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lights, by three mullions, which form feet long, 10 feet wide; bave, 634 three large quatrefoil-lights above. feet long, 27 feet wide; chancel, 27} The window on the North side con- feet long, 17 feet wide. sists of two plain cinquefoil-headed The first Register, which is a small divisions. At the entrance from the one, made of paper and parchment, na ve into the chancel, lies a broken begins May 2, 1652, and ends March freestone slab uninscribed ; and on the 13, 1670. The only memoranda conNorth side there is a grey slab from tained herein are the sums collected which the brass has been rived: it for briefs, from October 2, 1662, to ouce bore this inscription :

October 2, 1664. “ Orate pro a'i'a Magistri Johannis The second Register, which is of Mannyng, qui obiit xxviio die Mensis parchment, begins August 15, 1695, Aprilis a'o D'ni M. CCCCC°. XXII° cuj' and continues to November 20, 1740, a'i'e p'picietur De'. Amen."

1698. John Borrett was buried This plate, pow lost, was in Mr. May 26. Ob. 25." Blomefield's time kept in the chest, 1718. Sarab, d. of the Rev. Mr. which stands against the North wall. John Abbot, Vicar of Hockbam, and A large rough slab uniuscribed lies

Sarah his wife, was born bere Feb. Ist, opposite the door which is between

and baptized Feb. 4th. the windows on the South side. On

“Memorandum. 1719. each side of the chancel there is an

I, William Tanner, Vicar of Girston, old'vak stall. Ascent to the altar by do hereby acknowledge, that there is in two steps. In the South wall a pis y* Vicarage Yard at Girston, a piece of

ground in length twenty-three yards cipa and stone bench. Table of oak.

and one foot, in breadth lline yds one The Decalogue is painted on the foot, abutting on ye Church-yard North, wall under the East window. On the

the street West, the Vicarage-yard South South side the Belief is painted on and East) belonging to ye Rectory of wood, and on the North side the Girston: 'which sd piece of land I have Lord's Prayer is painted on the wall. obtained leave of ye Rev. Dr. Tho. SherRoof of timber.

lock, Dean of Chichester, &c. (agent lu 1679 Dr. Owen Hughes, Con- for the lessees) to occupy, paying for ye missary to the Bishop, and Official to same ye yearly rent of a penny, if dethe Archdeacon of Norwich, directed * manded.

Will. Tanner." a commission to be certified of ine The third Register contains the mar. state of the chancel; and upou its riages from 1754 to 1812. being found in a ruinous condilion, The fourth Register begins April 17, he sequestered the impropriate tithes 1741, and ends Sept. 23, 1812, when to repair it, and it was repaired ac the new registers commence. cordingly. This is an instance of the From the year 1800 to 1816, inBisbop's or Archdeacon's power to se- clusive, there were 81 baptisms, 70 quester impropriate tithes, if the burials, and 14 marriages. owners or their farmers refuse or A list of the Rectors and Vicars of neglect to repair the chancels, which Griston may be seen in Blomefield's we see too often in a ruinous slate.Hist. of Norfolk, ed. 1739, vol. I pp. A few active spirited men, like Dr. 570-1. The following Vicars and CuHughes, are very much wanted at rates occur since Mr. B. wrote: the present day.

Vicars, Dimensions of the Church within The Rev. Jobo Borret, instituted the walls :-tower, 75 feet high, 12 Nov. 15, 1723 I. The Rev. Eli More

* Cum manifeste apparet, quod Cancella, Cella, sive Adytum, ad Ecclesiam Parochialem de Griston, per diversos annos elapsos dilapidata fuit, et est, et jam magnam patitur ruinam, per injuriam et supinam negligentiam Firmariorum Řectoriæ appropriatæ ibidem, et verisimiliter in pejori ruinoso statu cadet in posterum, in scandalum Jurisdictionis Ecclesiasticæ ; ut remedium opportunum in ea parte, authoritate nostra ordinaria subito adhibeatur, omnes et singulos fructus, &c. sequestramus, &c. See Blomefield's Norfolk, ed. 1739, vol. I. p. 571.

+ Of whom Mr. Blomefield, in his History of Norfolk, vol. I. p. 572, thus speaks : “ He was an ingenious man and good Antiquary, an exact Herald, and laburious Collector of Historical affairs relating to this county, to whose labour I own my. self much indebted for many things, which I find in his Collections only, the ori. ginals being now lost."

* “ The Rev. John Borret was buried September 25, 1787." Parish Register.

