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ral which does not sit easy upon to be attained. Your powers are a person. An artificial sanctity only opened: your thoughts put is disgusting and base. But, while into a proper train: the serd only every thing of that kind is to be of knowledge and piety is sown. carefully avoided, the decorum But a depth of learning, not yet of your office should be carefully fathomed; an extent of science, preserved, and its functions sedu- not yet comprehended; heights jously discharged. You should of wisdom and goodness, not yet be totus in illis. Let it then ap. reached, call for the vigorous ap. pear that your attention is fixed plication of all your time and upon the object of your office, puwers; and will continue to fur. and that you are devoted to its bish exercise for the one, and duties. Let your amusements in employment for the other, through your unbended moments, your the remainder of life. All the dress, and your general de port pleasure, all the honour, which ment, evince that you are mind. you have as yet secured, is that ful of the character you bear. A of a good beginning only. That young minister in the vivacity of will soon be lost if not cherished, youth, and with the gay ideas of improved, and strengthened by that period foating in the head, unwearied attention and diligence. before the character is formed, is “ You have not yet attained, nor in particular danger of being are yet perfect." Ars longu, betrayed into levities not con. vita brevis. A noble 'superstrue. sistent with the dignity, if not ture may be raised on the founda. into indulgences incongruous with tion that has been laid: but with the purity, of his office. Let out continued, renewed excrtions wisdom establish caution, will it cannot be raised. fixed habits of propriety will su. Let not piety sink into languor; perseve this caution.
let nut genius lose its vigour; let : But, through all periods of not the first principles of learning lite, let the same solicitude, the and science be forgotten, for want saine ainbition to act in character, of being carried on to higher at. and to escel as a minister, ani. tainments. Your sun, I suppose, mate you. If you feel this lauda. bas rise', and, to the joy of your ble emulation, let it be directed friends, it rose fair and bright. to those objects that are more Let it go on to shine more and immediately connected with the more, with increasing brightness faithful, honourable, and useful to the perfect day, till at last it discharge of the duties, and a sball set with a full effulgence of steady pursuit of the ends, of glory. your office. .
These hints are meant to apply In this view you will see the to you particularly, as a minister. propriety of my urging another But were you to appear in life as point, namely, that you go on a physician), a barrister, or a improving yourself in all know. merchant, the general principles kdge, virtue, and piety. All on which they proceed would ap. that you have yet acquire is only ply to cither of those walks of life laying the foundation ; much, even with truth and energy. If you through a long life, will remain would support dignity of charac
ter, it must be formed by atten- for which you are destined. May tion to the best motives; these are a kind Providence answer our acceptance with the Divine Bę. wishes! But still it is possible ing, and usefulness to our fellow that your days may be cut off in men: these ends, though not in the bloom of your youth, and the same way, are to be sought that the hopes of your friends and obtained in every profession may be buried in the grave : aland art of life... In every situation low me for a moment, my Eu. there is an appropriate propriety genius, to obtrude on you the of character to be preserved; in thought of mortality; allow me no station can any valuable ac. to adopt the exhortation with quisitions be made without perse. which Dr. Doddridge concludes verance and assiduity; without the introduction to his course of the continual bent of the mind to Lectures in Divinity, and with a its peculiar duties and aims; little alteration to leave it with without the increasing exertion you. of every mental and moral power. “I would remind you, dear Whatever oflice a young man is to Sir, that you may enter into fill, let him enter upon it with eternity before you' have gone thought and reflection. Let him, through the course of academical whatever object is before him, studies, which you are now com. consider how the best principles of mencing; "and, therefore, I conduct may be made to aid his would beseech and charge you, particular, views, and to blend by all your hopes and prospects with them; and let him lay down there, that it be your daily and the rules by which he ought, and governing care, after having so. by which he will be governed, lemnly devoted your soul to God Having well weighed the wisdom through Christ, in the bonds of and propriety of these rules, and the Christian covenant, to live having deliberately and seriously like his servant, to keep yourself forined his resolutions, let them in the love of God, and to enbe held sacred through life; let deavour in all things to adorn his purity, goodness, and dignity be gospel. So you will be mosa the predominant objects of his likely to succeed in your inqui. aim, rather than the secular ad. ries, through the communication vantages and pecuniary emolu. of light from the great Father of ments of his station : they will lights, and so you will be prefollow as the rewards of his skill, pared for the infinitely nobler industry, and integrity, and as discoveries, enjoyments, and ser. the blessings of heaven on his en. vices of the future state; even lightened, virtuous and laudable though you should be deprived of efforts.
