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tion in the garden of Gethsemane, we are informed that "there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him." But surely, my friends, GOD ALMIGHTY could not need the support, advice and consolation of an angel; nor could HE" in whom we live and move and have our being," suffer agony and distress! If we suppose this, we DETHRONE him, and make the GREAT ETERNAL "such a one as ourselves."


In all the prophecies relating to the Messiah, he is uniformly spoken of as a man. His history by the four evangelists is the bistory of a man who atted under a divine commission. In all the sermons delivered by the apostles, they spoke of their Master as a proper human being: indeed their testimony, as recorded in the book of Acts, relates entirely to a man whom God raised from the dead and exalted to dominion and glory. Peter told his countrymen that Jesus of Nazareth was a man approved of God, by miracles and wonders and signs which God did by him;" that "this Jesus hath God raised up ;" and that "God hath made that same Jesus whom they had crucified both Lord and Christ," Paul told the people of Antioch, (speaking of David,) that" of this man's seed hath God, according to his promise, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus." 86 And," said he, "be it known unto you, men and brethren, that through THIS MAN is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins." When addressing the Athenians, he informed them that "God hath appointed a day in the which He will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom He hath ordained." In fact, though the Acts of the Apostles contains a history of the Christian Church for about thirty years, there is not a single word or even a hint given in it respecting Jesus Christ being God. Now, my friends, is not this truly astonishing if the doctrine of the Trinity be true? Had Luke (the supposed author of this history) been a Trinitarian, it is impossible that have thus written: he would undoubtedly, as other Trinitarian historians have since done, have made every thing bend to the support of his favourite system.

The plain, literal language of the apostles in their epistles, also, is entirely in favour of Unitarianism, for they write concerning their exalted Master as having been a divinely-commissioned human being.

Paul tells the Romans that Jesus " was made of the seed of David" that he was raised from the dead by





the glory of the Father;" that those who believe that God hath raised him from the dead shall be saved." The same eminent Apostle declares to the Corinthians, that "Christ is God's," and that "the head of Christ is God." To the Galatians he says, "When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman." To the Ephesians, that God "put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to his Church." To the Philippians, that "God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name;" and that " every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord-TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATher." To the Colossians, that "it pleased the Father that in Christ should all fulness dwell;" and that he " now sitteth on the right hand of God." And to Timothy, that "there is ONE GOD and one Mediator between God and men, THE MAN Christ Jesus.” The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews says, that "in all things it behoved Jesus to be made like unto his brethren." Peter declares that "God raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be IN GOD;" and that God in all things may be glorified, through Jesus Christ." And John says, 66 Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, (i. e. a proper man,) is not of God." The Apocalypse is styled the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him." In this book Jesus repeatedly designates his Father, MY GOD; he also. affirms that he received power from his Father; and that he is set down with his Father in his throne. Wherever Christ is here introduced, he is spoken of as a man; and indeed throughout the Scriptures, every thing ascribed to him is consistent with his proper humanity.

It may be farther observed, in addition to this powerful Scripture evidence, that the great body of Christians, for the first two hundred years and upwards, were, in the strictest sense, believers in the proper humanity of Christ, or, in other words, they were Unitarians: I hesitate not, therefore, to maintain, with the fullest assurance, that our blessed Lord and Saviour was truly a man commissioned by God; and consequently, that Unitarianism is supported by the strongest proof that can possibly be adduced.

(To be concluded in the next Number.)


Anecdote of the late John Wesley.


Chatham, March 14, 1826. THE following was communicated to me some years back by a pious gentleman, who received it immediately from Miss Perronet herself; its authenticity may therefore be safely asserted, while it adds another to the sum of Anecdote relative to the late Rev. John Wesley.

The celebrated John Wesley, being once on a visit at thé vicarage house of the late Rev. Vincent Perronet, of Shore ham, in Kent, a clergyman of congenial sentiments with the founder of Methodism, was asked by the daughter of the latter, what was his opinion of Dr. Watts on the Preexistence of Christ, which he [Mr. W.] had been recently reading to which he gave answer, That having perused to a certain portion of the work, he threw the book away from him, adding, Had I proceeded further I should have become AN ARIAN.


On this retrograde effect of the Doctor's argument on the mind of Mr. Wesley, I had intended making some ob servations, but considering such conduct has coupled with it its own comment, I therefore subjoin no more.

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Langlands, Baron of Wilton.

(From Wilson's History of Hawick.)

