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Paul published a piece entitled — Some betray great credulity and an evident Serious Reflections on that part of Mr. inattention to the ordinary course of Bunyan's Confession of Faith touching Divine Providence, under which all Church Communion with Unbaptized Be- things come alike to all. lievers. These gentlemen treated John There is an offensive vulgarism, in very cavalierly. Your conclusion, say p. 441, where, relating a journey which they, is devilish topfiull of ignorance and Sayer Rudd made to France without prejudice : but this we forgive them, the consent of his congregation (Defor John was a tinker without dish vonshire Square), Mr. Wilson says or spoon, and at best but a country “ he took which (what] is commonly teacher, and the Rev. Mr. William called French leave." Kiffin was a London minister and In the account of John Macgowan, worth forty thousand pounds.” The pastor in the place last-mentioned, who interest which we take in this contro- is known by his audacious and maligversy, and our regard to the name of nant pamphlets against reputed “SoBunyan, induce us to lengthen this cinianism,” Mr. Wilson is not sparing extract from Robinson.. " The next of his censures on controversial outyear, Mr. Bunyan published an answer, rageousness and artifice: he says very entitled Differences in Judgment about judiciously, p. 453, “ We have better Water Baptism
no Bar to Communion. evidence for the doctrines of the gospel To this piece of Mr. Bunyan's, Mes- than those afforded by ghosts and sieurs Danvers and Paul replied, and spectres.” This refers to a piece of John answered them in 1671, in about Macgowan's, entitled “ The Arian's two sheets in twelves, entitled Peace- and Socinian's Monitor,” in which a able Principles and True. In all these story is told of a young minister who he continued uniform in his senti- saw his tutor (the learned and venerable ments, declaring he would abide by Dr. John Taylor) rolling in hell-flames, his faith and practice till the moss should and received of course due warning grow upon his eye-brows. I mention against • damnable heresies.' Is it this because the editors of his Works credible that Trinitarians should still in folio have inserted a Discourse en- circulate this abominable libel, and titled An Exhorturion 10 Peace and that any readers should be found (as Unity, in which it is declared that we are informed there are) of such debaptism is essential to church commu- praved understandings, as to receive: nion; but it is evident Bunyan never the impudent and wicked fiction for wrote this piece."
truth? Our author is a friend to religious Macgowan published another notable inquiry and discussion, but he is not piece, in letters to Dr. Priestley, enti-. always consistent. For example he tled Christ proved to be the Adorable God says truly and well, p. 428, “It is a or a Notorious Impostor. On this indistinguishing feature of truth that it stance of polemic craft, the decorum to invites inquiry: to stifle it is the mark which we are constrained forbids us to of a bad cause, and the certain resort make the proper comment. It is akin, of bigots.” In two pages afterwards, to the wisdom of certain disputants in, however, he relates of Kiffin's second conversation, who declare if some fa
having an inclination to vourite notion be not scriptural they travel abroad, he was accompanied by will burn their Bibles. In the same a young minister as far as Leghorn, temper and with the same degree of and proceeding by himself to Venice, understanding, the Pagans, when their there entered too freely into conversation prayers were unanswered, in the rage upon religious subjects, und was poisoned of disappointment demolished their by a Popish priest." This narrow- gods. , minded reflection we are willing to Of Macgowan, Mr. Wilson yet debelieve that Mr. Wilson has injudi- clares, p. 451, “ his humility was very ciously copied from some one of his remarkable !" old authorities.
A fact related of the Meeting-house We meet in the History with fre-in Miles's Lane reminds us of the late quent stories of the judgments of God proceedings against the Protestants in ripon persecutors, and in p: 436 there France: it has been said of popery, but is an apology for them. We must re- may more truly be said of persecution, mark, once for all, that such parrations that it is always the same.
son, that "
Poetry.- A Tribute to the Memory of the Rev. William Vidler. « Though the exact date of the build- I am not yet converted, but if I can get a ing is not now to be obtained, there is good sale for my Cologne Il'ater I soon good evidence that it must have been shall be." P. 64. erected very soon after the restoration of The “late Printer” sums up his Charles the Second. Being a large and pleadings against the Society, in a few commodious place, it was fixed upon as a
words : prey to the parish minister, when bis church was consumed in the fire of Lon- “ What has the London Society done? don, A. D. 1666; nor could the rightful -expended 70,0001. and bare made. owners regain possession till the new their proselytes worse characters than they church was built. This was the fate of Pere before !"-P. 64. many other meeting-houses, at that time, and places in a strong light the unprin- ART. VI.-On Persecution. A Dis. cipled power of the ecclesiastical govern- course delivered in the Protestant ment, during the reign of Charles the Dissenting Chapel, Lewin's Mead, Second.”—P. 462.
