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I shall use the farther liberty of sub- ples of Materialism, it cannot be joining some of the considerations shewn that the germ which constitutes which lead me to hope that there will individuality, (and which must be inbe no need of suffering after this life, conceivably minute,) may not have in order to the conversion of those who been gradually expanding and assimidied in unbelief.

lating to itself what St. Paul denomiWe find that among the early nates a spiritual body: and thus the Christians, there were many persons resurrection may be constantly going who had been guilty of the grossest on. This hypothesis is not invali. vices.

dated by the invisibility of these rea Necessitarians admit that if those newed bodies. Many substances are persons who are now distinguished invisible, and to a blind man all subfor rice, had been placed under far stances are so. If the universe is a vourable circumstances in early life, plenum, the most subtle fluids are as they miglit have been rendered wise capable of solidity, as the most solid and estimable members of society, substances are capable of being reOur Lord declared that his murderers solved into gas. knew not what they did; and the Let us bear in mind how large a Apostle Peter has said, that, if they portion of the human race die in inhad known the true character of Jesus, fancy, and we may surely indulge à they would not have crucified him. hope that these have been placed in a

le have many well-authenticated better school than this world would instances in modern times of the effi, have afforded. cacy of a change of circumstances in These thoughts it must be con. bringing old sinners to repentance, fessed, are thrown out with little reThe character is often altered by a gard to logical precision. forcible or voluntary removal of the To return to the question of evil, individual from one country to an- It does appear to me that even if other, and from a change of condi- imperfection be eternally inseparable tion even in the same country. For from individuality, it by no means proof, I would refer to the beautiful follows that individuals' should be experiment of Count Rumford upon subject to positive pain : for a greater the dissolute characters who infested degree of happiness in prospect, tends the capital of Bavaria.

rather to quicken than to alloy present The dissolution of the body is, pro- enjoyment. bably, a puch greater change than Upon the Necessitarian Scheme, any which can be experienced in life; there is but one will in the universe; and it may, therefore, be the means and what less can be indicated by the of changing the views and reforming saying that God shall be all in all, the habits of individuals much more than that the will of each individual effectually than the preaching of the shall be ostensibly rendered identical apostles proved in their days. with that of the Deity? If so, each

It must, however, be granted, that will so cordially approve of every the nature of the change effeeted by thing which takes place, as to create death, depends upon the nature of the same feeling as if every thing was the society into which the parties effected by the will of each individual, shall be admitted. If this be vicious, and thus the Deity may be said to we can have slender hopes of refor- multiply himself to infinity. tuation.

It is said of each believer that he As the world has been progressively shall be heir of all things : but how advancing in kņowledge and civiliza- can this be true of the whole, unless tion, may we not reasonably conclude all shall contribute their respective that the same principle has been ope- produce (every one producing some rating in the invisible world? Jesus peculiar good) to a common stock, Christ surely has not been inactive the abundance of which shall suffice during the ages which have elapsed to satisfy the most capacious desire of sinee his resurrection. Let us hope each ? that he is now ruling over myriads of I wish to my heart I could see a heman beings who have undergone greater disposition among Christians the change of death. And here I to try the effect of this principle of would remark, that upon the princi- co-operation. Who knows but if a

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beginning were once made in right ready and acute wit, much beloved carnest, it would proceed until by by bis congregation, and well fitted means of human energy and virtue, for the enterprise alluded to by Dr. (guided by infinite power, wisdom and Evans. He belonged to the Presbygoodness,) the very state of things terian denomination of Dissenters. spoken of by the Sacred Writers He died at an advanced age in 1759, should be realized; and earth be con- having been the pastor of the congreverted into heaven?

gation here upwards of sixty years. As none of your correspondents The extract from Rae's History, given have noticed my former communica- by Dr. Evans, appears to be an accution, (XVIII. 450-457,) I begin to rate statement of the services performfear that these notions about co-ope- ed by Mr. Woods and his congregaration have been prematurely stated. tion on that occasion ; but, the rePerhaps we must wait another century ward therein said to have been bebefore they will meet with attention. stowed on him by the government, I PHILADELPHUS.

