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truth, but very partially, and not the We have public worship, and ample supwhole truth, and on that account are not plies of sermons from pious, practical to be depended on. At the very time he preachers, from the Catholic to the Sociwas visiting us, a person from Kentucky nian Creed, which are read on the Sabassured us that we were better off than bath. But, above all, we have the incorthey were at Kentucky and Ohio."-Pp. ruptible seed of the word of God which 32-35.

liveth and abideth for ever; and it is with The moral portraits of the whole pleasure I can assure my readers, that American people, drawn by travellers, there is an increasing congregation, and, that there are some dark skades in the be rather an argument for persons of are very inconsistent. We really fear A trust, increasing religion amongst us.

But if it was otherwise, surely this should character of our Transatlantic kins- religious zeal to join us, who have emimen, Boston, in New England, is gration in view ; to come over to Macelikely from various causes to present donia and help us, rather than shrink from the most favourable specimen of Ame- such a task. At least it is not apostolic rican manners and morals; but this or evangelic feeling that would draw a northern metropolis of the union would different conclusion. seem to prove that these young states

“ When I was at Philadelphia, a lady have already attained the maturity of of the Society of Friends addressed me social depravity, if we may rely upon "Wilt thun, friend Flower, take thy

most emphatically on the subject : the following statement in a recent number of the North American Re. family to that infidel and wicked settle

ment in the Illinois ? Thou appearest to view, the first without dispute of the be a Christian ; how wilt thou answer American Journals, published too in to thy God for endangering the precious Boston itself :

souls of thy dear children ? "Madam,' “ In the town of Boston, which is answered I, ' my destiny appears to be in as well-governed and as sharply watch the Illinois settlement : and rather than ed as any city in the Union, it is sup. türn from thence on the account you posed there are two thousand men and have mentioned, you have furnished me women who live by profligacy, fraud with a forcible argument to proceed. I and felony; and that they obtain in trust I am, as you have supposed, a sincere one way or another, at least one dollar Christian, and as it is my special duty to per day each, making in the whole the go where reforınation is so necessary, i enormous sum of 730,000 dollars per for the blessing of the Most High. It is

will endeavour to perform it, and hope annum.”

for us to use the means. We know who If such be the laxness of morals at it is to command success in our present Boston, we cannot expect any extra- state and future prospects.'"-Pp.42–44. ordinary purity in the back settlements where the restraints of law must be In a note on this passage, Mr. B. very lightly felt. Mr. Richard Flower Flower makes some just and important exhibits the true Christian temper, in remarks upon the absurdity of infidebeing more disposed to combat the lity and the improbability of its preimmoral habits of some of his neigh. vailing to any great extent, except bours than to deny or disguise thein. where “the alliance between Church

“ The reports of the wickedness and aud State” supplies it with arguments irreligion of our settlement, with a view and motives. He quotes in a sub.note to prevent individuals from joining us, Dr. Gaskin's description of the Church have been industriously spread far and of England, extracted into one of our near. That there is a diversity of cha- early Volumes, (II. 102,) in which the racter in every part of the globe, will not governors of this society” are said to be denied ; that this diversity exists here * form a kind of aristocracy respectis equally true ; and that a portion of its inhabitants is of an immoral cast, will ing the community at large, but each be as readily admitted ; that we have particular governor in his proper disnot left human nature with its infirmities trict is a sort of monarch, exercising and propensities behind us is equally a his function both towards the inferior fact ; and even if it should be admitted ministers and laity, according to the that, unlıappily, a larger portion of the will of the supreme head of the church," dissipated, the idle and the dissolute are and to this curious text adds the fol. to be met with in new countries than is lowing no less curious commentary : usually to be found in old ones, yet we have the same antidote for these mis- • " How any mau, with the New Testachiefs--the light shining in a dark place. inent before him, could possibly call such

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an aristocratical and monarchical church, quiry into the nature and amount of our one “ formed according to the will of the church revenues' ? Would Christianity Supreme Head,' when he well knew that suffer if a Bishop of Winchester, or a it was diametrically opposite to the letter Bishop of Durham, had not £30,000 or and spirit of the most solemn, particular £40,000 a year! or if our over-grown and repeated directions of the great Head church revenues in England, and more of the Church on this subject~ Call especially in that still more oppressed no man your master on earth; one is your country, Ireland, where the bishoprics master, even Christ, and all ye are bre- are in general richer, and many thousands thren, &c.'-I shall not stay to inquire; are wrung from a long-oppressed and but it may amuse the reader just to ob- impoverished people, not unfrequently in serve how this clerical pluralist exercises places where little or no duty is par

his function towards the laity,' and more formed, were inquired into? Let Britain especially as it relates to tithes,--that look at the church reformation which has species of property which was first volun- taken place in France, and is now going tarily given by the people for various forward in Spain and Portugal, the abobenevolent purposes, but of which they lition of tithes, and the resumption of were afterwards robbed by the clergy, the useless and hurtful revenues of the who appropriated them to their own sole church, and blush at her bat and mole

How they are sometimes raised, like stupidity!"-Pp. 63, 64. even in the present enlightened age, I

Mr. B. Flower hits some hard blows lately discovered in a catalogue, at a sale of a pawnbroker's wredeemed pledges, at Mr. Cobbett in the concluding note, where, amongst other names and descrip- which we observe that this practised tions of property, I read as follows: literary pugilist endeavours in a late

Lots sold under a distress for tithes Register to evade by dexterous bydue to the Rev. Dr. Gaskin, Rector of play. the United Parishes of st. Benet, Gracechurch Street, of St. Leonard, Eastcheap. Art. III.- A Help to. Scriptural [and of St. Mary, Newington].' “ Then follow eight lots of writing

Worship, containing the Principal paper, silver table and tea spoons, &c. Services of the Church of England,

"" The following sold under a distress in some things altered, according to for tithes due to the Rev. Mr. Parker, the Plan of Dr. Samuel Clarke : (son-in-law of Dr. Gaskin,) Rector of si. short Fumily Prayers : and a SelecEthelburga.'

tion of Psalms and Hymns : with “ Then follow fire lots of yellow and an Appendix, exhibiting various mottled soap!

