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Thouglı often urged, I had given up the and supremacy of the One God, and idea of bringing it forward now; but a the honour and dignity of the Obe judicious and amiable friend (Dr. Car- Lord Jesus Christ. penter) lately urged the publication as On my last visit to London, in 1800, à curious anecdote in private eccle- that able supporter of the Dissenring siastical history.
cause, my friend and correspondent Some of my friends were for giving Mr. Palmer, of Hackner, informed me the names of the ministers; others of an attempt made by some connected with myself thought it better not to with the Hoxton Academy, which had 'publish them. They themselves might given him such disgust, that he intended hereafter see the impropriety of their and I believe had withdrawn bis subconduct; and the feelings of many scription. A letter had been written of their particular acquaintance, who to a member of the congregation a highly disapproved this part of their Kingstou upou Thames, concerning conduet, urge the suppression. If the low state of the interest there, and without them you think fit to insert proposing that they should dismiss their proposal and my answer, both are their ilien minister, giring him a year's at your service.
salary or so, and take one of their conIt will give satisfaction to many re- nection in his room. The indignation spected friends at a distance, should of the whole society was excited, an the letters appear, to be informed that attachment to their minister increased, not one of my little Aock has deserted and some years afterwa ds, when by me. A place has been built and opened his removal and that of one of the most these two years : though small, it is active members (with whom I am well only occasionally well lilled; those re- acquainted) regular preaching was disc gularly attending are few, and such as continued, none joined the independent before went to some neighbouring place, which possibly most of them places. Strangers who contributed on might have done, bad it not been for the representation given that the place the ungenerous proposal made by some would be thronged by those who could of that party, which somewhat renot find the way to heaven without this sembles that seot 10 aid, have been deceived.
JOSEPH CORNISH. The enclosed letters from the guide P.S. Mr. William Morgan, in bis of my youth, when I was a student at Life of his Uncle, Dr. Price, thus Hoxton, under those able tutors, Dr. writes: “I have often heard him say, Savage (the intimate acquaintance and that his attendants were now so fex, successor in his congregation to the as to make it impossible for him to be renowned Dr. Watts), Dr. Kippis and animated before such an assembly; nay Dr. Rees, are at your service. They that he thought every attempt at exshew at what period, when he was ertion or energy would be completely about 30, Dr. Tou!min began to alter ridiculous." Pp. 30, 31. his views, always the result of previous But he writes in another place, p. 28, diligent inquiry; and his not having “ Although grieved and dispirited, he brought oft me from what is distin- never uttered a murmur of discontent. guished by the name of the high, very In time he became familiarized to those high Arian scheme, never withdrew scenes which had at first so deeply de from me his most affectionate regards pressed his spirits; and though always or interrupted our ministerial con- affected by them, he so far recovered nection.
himself as to divide his hours more Mr. Moffat, ever pious and progress- equally between the study of philosa ively liberal, carried on his useful ini. phical and religious subjects, and to nistry at Nailsworth, and honourally review the result of his labours in both concluded them at Malmesbury, several through a less gloomy and discouraging vears since. Mr. Ward, whosc valuable medium." life Dr. Touliniu recorded in the Pro- The close of Dr. Price's ministry at testant Disseuters' Magazine, adopted Poor Jewry Lane, was the period 10 modern Unitarian ideas, or at least which Mr.Morgan refers. I was then inclined to them. Dr. Amory, and his a frequent hearer of that admirable friend (whom I had the honour also preacher, and used to wonder shat dise to call inine) the reuerable Mr. Tow- courses delivered with so much animagood, ever adhered to Dr. Clarke's tion and such commanding seriousness, ideas, as securing effectually the unity did not attract a numerous audience.
With his Reply and Remarks, and of Two Letters of the late Dr. Toulmin's. 6519 Some who attended, I know, like my- love," and which his uncle Grove and self, were warm admirers; and though himself had long inculcated, would he might feel discouraged, and full of still continue to be held forth in his modesty as he was, be insensible of native town, and among the posterity the energy with which he spoke, his of his beloved hearers. inanner as well as his matter deeply affected all serious hearers.
