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two hours a day for himself, either indeed, be a severe one, which before his periods of business or forestalls all his time, and allows after. I say merely two, though not an hour, even though stolen high legal authority sanctions even from sleep, to repair to the sacred more, for the best of purposes — fountain. But mark a difference:

while time is found to prepare the Sex horas somno, totidem des legibus

body for a decent appearance beæquis,

fore Quatuor orabis, des epulisque duas.

men, we neglect the close Quod superest ultrò sacris largire ca- study of the rules and are list

less to discover the observances Lord Coke on Litt. which can alone prepare us for Let him call to mind the ex


Let then no further time be lost ample of Kirke White; and while he meditates and hesitates whether

in making a resolution to examine he shall follow the example, if the Greek Testament; to enter emulation and imitation have no

on which you have been prepared force, carry the appeal to the by a long course of study at school:

and account that court of conscience, and let the

your school-days question be tried as one in which

have not been very ill spent, and an important duty is concerned, your labours not quite thrown much evidence is to be weighed, away, but far otherwise, if now, by and a speedy determination is de

a little diligent attentive rubbing sirable.

up, you are enabled to have access

to, and can drink of the purest Or supposing the reader to be a medical student, I know that by « Resolve, and keep your resolu

fount of the Grecian fountains. him a fair show of an apology may be made; his studies cannot al

choose, and pursue your This is true,

choice. Resolution will sometimes ways be regular. but the apology is not complete. relax, and diligence be sometimes Let no man say that he can find interrupted, but,” adds the great no opportunity of searching the moralist, « let no accidental suroriginal prescriptions of the Healer prise or deviation, whether short of souls, whilst his own soul is

or long, dispose you to desponinfected by disease; nor let him dency. Consider, these failings be more anxious for the perishing

are incident to all mankind. Bebodies of others than for his own un

gin again where you left off, and dying and immortal spirit. Should endeavour to avoid the seducehe be possessed of Clement's Mements that prevailed over you moirs, he may see a proof that the before;” and remember the saypursuits of a student of medicine ings of the wise son of David are not altogether incompatible words, and hide my command

· My son, if thou wilt receive my with some degree of regularity.

Or supposing the reader to be ments with thee; if thou criest of any other occupation,* it must,

after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if

thou seekest her as silver, and * Young students in divinity, though searchest after her as for hid treanot mentioned, are not excluded in the sures, then shalt thou understand argument. On their part the duty is too clear, were it not the reasoning applies to them with tenfold force; and yet, to the shame of many, must it be said, that Vanderhoot and Griesbach give way to they no sooner leave the college than king James's translation.



the fear of the Lord, and FIND excellent work. It includes many of

the discoveries of the indefatigable GerTHE KNOWLEDGE Of God.* A YOUNG LAWYER. Particles, and Viger on man literati. Hoogeven on the Greek

the Greek Exeter, July 2, 1832.

Idioms, both translated by Seager, are

highly useful in reading the Greek Tes• Parkhurst's Greek Lexicon for the tament. New Testament, edited by Rose, is an



To the Editors.- In the interesting congregation, in Poor Jewry Lane, and instructive " inquiry into the in 1740, and Dr. Lardner had causes of the introduction and

pro- been appointed assistant preacher gress of Unitarianism in the Cons to the same congregation, many gregational Churches of New Eng. years before, but neither of those land," with which you gratified very learned men, but very ineffi your readers last month, it is as

cient ministers, were avowed Soserted, “ that the Congregational cinians at the time of their elecChurches of Great Britain have tion, nor for a long time afterbeen preserved, without a single ex- wards. In the country there have ception, from this Unitarian here- not been wanting instances of the sy" As this is a mistake which introduction of Socinianism into is frequently repeated, you may Independent pulpits; as at Shefthink it worth while to allow me field in the congregation formerly a short space for its correction. Mr. Jollie's ;) Duckinfield, in The fact, I believe, is, that the Cheshire (Mr. Angier's;) Ransonfirst dissenting congregation in stall, in Lancashire; WalthamEngland that invited an avowed stow, in Essex, built by Mr. CowSocinian to be its pastor, was of ard. I might also mention Call the Independent denomination. Lane, Leeds; but the congregaI refer to the invitation of Dr. tion of this place are, I believe, Foster to be the Minister of the Arians. It is quite sufficient hoIndependent Church, at Pinners' nour to the Independents, that they Hall, in 1741. For many years have generally escaped the system, after this, no Presbyterian congre- which has scattered so many of gation, perhaps, in the kingdom, our finest dissenting congregacertainly not in London, would tions; but to say, as your correhave invited an avowed Socinian spondent and many others have to the pastoral office. Mr. San- done, “that the Congregational dercock, another Socinian, became Churches of Great Britain have pastor of the Independent Church, been preserved, without a single in Lower Rotherhithe, as early as exception, from the Unitarian he. 1738; but whether he had then resy," is a glorying which is not avowed his Socinianism, I have good, because it is a glorying not the means of ascertaining. It which is not founded in fact. is true that Dr. Bensou had been chosen pastor of the Presbyterian



