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anoe; or, at least, they cannot com- , and has led others to amuse themplain of being injured, if others con- selves with imagining how churchsider this inference fairly deducible men would look, if a Dissenter were from their conduct. It may be said, to parody their speeches, and, by the temptation which draws them changing a few words, turn them in away to the church is sometimes praise of dissent. Whenever the two great. So it may: and the tempta- parties combine, may they each tion is doubtless great, that induces conscientiously keep in view the Africans to go to their richer neigh- leading principles which brought bours, and ask leave to put on their them together; for nothing else can slave chain ; (which travellers have permanently keep them together. asserted is not unfrequently the case.) In both instances the cause is the same: neither party have a A Sermon occasioned by the lamented just sense of the value of liberty. Death of her late Royal Highness the
The two concluding letters are Princess Charlotte of Wales; preached called “Practical Results." We were at Harvey-lane, Leicester, November 16, much pleased with them.
1817, by Robert Hall, M. A. Seventh nestly wish that the attention of our Edition. pp. 63. Button. 2s. congregations, and particularly of Eloquence is a rare production. our younger friends, was more fre- It requires so many, and such vaquently turned to a wise and tem- rious intellectual endowments, that perate view of the true state of the but few public speakers have been controversy between ourselves and able to display this excellence. the members of the Establishment. Some orators, however, have appearOur ancestors in the cause of Non-ed in the senate, at the bar, and in conformity laboured; we have en- the pulpit. Our own country has, tered into their labours; and we perhaps, given birth to the most frequently do not sufficiently esteem eminent. The names of Burke, of their exertions. With all their Sheridan, of Pitt, and Fox, stand on faults, they were a race of men“ of an eminence to which but few have whom the world was not worthy." | attained. It is the opinion of some We do not say, that they never ex- eminent judges, that the author of ceeded the just bounds of sound this sermon deserves to be classed reasoning, and of proper feeling. With the“ first three of these mighty A man who resists an attempt un- men." We are much deceived if justly made to bind him with a there are not many passages in the shackle, is strongly induced to use sermon before us, which will bear a a little unnecessary violence, both competition with any of their most in his excrtions and expressions. distinguished speeches; while it is a This is natural, and a powerful subject for congratulation, that the apology instantly arises in his fa- piety and evangelical sentiments of vour, when we recollect the cause our author are not at all inferior to which aroused his ardour.
his powers of oratory. The fires We perfectly agree with our of his eloquence, which have been author, on the propriety of co-ope- 1 enkindled at the Christian altar, rating with churchmen
“ in all
are constantly burning upon it, deplans of doing good, which require claring at once their supernatural not the sacrifice of principle.” p. 119. origin, and conveying the sacrifices But we have often lamented, that of a grateful heart to the Author of members of the Establishment should all, as the giver of every good and have taken occasion, in meetings perfect gift. convened for common purposes, We are highly gratified that Mr. and of which a large proportion was Hall has availed himself of the circomposed of Dissenters, to launch cumstance of the death of her lato forth in unnecessary praises of their lamented Royal Highness, for deliexcellent church!! This eloquence vering some of the most important has been observed to excite a smile sentiments on the vanity of human among some whose opinions were distinctions and enjoyments, and on different from those of the speakers: the nature and necessity of personal
religion. We trust, that many per- utter a groan too deep, or a cry too sons who read this discourse for the piercing, to express the magnitude and purpose of admiring its fine classical extent of such a catastrophe ?" allusions, and energetic appeals,
To lead persons to make a due will be irresistibly led to act upon improvement of afflictive circumthe advice it contains, and to seek stances, the following impressive for that heavenly wisdom who has appeal is made to the conscience of * length of days in her right hand, the reader, (page 53): and in her left hand riches and honour.”
