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is peculiarly pleasing to Christians here. 80 the Lord pitieth them that fear him.! God is evidently demolishing the walls of Will the Redeemer leave me to languish Satan's kingdom, and building up his and faint in a foreign land ? Will he
The church is coming up out of the cast me from his presence? No, Di. wilderness, leading on her beloved.” vine Saviour, thou wilt never leave me, pp. 30, 31.
nor forsake me. '1 hough far from paFrom the pleasure with which
rents and friends, thy presence will sup
port and comfort me, and the Holy Spirit Mr. P., in this letter, seems to con
guide me into alltruth. If the Lord be template the probability of some on my side, ‘I will not fear, though a proceeding from the literary semic host encamp against me,' though
My grace,' saith nary from v hich he wrote, as mis. buried in the sea.
. Now, sionaries to the heathen, it is evi. God, is sufficient for thee.
blessed God, accept this surrender of my dent how deep an interest, even at all into thy hands; and when I present that time, he took in the great myself in a public manner to take the scheme of missionary, enterprise. thou graciously accept the offering, and
most sacred vows upon me, then wilt Long antecedent to this, however, grant me an unction from the Holy a desire to be personally engaged nie.' Guide me, 0 thou great Jehoin the work had taken possession vah, while I wander as a pilgrim and a of his mind, and he had exclaim. stranger; and when the work which thou ed
last for me to do is completed, then may
'I have fought a good fight, I have “ Become a missionary! Oh, blessed finished my course, I have kept the faith; thought! May I indulge it! Labour, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown toil, suffer, die for souls. Oh! the hos of righteousness, which the Lord, the nour is too great! 'tis an angel's trust; righteous Judge, shall give me in that here I pause and wonder."-p. 28. day.' ”- pp. 100, 101. And here he continued to pause
Before setting sail for Palestine, for a considerable time, revolving to which quarter of the world he in his mind the question of duty, and his friend Fisk had been aplaying his case before the Lord, pointed, Mr. P. spent some time and soliciting the advice and coun
as a missionary, and subsequently sel of his friends; nor was it until as an agent for the missionary he had nearly finished his theolo- board, in his own country. During gical studies at Andover, that he that time his labours were most came to the final resolution of de abundant, and his success great; voting himself to the cause of the but he felt that there were numbers heathen in the service of the gos work fully as efficiently as he, and
at home who could do the same pel. But having once made his mind upon the subject, he he longed to enter upon that sphere ceased to have either hesitation in of labour to which he had dedigoing forward, or even a transient cated his life. Accordingly, on inclination to look back. In his the 3d of November, 1819, he and journal, under the date Aug. 26, Mr. Fisk sailed from Boston for 1817, he thus writes :
Asia Minor, and landed at Smyrna
in January, 1820. After residing “In the view of the approaching som lemnities of my ordination as a missionary
in this city for some time, and to the heathen, I desire this day to hum. visiting the site of some of the ble myself before God, and plead for the seven Asiatic churches, he set sail influences of the Holy Spirit. In this for Jerusalem, leaving Mr. Fisk dedication Christ must have all. The examination of the subject of missions, lication of tracts, and to supply the
at Smyrna to superintend the pubafter years of serious and painful enquiry, has terminated in a tranquil con- agents with Bibles. The followviction of duty. Weak and unworthy asing excerpts from his journal during I am, this is my consolation, that the this period may not be uninterestLord will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking fax. This is all my ing to our readers.
While at hope. • As a father pitieth his children, Jerusalem he went to witness one
of the great ceremonies of the Lord, I believe, forgive my former un. Greek Church; what follows is a
belief. After this the pilgrims retired,
abundantly satisfied with what they had description of what look place :
seen and beard.”-pp. 206–208. “ Every apartment of the church was
Thus is it that the most solemn crowded with Turks, Jews, Christians, mysteries of our faith are materialand with people from every nation under ized and burlesqued, and men's heaven. These assembled to witness the minds blinded and abused, even on supposed miraculous descent of the Holy Spirit, under the similitude of fire. it the very spot where these mysteis estimated that at least 5000 people ries were first published, and their were present. The governor of the city, real verity tirst experienced ! and Turks of rank were there. A very What Christian is not ready to convenient place was allotted me, to observe distinctly every ceremony. About
utter the cry, “ How long, O Lord, twelve o'clock we witnessed scenes of a how long ?” On leaving Jerusavery extraordinary nature, and highly de- lem, Mr. Parsons thus writes : rogatory to the Christian profession. A body of Arab Christians, natives of Pa.
