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tian principles would allow Mrs. Cappe and alive to the feelings of friendship to to be an inactive member of society. the last ; and possessed of the divine Her history, from the time of her set- composure of a true Christian about to tling at York, is the narration of in- o enter into the joy of his Lord,' for the cessant literary and philanthropic la interval will not be perceived.
“ Indeed, you have every thing that bours, her literary pursuits being in
can comfort you, having for so many fact philanthropic. Two whole chap- years nsinistered in every possible way to ters (34 and of the Memoirs are
his relief under great infirmities; and taken up with the History of a de- trying, by engaging his attention to the serted Young Irishwoinan whom she decyphering his previous valuable labours, patronized; and the tale, which is to afford him all the pleasure disease left interesting of itself, exhibits the wri- him, of being useful to others, which was ter's character, ever forward to shew always his delight. That he knew your sympathy with the oppressed, and value, and was full of affection and gratibold and unceremonious in rebuke of tude, I have no doubt : that your love of vice and cruelty. There is a species his talents and virtues flowed over to those of feminine delicacy which all good who were very dear to him, and whose
esteem and affection will now contribute men must approve, but this becomes a weakness that is to be pitied when all good,) and thereby will shew the sta
to your ease and comfort, (for they are it shrinks from the more hardy duties bility of their tender dutiful attachment of human life. We admire the fe
to so excellent a father. But whatever male, who like Mrs. Cappe, sensible sources of human consolation may belong of her own intellectual superiority, to you, there is one omnipotent Protecand a stranger to all but Christian 'tor, whose favour and support no time views, steps forth from the privacy of or circumstavce can withdraw from those domestic life at the call of charity, who sincerely desire and endeavour to and exposes herself fearlessly to the
serve and obey him; and there our chief
confidence lies. observation of the world in the performance of acts of unquestionable
“ All things have for a long time had
a tendency to moderate your hopes of humanity. All women are not to be
any great comfort in his living, or any blamed for not copying in this respect great length of life; yet, eren the absence the example of Mrs. Cappe; but, on of that tender, anxious attention and the other hand, let not her be tried soothing, night and day, to so amiable an by a common standard. By a differ- object, will leave a painful chasm, which ence of talent, temperament and con- only time and a sense of dutiful submisdition, Providence determines some sion to the appointment of God will fill persons to privacy and others to pub- up, with the occupations and demands of licity; and, pursuing conscientiously general benevolence, such as you have the path marked out for them by the
been in the habit of exercising. Disposer of human life, all may obtain, than to impress yours; we have all a
“ I write more to relieve my own mind though in very different ways, satis
manner of feeling peculiar to ourselves, faction of mind, and entitle them- and have points of consolation and regret selves equally to the approbation of to which others must be strangers; but society, as the earnest of the blessing the voice of friendship cannot be silent of Almighty God.
or uninterested under the events which Of the death of her excellent hus break the affections and habits of those band Mrs. Cappe writes in language one loves.”—Pp. 310—312. which is alike honourable to them Many passages, and even entire both. On this melancholy occasion, chapters of the Memoirs, testify Mrs. Mrs. Lindsey wrote a truly characte- Cappe’s maternal affection to her husristic letter of condolence to the wi. band's children by a former marriage; dow, of which the following is an ex- which we take notice of in order to tract:
remark, that hers was a case in which “ You are now under the severest trial of literary distinction were found quite
public spirit and an honourable desire of your fortitude and resignation that you ever experienced, in the loss of the consistent with the most regular and object of your tenderest and best affec- faithful observance of the domestic tions, and who was so truly worthy of duties. them. That he suffered no more, nor Mrs. Cappe's life was connected by longer, is some consolation ; that his her warm feelings of Christian charity mind was more sensible than his body, with all the principal events of her
time. These she sometimes records, title to Unitarian patronage. Her with sensible and amiable reflections. name will be enrolled at the head of Having related the establishment of the benefactors to the institution, for the Bible Society, she says,
there may be benefactions without large “ For my own part, I can truly say, ing recollection for its conductors and
pecuniary assistance, and it is a pleasthat in the course of a long life, not wholly spent without observation, l'have supporters, that her co-operation with nerer yet seen an instance, where the them, according to her means, in this Bible has been habitually read, though important work, constituted one of the the understanding respecting the genuine greatest pleasures of her later years. import of many passages may not always We should gladly have laid before have been much informed, that the heart the reader a larger portion of the conhas not been made wiser and better; tents of this valuable work, if the that many evil passions have not been department allotted to our Review corrected, although perhaps not wholly would have allowed; but we regret subdued ; and the pious and benevolent the restrictions under which we write affections further cultivated, improved the less, because we feel assured that and enlarged. Say then, if it be not true, that the gospel is indeed the pearl of mend the Memoirs to all that admire
we have extracted enough to recomgreat price,' for which the enlightened . merchant-man' would cheerfully sell superior talents virtuously employed, all that he bath' to make the purchase ?