“What may we suppose is the reason Our limits will only permit us to
of this; why are so many impressed, and
so few profited ? It is unquestionably make a few short extracts. No
because they are not obedient to the thing can exceed the beauty of the first suggestion of conscience. What following description, (page 12): that suggestion is, it may not be easy
“ The first particular which strikes the precisely to determine; but it certainly attention in this solemn visitation is, the is no: to make haste to efface the impreso rank of the illustrious personage, who sion by frivolous amusement, by gay appears to have been placed on the pin society, by entertaining reading, or even nacle of society for the purpose of ren- by secular employment: it is, probably, dering her fall the more conspicuous, to meditate and pray. Let the first and of convincing as many as are sus- whisper, be it what it may, of the interceptible of conviction, tható man at his nal monitor, be listened to as an oracle, best estate is altogether vanity.' The as the still small voice which Elijah Deity himself adorned the victim with heard, when he wrapped his face in a his own hands, accumulating upon her mantle, recognising it to be the voice of all the decorations and ornaments best God. Be assured it will not mislead adapted 10 render her the object of you; it will conduct you one step aç universal admiration. He permitted her least towards happiness and truth, and to touch whatever this sublunary scene by a prompi and punctual compliance presents that is most attractive and al- with it, you will be prepared to receive juring, but to grasp nothing; and after ampler communications and superior conducting ber 10 an eininence where light. If after a serious retrospect of she could survey all the glories of the your past lives, of the objects you lave empire as her destined possession, closed pursued, and the principles which have her eyes in death.”
determined your conduct, they appear The sublimity of the description, of a dying hour, dare to be faithful to
to be such as will ill sustain the scrutiny (page 50,) of the loss of an immortal
yourselves, and shun with horror that spirit, is of an high order:
cruel treachery to your best interests, “ The nation has certainly not been which would impel you to sacrifice the wanting in the proper expression of its peace of eternity to the quiet of a mopoignant regret at the sudden removal
ment. Let the light of truth, which is of this most lamented Princess, nor of the light of heaven, however painful their sympathy with the Royal Family, for the present, be admitted in its full deprived by this visitation of its brightest force; and whatever secrets it may dis, Sorrow is painted in every
in the chambers of imagery," countenance, the pursuits of business while it unveils still greater and greater and of pleasure have been suspended, abominations,' shrink not from the view, and the kingdom is covered with the but intreat rather the assistance of him signals of distress. But what, my bre- whose prerogative it is to search the thren, if it be lawful to indulge such a heart, and to try the reins, to render the thought, what would be the funeral ob- investigation more profound and imparsequies of a lost soul? Where shall we
tial. The sight of a penitent on bis find the tears fit to be wept at such a knees, is a spectacle which moves beaspectacle, or could we realize the cala
ven; and the compassionate Redeemer, mity in all its extent, what tukens of who, when he beheld Saul in that situacommisseration and concern would be tion, exclaimed, Behold, he prayeih, deemed equal to the occasion ? Would will not be slow or reluctant to strengthen it suffice for the sun to veil his light, and you by his might, and console you by the moon her brightness; to cover the his Spirit. When a • new and living ocean with mourning, and the heavens way is opened into the holiest of alli with sackcloth ; or were the whole fa- by the blood of Jesus, not to avail our bric of nature to become animated and selves of it, not to arise and go to our vocal, would it be possible for her to Father, but to prefer remaining at a
guilty distance, encompassed with fa. that admirable little work, that " prin. mine, to the rich and everlasting provi. ciple, moral and religious principle, is sions of his house, will be a source of the only solid basis of a good education." insupportable anguish when we shall see No juvenile library should be without Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, enter into Henwick Tales: the Sketch of my the kingdom of God, and ourselves shut Friend's Family is not less worthy of re
You are probably not aware of gard; it is replete with useful remarks, what importance it is to improve these nalurally introduced, besides the more sacred visitations; have not considered general subjects it contains. The senti. ihat they form a crisis, which, if often ments are given in lively and striking neglected, will never return. It is im conversations, and their practical effects possible too often to inculcate the mo- are exhibited in the deportment of those mentous truth, that the character is not who entertain them. formed by passive impressions, but by But it is not to young persons only voluntary actions, and that we shall be that this volume is likely to be useful. judged hereafter, not by what we have The effects of true religion on the chao felt, but by what we have done." racter and conduct of a wife and a mo
ther are impressively described ; and, in the same inportant relations, the sad
consequences of evil-temper and tyranny A Sketch of my Friend's Family, intended
are as usefully introduced. Errors on to suggest some Practical Hints on Reli. the subject of religion are corrected, gion and Domestic Manners. By Mrs. and her best consolations are skilfully Marshall, Author of Henwick Tales. administered. Indeed, those who desire
« TRain up a child in the way he to communicate solid, useful, appropriate should go ; and when he is old, he will instructions to children and
young not depart from it.” This was not, per- people, will do well to peruse our au. haps, intended to be understood as indi. thor's book, and to put it into the hands catiog the infallible certainty of perse of all their young friends. The work is verance in the right path, when appro- divided into chaplers of a proper length, priate instructions are imparted to young so that a child may finish any one with persons, and proper discipline is main- out weariness, and without difficulty retained;
it should not, however, be collect its principal contents. The style doubted, that moral and religious culture is neat, perspicuous, fowing, and suffiwill be generally productive, under the ciently nervous. favour of heaven, of good and permanent effects. What can excuse inattention to suitable education, or compensate for its LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. neglect ? Nothing which the fondest affection will ever have ability to be
In the Press, stow. A vicious course, in relation to
A 3d Edition of a Collection of Hymns, this subject, has spoiled many a fine designed as a New Supplement to Dr. temper, and impeded the growth of not a Watts's Psalms and Hymns. By the few naturally good understandings. Rev. James Upton; with an Appendix, Ideas of a pernicious class have been als containing many additional Hymns, some lowed to accumulate, and habits ruinous of which were never before printed. to the happiness of the whole life, have
For the Use of Sunday Schools. The been, without interdiction, formed. Fifth Edition of the Clerkenwell Spelling Eden, without some care and attention and Reading Lessons, adapted to the from the parents of mankind, would have
new System of Education, by J. Aspin ; declined in beauty and convenience; accompanied with honorary Badges for and where is there a human understand. Monitors, &c. together with a Copy of ing, or a heart, that does not need, and the Plan of Instruction adopted in the that will not reward cultivation ?
