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“ I verily believe that if we were reasoned of righteousness, temperance, fully convinced by the Holy Ghost in and judgment to come," Acts xxiv. our ownselves, of sin and righteous- 25. He disputed with the Jews, and ness and judgment, we should not be so far from interdicting the exercise anxious to prove that lost spirits re- of reason, he prayed that he might be pent and are saved.”
delivered from unreasonable and wickI verily believe that if we were con- ed men, 2 Thess. iii. 2. Our reason, vinced, as above, we should be anxious like every other good thing which we to know what the revealed will of enjoy, is the gift of God; and the deGod is in all matters; that we should votion of all our faculties to him is be ready to throw aside all precon- a reasonable service. It is reasonable ceived notions, and to bring every that when he' has made known his thought and imagination in subjection pleasure we should exercise our minds to the will of God, thankfully accept- humbly but diligently; without paring every discovery which it has pleased tiality and withont hypocrisy, in unhiin to make of his merciful designs, derstanding it, and in the study of his and deeply impressed with a convic- laws and judgments. Such has been tion that the grace which could renew the practice of good men of old, and our own hearts would be sufficiently they, experiencing the profit of such powerful to renew all other liearts, exercises, have recommended and enhowever hardened.
joined them upon us. There is a wide · I am sure that no unrepenting sin- distinction between a self-sufficient, ner can inherit the kingdom of God; gainsaying temper of mind, and a and it is only because it is revealed spirit of inquiry; the former I disthat his kingdom shall eventually claiın, the latter 'I wish to cherish; come, and his will be done in earth and, encouraged by past experience, I as it is heaven—that all opposing rule doubt not that it will be rewarded by and authority shall be overthrown, and a deeper insight into the mind and God be all in all-that I am led to will of God, whose counsels are nebelieve that all shall be brought to vertheless unsearchable, and his ways repent, and to confess that Christ is past finding out; that is to say, the Lord to the glory of God the Father. riches of his wisdom and the extent This opinion is not flattering to hu- of his love infinitely exceed the most man pride and vanity; for it implies enlarged comprehension of any created that every haughty look shall be being.
1. brought down, and the Lord shall be
('To be continued.) exalted in that day.
As to reason I read, indeed, that Sir, some men had become “ vain in their n VIE passage your correspondent imaginations”- that “ their foolish R. B. has recorded, (p. 409,) as hearts were darkened”—and that“ pro- a specimen of the “ bigotry of the fessing themselves to be wise, they Evangelical Magazine,” is a proof became fools.”
that while the Calvinists cry out A truly wise man has observed that against Papists, they themselves prethe sluggard is wiser in his own con- serve the malignant essence of Popery. ceit than seven men that can render a I am led to make this remark by the reason. He also said that he had ap- perusal of a pamphlet just published, plied his own heart to know and to under the name of John Merlin, search, and to seek out wisdom, and meant, I suppose, for John Milner, the reason of things. Now, there- the Roman Catholic Bishop and Vicar fore,” said Samuel, “stand still that I Apostolic, and entitled,
is Strictures may reason with you, before the Lord, on the Poet Laureate's Book of the of all the righteous acts of the Lord.” Church.'” That Merlin is Milner God speaking to his people by the would seem unlikely from the praises Prophet Isaiah, invites them to reason which Merlin lavishes on Milner's with him, ch. i. ver. 18. “ Produce works, if the character of the V. A. your cause, saith the Lord; bring were not pretty well known. The forth your strong reasons, saith the writer vindicates, of course, St. DunKing of Jacob,” ch. xli. ver. 21. When stan, and baving enumerated luis virPaul was arraigned before Felix, “hetues, says, they
were sure to draw
down on this illustrious character the memorials of another such schismatic, obloquy and calumnies of modern In- John Fox, he raves through the hisfidel and Protestant historians.” (P. tory of many centuries, in abusing and 12.) This is bad enough, but not calumniating the common source of quite so bad as the language of the Christianity, in order to court the Evangelical Magazine. Milner, or heads of the present Establishment, Merlin, however, crescit eundo. He under pretence of vindicating it.”tells Southey that he should have This is written according to Ecelesi.continued his narrative till the altera- 'astical recipes, which Merlin has well tion of the established faith, in the studied : but Wat Tyler! Is the Lauimportant article of non-resistance, reate always to hear of this love-child? was practically denied by its former Merlin not only refers to it, again and advocate, the Arian Primate, Tillot- again, but pronounces it the finest of son ; till • the damnable heresy * of Southey's works, and extracts, in an Socinianism, as this church had de- Appendix, no less than two pages of fined it, (in the canons of the Synod the most democratic passages ! The of 1640,) was publicly preached up by irritable and orthodox bard will resent the famous Bishop Hoadley, and effec- this more deeply than Merlin's fling tually protected by government; till at his idolized church, in asking whethe same doctrine was taught in the ther there be a man so blindly bigoted Divinity Lectures of the University as to believe that any young or unin(Lectures of Professor Hey, delivered formed person will collect the Thirtyat Cambridge); and till a learned nine Articles " from the mere perusal Bishop and Professor (Watson) had of the Bible"? proclaimed, without contradiction,
CANTABRIGIENSIS. that the Protestant religion consists in speaking what you think, and Biographical Notice of Prince Euthinking what you please."" And John Merlin further advises the Lau
gene : by Lieut.-General G. De
Vaudoncourt. reate to exert his means to induce the majority of the clergy “ to believe in
(From the Morning Chronicle.)
