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at the Magazine, unless you make be glad to know whether he is the amende honorable, by inserting dead, or has let his farm to an a reply to Hornbookius, which he Episcopalian, or whether the good is preparing, and which will con- old race which he represented is tain a learned exposure of his become extinct? There was also plagiarisms, and a proposal for his another of your correspondents, expulsion from the literary repub- who used to sign himself Miles, and lic, with a decree prohibiting him who has often amused us with his henceforth for ever, upon pain of Battle of Books, and other light death, the use of books, pen, ink, wares of the same sort. I was and paper. He assures me, that told that he was really a soldier, after great diligence and secresy, and that his signature, though warhe has discovered the author; like, was not a nom de guerre. who is, he says, a little, fat, dirty, Pray has he been wounded in any grub of a book-worm, who is late literary affray ? Let us know, very well known in the Row, and for we shall be all anxious till we was detected the other day at hear of his recovery. And as I Baynes's old book ship, asking am inquiring after the welfare of for a Robinson Crusoe of the first several of your old correspondents, edition, and “ Peter Pindar's permit to say, at the same time, I Hornbook for Princes." From shall be glad to find that Young this fact he has no doubt he has Mortality is still above ground, discovered your correspondent, and does not sleep with those and he intends to devote the next fathers whose memory he once so three weeks to the detection of his fondly cherished. usual haunts in pursuit of old But, Mr. Editor, I have written books. But I must pass over you a much longer letter than I some amusing tales which I have intended, and have yet several heard related in another quarter, more things to whisper in your about one of your well known ear. I shall, however, be brief writers on old books, to commu- now, and reserve part for another nicate to you an opinion which I opportunity. Your answers to corheard expressed at a tea-party last respondents are generally rather week. The young ladies all spicy, and we all read them the agreed that your Essays were dry, first thing. We pity the poor and required too much thought writers whom you treat so cavaI said, I had not observed the lat- lierly, but we cannot help laugh.. ter fault at least. But I confessed ing at their expense. We hope you might adapt your work more you will not suffer this page of to the spirit and taste of the age, your Magazine to lack its Attic. if you would sprinkle it with short I heard the other day, that several religious stories and novels. One of the late failures in the booklady said, to be sure, you had had selling trade are attributed to you. some pretty papers, entitled Pas- It is reported that a poetical work, tors' Retrospects, but that they for which a bookseller had paid a were all mere facts, and not quite large price, was absolutely ruined romantic enough for her. She had in its sale by your review, though, lately seen a new work that was at the same time, it had been full of articles of this description, praised by not less than three or in the most delightful variety. I four other respectable publications. give you this hint, that you may, Two theological works, which it if you think proper, engage some was expected would have reached religious novelist in your service. a third edition within six months By the way, you formerly had a after their publication, are both facetious correspondent who in- said to have withered under the habited Puritan Farm. I should touch of your reviewer's pen. I NEW SERIES, No. 17. .

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am told you have very consider- and old age, to discharge those able influence with the public, duties in which he has heretofore and that your recommendation been engaged, and in the disgoes a great way. However, you charge of which he has been inwill permit me to say, that I can- strumental in comforting and edinot always agree with you, and fying the church; nay, perhaps that some of us who are your con- of gathering them together, and stant readers, are proposing a forming them into communion. Is scheme for compelling you, and he on this account no longer to all other critics, to prove every be one with them? Or should he thing you allege concerning books. not be continued among them so So I would have you be on your long as it shall please God to guard, and set down nought in prolong his days? The union bemalice. We have not yet been tween them ought to be considered able to agree upon any plan, or indissoluble, and if he has grown else you would have heard from old and decrepid in their service, us. But, I dare say, you have his claim upon them, rather than heard, for the present, quite being abated, is the more imperaenough from Your Friend, tive. It may be urged, in reply to WILL. REPORTER. this, that the circumstances of

many Christian Societies are such, PLAN FOR ESTABLISHING A SUPER- as hardly to afford a salary to the ANNUATED MINISTERS' FUND, active pastor adequate to his own (To the Editors.)

necessities, especially if he has a GENTLEMEN.—I have not been family to support; this unfortuable to learn that there exists nately is, in many instances, unamongst our dissenting churches, doubtedly the case; and yet, I any plan for making an adequate imagine, there scarcely exists any provision for the support of super- church so poor, which might not, annuated ministers, and which I by the adoption of a judicious humbly conceive to be a great plan, ensure a provision for their desideratum. I have, indeed, re- pastor when he shall no longer be cently seen some suggestions for able to hear the burden and heat providing an asylum, in which of the day. The plan then I they may take refuge when their would suggest is briefly this. Let work is done, dependent upon the every church contribute something charity of the benevolent; but this to a general fund, out of the is by no means the way, which monies collected at the celebration to my mind, appears desirable that of the Lord's Supper (and which they should end their days. The being contributed for the relief of provision made should be removed the poor Saints, would be very as far as possible from any thing suitably appropriated for this eleemosynary, which could not be purpose), cach church so contrithe case in an asylum supported buting, to have a claim in the by voluntary contributions, and superannuation of its minister, in which, in fact, would be little else proportion to the annual amount than an alms-house.

