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in relation to his creatures, than what he tigation shines in him already.""-Pp. is in himself. The human faculties can 79, 80, never comprehend the Deity : 'the corraptible must put on the incorruptible;' little volume to a female pen ; and

We suppose we are indebted for this the ever-surviving soul inhabit one of those many mansions; then, and only therefore we must deal gently with a then, may a beam, emanating from the curious anachronism, pp. 3, 4: “I Godhead, disclose what the Godhead is.'" may here be allowed to agree with -P. 65.

the Roman satirist, Juvenal, who says, From the time of Dr. Fordyce's Pride of ancestry has only the boast death, which took place at Bath, Oct. of a potato, the best part of which is 1, 1796, in the 76th year of his age,

under ground."" his widow continued to reside in that city, until her own decease, in the Art. III.- A History of the Protesbeginning of the year 1823. Her bio. tant Reformationin England grapher would have consulted her re- and Ireland ; showing how that putation by suppressing the latter Event has impoverished and depart of the volume; for who cares to graded the main Body of the Peoknow her squabbles with domestics, ple in those Countries. In a Series her quarrels and reconciliations with of Letters addressed to all sensible relatives, her notes of bavardage, her and just Englishmen. By William aigre-doux compliments, her vers de Cobbett. J2mo. Nos. 1 and 2. société, anglicè bad verses, and her 3d. each. Clement, Fleet Street. railings at Roman Catholics ? But,


more, and is truly benevolent, and was loved by ance, the hearty advocate of the Roher own circle of friends.

man Catholic Church, at which, as The following anecdote is charac- well as most other churches, he has teristic:

been laughing the greater part of his

life. We are not informed that he “She was particularly intimate with has openly, and as a religious act, the late Dr. Parry and his family; and nsed to relate, with conscious and visible admitted into the bosom of the Ca

renounced Protestantism, and been delight, an anecdote of the present en

Let the Catholics terprising navigator, Capt. Parry (whom tholic Church. Heaven preserve !). When a child, he plume themselves upon him as much had accompanied some of the females of as they may, nothing is farther from his family in a morning visit; and to his thoughts than submitting to be a amuse him, she ordered a servant to take convert. He is too wise to hamper him a rocking-horse which she happened himself with rules and obligations, to hare. The boy continued very quiet, and too unmanageable to be bound and fearing he might be at some mischief, by the discipline of any religious prothey took a peep at him; when, instead fession. He is a political sportsman, of the rocking horse, he was mounted He must be in pursuit of game, and across a terrestrial globe which stood in the room, and turning it round and round if one species cannot be put up, he with all his little might. You rogue,'

starts aside after another. With his said Mrs. Fordyce, . what are you doing? acknowledged mental power, he is a that is not a horse.' 'No,' replied he; man of but one idea and one passion :

but papa says it is a world ; and here the idea, the passion of the moment it goes : and I will go round and round swallows up every other. He cannot till I come to the end of it. But you live without popularity, and he always may go round and round, and still go strikes at the favour of great inasses round, and never come to the end of it, of people. He knows how to gain, because it has no end. The boy was mute but not how to keep, the favour of for an instant, then hollaing Challooing) large bodies. Hence he turns from out, “ I'm off again, then; and if it has no end, I'll go as far as I can. If that one set of folks to another, and with boy lives,' said Mrs. Fordyce, in the true

a rapidity which makes common obspirit of her knowledge in physiognomy, servers dizzy. Now, he is the friend and as it would seem in prophecy, he and champion of the Irish Catholics will be a sailor and a navigator, and come they consist of millions, they are to great honour; for the spirit of inves- discontented, and not without reason, and they are ready to hail any English thor's arguments in behalf of the voice which can make itself' heard in Catholic Church; they being argutheir favour. How long Mr. Cobbett ments to those only whom no anwill retain his present character, and swers, inuch less ours, will reach. The what will be his next metamorphosis, reader may still wish for a specimen, will depend upon the course of events; and we will give him one from Letter but we would advise the Catholics not 1. q 23 (Mr. Cobbett numbers by to set their hearts too much upon him, paragraphs, not by pages): Jest before the echo of his praises dies

“ But, there is still a dilemma for away in their chapels, they find him these revilers of the Catholic religion. in another and a hostile shape. We swear" (the italics and capitals are

