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powers strongly resembles that of lation and the defensive establish: Great Britain itself since the late con- ments of the province, increase the quests of France; but to improve the power of annoyance. But should bleness, we must suppose that pow. France still want a force adequate to er, or her dependents, possessed not the conquest of Trinidada, she would only of the whole coast of the nor have auxiliaries enough at hand. thern ocean, to the furthest extre- From the Dutch garrisons of Surinain, mity of Norway, but also of Ire. Demerara, Berbice, and Isequibu, land; and the wind perpetually to draughts would hardly be refused at blow from the greater part of those the instance of the Great Nation, for shores upon our own. The case of an object which forty-eight hours Trinidada would even be one of still might accomplish. Nor is it probagreater exposure ; because the de- ble that the government of the Caracfensive resources of Great Britain are cas, would inflexibly deny its assistchiefly internal, and her fleet might ance, in an enterprise from which be easily collected on the coast which Spain might obtain revenge, if not she would have to guard; whereas restitution. Trinidada could scarcely rely on the “ I entreat you, Sir, to weigh well timely aid of any other military or these considerations, and those ofnaval force, than that which might fered in iny former letters, before be at all times appropriated to the you suffer twenty or thirty millions object of its single defence, and of British capital to rush into the soil which might be taken out of the ge- of Trinidada, and tempt the cupineral scale of West India war for the dity of France. To found a purpose. We have restored Marti- slave colony in that neighbourhood, nico; and long before ships could seems to me scarcely less irrational, turn up the gulph of Paria, with rein- than it would be to build a town near forcements from the Leeward Island the crater of Vesuvius.” p. 151–137. station, the issue of invasion must be decided.

* It is however from the new political circumstances of the French CX. CHRISTIAN ZEAL; a Sermon, colonies that these geographical ones preached at the Scots Church, Londonwould derive their most formidable Wall, May 30th, 1802, before the Corimportance. We have seen that

respondent Board in London, of the Cayenne is one of the settlements in Society in Scotland, (incorporaidd by which revolution has given to France Royal Charter) for propagating Chrisa begro army, together with other tian Knowledge in the Highlands and advantages quite incalculable when Islands. By JosEPH Hughes, opposed to our own wretched colo- A.M. nial system, unless counter-revolution shall have reversed the free condition Y the appendix to this sermon of the people. She must, it has been we learn that the above society further shewn, if unwise enough even originated in the benevolence of a to abandon a reformation so useful few individuals about the beginning and so wholly innoxious as has been of the last century, and has been coneffected in this colony, become verytinued and supported by the like formidable to a hostile neighbour by generous donations and subscriptions, the great military establishment which iill, from the period of its commencewill be necessary to enforce and main. ment, “more than 300,000 souls, once tain submission; and which, however ready to perish for lack of knowledge, inellectual to secure permanently do have been indebted to it for comfort mestic peace, will be a ready weapon and insruction.” of offence against an enemy that lies “ By an authenticated statement, at the threshold.

made up to May 1, 1801, it appears " While either the energies of ne- that the schools under the patronage gro freedom, or a force equal to its of the society, at that period, actually permanent subversion, will conti- contained 15,719 scholars of both nually threaten from this quarter; sexes, training up in the faith and the great extension of the limits of practice of christianity, and to the French Guyana, by the late cession hope of immortality. Many thou. of Portugal, if not relinquished by the sands of catechisms, of other elemenRepublic, will by enlarging the popu- tary books and pious treatises, have


been translated into Gaelic, the lan- useful learning, anxious, honest, canguage of the Highlands of Scotland, did, and spiritual.-I speak of a printed and dispersed by the society. writer, clear, nervous, pointed, and They were likewise at the expence often polished; but I should wrong of translating the whole of the Sacred his productions, were I not to ascribe Scriptures into that language; and to them much higher excellence. of printing and dispersing many thou You see conscience at work in every șand copies of them.- A few years paragraph. He was serious in his ago they printed a fresh edition of design, and affectionate in his spirit. the New Testament, consisting of He seems to have set the Lord always 20,000 copies, with the Psalms in before him. Thus prepared, he conGaelic metre annexed. Another edi. futes the infidel, unmasks the hypotion of the Old Testament in Gaelic crite, alarms the formalist, stimulates is greatly wanted, and deeply is it to the saint, cheers the inourner, conbe regretted, that their means are in descends to the child, teaches the sufficient for the publication of a theologian. From the rise of religion similar edition of that part of the Biin the soul, through all the stages of ble; for the funds of the society, its progress, he attends, directs, and though ample, are by no means ade- animates. But you might bave fol. quate to the maintenance of an esta, lowed him from his writings into ail blishment so vast; especially as there his conduct-he was refined, yet sinis an increasing demand of SCHOOLS! cere ; moderate, yet decided; genSCHOOLS! MOKE SCHOOLS! for it tle, yet when the cause of God was is of the nature of knowledge to create reproached, indignant and awful. a thirst of knowledge: and what heart He considered all his advantages as but must bleed to think, that this sa- so many talents to be brightened cred thirst should remain unsatis. and multiplied by being put to use. fied.” P.38, 39.

He laboured incessantly to glorify The sermon before us is founded God, and to improve mankind. He on Gal. iv, 10. “ It is good to be felt the value of Time, and be care. zealously atlected always in a good fully redeemed it. Whatsoever his cause ;" from whence the ingenious hand found to do, he did it with his preacher considers the object-the cha- might. While others slumbered in racteristics the recommendations of the sun, be was busy, nor could winzeal--and illustrates the nature of it try glooms detain him the prisoner by examples. In this part of the of repose. In a word—if any of bis discourse the following culogium is cotemporaries might have gloried, he introduced, which while it pays an might have gloried too; but he glohonourable testimony to departed ried not, save in the Redeemer's worth, exhibits a just specimen of the cross, and in the righteousness, which author's sentiments and talents. is of God by faith. Though admired

“There is one name, which, to the by others, as a model of purity, diligenerality of this audience, must re- gence, and zeal; he was little in his cur with strong impression, whenever own eyes; and while his bope apthey reflect on the ministerial office; pears to have been sure and stedfast, a name, with which are associated I am persuaded that he depended excellencies, and accomplishments, wholly on the power and grace of Chrisi, that meet scarcely once in a hun- and that in his humble and contrite dred years. I speak of a man, en- mind, the wonder, created by a sense dued with a superior intellect, emi- of interest in divine love, was equal nently judicious, prompt, assiduous, to the joy. upright, and amiable.--I speak of a “ Few need to be informed that I Christian, full of faith, full of the have been pronouncing the eulogium Holy Ghost; and so circumspect, so of DoDDRIDGE; and I feel a conhuniform, that though it may be dence that the society, I now address, thought too much to say, as has been will kindly receive this heart-felt said of Daniel, 'not a blemish is re- tribute to departed worth. Dod* corded;' yet we may ask with some DRIDGE was their ardent friend, contidence; who of the uninspired and his name honoured the list of • has so nearly won the praise their corresponding members. The speak of a preacher, evangelical, faith praise of DODDRIDGE is in all the ful, instructive, solemn, and tender. churches !" p. 24–26. -I speak of a suior, versed in all




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