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themselves in the propagation of ly of the kingdom, they ought not to religion, that much good, it is prow be overlooked; might not the followbable, might be done, by some plan ing method of dealing with them be beingadopted to call these wanderers hoped to be of essential service home.- Some more able than my- Let there be about four or six sta. self may be excited to suggest some tions fixed upou in different parts further ideas on this apparently im- of the kingdom, as places of resie portant subject: with them 1 shall dence for them: at each of these therefore leave these few hints.” places let there be a village bụilt

This paper drew forth, in the of comfortable cottages, with good Northampton Mercury, of the suc- gardeus to each cottage;. let a eeeding week, the following pro- family be placed in each; let there posal from a writer who signed be, farther, a house and farm athimself Junius.

tached to the village, where 'a "te"I liave read with much pleasure, spectable person may be placed, the letter in behalf of the Gipsies, and upon the farm let the able part in your paper of last week; and I of the village be employed. I do heartily concur with, the bene- would farther recommend that two volent writer, in wishing some plan schools be erected in the village may be devised and adopted for one for the boys, and another for teclaiming these houseless wander- the girls ; where they may be initi ers to a more civilized and Christian ated into the knowledge of reading. life. : It appears useless and un- writing, &c. By all means I would availing to harass them from place recommend that a Sunday-school to place, unless some asylum be should be adopted, or otherwise provided for their reception. Ac- what they learn in the week would cording to the precept left us by be lost upon the Sunday. Further, the great Author of our holy pro- let a church be ereeted upon the fession, we should do well in all spot, and a chaplain appointed, eases, to do unto others as we would and let every means be made use of wish to be dealt with ourselves. to bring them to attend Divine serLet those gentlemen who are so vice constantly. As the children zealous in driving them from their grow up, let them be apprenticed to usual haunts, be persuaded, in idea, good and useful trades; and for to place themselves in the situation this purpose let a certain sum be of these houseless rovers; and in- set apart; and as probably there stead of persecuting them, it might will be many who will be unable to perhaps teach them to commiserate work, let these receive a weekly ibeir case.

allowance, the same as paupers in “When we consider the immense other parishes. Let these villages şums that are raised for every pro- be erected in various parts of the bable means of doing good which kingdom, and all persons of this has hitherto been made public, description who shall be found gurely we need not doubt but if a wandering about as Gipsies be proper method should be proposed placed in such as are nearest; and for the relief, and ameliorating the should any either leave their resis state, of these people, it would meet dence, or refuse to accept of this with deserved encouragenrent. asylum, I see no reason why the Their number is not so large, nor law should not be enforced upon would the expense attending a plan them with the greatest severity.. of this kind be so great, but that it .." Should this plan, or a similar would easily be practicable, so far one, be thought worthy of adoption, as it respects pecuniary assistance, we should immediately find the good Suppose the Legislature should not effeets of it in removing these trouthink these persons unworthy of no blesome mendicants from our habi tice; and, as part of the great famia tations and roads, and the confort

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they would enjoy would amply pily not sufficiently great. The repay any trouble and expense that spirit of the world reigns in our anay attend it. And farther, as churches, the essential truths of yoor correspondent observes, as Christianity have been obscured, they are of the same nature with particularly the doctrine of Justifiourselves, and bought with the cation by Faith, which is the fundasame price, with the precious blood mental and distinguishing truth of of the Son of God, it is our duty as the Reformation. It is amazing patriots and as Christians, to at that the doctrine of our reformers tempt something for them.". has become unknown in the very

I am fully aware of the objec bosom of the reformed churches, lives which may be urged to the and that people coldly debate, with plan proposed by Junius. I never- a dry and barren morality after the theless send it to you, and trust example of Pagan philosophers, that you will insert it, in the hope without attending to Him who has that it may serve to awaken the said, • Come unto me, and I will attention of the humane to a sub- give you rest: he that abideth in jest which is well entitled to their me, and I in hin, the same bringa serious consideration..

eth forth much fruit, for without THEQGNIS. me ye can do nothing.'

“I think we have reason to believe

that the decayed state of the conTolke Editor of the Christian Observer. yersities, or that at least they very

gregations originates with the uniPROBABLY the following extract, much contribute thereto. Arianism if inserted, will interest many of has made great efforts to introduce your readers; but you can best itself there, and several of the stujudge whether it deserves to find dents have imbibed it. The spirit a place in your valuable publica of the world, which is the spirit of tion.

philosophers falsely so called, infects even ecclesiastical assemblies

and the pulpit. A sensible and Extract of a Letter from a Pro- pious man remarked to me, a short testant Minister in the South of time back, that so much immorality France. (Translation).

has never been seen among Pro"I exceedingly rejoice to see testants, as since the period that the zeal of so many servants of morality.alone is preached. There God in England for the advance are still among us, God be praised, ment of the kingdom of our dear persons possessed of genuine simSaviour; a phenomenon the more plicity, sheep of the good-Sherremarkable because, as it seems to herd; and it is observed here, and me, it has appeared at a tipe when I believe elsewhere, that when the Satan entertained expectations of Gospel is preached in its purity destroying Christianity in France, and with unction, the hearers are and perhaps throughout the whole respectful and attentive ; but the world. How delightful would it dead have peed to hear the voice of be

