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this point, while we have descended to Ney's desire, attended him in his last such minuteness of stipulation on als moments. most every other, will be explained. It is now proposed by the French go.

It is remarkable, that the decree of vernment to publish a general amnesty, the king, by which the Slave Trade has · with the exception of only a few names been abolished in France, has not yet who have been distinguished for their been made public. We have, it is true, disloyalty. the letter of Talleyrand, declaring that we are happy to perceive that the it shall be abolished from the day on disturbances at Nismes and its neighwhich he writes (July 30, 1815). We bourhood have been suppressed, by the have also the treaty of the 20th Novem. vigour of the French government; and ber, in which its abolition by his ma- we have seen private letters which asjesty is recognized as a measure that sure us that in every other part of France bas virtually been carried into full effect the Protestants enjoy, and have all along But np to this day, not a line has ap- continued to enjoy, the most entire freepeared in any publication which makes dom of religious worship; a fact which known the particulars of the decree, or proves that the atrocities committed at which gives to the traders of France a Nismes were occasioned by pecdliar and distinct and authoritative statement on local circumstances. We are every day the subject. There is some mystery more and more convinced that those well hid under this reserve which we should meaning men, who have made thie transalso be glad to see explained.

actions which occurred there a ground

for charging the French government · FRANCE.

with persecution, have allowed themThe government of this country ap. selves to be made the tools of faction, : pears to be acquiring, day by day, a and that their conduct has directly

greater degree of stability; and the tended to injure, and that deeply, the public funds, which had sunk very low, very cause they sought to favour.-We · the price of the 5 per cents. being only stated in our last Number, that it had be52, have risen to 63, notwithstanding come unsafe, such is the force of popular the heavy burdens which the treaty of clamour and popular prejudice, to ques. peace bas imposed on France,

tion the truth of the position that the Lavalette was condemned, but has disturbances which liad occurred at escaped from prison by means of his Nismes had emanated from the bigotry wife, who was permitted to see him, of the Bourbons. Accordingly, the and whose dress he assumed.-Ney has line we have taken on this question been condemned and executed. A few has excited, it seems, no small degree of hours before his execution, after he had vituperation. We understand that Mr. bid a last adieu to his wife and children, Cobbin, the same person, we presume, a grenadier of Laroche Jaquelin, pro- who wrote against the Bourbons, has bably a Vendean, who attended him, published a pamphlet against us. Even said to him, “ Marshal, in the situation the publishers of bis former work have in which you are, should you not think demanded satisfaction; and we have of God? It is always good to reconcile been expecting a similar call from the oneself to God. I have seen many bat. compositors and pressmen. We must tles; and every time I could, I confessed persevere, however, in the line that we myself, and found myself the better for have taken, until something that has a it," The Marshal looked at him for a resemblance to proof is produced, that short time with interest, and then said, the charges so loosely and intemperately “ You are right. We ought to die as hazarded haye the slightest foundatiou honest men and as Christians, I desire to in fact. see the rector of St. Sulpice.” He came, and remained with him for three quar- Bonaparte arrived at St. Helena on ters of an hour; and afterwards, by the 18th of October.

GREAT BRITAIN. Parliament will meet on the 1st of the purpose of publicly and solemnly February next.

acknowledging the Divine gooduess, in A day of thanksgiving has been ap- putting au end to the war with France, poiuted by the prince regent, for the and restoring to us the great and inestiwhole of Great Britain and Ireland, on mable blessings of peace. May that Thursday the 18th of January, 1816, for day bear testimony to the prevailing humility and gratitude of our hearts ! our Bible Societies and Missionary So We should rejoice to see its services. cieties, erected in the time of dational combined with some contribution for the trouble and distress, were not extorted propagation of Christianity among the from us by the mean principle of fear, nations who are still lying in Pagan or but were the genuine offspring of love to Mohamedan darkness. This would form God and man. And now that prosperity an appropriate expression of the value smiles on us with her choicest favours, we affix to the Divine light which in so let us only pursue with increased ardour large a measure has been vouchsafed to our beneficent course, firmly resolved onrselves. To borrow the animated and to persevere until the whole world is admirable sentiment of the earl of Liver. illumined with the light of Divine Reve. pool (see above, p. 840) - let us vindi. ,lation.-And among the multitude of cate our right to the elevation we enjoy, our mercies, let us not forget to bless by labouring to diffuse the benign in- , God, that he has given us ministers of fluence of Christianity, the knowledge . state who bave hearts fraught with of pure and undefiled, religion, even to such sentiments, and who scruple not to the ends of the earth. Let us shew that express them,

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS..

