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alon, that if his strength had not been so much exhausted, the elect-the people of God. The rest of mankind be would now have been in a state of religious transport. I are carnal people the reople of this world, &c. &c. The His nervous systein, however, had received such a shock, I caildren of Israel were not more separated. through that his recovery was doubtful; and it seemed certain, that If he did recover, he would sink into a state of idiocy. He
the favour of God, from the Egyptians, than the Me. survived this interview but a few days.'-Ev. Mag. D. 412. I thodists are, in their own estimation, from the rest of 413.
'mankind. We had hitherto supposed that the dis
ciples of the Established churches in England and A religious observer stands at a turnpike gate on a Scotland had been Christians; and that, aiter bapSunday, lo witness the profane crowd passing by ; hetism, duly performed by the appointed minister, and sees a man driving very clumsily in a gig ; the expe- participation in the customary worship of these two rience of the driver provokes the following pious obser- churches, Christianity was the religion of which they vations.
were to be considered as members. We see, how. *What (I said to mysel ) if a single outward circum- ever, in these publications, men of twenty or thirty stance shouid happen! Should the horse take fright, or years of age first called to a knowledge of Christ uri. the wheel on either side get entangled, or the gig upset--in der a sermon by the Rev. Mr. Venn,-or first admitted either case what can preserve him? And should a morn into the church of Christ under a serm he Rev. Mr. ing so fair and promising bring on evil before night- Romaine. The apparent admission turns out to have should death on his jale horse appear--what follows! My been a mere mockery ; and the pseudo-christian lo mind shuddered at the images I had raised."'-Ev. Mag.
have had no religion at all, till the business was really p. 555, 059.
and effectually done under these sermons by Mr. Vena Miss Louisa Cooke's rapturous state.
and Mr. Romaine. rom this period she lived chiefly in retirement, either An avful and general departure from the Christian in reading the sacied volume on her knees, or in pouring
Faith in the Church of England. out her soul in Tayer to God. While thus employed, she Was nut unfrequently indulged with visits from her gra. A second volume of Mr. Cooper's sermons is before us cious Lord; and someumes she felt herself to be surrounded,
stamped with the same broad seal of truth and excellence as it were, by his gracious presence. After her return to
as the former. Amidst the awful and general der arture Bii tol, her trame of mind became so heavenly, that she
from the faith, as once delivered to the saints, in the church seemed often to be dissolved in the love of God her Se- !
of England, and sealed by the blood of our reformers, it is sicur,'--Ec. Mag. p. 576, 577.
pleasing to observe that there is a remnant, according to
the election of grace, who continue rising up to testify the Objection to Almanacks.
gospel of the grace of God, and to call back their fellows
to the consideration of the great and leading doctrines on Let those who have been partial to such vain produc- which the Reformation as built, and the Church of En: lan i tions, only read Isaiah xlvii. 13, and Daniel i. 27; and they by law established. The author of these sermons, avoiding will here see what they are to be accounted of, and in all matters of more doubtful disputation, avowedly attaches What company they are to be found; and let thein learn himself to the great fundamental truths; and on the two to despwise their equivocal and artful insinuations, which substantial pillars, the Jachin and Boaz of the living temple, are to frequently blended with profanity ; for is it not erects his superstructure. 1. Justification by faith, without profanity in them to attempt to palm their frauds upon works, free and full, by grace alone, through the redempmankind by scripture quotations, which they seldom fail tion which is in Jesus Christ, stands at the commencement to do, especially Judges v. 20, and Job xxxviii. 31 ? neither of the first volume; and on its side rises in the beauty of of which teaches nor warrants any such practice. Har holiness,' &c.--Er. Mac. 1. 79. Baruch or Deborah consulted the stars? No such thing.' --Ex, Mag. p. 600.
Mr. Robinson called to the knowledge of Christ under This energy of feeling will be found occasionally to
Mr. Venn's Sermon. medde with, and disturb the ordinary occupations • Mr. Robinson was called in early life to the knowledge and amusements of life, and to raise up little qualms of Christ, under a sermon at St. Dunstan's, by the late Rev. of consciencewhich. instead of exciting respect. Mr. Venn, from Ezek. Xxxvi. 25, 26; the remembrance of
i' which greatly refreshed his soul upon his death-bed.'-Ev. border, we fear, somewhat too closely upon the ludi
Mag. p. 176. crous.
