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It would be a pleasing employment, | to make unnecessary and even ridiculous had we space, to cull the choicest of the sacrifices. numerous anecdotes recorded in this “He was engaged to breakfast one day volume, from his first repartee on Æsop with a college intimate, but failing to and his monkey, when he was only nine make his appearance, his friend repaired years old, to his admirable retalliation, in to his room, knocked at the door, and which with the pencil of his friend was bidden to enter. To his surprise he Hogath, he dashes off the characters of found Goldsmith in his bed, immersed to his most intimate friends.
his chin in feathers. A serio-comic For this gratification we must refer our story explained the circumstance. In readers to the work itself, where these the course of the preceding evening's stories are related in Mr. Irving's best stroll he had met with a woman with style. All we can do is to register a few five children, who implored his charity. remarks which we have made while Her husband was in the hospital, she perusing the work, as a sort of moral. was just from the country, a stranger,
1. The life of Goldsmith furnishes an and destitute, without food or shelter for encouraging proof of the power of genius. her helpless offspring. This was too The hero of the tale and most of his much for the kind-hearted Goldsmith. associates, under Providence, created for He was almost as poor as herself, it is themselves a position and a name in true, and had no money in his pocket; society by the pure force of mind. but he brought her to the college-gate, There was nothing in the circumstances he gave her the blankets from his bed to of such men as Johnson, or Burke, or cover her little brood, and part of his Reynolds, or Goldsmith, to give them a clothes for her to sell and purchase food; name and an influence among their con- and, finding himself cold during the tempories, or to stamp those gifts with night, had cut open his bed and buried what mortals call immortality; mind, himself among the feathers.” and mind alone gave standard to the We might notice also the awkward aristocracy of genius, whose heraldry condition of the poet at White Conduit illustrates this memoir. Let the young, House. “ While strolling one day in who with Sheridan feel they have it in these gardens, he met three females of them, and are determined to bring it out, the family of a respectable tradesman, to let them contemplate the young and un whom he was under some obligation. befriended Johnson and Garrick, and the With his prompt disposition to oblige, he knot of men that gathered around them. conducted them about the garden, treatMore modern biography is full of instan- ed them to tea, and ran up a bill in the ces of persons emerging out of obscurity, most open-handed manner imaginable ; and struggling through early difficulties it was only when he came to pay that he to notoriety and power in all the walks of found himself in one of his old dilemmas, life.
he had not the wherewithal in his pocket. 2. The history of Dr. Goldsmith may A scene of perplexity now took place be still more useful to the young by between him and the waiter, in the midst teaching them the total insufficiency of of which came up one of his acquaingenius in producing good character and tances, in whose eyes he wished to stand true happiness without common sense particularly well. This completed his and piety. No more can the sparklings mortification, there was no conceiling the of mind, without the light of sound awkwardness of his position: the sneers reason and of revelation, form a truly of the waiter revealed the dilemma he great and joyous man, than can the co was in, and his acquaintances amused ruscations of fire-works render the locality themselves for some time at his expense, serene and fruitful without the rays of professing their inability to relieve him. the sun.
“ The fear of the Lord is the When they had enjoyed their banter, the beginning of wisdom," and “wisdom waiter was paid, and poor Goldsmith dwells with prudence.'
