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and private, and he enjoyed in return to his successor. In this view, even the richest reward which a British the painful circumstances which renMonarch can require-the affections of dered the late King, for several of his a free and loyal people. At the time last years, unable to conduct in person of the French Revolution, and when the affairs of the country, may not many of his misguided subjects were have been without their use in smoothdesiring a similar convulsion at home, ing the way for a new reign. The he has been known to weep over their crown has in consequence devolved infatuation, and to say that it was not upon one already accustomed to hold for his own sake, but for theirs, that the rein's of government, and who ache felt so deeply affected at their con- tually held them at the time, and duct.
whose line of policy had previously His devotional habits heightened been chosen and acted upon. The and adorned his other qualities. It gracious providence of God has thus would be difficult, in the whole course relieved us from the apprehension of of British history, to find a sovereign those hazards and changes to which a who shewed more profound veneration new reign so often gives rise, and for religion, or greater regularity and which the annals of our own country and fervour in his attendance upon prove to have been often productive the public ministrations of the church. of fatal consequences. He is stated to have been much at- Nor are these the only claims upon tached to the writings of some of our our gratitude to Him by whom kings best divines; and his general conduct reign and princes decree justice. It is shewed how sincerely he venerated true, that there have been wars and Him who is the King of kings and discords; and that our sins as a naLord of lords. It would be superfluous tion have justly provoked, in many to collect particular incidents illustra- instances, the wrath of God against tive of this point, when his whole us: yet, amidst all, we may pronounce life, and especially his humble beha- the late reign eminently auspicious. viour and earnest devotion in public Our commerce has been increased, our. worship, were a constant commentary territories have been extended, and upon the stateofhismindinapproaching our rank among the nations of the his Creator. He appears to have been earth raised to a pitch of unexampled also a firm believer in the Divinity of elevation. Our court has been conour Lord, and in the necessity and spicuous for its comparative morality, merits of his all-sufficient Atonement. and the nation at large for their in
Surely, then, the personal character creased attention to the duties of reliof such a Monarch is a powerful claim gion. The benefits of education have on our gratitude to God. By his in- been far more widely diffused; and it Auence, and that of his revered queen, deserves remark, that their late Mathe British court became the purest in jesties were among the earliest patrons Europe. Our very satyrists could find of a more extended education of the nothing worse to say than that his poor, especially in the case of Sunday Majesty was too pious to be a king, schools. The progress of benevolent and too virtuous to lead a court. exertion of every kind has been also
The prolongation of his life was also very great; and there was scarcely any a blessing of considerable magnitude. species of charity that did not derive He lived through and survived a pe- countenance from the crown. An inriod of upexampled peril to all our creased attention to the privileges and most cherished institutions, civil and comforts of the subject has been also ecclesiastical; and, by his influence, very conspicuous. The unrivalled contributed greatly to the internal purity and impartiality of our public securities of this country, while almost tribunals, caused no doubt, in a consievery other European power was shak- derable measure, by the judges being en to its foundation. When we look rendered independent of the crown, back at the events of his reign, we deserves a large share of national gracannot but fear that there were periods titude to God; in connexion with in which his demise might have pro- which, it may be mentioned, that durduced very dangerous consequences. ing the late reign, fewer persons have The change of power, especially in suffered capital punishment for offenturbulent times, is always more or ces against the state, than perhaps was less hazardous. We have, therefore, ever the case in a like period of our reason to bless God for his late Ma- history. Other topics, such as the imjesty's protracted reign, and that his proved moral character of our army rceptre bas been peaceably transmitted and navy, and the preservation of these
realms from invasion, when almost all we hold every earthly enjoyment. To others were exposed to that evil, if not add to this, a question has occurred, subjected also to conquest, deserve our deeply affecting his domestic happihumble acknowledgments to the Au- ness. This question is said to have thor of all good. The abolition of the been for the present laid at rest by the slave-trade, and the efforts to extend determination of ministers not to bring Christianity throughout the world, are forward the subject in a judicial form, also among our many motives to and the king has acquiesced in this thankfulness. And, to add but one determination.-To complete the ocinstance more, the improved character currences of the month, a plot has been of our clergy, and the increase of discovered, baving for its alleged obgenuine religion in the church, are ject the assassination of all the cabinet blessings which justly demand, that ministers. Nine of the conspirators the long reign which has now closed, were seized armed, in an obscure should not be forgotten in the annals apartment, near the Edgeware-road, of a grateful country.
in the north-west extremity of London, With regard to our duties to the after a desperate resistance, in which royal successor, we think it bighly im- one of the officers was killed, and seportant, in times like these, to impress veral were wounded. Thistlewood, the obligation of transferring our al- who struck the fatal blow, and who is legiance with true loyalty and sincerity regarded as the ringleader, escaped, ot heart. The duties of the Christian but was seized the next day; and seveto constituted authorities do not waver ral more have since been apprehended. with every breath of popular applause But, late as it now is in the month, it or dislike. By Me kings reign." will be impossible for us to add any se Our duty to our sovereign is founded farther details to this brief notice of the upon our duty to God. A sense of providential defeat of a .most alarming this duty will prevent our indulging a conspiracy, which might have produccaptious and discontented spirit, or ed results of the most disastrous kind. transferring the petty scandal of pri
Surely, under circumstances like vate life into our public conduct, as these, the duty of every Christian is men and Christians. We need scarce- clear; and the ensuing election will ly urge the apostolic duty of praying give a favourable opportunity of pracfor our monarch, especially at a time tiseing this duty, by selecting men like the present. The first month of who are neither the tools of a faction, the new reign has not been calculated nor mere aspirants for the honours to increase vur envy for the honours or emoluments of office, but who have of a crown. The severe illness of the given, or are willing to give, 'adequate king, at the very time when his father pledges of unshaken loyalty, combined and brother lay unburied, was a moni- with a conscientious zeal for the relitory lesson to himself, and to us all, gion, morals, and public welfare of of ihe frailness of the tenure by which their country.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
will also the Obituaries of Col. Trotter, of Palamcotta, and J. M. Wallace, Esq.
of New Jersey. We fully agree with Amicus in his censure of the language of certain Advertise,
ments, and have repeatedly expressed our opinion on this very point E. J. V. P.; $. E. R.; CREDENS; AN INQUIRING CHRISTIAN; J. B. O: Cep and
IMPARTIAL, are wider consideration. We can give no pledge to A. B. C. till we see his papers. The letter of the Curates' Committee did not reach us till after the date mentioned
for the return of their paper. We await their further directions. We are glad to find that we were mistaken as to the drift of PAILODOXüs's letter;
which, he states, was not to deny " the ineffable union of Deity with the human soul of the Mediator," but only to guard against " what in the fifth century would
have been condemned as the Entychian beresy." We are much obliged to H., but have been somewhat afraid of wearying our readers with too much even on an interesting subject. We have not, however,
forgotten this or his more recent paper. A CLERGYMAN OF THE COURCH OF ENGLAND, in his censure upon the manage
ment of briefs, should not be angry with us respecting them, We are totally at a loss to kpow upon what he grounds his supposition of our being so per. fectly satisfied with the present system.
with wbich we desire none but our Tothe Editor of the Christian Obserder. Maker and ourselves to be ac. If you deem the following re- quainted. In the house of God an
len originally for a friend, worthy ledging their common wants and of insertion in your pages, I shall imploring general blessings. And be glad if they meet the eye of any though we ought to rejoice in the who, living in the babitual neglect provision made for our devotion by of the duty of which they treat, the wisdom and piety of our Remay be induced 10 bestow upon formers, in the use of a pure and them a practical attention. The simple, but sublime ritual, which very heathens had their penales, applies to some of the most retiring and household gods; yet many a feelings of the heart, while it grasps, family of professed.. Christians in its comprehensive range, the will not blush to avow, in the state and condition of the world, words of the Roman historian, it is obvious that some intermediate "Nubis larem familiarem nullum!" link is needed, suited to the scenes No altar! no priest ! no sacrifice! god events which form the bistory A divine of the last century ob- of each family in this great assemserved, that a family without prayer blage. Some altar should be set is, like a house without a roof, ex- up without the precincts both of the posed to every storm. Would that temple and the chamber, to be pe. this paper might, under the Divine riodically approached by the memblessing, induce even one such fa- bers of each social circle, where mily to institute this hallowed rite; their united spiritual concerns may and should“ the rains descend, be transacted with the Universal and the winds beat upon that Parént in heaven, the God and Fa. house,” may they find that the father of all the families of the earth. your of the God whom they worship I propose to consider the obliis their protection in every storm! gation, the privilege, and the advan.
tages of family devotion. FAMILY PRAYER may be re- 1. With regard to the obligagarded as a kind of supplementary tion, it has been commanded by service. It occupies a place be- God himself, if not expressly, yet, tween public worship and private
, at least, by implication so strong devotion. The latter is too special that it is next to impossible to enand particular, the former too ge- tertain a doubt of bis will respectneral, to meet the exigencies of ing it. What means, otherwise, social and domestic life. In pri- the commendation bestowed upon yale, we unbosom our inmost souls that patriarch who might well be to our Failier which seeth in secret; regarded as a model to every parent and when no eye is fixed upon us in respect to family religion—"I but his, and no ear but his is open to know him, that he will command our accents, we disclose difficulties his children and his household after aud temptations, hopes and fears, him, and they shall keep justice
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and judgment ?" What mean else supplication to their common Fathose injunctions to the children ther; such a group and such an ocof Israel to speak of the statutes of casion must kindle zeal in the most God, and to explain bis ordinances languid bosom, and communicate to their offspring as they walked by warmth and spirit to the coldest the way, or sat in their house, as heart. Like the chamber of the they lay down, and as they rose dying Christian, this scene is “ priup, to ihe intent that they might vileged beyond the common walks not forget the works of God, but of life.” The Most High will not teach their children the same? disdain to visit such a habitation. Do we not read also of fury to be " I will dwell in them, and walk in poured out on the families that call them; and they shall be my people, not on God's name? And is and I will be their God."
" Them there not, likewise, a most encou. ibat honour me, I will honour." raging promise made to social And surely the children of such a prayer ? "Wherever two or three," family will not lose their portion of the smallest possible number to the bereditary blessing.
" Their compose a family, are met iu my sons shall grow up as the young name, there am I in the midst of plants, and their daughters be like them."
ihe polished corners of the temple.” The duty is, in fact, so reason- 3. But the advantages of this able and so co-incident with the venerablc custom deserve to be general injunctions of Scripture, more fully stated.—Most of them that it seems to need uo express may be comprised under religious appointment.
instruction-domestic government 2. It is a privilege as well as a family union-and public peace. duty. It has been truly remarked, That it is the duty of the Christian that “ the aged and the young, to convey religious instruction to the parent and the child, the mas
the several members of his houseter and the servant, on their knees hold, cannot admit of a doubt. And before the God of heaven, and in surely no general medium of com. the presence of each other, forget- munication for this purpose can be ting, for a while, the one his infe- selected with a greater probability tiority, the other his preeminence, of success, than family worship. and only remembering so much of The perusal of the Scriptures their mutual relation to each other should, of course, forin a conspi. as may unite them more closely in cuous part of this duty, and pro
bably, as far as is practicable and This and the preceding texts must expedient, in a regular series and not, perhaps, be pressed as literally in order. An opportunity is thus afcalcating that stated service which we are accustomed to denominate Family have little leisure, and, perbaps,
forded for those of a family who Prayer. But their general import bears fairly and strongly on the point. The less ability or inclination, to read for religious instructions and exhortations themselves, to acquire a familiarity of Abraham and of every pious Israelite with the general tenor of the word in his fanily, would doubtless take some- of God, parts (and but parts) of thing of a regnlar form; and thongh the which they hear explained from expressiou " families that call not upon the pulpit. There is something so my name” is primarily ouly a periphrasis genile, so free from embarrassto describe the idolatrous nations, yetments, and yet so forcible, in the specific fact mentioned serves to in these daily lessons, when suitably dicate that the families of true believers are such as do call upon the name of conducted, that the dullest underGod generally, and doubtless, among standing, we might hope, would at other ways, in stated family devotion, length be penetrated, and the hardconsisting of reading and instruction, est heart softened. of prayer and praise.
A second advantage was the fa
cility afforded by it in domestic magistrates, senators, ministers of government. It tends to impose a religion, were once children in a constant check on the bad passions family.” And where shall such which may be ready to arise in any hopeful subjects be nurtured for the individual of the household! The state as in a religious and well orinstruction thus daily afforded to dered household? Where can loyal the members of the family respect- obedience be better learned towards ing their relative duties and respon- that authority which is as the pasibilities, will, under the blessing of rent of the people, than in a scene God, closely connect itself with in which the parent is acting in the the suppression of sinful desires spirit of a mild monarch? And how and vaio purposes ! It will tend to can insubordination among that bridle frivolous conversation, to great class of the community, the sober the excesses of intemperate servants of families, be better mirth, to smooth down the rough- checked than by plain and affecnesses of temper, and to banish tionate instruction in their duties, whatever is morose and gloomy combined with the powerful perfrom every brow! Such, at least, is suasive of a Christian example. its tendency as far as its beneficial It has been justly observed, that effects come into due operation. “Many call for church-reformation And with what ease may a parent and state-reformation, who yet are or master govern where children the troublers of the times themand servants approve the command selves, and will not reform one litas reasonable, and have learned and lle family. If men would agree in loved to obey—not as unto maó, a holy education of their servants but unto God!
and children, church and state Another benefit resulting from would soon be reformed. The efthis duty was its tendency to unite forts of the Christian minister would the various members of a family, thus be essentially seconded; for and to inspire mutual confidence children and servants judge of and love. Religion, which is con- things, not from what one man says fessedly the best bond of union in to them one day in a week, but from larger communities, is likewise so what every person is saying every among the individuals of more con- day." fined circles. A degree of friendship So forcibly do these considerais almost necessarily generated by tions strike my mind, that I cannot this daily assembling of the mem- but adopt the sentiment, that “if bersof a well-regulated household the existence of God and the im. brothers and sisters, domestics and mortality of man were equivocal, visitors — independently of those if death and judgment, beaven and frequent allusions which occur in hell, were as doubtful as they are reading the Scriptures and address- sure, yet family worship would ing our great common Parent, to the possess such recommendations as community of their wants, and no prudent man would think it wise hopes, and joys.
to oppose; and finding the order Nil caritate mutua fratrum, nihil
and integrity, the submission and Jucundius concordiâ ;
the good will
, the fidelity of serNon aura suavis balsami quam funditur vants, the love of children, and the Aronis in sacrum caput;
union of all springing from this Non ros tenella gemmulis argenteis duty, we should still be gainers by Pingens Sionis gramina,
assembling our families for the of. Aut verna dulci inebrians ueligine fices of prayer and praise, though Hermonis intopsi juga.
even ascertained that But effects like these will be ulprayer should be fruitless, and timately felt beyond the limits of praise superfluous.” the private circle ; for “ parents,
In concluding this paper, it may