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Now this at first sight might seem “ It is, therefore, abundantly clear to be written by a Roman Catholic, but that the rubric at the beginning of our such is not the case. Heylin, to speak morning prayer requires the consecrating proleptically, was only a Puseyite, and priest to wear an alb, and a chasuble, or did but utter the sentiments of the Ox- cope, and the assistants albs and tunicles. ford sect, sentiments which the Puseyites How far it may be desirable so to do, is most cordially acknowledge, as no one quite another question, into which I stands higher in their estimation than cannot now enter fully; but considering Peter Heylin. But in what respect the length of time which has elapsed Heylin and the Puseyites differ from the since these vestments were in use, and Roman Catholics it would be difficult to the prejudice against important truths say, for we find that the Elizabethan which the revival of them would excite clergy, in the year preceding the time or strengthen, unless it were general, I which he has described with so much would suggest whether it may not be approbation, came to the following con- as well for parochial clergymen to wait clusions in convocation, which he reports until the example is set them by bishops without one word of dissent:

und cathedrals. Mr. H. is a little mis1. " That in the sacrament of the taken in supposing that the cope is never altar, by virtue of Christ's assisting, after worn by the celebrant in the Roman the word is duly pronounced by the Church. I have myself seen it worn in priest, the natural body of Christ, con- the Clementine chapel at St. Peter's, in ceived of the Virgin Mary is really pontifical high - mass, celebrated by present under the species of bread and bishops, not to mention other places." wine, as also his natural blood. 2. That Leigh. (Signed) J. B-n. after the consecration there remains not With such authority as this, the questhe substance of bread and wine, nor tion may, of course be considered settled, any substance, save the substance of God and copes from the Clementine chapel at and man. 3. That the true body of St. Peter's will doubtless be duly imported. Christ and his blood is offered for a Another correspondent of the Oxford propitiatory sacrifice for the quick and sect, in the August number of the British the dead. 4. That the supreme power Magazine, argues at length in favour of of feeding and governing the militant prayers for the dead, and he divides his Church of Christ, and of confirming argument into two portions, the former their brethren, is given to Peter the of which, “authority for the practice in Apostle, and to his lawful successors in Scripture,” we give in his own foolish the see apostolic, as unto the Vicars of words. Christ. 5. That the authority to handle 1. "God is not the God of the dead and define such things which belong to but the living, for all live unto him.' faith, the sacraments and discipline ec- They who have left this world are clesiastical, hath hitherto ever belonged, living. and only ought to belong unto the pas- 2. ““ I exhort that prayers, intercestors of the church, whom the Holy Spirit sions, and giving of thanks be made for hath placed in the church, and not unto all men. It is for those who condemn laymen."

the practice, as in itself wrong, to shew Heylin quietly informs us, that “the why, when the Apostle directs prayers, Convocation caused these articles to be intercessions, and thanksgiving to be engrossed—that they were presented to made for all men, making no exception, the hands of the Lord Keeper Bacon, by those men are to be understood as exwhom they were candidly received ; but cluding those who are still living, though they prevailed not with the Queen and not in this world. the House of Peers, when imparted 3. “The Lord grant unto Onesito them.” These then are the decrees phorus that he may find mercy in that of the Church of England in convoca- day. From the previous salutation to tion assembled !

the house of Onesiphorus, it has been We have only to turn from the pages inferred that Onesiphorus himself was of Heylin to those of the British Maga- dead.” zine for August last, to ascertain that This gentleman then goes on from there is not the slightest difference be- what he calls his Scripture proofs

, to tween Heylinism and Puseyism. In that Tertullian, Justin Martyr, and the Book periodical we find, in a letter from a of Maccabees, though he can hardly be clergyman, the following passage :

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reckon the Book of Maccabees amongst Church dignities, precluded the chapter the most precious of the canonical scrip- from making another prebendary; and, tures. After this course of argument, therefore, the new dean must be selected he concludes with an inference truly from the existing body. The crown, characteristic of the sect. He first willing in all things to conform to the shews, or attempts to shew, that the law, complied with the suggestion, and Pharisees used to pray for the dead nominated the Rev. T. Grills, a member in the days of our Lord; “ when there- of their own body, and a prebendary, to

Lord

gave this injunction, · The the vacant deanery. The chapter had Scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' seat, other views, and, therefore, intimated a all

