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The Book of Jasher, mentioned in
the following letter, will be regarded as
a literary curiosity, & it is even possi
ble that it uiay be the one spoken of
in Joshua and Samuel. It seems to
us barely possible, however; for Jo
flcphus and Philo evidently knew no
thing of its existence, nor is any ac
count of it to be found in the Rabinic
al literature of any age. In the
tenth and two or three centuries,
there were many Jews distinguished
for their Jiterary researches, and who
kept up connexions so extensive a
long the shores of the Mediterranean
and in the East, that under this title,
had it existed even then, could hardly
have escaped them. As to its char
acter, due allowance must be made
for Mr. Samuel's enthusiasm as a dis
coverer.—A*. Y. Obs.
To the Editor of the London Courier.
Sir—Having seen in your paper of
the Bth inst. a paragraph extracted
from the Bristol Gazette, announcing
that an important and interesting dis
covery in biblical literature has been
recently obtained, which will excite
the attention of the Christian and
man of letters, viz: the Book of Jash
er, mentioned in Joshua, chapter 10,
and 2 Samuel, chapter 1. and it was
procured at an immense expense by
Alcurin, the most eminent man of
his time, from the city of Gazan, in
Persia, I beg leave to inform you for
the satisfaction of tlfose biblical stu
dents who may read your paper,
whether Jews or Christians, that I am
in possession of the Book of Jasher in
the Hebrew language, which I did
not procure at an immense expense,
but accident threw it in my way in
meeting with au liraelite from Bar
bary, who presented me ivith it with
out knowing its value, and I am now
' translating it into* English, and it will
; be published shortly, with the He
brew on one side and the English on
the other, with notes critical and his
, torical—and what is rather extraor
dinary, I was this day busily engaged
in translation, when a glance at your
paper rivetted my attention to this
singular and unexpected paragraph,
as I had made many previous inquiries
coneeruing it to my literary friends,
and they had never heard of its exist
ance. The Book, it seems, has been
preserved by the Jews in the East,
and some few copies were print
ed in Poland twenty years ago.
ft is written in that plain and beau
tiful style that will sufficiently testify
its great antiquity, and which is the
ohief cause of my publishing it, with
the Hebrew text attached to it; and
however much I venerate the sacred
Scripture, and however infinite 1 con
sider the distance between this Book
and the inspired volume which w£
possess, I am still bold to declare that
its language is equally beautiful, and
.throughout one hundred and sixty
pages it keeps up tiie chaste, elegant,
and historical style as that muc ,% ad
mired part of the his
tory ol Joseph. It commences with
the creation of man, containing very
copious accounts of Jewish records,
not at all mentioned in Scripture, and
reaches as far as Joshua. The two
places in Scripture wherein the book
ol Jasiier is mentioned, are beautiful
ly cleared up throughout this Book,
particularly that in 2 Samuel, i, 18
"Also, he bade them to teach the
children ofJudah the use of the how;
behold it is written iu the Book of
Jasiier." It also elucidates many
other parts of Scripture, and w ill set
right some of the most perplexing
parts of chronology.
But I do not suppos? it has come
down to us as pure as the sacked vol
ume—and I have uot the least doubt
that some few parts of it are of a la
ter date than the body of the Book;
but even those comparatively modern
parts bespeak an antiquity of upwards
of two thousand years. I have already
translated one half of the Book, hav
ing been encouraged to the task by
some Christian friends, who possess a
fervant zeal lor the house of Israel,
and an attachment to Hebrew litera
ture. When I return to Liverpool,
which will be shortly, I shall issue
forth the ppospectus of the work, and
it will be published by subscription
I should therefore be glad to hear
something more about the copy that
Alcurin obtained, and whether it be
in the Persian or Hebrew language.
Respectfully yours,
M. Samuel, of 104 St. James' )
street Liverpool. $
Kelso, Nov- 14, 1828.
We are accustomed to the sight of
j a Bible, that it ceases to be a miracle
to us. It is. printed just like other
J books. But there is nothing in the
world like it, or comparable to it.—
The sun in the tirmament is Nothing to
it if it be really—what it assumes to
be—an actual and direct communi
aication from God to r an. Take up
your Bible with this idea, and look at
it, and wonder at it. It is a treasure
of unspeakable value to you, for it con
tains-a special message of love and
mercy from God to your soul. Do
you wish to ctnverse with God? O
pen and read it. And, at the same
time, look to him who speaks to you
in it, and ask him to give you an un
derstanding heart, that you may not
, read in vain, but that the word may
he in you, as good ground bringing
forth fruit unto eternal life. Only
take care not to separate God from
the Bible. Read in the secret of
God's presence, and receive it from
his lips, and feed upon it, and it wiH
be to you as it was to Jeremiah, the
joy and rejoicing of any aoe friend
can give to another, is to consult t*od;
and the best turn that any book can do
its reader, is to refer him to the Bi
Let us seek to know more of the
Bible; but, in doing so, let us remem
ber, that however much we may add
by study to our knowledge of the book,
we have just so much true knowledge
of God as we have love of him, and
no more. Our continual prayer ought
to be, that our true notions may be
come true feelings, and that our or
thodoxy may become holy love & holy
obedience. This is the religion of e
ternity; and the religion of eternity is
the only religion for us—for yet a few
days, and we shall be in etarui"" -j.
