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Spirit of Beauty! thou teachest us sweetly; criticism, he may remember that some
Prophets and Psalmists yield holy delight: men are as much below criticism as Show us our Lord, and we then shall completely others are above it. Know thee, as gentle omnipotent might.
God grant that the day may never Spirit of Beauty ! our offering we render,
come when such pseudo-spiritualizings Thee in thy skyey dominion we praise,
as these may displace the old songs of Larklike we rise to the shadowless splendour,
Zion! Pouring out song as the sun pours his rays." We suppose this is to be sung instead THE CONTROVERSY ON IMPORTANT THEOof
LOGICAL QUESTIONS, between the Eclec“Come Holy Spirit come!”
tic Review, the Rey. Newman Hall, as perhaps he would have us give up Rey. Thomas Binney, and other Min
isters of the Gospel, on the one side, “Captain of our enlisted host,"
and Mr. James Grant, Editor of the for such downright and irreverent drivel
Morning Advertiser, on the other. as we find in hymn 55—
We are far from countenancing a
disposition to condemn men of standing
in the church for every act which may Has drunk in valour from his eyes Since first the war began :
not quadrate with our own notions of
propriety or rigid orthodoxy. Where the He is most merciful in fight,
vitality of christian truth is preserved, And of his scars a single sight
we are willing to allow its various modes The embers of our failing might
of development; and, in criticism of Into a flame can fan.
works of genius, we would be careful This is quite enough to shew the char- not to bind that which God has not acter of the volume, the rest is neither bound. much better nor much worse.
Had therefore the Author of poems hymn book Mr. L's little volume has to which this controversy refers appeared rather a curious ending. “L'Envoi,” simply as a secular or morally sentifrom which we quote three very self-com- mental writer of its rhymes, and not placent verses, speaking to his book, he proposed the offerings of an agreeable says
thoug rather a feeble muse as a ymn A sanctity is in thy page,
book for the house of God as well as for That thou may'st cheer the pilgrimage
the chamber, and as a contribution to
christian poetry, a reviewer might, with That weary mortals know; For dusky earth can take a light
impunity, have given him a qualified
notice. The case however is greatly From verses pure, as doth the night
altered when the work assumes the form From new descended snow.
of a book of devotion to aid the christGo forth, 0 Book ! baptized with tears ; ian in the acts of praising God his SavTremble no more with modest fears, iour in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual With love thou shalt be blest;
songs. And the assumption becomes If any greet thee with disdain,
proper to be allowed, when fifteen minisSuffer, but not parade thy pain,
ters of high respectability endeavour to And meekly do thy best.
parry off the stroke which, we conceive, Go like a bark, nor fear the sea;
a righteous zeal for Evangelical religion Thy haven shall the approval be
and a sound judgment, would inflict upon
it. Of hearts with faith like thine ;
So far therefore as Thou in time's waters shalt prevail;
we are able to
determine we are compelled to thank the If breath of Heaven fills the sail, Heaven's smiles upon it shine.
Editor of the Morning Advertiser for his
exposure of an insidious evil, and to In this L'Envoi, three things strike express regret, that fifteen of our esteemus, first, that it sounds like a very loud ed brethren should by an excess of cockle of a very small egg. Second, charity and personal affection attempt to that the remark concerning the book force on the public mind, for christian being secure of the approval of those worship, a book so defective, so copious only whose faith is even as Mr. Lynch's, in its negative bill of fare, as Dr. Johnis very significant, and thirdly, that son would say, so much more suited to when the author deprecates or defies the Pantheist than to the blood-bought
eliever in the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.
We feel much grieved as well as scandalized, at seeing the name of any one brought up under a minister of the
DAY OF THANKSGIVING. Connexion, and educated in the College
It would have been a sad termination of the Countess of Huntingdon, and that of the eventful struggle in which we have of the successor of the Rev. Rowland been engaged, if the peace rejoicings had Hill, laying themselves open to the sus
not been preceded by a day of national picion of having the least tendency of thanksgivings. Such a day was appointkindly feeling towards the withering, ed; but there were circumstances confreezing, deathly scheme of the pseudo- nected with it which caused great disunitarian. We trust this error of friend satisfaction in many quarters. It was ship, not of calm judgment, will be rather extorted from the government than acknowledged by all the parties whom it freely and spontaneously given; the day
was so hastily decided upon that it came Our space forbids enlargement, or this
upon the majority of the people by surwork rendered notorious by the accidental prise ; and the special forms prepared for kindness of his Reviewer and the friends, the services in the Established Church and which but for this accident would, were altogether unworthy of the occasion. like many a struggling plant, have hardly The past disasters do not appear to have penetrated the soil and been visible.
