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that he should advance io humility, sured approbation. It respects the in proportion as he advances in ho. public and formal dedication liness. This view of the subject, themselves to God. An assembly which we conceive to be just in convened for the purpose, and point of reasoning, might be estab- form of self-dedication is read lished by evidence which the Re- them from the pulpit, designed viewer himself would admit to be the highest degree possible to av decisive. “My dear friend,” said the mind. The opening invocatia the divine Herbert on the day of his sufficiently characterizes the oatlı death, “I have nothing to present “Oh! most dreadful God,” &c. No to my merciful God but sin and mi- had the writer merely condemne sery; but the first is pardoned, and the particular mode of this dedica a few hours will now put a period 20 tion, we might have acquiesced i ihe latter.” In a like awful mo his judgment. But we cannot bu ment, we find the pious Hooker ex. hesitate, as sound churclumen, t claiming, "If thou, O Lord, shouldst condemn such an act, howeve be extreme to mark what I have modified, as in itself improper done amiss, who can abide it?" And when we call to mind the languag again : “I plead not my righteous, and spirit of our baptismal, con ness, but the forgiveness of my un: firmation, and eucharistical services righteousness:" and yet he almost What are these but a series of sell immediately adds, “ I am at peace dedicating ordinances ? Does the with all men, and God is at peace writer discera any thing of pa with me; and from that blessed as- rade in these services? Does he surance I feel that inward joy which find, that men solemoly devoted this world can neither give nor take like Hannibal, from their youth, away." Now we mean not to deny and who have sealed their vows to that much of the language of this God, not by one ordinance, but by description which takes place among a succession of ordinances invested the Methodists may be the language with all the awe of which the simof delusion. Our object is merely plicity of our ecclesiastical con: to sbew the injustice of that sweep. stitution admits, and which can be ing sentence of condemnation pro. derived from the most solemn sancnounced lay the Reviewer on all lions of the word of God (as, for declarations, which combine low instance," he that eateth and drink, and humiliating thoughts of our eth unworthily, eateth and drinketh selves with lively hopes of heaven. damnation to himself”) have, as he So far are we from agreeing with supposes of the Methodists, found the Reviewer on this point, that we no middle point between disobedibelieve that they whose hopes of cnce and despair, between the al. heaven are the best founded will be tar and the mad-house. If so, J. and likely to feel most deeply, and ex E. Beale do well indeed to “

inform press most strongly, their own guilt the religious public, that they have and sinfulness, in the view of the enlarged their house for the receppurity of the Divine law, and of tion of the insane ;” and we may the infinite grace and mercy of the expect to see our pews discharge Gospel.

considerable portion of their con. We readily concur with the Re- tents into this hospitable viewer in condemning the watch- sion. nights of the Methodists, and that The Reviewer is altogether wrong for reasons wbich do not materially in supposing that the Methodists differ from those which he regard all as unbelievers who are grounds his censures,

not of their sect, nor do the passaTo the author's next material ges which he produces in proof of objection against the Wesleyan ihis at all warrant the inference he system, we can yield only a nica draws from them. Neither is it true,

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as be affirms, that they intermarry men who secede because the doconly within their own pale.

trines of the church are not preachMuch as we disapprove of ed within her walls. We are at many things in both the Evangeli- some loss to account for this and cal and Methodist Magazines, we some other inconsistencies which think that the Reviewer must, on we have noticed in this Review, exsecond thoughts, admit that he has cept on the supposition that two overstepped the bounds of truth and different hands were employed in saberness, when he affirms that these constructing the article. works produce nothing but evil. We avoid entering upon what is (p. 508.)

said respecting the Methodist views His remarks on the Cheap Repo- of the doctrine of assurance, because sitory tracts are still more objection- it would open to us a wider field able. These invaluable tracts were than we are at present disposed to the work, not of the Methodists, enter upon. For the same reason we but of Mrs. Hannah More, and one leave various other points wholly unor two of her friends. They may touched, and will content ourselves all be obtained at Hatchard's or with saying, that we think the ReRivington's ; and we challenge the viewer has greatly exaggerated the Reviewer, after he shall have read evils, both moral and political, then, to point out a single article which are to be apprehended from in the collection which will justify the growth of this body. bis harsh ceasure of them as “ base We bave alluded the more freely trash." The “ Fatal Choice” is cer- to some of the errors of this Review, tainly not one of them. It is some because the excellence of a great wbat unfortunate, after what has al- part of it may have the effect of obready passed, that the Reviewer taining for those errors a more ready should have been betrayed into ano. currency. If we judge the author tber attack, so totally unfounded, on aright, he will not condemn us for the well-earned reputation of Mrs, speaking our mind. On the whole, H. More. High as she deservedly we thank bim sincerely for his reranks on account of her other wri- view. We consider it as a very tings, and useful as they have been, important document on the actual we do not hesitate to say, that none state of religion. It breathes through of them are more marked by genius many of its pages a remarkable spiand talents, nor have all of them rit of candour. It stands aloof from combined been more useful to so- that unphilosophical and disingenuciety, than those very tracts which ous temper which has confounded the Reviewer has thus, unwittingly all sects and parties which have any as we trust, laboured to discredit. thing in common; which amalga.

