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240 Revicu.-Evans's, Jervis's and Kitcat's Thanksgiving Sermons. the attention and the chiarity of his perity !" (Pp. 8, 9.) At the same audience to our suffering Protestant iime, no hearer could have gone away Brethren in the South of France. We from the sermon without a pleasing feed not inform the reader that his impression of the preacher's good sense Serinon abounds in those generous and piety and love of freedom, or principles of religious liberty which he without feeling a stronger attachment has so often and so effectually asserted. to the political institutions of his own
country. Art. VII.God the duthor of Peace.
A Sermon, preached in the Dissenting Chapel at Mill Hill, in Art. IX.-A Lelter to the Rev. T. Leeds, on Thursday, January 18,
Price, occasioned by his Speech de1816, being the day of Public
livered at the first Anniversary Thanksgiring on the Conclusion of
Meeting of the Isle of Sheppey Auxa General Peace. By the Rev.
iliary Bible Society, held at SheerThomas Jervis, Minister of Mill
By M. Harding, Minister Hill Chapel. 8vo. Pp. 38. Long
of the Unitarian Church, Mile
town. man and Co.
12mo. pp. 18. Sheerness, Na strain of bold and manly elo.
printed, and sold by E. Jacobs. IN
4d. qucrice, Mr. Jervis sets forth the blessings of peace by describing the 'Art. X.-An Aldress.do the Complayuc and curse of war. He seems mittee of the Isle of Sheppey Auito have judged, in our opinion correct
iliary Bible Society, containing ly, that the only way to inake peace.
Animadversions on their Conduct, permanent is to cherish the spirit of in having rejected a Donation. peace. Hence, whilst be extols the With a Copy of the Correspondence. national courage, and adverts with By. M. Harding. 8vo. Pp. 18. conscious pride to our military and
Rochester, printed. 8d. naval achievements, he hesitates not to rebuke and condeinn that hostile THE Bible Society is on no account "disposition, too-long prevalent in Great it promotes a spirit of charity amongst
Britain, which has made Europe a the several Christian denominations. field of blood.
Here and there, however, a bigot
mistakes and perverts this happy tenART. VIII.-The Happiness of Grent dency and design. "The Rev. T.
Britain.. A Sermon, delivered at Price,” for instance, on the occasion Newbury, January 18, 1816, being described in the title-page of the first the Day appointed for a General of these publications, iniserably abused Thanksgiving. By John Kitcát. the privilege of a public speech by at8vo. Pp. 18. 13. Hunter.
tacking the Unitarians, whom he reTHE THIS Sermon breathes a military presented as the Devil's Chaplains,"
spirit which is rare in meeting- sent by his Satanic Majesty to Sheerhouses, where “the ever venerable ness
to oppose the Bible." Mr. Blucher, that noble veteran in' thellarding, an Unitarian teacher, was cause of national independence,” (p: 5) an indignant hearer of this Bedlam and the illustrious Commander, the jargon ; which he afterwards exposed ever-inemorable, Field Martial” (Mar. 10 his neighbours in the “ Leiter," on shal) " Duke Wellington" (P. 6.) · the title-page of which he advertised are, we believe, as yer, strange names. that's the profits arising from its sale The preacher paints with a patriotic would be given in aid of the Bible. pencil the happy, consequences of the Society." battle of Waterloo; other consequences, We may congratulate Mr. Harding might, we fear, be described by the as one of the few successful autbors. French and Piedmontese Protestant, His Letter netted a profit of Eleven the Spaniard, the Saxon, the Genoese Shillings. This sum he paid into the and the Pole. Even the English far- hands of the Treasurer of the Society, mer and tradesman would have list. September the 18th, 1815, wishing ened to Mr. Kitcat with some surprise it to be inserted in the Annual List and incredulity, whilst he described of Subscriptions as a Donation, bein words of large meaning, Great Bri. ing the profits, &c.” The List aptain as risen superior to her difficulties, peared without any acknowledgement and enjoying the sunshine of prose of the donation.' Mr. Harding then
Review.-Trinitarian Catechised.-Old Unitarian's Leller.
