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prudently to moderate my attachment on Unitarians. In the first letter the to earthly objects; and diligently to writer appeals from mystery to scrip. prepare

for that awful moment, wheu ture : and in a plain, concise, and it will be my lot also to breathe my forcible manner, alleges the testimony last, and to close my eyes for ever on of Moses apd the prophets, Jesus and terrestrial things." Throughout he bis apostles, against the Trinity, and discovers pious resignation, and de- in support of the strict Unity of God. vout confidence in God. P. 12, he The clergyman having after this, from says, “ It is, I must confess, no slight the pulpit, denounced the Unitarians satisfaction to me to be able to reflect under the inappropriate name of Soci. that it was neither conceived nor born nians, as “ damnable heretics; damnain sin.” What must be the feelings ble idolaters, and damnable aposof tender parents who entertain the tates;" Mr. Payne wrote his second opposite sentiment !

letter ; in which he expostulates with

bis clerical adversary, on the illibeART. V.-A Vindication of the Gene- rality and injustice of his conduct,

ral Baptists, from some aspersions with much earnestness, but without cast on them in the Letters, pub. returning railing for railing : so far lished by the Rev. Joseph svimy, from it, he is careful to express his entitled, “ Neutrality the proper respect for the moral worth of his Ground for Protestant Dissenters opponent, and praises him for his respecting the Catholic Claims." “commendable and truly Christian Being an Address, delivered at the conduct, in behalf of the Bible SoGeneral Baptist Meeting-House, ciety." We are glad to find these Portsmouth. By a Member (Not letters are adopted by the Kent and a Minister). Pp. 24.

Sussex Unitarian Tract Society; as TITH much good sense this wri- they are well calculated to promote

ter vindicates his brethren the cause of truth and charity. from the aspersions of Mr. Ivimy, and concludes with the following advice: Art. VII.-A Brief Statement of the “ Let us take heed then, brethren, if Religious Sentiments of Unitarians, we suffer reproach, that it be wrong- more particularly respecting the fully ; otherwise it cannot be perse. Person, Character and Offices of Jecution. Theu if we bear it patiently, sus Christ ; In a Letter to a friend, our patience will be acceptable to who had expressed considerable reGod. Hear our beloved Master's gret and surprise at the writer, for cheering message — Hold fast that having quitted the Church of Engwhich thou hast, that no man take land on Unitarian principles. thy crown. Let us not be discour- THIS writer follows the advice of aged by the taunts, the sneers, the

the Apostle, “ Be ready to give sarcasms, or the slanders of the sons

a reason for the hope that is in you." of bigotry and enthusiasm. Our Mas. By a plain statement of his sentiments, ter hath told as— If they have per. which he supports by solid argument, secuted me, they will also persecute he justifies his 'separation from the you.' He hath also said — Be of good Established Church, and invites his cheer; I have overcome the world; friend to examine the subjects on and to him that overcometh will I which they differ. This pamphlet give to eat of the tree of life, which discovers much good sense and canis in the midst of the Paradise of dour. God.'”

Art. VIII.-The Opinions of Unita. Art. VI.-A Vindication of Unita- rians (or Modern Socinians) proved rians and Unitarian Worship, in

Unscriptural and Dangerous : in a two Letters to a Clergyman. By

Sermon upon the Self-existence of Thomas Payne. Pp. 27.

Jesus Christ. By the late Rev. Wm. NHC author of these Letters is an Romaine, M. A., &c. Pp. 35. Unitarian preacher in Sussex.

VIXTY years have elapsed since He wrote them, * As a check to cen

the soriousness ;" in consequence of the mon, during which every thing its

first publication

of this serunjust censures the clergyman, to author insists on as evidence of the whom they are addressed, had passed self-existence of Jesus Christ has been

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Review.-Unitarianism Vindicated, fc.


repeatedly answered and shewn to Trinitarians more estimable than those have no bearing on the subject; as of Unitarians ? Are we upon their often as the advocates for this notion principles to expect something greathave ventured to take the field, they er than the favour of God and endless have found their opponents ready to felicity? Or are these prospects of meet them, and after a few attempts greater importance if purchased by at argument have been glad to take the sufferings of Christ, than if they refuge in mystery. Its republication are the unmerited gift of God to men at this time is a proof that Trinita- through him? rians still rely more on' appeals to the

