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Especially when that author writes in out any certain rule of duty or assured verse, since a poet is not confined to promise of reward or punishment the beaten track of common life, or hereafter, excluding the Deity in his compelled to tread only in the foot, thoughts from all concern in the direcsteps of his own experience.
tion of the affairs of the universe, and J. BRETTELL. regarding pleasure as the great object
of human life, or proudly maintaining The Unitarian Mourner comforted. in spite of the smarting experience of LETTER III. *
every hour of life, that there is no evil To Mrs, on the Death of her those considerations which might sus
in pain, and therefore despising all Father.
tain the heart under its burthens. Sept. 28, 1820.
Next look at the Heathen vulgar, havMY DEAR MADAM,
ing no superior beings to look up to THEN I visited
two but such as are weak, passionate and months ago, for the purpose wicked like themselves, by whom reof paying my public tribute of sincere wards or punishments in this and in respect to the memory of your excel- that future imaginary world, which lent father, it was a source of great their poets describe, are distributed as satisfaction to me in the discharge of caprice or revenge may dictate, with what was in other respects a painful little regard to moral excellence or duty, to be assured from their own guilt; with no compassionate Saviour, mouths that I had administered some instructor and comforter to whom to consolation to his weeping family. apply;
no almighty, merciful and graBut, alas ! the Christian comforter cious Father, into whose bosom to has performed but half his office when pour forth the heart's secret sorrows. he has attempted to soothe the first Look at the disciple of Mahomet, moments of anguish. There are tears panting after an unhallowed heaven of which having been brushed away with sensual pleasure above, as a recomthat magnanimous resolution which pence for the sufferings and mortificasprings elastic under the immediate tions of the present life, and ascribing pressure of affliction, return to their the whole circle of human events to wonted channels, and there are losses resistless, all-governing fate, which of which we are rendered more deeply hears ng prayers and exercises no sensible by reflection. And now that compassion. you are deprived of the services of a Look at the Indian widow, indigregular preacher which I know you nantly flinging away life as a worthless highly appreciate, I greatly fear your faded flower, when it can no longer minds may be too much occupied on be enjoyed in the society of the lord the darker parts of the providential of her affections, and wasting, in an event of which you liave become the uncalled-for sacrifice, that fortitude subjects.
which, better directed, might have inIt is a very allowable, and I am per- sured her a martyr's crown. suaded you will find it a very consola- Contemplate the loud and extrava. tory employment of the thoughts, to gant grief which was indulged in, even compare your own condition with that by the chosen people of God of old, of others, your sources of comfort which called forth the rebuke of our under sorrow with theirs. The result Saviour, and you will be convinced will, I am persuaded, be a grateful that within the fold of Christ alone, conviction that, as Christians and Uni- narrow and confined as are its present tarians, you are possessed of unspeaka- boundaries, the fountain of life, the bly greater privileges than any of the well-spring of everlasting consolation sons or daughters of the large family is to be found. of affliction throughout the world. But how can we sufficiently lament,
Direct your thoughts first to the that many of the followers of the great uninspired Heathen philosopher, with- Shepherd have been content to drink
the waters of life mixed up with the * We regret that we could not bring most pernicious ingredients, and have this article into the last Number as we even attempted to disturb the serenity promised, p. 20, and that we can now and clearness of the sacred, inexhaus. insert only one letter. ED.
tible fountain itself! Observe the Ca. VOL. XVII.
tholic, instead of pouring forth his abate their painful and pernicibus ef. soul in the hour of sorrow, as Jesus ficacy. But how different, my dear did, to the Father, the God of all con- Madam, the sentiments which my solation and joy, and to him alone, esteemed friend and your lamented dividing his homage and petitions with father was accustomed to cherish as scrupulous exactness in error amongst the light and joy of his existence ! a host of departed saints. By what Upon his views of the gospel, how costly and painful methods is his God encouraging the character of our to be appeased! What anguish does common Heavenly Father! How simhe feel for the departed soul of his ple and rational the preparation for friend, if no holy man have been pre- death and eternity—a life of piety sent to carry his spirit's expiring and benevolence in obedience to the prayer to the gates of heaven, and commands of Christ! How readily anoint his dying limbs with holy oil! may our fears be quieted, and our Look at the zealous member of the hearts be soothed, under the sudden Church of England: what trembling departure of those who were dear to anxiety does he feel that his innocent us! With what cheerful confidence expiring infant should be