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The Cottage Bible and Family Expositor ; | dissenters agree, are ably stated and
containing the authorized Translation defended; particularly “ the proper of the Old and New Testaments, with deity and atonement of our Saviour, Practical Reflections, and short Expla- and the paramount importance and nenatory Notes, calculated to elucidate difficult and obscure Passages. Dedi- cessity of the Holy Spirit's influences.” cated, by permission, to the Right Rev. Nor is our author less attentive to the the Lord Bishop of Salisbury. By practical uses of those doctrines. THOMAS WILLIAMS.
But Mr. Williams declines “entering Marshall.
into those minor points which, unhapWe live in the age of Bibles; which is pily, divide the Christian world into also, unhappily, the age of blasphemy.
sects and parties.” This chasm, which Every well-meant endeavour, therefore,
his defective plan required, we think is to elucidate what is obscure in the sa
much to be regretted. The honest, uncred writings, should be hailed with biassed opinion of a sensible man, on pleasure.
any subject, is always worthy of re
We should have Why this should be called the Cottage spectful attention. Bible, we cannot imagine; unless it be been glad to see his judgment on the on account of its conciseness and cheap- constitution, laws, officers, and ordi
It will, no doubt, be found in the nances of the New. Testament church, libraries of our most learned ministers, though they might not be in exact acin our schools of the highest rank, and cordance with our own, nor with those in our academies for theological stu
of the learned bishop to whom the work dents. Colleges and halls will enter
is inscribed. As it is, the cottager has tain it with high respect, nor is it on the rituals of the Old Testament church, worthy of being introduced into the which are obsolete, expounded mimansions of our nobles, and the palaces nutely; but the rituals of the New of our princes.
Testament church, which are to be in Mr. Williams is an old servant of the force to the end of the world, and republic. His age and experience, his quire personal and practical observance, well-known evangelical principles, his are skipped over rather awkwardly extensive acquaintance with theological (See on Matt. xxviii. 18—20; 1 Tim. iii. literature, and the religious world in all throughout.) We regret this the more, its denominations, his popular and
because we recollect that Mr. Williams
easy style of writing - qualified him above has compiled “ A Dictionary of all Remany for a work of this nature.
ligions, Religious Denominations,” &c. And he has now happily completed His attention, therefore, has been, of his laborious task, with the highest cre- course, strongly fixed on those “minor dit to himself, and satisfaction to the points” to which he has referred, and subscribers. He handsomely acknow. his own mind, we should think, must be ledges “the urbanity and kindness of made up on those articles. We shall his publishers, under afflictive circum- be happy to see a second edition, with stances, and which have made an im- all such defects supplied. It is precisely pression upon his mind never to be on those points that multitudes of reliobliterated.”
gious people, besides cottagers, have The work is very neatly printed, and need of the assistance of an able and embellished and enriched with several experienced friend. Confounded and useful maps and tables. We earnestly perplexed by the multiplicity of jarring hope that the author and the publishers sects, among whom the plainest texts will meet with that measure of encou- are perverted, they (like the Ethiopian) ragement from the religious public, to are ever asking, “How can I, except which they are entitled by the merit some man should guide me ?” and utility of their labours.
