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that is calculated to meet the longings daily walk looking very disconsolate of a soul that is praying and thirsting and pensive; and in getting into conafter righteousness. We once fell in versation, he confessed his disapwith one of the great leaders of the pointment. “That rascal of a fellow party; and in a journey of 60 miles who seemed to be a pillar in our in a stage-coach, amidst constant con- Church, and is one of our elders, he ver on religious topics, not one has cheated me at every point in the sentiment escaped from him in which building of my house, and I am sellwe did not fully accord, or which ing
all up, and leaving the place in was calculated to expose the Shibo- disgust. leth of the party: and yet on discov- How men forget, in an over-anxious ering who the gentleman was, and study to weed and separate, that the hearing more about him, it was la- tares must grow together
with the mentable to learn that the mischief he wheat until the harvest! There will has done on the Continent, where he be symptoms of fallibility and imperchiefly resides, is incredible : unset- fection in the best constituted churchtling and subverting the good work Our wisdom is to be thankful of grace in Switzerland, France, &c., for what is good in that to which we and sowing the tares of discord in all belong, and to be willing to wait till directions. One really is at a loss to we get to heaven for the Church conceive how such a character can which is without spot or blemish. turn with indifference from those who The very spirituality which seems to are sitting in darkness and the shadow prompt the movements of the breof death, and devote his energies to a thren and others, we think should hurtful meddling with the companies only lead to a directly contrary course; of faithful Christians who are rising leading men to think less of external up around him. Yet we cannot for- considerations, less of ecclesiastical get that there were those in the apos- imperfections and defects, and more tles' days, who, instead of having of that divine and heavenly influence their eyes fixed on the glorious and without which the most select church blessed object of winning souls to communion will be profitless, and Christ, disturbed the Church by giv- with which a very imperfect and aping out that unless they were circum- parently inadequate channel will not cised, Christ would profit them no- fail to transfer the desired blessing. thing. The selfishness of human There is a grand defect in the appanature unhappily manifests itself too rent spirituality of those who are so often in religious zeal. The Plymouth ready to quarrel with ecclesiastical Brethren are not singular in resolving establishments. Real spirituality; the essence and vitality of religion they may depend upon it, would lead into an assimilation with their own them to soar above the machinery. symmetry and rule. The spirit of Real spirituality has its conversation, exclusiveness may be seen elsewhere. its business, its traffic, in heaven. It Nor is there anything new in the cannot waste its time in adjusting the restless dissatisfaction with existing channel—the water is what it longs Churches. We often think of the for. Real spirituality looks chiefly to case of an elderly gentleman we met the ladder of faith, up which to send with some years ago, who had gone its aspirations, and down which to from town to town in search of a pure receive its needed succours; and and unexceptionable Church to which every convenience and advantage behe might attach himself with spiritual neath, which presents itself, is thankbenefit. But all to no purpose. At fully accepted and not hastily rejected, length he was ready to proclaim his because it fails to prove perfect and Evpnka—the faithful Church was dis- infallible. It is essential to Protestcovered. He ventured to settle him- antism to repudiate the boast of infalself for life; to build his house; and libility. Faults and imperfections to hope for a quiet resting-place for there may be and must be in the the remainder of his pilgrimage. Church of England, as well as in Sometime after, he was met in his every human constitution : but before
it can be safe to wish for her destruction, we must bury in oblivion all recollection of our martyred reform. ers, and every trace of her faithful testimony to the truth in her standing articles for centuries; and every thought of the thousands and millions who, through her instrumentality, have been upheld and succoured amid the storms of life, and landed on the peaceful shore of heaven.
The Church of England may have her defects, and she may often have suffered from the unworthy and treacherous administration of her members; but with all their declensions, and with all the dark clouds of error which have often overspread her body, the head has ever remained clear and scriptural; her articles, embodying (their worst enemies being judges) the purestevangelical truth, have never changed; and her formularies of worship have never failed to guide effectually the devotions of the truly spiritual worshipper.
