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successor of Dr. Duddridge, 'has cumstances which, whether cor. been dead upwards of fifty years; rect or erroneous, have as litile consequently, your " Daventry to do with the statement in the Pupil," though now a hoary ve. Memoir, as with the battle of Sateran in the service, when he lamanca. Granting, however, heard Mr. Gilbert preach, could for argument sake, that he has have been nothing more than an guessed right, what is there in the evangelical stripling,' and possibly particulars which he has detailed, his own tone of orthodoxy might which, in the slightest degree, at that time be a few degrees affects the correctness of the oarhigher than it is at present. At any ration in the memoir? rate the “Daventry Pupi)” can. But in truth the Memoir says not be supposed to have been at not one word either of Northamp. that age a very competent judge ton or of Mr. Hextal. Your cor. of the comparative orthodoxy of respondent therefore had no right Dr. Doddridge and Mr. Gilbert. as though he were filing an official He will therefore pardun the au, inforination, to charge his own thor of the Memoir, if 10 a pupil's inuendoes upon the author. juvenile impressions, he prefers the And it might perhaps have been grave testiinony of elderly men, expected that as he is now past his personally acquainted with the pupilage, he would have thought parties, and perfectly competent it prudent to decline the intro. to judge in the case. Upon their duction of names, which might authority the narrative rests. have a tendency to revive per
In the second case, your wor. sonal feelings which are better ex. thy correspondent, like many a tinguished and forgotten. laborious commentator before him Having thus I hope proved that first makes a large, unauthorised the mistakes in the Memoir are addition to the text; secondly, he not so numerous or so considerable charges (as expositors ofren do) as has been supposed, I will only his own mistakes upon the author; add a request that when any of and lastly, he kindly undertakes your worthy correspondents do to rectify the error which he has me the honour of animadverting himself committed
upon my works, they will have The Memoir states, that the the goodness not to make the au. author “recollects an instance in thor reponsible for any errors but which a venerable minister of ir. his own. reproachable manners and unim. I am, Sir, peached orthodoxy, was dismissed Yourobedient servant, from his oflice by the church, un.
T. BELSHAM. der some trilling pretence, in op. P.S. I will avail myself of this position to the sense of by far the opportunity, to assure your cor. most respectable part of the cou. respondent “ Semper Eadem," in gregation." Upon this your cager the preceding Repository, that correspondent instantly cries out, there was no particular allusion in Euprua. “ The person referred the Memoir of Mr. Lindsey, to to doubtless was Mr. Hextal, of any remarks in the Repository Northampton." And immedi. under that signature, to whomso. ately runs out into a detail of cir. ever it may belong, of which I VOL. VII.
am totally ignorant. I must, On the term ". Anabantists." however, express the concern Mr. EDITOR, Hackney. which I have felt at seeing in some 'The article in your number for instances in your truly liberal pub. September, under the head Ana. lication, that a zcal for principle baptists, excited a degree of sur. has degenerated into personal ac- prise accompanied with regret. It cusalion. In fact, I see nothing is not, indeed, surprising, that an worse in any system than a dispo. advertisement in the “ Times,” sition harshly to censure others should have caught the eye of your for conduct which is perfectly con. correspondent, but it is somes hat sistent with their own views and remarkable, and to be regretted, principles, because thy act diffe. that he subsequent advertisements, rently from what we with different in which the misnomer was cor. views and principles believe to be rected, did not ulso catch his eye. right, and what would in fact be The deductions which X. N. riglit in us under similar circum. makes, may appear to him legitistances. They who have been so mate, but whether the inquiry fre unreasonably severe upon the cha. instituted was calculated to pro. racter of a late virtuous and ex. duce a conviction that this sert emplary nobleman, would do well do not object to being called Ana. lo recollect that Mr. Lindsey him. baptists," the reader may determine. self continued his station in the Your corresponder:t tells us that church, repeatedly subscribed its he finds on enquiry that it is “a articles, read its declarations, and meeting.house for the Particular officiated in its worship, for ten or Calvinistic Baptists," and im. years after he became a decided mediately draws the inference just Unitarian, before he discovered noticed. Now, Sir, what appears it to be his duty to resign his pre. rather strange, is, that the result ferment. “ Not," says he, (in of his enquiry which one should the humble, 'modest language of naturally have expected to be, that his Apology, p. 225, and let the meeting-house was for Ana. those who are inclined to be cen. baptists, is just the reverse, It is surious mark his words and im- true that the Particular or Calvin. bibe his spirit) « Not that I now istic Baptists, as is generally known, justify myself therein : yea, ra- consider the epithet as applied to ther I condemn myself. But as I themselves," reproachful and not have humble hope of the divine descriptive." Their writers uniforgiveness, let not mer be too formly establish this statement. rigid in their censures. Let those A short extract from one of thone only blame and condeinn wbo and which contains the sentiments know what it is to doubt ; to be on this subject, of the denomina. in perplexity about things of tion, will only be adduced: "The highest importance; to be in fear people called Anabaptists, scarceof causelessly abandoning a station ly in any thing agree with us, nci. assigned by Providence, and being ther in their civil nor religious found idle and unprofitable when principles, nor even in baptism the great Master came to call for itself: for if we can depend yn the account of the talent received." those that wrote the history of
