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land, of lifting up the right hand, into some parochial office, inconsistand swearing by - Him that liveth ent with his ministerial duty; or for ever and ever,' — is in itself far bis incapacity. may arise from the more solemn, and would maintain a loss of voice, sufficient for public sirong obligation on many, who speaking, wlrich yet may not be now make a jest of kissing a book, thoughi a disqualification for the which they neither venerate nor be- vexatious office of a petty constable. lieve.
Students in divinity also, ought, we 3. We consider any test that could presume, to be exempt from imilibe devised for' Roman Catholics iary duty, as equally inconsistent equally pugatory and useless with with their present studies, and their those already employed. Men of future views. honour and conscience, even in THAT Itinerant preachers, he admits, religion, we are persuaded would inake great sacrifices, and suffer not take an oath with the reserva many privations (p. 225); yet these, tion and equivocation which he sup- he thinks, are not entitled to the poses; but if there are any of the same privileges of exemption as milower orders (and we fear there are nisters settled in the pastoral office. many) so ignorant as to suppose, As we have formerly given the arguthat ihe priest has power to absolve ments on both sides of this question, the most sacred engagements, it is we decline again entering upon it *. plain no form of an oath can bind The fact is, that in the late Militia their consciences; for they may Bills, the Legislature has refused swear, and safely swear, that they exemption to all dissenting teachers, renounce, not only the Pope, but who are not buna file min sters of the Roman Catholic religioni, while distinct congregations ; so that one they believe the priest to possess a principal object of Lord Sidmouth's poker to pardon cvery species of proposed regulations seems already. iniquiiy, and every kind of crime. to be obtained.
4. We differ froin our author as On the last Essay we forbear offerto some points in the question now ing any remarks, as we have already under examination, viz. the licens- exceeded our limits; and wish the ing dissenting ministers and teach- author had reserved this for aners. We not only dispute the pro- pher publication, as we conceive it priety of the loyaity of a man's prin- has no necessary connection with the ciples being made the condition of maiu enquiry. his licence; but we strongly object Upon the whole, while we regard to the executive power being made, this as an able work, peculiarly im. in this case, the judge. Nothing portant at the present moment, and an be easier than for a magistrate, recommend it to the attention of userse to the Disseniers, to find a such of our readers as feel interested plea for questioning the loyalty of a in the great national question of preacher's doctrines; nay, the very 'Toleration, we presume also to. circumstance of his being a Dissen- recommend to the author himself a ter, or a Calvinist, is, with many, a reconsideration of his subject; and sufficient evidence of disaffection. shou'll the public voice call for a Such a prerogative, therefore, lodg- new editior, to make his statements d with the magistrales, would lic as clear, and his arguments as invulantamount to a law for shutting up nerable as possible, againsi the enche meeting-bouses, and silencing thc mies both of Toleration and of the Hulpits of the Dissenters.,
Protesiant Religion. We bave our doubts also as to the Were we permitted to suggest a popriety and efficacy of the certi- hint to the noble Lord, to whiom dute he proposes tos require from these Essays are addressed, on ihe Per licentiate p255). A minis subject of Toleration, i* would be ternay be laid by 12 months from in the language of a respectable body precbing; and, in the moment of of Merchants, of wlioma great primo retuning to his people, be chosen minister once enquired, what he
See Evan, Mag. 1809, p. 366, 479, &c.
could do to serve the commercial conformity of the church to the interest : · Be so good as to let it world; the want of personal reliulone, iny Lord!
gion; the low state of family-wor
ship and fainily-government, the Remarks on the Favourable and I'n- ian churches; the neglect of prayer
divisions and separations in Christfuvourable signs of The Times, in meetings; the disregard and abuse Reference to the Church of God in of the Lord's Supper; and the imthis kingdon, the sale of the morality and apostacy of many, Nation, and the Inleresis of Reli.
some of whom have been preachers gion in the if orld at large. By of the gospel. John Holloway. 12m0, 1s.
