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The Book of the Church. By Robert neral readers and tho young, is still a
Southey, Esq. LL. D. Poet Laureate. desideratum. To supply this is Dr. 8vo. Two Volumes, pp. 394, 528. Southey's object in publishing the price £1 4s. London, 1824.
volumes that aro now before us. Thus EccLESIASTICAL historians have been be introduces the subject : more evidently influenced by passion “ Manifold as are the blessings for and prejudice, than historians of any which Englishmen are beholden to the other class. We shall not stop to in- institutions of their country, there is no quire into the reasons of this, but the part of those institutions from which they fact cannot be doubted. Hence, it derive more important advantages than has become necessary, if we would form from its church establishment; none by a right judgment of characters and which, the temporal condition of all ranks
has been so materially improved. So events, to compare the accounts given by different writers, and to weigh well ungrateful for those benefits, if they knew
many of our countrymen would not be the circumstances under which they how numerous and how great they are, were written; and the prejudiees by and at how dear a price they were purwhich the bistorians would probably chased for our inheritance: by what be affected. But this is too laborious religious exertions, what heroic devotion, a process for the greatest part of what precious lives consumed in pious readers, and, consequently those who labours, wasted away in dungeons, or have not time, inclination, or opportu- offered up amid the flames. This is a nity, to examine the multifarious and knowledge, which, if early inculcated, conflicting evidence that is brought might arm the young heart against the before them; are obliged to content times.” Vol. I. p. 1, 2.
pestilent errors of these distempered themselves with exparte statements, or to draw their information from in- The preceding extract will not, we sufficient or corrupt sources. It is not, imagine, produce a very favourable therefore, surprising, that much mis- impression on the minds of our readers, conception prevails on the subject of as to the qualifications of the Poet church history. Tbis remark is par- Laureate for bis work. So pompous ticularly applicable to the ecclesiastical and ill-natured a commencement, has records of our own country. The an ominous appearance. And, indeed, violence with which our controversies those who will take the trouble to have been carried on, and the deplor- wade throngh these volumes, as we able results that bave attended the bave done, though with no little weariconjunction of religious disputes and ness and self-denial, will have abunpolitical quarrels,have generated strong dant evidence that Dr. S. bas engaged party feelings on all sides. The non- in an employment, for which be is by conformists bave learned to connect no means fitted. We mean no disbigotry and intolerance with the very respect to his talents by this observamention of the church of England; tion; but the gifts, (to use a thcolowhile the jaundiced eye of the episco- gical phrase) which form the poet, are palian can see nothing in dissent but entirely distinct and different from lieresy, schism, and rebellion. The those which are necessary to constitute bistorian is continually, and powerfully a man a good historian. Dr. S. may tempted, either to exaggerate or ex- be a very suitable person, for aught we cuise persccution; to censure or ap- know, to fill the office of Poet Laureate, plaud the measures of the dominant but he is not qualified to write ecclesect, and to oulogize, or misrepresent siastical history. the characters of those who sufferedf or An historian, and especially an ec: their opinions, according to his own clesiastical bistorian, should be well particular bias
furnished with these two qualifications, An accurate and impartial view of truth and charity. It is our painful the progress of religion and religious duty to affirm, that Dr. S. is miserably liberty in Great Britain, suited to ge- destitute of both. His work,
as regards nonconformists, is a com- that he was “the most prejudiced and plete tissue of misrepresentation and dishonest of all bistorians," Vol. II. calumny. Lest we should be thought p. 309. and who can unblushingly unjustifiably severe, we will produce assert that “the martyrdom of Cranproof of the truth of this assertion. mer is not more inexpiably disgrace.
An individual whose knowledge of ful to the Roman Catholic, than that this subject should be derived solely of Laud to the puritan persecutors," from the book of the church', would ibid. p. 453, deserves little regard. inevitably come to these conclusions, Dr. S. most feelingly deplores the tbat, on the one hand, the noncon- suppression of the monasteries, and formists have ever been a discontented, imagines that “ reformed convents
factious people," a set of ignorant, would be a great blessing to the counwild, and enthusiastic religionists, tur- try;" Vol. II. p. 55. He thinks that bulent as subjects, and tyrannical when the use of images " in itself. might be in authority; and that, on the contrary, good," and that the pilgrimages to the established clergy, have been patJerusalem arose out of a " pardonable, terns of meekness, purity, and dili- if not a meritorious feeling of devogence: mild in their tempers, most tion;" Vol. I. p. 16. Vol. II. p. 110. exemplary in their lives, the promoters The reunion of the Church of England of every good work, at once the orna. with the Romish communion, he looks ment and glory of the land. Our upon as a measure devoutly to be readers need not be told that all this wished;" ibid. p. 357. Really, all this is mere fiction.
