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to groan in their meeting-houses. His beginning in this world. And this is a blood they have at haud to wash out all sect, is it, to be sent out to convert the stains in an instant ; and, as far as religion Hindostanians ! - I have thus stated, in has any influence on the actions of men, plain terms, my objections to granting the there can be no doubt that this doctrine prayer of these petitioners. I do not know must have a terrible effect. It is remark- precisely what is the religion or what the ed, that the Methodistical congregations morality of the inhabitants of Hindostan; consist of those, generally, who have been bat, I am quite sure, that they can never amongst the most profligate and wicked of be mended by sending amongst them mismen and of women. In an hour of fear, sionaries from these numerous hostile sects, they fly thither for salvation ; and, in a who would be more anxious to defeat each short time, if they do not get the better of other than to overcome any injorious pretheir fears, and relapse into their former judices that they might find existing in the practices, they usually become Saints, set country-Missionaries from some one ting themselves down as of the number of sect might possibly do good; but, from the elect. --Such notions as these must them all, mischief of some sort must be the produce bad effects. They must encourage consequence. I feel no interest at all in robbery and murder. And yet, this sect the matter as affects our political power, would fain go to convert the Hindostanians ! thinking the possession of India to be an

-This, too, is the sect, in which injury to England ; but, in addition to all a man, who cannot read, may become the rest that we have done to that unoffend. a teacher, and, by that means, escape ing people, I do hope that we shall not sow from his fair share of service in the militia: the seeds of everlasting religious discord.

-Amongst all the rest of mankind, -I want to see no laws passed to put that I have ever heard of, every one takes down by force any of these sects in Engas much care as possible to keep out of sight land ; but, as I said before, it is one thing the sins of his past life. He is content to to tolerate, and another to create, a nuibehave well now, without talking of the sance. I am well aware of what a corchange in his deportment. Not so the respondent reminds me, namely, that to Methodist. He openly boasts of his wick - publish these and the like remarks is to exed acts, except, indeed, such as would put pose myself to the “ animosity aud execrahim in jail. He relates what a state Christ, " tions of great numbers of knaves and as he pretends, found him in. Whence" fools;" but, being convinced of the his hearers are to infer, that he has been truth, and of the public utility of such refavoured with a large portion of grace, and marks, I am resolved to make them are to look up to him accordingly. I once whenever the occasion appears to me to heard a Black man preaching at Frederick- call for them. There are, I know, perton, in New Brunswick, who treated lis sons who look upon the Methodists, for to a catalogue of his sins, under their seve. instance, as friends of freedom. It ral heads of theft, fornication, adultery, is impossible they should be. They are and desertion ; and told us, that his soul either fools or tricksters, or so nearly allied was blacker than his face, till Christ came thereto, as to be worthy of no consideration. with his precious blood and washed it till Their heavenly gifts, their calls, their init was as white as the river St. John, spirations, their feelings of grace at work which was then covered with snow. An within them, and the rest of their canting old Yankee farmer, who stood near me, gibberish, are a gross and outrageous insult said, in a low tone of voice, “ I would not to common sense, and a great scandal to the so trust you in my barn, for all that, country. It is in vain that we boast of our • Cuffee.”_Cuffee told us the particu- enlightened state, while a sect like this is lars of all his amours; and I have heard increasing daily. It would seem, that, at the same of some of the impudent pre- last, men had fallen in love with ignorance tenders to heavenly gifts in this country. of the most vulgar kind. The very sound It is notorious that this sect are less honest, of the bellowings of one of these pretended less sincere, and less industrious than other sons of inspiration is enough to create disworking people. They are taught to be- gust in a bearer of sense. The incoherent tieve la belief very flattering to their trash, the downright balderdash, that these pride), that they are vessels selected for gifted brethren send forth surpasses all desalvation ; whence they very easily go on scription, and it really is a stain upon

