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And, in a situation so humiliating she enjoys, might easily be account. and wretched, how cutting will be ed for. The superiority of her ta the reflection, that this poverty is lents, and the fascinations of her the result of not working in barvest. style, connected with evangelical But, alas! how much more intoler- sentiments, and a constant choice able will be the condition of those of interesting subjects, and the who, in another world, in a state of sweet combination of all these in utter destitution, and remediless her exertions to increase the imruin, will bave to say, in reference provement, and hcighten the felito their religious opportunities, and city of her readers, by perpetually the means of salvation, “The har- directing their minds to the contemvest is past, the summer is ended, plation of the most important toand we are not saved !"
pics, the tendency of which is to These remarks are designed to correct their mistakes, to expand impress our young friends with a their faculties, and purify their afjust apprehension of the magnitude fections ;- these things are quite of their privileges, and their conse | sufficient to account for, to secure, quent proportionable responsibility; and to increase that share of merited and by no means to insinuate, that esteem into which she has long Miss Taylor ís only capable of writ- been rising. ing for young people; though that Miss Taylor is in possession of too were no small attainment, partica- great a portion of well-earned fame, larly when rendered agreeable and and enjoys too large a share of the entertaining to the better informed sanction and patronage of the relipart of juvenile readers. On the gious public, to be much concerned contrary, we conceive that those about the opinion of reviewers. Her elderly persons who cannot obtain eminent qualifications for writing, considerable advantage from her and the peculiar beauty, and singupublications, must be either very lar usefulness of the productions of wise, or immensely stupid; we will her pen, are very extensively known, not pretend to determine which, but and, we believe, entirely undisputed. we entreat them to examine. Before And it must be admitted, that the they condemn a writer, in a manner admirers and purchasers of the which has become contemptibly works of Mrs, and the Misses Taycommon-place, as being pretty and lor, do as much credit to their own flowery,' with a long et cetera, discernment and taste, as they conequally senseless and disgusting, fer honour upon their fair and fabecause applied without discrimina-vourite authoresses. We cannot tion to whatever they dislike, or do refrain observing by the way, that not understand ; let them seriously the popularity which they enjoy, inquire where the fault really lies; brings to our recollection a remark whether that want of interest and made by a very accurate observer of importance, of which they complain, men and things the late Rev. Riought to be attributed to the incf-chard Cecil, minister of St. John's ficicncy of the agent, or the insensi-Chapel:-“ Let us do the world bility of the subject.
justice. It has seldom found a conBut though it is allowed, that siderate, aecommodating, and genMiss Taylor's writings are neither | tle, but withal, earnest, heavenly, intended nor calculated exclusively | | and enlightened teacher. When it for the young; it must be acknow | has found such, truth has received a ledged, that, while she is deservedly very general attention." Here the rising in the estimation of the reli- principle is illustrated and confirm-' gious public at large, this is particu-ed, though in a different, but not larly the case with the juvenile less appropriate, application. branches of our families; and more 1 But we must address ourselves particularly still with our daughters, more particularly to our present including also our sisters, our wives, task, which is to give some account and our mothers. Were it neces- of the book before us; a task, howsary, both the general, and the more ever, which, though very agreeable, specific kind of popularity which is by no means easy; for, how can a
rèviewer multiply remarks or what developing the springs of action, can he find to say, with the convic- and frequently shows them to be tion in full force upon his mind, bad, or at least defective, in many that, in reference to the work under pursuits and engagements in which consideration, in general, and almost young people, and old people too, without an exception, reproof would are very apt to congratulate them be unjust; correction, superfluous; selves on the purity of their motives. advice, impertinent; and commen-' | We acknowledge, that she has often dation unnecessary. What all ad- detected us, where we had not be. mire, needs neither improvement fore suspected ourselves. ' In this nor eulogium."
