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gotten, we presume, that they had · 17. Our author is exceedingly Luther for an example. The Arch- perplexed by the following occurs bishop of Treves, at the conclusion

Mr. Dealery having found of the diet of Worms, called in Spa- certain positions in the writings of latinus; and in his presence asked the Country Clergyman, which saLorher, whether he himself could voured not a little of Rome, desuggest any healing measures, that clared his persuasiou that they had were likely to succeed. “ Nothing a leaning to Popery : an anonybetter,” replied Luther instantly, mous Socinian, Mr. Norris says, " than the advice of Gamaliel, · If also considered them as Popish : this work be of men, it will come to then comes Mr. Gandolphy, and nought; but if it be of God, ye can declares that these are the very not resist it.' The Emperor and principles which he, as a Roman the Princes may inform the Pope, Catholic, has always maintained, (and we too can inform Mr. Nor. A common reasoner would infer, ris)-bat this whole religious agi- that the writings in question were tation and controversy will die Popish. But what says Mr. Norris away of itself in less than two years, “ It is curious to observe the association unless God be actually on my which is thus formed between Mr. Dealers, side*."

Chaplain to a Protestant Bishop, the anony14. A layman cannot give away mous Socinian, whose papers are to follow, Bibles without being hostile to pub- and Mr. Gandolphy, a real Romanist; the lic preaching:

two formuer insiduously introducing vulnera

ble poiuts into the English Reformation, and " When our Saviour cnjoined his disci. the latter taking advantage of the treaples to go into all the world, and preach the chery, and then, in the haughty love of a gospel to every creature,' it was evidently victorious assailant, buasting of luis ' success bis intention that the gospel should be in subverting the grand and fundamental preached. Those men who attempt to pro. principle of Protestantism :' and glorying pagate the gospel, without the intervention over 'the Reformers' indiscriminately, as hasa of a preaching ininistry, by the mere circula- ingó run niad with the Bible fever." tion of the Scriptures, do not fulfil our Savi

Now, to our apprehension, there our's intentions ; but forsake the way in is nothing curious in three persons which he ordained his own religion to be

of different persuasions asserting of taught, and mark out a new way of their

a Popish tenet that it is a Popish own.” p. 155.

tenet. If they should all agree that This passage is selected from the the work under review is full of Counter-address at Hackney, writ- wonderful facts, and uncommon ten probably by Mr. Norris. See

modes of argumentation, where also pages 166, 168, 172, &c.

would be the marvel? For its facts 15. Mr. Norris believes (p. 159) are wonderful, and its argumentathat since the members of the So

tion is rather unusual. Indeed, we ciety give Bibles without note or

should not be much astonished if comment, they are hustile to con

Mr. Gandolphy were to claim Mr. ments : surely not a very just con- Norris as a brother and a friend. clusion! The Bartlett's Buildings'

18. It is brought as matter of Society has for an entire century charge against Mr. Owen, that he is dispersed Bibles with the simple registered in the Evangelical Diary text. is Mr. Norris therefore hos

as a reputed Gospel Preacher. Mr. ule to comments ?

Norris does not inform us who in16. Mr. Norris cannot distin- serted his name, nor what conclam guish the "ercluside object".of the sion he derives from it. Bible Society, viz. to circulate Bi

19. It is amusing to see what bles; and its contingent advantage, deference Mr. Norris and his friends viz. w promote union. p. 175.

pay to the conjectures of any en• See Milner's History of the Church. thusiast, who anticipates epil from

p. 240.

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the Bible Society. It must tend to Norris's talents as a reasoner, these
ruin the Church and State; for specimens alone are decisive.
some nameless person at Birming- li may, perhaps, be said that Mr.
ham was heard to deliver this opi. Norris has professed different views
pion in the presence of some other from some of those which have been
nameless person, in August, 1810. assigned to him. The position is
Is this logic? (See p. 363.) Are true. His assertions are not "one
our intellects so degraded, that we and indivisible :” his system is sub-
shall fly to the ravings of a wild ject to variations: and we should do
man in the West? Would Mr. him injustice if we did not admit
Norris, or his anonymous correspon- that one part of his volume 'stands
dent, take any other opinion upon frequently in direct opposition to
such testimony? If a person had come another. For example: He has no
to the chapel on Clapton Terrace hesitation in attributing the most
toward the close of 1812, he might excellent motives to Mr. Freshfield:
have heard, we are told, many a (p. 2); and in the general dissemina.
sermon about the dangerous ten- tion of the authorised version of the
dency of Bible Institutions. But Scriptures among the poor, he goes
would

any reasonablc man urge this with him heart and hand. Now
as an argument against the Bible read pp. 84, 85:-
Society?

