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association shall be, in the use of meetings of the standing comall lawful and prudent means, to mittee five, members present discountenance and suppress shall constitute a quorum to do vice and wickedness generally, business; except at the annual and to promote Christian virtue meeting for the choice of offand morality; particularly shall cers, when thirty members shalt it be their object 10 discounte- be necessary to constitute a quonance and suppress, especially in rum. the youth, the prevailing vices 4. The officers of this associaof idleness, falsehood, diso- tion shall be a Chairman, Clerk, bedience to parents, gaming of Treasurer, and a Standing Comevery species, intemperance, mittee of twenty-four members. profanity, dishonesty, and Sab. The three first officers shall be, bath-breaking, and the vices im- of course, inembers of the Standmediately connected with these; ing Committee. and to promote generally the 5. The Chairman shall 'preopposite and corresponding vir- side in all meetings of the assotues; and also to give aid and ciation, and of the standing comcountenance to magistrates, in mittee, and with the concurrence the execution of the good and of any five of the committee wholesome laws of the land may call a special meeting of against vice and immorality. the association. In the absence And we hereby engage by di. of the Chairman, the senior vine aid, individually to avoid member of the standing committhese vices ourselves, to sup- tee present shall take the chair; press and guard against them in or, if he decline, such other our families, and to exert our in- member of the committee, as Auence, in union with the mem- they shall appoint. bers of this association, for the 6. The Clerk shall keep a fair like purpose, in reference to all record of the doings of the asso. otbers within the sphere of this ciation, and of the standing comassociation.
mittee, and shall notify all meet3. There shall be a meeting ings of the association and of the of this association, at such place committee, in such manner as as the Standing Committce shall the committee shall direct. appoint, on the third Wednesday 7. The Standing Committee of April annually, at which time shall meet monthly, on the eventhe officers herein after named ing of the first Wednesday in evshall be chosen in such manner ery month. · It shall be their as the association shall direct; business to execute such measand 'an appropriate discourse ures, as the association may from connected with the immediate time to time adopt for the acconobjects of the association deliv- plishment of their objects; and ered by a member previously to do all other things necesdesignated by ballot for that ser. sary in their judgment fully to vice. All meetings of this asso. effect the important design of the ciation and of the standing com- association; and they shall make mittee shall be opened with report of their proceedings at evprayer. In all meetings of the ery annual meetiog, and oftener association twenty, and in all if required.
8. All expenses, which the fourths of the members present, association may think proper to shall become a part of this con, incur, shall be defrayed by vol- stitution. untary contribution of its members to be made at any general
A Discourse was delivered at the meeting. The sums contributed first annual meeting of the above as. shall be deposited with the sociation, by the Rev. Dr. Morse, Treasurer, and expended by the from the Laws of this common.
which will be published with extracts standing committee.
wealth in the form of a tract for dis9. Any person subscribing this tribution. Dr. Morse was appointed constitution, shall be considered Chairman, Dea. David Goodwin, as a member of this association. Treasurer, and Mr. Charles Cleve: 10. As much reliance is placed
lind, Clerk. on the influence and exertions of the female part of this commu
ON FREQUENT COMMUNION nity to aid in the accomplishment
To the Editor of the Panoplist. of the objects of this association, with a view the more effectually to engage this influence, I have lately been reading and to prompt and authorize the works of President Edwards these exertions, it is herein pro- in which I found the following vided that all of this sex, who are passage, vol. i, p. 257. “The desirous of uniting in the accom- apostle Paul continued at Coplishment of the objects of this rinth, constantly laboring in association, shall be furnished word and doctrine for a long with a copy of this constitution while together, no less than a for their signature; and all who year and six months; and, as shall subscribe their names shall we may well suppose, admin. be considered as members of istering the Lord's supper a. this association; without, how- mong them every Lord's day; ever, implying any obligation on for the apostle speaks of it as the them to meet as members, ex manner of that church to com cept at the anniversary meetings municate at the Lord's table with for religious worship; and un- such frequency: 1 Cor. xvi, 2, less they shall choose to meet by The communicants were ex. themselves for the purpose of in. pressly told at every communcreasing their influence and ion, in every week, when the stimulating their exertions. bread and the wine were deliver.
