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of of of If to WIUVnNGTOICr EXPOSITOR. TeYiday, fte-çt. 18&1 RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTORS. Of all the principles which infect the human mind, ■c so detestable, as hypocrisy and duplicity. In situation in life, can those odious principles be so eminently displayed, as in the ministry of the Gospel. A person who professes to reverence Divine things, and strives to induce others to do so, should be ex tremely chaste and circumspect in all his. thoughts, words and actions. He should present to mankind, a practical exemplification of the beauties of Godliness, in all his actions. He should recollect, that this is the criterion by which thousands truth of Divine £ disposed to test the Revelation.—That a system of religion or morals is valuable, in proportion to the beneficial influence it exercises upon the human character. Love for each other, good will to all mankind, a mild dispo sition, temperance, justice, truth, résignation, and all other kinds of moral excellence, are principles which have been universally admired by the wise and good, of every age, name, and clime. If the above traits of character arc exhibited in the ** life of a Theologian, it inspires confidence in the Gos pel prece pts which he inculcates. It gives him a pow erful and extensive influence in society. It enables him to pour balm into the wounded mind; to inspire hope and cheer fulness in the bosom of sorrow and de jection; to administer consolation in the hour of adver sity, and "smooth the bed of death." How enviable, how responsible is tiie situation of that man, who has it thus in his power to alleviate the burden of human life, and to illumine the dark and fearful hour of dis solution. Is this a fictitious character we have port *al—it is genuine. Such characters do adorn the biographical page, but how rare. We have here given a faint description—a brief outline of what a religious instructor should be. We will now examine who, and what some of those "Right Reve rends" are, who have put on the red flannel drawers, hood, and cable," and have been dubbed "Grand Chaplains" of the illustrious, ancient, honourable, re ligious, worshipful and sublime institution, called "Masonry." In this delineation, truth and sincerity shall dictate. Exaggeration would scarcely be within the limits of possibility. We would appeal to the tion a l class of < cd? No, it is iery denomination, hut more especially "legations, whose. Pastor's yet to thes retain a membership in the " Masonic Onle amongst the many "hood-winked" Divini select t v, r one present example and instruction, the ** Right Reverend" gentleman, who ted "Grand Chaplain" of the Grand Lodge of Dela ware. Follow him into the pulpit, hear the pathetic supplication to that " Being" v tute every kind of perfection, r infinite. Hear him implore th< in behalf of his coneregutio K , we will recently elec ige oi ueia the pathetic ittributes consti osc perfection is •at Father of all" for the blessings of veli h . gion, comprising truth, sine other species of virtue, into the dark and secret recess of a lodge room—see him stripped to the last remnant of decency—furnish ed with a pair of drawers—blindfolded—" his left foot bare, hiö right in a slipper—his left breast and arm naked, and a cable-tow round his neck." See this pi rEELY and scien tifically equipped, kneel down—take the horrid oath, under his throat cut across, his tongue torn out bv the-roots, and his body buried in the rough sands of the sea at low water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours." Oh! what an indelible stigma upon the Pulpit! y. sobriety, and every * "Divine" •oil this st is and holy "Divine," thus ok st less penalty, "than to have " Pulpit, which in it» legitimate anti imhei* M whiled " Shall htanil "The "Or hi ahull and; fit eft*. il guard, suppt But, is it come to this? Will Christians submit to such flagrant imposition? Will they permit rites of religion, and those of *1 isonry to 1 But look at the degraded con dition of your "Pastor," A PROFESSING MINIS TER of that Gospel, which breathes "benevolence and good will to all mankind"—at the same time a member of that dark institution, of which "defama impvrutive duty, and tier a sworn obligation." Is this false, or aggerated? No, persons who have proclaimed it false with their lips, have confirmed its truth by their ac tion;—and actions always speak louder than words. For the truth of the above, see the secession of the Rev. Mr.Thatc.herof Massachusetts,and his subsequent treatment by the " Brotherhood." YVe could sincerely wish, for the spotless renutation of the "ministry," that the preceding delineati the sacred be blended together? No, \ stem, v tW'on. But it with a specimen of consum mate duplicity, a record of which shall be monumen tally transmitted to unborn millions. When Masonry shall have been buried in silent