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acknowledge Jesus Christ, because principles. Every vice, and every he conscientiously deems himself absurdity have had their zealous in want of sufficient evidence; devotees, who have met death rabut who, notwithstanding, is im. ther than abandon them. The moveably convinced of the su- honest and conscientious disciple perintendence of an omnipotent of moral rectitude, may be as in. and all-wise Creator, who has corruptible as other men, and is everlastingly ordaineil, that virtue faithful and true so long as he shall never fail to meet its appro- adheres to his principles, however priate reward - happiness; and inferior those principles may be that vice and disregard of principle deemed. No more can be justly shall as invariably be followed by said in favour of the Christian. misery.
Both are men subject to weak. I know the estimable author of nesses and passions, and it is not the imputation I have complained the adoption of this principle, or of, I know him to be incapable of that, that will secure us against of making such injurious reflec- the danger of falling. tions on any of his Christian breth- Had the reflections, on which I eren, to whatever sect they may have taken the liberty thus to ani. belong. But is this sufficient? I madvert, been confined strictly to would entreat of him. Has his a display of the superiority of Christian charity, his liberality no CHRISTIANITY over every other wider a range : or does he really system of religion or morality, it conceive that the most absurd dog. would have been worthy and be. matist of the Christian denomina. 'coming of the minister; but when tion, is more entitled to his affec. a distrust of Men was inculcated, tion and forbearance, than the because they were impressed with man whose principles may be such other principles, he certainly.in. as I have described ? I am satisfied curred the reproof of the Apostle that it is unnecessary to point out Paul :-“ WHO ART THOU THAT the serious consequences of such JUDGEST ANOTHER MAN'S SER. imputations, were they implicitly vanT; TO HIS OWN MASTER HIE received, and acted upon. Nur standETH OR FALLETH.” would any one be more averse; I
T. S.* hope, than the author of them, to the deliberate proscription of Early English Antipædobaptists. men from the confidence of their
SIR, Feb. 28, 1812. fellows, merely because they dif.
The following paper I copy from fered in an affair of moment, on
a volume in 18mo. entitled Mer. wlrich they had not learned to curius Rusticus, or the Counagree.
tries Complaint of the barbarous It requires, I conceive, no very Outrages committed by the Sectaries extensive knowledge of mankind 10 of this late flourishing Kingdome. convince any one, that, what. ever superiority Christianity may possess in other respects, it is in no * Our Correspondent has favoured us wise peculiar to its votaries to resist with his name at length, and the place
of his residence, which we suppress, temptation, or to encounter mar. from their not being necessary to the tyrdom, in the maintenance of its elucidation of his argument. &.
Printed in the yeere 1646. This Brownists and Anabaptists, that was a weekly paper, published by a third part of the people refuse the royalists. It contains horrible to communicate in the churchdetails, though large allowance liturgie, and halfe refuse to re. must be made for a virulence of ceive the blessed sacrament, un. party spirit, apparent in every page. less they may receive it in Having narrated the sufferings of what posture they please to take some royalists in other parts of it. They have amongst them Essex, the journalist proceeds with two sorts of Anabaptists. The an account of the demolition of a one they call the old men or As. window of painted glass, in the persi, because they were but church of Chelmsford, by the Sec. sprinkled. The other the new taries of that town, who, though imen or the Immersi, because they the churchwurdens tooke downe were overwhelmed in their rethe pictures of the blessed Virgin, baptization." P. 22. and of Christ on the crossè, and The former part of this quota. supplied the places with white tion, shews the rapid progress of glasse, yet did rest very ill satis. the anti-episcopalian party, dur. fyed with this partiali imperfect ing six years, after the meeting of Reformation. P. 23. The storyof the Long.Parliament at the end this outrage is prefaced in the fol. of 1640. Lut my principal design lowing manner:
in sending you the extract, was to “ Chelmesford is the Shire-towne, enquire of your readers, acquainted and hath in it two thousand com. with the history of the Ami. municants. All these are parish. Padobaptists, whether ihere were ioners of one and the same church, really, any description of them in for there is but one church in this those times, who practised sprinkgreat towne, whereof at this time ling in opposition to immersion. Doctor Michelson is parson, an I have read, though I cannot reable and godly man. Before this collect where, of a scheme attri. Parliament was called, of ihis buted to Dr. Watts, that the Pæ. numerous congregation there was dobaptists should give up their not one to be named, man or wo. unconscious subject and the Anti. man, that boggled at the Com- pædobaptists sacrifice their mode, mon.Prayers, or refused to re. certainly a most unequal barter. receive ihe sacrament kneeling, If Dr. Waits proposed such a comthe posture to which the Church of promise, it is evident that he had England (walking in the footsteps found very little, if any, scriptural of venerable Antiquity) bath by authority for infant baptism. I Act of Parliament injoyned all have heard, though I know not those which account it their hap. how tv credit the story, that there piness to be called her children. are Protestant dissenting ministers, But since this magnified Reforma. who have arrived at that conclu. tion was set on foot, this towne (as sion, and yet practise infant. indeed most corporations, as we sprinkling. How such rite-makers, finde by experience, are nurse if such ihere be, can answer to ries of faction and rebellion) is so their satisfaction, the question, filled with sectaries, especially " what mean you by this service?"
