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the esteem it received. With the mildest | The new creature, 2 Cor. v. 11. SERN. temper, and the most affable and engag- VII. The contlict between the flesh ing manners, he united a steadiness to and spirit, Gal v. 17. Serm. VIII. his purpose which never compromised the The advantages of the gospel above interests of truth and virtue. Singular the law, John i. 17. Send. IX. True politeness and facility of expression, a love to Jesus Christ, 2 Cor. v. 14, 15. lively imagination, a correct judgment, a
SERM. X. Joshua's choice of the true memory retentive and ready on every occasion; the gentleness, modesty, and religion, Josh. xxiv. 15. SERM. XI. benevolence pourtrayed in his person, Death conquered, i Cor. xv. 53-51. gave eharms to his conversation more It only remains for us to offer our easily conceived than described. Never opinion of the Sermons themselves, niggardly of his stores of knowledge, he and of the inanner in which they have was particularly communicative to young been rendered into English ; and that persons, especially to those in whom he discovered promising dispositions. He Indeed Mr. Allen is now so well
we shall do as concisely as possible. felt pleasure in imparting the information known among us by his excellent, which they sought; and that not with magisterial superiority, but with the free- we had almost said his matchless, dom and familiarity of a friend. In the translation of Calvin's Institutes, that domestic circle he was truly amiable: a we might probably be excused from condescending master, an affectionate delivering our opinion respecting the husband, and a tender father. In the manner in which he has acquitted pulpit he was qualified to shine, but his himself of the task he undertook. grand aim was to be useful. Clear statements of Christian doctrine and practice, translator he has no superior. The
A rival he may have, but as a faithful solid arguments addressed to the ander- meaning of his author is always standing, exhortations and reproofs pres. I given with perspicuity, we believe we sion and kind remonstrance, tones and might add, generally with elegance; gesture perfectly natural, pathos produced and, from the slight comparison that by he overflowings of a pious heart, we have been enabled to make beconspired to place him among the first tween the English version and the preachers of his age. In counsels and original, we are persuaded that the admonitions to his exiled brethren, the former approximates the latter as French refugees who composed part of nearly as any thing of this kind that his anditory, be was more than commonly has been hitherto attempted among impressive. His instructions from the
With regard to the Sermons pulpit were enforced by the unblemished purity of his life. He always exhibited themselves, we certainly cannot rea sanctity becoming his profession: but commend them as a model of imitain his latter years it seemed to acquire tion to any English minister, and yet additional lustre. To those who visited there are few if any among us that him in bis retirement, his conversation might not read them, again and again, was trnly edifying. He was particularly with increasing advantage. The careful to impress upon them the necessity author's sentiments respecting the of possessing the religion of the heart as character of God---the fallen state of well as of the head. Long familiarized
of salvation---the with death, he beheld its approach without alarm and without regret: he even character---and the hopes and pros
grace of the Saviour---the Christian desired and prayed for its coming, to dissolve his earthly tabernacle, and remove
pects which the gospel reveal, are in him to a house not made with hands eternal general consonant to what we consiin the heavens."
der to be the truth as it is in Jesus;
and we could readily produce from The volume before us consists of them passages in abundance that only eleven Sermons, but they are of would justify a much higher characconsiderable length, and we subjoin ter of them than we have yet given ; a list of the subjects and the texts on but after all, it strikes us that what which they are founded.
Robinson said of Saurin's Sermons SERMƠN I. The mysteries of Provi- will apply in an inferior degree to these dence, Is. xlv. 4. SERM. II. The im- of Superville--" they deserve the atportance of Salvation, Heb. ii. 8. tention of any teacher of Christianity, SERM. III. The glory of the primitive who wishes to excel--but there are innocence, Eccles. viii. 29. Serm. many articles taken separately, reIV. Man ruined by himself, same lating to doctrine, rites, discipline, text. SERM. V. Christ thə only way and other circumstances, in which of Salvation, John xiv. 6. SERM. VI. our ideas differ entirely from those of
Monsieur Superville.” “ His col- changed saints on whom death shall have leagues are Levites, holy to the Lord no power, and when the Lord will change ---ambassadors of the King of Kings, in a moment, by that energy 'whereby administrators of the new covenant, he is able to subdue all things unto himwho have written on their foreheads,
self.” What happiness, my brethren, to holiness to the Lord, &c. In the find ourselves at that great day, and to
find ourselves there under the propitious writings of Moses, all this is history eyes of Jesus Christ, and at his adorable ---in the Sermons of Mr. S. all ihis is right hand, surrounded by the righteous, oratory; in my . creed all this is separated from the wicked, and united to nonentity.” Remarks on Saurin's the choir of angels! What felicity, to Sermons, in Robinson's Works, vol. be caught up together with Christ in the 1. p. 150.
