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every object which we see becomes a ters the pride of human nature ; it leads
monument, attesting the existence of men to a false estimate of their own
an Original Cause; to whose benevo- character ; and thus throws such impe-
lence every object bears witness; and of diments in their way, that they are little
whose beauty, harmony, and grandeur, likely to embrace the humbling but
the whole Universe, in detail as in com consolatory doctrines of the Gospel.”
bination, is a temple, through which we
are led, step by step, to the sanctuary 61. Christianity liberal according to the
of the ETERNAL."

genuine and full Import of the Term :

a Sermon, preached at the Visitation 60. A Defence of the Doctrines of the of the Rev. the Archdeacon of Wilts,

T'rinity and the Atonement, as main holden at Mariborough July 23, 1816. tained by the Church of England: in

By Walter Birch, B. D. Vicar of Stanan Address to the Inhabitants of St. ton St. Bernard's, and Fellow of MagAlban's, and its Vicinity: occasioned dalen College, Oxford. Published at by a Pamphlet, entitled A Letter to the request of the Clergy present. Trinitariun Christians, by W. Marshall,

THERE is such a regular train of
Minister of the Unitarian Chapel, St.
Alban's, Herts. By the Rev. Thomas

reasoning carried through this DisWhite, M. 1. Minister of Welbeck

course, and ope part su niuch depends Chapel, St. Mary-le-bone, 12mó. pp.40.

on another, that it would in some deRivingtons.

gree be doing the Author an injustice NOT having been so lucky as to

to select any single passages from it

as specimens of the whole. Let it meet with the good woman who,

suffice therefore to say, that a vein when applying to Mr. White for reJief,“ offered Mr. Marshall's Address'

of no conimon, yet of an unaffected, to him for sale as "a godly book, eloquence pervades it. The design and told him that it was the last of character is essentially and enpha

of it is to shew, that “the Christian twelve which she had purchased at St. Alban's, and sold about the coun

tically liberal."

For ihis purpose try;" we shall not further epter into

we are presented with the supposed

case of a philosophic Heathen, a the arguments here used agaiost the

man of liberal and lofiy sentiments, • Address,' than to state, that Mr. White disclaims all personal animo: indulging a train of reflection cona

genial to such z mind, and gradually sity, and all uncharitable rancour.

led on to the study of the Christiani “It is my earnest desire that I may system by the contemplation of some not offend in this respect; and that, if of the great truths of the religion of my reasoning should not appear satis

Nature.” factory, my spirit and temper may, at

One would, perhaps, have expected least, be such as to reflect no discredit on the doctrines which I think it my

that the necessity of an atonement duty to advocate.-May the same dis

should have enlered into the conteuposition prevail in all who turn their at polation of this enlightened Heathen, tention to this subject!"

as he must have seen it evinced by In briefly answering the inquiry countries, to seek for a reconciliation

the propensity of in an, in all ages and why the Unitarian opinions ["fuilh,

with a higher power through the says Mr.While, “I cannot call the:n,”]

means of sacrifices. Yet we are in excite so much horror : he adds,

clined to give the Preacher credit for - i will not pretend to say that they having omitted the consideration of are worse than avowed Atbeism, or the

this point, not so much from overmost profligate vice;' but I will assert that they are scarcely less dangerous. would not have conduced to his main

sight, as from an opioion that it Such is the manifest absurdity of Athe- ohject, which probably was to conism; such the abborrence universally vince those who entertain a prejudice excited by gross profligacy; that men are not likely to be encouraged in them agaiust Christianity as it lended to

confine and narrow the minds of its by the countenance of any respectable characters: but Unitarianism veils itself professors, but who, no longer sees under the name and profession of Chris- ing the sacrifices that were so genet tianity, whilst it robs that religion of its raily practised in the leather world, vital principles. It makes great preten do not perceive the necd of the one sions to reason and philosophy ; it fat. only effectual offering. GENI. MAG. November, 1816.