Bristol, June 10, 1816, in recom
mendation of a Subscription for the ART. V.- The London Society for Relief of the Protestant Sufferers for
Promoting Christianity amongst the Conscience-Sake in the South of Jews Eramined, and the Pretensions France. By John Prior Estlin, of the Converted Jew Investigated, LL. D. 8vo. pp. 38. Longman and &c. &c. By B. R. Goakman, late Co. 1816.
THE 64. Simpkin and Marshail. 1816. and reprobates Persecution, as
VE know not what degree of pre-supposing “ that a perfect knowter to the Institution” for converting by all men, and consequently, that an the Jews, but if the tenth part of uniformity of belief is practicable ; what he relates be true, the con- that those who practise it have attained ductors of the society owe an apology this knowledge and are infallible ; to the publie for the costly delusion that errors of the understanding which they have been the means of merely are criminal; that those who supporting According to this state- have arrived at speculative perfection mnent, almost the only Jew of fair themselves have a right to compel character who has been connected others to come into the truth ; and with the society was one who never that pains and penalties are the means professed conversion and who, wanting to accomplish this purpose.' the qualification of hypocrisy, was ill- An opinion is stated in p. 20, which used by the managers.
is well worthy of discussion; and we One short story will explain the insert the statement of it to invite the design of this pamphlet :
notice of our Correspondents, viz. “A man of the name of Marinus came
“ Wherever the doctrines of the eternity from Germany into this country, for the of hell-torments, of inspiration or intaipurpose of obtaining a sale for some
libility, and of exclusive salvation or Cologne Water, of which he professed salvation depending on opinions, are to be the Inventor. Finding himself run received together in a heart prepared short of cash, he applied to the London for their reception, a persetuting spirit Society for assistance. I asked him if he appears to me to le a natural and legite had embraced Christianity; his reply was, male consequence."
TO THE EDITOR,
From his conversation they not only SIR, Reading, Sept. 15, 1816. derived the highest intellectual gratifi
insertion in the Repository, to holiest feelings which Christian truth the iremory of Mr. Vidler, is but a is calculated to inspire. They remem. very feeble attempt to express the emo- ber him with an enthusiasın of retions of respect with which his memory verence, which it would be impossible is cherished by those who had the for much higher powers than mine to pleasure of his acquaintance here. express. It is gratifying to reflect that VOL. XI.
as this town was among the last scenes All live more tender seen through friend of his labours, so it was one in which ship's tear, they were most eminently successful. While gen'rous hearts shall feeľand kindle In future times, when the cause of here. truth may have advanced to a much Methinks I see, by hope's great theme ingrcater eminence than it has yet at- spir'd, tained in this place, his name will be That form rever'd in sudden light attir'd, recollected with gratitude as its first Pursue the path immortal prophets trod, supporter; and of him, in the midst of To trace the deepest cbarities of God. the Unitarian congregation, might be Then as delight his raptur'd eye bedew'd, most truly applied the epitaph on a
Each miod amaz'd the glorious prospect celebrated architect—" Si monumentum
Death's icy fetters seem'd by mercy broke, Tequiris, circumspice."*
And sorrow dropt her sceptre as he spoke,
Hear'o seem'd all op'ning to the ravish'd
sight Hush! 'twas no strain of anguish or de- With fanes balf viewless from “ excessive spair
bright;" That softly floats on ev'ning's stillest air,
Hell sunk a trembling spectre 'mid the Celestial bliss the distant note reveals,
blaze, Though from the grave the solemn music And earth bloom'd ever young 'mid joy steals;
and praise. An angel's lyre, through shades of fun'ral Then notes of gladness from the vision gloom,
clear, More sweetly mild from sweeping o'er the Stole in sweet whispers on the list'ning tomb.
