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and in regard to which authentick therto been but little known to one information is earnestly desired by another, now became closely conthe religious publick-Such infor- nected, and an extensive corresmation we hope to give our readers, pondence was carried on among by the continuation of the commu the friends of Bible societies nications promised in the close of throughout France. Their letters, the following:

which were soon after collected in

a monthly magazine, bore testimony Extract from the Evangelical Church to the spirit that animated them, Journal of July 11, 1827.

and to the doctrine which they pro"EXTRACT OF A LETTER TO THE fessed. Auxiliary societies were

formed in the different departments, Paris, June 11, 1827. and the ardour for thus uniting Perhaps no country has, within themselves spread with incredible latter years, experienced such a celerity, and was generally attend . change in its religious state as ed with the most pleasing conseFrance. The Lord really seems to quences. be graciously indemnifying this Some friends, about this time, uncountry, for what it has recently dertook the publication of a relisuffered from the doctrines of mo- gious journal, under the title of dern philosophy and from political Archives of Christianity in the convulsions.

Nineteenth Century Archives du It is true that hypocrisy is as Christianisme au xix siècle), in ormuch to be dreaded at present, as der that the increasing activity infidelity was some time since; might be properly regulated, and because many, for temporal pur nothing be taught but the true Proposes, clothe themselves with the testant doctrine; that is, Chrisappearance of a piety, which is tianity in its original purity, and altogether inactive and lifeless. unconnected with Neology, with But it is equally true, that there which it is sometimes confounded. are, in all religious communities. But these gentlemen, by increasing amongst us, Christians who rear their number, admitted the assisttheir building upon the simple foun. ance of men who were not animated dation of their faith; that many with the same spirit. Hence it make the radical principles of happened that, in the same journal, Christianity the subject of their essays of quite a contrary tendency supreme regard ; and that instead appeared. But a change was subof that levity, for which the French sequently made in the revising dehave so oftep been censured, a cer partment, in consequence of which tain steadiness and desire for truth the “ Archives” obtained its prebecomes more and more character- sent character, which it has supistick of them.

ported for several years; and it is lo another letter, I may perhaps now the organ, and as it were the describe to you the state of the rallying point, of all Frenchmen, Catholick church, but at present I whose sentiments are evangelical. shall confine myself to a brief state Two Christian strangers who ment of the circumstances and mea happened then to be in Paris, sures to which the Evangelical greatly contributed to extend the church here owes her revival, and religious animation. Mr. Wilder, the degree of prosperity which she an American merchant, who has has attained.

since returned to bis native counThe formation of a Protestant try, received under his hospitable Bible Society in 1818, was like a roof every friend of the gospel. At signal for the subsequent occuro his house, frequent prayer meetings Tences. Gentlemen who had hi were held, which were at last at

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tended by great numbers, and pro- the meeting which we lately atduced much good. The other of tended. We had then the comthe two gentlemen, the Rev. M. pany of several excellent ministers Wilks, the minister of the small from different departments, and we American congregation, is yet with were rejoiced to gee that such men us. He is indefatigable in the presided over our congregations. many labours which he undertakes, I ought not however to conceal and may justly be called our great- from you, that although much is est benefactor. He came to France done in Paris, from whence the about the time when the Protestants, Christian animation emanated into in the southern provinces, were the provinces, our spiritual state is persecuted (1815); he went to the yet far from what you might prescene of distress, and having con sume it to be. The true church is vinced himself of the sufferings his yet small; many who participate in brethren had endured, and their our institutions, do it more as Propressing wants, he asked and re testants than as Christians. The ceived from England large sums for females, and particularly those of their relief. Thus, he soon became the highest stations, give the purest acquainted with many ecclesiastics proofs of reviving spiritual life. and laymen; he gained their affec- Amongst them we find some who, tion, and knew afterwards how to possessing the greatest pre-emiuse his influence, for the spiritual nence of birth, property, and gewelfare of those to whom he had nius, manifest that simplicity of the rendered such essential services in children of God, which is the conrelation to their temporal wants. comitant of true faith; and these In the mean time, our religious in- may be said to be the heart, about stitutions became firmer and more which all true Christians will granumerous. The Tract Society; dually coalesce. The Society of Christian Morality, It is now several years since consisting of Catholicks and Pro- Christianity has been developing testants; The Protestant Mission itself in this country, without meetary Society, whose seminary, for- ing with any serious external obmerly under the direction of Mr. struction. A minister at Nismes, Galland, but now conducted by Mr. it is true, tried to make the German Grand-Pierre, contains six pupils; Nationalism popular, by publishing The Protestant Society for mutual a journal under the title of “Méprotection and relief; and The langes de Religion et de Morale," Committee for fostering Sunday which however soon ceased for Schools-were all formed in quick want of supporters. It is now about succession, and are all prospering. two years since the “Revue ProIn the month of April, of every year, testante” has taken this work in they hold their general meeting, hand. The “ Revue” is conducted and give an account of their re with great talent, but it seems to spective labours. Many friends to degrade every thing evangelical