, therefore, whatsoever they bid you new difficulty—“that the dean must be observe, that observe and do,' he must, a canon, and the aforementioned act if this practice was then in force under prevented them from making Mr. Grills the appointment of the Jewish teachers, à canon, and therefore they could not be understood as sanctioning obedience appoint him.” On receiving this informato authority in a matter of this kind." tion, the government passed an Act of By this mode of argument we are bound Parliament empowering the members of not only to the whole ceremonial law, the chapter to preserve the canonry as a but to the Talmud also. The writer qualification for the office,

thus to after lamenting over the abrogation of enable them to appoint Mr. Grills. Notprayers for the dead, concludes with this

withstanding this arrangement, the chapsentence: " Happily the private use of ter appointed Mr. Precentor Lowe to the them still remains free to those who deanery, probably before the act was regard this custom as a link to the com- passed, though this is not mentioned in munion of saints.” He signs his letter the “ Western Times.” with three crosses of a Roman Catholic But, it should be known, that the bishop. + + +

Rev. Hill Lowe, was, six or seven years In another twelvemonth we shall have ago, named to the precentorship of the something very like high mass in the Cathedral, that he might vacate two churches of the Puseyite clergy. Dr. valuable livings in Worcestershire, HolHook, of Leeds, has already large wax low - cum - Grimley, in favour of the tapers lighted in broad day on the altar Bishop of Exeter's son. The bishop, of his parish church. The faldstool and also, has lately provided, by dexterous the turning the back to the people, have management, for his son-in-law, the been long established amongst them; Rev. Mr. De Bouilli. On the death of the cope, alb, and tunicle, are coming in ; the Vicar of Thoverton, a good living prayers for the dead are part of their fell vacant to the presentation of the private practices. What then is wanting Rev. Chancellor Martin, who gave it to but the elevation of the Host ? and what Mr. Atherly : but here the Bishop of harm would there be if “ the consecrat- Exeter interposed, he said there was no ing priest was to lift the bread high dean, and therefore the right of presenabove his head, when he is performing tation lapsed to himself. The dispute " the dreadful mystery ?”

was referred to the Earl of Devon, who
decided in favour of the Bishop. The
right reverend prelate, thereon, pre-
sented the vacant living of Thoverton to
his “respected friend,” Dr. Coleridge of

Lawhitton, who immediately vacated
"The Western Times” newspaper, dated Lawhitton, to which the bishop forthwith
August 10th, and published at Exeter, appointed his own son-in-law, Mr. De
contains a lamentable portrait of clerical Bouilli ; and thus “the vacancy of the
affairs within that diocese. This is the deanery” has, indeed, been turned to
substance of the statement. About good account.
Christmas last the Dean of Exeter died : It should, also, be known that Mr.
the government proceeded to nominate Lowe, on taking the deanery, vacated
Lord Wriothesly Russell to the office of the living of the Holy Trinity, in favour
dean, and appointed him by letters of his son-in-law, Mr. Rock. In the very
patent. The appointment produced a same paper in which these intrigues are
communication from the Chapter of detailed, we find an account of the
Exeter Cathedral, stating that the Act Bishop of Exeter's proceedings as
of Parliament for the suspension of spiritual pastor in his diocese.

THE BISHOP OF EXETER.

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At a

visitation which the bishop held at which they find themselves, is astoTotnes, on August 5th, he gave the nishingly small. There are, however, usual charge to the clergy : “ They had other clergymen in whose minds the reason,” he said, “to be thankful for moral sensation is nearly annihilated, God's mercies, in preserving those insti- and they take every thing that they tutions which are the best support of find in the Established Church without true religion; institutions which tend, scruple, difficulty, or hesitation. more than all others, to the improvement, We do not profess to know how many temporal, as well as spiritual, of man; and tears the bishop would shed over secedare essential to the existence of the ing clergymen, but it is to be presumed, constitution of this country, as esta- that if the seceders did, by their secesblished in Church and State. In the sion, vacate emoluments in the presentadischarge of their limited duties (for the tion of the diocesan, that the right reveclergy were now limited to the rights of rend prelate would ere long find matter the Church) he would encourage them of consolation therein, and, taking comto be zealous and earnest, for while shut fort, dry up ere long the effusion of his out from taking part with their fellow- tears. men, in matters and things in which “The bishop next spoke of the two were involved interests of a great, and, sacraments, contending for their spinot unfrequently, of a momentous nature, ritual efficacy: they are not mere signs, they were called upon to be the more earnest but effectual means of grace, and necesin the cause of Christ, and the establishment sary to salvation. With respect to those of his kingdom amongst men.'