la the early part of the Review mates the tub-preacher with the (p. 435) the Reviewer admits that zealous and consistent churchman, "the Methodists profess to build the licentious antinomian with our their belief upon the articles of the brightest exemplars of practical Established church, and only meet holiness; which, while it laughs at apart from it because, according to the cry of the church is in danger" their feelings, they do not hear its from the machinations of popery, doctrines sufliciently enforced with will raise that very cry when it may in its walls;" and yet he afterwards serie to crush a particular division (2. 511) somewhat inconsistently of the clergy, whose zeal and piety expose alates with them for leaving render them obnoxious; which sees the church because " the preacher as much to hate in those doctrines i dall, or they have had a dispule of the Methodists in which they wide the vicar concerning tithes.” agree with our articles, as in that le most be aware that such an ex

pruxis of discipline, or in lbose pratulation will have no etfect on superadded extravagancies, in which Canist. OBSERV. No. 109.

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they differ from them. Such wri. contend against us, lest.“ baply they ters, we are convinced, are the very be found to fight against God. men who niultiply the sects they Old times will rewrn. The multi detest. Let other writers arise, with tude called upon by this author te the same candour as the author be read the histories of the Fathers o fore us, and a more intimate ac the English Church will no longen quaintance with the subject; let the say “these were the fathers, bu ininisters of the Establishment cling where are the children?”—they wil to those fundamental doctrines of discern their glorious features stamp Scripture more than once adverted ed upon our countenance; they wil to in this striking review; let them discover in our hands “keys' which give the same momentum to the will at least open the hearts of their grand national machine which car-countrymen; the most unequivories on the little go-cart of the Me, cal “right of succession” in the inthodists; let each man consider bis beritance of our ancestors' virtues own neighbourhood as a little level and the best “ patrimony” which to be recovered from the encroach- St. Peter and the whole college o ments of vice by embankments Apostles had to bequeath-those raised by his own hands; and, under doctrines and practices which they the Divine blessing, the face of things lived and died to establish and dis will change. Honest men will not seminate,

LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL INTELLIGENCE,

For the Literary and Philosophical Intelligence (including an account of the Finances of Great Britain, Intelligence from Oaford and Cambridge, Hertford College Esamimation, List of Books, &c.) see the Appendir for 1810. We shall insert in this number only the Cambridge University Honours. They are as follows-vis.

WRANGLERS: - 1. Dicey, Trin. ; 2. Caius; 10. Rogers, Sydney; 11. ComFreuch, Caius: 3. Hustler, 4. Ally, Jesus; mcline, Johu's; 12. Bickerstatt, Trin.; 13. 3. Chainbers, 6. Brass, 7. Evans, 8. Poulter, Wallis, Magd.; 14. Dury, Pemb.; 15. 9. Prowde, Trin. ; 10. Johnson, Jobu's; 11. Buck, Caius; 16. Field, Joba's; 17, Wilkinlortimer, Queen's ; 12. Allix, John's; 13.

son, Trin. Bloomfield, Caius; 14. Adeune, Trin.; 15. JUNIOR OPTIMES. 1. Baker, John's Lambe, Bene't.

