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valuable old treatise: “ Bible Geography :' “The Penitent's Prayer; or, Brief Remarks on the Fifty-first Psalm,' and John Bunyan on “The Fear of God.' Nisbet and Co. have Communion Meditations,' extracted without abridgment from Mason, by the Rev. T. Missing. Two admirable Sermons to the Male and Female Chartists of Cheltenham, by the Rev. F. Close, are published by Hamilton and Co. The Reformation Society has a pamphlet just out, called “Statistics of Popery in Great Britain and the Colonies,' with a map; of fearful interest. We have been delighted with three little ' Derby Tracts,' on the sinfulness of attendance at Popish ceremonies: adapted to the humbler classes, but good for edification even in higher quarters than we will name. A solemn and beautiful • Appeal to Christians upon the duty and necessity of public and private prayer for those engaged in the prosecution of liberal studies,' bas been published in Edinburgh, and by Nisbet; it is a tract of a dozen pages, and we must earnestly press upon all our friends the perusal of a plea in which every one of them is, or will be in some manner, personally concerned.
• What a blessed thing is Christian charity,' said my uncle, as with a sigh he laid down the recent number of a Church of England periodical. "How sad are these contentions, springing as they do from the prolific root of pride, personal, spiritual, or ecclesiastical-sometimes all combined in one.'
• What has disturbed you now, dear uncle?'
* A very uncalled-for, and equally unwarrantable attack upon a body of Protestants, who have taken the lead among the dissenting denominations in placing themselves beside us in this fearful contest against the growing power of popery.'
* The Wesleyans ?'
“ Yes; there are points both of doctrine and of practice on which you and I differ from the standard left by John Wesley, and confirmed as the scriptural rule by his followers at this day, apart from questions of ecclesiastical polity; but I never could find an excuse for the acrimonious bitterness indulged in by a large portion of even the enlightened members of our establishment against them as a body. This unbrotherly spirit I utterly detest; and since one periodical of the episcopal church has thus sounded the toscin or fratricidal warfare, it behoves others to enter at least a quiet protest against it.'
· It appears to me, that a section of our church are just now striving, at a most inopportune juncture, for what they would not at any period obtain a perfect
uniformity in creed and worship-a general submission of all professing Christians to one established formulary in doctrine and ritual, in short, an unresisted ecclesiastical supremacy.'
• That is attainable in one way,' observed my uncle, "and it has been in one instance effected. Rome, by locking up the Bible from the laity, and compelling even her ministers to receive none but her own interpretation of it, has managed, by her glosses and perversions, to establish the unity so much admired and coveted by some of our spiritual leaders.'
‘But she has achieved it at the sacrifice of her Christianity.'
“Very true, my dear; and therefore, while we deplore the carnal origin of those divisions, which respectively glory in the names of mere human teachers, or in the distinguishing badges adopted by them, let us bless God on behalf of those who still hold the head, which is Christ; and wish them grace and peace for the love that they in sincerity bear to Him. This discord in our camp is one of the most disheartening signs of the times. The stiffness with which one party adheres to non-essential particulars, not worth holding at so high a cost, and the captiousness that induces the other party to deem those nonessentials a sufficient excuse for weakening the established church by separating from her communion, are now doing the enemy's work among us with an effect that we shall too late understand and deplore.'
* And then, how fearfully active that enemy is, in strengthening his position! I am full of anxiety on the subject of this German prince's visit to our court.'
• Indeed, niece, there is but little question raised
as to its object. The important inquiry is, what are the real sentiments of the young Coburg in religion?'
His near relation, who married the Queen of Portugal, is an avowed Romanist, is he not?'
“Yes; so was the elder, Prince Augustus, the first husband of that youthful Queen ; and there is every reason to fear that the whole family are attached in heart, bound by secret, if not by open vows, to the supremacy of Rome. As to the fact of outwardly worshipping in a Protestant church, it is the well known prerogative and custom of the arch-apostacy to grant dispensations for holding a state religion of any complexion, w.hen by its assumption the professor can further the views of that wily system more effectually than by appearing among its votaries. It seems scarcely credible to us; but so swift a witness does God sometimes shew himself against flagrant violations of his law, that in little more than ten years after the impious outrage was perpetrated, of throwing down the barriers which He had built against the inroads of Popery among us, we are menaced with the tremendous judgment of seeing Popery in close connexion with the throne of England.' .
Dear uncle, can it be tbat any clergyman calling himself a pastor, in our Protestant church, will neglect to assemble the flock committed to him on the approaching anniversary of our double deliverance, to join in that most devout, most beautiful service of fervent thanksgiving for the past, and of humble, deprecatory intercession for the present and future, which the law not only sanctions, but enjoins?'
• There will be many such, I fear. Various motives will withhold men from performing this solemn duty.
Not to mention the sect of semi-popish divines, who are labouring to bring about a recognition of Romish doctrines and a relapse into Romish practices, and who will of course repudiate with horror any hostile expression against her whom they delight to call their “ venerated sister,”—not to speak of these nor of those worldly-minded men who regard their own promotion in the church far more than the promotion of God's glory in the land, and therefore avoid giving offence to the ascendant party—there are some, among men professing highly evangelical principles and feelings, who will abstain from the observance; some through false charity, which induces them to call evil good, and to put sweet for bitter; some through rank cowardice, not daring to be found in the van of a church already entering the deep waters of persecution; some through an idle and most unscriptural fancy that religion and politics should be kept as distinctly apart as God's word plainly instructs us closely to unite them; some from a secret apprehension that Protestant principle is at a low ebb among their people, and that, by endeavouring to rouse it, they may lose somewhat of their individual popularity in the place; some, and alas! far too many, because, refusing to search the prophetic word, they permit themselves to be blinded to what is coming upon us, and so bring themselves under the reproof of being numbered with the Dumb dogs that will not bark.''
• Then, uncle, the laity belonging to such parisbes should take the matter so far into their own bands as to assemble in parties not exceeding nineteen, in private houses, and by that means secure the privilege of uniting with congregations more happily circumstanced in the service of the day. Walls and