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have a right to do, that these three views of the persun and mediation gentlemen are Unitarians, to what of Jesus Christ, resting on the can all this prudent reserve be as. merits of his atonement his cross cribed, but to their conviction, and passion, and zealous to pay that the preaching of Unitarian the honour, which they believe due doctrines, would be offensive to to his nume, they woulii, I think, their hearers, and injurious to be very untilling to be confounded their usefulness? In truth, the with the followers of Dr Priestley. congregational societies of Bos. Some of them, I know, are utterly ton, as most of those in opposed to the sentiments and spirit the country, are composed of of Unitarianism. hearers of various opinions. Some You say, that Dr. Kirkland is a of them are Calvinists, some of professed Unitarian, and mention them Arminians ; perhaps the him, as is his election to the pregréater part, without having mi. sidency of Cambridge University, nately intestigated, or having any were a decisive proof of the prev. very distinct views of the shades of alence of your sentiments among diference among them, enteriain us. Dr. K. was formerly one of a general liberality of sentiment. the ministers of Birston, and what. But as I personally know, from ever his particular friends may instances too of those, who attend think of his opinions, he never the three gentlemen, I have just preached these sentiments. Nay, mentioned, they regard the doc. | muy venture to say, that had Dr. trines of Unitarianisin as unscrip. Kirkland been an acknowledged tural, and inconsistent with the defender of Unitarianism, he would great object and spirit of Christio not have been elected to that place. anity.

Unitarianism is too unpopular in Of our other seven congregati- the country, and his friends, who onal ministers, two are very decia are at the same time, ihe friends ded Calvinists. One of these is and governors of the University, the minister of the new church with all the respect they most just. you mention. I know not how ly entertain for his exalted talents this church flourishes at present, and character, and particularly bu: it was opposed, not because for his candid and liberal mind, it was founded upon Calvinism, would, I believe, have deemed it for this would be altogether in- necessary to sacrifice their private consistent with our love of religious „wishes, and consulted the interests freedom, but on account of the of the University in electing a intolerant spirit, some of its first President, whose sentiments were patrons displayed. Our other more agreeable to the great body five ministers, if I must use so of the Massachusett's clergy, of many names, which I do not like, which er-officio, he is generally are very far from Unitarians. You considered the head, and to the say they are all Arians or Unita. sentiments of the community at rians ; as if these were very nearly large. Had a decided Unitarian the same. But I assure you, they been elected, I really believe, would contend for a very great that the number of the students distinction, and holding, as I be. would have been diminished. lieve they do, high and exalted

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the remainder in our next. ED.)

POETRY.

Sir, You must know I am a literary projector, and in common with most who have borne that character, have made many fruitless proposals to the public, and have sustained many bitter disappointments. There is one schente, however, wnich I have yet to try; and on which I beg liave to take the sense of your readers : it is a Poetical Review, in which the sentences of criticisin shall be set off with all the attractions of verse. As the project is novel, I bave chosen to make my first attempt in a version, and have selected for translation the curious extract, which you have given (pp 92—94) from the Eclectic Review; moved to this by my sympathy with the writer of that critique, (facit indignatio versum,) and also hy the case with which I thought I might versify periods, which though not poetry are certainly not prose. How far I have succeeded, I must leave to your readers :should the judgment of any of them be favourable to my publication, they will oblige me by sending in their names as subscribers, to the office of the United Theologico. Eclectic Booksellers, at the sign of Calvin's Head, in Tabernacle Walk. I am, Your Humble Servant,

POETICUS ECLECTICUS. N. B. Evangelical preachers shall be supplied with the work gratis, on applying at the Office; but to prevent imposition, none need to apply who have not got the dssembly's Catechism so well by heart, as to bear dodging in it.

Specimen of a Poetic Eclectic Revicw,
This book of friend Gregory's every where shows
The spirit of Calvin towards Calvin's base foes.

Abettors of simple humanity,' wretches !
He detects your chicane' and exposes your fetches.
Mathematics' Professor, Professor Eclectic,
In school cool as ice, in the Church' in a hectic,
His calculi, now, all deep problems determine,
Now, put in his sling, stone heretical vermin.
Hypocritical birds! he rifles your pinions,
And, stript of false feathers, you're naked Socinians.'
There's that Academic, too well known to Fame,
No friend to the Faithful, a Friend but in name,
Who lighted a fire might have dried up old Cam;
Who clamour'd for Peace, and rais'd a fierce war,
Who pleaded for Union, and got driven afar,-
That Fellow I mean, deem'd for Jesus unholy,
Who scard Alma Mater with's creed melancholy:
Now did not he Dualist call some believer?
A charge on the church' from which I'll relieve her,
For sure this bold Cantab, by logical rules,
When he says I'm not wise, calls all mankind fools,
When he says he knew one man two altars adore,
Taxes all men but him with just one less than four,

