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rio envariations of the divine Spirit shall Caledonian Church, any thing like risit it any more. They range the wastes and wildernesses of sin, and build the fac Catholic tenets of purgatory, any

an approximation to the Roman 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, this emanations inspire then, that in that state some perception of his powers of darkness rule them. They

a Saviour may possibly be revealed aye toil like Vulcan and his slaves, manufacturing thunderbolts for this their cruel Jose, ties; and get :we really feel that

to the virtuous of other communito overwhelm themselves withal; and, as Eva, 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 spoke which she afterwards vomits to seorch the vegetation up, which else would expressed, though we cannot conbeautify her woody and verdant sides-so

ceive they are by any means sethese 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 brought cover.Mr. I.'s sentiments, they are, forth will destroy all the good which else might flourish in their clime. Who knows and orthodox. We should say, they

on all essential points, scriptural but there may be evidences, 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 thougbt of good; brought forward as many would which their own crazed and disjointed desire; but we are by no means frames did aye hinder them from realizing? -Pp. 395, 396.

sure, that Mr. Irving will thank us Ob! when I think how near erery nan for designating them by such a verges upon the cobfitues 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 bearenly reasoning into bowling madness—I sec, I made the evangelical preachers fancy a thousand powers resident in God, the subject of his attaek, while by the smallest expense of weans, to make yet he has kindly recommended a hell such 'as no earthlý science or earthly such men as Newton and Scott to language is able to represent: Bring me the patronage of the great. The all the classes of men upon tbe earth, and let 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 adlo. 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 ob streets. I would banishợthe 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 clown I would set at the helm of state

. Clergy in the Establishment, espea colony of bonest men, and your stupid two or three thousand Evangelical But, lest 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 give no further proof very time when all the leading miof this wicked ingenuity; for, sure I am I could set society into' such a hot warfare

nisters are thus occupied. It may, and confusion, as should in one day make indeed, be 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,

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lest he should, as in the present in- Irving's eye, we would most oarstance, assault the very men who nestly intreat him to keep still are most efficiently labouring 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 defiance; 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 nothivg; 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 controvertitications, 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 hearers may no longer withdraw by which they were deluded-h6 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

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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. We argument,

We 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 hearing, 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 mas 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 his 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 recoll on 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. xiii. 7, which are deeply cal

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tions which hindered yotir profiting by the abiding impression. Independent labours of your miristers, and provoked

God to remove them from you. Beseech ly of its intrinsic excellence, and

him to turn away bis just displeasure, and it is every way deserving of high to make

you glad for the days wherein he praise, it records the death not bath aftlicted 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 admirable all 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 Him 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 his scrvant Ezc

gree in 1782, and was shortly kiel, and told him he should no more be to

after elected Fellow of his col. them a reprorer-Ezek. iii, 26, and you 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. Endea

Mr. C. to waive for the present his vour to discover the sin that has caused 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 yourselves; 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, Hare 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 coretousness, eren 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 unprofitable 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 seriousness 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,

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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 else was made subservient. He look great

jects of his life, and to which every thing 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 rery various and respectamong whom were, the Rer. Walter remarkable to the last ; aud 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, above all, of whom are mentioned in very said to be his theme, his inspiration, and

the adorable name of his Sariour might be appropriate terms, by Mr. Mad

in comparison of this, he, with dock, in the Appendix to this Dišo the apostle, accounted all things but loss. course. Mr. C. continued labour. The universal sorrow that was słown, and ing at Huddersfield, amidst vari- the tears that were shed at his death, by : ous difficulties and trials, for eight- congregation that bad long lored, reand-thirty years; exhibiting to his spected, and admired him, were a just and

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, ate 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,

Derby, formerly Curate of Huddersfield for July 6, 1823.

July 1st, 1893, whilst bathing in the river For the following brief accounts Trent. The following account of the mewe 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 Alinondbury, died at Huddersfield, October 2d, 1821, after a few days illness, on

Mr. Harding was proceeding on foot to his way from Cambridge, whither he bad join her. He took the road leading by been to introduce his son. He was born at Thrumpton and Barton; and on his 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

induced (from a sense of delicacy it is supHuddersfield, where he remained two years; 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 holt. 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

to beliere, he suddenly slipped, and, being until his unexpected and lamented death. The Rev. William Robinson, A. B. per

no stimmer, was drowned. Mr. Harding petual curate of Longwood Chapel, near

was in his 44th year, and had only been

married eight weeks." Huddersfield, and master of the Free School in that place, died suddenly in

On the Sunday after his interment, a futhe night of September 6th, 1822. He since published, by the Rev. J. D. Wawn,

veral sermon was preached at Sawley, ayd was born at Cambridge in the year 1762 ;

who thus delineates his character as a mientered at Edmund Hall, Oxford, where

nister of Christ : “ From mucb persoual inhe took his Bachelor's degree, and served the curacies of Weverthorp on the Wolds,

tercourse with your late beloved minister,

I will state, and you will bear me out in the in this county; of Reading, under the late Hon, and Rev. William Cadogan; and of

statement, that the leading Scripture truths Huddersfield, where he laboured, with

were held and preached by him, “in sinmuch fidelity and usefulness, for six years plicity and godly sincerity.” with the Rer. John Coates, by whom he

He bad been taught by the Spirit to

know the depths of sin in bis own beart, was presented to the Chapelry of Long

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