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we will come unto him, and take up which comes recommended to him as
our abode with him," 80.–St. John, a Divine gift.
chap. xiv.

Nor can there indeed be a greater
Nor need we suppose this subjec- argument of the Truth of our Holy
tion of our Reason to the obedience Religion, than that its great Author
of Faith, to require any dereliction has himself recommended this me-
of that highest privilege of our na- thod of perusing the Volume of the
ture, the exercise of those faculties Sacred Scriptures, in the sequel to
of thought and reflection, which dis- the passage at the head of this essay,
tinguish us from the brutes that peo, addressed to the Jews, who from the
rish. On the contrary, if we pro- Law and the Prophets were taught
-perly cultivate the study here recom- to look for the appearance of their
mended, we shall soon be convinced, promised Messiah. "Search the Scrip-
it is indeed the noblest exercise of tures' (says he), “ for, in them ye
our mental powers, compared with thiok ye bave eternal life, and these
which every other pursuit is vain. are they which testify of me.”
All we have to do in this essential To such a search then, the de-
part of our duty, is to repress that fenders of Christianity may appeal
spirit of idle curiosity, which pre- with a full confidence, That whatever

“ to be wise above that which aid the Sacred Word may derive (and is written, and learn to receive with much such aid it does) from the cornieekness that engrafted word which roborating testimony of other anis able to save our souls."

cient writings, or from other circumIf, with a disposition thus properly stances besides, which may justly conprepared, we follow the bright ex. stitute a part of what is commonly ample set by the Berean converts, as styled its external evidence, the main recommended to our attention, Acts foundations on which its authenticity xvii. v. 11, receiving the Truth in rests, are, ils own intrinsic digvity the love of it, and with all readiness and worth, the real utility of its docof mind, searching the Scriptures trines and precepts, the glorious and daily, whether these things are so; we well-grounded hope it sets before us, shall soon discern the essential dis. its suitableness to the condition of tinction between the use of Reason mankind, the fulfilment of those proand its abuse, in matters of Religion. phecies found in it, and we may fairly Nor can they who act on any other add in it alone, and lastly, the corprinciples than those here referred respondence of its various parts in to, in their discussion of the doc- one uniform and manifest design, trines contained in the Bible, justly which, whatever be the collateral expect to reap from it the benefit uses of its individual portions, is uniit is intended to convey.. As “he formly apparent through the whole. that cometh unto God," in the ex- Yours, &c. Mason CHAMBERLIN. ercise of prayer, “ must" (in order

(To be continued.) to have good ground to hope for its acceptance) “ believe that he is, and Mr. URBAN, Brighton, Nov. 13.

N times like these, it becomes the diligently seek him," so must the man who would derive beneficial venerable Constitution of this Counknowledge from the Scriptures, give try, to come forward, and as far as them some credit in the first instance, he is capable, to lend assistance and approach them with some de. against the daring attacks of uppringree of reverence lest their sense cipled and irreligious men, wbo at should be judicially hidden from him. this moment are endeavouring to tor

A little fair consideration of the ture our laws into meanings which last-mentioned point, 'will serve to their framers never dreami of; to suggest to every impartial mind, a insult and browbeat those venerable very principal reason why the words Sages of the Law, the Judges; and of Divine Revelation appear to the above all, to turn into ridicule and

eist as idle tales. Wiih what con- contempt that Holy Religion which sistency indeed shall he who professes · has been the comfort and consolahis belief in the Divine existence, tion of so many millions of our felcontemn, or even lightly esteem, that low-creatures. It is impossible that

that he is the rewarder of them that I ding of every well-wisher to the


we should sit down contented amidst followers in Birmingham, was written
this portentous threatening of the by an eminent Scholar, and a correct
revolutionary elements, aod not trem- as well as a bright ornament of the
ble at what may be the consequence Established Church.
unless that powerful engine the Press Straying accidentally into the Meet-
(which has indeed been the principal ing-house there, and reading the fol-
agent in all this mischief) be set to lowing sentence, I could not but feel
work to show these misguided men astonishment that the Socinian prin-
their error, and the fallacy of the ar- ciples of Dr. Priestley (whose moral
guments which have been made use worth, distinguished abilities, and un-
of to debauch their minds, and lead questionable sincerity, have my most
them ou to deeds of darkness, and a profound respect,) should have met
consequent state of despair. That with a champion in the writer of his
this has begun to be put in execu. Epitaph.
tion by a Society calling themselves The Tablet “ consécrated to the
« Established for the refutation of In memory of Dr. Priestley by his affec-
fidel Publications," it must gratify tionate congregation," is there said
every true Englishman to hear; and to be erected in testimony of “ their
mg object in this Letter is through respect for his great and various ta-
your means to call their attention to lents,” &c. and of their veneration
Blair's Eighteenth Sermon, 3d. vol. on for the pure, benevolent, and holy prin-
Scoffing at Religion, a publication ciples which, through the trying vicis-
of which, in a cheap form, might do situdes of life, and in the awful hour
much good; there are parts of it so of death, animated him with the hope
completely applicable to the present of a blessed immortality.Now, if
tiine, that one can scarcely believe the principles of one who denies that
it not to have been written expressly fundamental article of the orthodox
for the purpose. I shall merely make faith of our Church which relates to
one quotation and conclude; though the divinity of the second Person in
were I not fearful of taking up too the blessed Trinity, can be properly
much room in your valuable Mis- called pure and holy (and unless I am
cellany, I might have added many much mistaken such was the delia
others equally applicable. Speaking berate and avowed sentiment of Dr.
of the Scuffer, he says, “By his li. Priestley), in what terms can the
centious ridicule of the duties of writer of the Epitaph describe the
Piety, and of the institutions of Di- principles of those who reject as schis-
vine Worship, he is weakening the matical the tenets maintained by the
power of conscience over men; he Socinians ? and how will be reconcile
is undermining the great pillars of the apparent inconsistency of sub-
Society; he is giving a mortal blow scribing to the confession of “the
to public order and public happiness. right faitb," and thus publicly de-
All these rest oo nothing so much as claring that the principles of one who
on the general belief of an all-seeing directly opposed it, were pure and
witness, and the general veneration boly?
of an Almighty Governor. On this Perhaps, after all, this same In-
belief, and this veneration, is founded scription is improperly attributed to
the whole obligation of an oath ; with- the


