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The following beautiful hymn, written by the Rev.
Mr- Pierpont, was sung at the ordinaton of the Rev- Mr. Ware, at New York O Thou, who art above all height ! Our God, our Father, and oür Friend! Beneath thy throne of love and light, Let thine adoring children bend. We kneel in praise,—that here is set A vine that by thy culture grew; We kneel in prayer, that thou would'st wet Its opening leaves with heavenly tiew. Since thy young servant now hath given Himself, his powers, his hopes, his youth, To the great cause of truth and heaven ; Be thou his guide, O God of truth ; Here may his doctrine drop like rain, His speech like Hcrmon's dew distil, Till green fields smile, and golden grain, Ripe from the harvest, wait thy will. And when he sinks in death; by care, Or pain, or toil, or years opprest; OGotP remember then our prayer, And take his spirit to thy rest. m mm From the Lancaster, England, Gazette. CHRIST M AS-D A Y' Dark clou it of sin hung threat'ning o'er the earth, The wrathful tempest of heav'n's Got! was nigh; When Merct shone ! and by a Saviour's birth, Proclaim'd that man, thro' Christ , should never die. Then, ^hrunk the haggard form of Vice from view, Nor dar'd to frown upon that sacred morn ; Then did rich drops of mercy fall like dew, To speak the blessings ol a Saviour born, Christian apostates ! view this bright return, Shrink from the joyful song—to shades afar; Or, uy repentance let your bosoms burn, To hail the glory of that Bethl'em star. The Magi saw its splendour in the sky, And by its light were guided on their way; They saw the reign of Sin and Sa; an die, And hail'd the dawning of Salvation's day. Heard ye the chorus, Shepherds, on that morn, When Angels chaunted from the realms above ! Saw ye the mystic star the skies adorn, Which shed the rays of condescending love? Ol. ! thou most high, ineffable — sttfiremc, -Whose kindness does the circling world uphold; Thou, the bright cherubim's inspiring theme, The wonde s of thy saving luve unfold. Grantthat the star which led the dubious way, May meet the suiner in the mists of night, And kindly give him one small parting ray, To lead him to '.he home of life and light. Dark are the mansions of despair anti death, Deep is the s'l'eamof Satan's troubled flood; But bright the manger with the Saviour's breath, And safe the soul that's sprinkled with his blood. ST \TE CAPITOL. The introductory Prayer by GEORGE I.OCH MAN, D. D.of Harrisburg, and the Address of JOHN M. MASON, 1). D. President of Dickinson College, delivered at the tequest of the Legislature, prior to the commencement of public business, on Wednesday, the 2d January, 1322, in the State Capitol of Pennsylvania. PRAYER. Great art thou, O Jehovah ! and greatly to be feared 1 worthy to he heid in veneration by all the inhabitants of Heaven and of Earth. We worship thee, as the Creator and Governor of all things, visi ble and invisible. Thou hast formed the heavens with all their hosts, the earth, and all that dwell thetein. Angelsand Archangels delight to wor ship thee—the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee_the Universe is thy temple—thine is the ma jesty. the power and the glory !—thou meastirest the waters in the hollow of thy hand, and metest out heaven with a span, and comprehcndest the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighest the moun tains in scales, and the hills in a balance !— before thee the nations are as a ^Irop in the bucket, and counted as the small dust of the balance. Thou preset-vest universal nature in existence, maintain est the beauty and order of thy works, and dispo sent all things,by counsels which cannot err. All creatures are entirely dependent upon thee, the so vereign of the universe ! and thou assignest to each his proper station and duty. Thy Providence is pet feci—thy government is righteous—all thy com mandments are equitable, pure ami good. Unto thee alone, thou blest and supreme potentate, is un limited submission due. Greatest of beings, Jehovah ! we would how down before thee, on this solemn occasion, to bring our praises and thanksgivings for the innumerable hies E'ngs which we have received at thy hands—We bless thee for our creation, preservation and all the blessings of this life. We thank thee, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for the means of grace and for the hope of glory We would par ticularly thank thee, at this time, for the great things which thou hast done to our fathers, and to us. Thou didst bring our fathers from a far coun try, and plant them as a vine in this goodly land— thou didst cast oat the heathen before them, and plant them in this fruitful vineyard. And when they were in danger of losing their liberties, thou didst strengthen their arm and conquer their enemies, and secure unto them, and unto us their children, the greatest of all earthly blessings—independence and the enjoyment of civil and religious liberties ! O God.ihou hast done more for us than for are any other nation ofthe earth, and we desire to be thank fui ! O that we knew how to value these greatest of all earthly treasures ! O that we knew how to take care of them, and to transmit them uncon taminated to our latest posterity. O that our beat ts were unfeignedly thankful, to show forth thy praise not only with our lips, but also in our lives, by gi ving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking be fore thee in holiness and righteousness all our days Forgive us, O God ! forgive us. that we have of t| ten abused thy loving kindness anil tender mercies, and take not away from us thy blessings ! Lord, suffer not our dearest liberties to degenerate into li centiousness I but continue them to us, and to our And as it is children, pure and uncontamifiated. impossible to secure thy favor, and to remain tt happy nation, without religion and virtue; as it is an incontrovertible truth 'that righteouness exalteth a nation, and sin is the ruin of a people'—we be seech thee Heavenly Father, to pour out thy Spi rit upon the inhabitants of our country—the spirit of repentance and reformation of all our national sins—we beseech thee to enlighten our eyes, and give us such a deep sense of the evil of sin, and of the importance and necessity of an holy heart and life, that we may carefully abstain from all impiety and unrighteousness, and live as becomcth thy peo ple, a godly, righteous and sober life, to the glory of thy holy name. Lord, we would commit to thee all the important concerns of our country. We pray that we may be permitted to live in safety, and enjoy thy bles sing in tranquility and peace—that we may escape the destructive evils which thou hast threatened to wicked nations—and that religion and virtue may so prevail among us, that our privileges may be transmitted to succeeding ages, lie pleased to give the fruits of the earth in their seasons, and to bless all orders of men, in the diligent discharge of their respective duties. And do thou, in mercy, give success to all the means employed among us, lor instructing the young, for reclaiming the vicious, and for establishing the well disposed. And we would particularly pray thee to enligh ten, to direct and to prosper the President of the United States, and all who are invested with author ity in the government of the United States. We would beseech thee to enlighten, to direct, and to prosper the Governor of our State, and all who are invested with authority in the State. May they be men fearing thee, and hating covetousness, and all manner of iniquity—may all their power and influence be exerted for the promotion of the wel fare of the people, and the advancement of thy glory. And under their government, may justice and judgment, he impartially administered. And as this building in which we are assembled, is now to be dedicated and appropriated to the ses sions of the legislative bodies of our state, Heavenly Father, we desire to thank thee, that thou hast pre served and protected the workmen engaged in buil ding it. so that no lives were lost and no tears of widows and orphans were caused by its erection. And we pray, that thou wouldst take this house under thy protecting care in future—that thine eyes be open upon it night and day- We know, ■'that except the Loti! build the house, they labour in vain that build it, and except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen wake but in vain." Ü let then thine eyes be open unto this house night and day; do thou watch over it and preserve it from fire and from lightninig, and from every thing that can in jure it. And, O thou great and good and benevolent Father of the human family! grant that, whenever the members of the legislature enter into their respec tive Chambers, to attend to the duties assigned to them, they may always consider, that the welfare of thousands may depend upon their de-lib erations, and that they are accountable beings, who will once have to give an accouut of their steward ship, to the just and impartial Sovereign of the Uni. verse. These are the petitions which we, on this solemn occasion, bring, before thee, the Most high—ihe God o( Heaven and of Karth. O hear them, for our Savior's sake—to whom, with thee, the Father and the Holy Spirit, we would ascribe glory and honor for ever.—Amen. as ol a er pre to is is ADDRESS. Gentlemen —The solemnities of this day contem plate no vulgar nor uninteresting event It does not indeed make so much no'se ; nor is encompass ed with that splendor which is commonly railed glory. We have here no triumphs of the military Hero i there are no slaughtered thousands at our doors ; there are no arts of peace beneath our vic torious car ; no widows with streaming eyes and broken hearts, mingle their lamentations with this day's exultation; no orphans swell the blood of the dead with the tears of the living, uplifting their help less hands to Heaven, imploring the infinite justice to avenge their wrongs. It is the triumph of peace, of the love of peace, of the children of peace : not a note of grief breaks on the joyous ear; not a sin gle sigh disturbs this festive day. Yet there is something majestic, beyond the pomps of martial grandeur; something which the imper fections of the soldier cannot tarnish; something which even political rivalships cannot embitter; and which will cause the transactions of this day to be held in grateful remembrance when we are gather ed unto our fathers. It is this.