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LAST WORDS OF REV. RICHARD HOOK
With which expression, he fell
into a dangerous slumber; danger
ous as to his recovery, yet he reThe chamber where the good man meets his
covered, but it was only to speak
these few words : “Good doctor,
for I am at peace with all men ;
and If unrestored by this, despair your cure." from which blessed assurance, I
feel that inward joy, wbich tl.e His physician, Dr. Saravia, per- world can neither give nor take ceiving that he was in deep con- away from me.” More he would lemplation, and not inclined to con
have spoken, but his spirits failed verse, asked him, what where his him, and after a short confict bepresent thoughts? Mr. H. replied, twist nature and death, a quiet " that he was meditating on the
sigh put a period to his last breath, number and nature of angels,* ard and so he fell asleep. their blessed obedience and order, without which, peace could not be
The following is his Epitaph, writ. in heaven! and Oh! that it miglit
ten by Sir William Cowper, who
erected a monument to his memobe so on earth !” After which he said, “I have lived to see this
ry, in Borne Church, and acworld is made up of perturbations,
knowledges Mr. Hooker to have and I have been long preparing Though nothing can be spoke worthy his famne,
been lis spiritual father. to leave it, and gathering comfort or the remembrance of that precious name, for the dreadful hour of making Judicrous Hooker, though this cost be spent, my account with God, which I now
On him that hath a lasting monument apprehend to be near. And though If not his worth, yıt our respectfulness.
In his own books; yet ought we to express, I have, by his grace loved him in Church ceremonies te inaintrin'd, then why my youth, and feared him in mine Without all ceremony, should he die ?
Was it because his life and death should be, age, and laboured to have a con
Both equal patterns of humility? science void of offence to him,
Or that perhaps this only glorious one and to all men ; yet if thoil, O Was above all, to ask why had h: none? Lord, be extreme to mark what I Yet he that lay so long obscurely low, have done amiss, who can abide
Doth now preferr'd to greater honours go.
Ambitious men, learn'd hence to be more wise; it? And therefore where I have Humility is the true way to rise ; failed, Lord, shew mercy unto me, And God in me this lesson cil inspire, for I plead not my righteousness,
To bid this humble inaa" Friend, sit up highbut the forgiveness of my unright
A faithful abridgment of the cousness, for his merits, who died to purchase a pardon for penitent books of Ecclesiastical polity, and
works of Mr. Hooker, in eight sinners. And since I owe thee a death, Lord, let it not be terrible, of all his other treatises, with an
and then take thine own time, i account of his life ; by a divine of submit to it : let not mine, O
the church of England, was pubLord, but let thy will be done !"
lished in London, 1705.
•• The subject which engaged Mr. Mrok.
At Newcastle-upon-Tyne, there an! Saviour, th: ob-dience of the yels is pro- is a coal pit, which is an hundred
a posed as a putera to ve imitater! by us, stbe ET, atat which we should diligently writ," and thirty fathoms (780 feet) in * Ty wilio: done on earth as it is in heaven."
Bp. Horn"'s Sorians. perpendicular depth, and which is VOL. I. No. 3.
worked, at that depth, five miles
IGNORANCE. horizontally, quite acrots, beneath It has been allerted, that “Igthe Tyne, and under the oppolite norance is the mother of devocounty of Durham.
tion.” It is no such thing. It In Durham the coal is so near is the mother of superstition, of to the surface of the earth, that bigotry, of fanaticism, of difaffecwheeis of the carriages lay it open tion, of cruelty, and of rebellion. to the day, in fuch a quantity, as These are its legitimate children. to be fufficient for the use of the It bas never yet produced any neighbourhood, and to become a other ; and never will to the end of valuable branch of income. the world. And we may lay this
At Newcattle-upon-Tyne, Staf- 'down as an inconteftible truth, fordshire, and in some parts of that a well informed and intelliScotland, the strata are chiefly gent people, more particularly a composed of stones fit to be appli- people well acquainted with the ed to the purposes of building. facied writings, will always be In Yorkshire, throughout the more orderly, more decent, more whole district of Richmond, in humane, more virtuous, more reShropthire, and Leicelleriliire, ligious, more obedient to their and in almost the whole of the fuperiors, than a people totally northern quarter of the illand, the devoid of all intruction and all coal approaches in its appearance education. very nearly to bitumen, which Clarge of Bp. London, 1803has merely lutfered induration
It is a fact ascertained by the Purkinfor's Organick Remains molt diligent and accurate inqui: of a former World,
ries, that in the most enlightened
parts of Ireland, not above ane With regard to men's princi.
third part of the people receive
at all ; and ples, we thould always put the beit construction on dubious ca
througliout the rest of the island, fes, and treat those as friends to learnt their alphabet.
