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hopes, that through the influence of an extensive and powerful association, consisting of the meinbers of the Church of England, men of right principles, of respectability, and independence, will in future be prevailed. upon to hold the parish offices, and that through the same means, their direction to those situations will be effectually secured, notwithstanding every effort of Methodistical power and intrigue, which has hitherto, by being but feebly opposed, in almost every instance, gained the ascendancy in Clerkenwell parish for the last 10 years.
A Friend to the
CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Aug. 13, 1804.
ON THE MIDDLESEX ELECTION.
TO THE EDITORS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
MAGAZINE. GENTLEMEN, T HAVE been high busy with this same Middlesex Elec1 tion. I have been opposing the enemies of Church and King with all my might. Many a toilsome day and many a sleepless night have I had for these last three weeks. The new Whigs and the Jacobins, long drawing nearer and nearer to each other, have coalesced at last. Madmen, must those peers, and sons of peers, and men of fortune be, who promote the plans, and labour to see cure the triumph of Jacobinism. Their efforts cost them a great deal of money as it is; but let them place in the hands of Jacobinism, the power it hankers after, and not a penny will remain in their purses. “ First inouthed," yea and first “swallowed” too, will be their fate. The chateaux in France were pillaged and fired, and the noble and the rich expelled or murdered early in the revolution. At last wretchedness fell heavily on the whole people; and they all settled into slaves.
What a horrible scene have I witnessed at Brentford ; what blasphemies, what perjuries, what drunkenness, what revellings, what speaking evil of dignities! Give these men way, and I plainly see we must soon burn our bibles. Insubordination and Christianity cannot subsist together. « The Rights of Man," the infamous book so called, and the New TestAMENT cannot both continue
Vol. VII. Churchn. Mag. Aug. 1804. Q in in one house. He that takes one to his bosom must needs burn the other.
Magistracy is become with these bigots of misrule, a bye-word. What, is it a crime in a man to be a Magistrate? Is it criminal to distribute justice, to punish the guilty, and to protect the virtuous? Is it criminal in the Magistrates who preside over the Police, particularly, to receive salaries? Do they not devote their whole time to the public; and ought not the public to recompense them? Are the Judges the worse men for receiving salaries? Are the great officers of State unworthy of respect or confidence, because they receive wages? In France, and I think, too, in America, the very senators receive wages; and so did they here formerly; and perhaps still have a right to receive money to defray the expences incurred by attending Parliament. Andrew Marvell was the last man who took wages; and if wages were due to him, why should he not receive them. Is the King unworthy to reign, (may God defend him against all his enemies!) because he holds royal domains, and has a civil-list revenue? « Custom to whom custom is due," is enjoined to be paid by the Gospel;-is it criminal in the King to receive it?
How are the poor uninformed people, imposed on by words!What philippics have I heard against contractors. Now, as a tradesman, I have an opportunity of judging here. If we are threatened with invasion, we must have , a navy and an army; and shipping and troops must have stores. There are no chandlers' shops at sea; and when many thousand soldiers are on their mareh, there are no stables, no inns, no shambles, no mills in the places where, generally, encampments are formed. What is to be done? Provisions, and ammunition, and clothing, and bedding, -and sea-stores, and forage, must be procured before expeditions can be formed, before armies can take the field, or fleets put to sea.
Call the worthy tradesmen, or the merchants who supply these necessaries, contractors if you will; what then?--If they give a fair equivalent in the articles they furnish, for the money which they receive, how are they blameable, how do they offend against honesty or honour? They materially serve their country; for without their assistance, both fleet and army were utterly useless, nay, could not be maintained for a day,—could not exist. If contractors are not to be endured, speak out, my un
blushing blushing friends, and say at once “ we will neither have fleet nor army” let Bonaparte and his myrmidons take all, let confusion supplant order, let'" Chaos come again," and “let Darkness be the burier of the dead."
Some merchants deal in money, as others deal in the Recessaries of life and in warlike stores; these, too, are contractors, loan contractors; and the poor misguided multitude is taught to hate them; and no doubt would willingly lend a helping hand to pull down their houses, and ease them of their cash. That money is in better hands; in the hands of those who, though“ merchants, may rank with princes, and stand amongst the honourable of the earth.” In the hands of the mob, it would be drank out in a week. At the disposal of those who now hold it, it streams forth in a variety of channels, some fertilizing the country, some giving drink to the thirsty, some refreshing the weary, some cooling the parched tongue of disease, some vying with that gloriously redundant flood, which makes “glad the city of God! the holy place of the tabernacle of the most highest.” In less figurative language, the opulent are they who improve and adorn their native land, who 'execute all great national undertakings, dig canals, construct roads, excavate docks, form harbours, set up manufactories; and, more public-spirited still, build schools, erect hospitals, and support the Church. The jacobinical crew would instigate the madness of the people to acts of blood against those who feed by employing them, and who of their bounty maintain, when sick or aged, the poor.
