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-hibiting sin in its most odious If, however, it shall be af, and disgusting forms-by pre
firmed that there are occursenting to our observation rences which cannot be acmen whose intellectual powers counted for on any of the prinmight have assimilated them ciples which have been adto angels, but whose corrupt vanced, yet the scriptures repassions have actually degrad- fer us to an event that will ed them below the brutes ; completely vindicate the moral spectacles such as these can- government of God. Let not not fail to impress and instruct. the righteous repine under the
These are some of the parental chastisements of God, reasons, which are obvious to nor distress themselves on acus; and without doubt in so count of the prosperity of vast a system as that of the evil doers;-and let the wicked universe, there
remember that their reasons which cannot triumphing is short ; for becomprehend, why bad men hold the day of the Lord will should be continued in society. come when the apparent ineBut even from those considere qualities of the present life ations which have been ad- will be adjusted, and men shall vanced, we think no
receive according to their regard it as a subject of dis- deeds. For we must all apquietude or complaint that the pear before the judgement virtuous not indulged seat of Christ, that every one with uninterrupted prosperity, may receive according to that or that speedy and summary he hath done, whether it be justice is not inflicted on the good or bad.
A. workers of iniquity.
D. M. MANNI.
We frequently find in the friends admirers of his talents, annals of literature instances assisted to instruct him in the of longevity. Whoever wish- Belles Lettres. However he
to display. his erudition was wont to call Casotti his may
considerable master., Being the son of a number. We however shall Printer, he was obliged early at present confine ourselves to employ himself in that proto the Tuscan Macrobius of fession. His cultivation and our own day, viz. Sig. Domen- assiduity perlaps, would have ico Moria Manni, a Florentine made him respectable in this Scholar, incomparable and ex- art, equal to the Guinti, the cellent on account of his study, Torrentini or the Gioliti ; but and religion.
He the rigorous treatment of his was born at Florence April father, in exacting from him 8th, 1690. His parents were labour and gain superior to Joseph Manni and Calerina his age, checked him. He daughter of Gio. Bootispa Pa- was therefore imperceptibly triarchi, some particular led into the way of the literati
and by force of genius par- Professorship of the Tuscan ticularly devoted to the study tongue in the seminary, at of antiquity, history and his Florence and the direction of mother tongue. By the want the celebrated library strozziof patrimonial inheritance, he ana, lately purchased by his had much difficulty to support Royal Highness, placed him his studies : and so much the more immediately in the class more, being inclined io settle; of the literati. He had these he married, at the age of 39, two posts given him in the Calerina, daughter of Baccio · same year, 1736; the first by Cappelli, by whom he had 18 the Archbishop Martelli the children. Notwithstanding second by Carlo Tommaso partly by frugality and partly Strozzi ; whose choice was industry, he was enabled not fully justified by the publicaonly to live reputably and tion of his Lectures and puteducate his family, but even to ting in order and illustrating purchase some lands, amongst the library. It would be now, which' was a little villa with time to speak of his writings, an estate near Impruneta in the editions he procured for which he took great delight. the Republic of Letters, and His chief dependence was in short, of all the acquisitions printing and some employ. he made for it, but who would ments. An Author who prints ‘wish to undertake the task of on his own account in Italy writing his eulogium ? His supports the printer and book- works were seller, but generally does not whoever woulů wish to compromote his own interest. In prehend them all, would Manni, however this circum- scarcely be able to mention slance was not verified ; be. their titles It is sufficient to cause being thoroughly ac- say, he employed the whole quainted from education, with time of his long life, excepting the typographic economy, he the engagements of the neceswas able to make considerable
sary charge and care of his profit, further augmented by family, in composing, copying a skilful choice of generous and making annotations. He patrons. His principal laid aside the pen, when the cupation was a place among chill of constitution' warned the officers of the General Ar- him of its approaching dissochive at Florence which he lution. There is a necessary held from 1750 to 1784. The death, which Bacon calls arid. putting in order of the writings ity ; this was his case on the of the Archive of the Morte 30th Nov. 1788, when inexo. Comune, intrusted to him and rable fate envied him near 17 punctually executed in 1744, months to compleat a century. led him to this office. An He left six children, 4 sons employment of this nature did and 2 daughters to survive not divert him from his favour. him ; but the works he has ite studies, but rather con- published will much longer firmed them. Moreover the survive. We pass over the Voi, VI. No. 8.
