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once, but one by one, that all may readers, be thought applicable to learn, instead of being confused, that eminent servant of Christ. and comforted, instead of being Thus he speaks-" Indeed, the distracted. God is not the author words immediately following give of confusion, by inspiring his no little intimation that he underprophets in such an irresistible stands seed thus; for it is the seed manner, as to cause them abruptly to whom the promise, to wit of to deliver their discourses without justification and life by Christ regard to decency or order ; He is was made ; which cannot be unthe author of peace in all the derstood of Christ personally, but churches of the saints, by inspiring of his mystical members: so then the prophets in such a manner, as the law continues for a rule, and that their spirits, endowed with to point out the wrath due for revelations from above, were, res- transgressions; for so long as pecting the time of delivering Christ hath any seed upon eartb, them, in some degree subject to the law is to hunt men into Christ, themselves. The scope and con. their rock of safety; and, another text clearly shew, that the apostle, end is, for a rule to order their by the phrase, “ Let the first hold conversation in him. his peace," does not mean that “ Some, it may be, will object, the first speaker should discon. that all this while it seems that tinue his discourse that another Christ hath not freed us from might proceed; but that they who being under the law, whereas the had any thing revealed to them apostle saith, ye are not under the should not commence their dis-law, but under grace. I answer, courses before others had held | 1st. That in respect of the rules their peace. To enforce this more of righteousness, or the matter of strongly, he exhorts them to, “Let obedience, we are under the law all things be done decently and in still; or else we are lawless, to order.”
live every man as seems good in
his own eyes, which I know no To the Editor of the New Evangelical
true Christian dares so much as Magazine.
think; for Christ hath given no new SIR,
law divers from this, to order our PERMIT me, through the conversation aright by; besides, medium of your valuable Miscel- we are under the law, to know lany, to thank your Reviewer for what is transgression, and what is his excellent and judicious remarks the desert of it.” See Dr. Crisp's on Mr. Cowan's Reasons for leav. Sermon “ On the Use of the ing the Established Church; and Law," Vol. II. p. 630. 4th. edition. to correct an assertion which, I Nov. 17, 1817.. CAROLINE. suppose, to be indirectly levelled at Dr. Crisp. It runs thus—“Mr. We are obliged to Caroline for Cowan also objects to the Bap- the favour of her letter, because it tists of Bristol, their considering gives us the opportunity of exthe Moral Law as the rule of life plaining an ambiguous paragraph, to believers—an objection as old, and of doing justice to an author we believe, as the days of Dr. whom we had neither the wish nor . Crisp, but of which it has always the intention to misrepresent. It is confounded us to make out the nearly forty years since we read grounds and 'reasons.” This ob- Dr. Crisp's Sermons, and it would jection was, I believe, Sir, never therefore be absurd in us to promade by Dr. Crisp; and I think fess to have a distinct recollection that a suspicion so repugnant to of his sentiments upon the point truth, should not, by any of your in question. In penning the re
mark to which our fair correspon- preaching at our place of worship; dent refers, the following para | he preached one evening a very graph in Robinson's Notes on fine Sermon from Rev. xxii. 16. Claude's Essay, Vol. II. p. 260. “ The bright and Morning Star." suggested itself to recollection, the whole of which may he found and without waiting to examine verbatim in Dr. Styles's Sermons how far it was well or ill founded, on various Subjects. No. 10. I we unwittingly adopted the sense | felt very sorry that any young man of it.
