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altar or sacrificial stone, on which thou- the house of his life ; för every breath sands of victims were annually immolated; diminishes the time which he has to live. of the famous kallender stone; a model By another mode of reckoning, every of the pyramid of the sun; the original breath is like a step, by which we recede map of the ancient city of Mexico, made farther from the world, and approach by order of Montezuma for Cortes; re- nearer to eternity. This world is, in markable manuscripts and picture-writ. truth, like a temporary bridge in the road ings ; and various antiquities in arts, ma- to eternity; and whoever erects a dwelling nufactures, &c. of this aboriginal people. on this bridge, for the sake of enjoying These curiosities, which throw much light pleasure, is ignorant and foolish. If a upon the state of Mexico before the con- wise man erects a building on this bridge, quest by the Spaniards, are being exhibit- he considers that he must soon leave it : ed in London, as also a view of modern and he does not encumber himself with Mexico, with specimens and fac-similes ornaments and luxuries; but his mind is of its various productions.

set on making preparations for his journey INDIA, &c.

to another world a journey which is both A Malay press has been established at long and difficult. He does not wish to Bencoolen, wbich some of the Natives load himself with useless burdens : for, seem desirous of employing in printing the more the business of life, the more their favourite books. Proposals are in thought, anxiety, and trouble, while he circulation for printing, by subscription, a lives; and, at death, impatience and revery popular native work, called “ The gret, that he must resign his life, and Crown cf all Kings.” It is one of the leave his property to another. If his probest books, both in style and morality, perty has been lawfully obtained, it causes which the Malays have among them. We him trouble while he lives, and impatience subjoin a specimen.

and regret at death; and if it has been « The vehicle of human life never stops: obtained unlawfully, it causes anxiety in it is always moving; but man does not this world, grief at the hour of death, and know it. Every breath of man is like a exposes him to punishment in the world step in his journey: every day is like pass

This world is like an innon ing a valley: every month is like a mile; the road with two doors : those who come and every year is like a league. Every to this inn to-day, enter at one-door; and, breath that is emitted from the body of to-morrow when they leave, go out at the man, is like a stone broken down from other."

to come.


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BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF CHRIS- 'pace with this remarkable renovation, the TIANITY IN TAHITI.

attestations of persons of various views In default of better arguments against and habits; of public functionaries, civil Christian Missions, it has been a frequent and military ; of the inhabitants and résort of those who oppose them, to deny strangers ; of Englishmen, Frenchmen, in the broadest terms their practical utili- and Americans, have concurred in proving ty, and to refer the most sober descrip

to the full the truth of the testimony of tions of the actual progress of the Gospel the Missionaries, who have so diligently among the heathen at our Missionary laboured, and many of them fallen, at this Stations, to interested, or at best credu. honourable post of toil and usefulness. lous statements of the Missionaries and We have often adverted to the astonishtheir abettors. We have no hesitation ing progress of Christianity, and its atfor ourselves in believing that the accounts tendant blessings, in some of the Southinserted in the Missionary Reports are a Sea Islands, and have brought forward fair and temperate record of actual facts; testimonies to this fact unconnected with but, even if we could feel any doubt on the statements of the Missionaries. In this point, we have happily the most irre- our last volume, page 512, will be found fragable corroborations from unconnected an interesting communication of this kind and impartial sources.

In the case of the from an impartial spectator on board the Moravian Missions, for example, we have Good Hope, which anchored in 1822, at adduced in our pages various testimonies Tahiti. The following extract from an from neutral travellers, and other writers : official letter lately addressed by a French with regard to the benefit of West-Indian Naval Officer M. Duperney, to the MiMissions, we might produce much similar nister of Marine, still further confirms evidence : testimonies also are accumu- these auspicious accounts. lating from the East Indies, where we * On the 3d of May at sun-rise, the have been so roundly informed that no sky cleared up; the black vapours which genuine converts--vel duo vel nemoare for some days had bounded our horizon, to be found; and most of all in Sierra were dissipated; and instantly the Isle of Leone, where the progress of the Gospel Tahiti (Otaheite) presented to our eyes has been more rapid and satisfactory than the rich and alluring productions which perhaps in any other part of the world since grow spontaneously, and in abundance, in the first age of Christianity, and respect. its soil. ing which misrepresentation has fully kept “When Wallis, Bouganville, Cook, und

