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us in our low estate, and sent into a like a master-key which fits all wards, sphere of public action, Jesus, to call able to reconcile the flattest contrasinners to repentance, to urge them dictions, we should imagine that the to be at peace with their offended Crea. argument in this discourse could not tor. We come to celebrate the love of be withstood. The preacher in the Jesus, who for us nen and for our sale first part of it, argues the inferiority vation endured the cross and despised of Jesus to the Supreme Being, from the shame, that he might open the king the title Father, which our Lord apdom of heaven to all believers. It was for us, that, according to the purpose of plies to God, and in the course of his Infinite Wisdom, not indeed always clearly reasoning we meet with this animated to be understood by us, his forehead was passage : mangled with thorns, his body was pierced

“ Not only has our Lord not assumed with the spear; it was for us that iuno- the title and the attributes of God, he cence was oppressed by cruelty and in- hath here shewo, and in other places famy, and suffered in agony on the cross. expressly declared, that his father was While, then, our supreme gratitude is due the ONLY TRUE GOD. To him he was to that Being who laid the woodrous always obedient, to him he gave thauks plan which was to issue in bringing many continually, to him he taught his discisons unto glory, from the depths of sin ples to address themselves, and to him and woe ; let us not withhold our grati. he prayed frequently before the performtude from him who endured every suf- ance of miracles ; so cautious was he fering and every privation, to accomplish that the by-standers should not rest their the errand of mercy on which he was regards on him, but carry them beyond sent. As often then as we are enabled himself, the feeble instrument of good, to to partake of this ordinance, let its repair the Giver of every good, and of every with pepsive pleasure to the feast; and perfect gift. This, said he, is life eternal, while we recall to our minds the dread to know what? Me in all my attributes, abyss from which we have been rescued the God of nature, the appointer of Moby Jesus; while we think on the glory ses, the Redeemer of Israel, now incarwhich he has set before us, and contem- cerated in Aesh, having left my seat of plate the mcans for our progress and glory vacant, and the affairs of the unisecurity on our Christian journey to

verse to take their chance ?—No,-but wards the eternal city of habitation, let to know Thee, the only true God, and our hearts be expanded wide with affee- Jesus Christ whom THOU HAST SENT." tionate emotions towards our leader."

Mr. P. then notices the objects of We fully agree with the author of Christ's mission, the salvation of man, this tract, that love to Christ ought the revelation of a future judgment, to be the principle of union with the perfecting of himself through suf. Christians around their Master's ta- fering, for the office of judge, and ble; an union which should not be the upholding of his Father's honour ; interrupted by difference on doctrinal which last particular the preacher conor speculative subjects; which differ, siders is done by our book societies, ence of sentiinent, or a supposed the members of one of which he was mystery belonging to the ordinance, addressing : and after urging the memkeeps nine-tenths of our congregations bers to go on in their good work, he from communicating.

hopes he may without offence, earC.

nestly request his fair countrywomen

to second the endeavours of the other ART. V.-Christ's Account of Him

sex, by seizing every opportunity, of self: a Sermon delivered ut Lewes, which they have some peculiar to August 28, 1822, before the Sus- themselves, of advancing the sacred sex Unitarian Association.

canse. “ Theirs,” he remarks,“ is the John Fullagar, Minister of the Uni- custody and care of the infant mind; tarian Chapel, Chichester. Hunter theirs 'it is to turn, by winning acand Eaton.

cents, the sternest hearts in alliance ID

doctrine of the hypostatical uni- opportunities of doing good. Let on is wielded, to blunt the eilge of them not think that they are unconthe plainest arguments in favour of cerned in religious matters, or that a the Unitarian creed, and that the want of that modesty, wbich is aldoctrine of two natures in Christ is, lowed to be one of their brightest

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ornaments, can be betrayed by their from all further practice, and pass countenancing religious meetings with the remainder of his days in entire their presence, not merely in the seclusion from society. temple, but wherever they may be “ Thus were the worldly prospects holden."

of his family suddenly clouded, and C. all their flattering anticipations of the

future for ever destroyed.” (Pp. xvii. Art. VI.-Extracts from the Diary xviii. of Prefatory Remarks.) of the late Michael Underwood,

His object in presenting these “ExM. D., consisting of Meditations, tracts,” &c. to the public, we give Critical and Practical Remarks on

in the words of the benevolent Editor: various Passages of Scripture, Miscellaneous Essays, and Occasional

“ It is confidently hoped that the Hymns. Published for the benefit

friends of the late Dr. Underwood, and of his Widowed Daughter. 12mo. why are acquainted with the estimable

more especially those in the profession, pp. 170. Hatchard and Son. 1823.

