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But what shall we say to Mr. is to me a striking proof that the Norris, when it appears that he taste for insulation, which has so has made a most remarkable long disfigured our churches, is blunder respecting the very place about to yield to a policy more where these gentlemen are said enlightened and effective. Your to have spent the morn of life. correspondent, “ A Country Dis“The Carron Iron Works upon senting Minister,” has done me the River Clyde,” is a topogra- honour by the manner in which phical error, not quite so great, he has spoken of the sermon in but nearly as glaring as it he question; but, it appears to me, had said London on the River he has fallen into the error of alMersey, or Liverpool on the most every one who ventures to Thames. Any man engaged in touch on the subject of congregacommerce could have told him tional union, viz. that of summonthat Carron was not on the Clyde, ing before the public mind a host but on the River Carron, or if in of difficulties, (whether real or the hurry of vomiting out his bile imaginary I will not pretend to he had taken breath to consult a say,) instead of strengthening the Gazetteer, he would have escaped saiutary impression, that there are thus having put out one of the no difficulties which resolute and eyes of history.

harmonious efforts might not overIgnorance of one's own country come. If congregational union is, like ignorance of one's own be desirable, even on the princilanguage, a mark of an uninformed ples of a justifiable expediency, mind; and how Mr. Norris can let us not delay the happy conexpect to be believed when he summation, by saturating the pubtells us about the early obscurity lic mind with apprehensions and of Drs. Henderson and Paterson, jealousies which tend only to diswhile he betrays his ignorance of tance the golden age of our polity, the place, is not easily accounted and to keep alive that love of for. If he writes for the public, sectional piety, which weakens the let him pay, a little more attention actual resources of the denominato the subject he writes about; tion, and exhibits it as less invilet him inquire, and he will find ting to the wavering of other des that Carron and Clyde are on the nominations. Every great work two opposite sides of the king- has been achieved with difficulty; dom; and when he is ignorant of but is any goodly undertaking to so common-place a fact, let him be abandoned, because it requires allow some better informed nan wisdom and discretion to accomto write about the early history of plish it? Your correspondent and Drs. Henderson and Paterson. myself are one, I perceive, in deI am Sir, yours,

siring to see the churches of the

Locality. congregational order more ostenGlasgow, 26th Oct. 1822. sibly united. We will not, there

fore, strive about the modus ope

randi, or even about the extent to ON CONGREGATIONAL UNION.

which the union should be pushed, (To the Editors.)

These are questions to be adjusted Gentlemen,–When a man ven- at a future stage of the business, tures to publish on an unpopular and if your intelligent corresponsubject, he must expect to encoun- dent will promise to lend his hearty ter a variety of objections from assistance to any plan for union different quarters. That my ser- which may meet his approval, I mon on Congregational Union has think the day is not far distant met with such gentle treatment, when something valuable may be Cong. Mag. No. 63.

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effected. A public meeting, got books and tracts, now in my hands,
up with care and deliberation, which I intend to dispose of, and
could not fail to be useful. I which I think would be suitable
trust, Gentlemen, the pages of for the library, (this I consider
your Magazine will be open, from would be the principal and most
time to time, to all temperate dis- important branch of the esta-
cussions on this momentous topic. blishment,) mostly relating to dis-
In this way you cannot fail to be- senting history, biography, and
nefit the denomination, to whose controversy, and to general theo-
interests your labours are profess- logy.
edly devoted. The immediate ob- That I may not be misunder-
ject which I have in view, in ad- stood, I beg explicitly to observe,
dressing you on the present occa- that unless some steps shall have
sion, is to inform your correspon- been taken, with a probability of
dent, that he has prematurely, in ultimate success, towards the actual
the note appended to his excellent accomplishment of the plan, at the
paper, charged me with ignorance close of this year I shall consider
of fact: the mistake is with him- myself released from this engage-
self, as he will find upon inquiry. ment, and at full liberty to dispose
He refers altogether to another of the books referred to in any
matter. With thanks to him, and other minner.
ardent wishes for the speedy con- I am, gentlemen,
solidation of our churches,

Yours respectfully,
I remain, Gentlemen,

A LONDON DISSENTER.
Yours, very respectfully,

We must be allowed to add, that 1, Hans Place, John MORISON. this offer comes from a gentleman Jan. 20, 1823.

who feels much interested in the

proposed scheme, and who has CONGRRGATIONAL INSTITU.

every disposition to assist the TION.

