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and the middling classes of people are the purchasers;
An interference respecting Cards. and the subject is religion-though not that religion
• A clergyman not far distant from the spot on which these certainly which is established by law, and encouraged lines were written, was spending an evening-not in his by national provision. This may lead to unpleasant closet wrestling with his Divine Na te. for the communicacircumstances, or it may not; but it carries with it a tion of that grace which is so peculiari, necessary for the sort of aspect, which ought to insure to it serious faithful discharge of the ministerial function-not in his attention and reflection.
study searching the sacred oracles of divine truth for maIt is impossible to arrive at any knowledge of a reli. feed the tiock under his care-not in pastoral visits to that
terials wherewith to prepare for his public exercises and gious sect, by merely detailing the settled articles of flock, to inquire into the state of their souls, and endeavour, their belief: it may be the fashion of such a sect to by his pious and affectionate conversation, to conciliate insist upon some articles very slightly; to bring for their esteem, and promote their edirication, but at the card ward others prominently; and to consider some por- table.' After stating that when it was his turn to deal, ne tion of their formal creed as obsolete. As the know. dropped down dead, • It is worthy of remark (says the wriledge of the jurisprudence of any country can never be ter, that within a very few years this was the third character obtained by the perusal of volumes which contain card table to the bar of God.'—Ev. Mag. p. 262.
in the neighbourhood which had been summoned from the some statutes that are daily enforced, and others that have been silently antiquated: in the same manner, Interference respecting Swearing-a Bee the instrument. the practice, the preaching, and the writing of sects, are comments absolutely necessary to render the pe. the bees with his hat, utierin at the same tiv.e the most
A young man is stung by a bee, upon which he buffets rusal of their creed of any degree of utility.
dreadiul oaths and imprccations, It is the pract:ce, we beliere, with the orthodox, one of these little cobaiarits stun: li upon the tip of
in the midst of his fury, both in the Scotch and English churches, to insist very that unruly member (nis tongue.) which was then employed rarely, and very discreetly, upon the particular in. in blaspheming his maker. Thuj can the Lord pnga: e one stances of the interference of Divine Providence. of the meanext of his creatures in removing the bola transThey do not pretend that the world is governed only ressor who dares to take his name in vain.'--Ev. Mag. De
363, by general lawsmillat a Sirperintending Mind never interieres for particular purposes; but such purposes Interference with respect to David Wright, who was are represented to be of a nature very awful and sublime-whea a guilty people are to be destroyed,
cured of Atheism and Scrofula by one Sermon oj Mr.
Coles. when an oppressed nation is to be lifted up, and some remarkable change introduced into the order and This case is too long to quote in the language and arrangement of the world. With this kind of theology with the evidences of the writers. The substance of we can have no quarrel; we bow to its truth; we are of it is what our title implies.---David Wogli was a satisfied with the moderation which it exhibits; and man with scrofulous legs and atheistical principles ;we have no doubt of the salutary effect which it pro- being with difficuity persuaded to hear one sermon duces upon the human heart. Let us now come to from Mr. Cole, he limped to the church in extreme those special cases of the interference of Providence pain, and arrived there after great exertions ;-during as they are exhibited in the publications before us. church time he was entirely converted, walked home An interference with respect to the Rer. James Moody.
with the greatest ease, and never after experienced • Mr. James Moody was descended from pious ancestors,
the slightest retum of scrofula or infidelity:-Ev. Mag.
p. 444. who resided at Paisley ;-his heart was devoted to music, dancing, and theatrical amusements; of the latter he was so fond that he used to meet with some men of a similar) The displeasure of Providence is expressed at Captain cast to rehearse plays, and used to entertain a hope that he Scott's going to preach in Mr. Romaine's Chape. should make a figure upon the stage. To improve himselt in music, he would rise very early, even in severely cold
The sign of this displeasure is a violent storm of weather, and practice on the Gerinan flute: by his skill in thunder and lightening just as he came into town.music and singing, with his general powers of entertaining, Ev. Mag. p. 537. he became a desirable companien : he would sometimes venture to profane the day of God, by turning it into a Interference with respect to an Innkeeper, who was de. season of carnal pleasure: and would join in excursions on stroyed for having appointed a cock-fight at the very the water, to various parts of the vicinity of London. But
time that the service was beginning as the Methodist the time was approaching, when the Lord, who hat designs of mercy for him, and for many others by his means, was
Chapel. about to stop him in his dain career of sin and folly. There * Never mind," says the innkeeper, "I'll get a greater conwere two professing servants in the house where he lived; Igregation than the Methodist Parson;-we'll have a cock. one of these was à porter, who, in brushing his clothes, fight." But what is man! how insignificant his designs, how would say, “Master James, this will never do-you must impotent his strength, how ill-fated his plans, when opposed he otherwise employed-you must be a ininister of the gos- to that Leing who is infinite in wisdom, boundless in power, pel." This worthy man, earnestly wishing his conversion, put terrible in judginent, and who frequently reverses, and sud. into his hands that excellent book which God hath so much ueoly renders abortive, the projects of the wicked! A few owned, Allein's Alarm to the Unconverted.
