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societies are duly sustained, both monsters, Infidelity and Superstition will be so enfeebled as to prove quite harmless. We have some facts, and a renunciation of Popery, occurrences in this place, that shall appear by and bye.
The “Protestant” is published weekly in New York, and is devoted entirely to the cause of Protestantism against Romanism. The Jesuitical remarks as to its character, will be duly appreciated, when it is read with attention. We recommend to Protestants generally, to sustain the work. It is recommended by many of the most learned and pious of all Protestant denominations. We are held responsible it seems, for a piece or two that lately appeared in the Protestant. We would have no objections to let the insinuations pass for what they are worth, but, as we never have written a word for the pages of the Protestant, as nothing has ever appeared in the Protestant from us, unless extracted from the Intelligencer, we deem it our duty to state, that whatever we have to say, we will say openly and at home.
As we selected nothing from the Protestant” for our June number, the Jesuitical lectures were rendered very interesting by the remark “we have at least so far succeeded as to induce the Reverend Editor, to discontiue extracts from the sheet called the Protestant.” The fact is we have more matter ourselves than we can publish, as the Intelligencer cannot be entirely employed for the exposure of error. We have other matters too, tu communicate, and perhaps, shall attend to them only, for a few months. We read the Protestant regularly and with deep interest, especially was it to us awfully interesting, when in several numbers we read latin extracts, as for example, Emm. Sa Aphor page 249, 80-Hurtado, Disput 10 Diffic 3 page 476.
STOP MY PAPER.
The following rema of an “Old Reader" in the Southern Re. ligious Telegraph, deserve a place in the Intelligencer, and we trust will be read attentively.-Editor. Since I have been an Agent for your
I have been repeatedly accosted by one and another of your readers" Stop my paper !—the times are so hard that I can't afford to take it ;"and this too by persons who can afford to buy a thousand extravagant things to gratify their appetites or make a splendid appearance in dress and equipage. The times are indeed hard and call for retrenchment. The great change in the sale of the products of our farms, demands a corresponding change in habits of living. Our sons, instead of being raised to be fine sporting gentlemen, must be trained to habits of industry, so that if necessary they can sup: port themselves by their own labor. And our daughters too, should no longer be educated strangers to the kitchen and the domestic concerns of a family, to be fed on the dainties, appear delicate, and taught to dress gaily and to be genteel and very fine at a fashionable party; as if these were the most important accomplishments of the sex. It surely does not require supernatural wisdom to see that grown
children who have been thus trained and educated, are unfit for any and every useful station in society. And if left with fortunes—their fortunes in most cases will be exchanged for poverty and beggary before they get through the world. Too many have been thus educated to be fine ladies and gentlemen, who now, alas! are a burden to themselves, to their frience, and worse than useless to society. There is, indeed, a loud call for retrenchment-and we must retrench our idle hours till all are usefully and profitably employed—We must retrench our idle habits till they are exchanged for industry and good management; and we ought to retrench many extravagances in eating and drinking and in gaudy or rich articles of dress, which feed the vanity and pride of the young, and gratify a frivolous passion for the exhibition of the genteel and delicate ! There is a call for retrenchment--the times, our prospects all demand it.-There must be retrenchment-necessity demands it-and necessity is authority that will be obeyed.
But a religious newspaper is one of the last things that should be cut off with the retrenching knife. Many who think they are too poor to take one, appear to me to be guilty of a sad mistake in judgment. And those who stop their papers to save their money for some other purpose, save their money at a dear rate. I know of nothing (except the Bible and the preaching of the gospel) with which they can no better dispense than the religious paper. For, if well conducted, it furnishes them with the means of obtaining more knowledge for the price of subscription, than they can purchase with the same money in any other way. And it is knowledge of the most important kinds. The doctrinal discussions, the precepts of religion, information respecting the various societies whose exertions are directed to disseminate and spread the truths of the Bible, the progress of this religion, its influence, the effects it produces, the anecdotes, sketches of character, the intelligence of cvery kind contained in the religious paper, are all calculated to awaken a lively interest and to afford knowledge of permanent value. No body who wishes to read the brightest page in the history of the world, and of the age in which he lives, should be without one. It furnishes knowledge important to persons of every age, class and condition. The suggestions and advice it offers to parents, are of infinite moment, and may be of essential, lasting services to them
in the discharge of the responsible duties they owe their children. It will aid them in the great business of education. And to the young, it is, if possible, still more useful. In reading it from one week to another, it awakens in their minds a thirst for intelligence, gives them a taste for reading, imparts to them information on many subjects, enlarges their minds and while it thus has a great and continued influence on their understandings, it silently whispers the best counsels and instructions to their hearts. Its influence on their morals is unseen, but it may save many a child from ruin by vice, and many a parent from going down to the grave with sorrow. For my own part, I see a wide difference between the intelligence, morals and manners of those children where a religious paper is read, and those who read none. The benefit which they receive from it, is worth five times the price of the paper. The information it gives them, and the influence, it has on their minds, will promote their welfare and interests in every respect in this world, while it speaks to them of the next. And with this view of its value, I think that family in very poor circumstances who can't afford to take the
STATE OF EVANGELICAL RELIGION IN GERMANY.
Extract of a letter from a student of the Basle Theological Seminary to
the Society of Inquiry at the Theological Seminary of Auburn, dated Basle, February 26, 1830.
