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reap also bountifully.” 'Though in | yond the precincts of his own hamlet. this text the general principle is We sincerely tender him our thanks stated, he hesitates about the parti- for his pamphlet, and hope the time is cular applic tion, since, as he justly at no great distance when he will en. remarks, “It is not certain whether crease our obligation by publishing a a single spiri ual blessing, even for volume of Sermons, such as we know this world, much less for the next, is him to be capable of producing. We promised in the whole chapter." But will answer for their success and though he prudently declines availing surely to himself it can be no light himself of these passages, he is of affair to communicate the benefits of opinion that a sufficient number re- his ministry beyond the narrow circle main to prove his point.

in which he is at present destined to The first portion of scripture which move. He may possibly do somer he adduces is, the conversation be- / thing towards elevating the tone of tween our Lord and the two sons of preaching which, alas, now prevails Zebedee, Matt. xx. 21-23. Mark x. in most of the churches both Inder 37-40. The second is the parable of pendent and Baptista consummation the Talents, Luke xix. 13, 26. The most devoutly to be wished! next is Luke xxii. 28.-30 From this he proceeds to 1 Cor. iii. 8. and ch. xv. 23. 2 Cor. iv. 17. 1 Thess. xi.

The Evil of Separation from the Church 19, 20. 1 Cor. iii. 15. 2 Pet. i. 11.

of England, 6c. London; Seeley: all of which he has happily illustrat

Price 5s. pp. 233. 8vo. 1817. ed, and the evidence thence arising THE Rev. Peter ?

THE Rev. Peter Roe, a Gentleman for the “ diversity of future rewards professing Evangelical principles, has, is placed in that luminous point of it would seem, been much disturbed, view, that the man who can read his by the principles of Dissenterism (as pamphlet without conviction, must our neighbour, Mr, Cunningham, be inveterate indeed in his prejudices! would phrase it) which have latterly But our columns warn us that we

| made a rapid progress in Ireland, must not enlarge. The pleasure and

greatly to his annoyance as the minise satisfaction which we have derived ter of St. Mary's, Kilkenny. It would from this pamphlet has induced us to appear too that conscience acted rather present our readers with a pretty a troublesome part, and he was somecopious analysis of its contents-for | what difficulted to quiet its clamours. it is of the nature of true benevolence | In this unpleasant posture of affairs, to wish to communicate to others the he instituted a correspondence with happiness which itself enjoys. We some of his conforming brethren; must apprise them however, that it is whose letters had the desired effect of only a very imperfect and inadequate producing a salvo to his conscience, idea which they can have of the whole and he has therefore laid them before pampblet from our brief review of it. | the public. But as it is not likely and that if they find any interest in that any thing we had to offer on the the subject (which surely every Chris subject would be thought entitled to tian must) they will act wisely in regard, we shall spare ourselves the having recourse to the work itself. trouble, but in parting with Mr. Roe With the author we have not the and his learned correspondents, we slightest acquaintance, having never with all due submission recommend exchanged a syllable with him; and to their considerarion, the character for aught we know, we are equally un- which Bishop Warburton gave of this known to him. No impartial person, same excellent Church of England, to however, can go through his pages his brother Bishop Hyrd. “ The without perceiving the clearest proofs Church," says the learned prelate, in it of an originality of mind that is “ like the Ark of Noah, is worth rarely met with, and argumentative saving; not for the sake of the unpowers that are of the very first class.

clean beasts and vermin that almost We doubt whether the Baptist deno-filled it, and probably made most mination can produce five men of noise and clamour in it, but for the equal talent; yet the author of this little corner of rationality, that was as masterly pamphlet, whose abilities inuch distressed by the stink within, qualify him for taking the lead in as by the tempest without." See their most important concerns as a Letters from a late eminent Prelate to body, is scarcely ever heard of, be one of his friends, Lettor xlvi, VOL. III.

