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trines of the English Church sa belong. " The guarantee for perconsummation surely most devoutly petual orthodoxy of opinion, and to be wished !) what better, or ra. eren (as far as human institations ther what other, regulations could will allow) unifornäty of sentiment secure this connection, than those exists in the provisions already already mentioned as adopted by pointed out of the certificate and the the "Society for promoting Christian ballot.' Beyond this, it seems imKnowledge? The Committee to possible for human precaution to whose discretion" the selection of reach. Shades of difference (as I the books and tracts of the Society have remarked before) will doubt. is finally committed, 'is OPEN TO less exist among so large and extenEVERY INDIVIDUAL OF THE SOCIETY, sive a body: but if in one portion WHO IS PERMITTED TO BR PRESENT of 'tracts admitted by the Society a THERE, AND TO GIVE H19 VOTE. The part of Divine Truth is urged and manner of admitting books on the enforced to the comparative omis. Society's list (I mention it bere, sir, sion of another, according to the simply for T.'s information, who particular views and bias of their from his remarks seems unacquaint. writers, the disproportion may be ed with the regulation) is as follows: remedied by resorting to another & The manuscript, printed book, or portion of tracts, in which the paper (1 quote from the Society's comparatively neglected doctrine rules) is recommended by three sub- may be more copiously enlarged scribing Menbers, who have read upon. Indeed, I think it may be the same, and report it proper and said of the Society's publications as requisite to promote the designs of a whole, that a series of tracts may the Society: it is then referred to easily be collected from them, adfour other Members, who are to re, mirably calculated “rightly to die port their opinion thereof as may. vide the word of truth." I would be: and (finally) at the next Gene• not be understood to presume to ral Meeting afier their Report, the dictate in this respect to any one's admission or rejection of such book choice: but if T. is hitherto unacis determined by balloting.” Here, quainted with the Society's tracts, again, can any '* security or limita- and should have the opportunity tion" be devised, so effectually cal- and inclination to procure any of culated as this is to secure the doc. them, I think he would find in the trines, for the protection and main- following an amply sufficient com. tenance of which T. is so wisely pendium for a Christian man's faith, cautious? I trust it is at once suf practice, and daily devotion; or (as ficient to disarm all his anxiety re- the Apostle speaks in reference to specting the want of adequate safe- the Scriptures) for doctrine, for reo guards.
proof, for correction, for instruction Your correspondent, however, re- in righteousness: viz.' The Pious fers to the opposition of sentiment" Country Parishioner instructed; Bp. as he calls it (using, I conceive, a Wilson on the Lord's Supper ;” Bur. stronger term than fact and expe- kitt's Help and Guide to Christian rience justify) among churchmen. Families ;” The Christian Monitor; The individuals who compose the Bishop Kenn's Manual of Prayers for (happily) numerous Society before Winchester Scholars; Bp. Andrews's us (God grant its still farther in- Devotions ; Nelson's.Companion for crease!) may indeed differ from the Feasts and Fasts; Dr. Stanhope's each other in shades of doctrine and Meditations and Prayers for siek sentiment; but all (it is reasonable Persons; Reflections for every Day to infer) agree fundamentally in the in the Week, by a Lady; Coriagers leading and essential doctrines of the Religious Meditations ; Stonehouse's Church, to which they in common most important Truths and Dutici
of Christianity stated; and his were it only for my own private in, Admonitions against Drunkenness, formation and satisfaction; but as Swearing, and Sabbath-breaking; to the point to which I beg to call the which list many others might be attention of some of your intelligent added.
correspondents is a question of a Upop the whole, I cannot help more extended nature, and of more indulging the hope, that upon a far- essential consequence, in the relither and more minute acquaintance gious world, than may be generally with the proceedings and constitu- apprehended, I am inclined to sup: tion of the Society for promoting pose that a brief, clear, and pointed Christian Knowledge (of which I exposition of it may prove of ex. am surprized at his knowing "sp tensive utility, and be acceptable to little," considering his intimate many of your readers. knowledge of and subscription to The questions I have to propose the Prayer-book and Homily Soci- are, On what grounds are public logety; a Society of modern date, and teries improper! And are private infoitely less brought before the lotteries of any description, under public than the one now under no- any circumstance, scripturally law. lice, through the aid of its Diocesan ful? and District Committees), I cannot, My reason for proposing these I say, help hoping that your corres- questions is, that sometime ago I was pondent will be amply satisfied sich asked by a pious lady my opinion on the "securities and limitations" the propriety of adopting a private prescribed by it; and that he will lottery for various articles, fabricate cordially extend his subscription, ed by a number of ladies, for the cooperation, and influence (all of benefit of a charity school; and very which he has hitherto suspended, recently, in an incidental manner, I from a dread of supposed difficulties found ibat another society of ladies alluded to in these remarks), to the had used the saine meuns towards measures of the “ District Society benefiting a good and praiseworthy ja his neighbourhood, in aid of the end. Society in London." I am brought
When first the subject was pros to this conclusion by T.'s own as- posed to me, it struck me, that the sertion, that if the securities are very principle of a lottery was wrong, certain and sufficient, the Society and I did not hesitate to declare my is eminently calculated for good, opinion accordingly, though I and ought to be supported by that found it was in opposition to the unipersal patronage to which, in all opinion (I suppose it was to the opi. other
respects it appears to have so nion, for it was to the practice) of fair a claim."
