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close application. But do not ought to be a main object of your mistake aversion for incapability. attention. It is the only means by Is disinclination to study a defici- which you can approach the great ency in an instructor? Is it likely bulk of the company who resort to to render him less useful than he

With respect to your might otherwise be ? Are the pur- stated parish concerns, there are poses of his appointment less likely many other ways of carrying on the to be answered through such a purposes of your ministry. The deficiency? Then, depend upon it, catechising of children, the distriit is his duty to endeavour to over- bution of religious tracts, the procome this aversion. I know of motion of family prayer, and the nothing more hostile to improve- formation of societies for the refor ment, than that aptness there is in mation of manners, are all incumthose who have contracted bad ha- bent duties of a parish minister, bits

, to conclude, that they are in- and tend so materially to carry his viacible defects of nature. They public instructions into effect, that who are fixed is such an opinion I trust you will make à point of wake no effort to correct the fault giving much of your attention to to which they are addicted. But these things. It is, I am apt to assaedly this is not Christian prac. think, for want of accompanying tice. We are taught by the word our discourses with these means of of God to struggle with nature; improvement, that the most edifying and we ought to consider, that the sermons have often little effect even deeper the root of any fault lies, in some places where they are conthe more strenuous ought to be our stantly delivered. endeavours to eradicate it. But I have taken so many liberties where the fault is of such a nature, with you, that I am beginning to that others are likely to be losers fear it is time for me to apologize by it, even in their most important for them. But I trust you underconcerns, “ bow dwelleth the love stand me too well to render that of God in us," if we do not strive necessary. I am greatly indebted and pray to get the better of its to those who have been kind enough

It seems well worthy of your to tell me of what was wrong in consideration, my dear friend, that myself; and I feel bound to follow many of your hearers are men of the example of their fidelity, espe= education. Since God sends you cially in a case of such importance such bearers, you should endeavour as yours. Do not think that I to meet them, like “ a workman have indulged any proud ideas of that needeth not to be ashamed" superiority over you, while writing in their presence. But I much this letter. Many of the faults 'on question, whether you will be able which I have animadverted have to appear before them in this res- been my own: and I feel that I pectable light, if the business of still have many others, for which it preparing for the pulpit be not becomes me to be humbled before entered upon until the last day of God, and to blush at being called a the week.

minister of Christ. I pray to God, I am aware that there are other that when you have been a minister occupations besides those of read as long as I have been, you may be ing and writing, to fill up the six a better example to your younger days of the week; and that there brethren than I can boast of be. is more to do in your large parish ing.--I remain, than one person can discharge.

Dear Sir, But yet, from the peculiar nature Very affectionately yours, of your situation, your preaching

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To the Editor of the Christian Observer. necessary to be spent in it, to pro

of a Christian family, and the time IN times like the present, when duce the results wbich every good universal benevolence seems to pre parent must ardently wish for. vail, and when every Briton appears ** In the morning sow thy seed," anxious to do good to his neigh- &c. And, first, take pains to in bour, I conceive that parents are form the minds and store the me in some danger of erring, in the mories of your children: 2dly portion of time they devote to ob- take frequent opportunities of judga jects not immediately connected ing bow far the seed is thriving: with their families, and the little adly, be very watchful over the opportunity they leave themselves tenpers of your children; and of attending to the best interests 4thly, be much with your family, of their offspring tonelt that they may observe in YOUR

In the course of my little expe- temper and disposition, strong tience, I have had the good for- marks of a Christian spirit the tune to enjoy the friendship of some semblance to Him whose follower of our most useful public labourers; you profess to be. I know no and while I have admired the pa- scene bo truly heavenly, as a happy, triotism which they have displayed, harmonious family sitting around and their desire to do good abroad, its parents, hearing them and askI have, as the father of a family, ing them questions relating to Dibeen shocked to observe the partial vine subjects; stating their diffiattention which their own children culties; and receiving encourage and domestics received at home. ment to go on their way. Those who go out to cultivate coin- Children who feel aright, will mon land, should certainly first till enjoy such seasons, and anticipate their own enclosures; or I fear they the return of a father, after a short will have to witness the gathering separation--feeling that the circle in of wheat from a foreign soil

, is incomplete, or the arch insecure, which they have aided in its growth; without its key-stone. There are while they see thorns from their own many duties incumbent on bin, not ground, destined to be burned. 2 immediately ranking under the