or," who hath required this at present Christian churches some. your hands ?” I am at a loss to thing in the light of families, where discover.
mutual understanding and good BEREUS, will, and constant reciprocal du
ties, are maintained? Were not Questions to Mr. Wright, on all who believed the apostle's doc.
Church Discipline. trine in primitive times baptised, SIR,
and then added to the society of I observe in the extracts from those who had believed before Mr. Wright's journal of his tour thein ? Have we any evidence in Scotland (p. 52) that in the that any persons but those who Unitarian church at Glasgow, were thus initiated, were invited “ the Lord's table was declared or permitted to join the first free:" again, in the afternoon, churches in any of the ordinances ? " the declaration of the freedom What reasons will the Unitarian of the Lord's table was publicly church at Glasgow allege, for de. made,” and “ about 150 united viating from the plans pursued by in observing it." Mr. W. de- the apostles and primitive Chris. scribes this as “a great triumph tians in regard to communioni of Christian liberality over bigot- I highly esteem Mr. W. for ry, and narrow plans of disci. much that he has written, and for pline."
his zealous labours as a missiona. Now I am not sure that I ry: but I am afraid he is not quite understand this account; but aware, that even our party may I suppose it means, that every per- have a cant about liberality and son who happens to be present bigotry, which is much calculated when the Unitarians in Glasgow to keep us from a serious and cana are going to eat the Lord's supper, did examination of the questionis at liberty, if he chuses, to join did Jesus or his apostles, lay down with them; without any questions a plan for the conduct of Christi. being asked, about what he be- ans in society as brethren, or did lieves, or what are his motives for they not? I am, Sir, so doing. If this be the case, I
Yours, &c. must say, that I do not consider
AN UNITARIAN. such an arrangement as any tri. P.S. I take this opportunity of umph of Christianity. I should saying, that consistency requires wish to ask Mr. W. a few plain of Unitarians, now they are exquestions, which, if he would an. cited to a becoming zeal for the swer through the medium of your propagation of apostolic doctrine, Repository, he may perhaps pro- that they should candidly examine duce some enlargement of my bi. the important questions proposed therto narrow ideas on this sub- in your last number by your coro ject. Were there not some per- respondent P. dated from Maido sons formerly called brethren, stone. Let me request the atten: with whom, the apostle Paul would tion of Mr. Wright, and his coadnot allow the churches he planted jutors to this subject. to eat? Does not the general strain of the New Testament re
The Book-Worm. No, I. Speaking of our Lori's birth, of
SIR, Feb. 1, 1812. Mary, he adds .otall women the As you have lately presented to most blessed; and yet more bless. your readers, “ Extracis from ed by being thy daughter and thy New Publications," will you ac- servant than thy mother.” (p. 270.) cept, occasionally, from a rambler In the sanie address, he thug dea among old buoks, some account of scribes the evidence on wbich he his discoveries ? The contrast received the Deity of Christ. may be not unamusing, and by 6. How sliould we have known, the licence allowed in your mis- how should we have apprehended cellaneous department I shall pass, thy eternal generation, if thou without scruple,
hadst not been pleased to vouche From grave to gay, from sportive to safe a silly fisherman to lean on
thy breast, and to inspire lim to The articles in these papers shall tell us from his boat that in the be strictly confined to works which beginning was the word, and the preceded the Æra of Reviews, and word was with God, and the word of these to such only as I have an was God." opportunity of consulting for my- Wotton has the merit, what. self. I begin with that work of ge. ever it be, of exhibiting that idea nerally acknowledged merit, which Watts afterwards expand. "Reliquiæ Wottonianæ or a Collec- ed so poetically into á throne of tion of Lives, Letters, Poems; with God burning with vengeance, only Characters of Sundry Personages, to be appeased by the rich drops and other incomparable pieces of of the blood of Jesus. I find the language and art. By the curious thought in a hymn which he com. pencil of the ever-memorable Sir municated to his friend and bio. Henry Wotton, Kni, late Provost grapher Isaac Walton. Being a of Eaton College. 4th ed. 1685." short and no unfair specimen of
Sir H. Wotion is to be consider, the transitions which abound in ed rather as a statesman and an ac. orthodox poetry, it is here quoted complished scholar than a divine, from p. 362. though in his latter years he took A Hymn to my God in a night of deacon's orders, to comply with
my late sickness. the statutes on becoming Provost Oh thou great Power! in whom I of Eton College, where he had for
move, an associate the ever-memora.