baptized, may we cominend their spirits to bin and his pious parent receive the sacra- who knew and allowed for all the ment; and with what lively sorrow is infirmities of their nature; was ever his bosom agitated if these have been ready to forgive their offences upon unavoidably omitted ! Visit the Cal- repentance, and will assuredly reward vinist after the death of his son, or whatever was good in their characters ! friend or relative, who, though pure I doubt not your thoughts and those and godlike in his manner of life, had of the other members of your family, not exhibited that triumphant faith in are still chiefly occupied by the melanthe atoning sacrifice (by which alone choly event which has befallen you. an angry Deity is to be appeased) But while you dwell on the past and which, his system teaches, must cha- the present, allow me to remind you racterize one of the elect. What avail that the boundless, heart-cheering and the angel-smile on the countenance of all-glorious future lies no less open his child, or the saintly, matron graces to your meditations. Carry your of her who gave him birth, or a long- thoughts forwards, my young friends, continued course of benevolent and to the period, though it should be many virtuous deeds in him, whom, but for ages distant, when that heart in which this stain, he would have been proud you discerned so much moral worth, to call his father-if either have not and which so tenderly interested itself the witness that he is in the number in the welfare of each and all of you, of those whom God has arbitrarily sball rejoice in beholding you all again, chosen to be exclusive objects of his greatly improved in knowledge and everlasting favour? When the child virtue, and blessing his paternal hand of affliction, weighed down by the for having laid the foundation of a burthens of life, and weary of the structure, which shall advance in lusheartless commerce of the world, with tre and beauty throughout the ages reverence asks to see the face of the of eternity. View him no longer opChristian's God, the God of Abraham, pressed with languor and emaciated Isaac and Jacob, the God and Father with sickness; his devotions no longer of our Lord Jesus Christ; he is interrupted by disease and pain; or shewn a Deity, pavilioned in eter. checked by any earthly imperfection, nal darkness, dressed in everlasting magnifying that name in which was frowns, the flames of whose wrath are his and his children's confidence beonly to be quenched in blood, who low, in everlasting songs of adoration punishes the innocent for the guilty, and thankfulness. smiles on a few, and looks with a With best wishes for the happiness countenance of terror on a universe ! and improvement of every member of
It cannot be doubted that the Great your family, &c. believe me, Spirit who dwells in the heart of the Dear Madam, untutored Heathen and the Christian, Yours, Jew and Greek, orthodox and heretic, with sincere esteem and respect, does in all so over-rule the influence of their mistaken yiews, as greatly to
A List of STUDENTS educated at the Academy at DAVENTRY under the Pa
tronage of Mr. Coward's Trustees, and under the successive superintendence of the Rev. Caleb ASHWORTH, D.D., the Rev. Thomas Robins,
and the Rev. Thomas Belsham. Communicated by Mr. Belsnam. The following Students removed from Northampton to Daventry, November 9, 1752:
don. d. H. Cutler,
died at Daventry. A German.
settled at Crewkerne.
Modbury-Leskiard. Author of a volame of
Poems and of Criticisms in the Commentaries
d. William Jackson, m. Freeby, Coventry. 1750, d. Samuel Mercer, m.
Chowbent. d. Nathaniel White, m. Hinkley—Leeds—London, Old Jewry. d. Radcliffe Scholefield, m. Whitehaven-Birmingham. de Thomas Robins, m. Stretton-under-Foss-West Bromwich-Daven
try, as successor to Dr. Ashworth, 1775; obliged to resign on account of the loss of his voice, 1781; carried on the business of bookseller and druggist at Daventry till
his death, 1810. To these were added, in 1753, upon the dissolution of the Academy at Kendal, d. Rotheram, m.
Kendal. d. Smithson, m.
Nottingham. d. Threlkeld, m.
Longdon-America. d. Whitehead, m.
Box Lane, near Berkhamstead, Herts.
The following entered under Dr. Ashworth. 1751, d. Henry Holland, m. Prescot, Ormskirk.
d. Matthew Rolleston, M. D.
xv.; found dead in his bed at Birmingham,
A. D. 1765. d. Joseph Priestley, LL.D. Needham-market - Namptwich – Warrington, F.R.S., &c. &c. m.
tutor ; Leeds-Calne ; a librarian to Lord Lansdown—Birmingham; driven away by the Riots, 1791 ; Hackney, Gravel-Pit; emi. grated to America, 1794 ; died at Northumberland, 1804 : the celebrated author of many excellent works in Philosophy and
Theology. 1752, Thomas Tayler, m. Daventry, Assistant Tutor—chaplain to Mrs.
Abney, at Stoke Newington-one of Coward's
now living, 1822.
Flower and Weedon-Walpole-Yarmouth. d. Henry Prockter, m. Whitney-Stamford-Whitchurch-Evesham. d. John Robotham, in. Freeby--Cambridge--Congleton. d. S. Smith,
Namptwich. d. — Mather, m.
Stamford; conformed. d. Francis Webb, m.
Honiton-London, Pinners' Hall; quitted the
ministry for a civil employment ; secretary of Legation at the Peace of Amiens; died 1815,
aged 80. d. Beesly, m.
Solicitor at Tewkesbury. d. Bunyon, m. 1754, d. John Cole, m.
Wolverhampton–Narborough. d. Henry Taylor, m.
Croydon ; quitted the ministry. d. John Willding, m.
Congleton-Derby-Prescot. 1755, d. Nathaniel Lea, m.
West Bromwich. d. John Reynell, m.
