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who has declared, that to love God is fully to receive Heaven's last, best to keep his commandments, and that boon to man, and most cordially to in every nation, he that feareth him rejoice in the success of that glorious and worketh righteousness, shall be cause which, if we believe the Great accepted of him.

Shepherd of our souls, will, in the reI have been led into these reflec- storation of thousands of wanderers tions by the perusal of a letter (pp. to his fold, cause joy in the presence 222-224) containing objections to of the angels of God. Bible-Society Meetings ; and which

J. JOHNSTON. your correspondent commences with a suggestion, that I sincerely trust has

Bristol, no foundation in truth, namely, that Sir,

Aug. 8, 18:22 Unitarians as a body do not patronize HAVE no doubt that the gentleBible Societies. I contidently hope, men concerned in drawing up the Sir, that Unitarians in general are proposed Bill to amend the Marriageneither so bigoted to their own creed, Act set forth in your last number, (pp. nor have so contracted a view of the 438—442,) having duly considered the great importance of moral worth and subject, have only inserted such clauses Christian virtue, compared with mere and provisions as they deem necessary;

peculative religion, as to withdraw and under this conviction I am no their assisting hand from so glorious means disposed to animadvert upon a work as the general distribution of any part of it as a critic, but only to the word of life among those of their suggest my doubts as an inquirer, and fellow-mortals, or rather immortals, which I do the more readily as the who have hitherto been grovelling in Committee have expressed their “reaPagan ignorance and gloom; a work diness to receive any suggestions on which it requires no very extraordi- the subject.” nary measure of faith to believe, is After an attentive perusal of this appointed by, and under the directing proposed Bill, I cannot persuade myhand of God himself. And let not an self but that the consummation of the accusation of fanaticism be levelled Marriage contract is burdened by it against the inan who from his heart with unnecessary trouble to the parbelieves this ; for he who places any ties concerned. In the first place, trust in the prophetic promises of his though the place in which the cereGod, must believe it, or he has read mony is to be performed is very prothose promises in vain. That the perly required to be a place already earth shall be full of the knowledge of registered for public worship, yet it is the Lord, as the waters cover the sea, likewise required that it shall be again is the delightful assurance given us by registered as a place for the solemniHim who never yet altered his decree; zation of Marriage. Where is the and may none of us be found in oppo- necessity of this? What evil can it sition to the Lord and his Anointed, prevent, or what good secure? If but may we rejoice in every opportu- there were any restriction as to the nity of furthering his gracious and be- number of places of worship to be so nevolent designs ! Surely, Sir, the registered for the celebration of Marvery existence of these Societies (if we riage within a certain number of miles, take into consideration the almost un- then, indeed, the necessity of the meabounded extent of their co-operation) sure would appear; but as it remains may be considered as an additional wholly unlimited, and every registered evidence of the Divine origin of the place of worship, without exception, sacred volume; being in fact that kind has the full liberty of being registered of evidence which is the most impres- as a place for the solemnization of sive, although most rare, viz. ocular Marriage, does it not amount to exdemonstration. Perhaps one more actly the same thing in point of utionly of the same description and of lity, whether this fresh registration be equal weight is now before us, and required or not, and therefore, abthat is, the dispersion of the Jewish stractedly, shewing such new registranation. This has always been to my tion to be nothing but mere extra, nnmind a sufficient antidote against the productive and unnecessary trouble? sophistry of the sceptic, and, with other Secondly. Where is the necessity of sources of conviction, has led me grate- waiting the expiration of one year


after the registering of such place of parties or one of them from the Estaworship as a place for the solemniza- blished Church is required to be detion of Marriage? Really, Sir, in the clared in the petition for such licence, total absence of any good, there ap- and the place named where it is wished pears, I think, this certain evil in this to be performed, and also the usual provision, that though Dissenting places bond with surety to be given ;--where of worship may be newly registered is the necessity for the married pair for the solemnization of Marriage as to make their personal appearance

as possible after the Act has before the parish priest in order again passed into a lawy, yet the Act cannot to declare their dissent from the Estabe available to any one till at least 12 blished Church, and to be examined months have expired after its enact- and cross-examined by him at discrement, and as much more as such Dis- tion, (for such the proposed Act apsenting places of worship shall be de- pears to allow,) as to their being of layed to be newly registered. I con- mature age, having the consent of fess I cannot see any good in this parents, &c. ? Why would not a cerprocrastination.

