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shall be no more pain. Death has lost his sting. Ô come! come!" and then looking at two of his family, he said, "I would rather, I would rather go. Oh! to dwell with him!

•Millions of years my wondering eyes!'" His speech faultered-his breathing soon after became difficult, and on

the following morning he breathed out his soul into the hands of that Redeemer whom he had loved and served with so much fervour and sincerity.

"Softly his fainting head he lay

Upon his Maker's breast:
His Maker kiss'd his soul away,
And laid his flesh to rest.”
Frome.

S. S.

Review.

The substance of a Funeral Sermon, occa-
sioned by the unexpected and deeply la-
mented Death of her Royal Highness
the Princess Charlotte of Wales;
vered in the Baptist Meeting-house,
Shrewsbury. By John Palmer, Pastor.
1s. C. Hulbert, Shrewsbury.

Let the following quotation be considered as a fair specimen. The text is, 1 Peter, i. 24, 25, "For all deli-flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass: the grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

We understand, that one hundred and twelve sermons were published on the occasion of the death of the late lamented Princess Charlotte:

how many thousands were preached, each filled with expressions of respect for the illustrious dead, it is impossible for us to estimate. That now before us, however, is inferior to none in sentiments of pure and affectionate loyalty, and in faithful and animated appeals to the heart. Our worthy friend has informed his readers, that it is not the hope of gain, the desire of popularity, or the vanity of becoming an author, that has induced the preacher, (for the first time,) to publish this sermon. By this prudent statement, we conjecture the author calculated his sermon would be read by those who were unacquainted with his character; as those who know him would never have suspected him of such mean and unworthy motives. From his telling his readers that it is "the first time" he has appeared in print, it may be inferred that he does not intend it shall be the last. We really think, as he has succeeded so well in his first attempt, that he should try again, and furnish his friends with others, plain, evangelical, and warmhearted sermons.

"If we traverse the palace, and inquire oak, we are informed the top is fallen for George the Third, that royal British powerful, are no longer able to sustain into decay, and the arms, though ouce the sceptre; but the venerable trunk remains, adorned with the moss of deserved esteem and affection.

"Or if we visit Claremont, that seat of royalty and conjugal felicity, and make inquiry for the lovely Charlotte, the rose-bud of England, which displayed some new beauty with every unfolding leaf, and sent forth a grateful odour beyond the confines of her native land, ture): in her were sweetly combined an (for her mind was not of common texassemblage of excellencies: she was au affectionate daughter, a friend to the poor, a companion of the virtuous, a chaste virgin, the obedient and faithful wife, and the honour and example of royalty.

"This glory of the honoured man, ber royal Father; this glory of the once happy man, the Prince who so willingly and honourably espoused her; this flower, admired and beloved, in which royal flower, the answer given is, that a nation gloried. If we ask for this this glory of man is fallen! A reply so unexpected-an event so awfully sudden-a report so repugnant to our feelings, we are altogether unwilling to cre

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dit or circulate. Yet, impatient of being operation of the Spirit upon their kept in suspense, we have ventured, hearts-in the ultimate glorification with faultering tongues, to ask from of their souls and bodies in heaven.” whence have you received this informaConsidering Mr. Thomas as placed tion? and have been answered in the at the head of an Academical Instiwords of the prophet: By a voice of noise from the city; a voice from the tution, we see abundant cause for temple.' thankfulness, that the young minisWhat flower do you say is fallen? Are you certain it is not the ters committed to his care, will enconvolvulus, the passion flower, or some joy the instructions of such an evanother destined to flourish but for one gelical tutor; and that our churches short day? No; be assured, unwel- in the Principality are likely to be come and heart-rending as the tidings supplied with men of correct theoare, that it is a flower of no less worth logical sentiments; so important to and beauty than the lovely Charlotte, the conversion of sinners, the edifithe full blown rose of England, that is cation of believers, and the perpefallen! and if you doubt the fact, ascer-tuity of "the faith once delivered tain it by the fragrance which embalms her memory.

