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expect in vain! If all existing institu- of several persons connected with bu ţions and all public functionaries must siness who most commendably devote henceforth be sacred from question among their time and talents to the cause of the people; if, at lepgth, the free press religion. of this country, and, with it, the freedom itself, is to be destroyed, at least let nated in a gross corruption of Chris
The terms clergy and laity originot the heavy blow fall from Leave it to some profligate tyrant ; leave tianity, and served to strengthen the it to a merceoary and effemivate Parlia- corruption which gave thein birth. It meut; a hireling army, degraded by the is pleaded for them, however, that, like Jash, and the readier instrument for en many other words of bad parentage, slaving its country; leave it to a pampered they have become innocent in the House of Lords ; a venal House of Com- course of time. We confess, we look mons; sone vulgar minion, servant of at them with some suspicion, and as all work to an insolent Court; some un- often as we see them, think of the peprincipled soldier, unknown, thank God! riod when Christian teachers were in our times, combining the talents of a usurper with the fame of a captain ; leave masters and the great body of the peoto such desperate hands, and such fit
ple slaves. We grant, at the same tools, so horrid a work! But you, an
time, that there may be a convenience English Jury, pareat of the press, yet in them, for the mere purposes of lansupported by it, and doomed to perish guage, if it be explained that by clergy the instant its health and strength are is meant only those persons that degone-lift not you against it an upoatural vote themselves wholly to Christian hand. Prove to us that our rights are teaching, and by laity those that are safe in your keeping ; but maintain, hearers of their teaching. Still a word above all things, the stability of our insti- is wanted to designate those useful tutions, by well guarding their corner. nen that like our author unite the. stone.
Defend the Church from her characters, and without accounting worst enemies, who, to hide their own themselves of a profession, are pre mis-deeds, would veil her solid foundations in darkness ; and proclaim to them pared to instruct their fellow-chrisby your verdict of acquittal, that hence tians whenever an opportunity of being forward, as heretofore, all the recesses useful in this way is presented. of the sanctuary must be visited by the Of the value of learning to the continual light of day, and by that light Christian ministry there can be no all its abuses be explored !"-Pp. 54, 55. doubt, but a minister who has learning
Mr. Baron Wood charged the Jury is not on that account a learned minis. that he was required by law to give ter. He only is learned as a minister them his opinion, and that this was a who fully understands Christianity, very gross libel. Mr. BROUGHAM re- and is prepared to teach it; and it minded his lordship that he was not may certainly happen that a layman directed, but only empowered, by without a learned education shall sur. law, to give his opinion. The jury, pass in these respects one brought up after several hours' deliberation, re- in the schools of the prophets. turned the following verdict: “Guilty The right to teach is created by the of a libel against the clergy residing opportunity. Any “two or three" in and near the city of Durham, and that agree to hear a teacher, give him the suburbs thereof."
by that agreement ordination.
AN The King': Bench has been moved authority in Christian ministers beyond in arrest of judgment, and we await this appears to us to be founded on with impatience the result.
tyranny or fraud.
For these reasons, we coincide in ART. III. - The Necessity and Advan- Mr. M, Millan's views, and object as
tages of Lay-Preaching among strongly as he to the terms in which Unitarians demonstrated, and the our correspondent, M. S. (Vol. XVI. Objections generally urged against p. 446) speaks of lay-preachers ; it, invalidated, Two Sermons, fc. though we think that a less contempBy John Mc. Millan. 12mo. pp. tuous style of remark upon the paper
60. Hunter and Eaton. 1821. of M. S. (Mr. Mo, Millan has devoted T VESE Sermons were preached to an Appendix of several pages to it)
a congregation at Stratford, Es- would have been more worthy of a sex, and also to one in Charles Street, cause which rests upon reason and the Commercial Road, by the author, one New Testament for its support,
and defended by so many learned pens, Tomewhat to the point : the
We agree too with this writer that ART. VI.- Thomas Johnson's Further Unitarianism needs the aid of the peo Reasons for Disenting from the ple for its diffusion amongst the peo Church of England: In Two Diaple; and we confidently hope that a logues, ģc. 18mo. 4d. Holdsdoctrine which has been expounded worth. 1822.
