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ON FORMS OF PRAYER.

:. It is not to be supposed that the extempore, has the very same effect, above topics are by any means ex- particularly if the mind is in any dehausted in a solitary discourse, when gree confused. any single one among them would Again: we can join in the audible furnish materials for a volume. On supplications of another person, with some few prominent characteristics, the utmost devotion : but the act of which scarcely admit of two opinions, listening to him has a tendency to the author fixes his attention, and divide the attention, and impair the that of his hearers, and infers from spirituality of our minds. In fact, the whole, that Popery is the Anti- the extempore prayer of the minister christian system foretold in the sacred is as substantially a form to the conwritings. In this discourse, the rea- gregation, as a written one; for in sonings are fair, and the conclusions both cases, the words are chosen for are legitimate.

them by another. There may, it is true, in the extemporary prayer, be an adaptation to present circum

stances-an advantage in which forMR. EDITOR.

mal prayers are sometimes deficient; Sir,-It has happened that I have but ihis is no very weighty consideJately heard a great deal said against ration, for it is possible to obtain or the use of forms of prayer. I have compose forms of prayer sufficiently heard ministers, in their public dis- comprehensive and circumstantial courses, pass the most unmerciful for every necessary purpose. Where animadversions upon it; and, not is the pious person, however averse satisfied with wielding the legitimate to forms, who has not thousands of weapon of sober argument, they have times joined in the devout aspirations availed themselves considerably of of the Psalmist, and in the fervent that dangerous, and not very honest breathings of many a sacred hymn? one, ridicule. By many other reli- and has felt all the rapture and subgious persons, I have beard the prac- limity of devotion, although repeattice condemned in the most unquali- ing the words of another person. fied manner; and mentioned with all Farther, Jesus Christ has himself imaginable contempt, as being utterly given us a form of prayer. "O yes,” foolish and indefensible. The fre- says an objector, “but he only intendquent recurrence of these violent cen- ed it to be a model.". I am not satissures has induced me to examine the fied that this was bis only intention, subject rather closely ; and the result If praying by the help of a form be as is, I have found that weighty arga- great an evil as some think it is, ments may be advanced in favour of might we not suppose that Christ, in praying by the help of a form.

bis infinite wisdom, would have mere1. It may be proved, that it is quite ly given us general directions conpossible to pray in this manner, with cerning the duty, and have declined the utmost sincerity and devotion.- supplying us with any kind of model, Prayer is the offering up of our de- lest it should unhappily be prostituted sires, gratitude, or penitential ac- to the purposes of a form? or at least, knowledgments to God: the language we may suppose that he would have which we employ, is bot the outward forbidden its being used as such. But expression of these emotions; and is our blessed Lord has not only furquite a distinct thing from prayer. nished us with a form of prayer, Now, if I have before me a forny of without laying any interdiction upon prayer, which is exactly expressive of it, but, if we are to credit St. Luke, my devoat feelings, whether of praise, he has actually enjoined its adoption. supplication, or penitence, or all these “ But the use of forms of prayer, together, why may I not adopt this lan- it is said, “ insensibly leads to deadguage as the vehicle of my thoughts, ness, and mere mechanical worship." since I can invent none more suitable? I answer, it does not necessarily lead But it is objected, that the act of to this. If I am in a devout frame, I looking at the book, has a tendency shall not worship God mechanically, to divert the attention and damp the though I utter the language of another ardour of devotion. This I acknow. person. Multitudes who pray extemledge; but the act of seeking accept- pore, are mere formalists: it may, ablo words for myself, when praying however, be conceded, that these

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characters exist in greater numbers is usually presented to us, drawn from amongst those who employ a form. the beggar who reads, instead of utters,