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highly esteemed by the Emperor Theo from disease, sensibility, or unrewarded dosius. Cassiodorus was made Governor industry, have sunk beneath the burden of Sicily, created sole Consul, and pro of a ruined fortune.” moted to be private secretary to Theodoric · Arcadius and Honorius erected head of Science," only one short

From much that is good under the a statue in honour of Claudian; and

article shall be selected. Agropolita (one of the Byzantine Historians) was sent Ambassador to the Pope,

“From the difficulty in regard to the and to John, Prince of Bulgaria. Al origin and uses of evil, a subject on cuin was admitted to the friendship of which wisdom itself is taught to pause, Charlemagne ; Alexander was highly though not to doubt, has arisen that esteemed by Urban VIII.; Alamanni

most degrading of all mental errors, was the confidential friend of Francis 1.

ATHEISM. -The word Atheist is a term in whose arms died Leonardo de Vinci, used for the purpose of distinguishing Arnaud was beloved by Henry IV, of that order of men, whose ignorance is France; and Paulus &milius enjoyed rendered contemptible by the folly of the favour of Lewis XII. Abulfaragius their vanity, and by the arrogance of was made Bishop of Lacabena and Alep their pride, presumption, and pretenpo. The tomb of the Persian Anacreon

sions. Little knowledge bave tbey of is the theatre of annual rural amuse

Science, and still less of Nature's priments; and Lope de Vega, the idol of mitive forms and qualities. Involving a his age, was buried with a pomp and

vicious imagination, a credulous conmagnificence never before witnessed in ception, and a warped judgment, an Spain to a private person. - Petrarch, Atheist is as much a lusus nature, as honoured with the friendship of many any object that, in any age, has disillustrious men, was crowned as a Poet gusted the eye of a Naturalist. For, in the capital of Italy; the daughters of presuming to decide where he ought to Donatus were portioned at Florence 'at doubt; and hesitating, when effects althe public expence ; Æneas Sylvius was

Jow exact precision; ignorant that crowned with laurel by the Emperor chances are the results of secret causes Frederick's own hand; Vida was created

--that it requires the same gigantic Bishop of Alba in reward for his genius; power to annihilate, as it did to create and Ariosto was employed as an Ambas

that to govern, requires no greater exersador from the Duke of Ferrara'to Pope tion than to form--and that, even should Julius II.; he was made Governor of Necessity have a power of existence, it Graffignana, and crowned with laurel by possesses no power of effecting changes; Charles V. Albani was honoured with with a mean idea of man, a superficial the correspondence of several Princes; knowledge of Nature, and a total ignoRubens became an Ambassador; New rance of primitive causes, an Atheist ton arrived at wealth and honour; Prior gives eternal life to magnets, yet refuses and Grotius were Ambassadors at Paris; it to man! His is the hated creed, Boileau enjoyed the benefits of princely which makes the day of death the day munificence at Auteuil; Addison became of ruin !--Beginning in presumption, he Secretary of State; the family of Fon. continues in doubt; and, meeting with taine were exempt from all taxes ;

difficulties far beyond the measure of Christina softened the misfortunes of his feeble intellect, his faculties conBorelli; while Heinsius was honoured fused- his judgment lost, and his ima. by bis Country, and flattered by the ap- gination afflicted with the plague-be probation of several foreign Monarchs. loathes to die! His food, as it were, is -Such are the bonours and distinctions poison, and his drink are bitters. Bewhich have been consecrated to some lieving not in a God, he is the artificer who have possessed talents and genius. of his own misery, and an object_of For though, for the most part, men,

mental disgust, wherever he goes. For possessing either the one or the other, a nest of serpents is not more horrible are, when uningling with mankind, to the fancy, than a faction of Atheists. cheated by the worldly, envied by groups

