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acquaintance with the gospel; and the Assembly's Catechism (which this we believe to be the true is that of the Established Church reason why they seldom interfere of Scotland) or Dr. Watts's Cate. where the gospel is preached faith. chism and Hymns, should be intro. fully in the parish church. duced into some Sunday-schools, is

In another part of this Charge, there any sedition or heresy in we are happy to see his Lordship them? His Lordship is pleased to the strenuous and able advocate of state the prevalence of SundaySunday - schools; and perfectly schools (p. 27) as a grand cause agree with him in the following that the seeds of sedition and resentiment :

bellion did not take root here as in "It has, I know, been some- a sister kingdom. But was it owtimes asserted, that ignorance is the ing to the parochial schools only ? mother of devotion. It is no such Are there not thousands, and tens thing. It is the mother of super- of thousands, who, within the last stition, of bigotry, of fanaticism, of twenty years, have been educated disaffection, of cruelty, and of re- in the schools of Methodists and bellion. These are its legitimate Dissenters? And have not these children. It has never yet pro. been as far from sedition and reduced any other; and never will to bellion as those educated in the the end of the world. And we may establishment? Why then insinuate lay this down as an incontestible an invidious distinction, which has truth, that a well-informed and in- no foundation in reason or in fact? telligent people, more particularly But it is the misfortune of the a people well acquainted with the great, generally to have those about sacred writings, will always be more them whose interest it is to deceive, orderly, more decent, more bu- and who seek the favours of their mane, more virtuous, more relis superiors by slandering others ! gious, more obedient to their supe. riors, than a people totally devoid of all instruction, and all educa. Letters on the Atonement. By tion."

C. Jerram, A. M. Svo, pages 124, But when his Lordship asserts (p. 22) that Sunday-schools “ always ought to be placed under the Mr. J. has before ably written, direction and controul of the pa- under the signature of Scrutator", rochial clergy ; -10 books intro. on a subject pretty closely conduced into them, but such as they nected with the present, the Doc. entirely approve ;” and that the trine of Universal Salvation. – In education of the children should be the Letters before us, the author “confined, as strictly as possible, combats very successfully the reto the knowledge of the Bible, the fined speculations of some modern Common Prayer-book, and the Ca- writers, who pretend to be sincere techism of the Church of England,” friends to the doctrine of Atone. we beg leave to pause; and to en. ment, while they discard every idea quire, - Ought then Dissenters to of substitution or satistaction. Af. have no Sunday-schools? or should ter refuting these, he endeavours to their schools also be placed under fix the doctrine itself on a scriptural the controul of the parochial cler. foundation, and to shew, in the gy? If "the knowledge of the last place, the harmony between Bible, the Common Prayer-book, Scripture and Reason upon the sub. and the Catechism of the Church ject. To a teniper truly christian, of England," be so very serviceable he unites the acuteness of a good to the children of that church, may polemic, and the judgment of a not "the knowledge of the Bible, sound divine; and as his sentiments even without the Prayer-book and appear to be perfectly evangelical, the Catechism, be at least of some we can cordially recommend this Pse to other children? Or, suppose book as one of the best extant upon this most interesting subject. speaks of himself as a Sovereign, a That our readers may not, how. Judge, and a Lawgiver. He has ever, rest wholly upon our opinion, given laws, and enforced them by we present them with the follow. sanctions; he has erected a tribus ing extract, and wish we could have nal, and appointed a day of judg. considerably enlarged it.

25. 6d,

See our Magazine for last year, p. 165.

ment, in which he will treat every “ The following arguments are man according to his works. All not grounded upon a priori reason. these expressions, I conceive, ne. ing, as if we clearly understood cessarily point out a resemblance, what ought to be ihe nature of in the grand distinctive features, God's conduct, and how he should between the divine and human go. receive sinners, if he had made ho vernments: for I can attach no idea revelation of his perfections and whatever to them, any further than government : buit, taking the I am acquainted with what they character of God as I find it reveals represent when applied to civil ed in his word, I shall attempt to establislıments aniong men; and prove that the consistency of that unless they were intended to convey character is involved in his execut. such ideas, they must be intended ing the penalty annexed to the to lead into dangerous and fundit transgression of his laws; and that mental errors." there is no absurdity or inconsist. ency in supposing that that penalty was executed in the death of the A Farewell Address to the Inhabit. Lord Jesus Christ.

ants of Botley, near Southampion. “ As this discussion will lead me By the Rev. H. Gauntlett, laie to a consideration of the divine go.

