habits of sanctifying the Sabbath, and of public and family worship and religion, to animate and afilt good people in the formation of new churches, and to settle stated pastors among them, as expeditiously as circumstances will admit, have for a number oi years past, sent pastors and candidates for the ministry, to itinerate among them, to instruct them in the things of the kingdom, and adminifter the ordinances as occasion might require. The legislature of the late have been pleased to countenance this benevolent and pious design, and twice have granted contributions in all the congregational churches, or ecclefiaftical congregations in the state, for the term of three years successively.
In June 1798, the General Association formed themselves into a Missionary Society, and elected a board of trustees, for the purposes of christianizing the heathen in North America, and to fupport and promote Chriftian know. ledge in the new settlements, within the limits of the United States. On this inftitution it has pleased our gracious Redeemer to smile. The chair. man of the trultees is Deputy Governor of the State, the other civilians are gentlemen of principal character and influence in it.
Perfect harmony and sincere brotherly affection appear to reign among the trustees, and they have one heart to promote the benevolent design of their inftitution. The society have been happily affifted by the charitable contributions of good people, and our funds are increasing
But that which is most worthy of our notice, and challenges our highest gratitude and praise to the Author of all good, is his gracious visitation of many of our churches, and the new settlements also, with an important re. vival of religion Many, hoth in the old and new settlements, have, in the judg. ment of charity, been born of God, and have commenced the humble, obedient, fruitful, followers of the Lamb. The work has been powerful and genuine. Persons of all characters, ages, and lex, have been its happy subjects. The most atupid, erroneous, haughty, and Rubborn have been humbled. Universalists, deists, and even atheists have been made to bow to the sceptre of Jesus. Those who have been molt implacably opposed to the soul-humbling and Christ exalting doctrines of the gospel, have been brought most cordially to embrace them, and to rejoice in them as the only foundation of their hope and comfort. The fruits of the work have been love, union, huinbleness of mind, piety, righteousness, and all good fruits. In this glorious work we have had a recent and strong evidence, that the Christian religion is divine. ·
With sentiments of great esteem, and the most assured friendship, we are Rev. Sir, your brethren and fellow-labourers in the kingdom and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ,
BENJAMIN TRUMBULL. The Rev. 7. Eyre, d. M.
ARTICLES OF THE AMERICAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
Extracted from the Journal of the Convention. The new Articles, in nunber seventeen, revised and abridged from those of the Church of England, were proposed by Mr. Jolin Biller, a native of Aberdeenshire, ordained by the Nonjuranis, now Affilant Minister of Trinity Church in Norfulk. But the confideration of them is referred to the next Epifcopal Convention to meet at Trenton, 1891,
; Art. I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. “THERE is but one living and true God, everlasting, of infinite po ver,
wildom, and goodness, the maker and preserver of all things, visible and invisible. And in the uni'y of the godhead there are three perfons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Gholt, our Creator, Redeemtr, and Sanc
- Art. II. Of the Holy Scripture. s Holy Scripture containerh all things neceffary to salvation, so that whatever is not read therein, and cannot be proved thereby, is not to be re, ceived as an article of faith, nor deemed neceffery ro falvation. By Holy Scripture we understand the canonical books of the Old and New Teltament" (and after an enumeration of them, it follows) " The apocryphal books are read by the church, for example of life, and instruction of manners, not for the establishinent of discipline or doctrine.
Art. III. Of the Old and New Testament, "There is a perfect harmony and accurdance between the Old and New Testament, for in both pardon of fin and everlasting life are offered to mankind through Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man; and although Christians, are not bound to obey the civil and ceremonial precepts, yet they are obliged to observe all the moral commandments of the Moiaic dispensation,
Art. IV. Of the Creeds. " The Nicene Creed and the Apoitie's Creed ought to be retained and believed ; because every article contained in them may be proved by Huly Scripture.
Art. y. Of the Transgression of our First Parents. " By the transgression of our lirit parents they loit th:t primitive inno. cence and perfect holiness, in which God had created them; and thus the nature of men became corrupted, and prone to evil; so that there is no man living who hnneth not.
Art. yl. Of Yusifcarion. "We are justified or pariioneit by Gol, not on account of our own good works, but only through the merits and inediation of our blessed Rt. deemer and Advocate, Jesus Chrilt,, But altho' good works cannot pilt away our fins, nor appear perfe. I before God, yer, they are plealing and acceptable to God in Chrilt, and effentially necefTiry to Calvarion; for Scripture assures' (is, thar faith without works is dead; and that without holineis no man Thail see the Lord.