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gan Price, signs Vicar, Nov. 17, 1787. church, was to be raised, it could The Rev. Law, vice Price, dec. not absolutely be moved: on the

The Rev. Thomas Cautley, A. M. prayer of this very woman, in the of Jesus College, Cambridge, Vicar night time, it was kept floating in the of Sawstvn, and Perpetual Curate of air, exactly over the pedestal on St. Clemeot's, in Cambridge, is the which it was to be set, till the king present worthy Vicar of Griston. and the Iberians were confirmed in Curates.

their belief,-itis peedless circumstanRobert Barnes signs curate May tially to inquire. As the Christian 12, 1789. John Lane, Nov. 24, priests now generally carried about 1805. Charles Wodsworth, April 8, with them a certain holy oil and 1812. Thomas Sayers.

chrism, or unguent, it is very conMy friend, the Rev. Ralph Gren. ceivable that they might often have side, A. B. of St. Peter's College, administered it with good effect to Cambridge, was ordained and licensed the sick, without inducing the neces. to tbis curacy June 9, 1816, and is sity for its being called a real miracle the present curate.

by other Christians in all succeeding Mr. Jobo Brown is the parish clerk. ages; notwithstanding it was cusRICANON DIENSIS. tomarily deemed one by raw aud ig

norant heathens, and however we Remarks on Ecclesiastical History.

may be disposed not to dispute ibe

good intention in which their error was (Continued fronų p. 326.)

originally countenanced. We ratber Letter II.

koow, from the instructions of GreUT to proceed somewhat nearer gory the Great to Mellitus apd Au

gustine, the Apostles of England, moderate acquaintance with the early that the heatbens were to be indulged periods of Church History, it may in their ordinary amusements, rites and be affirmed, that extraordioary cures, customs, not excepting their sacriunder the name of wiracles, together fices: it was enough that they held with tbe vows made for obtaining vic- them in the churches, and in honour tory over enemies, were frequently of the saints, but no longer to the de. the principal causes of what is termed vil. There is no doubt, at least, that the progress of the Christian Reli- the Christians might have had among gion. The very difference that was them very expert physicians or medidow visible in the posture of affairs, cal practitiovers, who possessed se. entire nations being at once converted veral excellent salves and other meand styled Christians, whereas our dicaments, by means whereof they Saviour and the primitive apostles actually performed many cures. It is boast of no such rapid progress, al. likewise well known that several dea. ready enables us to perceive that there cons, in those times, from their pecuis a difference between external and liar skill and experience, regularly internal religion.

received the title of Medicus, or phyUnder the reign of Constantine, sician; probably from their having surnamed the Great, it is related, heretofore, while scculars, studied that the Iberians, a people bordering the art of Medicine. As instances are on the Euxine, were made Chris- not wanting of other artists and skil. tians, by reason that a female Chris- ful mechanics, haviog, after they tian captive there suddenly healed the became spiritual persons, derived a Prince Royal and the Queen herself, surname irom their former profession : who both lay dangerously ill. Thus Macedonius Plumarius, Petrus Fullo, much is certain, that ibe Iberian &c. Prince had lately repaired to the Even the excessive familiarity with Roman or imperial allies; that he the marvellous in the infancy of tbe therefore took part in the principles religion was attended by this conseof the times, which were gradually quence - that on frequeot occasions becoming the prevailing religion, cures were described as miraculous, against the crude potions of paganisin. where it would have been sufficient to Whether, however, these cures had commend the regular effects of a me. more truth in them than that other dicine. Or an ambiguity might have miracle in Iberia, when a huge pillar, sufficed, with the moderation of such intended for the structure of the first rhymes as

" Antistes

“ Antistes Lullus, quod non est sanctior of it. That treasure must, however, ullus

have fallen into oblivion, or been en. Pollens divina, tribuente Deo medicina, tirely lost, since no mention is afterOccurrit morbis, ut totus prædicat orbis." wards found of any farther use being

In the following periods it evideolly made of this miraculous oil. It is ra. appears from collateral circumstances, ther probable that nothing at all was that many Jews as well as Christians known of it, since Andronicus, jun. were in such high repute with the was forced to die of a fit of the spleen, Muhammedan sovereigns for their as po help could be obtained for him medical science, that they enjoyed from all the Roman or Christian phy. great salaries, and were promoted to siciaus, oor even from three who posts of honour. So early as the 6th were expressly seat for from Persia century, Chosroes, King of Persia, (because he did not observe a proper had a great affection for a Christian regimen), although the Emperor bad bishop, Bazanes, on account of his in the chapel of St. Mary sought remedical talents, who, as well as the lief of the hodegi, and caused inquiry Manichæans, had the liberty of openly to be made of Nicephoras Gregorias, professing the religion. This esteem who relates this story, whether the is reported to have been carried so celestial constellations had promised far, that hecaused all the Manichæans, and shed a benign influence for the (who were said to have entered into a

recovery of health. conspiracy with the hereditary prince Yet more - we have accounts that for an extension of their privileges by holy oil even the dead were reand immunities), to be seized, and in stored to life. Upon the demiise of the presence of that bishop to be Chlodovæus, Theodoric his son bepartly massacred, partly banished the came monarch of the Franks. is coupiry, and all their churches and only daughter lay sick of a mortal property to be delivered over to the distemper'; he therefore dispatched orthodox. At least so we are informed messengers to St. Remigius, the same by Theophanes.