Among the favourable signs, as it If in the natural world we ob- respects the nation, are reckoned, serve two things ordinarily con The number of serious Christians necteil, we consider the appearance in the land ; our internal peace and of the one as a sign of thie other; security; our religious liberty; the and thus, in innumerable instances, ground to hope for the continuance govern our conduct. It is not, of these privileges; and the aboli. however, in the natural world only tion of the slave-trade. Among the that such connections subsist. There unfavourable, The prevalence of arc moral causes, which are no less infidelity, irreligion, and profaneindicative of moral effects than the ne:s; the corruption of Christianappearances of the sky are of fair ity, and the abuse of its ordinances; weather or foul; nor are these of the Corporation and Test Laws; the less importance to the Christian failure of continental expeditions, than tbose are to t':e husbandman, and the treachery and defeat of our the traveller, or the mariner. To allies; the disposition for war; and be inattentive to the works of the the general corruption of morals. Lord, and regardless of the opera of the favourable signs of the tions of his hand, is to incur de- times respecting tire interest of struction from the Almighty. religion in the world at large, the
The review which this pamphlet author mentions, The downfall of takes of our own times, indica es a Anti-Christ; the liberty of conscimind observant of the things which euce granted on the continent; the are passing before us, and contains effects of the abolition of the slavemany profitable observations. The trade on the Africans; and the sucautbor divides the signs of our times cess attending missionary societies, into favourable and unfavourable, of the unfavourable:--The profaneand considers them as relating to ness and imicorality aboundiog in the interests of the church of God Protestant countries; the strength in our own couufry, to the state of of Heathenish, Mahoinetan, Jewish, the nation, and to the interesis of and other prejudices; the continureligion in the world ai large. ance of war; and the prevalence of
Among the favourable signs of philosophical infidelity. the present tiu s relating to the On such a variety of topics there church of God in our own country, is certainly great scope for a thinkare reckoned. The abundance of the ing mind." We might demur on a means of grace, and the great exer- few particulars; as, Whether, intions that are making for the spread stead of saying that Christians should of the gospel; the beneficial and agree to differ,' we should not saving effects which have attended rather say, they should agree in them: the union between ministers the main, n ontstamuing lesser difand Christians of different religious ferences?' – Whether, if we had persuasions; wilh the many helps thought proper to allege' the failure and spiritual privileges with which of our expeditions' as a sign urw: are favoured. Among the un favourable to continental interferfavourable are reckoned, -- The ence, we should not as well hare' abounding of false doctrine; the referred to our maritime successes, number of mere professors who especially when engaging in or unite with Christiau churches; the own defence, as a favourable sig of
our preservation ? - and, finally, ing Sin and living holily; 2. DirecWhether the most awful signs re tions to attain Eternal Happiness ; lating to our country, be the general 3. The Character of a True Becorruption of morals? We should liever; 4. The True Believer'ı rather say, the great contempt of Doubts resolved; and, 5, His priChrist and the gospel. Herod's im- vileges and Happiness considered. moralities were great; but his We transcribe the following characcrowning sin consisted in his sp- ter of the work from Mr. Olerenposing himself to the harbinger of shaw's recommendation, which is Christ.
prefixed :— * The style is familiar We mention these things, how- and impressive; the doctrine in perever, without supposing the author fect accordance with the Articles, to have any decided meaning to the Homilies, and Liturgy of the Church contrary. In regard of the general of England; the subjects treated of strain of the piece, it is such as we are various, and inexpressibly imcan cordially recommend to our portant; and the whole strain is exreaders.
perimental and practical ; so that,
it is very probable, a more useful, A Door Opening into Everlasting book for coinmon readers, is not ex
instructive, and ecifying, familyLife ; or an Essay tending to ad. tant in our language.' tance Gospel Holiness, and to establish the Hearts of true Believers against their many Doubls and Literary Notices. Fears.
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Extract of a Lelter from Dr. L'anderkemp to the Directors of the Missionary Society, duled Bethelsdorp, June 8, 1810.
On the 27th of February we had the pleasure to welcome the dear and long-expected brethren Wimmer and Pacail. During tlieir stay at the farm ofbrother Wessels, their labours seem to have been conspicuously blessed. Brother Pacait is deiermined to accompany me to Madagascar, with brother Ulbricht and brother Verhoogd; while brothers Read, Wiminer, and smith are resolved to remain at Bethelsdorp.'
Application has been made to the Governor of the colony to facilitate the voyage of these issionaries, in a vessel direct from Algoa Bay to the island.liis Excellency's answer signifies his readiness to attord all the assistance in his power ; but expresses a doubt whether any vessel in government-service could toish at Algoa Bay. The mode, therefore, of reaching Madagascar appears as yet to be undeiermined.
Dr. Vanderkemp meniions iwo persons, residing in the colony, who ar desirous of becoming Missionaries; and lie proposes, that another Niissionary Scitlement be established in the north-west of the colony, with a view to re-unite the dispersed members of the institution once supported at Zak River, under brother Kicherer.
Dr. S'anderkemp concludes his letter thus:- The Lord continues to bless our labours ; and the work of his converting grace begins to appear here and there among ibe farn:ers in our neighbourhood, but especially among the soldiers in goa Bav. The increased numbers of Missionaries here', by the arrival of the brethren Wimper and Pacalt.gives to the last mentioned an opportunity for itinerating excursions among the colonists, which seen not to be in vain.'
in a postscript, the Doctor mentions, that the eyes of brother l'Ibricht are become exceedingly weak; and he fears the commencement of a cataract ; in which case his (brother l'.8) intended removal to Madagascar would be prevented
Mr. Read, in a Leller, daieu Bethelsdorp, June 3, 1610, says,
• Wr are now seren logether; which is painful, considering the thou. sands of Heathen wlio want help; but we must wait the Lord's pleasure, which is vet wicertain.