Christianity introduced into the Parish of Launton, A Methodist Footman.
near Bicester, in the year 1807. "A gentleman's servant, who has left a good place be. A very general spirit of inquiry having appeared for some cause he was ordered to deny his master when actually at time in the village of Launton, near Bicester, some serious home, wishes something on this subject may be introduced persons were excited to communicate to them the word of into this work, that persons who are in the habit of deny- life.'-Ev. Mag. p. 350. ing themselves in the above manncr may be convinced of Jis eril.'-Ev. Mag. p. 72.
We learn in page 128, Meth. Mag., that twelve
months had elapsed from the time of Mrs. Cocker's Doubts if it is right to take interest for money. joining the people of God, before she obtained a clear
Usery.-Sir, I beg the favour of you to insert the follow- sense of forgiveness. ing Case of conscience, I frequently find in scripture, that L'sury is particularly condemned ; and that it is repre- A religious Hoy sets off every week for Margate. sented as the character of a good man, that he hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase," Religious Passengers accommodoted.--To the Editor --Sir, Ezek. xviii. 8, &c. I wish, therefore, to know how such it aflorded me considerable leasure to see uunn the cover passages are to be understood; and whether the taking of of your Magazine for the present month, an advertisement, interest for money, as is universally practiced among us, announcing the establishment of a jacket, to sail weekly can be reconciled with the word and will of God? between London and Margate, during the season; which Ee. Mag. p. 74.
appears to have been set on foot for the acconiodation of
religious characters; and in which “no profane conversaDancing ill suited for a creature on trial for eternity. Ition is to be allowed."
To those among the followers of a crucified Redeemer, If dancing be a waste of time; if the prerious hours de- .
who are in the habit of visiting the Isle of Thanet in the voted to it may be better employed; it it be a species of
summer, and who, for the sen air, or from other circuntriling il suited to a creature on tuial for eternity, and
stances, preter travelling by water, such a conveyance in ust hastening towards it on the swift wings of time: if it be
e certainly be a desideratun, especially if they have expe. incompatible with genuine repentance, true faith in Christ, rienced à mortification similar to that of the writer, in the Supreme love to God, and a state of genuine devotedness course of the last summer when shut up in chin with a to him,--then is dancing a practice utterly opposed to the
In the mixed multitude, who spoke almost all languages but that whole guirit and temper of Christianity, and subversive of laf Cangan
ive of of Canaan. Totally unconnected with the concern, and
Tetail the best interests of the rising generation.'-Meth. Mag. p. personally a stranger to the worthy owner, I take the liberty 187, 18.
of recommending this veel to the intice of my fellow
Christians; persuaded that they will think themselves bound The Methodists consider themselves as constituting
to patronize and encourage an undertaking that has the a chosen and separate people, living in a land of athe-hop
honour of the dear Redeemer for its professed object. It Ists and voluptuaries. The expressions by which ought ever to be reineinbered, that every talent we possess, they designate their own sects, are the dear people whether large or small, is given us in trust to be laid out for God; and I have nften thought that Christians act incon-hearers every night at six o'clock. How unworthy am I! sistently with thrir high profession, when they omit, even -Pray for us." Ev. Mag, 84. in their most rummon and trivial expenditures, to give a decided preference to the friend of their Lord. I do not, i The testimony of a profane Officer to the worth of Pious however, ani.cipate any such ground of complaint in this
Sailors. instance; but rather believe that the religious world in
1 Mr. Editor- In the mouth of two or three witnesses, a general will cheerfully unite with one, while I most cordially l.
I truth shall be established. I recently met with a pleasing wish success to the Princess of Wales Yacht, and pray that
confirmation of a narrative, stated some time since in your she may ever sail under the divine protection and blessing;
3: Magazine. I was surprised by a visit from an old acquaintthat the humble followers of Him who spoke the storm into
ance of mine the other day, who is now an officer of rank a calm, when crossing the lake of Gennesareth, may often
in his Majesty's navy. In the course of conversaticn, I feel their hearts glowing with sacred ardour, while in her
was shocked at the profane oaths that perpetually intercabins they enjoy sweet communion with their Lord and
rupted his sentences; and took an opportunity to express with each other, and that strangers, who inay be provi.
