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32 Mrs. Cappe, on the Adaptation of Divine Revelation to the Human Mind.
to a mind like his, ofthc keenest men eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, tal and moral sensibility, could not neither hath it entered into the heart fail to encircle the scourge and the of man to conceive." cross with tenfold horrors. But did Thirdly, the power of deliberating he shrink from the dreadful ordeal upon and of choosing between two “God called, and did the Son of God different modes of action in respect refuse to answer ?"* He well knew of all their various and complicated that nothing short of all this would results, is not only taken for granted, decisively prove that those things but more strongly, more promptly, which are so highly esteemed among and with greater authority called into men, a life of ease, of sensual en
action by revelation, than by the slow joyment, great riches, high station, deductions of reason, although evenworldly honours and distinction, are tually it perfectly harmonizes with of no estimation in the sight of God; them. “ Thou shalt not steal," "Thou that the truest humility may be united shalt not commit adultery," are prowith the greatest dignity of character, hibitions, which the most ignorant, and the acutest sensibility with the if acquainted with the meaning of the most unshaken fortitude. He knew terms, cannot fail to comprehend ; that his public death in this dreadful whereas, on the contrary, to see the manner, in which there could not be foundation on which they rest, to any deception, was requisite to de- feel the importance whether to the monstrate its reality :-That on this individual or to society at large, of wholly depended the proof from fact, holding the right of private property first, by his triumphant resurrection, sacred, fully to appreciate the mithat death is not the end of man; and sery, the wretchedness, the jealousies, secondly, by his ascension to the right the endless mistrusts, together with hand of God, and from thence dis- the whole train of baneful, malignant pensing the gifts of the spirit, to passious engendered and excited by a prove also from fact, the reality of a breach of the nuptial tie, requires a future retribution ;-to convince his very considerable degree of previous faithful followers that those “ who by mental and moral progress; and hence patient continuance in well doing, the unspeakable importance of a poseek for glory, honour and immorta- sitive divine command to the great lity," should finally attain everlasting bulk of mankind, at all times and in life.
Can we wonder then, when we It is readily admitted, that there seriously reflect upon all these things, have occasionally arisen sages and phithat the apostles, who were the living losophers who have been capable of witnesses of such transcendant virtue, making some of these important defilled with the highest admiration, ductions without the aid of divine reand impelled by holy ardour, should velation, and of thence becoming the speak of their ascended Lord in the guides and instructors of others; but highly figurative, hyperbolic eastern notwithstanding the praise so justly phraseology, as having been made“sin due to their virtuous exertions, it is for us"-of having been made a will- very obvious to anticipate how very ing sacrifice--as giving himself for our small would be the fruit of their labours sins; not indeed to make God pro- without consulting the page of histopitious, but to render his erring im- ry, not bearing the stamp of divine perfect creature, so liable to trans- authority.t gression, so incapable of knowing his Again. A written history of the true interest, more worthy of the di- series of extraordinary interpositions vine favour of raising him higher in of divine providence for the guidance the scale of intellectual being, and of and improvement of the human race, rendering bim meet, when all sublu- presupposes and requires the possesnary things shall have lost their in- sion of those faculties which form the fluence, for that eternal felicity which fourth line of demarcation between
man and the inferior animals, and See, on the Great Importance of the therefore exclusively suited to them. Public Ministry of Christ, 'Discourse XX, page 388, of a volume of Sermons by the Late Rev. Newcome Cappe ; edited by + See Vol. iv. p. 71, of Dr. Cogan's Bach. Cappe. 1815.
Dr. Carpenter to Mr. Frend, Dr. Lloyd. fc. Could not an account of these extra- and the Last Thoughts ought, in jusordinary events have been first pub- tice to the learned Commentator, to licly preached, and afterwards con be in the hands of every one who mitted to writing, the knowledge of possesses his commentary on the New them if it had reached us at all, could Testament, because they furnish his only have been conveyed on the frail, own corrections of his work. It was uncertain authority of oral tradition, also stated that a gentleman, who casually floating down the stream of seemed impressed with the importance time from generation to generation. of the object, offered a loun of 1001.