that sympathize with the best aifec“ Nor does the importance of the Bri- tions of our race, and that rejoice in tish and Foreign Bible Society appear seeing the profession of the simple diminished, or its value inferior, when truth of the gospel accredited and we witness the subordinate happy effects enforced by the evidence and arguresulting from it; softening the animosi, ment of a holy and heavenly life. ties of discordant, contending sects and parties, by demonstrating, that there is Art. II.-Negro-Slavery; or, A View one object at least, and that a most important one, in which all may most cor
of some of the more Prominent dially unite. With what delight, upon
Features of that State of Society, this occasion, have I seen the friends with
as it exists in the United States of whom I am in more immediate commu
America, and in the Colonies of the nion, join heart and hand with some West Indies, especially in Jamaicu. other excellent persons, who are our 8vo. pp. 124. Hatchard and Son, friends also, but whose speculative opi- and J. and A. Arch. 1823. 38. nions, on some points, differ widely from 'HE friends of humanity have been ours : giving thus a sort of happy foretaste for
some years at rest with regard of that delightful harmony which shall to the subject of Negro-Slavery ; appahereafter obtain, when all that is imper- rently satisfied with the great achievefect shall be done away ; when we shall
ment of the abolition of the Slaveno longer see as through a glass darkly; Trade. At length, they are aroused but shall kuow even as we are kuown !"" Pp. 376, 377.
to a sense of duty upon this important
question ; they are beginning to awaken All persons who were acquainted public sympathy; and we trust they with Mrs. Cappe, we may say all will not cease their virtuous labour's those that have perused the former until means shall have been devised for volumes of our work, know the deep ultimately extirpating the immoral and interest which she took in the removal innpolitic system of slavery throughout of the Manchester College to York. the whole of the British dominions. Besides a strong conviction of the The publication before us originutility and even necessity of this ated with an association at Liverpool, institution to the prosperity of the forned for the purpose of mitigating cause of the Unitarian Dissenters, she and abolishing slavery in our colonies. entertained the liveliest friendship for That town, which was deepest in the the gentleman who is at the head of guilt of the slave-trade, is thus endeathis academic establishment, and for vouring to expiate its sin. The pam. those that were afterwards called to philet consists of the evidence of varishare in his learned labours. Hence, ous unconnected witnesses of great she watched the growth of the college respectability, with regard to the with much anxiety, and by her tongue crimes and atrocities that are insepaand her pen zealously asserted its rable from slavery; and we are pleased
to see that great use is made of the one that knows him must smile at a letters of Mr. Cooper in our last reproach which belongs less perhaps volume, and that deserved reliance is to him than to any person living. But placed upon his testimony. In a de- slavery is to be defended, and of bate upon the subject in the House of course every one that takes part in Commons, an attempt was made by the abolition is, as far as possible, to one individual connected with the West be lessened in public estimation. Is Indies to shake Mr. Cooper's credit; there still, however, a mass of inhubut in the only report that we have manity at Bristol which must be represeen of that gentleman's speech, he is sented in Parliament? We thought represented to say nothing more in not; but if there be, we should not reality than that pride prevented the expect to find such a representative, Missionary from endeavouring to do and the representative of prejudice and any thing on behalf of the Negroes bigotry in general, in a gentleman besides preaching. This charge was who was brought forward by the oddly followed, by an acknowledgment liberal party of that city, and espethat the speaker knew nothing of the cially by the Dissenters, of whose person of whom he was speaking. Mr. party, we know not with what truth, Cooper's own letters are sufficient he is generally reckoned. refutation of the aspersion, and every
« Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaveo,"
MATT. V. 3.
Happy the man whose humble mind,
No wild commotion knows;
Rejoicing as he goes !
In vain does Wealth her charms unfold,
And all her store display;
Aud tempts his feet to stray.
And prosperous breezes blow;
In gay, delusive show.
And sees the mountain riven,
But humbly trusts in heaven.
