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166 Gogmagog on the curious' Extract from the ' Eclectic Review.' nition of such Eclectics as he who are told, by a certain set of physi. has been figuring away upon your cians among the antients, who pages, who has no taste but for culled simples to cure disease; and seed of the growth of Geneva, and from then it is borrowed, doubtless, who would empty his bushel, ra- by our modern reviewers, who col. ther than suffer it to contain a lect and decompose new publica. single kernel of Polish corn. Your tions in order jo get an extract Eclectics are not necessarily phi. that shall poison heresy. losophers; Shakespeare has sketch. Thus, Sir, you have an idea, ed out in his wonderful manner a in the language of the above-mene company of female Eclectics, who tioned antient doctors, of the medi. reciówed all nature, in order to cina eclectica. choose and pick whatever is rau. But to follow our own Eclectic, scous and venomous; I allude to instead of wandering after Eclecthe • Weird Sisters' in Macbeth, tics, in general,--he complains who elected and collected the fol. that " Socinians' have received lowing ingredients' for their cal. from “the Christian world, a for. dron :'

bearance and complaisance to “ Toad, that under coldest stone, which they were ill-entitled," and Days and nights hast thirty-one he instances in those two. Socinian' Swelter'd venom sleeping got, ring-leaders, Lardner and Priestley, Boil thou first i'the charmed pot!. Fillet of a fenny snake,

The opposite of complaisanceIn the caldron boil and bake : is rudeness, of forbearance-in. Eye of newt and toe of frog, tolerance; and certainly Lardner, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,

though a Socinian,' was not in. For a charm of powerful trouble,

sulted, much less imprisoned or Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. expatriated, by his orthodox con. Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, temporaries; perhaps, they could Witches' mummy; maw and gulf

not well spare his learning, or Of the ravin'd salt sea-shark; Root of hemlock, digg'd i'the dark, conveniently forget his services to Liver of blaspheming Jew; the cause of Christianity, and Gall of goat, and slips of yew, hence agreed to cover his naked. Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse. ness, to veil his abominable here. Double, double toil and trouble;

sy*. In this our Eclectic thinks Fire burn; and caldron, bubble.”

them wrong and laments their By a like eclectic process, di. vines gather together all that is

. It is amusing to observe how ea. rank in prejudice, all that is bitter gerly Lardner is held up to praise as a in calumny, all that is malignant no abuse too much for him as a 'Socini

Christian, by the very men, that think in passion, and after proper distil. an. We have the same farce played off lation acquire the odium theologi. with the names of Locke and Newton, cum, the essence of bigotry, a

who, whenever Christianity is to be de

fended against unbelievers, are blazoned spirit more intoxicating and bru. forth as illustrious ornaments of the faith, tifying, than

(as in this very article of the Eclectic Rethe insane root view, in the next paragraph but one, to That takes the reason prisoner, those quoted in the M. Repos.) but The meaning therefore of the who, there is every reason to believe,

were' Socinians,' that is, in the Eclectic term Eclectic cannot be any longer version, Anu-scripturalists, Semi-dedoubtful. It was assumed, we ists.'

error. But, surely, he has little that lofty stile of eloquence, to occasion to regret the lavishcoin. which a vigorous writer is someplaisance and forbearance,” in.. times lifted, unconsciously, by dulged to Dr. Priestley! That his subject. heresiarch might not, indeed, de. 6. The reader can be at no loss serve respect or kindness—but he to determine, whom the author certainly found little of either from intends by a busy active man in re. our Eclectic's Christian world. generating the civil constitutions He was, it is true, only driven of nations. The occasion of the from his peaceful home; bis li- Sermon, and the complexion of brary and philosophical apparatus ils sentiments, concur in direct. only were burnt; the copies of his ing us to Dr. Priestley; a person works, dispersed throughout the whom the author seems to regard country, were not committed to with a more than odium theologi. the names by the hands of the cum, with a rancour exceeding the hangman; bis approvers were not measure, even of his profession*. every where threatened and har. The religious tenets of Dr. Priesi. rassed by an orthodox mob; and ley appear to me erroneous in the war was not made upon America extreme, but I should be sorry for receiving into her bosom, a to suffer any difference of sentiman with the viper' of heretical ment to diminish my sensibility to pravity' fastened on his hand,' virtue, or my admiration of genius. and · vengeance' marked out on From him the poisoned arrow his person and family. Yet he will fall pointless. His enlightened suffered enough, one would think, and active mind, his unwearied to satisfy any ordinary malice ; assiduity, the extent of his re. and his sufferings would, I verily searches, the light that he has believe, have satisfied our Eclec: poured into almost every depart. tic himself, but for the recollec. ment of science, will be the ad. tion of certain eulogies passed miration of that period, when the upon the celebrated exile, by some greater part of those who have writers, whose talents and elo. favoured, or those who have opquence might have been expected posed him, will be alike forgotten. to be devoted wholly to the ortho. Distinguished merit will ever rise dox faith, but whose philanthro- superior to oppression, and will py triumphed, for a moment, over draw lustre from reproach. The their creed. I am persuaded, Sir, that our Eclectic had in his eye, a beautiful wreath of praise, stituted, till many years after Mr. Hall

