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Letters of Mr. Bartholomew was soon enough to be numbered
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amongst Mr. Towgood's auditors;

whose discourse was drawn up in (Concluded from p. 218.)

terms and delivered in a manner LETTER III. To the Rev. Samuel Slater, Mi. he set this transaction in a just and

quite suitable to the occasion : as nister of the Dissenting Cone rational light by asserting the right gregation at Cołyton, in Devon. of ordination to be primarily in DEAR SIR,

each respective congregation, disAs the late signal mercy I have claiming all pretences of conferring received, has in all probability any latent gift or qualification ; set our next interview at a much and that no more was intended by greater distance than I had others that rite, than the recommending wise intended; so I hope this con- the persons ordained to Almighty sideration may free my present God for his especial blessing and addressing you from the imputa. assistance, and to their flocks as tion of impertinence, which other. persons duly qualified to be paswise it might justly be deemed, tors in the Christian cburch. unless your peculiar candour Which also I think Mr. Amory should prevail on you to give it very seasonably premised, when a more favourable lurn.

about to enter on the interrogatory As I had never been present at part of this exercise ; the giving an ordination, so from the first you my sentiments on which was notice I determined to give my at. ihe chief design of this epistle. tendance on the 28th ult. at Şid. And here as I think Mr. Kiddel's mouth: but from some unfore. answers 'relating to the Reforma. seen disappointment relating to tion, his motives as to entering into the horse I had hired, I unhappily the ministry, and his resolutions of failed of what I prefer to any demeaning himself agreeable to other consideration of that nature, that character to be very satisfacyour company on the way thither: tory; so I must confess when he whichi likewise rendered my arrival came to the controverted articles much too late for the whole so. of Christianity, he did not answer lemnity. However, I happily my expectation. For as the word VOL. VII.

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God (though its real import be old ; (which I wish there was not no more than a great king, yet) too much reason to resume in our in our common language is always days) “ That his brethren and understood to respect the Suprer countrymen were not valiant for Being, who in scripture by way the truth," which as it is the of eminence is styled “the blessed most valuable thing in the world, and only. Potentate," and the so, I tbink, all, but especially mi. God of our Lord Jesus Christ;" nisters, ought tenaciously to adand though St. Paul indeed de. here thereto; though it should clares Christ to be " over all God have the misfortune to lie under blessed for ever:" yet it is evident the most discouraging circum. that to reconcile this expression to stances. But I cannot be perthe general current of the New suaded, that to act the part of a Testament, it ought to be taken in reconciler is quite consistent therea qualified sense as spoken of him, with. However I cannot disco. whom that primitive writer Justin ver any material objection, which Martyr calls 'God by the will of the most bigoted Tritheist could the Father: and 'whom as the have advanced against Mr. Kiddel's sacred writings abundantly testify, whole declaration. God the Father as the reward of As it seems to be of very little his obedience has invested with all moment with respect to another the authority, power and dominion life, in what sphere we are to pass which He possesses.

over the present; $o I have always As to the Holy Spirit, as neither concluded that to fill up that staa throne, nor kingdom, nor church tion well, which the divine Provi. nor people, are any where assigned dence' has assigned us, will entitle him in scripture ; nor to the best us to as resplendent a crown and of my remembrance a single peti, place us as near the throne of God tion either immediately or by con. and the Lamb in the present state, sequence addressed to him, I can't as if we had filled an archiespis. conceive how the same with a copal throne and worn a mitre very little variation may be de- here below; since we are all by clared of him as of the other two virtue of our covenant relation said persons: much less bow an Unita. to be “a 'royal priesthood" and rian could with the least propriety made 6 kings and priests unto sum up his confession with that God by his Son;" which inclines glaring interpolation of 1 John v.7. me to look on a great part of Mr. which the most eminent confessor* Moore's performance as an exubeof the present century, of which rance of affection, to--, for which the three kingdoms can boast, due allowances ought to be made. (now with God) has beyond all I can assure you, Sir, I should peradventure proved to be spurious, not have so freely animadverted both in his tracts against Martyn on this solemnity, but to that and also in his Address to the friend, who is as my own soul. Convocation.

