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Ånd further resolved, That this convention behold, with heart-felt gries, and trembling anxiety, the almost total dereliction of christian principles, in the instruction and government of our principal seminary of learning, and of many other subordinate institutions.
Resolved, That Rev. D. Smith, J. Menefee, and L. Scarborough be a committee to prepare a plan of the principles and objects of union in this convention.
Adjourned to meet to-morrow at 9 o'clock.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 1918.
Whereas that degraded portion of our population, the children of Africa, inust be regarded as possessed of immortal souls like ours, for whom as well as for us the blood of atonement has been shed, and whose salvation, like our own, is only to be accomplished through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truththerefore,
Resolved unanimously, That this convention strongly recommend to all masters and employers of slaves, to see that they be initiated into the principles of the christian faith; to grant them, as often as possible, the privilege of attending on stated family worship, and of hearing the sacred Scriptures read; and by every practicable means, to facilitate and encourage their attendance in the sanctuary from Sabbath to Sabbath.
Whereas intemperance, at the present day, is making fearful haToc of the fortunes, reputations, lives, and souls, of thousands; and whereas this ruinous vice involves in misery not only the intemperate, but also, in many instances, the whole circle of their innocent families and relatives--therefore,
Resolved unanimously, That this Convention deem it the bounden duty of every individual, but particularly of every christian minister, and of every ecclesiastical judicatory, to discountenance not only gross intemperance, but even the moderate use of ardent spirits, unless in cases of real necessity.
Whereas the irreverent and profane use of the holy name of God and of Christ, is highly provoking to the Divine Being, as well as highly injurious to the swearer, and to those who hear him therefore,
Resolved unanimously, That this Convention express their strongest abhorrence of so pernicious and wicked a practice; and that they enjoin on all who regard the welfare of society, the salvation of souls, or the glory of God, that they should not only refrain from open and gross profanity, but even from the introduction of God's reverend name, by way of exclamation.
In consequence of a declaration made by a gentleman, on the first day of our session, who professed to be an orderly minister of tbe ancient Protestant Episcopal Church, that some of the members of this Convention acted on the ground of a rooted pique against said church, implying, if the Convention understood him, a manifestation of an unchristian spirit towards said church--therefore,
Resolved unanimously, That the gentleman must have been mistaken, inasmuch as nothing of the kind was discovered by us in any of our members,
And further resolved, That this Convention hereby express their christian regard for the Protestant Episcopal Church; for its ministers and officers in regular standing; and that we are cordially willing to unite in this Convention, not only with thein, but with all other ministers and officers of the churches of Christ of any denomination in the world.
Rev. W. Montgomery and L. Scarborough preached.
The committee appointed on yesterday having made report, the meeting, after mature deliberation, unanimously adopted the following
ARTICLES OF CONVENTION. 1. A meeting, similar to the present, shall be holden annually, as long as shall be found expedient, at such time and place as shall have been appointed at the preceding meeting.
2. The meeting, when convened, shall be styled “The Religious Convention of Christian Denominations."
3. The Convention shall be composed of ministers of the gospel in good standing, and officers or other official representatives of any christian church.
4. The fundamental principles of this Convention are mutual affection for each other as disciples of one common Lord, and cordial desire to promote the interests of his kingdom.
5. It is no part of the business of this Convention to discuss points either of doctrine or of discipline, about which any of its members may differ in sentiment. And it is by no means expected, that any member shall renounce any of the distinguishing charecteristics of the religious denomination to which he belongs, or that he shall refrain from inculcating his sentiments, either from the pulpit, from the press, or in private conversation.
6. The distinct objects of this Convention are-to promote a spirit of mutual forbearance and brotherly affection between its members, and between their respective denominations—to make unitedly erery prudent exertion possible to suppress prevailing vices--and to endeavour, by every means that promises success, to promote the cause of Christ throughout our land, and the world.
7. For these purposes it is proposed to combine, as far as possible, the energies of all the friends of Zion, in the advancement of every moral, religious, and charitable design, in the promotion of which they can consistently and cordially unite.
Resolved, That Rev. J. Carson, Rev. D. Smith, and Mr. C.F. Stiles, be a committee to make extracts from the minutes of this convention, and to superintend the printing and distribution of them.
Resolved, That the convention adjourn, to meet at Jersey meeting house, Homochitto, on Wednesday the 24th day of November, 1819.
Concluded with prayer, in the most christian friendship and afsection.
J. BULLEN, Moderator.
REVIVAL IN BERGEN, N. J.
Communicated for the Christian Herald. The late Revival of Religion in the congregation of Bergen has been such as to warm the hearts and excite the gratitude of the pious.
An unusual attention to the means of grace has been manifested for three or four years past ; some have been added to the church every communion season, of such who continue to adorn and warmly to support the cause they have espoused. In the months of May, June, and July last, we have every reason to believe the Holy Spirit was poured down in copious showers—“dropping as the rain, disa tilling as the dew, or the small rain upon the tender berb, and as the showers upon the grass."
It arrested and affected every rank and class of hearers, and afforded a strong hope that it was the Lord's Work. It has not ceased-It progresses. Let the glory be ascribed to the Lord.
