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to the Bible Society, nor members He avowed himself to be an enemy, of it. He therefore conceived they and stated that he rose in that chahad no claim to be heard on the racter on account of a challenge from
Mr. Townshend. " Mr. N. Calvert followed, and " 3. lo stating that some disapsaid that he atteniled the meeting to probation was expressed ; as if the support a religious object, and not disapprobarion was only slight and to be present at a theological disa partial, whereas the disgust was cussion, and if the meeting was to universal ; and in suppressing the be converted into a debating club, important facts that the objecior was he should take up bis hat and called to order by Messrs. Dealıry, retire.
Calvert, and King Fordham ; that " Lord Grimston then rose, and the sense of the meeting was deciinformed Mr. E. G. Fordham and sively with them, and most unequihis brother that the sense of the vocally expressed, and that the ob. meeting was obvious. They must jector was not suffered to proceed. either withdraw or remain in si “ 4. Io the representation given Bence.
of the speeches of Mr. Clayton and " No further attempt was made Dr. Gregory. It ought in candour to disturb the harmony of the day.” to have been noticed, that the sen- Repori, &c. pp. 15—17. tence attributed to Dr. Gregory as
The speeches of Mr. Clayton and his own, was cited at the time as a Dr. Gregory follow.
quotation from one of the Fathers of The observations of the Com the church. mittee will be read with interest: " 5. In stating the words of Mre
“ As no charge has been made N. Calvert. He did not use the exagainst the remainder of the pro- pression, 'a dissenting debating ceedings, the Committee do not think club.' it necessary to detail them.
« The Committee are at a loss to " Those who attend a public meet. discover by what means it was asing have no need to be apprized certained, that more than two thirds that ibe several speakers can alone of the persons assembled were disbe responsible for their own obser: senters. They see the purpose for valions, unless sanctioned by the which the assertion was introduced, meeting; and it will readily be be. and they cannot but notice it with Jieved that the conduct of those reprehension ; especialiy as it does who disturbed' the harmony and not appear from any expression in good feeling on this occasion excited, the letter itself that the writer was in the minds of the Committee, the present. same sensations of regret which was “ The Committee conclude with felt by the whole assembly.
recommending to the public extreme " It will appear from the precech caution in receiving the statements ing speeches, which ihe speakers of those who are determined, from themselves have been so kind as to whatever motive, to injure the Bible furnish in consequence of an appli- Society. It is important in the first cation made ter inat purpose, that instance to examine the facts, and the letter wbich professed to contain next to inquire whether the speeches an account of these transactions is actually delivered have not been extremely incorrect in the following garbled or misconstrued. Nothing Tespects.
is more easy than 10 misrepresent • 1. In the report of Mr. Towns- the proceedings at any public meethend's speech, of which a copy as ing."--Report, &c. pp. 19–21. correct as possible is now before the It does not appear who was the public.
author of ihat curious letter which " 2. In representing Mr. E. G. has led Mr. Norris so widely from Fordham as a friend to the Society. the truth, and we shall indulge in no
coojectures; but one thing does ap • The rogues will be disproving our lies, what pear, viz. that Mr. Norris was in shall we do then?": Psha, man, “replies Obserforined of iis incorreciness before vator,' thou art an oaf. Thou art nut half kis volume was published. And
learned in our mystery. Disprove, quotha! what is his conduct : Why, to be
what signifies that? Repeat the same lio sure, he cancels the several sheets
over and over again, and witli ten times more
assurance Never heed answering : wbo in wbich the mis-statement is in minds answers? 'Tis the weakest side that iroduced; or, if that be too expen. answers : they are the detendants, and it is sive, as the charge is often brought the attacking party carries it ten to one.'" forward, he apologizes for it in a preface. Oh, no! he ventures upon a nobler flight. Cancel ! apologize!
