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habits and customs of all nations, we think we perceive that to evangelize the Jews is to provide missionaries for the whole Gentile world. And until tbis be done, we do not expect to see HOLINESS inscribed upon the bells of the horses ; nor to realize the blessedness to which the apostle refers in his Epistle to the Romans, xi. 12, Now, if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fullness ? For these reasons, and several others, which it is not necessary now to mention, we have felt it our duty to regard the Jews especially, in our charities at the Monthly Concert.
The effect of this monthly contribution upon the minds of those who contribute is salutary. And although some have been more inconstant in their attendance since this practice was adopted than before, yel numbers attend with promptitude, and are certain to make a free-will offering unto the Lord. Christians now feel that they perform a consistent part. The words of their lips, the service of their hands, and, we trust, the desires of their hearts, all unite to promote the great end in view, the glory of God in the redemption of the world. These meetings have ever been our bappiest seasons. The believer is unusually solemnized and animated as he approaches the consecrated spot. Here he experiences greater abstraction from earth than in ordinary places of worship. The awful presence of God announces to him that he is upon holy ground ; Divine justice discovers to him his remaining corruptions; and the magnitude of his petitions teaches bim his entire dependance. But amidst the cloudy pillar, the thunderings of justice, the invitations and promises of God form the inverted bow of covenanted mercy, and the believer's heart kindles into devotion while at the altar of his glorious Lord. These are, indeed, beavenly places in Christ Jesus. Here Christians love, and forgetting the embarrassments of modes and forms, their hearts meet and mingle in one grateful incense before the throne. We hope, Madam, to make surther remittances from time to time, as our ability may be. We wish to express our gratitude for the exertions of your Society in bebalf of the Jews. We hope that your example will stimulate millions of this nation to a consideration of the just demands of the Hebrews upon us; and that the result may be an augmented fund, an increased exertion, a greater engagedness in prayer, and a rich barvest of redeemed Jews out of all nations whithersoever they have been driven by the providential dealings of their offended Lord. In behalf of my brethren and sisters, I subscribe myself yours, to aid in the cause of our common Lord.
At a Convention of Delegates from several Moral Societies, in the
State of New-York, held in the City of Albany the 13th of January, 1819:
The Rev. ALEXANDER ProudfIT, D. D. was chosen President.
John STEARNS, M. D. Secretary. Testimonials were presented of the appointment of Delegates from Societies instituted at Albany, Cazenovia, Washington, Schobarie, Kinderhook, Austerlitz, Greenbush, Bethlehem, Waterford, Canajoharie, and Johnstown.
The following Resolutions were adopted.
1. Resolved, That this convention respectfully and earnestly recommend to the various Moral Societies in this State, that are now formed, or may be formed, to send a delegation of their Members annually to meet in Convention in the city of Albany on the second Wednesday of January in every year-whose duty it shall be to consult and determine upon all subjects that may come before them, intended to promote good morals in the community, pursuant to the laws of the State and the word of God-Such Delegates shall report to their respective Societies all the information in their power, of the subjects discussed, and acts passed by the Convention.
2. Resolved, That each Moral Society shall have power to send any number of Delegates to the Convention, not exceeding six.
3. Resolved, That a Sermon be preached before the Conven'tion by a person appointed at a previous convention; at such time and place as the Standing Comunittee of Arrangements shall designate.
4. Resolved, That a Committee of seven persons shall be appointed to make arrgements for the Annual Convention, and to do all necessary things, not expressly provided for by these resolutions.
5. Resolved, That the Chairman of the above Committee shall be the permanent Clerk of the Convention, whose duty it shall be to preserve the minutes and papers of this body for the use of all future Conventions.
The committee appointed to prepare amendments to the laws of the state, for the more effectual suppression of vice and immorality, made the following report, which was discussed and adopted with amendments. An act concerning the estates of Drunkards, and for other purposes.