2. It will not, I think, be difficult to his requests. prove, that in certain circumstances, If you were the most illiterate the use of forms of prayer is indis- mendicant,” says one, “and wanted pensable, or at least highly advan- to ask alms, would you find any diffitageous.' We must allow, that every culty in declaring your wants ?" I anperson who is placed at the head of a swer, No, if I could declare my wants family, ought to worship God in his in half a dozen words; but if my pefamily, by offering daily prayer and tition consisted of a string of comthanksgiving to the divine Author of plaints and requests, which I could all their mercies. But many persons not recite in less than ten minutes,-if are so oppressed with an unconquer- I had this recital to make to some disable timidity, arising from constitu- tinguished personage, and in the pretional diffidence, or nervous inability, sence of many standers-by,-I might augmented perhaps by an unhappy then, perhaps, feel myself so deficient education, that they find it impossible in confidence and self-possession, as to exercise in a public way. It is by gladly to avail myself of a written no means my intention to assert, that form, and, though reading what I the predominance of fear is a suffi- never wrote,” I might very probably cient apology for every one who al-escape the imputation of folly. lows it to deter him from praying Even some of those who are accusextempore; but I do think there are tomed to pray ex tempore, feel, on some many, (though their comparative occasions, their minds so confused, number may not be considerable,) bewildered, and embarrassed,-expewho can never command sufficient rience such a paucity of ideas, and courage and recollection, to perform poverty of language,-as renders the this duty to their own edification : duty a most painful and unprofitable these must either live like heathens, task, both to themselves and others. or avail themselves of the assistance Now, if, on such an occasion, capriof a form.

cious prejudice were set aside, and a Let not the man of inflexible nerves, form of prayer resorted to, migbt we and stern resolation, who has been not be better able to worship God accustomed to public speaking for without distraction ? twenty years, rudely brand with pu- By this time, I imagine I hear some sillanimity, and dereliction of duty, reader exclaim,“0, this writer is the humble Christian, whose excessive some churchified subject or other, who modesty, and secluded habits, dis- has been bred up in the trammels of qualify him for the duty. Though we episcopacy, and cannot believe that grant, that there are few but might any thing is right, which is not recogsurmount their fears by repeated en- nized in the rites and ceremonies' of deavours; yet, towards this few, let the church established by law.” To us exercise forbearance and charity, this he would reply, that though for and admit them to be sincere Chris- the venerable establishment he entertians, notwithstanding their mode of tains no feelings but those of respect; worship differs in some degree from yet, he must say, that he cannot be

termed a churchman, unless the cirAgain, there are many upright Chris- cumstance of his having been baptized tians who have no talent for public by a clergyman constitute him such. prayer. I assert this on the evidence He frequently exercises in public of my own senses and experience; prayer, in his humble way, and always having repeatedly heard individuals extempore; having never learned a attempt to pray, who appeared to be form in his life, except the Lord's so unacquainted with language and Prayer; and, notwithstanding the apoforms of speech, as to be unable to logy he has made for praying with a speak coherently, or even intelligibly. book, he believes it, in general, a far But if these persons are at the heads more excellent way to worsbip God of families, they must perform family without one. His object in writing, is worship: their only recourse, there to promote candour and liberality. fore, is a form.

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prayer, should be felt to be a point of aspirates are distinguished by a quick so much delicacy, as to restrain us breathing, with very little vocal noise ; from a harsh or sarcastic method of the other by a slow breathing, and doing it, and lead us to adopt one of a humming sound united. . Take p, as more conciliating and indulgent cha- an instance of the aspirated, and b, of racter.

the vocal consonants; both are pro

H. Robinson. duced by a stoppage of the breath Rainton, April 16th.

gainst the lips, but the former requires a sharp puff, the latter a kind of vocal hum, to complete it.

Let a series be formed of each class ON THE SOUNDS OF LETTERS.

respectively, let a vowel sound be the MR. EDITOR.

common property of one series ; the SIR, -I take the liberty of submitting aspirate, or letter h, of the other; it the following observations to your may be easily seen, that h is heard readers :

more or less in every gradatiou of the There is a property in the sound of latter, and a vowel or vocal sound acconsonants, which I do not remember companies the former; for instance, to have seen explained fully to my the a in saloon, pronounced exceedsatisfaction. Every consonant has ingly short. Let each seri either an aspirated, or a vocal, sound; mence with gutturals, proceeding as each vocal has its corresponding as- they are pronounced, through the pirated consonant, and vice versa. The mouth to the lips, as follows:VOCALSS.

