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England may be disposed to furnish in a certain water; and the eunuch said, this way for the promotion of Christian see, here is water, what doth hinder knowledge among us, will be thank- me to be baptized? And Philip said, fully received and gratefully acknow, if thou believest with all thine heart ledged. The hope of establishing thou mayest--and he answered and Unitarian societies in the adjoining said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the towns, leads us to mention particularly Son of God.” 1 John iv. 15, “ Who the Rev. Mr. Aspland's Hymn Books soever shall confess that Jesus is the for their use ; also the Welsh Hymn Son of God, God dwelleth in hiin and Books, mentioned in the Monthly he in God.” 1 John v. 1, "WhosoRepository, as the Welsh are very ever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, numerous in our neighbourhood. is born of God!; and every one that

And now, worthy and dear Sir, we loveth him that begat, loveth him also commend you to Him, who rewards that is begotten by him.” with a blissful immortality, the faithful III. Liberty of conscience shall be prein the cause of truth and virtue. May served inviolate. Every member shall He preserve your valuable life to vene- be maintained in his right of free inrable old age, and render it as happy as qniry into the doctrine of Scripture, in it has been useful to mankind. publishing what he believes the Scrip

With the highest respect and the tures to contain, and in practising acmost affectionate regard, we subscribe, cording to his understanding of his

Your Brethren in Christ, duty. This liberty shall not be

JOHN SHERMAN, abridged as to his understanding and

ISAAC BLISS PEIRCE, practice respecting the ceremonies, orPastor of the Reformed Christian dinances, or positive institutions of Church.

Christianity. The Rev. Thomas Belsham, Minister IV. The government and discipline of the Chapel in Essex Street, London. shall be according to the directions of

our Lord, Matt. xviji. 15—17, “ MoreArticles of the American Reformed Church. over if thy brother shall trespass against

[Communicated by Mr. Vander Kemp, thee, go and tell him his fault between of Oldenbarneveld, New York, United thee and him alone ; if he shall hear States of America.]

thee, thou hast gained thy brother; The Reformed Christian Church was but if he will not hear thee, then take composed from a part of the United with thee one or two more, that in the Protestant Religious Society—the re- mouth of two or three witnesses every maining members continuing to asso- word may be established; and if he ciate with it in religious worship. shall neglect to hear them, tell it to

Articles of Association. the church ; but if he neglect to hear I. We acknowledge the Scriptures the church, let him be unto thee as a of the Old and New Testament to heathen man and a publican." The contain a revelation of God's will to executive authority of the church shall mankind, and that they are in matters be rested in the minister, the elders of religion the only standard of doc- and deacons; but if any one suppose trines and rules of practice.

that by the church there mentioned II. We acknowledge that no other is intended the brotherhood generally, confession or test of Christian fellow- he shall have the liberty of referring ship, and standing in the visible church his cause for adjudication to the body of God, ought to be established, than at large. that which Christ and his Apostles V. The officers of the church, el. made necessary, or on which they re- ders and deacons, shall be chosen by ceived believers in the Gospel. Matt. ballot, and hold their office during the xvi. 15—17, “ He said unto them, but pleasure of the church, or that they whom say ye that I am ? and Simon choose to decline serving any longer. Peter answered and said, thou art VI. The mode of admission to the Christ, the Son of the living God: and church shall be, that any person wishJesus answered and said unto him, ing to become a member, shall make blessed art thou Simon Bar-jona, for known his desire to the consistory, the flesh and blood hath not revealed it minister, elders and deacons, who unto thee, but my Father which is in shall, if the applicant be a person of heaven." Acts viii

. 36, 37, “ And as good moral character, refer his case for they went on their way, they came to decision to the church at large.

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Intelligence.--Mr. Rull on Pricstley's Works.The Franklin Manuscripts. 689

VII. The Lord's supper shall be notes and a general Index. Those celebrated four times a year, twice in who liave had occasion frequently in Oldenbarneveld, and twice in Holland's consult such a publication as LardPatent, on such particular days as shall' ner's Works, can best appreciate the be found convenient.

superior use of the writings of a voVIII. The name by which this luininois author in a connected form. church is designated shall be The Re- From such persons, especially, I very formed Christian Church.

naturally expected, what I have reN. B. Our first pastor was Rev. John ceived from several of them, a ready Sherman, the present, Rev. Isaac Bliss support of the present indertaking.? Peirce.