Art. VII. Of Predestination and Eleftion, "Being well assured from Holy Scriptiile of the eternal purpose or promíle of redemption, according to which God lent his Son to be the propitia
tion for the lin of the whole world, and Christ Jefws gave himself a ransom for all; we receive the doctrine of predestination as conistent with, and agreeable to, this most gracious and general Ichume of salvation, which we believe to he universal in the intention, however partial the wickedness of mankind may render it in the application. Under the impression of this belief, it is the duty of Christians to be fati fied with, and attend to, the promises of God, as they are generally set forth to us in Scripture, without seeking to be wile above what is written, or plunging into the wrevealed secrets of either part or future eternity, but always remembering the distinction which, in such cases, Moies lays down: “Sicret things helong urto the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed unto us and to cur children for ever ; that we may do all ihe words of this law."
Art. VIII. O Salvation by Christ alone; " Holy Scripture declares, that there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we ma' be Caved, but the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. But we are not autherized to affert, that men thall not be laved by Jeius Chrilt, to whom his Goipel has not been promulgated. We leave them to the uncovenantud mercies of God."
Art. IX. Of the Church. “ The visible Church of Chriit is the whcie multitude of believers of whatloever nation or language, dwelling upon the face of the earth; among when the pure word of God is preached, the sacraments duly administered, and the order of the priesthood preserved, according to Christ's ordinance and appointment.
Art. X. Of the Authority of the Church. “ The Church hath power to ordain, charge and abolish rites and ceremonies, and to determine controversies of faith; but it is not lawful for the Church to order or cominand any thing to be received or believed, which is contrary to the canon of Scripture : or to expound one part of the same, so as to be repugnant to another. The Church also is the witneis, or keeper of holy writ; and must neither adulterate, nor add to, vor take froin, the fame.
Art. XI. Of Minisering in the Church. “ It is not lawiul for any min to take upon hin the cffice of public preaching, or administering the holy facrameat, until he be regulariy or. dained, and sent to execute the same. And those we juuge lawfully sent, wlio are ordained by the billops of the Church.
Art. XII. Of the Sacraments. .“ Sacraments were ordained by Chritt, not only to be badges or tokens of Christian profession, but to be outward and visible figns of inward and fpiritual grace ; by which he doth work invisibly in us, and doch not only quicken, but alio itrengthen and confirm our faith in bin.
.. Art. XII. Of Bapti,m. “ Bap:ilm is an ordinance by which we are regenerated and torn again of water and the lov Ghost, received into Christ's Church, and .m ide living members of the fame.
. Art. XIV. Of the Lord's Supper. "The Supper of the Lord is not only a token of the love that Chrißians ought to have towards one another, but rather a pledge of our itilemption by Chrill's death. To such as wrthily receive the same, the brand which is broken is a paitaking of the body of Ciri ; and the cup of bluffing is a partaking of the blooi of Christ, both which are Ipiritually recived for the prokrvation of our souls and bodies unto everlasting lite.
· Ait. XV. Of the Oblation of Chrif. 6 The oblation of the body of Christ, once made, is that perfect facrifice, propitiation and fatisfaction, which was once offered for the fins of the whole world. And there is no other facritice, satisfaction, or atonement for fin, but that only.
Art. XVI. Of Excommunicated Perfons. « Whosoever is publicly excommunicated by the government of the Church, and cut off from the unity of the same, is to be considered as an alien from the promises of the Gospel, until he be openly reconciled and re. ceived again into communion.
Art. XVII. Of the Power of the Civil Magistrate, “ The power of the Civil Magistrate extendeth to all men, clergy as well as laity, in all things temporal, but hath no authority in things purely fpiritual. And we hold it to be the duty of all men who are professors of the Gospel, to pay a respectful obedience to the civil authority, regularly and legitimately constituted."
HOXTON ACADEMY.' W E have great pleasure in relating that, chrough the blessing of God;
W this feminary has tent out ten useful Ministers in the course of the last year, who are labouring in the following places : Mr. Cobbin at South Molton ; Mr. Cope, Launceston ; Mr. Dewhirst, Bury St. Edmond's; Mr. Durant, Dundee; Mr. Gawthorn, Derby Mr. Harris, Kingston; Mr. Kent, Gravesend; Mr. Mitchell, Quebec; Mr. Thornton, Billericay; Mr. Vincent, Deal. · We under and that at a general meeting of the Society, the gth of January, in order that the students might receive greater advantages, and that the usefulness of the Institution might be promoted, it was resolved to add one year to the time of the students' continuance on the foundation. It also appeared that from the encrease of students, and the advance of the necessaries of life, the expenditure tar exceeds the fated income; but we trust while it continues a blessing in the land, the Institution will never want fupport from the friends to the Redeemer's kingdom.