some worthy and intelligent perIf these remarks should afford sons. When,' a second time, it any interest or satisfaction to T. came under my notice, I certainly I shall most sincerely rejoice; and did think it incumbent on me to hoping that you will not refuse censure the pracțice; but whether I thein a place in your Magazine, was right is the point. I want to I am, &c.
ascertain. The means in question, A FRIEND TO THE OLD SOCIETY I did view, and still view, as illegiti. AND ITS SAFEGUARDS, odle, and, therefore, on no account
to be used, however excellent the end to be attained.
I considered the immoral conseTothe Editor of the Christian Observer'.
a public lottery as only KNOWING, that your Miscellany is one of the reasons why a Christian always occupied with useful male could not have any thing to do ler, I should not, I believe, have with it. intruded on your time and space, I trust some able hand will take Christ. OBSERY. No. 158.
by its subject up, and afford the wish the bow, the sword, and the battle, ed for elucidation of it.
and bast breathed into the hearts 19 261. Your constant Reader, *£ of the conquerors the love of peace, 2: 1.4 16
M. D." and the blessed spirit of forbear
giving. And as Thy right hand The following paper ought to have hath brought these mighty things been inserted in our Number for to pass, so let the same Hand it. August last, but was overlooked. press upon us à just sense of thy Though dess seasopable now than it mercies, and a conviction of Thy
would have been at that time, we controuling Providence: Nor let - are nevertheless unwilling that it the remembrance of these awful should be lost.
events die with us, nor pass away
as a tale that is told;'hui establish Toche Editor of the Christian Observer. it, o God, as the inheritance of our
Two years have not elapsed children, to the latest posterity: since, through the medium of your instructing them (with patience and Journal*, I was permitted to invite courage to withstand the aggresthe public attention to the then fal- sions of wicked ambition, and) un. Jen character of our occasional state der the heaviest calamities to rest prayers and thanksgivings. I now their hopes in Thee; and (when beg leave to congratulate the en- the tyranny be overpast, ) teaching lightened members of the national them that harder but better part of church on the great improvement, Christian duty, the forgiveness of in regard both to talent and devout injuries, and the love of their enefeeling, which marked the Thanks. mies. Grant this, 0 merciful Cody giving Services for the 13th of Ja. for Jesus Christ's sake, our Saviour nuary and 7th of July.
and Redeemer. Amen." • In offering, nevertheless, the pre Honourable as this address is to sent tribute of thanks to our eccle. the composer, it is impossible to fora siastical legislators, I should present bear wishing that the bracketed an idle, and indeed a treacherous parts had been omitted ; if for no compliment, were I to assert their other cause, yet for this, that an act complete success in a matter, in its of public, British devotion should own nature, precluding perfection. have borne the evident impress of What human pen, onaided by im. consistency. Would it not bare mediate inspiration, ever produced been preferable, setting aside conan immaculate specimen of devo- siderations purely religious, to have tional composition? I cannot, how. left the aggressions of wicked amever, under all circumstances, re- bition" to the examination and resisfrain froin expressing a wish, that tance of those who may (Deus ave” the form for the last General tur!) witness their recurrence? Thanksgiving bad been purified It would be unnatural to recollect from every term which bore even without emotions of high delight
, the most remote allusion to the chá. the pacific character which distin Tacter, exploits, and projects of the guished the official addresses of the fallen foe. Let me exemplify my Allied Sovereigns to the people of meaning by placing between brack- France, composed "not in the ets such passages in the following soft obscurities of retirement, or u prayer as, in my judgment, tend der the shelter of academic bot. to restore feelings, already, I trust, kers*,"not in the hour of festive
considered to be obsolete by the peace, in the calms of passion, in " majority of our countrymen. The deep repose of security-ba O God, who hast manifested amidst armies inflated with success
, Thy Almighty Power, by breaking impelled by revenge and terribly shou Christ: Observ, 1812, pp. 638–645.
familiar with blood. It is this ex-, The inspired writers appear to con traordinary spirit of forbearance fine themselves to necessary facts, which invests the romantic names, and leave the induction of eharacter of Alexander and Frederic-William to the reader. Thus, an enemy is with a splendour unknown to all termed an enemy; but never, for former, conquerors, and only imi example, cruel, vajust, ambitious, tated by the subordinate chiefs of ungrateful. We do not read of the their armies, or rivalled by the chi.. bloody Cain, the obdurate Pharoah, valrous valour of our own Welling. the unrelenting Herod, and the ton, their compeer in military talent treacherous Judas. The names of and their precursor in, victory. The notorious persons of any class are example afforded by this unprece- self-supported; yet the public are dented assemblage of princes and still told of the great Blucher and warriors has not, I blush to confess, the detestible Davoust,--and, alas! been duly improved by the com- of “the aggressions of wicked ambi piler of the above prayer. At the tion.” same time, I should not have no. I regret the more the gratuitous tịced the dissimilarity, had the deformity of a prayer otherwise prayer been less excellent than it symmetrical
, because the form for certainly is; but bright surfaces the 7th of July was the concluding readily discover a shade.