taught our senators the terrible lessons Passing by therefore all minor conside- which they evidently inculcate on the rations we desire to express a hope that nation. The hand of God can be clearly both the Reviewer and the fifteen will be discerned in the various events which more careful in future of their critical took place. As in the case of the Jews patronage. We tremble for the cause of of old, their successes and disasters were the Gospel, as far as man is concerned, just in proportion to their faithfulness to when we see any thing like neutrality on God; so our successes and disasters have the great doctrines of Revelation--any been in proportion to our faith in God attempt to present to a Righteous God, a and obedience to his laws. When we sacrifice without blood—the more so as fervently prayed for the divine blessing the National Church has already too
to accompany our troops, it was vouchgreat a supply of this kind of scepticism safed to us--and no enterprise could in her Universities and in many of her have succeeded more favourably; but temples to need the aid of the Noncon- when we became proud of our success formists—of men who in their writings and boasted of the prowess of our arms, and in their preaching should be valiant an unseen hand paralyzed our efforts, for the truth, as it is in Jesus, the Gospel and wasted our troops. When again we which is the power of God unto salva- humbled ourselves, God smiled upon us, tion to every one that believeth. Conceal and brought order out of confusion and or lower the characteristic doctrines of strength out of weakness, and at length the word of life, so well stated in the gave us peace; but no sooner do we enBritish Banner in a series of able articles joy the blessing than we refuse to render on Nonconformist theology,-and the thanks for the gift, or we present them moral atmosphere of our churches will in such a manner as can never render become more and more charged with them acceptable to God. There is a dispestilence and death, unpierced by the position on the part of our rulers to folvivifying rays of the Sun of Righteous- low in the same path which has brought
the overthrow of mighty nations; and May God mercifully continue to us in the christian should never cease to pray increasing energy a ministry, which, that we may possess that righteousness blessed by the Holy Spirit, shall power- which alone can prevent us being intoxifully debåse the sinner, exalt the Saviour, cated with pride and worldly prosperity, and promote holiness. May no amount and eventually becoming the prey of some of natural and acquired talent, no youthful power which is now rising. amiableness of manner, no worldly con
THE SUNDAY BANDS. sideration whatever, be the price for which our Colleges, our Churches, and We have another indication of the our literature shall sell the word of the temper and spirit of our rulers in the truth of the Gospel.
manner in which they have dealt with
the question of providing music for the rity, and sixteen years before bearing any people on Sunday. It was in direct op- fruit at all, it requires but little or no position to the expression of opinion in tending, and lasts for several hundred the House of Commons, that Sir B. Hall years. Perhaps the example of this undertook to provide bands in Kensing- Jewish lady will be followed by other ton Gardens. That was evidently but wealthy Jews, who, as they have an opthe first step towards the accomplishment portunity, will purchase parts of the Holy of a great scheme to introduce a contin- Land. ental mode of Sabbath observance. Em
DISCOVERIES IN JERUSALEM. boldened by his first effort, he presumed too much on the acquiescence of the A Scotch gentleman last year was nation, and extended his efforts to Hyde visiting Jerusalem, when a Hebrew inPark and Victoria Park; and there can formed him that there were extensive be no question that if these had been quarries beneath the city, and that there passed by in silence, a still greater inno-was undoubted evidence that the stones vation would be attempted. The nation employed in the building and rebuilding rose, and grew uneasy; the Archbishop of the Temple were obtained from these of Canterbury interposed ; Lord Palmer- quarries. His informant offered to guide ston, with his sagacious eye, saw the him to the spot where the opening was, storm rising, and issued orders for the about 150 yards to the east of Damascus music to cease, and left the aged primate gate. It seemd like the burrow of some to bear the brunt of the popular rage wild animal; there was no rubbish above which such a sudden stoppage was likely the opening, but some tall grass and to occasion. The matter will not end weeds. The party, among whom were here; but we do not expect that the de some ladies, were furnished with candles cision of the Premier will be reversed by and descended the opening with consiany demonstration of the people. The derable difficulty: Mr. Douglas says, mob, strictly speaking, care little for When fairly inside we found ourselves music; but touch their beer and they in an immense vault, and standing upon will contend for it to the last. A few the top of a pile which was very evidently meetings—a little angry correspondence formed by the accumulation of minute - a final attempt to reestablish it—and particles from the final dressings of the then the people will see that the Sabbath blocks of stone. On descending this pile, which has been religiously observed in we entered, through a large arch, into this country since the days of Cromwell, another vault, equally vast, and separacannot be turned in a day into a time of ted from the first by enormous pillars. pleasure and gaiety. The friends of This vault or quarry, led, by a gradual religion must be on the alert, and watch descent, into another and another ; each carefully every attempt made to subyert separated from the other by massive the holy day of rest.
