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to the Bible Society, nor members

He avowed himself to be an enemy, of it. He therefore conceived they and stated that he rose in that chahad no claim to be heard on the racter on account of a challenge from present occasion,

Mr. Townshend. " Mr. N. Calvert followed, and “ 3. Io stating that some disapsaid that he atteniled the meeting to probation was expressed ; as if the support a religious object, and not disapprobation was only slight and to be present at a theological disa partial, whereas the disgust was cussion; and if the meeting was to universal ; and in suppressing the be converted into a debating club, important facts that the objector was he should take up' bis hat and called to order by Messrs. Dealıry, retire.

Calvert, and King Fordham ; that " Lord Grimston then rose, and the sense of the meeting was deciinformed Mr. E. G. Fordham and sively with them, and most unequihis brother that the sense of the vocally expressed; and that the obmeeting was obvious. They must jector was not suffered to proceed. either withdraw or remain in si- 4. 1o the representation given Bence. .

of the speeches of Mr. Clayton and No further attempt was made Dr. Gregory. It ought in candour to disturb the harmony of the day.” to have been noticed, that the sen- Report, &c. pp. 15–17. tence attributed 10 Dr. Gregory as

The speeches of Mr. Clayton and his own, was cited at the time as a Dr. Gregory follow.

quotation from one of the Fathers of The observations of the Com. the church. mittee will be read with interest:- “ 5. In stating the words of Mre

“ As no charge has been made N. Calvert. He did not use the exagainst the remainder of the pro. pression, “a dissenting debating ceedings, the Committee do not think club.' it necessary to detail them.

· The Committee are at a loss to “ Those who attend a public meet. discover by what means it was asing have no need to be apprized certained, that more than two thirds that ibe several speakers can alone of the persons assembled were disbe responsible for their own obser, senters. They see the purpose for valions, unless sanctioned by the which the assertion was introduced, meeting; and it will readily be be. and they cannot but notice it with lieved that the conduct of those reprehension ; especially as it does who disturbed the harmony and not appear from any expression in good feeling on this occasion excited, the letter itself that the writer was in the minds of the Comınittee, the present. same sensations of regret which was " The Committee conclude with felt by the whole assembly.

recommending to the public extreme " It will appear from the precede caution in receiving the statements ing speeches, which ihe speakers of those who are determined, from themselves have been so kind as to whatever motive, to injure the Bible furnish in consequence of an appli- Society. It is important in the first cation made for that purpose, that instance to examine the facts, and the letter wbich professed to contain next to inquire whether the speeches an account of these transactions is actually delivered have not been extremely incorrect in the following garbled or misconstrued. Nothing respects.

is more easy than 10 misrepresent "1. In the report of Mr. Towns- the proceedings at any public meethend's speech, of which a copy as ing."--Report, &c. pp. 19–21.. correct as possible is now before the It does not appear who was the public.

author of ibat curious letter which " 2. In representing Mr. E. G. has led Mr. Norris so widely from Fordham as a friend to the Society. the lruth, and we shall indulge in no

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coojectures, but one thing does ap- The rogues will be disproving our lies, what pear, viz. that Mr. Norris was in shall we do then?• Psha, man,“replies Obserformed of. iis incorreciness before vator,' thou art an oaf. Thou are not lialf his volume was published. And

learned in our mystery. Disprove, quotia! what is bis conduct? Why, to be

what signifies that? Repeat the same lio sure, he cancels the several sheets

over and over again, and with ten times more in which the mis-statement is in

Never heed answering : who

minds answeis? 'Tis the weakest side that troduced; or, if that be too expen- answers : they are the defendants, and it is sive, as the charge is often brought the attacking party carries it ten to one.'" forward, he apologizes for it in a preface. Oh, no! he ventures upon a nobler flight. Cancel! apologize!