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SARAH JEFFERIES. her heart was gradually opened to reDied, at Bromley, near Bow, on Mon-ceive the truth ; and I can testify that day, Oct. 29, 1827, in the 31st year of as far as she knew it, and understood her age, Sarah Jefferies. When a child, it, she was zealous to obey it. In all she was instructed for a little time by a the interviews I had with her during pious woman who kept a day-school in her long affliction, she always appeared Bromley, whose name was Ruth Howe. very desirous of glorifying Christ, by a
About fourteen years ago, she heard patient acquiescence in his will." a sermon delivered at Old Ford, by Mrs. Freeman, also, in whose service Dr. Newman, from the question, “ Will she lived about a year and half, writes ye also be his disciples ?” which made a thus :-“I think it must be about ten beneficial and lasting impression on her years ago she lived in our family. She mind, and led to her connexion with the was of a very amiable disposition, and Baptist church there. She was bap- her conciliating manners had always a tized with Abigail Buckle, Ruth Moor- tendency to promote peace. I have hen, Mary Monday, and Mary Merritt, seen her in circumstances of excruciaton Thursday, Jan. 2, 1817; and was ing pain, yet she was always disposed received on the following Lord's day, to speak of mercy; and would, when Jan. 5, into fellowship with that church, gasping for breath, tell of the goodness of which she continued to be a very of God in giving that consolation which honourable member till her death. supported her. She appeared to have
While a servant, she was eminently a complete acqniescence in the will of careful to “adorn the doctrine of God God, and would say, if the Lord had our Saviour in all things.” Mr. Nunn, not seen it needful for her to pass in whose family she lived several years, through such deep affliction, he would in a letter to the writer of this article, not have called her to it. At the same says—“I believe she came to live with time she enjoyed the consoling hope, us at the age of fifteen, at which time that it was working in her a meetness she could scarcely read a word, and was for those holy enjoyments of which anexceedingly ignorant of divine things; gels and the spirits of the just partici. but there were always about her that pate. She appeared to have very hudownright integrity, and that regard miliating thoughts of herself, and wonfor truth, which were much to be addered that one so unworthy should be mired. She was greatly endeared to so highly favoured. Christ was her us by her kindness and attachment to only refuge, and she seemed to have our children, and by her sympathy with a confidence that he would at last preus in all our afflictions. She lived with sent her faultless before his Father's us several years, and, of course, at- throne.” tended your ministry the whole of the Soon after her marriage, she appeartime. She was very anxious to be able ed to be afflicted with that distressing to read the Scriptures, and Mrs. Nunn disease, the dropsy; and during the rendered what assistance she could in last four years she endured the operathe attainment of that object. But I tion of tapping, ten times repeated in think she was much indebted in that vain! Her bodily pains were very great, particular, as well as for a knowledge but her exemplary patience and serene of divine things, to her friend Mrs. submission to the will of God, awakened Oakley, to whom she was much attach- the compassion and the adıniration of ed, and whose company she sought at many in all parts of the neighbourhood. every opportunity. Like Lydia of old, Her life appeared but as a spark in the
ocean, and we often thought it must be when a large number of friends and speedily quenched; but it was by a lin- neighbours attended. gering death she was destined to glorify Dr. Newman, her pastor, preached a God. Her acquaintance with the Scrip- funeral sermon on Lord's day afternoon, tures had become both accurate and Nov. 4, from John xxi. 19. “This spake extensive, and by the application of be, signifying by wbat death he should. “exceeding great and precious pro- glorify God.” mises,” her faith, and hope, and love, Let the youug reader remember what (though there were occasionally some our amiable Christian poet, Cowper, passing clouds) were sustained and saysnourished.
Youth oftimes, healthful and at ease, For her bodily sufferings, she had a Anticipates a day it never sees. rich compensation in the comforts which The length of affliction is the strength the Holy Spirit imparted : particularly, of it; but the grace of Christ is allthere was one remarkable instance, sufficient. Some Christians die sudabout ten days before her death, when denly, and have no occasion to say, broad anake, and not delirious, and in “Why tarry the wheels of his chariot?” the midst of agonizing pains, she ex- Scarcely have they heard the sound of claimed, in words which she had heard the wheels, before the chariot comes up her pastor quote on some occasion to the door, and they are gone. “ Lord, stop thy hand, or give me Whether our death be natural or viostrength to bear the joy !”
lent, sudden or lingering, early or late, At length, wearied and worn down, easy or painful—let it be our chief conand completely exhausted, she sweetly cern to follow Christ; that dying, as fell asleep in Jesus. She was buried in well as living, we may glorify God. the ground attached to the meeting
W.N. house in Old Ford, on Friday, Nov. 2,1 Bow, Dec. 4, 1827.
