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it shall please God to extend his ac- things, having promise of the life that customed protection and favour to now is, and of that which is to come." this vineyard, which his saints have « Be then," speaking to Timothyplanted by their labour and watered 6 be then an example of the believers; by their blood, and which, by his in word, in conversation, in charity, blessing, has yielded such an abun- in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Take dant increase of rational piety and heed unto thyself, and unto thy docreligious knowledge ; then will the trine, (still opposed to those doctrines sense of the arduous duties they have of devils), continue in them, for in to perform, the great responsibility doing this, thou shalt both save thyattached to their office, the various self and those that hear thee.” Here, qualifications requisite for its due dis-' then, we shall labour in vain to find charge, effectually guard its ministers an authority for the unfortunately too from degenerating into indolence and prevalent opinion of indifferency as to supineness. Then will it prompt them the variety of doctrines by which men not only to be instant, at all seasons, are tossed to and fro," and whose in teaching and exhorting their own very diversity is opposed to the leadhearers, and in resisting with meek- ing principle of the apostolic injuncness those that oppose themselves, but to tion, and implies a liability to the pebe diligent in examining the grounds nalty denounced by St. Paul in the of their own faith, and in deriving their opening of his Epistle to the Galatidoctrines from the original sources ; ansmi. Though we, or an angel from that knowing for themselves the cer- heaven, preach any other Gospel untainty of those things, they may with to you, than that we have preached to greater confidence and sincerity per yoù, let him be accursed !". And suade others.
here, also, it is to be noticed, that the motive of St. Paul in addressing him
self to the Galatians, was not to proIndifference to Opinions in Religion. to correct the mischievous tendency
scribe any foreign or new faith, but
of certain false doctrines, which had Our apostolical guides, in their been preached among the converts to inspired writings, warrant none of Christianity, by unauthorized missionthe notions of the harmlessness of aries from Judea. The principal point never-ceasing change, and indefinite in question appears to have been a multiplication of opinions; and so dispostion, on the part of those confar from sanctioning this entire in- verts, to adopt into the Christian differency of the peculiar tenets of scheme, upon the suggestion of their any of them to the salvation of man- false teachers, certain ceremonies of kind, all we are by them taught is the Mosaic institution; and if we read substantially and literally in direct this Epistle with attention, it will be opposition to it! They exhort us, in difficult to discover any portion of the the very teeth of the liberal philoso- lukewarmness and indifference which phy of the present day, that “hence- characterize our own times, in the forth we are no more to be carried style and manner of the Apostle, in about, and tossed to and fro, by every refusing to compromise the doctrines wind of doctrine, by the sleight of of the Gospel, by any concession to men, and cunning craftiness, where- the passions or prejudices of the peoby they lay in wait to deceive.” We ple. Let liberality, as it is miscalled, are enjoined by Scripture to inake a read a lesson here Do I ask,” exdistinction between doctrines, some claims he,“ to please men ?" for if I of which are termed the doctrines of yet pleased men, I should not be the devils ; and it is to be remarked, that servant of Christ.”. expressly opposed to those doctrines We find, therefore, that, neither by of devils, are the peculiar invitations experience, nor by the word of God, to a godly life; for “ godliness," says is warranted that equalization of all the Apostle, “ is profitable unto all tenets and opinions, to which the arti
123 fice of our spiritual enemy, and the even yet completely suited; and my epidlemical phrenzy of thoughtless or conscience fills me with a sense of my vicious men, have given so general a own unworthiness. currency.
Be not extreme, O Lord, to mark what is still in me amiss ; but strength
en my soul and spirit in every effort A DEPARTING PRAYER.
to attain a farther degree of purity, Grant unto thine unworthy servant, of resignation, and of a consequent of thy unspeakable goodness, that I reviving tranquillity and hope. may meet my end with resignation to The world I am now about to thy blessed will, with thanks and man- leave, abounds with manifestations of ly firmness! reposing all my fears and thy merciful compassion and forbearall my apprehensions under the sha- ance; teaching all men that thou dow of thy protection ; founding my wouldest not the death of a sinner, perfect trust on the efficacy of our re- but rather that he should repent and demption, through the mediation of live : yet how late have I deferred a thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. just consideration of this ! how inat
O Lord, my God! accept these my tentive to the applying of it to my fervent prayers, for the extension of own life and conversation in the thy protecting grace; and that thou world! wilt not abandon or forsake me at my Father of the Universe ! beyond all approaching separation from morta- our imagination, great and glorious ! lity.
