Page images

therefore entreat you to be well- admonishes you not to do so; and advised before you determine to at the same time intimates to you, resume it. I beg to remark, that that if you persist in your deterthe first communication made to mination, he will be compelled in you was meant more as admoni. the exercise of his duty to enforce tory than by way of threat; the your observance of that law by the Bishop being anxious that you usual proceedings. should be aware of your real si- “ I trust I have now been suftuation before any hostile mea- ficiently explicit to prevent any sures were taken against you. future communications to the Bishop

“ I am, Rev. Sir, your very of the character of your two last obedient servant,

letters, both of which, I must take “ J. L. ALFORD. the liberty to say, are libellous, not Salisbury, March 22, 1832. only as they relate to his Lordship " Rev. W. Tiptaft.

individually, but also to the clergy

of his Lordship’s diocese generally. The answer of Mr. Tiptaft to this letter treats the Bishop, I regret dient servant,

“ I am, Rev. Sir, your very obeto say, with but little ceremony,

• J. L. ALFORD. which in a few days received the following reply:

Sarum, April 2, 1832. “ Rev. Sir, I regret that I am

Rev. W. Tiptaft." obliged to repeat to you, that you Thus the matter stands. As I reo entirely misunderstand the tenor of spect the character of Bishop Buro

It is not the desire of gess, so I trust that he will not atthe Bishop of Salisbury to prose- tempt to revive and enforce a canon cute you on account of your re- law, founded on the dark subtleties ligious opinions, but merely to pre- of the Metaphysical Theologians vent your violating the law by of the middle ages. However his preaching in unconsecrated places Lordship may disclaim persecution, within his Lordship's diocese. I he will not escape from its reproach must repeat also the assertion made if he persevere, and though I can. in my last letter, namely, that you not commend either the uncourcannot by the aid of any authority, teous tone, or the doctrinal sentilegally or effectually

ments of Mr. Tiptaft, yet I think your orders or your connexion with he has proved the sincerity of his the Church of England, and con- opinions by the sacrifice of bis presequently that you are still, and ferment, and it will be well for the will hereafter be, bound not to learned Bishop of Salisbury to offend against the laws of that listen to the temperate advice of a church, potwithstanding your se- more learned Rabbi of Jerusalem; cession from it.

refrain “ One of those laws is, that its from these men and let them alone ministers shall not preach in any for if this counsel or this work be other place than a consecrated of men, it will come to nought; church or chapel. You declare but if be of God, you cannot overyour intention to break that law. throw it: lest haply ye be found to And the Bishop, as your diocesan, fight against God.

16 And now I

unto you,

my letters.



A DEVOUT observance of the command that raging disease, in ways of Divine Providence has the height of its fury, like some characterized the people of God in headstrong horse, in the midst of his every age, and they have felt it to be career, to stop on a sudden; and a delightful duty to record, for the to leave us at once, cre we could generation following, instances of think of it, both safe and healththe divine mercy displayed in ful. This was the Lord's doing, answer to prayer.

and it was marvellous in our eyes. Many such facts are scattered Behold the Lord's hand is not shortthroughout the practical writings ened, that it cannot save: neither his of our pious progenitors, and it ear heavy, that it cannot hear; would be well if they were brought Isa, lix. i. The same mercy is from their obscurity, by which the everlasting: the same remedy cerefficacy of believing prayer might tain; be we but penitent, and we be more fully recognized than I cannot be miserable.” fear it is by multitudes of pro

Have not we, of this generation, fessed Christians. Allow me to to record a similar instance of the supply you with a specimen from divine regard to the prayers and the writings of the “ olden time,” humiliations of his people ? extracted from Bishop Hall's A disease has visited our coun“ Balm of Gilead," Chap. vi. Com- try, which has ravaged the fairest forts against public calamities. countries and the stateliest cities of Section 7. The woeful miseries of the earth, so that in fourteen short pestilence allayed by consideration of years fifty millions of the human the hand that smites us.

family have been hurried by it to “ Justly do we style the sick- the grave. ness,' eminently grievous, both for This awful scourge has not been the deadliness and generality of controuled by medical skill, nor the dispersion ; yet there is a re- has it been affected by atmosphemedy that can both cure and con- rical variations, for it has been fine it. Let but every man look

well observed—“ We have seen, well to the plague of his own heart, as we follow it from clime to clime, and the land is healed. Can we, how.contemptuously it braved the with David, but see the angel that opposing power of every atmosmites us; and erect an altar, spheric condition; how the burnand offer to God the sacrifice of ing heat of a Bengal, or Molucca our prayers, penitence, obedience ? sun, influenced its violence no we shall hear him say, It is enough; more than the cold of a Moscow 2 Sam. xxiv. 16.