tificate from the person performing Thirdly. In the case of obtaining a the ceremony, of the due performance licence, the registered place of worship thereof, be quite sufficient to enable where the ceremony is intended to be the parish priest to register the same; performed, is required to be set out in or otherwise the two witnesses prethe petition for such licence. Will it sent at the performance of such cerenot be incumbent upon the ordinary, mony may personally attend the regisor at least discretionary in him, to re-tration thereof, and attest the same quire evidence that such place has been in the Parish Register Book as usual ? duly registered, not only as a place of I am aware that it may be replied, worship, but also for the solemniza- that the parties themselves should tion of Marriage, and that 12 months sign their names to the Register as have then elapsed since such last-men- they now usually do: but this I subtioned registration, ere he grant the mit may very well be dispensed with ; licence for the performance of the ce- for if marriage registers be as weli remony in such place of worship? attested as those of baptisms and bu

Fourthly. The married pair are em- rials, (in neither of which cases does powered to produce to the parish any signature of the book take place,) priest the certificate of registration of it will be very sufficient, and the parthe place of worship at which the so- ties may always send a confidential lemnization took place, when in fact friend to see that it be properly regis (such certificate belonging solely to tered, or may have an immediate certhe occupant of such place of worship) tificate thereof; and in addition to they cannot have the legal power of which, an auxiliary evidence will doing so, otherwise than by obtaining doubtless be supplied by the entry, an official extract of such register, which of course will be kept at every which would be attended with expense Dissenting Meeting-house; not that I and trouble, the necessity of which would rely upon the latter alone. I really think does not appear.

In reply to your correspondent J. B., Fifthly. As in the case of banns p. 410, it appears to me that he lathey are required to be published in bours under an extremely confused the parish church, and a declaration notion of the nature and operation of in writing delivered to the parish Trust Deeds of Dissenting Meetingpriest, that the parties, or one of them, houses; and although he seems satisare or is a Dissenter, and desirous of fied with his “endeavour to place the being married under the provisions of subject in a clear point of view," I this proposed Act, and therefore a cer- really cannot understand what he aims tificate of the due publication of such at or means to express. I gather, banns is required to be obtained from however, from the whole, that he ensuch parish priest, and produced to tertains the mistaken notions that the person performing the ceremony, Trustees have the sole power of apwith a penalty upon him for perform- pointing or removing the Minister, ing it without having such certificate and a controlling power over the Meetfirst produced to him; and so in the ing-house, and of which he supposes case of a licence, as the dissent of the then to be the real and ostensible oc


cupants. Now, Sir, neither of these “ worthy deeds" and provident admicases can exist, supposing the Trustnistration, has been their exemplar, Deed to have been prepared in the rather than Paul, the magnanimous form usually observed on those occa- prisoner, offering to the same magisions, and I cannot conceive but that strate no compliment beyond a respectevery object J. B. proposes to attain, ful acknowledgment of his exalted stais already arrived at by the usual mode tion. Thus has been verified the of settling Trust Property of this de- naxim adopted by Watts, a poet scription : for instance, the premises who was sufficiently a panegyrist of are conveyed to Trustees, so as to vest royalty, that the legal estate in them upon Trust for such person for the tiine being, as

“ The court's a golden, but a fatal circle, the major part of the subscribing con- Upon whose magic skirts a thousand gregation shall elect to the office of in crystal forms sit tempting innominister.

Under this limitation the Trustees have no power whatever, either to ap- Yet, notwithstanding the almost inpoint, reject or remove the Minister, superable moral disadvantages of a but they must of necessity stand seized princely education, it might have been in Trust for him ; and such minister expected, at least during the progress will be the real or equitable occupant of numerous ages, that a period should of the Meeting-house and its endow- occur, when the praise of moral exments; and a mandamus may at any cellence in a king could be justly time be obtained by him to oblige the united with the customary homage Trustees to admit him upon his elec- exacted by his worldly distinctions. tion, or afterwards to restore him Such a period, if the early history of should he be forcibly expelled. See Britain be not a fable, was the reign 3 Term Reports, 575, 3 Burrough, of Alfred. Such too, another raro 1265.

temporum felicitas, “the Church of The Trustees have in fact, supposing Scotland” (unless virtue be no enderthe Trust Deed to have been drawn ment or accomplishment of kings) apin the manner before-mentioned, no pears to have very lately discovered right at all to interfere either with the under the government of George IV. minister or congregation, their office That Church, speaking by lier Chrisbeing simply that of legal mutes, pas- tian Presbyters, the established nasively to subserve and support the tional guides to “the kingdom of God equitable purposes of the Trust, and and his righteousness,” thus expresses which they are bound to do, and have her" veneration, affection and loyalty" no discretion to exercise therein. towards the reigning monarch, (always

G. P. H. the best of kings,) in an Address pre

sented to his Majesty at Holyrood, on Book-Worm. No. XXX. the occasion of his having “most graCoronation of Charles II. at Scone, in ciously condescended to visit” ScotScotland.

land. Sir, Sept. 2, 1822.

