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is to prove all Dissenters, from the ers of king Charles is so far from Puritans of the 15th century to the proved, that it does not appear that Methodists of the 19th, republicans more than two or three of that party and rebels.”
approved of it, while many petitioned Before we proceed to this point I and protested against it at the time, must observe, the Preface itselt is too as well as afterwards declared their curious to be passed over. Here the abhorrence of it. The truth is as stated Methodists are compared to the Ni- by Dr. Du Moulin, Prebendary of colaitans, Carpocrations, Nazarites, Canterbury, who says, “ that no Aschtohytæ, Donatists, Gnosimachic, party of men, as a religious body, Taudenians, Petrobrussians, Walden- were the actors in this tragedy; but ses, Pseudo-Apostoli, Antinomians, that it was the contrivance of an Brownists, Familists, Theaureau army, which, like that of king David, John's Sect, and lastly (as worst of was a medley, or collection of all parall) the Independents. From this ties that were discontented, some list it is sutticiently evident what Courtiers, some Presbyterians, some company our author keeps, for the Episcopalians, few of any sect, but catalogne is evidently a popish one. most of none, or else the religion of Suine of these heretics, the Wal- Thomas Hobbes (the Atheist) and Dr. denses for instance, were the wit- Scarborough, not to mention the nes.es of truth : Bishop Newton calls Papists, who had the greatest hand in them the Protestants of their age*.” it of all.” But it is curious to observe that the But not to detain your readers notions attributed to the new sect longer on these prefatory insinua. are not only various, but opposite. tions, we proceed to the extracts They are compared to one sect, which form the body of this abusive because they were haters of know- pamphlet, briefly noticing as we run ledige--to another, because they held through them, the credit of the aufaith only—and to a third, because thorities quoted--the authenticity of they were guided by their own rea- the facts and the justness of the son !
compiler's inferences The peculiarities of some of these The first extracts I shall notice are strange sects is strangely, and even from the History of England by vahumorously described : ihe Pseudo- rious hands - Vol. II. Archbishop apostoli, for instance, held dark meet- Laud's Report with king Charles's ings, and held it lawful to pray in notes. "a log-stye’-a most enormous he- " P. 80. Ann. 1636. Archbishop's resy no doubt!-and the sagacity of Report. How this part came to be this discovery, as it respects the mo- so infected with such a humour of dern Pseudo-apostuli, i. e. the Metho- separation, I know not, unless it were dists, leads one io suppose this au- by too much connivance at their first thor might be the clergyman, who beginning: neither do I see any rebut a few years since visited a Me- medy like to be, unless some or their thodist ineeting with a dark lantern chief seducers be made to abjure the in his pocket :- but to his great mor- kingdom. The King wrote thus in the tification the Methodists smoked the margin-C. R. Inform me of the parti. parson, and would not put out the culars and I shall command the Judges candles till the people were all gone ;
to make them abjure. which is, I believe, so generally the
· P. 81. Ann. 1636. Archbishop's case, that even Mr. Owen with his Report. The third iisdemeanour, dark lantern has never been able which my Lord of London complains to find out one of these dark-ineet- of, is the late spreading and dispersings, or I think he would have had ing of some factious and malicious the benevolence to inform us. Lastly, pamphlets, against the Bishops, and these Methodists are “ most like to Government of the Church of Eng. tie Independents, who were the spawn land. If the High-Commission Court of the Puritans, and murdered in cold shall not have power enough, because blond the good king Charles,” which one of those libels contains seditious is no obscure insinuation of what he matter in it, and that which is very supposes the Methodists would do to little short of treason, (if any thing at "good king George." That the Inde- all); then I hunbly crave and desire pendants, however, were the murder. that your Majesty will call it into a
higher Court, if you find cause : since * On the Prophecies, Diss. xxiv. ch. 11. I see no likelihood but that these
troubles in the Church, if they be They certainly give the true characpermitted, will break out into some ters of Laud and his royal master. sedition in the Commonwealth-to And in the sequel of these extracts which the King answered in the mar- we have encomiums on the Conven. gin-C. R. What the High-Commission ticle Act, the Oxford Act, and the Court cannot do in this, I shall supply as other persecuting laws of this reign, I see cause, in a more powerful way. which filled the nation with contu.
“ P. 81. Ann. 1636. Archbishop's sion and with crimes: with a strong Report, For iny part I think it very recommendation of their renewal in fit the beneficed men were punctually the present times ! commanded to reside upon the The next authors extracted from are cures, and for the rest, your Ma- Bishops Lavington and Warburton, jesty's instructions allow none to keep who relate some private slanders on Chaplains, but such as are qualified the character of Mr. John Wesley, by law. (The King wrote ihus: I founded on the titule tattle evidence approve your judgment in this, I only of two or three old women ; with add, thus care must be taken that even which I beg leave to class the idle those qualifird by law, keep none but tale in page 17, relative to another conformable men.)
