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ness, though at the tiine of his advancement he was 71 years of age. He resided almost constantly in his diocese, and thus watched with a truly episcopal vigilance over the conduct of his clergy. He reformed a great number of abuses, and instituted many excellent regulations for the promotion of pure religion. His charities were very extensive, and he was particularly attentive to the wants of the aged poor.

This incomparable prelate died in the full triumph of faith, February 17, 170'; and the last word he spoke was Amen, to the commendatory prayer, which he repeated twice distinctly and audibly after his usual man,

He was buried in the collegiate church of Brecknock, about a week after his death, between two of his predecessors, Bishop Manwaring and Bishop Lucy. He left behind him but two out of eleven children. Hiş son Robert was rector of Tortworth in Gloucestershire, and prebendary of the cathedral church in that county. He inarried a grand-daughter of the great Judge Hale, and the bishop's daughter married a grandson of the same judge.

Bishop Bull's Latin works were collected and published under the direction of the excellent Dr. Grabe, in i vol. folio, 1703. After his death were printed his Ser. mons and Charges, in 4 vols. Svo. His Life, with his Por, trait, was published in 1 vol. 8vo. 1713, by that emis nently pious Christian, Robert Nelson, Esq.

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“ Three Tracts on the Syntax and Pronunciation of the Hebrew Tongue,” my eye was arrested by a very long nole, containing an account of a pretended assembly or general council of the Jews in the plain of Ageda in Hungary, to examine the Scriptures concerning Christ. I was exceedingly surprised that a person of Mr,

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Sharp's good sense and discernment, should be so greatly imposed upon, as to admit such a miserable piece of imposture into his book. The tract which he has copied into his work, originally made its appearance in the year 1655; and though it never received the slightest degree of credit, it was reprinted by the compilers of the Phænix, in the first volume of their heterogeneous collection of scarce tracts, in 1721.

There can be no occasion for entering into a minute exposure of this bungling fabrication. A few plain remarks will be sufficient to shew that it is totally unworthy of notice.

The pretended author, Mr. Samuel Brett, says, that "he was a chirurgeon, and that being in the Straits, for a cure which he did perform on Orlando de Spina of Gollipulo (i. e. Gallipoli) an eminent man in those

parts, he was preferred to be a captain of a ship of Malta.

Now here is a falsity too gross to pass upon any man of common information; for to omit the absurdity of making “a chirurgeon captain of a ship of war," it is well known, that none were ever appointed to the command of ships of Malta, but those who were of the order, and consequently Roman Catholics. Yet Brett calls himself a Protestant. In the account of his travels, he tells us that, among other cities, he visited Troy; and in his description of Egypt, he speaks of the land of Goshen, where the Israelites dwelt, as being still a province bearing that name, and remarkable for its fertility. “ The water of the Red Sea," he says, “ is of the colour of other water, but that the sand at the bottom is reddish, and givetb that colour to the water.” So much for geographical accuracy!

After noticing the zeal and bigotry of the Spaniards, he

says, " that they were more Romanists than the Romans themselves, for with them there is an Inquisition, and in Rome," says he, “ I never heard of the same dangerous snare.” Now if Brett had really been in any part of Italy, he must have known that the Inquisition tyrannized there with as great terror as in Spain or Portugal. Poor Mr. Mole, a clergyman of the Church of England, and tutor to a nobleman on his travels, was seized in the reign of James the first, at Rome, and shut up in the prison of the Inquisition, where he died after a confinement

But to come to this pretended council of the Jews. Brett pretends that there were above 3000 spectators

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Doubts respecting Mr. Sharp's Rule. present, and among them some of the Roman Clergy, who were sent on purpose by the Pope. How comes it then that no one writer of that period should have noticed so remarkable and public an event, except this obscure pamphleteer, who in the other parts of his tract commits the greatest outrages upon geographical truth? Surely if such a council actually metin Hungary, or any where else, its proceedings would have been published, or, at least, the simple circumstance itself would have been recorded. But I need not engage any more of your valuable time upon this subject; for, at the close of the narrative, the author says, that when “ he was in Syria, he conversed with the Rechabites, who then adhered to their old customs and rules.” This completes the catalogue of lies. I shrewdly suspect, that the writer of this pamphlet was the author of another at that period, giving an account of Moses's tomb on Mount Nebo," which Wood says, was written on purpose to puzzle the Presbyterian Rabbies.”

