Samuel M. (Samuel Melancthon) Worcester.

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yourselves familiar with the lessons of the past. Study your-
selves also — your own minds and hearts.

You can keep a diary, or a journal. You can spend much
time very pleasantly and profitably with your pen in hand.
You may have an opportunity, on the voyage, of making
much valuable improvement in knowledge and in capacity for
business.

Upon high authority it can be said to you, "Every man that
striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things." Paul's
sentiment in regard to abstinence is worthy of universal adop-
tion. " It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor
do any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or
is made weak."

During the meeting of the Evangelical Alliance, in London,
an American gentleman was one day sitting at dinner between
two members, who had not been introduced to him. He ob-
served them to be somewhat uneasy, about the time it was
common to have recourse to wine or brandy. " Where are
you from ? " said one. " I am from the United States." " The
Temperance reformation has made much progress there, I
believe ? " " Yes, considerable. But not as much as it might.
Still, as it is, I have not seen so much of ardent spirits, for ten
years, as I now see here, upon this table." "But," said the
Englishman, "There are some of us that do not find the doc-
trine of total abstinence in the Scriptures. We do not think
that Jesus Christ requires it in his followers." " You must
admit," responded the American, "that the use of intoxicating
drinks leads to drunkenness. And in the United States we
think, that the Saviour of the world will not be displeased ivith
us, if we abstain from them wholly." There was no further
argument. For the good of others, if not also for his personal
safety, let every man be an example of temperance, in the best
sense of the word.

" Article XV — The regular business of the Company shall not
be transacted on the Sabbath Each and every member may spend
tin- day in Bucll a manner as he may deem advisable — provided it
■hall not intrude upon tin- sacredness el' the day. Any member
refining or neglecting to comply with the provision of this niiicle,
■hall Forfeit ami pay into the Treasury the sum often dollurs for
each and every offence."



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Most fervently do I rejoice in this article. It is the Sabbath,
which has blessed New England unspeakably. You remember
the example of that little company of explorers, sent out in a
shallop from the Mayflower, before the landing on the twenty-
second of December, 1620. Being unable to regain their ves-
sel before the sunset of a Satuiday night, they made themselves
as comfortable as they could upon an island, at the entrance of
Plymouth harbor. They spent the Sabbath in holy rest and in
worship of God. Some would think them to have been " right-
eous over much." Not so. It was an example for all that
should come after them — an example for all the world.

No man ever lost any thing by keeping the Sabbath ; and no
man will ever gain any thing by violating the Sabbath. More
than twenty years ago, I was much impressed by what I heard
as the result of the experience and observation of a profes-
sional man. He was not considered a Christian, and was even
suspected of Deism. While in the practice of law, he had
once subjected himself to an ignominious penalty. But he
recovered his standing, and exhibited qualities which procured
him no common degree of respect and regard. In giving some
account of his life to a student at college, he said to him :
"There is one piece of advice which I wish to give you, as
your friend. Never do any business on the Sabbath! I have
always observed in myself and others, that such business ends
badly. That work of mine which sent me to the State Prison,
was commenced on the Sabbath ! "

Hours could be occupied, with testimony on this subject,
God gave the Sabbath in his infinite wisdom and love. Let no
man defraud himself of a proper use of the inestimable gift.
Every one needs it for the best condition of the body and the
soul. Let no man defraud others of it, or hinder them in their
enjoyment of it, as a right and a privilege. In respect to the
Sabbath, and in respect also to other observances of moral and
religious duty — " Blessed is the man, that walketh not in the
counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor
sitteth in the seat of the scornful."

Some of you may find a home in California. Some of you
may never again see your native land. May you so live, so
order your conversation and your conduct, that, whatever
changes pass over you, it shall be known at the final day, that
you have found the pearl of great price ; that " durable riches
and righteousness" are yours ; yea, a blessedness, one hour of
which a thousand thousand Californias could not purchase ; —
blessedness eternal in the city which is " pure gold, like unto
clear glass," and into which shall in no wise enter "any thing
that defileth ; — but they which are written in the Lamb's book
of life." May God Almighty be with you and bless you !



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Online LibrarySamuel M. (Samuel Melancthon) WorcesterCalifornia. Outlines of an address before the Naumkeag mutual trading and mining company, at the Tabernacle church in Salem, on Sabbath evening Jan. 14, 1849 → online text (page 2 of 2)