Erskine en the Freeness of the Cr^t
By Bisfeop Beveridge,
"When the Lord speaks of himself
with regard to his creatures, and es
pecially his people, he saith, Ij am.
He doth noj, -say, I am their light,
their life, their guide, their strength,
or their tower; but only I am. He
sets his hand, as it were to a blank,
that his people may write under it
what they please, that is for their
good. As if he had said, Are they
weak? Ihm strength. Are they in
trouble? I am Are they
poor? I am rich. Are they sick? I
am health. Are they dying? lam
life. Have they nothing? I am all
things: I am justice and mercy: 1 am
grace and goodness. lam glory,
beauty, holiness, eminency, superem
inency, perfection, all sufficiency, e
ternally Jehovah! lam whatever is
suitable to their nature, or convenient
for them in their several conditions. —'
I am whatsoever is amiable in itself,
or desirable to their souls—Whatso
ever is pure and holy; whatsoever is
great and pleasant; whatsrever is
good and needful to make them happy,
that I am. So that in short, God
here represents himself unto us as
one universal God, and leaves us to
make the application to ourselves,
according to our several wants, capa
cities, and desires; by saying only i;t
general, I am."
Intemperance a great national evil.—
Upon our iicitiouai wealth it eats like a
canker; upon the heart-strings and
life-blood oi' our citizens, it preys like
a vulture; it breaks up the very foun
dations of immortal intellect; it ma
tures depravity into open and fearlul
crime; and it buries tile deathless
soul in the depths of eternal vvo. A
nation of drunkards cannot exist. In
temperance would forge chains strong
and heavy enough to hold in bondage a
nation of giants. Let this evil diffuse
itseli through the lamily circle—let it
prevail at the polls of your elections—
let the drunkard be honoured with a
seat in Congress—and feel into the
senate chamber—and nod on the
bench—and dozt in the jury-box, and
liberty is at an end. 1 tremble for
the late of my country when I reflect
upon the prevailing intemperance of
the present day, in connection with
the freedom of our institutions and the
expression of the elective tranchise.
If liberty shall here find her grave,
that grave will be dug by drunkards'
hahds. If the knell of departed free
dom shall here tolk, it will toll amidst
the revels of national intoxication. If
the march of intellect, in this Western
hemisphere, shall be arrested, it will
be arrested by the swolen torrent of
intemperance; and, then, these'jieav
ens will be hung with mourning, and
this earth be wet with tears. Should
ignorance and despotism and all their
attendant evils prevail, they will pre
vail through the influence of ardent
spirits; and then, this air that is full
of songs, will whisper only sighs.—
Do you ask where the danger is?—
I answer, it is every where. In eve
ry city, and through all thg Country,
arpsut spirits are tilling tb© channels
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of death to overflowing. This is the
master sin—the giant evil—the burn
ing oufse. It is not enough to say, that
intemperance is greater than this or
that individual calamity. It is prob
ably not too much to say, that this sin
gle injury upon the physical, intellec
tual, moral, and eternal interests of
our country, than all those evils which
are ordinarily deemed special calami
ties, combined together. Yes: mar
shal in one dread army, under one
flag, all the judgments that ever des
olate this devoted world of sin and
death—blasting, mildew, hail-storms,
I tornadoes, earthquakes, epidemics,
lamine, war, conflagration, ship
wrecks rapine, murder-blow the trum
pet long & loud, & call them to one com
qined universal, dreadful —let
them bear down withfell purpose &with
unwonted wrath, upon this terieslrial
citadel of man, and strew their path
with ruin as they pursue their onward
march: and here is one monster—one
plague of plagues—one scorpion of
scorpions—one curse of curses, that
can, single handed, out do them all.—
His name is Legion. His spirit is
tierce as a wounded tiger—uncontrol
lable as a famished wolf—and malig
nant as a desolating fiend. His foot
steps must be arrested or the nation
is uudone.--JV. S. S. Eeman.
The duty of temperate men, espe
cially of Christians, in relation to
intemperance. It is not enough tor
Christians to be temperate; refor
mation will never take place, till
the members of the church ofGcd
banish the bottle from their side
boards and their houses. If it is kept
at all, in their habitations, let it oc
cupy the same shelf with the phial oi
laudanum, or the solution of ursnit;
and be sure to write Poison upon the
label. But Christians must go one
step farther. 1 am convinced that
deep and thorough reformation can
never take place while Christians,
for the paltry consideration of a little
money, t'uriiisn others with the means
ol destroying both body and so il for
ever. It is easy to make the stale
plea, that men who love to drink, will
have their dram, whether Christians
sell it to them or not. The same
might be said of dealing out poison,
i'i any shape, for the destruction of
human life. There are other ques
tions, far more important, to be set
tled. Is it right—is it fdr the glory
of God—is it for the good ot ? the
church—is it for the salvation of souls?