These Letters, which are only the the author's)“ on the four Evangelists ! commencement of a projected work, And these, mind, we get from the Pope are in the writer's usual style; En- and a Council of the Catholic Church. glish, forcible, vulgar, droll, violent So that, if the Pope be • Antichrist,' that and abusive. He means, he says, to is to say, if those who have taught us to shew " that the ‘Reformation, as it abuse and abhor the Catholics ; if those is called, was engendered in beastly be not the falsest and most malignant lust, brought forth in hypocrisy and wretches that ever

breathed, here are we perfidy, and cherished and fed by swearing upon a book handed down to

us by · Antichrist'! And, as if the inplunder, devastation, and by rivers of consistencies and absurdities springing innocent English and Irish blood; and out of this Protestant calumny were to that as to its more remote consequences, have no end, that Christianity,' which they are, some of them, now before the judges say, ' is purt and parcel of the us in that misery, that beggary, that law of the land;' that Christianity is no nakedness, that hunger, that everlast- other than what is taught in this same ing wrangle and spite, wbich now stare New TestamENT. Take the New Tes. us in the face and stun our ears at tament away, and there is not a particle every turn, and which the Refor- of this part and parcelleft. What is mation has given us in exchange for

our situation; what a figure does this the ease and happiness and harmony make, with a dozen of persons in gaol

part and parcel of the law of the land and Christian charity, enjoyed so for offending against it; what a figure abundantly, and for so many ages, by does it make, if we adopt the abuse and our Catholic forefathers. This is falsehood of the revilers of the Catholic the calm statement of the historian's Church! What a figure does that part object, and from this we may judge and parcel' make, if we follow our teachhow far faith may be given to his ers; if we 'follow JOSHUA Watson's narrative. He says afterwards, with Society; if we follow every brawler from great naïveté, in the midst of one of every tub in the country, and say that his most storiny passages, We must the Pope (from whom we got the part keep ourselves cool.

and parcel') is “Antichrist' and the

scarlet whore'!" It is amusing to see Cobbett explaining very minutely, and withal very “ Enongh! Aye, and much more gravely, the meaning of the words than enough,” the writer goes on to monk, friar, nun, hermit and pope. say, and so say we. Contemptible as plough-boys”

” and “ weaver: is this play upon words, the author boys” for whom he wrote his Gram- will not, we fear, fail of his end. He mar, may thank him for carrying on writes for the thousands of Irishmen their education a little farther by this that are sore from ill-usage, and he essay at a Dictionary.

will inflame their bigotry and exasFew Protestants will care to rescue perate their resentments.

"Oppresthe character of Henry the Eighth sion makes wise men mad,” or the from this writer's wrath ; but few Catholic Association, both English Catholics, we hope, will derive plea- and Irish, would never have adopted sure from the brutal manner in which such an advocate. Could they have he treats the name of Anne Boleyn. kept themselves cool, they would have - Cranmer's inconsistencies are too regarded Christianity as of more value broad a mark for scorn and insult. than any one form in which it is pro,

We have no design, and, to speak fessed, and have consequently shunned honestly, no wish, to answer the au- the fellowship of a scorner, who, we

The ai

verily believe, contemplates by crying gospel ordinance. This can hardly bę up the Roman Catholic Church, the disputed. crying down of the Christian religion,

* 2. Paul baptized, though baptism which his favourite Paine has no doubt was not mentioned in his divine mission. taught him to consider assailable chiefly This proves, that, under the gospel dis. through the corruptions of Popery.

pensation, a divine mission is not neces. sary to authorize a person to baptize.

« 3. As, in the apostolic age, baptism

was administered by the authority and Art. IV.- The General Baptists. A command of Jesus Christ, and no inti.

Sermon, preached before the Annual mation can be found in the New TestaAssembly of General Baptists, atment that it was to be discontinued after the Chapel in Worship Street, Lon- that age, there can be no scripture authodon June 8th, 1824. By Richard rity for its discontinuance. Wright. 12mo. pp. 24. Eaton, and

16 4. It is undeniable that the primitive Fox and Co. 1824. 8d.

churches continued to baptize after the

death of all the apostles; and whatever TH

THIS is an affectionate address by changes baptism might undergo, it cermination, from Psalm xlv. 16. He other, by the whole body of professed shews, 1, What the fathers of the Ge. Christians, for many ages after the


tles. neral Baptist interest were: 2, What the children must be and do to be perpetuity of baptism was questioned du