days after the avowal of his intention, the innkeeper sickened,' 'About this time it pleased God to visit him with a disorder &c. &c. And then the narrator goes on to state, that his in his eyes, occasioned, as it was thought, by his sitting up in corpse was carried by the meeting-house, on the day, and the night to improve himself in drawing. The apprehension exociiy at the time, the deceased had fixed for the cock-fight.'of losing his sight occasioned many serious retlections; his Meth. Mag. p. 125. mind was impressed with the importance and necessity of seeking the salvation of his soul, and he was indu to attend In page 167, Meth. Mag., a father, mother, three the preaching of the gospel. The first sermon that he licard sons, and a sister, are destroyed by particular inter. with a desire to protit, was at Spa-fields Chapel; a place position. where he had formerly frequented, when it was a temple of
In page 222, Meth. Mag., a dancing master is devanity and dissipation. Strong convictions of sin fixed on his mind and he continued to attend the preached word, parti
; at a cock-fight-and a third for pretending to be deaf
stroyed for irreligion-another person for swearing his sorrow and grief that he had not earlier sought the Lord. and dumb. These are called receni and authentic ac. It was a considerable time before he found comfort from the counts of God's avenging providence. gospel. He has stood in the free part of the chapel, hearing So much for the miraculous interposition of Provi. with such emotion, that the tears have flowed from his eyes in dence in cases where the Methodists are concerned : torrents; and when he has returned home, he has continued a we shall now proceed to a few specimens of the energy great part of the night on his knees, praying over what he had of their religious feelings. ħeard.
“The change effected by the power of the Holy Spirit on Mr. Roberts's feelings in the month of May, 1793. bis heart now became visible to all. Nor did he halt between two opinions, as some persons do; he became at ouce a de But, all this time, my soul was stayed upon God; my decided character, and gave up for ever all his vain pursuits and sires increased, and my mind was kept in a sweet praying amusements; devoting himself with as much resolution and frame, a going out of myself, as it were, and taking shelter iu diligence to the service of God, as he bad formerly done to him. Every breath I drew, ended in a prayer. I felt folly.'-Ev. Mag. p. 184.
myself belpless as an infant dependent upon God for all
things. I was in a constant daily expectation of receiving ous appearance. I heard things unutterable. I heard their all I wanted; and, on Friday, May 31st, under Mr. Ruther songs and hallelujahs of thanksgiving and j.raise, with unford'; se.mon, though endly independent of it, (for I speakable rapture. I feit joy unutterable and fulici glory. coulú not give any account on what he had been preaching I then applied to my conductor, and requested leave to join about,) I was given to feel that God was waiting to be very the happy throrg."-Ev. Mag. p. 251. graciouz to nie; the spirit of prayer and supplication was given me, and such an assurance that I was accepted in the The following we consider to be one of the most Beloved, as I cannot describe, but which I shall never for- shocking histories we ever read. God only knows how get.'— Meth. Mag. p. 35.
many such scenes take place in the gloomy annals of
to a late eminent Dissenting minister, and brought up by "A few nights before her death, while some neighbours and him, came to reside at K -8, about the year 1663. He her husband were sitting up with her, a sudden and joyful attended at the Baptist place of worsbij, not only on the sound of music was heard by all present, although some of Lord's day, but frequently at the week-cay lectures and them were carn il people; at which time she thought she sau prayer-meetings. He was supposed by some to be seriously her crucified Saviour before her, speaking these words with inclined; but his opinion of himself was, that he had never power to her soul, “Thy sins are forgiven thee, and I love experienced that divine change, without which no man can thee freely.” After this she never doubted of her acceptance be saved. with God; and on Christmas day following was taken to However that might be, there is reason to believe he had celebrate the Redeemer's birth in the Paradise of God. been for some years under powerful convictions of his misMICHAEL Cousin.'-Meth. Mag. p. 137.
erable condition as a sinner. In June 1506, these convic
tions were observed to increase, and that in a more than T. L., a Sailor on board of the Stag Frigate has a special common degree. From that time he went into no company, revelation from our Saviour.
