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path of the just, like the shining light, after other men's salvation, is no comsbineth more and more unto the per- mon mark. The other is a duty which fect day.”
belongeth unto all, and prevaileth with In brief, if this correspondence shall God daily.” (Richard Hooker.) have had the effect of rendering us more tolerant towards each other, it will have answered a valuable purpose.
N to 1. I do not call upon you to give up any
3rd October. opinion which you may have formed, I am as well assured as you are, merely at my dictation; but I do ear- that God is every thing that he ought nestly exhort you to direct your at- to be, and does and will do all that is tention to those passages which speak right, in time and eternity; and, thereof the loving-kindness of our heavenly fore, I leave to hin the destinies of Father, and of the promised extension man, and all intellectual beings. of the kingdom of his dear Son. We I do not believe that man, in his live in times when almost all sects of fallen state, is capable of discerning Christians are actively engaged in the true meaning of the terins under spreading the knowledge of the glori- consideration. ous gospel, and when their hopes run I am happy in believing that you high, as to the near approach of the will go to heaven, although you should days when God's ancient people shall die in the possession of your creed. be gathered in, and the fulness of the I accept your reproots. After the Gentiles be collected into the fold of warnings I have had, my short-comings the good Shepherd. Surely, our Sa- fill me frequently with indescribable viour has at length challenged the per- I am not satisfied with myself, formance of his Father's promise :- as to my convictions or spirituality : “ Ask of me, and I will give thee the neither do I perceive in you a knowheathen forthine inheritance, and ledge of your state as a partaker of the uttermost parts of the earth for the fall, or spirituality or earnest thy possession. These expectations striving with God for thorough vital which, by the providence of God, have experience, as I perceive in those perof late been so generally excited in sons whom you think in error. the Church, afford a sort of rallying I feel that it is an awful subject that point-a neutral ground, where all we have in hand. Neither of us prays who call Jesus Master, may meet, over the discussion as he ought. and give to each other the right hand of fellowship.
I to N. “ Charity, which hopeth all things, prayeth also for all men. For what- Dear N. | 3rd October. soever the mind of man apprehendeth 1. The first sentence of your preas good, the will of charity and love sent communication expresses all that is to have it enlarged in the very ut- I can desire of you, and more than I termost extent, that all may enjoy it, expected. I am quite content to leave to whom it can any way add perfec- you in possession of the impression tion. Because, therefore, the further under which that sentence was written, a good thing doth reach, the nobler and I sincerely hope that it may abide and worthier we reckon it, our prayers with and comfort you. Be assured I for all men's good, no less than for shall never obtrude my speculations our own, the apostle, with very fit upon you, unless any sudden occurterms, commendeth, as being a work rence should throw me off my guard. commendable for the largeness of the 2. The Scriptures are addressed to affection from which it springeth ; man in his fallen state, with a view to even as theirs, which have requested his recovery, and are able to make at God's hands the salvation of many him wise unto salvation. If they were with the loss of their own souls- not intelligible, our Lord would have drowning, as it were, and overwhelm- scarcely expected the unbelieving Jews ing themselves in the abundance of to search them. Nor would Paul their love towards others, is proposed have commended the Bereans for susas being, in regard of the rareness of pending their judgment regarding the such affections, more than excellent. doctrines which he taught, until they But this extraordinary height of desire had ascertained their consistency with the tenor of the law and the prophets not led to repentance; and when,
- the only inspired writings which they through Christ's miracles, they saw possessed. “The law of God," says more of God's mercy and goodness, David, “maketh wise the simple; they were filled with rage and madness. and to him who ordereth his conver- The more they saw of God, the more sation aright will I shew the salvation they hated him.
“ Now have they of God.” And again, " The secret of both seen and hated, both me and my the Lord is with them that fear him." Father."
