rately transmitted across the Atlantic, [Some of our readers may suspect yet, being accumulated and embodied a stratagern in this communication, by their connexion with an object of but we assure them that it is the so much importance as the Reposi- genuine production of an American tory, they may possess sufficient re- correspondent, of which indeed the flected interest and borrowed weight internal evidence will be abundant. to deserve your notice. Perhaps your- The writer is known to us, and his seli and contributors may not be name, were we at liberty to publish destitute of curiosity to learn the it, would give weight to his strictures. continued judgment of a stranger We cannot help feeling a little plearespecting your intellectual efforts ; sure (the reader will pardon us!) in on the supposition, I inean, that you our Transatlantic correspondent's flatfind him endued with any of the tering estimate of our humble labours. qualifications requisite for his assumed He is a candid but not blind critic, office. How far it would conduce to and we and our coadjutors may read the improvement and good regulation his animadversions with a better feel. of any magazine to contain within its ing than curiosity, and derive some own pages a department of the kind improvement from the calm observaproposed, I leave to your skill and tions of a wise and friendly Lookerexperience, as an editor, to determine. on. ED.) Should you approve of the plan, and be dissatisfied with the execution of

Monthly Repository for Jan. 1824. the specimens I now forward you, I Chenevière's Defence of the Genehope you will engage some of your van Church. This is perhaps drawn accomplished friends and fellow-sub- up with a little too much acerbity. jects to fulfil my project to your There is no doubt that the liberal better acceptance. In the mean time, divines of Geneva have had enough I shall, for my own amusement and to provoke them, but their apologist improvement, continue my pleasant has scarcely perforined his task with task in the manner I have commenced sufficient dignity. After all, it will it, and should I find that my advances be difficult for English and American have been received, I shall gladly Unitarians to enter with perfect sym. submit my little labours in this way pathy into the feelings of their injured to your future disposal. Unless I am Genevan brethren. "Our notions of mistaken, the destiny of the Monthly church-government partake so much Repository is yet to be loftier and of independence, that we can scarcely happier by far than that of any other help revolting at seeing even a fiery existing periodical. Its exact adap- Calvinist dragged before a human tation to the liberal and expanding tribunal for proclaiming his opinions spirit of the age, its freedom from in ever so offensive a form. However, paltry and sectarian pledges, the un- in judging of the merits of this case, wearied homage which it always and we must recollect the state of society every where pays to Truth, and the at Geneva, and the notions and haunrivalled importance of the subjects bits in which both parties have been to which it is generally devoted, will educated. As far as we can trust this unquestionably cause it to remain a ex parte testimony, M. Chenevière consecrated arena for the exercises has made out his case very clearly, and encounters of strong and thinking and shewn that much moderation, minds, and a favourite publication forbearance, and propriety, have been with all those readers who are anxious exhibited by the Genevan Consisfor satisfactory views in matters the tory. most intimately connected with human Mr. Cogan on Revelation. Ingehappiness. With these prophetic ex- nious, powerful and comprehensive. pectations as to the splendid destina- I admire all this writer's communication of your journal, you will not tions. wonder that I have attempted to be- Philadelphus on Future Suffering. come one of its regular contributors, A very candid, frank and decent exand sought some mode by which to pression of doubts and suggestions “ Pursue the triumph aud partake the that occurred to the author's mind on gale."

a subject perhaps more interesting AN AMERICAN. than any other to mankind. In some of his thoughts quite ingenious, though aiming at impracticabilities. I have eccentric.

lived in a slave-country five years. If Notice of Mr. Woods, very inte. he had done so as many weeks, I think resting.

he would have modified many of his Sir Isaac Newton's unpublished projects. Does even Mr. Cooper think MSS. This paper filled me with new think them all wise ? emotions of admiration at the character of the great philosopher.

Monthly Repository for Feb. 1824. Mr. Wallace on Isaiah ix. 6, 7. Professor Chenevière's Defence.Very fine. The error respecting He. The personal attack on M. Malan here zekiah's age seems to be clearly point- is quite unnecessary and offensive. I ed out, and ably corrected.

must say that such a method of proThe Baptismal Text. I allow the ceeding would have proved injurious strength of many of this writer's rea- to the Professor's cause in my own sons against the text, but cannot enter mind, had not the facts and documents with him into his extreme views of its which follow, set the conduct of the incompatibility with Unitarianism. Consistory in a favourable light. Mr. Rute deserves sympathy. I

Notes on Scripture. Generally very know of one person who intends very good. I do not quite feel the prosoon sending for a copy of the nei priety of the explanation given of edition of Priestley's Works.

