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Amiableness, Wiley, .

106 Gleanings in Astronomy, Waterman, . 117

Awards of Editorship,


Acquisition of Knowledge, Larrabee,

258 | Houghton, Dr., Thomson, . .
Antiquity of the Bible, Allen,

300 } Halleck, . . . . .
Hans Beudix,


Braddock's Grave,

. 6 Health,


Body and the Soul, the, .

} Hope in Sadness,

Blind Mourner, the, .

How Shall I Know Thee? Mrs. Howe,


Be Kind to Each Other, .

60 } Home-Bound Greek, the, Mrs. Dumont, 152

Bible, Study of the, Merrick,
73, 104 Hope Ever, Mrs. Dumont, :


Boa-Constrictor, the, .
97 Holiness, Tefft, ..

Bible, the, Bishop Morris, . . . 98 Hidden Beauty of the Bible, Strickland, . 376
Books, Daily, ..

. 109

Be Kind to ihy Mother,

. 141 Independence of Christian Character, Allen, 103, 167

Book for the Centre-Table,

212 Irene,


Baptism in the Country, Miss Wentworth, .. 283 } Infidel, the, Wombaugh, .. . . 201

Books, Stevens, .

Ingenious Irony, Tefft, . . . .282

Blessed be Thy Name For Ever, Harrison, . 336

Bereavement, Mrs. Cowdery, .

Jerusalem, .
Jephthah's Daughter, Mrs. Morgan,'.

Christian Homeward Bound, the, Miss De Forest, 12 Judgment, the, Harrison,

Childhood, .

Jesus a Manifestation of the Father, Sapp,

Cruelty to Brutes, ...

John Milton, Tefft, .



Comfort in Sickness,

Chemistry for Girls, Thomson, ..

Knowing Doctor, the, Tefft, . . 337

Consolation at the Grave of a Child, .
Christian Literature, Wilson,

200 { Lady, to a, . . . . . 84

Consecration of Children, Miss Wentw

219 Life, tree of, . . . . 107

Christian's Hope, the, .
219 Light and Love, . .

Christian and Creation, the, . . 250 Lake Pepin,

. . . 161

Criticism, a Short, Tefft, . . . 308 } Last Words of Julia, . . . . 229

Candor of Infidelity,

348 * Literary Curiosities, Disosway, . 233

Christian's Resting-Place, the, Miss De Forest, 349 } Laws and Order of Creation, Tayl



350 Lines to a Parent, Tefft, .



Character of Aspasia, Tefft. .

351 Lone Dove, the, Waterman,


City Coquet and the Country Pastor, the, Miss Letter to my Friend Mary, Trueman,

Wentworth, .
365 Lines to Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Walker,

Labor Conquers All Things, Tefft,


Dreamer, the, Cushing, .

Little Visitor, the, . . . .


Death in Childhood, . . . 28 } Land of Beauty, Harrison, .


Dedication of Samuel, the, .


Dangerous Difference, the, M'Cabe, . 86 } Maid, Old,

Duty, . .

174 Maniac, the Deformed, Thomson,

Dignity of Progress, the, Tuttle,

194 M'Clintick, Sarah S., Trimble, .

David, Character of, Miss Burrough, : 207 { Memory of Dr. Fishback, Mrs. Lawson,

Deception, Tefft, . .

271 } My First Class-Leader, . ..

Doing Good, Allen, . . , 272, 327 { My Step-Mother, . . . .

Day in the Ministry, a, Sapp, .

298 Mill, the, .


. . .

Domestic Library, the, Stevens, . . 371 { May Song,


Mary's Choice, Young, · ·


Esteem, Capacity of,

13 } Mont St. Michael,


Eden, Earth, and Heaven, Baxter,
20 Mignion,

Exile, the, :
146 } Memories of the Past, Greenwood,

Expedient, an, Tefft, . . . .
250 { Mind, the, Tefft,

Emma's Grave, Callender,
350 | Minor Morals, Miss Burrough,


Excursion to the Lake Country, an, Larrabee, 374 | Monomaniacs, the, Tefft, . . . 309

Meditation, .


Female Influence, Strickland, .

15 { Miniature Sketches, Nixon, .

336 376

Fathers, Who are the, . . 17, 37, 76 Mind and Science, Merrill, . . 345
Freeness of Spiritual Blessings, the, Thomson, 34 Mars-Asteroids, Waterman,


Future, the, Hill, . .

