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Among unequals what society
Can sort, what harmony or true delight?
Of fellowship I speak fit to participate
All rational enjoyment. Milton.
THE ELEVENTH EDITION.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
JPR1NTEB FOR. T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES,
In the morning Mr. Stanley, Sir John Belfield and I took a walk to call on our valuable rector. On our return home, amidst that sort of desultory conversation which a walk often produces,—" Since we left the parsonage, Sir," said I, addressing myself to Mr. Stanley, "I have been thinking how little justice has been done to the clerical character in those popular works of imagination which are intended to exhibit a picture of living manners. There are, indeed, a very few happy exceptions. Yet I cannot but regret that so many fair occasions have been lost of advancing the /interests of Vol. Ji. B religion religion by personifying her amiable grace* in the character of her ministers. I allude not to the attack of the open infidel, nor the fly insinuation of the concealed sceptic, nor do I advert to the broad assault of the .enemy of good government, who, falling foul of every established institution, would naturally be expected to sliew little favour to the ministers of the church. But I advert to those less prejudiced and less hostile writers, who having, as I would hope, no political nor moral motive for undermining the order, would rather desire to be considered as among its friends and advocates,"
"I understand you," replied Mr. Stanley, ** I believe that this is often done not from any disrespect to the sacred- function, nor from any wisli to depreciate an order which even common sense and common prudence, with.©tft the intervention of religion, tell us cannot be set in too ♦ respectable .a light, I believe :tf commonly arises
..••«.. from from a different cause. The writer himself having but a low idea of the requirements of Christianity, is Consequently neither able nor willing to affix a very elevated standard for the character of its ministers. Some of these writers, however, describe a clergyman, in general terms, as a paragon of piety, but they seldom make him act up to the description with which he sets out. He is represented, in the gross, as adorned with all the attributes of perfection, but when he comes to be drawn out in detail he ** is found to exhibit little of that superiority which had been ascribed to him in the lump. You are told how religious he is, but when you come to hear him converse, you are not always quite certain whether he professes the religion of the Shaster or the Bible. You hear of his moral excellence, but you find him adopting the maxims of the world, and living in the pursuits of ordinary. men. In short, you will find, that he has little of the clergyman, except the name."