enabled to convoy off the ladies with flyWere it not for the serious evils which ing colours." Surely at this moment it so tormented the life of Goldsmith, and was not“merry Islington” to the gallant ! brought it to an early close, it would be It would be difficult to find a more most amusing to collect many of the singular mixture of gratitude and unstories which enliven this volume. The grateful imprudence than in the followgreat kindness of his heart, full of sym- ing instance. Ellis, a fellow-student at pathy and generosity, is ever leading him Leyden, once more stepped into his
relief with a true Irishman's generosity, 3. Our readers however will overlook but with more considerateness than gen- the most instructive part of this life, if erally characterises an Irishman; for he they do not see the necessity of Divine only granted pecuniary aid on condition grace to give the greatest worth to genius of his quitting the sphere of danger. and industry. Here is a man of unGoldsmith gladly consented to leave doubted mind, mind employed too in Holland, being anxious to visit other such a way as to give a long and parts. He intended to proceed to Paris, distinguished reputation to his name; and pursue his studies there, and was and yet he not only struggled painfully furnished by his friend with money for to rise into notoriety, but till the end of the journey. Unluckily he rambled into his days, he sold himself to task masters, the garden of a florist just before quitting and, to discharge old debts, had, whether Leyden. The tulip mania was still Minerva was willing or not, to fag hard prevalent in Holland, and some species for the booksellers. His vanity was of that splendid flower brought immense subject to daily mortifications, and prices. In wandering through the gar- death was hastened by the fever of den, Goldsmith recollected that his excitement. All this too in a man of uncle Contarine was a tulip fancier. The successful genius and of a most kindly thought suddenly struck him that here heart. was an opportunity of testifying in a Poor Goldsmith wanted that inspiradelicate manner, his sense of that gen- tion which makes wise unto salvation ! erous uncle's past kindnesses. In an He knew not, we have reason to fear, instant his hand was in his pocket, a the influeuce of that grace determining number of choice and costly tulip-roots the heart to devotedness to God, through were purchased and packed up for Mr. faith in his Son, teaching it to “ deny Contarine ; and it was not until he had ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to paid for them that he bethought himself live soberly, righteously, and godly.” that he had spent all the money borrowed. This would have given a religious worth for his travelling expenses. Too proud, to his beautiful writings, and would have however, to give up his journey, and too elevated the chaste and the playful into shame-faced to make another appeal to the spiritual and the sublime, the morhis friends liberality, he determined to alist into the christian. travel on foot, and depend upon chance This piece of biography speaks to all, and good luck for the means of getting especially to aspiring youth, in language forward; and it is said that he actually of the highest authority.--" Verily, verily set off on a tour of the continent, in Feb. I say unto you, ye must be born again. 1775, with but one spare shirt, and a flute, and a single guinea.' So did it continue through all the jour“ The heedlessness of his
Revirm af Banks. early days, his disposition for social enjoyment, his habit of throwing the present on the neck of the future, still continue.
" OUR CLERK AND OUR SECRETARY." His expenses exceed his means ; he incurs debts on the faith of what his magic
A Memoir of Mr. George Budgen, pen is to produce, and then, under the
who was for twenty-three years clerk
of the Countess of Huntingdon's pressure of his debts, sacrifices its productions for prices far below their value.'
Chapel, and for three years secretary
of the “ United Brothers' Friendly “ Johnson felt the blow, (Goldsmith's death,) deeply and gloomily. In writing
Society,” Tunbridge Wells. By the some time afterwards to Boswell, he
Rev. George Jones. pp. 44. observed, 'Of poor Goldsmith, there is This is a very pleasant little memoir little to be told more than the papers of one who displayed many christian have made public. He died of fever, excellencies in a quiet and humble path made, I am afraid, more violent by of life, and is calculated to do much good. uneasiness of mind. His debts began to It is not always those who move in large be heavy, and all his resources were and influential circles and crowd many exhausted. Sir Joshua is of opinion that events into a short life, that most powerhe owed no less than two-thousand fully exhibit the sweetness and loveliness pounds. Was ever poet so trusted be- of christian character. The memoirs of fore?'”
all real christians will bring out some
ney of life.
peculiar phase of excellence; because the parties, and vainly struggled for even a religion of Jesus Christ never destroys short existence. Its noble author rethe distinctive features which character-modeled it to suit some of the objections ize our individuality, but, on the contrary, raised against it-consented to give up renders clear and beautiful the delicate many of its strongest points-and shades of character which might other tried every means to bring his crippled wise have been hopelessly obscured. plan through the stormy ordeal that This was the case with “our clerk.” awaited it. It was of no avail; and a The power of the gospel was seen in his large majority declared that state educalife, and no one could remain long in his tion is unsuited to the English character, company without feeling the influence and that it would be very unwise to which daily streams forth from a pious tamper with our present institutions in soul. His pastor says, in this short order to try a plan which finds favour sketch of him, " He was a child of God, among despotic governments, but which, an heir of the kingdom of heaven; for he with all the appliances of bureaucracy, had been born again of the Spirit, and does not realize the anticipated results, thus made a new creature in Christ Jesus. The discussion of the question has elicted But the exemplification of religion in him much useful information respecting the was too natural and correct to make it a education of the people. We are not prominent subject; to tell of his religion much behind those countries where chil. is to tell of himself. It is comparatively dren are compelled by law to attend an easy task to detail the events which school. The continental kingdoms show fill up the years of a patriot, a warrior, or the following proportion
to the population a missionary; but our friend was neither of children educated : Prussia 1 in 6.33; -yet, in another sense, he was all. He Holland 1 in 7.55; Bavaria 1 in 8; Austria loved his country, was a good soldier of 1 in 10; France 1 in 10.81; Belgium 1 in Jesus Christ, would deny himself to save 10.70; and Sweden 1 in 11.45. In Enganother, and did what he could to make land we had, according to the last census the gospel known, especially to the rising in 1851, of day scholars 1 in 8.36, and of generation. Yet there was nothing Sunday scholars 1 in 7.45. The measure peculiar, nothing striking, nothing that introduced into the house of Lords by stood out to distinguish him from ordin- Lord Granville, has been withdrawn. ary christians. The subject of the follow- A great deal of religious animosity has ing sketch was little known beyond the been enkindled in parliament lately. circle in which he moved; and not fully The amendment of the oath of abjuration understood there. It was left for trials has led many to take alarm, lest the and afflictions to reveal qualities in him nation should lose its christian religion. that proved that he had not received the The votes of money for religious purgrace of God in vain.” Diffident in man poses were contested with zeal by the ner, and of a retiring spirit, few had partizans of opposing creeds. The estabdiscovered the extent of his scriptural lished church in Ireland carried off its knowledge, or the maturity of his judg- fund for enriching its ministers, who often ment in religious matters.