Oh! for that sacred and exalted time, of many orders, and calumniated by the when we may be permitted to see a new base and ignorant; some minds, rich in satellite, a new planet, a new sun, pertheir own excellence, have never, even haps a new system, rising from the in the iron aye, been wanting, who have void and formless infinite! To enter scattered roses in the paths of Virtue; into what Marcus Antoninus calls an and who have secured from indigence honourable familiarity with Nature, hy and despair those labourers in Science, ranging through the visible sphere with and those cultivators of the Arts and of an eye of Poetry, and the judgment of Philosophy, who, but for the fortunate Philosophy, is to form' one of the best assistance of some nobler mind, might, grounds for theological belief. Since

every object which we see becomes a ters the pride of human nature ; it leads monument, attesting the existence of men to a false estimate of their own an Original Cause; to whose benevo character ; and thus throws such impelence every object bears witness; and of diments in their way, that they are little wbose beauty, harmony, and grandeur, likely to embrace the humbling but the whole Universe, in detail as in com consolatory doctrines of the Gospel.” bination, is a temple, through which we are led, step by step, to the sanctuary

61. Christianity liberal according to the of the ETERNAL."

genuine and full Import of the Term :

a Sermon, preached at the Visitation 60. A Defence of the Doctrines of the of the Rev. the Archdeacon of Wilts,

Trinity and the Atonement, as main holden at Mariborough July 23, 1816.
tained by the Church of England: in By Walter Birch, B.D. Vicar of Stan-
an Address to the Inhabitants of St. ton St. Bernard's, and Fellow of Mag-
Alban's, and its Vicinity: occasioned dalen College, Oxford. Published at
by a Pamphlet, entitled A Letter to the request of the Clergy present.
Trinitariun Christians, by W. Marshall, THERE is such a regular train of
Minister of the Unitarian Chapel, St.
Alban's, Herts. By the Rev. Thomas reasoning carried through this Dis-
White, M. A. Minister of Welbeck

course, and one part su nuch depends Chapel, St. Mary-le-bone, 12mo. pp.40.

on another, that it would in some deRivingtons.

gree be doing the Author an injustice NOT having been so lucky as to

to select any single passages froin it meet with the good woman who;

as specimens of the whole. Let it

suffice therefore to say, that a vein when applying to Mr. White for re

of no conimon, yet of an unaffected, lief, " offered Mr. Marshall's Address' to him for sale as "a godly book, eloquence pervades it. The design

of it is to show, that “the Christian aod told bim that it was the last of twelve which she had purchased at

character is essentially and ein phaSt. Alban's, and sold about the coun

For inis purpose tically liberal."

we are presented with the supposed try;" we shall not further epter into the arguments here used agaiost the

case of a philosophic Heathen, a

man of liberal and lofty sentiments, • Address,' than to statè, 'that Mr. White disclaims all personal animo: indulging a train of reflection con

genial lo such a mind, and gradually sity, and all uncharitable rancour.

led on to the study of the Christian “ It is my earnest desire that I may system by the contemplation of some not offend in this respect; and that, if

of the great truths of the religion of my reasoning should not appear satis

Nature.” factory, my spirit and temper may, at

One would, perhaps, have expected least, be such as to reflect no discredit on the doctrines which I think it my

that the necessity of an atonement duty to advocate.—May the same dis

should have entered into the conteule position prevail in all who turn their at polation of this enlightened Heathen, tention to this subject !".

as he must have seen it evinced bi

the propensity of in all ages and lo briefly answering the inquiry countries, to seek for a reconciliation why the Unitarian opinions ["fuith,"

with a higher power through the says Mr.White,“ I cannot call the n,"1

means of sacrifices. Yet we are ine excite so much horror ? he adds,

clined to give the Preacher credit for * i will not pretend to say that they having omitted the consideration of are worse than avowed Atbeism, or the

this point, not so much front overmost profligate vice;' but I will assert

sight, as from 20 opioiou that it that they are scarcely less dangerous.

would not have conduced to his inain Such is the manifest absurdity of Atheism; such the abhorrence universally vince those who entertain a prejudice

object, which probably was to conexcited by gross profligacy; that men are not likely to be encouraged in them agaiust Christianity as it lended to by the countenance of any respectable

confine and parrow the winds of its characters: but Unitarianism veils itself professors, but who, no longer seca under the name and profession of Chris- ing the sacrifices that were so geuc: tianity, wbilst it robs that religion of its raily practised in the leather world, vital principles. It makes great preten- do not perceive the need of the one sions to reason and philosophy; it fat only effectual offering GEND. MAG. November, 1816.

