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effecting the work which the former to ask Sir Robert Peel whether he Whig ministry attempted, but failed intended to grant a Royal Letter this in. Conciliation, concession, expedi- year to the Society for building and ency, are evidently the great princi- Enlarging Churches and Chapels, “a ples of action on which the Premier society which contravened the law?" is directing the destinies of the nation. This was a harsh and hostile We had occasion to be in the House statement: it would have been more of Commons some nights ago, and accurate to say, 'a society which did were forcibly struck with the evident
not fully carry out the spirit of the animus of the proceedings. A strange, law.' anomalous scene presented itself—Sir “The matter in dispute is that of Robert lavishing the most unmeasured patronage. The society in question encomiums and panegyrics on his has heretofore refused all aid to inveterate opponent, Mr. Hume—the churches or chapels, the patronage of most violent speeches against the which is vested in trustees. Premier, which we heard, coming “ This, said Mr. Childers, is a confrom the benches behind him! Mr. travention of the law. We should Hume may have been occasionally rather say, that it is a slight departure serviceable as a blistering plaister on from the spirit, and even from the the Government; and his financial letter of the law. industry is unquestionable. But It is most certain that the statutesurely if the Premier had not forgot book contains divers enactments, all all the lamentable disclosures of Mr. placed there within the time of our Hume's laxity of moral and religious present excellent Primate, which exas well as political principle, he would, pressly declare that persons building at all events, have deemed it more or contributing to build new churches prudent to have withheld his praises. or chapels, may, if they please, vest We hail, with the sincerest welcome, the nomination to those churches and any honest and healthy manifestations chapels, on certain terms, in trustees of a spirit of conciliation, from what- of their own appointment. Every ever quarter they proceed, but Sir R. one of these acts has been framed Peel will find it no very satisfactory under the eye of the present Archlabour to conciliate foes with the sa- bishop of Canterbury and Bishop of crifice of friends; and, moreover, London; and without their full conhowever blessed and desirable conci- currence, they could never have beliation is, truth and godly principle
come law. are still more so.
“The society for building new Our limits this month prevent our churches and chapels, however, has referring so largely as we wished to chosen to withhold its assistance from an important subject connected with cases of this kind. We do not know the welfare of our Church; and that that this can be called a 'contravenis the exclusion of Trust Livings from tion of the law;' for the society must the scheme of augmentation,
We be allowed to be free to choose its must, however, give our readers an own course. Its funds being limited, admirable article on the subject from it has, of course, been at liberty to the Morning Herald. It puts the limit its operations in such a way as case very intelligibly and convincingly it thought best. But the result of in its true and real light. Any of the line it has taken is this, that a our readers who wish for further in- new society has recently been formed, formation on the subject, will find it especially to assist those cases which in a small pamphlet which they will were excluded by this rule of the see advertised on the cover for this original society. month.
* This new effort has, we perceive, “We perceive that a minor Church been vehemently assailed in some question, to which we adverted a few quarters. Into this controversy, in a weeks back, has just been named in controversial way, we shall not enter. the House of Commons. Mr. Chil- All we shall assert is this—that the ders two or three nights since begged trustee system, whether a good or a
bad system-is one permitted by the “We are aware that it is sometimes Church. It is one which is distinctly alleged that trust-patronage is private recognised in recent acts of Parlia- patronage. But this is an obvious ment. Those, then, who dislike it
The patronage held by the and there are many such-should Crown is trust-patronage, and so is content themselves with offering their that held by the bishops. All official reasons for preferring Crown patro- persons who have the right of prenage, or any other of the various sentation to benefices possess that systems which the law permits. But right only as trustees for the Church let them not go beyond these legiti- at large. The test of private patronmate bounds, and rail at Churchmen age is its saleability. That which who take another view, and claim the a man can sell, putting the purchaseright which the law concedes. The money into his own pocket, is private wants of our population are still far patronage. too great to render it wise for us to “But when a body of subscribers reject any species of lawful co-opera- build a church, and place the nomintion. Half-a-dozen parishes, within ation of the minister in the hands of half a mile of the spot in which we a body of trustees, those trustees have write, have still their twenty, thirty, no power of selling that patronage for or even fifty thousand people, with their own advantage. Hence it takes only two or three churches! In this its place in the class of public trusts, state of things, there are liberal and and ought to be dealt with as such by zealous Churchmen, who say, “We all the authorities of the Church. will make an effort to supply a part “We end, therefore, as we began; of this necessity, if we may select the not as advocating this or that system, minister when we have raised the but as maintaining that the Church church.' The law concedes them ought willingly to avail herself of the this privilege—is it wise in any body aid of all her sons, upon any reasonof men to contend against its exer- able footing of encouragement." cise?
