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to be the work of that eminent and desirous to change a darker and populer author, whose name for a clearer idea, and that he conit bears.”-It was found “in a fesses himself a fallible creature.” bookseller's shop, in Southampton, p. 43. After an attentive peruin the year 1796. The author's sal of the pamphlet, consisting of name, &c. together with the date, 48 pages, it appears to me that were written at the bottom of the Dr. Watts, in his last days, held title page, as in the present im- “ that God the Father is a true pression."

and proper person--a distinct in. “ It is probable that this copy had telligent Being, that the full and formed a part of a collection of complete Godhead is in this Per. books, belonging to some member son; that some part of the of the author's family, which had complete person of our Lord Jesus recently been exposed to sale; Christ, existed through ail for in a blank leat, at the begin- and that the Holy Spirit means ning of a small work which was some power, virtue or influence, lying by it (probably attached to which is not a proper person," (see ii) was written, apparently in p. 22, 24, 30,) or that he was, his own hand, the following pre- in effect, whai has been called sentation. To my dear sister, Mrs. an Arian. Mary Watts. Pref. p. 3.- In a Of his having been the author blank leat of the original work, of the faithful Enquiry, &c. I can was written, in a fair hand, the have no doubt. The diffidence following sentence verbatim : of his soul and the warmth of his The Doctor printed of only fifty piety are exhibited through the copies of this work, and shewed whole.—I hope the matier now them to some friends, who all per- will be thoroughly investigated, suaded him that it would ruin his —that the worthy editor of the character in his old age, for pub. Enquiry, if he have any thing more lishing such dotages: so that the to communicate on the subject, whole impression of fifty, was de. will not be silent; and that if, as stroyed, without publication, ex. I am informed, the pamphlet be cept this single copy of it, which out of print, he will favour the by accident escaped the Hames.” public with another edition. p. 4.—What a pity that on this I am, respectfully, occasion the Dr. had forgotten

Yours, what himself bad penned in the

J. I. preface to Dissertations relating to The Christian doctrine of the Trin. Illustration of a Passage of Lard. ity, quoted by Mr. G. W. in his ner's on the Dumuniacs. extracts from the Dr's writings :

Sir, " Though a sentence or two, Dr. Lardner, in his Case of from a man's former writing, may Dæmoniacs, p. 102, (Works, vol i. be cited, perhaps, to confront his p. 474.) supposes, that the delater thoughts, yet that is not struction of the herd of swine, sufficient to refute them. All Mark v. 12, 13, was no part of that it will prove is this, that that the miracle, but a mere incidental man keeps his mind ever open to effect of panic fright, produced in conviction, and that he is willing these animals, by the hideous forms


Letters to a Student, -Letter III. and violent action of the lunatic, avoided by young persons, who (or lunatics, for Matthew speaks would not wish that their habits of two,) who, " when they had should indicate an empıy mind and conceived the thought of grati. a fantastical taste. Were you of such fying the evil spirits by whom they a class in life, as to be indebied imagined themselves possessed, to the assistance of private dona. with the destruction of the swine, tions or to the munificence of a would, without much difficulty, public institution for your sup

drive them off the precipice. If port in your studies, I should 1 some few were put in motion the remonstrate stror.gly against every whole herd would follow.”- thing showy and expensive in Whether the following extract from your attire, as unbecoming your a provincial paper, Newcastle rank, as a vain attectation of vying Adtertiser, March 7, 1812,) will with young men of fortune, a, an illustrate the Dr's hypothesis I ineffectual means of throwing a leave your readers to judge. reil over your circumstances, and

“ Last week iwo puppies went as disgusting to those who know into a field, belonging to Mi Hague, on what resources you depend. of Biddenden, wheron were inenty But independent and afluent as breeding enes. Eghteen of the are your circumstances, it is woranimals taking triglit, were driven thy of your liberality of mind, to into a pont, where thirteen were study æconomy and plaintess in drowned, and the otber five your dress, both to show a manly obliged to be slaughtered immedi. superiority to adventitious and ately. Out of the thirteen drowned splendid ornaments, and to set an ewes, twenty dead lambs were example of fru ality and siinplitahen." I am, &c.