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In the potes, we meet, amongst That long, low shop, where still the many other references to writers of

name appears,

[years: the highest authority, with several Some doors below, they kept for forty passages from Plato, which the Scho. And there, with various fortunes, smooth lar and the Divine can scarcely fail to

and rough, read with renewed pleasure and satis- They sold tobacco, coffee, tea, and snuff. faction.

There labeld drawers display their spicy

[ing low 62. Sacred Sketches from Seripture His. Clove, mace, and nutmeg; from the ceiltory; containing Belshazzar's Impious

Dangle long twelves and eights, and slenFeast Jephtha---l'he Translation of Mix'd with the varied forms of genus

der rush,

(brush; Elijah--The Widow of Sarepta --The Annunciation - The Nativity

The Cask, firkin, bag, and barrel, crowd the Crucifixion-The Ascension- and other

floor,

(door. Poems. 8vo. Law and Whittaker.

And piles of country cheeses guard the THIS is the first Publication of an

The frugal dames came in from far and near,

(here. ingenious and worthy Lady, the Authoress of the Poem on “ Moscow” Hard was the toil, the profits slow to

To buy their ounces and their quarterns (see p. 54); and it is highly creditable

count;

(mount: to her, evincing at the same time a

And yet the mole-hill was at last a thorough knowledge of the subjects Those petty gains were hoarded day by selected, and a good taste in describ day,

[they); ing them,

With little cost (nor chick nor child had

Till, long proceeding on the saving plan, 63. Essays in Rhyme, on Morals and He found himself a warm, fore-handed

Manners. By Jane Taylor, Author of
Display, a Tale, &c. &c. 12mo, pp. 174. And, being now arriv'd at life's decline,
Taylor and Hessey.

Both he and she, they form’d the bold We have been so well pleased with

design

[tbe quick) several of the former publications of (Although it touch'd their prudence to this Lady, that we opened the present To turn their savings into stone and

brick. Essays” with some degree of in

[spuff, terest: get, though we admire the

How many a cup of tea and pinch of

There must have been consum'd to good sense and serious sensations

make enough! of Miss Taylor, we prefer her works

At length, with paint and paper, bright of imagination to any “Rhymes"

[away. on religious subjects, particularlyThe box was finish'd, and they went when treated in a somewhat too fa- But when their faces were no longer seen miliar style. Miss Taylor bas evi- Amongst the canisters of black and green, dently read Mr. Crabbe's peculiarly Those well-known faces, all the country excellent Poems; but has not quite

round

(ground attained the exquisite simplicity by 'Twas said, that had they level'd to the which they are distinguished.

The two old walnut-trees before the door, We do not mean to blame this well. The customers would not have miss'd

them more. intentioved lady for being too serious; but we think her pleasantry better. Now, like a pair of parrots in a cage, than her preaching and that she can

They live, and civic bonours crown be pleasant, the following description Thrice, since the Whitsuntide they set

[tled there, will amply testify:

Seven years ago, has he been chosen "In yonder red-brick mansion, tight and Mayor:

(the same; square,

[the Mayor. And now you'd scarcely know they were Just at the town's commencement, lives Conscious be struts, of power, and wealth, Some yards of shining gravel, fenc'd with and fame, box,

(knocks: Proud in official dignity, the dame Lead io the painted portal - where one And extra stateliness of dress and mien, There, in the left-hand parlour, all in During the Mayoralty, is plainly seen; state,

With nicer care bestow'd to puff and pin Sit he and she, on either side the grate. The august lappet that contains her But though their goods and chattels,

chin." sound and new, Bespeak the owners very well to do, (tray

This is extracted from Poem His Worship's wig and morning suit be called “Prejudice ;" but we forbear Slight indications of an humbler day, to copy the piclure of the Mayorest's

and gay,

their age :

no more:

mind, as it is more cruel than we Recall'd by Affection to Erin's green shore, should bave expected from the bepe. Perbaps to re-visit our valley no more! volent heart of Miss Taylor.

