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gotten, we presume, that they had 17. Our author is exceedingly Luther for an example. The Arch- perplexed by the following occurs bishop of Treves, at the conclusion rence. Mr. Dealtry having found of the diet of Worms, called in Spa- certain positions in the writings of latinus; and in his presence asked the Country Clergyman, which saLuther, whether he himself could voured not a little of Rome, desuggest any healing measures, that clared his persuasiou that they had were likely to succeed. “ Nothing a leaning to Popery: an anonya better," replied Luther instantly, mous Socinian, Mr. Norris says, " than the advice of Gamaliel, · If also considered them as Popish : this work be of men, it will come to then comes Mr. Gandolphy, and nought; but if it be of God, ye can- declares that these are the very not resist it.' The Emperor and principles which he, as a Roman the Princes may inform the Pope, Catholic, has always maintained, (and we too can inform Mr. Nor. A common reasoner would infer, ris)—that this whole religious agi- that the writings in question were tation and controversy will die Popish. But what says Mr. Norris? away of itself in less than two years, “ It is curious to observe the association unless God be actually on my which is thus formed between Mr. Dealtrs, side*."
Chaplain to a Protestant Bishop, the anonya 14. A layman cannot give away mous Socinian, whose papers are to follow, Bibles without being hostile to pube and Mr. Gandolphy, a real Romanist; the lic preaching:
two former insiduously introducing vulnera
ble points into the English Reformation, and " When our Saviour enjoined his disci. the latter taking advantage of the treaples to go into all the world, and preach the chery, and then, in the haughty toue of a gospel to every creature,' it was evidently victorious assailant, buasting of lois success his intention that the gospel should be in subverting the grand and fundamental preached. Those men who attempt to pro. principle of Protestantism :' and glorying pagate the gospel, without the intervention over 'the Reformers' indiscriminately, as hasof a preaching ininistry, by the mere circula- ing run nad with the Bible fever." p. 240. tion of the Scriptures, do not fulfil our Savi- Now, to our apprehension, there our's intentions ; but forsake the way in is nothing curious in three persons which he ordained his own religion to be
of different persuasions asserting of taught, and mark out a new way of their
a Popish tenet that it is a Popish Own.” p. 155.
tenet, If they should all agree that This passage
is selected from the the work under review is full of Counter-address at Hackney, writ- wonderful facts, and uncommon ten probably by Mr. Norris. See
modes of argumentation, where also pages 166, 168, 172, &c.
would be the marvel! For its facts 15. Mr. Norris believes (p. 159) are wonderful, and its argumentathat since the members of the So- tion is rather unusual.-Indeed, we ciety give Bibles without note or
should not be much astonished if comment, they are hustile to con
Mr. Gandolphy were to claim Mr. ments: surely not a very just con
Norris as a brother and a friend. clusion! The Bartlett's Buildings'
18. It is brought as matter of Society bas for an entire century charge against Mr. Owen, that he is dispersed Bibles with the simple registered in the Evangelical Diary text. is Mr. Norris therefore hos
as a reputed Gospel Preacher. Mr. uile to comments ?
Norris does not inform us who in. 16. Mr. Norris cannot distin- serted his name, nor what conclan guish the "exclusive object" of the sion he derives from it. Bible Society, viz. to circulate Bi
19. It is amusing 10 see what bles; and its contingent advantage, deference Mr. Norris and his friends viz. w promote union. p. 175,
pay to the conjectures of any en• See Miner's History of the Church. ihusiast, who anticipates epil from
the Bible Society. It must tend to Norris's talents as a reasoner, these
any reasonable man urge this with him heart and hand. Now
“ Does Mr. Freshfield mean that no de. 20. “ Dr. Milner, at p. 142, laments ference is due to the judgment of the pa(says Professor Marsh). • that a Bible Suc rochial clergy upon questions of principle; ciety was not forined in the time of but only upon those of • forni, compliment, Charles I. Now there was a Bible Society and etiquette ? If so, bow necessary and formed in the reign of Charles I. (rejoins useful must the divinely constituted order of the Professor) and it comprised all the Puri- the priesthood appear in that gentlemau's tans in the kingdomn. I have got a print of estimation ? But uo sooner bas lie taken the it, of which I gave an account in a preced- question out of their cognizance, and driven ing chapter.' Referring to this chapter, the chien out of court, than he brings them back account will be found as follows: • The again to wage amongst themselves a war of priot consists of three figures; the figure of unavailing words, and proceeds to balance. a Puritan with a Bible in his hand; the one against the other, their contending opi. figure of an English Bishop with the Prayer nions. To what purpose is this, except it be Book in his hand; and the figure of a to cast scorn upon a conscientious pastor of Romish Bishop with the Mass Buok in his
a parish by a triumphant display of that hand. The two last figures are in all re- compleat prostration of ecclesiastical authospects alike, they have the same height, the rity, which the auxiliary system has been same dress, the same look, the same every for several years most insidiously labouring thing. Over them is written, “ Every plant to accomplish, and which Mr. F. considers which my Heavenly Father hath not planted, so nearly effected that lie speaks of it in the should be rooted up." Here we have a true beginning of his letter as if it were now estar specimen of the Bible only to be distributed blished by law? But Mr. F. sbould know by the Protestant; and we know that in that the church, though its enemies are: four years from that time the Prayer-back compassing it on every side,' is not yet was formally abolished.” pp. 384, 385. disfranchised of that system of discipline, by.
The analogy is this : The Bible which the limits of its several rwinistries are Society in the reign of Charles (if in- defined." ceed it ever existed) comprised all " When the kingdom is re-organised, and the Dissenters, and excluded all the the Bible Society's new District Map pubChurch-it was just such a Bible So- lished by authority, then its Managing ciety as, Dr. Marsh and Mr. Norris Committee may form a new ordinal to cor
respond with this new order of things, ad are labouring to establisb. The ex
may make to themselves priests of whom isting Society includes the Church, they please. But at present the confusion and is patronized by a majority of which Mr. F. would introduce is premature, the bench of Bishops.mof Mr. and we trust that, through the quiet good.
sense of Englisbmen, under the superinten. and circulated through the parish : together dance of the good providence of God, it will with another letter from him, occasioned by Dever take effect.”
the vote of thanks expressive of the higha • Again :—We have seen with what sense entertained by the vestry of the value care Mr. Norris would guard against
of his pastoral exertious.” p. xxi. the interference of the laity in dis
The omission in this paragraph tributing the Seriplures : but he is not unimportant, if what we have also declares he wishes for their been told be true (and this Mr. assistance. “ So far from discou. Norris knows), viz. that the whole raging this valuable co-operation, I of this letter-writing between the beg to assure you that I am most Vicar and his Parishioner, the ea. lenderly alive to its incalculable treaty to allow a publication of the importance !” p. 57. The distinc- letters, and the concession, to which sion which he purposes is to this Mr. Norris evidently appeals as deeflect:- have no objection to your tached and independent testimony, giving a Bible, if I permit you lo were matters planned and executed, give one; but unconsecrated pera by Mr. Norris himself. sons incur a fearful responsibility, 2. Why has our author omitted if they attempt to do good without the date of his own letter, No. 5, my consent.-- These are not the and of Mr. Freshfield's, No. 6? Was words of Mr. Norris, but they con- it to convey an impression that vey the exact meaning of pp. 58, each of those compositions was 59, 60,
drawn up with such care as to be Mr. Norris, as our readers have ready for the public eye? Was is perceived, is solicitous to check a to deprive Mr. Freshfield of his too general diffusion of the Bible, claim to the reader's indulgence, or What then are we to understand by account of the haste in which his this passage?" It is unnecessary io letter was written ? say that both he and his curates (the
3. Mr. Norris talks much about the clergy of Hackney) had been en proceedings of the vestry, and repeatdeavouring to inculcate and promote edly assumes, that they were unanis the duty and benefit of a private mous. But we would ask wbether perusal of the Scriptores, long be- he could not have recorded a proFore ibe Bible Society had exist. test on the part of inany more vesence." We could produce much trymen than those who attended the of the same sort, but this may meeting? We would also ask Mr. suffice.
