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Just Published. The Annual Report of the Baptist Missionary Society for 1825, with an Appendis, List or Contributions for 1821-5, &c. To be had at the Baptist Mission House, Fea Court, Fenchurch Street, London. Price to Non-Subscribers, One Shilling.
Printed by J, BARTISI D, Wardour-Strett, Sohn,
MILTONIANA. No. I.
Our last number contained a ably doubt. His biographers knew short extract from the recently dis- that such a treatise had been writcovered « Treatise on Christian ten, but supposed it was lost: it Doctrine," written in the Latin lan- was probably seized and detained, guage by our great poet, Milton, with other papers of Skinner's, durand published by His Majesty's ing the troublous times of Charles II. command. It will probably gratify The internal evidence, arising from many of our readers, if we briefly the similarity in style and sentiment state the manner in which this in- to the poet's published works, is teresting work was brought to light, remarkably clear: Mr. Sumper has and is now presented to the world. taken considerable pains in the se
Robert Lemon, Sen. Esq. of the lection of passages from the author's State Paper Office, had the honour former treatises, illustrative of this of discovering Milton's manuscript. resemblance.
It was found, with several other im. The treatise is divided into two il portant documents, loosely wrapped parts, of which the first relates to
in an envelope, addressed to Mr. ihe “Knowledge of God," and the 1 Cyriack Skinner, who, it is well second, to the Service of God."
known, was the intimate friend of Under these heads is comprised an the poet. It is a small quarto, of examination of almost every subject 735 pages, fairly written : Mary, usually discussed in systems of Milton's second daughter, and Ed. divinity. ward Philipps, his nephew, it is The size and price of the work* supposed, were the amanuenses will necessarily prevent many of our employed in preparing it.
readers from enjoying the pleasure When His Majesty was informed of perusing it. We intend, thereof the discovery, he immediately fore, to furnish them with an analydirected the publication of the sis of its contents, and to extract work, and committed the transla- those passages, which express the tion of it to the Rev. C. R. Sumner, sentiments entertained by ihe illusM.A. the Royal Librarian and His- trious author on some of the most toriographer, under whose super- important points of faith and pracintendance the book has issued from tice, the press in a truly splendid form. The present paper will consist of Two editions are published, one extracts from the Preface :containing the original Latin, and
“ JOHN MILTON, to all the the other the translation by Mr. churches of Christ, and to all who Sumner.
profess the Christian faith throughThat ibe work is really the production of Milton, none can reason
Large Quarto, £2 10s.
out the world-peace, and the re- most careful perusal and meditation cognition of the truth, and eternal of the Holy Scriptures themselves. salvation, in God the Father, and in “ If therefore I mention wbat bas our Lord Jesus Christ.
proved beneficial in my own prac“ Since the commencement of tice, it is in the hope that others, the last century, when religion began who have a similar wish of improve to be restored from the corruptions ing themselves, may be thereby of more than thirteen bundred years invited to pursue the same method. to something of its original purity, I entered upon an assiduous course many treatises of theology have of study in my youth, beginning been published, conducted accord- with the books of the Old and New ing to sounder principles; wherein Testaments in their original lanthe chief heads of Christian doc- guages, and going diligently through trine are set forth, sometimes brief- a few of the shorter systems of ly, sometimes in a more enlarged divines, in imitation of whom I was and methodical order. I think my, in the habit of classing under cerself obliged, therefore, to declare in tain heads, whatever passages of the first instance why, if any works scripture occurred for extraction, to have already appeared as perfect be made use of hereafter as as the nature of the subject will ad. sion might require. At length I mit, I have not remained contented resorted, with increased confidence, with them-or, if all my predeces. to some of the more copious theosors have treated it unsuccessfully, logical treatises, and to the examiwhy their failure has not deterred nation of the arguments advanced me from attempting an undertaking by the conflicting parties respecting of a similar kind.
certain disputed points of faith. “ If I were to say that I had de- But, to speak the truth with free voted myself to the study of the dom as well as candour, I was conChristian religion because nothing cerned to discover, in many inelse can so effectually rescue the stances, adverse reasonings either lives and minds of men from those evaded by wretched shifts, or attwo detestable curses, slavery and tempted to be refuted, rather spe superstition; I should seem to have ciously than with solidity, by an acted rather from a regard to my affected display of formal sophisms, highest earthly comforts, than from or by a constant recourse to the a religious motive.
quibbles of the grammarians; while “ But since it is only to the in- what was most pertinaciously es dividual faith of each that the Deity poused as the true doctrine, seemed has opened the way of eternal sal. Often defended, with more vehemence vation, and as he requires, that he than strength of argument, by miswho would be saved should have a constructions of scripture, or by the personal belief of his own, I resolved hasty deduction of erroneous infernot to repose on the faith or judg. ences. Owing to these causes, the ment of others in matters relating to truth was sometimes as strenuously God; but on the one hand, hav- opposed as if it had been an error ing taken the grounds of my faith or an heresy—while errors and from divine revelation alone, and on heresies were substituted for the the other, having neglected nothing truth, and valued rather from de which depended on my own in- ference to custom and the spirit of dustry, I thought it fit to scrutinize party, than from the authority of and ascertain for myself the several scripture. points of my religious belief, by the "According to my judgment,
therefore, neither my creed, nor my tian religion to be supported. Withhope of salvation, could be safely out this liberty we are still enslaved, trusted to such guides ; and yet it not indeed, as formerly, under the appeared highly requisite to possess divine law, but, what is worst of some methodical tractate of Chris- all, under the law of man, or to tian doctrine, or at least to attempt speak more truly, under a barbarous such a disquisition as might be use- tyranny. But I do not expect from ful in establishing my faith, or as- candid and judicious readers, a consisting my memory. I deemed it duct so unworthy of them, that like therefore safest and most advisable, certain unjust and foolish men, they to compile for myself, by my own should stamp with the invidious labour and study, some original name of heretic or heresy whatever treatise which should be always at appears to them to differ from the hand, derived solely from the word received opinions, without trying of God itself, and executed with all the doctrine by a comparison with possible fidelity, seeing that I could scripture testimonies.