ASPIRATE. ** (Saloon) a

h, n, Greek smooth'. Gutturals. Newcastle r in roll, rhg n, hh, Greek rough'. y(sing) ng...

ngh, not used. (you) y

yh, not used. Palatines. Gaelic, gh

X, P.
Lg hard, 7,

k, J, K.
s'p, rh, French r in sombre, Somer-

setshire, r in red. Linguals. 5,1, 1

Ih, Welsh ll, French ( in resemble. v, , n

nh, not used. -8, 7, d

t, T. Welsh dd (thus) th

0, 0, th in thin. Dentals. s, in pleasure, zh

sh. %, 1, 2

8, 0. Welsh f, 1, v

f, g, Welsh ff. Labials. (wall) W

*v, in ‘vlos, wh, North of England. H, , m

mh, not used. CB, a, b.

P, ., *. From a, y, and w, and their combi- | is given by placing it as the correnations, flow all the vowels. The sponding vocal to the Hebrew rough Hebrew y, Greek ț, 4, and English c, aspirate, n. 9, x, j, and g soft, are to be found sim- The Gaelic gh, and Greek X, are reple or compound, among the rest. spectively similar to Newcastle r, and

Mh, nh, yh, and ngh, are sometimes Hebrew n); but I think it may be seen pronounced by people who stutter. by a little attention, that the former The Welsh ll, by some who have an are pronounced in the mouth or palate, impediment, for s.

the latter in the throat, the passage The guttural sound used by the for the breath being in each instance common people of Newcastle-on-Tyne nearly closed. for r, is not easily represented in let- A knowledge of the difference beters; it is to be heard among the tween a vocal and an aspirated conkeel-men, and the inhabitants of a sonant, with a table similar to the street called Sandgate, in the greatest above, to which the compounds might perfection. It is sounded low in the be added, would, I think, be useful in throat, and the best idea of its sound teaching the sound of such as are not

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met with in our native tongue, a diffi- Those who doubt of these and similar facts, culty not often easily overcome. may refer to the following gentlemen for their Should this paper meet with

several testimonies, viz.

your approbation, I shall trouble you with of New South Wales. Rev. S. Leigh, Sydney.

The Rev. Sam. Marsden, Principal Chaplain a few more remarks, together with a Messrs. Williams, Hall, Kendali, Puckey, series of symbols, whose shape will King, Shepherd, Remp, Turner, and White

, nearly point out the sound signified. now at New Zealand. The Rev. Joon Batler, It is with the greatest deference,

No. 9, President-street, East Goswell-street

Road, London. Mr. Sam. Butler of Sydney, that the above lucubrations are sub- and Mr. W. Laury, St. Aastle, Cornwall. Many mitted to your readers; my gutturals of these can say, "I have seen men eat men.have, I fear, set them yawning, if not Banian Tree. On the banks of the river growling: some apology is almost Narbudda, in the province of Guzzerat, is a necessary for presuming to becloud Banian tree, supposed, by some persous, to be your pages with my dulness; but the not inferior to it. It is distinguished by the

the one described by Nearcbus, and certainly brightness of truth is often elicited by name of Cabbeer Burr, which was given it in obscure means; and if I should only honour of a famous saint. Higb Boods have, be the mere flint, which some master- at various times, swept away a considerable hand may strike against bis polished part of this extraordinary tree; but what still steel, to produce that spark, which

his remains, is nearly two thousand feet in circum

ference, measured round the principal stems; genius may breathe into an eradiating the overhanging branches, not yet struck down glow, it will be matter of no small cover a much larger space; and under it grow thankfulness, that the Creator has a number of castard-apple and other fruit trees. given, at least, a useful dulness to The large tranks of this single tree amount to Mr. Editor, yours,

three hundred and fifty; and the smaller ones

exceed three thousand; every one of these is A JOURNEYMAN MECHANIC. constantly sending forth branches and hanging Lambeth, March 24th, 1825.

roots, to form other trunks, and become the parents of a future progeny. The Cubbeer