Could any man believe, that the Let him speak for nimself. At the

same page which contains this quo

tation, introduces again Mr. Norris's Very commencement of his book he thus defends the story, (believing it

account of the Heriford Meeting? to be true); and he defends it by

IV. We proceed to his REASONanother statement, equally well founded, believing that also to be

1. “ The giving countenance to

it (the Bible Society) militates true :

against an ordination vow.” p. viii. “ Since the manuscript account of the

“The public judgment of the Church meeting at llertford has been in circulation of England is cancelled." p. ix. from which the Ediior extracted the State. ment which will be found p. 97, note, he

The integrity of our holy mother bas been informed ibatthe words support

is impeached." p. ix. And all this and' patronized' bave been ccastried imo

because a Society patronised by a a mnis-statement, that the speaker is a Sube majority of the whole band of scriber to the Bible Society. By a reference Bishops gives nothing but the Bible to p. 90, note", the reader will see that the to tlre poor! Bible Sociely does not consider a pecuniary 2. “ In all the ramifications of the contribution

a necessary qualification for Bible Sociely one system prevails.” its Patrons.' The speaker in question (as

p. xviii.

“Its characteristic princithe Editor is just informed) is not a money ple is, that it should be ONE AND INDIpatron, but merely patronizes the Institution visible.”p. xix.- Is not this a characby his eloquence at its Auxiliary Meetings: teristic of Dr. Bell's schools? Of and it is completely ascertained that he de livered the scutimeuts attributed to him, ex

the Church of England ? Nay of pressing his opinion of the Bible Society's Christianity itself? Let us appeal lendency to overthrow the Church, in ierins to a testimony which our author wilt of approbation."

respect : the testimony of Mr. Norris. Now the fact is, and Mr. Norris himself. was apprised of it; not only that "He” (the Editor) " does mean to affirni, the speaker in question neither was that the Scriptures promulgate one faith to nor is a subscriber to the Bible be kept, and one mode of worship to be Society, or to aliy of its branches; observed, and further to avow his deliberate but that he does not, nor did bé conviction to be, that the Church of Erig

Jand in both these respects sels forth the oper, patronize the lostitution by bis eloquence at Auxiliary Meetings: revealed way of Salvasion.” p. xxvi. on the contrary, that be openly And why then should tlie Bible arowed himself an enemy, a decided Society adopt one system at Hackchenny, to its design.

ney and another at York: We conclude these observations

3. Whoever presumes to

give with a passage which, by some fata, away Bibles to the poor without lay, Mr. Norris has cited from Les permission from the curate of his le :

parish, intrudes upon the office of the "Neser to miglter truth or falsebrod, he ministry: "You become a volonulls us, was the constant rule from for y-onei teer,” says Mr. Norris, " in the work downward. But his countryman objects:-- of that ministry in which I bold a

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subordinate appoinlment." p. 10. On the appearance of the Mes. The same doctrine is enforced in a sinh, the angelssang, "Glory to God very, edifying lecture, p. 12, which in the highest ; on earth, peace, proves that Mr. Freshfeld had good will towards men.” Might not • not been separated by the Holy a good sturdy lover of demonstraGbost to the very responsible office tion have contended that he laught of overseeing the thok of Christ, not peace, but a sword ? Did not and watching for their souls.” Mr. bonds and imprisonment accompany Norris makes no distinction between the Apostles of this new religion the simple act of giving a Bible to wherever they went? Was there a a pogr man, and discharging all the single worshipper of Diana at Ephe. duties of the Christian ministry.sus, who would not bave charged Is this the doctrine of the Socieży, his own violence upon the Gospel in Bartlett's Buildings, when it re. of Christ ? And is it a proof of the commends establishments in the delinquency of the Bible Society, Country?

that Mr. Norris is angry! He re4. Mr. Freshfield having inad. turns to this charge at p. 100, verlemly stated that he had . 6. Mr. Freshfield, p. 23, has the nestly and seriously referred himself following observation : to God in prayer, that he might be "I may however be allowed to say, for guided and directed in the affair, aca those who are desirous to establish the procording to bis holy mind and will," pused society, that they are not unnecessap. 5. is not a liule rebuked by the di- rily forward in suggesting the nicasure, inasvine for his presumption in ap- niuch as the societies of a similar descripproaching a Throne of Grace : tion, already formed, and others fornsing .. Gurl's holy mind and will," as entirely surround the district; and would Mr. Norris very gravely states by probably, in a few days, leave it an excep,

tion in the midst of an enlightened and reway of information, " is not now communicated by illapses from spectable weighbourhvod." pp. 23, 24. Heaven.” see pp. 11, 52, 53, 114,

To a plain man the meaning of 115. What is the meaning of this this passage is obvious. Mr. Fresh. tecture? Is it prohibited to a laya field does not represent the two pa. churchman to pray for the direction rishes of Newington and Hackney of God's holy will? Is the Collect as containing less of light and refor the 19th Sunday after Trinity spectability than the parishes around expunged from the Prayer-bouks at them; but speaking of them and Hackney?

the others conjunctly, as an enlight5. It is often said by the friends ened and respectable neighbourhood, of the Bible Society that its tend. he states, that this district would ency is to promote harmony and probably soon be an exception-not peace. No, says Mr. Norris, "I dis- as to light and respectability, but as like it; I will oppose it in my being the only district, in a very ex. curacy with all my might:-and tensive neighbourhood, which had then he thinks it consistent with not such a society established with. good reasoning to adduce this sort in it. Now what saye Mr. Norris of opposition as an evidence of the He reasons thus : strife and animosity which it en- " Il" (the Bible Society)“ so completely genders! He quarrels with the entrances the understanding, that a person Society, and says, See bow litigious in hinuself kindly-affectioned, doing justice, it is! He reviles it, and cries, Do loving mercy, and walking humbly with his you bear how it abuses me? He at God, once fascinated to drink of its incanTributes to it the most base anıl ex.

tatious, from that tine forth becomes blind ecrable motives, and exclaims, What comnienduble quality belonging to those who

to all religious excellence, and 10 every an uncharitable institution! The resist the importunity used to bring them value of his reasoning will be ob- within the magic circle of the frutet vity, vious from the following illustrativo: aud can su dar forget himself, as to buld up

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* neighbourhood to 'contempt as, .an ex- then re-asserts his former assertion, teption to surrounding light and respectabšo p. 122, and again calls that assertion lity."" p. 49.

a fact. We are convinced that Mr. He first quotes the passage falsely, Norris knows nothing about the and then proceeds to demonstrate University of Cambridge ; and we upon that false quotation.—We do will not hurt the delicacy of the not accuse him of dishonest inten. living by defending them from a tion. We really believe that he charge which no

no man believes. was persuaded alike of the accu- Had he been resident when Dr. racy of his quotation and the sound: Jowett died, he would have witnessness of his reasoning. He even de- ed the universal respect and affection fends it, after Mr. Freshfield has told with which the meinory of that good bim what he meant ? p. 110.

man was every where regarded. 7. The establishment of Auxiliary He would have seen that his opinion Bible Societies according to our au- on theological subjects was held in thor is a proof that, in the minds of high consideration ;--and then he those who support them, the method would have demonstrated after his of salvation by Jesus Christ was manner, that the sentiments of the incomplete, and that il was now to University were just the contrary: be improved upon and rendered 9. Mr. Norris is unable to distin. perfect by man's device, p. 56. guish - and he has great authority What does Mr. Norris think of the for his want of discrimination establishment of the Society for between the operation of the Bible promoting Christian Knowledge, Society in its corporate capacity, with all it attendant satellites of and the acts of individuals in their Diocesan and District,in other words, individual capacity. The Bible So. Auxiliary Committees ?. Were these ciety gives Bibles alone; and for expressly enjoined by our Saviourt this single purpose are all its finds

8. Mr. Norris having, in his usual employed. Some of the individuals style, insulted the Dean of Carlisle who support it disperse little papers, and the other distinguished Pro- to detail its nature and object, and fessors and Members of the Univerto recommend its labours. Now sity of Cambridge, who attended Mr. Norris charges all this upon the Town-ball on the formation of the Society: as if these papers were the Cambridge Society, by stating issued by the authority of the Comhis persuasion, that there is not one mittee, and paid for from the funds of them whose opinions upon theo- of the Institution, which is altogether focial points are held there in much untrue. consideration, appeals afterwards to

Pledging itself only to distribute Bibles, this magnanimous assertion as to a it circulates, together with them, that vase fact.

farrago of adulation to itself, and calumnies " la reply to your charge against me of spon those who discountenance its proceeddisrespect towards those concerned in the ings, togester with that variety of vain conCambridge proceedings I have only to ob- ceits and mischievous imaginations which serve, that I delivered no opinion, but mere.

those numerous papers coutain." p. 65. 17 stated a fact; a fact moreover which I : At the same time we are of opiconfirmed by the most irrefragable testi- pion that the Society might circulate Thong." p. 62.

many of these papers without any - Mr. Norris gave no testimony: violation of its principle. there is nothing but his own asser- 10. " I beg of you to recollect that tion, the value of which on this point I am not the aggressor. For here we leave to the judgment of every am I, placed in a post of responsi. man who knows the University. bility, not only to maintain the faith Mr. Norris thought he was reason- once delivered to the saints, but to ing when he was only affirming; prevent, to the utmost of my power, Christ. Osserv, No. 145.

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the bond of Christian unity from What did Mr. F. do? He gavei being broken," p. 65. (Mr. Norris away Bibles himself, and wished to to Mr. Freshfield). That is, I be. induce others to do the same. gan this controversy first, it is true : 12. Mr. Norris has discovered but I did not begin first. For here that the princes are not royal ; and am I in my own curacy; and you that the patronage of prelacy and attacked me, inasmuch as you want. nobility must 'mean, of the whole ed to give Bibles in this district prelacy and of all the nobility! without my concurrence, who am ". It has received the sanction of specially careful not to cheapen Royalty, the support of Prelacy, the patro. their value by too large a distri- nage of Nobility.' (Vide Address to Pa. bution.

rishioners of Hackney, App. No. 6.) The

first absolutely false, for neither the King, 11. Mr. Freshfield." After generally pre

nor the Regent, have given their sanction to mising you wrote • merely to correct the

the Bible Society: and the term Royalty many erroneous conclusions and misappre- applies only to them. The second partially bensions' which my letter contained, you false, for Pielacy is a comprehensive teri, state, thas you could not sec how the cir- describing the whole bench of Bishops, se. cubistance of the parish in which you offi- ven of whom only in this kingdom out of ciate being only a part of the district for iwenty-six have lent 10 the Society their which the Auxiliars Bible Society is pro- names; and the latter, for the same reason, posed to be established,' affected in the

completely hyperbolical, but to what extent, least the weighit of your objection. I the Editor was not time to ascertain." p. 92. therefore answer, that the district described has no necessary connection with any pa

Rare discoveries for the lovers of rish, as a parish; it includes the entire or two demonstration i See also page 147, parishes and part of one of her, (i believe of and his note, charging those who two others :) it is therefore clear of any ec. speak of the support of Royalty, as clesiastical head, and if rightly considered, wanting in modesty and veracity! cannot intiile the parochial clergy in any one Are we then to abandon the title of parish to. deprecate the proceeding' be. Royal Highness? cause in opposition to their opinion; nor 13. Mr. Freshfield, p. 127, cites would all the clergy within the district be so the following passage " If this intitled, though it is not yet ascertained that

counsel or this work be of men, it all concur in doing so: however, it is enough will come to nought. But if it be for ny original proposition that the objec. of God, ye cannoi overthrow it; lest tion founded upon the opinion of the parochial clergy at Hackney is materially weak. haply ye be found even to fight ened thereby."

against God." Mr. Norris meets it Mr.Norris. —“This is speaking out plainly by the following sneer:the only boon which those, who view with “ The most gratefui acknowledgments are lively apprehension the proceedings of the due Mr. Freshfield for offering' to the Bible Society, have to aşk of its advocates. Editor's • adoption' his valedictory citation, Let the reader treasure up this declaration in (from Acts v. 38, 39.) and as the best rehis niind, that one part of the reformation ta

turn be can make, he begs to direct his cor. be wrought by that Society is to clear all respondents' attention to v. 34 of the same che parishes in the kingdom of their eccle- chapter, which will temper his zeal with a siastical heads.'” pp. 73, 74.

little useful knowledge by instructing him See the charge reiterated p.

that what he ! offers' as authorily, is but 102 and p. 127, where he writes thic opinion of a Pharisee of the Poarisees, ne thus :

pp. 127, 128.

Here Mr. Norris evidently as" Alr. Freshfield conceived and began to execute the presuniptuous project of clear.

sumes that the passage was adduced ing the parishes of Stoke Newington and

on account of its authority, whereas Hackney of their spiritual heads,' and

it was cited merely for its good of saving the souls of the inhabitants from

When Mr. Norris attacked eternal perdition' by a new method and a the Dean of Carlisle and Mr. Deal. new ministry of his own.” p. 127.

try for citing this text, he had for,

sense.

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