have no duties to perform; the presbyThis memoir is written in a simple, terians and unitarians secured their chaste style, adapted to its subject; and ministers' money ; but the roman catholics forms a very graceful and appropriate were defeated in obtaining their grant to tribute to the memory of one who was Maynooth, by the laborious efforts of associated with the writer in the public Mr. Spooner. It is difficult to decide services of religion as our clerk. Apart where the line should be drawn; whether from its local interest-it deserves to be, parliament should refuse to aid any reliand no doubt will be, extensively read, gious party, or upon what principles a
selection should be made. Strict justice,
doubtless, would demand either assist all Grueral Intelligrarr. in equal proportions to their rateable
number, or assist none. OUR PARLIAMENT.
THE PEACE OF PARIS. The question of Education has been As we anticipated last month, the dismissed for a time by the representa- labours of the plenipotentiaries assembled tives of the nation. The measure of in Paris have resulted in the establishLord John Russell was assailed by all ment of peace. We are, of course, at
present uncertain as to the terms on which in this case to have it on such a scale it is based, but have every reason to that the worshiper in a splendid mosque believe that they will be satisfactory to may not cherish the idea that he is dethose who are best able to form an opinion scending from a lofty, religion to one that of the past and present state of things. is mean and contemptible, when he forThe treaty is in the course of ratification, sakes the massive buildings of Islamim and when completed, a great national re to worship the Lord Jesus Christ in the joicing will take place. Preparations are English church. We trust that if one be now being made on a large scale in the erected in Constantinople it will, ere long, metropolis, and throughout the country be our pleasing duty to chronicle the fact, it will be very general. No doubt, too, a that St. Sophia or some of the magnifi. day of special thanksgiving will be set cent mosques have been brought back to apart that our united thanks may rise to their original worship, and resound with God for the blessing of peace. Our troops the praises of Jesus Christ. will shortly return from the Crimea ; our enemies will become our friends ; trade and commerce will re-commence their peaceful strife with a mighty impulse ;
Couurzion Jutelligeucr. and the suspended labours of thousands will be resumed. May this peace long reign, and never be disturbed by the
TUNBRIDGE WELLS. pride and rapacity of man, but be cemented and rendered glorious by the PRESENTATION OF TESTIMONIAL TO THE extension of the reign of that King who Rev. G. JONES AND MR. J. BAGULEY.came to bring Glory to God in the An exceedingly interesting meeting took highest, peace on earth, good will towards place on Tuesday evening last, to com
memorate the completion of the seventh CHRISTIANITY IN TURKEY.
anniversary of the ministry of the Rev.