“ Does Mr. Freshfield mean that no de. 20, Dr. Milner, at p. 142, laments ference is due to the judginent of the pa. (says Professor Marsh) that a Bible Su. rochial clergy opunquestions of principle;. ciety was not formed in the time of but only upon those of • forn, cumpliment, Charles I. Now there was a Bible Society and criquette?' If so, bow necessary and formed in the reign of Charles I. (rejoins useful must the divinely constituted order of the Professor) and it comprised all the Puri- the priesthood appear in that gentleman's tans in the kingdom. I have got a print of estimation ? But uo sooner bas lie taken the it, of which I gave an account in a preced- question out of their cognizance, and driven ing chapter.' Referring {o this chapter, the ten out of court, thaa he brings them back account will be found as follows: • The again 10 wage amongst themselves a war of priot consists of three figures; the figure of unavailing words, and proceeds to balance, a Puritan with a Bible in his hand; the one against ihe other, their contending opifigure of an Englislı Kishop with the Prayer nions. To what purpose is this, except it be Book in his hand; and the figure of a to cast scorn upon a conscientious pastor of Ronish Bishop with the Mass Buck in his a parish by a triumphant display of that hand. The iwo last figures are in all re compleat prostration of ecclesiastical authospects alike, they have the same height, the ricy, which the auxiliary system has been same dress, the same look, the same every for several years most insidiously labuuring thing. Over them is written, Every plant to accomplish, and which Mr. F. considers which my Heavenly Father hath not planted, so nearly etfected that he speaks of it in the should be rooted up." Here we have a true beginning of his letter as if it were now estaspecimen of the Bible only to be distributed blished by law? But Mr. F. slould know. by (be Protestant; and we know that in that the church, though its ellewies are four years from that time the Prayer-boak .compassing it on every side,' is not yet was formally abolished.” pp. 384, 385. disfranchised of that system of discipline, by.

The analogy is this: The Bible which the limits of its several rainistries are Society in the reign of Charles (if in- defined.”. deed it ever existed) comprised all

“ When the kingdom is re-organised, and the Dissenters, and excluded all the the Bible Society's new District Map pubChurch-it was just such a Bible So. lished by authority, then its Managiug ciety as, Dr. Marsh and Mr. Norris Committee may form a new ordinal to cor

respond with this new order of things, and are labouring to establish. The ex,

may make to themselves priests of whom isting Society includes the Church, they please. But at present the confusion and is patronized by a majority of which Mr. F. would introduce is premature. the bench of Bishops.of Mr. and we trust that, through the quiet good.

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sense of Englishmen, under the superinten- and circulated through the parish : together dance of the good providence of God, it will with another letter from him, occasioned by Dever take effect."

the vote of thanks expressive of the highe · Again :-We have seen with what sense entertained by the vestry of the value care Mr. Norris would guard against of his pastoral exertious.” possi. the interference of the laity ia dis

The omission in this paragraph tributing the Seriptures : but he is not unimportant, if what we have also declares he wishes for their been told be true (and this Mr. assistance. “ So far from discou. Norris knows), viz. that the whole raging this valuable co-operation, I of this letter-writing between the beg to assure you that I am most Vicar and his Parishioner, the ea. lenderly alive to its incalculable treaty to allow a publication of the importance !” p. 57. The distinc- letters, and the concession, to which tion which he purposes is to this Mr. Norris evidently appeals as deeflect ;-I have no objection to your tached and independent testimony, giving a Bible, if permit you to were matters planned and executed, give one; but unconsecrated pera by Mr. Norris himself. sons iacur a fearful responsibility, 2. Why has our author omitted if they attempt to do good without the date of his own letter, No. 3, my consent.--These are not the and of Mr. Freshfield's, No. 6? Was words of Mr. Norris, but they con it to convey an impression that vey the exact meaning of pp. 58, each of those compositions was 59, 60,

drawn

up

with such care as to be Mr. Norris, as our readers have ready for the public eye? Was is perceived, is solicitous to check a to deprive Mr. Freshfield of his too general diffusion of the Bible, claim to the reader's indulgence, or What then are we to understand by account of the haste in which his this passage? “ It is unnecessary io letter was written ? say that both he and his curates (the