There are in every season, busy bead of religious jastructions, which men, who appear dissatisfied, un- lead materially to the cultivation of Jess engaged in some ostentatious the mind, the softening of the display of zeal for charitable insti- heart, and the improving of the tutions : but it is not to this class morals; and whieh tend to prepare I am looking--they have their re- the way for Divine subjects; all of ward; but to those who really which, if properly attended to, will mourn over the depravity of the recupy much time. To leave this huntan heart before God; who pray to an hireling, while we watch and fervently for the prosperity of Zion, follow the lambs upon the mounand the enlargement of a Redeem- tains, discovers, in my opinion, er's kingdom in the world. To gross error in judgment. In this those who know the value of the sense it might be said, "If a man

sonl, and feel the worth of salva- provide not for his own, and espe *tion, and yet too much overlook eially for they of his own house their own children, I would address bold," he manifests a want of fide a few words, as to the regulation lity,

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I acknowledge myself a little selfish; and would first provide for To the Editor of the Christinn Obserrer. the spiritual wants of the children As my former letter, respecting the God has graciously given me; then necessary expenses of a prudent for my friends; thirdly, for my young man at the University, seems country; and, lastly, and anxiously to have been considered somew liat too, for the whole buman race- obscure, it may, perhaps, be ex* May thy kingdom come, O Lord," pected that I should state more át. I feel coavinced that one rea particularly what expenses I did, son why this country is not famed and what I did not, mean to include as it should be for real religion and in that estimate. purity,is, because so large a portion In the recurring quurterly bills, of time and attention is devoted to I, of course, could not intend to foreign objects, to the partial peg- include those which occur but once: best of bome duties. Look into and, therefore, furniture, cap and the family of a good man, who, gown, fees for degrees, &c. did not assisted by the leading object of enter into my calculation ;-and his affections, has not failed to as though clothes are absolutely nesociate with his children for the at- cessary, I did not reckon them in tainment of their instruction; who the list of college expenses. Food, kas attended them while seeking however, being not only necessary, rational amusement ; . who has but the principal part being usually guarded them (by his experience) charged for in the college bills, from danger on every side; and led I certainly did mean to allow for thein, by his owa presence, in the breakfast, dinner, and supper. way in which they should go. And Books, also, I allowed for; but I maintain that, by the blessing of such, only, as I deemed necessary. God. upon these legitimate means, It may be proper to, observe, you will discover, in the female that my estimate was intended for branches, more of delicaey, more one who wished to pass through virtue and loveliness, and, above the University with the least possi all, more of religion, than is to be ble expense; and therefore it was seen currently in the present day; made for a sizar, and was founded and, in the young men, more duti- on facts. fulness, less fashionable indiffe, Your forner correspondents rence, and more regard to invisible wrote in such a manner as aps realities, than are general in pro- peared to be calculated to mislead lessing circles.

those who know but little of the Let those, then, take public du- University. Every one who read ties who are, by the age of their their accounts would conclude the children, in some degree released expenses of a college education from private responsibility; or were enormous; whereas, there is, those who, from a want, of social perhaps, no station of equal refeelings in themselves or others, spectability wherein a person may bare never thus put on the yoke: support himself for so small a suun while those who stand in the awful as at the University. Compare the and important relation of parents fees for degrees with what a com40 young people, endeavour, by mon attorney has to pay before he their time--by their prayers-by is permitted to practise, and they their abilities-and, last of all, by will be found insignificant;- nay, their presence, so disebarge those they are much less than an apr duties which devolve upon them, prentice-fee to a respectable shopand of which they will be expected keeper. Rent of rooms is modeto give an account. it...

rate; so, too, is the sum paid for Col. R- S commons; and as for tuition, , a C Barracks, Dec. 17, 1814. sizar pays but fifteen shillings per

As your

quarter; which is less than is often Catton has given me an exhibition,
paid at a day-school for learning to which makes my whole income
write and cypher! A pensioner's sixty guineas a year. My last
tuition is double this; and if we term's bill was 131. 13s., and I had
suppose all his expenses increased 71. 12s. to receive*.”
in the same proportion (which is It is not my intention to trouble
more than they need be), a pen- you with

more letters upon

this sioner's college bills would, accord- subject. If you should think proing to my former estimate, be 100l. per to insert this, you may add a per annum.

