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thren, fawn upon their enemies, and abuse their defenders, they will soon be frittered to pieces; they will become “like other men,” feeble, enervated, and shorn of their strength. (Hall's Works, vol. iv, pp. 122, 123.)
And this result may be brought about, although there should be a great apparent increase of the numbers of the party, and of all the desirable elements of clerical importance and emolument, as attaching to many of the individuals of whom it is nominally constituted. It is possible to have the manifestations of enmity at Lambeth considerably mitigated through the needful policy of the times, and even to enjoy the smiles of other episcopal sees; but the great head of the Church would certainly disapprove of the general extension of such a state of things as is noted in the preceding extract, and would proportionally withdraw the smiles of His love, and the manifestations of His power.
If we glance at affairs in general, it is not improbable that a time of trial for the whole Christian Church, and especially for the establishments of this country, is approaching, if not so rapidly as some expect, yet by sure and certain steps. In that'conflict our brethren of the Church will perhaps make the discovery, that they have been taking up too isolated a position; that they have stood too far aloof from other portions of the sacramental hosts of our common Lord; and that they have been placing too much confidence in an arm of flesh, even in those legal enactments and secular pre-eminences, of the propriety of which, and their importance to the cause of true religion, they are so zealously endeavouring to persuade the public mind. It is not designed to enter into the merits of that question; and yet it is proper to intimate, that all earthly confidences whatsoever may easily derogate from a simple affiance in Him who is King of kings, and Lord of lords.
These remarks are conceived in no unfriendly spirit; and the writer thinks he cannot, in conclusion, express his views and wishes better than in the language of a venerable writer he has already had occasion to quote. It constitutes the close of a valuable letter by the Rev. Thomas Scott, to his Baptist friend, Dr. Ryland, of Bristol, which was written about the commencement of the first French revolution, as perhaps we are not now advanced beyond the opening out of the second: • Let us endeavor to act as peace makers, especially in the Church; and deem ourselves far more nearly united in the bond of faith to all who love Christ than we can be to those of our party, either religious or political, who do not.' Our complaint and grievance is, that the evangelical party seem to recede more and more from ihis wise and Christian course. O when will it be, that all the denominations of the visible Church will cordially cultivate such a spirit! Then may real Christians lift up their joyful heads, and hail the dawning of a millennial day.
The wife of Thomas Benson, livery-lace maker, of Great Queen-street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, being suddenly taken ill on Thursday morning last, to all appearance expired, and when every symptom of life had fled, the body was duly laid out. The husband, hoping for a little consolation in his distress from some money which he had reason to believe she had secreted from him in her life time, began to search for it, and in the course of the evening found upward of £70, principally in silver, in a rusty tin box, deposited in an old bird cage in the cellar. On the following night, between nine and ten o'clock, while the undertaker was in the house receiving instructions for the funeral, to the astonishment and terror of the whole family, Mrs. Benson came down stairs, having been in a trance nearly thirty hours. Her situation has so terribly shocked her that but faint hopes are entertained of her recovery.—London paper.
ERRATA.-Page 354, line 9 from top, it is stated that our own Wesley, first directed his mission to the slaves in Georgia.' This is a mistake. Mr. Wesley's mission was directed to the Indians of that colony, to whom, however, he did not preach much, if even any, on account of the wars in which they were engaged. His labors therefore were confined to the colonists in Savannah, and soi ne other places, and not to the slaves, except such as might have occasionally atter aded his ministry.
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