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To the Editor of the Remembrancer. were illegal. And concludes the

subject by saying, “ He that doubtSir,

eth is damned if he eat, because he It cannot be doubted that an injury eateth not of faith; for whatsoever is done to the cause of sound re- is not of faith is sin :" that is beIzion, whenever a true doctrine is yond all question, every action is supported by a false proof. In a sinful which is not performed under case of this nature, a strong vantage a full conscientious persuasion of its grand is afforded to the impugner lawfulness. And I am not aware of such doctrine ; while the youth: that any comtaentator ever attached ful mind, whose stock of scriptural any other interpretation to the knowledge is but slender, and opini- Apostle's language. As, therefore, 013 consequently unsettled, receives the author means by faith a belief a very unfavourable impression, in the fundamental doctrines of the and, perhaps, a bias to scepticism, Gospel, must not his quotation be as the conclusion will naturally regarded as unfortunate for the docbe formed from the use of a bad trine which he otherwise so ably argument, that no better exists. enforces ? That our works, to be

this ground, I cannot avoid ex- acceptable to God, must proceed pressing my regret that a most ex. from genuine faith, is a point on cellent passage from one of Bishop which all orthodox believers are Sandford's Sermons, quoted in the agreed; for it is declared, not only Christian Remembrancer for Octo- by particular passages, but by the ber, should be wound up by a text general tenour of Scripture ; and, of Scripture wholly inapplicable to therefore, it is the more to be the occasion.

The author, after lamented that so sound and judicivery justly observing that the doc

ous a writer as Bishop Sandford, trines of Christianity must form the shonld have rested it on an irrelefoundation of moral practice, adds, vant proof. "We have the assurance of the in

I am, Sir, &c. &c. spired word, that our works must

C. P. be indebted for their acceptance to faith—for we therein read, that

whatsoever is not of faith is sin.'” Now I think it must be To the Editor of the Remembrancer. universally acknowledged that the

Sir, meaning of St. Paul, in this text, is totally different from the sense in The following M.S. note, written which the author applies it. In the in a copy of M'Knight's Harmouy, fourteenth chapter of the Epistle to though evidently a mere memoraisthe Romans, the Apostle exhorts the dum, appears to me so just, that I Gentile Christians to bear with the have copied it for

you

without alteinfirmities of the Jewish converts,

ration. and not compel them to act contrary

I am, &c. to their conscience, by insisting on

IHUO. their partaking of particular meats,

“ Dr. Macknight, unable to get rid of which they, still retaining some of the decided testimony of the Fathers in their legal prejudices, believed un- favour of Episcopacy, labours to set aside. lawful, St. Paul, while he main- their authority by adducing instances of luas the subject in dispute to be their mistakes—in which three things are use of perfect indifference in itself, remarkable. First, the instances are very yet argues that the Jewish converts they are not on subjects of doctrine or

few, and generally very trifling. Secondly, would do wrong to allow themselves discipline, but mere natters of Chronology. the use of those meats, as long as Thirdly, they are none of them from those they retained the opinion that they Fathers on whose testimony we chiefly

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rely, (for instance, Ignatiug and Clemens,) the sonly known collection of the nor from any of the earliest Fathers. Reports of this "Society fronr 1709

“ St. Jerome's inaccuracy is on our side, to 1730. It appears that every because in bis zeal to defend the Presby member was annually presented with tery from the encroachments of the arro

a packet of books and tracts, and günf Deacon's," he appears sometimes to elevate it to an equality witl the Episco- that prior to 1709 it had been acpacy; though, by the bye," he is by 110 companied by a written létter, givmeans consistent in this

, which shews ing an account of the progress and that it'arises from bis impetus."

plans of the institution. The printsunt

same hand are some very ed letters evidently commenced 'in hasty notes in Burke's Works; one that year, and they contain so of which I copy as it is there written. much interesting information res

