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Socicly. differs, in some respect, from every other: for, if we suppose tice things,

[Continued from p. 64.] in certain respects the same, then, Our author next considers the in proportion as the thought pro- objections against the Bible society ceeds in discarding difference, they pretty much at large, enumerativs will become idrun, the same thing or eighteen of them. person. Were the writer to ha

1. Its constitution embraces a zard a definition of Identity, it novel combination of Churchmen should be, That existence, or mode and Dissenters. A Dissenter giving of (xislence, which excludis all dif- away a Bible, will inake a proselyte. ference.

Were this true, the duty is paraFrom the attention we have given mount; and the intiuence which the to this Essay, we cannot withhold distribution produces, relates equal. our warm admiration of the au- ly to hospitais, dc. thor's manner, which is firm, argu 2. That a less good is received, mentative, and often convincing, where greater minnt be obtained, though softened by a modesty ex- by subseribing to the Old Society: ceedingly prepossessing: lle every - The multiplicity where discovers a bold and inde- embraced by the Old Society is pendent mode of thinking, and a

proved to enervate iheir cxcrtions. degree of acuteness not common in

He shews, from their owu Repori in modern publications.

The design

1805, that but for the fortuitous as. and general strain of the perform- sistance of an individual, their Misance are uniformly excellent. The sionaries in India would have been style is lucid, correct, and energe half-starved, and the Mission resigntič; and, therefore, well adapted ed; and on this being represented to the subject.

io them, they suspeuded its consTo the work is prefixed a brief, deration to a friure time. Their but modest and interesting sketch assiduity in distributing the Scripof the Author's Life. His parents, tures in foreign parts, we have seen it seems, lived in creditable po- abore. verty.

All his school education 3. That the New has injured the consisted in a more knowledge of funds of the Old Society. A nomihis letters; and, at the age of a lit- nal error in Mr. D.'s former state. tle more than 10, be was appreu- ment is admitted ; but the negative ticed to a shoemaker. He then he- of the proposition is shewn to be came a superintendent of skoe- the fact. The luxiliary Societies makers. At last he arrived at the of the Old have been stimulated costate of mastership; and resolved tirely by the New Society: to study. His mind, ailer remain 4. That the Sew has impaired the ing for a while in a siate of oscilla- relative importance and ascendency tion, fised on metaphysical pur- of the Old Society; and so it orgbt, suits. In the Works lie has already if the Old be roluntarily retiring laid before the public, he has pre- from the field, and leaving it unsented a striking and encouraging cultivated. lis advocates identify example of the successful efforts of the Old Society with the Church of genius, in combating the difficul England ; and though they accordlies arising from a want of carly ingly contend for an absolute ctiteeducation.

rion from the deciared small pomThe intrinsic merits of this vo ber of ihe bishops, clergy, &c. who lume certainly deserve a more ex- patronize and support the New Sotended copsideration than the limits ciety, not even a seventh part of of this Work will admit; and to the clergy are found among their those who are accustomed to close own Subscribers. inquiry, we cordially recommend it, 5. They have disgusted some per as that which will afford thcin a rich sons, who have thus joined the Old repast.

Society from improper feelings!

8. The New Society injures the “unfriendly and noxious' persons is cause of Christian charity. It seems styled (mangre the Country Clergyto be quite forgotten, how fully the man) The Reverend; and, to crown experiinent has already been tried; the whole, they actually publish the and that it has exhibited neither ex Songs for Children, of the unplosions, aniinosities, noróa theatre friendly and noxious' Dr. Watts ! of perpetual squabbles for the pre- What erring and ridiculous advoemineace.' On the other hand, the cates are these ! utmost Christian cordiality has per 12. It has no law to secure the vaded all their acts and delibera- exclusive distribution of the scriptions.

tures. — See Law I. 7. There are seeds of decay in its 13. It arose from a love of novelty constitution. If true, then its oppo- and contempt of order ; and, neats may have the satisfaction of 14. Was founded in a spirit of ri. knowing the evil to be so much the valry and hostility; which are both smaller.

fully answered by the history which 8. It makes a great noise in the he has given of its origin. world! Admitted.

