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desirous to disseminate principles, reli- in bis favourite magazine, atrenny to gious aod political, subversive of all good prove the truth of Dr. Berkeley's absurd order in society. You will probably metaphysical doctrine concerning the perceive that I more particularly allude non-existence of matter. I allow Mr. to Mr. COBBet and the Editor of the Lofft to pussess some ability as a riter; Old Monthly Magazine. The conduct several of his letters bave consider of these men, cogether with some of able merit; but when a person introtheir most snpient correspondents, really duces opinions so contrary to the comdeserves the sererest reprobation. After mon sense of mankind, it is the duty of finding all their untortunate a ticipa- every one to point out to the author such tions concerning the idol whom they al- glaring absurdities. most worshipped in the person of Buo- The infidelity promulgated in the Old naparte entirely falso, they still have the Monthly Magazine, must be well known effrontery to attempt to make con- to all those who are in the habit of peverts to their wretched opinions, to wish rusing it. “A Morning's Walk to Rew mankind to believe, that had Napoleon still continued in that magazine, is evicompletely triumphed, the world would dently not favourable to religion, being ultimately have been more happy than in my opinion partly intended as a sly it is at preseut. Mr. Capel Lofft, a attack on Christianity, though glossed well known correspondent of the Month- over in such a igauner as not to be imly Magazine, and one of the most zealous mediately discernible.
It is certainly favourers of the system of Buonaparte, written by a person of no ordinary athas lately attained the very acmé of ab- tainments, one who might bave made surdity. His notions concerning the hiinself conspicuous in a better cause injustice of the Allies in transporting than that of promoting infidelity*. Napoleon to St. Helena, are scarcely The editor of the Old Monthly Maworthy of a reply. Is it possible for any gazine is certainly to be praised for the man to consider him as ill treated, when very laudable attempts he formerly made we know him to have been the primary in removing those abuses which had so "cause of all the dreadful disasters that long existed in the prisons of our metrohave nearly sbaken Europe to its foun- polis. His services in this respect to dation? Ilas he not wantonly caused the community cannot be doubted. The the death of innumerable human beings letter written by him to the Livery of solely from the most insatiable ambition? London, bears all the marks of genuine After violating the most solemn and sa- philanthropy; bis conduct in this respect ered treaties, what possible trust could must be highly appreciated by every one he put in such a man as this? Our own who has a heart to feel for the sufferings island feels the effects produced by the of his fellow-creatures and countrymen. tapacity of this outlaw. What enormous Could equal praise be given to the genesums have we not expended in aiding ral tenor of his character, he might in and carrying on a war, which has at deed be considered as worthy of admilength, after a long struggle, ended so ration: his political conduct and manfortunately for the whole civilized world, ner of treating religious subjects, is cerand on the successful termination of cainly deserving of censure. If he which so much depended the rights really believes what he is accustomed to and liberties of mankind ! Can Mr. Lofft write (which I sometimes very much recall to his mind the borrible eruelties doubt), in all due propriety be should perpetrated by order of the Corsican on have kept it to himself, and not have dithe uofortunate prisoners at Jaffa !--this vulged opinions which must make him is one only out of a volume of instances appear (to say the least of it) extremely that can be brought forward of the cruel- absurd in the eyes of the majority of ty 80 frequently exercised towards those mankind. unfortunate beings that were in bis The Weekly Political Register is anoPower. So far from being ill used, we ther of those works whose tenets, so far ought ratlier to consider him as having from tending to render mankind content been treated with the most extraordi- with that fortune which has been asDary lenity, unknown at any former pe- * Our correspondent does not seem to be riod of the world. It shews, that let a
aware that this Morning's Walk is from the proposition be ever so absurd, there will pen of the knightly editor himself, who, always be found advocates in its favour; under the specious signature of COMMON but it is not only in politics that Mr. Sense, insidiously aims many a blow at the Loft has shewn brimself so eccentric. Se- venerated establishments of the country to veral years since he published a paper which he unfortunately belongs.