3. Your hopes in my behalf are in Our Lord Jesus Christ said, that the spirit of Christian charity; mine such persons would not be forgiven for your salvation are very lively. For in the world to coine. Had yon been myself I see cause to be exceedingly present, would you have told them humble, and very, very far from con- they would, and that they would be fident.
blessed in heaven to all eternity? 4. I also accept your reproofs. It is Which attends most to his own inalmost superfluous to add, what is terests, he who leaves these matters above stated, that I am deeply sensible to God, and prays most earnestly for of the dulness and weakness of my himself; or, he who, while he is stiaffections for spiritual things. I mix pulating in favour of sinners against so little with the world, (professors the Holy Ghost, does not agonize in included,) that I have not opportuni- prayer for himself as much as the ties for comparing my feelings with other does ? theirs : but I will honestly confess, Every one who goes to God, God that the very few with whom I meet, will meet graciously. fall very short of my ideas of spiritual- On the subject of what, I trust, God mindedness. One meets with the same has given you, will you say, “My own sort of temper and disposition as is to arm hath gotten me this”? be found in those who mind earthly things, although conversation may turn
I to N. upon those that are spiritual. It is now the fashion to be evangelical.
4th October. But although I may not have been so What a strange compound is man! fortunate as to find many who are You attacked my opinions ; I feebly renewed in the image of their minds, defended them. I mean that in deferI presume not to question your ac- ence to the delicacy of your feelings, quaintance with such persons. May I contented myself with a few genetheir numbers daily increase.
ralities. I said what, without iin5. The subject is indeed important, mediate shock, I thought might lead but while I adınit that it may not you to reflect a little, and examine the have been treated in our correspon- ground on which you stood. I knew dence with becoining seriousness, my that the pride of the human inind conscience acquits me of wilful levity. would not permit you to surrender
If you and" I should live to enjoy your forts; but I thought it not very the consolations of religion, we shall
, improbable that sonie year or two, or with quite as much seriousness, inani- perhaps five or six years hence, you fest rather more cheerfulness of spirit might possibly abandon them, and than at present.
leave who pleased to occupy such in1. defensible positions. You, however,
winced, and cried out at the firing of N to 1.
a few crackers. You said they dis
turbed your devotions; I therefore 4th October.
left off firing, and said, “ You are It is agreed we pray for all men, there and I am here; and as we are wishing that there may be no sinners both contented with our situations, against the Holy Ghost, and that such let us occasionally advance to some persons as he that said, “Don't give neutral ground, and shake hands, or me any of your damned godly books,” telegraph 'All's well."" do not mean what they say.
I would willingly refer the case to In the time of our Lord Jesus any rational man, (for by the law of Christ, many who partook of the the land no man is allowed to be a common mercies of the Aliniguity, were judge in his own cause, whether,
without actual prostration, I could eminence, the gospel of Christ, cannot possibly have expressed myself in more contain contradictions. This, howconciliatory and deferential language ever, is a work of time; and I must, than I have adopted in iny late con- therefore, since you have put the quesmunications with you. I congratu- tion thus directly, crave your indul. lated myself upon the signature of gence for a short space, in order that peace, upon the terms of the statut I may frame my answer. If I am quo, with a separate article relating to forced to resort to my artillery, blame commercial objects, providing for the
Of one thing be assured, free exchange of all except a few pro- that your person shall sustain no inhibited articles. But how rain are jury, whatever may become of your human wishes, and huinan hopes and fortifications. expectations! The parchment was en
Yours affectionately, grossed, the seals were brought forth,
I. mine was actually affixed, yours was
[To be continued.] apparently in your hand, when lo and behold, to my utter astonishment, ap- Mr. Adam's Letter to the Committee pears upon the table a contre-projet,
of the Baptist Missionary Society, opening up the whole question at issue.