Could any man believe, that the Let him speak for himself. At the
same page which contains this
quovery commencement of his book he
tation, introduces again Mr. Norris's thus defends the story, (believing it
account of the Hertford Meeting? to be true); and he defends it by
IV. We proceed to his REASONanother statement, equally well founded, believing that also to be
1. “ The giving countenance to
it (the Bible Society) militates true :
against an ordination vow." “ Since the manuscript account of she The public judyinent of the Church meeting at Hertford has been in circulation, of England is cancelled." p. ix. from which the Editor extracted the Statement which will be found p. 97, note, lie
The integrity of our holy mother bas been informed thatthe words support" because a Society patronised by a
is impeached.” p. ix. And all this and · patronized' bave been ccasiried inno a inis-statement, that the speaker is a Suba majority of the whole band of scriber to the Bible Society. By a reference Bishops gives nothing but the Bible to p. 90, note", the reader will see that the
to the poor! Bible Society does not consider a pecuniary 2." In all the ramifications of the contribution a necessary qualification for Bible Society one system prevails." its Patrons.' The speaker in question (as
"Its characteristic princithe Editos is just informed) is not a money pleis,chat it should be ONE AND INDIpatron, but merely patronizes the Institution by his eloquence at its Auxiliary Meetings : teristic of Dr. Bell's schools? Or
VISIBLE.”p. xix.- is not this a characand it is completely ascertained that he de. livered the scutircuts attributed to him, ex
the Church of England ? Nay of pressing this opinion of the Bible Society's Christianity itself? Let us 'appeal lendency to overthrow the Church, in terins to a testimony which our author will of approbation."
respect: the testimony of Mr. Norris. Now the fact is, and Mr. Norris himself. was apprised of it; not only that “He" (the Editor) " does mean to affirn, the speaker in question neither was that the Scriptures promulgate one faith 10 nor is a subscriber to the Bible be kept, and one mode of worship to be Society, or to any of its branches ; observed, and further to avow his deliberate but that he does not, nor did he conviction to be, that the Church of Erig. aper, patronize the lostitution by bis Jand in both these respects sels forts tlie tloquence at Auxiliary Meetings: revealed way of Salvation." p. xxvi. on the contrary, that he openly And why then should the Bible arowed himself an enemy, a decided Society adopt one system at Hackchemy, to its desiga.
ney and another at York? We conclude ihese observations
3. Whoever presumes to give with a passage which, by some fata, away Bibles to the poor without lay, Mr. Norris has cited from Les permission from the curate of his lie:
parish, intrudes upon the office of the “ Nerer to matter truth or falsebrod, he ministry: “ You become a volonells tl5, was ibe constant rule from foriy-one's teer,” says Mr. Norris, " in the work Downward. But his countryman objects: of that ministry in which I bold a
subordinate appointment." p. 10. On the appearance of the Mes. The same doctrine is enforced in a sinh, the angelssang, “Glory to God very, edifying lecture, p. 12, which in the highest ; on earth, peace, proves that Mr. Freshfield had good will towards men.” Might not • not been separated by the Holy a good sturdy lover of demonstraGhost 10 the very responsible office tion have contended that he taught of overseeing the fork of Christ, not peace, but a sword? Did not and watching for their souls." Mr. bonds and imprisonment accompany Norris nakes 10 distinction between the Apostles of this new religion the simple act of giving a Bible to wherever they went? Was there a a poor man, and discharging all the single worshipper of Diana at Ephe. duties of the Christian ministry. sus, who would not have charged Is this the doctrine of the Socieiy his own violence upon the Gospel in Bartlett's Buildings, when it re of Christ ? And is it a proof of ihe commends establishments in the delinquency of the Bible Society, cuuntry?
that Mr. Norris is angry. He re4. Mr. Freshfield having inad. turns to this charge at p. 160. verlemly stated ibat he had ..
