Page images

that God interposesto makeknown who had familiar spirits! And the things which fortunetellers wherein did his sin differ from pretend to disclose, and 10 make theirs, who resort to fortunetellthem known in such a manner, ers with the full impression on and by such means, is offering an their minds that they are holding affront to the Most High, which, an intercourse with the spirits one would think, few could have of darkness? With what less are the hardihood to avow. To as- they chargeable than resorting cribe, however, such a disclos- to Satan for that which they dare ure to any other source, is to not ask of the Almighty; or ascribe it to the prince of dark- which, if asked, they believe ness; while those who do it thus that He will refuse! avow, that rather than forego Perhaps some may think, that the indulgence of their wicked these remarks apply to no indi. curiosity, and in order to obtain viduals among us, and are, there their desire, they will propitiate fore, gratuitous. The writer Satan, and do him homage. In- could wish that the case were deed, I never knew a person so; but facts abundantly justify who gave credit to fortunetell what he has written. There is ing, who did not attribute the scarce a town in the country uri, in some mode or other to where a fortuneteller would not Satanic agency; and who did not, find employment should he apif he went so far as actually to pear and make known his er. consult a fortuneteller, falter in rand; not indeed by the great the apprehension that he was body of the people, but such a corresponding with the powers portion of them as always seek of darkness. A professed for- to gratify their idle curiosity, tuneteller is always, I believe, l'espect what it may, at the exconsidered by those who consult pense of every virtuous consid. him, as a sort of wizard; as one eration. Persons moving in the familiar with wicked spirits; and higher circles of genuility and the more he is distinguished in fashion, or the writer is greatly his art, the more he has this misinformed, have not scrupled repute. They who consult him, to apply to one of those miserathen, must be considered as do- ble fortunetelling wretches; and ing reverence to Satan; as doing so bent have they been upon this it wittingly, and without regard- darling object, as to set the ing the displeasure of the Al- laws of common decency at de. mighty. Whiat greater affront fiance. How often does the can they offer to the Most High; same disposition manifest itself what greater treason can they over a cup of tea, or a pack of commit against Him? The abie cards! In various ways is the surdity of supposing that any same propensity nursed and poner besides the Almighty can kept alive, to the disgrace of reveal future events, is lost and society, and the reproach of the swallowed up, in the daring and Christian name.

Such things presumptuous wickedness of ought not to be. It is a time when thus transferring their allegiance everything sacred demands that from Him, to Satan. How did we detach ourselves from the Saul sin in resorting to those worship of the god of this worlds.

Vol. V. New Series.


and worship Him, and Him only, lic exposure of this kind. Othe who made heaven and earth. er notions and practices similar While we are attempting, in in character to those nientioned, this land, to overthrow idolatry might have been brought into in distant countries, let us take view; but as what has been writ. good heed that no root of pagan- ten may, with little variation, be ism remain at home. Our own applied to them likewise, it is reformation should be thorough, judged proper to Save them and coextensive with our of. without further animadversion. fences. No sin is so small as Liltle children kerp yourselves not to need forgiveness; and from eduls, is the language of an none so covert, as to escape the apostle; a multitude of facts tend detection of Omniscience. to show the propriety of the in:

The writer makes no apology junction at the present time; for the remarks which he has and however habit may have made, nor for the length to rendered it obsolete with some, which he has protracted them. it still stands on record for their He deems the several topics up- admonition, and thus will stand on which he has touched suffi. to the end of the world. piently important to merit a pub



XL. An Account of the People communication were derived

called Shakers, their faith, doc- from a book published by order trines, and practice, exemphfied of the Society; ' which book, in the life, conversations, and therefore, it would be expected, experience of the author during would throw a decent veil over the time he belonged to the Sun any ridiculous or immodest ex. ciety; to which is affired a his- travagancies, wliich might be tory of their rise, and progress exhibited at the commencement, to the present day. By THOMAS or in the progress, of this MilBrown of Cornwall, Orange lenial Church! Mr. Brown, the County, New York. Troy, writer of the book now before 1812. Sold by Websters and us, having withdrawn himself - Skinner, Albany. 12mo. pp. from the Shakers, was not con372.