Readings of the Text of the New “ I cannot help expressing my surprise

Testument. 12mo. pp. 332. Exethat my countrymen will not, on this subject, take a hint from that great and

ter, printed and sold by Hedgeland; liberal-minded statesinan, the late Lord

sold also by Hunter, London. 4s. Chatham, at the commencement of the

6d. 1821. American war, when our debt and taxes THE plan of this work is explained were not one-fifth of what they are at in the Title. It is a reformed present. His Lordship, in a speech in Christian Common-Prayer Book, and the House of Lords, turning to the Right also a manual of private and family Reverend Bench, exclaimed, - Let the devotion. The anonymous compiler bishops beware of war; for, should the people be pressed for money, they know

seems to have wished to prepare pious where to look for it! It is a pity that offices for members of the Church of amidst so much nonsense with which England, dissenting from their own the nation is pestered at our agricultural church on the doctrine of the Trinity, meetings and in agricultural reports, and but carrying their dissent no farther $0 much injustice as is proposed for re- than simple Unitarianism implies. lieving the public, by Mr. Webb Hall on Hence this compilation differs from the one side, Mr. Cobbett and others on the Essex-Street liturgy chiefly in a the other, such as new corn laws, and closer adherence to the book of Combreaking public faith, &c.,, ruining thou- mon Prayer. If we must classify it sands by the reduction of interest of the still more particularly, we would say national debt, our real resources should that it is adapted to such as embrace not even be hinted at. patriot to be found in either House of the Arian hypothesis, and, generally, the Legislature, following the excellent to such as are not scrupulous in the example of Mr. Huine respecting state use of commonly-received theological abuses, who will recommend, . An in, language. The editor has preserved

THE

the prayer against the craft and sub- which is founded upon the doctrine of tilty of the Devil” (p. 35), and that Christ's actual descent into hell; or for the conversion of heretics (p. 55). Hymn 39, written also by Watts, in

The “ Family Prayers" are simple "the days of his younger assurance,”. and fervent, and some of the best that which represents the incarnation of we have seen : amongst them, are Christ as changing the temper of the some forms of prayer for children, the Divine throne. highest recommendation of which is, Two or three of the original hymns that they are appropriate.

lead us to wish that the author had, The " Psalıns and Hymns" are se- without lessening the number, borlected with less regard to Scripture rowed fewer. than the Liturgy, and in several of The “Various Readings” in the them the editor appears to us to vio- Appendix are froin Griesbach : in relate the principle laid down in the ference to these the editor says, with first sentence of his Preface,--" that truth and force, (Pref. p. 9,)~" He the Bible, in its own text and lan- that truly loves the Bible must wish guage, is the one true and sufficient to see it freed from corruption ; and rule of religion.” Something, it is there is a strange inconsistency in true, must be conceded to poetic li- some, who are warm advocates for cence; but this plea will scarcely this divine book, while they discountejustify Psalm 51, from Watts, which nance every attempt to restore it to asserts hereditary moral depravity ; its original state." Psalm 68, from the same author,

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1822. March 2, aged 72, at Tiverton, views he stedfastly adhered through life. Mr. GEORGE DUNSFORD, for many years He was the intimate friend and frequent a most respectable merchant and woollen associate of that amiable and excellent manufacturer of that town; and brother man, the Rev. John Kiddell, for many of the late Martin Dunsford, author of years pastor of the congregation of Unithe Memoirs of Tiverton.

tarian Dissenters at the Pit MeetingIf genuine worth merits remembrance, House, in Tiverton, and afterwards one this memorial of a truly honest and up. of the Classical Tutors of Hackney Colright man will not be deemed unworthy lege. (See Mon. Repos. V. 263 and 273 of being recorded. In the various rela- -277.) tions of life, as a husband, parent, friend On the formation of the Western Uni. and member of society, his conduct and tarian Society, Mr. Dunsford was amongst disposition were most affectionate, sin- the first who enrolled their names as cere, correct and benevolent. For a con- members of it; and having, for several siderable period of his life, he was an years, no place of worship to attend that active and useful trustee to several of the fully accorded with his own religious numerous public charities of Tiverton, views, he regularly conducted a religious and discharged the duties devolving on service on the Sabbath in his own house, him, with great credit to himself, advan- which was open to, and attended also by, tage to the institutions, and a cheerful several of his neighbouring friends. and earnest desire to recommend and On the subject of baptism, he coinassist those whom he considered most cided with the principles of the General deserving of relief from them.

Baptists, and was, in the earlier part of Descended from parents who were his life, baptized at Taunton, by the late conscientious Dissenters from the Esta- venerable Dr. Toulmin. blished Church, his mind was early im- But though fully decided as to the pressed with a sincere regard for their truth of his own religious principles, he principles. He was a Dissenter, how- always exercised the most perfect Chrisever, not merely from early habit and tian candour and charity towards all who education ; he possessed an inquiring differed from him. That liberty with mind, and an ardent and sincere love for which all are made free, he had well Christian truth, and from this motive learnt ; an attainment by no means gewas led to carefully examine the Scrip- neral, but of great account in the Christures for himself, and thereby, from ma- tian character. He had experienced ture reflection, was perfectly satisfied, many domestic afflictions and severe pethat the doctrines of Unitarianism were cuniary losses in the latter years of his the doctrines of the gospel, and to these life, which greatly reduced his circum

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