think is not. The sum always re

ported to me, when the circumstance P.S. I beg Mr. Luckcock's pardon has been inentioned, has been only for overlooking his Postscript (XVIII, 1001. And this, probably, was not 525). He appears to think that no given until some years after, because suggestion of mine should be attended it has always been stated, 'that, als to, unless I give my real name and though given to Mr. Woods for his place of abode. My name is a very personal services, at the time alluded common one, and if I were to give it, to, it was intended to assist in the few of your readers would be a whit the erection of the present chapel, (in wiser ; I am but an obscure individual. 1722,) and by him so applied. When I require credence to any asser

Another circumstance, equally cretion on the strength of my own esper gation as the former, took place soon

ditable to Mr. Woods and bis congrerience merely, I shall feel it proper after, which deserves to be recorded to sign my real name; but so long as you allow others to communicate their and made known.

The place in speculations under assuined signa- which the Dissenters met for worship, tures, I trust your respectable cor- previous to the erection of the present respondent, Mr. Luckcock, will not one, was in a private chapel belonging object to the same measure of indul- to the Lord of the Manor. This was gence being extended to me.

lent to the Dissenters for their use. About the year 1720), two rival candidates started to supply a vacancy in

the representation of the county, or Chowbent, at a general election, one in the inte

Jan. 9th, 1824. rest of the reigning family, the other N the communication from Dr. in that of the exiled one." The Lord of two Dissenting Ministers of Lan- insisted on his tenants, who, being cashire, which appeared in the last almost all Dissenters, and whose Number of your Repository, (XVIII. leases constituted them free-holders 690,) he wished for some information of the county, voting for the same; respecting them. Of the Mr. Walker but they, being strongly and zealously therein mentioned, I cannot give him attached to the House of Hanover, any information, never having heard unanimously voted for the other. of him before. But the character and This so displeased the Lord of the famc of Mr. Woods are still cherished Manor, that he instantly deprived and kept alive among the descendants them of their usual place of worship, of those who marched with him to and had it re-consecrated. But this battle. Mr. Woods was the grandson circumstance, instead of proving an of the Mr. Woods who was ejected injury to their cause, only strengthenfrom his living at Ashton, in Lanca- ed it, and led to the erection of their shire, in 1662. (See Palmer's Non. present one. Con. Mem. Vol. II. p. 83.)

B. R. DAVIS. a firin friend to the religious and civil liberties of his country, and a man of

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Sir Isanc Newton's unpublished MSS. (From Collet’s “ Relics of Literature,” 8vo. 1823, pp. 190–194. *) HE Earl of Portsmouth, at his seat in Hampshire, has a vast bulk of un.

published papers of Sir Isaac Newton. After Sir Isaac's death, they were examined by a committee of the Royal Society, and being found to consist for the most part of illustrations of the prophecies, and the book of Revelations (Revelation), the productions of his old age, it was determined, in tenderness to his memory, not to allow any of them to be published. The following is a catalogue of them, as annexed to a bond given by Mr. Conduit to the administrators of Sir Isaac, by which he obliges himself to account for any profit he shall make by any of the papers.

Dr. Pellet, by agreement of the executors, entered into acts of the Prerogative Court, being appointed to peruse all papers, and decide which was proper No. 1. Viaticum Nautarium (Nautarum ?); by Robert Wright.

