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in upon them; greatness to be insensibly imparted by their necessary contact with others; then, with the power, will grow up the disposition to employ it against ourselves. Power stolen or extorted is not likely to be employed for our benefit. The arms which they wrench from us they will use for our destruction. Surely the contrast is neither slight nor unimportant. The argument is fallacious only on the supposition that the Hindus will in no way advance and be invigorated, if Christi·anity is withheld from them. But can this be proved? Is it probable? Is it consistent with existing facts? Does not that very meeting of Vellore, which has been made to teach so many mischievous lessons, instruct us, in a voice of thunder, that discipline also is power, and that natives, who are not Christians, might and may subvert our Indian empire ?
But we have hitherto permitted the Anti-christianizers to place their argument upon an assumption which gives it the only colour of plausibility it possesses. They argue as though the whole of the Peninsula were, by some overwhelming impulse, - to become Christians at once; to start, full. arıned, from the brows of missionaries, and instantly and universally to feel the invigorating powers of true religion. Would to God the mind might soberly indulge itself in such glorious visions! But, alas! by far the more probable hypothesis is, that, for a time especially, the career of the Gospel will be slow in India. In
the mean time, what must be the state of things? The country will be divided into two classes, the Christians and Hindus. Now, in this state, suppose insurrection to arise, who does not see, that any thing of confederated rebellion will be impossible ; and that, whichever party revolts, one will be found on the side of government? It is a curious fact, that even now this principle of division is regarded in the construction of our Indian armies. The practice is, to incorporate a certain number of Mahomedans with the Hindus, under the full conviction, that the antipathy of : the two parties will dispose either, in case of tumult, to side with us instead of making a common cause with the other.
But we confess that this narrow view of the result of the apostolic efforts of a great nation by no means satisfies us. We will dare to look forward to a period when, under the Divine blessing, the seed cast into the soil shall clothe with a smiling verdure the whole of those arid plains; when there shall be as many Christians in India as men. Now, supposing this to be the case, we have already glanced at the influence of religion upon the natives. Upon the hypothesis above stated, it is probable the relation of the countries would survive the change. But this is certainly not the only state of things to be contem
plated. If we had not learned the lesson before, certainly the present state of the world, when nearly the whole map of Europe has been twice completely changed in twenty years, when, in the same period, the ancient landmarks of the world have been removed and restored, might teach us not to calculate very confidently upon the stability of empires. Suppose, then,
, that in the course of a century India should be severed from Great Britain, how different would be the political result, according to the system which is now adopted, of giving or withholding Christianity. Deny then religion, and when the severance takes place they remain a people who owe you nothing, care nothing for you, who are assimilated to you in none of their wants or habits, and are therefore prompted to seek your commercial or political alliance neither by affection or convenience. Give them religion, and, as far as climate will admit, you identify ther with yourselves. You give them the same habits; you create in them wants wbich the manufactories of your own country alone can supply. Thus, a division in name will not be a division in fact. They will continue to respect you as Chris, tians, to love you as benefactors, to need you as commercial and manufacturing allies. And the probability is, that, as in the case of America, the ally will be more valuable than the colony. She will then buy from you, as well as sell to you. Those articles which the India captain now hawks about in vain from port to port, a needy supplicant to a few European thousands, will find a devouring market amidst the millions of native converted inhabitants. Thus, then, does expediency take the side of religion; and “honesty,” according to the old proverb, which every body repeats and very few seem to believe, evinces itself “the best policy.” For ourselves we can truly say, that we account ourselves happy to live in days in which this important principle has been so signally recognized in and out of the great councils of the nation. It is to us a happy omen of better and happier times. Already does the storm seem in a measure to subside: and we venture to hope, that as the nations of the world disclose a disposition to consecrate their energies and resources to the cause of the Gospel, the mighty God will hush the angry elements, will subdue the tumult, will prepare the field, as it were, for the pacitic enterprizes of the cross, and will pave the way for universal holiness, by giving us universal peace.
Yes! it shall come: e'en now my eyes behold,
O, doomed victorious from thy wounds to rise,
Greet the glad hour, and give the triumph way. We cannot wish to leave our readers in a more desirable frame of mind than these noble lines are calculated to inspire. We will therefore conclude by observing, that government and the nation have only one additional step to take in this glorious career. We are by no means disposed to overlook the importance of endeavouring to consolidate, to harmonize, and to regulate, the efforts of devout men, for the promulgation of religion in India : and this, we conceive, is best to be accomplished by giving enlargement, dignity, and vigour, to our own church establishment in that country. It is not, perhaps, to be hoped, that the various ranks of dissenting missionaries will be brought to range themselves under our banner. But still the predoininance of the establishment will, as it does in this country, give a character to the doctrines preached, to the practice exhibited; will protect religion in general; will supply a sort of point d'appui, in which the various classes of Christians may rest; a centre to which all will converge; a parent to whose embraces all will fly. The dissidents will excite the church to exertion, and the church reduce the dissidents to order. If it be asked, “how is the church, which now produces not a single missionary for India, to supply her defect of service to this sacred cause?
