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no emariations of the divine Spirit shall Caledonian Church, any thing like risit it any more. They range the wastes
an approximation to the Roman and wildernesses of sin, and build the fa
Catholic tenets of purgatory, any brics of iniquity, and work the works of vlarkness, and travel in tlie ways of cruelty ideas of new connubial ties in the and wickedness. The murderous devil is eternal world, or any intimation their master, tiis emanations inspire them, that in that state some perception of his powers of darkness rule them. They
a Saviour may possibly be revealed ayè toil like Vulcan and his slaves, manufac
to the virtuous of other communituring thunderbolts for this their cruel Jore, to overwhelm themselves withal; and, as
ties; and yet we really feel that Eba, the fabled residence of these workers such sentiments are in some cases in fire, conceives in her bowels that flame implied, and in others more clearly and smoke which she afterwards vomits to scorch the vegetation up, which else would ceive they are by any means se
expressed, though we cannot conbeautify her woody and verdant sides--so these wretched men will aye conceive with riously held. in their soul walicious, fiendish imagina- As far, indeed, as we can distions and purposes, which being bronght cover Mr. I.'s sentiments, they are, forth will destroy all the good which else on all essential points, scriptural might Hourish in their cliine. Who knows and orthodox. We should say, they but there may be eridences, even there, of a good God,- incitements to meditation are evangelical; though the disupon all tbe better alternatives of being, tinguishing doctrines of salvation by which, by reason of abounding wicked- faith, and renewal by the Holy ness, are frustrated, and the people tan- Spirit's influences, are not so often talized with the sight and thought of good; brought forward as many would frames did aye hinder them from realizing? desire; but we are by no means -Pp. 395, 396.
sure, that Mr. Irving will thank us Ob! when I think how near erery man for designating them by such a verges upon the confites of madness and term; indeed, he has, with marvelmisery, and bow the least shift in the fa- lous ignorance, or inconsistency, bric of our minds would send beavenly reasoning into howling madness-1 sec, I made the evangelical preachers fancy a thousand powers resident in God, the subject of his attaek, while by the smallest expense of means, to make yet he has kindly recommended a hell such'as no earthly science or earthly such men as Newton and Scott to language is able to represent. Bring me the patronage of the great. The het me have the sorting and the placing of real solution of this inconsistency them upon this earth, and I shall make is, that Mr. Irving knows very bells for each one of them without further little of the actual state of men and ailo. I would send the poets to bear bur; things amongst ourselves. He is a dens, and the porters to indite tuneful foreigner'amongst us; and he is too the kennels, and the roring libertines i busy, too studious, too much enwould station over the watch and ward of gaged in pulpit preparation, to obstreets. I would banish the sentimentalists tain the requisite information. It to the fens, and send the rustic labourers is no easy matter to form a due estito seek their food among the mountains, mate of the prevailing sentiments of each wily politician I would transplant into a colony of bonest men, and your stupid two or three thousand Evangelical clown I would set at the helm of state. Clergy in the Establishment, espeBut, lést it may be thought I sport with a 'cially when the individual is himsubject which 1 strive to make plain, I self engaged in preaching at the shall stop short and gire no further proof of this wicked ingenuity; for, sure I am very time when all the leading mi
nisters are thus occupied. It may, could set society into such a hot warfare and confusion, ás should in one day make indeed,
some years before Mr. half the world 'slay themselres, or slay Irving can become acquainted with each other, and the other half run up and the true state of religion in this down in wild distraction. Pp. 397, 398.