* my regret that such language should be so common among dentially brought among thein, may see so much of the
so valuable a body of men. “Sir," said he, still intersebeauty and excellency of the religion of Jesus exemplified
sing in any solemn imprecations' “no officer can live at sea in their conduct and conversation, that they may be con
without swearing ;-not one of nay men would mind a word strained to say, "We will go with you, for we perceive that
without an oath; it is common sea-language. If we were God is with you. Your God shall be our God, and his people
| not to swear, the rascals would take us for lubbers, stare in shall henceforth be our chosen companions and associates."
our faces, and leave us to do our commands ourselves. I I ain, Mr. Editor, your obliged friend and sister in the
never knew but one exception; and that was extraordigospel, E. T.-'Ev. Mag. p. 268.
nary. I declare, believe me 'tis true (suspecting that I
might not credit it,) there was a set of fellows called MethoA religious newspaper is announced in the Ev. M.
dists, on board the Victory, Lord Nelson's ship, (to be sure for September. It is said of common newspapers, I he was rather a religious man himself !) and those men ne
That they are absorbed in temporal concerns, while ver wanted swearing at. The dogs were the best seamen the consideration of those which are eternal is postponed ; on boar
: on board. Every man knew his duty, and every man did the business of this life has superseded the claims of his duty. They used to meet together and sing hymns; and immortality : and the monarchs of the world have nobody dared molest them. The commander would not engrossed an attention which would have been more
have suffered it had they attempted it. They were allowed
la mess by themselves; and never mixed with the other properly devoted to the Saviour of the universe.' It!
men. I have often heard them sing away myself ; and 'tis is then stated, that the columns of this paper (The true. I assure you, but not one of them was either killed or Instructor, Price 6d.) will be si
re- I wounded at the battle of Trafalgar, though they did their flections ; suitable comments to improve the dispensa. I duty as well as any men. No, not one of the psalm-singing tions of Providence will be introduced ; and the whole gentry was even hurt; and there the fellows are swimming conducted with an eve to our spiritual, as well as away in the Bay oi Biscay at this very time, singing bke temporal welfare. The work will contain the latest
the d- They are now under a new commander; but news up to four o'clock on the day of publication, to- selves. These were the only fellows that I ever knew to
still are allowed the same privileges, and mess by themgether with the most recent religious occurrences. I do their duty without sweariny; and I will do them justice The prices of stock, and correct market-tables, will to say they do it.” J. C.'-Ev. Mag. p. 119, 120. also be accurately detailed.'-Ev. Mag. September Adrertisement. The Eclectic Review is also understood
These people are spread over the face of the whole to be carried on upon Methodistical principles. earth in the shape of missionaries.-Upon the subject
Nothing can evince more strongly the influence of missions we shall say very little or nothing at prewhich Methodism now exercises upon common life. sent, because we reserve it for another article in a and the fast hold it has got of the people, than the subsequent Number. But we cannot help remarking advertisements which are circulated every month in the magnitude of the collections made in favour of ile these very singular publications. On the cover of a missionaries at the Methodistical chapels, when com. single number, for example, we have the following :- pared with the collections for any common object of
charity in the orthodox churches and chapels. "Wanted, by Mr. Turner, shoemaker, a steady apprentice; he will have the privilege of attending the ministry
Religious Tract Society. The most satisfactory Report of the gospel ;-a premium expected, p. 3.-Wanted, a
was presented by the Committee: from which it arreared, serious young woman, as servant of all work, 3.-- Wanted,
that since the comunencement of the Institution in the vear & man of serious character, who can shave, 3.-Wanted, a
1799, upwards of Four Millions of Religious Tracts have serious woman to assist in a shop, 3.-A young person in
been issued under the auspices of the Society; and that con
siderably more than one-fourth of thet number have been the millinery line wishes to be in a serious family, 4.
sold during the last year.'- Ev. Mag. p. 284. Wants a place, a young man who bas brewed in a serious family, 4.--Ditto, a young woman of evangelical principles, These tracts are dropped in villages by the Metho. 4-Wanted, an active serious shopman, 5.-To be sold, andists, and thus every chunce for conversion afforded eligible residence, with sixty acres of land; gospel preached in three places within half a mile, 5.--A single gentleman
to the common people. There is a proposal in one may be accommodated with lodging in a small serious
of the numbers of the volumes before us, that travel. family, 5.-To let, a genteel tirst floor in an airy situation lers, for every pound they spend on the road, should near the Tabernacle, 6.-Wanted, a governess, of evan-fling one shilling's worth of these tracts out of the gelical principles and corresponding character, 10.'
chaise window ;-thus taking his pleasures at 5 per The religious vessel we have before spoken of, is
cent. for the purposes of doing good. thus advertised :
Every Christian who expects the protection and bles.