The time was,

winter. We have found that exand that time may not be forgot- treme moisture, and excessive dryten, when in the days of our late ness, were alike inconnected with sovereign (James I.) our mother its maintenance, and still less escity (London) was almost deso- sential to its existence; for we lated with this mortal infection, watched it desolating the dry calwhen thousands fall on our side, and careous plains of Persia, and the ten thousands on our right hand; parched sands of Arabia, with the Ps. sci. 7. Upon the public hu- same fury that it manifested in the miliation of our souls, the mercy

isles of the Indian ocean, and the of the Almighty was pleased to swampy deltas of the Ganges,


Euphrates, the Volga, and the I hear from heaven, and will forDnieper.

give their sin, and will heal this This plague has visited a neigh- land."* A spirit of earnest interbouring capital, and swept with cession and deep humiliation was terrible haste thousands of gay and mercifully given to the country, thoughtless Parisians into eter- and it is a striking coincidence, nity. Who can account for or ex- that both in London and Edinplain the comparative mildness of burgh the cholera declined in a its visitation here?

Science can- remarkable manner from the days not solve this interesting problem, appointed for humiliation and but religion can explain it. Jehovah prayer. Sceptical minds may ridisaid long ago,

“ If I send pesti- cule this, but " whoso is wise, will lence among my people; if my observe these things, and they people, which are called by my shall understand the loving kindname, shall humble themselves and ness of the Lord.” pray, and seek my face, and turn

L. P. from their wicked ways; then will

* The Lancet on the Cholera.

* 2 Chron. vii. 13, 14.



CHRISTIAN FRIENDS, It is not it not appear a duty which parental necessary, on these occasions, I piety and solicitude calls upon us conceive, always to enter on the to discharge? And does it not seem defence of that ordinance in which to correspond with the interest our we are now engaged, before God. Lord took in the rising generation, It seems reasonable, in accordance who, when his disciples officiously with those views we entertain of and unbecomingly prevented their the divine character, and with the approach, said, io Suffer little genius of our religion, that, as in- children to come unto me, and forfants stood in some relation to the bid them not; for of such is the church under the former dispen- kingdom of heaven.” sation, they should stand in some While it is proper to feel that, relation to it under the present.

in the dedication of our children to It is not likely that that economy God, in the ordinance of baptism, which Christ came to promulgate, we are acting in accordance with and which was by no means of an Scripture; it is of far greater moexclusive character, should have ment, that we, who sustain the limited and abridged in this respect parental character, should enterthe privileges of the church. With- tain correct ideas of the great truth out entering on any vindication of it is designed to shadow forth.what we conceive to be right, the Baptism is not merely an initiative argument in favour of infant bap- but a typical rite. It is a sign of tism, founded on moral considera- blessings as essential to the purifitions, we fear, has not been suf- cation of the mind as water is to the ficiently considered. Does it not purification of the body. Connectappear an act to which a parent, ing the sign and the thing signified, who has any just impressions of the Saviour said, “ Verily, verily, Christianity, is prompted ? Does I say unto thee, except a man be prayer you offer.

born of water and of the Spirit, he cess shall follow the training of cannot enter into the kingdom of youth. It is when parents bring God.” Our blessed Redeemer re- up their children in the nurture and gards water in the baptismal service admonition of the Lord that he as an emblem of that cleansing pours out his Spirit upon their agency the soul must undergo, ere seed, and his blessing upon their it can be meet for heaven. And, offspring. It is when they train permit me to say, not merely in my them up in the way they should capacity as a minister, but as a go, that he causes them to grow friend who cherishes a warm inte- up as among the grass, and as rest in your domestic felicity, that willows by the water-courses. nothing is--nothing can be more Thus the means are allied to the important than the sanctification of end, and the Word of God assures this child. To accomplish it should us, that a wise and judicious be the ultimate object of every system shall attain the desired resystem you adopt, and of every sult. It may be true that there are