on his renouncing Trinitarianism, I am called upon to give up all my with his Remarks on Mr. Ivimey's points, and, like a poor fellow apply
Letters in the Morning Chronicle. ing to the Bishop of Peterborough for orders, I must reply in five lines to (See Mon. Repos. Vol. XVII. pp. 682-each article of the projet. My dear
690.) Sir, do you not know that a child may
Calcutta, in five words put a question which a
Sept. 7, 18:21. philosopher. could not answer in as
DERMIT me to request the inser
tion in the Monthly Repository many days or weeks? Papa, who made God ?-Nobody, my dear. Who of the following letter, addressed to made the Devil ?-God, my dear. – the Committee of the Baptist MisPapa, why does not God kill the De- sionary Society, to which I shall also vil-Ah! that's a puzzler.-You ask, crave leave to subjoin some additionat “ Had you been present when Jesus
remarks. Christ said that such persons (meaning " Dear BRETHREN, such as sinned against the Holy Ghost) A considerable change having tashould not be forgiven in the world to ken place in my religious sentiments, eome--that they should, and be bless. I deem it a duty which I owe to yoiu ed to all eternity ?" The only answer and to myself, after my mind has arwhich I can, just at present, return to rived at a full conviction on the sub. such a question is, that as, without a ject, to give you the earliest informapersonal knowledge of the Lord Jesus, tion respecting it. The change to I nevertheless love and respect his which I refer respects the doctrine of character too much to gainsay his the Trinity, on which, at the time of words, sure I am, that if I had enjoyed my departure froin England, I conthe distinguished honour of seeing his scientiously held the sentiments which mighty works and hearing his wise I professed. Since my arrival in this discourses, this feeling of love and country, however, the discussions in respect would have been so greatly which I have been engaged, in the increased, that it is very improbable discharge of my duties as a Missionthat I should have ventured to contra- ary, with the natives, both idolatrous dict him, although it is possible that, and monotheistical, have convinced like his disciples, I might have re- me that the doctrine referred to can quested him in private to explain his be defended against those who reject ineaning. In the absence of the great Christianity, only by the same arguTeacher, I must do, as all humblements which support all idolatry; and inquirers after the truth have done, a renewed and diligent examination diligently and patiently and candidly of the Sacred Scriptures has terminaweigh and compare one saying with ted in a no less firm persuasion, that another, knowing that “no lie is of it is equally indefensible against those the truth ;” that is to say, that the who draw their objections and arguScripture in general, and, by way of ments from that source. I therefore
consider tliat I can no longer be justi- and the stapendous work which he fied in teaching it to the heathen, or has accomplished, lie will be an oliin professing it amongst my country- ject of eternal veneration and praise to men as an essential part of Christi- saints and angels in heaven. In short, anity.
I consider that as there. is only one “Such a declaration may, perhaps, God and Father of all, who is above in your judgment, be necessarily, as all and through all and in us all, so it is in fact too commonly, accompa- there is only one Lord, one Mediator pied with a rejection of other doctrines, between God and men, the man Christ which 1, potwithstanding, consider Jesus; and on the supposition that bigbly, jinportant, if not absolutely the latter both in liis original and in essential to the scheme of Christian his assumed nature, is a being derived truth. In order, therefore, to prevent from, dependent on, and inferior to, all misunderstanding, (which I am the former, whose son and servant he particularly anxious to guard against,) is declared to be, I perceive in the I beg to assure you that the supreme, whole scheme of redemption a fitness underived, independent Deity of Jesus and intelligibleness, a glory and beauChrist, and the distinct personality of ty, which render the doctrines of the the Holy Spirit, are the only doctrines gospel doubly dear to my heart. belonging to my former system of “With respect to the doctrine of belief, which I feel compelled to the Spirit, although I am unable to reject; and that although my first discover any satisfactory evidence in doubts respecting them were sug- the Scriptures for its distinct persongested by conversing with intelligent ality, yet I believe in the necessity of Hindoos on the principles of natural divine influence to renew the mind, reason, (the only ground which it is by removing the natural bias to evil, possible to assume with such oppo- and implanting in its stead a ruling pents,) yet it is not on that ground desire for pure and spiritual enjoyalone that I have finally rejected them. ments. I also believe, that salvation On the contrary, both in rejecting is to be ascribed to the free and sovethese and in retaining such as are reign favour of God through the faith commonly considered either insepa- which is in Christ Jesus, a faith rably connected with or dependent which, as it is produced by divine inupon them, I most unequivocally ad- Auence, so it works by love, purifies mit the entire subordination of reason the heart, overcomes the world, and to revelation. Proceeding upon this brings forth in the life and conduct principle, I believe Jesus Christ to be those fair fruits of the spirit by which the only begotten Son of God, that the peculiar genius of Christianity is eternal life which was with the