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Review.--Wilson's. Dissenting Churches.

413 different part in religious politics There is a story related of him, but for the which has been taken by his successor, truth of wbich we cannot be responsible, John Clayton, whose Sermon on the that, in one part of his life, he was emBirmingham Riots has been preserved ployed no less than four months in devefrom oblivion by the eloquent Answer loping the mysteries of Joseph's coat, from to it by Robert Hall, M. A. the cele Genesis xxxvii. 3. And he made him à brated Baptist minister, then of Cam- coat of many colours. In allusion to this bricige, naw of Leicester. Mr. Clay- racterized, in some lines descriptive of the

circumstance, Mr. Bragge was thus cha-, ton was educateii under the patronage Dissenting ministers, at that period : of the late Countess of Huntingdon, and was some time assistant to the Rev.

“ Eternal Bragge, in nerer-ending Sir Harry Trelawney, who was pastor

stroins, of an Independent congregation at West Unfolds the wonders Joseph's coat conLoo, Cornwall.The reverend BaroHet alier various changes settled down And from each patch a solemn mystry,

Of er’ry bue describes a different cause, into a parish priest in the national

draws."

I. 247. church. An account of his religious progress is given by Mr. Dyer, in his

The decline of Presbyterian congres Life of Robert Robinson, p. 179, &c. gations is commonly imputed to ihe It has beeu said that Sir Harry has Unitarian doctrine, though, in fact, not taken his rest in the Church of no peculiar doctrine has been advanced England.

in the greater part of them: but to An opposite course to Sir Harry what cause is the decline of the old Trelawney's is deseribed by the his- Independent “ Evangelical churches, torian in the Meinoir (I. 205) of Caro: to be attributed? That decline in lits Maria de Veil, D.D. who was London, at least, is unquestionable born at Metz, in Lorrain, of Jewish Ex uno disce omnes, parents, and educated in that religion, “ This church (Bury Street, St. Mary but embraced Christianity and became Axe) is remarkable for the number of first a Roman Catholic, and held dis- ejected ministers who have presided over tinguished stations in that church, ito We have an account of no less than next a Protestant, and obtained orders eight of those worthies, in this connexion. in the Church of England, and lastly There has been a considerable variation a Dissenter of the Baptist denomina- in the state of the Society for the last tion. He latterly practised physic for century and upwards. Prior to Dr.' a maintenance, and being poor, received Chauncey, it appears to have been in a an annual stipend from his Baptist flourishing condition ; but in his time it

declined. Tbere was a great revival under brethren. He published several learuled works, exhibiting his opinions in able audience. During the latter part of

Dr. Watts, who had a large and respect. the several stages of his belief. A Dr. Savage's time the interest was in a brother of his, Lewis De Compeigne very low state. Though a learned man De Veil, also became a Christian, and, and a judicious as well as Evangelical was interpreter of the oriental lan- preacher, his labours were not attended guages to the king of France, but with that success which frequently accomturning Protestant, came over to Eng- panies meaner abilities. At the settlement land.

of the present pastor, it was expected that Mr. Wilson is not likely to rise to, bis popular talents would have a considerfame, as a translator. He gives, for in- able infidence in reviving the congregation ; stance, the English of a Latin epitaph: but they have failed of that desired effect." on the monument of Mr. Nathaniel

I. 258. Mather, in Bunhill Fields, and the

There are particular circumstances phrase “ Laude dignissimus” is thus which more than any general causes done into English, meritorious of the affect the condition of Dissenting conhighest praise !" I. 233, 234.

gregations: one thing is plain, that the The character of Robert Bragge, as ready way to success is to consult the a preacher, may be a useful admoni

taste of the public, which is ever varynition to some of Mr. Wilson's read- ing. There is now a love of novelty, ers :

variety, life and bustle in religion. “ It was bis custom, as we are informed, Methodism did not create this taste, it to make the most of his subject, by preacbe was a happy concurrence with it: teing several discourses upon the same text. gular preaching and church. order will VOL. XI.

