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God is too great to watch the pro- 'sence of which affords a wide range gress of individual guilt, to blast its to Atheisın, with all its train of schemes, to counteract its designs — crimes and woes.' and with what unwonted zeal will he T he Second Letter enters on the gratify every lust! and at the altar subject of Missions in general; and of passion with what ardour will he here he again charges the Reviewer sacrifice all the charities of human with Infidelity, 1, Because he treats life! A disordered and an abans with levity the gross and cruel sudoned world will present to him a perstitions of Paganism ; 2, Because wide field of indulgence; and crimes be pours ridicule and contempt on of every hue will shoot forth with Christian Missionaries, merely for an unnatural luxuriance in so con- their attempts to propagate Chris. genial a soil. But the thought, the tianity; 3, Because he arguts against Methodistical thought, if you please, Missions (particularly to India) on that God is the God of individuals, the ground of political expediency, that there is no being so insignifi- to the exclusion of the providence cant in his wide domain as to escape of God, and in opposition to the his providential care; but that, as a eternal principle of moral duty.' father, he hears the suppliant's, cry, The third and last Letter conguides bis way, and controuls his siders the present state of Literature destiny,-operates most powerfully and of the Reviews, and their in the cause of religion and virtue. ayowed hostility (with the excep. The mind, contemplating a present tion of the Ec!ectic) to Evangelical Deity, adorex his perfections, and Religion. This Letter we parti. seeks to enjoy a consciousness of his cularly recommend to those who, favour; the character rises, and is while they reject all other Antimalured under his translorining in- christian works, continue to enfluence; the siruggles against temp- courage and prefer those monthly tation, sin, and sorrow, in a vale of journals which are directly hostile tears, become successful, because to Christianity. they are animated by the inspecting Upon the whole, we consider this eye of the Divinity; and the feeble as a masterly performance. The creaturc, armed with the omnipo. argumentative parts are strong and teace of Heaven, is more than a convincing ; - the satire occasion. conqueror. Mighty are the triumphs ally introduced keen and poignant, of principle over passion, and of without being illiberal or low; -piety over the world. And what a and the language in general, perspipowerful check to vice is furnished cuous, energetic, dignified, and in by a consciousness in the bosom of some instances, subime. the sinner, that he cannot hide him. The author, üs in his Answer to the self from the presence of his Judge! Barrister, has introduced a few notes, that the Almighty Being surrounds which tell well in their places , his path, and is acquainted with all and from one of them we were bis ways! Let this impression be much surprized to find, that, for all once felt, and the pleasures of vice the ribaldry lately introduced in the lose all their captivating charıs; Edinburgh Review, the public stand the heart sickens at temptation. indebted to a Reverend Diviise, was
God is here,' irradiates the dark the Author of 2 volumes of Modern ness of the night, tears off the cowl Serinons. of sccret villany in the face of day, and s: alarms the conscience, that Sermons, by Benjamin Grosvenor, imagined crimes are destroyed in the D. D., Now first collccled into a embryo: thus iniquity is restrained Polume, by John Daviess with a in the heart, which bows put to the Recoinmendatory Preface, by the sceptre of virtue; and, call them Rev. D. Boguc, A. M. 8vo, 98.by what names we please, those must be the friends of society and Dr. GROSVENOR was one of the human happiness who give pre-emi- most celebrated of the Presbyterian nence to a doctrine which the world preachers in the metropolis, during is too prone to forget, and tbe ab. the former half of the eighteenth
century. "If,' says Mr. Bogue in am alive again, my death shall not the Preface, he may not be enti be their damnation; nor is my tled to a place among the first three murder an unpardonable sin, but in the Republic of Theological Let- that the blood of Jesus cleanseth ters, he may be justly ranked among from all sin, even the sio by which the thirty who were all renowned that blood was drawn. above their brethren.'
