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On the term Anabaptists." am totally ignoraut,

On the term Anabaptists." bowever, express the concern Mæ. Editor, Hackney. which I have felt at sceing in some The article in your number for instances in your truly liberal pub. September, under the bead Afia. lication, that a zeal for principle baptists, excited a degree of sut. has degenerated into personal ac- prise accompanied with regret. I: cusation. In fact, I see nothing is not, indeed, surprising, that an worse in any system than a dispo. advertisement in the “Times," sition harshly 10 censure others should have caught the eye of you for conduct which is perfectly con. correspondent, but it is someu bat sistent with their own views and remarkable, and to be regretled, principles, because thy act diffe. that the subsequent advertisements, rently from what we with different in which the misnomer was core views and principles believe to be rected, did not also catch his eye. righi, and what would in fact be 'l'lic deviuctions which X. X. riglit'in us under similar cireum. makes, may appear to him legitistances. They who have been so mate, but whether the inquiry he unreasonably severe upon the cha, instituted was calculated to pro. racter of a lare virtuous and ex. duce a conviction that "ibis seit emplary nobleman, would do well do not object to being called Ana to recollect that Mr. Lindsey him. baptists," the reader may determine. self continued his station in the Your correspondent tells us that church, repeatedly subscribed its he finds ou enquiry that it is “ a articles, read its declarations, and mecting.house for the Particular ofliciated in its worship, for ten or Calvinistic Baptists," and im. years after he became a decided mediately draws the inference jast Unitarian, before he discovered noticed. Now, Sir, what appears it to be his duty to resign his pre. rather strange, is, that the result ferment. “ Not,” says he, (in of his enquiry which one should the humble, modest langunge of naturally have expected to be, ibat his Apology, p. 225, and let the meeting-house was for Ania. those who are inclined to be cen. baprisis, is just the reverse. It is sorious mark his words and im- true that the Particular or Calvin. bibe his spirit) “Not that I now is!ic Baptists, as is generally known, , justify myself therein : yea, ra- consider the epithei as applied to ther I condemn myself, But as I themselves, '' reproachful and not have humble bope of the divine descriptive." Their writers uniforgiveness, let not inen be 100 formly establish this statement rigid in their censures. Let those A short estract from one of the only blame and condeinn who and which contains the sentiments know what it is to doubit; 10 be on this subject, of the denomiit in perplexity about things of tion, will only be adduced: The highest importance; to be in fear people called Anabaptists, scarceof causelessly abandoning a station ly in any thing agree with us, orie assigned by Providence, and bring ther in their civil nor religious found idle and unprofitable when principles, mos even in baptism the great Master came 10 call for itself: fur is we can depend on the account of the talent teccived." thuse tbit wrole the history of

them, and against them, they were

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for repeating adult baptism, not dle to the band of the supposed
performed among them; yea, that delinquent: a transaction of such
which was administered among an atrocious and tyrannical nature,
themselves when they removed that I should hope, for the honour
their communion to another so. of our common Christianity, it
ciety i nay even in the same has either been grossly misrepre.
community, when an excom. sented, or that it is only the soli.
municated person was received tary proceeding of an unprincipled
again;* besides, if what is reported and unfeeling individual.
of thein is true, as it may be, I cordially agree, Mr. Editor,
iheir baptism was performed by with your correspondent, that it
sprinkling, which we cannot al. is a duty incumbent upon that
low to be true baptism : it is said, connection, to disavow such a
that when a community of them method of conversion ; I will even
was satisfied with the person's go further, and declare without the
faith and conversation, who pro. least degree of reserve, that if the ac-
posed himself for baptism, the pas. count of that gentleman be correct,
tur took water into his hand, and it is a duty incumbent upon them
sprinkled it on the head of him immediately to disown the perpe-
that was to be baptized, using trator of so horrid and diabolical
these words, I baptize thee in the an act.
name of the Father, uf the Son, Being myself a member of that
and of the Holy Ghost.”+ Relying connection, and detesting froin
on the exercise of your accus. my very soul, the most remote idea
tomed liberality for the insertion of converting the religion of the
of the above remarks in your Re. meek and merciful Redeemer into
pository,

a system of cruelty ; at the same
I am, Sir, Yours, &c. time supposing the views of the
A BAPTIST. whole body to be, upon that head,

in unison with my own; I have Burning a Sinner. ansiously expected some one, or Zouch Mills, ncar Loughborv',

more, of our Societies to have in. Leicestershire, Nov.7, 1812, stituted soine kind of enquiry, and SIR,

to have laken some method of exIn your number for August, punging so foul a blot. But as (p. 501) you entertained, or rå.

