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conscience, the intercourse of different Protestant I visited likewise the abode of Bullinger, who, states, the operations of various religious societies, after the death of Zuingle, was for above forty the judgments of God which have been abroad in years at the head of the churches at Zurich.* Í the earth, and, above all, the divine mercy visit- walked in the streets, I saw the churches, I ening and subduing the hearts of men, are producing tered the college, I was in the very house, I saw a wonderful change. In some quarters the purity the hand-writing of this blessed man, who, in of the Gospel has flourished without interruption 1538, received with affectionate hospitality some or decay. But taking a view of the present state noble Englishmen, and wrote, at their request, to of the continent generally, in its two great families our Henry VIII., in support of the perfection and of Catholics and Protestants, the Christian travel authority of the Scriptures; and in 1554, in the ler cannot but be affected, even to depression, reign of the atrocious queen Mary, welcomed with the prevailing degeneracy.
Jewel, afterwards bishop of Salisbury, Sandys, 3. But let me turn to a more pleasing topic, afterwards archbishop of York, and others; gave and one that may cheer us with THE PROSPECT OF them lodgings in the Cathedral-Close; and when THE REVIVAL OF RELIGION. For who raised up Elizabeth ascended the throne, continued a conthe Reformers in the sixteenth century! Were stant correspondence with them till his death, in they not men of " like passions with ourselves ?" 1575. Few measures in our English Reformation Cannot a similar race of men be again formed by were taken without his advice. the mercy of God now? Nay, are there not All this I should have mentioned to you before. reasonable hopes that such will be the case ? For I have, indeed, alluded frequently to the names of a visit to the continent leads the traveller over some of these Reformers. But I ought to have those scenes where the Reformers began their dwelt more on their piety and talents, their wisblessed labors. And this is the third observation dom and courage, their zeal and disinterestedness. which I wish to offer. Nothing afforded me, I For my mind is deeply penetrated with the conthink, such unmixed pleasure, as entering the very viction that the best hope of a GENERAL REVIVAL towns, visiting the houses, and reading the letters of religion now, is by studying and imitating such of those great and able men. I did not penetrate bright examples. Men like these, wise, holy, arfar enough into Germany to see Eisenach, Wit- dent, devoted to God, raised above a spirit of temberg, or Worms, where the magnanimous Lu- party in religion, purified from petty passions, sether met his papal antagonists ; but I was at Ge- parated from the politics of this world, thoroughly neva, where Beza, after the death of Luther and grounded in the doctrine of holy Scripture, and Calvin, so admirably led the Reformation. working by genuine humility and lowliness, rather
It was Beza who conducted the discussions of than by heat and obstinacy-men, animated above Poissy in 1561, where in the presence of the king all with the ardent love of “ Christ and him cruof France, (Charles IX.) the king of Navarre, cified"-such persons would soon be the means of (Henry IV.) the Cardinal of Lorraine, and the restoring decayed religion in the Popish and ProFrench court, he almost affected the reception of testant churches. To produce such men, the the reformed doctrines in that vast kingdom.- silent circulation of the Bible seems the first step. The Reformed church in France had then reach. Of all inventions the noble idea of giving throughed its widest limits. The Protestants had two out the world the inspired volume of revelation thousand one hundred and fifty churches, some of appears to me the most happy, the most pure, and which contained ten thousand members. In fact, the most important. It is like the works of nanearly half of France was Protestant in the 16th ture, as simple as it is majestic and efficacious. century; whilst in the present, the 19th, not more It has the impress of God. I do not wonder at than a thirtieth part follows the reformed doc- the open and violent opposition which the Bible trines. The valuable MS. of the Gospel which Society has provoked. This might be expected, bears the name of Beza, (Codex Beza) was his if I am right in the immense importance which I gift to the University of Cambridge. He died in attach to it. The Pope and the church of Rome 1605, aged 86.
