American and Foreign Christian Union.

The American and Foreign Christian Union online

. (page 25 of 41)
Online LibraryAmerican and Foreign Christian UnionThe American and Foreign Christian Union → online text (page 25 of 41)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


Pans Chapel, . 100 00

Westminster. Nathan Allen, . . 1 00

New-Uaven. Cbapel-st Cong. Ch., through

Mr. Hunting, . . 74 85

Somers. Cong. Ch. and Society, in part, C.
B. Pease, to make ms daughter a
L. M., 30 00



Albany.
N.Y.City.



Nxw-ToaK.
Pearl-st Bapt. Ch., Rev. Dr. Hague^



Wm. E, Lawrence, in full for L. M,
Ref D Ch., Dr. Marcellus', .

E.R.,

" 4tfa Asso. Ref. Ch., in psrt to make

• Rev. James Prestley a L. D., .

" C. R Cornell, to make himself a

L. M

" Dr. Hutton*s Ch. add., A. Stranger,

Clarkson. Cong. Church

Newark Valley. Cong. Ch., towards a L. M.,

Candor. A. Hart,

Spencer. Cong. Ch., til 38; Baptist friend,

•1 65, towards L. M., .
Berkshire. Cong. Ch., to make Rev. C. T.

MUls a L. M., .
PhiBipsviQe. Cong. Ch. and Bapt Ch^
Elba. ' Presb. Church, in part,
Batavia. Judge Tracy, for L. M.,
Cuba. Rev. f. Wynkoop. for L. M.,
Stockholm. Luther Hulburd, .
Newtmrgh. 1st Presb. Ch., in part to^ make
the Pastor, Rev. Dr. Sprole, a
L.D., . . . . .
Jamaic%^ N. C. Carpenter distributes his
bonnQr Isinds of 1812 among be-
nevolent instilitfons ; to as, .
Brooklyn. Colored Bapt Church,



50 00
20 00
25 25
50 00

63 50

30 00

1 00

13 40

27 33

500

13 03

41 00
850

14 49
500

10 00
10 00



83 00



500
379



Digiti



ized by Google



272



ItBOXIPTS*



(August^ 1857.



Brooklyn. E. D. ^, M. B. H^ . . 93 00

Mlddletown. Mrs. Genunr, . . . 2 00

Schencciady. 3d Ref. D. Church, . . 10 00
Whltesboro*. To complete L. M. of Rcr J. B.

Habbard, . . 18 70

Homer, 16 89

Johnatown. Rev. J. P. Fisher, . . 5 00

Utica. Mrs. Mary Kellogg, ... 1 00
" Ifit Preab, Ch., in part to make Thos.

Daviea and Sarah £. Herrick L. M.'b, OQ 50

Hamilton. Cong. Church, , . . 10 00

Whitehall Add. for J. H. H. Parke's L. D., 33 51

Rochester. Two sisters, . ... 2 00

Nkw-Jxji8KT.

Bloomfield. Two friends, $10 and 95, . . 15 00

Patterson. A friend to the cause, . . 1 00

Madison. Jos. 8. Soyre, . . 5 00

PBNN8rX.TANIA.

East Smithfldd. Samnel Farwell, 1 00

Philadelphia. 1st Presb. Church, add. from

the Ladies 16 00

Ladies of the 1st Presb. Ch.,
add., .... 2 00

Carhslc. Snml A. McDowell, M. D., for L. M., 5 00
Wilkesbarre. V. L. Maxwell, Esq., for L. M., 30 00
York. Mrs. General Spangler, Sd ; C. A. Mor^
ris, $5; Luke Rouse, M. D., 82 ; Mrs.
Margaret Spangler, 9L; Jacob Hay,
M.D., tl; P. A. Small,$2, .16 00

Maryland.
Baltimore. Chas. W. Rldgeley, to make his
son, Thos. Hopper Ridgeley, a

L. M., 30 00

" A friend, 1 00

NOKTH CaBOLINA.