, if we were so happy as to be the Son of God, that they may live. bold a similar zeal animate our We see it experient that the Holy France : but, alas! the nunber of Spirit should come and breathe the Israelites is still yery small, or upon our souls, and reanimate our at least little known. Yet-after the dry bones, in order that we may Masou of sifting and of apostacy, forn a living church of Christ. through which we have passed, one “You will perhaps be glad to * astonished to see that the num- know the names of some of the lives of epangelical ministers is pastors in the south of France, who Breater han before, though unhap are orthodox, . and. .wlio devote

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themselves to the advancement of have no charity-schools, with the the kingdom of God. At Mont- exception of a very small number auban, which is the only seat of a of churches: and because the poor French Protestant University in the are not sufficiently encouraged to kingdom, the professor in Hebrew, seek instruction. We had formed M. Bonnard, and M. Encontre, a little establisbinent in this town recently nominated professor in for the instruction of six poor childivinity, stand distinguished; at dren; but in consequence of the Toulouse, M. Chabrand, pastor ; severe times through which we have at Mazeres, M. Marzials; at Saver- passed, it has fallen to the ground. dun, M. Verge; at:Nismes, M. Ar. I commend myself and my congremand ; at St. Hypolite, M. Gautier gation to the affectionate intercesand M. Gachon; at Montpellier, sionsRand kind remembrance of the M. Lissignol, and many others. At disciples of Jesus in England. ! Nismes and St. Hypolite there are beg you to assure them, as you find private assemblies for Christian opportunity, that I cordially love edification. At St. Hypolite there them in our common Lord and is no temple, though there are near Saviour; and that I wish them the four thousand Protestants: Divine happiness of bringing unto him worship takes place in the open many souls, who may be able to, air, when the weather is fine. The declare, “Thou hast loved us ; number of persons of both sexes thou hast washed us from our sios who can neither read nor write, is in thine own blood; thou hast considerable in all our churches ; made us kings and priests unto and that is because the Protestants' God and thy Father."

REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

Sermons. By the Rev. JohạVenn, sonings, and sanctified by his piety, M.A. Rector of Clapham. 2 vol. some tribute of respectful acknow8vo. London: Hatchard, 1814. ledgment and affectionate commenPrice 1l. 1$. pp. kv. 368, and dation beyond the common place 410.

expressions due to a departed au

thor. A minister, as he was, of a At length we have the pleasure of large and populous parish, repdered announcing to our Christian read more attractive to the contemplative ers the valuable set of posthumous Christian by his presence than even sermons at the head of this article. by its proximity to the great metroWe approach to the consideration polis, it would be difficult to have of them, we must confess, with selected a critic, perhaps, at all feelings of no ordinary kind. It connected with the labours of the would be an act of shallow hypo- Christian Observer, who should crisy to profess towards them the have been able to disunite his remere cold feelings and disinterested marks on these truly valuable serregards of the actual critic. A mons from his recollection of the departed “friend, philosopher, and man. “ How he looked-how he guide," and, more than all, one of stood-how he spoke-how he felt," the first of Christian pastors, must must be considered as deeply insurely demand from those pages printed on the remembrance of any which he had so often illumined by one on whom shall devolve the his brilliancy, deepened by bis rea- duty of recording in these pages the

comparatively colder judgment of iş centained in a sermon preached u how lie wrote." We are not by that gentleman in Clapham' ashamed, for our parts, to own the church, on the occasion of Mr. prepossessions under which we ap-. Venn's death. The eulogy may be proach to the pleasing though me- said to be in a style eminently aplancholy task we have here under propriate to the character which it taken. We are not afraid of out- panegyrizes; and simply and affecrunning the sympathy of our readers tionately states the great, though in declaring, that should any blots, unassuming virtues. “ of one of the any defects, any symptoms either best and greatest men, of one of of that carelessness, which belongs the most eminent and useful mito great genius, or that imperfec- nisters whom we have ever known.". tion which alloys the purest and As a MINISTER, it ascribes two Dost resplendent works of human of the rarest and most invaluable fabrication--in a word, any marks properties, when found in union, of that usual and almost inseparable to his pastoral instructions which disadvantage which ever attends can belong to the sacred office; the Posthumous publications, meet us“ most entire fidelity in the interin these volumes, we shall “ ap- pretation and exposition of Scripproach them as we should the ture;” and “ originalityin the Founds of a parent-with pious rich, copious, and varied, streams. awe and trembling solicitude." of piety, truth, and eloquence, Something of filial veneration in which flowed from his lips," These evitably mingles itself with every points, of course, it will be the imrecord we have to keep of this truly mediate business of the following excellent man. And when we reflect Review to examine and illustrate. upon his too early departure from As a MAN, it attributes to him this earthly stage of useful labour' successively, “ humility, profound and prominent exertion, at a mo-' and unvarying;" “ universal benement when no labour or exertion in volence and uncommon tenderness;'? the great cause can well be spared — " disinterestedness ;”.." soundness bis departure in the prime of life of judgment;" “sobriety of views;'". and vigour of all his mental' facul- and an equanimity and wellties-we must own a still deeper balanced proportion throughout his sensation thrills to our heart; and whole character.” Some niost inthe hand which has to record his teresting details of his death-hed first and only work as posthumous' are subjoined; and a very striking scarcely fulfils its office.