• Brother Libricht intended to go to Madagascar; but he has a bad complaint in his eyes. He would be greatly missed, as he is very useful here. He is at present building a water-mill, and intends to try at a wind-mill. If the last could be accomplished, it would support the whole mission.
• We continue to be surrounded with songs of deliverance from time to time. The judgments of God threaten this country; but the inhabitants do not learn righteousness. None are aware that their sins are the cause ; and this gives us reason to fear a heavier stroke. The earthquake continues to be heard and felt, from time to time, at the ('ape; bui has not now the san e ciiect upon the people as it had at first.
Bethelsdorp continues to be favoured, more or less, with the presence of the Lord. Some of God's people bave sweet times ; and many hear the gospel with attention and impression. word seems of late to have had a very good elect anong my countrymen (the Eriglish soldiers) at Foit Frederick. On the arrival of the detachment, there were but a few who know the Lord, ürid who met in die bushes daily for prayer. About 10 or 12 have been added to their number; some of whom were the mos
forward ia all kinds of vice, and ringleaders in wickedness. This gives me Jiberts and boldness.
• The busy time of ploughing and sowing is, with us, at hand. A number of our people are gone to Graaf Reinet with 6009 feet of boards for sele, with five waggons; which will bring them about 1000 rix-dollars, or £ 200 sterling. When they return we hope to begin.
• We have of late discovered some fountains, near Bethelsdorp, more than sufficient to supply it with excellent drinking water; so that we shall make no inore erertion to be removed. The Lord shews us that he is able to make a barren land a fruitful tield. I have begun gardening again ; and it is likely to succeed prelty well. I wish it was possible to get some seeds from England; but I am afraid to be so troublesome. Besides common vegetables, we should like to try to rear those fruits not known in this country, -- such as currants, gooseberries, cherries, plumirs, &c. I koow not how Mr. is at present disposed to the cause, else I am sure he, or any other friend, would make a small sacrifice for this purpose.
• We have again requested a supply of usciu: articles from England ; the whole expence of which we desire may be deducted from our yearly support. I have begged a great coat: I think it is such as the coaehmen wear. The brethren Pacalt and Wimmer have them. The thicker the better ; as, on some of our journies, they are at once our beds and blankets.'
Extracl of « Lellir from Brother ilead; containing a very interesting Accouni viis Journey to the Coffres:
Brother Read, who assists Dr. Vanderkemp at Bethelsdorp, had long enieriained a strong desire to take a journey into the country of the (airs; which he commenced January 5, 1810, accompanied by (the nativer brother Cupido and six others.
We reached the Sunday River before sun-set; which gave us an opporInity of getting through the woods before it was dark, otherwise we should have been in great danger from the elephants, who, as soon as it is wlark, make their way to the water, in spite of any impediment before them; and there are no paths but those which they make. We rode till We supposed ourselves out of danger; and slept under a bush, upon the banks of the river. The river, which is here about 150 paces broad, has a most delighiful appearance. A row.of reeds grows as regularly ou cach side as if planted ; and the water is sufficienily deep to bear pretty large vessels, only there are sand-banlis at the entrance, as in most of ile rivers of this country, which render them not navigable. Cbb and flood are visible for about 14 miles up the country.
* The next morning, the road being very wet and slippery, my borse, in ascending a steep place in a wood, slipped ; and having his head caught by the boughs of a tree, was suspended, like Absalom ; so that I feared he would have been strangleil. Scarcely had we reached the bottom, when a large ox, who had likewise siipped, came down with great force upon me and my horsc; but I was mercifully preserved.
* About noon, we reached the krall of my worthy friend Tizbi, a young Caffre, who had often visited us at Bethelsdorp, as long as the Caffres had been permitted to come into the colony. lie had paid much attention to the word of God, and appeared to bave powerful impressions on his mind. He resolved immediately to accompany us on our journey; which he did, and was of great use to us, not only as a guide, but in helping to explain the purport of my message.
We arrived in the eyening at the krall of one of the sons of Zlambi, who had engaged to procure the cattle stolen from our people: he was, however, gone to join his father, towards the Karoo. The Catfres behaved ery irreverently during divine service; when Tizbi addressed them thus: · Have you no shame? Do you not know what great things he has to tell us? Have you no respect for his prayers, which he puts up for us night