Greensboro'. Cash, 5 00

Louisiana.
Ncw>OrIeans. John S. Walton, Esq., . . 3 T7

Kbntdcky.
CoTington. 1st Bapt. Ch., to make Rev. Squire

L. Helm a L. M., . . . 37 25
Illinois.
Springfield. Sd Presb. Ch., in part, . . 56 10
** Bapt. Cb., in part, . . 3 50

" 3d Prenb. Ch., to make E. R. Ul-

rich a L. M., . . 98 15

GriggSTille. Cong. Ch., in part, . . . 40 45
*' Bapt Ch., in piirt, . . 5 50

•• Meth. Ch., in^rt, . . . 17 50

JacksonyiUe. 1st Presb. Ch., to make John
Adams a L. D., •las 50; John
Adams, to make bis daughter.
Mrs. Emily J. Bancroft, a L.
M., $30, .... 155 50
Warerly. Cong. Ch., In part to make Rev.
E. Jenny and Rev. W. D. Sands

L.M.'s,' 3145

" Meth. Ch., in part to make Rev.

Hardin Wallacb a L. M., . 16 00



Indiana.
New- Albany. 3 st Presb Ch., in part, . $65 00

Wesley Chauel M. £. Ch., add.
and in full of L. D., for Rev.
Benj. F. Crary, . . 33 00

*' Roberts Chapel, . . . 6 30

" Centenary If. £. Ch , add. and

in full lo constitute Rcr. Saml
T. Giilett a L. M.. 5 00

" Thos. Collins, Esq., . . 5 00

•• 2d Presb. Ch., in part, which

makes Walter Mann and Wnu
C. Connor, Esq's, L. H.'s, 83 10
Ohio.
Walnut HiUa. Mrs. P. Wflson. . . .10 00
Cincinnati. Ch. of the Messiah, add., Jaa^

Treasurer, Esq., . 5 00

" Walnut-st Christ'n Ch,, to make

Elder Thurston Crane a L. BL, 30 00
" ReT. G. W. Winnee' Church and

Society 4 00

Fulton. Presb. Ch., in part, . . 3 80

'*' 3d Presb. Chn add.. . . 18 00

Oberlin. Additional, 1 88

Wakeman. Cong. Cb., in part to make Rer.

Jas. M, Van Wagner a L. M., 7 00

BelleTue. Additional, 1 OO

Manstield. Evan. Luth. Ch.. in part to make

Rev. Simon Fenner a L. U., 5 00

Preab. Church 8 80

A. T. Bates, for L. M., . 5 00

" Mra. Rachel Dickey, for L. M., . 5 00

•• A. L, Grimes, for L. M-, . . 5 00

" J. P. Dreonon, for L. M., . 5 00

" S. P. Sturges, for L. M., . 5 00

" Cong. Church 19 85

Columbus. Beiu- Talbott, in full of L. M. for

the PaHs Chapel .10 00

MiCBXOAN.

Kalamazoo. CoL F. W. Curteniua, in foil fov

L. M., .... 25 00

Alegan. Presb. Ch., in part to make Rer. Joa.

A. Ranney a L. M., . 10 00

** Bapt Ch., in part tp make Rer. A. J.

Bingham a L. M., . 5 S5

Grand Rapids. Cong. Ch.. to make David Sey-

moui' a L. U., . 30 00

Edwardabnrg. Cong. Ch., in part to make

Sabbath School a L. M.. 14 00
Wm. H. Starr, for Mrs. Mary
Foster Starr's L. M., 5 00

" an. Coolidge, for L. M., 10 00

" Others 9 00

» Iowa.

Denmark. Cong; Ch., in part to make Rev.

Asa Turner a L. M., 20 S5

Donations in Rome, (ItalyO for the mission
church there t—Cash, 96; from Rev. Mr.
Forbes, $17 50; Rev. H. Leyth, 91; Mr.
Kemble,91; Mr. Morris, $2 50; Mrs. Iron-
side, $3; F. Pearoe. 96, L. Terry, 95; 0.
Edwards Clark, $5; Anonymous, fSO 43;
Jno. V. L. Pruyn, tl4 88, . . . 140 31



CONTENTS.



Infidelity and Superstition, Page 241

St Cupertin, 344

La Salq^te, 245

FomxioN F»LD:—

BrazU, ........ 247

Ireland, jj47

Belgium, 24»

France, 949

8p«in* 251

Germany, 251

Geneva, * 252

Waldenses, ' . 252

Bardiaia, ' 253

Rome— Indosby and Religion, ... 254



HoMxFiBLD.-^ Pagei.

Can the Romish become aDAmerieaa church t 256

German Mission in Savmnah, ... 260

Mexican Mission School, .... 960

The Bohemians in New- York, . * 268

French Romanists 90

MncxLLANZous :—

The Coming Stmajiei .... 265

The AlbiffensesandWaldenaea, ... 967

Rome's Way of Getting Legadea, 96B

A Lady Helper, 20

Good Teatimony In regard to IreUmd, 920

Profeaior D. C. Van Monnaiit ... 870



Digiti



ized by Google



OATAftoaVfi 6f BOOKS

i'UBLISUBD BY THB AMBRIOAN AND FOREIGN CHRISTIAN UNlO^,
AT No 156 CHAMBERS-STREET.

American and Foreign Christian Union, cloth, f ] 25

American Protestant, 1 25

Popery, the Han of Sin and Son of Perdition, by the B«t. Rob. Gault, Glasgow;

a Priie Essay > .... 1 25

French Hymn Book, containing over 300 Hymns, l8mo. (plain edition.) 75

Fox's Book of Martyrs, cloth, extra. 70

do. do. . . 50

Gavazzi's Lectures, paper cover, pp. 394, 50

Story of the Madiai Family, 303 pp. 18 mo 35

Facts in Madeira, concerning the persecutions, 285 pp. 18mo l{8

Romanism compared with the Bible, 256 pp. 18mo. . .38

Rise and Fall of Papacy, by Fleming, 250 pp. 18mo. .... 30

Life of Norton— Startling Facts — Signs of Danger and of Promise, 198 pp. l8mo.

with a colored map of the United States. 30

Premium Treatise, Nos. 1 and 2, pp. 208 18mo . ... 30

Book of Tracts on Romanism, 18mu. pp. 244. .30

St. Patrick, Waldenses, &c. l8mo. pp. 196 S85

Hiddletou's Letter, with the Authors Dnfense against a Roman Catholic Opponent,

iSmo. pp. 194, 25

Trial of the Pope of Rome, 18mo. pp. 174, 25

Ciocci : A Narrative of Rome in the Nineteenth Century, 18mo. pp. 185, .25

Foreign Conspiracy, ISmo. pp. 192 25

Secret Instructions of the Jesuits, new edition, Latin and English, 18mo. pp. 144, 25

Our Country ; its Danger and Duty — Premium Treatise. No. 2, ISmo. pp. 144, 25

Romanism incompatible with Republican Principles — Premium Treatise, No I,

ISmo. pp. 108, . .18)

Bxiles of Zillerthal, 18mo. pp. 108, . 181

The Decrees and Canons of the Council of Trent, ISmo. pp. 120, 18 j

The Conversion and Safierings of Sarah Doherty, 18mo. pp. 128, ... 18|

Romanism in the Light of Prophecy and History, ]8mo. pp. 130, I8|

Wonderful Adventures, ISmo. pp. 100, . . .... 18|

Signs of Danger tfhd of Promise, ISmo. pp. 108. ]8|

Startling Facts for American Protestants, with colored map — in paper covers. iSnto

pp.53, (new edition,) 10

Oiocci : A Narrative of Rome, in German, paper cover, ISmo. pp. 106, 8

Kirwau's Letters to Bishop Hughes, in German — pa. cov. 1st part, ISmo. pp. 128 8

Do. do. do. do. 2d series, do. 142 8

ALSO FOR SALE:

Kirwan*s Letters, in Bnglish, 3 parts in one, at Publisher's pnces, together with a

general assortment ofbooks appertaining to the subject of Romanism.
The Immigrant's Good Samaritan, by Harmon Kingsbury. ISmo. pa. cov. price 10 cents.