In consequence of this recemmendation,
bis secretary, Mr. Hobart, the late Earl of The following historical facts relative to Buckinghamshire, brought a bill into the The Corporation and Test Açts, inay not be Irish House of Commons, in which, among uninteresting to our readers at a time when many other concessions to the Roman Cathat subject is likely to claim a considerable tholics, it was enacted, &c. “ That it should share of the public attention.
be lawful for them to bold all military offices “ The Corporation Act never existed in under his Majesty, his heirs and successors, Ireland. The Test Act was not introduced in the kingdom of Ireland, without taking or there till 1703 ; and after the lapse of 77 subscribing the oaths of allegiance, supremacy, years, viz. in the year 1780; the Irish Pro- or abjuration, and without taking the sacratestant Dissenters were relieved from its ment of the Lord's Supper, according to the penalties, but the Act still continued in force rites and ceremonies of the Church of Engagainst the Catholics till the year 1793. In land;" with the exception of the offices of January of that year, the present Earl of Master and Lieutenant General of his MaWestmorland, then Lord Lieutenant of Ire. jesty's Ordoance, Commander-in-Chief of land, made a speech from the Throne to the his Majesty's Forces, and Generals on the Irish Parliamen t, in which he used the fol- Staff.” lowing expressions :-" His Majesty trusts In moving for leave to bring in that bill, that the situation of his Majesty's Catholic Mr. Secretary Hobart stated to the Irish subjects will engage your serious attention, House of Commons, " that it was in the and in the consideration of this subject, he contemplation of the Government of Engrelies on the wisdom and liberality of bis land, to admit Roman Catholics to bear comParliament."
mission in the arny or navy ; and that in due
time measures for the same purpose would hold commissions in the array of Ireland ;
The bill was violently opposed, upon its When the bill was debated in the Irish intpoduction, by the late Mr. Percival, not House of Lords, Lord Farnbam argued, that by any objections to its principle or enactuntil a similar law was passed in England, ments, but becanse he apprehended that Catholic officers could not attend their regi. that measnre, which was no more than a rements, if ordered on duty into England. Hedeeming an undoubted pledge of Governwas, therefore, for amending the act, by ment, was the commencement of a system wording it in such a manner, that a Roman of dangerous innovations.
The bill was Catholic should not be eligible to a military withdrawn, the Grenville Administration was commission in Ireland, until a similar law broken up, and a very high state of political were passed in England, admitting Catho- agitation ensued, in which, inconsiderate lics to hold military commissions in every contending partisans were more carried away part of the British empire. The Lord Chan- by unworthy popular clamours, than ivfacellor (Lord Clare) opposed the amendment, enced by a fair examination of the real ciron the ground, “ that the act went merely cumstances of the case.--The World.* to enable the Catholics to accept of military employments, but it would not be supposed his Majesty would appoint a man to such a * We feel it due to the conductors of that post, until the laws of the empire should Joarnal, to recommend it to the attention of qualify bim to act in every part of it. It our readers. It is the only weekly paper was more than probable that a similar law to published on a Wednesday, and we know of this would be adopted in England before the no paper whose columns combine so copious lapse of two months, and on this ground the a supply of religious intelligence, with geneamendment was wholly unnecessary.” After ral information. It advocates the cause of some further debate, the amendment was religion and religious liberty fully and fearwithdrawn, and the original bill having pass- lessly ; neither administering to party jeaed, the Royal assent was given to it by the asy, nor cringing to political power. Its Earl of Westmorland.
opposition to the Test and Corporation Acts, A note from the Secretary Hobart is still and other grievances, entitle it to the supextant in the Secretary of State's Office for port of all who are friendly to civil and rethe Home Department, in which he iuforms ligious freedom. And amongst our readers Lord Melville, that he had promised to the we trust none will be found so unenlightened Irish Catholics, in the name of the English as not to appreciate this sacred blessing, or Government, that they should be qualified so unfaithful to themselves and to posterity, by law to hold commissions in the army and as not to contend (in the spirit of Christians) navy of England, on the same footing as for this inalienable birthright. they were qualified by the act of 1793, to