< Burke admits, on the authority of pecting the first institution of Charity Cæsar, that Druidism originated in Britain, Schools, the early state of the soand was thence diffused into Gaul, &c.; ciety's Missions, and its' general at the same time he remarks, that this, endeavours to promote the spiritual is contrary to the natural order of things, and temporal welfare of mankind, føre Britain In fact, Druidisin was that we shall reprint the greater probably, 'nay certainly,' a rernain of part of them for the use of our patriarchal tradition, and travelled + west. readers. *** ward with population. The sanctity sup- " True Society have given me leave, for posed in the misletoe—the ceremonies of dispatch sake, to print what I am comcutting off the 1 branch--the peculiar manded to say

y in complon to their Coracorn-and the respondents, in regard the number of them druidical § temples,

is increased, and that sending the yearly ·mosť strongly resenible the original se- packet would be otherwise long delayed, vealed religion of mankind. One proof the particulars I am to acquaint you with that Druidism was not invented in Britain.

are as follow, The divination by birds, and by entrails,

The Society was so similar to that of the Romans, that to prevent the concealment or misapplicathiey must have had a cominðri

origin, and tion of moneys or land given to charitable tlis origin must have been previous to the

uses,
to have

e such charities registered in settlement of either country, for there

some public place; and, therefore, recomcould have been no communication after mend it to you to procure an entry of the wards. It appears to follow then, that notices of such gifts upon both religions were derived from the patri. hung up in the parişles to which such

tables, to be archal stock. Burke's idea that this sort of divina.

charities belong, or otherwise, as you

best

preserve the memory of tion might have arisen in both cases from them. watching the signs of the weather, is in- “ The Society, having herétoforé proconsidered --for though the flight of birds miscnously

used the words propagating, night be supposed to indicate the weather

, aud promoting, in their title, and conthe state of entrails certainly could

pot: sidering that the coincidence of the foriner They seem also to have been ac with the title of thie Society for Propagaquainted with the Sabbath, or seventh day, ting the Gospel in Foreign Parts, lias ocas do the Aser nations."

casioned mistakes, they have agreed, for ibe future, to call thepiselves only by the

name of the Society for Promoting ChrisExtracts from Reports of the Saciety tian Knowledge.

for promoting Christian Know- "The Socicty baving been informed of adledge.

some methods used in Bedfordshire and

Pembrokeshire, for cuculating books A FRIEND has favoured us with a among the Cergy, I am directed to acloan of what we understand to be quaint 3.94, therewith, in bopes they may

be of use, where public libraries are noe 1, 1, Şee Abidj. Eng. Hist.

yet erected; oge method is, hy communii Horsley's Essay just pablished. In Sating reciprocally catalogues of each

See Parkhurst, Pref. Heb. Lex. others lilraries, in order to lend

See Slickford's Connexion. Homan may be provided with differept from. the Victims imitative of Abraham's Sacrifice. Colber: and the atler, method is, to facili

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tate the procaring of new books by a small great encouragement, both to masters and meal subscription, which being laid ont children, to see themselves thas taken therein by common consent, the books notice of by strangers. after they have been perused alternately, “ The Society believe it will be a pleade divided, and shared by lot among the sure to their correspondents to hear that a ubscribers

charitable person has contributed for the ** Aod whereas a worthy correspondent performance of divine service in a prison be found by experience, that his providing at Bristol, and that this has occasioned a little library of books for each of his the like charity to the Marshalsea prison chüdrea, hath much tended to excite a in Soutliwark; and they mention this the desire in them afier the knowledge of reli- rather, because they hope that these good gon; the Society takes the liberty of examples may excite others to promote the communicating it to you, that you may like charity to other prisons. retonnend the same thing where you “ Besides this, there is a subscription biak proper, ont of a sense they have, going on for fixing large quarto Bibles, that nothing is more to be regarded in the and other good books, in the prisons about education of children than creating in them London and Westminster; and there are e thirst after knowledge and virtue; by a good number already set up in several whick moms they will have, also, a larger prisons, at which the prisoners seem exdeld for the exercise of industry, which is ceedingly to rejoice; and, it is hoped, a thing of vast importance to be encou- will make a good use of them : this design raged, beios, as may be said, the parent is not yet compleated, but it is hoped by of all considerable attainments." 1709. the contribution of charitable persons it

will in time be much enlarged.” Extracts from Circular, 1710. " The Society being desirous that the Extracts from Circular, 1712. bext account of charity schools should be perfected for the press by Easter at “ The account of the charity schools, farthest, I am ordered to request you which you will therewith receive, is not would be pleased, some time in Lent yet so exact as could be wished; and, text, to communicate the state of the therefore, I am obliged to renew the reschools in your neighbourhood, particularly quest I formerly made you, of favouring when sachi schools were set up; what me some time in, or before next Lent, Danber of children are taught and clothed with the state of those schools which are of each ses, and by what subscriptions, in your knowledge, towards rendering the collections, or endownients, maintained; next impression of that account still inore how many children put ont apprentices, perfect. to services, or to sea, from the beginning “ The Society conceive that great care of each schoul; and where there are school ought to be taken in the well disposing of bərses, at whose expence built; and what the children when they go from these otits particulars fall under your notice, schools ; and because some have apprein relation to schools, or the account of lended that the placing so many of them Item now published.