to whom at the baptism of ChlodoBut the description of these cures

væus a pigeon brought chrism from is almost always so accurately and de- Heaven; and perhaps it was by that finitively drawn up, that it must ab. very oil that this cure was effected. solutely be taken by the Reader for a He was ordered to court, to lay his supernatural cure. Even Procopius, thaumaturgic hands on the patient. of whose uncominon proficiency in But alass he now fell sick himself, the religion so little is certainly known, and could not undertake the journey ; that many still doubt whelber he was he therefore sent his faithful scholar a Christian or not, describes to us the Theoderic, who also had the gift of like miraculous cures, De ædificiis, healing ; quem gratia curationum lib. i. cap. 7. Justinianus was ex prædilum divinilus cognovit. (He tremely ill of a swelling in the knees, might accordingly have first cured which he is said to have brought on his master, St. Remigius.) On the himself by hard diet and incessant la road he received advice that the prinbours. The physicians were unable cess was dead. He nevertheless pro to afford him any relief. About this ceeded to court; where, taking sonde time the relics of forty saiots, ex le. few with him, as witnesses, to the degione xii. were found in digging the ceased, he prayed in silence: after which foundation of a magnificent temple, he anointed the dead body with boly which the Emperor had ordered to oil, and the several members at once he built in honour of the holy mar. revived. Baronius communicates this tgress Trene.

No sooner had the transaction from Surius, at the year priest laid the discus with these re 514, n. 33. Surius, it is true, cannot mains on the knees, than the swelling directly be accused of an abuse of cri. abated, and the patient was well. In ticisin on the sacred legends; what attestation of the miracle, oil imme- Surius has printed, however, proves diately flowed from the little sbrine the general opinion at the time of the which contained these bones, on the Historian; and both in the Acts and feet and the garment of the Emperor. the Order of Benedict, as well as in This anointed garment was then laid the collection edited by the Jesuits, up in the palace, that future patients we may refer to many other stories night make a salutary use [owingtor] equally amazing, sbould the autho

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April 9. At all events, the Apology for Gre

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Y a lale Census of the inbabie gory's Dialogue (or Lalin jest book) is, with a few alterativos, no less ap they amount to about seven millions plicable to the collection of Surius. of people; of these, four millions

Gassao villæus in vindiciis Dialogi. will be allowed, at a moderate come The preface of the Benedictioes con putation, lo be Roman Catholicks. cludes by saying,—whoever is not sa Where there are five inillions of peotisfied with these mirucula may pass ple in a country, it is always granted them over.) I can myself immediately that they can readily produce one point out a better and more respect million of fighting meo. able author. Enoodius, Bishop of puse we put the fighting mon among Pavia, of whose writings a sufficient the Roman Catholicks in Ireland at number are still extant, eveo though balf that number, at five huodred we had no knowledge of this great thousand. Now let me ask, in the bishop from the History of Italy, re name of Prudence, if it would be lales lib. viii. epistola 24, that he right to put arms into the bands of himself was labouring under a violent five hundred thousand Roman Cathofever, to such a degree, that he felt licks? would not this savour of a several attacks of despair. The phy. voluntary suicide on the port of Goa sician jodeed came, but dixil, se quod veroment? of a context to reliequish fáceret non habere. The bishop the claim of salutary dominion ? therefore now conceived the greater When the wolf is chained, would you hopes, sioce buman relief had failed. put him in the fold: “With tears I besought,” says be, Much mischief has arisen from nu. " the aid of the heavenly physi- merous false Prophets, who have cian, and with the oil of St. Vic- been writing, preaching, and taiking, tor (Milan oumbers him among its about the signs of the times. These martyrs] I armed my whole body, mistaken men supposed that the time which was now ready for the tomb, was actually arrived for the abolition against the fever. Iis condition was of the Papal power. The celebraled immediately changed ; the parch- Sir Isaac Newton, and the learoed ing beat, which is usually the har. Dr. Samuel Clarke (in which they are binger of everlastiog cold, entirely followed by Moses Lowinan, and subsided,” &c. This be still more many Commentators of repute) sup. circumstantially describes in the posed, from their kuowledge of the Thanksgiving, or Euchurislicuir vilæ Sacred Prophecies, that the Papal suæ, so that at last the medicus from power would not be abolished until impatience had left him. It was, the year of our Lord 2000. At any rate perhaps, the same sickness of which the Popeduin cagnol be throwodowa, Equodius speaks in several letters of if we attend to Scripture and to reathis eighth book, particularly in one sou, until the kings which formerly to the Deacon Elpidius, who had supported its power agree together been body-physician to the Arian for its destruction. Several of these King, Theodoric. In this letter be Kings are still zealous for its support. writes not so very anxiously or af. The Pope has re-established his Janis fectingly; but jo conclusion he says: zaries the Jesuits; and Persecution me gravi corporis inæqualilale labo- is mending her broken wheel, and rare; quum nisi le dictante, pagina, stirring up her pernicious fires, which jocos exhibitura, curaverit, distensam have not been extinguished, but only per tormenta ranulam longis homini. been covered with deceitful ashes. bus coæquabo. These last words, We may here wilh propriety mention wbich Sirmond has left without ex. the Ignes suppositos Cinere doloso. planation, are not of the plainest. I Some have imagined that the disthink, however, he is describing him- positive of the Roman Catholicks is self as so extenualed by pain as to re allered, has become milder, and averse semble a frog; and that he perhaps to persecution. The leopard caonot must be farther stretched, like the change his spots, nor the Ethiopian loug men, i.e. those who are stretched bis skin, oor the Papist his inherent out by death.