“ In many respects the views of the repassions than to the understanding. puted orthodox are certainly far less cheerThe self-existence of a person who ing and consolatory than those of Unitawas actually born, and who actually rians. The first believe him to be a being died, and that Jesus Christ was such of unrelaxing rigour and severity, when a person the scriptures plainly teach, offended ; that he will severely punish and no Christian can deny it) is a no- every transgression, however impremedi. tion so directly contrary to reason, tated, however forcible the temptation and involves such a seeming impossi- which led to its commission, or however bility, that nothing contained in serip the sinner himself or in his substitute;

sincerely it may be repented of, either in ture ought to be supposed to teach it, The latter believe him to be? merciful and if it will bear any other construction; gracions, slow to anger, and plenteous in but Mr. Romaine huilds his conclu- mercy :'' that he is not willing that any sions on the mere sound of words, should perish, but that all should come arbitrarily applied, and makes up to repentance.' These believe him to be for the want of argument hy thunder the kind and compassionate Parent of the ing out eternal damnation against thosc whole universe; those consider him as a who differ from him. P. 10, he says, partial, arbitrary,, and vindlictive sove“ If you deny him (Christ] to be God, reign. Which of the two systems would a your sins remain, and misery must be wise and good man wish to be true? Which

of the characters above described, vamely, your portion-Misery, the greatest the God of the Calvinists, or the God of you can suffer, in soul and body, the Unitarians, is it the Christian's duty among the condemned spirits in hell to imitate ?” for ever and ever." Where is Christian charity ? Where the meekness and gentleness of Christ, when pro

Art. X.--The Influence of Bible Sofessed ministers of the gospel, thus

cieties on the Temporal Necessities condemn others, for what at most can

of the Poor. By the Rev. Thomas be but an error in judgment :

Chalmers, Kilmany. Pp. 40. 8vo.
W. White and Co., Edinburgh ;

and Co., London. ART. IX.-Unitarianism Vindicated ; THIS well written pamphilet is an in a Letter to the Editor of Mr.

answer to the objectious which, Romaine's Sermon, upon the Self- it seems, have been made to the Biexistence of Jesus Christ. Pp. 53. ble Societies in the North, as enTHE passages of scripture referred croaching on the fuud which charity

to the self-existence of Jesus Christ, are diverting the contributions of benehere impartially examined, and shewn volent persons to another object, and to have a very different meaning: and as taking from the comfort of the his uncharitable declamation animad. poor, by exciting i hem to form Bible verted upon, and justly cesured. Nor associations, in which they contribute has the writer confined himself to Mr. one penny a week to promote the cirR's sermou ; but replied, with con- culation of the scriptures. He shews siderable ability, to the arguments of that the subscriptions of those who other writers in favour of the same are above the class of mere labourers, hypothesis. He shews bimself weil mly be takeu from the fund employed acquainted with the subject on which in luxuries, without seusibly diminhe has written, and reasons in a clear ishing it: p. 3, and that, so far from and forcible manner. After having the benevolent principle being exvindicated the Unitarian doctrine by hausted by its operation in Bible Soscriptural argument, he asks, p. 41, cieties, it will be rendered more ac" In what respect are the views of tive in other directions. P. 9, he says,


“ It is not so easy to awaken the be- Unitarian doctrine, tò let their light nevolent principle out of its sleep, as, shine before men, by an open prowhen once awakened in behalf of one fession of what they believe, by unitobject, to excite and to interest it in ing in the worship of the one God behalf of another. When the bar of only, and by shewing the holy in. selfishness is broken down, and the fluence of their faith in their temper Hoodgates of the heart are once opened and conduct. The following passage, the stream of benevolence can be p. 13, deserves the attentiou of those turned into a thousand directions." who conceal their sentiments. “ ConHe contends that the poor man's be- vinced as we are that the notion of ing brought to participate in so good three divine persons being each of a work as the circulation of the scrip- them truly and properly God, is not tures, by contributing his penny, only a gross and palpable delusion, “ puts him in the high attitude of a but that it has been the means of giver, and every feeling it inspires is bringing Christianity juto contempt.; on the side of independence and deli. is it pot mean, is it not criminal, is it cacy.” P. 25. This advocate of the not inexcusable, to conceal our sentiBible Societies, consistently, and with ments on a point of such infinite imequal earnestness, contends for the portance; or to act as though we education of the children of the poor, believed such a glaring and pernicious the happy effects of which he shews absurdity ?" to be fully exemplified in the independent feeling, industry, and aver- Art, XIII.The Divine Unity unamsion to becoming paupers, which pre- biguous ; or, The Plajn and Emvail among the mass of the people in phatic signification of the phrase in Scotland.


van maintained, and Jesus Christ Art. XI.-- Thoughts on the Probabi- sbewn to be the Chief of the Chil

lity of our being known to each other dren of God according to the spiin a Future Life. Pp. 33. 8vo. rit of Holiness : including an ExJ. Johnson and Co., St. Paul's amination of John i. 1-14, Heb. i. Church Yard.