But waving all apology, I am, &c. It was the subject of an affec. tionate prophet's lamentation of

LETTER IV.

To the Brother of the Writer,.. * Rev. Ms. Emlyn, of Dublin,

--What greatly enhances my

lot;

grief on your account is, what in- children in a way of passing deed you pretty well know before, through life with comfort, decen. that it is out of my power either cy and usefulness, and of contrito extricate you out of this wretch. buting towards the support of that ed situation, or to assist you in it: religious society, with whom we for you well know that my busi. statedly join in the worship of Al. ness which consists chiefly of keep- mighty God. But this is a situn. ing a small shop here in the coun- tion, in which, perhaps, an Alltry is what (especially of late) wise and Gracious Being does not brings a mere trifling advantage see proper to place me; and I with it. For the present exorbi. hope I shall still make it my en. tant price of the necessaries of life deavour, as I have hitherto, to puts it out of the power of the acquiesce in the following petition common class of mankind to apply of Mr. Pope's Universal Prayer: any part of their earnings to the

“ This day be bread and peace my purcbase of clothing; and as to ihe debts, which they contracted All else beneath the sun, before the advance, I can discover Thou know'st if best bestow'd, or no distant hope of their being in

not,

And let thy will be done." any condition to discharge them. This circumstance renders iny pre- As to the inquiry which you sent situation very embarrassing make in relation to our family, I on account of my traders, You shall endeavour to satisfy you as well know my foupdation at enter. far as it lies in my power ; but it ing into a little trade was very cannot be expected to be either so slender, and an increasing family, correct or particular as could be tender constitution, together with wished : because our grandfather a variety of unavoidable afflictive was removed from this world beincidents, have conspired to pre. fore our father had reached eight. vent an amendment in my circum. een months of his life : so that he stances : indeed my utmost am. was deprived of all that bis imme. bition as to trade is to be able to diate predecessor could have in. make short payments for my goods, formed him, in his growing up, because such as can do so, are at concerning the family. However liberty to deal when and with there was a brother, who was a whom they shall think proper and Nonconformist minister at Beminnot undergo the mortification of ster, where he continued to the looking on and seeing themselves day of his death, (which happened imposed on without remonstrating. more than thirty years since) great. This is certain, that no man does ly esteemed for his piety and learn. well in trade of any kind, unless ing by all his acquaintance; and he has the command of it. This my father, observing my uncom.' therefore bas still been the summit mon inclination to books, (even of all my wishes : because could from my childhood) has several I have attained this, it would have times took me with him, for two enabled me to assist my dear rela- or three days together, when a tives in their necessity and the in- lad, to visit this uncle, My father digent, fatherless and widows in entertained some hope, as the old their affliction, to have set my gentleman was childless, that whex

God (though its real import be old ; (which I wish there was not no more than a great king, yet) too much reason to resume in our in our common language is always days) “ That his brethren and understood to respect the Supreme countrymen were not valiant for Being, who in scripture by way the truth,” which as it is the of eminence is styled “the blessed most valuable thing in the world, and only Potentate," and "the su, I think, all, but especially mi. God of our Lord Jesus Christ;' nisters, ought tenaciously to adand though St. Paul indeed de here thereto; though it should clares Christ to be “over all God have the misfortune to lie under blessed for ever:" yet it is evident the most discouraging circum. that to reconcile this expression to stances. But I cannot be perthe general current of the New suaded, that to act the part of a Testament, it ought to be taken in reconciler is quite consistent therea qualified sense as spoken of him, with. However cannot disco. whom that primitive writer Justin ver any material objection, which Martyr calls God by the will of the most bigoted Tritheist could the Father: and 'whom as the have advanced against Mr. Kiddel's sacred writings abundantly testify, whole declaration. God the Father as the reward of As it seems to be of very little his obedience has invested with all moment with respect to another the authority, power and dominion life, in what sphere we are to pass which He possesses.

