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steadfastly to behold the countenance of him whom you receive. But, in condescension to your weakness, he withdraws his splendours from your sight, which could not bear them, and hides them under sacramental veils. Receive then, with a lively faith and an ardent charity, receive with calm joy, Jesus, the Son of God made man,


breast. “ What a moment, the moment of your communion! If there be any moment, in which a foretaste of heaven can be experienced, it must be that moment, and the moments that immediately follow, till the sacramental species are dissolved. Your breast is then a little heaven, blessed with the presence of the King of Glory."

There is a letter from the same bishop, in the same work, page 1, addressed, “ To all the clergy, and faithful in the London district :

Dearly beloved brethren in Jesus Christ,“ We feel it our duty to inform you, that only those French clergymen are permitted to administer any sacrament, or to say mass, or to perform any ecclesiastical function in the London district, who have subscribed the form of declaration of Catholic communion which we have required, and which his holiness has commanded them all to sign, declaring that if they refuse to do what he commands in this respect, they contract the heinous guilt of schism,” etc.

Agnes Collison's advertisement may remind my readers of another that appeared in the papers sometime ago, copied from a Journal in the East Indies, in which a god maker solicits the patronage of the public on account of the excellency and cheapness of his divinities. These heathen gods would not be entitled to adoration till they had been consecrated by a Bramin, no more than Agnes Collison's altar bread, till it had been consecrated by a popish priest. She may be a very honest woman, for anything I know to the contrary, but I would not venture my salvation upon her, or on any other person's knowledge and uprightness. We know what tricks are played by many dealers in

flour, in mixing with it potatoes, plaster of Paris, etc.; and neither priest nor people can be sure that their altar bread is not adulterated; and if it be, why then they are idolaters. Thus in whatever light the worship of the host is considered, it is rendering that homage to a creature, to a nothing, that is due to God alone, and is justly branded as the most stupid and senseless idolatry : and if they are vile who render such worship to any but the living God, much more abominable and fiend-like are they, who have the daring to demand it from man for any other than his Creator and Redeemer, and threaten him with every kind and degree of vengeance if he yield it not.






Two Sermons on the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, preached at

the Orphan House, Newcastle, Dec. 25th and 26th, 1808.

In his preface to these sermons, the author observes, that they were the first he ever wrote ; and that he was not able to set about the writing of them till a month after they were preached; the reader will not expect, therefore, (says he,) that they are committed to the press verbatim as they were delivered from the pulpit. The ideas are the same, with two or three additions ; but it was both impossible and unnecessary to recollect the words. The matter of a sermon, and not the language, is what demands our chief attention. This is the age of wordy preaching-a glitter of fine phrases, and poverty of sentiment-a monkey arrayed in all the robes of royalty. The author has been accustomed to preach to poor, plain people; he has made it his study to accommodate his discourses to their capacities; hence he has acquired the habit of using great plainness of speech. "To those who love the important truths of the gospel in a quaker dress, the following sermons will be

acceptable. But why is this publication obtruded upon the world ? If the reader, after a serious perusal, can say nothing in its justification, the author will offer no excuses, but will, with all possible patience, endure any

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