Plymouth. d. Richard Amner, m. Yarmouth—Hampstead-Cosely. d. Samuel Brabrooke, m. Flower-St. Helen's—West Bromwich, as a
Boston, d. Noah Hill, m.
succeeded Mr. Taylor as Assistant Tutor
London, Old Gravel Lane; one of Coward's
Peter Le Grand, Esq.
a son of Dr. Hodge, was a student about this
time, and died before he had finished his
course. 1757, d. Samuel Worsley, m. Cheshunt.
Rochdale; celebrated for an almost miraculous
memory. See Dr. Barnes's Funeral Sermon
for him. Dr. Cooper, M. D.
Thomas Colley 1758, d. Ottiwell Heginbotham, m. Sudbury; a man of very superior talents; d. Samuel Palmer, m.
London, Weigh-House Hackney; one of
Coward's Trustees; well known as the author of the Nonconformists' Memorial, and of many tracts in defence of Noncon
formity. d. William Enfield, m. LL.D. Liverpool-Warrington, as minister and tutor
in the Belles Lettres—Norwich; an elegant writer ; he published some volumes of sermons, a System of Natural Philosophy; and joined with Dr. Aikin in the first volume of
his General Biographical Dictionary. 1759, d. John Boult, m.
Atherstone. d. William Bull, m.
Newport, Pagnel; where he opened a small
seminary for students for the ministry under
the patronage of John Thorntou, Esq.
d. Samuel Crompton, Esq. Clapham. 1760, d. John Ashworth,
son of Dr. A., grazier ; kept the Wheat Sheaf
at Daventry. (To be continued.)
Edinburgh, that I have seen the articles in the SIR,
Dec. 11, 1821. Eclectic Review, on the “ Illustrations I of
reading Southey's Life of Wesley, of the Divine Government.” I agree ing incident: “Wesley confessed to tique are ably written, but others apWilliam Law, that he felt greatly de- pear to me to be exceedingly obscure. jected, because he saw so little fruit Though I have read some of the pasfrom bis labours. My dear friend,' sages in it several times with great replied Law, ‘you reverse matters from attention, I am yet quite unable to their proper order. You are to follow understand them. The charge of ob. the divine light wherever it leads you, scurity, however, by no means attaches in all your conduct. It is God alone to all that is said in this paper. There that gives the blessing. I pray you is in particular one capital principle always mind your own work, and go very clearly and distinctly stated, which on with cheerfulness; and God, you your correspondent does not notice, may depend upon it, will take care of but which in fact goes to the foundabis. Besides, Sir, I perceive you tion of the subject. It is contained in would fain convert the world; but the following passages of the Review: you must wait God's own time. Nay,
“ The argument à priori in favour of if after all, he is pleased to use you the doctrine of Universal Restoration, is only as a hewer of wood or a drawer not only specious but satisfactory, if the of water, you should submit, yea, one thing which requires to be proved is you should be thankful to him that he taken for granted - -; 'if it be has honoured you so far."" These allowed that evil is a branch of the Divine appear to me very just and excellent contrivance for the production of a higher remarks, and particularly applicable ultimate good to the creature; that it is to the situation of Unitarian Ministers, but the temporary name of a particular and those who, being convinced of the Beneficence ; if, in a word, the foremost
class of the dispensations of Sovereign truth of Unitarian sentiments, are
and favourite dogma of infidelity be condesirous to diffuse them. Such per- ceded, that all things are as God makes sons are apt to be dejected and dis- them. But with the proof of this most couraged, from seeing the little pro- essential point, Dr. Smith no where trougress which their opinions appear to bles his readers. Perhaps he never surbe making, and the slight effect which mised that it could be called in question : their own efforts to propagate them or he might perceive that, unless he could seem to produce. Let them not, place it beyond a doubt, it would give an however, be discouraged. God's own absolutely gratuitous and nugatory chatime for the diffusion of the truth will racter to his subsequent reasonings.” come. It is the duty of all, following And again, the divine light, to examine the Scriptures for themselves, and to use every plausibleness in the hypothesis to which we
" It may be admitted that there is a method in their power to diffuse the have already alluded, and which includes opinions which they think agree with the whole of the argument adduced in the real sense of revelation. Let them support of Final Restitution : namely, that in this way endeavour to follow the evil, moral as well as natural, is but a divine direction, and they may with means in the great machinery of the uniconfidence trust, that God will give verse, essential to the higher good of the that success to their efforts which will creature.
We question if be most for the benefit of mankind. there is a proposition more indispensable And whether they succeed in diffusing to the existence of true religion, consi. their sentiments in this world or not, dered as a habit of the mind, than this, they may depend upon it that the Fa: that evil Is ESSENTIALLY and ULTIMATELY
EVIL," ther of truth and sincerity approves of their conduct,
and will finally reward This is going to the very bottom of them.
the subject : the consideration of this T. C. H. single point does “indeed include the
whole of the argument adduced in SIR,
March, 1822. support of the doctrine of Final Resti. beg leave to inform your corres- tution.". I am content that the mat. respondent Quero, (pp. 83–86,) ter should depend upon this issue. It