Norris, whether the vestry meetings, Under the idea that these obser- convened for the purpose of opposvations will convey a pretty clear ing the Bible Society, were not, in view of the statements which our truh, so small, that, upon one occaauthor has made, we will now altend sion, they adjburned for want of a to some cases of OMISSION, relating quorum; and that, upon another, ebiefly to the formation of the Hack- they sat an hour, and then only oba ney Society.
tained a sufficient number by en1. With respect to the nature of treating the attendance of a gentlehis publication,
man known to be adverse to theis • It commences with a letter from the
proceedings? Rev. Dr. Watson, „conveying to a respecta- the indiscriminate circulation of
4. After affirming (p. 194), that ble parishioner his reasons for disapproving the Scriptores in all languages of the projected Institution which, at the joint request of that gentleman, and several and countries, is unnecessary and of his neighbours, was printed and circulated ineffectual*, our author proceeds through the parish for general information. thus : This is followed by the unanimous resolutions of three successive meetings of vestry, We recommend to Ms, Norris, and all passed in consequence of the Vicar's letter, persons who deny be possibility of religious
says Mr. N.
“ But there is nothing either in the con- are the lists of those who bave become alive stitution or the object of the Society for to the mischief, and in these are the names promoting Christian Knowledge, which pre- of several receiving parochial relief, and vents its members from circulating them in who are thus made to pay out of the paro. any way, or to any extent they may think chial rates their penny contributions." p. 350. proper." p. 195.
The omissions in this passage are He ought to have added, that the of the following sort:- 1. He does Society for promoting Christian
not tell us whether the Committee Knowledge is not in possession of
were aware, that any person rrceiv. any edition of the Scriptures in fo- ing parochial relief is a subscriber. reign languages, except the Arabic; 2. The Curale of Hackney should and, therefore, that the foreign cir, also bave told us, with whom rests culation at least cannot be effected the responsibility, if the parish poor by it. And is it not true that, for
are destitute of the Holy Scriptures. some reason not yet assigned, many 3. Was, or was not, the co-collector, even of the Arabic Testaments, alluded to in the above extract, an printed by that Society in 1720, be enemy in disguise ? And did he not came, by the mere process of danıp wish to procure information, in order and delay in the course of eighty to defeat the benevolent objects of years, but little calculated for use ? the Society? 5. " It is important to observe,"
This passage opens a very curious or that in this lowest link of the chain of Asso. field of inquiry. We have seen with ciation which exceeds in compass all the rest, what remarkable aptness a county the Bible Society is to all intents and purposes newspaper, or a raving enthusiast, in a secret confederation, as the Editor has
some remote part of the kingdom, is taken the utmost pains to obtain a
alwaysreadyto supply materials to ibe the muster roll! and co-collectors have re
enemies of the Bible Society, for any fused copies of their lists to one of their own body whons they suspected not to be hearty charge which they think it expein the cause; and it is literally true, that in dient to adopt; and we are much the two districts most remote from the church, deceived if this system will not herewhere the measure has succeeded, the only after be carried to a far greater exKsts which the Editor has been able to procure tent. If the person who condemned
the circulation of the Scriplures at instruction being conveyed by the Scriptures the Heriford meeting had declared alone, 10 consider the following statement, himself not an enemy, but a friend which has recently been received from In. to the Society, what a delightful ardia, and which has been furnished by the
gument would it have afforded to the same Dr. Carey of whom Dr. Marsh thinks
Curate of Hackney! It was so much and has written so highly.-• There is a general spirit of inquiry
to the purpose, and of such admiraabout the Gospel all prer the
ble utility, that the author of the
country ; and this inquiry increases more and more.
