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ried up to any of these bodies, at this of this parental duty, two crrors must vast distance from us, you would still be avoided : we must shun alike tedidiscover others as inuch above you as ousness and levity. the stars that you see here are above Could I suppose that any of my the earth * * and yet, my child, so readers are in danger of mistaking the great is God, that all these bodies nature of the practice, of which I added together are but as a grain of have ventured to express my feeble sand in his sight; and yet you are as approbation, I would here mention a much the care of this God and Father eircumstance, which, a few months of all worlds and all spirits, as if he ago, seized the attention of the writer had no son but you, or there were no of this essay. On a venerable and encreature for hun 'to love and protect, gaging spot, that commands a boundbut you alone. * * therefore, less view of the ocean, he perceived a my child, fear and worship and love mother and her young son apart from God: and take him for your Lord and every other individual. The child Father and Friend. Your youth gazed with earnestness on “ the world and little mind is only yet acquainted of waters :" he beheld it, as is probawith any family, and, therefore, you ble, for the first time, and with all think that there is no happiness out the astonishment wbich such a specof it. But, my child, you belong to tacle, so magnificent and so novel, a greater family than mine : you are cannot fail of raising in the youthful a younger member of the family of mind. Nothing was heard of their the Almighty Father of all nations ; conversation : no attempt was made who hath created infinite orders of to break in upon their seclusion. It beings and numberless generations of was observed, however, that the pamen, to be fellow-members of one rent most carefully directed her child and the same society in heaven."
to the whole of the stupendous scene This is a specimen of the manner before them, encouraged his curiosity, in which a kind, judicious father may and seemed to aim at gratifying it ; converse respecting God with his chil. nor, at that moment, could I forbear dren, when he sits in his house, and to imagine, and indeed to hope, that when he walks by the way. Not that she was elevating the thoughts and a long address to them on these inte. affections of her beloved charge to resting subjects can be either requisite Him who made “ earth, sea, sky;" or desirable. The quotations which I that, while pointing to the vast exhave made, are to be considered as panse, she was, in effect, saying, only a patiern of this indirect but
“ View the broad sea's majestic plains; attractive method of instruction. To
And think how wide its Maker reigas: individuals who cherish habits of cor- That band remotest nations joins, rect thought and feeling, in the all
each wave His goodness important task of education, these shines." extracts will perhaps have suggested hints, both as to the manner and the
Let not this anecdote be considered practicability of communicating reli
as a digression : it will be more than gious knowledge in their families : excused, if it enable a single parent and of such hints they will not fail to
better to understand what is meant take advantage. In acting upon them, by talking of God with his children in their own judgment and hearts will the way, or supply him with a new be their best directors. We must fre motive to the practice. quently have remarked the extreme
On all proper occasions, therefore, curiosity of the infant mind : we can
but especially when, being alone with not be ignorant that the principle is directed to the objects of creation ;.
our youthful charge, our regards are bestowed on it, for highly beneficial purposes ; and, if we be wise, we shall when the rising and the setting sun, not neglect to guide youthful curiosity
when “ all the dread magnificence of into a proper channel, and to apply heaven,” when the charms of spring, it to the most useful ends. For the of the decaying year, and when the
when summer suns, when the glories accurate and successful performance
snows and storms of winter present Law's Serious Call, &c., (Ed. 7,) 239-246.
themselves to our senses, we should the young be instructed in religion avail ourselves of these scenes for principally through the observation the purpose of condncting the young of the senses or by the history of facts. mind to the God of nature and revela- By the practice which I am recomtion, and for implanting in that mind mending, the mutual affection of pathe filial love and reverence which rents and of children would be ceare due to the Father of the universal mented: the highest benefit of both family.
