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sideration of all our readers. But fully | tion, that the prelates and clergy shall be as concurring with the leading sentiment much under the power of the British gohere supported, that we being Protes-vernment as the clergy of the church of tant Dissenters should maintain "the most strict neutrality," we must forbear from entering into the discussion.
The following extract will, we doubt not, be acceptable to the reader :
'Ought not the Roman Catholics, before they are admitted to political authority, to be required so to renounce their allegiance to their spiritual head, that they might be able to give a pledge of their entire allegiance to the political head of these nations? As to what is requisite to constitute that pledge, let the Legislature determine.
"The celebrated Lord Somers has said, 'Those who adhere to the church of Rome, I hold to be good Catholics! and those who adhere to the court of Rome I hold to be papists, enemies and traitors to the realm of England, and totally unfit for any trust, in this or any other Protestant country.'*
"I am not aware whether such a distinction really exists among the English or Irish Roman Catholics or not, as that made by this eminent statesman, between persons adhering to the church of Rome;' and others who adhere also to the court of Rome;' but could this be practically demonstrated, then I should admit that those whom he calls 'good Catholics' might be safely entrusted with political authority; seeing there is nothing in sentiments which are purely religious that interferes with the most unlimited subjection to the chief magistrate. The sentiments of the Moravians who acknowledge a connection with their bishops in Bohemia, and of us, the Protsetant dissenters, who do not acknowledge the religious supremacy of the king, are by no means inimical to the most entire recognition of the political supremacy of the monarch, as we claim no exemption from the operation of any human laws, but those which interfere with the rights of conscience. Let the English and Irish Roman Catholics solemnly declare, upon oath, that their vicars apostolic in this country, and Jesuits of Stoneyhurst and Maynooth, and the various Roman Catholic bishops, owe no kind of subjection to their ecclesiastical superiors, but what relates to religious sentiment; that there is nothing in their creed which would suffer them to interfere with the consciences of those who dissent from the church of Rome; and as the proof of their sincerity in these respects, let their ecclesiastics agree, and the body of the laity signify their approba
Tracts, vol. iii. 236.
England; amenable to, and liable to be degraded by the civil magistrate, and then I take it for granted there will be no insuperable objection to their being relieved from the operation of those tests which our forefathers, especially the great statesmen at the Revolution, deemed indispensable for the safety of this Protestant kingdom." p. 32.
In a note, p. 35, Mr. Ivimey relates some curious and highly interesting facts which fully exonerate the United Committee from any participation in the apparent favour shewn to Roman Catholics at the commemoration dinner.
We are obliged to the author for the letter from the Pope in 1607, forbidding the English Catholics to take the oath of allegiance; and also for the labour of copying the singular document entitled, "The Protestation of the English Catholics," &c. This pamphlet ought to be carefully read by Protestant Dis
Apology for the Modern Theology of Protestant Germany, or a Review of the Work entitled "The State of the Protestant Religion in Germany, in a Series of Discourses preached before the University of Cambridge, by the Rev. Hugh James Rose, M.D. of Trinity College, and Vicar of Horsham, Sussex. By Dr. Karl Gottlieb Bretschneider, Chief Counsellor of the Consistory, and Superintendant General at Gotha. Translated from the German, by the Rev. WM. ALLEYN EVANSON, M.A. Lecturer of St. Luke's, Old-street. London. pp. 88. Palmer.
THIS pamphlet contains hard words, and, on one side at least, hard arguments. The German reviewer is evidently not unacquainted with the tactics of his part, and applies them with no inconsiderable skill; but his English translator completely takes away from him the armour wherein he trusted, and, as it appears to us, leaves him in an entirely defenceless condition. have not had an opportunity of seeing the discourse of Mr. Rose, but from the contortions, tergiversations, and violence of the apologist, we conclude that
they must contain an extraordinary ethics, as well as of peace and joy to the measure of pungency, in combination repentant soul; that these, which are the with many an unwelcome reference to Church doctrines (because they are Bible the theological subtleties and perver-again becoming the doctrines taught from doctrines) of the Church of England, are sions of certain modern divines in Ger
the pulpits and professors' chairs, once occapied by the glorious reformers of the sixIn the appendix to this translation, teenth century. May the blessing from on which contains some powerful and spi- bigh crown the efforts of all those who rited observations, Mr. Evanson states, be wished by every subject of the Redeemwould hasten a consummation so devoutly to
"During the progress of these sheets through the press, I have had the gratification of perusing Mr. Rose's reply to the apologist in the Christian Remembrancer' for the months October and November, (current) and I unfeignedly declare, that so gentlemanly, temperate, and masterly a refutation it has seldom been my good fortune to read."