the residue of your days here, and - All these reflections and bints, cut short (as many promising to hasten to a close, proceed upon youth have been in the intended the expectation which the vigour studies and labours of Ibis of youth, and the probabilities of course."* I remain, with other life encourage is to indulge, viz. that you will live to finish your Doddridge's Course of Lectures : studies; that you will live to ap- Vol. 1. Introduction, p. 3. Kippis's pear under that public character Edition.
hopes and wishes for you, my against every thing that ordinary Eugenius,
mortals might call his own interest Your affectionate friend. or ease : who knew of no interest
but yours, nor could taste of any.
ease, while despotism and intoCharles James For.
lerance, and war, were ravaging From Mr. Brougham's Speech at Liver. the earth: who blending in his pool, October 16, 1812.]
genius the severer qualities of pro. I yesterday took the liberty of found intellect, free, enlarged, professing myself as one of the and original conception, with the adversaries, certainly in a very most attractive graces that can humble sphere, of Mr, Pitt's adorn the mind-tempering the measures. I would not, however, sublime features of his talents have you to think, gentlemen, with the softness of the most ami. that my political creed is made up able virtues, and exposing what. only of opposition and denial- ever human failings he had with that I feel nothing but antipa- the honest simplicity that per. thies, or acknowledge no leader vaded each part of his frame; to follow and venerate. I avow presented to his attached followers myself among the most zealous a character, if possible, more to followers of a man who has now, be loved than venerated, and as well as his celebrated antago- taught all that approached bim, nist, unhappily for England, min- at how humble soever a distance, gled his dust with the sacred to coltivate him, rather with the ashes of the fathers of her liberty. homage of their affections, than When I express, or rather at. their fears. It was he who, for tempt to express, my profound your sake, and for the great cause and unalterable veneration for his of civil and religious freedom, memory, it is not surely in the vowed eternal war with your opvain hope of increasing my love pressors, and united to himself for him, but that I may pass the those faithful friends of their last moments I have to be amongst country, whose exalted rank, I you in performing the duty, most sincerely believe they undervalue sad, indeed, but most pleasing to compared with the place they our feelings, have not named possess in your service, whose him-is it necessary I should ? | vast possessions they account as am speaking to you, friends of less precious than the treasure of liberty, advocates of peace, of the people's love ; among whose one who was your undaunted titles and honours they regard that leader in every struggle for the illustrious descent as the chief, constitution; in all the efforts which they derive from the noble which you have seen made for the martyrs of English liberty! He repose and the happiness of man. was their leader and yours--alas ! kind! Of bim in whom the mighti. I need not name bim; for with est powers of eloquence were far whom can you possibly confound Jess wonderful, than the prodi. him? Yet it may be grateful 10 gious virtue which unceasingly our ears to hear that name which pointed ihem against all the ene- is all that remains of him. I am mies of human happiness; and then a follower of CHARLES
Fox.-(Immense shouting, united dence in a court of justice, and with expressions of grief). By yet no such use is made of them, bis principles it is my delight to nor any other that I can find, regulate my conduct--and judg. after such immense pains have ing by what he did and said, of been taken by committees apwhat he would have done had he pointed in each meeting to collect been preserved to our days, I feel these accounts from house to well assured, that he would have house, except the insertion of the now followed a course if possible gross amount in the Yearly Epis. still more popular, because he tle, Nor can I learn after much would bave seen, more and more inquiry why it is inserted in those clearly, the vital importance tu Epistles, where it always seems the country of a strict union bea to be awkwardly introduced, and tween the people and their leaders, out of its place. against the growing corruptions After observing, that the in. and augmented insolence of the famous traffic with Africa in court!