• The Eclectic Review was not in. wound about the head of Dr. wrote his pamphlet, or we might have Priestley, by“ Robert Hall, M.A.” interpreted him to insinuate here that of Cambridge, in his pamphlet the Rev. John Clayton' was an Ecentitled “ Christianity consistent

lectic. It is, however, the divine faculty with a Love of Freedom : being are as yet in embryo; and Ms. Hall

of genius to see future events, when they an Answer to a Sermon, lately might fromhisgrcat perspicacity, be able published, by the Rev. John Clay. to foretel that bigotry, after sleeping' ton.” Printed for Johnson, 1791, many days and nights,' would get in

much 'sweltered venom,' of such potent Permit me to place the passage I malignity, as to require an Eclectic Reallude to in your work; it is in view for its discharge.

168 Gogmagog on the curious' Extract from the . Eclectic Review. vapours which gather round the venient instrument of reproach, he rising sun, and follow it in its very naturally reflects (as appears course, seldom fail at the close of to me,) upon Mr. Hall, who has, it, to form a magnificent theatre in various parts of his reply to for its reception, and to invest “the Rev. John Clayton,” magwith variegated tints and with a sof. nanimously protested against the tened effulgence the luminary which use of poisoned weapons in the they cannot hide." (pp. 34. 35.) controversy with the Unitarians.

This was worthy of the successor My opinion that our Eclectic of Robert Robinson; this meriis, intended his article to be a disin. too, the anger of our Eclectic, genuous attack upon both Mr. who can never, I dare say, forget Mall and the • Socinians,' is fur. the length to which Mr. Hall here ther strengthened by the recollec. carried " forbearance and com. tion of many passages glancing at plaisance” towards such an arch- and reprobating cowardly thcolo. heretic, or forgive the 'Socinians' gical assaults, in the admirable the honour of having had such an pamphlet which seems to have eulogy pronounced upon their made an equally deep impression leader.

upon the reviewer and me. FeelThere is another reason why I ing himself condemned in the confeel a strong conviction that our demnation passed by Mr. Hall Eclectic meant to smite Mr, Hall upon such as sesort to base pole. through the sides of the “ Socini. mical artifices, how much in cha. ans;' which is, that Mr. Hall, racter was it that, whilst he was in the valuable pamphlet before foaming with rage against - Sociquoted, gives a definition of an nians,' he should have sprinkled a Unitarian totally different from little of his venom upon that libe. that of our Reviewer, and one ral writer! The following is one which allows the appellation of passage out of many at which our Unitarian to the Socinian' and Eclectic must have maddened : conveys nothing reproachful. He “ He (Mr. Clayton,) gives us says, (p. 56) “ An Unitarian is a a pompous enumeration of the person who believes Jesus Christ piety, learning and talents of a had no existence till he appeared large body of his brethren who on our earth, whilst a Trinitarian concur with him in a disapproba. maintains that he existed with the tion of the theological and politi. Father from all eternity.” Now cal tenets of the Unitarians. The this is the very definition of an weakness of mingling them togeUnitarian for which Dr. Priest, ther has been shown already ; but ley himself contended against if these great and eminent men, both the Arians and the Trinitari. whom the world never heard of ans ; but with this our Eclectic before, possess that zeal for their quarrels, because it is a matter-of. religion, they pretend, let them fact statement of a theological opi- meet their opponents on the open nion, and cannot like the bugbear field of controversy, where they term Socinian,' (appropriate to may display their talents and no English sect,) be pressed into prowess to somewhat more advan. the service of calumay; and, ob- tage than in skulking behind a jecting to the loss of such a con- consecrated altar." (p. 74.).