vouchsafe of thy boundless grace
and I have sinned, and by thy grace compassion, to pardon me, and accept
, have been brought to repentance. I' my long deferred return to the ways
. thank thee infinitely for that altera- of genuine holiness! tion of mind, which constitutes true Favourably, with mercy, hear my repentance. An entire desire to aban- prayer! Let the angel of thy predon
every evil thought, word, or work: sence be with thy servant :-give unan abhorrence of vice, and a love for to all, and in an especial manner to virtue, are the genuine and blessed my kind and faithful friends, pardon fruits of thy co-operating spirit.
and peace, bestowing upon them grace I do trust in the expiation and and opportunity, that they may lay to atonement offered up by my Redeem- heart in time the exceeding great er, for all my sins: I do most fully danger of an unhappy infatuation for acknowledge my multiplied guilt: I the seductions of life, and a thoughtearnestly, with the anxiety of my less neglect of the means of acceptwhole heart and soul, do solicit par- ance, while the door of heaven is don and grace from thee, O thou open for them, inattentive to the near most worthy Judge Eternal !
view of another and better country. Weak and frail nature, still trem- Lord, be thou still merciful to those bling in awful reverence and holy who come unto thee, even at the elėfear, humbly presents itself before venth hour, with a willing heart; and thy throne: conscious of great im- graciously accept us : but let not vain perfection in its best efforts to break hope deceive any, to linger beyond away from the thraldom of sin; fear- the accepted time! ful, not through doubt of thy goodness Comfort thy servants, O Father of and compassion, but of such deficien- heaven, and support their affiance in ces as sinful habits cause in the mind, thee, when their warfare shall be acwhich weaken and avert it from a complished, that we also having seen steady pursuit of devotion and obedi- and experienced thy salvation, may
depart in peace. Fain would I put on the wedding May God Almighty give and contigarment to obtain an heavenly recep- nue his grace to those of my friends tion and entertainment; to partake who may survive me, that they still of which thou hast invited us; but press forward, notwithstanding their mine is not without spot; it is not infirmity, towards the prize of
high calling that is set before us, flegmatic temper and fiery courage of seeking it first, and before all things, William the Third--and the mean and by true and fruitful faith, in humility this species of history, minute truth and
audacious spirit of Buonaparte. But of and meekness; amidst whatever mor
accuracy ought to be more than of any tifications, still in constant persever- other, the essential characteristics : being hope.
cause the portraits are painted by faint Grant a favourable ear, O blessed and scattered touches, the falsehood of Lord God, to these my most earnest and any one of which tends to destroy the va.
lue of the whole; and because the most devout supplications ; that in the dark important anecdote may depend on the night of tribulation, at the approach- single testimony of an individual ; and we ing hour of death, and in the day of know, in the most ordinary occurrence thy great judgment; thou mayest suc
of life, how much men are in the habit of cour, help, comfort, and receive us, colouring their report of any particular
event. when all in this world falls and crum
It has been under these impressions bles from under us; when time to us that we have hitherto traced the course shall be no more.
of Buonaparte, from the Russian camO thou who hast poured out thy paign down to his seclusion in St. Helena. soul unto death ; who sufferedst thy- esting and authenticated facts, which dis
While we have admitted all those interself to be numbered amongst the trans- played his real character, we have rejectgressors; who bearest the sins of ma
ed all that was apocryphal, and have not ny; and who continuest to make in- condescended to repeat even the minutest tercession for the transgressors ;' fa- circumstance, of the truth of which an vourably, with mercy, hear my pray- fied us. of the necessity for this preci.
accurate inquiry had not previously satiser! Amen.
sion, Mr. Warden is so convinced, that of
the Letters before us, he says, 'every fact Warden's Letters concerning Buonaparte.
related in them is true ; and the purport
of every conversation correct. It will The followiug article, extracted from a not, I trust, be thought necessary for me late number of the QUARTERLY REVIEW,
to say more, and the justice I owe to my. not yet re-published here, comes within self will not allow me to say less."
Now we are constrained to say, that, the department of this Journal as a lite- notwithstanding this pompous asseverarary Register, and is inserted with a view tion, we shall be able to prove that this of enabling our readers to judge what work is founded in falsehood, and that Mr. credit is due to a work which his excited Warden's profession of scrupulous accu. very considerable interest in this coun
racy is only the first of the many fictions
which he has spread over his pages. It try.
will not, we trust, be thought necessary Letters written on Board His Majesty's
for us to say more, and the justice which
we owe to our readers will not allow us Ship the Northumberland, and at St. Helena; in which the Conduct and C012
to say less. versations of Napoleon Buonaparte, and
Our first proof will astound our read. his Suite, during the Voyage, and the
ers, and, perhaps, decide the affair.
