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struments which scientific men are using, to INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS.

carry scriptural truth through the length and In our Prospectus we explained briefly the breadth of the land. We therefore take the views with which we undertake this publica- ground hitherto unoccupied, and intend to tion. But though that Prospectus was very supply a cheap weekly magazine of a dewidely circulated, we feel that our readers cidedly religious character.

We wish to will expect us to dwell, in this introductory place in the hands of the people of Britain a article, at somewhat greater length, on the periodical, within every man's means, which plan and purpose of our work.

shall steadily maintain the distinguishing docA new era appears to have arrived in pe- trines of the Gospel. A wide field lies before riodical literature. Magazines, which were us. If this be left unfilled, if religious knowformerly confined to a limited circle, are now ledge keep not pace with intellectual improveadapted to general perusal

. And thus inform- ment, we are persuaded that the spread of ation, once to be found only in expensive education will lead to dangerous results. It books, is diffused in so cheap a form as to be will prove a curse rather than a blessing. accessible to every man. A vast mass of For, as instructed men possess greater power knowledge is hence being continually con- than ignorant men, if they be not taught to veyed to classes which had heretofore been use their power rightly, the enemy of souls almost entirely neglected. It can hardly be will teach them to pervert it. Fair as is the doubted that a great change in the aspect fruit which the tree of knowledge offers to of society will be effected by this means. the eye, it is yet a tree of the knowledge of The prevalence of education produces a greater good and evil: men must therefore be urged thirst for knowledge; and the facilities of ob- by every moral means to accer

the good, taining knowledge will, by a natural reaction, and to refuse the evil. tend to generate a still greater desire for edu- If it be inquired, what are the particular cation. Thus every year will increase the principles we maintain, we reply that we are number of readers amongst us, and introduce Protestants. No bitterness against the proan increased demand for books, and conse- fessors of the Roman Catholic faith shall quently extend the means of influencing, by be permitted in our pages; but we shall, the press, a larger body of our population. in the most uncompromising manner, contend

of the cheap periodicals already in ex- against popery - the corrupted system which istence, some are decidedly mischievous, and has withheld from the people the word of most others confine their labours to the sup- God, and has substituted for it the tradiply of mere secular knowledge. We are far tions of men, and which is now struggling from regretting that literature and science to regain in this land its lost supremacy. We are brought to the door of all our country- are churchmen. We trust that we are not men ; but we have felt, as Christians, the de-intolerant; we will not unchristianise the ficiency of this world's wisdom. We have felt dissenting bodies which have grown up that religious men ought to use the same in- | amongst us; but we shall firmly advocate the YOL, I NO, I.



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doctrines and discipline of our Church - of telligence, such as may best give a general
that Church, which, like a tree, watered with idea of the work now carrying on, and may
the blood of Latimer, and Ridley, and Cran- increase our readers' zealous efforts to spread
mer, produces, we verily believe, for those the glories of the Saviour's name.
who worship with her, the scriptural fruits We wish it to be understood, that an essay
which are to be “ for the healing of the na- on some religious topic, and a sermon, will
tions.” We venerate the truth as contained appear in every number of our periodical.
in her formularies. The cardinal doctrines To the last we particularly call attention : be-
of man's corruption, salvation of grace, justi- cause we think that this part of our work will
fication by faith only, regeneration by the be of peculiar value to those who are wholly
power of the Spirit, the necessity of sancti- or partially kept, by some insurmountable ob-
fication, we shall continually maintain and stacle, from attendance on public worship.
illustrate. The principles for which the mar- They will have the privilege of reading the
tyrs bled, and which are to be found in their pulpit addresses of many of the most dis-
writings, shall, by God's grace, be ours. We tinguished and devoted clergymen of the day,
wish to tread in the good old paths. New and whose co-operation, in this respect especially,
strange opinions, as they may arise from time we hope to secure. We trust that in our
to time, by the subtlety of Satan, and cunning pages, as well as in the church, God's word
craftiness of men, to disturb the faith, we will not be permitted to return unto him void.
shall watchfully and steadily resist. We de- We shall shortly review most of the re-
sire thus simply to speak " the truth in love;" | ligious works which issue from the press. It
thus earnestly to “contend for the faith which is often a matter of difficulty for a parent or
was once delivered to the saints."

instructor to select the volumes he may safely
We are naturally anxious to cement the place in children's hands. And, indeed, amid
conscientious attachment of our readers to the multiplicity of books, those who have but
our national Church. We shall therefore little time for reading are frequently at a loss
frequently insert accounts, historical and bio- in fixing on what may be most profitable to
graphical, from her annals. We shall exhibit themselves. To such we would persuade
her conformity to the Scripture model; we ourselves that our labours in this departnient
shall explain her liturgy; we shall quote will not be without their value. We shall
largely from the works of her earliest fathers. endeavour conscientiously to direct their
And at the different seasons which, by her choice. It will be our object to furnish our
ritual, are set apart for the more especial readers with a really faithful account, and,
commemoration of the various parts of the when practicable, an analysis, of the works
mystery of redemption, we shall endeavour we recommend, and to shew why we warn
to supply appropriate reading. In our month- them against those we disapprove.
ly Supplement, also, will be found interesting We have now, we trust, explained in an
intelligence respecting Church matters. intelligible manner the principles and plans

While we are careful not to launch upon of our publication. We have further only the troubled sea of politics, we shall sedu- to request from our religious friends that lously watch the occurrence of events which cordial support, which may enable us, by may influence the progress of the Gospel in God's blessing, to carry what we purpose into the world. And our attention will be much full effect. If it be, indeed, desirable, as we directed to the state of religion in Ireland. have endeavoured to shew, that scriptural Our prayers attend our suffering brethren knowledge should be cheaply and widely difthere. We shall endeavour, but not with wea- fused, we may not unreasonably call upon our pons of worldly warfare, from time to time to brethren, possessed of influence, to encourage strengthen their hands. And as we are anxious our circulation among their neighbours and that the earth should " be filled with the dependents. We venture to suggest that, knowledge of the Lord,” we are warm while not unfitted for their own tables, our friends to missionary enterprise. In fact, we Magazine may be usefully introduced into have always felt a missionary spirit to be an the servants' hall, the school, the cottage, the essential part of the spirit of Christianity. It parochial library. We would pervade every is not a mere luxuriant offset, which it is well | order of society. to see, but without which religion may flour- And if at any time deficiency or error be ish in a man's own soul; it is rather so in- detected in our labours, let not our readers separable a feature of personal piety, that we throw us hastily aside. We ask their patience. cannot possibly believe that any one loves We ask their prayers for us, that we may be God to do him service, unless he love his endued with that wisdom from on high, withbrother also to promote his spiritual welfare. out which our best endeavours can be of little We shall therefore frequently insert extracts value. And knowing that the Lord uses very from missionary journals, documents, and in- I often feeble instruments to accomplish his

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mightiest designs, we commend our work to behold in Dr. Ryder the same unceasing devotedness his blessing, with the humble hope that, in the

to the cause of the Redeemer--the same uncomprosphere which he opens before us, our Maga- mising boldness in advocating the saving truths of zine will carry to very many

hearts 66 a word

the Gospel--the same ardent attachment to the docin season."


trine and discipline of the Church of England-and the same holy anxiety for the spiritual and eternal

welfare of his brethren. A zealous supporter of all Biography.

those institutions which have for their objects the " The various memoirs of the lives of pious ministers glory of God and the amelioration of man, and freof religion, which have of late years been published, quently advocating their cause in public in the metrohave been a great blessing to the Church; and the

polis; sanctioning and fostering them by his patronage avidity with which such memoirs have been purchased, has shewn us, that in the form of biography, the

in his own diocese, and liberally contributing to their lessons of religion are peculiarly acceptable to men. funds,-Bishop Ryder was little influenced by the opGod himself, in his holy word, has taught us much position, too often virulent, which he not unfrequently through the histories of men of like passions with He had the straightforward path of duty to ourselves, and has recommended that mode of instruction to our use, as being more easy and agreeable to a

rsue ; and even open, unchristian, unwarrantable large class of mankind than any other."

attack caused him not to swerve. His regular apFully agreeing in the truth of this remark of Mr. pearance at the great anniversary meetings in the Snow, in his preface to the Memoirs of the Rev. G. T. religious societies in London was always a matter of Bedell, we have determined to introduce from time

rejoicing to the crowds whom he addressed. His to time sketches of the lives of eminent Christians,

eloquence and zeal were calculated to make a powerwhether lay or clerical, belonging to our own communion or not. We trust that much benefit will arise ful impression; and many a heart felt sad at the from this peculiar department of our work; and no meetings of the present year, when the well-known pains will be spared to render the brief memorials of voice no longer fell upon the ear, exciting to activity, the pious dead as correct as possible.