| should adopt such a plan, and “ John Agricola is called the had some thoughts of giving him a father of the Antinomians--Luther friendly hint, but have been insuppressed his doctrine as well as formed by a friend that it has been he could, and his notions concern mentioned to him several times ; ing the use of the law have been notwithstanding this he still con. grossly misrepresented by the dis- tinues to deliver it as his own, and ciples of that reformer. They has preached it in no less than a who were called Antinomians in dozen or fourteen different places. the time of the Protectorate in But what is worst of all, is, that England, and their great patron, no one could hear him preach Dr. Crisp, have been served in without being struck with the idea, the same way.” It was Mr. Robin- that he thought himself a very son's terming Dr. Crisp “the great clever popular preacher. If you, patron of the Antinomians," that Sir, would please to insert this in we had in view, and it certainly your valuable Magazine with a does not appear that previous to little additional advice, you perthe Doctor's time we had any | haps may do the young gentleman amongst us who denied the moral some good, and at the same time law to be a rule of life to believers. you will greatly oblige, So far, therefore, our allusion to
Yours, &c. Dr. Crisp's name is justifiable. . A CONSTANT READER. We have no where charged him
ANSWER BY THE EDITOR. with discarding the law as a rule
The case referred to in this corof life, and our correspondent has
respondent's letter, is evidently successfully shewn that he was no
quite a hopeless one! It was a advocate for that sentiment, which
maxim with our great English it seems his disciples grafted upon
moralist, Dr. Johnson, that " where his doctrine. We are glad that
there is shame, there may in time justice is thus done to his princi.
be virtue.” But what can be exples, and that the subject is now
pected from a stripling so devoid placed in a correct point of view
of all decency as is the youth in through the kindness of our cor
question? Proh pudor! He ought respondent. We therefore dismiss
to be sent to Coventry by all his the subject with merely adding
Academical associates. the following attestation of Dr. Crisp's character from the pen of
To the Editor of the New Evangelical Mr. Robinson. “Dr. Crisp was
Magazine. a man of eminent piety, on whose
SIR, character malice itself dare not - ADMIRING as I do your cast a shade.” Vide, Notes on interesting publication, entitled Claude, ut supra. Editor. “The New Evangelical Magazine, ". To the Editor of the New Evangelical
and being a constant reader of it, Magazine.
I cannot help wishing sincerely SIR,
that each Monthly Number con· A STUDENT from a Dissent- tained many more pages than it ing Acaderny has lately been has hitherto done, and that it was
printed on much better paper, of the subject in all its bearings, being assured if that were the case, we are of opinion that we cannot its would meet with additional do better at present than prosecute pleasure by all who with myself the work in the manner and style are in the habit of taking in this in which it has hitherto been conexcellent work.
ducted. An increased circulation I am Sir, yours, would indeed present an alterna. A Friend to Evangelical Truth. tive, because it would enable us to Nov. 8, 1817.
enlarge its size without altering ANSWER,
The price; and our friends may Having been favoured with rest fully assured that whenever several letters during the present we find ourselves justified in doing year, of a nature not very dissimilar that, we shall not be found wantto the preceding (which we per- | ing in compliance, since it would ceive bears the BAWTRY post give us equal pleasure with themmark) we embrace this occasion of selves. We suspect that many of entering into a little explanation them are not aware that every on the subject, which we are the Portrait given in this Magazine is more inclined to do, in the hope an expence to us of more than that it may relieve us from similar FIFTEEN POUNDS. applications.
We do not very clearly comprehend what it is that this respecta.
ANECDOTE. ble correspondent wishes of us. “A certain monk came to the We presume he does not need to convent at Mount Sinai, and find· be told that we now publish two'ling the Monks all at work, shook
editions of our Magazine, and that his head, and said to the Abbot, one of them, the price of which is " Labour not for the meat that eight pence each number, is printed perisheth.” John vi. 27. “ Mary on a superior paper, and has first chose that good part.” Luke x. 42. impressions of the portrait. This Zachary said the old Abbot to his therefore must do away his objec- servant, give the brother a book tion on the score of paper. But and shew him into a cell. There as to the other particular, viz. sat the Monk alone all day long. giving an additional quantity of At night wondering that nobody Letter press in each number, we had called him to dinner, he goes can assure him that we as much to the Abbot. Father, says he, wish it as he can do, but such dif- don't the brethren eat' to day? ficulties attend it under every point | yes, replied the Abbot, they of view, that it appears impractica- have eaten plentifully. And why ble to us. If we are to continue added the Monk did you not call to give portraits, and to keep up me? Because brother replied the the style in which they are now | Abbot, you are a spiritual man, and executed (a thing which we are have no need of carnal food. For fully resolved to do so long as we our parts, alas! we are carnal, give them at all) 'tis certain we we are obliged to eat, and there. cannot do this and at the same fore we work: but you brother! time encrease the number of our you have chosen the good part, pages, without augmenting the you sit and read all day long, and price of the Magazine also-a are above the want of the meat project to which, however desira- that perisheth. Pardon me, father, ble on some accounts, the present I perceive my mistake. I do, subdepressed state of the country joined the old man: but rewempresents a formidable obstacle. ber, Martha is as necessary a ChrisSo that after a careful examination tian as Mary.”
