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the way of acceptance with God, we, merely among the mass of the popu-" in vain examine the Sermons of Mr. lation of this vast city, but even in Martin. Robinson would have called our leading dissenting congregation's, him, and called him truly “ a retailer and too frequently, alas ! among the of small wares." His views were ministers themselves. The church contracted and his mind incapable of in Keppel street, appears to us, an any expansion. True indeed, no man instance in point, and it is to be is accountable for the exercise of feared that most of the Baptist talents which God hath not bestowed churches are in a similar predicament. upon him; and we should be extremely 1 Admitting the Sermons before us to censurable were we to blame Mr. constitute the standard of the degree Martin for not effecting that which of knowledge in divine things to was beyond his reach. But while, which that church has attained, we we trust, we shall ever be disposed to scruple not to affirm that the subject the exercise of candour towards the is deeply affecting. It goes to shew feeblest talents when accompanied by that a Society respectable for its nummodesty and becoming diffidence, we bers and the description of its memequally feel it our duty to chastise bers, may continue for generations in personal vanity and self-conceit wher- a state of infantine imbecility, ever ever it may be found, and more espe- learning yet never advancing beyond cially in a minister of the Gospel of the very first principles of the oracles Christ. Had Mr. Martin possessed of God, nor even attaining to any the talents of an Angel, the spirit of clear and distinct concepticos of arrogance and self-sufficiency which them! How indeed should the case pervades his pulpit harangues would be otherwise with those who are to still have rendered them to us intole- be “ taught in the word,” when the rably disgusting-but when, instead mind of the teacher hinself is bemist. of that, we behold it in one who was ed upon the plainest and most fundascarcely able to put two ideas together, mental articles of the Christian faith? it becomes doubly odious. Let the Take for a specimen, the Gospel itreader who has not access to the self-and fuith or the belief of it, by volumes themselves, carefully notice which sinners obtain justification and the tenor of the extracts which we eternal life. have given from them, and mark the We have in the first volume of dogmatical, pompous, and consequen- these Sermons, two discourses on tial strut of the preacher, and he Rom. i. 16. “ For I am not ashamed will ask no apology for the severity of of the Gospel of Christ, &c." and in these strictures.

the second volume, one on Heb. xi. I. We do not deny that Mr. Martin | " Now faith is the substance of things managed to raise himself to some de- hoped for, the evidence of things not gree of eminence among his cotempo- seen.” With respect to the Gospel, raries; but those who have paid any he indeed informs us at the outset attention to the subject of ministerial that the word means “glad tidings popularity, will see nothing in this to concerning Jesus Christ”—but then, excite surprise. * In three cases out of we have no clear, simple, scriptural every four that occur, the popularity statement of that wherein these glad of the preacher stands on no better a tidings consist-nothing jike what foundation than the ignorance of his the apostle Paul gives in 1 Cor. xv. followers; and, perhaps, in no place 1-3. The whole is a contused, under the sun does this more fre- desultory, and round about chase, quently happen than in London. To calculated rather to bewilder and perone who has not had the opportunityplex the mind of the hearer, than to of making his observations on the enlighten and inform it. And then, point, it would appear almost incre- as to faith, we shall quote a single dible to be told how little real scrip- paragraph from his Sermon on that tural knowledge is to be found, not' subject, and submit it to the conside

* Some years ago, Mr. M. was one evening engaged, to preach for the late Mr. Timothy Priestley, in Jewin street, the latter gentleman being present. When the congregation were dismissing, one of the members, who occasionally itinerated, happened to come in contact with Mr. Priestley, whó taking him by the hand, thus significantly accosted him. “ Had this Sermon been delivered by you, it would have been thought nothing of-but this is Mr. Martin !" The remark is a proof of Mr. Priestley's good sense.