over the present; so I have always As to the Holy Spirit, as neither concluded that to fill up that staa throne, nor kingdom, nor church tion well, which the divine Provi. nor peuple, are any where assigned dence has assigned us, will entitle him in scripture; nor to the best us to as resplendent a crown and of my remembrance a single peti, place us as near the thirone of God tion either inmediately or by con. and the Lamb in the present state, sequence addressed to him, I can't as if we had filled an archiexpis. conceive huw the same with a copal throne and worn a mitre very little variation may be de- here below; since we are all by clared of him as of the other two virtue of our covenant relation said persons: much less bow an Unita. to be “a 'royal priesthood" and rian could with the least propriety made 6 kings and priests unto, sum up his confession with that God by his Son;" which inclines glaring interpolation of 1 John v.7. me to look on a great part of Mr: which the most eminent confessor* Moore's performance as an exubeof the present century, of which rance of affection, to--, for which the three kingdoms can boast, due allowances ought to be made. (now with God) has beyond all I can assure you, Sir, I should peradventure proved to be spurious, not have so freely animadverted both in his tracts against Martyn on this solemnity, but to that and also in his Address to the friend, who is as my own soul. Conducation.

But waving all apology, I am, &c. It was the subject of an 'affec. tionate prophet's lamentation of

LETTER IV.

To the Brother of the Writer, * Rev. Ms. Emlyn, of Dublin,

-What greatly enhances my

lot ;

grief on your account is, what in children in a

way of passing deed you pretty well know before, through life with comfort, decen. that it is out of my power either cy and usefulness, and of contrito extricate you out of this wretch. buting towards the support of that ed situation, or to assist you in it: religious society, with whom we for you well know that my busi. statedly join in the worship of Al. ness which consists chiefly of keep- mighty God. But this is a situa. ing a small shop here in the coun. tion, in wbich, perhaps, an Alltry is what (especially of late) wise and Gracious Being does not brings a mere trifling advantage see proper to place me; and I with it. For the present exorbi. hope I shall still make it my en. tant price of the necessaries of life deavour, as I have hitherto, to puts it out of the power of the acquiesce in the following petition common class of mankind to apply of Mr. Pope's Universal Prayer: any part of their earnings to the

« This day be bread and peace my purchase of clothing; and as to ihe debts, which they contracted All else beneath the sun, before the advance, I can discover Thou know'st if best bestow'd, or no distant hope of their being in

not,

And let thy will be done." any condition to discharge them. This circumstance renders my pre- As to the inquiry which you sent situation very embarrassing make in relation to our family, I on account of my traders. You shall endeavour to satisfy you as well know my foupdation at enter. far as it lies in my power; but it ing into a little trade was very cannot be expected to be either so slender, and an increasing family, correct or particular as could be tender constitution, together with wished : because our grandfather a variety of unavoidable afflictive was removed from this world beincidents, have conspired to pre. fore our father had reached eight. vent an amendment in my circuin. een months of his life : so thai he stances: indeed my utmost am. was deprived of all that his imme> bition as to trade is to be able to diate predecessor could have in. make short payments for my goods, formed him, in his growing up, because such as can do so, are at concerning the family. However liberty to deal when and with there was a brother, who was a whom they shall think proper and Nonconformist minister at Bemin. not undergo the mortification of ster, where he continued to the looking on and seeing themselves day of his death, (which happened imposed on without remonstrating. more than thirty yea: since) great. This is certain, that no man does ly esteemed for his p ty and learn. well in trade of any kind, unless ing by all his acqu intance; and he has the command of it. This my father, observing my uncom. therefore has still been the summit mon inclination to books, (even of all my wishes : because could from my childhond) has several I have attained this, it would have times took me with him, for two enabled me to assist my dear rela- or three days together, when a tives in their necessity and the in- lad, to visit this uncle. My father digent, fatherless and widows in entertained some hope, as the old their affliction, to have set my gentleman was childless, that whes

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