TO OUK PATB0H8.

The Post-Office law now allows us to put our bills into the Magazine free ol postage,
which for several years past has not been the case; and consequently quite a number <>f
our subscribers have fallen in arrears. We have not felt at liberty to strike the name
of any from our books without orders, and we hofie that all will be kindly disposed
when our bills reach them. It is patsibk that a bill may reach some to whom it may
ieem to be unreasonable. We shall be happy, however, to correct all errors when re-
presented to us.

BTThe Magazine Is published, mUa$a tource of peatmary proJU Ui the Board, but to
diffuse information on topics of vital importanck to thk iiiTKaKST or our land and to
KVANGCLICAL RSLioioN. Whoever, iker^ore^ receiver, reads, and .^ireulates ii, etmlritmlea to the
promotion of the eau$e tf truth and godlituu, in dutinetionfrom error and faUe religion. |i is
furnished at a price hartly tnfficienl to cover eogU, hence the necessity of asking niir friends
to remit to us promptly the amounts which may be due for it

POSTXASTEES.

17* Postmasters will greatly oblige us by giving early notice of stoppages, or re
fusals to receive our Magazine, as we continue to send them until we receive such notice.
In case the Magazine is returned, instead of a written notice, it should be franked and
have the name of the Post-Office on it.



Digiti



ized by Google




THX

A.MERICAN AND FOREIGN CHRISTIAN UNION
OFFICE 156 CHAMBERS-STREET, NEW-YORK.

The publication entitled "The Ahericar and FoREioif Christiak Uihon"
is issued Monthly at $1 per year, payable in advance.

Clergymen, Elders, and other Officers of the Churches who procure five sub-
scribers and forward five dollars, will be entitled to a sixth copy.



8A88ATB-8CB00& &Z8&A&7.

TWENTT-ONE VOLUMES FOB SEVEN DOLLABS.

The efforts which have been msde of late, In alroost every part of onr coontry, to bring the
Bomiah religion Into fovorable notice, and to propagate Its doctrines and usages to the |Mr^n-
dice of Evangelical tmth and the simplicity of Protestant worship, have induced the Directors
of the American and Foreign Christian Union to prepare and offer to the Sabbath Schools of our
land, a Library of choice and valuable Books. The titles, sizes, and number of paees of each
work, which are annexed, will give some idea of their contents, design, and value, and show that
they Include a vast amount of information, and of a kind that should be brought within the reach
of every child, and of all the youth In the nation. Please examine the Gatalogne, and use your In-
fluence to introduce the Librsry into the Schools in your congregation, and into all other places
within the reach of your influence. We are happr to say that this effort of the Dlreotors is meet-
' ing with enooursging success, snd cslls for the Library are daily Increasing.
CATALOGUE OP BOOKS.



Popery, the Man of Sin ; Prize Essay, by

Gault, . 449 p 12mo.

Book of Martyrs, by Fox, illustrat-
ed, 482 p. 12mo.

Gavazzrs Lectures, paper covers, 898 p 12mo.

Story of the Madia! Family, . 808 p. 18mo.

Facts in Madeira concerning the Per-
secution, . . . . 285 p. ISmo.

Bomanism compared with the Blble,256 p. ISmo.

Bise ac Fall of Papacy, by Fleming, 280 p. 18mo.

Life of Norton— Startling Facts— tilgns

of Danger and of Promise, 1V8 p. 18mo.

Bomanism incompatible with Bepub-

llcan Principles, . . 107 p. ISmo.

Book of Tracts on Bomanism, . 206 p. Idmo.

Mlddleton's Letter, with author's De-
fense s^dnst a Boman Catholic
opponent, .... 194 p. ISmo.



(Trial of the Pope, . . . 1T8 p. ISmo.
Ciocd : A Narrative of Borne in the

19th Century, . . . 156 p. ISmo.
• Foreign Conspiracy against the Liber-

Ues of the United States, . 191 p. ISmo.
St Pstrick, and the Albigenses and
I Waldenses, . . . 196 p. ISmo.