lust of domination. BLOOMSBURICX Sis. The concessions of 1793 tended to (To be continued.) make the Rebellion of 1793. If we

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too hastily give Catholic Emancipa- forming to the required terms of saltion, we may produce a civil war in vation. But at the Conventicle, the Irelaod, or the general massacre of Saviour's merits are confined in their the Protestants. It would become effects to a comparatively small pum. us therefore to pause a while on the ber, who are said to have been elected precipice of Emancipation. SENEX. by God, without regard to their faith

or works; whilst ihe rest of the Mr. URBAN, Egham, April 16. world in vain strive, by Christian obeTHI THE late learned Bishop of Glou- dience and faith, to escape the de

cester, in a Letter to a Friend, struction decreed them. The same written between 60 and 70 years since, diversity occurs in other doctrines of thus compares the labours of former equal importance. Fas est ab hoste Mioisters of the Gospel with those of doceri: let those who dissent from us himself and his contemporaries : teach us this very useful lesson—to be

“Our predecessors bad but one point true at least to ourselves. No consito gain, which was to persuade people deration would be strong enough to to save their souls. We have two -- first induce a Dissenier to attend the Ser. to persuade them they have souls to be vice of the Churcb. Upon #bat priusaved, which is so long a-doing, that be- ciple the should a Churcbman attend fore we come to the second we are ready the Meeting? Let the conscientious to give place to another generation, Dissenter from the Church quietly and are both on our death-beds by the enjoy and pursue his own religious time this comes in question."

system ; but let not the Churchman Clergymen of the present day have countenance by bis presence a system, neither of these difficulties to contend which, if he be nol a mere nominal with in the discharge of their duty member of the Church, he must conThat they have souls to be saved, is sider as erroneous. Many and great a point universally granted by the are the evils which are derived to individuals of erery congregation; themselves as individuals, and to the that they esteem it both their duty Church as a body, from such a pracand their interest to labour in working tice. A view of them, not only in my out their salvation, may also be own immediale neighbourhood, but pretty generally predicated of those elsewhere, has induced me to collect who fill our churches: but to induce these loose thoughts, on a subject so them to labour in the way which very interesting to all lovers of the Christ has ordained for the members Church; and which has been disof his body, and to adhere to that di- cussed in a very animated, yet lempe. vinely certified method of saving their rate manner, in a Pamphlet entitled souls' which the Church points out, “ The Admonition of our Lord to his hic labor, hoc opus est." That Disciples, Take heed therefore how such is the case, the vast numbers of ye hear;' considered with relation to people who attend Conventicles no

ihe present state of the Church. By Jess regularly than they do their Pa- a Clergyman of the Archdeaconry of rish Church, bear ample witness. Now Exeter.” So much to the purpose it is scarcely possible to conceive has the Author written, that'I thiok greater inconsistency of conduct than he cannot be too generally read; and they may justly be charged with who were it only to give publicity to his habituate themselves to this practice. well-limed Essay, you will by insertThe doctrines taught in the Church ing this letter oblige, they must be content to hear contra

A TRUE CHURCHNAN. dicted in the Meeting; and if they believe that the Church is right (and if they do not, why are they Churchmen :) wby go and listen to that dent, the most worthy and truly apos

A. B. says, “I wish your Corresponwhich is wrong? For instance, in

tolic Bp. of St. David's, would send you the Church the merits of Christ's

an account of the Institutions he is esblood are considered as co-extensive tablisbing in Wales for educating the with the misery induced by Adam's Sons of inbabitants of the Principality fall, i.e. universal. If Christ Jesus for the Church, they not baving the came into the world to save sinners, means of sending them to our Universisianers, we may be sure, are capable of ties. The making it thus public might being saved, or of accepting and con procure assistance for so poblé a work."

Mr.

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