“ Before leaving the city, I must say, lestine, were admitted to perform their that in many respects my time has passed part in the duties of the holy week. They pleasantly since my arrival at the holy began by ranning round the holy sepuis city. My health, I think, was never betchre with all the frantic airs of madmen,
ter for three months in succession. If I clapping their hands - throwing their had been better furnished with Bibles caps into the air-cuffing each other's and tracts, I might, by the Divine bless. ears - leaping half-naked upon the shoul- ing, have greatly extended my useful. ders of their companions-hallooing, or
As it respects gaining and impartrather shrieking to the utmost extent of ing information, this is, indeed, the centre their voices. This was the exhibition
of the world. The station must not be reto five thousand people, who were in ex
linquished. The door is already open. Diffi. pectation of soon witnessing the descent
culties must be expected; but the good of the holy fire.
resulting from a mission established here “ About one o'clock the Turks entered
will be an infinite reward. the small apartment of the holy tomb, ex May 3.—Early this morning visited tinguished the lamps, closed the doors, the bishops, and took my leave of them. and set a watch. I was determined to They said, 'We wish to see you again in enter myself the holy sepulchre, with the this city.'-Left the city at six o'clock, Russian Consul, to see from what direc. by the Jaffa gate. As I ascended the tion the fire proceeded. But they re
hill west of the city, I turned to take anplied, The Turks will not give permis- other view of the dearest spot on earth. sion to strangers to enter.' Shortly after
The words of David were fresh in my the principal Greek priest entered the mind, 'If I shall find favour in the eyes holy sepulchre, attended by the Arme of the Lord, he will bring me again, and nian patriarch, and also by the Syrian show me both it and his habitation."». patriarch. The Greek priest, however, pp. 211, 212. entered the sacred apartment unattend. This earnest desire to be pered. Every eye was fixed as the time approached. As we stood waiting, snd- mitted to revisit the land which he denly there darted from the sepulchre a
so much esteemed, was not desflaming torch, which was carried almost tined to be gratified. A few instantaneously to a distant part of the months only had intervened after assembly. I stood among the tirst to receive the fire, and to prove that, as, to
the penning of the above senits power of burning, it contained no ex tences, when it pleased the Alltraordinary qualities. The zeal of the wise Dispenser of events to call pilgrims to get a part of the fire before this faithful and laborious servant the superior qualities departed (as they to the better Canaan, and to that say it burns like other fire in a few mi. nutes) endangered the lives of many. Se- enduring habitation whose builder veral were well nigh crushed to death. and maker is God. The circumSome lighted candles, others tow, with a
stances attending his decease, view to preserve a part of its influence. Some held their faces in the blaze, saying, which took place at Alexandria • It does not burn.' Others said, ' Now, on the morning of the 10th of Feb.
1822, in the 30th year of his age, story will go down to the next are given in a most interesting generation as most authentic, and letter from his colleague, Mr. be cited as unquestionable eviFisk, addressed to Mr. Morton, dence in support of a doctrine the author of these memoirs. We which, after all, may be itself very could willingly have transferred questionable. this letter entire to our pages, but That individual, therefore, dewe have already exceeded the li serves the thanks of all intelligent mits to which we originally in- and upright minds, who stops such tended to contine ourselves. a narrative in its course down the the less regret this, however, as stream of time, and exposes to the
are confident, that, from the observers of the present age, its extracts we have given,
given, our falsehood, which, if not corrected, readers will not require a repeti- will become a proof in support of the tion of our recommendation to superstitious creed with the coming peruse the volume for them- generation. Such a task has been selves.
well performed by the venerable Appended to the Memoir are author of the pamphlet before us, two sermons by Mr. Parsons, one which will be regarded by all upon Revivals in Rcligion, and the lovers of goblin tales as one of the other on Missions, which afford most provokingly cool and comvery pleasing specimens of his plete falsifications of a very good power of illustrating and enforc- ghost story that was ever performed. ing divine truth; and extracts from The case is this : the Rev. Rihis Farewell Address before leaving chard Warner, F.A.S. Rector of America, replete with the finest Great Chalfield, and a cordial feeling and the noblest zeal. We hater of all enthusiastical feeling shall probably, with the editor's and fanatical excitement in religion, permission, transfer, at some future has yet enough of sympathy with period, a few of his paragraphs the weak and the ignorant to beto our own pages in the contident lieve the following narrative, which assurance that they will be nothing he has “ introduced, by way of impoverished thereby.
episode,” into the second volume of
his Literary Recollections.” Remarks on some Passages in the " Lite
“ My sincere respect for the memory rary Recollections" of the Rev. Richard
of the Rev. Joseph Townsend, would, Warner, F.A.S. Rector of Great Chal.
