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UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE.

No XLII.-VOL. VII.]

For MAY, 1807.

[NEW SERIES.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

DR. PARR.

Dr. Parr's eminence as a scholar cannot be denied; and even his enemies

[Concluded from page 301.] must not of the talents

allow to him the merit of

a su

of so eminent a scholar merely perior Greek and Latin scholar, and by an epitaph or a monumental inscrip- of being unrivalled in the art of tion: we shall trace them in all his making good scholars in those lanwritings, and it is to be wished that the guages. They would confine his me Doctor would either himself make a rit to these two points, and insinuate, collection of them, or leave them di- that he was nothing out of this pargested in such a manner, that they may ticular walk; and that in fact his exbe published by his friends. Among cellence in this walk rendered him them his celebrated preface to a work unfit for any other pursuit. What of Bellendarius will hold a distinguish- they allow is no small degree of merit :

ed place. It shews his knowledge of but we, who knew him well, may be permitted to add some other particu lars, which make him the deserved object of esteem, love, and admiration to his friends.

the Latin language, his skill in the selection of phrases, his judgment in the discrimination of character. But may we venture to proceed a little farther? It shews what may be expected from writing in a dead language. There is not an expression in the preface, which may not be justified by authority, but it savours of course too much of the midnight oil. A man who writes in Latin, must write in shackles, unless he has been by the habit of frequent conversation and meditation, brought to think entirely in that language; and if this is not to be expected in the present days, we do not recommend to any one to employ it, except in works of science, where elegance of style is not so much to be expected or desired. the hearts of every class of his paThe Doctor married, when he was rishioners. His religion is equally at Stanmore, Miss Marsingale, by removed from superstition and fanatíwhom he had several children, but cism, and he can discuss a doctrinal two only remain. The eldest is mar- point without dooming his opporied to the eldest son of Colonel nent to everlasting perdition for not Wynne, the youngest is single. believing it.

We say, then, that he is a right good scholar, a staunch whig, and a true protestant. His scholarship is not confined to Latin and Greek, but takes in the whole circle of polite literature; and in metaphysics he is unrivalled. No one excels him in the duties of a parish priest, whether we view him in the reading desk, pouring out the devotion of the heart before his creator, or in the pulpit de livering his instructions to his flock, or in his parish promoting harmony and good neighbourhood, and by a variety of affectionate services, gaining

The character of Dr. Parr is variously appreciated. A person who thoroughly understands the principles of civil and religious liberty, and

The awfulness of his wig might at one time of his life, have struck a terror in the distant beholder, but it vanished the moment you be

boldly stands forward in their defence, held him in company: and, as the must in times when they are grow- ladies are assuredly the best judges ing out of fashion, have many ene- in this case, if he is universally their mies, and the sycophants of arbitrary favourite, we may be certain, that power will not fail to seize evey op- he is far removed from the spirit of portunity of depreciating talents, if pedantry and supercilious pride, by possessed by their opponents. But which the votaries of learning, from

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want of keeping good company, are Millenium, or the grand deliverance sometimes distinguished. As with of Christendom from civil and ecclethe ladies, he is the favourite of all siastical tyranny would commence. young people, for he can condescend Persons not used to theological ento amuse and instruct them, and in a quiry may bear to be told that this exmoment turn from the profoundest pected æra was generally expected to disquisition to attend to juvenile en- commence with the SECOND COMING quiries. This arises from the gaieté OF CHRIST UION THE EARTH. du coeur, which the doctor possesses; and that cheerfulness, which is the result of goodness of heart and sound

ness of head.

Sceptics may probably smile, when they recollect the miserable jargon that has been made use of by the many sectarians who have endeavourThe doctor is one of the old school, ed to apologize for Christian tenets fond of smoking and Greek. and traditions; but a little patient inHe is in his element with a pipe in vestigation may soon convince them his mouth, a company of social and that there is more of sound reason well-informed friends, and one to and the fitness of things in these docenter with him into a lively argu- trines than they are aware of. ment-such was Jamie Mackintosh. In my letter upon the Prophetic InThe attack brought forth all the la- dications of the Present Times, in p. tent powers of the doctor's mind: 124 of your Magazine for February, his shield was impenetrable, and his I enumerated some of the astonishing spear, that of Ithureal. Poor Jamie vicissitudes which Providence has Mackintosh! we regret that he lost permitted to be effected by France, the doctor's friendship; but the fault mostly under its present head, viz. was in himself, not with the doctor, the dissolution of the old Gallican Steady to his friends, the doctor was church, the pontificate; the Gernot to be drawn aside by any private manic empire, the principal support interest: and if his friends were at- of the Hierarchy both spiritual and tacked, he felt the wound, as if in- temporal, including several Protestant flicted upon himself. kingdoms and states engaged in suc

The integrity of the doctor, the cessive coalitions against France; the warmth of his attachments, the good- radical reform of the Roman church; ness of his heart, and his convivial the secularization of the dominions of powers, will ever be deeply fixed in most of the ecclesiastical princes; the hearts and minds of all who knew the abolition of celibacy, monasteries, him. The world will admire his ta- and other religious foundations; the lents; by those, who knew him most Protestant religion put upon an equal intimately, the man will be most be- footing with the Catholic; and lastly, loved. the political and moral restoration of the Jews to the free exercise and enjoyment of all their rights, civil and religious. The whole of this wonderful change has been effected, not

withstanding the opposition of al

within the space of sixteen years!
most all the crowned heads in Europe,

THIS
HIS being a subject which was
adverted to by some English
theological writers nearly one hun-
dred and fifty years since, when ap-
pearances little favoured any such spe-
culation, may plead as some apology
for reviving the topic at this eventful
period.

All this, in the language of the New Testament, has occurred in consequence of the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST; the manner in which this important phrase is to be understood, Bishop Hurd will best explain.

It has been the peculiar fate of this phrase to be perverted and misunderstood above its fellows. The gross ideas of the first Millenarians, and the opinions attached to the last judg

The writers alluded to, as it will be easily conjectured, were persons who

had examined the New Testament ment, no doubt grew out of it. Bishop

with a view to ascertain when the

Hurd, in his Sermons at the Warbur

France, an important Object of the

New Testament Prophecies.

και

Και εν εκείνη τη ώρα εγένετο σεισμὸς μέγας,
το δεκαῖον τῆς πόλεως ἔπεσε, , και ἀπεκίανθησαν
ἐν τῷ σεισμῶ ονόμαλα ανθρώπων χιλιάδες επλά.
Apoc. Cap. xi. 13.

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