11. Any member of the asso." ed to them in the administration, ciation wishing an alteration or that the bread signified the body, amendment of this constitution, and that the wine signified the may propose the same in wri• blood of Christ.” ting to the standing committee In reflecting on the foregoing, three months before any annual I was induced to examine Hawmeeting; and if such alteration eis's Church History, in which or amendment shall be approved he observes, vol. I, p. 150, “The by two thirds of the committee, supper of the Lord closed the it shall be laid before the asso devotions of his day; I think it ciation at the next annual meet. was as constant as the return of ing; and, if approved by three that day, and every member as VOL V. New Series,
constanly a participant." I then tice of the Apostolic churches to turned to Dr. Mosheim's Histo- be imitated by.churches in the ry where I found the same opin- present generation? It is hoped ion supported, vol. i, p. 123 and some of your correspondents 125. Query. Is weekly com- will satisfy the inquirer on the munion supported by the Scrip- above. tures, and the most approved ec A SEARCHER AFTER TRUTH. clesiastical authors? Is the prac..
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS WHICH TOOK
PLACE DURING THE YEAR 1812.
Jan. 6. A bill passed the House of Representatives, 94 to 54, to raise
an army of 25,001 men, in addition to the present force.
Valencia in Spain taken by the French under Suchet. Blake
surrendered with 17,000 Spaniards. 8. Annual estimates for the year 1812 laid before Congress by the
Secretary of the Treasory. 14. Mr. Monroe addressed a letter to Mr. Foster, in answer to a
letter from him dated Dec. 28, -1811, in which the latter denies
the existence of British agency in fomenting the Indian war. 16. ' A revolution in the administration of Sicily: 16-22. The coldest seven days in succession within the range of ther.
mometrical observations in this country. At some time during
this period, the mercury of Farenheit stood at 7 below cypher at .'' Hartford, (Con.) 12 at Boston, 23:1-2 at Burlington, (ví.) 28 at
Brunswick, (Me.) 32 Hallowell (Me.) 1723. The American ship Asia and brig Gershom burnt on the high
seas by French cruisers according to the express orders of Bonaparte. About this time a considerable number of other Ameri.
can vessels burnt in the same manner. 19. Lord Wellington took Ciudad Rodrigo by storm, after an in.
vestment of 9 days. 23. A considerable earthquake was experienced in the western
parts of the United States.
In this month Col Skerrett with 1,800 men defends Tariffa in Spain against two assaults by the French with 10,000; and com.
pels them to raise the siege. Feb. 6. Five missionaries ordained at Salem with a view of preaching
Christianity in Asia. These were the first missionaries destined
to foreign parts from America. 7. A great earthquake at New Madrid on the Mississippi. 13. The Prince Regent of England wrote to Lords Grey and Gren
ville with a view to form a coalition ministry. 17.
The Committee of Ways and Means reported to Congress :
system of direct and internal taxation 18, The Massachusetts House of!Representatives vacated the seats
of the Rehoboth members, 208 to 191, on account of the riotous
and illegal proceedings when they were elected. 19. Two American missionaries and their wives sailed from Salem
for Calcutta. 20. A protest signed by 227 members of H. R. of Massachusetts
against the law just enacted for districting the Commonwealth. 24 Three American missionaries, and the wife of one, sailed from
Philadelphia for Calcutta.
25. A bill passed Congress authorizing government to borrow
11,000,000 dollars. March 9. The President U. S. transmitted to Congress a statement of
the Henry Plot with all the papers and documents to support it. 10. Bonaparte's minister makes a formal report, which recogpizes
the decrees of Berlin and Milan as still existing: 11. The mission printing office at Serampore burnt, with founts of
type in fourteen languages beside the English. The loss of prop. erty was about 50,000 dollars.
The British minister at Washington disclaimed all knowledge
of the Henry plot. 16. Lord Wellington invests Badajoz. 26. A great earthquake at Laguira and Caraccas in South Amer.
ica. Of 40 churches in those two places 38 were demolished. A
great number of lives were lost, estimated at 12,000. April 4. News of an intended embargo reached Boston by express in
76 hours from Washington.