but, when he was not at work, kejt in his chamber, where
he was employed in singing plaintive hylins, and bewail. October 26th, being the Lord's day, he had a reniai kable ing his lost and jerishing state. manifestation of God's love to his soul. That blessed morn He had about him several religious people; but could inz he was much grieved by hearing the wicked use profane not be induced to open his mind to them, or to impiant to lan suage, when Jeus revealed himself to him, and imįres- any one the cause of his distress. Whether ibis contributed sed on his mind those words, “ Follow Me." This was a to increase it or not, it did increase, till his bealth was precious day to him.'-Meth. Mag. p. 140.
greatly affected by it, and he was scaicely able to work at
his business. The manner in which Mr. l'homas Cook was accus. • While he was at meeting on Lord's day, Septembe: 14th, tomed to accost $. B.
he was observed to labour unde; very preat enotic of
mind, especially when he heard the following words. “Sin • Whenever he met me in the street, his salutation used to ner, if you die without an interest in Christ, you will sink be, "Have you free and lively intercourse with God to-day: into the regions of eternal death.” are you giving your whole heart to God?" I have known On the Saturday evening following, he intimated to the bim on such occasions speak in so pertinent a manner, that mistress of the house where he lodged, that some awful I have been astonished at his knowledge of my state. Meet-judgment was about to come upon him; and as he should ing me one morning, he said, "I have been praying for you; not be able to be at mecting next day, requested that an atyou have had a sore conflict, though all is well now.". At tendant might be procured to stay with him. She replied, another time he asked, "llave you been much exercised that she would herself stay at home, and wait upon him ; these few days, for I have been led to pray that you might which she did. especially have suffering grace.” '-Meth. Mag. p. 247. On the Lord's day he was in great agony of mind. His
mother was sent for, and some reli; 20us friends visited Mr. John Kestin on his death-bed.
him; but all was of no avail. That night was a ni hit
dreadful beyond conception. The horror which he en""Oh, my dear, I am now going to glory, happy, happy, dured brought on all the symptoms of naging madness. Ee happy. I am going to sing praises to God and the Lamb; 1 desired the attendants not to coine near him, let they am going to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I think I can see should be burnt. He said that the bed-curtains were in my Je-us without a glass between, I can, I feel I can, dis- tlames,--that he smelt the brimstone,- that devils were cern, my tiile clear to mansions in the skies.' Come, Lord come to fetch him that there was no hope for him, for Jesus, come! shy are thy chariot-wheels so long delay- that he had sinned against light and conviction, and that he ing?" '-Ev. Mag. p. 124.
should certainly go to hell.” It was with difficulty he could
be kept in bed. The Reverend Mr. Mead's sorrow for his sins. * An apothecary being sent for, as soon as he entered the • This wrought him up to temporary desperation; his in- had not been bitten by a mad dog. His a pearance, like.
house, and heard his dreadful howlinge, he irguned if he expressible griet poured itself forth in groans: "Oh that I wise, seemed to justify such a suspicion, his countenance had never sinned avain-t God! I have a hell here upon resembling that of a wild beast more than of a man. eartls, and there is a hell for me in eternity!" One Lord's day, very early in the morning, he was awoke by a tem- 150 in a minute. To abate the anania, a quantity of blood
Though he had no teverish heat, yet his j ulse beat above pest of thunder and lightning; and imagining it to be the end of the world, his agony was great, supporing the great shaved, cold water was copiously poured over him, and
was taken from him, a blister was aplied, his head was day of divine wrath was come, and he unprepared : but fos-glove was admini-tered. By the e iLeans bis fury was happy to find it not so.'—Ev. Mag. p. 147.
abated ; bat his mental agony continued, and all the sympSimilar case of Mr. John Robinson.
toms of madness which his bodily strength, thus reduced,
would allow, till the following Thursday. On that day he • About two hours before he died, he was in great agony mind. In the evening he sent for the apothecary; and
seemed to have recovered his reason, and to be calm in his of body and mind; it appeared that the enemy was permit. I wished to speak with him by himself. The latter, on diis out, “ Yepowers of darkness, begone!" This however did coming, desired every one to leave the room, and thus adnot last long : “the prey was taken from the ini:hty, and mind?" " Ay," answered he, 's that is it!" He then ac
dressed him : “C-, have you not something on your the lawful captive delivered," although he was not permit-knowledged that, early in the month of June, he had gone ted to tell
of his deliverance, but lay quite still and com- to a fair in the neighbourhood, in company with a number posed.'-Er. Mag. p. 177.