Colyton, Devon, April 28, 1814. Had it been the Doctor's infirmity To the Rev. Mr. Cornish. to be unable to attempt exertion, his Rev. AND DEAR SIR, example in this respect should by no WERE we to regard our own feelmeans be imitated. Small congrega- ings only in making you this joint tions may be made less through want address, we should be disposed to preof exertion in their minister; the im- face it with a Jong apology for interprovement of every individual present fering in a point in which
you are so should be a point continually kept in deeply interested. Be assured, dear view, and how few soever the number Sir, it is far from our intention to of hearers inay be, the preaclier is wound them in the slightest degree. bound in duty to exert his best abi- A sense of duty to the great head of lities.
the Christian church, and a sincerc Mr. Morgan might have drawn up regard for the spiritual eternal welfare a. more interesting memoir, though of our fellow-creatures, are the princiwhat he has written is acceptable. pal motives which have prevailed upon Some account of Dr. Price's associates us ibus to address you. would have been pleasing: At Poor We are given to understand that Jewry Lane his fellow-labourer was the Dissenting interest at Colyton has the accomplished Mr: Radcliffe. That not been of late years in that flourishhe declined preaching for many years ing state
which doubtless you yourself before his death was much to be re- wish. The attempt which has been gretted. He continued, however, a lately made to gain the attention of steady adherent to the cause which he the people to a concern for their spihad so ably served in the pulpit, yet ritual good, seems to have been atthe continuance of his services there tended with a Divine blessing. The might have proved of essential benefit. attendance is very considerable and The truly respectable Mr. White, of would in all probability be much the Old Jewry, was chosen afternoon grcater were there a suitable place of preacher at Hackney, when Dr. Price worship. A plan has been proposed became pastor; and the excellent and in part proceeded upon, for fitting Dr. Amory succeeded in the morning up a more commodious house. The service at Newington Green, conti- expence attending this object would nuing, his services at the Old Jewry be considerable, though no doubt the other part of the day, Mr. White might be effected. being co-pastor there with him. Dr. Having understood this to be the Amory and Dr. Price were kindred situation of things, it has occurred to souls.' The best qualities which can uis, that, as you are now advancing in adoru. Christian ministers, and the years, and may not be so well able to most amiable dispositions as ntembers make those exertions which are neof society, distinguished both. Never cessary to gather and keep together a hrad a small or any congregation two congregation at all numerous, you preachers more worthy of their' most night feel disposed to give up the serious and attentive regard. Dr. meeting-house which you occupy into Amory, during his long residence at the hands of approved trustees, inTaunton, was much esteemed by and order to accommodate those who are: frequently preached to the respectable evidently willing to attend the miniso Baptist Society there. He expressed try of the young men who have to me the great pleasure he felt when preached to them the word of life. Mi. Toulmin was fixed in it. Mr. If this proposal were acceded to on Ward his successor was advancing in your part, much experice would be years, as were the principal supporters saved in building, &c. and we shoulda of the place where Dr. Amory had conceive it would be much more to officiated. He rejoiced, therefore, in your satisfaction to see the place the thought that those sentiments of where you have so long laboured and ! religion-which represented God “as in which doubtless you feed an inte i rest, filled with hearers anxious to myself and as my own personal act learn the way to heaven, though that to give up the place where my hearers way night be pointed out with ano- assemblej, so unfeeling and insulting a ther finger than your own, than to proposal. preach to a few individuals in your Could four such lost to every feeling own meeting-house, while you knew becoming men and Christians have that another in the samc town was done it, to a minister of an approved thronged.
character for more than forty years, To impart the greatest good to the and to whom the Almighty graciously greatest number of their fellow-crea- continues decent abilities for public tures, is the high motive which has service; a large majority of their peoaperated with those who are interested ple and I believe many open-hearted in the support of the infant cause at laymen of your connection would have Colyton.
joined in saying, “ Fie upon them, Privale feelings as well as private fie upon them." interests must give way to the public I found the society at Colyton very good. We hope this sentiment will small; for some years it increased; by be adopted and acted on by all con- deaths and removals it is again lesscerned, and trust yon are so much in- ened. Should you and your friends terested in the general welfare of man, think the cause of religion will be especially in the salvation of his soul, served by erecting a new place here, that whatever will contribute most any real good done will rejoice the eflectually to this end, and depends on heart of your sincere well-wisher, you, you will not withhold.
JOSEPH CORNISH. You will readily believe we can
P.S. I was much impressed in have no other interest to serve than early life with a remark of good Mr. that of the cause of God and truth, Lavington's, in his Charge to Mr. Ste and to support and promote that we phens, at Axminster, 1772. “ Should stand pledged. We beg leave there- ihe number of your hearers lessen, do fore to make this friendly proposal for not be discouraged so as to grow remiss your consideration, trusting you will in your endeavours; remember Jesus see how much public good may arise Christ preached an excellent sermon from acceding to it, as well as how to one woman." probably you may expect therein the Divine approbation.