2. Barlow, Trin.; 3. Storry, Queen's; *. Senior OPTIMES. — 1. Grace, Pemb.; Maynard, Trin. ; 5. Bligh, John's ; 6. Carr, 2. Haggit, Christ's ; 3. Frazer, 4. Lloyd, Trin.; 7. Kiicbingmun, 8. Hales, Clare ; 9, frin.; 5. Abdy, Jesus; 6. Wilson, Pemb.; Backhouse, Pembı; 10. Willatts, 11. Way 7. Edwards, 8. Canspbell, John's ; 9. Smyth, Trin.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE,

THE SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CII RISTIAN Rev. Charles Daubeny, Dean of Sarum, o. KNOWLEDGE.

which we had occasion to comment, at th The Report of the Society for promoting close of our yolume for 1809, (p, 810 Christian Knowledge the year 1809, has The Bishop of Norwich is so far from reitei recently been published. It is preceded by ating his predecessor's attack on the school a Sermon, preached in St. Paul's Cathedral, which bavo been erected on the Lancastria by Dr. Bathurst, the present Bishop of Nor- plan, that he seems plainly to point to then wich. This sermon seems to have been in- in common with other sinilar institution tended by his lordship as an ancidute to that when, after shewing the advantages while preached last year in the same place by the would flow " from a general, well-regulale

gratuitous education of the poor," he adds, Welsh Scriptures, with the Common Prayer that " the benevolent exertions of many ex and Singing Psalms, amounting to 20,000 callait persons anong is, (especially for copies, which the society resolved in Marcli, same fears past) to mueliorate the condition 1805, to print for circulation in Wales, is of the poor, and to promote the education of now in a course of distribntion. The whole their children, exceed every thing of which charge of this edition, with the binding in we have an account in any other nation, or calf, is defrayed by the Society, and copies is any other period in the history of our own." are furnished to any of the inhabitants of With a liberality which is highly creditable Wales, through the medium of the Bishops, takin, bis lordship thus endeavours to mode or any other members of the Soeiety, at six fate these feelings of jealousy, respecting the shillings each, which is considerably less than British and Foreign Bible Societies, which half the prime cost. This intelligence was coin. have been unhappily entertained by some municated to the principality in a circular letmembers of tbe establishment.

ter addressed by Dr. Gaskin to the members * Let then Christians, of every denomi- of the Society residing within it. “The comnation, who have at heart the true interest munication, it is added, " has been received di domestic, or of social life ; let every friend with great satisfaction, and numerous apto the welfare of his country; let every lover plications are made and continue to be of mankind, contribute a portion of his time made for copies *." "The society cannot bat and money to this great work and labour of feel grateful to Almighty God, that they are love' (the work of edacating the poor). Let thus enabled to dispense the sacred records the members of the Church of England more of His holy word, and the pure apostolical particularly endeavour, in the first place, to Liturgy of the Church of England, amongst & secund the highly useful exertions of the people so anxious to receive them; and they Society for promoting Christian Knowledge; continue fervently to supplicate the great Head but let thein not stop here, and imagine that of the churchi, that these their efforts may be they have done enough; let them enlarge productive of lasting good, to the glory of his their views, and, by a comprehensive and name, the enlargement of his fold, and the wei-placed liberality, encourage and support eternal salvation of souls.” To this pious esser auxiliary sucieties, the generous aim of praser we add our cordial amen! which is to communicate to those who sit in Fire thousand copies of the Common darkness, and in the shadow of death,' the Prayer in the Manks language have also glorisas light of revelation, by circulating been recently printed, and distributed in the unong them the knowledge of the Bible. Isle of Man, at a litile more than one third On the circumstances which arise in framing of the prime cost. sach designs, it is possible that men's minds The number of subscribing members to may stand divided for a season; upon such this institution is now 3,560, of whom about points

, therefore, I assume no privilege, from 475 have been added since the beginning of this occasion, to speak for others. If the 1809. The number of schools under their szain end to be pursued, the dissemination direction is 116, containing about 5,000 schoof Christian knowlege, were attended to, in lars. The number of Bibles sent to the menuevery town and village of the united king. bers during the preceding year is 8,760 ; dom, as it well deserves to be, with earnest of New Testaments and Psalters, 12,540; Dess and assiduity, there is nothing wbich of Common Prayers, 19,060 ; of other might not be hoped for. The moral world bound books, 19,440; of Tracts, 120,236. muald soon assume a new face; and it is Besides which, 773 Bibles, 2,629 New hardly too mach to say, that this happy and Testaments and Psalters, 76 Common higtaly-tavoured island would, in a few years, Prayers, 424 other bound books, and bear some faint resemblance (allowing for 6,114 tracts, have been sent gratuitously to banan imperfcctions) 10 that heavenly city, the East Indies, to the Royal Navy, and in which the beloved disciple of our Lord con various other channels. We observe a very leapleted in a vision. A city which had proper note at the end of the Society's list of Do need of the sun, neither of the moon, lo books. It apprises members that the packskizze in it; for the glory of God did lighten ets of books which they receive on the terms is, mud ahe Lamb is the light thereof; and

of the Suciety ought to be paid for within bere shall in no wise enter into it any thing three months after they have been received ; that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh and that no books on the Socieiy's terms stotination, or maketli a lie.'” We now come to the Report itself. From