honours he acquired in his her death ; Jastly the charge country, in the different mag- of a numerous family. At the istracies, delegations and maye age of 90, he used to say that oralties he served ; the pa- he seemed then to enjoy life. tents he received from the The article of Divine Provimost eminent Academies of dence was so evident to him Italy ; a work dedicated to that he could not by any means him by Bali Tommaso Farset- bear the least distrust of it in ti, a noble Venetian and a others ; as he used to say, he Brief of Clemente, 14 address- had seen the clearest proofs ed to him, in confirmation of his of it in his own house. He friendship when he was a monk. thanked God for having given That which more immediate. him genius for application and ly concerns us at present, is study, by which he had found his character. We often look great relief in his afflictions. for practical philosophy where He only feared he had not diit ought to be, rather than rected his labours to the glowhere it really is. Here we ry of God ; therefore he often 'find it in a man of learning rectified his intentions, that who never received the prin- they might be approved. He ciples of science in the Uni. felt with regret, the commenversity. Manni united to a dations bestowed on him by copious erudition and knowle others, saying, he was not edge of the Tuscan language, worthy of it. Thus to a corthe humblest opinion of him- respondent, a nobleman of the self, great moderation, and a Venetian state, who sought consummate delicacy in point his acquaintance, in order to of honour. He was affable compile his life, he answered with every one, whether in with great energy, that the prosperous or adverse circum- seed of ambition is too much stances, sincere, respectful, cherished in the breast of men ready to forgive, cheerful, of learning, which he had al--scarcely ever dejected. He ways endeavoured to stifle, reckoned amongst his domes- therefore it appeared to him tic troubles, the severities of an indiscretion, when he was his father; his sister who near the end of his days to fowas confined to her bed from
One might with seven years old to the age of truth affix to his tomb this. seventy-seven ; his eldest son epitaph : He lived many days became foolish from a fright; for the benefit of learning, his his wife from the like acci- family and country.--Abridged dent, was rendered infirm and from the Italian Mercury, incapable of the affairs of the June, 1789. family for many years before
THE KALIKAPURANA. 66. In this abominable book are urged to exert their influhuman sacrifices are held to ence'and to do all they can to be a right inherent in the Prin- save the Hindoos from these ces, to whom they are a source fatal delusions, and to give of wealth, the cause of victory them more just and noble conand other temporal blessings.". ceptions of the Supreme BeChrist. Oo8. Sept. 1817, p. 583. ing.
The Kalikapurana is one of As the Hindoos received the Sacred Books of the Hin- these customs by tradition and doos. The account of it was education, and as they are engiven by Abbe Dubois in his joined in Books which are by
Description of the Charac- them deemed sacred, it is ters, Manners and Customs of found difficult to persuade the People of India.” Human them to abandon what has been sacrifices are
mentioned a so long regarded as essential mong the abominations prac- to their welfare. Instances tised by the Hindoos ; and of conversion however have the Book which authorizes occurred 'through the instru. these sacrifices is denounced mentality of missionaries; and
an abominable Book'." no exertions are deemed too The Hindoos have several great to effect the abolition of customs of offering human such horrible sacrifices. Ac. sacrifices—as falling prostrate cordingly the most impressive to be crushed to death by the appeals are made to excite the wheels of the carriage on sympathy and compassion of which their idol is moved, and Christians, and to persuade the burning of women on the them to unite for the noble funeral piles of their deceased and beneficent object of conhusbands. In other instances verting the Hindoos from the parents sacrifice a child by error of their bloody ways. casting it into the Ganges,
discountenance and, from the account before such humane and benevolen't us, it appears that rulers are efforts ? God forbid ! considered as having a right Some questions, however, to sacrifice subjects. These cccur of a very important nasacrifice's are made as reli- ture, and which seem to de. gious offerings-as means of serve serious attention. As
propitiating the Deity and the object is to convert Hiné procuring his favor: This be- doos and other pagans to ing the case, it is very justly Christianity--this question ocinferred by Christians that the curs Are we better than Hindoos must have very un, they ?" The answer will read. worthy conceptions of God, ily be given-By nature we and that they impute to him'a are not.' The next question bloody and odious character. is-Are Christians better than On the ground of these bar- Hindoos by practice ?-Have barous sacrifices Christians Christians no custom of offer
ing buman sacrifices which is seives before the idol Juggeras bad or worse than those naut to be crushed to death ; which we wish to reform in but we see them prostrate bethe Hindoos ? Are there no fore the idols Ambition, Avaprofessed Christians who per- rice and Revenge, to be suade themselves and who try slaughtered by thousands and to persuade others, that hu- tens of thousands. We do man sacrifices are permitted not behold parents
parents casting and required by our Sacred their children alive into the Book-ihe Gospel of peace ? Ganges to be destroyed by And is this Book also such an sharks ; but we sce parents « abominable Book ?”
educate their children for Do not a great majority of war and slaughter, and tamely Christians admit that the “hu- resign them to sharks in human sacrifices” made by war man form, whose avarice and s are a right inherent in the ambition will swallow whole Princes” or other Rulers provinces, but never say, “it “to whom they are a source is enough.” And what is still of wealth, the cause of victo- worse, these destroyers of men ry and other temporal bless- are often idolized and praised ings?” Do not many Chris. by Christians as Saviors. The tians try to prove that rulers Hindoo bows his knee to an have this right, and that it is idol which can do him neither the duty of subjects to con• good nor harm ; the Christian sent to be thus sacrificed when is too often seen paying homever the Ruler says the word ? age and adoration to men who and that too without inquiring, have acquired preeminence by why, or wherefore ? Now if doing mischief. And as though our sacred Book is of this a. it were their delight to pour bominable character--if it re- contempt on the character of álly teaches that rulers have a the Messiah, Christians are right whenever they please to seen extolling as Gods or Desacrifice their subjects, by mi-Gods those who came not calling them into a field of bat to save men's lives, but to detle-What is our Sacred Book stroy them. better than the Kalikapurana ? In respect to the character
As to the mode of offering imputed to God by the differ. human sacrifices, Christian ent customs of offering hu. rulers have certainly no ad- man sacrifices that which is vantage of the Hindoo prin- imputed by the custom of ces ; for it is not less horrible Christians is much more ab. om inhuman to offer such sac- horrent than that suggested by rifices by murderous combat, the practice of the Hindoos. and with hatred, malignity and in both cases it is imagined revenge, than to offer them as that God approves the sacria religious sacrifice, unaccom- fice. - 'Are we then shocked to panied with these odious pas. find the Hindoo imputing to sions. In Christendom we do God a character to be pleased not see people prostrate them with suicide, or with the offer: