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church into the market. Mr. John XLII.- Rev. John Newton to John Ragmond's great house, with his wool
Thornton, Esq. London. house, barns, stables, and grain, and 2000 pounds worth of wool, just laid in,
Southampton, ye 4th Sept. 86. are all consumed; he computes his loss MY DEAREST SIR,-Since my return at 5000 pounds, and says he is still from Lymington, I received, together worth £20,000; but is so dejected, and with a letter from Mr. Bull, a copy his health so impaired by this loss, that of yours to Mr. B . I have long his life seems in great danger. ..... loved him, and considered him as L-g's house, wool-house, and buildings a zealous and faithful minister, and are consumed. He is reckoned one of therefore cannot but be grieved that his the most infamous in Potton, and was conduct should prove contrary to my thought in very declining circumstances, wishes and expectations. I judge from but people say the fire will set him up an expression, in his to you, that he was
he is insured so deep. Butler's house, displeased with what I wrote to him, wool-house, and buildings, are also con- which you saw. Indeed I could not sumed, but part of his stock is insured. well expect that it would be otherwise; John Keeling has escaped. John M-'s but, I hope, I meant simply and hohouse and workshop are consumed; nestly. I am sure my heart has been he has suffered more than any of the much pained for him; and it would Professors, but is not offensive now to have rejoiced me greatly, if, upon the enthe carnal world, and will be well con- quiries you have bad opportunity of sidered in the general contribution : making, you had found that every report however, at your desire, I shall send rais'd to his disadvantage was either frihim two guineas. He names himself volous or false. Elijah, and calls all other ministers H ow many proofs have I had, that Baal's prophets; yet, since the fire, has abilities and zeal, and even usefulness, had the vanity to beg of me to recom- are no security to a minister from danmend him as a preacher to the Taber- gerous miscarriages. Yea, these things nacle. He now openly declares, that expose him to the greater danger, unless Jesus Christ is no more God than Paul he is preserved by the grace of God was, which has this good effect, that it from a high spirit, unless he continues keeps the people at Potton from hearing to feel himself a poor, weak, sinful, de him altogether. Indeed, he is grown pendant creature. Many have been very lofty and censorious, and I wish warnings to me; may I consider myself, his late calamity may be sanctified... lest I also be tempted; and may the Lord The furniture of my curate's house had preserve me from becoming a warning cost his wife's mother £300, which was to others. How much more desirable is all consumed, and no linen saved, but it to be suddenly called away, like Dr. what was on their backs, so rapid was Conyers, than to outlive the honour of the fire; I was forced to take them in, our profession; and after shining awhile, and a mournful sight it was to see them to set at least in a cloud. They are well come in the evening, the husband with a kept whom the Lord vouchsafes to keep. cradle, the wife with a young child, and I am providentially led by a way that the maid with an infant in her arms. I thought not of. My friend Mr. Taylor Thro' mercy a house was provided proposed to conduct us to Bristol, where for them at Gamgay in a fortnight's he has some business that requires his time. . . My feverish complaint is much immediate attendance. So we set out removed, but my head and breast are with Mr. and Mrs. Taylor to-morrow, but indifferent; however, I have been and they will accompany us a part of just enabled to preach once on a Sunday the way hoineward, perhaps to the Dea thro' the summer. My kind Christian vizes. Mr. Heathcote, who is nephew love to your partner. Peace and pro- to the late dear Mrs. Talbot, lives there. tection be with you both, and grace When she died, he sent a ring to as many with your children.
as he knew or heard were favoured with I remain your much indebted and her friendship; among others he thought I thankful Servant,
of me. My letter of thanks for the
JOHN BERRIDGE. ring produced an answer from him, To Mr. Benj”. Mills.
written in a very humble spiritual
strain, and in it he gave me a warm inP.S.- Why did you put A. M. on vitation to visit him. If he be at home, the back of your letter? It makes me I sball, perhaps, have the pleasure of seem a coxcomb got into my dotage. calling on him now, though mine must
be a short visit. For if I go to Bath, and many comforts. It was he who Bristol, and the Devizes also, I must be gave me the honour and comfort of your at home in the course of next week. It friendship and patronage, upon which is probable I shall preach at Bristol next my service and usefulness have so greatly Sunday.
depended; and it is owing to his goodMany occasions I have of making an ness, and not my own, that I continue acknowledgment like Jacob's, with my happy in your friendship to this day; staff I came over this Jordan, and now for had I been left to myself, you might . . . . In ye year 36, I was at have long ago had reason to repent Southampton, and in the year 38, at of your great kindness to me. Bristol, from whence (my father selling Thro' mercy we still enjoy health. I his ship) I travelled thro' Bath to Lon- have had pulpits every Sunday since I don I was then a little sailor boy, and have been here, and have been as happy for a long time after, had no thought of as situation could make us. Mr. Kingsbeing more than a sailor thro' life. I bury, the Dissenting minister here, is a find a pleasure, and I hope some profit, valuable man, candid and warm-hearted, in reviewing placez which recal men and a very good preacher. His constrongly to my mind, incidents which I gregation seem to walk in peace, and to pass'd thro' in early giddy youth. I can be in a thriving state. recollect with some distinction, what I But I must close, requesting you to was, and what I thought when at South- accept mine and Mrs. Newton's cordial ampton fifty years ago. Surely I may acknowledgments and respects. I hope say of my own case, He led me, when to be at home ye 13, which, perhaps, blind, by a way that I knew not. How will not be very long before your return. little could I then, and long afterwards, I long to see you, and pray the Lord to think of visiting these parts in my present bless and comfort you every day, and capacity. The profession of the gospel that you may come home in health, and has cost some people much; but I was the peace which passeth all undera poor creature, and should have been standing. so still, bad I lived till now, if the Lord
I am, my dear Sir, had not mercifully found me in the Your most affectionate and obliged waste howling wilderness, found me
Servant, where I sought him not But his favour
John Newton. has given me friends, a post of honour,
ROMANS i. 20.
For the invisible things of him from the cre
ution of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Codhead, so that they are without excuse.
THOUGH men, the creatures of a day,
Upstarting from the clod, Creation's wond'rous works survey,
And proudly limit God. All pature His eternal might,
Revolving shall confess;
His Godhead to express.
With multifarious peak;
Alike his honours speak.
The world of vegetation see,
Diffusing sweets abroad;
Proclaim a powerful God.
Their latent courses bend;
The rivulets descend.
The little hills are seen ;
Through meadows clothed with green.
And bear their treasure high ;
Provide a rich supply.
He governs with a nod;
What is too hard for God.
In those lands where unknown is a sigh or a tear!
STANZAS ON THE DEATH OF A
I BELOVED DAUGHTER.
Reclines its drooping head ;
Far o'er the ocean bed.
Are merged in balmy sleep;
Constrain my soul to weep.
All other joys of earth,
Of her tbat gave her birth.
So promising and fair;
Have vanished into air.
The sovereign will of heaven?
To Him, who formed her infant frame,
Be endless praises given.
A father's heart relief?
To chase away his grief.
When she resigned her breath?
Her triumph over death?
Through faith and hope above;
And all is endless love.
The will of hearen divine;
To trust and not repine.
REVIEW OF BOOKS.
The History of the Church of the Church of Christ, or the state
Christ, particularly in its Luthe. of real religion, which they were ran Branch, from the Diet of not privileged to finish. DifferAugsburg, A. D. 1530, to the ing from them, as we do, in our Death of Luther, A.D. 1546; views of ecclesiastical polity, in our intended as a Continuation of the opinions of various characters too Church History, brought doin to highly applauded, or too strongly the Commencement of that period, reprobated in their work, and in by the Rev. Joseph Milner, M.A. our construction of several of the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hull: events which they detail, we and the Very Rev. Isaac Milner, nevertheless regard it as a most D.D. F.R.Š. Dean of Carlisle.
useful work, and, abating its high By John Scott, M.X. Vicar of church prejudices, calculated to North Ferriby. and Minister of promote the interests of pure and St. Mary's, Hull, &c. London: undefiled religion. The individual Seeley. 8vo. 128.
who studies Milner for the pro
gress, declension, and revival of History of the Progress and Sup
the doctrines of the Gospel, Mopression of the Reformation in
for the secular affairs of Italy in the Sixteenth Century: the church, and Campbell for the including a Sketch of the History philosophy of its history, may of the Reformation in the Grisons.
consider himself well furnished By Thomas M. Crie, D.D.
with all that is essentially necesEdinburgh: Blackwood. 8vo.
sary to make him very respectably 10s. 6d. .
acquainted with ecclesiastical hisThe Reformation is still an in- tory. exhausted, and, we might almost To Dr. M‘Crie we have been say, an inexhaustible subject. The largely indebted for important state of the church and the world contributions to the church hiswhich preceded it; the remote tory of our own country. His and proximate causes which pro- invaluable lives of Knox and moted it; the men who were Melville have stamped his chahonoured to bring it about; the racter for laborious and patient principles which it disclosed or investigation, and for masterly debrought into operation; and the lineation of character and princilong and splendid train of events ple. From him also we differ, which have resulted from it, pre- and his prejudices, (but who is sent so many points of interest free from them) we consider not both to the Christian and the less strong than those of the scholar, that we cannot wonder it Milners; but we have derived so has occupied many pens, and that much profit and pleasure from it still continues to be the subject his works, that we love to think of extended and interesting dis- only of their substantial excelcussion.
lences. Much light has been thrown Our readers are probably aware upon the characters and proceed- that Dean Milner, the continuator ings of its principal agents by the of his brother's work, left off about researches of modern historians. the year 1530, when the ReforTo the Milwers, we have been mation had not arrived at its indebted for a valuable history of full strength or maturity. Here N. S. No. 34.
then Mr. Scott cominences his lancthonis Epistolarum Liber, Con. narrative.
tinens praeclara multa cum Eccle" In this volume,” he says, “ I have
siastica tum Politica et Historica endeavoured to complete the history of cognitione dignissima, Antehac Luther, and of the principal events per nunquam editus. 1647." As this taining to that branch of the church volume may contain matter, which which was connected with him, to the
would be useful to Mr. Scott in period of his death. Dr. Milner had detailed the history of the first thirteen
the farther prosecution of his years of the Reformer's public life : that work, should he not find it elseof sixteen more remained to be related. where, we shall be happy to comIt seemed necessary thus to restrict the municate it to him through our plan of the present volume chiefly to the Lutheran church, both because of the
bookseller. magnitude of the transactions in which We are exceedingly pleased that division of the Christian world was that the Milners have found in involved, and also in order to maintain a Mr. Scott a continuator in all conformity between the commencement of my work and the latter part of that respects worthy both of them and which it aspires to continue-where a like their subject. The author of this restriction is, in point of fact, observed. volume is already well known to The same general principles, it is hoped, the public; and the present vowill be found to prevail here, as in the work of the Milners. What the junior of
lume, we have no doubt, will them said of his venerated brother, I trust establish his reputation for sound I may apply to myself--that, in com. principle, accurate discrimination, posing the work, "he certainly believed and diligent research. It may be himself to be employed in the service of
considered principally as a life his heavenly Master. I have laboured to cherish this feeling respecting it : and I of the great German Reformer ; bope I now send it forth with this as my and we have no hesitation in sayfirst prayer concerning it--that it may be ing, it is the only book in Eng. accepted as a humble offering to God,
lish worthy of this title. The and be blessed to the increase and the edification of his church. I may adopt account of Luther's works is the words of the author to whom all stu- drawn up with great care, and dents of the history of Luther are so must have cost the author much deeply indebted, the excellent Seckendorf, labour. The work of Luther on and say of my publication, as he did of his, • Prodit itaque, non tam meo quam
the Galatians, we have long amicorum arbitrio-utinam ad gloriam thought contains some unguarded Dei et emolumentum ecclesiæ !' At least, expressions, which are capable of with respect to my first engaging in the being annlied in a manner which work, it was not my own inclination, but I
being applied in a manner which the importunity of my friends that pre
Luther never could have contemvailed." I will not deny that I have since plated. In the following rebecome cordially attached to iny employ- marks of Mr. Scott we cordially ment, and am anxious to proceed in it."
• agree. pp. v. vi.
" Perbaps the most exceptionable point After explaining the particulars, in the whole work is, the dishonourable in which an agreement will be manner in which it often seems to speak found between his work and that of the law' of God; joining it with sin of his predecessors, he proceeds
and Satan as almost equally opposed to in his preface to give some ac- the work to certain modern antinomians,
man's bappiness. This has commended count of the authorities which he as if it really favoured their views, when has chiefly followed. He men- nothing can be further from the fact. tions a scarce 8vo. volume by 1
me by The following passage furnishes the true Pezelius, printed at Newstadt, thor, though not so often expressed as
explanation, always intended by the au1600, entitled, Melancthonis Con- was necessary, unless he had reduced his silia Theologica, &c. We have language, of the kind referred to, to a in our possession another volume more scriptural model. In the conflicts by Pezelius, to which we do not known or thought of, than Christ alone,
of conscience nothing else ought to be observe Mr. Scott to refer, “ Me- and the law should be placed out of sight :