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COL. Historical Miscellany,..........

Preacher's Manual,..

. 925 Hooper, Bp. Writings of, .......... 463 Priesthood of Christ,

.. 363 India's Cries, &c. .....

458 Principles of Natural Philosopby,.... 555 Javenile Forget Me Not, ............1052 Process of Historical Proof,.......

73 KNOWLEDGE cf Christ crucified, ...... 166 REFERENCE Testament,..

943 LAST Sapper, the, ........

Reflections on Time and Eternity,...... 178 Lectures of the Revelation, .......... 75 Reformed Pastor,.......

929 Lectures on our Lord's Serm. on the Mount,1110 | Regeneration, Discourses on,.......... 946 Letters of the late W. Romaine, ......1113 Reigoing Principles of Astronomy exMan's Enmity to God,..............1121

pluded,...................

744 Memoir of Mrs. A. H. Judson,........ 851 | Reviews,i .... 69, 161, 252, 355, 458, 555, Memoirs of Mrs. S. Savage,........ 172 ........645, 735, 836, 925,1027, 1114 Memoirs, &c. of Rev. J. Cooke,..

Revival of Religion, &c.,....

932 Miscellaneous Sermons,............

657 | Rise and Decline of Diseases,......... 658 Mischiefs of Self-ignorance,

Roman History for Youth,....

663 Modern Martyr, the,..... 256 | SERMONS, volume of,...............

81 Moral and Sacred Poetry,........... 660 Scenes of War,..............

82 Morning and Evening Prayers,........1122

Scripture Balances,...........

950 Mulamen and Callacles.............. 738 Scripture History,............

371 NATIONAL Portrait Gallery,......... 558 Scripture Natural History,......

369 Natural History of Enthusiasm,...... 938 Scripture Reader's Guide,.......

260 OCCASIONAL Thoughts.............

83 Scripture, Stories from,.......... 272 Olpey Hymns,....................

934
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268 Opening of Sixth Seal,..........

560 Sanday Scholar's Companion,........ 467 Opinion of the Catholic Church,. 365 Tales of Field and Flood,.

847 PANORAMA of London, ........ 850 | Time's Telescope,......

559 Pastoral Discourses,........... 461 Trapsubstantiation,.......

264 Pbrenological Essays,.......... 655 Traveller's Prayer,..................

945 Poems by Crosley,............... 271 | Triumphs of Scriptural and Rational Poems by Mrs. G. Richardson,...... 848

Truth,......

650 Polynesian Researches,....

856 Tweoty-one Sermons, ............... 259 Popular Lectures on Biblical criticism, .1108

U and, V. Practical Illustrations of a Particular Pró

Vallery, ...................

842 vidence, .....

Universal Prayer, &c.,..............

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PLATES IN VOL. XI.

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COL. 1. Rev. Edward Parsons,............

1 7 . Dr. Chalmers,.................. 2. James Pillans, Esq., ............. 97 | 8. J. M. Good, M. D.,............. 673 3. York Cathedral, West Front,...... 193 | 9. Cession of Matavai,.......

. 769 4. Sir Astley Cooper, Bart.,.......... 289 | 10. H. Fuseli, Esq. R. A.,............ 865 5. Rev. Matthew Wilks,............ 385 | 11. Marquis of Hastings,............ 961 6. Sir William Grant,.............. 481 | 12. Archbishop Howley,............1057

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THE

· Imperial Magazine;

OR, COMPENDIUM OF RELIGIOUS, MORAL, & PHILOSOPHICAL KNOWLEDGE.

(1829.

JANUARY.]

" READING IMPARTS ENERGY TO THE MIND."

| origin, He who is continually educing good Memoir of

from evil, has, no doubt, for a long series THE REV. EDWARD PARSONS, MINISTER of years, been rendering the occurrence AT SALEM CHAPEL, LEEDS.

highly conducive to the interests of reli

gion, in the populous and important town (With a Portrait.)

of Leeds. Salem chapel has always been Little, we believe, is known of the early 1 well attended, and few ministers.

| well attended, and few ministers, whatever life and relative connexions of this very may have been their early advantages, have respectable and highly esteemed minister of kept up their popularity, in one place, for so the gospel of Christ. The compiler of a long a period of time as Mr. Parsons has. “ Dictionary of Living Authors,” published for many years he has had a large society some years ago, by Colbourn, informs us, under his pastoral care, from whence have on what authority we know not, that he was proceeded nearly twenty young men, who in youth a butcher, in Whitechapel, Lon are now labouring in the work of the minisdon. Be this as it may, he was, no doubt, | try, in different parts of the vineyard of one of a number of young men, several of Christ. whom have proved eminently useful, who For nearly forty years, till prevented were initiated into the work of the ministry, last summer by the infirmities of age, and rather than educated, by the late excellent other causes, Mr. Parsons had been an Countess of Huntington, at Trevecca, in annual visitor at the Tabernacle and TotSouth Wales.

tenham-court chapels in this metropolis, The Rev. John Edwards, who had se. where his services were always highly acceded from the Rev. John Westley, and | ceptable. for whom the Whitechapel in Leeds, had Mr. Parsons has published nothing of been erected, having become infirm, Mr. his own, that we know of, beyond single PARSONS, at that time not much beyond sermons, and one pamphlet. The followthe age of twenty, in the year 1785, wasing list contains all with which we are chosen to assist him. Mr. Edwards soon acquainted :after died, when Mr. Parsons became sole 1. “ The Sovereignty of Providence;" pastor.