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ration of every competent judge, what! Before we proceed farther, how. must be the confused state of that ever, with our critical animadverpreacher's mind, who could thus sions, we must take the liberty of redarken counsel by words without marking for the benefit of our readers knowledge. Thus Mr. Martin speaks; at a distance, who have never been

• Man, undoubtedly, is possessed of two privileged with a trip to the metrodistinct faculties and powers; of God and polis, that the particular part of the dependent op him. To the one we give country which this Excursion emthe name of Sense : of the other, the braced, might not inaptly be termed common name is Reason. Sense and " the British Garden of Eden." Reason, are in different proportions, with Richmond Hill, as Mr. Evans justly all men, with whom we soberly converse. remarks, is a subiect on which nresa But there is a third faculty and power

and poetry have exhausted their which it pleaseth God to give, in different

energies; the spot is so truly enchantdegrees to some men, and that is Faith, And, I suppose it will be found, in all our eas d os co set exaggeration at pursuits, in all our connections, in all our

defiance. From this eminence “ the businesses, in all our amusements, and in raptur'd eye sweeps the boundless all that relates to religion, it will be found landscape" I suppose, that we are carried hither and

« From hence we trace the matchless rale of thither; this way and that; and are led to avoid some things and pursue others, Far winding up to where the muses haunt, just as it is with us in reference to Sense,

To Twickeuham bowers; to royal HAMPTON'S

pile; Reason and Faith.Vol. II. p. 20.

| To Claremont's terraced beight and Esher's To those who have learned their groves. religion from the Bible, it must be

Enchanting vale! beyond whate'er the muse

Has of Achaja, or Hesperia syng : altogether unnecessary for us to say Ovale of bliss! O softly swelling hills! any thing in the way of exposing the

On which the power of cultivation lies,

And joys to see the wonders of its toil. palpable absurdity of thus represting See! what a goodly prospect spreads around FAITH as a faculty of the mind distinct Of hills and dales, and woods and lawns and

spires, from Sense and Reason; and to others

And glittusing towns, and gilded streams, till all. it would only be so much labour lost; The stretching landscape into smoke decays." we therefore close our account of

TROMSON. these strange compositions.

From Richmond to Hampton court,

a distance of less than half a dozen An Ercursion to Windsor. in July, I miles, is a kind of enchanted valley. 1810, through Battersea, Putney, | The village of Twickenham, rendered Kew, Richmond, Twickenham, Straw

ever inemorable as the residence of berry Hill, and Hampton-court ; | Pope; and Strawberry Hill, renowned Interspersed with Historical and Bio-, as the abode of Horace Walpole, graphical Anecdotes, for the improve

afterwards Earl of Orford, lie in the ment of the rising generation, &c. &c. road to Hampton court; and these BY JOHN EVANS, A. M. London. / interesting objects, as well as almost Sherwood and Co.: about 510 every person and every thing connect

pages, with plates, Price 98. 1817. ed with them, are detailed or described NorwITHSTANDING that this Excur. I by our author with inuch minuteness sign was made seven years ago, it is and very commendable accuracy. only now, for the first time, submitted Interesting however, as these favouto the tribunal of the public; and it rite villas unquestionably are, they is singular enough that it should find must yield to Hampton court, once its way into our hands, just at the the residence of British Sovereigns, moment when we had returned from and still worthy of a nation's pride, on making, for the first time in our lives,

| account of its numerous ornaments, the “ Excursion" which the volume

We followed Mr. Evans very agreeis principally intended to describe, ably in describing its interior, until wamely," through Battersea, Putney,

we arrived at page 230, where he Kew, Richmond, Twickenham, Straw

notices“ the great pictorial treasure," berry Hill and Hampton court.” We the Cartoons of Raphael, which have took it up therefore with the greater been for some time' deposited at interest than we should otherwise | Hampton court. have done, being determined to " These Cartoons or coloured drawings satisfy ourselves how far Mr. Evans's l on

how far Mr. Evans son paper, were executed by Raphael, at observations and remarks correspond- the desire of Leo the Tenth, and sent into ed to those which he had made. Flanders to be copied in the richest

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fapestry. There they remained obscure | which the Abbe du Bos has fallen, in and forgotten, until Rnbens apprized describing one of tl.e figures in this Charles the First of their situation. The picture, should have allowed this to king purchased them, and afterwards

s pass without notice. “The Abbe Cromwell gave three hundred pounds for them. They were placed first at Hamp

says, that one of the persorts introton Court, then in the Queen's Palace,

duced in this cartoon is intended for and afterwards at Windsor Castle, whence

Judas; forgetting that this scene is they were again brought to Hanpton after the resurrection, and conseCourt. They are placed in the King's quently, that Judas had hanged himGallery, or what is now emphatically self !” called, the Cartoon Gallery.

It is truly astonishing to remark “ The Cartoons, seven in number, have the egregious blunders into which for their subject :

artists of the first réputation have 1. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes.

sometimes fallen in their attempts to Luke v.

2. The Charge to Peter. John xxi. describe scriptural subjects. Some 3. Peter and John healing at the Gate

years ago, a most magnificent edition of the Temple. Acts iji.

of the Bible was published by the late 4. Death of Ananias. Acts v. Mr. Macklin, as a specimen of the

5. Elymas, the sorcerer, struck blind. state of the Arts at the close of the Acts xiii.

eighteenth century. It forms five or 6. The Sacrifice to Paul and Barna six volumes in Imperial folio, and the bas. Acts xiv.

texture of the paper, the beauty of 7. Paul Preaching at Athens. Acts

the typography, and the elegance of

the engravings are of corresponding We are quite aware that it is the excellence; so that the tout ensemble fashion of the times to cry up these may be pronounced unrivalled. Among Cartoons as an " invaluable" trea- the engravings, is one representing sure, and that in with-holding our “ the mother of Zebedee's children's admiration of them we expose our introducing her two sons to the Saviselves to the ridicule of the diletanti! Onr, one in each hand, and asking « The genius of Raphael," says our the favour from him, “ that they author, “was transcedently great, might sit, one on his right hand and and the subject of universal admira the other on the left in his kingdom." tion.” Be it so: let not our admira- Now every one who reads the New tion of his genius, however, deprive Testament with attention must see us of the exercise of common sense that these two individuals, for whom in judging of his performances. Take, this honour was solicited, were our for instance, the second cartoon in Lord's two disciples, James and John, Mr. Evans's enumeration. It is de- who were evidently grown up to mansigned to represent that memora- hood, and probably as old as Jesus ble interview which took place be- himself, but the artist has described tween our Lord and the apostle Peter them in the picture as two little boys, after his resurrection when the scarcely reaching higher than the question was thrice put; “ Simon knee of their mother ! Yet this stupid Peter lovest thou me?” Peter is re- blunder, is suffered to pass in a work presented as bowing himself to the which cost the Subscribers about earth in humble adoration, while he Sixty pounds a copy-and which was utters the reply, “ Yea, Lord, thou to present to posterity a mémorial of knowest all things-Thou kňowest the state of the arts among us! that I love thee !” Jesus is exhibited. There is, at the seat of the Earl as giving him the solemn charge, of Derby, at Knowsley in Lanca« Feed my lambs-feed my sheep :" | shire, a noble collection of Paintings, and behold! a flock of sheep and which we remember to have been lambs literally are introduced into the much entertained, about a dozen years picture, and Jesus is described as ago, in viewing. Many of them are pointing to them with his finger!! by eminent Italian masters; and, for Now this is preposterously absurd, one of them, in particular, if we reand it requires nothing but the exer- | member rightly, his lordship had recise of a little plain common sense to fused a thousand guineas! The subject perceive its absurdity. We are really lis Matt. xvi. 18, 19. “ Thou art Peter surprised that so acute an observer -and I will give thee the keys of as Mr. Evans, who has very ingeni- the Kingdom of heaven, &c.;" the ously detected a curious mistake into artist was either Rubens or Titian, or some one of equal celebrity. The to him. All this is truly laughable, shade and colouring and general and should be expunged in a second execution are doubtless very fine, edition. Yet with a proper allowance but who that pays any regard to the for these puerilities and a somewhat truth of history would ever expect to overweening conceit of his own imfind our Lord exhibited in the atti- portance, we have no hesitation to tude of delivering two large keys into pronounce his book a very amusing the hands of the Apostle ? Yet such is companion. The style is lively, and the basis of this renowned painting, the anecdotes seldom destitute of which has probably been the admira- | interest and if, in attempting to tion of thousands !!