addressed a note of inquiry to the se. HE author says, “ This small cretary, who returned for answer that publication has no other object the sum alluded to was in the Bank, in view than to produce candid rebut that it was not passed into the flection, and destroy the influence of account of the last year, because the superstition, bigotry and prejudice, Committee had not determined “ on those grand enemies to the kingdom the propriety of receiving it.” Wishing of Christ, and to peace on earth and to save this body the trouble of further good-will towards men.” This imconsultation, Mr. Harding then de- portant object we think it calculated manded that the contribution should io promote. The Questions proposed be given back. In reply to this de are pertinent, and the reader is left mand the secretary stated that it would to form the Answers. be “ most likely complied with at the next meeting of the Committee, the matter having been debated but Art. XII.-4 Letter from an old not decided at two previous meetings. Unitarian to a young Calvinist. At this announced meeting the Coin. 1816.
pp. 24. Hunter.
NHIS contains just and pointHarding that he might receive his doctrines, and wholesome advice to Eleven Shillings “ by applying to the young Calvinist; but we cannot the bank where he left it." Mr. Harding pocketed the affront, and in Jesus Christ taught nothing except
agree with the writer, p. 7, “ That return for the favour has addressed moral precepts.". The whole of his the Committee upon their conduct. doctrine is calculated to produce moThe Address must, we should think, ral excellence, and all his precepts shame them, and will, no doubt,
are enforced by evangelical motives, prevent the repetition of
arising from what he taught concernbigotted and mean proceedings. This affair ought to occupy a page of Mr. future state of immortality. Had milder
ing the gracious Father of all, and a Owen's proposed History of the Bible language been used in some passages Society.
the value of this letter would not have
been diminished. It is apostolic adART. XI.--The Trinitarian Cate. vice, Be gentle towards all men : in chised, and allowed to Answer for meekness instructing those who oppose Himself. 1815. pp. 15. 2d. or themselves. 2s. 6d per dozen. Hunter.
April 4, 1816. merchants, he became an advocate of the
Slave Trade. The following lines, to which I venture
OTIOSA. to add a translation, may not be uninteresting, as the composition of a learned Ne. Invida mors totum vibrat sua tela per orgro. They are the introductory stanzas of a Latin elegy, the fragment of which is Et gestit quemvis succubuissse sibi. preserved by the Abbe Gregoire in his Illa, metils expers, penetrat conclavia regum work de la literature des Negres. Their si- Imperiique manu ponere sceptra jubet. milarity to the Pallida Mors of Horace makes Non sinit illa diù partus spectare triumphos it probable that they were thence suggested Linquere sed cogit, clara tropæa duces. to the author. The elegy was written by Divitis et gazas, aliis ut dividat, omnes, the African Jacques Elisa-Jean Capitein on. Mendiciqué casam vindicat illa sibi. the death of his friend and master, Mnger, Falce senes, juvenes, nullo discrimine, dura a clergyman at the Hague. Capitein was Instar aristarum, demittit illa sinul. bought and carried to Holland at about eight years of age, whenee, having passed Death's all uuerring darts around are spread through several universities, with great ce At once the monarch's and the peasant's lebrity, he was sent Calvinistic missionary dread ; to Guinea. M. Gregoire inentions the re. In regal palaces her dire command markable circumstance that, before his Wrests the bright sceptre froin the nervedeath, at the instigation of some Dutch less hand :
She checks the warrior in his proud career, Not sumnier briglit, nor autumn mild,
Has thrice ten seasons led the day ; Alike indiff'rent hasten to the tomb And thou with constancy contess'd Or hoary age or childhood's op'ning bloom, His genial power and cheering ray. As the full ears beneath the reaper's sway, Renew thy blossorbs, lovely flower, Promiscuous fall with flow'rets of a day.
