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70th year of his age, he resigned the tionate exercise, can arrive to no fapastoral office, and in a fortnight after vourable conclusion. was called to the possession of his hea- Iu these discourses, however, espevenly reward.
cially the latter, the reader will find Upon the whole, we have been very that the liberal mind of this distinguishmuch gratified by perusing this pious ed preacher was not to be confined, memoir; and from many of its pages ever on occasions when some might we should be happy to transcribe into have expected it, to a mere defence of our own columns, did their extent per- presbyterianism ; objects infinitely more mit. We hope, however, that the ge- important secured his attention and emneral circulation of the work itself will ployed his talents. The same compreentirely preclude any regret on this hension of thought, richness of language, subject which we might otherwise in- and felicity of illustration, which chadulge.
racterize all the writings of this eminently endowed minister, will be found dif
fosing their brilliant and impressive 1. On the Respect due to Antiquity ; a attractiveness throughout these interest.
Sermon preached on Friday, May 11, ing sermons. We wish it were in our 1827, at the Opening of the Scotch
power to transcribe largely, but the National Church, London. By Thos. CHALMERS, D.D. Professor of Moral
following must suffice. Philosophy in the University of St. Andrews. pp. 40. Collins.
" Before I leave you, I should like, even
though at the end of our disconrse, and by 2. The Effect of Man's Wrath in the an informal resumption of its first topic, to
Agitution of Religious Controversies ; possess the heart of each who now hears a Sermon preached at the Openiug of me with the distinct assurance of God's the New Presbyterian Chapel in Bel- proffered good will to him, of his free and fast, on Sabbath, Sept. 23, 1827. By full pardon stretched out for the acceptance Thos. CHALMERS, D.D. Professor of of bim. Is heretofore you have been in the Moral Philosophy in the University of habit of contemplating the Gospel as at a St. Andrews. pp. 43. Collins
sort of speculative distance, and in its ge
nerality, I want you now to feel the force of Even the originality and eloquence of
its pointed, its personal application, and to
understand it as a message addressed speci. Dr. Chalmers have completely failed to fically to you. The message has been so reconcile us to ecclesiastical establish- framed, and couched in phraseology of such ments, whether Scottish or English; peculiar import, that it knocks for entrance they proceed upon a principle which is at every heart, and is laid down for acceptfalse in fact, namely, that the church of
ance at every door. It is true that you are
not named and surnamed in the Bible ; but Christ is in danger, and must therefore the term “whosoever,' associated as it freseek its safety, in part at least, from the quently is, with the offer of its blessings, countenance and support of secular au- points that offer to each and 10 all of you. thority; for the simple majesty of pri- | Whosoever will, let him drink of the
waters of life freely. mitive institutions, they substitute hu
It is very true that
this written communication has not beeu man prescription and external pomp, handed to you. like the letter of a distant which, however adapted to secure the acquaintance, with the address of your deapprobation of persons whose attention signation and dwelling-place inscribed upon may not have been effectually drawn to it; but the term 'all'as good as specializes the good confession made by the Savi
the address to each, and each has a full war
rant to proceed upon the call, “Look unto our before Pontius Pilate, are entirely
Pontius Plate, are purely me, all ye ends of the earth, and be saved ;' unsupported by the precepts and ex- or, • Come auto me all ye who labour and amples of the New Testament, and are are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' composed, to a considerable extent, of It is furthermore true, that Christ has not materials whose pumerical strength it appeared in person at any of your assemblies, may not be difficult to ascertain, but of |
& and, singling out this one individual, and
that other, has bid him step forward with whose spiritual character and condition an application for pardop, on the assurance Charity herself, even in her most affec- that he would receive it; but the term
every singles out each, and he has left ous benefit from public worship; the behind him the precious, the unexception- seventh treats on the causes of an inable declaration, that every one who ask
profitable attendance on public worship; eth receiveth,' that every one who seek
the eighth persuades pious persons to eth, findetb. And, lastly, it is true that he disperses no special messengers of his grace seek a fixed and an ardent devotion in to special individuals ; but the term any,' public worship; the ninth admonishes though occupying but its own little room in careless attendants on public worship; a single text, has a force equally dispersive the tenth exhibits the means by which with as many messengers sent to the world
private Christians can advance the inteas there are men upon its surface. If any
rests of public' worship; the eleventh man thirst, let him come upto me and drink.' These are the words which, unlike the wheels expostulates with the neglecters of pubof Ezekiel's vision, turn every way, carry- lic worship; the last contains a Chrising the message diffusively abroad among all, tian's retrospect of public worship, and and pointing it distinctively to each of the
his anticipation of its completion in the human family. Their scope is wide as the species, and their application is to every in
worship of heaven. dividual thereof. And what I want each
These are surely subjects of the first individual present to understand is, that God | importance, and in their discussion it in the Gospel beseeches him to be recon- will be found, unless we are greatly ciled-God is saying unto him, “Turn thou, deficient in judgment, that Mr. Morri. turn thou, why wilt thou die ?'” p. 33.