3. Mr. Norris talks much about the clergy of Hackney) bad been en proceedings of the vestry, and repeatdeavouring to inculcate and promote edly assumes, that they were unani. the duty and benefit of a private mous. But we would ask wbether perusal of the Scriptures, long be- he could not have recorded a profore ihe Bible Society had exist- test on the part of many more vesence." We could produce much trymen than those who attended the of the same sort, but this may meeting? We would also ask Mr. suffice.

Norris, whether the vestpy meetings, Under the idea that these obsere convened for the porpose of opposvations will convey a pretty clearing the Bible Society, were not, in view of the statements which our truh, so small, that, upon one occaauthor has made, we will now altend sion, they adjourned for want of a to some cases of OMISSION, relating quorum; and that, upon another, ebiefly to the formation of the Hack- they sat an hour, and ihen only ob. ney Society.

tained a sufficient number by eni. With respect to the nature of treating the attendance of a gentlehis publication,

man known to be adverse to their " It commences with a letter from the

proceedings Rev. Dr. Watson, „conveying to a respecta- the indiscriminate circulation of

4. After affirming (p. 194), that ble parishioner his reasons for disapproving of the projected Institution which, at the the Scriptures in all languages joint request of that gentleman, and several and countries, is unnecessary and of his neighbours, was printed and circulated ineffectual*, our author proceeds through the parish for general information. thus : This is followed by le unanimous resolutions of three successive meetings of vesiry, * We recomieod to Ms. Norris, and all passed in consequence of the Vicar's letter, persons who deny ibe possibility of religious

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“ But there is nothing either in the con are the lists of those who bave become alive stitution or the object of the Society for to the mischief, and in these are the names promoting Christian Knowledge, which pre- of several receiving parochial relief, and vents its members from circulating them in who are thus made to pay out of the paro. any way, or to any extent they may think chial rates their penny contribution." p. 350. proper." p. 195.

The omissions in this passage are He ought to have added, that the of the following sort :-1. He does Society for promoting Christian

not tell us whether the Committee Knowledge is not in possession of

were aware, that any person receiv. any edition of the Scriptures in fo- ing parochial relief is a subscriber. reign languages, except the Arabic; 2. The Curale of Hackney should and, therefore, that the foreign cir. also have told us, with whom rests culation at least cannot be effected the responsibility, if the parish poor by it. And is it not true that, for

are destitute of the Holy Scriptures. some reason not yet assigned, many 3. Was, or was not, the co-collector, even of the Arabic Testaments, alluded to in the above extract, an printed by that Society in 1720, be- enemy in disguise? And did he not came, by the mere process of danıp wish to procure information, in order and delay in the course of eighty to defeat the benevolent objects of years, but little calculated for use ? the Society?

5. " It is important to observe," says Mr. N. This passage opens a very curious " that in this lowest link of the chain of Asso. field of inquiry. We have seen with ciation which exceeds in compass all the rest, what remarkable aptness a county the Bible Society is to all intents and purposes newspaper, or a raving enthusiast, in a secret confederation, as the Editor has

some remote part of the kingdom, is taken the utmost pains to obtain a copy of

alwaysreadyto supply materials to ibe the muster roll! and co-collectors have re

enemies of the Bible Society, for any fused copies of their lists to one of their own body whons they suspected not to be hearty charge which they think it expe. in the cause; and it is literally true, that in dient to adopt; and we are much the two districts most remote from the church, deceived if this system will not herewhere the measure has succeeded, the only after be carried to a far greater exKists which the Editor has been able to procure tent. If the person who condemned

the circulation of the Scriptures at instruction being conveyed by the Scriptures the Hertford meeting had declared alone, to consider the following statement, himself not an enemy, but a friend which has recently been received from In to the Society, what a delightful ardia, and which has been furnished by the gument would it have afforded to the same Dr. Carey of whom Dr. Marsh thinks