Many of our friends having expressed their wish that a handsome edition of the Rev. Abraham Booth's invaluable work, entitled "Pædobaptist Examined," &c. with
We quote also Mr. Evanson's con- the answers to Dr. Williams and Mr. Peter cluding paragraph :
Edwards, should be reprinted, we have the pleasure to inform them that arrangements "Admitting, however, that the apolo- have been entered into with Mr. Ebenezer gist has unwittingly told us some truth, he Palmer, of Paternoster-row, who has unhas not told us all. In vain does he assert dertaken to publish the above works, printthat his Evangelic Protestantism' is lorded on a very superior paper, with a good of the ascendant; we know that it is on type, in three volumes 8vo. The publicathe decline, and though he politely desig-tion will be superintended by a Sub-Comnates such men as Tholuck, Strauss, Henx-mittee of the Baptist Fund, and it is hoped tenberg, and Schleiermacher, &c. as blind that the work will be ready before the end zealots for all the theologumena of the sym- of October. bolic books;' as 'men insignificant and con- DR. RIPPON'S SELECTION.-Dr. Riptemptible, fit only to be classed with the pon has enlarged the twenty-seventh edition open denunciators of all rational theology;' of his Selection of Hymns, by interspersing or as Zimmerman says with the frenzied among them about 150 more, original and self-crucifiers of Switzerland; yet we know selected; including numerous Doxologies, in that such men are rising in public estima- the usual, the peculiar, and the less comtion; that, through their means, a better mon metres; but so as not to increase the order of things has commenced, and is in former price of the volume. To accommoactive progress in Germany; that the reli- date the purchasers of the late editions, the gion of Luther is again becoming the reli-interspersions and Doxologies may be had gion of Lutherans; that the doctrines of the alone, of all the booksellers, price 8d. fall, original sin, atonement by the death of stitched; or fine paper, neatly and differChrist, justification by his righteousness and ently covered, 10d. or 1s. sanctification by his Spirit, doctrines which are the soruce and spring of all Christian
Dialogues between a [Roman Catholic] Priest and his Parishioners, in three parts.
Letter from the Rev. Professor Chase to Mr.
Newton (Mass.), July 29, 1828.
The Columbian College at Washington is likely to emerge from its pecuniary embarrassments. Its friends in different parts of the Union are coming nobly to its relief. The Presidency, vacated by the resignation of Dr. Staughton, is to be filled by Dr. Chapin, an excellent man, who was Professor of Moral Philosophy in Waterville College.
Professor Woods has been elected Presi
dent of Transylvania University, at Lexing-liberality of the late William Taylor, Esq. ton, in the State of Kentucky; and he who gave the purchase money for its freeintends to enter on the duties of his new hold property, and by his will bequeathed station in October. A wide and important the dividends on 10001. Bank stock, to be field of usefulness is open before him. applied to its support. A reference to the Generally speaking, our colleges and other annual reports will shew that many indiviseminaries, and our churches, are in a pros- duals have liberally contributed to carry into perous state. A new brick edifice, sufficient execution the design of the pious founder, for the accommodation of seventy or eighty and that from Stepney have proceeded many students, has been built this summer, by the ministers who are occupying important statrustees of the Newton Theological Insti- tions in the church of God, with various tution; and it will be completed in a few degrees of acceptance and usefulness. Himonths, all the rooms in the other edifice therto no appeal has been made to the pubbeing already occupied. Never before was lic, for the enlargement or alteration of the there so impressive a cry as at present, from premises, though the necessity of such alteevery quarter, "Come over and help us; ration has been long and deeply felt by its we want-we must have, able and devoted successive tutors and committees, and is ministers of the New Testament." Never now strongly enforced by the ministers who have we had so great occasion to pray the have been educated in the Academy. Lord of the harvest to send forth labourers. And, blessed be his name! he is multiply-apartments (some of which are merely ing them, and sending them forth, and encouraging us still to pray and to labour. With affectionate regards to your family, I am, as ever, yours most sincerely,
"When it is stated that the sleeping
passage rooms) contain each from two to four beds, without any separation, and that the studies are not so divided from each other as to admit of retirement; that some of them are only partially, and others not at all lighted; it will need no arguments to shew that the arrangement of the premises is not adapted to promote either the comfort or proficiency of the students, and that some alteration is absolutely necessary for the purposes both of devotion and study.
"The Committee, after mature deliberation, have decided on the propriety of each and bed room. student being provided with a separate study
On Friday, July 25, 1828, Mr. William Cornwell, of Camden Town, departed this life, aged seventy years. He had been fifty years an honourable member of the church "To accomplish this desirable object, meeting in Keppel-street, London, and more they have determined to convert the present than fourteen years a useful deacon. He was interred in a family grave in Bunhill-apartments, now inconveniently occupied by fields, on Thursday, the 31st of July, and on the following Lord's day his funeral sermon was preached by his pastor at Keppel
street, from Mark xii. last clause of the 25th
studies, into dormitories, and to erect new studies, a dining room, and library, on the used for a small chapel, but which is by no site of the building which has been hitherto means fit this purpose. A more eligible part of the premises is appropriated to the erection of a neat and desirable place of worship in connection with the Instiution.