I think it may be interesting to you to hear in what various ways the Lord is carrying on his work in Germany and Switzerland. Much will always remain unknown to our human eyes of what he does in his church, and only in another world can we hope to see all that the Lord has done, and praise him perfectly for all his grace, love and patience. As much as is known to me, I will relate to you.
Prussia, a land in which there was formerly much infidelity, (Socinianism,) is now very much blessed. The king and his family are friends to the Christian cause. They favor and help all the Christian societies. In the capital, Berlin, there are some pious ministers and professors. Students of various countries visit this university, many of whom have returned home with enlightened hearts, acquainted with their Saviour, and, as learned men, propagate the truth in their native countries. In tħe whole kingdom are six or seven universities, and in each there is at least one professor who is sound in the Gospel, and who teaches and preaches it.
There is also now established in Berlin, a society for the instruction of the prisoner. This society is supported by the government. The Christian students have permission to preach to the prisoners. Not only are the Christians of Berlin active in their own land, and seeking to do good, but they also propagate the Gospel in foreign countries There is now erected a new missionary institution for sending out servants of the Lord for the heathen, and for a long
time there has existed another society, which sends missionaries to the Jews of Poland.
One region of that country (Prussia) is distinguished for Christian feeling, viz. the towns on the Rhine from Cologne to Bremen and Elberfeld. There is an old venerable Christian church, which has a Presbyterian constitution; among the people there is much knowledge of the word of God, and much activity in the missionary cause. There is also a missionary institution.
Very much good is done in Prussia by means of Schools. There is one school in every parish. Other Christian countries also receive good from Prussia, by means of the Christian books which are printed there. May the Lord grant his blessing to this land, so that his church may grow more and more, and remain pure and firm !
In another part of Germany, Bavaria, in which there has been for a long time great spiritual death and much Socinianism, the Lord is now beginning both with the laity and the clergy. By the government we cannot hope that much will be done for the kingdom of Christ, because it is Roman Catholic. But many old ministers of the Gospel were imbued with the Holy Spirit some years ago ; and in several universities of that country, there are pious professors, who have a great influence on their students. Many of them are now ministers, and their preaching of the Gospel is accompanied with great blessings, so that among the people there are here and there revivals. The young ministers are very active. They have a Tract Society and Missionary Associations. The Bible Society, which has existed for a long time, is now also proceeding with greater activity. The ministers have, from time to time, conferences, in which they exhort one another to remain faithful, and to be dilisent in the cause of the Lord. They have a paper in which they expose the falsehood of the system of Rationalism, and defend orthudoxy. May the light of the Gospel increase more and more in that land!
Wurtemberg is an old stem of Christian principles, and there is much Christian knowledge among the lower classes. The Lord has granted to that country for a century past many distinguished divines and ministers. In most of the Protestant villages there are meetings, where the people animate one another, and these, some times, compensate for the want of a faithful ministry. There is also a large number of decidedly Christian ministers.
In the country which borders on Wurtemberg, the Grand Dutchy of Paden, there is at present very little spiritual life. Many unfaithful mir.isters and professors are there; but in several parishes light is beginning to spring up. Some young ministers have become faithful in the Gospel, preach it without fear, and we may hope not without success. We have also reason to hope that it may soon spread; for about a year ago the Grand Duke nominated a pious man as the head of the clergy. A considerable part of the people in this country are Roman Catholics; and in some Roman Catholic churches there have been revivals. At first, the priests persecuted the true Christians, but they now enjoy the protection of the Grand Duke.
In Austria also, are some Lutheran parishes, in which there are some evangelical ministers, who preach the Gospel with effect, so that many of the Roman Catholics in their neighbourhood, who were awakened from the death of sin through the instrumentality of some excellent Roman Catholic ministers, (who were exiled some years since,) now wish to join the Protestant congregations, but many of them are much persecuted by their priests.
There has been a work of the Lord now going on in Germany and Switzerland for about ten years, of which I will try to give you a short description. In consequence of the war, and the distress which accompanied it, and from other causes, many children were deprived of their parents, and left entirely destitute of Christian knowledge. It was a sight which moved the hearts of several Christians so much, that they resolved upon erecting institutions, where such forlorn and destitute children might be brought under the influence of Christianity, and receive the instruction necessary for their future life. A German Count, Von der Recke, made a beginning, and collected about two hundred orphans; some of whom he released from the prison. He formed a large establishment at Dusselthal, near Dusseldorf, on the Rhine, which is principally supported by voluntary contributions.
Another institution of the same kind, was formed ten years ago, at Beuggen, near Basle, with the addition of a seminary, in which about twenty persons have been constantly preparing to become schoolmasters. These are sent out as preachers, to such parishes in the various continent of Europe, as cannot afford to give them a sufficient income. All of them also learning a trade, they are enabled partly to support themselves by the labor of their hands. Many have ralready been sent out, who have been brought up under tire guidance of their excellent Christian teacher, Inspector Zeller, and they will instruct the children committed to their care in the same Christian principles. Many more institutions of this kind have been since erected in Switzerland, Wurtemberg, and France, where poor children are fed, clothed, instructed, and taught some useful trades, by the liberality of Christian philanthropists. The indirect influence of these institutions is also very important, as they serve to raise a standard of Christian education among the lower classes, and to direct their attention to the importance of introducing Christian principles into the system of education. -New York Observer.
Vissionary and Education Society of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The Treasurer acknowledges the receipt of the following sum: June 15, From Miss Rebecca Bayer, Treasurer of the Young La
dies' Auxiliary, Missionary and Education Society of Frederick-Town
LEWIS MEDTART, TREASURER: