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contain observations consonant with the opinions and interpretations of scripture, held by Unitarians.

Mr. Wilson has attained such celebrity by his Scriptural Illustrations of Unitarianism, that we may safely recommend his intended publication to the support of all our readers. The task which he has undertaken, is, no doubt, a laborious one; but we have the utmost confidence in his abilities and perseverance. If he succeed in discovering the concessions of Trinitarian writers,—some to the insufficiency of this text, and others to the insufficiency of that one, to uphold the doctrine of Three persons in one God, he will, of course, make them bear unconscious testimony in favour of the simple unity of God. We believe that every text, which is claimed by the geneTality of Trinitarians, as a proof of the Trinity, has been given up by some Trinitarian author. But to collect these admissions, and publish them in one volume, will require great research.

OBITUARY.

HUGH MONTGOMERY, ESQ., M. D. From the Journal du Département de Seine et Marne, Printed at

Fontainbleau. A Lover of Science. A young Englishman who had embraced the honourable profession of Medicine, arrived at Fontainbleau on the 2d of August, with the view of making excursions in the Forest to study its Botany, and to increase his herbary with the rare and curious plants he might find. He took up his abode at the Hotel Aigle Noir, and without delay directed his steps towards the object of his search, which he continued to pursue without losing a moment. On the morning of the 4th, he engaged a seat in one of the coaches for Paris, to return there that evening. After doing so, he again flew back to the Forest, which seemed to furnish him so much gratification. He walked in the direction of Mèlun, and arrived after a walk of about two leagues, on the edge of a pond recently excavated. The water looked clear, limpid, and inviting to bathe in. Alas ! he little thought that at that spot was marked the term of his mortal career. Towards evening, a captain of the curassiers, in garrison at Mèlun, riding past, perceived a hat and clothes upon the bank, immediately judged that some one was drowned, and set off at full speed to the house of the “Garde" (keeper,) who resides near the spot. The Garde informed the judicial authorities at Fontainbleau, who immediately betook themselves to the spot, and after a search which the difficulty of the ground rendered long and laborious, the body of the unfortunate young man

was found on the second day. From the passport found in his hat with other papers, it was gathered that this young physician had had it delivered to him in London, the 30th of May last ; that his name is Hugh Montgomery, and his age 25 ; his birth-place, Belfast, Ireland.

The anxiety of his host was excessive at not seeing him return on the evening of Saturday, the 4th of August, the time he had fixed for his departure. He had sent messengers in search of him, when he was made aware of the dreadful event that had occurred. He acompanied the judicial authorities to the place, and with them brought back the lifeless remains ; and, after every formality had been gone through, he took every step towards paying him the last honours, acting as if the deceased stranger had been one of his own kindred. He sent invitations to all the British residents at Fontainbleau, who followed his mortal remains to their last dwelling !

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The young gentleman, of whose melancholy fate the above extract is too faithful a record, was the son of Robert Montgomery, Esq., of Sandymount, near Belfast. He was born March, 22d, 1813, and having lost his mother in infancy, the first part of his education was conducted in his paternal mansion, under the superintendence of his grandmother, assisted by a lady eminently qualified to imbue his infant mind with the principles of moral and religious truth. At an early age he entered on his classical studies in the Belfast Academy, and soon after, when Dr. Bruce gave up the presidency of that seminary, he became a pupil in the Belfast Academical Institution. Having remained there about a year, he was placed under the care of Dr. Burney, master of a celebrated school at Greenwich; and there he gave such proofs of talent and genius, united to study, perseverance: and exemplary conduct, as raised him high in the estimation of all

who knew him, and particularly of Dr. Burney himself, who, on - various occasions, expressed the highest opinion of his pupil's su

perior understanding, accompanied with an earnest wish that he should be permitted to enter the University of Oxford, under his own special auspices and recommendation. This proposal not being in accordance with the future prospects of his pupil, Dr. Burney, in a letter still extant, says that he “laments it extremely.- Hugh would have done honour to himself and to his school at Oxford. His introduction to his future profession, whatever walk in life he might have adopted, would have been of a higher stamp, and more advantageous ; and had his success in the University been such as we had every reason to anticipate, he might also have gained a fellowship in Oriel, or some other open College, which would have given him an excellent

start in life.” He further speaks of his pupil's mind, as “prudent and well disciplined,” as “dutiful,” as “willingly acceding to the wishes of his parents,” and as having ground for “high and honest pride,” in the success with which he passed through certain examinations.

In 1829, he entered the University of Dublin--and though his previous studies had not been conducted with a particuular view to that University, he passed through the usual course with distinguished credit and honour; and having taken the degree of A. M., devoted himself zealously to the study of medicine, which he determined to make his profession. After attending the Dublin Schools of Physic, and availing himself of the opportunities for the practical study of disease, afforded in the Belfast Hospital, under Drs. Moore and Cof. fey, of whom he makes honourable mention in his private memoranda, he spent a session in the Schools and Hospitals of Paris, and then went to Edinburgh, where, in 1837, he took the Degree of M. D.