sing of God, ought to take with him as many shillings' worth, « The Princess of Wales Yacht, J. Chapman, W. Bourn,
at least, of cheap Tracts to throw on the road, and leave at master, by divine permission, will leave Ralph's Quay inns, as he takes out pounds to expend on himself and taevery Friday, 11.' &c. &c.---July Ev. Mag.
mily. This is really but a trilling sacrifice. It is a highly After the specimens we have given of these people, Mag. p. 405.
reasonable one; and one which God will accept.- Es. any thing which is said of their activity can very easily be credited. The army and navy appear to be It is part of their policy to have a great change of Ministers. particular objects of their attention.
| Saine day, the Rev. W. Haward, from Hoxton Academy,
was ordained over the Independent church at Rendham, British Nam.It is with peculiar pleasure we insert the Suítolk. Mr. Pickles, of Walpole, beyan with a prayer and fullowing extract of a letter from the pious chaplain of a reading: Mr. Price, of Woodbridge delivered the innatcman-of-war, to a gentleman at Gosport, intimnating the tory discourse, and a ked the questions : Mr. Weman, 01 power and grace of God manifested towards our brave sea- Halesworth, offered the ordination prayer; 17.
S cootmen. “Of Cadiz, Nov. 26, 1806.--My dear friend-A fieet | tom, of Bungay, gave the charge from Acts xx. 281.
us in the night, and is just going away. I cent, of Deal. the general prayer; and Mr. Walford of Ihave only to tell you that the work of God seems to pros. Yarmouth, preached to the people from 2 Phil. 11. 10.' per. Many are under convictions ;-some, I trust, are con-| Ev. Mag. p. 429. per. Many are under this offering much, nor shall I
Chapels opened, -'Hambledon, Bucks, Sept, 22.-Eighteen
Chapels opened itsas destitute of the gospel; the fee probably be able long to bear it. The ship is like a taber-months ago this parish was destitute of the gospel: the peonacle; and really there is much external reformation, ple have now one of the Rev. G. Collison's studente Capt. raises no objection, I have near a hundred I Rev. Mr. Eastmead, settled among them. Mr. English of Wooburn, and Mr. Frey, preached on the occasion; and effecting an object which providence has placed in our Mr. Jones of London, Mr. Churchill of Henley, Mr. Red-power. The doctrine of the immediate and perpetual ford, of Windsor, and Mr. Barratt, now of Petersfield, pray-l interference of Divine Providence, is not true. ed.'- Ex. Mag. p. 633.
men travel the same road, the one to rob, the other to Methodism in his Majesty's ship Tonnant - A letter from the
the relieve a fellow.creature who is starving ; will any Sail-maker.
but the most fanatic contend, that they do not both • It is with great satisfaction that I can now inform you
run the saine chance of falling over a stone, and break. God has deigned in a yet greater degree, to own the weak ing their legs and is it not mailer of fact, that the efforts of his servant to turn many from Satan to himself. robber otten returns safe, and the just man sustains Many are called here, as is plain to be seen by their pen the injury? Have not the soundest divines, of both sive looks and deep sighs. And if they would be obedient churches, always urged this unequal distribution of to the heavenly call' instead of grieving the spirit of grace,
resent state, as one of the I dare say we should soon have near half the ship's comia- strongest natural arguments for a future state or retri. ny brought to God. I doubt not, however, but, as I have
avebution? Have they not contended, and well and ad. cast my bread us on the waters, it will be found after many days. Our 13 are now increased to upwards of 30. Surely
ely mirably contended, that the supposition of such a state the Lord delighteth not in the death of him that dieth.' - is absolutely necessary to our notion of the justice of Melk Mag. p. 189.
God-absolutely necessary to restore order to that
moral confusion which we all observe and deplore in It appears also, from p. 193, Meth. Mag., that the the present world? The man who places religion upon sa ne principles prevail on board his Majesty's ship a false basis is the greatest enemy to religion. If vicSea-borse, 44 guns. And in one part of Evan. Mag., tory is always to the just and good, how is the fortune great hopes are entertained of the 25th regiment of impious conquerors to be accounted for? Why do We believe this is the nuinber ; but we quote this fact they erect dynasties, and found families which last from memory
for centuries? The reflecting mind whom you bave We must remember, in addition to these trifiing instructed in this manner, and for present effect ouly, specimens of their active disposition, that the Metho- naturally coines upon you hereafter with difficulties dists have found a powerful party in the House of of this sort ; he finds he has been deceived ; and you Coinmons, who by the neutrality which they affect, will soon discover that, in breeding up a fanatic, you and partly adhere to, are couried both by ininisiers have unwillingly laid ihe foundation for an atheist.
