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from bence that the Doctor was

“ You and I, Sir, rejoice in the belief sensible that he was going to bell, the same wholesome discipline, and

that the whole human race are under and all the comfort he had was that that they will all certainly derive the his suffering there would not be most valuable advantages from it, eternal."

though in different degrees,

different We think, with the liberal and ways and at different periods;" intelligent writer whom we have

Were it not time to finish this just quoted, that the dying words article of criticism, we could of Dr. Priestley “ express a point out many instar.ces of invi. cheerful expectation of awakening dious partiality in the biographifrom the sleep of death to an ever. cal sketches framed by these au. lasting life." However, we can- thors. Thus, while, in the mannot subscribe to his doubt whe. ner which we have witnessed, they ther the Doctor's language with endeavour to disparage Dr. Ben. respect to Simpson's piece on the son, Guyse, certainly not his su. Duration of Future Punishment, perior, receives nearly unabated be correctly or fully reported. praise: and while the eccentrici. Neither can

we concur in his ties of the late Mr. Robinson of opinion that it was a strange Cambridge, the consequences of and unfortunate mode of expres, impaired health and faculties, are sion.” In our humble judgment, rigorously dragged into light, there is no reason 10 suppose that those of Mrs. Bendish, the effects the discipline of which Dr. Priests of a disordered brain, are de ley speaks, is solely, oreven prin- scribed as ": the fruit of her relicipally, futare discipline, of this gious principles engrafted on an great philosopher and divine it ardent temperament." 27. was the fixed, the joyful, belief Something should have been that the events of the present said of the charitable institutions world, and especially its painful (the Orphan Working School, for vicissitudes. are intended to form, example,) which owe their birth to correct and to improve the chać to the exertions of the Dissenters, jacter. Such then we consider Nor should the Bible Society to be the discipline which he has have been forgotten. The histo. mainly, if not altogether, in view ; rians make loud professions of the rather as the attendants on zeal for the study of the scrip. his last hours were younger than tures: yet we know that their fa. himself. At the same time, Mr. vourite, Dr. Owen, was the stre. Simpson's Essay, 8c. confirmed nuous opposer of Walton's under. him in the persuasion that there taking of the Polyglott: and we is a perfect harmony in the mea. believe that biblical criticism is, sures of the divine government on the avhole, much more in throughout all the states and stages debted to the labours and the pas of our existence.

tronage of Presbyterian than to In short, we look upon his those of congregational divines. words on his dying bed as com

Mr. Bogue and Mr. Bennett pletely identical with the follow. bare addressed themselves to the ing sentence in his fine dedication prejudices of a pretty oumerous of one of his works to Dr. John class of persons, who are accus. Jebb:

tomed to take upon trust whatever falls from the lips or the pens of This Layman is an enlightened their spiritual guides, and whose friend of civil and religious liberty, ardour for doctrines which they in defence of which he discovers have not embraced on Protestant varied information, urbanity of principles, is exercised with a manner and elegance of style. He spirit' which Protestantism and treats Dr. Goddard with respect; Christianity disclaim. With such to which, indeed, he seems fairly men, untiabituated to reading, entitled : but, at the same unde inquiry and reflection, the errors he manifests a paramount reverand misrepresentations of these ence of truth and freedom. historians will pass for facts, their The following passage sets the intemperance, for zeal, and the Layman in a light, to us most various blemishes of their style, pleasing. for specimens of taste and ele.

“ The lapse of more than a hundred gance :

years has doubtless produced consider. Qui Bavium non odit, amet tua carmina able change in 'he opinions and feelings Mævi!

of men, and in the import of ords, so

far as they denote those opinions and We appeal, from such judges, feelings Towards the close of the 17th to genuine and well educated century, religious toler-tion was uni. Nouconformists, of every denomi. versally deemed a great thing to bestowe nation. Men of this description, myself to be of that not very small and

and to enjoy. At present, I confess are eager to disown the present continually increasing aumber, who reHistory of the Dissenters, as alike probate both the word and the thing, disgraceful to its authors and as a disgrace to those who assume the unjust to the body of which they those who are compelled to receive it.

right of granting it, and an insult to style themselves members. In For what would you tolerate ? Would taking our leave of it, we ask, you tolerate what is right; or what is with no irrational confidence, wrong ?--the performance of a duty or

the commission of a crime:" (p. 46.) whether it be likely that writers so precipitate and ignorant, so

