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sation, -as if intended to call in question On another occasion Capt. Blackader his veracity. Meeting with him some time is said to bare received a challenge, afterwards, he reininded him of the alleged which he refused to accept; as he did not insult, and insisted upon baving iminediate see sufficient cause to justify so desperate a satisfaction. His friend, astonished and
His adversary, in consequence unconscious of giving offence, asserted his of this refusal, threatened to post him as a innocence, as he could recollect nothing coward; to which he replied coolly, “ That he had said that could have the least ten- he was not afraid of his reputation being dency to asperse or injure his character. impaired, even if the threat were carried In vain, however, did he attempt to justify into execution.” It happened at this time, himself, and to shew hirn that the words that an attempt was determined on against he had used were on a trifling occasion, the enemy, of a kind so desperate, that the and not capable of the construction he put Duke of Marlborough hesitated to what upon then. In vain did he assure him, officer he should assign the command, and that if he had given him just provocation, had resolved to decide the matter by throwhe was ready to niake any proper apology, ing the dice. Captain Blackader went imor any concession or reparation he had a mediately to bim, and offered to undertake right to demand. In a paroxysm of rage, the duty. His offer was accepted; and by and incapable of listening to reasou, Cap- the Providence of God, he came off with tain S. drew his sword, and rushed on great loss of men, but without any perLieutenant Blackader, who, for some time, sonal injury; and with the complete estakept retreating and 'expostulating ; willing blishment of his character, not only as a to terminate the dispute in some more ami- brave man, and an able officer, but also
At length, finding all his re- with general estimation as a consistent monstrances ineffectual, and perceiving his Christian. own life in danger, he saw himself obliged, These anecdotes exhibit Captain Blackin self-defence, to close with his antagonist. ader's character in a very interesting and Au unfortunate thrust soon laid the Cap- instructive point of view. Though pertain lifeless at his feet. The consequences suaded that the profession of arms is not, of this rash misadventure right have proved in principle, incompatible with the profesfatal to himself, but fortunately the whole sion of religion; yet when the laws of the contest was seen from the ramparts of the one were found to be directly at variance town by several soldiers, who bore witness with the laws of the other, he had no heto the necessity under which he was laid to sitation in deciding which of the two defend his life. The matter was speedily 'ought to regulate his conduct. Though a adjusted ; and after a regimental trial, the soldier, he did not forget that he was a Lieutenant was honourably acquitted. The Christian; and he has shewn, that while event, however, was too solemn, and made he served with zeal and fidelity under the too deep an impression on bis mind ever to standard of an earthly sovereign, he could be forgotten ; and it is said, as long as he maintain an allegiance no less inviolable to. lived, he observed the anniversary of it as the sacred banner of the cross. He had a day of mourning, of penitence, and too much regard for the sanctions of the prayer.
Divine Law, and the express declarations April 28. Marching all this day. We of Scripture against murder and revenge, canie to Maestricht in the evening, but to shed innocent blood from the caprice of things here have a bad aspect; the enemy fashion; or submit to be regulated in his preventing us, and disappointing our de- actions by the fanciful and arbitrary enactsigns : although, I bless God, I am not ments of human authority. In the first anxious about events ; he keeps me in per- unhappy accident related above, he drew fect peace, I have nothing to fear. At his weapon with reluctance, and not until night I went alone to visit that spot of self-defence had made it absolutely necesground, as near as I could find it, where, sary. If he bad injured his antagonist, he twelve years ago, I committed that un- was willing to repair the injustice. If be bappy action. There I fell down on my had been betrayed into any inadvertence of knees, and prayed as I had done several speech, from levity or want of due circumtimes throughout the day, that God would spection (for he disclaimed all intentional deliver me from blood-guiltiness; that the offence), he was ready to apologize or offer blood of the Lamb might purify the stain, any reasonable satisfaction. He considered and wash away the crimson dye of that it no humiliation-nothing derogatory to poor man's blood. I hope the Lord heard his reputation as an officer or a gentlenian, my prayer, and cleansed my heartas well to acknowledge his imprudence or his as my hands from that pollution.
But the unfortunate victim, deaf to May 2. This night I went again to the every remonstrance, rushed headlong on same place, where i bad serious thoughts, destruction, and paid with his blood the and some assurance of my sin's being price of his folly. pardoned.