The 15th and 16th relate to the 9. The object of its Members is patronage. Mr. Sikes stalcs, with to overturn the Establishment. By his usual accuracy, that fire bishops Messrs. Sikes and Spry they are, as approve of the New Society, instead we have shown, decidedly charged of saying thirteen. mith sinister intentions; and so are 17. That this general association they by Dr. W. The Doctor has tends to produce indifference to the however, furnished for them a very genuine doctrines of Christianity, commodious shelter from such in the minds of rustics, &c. who may senseless imputations.

contemplate the heterogeneous va10. There is no test for the ad- rieties of its structure! Mr. Sprya mission of members. Nor is any p. 22. test necessary, where tho object is 18th Relates to the relations and so cerlain and simple; and, there. dependencies of the Bible Society; fore, the Naval and Military Bible where Dr. W. strives to connect it Society, over which even the Arch- with almost every religious esta, bishop of Canterbury presides, of- blishment, on a liberal basis.throughfers no barrier against the Dissent- out the metropolis; insinuating, ers obtaining an absolute controul that there is among them all a sort in that Institution.

of black conspiracy, ' to blow inta 11. Their Bibles pass through atoms' the church of England. Mir. * unfriendly and noxious channels; D. has followed him through his and are given to the poor! In mazes of suspicion. The mistakes in other words, through their means, fact, or fallacies in reasoning, rising wome Bibles are given to the poor upon one's view, in every page, and, by Dissenters. Mr. D. demon, alniost in every line, it would be strates, that this is flatly opposed quite useless to develope, did our to the present and former opi- limits permit it. To which enunions and practices of the areh- meration, we think we may add anbishops, and of the Old Society, and other objection from Mr. Spry (p. to the practice of the University of 3+) which comes with tolerably Cambridge. One of the ludicrous sweeping force: it is, That God and retorts on Dr. W. here is, that the his word are now in fact very weil Dissenting Book Society, in 1770, known amors us, even in the rea bor:ght Bibles of the Old Society at motest corners of our land ! the cost price; and that by their VI. The remedies proposed to stop own offer. Another is, That some these bancful proceedings are three : of their Missionaries have never That the churchmen should secede, been episcopally ordained ; and in - That the Society should consine & sermon, preached by one of them itself to foreign objects, -That they (an Indiani and prefaced by Dr. Gas- eiiber refuse all Non-Subscribers to kia, their secretary, angider of these the Old Society, or recommend the..

to subscribe to that first: a set of as absurd as to invite a course of remedies which Mr. D. fully consi- friendly converse among birds, ders and rejects.

beasts, and fishes. Dr. W. bas, we Mr. D. then offers nine obscrva- think, shewn less acrimony in this tions on some general characteris- epistle than in his former one; but tics of the Doctor's epistle. He the whole pamphlet is a pompons here remarks on the Doctor's inde- jumble of entanglement, irrelecorous treatment of Lord Teign- vancy, and misrepresentation. mouth; and on his use of the au In the course of Mr. Spry's shal. thority of · Lambeth Palace,'giving low declamation, some particles of "a hint, which he knew would be candour are mingled with many very tolerably well understood by inany vindictive breathings. We shall not. a country clergyman, who is far be- however, do bim or Dr.W. the injusyond the reach of argument.' – Mr. tice of reducing theni to the level of D. p. 239.

the anonymous Country Clergymnan. Mr. D. then concludes with ex We could pity and weep over the amining some minute parts of the shocking rancour of that heart which Doctor's Letter, in taking a general could derire a production like this, review of it.