Barr is, famed throughout Hindostan, not only GLEANINGS.

on account of its great extent, but also of its Cannibalism.—Among the tricks to which surpassing beauty. The Indian armies genescepticism bas resorted, to retard the propa- rally encamp around it; and at stated seasons, gation of Christianity, it has been asserted by solemn Jatarras, or Hindoo festivals, to which its advocates, that the reports long circulated thousands of votaries repair from every part respecting cannibalism have little or no founda of the Mogal empire, are there celebrated. It tion in truth, and that those by whom the cer- is said that seven thousand persons find ample tainty of this abominable practice is supported, room to repose under its shade. being interested in their declarations, are there

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prepare Quills.--The following method of fore unworthy of credit. The melancholy fact preparing these useful articles is recommendis, however, too well attested to be generally ed :"Suspend them in a copper, containing disbelieved, and we give the following in con- bot water, just to touch their nibs; then, closfirmation of wbat we advance.

ing the copper, so as to be steam-light, leare It bas been stated by several eye-witnesses, the quills, for a considerable time, exposed to that in the Isles of the South Sea, but more the heat and moisture of the steam, by which especially at New Zealand, human flesh is often the sat they contain will be melted and drawn eaten.' Immediately after the late depredatory oat; after this treatment has been continued wars carried on by Shanghee against Enackey ) about four bours, they will attain a considerand others, buman victims bave been seen catable degréé of softness and transparency. Next in two or more pieces, and each piece thrown day, open the dibs, draw the pith, and baving into a fire prepared for the purpose, and forth- rabbed them with a soft and dry clotb, place with eaten. Haman heads have been seen them in a gently-beated oven, or at the side of roasting before a fire, with a design to preserve a fire, for a while; and it will be found, on the them as articles of barter with Europeans, while following day, that, together with the firmness the remainder of the victim has been eaten by and hardness of born or bone, they have actbe savages. This has happened frequently, quired the transparency, thoagh not the britand been seen by many witnesses. In New tleness, of glass.” Holland, men's arms and legs bare been seen German Method of Cooling and Purifying the in the nets of the aborigines, among other Air in Summer.-In the hot days of summer, articles of subsistence. In the Friendly Islands especially in houses exposed to the meridian it has been known that the savages not anfre- sun, a capacious ressel filled with cold waler quently dash out and eat each other's brains. is placed in the middle of a room; and a few

On a certain occasion, a savage came to one green branches of lime, birch, or willow, are of the gentlemen mentioned below, in a state planged with the lower ends into the fleid. of considerable agitation, and on being asked By this easy expedient the apartment is, in a the cause of his half-suppressed violence, re- short time, rendered much cooler; the evapoplied, that having met with another savage, ration of the water producing this desirable who had offended him, he had cleft his skull effect in sultry weather, without any detriment with bis club, and left him dead on the spot. to health. Besides, the exbalation of greeu He added, “But the vex not all go away, I plants, under the influence of the solar rays, bave eaten bis brains."

greatly tends to parify the air; bat they must

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pot remain in the apartments after night-fall, -With regard to their religion, they may be or in the shade.

estimated as follows:Increase of Height at Rising.The cartilages Pagans,

490,000,000 between the vertebræ of the back-bone, twenty- Mahometans,

130,000,000 four in number, yield considerably to the pres- Roman Catholics, 100,000,000 sure of the body in an erect posture, and ex. Protestants,

43,000,000 pand themselves during the repose of the night; Greeks and Armenians,. 30,000,000 hence a person is considerably taller at his Jews,.

7,000,000 rising in the morning than at night. The dif. From tbis estimate it appears, that there are serenice in some amounts to so much as one more than four Pagans and Mahometans to one inch; and recruits who have passed muster for Christian, and only one Protestant to seventeen soldiers in the morning, have been rejected at of all the other denominations. night as below the standard.