oblivion, the wreck of imposture, and guilt, shall occupy a conspicuous place upon the chart of human events. It shall be a Beacon, by which future £ rôtis shoals of human life. Christians, do \ character your "Pastor" has nss v him a little further, cut of his degradation. its oaths and penal •c not less revolting to the fi ilimtai is reality, it presents » can designate the flange •rati taille at the idea, of the ne •d in the lodge This is Each mm? Let us folk* hut the commenc subsequent step in ties attached, which ai religious sensibility, tin • Pastor Masonry, 1 Thus fellow-citi promotc the unholy s adhere* does \ to the cause of Mav nry, 1 human ill even drink wi out ot >f the highe r degrees] wishing lie fraternity, scull, [if lie that tiie sins of the person, whose scull is now his gob let, may be heaped upon his head in additi and appear in judgment against him, if ever lie should violate any of those pious and Divine-like obligations which he had taken in a lodge room. Freemasons are sensible of the sanctity reflected upon the Institu tion, by members who wear the clerical garb, are caljle-towed anil hood-winked gratis, and generally officiate in opening and concluding the ses mystic brotherhood. At the initiation of a candidate, the Deacon, Chaplain, or some other PIOUS shepherd of souls, otters up the following pathetic prayer. " Vouchsafe thine aid, Almighty Father of the Uni verse, to this our coi date for Masonry, n thy service, and lie us! Endue him with a con ilsdom , that by the secrets of the hetter enabled to display the beauties of holiness, to the honour of thy\holy name. So Amen!" After this pi D D's •ns of the iveutinu; and grant that this eandi my dedicate, and devote his life to nd faithful brother •potency of thy Di • art, he may be among Le it he. initiated undulate ■ibed. „ Is religion a mere phantom, or is it reality? If real itv, how dure a "Right Reverend"'to act with dinting hypocrisy? \\ ill lie presume to stand in the "Pulpit"'and take in his unhallowed lips, the sacred name of " Jehovah," after passing through the Bac chanalian revels, and officiating in the profane rites of a lodge room? Such presumption and dissimulation, should be treated with the most sovereign contempt. Those denominations of professing Christians, who are so desirous to extend the principles of the Gospel, throughout the habitable Globe, should be very careful in the selection of their officiating ministers. They should be men of unimpeachable rectitude of charac ter. They should he men of exemplary lives, who \ would enforce the beauties of religion, by practical i! , as previously dt in due fo •h illutfrjt ,on . The ancient Prophets, tiie primitive) Christians and Apostles, many of whom devoted their lives to ameliorating the condition of man, and died to confirm the truth of their conviction, of the import-'sons ance ot the principles they inculcated; these worthies • never taught any exclusive doctrine. Their*instruc- 1 tions were proclaimed in public, [not in a lodge room] toall mankind. 1 he wise " King Solomon," whose name has been infamously libelled, by being called "Grand Master" of the Mountebanks of tl,e B "com and square,''has left his invaluable "Proverbs" ■hind him, for the instruction of all mankind. The "Bible" which is sacrilegiously placed with "human sculls, compasses, squares, candlesticks, and cable tows " to decorate the dark retreat of " midnight ca bals, bears strong testimony against them. These few facts, present a satisfactory exhibition of the fal lacious pretensions of "Freemasonry." Consequently adhering ''Divines" are not only guilty of immorality in submitting to the indecorous forms of Masonry, but of hypocrisy in lending their names to support its false claims. The mcre**circumstance of Clergymen be longing to the craft, has induced thousands to join, all of whom, in so doing, have swerved from the path of moral rectitude, and many of them have entered the dark and fearful gulph of dissipation. In reviewing these facts, wc almost involuntarily exclaim, is there an omnipotent, omnipresent God? Is there a future state of being? Is there such a thing as a final retribution? If these things should happen to be realities, let those "Divines" tremble, who have presumed to take in their • he ., hall T Cd nam V f the f r? REAT burKLME, m the solemn mockery of lodge room worship. Let them haste to present a peace-offering to that "Being" whose laws they haveso grossly vio lated. Let them also make early restitution to those injured congregations of professing Christians, upon whose credulity they have practised their pious frauds. Let them bow down to the earth, and cover themselves with "sackcloth and ashes." Let humility and trition characterize their future actions. T not surprising, that scepticism lias committed such ra vages upon tiie orthodox dominions. IF there is any affinity existing between Masonry and