smells of popery. Is Dr. S. ambitious Dr. S. asserts, that the principles of of a cardinal's hat? the old puritans were" hostile to mo- Most cordially do we concur in the narchy;" that they "attached as much following remarks: importance to sermons, as the Roman
“It behoves us ever to bear in mind, ists to what they deemed the sacrifice that while actions are always to be judged of the altar;" and that the “monstrous by the immutable standard of right and doctrine of the Sapra-lapsarians”. was wrong, the judgments which we pass their “distinguishing tenet:” Vol. II. upon men, must be qualified by consider. p. 335, 338, 350. He assures us, that ations of age, country, situation, and the ejectment of the two thousand other incidental circumstances; and it ministers, ou Bartholomew-day, 1662, will then be found, that he who is most
fully justified by the circum- charitable in his judgment, is generally stances of the times;" and the only the least unjust.” Vol. II. p. 25. censure be passes on the five-mile act, Had Dr. S. acted on these principles, and other persecuting measures, is, we should have been spared the neces that they were
impolitic;" Vol. 11. sity of animadverting so severely on p. 483, 487. When the violence of the his production. Most seriously do we Presbyterians, during the Common- wisli that these sentiments may be re wealth, is the theme of narration; he cognized by all future ecclesiastical stadiously notices every aggravating historians. circumstance, and labours to excite It is much to be regretted, that the our pity and indignation. But, on the celebrity of the author will probably other hand, the sufferings endured by procure an extensive circulation of the nonconformists during the calami- this work among a certain class of tous times that succeeded the Restora- readers, and that it will be the only tion, are cither artfully palliated, or source from which many will derivo disingenuously suppressed. Surely, to their knowledge of the ecclesiastical use Dr. S.'s own words, “Next to the history of their own country. Thus guilt of those who commit wicked error and uncharitableness will be proactions, is that of the historian who pagated. How lamentable is it, that glosses them over, or excuses them.” splendid talents should be so prostituVol. I. p. 183.
ted and perverted ! Our limits will not permit us to We beg leave to recommend that potice the many calumniating state- subsequent editions bear the following ments contained in these volumes; vor title;- A Plea for the Clergy, and an is it necessary, as they have been again Apology for Persecution ; by the author and again triumphantly refuted. In- of'" Wai Tyler," the “ Vision of Judgdeed, the man who can say of Ncal ment," and " the Life of Wesley.”
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they may come, not to lay them aside with periodical, admirably adapted, as we assure them, that however much of their think, to be extensively useful in that excellence they may discover on a first department of society whose interests perusal, every subsequent one will more it is intended to subserve. That pu- than confirm the estimate." merous and important class of persons, whose cultivation and improvement we cannot but anticipate much good
Fully concurring in this statement, are so commendably attempted in this resulting from the publication of these work, bas been too much neglected; treatises, and we, therefore, wish them but, as their services can vever be re- the widest possible circulation, garded with indifference, and as encouragement should be given to every
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The Progress of Dissent; being Obser. extract a few lines from the last page vations on the most remarkable and of it.
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Addressed to the Editor, by à Noncon
CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. twenty-eight Missionaries in foreign connGerman Papers. Proclamation.
tries, and among the Indian tribes. Of
this number, fifteen are males, and nino GEORGE IV. &c.
are ordained ministers. The following It having come to our knowledge, that table shows the names of the different some doubts are entertained respecting stations, the country or people among the interpretation and application of the whom they are established, and the names first paragraph of the 16th article of the of the principal Missionaries. act of the German Confederation of the Stations. Country or People. Missionaries. 8th of June, 1815; which is to the follow
Rev. ing effect :
G. H. Hough. "The difference of the Christian reli- Rangoon
Rev. gious communities, cannot lead to any
Jona Wade. : difference in the enjoyment of civil and
Rev. political rights in the countries.composing Ava
Dr. Judson, the Germanic Confederation :"-we are
Dr. Price. induced to issue the following declara
Miamies and tion and ordinance.
Shawnees nr. Rev. 1. The several professors of the Chris-' Carey
St. Joseph's Isaac M'Coy. tian faith, enjoy a perfect equality of
r. Ind. civil and political rights in the kingdom; Valley
Rev. and, in conformity with the said article, Towns
J. Roberts. the notion of a predominant and of
American co- ?
Rev. a merely tolerated church, is entirely
lony in Africa) Lott Carey. abolished.
Creek Indians 2. All Christian religious communities Withing
on Chataboohave a right to the unobstructed and free
chee river, exercise of their religious worship, and
Geo. every clergymen can require the surplices,
The mission to the Burmans was com. &c. only from the parishioners of his own persuasion. Consequently,
menced in 1814 ; to, the Cherokees, in 3. Those inhabitants who belong to a 1818; to the Miamies and Shawnees, in different Christian persuasion from that 1820; to Africa, in 1821 ; and to the of the parish, are to pay the fees, &c. Creeks, in 1823. There is a church of only to the clergymen of their persuasion, eighteen native converts at Rangoon, a to whose parish they are positively an
school of sixty Indian children at Carey, nexed. Fees can be required by a clergy- and two schools among the Cherokees. man of a different persuasion, when he has been required to perform an official duty, and has really performed it.