According have no wish to practise any impo. to their potions, to have branded sition on myself in such a matter." any one at random with this oppro“I so far satisfied myself in the brious mark, is to have refuted him prosecution of this plan, as at length without any trouble, by a single to trust that I had discovered, with word. By the simple imputation regard to religion, what was matter of the name of beretic, they think of belief, and what only matter of that they have despatched their opinion. It was also a great solace man at one blow. To men of this to me to have compiled, by God's kind I answer, that in the time of assistance, a precious aid to my the apostles, ere the New Testament failli, or rather to have laid up for was written, wlienever the charge of myself a treasure which would be heresy was applied as a term of rea provision for my future life, and proach, that alone was considered
would remove from my mind all heresy which was at variance with ched its
grounds for hesitation, as often as it their doctrine orally delivered, and
behoved me to render an account that those only were looked upon as * of the principles of my belief." heretics, who, according to Rom.
" It has been my object to make xvi. 17, 18. caused divisions and st terem it appear from the opinions I shall offences contrary to the doctrine of
be found to have advanced, whether the apostles, serving not our Lord new or old, of how much conse- Jesus Christ, but their own belly. quence to the Christian religion, is By parity of reasoning, therefore,
the liberty not only of winnowing since the compilation of the New reach and sifting every doctrine, but Testament, I maintain that nothing LTIPLAYS also of thinking, and even writing but what is in contradiction to it der the respecting it, according to our in- can properly be called heresy.
dividual faith and persuasion; an “For my own part, I adhere to inference which will be stronger in the holy scriptures alone I follow proportion to the weight and im no other heresy or sect. I had not portance of those opinions, or rather even read any of the works of in proportion to the authority of heretics, so called, when the misscripture, on the abundant testimony takes of those who are reckoned for of which they rest. Without this orthodox, and their incautious hanliberty there is neither religion nor dling of scripture, first tanght me to gospel-force alone prevails,-by agree with their opponents, when. which it is disgraceful for the Chris- ever those opponents agreed with
scripture. If this be heresy, I con- Baptism," has recently been pubfess with St. Paul, Acts xxiv. 14. lished at Geneva, in consequence of that afler the way which they call an attack made upon the Baptists heresy, so worship I the God of my in that part of the world. Several fathers, believing all things which copies of it were consigned to a are written in the law and the pro- bookseller at Paris, for a gentleman phets—to which I add, whatever is of that city. The contents of the written in the New Testament. Any parcel became known to some perother judges or chief interpreters sons who wished to suppress the of the Christian belief, together with agitation of the subject, and they all implicit faith, as it is called, I, persuaded the bookseller, as a matin common with the whole Protes- ier of prudence, to detain it. This tant church, refuse to recognize. he did for a time, but was, at last,
“For the rest, brethren, cultivate compelled to relinquish the treasure. truth with brotherly love. Judge One of the copies having come of my present undertaking accord- into my possession, I have turned ing of the Spirit of God—and neither a few pages of it into English; and adopt my sentiments, nor reject should it be thought that a translathem, unless every doubt has been tion of the whole would be acceptremoved from your belief by the able, and the publication carry a clear testimony of revelation. Fi- profit worth the acceptance of the nally, live in the faith of our Lord Baptist Missionary Society, or either and Saviour Jesus Christ. Fare- of our other Institutions, it shall, if well."
the Lord will, be seut to the press with that view. The first twelve
pages of the little book in question BAPTISTS IN FRANCE.
are at your service for the Magazine,
if you think the translation may be A considerable feeling has of late interesting to your readers. existed in some parts of the Con Kensington Gravel Pits. C. S. tinent, and especially in France, on To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. the subject of Baptism; but it has been detained in the back ground as
First Conversation, much as possible. I would not say Augustus. Papa! have you had the subject has never been made us baptized ? too prominent a feature, both in the Father. No, my dear child, Why writings and conversation of some do you ask me that question? excellent men, but as a Christian Aug. Ob, because every body is doctrine of the ritual or ceremonial baptized ;-—and then--people call class, while I would not wish to see me names; they say I am a heathen. it occupying a situation among the F. Do you believe in Jesus, my articles of our faith essential to sal- dear child? Do you think that he vation, I cannot think it should lie is the Son of God, and that be in the deadly shadow of the Church atoned for your sins upon the cross? of Rome. If it be a New Testament Augustus was a child pine years doctrine, set it fairly in the light of of age, and appeared, for some time the New Testament; if not, let it past, to have received the principal be "hid among the things that are iruths of the gospel. He answered, abolished.”
therefore, affirmatively to his father's The little tract under the title of question. Yes, papa, I believe in “ La Famille Baptiste, or a familiar Jesus. Treatise on the subject of Infant Well then, said his father, What