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EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM pressed to consistency of action, the DEVON.-Theaffliction of our Church cold and dry high churchman could is great at the present time; and unmaintain, because he was let alone,
less God in his infinite mercy stays a separate standing, it cannot be so the hand of the oppressor, we may
The Romanist now claims, as only reckon our sorrows begun. open allies, all that are united with Could you see all the papers from him on a common basis; and, taking Devon and Cornwall, you would the vantage which their dislike of scarcely be able to restrain feelings true Reformation principles gives, of indignation as well as grief. So he will drive them into visible union.* plausible is our Bishop in his pastoral It would be a painful contemplation addresses, (though even in them beto be admitted within the secrecy of traying the secret purpose of his such a man's feelings as he follows heart,) and so thoroughly acting in the artful windings of the Jesuit ar- opposition to all these
professions in guments—the sum and substance of most parts of his conduct; that one Milner's end of controversy, newly can have no confidence in his word, garnished by Mr. Ward—and feelsjas or any hope of the effect of appeals he meets each blow, that he has no to his feelings as a Christian.
Where effectual means of warding off its the mischief will end, what compliforce; but certainly he must feel this, ances he will demand from his faithand the nearing the side of a bold step ful clergy, we know not. It is evifor consistency, and of the probable dent that he is a strong Tractarian; sacrifice of substantial emolument for that he desires to impose all the this object, must be harassing in no badges and restraints of that party, small degree.
as far as he can, by every strain of It would be well indeed if many authority; and that if in so doing he persons could perceive the danger of could force out all the evangelical their position, before it is too late, ministers, and their congregations before they feel, in a migration to too, it would be only gaining his end Rome this sad conviction of an un- more completely. Protestant tenure of Protestant emo- Already his order has caused strife luments and responsibilities. If and division in every parish in his this should be the result of this bold diocese. Curates are opposing their attack on the high churchman's vicars, and clergymen one another. views, the result would be as blessed Some are fully prepared to follow him as it is unexpected.
every requirement, for he has filled In the meanwhile, how thankful every place he can with men of this they should be who have found their party; and among those who call refuge in the impregnable fortress of themselves evangelical, there are maGod’s revealed word; submitting to ny who do not see their danger, and its paramount authority; strengthen- therefore wea the hands of nose ed by its supernal might; they may who would make a firm and Christian be calm while the tempest blusters resistance. Our vicar is one of the round them; they may be safe even latter class; talented, energetic, and under the soft and seductive smile of faithful to his trust; and so deeply is Italian skies; and there is no other he afflicted, so feebly supported by safety. The sixth article draws a some on whom he hoped he might definite line around us which the ene- rely, that he is at his wits' end. My my cannot pass. Thy truth is my
heart aches for him, but it rejoiced to shield and buckler.” May those who hear the manly firmness with which have grasped the principle rejoice he said to me on Wednesday evening, evermore in its protection and invin
I would submit to any thing, cible power. Yours, LATIMER.
in which the honour of God was not
compromised, but for that I will, with * All such defences as Laud's answer
his assistance, fight to the last. What to Fisher, can only betray their abettors to do I know not. He alone can unto discomfiture. They are not truly teach me, and He alone can strengthProtestant.
