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LAST WORDS OF REV. RICHARD HOOK. With which expression, he fell ER, WHO DIED, 120.2, 16vo, Ayed 47.

into a dangerous slumber; danger

ous as to his recovery, yet he re"The chamber where the good man meets his fate,

covered, but it was only to speak js priviler'd beyond the common walk

these few words : “Good doctor, of virtco 18 lite, quite in the verge of heaven.

God hath heard my daily petitions; Tly ve profine ! if not, draw near with awe Receive the blessing, and adore the chance for I am at peace with all men'; That threw in this Bethesda your disease; and he is at peace with me ; and Fonrestor'd by this, despair your cure.” from which blessed assurance, I

Young.

feel that inward joy, which the His physician, Dr. Saravia, per

world can neither give nor take ceiving that he was in deep con

away from me." More he wouid templation, and not inclined to con

have spoken, but his spirits failed verse, asked him, what where his him, and after a short conflict be. present thoughts? Mr. H. replied, twixt nature and death, a quiet " that he was meditating on the sigh put a period to his last breath. number and nature of angels, * and

and so he fell asleep. their blessed obedience and order,

The following is his Epitaph, writwithout which, peace could not be

ten by Sir William Cowper, who in heaven ! and Oh ! that it might be so on earth !” After which he

crected a monument to his memo. said, “ I have lived to see this

ry, in Borne Church, and ac

knowledge: Mr. Hooker to have world is made up of perturbations,

becn his spiritual father. and I have been long preparing

Though nothing can be spoke worthy his fame, to leave it, and gathering comfort

Or the remembrance of that precious name, for the dreadful hour of making Judicious Hooker, though this cost be spent, my account with God, which I now

On him that hath a lasting monument

In his own books ; yet ought we to express, apprehend to be near. And though

If not bis worth, yet our respectfulness. I have, by his grace loved him in Church ceremonies he maintin'd, then why my youth, and feared him in mine Without all ceremony, should be die?

Was it because his life and death should be, age, and laboured to have a con

Both equal patterns. "humility ? science void of offence to him,

Or that perhaps this only glorious one and to all men ; yet if thou, O Was above all, to ask why had he none ? Lord, be extreme to mark what I Yet he that lay so long obscurely low,

Doth now preferr'd to greater honours go. have done amiss, who can abide

Ambitious men, learn'd hence to be more wise ; it? And therefore where I have

Humility is the true way to rise ; failed, Lord, shew mercy unto me, And God in me this lesson did inspire, for I plead not my righteousness, To bid this humble inan—" Friend, sit up highbut the forgiveness of my unright

er." cousness, for his merits, who died

A faithful abridgment of the to purchase a pardon for penitent

works of Mr. Hooker, in eight sinners. And since I owe thee a

books of Ecclesiastical polity, and death, Lord, let it not be terrible,

of all his other treatises, with an and then take thine own time, I

account of his life ; by a divine of submit to it : let not mine, o

the church of England, was pubLord, but let thy will be done !"

19 lished in London, 1705.

Walton's Lives.

FRAGMENTS.
At Newcastle-upon-Tyne, there

• " The subject which engaged Mr. Hook. ridging thoughts, ought consta itly to engage Our living ones since in the prayer, composed at delivered to his disciples, by our Lord and Saviour, the obedience of the angels is propored as a pattern to be imitated by us, as the

pu, after which we should diligently writ.," and thirty fathoms (780 feet) in "They will be don on earth as it is in heaven."

Bp- Norne's Sermons. Perpendicular acpus, and WICE Vol. I. No. 3.