20001. to 25001., a small sum when com"The expenditure contemplated is from
On Saturday, July 26, 1828, died at North Bradley, near Trowbridge, aged 83, the Rev. Joseph Clift, who had been for nearly forty years the esteemed pastor of the Baptist church in that place. His end was tranquil, and the doctrines which he preach-pared with that incurred by other institued whilst living were his support in the hour it is fully believed will secure these importtions to effect a similar object; but which ant and necessary improvements.
of dissolution :
"While a bright evidence of grace
In his whole life appeared and shone." Died, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Rev. George Williams, upwards of twenty years the respected pastor of the church at Waddesdon Hill, Bucks.
"The Committee appeal with confidence to the public, and more especially to their own denomination, for their cordial support. They are happy to be able to state, that the internal arrangements of the College are in a state of great practical efficiency, and are such as to encourage the best hopes of those who are anxious to employ a holy, zealous, and educated ministry, for the wider diffusion of divine truth.'
The Committee having obtained towards this object more than 18001. the enlarge
ment of the premises has been commenced. | commenced with prayer by brother R. EdThey look with confidence to the religious wards, Maes-y-berllan; and after delibepublic, to enable them to discharge the rating upon many things relative to the state whole sum, so that no burden shall re- of religion among them, and agreeing upon main on the Institution. the following resolutions, brother J. James, Bridgend, concluded by prayer, and then they separated in peace :— Resolved
Subscriptions for the accomplishment of this object will be received by W. B. Gurney, Esq. Treasurer; Rev. W. H. Murch and Rev. S. Tomkins, Tutors; the Rev. Edward Steans, Secretary; and by any of the members of the Committee.
The Eastern Welsh Baptist Association was held at Merthyr-tydfil, Glamorganshire, on the 3d, 4th, and 5th of June, 1828.
1. To print the Circular Letter, drawn up by brother D. Saunders, Merthyr.
2. To receive the churches formed at Nebo in the county of Monmouth, and Soar in the county of Brecknock, members of their Association.
3. To exhort all the churches belonging to their Association to establish a fund among themselves, for the purpose of defraying the expenses of building meetinghouses, and of supporting missions, &c. in order to avoid the trouble and inconveniences to which ministers and churches were subject by their present system of travelling about to collect; and all their churches were requested to consider the utility and the necessity of the plan, and to bring forward their determination at their next Association.
Tuesday afternoon they met at two o'clock. Brother D. Evans, of Cadexton, prayed. Then the accounts from the churches were received, by which they learned that they were in peace, that the Lord bad blessed the ministry, to gain many souls to the truth during the last year; that their dear brother 4. That it would be desirable for all the David Phillips, of Newtown, has finished Sunday schools conducted by the Baptists his course in death; and that their brethren in the principality to be furnished with the Benjamin Williams, Goetre; William Morsame sort of books, and that on the cheapgau, Lantrisent; Jesse Jones, and Hughest terms possible; and that our brethren, Jones, have been ordained to the work of the ministry. Then brother J. Lewis, of Llanwenarth, preached from Isaiah xlix. 6. and concluded in prayer.
At seven, brother J. Evans prayed; brother T. Thomas, Newcastle Emlin, preached from Psal. cx. 3. and brother D. Jones, Liverpool, from 2 Thess. iii. 1. and concluded by prayer and singing.
Wednesday, at seven, brother J. Michael, New Works, prayed; and brother D. D. Evans, Pont-rhyd-yr-yn, preached from Matt. xii. 43-45.
At ten, brother D. Davies, Swansea, prayed; and brother S. Davies, of Clonmel, Ireland, preached in English from 1 Thess. v. 25; and brother C. Evans, Caerphilly, in Welsh, from Mark xvi. 16.
At three, brother T. Williams, Cwmdwr, prayed; brother W. Jones, of Cardiff, preached in English from Rom. vii. 14.; and brother J. Jones, Newtown, in Welsh, from Prov. xiv. 27.
At seven, brother J. Lawrence prayed; brother J. Roberts, of Cowbridge, preached from Isaiah xliii. 21; and brother D. Evans, Dolen, from Acts ix. 15, and concluded in prayer.
Praises were sung several times at the different meetings: all these meetings were held in a field, for the audience were very numerous.
Thursday morning they met at eight o'clock in Sion chapel. The meeting was
J. Jones of Newtown, D. Saunders of Merthyr, and H. Jones of Cardiff, be appointed to correspond with the brethren which the other Associations may appoint, with a view to the formation of a plan to bring this design into operation.
