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parted souls," appears to me to throw considerable light on that and other parts of the sacred writings where the word is mentioned. Not only may we fairly conclude, that the soul of the penitent thief was conveyed into that part of Hades called PARADISE; but those also of Ex och and. Elias, who were translated from this world without having tasted of death ; though, I apprehend, their bodies must have undergone some change equivalent to that which these our mortal bodies will undergo by death, in the same manner as our bodies will " be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump.” The parable also of “ The Rich Man and Luzurus" receives considerable illustration from this theory of your Correspondent, which he hath so well explained at pp. 81, 82, of your Magazine above alluded to. I confess these difficult passages of the Scriptures have appeared to me in a light very different to that which I before hád seen them in; and on that account I beg to return my acknowledgments to J. W.
There is, however, one idea of your Correspondent which may admit of a query, as it is viewed differently by different orthodor divines. It is where, at p. 81, he seems to favour the idea of Jose
“ that the soul of Samuel came up, ez adou, or out of Hades.” Now I have some great authorities before me for the supposition, that "the soul of Sumiel did not appear to Saul ; but that “the appearance of Samuel which Saul saw, was a phantom raised by the evil spirit.” I am not able to give all the reasons in detail for this opinion, as the limits of my paper will not allow me so to do; and to garble them by partial quotations would not be fair. I cannot, however, resist giving the substance of one argument, which appears to me to carry considerable weight with it. It is that, “ Since all the purposes of Saul's information, granted to him as a punishment, would be answered by the appearance of a PHANTOM, it cannot be necessary to suppose
that SAMUEL's soul was really brought from the mansions of peace to say tisfy the forbidden curiosity of Saul; and this too by magical incantations to summon evil spirits to bring him.” This is surely a very strong reason for the negative of this question. For it can scarcely be considered as consistent with the goodness or providence of God, to suffer evil spirits to disturb the peace and repose of the souls of pious men departed from this life, for the purpose of answering the forbidden curiosity of a wicked man;" and especially as a diabolical de
PHANTOM” raised up by them, might answer the same purpose. The “mansion of peace," mentioned in the quotation above, where the soul of the goou Samuel is supposed to be, I now understand to be that part of Hades called PARADISE,” p. 83, mentioned by J. W.“where,” as another of your learned and truly valuable Correspondents expresses it, PATRIARCHS, PROPHErs, and sAINTS have gone
before him." Four Correspondent J. W. says,
“ What are we to think of the transfiguration ? Were Moses and Elias specially raised from the universal mass of déod souls (if I may so speak) only to talk with Jesus, and after that to sink again into another slumber for ages ?” A Correspondent of mine on this topic says, “ The Scriptures inform us, that Muses went up to Mount Nebo and died there; and although
the plaće of his sepulture was concealed from the Israelites, yet there is no doubt, in my humble opinion, but his body, like the bodies of all other men (those of ENOCH, Euras, and the blessed Jesus excepted) was suffered to see corruption. Is it more difficult to suppose that the Supreme Being could give to the Spirit of Moses a bodily form, than to believe that the Archangel Raphael was permitted to assume a bodily or human shape, and, in the character of Azarias accompany the son of Tobil on his way to Rages ? -Tob. vi. 6. Or is it more wonderful that the Spirit of Moses should be presented in a bodily form to the view of the three disciples whom our blessed Lord carried with him to the Mount, than that the Lord him Self with two Angels, should appear in human character to Abraham in the plains of Mamre, and should eat, or seem to eat of the refreshment that was set before them?”
I am, Gentlemen,
obedient humble Servant, Sept. 8, 1803.
THE EDITORS, TO THE READERS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN's.
E trust our readers will give us credit for all that loyalty to
our King, which becomes Orthodox Churchmen, and all that love for our country, which ought to distinguish members of the Church of England. We are aware of all the dangers threatening both Church and King at this momentous crisis, when an infuriated Enemy is seeking our ruin by every exertion he can make. We would not willingly “ come a whit behind" any of our Brethren who superintend the periodical publications of the United Kingdom, in the manifestation of patriot feeling. With us, the love of our country is a religious duty. But we wish to keep within our sphere; and therefore, at the same time that we carradmit but very few of those compositions which are adapted to rouse and keep alive our Pa. triotism; we declare that our pages shall be open to receive such communications as may serve to shew how religion has been violated on the continent by our unprincipled enemy, or the jeopardy into which it must be cast, in the event of a successful French invasion. - We shall insert in this Magazine a large extract from the third number of a weekly Paper, called THE ALARUM Bell.! both because it contains a curious original letter of the French General Danican, and because it records an horrible declaration of the Corsican Infidel; announcing a piece of practical blasphemy, which we trust he never will be allowed to execute, Sept. 6, 1803.
1" « RING THE ALARUM BELL!”
Whoever spares Perjured Men, Robbers, Plunderers, Poisoners, Murderers, Traitors and Usurpers, deprives all good Men of their Peace and Quietness.
Saying of King William. Confirmation of Corsican Bonaparte's Poisoning the French Soldiers who
were very ill at Caiffa Hospital-His Flight from Egypt-Hung in Effigy by his own Soldiers His Blasphemy, &c. &c.
WE have received the following original letter, which, as it serves to confirm and authenticate the character of the Corsican, we insert, in preference to other matters we have been favoured with relative to his Revolutionary Ministers and Companions.
For the Ringers of the Alarum Bell.- Gentlemen, as the poisoner Bona parte may still be disposed to exculpate himself from the crimes which he committed at Caiffà, I beg you will publish the follow ing, on the veracity of which you may safely rely; it will in some measure serve for another answer to his pretended innocence, and shall be the prelude to future curious and original anecdotes of the Corsican.
