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the progress of existence, by directing possible for me to continue it long, and preus to pause on the margins of divided serve iny reason and my sight. The former I
soon felt much affected, and subsequent events worlds.
quickly proved how inach the latter had sufThe narrative which this book re fered. These hints may perhaps be a warning cords, is chiefly taken from Mr. Tay- to those who may be strongly tempted, as I lor's own diary, in which he has given was, to endeavour to obtain a little knowledge, a faithful and unvarnished account of whe
Account of when all the powers are too much worn down God's dealings with his soul in early
to bear it." pp. 60. life ;- of his spiritual trials and strug- / Shortly after this, Mr. T. lost the gles ;-of his hopes and fears ;--of bis use of his right eye, the sight of which doubts and perplexities;- and of his he never again recovered. happy deliverance from the numerous He, however, persevered in his lasnares to which he was exposed. In bours until December 6th, 1818, when every paragraph, the irradiations of he delivered his last discourse. He truth shine with peculiar lustre, and continued to languish until Friday the the whole of his spiritual warfare tends 25th, when he rested from his toils, to exalt the abundant grace of God. and entered on his reward. His faIn pursuing his journey through this neral was attended with the highest vale of tears, his doniestic troubles testimonies of respect. Ten ministers were neither few nor small; but it is of different denominations honoured pleasing to observe the Sun of righ- his interment with their presence; and teousness beaming from behind the the concourse of people was estimated darkest cloud which seemed to ob- at between two and three thousand. scure his passage. In all his narrative, He was beloved in life, and honoured the records of his life are accompanied in death, by all who had the pleasure with much self-abasement, and with of his acquaintance. an exaltation of that grace which It is a tribute of justice due to his brings salvation into the soul.
| memory to say, that after living fortyRaised from the coal mines, in which five years among the same people, and several of his family had earned a occupying a station, that exposed him scanty livelihood, to the pulpit of to popular observation, he maintained Queenshead, he still appears to have a good report to the close of life. retained his primitive simplicity of Even calumny herself seemed unwilmanners, aiming to bring souls to ling to tarnish his name.', .*} Jesus Christ, the promotion of whose The last section in this biographical glory seems to have been his principal sketch, contains his own account of object. In this, his efforts were hap- his behaviour towards his children, pily crowned with success; for al- and to his neighbours,-his views and though the infant church in that place, designs in beginning and continuing in which he was made instrumental in the work of the ministry,-his manner raising up, was afterwards subjected of preaching his visiting and going, to many painful vicissitudes, his among his friends,--his exercises of strength was according to his day, and devotion, the ways of Divine Provihe lived to see the great Head of the dence towards himself and family church triumph over all bis enemies. and finally, with considerations which Of his unremitting diligence, we give supported him through all his labours. the following specimen in his own all these furnish many important les; words.
sons, which the most accomplished "In about a year and a ball, I read more ministers might advantageously lea.. than three thousand octavo pages; among and they set forth an example WDIE which were all the volumes of Neal's History of the Po ritans. I wrote, I think, nearly a piety in every form will not disdaini quire of paper; besides all that I had to do of | tollow. reading acid writing, connected with my work! Of the part which Mr. Adam Taylor, as a minister. In doing this, I lived one som: the biographer, has performed in mer entirely in the chapel; and was knocked
| work, but little remains to be sala out of it when I was wanted in the house. In the winter season, I sat down at the time of
| The greater portion of the materials candle-ligl iting, placed my candle behind my he found prepared and arranged to hi shoulder on the top of my chair, and with | hand. His selections appear to pa scarcely a ny intermission, even when the even | been made with much judgment, ar ings were five or six hours long, I kept on reading till bed-time. This intense reading
the fidelity which he has shewn in de and study. I continued for nearly two years,
| lineating the character of his friepo, till both the doctors and others said it was not I cannot but secure for him the app
bation of all candid and judicious , ed the infamous decree, that faith is not to be readers. It seems to present to us.a I kept with heretics, a decree of which modern faithful mirror of the deceased. Were
| Catholics affect to be ashamed, and which they biographers always to act thus, friend
say they reject. But for individual Catholics,
or all the Catholics in England or Ireland, to ship migbt lament the dead, without talk of rejecting the decree of a council, is just compelling justice to sigh-that truth as absurd as it would be for the magistrates of had been interred in the same se
Dudley to say they had rejected an act of parpulchre.
