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human nature; in decidedly wicked Perseverance of the Saints. This characters, it selects for it object epitome concludes with a quotation vital Christianity; but, where it from Bishop Horsley's last Charge, unhappily obtains ainongst religi. in favour of Calvinism. ous persons, it must certainly be The work concludes with an Ap.' ascribed to ill-regulated zsal, and pendix, (0:!aining biographical a misiaken apprehension of the sketches of Wickliff, Huss, Jerome genius of Christianity:'--p. 107. of Prague, Erasmus, Luther, Me-, : The fifth section represents the lancthon, Cranmer, Knox, and'Beza. active exertions of the Reformer The account of Jerome is one of - during his sickness in the decline of the most interesting fragments of
life, in which he continued unreinit. ecclesiaglical history, extracted from ting to his death. The account of the life of Paggio Bracciolini, a his last visit to his church, whither dignitary of the Romish church, he was carried to receive the Lori''s who was present at Constance when Supper, is very affecting, and is a Jerome was condemaed to be burnt. beautiful illustration of the peace. We have endeavoured to give an ful end of the pious and laborious impartial review of a work, which, Christian, possessing a bope full of from the variely of incidents it imniortality.
contains in the life of an active, The last section contains his Will: zealous, and pious Reformer, the -humble, faithful, and all.ctionate great and important events which addresses to the syndics and minis. it recognizes, and the man y salutary ters of the town; which are, for truths with which it is interspersed, their excellence, worthy the aitea- will, we are persuaded, afford pleation of mayisirates and ministers : sure and instruction to its readers, his death, funeral, and character, and the sentiment which it breathcs which is extracted from different prove highly gratifying to the authors, principally from Alexander friends of the Reformation, and of Morus, with which this account civil and religious liberty. It is ont
justice to add, that the work is The second part of ibe work con- handsomely printed, and embellishtains Memoirs of the writious of ed with an excellent portrait of the Calvin, with his characier ag an Reformer. Author and Commentator; in which Mr. M.'s design, expressed in his Sermons on Select Subjecis. own words, is to give' rather an
Charles Buck. 12mo, 4s. exhibition of his themlogical senti ments than a critical review of his THESE scrmons, fourieen in num. compositions; which, were it prac- ber, are on the following prac: cal ticable, would in all probability be suivjects: - Pure Religion, - The less interesting, and certainly less Mistery of Providence, - The Na. profitable.'--p. 163.
ture of Gospei Liberiy, -Sanctified Our author adds various festi. Adversity, - On Reprvach, - On movies in favour of Calvin as an Divisions in Churches, - On Trials author, and introduces an epicome peculiar to Believers, --- On the of his incomparahle work, entitled Vicissitudes of Life, -- Jesus Christ • Christian lositutes ;' which pro- the Foundation of the Churchi, -cured him more celebrity than ail Bereavement of Children, --- On the his other perfrmances. . Promisi's, - On Sickaese, - On the
The exiracts, which are sufficient Death of Friends, and The Diligent to furois our readers rith accurate Preacher (delivered ai Mr. llackett's viens of the Reformer's sentiments, Ordination). are on the followiny important The äuinor assures us, in his prctopics :-'The Knowledge of a God, face, that these sermons are not - The plaie in which Man was published on ine presumption of created, - The Immortails of the heir superiority, but at the quest Soul, -- The Moral Law, Election, of friends; and, he observes, tal, -Heproha joll, -- Original Si, --- in compliance with ileir reu«st, Free Will, - Justification, - The he feeis encouraged by the reo