Curate of Hackney! It was so much and has written so highly:• There is a general spirit of inquiry ble utility, that the author of the

to the purpose, and of such admira. about the Gospel all grer the country; circular letter had no scruple to call and tbis inquiry increases more and more. live natives of high caste, not far from Se him a friend at once; and when Mr. rampore, have lately been baptized, who have Norris found that this statement was been brought 10 a knowledge of the trulli, incorrect, he prefixes an advertisewithout any communication with us. They ment, intended for the lovers of demet witla Bibles and tracts, and God wrought monstration, to prove that he was by them. These men had begun to sanctify at least an oratorical patron. the Sabbath, and meet for Christian worship, confess, that, after reading the last before we knew them. They have boldly extract of Mr. Norris, we have given owned the Saviour, and ineet the persecutious of their idolatrous relations like Chris way to something of suspicious contians. They say there are nearly a hundred jecture--but we will wait for future who are only detained from publicly ac

information. knowledging Clirist by family opposition,

The suspicions thus excited natuand who, it is hoped, will be enabled 10 rally lead our thoughts to the letter make a profession in due time." Vlissiuiary of that pretended Quaker, which has Register, vol. i. p. 124,

excited so much of personal appre

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hension in the mind of Dr. Marsh. conceal himself by assuming a cha It is probable that most, who have racter which did not belong to him, taken any public share in this con- though he would then probably troversy, have been troubled with write in a fictitious hand, as almost letters, not always in the highest all the other abusive leiters, adstyle of compliment and civility. dressed to me, have been written. On perusing the document published « If his object had been publicity, by the Margaret Professor, he would not have trusted to the were strongly of opinion, and we chances of my publishing the letter are now confirmed in the belief, to the chance of not effecting his that the letter was written by an purpose; he would have given pubenemy of the Bible Society, under licity to the letter himself. The the character of a friend. We will conjecture therefore is equally uutell the tale, and our readers shall grounded and uncharitable. judge.

“ After all, though my Chelmsford First let us hear Dr. Marsh. correspondent has been unable to

“ Though I was ready to give discover any Quaker in the neighevery opportunity to the Quakers, bourhood of Abingdon, who bears of ascertaining whether the Letter- the name asfixed to the seller in writer liad only assumed the Quaker, question, I can inform him, that a or was a Quaker himself, in order to gentleman of the highest respectaremove the imputation from their bility, a gentleman of his own proown Society, the question to what fession, and who would do honour class of persons he belongs is to me to any profession, has been more a matter of perfect indifference. successful in ' his inquiries. I hope Whoever was the writer, it shews that I have now said enough to obthe intolerance and the malice with viate the charge, which under the which I have been assailed. This present circumstances might not inference is so obvious, that my improbably be made." correspondent (who cannot doubt, We now request a hearing for that I have received the letter, and ourselves. A most diligent inquiry with the Abingdon post-mark) has was made by the Quakers, both in endeavoured to obviate it by the Oxfordshire and Berkshire: no permost improbable conjecture, that son of the name subjoined to Dr. aian ever made. He conjectures, Marsh's letter was to be found in that the letter was written not by their societies ; and it is believed, an adversary, but by a friend; that that there is no such Quaker in the object of it was to serve my cause, England. What, then, becomes of by furnishing me with a document Dr. Marsh's assertion, that a gen. to bring the (Bible) Society into tleman of the highest respectability, contempt. Now

&c. has been more successful in coolly and impartially read that his inquiries? Has he found the letter, and say, whether the bitter-writer? No. Has he discovered any ness, expressed in that letter, could individual of the name ? No. There have been so expressed by any man,

is in the Retreat at York, an unwho had not the feelings of bitter- happy person, who has been conness; whether the bigotry and in- fined in that place for the last two tolerance displayed in it, was only years, the letters of whose surname fictitious bigotry and intolerance, bear some resemblance to those of the result of cold calculation exer Dr. Marsh's correspondent, but the eised in the commission of a base spelling is different; and as to the and malicious fraud, Whoever Christian names, they are no more wrote it, he was a real bigot: and like each other than James is like bigots are too impetuous to enter Joseph. This poor man was taken into distant calculations. A bigot to the Retreat in 1811, and did not jadeed might have the cuoning to come from the neighbourhood of

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