Curate of that place. Svo, 15. vernment, which I consider, in its The late excellent Walter Taygrand outlines, as analogous . to lor, Esq. of Portswood Green, be. those of men, I shall anticipate an queathed Mr. G. a handsome anobjection which may be urged nuity as long as he should continue against the propriety of reasoning resident curate at Bouley;" but his from liuman governments to the rector dying soon after Mr. T. and divine. It may be thought incon- a new one being appointed, he was clusive, it not presumptuous, to dismissed without an hour's notice, suppose that, because we find cer- with no reason assigned; and thus tain notions cominon to the whole unhappily lost his curacy and his race of mankind, respecting the annuity together! Mr. G. not nature of government, therefore being allowed to take leave of his there must be some necessary re- hearers from the pulpit, now ad. semblance between them and the dresses them through the medium government of the Supreme Being of the press, from Hcb. ii. 1-3. But let it be observed, that it is not He first reminds them of the things because there are particular senti. they have heard (the leading doc. ments on this subject which are

trines of the gospel.) Secondly, common to the whole world, that Admonishes them to take heed to we necessarily infer there must be these things; and, Thirdly, Sets something analogous to them in before them the consequences of the divine conduct, – but because attention, and of neglect. The God has revealed himself to lis in whole concludes with a faithful such language respecting his yns and animated address to the convernment, as necessarily to convey sciences of his hearers :

and may this idea of analogy. We do not it be attended with the desired reason a priori how he ought 10 etfect! govern ; but, from the manner in which lie has communicated his conduct towards ns, we see how he Periodical Accounts of the Eaptist does govern; and that is, in the Missionary Society. No. Xll. is. grand outlines, in a way sinilar to THIS Number contains extracts our notions of a perfect human go. from the Journals of Mr. Marsham vernment. God, for instance, and Mr. Ward, with Letters from the Missionaries, &c. Mr. Mar. Cambden Chapel.) By George sham's journey up the country is Clayton. 8vo, 15. very interesting; and contains many Presumption overthrown by the curious particulars. Many of the

God of Battles: a Sermon deli. natives attentively heard the word

vered at Peckham Meeting. By of life, and, it may be hoped, not W. B. Collyer. 8vo, 15. without effect. Mr. Ward's Journal mentions,

We couple these Sermons togethat some of the Hindoo converts

ther, because they appear, in many had not been so correct in their respects, to be related. They were walk as might be wished; but that preached to the same Volunteers, others discovered much zeal in pro- in neighbouring places of worship. moting Christianity, and great pa. of promise ; and the discourses

The preachers are both young men tience in their sufferings on account of it. The church formed at Se: breathe the sanie ardent spirit of rampore, consists of about thirty loyalty and patriotism, which we members, including some Euro. consider as virtues closely connecto

ed with Christianity: Both write peans; - the school also at this place continues to prosper.

in a strain of youthful eloquence Mr. Carey attends the College at and animation ; both profess the Calcutta four days in the week ;

same attachment to gospel-truth and we are concerned to hear he has

and holiness, equally protesting been mach indisposed, as also his against the profane practice of Sunson Felix :- we trust, their lives day. Drilling ; both modestly apowill be prolonged for further use

logize for appearing before the fulness! In addition to the New public; and attach to their Ser. Testament, and the first volume of

mons the hymns sung on the occa.

sion. the Old, the Psalms, and part of Isaiah, had been translated and

There is sufficient diversity, howe printed in January 1803, together ever, in the subjects treated.' Mr. with a considerable number of Re

Clayton, from Matt. xxii. 21, conligious Tracts, which the Mission- siders “ The Claims of Cæsar and aries disperse as widely as possible, of God;" to the former he attri.

butes tí and apparently with great advan

respect for his person,

obedience to his laws, support in tage.

executing the duties of his office, of the superstitions and abominable and prayers for his prosperity and idolatries of the Hindoos, are very " the highest veneration and love,

for God, he claims affecting. On the 18th of April constant worship and service, uni. three women were burnt with the versal respect to his commands and corpses of their husbands, on one pile, near the house of the Mission- ordinances, and zealous attempts aries. This horrid act is looked To 'shew the reasonableness of this

to promote his cause and glory." upon by the natives as a strong obedience, he remarks, “ That proof of the truth of their religion! God is our Creator, Redeemer,

[The public Papers inform us, Observer, and Judge.” He then That a Proclamation has been made directs to “ the strong for strength;" by the British Governor to prevent and concludes with an Address to this dreadtul mischief in the dis- the Volunteers and congregation. tricts subject to England ; but it Mr. Collyer selects Exod. xv. is nevertheless continued ; so that 9-11, as the ground of his disat least 30,000 women perish an- course ; from which he considers nually by this diabolical supersti. the presumption expressed in the tion. May God, in his infinite former part of his text, and the mercy, put a stop to it !]

overthrow of that presumption in

the latter. He then points to the The Claims of Cæsar and of God God of Battles as the source of vic

considered : a Discourse, first de. tory; and concludes with a prac. livered at Southampton ; and after. tical Address to his military and wards in the Vicinity of London (at other hearers,

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

MISSIONARY ANNUAL MEETING. The General Annual Meeting of the Missionary Society will be

held in London, if the Lord permit, as follows:

SURRY CHAPEL, Wednesday morning, May 9th. Rev. Mr. Thorpe, of London, to preach. The usual Meeting for Business, in the afternoon, will be omitted, -it having been found inconvenient, for want of time.