5. I know of no clear proof that the instead of the fathers: and, 3, What riug the first three centuries after the must be done to prepare the children Christian era, nor indeed until quite mó. to be instead of the fathers. He claims dern times. as Baptists some of the first Reform- “6. Christianity is as much a personal ers :

religion now as it was in the days of the “The first Unitarians who appeared apostles. Men are no more born Chris. in England after the commencement of tians at the present time, than they were the Reformation were Baptists; and they while their parents remained - Jews or were the first Protestants who suffered Heathens ; for no one can be a Christian martyrdom in this country under a Pro. without understanding Christianity, and testant government, and through the in.

po one is born with the knowledge of it, fluence of Protestant ecclesiastics :-they

7.'I know of no moral or religious were also the last who were appointed to purpose which baptism was calculated to death for their religion. The last person answer in the times of the apostles, which burnt alive, under the charge of heresy, it is not equally well calculated

to answer was an Unitarian Baptist, Edward Wight in the present day.”—Pp. 21, 22. man, who was burnt at Litchfield on the

These arguments appear to us to Ilth of April, 1611 ; and the last person be less conclusive than those which actually tried for heresy, Edward Elwall,

we have been accustomed to in the was also a Unitarian Baptist.”—P.11.

writings of the worthy preacher. The preacher exults in the liberality What is baptism but washing ? This of the ancient General Baptists, among determines to what dispensation of whoin Emlyn and Whiston received religion it belongs." See Heb. ix. 10. the right hand of fellowship, when It is disputed that washing was ever driven out of all other churches.

gospel ordinance.”

The cereShould the General Baptists attend mony being dropped in the explanato Mr. Wright's excellent advice, they tion of the mission of Paul, (the only would probably recover from their apostle to the Gentiles,) is deemed present depressed condition. good proof of this. The general apos

The perpetuity of baptism is, it tolic commission on which the Bapwould appear, a question amongst tists rely, limits itself to the age of the Baptists of the present day. Mr. the apostles, the age of miracles.Wright lays down the following That baptism was not universal in the grounds on which he is satisfied of church, is probable froin some pasthe perpetual obligation of the rite: 5 sages of scripture, and from the his

“1. Baptism, as spoken of in the New tory of Constantine and others. A Testament, was practised by divine au- Baptist should be cautious of the arthority; it was appointed by Jesus Christ, gument from antiquity and immemoand administered by the apostles as á rial usage : here is Mr. Belsham's


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strong, and, it may be said, sole argu- ton, Mr. Cooper, who is so honourably
for infant baptism.

distinguished in the contest relating to
But we mean not to enter into con- Negro-slavery.
troversy, though we have been leinpted
to drop a hint or two upon a question Art. VI.-Christ Crucified. A Ser.
that is little understood, and for the mon, delivered at the Opening of
plain reason that it has been little the Unitarian Meeting-House, Tod-

morden, in the Afternoon of Whit-
Sunday, June 6, 1824. By Wm.
Stevens. 12mo. pp. 28. Fox and

Co. 8d.
ART. V. - Christianity and Slavery

incompatibles A Sermon, preached Stevens presents us with a Ser:
before the United Congregation of
Protestant Dissenters at Moreton. mon which exhibits many features of
Hampstead, Dec. 21, 1823. By J. originality. It was delivered at the
Smethurst. 8vo. pp. 25. Exeter, opening of one of those Chapels in
printed and sold by T. Besley, Jun.: Lancashire which have been reared by
sold also by D. Eaton, London. the united labours of persons in hum-

ble life for the worship of God in

simplicity and purity, and is therefore (R. SMETHURST'S proposition properly controversial. The preacher controvertible. No one feeling the Paul was different from the “ Christ sentiments and acting npon the prin- crucified" of Trinitarians, or the docciples of the gospel, can approve sla- trine would not have been a “stumvery, or forbear taking every measure bling-block to the Jews" or foolishthat to him appears prudent for its ness to the Greeks.” He contends final abolition. “West-India and Ame- that Unitarians alone preach

“ Christ rican slavery is an evil sui generis : it crucified;" it being the boast of their began in robbery, it has been continued opponents that, in their system, only by cruelty, and it is secure only in one of two natures in Christ was put the ignorance and vice of its wretched to death. He points out difficulty subjects.

upon difficulty, contradiction upon We rejoice to see our young minis- contradiction, in what is styled the ters ardent in their opposition to such “ Orthodox” scheme, and proves that a system of iniquity, which merits all the direct evidence of scripture, and their indignant eloquence.

all the just conclusions of human reaMr. Smethurst' argues from the son, are in favour of Unitarianism. golden rule of our Saviour, Matt. vii. But whilst he asserts the supreme 12, All things whatsoever, &c., that glory of the Father, he maintains the as God is the common Father, all due honour of Jesus as the Messiah. mankind are brethren and equal, and We wish to see the discourse widely that therefore justice is the same with circulated. There is a familiarity in regard to blacks and whites, and that some of the phrases and illustrations, benevolence is due to all.

occasioned probably by the character We cordially recommend this Ser- of the audience. These can scarcely mon to the reader : the argument is lessen the value of the discourse in 'sound, and there are several fine pas. the estimation of any reader, and may sages, bursts of noble Christian feel- recommend it to the majority of the ing.

readers of controversial divinity, for The preacher dedicates his Sermon whose instruction and edification it is to his friend and predecessor at More- well adapted.