works which he published on the Dis. 'HE introductory pages to this eases and Disorders of Children,' &c., fully to reflect on the vicissitudes of widowed daughter, who now stands in human life. Dr. Underwood, who need of the benevolent exertions of her had been many years à surgeon, is borne down by an accumulation of

friends. She is in her fiftieth year, and “ having," as his biographer informs troubles, arising partly froin the loss of us, “ changed his line of practice, relatives and friends, and partly from and evinced great skill as Physician- serious mental debility, which frequently Accoucheur, gradually rose to emi- incapacitates her for the humble and nence in that department, and was so precarious employment of needle-work, fortunate as to enjoy the friendship of in which she is at other times engaged. the late Dr. Warren, who, shortly Thus reduced, she has at length conafter the marriage of H. R. H. the sented to make an appeal to the liberality Prince of Wales (now George IV.) of her friends, and humbly to solicit kindly introduced him at Carlton their kind support of the publication now House, on which he received the high her to raise a small sum to provide ber

projected, which she bopes will enable appointment of Physician to the Prin- with a few comforts in the decline of cess of Wales, and in January, 1796, life. The situation of the applicant is had the honour of presiding as Ac- the more painful to her feelings from the coucheur, at the birth of the much- recollection of those enjoyments, and lamented Princess Charlotte.

even indulgences, which, in the plenitude “ Having been brought thus con- of her father's fame, she had the happispicuously into notice, his practice ness to experience.” rapidly increased in the higher circles of the metropolis, and the road to

The work before us shews that Dr. wealth was opened before him with Underwood, whether depressed by all its allurements.

feelings of despondency or animated • While thus basking in the sun- by joyous sentiments, whether subshine of prosperity, an accumulation jected to the trials of adversity or the of domestic afflictions, excited a high still more dangerous trials of prosdegree of nervous irritation, which, perity, was a man of sincere and deep acting on a frame naturally weak, piety. His creed was higlily Calvinproduced a dreadful depression of istic, but the inconsistencies which spirits ; he imagined himself incapa- appear in various passages prove the ble of discharging the arduous duties difficulty of keeping an ingenuous of his profession; and in the year mind completely under the trammels 1801, resolved to withdraw himself of system.

POETRY.

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LINES,
By the late Dr. John Aikin, to Mr. Wakefield on his Liberation from

Prison, with Mr. Wakefield's Reply.
[From Memoir of John Aikin, M. D. By Lucy Aikin. 2 Vols. 8vo. 1823. Vol. I.

pp. 236-238.]
TO GILBERT WAKEFIELD, A.B.
Pure light of learning, soul of generous mould,
Ardent in Truth's great cause, erect and free,
Welcome, O welcome! from thy prison gloom,
To open air and sunshine, to those boons
Which Nature sheds profuse, while tyrant Man,
“ Drest in his brief authority," and stern
In all the little jealousy of pow'r,
Restricts the bounty of a Father's hand,
And scants a Brother's bliss.--But now 'tis o'er,
And social friendship and domestic love
Shall pour their healing balm ; while conscious worth
With noble scorn repels the sland'rous charge,
That brands imprudence with the stamp of guilt.
Meantime disdain not, learned as thou art,
To scan this world's great lesson: high-raised hopes
Of Justice seated on the throne of Pow'r,
Of bright Astrea's reign reviv'd, and Peace,
With heavenly Truth and Virtue by her side,
Uniting nations in a band of love,
Have faded, all to air; and nought remains
But that dire law of force, whose iron sway
The sons of men through every blood-stain'd age
Has ruled reluctant. When that sage benign,
The Man of Nazareth, preach'd his gentle law,
And listening crowds drank honey from his tongue-
When Mars, Bellona, and the savage rout
Of Gods impure and vengeful, shrunk to shades,
And rescued Man adored a common Sire;
Who could refrain to hail the blessed time
Of swords to sickles turn’d, of general good
Pour'd in full streams through all the human tribes,
And shared alike by all? But ah! how soon
The glorious prospect darken'd! When the cross
Gleam'd direful 'mid the host of Constantine,
And took the eagle's place-when mitred priests
Mimick'd the flamen in his mystic pomp,
And proudly bent around a despot's throne;
Then, whilst the name at Antioch first rever'd
Ran conquering thro' the world, it lost its sense,
And join'd in monstrous league with all the crimes
That force, and fraud, and lawless lust of sway
Inspir'd to plague mankind. Then, Gospel-rules
Were held an empty letter; and the grave
And specious commentator well could prove
That such an holy, humble, peaceful law
Was never meant for empire. Thus relaps'd,
The human brute resumed his native form,
And prey'd again on carnage.

Cease then, my Friend, thy generous, hopeless aim,
Nor to unfeeling Folly yield again
Her darling sight, of Genius turn'd to scorn,
And Virtue pining in the cell of guilt.
Desert no more tbe Muse ; unfold the stores
Of fertile Greece and Latium ; free each gem
From the dark crust that shrowds its beauteoas beams,
And fair present them to th' admiring eye
Arranged in kindred lustre. Take serene
The tranquil blessings that thy lot affords,
And in the soothing voice of friendship drown
The groans, and shouts, and triumphs of the world.