I remain, your's,

J. T. RUTT.
LITERARY
Mr. Rutt on his Edition of Dr. Priest- The Franklin Manuscripts.
ley's Theological IForks.

We congratulate the public, that SIR, Clapton, Nov. 19, 1816. after a lapse of so many years, these I beg leave to acquaint those of valuable treasures are at lengih about your readers who may take any inte- to be laid open by the Doctor's grandrest in the success of the project for son, William Temple Franklin, Es. collecting Dr. Priestley's Theological to whom they were bequeathed, no Works, that it is my present intention doubt, with the intention that the to send for your next Number a list, as world should bave the chance of being correct as I can ascertain it, of the benefited by ibeir publication. It was Dames of all those who have already certainly so understood by the person become subscribers to the proposed in question, who, we know, shortly edition. Thus the friends to the wsi- after the death of his great relative, tings and memory of Dr. Priestley will hastened to London, en ployed an have an opportunity of observing what amanuensis for many months in copysupport a design to do honour to both ing, &c. and had so far prepared them has yet received, and they will judge for publication, that proposals were for themselves what further patronage made by several of our principal booksuch a project may require or deserve. sellers for the purchase of them.

As it is, of course, very desirable The terms asked for the copy-righit that the list should be as fúll as possi- were however so high, amounting to ble, I am induced to request any per- several thousand pounds, that a demur sons who design to possess the edition, arose, and the negociation broke off. to send their subscriptions before the From this period to the present year middle of December, that their names nothing more was heard of the manumay be inserted.

The amount, scripts, and it was asserted by various though but a single subscription, persons, both in this country and would be received by any Bank in the America, of whom some were inti. country to be paid to me in London,' mate with the grandson, that the and if such subscriber would write to proprietor had found a bidder of a me at Clapton, Middleser, mentioning different description, in soine emissary the Bankers in London where the of governinent, whose object was 19 money might be received, the busi- withhold the manuscripts from the ness would be easily settled and the world, not to benefit it by their pubreceipt be sent as they should direct. lication, and that they had thus either I take the liberty of requesting those passed into other hands, or the person who have already subscribed, but to whom they had been bequeathed whose subscriptions have not been had received a remuneration for supreceived, to employ the same mode of pressing them. We are glad to find remittance.

that this conclusion was erroneous, I cannot omit to acknowledge Mr. and that the interesting remains of Cordell's renewed attentions, (p. 589.) this profound philosopher, sound poand to thank two other Correspondents litician, and excellent moralist, are for their expressions of good-will. I to appear forth with. They consist, should readily adopt the proposal of we nuderstand, first, of his life, writT. H. (p. 590.) if I could perceive it ten by himself, to a late period, and practicable on my plan of bringing to- continued in the time of his death by gether so many publications, of such his grandson; the whole of his corre. various sizes, and connecting them by spondence, private and political, nu:

merous literary and philosophical pa- be the case, when it is considered that pers, hitherto unpublished, &c. among the most intiinate friends of

The first, and perhaps the most this great man, were Dr. Priestley, Dr. interesting portion which is to appear, Price, Burke, Fox, the Bishop of St. is his correspondence; the second wilí Asaph, Sir Joseph Banks, Brand be the genuine life; and the third the Hollis, Granville Sharp, Buffon, Dahitherto unpublished literary and phi- vid Hartley, Lord Shelburne, Lord losophical papers, &c.

Grantham, Baron Maseris, the Earl of The correspondence is most impa. Buchan, Beccaria, Baskerville, &c. tiently expected; and this may well &c. &c.

