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- many of the preachers and of those who had been representatives of the General Biprist Churches most cordially expressed their friendship towards me and some of them declareit, that, in their opinion, the attack which had been made upon me was shateful and digraceful. It was ikewise said by persons of great respectability and judgment, and who heard the discourse delivered, that it must be paba lished; and that if it were published exactly as it had been preached, it would be a suficient vindication from the calumniatin; charge which some had endeavoured to fix upon it. This I have faithfully done, without uppre-sing, or having uppressed one single expression which was used from the pulpit. If I am not mi taken the act of the Assembly in acquitting me of the charge, will do the members of it more honour than the whole of Mr. M.'s letter. These are thirteen expressions in Mir. Marten's list of indecency. Seven of these, are not only scriptural, but are found in what we may ca!l the popular passages of the bible. Were not all these parsages of scripture publicly read in the Jewi h Church and are they not still continued to be read ? Have they not been quoted by Christ and his apostles, in their discourses, and in the epities of the apo tles, which have alway, bech publicly read in the churches of Christians? Harë they not been quoted, and that continually, in our public sermons, both ancient and modern? Yes they have. Who ever charged them, with such indecency, that they were not fit for females to hear, before Air. M.? Nobody. Well, then, let him have the honour of the discovery. The remaining six phrases are to be charged to my account. And first. “The husband of the mother must be the father of the son." Where are we to look for indecency in this sentence ? l it in the word husband, mother, father, or son, or in all ol them put together? Really I cannot tell. Next comes the word,"commerce." This is used in a quotation translated from Rabbilsaac, and was used by Dr.Priestley before me. And it is used by every other writer who has had occasion to convey the same idea ; yea, even by farmer Trueman in his advice to his daughter Mary. See his 26th di course, page 187, Unitarian Tracts. Next comes, “ His descent is traced throuzh the body of Jo.cph.” Where is the indecency in this phrase ? Is there any thing more in it ihan saying, “ jacob berat foseph." Certainly not. " An unmarried woman should conceive a ton." I am perfectly at a loss to know where the indecency of this phrase is to be found. I uppose Mr. M. never reads tie two first chapiers of Luke in public. Wonderfully modest !! Thave heard of a man who would not return thanks for a woman after childbirth in public, and I knew one who said, that a woman ought not to suckie her infant in company, and both pleaded indecency. “ An eye witness to the miraculous conception." Here Mr. M, has outrun truth. The words “ miraculous conception," are his not mine. “ The connexion between the Holy Ghost and the mother of Jesus."' The word “ connexion," in relation to marriage, is frequently used by the best of writers. As I have used it in reference to the power of God with Mary, it must be pure and innocent. Next comes,“ &c. &c." What is behind I cannot tell ; but it is to be wished that he had made his list perfect when he was about it. My opinion is still, that the charge is frivolous and vexatious. But, as Mr. Marten has we'lobserved, “ It sometimes happens that the zeal of good men leads thein into imprudence.” I now take leave of this charge, I hope for ever, and I shall make no further reply, until I see it better substantiated. I remain, as before, the sincere friend of Mr. Marten, and I hope that we shall mect as such at our next Annual Assembly. Dichling, Nov. 24, 1807.

A. BENNETT.

MR. B. MARTEN'S REPLY TO MR. STURCII, O, MR. BESNETI's

SERMON.

To the Editor of the Monthly Repository.

Sir,

- Your correspondent Mr. Sturch has commenced a war of recrimination against nie in a tone very much resembling some of those gentry, who, styling themse ves critics and reviewers, assume the right of whipping unnercifully all who happen to differ from them in opinion, while they are the first to be offended at the lash of others. He begins his observations with contending for that which I have never disputed, viz. the right of an Editor's inserting nothing anonymous which relates to natters of fact; but how long and how generally this has been the custom in the Repository, your correspondent has not informed me. I should hope, Sir, for your credit as an Editor, that minu is not a solitary casc.