ГЕ and especially the great fundamental greatest men who articles of the Unity and Trinity of honour to Europe within the last centhe Godhead, and the Incarnation and tury; one of the small number of Death of the Second Person of it. those who, when elevated to dignity Without this” (he adds) " they are not and power, preserved all the mildness Christians.”—This man the Evange- of virtue in a humbler sphere, and all lical Magazine must consider as after the simplicity of private life. He also its own heart.
possessed a generosity not always It is curious to see a sturdy Roman found among the upper classes.—The Catholic grappling with such a non- splendour of power had not dazzled descript multifarious believer as the him; and a reverse of fortune could Laureate. He pinches him very hard. not humble a mind which found its Throughout, he speaks of the author greatness in its own powers. Inexoof the “ Book of the Church” as a rable fate has ravished him in the Poet, by which he explains that he flower of his age from his family, means an Inventor. He says of him from his friends, and from those to “after writing D'Esperilla’s (D' Es- whom he was for many years a chepriella's) Letters in commendation of rished and adored chief. In deseendthe Catholic Religion, and Wat Tyler's ing from the steps of a throne where Drama, to excite popular tumults he had been placed by the choice of against government, he has latterly his sovereign and adoptive father, he celebrated and recommended the chief carried with him the respect, esteem and most dangerous schismatics from and regret of the major part of the the Establishment, the Wesleys, White- nation he had governed, and in a manfields, and their associates ; and now, ner organized. In descending to the in the frantic style, and with the lying tomb, he has been followed by the
just sorrow of all those who knew The italics are Milner's or Merlin's. how to appreciate the eminent merit
of a skilful and brave general, of an ganization which should find in itself enlightened and philosophic statesman, the elements of reproduction, it was and the more rare virtues of a prince necessary to form into one nation who never forgot, when clothed in provinces separated for several centupurple, that he was a man.
ries; to unite in one opinion and one Prince Eugene was born at Paris, interest, people long opposed to each September 3, 1781. His father, Ge- other; and to this difficult task Prince neral Viscount Beauharnois, perished Eugene bent his mind from the year in the midst of eminent services he 1805 to 1814. was rendering to his country. He fell This intention merely would confer a victim to those men who diverted honour on him, but he did not stop the Revolution from its course, wish- there. I shall not, however, enter ing to bring forward events which into details of all the operations of a were then far distant. The mother of wise and brilliant admiuistration; an Eugene, Josephine Tascher de la Pa- enuineration of the principal estagerie, is sufficiently known by virtues blishments which owe their origin or that made her dear to all'Europe. their improvement to him, will be At the age of 14, Eugene bore arins sufficient to give the public a correct for the defence of his country, and opinion of his government of Italy. served under the orders of the illustri. The army was increased to 60,000 ous General Hoche. In 1796 he was men, completely disciplined and proappointed Aid-de-Camp to Bonaparte, vided with excellent officers by the then Commander-in-Chief, and now creation of military schools. Immense become his father-in-law. After the fortifications were built or improved treaty of Campio Formio, he was sent at Mantua, Venice and Palma. The to Corfu to see it carried
into execu- administration of justice was organized tion as far as the Ionian Islands were on one uniform system. The civil adconcerned. He served with Bona. ministration was regulated with such parte as Aid-de-Camp in Egypt and order and economy, that, notwithSyria, and distinguished himself at the standing the burdens which pressed capture of Suez, and at the two as- on the kingdom, the public treasure saults which were made on Saint Jean which was laid by, increased every d'Acre. After the 18th of Brumaire year. The Universities of Padua, Boc he was appointed Captain Comman- logna and Pavia, were re-established. dant of the Chasseurs à Cheval, of the Lyceums were opened in all the prinConsular Guard; in 1800, he was ap- cipal departments ; schools for girls pointed Major on the field of battle at were established at Milan and Verona. Marengo ; in 1802, General of Bri- The Conservatory of Music and the gade, and Colonel-General of Chas- Museum of Paintings were founded at seurs. In 1804, he was raised to the Milan, which presaged the return of dignity of a prince, and appointed the best days of Italy. The superb Arch-Chancellor of the Empire. lo road of the Simplon was opened. The 1805, he accompanied Napoleon to canal of Milan and Pavia, the façade Milan, who left him there with the of the Cathedral at the former place, dignity of Viceroy, and confided to after four centuries of attempts, were him the civil and military government finished. Mendicity was abolished by of Naples.
