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to heart broken parents, whenever smartness in some of his representhey occur. But I DENÝ that tations, though abundantly vapid, the proportion is so great, in that may not have the opposite effect particular class, as to warrant the from checking and restraining the insinuation. The publicity of a excesses to which he refers, by the minister's character, and the con- excitement of those feelings which sequent notoriety of any delin.. may be too naturally produced in quency on the part of his children, the way of re-action? Whether will account for the degree of atten- trivial, and even harmless matters tion which is excited. The sons are not visited with a degree of of his hearers may go far greater censorious animadversion, which length in irregularity of conduct, is far removed from that “ charity without any particular observa- which thinketh no evil," and tion. In such cases, it would be “ hopeth all things?” Whether, in scarcely candid to refer to the one word, the general tendency of private habits of the parents, if the entire article is not to lower otherwise exemplary and unim. the estimate formed of the characpeachable, to account for, or dimi- ter of Christian ministers, and of nish the criminality of these delin- ministers' families, instead of elequent children; and still less would vating the tone of public feeling it be deemed just and impartial to and of public confidence? It is select some particular class of the possible that IMUS may have witlaity, and after instances of indis- nessed some extraordinary cases, cretion had been selected from in- and may have drawn his concludividual cases, to exhibit the whole, sions too hastily; but this, Gentleas if they were characteristic of the men, does not exonerate the Editors habits of that class. It is a trite of the Congregational Magazine remark, that ministers are but from the charge of inadvertent men; and alas!“ men of like publication. The essay tends to passions;" and that they should degrade the Christian ministry, sometimes fail in “keeping their by sweeping insinuations and ilown vineyards," while they are liberal reflections on those who attending officially to “ other vine- happen to be either more soyards,” will not excite surprise in cial in their habits, or more muthose who acknowledge the de- sical in their tastes than some of pravity, or deplore the weakness their neighbours. It is possible, of our nature! But let me ask that the pursuits of the censor may your correspondent IMUS, who have disqualified him from derivseems unhappily acquainted with ing pleasures from “the concord of some of the “ lowest” specimens of sweet sounds;" and he may possess the class which he holds up to the either so much philosophy, or so gaze and censure of the public, much apathy,as not to have required whether it was an act of candour the soothing influence of harmony. and generosity to expose the per- On account of this mental hardisonal failings and irregularities of hood, he may never, like good any of his brethren? Whether the Ralph Erskine, have found even family pictures he has drawn are a pipe" a subject for moralising; not likely to be studied by the and because it happens to be more captious and inquisitive, the prying unfashionable than a snuff-box, and gossiping members of congre. though far less deleterious in its gations, for the purpose of finding effects, he may choose to denounce out their corresponding prototypes it as a perilous indulgence! All in the domestic circles of their the while, he is exciting unkind pastors ? Whether the attempt at and ungenerous feelings, .comsarcastic description, and dramatic pared with which, the habits or

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Remarks on Ordination Sermons.

187 the tastes he has censured, are I believe, usually and justly been truly as “the small dust of the considered as aiming at a higher balance.” When I think, Gentle-, sphere, within which the claims men, of the great number of the of the pastor form but a limited sons of ministers who have been, and subordinate part of the oblior who are useful members of gations which lie upon a Christian society, and ornamental members church. In the course of many of Christian Churches; when I years' experience, with extensive reflect on the scanty means for the acquaintance among our churches, support and education of their I have often been gratified to obfamilies, which the pitiful spirit of serve how delicately and wisely, the age doles out to those who for the most part, all personal "minister in holy things;" when I considerations are treated, and consider, notwithstanding, how sometimes omitted. It would be generally the sons of ministers, by a lamentable thing if ministers, on virtue of character and talents, those occasions, were to furnish rise to stations of respectability ground for suspicion that they and influence; and above all, were actuated by a sort of esprit when I advert to the very nume- du corps ; which, I fear, would be rous instances, of the sons of mini- the case if the main design of ordisters becoming most efficient mini- nation sermons were to set forth sters themselves, I am surprised at the claims of pastors. Nor can the feelings which could lead a d young minister of refined and man like your correspondent, to just feeling sit under such a disthe severe invectives and unkind course without sensations of pain. conclusions which he has so co- There would also be an insuppiously spread over his late com- portable sameness in the service, munication. I doubt not the sin- if all ministers who engaged in it cerity of his intentions, but I fear were to make the pastor the conthat the evil will so greatly neu- tinual and principal object of at.. tralize the good, as to justify the tention. censure of the candid, and to gratify The “ main design," I apprethe spleen of the censorious ! hend, ought to be to seize so fa

I am, Gentlemen, . vourable an opportunity for repre

Your's respectfully, senting, in the most public manMarch 7, 1826.

