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in which that work is written was sererely membered as a divine and theologian alonen and deservedly reproved; and his gross Nay more, when his life-long labours were mis-statements were confuted by an appeal at length approaching to their term, as if to the Protestant converts of Agra, of fearing the applause of men eren in those Beuares, of Meerut, and of Chunar. branches of learning which were strictly “ Bear witness,” said bis Lordship, “those appropriate and ministerial, he consigned, numerous believers of our own immediate as a last sacrifice, his laboured manuscripts neighbourhood, with whom though we differ to the flames, content to live only in the on many, and doubtless on very important memory of those who loved and honoured points, I should hate myself if I could bim, and desiring no further praise than regard them as any other than my brethren that which he shall one day receive, of and fellow-serrants in the Lord *. Let the “ Well done! good and faithful servant!" populous Christian districts of Malabar “This-continued his Lordship in conclubear witness, where believers are not sion--this is a copious subject, and one on reckoned by solitary individuals, but by which I should have been tempted to enhundreds and by thousands. Bear witness large, if I were not aware of your exCeylon, where the cross has lost its re- hausted condition, from the length which proach, and the chiefs of the land are this morning's service has already reached; gradually assuming, without scruple, the and if, to say the truth, my own feelings attire, the language, and the religion of were sufficiently tranquil to indulge in the Englishmen. And let him finally bear wit- praises of one whom I had not the happiness, whom we have now received into the ness to know, wbile I am yet smarting number of the commissioned servants of under the recent loss of a distinguished the church, and whom we trust, at no and excellent friend, from whose eminent distant day, to send forth, in the full- talents, from whose amiable temper, from ness of Christian authorityto make wbose high religious principles, and his known the way of truth to those his coun- repeatedly expressed intention of devoting trymen from whose errors he has himself his ample means and powerful mind to the been graciously delivered.”

service of that God from whom he received In concluding this part of his address, them; I had anticipated the most important his Lordship observed, that “eren from and essential aids, in securing the prospethe taunts of an enemy a wise man will in- rity of the Indian church, and furthering crease his wisdom and if we learn from the triumphant progress of those Gospels the volume I have quoted, greater modera- in which his hope and heart were laid up, tion in our language, and greater circum- and in which, while he lived, his life was spection in our deportmentma more strict hidden *. adherence to the union and discipline of the “ A few days only are gone, since, with church, and a more careful abstinence from animation on his benevolent countenance, every thing like exaggeration in those ac- he expressed to me his gratitude to God for counts of our progress in the work which the many blessings he had received, and are sent to our friends in Europe ; it is his desire to dedicate to God, through Jesus apparent, that some essential hindrances Christ, a larger proportion of his time, his would be greatly lessened which now iin- means, and bis influence; a few hours pede the progress of the truth, and a more only are past since those good resolutions abundant blessing may be expected on our are gone thither, where they are best toils from him who is the God of peace, known and appreciated by a gracious God, and order, and modesty."

whom he bad served from bis youth, and In alluding to the character and Epis- who, when bis noon of life had scarcely copal labours of the late excellent Bishop begun to decline, saw fit to call him to Middleton, bis Lordship observed, that his recompense and his repose. In him had the mind of that great and good man India-in hiun the Anglo-Indian churchbeen attracted to secular purposes, he was in him the cause of missions here and possessed of every quality on which the throughout the world—in him the poor of world bestows its favour. But though his every caste and country have lost a fearmemory was stored with all profane and less, a kind, a bountiful, an unpretendcivil literature, the application of his ing friend; but he will not bave died in learning and talents was to ecclesiastical vain, if the consideration of his sudden purposes alone. He was, perbaps, the mortality induces us to ponder the worth second critic of his age, yet he edited no Greek classics: he was stored, said his * The late Sir Christopher Puller. This Lordsbip, as I have been assured, with an gentleman relinquished an extensire and inexhaustible supply of lighter and more lucrative practice as a barrister, on being elegant literature, yet he sought to be re- appointed supreme judge at Calcutta. He

arrived in India only five weeks preceding * The Converts of the Baptist Mission his death, which took place, after an illness at Scrampore.

of a few days, on May 19th, 1824.

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of this world in regions where the present and truly Christian charge with a short but moment is alt which we can be said to appropriate prayer. hold of it; and so teach us to number our The Clergy having returned to their days that we may apply our hearts. unto seats, the venerable the Archdeacon brought wisdom.

up the candidate for ordination, Mr. Chris,“Finally, Brethren, farewell ; be patient tian, in a surplice, to the rails of the and watch unto prayer, and be diligent in Altar, when the ordination service began; the functions of your stewardship; for be- the Bishop reading the Litany, and the hold he cometh quickly, and blessed is candidate reading aloud the Epistle apthat servant whom his Lord when he cometh pointed in the office, after receiving imposhall find so doing!"

sítion of hands, and authority to “ officiate His Lordship concluded bis 'admirable in the place whereto he was appointed.”