the establishment of workhouses and This was the beginning of the poli- charitable institutions. These are the tical career of Prince Eugene, who works which gave Prince Eugene a was then hardly 24 years of age, and claim to the gratitude of a country, soon displayed the great talents with the happiness and prosperity of which which nature had endowed him. Ale he had commenced. At the concluthough the Italian Republic had an sion of 1805 he formed the siege of administration, organized laws, and an Venice, at the head of the army of army, it was not the less necessary.to reserve. In January 1806, he was create all these for the kingdom of summoned to Munich to receive the Italy. If stability was to be given hand of the Princess Augusta Amelia, to establishments, the foundation of the daughter of the King of Bavaria. which yet suffered from the temporary The war of 1809 gave him the first state under which they arose, to have opportunity of displaying his military the basis of a permanent military or talents as General-in-Chief, and leis first cffort was not successful; but ing thus fulfilled severe and alınost history will say that his want of suc- opposite duties, he returned without cess arose from circumstances over regret and without reproach to private which he had no controul. The battle life. The respect and approbation of of Sacile will be estimated by every his father-in-law were his first rewards. enlightened military man, as it was He found true happiness with a wife, estimated by Napoleon: there was lit- who is as illustrious by her virtues as tle chance of success, but by the rules · her birth, and in the midst of an inof strategy it was proper to fight. teresting family. The esteem justly But this trifling defeat was soon ef- merited which the Emperor Alexander faced by the passage of the Piave, of entertained for him, may have taught the Julian Aips, the rapid junction of Europe that virtue always obtains the the Italian ariny, and the brilliant vic- approbation of noble and generous tory of Raab). "The pacification of the ininds. 'Tyrol, due even inore to the prudence But Prince Eugene is now no more, than to the military talents of Prince and is deeply regretted not only by Eugene, terminated this glorious year. his illustrious fainily, his former de
In 1812 he commanded a corps of pendents, and his numerous friends, the grand army in Russia ; and a large but even by the nations he governed. part of the glory acquired at the vic- May this pure homage, rendered by tory of Moskowa is due to him ; but one whose sincere devotedness he the immortal laurels of Malojaros- knew, be placed on his tomb. Older Jawitz belonged entirely to himself. than he was, only a few years separate In 1813, this Prince, hitherto conspi- me from that moment when I may cuous for his ardent courage, changed hope that inviolable fidelity will find a his character, and reached the height place by the side of the hero who was of military glory. He was able, like its object. Fabricius, with the wreck of an army,
LIEUT.-GENERAL G. DE saved from the ravage of the frozen
VAUDONCOURT. climate of the North, to stop the progress of a formidable army, and to Dr. J. Pye Smith in Reply to Prodispute foot by foot the last provinces of Poland and Prussia, and to keep a
fessor Chenevière, on the late The
ological Controversies at Geneva. position behind the Elbe till Napoleon was able to reach Lutzen. There
(Continued from p. 409.) Prince Eugene secured the victory by
Homerton, a march on the flank of the allied Sir,
August 9, 1824. army.