know that the Bible is against them. They act I was also at Strasburg, where Martin Bucer, for twenty-six years, was a model of evangelical * Bishop Burnet mentions that he saw at Zurich holiness. Our great Cranmer brought him over a Latin MS. of the New Testament of the ninth with Fagius in 1549, and fixed him in the Uni- century, in which a preface of St. Jerome prefixed versity of Cambridge, where he read lectures to the Catholic epistles, stated that " he had been with infinite applause, on St. John's Gospel. He more exact in that translation, that he might discodied in 1551, and was buried with the utmost that passage (viz. 1 John v. 7, 8.) concerning the
ver the fraud of the Arians, who had struck out respect, in the University church, the Vice Chan- Trinity.” If this be correct, it seems to confirm the cellor and the members of all the colleges attend- arguments in favor of the authenticity of the pasing:
sage. Surely Jerome, who was born in A. D. 331, I saw at Basle, the cathedral, and school, and and lived for nearly a century, must be a competent library, where Ecolampadius, from 1515 to his witness to such a fact. The present bishop of Sadeath in 1531, labored in establishing, with equal lisbury's tracts on the authenticity of this text, are acuteness and moderation, the reformed doctrines. entitled on all accounts to the attention of the BibHe was joined with Erasmus in composing the lical student. He informs us that Walafrid Straannotations on the New Testament, which so
bo, Erasmus, Socinus, Le Clerc, Sir Isaac Newton, much aided the infant cause of truth. His name referred to was Jerome's; and that it proves the
Mill, and Dorhout, consider that the prologue above was indicative of his character; he was indeed existence, in his time, of the Greek text of the se. Ecolampadius, " the lamp of the house,” a burn- venth verse.-See Bishop BURGEss's Vindication, ing and a shining light in the Temple of the Lord. I 1823, p. 46, &c.
in character in the Bulls issued against it. The prived of all their asperity. Differences of judg. opposition of some Protestants would be much ment are the infirmity of the MILITANT church. more painful and mysterious, if we did not remem- If all men could be brought to one mind, the world ber the effects of misrepresentation and contro- would be in a state not to need the new law of versy, in perverting the judgment of men in spite charity which our Saviour left us, as the badge of of their better principles. Let only the friends of his followers, and the healing medicine of their the Bible institutions persevere in that meek and feverish heats and irritations. I can truly say peaceable temper which has hitherto so much dis- that if I have erred against the law of peace in tinguished them. They are invulnerable so long any thing I have said in my series of letters I as the spirit of love goes on to preside over their heartily retract it. My intention and my prayer proceedings and conduct. There is nothing which is to unite TRUTH with CHARITY. I do not expect ultimately by their means. Wher 5. But I must not dwell on these topics. I just ever the Bible meets with characters like Lean- mention a further thought in connexion with them, der Van Ess or the pastor Henhöfer, it works its which frequently occurred to me on my journey way with irresistible might; or wherever the THE IMPORTANCE OF EVERY CHRISTIAN TRAVELgrace of God makes it the means of first training LER, WHETHER MINISTER OR NOT, CORDIALLY COsuch characters, it soon leads to like results. OPERATING, IN SOME WAY OR OTHER, IN THIS Truth, in the very words dictated by the Holy GREAT WORK. Let not the beauties of nature Ghost, enters the mind, and sheds its own glory withdraw his mind from the duties, unostentatious there. And it is impossible to say in how many but important, which he may connect so easily, hearts that process is actually going on-how so agreeably with them. Let not the hurry of many latent Luthers, Malancthons, Calvins, Zuin- his movements, the novelty of his circumstances, gles, Bucers, Ecolampadiuses, and Bullingers, are the imperfection of his knowledge of the continow preparing, by a painful study of the Bible, nental tongues, the infirmity of his health,* deter for future usefulness.