Mr. Warden's first letter is dated at first Months of his Residence in that Isl. and, are faithfully described and relat- prefix to any of his letters the day or the April, 1817.] Warden's Letters concerning Buonaparte.
880; he has indeed cautiously omitted to ed. By WILLIAM WARDEN, Surgeon on
month, the latitude or the longitude ; .but Board the Northumberland.
this prudence will not save him from de. Anecdotes of the private life of re- tection. In this he announces to his cormarkable persons are one of the most respondent the surprize he must feel ‘at amusing and not least valuable departe receiving a letter which, instead of the ments of history; they bring the reader common topics of a sea voyage, should more intimately acquainted with the cha. contain an account of the conduct and inracter of the individual than public events formation respecting the character of Na. can do. The latter are never entirely a poleon Buonaparte, from the personal opman's own; a thousand circumstances ge. portunities which Mr. Warden's situation nerally influence or contribute to them; so unexpectedly afforded him.' And again it is in familiar life alone that a man is he says, 'such has been the general curi. himself; there his character exiribits all osity about Buonaparte, that he feels himhis various shades, and thence we become self more than justified in supposing that best acquainted with the familiar chival. particulars relative to him and his suite, ry of Henry the Fourth-the ingenuous will be welcome to the correspondent, and and simple magnanimity of Turonnem-the those of their common friends to whom
125 he may choose to communicate the let. These are minute circumstances, but it ters."
is only by such that imposition can be deFrom this it is evident that Mr. War- tected ; a liar arranges all the great den is addressing a person who had not course of his story, and it is only by dates expected such a communication, and he which he omits, and trifles which he reaccounts to him for his motive in com- cords, that he is ever detected. This orimencing a series of letters so different ginal imposture throws a general discrefrom what might have been expected. All dit over Mr. Warden's subsequent relathis is very well : but when the second tions; some of them may be, and we know letter, also dated at sea, came to be fabri- are, well-founded; but they are to be crecated, Mr. Warden had got his first dited on better grounds than those of professions, and writes as if he were an. Mr. Warden's veracity. In fact we have swering the inquiries of a person who had heard, and we believe, that he brought to entreated him to give a daily journal of England a few sheets of notes, gleaned for Buonaparte's proceedings :
the most part from the conversation of his
better informed fellow-officers, and that “ My dear “I renew my desultory occupation, respondence in London to spin them out
he applied to some manufacturer of cortache journaliere, telle que vous la voulez,"
into “ Letters from St. Helena ;" a task " the daily task which you enjoin me."Mr. Warden did not recollect that be which, it must be allowed, the writer has
executed with some talent, and for which tween the first letter at sea and the second letter at sea, he could not possibly have hire) Mr. Warden has handsomely reward
we hope (as the labourer is worthy of his had an answer from his correspondent ed him. " enjoining the daily task.” In a subsequent letter le falls into the same blun: these Letters " he has yielded, rather re
Mr. Warden says, that in publishing der, by calling Buonaparte the object of luctantly, to become an author, from persua. his friend's " inquisitive spirit”--and he in consequence gives a description of his which he had some reasons to suspect re
sion he scarce knew how to resist, and to person. In another letter, dated from St. Hele: reluctantly to become an author !-if the
sistance might be vain.” He consented na, but without a date of time, there is letters had been written, he was already this passage:
an author, though his work was unpub. “I answered Buonaparte, that there lished; the fact is, no such Letters existwas not, I thought, a person in England ed. We have also reason to believe that who received Sir Robert Wilson, or his
he did not yield reluctantly, but that he companions, with a diminution of regard had, from the first moment, resolved to for the part they had taken in La Valette's publish, and that he received with great business.”
