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ral interpretations of the scrip- imagined that we saw emblems of tures.
the different bodies of religious It highly imports the honour and professors who have contributed interest of the ecclesiastical esta. to raise it, and on its top a tablet blishment not to afford any pretext holding forth the words of life,” for the common people imagining and inscribed with the motta, it to be the doctrine of its rulers Unto God, through Jesus Christ, that its existence will be endan. be all the glory!
N. gered, in proportion as the Bible is circulated without the accompaniment of the Prayer-book. ART. IV. Prejudice and Misre. There was a certain Pope who ac
presentation detected and de cused Fulgentio of “standing too.
posed; including a Defence of much upon scripture,” which is a
Modern Unitarians, and Rear book, subjoined the holy Father,
sons for not being a Trinitariant. ibat if any man will keep close
In a series of Letters to Mr. J. to, he will quite ruin the Catholic
Freeston, occasioned by faith. But in a Protestant coun
"Enquiry, doc.” By R. Wright.
12mo. PP. try we cannot stand too much upon
Wisbeach, scripture, and he who judiciously
printed : sold by David Eaton, reads the whole of it, is most
London. 1812. likely to gain a correct knowledge The reader who recollects Mr. of revelation. On this ground, Freeston's notable reasons for not we shall continue to recommend being a “Socinian,'' (see the prewith earnestness the British and sent Vol. p. 518-522) may think Foreign Bible Society. We shall so weak an assailant was unworthy furiber recommend it because its of an opponent: but an unanvery existence recognizes the swered publication is soon pro. grand principle of our separation nounced unanswerable, and all from papal Rome, and is calcu. discussion helps the cause of truth; lated to be a bond of love and we therefore thank Mr. Wright concord among all who bow to for this new “ work of faith," and the authority of Jesus, as Lord cordially recommend it to the and Christ. In this view of the public. In his answer to Mr. institution, we have often repre. Freeston, we see sense opposed to sented it to ourselves as a struc. folly, manliness to cant, and canture of no small magnitude and dour to bigotry; he has “over. clevation, jointly erected by Chris- come evil with good :" and his tians, in testimony of their common, little pamphlet contains general veneration and gratitude for the statements and arguments which lively oracles of heaven. On the will he intelligible and instructive base of this votive pillar we have when Mr. Freeston's ill-advised Father Paul's Letters. p. 112. Edit
. be no longer remembered.
attack upon the Unitarians shall Lond. 1693.
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Rev. Job David.
The son having been sometim
before baptized and commenced Died, Sunday, October 11, preacher, in the manner already 1812, at Swansea, South Wales, the Rev, Job David, in the 66th the Baptist Academy at Bristol
stated, he was sent, in 1766, to year of his age.
He was born at under the care of Messrs. Hugh Newton Nottage in Glamorgan- and Caleb Evans, both of whom shire, in the memorable year of 1746, when the decisive battle of were then in the zenith of their res
putation. Here he remained ull Culloden, by putting an end to 1771, and afterwards went back the rebellion in Scotland, pre- to Wales, officiating at Pennysai vented the return of arbitrary with great acceptance. But Prom power and religious persecution to vidence opened a wider sphere of this happy land. His Father was usefulness for this promising young a Baptist minister, and had the man:-he was invited to Frome, superintendance of a church at in Somersetshire, to succeed the Pennyfai, in the vicinity of Bridg. worthy Mr. Sedgfield, who was end. The son being of a serious laid aside, by growing infirmities, turn, and discovering a love of from the services of the ministry. knowledge as he grew up, turned Here he was ordained, October 7, his attention towards the Christian 1773, when the charge was deli
, ministry. Indeed on the Sun- vered by ibe venerable Daniel day previous to his dissolution, Terrer, of Abingdon, from 2 Tim. the father sent the son to inform 4, 5. Make frii proof of thy mithe church that he could not, ristry, and the sermon to the through extreme illness, be with them, begging him to supply his people was preached by his lala
tutor, Dr. Caleb Evans, from place, by reading and prayer, in 3 John, i. 11. Beloved, follia the best manner he was able. They, not that which is evil, but that however, put him into the pulpit, which is good :- he that doetk where he conducted bimself to good is of God, but ke that doeth their satisfaction. Upon his re- eril hath not seen God. These turn home and informing his father Discourses were printed, and the what had been done, the good charge contains this excellent pas man replied with heart-felt plea. sage ;_" Remember, Sir, it is of sure,
“ The Lord help you to the utmost consequence that it be adorn the pulpit and to be useful there!" Like Jacob, having blessed the pure unadulterated gospel
THE WORD which you preacby his son, he soon after expired, on of Christ, as you find it in your the 23d of October, 1760, in the BIBLE, and not the inventions of 59th year of his age; his name
men, and the mere nostrums of and character are, even to the
& party!” This advice is well present day, highly spoken of, in worthy the consideration of all that part of the principality.
young men who are entering upon
the important duties of the Chris. his constitution. Sea-bathing was
recommended by the faculty, as
At Frome Mr. D. continued for cheerfully dined together in the thirty years, discharging the duties open air, returned, when the of the pastoral office, with exem- shades of the evening of one of the plary zcal and assiduity. The longest and finest summer days, author of this narrative was in were closing around them! He 1787 upon the close of his studies had not seen him for twelve years, at the Bristol Academy sent to and few persons had undergone, supply this church, whilst Mr. D. less alteration. Being of a large was visiting his relations in Wales. and robust make, he bade fair for Staying at Frome for several another ten years added to his life. weeks, he witnessed with high But, alas! the period was hastening, gratification the harmony which when palliatives would be of no fursubsisted between the pastor aud ther avail; in less three months his flock. No minister was more after, a severe illness seized bim, comfortably settled ;-the people brought on by his original comwere intelligent and kind, and the plaint, and be at length expired, labours of the Sabbath were without a struggle or a groan! crowned with success. In 1803, Though he had suffered much, huwever, he thought fit to accept no murmur escaped his lips. He an invitation to Taunton, where expressed the devoutest resignation. he succeeded Dr.Joshua Toulmin, With a composed mind and a who had removed to Birmingham. humble spirit be met the awful Five years be continued in this realities of the eternal world. The respectable situation. But the free unpurchased love of God in cruel disorder of the stone had by the redemption of the human race, this time grievously undermined by his Son Jesus Christ, had been
Ohituary.-Reo. Job. David, the uniform and constant theme of him credit and excited, at the his ministry, and this love alone time considerable attention. These was the basis of his good hope were, 1, A Letter on the use of through grace, with respect to a Scripturul Doxologies, addressed blessed immortality!
to the ministers of the Western On the following 'Thursday he Association of Particular Bapwas interred at Penny fai in a tists, and which occasioned a vault belonging to the family, controversy between him and the when a large concourse of mourn. late Dr. Caleb Evans, who had ing relatives and friends attended ordained him. It is a curious on the occasion. Sixty couple trait of the present state of the re. on horseback were present from ligious world, that a close adbe. the adjoining counties of the prin. rence to scriptural doxologies, cipality. The Rev. Thomas Jene should subject a minister, however kins, of Swansea, and the Rer. otherwise intelligent and pious, to John Edwards, minister of the the suspicion of heresy. 2, A place, addressed the people in the Sermor, preached before the Uniu ancient British language, whilst tarian Society in the West of the Rev. Evan Lloyd, of Wick, England, in which were stated bis delivered an affecting oration at own views of the Christian reli. the interment of the body in the gion, with freedom and liberality. adjacent cemetery :
And yet, this avowal exposed him O! when shall spring visit the moulder to abuse, and even attempts were ing urn?
made, by some bigots, to destroy O! when shall it dawn on the night of his comfort and usefulness. So the grave?
uphappily estranged art tbe minds At Swansea, on the succeeding of certain persons, from the mild, Sabbath, two funeral sermons were candid and tolerant spirit of Chriso preached, the one in Welsh by tianity. 3, An Assembly Letter, the Rev. l. Jenkins, with whom on the Evidences of Christianity, the deceased was in communion, drawn up at the desire of the and for whom he frequently offi- General Baptists, when met at ciated,--the other, by the Rev. their Annual General Assembly, Richard Evans, in English, at the in Worship Street, a practice which Presbyterian meeting-house. In- has been observed by them for updeed these gentlemen (as well as wards of a century. The subject the Rev. Mr. Howell, the Presby- was thought to be particularly terian minister, then absent on a useful to the rising generation, journey) were intimately acquaint- and at a period when a certain ed with the deceased, knew his character, of political notoriety, worth, and lament the loss which was endeavouring to turn the sa has been sustained throughout the cred writings into contempt. The circle in which he moved. To his task assigned Mr. D. was executed poorer Welsh bretbren, his coun- with nealness and a comprehen. sel was freely given, whilst his sive brevity. 4, A Reply to Dr. purse was open, and his house be- Priestley, on the subject of Infant came the abode of hospitality.- Baptism, in which he has ably
Some few publications proceedo shewn tbat positive institations ed from Mr. D's. pen which did are founded solely upon the will of
the Christian lawgiver, and that a was good. In this inquisitive age,
These were his principal pieces, world! With respect to univer-
• A small volume on the Doctrine
is expected consistency. According to the of Universal Restoration,
soon to appear from the pen of the Apostolic injunction, he tried all amiable and learned Dr. John Estlin, things, but he held fast that which of Bristol.