TO JOHN AIKIN, M. D.
Next to that first of comforts to the sonl,
The plaudit of a conscience self-approv'd,
Airin! I deem the gratulation sweet
Of sympathising friendship, and a Muse
Terse, uncorrupt, ingenuous, bold and free;
A Muse from whom nor titled grandeur bribes,
Nor pamper'd wealth, a sacrificial strain.
Hence, with sensations bland of conscious pride
I feel the manna of thy tuneful tongue
Drop medicinal influence on my breast,
Ruffled, not torn, by Persecution's blast.
Thus, after chilling frost, morn's genial ray
Invigorates, cheers, expands, the shrivell d'flower :
Thus the broad mountain flings his cooling shade
O'er the faint pilgrim in a thirsty land.
Oh! may thy friend, as in the noon of life,
Responsive to the calls of Truth and Man,
Self in benevolence absorb'd and lost,
Thro’ the short remnant of his closing day,
With brave defiance, or with calm disdain,
Front the grim visage of despotic power,
Lawless, self-willid, fierce, merciless, corrupt;
Nor, 'midst the applauses of the wise and good
Lose the fond greetings of a Muse like thine !

LINES, On reading some Poetry by a Young Lady, nor no more.

Before the touch of the Autumn's breath

The fairest leaves are the first to fall;
And before the blight of the breeze of death,

Bright spirits wither the first of all.
Green and fresh as the spirit may seem,

No evergreen bore the graceful leaf;
And the life of the lov'd is a golden dream,

From which the sleeper awakes to grief.
Yet, Oh, let us think, while with tears we see
The

young heart droop to an early grave,
That it falls like the bloom from Eden's tree,

In “ the pearly waters” of bliss to lave.
Sweet spirit! from scenes of care and pain

Thou hast flown to the beautiful bowers above,
Where the loving shall meet the lov'd again,

And dwell with the God whose name is Love.

'Tis to lives like thine that we sadly turn,

To see how the light of the heart may shine,
And these are so few, that the more we mourn

The blight of a lily so chaste as thine.
Oh, may all who mourn thee the path pursue,

Which thy young feet here in meekness trod,
Till they pass, like thee, this vain life through,

To the home of the pure—the land of God !
Sept. 26, 1823.

OBITUARY.

1823. Aug. 13, at Pittsburgh, United matter which lay nearest to his heart, Slates, Mr. George COURTAULD, late of determined him to quit the neighbourBraintree, Essex.

hood for ever. When the peace of his

mind was sufficiently restored to allow 17, after a short illness, at Thick him to resume the regular exercise of thorn, near Ilminster, Somerset, aged 70, his profession, he was settled at Epfield, the Rev. THOMAS THOMAS, for twenty- Middlesex. There he did not remain two years minister of the Dissenting con- many years, but upon marrying a lady of gregation worshiping in the Old Meeting his congregation removed io Wareham, at Wareham, Dorsetshire, which situation where he was respected by men of every he relinquished twelve months ago. Mf. denomination, and where he has left Thomas was brought up at Daventry, behind him the affectionate remembrance under Dr. Ashworth, and had for his of those amongst whom he laboured. class-fellow and friend the late Thornas In point of talents Mr. Thomas was Northcote Toller, of Kettering, North very respectable ; and he had so far culamptonshire. Upon finishing their aca

tivated a literary taste as to find in it a demical course these gentlemen * were

source of interesting amusement. In his both settled in congregatious, Mr. Toller religious sentiments he was what is comat Kettering, and Mr. Thomas within a monly termed moderate, but perhaps with few iniles from his friend, at Welling

some peculiarities of opinion which would borough. And it was a source of mutual not have allowed him to class himself satisfaction that the vicinity of their situ. decidedly with any party. But whatever ations afforded them the opportunity of were his views on doctrioal subjects, he cherishing the friendship of their early was too deeply impressed with the value years by frequent intercourse. Daring of practical principles to attach an undue Mr. Thomas's residence at Wellingbo importance to matters of speculation, rough he was much esteemed and beloved which do not seem to bear on the great by the society of which he was pastor: life. As a Christian minister he was ar

object of religion-a virtuous and holy and experienced from some of its wealth ier members a kindness and attention dently solicitous to promote the best inwhich are somewhat rare in the history terests of his hearers ; as a man he was of Dissenting congregations. But the a pattern of every thing that is upright, respect in which he was held was not honourable and benevolent; he had a confined to his hearers. By the Dissent. heart that was warm with the kindest ers of the county in general he was justly affections, and a generosity of spirit which regarded as one of the most able and raised him far above every thing artful, intelligent among their ministers. At mean or selfish. But what chiefly disWellingborough he resided between ten tinguished him from almost every other and twenty years, and there, perhaps, he man was a singular delicacy of mind, might have finished his days had not a

and a peculiar refinement of feeling in sudden and cruel disappointment, in a every thing that concerned the feelings

of others. He behaved to every man as

though every man's sensibilities answered I find, on looking at Mr. Belsham's to his own, and was careful to excess, if List of the Daventry Students, (Mon. there can be excess in that which is so Repos. XVII. p. 196,) that they finished amiable, to do pothing, even in trifles, their academical course under Dr. Ash- which might appear to indicate an indifworth's successor, Mr. Robins ; a man ference to the pleasure or comfort of whose name, no one that knew him, will another. This brief but just tribute of ever mention without a feeling of the respect is paid to his character by one highest respect.

who knew him upwards of forty years,

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