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is loaded the match is just about love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let to be applied and the christless him be Anathema Maran-atha !" sinner must perish; for if any man Haverfordwest,
A SUGGESTED CORRECTION OF PALMER CORRECTED.
To the Editors-It appears to xvi. 26. 8vo.” John Atherton, me that there is not the slightest Esq. of Atherton, was Mr. Livereason to suppose with your Cor- sey's patron. Mr. Livesey aprespondent J. E., that James pears to have removed to Great Livesey, the author of Ilvevua Budworth about the time of the tologia, is the same person with Act of Conformity; probably the Mr. Lively, or Livesly, mentioned living of Atherton had been conin Palmer's Nonconformist Me- ferred on him in the unsettled morial. It is evident that Mr. times of the Parliament, and was Livesey was a conformist, so that again restored to its original inon the supposition of identity, the cumbent on the restoration. I name of Leveley or Livesley, cannot offer any solution to the should have no place in Palmer's question respecting the true name Catalogue. But this supposition of the gentleman ejected from is, I conceive, annihilated by the Great Budworth. But, however fact that Mr. Livesey was an the case may be in this instance, author of considerable celebrity a new edition of Palmer, or rather in his time, and it is not at all of Calamy, is much wanted. There probable that Calamy, who pub- are many considerable additions lished his first edition in 1702, to those volumes in private hands, should have been so ignorant of and if any enterprising bookseller Mr. Li's sentiments on church dis- would take the pecuniary risk, I cipline, nay even of his history, doubt not but some one of the and of the orthography of his many admirers of the noble army name, as to insert in a catalogue of confessors of 1662, would wilof ministers ejected in 1662, the lingly undertake the literary task. name of a gentleman who conti
UNUS CULTORUM. nued in the church till 1674, and. most probably till his death, and Another Correspondent has sent that too under a mispelled ap- us the following remark connected pellation, which Mr. Livesey's with this discussion. title-pages would have sufficiently Calamy, in his account of rectified. Perhaps J. E. will not Ejected Ministers, (Vol. II. of be unwilling to receive the follow- his Abridgment of Baxter's Life, ing hints respecting Mr. Livesey. p. 135.) gives, under CheshireHe was in 1660 minister at Ather- « Bridworth. Mr. Levesley”-and ton. His publications, in addi- adds nothing more. But there is tion to that already mentioned, no such place as Bridworth, and, are “Enchiridion Judicum, or from a bad hand-writing, it might Jehoshaphat's Charge to his Judges, easily be mistaken for Budworth. together with Catastrophe Mag- James Livesey was the Vicar of natum, 8vo.”_" Funeral Sermon Budworth. for John Atherton, Esq. on 2 Sam. Mr. Palmer seems to have been iii. 38, 39. 8vo. 1660.”—“ The misled by Mr. Calamy's inacgreatest Losse, a Sermon on Matt. curacy or want of information,
ON SOME NOVEL PHRASES RELATING TO AN ORDINATION
SERVICE. To the Editors. We frequently minister, there surely exists no hear now-a.days of “the march authority, and I am desirous of of intellect," and old-fashioned preventing your valuable miscelpeople are accustomed to various lany being appealed to as counnovelties. Care must, however, tenancing such an abuse of words. be taken, that while information I am aware a prejudice prevails and inventions multiply, the proper that in “ the Sister Isle" expresuse of words is not forgotten. sions occasionally flow 'faster than
Many of your friends were sur. ideas, though I have heard a prised and amused to read, in your shrewd Scotsman attempt to acnumber for June, of a minister count for what are termed “ Irish being “ installed" over the Con- bulls," on the supposition that utgregational Church in Belfast, and terance cannot keep pace with the of an “installation prayer” having rapidity of thought among the been offered on the occasion. We sons of Erin. However that may are familiar with the terms as con- be, English noncons will always nected with the different orders of prefer accuracy and simplicity knighthood among the nobility, above finery, as characteristics of and some of the higher function- your pages. aries in the national hierarchy, but
Yours, &c. for introducing them to describe the “ ordination" of an independent
“ PEACE I LEAVE WITH THEE.”—John xiv. 5.
Thou might'st have made earth's potentates resign,
The field, the flock, the olive, and the vine,
Pearls from the ocean,-treasures from the mine.
But thou didst promise on that solemn day,
What the world gives not, nor can take away.
How doth that legacy our hearts reprove ?
Rev. xxii. 17.
From the high eternal throne;
In the church on earth is known.
Longing for his spirit's home;
Burns to say, I come! I come!
REVIEW OF BOOKS.
The Church in Danger from Herself: or, church, never were more quiet.
The Causes of her present declining Whether the Repeal of the Test Act State explained. Dedicated to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. By nas operated upon them as a nar. the Rev. John Acaster, Vicar of st. cotic, we cannot say ; but certainly Helen's, York, and Domestic Chaplain they can have alarmed nobody to the Right Hon. the Earl of Mex- for some time back by their restborough. London: Seeley and Sons, i Fleet Street. pp. 171, 6s.