Mr. S. has thought proper to as ert that my design in writing was to fix a stigma on vir. Bennett, which decla acion ill becomes him after the frank and friendly opinion which I have expressed towa:ds chat gentleman, who I am persuaded cannot by this correspondent's mischievous insinuations be made to think that I entertain again thin any motives of personal animosity. I have, Sir, only given it as my opinion that Mr. B. was incorrect when he said that he obtained a patient hearing of his sermon, while Mr. S. most dogmatically asserts the contrary. Mr. S. appeals for the truth of his assertion to the expressions of some of his friends, who I suppose like him cil were present merely during the time of public service, and at the dinner table atterwards : while I equally appeal to a number of my friends who were present during the whole business of the day, and whose disapprobation Mr. Bennett himseif was both an eye and an ear witness to, nor would it be a dificult task to prove, that during the delivery of the sermon there were visible marks in the congregation both of impatience, interruption and disgust.

If Mr. Bennett is an injured man, to what cause is it to be attributed ? Cer. tainly not to me ncr the Assembly, but to himself and those of his friends who have rashiy advised him to add one iinproper act to another : nor has Mr. Sturch's de licacy towards his friend Mr. Bennett appeared very conspicuous in agitating a subject, winch perhaps would have been much better lsid at rest.

When I wrote my former letter, I was not aware that amongst your numerous readers, there could have existed a disposition so captious as to have taken an advantage of my words, while the meaning was sufficiently obvious. Was it possible for any one but Mr. S. to have understood me to mean (notwithstanding some incorrectness of expression) that cach of the passages which I quoted, was repeated thirty or forty tinies, and not that such like passages occurred so often in the dis. course! And if I had substituted the word introduction for that of repetition, I might have escaped the talons of this angry critic. Indeed, Sir, werc I in my turn to recriminate, I might charge Mr. S. with asserting that Mr. Bennett's own passages in his sermon were more unexioplionable" than those which he borrowed from scripture, but this would betray a spirit which every friend to truth ought to de. precate. I am as anxious as any man for the spread of pure and unadulterated christianity, and the true worship of the one supreme God, but I hope my zeal in the good cause will never betray me into errors, and especially into that great absurdity of defending the mcasures of any advocate, right or wrong, merely because I believe hins to be a good man, and much more so, when his conduct acuda to stigmatize a large body of his equally well meaning brethren. And as I have never, either directly or indirectly, charged one word of scripture language with indecency, so I think the lcvity of Mr. Suurch in the latter part of bis le:ter is ill timed; it may indeed suit the feelings of a sneering, or gratify the spleen of an angry critic, but it deserves by me only to be treated with silent contempt.

I remain, Sir, your's &c. Barston, Dor. 10, 180;.

“B. MARTEN,

ERRATA,
To the last No. p. 598, l. 20, for “graven” read grave.
P. 607. col. 1. l. from the bottom, 8, dele “ sin."
P.614. col. 1. for “Ante-Mercator,” read tinti. Nerator.
P. 617. col. 1. l. 23, for “be praised," read bepraised.

--- 1. 23, from the bottom, for “ in punctually obey " read mo
punctuully.

INDEX.

A.

B.

Austin, St. Robt. Robinson's ac-
AFRICAN institution

219 count of, (note)
America, progress of religious in Austin of Rome, account of, 630.

quiry in, 47. Melancholy conse His success in conversion, and
quences of its want of a church mode of baptism, ib. Queries
establishment, 435. Episcopal submitted by him to pope Gre-

church of, its reformed liturgy 647 gory, ib. His miracles
Anecdote-of Alphonso the wise,

19. Of Dr. Paley, 141. Of a
Jew physician in Spain, ib. Of
ihe exercise of church discipline, Bacon, Lord, his Christian paradoxes 535
183. Of Dr. Price, 308. Of . Baptism, advice to parents upon,
Dr. Mounsey, 438. Of the can 297. An evidence to the truth
dour of St. Jerome, (note) 510. of the gospel, ib. Of infants, 2
Of the executioner of High Pe. Pelagius', sentiments on

514
ters, 520. Of the picty of a slave · Baptists, particular, support recom-
dealer, 532. Of Lady Jane Grey, mended to their translations of
536. Of the earl of Scar scripture into the Indian congues,
borough, 554. Of an Indian, 561. Mission in India

