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alon, that if his strength had not been so much exhausted, I the elect-the people of God. The rest of mankind he would now have been in a state of religious transport are carnal people—the people of this world, &c. &c. The His nervous systein, however, had received such a shock, I children of Israel were not more separated, through that his recovery was doubtful; and it seemed certain, that if he did recover, lie 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. p. 412, thodists are, in their own estimation, from the rest of 413.
mankind. We had hitherto supposed that the disA religious observer stands at a turnpike gate on a Scotland had been Christians; and that, after bap,
ciples of the Established churches in England and Sunday, io witness the profane crowd passing by; he tism, 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 should hapi en! Should the horse take fright,
or years of age first called to a knowledge of Christ un. the wheel on either side get entangled, or the gig upset--in der a sermon by the Rev. Mr. Venn,-or first admitted eillier case what can preserve him? And should a morn- into the church of Christ under a sermon by the Rev. Mr. ing so fair and promising bring on evil before night-- Romaine. The apparent admission turns out to have should death on his tale
horse appear--what follows been a mere mockery ; and the pseudo-christian to mind shuddered at the images I had raised.”!-Ev. Mag. have had no religion at all, till the business was really p. 535, 059.
and effectually done under these sermons by Mr. Venn Miss Louisa Cooke's rapturous state.
and Mr. Romaine. • From this period she lived chiefly in retirement, either An auful 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 prayer to God. While thus employed, she was nut unfrequently indulged with visits froin her gra
• A second volume of Mr. Cooper's sermons is before us cious Lord; and sometimes 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 de; arture Bristol, 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 viour,'-Ev. Mag. p. 676, 677.
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 "Let those who have been partial to such vain produc- which the Reformation was built, and the Church of Englan,
to the consideration of the great and leading doctrines on tions, only rend Isaiah xlvii. 13, and Daniel ii. 27; and they by law established. The author of these sermons, avoiding wils here see what they are to be accounted or, and in all matters of more doubtful disputation, avowedly attache what company they are to be found; and let them learn himself to the great fundamental truths; and on the two to despise their equivocal and artful inuations, which substantial pillars, the Jachin and Boaz of the living temple, are too 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, hy 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. Had holiness,' &c.-Ev. Mag. p. 79. Baruch or Deborah consulted the stars? No such thing.' --Es, 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. meddle with, and disturb the ordinary occupations • Mr. Robinson was called in early life to the knowledge and amusements of lite, and to raise up little qualms of Christ, under a sermon at St. Dunstan's, by the late Rev. of conscience, which, instead of exciting respect, Mi: Venn, from Ezek. xxxvi. 25, 26; the remembrance of border, we fear, somewhat too closely upon the ludi" which greatly refreshed his soul upon his death-bed.'—Ev.
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. lite.'-Ev. Mag. p. 380. ing themselves in the above manner may be convinced of Its evil.'- Ev. Mag. p. 72.
We learn in page 128, Meth. Mag., that iwelve
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 • Usury.—Sir, I beg the favour of you to insert the follow- sense of forgiveness. ing case of conscience. I frequently find in scripture, that C'sury is particularly condemned ; and that it is repre A religious Hoy sets off every week for Margale. sented as the characier of a good man, that “he hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase,' * Rcligious Passengers accommodoted.-To the Editor.--Sir, 2 ek. xviii. S, &c. I wish, therefore, to know how such it afforded me considerable pleasure to see uunn the cover Passages are to be
nderstood; and whether the taking of of Magazine for the present month, an advertisement, interest for money, as is universally practiced among us, announcing the establishment of a paciet, to sail weekly can be reconciled with the word and will of God? Q.:- between London and Margate, during the season; which Et. Mag. p. 71.