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NORTHERN WAR. -HAMBURGH. and as the Russians were last year? When This town, which, as we were promised, we talk of a people rising, we always seem was to be defended to the last extremity; to have in our memory the rising of the which was protected by the DANES; and French people. We remember how they then by the Swedes; this town, of such rose to meet their invaders, and we seem vast importance to us, in a commercial always to have that fact in our minds. But, point of view, is again in the hands of the if we were to consider the wide difference French Emperor. What will " the think- in the character of the people, and in the ing people" say to this? They will say circumstances, we should not reason in the nothing to it; for they will not be suffered way, we do. - It has been remarked by to have time to think of it.. They were our sagacious news writers, that Buonatold, in the very same newspapers that an- parte does not get on as he used lo do. I nounced the event, chat it was of very little really do not know what they mean. He consequence; for that the Swedes, who beals the enemy, and drives him before were expected to defend it, were better him. What want they more? He cannot employed in marching against Buonaparté win batiles oftener than the enemy will himself. And thus goes Hamburgh back meet him. There is one thing that I to the French without a groan; and the have often thought of noticing, namely, the famous Hamburgh newspaper, which, only great change in the language of our news, a few days ago, abused Napoleon and sang papers as to the Crown trince of Sweden, the praises of those deliverers, the Cos- ; formerly Marshal Bernadolte, Prince of sacks, now praises the former and execrates Ponte Corvo, and who now signs himself, the latter : --To be sure, this is the age , CHARLES, JEAN.-The Morning of humbug! Below I have inseried, Post of the 6th or 7th of September, some most curious papers, which have been 1810, when the Prince of Ponie Corvo published in London, regarding this event; had just been elevated to his present rank, and, if any one, after reading thein, can called him “ this infamous satellite of the ever believe in the accounts of our hired | “ common tyrant of the Continent;" and newspapers, he is too staring an idiot to asked, " is it possible, that the once noble talk to.----- The Prussian proclamation, 1" and proudly independent Swedes will too, calling out the levy-en-masse, is wor- “i permit so base and unprincipled an upthy of particular attention. It tells the “ start to ascend the throne ?" It, in the people, that Berlin is in no danger at all. same article, called the Prince “ a misTo be sure, it says, that the great ministers“ creant." In the Courier news-paper of state, the Princes of the Royal Blood, of the 28th of September, the present King and the archives, have been removed; but, of Sweden was called “ a criminal, a silly that is not through any fear, but merely,man, an usurper, a puppel ;and in the as a measure of prudence ! Now, what Morning Post of the 12h of October, he would an Englishman think, if, upon the

was called as

a Trailerous King.”- -At arrival of a French army at Canterbury, the the time. (See Vol. xviii. p. 631), I rePrinces of the Royal Blood and the archives, proved these writers for their language towere to be removed to Bristol ? I fancy wards these distinguished persons; and, I he would look upon it as the result of a have the pleasure to see, that they have, at conviction in the minds of those Princes, last, completely changed their tone. They that the French would soon be in London. now not only approve of the couduct of

---The hope now seems to be, that Aus- CHARLES JEAN; they now not only
tria will join the Allies. It is possible, to call him the Crown Prince of Sweden; but,
be sure ; but, not at all likely. The hatred they seem to build their chief hope upon
of this power towards Prussia, whom it al- his particular exertions. They seem
ways remembers as the first formidable as- look up to him as the real bona fide deli-
sailant of the House, is far greater than its verer of Europe! " Hang them jades,"
hatred of France. Perhaps the Emperor says Cassia, when he is told that the girls
of Austria is bargaining for his assistance; of the town shed tears at Cæsar's fainting,
but, in any case, I think, the French are " they would have done no less if Cæsar
likely to reduce Russia to such terms as they " had murdered their mothers." - Is it
may dictate ; and I think so, because I see not astonishing that these writers are not
no opposition to them on the part of the ashamed to look each other in the face !
people. If France were invaded, does any -Well, but, after all, here is a
one imagine, that they would be as quiet as Frenchman, and one of Buonaparté's ge-
the Germans and the Prussians now are, nerals too, become Crown Prince of Swe-