Can this, sir, be con- remark or two on your last corressidered as enormous?

pondent's observations respecting last corr

orrespondent con- books and tradesmen's bills. siders me to have run into an oppo- When a young man comes to site extreme to your former ones, college, he generally brings with I have only to repeat that my cal- him the common classics, lexicons, culation was founded on facts, and &c. By subscribing to Nicholson's therefore was not likely to have Library (which is a trifling exbeen erroneous. I have just now pense), he may procure most of added together the bills of one who the other books he has occasion has graduated, and find that, inclu- for; and if he be studious, bis sive of furniture for rooms, caution- tutor will allow him to obtain books money, food, books, laundress, in his own name from the college small bills from tailor and shoe- or public library. By adopting maker, with many little et cætera, this plan he may procure all books the whole does not average 471. that are necessary to the attaina-year. I have also minutes of ment even of the highest honours other bills lying by me-some of in the University, without expendwhich are under 101. per quarter. ing any considerable sum in form

But I also stated, that in some ing a library of his own; which I cases a person might have to receive do not consider necessary for an instead of to pay money. This also undergraduate, especially if it con1 affirmed on the knowledge of the tain many expensive books. fact. I shall not, of course, be As to the plan he recommends expected to give names in a letter respecting tradesmen's bills, howof this kiud ; but, to shew that I was ever good it may be, he will find quite correct in my statements, I shall much

difficulty in getting it adoptbeg to quote a passage or two from ed. It is no easy matter, in College, an author, on whose veracity most of to alter a long-established custom. your readers will place reliance. Let him, therefore, pursue an easy

Thus, my college expenses remedy for the evil he complains will not be more than 121. or 151, of;- let him suffer none of his a-year, at the most ...... Mr. tradesmen's bills to be sent in to whose bills I have borrowed, has the tutor, but pay them all himbeen at college three years. He self. By so doing, he may employ came over from with 101. in whatever tradesman he pleases; his pocket, and has no friends, nor and not only guard against erroany income nor emolument what- neous charges, but gain some other ever except what he receives from advantages which he is probably his sizarship; yet he does support not aware of. himself, and that, too, very genteelly. It is only men's extrava

Sir, &c. &c. gance that makes college life so

AN OLD FELLOW. expensive*." .... Again :.Mr.

• Ibid. Letter, Aug. 12, 1806. Remains of Henry Kirke White. Letter, Oct. 26, 1805...

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fore of such volumes we take no Totke Editor of the Christian Observer.

notice, that we may not perplex It is well known that the British our readers and ourselves in vain," Critic now ranks among the most British Critic, March, 1813, zealous opposers of the Bible So- pp. 309, 310. ciety. To such as are influenced by the authority of that journal it may be instructive, and to others To the Editor of the ChristianObserver. it must be amusing, to learn what The following paper appeared in were its sentiments last year. This the Northampton Mercury of the say be done from the enclosed ex- 25th June. I trust you will not deem tract-I am &c.

it unsuitable for insertion in your

J. S. work, as I am very desirous to inHail, Dec. 1814.

troduce the subject again to the

notice of your numerous readers. "If authority could decide a “ Various are the religious and question, perfectly cognizable by moral institutions in this country: common sense, we should be inclin- humanity and benevolence have ed to bow to the authority, which risen to a most unprecedented (very unhappily, we think) opposes height. Not only for our own country itself to the Bible Society. Or, if are the exertions of the good and acute and subtle argument could great employed, but at this time the possibly make us believe white to greatest efforts are making in bebe black, we should doubtless be half of the distressed Germans. staggered by the logic which has The hand of charity is open not (with equal unhappiness) been only to the alienation of present wasted on this subject. But, as it misery, but such an institution as a is, we can only lament, and deeply Bible Society is caleulated to excite lament, that invincible propensity thousands to seek for future hapto take different sides on every piness. But, amidst all, one set of question, which breaks out even in people seem to be entirely excluded the clearest and plainest concerns from participating in any of these of human life.

blessings--I mean GIPSIES; who “If it be a clear point that Bi- are accounted as rogues and vagables and Testaments, un-sophisti- bonds. When we consider that they, cated and un-commented, cannot equally with ourselves, are " bought possibly do harm

with a price," much more remains "If it be clear that such a gift to be done. These people, howcannot be vitiated by the giver ever wretched, wicked, and de

"If it be certain, that a Society praved their condition, certainly selling cheap Bibles and Testa- demand attention; and their being ments, and also other excellent overlooked with seeming indifferworks on theology, cannot possi- ence, in this respect, is really much bly be hurt by having a great part to be regretted. Instead of being of its expense voluntarily

borne by the subjects of pity and commiseraanother Society, it is and must be tion, they are advertised as rogues

and vagabonds, and a reward is "1. That the Bible Society is offered for their apprehension. But 1 good thing.

no asylum is offered them-nothing * 2. That it tends to assist, ra- is held out to them to encourage a ther than to injure, the excellent reformation in any that might be Society for promoting Christian disposed to abandon their accus

tomed vices. The object of this "Ten thousand volumes of con- letter is to remind some of those troversy cannot, in our opinion, in, gentlemen in this county who have ralidate these plain truths, and there already 90 eminently signalized

clear to us,


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