not a twentieth part have ever
ibid. christianity, who are not avowed and declared eneinies. By so do
For more than twenty years ing, we may perhaps tave a per- palt, upward of 300,000 children of fon from really apoitatizing ; his the poor have been religiously eddoubts and prejudices may be o- ucated in the various charity and vercome ; and what was wanting Sunday schools in England. ibidi in him may be perfected. But it
if we suppose and treat him as an enemy, we take a ready way to WHEN Mr. Paschal observed make him one, though he were any of his friends to be afflicted not such before, Belide the ad- at seeing the fickaefs and pain dition of a new name, elpecially he underwent, he would say, “Do if it be a name of eminence, to not be lo concerned for me. the catalogue of infidels sirength. Sieknels is the natural state of a ens that party, and weakens the chriltian, because by it we are faith of many, who build on au. what we ought always to be, ir a thority. " He that is not against Atate of suffering evils, mortified us, is on our part.”
to the pleatures of sense, exempt B». Horne. from all those rallions which work
upon us as long as we live, free forgotten that Jesus Christ is a from ambition or avarice, and in Saviour.” “ True,” was the ana constant expectation of death. swer, “but how shall I know he And is it not a great happiness, is a Saviour for me?” to be by necessity in the state one Lord," it is written, “ Him that ought to be in, and to have noth- cometh to me I will in no quise cast ing else to do but humbly and out." " True," said the Bihop; peaceably to submit to it ?" This “and I am surprised, that, though is a noble, a jult, a comfortable I have read that scripture a thoufpeculation.
fand times over, I never felt its
virtue till this moment ; and INTERESTING ANECDOTE OF THE now I die happy. CELEIRATED AISHOP BUTLER.
When his Lordship lay on his dying bed, he called for his chap- Montesquieu faid of Voltaire, lain and said, “ Though I have “ Lorsque Voltaire lit un livre,
“ endeavoured to avoid fin and to il le fait, puis il ecrit contre ce please God to the utmost of my quil l'a fait.” When Voltaire power, yet, from the conscious. reads a book, he makes it what he ness of perpetual infirmities, I am pleases, and then writes against, fill afraid to die.” “My Lord,” what he has made it.” faid the chaplain, “ You have
Review of new publications.
Lötters to the Rev. THOMAS BEL- thing supercilious, harsh, or unciv,
SHAM, on some important suhjects il. "The writer is in earnest, and of theslogical discussion, referred to
yet unruffled ; bold and undaunt. in his discourse on occasion of the ed, yet modest ; learned, without de uth of the Rev. JosEPH PRIEST. pedantry ; faithful to the cause of
F.R. s. &c. By truth, without sacrificirig the cause JOHN PYE SMITH. Printed by of love. While he exposes the er. Biggs and Co. London, 1804.
rors and misrepresentations of Dr. 131 pp. 8vo.
Priestley and his learned disciple, The design of these eight letters he refpe&fully acknowledges their is very important, and their pub- eminent abilities. Without the lication very seasonable. The least degree of petulance, he refubje&ts are altogether controver. proves their unfairness; and nofial. The manner, in which they tices, with christian meekness, their are treated, displays a rare combi- bitter and extravagant reflections nation of excellencies. The au- upon what he believed eternal thor shows himself possefied of truth. Nothing is designed to dequalifications, which we always grade their characters. While he with, but often with in vain, to find piously laments their errors, he in the disputant. The reader of addresses them in the language of these letters is not disgusted with veneration and cordial friendship any thing conceited, narrow, or How can a candid socinian peruse grovelling, nor offended with any this auttor, without dreading such
an opponent, but wishing for such He applies the remark to Mr. a friend?
Belsham's picture of calvinism. The first letter is thus introduced. I make no charge of intentional mis.
representation. I doubt not the corref. DEAR SIR,
pondence of your language with your The discourse, with a copy
own conceptions. But I mamitain that which you have politely favoured me,
the caricature which you have sketched preached on occasion of the death of
is not calvinism. your venerable friend, the late Rev. Dr.
After a few observations on Priestley, must be viewed by the dispasfionate and candid, as an effufion of the the specifick part of the charge, he heart truly honourable to your charac- says ; ter and your friendship. With feelings Yon iny dear fir, have given us your such as the disciples of Socrates pofíeíse description of calvinism. But I never ed when they embalmed the memory of yet lieard of the calvinist, who wou d their injured master, and with talents adopt your statement as his own creed. which would have been worthy of Glorying in the doctrines of calvinili, them, you have paid the tribute of dig- though submitting to the appellation nified and affectionate respect to your only as a matter of usage, I entreat your "guide, pbilosopher, and friend."
attention to what we ourselves, who are After referring to Dr. Priestley, likely to be the best acquainted with our one who recommended the
own sentiments, esteem to be true, seizure of every fair occasion for cording to godlinels.
scriptural, and important, a doctrine acdetecting errour and discovering Such a skeich he gives in his truth, he fays;
second letter. In this be enters Dr. Priestley is dead. May the wrath upon no proofs. His object is to and rancour of his enemies, for their itate a fet of principles. The conown sakes, die also, and perish for ever. The prayers and wishes, which purest
cile and weil arranged statement benevolence has often dictated, for a here made would suffer by the revolution infinitely desirable in his re- quotation of any part. The ligious sentiments and feelings, are whole does honour to the author's brought to an awful pause, and their result is a problem to be resolved only
understanding and heart, and to when“ we all stand before the judgment the God of truth, and deferves seat of Christ.”. But, in the fincere (pir- the most serious perusal. After it of integrity and candour, to examine completing his statement of calhis publick character, and to investigate viniitick principles, he thus conthe evidence, the tendency, and the val.