strained by the pride of party to

conccal any circumstances, which In the last volume of the Pan- might seem to reflect dishonor oplist," there was published a upon the Society; neither does brief history of the Shakers, he appear to be influenced in which, in a great degree, satis- any degree ty anger or hatred. fied the curiosity of the public, It was apparently bis objcct to in relation to the origin and tc. give a plain, unvarnished statemets of this very singular people. ment of facts, as they came to The principal facts in that his knowledge, and he leaves his

readers to draw such inferences, • See Panoplist for Dec. 1911, p. 289. as the facts may justisy. Such

was his candor, regard to truth, in England she, the mother, and friendship to the Shaker's, spake before a court in twelve that before publishing his book different languages, among which he addressed a letter to Lucy were the Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Wright and Abiathar Babbit, and French. He was also assured "first in the ministration," offer as a fact, that Colonel Brown, ing them a copy of his work, fourteen days after be was killed that they might point out to at Stone-Arabia, came in spirit him for correction any mistakes to mother Ann, and confessed into which he might have failen his sins. For the comfort of the This liberal offer was refused, widow and her children, messenwith no small degree of incivility. gers were sent to Pittsfield to

Mr. Brown was born in New inforın them that the Colonel York in 1766, and at the age of "was in the faith and travail of twenty-one joined the Society of the church!" But what was more Quakers, of which his father was wonderful than this, he (Mr. a member. In the year 1793 he Brown) was assured, “that elder became a methorlist; and at Whitaker was in eternity in spirit length, in 1798, began to attach several thousand years in a few himself to the Shakers, whom lie hours! and in that [long and visited at Watervlict, near Al- short] time thousands of spirits bany. The mother Ann had now confessed their sins unto him." been dead about fourteen years, Mr. B., like other Shakers, but he had opportunity of con. had a gift of speaking in an unversing with those, who knew known tongue, and he has re. her, aud of learning much of her corded a part of one of his mi. character; and he confirms the raculous speeches. It was in representation, which has fre- sound as follows:

-Liero devo quently been given to the public; jirankemangu, ad sileabana, duthat she was very fond of strong rem subramo devirante diaceri. drink, which she used to call mango, jasse vah pe cri evanigaone of God's good creatures: As lio; de vom grom seb crinom, us a specimen also of the tempe. vare cremo domo. rance of her language, he says Among the methods of morthat she denominated some of tifying the flesh,resortcd to at an her opposers dogs, dumb dogs, early period in the history of this demned dogs, and he refers 10 church, he says that one meth. the passages of Scripture, which od was the promiscuous and rewere adduced in the justification peated dancing of men and wom. of such expressions. When Ann en, divested entirely of clothes. and her brother William Lee This fact, when it came to his fought like gladiators, the be- knowledge, he charged upon lievers were told, that their own elder Rowley, who at Erst depievil nature was imputed to the ed, and alterwards owned, ili mother; that she was bearing but while he confessed it, he their states; that, without sin her. imparted this necessary advice, self, she was only giving them a noi to suffer such improper con. visible representation of their duct to injure his faith! wickedness. One of Amm's first But the discoveries, which he followers assured him, that when had made, and the impositions

practised upon him, gave a seri- satisfaction, and we hope its rapous shock to his faith, and re. id sale will encourage him, acstored him in some degree to cording to his own intimation, to his senses. He first was greet prepare for the press a more ed with very flattering words, minute history of the people, and assured of full permission with whom he was once connect. to follow conscience; but it was ed; a people at present decent in not long before he found, that manners and correct in moral he had been deceived, and that conduct, but in a religious view he was required to yield im- subject to a deplorable delusion. plicit obedience to the gift of the church, which gift was no other than a positive order or command, XLI. The Clergyman's Alma. communicated by one of the el nac; or an Astronomical Diary ders, but originating with mother and Serious Monilor for the Lucy; so that he perceived him year of our Lord and Savior self inveigled into subjection Jesus Christ, 1813. Boston; to an absolute, tyrannical gov Lincoln and Edmands. ernment, and that government wielded by a woman,- a humil. We are glad to see the fifth iating condition, which his manly number of this useful publicafeelings could ill brook.

