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Napoleon. There was no direct reference whatever to the Scriptures, and the words “Divine providence” occurred three times, “God” five times, “heaven” twice. Christ was not named at all. The discourse contained various contradictions; for example, after alluding to the "Postal Reform," “ Peace Arbitration” was stated to be the only proper means by which nations should decide their quarrels; but afterwards, in reference to the Caffre war, it was said, “ Perhaps we were compelled to defend ourselves;" but, at last, we were plainly instructed, that when the desired event could not otherwise be effected, nations were to “tear down despotic powers." I merely mention this as a specimen of contradictions.
After alluding to the wars in various parts of the world, especially in Europe since 1848, we were told it was “the feeling of man to love all,”—a somewhat curious contrast to the details of bloodshed and vindictively inflicted misery to which I had been listening patiently for one half-hour.
Such are some of the inconsistencies of Socinianism. Such effusions would be simply absurd and contemptible but that the eternal happiness of immortal souls is imperilled; they therefore become deadly errors, invested with an importance which we cannot fully estimate. Sad that such persons should neglect the salvation of the Gospel ! It has been truly said of such :
“ Free was the offer, free to all, of life
And of salvation; but the proud of heart,
They scorned the goodly bark, whose wings the breath
I proceed to detail a very interesting case :
I was requested to visit a person who was very ill, and who resided in a street adjoining my district, in a parish consisting of 12,325 souls, but where no pastoral visitation was carried on except the occasional visitation of a sick case when pressed; but as my district formerly extended considerably into this parish, I have the means of knowing that no sys", anatic visitation whatever had been carried on for many years. I once applied to the rector respecting a deeply interesting case, but was not permitted to proceed further than his passage, with the door held open by the servant, and was dismissed, I regret to say, in the most uncourteous manner.
On visiting the sick person referred to, I found him to be a noted character of former times. Many of my readers, who can remember the political events that transpired thirty and forty years since, would remember this person by name as the companion of Thistlewood and others. Thistlewood and various conspirators were apprehended, it will be remembered, at Cato Street, Paddington, on which occasion Mr. Smithers, a Bow Street officer, was killed.
They afterwards underwent the extreme penalty of the law at Newgate. Mr.
would have been found at the loft in Cato Street also, his family informed me, but escaped through the strange friendship of a government spy, who will be remembered by some
in connection with this sad matter; his name was Castles. This man advised Mr.
not to attend on that occasion, and always appeared exceedingly friendly disposed towards him.
Mr. was, however, privy to all the plans of his confederates, although bloodshed appears to have been less tasteful to him.
By a species of retributive providence, of which the world is full, he who was disinclined to shed the blood of others, died peaceably in his bed many years after his more sanguinary disposed accomplices had had their blood shed by their fellow-man on the scaffold.
Mr. like those with whom he associated, entertained infidel sentiments at that period of time; but afterwards, I am informed by bis wife, he was unable to resist the evidences by which he found the Bible to be supported, on examining to some further extent into those evidences, and became a Socinian, or, as he called himself, an Unitarian.
He was visited by a brother Missionary on an adjoining district, where he then resided. * ' About twelve months prior to his death, I am informed by his wife, his mind became dissatisfied with Socinianism, and he resolved to study the Bible again throughout, which resolution he carried into effect, making notes as he proceeded. After so doing, he stated to her his conviction that Socinianism was untenable, and that the Christ of the Scriptures was a Divine Redeemer, in whom, he added, he desired to trust.
As death approached, my poor friend appeared
* Mr. Tomkins, the pains-taking Missionary of the Field Lane District, who was much better acquainted with this case than myself.
deeply anxious for Christian visitation and prayer, and received the sacrament, not, however, so far as I could learn, attaching any undue importance to this unaffected remembrance of our blessed Saviour.
Shortly before he died, he took my hand, and pressed it very warmly. I suppress
his name out of consideration to his friends. we hopefully believe,--
He is gone.
“ Into the silent land
Of all perfection! tender, blessed visions
Shall bear hope's tender blossoms
“O land! O land!
For all the broken-hearted,
The herald by our fate allotted,
Into the land of the bless'd departed,
Is not this "a brand plucked from the burning ?”
On the occasion of one visit to Mr. I found another noted character present. He was commonly known as
The following passage occurs in my
Journal : “ Various individuals were present, amongst others, a noted agitator named
In the course of conversation, I inquired how often he had been in prison for political offences ? "Let's see,' said Mr.
who still retains the Hunt's Radical hat, 'there was twice in the Compter, Giltspur Street, eighteen months each ; once,
in short, he reckoned up twenty imprisonments. Well now,' said I, "Mr.
do you think you will reach heaven after all. His reply was very shocking - There's nothing above, and there's nothing below that I'm afraid of,' said he. But you will have to die,' said I, and then what will become of your soul?' 'I shall never die,' said he, with much emphasis, 'I always was and I always shall be ;' he added, ' when my breath leaves my body, I shall give back to earth what I took from it.' 'But your soul,' said I, 'what will become of that.' Soul!' said Mr.
there is no soul; who ever saw a soul ? the soul's the breath, and the breath's the air.'
“I replied, first, that it was not always necessary, in proof of existence, that we should see e-illustrating this by the instance of the wind; and I entered into definitions respecting the distinction between perceptions themselves, as sight, hearing, etc., and the organs of those perceptions, the eye,
What is it,' said I, “that enables people to think?
Why the air,' said he. And do you really believe,' said I, the air makes people think? Why, of course,' said he; when the breath goes, they can't think any longer. It is sometimes difficult to reply to sheer folly except by the use of irony, (Prov. xxvi. 5,) so I said, Well, Mr.
in my labours as
a Miss sionary, I find want of thought a great hindrance to the reception of the Gospel; I cannot induce numbers of people I visit to give due thought to the subject of religion; now if you have discovered any species of air that will set people thinking, by all means manage to confine a case of it, and I will handsomely pay you, then when I meet with thoughtless persons I can administer a dose.'