"If we ask for the afflicted Prince Leopold, he is found bathed in tears, because the desire of his eyes hath been taken away with a stroke: he, refusing to be comforted, says, I will go down to my grave, mourning for' [my Charlotte and]

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my son.' Or if we make inquiry for the Prince Regent, her royal father, we may find him also absorbed in grief, mourning as for an only child, in bitterness as for his first-born."

Salvation of Sovereign Grace; a Sermon preached at the Baptist Meeting-house, Abergavenny, September 22, 1811. By Micah Thomas, of Abergavenny. But ton, Paternoster-row. 1s.

THOUGH it is several years since this sermon was published, yet the importance of the subject, and the respectability of the preacher, claim for it a brief notice in the Review Department of our Work. Preached for the purpose of correcting misrepresentations, which had been "diligently and widely circulated," respecting the author's sentiments on the doctrines of grace, it may be viewed as a detailed confession of faith; and we may venture to add, a luminous statement of the Calvinistic system. We blush for the understanding (or rather the want of it,) of such persons who could hear such a minister, and yet question whether he was of orthodox sentiments! In showing the operation grace in the salvation of all true believers, the author considers it as it appears" In the eternal purposes of God respecting them-in their redemption by Christ-in the

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THAT an infant by being sprinkled on the face is a partaker of "the inward spiritual grace" of baptism, is a proposition so absurd, that none of our readers will admit it for a mo

ment; and it is probable many of them will wonder, that any minister should assert and endeavour to prove it; and almost equally so, that it should have been thought necessary to write eight letters to expose such an attempt. Many, however, are the grave and learned clerks, who have contended for this fatal error: proving, (as we think,) that it is the doctrine of the Common Prayer Book; but not that it is a scriptural sentiment; and as there are always people who do not "search the scriptures" as the standard of truth, it becomes an important duty to refer them "to the law, and to the testimony," for the refutation of opinions, which, if believed, are of the most dangerous tendency to the souls of men.

Mr. Giles felt himself called upon, from a pamphlet of Mr. Comyn being circulated among some of the people of his charge, to publish these letters, "to check, as much as possible, the spread of doctrines, which he considered erroneous.' He has also stated pretty fully his objections to Infant-baptism, as well

Regeneration." We think he is entitled to the thanks of the Christian public for the talents and temper which he has displayed in conducting this controversy, and we cordially recommend the pamphlet to the attention of our readers.

as to what he calls "Pædobaptismal | whose hands the liberality of the brethren is transmitted to the elders of those churches that are in need: or, if you will, they are themessengers of the churches,' confidentially intrusted with their bounty; only with this necessary addition, that they adjust the proportions of it required by different cases, as well as take the charge of its safe conveyanco.-The annual meetings of the Union are held publicly, before multitudes of assembled brethren. Nothing relative to the internal management of the churches is even mentioned, or alluded to. Were the slightest approach, indeed, ever to be made to any thing of this kind, all consistent Independents should combine to put it down. I should be amongst the first, in these circumstances, to vote for its abolition. And, indeed, nothing could be more easily effected. The de-churches have only to withhold their contributions, and the Congregational Union is no more."

The Scriptural Unity of the Churches of Christ illustrated and recommended. A Sermon by Ralph Wardlaw, of Glasgow. ERROR is multiform, truth uniform. If all persons, therefore, fully embraced the latter, and adhered closely to it, there would be no divisions, no contentions, no sects and parties. This state of things is very desirable; but it cannot be expected, since perhaps no two men think exactly alike upon all subjects. Mutual forbearance is hereby rendered necessary, but the unity of real Christians is not stroyed: they are all one in Christ Jesus, and constitute the invisible church. One benefit arising from these The unity for which Mr. Ward-contributions is, that ministers are law pleads in this excellent discourse, is not so much the union of individuals, as of those sccieties which, from similarity of views with regard to the doctrine of Christ, and the government instituted by him for his subjects, acknowledge one another in the relation of sister churches.

enabled to devote a considerable part of their time to itinerant labours. The Annual Reports, quotations from which are given in a note, abound with striking, and very affecting proofs of the great good which has, by means of them, been done in this way.