of wicked young men : that they drank at a jubiic-house The Reverend William Tennant in an heavenly trance. thence they went into other company, where he was crima
together till he was in a measure intoxicated; and that irem «“While I was conversing with my brother," said he, inally connected with a harlot. "I have been a miserable u on the state of my soul, and the fears I had entertained creature," continued be, " ever since but during the last for my future welfare, I found myseliin an instant, in an-three days and three nichts, I have been in a state of de. other state of existence, under the direction of a superior speration.” He intimated to the aj othecary, that he could being, who ordered me to follow him. I was wafted along, not bear to tell this story to his pinister: **But," said he, I know not how, till I beheld at a distance an ineffable do you inform him that I shall not die in de air; for glory, the impression of which on my mind it is impossible light has broker in upon me; I have been led to the great to communicate to mortal man. I immediately reflected on Sacrifice for sin, and I now hoje in bım for salvation.” my happy change; and thought, Well, blessed be God! I • Froin this time his biental distress ceased, his « ounte. am safe at lest, notwithstanding all iny tears. I saw an in- nance became placid, and his conversation, instead of numeralile host of happy beings surroinding the inexpressi- being taken up as before with fearful exclainations conble glors, in acts of adoration and joyous wor:hip; but I cerning devils and the wrath to come, was now.coufined did not ee any bodily shape or representation in the glori- I to the dying love of Jesus! The apothecary was of opi.
29 alon, that if his strength had not been so much exhausted, the elect-the people of God. The rest of mankind he would now have been in a state of religious transport are carnal people—the people of this world, &c. &c. The His nervous systein, however, had received such a shock, I children of Israel were not more separated, through that his recovery was doubtful; and it seemed certain, that If he did recover, lie would sink into a state of idiocy. He the favour of God, from the Egyptians, than the Me. survived this interview but a few days.'—Ev. Mag. p. 412, thodists are, in their own estimation, from the rest of
mankind. We had hitherto supposed that the dis
ciples of the Established churches in England and A religious observer stands at a turnpike gate on a Scotland had been Christians ; and that, after bap, Sunday, io witness the profane crowd passing by; he tism, duly performed by the appointed minister, and sees a man driving very clumsily in a gig; the expe- participation in the customary worship of these two rience of the driver
provokes the following pious obser- churches, Christianity was the religion of which they vations.
were to be considered as members. We see, how. "What (I said to mysel ) if a single outward circum- ever, in these publications, men of twenty or thirty stance should happenShould the horse iske fright, or years of age first called to a knowledge of Christ un. the wheel on either side get entangled, or the gig upset--in der a sermon by the Rev. Mr. Venn,-or first admitted either case what can preserve him? And should a morn- into the church of Christ under a sermon by the Rev. Mr. ing so fair and promising bring on evil before night- Romaine. The apparent admission turns out to have should death on his pale horse appear-what follows y been a mere mockery ; and the pseudo-christian to nind shuddered at the images I had raised.”!--Ev. Mag. have had no religion at all, till the business was really P. 555, 059.
and effectually done under these sermons by Mr. Venn Miss Louisa Cooke's rapturous state.
and Mr. Romaine,
Faith in the Church of England.
• A second volume of Mr. Cooper's sermons is before us cious Lord; and sometimes she felt herself to be surrounded, stamped with the same broad seal of truth and excellence as it were, by his gracious presence. After her return to as the former. Amidst the awful and general de arture Bristol, her trame of mind became so heavenly, that she from the faith, as once delivered to the saints, in the Church seemed often to be dissolved in the love of God her S&- of England, and sealed by the blood of our reformers, it is viour,'-Ec. Mag. p. 576, 577.
pleasing to observe that there is a remnant, accorcing to
the election of grace, who continue rising up to testify the Objection to Almanacks.
gospel of the grace of God, and to call back their fellows
to the consideration of the great and leading doctrines on "Let those who have been partial to such vain produc- which the Reformation tras built, and the Church of Englandi tions, only read Isaiah xlvii. 13, and Daniel ii. 27; and they by law established. The author of these seimons, avoiding wil; here' see what they are to be accounted of, and in all matters of more doubtful disputation, avowedly attaches what company they are to be found; and let thein learn himself to the great fundamental truths; and on the two to despise their equivocal and artful insinuations, which substantial pillars, the Jachin and Boaz of the living temjle, are too frequently blended with profanity; for is it not erects his superstructure. 1. Justification by faith, without profanity in them to attempt to palm their frauds upon works, free and full, hy grace alone, through the redempmankind by scripture quotations, which they seldom fail tion which is in Jesus Christ, stands at the commencement to do, especially Judges v. 20, and Job xxxviii. 31? neither of the first volume; and on its side rises in the beauty of of which teaches nor warrants any such practice. Had holiness,' &c.- Er. Mag. p. 79. Baruch or Deborah consulted the stars? No such thing.' -Ex, Mag. p. 600.