Inspiring lupe and confidence ;
bough storms may rage and tempests To a, withering Rose that had been trans
low'r, planted by the Author, 1815.
Fear not, thy shield is Innocence. Midst gayer flowers awhile to bloom,
A, C. I rais'd thee from thy native bed, Alas! I but prepared a tomb; Already droops thy beauteous head.
From the Portuguese of Camoens. Say, have the Sun's meridian ray's
Thou lovely spirit that so soon hast fled
From this dark vale of solitude and woe, Beam'd on thee with resistless force, and like the breath of fatt'ring praise
In heaven's eternal peace to rest thy head, Blasted thy beauty at the source?
While I must heave unceasing sighs below;
Il in the ethereal Courts thon honorest now, No; morn and eve have scarcely flown, A thought of earth may enter, heavenly Nor seorching noon has o'er thee past,
maid ! Yet low to carth thy stem is prone,
Forget not the pare tears these eyes have Thy life's bright morning all o'ercast.
The love which filled this breast with holiest * Thus, by misjudging kindness torn
glow ! Reluctant, from its genial shades, To sink the prey of fortune's scorn, And if the sorrow from my bosom driven, Full many an op'ning virtue fades. The agony of losing thee, may rise
With thine oven prayers, propitious, to the How oft the hand of friendly pow'r
skies ; In mis'ry's aid arrives too late,
Ask from the bourity of indulgent heaven So vainly now this falling show'r
That I to meet thee from vain carth be Would still arrest thy hapless fate.
Early as thou wert torn from these sad eyes. To grace thee, lovely sight of woe,
A. In idle sorrow does it weep, As glistening in their wonted shew The crystal drops thy blossoms steep.
Impromptu de M. Voltaire fait à Cirey, sur UTIOSA.
la beauté du ciel, dans une nuit d'été.
-- Tous ces vastes pays d'Azur et de LuTo a Crocus,
miere Which has blown for thirty years on the same
“ Tirés du sein du vuide, et formés sans maSpot.
" Arrondis sans compas, et tournans sans Welcome, thrice welcome; little fower,
pivot, Blooning harbinger of Spring;
“Ont à peine conté la depense d'un mot." With thee we hail the genial hour,
Memoires, &-c. par Grinim ct Diderot, Borne on the verual zephyr's wing.
Tom 2. p. 260, Exhausted nature droops and dies, Chill winter holds his dreary reign; Thou blossom'st, and the earth revives, Impromptu by Voltaire, on the Bearity of the The op'ning buds appear again.
Heavens on a fine Summer Night. Gay woodbines and the blushing rose,
Regions of Azure, bright ethereal plains,
Sprung from the womb of space, of matter On summer gales their fragrance shed ;
void, But thon, sweet How'ret, 'mid the snows Of winter, rearst thy tender head.
Spher'd without compass, self-revolving,
Boundless all, and at a word created. Kind Nature's first-born darling child,
A. C. Chaste leader of the flow'ry host,
( 243 ) OBITUARY.