[May 1, signed to them by Providence, is rather would have shewn the editor that a calculated to infiame the passions of neighbouring nation had sufficiently sufinca (more particularly the lower or- fered by the diffusion of such publicaders), and make them discontented and tions as these. If they could be of the unfit for those duties in society, which it smallest utility to mankind, this night is their particular province to perform. be some apology for them. It appears Mr. Cobbet is a man possessed of con- as if such writers took a sort of pleasure siderable natural abilities. Happy for in depriving the unhappy of the only him if he would but employ those en consolation they have left-certainly a dowments which nature bas bestowed on inost unaccountable propensity, Erasınus him in any other way than that of mak- Perkins pretends that it is only the inteing every thing appear in the worst and rests of truth that he has consulted; I most hopeless light possible! Besides am confident, to say the least of it, chat frequently misrepresenting affairs, which, one of the chief motives which induced if stated in a fair and candid manner, E. Perkins to publish his Atheistical would appear totally different; luis pre- work, was not so much for the interests dictions relative to the usurper, have, it of truth and freedom of enquiry, as on is well known, proved contrary to the account of " base lucre.". Truth must event. His style and manner of writing have been a minor consideration in the are peculiarly adapted to the compre- mind of such a man as this. From the hension of the lower classes of society. scarcity of works of this description (to His paper several years back was much the credit of the present age be it sought after, and extremely popular ; spoken), he probably thought that for a but I believe, since time has so strongly time the novelty of it would oceasion a belied his prognostication, the work has considerable sale, but in this he was fallen off in the public opinion, and the completely mistaken. sale greatly diminished, though 'e vaunt- Allow me, Sir, in conclusion, to coningly inforins us in a recent number, gratulate you on the increasing fame of that his work bas the largest sale of any your excellent publication, the design of periodical publication in Europe. He it being so entirely opposite to sencies even goes so far as to assert, that nun- ments which ultimately tend to sow dishers who abuse and decry it, are among cord and to disunite those compacts the first to extract papers from it as which hold men together in society. J.D. being their own composition; but we Holloway, March 15, 1816. must have a stronger proof of this than the mere
assertion of Mr. Cobbet. MR. EDITOR, Among his correspondents, I observe I fully concur in the sentiments ex- . one who calls himself Erasmus Perkins. pressed by your correspondent, who Most of the papers written by this per- subscribes hiniself “ No Calvinist Clers, son have nearly, if not quite, as bad a gyman.? I ain a sineere friend to relies tendency as the writings of that cele- gious toleration, but I sbould like to brated champion of Deism, Thomas be informed why the Calvinists accept Paine. This said E. Perkins not long promotion in the Established Church?.. since commenced a periodical work, en- Why do not they adbere to their own! titled, The Theological Inquirer, which followers? A minister of the church : continued only to its seventh number, might as well officiate in a Quakers' the few who read it being, I trust, suffi- meeting. I am not, altogether, what ciently nauseated at such an infamous is termed a churchman, yet I do not work. With the exception of the pub- see wby, in this land of toleration, any lisher, few, if any booksellers, allowed persons should cloak their opinions, and it to appear in their shops. The poison diffuse them in secret, when they bave that it contained was consequently com- the power of openly declaring them to municated to a very small part of the the world. I lear, the solution of this public. Among this mass of infidelity, is to be found in the temporal benefits, mereiy from a show of impartiality a few of the church, which bolds out tempia- * letters were inserted, which would have tions not to be resisted even by the zeadone cr:dit 10 the best of books; but the lous, the elect, the spiritualized Method: majoriti was of the very worst descrip- dists. I trust suine of your correspontion, favouring Atheisoi, and the truly dents will take up the subject more at: absurd ide wire world being coeval length, and with more talent tban is with the creator, another name only for possessed by Atheislie Had it continued much lon
A FRIEND TO CONSISTENCY, ger, the Attorney General no doubt March 6, 1816.