would be promoted. Fathers and This incidental method of religious mothers would thus become the daily instruction, will impress the youthful instructors of their offspring in the memory, understanding and imagina- best of all knowledge: and what is tion. With persons who have already there which more powerfully or ten. made some advances in years and derly binds together the hearts of the knowledge, a different way of teaching young and of their elders than their may be both requisite and useful. In reciprocal relation as kind teachers the case, lowever, of the young and and grateful pupils ? What then must ignorant, in regard to individuals of a be the force of this bond, when addivery tender age, it will be found ex. tional strength is given to it by the pedient, if not essential, to address ties of nature ! the reason by the aid of the senses, Parents who teach their children, and to combine familiar with direct teach themselves. They even do more and formal precept. What took place than retain and increase their own in the infancy of the world, may de- stock of religious knowledge: they serve to be considered, and, in a cer- gratify and heighten those practical tain degree, to be imitated, with re- habits of piety, kindness and self-gospect to the infancy of every man's vernment, which are the richest and life: religion must be inculcated by only durable possession of mortal means of external objects, and, as creatures and immortal spirits. Nor much as possible, in the shape of hise are these the sole blessings which they tory. The volume of nature is always confer. They, at the same time, open to us, for this purpose: and eminently subserve the interests of both the Jewish and the Christian re- pure religion in a still larger circle. velations come down to successive On domestic and personal, all social races of men, principally in the pages virtue must be built. of historians. By visible signs the
N. Hebrew was reminded of the leading points of his faith : by parables and On Unitarian Missionary Preaching. similitudes the prophets of former days, and He to whom the prophets
Plymouth, bore witness, instructed the people.
September 25, 1824. Would all this have been done, unless T has long been my wish to address this method of teaching religion is subject, from the persuasion that has particularly adapted to the frame and rested on my mind, that the societies the wants of men? To those of chile which have been formed amongst as dren, therefore, it must be eminently with a view to spread the knowledge suited.
of the Unitarian doctrine, have been I am sensible of the value of cate- sadly misapplying their money, by chisms, as text-books in the hands keeping in their pay itinerant preachof judicious parents and instructors. ers, who have gone about the country Stiil, I must express my wish that without any regular plan of acting, our first catechisms be short, and and, after having dropped a few useful that the rest be wholly or chiefly hints here and there as chance directscriptural. I feel little partiality for ed, have gone away and been heard of those, however, in general, correct and no more. I am not prepared to well executed, which contain long an- say that by the services which bare swers, drawn up in somewhat ab- been performed by Messrs. Gisburne, stracted language. In a word, it Wright, Smethurst, Martin, &c., no. would seem greatly desirable that, good has been done. I hope and be with a view to aid the memory, the lieve that some good may have been understanding and the imagination, done by even the most desultory of.
their services. But I believe that a solitary service as is received from their labour has been for the most the transient shower. In travelling part thrown away, and with it the over half a dozen counties in this way money they have carried in their pock- a good deal of money inay be expendets; and this, I believe, will be the ed; and were you to pass over the case so long as they are mere itine- ground a few weeks after, you probarants, and after having completed a bly would find, that scarcely one imcircle of visits in the North are sent pression is left alive which had been away to the West or elsewhere. What produced by the first opening of the is greatly wanted, in order to accom- Unitarian doctrine. I am of opinion plish the
purpose for which such men also, that it is far too soon for us to go out, is a regular plan, well-di- think of going into small villages and gested, which, when it has been gone towns about the coast, where the through, may be begun again; and Unitarian worship cannot be establishwhere one good impression has been ed for want of means to support it, and made this month, a second and more where, under the most favourable cireffectual one may be made a month cumstances, no preaching can be kept or two after; and the people who up, no effectual and lasting service can have once heard with pleasure, the be rendered. The Methodists are simple doctrine of the gospel of Christ, much wiser in their generation: they may know that, at the end of every do not wander about in this kind of second or third month, they will hear way, and deliver their good doctrine to it again, until gradually hearers shall be driven away by the winds of heaven. accumulate, and societies shall be Their plan of stations round about a formed which, with a little manage- chief town or head quarters, is far betment among the settled ministers of ter calculated to enlighten the populaneighbouring places, may maintain a tion, and bring them to their worship. regular worship, and so go on to in. If one of their missionaries, a local crease and multiply. But this will preacher or a settled minister, call never be done by preaching in market- the people's attention to-day to the places, or on the open quays, or on principles they profess, they are led the sea-shore, or in the public streets to expect that in a week or fortnight -as I am sorry to say inany of our hence he will come again : they expect Unitarian missionaries' have done to hear him, and are prepared to come, calling together a large company of accompanied by some of their neighcurious women and noisy children, bours. But until we coinmand a who are like enough, before they have number of auxiliaries in the service of done, to pelt them with insulting lan- Unitarianism, approaching to that of guage and with mud, a disgrace which the Wesleians, we should satisfy our