dissatisfaction some advice which was giNow this answer to Buonaparte must ven him to the contrary. How he could have been made some time prior to the
be forced by an irresistible power to pub10th of May, 1816, for a subsequent letter lish, is more than we can comprehend, states itself to be written after the arrival unless, as we shrewdly suspect, that irreof the fleet from India in which Lady sistible power was a talismanic paper inLoudon was embarked, and that this fleet scribed with certain figures of pounds, arrived at St. Helena at the time we have shillings, and pence, which were at once just mentioned; when Sir R. Wilson, so the object and reward of the imposture. far from being in London, enjoying the He affects to write colloquial French, congratulations of his acquaintance for and relates with great effrontery his direct his success in La Valette's escape, was conversations with Napoleon and his suite. still a prisoner in the Conciergerie; his The fact is, the surgeon is wholly ignosentence was pronounced only on the 24th rant of that language ; and of this we find April; and could not, of course, have positive proof in his own book. been known at St. Helena prior to the 10th In the first place, no man who underof May; so that all Mr. Warden's state- stood French could have written the words ment, and Buonaparte's snbsequent reply, tâche journalière as he has done; in his (which conveys an infamous imputation mode they mean a spot, and not a task. against Sir Robert,) must be wholly and In the next place, Mr. Warden lets slip gratuitously false; nay, what makes the the avowal, that he spoke to Buonaparte matter quite ridiculous, is that Sir_Ro- by an interpreter, and that this interprebert did not, we believe, return to Eng- ter was the veracious Count de les Cases, land till after the return of Mr. Warden a kind of secretary and ame damnée of the he returned indeed before these precious Exemperor, (who is now said to be unletters from St. Helena were concocted ; der arrest for attempting a secret corresand Mr. Warden, or the person employed pondence,) and who seems to be, of the by him to forge the Correspondence, mis- whole suite, the person who is the most took the period at which he wrote for careless of truth, and the most ready to that at which he affected to write. say, not what he believes or knows, but
what he thinks most convenient at the Again he says "A delicacy was main-
himself and his French friends; but it is
I was resolved (he says) to Abbé de Pradt's famous account of the speak my sentiments with freedom; and interview at Warsaw, and lo! the tall you may think I did not balk my resolu- figure who enters the Abbé-Ambassador's tion."
hotel wrapped in fur is--not Caulaincourt Again--" Here Napoleon became very --but Cambacérès, poor old gentleman ! animated, and often raised himself on the He cannot even write the name of one of sofa where he had hitherto remained in a Buonaparte's followers, whom he attend. reclining posture. The interest attached ed in a dangerous illness, and who studied to l''e subject, and the energy of his de- English under him ; he an hundred times livery, combined to impress the tenor of " calls General Gourgaud, General Gourhis narrative so strongly on my mind, gond; and lest this should appear an er. that you
need not doubt the accuracy of ror of the press, he varies his orthograthis repetition of it;"_and what follows phy and calls him Geueral Gourgon! but for four pages is placed within inverted never does he call him by his proper commas, as if Mr. Warden wished us to
name; Maret, Duke of Bassano, he consuppose that he gave the very words of founds with Marat; Count Erlon he calls tbę man.
Erelon; and Colonel Prontowski is alAll these are, we admit, only insinua. ways Piontowski; Doctor Corvisart is tions and equivocations; but in the second Corvesart, and sometimes Covisart; the letter there is a direct and palpable false. Baron de Kolli, a Swiss, is metamorphosed hood.
into the Baron de Colai, a Pole; Morbi. Buonaparte is represented as inquiring han, is Morbeau; the Duke of Frioul be. after the health of Madame de Montholon, comes the Duke of Frieuli:--in short, and attributing her illness to her horror there is no end to these errors, which of the idea of St. Helena--Mr. Warden prove Mr. Warden to be very ignorant or says he repeated to his doctor the quo- very inaccurate, or, what we believe to be tation of Macbeth in the following man- the real state of the case-both.
Such is the blunderivg, presumptuous “ Can a physician minister to a mind diseased, and falsifying scribbler, who has dared to Or plucis from inemory, a rooted sorrow."
speak of the sensible and modest pamAt this time Buonaparte could not have phlet of Lieutenant Bowerbank, as “trash pronounced the three first words of this which he is ashamed to repeat, and which quotation ; he could as well have written he wonders that this Review” (which we Macheth. Nay, in one of his last inter- are sorry to find he calls a respectable views, Mr. Warden represents his utmost work) " should condescend to notice.” efforts in English to be a stammering at- After this detailed exposure of Mr. tempt to call Madam Bertrand his love, or Warden's ignorance and inaccuracy, it his friend.
now becomes our duty to say, that though Mr. Warden
says, that the British go.. his letters are a clumsy fabrication, and vernment proscribed Bertrand from ac- therefore unworthy of credit, yet there companying Buonaparte,” and “ that Lord are some of his reports which are sub. Keith took on himself the responsibility stantially correct, and which, as we before of including such an attached friend in said, Mr. Warden may have heard from the number of his attendants.” This is those who had at once the opportunities notoriously false.
and the means of holding a conversation