Man's wisdom is nothing;
and his own power is nothing: but God and Saviour, who would exkeeping the honour of God simply change it for prosperity? What can and steadily in view, following the be compared to these foretastes of straightforward path of truth, and heaven? What can it take away that seeking God's grace in every step; we we would not willingly relinquish for must fight firmly and perseveringly. joys that grow brighter and brighter Those who ought to support me have as the world fades away? It is cheerturned against me, and I am sorelying to think of these things; yet I tried; but I hope my congregation am as one smiling through tears, for will not desert me, and I must not my heart is heavy. I carry the burflinch.” He expects a time of much then till sleep relieves me, and wake suffering, and few or none have any under a sense of it when morning idea that the Bishop will relax; be- returns. &c. &c. cause most see that his real desire is to get rid of all evangelical church- DEAR BROTHER,—The state of the men: and he is so good a general, English Church becomes ever more that he has, in all probability, counted alarming to Christians on the Contihis supporters before he began the nent. The evil appears to us to have battle. Policy may take another reached the highest degree, and we turn, but all is gloom and conjecture. do not see that the Church does anyThere is but one source of consola- thing to remedy it. We ask if the tion—the sure mercies and never- episcopal system is then inefficacious failing promises of a covenant God, to govern the Church? The Church who is ordering all, and will restrain of Scotland has repressed the reveries the wrath and power of men. What of Irving, and, nevertheless, those measure of suffering He himself reveries were less dangerous than thinks fit for us, we cannot of course those of Pusey, Newman, and Maitsee; but we can see and undoubting- land. We love the Church of Engly acknowledge His hand in all: and land, on account of the Word of God from the wondrous harmony of all on which it rests; of its articles, the His dealings with men, we may draw faith of which is so pure; of all the the richest consolation. Promises works, and of all the men of God called forth under circumstances that it has given birth to. But one widely differing in point of fact, are of
your colleagues, a zealous Episcoyet as applicable to us now; and to- palian, who boasted to us recently of day, the language relating to the last the excellencies of this system, can great struggle, has been constantly tell you that we have been unanimous running through my mind: “when in opposing to him the actual state these things begin to come to pass, of your Church. If nothing is done lift up your heads in hope, for your against the Popery of Oxford, the redemption draweth nigh.” And is cause of Episcopacy is lost upon the not this in accordance with the ordi- Continent; it is lost in the Church nary course of God's dealings? Man's of God. If the bishops continue to extremity is God's opportunity. So sleep, remember that the Church is the Israelites found it; so David the judge of controversies, and that found it; and so every believer has the Church, according to your articles, found it, and will continue to find it. is the assembly of faithful men. Let How different are their trials from faithful men then rise and speak. those of the world! What shall we Dear brother, I pray for your Church, render to the Lord for all his benefits? that He who is with us continually, How peacefully can a child of God even to the end of the world, may bow to the storm on which his Father himself fight against the servants of rides! How joyfully accept the invi- human traditions, and that the victation to go to Him when heavy la- tory may abide with the word and den! And oh! if affliction draw the the blood of the Lamb. heart into more fervent prayer, and
Your devoted friend, more intimate communion with its MERLEE D'AUBIGNE, D. D.
- To the poor
APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE JEWS" few hours before were in possession TEMPORAL RELIEF FUND. of respectability and the certain means
of obtaining bread for themselves and When the Gospel was preached a- families, suddenly find themselves mongst the Jews by our Lord and mendicants, doomed by an imperahis apostles, it either found men poor, tive necessity to subsist on a precaor it made them so.