! Our Country, its Danger & Duties, 144 p. ISmo.
Exiles (Protestant) of Zillertbal, 107 p. ISmo.
'Secret Instructions of the Jesuits,
i New Edition ; Latin and Eng-

I lisb, 144 p ISmo.

The Decrees and Canons of the Coun-
j cil of Trent, . . 119 p. ISma

The Conversion and Sufferings of Sa-
rah Doherty, . . . 128 p. ISmo.
j Bomanism in the Light of Prophecy

andUistory, . . . .180 p. ISmo.



LIFB D1RECT0B8 AND LIFE MEMBERS.
far ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS constitute a Director, and THIRTY DOL
LAU8 a Member for Life ; the " American and Foreign Christian Union *' is ten
free to Life Directors and Life Members.




FORM OF A BEQUEST,
i bequeath to my Executors the sum of Dollars in

trust, to pay over the same in days after my decease,

to the person who, when the same is payable, shall-act as Treasurer of the Socie-
ty called the American and Forkion Christian Union, formed in the c\tj of
New-York in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine, to be applied
to the charitable uses and purposes of said Society, and under its directions, in
the field.



Qi^ilBMIZTTAZrCBS FOK TBB TRBA8ir&'S',.ja

and ordurs tor Books, and tor the Magazine, should be sent to the Society's
ollice, 156 Chambers-street, addressed to Edward Vrrnon, Esq. General
Agent and Assistant Treasurer.



r>. Fanshaw, Printer, cor. Ann and Na8sau-sts. N. Y.



Digiti



ized by Google




ANlPRif^AH




mmsiw m



*'^""'^«Fc»R,$TcoNsre^*^*^



N E W • Y O R K :

PinBLISHXD BT TUB

^mxim nni Icmgn ^jjristian Inion,

AT 166 CHAMBERS.STREET, ^

NEAE THE HUDSON RIVER RAIUtOAD nKPOT. <



SEPTEMBER, 1867.



Pottage, in tlie State where publishecl, if paid quarterly or annually, in advance, 3 cents a
year; if out of the State, 6 cents a year.



Digiti



ized by Google



OFFICERS

OF THE

^meritan anb Jfrnign Christian ^raon.

156 Cliambers-street.

(Oroamzeo in Nkw-York, May 10, 1849.)

Fresident^Rev. Thomas Dk Witt, D. D.

Cor. Secretaries — Re?. E. R. Fairchild, D. D., and Rev. A. W. MoCldrr, D. D.

Recording Secretary — John W. Corson, M. D. *

Treasurer — ^Anson G. Phelps, Esq.

General Agent and Assistant Treasurer — Edward Vernon, Esq , 156 Charabers-strcot

Communications
Which relate to the Home Department should bo addressed to the Rov. E. R. Fair-
ohit.d, D. D. ; and those ^hich relate to the Foreign Department to the Rev.
A. W. McClure, D. D.

Remittances for the Trcasiirr^
And orders for books and for the Magazine, should bo sent to the Society's Office,
156 Chambers-street, addressed to Edward Vernon, Esq., General Agent and Assistant
Treasurer.

District Secretaries*
Rev. Baxter Dickinson, D. D., No. 15 Comhill, Boston, Mass.

, 48 South 4th.street, Philadelpliia, Pa.

itev. Geo. L. IIovey, Greenfield, Mass.
Rev. W. D. RossETER, North Madison, Indiana.
Rev. Gideon Dana, Oberlin, Ohio.
Rev. Wm. Carter, Pittsfield, Ills.



IiOCAIi AaaZTTS

FOR THE SALE OF BOOKS AND FOR THE MAGAZINE.



Rev. Dr. Dickinson, 15 Corohill, Boston, Mass.
Jamea Paul, Baltimore, Md.

, Phlladelphta, Pa., 43 South 4th-«t

Dr. Geo. L. Weed, J4S W. Fourth-st, CincInnaU, O.
VVm. tiyde^bookseller, Portland, Maine.
Keitli and wood, boolcsellere, St Louis, Mo.
Flsk &. Co.^ bookBelIer^ Albany, N. Y.
Jonathan Morey, Oambrldee, N. Y.
Tbomaa Boardman, Fall lilver, Mass.
Rev. M. C. Searle, Utica, N. Y.



