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Blight not have been the happy consequence? The four years passed in the distressing and dangerous darkness of infidelity, might have been spent in the light of the truth. During this time his powerful pen might have been employed in publicly retracting his former errors, and labouring to establish the truth. Every word in favour of religion would have come with double weight from his mouth. He owed it to the medical world, as well to wipe off the stigma which had been cast on the profession by his scepticism, as to guard the youthful student from falling into the same errors, and to recover, if possible, many whom the influence of his name might unhappily have led into them. It might have been mortifying to human pride to have done this. Dr. Bateman's life, however, was not passed in the privacy of a village, but in the very heart of the metropolis; his opinions had been held publicly, and as publicly should they have been retracted. The mischief which he must have done to others by his example, and the duty incumbent on him of making all the amends in his power (and much was in his power,) appear never to have entered into his thoughts, and were never suggested by his companion.
The Apostle doth indeed say, that " with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;" but the writer of this Memoir appears to have forgotten what applies most forcibly to Dr. Bateman's case, that " with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Far of course are we from wish, ing or presuming to set limits to the mercy of God through the Lord Jesus Christ; but equally far should we be from trifling with a brother's soul, and speaking peace where the Scriptures have not spoken it. Where is the scriptural warrant for that confident assurance assumed by Dr. Bateman from the first, and continued with scarcely any abate
ment to the last? In what respect is it calculated to check the youthful infidel in his headlong course of sin, and inculcate the awful necessity of a patient continuance through life in well doing? One instance of the acceptance of a late repentance is indeed given in the Scriptures; but it is an instance far loo particular to be advanced into a general rule; it has been graciously recorded to prevent despondency: it was never intended to encourage presumption.
In one respect we are ready to admit that this Memoir may do good; inasmuch as it adds another proof, that wherever the truths of our uiost holy religion are duly considered, and the reasonableness and blesseduess of its commands contrasted with the brutality and misery of vice, the former will ever, under the divine blessing, prove triumphant. Yet slill who will not deeply regret that a victory that might in the present case have been made so influential on others, was suffered to pass unacknowledged by Dr. Bateman himself, during his life, and was so tarnished at his death by a train of thought and language, that savours far more of the presumption of the enthusiast, than the humble and sober, yet animated, faith of the Christian*.
TUdroirTpov Ttit rioi/ivijc, Speculum Gregii; or, Parochial Minister's Assistant. By a Country Cu. rate. Second Edition. Us. Kivingtons. 1823.
We have been long anxious to notice this little work: it pretends to
* Since writing the above, we are informed that this Memoir appeared originally in the Christian Observer, and that it is the production of a Lady. Of neither of these circumstances were wc aware. It came to our hands as an anonymous pamphlet, and we have regarded it on its own merits.
little, but really may be productive of much good. No Clergyman can use it without making himself thoroughly acquainted with his Hock: it is, as it were, a glass, as its title imports, in which he may at any time look, to be reminded of their spiritual conditioa—the virtues that are to be encouraged—the faults that are to be corrected—the vices that are to be exposed, and the wants that are to be supplied. The plan adopted will best be given iu the author's own words :—
"Supposing the Clergyman to make an imaginary enumeration of the houses in his parish; lie begins from North to South or from East to West, or at such other point as the form of the place or other circumstances may suggest; he then obtains (by the help of his Clerk or Churchwarden, if be be a new Incumbent or Curate) the Names, Occupation, &c. of his respective Parishioners, including even the youngest members of every family, who wiH probably become objects of his future care and attention. The leading columns thus filled up, the book is fit for bis own private use;—lie directs his parochial visits accordingly—be adds his notes, marking, for instance, with an & in the proper column, such as are Communicants, or with B or P those who have a Brble or Prayer Book—making each observations against each name, as he may deem necessary, either by way of momento of what is needful to be done on his own part, or of remark on the state of each respective parishioner. With these helps of his own constructing, bis closet will become, as it
were, a Camera Obacura, reflecting every movement of his surrounding flock, and directing his thoughts to every point of his duty. He will there see the effects, tinder the blessing of God, of his own watchfulness—he will there experience the conscious reward of bis own faithfulness—and will there exercise the privilege of offering his private prayers to Almighty God in behalf of those wanderers, who remain perhaps deaf aline to his personal admonitions, and to his public exhortations." P. 4.