59 Į My Father's Grave, Julian,


Fashionable Ornaments, Crow, . . 137)
Father's Reward, the, Johnson, .. 181 } Narcissa, Elliott,

Fault-Finder, the, . . . 281 Nativity, the, Harrison, . . . 252
Friendship, Allen, . . . . 369 Nonpareil, Tefft, . . . . 269

} New England, Tefft, . . . 283
Galilee, Lake of, Baxter, . . . 93 Nature,

. . . . 284

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Nature of Quinine, Tefft,
360 Sweet Home, Tefft, .

Short Ride, a, Tefft, ..


Oratory and Truth, ..

232 Study of the Classics, Griffith, .


Oliver Cromwell, . . . . 233 Superannuated Minister, Tefft, . . 290

Sacred Music, Fox, . .

Protection, Divine, ..

10} Sabbath Bells, Miss Wentworth, . .
Pleasures of Knowledge, .

Song of the Fountain, Teilt, .


Patience in Suffering, &c., Bruce, . . 18 Saturday Pencilings, Miss Wentworth, 359

Practical Christianity, .



19 | Sceneries of an Evening, Roberts,



Philosophy of Scripture, . . . 43, 119 } Tongue, the, Bishop Morris, .


Passing Moment, the, ..

{To One who has Lost a Friend, Waterman, 125

Paul Before Agrippa, Baxter,

107 To the Evening Star,

Protestantism and Romanism Contrasted, Dis- Truth and Eloquence,

1 12
osway, :



The Broken-Hearted,


Peace, Value of, .


The Happy Home, . ..


arental Duties, Mathews, . . . 132 { Traveling Journal, . .


Past, the, Cushing,

. . 142 | The Old Picture, ..


Persecuted Pastor, the, . .

'Twere Sweet to Die, Miss Bicknell,


Pilgrim's Thanksgiving, . . . 150 'Twilight, Louisa, . .


Planetary System- Mercury, Waterman, 214 | The Earth as a Planet, Waterman,

Protestant Burying-Ground at Rome, . 257 ] To the Lost Pleiad, Curry,

Pioneers, the, Tefft, ,
262 To a Bride, Mrs. Lawson, .

Praise to the Sovereign Ruler, Harrison, 317 The Candle, Tefft,


Poetry of the Samaritans, Vail,

322 To My Mother,


Piety with Cheerfulness, Smith, . . 364

Unconscious Sleeper, the, Morgan,
Retributive Justice, . . . . 24


Unwatchfulness, Cooper, .
Radford Folly, .

Unanimity, Thomson, . . .

Reminiscences of Early Life

Retrospection, .

178 View on the Susquehannah, .

Response, a, Tefft, .

250 Voltaire in History, . .


Religious Fairs, . . . . 251 ? Venus-Transits, Waterman,


Repentance, Tefft, .

276 | Viaduct on Baltimore and Washington Rail-

Restoration of Israel, Tefft,

Restoration of Israel, Tefit, . .


road, . . . . 289

Recollections of the Past, Larrabee, .. 329 Valedictory, Wentworth, . . . 295

Random Thoughts,

Robert Hall as a Preacher and Writer,

226 Winter,

Wisdom in Early Life,
Spiritual Enjoyment, Thomson,
2 War Spirit,



· · ·

9} War Anti-Christian and Unnatural

Sun, the,

26 Witchcraft, Thomson,
Sketches, Miscellaneous, Larrabee, 41, 66, 100, 143 We are Going Home, Mrs. Howe, .. 102
210, 230, 274, 313, 331 What Can I Do? Mrs. Cross, .

Simile, a, .
43 } Winter and Spring, .

52 Western Style of Living, Bishop Morris, 130
Spiritual Birth, ibe, Lowrey, .. . . 78 Widow of Nain, Mrs. Baker,

Sinith, Hon. J. Cotton, Disosway, . 81 { Woman in Society, Tuttle,

Shoes, the, . .

82 When I Die, M’Laughlin, . . . 302

Solar System, &c., Waterman, .

134 Woman, Tefft, .


Samson's Mother, Mrs. Morgan, .

140 Willie, my Child, Mrs. Lawson, . : 316
Slanderer, the, Hill, .


Snow Bird, . .

213 Xavier's Ode, Callonder, . . . 308


Scenes in Capernaum, Miss Mercien,

234 Young Mother's Album, for a, Baxter, . 110

Supernatural World, the, Tefft, .