respect her talents are peculiarly • Perhaps it might be sufficient to striking, and, for her years, we think, say, that the present volume is not perfectly unparalleled; resulting, inferior to any of its predecessors. we presume, from the vigilance and Indeed, we kpow not whether this severity of her self-examination, and would not be rather too much; for the consequent and commensuratë we almost suspect it is not quite extent of her self-knowledge; for equal to Miss Taylor's previous we seldom suspect another of that publication Display: à Tale." to which we have never felt inclined On this beautiful piece, we do not ourselves. recollect having given our opinion. The composition of this volume as reviewers; but it is a favourite is very correct, and equally chaste..., book in our juvenile libraries, and She has most completely acquired we have repeatedly read it to our the art of concealing the pains which young people and our wives with have been bestowed upon it. Every great delight. We are inclined, page has been most severely chasupon the whole, to consider this as tised, though no marks of violence the master-piece of the family. Per- or displeasure appear to a common haps the composition of the Cor- observer. We apprehend no person respondence is not quite so po- can form a just estimate of the la lished; but then, of course, it is bour which such writing incurs, exsofter and warmer : and if the cept those who are determined to thinking is not equally pointed, it is write as well, and who know from more natural, and not less useful. | experience that it is not to be done But, without minutely weighing at the first dash. We have perthe comparative merit of the present ceived scarcely half a dozen obscure volume, we may observe, that it or awkwardly constructed sentences abounds with original, striking, and in the whole book. She seems to acute remarks on many very com- act most determinedly on Lord mon topics.
Chesterfield's principle, that“WhatMiss Taylor very justly observes, ever is worth doing, is worth doing that “ it is of great consequence well." No author, we imagine, that we learn to distinguish between should allow himself to say “This the trifling and the real in every paragraph, or this sentence, is not thing." She seems constantly alive so good as it might have been ; but to a remark made by a great genius, it will do. Even if he were able to Robinson of Cambridge, which he say, and to say with justico, . It is stated with his own peeuliar sim- better now than most other people plicity and point, when he said, “ If can do,' that were notbing to the we would ascertain what is right, purpose. Any mental apology of we must distinguish what is from this kind would increase the very what ought to be.” The great object fault which it were intended to ex. always in hand, and ever upon her tenuatem.indolence, and render the heart, is to show the immense value habit still more inveterate, Whatand indispensible importance of in- ever is not as good as the author forming the mind, training it to could make it, is not so good as it habits of thinking, regulating the ought to be. He who writes for the temper, and forming the character press, and who expects the peouof young people to intellectual and niary remuneration and the patron. moral excellence. She excels in age of the public, insults those
whose suffrage he solicits, while he / are assured they “ must not expect degrades himself by presenting them happier days than those” spent at with something which is not his best. school. It may be allowed, that
In perusing the book, our atten bappiness is then more unmixed tion was arrested by two or three and less interrupted: but, surely, slight mistakes. In a work of less the happiness of infantine years merit, and a more limited circula- | must be inferior in its natire to that tion, abounding, perhaps, with er- which we enjoy when our mental rors, of which these might have faculties have reached their matubeen the least, we should not have rity, and which arises from the exnoticed them. The task would then ercise of virtuous and benevolent have been too formidable. To cor- feelings-intercourse with God here, rect the errors of some publications, and the sweet anticipation of dwellwould be like “ wasbing Ethiops ing with him hereafter. We are fair." The first mistake to which sorry to see any mistake in so exwe allude occurs in p. 108, where cellent and admirable a book. It Laura says, “I hope I am in some affects us to see Miss Taylor sancdegree aware, how important it is tion any thing which should long to acquire habits of attention and since have been put down, and to command of the thoughts now, perpetuate the currency of what while habits either good or bad are ought to be called in, never to be $0 easily formed.". That all habits re-issued. What a pity that so fair are more easily formed while we are a hand should be unconsciously young than at an advanced period employed in the circulation of counin life, is granted; but, that good terfeit coin, though but to the habits are ever easily formed, is not amount of three farthings! We quite so evident. Nothing, we ap- bave, however, some pleasure in prehend, is so easy for a depraved hinting at these mistakes, as we creature as to be just precisely what