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BURNING OF HINDOO WIDOWS. We noticed in our last Volume, p. 274, Gorernment in India might have terminated the petition presented to the House of the whole systent with as little difficulty Commons by the County of Bedford, against and irritation, as they have now proceeded the dreadful practice existing in British to regulate it. Nerer let the answer of Indią of immolating widows alive on the the Brahmin be forgotten, who, on being funeral pile of their husbands; and have asked when these cruel exhibitions would for some time intended to advert again to cease, replied, "When your government the subject, but bare been prevented by pleases.” accidental circumstances. Since that period We regret to observe, that the number an official order, published by our Indian of these awful scenes is greater in the last Government, bas been transmitted to this year, of which the accounts are made up, country; which, wbile it is intended to iban in the preceding. regulate and restrain the burning of widows The total numbers for the four past years to the cases expressly allowed by the sacred are as follow:books of the Hindoos, and thus to diminish In 1818

839, their number, has in fact, in our judge


650 ment, giren the sanction of government to


597 these barbarous murders. We cannot


654 but feel deeply convinced, that the British

We hope to insert in our next an extract from a very interesting Letter, which clearly manifests the difficulties to which the present regulations expose men of respectable character who occupy responsible situations in India.

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Notices and Acknowledgments.

RECEIVED, and will be inserted, J. W.M.-W. P. W.

We sympathize with a Bereaved Daughter under her severe losses, but we doubt, under all circumstances, the expediency of inserting ber communication, it is certainly inadmissible without some alteration.

We have not seen the work to which J. A. alludes, and are not quite prepared to say, whether any and what use will be made of his communication.

J. I. suggests the expediency of having, on all churches and chapels, a plain marble tablet placed on a conspicuous part of the walls, so as to attract the observation of strangers, on which should be mentioned the hours of divine service both on Sundays and week days.

Under consideration, J.-D. M.-Clericus.--Clericus Northumbriensis.-EVENTIS, We shall be happy to receive a specimen' of W. W.'s work.

The circumstances mentioned by Anna, though interesting and instructire, can scarcely be brought forwards as evincing the evil of sabbath-breaking. This might be the case were we justified in interpreting the affliction as a judgment; au interpretation which is obviously improper.

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Church of England Magazine.



Melancthon, in a letter to CameMARTIN BUCER.

rarius, “ had finished our work [Concluded from page. 407.] for the regulation of the churches, BUCER disputed with the Papists, the aged Bishop, sending for his successively, at Hagenau, Spires, coadjutor and dean, Count StolWorms, and Ratisbon, constrain- bery, a man of sense, and some ing his enemies as well as friends to other leading persons, desired me bear honourable testimony to his to read through the whole book in suavity and discretion. It is re- their presence, to which he paid markable, that one of them, named the greatest attention, remarking Gropper, commended him to Her- upon many passages, or suggestman of Wida, Archbishop of Co-ing very proper alterations; somelogne, as a fit person to be con- times, however, preferring our opisulted on the reformation of religion; nion to his own. To this labour, and that prelate, who had some he allotted four hours every mornprevious knowledge of his talents ing for six days. I could 'not but and piety, requested his assistance admire the assiduity and diligence: for this purpose. He went to Co. of the old man, and perceived how logne accordingly, and made so earnestly he managed the whole favourable an impression on Her- affair. He decides controversies) man, that he enjoined him to de- in the most skilful manner. The liver a course of lectures at the book contains in the beginning the neighbouring Church of Bonn, on sum of doctrine. Afterwards it the Rhine. The good Archbishop treats of the collegiate bodies, requested the Elector of Saxony to allowing the retention of dignitjes, permit Melancthon also to visit but recommending the reform of him, which led to a correspondence ceremonies. The Bishop called an between that Prelate, and the assembly, to consider its contents. Elector and Landgrave, both of The counts, knights, and deputies wham, at the instance of Bucer, of cities, approved them, and enencouraged the venerable but timo- gaged to commence a suitable rerous dignitary in the work of re- gulation in their churches. In the form. Their exhortations had the chapter of Cologne, though some happiest effect; and when Bucer of the superiors thought rightly, yet and Melancthon had fortified him there were many bad fellows. The with arguments, he prosecuted the other orders entreated them not to work with conscientious persever, take any measures against their ance, notwithstanding the violent Pripce*.opposition of his clergy. • After Bucer and myself,” says * Melancth. Ep. L. iv, ep. 304. DEC. 1824,

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