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Alderman Lea regularly sent his. Mr.Scott, then curate of Ravens. carriage to convey him to church, dale, and now rector of Aston and Mr. Bates sent his servant Sandford; the particulars of to attend him in the pulpit ; which are to be found in a very which friendly assistance was interesting narrative, published continued till Mr. N. could ap- by the latter, under the title of pear no longer in public. The Force of TruthMr. Scott
His ministerial visits were ex. it seems , was then far gone in emplary. I do not recollect one, Socinianism; but by means of though' favored with many, in Mr. Newton's very judicious which his general information correspondence, brought to the and lively genius did not come knowledge and experience of the municate instruction, and his truth. affectionate and condescending When he published his first sympathy did not leave comfort. volume of Letters, under the sig.
Truth demands it should be pature of Omicron, he considersaid, that he did not always ad. ed the gradations of christian minister consolation, nor give experience under the characters an account of characters with A, B, and C. A vain young sufficient discrimination. His minister on reading these papers, talent did not lie in discerning of wrote to him, that he had found spirits.... His credulity seemed his own character pourtrayed un. to arise from the consciousness der that of C. the Confirmed he had of his own integrity, and Christian. Mr. Newton replied, from that sort of parental fond. that he had forgotten one feature ness, which he bore to all his in C.'s character, viz. that he friends, real or pretended. never knew his own face.'
We have mentioned the ex. In 1799, the college of New. cellent Mr. Thornton's liberality, Jersey complimented Mr. New- . both to Mr. Newton and to the ton with a diploma; and a certain poor, through him. Mr. Cecil author dedicated to him two vol. enables us to subjoin, that on a umes of sermons under that title; visit to Olney, soon after their but he humorously said, he could acquaintance commenced, Mr. never think of accepting that Thornton left a sum of money to honor, till he received it from a his disposal, adding, "Be hospit. college at Sierra Leone, where he able, and keep an open house for had received his education. such as are worthy of entertain. When Mr. Occum, the Indian ment: help the poor and needy: I preacher, was in England, he of will statedly allow you 2001. a course, visited Mr. Newton, and year, and readily send whenever they compared
experiences. you have occasion to draw for “Mr. Occum," says he, “in de. more.' Mr. Thornton kept his scribing to me the state of his word; and Mr. Newton received heart when he was a blind idola. from him not less than 30001.
ter, gave me, in general, a striking while he remained at Olney. picture of what my own was in
During Mr. Newton's resi. the early part of my life ; and his dence at Olney, he was not only subsequent views corresponded made useful to the admirable poet with mine, as face answers to face Cowper, but also to the Rev, in a glass, though I dare say,
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when he received them, he had ing God. When sin. provoked never heard of Calvin's name.” the Lord to leave his temple, it
As his faculties visibly and rap. became the habitation of devils. idly declined in his last years, a I apprehend we are always under friend urged him to desist from influence, either good or bad; speaking in public before he was perhaps both.” absolutely compelled. He repli. The epithet great is often ed with unusual energy,
given to the apostle Paul; but I not stop. What! shall the old question the propriety of it. He African blasphemer stop while be was not behind the chief ; but can speak ?"
Peter and John were great in the Mr. Newton was a very candid same sense, and were equally pen. and friendly critic, and was of. men of the holy scriptures.' ten applied to by young authors In his family, Mr. N. might be for his opinion and remarks; admired, more safely than imi. which he would give very can. tated. His excessive attachment didly, and sometimes under the to Mrs. N. is so fully displayed name of Nibblings. On one of in his Narrative, and confirmed these occasions, a practical essay in the two volumes he thought was put into his hand, which he it proper to publish, entitled, approved; but a letter was ap- “ Letters to a Wife,” that the pended, addressed to an obscure reader will need no information and contemptible writer, who had on this subject. Some of his said very upwarrantable and ab. friends wished this violent at. surd things on the subject, and
tachment had been cast more in. whom therefore the writer attack. to the shade, as tending to fur. ed with little ceremony.