In respect even of that great event, towards the accomplishment of it, if momentons in its consequences be others could be found to unite with yond all others, the resurrection of him. Christ, althongh the very same care Your correspondent A. Z. in the had been taken in the arrangements number for September, (x. 549,) inof divine providence which is now so quires for particulars respecting my apparent, and although the people of plan, and my opinion as to the nethat day might therefore have been cessary funds. The subject has often equally convinced of its reality, yet been in my thoughts, but I have seltially committed to writing by her papehind the simplest way would be had not the relation been circumstan- dom had time to commit my ideas to witnesses, we of this distant age should not only have received the account, for a few individuals to raise among loaded with and obscured by many them, by way of loan, from 2001. to human inventions, but we should have 300l., and be joint proprietors of the wanted all those various proofs, aris- editions republished, which (if the ing from minute circumstances inci. selection of books were made with dentally noticed, with which it now due caution,) would always be a good abounds, and on which the firm con- security for the money advanced. The viction of its truth, in respect of us, books should be printed neatly, but so essentially depends.
as cheap as possible ; and the price In respect of the fifth and last men- should be regulated by the probable tioned line of demarcation, namely time of sale, the cost of advertising, the unspeakable privilege of being ca &c. For instance, if the expenses of pable of forming some small concepu reprinting any book be 751. for 1000 tion of the adorable and ever-blessed copies, in 8vo.; allow 85l. for adverGod; of confiding in liis goodness, tising at different periods of the sale, and of rendering him, however im- and consider it as employed at once perfectly, the humble ascription of for the purpose. Then suppose the adoration avd praise, there is no need impression to sell completely in eight to prove that without an especial re years; and allow interest for five, (as velation these rost desirable privi- small sums on their return could not leges, important beyond all others, easily be made profitable :) the whole would not have been obtained. return, to jemunerate the propietors,
should be 1251. Now for bookselExeter, Jan. 8, 1816. lers' profit and the publisher's comSIR,
mission on the selling price, we must N
459,) it was proposed to raise a The price to the public would therefund in order to defray the expensefore be about 3s. 8d. in quires, or say of republishing some important works, 48. 6d. in extra boards. I should which though not perhaps directly think it probable that for Whitby's Unitarian, might bave great efficacy Last Thoughts encouragement might in weakening the influence of religious be expected from the societies. bigotry, and preparing for the diffu The experiment might be made, in sion of our principles : and reference the first instance, with the Last was particularly made to Bishop Tay- Thoughts, where I should suppose lor's Liberty of Prophesying, and there can be but little risk, and which, Whitby's Last Thoughts, with his if I had any capital to spare, I would four Sermons, published with them. myself immediately reprint, upon the These, and particularly the latter, are above mentioned system of estimating almost inaccessible to the public : the price. If any friend to free in.
Mr. Josiah Townsend on the Daventry Academy. quiry feel disposed to do it, any ad- can give ground for 'bis present convice or assistance I can give in the fidence that he can offer a fresh deexecution of the object will be at his monstration against them, let him anservice.
nounce his intention of preparing it
for publication, as soon as a subscripShall I request from the able re- tion is raised to defray the expense of viewer of Townsend's Armageddon, printing it: and I cannot doubt that to furnish us with a few more horrors, he will meet with sufficient encour. particularly such as have their service agement to proceed. in the popular ideas of atonement. I am persuaded that the exposure of 'I will avail myself of this opportusuch representations is of great ser nity to say that I have a youth with vice : they shew us how careful we me preparing for York, where he will should be to keep close to the doc. be ready to go 'next session, and I trines of revelation; and the contem- suppose may gain admittance without plation of them must make us thank- any great difficulty. He is, however, ful that we have not so learned Christ. so circumstanced, that he cannot de
fray those expenses which are not inIn this connexion, allow me to beg cluded in 'the foundation.