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tion be used on the part of its orthodox ET was with the sincerest pleasure I members,and some counteracting princiobserved in your last number a caution ple excited, the time will come when against those misguided clergymen of other weapons than arguments must be par establisbment, who arrogate to resorted to. We may not feel the themselves the exclusive title of Evange- calamity ourselves. Let us be careful lical divines. Indeed, Sir, I was rather that it falls not upon our posterity. surprised that the subject, from its March, 1816.
H.P.E. alarming tendency, had not previously found admission into your diversified MR. EDITOR, columns.
IT was with pain that I read in your That there does exist among the con- last number, a letter subscribed « Na stituted guardians of our church, a very CalviNIST CLERGYMAN?—Permit me considerable party who entertain pecu- to assure that gentleman, that I have liar notions on its discipline and its doc- not the most distant suspicion, who the trines; that this party from its un- individual clergyman may be, with whom bounded zeal is rapidly increasing ; that he is offended; but, upon general it uniformly embraces every opportunity grounds, I lament that his irritability of abetting the cause of our adversaries, should lead him, from the imprudence and that too in che most unequivocal of one unknown individual, to treat with manner, are facts which the slightest such undue severity, indignation and observation will abundantly verify. The contempt, a large and encreasing number instance mentioned by your correspond- of useful and respectable divines of the ent, though strong, is by no means an establisbed church, whom he brands uncommon one. I had the misfortune with the nick-name of Evangelicals. about two years ago, to witness, if pos. Such illiberality can have no influence sible, a still more egregious violation of upon them ; but it assuredly reflects professional duty, in the case of a young great discredit upon him, who can apply clergyman who, by way of discounted to them such scurrilous epithets, as those dancing « false doctrine, heresy, and of the most poisonous serpents. schisin," made ao scruple whatever of The ground of offence which this antifrequenting a Methodist conventicle, evangelical, or non-evangelical clergy, which had recently been established in man, takes ai his brother divine, is behis own village-an example, however, cause the latter on being consulted by which I am happy to add, his parish- one who appears to have been dissatisioners did not generally think it prudent fied with the former's preaching, advised to follow. And by whom do you sup- him to go to a neighbouring meetings. pose, Sir, this gentleman expected to house. Now this advice from a clergyhear the word of God expounded? It man is certainly not to be justified. But was no less a personage than a worthy the case, as it should seem, appears to philosopher of the lapstone, who, with have been this: a serious' well-meaning out any previous preparation, had in- man had been complaining of the dry traded himself into the holy office, and . unprofitable strain of preaching in his fancied he was supernaturally appointed parish priest; and is it matter of surprise to unfold the mysteries of heaven. or indignation, if such should enquire
It requires no great sagacity to con- after more wholesome and nutritious jecture what will be the ultimate result food ? Had the adviser's counsel been this disunion in the church. Surrounded under such circumstances, for the enas we are by seceders of every denomi- quirer to have attended at the church of nation, who, whatever may be their some neighbouring and more instructive respective tenets, are unanimous in their clergymail, I really see not what harm opposition to the establishment, and would have ensued. The pride, indeed, rent asunder by the more dangerous, of the “anti-calvinist clergymao" might because more insidious attacks of intes- thereby have been mortified, but the ene tine faction, the very foundations of our quirer would probably have reaped spichurch must eventually tremble; and ritual advantage from attending to it. though we cannot for a moment believe If, indeed, it should unhappily be che that the venerable fabric which has been case, that a clergyman, instead of bringreared with so much wisdom, and sanc- ing forth from the gospel treasury, tified by so much piety, will bow before ihings new and old," contents himself the visionary phrensies of modern en- from Sunday to Sunday, with delivering thusiasm ; yet we must reasonably sup- some dry jejune essays ; or, with either pose, that unless some additional exer- opposing, or keeping out of sight the Now MONTHLY MAG.–No, 28.