turns upon

Cobbett may

den; and, what is more, acknowledged

UNITARIANS, by us in that capacity, and fighting, or is The writer of the Letter addressed to Mr. to figlat, as we are told, by the side of our Cobbett in the Freethinking Christian's Maallies! After this, let no one pretend, that gazine, is not a little surprised at the strange we ought to make scruples about acknow- and unaccountable reason assigned for not ledging the legitimacy of titles. If we inserting his Letter in the Register-behave got over this, I do hope, that cause, forsooth, his letter is Anonymous ;it will not be pretended, that, in other and thus, says Mr. Cobbett, “ while he cases, possession does not give right. "takes all the chances of victory, and re

-For my part, I was always for serves to himself the power of openly acknowledging the Crown Prince. The “claiming it, he ensures himself against all Swedes chose him. They wanted such a “ the consequences of defeat.” He would

They wanted a gallant and wise be glad to know what chance of victory he man; and we have now discovered him to gains, either by concealing his own name, be both. I was right, then, when I re- or by the knowledge of Mr. Cobbett's ? proved these hired gentry for treating him He does not profess to have the discerning so scurvily; and, who knows, that my faculties of Mr. C., and that may be the praises of him may not have assisted in reason why he cannot see how the argument bringing him over to our side ?- It was

the knowledge of his own name. right that the people of Sweden should But this name, it seems, according to the choose a successor to the throne. Berna- logic of the Register, is material to the disdotte was a proper man for them; aye, and cussion ;-and not only his name but " his we now acknowledge it loo! But, mark " place of abode;" —perhaps the place of me, hirelings! Stand to your word. I his birth may be equally essential,' his

pawill not let you slide back again. What rentage, &c. If so, Mr.

be ever the “ Crown Prince" does, or leaves able to get the necessary information by undone, you shall not deny that he is searching the Baptismal Registry of st. Crown Prince of Sweden. You shall not Bride's, London ; indeed the writer has no call him “ an old serjeantagain. You objection to furnish Mr. C. with a succinct. shall not cover him with vile names. You history of his life, if he can only be given shall still speak of him with respect, as of to understand how any such knowledge is Royal rank. Remember this now. Mind, connected with the merits of the question in I make this stipulation before-hand. I will dispute. But as there can be no reason have no back-slidings. Crown Prince of why the writer should refuse giving either Sweden you now call him, and Crown his name or place of abode, (except that it Prince of Sweden he shall be. Having is utterly unnecessary), he will even comswallowed this, gentlemen, why may I not ply with Mr. Cobbett's idle request; beexpect that you will now call Napoleon Em-fore which, however, he begs to know what peror

of France and King of Italy, Mr. is meant by " the consequences of defeat," Murat King of Naples, Joseph King of from which the concealment of his name Spain, and Jerome King of Westphalia? ensures him? Is it intended to summon Ce n'est que le premier pas qui conte. him from his peaceable habitation in an afHaving taken one step, and so decided a fair of honour ? – Must he expect a caning step too, what is to stop you in your pro- froın Mr. Cobbett, for having been so very gress? Did I not caution you against your ungentlemanly as to speak what he thinks abuse of Ponte Corvo? Did I not tell you, concerning him? Or is it merely the disthat you would have to swallow your grace of being vanquished by so doughty a words? And, you !

And, you! You have the impu- theologist as the author of the Political Redence to boast that Pitt stifled the revolu- gister? If so the Freethinking Christian lion of France, in the very same number of informs Mr. C. that he contends for truth, your paper where you acknowledge as heir and not for triumph, and that victory or to the Crown of Sweden, and boast of as an defeat are equally indifferent to him ;-he ally, one of the obscure individuals, who only wishes to see truth upheld, and error arose out of that revolution !- -Farewel, trampled in the dust. for the present; but, take care that


all And now the writer will give his “real speak respectfully of the Frenchman who " name," and " place of abode,"—real is now become "Crown Prince of Sweden;" name, Wm. Coates; place of abode, Timtake care to speak as becomes you of our ber-yard, in the Hackney and Kingslandfriend, the deliverer of Europe, the re- roads, near Shoreditch Church, where, nowned CHARLES JEAN.

unless Mr. C. comes with any evil design, WM, COBBETT. W. C. will be at home to him at any time. And now, in reply to Mr. Cobbett's escape the possibility of corruption; nor question, “ Are the Old and New Testa- would its corruptions militate against its

ments the word of God?'" W. C. can pristine truth. The Revelation of God has answer for himself, and he thinks he can been corrupted. Paul, in several parts of for Tranquillus,' that it is their opinion his writings, foretold it would be corrupted, they are not, and that for this simple rea- and where is the reason, where the disson, because they do not assume to be such. cernment, in saying, we must believe the The Old and New Testaments are a mis- whole corrupt as it is, or none of it? cellaneous collection of ancient writings, As to the writers of the Scriptures being comprising History, Poetry, Prophecies, inspired, that also is what they do not preMoral Maxims, Letters, &c., which have tend to, at least as writers; it was utterly been by the industry of subsequent ages unnecessary that they should have been, in a collected together into one Book, known by variety of instances; the prophetic writings the name of the Bible, or 'The Book, are an exception to this observation. The which is the meaning of the term. Now men appointed by God to establish pure reto comprise all these multifarious composi- ligion in the world were inspired, but when tions under one title, which shall be ex- they wrote the history of these things there pressive of their several contents, is what is every reason for believing they did not cannot so easily be done. To call them write under divine inspiration. And even the word of God;' is ridiculous in the if this were admitted to have been the case, extreme, for a great part of them are evi- it would not have secured their inspired dently the word of mau, and do not pre-writings from mutilation and corruption, tend to be any thing else. The historical unless all the įranscribers, and all the books of the Bible may be considered as a translators, and all the printers of those history of a revelation, (or of the word of writings, were equally inspired, unless also God, if you please), which was given to men were very different froin what they man; other parts

of this book are evidence ever have been. of the truth of such revelation, and the It may be well here to observe, that neiEpistles of the New Testainent, generally ther the revelations of Moses, or of Jesus, speaking, arose out of the abuse of this re- are revelations lo us, they were only such velation, and were written to correct errors to the persons to whom they were given, and disorders that had crept into the Chris. they were communicated in an extraorditian Churches,

nary way, they were confirmed by miraIn this view of the subject it will follow, cles, they were fully established in the that the truth of revelation, the fact of its world, and from those who first received having been given, must originally have their truths and their principles they have stood perfectly independent of the book been handed down to us. Nor does it apcalled The Bible, though to us of these lat- pear that the writers of the New Testater times it is the best remaining evidence ment intended their writings as the means that can be adduced in support of revealed of perpetuaring Christianity, though they religion. Now, ther, this book must ne- bave since, in the ways of Providence, becessarily have been exposed to the same come so. Their design was to write princhances of obscurity and corruption as any ciples and truths, not in books, but in other book written in such distant times; men's hearts, that to future ages might be and as in the ancient classics, critics some made known through the church the mani. times find it necessary to collate and com- fold goodness of God. If any one should pare the different copies and editions of the be weak enough, in the way of objection, to sāme work, so such a necessity may exist ask why the Deity, who had revealed himwith regard to some parts of the Scriptures, self to man, did not guard this revelation without any impeachment of their general from the possibility of corruption, it may veracity. Mind, it is not said or even in- be answered, that many good reasons might sinuated, that such critical investigation is be given; but, perhaps, the shortest, and necessary to understand CüristIANITY, its the Fairest way of replying to the question doctrines and principles appearing too obvi- would be by asking, why the Deity has ous from the general tenor of the Scriptures, not secluded evil and error altogether from even in their corrupt stale, to require it. his creation?

But even if men could be ridiculous W. C. has thrown out these hints that enough to believe that the Bible is, or Mr. Cobbett may not fight in the dark, father was, the word of God,' it would and of which he can avail himself if be not follow, that it should on that account pleases. As to the observation, that the author of the letter has no authority but his i'it a duty which we owe to you, to our own assertion for denying the authenticity country, and to God, to declare in the of the chapters in Matthew and Luke, he most public manner, " that they have not, can only say, if Mr. Cobbett pleases, he" and that in their present shape they never will give such authority, and such argu- can, have our concurrence.