I shall, Mr. Frend (if his views respecting the therefore, feel myself particularly death of Christ really differ, in es- obliged to any of your readers, who sence, from those commonly enter. cau obtain for him, (or shew 'me how tained by Unitarians,) to state them, to obtain) such assistance from funds, and the grounds of them. Why, if exhibitions, &c. às will 'enable him he possess important truth, and be. to go ôn in the object to which he lieve us to be in error, does he with- desires to devote himself
. If any one hold the conimunication of it froin the having this power, will 'favour me readers of the Repository?
with a line on the subject, I think I
can give him satisfactory proof that In reference to Dr. Lloyd's propos- the assistance would be well directed. al for a pamphlet on the Greek arti
I am, Sir. cle, I wish to observe, that if he have
Yours very truly, any decisive facts and principles in
L. CARPENTER. addition to those which Winstanley,* Gregory Blunt and Middleton him
Mansfield, Jan. 13, 1816. self, (which
Sir, ever, satisfactory TTAVING , should conceive that a subscription might easily be raised to defray the ex- with a list of Dr. Doddridge's pupils pense, and should readily take a share (accompanied by many valuable "rein it. Dr. Lloyd does not refer at all marks), and by the Rev. Wm. Tullito what has been done by Blunt and deph" Procter, of Prescot, with a list Winstanley; and as their tracts are not of those who were educated by Mr. vow easily aceessible, he will përhaps Horsey, after the resignation of Mr. excuse my referring him to the Ap- Beleham ; I have been employed in pendix, No. III. in the second edition collecting information from every of Unitarianism the Doctrine of the quarter accessible to me, that I might Gospel. If on perusing this outline be enabled to execute my purpose of of the proof which has already been drawing up as complete an account given, that Mr. Sharps renderings of as possible of the seminaries establishthe controverted passage are not re ed at Northampton and Daventry. quired by the Greek idioin, Dr. L. But, my hope of receiving the neces
sary intelligence concerning the Aca
demy at Daventry having been so • Winstanley's excellent little pamphlet long disappointed, I find myself comhas lately been attacked by Bishop Bar- pelled (on the supposition that the gess, who seems deternined that he will work is not undertaken by some other pedibws et unguibus, exterminate Unita, hand,) again to request the grant of rianism, if not Unitariaus thermselves. that information
without which 'I have not had an opportunity yet of seeing cannot proceed. I shall be happy to the Bishop's tract; but I am not appre receive it, not only from the hensive as to the result.
35 men who have already been particu- has dictated our customs, and they are larly mentioned, (M. Rep, x, 391,) more ancient than the law." but from any other who may be able De Tott's Memoires. Vol. I. Pt. i. and willing to afford it. Communi- p. 212. cations (post paid), addressed to me at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (which is now the place of my fixed residence)
No. CXLI. are once more earnestly solicited, and
Popish Renderings. will be thankfully received, by, Sir, Yours sincerely,
The Papists, in their versions of JOSIAH TOWNSEND.
. the scriptures into the modern tongues,
have contrived by various falsifications, to make them speak the lan
guage of their Missals and Breviaries, GLEANINGS; OR, SELECTIONS AND in order to sanctify their novel rites
REFLECTIONS MADE IN A COURSE by the authority of the apostles, and OF GENERAL READING.,
make the people believe that they had
been practised from the times even of No. CCXLI.
the gospel. Thus to countenance the Tahtar (or Tartar) Hospitality.
practice of bettifying or making saints
in the Church, they have rendered a When the French Resident to the passage of St. James, v. 11, uot as it Khan of the Tahtars was travelling ought to be, Behold how we account through Tartary, on his route to Con- those blessed, but Behold how we BEstantinople, on arriving towards dusk, Atify those who have suffered with at a village in Bessarabia, under the constancy : and in favour also of their conduct of an officer, appointed by the processions, where it is said, Heb. xi Khan, they found every inhabitant 30, that the walls of Jericho fell down, standing at bis door; and on inquir- after they compassed it about seven days, ing the cause of this of a venerable their versions render it, after a PROold man whose interesting appear. CESSION of seven days around it. And ance bad determined the travellers to give the better colour to their to make choice of him as their host), trade of pilgrimages, St. Paul, accordhe answered—" Our eagerness to ing to their versions, requires it, as come to our doors is only to prove the qualification of a good widow, that that our houses are inhabited ; their she have lodged riLGRIMS. I Tim. v. uniformity preserves an equality, and 10. And St. John praises Gaius, for my good star alone has procured me having dealt faithfully with PILGRIMS the happiness of having you for my ij John 5. guest. We consider the exercise of See Serces' Popery an Enemy to hospitality as a privilege."