undertaking. The remarks which appeared in your number for November last, "REPLY TO AN ARTICLE ENTIp. 597, and in that for January, this TLED “SOCINIAN INTERPOLAyear, p. 15, on the desirableness TION DETECTED." of the formation of a Literary GENTLEMEN, -Under the formiInstitution in the Metropolis, for dable head of “ Socinian Interthe use and benefit of the Congre- polation Detected,” a correspongational Denomination, are entirely dent, in your last number, p. 30, coincident with my feelings on the charges, upon unnamed subject, and if they have not ex- “ Socinian monthly publication," cited, have revived and invigo- the corruption of a verse in the rated wishes and hopes long since “Hymn to the Deity," from Mr. formed, though always faint and Bowring's Russian Anthology. I languishing, but which the esta- presume he refers to the Monthly blishment of such an institution Repository. Now, gentlemen, the will be the means of realizing and fact is, that in that magazine the gratifying. I therefore cheerfully poem was printed verbatim et make a tender of my assistance literatim from the first edition of towards the accomplishment of Mr. Bowring's work. Your corthe design, and in addition to respondent acknowledges that he pecuniary contribution, which consulted only the second edition ; I shall be willing to afford, I but what will your readers think promise to reserve till the close of of his correctness, to say nothing this year a considerable quantity of of “ truth and honour," when

some

failed.

they are informed, that in a note persons do not give according to to the verse in question, in this their ability; and, it may be, many edition, Mr. Bowring says, “ In pass by the plates, when held at the first edition there was a de- the doors, without giving any viation from the original in this thing at all. It is the latter cirverse, &c.

cumstance, I suppose, which has Your correspondent may have given rise to a practice which written in haste, but the signature I am very sorry to see gaining of Veritas belongs to him only ground among enlightened Disa who studies the subject on which senters, namely—that of handing he writes, and joins good informa- plates round from pew to pew; tion to good faith.

there is something in this mode The title and spirit of the letter of collecting repugnant to the in question show that the design noble spirit of generosity, which was to fix a stain upon a religious I am persuded generally pervades body: but I rely upon your can- our congregations — something dour to give the writer an oppor. which I can construe into nothing tunity, by reading this communin less than an unmerited reflection cation, to acknowledge that he has upon their munificence as a body.

If it be urged that more is colONE OF THE PEOPLE CALLED lected in this way, than by plates “ SOCINIANS.”.

at the doors, I reply, prove it by mann

an appeal to facts, for if the fear

of shame and observation should MODES OF COLLECTION. induce some to give, who would

not otherwise have given, I feel (To the Editors.)

assured that the suspicion and GENTLEMEN, I have no doubt want of confidence, implied by that

with you,

such a procedure, prevents many many

of

your readers, rejoice greatly at the various from contributing so largely as signs for good, which appear in the they had previously intended. moral and spiritual world, one of But admitting that more is colthe most obvious of which is that of lected,' is it prudent or right to cheerful benevolence and liberality. injure the feelings of a whole It is truly delightful to think of the auditory for the sake of a few princely sums which are contri- pounds; at most, I think it is buted for the support of useful estimating their delicate sensiinstitutions, for individual bilities at too low a price. All of distress, and, in fact, for every

that can be obtained by sound plan of doing good, which the arguments, forcible descriptions ingenuity of man can devise. It or pathetic appeals, followed by is true, that at places of worship, collections at the doors, I consider where collections are made, many

to be a fair and an honourable

possession, but the system of * We feel it necessary to state that, thrusting the plate into each pew, though the writer of the article on which and into each face, savours less of this letter animadverts is personally un- propriety than of rudeness. In known to us, the communication was

the hope, Sir, that this obnoxious inclosed in a recommendatory note from a respectable correspondent. We have practice may be discontinued. not, to the present moment, seen either I remain, edition of the work in question, and can, of course, do nothing more than

Your obedient Servant, give the same currency to the defence,

E. S. that we have given to the accusation,

cases

REVIEW OF BOOKS.

Essays on the Recollections which strengthen and adorn the ties of

are to subsist between earthly kindred and of friendship, will Friends re-united in the World not be withdrawn from those who to Come ; and on other Subjects shall dwell in the city of our God. connected with Religion, and in If there were no other text in the part with Prophecy. By Thos. Bible, and there are many, Gisborne, M. X. 12mo. London: bearing upon this point, than the Cadell. 1822.

affirmation of our blessed Lord, Few subjects, not immediately that many shall come from the cast connected with our personal inter- and west, and shall sit down with est in eternal life, can possess Abraham, and Isaac, and Jaeob, in greater interest than the question, the kingdom of heaven,—we should Shall our legitimate attachments deem this alone conclusive in be renewed in the world of glory? favour not only of the recognition Are those tender and hallowed of departed saints in glory, but affections, which unite us in such by clearest inference, of the joyful intimate sympathy to our kindred recollection of friends and relaand our friends, to be extinguished tives. in the darkness of the grave, or