nd opposition ; that they have gained complete pos. The honest and orthodox method is to prepare young session of the India-House; and under the pretence, people for the world, as it actually exists; to tell or, perhaps with the serious intention of educating ihem that they will often find vice perfectly successyoung people for India, will take care to introduce ful, virtue exposed 10 a long train of afflictions ; that (as much as they dare withont provoking attention) they must bear this patiently, and look to another their own particular tenets. In fact, one thing must world for its recti always be taken for granted respecting these people, 2. The second doctrine which it is necessary to no. -that wherever they gain a footing, or whatever be tice among the Methodists, is the doctrine of in ward the institutions to which they give birth, proselylism impulse and emotions, which, it is quite plain, must will be their main object; everything else is a mere lead, if universally insisted upon, and preached among instrument- this is their principal aim. When every the common people, to every species of folly and proselyte is not only an addition to their temporal enormity. When a human being believes that his power, but when the act of conversion which gains a internal feelings are the monitions of God, and that vote, saves (as they suppose) a soul from destruction, these monitions must gover his conduct; and when a
It is quite needless to state, that every faculty of great stress is purposely laid upon these in ward teel. their minds will be dedicated to this most important ings in all the discourses from the pulpit ; it is, of of all temporal and elernal concerns.
course, impossible to say to what a pitch of extrava. Their attack upon the Church is not merely confined gance mankind may not be carried, under the influence to publications; it is generally understood that they of such dangerous doctrines.
a very considerable fund for the purchase of liv. 3. The Methodists hate pleasure and amusements; ings, to which, of course, ministers of their own pro. no theatre, no cards, no dancing, no punchinello, no fession are always presented.
dancing dogs, no blind fiddlers; all the amusements Upon the foregoing facts, and upon the spirit evinced of the rich and of the poor must disappear, wherever
exiracts, we shall inake a few comments. these gloomy people get a footing. It is not the abuse 1. It is obvious, that this description of Christians of pleasure which they attack, but the interspersion entertain very erroneous and dangerous notions of the of pleasure, however much it is guarded by good sense present judgments of God. A belief, that Providence and moderation ; it is not only wicked to hear the interferes in all the little actions of our lives, refers licentious plays of Congrere, but wicked to hear Henry all merit and demerit to bad and good fortune; and the Vth, or the School for Scandal ; it is not only discauses the successful man to be always considered as sipated to run about to all the parties in London and a good man and the unhappy man as the object of Edinburgh, but dancing is not fit for a being who is divine rengeance. It furnishes ignorant and design preparing himself for Eternity. Ennui, wretchedness, ing men with a power which is sure to be abused :- melancholy, groans and sighs, are the offerings which the cry of, a judgment, a judgment, it is always easy these unhappy men make to a Deity who has covered to make, but not easy to resist. It encourages the the earth wiih gay colours, and scented it with rich grossest superstitions; for if the Deity rewards and perfumes; and shown us, by the plan and order of his punishes on every slight occasion, it is quite iinpossi. works, that he has given to man something better ble, but that such an helpless being as man will set than a bare existence, and scattered over his creation himself at work to discover the will of Heaven in the a thousand superfluous joys, which are totally unne. appearances of outward nature, to apply all the phe- cessary to the mere support of life. nnmena of thunder, lightning, wind, and every strik. 4. The Methodists lay very little stress upon prac. ing appearance to the regulation of his conduct; as tical righteousness. They do not say to their people, the poor Methodist, when he rode into Piccadilly in a do not be deceitful; do not be idle ; get rid of your thunder storm, and imagined that all the uproar of the bad passions ; or at least (it'they do say these things) elements was a mere hint to him not to preach at Mr. they say them very seldom. Not that they preach Romaine's chapel. Hence a great deal of error, and faith without works; for it they told the people, that a great deal of secret misery. This doctrine of a they might rob and murder with impunily, the civil theocracy must necessarily place an excessive power magistrate must be compelled to interfere with such in the hands of the clergy; it applies so instantly and doctrine : but they say a great deal about faith, and so tremendously to men's hopes and fears, that it must very litele about works. What are commonly called make the priest omnipolent over the people, as it al. the mysterious parts of our religion, are brought into ways has done where it has been established. It has the foreground much more than the doctrines which a great tendency to check human exertions, and to lead to practice and this among the lowest of the present the employment of those secondary means of community.