The Layman points out two careless and undiscerning, so par. recent causes of the withdrawment tial and inequitable and censori. of the confidence of the people ous, as Messrs. Bogue and Ben. from the clergy of the established nett, are possessed of that know.

church; 1st. their " unqualified ledge of divine truth which they approbation and suppori of the consider as having been with. violent and leadstrong measures holden from the eminent persons

of policy, which, with few inter. on whom they lavish their abuse? missions, have been pursued by

the government of this country

during the last 40 years," (p.58.) ART. II. A Letter to the Reo. and 2nd their “opposition to the

Dr. Goddard, occasioned by his cheap and efficacious plan of edu. Sermon, preached August the cating the children of the poor 8th, 1811, at the Triennial practised and recommended by Visitation of the Lord Bishop of Mr. Lancaster.” (p. 59). Chichester. By A Layman. In concluding (p. 64, &c ) the 12mo. pp. 70. Chichester, Layman disclaims all hostility to printed : and sold by Longman the Established Church, and even and Co. London. 1811. expresses a wish for its perma


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nence, though in a reformed state. Jesus Christ; the Manner of To so liberal a sentiment it may.

Christ's Teaching; Religious seem uncandid to object; but, Industry; and Rejoicing in for ourselves, we must avow that, the Lord always. 8vo. pp, 64. with great respect for the body of is. or 98. a dozen. 1811. the English clergy and even with Art. V. Five Practical Dis. approbation of the English church, Courses : the Value of compared with other national Health; the Proper Fear of churches, we cannot but consider God; the Love of God; the all alliance between church and Use of the Holy Sabbath, and state as radically unchristian, and Mutual Equity. 8vo. pp. 64. pernicious in proportion to its ls. 3d, or 128 a dozen. J. strictness. We are not for over- Johnson and Co. 1811.) turning establishments; but what.

These sermons are published ever becomes of them, we are de- by Mr. Charlesworth, the respect. cidedly for laying down the prin. able clergyman of Ossington, in ciples of truth and liberty on the Nottinghamshire, 'who has laid basis of the New Testament. himself out, in his various public

cations, for the promotion of Art. III. Six Brief Letters, oca practical religion.""'The dis. casioned by the Institution of

courses are partly original," and an Auriliary British and Fo partly selected from approved reign Bible Society, at Chelms- authors: the selections are made ford, Essex ; March 23, 1812. with judgment, and the originals 2nd ed. 8vo. pp. 28. Johnson are interesting from their true and Co.

evangelical simplicity! Short, In a controversy that has caused plain, earnest and affecting the much ill blood, we are pleased to

whole may be recommended for find a pamphlet written with good family. Worship, for distribution humour ; and for sound senise, of Christian societies destitute of

anjongst the poor and for the use troc Protestant principle and a leaning to free inquiry and rational ministers. In this recommenda'. views of the gospel as well as for tion, 'we would be understood to innocent pleasantry and candour, include Mr. Charlesworth’s forwe can recommend the Six Brief mér 'small and cheap sets of dis. Letters. We fancy we trace in courses on the same plan, which them a veteran in the service of appear to us to contain the martruth and freedom. At the end row of Christianity," unaccompa. of the pamphlet is a useful list of nied with doctrinal controver. the tracts published on the Bible. sies, whichi, however important, controversy.

are of no further use than as they tend toʻrectitude of heart and ex.

cellence of conduct. ART. IV. Four Practical' Dis.

erurses : on the Character of


the shock occasioned by his mysReo, J. B. Dewhurst.

terious removal from them, ibey On the wrapper of our last will probably lay before the rea Number, the Committee of the ders of the Monibly Repository a Unitarian Academy advertised regular Memoir of this eminent that the Institution was to be scholar and excellent man. opened on Monday, Nov. 2, un. der the Rev. MR. DEWBURST as one of the ttuors: we have the

Rev. Job David. afflicting task of commencing the

We have also to announce the Obituary department of the pre- death of the Rev. JOB DAVID, sent Number with announcing of Swansea: he died after a short that he is no more. Before the but severe illness on Sunday the last magazine was in the hands of 11th inst. He was the writer of the majority of our readers, this the memoir of his friend Mr. valuable man was already in the Howell, in our last Number; the agonies of death: he died on the next Number will contain some evening of Monday, October the Obituary account of himself. 5th, after a few days confinement. Such are the mournful vicissiIn him we have lost one of the tudes of human nature! best scholars and one of the best Christians of his age. His death

Rev. T. W. Paterson. has overwhelmed a numerous cir.