him from attempting a little. Such labor for the 4. The example of those Protestant churches good of souls elevates and sanctifies a tour underwhich have the widest influence, may also have a taken for health or instruction. A conversation great effect, under the blessing of God, to pro- with a peasant on the road, a visit to a poor or duce and help forward such a revival. Let us aid sick family, the gift of a suitable tract or a New the inquiring. Let us embody and exhibit the Testament, a word dropped at a table-d'hôte, the Christianity of which they read in their Bibles. encouraging of the more candid and pious clergy, LET US ENDEAVOR TO ADVANCE THE AGE OF the assisting of Bible and Missionary Societies, TRUE CHRISTIAN CHARITY, founded on the doc- the consecration of the Sabbath, the daily devotrines of the grace of Christ. This is my fourth tions of the family, are duties neither difficult nor remark. I entreat my countrymen, and especially rare. Examples continually occur of the good the ministers of religion, to cultivate both at home thus produced. and in their visits to the continent, the spirit of A gentleman of Scotland, who had a good deal forbearance, wisdom, moderation, and love, which forgotten his French, came to Geneva, about semarked the Reformers. Our books are read ven years since, and in a few months, by simply abroad, our sentiments have a considerable influ- dwelling on the authority and manifest truths of ence. England is the hope of the world. Let the New Testament, was the means of attracting then the law of Christian kindness be apparent in the attention and regard of a whole circle of all we write and teach. We have had in the church the age of SUPERSTITION—thirteen centuries have witnessed the fatal effects of this on
* I would bere offer a remark or two to in valids. true religion. We have seen, since the revival of I found in my own instance, that whilst I was movletters, our ages of DARING INQUIRY, human rea- been undermined by a long series of over-exertion,
ing gently from place to place, my health, which had soning, controversy; and we have tasted the bit- was sensibly improved. The fine air, the changes ter fruits which they have produced. Surely at of scene, the freedom from ordinary cares and dulength it is time for THE AGE OF CHARITY, of the tics, the conversation of my family, the curiosity love of God and man, to begin-love which re- awakened at every turn, my inquiries, wherever I ceives and uses to their proper end, all the great came into the moral and religious state of the difmysteries of redemption; which dwell on every ferent towns and countries, my interviews with doctrine and duty in a holy, practical manner; pious ministers and professors, and especially the which assimilates every thing to its own pure and mountain tours, all contributed, under God's blesheavenly temper; which conforms us to the di- sing, to my recovery. When I arrived at Lyon in vine image, and unites us to God himself. The about two thousand rive hundred miles, I was not
September, after a journey of three months and scheme of reducing all men to one confession is like the same person as when I quitted England. vain and hopeless. On minor questions, the best | The over-hurry of the few last weeks of my tour course is to hold with moderation and firmness was the first thing that injured me, so far as I can our own sentiments, whilst we respect those of judge. I travelled, in consequence of my son's illothers. To meet men in anger, and attempt to ness, too rapidly to Geneva the last time. Again, subdue them by controversy, is the way to aug- when I arrived at Paris, ! was not enough on my ment, instead of lessening, existing evils. Love, guard. I saw too many friends, and attended too then, is the truest wisdom. The few command" many societies. The hours also were late, compared ing doctrines and duties of Christianity may be with what I had been accustomed to. The conbest recommended in this spirit. Where these returned to my usual clerical duties, I soon found
sequence was, that when I arrived in England, and are received and practised, remaining disagree- myself indisposed. The extremely wet weather on ments will lose half their mischief, by being de- my first arrival added to my plaints; and in
young students, and imbuing their minds with its was crowded. The Catholics were astonished at evangelical doctrine.
an English nobleman appearing to be really in An American merchant, settled some time since earnest about religion. at Paris, became the centre of really most exten
But in all these attempts to do good, the chasive good, by kindness, piety, liberality, fearless- rity which I have just been recommending, must ness, simplicity of heart; though he knew French reign. Benevolence is an universal language. very imperfectly. The multitude of tracts he Those who may not at first understand your sen. gave away was incredible.
timents, can feel and appreciate your kindness. Again, an English lady at Lausanne was the All airs of superiority must be avoided, all boastmeans of inconceivable benefit, by occupying ing of England's liberty, riches, power; all interevery moment of a pretty long residence, in aid- ineddling in politics, all controversy about differing the cause of her God and Saviour, though in ent churches I had almost said about different no way at all inconsistent with the modesty and doctrines. Love must be the key to open the humility of her sex.
heart--Christian love, which delights in truths Another lady was at Montanvert, on the way common to all churches, and interesting to every to the Mer de Glace, a few years since. She soul of man, and which knows how to make large wrote in her guide's book the usual attestation to allowances for dulness, prejudices of education, his attention and skill; and then added, “ You early habits, and slow obedience to truth. have often said to me, Lean upon me, follow my
If any should doubt the obligation of our thus steps, and fear nothing. This is what I say to carrying our religion wherever we travel, let him you as to our true Guide and Saviour Jesus Christ. learn it from the word of God, which demands the Lean upon Him, follow his steps, and fear nothing. dedication of all we have, and under all circumHe will conduct you safely in the road, yet more stances, to his service. I need only quote one or difficult
, of eternal life.” This advice gratified two declarations from the New Testament to rethe man beyond conception; and several years call this point to the mind of the pious reader. after it was written, he showed it with undimi- * Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the nished pleasure to a visitor, who copied it out, and name of the Lord Jesus.” “ Whether therefore furnished me with a transcript.
ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the Once more, one of my friends at Rome showed glory of God." “ As we have therefore oppora passage in the New Testament to an Italian tunity let us do good unto all men, and especially gentleman-it was a consolatory chapter under to them that are of the household of faith.” afflictions he was struck even to admiration, and ye are not your own, but ye are bought with a entreated the loan of the sacred book; adding, price; wherefore glorify God in your bodies and that his own Bible was in thirty or more volumes, in your spirits, which are God's."* so that he could scarcely find the text amidst the These, and similar passages, are quite decisive. overwhelming notes.
