Billeder på siden
PDF
ePub

selves properly in this life, are received into the Wanoch-a-te, or town of brave and generous spirits ; but those who have not been useful to the nation, or their own families, by killing their enemies, stealing horses, or by generosity, will have a residence prepared for them in the town of poor and useless spirits; where, as well as in the good town, their usual avocations are continued.

Their Wahconda seems to be a Protean God; he is supposed to appear to different persons, under different forms. All those who are favoured with his presence become medicine men or magicians, in consequence of thus having seen and conversed with the Wahconda, and of having received from him some particular medicine of wondrous efficacy.

He appeared to one in the shape of a grizzly bear, to another in that of a bison, to a third in that of a beaver, or owl, &c. and an individual attributed to an animal, from which he received his medicine, the form and features of the elephant.

All the magi, in the administration of their medicine to the sick or afflicted, mimic the action and voice, variously exaggerated and modified, of the animal, which, they say is their respective medi. cine, or in other words, that in which the Wahconda appeared to them.-267-268.

Minnelarees.-The Min tarees in common with several other nations of our Indians, have the strange tradition of their origin, that they formerly lived under ground. Two boys' say they, 'strayed away from them, and absented themselves several days. At length' they returned and informed the nation that they, had discovered another world, situate above their present residence, where all was beautiful and light. They saw the sun, the earth, the Missouri and the bison. This account so delighted the people, that they immediately abandoned their subterranean dwelling, and, led by the boys, arrived on the surface of the earth, at the spot which their villages now occupy and where they have dwelt ever since.

They seem to have full faith in the notion that, at their death, they will be restored to the mansions of their ancestors under ground, from which they are intercepted by a large and rapid water course.

Over this river which may be compared to the Styx of the ancients, they are obliged to pass on a very narrow footway.

Those Indians who have been useful to the nation, such as brave warriors or good hunters, pass over with ease, and arrive safely at the A-pah-he, or ancient village. But the worthless Indians slip off from the bridge or footway, into the stream that foams beneath in the swiftness of its course, and which hurries them into oblivion, or Letbe. The Mandans according to Lewis and Clarke, have a tradition somewhat similar, and it strongly reminds us of the Alsirat of Mahomet, over which, it was supposed, that great leader was to conduct his Moslems to the bliss of futurity, whilst the unworthy were precipitated into the gulph which yawned beneath it.

We believe that the donations to the Evangelical Missionary Society, from the ladies of the North Parish in Salem, have not always been published as they were made. We therefore insert the following list.

In 1816, $69-in’17, $57 56—’18, $49 27-in ’19, $47 89—in '20 $42 72—in '21 $47—in '22 $60 67.

NEW PUB! ICATIONS. Remarks on the miraculous character of our Lord: by a Berean Layman, Bog. ton, pp. 30.

A Collection of Essays and Tracts in Theology, No. 2, April 1823. Contents, Arch Deacon Blackbourn- Biographical Notice-on Confessions of Faith. Bishop Hoadly, Biographical Notice, Dedication to the Pope-on the Nature of the Kingdom of Christ-on divisions among christians.

A l'ostscript to the second series of Letters to Trinitarians and Calvinists, by Henry Ware, D.D.

The Bible Christian's honest declaration and brief reply : by one who daily reads, occasionally hears and preaches the gospel, Boston, True & Green, pp. 21.

A Tract entitled Smooth Preaching. New-York, pp. 16.

ces.

Obituary. DR. JENNER, the celebrated discoverer of vaccination, died at Berkely, after an illness of about seventeen hours on Sunday, 21st of February 1823, in the 74th year of his age.

Dr. Jenner, in the early part of his career, was destined to the profession of surgery, under the tuition of John Hunter, and afterwards encouraged by the friendship and patronage of his great preceptor, to practice that branch of the healing art in London. Preferring tranquillity to fame, Jenner declined these flattering prospects and returned to practice as physician in his native place, Berkely, little aware how much this determination involved the interests of mankind or his own individual reputation. His experiments on the cow pox were begun in 1797; and in the following year, with the laudable zeal of a disinterested mind, he communicated to the world a discovery, the concealment of which would have put it in his power to acquire wealth, we may alınost say without bounds.

We are informed that the meekness and simplicity of demeanour of the excellent and amiable individual to whom we are indebted for this discovery, formed a striking contrast to the self esteem which might have arisen from its splendid consequen

He was thankful and grateful to God; but to pride and vain glory, be seemed to be an utter stranger. A short time before his death, the nature of his services to his fellow creatures having been the subject of conversation : 'I do not wonder? he observed, that men are not grateful to me; but I am surprized that they do not feel gratitude to God, for making me a medium of good.' This was the habitual frame of his mind. He invariably exhibited an exemplary uprightness of conduct, singleness of purpose and disinterested earnestness to promote the welfare of his species. These qualities particularly arrested the attention of the many distinguished foreigners who came to visit him ; and were not less the cause of satisfaction and delight to his friends. The last public act of his life harmonized with his previous'efforts in behalf of his fellow creatures. He attended a meeting convened on the 9th of December last, at Berkely, for forming a Bible Society, and inoved the first resolution. It was doubtless a sight singularly gratifying, to behold a venerable individual, whose life had been spent in successfully devising means to extinguish a pestilential bodily disease thus putting his hand to a work which has been designed for arresting the moral pestilence that desolates so large a portion of the earth, and for the healing of the nations--Ch. Observer.

NOTICE. The annual meeting of THE MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE IN BERRY STREET, will take place on the morning of Election Day-at hal} past Eiggt o'clock, presicely.

H. WARE, Jr. Sec.

[graphic]
[ocr errors]

21

[ocr errors]

-3

[ocr errors]

3

[ocr errors]
[graphic]
[ocr errors]

THE

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLE.

NEW SERIES—No. 27.

May and June, 1823.

THE MEANS TO BE USED BY MINISTERS FOR GIVING THE YOUNG ADEQUATE VIEWS OF THE NATURE AND IMPORTANCE OF TRUE CHRISTIANITY.-AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE MINISTERS ASSEMBLED IN BERRY STREET, MAY 28, 1823.

The subject assigned for our consideration this morning is, “ the means to be used by ministers for giving the young adequate views of the nature and importance of true Christianity.?!

These means present themselves to our consideration under two general classes ; first, those of which a pastor may avail himself for the instruction of the young of his immediate charge, and secondly, those by which such views of religion, as we believe to be just and important, may, with the best hope of success, be communicated to the young throughout the community at large. The first class may be sub-divided into those, by which the pastor may act directly upon the minds of the youth, who statedly attend upon his ministry; and those, again, by which he may act indirectly through the agency and instruction of parents and other instructors of children and youth, in our common schools, over which, in most parishes, the minister is expected and appointed to exercise a certain degree of care and supervision.

1. In respect to the first division of the first class of means, there are several that are very obvious, and, I presume, duly estimated and occasionally employed by all of us in the customary discharge of our pastoral duties. I need not name to my brethren the ordinary means of instructing the young in the essential doctrives and duties of true christianity from the pulpit. Every faithful minister will regard this portion of his charge with pecaNew Series-pol. V.

21

« ForrigeFortsæt »