Vancouver, touched at this island, great a week the people go in great devotion to numbers of the natives came on board attend the publie ministrations. Indivitheir vessels: we were therefore much duals are often seen taking notes of the surprised at not seeing a single canoe ap- most interesting passages of the sermon. proaching us; but we soon learned the The Missionaries yearly convoke at Papacause : all the islanders were attending ro the whole of the population, which Divine worship; but early the next morn- amounts to 7000 souls. This Assembly is ing they came on board in great numbers, at present sitting. A discussion is going bringing with them all kinds of provisions. on respecting a new code of laws, and the

“ The Isle of Tahiti is now very diffe- principal chiefs of the nation ascend the rent from what it was in the time of Cap- tribune, and speak for whole hours with tain Cook (in 1767). The Missionaries great earnestness. About two months of the London Society have totally chang- since, the Island of Tahiti declared itself ed the direction of the manners and cus- independent. A red flag, with a white toms of the inhabitants. . Idolatry exists star in the upper corner, is now mounted no longer; Christianity is generally adopt in the place of the English colours which ed. The women no longer go on board Wallis set up. The Missionaries, howthe ships ; and even on land they behave ever, are regarded with great veneration, with extraordinary reserve*. Marriages and have preserved their influence.” are contracted as in Europe; even the King, at present, can have but one wife. AMERICAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH. The women are admitted to the table of We have of late, on several occasions their husbands. The infamous society of laid before our readers various interesting Arooys (for destroying children) no longer particulars respecting the present condiexists; and the sanguinary wars to which tion and prospects of the American Protesthese people were accustomed, as well as tant Episcopal Church, and have stated human sacrifices, have ceased since 1816. that subscriptions are solicited in this All the natives can read and write : they country for three objects of great imporhave religious books translated into their tance to the interests of that infant comlanguage, and printed in the island. Hand- munion. The first of these objects is the some churches have been built, and twice general theological seminary at New York;

the second is the proposed seminary in . An extract from this letter which ap- Ohio; and the third an intended collepeared in a periodical work in this coun, giate institution in Connecticut. The try, mentions a circumstance, only con- necessity for these three several instituveyed by inference in the copy from which tions, and the plan embraced by each of we translate,-that the sailors were unable them, will be found in detail in our former to find among the women of the island any Numbers. (See Christ. Ob. for January of those vicious associates with which 1824, p. 52; and February, pp. 120, 123.) most - sea-port towns abound. Let the Bishop Hobart, of New York, has been reader contrast this with our own metro- in this country, receiving donations for the polis itself, of which a philosophical fo general seminary; Bishop Chase, of Ohio, reigner, not writing on the subject, but for the proposed Western seminary; and illustrating a medical question, incidentally the Rev. N. Wheaton, of Hartford, in says, (we give his own words): "Impri- Connecticut, for the Episcopal college. beres et nondum adultæ puellæ mercenariæ, It has been our object to befriend as far as Londinum præsertim, ex vicinis maxime was in our power all three of these useful suburbiis, confluunt, et quæstum corpore institutions; and for this reason, as well as facientes, ingenti numero plateas noctu for the peace of the American Church in pervagantur. (Blumenbach de Generis general, we have presented the claims of humani Varietate, sect. ii.) Could Blu- each on its own grounds, abstaining from menbach no where find on the continent, entering into a controversy which has not in Paris itself, so flagrant an example found its way into several periodical pubas in the capital of the British dominions; lications in this country respecting their and shall not a Christian police be aroused several merits. We allude to this discusto the suppression of these baneful and sion at present only for the sake of stating, disgraceful immoralities? What must that it is at an end. Those of our readers, our own sailors, and even their officers, on either side of the Atlantie, who take an think of the contrast between Tahiti and interest in the affairs of the American those profligate scenes which we lately EpiscopalChurch, will be gratified in learnalluded to as familiar on board our own ing, that, by a mutual arrangement among ships, on their return to their native ports the friends of these several institutions,

