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LAST WORDS OF REV. RICHARD HOOK.

With which expression, he fell ER, WHO DIED, Nov. 2, 1600, Ayed 47.

into a dangerous slumber; danger

ous as to his recovery, yet he reThe chamber where the good man meets his

covered, but it was only to speak 13 privileg'd beyond the common walk these few words : " Good doctor, Of virtuo is life, quite in the verge of heaven.

God hath heard my daily petitions; Fly se profane ! if not, draw near with awe, Receive the olessing, and adore the chance for I am at peace with all men'; The threw in this Bethesda your disease ; and he is at peace with me ; and funrestor'd by this, despair your cure." from which blessed assurance, I

Young. feel that inward joy, which tie His physician, Dr. Saravia, per- world can neither give nor take ceiving that he was in deep con

away from me.” More he would templation, and not inclined to con- have spoken, but his spirits failed verse, asked him, what where his him, and after a short conflict bepresent 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

len by Sir William Cowper, who in heaven ! and Oh! that it might

erected a monument to his memo. be so on earth !" After which he said, “ I have lived to see this

ry, in Borne Church, and acworld is made up of perturbations,

knowledge: Mr. Hooker to have and I have been long preparing Though nothing can be spoke worthy his fame,

been his spiritual father. to leave it, and gathering comfort Or the remembrance of that precious name, for the dreadful hour of making Judicions Hooker, though this cost be spent, my account with God, which I now on bim that hath a lasting monument

In his own books ; yet ought we to express, apprehend to be near. And though if not his worth, yet our respectfulness

. I have, by his grace loved him in Church ceremonies he maintind, 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, have done amiss, who can abide

Doth now preferr'd to greater honours go.

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 dil inspire, for I plead not my righteousness, To bid this humble inan—" Friend, sit up highbut the forgiveness of my unrighteousness, for his merits, who died

A faithful abridgment of the to purchase a pardon for penitent books of Ecclesiastical frolity, and sinners. And since I owe thee a 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 !" lished in London, 1705.

Walton's Lives,

er.

• “The subject which engaged Mr. Mook. er's dying thoughts, ought consta itly to engige

FRAGMENTS. our living ones; since in the prayer, composed and delivered to his disciples, by our Lord

At Newcastle-upon-Tyne, there anl Saviour, the obedience of the angels is pro is a coal pit, which is an hundred copy, after which we should diligently writ, and thirty fathoms (780 feet) in Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Bipollurne's Sermons. perpendicular depth, and which is Vol. I. No. 3.

R

worked, at that depth, five miles

IGNORANGE. horizontally, quite across, beneath It has been asserted, that "Igthe 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 Arata 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, throaghout the more orderly, more decent, more - whole diftrict 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 Parkinson's Organick Remains molt diligent and accurate inqui: of a former World.

ries, that in the most enlightened

parts of Ireland, not above 080 With regard to men's princi

third part of the people receive
any
education

at all ; and ples, we should always put the throughout the rest of the island, best construction on dubious cafes, and treat those as friends to learnt their alphabet.

not a twentieth part have ever christianity, who are not avowed and declared enemies. By so do- For more than twenty years ing, we may perhaps fave a per- past, upward of 300,000 children of fon from really apoftatizing ; his the poor have been religiously eddoubts and prejudices may be o- ucated in the various charity and vercome ; and what was wanting Sunday schools in England. ibid. in him may be perfected. But if we suppose and treat him as an enemy, we take a ready way to When Mr. Paschal observed make him one, though he were any

of his friends to be afllided 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 Arengch- 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, ir a thority. “ He that is not against state of suffering evils, mortified us, is on our part.”

to the pleasures of fense, exempt Bp. Horne. from all thofe fallions which work

CANDOUR.

ibid.

SUBMISSION.

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 necessity in the state one Lord,” it is written, Him that ought to be in, and to have noth. cometh to me I will in no wise caf 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 now I die happy CELEBRATED BISHOP BUTLER.

When his Lordship lay on his 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 écrit 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, still afraid to die.” “My Lord," what he has made it.” said the chaplain, “ You havę

VOLTAIRE.

Review of Dew Publications.

L. L. D.

Letters to the Rev. Thomas Bel- thing supercilious, harsh, or unciv.

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

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

of love. While he exposes the er. Biggs and Co. London, 1804. rors and misrepresentations of Dr. 131 PP. 8vo.