BE it enacted, &c. That it shall, and is hereby declared to be lawful for the court of chancery of this state, to exercise a jurisdiction and power in regard to the estates of persons who shall be incapable of conducting their own affairs in consequence of habitual drunkenness, siınilar to the jurisdiction and power exercised by that court in regard to the estates of lunatics; provided that the costs of any proceedings upon a petition to the Chancellor in regard to the estate of any person who shall be incapable of conducting his own affairs, in consequence of such drunkonness, in case the inquisition be traversed, shall not exceed the sum of dollars, and in case such inquisition shall not be traversed, the sum of
And be it further enacted, That all money that shall be hereafter paid, to any merchant or other dealer, (public Inkeepers licensed according to law excepted,) for any kind of spirituous liquors sold and drunk, or to be drunk in his or her house, out-house, yard or garden, or in any place contiguous thereto, may be recovered from such merchant or other dealer, in an action for money had and received, with costs of suit, in any court having cognizance thereof, by and in the name of the overseers of the poor of the city or town where such liquors shall bave been so sold, and such money paid; which money, when recovered, shall be applied to the use of the poor of such city or town.
And be it further enacted, That it shall be, and is hereby made the duty of the overseers of the poor of the several cities and towns in this state, to prosecute and recover all sums of money
which shall be so paid as aforesaid, within their respective cities or towns, under the penalty of dollars for every wilful neglect,
Resolved, That the president and secretary be a committee to prepare a petition to accompany the bill to the legislature, and that they sign the saine.
Resolved, That the various Moral Societies throughout the State already formed, or that may be bereafter formed, be requested to send to the Secretary their style, number of members, and such other communications as they may deem proper.
The Secretary reported the draft of a petition to the legislature, wbich was accepted and ordered to be signed by the President and Secretary.
Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be presented to His Excellency the Governor, and to each Member of the Legislature,
ADDRESS: Fellow CITIZENS,
It is the distinguished glory of our age that institutions are formed in various countries, and comprehending persons of all religious denominations, for promoting the temporal and immortal interests of man. Through their instrumentality the orphan is furnished with a comfortable asylum; the tears of the widow are dried up, the wants of the fatherless are supplied, the abodes of ignorance and crime are blessed with we means of improvement, both intellectual and moral, and millions who would probably bave proved the pests of society and the reproach of human nature, enjoy those instructions which tend to elevate and adorn the character of man. Through the instrumentality of these associations hospitals are founded for the sick and insane, schools are established for the gratuitous education of the indigent, the scriptures are translated into almost every language, a'id the messenger of peace is sent forth, with the lamp of celesi.al truth, to nations which had been enveloped for ages in the gloom of spiritual night. It is a source of no inconsiderable exuitailun to reflect that our own country is participating in the honour of founding and supporting societies, which have for their object the melioration of the present miseries of man, and the advancement of his future interests. By our charitable institutions thousands of our indigent youth are instructed in the elements of learning; the calamities under which the deaf and the dumb naturally labour are alleviated, and they are
fitted for intercourse with society by systems of tuition adapted to their capacities. The oracles of divine truth are bestowed freely upon the destitute at home, and not a few of our youth have been
а sent'abroad to different parts of our own continent and other countries, to diffuse among the perishing beathen that gospel which brings life and immortality to light.