these exiracts, we shal
The Methodists have hitherto been accused of dis. | difficulty, under the influence of this nonsense, it senting from the Church of England. This, as far as converting these simple creatures into active and selates to mere subscription to articles, is not true; I mysterious fools, and making them pur slaves for but they differ in their choice of the articles upon life? It is not possible to raise up any dangerous which they dúate and expand, and to which they enthusiasm, by telling men to be just, and good, and appear to give a preference, from the stress which charitable ; but keep this part of Christianity out of they place upon them. There is nothing heretical insig
ad talk lon enthusiastic saying, that God sometimes intervenes with his special rant people, of the mysteries of our religion, and you providence; but these people differ from the Establish will not fail to attract a crowd of followers: verily ed Church, in the degree in which they insist upon the Tabernaele loveth not that which is simple, in. this doctrine. In the hands of a man of sense and telligible, and leadeth to good sound practice. education, it is a safe doctrine; in the management of Having endeavoured to point out the spirit which the Methodists, we have seen how ridiculous and de- pervades these people, we shall say a few words upon grading it becomes. In the same manner, a clergy. the causes, the effects, and the cure of this calamity. man of the Church of England would not do his duty, The fanaticism so prevalent in the present day, is ons if he did not insist upon the necessity of faith, as well of those evils from which society is never wholly es. as of good works; but as he believes that it is much empt ; but which bursts out at different periods, with more easy to give credit to doctrines than to live well, peculiar violence, and sometimes overwhelms every. he labours most in those points where human nature ihing in its course. The last eruption took place is the most liable to prove defective. Because he does about a century and a half ago, and destroyed both $0, he is accused of giving up the articles of his faith, Church and Throne with its tremendous force. Though by men who have their partialities also in doctrine; irresistible, it was short ; enthusiasm spent its force ; but parties, not founded upon the same sound discre. the usual reaction took place ; and England was de. tion, and knowledge of human nature.
luged with ribaldry and indecency, because it had 5. The Methodists are always desirous of making been worried with fanatical restrictions. By degrees, men more religious than it is possible, from the con- however, it was found out that orthodoxy and loyalty stitution of human nature, to make them. If they might bé secured by other methods than licentious could succeed as much as they wish to succeed, there conduct and immodest conversation. The public would at once be an end of delving and spinning, and morals improved ; and there appeared as much good of every exertion of human industry. Men must eat, sense and moderation upon the subject of religion as and drink, and work; and if you wish to fix upon them ever can be expected from mankind in large masses. high and elevated notions, as the ordinary furniture of Still, however, the mischief which the Puritans had their minds, you do these two things ; you drive men done was not forgotten; a general suspicion prevailed of warm temperaments mad, and you introduce in the of the dangers of religious enthusiasm ; and the iarest of ihe world, a low and shocking familiarity with natical preacher wanted his accustomed power among words and images, which every real friend to religion a people recently recovered from a religious war, and would wish to keep sacred. The friends of the dear guarded by songs, proverbs, popular stories, and the Redeemer, who are in the habit of visiting the Isle of general tide of humour and opinion, against all excesses Thanet (as in the extract we have quoted)—Is it of that natare. About the i
le of the last century possible that this mixture of the most awful, with the however, the character of the genuine fanatic was a inost famikar images, so common among Methodists good deal forgotten, and the memory of the civil wars now, and with the enthusiasts in the time of Crom- worn away; the field was clear for extravagance in well, must not, in the end, divest religion of all the piety; and causes, which must always produce an deep and soleina impressions which it is calculated to immense influence upon the mind of man, were left to produce? In a man of common imagination (as we their own unimpeded operations. Religion is so noble have before observed,) the terrer, and the feeling and powerful a consideration-it is so buoyent and so which it first excited, must necessarily be soon sepa insubmergible--that it may be made, by fanatics, rated: but, where the tervour of impression is long to carry with it any degree of error and of perpreserved, piety ends in Bedlam. Accordingly, there ilous absurdity. In this instance Messrs. Whitis not a mad-house in England, where a considerable field and Wesley happened to begin. They were part of the patients have not been driven to insanity men of considerable talents ; they observed the comby the extravagance of these people. We cannot mon decorums of life; they did not run naked into the enter such piaces without seeing a mmber of honest streets, or pretend to the prophetical character ; and artisans, covered with blankets, and calling them. therefore they were not committed to Newgate. selres angels and apostles, who, if they had remained They preached with great energy to weak people ; contented with the instruction of men of learning and who first stared-then listened--then believed-ther education, would have been sound masters of their felt the inward feeling of grace, and berame as fool'sha own trad
Christians, and useful meinbers of as their teachers could possibly wish them to be ; in society.
