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Review.Evans's, Jervis's and Kitcat's Thanksgiring Sermons. the attention and the charity of his perity !” (Pp. 8, 9.) At the same audience to our suffering Protestant time, no hearer could have gone away Brethren in the South of France. We froin the sermon without a pleasing need not inform the reader that his impression of the preacher's good sense Sermon abounds in those generous and piety and love of freedom, or principles of religious liberty wbich he without feeling a stronger attachment has so often and so effectually asserted. to the political institutions of his own

country. Art. VII.-God the duthor of Peace. · A Sermon, preached in the Dissenting Chapel at Mill Hill, in Art. IX.-A Letter to the Rev. T. Leeds, on Thursday, January 18,

Price, occasioned by his Speech de

livered at the first Anniversary 1816, being the day of Public

Meeting of the Isle of Sheppey Aura Thanksgiving on the Conclusion of a General Peace. By the Rev.

iliary Bible Society, held at SheerThomas Jervis, Minister of Mill

By M. Harding, Minister Hill Chapel. 8vo. Pp. 38. Long.

of the Unitarian Church, Mile

town. 12ino. man and Co.

pp. 18. Sheerness,

printed, and sold by E. Jacobs. I

4d. quence, Mr. Jervis sets forth the blessings of peace by describing the Art. X.-An Address to the Complague and curse of war.

He seems

mittee of the Isle of Sheppey Aud'to have judged, in our opinion correct iliary Bible Society, containing - -ly, that the only way to inake peace

Animadversions on their Conduct, permanent is to cherish the spirit of in having rejected a Donation. peace. Hence, whilst he extols the With a Copy of the Correspondence. national courage, and adverts with By. M. Harding. 8vo. pp. 18. conscious pride to our military and

Rochester, printed. 8d. naval achievements, he hesitates not 10 rebuke and condemn that hostile THE Bible Society is on no account disposition, too-long prevalent in Great it promotes a spirit of charity amongst Britain, which has made Europe a the several Christian denominations. field of blood.

Here and there, however, a bigot

mistakes and perverts this happy tenArt. VIII.-The Happiness of Great dency and design. “The Rev. T.

Britain. A Sermon, delivered at Price," for instance, on the occasion Newbury, January 18, 1816, being described in the title-page of the first the Day appointed for a General of these publications, iniserably abused Thanksgiving. By John Kitcat. the privilege of a public speech by at8vo. Pp. 18. 13. Hunter.

tacking the Unitarians, whom he reTHIS Sermon breathes a military presented as the Devil's Chaplains,".

spirit which is rare in meeting- sent by his Satanic Majesty to Sheerhouses, where “the ever venerable ness to oppose the Bible." Mr. Blucher, that noble veteran in the Harding, an Unitarian teacher, was cause of national independence,” (p.5) an indignant hearer of this Bedlam and the “ illustrious Commander, the jargon ; which he afterwards exposed

ever-memorable, Field Martial” (Mar- to his neighbours in the “ Letter," on - )

shal) Duke Wellington" (P. 6.) the title-page of which he advertised are, we believe, as yet, strange names. that" the profits arising from its sale The preacher paints with a patriotic would be given in aid of the Bible pencil the happy consequences of the Society." batile of Waterloo; other consequences, We may congratulate Mr. Harding might, we fear, be described by the as one of the few successful authors. French and Piedmontese Protesiant, His Letter netted a profit of Eleven the Spaniard, the Saxon, the Genoese Shillings. This sum he paid into the and the Pole. Even the English far- hands of the Treasurer of the Society, mer and tradesman would have list- September the 18th, 1815, wishing ened to Mr. Kitcat with some surprise it to be inserted in the Annual List and incredulity, whilst he described of Subscriptions as " a Donation, bein words of large meaning, Great Bri. ing the profits, &c.” The List aptain as risen superior to her difficulties, peared without any

acknowledgement and enjoying the sunshine of pros- of the donation. Mr. Harding then

Review.-Trinilarian Catechised.--Old Unitarian's Letter. 041 addressed a note of inquiry to the se THE