. these institutions come at that time it unceasingly advocates free self to Paris; and from the spirit, which probation, as if this alone constimanifests itself in most of their ad- tuted the Protestant doctrine. It dresses, which in these meetings thus presents to the Catholicks an are generally made ex tempore, we easy mode of attack, who ask with can judge what progress truth has great propriety whether there can made in each succeeding year. No be any thing positive in religion, if doubt it will be gratifying to you to after eighteen hundred years since hear that such numerous and pow. the commencement of Christianity, erful testimonies were never before and after three hundred years given in favour of the gospel, as at since the Reformation, nothing is

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ing the mind against the fear of mister In this letter I have confined death.”

myself to some general topicks. 6. Dr. Bard of New York, was a ch met In my next I shall make you ac practical as well as a professing

quainted with our principal church Christian. All the Christian meConcea es, the ministers most eminent for thods for enlightening and renewuch is their zeal and spirit, and the lay- ing mankind, found in him an able ce the men, who are chiefly desirous to patron and a successful advocate. ed into

co-operate with you. On the cor Of him it may truly be said, “he -tate is rectness of my statements you may

adorned the doctrine of God his ut pre depend, and I shall endeavour to Saviour in all things." He showed

make them with Christian reserve his faith by his works. The followDate in

and prudence. I have the honouring extract from a memoir of him, to be, etc.

by Dr. Ducahet, will make known The Your CORRESPONDENT his character. He was one of IN FRANCE.” those very few physicians who con

sider it a duty, to advise and ad

monish their patients in their spie whe,

ritual affairs. It was his constant

FAITH practice to procure, or to adminisOF THE GOSPEL” IN THE PREVENS ter, religious instruction to the ig

norant, and spiritual consolation to

the distressed. And however in(Concluded from Vol. VI. p. 554.)

discreet and officious communica5. Having seen the sentiments tions of this kind may

be considered and practice of some of the most by some, he has left upon record eminent European physicians, let his testimony to their usefulness,

us now attend to what the Ameri- and to the general good will with oping

can physicians have to say on this which they are received. In not important subject.

one of the many manuscripts (in That great luminary of medical my possession) of his annual adscience, Dr. Rush, enumerates dresses to the graduates of medi" piety towards God, a respect for cine, does he omit to recommend religion, and a regular attendance this practice; and to enforce it by

upon publick worship, among the the assurance that, during thirty zle,"

duties of a physician.” And he years of professional life, he had for advises them, when "setting out in made it an uniform duty; and that

business, to acquire such habits of he had very seldom regretted his Pro

punctuality in visiting their pa- conduct, having found such com

tients, as shall not interfere with munications to be generally acceptcted

acts of publick homage to the Su- able, and never productive of injury preme Being." He also recom to the sick. It is very much to be mends the “reading of the Scrip. regretted that the example of this

• truly eminent and good physician • We confess ourselves at a loss what is not more frequently imitated,

to understand by the “free self proba, and that medical men are so apt to It

tion” mentioned in this paragraph, and
how the Roman Catholicks turn this Pro. disregard the eternal concerns of
testant dogma against its authors, unless their patients, and to imagine that
the objectionable position be to this ef. it is even necessary to divert their
fect that true religion consists in every thoughts from death and eternity.
man adopting a faith and practice that Such conduct is a criminal neglect
fully satisfies himself—This certainly the
apostle Paul did before his conversion of a solemn duty, and betrays an

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Come then expressive silence, muse his too Dr. Bard's practice to call the early attention of his patients to I shall conclude my address by this important subject. Religious some extracts from the essay of admonition, he properly thought, the last mentioned eminent physishould not be deferred until all hope cian, entitled, “ The Influence of of recovery is gone. This is not Physical Causes upon the Moral Fathe best chosen period for religious culty,” since it appears very apinstruction, or the one most favour- plicable to the present discussion; able to its due effect upon the mind. which may be called "An Essay It is not in the last moments of on the Influence of Moral Causes life, when the body is racked with on the Physical Faculties." pain, and the mind agitated and “ Let it not,” says Dr. Rush, “be alarmed by the apprehensions of suspected, from any thing that I death; when a deadly stupor clouds have delivered, that I suppose the the faculties, or the imagination influence of physical causes upon flits, in wild delirium, from object, the moral faculty renders the agento object, and from thought to cy of divine influence unnecessary thought, that the mind can be to our moral happiness. I only brought to prepare itself for the maintain, that the operations of the awful transition which it is to un- divine government are carried on dergo. Sickness is a season of re- in the moral, as in the natural flection with most men, and natu- world, by the instrumentality of rally induces a docility of temper, second causes. I have only trodhighly favourable to the reception den in the footsteps of the inspirof wholesome admonition. It is ed writers. Nebuchadnezzar was now that religious instruction and cured of his pride, by means of soliadvice are most productive of ef- tude and a vegetable diet; Saul fect. If delayed till the last hours was cured of his evil spirit by of life, they may serve indeed to means of David's harp; and St. awaken the alarms of the sick man, Paul expressly says, I keep my and to plunge him into despair, but body under, and bring it into subthey can seldom benefit his soul.” jection, lest that by any means,