short, folly ran its ancient course, and buman nature 6. It is impossible not to observe how directly allevinced itself to be what it has always been under si. the doctrine of the Methodists is calculated to gain milar cireumstaaces. The great and permanent cause, power among the poor and ignorant. To say, that therefore, of the increase of Methodism, is the cause the Deity governs this world by general rules, and which has giren birth to fanaticism in all agesmthe that we must wait for another and a final scene of facility of mingling human errors with the funaamental existence, before vice meets with its merited punish. truths of religion. The formerly imperfect res dence ment, and virtue with its merited reward; to preach of the clergy may, perhaps, in some trifing degree, this
ingle votary to the Whave aided this source of Methodism. But unless a Tabemacle, nor sell a Number of the Methodistical man of education, and a gentleman, could stoop to Higazine : but to publish an account of a man who was such disingenuous arts as the Methodist preachers, cured of scrotula by a single sermon-of Providence unless he hears heavenly music all of a sudden, and destroying the innkeeper at Garstang for appointing enjoys sueet erperiences, it is quite impossible that te a cock-fight near the Tabernacle; this promptness of can contend against such artists as there. More ac. judgment and immediate execution is so much like tive than they are at present the clergy miglit perhaps buman justice, and so much better adapted to vulgar be: bat the calmness and moderation of an Establishcapacities, that the system is at once adinitted as soon ment can never possibly be a match for sectarian acas any one can be found who is impudent or ignorant tivity. If the common people are ennui'd with the enough to teach it; and, being once admitted, it pro. fine acting of Mrs. Siddons, they go to Sadler's Weils. cuces too strong an effect upon the passions to be The subject is too serious for ludicrous comparierns : casily relinquished. The case is the same with the but the Tabernacle really is to the Church, what Sadd'octrine of inward impulse, or, as they term it, ex- ler's Wells is to the Drama. There posularity is perience. If you preach up to ploughmen and artisans, gained by vaulting and tumbling-by low arts which that every singular feeling which comes across them the regular clergy are not too idle to have recourse is a visitation of the Divine Spirit, can there be any to, but too dignified ; their institutions are chaste and severe, they endeavour to do that which upon the clear, if they were done, they would do much good. vokole, and for a great number of years, will be found Whatever happens, we are for common sense and or. to be the most admirable and the most useful : it is I thodoxy. Insolence, servile politics, and the spirit of no part or their plan to descend to small artifices for persecution, we condemn and attack, whenever we ob. the sake of present popularity and effect. The reserve them; but to the learning, the moderation, and ligion of the common people, under the government of the rational piety of the Establishment, we most ear. the Church, may remain as it is forever ; enthusiasm nestly wish a decided victory over the ronsense, the must be progressive, or it will expire.
melancholy, and the madness of the Tabernacle.* It is probable that the dreadful scenes which have God send that our wishes be not in vain. lately been acted in the world, and the dangers to which we are exposed, have increased the numbers of the Methodists. To what degree will Method. ism extend in this country? This question is not INDIAN MISSIONS. (EDINBURGH REVIEW, 1808.) easy to answer. That it has rapidly increased! * within these few years, we have no manner of Considerations on the Policy of communicating the Knowdoubt ; and we confess we cannot see what is like. ledge of Christianity to the Natires in India. By a late Rely to impede its progress. The party which it has
hich it has sident in Bengal. London. Hatchardi, 1807. formed in the Legislature ; and the artful neutral. An Address to the Chairman of the East India Company, ocity with which they rive respectability to their small casioned by Mr. Twining's Letter to that Gentleman. By number, the talents of some of this party, and the un
the Rev. John Owen. London. Hatchard. impeached excellence of their characters, all make it A Letter to the Chairman of the East India Company on the probable that fanaticism will increase rather than Danger of interfering in the religious Opinions of the Nadiminish. The Methodists have made an alarming
tives af India. By Thomas Twining. London. Ridgeinroad into the Church, and they are attacking the
way. army and navy. The principality of Wales, and the
nd the Vindication of the Hindoos. By a Bengal ()fficer. London. Lasi India Company, they have already acquired.