stony partitions which had been left to THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
give additional strength to the vaulted
roofs. In some of the quarries the blocks There appears to be a great desire on of stone which had been quarried out lay the part of some of the wealthy Jews partly dressed ; in some the blocks were to obtain possession of Palestine, and still attached to the rock ; in some the many are waiting for a favourable oppor- workmen had just commenced chiselling; tunity of returning to the land of their and in some the architect's line was disancestors. The Mount of Olives, near tinct on the smooth face of the wall of Jerusalem, has been lately purchased by the quarry. The mode in which the a Madame Polack, the widow of a wealthy blocks were got out was similar to that banker of the Hebrew persuasion at used by the ancient Egyptians. The Konigsberg in Prussia. This lady in- architect first drew the outline of the tends to beautify the place, and improve blocks on the face of the quarry; the the whole neighbourhood at her sole ex workmen then chiselled them out in their pense. The first thing she has done has whole thickness, separating them entirely been to plant the whole area with groves from each other, and leaving them atof olive trees, and thus to restore it to tached by their backs only to the solid that original state from which it derives wall. They were then detached by cutits name. The olive tree thrives well in ting a passage behind them, which, whilst that locality, and though it takes many it separated the blocks, left them rougly years before arriving at a state of matu- / dressed, and left the wall prepared for
further operations. We remarked the strongly of “ death in the pot," but a similarity between the stones chiselled few remarks on the Trustees' address and out in these quarries, and the few blocks the balance sheet, will probably occupy as of stone built into the South-east corner much space as you can spare in your of the wall of Jerusalem, which are so valuable Magazine. remarkable for their size, their weather 1st. Preston Chapel. Was not this worn appearance, and the peculiar orna- chapel purchased partly by shares, and by mentation of their edges. We spent the donations of friends, with the view of between two and three hours in these its being a Connexion chapel? If so, Have quarries. Our examinations were, how the Trustees a right to sell at all. If they ever, chiefly on the side towards the val can sell one chapel, why not sell all the ley of Jehoshaphat. Our guide stated, chapels, and begin with Sion? which that more to the westward was a quarry appears, by their statement, to cost about of the peculiar reddish marble so com $250 per year. But even if they have a monly used as pavement in the streets of right to sell, surely they should scarcely Jerusalem, From the place where we wait for the question, “Tell us whether entered, ths descent was gradual ; be- ye sold the land for so much.”. The tween some of the quarries, however, transaction should explain itself in the there were broad flights of steps, cut out balance sheet, instead of being explained of the solid rock. I had no means of away by the mysterious phraseology used judging of the distance between the roofs in the address. After the “ little affairs" of the vaults and the streets of the city, of A-1P-land L-e one would imagine except that from the descent the thick the Trustees would remember the old ness must be enormous. The size and adage, “ Cæsar's wife should be above extent of these excavations fully bore out suspicion.” the opinion that they had yielded stone 2nd. Why should a hard-working enough to build not only the Temple, but pains-taking brother like S. T. Gibbs, the whole of Jerusalem.”
be dismissed from the Trustees ConnexThe situation of these quarries, the ion, because he has in the course of promode by which the stones were got out, vidence been called to sojourn for a time and the evidence that the stones were a few days' journey from London ? Alfully prepared and dressed before being most his last wish expressed to his removed, may illustrate the scripture, brethren at the Conference was to remain 2 Chron. ii. 18. “And he (Solomon) set always a minister in the Connexion. three score and ten thousand of them to This summary and unjust way of dealing be bearers of burdens, and four score
with a christian brother is somewhat thousand to be hewers in the mountains, startling when we still perceive in the and three thousand and six hundred list of so called Connexion ministers the overseers to set the people a work.” And names of J. W. James, W. Lucy, W. A. again 1 Kings vi. 7. * And the house, Hurndall, all of whom have officially rewhen it was in building, was built of quested their names to be withdrawn stone made ready before it was brought from the Conference list; two of whom thither; so that there was neither ham- have ceased all connection with us. mer nor axe, nor any tool of iron heard in 3rd. New Trustees. What is meant the house, while it was in building.' by position and character ? Mr.