The nish a spur where human nature following is a specimen of some generally needs a carb. He used, of Mr. Newton's Nibblings: indeed to speak of such attach. "Were the affair mine, I would ments in the abstract, as idolatry; take no notice of Mr. -- but, though his own was providen. if I did, it should be with the tially ordered to be the main hope, at least with the desire, hinge on which his preservation of doing good, even to him. This and deliverance turned, while in would make me avoid every harsh his worst state. epithet. He is not likely to be however, cannot be too cautious benefitted by calling him a fool. how they give sanction by their The evangelists simply relate what expressions or example, to a is said and done, and use no bit- passion which, when not under terness nor severity, even when sober regulation, has overwhelm, speaking of Herod, Pilate, or Ju. ed not only families, but states, das. I wish their manner was with disgrace and ruin. more adopted in controversy." With this unusual degree of
Speaking of the Fall, and of benevolence and affection, it was Adam being a federal head, he not extraordinary that the spir. remarks, "I think agency should itual interests of his servants be taken into the account. I sup- were brought forward, and ex. pose, Adam was created without amined severally every Sunday spot or blemish, but still man; afternoon; and that being treatthat he was the temple of the liv. ed like children, they should grow
Good men, old in his service. In short, Mr. It must be evident to any one N. could live no longer than he who observes the spirit of all could love: it is no wonder, his sermons, hymns, tracts, &c. therefore, if his pieces had more that nothing is aimed at, which of his heart than is generally af. should be met by critical inves. forded to their own children by tigation. In the preface to his the fondest parents. It has al. hymns, he remarks, “ Though I ready been mentioned that his would not offend readers of taste house was an asylum for the per. by a wilful coarseness and negli. plexed and afflicted. Young mio. gence, I do not write professed. isters were peculiarly the objects ly for them. I have simply de . of his attention : he instructed clared my own views and feelings them, he encouraged them, he as I might have done, if I had warned them; and might truly composed hymns in some of the be said to be a father in Christ, newly discovered islands in the spending and being spent for the South Sea, where no person had interest of his church. In order any knowledge of the name of thus to execute the various avo. Jesus but myself.” eations of the day, he used to To dwell, therefore, with a rise early; he seldom was found critical eye, on this part of his abroad in the evening, and was public character, would be ab. exact in his appointments, surd and impertinent, and to erect
Of his writings, I think little a tribunal to which he seems not need be said here. They are amenable. He appears to have wide in circulation and best speak paid no regard to a nice ear, for themselves. ... The Sermons or an accurate reviewer ; but Mr. N. published at Liverpool, preferring a style at once neat after being refused on his first and perspicuous, to have laid out application for orders, were in. himself entirely for the service of tended to shew what he would the church of God, and more have preached, had he been ad. especially for the tried and ex. mitted. They are highly credit. perienced part of its members. able to his understanding and to His chief excellence seemed to his heart. The facility with lie in the easy and natural style which he attained so much of of his epistolary correspond. the learned languages seems part- ence. His letters will be read ly accounted for, from his being while real religion exists; and able to acquire so early, a neat they are the best draught of his and natural style in his own lan- own mind. guage, and that under such evi. He had so largely communicat. dent disadvantages. The Review ed with his friends in this way, of Ecclesiastical History, so far that I have heard him say, "He as it proceeded, has been much thought, if his letters were col. esteemed; and, if it had done no lected, they would make several more than excite the Rev. J. Mil. folios.”
He selected many of ner (as that most valuable and these for publication, and ex. instructive author informs us it pressed a hope that no other did) to pursue Mr. N.'s idea person would take that liberty more largely, it was sufficient with the rest, which were so SUCCESS
widely spread abroad. In this,
however, he was disappointed and took down, at different times, grieved, as he once remarked to both in company and in private, me, and for which reason, I do from his lips. not anpex any letters that I A small portion only, of these received from him. He esteemed familiar remarks are here an. that collection published under nexed. the title of Cardi phonia as the Mr. Newton was a great obmost useful of his writings, and server of Providence, even in little mentioned various instances of things. “It may seem of small the benefits which he heard they consequence,” said he, one day to had conveyed to many.
