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church where I was born, a large volume of Fox's Book of · Martyrs “ publicly offered to the general perusal of the people.” The parsons (thinking no doubt, all men thieves but themselves) had it fastened by a strong chain to one of the pillars; but the little boys re-martyred the martyrs; for, before I came to London, they had run away with the greater part of the pretty pictures !

Once more, Sir," It is one great wish of the present society to supply this defect : the volume, therefore, will be put to press, as soon as a sufficient number of names are received." Shocking! What! wait for names in a business so important? Solicit subscribers to place a book in a church, while the people are even “consulting their Almanacks, for the return of a red letter-day." “ What pity 'tis, yet pity 'tis 'tis true!” Don't let the “ people perish fur lack of knowledge;" you have

yet the means in your power; I will suggest it. I want no reward, not even the honour of being a member of the Prayer Book and Homily Society. Gather up, then, all the surplices and gowns belonging the church-carry them to the pawnbrokers, and pledge them for money to provide Homilies. . 66 Oh!" says Mr. Two to One, they won't suit me--they are rotten, and only fit for tinder! Then take Two to One's advice, make tinder of them, and carry him the communion plate, " Oh! sacrilege!" no, no, this is no sacrilege; it is the keeping plate in the church that encourages sacrilege, and offers temptations to thieves. “Oh! blasphemy! The plate is necessary for the administration of the holy sacrament.” I deny it!

« The population of the empire (say they) is very rapidly becoming a reading population; and, if they are not amply supplied with wholesome truth, too many are lying on the watch to poison them with pernicious errors.” Now comes my speech.-" The population of the empire (generally speaking) will never become readers of the Homilies ; and if they are “ amply supplied with wholesome truth,” all'the efforts of the Prayer Book and Homily Society will never “ poison them with pernicious errors.”

Boucer, in his epistle from Strasburgh-Bishop Horsley, in his address to his clergy--and the Right Reverend Father in God my Lord Bishop of Lincoln-have all spoken in favour of the Homilies; and therefore, the expediency, and even the necessity of again bringing these compositions into general notice are unquestionable!” Was Boucer, with all“ Strasburgh in his belly," to tell me that three is all the same as one, and that one is undoubtedly three, I should laugh at him. Bishop Horsley to tell me that“ unless I held the holy Cathalic faith, I should perish," I would answer " then perish I

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must, for I do not believe it;" and should the Bishop of Ling coln walk into my study with the Pope standing on one leg on the top of his perriwig,

and say we have power to pronounce unto you absolution and remission,” I would, sans ceremonie, give them the lie!

Your's, &c. Russel Court, Sept. 1812.

John Moor,

P.S. I intend in your next (with your permission) to offer some remarks on the extensive usefulness of a Tract Society on Freethinking Principles. wwwronger wannoworonowotworama Nonwororerorosonorowotne srun

EXTRACTS FROM A PORT-FOLIO.

THE SOLDIER'S PARADE.

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drawn up into lines and sqnares! What sensations and thoughts do they not produce in me, a humble thinking spectator--how many moments, hoursnay years of anxious concern, have they not cost their parents, under the blessing of Divine Providence, to bring them up to manhood ! And for what? to be thus arrayed to destroy their fellow creatures ; nay even their own fellow citi zens! Is this perfect model, made after the image of God, created for no other purpose than to desolate the globe, and make it a prey for wild beasts? Is this the fruit of a boasted religion? Does it in any point follow the precepts Jaid down by Christ? Can any system of morals defend such principles--thus to array the beautifullest part of God's creation in all manner of dresses, and to foster prejudices to destroy each other, plunder villages, destroy cities, make widows and orphans? Is there any example for this in nature? Is this the pride and boast of reason? Was this image of God created for no other purpose, than to invent means and methods to destroy himself, and render himself and his fellow creatures miserable and unhappy in this world? Do we see, throughous all the system of nature, any animal abuse his power and superior wisdom equal to mortal man ?-Alpha.

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ON WAR.

We are told that war is the just judgment of God for our sins. Oh, Heavens ! what blasphemy! What idea can we hayé of God's justice and mercy by thiş assertion? Who makes war? Not the peaceful labourer, the industrious mechanic, the innocent ploughboy, or thoughtless youth under twenty years of age. But are not these folks plunged into its evil consequences, and lasting miseries, and their blood spilt in the cause, be it ever so just or wrong. Pray can the sins of the young artless ploughboy, of eighteen years, be any ways equal to the crafty, artful statesman of fifty years, the ambitious sycophants of a vile monarch ? If God had any thing to do with wars-if he interfered with man's business, would not his justness be poured forth on the guilty. Alas! thoughtless mortal, consider well first whom you blame; “perceive the moat in thine own eye;" and remember there is a day of retribution for wars, when the secrets of all causes and hearts will be open to the view of this beneficent Being, who endowed man with free will; but at the same time gave him reason and conscience to discover good from evil.' Pray, who employs the de ceitful recruiting serjeants ? the merciless press warrants? who opens every avenue to distress, poverty, plunder, wretchedness, rapine, woes, and curses? Do the poor curse God for wars ? No ; but they always curse the pride of their evil, vicious, governors, who roll in luxuries on their children's blood.-Alpha,

ORIGINAL POETRY.

SHOULD you be induced to insert the following lines in your Magazine,

it may perhaps be proper to inform your readers, that they were originally suggested by a perusal of M. Pavillon’s “ Advice to a young Female on her Entrance into the World;" the latter part of them (after the line “ Never with undue warmth,” &c.) being little more than a free translation of certain of the stanzas of that poem.