' In 1801, I met at a lazaretto in Sicily with a number of French soldiers just come from Alexandria. With one of them I contracted habits of intimacy during my stay, and who frequently related to me some curious particulars of the conduct of Bonaparte in Egypt. This brave young man was covered with wounds, and had been ini every action, from the horrid massacre at Alexandria till the battle of Acre: he belonged to the cavalry, and was in the 22d regiment of chasseurs, commanded by Latour Maubourg; prudence forbids me to be more minute in mentioning name or rank, as no doubt the Italian French Consul would dispatch him.
• He heard General Kleber once say to Bonaparte, in the accents of honest indignation, “ What, General, has the Directory expressly charged you to exterminate all the Frenchmen that remain in the army, inde ira, inde mors (hence rage, hence death.)
He frequently told me, that one of the causes of Bonaparte's hatred to Kleber arose from the following circumstance. On the arrival of the army at Grand Caito, the deputies of the different tribes of Egyptian people, in offering their submission, paid no attention to the mean, coniemptible appearance of the Hero of Nice*, but always addressed themselves to Kleber and Dumas, whose superior figure and deportment commanded their respect.
Having been witness to the poisoning scene at Caiffa, he related to me the following anecdote. A grenadier, who had lost two brothers, was amongst the unfortunate wretches slightly afflicted with the pestilential disease. From what he had previously observed in the hospital, he had become more suspicious than his comrades in dis
* Reader, never forget that Bonaparte, the Envoy of God! was fa prison at Nice for murder, Vol. V. Churchm. Mag. for September.
tress, and he had scarcely taken the Corsican physic, when he immediately discharged it, made his way out of the hospital, and escaping the guard, whom he contrived to knock down, he gained the column under the command of Kleber, at whose feet he threw himself, and in the intercession almost of despair, conjured him to let “him mount one of the camels, describing what he had escaped from, ạnd venting the most energetic maledictions on the Poisoner in Chief. The poor wretch, in the most piteous manner, assured General Kleber that he would' keep at a distance from the army, so that no one should be in any danger of catching his disordet, except the camel. Kleber granted biş. request; the grenadier was 'saved and recovered, and was alive, when the English landed under the brave Abercrombie.
My friend assåred me it was but too true, that the army of Egypt "had been in a state of revolt against their Generals and of ficers; that they gave out general orders in the most regular manner, and for a long time; signifying that they would no longer continue in a state of war with the inhabitants, and insisting on being sent home, &c. &c. Deputies were sent to them, who, trembling, agreed to their conditions, which were never performed; and afterwards 600 of the principal ringleaders were sent on board the gallies, which the Corsican stote from the Venetians.
Immediately after Bonaparte's midnight flight from Egypt with the cash of the army, he was hung in effigy by the soldiers; who, in dancing round the spectacle, 'sang the coarsest couplets (a copy of which I have now in'mỹ possession) written for the occasion, to the tune of the Carmagnole, beginning, So, Harlequin has at length de. serted us! never mind, my boys, never inind; he will at last be really hanged; he promised to make iis all rich; but, instead, he has robbed all the cash himself, and now's gone off; oh! the scoundrel Harlequin, &c. &c.
I am, Gentlemen Ringers,
Yours, &c. &c. London, Sept. 1, 1803.
THE CORSICAN'S BLASPHEMY. The following extract from Wittman's Travels in Turkey, &c. during the years 1799, 1800, and 1801, furnishes us with a curious specimen of the piety of the Most Catholic Atheist, Ali Bonaparte. “We were told 'by, the Priests at Jerusalem, of an extraordinary threat made by Bonaparte; namely, that should he ever obtain possession of Jerusalem, he would plant the tree of liberty on the spot on which the cross of Jesụs stood; and would bury the first French grenadier who should fall in the attack, in the tomb of our Saviour!!! -Englishmen, this iš the wretch who has called himself the Envoy of God!!! He who cants to make England happy!!!
not acknowledge the propriety of national humiliation, when the judgments of the Lord are abroad in the earth. If in the season of personal trouble and private affiction, it becomes us to be humble and penitent, surely it is equally necessary that a whole people should be so when an awful storm of divine vengeance is rolling over their heads, threatening to destroy all that is nearest and dearest to their hearts!
Never was Britain placed in a more critical situation than she is at this moment; opposed to a formidable enemy of a new description, whose avowed aim is her utter extinction as a nation. It is true that enemy is covered with crimes of the most enormous magni.tude, and is driven along by the dæmon of madness;-. it is also true that the patriotic spirit of our countrymen has been roused to a pitch of heroic enthusiasm unequalled in the annals of our country; so that, all points considered, we have every reason to bered, that the race is not to the swift, not the battle to the strony that the ways of Heaven are mysterious, and that the Almighty has often punished sinful nations by nations more sinful than themselves. His instruments of vengeance have been frequently the terrible ones of the earth, the most cruel and wicked of oppressors.
Now have the people of this land no ground for fear on account of their transgression? Alas! to what an alarming height has TINFIDELITY, with its inseparable attendant LiceNTIOUS NE$s risen amongst us of late years?
We have imported from our malignant neighbours all the vices which have brought down the judgments of God, so heavily upon themselves; and no sooner did the short interval of Peace begin, than our nobles and gentry flew to that seat of iniquity, the French metropolis, where, forgetful of , their character, and the example of the British court, they sanctioned, tj the fullest extent, the new crimes engendered by the revolution...!
The SABBATH, that solemn season set apart by the Divine law for religious services, is profaned in every part of the kingdom, to such a degree as to excite the apprehension of every one who fears God, that he must avenge himselt on such a nation as this,
Family prayer is not oniy, neglected, but seems to be generally despised as a piece of antiquated superstition; and in the education of children every thing seems to be attended to, except RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES and RELIGIOUS PRACTICE. A a 2