« PoprzedniaDalej »
HER LATE ROYAL HIGHNESS
Charlotte Augusta, Princess of Wales,
AND OF SAXE-COBURG SAALFELD;
BEINC EXTRACTS FROM UPWARDS OF
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SERMONS,
PREACHED ON THE DAY OF HER INTERMENT,
BY THE MOST EMINENT DIVINES
OF ALL DENOMINATIONS.
SELECTED BY ROBERT HUISH, Esg.
AND FORNINO A
SUPPLEMENT to his “ MEMOIRS of the PRINCESS CHARLOTTE,” &c.
PRINTED FOR THOMAS KELLY, 53, PATERNOSTER-ROW, By W. Cloues, Northumberland-court, Strand.
ASSOCIATED with the sentiment of a melancholy interest, the 19th of November, 1817, will be long remembered by Britain. Her historians will tell to future ages, that on the evening of that eventful day, and amid the tears, of an afflicted nation, were entombed, along with those of her infant son, the remains of the Princess Charlotte of Wales.
The calculation of its effects, individually speaking, may be rationally formed, but its general effects on the nation at large will continue to display themselves as long as the love and practice of the Christian virtues are inculcated and encouraged. If the history of the country be examined, no precedent can be found, thaton one day the people of the land wereuniversally “knolled to church with holy bells,”—from no express command of God—from no particular ordinance of his holy religion--from no injunction of human authority—but by their own spontaneous desire and agreement, to testify their pious sorrow for the loss which the country has sustained ; their resignation to the will of Heaven who has inflicted it; and to join in prayer that he would here suspend his judgments, and avert from us those distractions, which the uncancelled sins of the country might yet draw down upon us -and let us sincerely hope, that the disposition which then prompted us to 'supplicate unanimity and concord from a God of peace, may so
continue, and be so strengthened among us, as to produce effectively those desirable blessings.
The clergy, with the most commendable zeal, seized and endeavoured to convert the melancholy occasion into the means of good to their fellowcreatures by their exhortations, by the inculcation of religious truths, and by displaying, to the benefit of the rising generation in the character of our lamented Princess, an epitome of all the virtues that could adorn the woman, or the Christian. That the seeds which were thus sown in righteousness should not be lost to the present generation, and that their fruits should descend to 'our latest posterity, this Sacred MEMORIAL will be the never-failing instrument. In it the mourner will find consolation under his affliction, the Christian under the visitation of his Maker, and the youth and the aged will discover that happiness is only to be found in the paths of religion and of virtue. The former, by having so bright an example of human excellence continually before him, will be deterred from entering upon a career of vice, and the latter will behold in a wellspent life, the cheering prospect of obtaining that crown of glory which never fadeth. " I
may be fit to observe, that the personal character, and the domestic virtues of the amiable and beloved object of our regard, seemed to justify that universal feeling of regret which has been experienced from one end of the country to the other, as well in the palace of the prince as in the habitation of the subject. That she was religious, in the sober and rational understanding of the term,-that she had learned the heavenly rule of “ setting her affec