rious and often an ungracious charity, the Gospel was preached,” and by or together with their families to perthem it was received. The rich, the ish from absolute and hopeless want. mighty, and the noble were the excep- Such is the present result of the suctions. Those who possessed a little, cess which God has vouchsafed to by being cut off from their connec- the preaching of the Gospel. Huntions and friends, were deprived of the dreds in various parts of Europe have usual means of gaining a subsistence, been brought to believe in and conand were speedily reduced to poverty. fess Jesus of Nazareth, the Saviour Those few who were rich, voluntarily of the world, and are now in a state made themselves poor to supply the of pitiable destitution. Now, then, necessities of their brethren. The the question arises, what is the duty estates and possessions that were sold of the Christian Church? Shall it and distributed as every man had leave those young converts to die of need, appear to have been speedily want, if they have strength enough to swallowed up by the mass of the poor do so, or to turn back to Judaism, of which the Church at Jerusalem in order to obtain from followers of was probably composed; for when the Oral Law that pity which is dethe Divine commission of St. Paul nied them by those who abhor tradiwas acknowledged, there were still tion? Or, shall she
her bowels poor to be remembered: and the
of compassion, and preserve her
perActs and Epistles (Gal. ii. 10) speak ishing children from starvation? plainly of the collection made for the Some few voices cry out against the poor saints. The experience of those latter mode of illustrating Christianwho preach the Gospel now, is not ity. They say, that to administer different from that of our Lord and temporal relief makes hypocrites; his apostles. The Gospel has not that therefore it is much better to alchanged, either in character or effects. low a few hundred true and faithful Its Divine origin is still proved by its converts and their families to starve, being the Gospel of the poor. It than to make false professors, or to pleases God still to choose the poor bestow the gold and silver of the in this world, rich in faith: and those Christian Church upon unworthy whose worldly circumstances objects. These voices, however, are somewhat better, are speedily reduced so few, and their objection so transto utter destitution. The remarkable parently false, and so entirely opposed feature of the present preaching of to the better feelings of even depraved the Gospel is, that it is blessed espe- human nature, that it requires no cially to schoolmasters, students of formal refutation. To mention it is the Talmud, candidates of the Rab- to brand it with the ignominy which binic office, or to persons engaged in it deserves. petty trade, all of whom are, therefore, The great body of Christian peodependent altogether upon Judaism ple ask, How did our Saviour Jesus or the Jews for their support, and Christ and his disciples act under whose means of livelihood are cut off similar circumstances? and say, Let suddenly and totally, as soon as an us tread in their steps. To them the inclination to Christianity is percep- reply is easy and the duty plain. tible to their brethren. If traders, Wherever Christ and his disciples their credit is gone, and they can found want, they relieved it. The trade no more; if learned in the Tal- New Testament method of missionary mud, their learning is utterly useless exertion is to preach the Gospel, and amongst the Gentiles. They who a to relieve the poor and needy. Wher
as never man
ever Christ went, he practised the idolatry. It is sufficient to affirm, on one as well as the other. He did
the authority of all the missionaries not say to the hungry, and the sick, of the London Society, in every part and the maimed, and the blind, and of the world, confirmed by the misthe lame, “My business is only to sionaries of every Church and nation attend to your spiritual ailments—to labouring amongst the Jews, that the save your souls, but by no means to increased and increasing number of heal your bodily infirmities; I preach converts, daily increases the destituthe Gospel, therefore depart in peace; tion of those who confess Christ, and be ye warmed and clothed; my work the difficulties of those who preach is not to give the things needful for him. The London Society must either the body.” Such was not the lan- renounce the glorious privilege of guage or the conduct of Him “ who proclaiming the unsearchable riches for our sakes became poor.” No: he of Christ, or it must make suitable went about this world “ doing good,” provision for ministering to the wants as well as speaking
of the poor saints. The Committee spake.” He fed the hungry, and are themselves deeply impressed with healed the sick, and opened the eyes the solemn duty of making a vigourof the blind, and relieved every spe- ous effort in this matter, and are cies of temporal distress which he urged on besides by the best friends found, and gave a similar commission of the Jews in every part of the counto his disciples. “And as ye go,
try. They have, therefore, proposed preach, saying The kingdom of hea- the alteration of the Fourth Rule of ven is at hand.