On Thursday, the 18th of January, at At Saffron Walden, on Friday, March Doncaster, after a short indisposition, in 1st, 1816, in the 73d year of his age, the 81st year of his age, the Rev. RICHARD Mr. Joseph Exdes, for many years a HODOSON, Unitarian Minister at that place, deacon of the General Baptist Church its where in connexion with Long Houghton that town. He was a worthy pember of he continued preaching until six months society in general, and particularly useful before his death, for the last fifteen years. to the religious society to which he belong. He was the son of the Rev. John Hodgson, ed. He was a bright and ornamental chathe minister at Lincoln. He received his racter as a Christian ; loved and respected education at Glasgow and Warrington : on by persons of different persuasions in relihis removal from thence he married Missgion for his mild and peaceable temper, his Lightfoot, daughter of the Unitarian minis- charitable disposition and good will to all., ter at Osset, at which place he commenced He truly adorned the doctrines of Chris. the ministry, succeeding his wife's father, tiquity. His death was easy and calm ; be and for sixty years faithfully and unremit- was resigned to the will of heaven, and fell tingly preached the gospel. He had by asleep without a sigh or groan. He was her seven children, (two baving since died) interred March 12, in liis family vault, in four of whom he had the satisfaction to see the burial ground belonging to the General advantageously settled in Sheffield. From Baptists in Saffron Walden. An impressive Osset le removed to Mouton and continued scrmon was preached on the occasion by to discharge the various duties of the minis- his minister, the Rev. S. Philpot, from try for many years. He afterwards went 1 Thessalonians iv. 13, 14, to a respectable to Namptwich, where he preached thirty- and crowded audience, who testified their one years. The fornier part of his time regard to the good man by paying this last there he devoted to the education of a tribute of respect to his memory: au apsuall number of young gentlemen. He propriate Oration at the grave finished the then succeeded the Rev. Mr. Scott, at last part of the solenn scene. Doncaster. Although the smallness of the
H. congregation there would often cause him a momentary concern, yet it proved no Died, March 22d, 1816, in her fiftydiscouragement to his zeal and perseve. second year, Ann, wife of Mr. Robert rance ; he seldom suffered any thing except Blyth, of Birmingham, (to whom she was indisposition to interfere with the perform- married April 10, 1783), and daughter of ance of bis duty, and conld not be prevailed the late Mr. George Brittain, merchant, of upon by his children or friends (who long Sheffield. The best qualities of the underthought him unequal to the exertiou) to standing and of the heart were united in retire, until he was completely incapacitated this valuable woman. A worshipper, on in for public service. He was blessed with quiry and from conviction, of the one God, a strong constitution, uncomnion vigour and the father, in the name of the man Christ activity at his advanced period of life, until Jesus, she adorned her religious profession the loss of his excellent wife, who died the by the spirit of genuine meekness, humility, 10th of October, 1812, in the 76th year of devotion and benefcence. Her estimable her age : that deprivation produced in him and liberal-minded parents had educated & material change, though he bowed with her in the principles of the Established bumble subinission to the will of heaven ; Church. The events, however, of her early since that time his intellectual faculties lost life, led her to examine the foundation of their vigour, and his health was gradually Unitarian Dissent : she reflected and read on the decline. Throughout life, he exhi- much on the subject ; and, compuring with bited a natural cheerfulness of mind united the scriptures whiat she heard respecting it with sensibility of heart, and in his last in conversation and in public discourses, illness he exemplified the true spirit of she saw reason to embrace tbat simple faith Christian fortitudo, patience under his suf- in the evidences and obligations of which she ferings, and derived great consolation from assiduously instructed her children; ten out those principles of faith he had imbibed of eleven, of whom survive to bless ber me himself, and endeavoured to instil into the mory and attempt the imitation of her vir minds of others. The memory of the just tues. In her family and neighbourhood, is blessed." His children will ever remen- in a large circle of associates, through which ber his tender concern for their welfare, the sweetness of her temper and manners and his grandchildren his affectionate dis- uniformly shed delight, and in the religious position and engaging manners.
community of which she was a distinguished The above is inserted as a tribute of af- ornament, her death has occasioned a vas, fection and respect by a part of his survive cancy that will not be easily supplied. All ing family.
