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No. I. DR. WATERLAND's List.
Jan. Sharp's Sermons. Tillotson'sSermons,
Discourses, 1st Feb. Calamy's Sermons. /. vol. i. fol.
and 2d parts..
Jenkins's Reasonableness of Chris. tianity.
Mar. Sprat’s Sermons.
May (Hoadley's Sermons./Tillotson'sSermons, Clagget's Sermons, Bennet on Popery. June South's Sermons. | vol. ii. fol.
Abridg. L. Cases.
- Supposing now that you have in four years gained a competent skill in Greek and Latin authors, and in the arts and sciences, and that you have laid some foundation in English Divinity, from reading sermons; and that you have a general view of the controversies on foot from the books mentioned, and some insight into Church history; next (if not done already) learn Hebrew: then take in hand some good commentator, Grotius or Patrick, and read it through. You may take Josephus's History along with it, and Dupin's Canon of the Old Testament. From thence proceed to the New Testament, which also read carefully over with some commentator, Grotius, Hammond, or Whitby; the last I should prefer to be read through, and the others to be consulted on occasion. From thence go on to the Church writers, taking them in order of time; first seeing a character of their works in Dupin, or Cave, or Bull; and let Bingham's Ecclesiastical Antiquities be consulted, where he treats of such matters as you meet with, that have any difficulty in them. Thus go on till you come to the fourth century, at least, if your time, business, and other circumstances will permit. If not, you must be contented to take the easier and shorter way; and study such books as may more immediately serve to furnish you as a preacher: which may be these that follow, besides those beforementioned. Bull's Latin Works, fol. Grab. edit. Fleetwood's Relative Duties. Nelson's Life of Bull, with his English Stillingfleet's Origines Sacræ. · Works, in 4 vols. 8vo.
Burnet's History of the Reformation. - Feasts and Fasts.
F.Paul's History of the Council of Trent. Stanhope's Epistles and Gospels, 4 vols. Clarendon's History. Kettlewell's Measures of Obedience. Cosin's Canon of Scripture. - on the Sacrament.
Stillingfleet's Cases, 2 vols. - Practical Believer. Norris's Humility and Prudence, 2vols. Scot's Christian Life, 5 vols.
- Reason and Faith. Lucas's Inquiry after Happiness, 2 vols. Wilkins's Natural Religion. Hammond's Practical Catechism. Dean Sherlock's Works.
VOL. XII. NO. I.
Butler's Analogy. Ostervald's Causes of Corruption. Watts's Scripture History: Sherlock, Bishop of London, on Pro Archdeacon St. George's Examination
phecy, Trial of the Witnesses, &c. for Holy Orders. West on the Resurrection.
Stackhouse's History of the Bible. Observations on the Conversion of St. Nichols's Defensio Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ. Paul.
Cave's Primitive Christianity.
Fiddes's (3 vols.) Blair's (4 vols.) Barrow's.
Abernethy's. Hickman's (2 vols.) Seed's (4 vols.)
Bishop Sherlock's. Bragg's.
Balguy's (2 vols.) Beveridge's.
Dodwell's (2 vols.)
ON A SINGULAR COINCIDENCE IN SUPERSTITIONS
RESPECTING CHRISTMAS-DAY. MR. EDITOR,—The following extracts are so singularly coincident in allusion, that I cannot help requesting you to insert them for the amusement of your readers. The origin of the former superstition may be familiar to many; and that of the latter is, probably, to be found in the traditional remembrance by some early colonist of the notions of his forefathers. There are several passages in the ancient writers, which make mention of a consternation amongst animals on occasion of an extraordinary birth; and, probably, both the superstitions of the Devonians and the Canadian Indians, may have been derived from an earlier date than that of Christianity, although applied to one of its mysteries ; since, as is well-known, Pagan nations were, in the first ages of our era, Christianized for the benefit of converts.
A superstitious notion prevails in the north of Devonshire, that at 12 o'clock at night, on Christmas-eve, the oxen in their stalls are always found on their knees, as in an attitude of devotion; and that, (which is still more singular,) since the alteration of the style, they continue to do this on the eve of Old Christmasday. There is an old print of the Nativity, in which the oxen in the stable, near the virgin and child, are represented upon their knees as in a suppliant posture. This graphic representation has, probably, given rise to the above superstitious notion on this head.--BRAND's Popular Antiquities, Vol. I. p. 354.