." The bishop

infants who die unbaptised, he expressed then adverted to the apostolical suc

himself in terms the most humane and cession, and referred to certain clergy- charitable, but firmly maintained the men who had denied the direct descent doctrine of the Church, that in baptism of their body from the apostles; alluding we are regenerated, and born anew of chiefly, as it was supposed, to Mr. Head. water and of the Holy Ghost. That any -“If any such there were who thought one, after having engaged that he will use this doctrine erroneous, then would he the form of words, and continue to enrecommend them in humble prayer to force them, can yet deny that regeneraGod, to ask that their minds might be tion is given in baptism, might appear inenlightened, and that they might be credible, did not the experience of two delivered from this error. And if, after hundred years prove to the contrary; this, any man feel convinced within and, he lamented to say, that these errors himself, or become convinced by the not only continued to our times, but were arguments of others, that the ministerial to be found in his own diocese : names, charge in the Church of England is of the bishop would not mention, but perhuman origin, and has no higher autho- sons there are, who take upon themselves rity, then," said the bishop,“ in the to garble and omit expressions in adminame of God, let him depart from us. nistering this sacrament, which they are We would weep over him; we would too tender to use, but not too tend:r to promourn his loss, and would pray over

mise to use. I

not think,' said the him; but, if, after this, continuing to bishop, there are any such here: but, if hold station or place, or continuing to what I now say comes to their knowreceive emolument in the Church, he ledge, as perhaps it may, I call on them slanders and vilifies it, no words of mine to repent of their wickedness, and to are sufficiently strong to characterise his

pray God to forgive them. The right baseness."

reverend diocesan thus went on to shew The right reverend diocesan here that, by the canons, if any one persists in wounds no small company of the clergy; this error, he is, in the first instance, to even all those who have their consciences be suspended ; and should he, after a not yet seared with a hot iron, and who month, persist, then he is to be excom. sigh, and who cry, for all the abomina- municated. Such being the ecclesiastitions done in the establishment. The cal law, the clergy might depend upon

it number of those who do in private vilify that it should be strictly enforced in his the prayer book, and who disbelieve it's diocese," &c. well known difficulties, and who abhor Such are the transactions within the the worldliness of their Church, is as- pale of the Church, as by law established, tonishingly great, though the number of and all too bad for comment. The evanthose who leave the position of sin in gelical clergy, however, can bear all this,

GENERAL MEETING OF THE

and, without compunction, behold the and this kind of sentimental religionism priesthood, and its pretended gifts, distri- appears to pervade the ideas of its supbuted to the candidates for holy orders, porters. We see in it no traces of the by one, whose character, if portrayed by religion of our blessed Lord. If good is the evangelical clergy themselves, would to be done, it is not, according to this not come forth in the most lovely colours. philosophy,” the glory of God, which is

the ultimate object in view—the indefi66 SOCIETE DE

nite improvement of human society, and LA MORALE CHRETIENNE."

mending the world by “the application

of Christian morals to social relations," On the 22nd April, 1839, was held the Eighteenth Anniversary of this Society,

is the Utopia flitting before the eyes of

the benevolent people who compose this which appears to us strongly marked by the characteristic features of the pas

Society. They seem to be entirely ac

cordant on the principle, sing age, and which apparently combines in one focus the objects aimed at by se

“For modes of faith let graceless bigots fight, veral of our English benevolent associa

He can't be wrong whose life is in the right," tions, such as the reformation of prison

Accordance in cold approbation of Chrisdiscipline, the education of orphans, &c.

tian morals is the basis of their union. &c. It has the patronage of the Duc de Broglie, as honorary president, and of the AN ELUCIDATION OF THE PROPHECIES, Marquis de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt,

BY J. TYSO, -1838. as president.

We promised to take some notice of this The president, in his introductory work, sent us by the author, but have speech, says that M. Lamartine has given not space to enter into a detailed examithe character of the system of the Society nation of its contents.

The design may in the following sentences :

be gathered from the concluding para“This political economy-calm as a graph, with which we fully accord. system of philosophy, fervent as a reli- “I suspect there must be some great gion, patient as a certainty, raises itself mistake among Christians in the present above a rigid and jealous patriotism, by day, relative to the coming of the Lord means of the patriotism of humanity Jesus; or else there must be a most lawhich embraces all parties, all nations, in mentable defect in their love to Him, for the same love. It has placed before it, who would not desire to be with the obas the object of its endeavours, the inde- ject of their highest love? It is genefinite improvement of Societies, and it is rally thought that the coming of Christ neither disconcerted by the slowness of in the clouds of heaven is simply to judge the pace, nor by the false steps of the the world, to sentence the wicked to hellhuman race. It is sure to reach the end

torments, and to take the righteous with at which it aiins, because it leads man Him to heaven. Now, with merely this and brings him to God.