a friend, "whether, in returning His Apologia, or defence of from hence, you go up Cateaton conformity, was written on oc. street, or down the Old Jewry; casion of some reflections (per- yet in going one way or the othhaps only jocular) cast on him
er, you may meet a person capa. at that time. His Letters to a
ble of serving you; and this cir. Wife, written during his three cumstance may have an effect on voyages to Africa, and published all your future life.” 1793, have been received with He lamented the evils he saw less satisfaction than most of his around him; but he did not like other writings. But his Mes. to meddle where he saw he could siah, bis Letters to the Rev. Mr. do no good. 61,” said he once, Vantier, chaplain at the Cape, lifting up his fist,“ I have tried bis Memoirs of the Rev. John to make crooked things straight, Cowper (brother to the poet) till I have made these knuckles and those of the Rev. Mr. Grim. sore; and now I must leave it to shaw of Yorkshire, together with the Lord.” his single sermons and tracts Speaking of the importance of have been well received, and will motives, he would say, “if I remain a public benefit.
wanted a man to fly, I must con. To speak of his writings in trive to find him wings; and thus, the mass, they certainly possess if I would successfully enforce what many have aimed at, but moral duties, I must advance very few attained, namely, orig. evangelical motives.” inality. They are the language I should have thought mowers of the heart; they shew a deep very idle people; but they work experience of its religious feel. while they whet their scythes. ings, a continual anxiety to sym. Now devotedness to God, whether pathize with man in his wants, it mows, or whets the scythe, still and to direct him to his only goes on with the work.
My course of study, like His conversation and familiar that of a surgeon, has princi. habits with his friends, were pally consisted in walking the more peculiar, amusing, and hospital. instructive, than any I
My principal method of de witnessed. It is difficult to con. feating heresy, is by establishing vey a clear idea of them by de. truth.-One proposes to fill a scription. I venture, therefore, bushel with tares : now if I can to add a few pages of what I fill it first with wheat, I shall may call his table-talk, which I defy his attempts.
A Christian in the world, is little artists. Aman may be able to like a man who has a long inti. execute the buttons of a statue macy with one who at length he very neatly; but I could not call finds out was the murderer of a him an able artist. There is kind father : the intimacy, after an air, there is a taste, to which this, will surely be broken. his narrow
capacity cannot Candor will always allow reach. Now, in the church, much for inexperience. I have there are your dexterous button been thirty years forming my makers. own views; and in the course of I would not give a straw for this time, some of my bills have that assurance which sio will pot been sinking, and some of my damp. If Dayid had come from vallies have risen : but how un. his adultery, and had talked of reasonable would it be to expect his assuranceat that time, I should all this should take place in an. have despised his speech. other person, and that in the There is the analogy of faith : course of a year or two.
it is a master-key, which not We are surprised at the fall only opens particular doors, but of a famous professor; but in carries you through the whole the sight of God, the man was house ; but an attachment to a gone before ; it is only we that rigid system is dangerous. Lu. have now discovered it. He that ther once turned out the Epistle despiseth small things, shall fall of St. James, because it disturb. by little and little.
ed his system. Dr. Owen will be The devil told a lie when he ashamed of his wisdom and clear. said, All these things are mine, ness five minutes after he has been and to whomsoever I will, I give in heaven. I shall preach, perthem ; for if he had the disposal haps, very usefully upon two opof preferments, since he knows posite texts, while kept apart; the effect of them, you and I, but if I attempt nicely to recon. brother C- should soon be cile them, it is ten to one if I dignitaries.
don't begin to bungle. If an angel were sent to find Contrivers of systems on the the most perfect man, he would earth, are like contrivers of sys. probably not find him composing tems in the heavens; where the sun a body of divinity; but perhaps a and moon keep the same course cripple in a poor house, whom in spite of the philosophers. the parish wish dead; but hum. When a man says he received a bled before God, with far lower blessing under a sermon, thoughts of himself than others gin to inquire who this man is think of him.
who speaks of the help he has reIf two angels came down from ceived. The Roman people pro. heaven to execute a divine com. ved the effect they received under mand, and one was appointed to a sermon of Antony, when they conduct an empire, and the oth- flew to avenge the death of Cæsar. er to sweep a street in it, they The Lord has reasons, far bewould feel no inclination to yond our ken, for opening a wide choose employments.
door, while he stops the mouth In divinity, as well as in the of a useful preacher. John Bun: other professions, there are the yan vould not have done half the