Samuel Horton, Newark, N. J.
Charles Hosmer, Hartford, Conn.
■, NeW'Haven, Conn.



O. W. Potter, 66 WcstmJnster-st, Providence, R, I.

I»eter A. Bert, JJrooklyn. 335 Graud-st., K. D., N. Y.

Rev. G. Dana. Oberlin, Ohio.

(;harlefl Wortham, RiehmondjVirginia.

AtiBtin Gray, Seventh-street, Washington, D. C.

IL A. Porter & Brother, booksellers, Rock Island, III

Bci^amin Dawson, Montreal



HOTICE TO SUBSCBIBEBS, AGEITTS, AND D0H0B8.

ly* To Subscribers.— The Magazine will be sent regularly to all Bubscriberg
until notice for i^ discontinuance shall be received, when arrearages for past and cur-
rent years must be paid. When the Magazine is returned to be stopped, the last Post-
Office address, and the name of the subscriber, should be teritten on t/ie cover. Notices
in any form relating to the Magaf ine should contain these items of intelligence, viz.,
nam e and last Post-Office address.

^* To Agewts.— Apy person who is disposed to engage in the work, and will
send to the Office his name, with satisfactory references, will be furnished with the pro-
per testimonials and liberal encouragement.

W To Donors.— The issue of our Magazine is so large that it must go to press
on the 6th of the month. If donations do not reach us by that date, their publication
must be postponed until the next month.

To the Friends of the Society, and of the Cause which it aims to promote.— An it will
be impracticable to send agents to all the places where it is desirabli that this Magazine
should be circulated, we would earnestly request the Clergy having charges, to aid us in
its cir<juli>tion among their people, either by personal effort, or by such other means h»
they may deem most efficient. It is highly important to the best interests of the Society
and the cause which it aims to advance, that the Magazine and its other publicati<iu8
should have a very extensive circulation. The prices will be acknowledged by all to be
very low, when the size of the works, the various and interesting nature of the informa-
tion which they contain, and the style in which they are published, are duly considered.
It 18 the intention of the Committee to make them worthy of such a circulation.



Digiti



ized by Google



THE

AMERICAN AND FOREIGN

CHRISTIAN UNION.



Vol. VIII.



SEPTEMBER, 1851,



No. 9.



CLAIMS AND PROMISE OF THE CORRUPTED PARTS OF
CHRISTENDOM IN REGARD TO MISSIONARY LABORS.



In the July number of this Magazine
we called the attention of our readers
to the TauB Policy op Missions, and
pointed out some important mistakes
into which the various evangelical
branches of the church of Christ have
fallen in their missionary operations.

The first pages of the August num-
ber were occupied, in continuation of
the general subject, with a view of *' In-
fidelity and Superstition," (the natural
fruits of a corrupted Christianity,) in
their contrast of character, and their
agreemekit of resistance to pure Chris-
tianity.

We now propose a furUier consider-
ation of the subject, applying the scLti-
ments of those articles to the present
condition of Europe and South America,
aa fields demanding missi<H)ary action.

We commence with France, which for
special reasons, in our view, requires pre-
eminently the benevolent interest and
ministries of our Protestant diurches.

The fact that among the thirty-six
millions of her population evangelical
Protestantism is already partially dif-
fused, and by many welcomed, is an
argument of great force for increased
expenditure of instrumentality in that
empire; and if Romanism is worse
than Mohamedanism, as in many of
its aspects it has been demonstrated to
18



be ; if the true policy of missions is to
send our Christian ministers into large
towns and cities, surely France offers
us a field of special interest and prom-
ise.