For whom I live, to whom I die, ble John Hales;” whom he “ used Whilst on this couch of tears I lie;
Behold me through thy beams of love to call Bibliotheca Ambulans." And cleanse my sordid soul within
Wollon, like his friend and re- By thy Christ's blood, the Bath of Sie. lation, Lord Bacon, ventured to No hallow'd oyls, no grains I need, explore the recesses of scholastic No rags of Saints, no purging fire; theology. The great philosopher, was worlds of seas to quench thine ire:
One rosie drop from David's seed as you have shewn (M. Repos. ii. O precious ransom! which once paid, 535,) had a taste for Trinitarian That consummatum est was said. Paradoxes. Wotton has “a me. And said by him that said no more ditation upon Christmas day: of But seal'd it with his dying breath. the birth and pilgrimage of our And dying' wast the death of Death,
Thou then, that hast dispong'd my score, Saviour Christ, on earth,' whom the whole is a direct address. My life, my strength, my joy, my all.
to Be to me now, on Thec I call,
In this hymn, the worship of the searching it backwards, because inFather of Mercies, the God and deed the first umes were the younge Father of our Lord Jesus Christ est, especially in points of natural is presently discarded for the wore discovery and experience.” p. 299. ship of another Being who could He adds, “I owe your lordship quench the ire of the former and even by promise (which you are disponge the sinner's score, and pleased to remember, thereby thus acquired the first claim to doubly binding meg) the commerce his grateful adoration. I may be of philosophical experiments, which gravely told by some soi-disant surely of all others is the most in. evangelical Christian that the wor- genuous traffic. Therefore, for a ship of the God-Man, of the As. beginning, let me tell your lordsembly's Catechism, does not pre. ship of a pretty thing which I saw clude the worship of the One God, coming down the Danube, though even the Father, of the New Tes. more remarkable for the applica. tament. Yet the scriptures direct tion than for the theory. I lay me to one being alone on whom a night at Lintz, the metropolis to depend as my life, my strength, of the higher Austria.-There I my joy, my all.
found Kepler, a man famous in the I will now invite your readers, sciences, as your lordship knows, Mr. Editor, to quit the rough and to whom I purpose to convey from thorny roadof polemictheology and hence one of your books. In this 'to accompany this author, who was man's study, I was much taken no partial scholar, into one of the with the draught of a landskip on patbs of science and even to wan, a piece of paper, methought mas. der into a delightful region of terly done. Whereof inquiring taste.
the author, he bewrayed, with a Sir H. Wotton has probably smile, it was himself, adding he given the first description in our had done it non tanquam pictor, language of that entertaining, and sed tanquam mathematicus. This now common, apparatus, the Ca. set me on fire, At last he told mera Obscura, though I have not me how. He hath a little black found this circumstance mentioned lent (of what stuff is not much im. in any dictionary of science. The porting) which he can suddenly invention is ascribed to Baptista set up where he will, in a field, Porta, who died in 1519, but and it is convertible (like a wind. whose Magia Naturalis, where it mill) to all quarters at pleasure, is described, was not published capable of not much more than till about 1590. Wotton is writ. one man, as I conceive, and pera ing to Lord Bacon, probably from haps at no great ease, exactly Venice, where he was embassador. close and dark, save at one hole, The letter has no date but is an alvout an inch and a half in the answer to one from the Chancellor, diameter, to which he applies a dated Oct. 20, 1620, which ap- long perspective trunk, with a con. pears to have accompanied a pre- vex glass fitted to the said hole, sent of his Novum Organum. Of and the concave taken out at the that work Wotton says, I have other end, which extendeth to learned thus much by it already, about the middle of this erected that we are extremely mistaken tent, through which the visible ra. in the computation of antiquity, by diations of all the objects without,