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Transylvania, or in Britain ; and to this, from the pestilential brood of liere. railer than to Trinitarianism, or to Uni- tical and rebellious fanatics, who tarianism, it ought to be impuled." ed called themselves Independents, or edit. p. 146.
from the mad adherents of Thomas Mr. Mackenzie entertains his Venner, or from the high-church readers with the old fable of the mobs of Sacheverel and Birminge Descent of the present Baptists ham, notwithstanding, from that from the Anabaptists of Munster; part of the preceding quotation which is just as truc as that the pre- which we have printed in Italic chasent Independents are descended racters, he appears to be "agreed from the fanatics under Thomas with them on the article of baptism. Venner. He, however, politely adds, We proceed to make a few ex
tracts relative to the closing scenes “While it is impossible to contemplate the conduct of these fanatics without of the life of this excellent man, feeling the glow of indiguation, it is im- “ The year 1564, when be entered on portant to guard against a disposition to lis eternal felicity, occasioned a deep and transfer our disgusi to those who are dis-lasting grief to Geneva. On the second tinguished by the same denomination in of February, he delivered his last sermon, the present day. Justice, however, re- and, on the same day, his last theologi, quires us to CONFESS, that they are as cal lecture. His asthnja depriving him far removed from every thing offensive of the use of his voice, he abstained from in the conduct of the fanatics of Mun- all the functions of his charge. He was ster, as they are agreed with them on the indeed sometimes carried to the congres article of baptism. It would indeed be gation, but seldom spoke. equally just to reproach the present « In a letter which he wrote to the Ainericans, on the ground of the charac physicians of Montpellier, he gave an ter and circumstances of their remote account of the maladies, which his vari: ancestors.
ous tabours of body and of mind had We can scarcely refrain from brought upon him. For, besides being laughing out aloud at these self-im- of a dry and feeble temperament, and portant and self-complacent airs. strongly inclined to consumption, he Surely Mr. Mackenzie forgets, that at least he ate no dinner, taking no nou
slept very unsoundly. During ten years as great odium has been attached rislıment until supper-time. He was subto the term Independent, as was ject to a head-ache, the only remedy for ever attached to that of Anabaptist; which was fasting; on account of which aņd that in the Indices Hæretici of he remained sometimes thirty-six hours the last two centuries, the Indepen- without eating. He was also frequently dents are described as a pestilential attacked by the hemorrhoids, which were brood of heretical and rebellious fa- brought on partly by his efforts in preachnatics. So great was “the odinm of ing, and partly by the excessive use of sedition and anarchy charyed on this aloes; and five years before his death he
was seized withi a spitting of blood. He sect, that the true and genuine Independents renounced this title, and than he was attacked by the goat: he
was no sooner cured of ihe quaflan ague called themselves Congregational was afterwards a Micted with the cholic, Brethren, and their religious assem
and a few months before his death with blies Congregational Churches."*
the stone. The physicians exhausted We are obliged to Mr. Mackenzie for their art upon him, and no man ever obfeeling the importance of guarding a- served their instructions with more regugainst a disposition to transfer his dis- larity. But as to what relates to the la. gust to the inodern Baptists; but we
bours of the mind, he had so little respect should bave been still more obliged to
to his health, that the most violent bead. him if he had not feltthe necessity of it. aclies never prevented bis appearance is For our parts, we fvel no necessity the pulpit in his turn.
«'Afflicted, however, as he was, by so of being upon our guard against a disposition to transfer our disgust to many maladies, he was never known 10 Mr. Mackenzie from the followers tian, or even of a man of constancy and
pronounce a word unworthy of a Chris. of Wat Tyler and Jack Cade, or courage. Įn bis greatest agonies, lifting • Rees's edition of Chambers's Cy. only ia repeat the words, . How long,
bis eyes to heaven, he was accustomed clop. Art. Independents,
Lord?' When in health, he frequently
made use of these words with reference never failed to rise, and to be placed beto the calamities of his brethren in Jesus fore his table. But after this night he Christ, whose afflictions were much more remained confined to bis bed, so thiu and painful to him than his own, When ime exhausted, that breath only remained, portvoed not to dictate or write during though his face was not much altered. his illness, Would you,' said he, that “On the day of bis death, which was when the Lord comes, he should surprise the 24th of May, he appeared to speak me in idleness?"
with less difficulty, and more strength. ç « On the 10th of March, being dressed, But it was the last effort of nature. and seated before the table at which he About eight o'clock in the evening, the was accustomed to write, be was visited signs of death appeared evidently in his by Beza, and other friends. Upon see- face: he continued speaking, however, ing them, he leaned his head upon one of with great propriety, until his last breath, his hands, apparently meditating, and ad- when he appeared rather to fall asleep dressed them in a low voice, but with a than die.” cheerful and open countenance; saying, His works, published at Geneva, • I return you my thanks, my very dear comprehended twelve volumes in brethren, for all the care you take of me. folio; which the edition of AmsterI hope you will soon be relieved from it, and that in a fortnight I shall assist in dam, 1667, bas reduced to nine.