circular letter had no scruple to call Five natives of high caste, not far from Se him a friend at once; and when Mr. rampore, have lately been baptized, who have. Norris found that this statement was been brought to a knowledge of the truth, incorrect, he prefixes an advertisewithout any communication with us. They ment, intended for the lovers of demet witli Bibles and tracts, and God wrought monstration, to prove that he was by them. These men had begun to sanctify at least an oratorical patron. We the Sabbath, and meet for Christian worship, confess, that, after reading the last before we knew then. They have boldly extract of Mr. Norris, we have given owned the Saviour, and meet ilie persecu- way to something of suspicious convious of their idolatrous relations like Chris. tians. They say iliere are nearly a hundred jecture—but we will wait for future who are only detained from publicly ac
information. knowledging Christ by family opposition,
The suspicions thus excited natuand who, it is hoped, will be enabled 10 rally lead our thoughts to the letter make a profession in due time."'e Missionary of that pretended Quaker, which has Register, vol. i. p. 421.
excited so much of personal appre
hension in the mind of Dr. Marsh, conceal himself by assuming a cha” It is probable that most, who have racter which did not belong to him, taken any public share in this con- though he would then probably troversy, have been troubled with write in a fictitious band, as almost letters, not always in the highest all the other abusive letters, adstyle of compliment and civility. dressed to me, have been written. On perusing the document published “ If his object had been publicity, by the Margaret Professor, he would not have trusted to the were strongly of opinion, and we chances of my publishing the letter are now confirmed in the belief, to the chance of not effecting his that the letter was written by an purpose ; he would have given pubenemy of the Bible Society, under licity to the letter himself. The the character of a friend. We will conjecture therefore is equally vutell the tale, and our readers shall grounded and uncharitable. judge.
“ After all, though my Chelmsford First let us hear Dr. Marsh. correspondent has been unable to
" Though I was ready to give discover any Quaker in the neighevery opportunity to the Quakers, bourhood of Abingdon, who bears of ascertaining whether the Leiter- he name asfixed to the letter in writer liad only assumed the Quaker, question, I can inform him, that a or was a Quaker himself, in order to gentleman of the highest respectaremove the imputation from their bility, a gentleman of his own proown Society, the question to what fession, and who would do honour class of persons he belongs is to me to any profession, has been more a matter of perfect indifference. successful in his inquiries. I hope Whoever was the writer, it shews that I have now said enough to obthe intolerance and the malice with viate the charge, which under the which I have been assailed. This present circumstances might not inference is so obvious, that my improbably be made." correspondent (who cannot doubt, We now request a hearing for that I have received the letter, and ourselves. A most diligent inquiry with the Abingdon post-mark) hås was made by the Quakers, boub in endeavoured to obviate it by the Oxfordshire and Berkshire : no permost improbable conjecture, that son of the name subjoined to Dr. aian ever made. He conjectures, Marsh's letter was to be found in that the letter was written not by their societies ; and it is believed, an adversary, but by a friend ; that that there is no such Quaker in the object of it was to serve my cause, England. What, then, becomes of by furnishing me with a document Dr. Marsh's assertion, that a genw bring the (Bible) Society into tleman of the highest respectability, contempt. Now
&c. has been more successful in coolly and impartially read that his inquiries? Has he found the letter, and say, whether the bitter- writer? No. Has he discovered any ness, expressed in that letter, could individual of the name ? No. There have been so expressed by any man, is in the Retreat at York, an unwho had not the feelings of bitter- happy person, who has been conness; whether the bigotry and in- fined in that place for the last two tolerance displayed in it, was only years, the letters of whose surname fictitious bigotry and intolerance, bear some resemblance to those of the result of cold calculation exer. Dr. Marsh's correspondent, but the eised in the commission of a base spelling is different; and as to the and malicious fraud. Whoever Christian names, they are no more wrote it, he was a real bigot: and like each other than James is like bigots are too impetuous to enter Joseph. This poor man was taken into distant calculations. A bigot to the Retreat in 1811, and did not iadeed might have the cuoning to come from the neighbourhood of