G. Jones. About 250 members of the Turkey is, at the present moment, church and congregation sat down to tea engaging the serious attention of Christ in the School Room, after which they ian people. During the war many anx- repaired to the body of the chapel, and ious inquiries were made as to what could were joined by others who were unable be done to reinvigorate that once power to be present earlier. After the singing ful nation. It was admitted by all that of a hymn, the Rev. George Brown rose, Mohammedanism has had its day; and and stated that he must beg somewhat to that if it still retained its authority interfere with the proposed arrangements nothing could preserve the Ottoman of the evening, for he had been commisdominions from anarchy and ruin. Much sioned by the ladies of the congregation has been done to save the country from to present to their esteemed pastor a the perils which threatened it. The small packet, as a token of affectionate power which overawed it has been broken; respect. The packet being opened, was a calamitous war has been terminated; found to contain a gentleman's gold lever a series of reforms have been promised by watch, capped, six holes jewelled, mainthe Sultan; and a large amount of British aining power, enamelled dial, with se influence, wealth and talent has been in- conds,
&c. troduced into the country. Many efforts Mr. Jones was much affected by this have been, and still are, made to attract kind expression of feeling towards him, the people to a better creed, and to make and replied briefly, but appropriately. known to them the gospel of Christ. A pleasing duty then devolved upon. Bibles, books, and tracts have been the Rev. Mr. Jones——that of presenting widely circulated; missionaries have been Mr. Baguley, the superintendent of the sent to labour among the people; and now Sabbath School, with a magnificient it is contemplated to erect a large splendid quarto Bible, superbly bound,
the proEnglish church at Constantinople, as a ceeds of a subscription entered into by memorial of peace. It has generally the teachers, to testify their high sense happened that English churches in foreign of the value of his services during the cities have been of such a mean and lengthened period of twenty-five years. paltry character that the native popula- An appropriate and well written address tion has been prejudiced against the accompanied the Bible, which bore the English worship. It is, however, intended | following inscription :-
read by the Rev. J. Trotter, of Avebury,
and a sermon preached by the Rev. S. Presented to Mr. John BAGULEY, by the Short, of Wiveliscome. The autumnal teachers of the Countess of Huntingdon's meeting was fixed to be held at Bath, Sabbath School, as a mark of affectionate and the Rev. Mr. Hines, of Kidderregard and esteem for the devoted zeal minster, to preach. he has shown in the exercise of his duties as Superintendent of the above Schools during the period of 25 years.
Sierra Leour. Tunbridge Wells, March, 1856."
Mr. Baguley, in a very sincere and candid manner, thanked the teachers,
Having in our last number given a and expressed the great pleasure their general account of the chapels and conkindness had afforded him, and the high gregations belonging to the Connexion value he set upon their present.
in Sierra Leone, it may not be uninterestThe Rev. George Jones then read a ing to our readers to be further informed brief but interesting history of the Chapel that the rules and discipline observed by from its opening, by the celebrated our churches there are similar to those George Whitfield, in 1769, to the date of adopted by most dissenting communities his settlement as pastor.
in this country; but they differ from our The Rev. George Brown and the Rev. practices with respect to what they call Mr. Dickenson subsequently addressed Band Societies," and which will be the meeting, and after singing another best explained by the “Directions” and hymn, the congregation dispersed, much “Rules" we here insert. pleased, and, we hope, profited by this DIRECTIONS GIVEN TO THE BAND SOCIETIES opportunity of social intercourse.
OF LADY HUNTINGDON'S CONNEXION,
You are supposed to have the faith
that “overcometh the world.” To you,
therefore, it is not grevous. The half-yearly meeting of the minis I. Carefully to abstain from doing evil; ters and managers of the Western in particular :District of the Countess’ Connexion, was 1. Neither to buy nor sell any thing held in this city, on Tuesday and Wed- at all on the Lord's day. nesday, the 15th and 16th of April. A 2. To taste no spirituous liquor, no goodly number assembled-business of dram of any kind, unless prescribed by importance was transacted, and unanim. a physician. ity prevailed in the several resolutions 3. "To be at a word both in buying and which were passed. Among the more selling. important were a recommendation to 4. Not to mention the faults of any publish a Sunday School hymn book for behind his båck, and to stop those short the Connexion, and, that the Rev. R. S. that do. Short be requested, in addition to the sta 5. To wear no needless ornaments, tistics of schools read at the meeting, to such as rings, ear-rings, necklaces, or obtain the same from all the Schools ruffles. in the Connexion, and present at the 6. To use no needless self-indulgence, next Conference. The religious ser- such as taking snuff or tobacco, unless vices were well attended and were con prescribed by a physician. ducted in the following order :-On II. Zealously to maintain good works ; Tuesday evening prayer was offered by in particular :the Rev. J. Jones, of Birmingham, and 1. To give alms of such things as you short discourses delivered by the Rev. possess, and that to the uttermost of your T. Roberts, of Gloucester, on Personal power. Religion, and by the Rev. A. H. New, 2. To reprove all that's sin in your of Leamington, on The Signs of the Times. sight, and that in love and meekness of On Wednesday morning an early meet wisdom. ing was held, when prayer was offered 3. To be patterns of diligence and by the Rev. L. J. Wake, of Cheltenham, frugality, of self-denial, and taking up and T. R. Potter, of Tyldesley, and an the cross daily. address delivered by the Rev. T. Noyes, III. Constantly to attend on all the of Bath. In the evening the liturgy was I ordinances of God; in particular :