WEST KENT ASSOCIATION. O&tober 28, 1800. The Diffining Ministers of this distriet, united for the purpose of diffurfing the knowledge of evangelical truth, met at Mr. Ralph's Meering oufe, Maiditone; when the business respecting the great object of their union was attended to, and lettled. Two sermons were preached on the occasion; the former by Mr. Morris, of Eynstord, trom 7. Cor. iii, 11, and the latter by Mr. Knott, of Chatham, from Rom. i, 9, And the brethren Fowier, Bcaufoy, Gooding, Stanger, and Macdonnel, engaged in prayer.
The next half-yearly me ting is appointed to be held at Maidstone on Tuciday, April 28 next, at 10 in the forenoon, when the brethren Pilcher and Satterie are rom:nated to preach, the forner at three in the afternoon, and the other in the evening.
THE EAST KENT ASSOCIATION Met at Mr. Parnell's Meeting, Canterbury, Nov. 12, 1800, when Mr. Stangerpreached in the morning from Pfalm Ixxxix. 15. Mr.G. Townsend in the evening from 2 Tim. i. 8. Mr. Goldsmith the preceding evening from Jonah iii. 2. The opportunities were found very refreshing to many who were present.
The The next meeting was appointed to be held at Mr, Townsend's Meeting, Ramsgate, on Wednesday April 8, 1801. Mr. Young, of Canterbury, to preach in the morning, the Minister at Afford in the evening, and the Minister who may be at Deal the preceding evening.
CHAPELS OPENED. IN our Magazine for August 1799, we gave account of the opening of Salem Chapel, Wakefield. This son hecame to regularly crouded, that it was judged necessary to build a new chapel, which holds upwards of one thousand persons, with good accommodations for the poor : this was opened on Sunday, December 21st, 1800, by Mr. Raylon, pastor, who preached from Numbers xxiii. 23.
The new Chapel at Farringdon, was opened May 23, 1800, Morning fermon by the Rev. Rowland Hill, froin Acts ii. 42. Afternoon, by Mr. Wilkins, Goring, from Haggai ii. 7. Evening, by Mr. Griffiths of Wallingford, from Isaiah 1x. d.
Very lately also was opened, a new Chapel in the neighbouring town of Cricklade; and we have the pleasure to add, that the gospel is obtaining a growing spread in this neighbourhood.
Dec. 2, 1800, was opened a Meering-house in Broad-street, Reading, which will leat about 700 persons. Rev. Mr. Clayton, of London, preached in the morning, froni Luke vii. s. Mr. Hinton, of Oxford, in the afternoon, from Zech. ii. 9. Mr. Hughes, of Battersea, in the evening, from John ix. 27, latter part of the 271h verle.
Mr. Scho'efield, ot Henley ; Mr. Winter, of Newbury ; Mr, Thresher, of Abingdon ; Mr. Morris, of Ameriham ; Mr. Evans, of Abingdon; Mr. Lovegrove, of Wallingford ; Dr. Davies, of Reading; Mr. Jefferson, of Basingstoke; and Mr. Cnoke, of Maidenhead, offered up the prayers on the occasion, and Mr. Douglas, pastor of the church, gave out the hymns, The congregations were large, and the fervices both folemn and pleasant, many found their minds refreshed, and, we trust, the whole was attended with the peculiar pretence of the Great Head of the Church.
It is with the highelt fatisfaction we add, that the Lord has awakened among this people a fpirit of liberality, that they might honourably defray cvery expence without delay, or without any application to other churches,
ORDINATIONS. JUNE 9, 1800. The Rev. Mr. NELSON, late Minister at Swalwell, J Durham, was ordained to the pastoral charge of the new Dissenting congregation in North Shields, Northumberland. Mr. Colquhoun, of Perth, preached from Mark xvi. 15. asked the usual questions, and received the confession of faith, gave a charge to Mr. Nelson from í Timothy iv. 16. and to the church from Hebrews jii. 7. The following Sabbath Mr. Nelion preached from Pialmid. 5. after which the Lord's Supper was dispensed to the church, and another minister preached in the evening, from Luke xi. 2. Mr. Colquhoun preached on Monday from Gal. iji. 27.“ IF ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's feed and heirs, according to the promise."
Feb. 16. 1891, The Rev. T. JACKSON was ordained pastor of the Church of Christ ai Srockwell, Surry, Mr. Platt, of Holywell Mount, begun the fervice of the day with prayer and reading the Scriptures. Mr. J. d. Knight, of London, delivered the introductory discourse, asked the questions, and received the confission of faith. Mr. Grove, of Wallall, offered up the ordination prayer. M:. Wilks, of London, gave the charge from 1 T'in:othy iv. 12. fist clause. Mr. Radford prayed the general prayer. Mr. Rowland Hill preached to the people, from · Cor. xv. 58. Mi. Hughes, ot Battersea, concluded in prayer.