cludes the letter ; ne of his sentiments, is now become a duty more incumbent than ever on the
These, fir, are the principles, which lovers of truth.
yourself and your late learned friend The charges against calvinism have reprobated as rigorous and groomy,
and full of borrours, a mellage of muratb and particularly considered are these ; injuffice, of terrout and despair, the extrava, namely ; that it is a rigorous, garce of errour, and a mischievous compound gloomy, horrible, and pernicious fyf- of impiety and idolatry. I need noi say tem, the extravagance of errour, and that, to myself, these principles appear a mischievous compound of impiety
the voice of God, and the perfection of and idolatry,
reason, harmony, and moral beauty.
But whether, even on your own princiEvery man, (says our author in reply) ples, your description is not extravawho is at all in the habit of attending to gantly overstepping the bounds of reacontroverted questions, must have notic- son and justice, I appeal, my dear fir, to ed the facility and promptitude of urg- yourself ; ! appeal to every candid ing plausible objections, in comparison reader. And from a conviction which, I with the sedate impartiality, the serious hope I can truly say, is not the result of candour, and the patient labour, which educational prejudice, of dishonest tie are necessary for the investigation and midity, or of indolent indifft rence, I enestablishment of many capital truths. ter a solemn protest against every
particle of your accusations; and, a- In letter V. he further vindigainst the whole of your condemnatory cates calvinism from misrepresencharges, I appeal to the RIGHTEOUS tation. In the course of the letter AND ETERNAL JUDGE
he notices Dr. Priestley's shocking In letter III. he takes a nearer view of the subject, and invites cenfure of St. Paul's writings.
In the three lalt letters, the conthorough examination. Of calvinism, he says ;
troversy is treated chiefly on the As for the fact of its truth or false. În these letters he ably exposes the
ground of ecclefiaftical history. hood; that is the whole question at isfue between us, and neither aspersions unfairness of Dr. Priesley's rea. zor eulogiums will stand for evidence. toning, and brings into view a As an advocate for calviniím, I invite, number of capital mistakes in his Jintreat examination. Let it be strict; publications. We select the follet it be rigid ; only let it be in the true "spirit of liberal and judicious critic lowing as a striking example. ciín," and, which is of still more radi
The doctor has selected Chryfoftom
as the father whose evidence is most amcal importance, in the spirit of purity and uprightness, a spirit influenced by ple in support of the opinion, that the the love of God and holiness, a spirit of apoftle) John first taught the divinity of humility, and a spirit of prayer. From
Chritt. Chryfoftom” fays Dr. Priestsuch an examination we have nothing ley,“ represents all the preceding writers to fear.
of the New Tiffament, as children ; who
heard, but did not understand things, He elucidates the strict purity and who were busy about cheese-cakes of the calvinistick system in com- and childish sports; but John,” he says, parison with the unholy and delu- « taught what the angels themselves did five tendency of the opposite not know before he declared it.” At scheme. He is not ashamed of the bottom of the page, Dr. Priestley
faithfully transcribes the Greek of this acknowledging, that his fyftem passage ; and no one can say, that his Speaks no peace to the wicked, and tranpution is materially unfair. fo far as folters no hopes of falvation, ex- goes.
The sentence is exactly thus : cept such as are connected with the “ All the rett, like little children, hear present influence of habitual and indeed, yet do not understand what universal holiness. This he e cakes and childich sports." The omif
they hear, but are captivated with teems no small part of its purity fion of the clause " all the rest,” (307€ and glory.
anno part:-) does not appear of much Speaking of that fictitious be. consequence. The insertion of it would Devolence, to which focinianism only have kid the reader to inquire for
:he antecedent; and Dr. Priestley has facrifices the holiness, truth, and provided a ready answer: "All the pris, goodness of Deity, he has this pa- ceding writers of the New Testament." thetick reference to Dr. Priestley's Do me the favour, my dear fir, to take expiring moments.
down the volume of Chryfoftom, and It grieves me to the heart to reflect turn to the passage. Will you find the that such a man as Dr. Priestley, a man,
antecedent to this relative clause to be whole splendid talents and rare endowe any“ writers of the New Testament," or ments formed a ground of accountable- any person at all connected with the nefs beyond expression awful, in the New Testament? No, lir, you will find it solemn 'approaches of death, thould to be, tbe effiminate ond diffipated spectators take thelter in this miserable refuge of of athletick games, and the auditors of musilies.
cians and oratorical Sophifts." In letter IV. he examines three Though our author candidly charges against calvinism ; impie. acquits Dr. Prieitley of “intenis, idolatry, and mistierons tendens tional misrepresentation,” yet he cy. Some parts of this examina. thinks himself warranted to say, tion are excellent.
" that implicit reliance connot be fufen