237 Young Soldier, the, Miss Nichols,


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JANUARY, 1846.

VIEW ON THE SUSQUEHANNA. } and “napping," perchance, and sunset drives, and (SEE ENGRAVING.)

{calls, and moonlight strolls; or, within doors, readThe river Susquehanna belongs to Pennsylvania, { ing, talk, friendship, and all the rights and rites and runs almost its whole course in that state; but of good neighborhood, with interludes of music, vohas its rise (the eastern rather than the western cal, instrumental, and sylvana “busy idlesse;" and branch may be so considered) in the state of New now to prayers and praise, and so to bed. York, in Otsego Lake, in the county of the same} The scene before us, though varied in its features, name, and runs its course between some of the is one of peculiar harmony and repose—the very richest counties in the state-Delaware, Chenango, { landscape looks contented! The windings (we will Broome, and Tioga, and passes, at latitude 42°, into { not have them either "tortuous” or “serpentine") Pennsylvania.

of the river are pleasing and picturesque; and how This river, though large, is not considerable, in its snugly is that little “delta” of an island ensconced proper sense. We are told that it is navigable only in its watery bed! Here are habitations enough for five and a half miles, at its mouth, before it enters succor and civilization; for the rest, have we not the the Chesapeake. It is generally shallow, and much wooded hills, the lawns, the vales, the pensile shores broken and narrowed by rocks, and ripples, and of the island. banks. It was stated by a board of commissioners We know not the projectile scale of this delineawho examined it, that every obstruction to its navi- {tion; but something about it gives the impression gation could be removed, up to the mouth of each that the real view (apart from its life) is far more branch, for the sum of twenty thousand dollars, beautiful than the draught. No landscape is as atwhich was never awarded to the object.

tractive at noonday as at any other time; not beBut it is quite refreshing, in these days, when the cause our own ideas are not so lively as in the mornwhole world is cut up into railroads, turnpikes, ca- }ing, nor so pensive as at evening; but in itself the nals, and “viaducts" of one sort and another, to aspect of the sun is not as good. The size of this find one sequestered spot, one quiet nook, where, { "fairy isle" it is rather difficult to guess by the eye indeed, is the possibility of retreat, and of rustica- { alone; but as this river measures, at its widest, near ting for a season-of enjoying at ease, under the the mouth, but one and three-fourths of a mile, and heats of summer, a remission from crowds, gossip- this is situated pretty near its rise, “above Owego," ing, and dress! Yet not for selfishness, indolence, } (in the state of New York,) we may conclude that or churlishness' sake would we come here; but for } its three angles may be each from three-fourths of a sake of rationality, health, mental acquirement, and } mile to a mile in extent. But we see it is just the equanimity! One can be heartily thankful and de- { "right size.” vout amidst the scenes and breathings of nature-{ Yet somewhere on this very stream, at the “eastsimplicity, innocence, the riches of the field, theern branch,” is a retreat-a watering-place, we suporchard, the harvest, with health and self-posses- pose-that enormity of gregariousness. However, sion-immunity from hurry, and worry, and dust, the whole innocent river must not come under ban and musquitoes! Amidst these things, what can for that--for the sins of its idolaters. They come one do but think of one's self ? Emancipated from not here for bathing, or for health, but for its oppothem, what can we not endeavor to do in thank- site. And when arrived, mark the hurrying, nofulness?

{ thought, silly, simpering process of the hours and Yet it is no ascetic devotion-no hermit's cell, that { days. It is an abomination to reason. At this seathe reader would desire; but a familiar household, son the city droops for want of air; but here, in with early hours, and early walks, simple repasts, the breath of heaven, do they plume their wings, and work, and housekeeping performances, with and dedicate a temple to folly in the bosom of nanoonday lounging, and “looking on the Book," } ture!