An embargo for $0 days passed both houses of Congress and was approved by the President. Many hundred vessels put to sea
in anticipation of that event. 6. Lord Wellington takes Badajoz by storm. · Four thousand
prisoners surrendered, and 172 heavy brass cannon taken. Britishi
loss during the siege in killed and wounded 4,800. 17. Bonaparte made an overture of peace to the British govern. 20. Death of the Hon. George Clinton, Vice President U. S. 21. The Brilish government made a formal declaration that the Or.
ders in Council will be revoked immediately on the revocation of
the French decrees. 23. The British government rejected Bonaparte's overture. 28. The British ministers in both houses of parliament disclaimed
all knowledge of the Henry plot, and all intention of tomenung disunion among the people of the US.
In this month there was a great scarcity of bread in England and France, and riots on that account. id
Mr. Perceval, the British prime minister, assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons by one Bellingham, who was
executed on the 18t|x. 18. A meeting of 83 members of both houses of Congress nominated
Mr. Madison as a candidate for the next Presidency of U. S. 22. All the British ministers resign. Nyt 30. Mr. Foster, the British miniser at Washington, entered upon a
long correspondence with our government, on the subject of the Orders in Council, &c.
In the course of this month a state paper was published at Paris dated Ap. 23, 1311, purporting to be a revocation of the French
decrees so far as they related to U. S. June 1. The President U. Š. transmitted a message to Congress recom
mending the declaration of war against Great Britain. 5. The X. R. of Massachusetts adopted a memorial to Congress
against the impending wat', 406 to 240. 10. Peace ratified between Russia and Turkeya 18. War declared by the U. S. against Great Britain, 79 to 49 in H.
R. and 19 to 13 in Senate. 20. Bonaparte's first bulletin of the Russian campaign issued from
Gumbinnen. 22. The second French bulletin issued from Wilkowiski, a little
south of the Niemen. It was accompanied by a proclamation, sign. ed by Napoleon himself, in which he speaks with the int most are rigance of the result of the war. His armies in Prussia and Po.
lapid amounted, according to his own account to $20,000 mén; but
probably the real number was not far from balf a million.
29. First Russian bulletin issued from Wilkomar beyond the Niemen. July 12. Gen. Hull issued his proclamation at Sandwich in Upper Can.
ada, having just effected a landing in that province. 15. The French corps under Sebastiani defeated by a sudden irrup
tion of the Russians. 16-18. The Constitution frigate escaped from a British squadron by
most vigorous and meritorious exertions. 17. The Russians evacuated their entrenched camp at Drissa on the
Dwina, & retreated toward the heart of Russia. Battle of Polotsk. 2). Algiers declared war against U. S. 22. Gen. Brock issued his proclamation. Lord Wellington defeats Marmont in a great battle near Sala.
The British and their allies lost nearly 5,000 in killed, wounded, and missing; the French more than twice that number. 23.
A fast in Massachusetts on account of the war.
Berezina. The Russians retired.
Canada, in which a few fell on each side 1
A battle between the French and Russians at Ostrovno. 87. A mob at Baltimore attack the office of the Federal Republican,
where a number of the friends of the editor bad assembled to de. · fend it. One of the mob is killed while entering the house through
the broken doors. $3. Twenty four persons who remained in the above office were es.
corted to prison by the civil and military authorities of Baltimore At night the prison was left undefended, and attacked and broken open by the mob: Gen. Lingan, a revolutionary officer aged 65, was barbarously murdered, and nine other persons, among whom was Gen. Lee of Virginia, were bruised, mangled, and left for dead by the mob. The rest escaped, with more or less injury, by ming.
ling with the crowd. Aug. 7. Gen. Hull re-crossed from Sandwich to Detroit. 8. Detached Col. Miller to open a passage for supplies. After a
smart skirmish the attempt failed.
Astorga capitulated to the Spaniards. 10. Gen. Maitland landed at Alicant with 14,000 British troops. 11. A smart skirmish between the English and the French at Ma.
Lord Wellington entered Madrid.
The U. S. frigate Essex captured the Alert sloop of war.
2,500, with very considerable warlike stores.
A treaty of peace signed between Russia and England.
Bonaparte entered Smolensk, nearly all of which was burnt.
The British frigate Guerriere, 38 guns, Capt. Dacres, taken by U. S. frigate Constitution, 44 guns, Capt. Hidl, alier 25 minutes close fighting. British loss 15 killed, and 64 wounded. U. S. loss 7 killed and 7 wounded. The Guerriere was dismasled, and made
a complete wreck, so that Capt. jlull.was obliged to destroy ber. 30. A national fast in U. S. on account of the war.
A terrible hurricane at New Orleans which ruined the houses