59
upon reaping the first fruits of Baptists, Unitarian, in Yorkshire 124
civilization, 609. Of Dr. Priest Beattie, Dr. defended against Mr.
ley, 633, 634. Of Secker and Cooper

Hoadley, 643. Of Sir R., Walpole 646 Belsham, Rev. Mr. strictures of on 3
Angel of the Lord, explanation of Mr. Carpenter's defence of Ari.
the phrase

402 anism, 80, 133, 195, 253, 304,
Apocalypse, suppo-ed late discovery 365, 460, 537, 587. Review of

of the writer of. 248. Inpurity his evidences of Chris:ianity,
of the text of

268 206, 271, 326, 384. Of his fast
Arianism, its origin, 138, 395. Its sermon
nature and tendency, 598. See Bennett, Mr. strictures on his ser.
Belsham.

; mon before General Baptists, 564.
Atonement, on the doctrine of, Mr. Sturch's remarks on the

. 400, 697 same
• Vol. II,

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202

Bigotry, what is not, 135, 539. Celestius, theological opinions of HII
Biography of Dr. James Foster, Cerinthus, newly di covered au-
1,si. Rev. Thomas Threlkeld, thor of tbe Apocalypse

348
169. Capt. Paul Cuffe, a negro, Chandler, Rev. Dr. inquiry and re-
237, 285, 335. Rev. Benjamin marks concerning his unpublish-
Bennett, 341, 453. Mr. John ed work, 482,
Reynolds, 342. Rev. Mr. War. Characters from real life .
ren

343 Childhood, great importance of
Bishops, from among the dissenters, discipline in

298
why not reformers of the church 6.45 China, edict of the emperor of,
Bone, Mr. John, on Tranquillity, against Christianity

ar institucion so called, zi. Re Christian church, a new era in 76
view of his wants of the People Christian churches, 239. Religious

and means of the Government 387 virtue the sole foundation of 239
Brân, a Welsh prince, the apostle Christianity. sketch of the state of,
of Britain

293 in Wales, from the time of Pela.
Bretons, peculiarities of

gius to that of Ausein of Rume,
Briti h Chistians at Rome
229

509 621
Buonaparte, his dexterity in impo Christianity, spread of, assured by

sing on the consciences of the prophecy, 72. Depraved and
French, 94. Paralleled in the disgraced by Popery and Cal-
writings of British bishop , 302. vinism, 133. What constitutes
Provides for descendants of Cur. a belief in, 201. Adulterated
neille, 283. Addre's of French with Druidi.m, 289. On the
Protestants to, and his answer, propagation of, among it heathen
502. Religious liberty che conse nations, 607. Popish accommo-
quence of his successes, 503. His dation of, to British heathenism, 631
designs in favour of the Jews, Christian, most denominations of
106. And 'intended 'reform of s'ight reason, 571. In virtue may
their faith and worship, 612. exceed Jews and heathens
A temporal Messiah, 108. The Christie, Mr. on the author of a
man in " the white cloud,"' 613. Dissertation on the Numbers of
Tolerant upon principle

613 Mankind

Church discipline, arguments
against, 183. Anecdotes of the

exercise of, ib. Defence of 16
Calvin on the use of reason in mat Civilization, must precede the
ters of eligion

572 propagation of Christianity
Calvinisi, shocking consequences Clark, Rev. Mr. defence of against

of, 195. An example of the tera the illiberality of the Eclectic
rors of

498 Review
Candour consists not in believing Clarke, Dr. Sam. an original letter

all systems equally true
Cappe, Rev. N. inquiry respecting Clarkson's proposed history of the
his dissertations

484 abolition of the slave trade 504
Cards, on dissenting ministers play Clergy sectarian, compliment paid

ing at, 125. A temptation to sin, to
and a waste of time

126 Cobbet, William, his arguments
Carlyle, late professor, Rev. W. for kecping the people in igno.
Turner's eulogy on

rance, 614. With his plans for
Carpenter, Rev. B. Mr. Belsham's *

the more effectually brutalizing
strictures on his lectures, 80, of them, 616. His luminous ac
133, 195, 253, 304, 365, 460, count of religion and the Bible 614
537,
$87 Cockle, Mrs. sonnut by

648
Catechism, the new French na- Colquhoun, Dr. evil tendency of his

tional, review of, 94. Remarks system of education
on, 300. Adapted to both Common Prayer, remarks on
systems of orthodoxy

301 Common sense, decisions of on the
Catholics' appeal against the or

Trinity
thodox, 10. Counter-appeal by Conscience, doubtful cases of, in 7th
Protestant.