Bolivar and Joseph Lancaster.- Mr. LancasCandles from Hog's-lard.--Dr. O'Neil, of ter, lately residing in the Caraccas, bas recently Comber, has discovered a process by which received an interesting letter from Bolivar, inJard may be used for making candles : he ren- viting him to his newly acquired dominions, to ders this substance superior to the Russia tal-establish among the Colombians his celebrated low, and not so expensive. The lard, after system of education. He states, that the having undergone bis process, resembles white government has placed a million of dollars at wax or spermaveti. Candles made of this pre- his disposal, for the purposes of mental cultipared substance burn with a brilliancy supe. vation, and that be thinks this som cannot be rior to common candles, and, it is said, even more advantageously expended, than in giving to gas; they are free from any unpleasant extension to the Lancastrian mode of instrucs smell, and do not feel greasy to the touch, nor tion. give off any sinoke; they burn much longer Atmospheric Pressure. The pressure of the tban candles of tbe same weight, and, by a wbóle atmosphere upon the earth, is computed slight alteration in the process, they can be to be equivalent to that of a globe of lead 60 rendered yellow, or of any other colour, or of miles in diameter, or 5,000,000,000,000,000 a perfect whiteness, which neither, light, air, tons; that is, the whole mass of air which surnor smoke, can alter.

rounds the globe, compresses the earth with a Mental Process for conceiving the Earth's Mag-force or power equal to that thousand mil

It of five thousa face of the earth contains nearly 200,000,000 of Nalural History.-A splendid collection of square miles.-Now, were a person to set out stuffed birds bas been presented to the Ashon a minute survey of the terraqueous globe, molean Museum, by the Honourable and Rev. and to travel till he passed along every square Arthur Philip Percival, Fellow of All Souls' mile on its surface, and to continue bis route College. The specimens now collected in the without intermission, at the rate of 30 miles Museum illustrate the grand divisio of the every day, it would require 18,264 years before systematic arrangements of Linnæus, Cavier, be could tinish bis tour, and complete the sur- and Lamark-namely, the classes and orders vey of this huge rotundity on which we tread :' of Animalia vertebrata; Mammalia; Aves; Cheso that had lie commenced his excursion on lonia; Pisces; et Insectæ; together with Conthe day in which Adam was created, and con- chylia. tinued it to the present hour, he would not have accomplished one-third part of this vast at Pompeii have brought to light some of the tour.-Again: Were the earth a bollow sphere, most interesting objects which have yet been surrounded merely with an external shell of discovered. They consist of a house, which, earth and water 10 miles thick, its internal from its paintings, has been named the Casa del cavity would be sufficient to contain a quantity Poeta Dramatica; a public bath complete; a of materials one hundred and thirty-three times marble statue, similar to those of Cicero; a greater than the whole mass of continents, large equestrian statae in bronze, supposed to islands, and oceans, on its surface, and the be that of the Emperor Nero; and various other foundations on which they are supported. objects. Northern Expedition. The plan to be par- Consecrated Ass.- A short time ago a fine

by party is Superior, they are to winter near the Great Bear purchased of the importer by the followers of Lakes. In the spring they are to proceed to the late Johanna Southcote, at Ashton-underBebring's straits, where a ship will be ready Line, and it is said they regard it us an invato transport them to India. The same vessel luable treasure, in consequence of its being a will t

take in provisions for Captain Parry, native of the East. They gave 125 guineas for that time he is expected to be met. For the Writing.The common writing of the Calland expedition, provisions will be laid in by macks, as well as of some other Oriental nathe Hudson's Bay Company, in various depots tions, is read vertically—that is, in lines from on their route. They are also provided with the top to the bottom, wbich appears also to, portable water-proof canvass, which, if re- have been originally the case with most of the quired, may easily be converted into a canoe. hieroglyphics of Egypt; but these were,

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Population of the Globe. The number of in- cess of time, placed borizontally, in the manner habitants which people the earth at one time now generally practised. may be estimated to "amount to at least eight New Comet.- Professor Harding, of Gottinhundred millions; of which 500 millions may be gen, on the 23d of August, discovered a new assigned to Asia; 80 millions to Africa; 70 mil. comet in the constellation Orion; it appears Jions to America; and 150 millions to Europe. without a tail, and is travelling to the south.

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