With these convictions, we cannot but wish to resist every effort to undermine the Church of England. We do not fear any very extensive mischief from the Plymouth Brethren; for without articles or creeds to form a standard of appeal, they have not the necessary material for duration : and
moreover their leading principles, such as having all things in common, and the levelling of all ranks and grades in society;the servant and her mistress being put upon a par, dressing alike, and eating at the same table; all this, however fine in theory, is found very awkward in practice; and like Irvingism and other similar religious eccentricities, we doubt not but that Plymouthism will speedily come to nought.
Still, in the meanwhile, it is our duty to check its progress, by detecting its fallacy and unscriptural character. And we know of no better guide and help in this work, than the little pamphlet now before us. Its appeal to Scripture is abundant and unanswerable; its spirit loying and affectionate; its statements one would imagine irresistible. We strongly recommend the adoption of this pamphlet wherever these mischievous intruders are at work. It is admirably calculated to reclaim the wanderer. It presents a precious balm, not to break the head but to heal and soothe. May the great Head of the Church abundantly bless it to the diminishing of one, at least, of the many hindrances to the peace and well doing of our Zion!
MEMOIRS OF PRINCE CHARLES STUART, COUNT OF ALBANY:
By CHARLES Louis Klose, Esq. 2 vols. Colburn. 1845. In great chemical operations, such as Young Pretender's history, and it borextensive crystallizations, the smallest rows openly, and very freely, from changes are watched with much in- Chambers's“ Jacobite Memoirs,” but terest, as indicative of approaching it has thrown the narrative together in results to take place throughout the a readable and attractive form, and whole mass. The same vigilance is many will renew their interest in its necessary now in the religious and romance--stir up the embers of expolitical world. Little matters have piring feelings-look up their dusty at times a momentous connexion with relics, and look again with inexplicaconsequences of the first importance. ble flutter upon a “white cockade.” This book of memoirs, upon a subject But the book appears to have two once intensely interesting, but now objects. The first is to deprecate apparently forgotten, is probably one any harsh historical judgments of of those minor indications. It seems, Charles's principles and characternay, it is, a trifle-a book of very to exhibit him to the world as a more slight research and pleasingly written. able and more moral man than he It contains little, if any, actually new really was, and to induce men even information on the subject of the yet to regret the disastrous retreat from Derby, and to wish themselves the prince, and to leave it doubtful again under the mild, unpretending, whether the fruits of that marriage are equitable, and constitutional govern- not now living ment of the Stuart dynasty-in fact, In the year 1818 or 1819, two lengto see all that any branch of this thy young men made their appearance family could do, as being entirely in Edinburgh, taking up prominent “couleur de rose;"and to think thatany theatrical positions and attitudes in convulsionary change which might the Episcopal places of worship, and throw them again on the eddying sur- calling themselves by some name, not face of things, would be a national now exactly remembered. They graadvantage. We are not now going dually obtained access to a certain to take up the question. We are con- measure of society; changed their tent to look back with much thank- name to Sobieski Stuart, or somefulness on that period of our national thing of that sort; assumed the Highhistory, in which wise and salutary land garb, and the manners of royalty; legislative restraint has kept us free and asserted, at length, their descent from that arbitrary use of power, from the Pretender's family. Those which the Stuarts always exercised who know their whole' history, are whenever they had any.