—The Representa tives of a great, populous and wealthy State, as sembling in their new mansion, in the name of the God of Heaven and of Earth, to make provision for the happiness of the generation which lives, and of generations which shall live hereafter. Fathers of the State, Leg'alators of Pennsylva nia, allow me to mingle my congratulations with those of the ten thousands which meet your ear. Citizens of Pennsylvania, let me join with you in your hearty acclaim of good will, and your fervent wish of all prosperity to the Councils of the State; and let your voice, directed towards this hall of judgment, say " peace he within thy walls and pros perity within thy palaces." Amen. Permit me, venerable hearers, to remind you of what you are yourselves perfectly aware, that the God in whose name and under whose eye yon meet, is the God of righteousness; and that to this God you must, all of you, one day give in your account of your political stewardship,- Nations, like indivi duals, are subject to his law. This is an authority paramount to all covenants, compacts and constitu tions among men; and therefore ought now, as it will ultimately, control all human operations, and rejudge all human judgments The first great question with all earthly Legislators should be, not what is fio/iu/ar, but what is right; making the point of popularity to be at all times subordinate to the point of integrity, having always a distinct refer ence to the presence and the commandment of our infinite judge, \Ve are here upon ground where all is authority on one side and all might to be obedience on the other. The divine law admits of no compromise; and the legislation which does not proceed upon this principle. I must take leave to say, is substantially rotten ; and as it disregards the authority of Goo, can never subserve the happiness of men. Under the sanction of this great principle, allow me, sirs, to state that the legislature of this Corn its so of of monwealtli cannot, without violating their own and the awfulne9j ot their official oaths. con sciences degrade themselves into the legislature of a faction The people of Pennsylvania aie represented in this august assembly, and their rights and interests constitute the true subject of legislative delibera Woe to the day when there shall issue from these walls, not the voice of public weal, hut the voice of mere party ; when the real and known good of the community shall be merged in paity ascendancy ; when public righteousness, declared in the laws, shall he humbled to the purposes ol Far from us be such evil bo Let us rather look up to out political stipe non. private advancement dings. riors as to our ' nursing Fathers," from whom eve ry thing that is great, magnammeus and ol univer sal interest, may justly be expected. Here, on what topic shall I dwell ? How improve in the best manner, the opportunity which 1 owe to your indulgence? Shall 1 press upon your notice the importance of Agriculture ? as if every thing which belongs to the plough, to the dairy, to the hive, to the breed of cattle, of horses, of sheep, had not long since occupied the public mind. Sc called forth, in your agricultural societies, the fullest expression ol the public sense and the pubkc zeal- Shall I so licit your attention to domestic manufactures ? as if this matter were not familiar to every family in ihe stale Shall I point out the importance of roads and bridges ? as if your statute (rooks were not lull of salutary provisions on these important subjects. To what then shall 1 turn ? Let me throw myself upon your indulgence while 1 represent that in Pennsylvania, in common with all the other states in the Union, the Public Mind, by which I mean the mind of your youth, has not received its pro portion of public regard. 1 say the mind of your Youth ; for in a short time they must furnish your statesmen; your Judges; your generals. Pardon me my respected Auditors, if the convictions of my judgment, the habits of my life, the functions with which 1 have recently been honored, the very flat tering attention by which you yourselves have been pleased to distinguish me this day, convert my in clination into imperative duty Lend me then your attention, accomp.nietl with your wonted candor, while I expatiate lor a minute or two on the educa tion of your youth, as a subject of legislative pat ronage. Methinks, on this general point, there can behüt one opinion. The use of reason is that which em phatically puts an immeasurable distance between man and the beasts- And the difference between in structed and uuinstructed reason is almost as great as that between a man and his horse- Who can stand under a reproach of ignorance in those things which he is expected to know ? What Farmer, what Mechanic could enduretlieopprobium of beingun acquainted with the process of ploughing, or the use ol his tools? Of all men living, I will be bold to say, that Farmers ought to he the most friendly to a thorough Education. Their