6. Mr. Freshfield, p. 23, has the nesily and seriously referred himself following observation : to God in prayer, that he might be "I may however be allowed to say, for guided and directed in the affair, aca those who are desirous to establish the procording to bis holy mind and will," pused society, that they are not unnceessap. 5. is not a liule rebuked by the die vity forward in suggesting the measure, inasyine for his presumption in ap- much as the societies of a similar descripproaching a Throne of Grace : tion, already forned, and others fornsing God's holy mind and will," as entirely surround the district; and would Mr. Norris very gravely states by. tion in the midst of an enlightened and re
probably, in a few days, leave it an excep. way of information, “is not now
spectable veighbourhood.* pp. 23, 24. communicated by illapses from Heaven.” see pp. 11, 52, 53, 114,
To a plain man the meaning of 115. What is the meaning of this this passage is obvious. Mr. Freshtecture? Is it prohibited to a laya field does not represent the two pa. churchman to pray for the direction rishes of Newington and Hackney of God's holy will? Is the Collect as containing less of light and refor the 19th Sunday after Trinity spectability than the parishes around expunged from the Prayer-bouks at them; but speaking of them and Hackney?
the others conjunctly, as an enlight5. It is often said by the friends ened and respectable neighbourhood, of the Bible Society that its tend. he states, that this district would ency is to promote harmony and probably soon be an exception-not peace. No, says Mr. Norris, I dis as to light and respectability, but as fike it; I will oppose it in my being the only district, in a very excuracy with all my might:-and tensive neighbourhood, which had then he thinks it consistent with not such a society established with.' good reasoning to addnce this sort in it. Now what saye Mr. Norris? of opposition as an evidence of the He reasons thus : strife and animosity which it en " It" (the Bible Society)“ so completely genders! He quarrels with the entrances the understanding, that a pornon Society, and says, See bow litigious in hinself kindly-affectioned, doing justice, it is! He reviles it, and cries, Do loving mercy, and walking humbly with his you hear how it abuses me? He al- cations, from that time fortli becomes blind
God, once fascinated to drink of its incan. Tributes to it the most base and ex. ecrable motives, and exclaims, What comniendable quality belonging to those who
to all religious excellence, and 10 every an uncharitable institution! The resist the impurtunity used to bring them value of his reasoning will be ob- within the magic circle of the fraternity; vious from the following illustrativo: aud can su sus forget himself, as to bold up
I neighbourhood to "contempt as, .an ex then re-asserts his former assertion, veption to surrounding light and respectabšo p. 122, and again calls that assertion lity.'" p. 49.
a fact. We are convinced that Mr. He first quotes the passage falsely, Norris knows nothing about the and then proceeds to demonstrate University of Cambridge ; and we upon that false quotation.—We do will not hurt the delicacy of the not accuse him of dishonest inten. living by defending them from a tion. We really believe that he charge which no man believes. was persuaded alike of the accu Had he been resident when Dr. racy of his quotation and the sound: Jowett died, he would have witnessness of his reasoning. He even de- ed the universal respect and affection fends it, after Mr. Freshfield has teld with which the meinory of that good bim what he meant? p. 110. man was every where regarded.
7. The establishment of Auxiliary He would have seen that his opinion Bible Societies according to our au on theological subjects was held in thor is a proof that, in the minds of high consideration ;-and then he those who support them, the method would have demonstrated after his of salvation by Jesus Christ was manner, that the sentiments of the incomplete, and that it was now to University were just the contrary: be improved upon and rendered 9. Mr. Norris is unable to distin. perfect by man's device, p. 56. guish - and he has great authority What does Mr. Norris think of the for his want of discrimination establishment of the Society for between the operation of the Bible promoting, Christian Knowledge, Society in its corporate capacity, with all it attendant satellites of and the acts of individuals in their Diocesan and District,in other words, individual capacity. The Bible So. Auxiliary Committees ?. Were these ciety gives Bibles alone ; and for expressly enjoined by our Saviour.! this single purpose are all its finds
8. Mr. Norris having, in his usual employed. Some of the individuals style, insulted the Dean of Carlisle who support it disperse little papers, and the other distinguished Pro- to detail' its nature and object, and fessors and Members of the Univer.
to recommend its labours. Now sity of Cambridge, who attended Mr. Norris charges all this upon the Town-ball on the formation of the Society: as if these papers were the Cambridge Society, by stating issued by the authority of the Comhis persuasion, that there is not one mittee, and paid for from the funds of them whose opinions upon theo- of the Institution, which is altogether focial points are held there in much untrue. consideration, appeals afterwards to
" Pledging itself only to distribute Bibles, this magnanimous assertion as to a it circulates, together with them, that vase fuct.