2. Miscellanea; not in Sir Isaac's hand-writing.
3. Miscellanea ; part in Sir Isaac's hand.
4. Trigonometria ; about five sheets.
5. Definitions.
6. Miscellanea ; part in Sir Isaac's hand.
7. Forty sheets in 4to., relating to Church History.
3. 126 sheets written on one side, being foul draughts of the Prophetic

Style.
9. Eighty-eight sheets relating to Church History,
10, About seventy loose sheets in small 4to., of Chemical Papers ; some

of which are not in Sir Isaac's hand. 11. About sixty-two ditto, in folio. 12. About fifteen large sheets, doubled, in 4to., Chemical. 13. About eight sheets ditto, written on one side. 14. About five sheets of foul papers relating to Chemistry, 15. Twelve half sheets of ditto. 16. 104 half sheets in 4to., ditto. 17. About twenty-two sheets in 4to., ditto. 18. Twenty-four sheets in 4to. 19. Twenty-nine half sheets, being an Answer to Mr. Hooke on Sir

Isaac's Theory of Colours. 20. Eighty-seven half sheets, relating to the Optics ; some of which are

not in Sir Isaac's hand. “ From No. 1 to 20, examined on the 20th May, 1727, and judged not fit

to be printed.

“T, PELLET.” No. 21. 328 half sheets in folio, and sixty-three in small 4to., being loose

and foul papers, relating to the Revelations (Revelation) and

Prophecies. 22. Eight half sheets in small 4to., relating to Church Matters. 23. Twenty-four half sheets in small 410., being a discourse relating to

the 2nd (book of) Kings. 24. 353 half sheets in folio, and fifty-seven in small 4to., being foul and

loose papers relating to Figures and Mathematics. 25. 201 half sheets in folio, and twenty-one in small 4to., loose and foul

papers relating to the Commercium Epistolicum. 26. Ninety-one half sheets in small 4to., in Latin, on the Temple of

Solomon. 27. Thirty-seven balf sheets in folio, being of the Host of Heaven, the

Sanctuary and other Church Matters. 28. Forty-four half sheets in folio, on ditto.

The List is printed very incorrectly in Collet: a few obvious corrections are suggested. ED

No. 29. Twenty-five half sheets in folio, being a further Account of the Host

of Heaven. 30. Fifty-one half sheets in folio, being an Historical Account of two

notable Corruptions of Scripture. 31. Eighty-one half sheets in small 4to., being Extracts from Church

History 32. 116 half sheets in folio, being Paradoxical Questions concerning

Athanasius, of which several leaves in the beginning are very

much damaged. 33. Fifty-six half sheets in folio.—De Motio (Motione?) Corporum;

the greatest part not in Sir Isaac's hand. 34. Sixty-one half sheets in small 4to., being various Sections in the

Apocalypse. 35. Twenty-five half sheets in folio, of the Working of the Mystery of

Iniquity. 36. Twenty half sheets in folio, on the Theology of the Heathens. 37. Twenty-four half sheets in folio, being an Account of the Conquest

(Contest ?) between the Host of Heaven and the Transgressors

of the Covenant. 33. Thirty-one half-sheets in folio, being Paradoxical Questions con

cerning Athanasius. 39. 107 quarter sheets, in small 4to., on the Revelations (Revelation). 40. Seventy-four half sheets in folio, being loose papers relating to

Church History · May 22, 1727, examined from No. 21 to 40 exclusive (inclusive), and judged them not fit to be printed, only No. 33 and 38 should be reconsidered.

“ T. PELLET.”

No. 41. 167 half sheets in folio, being loose and foul papers, relating to the

Commercium Epistolicum. 42. Twenty-one half sheets in folio, being the Third Letter on Texts of

Scripture; very much damaged. 43. Thirty-one half sheets in folio, being foul papers relating to Church

Matters. 44. 495 half sheets in folio, being loose and foul papers relating to

Calculations and Mathematics. 45. 335 half sheets in folio, being loose and foul papers relating to

Chronology 46. 112 sheets in small 4to., relating to the Revelations (Revelation) and

other Church Matters. 47. 126 half sheets in folio, being loose papers relating to the Chrono

logy; part in English and part in Latin. 48. 400 half sheets in folio, being loose Mathematical papers. 49. 109 sheets in 4to., relating to the Prophecies and Church Matters. 50. 127 half sheets in folio, relating to the University; great part not in