The conduct of Dr. Bard, in when I have preached to others, I this particular, must commend it- myself should be a cast-away."" self to the approbation of every ra

He also believes " that in those er. tional and feeling man; and entitle traordinary cases where bad men him to be placed with those worthies are suddenly reformed, without who have united to exalted talent, the instrumentality of moral, or extensive erudition, and distin- rational causes, that the organiguished rank, the graces and vir- Zation of those parts of the body tues of the Christian character, in which the faculties of the mind

7. Dr. Rush, after having nar are seated, undergoes a physical rated his happy recovery from an change; and hence the expression attack of the Bilious Yellow Fever of a new creature,' which is made of 1793, and from a chronick dis use of in the Scriptures to denote ease consequent thereon, acknow. this change, is proper, in a literal, ledges his obligations and gratitude as well as a figurative sense.” And to God, in these words: “ But he adduces, in proof of this, the wherewith shall I come before the assertion of Paul, that he " bears great Father and Redeemer of men; in his body the marks of our Lord and what shall I render unto him Jesus." "It is probably the beginfor the issue of my life from the

• Rush's Werks, vol. ii.

p. 353


ning of that perfect renovation remarks.” When this was written, of the human body, which is pre- we had not so particularly exa

dicted by St. Paul in the following mined, as we have since been called des: words: For our conversation is in to do, every part of the address now

heaven, from whence we look for before our readers. Had this been the Saviour, who shall change our the case, we might perhaps have vile bodies, that they may be fa- forborne the pledge we gave; since shioned according to his own glo- the ample testimony of medical rious body.' I shall not,” con men themselves, especially of metinues he, “pause to defend myself dical men of the first eminence for

from the charge of enthusiasm in skill and reputation, is likely to be Case this place; for the age is at length of far more avail than any remarks

arrived, so devoutly wished for by of our own. We shall, notwithDr. Cheyne, in which men will not standing, add a few thoughts, in the be deterred in their researches af- hope that they will be more reter truth, by the terror of odious or garded, when it is seen that the unpopular names."

most competent judges are with us,

the opinions we deliver.

1. The worth of the soul is such, Editorial Remarks.

that if it were granted that the use We can by no means adopt the of those means which are calculated To, explanation of some facts, and the to promote its salvation did inter

exposition of certain passages, of fere with the speedy removal, or sacred scripture, which appear at even the final removal of disease, the close of this address. We would those who duly estimate the conalso observe, that the title of the cerns of eternity, in comparison Address attributes to one of the with hose of time, would

see and Christian graces, Faith, effects say, let no regard to the body enwhich immediately flow from some danger the eternal felicity of the of the other graces, such as Hope, immortal spirit. On this considerPatience

, &c. Faith is indeed the ation, all who have any serious befoundation


and is ever ac- lief in an endless state of future companied by all the rest. Yet, happiness or misery should resolve, perhaps the title of the paper might that, so far as they have influence, more properly have been-- The In- the sick shall not be suffered to pass fluence of Genuine Christian Piety, into the eternal world, without the in the Prevention and Cure of Dis use of the best means which they eases. But although we thus advert can command, to aid them in preto what we deem inaccuracies, we paration for this great and decisive do not consider them as at all affect- crisis of their existence. ing the general merit of the essay. 2. Ministers of the gospel, and

We intimated, when we first in those who are preparing for the satroduced Dr. Church's address to cred office, ought to make it a subthe notice of our readers, that we ject of particular attention and earhad “long wished for a good oppor. . nest inquiry, how they may treat tunity to combat, the absurd, cruel the sick, in a manner most likely, and wicked opinion, entertained by under the divine blessing, to be atmany physicians, and embraced by tended with saving benefit. It is many of their patients, that a cler- believed that this is a subject too gyman must be kept out of a sick little regarded by many ministers room, at least till the patient is past of the gospel, and by a large proporall hopes of recovery.” And we tion of theological students. There promised "some remarks of our is no part of the ministerial office own, and some facts witnessed by more delicate in its nature, than ourselves, in confirmation of our the proper method of treating per

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