192 century

135

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Controversy, more beneficial to 60- , Doddridge and Watts, orthodoxy
ciety than indifference

of.
Conversation, theological $8o Druidism incorporated with Chris-
Convocation, strictures on by Gog tianity
'magog, 204. Their address in Druids, account of

1806, with King's answer 205 Duelling, 356. Proposed remedy
Cooper, Mr. remarks on his me-

for
moirs of Dr. Priestley

65 Duncannon, E. poem by cí
Corneille, descendants of, provided

for by Buonaparte
Corre pondence, 56, 112, 167, 221,

288, 340, 396, 452, 508, 564, East, Sandys' contrasted account of,
620, 672

(note)
Criticism,Biblical-on an improved Eclectic Review, its unjust reflec-

version of N. T. p. 25. Paulus' tions on Mr. Clarke answered 68
commentary on Zech. ix-X. I, Eldon, Lord, observations on his
p. 88. Our Lord's agony in the adduction of Locke, in support
garden, Matth. Ixvi. 39. p. 317, of the slave-trade, 83. Would
3-3, 426, 485. Ps. xlv. 6, 7, 11, have quoted that writer in no
p. 178, 408. Isa. ix. 6, p. 178, other cause
410. Micah, v. 2, p. 176, 407. Emanuel, name, no relation to the
Zech. xi. 8-13, p. 180, 412. nature of Christ
Luke, iii. 23, p. 413. John, i 1, Empirics in theology

312
P. 544. i. 3, p. 345. iii. 13, p. England, church of, a " cage of un-
545,620. vi. 62, p. 546, 620. clean birds," 262. An asylum
viii. 58, P: 548, 583. xii. 27, p. for heretics, 263. les apostolical
320. · Ivii 5, p. 549. Acts, IX. origin proved, 435. Perfect
28, p. 236, 523. Rom. iii. 25. agreement of its ministers, ib.
i Cor. vi 2, 3, p. 613. 2. Cor. Ministers of not bound by the 39
viii. 9, p. 589. F.ph. iii. 9, p. artic es, 529 Replied io, 634.
590. Phil. :1.3-8, p. 237,525, On the reform of
593. Col i. 15-17, p. 237, Error, extirpation of, declared by
524, 591. 1 Tim. iii. 16, p. prophecy
234,521. Heb. i. 2, p. 590. xii. Essex clergy, resolution of, in re-
32—24, p. 142. 2 Pet. i. 16-

gard to Mr. Stone
31, p. 146. 1 John, iji, 1, 2, 5, Evangelical alarms, 130. Chris-

p. 524 v 8, p. 582. Rev. i. tianity built on peculiarity of
.8, II-13, 17, 18, p. 238, 527. terms

315
svii. 14, p. 238.

Evangelical Magazine, its appeal on

the late zealous exertions of the
Unitarians, 130. Its accu tomed

abuse of their opinions and prac-
David, St. account of . 624, 629 tice, ib. Unusually warm in its
Death, on the cessation of con recommendation of Biblical

sciousness between that and the learning
resurrection, 569. Of a spo tiny Evangelists and apostles, t'cir
baronet and a poor boy contrast- strange inconsistency if believers

575 in the pre-existence of Christ,
Deluge, testimony to the truth of 501

540, 588
Depravity, original, or the doctrine Evanson, Rev. Mr. defence of his
of

605, 638 writings and character, 128.
Devil, and demoniacal po`sessions, Remarks on his Dissonance, 272.

no foundation for belief of, in Letter from, to Lord Rederdale,
scripture

305 on the catholic question, 363, 423
Divines, their wond:ous excellen Evil, on God's permission of

cies and marvellous attainments
no small recommendation of re-

F.
vealed religion
Doctors' Commons, mode of carry Flamborough lights, Mi'ne's ora
ing on suit in, 450,

451 tion on the exhibition of

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