'HE further remarks which I beg Recalled shortly afterwards to Italy, permission to offer upon Profeswhere war was about to begin, he sor Chenevière's papers, will refer to was able, by organizing the recruits the persons upon whom he has, in and depots, which were his only re- particular, animadverted. sources, to form an army. The his- Geneva, he says, was fixed on tory, which I have traced, of the two by a zealous sect for the scene of its skilful campaigns of 1813 and 1814, labours, the central point whence its is known to the greater number of missionaries should go forth to propamilitary men, and I shall not ‘now gate Methodism on the continent.”. stop to describe them. There re- (Mon. Repos. p. I of the present vol.) mained, however, another trial for This passage may serve as a specimen Prince Eugene; that those virtues of a disposition of M. C., apparent in might be all displayed, on which great every part of his pretended Summary, talents can only firmly repose. This which cannot be represented more was furnished liim by the catastrophe mildly than by calling it extravagant of 1814. No person is ignorant at credulity, and the habit of making powhat price he might have obtained a sitive assertions upon subjects of which crown, but he merited one doubly by he is totally ignorant. Had there been refusing it. In a delicate and difficult such a concerted movement as he afposition, honour and fidelity were the firms, I can see in it nothing to be rules of his conduct, and he might blained. It is the absolute right and take them for his motto. Public opi- the duty of those who embrace the nion has sanctioned his conduct. Hava doctrines and precepts of Christ, ac
cording to their own conscientious Wesleian or Arminian Methodists. persuasion, to use all fair and open Their visits to Geneva were more or means of propagating them, by solem- less casual, and were longer or shorter, nizing divine worship, teaching in pri- according to circumstances; and their vate or public, diffusing books, and religious conduct was induced by the recoinmending religious inquiry; and occurrences, for the most part altoto choose any place which they think gether unexpected, which at the mosuitable, as the scene or centre of ment presented themselves. To give their operations. In doing so, they the most frank exposure in my power obey the express commands of our of the opinions entertained by at least Divine Master; and they invade the some of those persons, I beg leave to just province of no government, nor introduce an extract from the private the rights ever sacred and unalienable journal of one, who belonged to a of any man's private judgment. Men party which visited Geneva in July of all sects and denominations have, and August, 1816, who was very deby the law of nature, reason and Chris- sirous of ascertaining the state of relitianity, this EQUAL right to lay their gion in that interesting city, and wlio claims before the world ; and, after was honoured with a kind reception the fair proposal, unbiassed on the from some of the Venerable Pastors, one hand and unobstructed on the in whose society he met M. Chenevière. other, of sentiments and arguments, This passage shews the impressions
great is THE TRUTH, and it will made upon the writer's mind by all prevail.” But I assure M. C. (and I that he could, in so short a time, see think that I have the means of know- and hear. It is here copied without ledge) of my full belief that no such the slightest alteration. concerted scheme as he assumes ever Geneva, considered under a reliexisted ; and I further inform him gious respect, appears to me to prethat, notwithstanding all the contemp- sent a melancholy instance of decayed tuous, offensive and calumnious de- religion and a fallen church.
The reclarations which he has made, he is laxation of religious principles under profoundly ignorant of both Metho- the plausible influence of Alphonsus dism and Methodists. The different Turrettin, the tendencies to formality persons whom he wishes to stigmatize in a civil establishment of religion, the were visitants to Geneva, in conse- corporation spirit of a body of priviquence of the general curiosity and leged clergy, enjoying here every facilove of foreign travel, which were so lity for its exercise, the extravagant extensively felt upon the removal of respect entertained for Rousseau bcthe barriers which for so many years
cause he was a fellow-countryman, had kept Englishmen from the most the seducing effect of his writings, the interesting parts of the continent. long-continued residence of the dæmon They acted under no arrangement. of infidelity at Ferney, and the contaSome of them were not even known mination of false philosophy and lax to the others. Though agreed in the manners received from the worst part great essentials of religion, they were of the French nation ;-these have of different outward denominations ; been the causes and occasions of the -members of the Church of England; effects so visible and deplorable. A Presbyterians of the Scots Church, of regard to the essential truths of the the Associate Reformed Church of gospel is scarcely to be found, and the United States of Ainerica, and of where it is not entirely extinct it is the Dutch Reformed Church; Con- feeble and injudicious, like the langregationalists, who (I must say it to guid and incorrect sensation of a dying save M. C. from further mistakes) are ian. The Lord's-day is publicly prooften, but less properly, called Inde. faned, by work, merchandise and pleapendents ; Antipædobaptists; and, I sure, almost as inuch as in France believe, I may also add Lutherans and and Italy. Their political restoration members of the Society of Friends ; seems to have raised their ideas of but, so far as my knowledge extends, self-importance and their pride of panone of them belonged to either of triotic feeling, and to have encouraged those respectable and useful bodies, the Laodicean spirit, - 'I am rich, the Calvinistic Methodists, and the and I am in abundance, and I have