membrance of past labours, which milar circumsiances, is liable to ohi have been favourably received, and, jections and reproach. To, obviale he hopes, rendered useful. We have these objections, and to wipe away no doubt thai these discours s will this reproachI shall, in the first be as acceptable and as usefulas any place, exhibit the character of the of Mr. Bucis 's former labours. Thes gespei, as it appears in the conduct conta'n much inportani mailer, ex- of Jesus Cerisi towards sinners; pressed with perspicuity, and occa, and, secondly, Defend Christianity sionally enlivened by anecdote, from those charges which, on this They sometimes descend to particul- ground, have been so frequently Jars of a practical nature, not usual- urged against it,' ly noticed in public sermons, but in the character of the gospel, which may have iheir us“, -- for it Mr. S. observes, that the first fea. is preaching to mens' bosong and ture which we contemplate, is that businesses.' The sermon on Divi- of Sovereignty ; when Compassion ; sions in Churches, ine subsiance of thirdly, Porcer ; laslis, Grace. which, if we mistake not, was de The author ten deicods the goslivered at one of ine Monthis Meet pel from the charges urged against ings in London, is weli calculated to it, -- as 'partial ad unjust,' - as prev«nt the evils which in describes. "holding out premiums to vice,' . 'The sermons also on Sickness, -- on asó encouraging persons to continue Trials peculiar to Business, - on the in sio. These charges are ably reLoss of Childron, -- and ou Sancti fuled ; and he proceeds to prove, fied Adversity in general, appear to that the London Female Penitenhave been derived from observation tiary is strictly a Christian Instituand experience, as well as from tion. We should be glad, if our Scripture; and are weil calculated limits permitted, to make several to corsole the afflicted Christian, quotations: the following, hotand to promote the glors of Him ever, must sushice: -who does all things well.
Tan well aware that much has i We could easily trauscribe many been said and written to traduce the
excellent passages, as specimens of character of this Institution. I the author's rain of thinkiny and give the persons who have so viomode of expression ; but we rather lentiy opposed it full credit for refer our readers to the work itsell, purity of intention, and a generous, which we think will be a useful though, as it certainly appears to companion for the Christian, both vile, a mistaken, zeal for the public in his closet and family.
good ; for it must, I think, de evi
dent to every in partial examiner of The Characteristie Principles of the
the subject, that the mode of reason. Gospel illustrated and defended :
ing adopted against the Penitentiary,
is precisely of the same nature with aeriaon for the benefit of the #
1 Dine London Female Penilentiary. By
that which has been so oftep'em.
ploved against the grace of the Jihu Styles. ls.
Gospel. Simon, the Poarisce, felt The texia is weil-chosen : Loke this reasoning in all its force, when vii. 59, . Now when the Pharisee he said within himself, - “ This which had biddea him, saw it, he man, if he were a prophet, would spake within hingeli, saying, This have known who and what manner mau, if he were a prophet, would of woman this is that touchech him; have known who and what mainer for she is a sinner.” of woman this is that toucheth 'If the principle of the Penitenhim ; for she is a sinner.'
tiary be ev!l, it is ihe very principle • Simn's hous",' says the author, which distinguishes Christianity « becomes, for a moment, a Female from all other systems, and I am Penitenciary; and the proudest fully persuaded that the enemies of enemy of the relurning sinner is si- this institution would shuudder to lenced, and perha, s convinced. The find themselves associated with our conduci of Christ, in this instance, modern Porphyrys and Julians. and of those who imitato him in si They meant, I am sure, no covert
thrust at the vitals of Christianity,' vice, and its illegitimate wages, inwhen they attacked the Reformatory famy, and sorrow, that none are to at Pentonville. This Institution has be found a inong those that have debeen so ably defended in a late votedthemselves to it, wiro feel al Xpamphlet *, that any thing in the iety to return to the virtuous and form of a vindication from me in peaceful paths of life? Or does this place would app ar unnecessary every uniortunate seduced female and perhaps arrogant; but I can become utterly depraved at once ? not belp referring to one reason Do you imagine that before and which has been employed against after " the acting of a dreadful this charity, and which, in my opin thing," there are no “compuncnion, is a very powerful argument tious visitings of nature ?" Must in its favour. It has been said, that Conscience sleep because it has been for every individuai female which offended : - or, rather, in the first this Institution may take from the steps of a carecr of iniquity, does it walks of iniquity, there are two not alarm and lerrify? Why must waiting to occupy her place; and the spirits be raised by artificial it is therefore argued, thai, in all means? Why does the wretched probability, the Penitentiary will creaiure flee i om solitude and her. therefore exceedingly increase the self ?