Memoirs and Remains of the late Rev. sure their lands, in which I often used to
Charles Buck: containing copious assist him. He studied pharmacy, and extracts from his Diary, and interest- could mix a medicine, extract a tooth, ing letters to his friends; interspersed
and use the lancet as well as many gentlewith various observations, explanatory
men of the profession. He gave advice
to the poor, made the wills of those who and Illustrative of his Character and
possessed property, and was ready to do Works. By John STYLES, D. D.
good to all. He could construct a weatherLondon. Hamilton; Fenner. Pr. 1 glass, draw a map, and make an almanack. 53. pp. 442. 1817.
He was a very assiduous cultivator of his CHARLES Buck is so peculiarly en garden and orchard, and was no stranger deared to the religious public, (says to the science of botany. Above all, he his biographer) both by his preaching
was a good man, and shone as a light in a and writings, that his name will be
dark village for many years." long cherished with affectionate remembrance. Coinciding as we do
From the ministry of this extrawith Dr. Styles in this remark, we
ordinary man (for such he surely was)
Mr. Buck obtained his first taste of experienced a sensible gratification on seeing that the furnishing of his
the good word of God, which was also " Memoirs and Remains" had de
accompanied by partial convictions of volved upon hands so competent to
sin; and the sudden death of his
sister, followed by that of his father the undertaking.
in the short space of three weeks We are informed in the Introduction to these Memoirs that Mr. Buck
after, solemnly affected him, chilled
his soul with momentary horror, and had begun to sketch a narrative of
an apprehension of that dread somehis own Life, which he did not live to finish. Of this narrative, however,
| thing after death which gave him imperfect as it was, Dr. Styles has
“ pause"-though these convictions very properly availed himself, accoin
were not of a lasting nature, for, panying the incidents with pertinent
quitting school at the age of thirteen observations and judicious remarks
he gave himself up to amusement and which add greatly to its interest.
folly. Dancing was his favourite From the volume before us we learn
pleasure, in which he took such de
light that on one occasion he had that Mr. Buck was born of respectable but not opulent parents, at the
nearly fallen a sacrifice to it.
He came to London in 1785, and small village of Hillsley, near Wot
was admitted into the office of an ton Underedge, in Gloucestershire, in 1771, but the day of his birth is
| Attorney, where he devoted himself not specified. His parents placed
to the study and practice of the Law.
In this great city, he found a succeshim at an early age, under the care and tuition of the Rev. W. Hitch
sion of varied objects to gratify his
senses-the theatre-the park man, a Baptist minister, who kept a
mall--the public gardens, &c. &c. for boarding school in the same village.
a while held him Of Mr. Hitchman, a name now for
and his own pen has recorded in gotten, or known only in the fading
striking terms the illusive vision, in annals of the neighbourhood where
which he was for a season entranced, for many years he acted a conspicuous
“exposed to every temptation, and part, his gratefiul pupil has recorded the following interesting particulars.
on the very brink of destruction."