have sometimes met with. selves with taking our stations in Take such a plan as this at the very those good towns or large villages, in best, and suppose the descriptions of which there may be a probability, by these meetings—which have been well a continued exertion, of forming a enough got up in the reports of your society that can maintain itself. A missionaries for the Repository-to Missionary, residing in a large town, be correct;
that the people have around which he can select a number heard with seriousness," " that the of stations, say ten or twelve, or even companies have been large,” " that a score, to which he makes his periothey have shewn great desire to have dical visits, if it were only once in tracts," which, of course, they will two months, and spends a week at do when they can get them for no- each, might do great service to the thing, be they what they will; to what cause. T'here are many towns in the does all this amount? 'Exactly to the West of England, and doubtless in inomentary refreshment of a light other parts, where have formerly been shower in July, after the ground has Presbyterian societies, which bave pebeen parched up for a month : it will risbed for lack of the gospel, in which soon be unknown on what spot the a hope might be entertained that a shower had fallen. These are they Unitarian society might be raised, that receive seed in stony places. and the old chapel, with its endowMatt. xiii. 20. Indeed, I doubt whe- ments, recovered, or a small chapel ther as much good is done by such built. Settled ministers would oc
casionally assist in promoting such a for those to join them in their good design, leaving the Missionary to do work, who have the means of assisting duty in their chapels, if a provision the cause both by their influence and was made for the expenses of jour- by their wealth. Let it not be said, neying. Adınit even that a Mission- that in acting thus we are despising ary, so stationed, employ some years the poor ; it is far from my thoughts. before he can accomplish the forma. There are poor in good towns as tion of societies, able to maintain their well as in retired villages, and if we worship, it must appear to every one, will promote our cause among them,
nat ere is a better prospect of ulti- it must be in those places where it mate success with such a scheine, can be promoted. It is folly to talk, than there can be in the flying visits as some are doing, of imitating the which have been made from time to apostles, and preaching to the poor as time to distant places, but which were they did. This is mere youthful efnot repeated. I have now in my re- fervescence and sheer nonsense. We collection a case in point. Before are now in a state of society very dif. Mr. Wright became a regular Mis- ferent from theirs, and, moreover, we sionary he resided at Wisbeach; he have not the same powerful and effecthen went out occasionally and visited tual instruments to work with. We some towns in Lincolnshire and in must be satisfied with those that are Yorkshire, making them- periodical in our power, and make the best use visits in such a way that they expected of them to produce the best effect. to see him at certain distances of time. The poor of a small town cannot By these visits he was instrumental in maintain their worship; we cannot reviving the congregation at Lincoln, find them ministers to maintain it for confirming it in Unitarian principles, them, however great may be our wish and inducing the few people who as- to do so. But we may, by our united sembled to engage a Unitarian minis- exertions, plant the gospel in many ter. They have since maintained their of the principal towns in which it is worship, and are, I hope, in an im- not now thriving, where are insulated proving state. During the same time, individuals who would gladly water it, and for some years afterwards, he and where, when it has grown, it may proceeded in his journey as far as spread its branches yet wider, and Thorne, a small narket town on the offer its refreshing shade to those south side of Yorkshire ; he there neighbouring places in which at first began to preach to a very small nuin- it would have wanted nourishment. ber. I think I have heard him say Yes, Sir, like that celebrated banian there was only one person whom he tree, of which we read in the Indian could consider Unitarian ; but by de history, the branches of the parent grees more were added, who became tree, spreading widely around, would confirmed in that doctrine by his re- throw out roots, which striking deep gular visits. He passed, as I well in the earth, will gradually grow into remember, in his route, through Lin. trunks, which shall forin their own coln, dropping a word of exhortation offspring too. as he went along there and in other It affords me pleasure to find, that towns, until the society at Thorne had a professed Missionary Society has grown up to a sufficient maturity to been formed at Exeter, for the purbuild a chapel, and raise a stipend for pose of supporting a preacher in these a minister.