Extracts by Joseph Cornish. Your reply may be addressed if you Mr. Lavingion being deservedly please to either of the undersigned. a favourite author with his party, I Wishing you health and prosperity directed my correspondents
to a pasunder the Divine blessing, We are, sage, Vol. 1. p. 320, of his Discourses Rev. and Dear Sir,
addressed to a Minister. Your's respectfully, “Suppose you have been upusually
earnest for many sabbaths following,
in exhorling sinners, and beseeching. To Mr. A. B. C. D.
them by the mercies of God to be Colyton, May 1814. reconciled, you find yourself so asTO prevent my being troubled sisted in your preparations, and so again with such a letter as came by animated in the delivery of these dispost, signed by yourself and Messrs. courses, that you are strongly perB. C. D. is my only reason for sende suaded of being remarkably successing any reply. Mr: — may possi- ful; and every time you let down the bly blush hereafter at recollecting that net, you seem assured of inclosing a his name appeared. Of Mr. -I mulutude of fishes : now, if after alt entertain less hope. At Mr. — (if it you catch nothing; if you canuot perbe Mr. the elder and not his son) ceive that one soul has been coue and yourself I am astonished. Those verted by all your prayers and preachof niy little flock to whom the lettering, and, in short, that for aught has been shewn, feel most indignant. that appears, you have laboured in I am persuaded that four ministers rain, and spent your strength for could not be found in the kingdom nought; do you not think it possible amongst those disposed to exchange that pride may suggest what sig.. pulpils with nie, who could have pifies my toiling, of God give not made so unjuist (for you desire me of his blessing? No man could exert
With his Reply and Remarks, and of Two Letters of the late Dr. Toulmin's. 053 himself inore. Bui I might as well dred texts wherein the Father is styled have sat still and done nothing. Let God absolutely by way of eminence, God send some other messenger, it being impossible l. ihe construction whose labours he may think fit to itself, ihat 'it should have any other bless : I see I am no longer worthy sense. As to the point of worship, of being employed.' No, my dear Sir, all prayers, praises aird glory are either this must not be: this is not the directed to the One God and Father proper language from a servant to his of all, or to his ultimale glory. Beinaster; Christ has taught you better, sides, no Trinitarians are, or indeed and you must learn to say atter him, can be consistent in their debates on . Though Israel be not gathered, yet this matter; for they cannot fix on an shall I be glorious in the eyes of ihe uniform definition of the word, and Lord, and iny God shall be my are obliged 10 understand by it a disstrength.
tinct consciousness, which runs then
into Tritheisin, or some nominal reA pious minister saying that he lative distinction, which is Sabellianthought of not preaching on a par- ism. However, you will meet with ticular dav, because very few would more pertinent and forcible observaattend : Oh! preach, said a pious tions than I can suggest in the course friend, no one can tell what good inay of your reading on this article. Let be done till the day of judgınent. me mention to you the Appeal to
The pious Dr. Stonehouse was so Common Sense, and the Review of discouraged by his want of apparent the Trinitarian Controversy, both by success, ihough well attended, that in the same worthy author, "Mr. Hopa letter to Mr. Orion, he observed, kins. You should also peruse Low“that to preach was his duty, but man's three Tracts, and Dr. Lardner's he was become almost indifferent Letter on the Logos : perhaps the whether his audience consisted of Socinian rotions of Christ's dignity are eighteen hundred or only eighteen." nearest to truth and Scripture. I can
scarcely believe you will terminate Taunton, Nov. 24, 1770. your inquiries in the reception of MY DEAR FRIEND,
Athanasianism. May the God of I WAS rather surprised at the Truth guide and bless all your incontents of your's, though I must re- quiries !