" the clouds returning after rain.”. An Old Sub criber on Mr. Gorton's Report of the Committee of DisWork. I have never seen Mr. Gor- senters. Worthy of the subject. ton's book, and therefore cannot judge

Mr. Jevans's' recommendation to of this article.

insert Jehovah in the English Bible, Dr. Evans on Mr. Irving's Ora- very laudable, but carries almost an tions-Interesting.

air of irony with it, in consequence of Friendly Correspondence between the obstinate prejudices and indifferan Unitarian and a Calvinist. Some ence of the age with regard to this beautiful specimens of amicable and subject. It is somewhat like exhorthumble feelings in this portion of it. ing the Papists not to wave incense

Dr. Carpenter's recommendation I before their bit of bread. approve, and shall take care to be- Dr. Evans on Halls Life of Tolcome a subscriber to, or procure two ler, is a charming specimen of fair copies of Mr. Wright's Life.

and good-natured criticisın, and puts Letter from a Muggletonian. Some the eloquent Baptist entirely in the orthodox doctrines carried to their wrong. legitimate results.

Cornish Correspondence. ManiHints to Unitarians. Excellent; as festly some misunderstanding, hastiI have often thought in reading them ness and personal exasperation, if not before, where they first appeared ; error, on both sides. But good, we —but all out of the way in ascribing must trust, will come out of evil. “self-complacency" to the Monthly Extract from Everett's EuropeRepository

Judicious. Poetry. First Article, rather a Mr. Wallace on Isaiah ix. 6, 7. No, happy translation.

II. Strong and well-supported, if not Second and third, of no ordinary absolutely convincing, criticism. excellence.

Mrs. Hughes on Philadelphus. UnHymn to the Holy Alliance, might necessarily and unjustifiably severe, have been left in the Daily paper besides implying a censure on the gewhere it first appeared.

neral character of the Monthly RepoObituary Notices. Of Mrs. Hosmer, sitory, which is scarcely ever destitute exquisite.

of some articles analogous to that here Intelligence. Indian Memorial.- attacked. Highly curious and interesting. The Epitaphs. Rich. government of that country will one Thoughts on the Connexion between day repent of the oppressive measures Poetry and Religion. A most exquito which this memorial relates. Re- site Essay, and evidently the producmember how the American Revolu- tion of a highly accomplished and

philosophic mind. The author should Negro Slavery. Mr. Buston is be taxed, if possible, to contribute one

tion began.

such article to every number of the sirch purposes. On these accounts, I Repository. If he is now young, (and can easily conceive him falling in with there is at any rate a juvenile purity the customary_mode of designating and elasticity in the spring of some of the Supreme Being, in the country his thoughts,) how much promise does where he was himself born and eduhe hold forth!

cated, even though that mode might Mr. Rutt's Remarks on anonymous have been traced to a superstitious orisignatures is very sensible and well- gin. If I may judge from my present timed.

impressions with regard to his errand Correspondence between a Unita- and character, the prescription of new rian and a Calvinist. No. II. The forms of speech would not a little style of this Unitarian is of a very have lowered his dignity, and thrown high order. It displays rather a rare a shade or two of doubt on the divicombination of power and ease. Some- nity of his mission. His business was times his shafts are too cruelly points with things, pot words. He came ed. But how can we help forgiving rather to remind us of such principles him when he is ready the next mo- as these, that anger and lust are, at ment to confess, and ask pardon for times when we little suspect it, equihis error? Besides, a little sarcasm, valent to murder and adultery,—that if ever, may be indulged to the oppo- the character of God is a combination nent of a man, who seems inspired of infinite moral perfections,—that the with a kind of morbid and horrible Jews were radically mistaken in their delight in taking the gloomiest views conceptions of the true Messiah,-and possible of the purposes of heaven. the like. Is there a darker or deeper expression Mr. Sturch in Reply to Mr. Cogan of sublime despair in any metaphysi- appears to me to adduce some objeccal romance of the Godwin school, tions which are rather popular and than this--" I expect, that if I do superficial than profound. The connot most faithfully and unreservedly troversy between these gentlemen I make the confession (that God might believe might be shewn to be princijustly condemn him for ever], God pally of a verbal character, and I have will oblige me to do so by making me no doubt that the interchange of a feel the deprecated evil"This is, few good-natured arguments will bring indeed, the concentrated essence of them both to one goal. Calvinism.