Rodwell. All mines and subterraneous places belong to them :/ Letter to John Scott Waring. London. Hatchard. they creep into hospitals and small schools, and so Cunningham's Christianity in India. London. Hatchard. work their way upwards. It is the custom of the reli. Answer to Major Scott Waring. Extracted from the Chris gious neutrals to beg all the little livings, particularly tian Observer. in the north of England, from the minister for the Observations on the Present State of the East India Company time being ; and from these fixed points they make in By Major Scott Waring. Ridgeway. London. cursions upon the happiness and common sense of the vicinage. We most sincerely deprecate such an
Ar two o'clock in the morning, July the 101h, 1806, event; but it will excite in us no manner of surprise,
"the European barracks, at Vellore, containing then four if a period arrives when the sober and orthodox part
complete companies of the 69th regiment, were sur. of the English clergy are completely deserted by the
rounded by two battalions of Sepoys in the Company's middling and lower classes of the community. We
service, who poured in an heavy fire of musketry, at do not prophesy any such event ; but we contend that
every door and window, upon the soldiers : at the it is not impossible, hardly improbable. If such, in
same time the European sentries, the soldiers at the future, should be the situation of this country, it is im.
main-guard, and the sick in the hospital, were put to
death; the officers' houses were ransacked, and every possible to say what political animosities may not be ingrafted upon this marked and dangerous division of
body found in them murdered. Upon the arrival of mankind into the godly and ungodly. At all events,
the 19th Light Dragoons under Colonel Gillespie, the we are quite sure that happiness will be destroyed,
Sepoys were immediately attacked ; 600 cut down reason degraded, sound religion banished from the
upon the spot; and 200 taken froin their hiding places, world ; and that when fanaticism becomes too foolish
and shot. "There perished, of the four European com. and too prurient to be endured (as is at last sure to be
panies, about 164, besides officers; and many British the case, it will be succeeded by a long period of the omcers of the native troops were murdered by the in. grossest immorality and debauchery.
surgents. We are not sure that this evil admits of any cure,
Subscquent to this explosion, there was a mutiny at or of any considerable palliation. We most sincerely
| Nundydroog ; and, in one day, 450 Mahomedan Se. hope that the government of this country will never
poys were disarined, and turned out of the fort, on be guilty of such indiscretion as to tamper with the
the ground of an intended massacre. It appeared,
e also, from the intormation of the commanding officer Toleration Act, or to attempt to put down these follics by the intervention of the law. If experience has
at Tritchinopoly, that, at that period, a spirit of dis. taught us anything, it is the absurdity of controlling
affection had manifested itself at Bangalore, and other men's notions of eternity by acts of Parliament. |
places; and seemed to gain ground in every direction. Something may perhaps be done, in the way of ridi
On the 3rd of December, 1806, the government of cule, towards turning the popular opinion. It may be
h Madras issued the following proclamation :as well to extend the privileges of the dissenters to
"A PROCLAMATION. the members of the Church of England; for as the law now stands, any man who dissents from the “The Right Hon. the Governor in Council, having obFestablished Church may open a place of worship where served that, in some late instances, an extraordinary dehe pleases. No orthodox clergyman can do so with.
gree of agitation has prevailed among several corp's of the
native army of this coast, it has been his Lord hip's particout the consent of the parson of the parish, who al. ular endeavour to ascertain the motives which may have ways refuses, because he does not choose to have his led to conduct so different from that which formerly distinmonopoly disturbed ; and refuses in parishes where guished the native army. From this inquiry, it has appearthere are not accommodations for one half of the per. ed that many persons of evil intention have e sons who wish to frequent the Church of England, for malicious purposes, to impress upon the native troops a and in instances where he knows that the chapels wollef that it is the wish of the British government to con- '
vert them by forcible means to Christianity; and his Lordfrom which he excludes the established worship, will
ship in Council has observed with concern, that such mali. be immediately occupied by sectaries. It may be ascious reports have been believed by many of the native well to encourage in the early education of the clergy, troops. a better and more animated method of preaching; and The Right Hon. the Governor in Council, therefore, it may be necessary hereafter, if the evil gets to a deems it proper, in this public manner, to repeat to the nagreat height, to relax the articles of the English church, and to admit a greater variety of Christians within the * There is one circumstance to which we have neglected pale. The greatest and best of all remedies is per to advert in the proper placethe dreadful pillage of the haps the education of the poor; we are astonished,
earnings of the poor which is made by the Methodists. A
dy case is mentioned in one of the numbers of these two mathat the Established Church of England is not awake gazines for 1807, 5f a poor man with a family, earning only to this mean of arresting the progress of Methodism. twenty-eight shillings a week, who has made two donations Of course none of these things will be done ; nor is it lof ten guineas each to the missionary fund!