As, howment in support of his assertion, as neither ever, we have, upon all occasions, inculhe' nor any man living will be able to inva- cated the duty of loyalty to our Most Gralidate; but this would be only doing what cious Sovereign (the securing whereof, is has already been done before him, and that the professed object of the proposed Ecclein a much better manner than he could pre-siastical Arrangements), so we would be tend to.

always desirous to give you the most conHackney Road, June 8, 1813. vincing proofs, that we are ready, in the Tỏ W. Cobbelt.

most exemplary maner, to practise it ourselves. We have sworn to preserve invio ;

late the Allegiance which every subject PASTORAL ADDRESS.

owes to his Sovereign-we are not accused

of having violated our oaths.- -Should The Roman Catholic Prelales, assembled in any other Oath, not adverse to our religi

Dublin, lo the Clergy and Laily of the ous principles, be yet devised, which could Roman Catholic Churches in Ireland.

remove even the unfounded apprehensions Reverend Brothers—Beloved Children of any part of our countrymen, we would Peace be with you—Solicitude for the Spi- willingly take it. We owe it to our God, ritual Interest of our beloved Flocks, obliges to be free from disloyalty. We owe it to us once more to suspend the exercise of our our Countrymen, to endeavour, at least, other Pastoral Duties, in order to delibe to be free from suspicion. --Upon these rate, in common, upon the present posture grounds, Reverend Brothers, Beloved Chilof our religious concerns. -We hasten to dren, we announce to you the following declare to you, the lively feelings of grati- Resolutions, which, after invoking the tude excited in our breasts by the gracious light and assistance of God, we have unacondescension of the Legislature in taking nimously adopted, viz

.. That, havu. into its favourable consideration the disabi- ing seriously examined a Copy of the Bill, lities which still affect the Catholic Body lately brought into Parliament, purporting With these feelings deeply and indelibly to provide for the reinoval of the Civil and impressed upon our hearts, it is with the Military Disqualifications under which his utmost distress of mind that we are com- Majesty's Roman Catholic subjects labour, pelled, by a serise of duty, to dissent (in we feel ourselves bound to declare, that cersome points connected with our Emancipa- tain Ecclesiastical clauses or securities therein tion) from the opinions of those virtuous contained, are utterly incompatible with the and enlightened Statesmen, who have so discipline of the Roman Catholic Church, long and so ably advocated the cause of Car and with the free exercise of our religion. tholic Freedom.- -Probably from a want -2. That we cannot, without incurring of sufficient information, but unquestion the heavy guilt of Schism, accede to such ably from the most upright motives, they regulations ; nor can we dissemble our distave proposed to the Legislature the adop- may and consternation at the consequences, tion of certain arrangements respecting our which such regulations, if enforced, must Ecclesiastical discipline, and particularly necessarily produce.-3. That we would, respecting the exercise of Episcopal Func- with the utmost willingness, swear (should tions, to which it would be impossible for the Legislature require us so to do) “ That us to assent, without incurring the guilt of we never will concur in the appointment Schism-inasmuch as they might, if carri- or consecration of any Bishop, whom we ed into effect, invade the spiritual jurisdic- do not conscientiously believe to be of untion of our Supreme Pastor, and alter an impeachable loyalty and peaceable conimportant point of our discipline, for which duct.” And further," that we have not, alteration his concurrence would, upon Ca- and that we will not have, any correspondtholic principles, be indispensably neces- ence or communication with the Chief sary. When the quarter is considered Pastor of our Church, or with any person from whence the clauses have proceeded, it authorized to act in his name, for the purmight perhaps be imagined, were we to pose of overthrowing, or disturbing the continue silent, that they had our unquali- Protestant Government, or the : Prolestant fied approbation, on this account we deem Church of Great Britain and Ireland, or

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