Arundell and Sir J. D. Paul were supConueriau Intelligeurr.
posed to possess both. Alas!
4th. Scripture Readers in Ireland.
From the accounts which are published, TO THE EDITOR OF THE HARBINGER.
without auditors, it appears that the
Funded property is fast diminishing. Sir,-One wise man says there is not 5th. Balance sheet. At some future only a time to be silent but “a time to time, doubtless, attention will be called speak.” Another says, “O that mine to the unique method of Trustees being enemy would write a book.” Both these their own AUDITORS. One item in the remarks have been very forcibly im- accounts is worthy of notice"Interest pressed upon my mind by perusing "The on loan” £160. Did Dr. Ford intend Annual Report of the Trustees of the his money to go in that way? Mr. FlanConnexion. I could also “report” as to ders, our late treasurer, used to explain several of the stations included in their this transaction as follows. Some 30 Trust, where to my mind there savours years ago one of the present Trustees
accounts showed an advance of £3000 at these and other points, and all, by God's interest, which he agreed with his Co- blessing, will go on well. Trustees to dispose of by his receiving I remain yours respectfully, £150 per annum for his life, and after his
AN OLD SUBSCRIBER. death £1000 to be paid to his Executors. Mr. Flanders always expressed his conviction that this was an improper transac THE CORONET & THE CROSS. tion, and that in the eye of the law it was null, questioning if Trustees had a right
Sir,-I am happy to see by the anto be beneficially interested in funds Memoir of Lady Huntingdon is about
nouncement in the Harbinger that a cheap which they administered. Up to the being published. This is a work which present time about £5000 has been paid has long been wanted; the present Life in the shape of interest.
and Times of the Countess, however ex6th. Provident Fund. When this fund was established, and during the time it cellent, is not suited to the generality of was accumulating by Connexional means
readers, and is by far too expensive for to its present amount, was it supposed mit me to suggest the propriety of the
most people to purchase. Will you perthat a clause would subsequently be introduced which would exclude bona fide monthly numbers at about sixpence
forthcoming work being published in Connexion ministers, such as Revs. Hollis, Lewis, Thoresby, Mitchell, cum
to be completed in some ten or twelve multis aliis.
parts. I have no doubt but this plan In conclusion. It occurs to me, “the would meet the views of many of our time to speak" is now, and the time to act friends, and be the means of obtaining
for it an extensive circulation. We shall is now. I would recommend, Do nothing be quite prepared to take some fifty rashly : but as remonstrances have failed, I say earnestly to our brethren, To the copies monthly in our schools and con
Quit yourselves like men, and gregations here to begin with. “God defend the right.” Remember the
I remain yours obediently, motto of the Countess
May 22, 1856.
Sabbath School connected with Sion Sir, I was much pleased with the Chapel, were preached on April the 27th, sensible letter_signed" Abel,” in your 1856, by the Rev. H. Ollard, of Derby. magazine for February, by which it ap- The subject in the Morning, was taken pears there is some misunderstanding from Philippians iv. 19. And in the existing between the Trustees and Min- Afternoon, from 1 Chronicles xxviii. 9. isters of our Connexion. This is to be And in the Evening from Numbers xx. regretted, but if these gentlemen are 22—29. The attendance was good, and attempting to aspire to any undue power, the collections amounted to over £8. I am not surprised that the ministers should oppose their claims. The age of ecclesiastical despotism is, I trust, rapidly
BRISTOL. passing away, and anything like a return to such a system either in civil or religi Mr. Eastmead, Student of Cheshunt ous matters, must be at once resisted. College, has accepted an invitation to My apprehensions that such is the case settle at the Countess of Huntingdon's are somewhat confirmed in looking Chapel, Bristol, and will enter on his through the Trustees' Report, which | duties in July. It gives us much pleaappears in last month's Harbinger, where sure to find one of our own Students I find their accounts (if I mistake not) appointed to this important sphere. are audited by themselves. Now, Sir, in Most sincerely do we wish our young worldly matters, this is what we never Brother success in this his first charge, allow, and I am not sure that a Court of and let him rest assured that he will go Equity would permit Trustees to audit with the earnest prayers of the Ministers their own accounts. Let the ministers of the Connexion, that he may be made and laymen in the Connexion therefore eminently useful in winning souls to be firm in keeping the Trustees right on Christ.