To the Editors. The following The following view, which I do thoughts, which occurred to my not before recollect having seen, mind on reading the account of has afforded entire satisfaction to the Witch of Endor, as recorded

my own mind

on this disputed in the Bible, have been for many question. months lodged in my study, from It is not evident that the king which they have only once SAW SAMUEL on this occasion, and twice emerged to elicit the opinion it might be all PRETENce in the of friends on the views which they woman THAT SHE SAW HIM. It develop. The paper signed W.R. was easy for her to describe him, in your August Number, has in- as from his popular character, and duced me to forward them for your having only recently been dead, use, if acceptable. You will find he was very generally known in a remarkable sameness of opinion Israel. It is said, indeed, that with your Correspondent, which, Saul perceived it was Samuel, and instead of being deemed an useless bowed himself to the ground, but repetition, may assist in strength- this perception seems to have arisen ening what he has advanced, and out of the woman's description. The perhaps some few thoughts may voice of Samuel is, perhaps, the throw further light upon the sub. most difficult part of the statement, ject. I am pleased with the har. if the appearance were not that of monious result of your correspon- Samuel, or a spirit that feigned dent's inquiries and my own, and his form ; but, in his agitated state shall be happy in affording the of mind, Saul could not pay parsmallest aid to unravel the seem

ticular attention to this, nor, peringly mysterious subject. Since haps, would he be surprised at any I first committed my remarks to

difference in the voice of one risen paper,

I have met with some MS. from the dead, and by some power notes of an old clergyman, in of ventriloquism, or other secret which are about four or five lines art, the woman might easily carry on the same side of the question. on the conversation. Perhaps she Your constant Reader, might also know so public à per

I. C. son as the kiny, through his disCold Harbour Lane, Camberwell,

guise, and especially recognize Aug. 1, 1832.

him when he wished to see his for.

mer friend, the prophet Samuel, at The Rev. Thomas Scott, Dr. a moment when the terrible inyaAdam Clarke, and Mr. Greenfield, sion of the Philistines must have the editor of the Comprehensive alarmed the whole land ; so that. Bible, are of opinion that it was any intimation from the apparition . Samuel himself who appeared to was not absolutely necessary to the Witch of Endor; Matthew give a clue to the rank of her visi. Henry and Dr. Gill suppose that tor, or even a word or action from it was Satan, who assumed the his attendants was enough for her shape of Samuel. There are in- observing eye. Nor might it be superable difficulties in both these unknown to the woman that David positions, and yet the majority of was the Lord's anointed, and was commentators seem to favour the

to supersede Saul; perhaps Saul's opinion that Samuel did actually persecutions of his intended suc. appear.

cessor had made this notorious;


here, however, it may even be con- . of the father of lies, as all Saul's ceded that the woman was divinely sons were not slain, nor could it inspired at the moment, to foretel be true that wicked Saul and pious what should happen to Saul, just Jonathan would ever live in the as Balaam was on several occa- same happy state with Samuel. sions, on which ground alone Let us, however, suppose, which : we can satisfactorily explain the really does seem to be the case, prediction of Saul's approaching that Samuel never appeared, neither defeat and death, with that of his in his own shape, nor in one as

sumed by the devil; that the woman This view of the subject seems only feigned that she saw him, to set at rest much disputation, by and