I know the objections which are raised by timid I only add, that an Englishman of high family and worldly-minded persons against this introducopened his hotel, during a tour on the continent, tion of religion into the ordinary concerns of life. for the celebration of divine service on Sundays. I know the charges of enthusiasm which they adHe engaged, from time to time, some clergymanto vance. I know that ridicule—irresistible ridicule preach, and sent cards of invitation to all the per- -is the weapon they constantly employ_and sons to whom he had access at the towns where that they do all this on the plea of not degrading he rested. The curiosity excited was prodigious. religion and exposing it to contempt—but I also In many of the chief places in Italy, his salon know that these same kinds of objections have
been made in all ages against every holy effort of three weeks I was totally laid by, with all the indis- truly sincere Christians in benefitting their fellowposition, in an aggravated form, from which I had creatures. Such objections commonly amount to suffered before I entered upon my tour. I mention nothing. Similar ones might be raised against my own case thus at length as a caution to others. any grave and zealous undertaking in the usual I would especially recommend them to avoid hurry pursuits of mankind. Errors against taste should towards the close of their journey, to return at a season when the weather is likely to be fine, to watch be avoided indeed, where they can; but such erover the first effects of the change of climate and rors furnish no argument against the commanding food, and to resume laborious and anxious duties duties of " loving our neighbor as ourselves," and slowly and gradually. This subject leads me lo of “going about” like our Saviour,“ doing good.” suggest to pious travellers to take with them some The immensely important concerns of eternity tracts suitable to the sick and dying. So many are not to be governed by such trifling consideraEnglish become ill abroad, that many a tour begun tions. It only requires a ray of holy illumination in vanity, may end, under God's blessing, in serious- from above, to discern and feel something of the ness and piety, by the aid of a striking tract, or a claim which our divine Lord has upon all our love, copy of the New Testament. It is possible even all our efforts, all our time, all our influence. Nothat the last solemn scenes of life may be cheered by the doctrine of repentance and remission of sins thing is so truly rational and dignified—nothing so in the name of Christ, thus conveyed. I should elevated, and in the highest degree philanthropic perhaps add, that we found great difficulty in having and philosophical, as the benevolent endeavor 10 our English prescriptions made up abroad. I ex- raise and purify the minds and habits of our fellowplained to a druggist at Spa a very simple one, which men. In doing this we claim no miraculous pow. he assured me he understood, adding that he had ers, we insert no infallibility of judgment, we precontinually made up similar ones. The medicine, sume on no immediate or peculiar care of the however, was so different from what we had been used to, that I could not venture to let Mrs. W. take it.
+ Col. iii. 17. I Cor. x. 31. 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20.
Divine Providence, we supersede no just use of try and superstition-we do not oppose the tradiprudence and foresight, we advance no pretences tions of men to the inspired word of God we do to an interpretation of the mysterious scheme of not tyrannize over the conscience-we do not the government of God, we lessen no motive to crush the civil and religious liberty of mankind. activity in ordinary duties--but we plainly main- There never was a time when England stood tain that the Bible reveals a religion founded on more free from these darker shades of guilt. As the sacrifice of Christ and the operations of the a country, notwithstanding all I have just been Holy Spirit—that this religion is to change the saying, every thing moral and religious is advancwhole moral bias of the affections; and that when ing. The abolition of the trade in slaves the the heart is thus renewed, man feels the imperious renunciation of Sunday drilling the mitigation of obligation of laboring to glorify God in every pro- our criminal code—the relinquishment of lotteries ject and every action of his life. The honor of -the improvement of prison discipline-the estaGod and the good of men are his object, his pas-blishments for national education—the grants for sion, his joy. He takes a far warmer interest in missions abroad and for erecting new churches at this high pursuit, than the scholar, the artist, the home -the parliamentary committees for investiwarrior, the statesman do in theirs—is more sure gating various abuses the honorable discharge of the value of the good he communicates, and of our pledges and engagements to other states, more persuaded of the ultimate success which are all so many proofs of the high religious feeling will crown his labors—for he reposes on the ever- of England, compared with the continental nations. present providence of that God who “clothes the Especially the religious freedom of our beloved grass of the field;" without whom “not a spar- country ought to excite our warmest gratitude to row falls to the ground;" and who has conde. the Giver of all good. We are too apt to forget scended to say, that the “very hairs of our head our actual blessings, in this respect. But if we are all numbered.”