Mr. Robinson called to the knowledge of Christ under This energy of feeling will be found occasionally to
Mr. Venn's Sermon. medde wiih, and disturb the ordinary occupations • Mr. Robinson was called in early life to the knowledge and amusements of life, and to raise up little qualms of Christ, under a sermon at St. Dunstan's, by the late Rev. of conscience, which, instead of exciting respect, Mr: Venn, from Ezek. xxxvi. 25, 26; the remembrance of border, we fear, somewhat too closely upon the ludi' which greatly refreshed his soul upon his death-bed.'—Ev.
Mag. p. 176.
Christianity introduced into the Parish of Launton, A Methodist Footman.
near Bicester, in the year 1807. 'A gentleman's servant, who has left a good place be. A very general spirit of inquiry having appeared for some cause he was ordered to deny his master when actually at time in the village of Launton, near Bicester, somre serious home, wishes something on this subject may be introduced persons were excited to communicate to them the word of inio this work, that persons who are in the habit of deny- lite.'-Ev. Mag. p. 380. ing themselves in the above manner may be convinced of its eril.'-Ev. Mag. p. 72.
We leam in page 128, Meth. Mag., that twelve
months had elapsed from the time of Mrs. Cocker's Doubts if it is right to take interest for money.
joining the people of God, before she obtained a clear "Usury.-Sir, I beg the favour of you to insert the follow sense of forgiveness. ing case of conscience. I frequently find in scripture, that Usury is particularly condemned ; and that it is repre- A religious Hoy sets off every week for Margale. sented as the characier of a good man, that “he hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase,” · Rcligious Passengers accommodoted.-To the Editos.-Sir, Eek. xviii. s, &c. I wish, therefore, to know how such it atlorded me considerable plea-ure to see upon the cover passages are to be understood; and whether the taking of of your Magazine for ihe present month, an advertisement, Interest for money, as is universally practiced among us, announcing the establishment of a paciet, to sail weekly can be reconciled with the word and will of God? Q.:- between London and Margate, during the season; which Et. Mag. p. 74.
appears to have been set on foot for the acconincdation of
religious characters; and in which “no profane conversaDancing ill suited for a creature on trial for eternity. tion is to be allowed.”
• To those among the followers of a crucified Redeemer, •If dancing be a waste of time; if the precious hours de who are in the habit of visiting the Isle of Thanet in the voted to it may be better employed; it it be a species of summer, and who, for the sea air, or from other circumuifing ill suited to a creature on trial for eternity, and stances, preter travelling by water, such a conveyance in ust hastening !owards it on the swift wings of time : if it be certainly be a desideracun, especially if they have expe. incompatible with genuine repentance, true faith in Christ, rienced a mortification similar to that of the writer, in the supreme love to God, and a state of genuine devotedness course of the last summer, when shut up in a cabin with a to him,--then is dancing a practice utterly opposed to the mixed multitude, wilo spoke almost all languages but that whole sjirit and temper of Christianity, and subversive of of Canaan. Totally unconnected with the concern, and the best interests of the rising generation.'—Meth. Mag.po personally a stranger to the worthy owner, I take the liberty 197, 128.
of recommending this ves-el to the notice of my fellowThe Methodists consider themselves as constituting Christians; persuaded that they will think themselves bound a chosen and separate people, living in a land of athe- honour of the dear Redeemer for its professed object. It
to patronize and encourage an undertaking that has the Ists and voluptuaries. The expressions by which ought ever to be remembered, that every talent we possess, they designate their own sects, are the dear 'people whether large or small, is given us in trust to be laid out for
God; and I have nften thought that Christians act incon-hearers every night at six o'clock. How unworthy am I? sistently with thrir high profession, when they omit, even-Pray for us." - Ev. Mag, 84. in their most rummon and trivial expenditures, to give a decided preference to the friend of their Lord. I do not, The testimony of a profane Officer to the worth of Pious however, an .cipate any such ground of complaint in this
Sailors. instance; but rather believe that the religious world in general will cheerfully unite with me, while I most cordially truth shall be established. I recently met with a pleasing
Mr. Editor-In the mouth of two or three witnesses, a wish success to the Princess of Wales Yacht, and pray that confirmation of a narrative, stated some time since in your she may ever sail under the divine protection and blessing; Magazine. I was surprised by a visit from an old acquaintthat the humble followers of Him who spoke the storm into ance of mine the other day, who is now an officer of rank a calm, when crossing the lake of Gennesareth, may often in his
Majesty's nary. In the course of conversation, I feel their hearts glowing with sacred ardour, while in her was shocked at the profane oaths that perpetually intercabins they enjoy sweet communion with their Lord and rupted his sentences, and took an opportunity to express with each other; and that strangers, who may be provi. dentially brought among thein, inay see so much of the my regret that such language should be so common among beauty and excellency of the religion of Jesus exemplified sing many solemn imprecations " no officer can live at sea
so valuable a body of men. “Sir," said he, still intersperin their conduct and conversation, that they may be con- without swearing ;-not one of my men would mind a word strained to say, “We will go with you, for we perceive that without an oath; it is common sea-language. If we were God is with you.—Your God shall be our God, and his people not to swear, the rascals would take us for lubbers, stare in shall henceforth be our chosen companions and associates." I ain, Mr. Editor, your obliged friend and sister in the our faces, and Icave us to do our commands ourselves. I gospel, E. T.-'Ev. Mag. p. 268.
