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happiest events of my life, and shall, by inserting the word help instead I trust, rejoice in it, even in a dying of health, and omitting the words bour, that I have been privileged, as the merits of in one of the collects. a feeble, though willing, instrument Upon referring, we found these era of the British and Foreign Bible rors bad accidentally crept in; but Society, to put the Scriptures into it was only in one or iwo of the the hands of so many of my poor editions, from the negligence of the countrymen, and of others belong- compositor entirely, without the ing to different continental nations, knowledge of Mr. Reeves or ourwho, plunged as they have been selves; and you must know, Mr. into all the horrors and calamities Editor, from your own experience, of a long-protracted war, stand more how difficult it is to guard against than ever in need of the consolation errors of the press. However, Sir, of the word of God.
we have used our best endeavours to I am, &c.
correct these errors; and as they oc
C. F. A. S. cur in only one or two of the editions, P.S. If I should have stated in it will be evident to your numerous Germany, that there was a want of readers, that they were accidental. Bibles in Britain, perhaps a poble. No pains shall be spared in future to ininded Englishman, jealous for the prevent a recurrence of the same; honour of his country, might have and from the acknowledged supereproved me, and exclaimed, “ Im- riority of our editions, in point of possible! Bibles may be bad in paper and printing, we flatter ourevery bookseller's shop; and be- selves the public will continue that sides, tbere exist several most re- liberal support which we have hispectable societies, which make it a therto received. point to distribute them cheaply, We remain, &c. and even gratuitously, among the
SCATCHERD AND LETTERMAN, poor." True: but it is as true, that Publishers of Mr. Reeves's ediihe more these societies distribute, tions of the Common Prayer the more they find occasion to dis
Book, Holy Bible, &c. tribute; the more they inquire, the Ave Maria Lane, May 3, 1812. more they discover wants never thought of before. The Norfolk Auxiliary Society states, that upon
To the Editor of the Christian Observer, the most moderate calculation, there I SHOULD be glad to see, from time are, at least, 10,000 families in that to time, occasional articles of what county destitute both of Bibles and may be termed “neglected biograTestaments. The Bristol, Man- phy,” in the Christian Observer. chester, Liverpool, and other Auxi. There were, no doubt, many very liary Bible Societies, have already excellent divines in the reigns of supplied many thousand poor fami. Elizabeth and James, of whom but lies with the holy Scriptures, and little is known. I have lately met constantly receive and make appli. with an ancient volume, entitled, cations for an additional supply.
“ The works of the Reverend and faithful servant of Jesus Christ, Mr.
Richard Greenham, minister and To the Editor of the Christian Observer. preacher of the Word of God, col. From the reverence in which we hold lected into one volume : revised, the book of Common-prayer, it was corrected, and published, for the with extreme concern and vexation further building of all such as love that we noticed, in your valuable the truth, and desire to know the miscellany, some remarks upon what power of godliness. By H. H. was considered as an innovation in (Henry Holland), 1012." The the editions of the Common-prayer- volume consists chiefly of sermons, books published by Mr, Reepes, with a short form of catechising, Chust. Obselv. No, 125.
and a number of grave counsels and Henry Holland, in his preface, godly observations. I am sorry it writes thus, “I am the meanest and does not afford a regular account of the weakest of many brethren to his life; but I have collected such as write of this reverend man's life, and I can gather from the prefaces, &c. labours in the church of God; yet I The book commences with a dedica- had rather be noted of some for want tion to King James, by Elizabeth, of skill, than of any for want of love the widow of Henry Holland, as fol- and affection to so loving a falows---" Right Gracious Soveraigne, ther. I have knowne his life for I do bere humbly present unto your many yeares, and rejoice in heart Highnesse, the holy labours of that to have knowne it, for that most worthy servant of Christ Mr. Rich- rare graces of God's Spirit did shine ard Greenham, painefully collected, in bim, all tempered as with faith corrected, and published for the unfained unto Christ, so with bowels good of God's church, by my late of compassion and love towards men. deere husband, Mr. Henry Holland, In his holy ministerie, hee was ever which I am bold to offer unto your careful to avoid all occasions of ofexcellent Majesty, partly in respect fence, desiring in all things to apof the author, a man renowned for prove himselfe as the minister of his rare pietie and paines, and for Christ. Hee was the speciall instruhis singular dexteritie in comforting ment and hand of God to bring many, afflicted consciences ; partly in re- both godly and learned, to the holy gard of the worke itselfe, so well ac- service of Christ, in his ministerie, cepted and approved in the church, and to restraine, and to reduce not a that this is now the fifth time it hath few