Yours, &c.

J. D.

A DMONITION;

Addressed to a youthful Friend.

BEFORE your youthful eyes, my friend, appears
A lengthen'd line of bliss-bestowing years ;
Behold! the beams of Pleasure light your days,
And Fortune strews with flowers your peaceful ways.
But ah! þeware !--list to a warning voice,
And
pause before you

make the awful choice.
Not in the madness of unçurb’d desires,

In Pleasure's whirlpools, or in Passion's fires,
Will bliss be found. Who would be happy long,
Must seek for joy’mid Nature's peaceful throng
Must learn from her their wild desires to rule,
And study virtue in Religion's school.
Then when the arduous race of life is run.
You'll find that innocence and peace are one.
Be just !--in every action, thought, or deed,
Let every sentence from your heart proceed.
Be faithful! from no secret duty swerve;
In serving others you yourself shall serve,
For friendly, deeds to kind returns give birth,
Like dews that renovate their native earth.
Nor yet, my youthful friend, the calls despise
Of life's more humble, lesser charities.
Virtue's broad pencil sketches out the scene,
These are the pleasing tints that glow between-
The sun beams these that light the mental world,
Without them man were in a chaos hurld,
And hé that scorns them, impotently great,
But sinks, not soars above the human state.
Let smiles then speak your wucorrupted truth,
For chearfulness becomes the brow of youth ;
Tis Nature's garb--and all who own her fires,
Should prize the attributes her frame inspires;
Her's too the garb, whose blisses never cease,
Whose ways are pleasantness, and paths are poace.

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discourse be open, mild, and clear,
In manners simple, and in mind sincere ;
Your language chaste--let no pedantic pride
Your knowledge 'tempt to shew, or ignorance hide;
Candor, at least displays a noble mind,
While Ostentation is but Folly's blind.
hever with undue warmth disputes pursue,
Nor e'er conclude till either side you view ;
And if (the fate of mortals!) you should

err,
Let no false shame, let no mean pride, appear ;
But boldly dare, e'en from your earliest youth,
To own your fault, and turn again to truth ;
Nor fear to have the venial error known,
But follow virtue by whoever shewn,
Seek not with busy eyes each plot to see :
Who would know all things indiscreet must be,
Or rashly if the guilty tale’s reveald,
In guarded silence let it lay conceald;
E’en that the man, whose tongue the words unfold,
Himself at times may doubt himself has told,
The man who idly flatters all his days,
And blindly spreads the incense of his praise:
Who bends obsequiously to all the croud,
Is humbly arrogant, and meanly proud,
To no true useful end of living lives,
Nor honor takes himself, nor honor gives,
Yet let not chilling pride inform your eye,
Nor mean contempt restrain the kind reply :
For others faults let no rude' scorn be shewn,
And learn them, only to correct your own).
Those who by undeserv'd applause are blessid,
Who own to virtues which they ne'er possess'd ;
Who smile at flatt'ries, unwrought honors prize,
And stoop so low as by vile means to rise,
Are bubbles merely--by a breath who live--
Idols--whose only powers their votaries give.
Praise when deserv'd may true delight afford :
Who has not gluw'd beneath th’approving word ?
Tho' still the well-form'd mind, in virtue's cause,
Would merit, rather than receive applause;
True to itself would scorn the tribute given,
And claim its honors in its native heaven!

ERRATUM.
In our last, page 373, for « were polytheists," read “ were not polytheists. **

MAGAZINE.

No. 23.]

NOVEMBER, 1812.

[Vol. 2

REMARKS ON THE INVESTIGATION OF TRUTH.

SIR,

To the Editor of the Freethinking Christians' Magazine. TYCHO BRAJI E, the Danish philosopher, by a train of well

conducted observations, discovered the true system of the world. The sun he placed in the centre; and the planets, accompanied by their moons, he sent round this common cen. tre, all in rapid motion. This arrangement we know to be just. Our philosopher knew it too : and, but for an amiable weak, ness, would not have rejected a conclusion, founded on principles so clear and satisfactory. He perceived however, or thought he perceived, that his inquiries conducted him to results, incompatible with the decisions of Scripture ; and with the best intentions imaginable, though in direct opposition to the evidence of his senses, he again brought back the earth to the centre, and bid the luminary of day, amidst a croud of planets, moons, and comets, wheel round, with desperate vem, locity, once in every twenty-four hours.

Father Scheiner, one of Galileo's contemporaries, had discovered the spots in the sun : he imagined that he was the only person who had remarked this curious phenomenon; and lost no time in making the communication to the provincial of his order. “Do not expose yourself (answered the provincial), by propagating such absurdities ; I have looked over my Aristotle several times, and he says nothing about spots in the sun.”

Mr. Malthus, a writer of deserved celebrity, expresses infinite concern, in his work on population, lest any of his conclusions should be thought, in any measure, to detract from the moral goodness of the Deity. He proves, in a manner which admits of no reply, that the mu tiplication of our species is such, that, checks and controls being removed, no cultivation of the ground can yield an adequate supply of food; and that millions of the human race are, on this account, constantly perishing either directly or circuitously. The conclusion appears to shock even the writer bimself; and he takes the trouble to suggest a variety of expedients, which, if attended to, would, he thinks, correct or diminish the evil. The two Belshamıs, gentlemen well known in the republic of

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