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS, &c.
The Editor is anxious to devote a portion of his pages to brief notices of God's faithful
people who have recently departed this life in his faith and fear. He will be thankful
for any help in this department, as well as for longer and fuller Biographies. The communications of “M. N.” are very welcome: and the Editor will be greatly
obliged to him for a Biographical Sketch of the Rev. J. Jones, of St. Saviour's,
THE CHRISTIAN GUARDIAN,
CHURCH OF ENGLAND MAGAZINE.
LIGHT AT EVENTIDE.
MR. EDITOR,- I believe there are some fine points of character many children of God
who, generous, open-hearted, and public through fear of death, are all their spirited-yet he had a warm tem. life time subject to bondage.” For per; was a very bigoted highthe comfort of such, I will give churchman, a true pharisee, and some account of a dear old lady, very bitter against real religion. from whom this long-settled fear Mrs. O. was a most fascinating was wonderfully removed, and who woman, in mind and manner; she was favoured with such a bright had seen a great deal of the world, sunset, that it may well strengthen and her natural good sense taught the faith, and encourage the hope, her to reject much of its froth and of the weakest believers. It may folly. Her influence over her husbe well to give an outline of my band was unbounded, and the lion dear friend's early history, as it became a lamb in her hand; yet so shows how the Lord takes “ wonderfully did she manage him, out of a city, and two out of a that he was never himself sensible family, and brings them to Zion." of her power, and common by
Mrs. O. had been married many standers would not observe it. years, but she had no family. Both When my mind was first awakenshe and her husband were particu- ed to serious views of religion, some larly fond of young people; and of my nearest connexions were untheir nephews and nieces always easy at the decided line I was found a happy and cheerful home induced to take; and knowing my beneath their roof. Particular cir. attachment to Mr. and Mrs. O., cumstances led to my being placed and the high opinion I had of their under their care, and although I judgment, they sent me to them on was not so nearly related to them, a visit, under the hope that these yet, out of kind affection, they dear and early friends might, by desired me to call them uncle and their advice and society, bring me aunt, and this I did from
child- back to a more rational mode of hood till their death.
thinking. I am speaking now of Mr. O. was a man who had many years back, when a profession MAY-1845.
of religion, and the pure Gospel of a large circle of dear friends and preached from. our pulpits, was. relations, all of whom are against much more rare than it is now. me; and even my dear aunt disFew young persons of the present approves of my views, and exceptday can enter into the many trying ing such and such persons, (two circumstances I was placed in of my distant Christian acquainduring this visit to my dear aunt tances,) I have not a friend who and uncle. Their residence was thinks as I do.” In this deep at a fashionable watering-place by distress, I knelt down by my bedthe sea-side, and they kept open side, and prayed to my Father house. Mr. O. never lost an op- who seeth in secret, that, if I was portunity of endeavouring to draw wrong, I might be led right; but forth my religious opinions; and that if I was right, I might be knowing that I was an occasional strengthened in
course. 1 hearer, when in London, of the late arose, washed my red eyes, and Dr. Buchanan, and other faithful opened my little Bible, to get one preachers, he made a point of turn- text to comfort me, before I left ing the Evangelical clergy (or my room. My eye was caught by a Simeonites, as he called them,) passage I had never remarked beinto ridicule, in a way which called fore, (for I knew but comparatively forth all my patience and self- little of the word of God,)—the command to bear with. Mrs. O. text was this—" What if some do would proceed on more quiet, but not believe, shall their unbelief on not less dangerous ground :- make the faith of God of none taking me aside, she would con- effect? Yea, let God be true, and verse with me, mildly and kindly, every man a liar, as it is written.” upon the folly of my new opinions, These words seemed sent to me by and this with an earnestness of that gracious God, who says, "Call manner almost irresistible. Mr. O.