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SOCIETY FOR THE RELIEF | to be permanent, such members will be OF SUPERANNUATED BAPTIST intitled to the benefits of the Funds. The MINISTERS.

mere preaching once on the Lord's day,

or administering the Lord's supper once a Remarks on a paper signed “Onesimus,"

month, (though in many instances these in the Baptist Magazine for May. .

would be justly esteemed an“ invaluable, To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.

portion of sacred service,") would not be

regarded as the exercise or discharge of SIR.

the duties of the ministerial or pastoral. ThAt the Ministers who have office contemplated in the above Rule, “ conducted Zion's warfare and enlarged but the honoured invalid would be equally her borders,” should be “cherished with intitled to support as if he were wholly the warmest glow of benevolence,” is past laid aside.* dispute. Without question, our churches - Onesimus covertly accuses the Society will be exposed to just reproach, if they just formed of want of liberality. To do not anticipate the wants of their vete rebut such a charge, let the plan speak ran leaders, and provide accordingly. for itself. It proposes to provide a cerBut the Patrons of a “ Society just form Tain asylum for the aged or infirm, to ed,” are at issue with Onesimus respect- which the annual receipt signed by the ing the manner of rolling away that re-Secretary, and sent to every subscribing proach--and on this account they offer minister, in his Title Deed, under wbich the following remarks to your readers, he will demand his proportion of the

From the tenor of the “ thoughts" of funds, which are already considerableOnesimus, a person, not acquainted with but one guinea a year for the purchase of the Rules of the above Society. would I this Title. Onesimus thinks. will be an imagine it was instituted exclusively for 1 " unjustifiable claim on their immediate the benefit of OLD AGE; notwithstanding income." + it was announced to the Public that “ The How unhappy it is for reasoners when object of this Institution is to make pro they labour under a misconception of vision for such pastors of Baptist churches first principles. Onesimus here seems to as may be incapable of discharging the advert to a long series of years which duties of their office through age or infir must elapse before a beneficiary number mity.” Omitting all notice of their will be in a state to require and obtain avowed object, Onesimus represents this our aid. We wish, for our churches's Society as a restricting its beneficence to sake, his premises were correct. But those who are from age and infirmity those of your readers who recollect the permanently unable to exercise their value, and lament the brevity, of the office." This quotation is palpably im- labours of a Pearce, a Webb, a Rowe, perfect, and the change of a word in what and many other honoured and beloved is quoted, perverts the whole meaning of names, will judge of the validity of an the sentence. The sixth Rule states objection built on such precarious ground. " That any beneficiary member, appear- Having, as he thinks, set aside a ing to be permanently incapable of “ Society just formed,” as illiberal and exercising the pastoral or ministerial useless, not reaching the case calling for office by reason of age or infirmity, shall relief; Onesimus writes, very finely, he intitled to benefits according to the about and about another ircipient instiRules of this Society.” It will be doubt tution which is to securear we know not less granted that the “ duties” of the what: for he gives his propositions in so pastoral or ministerial office include all lax a form, that he sends us rambling the customary exercises thereof. If any among old ministers and poor churches beneficiary member of this Society should without its being clear to us what he inbe incapable of discharging these, by tends to do for either. Only this appears reason of age or infirmity of any descrip | very plainly that all his provisions, what tion, and such incapacity appear likely ever they may be, are to be indepondent

* Viewing the liberal intentions of this Society in this particular, some have express their alarm, lest any should relinquish half their labours, in order to make a claim on the Society! These objectors have little knowledge of Baptist Ministers : though many them labour much with a small pittance, they are not the men to relinquish the work they love on any such considerations as this alarm supposes.

+ Four Members of any church, at a penny per week. may free their Minister from any more charge than an aduitional half-penny towards this “unj ustifiable claim." A HI

A Hint to poor Ministers.

One penny a week from nine Members of each Baptist church would pay the Subscrip required from the Ministers, and provide a fund equal to the constant supply of 26 N with £50. a year eachi

of any claims; and every claim made | pany, as he understood that their Society upon bis funds will be considered as an was not mixed up with any political obincumbrance !

ject (which as chief magistrate he felt it If wealthy people choose to make a his duty to avoid) but was founded on the fund out of their abundance, and give it broad principles of civil and religious away by the hands of Onesimus, we shall liberty, in supporting which he conceived not object. Our object is wholly of a he maintained the authority of Governdifferent class from his. It is our wish to ment, while he protected the privileges insure to the disinterested and incessant | of the people : for no government cerJabourer in the Lord's vineyard, that he tainly had any right to interfere with our shall have an asylum if age or infirmity religious principles or forms of worship. should suspend his exertions or lay him Tuo. PELLATT, Esq. read the minutes aside. We do not covet that indepen- of the Committee for the last year, which dence which would bring our afflicted detailed a number of facts that had called brethren, or the grey hairs of our venera. for the interference of the Society; but ble fathers, before us as paupers seeking as they are referred to, both in the resoour alms: nor will the sacred opportunity lutions adopted, and in the speeches of of applying our funds to their relief ever the gentlemen who introduced or sebe deemed our incumbrance. While they conded those resolutions, we think it unknow and feel that its objects present necessary to particularize them in this the tenderest and strongest claim to place. general support, this Society has no wish After the ininutes were read, J. WILKS, to impose the tax of a Collection on any | Esq. the other Secretary of the Society, Congregation in order to secure its benefits in a strain of powerful eloquence, comto their Minister, as his title would then mented on the various facts which had rest on the willingness and ability of been referred to. With respect to the others.

different prosecutions conducted by the · More need not be said. Many of our Society, he thought it sufficient generally brethren have already appreciated the to mention the results rather than enter value of this Institution, and every week into the detail. The first case alluded to adds to the number of its patrons and was that of Midhurst in Sussex, where the beneficiary members. The spirit which parties had pleaded guilty, apologized to pervades the paper signed Onesimus, and the public, paid £42 of the expences, the misrepresentation it contains, have and entered into recognizances to keep called forth these remarks! but neither the peace. But the riots at Abbots Ann. Onesimus nor his “ more liberal Institu- near Andover, which had been mentioned tion" can prevent continual accessions to at their last annual meeting, presented a a Society whose arrangements unite im- | case of the most violent and atrocious partial justice with liberality, and the outrage. The persecutors were masked tenderest benevolence with independence. and armed; in this disguise they assaulted Signed by order of the Committee, and beat the minister and some of his

John Paul Porter. congregation severely, and even danger

Secretary. ously, and bade defiance to all law and At a Special Meeting of the Committee

| justice, conceiving themselves to be under held to take into consideration the paper

the protection of the clergyman, and of signed Onesimus in the Baptist Magazine,

| his brother, who was Chairman of the

Quarter Sessions; two or three and twenty It was Resolved,

of them had in consequence been sued in That a Letter now read, addressed to the Court of King's Bench, and the exthe Editors of the Baptist Magazine, be pences had amounted to between 2 and forthwith forwarded to the Editor of the £300. They also, after a long course of New Evangelical Magazine, respectfully prosecution, had at last been brought to and earnestly requesting his insertion | confess their guilt, to ask pardon in the thereof in the next number of that work. public prints, to pay £100 towards the

GEORGE EVILL, expenses of the prosecution, and to enter Chairman to the Committee. into recognizances to keep the peace; which JOHN PAUL PORTER, result was effected by the interposition of Secretary. , one of the Judges of the Court of Common

Pleas--and had at length been convinced PROTESTANT SOCIETY

that this Society would not suffer the

poor and defenceless to be persecuted by For the Protection of Religious Liberty. their most powerful or exalted enemies,

On Saturday, May 17, this Society met, In the three cases of refusing burial agreeable to their annual custom, at the which had this year occurred, the respecNew London Tavern, Cheapside.

tive clergymen had been taught, that their The Right Hon. the LORD MAYOR in conduct in so doing subjected them to sus

pension and penalty, and in one case the His Lordship opened the business of Minister had submitted to read the sera me day, by stating the great pleasure vice over the corpse two months after it VUICA he felt in meeting the present com- | had been buried.

the Chair.

· With respect to Sunday tolls, the law | In Wales, where there was múch Chrishad been accustomed to rank Dissepters tian simplicity, and honest zeal, they with Episcopalians; and though attempts had met with great opposition, and many were continually made to alter the law attempts to suppress their energy. At by clauses in local acts Parliament, they | Pilwhelly a clergyman thought he had had bitherto been detected and success found a law inflicting £100 penalty on fully resisted. To persons in London any Dissenter who should administer the this might seem a trilling matter, but Lord's Supper to bis congregation, and 60 there are congregations in the country to threatened, till he was better informed whom the toll would amount to £30 per by the Secretaries of the Society. annum,

At Tenbury, in Glostershire, a placard The assessment of Chapels to the poor was stuck up to revive certain obsoleto rates is an oppressive and litigious mea persecuting laws of the Stuarts, and sure, to which in more than twelve cases, threatening with heavy penalties all who the attention of the Society has been dis omitted to attend their parish church. rected, and which was certainly unjast This was signed by the principal attorney where the trustees, who are the persons of the place; but to counteract this, they to be assessed, have no beneficial interest had another placard stuck up by the side in the concern ; aod the inquisitorial of the former, offering a reward of five power which Magistratas claim of inter- guineas for discovering the author of this fering with their concerns, and even con- illegal libel. trolling their expences, and determining At Portsmouth, a band-bill was circu. whether they were “necessary” was, in lated, in which the Rev. R. Hill, was de many instances, worse than the sum as-nounced by name as having reared the sessed, and in principle yet more objecti-standard of insurrection and rebellion; onable than the payment of the amount and the Dissenters were charged genes of assessments required. The case of rally with the rebellion of the 16th cenSurrey Chapel bad been long litigated, tury, and with the like designing at preand five or six times the promoters had sent to overthrow both Church and State. been foiled; and though at last the magis- Mr. W. would be very cautious of trates determined it to be rateable, and it abusing the doctrine of a special provihad been rated at £650, yet the rate haddence; but a circumstance had occurred not been enforced-the parish was de- / at Llanbryofair, which he could not forcidedly hostile to its enforcement, and in bear to mention. A Captain Evans had the last assessment the Chapel had been attempted to eject a congregation, who omitted. This case seemed therefore to beld of him their chapel, which he be set at rest. But he wished ministers threatened to turn into a dog-kennel, and to understand, that, in point of law, all vowed to eradicate Methodism from the chapels were certaivly rateable where country. He went much farther; he any profit arose after the payment of the said he had had a trial with the elect, and necessary expences, including the re. now he would have one with their God quisite salaries of ministers and others and he knew if he got the better, he employed.

would send him to bell! But alas! “whoAs to Riots they had been numerous. ever hardened himself against God and Another case of riot bad occurred at Mid prospered ?" The same evening he spent dlesham, in Suffolk, where 50 persons his hours as usual at the Voicorn Inn, were concerned in disturbing a Baptist and going home soon after midnight, much Minister, and the magistrates, several of intoxicated, he lost his way, fell into a them being clergymen, refused to listen pool, not more than two feet deep, and to any complaint. At Bracknell, in Berks; there most unhappily perished. at Moorchelsea, near Maidstone; at a The audience had undoubtedly heard village near T'ex kesbury, Baptist congre. of the case of Mr. Wright, of Liverpool; gations had been also disturbed by such and though the majority of the Committee proceedings.

differed widely from his theological At Anstey, near Tisbury, in Wilts, Mr. opinions, they thought it their duty to Hopkins, late of Christ Church, had been protect his rights, ( applauses,) and he persecuted in a way almost unprecedented. was glad to hear the present company The persecutors, among whom were the thought with them. curate of the parish, and the constable In this case, however, there were some of the village, had not indeed come into circumstances, as to the place where he the place to disturb the worship; but had preached, which made it not desirable they had made such noises without, that further to dispute his conviction in a peit was impossible to carry it on-noises nalty of 20s. for preaching in an unthat might be heard for 3 miles; and yet registered place; but contending, as the the Magistrates refused to interfere, and Committee did, that a place once regiedismissed the complainants. The parties tered is registered for ever, they pledge had, however, been indicted for conspi- themselves to try the point, whenever a Tacy, and remained to be tried at the next fair opportunity shall offer: for if it were Assizes, the cause having been removed, admitted that the application of a regisby certiorari, from the Quarter Session, tered place to secular purposes vitiates into the Court of King's Beach. I the registration, it would be necessary, in

many cases, to procure a new certificate glory: for they taught their sons dever every week. On the point of blasphemy, to shrink from danger, but always to rem the Committee could not interfere in a ceive their wounds in front. And though question of fact; but should any dicla be he (Mr. W.) deprecated the ferocious advanced to restrain liberty of conscience, spirit of that people, yet intrepidity and and set aside the law of 1813, in favour of courage, in the cause of civil and religious anti-trinitarian Dissenters, he (Mr. W.) liberty might probably be inculcated on should consider it as his duty, and as the their children by Christian females, who duty of the Committee, to protect them. would thus facilitate the progress of

In the county of Lancaster (and indeed knowledge and of virtue, and become a in many other places) there had been dis blessing to the world. covered a strong disposition to raise diffi. The R. H. the LORD MATOR now culties in the registry of chapels; for stated, that he was quite sure the Society which reason he always recommended must be fully satisfied with the exertions registrations in the Archdeacon's Court of the Committee, especially if they conBut in this county, the Magistrates being sidered not only the good they had done, called upon to license a house and barn, but the evil they had prevented; for the refused to license both, presuming to de- very existence of such a Society must be termine that one must be sufficient. They a great check on the prevailing disposihad also come to a determination to grant tion to encroach upon the rights and no licences without application through liberties of Methodists and Dissenters. counsel; so that one, or perhaps two He was sorry to inform them, however, guineas, must be paid to counsel, merely that he was obliged to leave the chair, to ask for that privilege which the law having an appointment on public business formerly allowed for sixpence, and for with an honourable member of the House which the last act generously allows half of Commons a-crown, and no more!

The Lord Mayor having accordingly When the Catholic Question was about withdrawn, ROBERT Steven,, Esq. the to come under agitation, it had been | Treasurer, was called to the Chair, whispered, that there was an intention to and announced that he had just received grant to Catholics those rights from which a collection of £80 from the Rev. RowProtestant Dissenters were to be still de- land Hill, and £25 from a congregation barred: the former were to be emanci- of Calvinistic Methodists in North Wales, pated, (as they called it,) and Dissenters! The following RESOLUTIONS were then to be left under the inhibitions of the proposed, and unanimously adopted by Corporation and Test Acts. With re- the Meeting. spect to the laws, he always considered 1. That the statement delivered to this them indefensible, oppressive, and unjust, Meeting, composed of members of the and the test itself as highly improper, Established Church, and of Dissenter's being a gross profanation of an important and Methodists, of the proceedings of the ordinance of Christianity.

Committee of this Society during the past In the conclusion of this animated and year, as to the exemption of Dissenters most impressive speech, (to which we feel from tolls--as to refusals by Ministers of our incapacity to do any tolerable justice,) the Established Church to inter children Mr. W. alluded to the cases of the Hon. who had not been episcopally baptized Mr. Noel, Mr. Kent, and Dr. Free's pro- as to the demand of poors rates from consecution of an Hon. Baronet, for not at- gregations not liable to those demands-tending his church, as specimens of the as to illegal and riotous disturbances of narrow and illiberal spirit of the times I congregations assembled for worship-as another symptom of which he remarked in to the rights of Dissenters to the repeal of the exclusive principle of National Schools, the Test and Corporation Acts--as to the in opposition to “Schools for All," He recent persecution of Mr. Wright, of therefore warned the Committee not to Liverpool--and as to various cases of insleep at their posts, but to be active and dividual and puble oppression, merits persevering like their enemies, who the very serious attention of all persons studied night and day to take every possi attached to Relig ou- Liberty, and deble advantage of their ignorance or su sirous to transmit, unimpaired, to their pineness.

children, even those imperfect. rights With respect to their funds, he re which their forefathers long and strenų. gretted to say, that the expences for the ously struggl. d to acquire. last four years had been more than donble 2. That the exertions which have been their receipts, which had so cramped their additionally demanded during the past exertions, that they had been obliged to year, and many notorious circumstances return to various applications the cold which have recently occurred, demonand frigid answer, that they did not come strate that the mainienance and promoexactly within their laws. He was glad, tion of religious freedom, even in this however to see a pumber of ladies in l comotry.

corntry, and in this age, can alone bé the room whose office it was to form the effeeted by the manly, but Christian homan character. It was to the female avowal of those grear principles on which ver the Spartans were indebted for their that freedom musi depend-by unabated

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