264 Relig. Intell.-Indians... School for Clergymen's Daughters. (APRIL, they now appear in their true light, as co- sion has been lately established among the operating for the same great object, and Wyandots of this State ; and the Society deserving of the patronage of all who wish of Friends is attempting the civilization of well to the Anglo-American Church. another tribe. In the State of New York,

upward of 5000 Indians,consisting chiefly of NORTH-AMERICAN INDIANS. Oneidas, Senecas, Onondagas, and Tuscaro

We mentioned, in our review of Frank- ras, the remnants of the former confederacy lin's Narrative, that the Church Mission of the Six Nations, together with 2500 ary Society had opened a benevolent Indians of various tribes in the Newcommunication with the North-West England States, have been supplied, for American Indians. The Society's inci- many years, more or less, with religious pient operations are as follow : They the United States, in the British territo

To the north of have established a mission at Red River ries, religious instruction is given to the settlement, on the river of that name, south of Lake Winnipeg, about fifty miles Mohawks, Delawares, and Red-River

Indians. from its entrance into the lake. They have in their service, at this station, Mr.

These labours were first directed to the West and Mr. Jones, missionaries; Mr. Aborigines of New England, now reduced Harbidge, schoolmaster; and Mrs. Har- these Indians, Dr. Morse remarks--"On

In reference to bidge, schoolmistress. school-house, sixty feet by twenty, has been erected:

these tribes, formerly, and on others now it is also used as a place of worship. In- extinct, were bestowed the missionary ladian children are to be maintained and bours, almost single-handed, of Elliot, educated; and, when qualified, to be sent Kirkland, Wheelock, Badger, Oecum, and

the Mayhews, Edwards, the Sergeants, home to teach their countrymen. Four promising boys have been baptised. The others; whose zeal, trials, and faithful Indians in the more immediate vicinity

are services are remembered and rewarded on Chippawas. Dr. Morse speaks of the earth, and, we doubt not, in heaven." settlement as an excellent station for an education family. Mr. West has made

SCHOOL FOR CLERGYMEN'S extensive excursions among the Indians.

DAUGHTERS. The officers of the North-West expedition, We announced in our volume for 1823, whom Mr. West met at York Fort, ex- p. 520, the plan of a school for the daughpressing much interest on behalf of the ters of clergymen. The undertaking, we Esquimaux, Mr. West walked to Fort understand, advances prosperously. A Churchill, and had an interview with one very eligible purchase has been made at of the tribes, the people of which mani- Cowen Bridge, in the parish of Tunstall

, fested a great desire for instruction. Lancashire. The old building has been

The present state of the North-American much enlarged; and sixty pupils, at least, Indians generally, in reference to Chris- be accommodated. About 12001, tian instruction, is as follows:-We find will be required to meet the expenses of no Protestant missions to the natiye tribes the purchase, the alterations, and outfit ; yet established southward of the United towards which sum, 8501. have been reStates, though one has been, for some ceived. The institution is conveyed to time, in contemplation to the Mosquitos. twelve trustees, principally clergymen residOf tħe Indians connected with the United ing within a moderate distance from Cowen States, amounting to 471,417, no missions Bridge. The school is now open ; and have yet been attempted among the the entrance rules will be sent to those 170,000 inhabiting the country between who may wish for further particulars by the Pacific and the Rocky Mountains. application to the Rev. Carus Wilson, Among the 180,000 between those moun- Tunstall Vicarage, and, under cover, to tains and the Mississippi, missions are as W. W. C. Wilson, Esq., M.P., Casterton yet chiefly confined to the Osages, and a Hall, Kirby-Lonsdale. It is calculated migration of the Cherokees. Among the that an annual subscription of 2501. will 120,000, however, scattered through the be requisite to supply the deficiency of the States lying between the Mississippi and the payments made with each pupil, and Atlantic, missions are in active operation. nearly 1001. have been contributed towards Within the last few years they have been