liament. As in the latter case, parliament only has the power of repealing its own acts; so in
the former, none but a council can repeal the Review,-Remarks on the Rev. Tho
decrees of a council : and that power they can
never exercise, but at the expense of their mas Tysun's attack on Protestantism infallibility.” (Preface.) and Bible Societies; in Letters to a In these sentiments of the author, Friend. By Jacob Stanley. 8vo. pp.we most readily concur. But we must 83, London. Blanshard, 1821. not forget, that the advocates for the We are well aware that there was a Catholic system will not allow the contime when infidelity and ignorance clusion which terminates the paramade a formidable stand against the graph. They tell us, that the decisions circulation of the word of God: but of councils are governed by the occafrom the long silence which these op- sions which called them forth; but that posers have studiously observed, we as circumstances change, the modes flattered ourselves that the warfare of of decision vary, without losing their Bible Societies was past, and that op
character of infallibility. position had been overwhelmed by "a Mr. Stanley's Letters are four in flood of day.” The pamphlet before number, and they appear to be writus, however, and the attack on Pro
ten in a strain of argumentative hutestantism and on Bible Societies, to mour, which cannot fail to amuse even which it alludes, have taught us a dif those whom they are best calculated ferent lesson. We find ourselves by to instruct. To an author who posthese carried back into the dark ages sesses a fertile imagination, the mumfrom which our protestant ancestors
meries of popery furnish ample mahappily emerged; where we are sur
terials on which to display the corrusrounded with the gloom of superstition,
cations of wit; and these Mr. Stanley sheltered by the dogmas of authority,
exhibits to some advantage. and secured by the intrenchments of
But independently of these occainfallibility.
sional sallies, his reasonings are clear In the late attempts which have been and masculine, and he shews himself made to effect what has delusively been to be something more than a novice in denominated Catholic emancipation, we the polemic art. On the passages of were taught by its advocates, that the
scripture which Mr. Tysan, his Cathoabsurdities and anathemas, which had lic antagonist, quotes, Mr. S. animaddisgraced former centuries, had pe- verts with considerable ability, and rished with the periods which gave we conceive with good effect. them birth. We were informed, that! From some popish authors of acknowthe light which distinguished the nine-fledged celebrity, Mr. Stanley has quoteenth century, had irradiated the Cated passages which we can scarcely tholic mind; that the dangerous tenets | read without feeling indignant
read without feeling indignant at the with which they were charged, existed
impiety and insolence which they disonly in the terrified imaginations of play. From the renowned Bellarmine their opponents; and that Catholics he selects the following. “If the pope and Protestants might now enjoy the |
should err, in commanding vices, and common privileges of their birthright. I forbidding virtues, the church were To these tales we were disposed to bound to believe vices to be good, and lend an attentive ear; but we have
virtues to be evil.” “ A Christian ought been warned from many quarters to
to receive the church's doctrine withbeware of delusion; and the subject
out examination. All Christians, and now before us, confirms the suspicions
ministers, and bishops, are to be subwhich we were recommended to en-ject to the pope.” When infallibility tertain.
arrogates to itself such authority as “ Roman Catholicism,” (Mr. Stanley tells
this, that man must have abandoned us,)“ is the same now, as in the time of the his reason, who does not doubt its Council of Constance, which solemnly enact- I pretensions. No. 31.- VOL. III.
We have no time to follow Mr. Stan- frivolity which they have discovered. ley through his examination of the Authors who will flatter their readers various topics which fall under his in their weaknesses, will always comnotice. We can only say, that he has mand a multitude of admirers, the handled them with considerable talent numbers of which will be in proportion and address; and we are much incli- to the dexterity with which they can ned to think, that the Rev. Mr. Tysan, conceal their designs. To extol wiswhen he commenced his attack upon dom is the most effectual method that protestantism and bible societies, had can be taken to disarm suspicion of its no anticipation that his own authority vigilance, and to levy an impost upon and infallibility would be so formid- the pockets of imbecility. ably called in question. We recom- In the poems before us, there is a mend this pamphlet to the perusal of considerable fund of masculine sense every Catholic in England and Ire- and elevated sentiment. The author's land, and to as many Protestants as lines in many places contain much feel an interest in the circulation of pointed harmony. The weapon of the Scriptures, and that form of Chris- satire wears a keen edge, and occatianity which their ancestors shed their sionally inflicts wounds in unexpected blood to secure.
quarters; so that while we smile at the blow which some vice or characteris
tic foible receives, of which we are Review.--Poems by Joseph
conscious we are not guilty, the sabre
Jones, M.A. pp. 180. London, Longman,
takes an unexpected turn, and, falling Hurst, Rees, Orme, f. Brown ; F. C.
upon ourselves, compels us to suspend of J. Rivington ; J. Hatchard & Son;
our merriment, and even to leave the
huzza unfinished. Whitaker & Brown, Wigan, 1821.
Authorship, the first subject, is carThe subjects of these poems are five ried on in the form of a dialogue bein number; namely, Authorship, The tween a Friend and a Poet. Of these, Church, Greatness, Zeal, The Satir the former reprehends, and the latter ist, and Content. These subjects are vindicates, and in both instances the preceded by a preface, containing fif- characters are well sustained. We teen pages, in which the author deve
subjoin the following as a specimen. lops the principles which he intends to unfold in the subsequent poems. This “F. Why scribble, and complain of scribbling preface is well written. It contains
| Why rhymes condemn, and yet compose in many judicious observations on the
rhymes ? various topics which are introduced to What inconsistency! But blame no more; public notice by the most celebrated | Or lock your papers in your escrutoir. writers of the present day, in which the best interests of mankind are either “P. Pause, gentle friend : not writing I deoverlooked, or only introduced in al. ., spise,.. vague and incidental manner, as
Provided writing aims to make us wise. *though they were too trifling and un
Let authors only always keep in sight
The weal of man, as well as his delight; important to occupy their thoughts, or Shew wisdom, labour, gravity, and thought; employ their pens. For this open and And they shall have my plaudit, as they ought. candid avowal of his sentiments, the author is entitled to the approbation
“F. What is an author ? An unlucky wight, of all those whose favour he would For ever wrong, and yet for ever right; consider worthy of his acceptance.
Now brisk and lively as the rising lark;
Now dull as beetle, buzzing in the dark; His reflections indeed extend in Silent and fretful, talkative and vain; their consequences beyond the charac- A mental despot no one can explain. ters to whom he has restricted their | Expecting all must to his sceptre bend, application. The manner in which He only loves the giddy who commend : those authors have written, whose con
Dictates, asserts, impatient of debate,
And loads opponents with his deadliest hate. duct falls under his censure, contains
An oracle, incorrigible elf, a severe satire on the age in which For realms and ages he accounts himself. we live. They pursue their career, | A dozen thoughts, the sum may be too great, because they find it congenial with the
Lodge in the sombrous chambers of his pate; vitiated taste which prevails. They
These with a mighty impotence of mind, have watched the march of intellect, And forth proceeds a volume, bright and bold,
Are turned and tortur’d, varied and combin'd, and have availed themselves of the Where much is uttered, and yet nothing told.
Monopolist of wisdom, skill, and taste, ' title. This he finally places in moral He carves a quill, and writes away in haste;
worth, which he thus expresses and Sheet after sheet, (what cannot garrets yield So wise and warm as his?) are quickly fill'd
illustrates. With repetitions of that obvious lore
“Where leads the verse ? To this, and nos Which common sense taught all the world thing more; before.
Greatness in moral elements explore; In pompous phrase he dresses all the trash, Or search is needless : earth can only give And gives no knowledge, though he drains our The greatness that may please, but must decash.
ceive; “ P. Far too satirical ; far too severe;
What dazzles, and delights us, and so forth,
A wretched substitute for moral worth. All candour leaves you while you smile and
But take an illustration, it is plain, sneer. of those whom quills, and reams, and types
Not ill adapted to an humble strain,
Such as may faithfully convey to each
The honest lesson that we aim to teach.
What gives your watch its value? Not the Brilliant or dull, for all things suit our days,
gold; Is that familiar, idle, empty trash,
No gay exterior that the eyes behold;
No glittering seals depending by a chain, That well deserves the critic's smartest lash.
Shewing the wearer not a little vain. But yet if some are such as we describe,
The parts of real value, where begin? Why for a part condemn the writing tribe?
Meet not the eye, but are conceal'd within : Some are the awful teachers of mankind, Lofty in science, and in taste refined ;
Spring, wheel, and pins, why mention more?
all these And these, the friends of wisdom's glorious
| May work in basest metal if you please, cause,
And freely move in it with all their force, Deserve, and must obtain, our warm applause.
Maintaining an exact and proper course, “ F. But these are few, and scattered o’er
And, on a face of pure, transparent glass, the land
Tell how the hours revolve and moments pass ; By Him who formed us, with a frugal hand :
As well as if they mov'd in richest ore, Such I extol, resplendent stars who shine
The brightest timepiece fopling ever wore. In human ranks with lustre all divine.
Reject the obvious moral, if you can:. All men may scribble, but how few can think !
You cannot : then with wisdom judge of man. 'The more they aim to rise, the more they sink.
Whate'er the outward part, or mean or fair, The lofty steep, write they in prose or rhyme,
The man within demands our nicest care ;
The immortal soul, that fine, ethereal power, Of song or science, never doom'd to climb, Yet whipp'd to fury by an idle dream,
Whence, spring the various movements of the They think they feel gay fancy's brightest
hour.” p. 71, 72. beam,
On the subject of Religious ZEAL, And make, blind victims of a fitful glow,
the author thus expresses his views. Of all their weakness a pedantic sliew.
“ Enough : the energy of zeal is shown: “ P. Enough: but I maintain my thesis
Granted; and man without it is a drone.
O lives there one who dwells on sacred things, clear; He who is sound in mind, in heart sincere,
And feels no ardour touch the vital strings Though not a star that claims the first degree,
Of joyful nature? Is there one who looks Yet somewhat certainly surpassing me,
Or on mankind, or on the sacred books, May blameless use his quill, and spread the
Contemplating the awful and the great, light
Our present being, and our final fate,
With atter apathy; who stands before Of purest truth in circumambient night;
The flock that looks to him for sacred lore, From baneful thraldom liberate the mind,
With heart unmoy'd; who deals his scanty And prove the benefactor of mankind.
dole For feeble drivellers 'tis vain to plead, Who only write what drivellers can read :
Of frigid wisdom with a listless soul?
Rather than such a one, if such there be, Bat sense and goodness may our praise obtain,
Blame not a Muse that ventures to be free; Though genius should not animate the strain.”
Rather than such a one, I must admire p. 1--4.
One who would warm me, though with wildest The CHURCH runs through about fire. twenty-five pages. Its design and
If rightly we the moral scene behold,
'Tis little less than impious to be cold; vast utility the author places in a fa
To utter words from frozen lips and slow, vourable light; connecting public That wake no fears; inspire no living glow. worship with morality and religion, From frozen statues, O my soul, retire; and carrying our views into a disem- | And far from bursts of all ungoverned fire.”. bodied state. From this article, we
p. 105 have not room for any quotations.
The two remaining subjects are THE On the subject of GREATNESS, the SATirist and CONTENT. Each of these opinions of various characters are in- has its peculiar excellence, without troduced, and found to be destitute being able to boast of exclusive perof all genuine claims to the dignified | fection. But we have no room either
to amplify beauties, or to descant upon 1. What is the extent of the Bermudefects.
da Islands? What is the amount of Taken as a whole, this volume is at the white and black population? with once entertaining and instructive. The any information respecting the climate, diction is strong and dignified, and soil, productions, commerce, form of the versification smooth and easy; government, civil and religious instibut what is a far superior recommend-tutions, size and situation of the towns, ation, the author's muse confines her forts, harbours, and rivers, employflight within the limits assigned by the ments of the inhabitants, general chavoice of inspiration, to morality and racter, military force, prices of labour, religion.
and materials for ship-building, ex
pense of living, rent of houses, cost Queries To CORRESPONDENTS.
of land, and encouragements offered to settlers ?
On all these points, information is 1. On the Cramp.
solicited; for notwithstanding these A Bather will be obliged to any of Islands have been so long in the posyour numerous correspondents, who session of the English, notwithstandcan inform him of an antidote against ing their vicinity to the continent of the cramp, that dread goblin of the America, and the numerous ships by watery element.
which they have been visited, there is 2. On the Bite of Mud Dogs.
so little respecting them to be gathered J. Caryl would be glad to know why
from any works with which K. C. M.is persons who are bitten by mad dogs
acquainted, that any account of them shew such an aversion to the sight of
must be acceptable to the majority of
' | the readers of the Imperial Magazine. water, as soon as the malady disco
1 2. What is the extent, population, vers itself.
and mode of government, in the Baha3. On the Knowledge of departed Spirits. ma Isles? Have any great improve
B. asks, Have “the spirits of the ments been lately effected in them? dead made perfect” any knowledge | Has the population increased? What of what passes on in this world? towns and harbours are there, and how 4. On the Heading of Invoices, and
are they situated ? What military Addressing of Letters.
force, and meaus of defence, do they Iven of London wishes to know the
possess? What is the general cha
racter of the inhabitants ? proper way to head a letter of business, or one attached to an invoice, when
1 3. To what extent is the Great or you wish to address a firm composed
| Orange River in South Africa naviof unmarried ladies ? And likewise if
gable, and for vessels of what burden? the leading partner should be a mar
What do its shores produce, and what ried lady, or a widow, and the rest
climate does it enjoy? unmarried? And also a firm consisting
4. What authors have written upon of a widow lady and one or two sons ?
any of the foregoing topics, and what
are the titles and dates of their works? 5. On Relations intermarrying. 5. What establishments are mainConsanguineus asks, whether it be tained at the British forts on the Gold probable, in case near relations con- coast of Africa, and in the river Gam. tinue to intermarry, that any physical bia? In what state for defence and degeneracy will attach to their pos- comfort are these forts and settleterity, either in mind or body? ments? 6. On Spelling.
6. What settlements have been esA young man about twenty years of
c tablished upon the north-west coast age, who writes an excellent hand,
' of America," between the latitudes of but spells wretchedly, would be glad-1
| 30 and 60 deg. north? ly informed of the best method of im
17. Has any information respecting proving himself in this useful branch.
| New South Shetland transpired, in
consequence of the visit of the Liver7. Inquiries_respecting Bermuda, | pool whalers to that coast? Bahama, &.
8. What is the temperature, upon a K. C. M. will be obliged to any per-| daily average, during a year, of son who will answer any or the whole heite, or any other of the Society of the following queries :