out apprentices to manual trades, as is "I may also acqnaint yon, that the now generally done, may occasion in time Seciety are inclined to think, if their cor- a want of servants, especially in husrespondents in cach couuty were disposed bandry, the Society recommend it to your to meet once a year, or oftener, if found consideration, whether the bringing ap practieable, to consult how they may pro- the children to husbandry, or putting them mote charity schools, and remove such out to services in sober families, may not difficulties as occur in the erecting or be more useful to the public, and no less maintaining of them, it might contribute beneficial to thensclves. very much to further the design.

" But bowever these children are dis. * Permit me also to add another eng- posed of, it will be very necessary beforo gestion

, that if the worthy corresponding hand to teach them that great lesson of members did sometimes visit, not only humility which our Saviour bas prescribed those charity schools in their neighbour- to all that will be his disciples, least the hood, but such as are more distant from advantages they receive froni a pious editenawhen they happen to travel in the cation should incline them to put tơi stairy

, or in their way to London, leave great a valne opon themselves; and, there.. ons with them a word of commendation or fore, the masters should be often pnt in adrice, suitable to the condition of such mind of giarding the children under their whools; as this may be done without care, as much as possible, against any benice, so no doubt it would be a very such dangerous conceits, and in order REMEMBRANÇER, No. 13,

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rage it.

ends. ta

thereunto, to instruct thern very carefully straments and books, the better to enable in the duties of servants, and submission the missionaries to recomniend themselves to superiors.

to the Heathen Batives, by improveinents * Another thing the Society take the in those arts which are peculiar to Europe. freedom of recommending to you as a

In all which they gratetidly acknowledge means to promote Christiau knowledge, is, the assistance that has been given by sevethat you would evdeavour to prevail upon

ral of their worthy 'correspondents. the masters and mistresses of the charity “ There has, likewise, been remitted schools in your neighbourhood to attend hy the Society the valne of 1001. in foreign two or three evenings in a week for teachi- silver, which was retumed to them by Mr. ing 'such grown persons to read as have Professor Frank, as collected at Halle, in been neglected in their youth: this is a Saxony, for the benefit of the Protestant matter of such inportance, that the So. Mission. ciety cannot but think it well deserves An history of the attempts that have the consideration of the trustees to encou- been made to convert the popishi natives

of Ireland, to the established rvigion, “ Where the fund for cloathing the having been lately comimnicated to the children of the charity schools las not Society by the Rey. Mr. Richardson, one been sufficient to do it entire, you may,

of their correspondents in that kingdom, perhaps, think it not amiss to recommend they gladly embrace the opportunity of rethe experiinent that has been made at conimending the desigu of the anthor as a Oswestry, in Siropshire, by putting the work highly tending to promote the welwhole school upon an innocent contest for fare of Her Majesty's subjects, and the stockings and shoes, and other parts of Protestant interest in' that kingdom; and their apparel, to be acquired only by they hope it will meet witli 'the countrdiligence and improvement in their learn

nance of all that wish well to those great ing. - If any thing can add to the zeal which “ And whereas a worthy, correspondent

very

behas of late years appeared for encouraging has signified that he has tound it the design of charity schools, it must be the neficial to luis parishioners to communicate opinion Her Majesty hath of it, which she

the books amually sent to him, in the was pleased to signity in her late gracions following method, by putting one of each Jetter to both the Archbishops, dated

sort in a small box, bought for that porAugust 20, 1711, in the following words: pose, to be kept all the week in the parish