Col. i. 15—18, &c. Pp. 40.
E think the observations of THE title fully expresses the con-

this writer authorize his con- tents of this pamphlet ; the wriclusion, that “ The more we consi- ter understands bis subject, and shews der this interesting subject, the more himself vo feeble advocate of the improbable it appears, that the re-union portant doctrives of the Unity of God, of virtuous persons in a future state, and the superiority of Jesus Christ in does form a part of the gracious de- his office and character, though in his sign of Providence :'and that, with person simply a man. such modifications only, as will be necessary to a new and more exalted Art. XIV.-An Essay on the Impolicy state of existence, the benevolent af

of War. By William Pitt Scargil). fections which have constituted our

Pp. 16. 6d. Darton, Harvey and happiness here, will continue to be

and Darton, Gracechurch Street. the sources of bliss hereafter. An expretation son de lightful tends to elevate A TO Rr shewing that the aboliIt renders life more happy ; death sensible writer answers the pleas usumore easy. It expands the heart in ally urged for its recurrence, states in gratitude to God, and in good will to

a concise and forcible manner its evil all mankind."

nature and tendency, and suggests a

plan to be adopted by the friends of Art. XII.-A Serious Address to Uni. peace for its prevention. Though we

much fear the spirit of the gospel will tarians, on the Importance of maintaining a Conduct worthy of their pot soon triumph over the spirit of Principles. By a Seceder from the S's. plan to the consideration of our

war, we carnestly recommend Mr. Establishment. Pp. 16. Eaton, 187, readers. He says, p. 14, “ AssociaHigh Holboru.

tions and societies have been formed THIS is a truly Christian exhor- for benevolent purposes in this coun

tation to those who believe the try, and the objects for which they

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173 have been formed have been more or humanity. Would it not then be desirable less answered. What prevents the

to form associations in every part of the formation of a society for this object? kingdom, whose object should be to raise

a little fund for the necessary expences The great concern in the first instance is to circulate knowledge upon the attending such unions, and that these as

sociations should use their best endeavours subject, to communicate to the peo

to impress upon the minds of the people at ple at large a knowledge of their own

large, the desirableness and practicability interest. When the nation feels that of abolishing the system of war altogether peace is its interest there will be an Could the ministers of religion make a betexpression of that conviction in the ter use of their pulpits than to inculcate general voice, that will be uttered in from them the doctrine of Jesus Christ, behalf of humanity and reason. the doctrine of peace? There is no need “ It is alas too certain that war never object in which all may unite, it is a con

of making this a party question, it is an will be abolisher so long as men content

cern of "general and universal interest; themselves with deploring its evils and la

under whatever government men may live, menting its prevalence : some definite and persevering exertions must be made before sovereign, they can conscientiously unile

wbatever be their loyal attachment to their any bope can be entertained of its cessa.

their endeavours for peace. tion. It is in vain for us to flatter our. selves with the hope that after a long and for this benevolent purpose will be confined

“ Nor let us imagine that associations sanguinary war we shall repose in pro

to this country, the friends of humanity found peace and qniet ; if we do not take

and religion in every part of Europe, in some steps to destroy the system of war altogether. Living as is our privilege, in fully contribute their assistance to an ob

every quarter of the globe, would cheera conntry where the utmost liberty of speech and discussion by press is allowed, ject so powerful in its tendency to ameli

orate the human race and increase the so far as is consistent with decorum and

comforts of mankind." good order, a mighty engine of benevolence is in the power of every friend of



Reflections after reading Sir Robert Ker Turn'd to a bed of rest the snow-clad

Porter's Account of the French Cam- plain, paign in Russia, 1812.

And in oblivion wrapp'd their sufferings I.

past. Again the Niemen's cross’d! with willing Unheard of woes, for what were ye en.

V. band,

dured ? l'd close the Book so fraught with human why these sad scenes beheld so wide and woe ;

far? Nor longer dwell on Gallia’s warlike

band; Had ye to all mankind long peace ensur’d: By death in ev'ry horrid form laid low !