For what calculator that knows worship's profit,
Would take but one slice, when he might have more of it?
But as for myself, Friend ! no Duellist I,
Such bold savage fighting we Eclectics ne'er

try,
In the mists of our mystery-loving Review,
Unseen, we huri fire-brands at ******* and you,
The mob we provoke all to orthodox passion,
Tható forbearance to doubters may cease to be fashion.
It can't be denied that Nat. Lardner was learn’d,
But it's high time to know he'd more praise than he earn’d,
The public he cheated with base moderation,'
And ihe Eclectic Review shall soon lower his station;
We'll neither be moderate, like him, nor unsound,
For fury and taith none like us shall be found.
If Priestley had science,' and thereupon ' fame,'
His heresy foul will still stick to his name.
But in him, pray, what now have · Socinians' to boast?
Of what use are books, when the author is lost ?
And here it quite grieves me, to think of the crime
Of some orthodox men, too grave for ligh: rhime,
Who alas ! by the glare of false science' betray'd,
To the heretic leader such compliments paid.
Repentant, atonement Oh! swift let ibem make,
And curse all • Priestleians' for Priestley's own sake.
The Socinians' are dead--altho' they don't know it,
Guillotin’d by A. Fuller, and I think I can show it;
For is not their creed the life's-blood of Socinians ??
Which blood streams abroad, in the British dominions :
And if it be true, as some country dames say,
That a chicken beheaded will run a great way,
Nay, faster will travel, unburdened of bead,
And with " frightful convulsions' will plunge 'mong the dead;
So sure the strong efforts of Socinians' vile,
Which move all our churches, and e'en shake our isle,
Denote nothing less than the death of their ism,
Of soul-killing candour, carnal reason and schism.
• The poets,'O shame!' were once painted like dogs,'
At trough of old Homer, all swilling as hogs ;-
But the simile further the Muse wo’n't pursue,
(The obstinate jade, she's turn'd quite a shrew !)
And scolding she says, with her fingers on nose,
If I mean to be nasty, I must be so in prose.
My meaning then, plainly and shortly, is this,
In words which the squeamish wo’n't sure take amiss,
That Priestley's opinions, like some matters gaseous,
Have by agitation become much more nauseous.'
Why should the Socinians' hate name of the Pole?
Eclectics so shrink not from Calvin, meek soul !
Do they truly differ from that noted Frater?
Yes, yes, they say backwards the old Noster Pater,

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State of Public Affairs
And raise a worse devil than Poland e'er saw,
With foot far more cloven and more rav'nous maw;
Thwy're farther from church,' and they're nearer to Hell,
In rapid descent, to the place where they'll dwell.
Then what if reproach mark the old Polish name.!
• Socinians' should take it, to hide their worse shame.

They differ from himn!' yes, as Despard from Cubbeti;
He dirtied ' Church' holy--but they dare to rob it.
To be candid, these men are in Priestley believers,
Then dub them · Priestleians'; the hateful deceivers !
But, to put aside candour and give my opinion,
You have a Half-Deist in every .Socinian.'
No more then let's Christians call Newton and Locke,
And Lardner and Lindsey, and such sort of folk;
Their places we'll instantly, properly fill
With Romaine and Whitfield, McGowan and Gill.

MONTHLY RETROSPECT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS;

OR,

The Christian's Survey of the Political World.

cease.

The horrors of war are not likely to seem likely to be increased rather than

2 he time does not appear to be diminished. The number of m n in arms approaching when the sword shall be is not sufficient for the designs of the great turned into a plouglishare, and the spear Hero of Fracce, and he has conceived into a pruning hook; when nations shall a plan, which increases his power and cease to learn war, that savage and de- means of aggression in a ma ner that basing employmeni of man, and engage strikes with awe and horror every one themselves in the noble occupation for who contemplates it. France is to be. which they were created, in subduing come really an armed nation, since no the earth to useful purposes, and make one, between the ages of twenty and ing it a fit abode for reasonable and reli- sixty, is to be exempted from taking his gious creatures. --So far from ceasing to share in the burden. learn war, this detested occupation is to For some years past every young man become the primary object of a great in France has been subject to the con. ana populous nation, wh ch will thus scription, and a certain portion of all compel its neighbours to attend to the between the ages of twenty and twentysame pursuit.