no such enquiry has hitherto taker ther disgusted, your readers, with place, I am led to conclude the an account of a tcacher amongst

omission must be attributed to the New Councction of General their being in general ignorant of Baptisis, in Lincolnshire, enforcing

the transaction : very few of them

I
his arguments respecting the wrath suppose being in the babit of
of God, and the punishment due reading your Repository.
to sin, by the absurd and cruel

As however this ignorance does
method of applying a lighted can not extend to me, I conceive it

to be my duty iu have the affair Cloppenburg. Gangræna: P. 366. late this business, I request your

investigated; and in order to faci. Spanheim Diatrib. Hist. Sect. 27.

+ Budneus apud Method. Hist. Ana- correspondent, rither by a private bapt. I 4, p. 96. Gill's Divine Right of letter, or publicly in your Reposi. ofan Baptism, &c. Pp. 15, 10.

tory, (the latter of which miode

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Letters to a Student.--Letter VII. should prefer) to favour me with full: deserved applause wili await the name and residence, boib of you; and you will commence his informant, and the accused your ministry prepared and fitted person. And as the annual As. for your office. sociation of our connection is usu, A new scene now opens upon ally held about midsummer, I you: and you are called to give faither request him to communicate a new and useful direction of all the desired information previous to the stores of knowledge with which that time; so that if it appear ne. your mind has been enriched, and cessary, I may have an opportu. and to all the amiable and pious nity of laying the case before dispositions which you bave cultithat assembly. And as you, Sir, vated. It will not be sufficient to by publishing the letter of Mr. attain to the ends of the function Brooke, have certainly held us which you are about to assume, up to the world in, at least an that you have genius, learning and unfavourable light; I not only elocution. The improvement of hope, but expect it as a kind of these must be the object of unre. right, that you will allow us to mitting attention and the applicajustify ourselves, by inserting this, tion of them must be animated by and such other communications as proper motives. you may receive upon the subject. The office of a minister is truly

Hoping that however wide a- bonourable and highly useful. But sunder our views may be in this then it derives its honour from life, we shall be united at the re. moral and spiritual considerations, surrection of the just, I subscribe and not from those worldly distincmysell, Sir, with sincere good will, tions which cast a glory round the Yours, &c.

departments of civil life. "To feel An Enemy 10 Torture, the importance and dignity of JOHN AYRE. your character, you must abstract

it from the emoluments of wealth Letters to a Student, and the pre-eminence of rank. LETTER VII,

The honour hefore us is of the inPermit me, Eugenius, once tellectual and spiritual kind: such more to address you, and to do it as a pious mind only can relish, under the pleasing anticipation, and immortality only can fully that you have finished your course confer and display. The useful. of studies with improvement and ness of your character is of a concredit; and ibat you are about genial nature; its effects may not to appear in public life, and to en: be immediate and conspicuous, ter upon the character which has like those secured by the barrister, been the object of your destina- in our courts of law; or which in sion and pursuit. If you follow the first instance affect the proyour studies with diligence, the perty, liberty and fortune of men, review of your academical course as those produced by the eloquence will be 'pleasing 10 your own of the senate, and the industry of mind: if to that you have added the merchant. The fruits of your the character of the virtuous youth, labours are to be discovered, if and of the pious and amiable they appear at all, only in the ile Christian, your honour will be luminations of the mind, or the im. complete and your satisfaction provement of the moral and reli.

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gious character, in the slow pro- into any office with just sentiments gress of truth, and ihe future har- of its nature; of the extent of its vest of knowledge, piety and eter. obligations, and of the importance nal life. llerc, again, you will of its leading design, it may be have need, if you would feel a expecied, that its duties will be stimulus to the duties of your cha. fulfilled with alacrity and zeal : sacter, to abstract your mind, in a and that the office will be support. great degree, from present sensible ed with propriety and dignity. ihings, and to bestow a close at. Another advice, which, in this tention on moral and spiritual re. connection I would offer to you is, flections. You must cherish the that you would principally study love of truth : your heart should to be, and to show yourself the glow with the ardour of benevo. minister. This is the character lence and devotion : you must en- for which you have been educated: tertain a deep sense of the worth this is the character which you ex. of the human mind, of the impor. plicitly avow : and this is the tance of divine truth, and of the character which the world expects momentous interests of another you to sustain and adorn. It is life : or your ministrations and very desirable that you should preaching will be lifeless and jejune, unite with it the learning of the destitute of the true unction, the scholar, and the politeness of the mere efforts of learning and genius, gentleman. But let it appear, by the amusement or occupation of your whole deportment, and by an hour; uninteresting, unedifying, the manner in which your time useless.