[May 1, grand essential doctrines of divine reve- Of all the emissaries employed by lation; if it should likewise so happen the great adversary of God and man, that he is found wasting his time in religious intolerance bas been the most drowsy indolence or scenes of dissipation, awsul, and the best suited to his malig. neglecting his flock, and looking only for nant designs. Assuming the form of an his gain from every quarter, is it any mat- angel of light," and pretending a zeal ter of wonder or blame, if a pious for the honour of religion ; the fiend lias parishioner complains of such lean pas. walked abroad. The eartb has drunk turage, and wishes to have his soul fed the blood of his slaughtered millions, and with more substantial food ?-Would to the bones of his victims, scattered over God, I were here putting a mere suppose- the plains, leave many a mournful me. able case! But what is it I would ask, menio of his direful' track. As the which mainly contributes to thin many light of revelation increased, the fiend of our parish churches, and at the same fearful of being detected shrunk into the time, to fill evangelical meeting-houses, dark places of the earth, waitiog a fabut the doctrines inculcated in each? vorable opportunity to walk abroad, or But, as a sincere friend to the church, I at least now and then to surprise and feel bound to add, that where pious and devour the unwary traveller. That he is faithful clergymen devote their time and still in existence, and that he walks to labours to the service of their docks, and and fro in the earth too, if it were to feed them with the sincere milk of doubted, the letter of the “ No CALVINthe word," the parishioners will, in such ist CLERGYMAN” would be sufficient to cases, feel no inducement to stray. demonstrate.
Now, Sir, with regard to the word Here is a minister of the same cbureb, Evangelical, which I observe, has of a minister who professes to be a servant late years been used as a terın of contempt of the meek and lowly Jesus, openly or reproach, as applied to many of the abusing a very large part of the comclergy ; I really think it in the highest munion to which he belongs, by calling degree, unbecoming in any christian them the most poisonous serpents which minister, thus to sneer at his brethren, the church of England is cherishing in who, to the best of their judgment, her bosom, and that she is in no small preach the gospel. For wherefore are danger of getting her death by their they sent? And does not St. Paul pro- stings.”
And for what should you supe nounce a woe upon himself and others, pose, Mr. Editor :- What I never could if they preach not the gospel?
have believed, had it not come to me Good men may differ in their views of from his own pen, viz. because ons of these that gospel ; but still, if this be not their Evangelical divines" persuaded one of chief aim to explain and enforce its lead- his hearers “ to leave his” (the NO CALing traths, they are unworthy of the name VINIST CLERGYMAN's) church for a meetand character of ministers of Christ. It ing house." has been a misfortune to have the names
What could induce the Evangelical of individuals set up as a standard; but Divine to pursue such a line of conduct, few I apprehend, will be ambitious in I cannot pretend to determine, nor skall the present day, to be ranged under the I undertake to vindicate it. Allow me banner of any individual divine, however however to add, that such a daring attack eminent he may have been in his day, upon the Evangelical clergy receives whether Calvin, or Luther, or Arinivius, no shelter from the conduct of an indior Arius, or Socinus.
vidual, and deserves to be treated with Let names, and sects, and parties fall, contempt. But, though the conduct of And Jesus Christ be all in all,
the Evangelical Divine may not be sa AN ORTHODOX CLERGYMAN. easily reconciled with the professions of March, 1816.
private friendship, made to the oftended P. S. There is a letter addressed to
NO CALVINIST CLERGYMAN," yet I think the late Bishop of London, (Dr. Ran- it will not be very difficult to absolve dolph) in answer to his charge, which him from a breach of his ordination row. ably, yet candidly, animadverts on the “ When he was made a priest, (says the subject relative to which I have thrown (No Calvinist Clergyman), he solemnly out these short hints.
promised to be ready with all faithful
diligence to banish and drive euuy all MR. EDITOR,
erroneous and strange doctrines. Now I TRUST you will allow ine to make a all dissenters, (he continues), certainly few remarks on a letter contained in hold opinions which he, as a clergy
Magazine, for March, signed, man of the church of England, ought No Calvixs CLERGYMAN.