1d Dons, lessness or clamour. We have, in
fact, been reproaching ourselves of It is an ominous thing to hear the late
to hear the late, for our passiveness and seemcry of danger when no danger ap- ing ind
ger a ing indifference to our own intepears to be near. To hear this
rests, as well as apparent unconcern cry uttered by the inhabitants of a
about the aggressive movements of place when not assailed by external
the church. But we have been foes, indicates that something is
roused from this apparent apathy, wrong among themselves; and we
(for we wish our readers to underhave the highest authority for as
stand that we both feel and know serting, that a house or a kingdom
more than we always tell,) by the divided against itself cannot stand
cry,“ The Church in Danger from —such are the present circum
Herself,” and we think it our duty .stances of the church established
to give our nonconformist friends, by law in this country. She is
as well as the church, the benefit surrounded by walls and bulwarks,
of this note of alarm. lofty and strong; built upon the
Mr. Acaster is evidently very foundation of the King, Lords,
much in earnest; he writes strongly, and Commons of England ; adorn
warns faithfully, gives his name as ed and nourished by learned and
the pledge of his sincerity, dediexclusive Universities, which take
cates his book to the two Archgreat care that should men come
bishops, with little hope, we apprein, either avowed enemies, or in
hend, that their Graces will pay different friends, that they shall
any attention to the subject. all be sworn believers and advo
The work is divided into four cates of her cause before they go chapters, in which the following out; guarded and protected by
subjects are discussed. orthodox creeds and articles; se
"1. The Necessity of a Church Estacured by canons and liturgies, all
blishment to maintain and perpetuate the of which men are required ex aninio
Christian Religion through successive to believe to be according to the generations, and to meet the religious word of God; superintended by wants of the nation. Bishops and Archbishops, and a
.." II. The Church of England, as by
Jaw established, is, if properly and effihost of Clergy, all of whose in
ciently administered, peculiariy adapted terest it is to promote her prospe. to maintain and perpetuate the Chrisrity and glory; beside many other tian Religion, and to meet in every way provisions, all tending to secure her the spiritual wants of the Nation.
“ III. Deviations from the Adjustsafety and advance her prosperity. ments and Regulations of the Founders Without, at this moment, there is of the Church, the Cause of her present nothing peeping, and muttering, or Inefficiency, and of Dissent throughout presenting a hostile aspect. The
“IV. Necessity of returning to the Dissenters, who are regarded as
original intentions of the Founders of the sworn and natural foes of the the Church, with regard to all the plans
which they devised, and the regulations exist in small and detached societies. they adopted ; in order to render her The great bulk of the nation would have efficient for the purpose intended;—to no means, as they would have no inclinaregain the confidence of the people; and tion, to be instructed in their duty to to preserve her in existence.”
God. Either then the Christian religion
must be the established religion of the The first chapter on. Establish- land, and means must be provided for ments, is a series of assumptions
the universal instruction of the people,
or the great bulk of the nation must be from beginning to end. Mr. A.
always in a heathen state, and remain does not understand the subject, the implacable enemies and constant per. if he is not aware that all he has secutors of them that are good. But said has been answered a thousand
this surely was never the intention of
Him whose mercy is over all his works; times. It would have been satis
and whose religion, while it brings glory factory, had he looked a little at to himself, breathes nothing but peace what has been urged in opposition on earth, and good will towards men. to all the positions he has advanced.
need It was therefore clearly designed to be But this is only one of the many to be taught, and none were to be left,
the universal religion. All nations were instances with which we are fami- if possible, without the constant means liar, of the entire ignorance under to be informed. Nothing but a religious which churchmen generally labour
establishment, embracing an universal
and successive ministry, can meet these of any side of the question except
demands. God works his will ordinarily their own. Let us hear a little of by means, and not by constant miracles. what Mr. A. has to say.