A specimen is subjoined in which the columns are duly filled tip, and several very good observations inserted: this is followed by " Hints for the improvement of a Parish," which, however, we could have spared, as being, in our opinion, unnecessary where there is a vigilant and active Pastor; impracticable, where there is not, and farther objectionable on other grounds. The remainder of the book consists of blank columns ruled for use: it is of a pocketable she, and neatly bound, and may certainly be used by a young Clergyman on his first entrance on his pariah with good effect. Whatever tends to bring the Pastor acquainted with his flock deserves to be encouraged ; and we therefore join in the hope of the author; " that his humble endeavour will find acceptance with those to whom it is submitted."
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
The following works, chiefly intended as reward-books for schools, have been admitted, since our'last
notice, on this Society'* Stipple, mental Catalogue.
The History of Animals.
4vsftn, C. to the rectory of Tollard Royal, Will*.
Beadon, O. O. to the rectory of Axbridge, Somerset; Patron, The Bishop or Bath And Wells.
Bean, J. P. to be third master of St. Paul's School.
Belli, C. A. M.A. to the vicarage of South IVenlJ, Essex i Patron, the Bisnor op London.
Bertxtty, J. to the vicarage of the Holy Trinity, Cork.
Bradley, W. Af.il. of Brasenose college, Oxford, to be domestic chaplain to Earl Howe.
Brown, T. to the lectureship of St. Andrew's, Plymouth.
Burgh, T. J. M.A. rector of Ballinrobe, to the deanery of Cloyne.
Burrow, E. J. D.D. to be domestic chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Winchester;
. also to the chaplaincy of the Free chapel of Epping, Essex; Patrons, the Tbcstees.
Calvert, F. M.A. Fellow and Tutor of Jesus college, Cambridge, to the rectory of Whaijield, Suffolk; Patrons, the Mastcbs And Fellows or That So
Casberi, J. T. LL.D. of St. John's college, Oxford, and prebendary of Llandaff and Weils, to the living of Lanovcr. m Monmouthshire; and a dispensation has passed the great seal to enable him to boM it with the vicarage of fenaura, in tfce county of Glamorgan, and diocese of Llandaff.
Casberd, J. R. St John's eoUege, Oxford, to the rectory of Portkkerry, in the county or Glamorgan and diocese of Llandaff.
Ckampnes, T. W. vicar of Upton, Bucks, and rector of Cottisferd, Oxfordshire, to the rectory of FtUmer, Bucks -, Patrons, tbe Dean And Canons or Iyupbor.
Cotton, R. L. M.A. Fellow -of Worcester college, to t*e vicarage of DenchKorth, Berts ,• Patrons, the Phovost Add FELLOWS OP THAT -SOCIETY.
StswAS. B.A. of Wadham coUege, Oxford, and Master of the Free Grammar Sehool, Tamsrorlh, Staffordshire, to tho living of Kiiham, Yorkshire.; Patron, the very Htv. The Dean or Vo**.
Durham, W. to be second master of St. Paul's school.
Ellison, N. T. M.A. fellow of Baliol colItge, Oxford, to the rectorv of Huntspill, Somerset; Patrons, the Mastee And Fellows or That Society.
Fleming, Sir R. Bart. M.A. chaplain to the Barl of Strathmorc, and rector of Grasmere, to hold the rectory of Windermere, by dispensation under the great seal.
Goocn.TV. to the rectory ot Beuacre with Easton Bavant with Northalse, Suffolk ■ Patron, Sin T. Gooch, Baht.
Grantham, T. M.A. fellow of MagialtH college, Oxford, to the living of Thorpe, in Glebes, Nottinghamshire.
Green, R. B.A. curate of Hurworth, Dur* ham, to the living of Long Horteley, Northumberland.
Gronow, T, to the perpetual curacy of Languie, Glamorganshire.
Hughes, W. 6. vicar ofMathyry, Grandsi urn. and St. Nicholas, Pembroke, to be rural dean of that part of the deanery of DtwtUmd, of which the late rev. David Evans, M.A. was rural dean; Patron, the Lord Bishop or St. David's.
Jones, H. C. M.A. to the archdeaconry of Essex, and to the rectory of Alaham; Patron, the Bishop or London.
Lowndes, 3. MA. formerly of Queen's college, Oxford, to be chaplain to the right hen. the Earl of Glasgow.
Lowndes, T. B.D. fellow of Magdalen college, Oxford, to the vicarage of Worldham cum Tisted, in the county of Hants; Patrons, the President Ajid Fellows or That Society.
Melhuish, T. jnn, to the rectory of Ashwater, Devon.