315 to consider both strange and erroneous.” ing felicity. As the godly consideration Indeed ! let us examine by what chain of of predestination and our election in reasoning he arrives at such a conclusion Christ is full of sweet, pleasant, and un“ If they did not hold tenets different speakable comfort to godly persons, and from us, there could be no cause for their such as feel in themselves the working of separation.” Profound logician ! " much the spirit of Christ, mortifying the works more zeal than knowledge,” displays of the flesh and their earthly nembers, itself here," and certainly not less bigotry and drawing up their mind to high and than charity." This is only acknowledy, heavenly things, as well because it doth ing, for which the dissenters ought surely greatly establish and confirm their faith to thank him, that their dissent is a of eternal salvation to be enjoyed through rational dissent, but that on this account Christ, as because it doth fervently they hold a strange and erroneous doc- kindle their love towards God; so for trines," is an assertion without a proof, curious and carnal persons, lacking the and therefore falls to the ground. Tó spirit of Christ, to bave continually adopt the language of a dissenting divine, before their eyes the sentence of God's and an able writer on this subject: “ The predestination is a most dangerous downdissenters, compelled by their views of fal, whereby the devil doth thrust them divine revelation, to dissent from the either into desperation, or into reckritual of the church, their separation, lessness of unclean living, no less perilous the cause of which they deeply regret, is than desperation. Furthermore, we conducted with candour and respect. must receive God's promises in such The points in which they differ from wise as they be generally set forth to us in the establishment are scarcely ever agi- holy scripture. And in our doings, that tated by them, except in a modest seit- will of God is to be followed, which we defence, whilst they recur with frequency have expressly declared unto us in the and pleasure to the fundamental doc- word of God." trines of the church, which they, with Wishing most sincerely that the comparatively few exceptions, regard as XO CALVINIST CLERGYMAN, may imbibe founded on the holy scriptures.
the spirit of an Evangelist, and leaving And now since the conscience of the no him to reconcile his No Calvinist" CALVINIST CLERGYMAN is so very tender principles with this article, I am, as it regards the Evangelical divine, I
A FRIEND TO CANDOUR. would beg leave to ask him one question. March, 1816. How can be reconcile the signature of We hope that in the preceding his letter with his ordination vow?“I am selection from the letters received on certainly (such is his language) NO CALVI- both sides of the question, relative to NIST CLERGYMAN," and yet he has signed Evangelical Divines, our correspondents ex animo, the 17th article of the Church and readers in general will perceive that of England which speaks exactly Calvin's spirit of impartiality by which, we trust, sentiments. Lest he should not have seen this miscellany will ever be distinguished. it, I beg leave to insert it for his consi
“ Predestination to life is the everlast MR. EDITOR, ing purpose of God, whereby (before the I must request your mathematical foundations of the world were laid) he readers to correct an error which I combath constantly decreed by his counsel, mitted in the developement of the numsecret to us, to deliver from curse and bers in the Republic of Plato, in your damnation 'those whom he has chosen Magazine for April last. This mistake in Christ out of mankind, and to bring originated from misstating the product them through Christ to everlasting salva- of a hundred times 27, (in p. 210) to be tion, as vessels made to honour. Where- 270 instead of 2700. This omission of fore they which be endued with so excel- a cypher will cause the numbers, the aglent a benefit of God, be called according gregate of which should be equal to to God's purpose, by bis spirit working in 10,000, to be different from what they due season : they, through grace, obey are stated to be in p. 210. For they the calling, they be justified freely : they should be as follows: be made sons of God by adoption: they
989 be made like the image of his only begotten son, Jesus Christ : they walk religiously in good works, and at length,
6,923 by God's mercy, they attain to everlast
300 * See Letters on the Crusade of the Nince
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