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church, which were taken from his mouth time when Cotgrave's work was printed by the notaries, and so conveyed to pos- George Fox was only eight years old. terity by that means only."

“ Gregory Nazianzen, St. Basil, St. Augustine, and, above all, he of the golden mouth, were in the habit of extempore [Humanizing Power of Literature, Relipreaching; and both he and Augustine

gious especially.] use expressions concerning illapses and “ LETTERS accompanied their progress ; assistances of the Spirit' in such preaching, the perusal of the Holy Scriptures, the which give more sanction to fanatics than transcribing of manuscripts, the decoration Bingham is willing to allow. If a man,' of churches, the illumination of books, the he

says, * would disingenuously interpret invention of various colours for painting, these and the like expressions of the an- those amusements which might best concients, he might make them seem to coun- tribute to wean the minds of barbarians tenance that preaching by the Spirit, which from the din of arms, and the ferocious some so vainly boast of, as if they spake manners of savage life, all were cultivated nothing but what the Spirit immediately with diligence, and rendered fashionable dictated to them, as it did to the apostles and endearing by religion.”—COLUMBANUS by extraordinary inspiration. Which were

ad Hibernos, No. 6, p. 55. to set every extempore, as well as composed discourse, upon the same level of infallibility with the Gospel. Which sort of enthusiasm the ancients never dreamed of.- [Bishop Seth Ward's College of Matrons.] All they pretended to from the assistance of the Spirit, was only that ordinary assist

“ But the greatest and most seasonable ance which men may expect from the con

act of charity and public benefaction, was currence of the Spirit with their honest building and endowing that noble pile

, I endeavours, as a blessing upon their studies

mean the college of matrons, for the enterand labours ; that whilst they were piously tainment and maintenance of ten widows of engaged in his service, God would not be

orthodox clergymen. I have often heard wanting to them in such assistance as was

him express his dislike if any one called it proper for their work, especially if they

an hospital; ' for,' said he, 'many of these humbly asked it with sincerity by fervent

are well descended, and have lived in good supplication and prayer."-Book 14, ch. 4, reputation; I would not have it said of $ 11, 12.

them, that they were reduced to an hospital, but retired to a college, which has a more

honourable sound.'”—Walter Pope's Life [Quaker's Grassa Name in existence of Bishop Ward, p. 79.

previous to the Sect.] In Cotgrave's Dictionary of the French and English Tongues, one of the significations of the word Amourettes is thus giv

[Work of Conversion.] en, “ also the grass termed Quakers and Toplady speaks of a man who, not unShakers, or quaking grass.” The date of derstanding a word of Welsh, was converted the Dictionary is 1632. I believe it has by a Welsh sermon.

66 Can there be a generally been supposed that the grass ob- stronger proof,” he says, " that the work of tained this common name in allusion to the conversion is the work of God only!” sect which is so called; here however it occurs before the sect existed,--for at the




profitentur, vitabat consortia, et Religiosis [Fanatical Persuasion.]

suis specialiter fugienda commendabat, tam“ That fanatic,” says South,“ spoke quam si viperæ essent.. Acta Sanctorum. home and fully to the point, who said, “that April. tom. 1, p. 108. he had indeed read the Scripture, and frequented ordinances for a long time, but could never gain any true comfort, or quiet [James II.'s Directions to Preachers.] of mind, till he had brought himself to this

In the directions concerning preachers persuasion, that whatsoever he had a mind

which JAMES II. set forth, 1685, it is said to do, was the will of God that he should

“ Since preaching was not anciently the do.'”

work of every priest, but was restrained to

the choicest persons for gravity, prudence, [Thomas à Kempis.]

and learning, the archbishops and bishops “there are sixty-three edi- license to preach, and that all grants and

of his kingdom are to take care whom they BOSWELL says tions of Thomas à Kempis in the king's licenses of this kind heretofore made by library, — and copies in eight languages. Latin, German, French, Italian, Spanish, other secular person (who are presumed not

any chancellor, official commissionary, or English, Arabic, and Armenian."

to be so competent judges in matters of this nature) be accounted void and null,

unless the same shall likewise be allowed [Warning against R. C. Confession.] by the archbishop, or the bishop of the In his sermon of confession the Catholic diocese, and that all licenses of preachers

hereafter to be made or granted by any Bishop WATSON warns his hearers against the practice.“ A sinner,” he says, ought archbishop or bishop, shall be only during not to accuse himself wrongfully in general

, pleasure; otherwise to be void to all in

tents and purposes, as if the same had never as saying that he hath been the most shame

been made nor granted." fullest lived, and the greatest sinner that ever was, or that can be, or any other little saying, for they be nought and false. What knoweth he how great sinners hath been,

[St. Patrick-a wonderful Preacher.] or may be ? and therefore men must put “ Of all preachers St. Patrick was the away such indiscreet sayings, and speak most tremendous. He went through the soberly, wisely and faithfully to Almighty four Gospels in one exposition to the Irish God in their confessions, and then let them at a place called Finnablair, and he was not doubt, but steadfastly trust of absolu- three days and nights about it, without tion and pardon for all their sins.”—ff. 125. intermission to the great delight of the

hearers, who thought that only one day had

passed. St. Bridget was present, and she [Warning against Women Professors.]

took a comfortable nap, and had a vision." - JOCELINE's Life of St. Patrick, p.