Vol. VI-1


SPIRITUAL ENJOYMENT. philosophy when he said, “In him we live, and move,

and have our being.” The inspired psalmist has the BY THE EDITOR.

same sublime thought: “Whither shall I go from

Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? What is meant by it? That delight which springs { If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make from communion with God. There are many who { my bed in hell, behold thou art there. If I take the scout at the idea of such an intercourse, regarding it wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost as a dishonest pretension, or the illusion of a disor- parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, dered fancy. But the doctrine is based in philosophy and thy right hand shall hold me.” Less poetically, no less than in Revelation. Nor is it new: it did not } but not less clearly, the apostle Paul utters the same spring up with the Wesleys of modern times, nor truth. “For of him, and through him, and to him, with the Mystics (of earlier ages.) It was taught by { are all things.''* A modern Deist has, perhaps, the ancient philosophers, the most distinguished of unwittingly produced a beautiful though partial parwhom maintained that no man could do any good aphrase of the last passage: thing without God's (afflatus) breath. Indeed, it

* He warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze, seems to have descended from Paradise, and spread Glows in the stars, blossoms in the trees; over all the abodes and generations of the human

Lives through all life, extends through all extent, race. It is upon this universally prevalent doctrine

• Spreads undivided, operates unspent." that every temple is erected, every censer kindled, To some, these expressions may savor of Pantheevery altar crimsoned, and every prayer uttered { ism; but their authors were not Pantheists. They to the heavens. And here let us ask, Whence this separated, in their notions, the great original Cause general belief? To one of three sources must it be from other existencies—regarding Him, though presascribed: either to a principle interwoven with our ent and active everywhere, as, nevertheless, distinct moral nature, or to a conviction of the necessity of from the creatures which he animates and preserves. such intercourse, founded upon the weakness and } Look where you will-at things upon a small scale, wickedness of man, or to a tradition originating with { or things upon a large scale, whether animate or inthe parent families of the earth and regularly trans- { animate, vegetable or animal-you see not only matmitted to all future generations—a tradition so im ter, evincing God's existence; skillfully wrought, portant and impressive, that centuries of accumu evincing God's intelligence; but moving, evincing lated guilt, and folly, and ignorance could not efface God's presence. Do you survey the orbs which or weaken it. Whichever of the above hypotheses swim in space, you see them wheeling their appointed the objector may select, he will find himself impris courses. Aided by the microscope, do you examine oned within the doctrine: he will be no less a captive } the world whose minuteness evades the natural eye, if he attempt to devise any other explanation. } you see a multitude of restless atoms. Do you ex

But the pseudo-philosopher may say, how absurd plore the vegetable kingdom, you see the juices cirto suppose that He who “ weighs the mountains in culating, the buds expanding, or the fruit maturing. scales,” “taketh up the isles as a very little thing," So in the animal kingdom, the heart perpetually puland “hangeth the earth upon nothing”-he who } sates, the lungs continually move. But one may maketh darkness his pavilion, the clouds his chariot, } say, these operations can all be explained without and who walketh upon the wings of the wind-that reference to God's omnipresence: attraction and imhe who created and garnished this vast, if not bound- } pulse explain the phenomena of the heavens; the less universe, whose dimension no mathematics can { various forms of affinity account for the wonders compute, no human imagination conceive, should of the laboratory, while sensibility and contracconcern hiinself with the petty cares and anxieties tility utter their explanations over all the phenomof a mortal man? Similar was the question of a ena of vitality. But to what does the explanation narrow Pagan philosophy, “Will the gods descend amount? What are attraction, chemical affinity, to the petty fields and vines of individuals? or if blight sensibility, contractility? They are the laws of the and hail has done injury doth this require the notice } universe. True; and what is a law? Primarily, of Jupiter?” A question, though apparently founded and in a moral sense, a rule of action; secondarily, in humility, in reason, and in religion, at once false { and in a philosophical, a generalization, that is, a certo nature, to philosophy, and to God. What is the {tain fact or a certain relation, or, as one expresses it, Almighty? A blind Deity, who having created the a mode of existence, or an order of sequence. Tauniverse retires into his distant heaven-absorbed in king law in the first sense, can it account for any the contemplation of his own attributes-careless of } result? Does law produce effects? Who ever saw the work of his hands; or a universal father, no less a law leap from the statute book, and arrest, try, concerned for the welfare of his creatures than the condemn, execute the criminal? It is the officer, glory of his name, and whose presence is coexten- { acting under the law as his authority, and by the sive with his works? The heathen poet, quoted with approbation by Paul on Mars' Hill, expressed a true

* Romans xi, 36.


