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a bond of union would spring up be- will lessen the power of these falsetween them-a mutual feeling of con- hoods over the popular mind, -anyfidence and sympathy-which would thing which will tend to disabuse the bring the influence of the Church to masses of this, our unreal character, every poor man's door, and raise her must certainly be desirable. And high in popular esteem. By which such I believe to be open-air preachmeans her peculiarly characteristic ing. Once let us begin it in earnest, principle-I mean that of giving to -once let us sound
out the notes of each of her ministers a distinct paro Gospel love, as our Liverpool brechial charge,-would be thoroughly thren have so nobiy attempted, in the and efficiently worked out. Is not courts and lanes of all our great cities, this a call for all who love her to be and I am sure that we shall sweep up and doing ?
away in a few weeks half of these But I would strengthen this appeal hideous slanders. Then it will be by another argument, and say that seen, in broad and open daylightlove for the Church of England in- with a plainness altogether unmisvites us to commence open-air preach- takeable—that we care for perishing ing.
souls, and are not ashamed to stand 2. Because it would deprive her ene- like our Blessed Master among the mies of many arguments usually urged very publicans and harlots. We shall against her.
not then be accused of doing nothing We need do nothing but read some more than we are paid for. We shali of the more ardent dissenting periodi- not then be regarded as proud hirecals and low radical newspapers, and lings, loving to trample on the poor, what is worse, the productions of an and to court only the rich. We shall infidel press, in order to ascertain how not be treated as a dead, torpid mass, terribly the Church of England is ma- unknown to the lower orders, except ligned. Her rectors and vicars are through church rates and burial fees. unblushingly, accused of being mere But we shall be really respected and hirelings and luxurious worldlings- loved. Sympathy will beget sympaloving place, pension, and power, but thy. In some few cases, our motives shrinking from bodily labour. Or if may be misrepresented, and our efany of them are allowed to be active, forts opposed by wicked men ; 'but yet they are represented as courting throughout society I am convinced we the rich, and spending their energies shall raise up an increased respect for on a class that can well remunerate the Church of England. them, while the poor are left in the The present age is one of earnesthands of ill-paid curates and unpre- In proportion, therefore, as we tending Scripture Readers. The con- thus throw ourselves boldly and earsequence is, that through an immense nestly into our work, we shall fall in mass of our fellow-countrymen the with the spirit of the age, -not by very name of a parson is abhorred. pandering to its evil, but by ministerWe are looked upon more as enemies ing to it all that is good. than as friends. Thousands on thou- In conclusion, dear brethren, I have sands ignorantly suppose that we once more to apologize for my own draw our incomes from the industrial teinerity in thus undertaking to adresources of the country- that in fact
Forgive me if I have we are living upon the pockets of the written a word in any offence, or if I public, and robbing the poor of a have assumed a tone unbecoming my golden mine of wealth— without re- hun ble position among you,
I wish turning them any more labour than not to dictate, but to plead. And I we are obliged to give by law. We feel that I should not have done even are regarded as polite gentlemen, as this, had I not been led in God's proclever scholars, and as proud politi- vidence last year to commence the cians; but not as untiring, unselfish, work of open-air preaching myself. It and all sympathizing ministers of the has been attended with many good meek and humble Jesus.
results, such as I have not time now Now I hold that anything which to detail. Suffice it to observe that it
has practically fulfilled in my own parish, on a small scale, what I have just been predicting more largely if it be adopted more generally.