OR,

MONTHLY RETROSPECT of PUBLIC AFFAIRS;

The Christian's Survey of the Political World. ANOTHER deliberative body has strongly marked : the noble, the learn commenced its discussions, which are ed, and the common people. The likely to be of considerable importance noble distinguished by pride and ignoto Europe. The members of this body rance; the learned by indefatigable are of the higher ranks, and their ob application ; the people by unwearied ject is to settle the affairs of Germany, industry and the heavy yoke of oppresThe overthrow of the Germanic or sion. "To the two latter classes the holy Roman empire was followed by world is indebted for great improve the confederation of the Rhine, in ments in literature, science, and for which Buonaparte held a rank similar much mechanical ingenuity. The to that so long possessed by the House trade of the former class was war, and of Austria. The changes that hare young and old improved their fortunes taken place in consequence of the by commissions, in their own and destruction of the system set up by neighbouring countries. One great Buonaparte, have rendered it necessary benefit of the French revolution is the to take some steps for a new constitu- lowering of the pride of the nobles ; tion in Germany. This is taken in for not to them but to the people is hand chiefly by ihe great estates, that Europe indebted for the final overthrow Isave parted out this fine country of the mighty monarch. anjongst theinselves. They have sent In consequence of the late struggle, their deputies to Frankfurt, and their the people of Germany are alive to session resembles that of the antient their rights, and this will probably be diet. It was opened by the deputy seen in the course of the discussious. from Austria, who presides on this It is not to be expected that the line occasion; and in his speech he expa- of distinction between the nobles and tiated in strong terms on the excel- the other classes will be completely lencies of the German nation, and withdrawn. The former will continue promised on the part of his master not to pride themselves on the quarterings to exercise farther interference in in their arms, and may disdain to mix the debates, than what became him their blood with that of the classes, as chairman of so avgust an assembly. whom they look upon as so much He was followed liy the deputy from beneath them) : but still they will be the King of Holland, whose speech brought nearer to each other, and was wholly panegyrical, and it now offices of state will be inore widely remains to see what will be the re- diffused. The discussions also that sult of this meeting.

will arise throughout Gerinany on the All that the above-mentioned subject of the debates, will be benespeaker advanced on the excellence official; and it is not improbable that the German character is very little if an effort will be made to introduce at all exaggerated ; but this praise be the representative system. We shall longs to the people, not to the class

see more of this however in the issue. which has so long domineered over The debates will partake of the slow: them. Nothing could be

ness of the German character, but wretched than the antient state of something will be gained on the side Germany, in which three classes were of freedom.

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691 The death of the King of Wirtem- measure. It is in contemplation to burg promises to put an end to the dis- let them receive testamentary gifts, putes in his dornains. This kingdom, but it is in vain to attempt to raise founded by Buonaparte, seenis likely to them to their former splendour. The be the first to enjoy the representative age of delusion is gone by; and unless systein. The new sovereign was they, come nearer to Christianity, friendly to the demands of the sub- which is not very likely, they will sink jects, and he has a fine opportunity to lower in public estimation. The Probegin his reign in a popular manner. ' testants, however, will be preserved It is probable also, that the power from such proceedings as took place at given to the Duke of Cambridge may Nismes; and, if they conduct thembe beneficial to the Hanoverian states. selves with prudence, will at least not Prussia begins to feel some embarrass- suffer any infringement on their rights. ments from its new subjects of Saxony: The affairs of the insurgents on This latter country was the best as the shores washed by the gulph of Prussia was the worst governed of all Mexico, appear to be unsuccessful, the States of Germany, and the ideas but how far this extends to the country of the new may be beneficial to the properly called the kingdom of Mexico, old subjects. Indeed, if it is true that is not ascertained. French officers are a minister from one of the pulpits of said to be expatriating themselves in Prussia, who had served against Buo- great numbers for these regions, and naparte, inquired what have we been we are yet to learn what has become fighting for if we are not to have a of Humboldt and his expedition. In constitution ? we have reason to.be - South America the cause of indepenlieve that the subjects may answer the dence bears a more favourable aspect, question, and keep the sovereign to his and the shores of La Plata seem to be promise.