a sermon preached at Whitechapel, Leeds, • With many who became Dissenters on Sunday the second of January, 1791. about this time, little attention was paid to The substance of this sermon, we are told what is generally called the Independent in a short preface, was suggested by a then mode of church government; and whether recent family bereavement; alluding, it is it arose from some circumstance of this probable, to the death of his first wife, to kind, either on the part of Mr. Parsons, or whom, it appears, he was united only a on the part of some of his leading people, | very short time. we know not; but certain it is, that the 2. “The Loss of the Righteous lamented connexion was not of very long con- and improved;" a sermon preached August tinuance. A division took place, and the the 10th, 1794, to a congregation of Dischapel, mentioned at the head of this paper, 1 senters, (Particular Baptists,) at Ebenezer was built in the neighbourhood of the old chapel, Leeds, on the death of the Rev. one,-a cireumstance, we think, to be re- William Price, their late pastor. gretted, as the situation was not good, and it 3. “A Vindication of the Dissenters was calculated to keep alive those bicker. | against the Charge of Democratic Schemings, which, especially with little minds, are ing :" three letters to the Rev. W. Atkinalmost always cherished, after separations of son, of Bradford, author of "A candid this description.

Inquiry into the Democratic Schemes of · Salem-chapel was first opened for pub- the Dissenters,' &c. The first of these letlic worship, towards the close of the sum ters appeared in a provincial newspaper, mer of 1791; and whatever may have with the signature Vindex. The Vinbeen the unpleasantness attending its dication was enlarged, and repeatedly

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Memoir of the Rev. Edward Parsons.

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published in a separate form. The third of the Rev. Joseph Fox, at Hull, March edition, which is dated January 1st, 1802, 21, 1827. . contains an Appendix, in which the reve | The following extracts, taken from two rend calumniator is made to appear in the of the discourses mentioned above, will character of a felo-de-se. Throughout convey, we think, a very favourable and Mr. Parson's pamphlet, the low scurrility very just idea of the faithfulness which of this candid" inquirer is treated with that distinguishes the public ministrations of self-possession, and that dignified sarcasm, Mr. Parsons. The former is addressed to which we believe are characteristic, and ministers, and the latter to hearers : which must have given him a decided

“ It is an awful fact, that the work of the advantage over an opponent so indiscreet ministry, as it is sometimes pursued, preand violent.

cludes all due attention to personal reli4. A Sermon, preached May the 20th, gion; and is not unfrequently suffered to 1804, at the Independent chapel, in interfere with the private and domestic Blackburn, on the sudden Death of the exercises of devotion. The man who is Rev. James M‘Quhae.

religious only in the pulpit, should never 5. “ The Temper of Jesus towards the be seen there. For his own sake, he had Adicted;" a sermon preached at Salem better choose some other profession or chapel, Leeds, February 24, 1805.

calling, and no longer expose himself to 6. « The True Patriot;" a sermon the fearful consequences of preaching an preached at Salem chapel, Leeds, on the unknown gospel. * * * * * * Fast-day, Wednesday, February 8, 1809. “ Paul preached and wrote under an

7. “A just Estimate of Man, the Rule abiding sense and savour of the grace disof Christian Duty ;" a sermon on the much played in his own conversion, and call to lamented death of Mr. Robert Patterson, the ministry. This inspired the eloquence at Bongate-gate chapel, Alnwick, North that made kings tremble on their thrones, umberland, January 5, 1812.

the eloquence that flashed with such mighty 8. “ The Personal Glory of Believers at and irresistible conviction upon the long the Resurrection ;" the substance of a ser. obdurate conscience,—the eloquence that mon delivered at High-street chapel, Lan. brought the ineffable glories of atoning caster, occasioned by the death of Mrs. love to the view of the self-condemned Dawson, who suddenly departed this life sinner,—the eloquence that carried light, on the second of December, 1826.* and peace, and consolation, and joy, and

The ordination of ministers among the triumph, through scenes of darkness, conIndependents, is, in general, an interesting fusion, and woe, and that exclusively terservice. On these occasions, the elders, minated in the exaltation and glory of God and more judicious pastors, are mostly the Saviour."-Charge at the Ordination selected, to address the people, and to give of the Rev. J. Parsons, p. 38 and 39. a word of exhortation to the newly-chosen " In addition to all these particulars, the minister. Mr. Parsons, as might have been subjects of grace should seek mutual edifi. expected, has often been engaged in ser cation in their social intercourse with one vices of this kind; and the following charges another. The neglect of such intercourse to ministers, and sermons, delivered by is the subject of general and just com. him, have been published, in company plaint. There are churches, the members with the compositions of other respectable of which have no intercourse but when individuals of the same denomination : they assemble at the stated seasons of wor

A Charge at the Ordination of the Rev. ship. I, of course, except those who are Samuel Wydown, at York, April 18, 1797. occasionally brought together by other con

A Sermon to the church and congrega. nexions and circumstances; and, also, the tion, at the Ordination of the Rev. Samuel few who may meet in an annual or occa. Bradley, at Doncaster, Sept. 17, 1800. sional party ;-a party often including the

A Charge at the Ordination of the Rev. greatest contrariety of sentiment and chaEdward Parsons, his eldest son, at Halifax. racter the neighbourhood could afford ;-a

Ą Charge at the Ordination of the Rev. party, to be distinguished in little or noJames Parsons, his second son, at York, | thing from the gay associations of the October 24, 1822.

world, but by the absence of the cardA Sermon to the people at the Ordination table;-a party, in which it becomes a

matter of courtesy to avoid all conversa

tion upon the subject of religion, and the An excellent Memoir of this Lady, had been high interests of our church union;-a parpublished under the superintendency of the Rev. W.C. Wilson.

ty, the entertainment of which incurs + This is a revived interest of great mportance. / useless expenditure, and the display of

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