J. TOULMIN. gard it as a proof of your integrity. It induced me to look into Mr. Boyse's
Taunton, April 10, 1771. Answer to Emlyn; and by what I
My Dear. FRIEND, saw from a slight inspection, his rea- YOUR candour will excuse my sonings appear to me only calculated delay; it was partly owing to the 10 pozzle a plain thing, and to cloud waiting for an opportunity of taking a matter with chicanery, which com- Mr. Ward's sentiments on the subject
mon sense would casíly, determine: of your's. We both approve of the , and notwithstanding all he appeared motives by which you are influenced, to advance, on his principles I see nos and of your rational zeal in the services how our Master can be cleared from of men's best interests. ' As to the the suspicion of equivocation, in Matt. propriety of your design with respect xiii. 32, and I suppose Mr. Enlyn's io Kingston, we are both such stranReply has obviated his specious rea- gers 10 the circumstances of things sonings. “But surely you do not rest there, that we can do no more than the controversy on one text. The concur in every scheme (as far ss our point to me appears, What is the idea approbation at least) which promises ihe Scriptures in their general strain to serve the cause of religion; and in and language afford us of the Divine this case would wholly rest on Dr. Being. The most exact and precise Amory's knowledge and judgment, definition of the One Suprenie God, Only we would refer it io you to is a Being consisting of Father, Son consider whether a connection and Holy Ghost, i. e. on the Trini- propose with Mr. Moffat will be tarian principles: but where is this agreeable and have a favourable as-, idea and definition to be met with in pect. Will not your sentiments the Scriptures? On the contrary, it clash? Will not this appear in your appears that the word God occurs prayers and sernions? Or will be 1288 times, and there are several hun- consent to contine hin:self to a praca VOL, XI.
tical strain and Scripture language? tention, The Scripture Doctrine of Jesus Would he deem such a connection on Christ, published three years since. his own account prudent or proper, My sentiments are not fíxed on the as it probably would draw some sus- point: 1 hare it in review : and my picions of heresy on him? Have you mind leads much to the Socinian, consulted him on these points? Or scheinc. May your's be directed to would you choose to refer them to his truth, and ever feel the power, the consideration? I would farther ob- hopes and zeal of real goodness and serve that I have heard Mr. H- piety. Accept our joint respects, and mention an old genileman, a Dis- the best wishes of, senting minister, (his name I cannot Dear Friend, recollect) who resided at Kingston,
affectionately, and opened a room in his own house
'J. TOULMIN, to preach in on Lord's Day: and • though his character and sermons llarlow Mills, Nov. 9, 1816. were good, he had no great encou
IN Y answer to the inquiries of your sides his own family ever attended. Correspondent, A. F. in your last Indeed, I do not think that this Number, (p. 594,) respecting Dr. should determine you to lay aside your Bekker, I have no doubt' but he will scheme; for even to do good to so find ample information by referring to few, will not lose its pleasures or re- alınost any of the larger biographical ward; and I should' apprehend so Dictionaries, and more particularly
small a sphere would be a good intro- the French-Bayle, Moreri, Charffe duction to the world: for my owu pie, &c. but being absent from my part I believe I shall like to exchange late residence near the metropolis, the with you soinetimes. If on consulting only work of the kind I have now an Dr. Amory, you pursue the scheme, opportunity of referring to in the liyou should apprize Mrs. Haddon of brary of a friend, is the Dictionnaire it, that she may licence her house; Historique, Litteraire, et Critique, '? which she can do only at a Quarter's work in 6 vols. 8vo. and which, alSession.
lowing for the prejudices of a Roman . I imagined you would not long re- Catholic, appears to be written with tain the Trinitarian sentiments : but fairness and impartiality. The fulyour candour and impartialiiy, what- lowing is a translation of the article ever opinions you embracel, gave you respecting the above-mentioned dia claim to esteen with men, will vine. delight on reflection, and if perse
“ BEKKER (BALTHASAR,) a favered in, will meet a noble recompence mous Dutch Thcologian, born in with the God of Truth! The pros- · Friesland, 1634, who, after having pect, my friend, is great and anima- ' commenced his studies under his fating! Edward's Book I have never ther, and pursued them in the Acadeseen, and cannot say I have had mies of Groningen and Franker, was much inclination to see it, as I employed in different churches, and thought it was intended to reason us died minister of that at Amsterdam, out of our feelings, and to perplex in 1698. He was suspended from his with metaphysics what is plain and functions for a certain period incontestable at the bar of common count of his work entitled, Le Monde Have you seen
Beattie on Enchanté, 2 vols. 12mo. in which Truth? if you have not, you have he denied the doctrine of possessions much improvement and entertainment and of witchcraft by any compact
It carries conviction, con- with the devil, and affirmed that the firms faith, and gives that lively and evil spirit had no power over men. rational pleasure to which the scep. The system of Bekker was refuted by tical mind must remain an unhappy various writers, but they could never stranger. I could wish you to pur- persuade him to retraci, nor could chase Lardner's Letter on the Logos. they prevent him froni defending Dr. Chandler declared he could not an himself: he was therefore deprived of swer Lowman. There is another book bis functions by the ecclesiastical sy in that controversy which merits at. Dod, although ihey continued his sar
lary as minister. He was the author # Near Taunton.
of various other works, Recherches