city to those whose lot in life is V. F. beneath your own; and who

might be tempted to rival you in Letters to a Student:

externals, that their inferiority of

fortune might be concealed, and LETTER III.

less painfully affect themselves. My last, my Eugenius, touched

The easiness of fortune, which on some points which regard your might tempt you to be profuse in conduct to your tutors; will you, your expences on your person, now, favour me with your ear, unless you exercise care and self. while I suggest some remarks which government will, in many other more immediately relate to your respects, be a spare to you. It self: your dress, your expences will be generous in you here also and the management of your time. to keep your expences within such

It was the advice of a Grecian bounds of moderation and deco. orator to a young gentleman: “Be rum, that you may not excite neat and elegant, but not finical envy in the breast of any of your in your dress; there is a degree fellow academics, nor tempt them, of magnificence in the former, in order to be on an apparent but of superfuity in the latter.” equality with you, to transgress If the fop and the beau be not a their more limited finances. It, criminal character, it is certainly likewise, deserves your consideraa frivolous one, and ought to bé tion, that now is the time for you

to form all good habits: of which tude to God, it is injustice to the æconomy is a very important one, world and to your friends to neg. both for the credit and comfort of lect it, and to waste it in idleness life: nay, it lies at the founda. and folly. You may flater your. tion of all true generosity. The self, that there are many years spendthrift can never be liberal: before you, in riper lite, for the what is thrown away on tolly, pursuit of science and knowledge : must be denied to benevolence. but believe me, it is a delusive Besides, it is not easy to say bow hope. Future life will bring with you can be expensive, without it so many engagements and caies, losing your inclination for study that it will not leave you inclina. and mis-spen:ling your time. For tion or leisure to recover the lost if you be extravagant, it must be years of academic life. And could supposed it will be in your recrè. you be sure of commandmg time ations and amusements; by in- hereafter, would you be laying the dulging in them too frequently foundation, when you ought io be and pursuing them too far, they raising the building ? will at once beguile you of your In this instance of conduct, and money, and rob you of your time. in forming your general manners,

The loss of your money may be and character, much, very much, retrieved by better frugality, or my friend, will depend on the the full possession of your fortune choice of your company. It is to may enable you to recover it; be wished, that you would care. but the loss of your time is irre. fully read what Dean Bolton has coverable. When that is gone said on the subject. You find there is no recalling it. Of all yourself surrounded by an agreethings it becomes you to be parsi. able circle of young men, soine of monious of your time. The loss them of rank and fortune, about of time involves in it the loss of your own age, engaged in the same those valuable opportunities of course of studies and destined to mental improvement, which you appear in some of the most respec. now enjoy, and will, hereafter, table spheres of life. Many en. wish in vain to recover. Your dearing circumstances tend to present time is accompanied with unite you together : and you, a vigour of powers, with an probably, feel your own heart activity of mind, that future ready to unbosom itself 10 every years will not know. The period one with ingenuous affection and of academical life is passing on, unsuspecting confidence. It is to and will be soon gone : while it be recommended to you to behave lasts it is really not your own; towards all with urbanity and po. you are accountable for your im- liteness. But a lile reflection provement of it to your friends, to will convince you, that in a mixed mankind and to God. The pro. circle, every one cannot be equalvidence of God has favoured you ly entitled to esteem, much less to with it: your friends have en. attachment and confidence. You trusted it to your fidelity, to be cannot immediately discriminate employed in application to study: between them, nor, at a first interand mankind expect from you the view, appreciate their respective improvement of it. It is ingrati, merits. Allow me, then, to urge


On a late Quaker Disownment. it on you, not to be hasty in On a late Quaker Disownment. forming inumacies.

