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“ There is no book (said Lord Chief who, oo account of his extensive ac-
Justice Hale to his children) like the quirements, was called by Grotius The
Bible, for excellent learning, wisdom, Glory of England) there is no book,
and use. It is want of understanding upon which we can rest in a dying
in them who think and speak other- moment but the Bible."
wise. By frequent reading it with Edward the Sixth, seeing a persoa
due observation, it will make you wise once in the council chamber, take a
for this world, and for that which is Bible and stand upon it, for the pur-
to come."

pose of reaching some paper then “ Let me exhort you, (said Sir Jobo wanted, was much displeased with him Eardley Wilmot to his Son) to read for inakiug such a use of so sacred a with the greatest attention both the book : and, rising from his seat, the Old and New Testaments. You will King took up the sacred volume, and find your miod extremely becalmed by having kissed it, in a very reverent so doing, and every tumultuous pas manner put it in its place again. sion bridled by that firm belief of a 6. The Bible is a matchless voluine, resurrection which is so evidently im- (said ihe learned Boyle); it is impos-, pressed upon mankiud by Chris- sible we can study it too much, or estianity.”

teem it too bighly.” “ There are no songs (said Milton) “ It is (said the profound Locke) all comparable to the Songs of Zion; no pure, all sincere, nothing too much, orations equal to those of the Pro- nothing wanting. Therein are conphets; and no politics like those which tained ihe words of eternal life. It has the Scriptures teach.”

God for its author, salvation for its “ Had Cicero lived (said Addison) end, and truth, without any mixture to see all that the Gospel has brought of error, for its matter." to light, how would he, who so foodly “ Young man, (said the learned Dr. boped for immortality, have lavished Johnson, in his last illness, to a gentleout all the force of eloquence in those man who sate by bis bed side,) attend noblest of contemplations, the Resur to lhe advice of one who has possessed rection, and the judgment that will some degree of fame in the world, follow it ! How had his breast glowed and who will shortly appear before his with pleasure, when the whole com Maker: Read the Bible every day of pass of Futurity, revealed in the Scrip- your life.” tures, lay open to his view! How would he have entered, with the force Ponder, my parishioners! in your of lightning, into the affections of his hearts, these deliberate and disintehearers, upon the glorious themes rested opinions of eminently-learned which are contaioed in those pages!" men ; before whose names those of

Io his own Bible thus wrote the unbelievers fade into nothing: opinlearned Sir William Jones: “I have ions given upon the fullest consideraregularly and attentively perused these tion; some of them on the bed of Holy Scriptures ; and am of opioion death, when disguise is the least likely that this Volume (independently of to take place: and observe, these are its divine origio) contains more true all the opinions of laymen; whose hosublimity, more exquisite beauty, nourable bost might easily be enlarged more pure morality, more important by such distinguished characters as bistory, and finer strains of poetry and Grotius, West, Lyttelton, Bryant, eloquence, than cao be collected from Beattie, Cumberland ; layinen also ; all other books, in whatever age and from that profession whose pro. or language they may have been vince it is to act as the conservators written.”

of divine truth, the sacred witnesses in lo his last moments, when his peni- behalf of the Bible might be multitence was as great as had previously plied a bundred-fold. To the flippant been bis infidelity and his vices, Lord sarcasms of upbelievers, oppose only, Rochester, laying his hand on the with dispassionate minds, the authori. Bible, exclaimed with emotion, “Ah! ties here laid before you; and, conhere is true philosophy. Here is the cerning the result, I have no apprewisdom that speaks to the heart. A hension. The pages of infidelity, as bad life is the only grand objection to 6. Works of darkness," ye will “ cast this book.”

away” from you with contempt, and “ There is no book, .(said Selden, will press the Bible to your hearts, as