T. Y. S.; F.; L. N.; A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING (which was too late for

this month); J. G. W.; OXONIENSIS; will find a place. We thank AMICus for his communication. We have also to thank Expnyixas, OLD

TRUTH, and w. for papers of which we mean to avail ourselvesa THEOGNIS; A FRIEND TO THE POOR AND TO FAIR TRADE; CLERICOS; P.C.P.;

A CONSTANT READER ; R.; and JUVENIS, are received, and will be considered. We should have been glad to oblige R. W. D. by a review of his work; but

there lie at this moment on our table two other works on the same subject, which prefer eqnal claims upon us. The subject will be collaterally considered

in discussing the grand question of Regeneration. We are desired to state, that “ the subscriptions for the widow and children of

the late Rev. Dr. Brunnmark have enabled the Committee to purchase 25001. 4 per cent. anuuities, which will produce 1001, per annüm, for Mrs. Bruno,

mark and her family. The amount of the subscription, with a list of subscri. • bers, may be had (gratis) of Mr. Hatchard, Piccadilly, and Mr. Seeley, Fleet.

street." · We really wish we could comply with B. K's request, but we have repeatedly

searched for his paper in yain. We would recommend to such of our correspondents as place a more than ordinary value on their productions, to retain a copy of those they send us; because, however desirous we may be of gratify. ing them, should they afterwards express a desire to have them returned, we can by no means engage to do so. It does not enter into our plan to preserve

papers which we do not mean to use. We can assure COTSWOLDIA, that we regret, as much as any of our readers, that

we have been unable to “indulge them with a poetic department." This, however, is the fault of the poets, not ours. We shall always be glad to insert

whatever they send that is worth inserting. CHRISTIANA's papers are left at the Publisher's. The letter which enveloped

them had no signature. “ A Friend,” &c. ought to read Bishop Bradford's tract before he comments

upon it. We recommend to CLERICUS DAMNONIENSIS, a pamphlet just published, in

answer to Dr. Mant, by the Rev. John Scott, as furnishing a better answer

than we could give himn. J. N. C's. suggestions will be attended to.

ERRATA. No. for July–in the Review of Brooks's. History of the Puritans, p. 471, col. 2,

last line, for amity, read unity.
Present No. p. 791, col. 1, line 5 from bottom, for indignant, read indulgent,

p. 796, col. 2, line 2 from bottom, for roar, read way.
p. 802, col. 1, line 12, for l'aurose, read l'aurore.

p.812, col. 2, line 2 from bottom, in some copies, for porta, read portal.

APPENDIX

TO THE

CHRISTIAN OBSERVER,

VOLUME THE FOURTEENTH,

FOR 1815.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATION.

LIFE OF BLAISE PASCAL. churches, where any particular so(Concluded from p. 787.)

lemnity was celebrating; and on

these occasions his fervour and simÀ MONG the many extraordi- plicity were as remarkable as they A nary things which appeared were instructive. A person of in M. Pascal, there was a sublime eminent learning and piety, who simplicity in all his conduct which observed M. Pascal's deportment, edified and charmed every behold. remarked, with great force and er. This lovely disposition was elegance, that “the grace of God particularly conspicuous in his ex- discovers itself in great minds by act and cheerful compliance with little things, and in common minds all the duties of religion. He had by great ones." This humble and a peculiar attachment to tbat part child-like disposition was not conof the Liturgy that is composed of fined to the seasons of devotion, the cxvijith Psalm, and expressed but mingled with all the ordinary much delight in hearing it recited. concerns of life. He was fearful He could scarcely converse with of giving pain to any one, and exhis friends on the beauties con- pressed the greatest readiness to tained in this Divine poem, without ask pardon where he had offended, being manifestly, elevated into a though inadvertently. He was kind of holy rapture. It was cus- mild and gentle in all his conduct; tomary, for those who retired to patient under reproof, and thank solitude at Port Royal, to send bil- ful to his reprover; so that it is lets to each other once a inonth, said, he never lost the affection of each of which contained, among any of his friends. other things, a sentence from one The life of this truly great man of the fathers, or a text of Scrip was now almost arrived at its latture: he always appeared much est period : he had lost his appeaffected with these testimonies of tite, and was harassed with a perChristian friendship, and employed petual nausea, and loathing of some part of every day in medi- every kind of pourishment: but tating on the subjects they pro- before an account is given of his posed.

last sickness, it will be proper to As M. Pascal was incapable of relate a remarkable incident that study, during the four last years occurred about two months before of his life, he employed much of his death. his time in visiting the several As M. Pascal was never married, Christ. OBSERV. APP.

