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will prove of incalculable benefit to the nu- May God raise up a successor like-minded merous nations of India. His lordship has in these respects to his departed servant. left to this institution the sum of 5001.
WILLIAM , BLAIR, ESQ. Died, at his house in Great Russell Street, he engaged, with reference to the reprintDecember 6, 1822, in the fifty-seventhing of the Douay, or Roman Catholic Scripyear of his age, William Blair, Esq. This tures ; an undertaking which some of the gentleman bas long been known as a dis: Roman Catholics professed a wish to patrontinguished Surgeon; but still more as a ize, but which was effectually impeded by warm and Zealous friend and supporter of the artifices of others. religious and benevolent institutions. Mr. In active employments of this nature Mr. B. received the rudiments of his education, B. continued incessantly occupied until the both literary and professional, in the coun removal of Mrs. Blair in 1821, and his own try, and arrived in town about the year exceeding ill health,' reminded him of his 1787. Here he studied for some time un- approaching dissolution. He immediately der the direction of J. Pearson, Esq. and proceeded to set his house in order, grawas appointed House Surgeon to the Lockdually relinquishing, his professional enHospital. Shortly after he commenced gagements, -disposing of part of his library practice, he received the degree of M. A. by the liberal donation beforementioned, to from one of our northern universities, as the British and Foreign Bible Society, and a token of their approbation of a medical preparing to retire into the country. While treatise. In addition to his professional making the necessary arrangements for this pursuits he engaged actively in literary un- purpose, the progressive increase of bis dertakings, and contributed especially nu- complaints convinced him that his end was merous articles on various subjects to Dr. near. At a time when many would have Rees's Cyclopædia. At the commencement rctired to their apartment, be entered his of our own publication in 1809, he became carriage, and calling upon his friends bade a frequent and valuable contributor, and them farewell, saying he was " going home many of the earlier articles on the Catholic to die.” The evening before his deatb, be Controversy, the London Female Peniten took leave of his friend and medical attiary, &c. proceeded from his pen.
tendant, and pressing his hand, said, “ Fare? Mr. B. was actively engaged in the form well. I commend you to God, and recomation and conducting of many religious mend you to seek him. I have sought him and benevolent institutions: he was a mem during life, and now I am safe.” Iu ber of the first committees of the Bible and the course of the night the servant who atChurch Missionary Societies; and continued tended him read to him, at his request, the bis attendance at their deliberations until 1030 Psalm, and the 11th and 12th chapnear the close of his life. Not content with ters of Hebrews; bere he interrupted her. assisting by his counsel, he, a very sbort saying, “ Give me that blessed book, let time before his death, presented to the me grasp it once more before I die.”. His library of the British and Foreign Bible request was complied with, the Bible was Society, about three bundred volumes of given into his hands, and in full dependence Bibles and biblical works, which he bad on its promises be entered into rest. been engaged in collecting for many years, Mr. Blair regularly attended the ministry at a considerable expense. Some of these of the late Rev. Richard Cecil, until that productions are exceedingly scarce, and the eminent minister was removed: and an value of this donation has been estimated honourable testimony is borne by Mrs. Cecil at more than 5001.
to the kind attentions paid her departed Mr. B. was, from its first institution, husband by the affection and sympathy of Surgeon to the London Female Peniten- Mr. B. After Mr. Cecil's death, Mr. B. tiary, and to the New Rupture Society. He continued to worship at St. John's, Bedford formed, in a great measure, the Bloomsbury Row, bighly enjoying the opportunities Dispensary, and continued Surgeon to that with which be was favoured, in sitting uninstitution till a few months before his der the preaching of the Rev. Daniel Wildeath. He had a share also in the es- son. At the same time he maintained the tablishment of the Irish Schools in George most affectionate intercourse with ministers Street; and afforded considerable light as of various depominations, and was ever to the real spirit and temper of the Roman ready to render chem any assistance which Catholics, by the correspondence in which it was in bis power to bestow.
SCOTTISH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. We understand that two very respectable institution. They will commence their laMinisters of the Kirk of Scotland, the Rev. bours on the first Sunday in February, and James Thomson, of Dundee, and the Rev. will, we trust, be received in this great Angus Mackellar, of Pensaitland, are ex- metropolis with that kindness and liberality pected in town shortly, to preach and col- which their character and undertaking so lect in aid of the funds of this valuable justly deserve.
REGISTER OF EVENTS.
HOME. PARLIAMENT is prorogued until the 5th of February, then to meet for the despatch of business.
The distress of the farming and landed interest has increased of late, with the decrease of prices. Wheat bas now been for many weeks at 38s. per quarter; and if in 1818-19, 70s. was found insufficient, how is a profit to be realized by the present ratio? Meetings have been summoned in several counties, for the purpose of representing the state of the agriculturists to Parliament.
In IRELAND, the Lord Lieutenant has undertaken a revision of the magistracy, Many absentees, and other improper persons, have been removed from the list, but no new appointments have yet taken place.
His Excellency has lately paid a visit to the Dublin Theatre. Some part of the audience, we can hardly understand from what motives, testified much displeasure ; and some wretches even proceeded to direct various missiles against the person of the Marquis. The cause of their anger is said to be, vexation at the prevention of the usual celebration of King William's birthday. Since this attack, various addresses have been presented to the Lord Lieutenant, expressive of detestation of the designs of the parties concerned in it.
FOR The views of FRANCE appear to be at present in favour of the preservation of peace. The Prime Minister, M. Villele, is evidently averse to war; and the Duke of Wellington, in some late audiences with the King of France, is said to bave given bis Majesty's mind a similar bias. Still, however, there are many powerful individuals who wish for war with revolutionary Spain ; and the removal of either the King or his Minister would probably hasten the accomplishment of their views.
