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of publishing the Theological Works reach but can scarcely exceed sixteen of Dr. Priestley, on such a scale of such volumes. For their publication expense, as may render them an easy I shall propose a subscription, with purchase, considering their number a sum paid on subscribing, moderate, and extent.
compared with the extent of the unFor some time I indulged the hope dertaking, and such farther sum on that a friend peculiarly suited by the the delivery of each volume, that the nature of his own pursuits, and his whole works may cost the subscribers present intimate and happy connexion considerably less than by any other with a society which was the last mode of purchase. scene of Dr. Priestley's labours in On this plan of publication it would England, would have undertaken the be unreasonable to ask the assistance office of his Editor. My friend, how- of booksellers. I am therefore induced ever, assures me that his increasing to request any of your readers, espeengagements, which, from their im- cially those residing in the centre of portance, I know not how to regret, large districts, who may be disposed will render this impracticable, while to promote the object, by receiving he freely offers me every assistance subscriptions, to favour me, by an in his power towards the accomplish- early post, with their acqniescence, ment of such a design.
that I may mention their names in a In the theological works of Dr. Prospectus, designed for your next Priestley I include his papers, form- Number. ing about a third part of the Theo It would gratify me to have an oplogical Repository, and all his other portunity of circulating widely, the publications, except the Scientific and theological works of Dr. Priestley, those on Miscellaneons Literature. I under the advantages of a connected propose to add occasional notes, con form. Yet, should there appear, afcise, and chiefly employed to correct, ter a short experiment, only such a or supply references, to remark any number of subscribers as will merely variation in the author's opinions, to cover unavoidable expenses, I shall, preserve the original dates of his notwithstanding, immediately proceed pieces, and to describe any important in the execution of the task I have discussions which they occasioned. undertaken ; pleased thus to bear in For these purposes I shall solicit, and lively recollection my too short perhave no doubt of obtaining the kind sonal acquaintance with Dr. Priestley, assistance of several friends to the and to acknowledge what I owe, in memory of Dr. Priestley, whose own common with thousands, to the valu. pursuits have made them much bet. able information of his writings and ter acquainted with his writings and the edifying example of his life. the circumstances attending their pub
I remain, Sir, lication, than my general engagements have allowed me to become.
Yours, &c. Adopting the types of Lardner's
J. T, RUTT. Works for the text and notes, the same fulness of page and average bulk P.S. I shall thank any of your of volumes, I apprehend that the readers, inclined to oblige me on this theological works of Dr. Priestley, as occasion, to direct to me, by post,I have
described them, may possibly No. 39, Goswell Street, London.
Essay on Luke xxiii. 43, by the late and my God and your God." Joha Rev. J. Simpson.
xx. 17. Further, as the apostles will
not be with Christ till his second Rearsby, Oct. 19, 1815. SIR,
coming, we cannot suppose the maleAVING found among my fa- factor will be with him till that time. Hi ther's papers the following in- See John xiv. 2, 3. terpretation of Luke xxiii. 43, and If onthegor be taken to denote only conceiving that on account of its bre- that it would appear to the man to be vity, it is more suited to the pages of on the same day, because while sleepthe Monthly Repository than to a se- ing in the grave he would not be conparate publication, I take the liberty scious of a moment elapsing between of requesting the insertion of a faith his death and his resurrection to life; ful copy of the original.
it may be objected, that the previous I am, Sir,
ideas of the malefactor would not lead Yours most respectfully,
him to understand it in this sense ; for J. W. SIMPSON. the Jews and the Gentiles, both Luke xxii. 43, “ Verily I say unto dead was a condition of conscious
thought that the state of the righteous thee, to-day (oruspor) shalt thou be happiness immediately after their dewith me in paradise."
parture from this life. And, in order By paradise, here, is meant the to answer the purpose for which Jestate of the righteous dead, which the
sus spake, the man must of course Jews imagined to be a state of con
comprehend the meaning of his words. scious happiness. If oyuegos be un- As such great difficulties attend the derstood of the time when the event interpretation of omulepoy to express will take place, it must signify either the time when, let us inquire for some the real, or the apparent time, either other meaning of the word that aca specific, fixed period, or an undeter- cords with the context, and with mined period.
