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Let us not be promised one thing, and The author then proceeds to then put off with another,
illustrate these treasures by the The object, we are told, is, 'to recall
account of the invention of the the minds, especially of the clergy, to the old standard divinity of their church.'
cross as recorded in Socrates. The Now if this were honestly meant, should extract is too long for our insertion, we not have heard, before now, of the but the following note may convey preparation of new Oxford editions of the
some idea of the absurdities so lights of the Reformation, not only of Cranmer and Jewel, but of Latimer also,
gravely commended to notice. and Bradford; of Philpot, and Hooper, Socrates History, 1. 1. c. 13. According and Becon, and Bale? Why should not to this story, the Queen finds three crosses, Legh Richmond's admirable outline, of
all wonderfully preserved during three 'the Fathers of the English church,' be hundred years after the crucifixion. Nay, traced anew, and filled up by those whose
the very writing of Pilate had been peculiar position gives them peculiar ad
strangely kept, unobliterated, for three vantages ? What a blessing would a good centuries, under ground. The Romans, and moderately-priced collection of this during the siege of Jerusalem, had so cokind be, to the English clergy! But we vered the ground with crosses, that space see no trace of even a desire or a disposi- was not left for any more; yet just these tion to do any thing of the kind. They three were found : And they were all talk of 'the old standard divinity of the found in a grave; although why a cross church ;' but when we come to name the should have been interred, or why all authors, they can think of none but Laud, three should be interred together, nobody and Heylin, and Leslie, and Bull! Now
can tell. And this is the trash which, we we deny that these have the least title to
are to take from an inquiring, diligent, be considered our old standard divines.' and candid historian,' a man of ‘plain We want the works of those who founded
good sense.' and built up our church; but they offer
The Oxford heresies are howus those only who tried their utmost, and partly succeeded, in pulling it down ! ever, not only ably answered by
But further, we are to have the the writers already noticed, but are treasures of theological knowledge which powerfully refuted by anticipation, exist in the ancient fathers of the church,' 'brought to light,' and 'the study of
by the statements of sound prinecclesiastical history revived ;' (as if it had ciple contained in many of the ever been suffered to fall into disuse.) other pamphlets at the head of this Now here, again, the question returns, as article. Thus the very able and to what is meant by these expressions. They talk of 'the old standard divinity of
eloquent sermon delivered at the the church,' and mean thereby the writ
consecration of the Bishop ings of the Lauds and Heylins of a semi- Hereford by Archdeacon Robinpopish and degenerate age! What, then, son, destroys at once is included under this general designation,
aggerated and preposterous claims - The Ancient Fathers of the Church ?' If we were to understand by this expres
of authority with which the minission, merely the writers of the apostolic ters of religion are by the Tract age, or even of the first two centuries, we writers endowed. T'he text is should have little exception to take, or St. John xx. 21. " As
Father objection to offer, save that the language
hath sent me, even so send I applied, 'the treasures of theological
you," knowledge,' is rather extravagant and hy
from which the Archdeacon shews perbolical. But we apprehend that the the true nature and dignity of the application of the term is not meant to be
episcopal office, by considering the so limited. We have quoted the opinion of one of their leading writers, that 'three
mission of the apostles and their centuries and more were necessary for the successors as analogous to the Sainfant church to attain her mature and viour's own in its objects, and in perfect form, and due stature. Athana.
the resources provided for its exsius, Basil, and Ambrose, are the fully in
ecution. The objects of the Sa. structed doctors of her doctrine, morals, and discipline.'
viour's mission were to publish the The 'treasures,' then, which are counsels of the divine will for the lauded by these writers, are to be found recorery and redemption of the in the fourth and following centuries.
world. In the execution of his We may take a sample, which will at the same time apprize us, what sort of ' eccle
ministry, he added nothing to that siastical history’it is proposed to‘ revive.' roll of divine truth written by his
own hand in the counsels of eter- Sodor and Man, (an event which, nity; and when the days of his both as to the preservation of a earthly ministry were ended, this most primitive diocese and the part of his commission was trans- promotion of a most suitable indiferred to the apostles to declare vidual, calls for our gratitude to to others with the fidelity of wit- Almighty God, does not enter nesses, the mind and will of God, immediately on modern controas revealed to them by the Spirit. versy, but attempts more espeAnd in addition to this, the Sa- cially to stir up the pure mind by viour's ministry contemplated the way of remembrance. The text is formation and government of his 2 Tim. ii. 15. “Study to shew thychurch as a distinct and perpetual self approved of God.” From which society even to the end of time, the preacher observes that a bishop and thus the apostles directed all of Christ's church will take espethe resources of their ministry to cial heed to set the example of cherish and mature the infant Christ continually before his eyes, churches they had planted, that to maintain purity of mind and their spiritual children might thus loveliness of temper and character, in theirturn become the fathers of that he will be a man of prayer, other nations. He ordained there. of disinterested benevolence, and fore twelve, that they should be diffusive philanthrophy : that he with him, that he might send them will be deeply versed in the knowforth to preach. He encouraged ledge of God's word, and faithful them to go forth at his ascension in ordaining others, and sending with the assurance of his own uni- them forth to feed the flock of versal sovereignty and perpetual Christ, and will also form a high presence; and they accordingly estimate of the dignity of his office made known to others the message -regarding that dignity more entrusted to them, transmitting the especially in a spiritual point of charge and the weapons of their view, and improving it for the warfare to other hands, and with welfare of the church and people similar assurance of the constant of God. and unfailing support of the same
Mr. Carus's ordination sermon, almighty spirit.