When it was midnight, I walked out, and strolled in the woods contiguous to the house. I was suddenly roused from a delicious reverie by observing a dark object moving slowly and cautiously among the trees. At first I fancied it was a bear, but a nearer inspection discovered an Indian on all-fours; for a moment I felt unwilling to throw myself in his way, lest he should be meditating some sinister design against me; however, on his waving his hand and putting his finger on his lips, I approached him, and, notwithstanding his injunction to silence, inquired what he did there. “Me watch to see the deer kneel,” replied he; “ this is Christmas night, and all the deer fall upon their knees to the Great Spirit and look up.” The solemnity of the scene, and the grandeur of the idea, alike contributed to fill me with awe. It was affecting to find traces of the Christian faith existing in such a place, even in the form of such a tradition.” Sketches of Upper Canada, by John Howison, Esq. p. 191.
Such a parallelism in the superstitions of people put asunder, “ as far as the east is from the west,” by civilization, localities, and religions, is, at least, curious.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.
Diocesan Committee within the Diocese of Ely. Ar a General Meeting of the above Bibles, 3,388 Testaments, 9,945 Prayer Committee, holden in the Combination Books, 47,744 other Books and Tracts. Room of St. John's College, on Tues- The Sub-Committee have great saday, November 17, 1829; the Right tisfaction in stating that the increased Rev. the Lord Bishop of Ely in the distribution of the present year has chair: the list of Benefactors and arisen in a great measure from the Annual Subscribers for the year ending extension of Sunday Schools in the at the Audit in November 1829, hav- Diocese. ing been presented, the following The Sub-Committee state, with restatement was read and unanimously gret, that the Rev. Richard Duffield adopted :
has signified his wish to resign the The Sub-Committee have to report, office of Secretary to this Committee. that in each year since the year 1821, After which, the following resoluthey have distributed the number of tions were proposed and unanimously books and tracts as undermentioned, agreed to : viz.
1. That a donation of 301. be reTesta Prayer Other Books mitted to the Treasurers of the Parent Year. Bibles.
Society. 1822..144 264 319 1,310
2. That the best thanks of this 1823..123 133 251 1,584
Committee be given to the Rev. 1824..134 203 296 2,932 1825..341 245 530 5,295
Richard Duffield, for his valuable ser1826..324 344 555 5,011
vices during the time he has discharg1827..318 289 1,042
ed the office of Secretary. 1828..340 338 817 6,275 3. That the Rev. John Graham, 1829..448 352 1,0339,435 Fellow of Jesus College, be requested And that since the institution of this to accept the office of Secretary to this Committee they have distributed 5,159 Committee.
SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL IN
FOREIGN PARTS. The Fourth Annual Meeting of the local state of the Society, it appears “ Society established in the Diocese of that during the last year the sum of Ely and University of Cambridge, in 241. ls. has been received in donations, aid of the Incorporated Society for and the annual subscriptions amount the Propagation of the Gospel in to 2331. 5s. In the latter there has Foreign Parts," was held in the Town been a diminution, which is accounted Hall, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and re- for from the circumstance of many spectably attended.
members having quitted the UniverThe Lord Bishop of Ely, on taking sity, who consequently have disconthe chair, requested that the report, tinued their subscriptions. which had been prepared, of the pro Some able speeches were delivered ceedings of the Society during the by the Bishop of Lincoln, Dr. Chafy, past year, might be read.
Dr. Turton, Professor Sedgwick, and The Rev.J. Griffith, B.D. Secretary, others, pointing out the claims which then read a satisfactory report of the the Society has upon us as Christians, operations of the Society, in which and the encouragements which we several facts were detailed of an in- have to persevere in so good a teresting nature. In allusion to the work.
CLERGY MUTUAL ASSURANCE SOCIETY.
County of Huntingdon.
That the Huntingdonshire Local Board be governed in all their proceedings according to regulations to be approved by the Board of Directors in London : and that the Chairman be requested to make known to the Directors the resolutions passed at the meeting of this day, and to obtain authority for incurring expenses on account of the Society in transacting local business.
6. Moved by the Rev. R. S. Barton, and seconded by the Rev. D. J. Hopkins,
That the cordial thanks of this meeting be given to the Rev. John Hodgson for his attendance as Secretary to the Board of Directors, and the clear and able explanations giving by him respecting the designs of the Society.
(Šigned) EDWARD Maltby, D.D.
On Friday the 30th of October, 1829, a Meeting of the Clergy of the county of Huntingdon was convened, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of establishing a Local Board in the above county. The Rev. Dr. Maltby being in the chair, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :
1. Moved by the Rev. E. Edwards, and seconded by the Rev. William Palmer,
That this meeting do express their approbation of the Clergy Mutual Assurance Society, as tending to increase the comfort and respectability of the Clergy and their families, and that they are anxious to co-operate with such Society in the furtherance of its objects.