Twenty pupils are already enestablished among the Creeks, Choctaws, tered, and three governesses are engaged. Chickasaws, and Cherokees of the south- The terms for clothing, lodging, boardern States; while in Indiana, Illinois, ing, and education, are 141. a year. The Michigan, and the North-West territory, education comprehends, history, geograabout 45,000 Indians open a wide field phy, the use of the globes, grammar, for benevolent exertions. Among the writing, and arithmetic, all kinds of needle Chippawas of the last two States, upward work, and the nicer kinds of household of 15,000 in number, missions have been work, such as getting up fine linen, ironrecently formed. To the Indians of Ohio, ing, &c. If accomplishments are required of whom there are about 2400, attention an additional charge of 31. will be made has been paid by different bodies: a inis- for French, music, or drawing.


this sum.



and Legislature would resolutely enFRANCE. - The present state of the counter the real gravamina of this great French chambers renders the pro- question, and review the whole system ceedings in those assemblies destitule of pluralities, non-residence, translaof the interest attached to the discus- tions, and other evils, not necessarily sions in our own parliament. Scarcely incident to our venerable Establishany debate or occurrence has arisen ment, much less "part and parcel” hitherto in their session, to demand of its constitution, but which have ' much notice. The financial affairs of the gradually crept into the details of its country are so prosperous, or rather the management, and which, unless timerate of the interest of money through- ly checked, may, in the present state out Europe is so low, that the govern- of the public mind, work its downfall. ment is maturing a plan for reducing We wish also, most fervently, that the interest of the whole of the public our public men of all parties, agreeing debt. An ordinance has been issued, as they nominally do in recognizing respecting scholastic institutions; the Christianity, both as a Divine revelaeffect of which, we grieve to say, is to tion and as the religion of their counsubject public education still further try, would act upon, or at least tolethan at present to the bigotted in- rate, a direct reference to its principles, fuence of ultra-royalism and Popery. on questions wbich necessarily involve DOMESTIC.

them. And here, notwithstanding our Parliament has continued to be oc- unfeigned respect and veneration for cupied till the Easter recess, chiefly our national representation, we think with subjects of domestic interest. that the public lias something to comThe unanimity of our public men on plain of from what is reported uccaalmost all the great principles of our sionally to take place within the walls home and foreign policy, has left little of Parliament. It is most grievous, if room for hostile debate. Seldom or it be true, that no man can stand up never have we known a session so in a professedly Christian assembly, amicably, or more usefully, conducted. and a British House of Commons, and The avowed system of Government, advocate any point involving the highto adhere to the principles of what est interests of the community, upon may be called our insular policy,-se- the broad principles of the Bible, withdulously to cultivate commerce and out exposing himself to the risk of conthe arts of peace; to relax unnecessary tempt or ridicule. It is grievous, if a and injurious restrictions on trade, Member of Parliament may not even manufactures, and personal liberty, advocate a question of humanity or has called forth, even from the leaders philanthropy, without being suspected of Opposition, many decided ex- of canting hypocrisy; if he may not pressions of approbation. We wish, present a petition against the gross however, that we could add, that this desecration of the Christian Sabbaths, spirit of mutual conciliation and co- without encountering sneers and reoperation had extended to certain probation as an abettor of puritanical oiber subjects, which involve ulti- fanaticism. We hear, or did hear, mately the best interests of the com- much of the infidelity and blasmunity. We wish, for example, we phemy of a few obscure Radicals ; could find all parties agreeing to devise but the injurious effect of such attacks some plan for the universal Christian upon Divine Revelation, and upon the education of the people, and for abo. religious institutions of the country, lishing the present baneful system of is trivial, compared with the deletepauperism. 'We wish also, that the rious influence of that practical indifexisting impediments to the erection ference or contempt which is evinced of Episcopal places of worship could be by some men of higher rank, and, in removed, by vesting for a time the the main, better principles, as often as patronage in those who erect them. It Christianity is recognised in any other is true, that Parliament, with few dis- form than å mere political institution.' seatient voices, has consented to de- To take but one illustration, the one vote half a million of money for build- just alluded to-- the gross desecraing new churches; but we could ear- tion of the day of sacred rest : There nestly wish, that, not content with is not a religious man in the country patching a few shreds, the Government who does not deeply lament this great Christ. OBSERY, No. 268.


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