devotional act of the Ecclesiastical The Knight of Snowdon prefers Legislature at the expiration of the a human claim to our applause, war: and as the civil, military, and when, having punished the perfidy naval powers of the empire have of an assassin, and fresh with the retired from their long toils witha feelings of vengeance,
peculiar grace and dignity, who
does not wish that the most impore Bent o'er the slain, with falcon eye,
tant branch of government (if that He grinly smil'd to see him die ;
be most important which is designbut while we are compelled, against ed to furnish the contingent of moral the current of principles, momenta. principle) had finished the whole by rily to admire ihe generous revenge imparting to the British name and (so the world would call it) of a character the fairest hues of love soldier, we are ready to bring up the and peace, unclouded by earthly old cast-off quotation, tantane animis, shadows, and brightening with the &c. not only when a celestial mind radiance of immortality! -Having discovers aclual ire, but when it ex- submitted these remarks and, bega hibits the appearance of evil by re- ging leave to repeat the congratula. minding a Christian, on his knees, tions offered in the begioning, and in the temple itself, on a day of which, after every drawback, are thanksgiving and devout reflection, justly merited, I conclude with that his children are under a reli- breathing a filial aspiration for the gious obligation to fight the Bona- permanent prosperity of our Estaparles of future times.
blishment. May she be enriched I have frequently been struck by with a plenteousness of truth, zeal. the paucity of epithets, particularly and holiness, an abundance of the of vituperative epithets, to be found gifts and graces of the Holy in the Bible. One might, I think, Ghost, go through almost the whole body , Whose blessed satiction from above, of such scriptural narratives as detail the history of bad men, or bad
Is comfort, light, and fire of love! 4 communities, without finding a sin. These must constitute the wealth of gle epitbet attached by the narrator a Christian hierarchy, and may himself, to any individual or uațional we all, unite in the prayer, that a pame, whatever be the crimes de largess of the celestial treasure may teloped in the course of the story. 'bę poured on the United Church,
till ber communion be finally ab- tion, by introducing the comforts of sorbed into the universal church society, the Moravians preach Chris. triumphant in the eternal world!
tianity with an incalculable advan. MONITOR. tage over those blind enthusiasts,
who, neglecting to prepare their
converts for the belief of real ChrisTothe Editor of the Christian Observer. tianity, by shewing them the ad
vantages to be derived from the I was much pleased with the de. practice it enjoins, address them fence in your Number for October selves to their passions and their last, of the ladies of India, from the credulity, and bribe them into bapprecipitate and flippant remarks of tism, only to leave them in a worse Maria Graham. The inclosed ex- state than that in which they found tract will shew, that this is not the them." Journal of a Residence in only instance in which she has ven- India, p. 176. tured to pass a sweeping sentence of What means could Maria Gra. condemnation on whole classes of ham possibly have of instituting this persons, not merely without due comparison between the Moravian inquiry, but without the possibility and other Missionariest Even with of possessing the means of forming respect to the Moravians, whom she a correct judgment on their cona intends to exalt, she altogether misduct.
conceives their policy. They do not Maria Graham spent only a few first civilize, and then preach Chrisdays very agreeably, as she tells us, tianity ; but they civilize through at Cape Town, in her way from the preaching of the Gospel, as their India to England. By this tran own journals abundantly testify. sient visit to the remotest point of But it were idle to waste time in Southern Africa, she conceives her- combating such a representation as self qualified to pronounce con- this; the whole of which, even to the dently on the character and conduct brandy bottle, is a pure fiction, } of those valuable men who have will not say of Maria Graham, but been labouring for the last twenty of the person at Cape Town on years to evangelize the native inha. whose in formation she has rashlý bitants of Caffraria,
relied. “ Most of the African Mission
I am, &c. aries," observes this lady, “when
T. they go into the interior, collect a tribe of savages round them, who are willing to be baptized, and 10 To the Editor of the Christian Obserder. pray and sing Psalms, as long as the Missionary's store of brandy lasts; SHOULD you be able to spare but when that is done, they return a page or two of your publica. to their native habits, only more tion, for the following account of wretched from the artificial wants the Prussian preparation for the created by a partial acquaintance memorable campaign of 1813, you with Europeans. The Moravians, will much oblige a constant reader,
en the contrary, instruct their pro- and an admirer of your publication: selytes to sow corn, to rear domestic . It is extracted from a Tour of the animals, and to manufactare articles Rev. H. P. Halbeck, through the of various kinds, wbich are brought North of Germany. After relating : to Cape Town and sold: and with the tapid flight of Bonaparte, the the produce, coarse stuffs for clotti- shocking appearance of the wounds
, ing and raw materials for the ma- and frozen limbs of the poor French nufactures are bought. Having thus soldiers, who escaped the spears of Jaid a foundation for understand the Cossacks, and many of whom ång the necessity of moral regula- tiad lost their senses through abe it