talk apophthegms the author now To return, however, from this di- and then puts us off with a mere gression, in which we have wandered truism, we still venture to affirm, that beyond our intention; we must sum there is so much gentlemanly chitup our opinion of Mr. Evans's book. chat in the volume, such an apparent It is a highly amusing performance, fund of good humour, of liberality of full of interesting incident, and can- sentiment, and other companionable not fail of ministering instruction to qualities, that the reader who once readers of every class, but more takes it up, whether in his Excursion especially the young, whose improve-to Hampton court and Windsor, or at ment in taste and judgment the author his own fire side, will not hastily lay appears laudably to have kept in it down again, view. He has evinced the extent of his acquaintance with cotemporary writers, both in poetry and prose, by

The. Hampshire Sunday School Union the very numerous quotations which

Teacher's Hymn Book, 2nd edition, he has introduced into his volume;

with additions. Portsmouth, Mills, and as they are in general highly

and Lea and Son: Whitewood and apposite, they serve at once to enliven

Horsey, Portsea, 1817. Price 1s. the narrative and inform the mind.

bound. No person, until he examines the vo- Advertisement to the Second edition. lume, can have any adequate concep-1 " The rapid sale of the first impression tion of the portion of entertainment

it of this little Work, and the repeated ap. that it furnishes; and particularly in plications for it, have induced the Comthat most pleasing department of pilers to print a Second Edition. literature, biography. The sketches, " Anxious to render it still more wote which Mr. Evans has contrived to thy of public patronage, they have made intersperse throughout his volume, of several alterations, and added a number the history of such men, for instance. I of original Hymos. as Mr. Pitt, Mr. Fox, Gibbon, Gilbert

“ Again they acknowledge, with gratiWakefield. Horne Tooke, the uglyand | tude, the kindness of those friends who

have favoured them with their assistance; excentric Heidegger, Dean Swift, Dr.

and humbly hope, that their endeavours Beattie, Thomson the poet, Pope, I to aid the devotional exercises of Sunday Atterbury, Warburton, Horace Wal- | School Meetings, will have the approba. pole, Benjamin West, Thomas Day, tion of Heaven, and be productive of Antonio Verrio, Mr. Gray, and many much good in promoting the welfare of others whom we cannot find room to the rising generation." particularise, gives his book a very This little collection of divine considerable degree of permanent songs, Eighty-nine in number, is very interest. We could indeed have deserving of the attention of the wished that he had been more sparing Sabbath-day Schools throughout the of his Capitals and Italics for his kingdom. 'Tis very neatly printed, pages are so crowded with them, that and both the sentiment and poetry they really produce a whimsical effect entitle it to commendation. in our estimation. It seems as I ne GREAT God, now condescend could not trust the reader one moment to bless the rising race, to the exercise of his own judgment Soon may their willing spirits bend or sagacity, but must be continually 1 To thy victorious grace, at his elbow, jogging him with

“ now reader! don't let that escape Oh what a vast delight · you”-while, such is his courtesy to Their happiness to see!

great men, that not one of them comes | Our warmest wishes all units w his way but he must doff off his hat I To lead their souls to thee.

Beligious and Literary Intelligence.

BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE ( an outline of the whole of the Speeches SOCIETY.

that were delivered on this occasion, we

select two of them, as in our opinion, the In our number for JUNE (See p. 186.) | most brilliant among them. The first is we briefly mentioned the thirteenth that of Dr. Mason of New York-the Anniversary of this noble Institution, and other, that of our own countryman the promised our readers a more detailed Rev. Richard Watson. account of its proceedings at a conve The Rev. Dr. Mason, Secretary to the nient season. We lament indeed that American Bible Society. the press of other interesting matter has “My Lord and Gentlemen, hitherto prevented us from fulfilling our " I felicitate myself tbis day upon the engagement, especially as some of the accomplishment of one of the dearest speeches delivered on that occasion were wishes of my heart-a wish, to the attainsuperlatively excellent. But, though ment of which I have adjusted my little late, we shall now endeavour in part to plans and motions for the last five months redeem our pledge.

-the happiness of being present at the.

Annual Meeting of the British and Foreign The following Statement represents the

Bible Society, without the smallest idea Receipts and Expenditure, together with

of being invited to share in the honours of the number of Bibles and Testaments

its public proceedings. In compliance, issued within the year.

however with a request which I cannot The Issue of Copies of the Scriptures, I decline, I have to submit a motion, which from March 31, 1816, to March 31, I shall claim your Lordship's indulgence 1817, had been-

to preface with a few remarks; not with 92,239 Bibles ! 100,782 Testaments.

the intention of informing this Society

that would be an attempt to enlighten the . Making the total issued, from the com

source of that light which has itself enmencement of the Institution, to the last

lightened the world on all points, conmentioned period,

nected with the circulation of the Scrip746,666 Bibles 1 929,328 Testaments. tures; not with a view of exciting the In all, 1,675,994 copies, exclusive of zeal of the Society--that would be reabout 100,000 copies circulated at the buked by its appearance to-day ; but, as charge of the Society from Depositaries | an humble organ of the American Bible abroad; making a grand total of ONE Society, I would beg leave to express MILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVEN

opinions and feelings, which, though per. TY-FIVE THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED fectly familiar to the minds of this comAND NINETY-Four copies, already circu pany, are of some value on the principle lated by the British and Foreign Bible

of sympathy, as they are the views and Society.

feelings of millions of your fellow-men,

and fellow-Christians, who have the blood The Receipts of the year have been of a common ancestry running in their

£. 8. d. £. s. d. veins, and whose hearts beat in unison Annual Subscriptions .. 2764 19 6

| with your own, in regard to the objects of Donations and Life Sub scriptions ....... 3335 4 0

this great Institution. Congregational Collec

“ The wise and the good, my Lord, the tions ........ 654 6 9

men of light and of love, have long la

6754 S mented the divisions and alienatious Legacies . .......... 1478 2 0 which severed those who held the same Dividends on Stock ........ 340 701 Interest on Exchequer Bills, &c. ..

precious faith ;' and expected to meet

1442 10 11 Contributions from Auxiliary Societies 52027 9 3

in the place where shall be no dissensions. Drawbacks on Bibles and Testa.

But, whether there was any remedy for ments Shipped........... 243 11 0 this unhappiness, whether agreement in Total Net Receipts, exclusive of

substantial principle could be made to Sales. .............. 62236 9 10

supersede differences in subordinate mat. For Bibles and Testaments, the

ters, was a problem too mighty for them greater part of which were pur

to solve ; and left them only the feeble chased by Bible Associations ... 21954 76 consolation of sighing after a blessing

which they despaired of enjoying. Total . . 64240 17 4 |

“ But the problem wbich had thus exThe Expenditure of the Year . . . 89230 9 9] cited the desires, appalled the resolution, Obligations of the Society, includ

and extinguished the hope, of age after ing Orders given for Bibles and

age, is solved at last-it is solved in this Testaments, about ....... 350000 O Institution. Blessed are our eyes, for As we cannot undertake to give even they see, and our ears, for they bear, things VOL. III,

2 $

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