fully alive to the absurdity of the But the book appears to have a se- claim; but it is not the less likely cond and less palpably avowed object that by and by it may be the subject -to take very cautiously the first step of a longer Appendix to a third edition towards a glance at the possibility that of these Memoirs. “ The Tablet," the Pretender's family is not without a Roman Catholic periodical of some legitimate living issue. Of course, with note, has endeavoured to call the the utterly slender thread that there is public attention to their claim. to work upon, the first advances to- It would seem almost idle to waste wards such a conclusion must be light a sentence on such pretensions ; but and unobtrusive; but they may not be it is impossible to say what the the less intentional, and intentionally Romanists may not think it desirable, guarded; and we shall be considerably in these changing times, to attempt. surprised if this is not found to be the There never has been a pretence set real object of the book—the postscript up to the crown of this Protestant to the letter, the sting in the tail. nation, but the Pope and the Roman
It is well known that before Prince Catholic states of Europe, and the Charles's marriage with a German Romish Clergy of Britain and Ireland, princess, he lived in intimate domestic have supported it vi et armis. And relation with a Miss Walkenshaw, by the day may come again, when claims whom he is said to have had two as absurd as those of Peter Simnel children. None of the contemporay may be again maintained by them, notices of this fact approach, even in and, as then, the usurping impostor the remotest degree, the notion of a welcomed by this hierarchy with all legitimate marriage. It never was so the solemnities of a coronation. It declared. And it appears, on the face may be that, as this liberal age repuof this very memoir, that when the diates to its last shred the principles friends of Charles, fearing the com
of the Protestant conservative system, promise of their own safety, as well it may suit the Jesuit system to push as that of their Samson, by the faith- up a pawn into the vacant square, and lessness of this Delilah, required that make some long-legged Charles, ir she should be put away; he met it only James, or Sobieski the point of a new with the assertion that he would not game.
suit them to say, that be interfered with by any one as to
restrictions annihilated destroy some any step of his private life.
individual rights, and give a renewed The Postscript of these two vols. is life to others; and if they have not a very clumsy attempt to give conse- power to sap the foundations of our quence to Miss Walkenshaw; to throne as at present occupied, at least establish the fact of a legitimate and to raise confusion round it. recognized marriage between her and It is well then to be on our guard ;
to watch the incipient ripple of the But to be serious. How precious moving mass; to bare the whole tissue ought our Protestant rights and imof the scheme from its outset, before munities to be esteemed. It is the the mystery of some 40 or 50 years style of modern liberalism to disrehas wrapped its bald and beggarly
All the testimony of origin in cloud. This work may be centuries is now accounted but an old altogether innocent of such a purpose; almanac, and all its warnings, the but it looks very like a preliminary prophesying of a Cassandra ; but the step; like a lady's letter, which says day may come, and come speedily, the most momentous thing just at the when we shall measure the value of last. It says, Miss Walkenshaw was our national blessings by their irrethe wife of Charles Edward—she had trievable loss, and the value of simple, children. Look out. It may be easy unadulterated truth by the weight of to say by and by, “ Apropos des bottes the rushing host, and the bloody spur -Here is the very man.'
of dominant error.
POPULAR LITERATURE. The whole subject of popular litera- is daily stimulating the market. What ture requires the deepest considera- should we say, if a man had the power tion. The
press is pouring out every of so volatilizing a grain of arsenic, day a tide of books, which distract that its effluvium should spread over the attention, weaken the judgment, a whole country, entering into every corrupt the taste, and defy the criti- house and penetrating to the most cism of the public, by their very vital part of the body? multitude. Every one, young or old, until it is shown that the human mind man or woman, fool or wise, thinks is good itself, and the source of good himself able to say something which --that is not what we know it to be, may catch the people's eye, to raise save only when purified by religion, himself either money, or notoriety. corrupt itself, and a corrupter of The whole world has become a great others—this power, which every man school, where all the public have possesses, and which so many exturned themselves into teachers; and ercise, of diffusing their thoughts the ravenous appetite of an idle people, over the world, and insinuating them always craving for some new excite- into the heart of a nation, is, in reality, ment or amusement, and ready to the power of spreading a pestilential swallow the most unwholesome food, miasma.-Edinburgh Rev.