contributed. Few Christian SoThe minister whose strength has cieties, it is fairly presumed, would been worn out, and the vigour of be found unable to subscribe some whose life has been spent in his small amount, perhaps Two Guilabours for any particular church, neas or upwards per annum, or the has become the property of that minimum might be fixed even lower church, and so identified with it, than this, (the rate of allowance to that nothing but death ought to the aged minister for each guinea sever their communion; he may be subscribed, would be a matter for no longer able, through infirmities future arrangement.)

In most counties there exists to, which tend to degrade one a County Association, at the of the most sacred of institutions, anual meeting of which the pay and exclude from office and homents might be made to some nourable duties in the state, inot minister who should act as Trea- only Protestant Dissenters, but surer for the county, and remit the numerous conscientious members amount to the Treasurer of the of the Established Church of Society in London, with an ac- England, who alike view with count, containing some particulars holy indignation, the profanation of the churches, and the amount of the Eucharist, to purposes of contributed by each. Our London civil policy. The Corporation and churches would not, probably, be Test Acts seem, in these enso likely to draw upon the funds of lightened days, so manifestly unthe Society for relief, and would, just and absurd, that they might I doubt not, be found liberal con- have been expected gradually to tributors for the benefit of others, have fallen into disuse; this, I not so favourably circumstanced believe, has been the case in reas themselves.

ference to the Corporation of I take the liberty of offering Norwich, and possibly other corthese suggestions, in the hope that porate towns and cities; but in a subject of such importance will the City of London, which ought attract the notice of those who are to have been the rallying point of able to give efficiency to such a liberality, the Acts are still anplan, and thus make a provision nually complied with, by a confor those who, being worn out in siderable number of the members the service, have a right to expect of the corporation, who, in their that they shall not be forsaken respective wards, are summoned when their strength faileth them by their Ward Clerk, to attend

J. P. in a particular church, on a parON THE REPEAL OF THE TEST ticular day, usually on the Sunday AND CORPORATION ACTS.

after St. Thomas's Day, to qua(To the Editors.)

lify. It is true, many refuse to GENTLEMEN,-Allow me to say, degrade the holy ordinance, by that I most fully concur in the making the Lord's Supper a stepregret expressed at the conclusion stone to office, subjecting themof an article on Negro Slavery, selves to a penalty of £500, (the in your last month's Magazine, injustice of which is tacitly adby a Lover of Liberty, that “year mitted, by the passing the annual after year should pass away, Indemnity Bill;) thus, conscienwithout an effort, on our part, to tious Dissenters, if called upon by perfect the religious liberties of their fellow-citizens to perform England, by the repeal of the corporate duties, as many there Corporation and Test Acts.” It are, cheerfully incur the risk of appears to me, that when liberal the penalty, and the portion of principles guide the ministry and odium that may attach to their leading men in the government, dissenting principles; it is feared, the present time is particularly however, that some who call themauspicious for the renewal of a selves Dissenters, conform, to spirited appeal to the Legislature, avoid the appearance of singuto make restitution to the Protes- larity, and thus have joined to tant Dissenters, for the long con- support a system which they ought tinued disabilities under which to have condemned. they have laboured since the reign Of these facts, the Board of of William and Mary, by con- Deputies, who are annually chosigning to merited oblivion, the sen by the Dissenting Churches, persecuting Acts above alluded ought not to be ignorant; but if


alive to the subject, how are we would be annihilated. What put to account for their apathy, which an end to the odious Slave Trade, seems also to possess the Society but a steady, constant persevefor the Protection of Religious rance, year after year, and session Liberty, and the Protestant Dis- after session. The Dissenting senting Ministers of the three interest is powerful, but it requires denominations? If the point be to be roused from its lethargy, worth contention, petitions from that it may use the same spirited the Deputies, Societies, and Con- exertions. To shackle the mind, gregations, should be poured into to enslave opinion, is persecution, the House of Commons, annually, worthy only of the dark ages; the same enthusiasm should prevail let Dissenters then boldly claim as obtained the defeat of Lord Sid- their rights, by petition and every mouth's Bill, and this last remnant other constitutional means. of persecution of religious opinion A PROTESTANT DISSENTER.