Sir Isaac's hand. 51. Eleven sheets in 4to., being Chemical Papers. 52. 255 quarter sheets, ditto. 53. An Account of the Corruptions of Scripture; not in Sir Isaac's

hand. 54. Thirty-one quarter sheets, being Flammell's Explication of Hiero

glyphical Figures. 55. About 350 half sheets, being Miscellaneous papers. 56. Six half sheets, being an Account of the Empires, &c., represented

by St. John. 67. Nine half sheets, folio, and seventy-one quarter sheets, 4to., being

Mathematical papers. 58. 140 half sheets, in nine chapters, and two pieces in folio : titled

“ Concerning the Language of the Prophets.” 59. 606 half sheets, folio, relating to the Chronology. 60. 182 half sheets, folic, being loose papers relating to the Chronology

and Prophecies.

No. 61. 144 quarter sheets, and ninety-five half sleets, folio; being loose

Mathematical papers. 62. 137 half sheets, folio, being loose papers relating to the Disputes

with Leibnitz. 63. A folio Common-Place Book ; part in Sir Isaac's hand. 64. A bundle of English letters to Sir Isaac, relating to Mathematics. 65. Fifty-four half sheets, being loose papers found in the Principia. 66. A bundle of loose Mathematical papers ; not Sir Isaac's. 67. A bundle of French and Latin letters to Sir Isaac. 68. 136 sheets, folio, relating to Optics. 69. Twenty-two half sheets, folio, De Rationibus Mortuum (Motuum ?),

&c. ; not in Sir Isaac's hand. 70. Seventy half sheets, folio, being loose Mathematical papers. 71. Thirty-eight half sheets, folio, being loose papers relating to Optics. 72. Forty-seven sheets, folio, being loose papers relating to the Chrono

logy and Prophecies. 73. Forty half sheets, folio, Procestus (Processus ?) Mysterii Magni

Philosophicus, by W. Yworth ; not in Sir Isaac's hand. 74. Five half sheets, being a letter from Rizetto to Martine; in Sir

Isaac's hand. 75. Forty.one half sheets, being loose papers of several kinds ; part in

Sir Isaac's hand. 76. Forty half sheets, being loose papers, foul and dirty, relating to

Calculations. 77. Ninety half sheets, folio, being loose Mathematical papers. 78. 176 half sheets, folio, being loose papers relating to Chronology. 79. 176 ditto, being loose papers relating to the Prophecies. 80. Twelve half sheets, folio, an Abstract of Chronology. •• Ninety-two half sheets, folio, the Chronology. 81. Forty half sheets, folio, the History of the Prophecies, in ten chap

ters, and part of eleventh unfinished. 82. Five small bound books in 12mo., the greater part not in Sir Isaac's

hand, being rough calculations. “May 26, 1727, examined from No. 41 to 82 inclusive, and judged not fit to

be printed, except No. 80, which is agreed to be printed; and part of Nos. 61 and 81, which are to be reconsidered.

“ T. PELLET.” “ It is astonishing,” says Dr. Charles Hutton, in his Mathematical Dictionary, “ what care and industry Sir Isaac had employed on the papers relating to Chronology, Church History, &c., as on examining the papers themselves, which are in the possession of the family of the Earl of PortsDouth, it appears that many of them are copies over and over again, often with little or no variation, the whole number being upwards of four thousand sheets, in folio, or eight reams of folio paper, besides the bound books, &c., in this catalogue, of which the number of sheets is not mentioned.”

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Jan. 1, 1824. difficulty, to see the scope and design THE books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, of each separate prophecy; but, as it

Ezekiel, Daniel, and the rest of is, it serves only to perplex and conthe Old Testament Prophets, consist found the reader. Yet, in spite of of separate prophecies, delivered at this and of the still more provoking different times, and relating to events negligence of the Jews, who, when which have no necessary connexion they collected the writings of the prowith each other. The division into phets into separate books, called after chapters is a work of comparatively the names of their respective authors, recent date, and is of no authority did it apparently without any regard whatever. Had this division been ju- to distinction of subject or accuracy diciously made, we should have been of arrangement; we are enabled, in able in most cases, without any great many cases, by internal evidence, to

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