and energy,

and devotedness to God. The sadness, It is our painful task to commence with a biographical memoir of the late

however, was but momentary; for the well-grounded

conviction was fully experienced, that, though the LORD BISHOP OF LICHFIELD AND COVENTRY.

bodily tongue was now mute in the chambers of desoOn Thursday, the 31st of March, died at Hastings | lation, the disembodied spirit had joined the great the Honourable and Right Rev. Henry Ryder, D.D., multitude which no man can number. Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry. He was the Bishop Ryder was peculiarly distinguished for his son of Nathaniel, first Lord Harrowby, by Elizabeth, urbanity to persons of all ranks. He always, even daughter of Richard Terrick, Bishop of London, and with the lowest, seemed to feel an equality on the


the degree of M.A. in 1798, and of B.D. and D.D. in orders found in him a kind instructor, an affec1813. His lordship was promoted to the deanery of tionate father, an able guide, a ready counsellor. His Wells in 1812 ; and consecrated Bishop of Gloucester clergy, even while they disapproved of his line of in 1815, on the translation of the Right Rev. Dr. conduct, or regarded his movements with suspicion, G. I. Huntingford to the see of Hereford. In 1824, and dissented from his religious views, still admired on the death of the Earl Cornwallis, he was translated his consistency. He was a constant preacher before to the see of Lichfield and Coventry. In 1831 he and after his promotion to the episcopal bench ; and exchanged the deanery of Wells for a stall at West- not a few in Gloucester and in Wells can trace their minster. He married, in 1802, Sophia, daughter of first serious impressions, their first earnest inquiry Thomas March Phillipps, Esq., by whom he has had after salvation, to the truths which they heard from thirteen children, all of whom survive him, except one his lips. Dr. Ryder, as Robert Hall well said, was son, Charles, who was drowned at sea in 1825. His not injured by preferment. He was the same man eldest son, Henry Dudley, M.A., of Oriel College, is as a bishop that he was as the laborious parish canon residentiary of Lichfield: his eldest daughter minister. To such a bishop might be applied the is married to Sir George Grey, Bart.

apocalyptic title--an angel of the Church. We This lamented prelate for a space of nearly twelve may say of him what St. John says of Demetrius, years occupied the episcopal chair of the populous “ that he has good report of all men, and of the trutlı and important diocese of Lichfield and Coventry. A itself." member of a noble family, his lordship early gave the His lordship's religious views may be gathered most satisfactory proofs, that in taking upon himself from the six Charges that he delivered, and which the important and responsible office of a Christian have been published: three in the diocese of Glouminister, he had far nobler objects in view than high cester, and three in that of Lichfield and Coventry. ecclesiastical preferment, which he might naturally They were the scriptural views, we conceive, enterexpect from his powerful interest; and that his aim tained by the reformers of our Church, viz. the vas to be the instrument, in God's hand, of leading utter corruption of man through the transgression many souls to the knowledge of the truth as it is in of the divine commandments—justification by faith Jesus. Whether we view him in the retirement of a alone, without the deeds of the law--the necessity parochial minister of Claybrook or Lutterworth, -as of spiritual regeneration by the power of the Holy presiding over the cathedral church of Wells,- Ghost. These leading doctrines of the Gospel were Bishop of the sces of Gloucester or Lichfield, ---We invariably urged by the bishop in his addresses

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from the pulpit, as well as from the episcopal chair, as the speaker dissuaded his auditors from yieldcomprehending the sum and substance of Gospel truth; ing to the temptation of taking refuge under and the inculcation of these he earnestly pressed upon an oak, during a thunder-storm. He dehis clergy. He preached as he felt. He addressed

scribed this king of the forest as being the dying sinners as himself a dying sinner. In Christ

most unsafe of all apparent shelters, from its was all his hope; he was anxious that others should

peculiar tendency to attract the electric fluid; find in him everlasting peace and security. He had

illustrating, by experiments, the fearful conexperienced on his own heart the transforming e

efficacy of the grace of God; he feared lest any should mistake long occupied my mind, giving rise to reflec

sequences of the invited shock. The subject amiability of character for real conversion.

tions of more deep and solemn interest than Prelates there may have been more deeply versed

the apprehensions of mere bodily destruction in theology as a science, or who may have shone

could excite. more brightly in the walks of literary acquirements; but it would be difficult to name one whose heart ap