I firmly believe, with Mr. Cogan, Mr. Frend's suggestions in reply to that modern Deists owe much of their Mr. Wallace are generally just. In boasted light to revelation; not enone of his remarks I do not entirely tirely to Christianity, however. The agree. He says, “ I cannot apply the Unity of God, I am persuaded, was word superstition to any thing which revealed in some mode or other to our Saviour thought worthy to adopt." the oriental world. It is a conclusion If the expression adopt were here ex- to which mere reason could never de. changed for originate, I could joiu in monstratively arrive. I would rather the sentiment. But it appears to me allow that the belief of the doctrine is quite compatible with the object of instinctive, or accidentally conjectural, our Saviour's mission, that he should than that it can be inferred from any adopt forms of speech, of which the premises within reach of our experiorigin had been superstitious. We ence and reason. Paley's argument find that he marle no attempts to alter from unity of design has always struck the received phraseology respecting me as deficient. It would go to prove demoniacal possessions.” In fact, the that a whole city was built by one settlement of the right meaning of architect. A diversity of design is terms was too insignificant an object quite as apparent in the operations of for him to dwell upon. All his in- nature and providence, as unity. On structions seemed to bear upon the the other hand, I cannot allow to Mr. most important and essential princi- Sturch that Cicero possessed a conples of ethics and religion. *Other ception of the Deity at all correspondquestions he left to the decision of ing with the vast, and all-embracing critics and philosophers, since the na- idea of him which is taught us by tural reason of man is sufficient for Jesus Christ and his religion. Those

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clear, philosophical and elevating views rity of others, and the best we can do of the character and attributes of God, is to select what we believe to be the which are now spreading through the most correct. I have endeavoured to world, in despite of a thousand accomdo so, but not without the fear, that panying errors both of metaphysics I should err in many particulars; and and phraseology, can be traced, i be- although I did regret that the first lieve, by no fair mind, to any other edition of the Lectures went no farther source, than the doctrines of the New than four hundred, yet I am now saTestament. It is true, their progress tisfied that it is better it should have has been very much assisted by the been so; since it will be in my power, speculations of John Locke, but his as it shall be my endeavour, to make achievements consisted rather in shew- the next edition more comprehensive, ing the correspondence existing be more correct, and, therefore, more tween the religion of nature and that complete than the first. of the New Testament, and in exhi- Let me beg your correspondent to biting limitations and facilities for the state rather more particularly, which, right developement of truth, than in if he pleases, he may do in a letter the discovery of divine truth itself. addressed to myself, wherein the great

Obituary. These notices must pos- difference between my statement of sess no little merit, since they interest the Bishop's election, and that which a stranger at the distance of three or be has given, consists—to justify his four thousand miles.

saying that mine is erroneous in every Intelligence. The Memoir of Wer- particular. I may not have expressed ner furnishes some apt illustrations of myself in legal terms; but if the word the Essay on the Connexion between permission were changed for order or Poetry and Religion in this very num- authority, it seems to me that I have ber. The allusion afterwards to Ame- pot erred ; unless I have falsely stated, rican Jews causes me to observe, that that a religious service is connected persons of that denomination are found with the act, in which the assembled in some of the most responsible civil Bishops upite in asking the aid of the situations under our National and Almighty to make a proper choice State Governments ; they are also while they are compelled to follow officers in the navy and army, editors the instructions of their earthly head. of some of our most popular news- Do they, in a prayer appointed for papers, and teachers of excellent the purpose, pray for the Divine asschools, to which Christians send their sistance, or do they not; and do they, children with as little repugnance as after they have obeyed the Monarch's to those of their own creed.

command, thank God for having di

rected them in the choice of so wor. Plymouth,

thy a person? I suppose it must be

in this that I am erroneous in erery September 6, 1824.

particular, but I will correct myself AM obliged to your correspondent if in this fact I have trusted to a false

{p. 474) for pointing out an error authority.* I solicit his reply. in the Lectures on Nonconformity, as I shall be most truly obliged to any

1. WORSLEY, person who, either in this public manner, or by private communication, will

I have said, “ not daring, at the inform me of any thing in which I peril of losing their preferment, to choose have mistaken my subject. In all any other.” It seems that it should be cases of historical statement we are " at the peril of the peualties of a preunder a necessity of using the autho- munire.”