Religion, then indeed, is the latter a subject of' trivial importance, the authenticity of which will be doubted by every rational being. Masons have studiously held out the idea of the identity of Religion and M; abominations of-the latter, they have concealed under the sanctity of the former. By this disgraceful arti fice, many of our best citizens have been induced to alliance with the " fraternity. ", This act in itself is not culpable. But after they have become members—discovered the real character of the insti tution—ascertained that the boasted pretensions of the "braggart order" are utterly false and hypocritical— that instead of being the sanctuary of religion and virtue, it is the nursery of every vice of "hideous mien"—that it never emulates to deeds of honour— that its members may commit the blackest crimes with punity—that they are sworn to stand between a guilty brother, and the violated laws-—that the insti tution, in its nature, is irreligious, immoral, indecorous, profane, nonsensical, and anti-republican, in every ceptation of the terms. We say, when the initiated jiave made these discoveries, if they persist in adhe ring to, and advocating the "Hand-maid," they are persons unworthy the confidence <jf a free and intelli gent people. Finally, fellow-citizens, we would ask you to gi ve this subject a deliberate consideration. Are you willing to permit a " Pastor" to officiate for you in the "holiest rites of religion" who will PROFANE and BLASPHEME the name of "The Most High" in the dark and secret recesses of the lodge room ? But perhaps they Will say this is a groundless accusa tion. Mark! The terms "Raboni, Immanuel, and Jehovah," are used by the "craft" as pass words. Is this blasphemy? Is it profanity? Form your own de cision, and act accordingly. £ o us, it i isonry. The ALARMING REPORT. A report is in circulation concerning an insurrection of the Blacks in North Carolina, that is truly alarming. It is stated that the towns of Wilmington and N burn, have been the theatres of the most horrible mas • knowledge, no definite account has been received concerning the number slain, or the proximate cause of the insurrection. Although dispo sed to credit the report, we sincerely hope it may be unfounded. The melancholy events that recently oc curred in Virginia, may be considered merely a pre lude to what must eventually result to our country, from the cursed traffic of human flesh. Although the slaves [generally] may appear to be the dejected and passive subjects of ignominious servitude, and despot ick cruelty, still they possess all the passions and feel ings of human nature. Their minds are eminently susceptible of the impressions of gratitude and the latter of which i their unfeeling masters. We have been hailed the "free and happy sons of Columbia," by almost every nation upon the globe. The " glorious privileges of freemen" have long been tiie subjects of eulogizing descant. We boast of our nation's greatness—of our republican.institutions, and of the equity of our laws. Yet "the same breeze which wafts to the American shore, the joyous accla mation of thousands of freemen, also wafts the pier cing groans of subjugated slaves." " Ilail Columbia's happy and freeborn sons" b this the sacrifice you make upon the altar of freedom? •enge, disclosed to the dismay of , . _ , , „ . 1 eiirly l >art of tl,e P re . / al • a !', e; cs, runs to commence their term of subscription with the first number of which wc have none remuning. 1 lus reason, we hope, will be considered a sufficient Those persons who received the first number of our paper gratuitously', arc respectfully solicited to return it. We have received a number of subscribers during apology for making the demand, and will induce those, who patrons who have received more than one of number, will confer an obligation upon us by returning 'eniently can, to comply with it. Some of our first it. r Tiuiglibours have no knowledge of the LO IHcc. Our patrons and friends, when dia ller an alley nearly opposite id into tliu first door to the right hand liuitted Without either "Sign or Password." "Three times Three" knoçks at the door arc not required. We excuse thee "Brother Boaz" our office is not u place of such notoriety as the "Hiram Lodge." Many nf our CA TION ol posed to cull, mi: lo the I'obt-Otllci •quested of they i ill lie PRICES— Brandywink Mills, Sept. 23. FLOUR, Superfine, per barrel MIDDLINGS, do. RYE FLOUR, WHEAT, Red, per 60 lbs. do. White, do. D5 27 to 5 50. 2 75 to 3 50. 3 56. do. 1 10. - 1 18. RYE CORN, per 57 lbs. OATS, per bushel COOPER STUFF, per M. 65. do, 70 . 38 to 40. 13 00. *' I.IST OF AGENTS. We respectfully request the following per to act as agents for the Wilmington Ex positor. 1 T,.,,«*!,,,« • r i ff M n R ^ent Co. Del. John Cary M. D. Bridgeville, Sussex Co. do. Exekiel Cowgill, near Dover, do Benjamin Henderson, New Milford do" rUrii n i , . George Giarke, near Del. City. do. ""Jj"? Gazier, Summit Bridge do. Simon Spearman, Smyrna, Kent Co. do Andrew Thompson, Lewistown do - Daniel Corhet nr W n w • u* -\/r 1 ?