consider them, because we believe he should not be. Another is found | Miss Taylor will receive our remarks in p. 114, where Mrs. Taylor ob- in good part. We wish her never serves, that “the most effectual to forget the advice of her goverway of obtaining the approbation of ness, it to be more emulous to excel our fellow-creatures, and the only herself than others.” She cannot way to insure that of our own con- have a better pattern. science and of God, is to be what we have gone through this vowe wish others to think us ;” and lume with great pleasure, and have adds, we conceive, unadvisably, been unusually affected by it. If that “the reality is generally as at- any of our readers can peruse some tainable as its counterfeit.” Now parts of it without an indescribable we were thinking, that Laura, with thrill, perceiving the tear ready to the assistance of her friend, Grace start in their own eye, while they Dacre, might, in her next letter to see it glisten in hers, we will not Mrs. Taylor, have examined her a envy them. They must, in that little upon their new plan of case, however, possess more sepse, thought-making.” She might have or less sensibility, than even a resaid, But do you not think, mama, viewer. They may, indeed, conthat a person may easily be a hypo-gratulate themselves on its being crite? Now I was thinking, it attributable to the former, while we could not be so easy to be a Chris- may be allowed to query, whether it tian; not unless it were as easy to ought not, in justice, to be imputed obtain a clean heart and a right to the latter. spirit, pure motives, and heavenly pursuits, as it is to reform, and, in some respects, to beautify the ex- ! To the Editors of the Buptist Maguzine. terual conduct, while the inward | man be defiled and paralized by that State of the Baptists in the Valley of moral putrefaction and death which
Moutier. inherit in our nature. The last ap- Few communications in the vapears in p. 132, where young people rious periodical publications of the
day are, I believe, read with so I have met with. He was a member of much interest as those that come the established, or Presbyterian reliunder the denomination of religious gion; but as the object of our walk naintelligence, and detail either the turally led to the topic, he observed, exertions employed for the diffu
(without my suggesting it, or intimating sion of religious knowledge, or the
my sentiments,) that he thought unifor. situation of Christians in different
mity of religious opinion was not to be
expected, and, could scarcely exist even parts of the world. Having lately among those of the same communion. read in a publication entitled “ Let- This le illustrated by the remark, that ters descriptive of a Tour on the no animal of the same race, or tree of Contineut in 1816,” an account of the same species, or even a leaf of the the Anabaptists (as our author calls same tree, was exactly like another. He them, I dare say you will think im- censured Voltaire as an atheist, and properly) in the Valley of Moutier, Rosseau as a politician who condemned I take the liberty of sending you
existing governments, without devising the following extract, the insertion of
a better. He had never thought Buona. which will, I have no doubt, interest
parte a great man, or his successes likely your readers. The author, Mr. John
to be lasting; because, said he, la Provi. Sheppard, seems a lowly Christian
dence peut dormir quelquefois, mais tôt
ou tard elle se reveille. ["Though Pro. traveller, and has presented to the
vidence may sometimes sleep, yet at last public much interesting information, she will awake."] He applauded Free conveyed in a very pleasing manner; derick the Great of Prussia, and when I while the general reflections that mentioned his infidelity, (of which the. occur are quite in the spirit and peasant did not seem fully apprised,) he tone of genuine Christianity. It observed,· Yes, but he tolerated all rewill be to you no disrecommenda
ligions.' It did not appear that this tion at least of his work to know, as
person had ever quitted his native valley; we learn from the extract before us,
he was advanced in years, and observed that he holds the same opinion with
how enviable was the lot of my servant, yourselves on the subject of bap
who enjoyed an opportunity of visiting tism, though this, I think, is the
various countries in his youth. We
found on the mountain a brother of the only occasion on which this ap
preacher whom we sought, employed in pears.
mowing. He regarded me with a good W...
deal of fear or suspicion; the inter
rogation of a stranger very naturally " The grander scenes I have before
awakening in his simple mind the ideas of described to you, did not render me at
espionage and persecution. Neither could all insensible to the picturesque wildness
he, I believe, have given a clear account of these ; but I found, without expect.
of their faith, even had I been able to uning it, in their vicinity, another circum
derstand his patois (dialect) without its stance to interest me, from its being in
passing through the medium of my habited by a considerable number of
guide. He did, indeed, with great simAnabaptists, * whose sentiments and
plicity, state to him, for my information, practice I became desirous to ascertain.