Had freedom's cause led Gallia's sons to II.

war! But mem'ry will be brooding o'er the

VI. scene, Where discord, strife and horror reign’d Much might be said to mitigate the loss around;

That Parents, Widows, Orphans, long must Where with gigantic stride and dreadful

When o’er the mind the glorious cause inien,

should cross; Pale death with countless victims, strew'd the ground.

'Twould soothe ihe pang for those they

held so dear. III. Welcome his fatal shafts ! 'twere they

VII. alone,

But even this consoling thought's denied; Reliev'd at once the dying man's despair ; And execrations from the mourners burst; They husb’d the wounded soldier's stifled “ Curs'd be the tyrant's overreaching groan,

pride; That on the midnight breeze assail'd the Curs\d his ambition, and his mem'ry ear.

curs'd." IV.

VIII. 'Twere they reliev'd the agonizing pain,

“ But for this ruthless war, my boy had Shot thro' the soul, by Russia's northern bless'd, blast ;

With youthful spirits, bis pateroat bome;


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But now he's sunk, by unknown ilis op- And tore away the veil from mortal sight, press’d,

While shewn by thee, th' ETERNAL's glory
And with his life my fondest hopes are bright

Is own’d, -felt,-seen,-ev'n in this world

of crime! Thus mourns the parent whose ill-fated

Thou, once a slumberer on the Saviour's son,

breast! Back to his country never must return ; The widow thus bewails her husbaud

Deem'd worthy to be call’d the Virgin's

Son! gone; And for their Sires ten thousand orphans Favorite of Jesus !-lov’d and honour'd

best ! X.

Whose brow now bears a martyr's golden « Ill-fated Host!" the Russian Patriot's crown, steel,

O let the fire of extacy divine Was not unaided to ensure thy doom ;

Wbich glow'd within thy busom, influence A northern winter's frown thy ranks must


A. feel, A northern show must prove thy warrior's

To Spring: tomb.

Thrice welcome! soul-reviving Spring,

That com’st with smiles; and with thee
Such the effect of Heav'n's resistless laws; bring,
Whose anger frown'd upon the ruthless The Zephyrs bland, with balmy wing,

Gladding the plains,
Nor could the tyrant with unhallow'd And let the feather’d warblers sing,

Their softest strains.
Encroach unpunish'd on the rights of Sweet Philomel's autumnal lay,

When tears hang trembling on the spray, Lewes, Feb. 9, 1816.

May softly hymn departed day,

With pensive voice ;
From the German of Schiller. But when thou com'st enchanting May,
Wrapt in gloomy mist of even

All hearts rejoice.
All my joys are fled afar,

The violet, and the primrose pale, One bright ray in mem'ry's heaven

Perfume with sweets the vernal gale, Lingers,-one immortal star.

Roses and lilies of the vale, See it beam celestial light;

United bring, No! 'tis but a gleam of night.

Their choicest, fairest charms to bail
Death's long slumber hath o'erta'en thee,

Returning Spring.
Veil'd those lovely eyes of thine- Ah ! I have seen a blushing rose,
Can my sorrows, Emma, pain thee? At young-eyed morning just unclose,

Beats thy bosom now with mine? Wafting with every gale that blows
Ah! thou liv'st in light above;

Fragance around, But thou liv'st not for my love!

Cropt off before it fully blows,

Fade on the ground.
Love's emotions perish never :
Can they perish, Emma, say?

This fate was thine, thou lovely maid !
All beneath is fleeting ever:

'Twas faithless love that thee betray'd, And must love too

(Thou fairest flower of all the glade) Can this flame of heav'nly fire

And yew trees wave,
Like an earthly spark expire?

Where oft with breaking heart I tread
Thy lowly grave!

C. S.
From the Portuguese of A. Ferreira.
To the beloved Disciple.

Epigram on Scott's Waterloo.
Celestial Eagle ! that on wing sublime, How prostrate lie the heaps of slain
Rose above heav'n in thy seraphic flight, On Waterloo's immortal plain !
And brought the secrets of the stars to But none by sabre or by shot,

Fell half so flat as WALTER SCOTT.
And gave eternal day to darksoine time;

Yet who with magic spear or shield, That fill'd with heavenly gladness earthlý E'er fought like him on Flodden Field ? clime,

Morn. Chron;


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