THE author says, “ This small cretary, who returned for answer that publication has no other object the suin alluded to was in the Bank, in view than to produce candid rebut that it was not passed into the fection, and destroy the influence of account of the last year, because the superstition, bigotry and prejudice, Committee had not determined “ on those grand enemies to the kingdom the propriety of receiviug it." Wishing of Christ, and to peace on earth and to save this body the trouble of further good will towards men." This imconsultation, Mr. Harding then de. portant object we think it calculated manded that the contribution should to promote. The Questions proposer! be given back. In reply to this de are pertinent, and the reader is left mand the secretary stated that it would to form the Answers. be“ inost likely complied with at the next nieeting of the Committee, the matter having been debated but Art. XII.-4 Letter from an old not decided at two previous meetings. Unitariun to a young Calvinist. At this announced ineeting the Com 1816.

pp. 24. Hunter. mittee made up their minds and instructed their secretary to inform Mr. This letter contains just and pointHarding that he might receive his doctrines, and wholesome advice to Eleven Shitlings " by applying to the the bank where he left it.” Mr. agree with the writer, p: 7, " That

young Calvinist; but we cannot Harding pocketed the affront, and in Jesus Christ taught nothing except return for the favour has addressed meral precepts.". The whole of his the Committee upon their conduct. doctrine is calculated to produce moThe Address must, we should think, ral excellence, and all his precepts shame them, and will, no doubt,

are enforced by evangelical motives, prevent the repetition of any such bigotted and mean proceedings. This ing the gracious Father of all, and a

arising from what he tanght concernaffair ought to occupy a page of Mr. future state of inmortality. Had milder Owen's proposed History of the Bible language been used in some passages Society

the value of this leiter would not have

been diminished. It is apostolic adArt. XI.-- The Trinitarian Cate. vice, Be gentle towards all men : in

chised, and allowed to Answer for meekness instructing those who oppose Himself. 1815. pp. 15. 2d. or themselves. 2s. Od per dozen. "Hunter.

POETRY

Sun,
April 4, 1816. merchants, he became an advocate of the

Slave Trade.
The following lines, to which I venture

OTIOSA. to add a translation, may not be uninteresting, as the composition of a learned Ne- Invida mors totum vibrat sua tela per orgro. They are the introductory stanzas of

bem : a Latin legy, the fragment of which is Et gestit quemvis succubuissse sibi. preserved by the Abbe Gregoire in his Illa, metùs expers, penetrat conclavia regum work de la literature des Negres. Their si- Imperiique manu ponere sceptra jubet. milarity to the Pallida Mors of Horace makes Non sinit illa diù partos spectare triumphos it probable that they were thence suggested Linquere sed cogit, clara tropæa duces. to the author. The elegy was written by Divitis et gazas, aliis ut dividat, omnes, the African Jæques Elisa-Jean Capitein or: Mendicique casam vindicat illa sibi. the death of his friend and master, Manger, Falce senes, juvenes, nullo discrimine, dura a clergyman at the Hagne. Capitein was Instar aristarum, demittit illa simul. bought and carried to Holland at about eight years of age, whence, haviriy passed Death's all unerring darts around arc spread through several universities, with great ce At once the monarch's and the peasant's lebrity, he was sent Calvinistic missionary dread ; to Guinea. M. Gregoire mentions the re. In regal palaces her dirvommand markable circumstance that, before his Wrests the bright scepure from the nervedeath, at the instigation of some Dutch less hand :

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She checks the warrior in his proud career, Not summer bright, nor autumu mild,
And lays him vanquished on the troplied A lovelier ornament cau boast.
Or treasur'd hoards, or pen'ry's simple all, The radiant sun in splendour drest,
A indiff'rent to the tyrant fall :

Has thrice ten seasons led the day ;
prey
Alike indiff'rent hasten to the tomb And thou with constancy confess'
Or hoary age or childhood's op'ning bloom, His genial power and cheering ray.
As the full ears beneath the reaper's sway, Renew thy blossoms, lovely flower,
Promiscuous fall with flow'rets of a day.