“From the first moment that your T has been justly regarded, in foro Majesty undertook the charge of pubexecution, to conduct with moral pro- beamed upon you with a bright effulpriety a complimentary intercourse gence. But we cannot express what between kings and Christians. Too we feel when, within the precincts of many, even while acknowledging him your ancient kingdom of Scotland, we for their Master in whose mouth was behold your Majesty in person, no deceit, and professing only to king distinguished by every splendid "render unto Cæsar the things that endowment, and graced by every eleare Cæsar's," have yet improvidently gant accomplishment,(decus hubartered those eternal treastires, "sim- mani generis,) "at ouce the safeguard plicity and godly sincerity,” in ex- of our country, and the bulwark of change for that perishable, though our church !” gilded bauble, the favour of a king. The larger part of two centuries Tertullus, the venal orator, compli- had elapsed since Scotland had been menting a profligate magistrate on his indulged with the presence of royalty.

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The fast king who visited that coun- Scotland, was an ancient palace, of try before George IV. was his collate- which the glory had departed since ral ancestor Charles II. In June, 1302, when the successful injustice of 1650, the wandering Stuart, then only Edward I. of England removed to 20 years of age, though he had already Westminster the far-famed chair and commenced his career of profligacy, marble stone, which for almost five Janded in Scotland, in search of a centuries had assisted, like the miracrown, or, according to a sarcastic culous oil of Rheims, to make it berepublican, like Saul, "to seek his lieved by a credulous people that father's asses.” The circumstances

divinity doth hedge a king." which followed this earlier royal visit, Buchanan has not judged it below the gave occasion to a publication, in 4to., dignity of history to preserve the folbearing the following title:

lowing account of the transportations “ The Forme and Order of the Co. and final settlement of this marvellous ronation of Charles the Second, King relic. Speaking of Kenneth II., the of Scotland, England, France and Ire- 69th king, whose reign commenced land; as it was acted and done at in 834, he says (Hist. L. vi. S. iii.), Scoone, the First Day of January,

regno armis amplificato, et 1651.

legibus composito, in rebus usque ad “Aberdeene. Imprinted by James superstitionem levibus auctoritatem Brown. 1651."

regum confirmare laborans, saxum On the title-page, as mottoes, are marmoreum quod ex Hispania in Hithe contents of Chron. xxix. 23, berniam transtulisse dicitur Simon Prov. xx. 8, xxv. 5.

Breccus in Scotiam Albinensem FerCharles, in a declaration, “ dated at gusius Ferchardi filius, atque in ArDumfermline, August 16, 1650,” had gathelia collocasse ; ex Argathelia described himself as “ deeply hum- Sconam ad Taum amnem translatum bled and afflicted in spirit before God, Kennetlius et in cathedram ligneam because of his father's hearkening to inclusum ibi posuit. Ea in sede Reges and following evil councils-and his Scotorum et nomen, et regum insignia opposition to the solemn league and accipere solebant usque ad Edvardum covenant-and for the idolatry of his Primum Anglum.” mother.” On the assurance of this Under the reign of Baliol, the ninedeclaration it was determined to dig- ty-sixth• king, Buchanan relates (L. nify his brows with the crown of Scot- viii

. S. xxvi.) the cruel destruction of land; being, according to the “Tabula the monuments of Scottish history by Regum Scotiæ Chronologia,” her Edward I., adding, “ Lapidem mar110th King from Fergus I., contempo. moreum rudem, in quo fatum regni rary of Alexander the Great!

contineri vulgo persuasum erat LondiThus, as Dr. Harris (Lives, IV. num misit.”

t On the stone is said 67) well remarks of the Scots, though to have been engraven this inscription: “ the Stuart race had made sad work from time to time among them, it never entered into their heads to shake settled wholesome laws for the good ad