But there is something in the genius
of the French people that should en-
courage such religious agency on our
port

The impression has somehow obtain*
ed in England and in the United States,
especially among the better classes, that
France takes the lead of all nations in
social corruption ; that no people are
so gay, so licentions, so frivolous, so
false. Of course there is ample ground
for the belief that she is corrupt. The
metropolis furnishes to the world some
of the most fascinating forms of sin and
of temptation. But there is not, in Pa-
ris and other cities of France, that pal-
pable grossness of individual and social
crime which offends the traveler in Lon-
don and New-York. And whatever rev-
olutionary outbreak in the first-named
city may have at times set the poten-
tates of Europe agog, and caused the
telegraphic wires of both continents to
quiver, it has been generally, if not al-
ways, a matter of necessity — a popular
assertion of right — a throe of burden-
ed mind and heart fer freedom — a
casting off and hurling into the fiice of



Digiti



ized by Google



274



CLAIMS AKP PROmSB OF CORRUPTID CHRISTENDOM.



(Sept



tyranny the lie she has labored for ages
to fasten on humanity — that the people
are nothing !

The Ffench people dread revolu-
tions. They are patient They are labo-
rious and economical. What they have
painfully gained they desire to preserve.
Hence in squally times they bury their
money in the earth until the sky is
clear again. They are gay, indeed, and
often frivolous. They are eminently
social. They can make much of little.
They are easily depressed, and as easily
elated. They are prone to hypocrisy —
more, we think, from an extreme desire
to please than from downright sinister
ends. Their love of pleasure is ruin-
ous, and develops itself not only in their
social habits but even in their laws. In
the revolution of '93, they were mad-
dened by the combined pressure of
throne, noblesse, and priesthood ; and
when their wheat-fields were trampled
by lawless huntsmen, their families
abused by priests, and their small
means ruinously taxed by royalty ;
when the corruptions of Romanism had
driven thinking men and scholars to in-
fidelity and atheism, to a rejection of
aU religion, it is not strange that an
outcry should be heard — ^that the latent
fire should break out ; and the nation
be borne, by its own first impulse for
freedom, upon a sea of confiision and
death — ^upoQ billows whose fiiry they
oould not, when they would, subdue.
And it is not &ir now for the world to
judge of France by the madness and
rage of that terrible epoch in her his-
tory. She is better than she was
then ; more capable of liberty ; and if
not more religious, at least more reason-
able, and therefore nearer the dagr
when her mind shall be governed by a
better morality and a better fiuth.

The French have a wonderfiil detect-
ive power. Tbey are Analytia There



are no better minds than theirs for
diagnosis. They are mathematical, in-
genious, artistic. They have a fine
sense of order ; are communicative, and
possess a marvelous faculty to please.
They enter with enthusiasm into every
topic that engages their thoughts; they
easily awake a responsive sympathy in
other minds. Now, let these and other
qualities which they possess be sancti-
fied and directed by the faith and the
spirit of the Huguenots, and what can
they not do for the evangelization of
Europe? Moreover, let a pure Pro-
testantism obtain in the French court,
(and it will obtain there wlienever it
gains sway among the people, for their
kings and emperors are no longer
French kings and emperors, but the
kings and emperors of the French^)
and what shall prevent the tide of light
and purity flowing onward into Spain,
over Italy, and through the Austrian
empire %

We owe this practical Christian in-
terest to France, on account of her sym-
pathy with us in our early stru^le for
national life. On this topic we need
not dwell. It is known by all, that
when the first note of independence was
sounded from our shores, it found a
responsive voice in Paris, and brought
over to our aid some of the noblest
spirits of France. This sympathy is
felt still. Throughout the empire the
common mind makes a distinction in
our favor between the Englishman an<l
the American ; and no '^ enUnte eordiah '*
of courts or of crowned heads, no bland*
ing of fleets and armies k^ special ex-
peditions, can suppress their admiration
of American example. We oannot
better repay them for what they did in
our aid in the birth-hour of our nation-
ality, and for their secret sytnpatby
with OS still, than by sendii^ to them
our Qiristianity — ^oouraging the q^irh



Digiti



ized by Google



1857.)



CENTRAL AND SOUTH AKERIOA.



275



of Protestantism already awake through-
out the communes and d^partements'of
the empire, and summoning her apos-
tate churches to a new life.



Online LibraryAmerican and Foreign Christian UnionThe American and Foreign Christian Union → online text (page 25 of 41)