from error. When God had been published,” &c. There is a translated this Elias from us, then I second dedication by Henry Hol- sought to find him in his workes : land himself, to the Countesse of for they do lively expresse the picCumberland, and the Countesse ture of his minde and hearte, and Dowager of Huntingdon, part of taste sweetly of that pure fountaine which is as follows; “ I come of God from whence they were de(Right Honorable) as in the name rived. While he lived, his lips often of the faithful servant of Christ, Mr. refreshed my soule : when he was R. Greenham, a man well knowne gone, I lamented much that I had unto your honours, and to those most not in Christianitie made that use of religious patrons of all pietie and him, that a heathen does of a natugood learning, the Right Honourable rall wise man in humanitie.” « Hee Earles (of blessed memorie) of Hunt- feared much the preposterous zeale ingdon, Warwicke, and of Bedford, and hastie running of young men inwhich now sleepe in the Lord. Of them to the ministerie; because as judgewas hee reverenced in his life-time: ment, so also stayednesse, and moof your honours much lamented after deration, use, experience, gravitie death, for that you knowe the losse in ordering affections, and having of such to be no small wrack unto some masterie over corruptions, was the church and people of God. Now needefull in him that should teach so it is (Right Honourable and ver- others. And hee observed the extuous Ladies) that pietie in this de- treame in our age, to be contrarie clining age waxeth daily very faint, to that in the first age, wherein men and impiety doth much abound," being but slenderly brought up, it &c. “'Such experience and good was very long ere they were used in likeiog have your honours bad of the church : but now education bethis man of God, of his godliness ing bettered, they are too soone im. and gravity, and of the manifold ployed. Too hastie a triall must gifts of God in him, that I neede say not be made of men's giftes to their no more, as any way doubting of hurt that use them, and that have your honoðrable acceptation." the use of them, He used to say, Ministers should most frequent those so that if by chance they should places where God hath made their mi. there meet the
any well-dis. nisterie most fruitfull: they should posed member of parliament, he may herein be like the covelous man that be induced to use his endeavours to where they have once found the reliove them from what I humbly sweetnes of gaining of souls, thither conceive to be a great hardship. they should be most desirous to re- I am a lay schoolmaster of the sort. He was alwaies desirous to be Established Church, baring under in the place of publike reading, pray, my care upwards of 100 poor childing, and preaching, even of con- ren, whom I instruct according to science to God's ordinance, were the new system, to the best of my the preachers vever so meane. For abilities, but for a small compensa. if he spake with judgement, he either tion. Being young, however, and increased (as he said) or confirmed unmarried, I should have nothing to his knowledge. If the speaker had complain of, was I not under a con great wants, even these wants did tinued apprehension of being drawn humble biai, and made him to me. for the militia, and thus dragged into ditate inwardly of that truth, whereof a profession for which I am rendered the preacher failed : insomuch that unfit by my previous habits of life, sometimes hearing the wants, and no less than by inclination. Not far then meditating of the truth, he from me lives a dissenting schoolcould as well be enabled to preach master, who, having obtained a liagaine of that text, as if he had read cence from the quarter sessions, is some commentarie."
exempted from the ballot, and is There is also a dedicacion by ihus enabled to educate the children Stephen Egerton to the Right Wor under his care without interruption. shipfull Sir Marmaduke Darrell, and Hearing of this, I of course conSir Thomas Blovther, Knights, Sur- cluded that the same exemption veyers-Generall for the victualling would be extended, a fortiori, to me; of his Majestie's navie; part of which but I now find this not to be the runs as follows;
I am now well (Right Worshipfull) if one heathen assured, that a conforming teacher of man could gather gold out of the youth, however regularly licensed, writings of another, how much more is debarred from those privileges may we (being Christians) gather which are so widely and so liberally not gold only, but pearles and pre- enjoyed by non-conformists of every tious stones out of the religious and denomination. holy labours of Master Richard Having now stated a plaiu matter Greenham, being a most godly bro- of fact, without the addition of any ther, yea more than a brother, false colouring, I will leave you to even a most painefull pastor, zealous judge whether it is right to tear preacher, and reverend father in the away from his youthful flock, a lichurch of God; of whom I am per. censed teacher of the established resuaded that for practical divinity, ligion of his country, into the milihee was interior to few or none in his tia, especially as dissenting teachers time.”
are not liable to the same inconvenience.
Trusting that you will not hesiTo the Editor of the ChristianObserver. tate to give publicity to this letter, KNOWING you to be a friend to the I am, &c.