Our Eclectic has indeed bene- Dr. Horsley and Mr. Pitt, his fited the public by the exercise sarcastic ridicule of the Rev. and display of his peculiar talent; John Clayton,' his vindication of but he felt it more safe to cast the liberty of the Press, his argu. abuse from behind a hedge than to ments for a Reform of Parliament, take open ground, where the and his rapturous exultations on abuse and the abuser would have the French Revolution. Such an been seen together. He feared, admirer of Mr. Hall, I conceive perhaps, that if he grappled per. our Eclectic to be, who neverthesonally with the expiring Unitari. less caricatures all the features of ans, soine one of this once formi. his style ; who exhibits his coarsedable tribe might summon up the ness without his vigour, and his last remains of strength and throt- passion without his genius, -who tle him in a convulsive, dying gives us his painful periods which struggle. However this may be, yet as to sense are perfectly aborit is to the honour of Mr. Hall live, and who designs his bold that he should be looked upon as figures but is uiterly unable to an adversary, in virtue of bis cha. mould them into shape, to give racter as an author, by a disciple them expression or to keep them of the Old Man of the Mountain.* from confusion; who attempts

One more reason may be assign. fine writing but violates grammar, ed why I consider our Eclectic as who affects to be nervous upon having Mr. Hall in his mind; nonsense, and who seeks to be namely, a certain awkward imita- brilliant by the aid of the printer, tion of that writer's style, which and with an inverted sacredness, Dr. Parr, (Spital Sermon, p. 63, an anti - apocalyptic sublimity, Note)

pronounces most beautiful couches slander under the mysand animated. Nor is it uncom• tery of the seven stars.' mon for good writers to be imitat. İn answer to all these reasons ed by such as are least disposed for my supposition, it may be to borrow their spirit or principles, pleaded that so safe a polemic as Hume has copyists who are not our Eclectic would not have aimed stoics or sceptics; Johnson's pon. a kick at a living lion: but he derous sentences are repeated by might reckon upon impunity from many who are not Jacobites ; Parr his conscious insignificance and may be taken for a model by some contemptibleness ; or he might, that do not think it useful for the more probably, consider the once cause either of learning or truth formidable champion of freedom, to heap together a mass of names, peace and charity, as a defunct great and little, good and bad, author; as, at least, unharnessed and to crown them all with super- for “ liberty's defence,” twenty lative praises ; and Hall, in point years ago his “noble rask;” in of eloquence, may have his hum- short, as an emeritus professor of ble admirers, who wouid yet gladly the rights of man and the prerogaconsign to oblivion his eulogy on tives of conscience. Dr. Priestley, his philippics against I am Sir,

Yours, in all honest service, Prince of the Assassins, whose 'moun.

GOGMAGOG. tain' was in Syria, not in Switzerland. VOL. VII.


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sey's; communicated by Mr. which my heavenly father gave B. Flower.

me to drink; and it is not iinpro. Harlow, bable but it may produce effects Sir, Mar. 8, 1812. somewhat similar on some of your I cannot but deern it one of the readers under the various troubles principal advantages and felicities of life. of my life that Providence has Your constant reader, favoured me with the friendship of

B. F. some of the worihy, the sincere, Esser Street, April 13, and the pious, " the excellent of


1810. the earth,” amongst the different

Nothing but the aflicting event denominations of Christians: and which bas befallen you by the loss as I have the honour and the

of a most excellent, amiable and pleasure of ranking amongst my good wife, could have induced most esteemed friends the late

me to set pen to paper. A severe Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey, there were debilitating disease, from which few if any of your readers who felt it seems to be the will of God I more interest in the brief but admirable memoir written by a most from doing any thing;

am not to recover, has disabled me

Your letworthy and inuinate friend of both

ter, * I felt grateful for, and this the departed saints. I cannot but is my only return for it, to assure express my ardent hope that the same pen will favour the world you how sincerely I condole with with an enlarged account of a life you, hoping and praying that you which afforded such a bright exam

may be supported under so severe

a trial, more and more sanctified ple to Ler sex. Persuaded that

by it, and spared to support your it will render this communication


dear children, and bring them additionally acceptable to yourself up in the fear and love of God. and your readers, I enclose for All human consolations I know your insertion, a copy of a letter

are useless : we must be left to which I received from Mrs. Lind.

our Maker for comfort; believing, sey, when under the immediate that as in his hands alone are the pressure of the most heavy afflicti, several ingredients of the cup of on I ever endured, and which I

mortal life, IT CAN think can never be exceeded, if equalled ; for when reflecting on

MAKE IT, what I sutiered on the death of one who so entirely possess, Adieu! I can only repeat my wishes

POSSIBLE DEGREE, SALUTARY! ed my heart, I at times in the

and prayers

for you and yours, contemplation of my own death being always exclaim-“Surely the bitterness


sincere friend, of death is past."-— Those who are

H. LINDSEY. acquainted with Mr. Lindsey's writings, will perceive how admi

Mr. B. Flower, rably his worthy partner in life, Harlow. has epitomised his most favourite system in one paragraph, Short

* Written to Mro. L. on the death of as is the letter, it proved to me a her husband.



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