Fa- discovered, and its doctrines recomther, by whorn also God made the mended to the acceptance of unbeworlds. I believe in his miraculous lievers. conception, in his two-fold nature, as “ Having thus fully explained my the Son of God and as the Son of views on these points, I trust that man, in the sinless purity of his life, the candour which you know so well in his meritorious sufferings and death, to exemplify, joined with the partiin his resurrection from the dead, in cularity of my statements, will effechis ascension to heaven, in his exal- tually prevent all misconception on tation to the right hand of God, and the subject. It will give me much in his prevalent intercession with the pleasure to receive and consider any Father. I implicitly receive the doc- remarks with which you may favour trines and laws which he taught as a me, the more especially as proceedprophet; I trust in the atoning sacri- ing from those whose characters I fice which he offered as a priest; I esteem and whose piety I wish to imisubmit to the government which lie tate, although I feel compelled to exercises as a king ; 1 anticipate with differ from them in some of their docjoy and gratitude the sentence which trinal sentiments. In the mean time, he will pronounce as my final judge; as I no longer profess doctrines which and I believe that both on account of are commonly considered fundamenthe original dignity of his nature, the tal and indispensable, and as on this high offices which he has sustained, ground you may, probably, oliject to apply to my support any part of the tion of evidence which it is
chief public money entrusted to you, I wonder how I could so long resist. shall from the date of this letter, I shall probably have occasion to reuntil I hear from you to the contrary, fer again to the above letter in the discontinue drawing from your funds animadversions which I now proceed the sum which I have regularly re- to make upon the letters addressed ceived since iny arrival in India. by Mr. Ivimney to the Editor of the
If, in the public accounts of the Morning Chronicle, respecting RamSociety, you should find occasion to mohun Roy and myself, and since refer to the subject of this letter, I inserted in the Number for November must beg as an act of kindness, what 1822, of your Repository. To Mr. you, I am persuaded, will be disposed Aspland, I beg to make my sincere to grant from a principle of justice, acknowledgments for the spirited manthat you will publish the whole of it. ner in which he replied to Mr. I. ; The official mention of any change of but there are some points on which sentiments on such a subject in any he did not possess that information other language than my own, or the which I shall endeavour to supply. publication of a purt only of my state. Whether Rammohun Roy is or is not inents, I would sincerely deprecate as a Christian, I shall leave to himself to likely to create misapprehensions and declare, as he informs me that, if his prejudices, which may be prevented other engagements permit, he intends by an opposite course.
to address you upon this subject. “ With fervent prayers for your 1. The writer in the Morning Chroprosperity as a Society, and for your nicle states that I was “ awakened by happiness as individuals, and earnestly the arguments of” Rammohun Roy. intreating a continuance of that friend- In this he is perfectly correct. It ly and affectionate regard which I was he that first shook my belief in bave ever experienced from you, the doctrine of the Trinity. It was “I am, dear Brethren,
he that first made me doubt its truth. Yours very affectionately, This I thankfully acknowledge; and “ W, ADAM. if lie had never rendered me any
other benefit, if he were to be my When I was writing the above let- enemy the remaining part of his life, ter, I knew that no language I could I should still have abundant reason employ to express the necessary for gratitude to him during the reineaning, would be altogether accept- maining part of mine. Mr. I. says, able to those to whom it was address- with a sneer, that it is not for him ed; but, after the guarded and con- to deny that I became a Unitarian ciliating manner which I adopted, I through Rammohun Roy, and seems did not expect those broad charges to consider it derogatory to a Chrisof a proud and indocile spirit which tian Missionary, and much more, of have been brought against me both course, to the minister of Eagle Street, in private and in official communica- to learn any thing from such a person. tions. I am willing to leave the To say that Rammohun Roy is not letter to make its own impression
upon perfect either in knowledge or in vir, every honest and candid mind - an tue, is saying only what is true of all experiment which those with whom mankind; but saying this, I do not these charges originated do not ap- hesitate to add, that there are few pear to have been desirous of attempt who might not derive some accession ing, notwithstanding the permission to their information from the stores they received to publish it. Upon the of his erudition, and some additional immediate subject of this letter, I incentives to goodness from his shiwish only to add, that it does not ning example. Mr. I. is now well now. correctly express my religious advanced in years, and would seem sentiments. The simple humanity of highly to estimate his own attainChrist's person and the unpurchased ments; but profound and extensive mercy of God, are doctrines which, as they no doubt are, let him be assince writing it, have fully recom- sured that he has yet to learn the mended themselves to my understand- value and loveliness of truth—a value ing and my heart, by an accumula- which is not diminished in the estia