THOMAS NAILER. education of the poor in general, and particularly of those who belong to the Church, I take the liberiy to address a few lines to you in bebalf To the Editor of the Christian Observer. of their leachers, and to request that I beg to submit to you a few obseryou will insert them in your work; rations on an expression that occurs
jo Hodgson's Life of Porteus, p. 316. affections of the heart, it may not 1 st. edit.
express sanctity; if our natural feelIn giving the last finish to the ings may shed abroad all their lovecharacier of his venerable uncle, liness upon the look, why may not Mr. Hodgson observes: " In him those purer energies, which are imwere never seen the sanctified look, planted in the heart by grace, un. the depressed brow, the sullen spirit, fold their beauty and serenity in the the dismal and desponding counte- very same scene? When a Chris. nance.” Now, what I shall venture tian is engaged in worshipping his to remark is, why bas Mr. Hodgson God, why may not that “ beauty of associated “the sanctified look” with holiness," which he is commanded to such offensive and gloomy qualities; cherish in his heart, beam even on why bas be placed it in company sobis countenance ? When bis heart is unnatural, so uncongenial with it. satisfied as it were with marrow and self? It may be replied, “ These fatness, as his mouth praiseth God with subsequent qualities explain what he joyful lips, or as be sings praises to meant by sanctity of look; and clear- that Saviour whom he hopes one day ly shew that he condemned a spuri- to magnify in heaven itsell; is he to ous, an outside, sanctity alone. Or be stigmatized as an enthusiast of it may be said by others, “The point hypocrite is too insignificant for notice.” How.
“if that fire. ever, as "a sanctified look” is here, Warming his heart, should at his looks tranin some measure, condemned; and spire."
COOPER. as this look is so fashionable a ground I might pursue the same observaof charge against men of real piety, tion with regard to the effect prowill you allow me to detain the at- duced by truly Christian eloquence, tention of yourself and of your read. nay, Christian feeling, in the pulpit: ers, for a few moments, on the sub- the heart feels, and the countenance jeet?
shews that it does so, If we were The first and most obvious ques. sitting in the British senate, and tion is, why should sanctity be for listening to the oratory of a Pitt, bidden to make its appearance in the who would wonder if its electric look ? why is it denied this privilege force reached even to our look? If, of all the other good affections (good therefore, the hearer of a sermon they are called at least) of the hu- discovers his impressions in like man heart? No one quarrels with manner (and I bave seen Mr. Hodge generosity, no one animadverts on son's hearers frequently affected tenderness or benignity, because their thus), I may conclude that he is prevalence in the heart lends a cor- equally defensible. Not to be teresponding cast to the countenance dious; may we not allow of some itself. The plain fact is, that where sympathy between the heart and these amiable feelings operate strong. the countenance, when “ the tender ly in the breast, they naturally flow mercies of our God," and "the love into the visage. Indeed, such' affece of Jesus Christ," become (and why tions and such looks are so generally may they not sometimes become!) Jinked together, that we should als the subject of our conversation ? most doubt the existence of the for- Nay, if even the mind should, at any mer, if not at all attested and shadow- tinie, glance at the reviving theme, ed by the latter. It is well nigh su- may not the face naturally catch perfluoys to remark, that an opposite an air of the most refined gladness? character of countenance would be Or, if we are just risen from the conthought inconsistent with such feel- templation of such a subject in the ings, at least in an entire stranger, closet, and it leaves a ray of cheer
With due deference to Mr. Hodg. ful sanctity upon our face, is not son, I would ask him, why if the this consisient with every principle look may lawfully, express all other of common sense? 'Is not this act.
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANT.
iog exactly as mankind act voder with the stigma of having * a sancthe influence of their favourite pur. tified look," I humbly think that suits? If a “ sanctifed look” were Mr. Hodgson ought not to have lent inadmissible, Milton would scarce even the shadow of his high authority have admitted it into his inimitable to a charge which, however unintendescription of Eve.
tionally on his part, may have the « Grace was in ali her steps, Heaven in her effect of chilling the vital influence eye."
PASTOR. Nor would St. Stephen's face have been described as “ the face of an angel," when he confessed “ Jesus of
HYMNS APPROPRIATE TO SUNDAYS Nazareth," before the Jewish syna
AND HOLIDAYS. gogue.
If the parallel I have ventured to draw between the cases of natural
Matthew vüi. and religious feeling be just, I have Lond! whose grace, in power ercelling, only to observe, that Mr. Hodgson
Wash'd the leper's stains away; ought not to have spoken as he has Jesus, from thy holy dwelling, done of “ the sanctified look," with
Hear us, help us when we pray out at least some explanation of his From the filth of rice and folly, meaning. Had he said, “I speak of
From infuriate passion's rage,
Evil Thoughts, and hopes unholy, an austere, a melancholy, or an hypo
Heedless youth, and selfish age;
From the lusts, whose deep pollution
Adam's elder taint disclose ;
From the drunkard's jest obscene; and those whose cyes are just open. From the world, its pomp and pleasure, ed to the stupendous value of reli- Jesus, Master, make us clean! gion, are very commonly branded
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