Died at his house at Doningcle of friends with grief. The ton on the Heath, in the county chasm it has made can be better of Leicester, on Tuesday August conceived than described, and 18th, 1812, the Rev. T'HOMAS can never be filled up. He was Willis PATÈRSON, pastor of the buried on Monday the 19th in. Protestant Dissenring congrega. stant, at Buuhilt Fields, in the tions at Bardon and Ashby-de-lafamily vault of E. L. Macmurdo, Zouch. His father, the Rev. Esq. of Clapton, of whose family Walter Paterson, was chaplain he was long a happy and respected to the Royal North British Dra. member. On Sunday the 18th


which situation be obinst. & sermon was preached in tained through the interest of the reference to this calamitous events old Duke of Cumberland, as a in the New Gravel-Pit Meeting, reward for his meritorious set. Hackney, of which Mr. Dewhurst vices during the rebellion of 1745, had been one of the most regular particularly at the battle of Cul. attendants and one of the most ioden, where he is said to have disdistinguished ornaments. This much it was proper to say in the present Number; in the next or

This information concerning the

elder Mr. Paterson, was communicated next but one, when the friends of by a respected friend who was well as the deceased have recovered from quainted with him.

tinguished himself by his courage dained soon afterwards. At Miand intrepidity. · The duke at chaelmas 1796, Mr. Paterson first proposed to provide for Mr. entered upon the relation of Paterson in the Church of Eng. pastor to the congregations asscm: land; but as he could not con. bling at the chapels at Bardon scientiously submit to the terms and Ashby-de-la-Zouch, in Leiof conformity, he mach to his cestershire. These societies, honour declined the offer. He which had long been eminently accompanied the regiment into favoured by the useful labours of Germany in 1759, and remained a Winter, a White, and a Dethsome years on the continent. In wick,* continued to increase in 1784 he died suddenly in London, numbers and respectability, in and was buried in Bunhill Fields. piety and zeal. Mr. Paterson's

His son, the subject of this active exertion's tended through brief memoir, was born at Bristol, the divirre blessing to promote in on the 6th of October 1768. His various ways the temporal and mother died of a consumption spiritual welfare of his hearers. during his infancy; and in the He faithfully preached the gospel

16th year of his age, he was de. of Christ, and during the last · prived of his surviving parent. fourteen years of his ministry, he

But notwithstanding these disad- travelled sixteen miles, and en vantages, he early discovered a gaged in three services every serious spirit, and an amiable dis. Lore's day. He went about doing position; and Providence raisal good, instructing the poor in their up guardians and friends to “uper- own houses, and administering intend his education. He receive suitable consolation to the afflict ed his grammar learning in several ed.


many instances his different schools, and was for labours of love have been rendered some years under the care of the subservient to the most important Rev. Jos. Cornish, of Coiyton, in ends avd purposes; and under his Devon. In 1784 be commenced wise and faithful culture, the his studies for the Christian mi- wilderness became fruitful, 'and nistry, in the seminary at Hox. the desert blossomed as the rose. ton; at that time superintended A cousiderable acquisition of proby the Rev. Samud Morton Sav. perty which in some has occasiage. D. D. and the year following oned an undue elevation of mind, removed to the Academy at Da. and which bas induced others to ventry, over which the Rev. Thos. quit the office of the ministry, Belsham presided as theological never produced any unfavourable tutor. Having in 1789 finished change in his temper and dispositihis academical studies, he preach- on, or in the feastabaled the ardour ed six months to the congregation of his zeal. He was still the same of Protestant Dissenters, at Nar. man; 'he still possessed the same borough. In the spring of 1790, amiable and condescending manhe went to reside at Daventry, having accepted of an invitation The Rev. Jeremiah Dethwick, was from the members of the Dissent. a native of Findern in Derbyshire; and

died August 18, 1796, aged 63 ; having ing church in' that town, to bee been pastor of the congregations of Barcome their minister, and was or- don and Ashby more than 40 years.


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