farrago of adulation to itself, and calumnies ." In reply io your charge against me of apon those who discountenance its proceed. disrespect towards those concerned in the ings, togester with that variety of vuin conCambridge proceedings I have only to ob- cells and mischievous imaginations which serve, that I delivered no opinion, but mere.
those numerous papers coutain." p. 65. ly stated a fact; a fact moreover which I : At the same time we are of opiconfirmed by the most irrefragable testi- pion that the Society might circulate niony." p. 62.
many of these papers without any - Mr. Norris' gave no testimony: violation of its principle. there is nothing but his own asser 10. “ I beg of you to recollect that tion, the value of which on this point I am not the aggressor. For here we leave to the judgment of every am I, placed in a post of responsiman who knows the University. bility, not only to maintain the faith Mr. Norris thought he was reason once delivered to the saints, but to ing when he was only affirming ; prevent, to the utmost of my power, Canist. Osserv, No. 145.
the bond of Christian unity from What did Mr. Fi do? He gavei
rishioners of Hackney, App. No. 6.) The
first absolutely false, for neither the King, 11. Mr. Freshfield.—"After generally pre
nor the Regent, have given their sanction to mising you wrote • merely to correct the
the Bible Society: and the term Royalty many erroneulis conclusions and misappre- applies only to them. The second partially bensions' which my letter contained, you false, for Pielacy is a comprehensive term, state, thas you could not see how the cir- describing the whole bench of Bishops, se', cumstance of the parish in which you off ven of whom only in this kingdom out of ciate being only a part of the district for twenty-six have lent 10 the Society their which the Auxiliary Bible Society is pro- names; and the latter, for the same reason, posed to be established,' affected in the
completely hyperbolical, but to what extent, least the weight of your objection.' ļ the Editor bas nut time to ascertain.” p. 92. therefore answer, that the district described
Rare discoveries for the lovers of has no necessary connection with any pa. rish, as a parish; it includes the entire of two demonstration! See also page 147, parishes and part of one other, (I believe of and his note, charging those who two others :) it is therefore clear of any ec. speak of the support of Royalty, as clesiastical head, and if rightly considered, wanting in modesty and veracity! cannot intiile the parochial clergy in any one Are we then to abandon the title of parish to. deprecate the proceeding' be. Royal Highness? cause in opposition to their opinion ; nor 13. Mr. Freshfield, p. 127, cites would all the clergy within the district be so
the following passage :-" If this intitled, though it is not yet ascertained that
counsel or this work be of men, it' all concur in doing so: however, it is enough will come to nought. But if it be for niy original proposition that the objec of God, ye cannoi overthrow it; lest tion founded upon the opinion of the chial clergy at Hackney is materially weak. haply ye be found even to fight ened thereby."
against God." Mr. Norris meets it Mr.Norris.-" This is speaking out plainly by the following sneer:the only boon which those, who view with “ The most gratefui acknowledgments are lively apprehension the proceedings of the due Mr. Freshfield for offering to the Bible Society, have to ask of its advocates. Editor's adoption' his valedictory citation, Let the reader treasure up this declaration in (from Acts v. 33, 39.) and as the best rehis niind, that one part of the reforniation to turn he can make, he begs to direct his cor. be wrought by that Society is to clear' all respondents' attention to v. 34 of the same the parishes in the kingdom of their eccle- chapter, which will temper bis zeal with a siastical heads.'” pp. 73, 74.
little useful knowledge by instructing hiin See the charge reiterated p.
that what he ! offers' as authority, is but 102 and p. 127, where he writes the opinion of a Pliarisee of the Poarisees.' thus :--
pp. 127, 128. " Mr. Freshfield conceived and began to
Here Mr. Norris evidently as. execute the presuniptuous project of clear.
sumes that the passage was adduced ing' the parishes of Stoke Newington and
on account of its authority, whereas Hackney of their spiritual heads,' and
it was cited merely for its good of saving the souls of the inhabitants from
When Mr. Norris attacked Aternal perdition' by a new method and a the Dean of Carlisle and Mr. Deal. new ministry of his own." p. 127.
try for citing this text, he had for.