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in every mass of matter, produces the desired effect of giving reciprocal motion to different bodies, acting upon each other. But even Sir I. Newton doubted whether this communicated motion might be better accounted for in another way. Inert matter must of itself remain inert, however it may be compounded. For ten thousand noughts will not make one single numerical figure. The body of man is composed of several originally inert particles of matter brought together by the great Creator. We ask the Materialist how these inert particles of matter put themselves in motion, so that man became a living being. He will tell us that the circulation of the blood acts upon all the different parts, setting the whole machine in motion It is admitted. But we ask what is the original cause, that sets the blood in motion? When we see the hands of a watch in motion round the dial plate, we recognize the spring contained in the heart of the machine, as the cause of that motion-so far we are satisfied. But here another most important question presents itself-who first set the spring in motion, which communicates its impetus to the hands on the dial plate? This necessarily carries us up to the original maker of the machine in question.

Acknowledging then the blood to be the circu lating medium which carries on the different functions of the corporal system, we ask what gave to the blood its original power of producing this com plicated effect upon the body, and what becomes of this animating power when the blood becomes stagnant, and the body a lifeless corpse? The

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scripture answers this question decidedly, telling us that man was first formed by God out of the dust of the ground-but that it was not until God breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life, that man became a living soul. And when the breath of life departs, the scripture also tells, that the spirit returns to God, who gave it. Would materialists condescend to read the scriptures, they would cease to multiply words without knowledge. When the materialist shall tell us in what way the vivifying power breathed into man's nostrils, acts upon the blood, for the production of animal motion, he may then be able to tell us how the cessation of the cause produces its effect in the death of man-and what becomes of this vivifying power (or spirit of God) when it has ceased to perform its originally appointed office."

Dr. Johnson's excellent Prayer against vain and inquisitive knowledge.

"O Lord my maker and protector, who hast graciously sent me into the world to work out my salvation, enable me to drive from me all such unquiet and perplexing thoughts, as may mislead or hinder me in the practice of those duties which Thou hast required. When I behold the works of Thy hands, give me grace always to remember that Thy thoughts are not my thoughts-nor my ways, thy ways. And while it shall please Thee to continue me in this world--where much is to be done, and little to be known-teach me by Thy Holy

Spirit, to withdraw my mind from unprofitable and dangerous enquiries-from difficulties vainly curious, and doubts impossible to be solved. Let me rejoice in the light which Thou hast imparted_let me serve Thee with active zeal and humble confidence and with patient expectation for the time, in which the soul which Thou receivest, shall be satisfied with knowledge. Grant this, O Lord, for Jesus' sake. Amen."

No. XLIX.

May 13th, 1824. "Did the whole duty of my parish Church morning and evening-my curate, Mr. Orchard, being confined to his bed.*"

July 10th, 1824. "God be praised-concluded my visitation-a very respectable attendance of clergy throughout. The charge appeared to give great satisfaction, for which I feel thankful—I am earnestly desired to print it, and I pray God that it may prove serviceable. On the road to Sarum, taking up a newspaper, I read, alas! the death of the vicar of Kensington, the Rev. Mr..Rennell-a divine of greater promise, the Church at this day does not possess a man whom the Church, at this time especially, can very ill spare.-At Salisbury I missed my old friend and fellow Wykehamist, Tommy Lear, who never failed till this year to meet me; he is, alas! too much on the stoop to attend me at my visitation.-At Warminster I fully expected to

*The Archdeacon was then in his 81st year.

have shaken hands with Dr. Rowlinson, when I was told by one of my clergymen that he was supposed to be at the point of death. This sudden intelligence so much struck and distressed me, that if I had not gained time, during the service, to recover composure, I should have found great difficulty in getting through my charge.”

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Sunday, July 18. Every man who considers seriously, what the natural man is, must tremble at the change which is indispensably necessary to be made in him, to render him in any degree meet for the kingdom of heaven.

"May this important change, through divine grace, be effected in me. Thy grace, O Lord, is (at all times) sufficient for me. O let Thy strength be made perfect in my weakness. Lord, I most humbly pray Thee, that Thou wouldest seal me for thine own and give me to rejoice in the well founded hope that I am Thy son by adoption and grace-ransomed by the blood of my Redeemer, and renewed by the gracious influences of thy Holy Spirit that so I may be thine, for ever and for ever. Amen."

"Whoever prints a book (says Cervantes) runs a very great risk-it being, of all impossibilities the most impossible to write such a one as shall satisfy and please all kinds of readers."

"The rich man who is not liberal, is but a covetous beggar for the possessor of riches is not happy in having them, but in spending them and not in spending them merely according to his own inclinations, but in spending them properly."

Sept. 1st, 1821.

"The Bishop of Salisbury

and his family arrived at the vicarage at five o'clock, preparatory to the consecration of the new Church, to-morrow.

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'My two friends, Mr. Hey and Mr. Rogers, together with my curate, Mr. Orchard, and my late curate, Mr. Geo. Williams, of Worcester, met the Bishop at dinner-our family circle had been previously augmented by the arrival of my nephew Sikes, with my two nieces, Miss Snaiths, and my son George William. The vicarage was overflowing-the Colonel and his sons, together with all my household servants, slept at the asylum. Other guests were accommodated at Mr. Orchard's little Parsonage; and the Bishop's servants at some neighbouring cottages. Thank God I felt remarkably well, and the day passed most pleasantly. The good Bishop appeared to be quite comfortable, and succeeded (as he could scarcely fail to do) in making every one about him feel the same."

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Sept. 2d. "A glorious day-but very hot-escorted the Bishop and his family to the new Church."

No. L.

"The impressive service of the consecration was well conducted, and gave general satisfaction. The Church universally admired:* my old friend, Mr. Hey, urged and insisted on my preaching.

* This chaste and elegant building is in the purest gothick stile, and is considered as reflecting much credit проп the architect, Mr. Henry Gooderidge, of Bath.

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