We answer, m consonance with a proposition already stated in these volumes, " let the bishops ordain men exclusively for the office of missionaries, exempting them from the costs of university degrees, but submitting their piety and good sense to the severest scrutiny." This measure would, we conceive, supply our remote dependencies, without burthening or endangering the church of the mother country. We may hope to possess, as far as human institutions can provide them, a pious and learned ministry at home, and a pious and enterprizing ministry abroad,
Art. XVIII.- De la Litterature considerée dans ses Rapports
avec les Institutions Sociales. By Madanie de Staël Holstein. Avec un precis de la Vie et les Ecrits de l'Auteur. Toms.
12mo. pp. 600. 1812. The Influence of Literature, &c. of. Madame de Staël, translated.
Madame de Staël, the daughter of the celebrated M. Neckar, is qualified to perpetuate to his family that celebrity which he himself sought with such rain solicitude and doubtful success. Nor is even the celebrity derived to him from his daughter altogether such as would be most coveted by the prudent parent. Her works, although illuminated by genus, are in many instances darkened with passages unfavourable to female refinement at least, if not to social morality. Their general tendency is, we suspect, to create a class of women of a different order from those who have long cheered the fire-side, doubled the joys and divided the sorrows of Englishmen; , to take the gentler sex from the quiet circle of domestic duties, and force them on the tumultuous and showy stage of public life; to rob them of those noiseless virtues, of that.“ soft green,” of the soul on which the harassed, miyd finds it so necessary to repose; and finally to stimulate them to undertake the various functions of man instead of helping and disposing us to discharge them. Her own perturbed and desultory life is, perhaps, the best comment upon her opinions. There is no point in her history which leads us to think that the condition of society, and especially of the female part of it, would be improved by the transformation at which she evidently aims, Surely when Madame de Staël compares the women of England with those of other nations, when she contrasts our domestic scenery with that of revolutionary France, she must be tempted to check her innovating hand, nor seek to substitute splendid wretchedness for unambitious joy. But our business is not at present with the novels or the life of Madame de Staël; but with the little work before us. This is a work written in the heat of the French revolution, but lately republished in this country, displaying extensive reading, singular acuteness, and much of that habit of analysis and generalization by which the authoress is distinguished. It is designed to shew the influence of literature upon social institutions, and, reciprocally, the intļuence of these institutions upon literature, involving throughout an attempt to prove, that the world is tending to perfection by the sole influence of letters. This last fact will at once serve to determine the
character of the work, and to create a distrust of that 'mind of whose creed such a preposterous opinion can constitute an article. Still, as the work is full of natter of a novel and interesting kind, and as it leads naturally to some important discussions, we hope to deserve the thanks of our readers by a candid and careful exanination of it. We deem it necessary, however, to premise, that we by no means pledge ourselves to the accuracy
many of the sentiments included in those extracts, which, for their general ability, we may be tempted to exhibit: and, secondly, that we shall, from charity 10 our merely English reader, take these extracts from the translation named at the head of this article.
The introduction begins by tracing the connexion of literature with “ virtue.” And we rejoice to learn from the authoress, that literature can erect her most durable and lofty claims only upon the basis of morals. The necessity of a moral object to the candidate for permanent reputation is thus eloquently enforced by the author.
“ Never was it in the power of any poet, however ardent his fancy, to draw forth a tragic effect from an incident which admitted the smallest tendency to an immoral principle. Opinion, which fluctuates so much respecting the events of real life, assumes a character of constancy and decision, when it has to pronounce on the produetions of the imagination. Literary criticism is not un, frequently, indeed, a sort of treatise on morality. By yielding merely to the impulse and guidance of their talents, eminent writers might discover every thing that is heroic in self-devotion, and all that is affecting in the sacrifices we make of our interests or passions. By studying the art of moving the affections, we explore the recesses and discover the secrets of virtue." (Vol. I. p. 37.)
It is her opinion, that the contemplation of excellence of any kind adapts the mind for excellence of all kinds. As literature assists religion, religion assists literature." If we raise our eyes towards heaven, our thoughts swell into a nobler nature; it is by soaring aloft that we breathe a purer air and are cheered by a brighter light.” Men of talents also, she conceives, are disposed to many generous and virtuous qualities by the very applause conferred upon them. To him whom the world admires the happiness of the world must be dear,” Literature also assists virtue by the correction which it inflicts upon the vicious. And, if it be objected against this favourable influence of letters, that many works of genius are employed in portraying reprehensible morals, she answers, that the reputation and influence of such works is never permanent. "Sprightly or