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and had more rooms in his house were not forgotten. If M. Perier than he occupied himself, he per- had been at this time in Paris, and mitted a poor man, with his wife would have given his consent, M. and family, to reside under the same Pascal would have bestowed bis roof with him. The poor man's whole fortune on the indigent and son was taken ill with the small- miserable. His heart was so er. pox, at a period when M. Pascal ceedingly engaged in favour of the greatly needed his sister's assistpoor, that he would often say, ance; but as Madame Perier's chil- Whence comes it, that with all dren liad not passed through the my affection for the poor, I have disease, he was uneasy lest, by her rendered them such inconsiderable visits to him, she should convey the services?” – “It has arisen," said infection to her own family. It Madame Perier, “ from the narrowwas believed that the sick boy ness of your fortune, which has circould not be removed without ex- cumscribed the amplitude of your treme hazard : M. Pascal therefore wishes.” “ Since it was not in my would not suffer it to be done, but power," replied he, “ to be extenleft his own house, in a very infirm sively charitable, I ought to bave state of body, to go to his sister's, bestowed more of my time and atfrom whence he never returned. tention upon them. But if my phy· Three days after he had quitted sicians prognosticate justly, and his own house, he was visited with God permit me to recover from this so severe a pain in his bowels that sickness, I am determined to devote he was deprived of all refreshment the remainder of my life to the serfrom sleep. But the courage and vice of the poor.” patience with which he sustained During his last illness, M. Pasthe tortures of disease, induced his cal displayed an admirable patience, physicians to regard the complaint which edified and surprized all in a less serious manner than it de- about him. To those who testified served; for they always assured his a concern at the sufferings he enfriends, that there was not the least dured, he would say; “So far am appearance of danger. M. Pascal, I from being uneasy at the siLowever, gave more credit to his tuation in which I am at present own sensations than to the opinion that the thoughts of recovery are of his medical attendants, and unpleasant to me.” For what therefore requested to be constant- reason ?” inquired one of his ly visited by the curate of the pa. friends. “Because," replied he, rish in which he resided. But al. “I am well acquainted with the though his pains continued with dangers that are attendant on few remissions, and be gradually health, and have experienced the declined in strength, the faculty advantages of sickness. Be not," still persisted in their first decision. continued he, “so greatly concerned Some idea of the nature of his suf- at the pain I undergo : sickness is ferings may be collected from what the natural state of Christians; M. Tissot has recorded, that M. and they are then most where they Pascal had the sensation of a ball ought to be, when they are in the of fire in his side ; and in so in- furnace of affliction, when they tense a manner did this feeling are incapable of enjoying worldly sometimes oppress him, that it re- things, indifferent to the pleasures quired the utmost exertion of his of sense, delivered from those pas. reason to treat this perception as sions that agitate the soul, are a consequence of disease, and not without ambition or avarice, and as the effect of fire actually ap- in a continual expectation of deali. plied.

Is it not in this manner that ChrisAbout this period he made his tiaus ought to pass their lives? ANO will, and the interests of the poor ought not that to be esteemicu

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happy necessity, by which they day of thy fierce anger. Give me are placed in the very condition grace, O Lord, that I may now wherein they ought to be, and in judge myself, with respect to these which nothing more is required things, lest I be judged by thee at than a humble and peaceable sub- the end of the world. For, as in mission ?” That his heart was the moment of my departure, O deeply penetrated by sentiments Lord, I shall find myself stript of like these, appears in the prayers all that surrounds me in this world, he composed during his illness, and must stand naked in thy prefrom one of which the following is sence, to give an account of every extracted :

secret motion of my heart; grant “ O God, to whom I am to that I may consider this my sickrender a strict account of all myness as a real separation from actions at the conclusion of this the world and all creature-attachlife, and at the consummation of ments, - that I may feel myself as all things, thou art pleased now to in thine immediate presence, and uphold the world, and all it con- be constantly employed in supplitains, either for the purpose of ex- cativg thy mercy for the true conercising the faith of thine elect, version of my soul. May I derive or to punish the workers of ini- strong consolation from viewing quity! Thine it is, O Lord, to this emblem of death which I now kill the body, and to separate the suffer, as the effect of thy prespirit from all those temporal venting mercy, before thou sendest beings to which it is attached! a real death to exercise thy judgIn that last moment of my life, ment! O my Lord and Saviour, thou wilt, O God, rend asunder give me to esteem a state of afflicfrom my heart all those worldly tion as a blessed condition, in objects on which it hath been which, by rendering me unable to fixed; and at the last great day, seek happiness from without, thou thou wilt not only consume those attractest me to internal contemplavain idols that have so miserably tion, and art purifying my inner enslaved the passions, but wilt man, and bringing it into confordestroy the very heavens and the mity with thy holy will. Thy earth by fire; that all men may see kingdom, O Lord, is in the hearts and know, that thou only canst be of thy faithful people ; and when said properly and truly to subsist, thou hast impressed thine image on and that thou alone art worthy of me, and endowed me with thy Holy all love, because thou alone art un- Spirit, I shall find it in myself.” changeable. I praise thee, O my 'About this period, M. Pascal was God, and will bless thee as long as very desirous to receive the holy comI live, that thou hast graciously munion; but as it is customary in anticipated to me that great and the Romish Church to fast during terrible day, by reducing me to many hours previous toits reception, such a state of feebleness that all except in cases of extreme danger, earthly things are become tasteless his physicians objected against it, and insipid. I will ever bless and and he was obliged to submit to praise thine holy name, O Lord their decisions. " My friends," said my God, that thou hast rendered he, "are not aware of the degree of me incapable of tasting the com- disease under which I labour, beforts that flow from health, and of cause they do not feel it ; but they deriving satisfaction from worldly will find themselves mistaken in pleasures; and that thou hast in a the views they have of my illness”; manner annihilated to me those for I am sure there is something treacherous idols which thou wilt more than ordinary in the comtruly and utterly annihilate, to the plaint which I have in my head. confusion of the wicked, in the But," continued he, “ since I am not

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