" " And forasmuch as the pious instruction chest, but to be brought out and lefi open and education of children is the surest way

on sundays and holidays, for any of them of preserving and propagating the know

to read there at such times, before and ledge of true religion, it hath been very

after morning and evening service, allowacceptable to us to bear that, for the at. ing them, if they desire it, to take home taining these good ends, many charity the book they want, or like, for a week schools are now erected throughout this or longer time, npon promise to restore it kingdom by the liberal contribntions of when demanded, ordering them to advise earnestly recommepd it to you, by all proper they want to have any thing in

farther ways, to encourage and promote so ex- explained; and to the intent that none of cellent a work, and to countenance and

the books may be lost, there is a paper assist the persons principally concerned in

book laid up in the box with them, in it, as they shall always be sure of our pro

which is a catalogue of the books, with tection and favour,'

the prices " As 'to the Protestant Mission to thie other, who wrote at one end, and at the

are lent odt, and when, and East Indies, I am to acquaint you that the

to whom; the Society leave it to your cargo sent thither, as mentioned in the prudence whether you will use this or any last circular letter, fell uphiappily into the other method to render the books you bands of a French sqnadron, on the coast

receive froin them as useful as you can. of Brazil, but the ship in which it was, being ransomed, pursued her voyage;' and the Society have contracted to pay for the ransom of their cargo, (except the silver) !! On Deuteronomy, xxix. 19. 1501., and have sent this year

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328 New Testaments in Portuguese,
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because God would not bring the mother circumstance of advantage nation to ruin for the sake of punish, attending the stuuty of the Septua ing him and Iris family individnally, giat, which I do not think is yet (According to the sentiment upon esbausted. That version often ren. which Abraham reasoned, in the ders an obscure proverbial or idio- case of Sodom, " will God destroy matic Hebrew expression, by ang. the righteous with the wicked ther proverb: or idiom, more intelli. Μη συν απολέσης δίκαιον μετα ασετες και gible to the readers of that day istas ó Mixclos as ó acus. Gen, xviii. which eustom of theirs, if duty at- 23.) in contradiction to which tended to, would have prevented delusion, the Almighty assures them many a 'conjectural slash of the He- that he will so order the course bren text from the critics, who too of his secret providence, that such often, in this case, use the authority

a presumptuous sinner shall be of the version to correct the text, sure not to escape bis vengeance, where there is no error, because let the fate of the pation be what it they have not sufficiently attended inay.

A decisive proof of the spe: to the genius' of the version, the cial interference of the providence authority of which they press into of God in the government of the their service. I have been very Israelites, illustrated in many inforcibly struck with the Septuagint stances in the punishment of the idoversion of Deut. xxix 19. Our latrous kings and their families ; of translation runs thus with the He. which the people partook more or brew, verse 18.

less, according to the share they

had in the idolatry of their rulers. « Lest there should be among you' man

We cannot, at this distance of time, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart pretend to trace the fate of meaner God, to 'go and serve the Gods of these idolatrous families; but by the nations, lest there should be among you a

xliv. Psal. 20, 21, and by the son root that beareth 'gall and wornwood. of Sirach's observation, xvi. 4—13. V, 19. And it come to pass, when he as well as by many other notices ja beareth the words of this curse, that he the Psalms and Proverbs, it seems bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall

as if it were a coinmon observation have peace, though I walk in the im. that these sins brought families to agitation (Marg. stubbornness) of mine leart, to add drunkenness to thirst. (Marg.

ruin, The above view of this paste drunken to the thirsty.) v. 20. The sage seems to connect the whole so Ltd will not spare liim, but then the well together, the general threat of atger of the Lord and his jealousy shah extirpating the nation or tribe, with soke against thrátan, and all Hie curses the more particular one of extirpathat are written in this book shalt lie upon ting the fainily or the individual, as him, and the Lord shåll blot out his name

to leave no subterfuge of hope to under heaven. V 21. And the Lord sball sepatate him unto evil' out of all the tribes any against whom the God of all of Lsrael."

the earth, and their God and King in *,

particular, set his face. There will The Septuagint, V.19. runs thus; be no violence done to the Hebrew “I shall have peace although I shall by understanding it in the same proceed in the wandering away

I should take the version' my heart," ince in our amodion o ispap- of the margin, “ the drunken” and tahes fòs serápagtator" that the sin- " the thirsty,” the words being both ter may not destroy together with adjectives in the Hebrew, and turn bin the guiltless :' which seems to the sentence exactly in the form of ue a key to the whole passage; the Greek, ?p.tnx 7777 MIDD Tepresenting the infidel idolater as faltering himself that he should nya on account of the drunkard

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