is filled up, that it is your prevail. Let it, then, be submitted to ing bent tu be the minister. Your your consideration, whether it be good sense will easily see, that it not proper and necróssary to enter is far from my meaning to discou. upon your office with much pre- ragea cheerfulness of spirits and the vious reflection : to enquire calmly graces of a courteous address or to and seriously, by what motives you recommend an austerity and stiffare influenced in the choice of it: ness of manners, an affected gravity and to commeuce it with fervent andapriestly hauteur. No character prayer? It is aflicting and edify. can be pleasing which is not natu. ing to observe what were the work. ings of inind which some of our of devotion Dr. WILLIAM HARRIS, pious predecessors felt and cherish- of Crutched Friars, upon his settlement, ed, and to what exercises of de. got the keys of ihe place of worship, votion they gave themselves up, going alone, he spent a whole day, in

where he was staedly to labour, and before they appeared in the minis. fasting and prayer to God, for direction terial character, or formed a sets and blessings in his future work as a tlement in it.* When we enter minister. Dr. Harris's “ Fune: al Dis.

courses," p. 288.

Dr. Gro venor's

"Funeral Sermon tor Dr. Ilarris,' p. 27. * Ds. Joun Evans, the author of the See also a long paper of pious exercises, “ Discourses on the Christian Temper," on a similar occasion, pursued by Mr. when he first took the whole pastoral MATTHEW HENRY. Lile, p. 47-57. charge of the congregation, with which tamo. Edition : and the rules laid down he spent the principal part of his life and for the regulation of his conduct in the labours, spent a whole week in solemn ministry, by Dr. ('orton MATHER. retirement, and in extraordinary exercises “ Life,' by Jennings, p. 29--46.

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Letters to u Student.-Letter VII. ral, which does not sit easy upon to be attained. Your powers are a person. An artificial sanctity only opened: your thoughts put is disgusting and base. But, while into a proper train: the ser d only every thing of that kind is to be of knowledge and piery is sown. carefully avoided, the decorum But a depth of learning, not yet of your office should be carefully farbomed; an extent of science, preserved, and its functions sedu- not yet comprebended; heights Jously 'discharged. You should of wisdom and goodness, not yet be totus in illis. Let it tben ap. reached, call for the vigorous ap. pear that your attention is fixed plication of all your line and upon the object of your office, powers; and will continue to fur. and that you are devoted to its nish exercise for the one, and duties. Let your amusements in employment for the other, through your unbended moments, your the remainder of life. All the dress, and your general deport. pleasure, all the honour, which ment, evince that you are mind. you have as yet secured, is ibat ful of the character you bear. A of a good beginning only. That young minister in the vivacity of will soon be lost if not cherished, youth, and with the gay ideas of improved, and strengthened by ihat period Boating in the head, unwearied attention and diligence. before the character is formed, is “ You have not yet attained, nor in particular danger of being are yet perfect." Ars longa, betrayed into levities not con. vita brevis. A noble superstrue. sistent with the dignity, if not ture may be raised on the founda. into indulgences incongruous with tion that bas been laid: but with. the purity, of his office. Let out continued, renewed escrtions wisdom establish caution, till it cannot be raised. fixed habits of propriely will su. Let not piel y sink into languor; persede this caution.

kt nut genius lose its vigour; let Bul, through all periods of not the first principles of learning life, let the same solicitude, the and science be forgotten, for want same ambition to act in character, of being carried on to higher at. and 10 excel as a minister, an. tainments. Your sun, I suppose, mate you. If you feel this lauda. has risen, and, to the joy of your ble emulation, let it be directed friends, il rose fair and bright. to those objects that are more Let il go on to shine more and immediately connected with the more, with increasing brightness faithful, honourable, and useful to the perfect day, till at last it discharge of the duties, and a shall set with a full effulgence of steady pursuit of the ends, of glory.

These hints are meant to apply In this view you will see the to you particularly, as a minister. propriety of my urging another But were you to appear in life as point, namely, that you go on a physician, a barrister, or a improving yourself in all know. merchant, the general principles kdge, virtue, and piety. All on which they proceed would apthat you have yet acquired is only ply to either of those walks of life laying the foundation; much, even with truth and energy. If you through a long lite, will remain would support dignity of charac.

your office.

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