Tell them, yon have seen the In perusing many of the re- prints of the nails upon my hands ligious books of that age, we are and feet, and the wounds of the Jed to conceive that the mind of spear in my side ; and that those the writer was not on the strelch: marks of their cruelty are so far
They are full of every - day from giving me vindictive thoughts, thoughts; and contain only such if they will but repent, that every ideas as most men, who are well wound they have given me speaks acquainted with the subject, could in their behalf, pleads with the Faeasily furnish. Dr. Grosvenor was ther for remission of their sins, and not of this school. It is seen, from enables me to bestow it; and by his writings, that he stirred up his those sufferings which, they may be whole. soul, and exerted bis powers ready to think have exasperated with energy to produce the best me against then, by those very ideas, - to express them in his best wounds, court and persuade them language, and to embellish them to receive the salvation they have with the most appropriate decora- procured. Say, Repent, that your tions. Such a man pays proper sins may be blotted out, against the respect to the public, and makes it times of refreshiug shall come from a present worthy of reception, the presence of the Lord,' Acis iii. Where this is not done, men should 19. not publish, and the world should Nay, if yon meet that poor not be pestered with the indolent wretch that thrust the spear into conceptions of lazy souls !
my side, tell him there is another To collect, and re-produce the way, a better way, of coming at works of the able writers of a former my heart, if he will repent, and century, is certainly commeodable; look upon him whom he has pierced and we hope that, while many and will mourn. I will cherish him private Christians will receive spin in that very bosom he has wounded.; ritual benefit from this volunie, he shall find the blood he shed an students in divinity, and young mi- ample atonement for the sin of shednisters, will find much to improve ding it; and tell him from me, he their minds, and much to imitate in will put me to more pain and distheir discourses.'
pleasure by refusing this offer of my · This volume contains sixteen blood, thaa when he drew it forth. sermons on interesting subjects; and a sketch of the author's life. From the first discourse, on Luke
Letters upon Arianism, and other xv. 4;-Beginning at Jerusa,
Topics in Metaphysics and The lem,' we present our readers with
ology; in Reply to tkc Lectures the following delightful passage :
of the Rev. Ben. Carpenter. By ? Tell them, that as I was sent to
'Thomas Belsham, 8vo, 45. the lost sheep of the house of Israel, MR. CARPENTER, sometime since, so, if they will be gathered, I will published • Lectures on the Works be their Shepherd still. Though of Creation, and the Doctrines of they despised my tears, which I shed Revelation ;'which were intended as oyer them, and imprecated my a defence of modern Arianism, blood to be upon them, tell them though he tells us, he is not very it was for their sakes 1 sbed both; solicitous to make proselytes to his that by my tears I might soften their system ;' as he conceives that every hearts towards God; and by my sect of professing Christian's believes blood I might reconcile God to all that is necessary for salvatiop ; them.
and that each is able, as he expresses • Tell hem I live; and because I it, to select those motives from
Scriptare which are best adapted to ples, and however necessary he may promote their own edification :' and feel it to be to state such conses these he takes to be the ingredients quences, in order to guard others of true candour.
against pernicious and dangerous On this subject, we beg leave to opinions. cite a passage from Mr. Belsham, • Of the opinion that rejects all which we do with the more pleasure, controversy, and renouuces the as we cannot often quote him with spirit of Proselytism,' says Mr. B., approbation : - Candour, surely, it may become us to recollect that does not consist in believing all sys- there is such a duty as Christian tems to be equally true, or equally zeal,- or zeal for truth; and that false, or equally uncertain, or equal. the disciples of Jesus are exhorted ly indifferent; nor is it bigotry to to contend earnestly for the faith endeavour, by all fair and honour which was once delivered to the able means, to propagate the doc. saints. Of this the apostle Paul was trinę which, after due examination, an eminent example; so likewise is judged to be true and important, was the apostle Jobn. Their epis. even though it may occasionally tles are chiefly controversial. They disturb the slumbers of those who, express great indignation against from ignorance, or indolence, or the errors and pernicious principles self-interest, may be desirous that with which the Christian doctrine, mankind should always remain in in that early age, began to be core error. If this be candour, Christ rupted.' P. 15. and his apostles were the most un- Tbese sentiments we cannot but candid of all men ; and the great approve and consider as a sufficient reformers, to whose vigorous efforts apology for the earnestness with the present generation is indebted which we find it necessary to confor its civil and religious liberties, tend for what we consider as the and for its mental and moral im- inost