In the second instance, Captain Black- and most adrantageously displayeit. And ader prevented the repetition of a similar how much more creditable does this conduct tragedy, at the fearful risk of committing a appear, I may venture to say, even in the trespass against the omnipotent laws of eye of his own profession, than if he had military honour. He was threatened with come off with the heroism of running Iris the odious and appalling imputation of a antagonist through the body, or fallen' coward, because he refused to expose his himself a victim to this imaginary test of life to the fury of a madman, or become valour! himself a deliberate murderer. This re- It has been matter of just and frequent fusal was not made from any want of cou- astonishment, how tbis detestable practice rage, or on any ground of fear, which the of duelling should not only be tolerated as most pusillanimous are always the most re- an indispensable evil, but meet with advoluctant to acknowledge; but from his con- cates and defenders, who would retain it viction, that no law of honour, though en- either from motives of virtue,
as if this forced by all the penalties of infamy and barbarous and Gothic custom were of a disgrace among men, and sanctioned by more polishing aud civilizing influence than the patronage and example of the highest the spirit of Christianity; or of necessity,military authorities, could possibly impart as if no other principle on earth were powerto any human being a right to shed the ful enough to maintain order and propriety blood of bis fellow-creature. He would among men.
The laws of murder and ashare been content to relinquish bis friends sassination they bave exalted into a study, and his commissior, sooner than be in any and a science which must be cultivated as way a willing accomplice in an affair so an accomplishment by every preteniler to repugnant to his conscience and his feelings, genteel education; which forms the cabaso utterly in violation of every principle he listic charm of admittance into the comhad been accustomed to renerate as sacred. påny of honourable men or the circle of To purchase the esteem of the world on polite society. A few such instances, bowthese terms, would be to incur an indelible erer, as the one recorded above, would go disgrace, to establish an idle reputation on far to alter the prevailing taste, and direct the ruins of his own peace and innocence. the current of public opinion against these Having expressed his contrition for the un- absurd and erroneous maxims. We know designed offence, and tendered overtures of well what unbounded efficacy the patronage reconciliation, he may be considered as and example of official or leading charachaving done enough to acquit himself-not ters exert over matters of fashion or amuseperhaps according to the refined maxinis of ment. Places of public resort sink rapidly bis profession, but certainly in the judg- into discredit and decay, the moment they ment of every candid and sober mind. cease to frequent them.
Manners or opiAs to the charge of cowardice, he might nions that may have held long and undis.' perhaps bave repelled it by an appeal to his puted sway over the human mind, whenever former recontre-to the many dangers he they cease to be honoured by their countehad already faced--and the unimpeachable nance and support, are proscribed the honour of his military reputation. In the circles of politeness, and abandoned as the general tenor of his character for meekness, relics of a vulgar and antiquated age. In: forbearance, and aversion to stir up strife, short, eren pleasures and dissipations that he had a moral armour that might have bave all the advantages of secrecy, and blunted the shafts of calumny, and made may plead the desires of nature, no sooner the false or petty accusations of his ad- lose the magic attraction of fashionable versary recoil upon his own head. He names, than the general taste instantly dees might have rebutted the charge with the clares against them. Examples of tbis truly noble reply of his celebrated country- kind, therefore, would operate as a salutary man and companion in arms, “ I fear sin- antidote against the epidemic contagion of ning, though you know I do not fear single conibat, and furnish a more success-fighting.” But be went a step farther. ful weapon than all the argument and He retrieved his honour without riolating raillery that has been employed against it, bis principles. He made his sword cancel for attacking and putting down a custom, the imputation of cowardice-not by which is contrary to the principles of reaplunging it, without provocation, into the son and justice---repugnant to the feelings bosom of his friend-not by depriving the of humanity.—and condemned by the laws service, it may be, of a brave officer-or of God and man. involving perhaps, in sorrow and disgrace, April 19. Here! I have good accoma widow and orphan family; but by sig- wodation, a quiet cottage in the midst of a palizing his courage against the enemies wicked army, where I can retire and bold of his country-by venturing fearlessly, communion and fellowship with God. My and of his own accord, on a desperate neighbours bere envy me this poor cottage, expedition. Here he displayed bis bravery but they are not permitted to wrong me. where alone it could be most honourably Who shall harm you if you be followers
of that which is good ? I bless God for makes true my motto to me every day, my peace and quietness: here I have just Deus fortitudo mea,Pp. 383, 884. as much business as diverts me, not so June 9. I was the first upon command much as to be troublesome.-P. 379,
of the field officers of the besieging army May 6. This day is one of the greatest yesterday, when the attack was ordered but Ebenezers of my life. In the morning the our regiment being to go next day into the French made a sally from the town upon trenches, the custom is, that that regiment that post where our regiment was.
