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we possess no overwhelming ma- not suspect that a Christian Minisjority of “ acute reasoners,” yet we ter wrote it, I should add) the mahave reasoning powers sufficient to lignity of this whole paragraph. perceive, that here is a most sin- The term Anabaptist is calumnious, gular discrepancy between their and can only be used in spite : oral and written testimony. Your little better can be said of the incritic might, and certainly must troduction of the word dragooning, know, whether he may choose to and afterwards bigoted partisan. acknowledge it or not, that I could The vexation of the critic has again produce a very sufficient number of led him into a perfect misreprerecorded opinions of a similar de- sentation. Does my term theoretic scription. Tbese, however, if ad. Baptist indicate the case of one duced, he would, I suppose, call who is perplexed and seeking inunimportant, as he affects to term formation ? would it, can it for a other remarkable concessions ; for moment be imagined, that I or any my part, I must differ from him on of my brethren would oppress, dra. this subject, and beg leave to call goon, or insult a tender conscience, concessions important, when they and an anxious inquirer ? The case actually give up the point at issue, supposed, which every person of and proceed from high literary au- ordinary understanding must perthority.

ceive, is that of individuals, who, Having said of theoretic Baptists being convinced of the doctrine of in Pædobaptist churches, that "they immersion, refuse to practise it. have discernment enough to appre. Now, if those who know their Mas. ciate the force of evidence, but not ter's will, and do it not, are not de-, piety enough to pursue the path of fective in piety, I should thank your duty"--the Reviewer first affirms, Reviewer to inform me, what is the that many of them have no discern- defective principle-by what name ment at all, it is natural for him to will he designate it? think so,) and then adds, "we After these explanations of the must pronounce this a rash and un- obnoxious sentence in my advercharitable judgment of his brethren. tisement, from which, I trust, it will Ought these individuals," he de- appear that I have not manifested mands, “ be they wise or unwise, quite so much arrogance, illiberafairly or unfairly staggered by some lity, and dogmatism as the Reviewer Anabaptist advocate, who are per- imputes to me, I may be permitted plesed on a point of duty, and are to refer to his observations on the seeking information, to be treated work itself. He has only touched, as if they wilfully neglected their indeed, upon two or three passages; Lord's will ? Are they to be told, leaving the whole body of evidence that they have not piety enough to and argument unnoticed. I give do their duty ?. This is precisely him full credit in this proceeding the dragooning kind of system on for discretion: he has sufficiently which converts are frequently made exposed bimself in what he has atto re-baptism, and by which we tempted. have known some timid, and scru. My curious antagonist takes a fly. pulous, and weak-minded persons ing leap from the advertisement, to induced to submit to adult immer. about the last page in my volume, sion, lest they should incur the tre- and pounces, with a true Harpeian mendous guilt denounced upon vengeance, upon the statement, them by some bigoted partisan of which disproves Dr. Wardlaw's reAnabaptism.” Again, I must com- presentation of the antiquity of in-'. plain of the bitterness, and (did I fant baptism. During his general

eritique, he denominates me arro- evidence I have adduced,) venture gant and dogmatical – Mr. Birt to re-assert, that infant baptism is weak and absurd – Dr. Gale the spoken of by the earliest writers, in most confused, illogical, and unfair direct terms, and as a thing unques. of controversial writers, and in ano- tioned ?”-Oh, says the Reviewer, ther place muddy-Dr., Campbell, “ we will analyse this question of (reiterating Mr. Ewing's allegations) antiquity.” Very well, and what is rash, dogmatical and inconsistent ; your analysis ! Why, first, “ can and has, at the same moment, the Mr. far impose upon himself." happy art of exhibiting, in most &c.—and secondly, “we do not disbeautiful and luxuriant combina- pute with him, whether it is mentions, not one, but all these charm- tioned in direct terms." Very good ing qualities himself; as if to show and very wise, on your part; for in every way his vaunted superio- you well know there can be no disrity! What a most wonderful cir- pute ;-you well know you cannot cumstance it is, that every writer answer my fifteen or sixteen lines on our side the question should be upon that question; but you ought so arrogant, and rash, and weak, and to have seen, that you have gone illogical; while every writer on the very far towards stultifying yourself opposite side, should exhibit such by such an admission. perfect specimens of humility, cau. “ The array of learned authorition, vigour of mind, and argumen- ties is more than a hundred to one tative accuracy,--that the one side against him !” This is absolutely should be ail fools, and the other all one of the most shameless and wailogicians! save and except this Re- ton assertions that ever proceeded viewer, who, as I have remarked, is from fair or unfair controversialist. determined to excel us all, even in What, a hundred authorities to one our rashness, inconclusiveness, and where it is shewn that “infant bap. prejudice! He writes thus-"would tism is spoken of by the earliest any one believe, that Mr. C. could writers in direct terms, and as a so far impose upon himself, as to thing not questioned ?" Now, Sir, imagine that he had settled, in about in the first place, I have shewn that 15 or 16 lines, a question of so much not one of the earliest writers ever extent, (that is, whether infant bap. mentions infant baptism at all; for tism is spoken of in direct, terms, a proof of this I appeal to their own and as a thing not questioned by the writings. If a hundred or a thouearliest writers,) and upon which sand learned men asserted they did. the array of learned authorities is all their declarations united would more than a hundred to one against amount to nothing in contradiction him ?"-Yes, Mr. Cox asserts and to the writers themselves : but so far re-asserts, that not fifteen, but five from a hundred to one asserting it, lines are in fact sufficient to settle I defy the Reviewer to produce ONE the question ; and more than this, that ever made the assertion at all, the Reviewer has the sagacity, and I, moreover, refer him to his own amidst his loudest complaints, io concession already noticed! This concede the truth of my statement. is merely one of those sweeping deAfter the preceding citation, be adds, clarations in which au aptagonist “' not to dispute with out friend, who is either absolutely ignorant or whether it is spoken of directly or ineffably prejudiced deals, to save indirectly."- Then, Sir, you bave bimself the trouble of examination, yielded ibe point; for what is my to escape out of a difficulty, or to demand ? " Will any Pædobaptist gratify the illiterate multitude. writer after this, (the uncontroverted