Inspiring hope and confidence ;

Though storms may rage and tempests To a withering Rose that had been trans

low'r, planted by the Author, 1815.

Fear not, thy shield is Innocence. Midst gayer flowers awhile to bloom,

A. C. I rais'd thee from thy native bed, Alas ! I but prepared a tomb; Already droops thy beauteous head.

From the Portuguese of Camoens. Say, have the Sun's meridian rays

Thou lovely spirit that so soon hast fled

From this dark vale of solitude and woe, Beam'd on thee with resistless force, And like the breath of fatt'ring praise

In beaven's eternal peace to rest thy head, Blasted thy beauty at the source ?

While I must heave unceasing sigbs below;

If in the ethereal Courts thou honorest now, No; morn and eve have scarcely flown, A thought of eartlı may enter, heavenly Nor scorching noon bas o'er thee past,

maid ! Yet low to earth thy stem is prone,

Forget not the pure tears these eyes have Thy life's bright morning all o'ercast.

shed,

The love which fill'd this breast with holiest Thus, by misjudging kindness torn

glow ! Beluctant, from its genial shades, To sink the prey of fortune's scor,

And if the sorrow from my bosom driven, Full many an op'ning virtue fades. The agony of losing thee, may rise

With thine own pray’rs, propitious, to the How oft the hand of friendly pow'r In mis'ry's aid arrives too late,

Ask from the bounty of indulgent heaven So vainly now this falling show'r

That I to meet thee from vain earth be Would still arrest thy hapless fate.

riven,

Early as thou wert torn from these sad eyes. To grace thee, lovely sight of woe,

A. In idle sorrow does it weep, As glistening in their wonted shew The crystal drops thy blossoms steep.

Impromptu de M. Voltaire fait à Cirey, sur OTIOSA.

la beauté du ciel, dans une nuit d'été.

“ Tous ces vastes pays d'Azur et de LuTo a Crocus,

miere Which has blown for thirty years on the same

Tirés du sein du vuide, et formés sans wa

tiere, Spot.

" Arrondis sans compas, et tournans sans Welcome, thrice welcome, little hower, pivot, Blooming harbinger of Spring;

Ont à peine conté la depense d'un mot." With thec we hail the genial hour,

Memoires, fc. par Grimm et Diderot, Borne on the vernal zephyr's wing.

Tom 2. p. 260. Exhausted nature droops and dies, Chill winter holds his dreary reign; Thou blossomist, and the earth revives, Impromptu by Voltaire, on the Beauty of the The op’ning buds appear again.

Heavens on a fine Summer Night. Gay woodbines and the blushing rose,

Regions of Azure, bright ethereal plains, On summer gales their fragrance shed ;

Sprung from the womb of space, of matter

void, But thou, sweet flow'ret, 'mid the shows Of winter, rear'st thy teuder head.

Spherd without compass, self-reyolving,

Boundless all, and at a word created. Kind Nature's first-born darling child,

A. C. Chaste leader of the flow'ry host,

skies;

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OBITUARY.

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On Thursday, the 18th of January, at At Saffron Walden, on Friday, March Doncaster, after a short indisposition, in 1st, 1816, in the 73d year of his age, the 81st year of his age, the Rev. RICHARD Mr. Joseph Eedes, for many years a Hodgson, Unitarian Minister at that place, deacon of the General Baptist Church in where in connexion with Long. Houghton that town. He was a worthy member of he continued preaching until six months society in general, and particularly useful

before his death, for the last fifteen years. to the religious society to which he belong. He was the son of the Rev. Jobn Hodgsou, ed. He was a bright and ornamental cha