recal the past circumstances of Protestant Europe, 6. But GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR THE BLESSINGS or even reflect on her present situation, we shall WHICH WE ENJOY IN ENGLAND, is a further receive a deeper impression of our own advangeneral sentiment powerfully awakened by a tages. Consider, for example, the sufferings of foreign tour. Never was I so impressed with the Protestants of France the century before last, thankfulness to God for the moral, religious, free, after the revocation of the edict of Nantestens, prosperous, happy state of my own country, as yea hundreds of thousands of fugitives escaping, when I had the opportunity of comparing it with with the loss of every thing, to England, Holland, that of the nations of the continent. At home and Switzerland-80 that in the small town of murmers, objections, difficulties, are sometimes Lausanne only, in the year 1685, there were 2,000 heard and propagated. Men are restless and dis- of the laity and more than 200 ministers, whom contented. But let any one travel abroad, and he some even of the Catholic cantons joined the Promust be ungrateful indeed if his complaints are testant in succoring. But these exiles were hapnot changed into admiration. I am fár from de- py, compared with their brethren who were denying the errors of our rulers, or the imperfections tained in their own country. The cruelties of the still adhering to our legislation and system of dragonnades of Louis XIV. were so much beyond laws—this is human. I am still further from de- all the common measures of persecution, that nying, that in our public religious conduct, as a bishop Burnet, who witnessed them in his travels, nation, there is, abstractedly speaking, very much declares that there never was such a violation of evil to deplore. I would be the last to dissemble all that is sacred, either with relation to God or the many sins amongst us which provoke the man. anger of God, and which are the more criininal in But why should I speak of times that are past, proportion to our knowledge and ample means in order to awaken our thankfulness to God for of instruction—the luxury, the pride, the sad the actual state of things in England? Consider mixture of infidelity and contempt of the Gospel; the present situation of the churches in the valleys the departure of too many of our clergy from of Piedmont—18 or 19,000 of the most humble, the reformed doctrines; the low standard of mo- industrious, hospitable, kind-hearted, simple, obcral and religious feeling in our senate ; our divi- dient, and pious persons of Christendom under the sions and party-spirit on every question; our ne- iron yoke of oppression. Every one knows the glect of adequate means of education for our poor, history of these churches of the Waldenses or and of accommodation for the public worship of Vaudois possibly founded by the apostle Paul ; God; our encouragement of the sale of pernicious and, in all probability, the primitive Christians of liquors; our licentious and blasphemous press; the west, as the Syrian Christians are of the past. the scandalous disorder of our public places of Who has not read, almost with tears, the heartamusement ; our Sunday newspapers, Sunday rending story of the cruelties they endured from dissipation, and Sunday travelling; our apathy at the Papal see during the dark ages!* I just menthe oppression of the innocent African in our tioned the names of these sufferers to you when West India Islands ; these and other public evils writing from Turin. But I dwell a moment on no one is more sensible of than myself." No doubt their history to awaken us to gratitude. The we have causes to look at home. Still, thank God, truth is, that when Christianity was almost lost England is, on the whole, as superior to other lands in the practice of morals, as in the extent in Bohemia only. I add here a single trait of their
* In the fourteenth century 80,000 were martyred and success of her commerce and her arms. Her deep piety, as an example not unsuitable to ourselves. faults are not of the peculiar malignity which it is recorded by an enemy. Before they go to meat, mark Popish countries--we do not shut up the the elder amongst the company, says, “God, who Bible-we do not corrupt religion with open idola- blessed the five barley loaves and two fishes before
under the Roman Catholic corruptions, it remained two since, and who revisited them last summer in in much purity anongst these beloved people, company with a pious and amiable clergyman, who had spread themselves before the sixteenth who had been there about ten years before. The century, from the borders of Spain, throughout the inquiries of these friends will probably soon be south of France, amongst and below the Alps, laid before the British public, and their benevolent along the Rhine on both sides of its course, even assistance solicited-an appeal, which, I am sure, to Bohemia. They reached also to Bulgaria, cannot be made in vain. * Croatia, Dalmatia, and Hungary; communicated It seems to me, that the returns which the contheir doctrine as far as England; and in Italy tinental sovereigns have in too many instances stretched down to Calabria. They numbered, made to Almighty Goodness for the restoration about the year 1530, above 800,000 souls. of peace, by persecution, cruelty, injustice, tyran
It was at the accursed revocation of the edict ny, and opposition to Scriptural light and knowof Nantes, in 1685, that Louis XIV. engaged the ledge, must assuredly incur the wrath of the Most the court of Turin to attempt their utter extermi- High. May England be ever preserved from conation from the valleys of Piedmont. The Vau- pying the tyranny and spirit of persecution which dois fled their country in bodies of five or six hun- in all ages have marked the church of Rome ! dred, some to the Palatinate, others to Branden- May she keep as far as possible from relapsing burg, others to different parts of Switzerland, de- into that bitter, merciless temper, which the glo. siring only a little bread at different towns to carry rious Reformation tended to extinguish, but which them on their way. A few years afterwards, a is ever apt to revive under some disguise or anband of 900, under one of their ministers, recon- other, unless jealously watched and repressed.quered their native valleys; and from this handful | The danger of all dominant churches, though ever of Christian heroes, the present Vaudois sprung. so pure in their principles, is formality and pride From the year of their return, in 1689, till they -a secular spirit-false dignity-decay as to spibecame the subjects of France, in 1800, they en- ritual religion-eagerness in pressing matters of dured with all long-suffering, the cruel oppressions external discipline—the loss of the true spirit of of the Sardinian government.