siunilarity in it pointed out to the We are, indeed, spared the pain spirit and even to the words of of calling up to vivid recollection, “the learned, pious, and judicious at the present moment, the de- Hooker.” To that great and imparted virtues of this eminent saint, mortal light and pillar of our for the purpose of recording them, church, we should in truth not be by opening the preface of the work afraid to have ventured a more before us, and finding a valuable lengthened parallel, bad time permemoir and truly affectionate sum- mitted, in the character of our mary of his character, drawn up by departed divine. A like reach of the editors of his sermons. It con- view and profundity of judgment; sists, principally, in two extracts an intimate kuowledge of the best from the testimony of two brother models and highest authorities, with clergymen who, it seems, had every a decided self-originating opinion, opportunity of gaining the most in- independent of all authority; the tinuate acquaintance with his cha- same fearless and unbreken tenor tacter. The longest extract, from between opposite and conflicting the pen of the Rev. Hugh Pearson, parties; the same calm and steady M. A. of St. John's College, Oxford, reliance on a higher than any bu

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man somce of iltimisation and preached to you. With respeet to my knowledge ; with the same sub.. self, I have humbly to request you to limity of feeling, warmth of devo. pardon the many deficiencies in my tion, abstractedness from all world- ministry and conduct of which I am now ly views and ains, and steady one thing, I ean tra!y say that I have

deeply sensible. But with respect to komage to the great object of acquitted my dirty faithfully and confanlı -- the truth as it is in Jesus scientionsly. I have taken mnch paint Christ; we can without difficulty to understand accurately, and impar imagine to have assimilated these tially to preach to you, the Gospel of two kindred though, in time, distant Christ, as it appeared to me to be de spirits, upon earth. And now that livered by Christ and his Apostles. In both are mingled with their native this respeet I have called no man masters dust, we can with still less diffi- that I know of, for the sake of system,

nor have I ever, in any one instance culty paiot to ourselves their inte given an interpretation to any part of mortal parts celebrating with the word of God which I was not fully "E symphonious sounds” those di- convinced, after the most mature de vine subjects to which their hearts liberation, to be just and right: so that were so singularly elevated here can truly say, I have not shunned to below; and joining, with equal declare unto you the whole counsel of

God.

of step, that innumerable company

" • And now, with respect to your angels whose number, order, and eneployments they here so much in selves, I liave to return you my most

sincere thanks for your kind, and ten, Cothmon delighted to contemplate. der, and

candid acceptance of my la. Whilst we dwell, with food recol- bours amongst you. I have met with lection, on the many excellencies daily instances of attention, civility, and which lie bid for a time under that affection; and I cannot recollect, that tomb which covers the mortal re in the whole course of my ministry D mains of John Venn, may we be have met with a single instance of rude indulged with one further extract

ness or incivility. You have been

ready to forward every good work from the preface of this work, con

which I have proposed. With a more taining the fragment of a pastoral attentive audience no pastor was ever letter which he began to dictate to blessed: the decency and devotion of his flock on his dying bed, and in the your conduct in the house of God have midst of which he was broken off been such as to attract the notice and by lliat hand which stays for none.

excite the admiration of every stranger. But tbough in fragment, it may still By your kind assistance and liberality, serve to shew some of the princi- three things nearest my heart :-by the

I have been enabled to complete the ples by which he was actuated; enlargement of onr school, every child some of the affection which beamed in the parish may be gratuitously taught from his whole soul towards his to read; by the institution of the Bible beloved flock, and also, inciden- Society, every family will be supplied tally, some few of the unnumbered with a Bible; and by the erection of a benefits wbieh he was the instru- Chapel of Ease (the bill for which has ment of rendering to that favoured already passed Parliament), accommo. parish, of which the Holy Ghost dation will be provided for every ins had made him overseer.

habitant to worship God with facility

and convenience. These are blessings "A Pastoral Farewell Address from the which rarely fall to the lot of a minister

Rev. John Venn, Rector ot' Clapham. in so short a period.

to his respected and beloved flock. “ But now, my beloved friends, when IL " My dear friends,

I am standing upon the verge of etes. " • I cannot quit the pastoral relation nity, and looking forward to the time which I have so loog held over you, wheú you and I must meet together without expressing my deep sense of before the awful tribunal of God, suffer obligation to you, and without giving me, I entreat you, to warn you that you you my last friendly advice. For twenty stop not short in the mere forms of scars I bave lived amongst you, and religion. Suffer me to remind you of

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