view of the subject, it is no wonder that - This is, in truth (continues the pre- we never hear good people pray, 'Even sident), that which our syst really is, so, come, Lord Jesus. But, if the comaround which men of different opinions. ing of the Lord includes not only the derally, and unite themselves with the most struction of all antichristian powers, and noble zeal, and with an active devotion, the binding of Satan, but also the “re(as our illustrious colleague has also stitution of all things,” the kingdoms of said), 'to this benevolent system of poli- this world, becoming the kingdoms of our tics, to this effort, extending beyond do- Lord, and of his Christ, when He shall mestic boundaries, in which the attention take to Himself His great power, and is occupied with real interests, instead of reign, when the kingdom shall be the disputing about doubtful systems—in which Lord's, and He shall be governor among gratitude precedes benefits received, and

the nations, and all shall know Him, respecting which all the world is agreed, from the greatest to the least, and the because the good is immediate and the knowledge of the Lord cover the earth advantages evident.”

as the waters do the sea, and the will of This Society takes as its motto the God be done on earth as it is in heaven. following expressions of the Duc de Ro- Then, when we contemplate the declarachefoucauld-Liancourt :

tion of our Saviour, Surely I come “ The better a man is, the more reli- quickly,' our hearts would all respond gious he becomes, but he keeps his faith with the apostle, “Amen, even so, come, to himself and is indulgent to others;" Lord Jesus.'"

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ABRYOESSA.

It is pity that Mr. Tyso (who is, we from him, replied, “ How can I pray, believe, an esteemed Dissenting minis- who have lived so long in the neglect of ter), never meets with 'good people' prayer ?'. Afterwards the Bishop speak; who pray for the coming of the Lord. ing of the atonement of Christ, Pitt said We have the privilege of knowing muny “I have no other hope.” Mr.H. Thornton such, with whom we could wish he were went on to say, that when the Bishop's acquainted.

account of the last moments of Pitt

appeared in print he was much disapPITT'S DEATH-BED.

pointed to find the words of his dying “But in the Lord Jesus Christ-I have friend, as they had at first been repeated no other hope.” Such were nearly the to him qualified, and lowered down into last words of William Pitt, the noblest a less decisive expression of his reliance legacy to his country. The late Henry on the great Protestant Doctrine of jusThornton, long timě M. P. for South- tification by faith alone. Mr. Thornton wark, whom to name is to praise, some then added, as part of what he entrusted time before his lamented decease, spoke to the memory of his hearer, some words thus to the writer. “ As you are younger

of Fox, also in the view of approaching than I am, and will probably survive me,

death, which had been related to him I leave it in charge with you to remem- by the person to whom they were spoken. ber what I now tell you. I saw the

Å nobleman of his acquaintance, in the Bishop (Tomline], very soon after Pitt summer of 1806, asked Fox to spend had expired, when the impression of the Christmas with him in the country

. what had passed was fresh on his Fox somewhat abruptly replied, “My mind, he told me that in the course of Lord, do you believe in the immortality such conversation as his desperate state

of the soul ? I shall have tried that great demanded, he had urged him to prayer. question before Christmas." Pitt, restlessly turning on his bed away

POETRY.
ON THE MEMORY OF A BELOVED MOTHER.

“O woman, great is thy faith; be it unto thee even as thou wilt." Friendship! however sweet thine art

Yes! when the Lamb of God I named, To soothe the suffering breaking heart Her own beloved lips proclaimed With kindly word or sigh,

Her fleeting soul forgiven, Thine hour of comfort soon is past,

While many a heaven-ward look and prayer And sympathy herself at last

Showed all was calm and happy there, Will languish, faint, and die.

And breathed alone of heaven. Yet to the ever-listening ear,

What resting place is half so meet The weakest sigh of faith is dear,

For dying Saints so calm and sweet, Nor will be lost in air;

As Jesu's holy breast ? Far less that ear will turn away

She pillowed there her drooping head, From souls who plead from day to day, And when her gentle spirit fled Victorious o'er despair.

I knew that she was blest.
Thus have I prayed, whilst others slept, Ye praying souls ! who long to lead
I've prayed, and prayed again, and wept The loved ones of your heart to feed
Through half the live-long night,

Within the fold of love,
For one whose bright and beauteous brow For you who wait a Father's will
A crown of glory circles now,

A treasury of mercy still
A blessed Saint in light.

Is richly stored above. Ah! 'twas a mother, greatly loved,

The Lord of love is now the same* Who thus my fervent spirit moved

As when the Gentile mother came, To seek a Saviour's aid,

And pleaded for her child ; And ye who love your parents well,

His words at first might seem severe, Who love their souls, may surely tell

But made his last reply appear How deeply I have prayed.

More loving and more mild. Ye too may fancy all I felt,

Though distant from the heavenly way, To watch her softening spirit melt

The souls you love, for whom you pray, Beneath a Saviour's love,

Ah ! why need ye despair?. To see her in her utmost need,

Plead on-and ye shall live to prove From every doubt and shadow freed

That God is power, that God is love, Sure of a home above.

And loves to answer prayer. • See Matt. xv. 21-28.

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