were I to follow its impulse, lead me field, Wilts. In a Letter to a Friend.
into a length of remark upon his charac8vo. pp. 22. London: R. Hunter,
ter and attainments, incompatible with
the nature of my work : I will therefore When some gossipping chronicler
close this biographical sketch with the chooses to give to the public, as communication of a very singular fact, 'veritable bistory, a long account related to me, in the first instance, by of some supernatural occurrence,
him ; but which has since been confirmed
by a voncher scarcely to be resisted, in which he professes his own indisputably true report, of Dr. Alsop's solein belief,” and justifies his vica voce declaration on his dying bed. credulity by a minute detail of “ Lord William Petty was the third plausible circumstances, that makes
son of the old Marquis of Lansdowne, and
brother of the present highly gifted Lord even doubters to pause, and which of Bowood. He had attained the age of the superstitious regard to be seven or eight years; as remarkable for 6 Confirmation strong,
the precocity of his understanding, as he
was unfortunate in the delicate state of As proof of holy writ,”
his constitutional health. The Marquis, there is little doubt but such a called to London by his Parliamentary
duties, had left the child at Bowood, for Jervis; and a most remarkable coincithe winter, with Mr. Jervis bis tutor, and dence, between a dream of the late Lord suitable domestics. The late Dr. Priest. William, and our present mournful enley also, the Marquis's librarian, made gagement. A few weeks ago, as I was one of the party. On an ill-omened day, passing by his room door one morning, he beautiful and brilliant, but intensely called me to his bedside. 'Doctor, cold, the gamekeeper, in compliance said he, what is your christian name?' with Lord William's request, took the 'Surely,' said I, you know it is Jo. lad before him on horseback. His Lord- seph.' • Well then,' replied he, in a ship rode with his waistcoat open, and lively manner, if you are a Joseph, yon chest exposed, and an inflammation on can interpret a dream for me, which I the lungs was the immediate consequence bad last night. I dreamed, Doctor, that of this incaution.
I set out upon a long journey; that I « On the first appearance of indispo- stopped the first night at Hüngerford ; sition, Mr. Alsop of Calpe, the family whither I went without touching the apothecary (himself much attached to ground; that I flew from thence to Saltthe child), was summoned to attend his Hill, where I remained the next night; Lordship. His treatment promised a and arrived at High Wickham, on the favourable result; and after a few days third day: where my dear mamma, beauhe left him in the forenoon, apparently tiful as an angel, stretched out her arms, ont of danger. Towards evening, how- and caught me within them. Now, ever, the symptoms becoming decidedly continued the Doctor, these are preworse, the family were alarmed ; and cisely the places where the dear child's Mr. Jervis thonght it right to call for corpse will remain on this and the sncMr. Alsop's immediate assistance. It ceeding night before we reach his mowas night before this gentleman reached ther's vanli, which is finally to receive Bowood; but an unclouded moon showed it.' every object in unequivocal distinctness. “ I make no farther remark on this sinMr. Alsop had passed through the Lodge gular narrative, than to assure the reader gate, and was proceeding to the house, of my own solemn belief of the truth of when to his utter astonishment, he saw all its particulars." Lord William coming towards him, in all the buoyancy of childhood, restored, ap Now most auspiciously for the parently, to health and vigour. 'I am cause of historical truth, Mr. delighted, my dear Lord,' he exclaimed, Jervis, the tutor, yet lives, and . to see you ; but, for Heaven's sake, go immediately within doors; it is death to having had his attention called by you to be here at this time of night.' a friend to this passage, he has The child made no reply; but, turning most properly exposed the characround, was quickly out of sight. Mr.