The age of Cyrus, of one was drafted off to supply the wants Alexander, of Cæsar, of Charlemagne, of the army. The remainder were free is revived, and Buonaparte, no longer to pursue the ordinary occupations of rivalled by them, seems determined to life. But a new system is now laid surpass all his predecessors.

down. All those young men of the Melancholy has been for some time last six years, or those from the age of the state of Europe. In every direction twenty to that of twenty-six, are subject the bayonet and the cannon are seen, to a new call, and they are to form an and fields of battle have been drenched army of a hundred thousand men, to be with blood in every quarter.

A respite incamped in various parts of the empire, from such calamities has been the pray- to be ready to march to any part of it, er of every sincere Christian; for who where their services are required. The can utter the daily ejaculation, . May remainder of the men between twenthy kingdom come without feeling for ty and sixty are to be regularly discithe disgrace thrown upon christianity plined in regiments at home, so as to by the bloodshed and strife among its take upon themselves the entire defence professors. Yet all the evils of this state of the country. Thus France will be

dcfended by an armed and disciplined will not ambitior. d), and who is to set population, and the sovereign is at liberty bounds to a conqueror ? to e- ploy what was before called the The armistice between the Turks and regular arn:y in any way he pleases: Russians is at an end.

More bloody since not a p ri of it will be required for batt es may be expected on the Danube, gair son service or for the interior of the and the two powers at war ilo not seem country.

to be aware of the dangers that threaten The sword may thus be sent through them from their mighty neizhbour. the earth. To what part it will be first Constantinople is as easily to be attacked directed, time must discover. Rumour as Petersburg and the niarch to the one says Russia will be the object or Sweden, is not more disticult th n to the other and it is not likely that at ardent m:nd place. The pride of Buonaparte may be will be long idle when he has such an flattered by eresting his eagles, where instrument to wield as his discretion the crescent now predorninates. and his He can now double his armies in Spain, syavans will fitter hin on the ti le of and the only check upon hs designs w:ll the Restorer of Greece. To speculate be the dificul.ỹ of pro idling for his on such a man's conduct seems to be troops Vi herever there is mony and idle, it is suffi.ient oply to say, that provision, ihither will they direct their wherever he orders his rroops to ma ch, their steps : where the carcase is, the devastation accompanies their career : ca les will be gai hered together.

but the Greeks cannot be worse under The plan is grond in conception, and a French 'han the Turkish yoke. The is highly exto:led by the French orators. time is approaching for the overthrow Future orators, poets, and h.s orians of the Mahometan superstition, and will emblazin ii; and the unthinking Buonaparte may be a great instrument multicude will digni'y with heroical titles in the hand of Providence to effect its him whose object is universal dominion, destruction. and whose means of attaining it are force We hear nothing of his pretended and warlike kli. How different are Holiness the Pope, and the future state the kingdoms of this world from that of of his church remains to be developed. the lamb! What a contrast herween At any rate, he is not gone bac's to the outward splendour of a warlike sove- Rome, nor is he likely to see aga a "hat reign at the heid of immense armies and seat of fraud and delusion, which, cleared the humble Jesus with his twelve asso- of its monks and priest: begins to wear ciates, destined to proclaim good tidings the aspect of useful industry. In Sicily, to all pations and languages! He, who the oid sup. rsticion remains, and the admires the one cannot love the other : ' revolation in its politics does no: affect and they who aim at the honours of the it but we trust, that it will be attendtwo different kingdoms, must pursue ed with the free exercise of the Protest. opposite lines of conduct, and expect dif- ant religion in that coun ry.

One inferent rewards.

stance of our intercourse with that island France has seized upon Swedish Po- has transpired in the conter:ion of the • merania ; and Sweden has been content- eldest son of an English peer to the po.

ed hitherto with simply protesting pish religion; but whether the same against the violence of the action No spirit has infected ous army, we do not where has the sword been drawn to op- know. We hope, that the Bible Society pose the French. The pretext of France, will not ho ever lose the oppo tunity of is to support its measures with respect convey ng the treasures of sacred knowto commerce; the result might be thought, ledge to that benighted co otry and, to be the junction of Great Bri ain and if some missionaries were also sent to it, Sweden, to prevent farther aggiessions we should think them much better em on the latter, By such a conduct, ployed than in tħe east. How far ihe you Sweden itself will be safe from attack, vernment of the country is improved by since the French will bare no means of our interference cannot yet be ascertain entering the country but by a tedious ed: but a sound policy might make the march round the Gulph of Bothnia, in intercourse betu een Br tain and Sicily which the reduction of Russia must be very advantageous to both countries. a previous object. This is said to be From Spun noth og encouraging to within the view of ihe enterprizing mo. the views of the adherents to the old narch, who seems to have no ust com- system has appeared. The French conplaint against the Autocrat; yet what tinue to consolidate and to increase their

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