never knew but one exception; and that was extraordi.
nary. I declare, believe me 'tis true (suspecting that I A religious newspaper is announced in the Ev. M. might not credit it,) there was a set of fellows called Metkofor September.-It is said of common newspapers, he was rather a religious man himself!) and those men ne
dists, on board the Victory, Lord Nelson's ship, (to be sure 'That they are absorbed in temporal concerns, while ver wanted swearing at. The dogs were the best seamen the consideration of those which are eternal is postponed ; on board. Every man knew his duty, and every man did the business of this life has superseded the claims of his duty. They used to meet together and sing hymns; and immortality; and the monarchs of the world have nobodý dared molest them. The commander would not engrossed an attention which would have been more have suffered it had they attempted it. They were allowed properly devoted to the Saviour of the universe. It men. I have often heard them sing away myself; and 'tis
a mess by themselves; and never mixed with the other is then stated,' that the columns of this paper (The true, I assure you, but not one of them was either killed or Instructor, Price 6d.) will be supplied by pious re wounded at the battle of Trafalgar, though they did their flections ; suitable comments to improve the dispensa- duty as well as any men. No, not one of the psalm-singing tions of Providence will be introduced ; and the whole gentry was even hurt ; and there the fellows are swimming conducted with an eye to our spiritual, as well as away in the Bay oi Biscay at this very time, singing like temporal welfare. The work will contain the latest still are allowed the same privileges, and mess by them
the d- They are now under a new commander ; but news up to four o'clock on the day of publication, to
selves. These were the only fellows that I ever knew to gether with the most recent religious occurrences. do their duty without sweariny; and I will do them justice The prices of stock, and correct market-tables, will to say they do it.” J. C.'—Ev. Mag. p. 119, 120. also be accurately detailed.'--Ev. Mag. September Adtertiseinent. The Eclectic Review is also understood These people are spread over the face of the whole to be carried on upon Methodistical principles.
earth in the shape of missionaries.-Upon the subject Nothing can evince more strongly the influence of missions we shall say very little or nothing at prewhich Methodism now exercises upon common life, sent, because we reserve it for another article in a and the fast hold it has got of the people, than the subsequent Number. But we cannot help remarking advertisements which are circulated every month in the magnitude of the collections made in favour of the these very singular publications. On the cover of a missionaries at the Methodistical chapels, when com. single number, for example, we have the following :
:-pared with the collections for any common objeci of
charity in the orthodox churches and chapels. "Wanted, by Mr. Turner, shoemaker, a steady apprentice ; be will have the privilege of attending the ministry was
presented by the Committee ; from which it appeared,
• Religious Tract Society.—The most satisfactory Report bf the gospel ;-a premium expected, p. 3.-Wanted, a
that since the commencement of the Institution in the year serious young woman, as servant of all work, 3.-.Wanted, 1799, upwards of four Billions of Religious Tracts have & man of serious character, who can shave, 3.-Wanted, a been issued under the auspices of the Society; and that conserious woman to assist in a shop, 3.-A young person insiderably more than one-fourth of that number have been the millinery line wishes to be in a serious family, 4.- sold during the last year.'—Er. Mag. p. 284. Wants a place, a young man who has brewed in a serious family, 4.--Ditto, a young woman of evangelical principles, These tracts are dropped in villages by the Metho. 4:- Wanted, an active serious shopman, 5.-To be sold, an dists,
and thus every chance for conversion afforded eligible residence, with sixty acres of land; gospel preached in three places within half a mile, 5.—A single gentleman to the common people. There is a proposal in one may be accommodated with lodging in a small serious of the numbers of the volumes before us, that travel. family: 5.-To let, a genteel first floor in an airy situation lers, for every pound they spend on the road, shovid near the Tabernacle, 6.-Wanted, a governess, of evan-fling one shilling's worth of these tracts out of the gelical principles and corresponding character, 10.' chaise window ;-thus taking his pleasures at 5 per
The religious vessel we have before spoken of, is cent. for the purposes of doing good. thus advertised :
• Every Christian who expects the protection and bles.