Although the convictions were deep, and the expressions of sorrow great, in many instances ; yet as these were not accompanied with noise or confusion, a reasonable hope is cherished, that this revival has not been the mere effect of animal feeling, and sympathetic excitement, nor the work of an earthen vessel : but the Lord has been pleased to bless his own Institutions, and to make it obvious, that ihe excellency of the power is not of man, but of God.
This hope is also strengthened by the attention that is paid to family Religion, to female, male, and juvenile prayer meetings, to the monthly concert of prayer, to the ordinances and worship of the Sanctuary, and to the support of religious Institutions.
There is in this congregation a female Cent Society, also a juvemile Cent Society for the support of the Theological Seminary at New-Brunswick; two Sunday Schools, a Bible Society auxiliary to the Á. B. S., which includes the whole Township of Bergen. Besides the preaching of the word of God on the Lord's day, the weekly lectures in private houses appear to have been blessed from above. Many have dated their awakenings under these lectures.
On the 12ih of July last there were added to this church 45 members, three of whom were received on certificate from other
congregations; and the whole number of members added to this church, not reported in the last annual statistical report of the classes of Bergen, is 82.
It was deemed most proper not to make this communication till sufficient time had been given to test the reality of this work, although it had been expected, and some surprise expressed that it has not been made sooner.
JOHN CORNELISON, V. D. M. Bergen, New Jersey, Jan. 20, 1819.
FEMALE BENEFICENCE. A number of young ladies in the north parish of Bridgewater, have for a year past been associated under the name of the Female Society in North Bridgewater for promoting Christian Knowledge. They meet statedly at the house of their Pastor, and are questioned by hiin on some scriptural subject previously assigned for examination. They spend an afternoon or evening together about once a fortnight, and the time not occupied by the regular recitation is improved in serious reading or conversation, while the members employ themselves in braiding straw, knitting, or needle-work. The avails of their industry are devoted to charitable purposes, and they have, as the result of their diligence hitherto, presented their pastor, (Rev. DANIEL HUNTINGTON,) a New-Year's Gift of Forty Dollars, to constitute him a life member of the American Education Society.
NORTH BRIDGEWATER SABBATH SCHOOL. This school commenced in the latter part of May, 1818, and has continued for 16 Sabbaths.—The time allotted to recitation was an hour between the morning and afternoon exercises of public worslip. The list of members included 105 girls and 78 boys. The latter, however, did not attend so regularly as the former.
They were divided into classes of from four to eight, according to their ages; the males under the care of young men, and the females under teachers of their own sex; the whole under the direction of a superintendent. The assiduity of the teachers of both sexes was truly commendable, and the improvement of the scholars in general highly gratifying to their benevolent hearts.
The books which furnished subjects of instruction were the New Testament-Emerson's Evangelical Primer, and Hymns for Infant Minds.--Most of the scholars were, during the term, well versed in the Primer, and in addition to that, 32,674 verses of Scripture, and 27,300 verses of Hymns were recited. As specimens of individual diligence, the following are selected.
Verses of Scrip. Verses of Hymns. A girl aged 13, recited
1000 Another 11,
1558 Another 10,
1464 Another 8,
Another, aged 7, recited 2191 verses of Scripture ; comprising the whole Gospels of Matthew and Mark, and nine chapters of Luke -beside 287 verses of Hymns. It is with pleasure recorded of this little girl, that when a pecuniary reward was presented her by a relation for her exemplary diligence, she generously sent the sum by the hand of her pastor to the Treasurer of the American Board of Cominissioners for Foreign Missions, for the education of heathen children.
Another little girl, aged 5 years, recited the whole of the Assembly's Catechisın, with proofs, 12 verses of Scripture, and 100 Hymns. The school closed with public religious exercises on the day of the annual meeting of the Bridgewater Evangelical Society, who bad voted the payment of its necessary expenses from their treasury. The sacred music on the occasion was performed principally by the scholars.
ST. JOHNSBURY SABBATH SCHOOL. A letter to the Editor of the Recorder, dated St. Johnsbury, Vt. Dec. 29th, observes, “The accounts which you publish of the Sabbath Schools has a very happy effect in promoting their establishment and progress. It encourages the youth in those places where Sabbath Schools are established, to find that their proficiency is noticed in your widely circulating paper. I am exceedingly gratifed to find that Christians are becoming more and more awake on this subject. In this place there have been two, and a part of the time three Schools, during the past season. I am not informed of the progress except in one; that commenced in August last, and owing to particular circumstances has met only every Sabbath. There are 67 names on the list of Teachers; of each sex nearly an equal number-about 45 has been the average number that bas attended.-Wilbur's Catechism has been used by each till the whole of it is repeated. They then proceed to the Old or New Testament, as they choose. The whole number of verses which has been repeated is 12,060. One scholar has repeated 1501; a second, 1489; a third, 597; a fourth, 572, and others are following bard after. The school will probably be continued through the winter; and I trust we shall be able to render a good account of it next spring, when you will hear from it again.
From the Missionary Chronicle, for November.
INDIA. The following intelligence, from one of the Society's stations in India, will afa
ford a high degree of satisfaction to all who feel an interest in the success of missions in that populous region of the earth. Some of Satan's strongest holds have long been established in Hindostan ; but they begin to totter, and we doubt not that, by the blessing of Gud on a patient continuance in well doing, they will hereafter be levelled with the ground. It is peculiarly