ter of the story, which appears, in Alsor, unspeakably surprised, hurried to the house. Here, all was distress and his hand, as our readers will perconfusion ; for Lord William had expired ceive by the following extract, to a few minutes before he reached the be one of the most complete speportico “ The sad event being, with all speed,
cimens of story-making that ever annonnced to the Marquis of Lansdowne, came under the observation of the in London, orders were soon received at public. Bowood for the interment of the corpse, and the arrangement of the funeral pro “ It is not a little remarkable that this cession. The former was directed to
strange story, having no foundation but take place at High Wickham, in the the slender and fallacious grounds of vault 'which contained the remains of vague fancy and report, should have been Lord William's mother: the latter was ap. brought forward, though in this ques. pointed to halt at two specified places, tionable shape, under the sanction of a during the two nights on which it would be writer of acknowledged intelligence and on the road. Mr. Jervis and Dr. Priestley taste; who gravely assures us of his attended the body. On the first day of the own solemn belief of the truth of all its melancholy journey, the latter gentleman, particulars.' who had hitherto said little on the subject “ Mr. Warner states bis account as, of the appearance to Mr. Alsop, suddenly related to him in the first instance by addressed his companion, with consider the Rev. Joseph Townsend, rector of able emotion, in nearly these words. Pewsey, in Wiltshire. The writer of • There are some very singular circum- these remarks was well acquainted with stances connected with this event, Mr. Mr. Townsend, and highly esteemed him
as a man of great worth and respecta- their preceptor, to conduct and mainbility, of various and extensive informa- tain. tion, particularly on subjects of natural “ After all, these are circumstances science and philosophy. But those who of trivial importance, further than as knew him best, and respected him most, they may be considered strong indications will allow, that the ardour and enthusiasm of the very slight evidence upon which of his nature predisposed him to enter the whole story has been received. tain some visionary and romantic notions “ The reader will be no less surprised, of supernatural appearances. Mr. Towns. when he is informed, that the particulars end was, on various occasions, a visitor of a conversation which is said to have at Bowood; but the present writer has passed on the road, (not to Wickham, no recollection of his having been there but to High Wycombe, in Buckinghamabout the period when these extraor- shire,) are as idle tales,' wholly withont dinary occurrences are said to have taken foundation. The fact is, that neither place; he therefore must also have re Dr. Priestley nor Mr. Jervis attended ceived them as matter of hearsay and the funeral; the former continued with doubtful report. Be this as it may, it is his family, and the latter remained with new too late to institute an inquiry. This his surviving pupil at Bowood, now seworthy man has long been gone to that vered from his brother by the hand of land of darkness and oblivion, whence death, - one taken and the other left;' none return, and whither all must go.' while the remains of the much lamented
“ The author has faultered even on the deceased were conveyed to Wycombe, threshold of his details, by mis-stating and deposited near those of his excellent the address, designation, age, and disorder mother, in the family vault. of the young nobleman who forms the " The subject of that supposed conimmediate subject of his narrative, whom versation is equally remote from truth; he styles ' Lord William Petty, third son no communication of the nature alluded of the Marquis of Lansdowne.' The to was ever made to Mr. J. on this or any Earl of Shelburne, afterwards created other occasion; and such was the free Marquis of Lansdowne, bad, by his first and friendly intercourse subsisting emarriage, with Lady Sophia Carieret, tween these two gentlemen, that had daughter of Lord Viscount Granville, only such a circumstance occurred to either, two sons, viz.: John Henry, Lord Vis- it would have been unreservedly imparteil count Fitzmaurice, and the Honourable to the other. It is stated in the account, William Granville Petty. His Lord. that as Dr. Priestley was passing the ship's third son was the offspring of chamber door of the young and intehis second marriage, with Lady Louisa resting sufferer, he was called into Fitzpatrick, daughter of the Earl of his room, and cheerfully accosted by Upper Ossory, the present Marquis, now him.' To this it may suffice to observe, a distinguished member of His Majesty's that Dr. Priestley had no apartments in Government, who succeeded to the title the mansion at Bowood, nor was he ever on the demise of liis brother John Henry, accustomed to sleep tliere; but resided the late Marquis.
in a house at Calne. It may also be confi“ The Honourable William Granville dentiy asserted, that Dr. Priestley never Petty finished his short career of life not saw Mr. Petty during his short and fatal in the eighth, but in the tenth year of his illness. In justice to this truly enlighage, when the dawn of reason held out tened and upright man, let me add, that the early promise of a bright intellectual his cheerful temper, his calm philosophic day, and disclosed a splendid prospect of tone of mind, would not easily be misblooming virtues, and the fondest hopes. led by the weakness of credulity, or the It is next said, this young gentleman delusions of a morbid and distempered • rode before the gamekeeper, with his imagination. waistcoat open and chest exposed; and “ There is yet another instance in this that inflammation of the langs was the remarkable case, where the testimony of immediate consequence.' In this there a medical man is brought forward as is a material deviation from the fact. irresistible evidence. It is stated that The complaint which terminated so fa- 'Mr. Alsop's treatment promised a fatally, was inflammation not of the lungs, vourable result; and after a few days but of the biwels : of the other circum: he left his patient, in the forenoon, apstances in that account, it will be a suffi- parently out of danger. Towards evencient refutation to add, that such occur ing, however, the symptoms becoming rences were wholly incompatible with decidedly worse, the family were alarmthe plan of personal and domestic disci- ed; and Mr. Jervis thought it right to pline which, as well as the studies of his call for Mr. Alsop's immediate assistpupils, it was the province of Mr. Jervis, ance ;'aud, on this his last risit,' a reN. S. NO. 92.