slaves has been abolished by law,” Liverpool Mercury, Nw0.6, 1812. they say with much propriety, i si
“we desire friends not to forget
that slavery still exists within the Remarks on the Quakers' Yearly British empire.” This is become
m. Epistle. Her; : ing those who possess and are w [Concluded from p. 615.]. , duly sensible of the inestimable · For what good purpose the advantages of civil and religious amount of what these Epistles liberty. The Epistle adds, "and call sufferings," is annually bla: to suffer their sympathy still to zoned, it is difficult to saya . It flow towards its oppressed victims." may serve to shew the aggregate It was not, however, a mere ina and comparative wealth of such dulgence of sympathetic feelings, of the members of the Society as but an excitement of the public are by law subject to the payment mind, lo a due sense of the enor66 of lythes,” and other ecclesias, mities of the slave trade, which tical demands, &c. And if I paved the way for its abolition. have been rightly, informed, the And if ever the just stigma wbich original intention of the Society attaches to British legislators for in directing these accounts to be permitting slavery within its juris. collected and recorded, was, that diction is removed, it will, most they might be able to give a probably, be brought about by true account thereof to the Go, similar means. Nor could any vernment when occasion requires," body of men come forward with in order that they might be re, more consistency than the Quak. lieved from what they concerned erz, to arouse their countrymen the grievous, burden of tythes and to exert themselves 10 wipe away other ecclesiastical demands. this reproacbful stain also from These accounts have been annu, their statute book. The early, ally collected for above 110 the persevering efforts of the So. years, with minute details of each ciety, acting, not like a body particular case duly witnessed, as whose members held various opi. if prepared to be adduced as evi. nions on the subject, but as be
ing all of one heart and of one able construction on each other's mind, with regard to the abolition aim and object, as being capable of the African slave trade, is not of promoting the same end by va. forgotten by a generous minded rious means, the Epistle insists people. The kuowledge of this as a matter of great importance, fact, so honourable to this Society, as it most surely is, that all should the known advocates of peace and be " looking to the same Lord good order, who conscientiously for his gracious assistance: hav. object to sucii use of arms as may ing the same faith, and being take anay life, even in a just baptized with the same baptism." quarrel, or a purely defensive As this paragraph gives no es. war, will have prepared the pub. planation whom it speaks of as lic for receiving their appeals on " the Lord," and twice aftersuch a subject with attention : wards as “the same Lord," I And I trust “their sympathy" feel myself called upon in justice will in time produce its proper in. to consider it as speaking of God fluence. They have much reason the Father, seeing those terms to feel encouragement on this oc. have always that meaning in the casion, from the reflection sug. Scriptures, unless a different apgested by one of the instructive plication of them is particularly parables of our 'great Lord and marked. No text is specially reMaster,-“ A little leaven leaven- ferred to in this passage, but the eth the whole lump," i sense of those which are evidently
66 Though the subjects of our alluded to, lead to the same con. concern may be somewhat various," clusion. They are, I suppose, say tbe compilers of this Epistle, these, as none can well be more “it is still pleasant to reflect that pertinent to the occasion: “ The all are aiming at the same object, same Lord over all, is rich unto and all looking to the same Lord all that call upon him." Rom. for his gracious assistance." This *. 12. 66 One Lord, one faith, is truly like Christian brethren, one baptism, one God and Father to give each other credit for aim of all, who is above all, and ing at the same object, while the Through all, and in you all. But subjects of their concern may unto every one of us is given have been even more various than grace, according to the measure appears by the Epistle. And I of the gift of Christ.” Eph. iv, 5, should hope the indulgence of 6, 7. If any language can be such Christian dispositions one to more clear and definite than this, wards another, would dispose it must I believe be sought in the them to extend an equal degree writings of the same apostle, who of candour and charity to others assures us in the first chapter of also. The subjects of their con. this Epistle, that the Great Be. cern may be various, and yet they ing to whom he addressed his may all be aiming at the same "prayers," and gave " thanks," object, with as much success too, was no other than “ THE GOD as the poor publican who was of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Facensured and disowned by the ther of Glory." How then “can self-righteous pharisee.. it be otherwise," I would ask in
Even while putting this charite the words of this Yearly Meeting