appears to have been set on foot for the accommcdation of
religious characters; and in which "10 profane conversaDancing ill suited for a creature on trial for eternity. tion is to be allowed." • If dancing be a waste of time; if the precious hours de who are in the habit of visiting the Isle of Thanet in the
• To those among the followers of a crucified Redeemer, voted to it may be better employed ; it it be a species of summer, and who, for the rea air, or from other circumtribing ill suited to a creature on trial for eternity, and stances, prefer travelling by water, such a conveyance inust hastening towards it on the swift wings of time: if it be certainly be a desideratun, especially if they have expe. incoin atible with genuine repentance, true faith in Christ, rienced a mortitication similar to that of the writer, in the supreme love to God, and a sia!c of genuine devotedness course of the last summer. when shut up in a cabin with a to him,--then is dancing a practice utterly opposed to the mixed multitude, who spoke almost all languages but that whole spirit and temper of Christianity, and subversive of of Canaan. Totally unconnected with the concern, and the best interests of the rising generation.'— Meth. Mag. p. personally a stranger to the worthy owner, I take the liberty 197, 123.
of recommending this vex-el to the notice of my fellowThe Methodists consider themselves as constituting Christians: persuaded that they will think themselves bound z chosen and separate people, living in a land of athe- honour of the dear Redeemer for its professed object. It Ists and voluptuaries. The expressions by which ought ever to be remembered, 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, 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 general will cheerfully unite with me, while I most cordially truth shall be established. I recently met with a pleasing
Mr. Editor-In the mouth of two or three witnesses, a 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; Magazine. I was surprised by a visit from an old acquaintthat the humble followers of Him who spoke the storm into ance of inine 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 conversation, I cabins they enjoy sweet communion with their Lord and was shocked at the profane oaths that perpetually interwith each other; and that strangers, who may be provi. rupted his sentences; and took an opportunity to express dentially brought among thein, may see so much of the my regret that such language should be so common among beauty and excellency of the religion of Jesus exemplitied sing many solemn imprecations' - no officer can live at sea
so valuable a body of men. “Sir," said he, still intersperin their conduct and conversation, that they may be con. without swearing ;-not one of my 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." I ain, Mr. Editor, your obliged friend and sister in the our faces, and leave us to do our commands ourselves. I gospel, E. T.-'Ev. Mag. p. 269.
never knew but one exception; and that was extraordi.
nary. I declare, believe me 'tis true (suspecting that I A religious newspaper is announced in the Ev. M. might not credit it,) there was a set of fellows called Metkofor September. It is said of common newspapers, 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 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 nobodý 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 properly devoted to the Saviour of the universe." It a mess by themselves; and never mixed with the other
men. I have often heard them sing away myself; and 'tís 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 supplied by pious re. wounded at the battle of Trafalgar, though they did their flections ; suitable comments to improve the dispensa- duty as well as any men. No, not one of the pralm-singing tions of Providence will be introduced ; and the whole gentry was even hurt ; and there the fellows are swimming conducted with an eye to our spiritual, as well as
away in the Bay oi Biscay at this very time, sinping like temporal welfare. The work will contain the latest still are allowed the same privileges, and mess by them
the d They are now under a new commander; but news up to four o'clock on the day of publication, to
These were the only fellows that I ever knew to gether with the most recent religious occurrences. do their duty without swearing; 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 Adl'ertisement. The Eclectic Review is also understood These people are spread orer 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 the 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 objeci 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 was
presented by the Committee ; from which it appeared,
• Religious Tract Society.—The most satisfactory Report of the gospel ;-a premium expected, p. 3.-Wanted, a serious young woman, as servant of all work, 3.-.Wanted, 1999, upwards of Four Millions of Religious Tracts have & man of serious character, who can shave, 3.-Wanted, a been issued under the auspices of the Society; and that conserious woman to assist in a shop, 3.-A young person in the millinery line wishes to be in a serious family, 4.-- siderably more than one-fourth of that number have been Wants a place, a young man who has brewed in a serious sold during the last year.'—Er. Mag. p. 284. family, 4.--Ditto, a young woman of evangelical principles, These tracts are dropped in villages by the Metho. 4:--- Wanted, an active serious shopman, 6:- To be sold, an dists, and thus every chance for conversion afforded eligible residence, with sixty acres of land; gospel preached 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 trarel. family: 5.-To let, a genteel first floor in an airy situation lers, for every pound they spend on the road, should near the Tabernacle, t.-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 spoker 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' worih, "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 faevery 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.- Ez. 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.