There are no occasional failures, that the heart accomplishments, however attrac- of a fond and aged parent has been tive; no acquisitions, however re- pierced by the vices of an unsteady condite and extended; no manners, child; but thank God, for your however amiable and engaging, encouragement and mine, they form that can be regarded as an adequate exceptions to the rule, and not the substitute. This infant is the heir rule itself. of immortal bliss or pain; and on My Christian friends, the act you depends, in no ordinary degree, you propose this night to discharge, whether its immortal state shall be is the most, momentous and inteone of rapture or of woe. These resting that can engage the mind. are solemn and awakening con- This dear infant, after a short and siderations, considerations that chequered life, must pass into the ought to be engraven on your mansions of bliss, or into the abodes conscience and mine, as with a of death. It is an immortal plant, pen of iron, and the point of a which you are to rear and nourish, diamond."

and by prayer you may so bring You must be aware that the down the dew of heaven, that it recent tendency of some of our may bear fruit for ever in the papulpit instructions precludes the radise of God. Let its baptismal necessity of any allusion to parental dedication be prompted by a sense duties and discipline. But as it of religion, as well as by parenta is a work of self-denial, which affection. Let your heart be set, elashes with the strong emotions with a desire that nothing can cool, of the heart, and in which we are and with an ardour that nothing too apt to yield, forget not your can quench, on its salvation. Let encouragements. The end is, by your prayers be importunate and divine appointment, intimately as- constant. Let your exertions be sociated with the means. Not the exertions of faith. " In due more truly is it a law in nature, season we shall reap if we faint that a consequent follows on every not.” Our sons will be “ as plants antedecent, than that it is a law in grown up in their youth, our daughScripture that the blessing of suc- ters as corner-stones polished after

E. G. days after a sermon had been preached on parental duty and obligation.

the similitude of a palace.” * This address was delivered a few



rolled away

1. The National Preacher, or Original We are not insensible to the neMonthly Sermons from Living Minis- cessity which there is, that the

Edited by Austin Dickenson, New York, 5 Vols. 8vo. Holdsworth and helplessness and entire dependance Ball.

of man should be clearly demon2. The British Preacher, under the sanc- strated, in order that all glory may

tion of the Ministers whose Discourses be given to God; neither are we

appear in its pages. 2 Vols. 8vo. Westley. at all disposed to call in question 3. Sermons by the late Rev. Edward Pay; the absolute sovereignty of the

son, D. D. Pastor of the Second Church Redeemer in the disposal of his in Portland, U.S. pp. 498. 8vo. Holdsworth and Ball.


“ He hath mercy on

whom he will have mercy," and The truths of the Gospel, although God forbid that we should ever simple and elementary in them.. seek to tear this brightest jewel selves, may be presented to the from his crown !- But allowing attention of mankind in a great these things their full weight, we variety of ways. In illustrating must yet maintain that the progress and in applying them, every order of divine truth has not been comof talent may be called into exer- mensurate with the well-grounded cise, and still an exhaustless field expectations of the Church. of observation and inquiry be left Various circumstances, into untrodden.

which it is not possible for us Eighteen hundred years have now to enter, may have contributed

since the command to this melancholy result. The first went forth, “Go ye into all the feeble and inefficient manner in world, and preach the Gospel to which the appointed means of every creature;” and since then, by grace have been hitherto brought innumerable methods, and through to bear upon the conversion of the the most diversified agency, these world, is not one of the least protruths have been unceasingly pres- minent. It may startle, but we sed upon

the attention of mankind. really think it very questionable, The most splendid genius and the whether at the present day in our humblest talent have been alike own country, a moral power is consecrated to the work, and a employed upon the unconverted, multitude whoin no man can num- equal to that which was in exerber, of every tongue, and out of cise centuries ago. To illustrate, every nation and people, have been we need not go further back than gathered into the fold of the Re- to the period of the Reformation. deemer. Still it must be allowed, Every one acquainted with history that the progress of the Gospel is aware of the surprising change has not been commensurate with which, in those days, preaching the well-grounded expectations of effected in the moral and religious the Church. Compared with what state of England. During the might have been expected, it has comparatively short period which: wrought but « little deliverance in elapsed between the reigns of Ed-the earth.

ward the 6th, and, Charles the 1st, N. S, NO. 90.

Z z

« PreviousContinue »