Justus. ner, to the church then present,

and to the numerous witnesses of

its faith and order, the importance REMARKS ON ORDINATION SER. of that station which they occupy MONS.

in the Christian community and

the world, so as to direct their at(To the Editors.).

tention to the high character they It was with some surprise and have to sustain, individually and concern that I read the remarks in collectively, in the discharge of your last number on “ Appropri- the varied duties of their profesateness in Ordination Services.". sion as a church of Christ. This The writer seems to have formed gives scope for a vast variety of a low and defective view of that profitable discourse, appropriate important part, “ the sermon to to the design of the Christian the people," and I should be sorry ministry, and calculated to adif his notion of it were to become vance the objects for which the the general rule. So far from pastoral relation is to be sus" the main design” of that service tained. Such discourses are emibeing to address the congregation nently adapted to the solemnities on their duty to the pastor, it has, of an ordination. References to

the duties immediately owed to colonies by the labour of slaves; the pastor may or may not be and presents, in every aspect in made, according to the topics se- which it can be viewed, so much lected by the preacher, or the to excite the grief and indignation view he proposes to give of the of every virtuous mind. Nor is it obligations of the church. Those my purpose to allude to all those duties are generally comprised, in numerous and cogent motives by spirit and substance, in the exhor which Protestant Dissenters in tations given to the society united particular, should feel themselves for the fellowship of the Gospel impelled to attempt thé overthrow under the ministry of the word. of a system which is so foul a stain The edifying manner in which this on our national honour-soflais usually done shows, on the grant a breach at once of every part of ministers, a correct feel- moral principle, and of every sound ing, and a truly scriptural view of political maxion-and so just a the work to be performed, when ground, if the evil remain unrethey have to discourse on the dressed, to excite our fears of the privileges which an ordination is divine displeasure against us as calculated to perpetuate, and the a nation. But there is one feature duties which ought to follow it. in the character of every consis

EPAPHRAS. tent Protestant Dissenter, that

would lead to the expectation, that THE DUTY OF DISSENTERS ON THE the whole body would, on this QUESTION OF NEGRO SLAVERY. question, feel and act with peculiar

GENTLEMEN,-It was with pe- earnéstness. I mean, the herediculiar pleasure I learned from the tary and ardent love of true civil last number of your valuable work, and religious liberty. It is to that the Protestant Dissenting liberty, asserted and secured by Ministers, of the Three Denomina- law, that we owe our peaceful tions in London, had held a meet- existence as a separate community ing for the purpose of petitioning of Christians. It was for liberty, Parliament for the gradual aboli- especially liberty of conscience, tion of negro slavery, in his Ma- our fathers contended and suffered. jesty's West India Colonies; and And on no question relative to the can only regret, that that venerable liberties of any portion of British body have not hitherto held so subjects, ought Protestant Disprominent and distinguishing á senters to look with apathy or place among the labourers in this indifference. As a body, we may great cause of justice and mercy, hold in the contempt they deserve, as might have been wished. I the calumny of those who, when have been induced to trouble you they would fasten on Protestant with this communication, from a Dissenters, the imputation of but strong desire to see Protestant partial affection to the British Dissenters, and especially Pro- constitution, represent our views testant Dissenting Ministers, dis- of Christian liberty, and the continguishing themselves in this stitution of a Christian Church, as sacred cause, à cause that must necessarily producing a partiality deeply interest every. Christian for a form of political government, patriot, and lover of liberty. It different from the free and happy is by no means my intention to institutions under which it is our proceed to any discussion of the happiness to live. But no Progeneral subject which is so fruitful testant Dissenter ought ever to of topics illustrative of the folly shrink from the avowal of his deand wickedness, the peril and loss voted attachment to the sacred of the system of cultivating our cause of liberty; that liberty which

looks to law as her protectress, vation, printed at an early period while she diffuses through mankind of the art. Observing with pleathe blessings of her benign and sure, in your“ Literaria Rediviva" happy reign. We may be assured department, extracts from scarce nothing can be more fatal to the works of merit, I have ventured to progress and security of freedom, send you the titles of several of than indifference to it. And them, and to trouble your“ Booktrust that the secure enjoyment of worm” readers with two or three its blessings will never lull Pro- queries respecting them. testant Digsenters into a forget- Commercial Road. J. M. fulness of its value, or an indiffe 1. A Godly Letter sent too the Fayethrèncy to its diffusion through the full in London, Newcastell, Barwyke, and world. All our solicitudes, alike to all other within the realme off Englande, for the eniritual and temporal wel. that love the cominge of our Lorde Jesus,

by Joha Knox. fare of the unhappy Negro slaves,

Math. 10. dictate to us that the boon of

He that continueth unto the end liberty can alone secure to them shall be saved. every other. As Christian lovers Imprinted in Rome before the Castel of

the Aungel, at the signe of sainct Peter.