Jewish phraseology. If oylepoy be interpreted literally, Our Lord's discourses at different that on the very day when Christ times, and upon different occasious, spake the words, the malefactor should were all consistent with each other. be in a state of conscious happiness, Also, whatever he introduced with this would not accord with the image the word verily, was always distinct, under which our Lord represents pointed, just and important. We death, namely, as being a state of may conclude, then, that the sensleep, out of which he says, that he tence which we are considering, esshall awake mankind at the general pecially as it was a consolatory ad. resurrection. John v. 25, 28, 29. dress to a man dying in agony, would xi. 11–14. Luke viii. 52, 53. Nor be strictly true, and be clearly comwould an assertion, that the man prehended by him. should on that very day be in a state Now, in the prophetic style, future of conscious happiness, correspond events are often represented as prewith his being with Christ, for the sent, or as having actually taken place, history mentions that Christ was alone in order to denote the certain acconio a sepulchre till the third day after plishment of a prediction. Thus this. Not the least intimation is given Isaiah lx. 1, “ Arise, be thou enin it that he left the sepulchre during lightened, for thy light is come: and that time. Nor do either he or his the glory of Jehovah is risen upon apostles give any reason to suppose thee." Isaiah ix. 2, “ The people he did, though every thing they say that walked in darkness, have seen upon the subject expresses, or seems a great light, they that dwelled in evidently to impl the contrary. the land of the shadow of death, unto Jesus himself says to Mary, soon af- them hath the light shined." Ver. 9, ter his resurrection, “I do not yet “ Upto us a child is born, unto us a ascend to my Father, but go to my son is given." Also lxv. 17, Ixvi. brethren, and say unto them, I as- 22, liii. 249, lv. 4, xlix. 7, 1, 6, xl. cend to my Father and your Father, 1, 2, 3, 9, and Isaiah's triumphal
song upon foreseeing the fall of the
John iv. 23, “ The hour cometh, and
xii. 23, “ The hour is come that the
Son of man should be glorified."
xvi. 32, “ The hour cometh, yea
now come, that ye shall be scat-
and shall leave me alone."
Rev. xviii. 10, “ Alas, alas, O great
. 33, Heb. i. city of Babylon, for in one hour thy
judgment is come." Comp. xiv. 7,
house's note on Rev. xvii. 10.
Fixed numbers, also, are mployed
Two is used to denote a few.
1 Kings xvii. 12.
One and two for a few, Isa. vii. 21.
From the specimens, then, which
we have given of the language of
particularize the exact time when the
would certainly be succeeded by
knew the characters of those with
Ezek. xxi. 25, “ Thou prophane, apply it now to any person. In the
Lines suggested by a visit to the Tomb of The plaintive tale shall pity oft renew
the late Rev. Samuel Cary, in the Bu- As, sad, she lingers near the stranger's
And oft the love that vainly strave to save
Shall pass, in thought, the vast Atlantic
While Fancy paints these dwellings of the
Nor clos'd thy day by fondest cares ur- Whelm o'er thy mind, producing black blest,
despair Nor meets thy corse the angry bigot's (Like the mad whirlwind, which torments scorn;
the air)? Midst scenes that Priestley lov'd thy ashes Prosperity's fair calm returns to morrow.
rest, And wait, in hope, the promisd rising
The Robin. morn,
J. T. R. Nov. 1, 1815.
[From the Morn. Chron.]
The Linnet seeks her half-leaf'd shed,
And mourns the sun's decline;
But thou, my ROBIN! constant bird, Author of All! whose conscious eye per- With sweetly plaintive voice art heard, vades
Though storms uproot the pine !
November's blast no fears create,
With Hope's soft strain thou cheer'st the Hear, heav'nly Parent! and my faults
Althongh vo sun-beams shine ; From chains of sloth and passion set me
For in this season doubly rude, free;
The bumble song of gratitude, And teach my wav'ring thoughts to rest Sweet ROBIN, still is thine ! on Thee :
M. B. D. Inspire the high resolve ;-confirm the Give me to love thy law, and loving, to Latin verses by the Rev. M. Marron, Prefulfil!
sident of the Protestant Consistory, 6th Nov. 1815.
S. Paris, written on his late visit to En
gland. The Storms of Life.
Hunc, toto quisqnis Libertatem colis orbe, “ Horrida tempestas cælum contraxit, et Servilis cui sunt vincla perosa jugi, imbres,” &c.
Suspice ! Libertas hoc sanctam pectore se
dem Lo! the black storm obscures the skies,
Fixerat, et digno sueverat ore loqui. The snow descends in feathery flakes
Æmula virtutis tibi laus calcaria subdat: Mingled with hail and rain, and swells the
Vivit honoratâ Foxius effigie. lakes O'er their contracted bounds; the billows
Hollandus. rise, Reard by the northern Boreas' mighty Libertatis amor, decet ut sine labe Bri
tannum, pow'r That from the Thracian cloud-capp'd moun
Et patrix, et sanctæ religionis amor, tains shakes
Ingenui et mores, cunctique scientia saeli, The leafy arms of aged trees that grow
Eloquioque animos suada movere potens, In forests vast and drear, while deep be. Hollandi spirant bene junctæ in imagine blow
dotes, The massive roots far spreading mock the
Albion ô! meritum suspice rite virum. scene !