gives no men or officers on command the a little before break of day. They came on night before. In this way it missed me, silently, expecting to surprise us; but by and the next officer on command was taken. the goodness of Providence we were ready. Whoso is wise will consider these things, Our sentinels gare us warning, and we and see the loving kindness of the Lord. I put ourselves in a posture, and received have occasions every day of observing this. them so warmly, that they immediately re- I would liave blessed God also if he had tired in confusion without firing a shot. It sent me, for I trust he would have borne is observable, that it was so ordered, that my charges, and carried me through to the this second sally of theirs should happen praise of his grace. The Lord is merciful to be only upon us, who were brought in to our regiment, for we have not bad a to relieve that regiment upon whom the man either killed or wounded in the enemy fell at the first sortie, and used so trenches these twenty-four hours.Pp394, ill. Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to 393. thy name be the praise and glory. It was thou who madest our enemies faintly to Précis de l'Histoire de la Reforturn their backs without attacking us,
mation, suivies de Notices histofor if they had attacked us briskly, we have no reason to believe, as to our own be
riques et biographiques sur les haviour, courage, or conduct, but that Principaux Reformateurs. Par there would have been as bad an account S. Humbert. 18mo. Paris, of us, as of those who were there before 1824. London, Treuttel & Co.
For, indecd, I did see among several Those of our readers who are of our soldiers manifest signs of fear and in the habit of perusing French confusion; but the goodness of God hides our failings; and not only so, but makes works, will find this a very convethose actions, which our own hearts know nient manual of the History of the to be mixed with great weakness, to turn Reformation; whether for occato our honour and reputation. I have often
sional reference or to read from observed this since I have been a soldier, time to time, in order to impress and now it holds good as to me and the regiment, that our actions, though in upon
the principal themselves not worth a button-no better facts of that blessed and ever methan other peoples-yea not so good — morable epoch, to which we owe oftentimes more weakness and defects; yet the revival of the pure doctrines God is sometimes pleased so to distinguish of the Gospel. The Prècis, or them with such circumstances of reputation, and to place them in such a light, as Summary of the History of the gives them a peculiar lustre in the eyes of Reformation is comprised in 1:39 the world. I am sure this should make us
pages; and the remainder of the humble and thankful. I acknowledge for volume contains a special history my own part, if the Lord, by his grace, of the Reformation in France, and did not very powerfully supply and furnish me with courage and fortitude, I would short but interesting historic notices bebave very ill. I would have neither of Luther, Calvip, Huss, Zuingle, heart nor hand. I am not ashamed to own Knox, and other eminently pious that I have no fund of my own, neither and distinguished Reformers. We courage, nor wisdom, nor conduct, but have, however, noticed some inwhat I get from God. I find him in straits a present aid; be gives most liberally and accuracies; as, for instance, the abundantly as occasions require. Therefore author has fallen into the common I shall rejoice in my own emptiness, and error of attributing the execution of weakness, and fear, because it leads me to Servetus to Calvin's influence, an infinite inexhaustible fountain and
which modern researches have magazine of all sorts of spiritual supplies.' I shall be distrustful of myself ; but in shown to be directly contrary to God I will boast all the day long. He that great man's exertions.
THE PROTESTANT.No. 111. The last three weeks have been productive of many new events, which are likely to affect the great question of the success of the Popish cause. The Government has thought it necessary to call the attention of the Legislature, by the opening speech of his Majesty, to the dangers arising from the continued existence of the Catholic Association. This step was followed up by the introduction of a bill into Parliament, intended to suppress that Society. A protracted debate took place on the motion " for leave to bring in the bill;" and after four days discussion, the question was carried in the affirmative by 278 votes against 123.
Immediately on learning the intentions of Administration, the leaders of the Association Jeft Dublin for this country; and a motion was made on the 18th of February to permit counsel to be heard at the bar of the House of Commons, against the proposed measure. The house divided – Ayes, 89; Noes, 222.