This is the usual course of the Divine
proceeding. So our great and wise an66 But so blind and inconsistent is cestors thought. They were men of enerror, that the stoutest objectors to the larged, enlightened, and liberal minds. religious establishments of the land, are
At thé hazard of their lives, therefore, the most tenacious of the privileges,
they projected and accomplished that which in fact these establishments be which merits not the censure, but the stow: so little, indeed, are most of them respect and admiration of mankind. inclined to be interfered with, or to Raised up by God in troublesome times, suffer any inconvenience either in their
and qualified by wisdom, holiness, and persons or in the invasion of their rights, zeal, to effect the purposes of his mercy that they are the very first to complain
and grace towards the nation; they not of any, even the least encroachment;
only delivered us from under the power and to seek redress from those protect and tyranny of the most hateful and ing laws which the state has provided dangerous apostacy that ever disgraced for all the professors of Christianity and cursed either the church or the throughout the land. But if the state world; but they laid a platform, on had not been professedly Christian, and which they built the ecclesiastical edifice if Christianity had not been declared by of the realm, so wise and scriptural in it to be the established religion of the
its constitution, and so beneficent, exland, there would have been no protec- pansive, and holy in its designs, that tion of this description to which they ages yet to come will commemorate with could look. Christianity, and its real joy and gladness, the wisdom and beneprofessors. would have been always ex- ficence of its objects, and of the methods posed to the scorn, contempt, and per- proposed for their accomplishment”secution, of the wicked; and there pp. 8--11. would have been no safety for those who, Now we beg leave to ask Mr. A. influenced by its doctrines, and obedient to its laws, separated themselves from what page of Enguish History the society of their thoughtless and he has found it recorded, “ that wicked neighbours; and by this de Dissenters owe the privileges of clared, that they alone were the children which they are so tenacious, to the of God. In fact, real Christianity cannot exist but in a state of constant per
religious establishment of the land ?” secution, where it is not professed and we are so ignorant as to believe protected as the established religion of the very reverse, and so sinful, that the land. To entertain the opposite we do not feel one particle of graopinion is to do so against the evidence of the most clear and undeniable facts. Left, therefore, to itself, it would only on us. It is almost provoking to have been oppressed, injured, and temptations, and difficulties ; none to inipsulted by the dominant church. struct, to sooth, and comfort them, on
the bed of affliction and death; and none whose wishes, if gratified, would to assist
to assist them in their preparation for a long since have exterminated us, boundless and never-ending eternity. and then to be told we owe all our
Their legal, paid, rightful, and most privileges to it. But we are ac
solemnly avowed instructors are fled.
Some they never see or hear, for fivecustomed to such things.
ten-fifteen-twenty, and even thirty Mr. A. asserts that “real Chris- years together. Some, again, are born, tianity cannot exist but in a state brought up, marry, have families, live, of constant persecution, where it is
and die, and enter into eternity, without
ever once either seeing or hearing their not professed and protected as the
legal teacher. I speak of numerous facts established religion of the land.” in all the above instances within my own Pray is North America in any map knowledge, and of several incumbents with which Mr. A. is acquainted? whose churches and parishes I can see
from the place in which I sit and write; Does he believe that any real Chris
so that in regard to the incumbents, tianity exists there? Or does it there are millions through the land who exist only in a state of persecution ? have literally no man that careth for If he does not know, he ought to
wht to their souls. What a consideration! What
a fearful consideration! know, that Christianity is, in Ame- " And is all this known, and yet tolerica, in as good, we might venture rated? Yes, it is known; it is tolerated; to say a better state, then it is in it is often facilitated by those whose
duty it is to stand in the gap: and what
is still more fearful and alarming, it is lish population is, according to his barred from remedy by the dispensations own showing, little better than and licences of our spiritual rulers. heathen. Let him read again the “If any thing can unloose the bindfollowing passage in his own book.
ook ing sinews of a state; if any thing can
weaken and destroy that religious prin“ Has every parish in the kingdom its ciple which is the only sure bond of its incumbent constantly living and residing peace and security; if any thing can amongst the people? To this question, render an established religion inefficient like the other, a negative answer must for the purposes intended by it: if any be returned. Let us, then, see how the thing can arouse the displeasure of matter stands from the information be- Almighty God against it, alienate the fore us. The Bishop of Winchester tells affections of the people from it, render us, in his late charge at Llandaff, that it loathsome in their estimation, make out of two hundred and thirty-four in- them desire its downfall, and raise their cumbencies, into which the diocese is shout,- down with it! down with it! divided, only “ ninety-seven parishes even to the ground! there is then in this enjoy the advantage of clergy, incum- sad and fearful dereliction of principle bents and curates, actually resident. and of duty a cause afforded, and which, Taking the curates to amount to one- without a speedy remedy, is sufficient of half of the whole, which will be found itself to effect eventually the ruin of I believe to be generally correct, then both. Perhaps half the population of the only about forty-eight of the two hundred country have already left the establishand thirty-four incumbents are actually ment, and ranged themselves under the resident in their parishes.
standard of dissent. And if we add to “ Conceiving this to be a fair specimen this, the very slight attention paid to reof the state of every diocese in the king ligion by a great majority of the rest, we dom, what an alarming reflection is it shall soon perceive the critical situation calculated to excite!! Nearly four-fifths in which we stand, and how very easy of the parishes throughout the whole a concurrence of events may turn the kingdom have no resident incumbent; scale against us, and involve both the consequently near four-fifths of the peo- church and the state in one and the ple are left, as it respects their paid and same overwhelming ruin.”- pp. 103legal pastor, as sheep without a shepherd. 105. They have no incumbent to watch over them, to feed them, or to care for their
This passage requires no combest and highest interests; none to whom they can resort for advice, counsel, or
ment from us. It is not more succour,' in all their trials, sorrows, severe and solemn than it is true.