Page images
PDF
EPUB

mere

HAYAN NG readcing Bereken attebeer

. will be paid to

. so ianportant

1823.]
Plan for reducing the National Debt.

485 An experiment promising much ad to take a proportionate sum of stock in the vantage of increase of rate of sailing, new fund, notice may be given that they may be well worthy of repeated trial will be paid off in the manner prescribed by on a proper scale, or actually on a ves

Act of Parliament in that behalf (17 Geo. sel under sail. Similar stays might III. p. 46). But to them, as well as to the run from the top of the fore-topmast the holders of the 3 per cents. when the

holders of the new 4 per cents. and also to to the head of the main-mast, and from the top of the main top-mast to plan shall be extended to them, we should the head of the mizzen-mast. This propose that such a bonus should be given

as would make it their interest to consent to would add very considerably to the the conversion. effect contemplated in this paper. “ To us the mildness of the plan appears

All this, Mr. Urban, is thrown out to be a recommendation almost equal to its for the due consideration of men more efficacy. It does harm to no one, while it conversant in such important subjects greatly benefits the State; being the most than experimental theorists, powerful and efficacious plan for paying off whose expositions generally require the National Debt ever submitted to the further confirmation. To a nation de cousideration of his Majesty's Government.” pending greatly on her commerce and This interesting and animated apmaritime power, such considerations peal will no doubt be felt; and when are essentially serviceable.

sundry resolutions grounded on it are John MACDONALD. submitted by eminent persons for the

serious consideration of Parliament, Mr. URBAN, Lloyd's, June 19. no doubt can be entertained but a due plan reducing the National a subject

T. WALTERS. Debt, which I understand he has sent round to the Members of Parlia Mr. URBAN,

June 5. ment, I beg leave to observe, that I

CANNOT refrain offering to your tion of your readers, the plan, and some serious-thinking and numerous readobservations upon it, which I am en ers, the result of no small reflection couraged to do by the following con and reading relative to the expected cluding remarks made in the last epoch of the present already astonishNumber of the New Edinburgh Re- ing century, an æra which will not view, as follows:

close without still more important “ In the present situation of the country, events, at once proving the truth of perhaps it may be more advisable to take sacred prophecy, and the manifestaoff the taxes to the amount of four millions tion of divine councils.-Far be it from per annum, and cease to apply so much in

me to pretend to a knowledge of prothe redemption of the debt: for we have shown, that by the operation of the plan but it may be no presumption to en

phecy and its occult interpretations, which we recommend, the capital of the deavour to apply it

, with a view to Debt may be immediately reduced upwards show the certainty of God's moral of one-third, by the addition of not more than half a million of annual charge, while government of man, and to amend a reduction of the capital to an equal a

our lives by a suitable preparation for mount could not be effected by the applica- any visitation which will approach and tion of five millions annually in less than 40

effect its

purpose suddenly: then it will years. But a reduction of the capital of the be well for us if we be found well doDebt to the extent of upwards of one-third ing! of its present amount, being immediately There are two events which we practicable by the operation of the plan may expect without much longer dewhich we recommend, at an increased an- lay; and this expectation is considernual sum of not more than half a million, able even amongst those who do not the balance of the five millions proposed to

accustom themselves to reflect deeply be applied as a Sinking Fund may be saved,

or without any consistent study or ar. and the public may be immediately relieved of taxes to this amount, if the surplus reve

rangement on such subjects; they are nue over the expenditure shall amount to looking out

for something, as the Jewsuch five millions, or whatever it may a

ish and the Gentile nations did previous mount to. Taxes to such amount minus

to the first advent of the Messiah, half a million may be taken off. We desire,

without knowing to what point to dihowever, to do nothing by compulsion. Ifthé rect their attention! Let us see then holders of the old 4 per cents, should refuse whether, from what follows, I shall

afford

486

Prophetic Destruction of the Ottoman Empire. [June, afford them any light to guide their xvi. 12 seq. who declares that the wandering way.

sixth vial will effuse upon the rives I. Daniel (ch. viii. 14) states the Euphrates, whose waters will be dried period of Mahomet and his Ottoman up. Rivers and waters are universally empire at 2300*

years

from his vision; understood to be the symbolical repreif from this period we deduct the sentations of men and people; and date before Christ_334, of Alexan- where any river is named, it is designder's conquest of Darius at the river ed to describe the particular people inGranicus, when Alexander the Greattended to be the subject of such visigave birth as it were to Mahomet, as his tation. If we refer to the map of Asia, little horn, the result will be 1866, at we may, trace this river upward from which time his sway, which may also the Persian Gulph to the Caspian Sea, be dated from 606, when he retired to and so on to Trebizond, to the Darthe cave of Hera to concert his impos- danelles, where our view may for the ture, will be destroyed or broken with present. be fixed on Constantinople; out hand. (v. 25.)

now this course is the seat of the Otto“The end of these two conter man Empire. To dry up the waters minating periods (says the intelligent of a river is metaphorical of their and scholastic Faber, in his Disserta- wasting away, and their provinces tion on the 1260 years, vol. I. p. 226) being deserted ; and as their strength of 2300 * and 1260, will be marked thus gradually declines, their domiby a wonderful display of the power nion incapable of longer defending it. of God. At the end of the 2300 days, self, approaches to its fall! Now this the little horn of the he-goat will be has been already observed. Some of broken without hand (Dan, viii. 14, its provinces have been of late suffered 25). At the end of the 1260 days, the to remain undefended, their passes lie judgment will sit, and the dominion open, and their cultivation discontiof the papal horn, or the little horn of nued in many parts, particularly, I bethe fourth beast, will be utterly re- lieve, in Bulsaria, Wallachia, &c. moved by the Son of man. (Dan. vii. The Affghans are in possession of 25.) At the end of the same 1260 the city of Mecca, and the pious visits days, the King, who magnified him. of the superstitious multitude are eiself above every god, will undertake ther almost discontinued or prohibited. the expedition, which will terminate The recent plague and fire at Aleppo, in his destruction ;-and at that very and its severe consequences, the more time, the restoration of the Jews will recent destruction by fire of great part commence (Dan. xi. 40; xii. i. 7);- of Constantinople,-their severe losses at the end of the same 1260 days, the of men and of treasure in their conten horned beast, which was to prac tests with the Greeks, the ambitious tise prosperously in his revived state enmity avowed against them by the 42 prophetic months, and along with Russian Government, -- the corrupt him his false prophet, will be ulti- despotism of the Turkish orders, from unately, that is, at the end of those 42 the source to every part of the stream months, defeated in great battle with in which the Beys bear no other allethe personal Word of God! (Rev. xix. giance than that of fear, and exercise 19, 20.) And lastly, the Man of Sin their proconsular power rather as the will finally, and therefore at the end means of amassing wealth, than proof the same 1260 days, be consumed moting the weifare and happiness of with the spirit of the mouth of the their people,--the indelible hatred and Lord, and destroyed with the bright- jealousy which they bear to all people, ness of his coming. (2 Thess. ii. 8.) a source of reciprocal fraud and aniIt is to be understood that these

mosity from all others towards them, events will begin to take place at the - the oppression which guides the end of the two conterminating pe usual principles of government in all riods."

the under-currents of official influence, The short period between the pre- the total deficiency of either affecsent and that year being only 43 years, tion or allegiance from the Beys to it is natural that we should have regard their Chiefs, and from those Chiefs to to the present state of that empire, and the Sultan, which affords a certainty moreover, to the corresponding pro that in case of successful invasion, phecy of St. John's Revelation,

chap. they would fall away from their mas2200 is the true reading supported by ter in any way that could give to themJerome. Faber, 249.

selves the least prospect of gain, or

pre

1823.) Prophetic Destruction of the Papal Empire.

497 preservation of their power : and after also, and as it was unhappily associall these, the additional fact that the ated in time with her apostate compaByzantine Throne has been heretofore, nion, so they will fall together! in 1787, and not improbably in the But previous to this important event coming period of the great object of we are assured, v. 13, that three unthe King of the North, ministering to clean spirits are to issue from the other purposes hesides his own aggran- months of the dragon, the beast, and disement, namely, the securing for the the false prophet, who will join the Jews of all nations a free road for their papal see in her last efforts against the final restitution to Palestine ;-all pre- truth, and will, however, perish with sent a very important and interesting them both together at the great and assurance, that the sixth vial is about terrible conflict of Armageddon! This to pour upon the Euphrates, and that royal coalition is not yet revealed, the closing day of the Impostor, and but will be a sign of the tremendous his enmity to Christianity, is at hand. contest shortly before that event, and

II. But this visitation will not be must awaken the vigilance of every single; for the See of Rome will take true Christian, to mark their opening her turn also in the pouring out of the efforts, and the treaties which it is prosame vial! For as these two arch apos- bable that they will thus ignorantly tates sprung up together, their days are form, lost to their own interest prealike numbered! The date when the sent and to come! Bishop of Rome became Ecumenical, This warlike coalition and final de. and assumed the dominion of univer- struction will set the period of these sal pastor, was 606. Daniel and St.

two empires of Turkey and of Rome, John give the same period of 1260, and of their three coadjutors together ; and thus bring both of them to the and then the angelic voice will declare same termination, A.D. 1866.

that the work is done;" which saAs Rome has rendered herself more cred words will be the opening of the conspicuous by her general interference seventh vial. with the States of Europe, than Tur These awful visitations, or at least key was enabled to do, her affairs and the close of them, will be sudden; for proceedings are more generally known, we are forewarned by St. John (Rev. and therefore need less enumeration; xvi. 15) that they will come as a thief, but it is visible to every observer, that which is the prophetic symbol of comshe is struggling very hard in her ad- ing as it were by stealth, unseen, unvancing age against the natural course observed, and unprepared for! The of destiny,-has lost her former influ- effect is therefore the more dire, and ence in every nation, even with those all the consequences far more terrible, over whom she formerly exercised uniand the sufferings more acute and treversal lordship, in Germany, Spain, mendous ! But the vigilant who daily and France, &c.--has seen her Bulls await their call, and use the best efforts disregarded, and her threats of excom in their power to preserve themselves munication treated with levity, as a unspotted from transgression, may be mere brutum fulmen,--has been ob- better secured against the ravages of liged to yield her spiritual authority, slaughter and persecution; and even if and to be content to let many of her ten righteous were found, perhaps a once zealous people practise her forms city might be saved ! “Blessed is he of devotion without the entire allegi- that watcheth."