Andreas Bellus. Man! breast the storm, when howling tempests blow,
O Britonum grata huic adsurge, adsarge And toss thy bark o'er the rough sea of juventus! life,
Anglia, fer merito civica serta viro! Peace in the conscience, virtue in the Ille indefessus teperæ bona semina pubi breast,
Inserit, baud ullo deperitura die. And hope shall guide thee through the Me Denm et patriam sancto colere urgei impassioned strife
amore, And land thee quickly on the shores of Plebeiosque animos non sinit esse rudes. rest!
Bellus honoratum ferat hinc per sæcula Why then bewail to-day? Shall bootless nomen,
Ipsa in quo dentes fregerit Invidia.
name, a respectable old man, after having Persecution of the Protestants in France. defended bimself for above an hour, was
No further back than the 17th October, a basely murdered. The next day the assasfresh persecution of the Protestants broke out sins divided the fruits of their plunder. Seat Nismes-seven of its most respectable in- veral houses had been demolished; several habitants were on that day assassinated. victims had been sacrificed. However, the TRESTAILLON, the leader of this Catholic band armed force put an end to these disorders. has since been taken into custody by the mi. M. de Rochemont at the head of it, distinlitary foree. This man had already been guished himself by his zeal. seized for similar outrages; but was set at TRESTAILLON was taken just as he had liberty in consequence of threatening to fired on the Commandant of the place, and discover his employers, Morn. Chron. conducted nuder an escort to Montpellier, Nor. 8.
with three or four of his principal confiWe are concerned to learn, that among dants. the innginerable victims who have sealed On the 18th tranquillity was restored in with their blood at Nismes, their faith in the town, and it was hoped that it would be the pure doctrines of our holy religiou, we preserved. have to enumerate the Rev. M. Desmont, Versailles, Nov. 8.-Credible persons senior Protestant Minister of that city. arrived from Nismes confirm the accounts This venerable clergyman had attained the of the dreadful scenes which took place 80th year of his age, and had passed his there in the night of the 17th ult. It seems life in teaching the gospel to his flock, and that the unhappy Protestants are again in edifying them by bis example. But persecuted with the greatest fury; these his grey locks and unblemished life were persons affirm that the tocsin was sounded no protection to him against the ruffians at Nismes, and that the neighbouring peaswho now desolate the south of France in the antry, armed with sticks and spades, came name of the Bourbons. Inflamed by their in numbers with the horrible cry of “ Vive bigoted priests, and misled by a speech at- le St. Barthelemy!” to join in the assassitributed to the Duke of ANGOULEME, they nations in the town. General La Garde, have sworn the destruction of the Protestant however, to whom the Protestants are under Religion in France, and consider themselves the greatest obligations, succeeded by his as having rendered an acceptable service to wisdom and firmness in restoring tranquiltheir God and their King, when they have lity. It is positively affirmed in Paris, that immolated a heretic or destroyed a meeting. it has been resolved in the Council of the Mihouse. It is a strange neglect, or rather a nisters to bring to justice the notorious culpable indifference of our government, to Trestaillon, who was arrested some months view these scenes without interfering. Our ago, but set at liberty again, and that orarms have placed the Bourbons on that ders to that effect are sent to Nismes, throne which they have already stained Lausanne, Nov. 7.—The accounts from with the blood of our fellow Protestants. Toulouse state, that in the South people's Our arms maintain them on it, in opposition minds are still excited; all those who were to the wishes and opinions of their subjects. in place under Napoleon have been removed, But if we are strong enough 10 smother the The officers who have returned home cangeneral voice of France, can we not employ not avoid the ill usage of the people, exthe means which Providence has placed in cept by laying aside their uniform, and our hands, to proenre one act of justice for appearing as simple citizens. our Protestant brethren ? Morn. Chron. The misfortunes of the Protestants in the Nov, 18.
South bave not been listened to with indifLausanne, Oct. 31. ference by the Allied Sovereigns. While The letters from Nisines had been the King of Prussia was at Paris, M. de for some time satisfactory, but the most Chateaubriand attempting to soften the picdeplorable agitations hare again disturbed ture in the eyes of that Sovereign, attriits tranquillity. The 15th announced me- buted these disorders to political opinions, lancholy scenes. Detachments from Bouil- rather than religious dogmas; you are largues and the neighbouring places had wrong, Sir,” replied his Majesty, “these advanced to the gates of the town to second crimes cannot be covered and if the Prothe factions. The Protestants were insult- testants have been friends of the revolution, ed, menacing and ferocious cries were it gave them rights which they scarcely had heard about their houses. On the 16th any idea of, and they perhaps saw but too these symptons of insurrection became still clearly what they were threatened with by more alarming. At last in the night of the the fanaticism of some incendiaries." 16th the explosion was dreadful. A cer- Nismes, Nov. 11.-The national guards tain Trestaillon commanded the brigands. of St. Mamert, Tous Moulezan, and MontBlood flowed in many houses in the city. pezal, proceeded the 7th of this month in Mr. Lafond, father of the Colonel of that the road from Nismes to Lunel, to present