law as his guide, who does all this. Taking law in providence; but in all these mirrors we see " as in the philosophical sense, it is equally inadequate to a glass, darkly.” Hence, when we have no further explain effects. Is the description of a mode of ex- { knowledge of God than they afford, our love is subistence an explanation of that existence? Is a state- ject to fluctuations, and our hearts to the disturbance ment of a certain order of sequence an account of { of fear. It is only when we acquaint ourselves with the cause of such order? It is power that produces { God, through his Spirit, that we may attain perfect effects. The laws of the universe are merely the love, and its consequent, perfect confidence. And appointed modes in which the divine Agent moves; } what is Christian hope? It is founded upon the promand as they are seen everywhere, and as no agent can } ises; but the promises are conditional, and how can act where he does not exist, God is everywhere. we know that those conditions have been complied Now, if God is around, and about, and within us, is { with? By an examination of our lives and hearts in it absurd to suppose that he can commune with us? the light of God's law, we can approximate an assuOur own spirits, enveloped in their prison-houses of {rance on this subject; but an approximation would clay, can hold intercourse with each other. If {be all that we could thus obtain. Hence, were this thought, sentiment, feeling, can be exchanged and the only means of ascertaining whether we may look commingled by distant, though kindred, finite, tram- } for the fulfillment of the promises in ourselves, our meled spirits, shall not the universal, infinite, un- } hope would be uncertain, and would be very likely embarrassed, all-pervading Spirit, the father of all to fail in seasons of disappointment and distress, or at spirits, be able to hold intercourse with the souls of our approach to the billows of Jordan. But what is his creatures. But though it be granted that he may, the nature of the Christian's hope? It rises and and that it is reasonable to expect he will, the ques- triumphs in the darkest seasons. It is called an tion arises, have we any evidence that he does? The { anchor: when the sea is smooth and the winds are Christian has.

calm the anchor may lie upon the bow; but when 1. It is implied in the Christian graces. Look at the storm rises it is cast out, and the ship rides in faith. I presume every Christian admits that this may safety. Now I say not that we should abandon the be carried to “ assurance." Isaiah tells us, assurance examination of heart and life in the Scriptural light, is the effect of righteousness;"* and the apostle ex- { in order to know whether the promises are ours; but horts us to draw near to the throne of grace in “full { I aver that in addition to the proof thus arising, we assurance of faith.”+ How is this assurance to be may have a concurrent assurance directly from God's obtained? The evidences of the truth of holy Scrip- Spirit. ture are probable only-not demonstrative. True,} 2. We found an argument in analogy. God often the probability is a high one, verging toward the point communicated with the ancients, not only by prophet, where doubts vanish, but it can never bear the mind } but by Urim and Thummim, and by dreams. These up to intellectual certainty. Incipient faith is always modes of communication, we have reason to believe, accompanied with doubts. Though the beam turns { are now laid aside; but they afford an argument from and faith preponderates, yet the other dish of the bal- { analogy for intercourse between the Divine and huance is heavy, and the language of the heart is, “Lord, man natures. Holy Scripture teaches us, explicitly, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.” Now, from this that we cannot become holy without regeneration nascent faith, the Christain may advance until all through the Spirit; and this truth is demonstrated doubt vanishes, and his heart rests as firmly as the daily by all unrenewed men. Why should they everlasting hills. But what can produce this state? } who believe in regeneration by the Spirit, object to Demonstration only. How is this wrought? God communion with the Spirit in all stages of the spirworks it in the heart, according to the Savior's prom- itual life? Indeed, where is the Church that does ise: “If any man will do his will he shall know of not acknowledge such intercourse in all its assemthe doctrine.” Hence, Paul says, “For our Gospel blies, by dismissing them with the apostolic benediccame not unto you in word only, but also in power, } tion, in which are the words, communion with the and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.” Holy Ghost?"

Turn we to love. I suppose I may take for grant- } 3. The experience of saints in all ages, is proof ed that Christian love may wax into perfect love, positive and ample. Much Christian experience is and the apostle says, this “casteth out fear.”'ll embodied in inspired pages. What means the psalmThink for a moment of that affection for God which ist when he exclaims, “Whom have I in heavdispels all apprehension of danger with reference to { en but thee? and there is none upon earth that I the past, the present, and the future. Love, in any desire beside thee.' * He regards God as his sole degree, implies vision. God is seen, so far as his and sufficient joy; in comparison with which, the natural attributes, in creation: he displays his moral present blessings of earth, and the anticipated raptures attributes in the revelations of his word and his of the skies are as nothing. The destruction of the

} universe, the failing of his flesh, the sinking of his * Isaiah xxxii, 17. Hebrews x, 22. 11 Thessalonians i, 5. # 1 John iv, 18.

* Psalms lxxiii, 25.

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