When the judgments of the Lord are abroad peared to be more entirely under the sanctifying influ

upon the earth, when the thunder of his ence of divine grace, or who was more anxious to set

reproof is heard, and the lightning of his

awakened wrath flashes before the startled forth, in all their purity, the great fundamental doctrines of the Gospel.

eye of man, the sinner, conscience-struck, The episcopal bench does not lack men of a

will look around, seeking a covert from the kindred spirit, and of a devotedness of piety not infe

storm. In less alarming seasons he found a rior to Bishop Ryder. We thank God that it is so.

shelter that seemed to answer all his purWe can point to more than one diocese, where the poses-some system of man's devising; a same spirit, on the part of the diocesan, that wrought stately specimen, perhaps, of the wisdom such changes in Gloucester and Lichfield, is working that is from beneath. A religion of forms, a change as important. We could tell of more than and words, and sentiments, has perhaps often one diocese, once nearly a spiritual desert, where the helped to ward off the little peltings of a streams of salvation are flowing for the refreshment of passing cloud, and moderated, or seemed to the weary, and the cleansing of the polluted. We moderate, the scorching rays of temptation. not only thank God, but we take courage.

It has helped to keep him externally decent; Bishop Ryder, besides his charges, and sermons while others, who lacked such a shelter, preached on public occasions, at the anniversary meet- walked about openly discomfited and defiled. ings of the charity children at St. Paul's, before the

Why should he now question its powers of Church Missionary, Prayer-book and Homily, and

defence? In vain is he cautioned, in vain other Societies, at their anniversaries in the metro

assured, that he trusts in a refuge of lies ; polis, published several single sermons: three on the

and, by so doing, hastens to a swifter and occasion of his departure from Gloucester.

more sure destruction. He credits not the The removal of such a bishop, at such a period in the history of our Church, is no common loss. The warning voice; he clings to his old covert,

his own righteousness, his moral respectapresent year has placed in the hands of the advisers of the Crown most important patronage; and the ad-bility, his stated duties of lip-service and willvanced age of many of our prelates warrants the worship; and there he abides, until the fiery expectation that his Majesty's ministers may be again

bolt descends, cleaving his vain defence, and called upon to appoint vacant sees. We heartily pray smiting him with everlasting destruction. that in their choice of fit and proper persons they may

Such is the miserable end of him who seeks, be influenced simply by the desire of the furtherance by the works of the law, to be justified before of the glory of God, and the everlasting salvation of

God. men. May they be directed to the choice of such And who shall then be safe when the men as Bishop Ryder : then may we trust and believe quiver of the Almighty is scattered around, that spiritual religion will be advanced in the Esta- and the dart of vengeance seems pointed at blished Church ; that the Church itself will become each guilty bosom? He shall be safe, who, more deeply rooted in the hearts and affections of the rejecting all that earth can offer, renouncing people; and that there will be an increase in that all that flesh can do, goes forth into the un"righteousness which exalteth a nation."*

sheltered space, and casts himself upon the T.

Lord alone. Does he dread the hand up

raised to smite ?--the shadow of that hand is

his only hiding-place. O, let him but behold
in it the hand that was nailed to the cross on

Calvary: the hand from which trickled a
ATTENDING lately some lectures on electricity,

crimson stream to wash away his sin ; and, I was struck by the earnestness with which though it grasp the lightning that shall con


unbeliever, it has no terrors for
* Since the first edition was printed, subscriptions have been him. He knows that the briars and thorns,
entered into for erecting a monument to his lordship, and also
building a church in Birmingham, to be called Bishop Ryder's

yea, the oaks and palaces that man confides
in, are but set in array against God, pro-





voking him to go through and consume them; / for certain it is, that all the truth which God hath but he who flies to Jesus, and, in the bold

made necessary,

he hath also made legible and plain; ness of simple faith, takes hold of his strength, and if we will walk in the light, we shall rejoice in

and if we will open our eyes, we shall see the sun; shall find that in him is perfect security. the light. Only let us withdraw the curtains, let us Appointed to be the Judge of all men, Christ remove the impediments, and the sin that doth so is terrible indeed to those who reject his

easily beset us. That is God's way. Every man rule. Rocks and mountains shall vainly be

must in his station do that portion of duty which God

requires of him; and then he shall be taught of God invoked to hide from the wrath of the Lamb all that is fit for them to learn : there is no other way such as now make light of his message of for him but this. If you ask what is truth? you must love. For them, all the terrors of the broken

not do as Pilate did-ask the question, and then go law remain; and from its vengeance nothing away from him that only can give you an answer; for

as God is the author of truth, so he is the TEACHER of can shield them. But equally true it is, that it. For, though the Scriptures themselves are written to the humble believer this awful Judge is by the Spirit of God, yet they are written within and the surest of advocates; and the very power

without; and besides the light that shines upon the

face of them, unless there be a light shining within that makes him terrible to others, seals the confidence of his children. They know him mysterious sense of the Spirit, convincing our con

our hearts, unfolding the leaves, and interpreting the as one mighty to save; they know that, to- sciences, and preaching to our hearts,--to look for wards them,