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not now satisfy the bulk of Christian evident, but it has been so often turnhearers and communicants. Hence ed into a joke that we doubt the proIndependent churches, that have not priety of repeating it; and there are been cast anew in the methodistic so few temptations of a worldly kind mould, lrave in very few instances kept to nonconformity, that it is for the up their reputation and numbers." most part needless to say that a Dis

Mr. Wilson takes a great liberty in senter is not swayed in his religious coining a word, p. 262, viz. Lauden- choice by a love of ease or lucre or sian, by which he ineans liclonging to honour. (Archbishop) Land. The ailjective The historian does not conceal Dr. warranted by usage is Laudean; al. Watts's heresy on the subject of the though a circumlocution would be Trinity, but he is careful to represent better than even this term.

it as less alarming than has sometimes In the memoir of Dr. John Oumi, been imagined. Of the “ solemn adthe liistorian writes con amore. Owen dress" he says nothing. * The Doce was a great man, and we are disposed tor is commended by this biographer to inake but few abatements in Mr. for keeping reason out of the province Wilson's panegyric. It is indeed ho- of religion : but had he suffered his nourable to this patriarch of Independs own excellent understanding to exerency, that

he was one of the first advo- cise itself on points of faith, could he cates in England of liberty of con- have fallen into the strange notion science, on the right principle. Bislop that non-elect infants, dying in infancy, Jeremy Taylor went before him in siuk into annihilation? (1. 308.) this noble course: Richard Baxter, with all his boldness, dared not follow Art. III-Substance of a Specch delithese eminent leaders of the public vered in the Court of Common Council, mind. There was a remarkable con- on a Motion to address his Royal Highsistency in Dr. Owen's nonconformity: ness the Prince Regent to accede to he scrupled to give the popish title the late Treaty concluded between the of suint to the apostles, and he shewed Emperors of Russia and of Austria a praiseworthy indifference to the usual

and the King of Prussia: By Mr.1 clerical titles.

Favell. To which are added other

Papers on the Subject of Peace. 8vo. “ Upon a certain high-churchman refusing to style him Reverend, he wrote

pp. 54. Conder. 1816.

R. FAVELL is well known in thus : For the title of Reverend, I do give bin notice that I have very little

London as the zealous and convalued it, ever since I have considered the

sistent friend of civil and religious saying of Luther, Nunquam periclitatur

liberty and of peace. In the evening Religio nisi inter Reverindissimos. (Re- of life, and apparently meditating a ligion never was endangered except anong retreat from public business, he pubthe most Reverends.)

So that he may,

lishes this speech as a testimony in beas to me, forbear it for the future, and half of the principles which, with 'yacall me, as the Quakers do, and it shall rious success, he has avowed and desuffice. And, for that of Doctor, it was fended for forty years.

He delivers a conferred on me by the University, in my

Aattering opinion of his old associates absence, and against my consent, as they “ the Reformers of England-a class have expressed it under their public seal : of high spirited and independent men, nor doth any thing but gratitude and re- who have maintained the cause of spect unto them, make me once owu it; and freed from that obligation, I should

freedom, and have dared be honest in never use it more : nor did I use it, until

the worst of times." We cordially some were offended with me and blamed wish the public attention may be me for my neglect. Defence of Review drawn to Mr. Favell's sensible and of Schism, prefired to Mr. Cution's De- manly plea for Peace and Reform. fence against Cawdry, pp. 97, 98."

I. 265. Note..

* The question of Dr. Watts's last reli-. Dr. Watts's father is said (I. 292) gious opinions is largely discussed in our to have been “a Dissenter from prin- eighth volume. ciple.The meaning of the phrase is

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POETRY.

Epitalu,

From the Italian of Frugoni. In a Church-yard in 'ales, over the And shall we turn a deaf and careless ear, Grave of a faithful Servant.

To Thy dread voice, OMNIPOTENT,

nor bow In memory of Mrs. Mary Carryl, de

Our daring foreheads to the dust, when tcased 22nd November, 1809. This mo

Thou nument was erected by Elenor Butler and Hurlest Thy thunders round the trembling -Sarah Ponsonby, of Plasnewydd, in this

sphere? pariso. Released from earth, and all its transient What !-shall we grasp our fatal pleasure V'Ots,

dear, Sbe, whose remains beneath this stone Till that dark, des'late hour of helpless repose,

woe, Stedfast in faith resign'd her parting When the pale spectre, death, shall breath,

strike the blow, Look'd up with Christian joy, and smild And we the victims ? — Then appalling in death.

fear Patient, industrious, faithful, gen'rous,

Shall scatter dew drops on our brow ;-kiud,

blast, Her conduct left the proudest far behind;

A chilling blast, shall freeze our veins, Her virtuvs dignified her bumble birth,

and chase And rais'd her mind above this sordid

The spirit of life that trembles on our earth.

tongue; Attachment, sacred bond of grateful Hreasts,

Now, now rebel, presumptuous ones,

now face Extinguish'd but with life, this tomb at

The frownings of THE TERRIBLE; tests,

'tis past ! Rear'd by two friends who will her loss

O fearful, frightful hour, forgot too bemoan,

long! TIL, with ber ashes, here, shall rest their

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CONCLUDING SONNET.