the minister at Lincoln. He received his racter as a Christian ; loved and respected education at Glasgow and Warrington : on by persons of different persuasions in relihis removal from thence he married Missgion for his mild and peaceable temper, his Lightfoot, daughter of the Unitarian minis- charitable disposition and good will to all. ter at Osset, at which place lie commenced He truly adorned the doctrines of Chris the ministry, succeeding tris wife's father, tianity. His death was easy and calm ; he and for sixty years faithfully and unremit was resigned to the will of heaven, and fell tingly preached the gospel. He had by asleep without a sigh or groan. He was her seven children, (two having since died) interred March 12, in his family vault, in four of whom he had the satisfaction to see the burial ground belonging to the General advantageously settled in Sheffield. From Baptists in Saffron Walden. An impressive Osset he removed to Monton and continued sermon was preached on the occasion by to discharge the various duties of the minis- his minister, the Rev. S. Philpot, from try for many years. He afterwards went 1 Thessalonians iv. 13, 14, to a respectable to Namptwich, where he preached thirty- and crowded audience, who testified their one years. The former part of his time regard to the good nian by paying this last there be devoted to the education of a tribute of respect to his memory: an apsnall number of young gentlemen. He propriate Oration at the grave finished the then succeeded the Rev. Mr. Scott, at last part of the solemn scene. Doncaster. Although the smallness of the congregation there would often cause him a momentary concern, yet it proved no Died, March 220, 1816, in her fiftydiscouragement to his zeal and perseve- second year, Ann, wite of Mr. Robert rance ; he seldoni suffered any thing except Blyth, of Birmingham, (to whom she was indisposition to interfere with the perform- married April 10, 1783), and daughter of ance of liis duty, and could not be prevailed the late Mr. George Brittain, merchant, of upou by his children or friends (who long Sheffield. The best qualities of the underthoughi hin unequal to the exertion) to standing and of the heart were vuited in retire, until he was completely incapacitated this valuable woman. A worshipper, on in for public service. He was blessed with quiry and front conviction, of the one God, a strong constitution, uncommon vigour and the Father, in the name of the man Christ sctivity at his advanced period of life, until Jesus, she adorned her religious profession the loss of his excellent wife, who died the by the spirit of genuine meekness, humility, 10th of October, 1812, in the 76th year of devotiou -and beneficence. Her estimable her age : that deprivation produced in him and liberal-minded parents had educated a material change, though he lowed with her in the principles of the Established humble submission to the will of heaven ; Cliurch. The events, however, of her early since that time his intellectual faculties lost life, led her to examine the foundation of their vigour, and his health was gradually Unitarian Dissent : she reflected and read on the decline. Thro ghout life, he exhi- much on the subject ; and, comparing with bited a natural cheerfulness of mind united the scriptures what she heard respecting it with sensibility of heart, and in his last in conversation and in public discourses, illness he exemplified the true spirit of she saw reason to embrace that simple faith Christian fortitude, patience under bis suf- in the evidences and obligations of which she ferings, and derived great consolation from assiduously iristructed her children; ten out those priuciples of taith he had imbibed of eleven, of whom survive to bless her njehituselt, and endeavoured to instil into the mory and attempt the imitation of her virminds of others" The memory of the just tues. In her family and neighbourhood, is blessed." His children will ever remem- in a large circle of associates, through which ber his tender conceru for their welfare, the sweetness of her tenper and manners and his grandchildren his affectionate dis- uniformly shed delight, and in the religious position and engaging manners.

community of which she was a distinguished The above is inserted as a tribute of af- ornament, her death has occasioned a vasection and respect by a part of his surviv- cancy that will not be easily supplied. All ing fansily.

her duucs were discharged with eminent Shefficid, March 19, 1816.

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244 Olituary.--Mr. Joshua Joyce.--Mr. James Drover.
ter and a wife, not less than as a mother, racters it would be difficult, if not impossible
she was, above most, deservedly admired to scrutinize in the short period of ten days;
and beloved. To the voice of friendship but by the constant and unwearied efforts
and the feelings of enlightened piety she of the subject of this article, with the aid of
was ever alive : and her submission to the other persons of great respectability, who
Divine Will, through many years of bodily felt that on the issue of those trials depend-
languor, presented a truly engaging and ed the liberties and safety of every man in
edilying spectacle. Of such a character a the realm, as well as the lives of the ac-
sketch is now given, that the graces of it cused ; the characters and motives of four
may be emulated : around such a tomb hundred and twenty-one persons were fully
Christian mourners may join in two em- investigated in the time allowed: the ininis-
ployments which are among the noblest, ter was bathed, bis spies detected, and lim-
the most beneficial and the most soothing, seit discomfited and disgraced.
of any that can occupy the contemplative Many private trusts were conmitted to
mind-in virtuous recollection and in the in- the care of Mr. Joyce, which he executed
dulgence of sucred and even exulting hope ! with fidelity and to the satisfaction of those