Clerkenwell Parochial Sunday Schools. In entire consistency with the spirit
Second Edition of A Tribute to the of these remarks, we express high appro- Memory of a young Person lately dea bation of the work now before us. The ceased; with a Funeral Sermon, by the title informs us, that Mrs. Marshall has | Rev. Thomas Langdon. appeared before the publie in a former
Just Published, publication, and of Henwick Tales it is but mere justice to say, that, as they A Blow at the Root, or a History of were designed, so they are adapted to The Rise of Antinomianism, &c. &c. by amuse the mind, and to correct the sen. the late Rev.Joh nFlavel.--Republished timents of youth. In a very pleasing on account of the spread of tbat Heresy. and forcible manner it is manifested, in Price 1s,
Missionary Retrospect and foreign Intelligence,
MISSIONARY STATIONS, &c. common rudimental instruction which
prevails among them; and the great FROM a list which has been lately means which India appears to be in published, the following appears to be want of at present, is a systematic plan the number of Protestant Missionary of education, universally, patiently, stations, and Missionaries, Catechists, and industriously to be acted upon &c. throughout the world. The various throughout the whole of our territories. societies are arranged in chronological Only let the population have the power order.
to read our scriptures, and we have done them a kindness, the benefit of which
nothing can deprive them of. The Royal Danish Mission College 1
Bible may do its own work : that it cans Christian Knowledge Society 3
do so has been repeatedly proved, in Society for propagating the
spite of the melancholy forebodings, and Gospel...
sensitive jealousies of the adversaries to United Brethren
its distribution. Wesleyan Methodists ....... 29 63
“ Take an instance, iny dear brother, Baptist Missionary Society 26 59* which I think so well calculated to cheer (London) Missionary Society 36 82 our spirits. You know that Anund Edinburgh Missionary Society 3 8
Messee is now baptized. I shall send Church Alissionary Society 29 51 you his history in the next packet. We American Congregational Board
have every reason to believe in the sine of Missions
2 cerity of his Christian profession, and American Baptists
we hope for many beneficial results from
his real ability and consistent life. The 165 374 other day he asked my permission to
leave his little school at MThere are some native preachers not over, for a few days, to Delhi; which included in this enumeration.
was the more readily granted, as he still entertains hopes of bringing his wife over
to the acceptance of the salvation of the BAPTIST MISSION.
gospel, as well as his brother and sisters,
" During his stay at Delhi, a report
was in circulation that a number of EFFECTS
strangers had assembled together (noOf Circulating the Holy Scriptures.
body knew why,) in a grove near the
imperial city, and were busily employed, In our Magazine for 1816, page 514, apparently in friendly conversation, and we inserted a very honourable testimony in reading some book in their possession, to the labours of Mr. Chamberlain at
which induced them to renounce their Hurdwar Fair, during the period of his caste, to bind themselves to love and residence at Sirdhana. The subjoined associate with one another, to intermarry document affords very encouraging rea only among their own sect, and to lead son to hope that those exertions were not
a strict and holy life. in vain; and presents an additional “ This account filled Anund with great evidence of the propriety of dispersing anxiety to ascertain who and what ihey copies of the word of God wherever were; and he instantly set off for the missionaries can find access.