two or three practical points of differs They were represented by others as very
ence, • We do not drink, or swear, or peculiar; but at the same time an uniform
play cards as you do ;' which my intertestimony was borne to the good morals,
preter reported as faithfully as he would and to the peaceable and charitable
à distinction on the five points. We habits of these sectaries. Near a village
found only the little daughters of the called Malleray, I found an elderly
rustic preacher at his home, quite plainpeasant, not of their communion, who
ly, but neatly dressed, with very told me he was ucquainted wiih many
healthy couutenances. That part of his of them, and offered to conduct me to a
farın which immediately surrounded the neighbouring mountain, where one of
house, had some patches of flax and their pastors, lived. This man was one
hemp, from which they spun their cloth. of the most thinking and lettered rustics
ing. He was himself bay-making, at
nearly an hour's walk above us, on * It is rather excessive candour for a the mountain side. I preferred prowriter of our own denomination to em ceeding to the dwelling of another, ploy this term of reproach without any who, though not a preacher, was an explanation, or expression of disappro elder amongst them, and was said to
speak pretty good French: dismissing
my guide, therefore, I trusted to my ser| than the habits, dress, and residence of vant's knowledge of the provincial these people, and I left them with a very German spoken here, in order to dis- pleasing impression ; indeed, my seccover bis abode. He also was in the tarien sympathies were not get enough field; but a peasant girl, (not of their indulged, and I walked on the following persuasion,) conducted us to it, and day to the residence of a preacher of this though the walk was rather long, posi- | persuasion, near a place called La Ru. tively refused any reward. I found the chenette, on the road to Bienne. I was farmer dressed in a black straw bat, with first conducted by mistake to the cote the general air of a respectable country. tage of his father, who, with a venerable man, but with his beard, (which began silver beard, was exercising bis trade as to be grey,) unshaven. I apprized him, a book-binder. He answered me rather as I had the former, that I agreed with | doubtingly, remembering, probably, the them in believing the baptism of adults evils of former years; but my purchasing to be the genuine baptism of the New a book for something more than its price, Testament, which information I thought and incidentally speaking of a chaise needful, to prevent suspicion that I that waited, seemed to inspire confidence came as a spy, or to seek after wbat in my harmless intentions, and he dimight appear ridiculous. He told me, rected me to his son. This latter was a that they usually baptized about the good-looking man of fifty, whose beard age of fifteen, and performed the rite by very much became him. He told me, pouring water upon the head ; * that however, that he did not account that, they used no compulsion with their chil. / and some other external distinctions dren, who, if they preferred it, might which they had adopted, from the mojoin the communion of the Reformed. tive of avoiding vanity and show, to be When I asked questions relating to their | in theinselves of any moment. I wish faith, I found this worthy mountaineer my good brethren on the mountains less able on these subjects to express his may never be shaken in the orthodoxy of ideas in French. He liad been used to their beards, which accord admirably converse in that language with strangers with their primitive habits and rural life. only, and about secular affairs; but the But to come to points of more importSwiss German, his native language, which ance : this worthy man, named David even my servant did not understand Baumgartner, informed me that he had enough to converse on those points, was been a minister, or preacher, from the the only one he had real or spoken on age of 24, but had not baptized or admatters of religion. He appeared to ministered the Lord's supper till within entertain no distrust of me. The mower four years ; that the choice of ministers had asked, whether the Anabaptists in was made first by the vote of the peoEngland were rich? but this farmer's ple, fixing on two of their body, and notice seemed more attracted by my chin then by the decision of lot between those pew reaped! than by any marks of com. two, accompanied by the prayer which parative opulence about me. He de. we find in Acts, i. 24; that it was their sired to know, whether it was the cus- | practice generally to expound chapters, tom to share ourselves ? I told him it rather than preach from separate was, as we thought it simply a question verses; and that their prayers were of convenience. Taking me to his usually written forme delivered by me. house, accompanied by bis little grand mory. He said, that in domestic wor. son, he produced a fine folio Bible, ship, also, which he practised morning printed by Christofell Froschouer, Zu. and evening, and sometimes at noon, it rich, 1536; a New Testament, Frank was his custom to use a book. On my fort, 1737 ; and some books of hymns or naming some advantages in prayer psalms in Swiss German. He offered which is not precomposed, he observed, me milk, and seemed pleased with my
that he had himself often considered, visit. Nothing could be more patriarchal and suggested to others, that those who
felt incapable of thus addressing the * « Menno, the father of the Dutch
Deity, would not be so if applying in
distress or necessity to an earthly friend. Baptists, (whose tenets these people ap. 1.-They partake of the Lord's supper pear to hold,) was dipped himself, and
only once a year. Their public worship baptized others by dipping, but some of takes place at different houses alterbis followers introduced pouring, as they nately, which may be occasioned by imagined through necessity, in prison; their very dispersed residence among and the practice now generally prevails the mountains. This person had someamong them.”--Robinson's History of times attended the discourses of the Baptism, page 549.
reformed Calvinist) pastors, and was