son has evinced much knowledge of the In the end of the first of these ser- Scriptures and the present times, sound mons, the preacher pronounces an ela- piety, and sterling sense. The volume borate panegyric on the Rev. Mr. Irving, he has produced is long enough; but it in the concluding prayer of which we is so good that we dare not say it is too most cordially unite.
long. To know that every professor of
religion in the kingdom possessed a copy Thoughts on Public Worship, chiefly Prac
of this work would afford us much pleatical and Devotional. By JOSEPH sure, and to be assured that each one MORRISON.
carefully perused it with ardent prayer, A BOOK that will repay a close and fre
at least once a year, would be a large quent perusal, must be important in its
addition to our felicity. Then there matter, perspicuous and impressive in
would surely be amongst us an immense its style, and piquantly seasonable in
increase of piety, usefulness, and comall its statements. Such is the work
fort. We subjoin a specimen of the now on our table, the contents of which work. we will exhibit without delay. It was “ Were the worship of Christians usually evidently written to recal the attention attended with the fervour which distinguishof professing Christians to an “intense ed the assemblies of the first disciples, not devotedness to inward personal Christi
only would the principal objections to a
spiritual worship be overcome, but its anity;" from which it is feared too beauty would be strikingly exhibited. many have receded, while attentive to When, during the preaching of the Gospel, beneficent exertion, as if this were the every eye is fixed on the instructor; when, essence, rather than the concomitant of during the season of prayer, every mind piety. After some introductory re
seems turned inward, and every thought fled
upward ; when, in the singing of praise, marks, which occupy the first chapter, I hundreds of voices seem to speak the grathe author, in the second, gives us the titude of hundreds of hearts; when, in the design of public worship; in the third, language which in our childhood taught us the characters of genuine public wor- the true nature of the worship of God ship; in the fourth, a right preparation 'At once they sing, at once they pray,' for it, especially for the public worship a far sublimer worship is presented, than of the Lord's day ; in the fifth we learn can..
he fifth we learn can be produced by all the splendoar of
apparel, by all the sweets of incense, by all what constitutes the devotional im
the charms of music, by all the elegance of provement of public worship; the sixth painting and statuary, and by all the maggives the evidences of receiving religi- nificence of architecture.”
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ROBERT POPE, M.D. poor children on the Lancasterian syg
tem, stand as monuments of his ardent ON Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1827, died at desire to promote the best interests of Staines, in the 80th year of his age, the rising generation. To the Bible
gener Robert Pope, M.D. a member of the
Society he was a devoted friend, and by Society of Friends, and universally re- his counsels at the meetings of the Comspected in that town, for his piety, in-mittee, his infuence in the higher tegrity, and benevolence.
circles of society, and his liberal subAs a physician, Dr. Pope attained
: attained scriptions, he afforded it efficient aid. considerable celebrity. His horse, like to the schools of the Baptist Mission in the porches around the pool of Be-India he cheerfully gave donations thesda, was a house of mercy ; the le-1 when solicited, and indeed to all benesort of multitudes of the afflicted in volent institutions which did not interthe humbler walks of life, to whom his fere with a conscientious adherence to advice was always cheerfully and gra- his peculiar tenets. tuitously given.
His death was sudden, easy, and As a Christian, Lis hope of salvation triumphant. Early in the morning of was placed, not on any imaginary per
the 18th of December, he was attacked fection of his own, but on the perfection with a spasmodic affection, to which he of the Redeemer's merits; and in his had been subiect, and while his only deportment imparted grace shone with dano
with daughter was administering the medi. peculiar lustie. The following section | cine he had prescribed, his head dropis, in substance, an extract of a soliloquy ped on the pillow; and, expressing his written by him about two months before
reliance on the Saviour, he breathed his death, which the writer of this ine- his last, before it was suspected by moir has seen, and which evinces his
's his those around him that his departure was concern for the welfare of his house-l at hand. hold:
His funeral was attended by the cler“I have this day entered my 80th year,
gymen and dissenting ministers of the and on reviewing the dealings of my God, / town; by all the medical gentlemen in I desire gratefully to acknowledge that the neighbourhood, and by a long progoodness and mercy hare followed me all cession in coaches and on foot, of all the days of my life. I trust God has grant- classes of sincere mouruers. The geneed me repentance for sin, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; and I now express my
ral respect paid to his character on that entire dependance on the merits of my Re- occasion, was a faithful, but faint echo deemer for everlasting life. I also feel of the feelings of the inhabitants of deeply interested in the spiritna! wellare of Staines, “ We have lost a Friend !” my dear wife, and dagghter, and all my ser- His death was improved at the Indevants; the salvation of whose souls is as
pendent Chapel from Isaiah lvii. 1. and dear to me as my own. I trust they are all partakers of the same precious faiih in at the Baptist Chapel from 1 Cor. xv. the Redeemer's merits, and committing my 26. soul into the bands of its Creator, to take A short time before the Doctor's it to bimself when it may please him, I death, he intimated to his daughter that hope to meet them at the right hand of the nei
the he intended to do something for all the Judge, when He shall say unto his people, nublic Serols in this town: and in com• Come ye blessed.'”.