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ceiving any summons to appear, and

answer for themselves, or their ever ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION

seeing the justices, or their accusers. AT STEPNEY.

I forbear to mention the rudeness used towards women upon such occasions,

and how they purposely frighted chil(See Lithographic View.) dren; though I shall not easily forget,

how I was myself, being very young, The tower between the two houses broken open, put in great fear of my

and in a minister's house, when it was is commonly called “ King Jobn's Tower;" for what reason we never

life by them; whicb, together with could learn. Probably it was built

what I then saw, begat in me sach an several hundred years after the decease

aversion to their cruel and persecuting of that monarch. All we have been

practices, as I hope will never wear able to ascertain is, that it remains a

off. Warrants were signed for disnoble gate-way belonging to a man

tresses in one parisb, that of Hackney, sion occupied, during Charles the se. ther

to the value of £1400. What spoil, cond's reign, by the Marquis of Wor

then, did they make, may we think, in cester. The mansion itself has long

* the rest of the nation ?" Part I. p. 252. since been taken down; the rubbish

See also p. 258.

& and ruins of which are soon perceived

Here also lived Dr. Richard Mead, in the gardens, in digging a little way

(son of the minister above-mentioned,) below the surface. The brick-work

a physician of the bighest eminence; and cement are objects of curiosity to

and his house was open to literary men the antiquarian, and attract the gaze

of all nations, whom he entertained of many passing strangers.

with a princely hospitality. The wri. The house on the left hand has ter of his life, prefixed to his “ Medical been, in part, occupied, since the year

Works,” tells us, that“ no foreigner of 1821, by the Rev.S. Young, who is the

any learning, taste, or even curiosity, classical and resident tutor.

ever came to England, without being The house on the right hand, now

introduced to Dr. Mead, as it would the residence of Thomas Young, Esq.,

have been a matter of reproach to bave is of much greater antiquity, and in

returned without seeing him." cludes a considerable portion of the

“ Bentley and Pope, soon after the house once inhabited by the Rev. Mat- publication of Homer,

publication of Homer, met at Dr. ibew Mead, one of the most eminent Mead's at dinner; when Pope, desirous of the ejected ministers. Mr. Mead

of his opinion of the translation, ad. was the guardian of James Peirce, who

dressed him thus : ' Dr. Bentley, I orafterwards rose to great celebrity at

4 dered my bookseller to send you your Exeter, and was rejected by his con

books: I hope you received them.'. gregation, when he departed from Bentley, who had purposely avoided " the faith once delivered to the saints” saying any thing about Homer, preHe was the champion of the Noncon. tended not to understand him, and formists, and, in his learned and fa

asked, ' Books! books! what books ? mons « Vindication of the Dissenters" My Homer,' replied Pope, which be evidently refers to a circumstance

you did me the honour to subscribe which took place while he resided in for.' Oh,' said Bentley, `ay, now ! the house of Mr. Mead.

recollect, your translation :-it is a “ 1682. Many ministers were im- pretty poem, Mr. Popo; but you must prisoned, and their goods seized and not call it Homer.'sold; and this without their having the Works of Dr. Johnson-Murphy's least notice of any accusation, or re

ed. Vol. II. p. 162. VOL. XVII.

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