country; but, until that period arLittle, indeed, should we have rives, he will do well to refrain from anticipated from the minister of the attacking large bodies of persons, lest he should, as in the present in- Irving's eye, we would most carstance, assault the very men who nestly intreat him to keep still are most efficiently laboaring in the closer to the oracles of God. Many same cause in which he is engaged. of his weapons are not taken from
But while Mr. I.'s sentiments that armoury. There we meet not are clearly Evangelical, they are with the language of contempt and almost uniformly expressed in a derance; there is no taunting or very unusual, involved, and repul- challenging of the prize-fighters of sive style. It has, indeed, been the day; there is no invocation of said, that the southern dialect is departed spirits; there is no approxinot equal to the grandeur of Mr. mation to profane swearing-no I.'s ideas; but for our own part, exclamations, such as, In the we can conceive of nothing grand, holy name of Christ! and the, or magnificent, or sublime, which Three times holy name of God! may not be adequately expressed, But there, in the language of tenas far as human language can go, der pity and compassion, the pein the style of Edmund Burke or rishing sinner is invited to return to Robert Hall. But we are not dis- the Lord God of his fathers; and posed to dwell on this subject. the poor, condemned malefactor, The real state of the case is, that and the sinner expiring under the Mr. Irving is engaged in a peculiar consequences of his depraved afservice; he has addressed himself fections, is intreated to call upon with diligence and success to that God in the time of trouble, to service; and a great part of the po- seize the passing moment, and to pularity or notoriety he has ob- hear the Saviour's voice" Totained has been forced upon him;so day, while it is called to-day.” that sentiments and arguments, and Should Mr. I. listen to such adperhaps language, intended for one vice, he will be a less surprizsmall body of people, and very ing, probably a
less popular, unintelligible to the religious world but unquestionably a more useful at large, have attained a degree of preacher. Of his industry, of his circulation, which, under all cir- zeal, of his converse with the mascumstances, was by no means de- ter spirits of other days, we ask sirable. Mr. I. came to London to him to abate nothing; but we earsearch after many stray sons of nestly intreat him to cultivate that the north, entangled in metaphysi- guarded mode of stating truth, that cal and infidel "notions, and en- the minds of his hearers may not trenched in hostile camps and for- be entangled in useless controvertifications, of which our southern sy; and to seek after that holy countrymen have little idea. He unction, that fervent devotion, and has sought out these stray sheep- that tender compassion, that his he has encountered the arguments bearers may no longer withdraw by which they were deluded-ho with loud murmurs of admiration of has done much already to excite the man, but may silently melt attention; and when the popular away at the conclusion of the serfernient has somewhat subsided, vice with a deep impression of the we trust that he will do still more eterual importance of the truths he to bring them back to the fold. inculcates, to enter into their cloMeanwhile, the character and in- sets, and commune with their God. fluence he has acquired, compel us But why, it may be said, are and others to animadvert more se- the titles of Richardson's and Fawverely on the defects of his publi- cett's Sermons placed at the head cation than is by any means agree- of this article, if the whole review able to ourselves.
is devoted to Mr. Irving's publicaShould these remarks meet Mr. tion? We frankly confess, that
our objoot was to have oontrasted people may have these things in rethe style and sentiments of Mr. membrance after their decease. Irving with the productions of these
Nor yet can
we here refrain two eminent ministers. We have from asking, with the Sermons of so exceeded all reasonable bounds such men as Richardson and Fawin our review of this work, that it cett in full view, Are these the liis now impossible to carry our ori- mits of pulpit theology, and pulpit ginal plan into execution. But exhortation, we are called upon
to what we are unable to perform, pass?. But whither are we to go? we would earnestly recommend to If lucid statement, if convincing the attention of our readers.
argument, if apt illustration, if have already expressed our high sound eloquence, if awful warnings, approbation of the former volume if abundant consolations, if deep of Mr. Richardson; and while it experience--if, in short, any quamust ever be remembered, that lification of good preaching which posthumous sermons should al- can ordinarily be attained by men, ways be read and recommended or be fairly required by hearers, is with some allowance, we cannot desired, we scruple not to affirm refrain from impressing on our they are here. After travelling readers the benefit they may derive through a wide field of reading and from perusing the volume now pre- of bearing, we know not where we sented to their notice, and would should more delight to sit down, earnestly excite the young minister when increasing infirmities may to copy, as much as possible, that incapacitate us for more active exserious, devout, and impressive ertion, than under the eminently style of preaching, which so emi- useful and holy ministrations of a nently distinguished this holy man Fawcett or a Richardson; or where of God.