J. C. W.
“ Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Come, ye who mourn, and dry your tears,
And let your sorrows cease!
And soothes his soul to peace!
Come, and efface the stain !
wounded heart rejoice,
And whispers peace again!
And cast your cares behind !
And calm the troubled mind!
Come, all to sorrow driven !
And reaches up to Heaven!
J. C. W.
" Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”.
Blest are the meek, the sacred train
all guiltiness refrain,
Through life's still varying scene ;
Are gentle and serene !
And binds the eagle's wings,
On loftier, mightier things.
And fill the world with woe;
Nor tremble at the blow.
And seeks the boundless sea;
A blest eternity.
J. C. W.
1823, Feb. 20, at Madeira, JOHN impartial, it was disinterested, it was SOLLY, sccond son of Isaac SOLLY, Esq. generous. Meek herself as a child, and aged 22.
humble as a saint, she regarded not the
distinctions which pride and vanity make March 29, at his Lodge, in Downing Shred of the same frail texture, and,
among mortals. She considered all as a College, Cambridge, EDWARD CHRISTIAN, Esq., Chief Justice of the Isle of Ely, and therefore, meriting her equal love. She Professor of the Laws of England in the bestowed her charity without regard to University of Cambridge.
persons, and almost without regard to character;—" for e'en her failings leaned
to virtue's side,”-it was sufficient for 19th inst., at Brixton, Mr. LINDSAY her that an object wanted relief, and she BOWRING, aged 28, an amiable and ex
could give it. But her benevolence was cellent young man, who was deservedly not quite impartial; for she certainly held in the highest esteem by the numer
leaned towards the poor, the distressed, ous members of his family, and by all and those who had none to help them. his connexions. It may be remarked, as
Many such in her neighbourhood are now another of the many coincidences that mourning her loss; and well they may, strikingly manifest the vanity of human for her place will not soon be supplied. life, that he had given his name as one of Her charity was disinterested : what she the Stewards of the Christian Tract Society gave, she gave for the object's sake, and Anniversary, and that when the meeting not for any private gratification or show was held, he was a corpse. This melan- of vanity. Her right hand knew not choly event was alluded to at the meeting, what her left band did. She never liked and a just tribute of respect was paid to
to be thanked for any kindness she bethe memory of the deceased.
stowed, much less did she ever men. tion it herself. “ To do good,” she used
was a duty in which there was At Cirencester, at a very advanced age, no merit.” Moreover, her charity was Mrs. KIMBER. The qualities which most generous, and what is a remarkable fact, distinguished this excellent lady were her generosity increased with her years. integrity, benevolence and piety. Her To form an idea of this excellent quality, integrity appeared in every transaction of it was necessary to witness its effects. Her her life. She uniformly acted from prin- liberal hand extended itself as far as it ciple, from a sense of duty, from a regard could. And it is but justice to add, that to right. The fine tender feeling of the recipients of her bounty were not honour which she possessed, gave a dig- ungrateful, if a devout attendance at nity to her mind and an independence to her grave, and many tears and expresher conduct, such as are seldom witnessed sions of regret, can be considered indicain the world. Of the integrity of her tive of the feelings of the heart. Of her religious principle she gave a remarkable piety much might be said, but it is unneproof about fifteen years ago, when, in cessary after such an exhibition of its consequence of the Unitarian Meeting fruits; for her philanthropy sprung from house at Fairford having been given up its legitimate source, love to God. In to the Independents, she left the town general it may be observed, that her piety and a large circle of friends, and re- was an habitual feeling, and not an occamoved to Cirencester, where she could sional impulse, or formal observance. It worship God, even the Father, in a man- was a disposition of soul which softened ner more congenial to her views and down all her thoughts and feelings to one feeliugs. Her benevolence showed itself continued flow of devotion-to a constant both in her spirit and her conduct. She expression of gratitude and praise to the wished well to all, thought the best of Giver of all good. It was her practice to every one, and put the most charitable trace every blessing and mercy, every construction on every action. If any comfort convenience, every pleasing thing, she was too charitable in her feel thought and holy feeling, to the Great ings, which led her sometimes to admi- Origin of all things, even her God and nister pity where censure would have Father. She saw God in every thing, and been more just. Of the benevolence of every thing in God. She believed and her actions, or what is more commonly she felt that all circumstances and events termed charity, or alms-giving, it is almost were under the controul of a wise and impossible to speak too highly. It was gracious Providence. Hence her constant