pliance with that intention, Miss Pope His benevolence was extensive. Two has distributed £50 among them, viz. conmodious buildings in this town, To the Baptist Sunday School.. £10 erected by him for the instruction of To the Independent Ditto ...... 10
- To the two Lancasterian Schools £20 | vented his making a full disclosure of
To the National School ........ 10 his mind. He writes thus, in a paper " The memory of the Just is blessed.”- not seen till after his removal: Solomon.
“I have for some time intended writing
a short account of my religious experience ; Staines, Jan. 24, 1821.
being also deeply impressed with the conviction that I shall not be long a sojourner
in this world, I do hereby design to relate MR. RICHARD SPURR, Jun.'
a few things concerning that happy change,
wbich it bas pleased God to produce in my This amiable youth was the son of Mr.
mind, that when you read these lines you Richard and Mrs. Judith Spurr, and
may not sorrow as those wbo have no hope. was born' at Windhill, near Bradford, It is now better than twelve months since Yorkshire, August 6, 1801. From his that ever to be remembered period, when he childhood he manifested a very affec-|
| who commanded the light to shine out of
| darkness, shone into my heart to give me tionate temper, and a lovely dispo- | the light of the glory of God in the face of sition. When of proper age to leave Jesus Christ, and translated me from the home for school, his education was kingdom of darkness into the glorious liberty committed to the Rev. W. Vint, the of the Sons of God. Then was I quickened successful and truly excellent tutor of by divine grace, and received a pledge of
an eternal inheritance. Of this glorious and the Independent Academy at Idle, near
blessed change, I shall proceed to give you Bradford, and afterwards to the not a brief account, which to me is infinitely less estimable Mr. J. Fawcett, of Ewood important and interesting. And as I am Hall, near Halifax. Under such teach- writing this in the pro-pect of speedily eners, my young friend had every advan- tering an eternal world, may” tage of literary and moral culture ; and Here the manuscript closes. Soon he knew how to appreciate his advan-after, however, I find among his papers tages: his mind expanded, and his the following interesting memoranda :acqnisitions were truly respectable. After his return from Ewood Hall, he “Lord's day, Nov. 3, 1822. I have abunmanifested a most serious attention to di
to dant cause for deep humiliation of heart on
| account of the little progress I have made religion, and gave very decisive proot's
in divine things ; and at the same time equal of true piety. When visiting his fa- cause for gratitude that I am spared amidst ther's house, the writer always witness- such ingratitude and unworthiness. Oh! ed the deep interest which Richard felt may the Lord from henceforth enable me to in subjects of general information, but live more to the glory of his grace ; to my more especially in what related to Christ ledge, in faith and every grace of his Spirit;
spiritual advancement in holiness, and knowand holiness. About this time, being in and serve some important purpose for the a delicate state of health, he wrote advancement of his glory, and the Redeemcertain short memoranda of his state of er's cause among men.” mind, and his hopes and prospects of a
" Tuesday Evening, Nov. 5th 1822. This future world, of a most cheering cha
evening am much engaged in the solemn
act of surrendering and dedicating soul and racter. But many of these he after
| body to the service and glory of God, wards destroyed; a few yet spared through the Lord Jesus Christ. After en-, will be introduced into this memoir. gaging in prayer, and reading over Dod.
On the 4th of August, 1822. I bap-dridge's form of self-dedication, and on my tized bim, on a profession of his faith
knees reading over the abridged forin, and
praying over it, I now conclude with a few in the Lord Jesus. Soon after this Pin
lines :- Adorable and blessed God! before time, I hinted to his parents my hope whom I bave been bowing my sinful knees, that he would engage in the work of and casting my sonl afresh on thy mercy, the Christian ministry. His heart was as a self-ruined and hell-deserving sinner, evidently set upon this work, but his pleading the blood and righteousness of views of its fearful responsibility, a.
Jesus as the only ground of. hope and ao
ceptance, may my petitions come up before degree of reserve concerning himself, thy throne perfumed with the incense of the and the most unaffected modesty, pre- Redeemer's intercession. Father of mer