81-2. “ ST. FRANCISCO DE PAULA warned his Acta Sanctorum. Martii, tom. 2, p. 560. disciples to avoid the society of women in general, but of women who professed a greater love of devotion than others, he bade them beware especially

as if they

[Paul Greenwood the Preacher.] were vipers. Fæminarum, præsertim reli

“ When Paul Greenwood (a well known giosarum, et quæ devotionis majoris studium preacher in his day) became delirious in





his last illness, it was first perceived by the -Nam ut interim de Usuris taceam, a vobis gentleman at whose house he lodged, for aut vestrum certe nonnullis, ut apparet, apupon asking him how he did, he answered, probatis, deque eo quod Magnatum filiis con• They tell me that the heavens and the cubinas habendas permittitis, (videlicet ne per earth are fled away, and there is no more nuptias legitimas hereditates dispergantur) place found for them.' His host replied, qui concubinatum in Sacerdotibus tantopere

Well, if they are, we shall have new hea- aversati estis : quid poterit a vobis in excusavens and a new earth, you know.' · That tionem allegari pro eo, quod permittitis, a is true,' said Greenwood, and was out of divortio, utroque conjuge vivo, novas nuptias bed in a moment to see what sort of ap- coire et quod adhuc deterius est, etiam absque pearance the world made. When he got to divortio uni plures permittitis uxores. the window, he observed, The Lord hath quod et tute, si recte memini, in quibusdam spared this corner where we live: what a tuis ad me literis apud vos factum diserte exmercy that is !'”—Pawson.

pressisti, addens Philippum ipsum sponsalibus posterioribus, ut paranymphum credo atque

auspicem, interfuisse."— STRYPE's Cranmer, [Variety of Men's Understandings, Sc.]

App., No. 29.
One of the most moderate writers that
ever wrote upon the subject of the Church
Establishment, says,
Men's understand-

[The Holy Spirit.]
ings are as various as their speech or their
countenance; otherwise it were impossible

“ The Holy Spirit,” says HUNTINGTON there should be so many understanding and in one of his letters, " is the Spirit of all moderate, yea, and conscientious men also, grace, the planter of all grace, and the life Papists, Lutherans, Calvinists, all in such

of every fruit which he produces. And opposition one against another, all believing hence he is called a wind to move his own Scripture, yet so differing in the deductions plants, and to make them emit their scent, from Scripture.”

their savour and their odours. He is called The Naked Truth, by an Humble Mode- dew, to refresh and enliven ; water also to

rator, Herbert Croft, Bishop of Here- moisten and give rooting. But upon love ford, as verily supposed. — Scott's So- and joy he operates as the Spirit of burnmers' Trac's, vol. 7.

ing; warming, enflaming, and enlarging; and these to me are the most sweet. These

are a few scraps to exercise, amuse, ponder [Sailors Swearing and Praying.]

over, and make out. But after all it is but

little we know of what we have got within.“A man who went to sea in a state of Gleanings of the Vintage, Part 4, p. 40. much religious distress, before he became a methodist, asked the sailors if they ever prayed. “Pray?' replied one of them, “Our prayers and swearing are just the same: 66 MILAGROS de Nuestra Señora la Vulfor when we pray, we think of no good; nerata, venerada en el Colegio Ingles desta and when we swear, we think of no harm.'” Ciudad de Valladolid. Compuesta por el

P. Gregorio de Mendiola.” — Valladolid,

1667. [Cranmer on Unholy Alliances in Ger- “ With a relation of the miracles of this many.]

our Lady so venerated by the English Col“ CRANMER says in a letter to Osiander, | lege in Valladolid, is an account of what






the Holy Image suffered by Heretics, and “his prayers were so fervent that he freparticularly by that “monstrous infernal quently fell a bleeding at the nose through Queen Elizabeth,' which induced the form- the agony of spirit with which he laboured ing of English Colleges in this and other in them.”—Corton Mather. B. 2, p. 23. places as Houses of Refuge; a list of Englishmen belonging to the College of Valladolid is given at page 89, the resorting to which seems to have produced great sensa