for whose interests he was engaged. He On the 29th of March, in the 60th year bas left a widow and ten children to deplore of his age, and exactly seven weeks after his loss: the latter by imitating his virtues the death of his mother, (see p. 110,) will do honour to the character of an exMr. Josuus Joyce, of Essex Street, cellent parent, aud probably secure Strand, highly respected as well for the theniselves the reputation and success in uctivity and usefulness of his talents as

the world which are, to the young and well for the uprightness and integrity of his disposed, always objects of laudable am. conduct in every relation of life. By the bition. death of his father in 1778, when he was a Highgate.

J. J. very young man, the care of the junior branches of the family, in a great nieasure, devolved on him, whose concerns he ma

Addition to the Obituary of MR. JAMES uaged with zeal and disinterestedness. The Drovrn, p. 13-1. (Extracted from the patrimony resulting to them was small, but conclusion of Mr. Aspland's Funeral Serto the younger brother, in addition to an mon for bim, just published.) equal share with the rest of the children, Here I might conclude. But I shall be was bequeathed a small copshold, supposed expected perhaps to say a few words on the by his father, to be his right as youngest sad occasion of this Sermon ; and I shall

The subject of the present article fulfil this expectation as far as appears to was, however, informed, when he appeared me consistent with propriety and servicein court to pay the usual fine, in behalf of able to the cause of rigliteousness and truth. his brother, that he might dispute his Funeral sermons are however for the benefather's will and claim it for himself

, the fit of the living only, and any further praise idea of which he instantly rejected. By of the dead thian may excite the virtuous this act of disinterestedness the youth, in imitation of survivors would be useless and whose favour it was done, was enabled, even painful: within this limit I shall strictwhen he came of age, and had complied ly confine myself. the term of his apprenticeship, in which lie The sentiments of the discourse which had been engaged about a year, 10 quit you have just heard were familiar to the mechanical employments and to devote mind of our departed brother, Dir. JAMES himselt, under the patronage of the late Rev. DROVER. He was in the constant habit Hugh Worthington, to those studies that of putting down his thoughts and feelings are necessary qualifications for the profes- in writing ; and amongsť his last-written sion of a dissenting minister. In 1794, when manuscripts there has been found a paper, his brother was singked out by the late Mr, with this remarkable sentence, “ lihen I Pitt as a victim, with others, io be sacrificed, arrive at the closing perini of my existence, if at the shrine of his wicked ambition, Mr. I can wok back with as much satisfactim as I Joshua Joyce zealously interested himself now wok en mi present sentiments, 1 shall die in his behalf, and that of the other state with confidence in the divine mercy." prisoners ; and the late Mr. John Horne

Hence it appears, that though the death Tooke has frequentiy asserted, thiat himself of our respected friend was sudden, it was and friends were more indebted to his exer

not, in the most important sense of the tions than to those of any other nuan in de word, untimely ; it did not find him unteating the projects ut ministers, who, at prepared. He was, in fact, a truly religious that period, were conspiring to subvert the I know no one, not engaged in the liberties and constitution of the country, study of divinity by the duties of a profesThe minister hind hoped to perples and sion, who read and thought so much upon coufound the prisoners, by sending to each, sacred subjects. He was accustomed to or causing to be sent, an unheard of num- frequent retirement; and the papers which ber of persons as jurymeno aid to use his he has left behind show how his retirement own phrase a cloud of uitnesses whose cla. was occupied, namely, in the inquiry after

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