The present SPANISH GOVERNMENT is involved in many difficulties. Taxes can bardly be collected ; loans must be made at great disadvantage. The army of the Regency, however, appears to be dispersed, and the Regency itself to bave fled into France.
In AMERICA, we remark the progress of manufactures, and of luxuries and rices also. On a horse-race near Baltimore, it is said, that near a million and a half of dollars was depending. One bet was-Eight Hundred Negroes !!
In the Press. A new, corrected, and greatly improved Edition of the Rev. R. Adams's Religious World displayed; being a View of the four grand Systems of Religion-Paganism, Mahommedanism, Judaism, and Christianity; with a particular Account of the various Sects and Denominations of the Christian World, Intwo Volumes, octavo.
A tenth Edition of the Rev. E. Bickersteth's Scripture Help. In twelves.
Pulpit Orations, Lectures, and Sermons, delivered in the Caledoniau Church, Hate ton Garden. By the Rev. Edw. Irving, A. M.
No. XIV. of Dr. Chalmers's Christian and Civic Economy of large Towns, “ On the likeliest Means for the Abolition of Pauperism in England,” will be published in February.
A Volume of Sermons addressed to Children. By the Rev. A. Fletcher.
A second Edition of the Christian Watchman: a Sermon on the Death of the Rey. Thomas Best. By John Cawood, M. A. perpetual Curate of Bewdley.
A second Edition of the Rev. W. Dealtry's Sermon on the Death of Mr. Owen ; also,
Religion not speculative but practical: a Sermon preached before the University of Oxford, by the Rev. J. Knight, M. A. of Lincoln College, and Curate of Halifax.
The Doctrine of Scripture relative to evil Spirits examined; with Remarks on the Terms Sheol, Hades, and Gehenna. By the Rev. R. H. Draper, Southampton.
Dr. Chalmers’ Christian and Civic Economy of large Towns, No. XIII.-On the Evils and Difficulties attending even the best State of Scottish Pauperism.
Notices and Acknowledgments.
J. D. S.-09-Adapos-Anna-A funeral Sermon-Letter to a younger Brother A. J. D. are received, and under consideration.
We have received a communication from Kappa, remarking on the memoir of Mr. Scott's eldest daughter inserted at the end of his Life, and intimating that the perusal of that memoir had exceedingly deepened a mother's distress under a similar bereavement. We have not room to insert the whole of Kappa's Letter, especially as it would be' necessary to accompany it with some remarks ; and we are not willing to postpone the subject to another month. It appears to us, that Kappa and the afflicted parent, in wbose distress we deeply sympathize, have not duly considered,
1. That the child in question was one of uncommon intellect. Mr. S. always considered and spoke of her as such: and therefore, from what he observed of her in other things, he might reasonably expect her to discover more acquaintance with religion than many others of equal age, who were yet truly under its influence.
2. There is little doubt that Mr. S. at that time anticipated some more marked and explicit discoveries of her renovation of heart than he would have required at a later period. In proportion as he attained more knowledge of the human mind, especially of the minds of children, and more extended views of the operations of divine grace than those which he possessed in 1780, he would have more carefully gathered up any little and imperfect indications of piety; have welcomed them more thankfully, and depended more upon them; and we find him accordingly suggesting bịnts of this nature, concerning grown-up persons who had died leaving but indecisive evidence of a prepared state. See Scott's Life, 466.
3. It is most certain, that Mr. S. did not mean that we were in general to expect similar evidence of divine grace in children of four and a half years old. He always considered the case of his daughter as the most extraordinary that he had ever met with.
We may remark, in conclusion, that the indications of divine grace in the minds of quite young children, will probably not exactly resemble those which are exhibited by persons of riper years. This subject, however, is at once too difficult and too important to be discussed at present. We shall be happy to receive communications upon it from any of our valuable correspondents.
We entirely agree with our correspondent in the importance of Christian people systematically avoiding to purchase any articles of tradesmen who profane the Sabbath by selling goods, or employing workmen, on that sacred day. Some difficulty may accompany such a system in the first instance; but if once adopted by the generality of religious persons, that difficulty would soon cease.
We are inclined to think, that the positions of A Layman are, in most of the cases he has stated, incorrect; at all events, we differ entirely from bis conclusions.
We are desired by the Rev. G. Burder to state, that he is not a supporter of the Congregational Magazine.
In reply to the inquiries of Neos, we remark,
1. It is by no means certain, that both the thieves united in reviling the Saviour, though the language of the Evangelists St. Matthew and St. Mark obviously suggests such an idea. We believe the majority of modern commentators entertain a contrary opinion. It appears to us a point of very small importance, and which does not admit of a decisive determination.
2. The members of Peace Societies, &c. will of course not approve the queries suggested in the review of Barton's Poems; but on the most careful consideration of that article, in connexion with the observations of Neos, we see nothing to alter. Our readers may derive instruction and satisfaction on this subject, by perusing a short paper - On the Lawfulness of defensive War," inserted in the recently published “ Tracts and Essays of the late WILLIAM HEY, Esq."
INVESTIGATOR is informed, that the annual volume of the Church Missionary Society will shortly appear. The delay complained of is said to have been unavoidable, and was certainly in some degree occasioned by the Secretary's being disappointed of the assistance he had anticipated.-We believe there is no very recent intelligence from New Zealand. The Missionaries reported to be dismissed are those who most determinately opposed the introduction of fire-arms. One person, who is able to repair these instruments of destruction, is supposed to be detained by force, but he is not considered in any personal danger. Authentic information is of course anxiously expected.