It will probably give pleasure to That this unity subsisted among those of our brethren who are advothe apostolic churches, Mr. Ward-cates for strict communion, to find law proves from the general cur- it to be the opinion of so very judirent of the New Testament-from cious a divine as Mr. Wardlaw, that their mutual salutations-from their the union of Baptists and Pædomessengers to, and their intercourse baptists in one church is inexpewith, each other-from their mu- dient. According to their views tual liberality for the relief of the of duty it is impossible: but whepoor and from their mutual ad- ther it be thought impossible, or mission of members to church fel- only inexpedient, the practical relowship. sult will be nearly the same.

Mr. Wardlaw is an independent, and his sermon was preached at the fifth annual meeting of the Congregational Union for Scotland, that is, of the congregational churches there.

"The Congregational Union," says Mr. W. "has not the remotest connection with the government or discipline. Its committee are merely the 'Saul and Barnabas,' through

The modern advocates for free communion censure what has been the general practice among Pædobaptists, as much as they do that of the Baptists who are maintainers of strict communion. But we do not know whether they themselves, after all, may not be considered as strict communionists likewise. For they will not unite at the episcopalian altar with their episcopalian bre

the advocates for strict communion among the Baptists do more? They say to their Pædobaptist brethren, We love you as Christians, but we cannot admit you to the Lord'stable until you have been baptized, which, according to our views, is a necessary prerequisite.

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thren, whom they nevertheless love | have excited so much opposition as Christians. It would not be to from clergymen of any description, the purpose for them to reply, that much more so when those who they are willing to unite with them have been considered evangelical, in a dissenting chapel; for with this are found serving under the banners condition an episcopalian cannot of its enemies. We understand, conscientiously comply. They re- that the author of this pamphlet fuse to unite with them as Chris- has imitated the worst part of the tians, but require them previously worst man's conduct towards his to become Dissenters. What do former friends: he has " eaten their bread, and lifted up his heel against them." But the circumstance that Dissenters are united with Churchmen in circulating Bibles alone, is such a full proof of " innovation and schism,” that he can see nothing but dangers surrounding the church. as by law established. We do not We conceive it to be very pos- complain of his eulogizing his own sible for a strict communion Baptist church, though we do not believe the to be of a Catholic spirit, and to truth of his statement. It is, howlove all the true disciples of Jesus ever, ungenerous, that he gives a hint Christ of whatever denomination; to the civil magistrates to use their and also for a Pædobaptist, how-power to crush dissenters. ever zealous he may be for free com-ready to say, “ Why what evil have munion, to cherish a spirit of petty we done?" triumph on account of imaginary victories: such a spirit as this is not "Our Ecclesiastical Establishment," a Catholic, but a sectarian spirit, says he, "ought to be held in high venewhether it be found among Baptists ration, being founded in the truth and or Pædobaptists, among Episcopa- its union with the State is, consequently, importance of the Christian religion, and lians or Dissenters. We therefore, with the apostle, exhort all Chris-diency, but of moral obligation. Our a subject not only of political expetians to "love as brethren; to be pi- civil governors are not left at liberty to tiful, to be courteous; not rendering be neutral upon this great and momentevil for evil, or railing for railing, ous subject. They are not, at the peril but contrariwise blessing. Beloved, of their souls, to withdraw from Chrislet us love one another; for love is tianity their countenance and support; of God." It is almost impossible for and to consign it over, with an infidel a Christian not to be of a party: indifference, to its own native and indebut it is one thing to be of a party, pendent operations." Page 39. and another thing to cherish a party spirit. If a party spirit is cherished, and love to Christians of other denominations is neglected, "these things ought not so to be,"