we might more calmly await our Mr. Fawcett still lives; and final dismission, or be more encoulong may he live to hold forth the raged to say, Lord, now lettest word, of life, as he has already thou thy servant depart in peace, for done for many years, to the people mine eyes have seen thy salvation." of bis charge; and earnestly do we hope, that the reception these dis- The Loss of Ministers improved. courses have already met with, A Sermon, occasioned by the and the testimonies of their useful- Death of the Rev. John Coates, ness already received, may excite M. A. late Vicar of Hudderstheir pious author to publish still field, by H. J. Maddock, M. A. more largely, Discourses which
Minister of the Holy Trinity may
live in the recollection of his Church in that Town. Pp. 32. people long after his own removal, Robinsons. 1823. and' be handed down by a dying The removal of pious and able parent as a most precious legacy to ministers, is an event which, inhis children, and his children's cessantly as it occurs, must still children. Posthumous reputation produce painful feelings in the is, indeed, a very bubble; but minds of all who are, in any deposthumous usefulness is a noble gree,' competent to estimate their object; and while the Fathers of value and importance. It is, thereour church are advancing to that fore, with a painful interest, that state, that , ere long it must be we read the sermons by which mournfully said, Where are they? their surviving brethren attempt to or triumphantly added, They have improve the afflictive dispensation. entered into rest! we would fain There are, however, circumstances urge them to leave still additional connected with this discourse from memorials behind them, that their Heb. xii. 7, which are deeply cal
culated to produce a still more
tions which hindered yotir, profiting by the abiding impression. Independent labours of your ministers,
and provoked ly of its intrinsic excellence, and him to turn away his just displeasure, and
God to remove them from you. Beseech it is every way deserving of high to make you glad for the days wherein he praise, it records the death not bath aflicted you. Humble yourselres unonly of a most pious, amiable, dis- der the migbty hand of God, that in due interested, and devoted character, time he may lift you up, casting all your the Rev. J. Coates; but, also, who, in the midst of judgment, remembers
care upon him who careth for you, and briefly notices the removal, within
mercy.--Pp. 20–22. little more than a year and a half, Gladly should we continue this of four other valuable ministers; extract, and insert the admirableall intimately connected for several exhortation which immediately folyears with the parish of Hudders- lows; but we feel, under present field; and two of them holding, at circumstances, that some brief nothe time of their decease, perpe- tice of the departed may justly be tual curacies, to which they had required at our hands; in doing been presented by Mr. Coates. which, we shall avail ourselves Well might the preacher, under freely of the information contained such circumstances, exclaim, in Mr. M.'s appendix.
The Rev. John Coates, M. A. Are these ministers removed? Then hear the Rod and Hin who hath appointed after the usual school education, it-ask wherefore the Lord contendeth with was admitted at Catharine Hall, you. It was in displeasure to the people of Cambridge, where he took his deIsrael, that God silenced bis servant Eze
gree in 1782, and was shortly kiel, and told him be should no more be to
after elected Fellow of his col. them a reprorer-Ezck. iii. 26; and you, my brethren, are now under a similar re- lege. Prior to this event, he exbuke--you have lost your reprovers. Now hibited a very striking instance is the time to examine yourselves, and to of disinterestedness. On a Felinquire what you have done to provoke God lowship becoming vacant, to which, thus to break you with breach upon breach.
under peculiar circumstances, it Lay not the blame upon others : say not one is an infidel; another a Deist; a third was perfectly certain that Mr. c. a scoffer at God and godliness ; but let each would be elected, he was applied take this matter to himself, and let con- to by a friend and companion, science deal faithfully. It is sin that sepa- then in the very last year in which rates between you and your God, and also he could succeed, who requested between you' and your ministers. Endeavour to discover the sin that has caused Mr. C. to waive for the present his God thus to deal with you, and mourn on
own claim, in order to advance the account thereof. Weep not so much for interests of his friend. It was sufthose who are gone, as for yourselres; for ficiently obvious, that by this conyour own sin, folly, carelessness, and un
duct Mr. C. would at least endanbelief, which have forfeited the privileges you have lost. Ask seriously, Have not I ger his own prospects, and that been a careless, trifling, forgetful hearer it was very probable another vaof the word ? Has not my heart gone cancy would not occur until himafter my covetousness, even when I have self was superannuated. Mr. C. entered the courts of the Lord ? Has not
however, relinquished at once all the word spoken by the messengers of God been approfitable to me, not being mixed such considerations, exerted all with faith, and received with reverence ?