--and what mea is that heartevil it is intended.io remedy. It rendings oh which will obirude, in this were true, the argument is as spite of the madness of laughter ? powerful when direcied against the Is this bosum at ease? Can that receptis:n of unfortunate females heari be peaceful and happy? Oh, into workhouses as ito peniten- no! And where can the wanderer tiaries; and thus militates equally find a refuge? For her, no asylum against the objector's favourite is provided by Jaw: -- let it then be scheme, and the Pentonville Refur supplied by Bonevolence. We do matory. But if the moral siate of not preiend greatly to reduce the society be truly as this author re- ma s or female depravity by a presents; if prostitution be an evil house at Pentonville. Let all means of such extensive intluence and tre- of prevention, and even of punishmendous magnitude, it is tinie in- ment, be resorted to that the law deed, it is full ime, lo employ every has allowed; but let a reluge de method of prevention and of cure. opened for the penitent! Every The Society for the Suppression of viriuous house is closed against Vice must increase its vigilance and her ; every house for the reception its resources ; parish - officers and of the sick poor; every house of justices of the peace should rouze indusiry. Let her not be denied from their lethargy, to restrain ise admittance, then, to th s house of insolent, the darins, and the notori mercy! -- to this hospital for the ously profane; while penitentiaries heart ! ought to be established and muti. - The Friends of the Penitentiary, plied for the reception of the weep. are much indebted to Mr. Styles for ing and the sorrowing, ihe daugh- this eloqucnt discourse. ters of Wretchedness, who have drank the cup of misery to its dregs,
The Pastor and Deacon examined ; and who have not where to lay their
or Candid Remarks on the Rev. J., head. This Ins'itution, my brethren,
Thomas's Appeal, in Vindication is reared on the fair supposition, that
of str. Hale's Character, 1 Crie there are those, among the mis.r.
tique on Mr. Hale's Reply, and. able victims of seduction and profli.
Fire Letters in Confutation of his gacy, who most speciely desire to be
New Objections. By W.. Blair, restored, and who Icel some yearn
is this too much ings after virtue.
Isa: 28. to be expecteel? Is there really T hes: nsibility of the religious something so alluring in the traile of public has seldum been more re.
* Mr. Ilodson's Second Reply to s.r. IIale.
markably displayed than by the nu. was then secreted, were deemed by merous and able advoca es who many judicious persos very cons have risen up to defendine Penilen- vincing and satisfactory. Some
tiary from the attacks of its oppo. shrewd remarks are also made on
gratifying to stand between the op. are also strengthened by Extracis
An application, it seemis, had
A Vindication of the London Fe. trace the origin of his indirect accu
'male Penitentiary, in Reply to sations of that gentleman; but Mr.
the Rev. Mr. Thomas's Objections T. declined affording any informa
to that Institution, contained in his tion, saying, That he had appealed
lale Appeal to the Public. By to the publie ; and was prepared to
G. Hodson. 2s. give every satisfaction the puòlic. This is a masierly perfurmance ; inay require.' The Letters which and so completely refules the ob. passed on this occasion are here pub- jections of Mr. Hale and Mr. lished; as is also a Conciliatory Leto, Thomas, that we are almost temple ter from Mr. Blair to Mr. Hale, ed to thank those gentlemen for which does bonour to the writer. making them. Indeed, their oppo. .
Mr. B. has inserted entire that sition, and the discussion it has oco . Critique, printed in this work, which casioned, will, we are persuaded, ler. had given sich offence to Mi. T.; minate in a inore general approba. and which he had very improperly tion and a more liberal suppori of imputed to Mr. B. For nothing, this House of Mercy, than it would says Mr. Blair, in my opinion, but otherwise have obtained. a careful inspection of that entire Mr. Hodson very justly coin, article, can be requisite to convince plains, that Mr. Thomas lias passed any impartial judge, how causcles over the ar umenis by which former and peavish were all those (Mr. objections had been repeatedly an. T.'s) bilter complaints and refire swerel, and which unquestionably hensions.'