“ LITTLE FIRES.” We can do little more in a world like he and his associates met was oppoours, (says the Rev. Mr. Todd, in his site that in which Scott was writing. volume of excellent“ Hints to Young While thus assembled he used to Men,”) than to kindle little fires here watch that unknown hand turning off and there, which will continue to burn, sheet after sheet-untiring, unceasing. and which will light other fires, after In the midst of mirth and folly, he we have passed away and are forgot- would turn his eyes and feel a pang ten. You may give bias to the cha- of severe reproof by that silent, unracter now forming, you may make known everlasting hand! How little an impression on the mind of some did Scott know that his diligence was companion, perhaps unknown to him rebuking and forming the character and to yourself, which will influence
of a young man who would one day thousands yet unborn, for their good. even honour him by writing his life! I believe it is Lockhart, the accom- The hand that dropped the pebble into plished writer of Sir Walter Scott's the smooth waters has passed away, Memoirs, who mentions that in those and is forgotten, but the wake is days of mirth and revelry which came widening and spreading till it has been near being his ruin, the room in which felt in every part of the lake.
MEETING AT LIVERPOOL FOR CHRISTIAN UNION.
W Rectory, Oct. 7th, 1845. general acceptation ;) and its object
will be to accomplish all that the I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the blessed Plymouth Brethren have vainly atmeetings for three days at Liverpool, tempted to do; namely, to gather all Oct. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, for promoting the people of God into one--but Christian Union. God was with us without their unscriptural rejection in a remarkable manner, in an unani- of the Sabbath, the sanctuary, or an mity I never expected. *
ordained ministry; and also without
behaved most requiring of any individual to leave Christianly and kindly, opening his that section of the Church of Christ house wide to us all. God bless you to which he belongs! Do you ask, and yours, dear brother ; let us fight my dear friend, How can these things manfully for the Lord and His truth. be? Our answer is, Come and see,
E. B. The basis of union, which may be
called the creed, or test of discipleship, will be shortly published, and exten
sively circulated throughout the Liverpool, Oct. 7th, 1845. United Kingdom, the Continent of
Europe, and America; and I will not MY DEAR FRIEND, I am now about fail, if spared, to send you a copy. It to proceed, in the fulfilment of my is so simple, that no one who holds promise, to give you some particulars sound evangelical doctrines can posa of the three glorious days we have sibly object to it; and its extreme lately enjoyed here in the truly “holy simplicity, especially considering the convocation” which was held in this heterogeneous mass of opposite opintown, for the purpose of promoting ions and sentiments from which it Christian union, on the first three has been extracted, was the astonishdays of this month:—which will be ment of every one present; and days greatly to be remembered by thankfully acknowledged by all to be the Church of Christ, as a season the entire work of the Spirit of Truth when the Holy Ghost seems to have guiding us into all truth," and been as manifestly in the midst of us, abundantly poured out upon the (although not in visible tongues of meeting in answer to prayer. fire) as He was in the midst of the There were about 250 persons Apostles on the day of Pentecost, present-ministers and laymen-of guiding us at every step amidst the Churchmen the smallest number: most conflicting opinions and state- but amongst them, dear Mr. E. ments, to come to an unanimous adop- Bickersteth, and Mr. Baptist Noel, tion of the simple truth of God's word, who, I doubt not, were mainly instruas the basis of union, and wonderfully mental in promoting the harmony making us all (although there were 17 which so happily prevailed. None of different denominations of Christians our influential local clergy attended, present) of one heart and one mind, as you would conclude from Mr. without a compromise of principle by Baillee's letter in the Liverpool Standany! So that it may be truly said, ard which I sent you; but there were “What hath God wrought!” The several from Ireland, and other parts name of the proposed Christian Asso- of the United Kingdom. Prayer was ciation is to be "THE EVANGELICAL offered up by five successive minisALLIANCE," (the term “Protestant” ters of different denominations, prebeing advisedly excluded, as involv- vious to proceeding in the object of ing too much of worldly politics in its the conference; and such an uniforme