person who has been out wbich Goveroment could not be said to be the writer of it; and it will administered, nor Courts of Justice afford me siocere pleasure to find that act; controversies could not be de. my informant was not justified in termined, nor private property be citing the glowing language of that preserved safe.”

H, H. eminent Divine, in support of at least

a very objectionable position thus Mr. URBAN,

Nov. 11.

solemnly offered to public pótice. YONSISTENCY is so essential an Yours, &c.

NONARIUS. ingredient in the character of an orthodox Churchman, that I caodot Mr. URBAN, Canonbury, Nov. 20. help expressing

my surprize at being Mofe liberal-minded Critics on informed, that the Inscription commemorative of the late Dr. Priestley, his new Version of the Scriptures, and placed on a monument erected who, whilst they have acknowledged in the place of worship used by his superior skill and discernment on

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some points, have condemned too of Sir James must vanish as chaff bepresumptuous a deviation from pub. fore the wind.

“ Who," says he, lic opinion and received doctrine on “ will believe that Christ has so enothers. He has been attacked by tirely deserted his Church as to allow more, who have cautiously concealed error to prey on its vitals for ages?" their ignorance under the dimsy cloak Let it not be believed that this ar. of ridicule ; but to a third, and by gument is one of the ephemeral profar the most numerous class, he is ductions of the sophistry of modern principally indebted for the great times. No! 'tis sauctioned by the clamour which has been raised against use of ages ;-'tis as old as fanaticism, him. I allude to those who, under bigotry, and idolatry-it bears the the influence of prejudice, attack, date of the first seeds of infidelity with bold invective and unsupported and deism, and is one of the poisoned assertion, the opinions of a man, who, serpents whose venomed fangs de. during the course of a long life, bas fend the hoary head of superstition. devoted superior talents to the stu.. It has pleased the Divine Goverdies of which those opinions are the nor of the Universe, to allow the exresult.

istence of certain evils, apparently But whilst Mr. Bellamy is thus incompatible with the goodness of violently attacked by enemies, he his nature; these apparent evils are, is far from being uosupported by no doubt, eventually conducive to friends, and these friends far from some real good. Where human reabeing dishearteved disunited. son has succeeded in noming the Their confidence in his superior mysteries of Providence, such has inknowledge is still unimpaired; aware, variably been the result of his iubefore they enlisted in bis cause, that vestigation. But so infinitely just the labours of man must, from the and good has been the Divine disinipotence of human nature, (how- pensation, that not an evil nag pot ever aided by science and improved an inconvenience exists, which we by perseverance and labour) be de- are not furnished with antidotes in fective, they did pot anticipate per- the strength and intellect bestowed fection in the execution of so gi. upon man, or in the hope of a better gantic an undertaking by a single inmortality, individual.

If the only fruit of Mr. Bellamy's A Correspondent, Mr. Urban, in labours be to rouse public feeling, and two of your laté Magazines, has at direct the attention of the Legislature tacked with an uncommon degree to the execution of a new authorized of invective Mr. Bellamy's New Ver. version ; many of his friends, and sion, and this unsupported by any myself among the oumber, will not force of argument, or superiority of be disappointed in their anticipations. information.

Yours, &c.

H. M. The whole fund of his information appears to be drawn from the book Mr. URBAN,

Wells, Oct. 1.

N the present inetical precision in pointing one bundred and thirty-four errors precisely, to the plague and other fatal or debe

appears to be particularly pleased. structive diseases, some of your Cor.

This Gentleman's first paper (p. respondents may be disposed to afford 197) scarcely rises above the rank of the benefit of their opinion upon a personal censure, and as such, its im- statement made by Mr. Diomore, in potence will screen it from notice. his Tour in America, in 1804. Mr.

Io his last paper (p. 322), however, D. speaking of the Yellow Fever as his attack is upon Sir James Bland bearing a near resemblance to the Burgess; and here, koowing that his bilious intermittent and remittent weapons of scurrility and invective fever, and probably produced by siwould be blunted by the well-known milar vapours arising from marsby character and respectability of that ground, and elevated by the heat gentleman, he has recourse to one of the sun, intermixed with azote under the form of an argument. emitted in the decomposition of aniThis, according to his owo account, mal matter (which the writer ackoowis an argument before which the ledges is too frequently suffered in ingenious and eloquentreasoping their towns); adds, that this opinion


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