ear; Yes; there remov'd from mortal cares, he Prophetic strains of bliss to reign on high, sleeps,
Join'd with the mellow voice of years gone Whose soft repose affection scarcely weeps, Whose earthly days in such sweet concord Then light from heav'n scem'd freshly
still to glow, Earth sunk from view ere death's control Like pure enchantment o'er these realms
began; Who, 'mid the storms of life, with cloud. Gleam'd like a holier moon-beam through less brow,
the bow'rs, As calmly rested as he slumbers now; Blush'd in the clouds and sparkled in the To evil dead wbile here he drew his breath, flow'rs, And living yet triumphant in his death. Shed on the genial earth a softer green, Here long shall friendship's tend'rest And gleam'd on angel's wings at distance
scen, mem'ry trace The mild effulgence of his speaking face
Cast on the woods a tint of gentler spring, The eye where kindness beam'd, and fires Till earth appear'd a visionary thing:
Man seem'd again in hope and bliss a boy, of youth Still kindled joyous at the roice of truth, And life one cloudless dream of lore and
joy. Li't up, not dim'd by care or quench'd by years,
Then let no tear, save such as hope may Sparkling with joy or eloquent in tears ;
shed, The conscious dignity by nature giv'n, Bedew the flow'rs that deck his lowly bed; The hope that had its resting place in But there let breezy whispers greet the
beav'n, The heart-felt eloquence, the manly sense, Like first sweet concords of a jarring The genial wit that gave no ear offence ; sphere; The courteous mien that, grac'd by rev'rend There let young bearts pursue his glorious age,
theme, Disarm'd the bigot in his fiercest rage, And sink absorb'd in virtue's holiest The pow'r that Hash'd conviction on the inind,
There let the soul oppress'd delight to The heart that knew no party but man- stay, kind :
Think on his name and muse its griefs
away ; * If you require a monument, look Let artless childhood lisp its earliest pray'r,
And contrite sinners taste forgivepess around you..
Poetry:-The Maniuc:- Despair.-Morning.
551 And when the soul all mortal cares abere,. But it shall blast, and rage and roar Is wrapt iu thoughts of universal love, When sweet repose shall still thy breast, From eyes uprais'd with tearful rapture When thy mind's tempest beats no more, dim,
And thy lov'd grave shall give thee rest,'' The purest, tend'rest drop shall How for So long denied before. him.
A little while, sad maniac! and thou’rt
free From the Portugueze.
Nor woe, nor thought of woe, shall visit THE MANIAC.
thee. Look at yon sad mourner there!
thing left ; Yes, that is mis’ry's child.!
Of hope, of heav'n, of ev'ry thing bereft? He wants no guide, he owns no friend,
O no! I still may rage and weep and No voice of joy he hears ;
sigh: Darkness and dread his steps attend;
Pour forth the bitterness that blasts my He bates the morning's loveliest
Tell all my agony to the list'ning wind, And the sun neyer shines for him And (0! most privileged of blessings,) * Except in clouds and tears!
See the new light in ruddy mantle clad
Come dancing o'er the mountains ; And weeds and flow'rets grow,
darkness flies Water'a by tears himself has shed ;
From its gay footsteps; trees, and plants, Those tears have ceas'd to flow,
and tow'rs That troubled, madden'd soul bath been Put on their brightest, richest liv’ries : Composed, and happy, and serene,
Smiles gild the path of carly morning As 'tis abandon'd now;
hours, Poor mis’ry's child,
Aud heav'u is full of joy and earth is The' tempest wild
glad. Is calmer far than thou !
Rev. WM. VIDLER.