* in 'T°f,w D< We, S ht M - U - ... * , ° r,u S e > Del. Michael otuart, Middleford. Sussex Co. do. Kendal M. Lewis Esqr, near Laurel. Sus sex Co. ' n,i ïnmh rnnli- t,,«« °* _ , y on I avern , do. A. Lvans' D. Maryland. CO J* W, Ash M. D. Superintendant of the Medical Dispensary Phila. P» Samuel Hues Villnoc n , r , a * T „ 0 ■ nu-i* * 0reen > Y el * Go. do. | as ' **^ston, Chichester, do. do. do. J as * Gibbons, near Westchester, Chester 4 County. ' X B- ru«el M. D. Kennet Square do! T n „ piker,,, __ , u . c X _ u *' * rp ,usol ' an " Peru tor t , Gibbons, Lu zerne lownshib, Fayette Co. P a . Alexander Plummer, Robbstown West moreland Co. • •. p a T , r . The commencement of what is now termed „ A T?t S T C wa " at first nothing but the honest indignation of the peo- p pie against the perpetrators ot an atrocious enme. The .dea of connecting the institution ol Freemasonry with the affair, did not then enter the mind of a single individual. Hut when it was discovered that the great mass of the active members of the fraternity in the statae of N. Y, not only declined coming for-; ward and uniting with the people in avenging; the gross insults offered to the laws—but cast! every obstacle in their power in the way of in vestigation, and scandalized and libelled the honest men who presumed to call in question the conduct of a few individuals, and there confederates in the conspiracy, in the abduc tion of Morgan; suspicions began to arise con cerning the brotherly bond of union which seemed to bind them together, and sufficiently powerful too, to paralize the efforts of the honest in their attempts to support the sovereignty of our laws—These facts led to au examination of the principles of the order, and the few revelations of them that were then made, coincided so perfectly with the acts and remarks of its members, that the conclusion with irresistable force upon the minds of the people that there the great evil lay, and that the mere puhishment of a few individuals of the Order, for the abduction of Morgan would be a small matter towards correcting the evils of the institution which had opened to their view. Time unfolded new and in teresting facts, and traits in the character of Freemasonry,' which admonish freemen to check its spread in our land. Information was now and then spread by a budget of Anti - Masonry which wherever it was sent, awoke the same spirit which was sweeping through AN APPRENTICE WANTED. A lad from 14 to 15 years of age, will be taken as an apprentice to the printing business at this office. The requisite qualifications will be, habits of industry and morality, and a good English education.—Early appli cation is desired. ANTI-MASONRY. New York. No impassioned appeals necessary to awake the energies of the people; facts only were required. The people were aroused to action by the* force of simple and unadorned truth. They have become the steadfast advocates of the truth,—Now the urder of Morgan, although horrible almost beyond description, is almost swallowed up in the powerful and honest hostility against the j Masonic Institution. An institution that hadi were , f i u i r i • • i • .u ong fostered such baleful principles m the. l.eart of the finest government on earth. A noxious po,son that had vegetated, reared it-' self, and clung around the towering tree of our liberty, infusing into it those deadly qualities which must ere long have robbed it of its beauty, its power, and its glory, and left it ••like the scattered oak on the barren moor," reft of its bloom. Thus it was that Anti-Masonry— our cause —the cause of the people —came into existence. e; xt sprung not from any fountain head of politi ca , jf act ;" n- It wa3 / ot esiab l ished und er the | of any grcat ones of the ]and _ any £ fficer £ po1ver f_^ ts own merits have been its only passport to public favour. The chairman of the Anti-Masonic Com mittee of correspondence, has informed the members of the Anti-Masonic Convention, which meets on the 26th inst. that the use of the Baltimore Athæneum has been prepared for their sittings. The delegates are requested to observe that the Convention will be called to order precisely at 12 o, clock on monday the 26th inst. of Mr. Calhoun was nominated for the Presi dency, in New-York by a meeting of renounc - ing Jackson men, on Tuesday evening. Mr. Woodward, a delegate to the last Herkimer Convention, Presided. Alexander Hamilton, Esx. acted as Vice President, Merssrs. Bruce and Brush were appointed Secretaries.—From 150 to 200 persons attended —Albany Journal . MASONIC «üthtimcmtc avUNlG oENTIMENIS, Uttered in 1826 and 7. respecting the ah due * tion of Monrun. J . 