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208 On the Right of bearing Arms.-Philology. [March, the best gift of a gracious God to pre- hereafter be under the necessity of settling pare his creatures for endless glory. what their father might or should have Believe oply its immutable truths ; at

done before. One would think it natural tend only to its sacred counsels ; and for every one, who had creditably advanced

himself in fortune, to covet something go op, even uoto death, relying on the merits of that Saviour whom the holy adequate in honour; and it is certain that volume so clearly reveals, and what. he, who, by his industry, his more exten

sive and prosperous dealings, or by any ever your coodition may be in this

other honourable methods, is enabled to world, ye will be eternally blessed in

be a founder or restorer of gentility, and the next.

shall entail a coat of arms upon his family, Your faithful Pastor and Friend, has a real claim to honour, and stimulates

LUKE BOOKER. his offspring to exert those laudable prinDudley Vicarage, Jan. 1, 1820. ciples which have deserved such dis

tinction." Myddelton House, Enfield, from Maitland's History of London,

Somerset proceeds with a quotation Mr. 'URBAN,

Feb. 25. OBS

BSERVING in your last Supple- (last edit. vol. II. pp. 862, 863); and

ment, p. 609, a letter dated concludes by judiciously observing, Middlewich, Dec. 31, signed G. C. B. “ I could here enter into a large dis(also p. 2. of this vol.)I take the liberty

course concerning the public utility of the

Heralds' Office ; and could easily shem to presume, that it cannot be better replied to thao by referring to a valu

how prejudicial a disregard to it may able and scarce publication by the

prove; but being myself an Herald, I sball late highly-respected Ralph Bigland, might be construed as arising more from a

forbear to expatiate on these topics, which Esq. then Somerset Herald, afterwards

view to private interest than zeal for the Garter Priocipal King at Arms, enti public service.” tled “ Observations on Marriages,

Yours, &c.

H. C.B. Baptisms, and Burials, &c. &c. 1764," in which, amongst other very useful and interesting information, is the Mr. URBAN,

Feb.7. following:

at Almost all nations have maintained Permaped that following little at

as

that no person can assume Arms without lawful authority; and whoever presumes

may not be deemed an inadmissible to bear them without the King's licence,

trifle, as a dash of seasoning, or or having first obtained the Earl Marshal's

an entremet, in the intellectual warrant to the proper officers established

feast of your Magazine. by patent under the great seal of Great Suppose me then, Mr. Urban, in the Britain to grant the same, infrioges upon President's chair; and Peter Morris the Sovereign, the fountain from whom all may be there, to make craniological honours should spring. The King's chil- observations, and to eulogize the dren do not bear Arms without a license

dishes and wines : but let him beware from the Sovereign, their royal father, di.

of the gout. Suppose me, I say, barected to the Earl Marshal, &c.* neither can a person, though diguified with the ranguing upon the superiority of the title of baronet, knight, or esquire, when

ancient languages over the inodern,

in the union of couciseness, elegance, created by the royal favour a Peer of this realm, or nominated to be a knight com

and energy, and instancing as follows: panion of either of the honourable orders,

A Romad would say, Gaude tu, gaubave Supporters to the Arms he has used, deantque omnes! an Italian, Godi tu, unless he can prove a lawful right to them; godite tutti ! a Frenchinan, Rejouisand the same with regard to esquires, to toi.tu, et que tous se rejouissent ! ab koights of the Bath, &c. I mention this

Englishman, (Come in, Jobo Bull ! to shew, that, however some from an ill. leaning upon your auxiliary verbs,) judged opinion may contemn, or endea.

Do thou rejoice, and let all rejoice! · vour to discountenance all things of this kind, there is a time when such distinc- keeps pace indeed with her parent

The eldest daughter of the Latin tions must be lawfully settled ; and as no. thing can excuse a negligence of this sort, (in this instance at least) in conciseevery person should be cautious of bearing ness, but not, I think, in elegance. false arms; he should consider these things The two others (wbo are of rather a in due time, that his children may not mongrel breed, with their reflective

and auxiliary helps,) limp but auk* Gent. Mag. vol. LXXXVII. ij. p. 310. wardly after.

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