important and essential truths. provements, “ were unchristian bi. On reading the celebrated work of gots ;' -- for they were the great Mr. Wilberforca, Mr. Carpenter disturbers of the peace of mankind; has this reflection : -' Has God and, by their zeal for truth, and created an order of beings, amongst their bold and determined oppo. whom vice and misery are more sition to established error, they in- prevalent than virtue and happiness, curred the charge of turning the and will be more prevaleoi thro' world upside down. - In my estima. eternal ages ? O distressing and tion (continues Mr. B.) that man borrid thought! Nothing short of is truly candid with respect to his demonstration shall convince me of own opinions, who avows his prin- its truth; and against such demou. ciples fairly, and without any dis. stration I would wish to close my guise or mental reservation; and he eyes in everiasting sleep !' Is it is candid with respect to others, possible an intelligent man can imwho readily concedes to them in pose on himself by such a sophism? practice, as well as in words, the Is it wonderful that such a man same right of private judgment, should remain unconvinced ? which he claims for himself, who On the question, Whetber the sys. makes every reasonable allowance tem of Mr. Wilberforce or Mr. Belfor the effect of early prepossessions, sham be best adapted to promote and other circumstances which tend religious and moral excellence: he imperceptibly to bias the judgment; decides in favour of the former ;
who does not hastily impute to arguing both « from observation his opponents improper motives, and from fact,' apd acknowledges who is willing patiently to listen to that Mr. Fuiler has established this arguments, and to consider objec- conclusion in his Defence of the tions, and who does no: charge his Calvinistic System.. antagonist, personally, with conse. It is a curious fact, in the history yuences which he disavows, how- of modern Heresy, That the eneo ever clearly they may appear to mies of the doctrine of the Trinity kimself to follow froin his princie bave continued to siuk lower and
lower in their estimation of the Re. notions of their own importance, it deeiner of mankind. The first So- is hard to stand before God, and cinians worshipped him ; and Soci.. sue for mercy, on the same ground Dus even persecuted his brother
u nis brother as the vulgar. It is hard to resist heretic David, for refusing what the the tide of flattery, which is conmodern. Unitarians call gross ido- tinually picssing upon them in Jatrý, - the worship of Jesus Christ.
every direction ; and to believe that The Arians of the last century also the fine thiogs, which almost every considered him as the subject of re. body says of them, are, after all, Jigious worship ; - such were Drs. not true. It is hard, after travers- : Clarke, Chandler, Benson, &c. ; but ing the circles of dissipation, and since the time of Dr. Price, it seems receiving the caresses of the great, this has been given up also by' tlie to break off and desert their ranks. Arians. With what propriety ihese'
amidst their execrations and regentlemen can call Christ the Maker,
proaches; yet tbese people must Preserver, and Governor of the
die, and are dying daily, like other World (i.e. as Mr. B. observes as
men. Impressed by such sentimenis, to every practical purpose, God') the writer of this pamphlet feels an and yet refuse to worship him, it is anxious solicitude' for the salvadifficult for us to conceive.
tion of the rich; especially those Mr. B., however, is a genuine disa
who are bordering on the grave. -ciple of Dr. Priestley; and believes May it nrove ihat this solicitude Jesus is, in all respects, ' a man like has not been excited in vain ! ourselves.? Can any wonder that
The greater part of the piece those who have descended so low in
consists of an address to an untheir opinion of the Saviour should
known personage' at the Bristol reject him altogether? Indeed, Mr. Hot Wells, now no more. As the C. remarks, ' It is unpleasing to re. Rev. Thomas Scott, to whom the flect how many well-disposed yoaths, manuscript was sent, and who has who came there, i. 6. to Hackney, *
written a short recommendatory to be educated for the Christian mi
prcface to it, does not appear to nistry, have not only given up that
know the writer, it were vain for pro'ession, but Christianity itself.
us to indulge conjecture. By the We are sorry Mr. B. is consiraineil
account which she gives of herseif, to add, “This fact, to a certain ex
she appears to be the widow of a tent, cannot be denied.
clergyman, who had been patronThe remaining part of this work
ized by the nobleman whose widow is devoted to an attempt to lower she now addresses; and to have the character of Christ to the Uoi. been at the Hot Wells herself at the tarian standard, of which we give the time.
time, on account of a consumptive following specimen. When Jesus
complaint. The piece is dated from Christ is represented as the Judge of
St. l' incent's Parade. Whoever the the world, it is explained to mean
writer is, we hope it will not be the only that " the future state of all
last effort of her pen. mankind will be eventually awarded,
After respectfully introducing heragreeably to the solemn and Ex
self to the lady, she directs her atplicit declarations of the guspel!!! tention to the Holy Scriptures, P. 86.