As a meteor of light speeds its way

through the sky, [to die; 64. Winter Evening Recreatims at M-. And, though brightest of stars, only rises

So, leaving our firmament dark as before, 12mo, pp. 135. Hatchard.

Thou fly'st, with thy ray to delight us no “THE inhabitants of the Village of

more! M, who resembied one large family, Wben with patriot ardour thy bosom were accustonied, during the winter

beats high, [den thine eye, months, to meet once a week at each As the sight of thy Country shall gladother's houses, after the different en

Stih a smile, still a sigh, yet bestow on gagements of the day were concluded.

this shore,

[it more! Ås young persons of both sexes composed Though years may elapse ere thou visit part of the society, it was proposed that each should exert his talents for the im- E’en then, though thy footsteps each

scene may retrace, provement and amusement of the rest.

Some friend may be filed, whom thou Many pieces, both in prose and verse,

canst not replace; [age d'er, were by this means produced; some of which obtained a wider circulation than And, the warfare of life's weary pilgrim

Sweetly rest in a land knowing sorrow at first was intended. From these a selection has been made, which is now presented to the publick, with the ini. Or if, first departing at Death's welcome tials of the Authors annexed.”

call,

[speedily fall,

Like a fair fading Aower, thou shouldst The principal feature of this Vo Thy spirit shall fit where thou wanJume is a well-written and inter

d'redst before, esting Tale in prose, of 97 pages, Though the friends thou base lovd can intended to display the superior me

behold thee no more! E.rits of Metbodism, but a little over

Commendable as are the sentiments shooting the mark.

The Spiritual

1 in the concluding Poem (a comment Guide takes a rich heiress and her

on a text in the Revelations), we canlarge fori une into bis owu family, not approve of the familiarity with breaking off ati intended marriage; which vur blessed Saviour is made and the Hero and Heroine of the

one of the Interlocutors. Tale, after being converted, are both, with a sort of stage-effect, killed off: 65. Nautic Hours; 8vo. pp.78. Stockdale. as is also their worihy Teacher. This Tale is followed by several elegant

THIS Work, which the Author specimens of Poetry, all on serious modestly styles "a ing of shreds

and patches," is the production of no subjecis ; some of them (like the Work

we have last noticed) rather too ordinary mind. It contains eighteen much so.

elegant little Poems; several of them w We make one pleasing extract :

tributary to the memories of the illus.

trious dead; among whom are Co"To ; on leaving M

lumbus, Blake, Benbow, Falconer, Adieu then to Mr-, adieu to each Riou*, and Nelson. friend :

[bend; Of the two lalier, oor Readers shall --Eliza far Westward her, footsteps must have an opportunity of judging.

* «Captain Riou, termed the gallant and good by Lord Nelson, is considered by those who knew his worth, as one of the greatest losses the Navy of England sustained during the late wars. In the earlier period of his service, he shewed the undaunted tiratness of his character. In 1789, when Lieutenant and Commander of the Guardiai; store-ship, he had the misfortune to strike upon an island of ice, and received so anch damage, that scarcely a chance remained of the possibility of carrying her into port. In şhis situation, he encouraged those who wished it to leave the vessel, but deemed it unworthy in himself to quit his post; and he was 80 happy, after incessant exertions for ten weeks, as to suocred in carrying her into port. The noise and the splendour of battle, and the hopes and the honours of victory, may infuse, even into common minds, the courage and the sentiments of a hero; but be, whom an inherent sense of duty leads to meet and brave deatb, in its lingering and undazzling form, unaided by the triumph which accompanies, and unassured of the fame which rewards it, has a mind of no common order."

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