In the moneth of July, in the yeare of our advocates of freedom, still less as

Lord 1554. the promoters of licentious faction, under colour of that sacred name;

2. Another curious article has but as the lovers of that freedom got the quaint title of which Christianity sanctions, and A Godly and a necessary Admonition must establish wherever it prevails, concernyng Neutres and suche as deserve I could wish to see Protestant

the grosse name of Jacke of both sydes. Dissenters among the foremost of

This title is at the head of the the ranks of the philanthropists beginning o

beginning of the treatise, but the who are engaged in the contest,

book having lost the first title page, happily the peaceful contest, of

ul contest, of one has been supplied by an ingeAfrican liberty and happiness.

nious hand with the pen, and runs Nor can I allow myself to lay

thus, down my pen without so far wan

A Godlie and Seasonable reproofe and dering from the immediate .object

profitable admonition concernynge neutres,

such as deserve the grosse and ille name of of this communication, as to ob Jacke of both Sydes. serve, that it is chiefly because it Imprynted at London in Aeete streete, may beget the suspicion that Pro

by Thomas Berthelet, printer to the testant Dissenters have declined

Kynges Highness in the yeare of our

Lorde, 1542. in their virtuous love of liberty, and have deserted that sacred I should esteem it a favour. if cause; I regret that year after

any of your bookworins can inform year should pass awav without an me who is the author of this book. effort on our part to perfect the

and the name of the printer, and religious liberties of England, by year in which it was printed. the repeal of the Corporation and 3. De vera obedientia. Test Acts.

An Oration made in Latine, by the right A LOVER OF LIBERTY. Reuere'de father in God, Stepha' bishop

of Winchestre, now Lord Chau'celour of

Englande. QUERIES FOR BOOK-WORMS.

With a Preface of Edmonde Bonner,

then Archideacon of Leicestre, and the (To the Editors.)

Kinges Maiestieš Ambassadour in DenGentLEMEN, -I have lately em- marke, and now bishop of London ; ployed my leisure in looking over

touching true obedience, printed, in offi

cina ffra'cisci Rhodi Mense Januario, my old black-letter books, of 1536. And now translated into Englishe, which I have a few in fine preser- and printed eftimes, in Rome, before they are

castle of $. Angel, at the signe of S. Peter. I shall be happy to know if this In nouembre, Anno do. 1553.

imprint is a fac-simile of the ori4. A sermon of Repentau'ce, made by ginal title, printer, year, &c. John Bradforde.

The above four articles are in This stands at the head of the good preservation, without paging. sermon, but the title page has been 5. A Dissuasive from Popery, contain

ing Twelve effectual Reasons by which very ingeniously written with a

every Papist, not willfully blinded, nay be pen, in imitation of old English, brought to the truth, and every Protestant and runs thus,

confirmed in the same ; written by Francis

Dillingham, Master of Arts, and fellow of A Godlie and profitable Sermon on Re- Christ's Colledge, in Cambridge, necessary pentaunce. Made by John Bradford, for all men in these times. Printed by preacher of Goddes Worde, and constant John Legat, printer to the Universitie of Martyr.

Cambridge. 1599. Imprinted at London, by John Day, This is printed in the Roman over against Aldersgate. 1556.

letter.

ORIGINAL LETTERS.

No. XIV.-Rev. Dr. Gibbons to he has promised that he will never leave Mr. Wilkinson.

us, nor forsake us.

I would not have you discouraged if My dear young Friend,

you find not those lively sensations, and You make apology for your delay in pleasant relishes of divine things, which writing to me. The like apology I have you may have once experienced : and, reason to make in not answering your true it is, that it is very desirable that letter: assure yourself that not dis- we should feel ourselves mounting up as respect has been the occasion of my on the wings of eagles. But yet let us delay. My employments are great and not despond if we can only walk, and numerous; and my afflictions too, since not faint. I am well persuaded there I last saw you, have not been small. may be much of the power of godliness But I say no more upon this matter. where there may be little sensible mo

I most sincerely wish you much of tions in the soul of the affections, at the presence of God in the season of times; or, at least, I would not deteryour preparation for the ministry; and mine the power of godliness from such it would be a pleasure to me to find sensible motions. Iron may not throw you coming forth to the sacred service out a single flame, or as much as a single with a rich unction from on high, by spark, though glowing from the furnace; which you may be a burning and a and tow may be set in a blaze where shining light, and may diffuse the know- there is but little fire. Perhaps in the ledge and power of godliness among the beginning of the life of God in the soul, souls among whom you may minister. there may be much of the affections, I own I love to find an humble spirit in and in the progress of it there may be ministers, and candidates for the holy a fainter experience of this kind. He office. Low thoughts of ourselves, deep who comes into a new country may feel abasement, accompanied with earnest himself much struck at the new scenes cries to God for his . assistance, and it affords; he who has long lived in a dependance upon him through Jesus country may be more attached to it, by Christ, is the right temper to enter upon, how much the longer he lives in it, and and continue in, our sacred function. yet he may find few sensible delights in With the humble, God delights to dwell. it--that is, love to God, love to Christ, But let this humility not work so as to that leads us to deny ourselves, to take sink us into despair, but so as to depart up our cross, follow him, and keep out of ourselves, and take a faster hold, his commandments: all which may be by faith and prayer, upon an all-suf- done, it may be, without any strong ficient God. Let us remember that we gales of inward joy, at least at all times. go not this warfare at our own charges. A passage occurs to me in that excellent Ile who sends us into the field has an man's, M. Ambrogo, account of Lady armaient with which to array us, and Margaret lloughton. “I dearly love,

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