month. I am much of opinion that which Mr. Le Grice lives, and with many persons, after having read the the greater part of his previous life, whole account of this affair, will join he said to me, “He is a flarning son me in thinking, that no one, excepting of the Church, I assure you." I rea flaming son of the Church, would plied, His conduct has shewn it." have dragged Sir Rose Price and his As to the Summary &c., excuse me, opinions into public notice as Mr. Le Mr. Editor, if I inform your readers, Grice has done, and thus “called the that it is a word of your own choosing, sluggish friends of an Establishment not of wine. My manuscript was to an examination of its doctrines, headed by the words—Cornish Con. and those who are wavering in their troversy, simply. faith to tread in the path of truth.” With respect to the arrangement, I am not singular in the opinion, that in which we are told there is great inthey only who are actuated by a correctness, I assure you, it cost me flaming zeal, or, trembling for the some trouble to select the points shrines of Diana, are hurried into which were worthy, as I thought, of hasty measures, could bring an affair the public notice, and reduce into of this kind before the public, and a reasonable space the tremendous "disturb the quiet of their neighbour- letters which lay before me. I knew hood," the loss of which they after- the value of your pages, and was wards can only deplore. The publica- not willing to sacrifice them to usetion of these facts was not called for; less matter. And assuredly, Sir, “the the orthodox friends of Mr. Le Grice writer did not entertain an idea that think so: and that exposure of a pri- the correspondence would appear in vate conversation in which they origi- your pages, or he would not have" nated, will not be approved of by the troubled himself with sending you any world at large, whatever may be the account of it at all. My communicaresolutions of his brother clergymen tion to you was in London, when I as to what the reverend gentleman saw the first letters in the Repository, has been doing

and I instantly regretted that it had And why should he be so highly been written. I had thought myself offended, as I judge he is, at the epi- called on, in one point of view, to thet by which he is designated in the make this controversy known to the Statement of the particulars of this Unitarian public ; but should have Western Controversy ? Had he ho- been as well satisfied as Mr. Le Grice noured me with a reading of the Lec- appears to be, had I known that the tures on Nonconformity, and thought letters would speak for themselves in proper to regard me in consequence their own language. And now for the of them as a faming son of Dis- incorrectness of my reinarks. sent, I should have willingly left On referring again to the letters, I him in possession of his terms, nor feel no disposition to retract the asser. been offended because he acknow- tion I have made, that “the attention ledged me in the strongest language of the public was first called to the the decided and consistent character subject by a long address,” &c., for in which, I trust, I ever shall remain. truth the public cared little about the I honour the man, whatever princi- matter until Mr. Le Grice's long letples he holds, whose conduct is con- ter appeared, which bronght before sistent with his principles,” yet not them the numerous particulars that all men under such circumstances ex. are stated in that letter. It was then actly alike.

I know, not what he assuredly, that the attention of the means by "the grainmatical propriety public was fixed, and not before, and of the epithet ;" he says, we all know then too, that the attention of the the meaning of it: yet it is no unusual great body of the readers of newsthing for us to affix different mean- papers was called to the business ; ings to the same term : he is wel- for as a controversy it had not been come to affix his own ; and I shall regarded until that letter appeared. only add, that when this controversy Let the reader now say what he will, first appeared, talking of it with a very of the unpardonable sin of which I respectable gentleman who is well ac- have been guilty. quainted with the neighbourhood in What was said in my statement


respecting Dr. Pearson, was an infer- the Church, &c. &c. and a new Act of ence in which I might have been mis- Uniformity.” This is a declaration taken, and if so, I must acknowledge which I am to suppose the Baronet that shame which is so often the por- had made, and which is equivalent, in tion of fallible but ingenuous mortals. my view of the matter, to an entire (See letter dated February 9, p. 149.) overthrow of the present system of the That you entertained the intention Church. The Divine conld not supand that you avowed it with your own pose that I meant an overthrow of lips, I pledge myself to shew by testi- the church of Christ, for he has cansnouy that admits of proof." I think dour enough to believe that Unitarians it is evident, therefore, that Mr. Le are Christians, although avowedly opGrice did consider, that Sir Rose posed to the doctrines of the Church Price had said as much, and I felt of England; and if we understand any authorized by the language that pas- thing of the Baronet's principles, we sed between them, to think so too. must believe that, were an alteration

I neither professed "to sum up nor made, through his instrumentalitity, to act as a judge.” In this the gen- in the service of the English Church, tleman has assigned me an office I it would be an alteration tantamount am not willing to undertake. My to an overthrow of the present Church proposal was merely to state the par. Establishment altogether : for neither ticulars of this Western Controversy ; he nor I can say to what extent Sir in some trilling particulars of which, Rose might wish to carry such I may

well have been mistaken, con- form. sidering the extent and the intermix. The quotation which follows, “Whoture of times and circumstances which ever shall presume to innovate,” &c., are conspicuous in the letters which is, I now suppose, not in the words of lay before me.

Mr. Le Grice. I do not find them in Mr. Le Grice then points ont an that part of the correspondence which error. “A ineeting was called, and has appeared in the Repository. I Sir Rose Price soon received a copy must therefore have taken them from of their resolutions to displace him.' a paper which has not fallen into your Thus far I apprehend I ain correct, hands, and incautiously applied them (see p. 89,) although by his manner to the leading champion of things as of expressing himself, it might be they are, instead of another of the thought that the whole passage is zealous opponents of Sir Rose. l'or false. In the latter clause I have con- this mistake I sincerely beg pardon founded the office of President with both of Mr. Le Grice and your reathat of Secretary, which is held by ders. Mr. Le Grice; and herein I acknow- Having thus replied to the remarks ledge my error.

of the reverend gentleman, I declare The most serious charge is next to you, that I feel some satisfaction brought against me, reserved for the in the thought, that, while he was last as a coup de grace and ushered desirous of keeping this matter a-going in with all the apparatus that may a little longer, it was not in his power be useful in preparing the reader for to find out any more grievous charge some very deep feeling of indigna- against one who had taken some pains tion. Yet might I not say with to save the general reader the trouble truth that “Sir Rose Price is charged of steering through a long corresby Mr. Le Grice with endeavouring pondence, the greater part of which to get into Parliament, in order that is interesting only in the immediate he might attempt the overthrow of neighbourhood in which it originated. the Church altogether,” after read. I cannot regret, Sir, the part I have ing these words of Mr. Le Grice? "I taken, having had in view only to then proceed to your avowed wish give publicity to these circumstances to try your strength in Parliament, in the most convenient form. towards a reform in the doctrines of




REVIEW. “ Still pleased to praise, yet not afraid to blame."-Pore. Art. I.-Sermons on Various Sub- itself—v.g. in a way of providential,

jects. By the Rev. T. N. Toller. seasonable interposition, and for the To which” is prefixed a Memoir of purpose of spiritual improvement and the Author. By Robert Hall, M. A. usefulness, --- and elucidate the London. Published by Holdsworth. strong expressions the apostle uses in 1824. 8vo. Pp. 331.

his representation of the omnipotence

of the Supreme Being, when it is TE have often wished to sce a thus manifested. Mr. T. closes his

posthumous volume of the discourse by asking, If there be an sermous of many an individual, who Omnipotent God, what is every thing attained considerable reputation, for that can be mentioned, compared with his services, in the pulpit : and we the “ one touching point" - Is this particularly hail the appearance of God against me or for me? The these discourses by the late Mr. Tol. suitableness of the largest prayers, is ler. It adds to the value of the pub- also suggested; and the importance of lication of the compositions before waiting for God, in the way of duty. us, that they hare been taken, with no As the foregoing sermon treated of very studious discrimination, “ from the Divine Omnipotence, and of the upwards of three thousand manu- variety and unbounded extent of its scripts:" on this account, they are application in behalf of humble and the more welcome, "as memorials of holy souls, the object of the remainthe preaching of the author;" and for ing discourse, on the same passage, our being pleased with the compara. is to prove that this attribute of God tive absence of care in selecting them, must be matter of joy to his church there exists another most important and people. Here Mr. T. points out reason, to which we shall advert, be- who they are that reasonably indulge fore we finish the present article of such joy : review.

a question occurs-Who are the The First and Second Sermons have church and people of God ? Because for their subject, The Omnipotent these terms have been most miserably God the Joy of the Church ; the text understood in the world, and men have being Ephes. iii. 20, 21: “ Now sheltered the most abominable vices and unto hin that is able to do exceeding hateful characters under them. Somneabundantly above all that we ask or times they call a large, venerable building think, according to the power that a church, and think the better of themworketh in us, unto him be glory in selves because they attend worship within

its walls. Thus the Jews trusted to the church, by Christ Jesus, through- their magnificent temple, and buasted of out all ages, world without end. it as the temple of the Lord. But God Amen.” We recognize Mr. Toller's dwelleth not in temples made with style in the introductory sentences : hands; is not attached to consecrated “ This is what is called a doxology, not pleased with organs, and fiue sing

stones, to altar-pieces and pictures ; is or ascription of praise, at the close of ing, and costly vestments ; nor approves one of the richest and most comprehensive prayers that was (were) ever formed there, than under a tree or in a barn.

a person at all the more for worshiping or offered. And a striking instance it is, And so niserably were the Jews mishow easily God can turn a prison into a spiritual palace, and give liberty of soul their temple, magnificent as it was, and

taken in that point, that God suffered under the confinement of the body."

built by his express order, to be razed to From an illustration of the context, ticular communities of professing Chris.

the very foundation. Others call parthe preacher advances, to offer some

tians, churches ; such as the Church of thoughts on the Divine Omnipotence, England, the Church of Rome, the to remark that this great perfection Church of Scotland, the Church of Geof God is employed for his church and neva, and congregational churches among people, to shew, in what particular Dissenters. But any or all of these are ways it may be expected so to exert no farther the church and people of God,


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than their doctrine and discipline, their So far as this is the case, and no farther, characters, their tempers and lives, are does the church flourish." agreeable to the pure word of God, as it

The Omnipotence of God, morelies in the Bible; and no claims of au. thority, no antiquity of date, 110 pomp of over, is a subject of joy and praise to

the church, because all truly humble worship, no popularity of character, no dignity of patronage, no number of mem

and sincere endeavours to promote the bers, no orthodoxy of creeds, no splen. true interests of Christ must prosper ; dour of outward profession or appear- and because the spiritual and everlastance of religion, constitute any such a ing welfare of every individual soul, true church, or the true people of God. is is perfectly easy to the Divine Others call those exclusively the people Being as the general prosperity of of God, who attend on the particular the church at large. ordinance of the Lord's Supper, who so.

As to the inquiry, Where and how lemnly, publicly, and frequently commemorate the death of our Lord Jesus should be expressed~Mr. T. answers

it is desirable that this joy and praise Christ. But this likewise is no infallible mark of the true church ; because an-publicly and unitedly, evangelically, attendance there is of no farther cor se perpetually and eternally. And, for quence and advantage, thau as accom. the improvement of his subject, he panied with inward discerning of the observes, “What a capital point it is Lord's body, or the design of the ordi. to be the objects of the gracious omnance; and a feeding, by faith and love nipotence of God! How groundless and hope, on Christ, as the bread of and unreasonable are all unbelief and life and Saviour of souls. Who then are despondency respecting the real intethe true church and people of God ?

rests of Christ's church and people! Why, all, of every class, who believe in What reason have we to admire and Christ to the regeneration and salvation be thankful, if God has made us witof the soul, who love him in sincerity, who are of the same mind and temper nesses, in any measure, of his power with him, who do not live to themselves, in his church!" On the second of bat love and live to God and their fellow. these remarks he thus enlarges : creatures."

" Those, of whatever denomination Mr. T. shews, in the second place, and description, who are much disposed why, to such individuals, the Divine

to be alarmed, and cry out, The church Omnipotence becomes a theme of joy strongly insinuate a consciousness that

is iu dauger! The church is in danger! and praise. Such it is, because the their church, whatever it be, is not the great interests of the church are absu- church of Christ; for that never is in lutely secure. Under this head, he danger nor can be : it is the church of asks and resolves another question : the living, Omnipotent God : it is found.

What are the great interests of ed upou a rock, and the gates of hell the church ? Not the prosperity of any shall not prevail against it.' And all particular party or community, as such; churches that are not a part of this uot the prosperity of the Church of church, ure in danger, and ought to be Rome, or of England, or of Geneva, or

in danger, however propped up by civil of Scotland, or of Dissenting congregar magistrates, by emoluments, by pompous tions, separately considered the great worship, and outward splendour. They interests of the church might flourish, must fall at last, in proportion as the though any or all of these, as to the pure church of Christ prospers : 'Every external form of them, were perished plant, (said our Lord,) which my heaand forgotteu. Not the prosperity of venly Father hath not planted, shall be pontiffs, of forms and ceremonies, of rooted up. Amen, say all the true inquisitions and spiritual courts, of dic- friends of the church of Christ." tators and lords over conscience : the The title of the Third Sermon is, interests of the church are very different “ The Richness and Beauty of the from all these. Not the spread of the Vegetable World, an Argument for sentiments of any particular person; as Luther, or Calvin, Arius, or Socinus, of Rational Beings;" the text being

Providential Interpositions in Behalf Arminius, or Baxter : the interests of the church might fiourish, though these Matt. vi. 28-30. names were all abolished and buried in

Our Lord's hint in this passage, oblivion. The real interest of the church may be illustrated by a general view lies in the reign of pure scriptural truth of nature, and by a minute and parand love, righteousness and grace, in ticular attention to any of its specific the miuds, tempers and lives of men. productions. Jesus Christ intimates,

what an amazing waste there appearsness to the intercourse of friendship. to be made, in the vegetable world; We are deeply interested in knowing and from the considerations on which that, by the appointment of Provihe here insists, he derives an argu- dence, genuine Christians are not only ment for trust in Providence. The fellow-heirs of eternal life, but fellowforce of this argument, and the ground helpers to it : and this consideration on which it stands,” will be clear, if furnishes the most powerful cordial, we mark the essential difference be- when friends come to part. How tween the nature of inanimate things, richly and graciously, therefore, has and God's rational and intelligent God ordered it, that the salvation of creatures; if we view man as a sensie Christians should be linked together! tive, a spiritual, intellectual and im. Again, How anxious should those be, mortal being, who partakes in the who are united together by the tender privileges and hopes of the gospel. ties of natural affection, to become Still more completely shall we enter heirs together of such a life! How into our Saviour's reasoning, if we important is it, that those who are behold it in connexion with the per- substantially and essentially heirs tofections and proinise of the Supreme gether of it, serionsly cultivate the Ruler ; with his wisdom, power, good. dispositions which are most suited to ness and fidelity. Mr. T.'s conclu- their profession, state and hopes ! ding reflections are, What an amazing Further ; How desirable is it to have field does our Creator open to us, for reference to these views in times of our admiration, wonder and praise ! need! And, lastly, How terrible is and-How suitable and desirable it is, the sentiment of the text, reversed ! to turn the scenes of nature to real Such are the leading ideas of one and practical improvement !

among the most impressive and affectThis is a very pleasing and useful ing discourses in the volume. Our discourse. As we perused it, we could limits confine us to a single extract : not but be reminded of the following sentences in the Memoir (p. 31):

worldly men are anxious, or

at least content, to enrich themselves at “ In the summer months, he" [Mr. the expense of impoverishing others. But Toller) " frequently rose at a very carly the nature of Christian happiness is exhour, and was often met in his solitary actly the reverse of this. There is not walks in the neighbouring woods, by a Christian under the canopy of heaven peasants, who were going forth to their who desires to be the only saved soul. work and to their labour till the evening. On the contrary, a great part of his salIn these silent and retired scenes he took vation is wrapped up in the salvation of great delight, and from his observation others; a vast portion of his heaven lies of the beauties of nature and the opera- in helping others thither, and iu njecting tions of husbandry, he frequently derived them ibere at last. And a most subthose images and illustrations which fur- limely glorious appoinment of divine pronished a rich repast for his audience.” vidence and grace this is ; because it makes A Sermon follows on a vastly inte.

a man's own salvation as wide as the world resting yet disregarded topic: " The of the redeemed, and extends the sources peculiar Blessedness of Christian Con- boundaries of heaven itself: the heaven

of his future enjoyment to the farthest nections ;” and the passage which in- of all others will be his own heaven.” troduces it, the preacher selects from 1 Pet. ii. 7: “ As being heirs toge

From Rom. viii. 12, “For we are ther of the grace of life." He begins saved by hope,” Mr. T. discourses, with considering the view here given in No. v., on “ Hope,” as “ Life's of future blessedness-the grace of great Cordial.”

“ It is,” says he,

'a life and then he enlarges on the en- real and general fact, in common dearing and delightful way in which and actual life, that we are carried Christians are put in possession of through the world by hope. It is our this blesseduess. The thought of the principal enjoyinent in agreeable cirjoint participation of relatives and cumstances, and our main relief in friends in the heavenly inheritance, unpleasant ones.". gratifies one of the noblest feelings of The preacher illustrates these two the human heart and graces of the ideas; and then observes, what an amiChristian spirit-our generosity and able and endearing view is hence prebenevolence: it adds eminent sweet. sented of the blessed Creator! What

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