them, and against them, they were for repeating adult baptism, not dle to the hand of the supposed performed among them, yea, that delinquent: a transaction of such which was administered among an atrocious and tyrannical nature, themselves when they removed that I should hope, for the honour their communion to another so. of our common Christianity, it ciety ; nay even in the same has either been grossly misrepre. community, when an excom. sented, or that it is only the soli. municated person was received tary proceeding of an unprincipled again;* besides, if what is reported and unfeeling individual.. . of thein is true, as it may be, I cordially agree, Mr. Editor, their baptism was performed by with your correspondent, that it sprinkling, which we cannut al. is a duty incumbent upon that low to be true baptism : it is said, connection, to disavow such a that when a community of them method of conversion; I will even was satisfied with the person's go further, and declare without the faith and conversation, who pro least degree of reserve, that if the ac. posed himself for baptism, the pas. count of that gentleman be correct, tor took water into his hand, and it is a duty incumbent upon them sprinkled it on the head of him immediately to disown the perpethat was to be baptized, using trator of so horrid and diabolical these words, I baptize ihee in the an act. name of the Father, of the Son, Being myself a member of that and of the Holy Ghost.”+ Relying connection, and detesting from on the exercise of your accus. my very soul, the most remote idea tomed liberality for the insertion of converting the religion of the of the above remarks in your Re, meek and merciful Redeemer into pository,
a system of cruelty; at the same 1. I am, Sir, Yours, &c. time supposing the views of the . A BAPTIST. whole body to be, upon that head,
in unison with my own; I have ..! Burning a Sinner. anxiously expected some onc, or Zouch Mills, near Loughboro more, of our Societies to have in. · Leicestershire, Nov.7, 1812.
stiluted some kind of enquiry, and . SIR,
to have taken some method of ex.
But as . In your number for August, punging su fuul a blot. (p. 501) you entertained, or raó no such enquiry has hitherto taken ther disgusted, your readers, with
readers, with place, I am led to conclude the an account of a teacher amongst omission my
Pamongst omissiou must be attributed to the New Connection of General their being in general ignorant of Bantists in Lincolnshire.cnforcing the transaction : very few of them his arguments respectug the wrathi I suppose being in the habit of of God, and the punishinent due reading your Repository to sin, by the absurd and cruel As however this ignorance does method of applying a lighted can not extend to me, I conceive it
to be muy duty tv have the affair
investigated; and in order to faci. Cloppenburg. Gangræna: p. 366. Spanheim Diatrib. Hist. Sect. 27.
litate the business, I request your . 7 Budneus apud Method. Hist. Ana- correspondent, either by a privats bapt. 1 4, p. 96. Gil's Divine Right of letter, ur publicly in your Reposis Infan: Baptism, &c. pp. 15, 16.
lory, (the latter of wbich mode
should prefer) to favour me with full: deserved applause will await the name and residence, both of you, and you will commence his informant, and the accused your ministry prepared and fitted person. And as the annual As. for your office. sociation of our connection is usu. A new scene now opens upon ally held about midsummer, I you: and you are called to give farther request bim to communicate a new and useful direction of all the desired information previous to the stores of knowledge with which that time; so that if it appear ne. your mind has been enriched, and cessary, I may have an opportu. and to all the amiable and pious nity of laying the case before dispositions which you have culti. that assembly. And as you, Sir, vated. It will not be sufficient to by publishing the letter of Mr. attain to the ends of the function Brooke, have certainly held us which you are about to assume, up to the world in, at least an that you have genius, learning and unfavourable light; I not only elocution. The improvement of hope, but expect it as a kind of these must be the object of unre. right, that you will allow us to mitting attention and the applicajustify ourselves, by inserting this, tion of them must be animated by and such other communications as proper motives. you may receive upon the subject. The office of a minister is truly
Hoping that however wide a- honourable and highly useful. But sunder our views may be in this then it derives ils honour from life, we shall be united at the re. moral and spiritual considerations, surrection of the just, I subscribe and not from those worldly distinc. mysell, Sir, with sincere good will, tions which cașt a glory round the Yours, &c.
departments of civil life. To feel An Enemy to Torture, the importance and dignity of JOHN AYRE. your character, vou must abstract
it from the emoluments of wealth Letters to a Student,
and the pre-eminence of rank. LETTER VII.