sing of God, ought to take with him as many shillings' vorih, • The Princess of Wales Yacht, J. Chapman, W. Bourn, at least, of cheap Tracts to throw on the road, and leave at master, by divine permission, will leave Ralph's Quay inns, as he takes out pounds to expend on himself and fievery Friday, 11.' &c. &c.-- July Ev. Mag.
mily. This is really but a trilling sacrifice. It is a highly After the specimens we have given of these people, Mag. p. 405.
reasonable one; and one which God will accept.-Ex. any thing which is said of their activity can very easily be credited. The army and navy appear to be
It is part of their policy to have a great change of Ministers. particular objects of their attention.
Same day, the Rev. W. Haward, from Hoxton Academy,
was ordained over the Independent church at Rendham, • British Navy.- It with peculiar pleasure we insert the Sutolk. Mr. Pickles, of Walpole, bean with a prayer and following extract of a letter from the pious chaplain of a reading; Mr. Price, of Woodbridge delivered the introducman-of-war, to a gentleman at Gosport, intimating the tory discourse, and asked the questions; Mr. Dennant, of power and grace of God manifested towards our brave sea- Halesworth, offered the ordination prayer; Mr. Shufflebotmen. “Off Cadiz, Nov. 26, 1806.-My dear friend-A fleet tom, of Bungay, gove the charge from Acts xx. 28; Mr. Vina for England found us in the night, and is just going away. cent, of Deal, the general prayer; and Mr. Walford of Ihave only to tell you that the work of God seems to pros. Yarmouth, preached to the people from 2 Pbil. ii. 16. per. Many are under convictions ;--some, I trust, are con. Ev. Mag. p. 429. verted. But iny own health is suffering much, nor shall I Chapels opened.—Hambledon, Bucks, Sept, 22.-Eighteen probably be able long to bear it. The ship is like a taber- months ago this parish was destitute of the gospel : the peonacle; and really there is much external reformation, ple bave now one of the Rev. G. Collison's students, the Capt. - raises no objection. I have near a hundred Rev. Mr. Eastmead, settled among them. Mr. English ct
Wooburn, and Ms. Frey, preached on the occasion; and effecting an object which providence has placed in our Mr. Jones of London, Mr. Churchill of Henley, Mr. Red- power. The doctrine of the immediate and perpetual ford, of Windsor, and Mr. Barratt, now of Petersfield, pray- ! interference of Divine Providence, is not true. Il two ed.'—Ex. Mag. p. 633.
men travel the same road, the one to rob, the other to Methodism in his Majesty's ship Tonnant A letter from the relieve a fellow.creature who is starving ; will any Sail-maker.
but the most fanatic contend, that they do not both • It is with great satisfaction that I can now inform you
run the saine chance of falling over a stone, and break. God has deigned in a yet greater degree, to own the weak ing their legs? and is it not matter of fact, that the efforts of his servant to turn many from Satan to himself. robber often returns safe, and the just man sustains Many are called here, as is plain to be seen by their pen the injury? Have not the soundest diviues, of both sive looks and deep sighs. And if they would be obedient churches, always urged this unequal distribution of to the heavenly call instead of grieving the qirit of grace, good and evil, in the present state, as one of the I dare say we should soon have near half the ship's compia- strongest natural arguments for a future state of retri. ny brought to God. I doubt not, however, but, as I have bution ? Have they not contended, and well and ad. cast my bread up on the waters, it will be found after many days. Our 13 are now increased to upwards of 30. Surely mirably contended, that the supposition of such a state the Lord delighteth not in the death of him that dieth.' - is absolutely necessary to our notion of the justice of Mell Mag. p. 189.