We are not, however, aware are they to be rekindled at the that Mr. Gisborne has succeeded lamp of eternity, and, purified in throwing new light upon this from all earthly and passionate interesting and important subject. alloy, to become tributary to that Mingled with much common-place consummate felicity, which is the disquisition, there is some specific inheritance of the saints in light? and pointed argument; but for For our own parts, this is a point an inquiry like the present, which on which we cannot suffer ourselves requires both large views and disto entertain the slightest doubt. criminating investigation, we canWe believe, with assurance, that not say that his habits of thought those whom we have loved and and composition appear to us peculost in this world, and who left liarly fitted. Mr. G. is a sensible behind them a dying testimony to man, and an elegant writer, and the sincerity of their unstained we have frequently derived much profession, will welcome us when gratification from his writings; we reach that Promised Land. but in the instance before us, our Why should the anticipation of admiration has, we confess, been "this

pure blessedness be excluded less vividly excited. His first from our forethoughts of heaven? argument, from common consent, Why, in that abode of joy, where seems liable to the objections, that the inhabitants will breathe the the opinions of mankind, on this very element of love, and derive point, are a mere transfer of earthly from it their spiritual health and analogies to the modes of existence their undecaying happiness, should in a future state, and that their this intense and enduring feeling concurrence is suspicious, since it be absent? God is love, and if his amounts to nothing more, than presence, and the communications that all men are prompt to give of his infinite beatitude, be the credence to what they feel integreat fountain of bliss in the hea- rested in believing. Now the venly state, those genuine, though happiness, in the present world, inferior emanations of the same of the social being, is so directly holy and elevated principle, which influenced by certain associations,

that in the absence of a distinct swer, at the tribunal of our Lord, for revelation from God, nothing is

the materials which we have individually

furnished to other men, We shall have more natural, and nothing less

to welcome the transports, or to sustain effective in the way of argument, the cutting lamentations of those, to than that he should carry those whose felicity we have ministered, or associations forward in his esti. whose condemnation we have increased. mate of the enjoyments of a future What, on that great and universal day life. And, since he has a positive parent, when he contemplates his child, interest in prolonging his state of then beheld standing to receive the everhappiness, since, too, man, as

lasting sentence, whom he assiduously

trained for the pursuits of mortal life; man, can have but an imperfect no

but negligently, as to the nurture and tion of the real nature of felicity, admonition of the Lord? What will be we shall find him mingling together the sensations of the man of learning, all sorts of enjoyment to make up

who advanced his pupils, now before the idea of ultra-mundane bliss, bim at the tribunal of Christ, to be emi

nent scholars, but not to be wise and and, among them, he will not fail spiritual Christians ? What will be the to revivify the objects, animate sinking of heart of the man of business, and inanimate, which have af- whose ordinary conversation and proforded him the greatest quantum associates to seek first the treasures of

ceedings were calculated to excite his of delight in this world. Com- the earth, not the kingdom of God, and mon consent, in the case of man's his righteousness? How shall the ambieternal destinies, can have no weight tious man sustain himfelf, when he sees, in reasoning, unless it can be

face to face, those whom his society had

ensnared to thirst for power and pretraced up to the great primeval eminence, instead of desiring that honour tradition, or referred to the law which cometh from God only ?" written on the heart, and, in the question now under consideration,

The " Essay on attestations we do not perceive that it has furn ed in the Bible to its own necessarily or probably any con- truth, by remarkable omissions nexion with either. If, however, and insertions,” is of mixed merit. we have not always agreed with This mode of argument and illusMr. Gisborne in his processes of tration, requires the utmost disreasoning, yet, fully according cretion and skill in its managewith him in the general sentiment ment. It is easy to single out of his thesis, we as cordially coin- passages, and by dint of explanacide with the conclusions of his tion to make them speak the reeloquent chapter in “ application quired language, but it is exof the subject.”

tremely difficult to select appro

priate sections, and to place them “ Since in the world to come, de- in such a conspicuous and comparted spirits are to meet each other, manding position, as shall strike mutually possessed of so many consciousnesses and recollections; how im

the mind with clear and unhesiportant an object does it become to every tating conviction. Some of the one so to conduct himself in the pre- instances cited by Mr. Gisborne, sent life, that his re-union with former associates may excite, not pangs and

seem to us to prove nothing whatreproaches in his own heart, but emo

ever of that which he intends them tions of holy gratitude and delight ! to demonstrate, and his elucidaWho can estimate how large a portion tions have not by any means of the character of any given individual tended to make the matter clearer has depended on other persons ? On most topics, a hasty estimate is com- to our understandings. Of this monly extravagant; on this subject it kind of failure we should refer to would fall below the truth.

the dissertation on Deuteronomy If others stand responsible, each as to himself, for the use which they shall

iii. 11. as a specimen ; while on hare made of the materials laid before

the other hand, the illustration them ; we shall ourselves have to an- of Deuteronomy xxxii, 48

52,

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