claimod his attention. Mr. Hudson, , Mr. b. adds Five Letterk, which however, takes care to animadvert ap;eared in the Christian Guardian, with just, yet temperate severity on io confutation of Mr. Haly's Reply; Mr. Thomas's stringe attack on the and whichi, Ibu' lhe author's name credit of this lusiturinn. We quoie
the following passage as a spe- tbought, affection, and desire! Becimen;
sides, did Mr. Thomas entirely fope Mr. Thomas, at the very com. get, that, for sizte:n months, he meucenient of nis objections, makes himself regularly visited this moe a daring aitempt to desiroy the Pe. dero Tempie of Venus, and beneDitentiary by a single stroke. Mr. volentis, and even affectionately, Hale has advanced mády severe addressed Christian admonitions to things against ihis Institucion ; but the “harlots' of this Temple? low his young convert has ininens-ly happens it that Mr. Thomas, who is surpassed him in the article of de- engaged in ite same ministry as St. traction. Mr. Thomas was actually Paul, and ought in poses a similar compared this deceniiy and relgi- spir i, “nevoi imagine," during all ously conducted Institution to the this period, in he was giving his Teniple of Venus, ai Corinth; in sanction to an Institution which had which, according to Sirab', " a the Temple of Vanus furiis proto. thousand harlois prostitut d them. type ? - for let it be reinembered, selves for hire.” This templo (says that he sais this iemile could only Mr. Thomas, speakina of the Pent: have been equalled in the As lum tentiary)“ could oudy have been at PentonvilleAimiiting Mr. T.'s equalled by the ex.raordinary ap. comparison to he a jusi one, I prepearance of an intermediate Asylum sume, oven Mr. Kale will allow, for suit characters, between this "ihat the internal economy of the temple and the spiritual society of Penitenciary has something to do believers! The institution of such with the discussion of the principle an äsyum, the apusile Paul never of it.' imagined.” This is jusí such an as. Mr. Hodson, however, unwilling persion as might have beeni xpected to incur such a cersure as Mr. T. from the Barrister, whuse chief ar- passed on the Reviewer of Mr. Hale tifice it has been to de;rade there in this Magazine, for imputing ini. ligious public, by combining with proper molives to him, adds the fol. their principles and measures, Imdi. lowiny sarcastical remark :-- 'Mr. crous images, and impious associa Thomas observes, in his Vindication tions. For the honour of Mr. of Mr. Bale, dat “ an author may Thomas's function, I most deeply unintentionally misrepresent an Ina lamcat thai he ever made this most stitution, and yet sudder at the unjust and scandalous comparison. thought of wiljully misrepresenting “ How dare he, as an honest man, it." This remark, says Mr. Hludo. as a gentleman, as a Christian," sun, is obviously just; and I sall, make such a comparison ? · How therefore, conclude that Mr. Thomas dare he" place receptacies, so dia- did not wilfully misrepresent the metrically opposite buih to their Penitentiary at Pentonville, bscomcharacter and design, upon an equa. paring it to the Temple of Venus at lity, or eyco mention them'as bear. Corinin, -- but that he only uninten ing the remotesi resemblance or re- tionully did it! lation to each other? Is this a spe. As much of the opposition to the men of the CANDOOR and modestY" Penitenliary has resulted from an with which Mr. Thomas proposed to opinion that an improper descrip. state bis Objections? Can ile point tion of females is dmitted into it, out a single sealure in which a like. the author cons'ders fully, io what ness can be traced between the Co. serse the persons admitted are deem. rinthian Temple and the Asyluin at ed penitents; and refers to the con. Pentonville ? - between a splendid duci of our Lord in his treatment of and magnificent bagnio, filied with sinners, and to the spirit of die ad. abominable inpurity, and establish: mirable parable of the Prodigal Son ; ed for the most execrable purpos: s, which he argues is så tar from being and a house of Mercy and Ristora. inapplicable to the Peoitentiary (as tion, in which neither a lascivious was pretended)' that had it been look, nor a defining word is tolerated, construcirs with an express view to and the religious instructions of the vindication of such an Assium, which invariah y dictate purily of a person can hardly conceive that it XVIII.