May the good Lord lead us all into the path of wisdom, and teach us by
His Holy Spirit what we each ought
J. H. TitcomB.
Correspondence. [The Editors are not responsible for every statement or opinion of their correspondents; at the same time, their object is to open the pages of their Magazine to those only, who seek the real good of that Protestant Church with which it is in connexion.] To the Editor of the Christian Guardian. Under the pretence of a pressure Sir, —l'ermit me, if needs be, to from dearth and fainine, under the draw your special attention, and pretence of revenging(assumed) cruelty through you, that of some others at on the part of England ; the policy least of our faithful Protestant watch- of Rome appears to be to swamp us, men, to the very large and uninter- by degrees, by numerical prepondemitting influx of Irish Roman Catho- rance in leading towns at first, and lics setting in upon our shores; a afterwards throughout the country. movement, of which the following sig. It is to be noted, too, that a comparanificant threat on the part of a Romish tively small proportion of Romanists bishop, appears to be the real key, gives them a vastly disproportioned and not the oft-alleged pleas in the influence and power in our cities, Times and other papers, of starvation, towns, fields, armies, senate,” &c., &c. See the Times of February 12th; inasmuch as they form one united under the head of “Ireland," appeared phalanx; whilst we Protestants are “a voice from St. Jarlath's," and deplorably separated and antagonistic "alluding to the growth of Roman- to each other, owing, no doubt, in ism in England, as attributable in a very great measure, to the secret ingreat measure to the Irish immigra- trigues and cunning “cat's-paw” mation there," the titular “Archbishop næuvres of Jesuits working secretly of Tuam,” (as the correspondent of amongst the various Protestant denothe Times remarks,) thus expresses minations, as also amongst the politihimself, in “his Grace's
cal bodies. History tells us of such wards our prime minister ;-after re- deeds of darkness, and it were well if ferring to the Tractarian apostates, they were collected into a tract, with the merely “intellectual men,” desti- some remarks on the duty and the tute of Scripture truth, and untaught wisdom of love, union, and mutual usby the Holy Spirit, he proceeds,- sistance on the part of Protestant bre“With the increasing numbers of such thren;-God be praised for the valuaconverts the tide of Catholic immigra- ble observations on this head, made tion to your shores will more than by the Rev. Hugh Stowell and the keep pace
-an immigration sure to be Rev. F. Close at the late Church Misas steady as the cruelty that continues sionary Meeting, and similar sentito propel it will be untiring, until at ments by the Rev. J. C, Miller in one length you hear the exiled Catholics of of his lectures on Popery in BirmingIrlınd addressing you from every ham ;-Christ's real believing people, quarter of England in the language amongst Churchmen, and amongst of Tertullian, — We have filled your Nonconformists, ought to love one cities, towns, fields, armies, señate, the another in Christ, ought to hold out conventicles alone we leave to your- the right hand of fellowship to each selves.'
other, frankly, cordially, unreservedly, Those words are not light, they de- allowing to each other the freedom serve special attention on the part of accorded by the Bible (as taught for the Protestants of Great Britain. instance in Acts xv.; Romans xiv.,
xv. 1–7; Galat. vi. 2; Mark ix. 38 Roman Catholic immigration in Edin–40): D’Aubigné comprehensively burgh is vividly pourtrayed in an exputs it, “ Unity amidst diversity, and tract “ of interest in a national point diversity amidst unity, such is the law of view,” taken from an Edinburgh of creation ; it should be that of the newspaper, and inserted in the British Christian Church," or in words to Protestant of this month. that effect. We have all of us griev- Have we not urgent need to say of ously broken,- we are, alas ! but too our Roman Catholic myriads in Lonsinfully breaking every day, our one don and other towns: “We must think Blessed Lord and Master's " of some means of thawing this masscommandment,” (the “eleventh com- of converting this Popery into Promandment,'' as Archbishop Usher testantism. We must destroy it, or called it) to "love one another.” We it will destroy us?” are “ verily guilty ;” and have we not Have we not urgent need in these accumulated “needs be's," for our “cowardly and trimming days,” (as God to whip us into union with the Hugh Stowell truly designates them,) fiery rods of that unchanged and un- to cry earnestly to our God, in imchangeable system of LYING and portunate prayer, that for His dear Murder (John viii. 44; 2 Corinth. Son's sake, He may raise up a larger xi. 13–15; 2 Thess. ii. 3, 4, 9, 10; number of witnesses suited to our Rev. xvii. 6, 9, 15, 18,) whose intole times ---men like Joshua, Caleb, and rant and sanguinary characteristics, Nehemiah; like Wickcliffe, Latimer, illustrating as they constantly are Luther, and John Knox; like the in many parts of the earth, may be Apostle Paul, that most devoted, most expected to develope themselves in a wondrous soldier of the Great Captain degree, and to an extent which (but of our salvation-of Him who was for the Lord Jesus and His Spirit in and is pre-eminently and incomparaus) it is indeed appalling to antici- bly “ the faithful and true Witness :" pate? Some faint indications of what men, in short, “ following the Lord is before us may be gathered from the fully,” not double-minded, not halflate affair at Birkenhead, the atrocious hearted, not “loving the praise of treatment of the Hon. Miss Broderick, men more than the praise of God;" and other sparks from the anvil. not "receiving honour one of another,