tion; and to be able to say, that Notwithstanding his gift of it promises to be at least equal speaking in an unknown tongue; to any of its predecessors in the notwithstanding the wonderful sphere of its circulation, and the miracles, attested by fis brethren extent of its usefulness. It conand sisters; notwithstanding all tains a considerable variety of he had seen or experienced or secular information, and a still heard of the gifts of trembling, greater variety of rnoral and reshaking,twitching, jirking,whirl- ligious instruction. Though some ing, leaping, jumping, dancing, expressions might have been cstamping, barking, mewing, mitted without loss, and the style crowing, shouting, groaning, cry- of several pieces might have ing, laughing, hissing, brushing, been better adapted to their pur. driving out evil spirits, rolling pose, yet as a whole, this little on the floor, running with hands manual is entitled to the particstretched out through bog and. ular regard of the friends of mire; notwithstanding the spell, virtue and religion, and ought, which had been thrown upon beyond question, to he preferred him, Mr. B. at length emerged to any other Almanac for gen. from his delusion. Happy eral use. It is replete with would it be for all the deluded fol. many solemn and momentous lowers of Ann Lee, if they would truths, which concern men as turn from her impious preten- immortal beings, and

beings, and which sions to the uncorrupted Gospel Christianity presses upon the of Jesus Christ.

conscience by the most awful Mr. B. is a plain man, but we sanctions. have read his book with much



news had reached them when over.

whelmed with anxiety; and the supContinued from p. 149.) ply relieved them from the necessity

of contracting new debts, in order to The Society for Promoting Christian maintain the many native laborers in Knosoledge (London) continue their the Tinavelly district, for which the exertions, at home and abroad. Their annual produce of Mr. Swartz's leg, last Report, containing an account of acy was insufficient. their proceedings during the year The progress of Christianity obliged which ended in March 1811, is en the missionaries to increase the num. riched with the correspondence of ber of their native teachers, to en. the Protestant Missionaries on the large the ald places of worship, and Coromandel coast.

to erect new ones. Their funds were The Rev. Messrs. Kolhoff and unable to meet all these expenses. Horst wrote from Tanjore, Jan, 30, The brethren at Tranquebar had ase 1810, that they had enjoyed many sisted, as much as was in their power, opportunities of preaching our holy but their

supplies were utterly insuf. religion to heathens and papists, and ficient. The want of Bibles, Testa. of inviting them to accept the grace ments, Psalters, and other religious of God as it is in Jesus. Among the books, was greater ihan the mission. different casts of natives, those ealled aries could describe. They wanted Telunger, are more inveterate against a printing press, and were very Christians ihan any other except the anxious to furnish every Protestant Brahmins, A man of this cast, ad. family with a copy of the Scriptures. mitted into the congregation some

In a letter dated Aug. 29th, 1810, years since, had evinced the sincerity it becomes the melancholy duty of of his professions, not only by leading Mr. Kolhoff to inform the Society of a Christian life under many sufferings, the death of his brother and com. but by his endeavors to convert ins panion in labors, wie Rev. Mr, Horst, family to Christianity; in which he He had been eighteen years a servant has happily succeeded.

of the mission, and four years one of Among the deaths which were the Society's missionaries. The learn. greatly regretted, were those of two ing and abilities of this worthy man, native catechists, who had been con. his ardent desire to prove useful, the verted from paganism and trained up fervor and delight with which he and employed as teachers by Mr. ever pursued bis work, and the essenl. Swartz. Tbeir names were Dhewa. tial services he had rendered the ragayam and Areelappen. They were mission, had given Mr. Kolboff great greatly respected both by heathens cause to lament so early and unexe and Christians, on account of their 'pected a death, which had deprived piety, prudence, and zeal. The na the inission of a faithful pastor, and a live preacher Sattianaden was contin numerous family of a kind and affece uing his labors, and faithfully preach. tionate parent and husband. His suf. ing Christ

among believers and unbe. ferings had been very severe; but he lievers. The number of communi. endured them with the patience and cants had greatly increased.

firmness of a Christian, His humble The missionaries acknowledge with submission to the will of God was gratitude the mercy of God in inclin. truly awakening, and the peace he ing the Court of Directors to raise enjoyed to his last breath was a lively their allowance for the schools from example of the inestimable happiness 500 to 1200 pagados, annually." The which attends a life of godliness.

Mr. Kolboff asks the Society to * A pagoda on the Coromandel coast permit the ordination of more native k worik about two collars.

preachers and to grant them salaries,

« PreviousContinue »