He was held in the highest veneyour assembly for the last time ; for I ihink that after that time, the Lord will ration by the foreign reformed remove me from this world, and raise churches, and not less so by the me to his paradise.'"
most celebrated divines of the We could gladly have transcribed church of England. Witness the
exalted testimonies given of him by many other particulars; but our room will not permit: we pass on, Bislop Andrews, Bishop Bilson, Mr. therefore, to the account of his death. Hooker, Bishop Morion, Bishop "To admit all the persons who wished by Dr. John Edwards for this pur
Stillingfleet, and many others, cited to express their regret at the prospect of losing him, the door of his chamber must
pose, in his Veritas redux. have been open night and day. But as
Dr. Hoyle, who wrote under tho be spoke with dificulty, be” requested patronage of Archbishop Usher, says that his friends would be contented to of Calvin, “ What shall I speak of pray to God for him, and spare them. his indefatigable industry, almost selves the trouble of visiting him. On beyond the power of nature, which, being visited by his intimate and highly paralleled with our loitering, will, valued friend Beza, be informed him, I fear, exceed all credit? It may be that he made it a matter of conscience the truest object of admiration, how not to divert him in the smallest degree
one lean, worn, spent, and wearied from the duties of his charge, so ipuch budy could hold out. He read had he the interests of the church and
every week of the year through the glory of God at heart. In this state
three divinity lectures; every other he continued, until the 19th of May, ex
week, over and above, he preached hibiting a perfect resignation, and comforting his friends. And as on this day every day: So that (as Erasmus said they were, accustomed to partake of a of Chrysostom) I know not whether meal together, in token of their intiinate more to admire his constancy, or friendship, he was anxious that they theirs that heard him. Some have should sup in the hall of his house : ard reckoned his yearly lectures to be being carried thither from his chamber, 186, and his yearly sermons 286. he made use of these words on entering: Every Thurday he sat in the presbyI am come to see you, my brethren, and tery. Every Friday, when ihe mito seat myself at table with you for the
nisters met to confer upon difficult Jast time. He then offered up the usual
texts, he made as good as a lecture. prayer, ate a little, and discoursed in a manner worthy of his piety, and of his Besides all this, there was scarce a zeal: and when his weakness obliged day that exercised him not in an him to retire to his chamber, looking at swering, cither by word of mouth, or the company, with a smile, 'This wall, writing, the doubts and questions of said he will not prevent my being different churches and pastors; so united with you in spirit.'
that he might say with Paul, “The "What he had predicted, happened ; care of all the churches licth upon por until this day, however weak, he bad. me.' Not a year passed wherein, equal to it,"r*
over and above all these former em- Mr. Bruce deserves well of every ployments, some great volume in friend to youth ; for while he is anxifolio came not forth.”
ous to improve and amuse, it is his We give our hearty assent to the carnest endeavour to implant the well-known distich, concerning his great principles of the Christian reliChristian Institutions,
gion. * Præter apostolicas, post Christi tem
This edition has been enlarged pora, chartas,
and improved. As future editions Huic peperêre libro sæcula nulla pas may be called for, we take the liberrem.
ty of turning the attention of the That is, “Since the time of Christ, worthy compiler, to what we judge if we omit the writings of the apos- defects in this excellent work. tles, no age has produced a book In many instances, the authorities
for the anecdote are given either diWe hope our readers will pardon rectly or indirectly. In our opinion, the length of this article: but, in the work from which the incident our opinion, the eminence of the was borrowed, or the authority from person whose life is here recorded which it was derived, should, in all required it. We shall close the cases have been distinctly and promiwhole with saying, that the late Mr. nently given. No weight of characFuller of Kettering, preferred Cal- ter, on the part of the compiler, can vin's Commentaries on the Scrip- supply this deficiency, in a collectures to all others.
tion of materials so multifarious,
Another defect in this valuable
work relates to the composition of Bruce's Juvenile Anecdotes. Second the whole. Every incident should Edition. Price 4s. 6d.
have been reported, if practicable, All the anecdotes in the little writers from whom it is taken.