THE SOLDIER.
By Sir Philip Sidney.

[From the Cabinet, 1795.]
Splendidis longum valedico nugis. Who hath beene a soldier, 0,
To splendid trifles, now, a long farewell.,

Who hath soughten glorie ?

Who hath thronged with archers bolde, Lcave me, O Love! which reachest but Till his lockes were hoarie ? to dust;

I have beene a soldier, 0, And thou, my mind, aspire to higher Seekinge ever glorie, things :

Facinge death, with my archers bolde, Grow rich in that which never taketh

Till iny lockes bc hoarie. riist; Whatever fades, but fading pleasure My bodie is well seam'd with scarrs,

Though ne'er a limbe be wautinge ; brings.

But let me not the braggart scewe, Draw in thy beams, and humble all thy

True valour is not vauntinge. might To that sweet yoke, where lasting free- Good Lorde ! and though thy hạires be doms be,

gray, Which breaks the clouds, and opens forth And thy bodie roughe and seamed, the light,

Hatin'thy greene navhood dedes achieved, That doth both sbine, and give us sight To make thine age esteemed. to see.

Tygres that doe thirste for blood, O take fast bold ! let that light be thy

Througb forestes wilde are raginge ; guide,

Ah me! that man, like tygre gaunte In this small course, whicb birth draws

With man should starre be waginge. out to deatb; And think how ill-becometh him to slide,

Grieslie demons sprong from hell, Who secketh hear'n, and cones of

Fraught with accursed vengeance, 'heav'nly breath.

Lead on grimni discorde through the Then farewell, world, thy'uttermost I see,

world, Eternal love, maintain thy love in me.

And hurle their slaughtering engines.

Townes they sack, and realmes despoyle,

Maidens are detloured,
Babes doe bleed and age doth groane

Contemned and orepowred.
Swaines that fed their sev'ral flocke,

Nor thought of other harininge, Now foot to foot and hand to hand,

In breache or scarpe are storminge. What the angrie surrde did leave,

Sharpe battel axe, or bowmen, Fire and wastinge must complete,

For warre is ever foaming. Where shall hie th' affrayed dame,

With infante offspring clinginge? Not farre oft is the fatal storme,

Eche gale its terrours bringinge.

Tell me now thou gallante soldier

Now thy lockes with age be boarie,
Can'st thou praise thy wilde carriere,

Can'st thou call thy madnesse glorie?
To upholde some lordlinge proud,

Or king with curst ambition,
What foule murders bast thou done!

Sweet Christ, give thee contrition.
Amen, amen, thou reverent priest,

Thy counsaile is most bolie;
Thy wordes do teache repentante age,

To curse its manhood's follie.
But doubly curst be kinglie pride,

Makinge erthe one charnel,
Millions of masses dailie sayde

Stay not bell's paynes eternal.

INTELLIGENCE.

DOMESTIC.

Mardon, Morris and Cannon, went RELIGIOUS.

through a long critical examination

on the New Testament, with a parManchester College, York. ticular view to shew the Use of the On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Septuagint Version of the Om TestaThursday, the 25th, 26th, and 27th ment, and the Syriac of the New, in June, the Trustees held their Annual the illustration of the latter, and also Examination of the Students educated to exemplify the application of Paley's in this Seminary; (present, Messrs. argument for the genuineness of the Broadhurst, Crompton, Falla, Falla, books, by a comparison of the histojun. Fletcher, Jevons, Kershaw, Leo, rical and epistolary writings. They Malkin, Martin, Needham, S. R. were afterwards examined in Church Philips, Sanderson, Shore, jun. Stan- History, and the various controversies ger, Stanger, jun. Thomson, M. D. which had arisen in the several ages, and G. W. Wood, Treasurer, and the with the principal writers who had Rev. Messrs. Ashton, Astley, Beattie, distinguished themselves on both sides Heineken, Hutton, Jevons, John- down to the present time. The classstone, Jones, G. Kenrick, Kentish, es in Logic and Metaphysics, and in Lamport, Robberds, Secretary, H. Ethics and Political Economy, were Turner, P. Wright, Wallace, and then examined, as was also the seTurner, Visitor,) on Tuesday the ju- nior Latin Class; after which Mr. nior Greek and Hebrew Classes, the John Taylor read a Latin Oration on senior Mathematics and Modern His- the Poetical Merits of Lucretius; Mr. tory Classes, and on Wednesday the John Wellbeloved on the Hope of a senior Hebrew, junior Latin, and Future Life; and Mr. Fletcher on the second Mathematicat Classes ; after Early Periods of the Greek and Roman which Mr. Samuel Wood read an History; Mr. Cannon an English Oration on the Origin of Evil, and Oration on the Influence of Mental Mr. James Taylor on the Causes which Cultivation in producing good Morals have led to the Differences between the in the Individual ; and Mr. Morris a English and Continental Constitutions. Sermon on John ix. 4. The remainThe Examination then proceeded of ing Classes examined were those in the second Greek and Latin, junior Hebrew Poetry, the Belles Lettres, Mathematics, Ancient History, Evi- and the higher Greek Classics and the dences, and Natural Philosophy, and Greek Metres ; after which Mr. Stratconcluded for that day with a Dis- ton read a Discourse on the respective course by Mr. Haslam, to shew that Influences of Civilized and Savage the Apostles were riot Enthusiasts, Life on Virtue and Happiness, and and an Oration by Mr. John Tayler, Mr. Mardou a Sermon on the Love on the reciprocal Influence of Taste of Truth, from 2 Thess. j. 10. and Morals. On Thursday, Messrs. It ought to be observed, that in these