of Christ, as the son of man, the friend TE
the death of this able and truly universal, inexhaustible love of God. respectable Christian preacher. He By his particular desire, he was inhad scarcely quilived the usual period terred by Mr. Aspland in the Burialof the vigour of man. His age was ground belonging to the Unitarian 58. He had long suffered under an Church, Hackney. The funeral iook asthma, arising from internal disorga- place on Wednesday, August the 28th. nization. His affliction was extreme A long train of mourning coaches and and his death slow. His conversation a great crowd of spectators attested the to the very last day of his life was sensation created by the melancholy characteristic of his mind: he felt no event. The corpse was carried into raptures, but he yielded not to de- the Gravel Pit Meeting-House, and an spondency; he looked forward with address was delivered over it, the subChristian hope, and, in nearly his last stance of which will be found in the expression, his heart was fixed on God. Christian Reformer. Throughout his illness and death he de- On the following Sunday Evening, rived great satisfaction from the system Mr. Aspland, in fulfilment of the last of divine truth which he had publicly request of the deceased, preached the professed and taught, and took peculiar funeral sermon, at the Chapel in Parpleasure in dwelling on the character liament Court, to a vast concourse of
sorrowing friends. The text was of the Old and New Testament. 2 Tim. iv. 6,7,8, which was used as Unaided by education, he exercised his an introduction to a memoir and cha- faculties iu the best manner he was able racter of Mr. Vidler. His congregation for the acquisition of truth. Persuaded had caused thc pulpit and galleries to thus far in his mind, he laboured to be. hung in black, and had adopted instruct and improve his fellow-crezother measures of respect towards their tures according to the wiews he then lamented pastor.
entertained of the principles and prace Mr. Vidler has left behind him some tices of Christianity. manuscripts, which he has consigned But when on further inquiry be to the discretion of Mr. Aspland;
and had reason to believe that the tenets of it is in contemplation to publish a se
Calvinism which he had adopted were lection from these, with as ample a false, he relinquished them. His first niemoir as can be compiled. A me- step was the renunciation of the doc. moir will also appear in this work, trine of the eternal misery of the uricked, and it is hoped that a port ait will be and the adoption of the heart-exhilaraobtained for an accompaniment. Pro- ting tenet of UNIVERSAL RESTORAbably both may appear in the opening TION! Much esteemed for his talents number of the next volume.
and zeal by his brethren, he was upon In the mean time, we are happy his change of sentiment subjected to 10 gratify the affectionate curiosity of their reprobation. The charge of Mr. Vidler's numerous friends, by the heresy was thundered against him in following character of him, being every direction-he was said to be led the conclusion of_a funeral sermon, astray: by the snares of Satan; and preached by Mr. Evans, on the Sun- suspicions of his safety in another day following Mr. Aspland's funeral world were scattered about in pro
fusion. One would have thought froin this trealment of an erring
brother, that forbearance formed no A Tribute of Respect to the Memory part of the religion of Jesus Christ. of the Rev. William Vidler, being It is somewhat singular that one the conclusion of an ADDRESS de- of Mr. Vidler's bitterest opponents livered by John Evans, at Worship lately deceased (the Rer. A. Fuller,) Street, Sunday Morning, Sept. 8th, has in his diary just published in his 1816, founded on Luke ix. 26~ Life by Dr. Ryland, acknowledged “Whosoever shall be ashamed of me the great corruption of the Christian and of my words, of him shall the Son religion, and confessed that accounts of man be ashamed, when he shall of Heretics should be receired with come in his own glory, and in his caution. His words are these “I Father's, and of the holy angels." cannot help lamenting in reading
These remarks (illustrative of the passage on which my ADDRESS is
+ A delectable specimen of this antifounded,) lead me to notice the christian spirit may be sech in a review of character and conduct of iny worthy the controrersy between Mr. Fuller and deceased friend, the Rev. William Mr. Vidler, in the Life of the formes Vidler. I had the pleasure of being geutlenian, by J. W. Morris, late of acquainted with him for these twenty Dunstable; a man from whom Mr. Fuller years past, and my knowledge of him thought it “ his duty" to withdraw bis enables ine to declare that he acted friendship, and who ought not to forget upon the principles I have described. that it is possible for individuals to be He endeavoured to attain just views of eager in pointing out the faults of others the Christian religion, and assuredly while “they refuse to acknowledge any of he without disguise communicated their own !". See page 560 of the Life them to mankind.
of the Rev. Audrew Fuller, by John
This same Mr. Morris my friend applied himself
to the study the sects are grossly misrepresented in the Possessing naturally a vigorous mind, Ryland, D. D,
declares very authoritatively that some of
Sketch of the Denominations : but his The crowded attendance on the de- gratuitous assertion cannot be admitted livery of the ADDRESS is here acknow. for proof; and the unparalleled success ledged as respectful to the preacher, and of that little work, constitutes a sufficient as an honourable token of regard to the refutation of the falsehood, with the more memory of the deceased.
intelligent classes of the Christian world.