I am yours, &c.

IOTA. London, July 9th, 1806.

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HAVE read with pleasure the London Curate's com

munication on the subject of Mr. Granville Sharp's Rule, and am of opinion, that he has clearly shewn the prophets mentioned in the two passages cited by me, viz. Ephes. ii. 20, and Ephes. ili. 5, to be prophets, not of the Old, but of the New Testament. This might be further manifested, if it were requisite, by considering the expression, “ Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone,” i. e. as Parkhurst (after Doddridge) interprets it, " the foundation corner-stone;" for it seems natural and

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necessary, that all the other parts of a foundation should be subsequent in order of time, as well as inferior in inportance and dignity, to the corner-stone of it. I have, however, my doubts whether it does not appear from the following passage of Scripture, that the words apostles and prophets are not meant to be descriptive of different persons, and different orders of persons, in the Christian Church, “ And God hath set some in the Church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, afier that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? have all gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?” i Cor. xii. 28, 29, 30. The same distinction is observed in the epistle to the Ephesians, the very epistle in which the words are supposed by the London Curate to refer to the same persons.

“ And he gave some, apos, tles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” Ephes iv. 11.

I am, Sir,
Yours, &c.

E. PEARSON. Rempstone, July 5, 1806.

SHEKALIM OR THE SHEKELS.

(* Continued from Vol. IX. p. 180.)

CHAP 4. The manner of disposing of the oblations. The case of one

who consecrates his property to the use of the Temple.Expenses of the Temple paid monthly. $1. ND what did they do with this money that was

separated ? They bought with it the daily sacrifices, and the additional ones, and their drink-offerings, the Omer, and the two loaves, and the shew-bread, and all the offerings of the congregation. The keepers of the plants

* The translation of this tract has been discontinued in consequence of some don tic occurrences which have happened to our correspondent; but the three remaining chapters will now follow regularly without interruption, C.

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of the seventh year received their wages from this oblation of the chainber. R. Jose says, If any one chuse to offer himself voluntarily, he may be a keeper for nothing. They answered him, You yourself say that they are not 10 be maintained otherwise than at the charge of the congregation.

2. The red heifer, (*) and the scape goat, and the scarlet tongue (+), were procured with the money of the chamber. The causeway (1) for the red heifer, and that (I)for the scape goat, and the tongue which was placed between his horns, and the water-courses, and the walls of the city, and its towers, and all that was required for the city, were provided from the money of the chamber. Abba Saul says, The causeway for the heifer was erected by the high priests at their own charge.

3. What did they do with the money which yet remained of the residue of the chamber? They bought with it wines, oils, and fine flour, and the gain belonged to the sanctuary. These are the words of R. Ishinael." R. Akiva says, They do not traffic with the money of the sanctuary, neither with what belongs to the poor.

4. What do they do with the residue of the money which has been separated ? They make şolden plates to overlay the Holy of Holies.--R. Ishmael says, The reInainder of the fruits is to procure summer-offerings for the altar. But the remainder of the money separated is to procure the vessels required for the service of the Temple. R. Akiva says, The remainder of the money separated is to procure summer offerings for the altar, and the reinainder of the drink-offerings is to procure the vessels for the service. R. Chanania, the vicar of the priests, says, The remainder of the drink-offerings goes to procure silinmer fruits for the altar, and the remainder of the money separated, to the vessels for the service. But they do not agree with one another as to the fruits.

5. What do they do with the residue of the incense? They set apart from it the wages of the workinen; or make it profane on account of the wages of the workmen

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See Joma, or the Day of Expiation, Chap. 4. § 2. 413.

This was erected froin the mountain of the temple to mount Olivet, Vida Unimonid, de Vacca Rufa. c. 3. § 1. !! See Jorna, chap. $ 4. Vol. 3. p. 25.4.

That is, additional sucrifices above what were injoined, in the same muy as the fruit in a dessert is an addition to the dinner.

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