air, to follow him to paradise, to see all As a specimen of the animated the gates of heaven unfold, and to enter stile of the volume before us, we shall them in triumph! Then, casting our
crowns before Him that sitteth on the give an extract from the close of it.
throne, and before the Lamb, we shall “ Ye christians, long attached to Jesus shout with inexpressible transports : Christ, who desire yet to draw closer the * Thanks be to God, which hath given us bonds which unite you to him; how great the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," is your happiness? I cannot, indeed, God grant us this grace. Amen.” suppose you to be without imperfections and infirmities, without some trepidation and dread at the dissolution of the body Facts and Evidences on the subject of and the prospect of the tomb. But these
Baptism in Three Letters to a relics of weakness are not sufficient to counterbalance your assurance and joy.
Deacon of a Baptist church; with Persevere in the means which we have
an Introduction, containing Three been recommending, and which will al- Letters to the Editor of the Baptist ways be useful to you as well as to the Magazine, proposing exceptions to feeblest of your brethren: perpetual sup- certain errors in Dr. Ryland's plication for pardon, mortification of sin, Statements. By the Editor of the formation of the new man.
Calmet's Dictionary of the Holy little while, and your labours will be
Bible. London: Č. Taylor, Hatended. Soon the angels will come to
Garden, 1816. bring you to the Ancient of days,' carry you to the bosom of Christ. Ah! We have had our eye upon this pubwhen will that glorious day arrive? Me- lication for a considerable time, and thinks I behold it, all grand and delight- felt a wish to make a few observaful! The heavens open; the clouds di- tions upon its extraordinary contents; vide ; Jesus descends, surrounded by che- but a reluctance to force too frequentrubim and seraphim. The earth
trembles, ly on the attention of our readers a sensible of the approach of its God. The mountains sink; the sea retires, the abys- sioned a deluge of bitterness and
controversy which has already occases appear dry. The trumpet sounds; the voice of Christ is heard, and his power wrath, has induced us to procrastinate is felt even to the centre of the earth. from time to time. One reason why All nature, agitated, beholds itself teem- we could no longer delay noticing ing with new bodies, formed from the these Letters, is the popularity they dispersed bones and scattered dust of all are obtaining among the advocates of mankind. There re-appear our first pa- infant sprinkling, aided no doubt by rents, the first fathers of the world whose the sage reviews in the Cold) Evanbodies returned to their original elements gelical Magazine; which has invariso many ages ago. those martyrs who, devoured by beasts of ably echoed their praise in a strain of prey, swallowed up by monsters of the triumph whenever an additional Letocean, burnt, consumed in the flames, ter has afforded them an opportunity! seemed to have not a particle of matter We are therefore desirous, in the remaining properly their own. Tyrants, character of reporters on public dispersecutors, death, what have they gain- putations, to set things straight
Christ retrieves and reassembles all when they grow crooked, and to throw the precious relics of his beloved. But in in any additional observation which what state will their bodies be raised ? How great must be their beauty and glory, the work under review.
may have occurred in the perusal of fashioned like to that of their Master himself! The infirm, the decrepid, the
Our sentiments on the subject of infant have bodies, how different from baptism cannot fail to have been those which they left! There I behold fully ascertained in the preceding also that happy generation who shall pass volumes of our work; nor indeed in to immortality without dying ; those the present day is there the least
policy or propriety in concealment: 1 sented as carrying his conscientious however, we never intended our pub-. scruples to the Editor of Calmet's lication to be the exclusive vehicle of | Dictionary; and these Letters are any denomination, and it affords us therefore addressed to him in the considerable pleasure whenever we character of the good Samaritan, ascertain it is not thus considered by pouring in oil and wine to cure his the public. To this day we have to perturbed conscience. Now, what acknowledge the obliging communi-would our readers say, if this should cations of gentlemen, whose views of turn out to be a mere farce; a tale many doctrines and duties are dif- coloured to give effect to the arguferent from our own; and to unite ment. What, if it were to appear their continued co-operation will be that the Deacon had no scruples on our unwearied endeavour. If any the subject till he was beset with the observations in the following paper Latin and Greek of Mr. Taylor and should savour of severity, they are to his Son; with which languages he beconsidered as the thoughts of an in- pretends to no acquaintance; if it dividual who usurps no authority over were further to
that he never the faith of others--that in them- wrote for publication a single line on selves they are of individual applica- the subject of baptism; and that tion-and that the writer only takes what is here inserted under his name, a privilege which the author on whose is a mere forgery, drawn up by Mr. work he remarks has in the fullest Taylor himself, -and the Deacon's degree assumed for himself.