How strong a proof that Wales is not dis it appears iliat the new edition of the saturated with the Scriptures!

will in future be granted to any member nation of the pure, unadulterated Gospel of who is in arrear for two years' subscription, Jesus Christ, and him crucified. or the amount of five pounds for books. We now coine to the account of the Son

In this Report are inserted the resolutions ciety's Protestant Mission in the East Indies, on the subject of auxiliary societies, to break for the year 1809. formed in the different dioceses throughout The Rev. Mr. Pæzold having written that the kingdom, to which we gave currency in the spirit of refractoriness and disorder which our number for May 1810 (p. 393). We hope had appeared in the Malabar congregation the plan may have been found successful. at Vepery had been in part subdued by

The expenditure of the Society, from the means of the Secretary's letter in the name 13th April 1809, to March 29, 1810, of the Society, but that a few still continued

amounts to about 16,0001. Of this sum, refractory; the Society intimated to Mr. about 12,4001. have been paid for books, &c. Pæzold, in reply, that the ancient rules of the including the Welsh Scriptures, the Manks mission ought to be observed as strictly as Common Prayer, and some prayer books possible, and that the government of the for the Danish prisoners in Great Britain. The country, they trusted, would protect their misexpense of the East India mission is 1,2081. sionaries from disturbance. This the governand of the Scilly mission, 3871. Upwards of ment had shewn itself willing to do. From 700l. nuore are expended in different chari a subsequent account it appears that things table purposes; and the remainder in sa were more quiet. laries to officers, and various contingent cx Mr. Pæzold, in January 1809, visited the penses. The receipts are to a similar Christians at Pullicat, to whom he preached amount, and consist of, benefactions and le- several times. He administered the Lord's gacies, 1,1771.-subscriptions from members Supper tothirty-nine Portuguese and twenty3,0331.-receipts for books, &c. 6,2301. (be- three Malabar Christians, and baptized sides 5,000l. of arrears still due)-dividends twenty-three children. He also visited and of various funds, of which 6461. are specie consoled the aged and infirm. In February fically for the East India missions, about he went to St. Thomas's Mount, and on his 5,1001. The remainder consists of a re arrival found all the good people assembled mission of the Income tax, 3081. and the pro- to hear the Gospel preached to them in their duce of an eslate, 1681. The account of the own language. Two Roman Catholics were society's funds is followed by a statement, received into the congregation, and seven which has also been separately circulated, heathens were publicly examined and bap. with a view to repel a prevalent opinion tized, who had been under instruction for that the income of the Society exceeds its some time. Before he departed, the people annual expenditure, and is in an accumulating gave him the contents of their alms-bos, state, and to prevent the donations which about nine pagodas, for their poor fellow would otherwise be made to them from being Christians at Pullicat; and though poor diverted into other channels. So far is this themselves, they promised, should God bless opinion from being correct, that in the year their undertakings, tu continue their weekly ending April 1809, it was necessary to sell collections for the same purpose.

Mr. 1,7651. three per cent. stock to meet the er. Pæzold has sent extracts from his diary, from cess of their expenditure over their income; which it appears, that the religious duties of - and at the last audit a sum of 3,0201. re the mission bad been regularly performed by mained due to the bookseller and printer, bimself, in conjunction with the catechists which was orer and above the amount of their and schoolmasters. The number of coinreceipts for the year. The Board, however, municants in the native congregations on trust that that gracious Providence, wbich Easter day, was nearly 200, who were all for more than a century past has enabled quiet and peaceable Christians. them to carry on their designs for promoting The Rev. Mr. Holzberg writes from CudChristian knowledge, and edifying the body dalore, that his Jabours in the mission have of Christ, will still furnish the means by been uninterrupted. In botls the English - which these objects may be pursued with in- and Malabar congregations may have heard creased activity and vigour." We very sin. the word profitabls. His school

, consisting cerely hope that this may be the case, and of twenty children, was under the care of that the Society for promoting Christian

a very able and worthy schoolmaster, called Knowledge, laying aside all prejudice and Pitshey-Matton, who had been recommended partial affection, will devote itself with by Mr. Kolhoff, of Tanjore. In 1806, he had energy and simplicity to the one great object baptized nineteen children and six adults : of its institution, the universal dissemi- the communicants were eighty-two bo

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