gently insinuating, that this was a Important Considerations, respectbook, vich the contents of which
futly addressed to a distinguished her ladyship was, probably, but Female Invalid, and published with little acquainted; - briefly recites a l'iew to the Benefit of other Pa. the Scripture account of the Fall tienis at the Bristol Hoi Wells. 18. · and depravity of the species, apIt is hard for the rich to enter per
er pealing to the present state of the
world, and of our own country in into the kingdam of God. Born in
particular, as confirmations of the affluence, and educated in high
melancholy truth; -- introduces the * This refers to the late Unitarian grace of ihe gospel, and the necesCollege there.
sity of our fecling the need of it,
in order to prize it; - appeals to loving and beloved, yet forgetting, conscience, urging repentance for in the most important respect, your sin, and faith in Christ, with cau- relative trust. He saw you making tions against mistaking the depres. light of the invitalions of Cluriel ; sions and fears of an afflicted state and neglecting the great saivation, for religion ; - exhibits the jncar with all is invaluable blessings. He nation and sacrifice of Christ, as the saw you distitute of repentance toway of a sinner's salvation ; recit. wards God, and faith in the Lord my withal, the invitations of the Jesus; regardless of that dealla gospel to come unto him for life. unto sin and new birth unto righteoAfter recommending the prayer of ousness,' of which you profess the faith, the writer draws to a close ; necessity; and he has arrested your but not without some tender expose thoughtless career.' tulations with the object of her ad- The writer concludes by suggestdress, warning her of her approach. ing to the invalids, the propriety ing dissolution, and of the blissful of soliciting the company of an or fearful state that awaited her. evangelical instructor ; and relates
Having finished the Address to the a pleasing interview with a muinya' Lady, and hinted that she was now ter who visited her and ano:her departed,' the writer adds a few lady, adding, · There are, in the words to the surviving invalids at Establisiment, and among the Disthe Rot Wells, and to the rich in ge- senters, several faithful servants of neral. Among other things, she Christ in the neighbouring city, relates two very affecting facts, as who, I am persuaded, would gladly having of lale excited her commie minister suitable comfort or moniscration: --The eldest daughie: of tion to the patients at the Hot Wells.' a nobleman, through abstaining May this serious and well-written from nourishing food, and making piece receive the attention it deuse of acids, to reduce her corpu- serves! It is printed in a very neat lency, was brought hither te die manner, and on fine paper. Disgusted, poor thing, at the too rustic appearance of Health, she soon wasied herself to a delicate skeleton.'--' Tue much-admired
The Iniquity of Witchcraft: Tic Lady of a General in the army has
Sermons, delivered at Hi'arley, just fallen a victim to the imprudent
near Ilalifax, Yorkshire. by T. habit of exposing her person thinly
Hawkins, 6d. covered. She came from the north. We are sorry that any Christian ern part of the kingdom about a minister should find it necessary, in inonth ago; and is now lying a corpse the 19th century, and in this enin stale! Both are gone to be lightened country, to preach against judged of the deeds done in the Witchcraft. The author, however, body. Unhappy creatures! I read perceiving thal many ignorant perin my Bible, That murderers shall bon, in his neighbourhoud, resorical bave their part in the lake that to conjurers and fortune-iciers, has burns with fire; and I shudder to borne a faithful testimony agaiost think of you hereafter, who im- this unchristian pracice. molated yourselves at the shrine of 'The first discourse is on Lev. xix, Vanity!
31; the second, on Lev. XX. 6. Mr. There is in these Addresses a de- H. enquirts, What sort of persons licacy aod honesty which ought to are condemned in these passa yes; recommend thċin, even to the first and then exposes the great evil of characters in the land. We give having recourse to them. He docs. the following as a specimen : - not, indeed, inform us whether 'Alas! your Ladyship has disho, there are any real wiiches now, of poured and displeased God, by a long only prclenders.' This important course of alienation. He has seen part of the subject is wholly dethe injurious effect of your in. clined. We thik, however, he fluence ; seen you unmindful of his would bave done well, had he spoken glory, and defying his authority;. decidedly on this head, as it ivoulj