Letters addressed to a young

We are

It is really amusing to hear the boastings of beneficed clergymen respecting their "holy religion," intending by this phrase not the church of Christ, but the church of England. But it is not so easy to Clergy-understand what they intend by such phraseology: surely they cannot mean, that the members of the Established Church are more circumspect in their general conduct than those who dissent from it: nor even that the dignitaries are all influenced by the genius of Christianity in the use they make of their extensive patronage. Who that has common sense will believe the following description;→→

man, illustrative of his Clerical Duties in these Times of Innovation and Schism: with an Appendix, containing an Account of a recent Attempt to institute an Auxiliary to the British and Foreign Bible Society in the Parish of Midhurst. By Richard Lloyd, Vicar of St. Dunstan's, &c.

Ir is truly affecting that the establishment of the Bible Society should

"As our holy religion, which is founded upon the authority of Christ, and has the exclusive signature of heaven apon it, is, through the Divine mercy, the established religion of the kingdom; and as this, our Ecclesiastical Establishment, is the grand depository and guardian of the Protestant faith in these days of innovation and peril, it surely becomes a serious dereliction of duty to secede from our apostolical church upon Fight and circumstantial reasons, or to wound her authority by any species of irregularity in your own conduct, or by giving any countenance to it in others." This gentleman, notwithstanding, professes respect for conscientious dissenters! but this appears rather for the purpose of wounding churchmen who are friends of the Bible Society the more severely! He must, however, excuse us, if we do not express any particular gratitude for his great condescension! We think we see the cloven foot, though covered with the cloak of apparent kindness. Is it not insiduous when he says of dissenters, that collective body, they cannot be viewed as good members of the community? What does Mr. Lloyd mean by this? Will he state in what sense it is that they are not good members of the community? Will he undertake to prove, that they are inferior to churchmen in loyalty—in patriotism-in benevolence-in zeal? He knows he cannot do this. Then why insinuate it? We respectfully recommend to his serious consideration, that precept which is so often repeated in the services of his apostolic church—“ Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour!" We do not hesitate to affirm, that had Mr. Lloyd fully considered this divine command, and acted upon its spirit, he would have been prevented from giving advice, which, if any young clergyman should take, will most certainly be hazardous to his usefulness and happiness here, and his salvation hereafter.

The Insane World.

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ter passing through several wards, fell into conversation with one of the patients, who talked so reasonably, that he was much surprised, and could not forbear asking, 'How is it, Sir, that I find here a person so perfectly rational, and intelligent? O Sir,' replied the patient, I will explain that; the world are all gone mad, and finding us few the only people in their senses, have shut us up here together."" Our author will have it, that the people of this world, at least many of them, are mad; and he has written this work to shew its truth. How to give an account of a publication on such a subject we find very difficult, and we shall do little more than recommend our readers to purchase and read it for themselves. As there is but little method in real madness, and this volume has been too successful in proving, that there are more insane people at large than has beeng en erally thought, no great method can be expected in the work, nor in our remarks upon it. We are treated with representations of the busy tribes who visit the Bank of England, of apothecaries and attorneys, the business of elections, of the wisdom of early rising, the vices of the great, on the evil of theatres, the effects of a town life of pleasure on a young person, the objection of insolent and selfish minds to the prevailing religious and benevolent societies of this age, the solid answers which may be made to them all, &c. &c.;

for, really, we have not room for notice of half the subjects here introduced. We recommend this

work, without approving of all its sentiments and representations, as useful and amusing.

The Prospect of Faith in a dying Hour;

A Sermon preached at Hebden Bridge, near Halifax, on occasion of the Decease of the Rev. John Fawcett, D. D. By William Steadman, D D.

THIS discourse, the text of which is taken from Gen. xlviii. 21, "And THE particular point this book Israel said unto Joseph, behold ! was intended to illustrate, is thus die, but God shall be with you," represented by the author:-"A contains a general and interesting gentleman visited Bedlam, and af-view of the patriarch's life.

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