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examinations, the students are not cise of the Christian ministry we wish previously apprized of any question the best success,-the success of emi. that will be asked them, or of any nent usefulness in the promotion of passage which they will be called truth and practical religion, the native upon to explain, and that their ora- union of which one of them has just tions and discourses are uncorrected, so well described. I hope that neither and indeed unseen by any of their of them needs to be reminded by me, tutors. Considering this,' and the that the eyes of the world will be upon number of young students who were them--of many with no favourable now for the first time to appear before intentions; and that for whatever they 30 numerous and respectable an as- do or say not only themselves, but the sembly, the result was highly satisfac- cause which they serve, will be made lory.

answerable. Great prudence and cirThe examination was closed by an cumspection, therefore, will be requiaddress from the Visitor, which, at the site, io avoid every reasonable, and request of the Trustees present, is sent often

unreasonable cause of far insertion in the Monthly Reposi- offence. One of our young friends tory. A part of it was also ordered to will have the difficult task of mainbe separately printed, and a copy given taining high credit already obtained by to each student on his admission. a former associate in the studies of “Gentlemen,

this place, in one of the most emninent “ In commencing my annual ad- seats of learning in the sister-kingdom. dress to you at the close of this grati. The charge is a weighty and imporfying exercise, I am naturally led to tant, and in some respects an awful express the regret which I am sure we one : for it will subject the man who all feel at the absence of our late ex- holds it to the risk of dishonour as cellent and venerable president, so well as honour, of evil as well as of distinguished by his uniform attach- good report. It will, of course, be an ment, through the course of a long object of his constant study, that the life, to the promotion of virtue, trutn, former be in no case deservedly in. and science, and to the cause of re- curred.-Bu into whatever situation ligious and civil liberty; by his steady either of our friends may be thrown, friendship and substantial countenance they will both of them, I hope, be of some of its most eminent confess- careful to recollect, that great selfors; and by his munificent patronage attention and caution will be neces. of the places of public education sary, in the common intercourses of devoted to it, particularly of this In- life, as well as in their preparations for, btitution; where we have seen his and conduct in the pulpit, to insure cheerful and encouraging manners add their respectability and usefulness ; a grace to the dignity and excellence and the utmost care to avoid giving of his character, and a sanction to his any handle to those who will be ready judicious suggestions; and, while they enough to take it, of perverting ill. have commanded the esteem and re. considered expressions to the disadspect of those of maturest age, engage vantage of the speaker and his cause; the love and admiration of the youug. of taking offence at petulant or proI am sure I shall express the general roking words; and setting themselves wish that this may be only an occa- in decided hostility to whatever may sional absence; and that though he border on abuse or violence.—The sun has ceased to hold the connexion with will prevail to strip off the cloak of us which it was every where our pride prejudice, much sooner than the north to avow, he will still continue to adorn wind. our annual ineetings, so long as it " I hope Mr. Stratton will believe he shall please a kind Providence to con- has our best wishes in the farther protinue to him the blessing of a healthy gress of his studies, and in the course and vigorous oki age, the consequence of his future life. He will excuse my and reward of a well spent life. reminding him, for I am persuaded ." It has been usual, in taking leave he needs only to be reminded the of our young friends, at the close of reflection must often have occurred to each session, to address a few words himself, while composing the excelto those, with whom our academical lent Essay which we have just heard connexion is concluded. To Loth our of the obligation which lies upon those friends who are going out to the exer: whom Providence has placed in easy

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