ClVeii, J. T. to the united rectories of Porilemon and Porthangan, Ireland; Patron, the Bishop or Meath.
Prorode, R. to the rectory of Hinderwell, Yorkshire.
Ridding, C. U.S.C.L. felhm of New college, Oxford, te be second master wf Winchester college. •
Robinson, H. M.A. fellow and tutor of St. John's college, Cambridge, to be -perpetual curate of the parish of St. 6epulchre.
Short, W. M.A. student of Christ church, Oxford, to tho vicarage of Chippenham, Wilts; Patrons, the Dean And CaNons Of That Society.
Sten-ard, H. E. M.A. of Christ church, Oxford, to be domestic chaplain to the Earl of Warwick.
Trenom, F. J. C. to the rectory of Lanaton Herring, near Weymouth; Patron, W. Sparks, Esq.
Tucker, H. T. M. A. to the rectory of Uplyme.
Turner, S. M.A. of University college, Oxford, to the rectory of Nettleton, Lincolnshire.
Vantittart, W. M.A. late student otChrist church, Oxford, and vicar of White Waltham, to be master of Wigston't hospital, in Leicester; Patron, the Right Hon. Lord Bkxlbv, As ChanCellor OF THE DOCHY OF LANCASTER.
Verelst, W. rector of Grayingham, to the vicarage of Iianceby ; Patron, Sir J.II. Thorold, Bart.
Wilkinson, T. to bo a minor canon of Carlisle cathedral.
Williams, D. B.C.L. and late fellow of New college, Oxford, to be head master of Winchester college.
Yrenow, to the rectory of Langton Herring, Dorset.
UNIVERSITY OP OXFORD.
Degrees conferred, Nov. 28.
Bachelor In Medicine.—R Venables, St. Mary hall.
Masters or Arts.—E. Leslie, Christ church, grand compounder; E. Timson, Trinity college; G. H. W. Hem-age, Christ church; A. W. Gregory, and E. Cobbold, St. Allan hall, and F. R. Stevens, Worcester college.
Bachelors Of Arts.—W. Yates,Braienose college, grand compounder; J. Colquhon, Oriel college; W. Wballey and ft. B. Bcrens, Christ church; A. Crowdy and J. Gladstone, Brasinose college; E. Falle, Pembroke college; E. Hammond, University college; D. Maclean, and W. D. Veitch, Baliol college; C. S. Greaves, Sucen's college, and G. Dixon, St. John's college.
Bachelor And Doctor In Divinity.
—R. Ness, Merton college.
Masters Of Arts.—T. W. Gordon, Exeter college; B. Gosling, and J. H. Hornby, Christ church: T. A. Beswell, Brasenose college, and J. Carr, haliol college.
Bachelors Of Arts.—J. Hopkins, St. John's college, grand compounder; T. Martyn, Queen's college; J. Hartley, St. Edmund hall; W. Marsh, Magdalen, hall; R. Hall, Christ church; T. Commeline, St. Allan hall; W. Luteyns, G. C. Jordan, and J. G. Lewis, PemIrokc college; R. Hathway, Jesus college; R.Clayton, University college; H.H.Iloldicb, and W. Falconer, Oriel college; F. Dobson, and H. M. Boultbee, Merton college; and F. F. Edwardes, and J. Dayman, Corpus Christi college.
Masters Of Arts—R. S. Glyn, and 8. Short, Christ church; L. B. Larking, and J. S. Tucker, Brasenose college.
Bachelors Of Arts.—R. B. Cooke, Christ church, and C. Porcher, OrieJ eoilege, grand compounders; J. Askew, W. F. Audland, and E. Rowlandson, Queen's college; J. Spratt, and J. Cheese, St. Mary hall; S. L. Pope, Trinity college; P. Ewart, Christ church, and R. Llcwellin, University college.
Bachelors Injjivinity.—J. E.Tyler,
Masters Of Arts—J. C. Lucena, Brasenose college; G. W. J. Chard, Trinity college, and VV. R. Williams, Queen's college.
Bachelors Of' Arts.—J. Langley, Magdalen hall; H. J. Legge, St. Allan hall; F. Robinson, and T. Biddnlpb, Corpus Christi college; C. K. Williams, Pembroke college; 11. H. Wynne, Jesus college; V. Monro, University college, and R. Shepherd, Sueett's college.
The whole number of Degrees in Michaelmas Term was—D.D. four; B.D. three; B. Med. ono; M.A. thirty-five; B.A. sixty-sight. Matriculations, one hundred and thirty-eight.