in the very style and words of the Book to which we here call the at- This would have introduced an intention of our readers, are strictly credible variety into a compilation, true, and are either taken from re- which, in its present form, bears the spectable publications, or supplied impression of the same plastic hand from unquestionable authorities: Mr. throughout. The author might havo Bruce only claims the praise of se- taken a few liberties with his orilecting and arranging the materials. ginal anthorities, when grammar or
The advantages of such a compi- perspicuity' required it; but much Jation are very evident. Youth are
would have been gained by leaving furnished with a number of striking many of his incidents in their first incidents of various kinds, written garb, and with their natural tongue. with studied brevity, and placed in Another fault we take the freea simple and perspicuous order. The dom of stating is, the manner in intrinsic worth of the stories them- which the author brings forward his selves is very great. In so various an assemblage, all cannot be thought ings. They are, perhaps, on the
own reflections, directions, and warnto have equal claims on the appro- whole, too numerous, and not albation and taste of youth; but we ways expressed with the greatest can say, that, after a careful perusal brevity; and, (which is a circumof the book, we found nothing un
stance the most unpleasant to us) worthy of a Christian minister to they cannot be always separated publish, or of a Christian parent to witú facility from the Anecdotes recommend to his children. Some of themselves. In some instances, we them are truly affecting, and are cal- found it difficult to decide whether culated to excite the attention, to pu. Mr. Bruce, or some other person, rify the heart, to illuminate the mind,
was the speaker. and to expand the best feelings of
On the whole, we consider this juvenile readers.
little work as doing much honour to * A good translation of this work, by author, and as admirably calculated
the talents, piety, and zeal of the Mr. Allen, of Hackney, has been reviewed in this Magazine.
for the perusał of youth:
Missionary Retrospect and foreign Jntelligence.
BAPTIST MISSION. conversation with the brethren, respect
ing my future station, and I suppose it
will be at Cuttack, in Orissa ; in expecExtracts from a Letter of Mr. Sutton, to tation of which, I have begun to learn a Friend in England.
that language. This is a new station ;
we had a station at Balasore, in Orissa, Serampore, April 6, 1818.
but Mr. Peters, who resided there, is reOUR voyage hither was, on the whole, turned to Calcutta. It will, no doubt, pretty favourable; we had not much be an arduous post; but a missionary rough weather, though we experienced ought to find an arduous post every several severe squalls. The last week where. I would not wish to be in any but one, before we landed; was by far other land bat India, though my ideas of the most tedious and dangerous. We its opulence and civilization were greatly were, for a' whole week, driving about over-rated. The darkness is great, Sa. on the sands, at the head of the Bay of
tan is triumphing, and there must be Bengal, and knew not where we were.
strong and united exertions to pull down That we were near some land was evi- his strong holds. You can form no coro dent;
for the water was very muddy, (a rect idea of the wretchedness of the in. thing we had not seen before, since we habitants of this vast continent, without left our native country,) and we could seeing them. Mr. Adam is going off very sometimes find the bottom at seven fa
soon to Surat. “Wherever we are situat. thoms. Our hearts at times sunk within ed, it will be the constant desire of our us; we feared that, perhaps, at last, a minds, to be at as little expense to the watery grave would be our portion ; but Society as possible; for when the money in the midst of all, we found our conso. is collected for the cause of God, he who lation in God; we stayed ourselves up wantonly spends one shilling of it, in an on him who holds the winds in his fists, extravagant manner, is highly criminal, and measures the waters in the hollow I hope you are all going on comfortably, of his hand. Oh, what a solace is reli.
and that vitali religion flourishes in your gion in the hour of distress! How does souls. Without spirituality of mind, it hush to silence the ruffed feelings of what are we fit for in the church of God'! the breast, when all around is confusion and dismay! At last, by the good hand of our God, we were led into our right Extracts.-From Mr. Phillips to a Friend track, and arrived at Calcutta on the
in England. morning of the 20th ult. No poor bird,
Samarang, * January 2, 1818, which has broken from its cage, could rejoice and futter its wings with greatered on the 9th of November. I spent
I am now at Samarang, where I arrivo pleasure, when it found itself free in nine months at Batavia, in learning the open space, than I did, to find myself Malay language, and set sail on October once more on terra firma, after three-and.
%, for Samarang, and after a tedious pas. twenty weeks' confinement within a number of planks. On our landing, we
sage arrived in safety with my family.