Dr. Cumming (in his Apacalyptic and seeking not the honour that Sketches) dwells upon the fact, that cometh from God only;" not loving in London alone there are 200,000 worldly politics and political parties (not like many professing Protestants, rather than Christ, and to the prejudice
mere sham,” but “ thorough") Ro- of Christ's cause, Christ's people, and man Catholics !* The papers inform us perishing sinners for whom Christ that steamers are bringing over freight died; not dismayed nor deterred by after freight (to London) of 700 at a the “ fear of man which bringeth a time. This increase has been going snare," unbeguiled and unbefooled by on for days, weeks, and months, not “maudlin sentimentality,” architecto speak of those swarms of the same tural fopperies, or other trickeries of recruits flocking to Liverpool, Man- the Tractarian (or Anglo-Romanist) chester, Birmingham, &c., and ex- school of “ Posture and Imposture;" panding that Beast, which, as Bellar- undaunted by ignorant, or slanderous, mine and others teach, only bides its or Jesuitical charges of bigotry, antime to make the wolf's spring with charitableness, puritanism, &c., (falsely security! Such an element of the
so called); but men like Barnabas, London population (considering its “ full of the Holy Ghost and faith,' union and its awful capabilities through full of prayer, holiness, humility, and the secret arrangements of the con- fervent zeal, “ according to knowfessional) deserves very serious atten- ledge,”-full of that charity, which tion, and close watching; in these “ rejoiceth not in iniquity, but redays more particularly. Is this watch- joiceth in the truth ;"-men, above fulness in exercise ? The pressure of all, constrained by the supreme love • Lecture xxi.
of Christ our adorable Lord and Sa
viour, and " by consequence
taught to, and practised upon them. sarily abhorring and opposed to (not But what pen can describe, what indeed the poor Romanists for whom tongue set forth the full enormities of we should fervently pray, and whom, “ MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, with love, and truth, we should ear THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOnestly seek to convert, but) that awful MINATIONS OF THE EARTH,” and deRomish System calle Popery, that scribed as “drunken with the blood system of Superstition, Idolatry, of saints, and with the blood of the Blaspheniy, Falsehood, and Cruelty, martyrs of Jesus ?” which exalts itself against the holy,
Oh, thrice happy and blessed day, blessed, and glorious Trinity,—"wor- when shall be heard a great voice ships and serves the creature rather of much people in heaven, and saythan the Creator,'* -dishonours, de ing, Alleluia, Salvation, glory, and grades, and dethrones the Son of God, honour, and power, unto the Lord -and whose representatives practi- our God: for true and righteous are cally. " deny the [but once and all- his judgments: for he hath judged atoning--the one and only “Mediator the great whore, which did corrupt between God and man"--which is the] the earth with her fornication, and " Lord that bought them;" that sys- hath avenged the blood of his sertem which in the confessional pollutes vants at her hand.” its unhappy victims with impurity the Meanwhile, “Who is on the Lord's most filthy and most abominable, side? Who?” Who of us is “ valiant teaches and urges to perjury, faithless- for the truth?”.."contending earness, disloyalty, anarchy, hellish tor- nestly for the faith delivered unto tures, murder, and wholesale butch us?" Loving Christ, trusting in Christ, eries of men, women, and children, living unto Christ, obeying Christ, and that too (blasphemously) in the and faithfully
, “ coming to the help of name of Him who came
the Lord against the mighty ?” DESTROY men's lives, but to save It is written: “He that is not FOR them ;" that system which gags the us is Against us,” and again, “ Whopress, rivets “manacles and mufflers on svever shall deny me before men, him the human mind,”— which in the Mass, will I also deny before my Father practices Cannibalism of the most aw which is in heaven. The Lord give ful, most appalling kind, and Idolatry us grace to be " faithful unto death,” of a graven image, the most impious and to "try them which say they are and most senseless,– which, in defi- apostles,” and to "bear, and have ance of the injunctions of God, da- patience, and for [Christ's] name's ringly presumes both to “add unto sake to labour, and not faint," and to the word of God, and also to “di- "hold fast His name," and minish from it,” not only hiding the deny His faith;" even should fiery second commandment from its people, days burst upon us, when such as His but (in spite of the most express com
“faithful martyr” Antipas, (Rev. ii.) mands of God, that all men should “slain among us," and many are "search the Scriptures,” which are tortured, mocked, imprisoned, tempted, “able to make us wise unto salva- afflicted, tormented, (Heb. xi.) tion,”') forbids the reading even of its Lord, increase our faith," and own inferior version, except with notes, make us faithful unto death. O give which, in effect, supersede the Word us grace to overcome, and “having of God, and “make it of none effect," done all, to stand," being found comby “ teaching for doctrines the com- plete in Christ, - perfect, justified,
of men,” and so effec- saved, in “ the Lord our Righteoustually blinding and preventing poor Romanists from finding out the deadly
I remain, sir, yours, &c., errors, the deceits, and iniquities
ALPHA. 10th June, 1851.