her duties were discharged with eminent Sheffield, March 19, 1916. K. wisdom, affection and fidelity, As a daugha,
244 Obituary.--Mr. Joshua Joyce.- Mr. James Drover. ter and a wife, not less than as a mother, racters it would be difficult, if not impossible she was, above most, deservedly admired to scrutinize in the short period of teu days; and beloved. To the voice of friendship but by the constant and unwearied efforts and the feelings of enlightened piety she of the subject of this article, with the aid of was egter alive and her submission to the other persons of great respectability, who Divine Will, through many years of bodily felt that on the issue of those trials dependlanguor, presented a truly engaging and ed the libertiemand safety of every man in edilying spectacle. Of such a character a the realm, as well as the lives of the acskotch is now given, that the graces of it cused; the characters and motives of four nray be emulated : around such a tomb hundred and twenty-one persons were fully Christian mourners may join in two em- investigated in the time allowed: the minisployments which are among the noblest, ter was baffled, his spies detected, and limthe most beneficial and the most soothing, self discomfited and disgraced. of any that can occupy the contemplative Many private trusts were committed to nrind-in virtuous recollection and in the in- the care of Mr. Joyce, which he executed dulgence of sacred and even exulting hope ! with fidelity and to the satisfaction of those
for whose interests he was engaged. He On the 29th of March, in the 60th year has left a widow and ten children to deplore of his age, and exactly seven weeks after his loss : the latter by imitating his virtues the death of his mother, (see p. 110;) will do honour to the character of an exMr. Joshua Joyce, of Essex Street, cellent parent, and probably secure to Strand, highly respected as well for the themselves the reputation and success in activity and usefulness of his talents as the world which are, to the young and well for the uprightness and integrity of his disposed, always objects of landable amconduct in every relation of life. By the bition. death of his father in 1778, when lie was a Highgate.
J. J. very young man, the care of the junior branches of the family, in a great measure, devolved on him, whiose concerns he ma
Addition to the Obituary of MR. JAMES naged with zeal and disinterestedness. The
DROVER, p. 184. (Extracted from the patrimony resulting to them was small, but
conclusion of Mr. Aspland's Funeral Serto the younger brother, in addition to an
mon for him, just published.) equal share with the rest of the children, Here I might conclude. But I shall be was bequeathed a small copyhold, supposed expected perhaps to say a few words on the by his father, to be his right as youngest sad occasion of this Sermon ; and I shall
The subject of the present article fulfil this expectation as far as appears to was, however, informed, when he appeared me consistent with propriety and servicein court to pay the usual fine, in behalf of able to the cause of righteousness and truth. his brother, that he might dispute bis Funeral sernions are however for the benefather's will and claim it for himself
, thefit of the living only, and any further praise idea of which he instantly rejected. By of the dead than may excite the virtuous this act of disinterestedness the youth, in imitation of survivors would be useless and whose favour it was done, was enabled, even painful: within this limit I shall strict. when he came of age, and had completed ly confine myself. the term of his apprenticeship, in which he The sentiments of the discourse which had been engaged about a year, to quit you bave just heard were familiar to the mechanical employments and to devote mind of our departed brother, Air, JAMES himself, under the patronage of the late Rev. Drover. He was in the constant habit Hugh Worthington, to those studies that of putting down his thoughts and feelings are necessary qualifications tor the profes- in writing ; and amongst bis last-written sion of a dissenting minister. In 1794, when manuscripts there has been found a paper, his brother was singled out by the late Mr, with this remarkable sentence, " When I Pitt as a victim, wuh others, to be sacrificed arrive at the closing period of my eristence, if at the shrine of his wicked ambition, Mr. I can look back with as much satisfactim as I Joshua Joyce zealously interested himself now look on my present sentiments, I shall die in his behalf, and that of the other state with confidence in the divine mercy." prisoners; and the late Mr. Jobs Horne
Hence it appears, that though the death Tooke bias frequently asserted, that himself of our respected friend was sudden, it was and friends were more indebted to his exer- not, in the most important sense of the tions than to those of any other wan in de word, untimely; it did not find him unfeating the projects ut niinisters, who, at prepared. He was, in fact, a truly religious that period, were conspiring to subvert the I know no one, not engaged in the liberties and constitution of the country. study of divinity by the duties of a profesThe minister had hoped to perplex ad sion, who read and thought so much upon contund the prisoners, by sending to each, sacred subjects. He was accustomed to or causing to be sent, an unbeard of num- frequent retirement; and the papers which ber of perrons as juryuen, and to use his he has lett behind show how his retirement own plirase a cloud of witnesses whose cla- was occupied, nainely, in the inquiry after