advancing fast towards a settled conThe national assembly of France stitation. has met. The sessions was opened by At home, meetings continue to be the king with the usual forinalities. held, some on the subject of parliaHe went in solemn procession to the mentary reform, others on the disa teinple of her who is profanely called tresses of the times. Amongst the for the Mother of God; was adedressed by mer, Cornwall holds a high pre-emithe priests in language which Protes- nence; and that county in which the tants deem profane ; and after assisting abuses of representation are the greatat their rites, delivered an oration to est, speaks the loudest for the correction his assembled states. His speecb has of them. The late meetings have also been re-echoed by the usual addresses, had very beneficial effecis. A general and the chambers have been employed disposition prevails to alleviate as much in verifying the powers of the deputies. as possible present distress ; and let us Great questions are to come before hope that 'benevolence duly exerted them; but by all accounts the ultra- will be crowned with success. In this royalist party seems to be in a mino- as in every thing belonging to his ofrity. This augurs well for the French fice, the Lord Mayor co-operates with people, and it will be curious to see his usual energy. His entrance into the ultra-royalists taking up the cause office for the second time must not of liberty. Their grand advocate has pass without a remark. The proces. already published doctrines consonantsion upon these occasions returned not to those held by thc Whigs at our Re as usual by water, but by land through volution. The liberty of the press is Westminster ; and wherever the state loudly called for, and the espionage of coach passed, the acclamations of the the police held out to deserved con- people, and the crowded windows tempi. But it does not seem likely manifested the delight of the two cities that their ministers will part with this in the popularity so well earned by too grand engine of despotism. Nor this exemplary magistrate. Some umdo the French secm to have acquired brage was taken at this procession by as yet just notions of the decorum that one of the ministers; but the publicabelongs to a deliberative body: The tion of the correspondence between affairs of the church seem likely to him and the Lord Mayor, tended only form a prominent part in the debates; to raise the latter in public estimation. some agreement has been negotiated The case of Lord Cochrane has again with the pope ; and the clergy will been brought before the public. "He aim at raising themselves a little by the appeared before the judges to reccive

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their sentence for breach of prison, to to keep the peace. After a lapse of which crime they.attached a penalty time, the pariy challenged became the of one hundred pounds, and of course challenger, and in a very scurrilous lei. imprisonment till the fine was paid. ter appointed Calais for the place of His Lordship not paying the fine was settling their differences within a time conveyed to prison, and his friends had limited. Thither the parties resorted, a meeting to raise it by subscription. and fred each his pistol at the other To this no objection can be made. nearly instantaneously, and one of

The subscribers inay gratify themselves them only was wounded. They then in thus releasing his Lordship from returned to England, and the account confinement; but it is evident that the of these disgusting proceedings was set laws must be obeyed, and after a trial forth in all the public papers. Wheby jury and connimment on that trial, ther the last challenger has received there cannot be a doubt that breach of what is vulgarly called satisfaction, we prison is a crime. If in the imprisons do not know, for no explanation took ment there has been any injury sus- place on the ground. He has returned tained by the person confined, he has unhurt, and all that has been gained by his redress by law: but in this case as their attempts at murder, has been the far as the crime and penalty are con- proof, that each can stand to be shot at. nected together, it will be generally The annals of duelling do not present thought that his Lordship can have no an instance, in which such vulgar reason to complain of the severity of abuse and scurrilous language have his last sentence.

been used. It remains to be seen The'moral world has been shocked what part the bar will take on this by a transaction rendered too notorions, transaction ; but surely it cannot be benveen two barristers. A violent al- countenanced by a profession to which tercation it seems took place between we look up for peculiar attention to the them, and one of the parties thought laws of our country. On the folly and it requisite to demand satisfaction ac- wickedness of this mode of settling difcording to the false principles of honour, ferences, it is not necessary for us to against which they ought to have been expatiale. The characters of the parthe first to set themselves in opposition. ties cannot be raised in our estimation Some demur took place in accepting by such a paltry expedient; and, if the challenge, and in the mean time, either of them had died, we should not the parties were prevented from putting have acquitted the other of the guilt of their murderous intentions into execu-, murder. tion, by being bound over by a magistrate

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