I have begun to preach in Malay, in first went to Dr. Carey's, in Lall Bazaar, but he was at Serampore; from thence worslip on Sunday mornings. I have
my own house, and have also English to the younger brethren's house, where we remained till Tuesday the 24th. I begun the Javanese, and this will furnish am pleased to say, that the cause of God employment for some years. Mr. Bruck.
ner informs me that he has a collection of is going on here, and the missionaries 25,000 words, and that in every new are doing much good. Eustace Carey
book he reads, he meets with a great and Yates are preaching very frequently number of new ones. I pant to preach among the natives, in Calcutta; and at
to the Musselmen in Javanese. I long Serampore all is bustle and business. I
to establish schools for the youth, since it sat down at the ordinance here last even. ing, when there were upwards of fifty who partook of it, more than thirty of * A populous town on the eastern part whom were natives. I have had much of the island of Java.-Ed. VOL. X.
must be by the dissemination of know- | minister, who is a Dutch Baptist, or ledge among the rising generation, that Mennonite, and has the character of bethe almost unlimited power of the Mus- ing a pious" and learned man. It is sélmen priests must be destroyed. The greatly his wish to promote an acquaintwork is great and arduous ; outward cir- ance with the English Baptists: for cumstances appear forbidding; byt an unshaken confidence in the power of di. a correspondence with any intelligent vine grace forbids me to despair. Though, person in London, or elsewhere, of ibat fast bound by the prejudices of supersti- denomination, to interchange communition, and in the fetters of delusion, the cations on the state of religion, &c. Javanese appear to furnish little ground This co-operation might extensively proto hope for their conversion, it is not our mote objects of a public nature for the province to be dismayed, for "the zeal spread of truth. His name is Mr. Masof the Lord of Hosts shall perform it.”. caart; and he being a respectable man,
Wherever I have been, I have found and desirous of doing good, I have the natives entirely under the control thought of making an effort through bim of their priests and teachers, so that they to recommend the Baptist Mission, and bave not dared to read a tract unless they some other benevolent objects, to the had first shown it to them, and received churches in the Mennonite connexion, their opinion on its contents. These (which, through Holland, I learn, are teachers are for the most part very ig- both opulent and numerous, particularly norant; their knowledge, in many in- in Friesland,) and also to the Germau stances, extending little farther than the Baptists, I wish you, therefore, to forability to read the Koran in the Arabic ward some copies of Fuller's Abridg, character, without understanding the ment of the Baptist Mission, Ivimey's meaning of twenty words in it. There is History of the Baptists, and any other a numerous class of persons who have publications you deem suitable to the performed the pilgrimage to Mecca. design of making this object fully known. These men are held in great respect, and Mr. Mascaart inforing me, that he has live upon the credulity of the people, had for some time in MS. a General His. I asked one of them, what good he had tory of the Baptists, in his own writing, obtained by so long and painful a jour- but has not yet had an opportunity of ney? he replied, that God had com, printing it. He further states, that most manded it, and he hoped to obtain salva- of the literary journals throughout Holtion by it. I endeavoured to convince land are conducted by ministers of the him that his hope was false, and that a Mennonite persuasion. God to a sinner. agreed to every thing I said ; still I could not forbear
: THE lamenting, that his ideas of the character GERMAN ROMAN CATHOLICS. of God were so incorrect, as to lead him to hope for safety in him as a merciful
(From the Times.) Being, without once thinking of his justice. Men are ruined in their eternal in- On the death of the late Primate, who terests, hy ignorance of God !
was also Bishop of Constance, the Baron We are all now tolerably well; death Von Wessenberg, his General Vicar, in has carried off scores of Europeans of the digcese of Constance, was nominated late, but a merciful Providence has pre- to succeed him. The Pope refused to served as. I'am now writing at the ta. confirm the nomination ; but the Grand ble at which Mr. Trowt often sat, when Duke of Baden, his Sovereign, maintains lingerig under the dreadful dysentery him in his situation, in defiance of the which carried him off. O that I may Pope's authority, and io so doing he is follow him in his zeal and devotedness supported by all the sovereigns of Ger. to the cause of God!
many. The Grand Duke of Baden contends, that as Sovereign, he is entitled to
nominate to the vacant diocese, and that DUTCH MENNONITES.
such nomination ought to be held good, till it be ascertained by competent
judges, in partibus, that an improper perExtract of a Letter, dated April 2, 1818,
son has been chosen. . In this case, after from Mr. W. II. Angus, residing with the most rigorous inquiry, he has found Mons. Mauniers, Pasteur Reforme.
the Baron Vou Messenberg's qualifica
tions of the highest kind, and his conHoog-straat, Rullerdara.
duct to have always been most exemAxone other good, men here is a plary; he contends, therefore, that the