But, fellow citizens and fellow christians, although great things bave been already attempted and accomplished for meliorating the miseries, and improving the moral condition of man, great things yet remain to be accomplished. While there is much on which the eye of philanthropy can dwell with pleasure, there is also much which it must contemplate with pain; and at the view of which the tear involuntarily flows. In looking around upon the in habitants of those regions of country which we respectively represent, do we not witness an affecting and alarming prevalence of impiety and vice? Do we not see the sacred Sabbath mournfully prostituted'; wasted by some in unnecessary visits, by others in wanton amusements, and by others in the open prosecution of their secular employments ? Do we not hear some profaning the venerable name of God by the irreverent use of it, and others blaspheming it by impious oaths ? Above all, is not that deplorable, that damning sin, Intemperance, extending its ravages among hundreds and thousands in our country? Before the shrine of this vice do we not see talents, reputation, property, the advantages of education, health of body, the interests of the nobler part, the intellectual, immortal spirit devoted in spontaneous sacrifice ? How often is the repose of the family disturbed and utterly destroyed by the habitual drunkenness of its head? How often is the peaceful, amiable, and dutiful 'wife rendered miserable by the habitual drunkenness of her husband; ‘and children, who might become the ornaments of society, either fall victims to the moral contagion, or are thrown for support upon the charity of friends, through the habitual drunkenness of a father? Indeed, it is impossible to imagine the amount of misery which is annually occasioned, or to estimate that proportion of the earnings of ihe frugal, industrious part of the community which is annually required to maintain those who are reduced to pauperism through the predominance of immoderate drinking.
To arrest the progress of impiety and vice, and apply an appropriate remedy, moral societies have been instituted in different parts of our state, and the influence of admonition and example, and the coercion of civil law, have been employed. We are fully persuaded that through the honest and honourable zeal of these societies, much has been eflected for the suppression of immorality. But these associations have hitherto operated in an insulated capacity; they have been almost unknown to each other, and, therefore, however excellent their object, or persevering the zeal of members composing them, their efforts, being local and limited, have been comparatively inefficient. Exertions, in order to becorre eminently useful, ought to be combined. The nation which rationally expects
to conquer must be united. The physical force of its parts, even the inoši remote, must be collected and concentrated against the common fue.' Thus, in order to accomplish any thing great towards the correction of public morals, the friends of religion who associate in every section of our state should become acquainted with each other. They ought to correspond, to converse, tu concur, and to co-operate in the most expedient, practicable means for carrying into effect their benevolent designs.
Impressed with these considerations, in the autumn of 1917 a correspondence was opened, and delegates from various moral societies convened in the city of Albany during the month of February last. In the autumn of 1918 this correspondence was revived, the same measure was recommended, and at our present convention testimonials certifying the appointment of 28 delegates have been exhibited. It is now unanimously agreed to hold similar conventions from year to year in the city of Albany, during the session of the bonourable the Legislature, and a plan of this general co-operation is prepared and published in the report of our proceedings. We most respectfully solicit your acquiescence in this ineasure, and we indulge the pleasing anticipation of seeing each moral society in our state represented by its delegates at the next anniversary meeting of this convention. We also respectfully suggest to the friends of morality, in places where no such societies have been formed, the propriety and importance of associating and coming forward to the help of the Lord by contributing the aid of their example and counsels.
The state in which we have the honour of residing occupies a distinguished rank among the states of the Union. She exceeds most of the others in extent of territory, in fertility of soil, in the variety and abundance of her productions, in the plenitude of her public treasuries, and in the rapid increase of her population ; perhaps there is no vanity in adding that she exceeds most of the others in the execution of liberal and magnificent schemes for the improvement of her literary, and agricultural, and commercial interests. Let us also cherish the bonourable emulation of taking the lead of the other states in the cultivation of that wisdom which is pure and peaceable, which bas God for its author; and, in the issue, secures the prosperity of communities, and the welfare of individuals
It is unnecessary to multiply arguments urging you to unite your exertions in advancing the objects recommended. We trust that the plan need only be proposed to receive your prompt and cordial approbation. Be not discouraged by former instances of disappointment. Nothing great can possibly be accomplished unless it be attempted, and even defeat, in a design so benevolent and interesting, would shed a glory on the persons deseated. While, therefore, we behold, from year to year, in the chamber of the Assembly and Senate, some from the remotest parts of our state, as advocates for the erection of new counties, and the incorporation of new banks, and other pecuniary and political purposes, let there not be wanting