[Women's Offerings preceding the Corenant.] tion in Spain, and perhaps was the imme- “ The Seamstress brought in her silver diate cause of the attempt at Invasion by thimble, the chamber maid her bodkin, the the Spanish Armada to reduce the English cook his silver spoon, the vintner his bowl by force, to the Catholic Religion — en- into the common treasury of war; and they trando en un santo corage y zelo contra la who contributed to so pious a work were heregia que à tanta desdicha, y miseria tenia | invited more than others in some churches reducida su patria ; vistiendose de nuevo to come to the Holy Communion in the ferbor para hazer guerra y reducir à In- very time of administration. And observed

a la sincera y pura Religion it was that some sorts of females were Catholica.'"--Book Catalogue.

freest in those contributions, so as to part with their rings and ear-rings, as if some

golden calf were to be molten and set up [Doctrine of Universal Grace.]

to be idolized,—which proved true, for the “ The doctrine of universal grace, says Inspections, fc., p. 128.

Covenant a little after was set up."-Sober the editor of Thomas Letchworth's Discourses, of which a manifestation or portion is given to every man, and by obedience to which he is enabled to fulfil his duty, and [Sin against the Holy Ghost.] to walk acceptably with his Creator, is the

“ SOME do sin of human frailty, as did leading principle of the Society,--and they Peter: and this is called a sin against the hold as the necessary result of it, that true

Father, who is called Power. Some do sin worship consists in a humble prostration of of ignorance, as did Paul; and this is called heart and communion of spirit with the

a sin against the Son, who is called Wisdom. Father of mercies, and is therefore perfectly Some do sin of mere will and malice, choosconsistent with a state of silence."

ing to sin, although they know it to be sin ; and this is the sin against the Holy Ghost,

to whom is appropriated particularly grace Johnson on Women's Preaching.

and goodness, the which a man most wick“ When Boswell told Johnson one day edly contemneth and rejecteth when he that he had heard a woman preach that sinneth wilfully against his own conscience; morning at a Quakers' meeting, Johnson and therefore Christ saith, that a man shall replied, " Sir, a woman preaching is like a be forgiven a sin against the Father and dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not the Son, as we do see it was in Peter and done well ; but you are surprized to find it Paul; but he that sinneth against the IIoly done at all.""

Ghost, shall never be forgiven, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

A brief Discourse contayning certayne rea[Fervency of Prayer.]

sons why Catholiques refuse to go to It is related of Edward Hopkins, one Church, ff. 4.-Doway, 1580. of the early Governors of Connecticut that

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Letters of Cromwell.

rect even now. Those who wish for further HE Letters annexed were for

information will find it in the remarks of warded to the lamented Southey

the late Samuel Tilbrooke, of Peter House, by the Rev. J. Neville White,

affixed to the originals in the Fitzwilliam the brother of Kirke White, who Museum. They have been before printed. states :

Southey's excellent Life of Cromwell, “ These three Letters of Oliver Crom

drawn more or less from the present colwell were found among the Court Rolls

lections, was first printed in No. 50 of the belonging to the Manor of Wymondham Quarterly Review, vol. 25, pp. 279-347. . Cromwell, in the County of Norfolk, and were given by the Steward of that Manor to the Rev. J. Neville White, who has presented them to his friend the Rev. Samuel

CROMWELLI Tilbrook, of St. Peter's College, Cam- Tres EPISTOLÆ AUTOGRAPHÆ bridge, in conformity to a wish expressed

quêis “tempus edux rerum” on his part, that through him these interesting relics of the Protector Cromwell,

pepercit. might be deposited in the Fitz-William

To the Right Noble the Lord Wharton, Museum at Cambridge.

Theise. “N. B.—The Manor of Cromwell is situated in the parish of Wymondham, and

My deare friende my Lord, was formerly in the possession of a branch

IF I knowe my hart, I love you in truth, of the Cromwell family, from whom, it in

and therefore if from the jealosi of unthe early part of the 17th Century passed faynned love I playe the foole a little, and by purchase to John, Lord Hobart,-in say a word or two att guesse I know you whose family it now continues.” — Vide will pardon itt. It wear a blithe thinge by PLUMFIELD's History of Norfolk, vol. 1, p. letter to dispute over your doubts or to 120; and Noble's Memoirs of the Crom- undertake answare your objections. I have wells, vol. 2, p. 132, &c.

heard them all, and I have rest from the The Editor has had them collated by his trouble of them, and what has risen in my brother, the Rev. Edward Warter, M. A. President of Magdalen College, Cambridge,

1 Copy of the Inscription on the cover of the but he is not sure that all the words are cor- book which contains the Cromwell MSS.

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