5. That the churches meeting at Dolen in Radnorshire, at Lysfaen in Glamorganshire, at Langiau in Carnarvonshire, and Porthyrhyd in Carmarthenshire, should be permitted to collect in their churches towards liquidating the debt remaining on their places of worship.
6. That their next Association be held in Cowbridge, Glamorganshire, at the usual time; when the brethren D. Richards, Dolglley; J. Jones, Newtown; C. Evans, Caerfilly; D. Evans, Doley; and T. Hinton, of Bristol, will be expected to preach.
State of the Churches :-Baptized 741, Restored 175, Received by letters 27. Total 943.
Died 122, Excluded 189, Dismissed 9. Total 320.-Clear increase 623.
The Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire associated Baptist churches assembled at Astwood, May 27 and 28, 1828.
Tuesday evening, five o'clock, brother Howlett read, prayed, and delivered an in
repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts has at length been obtained, since one of the chief occasions of the profanation of the Lord's Supper is thereby removed.
2. That the most cordial thanks of this meeting be respectfully presented to Lord John Russell and to the Right Hon. Lord Holland, for moving the repeal of the above mentioned acts in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and for the prosecution of the object, which, by their firmness, energy and eloquence, was so gloriously achieved.
troductory address. The letters were read, which happily realized the expectations expressed last year, and presented much cause for humble gratitude for the universal peace of the churches, the very pleasing additions in most of them, and the pledges given that inspire the ardent hope that a more copious blessing will not be long withheld. The impression of the necessity of divine influence evidently pervaded the letters, and the fervent wish was expressed that it might become more deep and general, and that the present letter addressed to the churches might be the means of diffusing such an impression, as the certain forerunner of a far more abundant prosperity than has ever yet been witnessed. It was agreed to recommend to all the churches, that they sbould keep this object in view in all the monthly missionary prayer meetings, and Thursday morning, at seven o'clock, sevethat the first Monday evening (or the first ral brethren had an interesting meeting ap Tuesday evening, where more convenient,)propriated to conversation and prayer. in the month of August should be appropriated to united and special prayer for the out-pouring of the Spirit. Brother Jayne (who is about to remove to Road in Northamptonshire) addressed the meeting, and closed in prayer.
At eight o'clock, the Circular Letter, written by brother James Smith, "On the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit," was read, approved, and ordered to be printed. The regulations of the Association Fund were discussed.
Wednesday morning, at half-past six o'clock, brethren Wright, Breeze, J. Price and Howlett prayed.
At half-past ten o'clock, brother Hinton began by reading the Scriptures and prayer, brother Pryce preached to parents, from Ephes. vi. 4. And ye, fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Brother Copley preached to youth, from John 1. 13. "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God;" and concluded the service.
3. That the Secretary be requested to convey the above resolutions to Lord Johu Russell and to the Right Hon. Lord Holland.
4. That the above resolutions be printed in the World newspaper.
The next Circular Letter to be written by brother Copley, "On the Practical Uses of the Doctrine of Divine Influence."
The annual meeting of the Auxiliary Foreign Missionary Society to be held at Burford, on Tuesday, Sept. 16.
The annual meeting of the Home Missionary Society to be held at Campden, on Easter Tuesday, 1829.
The next Association to be held at Hook Norton, on the Monday and Tuesday in the Whitsun week, 1829. The Association preacher, brother James Smith; in case of failure, brother White; the second preacher to be chosen by the church at Hook Norton.
State of the Churches:-Received by profession 93, by letter 8, by restoration 4. Total 104.
Dismissed 13, Dead 20, Excluded 5. Total 38.-Increase 66.
On Wednesday, the 11th of June, Mr. George Crook was set apart to the pastoral office of the Baptist church assembling in Lord street, Wigan. At half-past two, P.M. Mr. John Crook, of Boroughbridge, com
Evening, six o'clock, the Scriptures were read and prayer offered by brother White. Brother Coles preached from Ps. cxviii. 15. "The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous." Brother S. Taylor closed the services of the day. At eight o'clock the rules of the Associ-menced the service by reading the Scriptures ation Fund were revised, and it was resolved that it is desirable that all the ministers and messengers of the churches be present at the distribution of the Associa tion fund except the recipients, five to constitute a quorum.
and prayer; Mr. Edwards, of Bolton, stated the nature of a Christian church, and received the confession of faith; Mr. Fisher, of Liverpool, offered up the ordination prayer, accompanied with laying on of hands. In the evening, Mr. Holmes, of Newton, The following resolations were also pass-read the Scriptures and prayed; Dr. Steaded:
1. That this meeting deeply feels abundent cause for gratitude to God that the
man gave an affectionate and impressive charge from 2 Cor. ii. 14; Mr. Fisher preached to the church from Ephes. iv, 13,