The necessity of taking these steps for the suppression of this dangerous body, is so obvious and undeniable, that it can scarcely be necessary for us to say a word in defence of the measure. If
doubt could be entertained on the subject, it must be removed by one expression which is stated to have fallen from Mr. Brougham's lips, while defending their cause on the 18th of February. If,” said Mr. B. “ the measure now in progress
--if it should receive the royal assent-if it should be found to accord with the unanimous voice of the country-even under all those circumstances, in order to render it a safe measure, you must have the assent and co-operation of the Catholic Association itself. You will find this to be absolutely essential.”
A body which is already represented by its own friends as being, effectively, a fourth branch of the Legislature, is plainly intolerable, and not to be endured. And if such be really its power while yet in its infancy, nothing less could be expected of its maturity than a usurpation of the whole authority of the Government. To crush it while yet in the bud, is the only safe course with such an evil.
One benefit which we anticipate from the course the Administration are now taking, is this--that by a continued and perverse evasion of the enactments of the new bill, the Catholics will irritate and thwart their best friends and advocates in the cabinet, and will shew what might reasonably be expected from them, if greater means of annoyance were placed within their reach.
Meantime, the Petition of the Association for the removal of restrictions was presented by Sir F. Burdett on the 23d of February; and a motion founded on it is to be brought forward on the 2d of March. There appears very little reason to apprehend that any proposition of this kind can meet with success in the present state of public feeling.– Mr. Canning himself has declared his conviction, that it “would be impossible to carry Catholic Emancipation in the present state of things."
Meanwhile, the spirit which has constantly distinguished the Association still pervades its proceedings. Especial and honorable mention was made at a late meeting of a priest of the name of O'Shaugnessy, who had reduced, in a short space of time, a school of the Ilibernian Society from 300 scholars to 12.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SGCIETY. On Monday, Jan. 31, a Special General their disposal; but the Principal, Tutor, Committee of this Society was held at and Students must all experience considerIslington, for the purpose of opening the able privations, until the liberality of the new Institution or College, for the edu- public shall enable the Society to erect adcating and preparing Missionaries.
ditional buildings. The Right Hon. Lord Gambier, the Meanwhile let us not lose sight of what President of the Society, was in the Chair, has been effected, but thankfully acknowsupported by Major-General Neville, J. ledge God's goodness,—that in our own Thornton, Esq. and the officers of the So- land, and in connection with our own ciety, the Rev. Messrs. Bickersteth, Pratt, church, a building has been provided, and &c. We noticed the Rev. Messrs. Jerram, an establishment formed, for the especial Johnson, J. Mann, W. Maon, Preston, purpose of preparing Missionaries to the Sheppard, Stewart, Webster, W. Wilson, Heathen. The church of Rome, in esand B. Woodd, together with Messrs. tablishing the College of the Propaganda, Bainbridge, Bicknell, Compigne, Hole- bas long tacitly reproached the supineness house, Macauley, Pownall, Symes, E. N. of the Protestant churches, while the conThornton, Walker, &c.
duct of Englishmen has exposed them to Twelve Missionaries were then introduced, censure, as persons withont religion, in our and after a short address from tbe Noble eastern possessions, and rarious other President—the Hundredth Psalm was sung places. We trust, bowever, so goodly an -the Fifty-fourth Chapter of Isaiah read army of Missionaries shall, in due season, suitable Addresses delivered by the Rev. E. proceed from these walls, as to roll away Bickersteth, the Secretary of the Society, this reproach, and hasten that time when and the Rev. J. N. Pearson, the Principal all the ends of the earth shall see the salof the College, and appropriate prayers
vation of our God. offered up by the Rev. Josiah Pratt, the For this purpose, we call upon our Rer. B. Wood, and the Rev. J. H. Stewart. readers to comniend the Institution to the After the business of the meeting was divine blessing by fervent prayers; intreatclosed, the company viewed the house and ing Almighty God to give wisdom, grace, premises with great satisfaction.
and a double portion of his Spisit to all The Church Missionary Society has thus who shall be admitted within its walls, that far completed its plán, as to admit of the they may in every respect be fitted and preInstitution being opeved. It should, how- pared for the work to which they are about ever, be remembered, that it is far from to go forth, and be indeed the beralds and complete. The Committee have done all messengers of salvation to the ends of the they were able with the funds entrusted to world.
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wise been printed. But beside the publica“ II. Its labours, both at home and tion of these various editions of the Homiabroad, are highly and increasingly useful. lies, &c. and the supplying, according to “ AT HOME.
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