*“ Having enlarged his kingdom, and off the yoke, by changing families, or

ministration of the government, he enestablishing a cominonwealth, which dearoured farther to confirm his royal would have been, in the circumstances authority by mean and trivial things, event of their country, most beneficial ; bordering upon superstition itself. There though it deprived the great men of was a marble stone, which Simon Brecthe power of oppressing their vassals. cus is reported to have brought into IreThey had got little benefit from Charles land out of Spain, which Fergus, the son I., yet for him they involved themof Ferchard, is also said to have brought selves in broils with their best bene

over into Scottish Albion, and to have factors, the English Parliament. From placed it in Argyle. This stone Kenneth Charles II. they reasonably could ex- removed out of Argyle to Scone, by the pect less, and yet they must have him river Tay, and placed it there, inclosed

The kings of Scotfor king, though war with a superior land were wont to receive both the kingl: nation and an all-victorious army was name and the royal robes, sitting in that the known consequence.”.

chair, till the days of Edward I, King of Scone, near Perth, the scene of England.” History, 1762, I. 229, 230. this last ceremony of a Coronation in † “ He seut also to London an unpolish


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“Ni fallat Fatum, Scoti quocunque loca- Greek, and the several Translations of tum

it: and illustrated with Critical and Invenient lapidem, regnare tenentur Explanatory Notes, extracted from the ibidem."

Writings and Sermons of the celeOf which I recollect the following brated Grotius, Hammond, Stanhope, translation :

Whitby, Burkitt, and many other cu“The Scots, as sing the wondrous weirds rious and modern Annotators and of Scone,

Preachers. By the Rev. Mr. John Must reign where'er they find this fatal Lindsay. London: Printed by R. stone."

Penny, in Wine-Office-Court, Fleet

street. MDCCXXXVI.” It is fairly Charles, arrived at Scone, being printed in columns, in the manner of “ placed in a chair under a cloth of the folio edition of Matt. Henry's Bistate" in the hall of the Palace, was ble. The commentary appears to be addressed by the Lord Chancellor, for the most part selected, like that in and intreated to accept the crown, on the Bible of the Society for promoting the condition of defending the “rights Christian knowledge, called Mants and liberties” of the people. The Bible, and except where doctrines are young royal hypocrite, destined at concerned, is judicious and useful. length to be wade by the Church of The doctrinal system is moderate England a "most religious king,' “orthodoxy;" moderate on all points, now piously replies to the Chancellor at least, but that of the Trinity, in of Scotland:

which the annotator shews himself a “I do esteem the affections of my rigid Athanasian. He had not ad. good people, more than the crowns of vanced beyond the a, b, c, of biblical many kingdoms;

and shall be ready, criticism. Thus, assuming the vulgar by God's assistance, to bestow my life reading of Acts xx. 28, to be the true in their defence; wishing to live no one, he borrows from some unacknow. longer than I may see religion and ledged source, if he did not make, the this kingdom flourish in all happiness." following choice comment :

On this satisfactory assurance that the Church of God, which he hath purCharles would prove, like his remote chased with his blood. Where, obsuccessor, “at once the safeguard of serve, the divinity of Christ asserted : their country and the bulwark of their he is expressly called God, in opposichurch," the nobles, &c.“

accompa- tion to the Arians, and their unhappy nied his Majesty to the Kirk of Scone.” spawn the Socinians, who will allow Here, at present, I must leave him, to him to be only man. But then his endure a penance of at least two hours' blood could never have purchased the continuance, seated in “ the throne or church, which it is here said to do: chair of state, set in a fitting place for being God and man in one person; his Majesty's hearing of sermon over man, that he might have blood to shed, against the minister..:

and God, that his blood might be of VERMICULUS.

infinite value, and inestimable pre

ciousness when shed.” Sir,

The date of this work is, I believe, I Hesteneately in the lives of ". New prior to the period when printers and

Testament” in folio, of which I booksellers put out Bibles and Histoshould be glad if some of your corre- ries of England in numbers, with ficspondents could give me an account. titious names and titles of men of Being not unacquainted with books straw. I presume, therefore, that the and yet never having seen but this one “Rev. Mr. John Lindsay" was a real copy, I conclude the work is not com

person, If so, some of your readers The title is as follows : “The conversant with ecclesiastical biograNew Testament of our Lord and Savi- phy, may perhaps be able to furnish our Jesus Christ; carefully and dili

me with particulars of him. gently compared with the Original


P.S. Since writing the above, a ed marble-stone, wherein it was vulgarly friend, very conversant with books, reported and believed, that the fate of informs me that the work was not the kingdom was contained." History, l. uncommon some years ago, but on 349.

the contrary was a drug on the stalls.

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