Heal the sick, the Society, and have opened a specleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cial fund for this purpose. They are cast out devils; freely ye have re- determined themselves to set a good ceived, freely give.” The apostles example in this work of love, and and first Christians trod in the steps earnestly implore all the friends of of their Master. In the early Jewish Israel through the country to conChurch, it could be said, what could tribute liberally, that some well ornever since be affirmed with truth of ganized and adequate plan of relief any other Church under heaven, may be acted upon. The contribu“ Neither was there any among them tions hitherto have only been suffithat lacked;" and the reason stands cient to administer a little and insuffias unique in the history of Christian- cient help to the most destitute cases. ity as the fact. “As many as were The fund is therefore exhausted, and possessors of houses and lands sold no permanent relief afforded. It has them, and brought the prices of the been altogether impossible to attempt things that were sold, and laid them the opening of an asylum, or almsat the apostle's feet, and distribution houses, or any great industrial plan was made unto every man according of providing a maintenance. The as he had need.” The great apostle Committee now hope the members of of the Gentiles preached the same the Society will shew them their doctrine, not only teaching the gene- thankfulness for the blessing attendral duty of doing good to them that ing their missionary efforts, by a are of the household of faith, but the more than ordinary liberality, and special duty of caring for the poor that they will exhibit to the Jewish converts of the house of Israel: as- nation that great substitute which serting, that if, “the Gentiles have Christ has given us for miraculous been made partakers of their spiritual powers—the more magnificent mirathings, their duty is also to minister cle of streams of love and charity and unto them in carnal things.” But it beneficence, flowing forth from the it is needless to attempt any further stony heart of selfish mortals, and proof. To enlarge on this subject, thus prove the Divine energy of the would be to libel Christianity, or to Gospel; and to cause their light so to insinuate that the members of the “shine before men,” that even the pure Reformed Church of England opposers of the Gospel may see their understand less of its genius and na- good works, and be constrained to ture, than the Macedonians and glorify their Father which is in Achaians, who had just emerged from heaven.”
SUMMARY OF PASSING EVENTS.
"There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord
that shall stand.”
AGAIN that powerful machine, the question of admitting Romanists to workings of which have been con- equal political privileges with the rest nected for good or evil with some of of her Majesty's subjects. This is a the best and worst parts of our his- proposal to educate men in a system, tory, is beginning its periodical revo- from the errors of which we once lutions. Parliament has been opened thought it our duty to separate. If it and the Queen's speech delivered. were a matter of principle to separate Such a time is eminently calculated from that system, because it was to awaken, in the devout mind, a erroneous, and in many of its ulterior consciousness of the superintendence consequences, ruinous to the soul, it of Providence, directing, overruling, must be contrary to principle to eduand controlling the deliberations of cate men therein while it continues fallible men, for the furtherance of
And again, toleration of religion, and the advancement of error, and liberty of conscience to Christ's kingdom; and now especial- those who differ, is a principle of the ly when the sky is overcast, and British constitution; but the positive clouds no bigger than a man's hand, support and encouragement of error, at first, are growing broader, and is
very far from being so: and in prolonger, and blacker each day, such a portion as the error is more dangerdoctrine should be not only felt, but ous, and its consequences more injupractically acknowledged; and many rious, such a support is a greater deknees should be bent, and
many parture from the principle. With hands raised, and many prayers utter
these few remarks we leave the subed, that things may all “work toge- ject for the present, until more light ther for good to them that love God.” is thrown upon it by discussion. We The financial prosperity of the coun- would, however, advise our readers try in its manufacturing department, to let their opposition be calm and its trade and commerce, is undoubted, dignified, and such as becomes Chrisand the government should reap
Let principles be weighed, their due meed of praise, non exigua and facts be weighed, and words be neque ab invitis expressa.- The Agri- weighed; and with truth on our side, cultural interest still depressed. we may hope that we shall be more One contemplated measure, however, than conquerors. - The Charitable which is shortly to be proposed, we Bequests bill we do not think it cannot but regard with alarm and likely will be withdrawn or essentially apprehension. It is our intention,'. repealed. The Roman Catholic Archthe official organ of the government bishop, M‘Hale, has addressed a very states, to propose a liberal increase furious and declamatory epistle aof the vote for the College of May- gainst it to Sir Robert Peel.—Her nooth.”. Now, though we deprecate Majesty has lately visited Stowe and anticipating, by conjecture, proposi- Strathfieldsaye, and has been lately tions which are still in embryo, and staying at Brighton.--Mr. Pritchard still more so, a factious and unchris- has been officially appointed to the tian opposition to measures emana- Navigator's Island. ting from men whose tenor of principlewewould hopeis sound; we cannot FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.—The forbear stating our calm conviction, new church, built under the auspices that such a proposal is contrary to of the Queen Dowager, at Malta, has the principle of our Protestant reli- been lately opened for Divine service. gion. It is far different from the Much good seems to be doing there