2. Moved by the Rev. R. A. Nash, and seconded by the Rev.D.J.Hopkins, · That a Local Board, to communicate with the Board of Directors of the Clergy Mutual Assurance Society, be now formed in this county, for the accommodation of the Clergy thereof, and other interested parties residing therein, and that the meetings of such Local Board be held at Huntingdon. 3. Moved by the Rev. Edward Peck,
te and seconded by the Rev. B. Puckle,
That the Huntingdonshire Local Board do consist of the Clergy and Gentry now named. The Lord Bishop of Lincoln has been pleased to allow himself to be nominated President, and the Rev. Dr. Maltby Chairman of the Board.
4. Moved by R. Smith, Esq. and seconded by the Rey. H. Maule,
That the Rev. John Fell and the Rev. John White be appointed Secretaries of the Huntingdonshire Local Board.
5. Moved by David Veasey, Esq. and seconded by the Rev. John Fell,
The Chairman having left the chair, it was moved (with permission) by the Rev. John Hogdson, and seconded by the Rev. William Palmer, that the thanks of the meeting be given to the Rev. Dr. Maltby for his kindness in taking the chair upon this occasion, and for his zealous attention at all times to whatever may tend towards promoting the welfare and respectability of the Clergy.
J. Fell, Secretaries to the
J. White, S Local Board. Assurances may be made in this Society by Clergymen, for provision in Sickness, annuities in Old Age, payments at Death, and endowments for the education and settlement of Children.
Application to be made to the Rev. John Fell, Huntingdon, or the Rev. John White, Brampton, of whom prospectuses may be had.
POLITICAL RETROSPECT. Domestic.—The funds have main- tiplication of crime, which has been tained their high prices during the certified by the magistrates from the past month, and consols remain un- bench, and a corresponding corruption usually elevated; but that this is an of the manners and habits of the lower unnatural price, even at the present orders. The augmented number of moment, when monied men can find suicides, and sudden deaths, traceable no employment for their capital, and to this changed system of policy, is therefore vest it in stock as their only truly awful. resource, must be evident even to the It is a gratification, that however most superficial observer; that such a evil-disposed persons may unite togecircumstance has helped to raise them, ther for a time to work mischief, a is indubitable; but that the full effect period will arrive, in which an overis the result of a manæuvre is beyond ruling Providence causes the hidden all doubt. The expected change of things of darkness to be disclosed. the 4 per cents. to 3 per cent. may be This time is now fast approaching, to either the cause or the consequence of that body, formerly designated as the the present state of the funds; we only Roman Catholic Association ; and look to the consequence, which is pro- who, though they renounced the name mised to be one of benefit to the in affected compliance with the mannation. We consider the measure un- date of the legislature, still continued just, and like every other unjust mea- banded together, devising further sure, it will produce injury to the means of ruin to their country. These parties who partake of it, and probably persons have disagreed amongst themto many besides. The holders of the selves, concerning a large sum of stock proposed to be reduced have money, the produce of the Catholic already received their portion; for Rent, and which the treasurer, in whilst the other funds have risen enor- opposition to the request of the commously, theirs has been kept nearly at mittee, refuses either to give up or par; they have therefore been deprived account for: hence aisunion has of their just and equitable due in the arisen, and, in their hasty discord, they corresponding advance, from whatever have accused each other of misdecause that may have sprung. A larger meanours on various occasions, with quantity of 34 per cent. stock must be many other circumstances, all tending created to meet the reduction, the in- to expose the real characters and interest of which will be of less amount tentions of the parties at the head of than that of the stock reduced ; but it the Association; which may be a warnought to be remembered, that this in ing for the future, to easy incredulous crease, if redeemed at par, the only persons, how they suffer themselves to just way of making the estimate, be imposed upon, and made tools of, would cost a much larger sum to effect by artful men, who hide, under a its redemption.
ready flow of high-sounding words, The effects of the new police esta designs fraught with unutterable woe blishment appear to be beneficial to the to our once flourishing and happy peace and safety of the metropolis, but country; for it is in vain to attempt not so much so as to countervail the disguising that she is fast losing her increase of crime from the increase of claim to that condition. At the comdram-drinking, which is now extended mencement of the year just closed, to an alarming degree. The policy of how different was her situation to our forefathers was to supply the la- what it is on the present New Year'sbouring classes with a wholesome malt day. Then our manufacturers were beverage, at as moderate a price as employed, our commerce was comtimes and circumstances would permit; paratively active, the agricultural porand to restrain the practice of swal tion of the community had gathered lowing ardent spirits, by taxing them in a plentiful increase, and every highly. Some acts of later admini- prospect wore a smiling appearance. strators have reversed this, and the The legislature met, and intimidated consequence is, an enormous increase by the idle, though loud and boastful in the consumption of spiritsă mul- . threats, of this handful of demagogues,