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fordilands of poneses of

worked, at that depth, five miles

IGNORANCE. horizontally, quite across, beneath It has been asserted, that “Ig. the Tyne, and under the opposite norance is the mother of devo. county of Durham.

tion.” It is no such thing. It In Durham the coal is so near is the mother of superstition, of to the surface of the earth, that bigotry, of fanaticism, of disaffecwheels of the carriages lay it open tion, of cruelty, and of rebellion. to the day, in such a quantity, as These are its legitimate children. to be sufficient for the use of the It has never yet produced any neighbourhood, and to become a other; and never will to the end of valuable branch of income. the world. And we may lay this

At Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Staf- down as an incontestible truth, - fordshire, and in some parts of that a well informed and intelliScotland, the frata are chiefly gent people, more particularly a composed of stones fit to be appli- people well acquainted with the ed to the purposes of building. facred writings, will always be

In Yorkshire, throughout the more orderly, more decent, more - whole district of Richmond, in humane, more virtuous, more re.

Shropshire, and Leicestershire, ligious, more obedient to their and in almost the whole of the superiors, than a people totally northern quarter of the island, the devoid of all instruction and all coal approaches in its appearance education. very nearly to bitumen, which Charge of Bp. London. 1803. has merely suffered induration. It is a fact ascertained by the Parkinfor's Organick Remains

molt diligent and accurate inquiof a former World.

ries, that in the most enlightened

parts of Ireland, not above one CANDOUR.

third part of the people receive With regard to men's princi

any education at all ; and ples, we should always put the belt construction on dubious ca- not a twentieth part have ever

u throughout the rest of the island, fes, and treat those as friends to learnt christianity, who are not avowed

learnt their alphabet. ibid. and declared enemies. By so do. For more than twenty years ing, we may perhaps save a per. palt, upward of 300,000 children of fon from really apoftatizing; his the poor have been religioufy ed. doubts and prejudices may be o- ucated in the various charity and vercome ; and what was wanting Sunday schools in England. ibido in him may be perfected. But if we suppose and treat him as an

SUBMISSION. enemy, we take a ready way to When Mr. Paschal observed make him one, though he were any of his friends to be afflicted not such before. Beside the ad. at seeing the sickness and pain dition of a new name, especially he underwent, he would say, “Do if it be a name of eminence, to not be so concerned for me. the catalogue of infidels strengch- Sickness is the natural state of a ens that party, and weakens the christian; because by it we are faith of many, who build on au. what we ought always to be, in a thority. - “ He that is not against state of suffering evils, mortified us, is on our part."

to the pleasures of sense, exempt Bp. Horne. from all those callions which work

upon us as long as wę live, free forgotten that Jesus Christ is a from ambition or avarice, and in Saviour." " True," was the ana constant expectation of death. swer, “but how shall I know he And is it not a great happiness, is a Saviour for me?” “ My to be by neceflity in the state one Lord,” it is written, “ Him that ooght to be in, and to have noth- cometh to me I will in no wise cast ing else to do but humbly and out.“ True,” said the Bishop; peaceably to submit to it ?” This “and I am surprised, that, though is a noble, a just, a comfortable I have read that scripture a thouspeculation. .

sand times over, I never felt its

virtue till this moment; and INTERESTING ANECDOTE OF THE Dow I die happy. CELEBRATED BISHOP BUTLER. When his Lordship lay on his

VOLTAIRE. dying bed, he called for his chap Montesquieu faid of Voltaire, lain and said, “ Though I have « Lorsque Voltaire lit un livre, endeavoured to avoid lin and to il le fait, puis il ecrit contre ce please God to the utmost of my quil l'a fait.” “When Voltaire power, yet, from the conscious- reads a book, he makes it what he nefs of perpetual infirmities, I am pleases, and then writes against, Aill afraid to dię.” “My Lord,” what he has made it." said the chaplain, “ You have

Review of Dew Publications.

Letters to the Rev. THOMAS Bel: thing fupercilious, harsh, or uncive

SHAM, on some important subjects il. The writer is in earnest, and of theological discusion, referred to

yet unruffled ; bold and undaunt. in bis discourse on occasion of the

ed, yet modest ; learned, without death of the Rev. Jose PH PRIEST

pedantry ; faithful to the cause of LEY, L. L. D. F. R. S. &c. By

truth, without facrificing the cause JOHN PYE SMITH. Printed by

of love. While he exposes the er. Bizes and Co. London, 1804. rors and misrepresentations of Dr. 131 pp. 850.