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"Tis midnight; and I stand upon the cape
Of northern Europe. Desolation rules
In wildest mood around ;--the midnight sun
Creeps, at his twilight zenith, o'er the verge
Of the half-lit horizon, faintly shedding
His powerless, unrevivifying beams,
Just showing nature's dreariness; and cold
As those of yonder moon, which, having filled
Her month of increase, like the rolling snow,
At length has gathered her full ball of light,
And shines in th' distant heaven ; while the stars
Twinkle with wintry lustre, undismayed
And unaffrighted by the powerless glance
Of yon unthroned, dim monarch of the day.
Still fainter sinks the sun, till only half
His reddened disk remains, while nature seems
To grow still wilder at his sad departure ; --
The north wind sweeps along these wastes of snow,
Snow ever-during ; and the stormy sea
Rolls on its blackening billows, mixed with ice;
While some huge iceberg may be dimly seen
Far in the offing, stretching out its bulk,
The moving mountain of the northern deep.

Still lower sinks the sun, till scarce a ray
Gleams on the foaming sea, or crests the snow
Glittering around ;--and now e'en that has left,
And the long night of half a year comes on;
While Winter, in this seat of sovereignty,
Resumes his sterner sceptre--sterner, we say,
For the few months of sunshine scarce deserve
The name of Summer, but a transient smile
On Winter's harsher features. Now he comes
Arrayed in all the pomp of storm and darkness ;
Save the dim twilight which the moon affords,
And those cold stars, which shoot their chilling beams
With changeless brightness; and the fitful gleam
Of waving fire, which streams up from the pole
With quivering splendour. O inclement clime !
Who, who would live beneath thy cheerless sky,
Encircled with thine horrors ? Yet there are
Who love thee better than all other earth,
And turn as fondly to thy gloomy pole
As its own constant magnet, feeling ever
It is their native land-whate'er beside..


vvvv Narrative of a Tour of Hawaii, or superintendence in “ the religion

Owyhee; with remarks on the of barns !” Strange, indeed, as History, Traditions, Manners, the assertion may appear to some Customs, and Language of the of our readers, it has sometimes Inhabitants of the Sandwich Is- fallen to our lot, to meet with most lands. By William Ellis, Mis- expansive and Catholic liberality sionary. 8vo. pp. 442. Fisher in the one case, leading the unenand Co. Price 12s.

dowed aspirant to rejoice with holy The operation of prejudice against sympathy in all the triumphs of the cause of Missions, is one of the Christian cause, whatever may the most affecting proofs of human be the visible and external denodepravity. We do not refer to the mination; while, on the other hand, prejudices of infidelity and scepti- under the influence of most mystecism. The man who rejects the rious - fears and jealousies, the authority of revelation, acts in fatal or preaching of Christ,” out of the consistency with his principles, consecrated pale, has called forth when he manifests his hostility to the most powerful and active opthe operations of Christian zeal. position. Some there are who It is the indifference or the oppo- would be unwilling to have even sition of the nominal believer, who “ devils cast out,” unless the exorwould deem himself insulted if his cist performed his functions in the religion were questioned, which manner and form “ by law estapresents so melancholy an illus. blished !” Is it surprising that tration of the depravity of our na- prejudices exist against the cause ture. In numerous cases, preju- of Missions, when such feelings dice arises from ignorance and in- are cherished in “ the high places consideration. Many who call of the earth ?” Hence repulsive themselves Christians, may per associations are formed in the minds: haps, now and then, have heard of of thousands, and the sublimesti missionary enterprises; but they achievements of Christian bene. have never examined the principles volence are treated as if they were on which they are founded, or the the offspring of fanaticism and results by which they are distin- folly. Let the business of mission's. guished. The plans in question, be supported by political authoare probably adopted by religious rity;, let an Act of Parliament communities with which they were sanction the plan ; let it assume never connected; they may never the dignity and splendour of a have been heard of, but in the de- scheme devised by the “ noble and tracting report of slander and male- the mighty ;" let it bear " the volence; or have been looked at, image and superscription of Cæsar” but through the distorting medium upon it; let the philosophers of of sectarian feelings and educa- the day give it their condescendtional antipathies. And who does ing attention, and speculate sagely not know that sectarianism is as upon the subject; and let the likely to be associated with the heroism of the Missionary be sung cathedral as with the conventicle, by poets and lauded by historians, and is found to be quite as narrow and then, perhaps, the despised and illiberal, when « clothed in and calumniated cause of missions fine linen and purple," as when in may be invested with attraction, the russet garb of humble itine- and be numbered amongst the rancy, it stimulates to the office of “good things," which it is not.

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