his interest on behalf of his friend, Instead of following my spiritual guide and cordially rejoiced in his success; friend, hare I not perversely gone after the and very shortly after, an unexways of my own beart?--Oh! my brethren, pected vacancy occurring, let these and such like questions be put himself elected to a Fellowship. with serionsness to your bearts, that you may be awakened to repentance for your
In the year 1785, Mr. C. went little proficiency under the means of grace ;
to Huddersfield as curate to the and endeavour, in dependence on the Spirit Rev. John Lowe, and, on the of God, to mortify those lusts and corrup- Living becoming vacant in 1791,
was presented, by Sir John Rams- wood. To do good, and to advance the den, to the vicarage. Here he interests of religion, were the grand oblaboured with the utinost diligence jects of his life, and to which every thing
else was made subservient. He look great and assiduity; and, on his strength delight in visiting the poor aud contributing being very materially reduced, and
to their necessities, often beyond the extent his health seriously injured, he en- of his means. His piety was ardent, and his gaged in succession the most va
disposition affectionate; his attainments luable assistants he could obtain; able; and his attachment to literature was
in learning were very various and respectamong whom were, the Rer. Walter remarkable to the last; avd he always reSmith, the Rev. William Robin- gretted, that he had not more time to deson, the Rev. William Harding, vote to pursuits from which he derived and the Rev. Samuel Walter, all great solace and delight; but, abore all, of whom are mentioned in
the adorable name of his Sariour might be
very appropriate terms, by Mr. Mada said to be .. his thenie, his inspiration, and
in comparison of this, he, with dock, in the Appendix to this Disa the apostle, accounted all things but loss.
Mr. C. continued labour- The universal sorrow that was shown, and ing at Huddersfield, amidst vari- the tears that were shed at his death, by a ous difficulties and trials, for eight- congregation that had long lored, re
just and and-thirty years; exhibiting to his spected, and admired him, were
sincere tribute to his various excellencies people an admirable example as a and exalted virtues, minister, son, husband, father, The Rev. Wm. Harding, Perpetual Cumaster, and friend; until at length, ale of Sawley, and of the united parishes his work on earth being terminated, of Wiln and Long Eaton, in the county of he entered into rest on Sunday, five years, who lost his life on Tuesday,
Derly, formerly Curate of Huddersfield for July 6, 1823.
July 1st, 1823, whilst bathing in the river For the following brief accounts Trent. The following account of the me
are wholly indebted to Mr. lancholy circumstance is extracted from the M.'s Appendix.
Nottingham Journal.-“ Mrs. Hardiog had The Rev. Walter Smith, A. B. curate of
set out from Sawley in the morning, on a
visit to her relations in Nottingham, and Almondbury, died at Huddersfield, October 2d, 1821, after few days illness, on
Mr. Harding was proceeding on foot to his way from Cambridge, whither he had join her. He took the road leading by been to introduce his son. He was born at
Thrumpton and Barton; and on bis arrival Brambam, in this county, A.D. 1764, lage, where he had been accustomed to
at a place on the Trent, near the latter rilentered at Magdalen College, Cambridge, where he took his Bachelor's degree, bathe, he determined to take the benefit of 1787, was ordained soon after to assist the
an immersion in the water; but observing Rev. Mr. Wilson, of Slaithwaite, near
a fisberman on the opposite bank, he was Huddersfield, where he remained two
induced (froin a sense of delicacy it is supyears; he was afterwards curate of Rais- posed) to proceed about eighty yards higher trick, and then of Huddersfield, for five up the river, and went into the water close years. In 1796 he went to Almondbury, the water's edge, there is a shelving bottom
to a willow kolt. At this place, near to and was elected master of the Grammar School; which situation and curacy he held
of great depth, down which, there is reason until his unexpected and lamented death.
to believe, he suddenly slipped, and, being The Rev. William Robinson, A. B. per
no smirner, was drowned. Mr. Harding petual curate of Longwood Chapel, near
was in his 44th year, and had only been Huddersfield, and master of the Free
married eight weeks.” School in that place, died suddenly in
On the Sunday after his interment, a futhe night of Septeniber 6th, 1822. He
veral sermon was preached at Sawley, ayd was born at Cambridge in the year 1762;
since published, by the Rcv, J. D. Wawn,
who thus delineates his character as a mientered at Edmund Hall, Oxford, where
nister of Christ : “ From much personal inhe took his Bachelor's degree, and served the curacies of Weverthorp on the Wolds,
tercourse with your late beloved minister, in this county; of Reading, under the late
I will state, and you will bear me out in the Hon. and Res. William Cadogan; and of statement, that the leading Scripture truths Huddersfield, where he laboured, with
were held and preached by him, “in simmuch fidelity and usefulness, for six years
plicity and godly sincerity.” with the Rer. Jolin Coates, by whom he
He bad been taught by the Spirit to was presented to the Chapelry of Long
know the depths of sin in bis own beart,