and on describing him to Saul, he removing the standing-places of believed her word, while under the the advocates of two very opposite influence of credulity, and listened and prevailing opinions. For, as to her feigned voice as that of the at first stated, some assert that this dead Samuel, and that she had a was Satan in the likeness of Samuel, divine impulse upon her to warn while others insist that it was the royal criminal of his approachSamuel himself. Those who denying fate, and every difficulty is at that it was Satan, argue that the once entirely removed. inspired page would not, in that The veracity of the predictions case, have stated, as it does, that must, indeed, be justified, if we it was Samuel ; and those who consider the woman as speaking say that it was not Samuel, but under the divine impulse, as the Satan, maintain that God would oracle of Samuel, and it does ap-, not have raised Samuel from the pear that the expression “todead, or have disturbed the repose morrow shalt thou be with me," is of his spirit, to answer Saul, when sufficiently borne out by three of he refused to answer him by ordi- Saul's sons perishing in the battle nary methods; that no glorified or of Gilboa, and by the father and disembodied spirit could be sub- the sons being, on the morrow, ject to enchantments, and that the the same ETERNAL STATE with prediction that Saul and his sons Samuel, which does not necessarily would next day be with Samuel, imply that they were all equally was not that of a true prophet, but blessed.




London, May 15th, 1703. gone over all your papers on the SIR,-Upon my first receiving second Epistle. Some faults, your papers, I read over those which seemed to be faults of the concerning the first Epistle of Co- scribe, I mended with my pen, as rinthians, but by so many inter- I read the papers; some others I missions, that I resolved to go have noted in the inclosed papers. over them again, so as I In your paraphrase on 1 Cor. vii. could get leisure to do it with 14, you say, 'the unbelieving husmore attention. I have now read band is sanctified, or made a it (them) over a second time, and

second time, and Christian, in his wife.' I doubt


* See Lord King's Life of Locke, Letters at the end of the first volunie.


this interpretation, because the riage. The believing wife must unbelieving husband is not ca- not separate from the unbelieving pable of baptism, as all Christians husband as unholy or unclean, nor

The Jews looked upon them- the believing husband from the unselves as clean, holy, or separate believing wife ; for the unbeliever to God, and other nations as un- is sanctified or cleansed by marclean, unholy, or common; and, riage with the believer, the law accordingly, it was unlawful for a of avoiding the company of unman that was a Jew, to keep com- believers being, in this case, dis pany with, or come unto one of pensed with. I should, therefore, another nation. Acts x. 28. But interpret St. Paul's words after the when the propagation of the Gos- following manner : pel made it necessary for the Jews, • For the unbelieving husband is who preached the Gospel, to go sanctified or cleansed by the beunto and keep company with the lieving wife, so that it is lawful to Gentiles, God showed Peter by a keep him company, and the unvision, in the case of Cornelius, believing wife is sanctified by the that he had cleansed those of other husband; else were the children nations, so that Peter should not of such parents to be separated any longer call any man common from


and avoided as unclean, or unclean, and on that account but now by nursing and educating forbear their company; and there. them in your families, you allow fore Peter went in unto Cornelius that they are holy;' and his companions, who were un- This interpretation I propose as circumcised, and did eat with them. easy and suiting well to the words Acts x, 27, 28. and xi. 3. Sanc- and design of St. Paul, but submit tifying, therefore, and cleansing, it wholly to your judgment. signify here not the making a man I had thoughts of going to a Jew or a Christian, but the dis- Cambridge this summer, and callpensing with the law whereby the ing at Oates in my way, but am people of God were to avoid the now uncertain of this journey. company of the rest of the world, Present, I pray, my humble seras unholy or unclean. And if this vice to Sir Francis Masham and sense be applied to St. Paul's his lady. I think your paraphrase words, they will signify, that al- and commentary on these two though believers are a people Epistles is (are) done with very holy to God, and ought to avoid great care and judgment. the company

of unbelievers as unholy or unclean, yet this law is Your most humble and obedient dispensed with in some cases, and servant, particularly in the case of mar


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To Mr. Samuel Lucas, at Dr. Con- the grand adversary of souls der's, Mile End, London.

attempts to oppose persuasion of Bury, May 19, 1769. your interest in Christ's most preMy young friend, -Both your cious righteousness, your desires last letters I have now before me. increase towards the privilege. I ?Tis your mercy to find, that as have in these days been looking

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