Bonaparte first the Gospel, and a haughty oppressive intolerance granted them religious liberty—this was his policy substituted in its place.t everywhere; he placed all his subjects on the I will only add, that I was exceedingly grieved same footing; at Paris he granted the Protestants to be unable to visit myself these devoted and the use of four of the Catholic churches; three of persecuted Vaudois. At one point of our excurwhich they occupy still—those of Sainte Marie, sion to Turin, we were within twenty-four miles L'Oratoire, and Les Billettes—so in the other of their valleys, and this has led me to speak of cities of France, Rouen, &c.
them; but other indispensable duties made it imWill it be believed, that when the late Victor practicable for me to devote the time which such Emmanuel reascended the throne of Sardinia in a visit would have demanded. 1814, his first measure was to re-enact all the 7. I mention as my seventh and last general persecuting edicts against this unoffending people. reflection upon my journey, the duty of exciting They are now again compelled to desist from ourselves and others, at home and abroad, to work on Catholic festivals, forbidden to exercise FERVENT AND PERSEVERING the profession of paysician or surgeon, prohibited from purchasing land, required to take off their hats when the host is carried about, denied a amongst the English at Rome, after a sermon by the
* Already has 1201 been collected for their relief printing-press, and were refused for several years Rev. Lewis Way. Something has also been begun even the liberty of building a hospital for their by friends in England. sick; whilst their 'public schools, in which the Since the appearance of the second edition of this Bible was taught, were put down, and their work, the Rev. W. S. Gilly has published a most children often stolen from them in order to be interesting narrative of his visit to the Vaudois. educated in Popery. In the meantime, the sup- He has given a very lively description of the manport of their ministers, which was chiefly derived ners and present circumstances of that extraordi. from England, has of late very much failed; and nary people. Some parts of his narrative are really the royal bounty, begun by queen Mary, has been able writer will be seconded by the liberality of the
most affecting. I trust the benevolent designs of the withheld since the year 1797. But I am drawn on too far. I dwell on the cir- vase subscription has been begun, at the head of
English government and people. A handsome pricumstances of these churches, not only to excite which are the names of His Majesty the king, and our thankfulness to God, who has made us in of the Bishops of London and Durham. The bankEngland so much to differ, but also to take oc- ing houses of Messrs. Glyn, Messrs. Bosanquet, and casion to point out the obligation which we are Messrs. Masterman, are appointed for receiving
donations. under, to give a proof of that gratitude, by our aid to our
suffering brethren. I found as I passed + I add a thrilling caution from the pen of our through Brussels, an excellent Christian friend, great practical commentator. who spent five months amongst them a year or
" It may also be very well worth inquiring whether there be not some remains of Papal super
stition and corruption even in Protestant churches : his disciples in the wilderness, bless this table and and how far they whose grand object it seems that which is set upon it, in the name of the Father, to be to contend most, and most vehemently, not to the Son, and the Holy Ghost.”. And after meat, he say virulently, for that which admits of the least says,
“ The God which has given us bodily food, Scriptural proof, or no Scriptural proof, keep at a grant us his spiritual life; and may God be with us, distance from this tremendous wo." Scott's Comand we always with him!”-See Milner in loc. I mentary.- Rev. xiv. 9–11.
PRAYER FOR THE