from the blackest recesses of biIn spite of all the diligent rum- gotry, and the sumes of a malig. mage for information, which Dr. nant, bilious, and insolent spirit. W. has been giving to the various We are persuaded that the temper Reports of the Missionary, Sunday. here manifested, is such as diSchool, Tract Societies', and other rectly tends to every moral outpublications, we are unable to con rage against the peace of society. gratulate bim on the flourishing er. The principles which we find in his pansion of the foliage which, had pamphlet, as well as in that of Mr. ve been brisk enough, we might, Spry, are so plentifuily leavened before it appears, have thoroughly with Popishi dogmas, thai we cannot drawn out of the germ. He calls but be surprized that any two clergy: upon us to ruininate on portentous mcn, in this age and country, should combinations, and calamitous ef- huve thus ventured to onfold them. fects; and then we are left like our feelings as Protestants are gazers on a certain mountain, to shocked by a sort of pathetic effuwonder and to smile at the little un- sion from the latter, over the deoffending result. Resolved to make parted glories of ignorance and the Bible Society answerable for priestly despotism! every sprig and spraygrowing within We 'return, with very different sight of His citadel, he has laboured sentiments, to Mr. Dealtry. For to involve in perplexity an establish- that acuteness which separates and ment, the nature of which.js as sim- throws ofi' from an important discusple as the blessing it communicates. sion a load of darhening irrelevancy, The soul of Christian charity which placing before us at once the naked he teaches, is however provided with truth, in a form simple and perspia litve indirect illusirution from his cuous, -- for a well ordered arrangehaving fu de carduur to injulement, - for fulness and variety of the striech he and his friends information, - for unsophisticated, have ! en lincyto the radical close, logica reasoning, – above incongruilies vi that Iostitution. ail, for an enlivering flow of pure Assuming to contend against schism, Christian benevolence, we prohe crisis in it with such fond nounce Mr. Dis argument fully to aliachrist, that we might almost merit particular altention.. suspect lisopistle to be written on We sincerely hope that we may ile principles of some new distri- now take our leave of the mys. but:,.. of jnan in natural history; teries and alarnes of Dr. W. and his thai ye had a!! been unavoidaily felow - labourers. It is, however, clai-d under Unc titles of Churdi- truly distressings lo pre men clad in men, Veiled is. Independents, &c. the specious gurb of Charzpions for and that to atteinpt any harmonious God and Religion, struggling for association between these, were just pre-eininence, by fomenting enmity

and schism among those who, ia an- serve a uniformity of quantity on other world, must for ever banish the several subjects, and to avoid all these little earthly strivings, and every expression that might admicompose one great fainily, without nister occasion of offence to any any diversity of interests, senti- party of true Christians.' ments, or joys. These opposers have The distribution of Religious andertaken, but not fulfilled a most Tracis among the poor, is a species solemo engagement. They have ini- of Christian charity, which tends to serably failed in their accusation at turn multitudes · from darkness to the tribunal of the publc;— may light, and from the power of Satan they be furnished with some better to God.' We therefore rejoice in plea for it at another and a higher any accession to the number of those bar!

which are written on truly evan gelical principles, especially where a

due measure of entertaioment is Biblia Hebraica ; or the Hebrero mingled with scriptural and practi

Scriptures of the Old Testament, cal advice. We think there is enwilhout Points, after the text of tertainment enough in this volume Kennicoll; with the chief Various to atiract the reader's attention ; Readings, from Hebrew Nanu

and yet, at every turn, he will find scripts and Ancient Versions.

some religious or moral lesson, Accompanied with English Notes, plainly expressed, or evidently inCritical, Philological, and Explde plied. The histories are drawn from natory, &c. Paris, Genesis,410, 53.

occurrences actually taking place in Tuis publication is the com- humble life; and they are well mencement of a Herculean labour, adapted to instruct the poor, for to point out failings in which is whom they are designed. much more easy than to achieve Some of the tracts are said to have the thousandth part of it. It is been written by the Rev. Mr. Watneatly and clearly printed; but we kins; but, be this as it may, we have observed some inaccuracies. heartily recommend them to the The collection of Various Readings Conductors of Sunday-Schools, and is only selected from a much larger to those who give away such artimuass; yet it will be very useful to cles among their

poor neighbours, the Biblical student ; and we may or on their journies. The style is, safely affirm, that no other work, as it ought to be, very perspicuous, however scarce and co- ly, presents

the sentences are short; and the same advantages in a manner there is a degree of uniformity preequally commodious. The Noles served, which could scarcely hapare principally occupied in philolo- pen, except the same person revised gical and interpretative discussions, the whole. We understand, a new or in explaining allusions to history penny tract continues to be puband customs. The editor, to whose lished monthly; and that they now exertions for the advancement of amount to 60 Numbers. Among sacred learning we cordially wish the subjects in this volume are, abundant success, is the Rev. Benj. Charles Crawford, -- Sophia Carter, Boothroyd, of Pontefract.

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has got his relations together upon to provide pretty fortunes for my the occasion?

“ Ah! he is a good blacksmith; • Mrs. I. If all this could have and when you have said that you been done by honest and fair means, have said all! The farmers and the it would have been an excellent farmers' men will lament him when thing; but all the prospect of it is he dies ; because he is an excellent gone; and the endeavour was not farrier, and always has a mug of ale such an one as, they say, God for any of his customers. – But I blesses. have observed him on Simdays, Hrs. I. I thought that old washwhen he has been making his charges er-woman would at last make rou in his books, instead of being in the as big a Methodist as herself. Why, house of God, where he might have I never did any body any harm, by learned to render unto ali their due; thought, word, or deed: - and why and I have heard him say to hinself should noi God bless me? when putting the prices to the iron Mrs. W. If that were true, you work that he did to my Lord's ought to be the happiest woman house, 'Why, what is a bundred or alive; and then you would have po two of iron out of his pocket? and reason to grieve, as you now do. it can't be taken up now and weigh Mrs. I. Why, it is enough to ed. I know thicy do so in London; make any body angry to find no and my Lord's steward knows so friend to help one in distress! I see too." I have found Pitchel indeed no goodness in refusing to lend a very honesi to those who would not neighbour a few paltry Guineas, be cheaiel; and then he makes a which are lying by, without doing wonderful boast of it. He has got any body ang good. I detest nisa ten a good dealof money out at use; gards ! and be is so wretchedly wrong in Mrs. 1. But, Mrs. Iliffe, it his moule of thinking, that he justi- would have saved you this trouble, fies erery thing, whether good or had you taken betier care of your had. that promotes his mains. I hope money: However, as the case is, before another year is expired, he I'll teil you my opinion about goinwill think solemnly about the words bling of all sorts. If any one is a of our Saviour,' What is a man pro- gainer, somebody must be a laser; fitted, if he could gain the whole and why should we be so foolish as world and lose his own soul, or to lose for others gain, or so rosu'sk what shall a man give in exchange as to wish to gain by another's loss. for his soul?' – and that thieves and You have lost £15 in the lottery; liars in trade, as wel as out of trade, and it will be a great grief to your shall have their portion in the lake husband when he knows it, and that burneth with fire and brim. cause him many inconveniences; and stone; which is the second death.' they who have got:£ 13, have done The other extract is from the ihat you see in gambling,. what's

so at the price of your trouble: $0 History of William Wilkins, the hackney coachman. It is the latter poison. Money, when gotten by

one man's meal, is another inan's part of a conversation respecting a gamiling, seldom wears well. I and loss, by dealing in the loitery.

my linband have always said, A • Mrs. llie. Will you lend me bird in the hand is worth two in the £10? I know you are a managing bush.' woman, and have more than that Here Mrs. Iliffe angrily stopped sum at command.

Mrs. Wilkins, by saving, - teil, ihe • 1'r*. Hilkins. Dear, Mrs. Iliffe! short ard long is this: If you canThat would bare been putting my notor will not, lead me a iritle, six soll into the same trouble into which hours moralizing will not stii fy my you have been brought, I 01:12st say husband, nor pay our rent. Your by your own imprudence.

prudence has done no more for me Wre. 1. Imprudce, Madam! than my poverty could do for you; What. tu make iny husband casy so I am under no obligations to you, aud confortable in his old are, and diadau

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