Imatges de pÓgina

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 bave contributed interest of the ecclesiastical esta. to raise it, and on its top a tablet

hment not to afford any pretext holding forth the words of life," for the common people imagining and inscribed with the motto, 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 ex. cused Fulgentio of “standing too

posed; including a Defence of much upon scripture," which is a

Mudern Unitarians, and Rean book, subjoined the holy Father,

sons for not being a Trinitarian. lbat if any man will keep close

In a series of Letters to Mr. J. to, he will quite ruin the Catholic

Freeston, occasioned by his faith.* But in a Protestant coun.

Enquiry, drc.By R. Wright. try we cannot stand too much upon

12mo. pp. 52.

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 further 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 can. ture of no small magnitude and dour to bigotry; he has “ over. elevation, jointly erected by Chris- come evil with good :" and his tiens, 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

attack upon the Unitarians shall Father Paul's Letters. p. 112. Edit. be no longer remembered. Lond. 1693


Rev. Job David.

The son having been sometiine

before' baptized and commenced Died, Sunday, October 11, 1812, at Swansea, South Wales, preacher, in the manner already the Rev, Job David, in the 66th the Baptist Academy at Bristol, year of his age. He was born at Newton Nottage in Glamorgan- and Caleb Evans, both of whon

under the care of Messrs. Hugh shire, in the memorable year


were then in the zenith of their reó 1746, when the decisive battle of

putation. Here he remained till 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 Proc 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 the venerable Daniel day previous to his dissolution, Turrer, of Abingdon, from 2 Tim. the father sent the son to inform the church that he could not; nistry, and the sermon

4, 5. Make full proof of thy mi

to the through extreme illness, be with them, begging him to supply his people was preached by his lata

tutor, Dr. Caleb Evans, from place, by reading and prayer, in 3 John, i. 11. Beloved, follow the best manner he was able. They, not that which is evil, but that bowever, put him into the pulpit, which is good :-he that doeth where he conducted himself to their satisfaction. Upon his re- ecil hath not seen God. These

good is of God, but he that doctia 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

THE WORD which you preach, there !" Like Jacob, having blessed the pure unadulterated gospel 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 591h year of his age; his name

men, and the mere nostrums of and character are, even to the

a party !” This advice is well present day, bighly spoken of, in worthy the consideration of all that part of the principality.

young men who are entering upan

the important duties of the Chris. his constitution. Sea-bathing was lian ministry.

recommended by the faculty, as Being thus comfortably settled, he the best alleviation of his com. in 1774, married the eldest daugh- plaint. He accordingly, towards ter of Mr. Jolin Allen, a reputable the close of the year 1809, retired tradesman of that town, by whom with bis family, to Swansea, which be bad several children, two of is not very distant from the place whom alone remain, who affec- of his nativity. He received bene. tionately cherish bis memory, fit from bathing, and as his disor. This lady dying in 1794, he, in der incapacitated him from travel. 1798, married the amiable and ling by land, he indulged himself truly respectable widow of the in lilile aquatic excursions which late Richard Wilson, Esq. who were of service to him. No still survives, This connection longer back than July last, the contributed, in no small degree, writer of these lines visited him as to render the declining years of an old and valued friend, and he this good man comfortable and now recollects with a mournful happy. At her desire, the writer pleasure how he accompanied him has drawn up this imperfect tri- across the beautiful Bay of Swan. bute of respect. Indeed all who sea, wandered along with him knew the deceased, and especially over the adjacent eminences, to those who knew him most inti- contemplate the beauties of the malely will revere his memory. Bristol Channel, and after having

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 assiduiiy. 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 and ther avail; in less three months his flock. No minister was more after, a severe illness seized him, 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 fil 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 he 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 the uniform and constant theme of him credit and excited, at ette his ministry, and this love alone time, considerable attention. These was the basis of bis 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 Pennyfai in a tists, and which occasioned a vault belonging to the family, controversy between bim 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 reon horseback were present from ligious world, that a close adhethe adjoining counties of the prin. rence to scriptural doxologies, cipality. The Rev. Thomas Jen. should subject a minister, however kins, of Swansea, and the Rev. otherwise intelligent and pious, to John Edwards, minister of the the suspicion of heresy. 2. A place, addressed the people in the Sermon, preached before the Unis 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 relie 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?

unhappily estranged are the minds At Swansea, on the succeeding of certain persons, from the mild, Sabbath, two funeral sermons were candid and tolerant spirit of Chris. preached, the one in Welsh by tianity. 3, An Assembly Letter, the Rev. 1. 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 couns with nealness and a comprehensel 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 proceeds shewn that positive institations ed 'from Mr. D's. pen which did are founded solely upon the will of

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the Christian lawgiver, and that a was good. In this inquisitive age,
knowledge of this will, respecting happy is the man who guarding
both the mode and subject of against the revieries of enthusiasm
baptism, must be sought for alone and the follies of superstition, shews
in the New Testament. The im. himself, at the same time, desirous
mersion of adults on the confes- of preserving his mind from the
sion of their faith in the Messiah. pestiferous dominion of scepticism
ship of Christ, was the incontes. and of infidelity.
tible practice of the original propa- Though Mr. D, was, in the
gators of Christianity. 5, A Let. strictest sense of the word, an Uni.
ter to Dr. Thomas Coke, of the tarian, yet he entertained an
Wesleyan connection, on his ex. aversion to the doctrines of ne.
treme narrowness and bigotry. cessity and of universal restora.
This merited castigation was in. tion. The doctrine of necessity
Aicted with a judicious severity. was, in bis opinion, inimical to
To anathematize others for mere the important distinctions of vir.
opinions, conscientiously and can- tue and of vice, by annihilating
didly maintained, has been on the moral agency. But it should be
one hand, the besetting sin, and remembered, that it has been dem
on the other band the bane and fended, by men of the first talents
disgrace of the Christian world! and character in the religious

These were his principal pieces, world! With respect to univer-
nor will it be denied that they sal restoration, bis chief objection
discover a degree of good sense was, that there is not sufficient
and a liberality of disposition, evidence for its truth, in the New
honourable to the Christian mi- Testament. Indeed, he espoused
nister. Whatsoever may be thought the system of the destruction of
of the system he had advocated, it the impenitently wicked. The
is impossible not to admire his in- doctrine of Universal restoration,
culcation of the use of reason, in however, has been elaborately ad.
matters of religion ; his condem- vocated by Divines of the Church
nation of human creeds, when set of England, particularly Bishop
up, like the cruel bed of Procrus- Newton, who wrote so well on
tes, as a standard for others; and, the Prophecies, and also, by
especially his powerful appeal to some eminent ministers among the
the Scriptures, as the only rule of Protestant Dissenters. Every good
faith, the alone regulator of prac. man must wish it to be true, and
tice. Apprised of the corrupt the ascertainment of the fact, in a
channel of the Romish Church, future state, must sublimate and
through which the Christian reli- augment the happiness of beaven.
gion has come down to these latter Must consolatory to the benevo-
times, he was led to examine with lent heart, and most honourable
freedom whatever was proposed to the perfections of the Supreme
to his attention. Implicit faith was Being, are such views of the Di.
his abhorrence. As a Protestant, vine Government.*
and particularly a Protestant Dis.
senter, he acted with the utmost

• A small volume on the Doctrine

of Universal Restoration, is expected consistency. According to the

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.

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