grove which had been pointed out as the Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Mr. 500 people, men, women, and children,
place of rendezvous. He found about Fisher, at Murut, to the Rev. Mr. Tho. seated under
the shade of the trees, and mason, at Calcutta, dated Murut, May employed, as had been related to him, 6, 1817.
in reading and conversation. He went “ I am more and more convinced that
up to an elderly-looking man, and ac. the inhabitants of India are nearly in costed him; and the following accessible to us in their present state, sation passed : (I mean, with a view to their conversion,) “Friend, pray who are all these peo from the gross ignorance and want of ple, and whence come they ! "We
are poor and lowly, and we read and obtained ; and all united to acknowledge love this book.' Anund, : What is that the superiority of the doctrine of the book ?' The book of God.' Anund, Holy Book to every thing, they had * Let me look at it, if you please.' hitherto heard or known. An indiffer. Anund, on opening it, perceived it to be ence to the distinction of caste soon the Gospel of our Lord, translated into manifested itself; and the interference the Hindoostance tongue, many copies and tyrannical authority of their brahof which seemed to be in the possession mins became more offensive and conof the party; some printed, others written temptible. At last, it was determined by themselves from the printed ones. to separate themselves from the rest of
“ Anund pointed to the name of Jesus, their Hindoo brethren, and establish a and asked • Who is that?' • That is party of their own, choosing out four or God; he gave us this book.' Anund. five who could read the best, to be public • Where did you obtain it?' • An angel teachers from this newly acquired book. from heaven gave it me at Hurdwar- The numbers daily and rapidly in. Fair.' Anund. • An angel!' Yes: to creased, especially amongst the poor ; us he was God's angel ; but he was a which at last suggested the idea of conman, a learned Pundit.' (Doubtless, voking a public meeting of all their conthese translated Gospels must have been genial associates, to ascertain how many the books distributed five or six years accepted their new doctrine. The large ago at Hurdwar by the missionary.) / grove near Delhi seemed a convenient
The written copies we wrote ourselves, spot, and this interesting group had now having no other means of obtaining the all met for this very purpose, when Blessed Word.' • These books, said Agund's visit took place. Anund, ' teach the religion of the Euro- « They seemed to have no particular pean Sabibs. It is their book; and they form of congregational worship; but printed it in our language for our use.' each individual made daily and diligent
Ah, no ;' replied the stranger, that use of the Lord's Prayer. Anund asked cannot be, for they eat flesh. Jesus them why they were all dressed in Christ,' said Anuud, • teaches that it white. The people of God should wear does not signify, what a man eats or white garments,' was the reply, ' as a drinks. Eating is nothing before God; sign that they are clean, and rid of their and not that which entereth into a man's sins.' Anund observed, "You ought to mouth defileth him ; but that which be baptized in the name of the Father, cometh out of the mouth, ibis defileth a Son, and Holy Ghost. Come to M.; man : for vile things come forth from the there is a Christian padree there, and heart; and out of the heart proceedeth he will shew you what you ought to do.' evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, forni- They answered,' Now we must go home cation, thefts, &c. : these are the things to the harvest; but as we mean to meet that defile.' • That is true; but how once a year, perhaps the next year we can it be the European book, when we
may come to M.' believe that it was God's gift to us at " In consequence of this, I have Hurdwar-Fair?' Anund. God gave it deemed it advisable to send Anund to long ago to the Sabibs, and they sent it make all possible inquiry respecting to us.' I find, from Anund, that these these promising blossoms of hope, and Testaments were circulated at Hurdwar trust to be enabled ere long to give you (I believe, by Mr. Chamberlain,) and still more gratifying information." falling into the hands of different people, resident in different but neighbouring villages, they were found to be interest | LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. ing records, and well worth the attention of the people.
We hinted in the last month that the “A public reader appears to have " idols" in some of the South Sea Islands been selected by themselves in each of had been“ utterly abolished.” We now the villages, for the express purpose of present our readers with a curious docureading the miraculous book; and their ment, a letter from Pomare, the King of evenings have been habitually spent in Otaheite. this blessed employment; crowds gathering together to hear God's book.
TRANSLATION OF A LETTER FROM The ignorance and simplicity of many
POMARE, KING OF TAHITI, was very striking. Never having heard (Usually written Otaheite.) of a printed book before, its very ap
To the Missionaries. pearance was to theni miraculous.
FRIENDS, “ A great stir was created by the gra- May you be saved by Jehovah and dually increasing information hourly Jesus Christ our Saviour. This is my