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1824. July 16, at Bridport, at the fully justified him in adopting the mournadvanced age of 83, Mr. WILLIAM ful lamentation of the suffering Patriarch, FOWLER, a respectable member of the “I am made to possess months of vanity, Unitarian congregation in that place, a and wearisome nights are appointed to man not less remarkable for the energies me." Yet amidst all these trying scenes of his mind than the excellence of his he was never entirely destitute of seasoncharacter. Born of pious and industrious able support, nor even of real and subparents, in the parish of Burstock, Dorset, stantial enjoyment. Happily for him, his he received an education adapted to the mental faculties, almost to the last, resituation irr life for which he was de. tained much of their wonted vigour, so signed, as a manufacturing tradesman. that he was frequently capable of amusing His early years were spent in habits of himself by reading and writing, and sobriety and diligence, so as to secure derived much consolation from the symthe esteem and confidence of those with pathy of his friends, and more particularly whom he was connected ; at the same of an affectionate and beloved daughter, time sedulously improving every favour- who most cheerfully devoted all the hours able opportunity for the cultivation of his she could spare from the necessary attenmind. With these suitable qualifications tion to a numerous family, to soothe his he engaged in business for himself, and pains and to beguile the tedious hours of by the aid of an excellent wife, peculiarly his long confinement. He acknowledged suited to his taste and circumstances, himself also greatly refreshed and comhis indefatigable exertious were crowned forted, by the frequent visits and inter. with signal success. For many successive esting conversation of his beloved friend years the sun of prosperity smiled on his and pastor the Rev. T. Howe, who by his jaudable efforts, and he had the happiness rational scriptural views of religion, and to see a numerous family training up with by his peculiarly amiable and endearing promising talents and amiable disposic manner, was admirably qualified to admitions. During this period, though deeply nister support and consolation in seasons engaged in commercial pursuits, he by no of affliction. But his principal anchor, means relaxed in his endeavours after amidst the billows of adversity, was a mental and literary attainments; so that firm and powerful conviction of the uner. his mind, possessed of considerable natu- ring wisdom and perfect benevolence of ral powers, acquired a rich fund of various the Divine government, united with a and extensive knowledge, which mani. well-grounded and unshaken confidence fested itself not only in his general inter- in the declarations and promises of the esting conversation, but also in his written gospel, to the evidences and truths of correspondence on a variety of occasions. which he had paid particular and habituat As a striking proof of the high estimation attention. Though the writer of this in which his talents and knowledge were feeble but sincere tribute of respect to held, when Government stood in need of the memory of his esteemed friend, was information on some particular branch by change of residence deprived of freof trade and manufacture, his opinion quent personal intercourse with him for was solicited and duly appreciated by a several of the concluding years of his Committee of the Commons' House of life, yet the following communication Parliament. A considerable portion of from Mr. Howe's successor in the pashis life thus passed on in honourable toral office, which he is permitted to exertion and enviable prosperity, beloved transcribe, enables him to state some by his nearest connexions, and highly interesting particulars of the latter days esteemed by his neighbours and the pub of Mr. Fowler's life.—“During the three lic. But as uninterrupted enjoyment is years of my acquaintance with Mr. Fowler seldom the lot of even the most deserving he was almost constantly in a state of of mortals, this bright and pleasant scene suffering, either bodily or mental. Somewas at length obscured by the dark clouds times, of course, there were intervals of of adversity which began to arise and comparative ease, but in general he was thicken around him. By a long series subject to acute and long continued pains, of grievous domestic afflictions, and vari. In such circumstances it was to be exous pecuniary disappointments and losses, pected, that the conversational powers his fortitude was painfully tried; and at for which, I believe, he was through life length to these were added those severe remarkable, would be impaired; and one bodily pains and sufferings which greatly who, like myself, did not enjoy the advanembittered his declining years, and which tage of his friendship at an earlier period,

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