upon me in the day trouble, and I Would never hear an answer, nor will deliver thee, and thou shalt had he temper for an argument; glorify me.” Thus strengthened but his dear wife would listen to in my opinions, I returned to the my replies, and sometimes allow family party, where my spirit was me to read her a religious Tract, or continually wounded by their ina few striking texts from Scripture. difference upon those subjects to
Two or three times it happened which my own mind was so awhen Mr. O. entered my aunt's wakened. dressing-room he saw me thus I have felt it rather painful to engaged, and with an angry tone introduce here so much of my own would say, “ I will not allow this, history, but I have done so, in you will make your aunt as bad as order to prove to the reader the yourself!" I was often sadly amazing change which afterwards downcast; and one morning in took place in Mr. and Mrs. O. particular, when my dear uncle My sabbaths during this visit were had been more violent than usual particularly distressing, so much at the breakfast-table, and before a form, without the spirit, pervaded large party, in his remarks against them. The carriage came round various pious characters, I retired after breakfast every Sunday mornto my own room and was tempted ing, to convey such of the party to this train of thought—" I must as could not walk to the parish súrely be deceived in my religious church-where the pulpit and the views--I-stand alone in the midst reading-desk were at variance.
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On our return, a walk, conversa- every opportunity of enjoying sotion on worldly subjects, some ciety calculated to promote our friends to dinner, tea, or a syllabub spiritual advancement; yet the on the lawn, occupied the evening; grace
of God is sufficient without and one of “ Blair's Sermons,' the aid of man.
I almost read aloud, by my dear uncle, to begin to think, that if we live to the drawing-room party, finished
again, some of our the Sabbath. After some weeks friends there will now be afraid of spent with these dear friends, I us.” Again she writes to me from returned to my own immediate Tenby, “ I must now tell you how family, and though I occasionally I have been engaged for an hour saw my uncle and aunt after that, this morning, with a detachment yet I did not remark much change of twelve young girls belonging to in their sentiments. Years rolled the Sunday-school here, and whom on, and I was removed to a distant I allow to visit me every Thursday part of England, but I heard from morning, from eleven to twelve. two or three quarters of the sur- The origin of this occupation was prising alteration which had taken from an idea which crossed my place in the religious views of Mr. mind on hearing them sing the and Mrs. 0. Their occasional Morning and Evening Hymn, that letters to me testified this, and it was as so many parrots, without breathed such a new language, that entering into the meaning of the I could almost say of them, with words, which, on examination, I Paul, “ They preached that faith found was the case. Since that, I which they once destroyed." I have given them Watts' Hymns, have understood that this great which I endeavour to make easy to change was partly brought about their capacities; and though my by their meeting with a lady and expounding qualities are not deep, gentleman-very old friends of yet I find them equal to the charge theirs—who had been led, through I have engaged in. I often think God's rich mercy, to right views of of you; and, in my mind's eye, the Gospel, and that conversation can see you still, at the bed-side of with them helped to soften pre- poor old Mrs. T., where I used judices. One summer, Mr. and now and then to accompany you, Mrs. O. were induced to go to when you were staying with us in Tenby, where he became a great former years, and where I used to invalid. Four pious young stu
be much pleased with your pro. dents, from Cambridge, were ceedings.” In another paragraph spending their long vacation there, she says, “ Your uncle has been and it is supposed that their con- to Bath; there he met our niece versation (especially that of Mrs.
She was delighted Mr. D., who has since then en- to see him looking so much himtered glory,) helped on the blessed self; for she had expected (from work in the hearts of this dear all she had heard of our change of couple. I have some valuable let- mind, to find him like a Methodist ters still by me, of my dear aunt's, Parson in appearance, which, you written from Tenby. In one of know, was never agreeable to her these she says,
How I wish we taste. But my husband told a few could accept your invitation to truths to her and her party; yet, visit you. I am happy to say that though they heard with the ear, it your dear uncle and I have our is plain they did not feel with the inclinations now led to embrace heart, nor acquiesce in with the un