Priestley and his learned disciple, The design of these eight letters he respectfully ackpowledges their is very important, and their pub- eminent abilities. Without the lication very seasonable. The least degree of petulance, he resubje&s are altogether controver- proves their unfairness; and nofial. The manner, in which they tices, with christian meekness, their are treated, displays a rare combi- bitter and extravagant reflections nation of excellencies.

upon what he believed eternal thor shows himself possessed of truth. Nothing is designed to dequalifications, which we always grade their characters. While he with, 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 auctor, without dreading fuck

The au

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

Belsham's picture of calvinifm. The first letter is thus introduced. I make no charge of intentional mile

representation. I doubt not the correlDEAR SIR, The discourse, with a

pondence of your language with your copy

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

the caricature which you havę sketched preached on occafion of the death of

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

After a few observations on Priestley, must be viewed by the disparfionate and candid, as an effufion 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 sir, have given us your such as the disciples of Socrates poffeßi- description of calvinism. "But I never ed when they embalmed the memory of yet heard of the calvinist, who would their injured master, and with talents adopt your statement as his own creed. which would have been worthy of Glorying in the doctrines of calvinifm, 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, 1 entreat your " guide, philofopber, 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 cording to godliness.

fcriptural, and important, a doctrine acdetecting 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 rate a set of principles. The conown sakes, die also, and perish for ever. The prayers and wishes, which pures

cise and well arranged statement 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 understanding and heart, and to when“ we all stand before the judgment the God of truth, and deserves seat of Christ.” But, in the fincere fpir. the most serious perụsal. After it of integrity and candour, to examine completing his statement of cal. his publick character, and to investigate vinillick principles, he thus conthe evidence, the tendency, and the val. ve of his sentiments, is now become a

cludes the letter ; 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 and full of Larrours, a mefage of wratb and

have reprobated as rigorous and gloomy, particularly considered are these ; injustice, of terrour and despair, the extrava, namely; that it is

a rigorous, gance of errour, and a mischievous compound gloomy, horrible, and pernicious syf of impiety and idolatry. I need not say tem, the extravagance of errour, and that, to myself, these principles appear a mischievous

, compound of impiety the voice of God, and the perfection of and idolatry.

reason, harmony, and moral beauty.

But whether, even on your own princiEvery man, (says our author in reply) ples, your description is not extravawho is at all in the habit of attending to gantly overstepping the bounds of reacontroverted questions, must have notic- ļon and justice, 1 appeal, my dear fir, to ed the facility and promptitude of urg: yourself, I appeal to every candid ing plausible objections, in comparison Leader. And from a conviction which, I 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, 1 eneRablishment of many capital truths. ter à folemn protest against every particle of your accusations; and, a- In letter V. he further vindi. gainft the whole of your condemnatory cates calvinism from misrepresen. charges, I appeal to the RIGHTEOUS tation. In the course of the letter AND ETERNAL JUDGE, In letter III. he takes a nearer

he notices Dr. Priestley's shocking view of the fubje&t, and invites cenfure of St. Paul's writings.

In the three last letters, the con. thorough examination. Of calvinism, he says;

troversy is created chiefly on the As for the fact of its truth or falle- ground of ecclefiaftical history. hood; that is the whole question at if- In these letters he ably exposes the sue between us and neither aspersions unfairness of Dr. Priestley's 'reanor eulogiums will stand for evidence. foning, and brings into view a As an advocate for calvinism, I invite, nuniber 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 "{pirit of liberal and juicious critic lowing as a striking example. çilm," and, which is of still more radi

The doctor has selected Chrysostom

as the father whose evidence is most amcal importance, in the spirit of purity

and uprightness, a fpirit influenced by ple in support of the opinion, that (the *the love of God and holiness, a spirit of apostle) John first taught the divinity of

Chrift. bumility, and a spirit of prayer. From

“ Chryfoftom” says Dr. Priestfuch an examination we have nothing ley,“ represents all the preceding writers to fear,

of the New Tefiament, as children; who

heard, but did not under and things, He elucidates the strict purity and who were busy about cheese-cakes 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 acknowledging, that his fyftem passage; and no one can say that his

faithfully transcribes the Greek of this speaks no peace to the wicked, and translation is materially unfair. so far as fosters no hopes of salvation, ex. it goes. The sentence'is exactly thus : cept such as are connected with the “ All the relt, like little children, hear present influence of habitual and indeed, yet do not understand what universal þoliness. This he el- cakes and childish sports." The omis.

they hear, but are captivated with teems no small part of its puriiy fion of the clause « all the rest,” (orye and glory.

anası FavT+) 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 facrifices the holiness, truth, and provided a ready answer : “ All

the pris

:he antecedent; and Dr. Priestley has 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 Chryfoftom, 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 nefs beyond expreflion awful, in the New Testament ? No, fir, you will find it solemn approaches of death, should to be, the effeminate and disipated spectators take shelter in this miserable refuge of of athletick games, and the auditors of musilies.

cians and oratorical fopbijls.In letter IV. he examines three Though our author candidly charges against calvinism ; impie- acquits Dr. Priestley of “intenty, idolatry, and mischievous tenden- tional misrepresentation,” yet he

. Some parts of this examina. thinks himself warranted to say, tion are excellent.

" that implicit reliance connot be safe

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