• Rom. i. 25.
Reviews, and Short Notices of Books.
MEMOIR OF THE Rev. Thomas Jones, musing on the world to come, I tried to late of Creaton, Northamptonshire.
find where eternity terminated. To assist
my childish mind, I tried to find an end By the Rev. John Owen, Vicar of to the vast space that surrounded me, Thrussington, Leicestershire. 12mo, and imagined a wall built at the excloth, pp. 394. Seeleys.
tremity of it. Then it occurred to me
that there must be something still beyond The volume before us is the biography this, and that however far we went there of a clergyman born in 1752, within would be still room to go farther. Then, one year of a century since, and who thought I, so must it be with eternity ; was permitted to remain amongst us and then I wept because an end could until the commencement of 1845,
not be found.' From that time to the when, as an aged saint and venerable present (1830) no particular subject has pilgrim, he was taken to his rest,
more frequently, or more deeply, imhaving nearly attained the patriarchal
pressed my mind, than that inconceivable,
mysterious, and awful term-Eternity. age of 93. Mr. Jones' parentage and
Often have I been obliged to have resituation in early life reminds us of
course to it, in order to rouse my soul that passage in Amos, where the pro
from torpor and stupidity. When other phet, in withstanding Amaziah, says means failed to impress me, this seldom of himself, “I was no prophet, neither failed. Yet I never durst dwell but a was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore far too overwhelm Meditating on it, being
for my fruit: and the Lord took me as I fol- feeble mind. As meditation on this word, lowed the flock, and the Lord said Eternity, has been so beneficial to my unto me, Go, prophesy unto my peo
own soul, I would advise others to make ple Israel.” For, as Mr. Owen re
the same experiment.' marks,
“ He mentions another thing which in" Who could have thought, as in the
duced him to think that he was a 'subject present instance, that a small farmer's
of grace,' from an early period. It had been son, born and educated among the barren
iny practice,' he says, 'from early youth, to rocks of Cambria, would have been
retire to some solitary place for prayer.'
The view he bad in his old age of these brought by various movements, into the midst of England, into one of its richest
beginnings shall be hereafter presented, counties, and made there an efficient in
that is, what led him to conclude that they
were evidences of a renewed nature. The strument in diffusing the light of divine truth? The ways, as well as the thoughts,
account he once gave to the writer of of God are different from our ways; and
his prayers at this time was this,' I used are made thus different that we may ob
to cry very much, and say something I
did not know what. At that time reserve and notice them, and acknowledge Him in all that he doeth."
ligious knowledge was very limited : and
there may be under such a circumstance, Of Mr. Jones' early religious im- more feeling in the heart than light in pressions, the following account is the head, as the reverse is often the case, given :
when the knowledge of religion becomes " There is reason to think that he was general, sanctified almost from the womb, at least “ At the age of thirteen he left at an early period. On this point he home for school. Ystradmeirig, where had not himself quite a decided opinion. he went, was about eight miles distant He had serious thoughts from his father's house, situated .among far back as memory extended. I am the rocks of the wild goats.' But though of the opinion,' he says, in the pa- situated in a wild, dreary, and mounpers already referred to, that the seed tainous part of the county, it was yet a of grace was sown early in my heart, school in that day, and for a considerable though the weed of corruption prevented period after, of no small repute as a its growth and fruitfulness;' and he men- classical seminary. Most of the clergy tions one thing in particular, When at in that part of the county had no other the age of ten years I well recollect to training than what it afforded. The have very serious thoughts of eternity. master at the time was Edward Richards, And one day being in the field alone, a native of the place, and a layman of no