name only borrowed for the purpose We must however correct the anti- of giving an air of plausibility to the cipations of our readers, if they ex- objections. Now to each of these pect any thing like a critical reply to facts we could bring forward the most the matter of Mr. Taylor's argumen- decisive proofs, and that from the tation. To his mode of treating the lips of the deacon himself. It is word of God we have the most true, that this neither adds to, nor decided abhorrence; and express diminishes from, the weight of any it as our firm opinion, that if any arguments which may be adduced; doctrine or duty cannot be ascertained and we should have thought it a cirwithout such a kind of literary pro- cumstance beneath our notice, had cess, it is not of a moment's consider- there not been evidence that some ation whether it be understood or not. little minds have triumphed on the Remarks, however, of this nature, accession of a member gained in such will be more in place at the conclu- a plausible manner. If any serious sion of our review.
individuals should be inclined to Before entering immediately on the draw unfavourable conclusions ressubject, it will be necessary to set pecting the honesty and integrity of the public right with respect to the a writer who can thus piously bandy local circumstances which gave rise about his brother's conscience; we to these pamphlets, and which give must leave the writer himself to repel such an air of interest and import- the charge. ance to the discussion. It is here The divine Legislator of the chrisrepresented that a deacon of a Bap- tian dispensation in prescribing laws tist church for some time had his for the regulation of his church, had “ conscience harassed by painful un- to anticipate the diversified circumcertainties” respecting the mode of stances, in which, in the lapse of administering the ordinance of bap- ages, that church would be placed. tism-that in this galling situation, True religion, indeed, is the same in he had made application for instruc- every age; but variations in constition on the subject, to those ministers tution, in character, in prejudices, in with whom he had been in commu- habits, in clime, &c. are almost infinion, and to other of the most res- nite ; and it therefore pleased the pectable of their brethren-farther great Head of the church rather to still, he had repeatedly applied to a condense the plan of his legislation publication professedly the organ of into a few general and fundamental the body, and had been as repeatedly principles, than to retail his will in a repulsed. Baffled, therefore, where multitude of minute particulars. Had he had a right to expect assistance, one of our modern Sectarians been and thus wounded in the house of his in the confidence of the Son of God friends ;" the young deacon is repre- at the time that he instituted the
laws of his kingdom, he would have tone of impious confidence, vulgarly suggested the necessity of this and called wit, that “there is no proof in the other regulation, till the New the New Testament that any person Testament would have been in the act of baptism, was so much voluminous as the Statutes at large. as in the water at all!!!” Now, if He would have urged, too, the im- it is criticism that has made them portance of a precise and methodical thus wise, this said criticism must phraseology in the delivery of every surely be one of those last plagues precept; that the terms should be which were to be poured out upon the squared and measured with the most earth, and in which were filled up the guarded suspicion ; that every word measure of the wrath of God. It should be avoided which could be requires comparatively but a small capable of misconstruction ; and in share of wit to explain away, and fact, that they must be delivered in evaporate the meaning of the plainest all the technical formality and cir- passages of scripture, by the aid of a cumlocution of a legal instrument. distorted and overstrained criticism; But thus did not the Son of God. -but then it requires a considerable The general and unmeasured lan- portion of impiety to do it. In every guage in which he chose to deliver age of the world, the impugners
of his will, sufficiently proves that he left revelation have drawn their main it to the piety and good sense of his weapons from the word of God itself, followers to take his meaning in the setting it in the shape of self-contramost obvious form, and to fill up the diction; and the wildest phantoms outline he had given by the dictation that have ever been bred in the of that Spirit which was the promised imaginations of enthusiasts, have companion of the church to the been supported by a partial, or errolatest ages of time. It formed no neous, or overstrained criticism of part of his plan to supersede the ap- the sacred text. We are fully conplication of judgment and enquiry ; vinced, that there is not a system or but adapted his communication so sentiment that has ever been broachas to afford the greatest inducements ed from the day of the apostles to to their developement and exercise. the present, but what the author of
From the foregoing remark, it is the work before us could find plausiobvious that there is a point, in the ble arguments to support, if he were application of criticism to the illus- thus inclined. What an admirable tration of scripture, at which we must auxiliary would he have made to the stop; and to go beyond that point is various crude and contradictory secnot to explain the word of God, but taries of different ages; and how to confuse it; not piety but presump- well qualified would he be to write a tion. The gospel of the Son of God “ View of Religions," in which it in the first age was emphatically could be proved to a demonstration, preached to the poor ; and every im- that though all were contradictory, portant part was delivered in a variety yet all were true. Surely this is a of obtuse, simple and obvious pro- desideratum in the most extensive positions, which would readily com- library. mend themselves to the most uncul- It would be a curious speculation, if, tivated capacities. The application by some mighty miracle greater than of the laws of criticism to the word that which threw down the walls of of God is of far less use in sub- Jericho, greater than that which raised stituting a supposed and latent mean- Lazarus to life, greater than that ing instead of the plain and obvious which converted the persecutor Saul, one, than they are in discovering this champion of pedobaptism should minute and concealed beauties, which be brought to change his sentiments either illustrate, or ornament,, or on this subject; to ascertain what establish the truths to which they would be the method he would take refer. They are a kind of optical to controvert the learned arguments glasses, which reveal what is not by which he had sustained å former discoverable to the naked eye; but opinion. Perhaps we might be acwhich never change the nature of cused of wantonness were we to what they exhibit. To afford one hazard a conjecture on the subject; instance in illustration of what we however, we will venture to say,
that mean, in reference to the subject in it would be neither a 4to. nor an 8vo. hand; we have been lately told, in a nor a 12mo, volume, but a penny tract,
Just begging pardon for insulting the hended, and Kinghorn having turned Common sense of the world, and King's evidence, the other two forsupplicating the divine pardon for feited their lives to the injured laws laying such unhallowed hands on his of their country. sacred truth.