whole business rest* upon this basis. Do they not train their horses, •heir oxen, their trees, their very soil, to the pur poses which they are respective!,- to answer? And shall their youth, who come into the world more helpless, but yet have powers infinitely great er than any ol them, not have these powers evolved and he qualified for usefulness, according to the pre eminence which God hath given them ? Shall they conduct the legislative, the judicial, the mili tary business of the country, without a previous training? Will you commit your rights and pros perity, your limbs and life, your religious and im mortal interests into the hands of men who are ut terly unacquainted with law, with medicine, or with scriptural theology ? This cannot he hear of so gross a libel upon the enlightened Le gislature of Pennsylvania. Now to what pin pose can the bounty of this great and powerful state he so well applied, as to the in struction of her youth? From what will it yield to her so large a revenue of profit and fame ? Whate ver she does judiciously in this matter is sure not to be lost; and let her keep in mind, that the con centration of her means is the best way to ensure happy results- Scattering the bounty of the is like scattering manure over the fields; your stock is wasted and no good effects follow. We will not state I hail the pe riod when, under the fostering hand of the ltgisla ture, the pre eminence of her citizens shall bo conspicuous, that it will be in other states and in other countries a sufficient passport to notice and honor, to say of a young man, He is a Pennsylva nian ! nian ! Yet to whom shall the community look for auspicious a result, if not to those who occupy this splendid edi5ce? They are the guardians of the public putse, and the public have a right to ex pect Irom them a liberal expenditure when their most precious interests arc in question, say, without invidiousness, that the people of Penn sylvania have erected this noble structure That the peoples' money has thus magnificently accomo dated their Representatives. I iaud the bounty & its application. Among all the sources of public expenditure, what could have been more proper, what more dignified, than that the people assembled here in the persons of their Representatives, should so largely participate in their own munificence?— And I hope I do hot misinterpret the general feel ing, when I express my persuasion, that these Re presentatives feel it their incumbent duty, to render back to the people a suitable proportion of their own liberality, in making abundant provision for the well being of their youth. Friends and fathers, allow me to close this short address, by a very brief retrospect of the past, and anticipation ol the future. so Let me Sixty years have not elapsed since the sound of the first axe was heard, in the Woods of Harrisburg. 1 he Wild Beast and wilder Man, occupied the batiks of the husquehana. Since that time, with that mildness which has character ised the policy ol the descendants of Wm. Penn, ft that industry which has marked all the generations of Pennsylvanians, the forests have been subdued, the wild beasts driven away to haunts more conge nial to their nature, and the wilder men have with' drawn to regions where they can hunt the detr and entrap the fish, according to the mode practised by their ancestors. ' In the room of all these there lias started the course of a few np, in years, a town respectable for the number of its inhabitants, for its progiessive in dustry, for the seat of Legislation in this powerful state. What remains unaccomplished of all our temporal wishes? What more have we to say? What more can be said, but go on and prosper 1 Carry Uic spirit of your improvement through, till the son.-.],. the hammer, the whip of the wagoner, the | )n v hum of nten, the voice of innumerable children suing from their places of instruction ; till |„c' spires of worship, till richly endowed colleges jf Education, till all these arts which embellish mat shall gladden the hanks of the Susquehana and the Delaware, and exact from admiring strangers t|, a J cheerful and grateful tribute, Phis is the work Penneylvarda Legislature ! 'if a MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. •S aient, JY, | r _ Ore» " It is our painful duty to record one of the mos distressing accidents that hasever occurred j„ this vicinity. Early on Wednesday last. Harrison < Blake, an inhabitant of this town, left home wii'lj his wife, and one of his children about 15 years old intending to visit his father in law and other friends beyond the Green Mountain- They reached \r lington, Vt. in safety, about 11 o'clock, and soon after noon proceeded on the road leading over the mountain, through Sunderland. As they'ascendu they found the snow much deeper than they expett. ed, and after two or three miles, no sleigh had p asi ! ed since the late snow, and no path or track wasp,' he found. With much labor, however, they slo». ly pressed forward, breaking their road through snow more than two feet deep, on the side of h rugged mountain, and nearly five miles from are human habitation. Here night overtook them ; and to augment their dismay, their horse, fatigued Ù such protracted exertions in the snow, began to lav and at length stopped Alter some deliberation they concluded to loose Ititn from the sleigh, and nude another vigorous eflort to save themselves and their child The following extract from a letter dated Stratton, December 21st, written in Mr. Blake's name by his attending Physician, to his friend here, exhibits all the additional particulars of this mel.