p. 12. But, God who had designs of 66 In addition to his labours as a mercy to accomplish in him, and preacher, he laid himself out for general who had chosen him for usefulness usefulness in this and the surrounding in his kingdom, now called him to places. There was hardly any thing that lan
at an acquaintance with the gospel of he could not do. The weak and superstitious consulted him in the hour of
grace, and plucked him as a brand alarm : parents sent their profligate sons from the burning. He was but little to him to be instructed and reformed; more than fifteen years of age when watchmakers employed him to make cal- he first began to speak to his fellow culations; farmers engaged him to mea- sinners about the things which be
longed to their everlasting peace. him. But quitting the “ Academie . His first extempore Sermon was de- bowers,” he accepted the call of a livered in an apartment in Bedford church at Sheerness to become their house, Bloomsbury square, in 1787, pastor, as a colleague with Mr. i to which service he was invited by a Shrubsole, their venerable niinister, young man who then lived in that whose age and infirmities required noble mansion. But Mr. Buck does assistance in the pastoral office. In not appear to have been, at this time, 1797 he succeeded Mr. Eyre in taking a member of any Christian church. the charge of a large boarding school He attended the ministry of Mr. at Hackney, but having no pastoral Romaine and that of Mr. Foster also charge, he about the close of that at Blackfriars, and underwent the year, obtained possession of the solemn farce of Episcopal confirma chapel in Princes street, Moorfields, tion in 1789, from the hands of the and in process of time collected a Bishop of Bangor, and shortly after- numerous church and congregation, wards became a communicant in the among wliom he continued to labour ordinance of the Lord's supper, at statedly in the word and doctrine for Blackfriars church.
eighteen years, until, on the IIth of Mr. Buck's attention now became August 1815, at the early age of 44, turned towards the work of the he was called to his eternal home. ministry, and in 1788, he licensed a Such is the outline of these interoom in Black horse court, Fleet restiny Memoirs, which are comstreet, which he opened on the 21st piled with the biographer's well of January, with an exhortation from known skill, and interspersed with a 2 Chron. xv. 7. “ Your work shall variety of posthumous pieces from be rewarded.” In this undertaking the pen of Mr. Buck-selections he met with several associates--the from his private diary-and copies of exhortations were given twice a week, / letters which had passed between him and a society was formed which and his friends. In the conclusion, lasted ten years, and by which he we have an extract from the funeral had reason to believe much good was discourse preached on the occasion done. The Providence of God, about of his decease, by the Rev. Matthew this time introduced him to an ac- / Wilks, from Psalm cxvi. 7. “Return quaintance with the late Mr. Wills, unto thy rest, O my soul, for the with whom he became a great favou- Lord hath dealt bountifully with rite. Mr. Wills treated him as his thee"-words selected for the occaown son, made him at all times sion by Mr. Buck himself. welcome to his table, gave him free access to his library, and manifested a
“Was it necessary" said Mr. Wilks such kindness to him as he had
“ that your dear pastor should adopt this
language as admonitory to his own heart? never before experienced. In 1790,
1790, of whom I can say before the omniscient Mr. Wills sent him to preach at Dr. God, that I knew not a man in the world Peckwell's chapel, Westminster, and to whom it is less applicable. The reguacquitting himself well on this and I lar uniformity of his habits. the pleasing other occasions, he finally became his urbanity of his manners, the , anazing assistant at Silver streetchapel. From equanimity of his temper, the uncommon the spring of 1790, to the beginning aptitude of his mind to every thing spiriof May 1791, Mr. B. was actively
tual, benevolent and good, seem almost employed in preaching as the assis
to preclude the possibility of his ad
monisbing his spirit to return unto a God, tant of Mr. Wills, and having made
with whom he appeared to live in a conup his mind to devote his future
stant and happy communion.” days to the work of the ministry, he applied for admission into Hoxton Weremember to have heard several Academy, that he might prosecute intelligent friends speak in high his studies with better effect, and terms of the oration delivered by Dr. was received into that Seminary on Winter at the grave of Mr. Buck, in the 6th May of that year.
1 Bunhill fields, and much regret that From 1791 to 1795, an interval of we do not find at least a sketch of it four years, Mr. Buck was diligently in this volume. It is a double disemployed in prosecuting his studies appointment to us for, though specat Hoxton, preaching occasionally, tators of the whole of the funeral where supplies were wanted, and the solemnities, and among the followers Lord was pleased to open a door for of his remains to the grave, the im