THE former of these Tracts is will be at length asserted and recommended by voices with which the mul- latter confounds “ Dissent" with titude are familiar,
Calvinism, on the ground, we sup
pose, of there being, according to the ART. IV.-A Sermon preached at the author, “ very few that do not wor
Opening of the Unitarian Meeting ship Christ." ' The real principle of
“ John. But your bishops are not ap-
“ Thomas. Appointed by the King the times." Unitarianism, which two they are not; nor were the New Testacenturies ago was considered in En- ment bishops appointed by the King. But gland as the doctrine of certain fo. if it will give you any satisfaction, John, Teigners, and which until within this
our ministers are as lawfully ministers as half-century, was scarcely known by yours. Yours are licensed by the bishop: name out of our larger towns, is now
are licensed by the magistrate.
Both the bishop and the magistrate debecome the faith of a considerable pro- rive their authority from the King. So portion of the people in all ranks, and that the chief difference, after all, comes structures are rising up in all parts of to this, that the clergy are paid by the the kingdom for the accommodation of state, our ministers by the people. its professors in their social worship. “ John. Now, Mr. Johnson, now; The fact is abundantly verified by our you have such a way of putting things." own pages ; yet Bishops and Dissent- P. 33. ing Ministers, with a marvellous but comfortable ignorance on this subject, Art. VII.-Observations on some Reare accustomed to cheer their flocks cent Proceedings amongst the Diswith the assurance that “the Unita senters of Saffron Walden, and on rian beresy" is every where on the a Letter, by a Member of the Church decline!
of England, relating to the same We are not informed of the circum Subject. By a Friend to Religious stances which led to the establishment Liberty. 8
Bishop of Unitarianism at Harleston; but
Stortford, printed and sold by Thopresume that the event was brought
rogood : sold also by Kirby, Warabout by the exertions of Mr. Valen
wick Lane. 1822. d. tine. His sermon is creditable to his
THE remark of a cool friend of talents and his spirit. One short pas.
ours, an ancient Nonconformist, sage comprises the substance of it, and on reading Mr. W. Clayton's Letter, the substance of the doctrines, feelings was;
Well! This will do good." and expectations of Unitarian Chris Phlegmatic as he appeared, there was tians :
sagacity in his remark. The ebulli“ The Bible is our religion, our reason
tion of priesteraft and bigotry to which and conscience is our guide, and God is it referred, has been serviceable in our Judge. These are at once our pro- drawing the attention of the Dissenfessions and our principles—here we rest ters in Saffron Walden and the neighthe issue of every controversy—here we bourhood, to the principles of religijustify our conduct and ground our hopes ous liberty. Of this, the pamphlet of the Divine favour.”—P. 12.
before us is a proof, the author of
which seems to be imbued with the Art. V.-Thomus Johnson's Reasons genuine sentiments of freedom, which for Dissenting from the Church of he has asserted seasonably and with England. 7th ed. 18mo. 2d. no little spirit.
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Wrealh'd of the flow'rs that in Hearen's
What tho' I tread a path of tears and See! from his eastern couch the sun
Nor mortal joys attendant 'on my way, To run bis glorious race—and scatters The light of hope shall 'mid the dark round
ness play, His heavenly rays to earth's remotest And purer pleasures teach my heart to bound,
glow. Whilst songs of praise and joy salute the skies
I long to join the blissful band on high, Image of one more beautiful ! whose The spirits of the just-who overcame light
The bonds of sin—and whose undyCan know no change, whose living Shall guide me to their glorious des
ing fame glories shine lu human hearts, that kindle at his
Then shrink uot, oh, my soul, but, undisThe Heathen worship Thee; and shall thy bright,
Seek for the crown of life that will not
fade! Unspotted beams, awake mine eyes in vain
S. To this fair world of harmony and
love, Nor yet a holier joy my bosom prove,
SONNET. To raise a voice of praise in nature's
fane, And bless the light that scatters mortal
On a Birth-day Eve. gloom, And sheds a deathless radiance u'er the Tis not on coming years of weal or woe tomb ?
I muse distrustful; for, o God! to
Nor seek the secrets of thy will to know.
I muse upon the past-on days that filed
high O never shall my soul the thoughts The record of my deeds—with mourn
forego, Of high and pure intent, that lead me I see their shadows pass—like friends
long dead, To virtue's heights, and the immortal They wear a form familiar -- sad, yet