These questions ought to be answered
upon the Christian's conscience and
upon the book of God. The time
must come when a professor of reli
gion would blush to publish in the
newspaper, that he is a dealer either in
wholesale or retail drunkenness—that
he is a vender of Cogniac.Brandy, of
Jamaica Rum, ahd of Irish whiskey!
Would to God, that the merchants in
this city would take a stand, on this
subject, which would render them an
example for the imitation of the world.
Let them just resolve, and carry"this
resolution into immediate effect, that
they will neither buy nor sell another
barrel of this article; and this one
act would reform city and the
surrounding country--it uould renter
modern Troy more illustrious than the
ancient—it would c.irry down the
streams of mercy into the ages of the
Millenium— -and continue to do good
till the Judgment Day."—lbid.
¥ 0
It is not enough that our mechanics,
our laborers, our strong men, our gift
ed and our youth, are engaged in the
great work. Our women must be with
us, or toe cannot hope to prevail—our
mothers, our wives, and our daughters
—the other half, and in such matters,
by far the most influential half of our
whole population. It is not enough
that we confederate together abroad,
as men, to discourage the use of strong
drink, in our workshops, in our taverns*,
or in the highway—to make sobriety
one of the qualifications of a rulers—to
encourage the cdlture of tlie grape,
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or the use of cheap and gale vviiics that
would he accessible to the poor, a/.d
not lead to a desire i'or any thing dan
gerous to labor night and day tor li.c
overthrow of the Destroy, f—ii is ~ot
enough that vve do all this, if tl\e niu-s
and mothers, and sisters oi our coun
try, continue to make our very homos
a snare to us, every sociable comi.ig
together; every tire-side interview,
every joyous event, an excuse lor tan*'
pering with the shadow, or play Hie
with the skirts of the enemy. As fof
what vve may uo—
<<n "We but woar
Our strength away in wrestUng with the
So long as nometf persist in pouring
uP drug into lhe c audle-cup of
the babe—mingling it , v ith the foot, f
the intant substituting lever for health
and sorrow tor strength—cour.terJeit
")g the stream of pearl, and hiding t! e
treachery with flavor, and color, and
petiumc; tor all these things are to be
done, before the youthful purity of
taste can be perverted. What are
we to do, when we have, under one
pretence or another, brandy mixed with
our very lood—our sauces—our jel
lies our cakes and our pies—n ith
whatever is intended to be better and
richer than usual? What are we to
do, as rneir: after we have been macie
to relish the flavor of ardent spirit, in
this way: from our cradle to our
' g«ave: accustomed to it in our pap:
taught in our very childhood, to sit up
to the table and throw off a glass of
wine, like aman; of Portuguese wine
too; such tis lhe Portuguese them,
selves i.ev. r drink, for we, like the
lVOglish have it with what we call a
too:*/to it. in other words, overcharg
ed with brandy: in a glass of our own
too; for where is the child without a
wine-cup of his own?
I illy years ago, we had few or no
drunkards. Now ive have three hun
dred thousand. Fifty years from to-"
d3y; il our youth should persevere,
taking counsel not to /epro' e
the aged; for they were unworthy of
(because; not to stay the Destroyer
with a wall of brass, or a sword of
fiie; not to try the gathered brow, nor
the strong arm; but gently, and pa
tently to discourage their younger
brethren, their associates and ail lhat
are with them in the great business of
life; I do believe, .judging bv what is
already done, that in fifly years from
today, this our great national ie
proach would be 110 more.—Nail's Ad
From the Christian "Watchman.
I his subject is one of great import*
ance, not only to the Indians, but to
our own country and government. We
hope nothing will be done by Congress,
I which vyill not bear the strictest scru
tiny of the great rule of equity,—'-'As
ye would that men should do to you,
do ye even so to them." Feb. 18,
Mr. McLean, from the Committee on
Indian alfairs, to whom the plan of re
moving the Indians westward had been
referred, made a Report on the sub
ject. In this it is remarked, that the
United States Government cannot, in
justice to this dependent race, cease
to exercise over them a parental guar
dianship, and that no-means should be
left unemployed, which promise an
elevation of their character, and an in«
crease of their happiness and prpsper
ity. Some assistance has ren
dered them, by feeble efforts, to res
cue them from vice; "but in doing,
this," the Report observes, "we have
not fulfilled our obligations which
grow nut of our relations to them-'■•
The Report then contitwes- r
"The condition of the four southern
tribe* the Chickasawg, Choctctvg,
Cherokee®, and Creeks, has LeccwQ
extremlv critical There does ap.
pear to have arrived a crisis in wlicfe
the salvation or destruction ef thos«t
tribes is involve*}. Some of the Ststm

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