AMERICAN BAPTISTS. 4. On the other hand, all dues to churches and schools, which proceed from (From a New York Paper, Oct. 30, 1824.) houses, farms, and other landed property
“ The Rev. Dr. Baldwin, an aged and in a parish, without regard to the per. highly respected Baptist minister in Bossonal qualities of the professor in respect ton, was placed by one of the political to his religious belief; are still to be parties in Massachusetts, at the head of paid to those entitled to them by every their Presidential electoral ticket to sup. possessor, even if he belong to a Christian ply the place of Governor Eustis, who party different from that of the parish.
had declined. The Doctor at first con5. Contains regulations for the entries sented to stand, but was compelled by in the church books.
the excitement among his religious Hanorer, Dec. 18.
friends to withdraw his name. In his St. James's Chronicle and General Even• letter to the Committee who put him in ing Post,-Jan. 1, 1825.
nomination, he says, 'The unusual and
unlooked-for excitement among my reli. AMERICAN BAPTIST MISSION.
gious friends, threatens to destroy the
peace of my society, and if kept up will From the “ New York Observer." extend its injurious effects still wider. The American Baptists now have Therefore, I feel compelled to request
that my name may be withdrawn from sufficiently known to you, or recommended the honourable list with which by you it to your consideration; consequently, you has been associated.'
hare not had opportunity to estimate its “ Professor Chase, of the Columbian value, or inducement to afford it your aid. college at Washington, arrived at Phila- Be assured, that on the point of utility, delphia, on Sunday of last week in the though humble in its pretensions, silent ship Manchester, after a boisterous pas. in its operations, and effecting its march sage of forty-fire days, from Liverpool. without observation, it has, beneath the His health is much improved.”
auspices of a gracious providence, been a source of incalculable benefit. Yet the
circumstances of it are such as to awaken COLUMBIAN COLLEGE, some concern for its perpetuity. And are In the District of Columbia.
there none amongst you, besides those worthy individuals who do now gene.
rously befriend it, disposed to enroll their Though this Institution has only com
names upon the list of its regular and permenced the second term of its third year, ings of interest capable of being roused,
manent supporters ? Are their no feelyet there are one HUNDRED AND SIXTY students : these are from twenty different excited, and impelled to action? Is it states. ." Religious and political party not to the credit of the Baptist denominadiscriminations are unknown in the pro- tion formed in Cambria, to raise the mi
tion in England, that there is an instituceedings and discipline of the college. Good scholarship, good morals, virtuous nisters of the same persuasion to a dehabits, industry, and talent, constitute gree of literary respeetability? And is it the only basis of distinction.”
not of moment, that, in this part of the empire, the churches and congregations, so numerous, 60 growing, so powerful,
and, therefore, so capable of becoming Baptist Academical Institution, subsidiary to the spread of the gospel at Abergavenny.
home and abroad, should accompany others in the honourable career of know:
ledge and information? Upon these inter. It appears there are ten students sup- rogatories, a negative cannot be fixed. ported at this institution: three of these
“ The Seminary proposed to your beniare supported by a benevolent gentleman ficent regards, is not absolutely of a local in the neighbourhood of London : the character. Though established for the total expenses for the others even, for one
education of Welshmen, and ostensibly year, amounted to £210 28. only. From an
for the benefit of the Principality, its beaddress, written by the tutor, the Rev. neficiaries are shackled with no restricMicah Thomas, and circulated by the Com- tions, but are at full liberty to exercise mittee, the following extracts are made.- the work of the ministry in what country “ More convenient premises are
soever they please. Out of more than ceedingly desirable and requisite, and fifty who have already enjoyed its priviwould greatly add both
to the comfort and leges, there are several now reputably respectability of the Academy. Besides, and efficiently discharging the pastoral the work of teaching, the number of pu
functions amongst you. And whenever amounting to ten, as it now does, it may be agreeable and convenient to would be more efficiently executed in the any of your churches to draw upon it for hands of two than of one. But at present, supplies, no impediment intervenes. without a much larger support than what
“ Hence it is conceived, that on various has yet been furnished, these much need- grounds the institution, thus pleaded for, ed acquisitions are entirely out of reach, deserves a portion of your munificence, and can only be contemplated as desiderata. and is worthy of your co-operation. Its
“ Many English friends likewise have general objects, established utility, and demonstrated their accustomed benevo- small expenditure, all combine to euforce lence and firmness; and to those of them its claims.' that do now patronize, and such particularly as have not yet done so, but it is hoped will, when informed of the cha- ORDINATIONS, &c. racter and exigencies of the institution, the preceding account, and the subsequent appeal, are most affectionately and
STROUD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE. respectfully submitted.
On July 1, 1824, a Baptist meeting"Brethren of England: the Aberga. house was opened in the town of Stroud, venny Academy has never yet been made Gloucestershire, raised by the exertions