counties. I beg to offer its members This is the way in which the few my advice upon the subject; that they Missionaries we can obtain should break up the good ground before they proceed for the present, visiting al- malc any attempt upon the downs ways and regularly good towns or vil. and the moors around us ; that they lages, where they can find a welcome labour steadily in cultivating that reception even from a very few, who good ground; it is not wanting bere ; may, with safety, calculate upon hear- —that they endeavour to form Un. ing them again; meeting in a licensed tarian societies in the good towns of room, and never in yards, or on quays, this and the neighbouring county, beor in uny open places; thus maintain- fore they think of employing their ing the respectability of the cause they resources in smaller places and on are advocating, and giving inducement the sea-shores ; that they take good
care to have a man to carry on this
Chorus. work of love, whose age, respecta
Voice of praise, let us raise bility of manners, knowledge of the
Great Jehovah ! praise to Thee, world, and acquaintance with the con
We are free, thanks to Thee,
Great Jehovah! we are free, troversies of the day, fit him to meet
Father of our Liberty ! the adversaries he may expect to encounter-and until they can find such
Let us ne'er ungrateful prove,
For such mercy, and such love, a man, to consider, whether they had
But bear in mind, that He who gave not better keep their means of doing
Can destroy, as well as save. good for a inore favourable opportunity. With the expression of the most
Chorus. hearty wish to see much fruit of their Voice of praise, &c. labours, I am, Sir, &c.
In this, and a thousand other inI. WORSLEY.
stances, we see exemplified the plea
sing truth that a government founded SIR,
upon principles of reason, truth and YOUR
OUR pleasant American corre. justice, is not only a direct blessing to
spondent and censor has de- a community, but indirectly the means lighted us all with his information of diffusing those liberal opinions and (p. 554) regarding the Jews in the charitable feelings upon which the United States. Israel appears to be happiness of society depends more domiciliated in that happy land. I than upon legislative enactments and learn also from Mr. Ingersoll's Ora- police regulations. tion at New York, that the Roman
A PSALMODIST. Catholics are quite at home in Republican North America, and are not Dr. J. Jones on Mark and Luke only good citizens but also zealous being the Two Disciples that fled patriots. He dwells upon the fact as to Emmaus. if it were new or surprising. Why should it be so-esteemed? The Row THE Apostle Paul, as not having
himself witnessed the works and man Catholics are men, and there is sayings of Jesus, was attended in his nothing in their religion to render travels by a person who had been a them indifferent to the rights of pro- witness of them. This was a wise perty and the invaluable advantages precaution, in order to furnish the of personal freedom. Maryland, a
most satisfactory evidence to those Catholic colony, set one of the first whom in his discourses he sought to examples of religious liberty amongst convert. John Mark at first seemed our American brethren. Of this, I to have fulfilled this office for the have been agreeably reminded, lately, Apostle ; and hence we might infer, by a volume of Ainerican music that that this evangelist had attended the has been put into my hands. It is ministry of his Divine Master. A cirCatholic inusic, published in Balti
cuinstance, however, occurred, which more, about the year 1805, consisting separated Paul and Mark; and Luke of “ Masses, Vespers and Litanies, succeeded him in accoinpanying the Hymns, Psalms, Anthems and Mo. Apostle ; and from this we might teits, composed, selected and arranged conclude, that this evangelist also had for the use of the Catholic Churches ranked with the disciples of Christ. in the United States of America, and But' we have bis own declaration, unrespectfully dedicated, by permission, equivocally asserting his constant atto the Right Rev. John Carrol, D. D., tendance on the ministry of Jesus. Bishop of Baltimore, by Benjamin For he asserts, in the introduction to Carr. (Price, bound, one Eagle.)" his gospel, that he accompanied with These Masses,” &c., contain a
close attention all the particulars re“ Prayer for the Commonwealth,”
specting the Word; and that this was well set to music by “ R. Taylor.” the circumstance which induced him The words are as follows :
to undertake his narrative. He, moreSave, O Lord! the Comnionweal,
over, fortifies his authority by premiLet thy people's rights prerail, sing that eye-witnesses and ministers Let Columbia trust in Thee,
of the word “ delivered them to us," To whom she owes her Liberty. meaning by us, in the second verse,