Sanne day, the Rev. W. Haward, from Hoxton Academy,
was ordained over the Independent chuich at Rendham, • British Navy. It is with peculiar pleasure we insert the Suitolk. Mr. Pickles, of Walpole, beyan with a prayer and following extract of a letter from the pious chaplain of a reading; Mr. Price, of Woodbridge delivered the introducman-of-war, to a gentleman at Gosport, intiinating the tory discourse, and asked the questions; Mr. Dennant, of power and grace of God manifested towards our brave sea- Halesworth, offered the ordination prayer; Mr. Shufflebotmen. “Oj Cadiz, Nor. 26, 1806.-My dear friend-A fleet tom, of Bungay, gove the charge from Acts xx. 28; Mr. Vin. for England found us in the night, and is just going away. cent, of Deal, the general prayer; and Mr. Waliord of Ihave only to tell you that the work of God seems to pros. Yarmouth, preached to the people from 2 Phil. ii. 16. per. Many are under convictions ;--some, I trust, are con. Er. Mag. p. 429. verted. But iny own health is suffering much, nor shall I Chapels opened.- Hambledon, Bucks, Sept. 22.-Eighteen 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 students, the Capt. raises no objection. I have near a hundred Rev. Mr. Eastmead, settled among them. Mr. English ct
Wooburn, and Ms. 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- ! interference of Divine Providence, is not true. Il two 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 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 matter of fact, that the efforts of his servant to turn many from Satan to himself. robber often 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 diviues, 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 qirit of grace, good and evil, in the present state, as one of the I dare say we should soon have near half the ship's compia- strongest natural arguments for a future state of retri. ny brought to God. I doubt not, however, but, as I have bution ? Have they not contended, and well and ad. cast my bread up on the waters, it will be found after many days. Our 13 are now increased to upwards of 30. Surely 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 Mell 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 same 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 #van. 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
for centuries? The reflecting mind whom you have We must remember, in addition to these trifting instructed in this manner, and for present effect only, 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 parily adhere to, are couried both by ininisiers have unwittingly laid the foundation for an atheist. and opposition; that they have gained compleie 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, virtne 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 lenets. In fact, one thing must world for its rectification. 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 inward the institutions to which they give birth, pruselylism impulse and emotions, which, it is quile 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 Fote, saves (as they suppose) a soul from destruction, these monitions must govern his conduct ; and when a -it is quite needless to state, that every faculty of great stress is purposely laid upon these inward feel. their minds will be dedicated io this most importaut 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 aitack 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, have 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 by these extracts, we shall make 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 Congreve, 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 is the object of Edinburgh, but dancing is not fit for a being urho 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 sirik 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 (if they do say ihese 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 impunity, 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 little about works. What are commonly called mal the priest omnipotent 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.
The Methodists have hitherto been accused of dis- difficulty, under the influence of this nonsense, ite senting from the Church of England. This, as far as converting these simple creatures into active and Telates to mere subscription to articles, is not true; mysterious fools, and making them your slaves for but they differ in their choice of the articles upon lite? It is not possible to raise up any dangerous which they dilate 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 in sight, and talk long and enthusiastically before ignosaying, 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 ihe 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- ihe 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 one if he did not insist upon the necessity of faith, as well of those evils trom which society is never wkolly exas 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 toek place is the most liable to prove defective. Because he does about a century and a half ago, and destroyed both so, he is accused of giving np 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 ; būt 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 Methodisis 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 liceni ous 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 inorals improved ; and there appeared as much good of every exertion of human industry. Men must eat, sense and moderation upon the subject of religion es 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 farest of the 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' tbat natore. About the middle 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- wom 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 solein impressions which it is calculated to immense infuence upon the mind of man, were left to produce? In a man of common imagination (as we their own unimpeded operations. Religion is so Doble 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 fervour 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 number 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-ihen