There are some people against whom that starling of the renegado Tooke, that repeater of the renegado's malicious speeches, who has daily declaimed on the hustings at Brentford; he who sat for two vears in a seat to which he had no right: I will not contaminate my paper with his name: there are some people against whom he constantly poured his mimic thunder-fire and brass--the people he calls Jobbers. This is a very ill word. Jobbers are men who perform their work, or fulfil their contracts, any-how, for lucre's sake. Let such men be punished. They are an offence to me. I detest all traders
are not fair traders. But then name them. Who are they? Let them be proceeded against according to law. What signifies railing? Whilst no body is named; the misjudging, slanderous, and envious many, will apply the word, at randonn, to every man; that.is, to every man
who opposes their favourite candidate. I believe in no country under heaven, is the public money so sharply looked after as in England. Check after check controuls and moderates its expenditure. Not a farthing issues from the Exchequer, but a voucher must be produced for it; and that voucher must be produced to the com. missioners of public accounts, who have the eyes of Lynceus, and the severity of Rhadamanthus.
Give a dog an ill name and he will be knocked o'th' head. Give a man an ill name, and he will soon share the dog's fate with an indiscriminating lawless rabble, I have endeavoured to counteract the magic of some of the odious appellations of the day, and to deprive them of their force; in other words, I have endeavoured to dispel a parcel of vulgar errors.
Let us fear God, and honour the King; let us submit ourselves to every ordinance of man, for the Lord's sake, --So exhorts your humble co-adjutor, the loyal subject of his King, the firın friend of his country, and his country's Church, Aug. 11, 1804.
REMARK ON THE WORD Xagos.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
R. Pyle, in his Paraphrase on the General Epistle
of St. James, hath the following remark in a note on chap. iv. ver. 6. “ Xágos (charis) is rarely, that I can find, used to signify any inward motions, os secret operations of the holy Spirit on the mind; unless when it ex: presseth the extraordinary gifts and miraculous endowments on the apostles and first Christians.” Now as by this word xáços, grace, is certainly meant, both in our Liturgy and the works of our most eminent divines, the ordinary operations of the Holy Ghost upon common Christians; I should be glad if any of your correspondents would point out, in your excellent Magazine, wherein the word is to be understood in this sense, which will oblige,
Your humble Servant, and constant Reader, August 16, 1804,
ON THE APPLICATION OF THE WORD METHODIST.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
MAGAZINE, SIR, IN the British Critic for last April, Pearson's Letters
to . Inter alia, the Reviewer says, “ Mr. P. does not stigma, tize with the appellation of Methodist any Clergyman who, professing to adhere to the Doctrine of the Church, does not, by his conduct, militate against her discipline." How different this from the opinion and conduct of many; who stamp with the name of Methodist, Enthusiast, and Fanatic, every zealous Minister of their own Church! And why? Because, forsooth, he spends that time in pastoral visits, or in preparing his discourses for the pulpit, which others spend in frivolous amusements, at the play-house, or at the card table! Let a man but read Clapham's most excellent Visitation Sermon, (on the Duty and Advantages of Pastoral Visits,) and, if he be one of the sacred order, he will find but little time to spare, I think, for places of dissipation.
I hate, as much as man can bate, all rant and fanaa, ticism: but, Mr. Editor, let us not avoid one extreme and run into another: I love to see the zealous Parish Priest; the man whose heart is in his work.
I know many such; and have often witnessed, with inexpressible delight, the devout attention of those to whom they have been pointing out the road to everlasting glory. But, Sir, if they mean to be in earnest, they must expect to be dubb'd (and by their brethren too, even though they have never heard them preach) Methodists. But, with what justice can any man be so called, who has no religious connection whatever with any body of Christians out of the Church to which himself belongs; who conscientiously preaches the true doctrines of that Church agreeably to his own solemn subscriptions; who observes her discipline, confines his ministry within her pale, and yields all dutiful obedience to her appointed governors. But the world has always had bad names for good things, as well as good names for bad things, The effect of a name is wonderful, and the great adversary of Christ's religion has shewn his subtlety, in the ample