Take time to make your own observations,

Sir, June 5, 1812. and to learn the estimate formed In the last leaf of


last of them by others, before you se. Number your readers must have lect your companions and your bren most unexpectedly informed bosom triends. Be it your care to of the disownment of a member of admit into this peculiar connec. the society of Friends, by one of tion, those only who are most their monthly meelings in London, amiable in their dispositions, most for protessing, or being suspected pure in their manners, and most of professing, Unitarian senti. devoted to study. Such select ments! Your own expressions of companions will not corrupt, but surprise at this occurrence, on a preserve, your innocence; they supposition of the fact being as will not impede, but aid. your pur. had been stated to you, were strong suit of science; they will not lead and natural; and I as naturally you into expensive and burtful supposed il possible that you had follies, but check, if it be neces. been misinformed. But from an sary, any such indiscreet propen. advertisement which appeared on sities. With your intimacies with your wrapper, relative to a resuch you will find your security, publication of Mr. Penn's. Sandy and from the esteem of such, you foundation Shaken," with the ad. will derive honour to yourself. dition of “ A Modern Sketch of “ He that walketh with wise men reputed Orthodoxy," &c. I was shall be wise, but a coinpanion of led to inspect that pamphlet. The fools shall be destroyed.” It this inspection soon convinced me that important maxim deserve the at. your information had been cor. tention of any, it particularly en. rect; but it also excited my asto. forces itself on those who are the nishinent. Those additional parts avowed candidates for wisdom, or minutes of discipline, constitu. and are training up in her school, ting the Modern Sketch, and con. to disseminate in future life, her firming the disownment aforesaid, principles, and to advance her in. are of so strange a complexion, Auence. For a youth of your des. that they appear to me wholly in. tination, to throw himself in the compatible with the general cha. way of fools, and to expose him. racter for justice and consistency self to their corrupting examples claimed by that once persecuted or persuasions, is particularly ab. society. What their principles of surd and will be peculiarly per- discipline among themselves now nicious.

are, the public at large may be as Here I take my leave of you at uninformed as myself; but conpresent, with every friendly and sistency with Christian liberty, anxious wish for your virtue and and with the original doctrines of improvement.

their early Friends (from which

they profess not to deviate) may Yours, &c. at least be expected. That their

original tenets respecting the Dis vine Unity, as laid down by Mr. Penn, and often re-published by

I am,

themselves, were clear and deci- ample evidence of the merits of sive, I had always understood : Mr. Foster's case.

But I hope, and this point seems to be put be. if future proceedings render it yond a doubt by the strong evi- proper, that a more complete dence exhibited in a pamphlet, elucidation will follow. The entitled " Devotional and Doctric subject is closely connected with nal Extracts," from their nume. the general principles of religious rous annual Epistles, since the liberty among all rational Chris. year 1678, down to the present tians. I sincerely join with you times. But this evidence now in a hope, that the enlightened in. suddenly seems to be denied by an dividual, now under such ambi. obscure branch of their society, guous and intolerant censure, will called the Ratcliff Monthly Meet. fully refer the question to the ing! Of the low scale of intellect whole body of his brethren, in and liberali!y, in that district of justice to himself, to them, and to the society, the specimen of their the cause of scriptural Christianiproceedings exhibited by the editor ty. It will then be seen whether of the pamphlet (if correcily re- the society of Friends, in their ported, as it appears to be) taken collective character, are, or are in the view of common candour not, the followers of their ances. and common sense, is a most hu. tors in the faith of One Eternal miliating proof. The idea of any God, or have degenerated into sensible and worthy man being Trinitarian opinions. liable to the religious controul of With best wishes for the sucsuch brethren, would be equally cess of your monthly publication, unreasonable and unpleasanı! The which claims, and justly, the chaprinted Minutes of procedure racter of a faithful register of the against their respectable brother, religious occurrences of the times, Mr. Foster, are most indefinite,

I remain, weak and confused, far beyond Your's most respectfully, what might have been expected

PHILO-VERITAS. from men professing rational reli. gion and Christian liberty, and especially from men professing

Eulogy on the Liturgy of the

Church of England. adherence to the principles of their forefathers. Under such circum. Sir, stances, it must be improbable In the many eloquent speeches that the conduct in question can which have been made in different receive the final sanction of the parts of the kigdom, in fayour of whole body of the Friends. In the the Bible Society, it is no wonder present stage of the business, I that clergymen, io shew their una. cannot but recommend the pam

bated attachment to the Church of phlets above mentioned to the pe. England, should speak in high terms rusal of those friends of religious of the public Liturgy. Nor would truth, who feel interested in the it be at all proper or decent that cause of toleration and Christian Dissenters should, on such occabrotherhood.* They will furnish sions, utter a syllable in dispa.

Published by Cradock and Joy, ragement of it. Paternoster Row.

Dissenting ministers should ex

But that any

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