6 / -At Btntalo, a man, high in office, declared that he was astonished that Miller had been nermitted to eo so fir in nrimino- th»* fE5i»w if mÜI u 1 P 8 .u b ? ok5 , , Morgan should come there there were twenty men who would take Ills life in less than half an hour. In Attica, a former member of the Lenisla tnr. rloMorc! ,, i, If , ft. 1 ? - .a , 85 fo low f s — If 'hey are publish in ® the trUe secrets °* masonry, I should not think the lives of half a dozen such menas Morgan and Miller of any conseaucnce in suu pressing the work." ^ 'l P ï„ t- . • • r , , r * n , a Physician, formerly a sheriff °* the county, declared at a public table: "That the book should be suppressed, if it CO st every one of them their lives." m Rat»via a * n <r , , *. P n * * 1 °^ n g a respectable °® ce , declared to anotner officer; 'That Mil 1er s office would not stand there long.' A Justice of the Peace in Ie Rnv said* 4 * If he could catch Mnriran on th, u • 1 • ' T . fi i i 8 Ï the bridge in ond " ^ ml11 ponci. A Judge of the county Court of G . said—"That whatever Morgan's fate might lnvp k~ . uJ c •* .u have been, he deserved it; he had forfeited his llte * em b< I A Hight Priest of the Order at I.e Roy said—' That Morgan deserved death—he ho", ped he had received it; a common death was too good for him.' A Justice of the Peace in Midellebury, a *:ober, respectable man said publicly 1 —* That a man had a right to pledge his life,' and then observed to those who answered him—' What can you do? what can a rat do with a lion? who are your judges! who are your sheriffs? and who will be your jurymen? " G3° These have all been published in a pam p h let with the sanction of the Lewistown Com mit tee who are perfectly responsile for any moum n f legal damages: yet but one suit has ever becn instituted, and that one was with drawn by the plaintiff. Furthermore, their tlut h has never been publicly controverted— Roch, Enq. In Southampton nine additional convictions of blacks tried on a charge of-being concerned in the late atrocities, have been made by the cotnt. In all sixteen have been condemned, Four of the number had been recommended for reprieve, three being boys of 14 or 15 years of age, and it appearing from the evidence that they had been forced to join the band of mur derers. The other five have been hung. The to ring-leader Nat, had not been taken at the last dates. In Prince George, on Tuesday last, a slave by the name of Christopher, belonging to Mr. Henry G. Health, a blacksmith by trade and a of preacher by profession, was tried by the court on a charge of being concerned with the South ampton conspirators, and condemned to death, He is to be hung the first Friday in October next. We learn that eight convictions have like wise taken place in Sussex county, of Various reports have been in circulation re to specting a plot discovered at Norfolk. A let ter received in Fredericksburg states that 10 - or 12 negroes, attached to one ot the Rope Walks, had been arrested, but nothing save only the nearest suspicion appeared against them, they had been discharged the next day a From the Petersburg Intelligencer of SejjL 18. THE LATE INSURRECTION. (the 3rd inst.) In Fredericksburg, a slave, the property of Colonel Churchfield, has been tried on a charge of " consulting and conspiring to make an in surrection," and condemned to death. The particulars of the trial have not been published, in j The habit of burdening our children some times with three or four different names, has the. oftcn taused the smile of contempt and ridi A ;cule to sit on p Can ' th ing be so it-' s( id and vain £ t ' Q caU to a if tt i e d f rtv ur . ^ .. come here> A i cxan de r Joseph Wash ington Johnston, and get your supper"—or Caroline Matilda Sephronia Smith, it is time for you to be at the fur factory? This re minds me of a tale I have heard of a man once in Spain, who accidentally fell into a bog; the fellow called out most lustily, and a peas ant within hearing opened his window—(it was a dark night)—and enquired what the matter. ** Pray help," said the fellow, "for Joseph Francisco Napthalia Dominico Ferdinando Sebastiani is in the quagmire."— " Is that all?" said the peasant; if you are such a set of lazy rascals, who won't help one another out , you may lie there and be d its it the any its d. the of to the Chin ches in the United States in 1831.—It has been ascertained that there are now, in the United States, more than 12,000 churches. The principal religious denominations are Bap tists and Methodists, who have together 4484 churches, the Presbyterians have 1472 church es; the Congregationalists have 1381 churches; the Episcopalians are also numerous, and have 922 churches; the Roman Catholics have 781 - chnrches; the Dutch Reformed 602 churches; the Friends eave 472 societies; the Universal ists have 298 churches; the Lutherians have 240 churches; the Unitarians have 127 churches; the Jews have 96 Synagogues; the Calvanistic Baptists have 84 churches; and the Moravians . 156 churches,'— Rost. Covr.