God-absolutely necessary to restore order to that
moral confusion which we all observe and deplore in It appears also, from p. 193, Meth. Mag., that the the present world? The man who places religion upon same principles prevail on board his Majesty's ship a false basis is the greatest enemy to religion. If vicSea-borse, 44 guns. And in one part of #van. Mag., tory is always to the just and good, how is the fortune great hopes are entertained of the 25th regiment. of impious conquerors to be accounted for? Why do We believe this is the nuinber ; but we quote this fact they erect dynasties, and found families which last
for centuries? The reflecting mind whom you have We must remember, in addition to these trifting instructed in this manner, and for present effect only, specimens of their active disposition, that the Metho- naturally coines upon you hereafter with difficulties dists have found a powerful party in the House of of this sort ; he finds he has been deceived ; and you Coinmons, who by the neutrality which they affect, will soon discover that, in breeding up a fanatic, you and parily adhere to, are couried both by ininisiers have unwittingly laid the foundation for an atheist. and opposition; that they have gained compleie pos. The honest and orthodox method is to prepare young session of the India-House ; and under the pretence, people for the world, as it actually exists; to tell or, perhaps with the serious intention of educating ihem that they will often find vice perfectly successyoung people for India, will take care to introduce ful, virtne exposed 10 a long train of afflictions ; that (as much as they dare withont provoking attention) they must bear this patiently, and look to another their own particular lenets. In fact, one thing must world for its rectification. always be taken for granted respecting these people, 2. The second doctrine which it is necessary to no--that wherever they gain a footing, or whatever be tice among the Methodists, is the doctrine of inward the institutions to which they give birth, pruselylism impulse and emotions, which, it is quile plain, must will be their main object; everything else is a mere lead, if universally insisted upon, and preached among instrument—this is their principal aim. When every the common people, to every species of folly and proselyte is not only an addition to their temporal enormity. When a human being believes that his power, but when the act of conversion which gains a internal feelings are the monitions of God, and that Fote, saves (as they suppose) a soul from destruction, these monitions must govern his conduct ; and when a -it is quite needless to state, that every faculty of great stress is purposely laid upon these inward feel. their minds will be dedicated io this most importaut ings in all the discourses from the pulpit ; it is, of of all temporal and elernal concerns.
course, impossible to say to what a pitch of extrava. Their aitack upon the Church is not merely confined gance mankind may not be carried, under the influence to publications; it is generally understood that they of such dangerous doctrines, have a very considerable fund for the purchase of liv. 3. The Methodists hate pleasure and amusements; ings, to which, of course, ministers of their own pro. no theatre, no cards, no dancing, no punchinello, no fession are always presented.
dancing dogs, no blind fiddlers; all the amusements Upon the foregoing facts, and upon the spirit evinced of the rich and of the poor must disappear, wherever by these extracts, we shall make a few comments. these gloomy people get a footing. It is not the abuse
1. It is obvious, that this description of Christians of pleasure which they attack, but the interspersion entertain very erroneous and dangerous notions of the of pleasure, however much it is guarded by good sense present judgments of God. A belief, that Providence and moderation ; it is not only wicked to hear the interferes in all the little actions of our lives, refers licentious plays of Congreve, but wicked to hear Henry all merit and demerit to bad and good fortune; and the Vth, or the School for Scandal ; it is not only discauses the successful man to be always considered as sipated to run about to all the parties in London and a good man and the unhappy man is the object of Edinburgh, but dancing is not fit for a being urho is divine rengeance. It furnishes ignorant and design. preparing himself for Eternity. Ennui, wretchedness, ing men with a power which is sure to be abused : melancholy, groans and sighs, are the offerings which the cry of, a judgment, a judgment, it is always easy these unhappy men make to a Deity who has covered to make, but not easy to resist. It encourages the the earth wiih gay colours, and scented it with rich grossest superstitions; for if the Deity rewards and perfumes; and shown us, by the plan and order of his punishes on every slight occasion, it is quite iinpossi. works, that he has given to man something better ble, but that such an helpless being as man will set than a bare existence, and scattered over his creation himself at work to discover the will of Heaven in the a thousand superfluous joys, which are totally unne. appearances of outward nature, to apply all the phe- cessary to the mere support of life. nnmena of thunder, lightning, wind, and every sirik 4. The Methodists lay very little stress upon prac. ing appearance to the regulation of his conduct; as tical righteousness. They do not say to their people, the poor Methodist, when he rode into Piccadilly in a do not be deceitful; do not be idle ; get rid of your thunder storm, and imagined that all the uproar of the bad passions ; or at least (if they do say ihese things) elements was a mere hint to him not to preach at Mr. they say them very seldom. Not that they preach Romaine's chapel. Hence a great deal of error, and faith without works; for it they told the people, that a great deal of secret misery. This doctrine of a they might rob and murder with impunity, the civil theocracy must necessarily place an excessive power magistrate must be compelled to interfere with such in the hands of the clergy, it applies so instantly and doctrine : but they say a great deal about faith, and so tremendously to men's hopes and fears, that it must very little about works. What are commonly called mal the priest omnipotent over the people, as it al. the mysterious parts of our religion, are brought into ways has done where it has been established. It has the foreground much more than the doctrines which a great tendency to check human exertions, and to lead to practice and this among the lowest of the present the employment of those secondary means of community.