from 2 Cor. iv. 7. “ We bave this The office therefore of the minis- treasure in earthen vessels, that the ter of Christ is to testify the gospel excellency of the power may be of of the grace of God; to make God, and not of us,' known, explain, enforce the mes- especially to the inferior clergy. sage contained in the word of God. Mr. C. points out—The preciousHe is not a sacrificing Priest ; and ness of the heavenly treasure, as Clement, the earliest of the Fa- displaying the attributes of God, thers, cautiously avoids applying and graciously satisfying all the the terms of the Levitical priest- necessities of man,—the infirmity hood to the Christian pastor or
of the earthen vessel and the presbyter; and we must look to excellency of the divine power. the writers of a later
any He then improves the subject by countenance to those claims which calling upon his hearers to seek to the Laudian school advance with be enriched themselves by this reference to the sacraments, and treasure and to be faithful in diswhich, if once conceded, would pensing it to others; to reflect afford a sanction to some of the seriously and often upon the infirmost pernicious doctrines of Po- mity of the earthen vessel, and let pery.
the excellency of the divine power Mr. Calthrop's Sermon at the which accompanies our ministraconsecration of the Bishop of tion impress us with the dignity
” refers more Our na
while it sustains us in the duties and national character. of our vocation.
tional dangers are from popery, Mr. Langshaw's Visitation Ser- liberalism, false brethren. We mon on the daily ministration of are to guard against them by ear the clergy forms an appropriate nest zeal, diligent preaching, attensequel to Mr. Carus's discourse. tion to our schools, people in The text is Acts v. 42. “and daily health, and lastly, the sick. in the temple and in every house, are to cultivate self-denial, spirithey ceased not to teach and preach tual mindedness; faithfulness in Jesus Christ ;” which the preacher preaching the Gospel of salvation contemplates as furnishing an an- through a crucified Redeemer, by swer to the threefold question- these means we may expect to gloWhen should we preach? Where rify God in the salvation of souls, should we preach ? and What and beat back the enemy from the should we preach? The preach- camp, while the faithless watching of the Gospel should be a man will lose his own soul and the daily, continuous, unceasing work, souls of those committed to his which must occupy us wholly and charge. to which we should be entirely Mr. Mandell's Four Sermons devoted; there should be a con- before the University, are entitled, tinued visiting from house to house, • Christ the Hope of Glory,' from if not in all cases a daily public Col. i. 27, 28. *Christ the succour service; we should urge upon our of his tempted servants,' from people daily family prayer, visit Heb. ii. 18. • Christ the author the sick, relieve the suffering, and of reconciliation between God and comfort the feeble-minded, sup
2 Cor. v. 18-21, and port the weak, be patient toward Christ ever present with his all men. We are especially to church.' Matt. xxviii. 20. Like preach Jesus Christ, as the way,
all Mr. M.'s discourses, they are the truth, and the life, the propi. powerful, judicious, and scriptural. tiation for our sins, the pattern of They have all of them a direct perfect holiness; and by daily bearing on the Laudian errors, prayer for the Holy Spirit's grace though the modern heretical pubgrow up unto him in all things, lications are only slightly alluded and run the way of his command- to. The foundation, however, of ments with an enlarged heart. these errors and heresies, is com
Mr. Dalton's Sermon, entitled pletely swept away by Mr. M.'s the ! Watchman on his Tower in able argumentation, while his reaperilous times,' enters as might be sonings do not excite any of those expected, more fully into the pre- painful feelings with which controsent danger of the church. The versy and discussion are generally text is Hab. ii. 1. “I will stand attended, We strongly recomupon my watch, and set me upon mend these discourses to the peruthe tower, and will watch to see sal of young ministers and stuwhat he will say unto me, and dents for the ministry; for though what I shall answer when I am written and preached while the reproved.” From this Mr. D. ob- author was seriously indisposed, serves--1. We are threatened by they display none of that mental great and impending dangers.—2. infirmity which frequently accomGod expects us to occupy our panies bodily suffering. watch tower in accordance with his Mr. Mortimer's discourse is directions; and—3. The import- entitled, “An attempt to promote ant results of a faithful or faith- the Peace and Edification of the less ministry. Our dangers he Church, by uniting the admirers of observes, are of a personal, pastoral Leighton and Laud.' But to us
it appears an almost hopeless at- should be innoculated with the tempt.
worldly-mindedness of Laud. Most The utmost that charity can con- glad should we be to diminish ceive, in common to these two pre
the asperities of controversy, but lates, is the hope that they were both at the same time we must deprebuilding on thesame foundation,even cate any and every attempt to Christ Jesus and him crucified; but recommend the example of Laud. while Archbishop Leighton was Prior to the commencement of his building on that foundation gold, trials, he evinced no signs of spirisilver, precious stones, Archbishop tuality of mind, and was far,
very Laud was occupied with heaping far, from what a minister of Christ together hay, straw, and stubble. ought to be. We hope and trust The results are as might have been that his afflictions were sanctified, anticipated, Leighton's work stands; and his closing scene was exemhis holy example, his seraphic plary; but he did more to overpiety, his enlarged and fervent turn the Church of England, than charity, his devout expositions and any divine of his own day; and meditations remain for the edifica- the Laudian sect are at this motion of the church, in each suc- ment more really dangerous than ceeding age. Neither the preach- either the Papists, the Infidels, or ing, the writings, the conversation, the Dissenters. the example of Laud, can be de- The four last discourses at the fended without very serious excep
head of this article, relate to the tions; and though his execution insidious attempts now making to was unjust and iniquitous, yet few deprive the rising generation of
the impartial students can contemplate pure waters of scriptural truth. his proceedings without feeling We do not admire Dr. Dillon's that he deserved sone punishment,
alliterative title, Christianize Eduand provoked his own destruction, cation, or crush it; but his disand that of his far less culpable course depicts in striking terms, master.
the mischievous results of the New The contrast indeed between national system. Mr. Hughes's Laud and Leighton is most painful. protest is also an able discourse; Leighton was pre-eminent in humi- while Mr. Prickett powerfully lity, meekness, forbearance, con- argues the duty and importance of ciliation, diligent cultivation of Christian Education, and of taking spirituality of mind, clearness of care that the foundation of all communion with God, and every knowledge be deeply laid in the thing which marks and distin- knowledge of God our Redeemer. guishes the renewed soul. Laud The most full developement, howwas proud, overbearing, harsh, ever; of the importance of Scripsevere, if not cruel in his punish- tural knowledge, and the evils of ments, exalting outward rites and the proposed national system
apceremonies, and leading the Church pears in the Sermon of the Rev. of England back as far as he could Mr. Baxter of Kidderminster, and to Popish rites and ceremonies. the extensive notes with which it is There is therefore no
accompanied. We regret that it is ground on which union can be es- not in our power to extract largely tablished. Sure we are that Mr.
from this valuable production to Mortimer would not wish the spi- which we hope on
some future rituality of Leighton to be dimin- occasion to recur. ished, or that he or his followers
Register of Events.
We are most especially called upon to notice the very seasonable weather with which we have been favoured for the ripening and gathering in of the latter harvest; this well demands our gratitude and praise, and the more so, since the price to which corn at one time advanced, clearly evinces how great would have been the distress had we been visited with a rainy and unpropitious autumn.
The intelligence from the West Indies is generally speaking of a favourable character. The negroes appear as willing to work for hire as could have been anticipated ; though of course some time must ensue before a population totally ignorant of liberty can learn to use it aright.
Affairs in Canada appear on the whole tranquil. Lord Durham has resigned bis office of Governor General, and is coming home in disgust. Considering the illegal proceedings which his lordship adopted, and the disgraceful characters wbo were honoured with his especial confidence, the sooner he returns the better ; though he appears to have good reason to complain of the treatment which he has experienced from his friends in this country. The government it is understood devolves for the present on Sir John Colborne.
Considerable apprehension has been excited with reference to our East Indian possessions. The systematic aggressions of Russia, and her connexion with Persia, &c. seem to indicate that the northern autocrat is not satisfied with his colossal empire, but is steadily pressing on to universal dominion. That he should succeed in the attempt is most improbable; but it is quite possible that a very serious blow may be inflicted on that Eastern Empire which we have so long enjoyed, but whose religious instruction we have bitherto too much neglected.
A commercial treaty has been concluded with Turkey, which it is presumed will not meet the approbation of Russia ; considerable jealousy is also entertained on account of the proceedings of France at Algiers, Mexico, &c., which, combined with other untoward events, excite no small apprehension, lest peace should shortly be interrupted; we trust however these alarming symptoms may not produce so painful a result.
Recent communications from New South Wales announce the death of the Rev. Samuel Marsden, whose services in the colony have been highly valuable, and by whose instrumentality the Church Missionary Society were induced to undertake the mission to New Zealand ; a mission which has already been attended with inestimable benefit to the poor natives, and which promises still more extended usefulness.
Some indeed of the New Zealand Missionaries have recently been charged with obtaining large grants of land from the natives, and cultivating those lands for their own aggrandizement. These charges are, we apprehend, entirely unfounded. It was scarcely possible to establish a mission in New Zealand without a grant of land ; nor do the missionaries appear to have obtained more tban under the circumstances of the case was desirable ; and after many years' exertion they are not yet in a position to subsist without pecuniary assistance from this country. The real root of these objections is to be found in that hostility to the cause of true religion which has in every age prevailed. The latest accounts shew that the missionaries are well employed, the number of their scholars, worshippers, &c. highly encouraying, and there is every reason to conclude that the work of the Lord is prospering, though there are of course opposers and difficulties which will still continue to try the faith and patience of these devoted servants of Christ.