Christ in the leaves of the Gospel, is to look for the * He bath stilled the law's loud thunder,

living among the dead. There is a life in them; but

that life is, according to St. Paul's expression, 'hid He hath quenched Mount Sinai's fame."

with Christ in God;' and unless the Spirit of God In the hour of elementary strife, nature draw it forth, we shall not be able. Human learning leads us to the lofty tree, while reason brings excellent ministries towards this: it is admirbrings many plausible arguments to recom

ably useful for fallacies, for the letter of the Scrip

tures, for collateral testimonies, for exterior advanmend such a shelter ; but when science has

tages: but there is something beyond this, that human revealed the peril of fleeing to it, he must be learning, without the addition of divine, can never indeed infatuated who prefers not the open

reach. Too many scholars have lived upon air and plain. In like manner, nature and carnal empty notions for many ages past, and troubled them

selves with tying and untying knots, like hypochonreason oppose the act of confiding faith, as

driacs in a fit of melancholy, thinking of nothings, the very madness of enthusiastic folly, and and troubling themselves with nothings, and falling would fáin persuade us to turn to some refuge

out about nothings, and being very wise and very of man's contriving: but the light of revela

learned about things that are not, and work not, and tion, directed to our hearts by the Holy Spirit,

were never planted in paradise by the finger of God.

If the Spirit of God be our teacher, we shall learn exhibits the danger of such a course; and to avoid evil, and to do good; to be wise and to the believer, strengthened with might by be holy; to be profitable and careful; and they that that Spirit in the inner man, goes forth to

walk in this way shall find more peace in their con

sciences, more skill in the Scriptures, more satisfacmeet his Lord, seeking no covert but the

tion in their doubts, than can be obtained by all the strong tower of his adorable name.

polemical and impertinent disputations of the world.

It is not by reading a multitude of books, but by DIVINE ILLUMINATION.

studying the truth of God; it is not by laborious

commentaries of the doctors, that you can finish your The publication which we this day commence, how- work, but the exposition of the Spirit of God. The ever unpretending its claims, is devoted to the glory learning of the Fathers was more owing to their piety

than their skill, more to God than themselves. These of God and the good of man. We feel that if this

were the men that prevailed against errer, because object is to be attained, it must be through the influ

they lived according to truth. If ye walk in light, ence of the Divine Spirit, enlightening the minds of and live in the Spirit, your doctrines will be true, and all who are engaged in it,-of those who pen its pages, that truth will prevail.” and of those who read them. We make this state- And let the authors and the readers of the publicament, not as a mere pious sentiment, proper to be tion which commences to-day, utter, reciprocally, this the preface of a religious work, but because we are concluding wish: “I pray God to give you all grace convinced that it is only through the operation of that to follow this wisdom, to study this learning, to labour sacred influence that we can hope for that "right for the understanding of godliness; so your time and judgment,” by which man shall be benefited and God

your studies, your persons and your labours, will be honoured. It is under this impression that we ex- holy and useful, sanctified and blessed, beneficial to tract from the writings of Bishop JEREMY TAYLOR men, and pleasing to God, through Him who is the the following remarks on the origin of Divine Philo- wisdom of the Father; who is made to all that love sophy, as bearing on the future character of our pub- him, wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, ication, and expressing the spirit of dependence on and redemption."

D. heavenly illumination, in which, we trust, it will be carried on by ourselves, and consulted by our readers.

THE SUNDAY SCHOLAR.* * We have examined all ways in our inquiries after religious truth but one-all but God's WAY.

In a retired village in the south of England, remarkhaving missed in all the other, try this. Let us go to

able for its picturesque beauty, lived a little girl named God for truth; for truth comes from God only. If * From the chief teacher in the Sunday-school of which L. T. we miss the truth, it is because we will not find it; was a scholar.

Let us,

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