Mr. G. F. W. Mortimer, of Baliol college, was elected exhibitioner of Queen's college, on Mitchell's Foundation.
Mr. J. Ekins, was admitted Fellow of New college,■ Founder's kin; Messrs. J. Chandler, born in the county of Surrey, and C. A. Heurtley, of the county of Durham, were admitted scholars of Corpus Christi college.
The names of the following gentlemen, who have been respectively nominated to succeed to the office of Select Preacher, at Michaelmas next, were approved in convocation:—
Edward Copleston, D.D. provost of Oriel colUyc, E. Cardwell, B.D. fellow of Brasenose college, T. Loveday, B.I), fellow of Magdalen college, C. Lipscombe, M.A. fellow of New college, and T. V. Short, M.A. student of Christ church.
Mr. J. Besley, of Baliol college, and Mr Langley, of University college, were ejected fellows of Baliol college. December 5.
In convocation, Richard Bethel), MA. fellow of Wudham college, was unanimouly elected Viiierian fellow of common law.
The following subjects are proposed for the CujxitLuin's Frizes, for the ensuing year, viz.—
For Latin verse—Babylon.
For an English Essay—Athens in the time of Pericles, and Rome in the time of Augustus.
For a Latin Essay—Coloniarum apud Graces et Romanos inter se Comparatio.
The first of the above subjects is intended for those gentlemen of the University who have not exceeded four years from the time of their matriculation; and the other two for such as have exceeded four, but not completed seven years.
Sin Roger Newdigate's Phize.—For the best composition in English verse, not containing either more, or fewer than 50 lines, by any Undcr-graduate who baa not exceeded four years from the time of his matriculation.—The Arch of Titus.
The names of those Candidates, who, at the close of the public examination this term, were admitted by the public examiners into the first and second classes of Litera Ilumaniores and Discipline Mathematical et Physical respectively, according to the alphabetical arrangement in each class prescribed by the statute, stand as follow :—
In the First Class of Litera Ilumaniores.
John Campbell Colquhoun, Oriel college; Hon. Francis Curzon, Brasenose college; John Dayman, Corpus Christi college; Robert Hall, Christ church; James William Mylne, Baliol colleye; Augustus Short, Christ church; Robert Isaac Wilberforce, Oriel college.
In the First Class of Discipline Mathema-
M. Talbot, Oriel college; Robert Isaac Wilberforce, Oriel college; Charles Kcvern, Pembroke college.
In the Second Class of Lit. Ilumaniores. John Charles J. Hoskyns Ahraball, Wadhan college; Theophilus B. H. Abrahall, Wudham college; Edward L. Badelcy, Brasenose college; Thomas Veroy Bayne, Jesus college; John B rainston. Oriel college; Charles D. Bruce, Christ church; Edmund Frederick J. Carrington, Sueen's college; Scrope Milner Colquiit, Brasenose college; Hon. Henry T. Lawry Corry, Christ church; John Hartlev, St. Edmund hall; Thomas Hornby, Christ church; John Myers King, Baliol college; Richard Lluwellin, University college; Ralph Maude, Brasenose college; Edward Rowlandson, Sueen's college; Richard C. Hippisley Tuckfield, Oriel college; Robert Wickham, Christ church; John Arthur Wynne, Christchurch.
In the Second Class of Discipline Mathe-
Anthony Crowdy, Brasenose college; William Falconer, Oriel college]; Edward Falle, Pembroke colleje; Christopher Fawcett, University college; Alexander Goode, Pembroke co lege; John Edward Gray, Christ church; Charles Sprengcl Greaves, Sueen's college; John Cecil Hall, Christ church; Edmund Hammond, J7/ti»ersity college; John West Henry, Pembroke college; William Hopton, Trinity college ; Francis Hulme, St. Alhan hall; John Edward Jeffreys, Christ church; Robert Irvine, Magdalen hall; Edward Millard, Exeter college; Joseph T. Parker, Sueen's college; Simeon Pope, Trinity college; Pinkney P. Rendall, Exeter college; George Riggs, Sueen's college; Francis Robinson, Corpus Christi college; Richard Salwey, Christ church; James Thomas, Pembroke colleye; John Wakefield, St. Edmund hall; Richard Wildman, Christ church; Charles Kcvcrii Williams, Pembroke college.
T. GRANTHAM, )
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.
Degrees conferred, Nov. 26.
Doctor In Divinity.—G. Wilkins, Caius college.
Master Op Arts.—J. Pope, Sueen's college.