He might now have entered on the practical duties of his profession; but his profound conscientious sense of its sacred responsibilities made him pause, while it dictated the propriety, if not the obligation, of attending some of the Hospitals of Dublin for another season. He also judged it advisable to visit the Medical Schools of Paris once more, and at the same time avail himself of the opportunity to visit a beloved brother residing in Antwerp: While in Paris, he was fond of making occasional excursions to Fontainbleau, for the purpose of pursuing his researches in Botany, to which he had become zealously addicted. In the last of his excursions, he “ ventured into a marshy pool, or a shaking pit, to bathe,” as some have supposed but more probably to reach some specimen of an aquatic plant, and being unable to swim, his life became a sacrifice to his favourite study. The master of the inn, “ Aigle Noir," where he had been, “showed great concern on the occasion had his corpse decently interred, and summoned all the English residents to take part in the melancholy ceremony."

Thus early terminated the days of our exemplary and highly gifted friend. Long will those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance remember, with fond regret, his amiable and affectionate manners, his mental endowments, his genuine Christian virtues. At Dr. Burney's school, and subsequently during his residence in Dublin, he mingled with his academical and professional studies, a decided taste for Polite Literature: and, in a select society of literary ladies and gentlemen, occasionally contributed some poetical compositions which did equal honour to his heart and head. Of these a specimen may be seen in Bible Christian, vol. vi., pp. 180-2, A correspondent truly states, that “his guileless innocence, so happily combined with steadiness of principle, and his sweetness of temper and readiness to oblige, gained the fond regards of all his associates, and secured to him the cordial friendship of his more intimate connexions. His calm and steady maintenance of religious principle in the midst of many inducements to swerve aside, was a distinguishing trait in the character of so young a man, and gave a pleasing promise of immoveable firmness in the maturity of life.” That this is not the language of partial friendship, will be acknowledged by all who were acquainted with him. His feelings and tastes, as evinced by his personal habits, by his choice of associates, by the selection of his library, and by a considerable number of private notes and observations which have been found among his

papers, and which were evidently intended for no eye but his own were all on the side of religion and virtue. Many of his memoranda, mentioned above, display the results of much inquiry and reflection on religious subjects, and are characterized by a beautiful union of manly intelligence and devotion. He was, indeed, to use the language of the same correspondent, “such a one as cannot easily be spared in the midst of this perverse generation."

The affliction felt by his relatives to see their fondly-cherished hopes thus prematurely and irretrievably crushed, though poignant and grievous, is tempered with resignation to the will of the Most High. If deep and universal sympathy can afford any consolation, and as. suredly it can-it is theirs. There is so much of what is kind and amiable in human nature, that strangers can be touched with feelings of compassion to strangers, and “weep with those who weep," though separated far from them, and united by no ties but that of a common humanity. A sense of the high estimation in which a lamented son, a beloved brother was held, must be as balm to the wounded spirit of his survivors. But they have a still more exuberant and salutary source of consolation in the divine truths of revelation, and they have learned “not to sorrow as those who have no hope.” Confiding in the paternal care of the wisest and best of beings, they can rejoice in the assurance that even their afflictions are intended for their spiritual edification; and they may indulge the delightful assurance, that their “beloved one is not dead; but sleepeth,” and that he will awake to the enjoyment of life everlasting, in a better and happier state, where every virtue and every talent will be expanded to perfection.

Died, at Newtownards, on the 15th instant, Catherine Ramsey, aged 72; long infirm in body, but active in mind; a sober-minded and rational Christian ; the last of a family well known, and highly esteemed,

BIBLE CHRISTIAN.

(NEW SERIES)

No. IX.

OCTOBER, 1838.

Vol. III.

DIVINE WORSHIP. THOSE who wish to advance themselves in the know. ledge and practice of religion, will never make their own previous views the rule by which to determine their future opinions. They will open the Bible, study its contents, and regulate all their sentiments by that holy and unerring directory: Without some such plan as this, I cannot conceive how improvement could be promoted; or how Heathens could become Christians, or Romanists Protestants.

There is nothing which ought to be more seriously examined, than the opinions which men entertain regarding divine worship. Confusion of mind, or coflicting notions on this all important subject, are certain to disturb that peace and consolation, which will ever be the reward of clear and well regulated ideas. To hold distinct and correct notions on this primary matter, is a most serious consideration, and one which lies at the foundation of several truly interesting particulars. As there can be but one object of divine worship, it is of the highest moment to discover what that object is. Every reader of the Old Testament is aware of the object to whom Moses and the prophets directed the hearts of the children of men ; and Jesus Christ, who is an infallible guide, bas confirmed their inspired instructions. When he taught his disciples to pray, he bid them say, Our Father which art in heaven :-Matt. vi, 9. He does not direct them to say, 0 Christ hear us. He tells the Samaritan woman, that in the following times the true worshippers should worship the Father :-John, iv, 23. He forewarns his followers to ask him nothing after his ascension, but bids them ask the Father in his name :-John xvi, 23. It was the doctrine of St. Paul, that in every thing by prayer and supplication we should let our requests be made known unto God:-- Phil. iv. 6. And his own practice was according to his doctrine, I bow my

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