poor woman who had been turned " P. 87. Ann. 1537. Archbishop's out of a Methodist society, probably Report. The Separatists continue to for some cause she did not chuse to hold their Conventicles. They are name, and who told a gentleman, all of the poorer sort, and very sim- who told our author, who has told it ple, so that I am utterly to seek what to the public, that she was turned out to do with them. Brewer slipt out of " because she would not admit that prison, and went to Rochester, and the confession of her sins to the ininiother parts of Kent, and held Con- ster rendered her compiciely innocent" venticies, and put a great inavy simple -a very likely siory truly! people, especially women, in great Our author next gives some copidistempers against the Church. He ous extracts from the Abbe Baruel's is taken again ; and was called before History of Jacobinism, and Robithe High Commission, where he stood son's Proofsota Conspiracy, in order to silent, but in such a jeering, scorntul prove, I suppose, that the old women manner, as I scarce ever saw the like: at the Foundry and the Tabernacle so in prison he remains. (To which were in league with the German Illuthe King put this note: Keep those minati. The connection is only to particular persons fast, until ye think be seen, however, in two or three notes what to do with the rest )
upon the extracts, which are too cu“ P. 87. Ann. 1637. Archbishop's rious to be passed by in silence. In a Report. At Biddenden I have sus. note, p. 44. The editor says, “ I do pended Richard Warren, the school- maintain,” with “truly initiated" master, for refusing the oaths of alle. Methodists" religion is a mere cloak giance and canonical obedience, and for sedition ; and that their end and to subscribe to the Articles. Besides, aim are the same with those of the this precise man will read nothing Muminées and Jacobins, viz. liberty but divinity to his scholars; no, not and equality.”-Now who will dare so much as the Granunar schools, dispute such authority as this Welsh unless Mars, Bacchus, Apollo, and Pol. Rector's ipse dixit? Again, p. 48, note Ædepol, may be plotied out.
(y)-Mr. 0. tells us, what indeed, if “ P. 90. Ann. 1638. Archbishop's it were true, “it is fit the world should Report. The Separatists about Ash- know, that in the houses of those ford are very busy, miserably poor, Methodists, who can afford it, there and, out of that, bold against all is placed, by the Society, a person church censure ; so that, without who is stileda pray-er; but who is, in some temporal assistance from the fact, little less than a spy put there Judges, we know not what to do; to observe, and of course to report, and this I have often and humbly re- all the transactions which occur in presented.-C. R. Demand their, (i. e. the family.” Credat Judæus Appella! the Judges) help, and if they refuse I -P. 50, note (a). This sagacious shall make them assist you."
writer finds out a wonderful coinciTo the authority of these extracts dence between the Illuminati and the I make no objection, and on their Methodists. A printer of the latter contents no remark is necessary. persuasion refused to print for me,
for no other reason than that I write Dissenters are—what? acquitted 'fein defeace of the Church. This is lons !—Might we not as well argue, systematic opposition.” Wonderful Thomas Hardy was a shoemaker indeed! that a conscientious Metho- ergo, all Dissenters are shoemakers ? dist should refuse to print a bitter - But enough of this nonsense, and of attack on his own principles (though the portraits of Bonaparte and Tho. he might possibly have another rea- mas Paine, &c. I shall notice only son) and wonderful too that this one more charge. “The Dissenters should make the Methodists like the are almost exclusively purchasers of Illuminati ! But is it not more won- the jacobin prints -- the Morning derful that this reverend author, after Chronicle and the Courier."-Who denouncing all Methodists (in his can prove this ? do they carry a mark “Hints to Heads of Families') as im- upon their foreheads ? proper to be employed even in the " A Country Parson's Address to most menial capacity, should himself his Flock”-has met with a complete wish to employ a Methodist ? answer from “ A Lover of his Country
But to proceed, we have now a and a Friend to Truth”-I will only tribe of witnesses to confront. First add, that the facts there alledged, as enters Mr. Polwhele, who gives us the far as relates to political circumstances, definition of a Methodistamas one who have to my knowledge been fully is." methodically and ostentatiously enquired into by government, and by religious, and more than ordinarily the vigilant Bishop of that diocese zealous in the work of proselytism; and the gentleman there accused (p. 52.) crimes of which neither Mr. completely justified, while the coun0. or Mr. P. will easily be convicted. try parson has been clothed with
W. H. Reid. This gentleman is a shame. sort of king's evidence, and knows We pass on to that constellation of that the surest method to find out a moral beauties the Anti-jacobin Re. plot is to make one. He was, by his view: but as these gentlemen have own account, an active member of lately been so handsomely dressed the London Corresponding Society, by Mr. Hard, and in your and some among whom he heard the most hor: other periodical works, in “ sheer rid ravings of infidelity, and this he mercy." I shall pass them by; observendeavours to connect with Metho- ing only, that the ridiculous slander dism, by giving a list of Methodist upon Nír. Haldane has been publicly preachers of the lower order; but recanted by Professor Robison, though what is this to the purpose ? he does not with that openness and candour not name one individual, who, like which would have redeemned his crehimself, visited these nefarious clubs, dibility. ridiculing the Bible and Christianity. A few other extracts are given from
We pass on to this worthy gentle. the newspapers and other equally man's compeer: the Rev. David Ric respectable authorities ; but nothing vers (par nobile fratrum !) next occurs that deserves the name of evimounts the stool of evidence. Were dence, or would be admitted as such this gentleman to be brought into a in any court in the kingdom, even court of judicature, a few of the usual upon the most trifling cause. It is questions on such occasions would admitted, that here and there an inprobably soon determine the fate of dividual may have been faulty, but is his evidence: Such as "What are it not so in all denominations? Have you Sir? Where do you live, Sir?” no members of the Church of Eng-but a truce to such questions--let land discovered marks of disaffection? us dive into no family secrets. Let Why then attempt to fix an odium on us bear his evidence. The parents a whole body of peaceful subjects for of Mr. Wilkes were Dissenters” – the disaffection or indiscretion of a therefore all Dissenters were Wilkites. few l-It is easy to guess of the mo"A Dissenter and a Wilkite were tives of these scribblers--but the pubsynonimous terms." Query, What lic ought to be cautioned against the were the parents of Mr. D. Rivers ? malicious designs of men, who delight
Again, Drs. Price and Priestley were in slander, and strive to again enrepublicans-ergo, all Dissenters are kindle the flames of persecution. republicans.
W. T. Thomas Hardy the “ acquitted fe. Furnival's Inn. lod," was a Dissenter therefore all
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