Priestley and his learned disciple, The design of these eight letters he respectfully ackņowledges their is very important, and their pub- eminent abilities. Without the lication very seasonable. The least degree of petulance, he refubje&s are altogether controver- proves their unfairness; and nofial. The manner, in which they tices, with chriftian meekness, their are treated, displays a rare combi- bitter and extravagant reflections sation of excellencies. The au. upon what he believed eternal thor fhows himself possessed of truth. Nothing is designed to de. qualifications, which we always grade their characters. While he wish, but often wish in vain, to find piously laments their errors, he in the disputant. The reader of addresses them in the language of these letters is not disgusted with veneration and cordial friendship. any thing conceited, narrow, or How can a candid focinian peruse grovelling, nor offended with any this aurkor, without dieading fuck

an opponent, but wishing for such He applies the remark to Mr. a friend?

Belsham's picture of calvinism. The first letter is thus introduced. I make no charge of intentional mis,

representation. I doubt not the corres. DEAR SIR,

pondence of your language with your The discourse, with a copy of

own conceptions. But I maintain that which you have politely favoured me,

the caricature which you have sketched preached on occasion of the death of

is not calvinism. your venerable friend, the laie Rev. Dr.

After a few observations on Priestley, must be viewed by the difpas. fonate and candid, as an effusion of the the specifick part of the charge, he heart truly honourable to your charac- says ; ter and your friendship. With feelings You, my dear fir, have given us your such as ihe disciples of Socrates pofleff description of calvinism. "But I never ed when they embalmed the memory of yet heard of the calvinist, who wou'd their injured master, and with talents adopt your statement as his own creed. which would have been worthy of Glorying in the doctrines of calvinism; them, you have paid the tribute of dig- though submitting to the appellation nified and affectionate respect to your only as a matter of usage, I entreat your " guide, pbilosopber, and friend."

attention to what we ourselves, who are After referring to Dr. Priestley,

likely to be the best acquainted with our as one who recommended the

own sentiments, esteem to be true, seizure of every fair occasion for

scriptural, and important, a doctrine ac,

cording to godliners. detecting errour and discovering Such a sketch he gives in his truth, he says;

second letter. In this be enters · Dr. Priestley is dead. May the wrath upon no proofs. His object is to and rancour of his enemies, for their own iakes, die also, and perish for ever.

er state a set of principles. The con'The prayers and wishes, which purest cile and well arranged Itatement benevolence has often dictated, 'for a here made would suffer by the revolution infinitely desirable in his re. quotation of any part. The ligious sentiments and feelings, are whole does honour to the author's brought to an awful pause, and their result is a problem to be resolved only

understanding and heart, and to when“ we all stand before the judgment the

the God of truth, and deserves feat of Chtis.” But, in the fincere fpir. the most serious perusal. After it of integrity and candour, to examine completing his statement of cal. his publick character, and to investigate viniltick principles, he thus conthe evidence, the tendency, and the val cludes the letter. ve of his sentiments, is now become a duty more incumbent than ever on the

These, fir, are the principles, which lovers of truth.

yourself and your late learned friend The charges against calvinism

win:rm have reprobated as rigorous and gloomy,

and full of barrours, a melage of wrath and particularly considered are these ; injustice, of terrour and despair, the extravanamely ; that it is a rigorous, gance of errour, and a mischievous compound gloomy, horrible, and pernicious lyf of impiety and idolatry. I need not say tem, the extravagance of errour, and that, to myself, these principles appear

to the voice of God, and the perfection of a mischievous, compound of impiety

punu yupicy reason, harmony, and moral beauty. and idolatry.