“ Still pleased to praise, yet not afraid to blame."-POPE.

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Arr. I.-A Reply to Two Deistical conversion was effected by Christ, as the Works, &c. c. By Ben David. immediate instrument in the hands of

God, yet his name is not mentioned (Continued from p. 480.)

therein. The leading object of that beauN Chap. VI., Dr. Jones attempts tiful parable, is to set forth the placabireligion of Moses and the Prophets every returning sinner on the simple terms refined and perfected by Jesus Christ, of repentance and reformation : aud we and that Philo and Josephus are his- shall see the propriety of its being related torians and apologists of the Gospel published bis Gospel in Egypt : for there

by Luke, when we consider that Luke under the name of Judaism.

principally the universal Father was blasTo meet the objection to this latter phemed as arbitrary aud cruel ; there the hypothesis, that these two writers

men represented by the prodigal son were make no mention of Christianity, and most debased by vice and superstition ; pass over in silence the miracles, and and there, as we learn from Philo, muleven the name of Jesus, Dr. Jones not titudes of them were returning to God. only contends that this was the most From this, moreover, we see the reason politic, and indeed the natural course why the Gentiles are called the younger for them to pursue, but also justifies 80%. In Gen. xxv. 23, Rebecca is said to them by the example of Christ him- have in her womb two sons, the oue, self:

namely, the elder, representing the Isra

elites, the other, or the younger, the “ Our Lord seems to have discouraged Egyptians. See Rom. is. 10.”—P. 71, his apostles from mentioning his vame Note. in circumstances which would reuder it prejudicial to his cause. The charge

We are not disposed to raise a cry which he gave to his disciples, that they of presumption, and the like, against should tell no man that he was Jesus the our author for his singularities, but Christ, Matt. xvi. 20, is thus recorded by really our candour is a little tried Mark: And he charged them that they when we find the following preface should speak 10 none about him,' viii. 30. (part of which we must put in italics) According to this statement, our Lord's to the argument on behalf of the meaning may be thus interpreted: 'In hypothesis that Philo and Josephus as much as many will hate me, though without a cause, do not speak about me

were Christians : to such people. Cherish, indeed, a firm “ In speaking of these two writers, faith in my Gospel, and imitate my ex. I am not forming an hypothetical or imample ; but do not make my name and probable case. Philo and Josephus, concharacter the subject of conversation and temporaries with Christ and his apostles, dispute on occasions where no good can and men, as it is well kuown, of the first be answered, but rather where preju- rank, integrity and talents, have, by their dices will be riveted, and animosities kin- immortal writings, in fact realized the dled.'

above hypothesis. This is not a matter “ It is a remarkable fact, that our of supposition: it is not a question of mere Lord has at least by his example dis- curiosity supported only by probable evicouraged his followers to mention bis dence. Their works are extant; and if own name in our addresses to the Al. we attend to them, and not to the autho. mighty; and if the beautiful and com- rity of learned men, we shall find that prehensive model of prayer which he has they are historians and apologists of the prescribed, had been found in the works Gospel, with the same certainty as that of Josephus, it would have been consi- the sun is in the firmament at noon-day." dered by modern divines as a proof that --P. 72. the author was not a believer in Christ. The name of Jesus is omitted also in the

The arguments for Philo being a parable of the Prodigal Son; and if it Christian are, that both he and Josehad been fouud in Philo, and not in phus strip religion of rites and cereLuke, it would have been considered as monies, and make it consist in piety an infallible proof that Philo was vot a and virtue, which no Jew before the Christian. For it delineates the conser- time of Christ thought of, and to siou of the Gentiles; and though that which the apostles were brought with

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