AN adventure of no ordinary description is related of one of the ancestors of this feudal chief. In the dark ages, ere John Knox had promulgated his doctrines of Reform, which overthrew the power and mummery of the Roman priesthood in Scotland, the laird of the Barony of Wilton' went to loggerheads with mother Church.

The Baron's lands paid tithe to the Abbacy of Melrose. An account of this kind had been due by his honour for some time, which he refused to pay, on the plea of an overcharge; and at length a monk was despatched from Melrose to wait upon him, and to get matters settled without farther delay. The clerical messenger, on the morning after he had reached Hawick, was taking a walk previous to calling at the Mansion-house; and, about a mile from the town, near Heap, met the refractory debtor of the

Church. The Baron was not unknown to the priest, and the latter" doffed his cowl." Unaccustomed to meet a clergyman at so early an hour, Langlands halted, and on the common frivolities at meeting being offered and received, he seemed disposed to talk. The monk took this opportunity of making him acquainted with the object of his mission. The Baron knit his brows, and looked down, while the Churchman, having committed himself, proceeded. Though the passions of the Baron were gathering into wrath, yet he was able to suppress them for a time, and the priest went on. His honour had been repeatedly dunned for this arrear of tithes, part of which he conceived to be a villanous charge; and at length, in a stern tone, stopped the monk by exclaiming, "Who and what are you, Sir?" The clergyman assumed his dignity in turn, and replied, "I am a son of the Church, commissioned to demand a debt due to her by the Baron of Wilton. You may be the son of perdition for any thing I know," rejoined the angry Baron, and walked away. Things having come to this crisis, the descendant of Melchizedek was not to be so easily defeated; he dogged Langlands for a few yards, and reiterated his claim, The chieftain turned round, and touched the hilt of his sword The representative of the successor of St. Peter was not to be intimidated; for, deeming his personal safety secure in the sacredness of his office, he mustered a goodly share of courage, and placing himself on the Baron's front, said, "I am the Abbot of Melrose himself, know your honour, come to claim my own; and, in name of the Church, I must inform you, that it will be well for the barony of Wilton if the tithes due on the estate are paid to me before I leave Hawick." His feudal lordship, who perhaps had never been so bearded in his life, in a momentary paroxysm of rage drew his heavy two-handed sword from its scabbard, and laid the unfortunate Abbot at his feet, "shorter by the head."

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Langlands walked moodily homewards; and, before he entered the gateway of his castle, he had become sensible of the perilous plight in which his rash action had placed him. He had done the deed," however, and how was the fatal error of a frantic moment to be retrieved?

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After having attempted to take breakfast, he dressed himself in courtly style, mounted the best horse in his

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stables, and set off post for Edinburgh, to sue for mercy from his King.

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The news of the death of their chief soon reached the inmates of Melrose Abbey, and the religious coterie made the arches of that gothic fabric ring during thirty days with howling and lamentation. The Baron was subsequently denounced from every pulpit throughout the land, and the vengeance of the Church was accumulating to effect the destruction of the murderer. In the mean time, a monument, in the form of a cross, was erected where the Abbot fell, that in latter times was known by the name of "Heap Cross," the remains of which have been seen by a number of the people of Hawick who are still living.

While the priesthood were preparing to launch their fiery anathemas against Langlands, he was busied in intercessions at Court for means to ward off his impending fate. Douglas, of Drumlanrig and Hawick, was at that time a favourite with the King, as well as on friendly terms with his eighbour baron. The latter communicated to his friend the insult he had offered to the Church, at the same time concealing the death of the Abbot, but urging him to S use his influence with the King to procure a pardon without delay; seeing, that when the power of the Church was to be combated, perhaps the Sovereign might hesitate to interpose his authority. Drumlanrig accordingly soon procured an audience of the Monarch. His Majesty was in high humour and spirits when he received the two Teviotdale barons at Holyrood; and Drumlanrig proceeded to business. "Please your Majesty, this is James Langlands of that ilk, and Baron of the Barony of Wilton, than whom your Majesty has not a more faithful and loyal subject. He has had a quarrel with the Church, and has some reason to guard himself against its consequences, and therefore prays most humbly that your Majesty will afford him protection, seeing that his enemies are both numerous and strong. The King having heard of the transaction in a former conference with Douglas, shook his head and smiled. "So you knocked off the bonnet of a dignitary of the Church with your sword, Langlands?"" I did in an unJucky moment, please your Majesty."" And you have thereby stirred up the evil spirit and power of the priesthood?" "It is even so, my liege." "What had the Abbot done to provoke you ?" He was insolent and unreasonable in demanding payment of tithes, my Sove

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