education, would have been sound masters of their felt the inward feeling of grace, and became as foolish own trade, sober Christians, and useful members 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 all evinced itself to be what it has always been under sithe doctrine of the Methodists is calculated to gain milar cireumstaaces. The great and jermanent 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 given birth to fanaticism in all ages the that we must wait for another and a final scene of facility of mingling human errors with the fundamental existence, before vice meets with its merited punish- truths of religion. The formerly imperfect res'dence mnent, and virtue with its merited reward; to preach of the clergy may, perhaps, in some trifting degree, this up daily, would not add a single votary to the Mave 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 3D igazine : but to publish an account of a man who was such disingenuous aris as the Methodist preachers, cured of scrofula by a single sermon-of Providence unless he hears heavenly music all of a sudden, and destroying the innkeeper at Garstang for appointing enjoys sweet erperiences, it is quite impossible that te a cock.fight near the Tabernacle; this promptness of can contend against such artists as these. More acjudgment and immediate execution is so much like tive than they are at present the clergy might perhaps Erman justice, and so much better adapted to vulgar be: bat the calmness and moderation of an Estublishcapacities, that the system is at once adinitted as soon ment can never possibly be match for sectarion ac. as any one can be found who is impudent or ignorant tivity. If the common people are ennuild 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 comparisons : 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 popularity 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 10, 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. wkole, 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 tho most useful: it is I thodoxy: Insolence, servile politics, and the spirit of no part oi' their plan to descend to small artifices for persecution, we condemn and attack, whenever we ob. the sake of present popularity and effect. The re- serve 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 à 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 coniess we cannot see what is like ledge of Christianity to the Natives in India. By a late Rely to impede its progress. The party which 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 give respectability to their small casioned by Mr. T'wining's Lctter to that Gentleman. By
the Rev. John Owen. London, Hatchard. number, the talents of some of this party, and the un. impeached excellence of their characters, all make it A Letter to the Chairinan 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
way. inroad into the Church, and they are attacking the army and navy. The principality of Wales, and the Vindication of the Hindoos. By a Bengal Officer. London.
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 the European barracks, at Vellore, containing then four
Ar two o'clock in the morning, July the 10th, 1806, event ; but it will excite in us no manner of surprise, complete companies of the 69th regiment, were sur. if a period arrives when the sober and orthodox part rounded by two battalions of Sepoys in the Company's of the English clergy are completely deserted by the service, who poured in an heavy fire of musketry, at middling and lower classes of the community. 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 main-guard, and the sick in the hospital, were pui to
same time the European sentries, the soldiers at the future, should be the situation of this country, it is im- 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, Sepoys were immediately attacked ; 600 cut down
the 19th Light Dragoons under Colonel Gillespie, the we are quite sure that happiness will be destroyed, 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 officers of the native troops were murdered by the in.
surgents. grossest immorality and debauchery. We are not sure that this evil admits of any cure, Nundydroog; and, in one day, 450 Mahomedan Se
Subsequent to this explosion, there was a mutiny at hope that the government of this country will never poys were disarmed, and turned out of the fort, on
It appeared, be guilty of such indiscretion as to tamper with the the ground of an intended massacre. Toleration Act, or to attempt to put down these follics also, from the information of the commanding officer by the intervention of the law. If experience has affection had manifested itself at Bangalore, and other
at Tritchinopoly, that, at that period, a spirit of dis. taught us anything, it is the absurdity of controlling 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-l on the 3rd of December, 1806, the government of cule, towards turning the popular opinion. it may be Madras issued the following proclamation :as well to extend the privileges of the dissenters to 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 obEstablished Church may open a place of worship where served that, in some late instances, an extraordinary de. he pleases. No orthodox clergyman can do so with gree of agitation has prevailed among several corps of the out 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 endeavoured, sons who wish to frequent the Church of England, for malicious purposes, to impress upon the native troops á and in instances where he knows that the chapels whef Wat it is the wish of the British government to confrom which he excludes the established worship, will vert them by forcible means to Christianity; and his Lordbe immediately occupied by sectaries. It may be as cious 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 place, the dreadful pillage of the haps the education of the poor; we are astonished, earnings of the poor which is made by the Methodists. A that 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 donation's Of course none of these things will be done ; nor is it l of ten guineas each to the missionary fund!