A. H. ance which they once professed, -has heard her children urgent with their Mr. URBAN, Wymondham, June 3. own national governments for equali

As zation of temporal rights, while they able taste in the present age of verbally avowed a renunciation, or af- rescuing every character of note from fected to renounce, some of the antient the gulph of oblivion, allow me to tenets of their faith, which, though contribute my mite towards a person still taught in their schools, are denied who, however little he may have conin practice,—thereby clearly showing tributed to our stock of literature, dethat they are willing to sacrifice in serves some notice. This person is no forms what they would acquire by other than old Downes the Prompter, power, as the only means of attaining and Historian of our early Theatricals. it;-all these present a similar assur- On looking for some account of this ance that the effusion of this vial is man in the last edition of the Biogra. ready to fall upon the papal empire' phica Dramatica, edited by Mr. Stephen

Jones.

488 Downes, the Prompter," Bibliotheca Gloucestrensis. (June, Jones, I do not even find his name make due selection. It is not the mentioned ; and in his short account mere antiquity of a reprint that can annexed of the several authors who stamp a value, and it follows of course have written on the Stage, Downes is that where judgment and taste are disagain omitted. Mr. Jones says, that played, the scholar and the man of letfrom 1619 to 1714, no list of plays ters will be alike interested. was published; but I find, from From considerations of this kind, Downes's book, lent me by a friend, I, and indeed many of my collecting that his work was published in 1703, friends, hailed even with glad anticithe title of which is as follows: Ros- Pation, the announcement of a

“ Bibcius Anglicanus; or an Historical Rea liotheca Gloucestrensis," consisting of view of the Stage, after it had been sup a reprint of very curious and scarce pressed by means of the late unhappy tracts published during the civil wars, civil war, begun in 1641, till the time and to be illustrated by remarks both of King Charles the II.'s Restoration biographical and historical. in May 1660. Giving an account of Such a work holds out promises far its Rise again; of the time and places beyond the mere local interest of the the governours of both the Companies place selected; even in the present infirst erected their Theatres. The names stance, the share which the city and of the principal Actors and Actresses county of Gloucester had in the mewho performed in the chiefest Plays in morable contests between Charles I. each house. With the names of the and his Parliament, being interesting most taking Plays, and modern Poets, in its progress, and important in its for the space of 46 years, and during consequences : it is, therefore, with the reign of three Kings, and part of great degree both of Antiquarian and our present Sovereign Lady Queen of Bibliomaniacal pleasure that I obAnne, from 1660 to 1706. London, serve a full earnest of those promises printed and sold by H. Playford, at his and expectations in the first part of house in Arundel-street, near the wa. the work just published, comprising ter side, 1708 *". Small 8vo, pp. 52. John Corbet's « Historical Relation The only particulars of the author I of the Military Government of Gloucan gain is from his Preface to the cester,” to which is prefixed a wellReader:

engraved portrait of the author, and “The editor of the ensuing relation be- biographical memoir. ing long conversant with the plays and act That the collecting the materials for ors of the original company under the patent the volume, to be completed in three of Sir Wm. Davenant at his Theatre in or four parts, has been laborious and Lincoln-inn Fields, opened there in 1662. expensive, is self-evident; and I fear And as Book-keeper and Prompter, conti- it is impossible that the very small nued so till Oct. 1706. He writing out all number printed can ever remunerate the parts in each play; and attending every the industrious editor (Mr. John Washmorning the actors' rehearsal and their per- bourn, jun. of Gloucester); whilst the formances in the afternoon; imboldens him

work itself, in the few libraries that to affirm he is not very erronious in his relation. But as to the actors of Drury-lane

can procure it, will adorn their shelves Company under Mr. Thomas Killegrew, he (more particularly the large paper cohaving the account from Mr. Charles Booth, pies) with all the charms of broad sometime book-keeper there. If he a lit- margins and superior typography. So tle deviates, as to the successive order, and small indeed is the number now open exact time of their play's performance, he for the public, that all but early applibegs pardon of the reader, and subscribes cants must meet with disappointment; himself his very humble servant, JOHN which has induced me the more to Downes."

offer it to notice in your pages, in orYours, &c. J. C. CHAMBERS. der that those who can best appreciate

its merits may be the first to secure Mr. URBAN,

June 4.

copies. N this age of were are forming into one great Rox- tion is brought forward, will prove a burgh Book-Club, it still requires histo- stimulus to others “ to do likewise :" rical judgment and Antiquarian taste to

a good example has been set, and that

it may be judiciously and spiritedly * I can only find the title of this book in followed in other counties, is the wish Watts's Bibliotheca Britannica.

of your constant reader,

U. Mr.

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »