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It shall be given you; to seek and perience something of the kind. In ye shall find,” and has also pro- reviewing Mr. Cox's Female Scripmised his Holy Spirit. If, with ture Biography (p. 177-180.) he all these advantages, warnings and used the freedom of reminding that exhortations, thou fallest short of gentleman, that he had carried his heaven, how dreadful will be thy politeness towards the “ Ladies of fall! and how inexcusable will be Great Britain,” farther than the thy state! Be in earnest, be im- word of God warranted him; and, partial, and as Grotius when dying, as he still thinks was but right, he advised his friend, “ be serious,” | appealed to apostolic testimony on in the use of all appointed means, the subject. The consequence and thou hast every thing to hope. has been, among other nameless *The righteous shall never be things, no inconsiderable portion moved;" but shall have “hope in of spleen and invective from “ the his death.” “Say ye to the righ- Ladies of Great Britain.” But teous, it shall be well with him." this is not all, nor is it the worst. The righteous shall shine as the Towards the close of the article, sun, in the kingdom of their Father, he threw out a few remarks upon for ever and ever.
the subject of clerical titles, which Hinckley.
it seems have given monstrous offence; and if the history of past
ages had not shewn him, that a THE CALM REMONSTRANCE! steady adherence to the despised
“ Am I therefore become your cause of truth, and an intrepidity enemy, because I tell you the in opposing every corruption of it, truth 2"—Was the serious expos- bad invariably entailed a load of tulation of the apostle Paul, with obloquy on its friends, he might the churches of Galatia. Gal. iv. I have been taken by surprise. Mr. 16. They had evinced a predi Cox, himself, it is reported, is not lection for certain things totally pleased--and his brethren in the inconsistent with the humiliating ministry are quite indignant! The doctrine of the cross--a doctrine editor has touched them it seems very offensive to flesh and blood, upon a tender point-and he does ch. v. 11. and vi. 12. But Paul, not doubt that both in his characwho gloried in nothing else, boldly ter and property, as far as is in and fearlessly opposed them in their power, he shall be made to these things; and so little ceremony feel the effects of their displeasure! did he use in censuring their con- Yet the mens conscia recti supports duct, that he calls them fools, and him--and in language which it intells them they were bewitched! variably dictates, he boldly asks, Gal. iii. 1. The plain inference “ What just cause of offence has which we deduce from this piece of he given them ?" ancient history is, that Christians When the Son of God was upon may depart so far from the spirit earth, he repeatedly delivered the of their profession as to stand in following maxim as one of the need of the most pointed remon- standing laws of his kingdom: strances, and even to be very angry“ Every one that exalteth himself with those that have faithfulness shall be abased--and he that humenough to oppose them.
bleth himself shall be exalted.". It is no unusual thing to see Luke xviii. 14. Matt. xxiii. 12. In traces of the same froward and perfect consistency with this diperverse temper among professors vine oracle, he thus expostulated in our day, and the Editor of this with the Pharisees. “How can Magazine fancies that it has fallen ye believe, which receive honour : de his lot (mutatis mutandis) to ex- one of another, and seek not the. honour that cometh from God jope of another, and who account only ?" John v. 44. Now let any that man their enemy that tells candid and impartial mind look them the truth? He once more at the case as it stands. Here is asks “WHEREIN HAS HE JUSTLY a class of men who profess them- OFFENDED THEM.” selves the disciples of the meek and lowly Jesus—the followers of the fishermen of Galilee-men SUBSTANCE OF A SPEECH, &c. whose time and talents are consecrated to the service of the sanc- ! We have many of us attended tuary—and who profess not to be meetings for the formation, or furconformed to the course of this thering the objects, of Societies world-but transformed by the connected with the British and renewing of their minds examples Foreign Bible Society. Some of to their brethren in humility, self- us are warmly attached to that denial, and every Christian virtue. noble Institution, and have conAnd yet these very men are not tributed, in various ways, to aid barely solicitous about these pom- its cause according to our ability. pous titles and distinctions, which / We have seen it rising amidst the are expressly condemned in the tempest of war, and it appeared to word of God, (Matt. xxiii. 7-10.) us as the “ bow in the cloud,” the but the writer that remonstrates emblem of retiring storms and the with them upon the glaring incon. pledge of future repose. Our sistency of their conduct with their hearts' wish is that it may hold avowed principles is charged with on its resplendent course, scattermalignity and other opprobrious ing its sacred treasure in every epithets--and if it be in their land, till “the earth be filled with power to accomplish it, his journal the knowledge of the Lord as the shall be silenced! They may pro-waters cover the sea." bably enough obtain the gratifica. The importance of the business tion of their wishes. But in the | for which you are assembled is mean time, the editor would gladly such as to demand our best exerrest his appeal, not with the clergy. | tions; half measures, tame rebut with his lay brethren, “ Where- solves, tardy and vacillating en-, in has he offended them ?" If it be deavours, are not less weak than the duty of every real disciple of sinful. To introduce the gospel, Christ to abase himself in this to raise up and build decayed in. world, that God may be glorified terests throughout a district of in him--and if it be only those considerable extent is no trivial who do so, that shall be exalted concern; so far as it depends on in the world to come-if to love human aid, it requires much wisthe praise of men rather than the dom to direct, much energy to praise of God, make it impossible carry the good work into execufor us to be Christ's real disciples tion, and considerable funds to (John xii. 42,43.) nay, if Jesus him- defray the expenses that must ne-, self is to be credited when he af cessarily be incurred in a work of firms, that the very practice of re- pure benevolence. On the ground ceiving honour one of another of the first requisition for the work is altogether irreconcilable with undertaken by this Society it begenuine faith, John v. 44. what comes me not, in this place, to account are we to make of the pro-assert or doubt any thing; and on fessions of those men who shew the second point as I look around themselves so demonstrably under on those statedly engaged in the the influence of the pride of life; I work of the ministry, on the Sun, who are expressly seeking honour day School Teachers and occae
sional labourers in the vineyard of toil, retracing its steps, and aban Christ, I may be allowed to say doning its objects when they were that nothing is deficient here; on the soundest calculation within such a body of energy, well direct reach; and this, because, the geneed energy, I will venture to say,rality of those concerned have would lose nothing by comparison looked on with indifference; while with any Institution of the like not a few have proclaimed its kind ancient or modern; it is measures precipitate; as though, then on the third particular, as when the glory of God is concernappears from the Report, that the ed, and the salvation of immortal energies of this excellent Associ-souls at stake, men should or could ation must creep slowly, plans the proceed with the same timid caunoblest in their aims must be tion which might be very prudent cramped-abridged -abandoned, and justifiable in a party combined for want of pecuniary means; for for the purpose of pleasure; or as it is ordained that the very gospel, though it were much more meriwhich, instructs its subjects totorious to fall greatly short in cast off the yoke of Mammon, boldness of design and rapid exewhich, pronounces the love of cution than to exceed in the smallest money as the most productive design: or as if, the cause of God source of spiritual degradation within the sphere of this Associaand ruin,-cannot be propagated tion was not of equal importance without money. But on this point with that which more immediately I dare not despond. True it is concerns Missionary objects. That that the times are unfavourable to the last supposition is not merely the projection of schemes of un- conjectural may be inferred from mixed good. We have just emerg- the statement of the funds of this ed from a war, unexampled in the Society according to the Treamagnitude of its operations, the surer's Report, and the amount of sacrifices it demanded, and the the collection of the same churches evils it has superinduced; and in behalf of Missions to the Heawhich has left the finances of the then. A momentary inspection country in a state of exhaustion, will flash conviction on the mind and the commercial and agricul- as to the comparative estimate in tural interests depressed beyond which they are held: and one measure: yet under these circum- might from the fact almost constances of universal and accumu- clude, that the gospel possessed lated distress, like the great general some unknown charm when adof antiquity, “ hope" is left as, I dressed to the savage of the wiland something more ; there are in derness ;-that the trophies of the churches men of property and redeeming grace exhibited an adpublic spirit; these will come for- ditional glory when seen in men ward and redeem the credit of the of another colour,--and that the Society, and afford a new impulse praises of divine love were more to its benevolent exertions. melodious when uttered by men
For my own part I can claim of a strange language. Deeply but little merit in the plan and do I deplore the wretched case of proceedings of this Society ; but the multitudes who are wrapt in this enables me to speak the more the shades of moral darkness, freely. Of this I am certain, that within the undisturbed empire of I have cordially wished its pros- spiritual desolation and death; and perity and exulted in its success; gladly would I make any sacrifice and it is with painful emotion I if I might be instrumental in shedhave witnessed its well directed ding one ray of gospel light on their energy wasting itself in fruitless miserable and benighted condition. But I conceive there is some wis most prompt and decisive mere dom in the adage that “ charity sures to promote the influence of should begin at home;" and if pure and undefiled religion in their there be any propriety in com- immediate vicinity : and let but paring its operations to a circle a little of that public spirit which framed on the glassy surface of a has burst forth in Ladies and Jake, this Association to us is the Juvenile Societies, in contribucentre of that circle and here the tions from mechanics and doméseffects of its undiminished power tics, but appear in behalf of this should be felt and seen. Or if we Institution, and in a few months may consider this Association, the present 'cause of embarrasswith regard to us, as a point, from ment arising from the state of its whence those rays of love proceed funds would be removed; the which are intended to reach the wheels of the machine would move utmost verge of habitable exis- freely and without noise; village tence, surely it is reasonable to after village would be occupied by conclude, that if these radii shed your Itinerants, and one might a bright and cheering light on dis- hope to see the whole of the distant regions of the earth, heretrict embraced in the plan of this they should shine, and burn with Association, presenting the lovely effulgent glory and inextinguish- image of a well cultivated field able ardor. Indeed were it not " which the Lord hath blessed."for facts, those stubborn things, it Of this I am sure, that the time is would be next to impossible to be-l approaching when thoughts of harlieve, that Christian philanthropy ing engaged in services like these should be remiss here : souls are will have no inconsiderable inas precious in our neighbourhood fluence on the heart;-in the as in the isles of the Pacific Ocean; period of awful suspence, when and one might have reposed in the we shall seem to linger between persuasion, that the same disposi- two worlds, when the pulse of tion, which induced the Christian life will feebly flutter, the throb to contribute to promote religion of delight shall be felt at the rein places thus remote from his ob- | trospect ;-and if any regret shall servation, where even the sun ofl arise when we leave our bodies to civilization does not shine, would the dust and commend our souls not suffer him to permit the same to heaven, it will be, that we were cause to sink unaided at his own not more concerned and active in door, where every thing is carried furthering the cause of that gospel on under his own eye, and where in the world, which we have found the gospel, humanly speaking, has to be the power of God to our own not the same obstacles to impede salvation. its progress and render doubtful its success. Much might be said on each of
ANECDOTE. the topics which have been briefly SOME time ago, a young man stated, I will hope however not who had been trained up for the so imperfectly as to be liable to work of the ministry in one of the misconstruction. My object has dissenting academies in Scotland, been (I repeat) not to prejudice was deputed by the Society that any mind in the smallest degree had taken him by the hand, to against Bible and Missionary visit the Highlands of Scotland as Societies, but to lead the churches a Missionary, with which he cheerto what appears to me to have a fully complied. He had gotten yery peculiar and interesting claim decent stock of both Latin, Green upon them--the adoption of the and Hebrew, and thought humans
by no means deficient in Syste-1.. CLERICAL ARGUMENTS. matic Theology. The Highlands Mr. Editor,
The following circumstance have of Scotland are now well known
| ing.just transpired, and witnessed by myto have been among the most de- self, you may rely on its accuracy; and by
solate and barren parts of the giving it the currency of your publication 'creation in point of moral culti
you will oblige,
A poor lad, about 13 years of age, the vation.
son of parents who had formerly been in Thither, however, our young | better circumstances, was lately selling Tyro hastened as an Ambassador Religious Tracts, in Bishopsgate-church of Jesus Christ. On his arrival
1 yard; and the mother of the lad having
recently received some acts of kindness among these illiterate and uncul
from a clerical gentleman in the neightivated clans (as he imagined) one bourhood, the latter was desirous of preday walking along the road, he
ventingthe lad from circulating these nau
seous and destructive publications. The observed before him, a young
mother of the poor lad was sent for, and woman carrying a heavy burden told, what a deal of mischief she was doing on her head. He determined to by letting her son sell these poisonous join her for the sake of a little things they contained false doctrine
and were made up by men who did not profitable conversation; and, mak
understand what they preached, nor what ing up to her, the following dia they wrote; he advised her to send her logue ensued. Preacher: “ Good children to the parish school, and was -morrow. voung woman! You promised that her son should have a
presentation for that purpose, provided seem, like Pilgrim, to be heavy
she would engage never to send them to "laden.” Female: “ Yes Sir, rather these conventicle schools any more, por so.” Pr. " But Pilgrim got rid attend herself the preaching of these Me
thodist thusists (the poor woman thought of his burden.” Fem. “ Yes, Sir,
1, he said.) As an apology, she pleaded the Pilgrim did get rid of his burden, poverty of her family—that her husband its true; and I have got rid of my was out of work-that by selling tracte burden, also, of the same kind :
her children often earned a shilling or
fifteen pence per day each, which was but in a way much more readily their chief support and hoped the gen. than Pilgrim did : for you remem- tleman would pardon her asking, what ber that after Pilgrim got through harm there was in selling tracts, when the gate, he had prodigious dif
dirty songs were permitted to be sold un
der the gateway close by the church-yard; ficulties to struggle with, and many
and as to never again going to a Methodist obstacles to overcome, before he Meeting, as she hoped she had got good could reach the foot of the cross, to her soul by going there, she could not in order to lay down his burden;
make such a promise: and as the woman
| might discover a little obstinacy, and the but I avoided all this toil and la
reverend gentleman grew a little warm, bour, by going directly, in the first she turned upon her heel, and walked off instance, to the foot of the cross,
before the storm burst upon her. But the and leaving my burden there."
affair did not end here. She procured her
son a fresh supply of Tracts, and being . This pointed retort had all the told by her friends that there was no harm effect upon the young minister in selling them, he was again sent to the which could have been produced same place. By and bye, a Constable, by an electrical shock. He was a
employed by some invisible agent, came
and took the poor lad up; and by the struck with the force of the obser-| Vagrant Act, it is supposed, he was comvation, and retreated, humbled mitted for a month's imprisonment. In and self-abased. “ Well,” said
this confinement the poor lad, having no
friends or money, was almost devoured by be, “I came here to teach these savages the things which belong the time came for his liberation, on his to their eternal peace: and I have going to his Parents, all being confined in learned more of these things in
oné rooin, the whole family caught the
contagion; and at the time I visited them five minutes conversation with an first, the man, the woman, and four chililliterate girl than in whole years dren, were all extremely ill and lying on of study within the walls of a one bed, apparently brought to the point college !
of death under the influence of this dan
gerous and destructive fever. . VOL. III.