Scripture, quoted in Middleton's LetFrenchman. Pray tell me, would ter from Rome, Works, v. 49. Note f. you treat the first with the same hymanity?" Old Man. “The only distinction
No. CXLII. we make, is to go and meet the wretched, whom misery always ren
Kiny by the Grace of God. ders timid; in this case the pleasure
In the French National Assembly, in of assisting him is the right of the 1789, Petion de Villeneuve proposed person who first approaches." giving to the King the title of “King
Frenchman. “ The law of Moham- of the French by the Consent of the med cannot be followed with greater Nation," and suppressing the form of exactitude."
" by the Grace of God.”—“ It is Old Man. “ Nor do we believe calumniating God,” cried he; “ was that, in exercising our hospitality, we Charles the IXth, too, King by the obey tbis divine law. We are MEN Grace of God?" before we are Mahometans : humanity Biographie Moderne, ii. 99.
ARTI.-Evangelical Christianity con- Opinions in the Second and Third
sidered, and shewn to be synonimous Centuries. Opinions after the Third with Unitarianism, in a course of Century. The Atonement. Ditto. Lectures on some of the most contro. The Eternity of Future Torments. verteil Points of Christian Doctrine, Ditto. Ditto. The Plenary Inspira. addressed to Trinitarians. By John tion of the Scriptures. The MiracuGrundy, one of the Ministers of lous Conception and Nativity. Ditto. the Congregation assembling in the Original Sin. Practical Summary. Chapel in Cross Street, Manches From these tables it will appear ter. ' In Two Volumes. 8vo. Pp. that the volumes contain a body of 538 and 552. Eaton. 1813, 1814. Unitarian Divinity. The author IN N the winter of 1813, Mr. Grundy agrees in opinion for the most part
began a course of Unitarian Lec. with the well-known writers of his tures at Manchester, on the alternate denomination, of whom he makes a Sunday evenings. Public attention free but judicious and acknowiedged* was immediately aroused. The Cha. use. At the same time, he is no serpel in which the Lectures were de- vile follower or blind partizan ; he livered was crowded to excess ; in dnres to differ from those whom he four or five other places of worship most honours; and in justification of opposition-lectures were regularly de. himself, he presents his readers with livered ; pamphlets also appeared a his reasons, which are never captious, gainst the Lecturer ; the strangest impertinent or weak. reports were put in circulation ; and Although the subjects of the Lecsome of the more timid Unitarians tures are not novel, the mode in were alarmed. Under these circum- which they are discussed gives them stances, Mr. Grundy published the an appearance of originality. The Lectures singly soon after their de. liveliness of a personal address relieves livery. Duess interrupted him in the heaviness of a continueri arguhis course ; and lic devoted his hours ment, and the dullness of verbal criof involuntary retirement to the col- ticism; and Mr. Grundy's manner of lection of the Lectures already pub- writing (and this is said to be more lished into volumes, adding a few particularly the case with his manner others which he would have delivered of speaking) kecps the attention aif at the time his health had been suf- wake from first to last, and allows ficiently recovered. This is the his. neither listlessness por lassitude. tory of the present publication ; which On the Athana-ian Creed no argu. independently of its merits recom ment would have been so striking as mends it strongly to the notice of the following anecdote, which the the advocates of free inquiry and the experience of every one that has been friends of truth.
much in the world will shew to be by The following are the Contents of no means incredible. the volumes :- Vol. I. The Unity of • I know a clergyman of soine celebrity, God. Explanation of the Trinity. who previously to going to Church on one The Existence of a Devil. The dis- of the Saint's Days, specified, said, I am tinct Existence and Personality of the going to read the Athanasian Creed; may Holy Spirit. The Impersonality of God forgive me, for I utterly disbelieve it. the Holy Spirit. The Deity of Jesus I. 34. Christ. Nine Hundred Passages of The following is the conclusion of Scripture proving the Unity of God. the address to the members of the New The Pre-existence and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Extracts from various Authors on the Trinity. The Hu
We employ this word in order to hint manity of Jesus Christ. Appendix is scarcely candid to avail themselves of
to some of our polemical brethren that it addressed to the Members of the New
the researches of others without acknow. Jerusalem Church. Vol. II. The ledgment or reference ; ne gloriari libeat Opinions of Christians in the First alienis bonis. Bonas in parles, Lector, Century on the Person of Christ. accipias velim.