-ii' choly affair, which have come to our knowledge. * My wife rode and carried the babe a short dis. tance only, when she said she could ride no farther" She then alighted, and told me she would walk «, far as she could after me, and answer to my calls. I look her mantle, and gave in return my greatcoa; and mittens. Her responses soon became so low that I could not hear them, nor could she probably hear either my calls for help, or my addresses 'o her. She advanced but a short distance before she left our dear babe, wrapt in my great coat, in the She did not travel more than 150 rods, when she became so chilled and frozen that sunk—never to rise again ! She was found alive next day, but survived only a few moments- I was found about forty eight rods from her, in advance, obviously in a perishing condition. But a few hours more, dear sir, and I too must have been beyond the reach of human assistance. A called aloud repeatedly before 1 became benumbed with the colj, but all to no avail. We were all providentially found yesterday afternoon, and carritd to the near est habitation in this town. a ste?p, snow. she Dur babe was found hall a mile from my deceased consort, with its face naked and in th« snow ; it smiled affectionately when taken up; it is not frozen, except one foot, and that not badly. My feet are both frozen half way to my ancles. My hands are also much frozen and, today, indescribably painful. Northern Post. The W ashington Factory,owned by major Joint Plume of this town, was destroyed by fire this mom ing, Of this stately stone building, containing a great variety ol valuable machinery, nothing mains, but its massy walls. In this building tiveor' six branches of business were in successful opera tion, viz; Mr. Rhodes's manufactory of carriage springs, Mr. Wilson's manufactory, plated ware ; Mr- Stephens coach lace weaving arid worsted combing business, and Mr. Owen's manufactory of woollens und flannels. The loss, while it falls upon the industrious and enterpiising citizens, who leaved and furnished the factory with machinery, will be also severely felt by a great number of hands throws out oi employ at this inclement season of the year. W e understand that the building, in part, was insu* led; and also some considerable amount on the ma chinery and stock, principally by one of ihe Insu rance Companies in New York. re York. Newark Ceminel, Jan. 5. Hoar* of Public Works .—According to •--- ■ • • p ermanen t 3Um SI «366,961, and tho making an aggregate improve a report lately made by this board, the funds amount to the of 81,695,811 appropriated to internal improve ments. A part of this is invested in the stocks of canal and turnpike companies, and is at present un - productive. The income of the fund however for the last year was »76,469. The expenditures du !ast y ear amounted to »03,549, of which 559,000 were expended account of a map of tIn state, and the greater part of the remainder on se veral canals, roads, and bridges. The estimated expenditures ol the ensuing year amount tog 113,550, including a further sum of »9,000 for the map, and installments to several navigation and other compa nies I he receipts of the ensuing year are estima ted at »116,782. on The model of an Iron Sunken Bottom, or Chest, for the security of the mail against robbery, has been recently invented- It is to compose a part of the flooring of the coach, immediately under the feet ol the passengers, tobe firmly riveted to the sUls ot the body, and composed of wrought iron— 1 hts chest is to contain a copper fetter case, with a J >arl ' t,0 - n ' * n ' v hich the mail is to be deposit* cd. 1 he case is to be firmly secured by a bar. with a lock on the inside; it is to be enclosed in the iron rhmet. tho 1. .... ... 1 _ ; is.. . a lock on the inside; chest, the key of which is to be returned to Post öf- i ices. We understand the model is much approved Oi by those who have seen it. ... It is intended to be applied to wagons and almost any other vehicle of conveyance. It is calculated to do away the use of eat jet bags, and will probably go into general use, tf adopted and approved of by the Postmaster ge neral. Mr. Imlay, who is now in town, is building two carriages on this construction; at Salem._ Poston Evening Gazette. Post Offiy Revenues —According to the calcula tion made in the N H. Patriot, the amount of post age paid in that state, the present year, will proba bly be »",300— expenses of transportation 5,630. i he principal Post Office Revenue is from the large commercial towns. Boston pays about 10,000 per quarter, New-York formerly paid 27,000. Phila delphia about 23,000. New-York now pays 13,000, Philadelphia I5.00Q.