But whether, even on your own princi. Every man, (says our author in reply) ples, your description is not extrava. who is at all in the habit of attending to gantly overstepping the bounds of reacontroverted questions, must have notice son and justice, I appeal, my dear fir, to ed the facility and promptitude of urge yourself; appeal to every candid ing plausible objections, in comparison teader. And from a conviction which,! with the sedate impartiality, the serious hope I can truly say, is not the result of candour, and the patient labour, which educational prejudice, of dishonest tiare necessary for the investigation and midity, or of indolent indifference, I enefablishment of many capital truths. ter à folemn protest against every

particle of your accusations; and, a- In letter V. he further vindi. gainst the whole of your condemnatory cates calvinism from misrepresen. charges, I appeal to the RIGHTEOUS ? AND ETERNAL JUDGE,

tation. In the course of the letter In letter III. he takes a nearer

he notices Dr. Priestley's shocking view of the subject, and invites

censure of St. Paul's writings.

In the three last letters, the con. thorough examination. Of cal

troversy is created chiefly on the vinism, he says;

ground of ecclefiaftical history. As for the fact of its truth or fallehood; that is the whole question at if

Ĉ In these letters he ably exposes the fue between us and neither aspersions unfairness of Dr. Priestley's 'reanor eulogiums will stand for evidence. soning, and brings into view a As an advocate for calvinism, I invite, number of capital mistakes in his I intreat examination. Let it be strict; publications. We select the fol. let it be rigid ; only let it be in the true "spirit of liberal and juciicious criti

lowing as a striking example. çilm," and, which is of still more radio

The doctor has selected Chryfoftom cal importance, in the spirit of purity

as the father whose evidence is most am

as and uprightness, a fpirit influenced by

ed his ple in support of the opinion, that (the

ple in wappe *the love of God and holiness, a spirit of apostle) John first taught the divinity of bumility, and a furit of prayer. "From Christ. “ Chrysostom” says Dr. Priestsuch an examination we have nothing

ley, “represents all the preceding writers to fear.

of the New Teftament, as children; who He elucidates the striet purity and who were busy about cheese-cakes

heard, but did not underhand things, of the calvinistick system in com- and childish sports; but John," he says, parison with the unholy and delu- “ taught what the angels themselves did five tendency of the opposite not know before he declared it.” At scheme. He is not ashamed of

the bottom of the page, Dr. Priestley

faithfully transcribes the Greek of this acknowledging, that his fyltem passage; and no one can say, that his speaks no peace to the wicked, and translation is matemally unfair.fo far as fosters no hopes of falvation, ex. it goes. The sentence is exactly thus : cept such as are connected with the “ All the rest, like little children, hear present influence of habitual and

indeed, yet do not understand what

they hear, but are captivated with universal holiness. This he el

cakes and childish sports." The omis. teems no small part of its puriiy fion of the clause " all the rest,” (orye and glory.

axanı ravt) does not appear of much Speaking of that fictitious be- consequence. The insertion of it would nevolence, to which focinianism only have led the reader to inquire for

the antecedent; and Dr. Priestley has facrifices the holiness, truth, and

provided a ready answer: “All the prio goodness of Deity, he has this pa- ceding writers of the New Testament." thetick reference to Dr. Priestley's Do me the favour, my dear fir, to take expiring moments.

down the volume of Chrysostom, and It grieves me to the heart to reflect turn to the passage. Will you find the that such a man as Dr. Priestley, a man, antecedent to this relative clause to be whose splendid talents and rare endow- any“ writers of the New Testament," or ments formed a ground of accountable- any person at all connected with the ness beyond expreffion awful, in the New Testament ? No, sir, you will find it folemn approaches of death, thould to be, the effeminate and disipated spectators take shelter in this miferable refuge of of athletick games, and the auditors of musilies.

cians and oratorical fopbifts.In letter IV. he examines three Though our author candidly charges against calvinism ; impie- acquits Dr. Priesley of “intenty, idolatry, and mischievous tenden- tional misrepresentation," yet he cy. Some parts of this examina. thinks himself warranted to say, tion are excellent.

that implicit reliance connot be safe

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