The honour before us is of the inPermit me, Eugenius, once tellectual and spiritual kind: such more to address you, and to do it as a pious mind only can relish, under the pleasing anticipation, and immortality only can fully that you have finished your course confer and display. The useful. of studies with improvement and ness of your character is of a 'concredit : and that you are about genial nature; its effects may not to appear in public life, and to en. be immediate and conspicuous, ter upon the character which has like those secured by the barrister, been the object of your destina. in our courts of law; or which in 101 ano pursuit. If you follow the first instance affect the proyour studiis witb diligence, the periy, liberty and fortune of men, review of your academical course as those produced by the eloquence will be pleasing to your own of the senate, and the industry of mind: if to that you have added the merchant. The fruits of your the characturot the virtuous youth, labours are to be discovered, if and of the pious and amiable they appear at all, only in the il. Christian, your honour will be luminations of the mind, or theimcomplete and your satisfaction provement of the moral and relie gious character, in the slow pro- into any office with just sentiments gress of truth, and the future har, of its nature ; of the extent of its vest of knowledge, piety and eter. obligations, and of the importance nal life. Here, again, you will of its leading design, it may be have need, if you would feel a expected, that its duties will be stimulus to the duties of your cha. fulfilled with alacrity and real : racter, to abstract your mind, in a and that the office will be support. great degree, from present sensible ed with propriety and dignity. things, and to bestow a close at. Another advice, which, in this tention on moral and spiritual re. connection I would offer to you is, flections. You must cherish the that you would principally study love of truth : your heart should to be, and to show yourself the glow, with the ardour of benevo, minister. This is the character lence and devotion: you must en. for which you have been educated: tertain a deep sense of the worth this is the character which you exof the human mind, of the impor. plicitly avow: and this is the tance of divine truth, and of the character which the world expects momentous interests of another you to sustain and adorn. It is life : or your ministrations and very desirable that you should preaching will be lifeless and jejune, unite with it the learning of the destitute of the true unction, the scholar, and the politeness of the mere efforts of learning and genius, gentleman. But let it appear, by the amusement or occupation of your whole deportment, and by an hour; uninteresting, unedifying, the manner in which your time useless. is..
is filled up, that it is your prevail. · Let it, then, be submitted to ing bent tu be the minister. Your your consideration, whether it be good sense will easily see, that it pot proper anit necróssary to enter is far from my meaning to discou. upon your office with much pre rage a cheerfulness of spirits and the vious reflection: to enquire calmly graces of a courteous address or to and seriously, by what motives you recomiend an austerity and stiffare jofluenced in the cheice of it: ness of manners, an affecied gravity and to commence it with fervent and a priestly hauteur. Nocharacter prayer? It is affecting and edify- can be pleasing which is not natli, ing 10.jbscrve what were the work. ings of mind which some of our of devotion Dr. WILLIAM HARRIS, pious predecessors felt and cherish of Crutched Friars, upon his settlement, ed, and to what exercises of de. got the keys of the place of worship, votion beyond themselvom where he was staredly to labour, and
” going alone, he spent a whole day, in before they appeared in the minis. fasting and prayer to God, for direction terial character, or formed a set. and blessirgs in his future work as a glement int it. * When we enter minister. Dr. Harris's “ Funeral Dis.
courses," p. 288. Dr. Grosvenor's
- iFuneral Sermon for Dr. Harris,' p. 27. Dr. John EVANS, the author of the See also a long paper of pious exercises, " Discourses on the Christian Temper," on' a similar Occasion, pursued by Mr. when he first took the whole pastoral MATTHEW HENRY. “Lile," p. 47-57. charge of the congregation, with which 12mo. Edition : and the rules laid down he spent the principal part of his life and for the regulation of his conduct in the labours, spent a whole week in solenin ministry, by Dr. ('OTTON MATHER. retirement, and inextraordinary exercises - Lifc, by Jennings, p. 29–46.