Donald, says the writer of this nar[To be continued in our next.] rative, who appears to be Mr. John
Cockburn, a baptist teacher in Car
lisle, and whose instructions were A Narrative of John Donald, who was eminently blessed to him---Donald
executed for Burglary, at Carlisle, was naturally possessed of an acute September 14, 1816. Carlisle ; ( mind and quick apprehension ; nor Printed for F. & J. Jollie, 1816. was it difficult to gather from his pp. 32. octavo.
conversation, that he imagined he THERE is, to us, something uncom
had so dexterously arranged matters monly interesting in this little pam- connected with his trial, that it would phlet; and its interest makes us over- not be possible to convict him. He look the inaccuracies of style in which had sworn his accomplices to secresy it is drawn up, and the still more ---and though his reputed wife had defective manner in which it is print- been taken into custody at Whiteed. It furnishes one of the most haven, and to save her own life had striking instances of the power of the intimated her intention to impeachgospel to disarm the enmity of the the offenders, Donald had the address human heart, to tame the ferocity of to convey a letter to her, instructing, the tiger, to give good hope towards her how to act, so as to save herself God in the mosť dreadful circum- and him, and such was the ascendanstances in which human being can
cy he had obtained over her, that he be found out of hell, and in short to effectually diverted her from her purproduce genuine repentance towards pose. God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that we ever remember to
" Another woman was brought from
Whitehaven, to identify his person in In some respects it even
Carlisle jail; and, as soon as he saw her, surpasses Mr. Inglis's celebrated he gave her a significant look, which was pamphlet respecting the of fully understood; her resolution was unWilliam Mills, to which we had nerved at once; and she turned away lately occasion to advert. See our without answering the expectations of Magazine, Vol. II. p. 200.
those who had introduced her, saying, John Donald, was born in the this cannot be the man I thought of." village of Clough, near Down-patrick, Such were the ingenuity and address of in the county
of Down, in Ireland? Joba Donald !!! Who, that thinks justly, During the late war, he volunteered
can refrain from lamenting over prostiinto His Majesty's Navy, and entered itself to work wickedness with an indefa
tuted ingenuity; deliberately abandoning on board a tender at Belfast, which tigable perseverance, that only renders conveyed him to England. Arriving itself more extensively mischievous. How in the Downs, he was drafted on pungent must Donald's feelings have beert board the Triuinph of 74 guns---and (for he was a man of strong passions) when was serving under Lord Duncan in he was apprised, that Kinghorn had turned the action with the Dutch fleet---he King's evidence ; contrary to his sanguine was also under Admiral Parker and expectations. To secure more effectually Lord Nelson at Copenhagen, in the their evasion of justice, as he confidently Glatton of 54 guns---at Boulogne, city peculiar to an inventive and intrepid
Aattered himself; Donald, with an audaunder Lord Nelson, on board the genius, had administered an unlawful York, of 50 guns---he went out with oath to his own accomplices, only a few the Isis of 50 guns which conveyed | minutes before Kinghorn was brought out the Duke of Kent to Gibraltar, then of his prison yard into the turnkey's lodge: returned home and was paid off. which was on Friday, the day immediately
Weare not furnished with materials preceding his trial. While Kingh to enable us to detail the history of detained in the lodge by a conference his life from that period to its awful
with three gentlemen; where an offer of termination; but we learn that he mercy was tendered for his acceptance,
on condition that he would turn King's was engaged with two other persons evidence, and candidly inform the Grand of the name of Kinghorn and Pollet Jury of every circumstance connected in breaking open a house near Car- with the burglary; Donald was observed lisle, for which they were all appre-' to be agitated with extreme fear, anger, VOL. III.