TABERNACLE, Wednesday evening. Rev. Mr. Bennet, of Romsey, in Hampshire, to preach.

The Society will devote the whole of Thursday morning, May 10, from Ten o'clock till Two, to the General Business of the Institution, at Haberdashers' Hall, Staining Lane, Wood Street,

TOTTENHAM -COURT Charel, Thursday evening. The Rev. David Dickson, one of the Ministers of the College Church, in Edinburgh, to preach.

ST. SAVIOUR'S CHURCH, Soutlwark, Friday morning. The Rev. Thomas Scott, Rector of Aston Sandford, Oxon. (formerly of the Lock Chapel) to preach.

21on Charel. A Meeting of the Society at Four o'clock. The concluding service of the Annual Meeting, and the Celebration of the Lord's Supper among the Communicants of various Churches and Socie. ties in the Metropolis and from the Coantry, will be held at Zion Chapel. - Communicants only will be admitted at the vestry-door; all others are desired to go in at the front doors of the chapel.

The morning-services to begin at Half past Ten, and the evening at Six, precisely.

The Annual Meeting of The TRACT SOCIETY will be held at St. Paul's Coffee House, on Thursday morning, at Seven o'clock.

A very respectable Minister in the country having complained, that many of his brethren are prevented from the pleasure and benefit of attending the Annual Meeting, by their not having any acquaintance in town with whom they can lodze, and not being able to support the expences of a public inn, the following Pian has bien suggested, in some ineasure, to remedy this inconvenience : -1. It is recommended to the hospitable Friends of the Society in town!, who can accommodate a Minister or two for a few days, to leave their address with the Publisher of this Magazine ; and, zdly, It is requesied, that those Ministers who need such accommodation, will immediately signity the same in a letter (post paid) addressed to the Editor, at the Publisher's; in consequence of which, endeavours will be made to provide for as many as possible, who are known or recommended to the Editors as characters of respectability,

OTAHEITE. By a Letter from the Missionaries at Otaheite, to Governor King, of New South Wales, dated Feb. 3, 1803, which his Excellency has been pleased to transmit to the Secretary of the Missionary Society in London, it appears that the disturbances which had happened in that island liad (contrary to expectation) ceased ; that Otoo and Pomarre re. tained their authority; and that the Missionaries were enabled to pursue their vocations without molestation.

EAST INDIES. We are greatly concerned to hear of the death of that eminently pious and extensively useful Missionary, the Rev. Mr. Gerické, who has laboured with apostolic zeal and success in the East Indies. Mr. Carey was informed at Calcutta, That a Prince on the coast, and the inhabitants of more than twenty towns or villages, had destroyed their idols, and be. come Christians !

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We rejoice, dear Brethren, that ciety.

you have not suffered the work of Basil, Jan. 3, 1804.

faith and the labour of love to Honoured Brethren,

be extinguished by a variety of hinand dearly beloved in our Lord derances which appeared to obJesus Christ,

struct your way. There are hunBeing united with you in the dreds now in South Africa, who are closest bonds of brotherly love, and living witnesses that your labous feeling a lively interest in all your was not in vain in the Lord. When joy and sorrow, we cannot but ex- on that solemn day of the glorious press these our sentiments at the revelation of Christ (who is yet, in commencement of a new year, by some measure, hidden and despised addressing a few lines to you. by many) nations from the east and

We have received the interesting west, from the south and north, accounts of Mr. Kicherer's success. shall be counted worthy to sit down full labours in South Africa; and, to the marriage - supper of the ötter having read them with great Lamb, then shall the fruits of satisfaction, we have immediately your labours, for the increase of the communicated them to our dear kingdom of Christ, which you have German brethren, by inserting their undertaken out of love to him, nei. in our Magazine. We cannot ex. ther remain unknown, nor be lefo press, in terms sufficiently strong, unrewarded. But till then, we ihe sentiments of gratitude to our walk by faith, and not by sight; adorable Lord and Saviour, which and although, on the one hand, we filled our souls, when reflecting are cheered by a distant prospect of upon that infinite mercy which in. a glorious dawn; yet, on the other duced him to send the glorious hand, we behold many a dark temlight of the gospel to these benight- pesicions cloud, which threatens to, ed regions of Heathenish supersti- destroy our pleasing hopes: but tion and immorality, and to open

well for us that we are possessed the gates of Heaven for this de- of the gospel of Christ, which, as ba ed species of human beings. a key, opens all those inysteries of Now we cannot cast a look towards iniquity; so that we may anticipate the southern point of Africa with the result of all those wonderful ont emotions of joy and gratitude, events which shall happen in the when we behold, in Spirit, a loving church of Christ, although, in their family of black-brown brethren, full extent, they are far above the uniting with us in bending their reach of any finite understanding. knees before Him, which is, and The history of the church of Christ which was, and which is to come; may supply us with inany an unde, aod hear them solemnly coniese niable tact, that the Rock upon

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