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• The iron-bedsteads, &e. which Island, declaring them to be oppres. you mention, would answer the best. sive, arbitrary, and unjust. If the beneficence of the donor should From the dampness of his prison in extend the number to six (or two Castle Rushen, even in a summer for each room) it would be impartially season of the year, this excellent benefiting the whole : and, in that Prelate contracted a disorder in his case, I would advise, that some im right hand, which
disabled him, pression, or stamp, should be made through life, from the free use of his upon the iron; such, for instance, as fingers. He ever after wrote back. • The Donation of * * * * * * to the wards, slantiog towards the left, with . Prison (or the Prisoners) of Castle his whole hand grasping the pen., A
Rusnen GAQL.' The kind gift would friend has just laid before nie some thus become exclusively secured, and autographs of Bishop Wilson (an ex perpetuated to the use of the pri- cellent 'Tract on the Visitution of the soners.”
Sick); and but too clearly do they So very singular and unsystematic evince the injury he must have sosa do the proceedings of this secluded tained, from so vile and cruel an in. Island appear, that certain arbitrary carceration, The following lines and lawless events in it occasion less upon the occasion are cited from surprize. The venerable Bishop Feltham's “ Tour" of the Island in Wilson, whose name here is only pot 1798 *, p. 109; and cannot but gra, adored and by whose exemplary tify a lover of Religion and Virtue: life and writings, the world has re
" But, oh! the sad reverse of fate, ceived, and will long continue to
That neither spares the good nor great, receive, unspeakable edification, Not e'en can cherubs paint. was, on the 29th of June, 1722, to Lo, Envy! brooding o'er the scene, gether with his two Vicars-general, Dash'd with a cloud the bright serene; committed to this destructive prison And bore to RUSHEN's walls the perse of Castle Rushen, for the non-pay.
cuted Saint. ment of a fine, which be had just « There as immurd the good man lay, reason to oppose, and which after- Awhile to Tyranny a prey, wards appeared to be unjust. They Sate Patience, with calm eye; were kept closely imwured within And there too, Faith, who gives to fon, these dreary walls, and no persons O Innocence, thy robe of woe, admitted to see or converse with Oped, through the vale of tears, a vista them.
to the sky." The horrors of a prison were ag. My only apology for writing this gravated by the unexampled severity long letter, is from the hope of its of the then Governor, in not per- attracting the attention of some Memmitting the Bishop's house-keeper ber of the British Legislature, during (who was the daughter of a former the approaching Session of ParliaGovernor) to see him, or any of his ment.I am, dear Sir, yours truly, servants to attend upon him during
JAMES NEILD. his whole confinement; nor was any To Dr. Lettsom, London, friend admitted to either his Lordship or his Vicars-general. They were not
Dec. 13. treated as
AM one confined for High Treason. Their lect of the Feasts and Fasts of the sole attendants were common gaolers; Church. I particularly regret that and even these, we are told, were
the Ember-Weeks are not regarded instructed to use their prisoners ill !
with more solemnity. So litlle is In this wretched gaol, were the good there of this, that many of the peoBishop, and his innocently-suffering ple, I am persuaded, do not even friends, confined for two months; know when they come ; and I and, at the end of that time, released, have known a Musical Festival of upon his Lordship’s Petition to the three days' continuance, held in the King and Council before whom his Ember weeks, in one of the most pocause was afterwards heard and determined. On the 4th of July, 1724, * An elegant Octavo, printed by CruttHis Majesty in Council reversed all well of Rath, and sold by the late Mr.. the proceedings of the officers in the Charles Dilly. See vol. LXIX. p. 44.
with all the strictness of prisoners I amurehmen, who fa ment the nego
pulous towns in the kingdom, to the Mr. Urban, are at present turned absolute prevention of the Public to the momentous scenes passing. in Pravers; and that too, at a season Spain and Portugal. The establishwhen both Clergy and Laity are sup- ment of the Cortes in the former, and posed by the Church to be devoutly the enlightened and spirited Declaraengaged in Fasting, and Prayers for tions published by that Assembly, those who are to be
admitted into. respecting the future government of Holy Orders.
If there ever was a that kingdom, are sufficient to justify time when well-wishers to the Church our warmest expectations. Political were in duty bound to pray for her Liberty will, níost assuredly, be the welfare, the present is such a time. result of the continuance of their de. I think, therefore, blame attaches to liberations; and may we not hope, thase Clergymen, who omit to read, that the slavery of the mind, as to at the proper seasons, one or other religious prejudices, will likewise in of the Prayers appointed to be read time be abolished ? Laymen, we obevery day in the Ember-weeks. The serve, are admitted to a participation Bishops are at their posts at these in the Censorship of the Press; which seasons, ready to do their duty, if may be considered as one step towards there be candidates for Orders ; the general Toleration ; and though at Clergy ought therefore to do theirs present sacred subjects are not to be also, in calling forth aod conducting submitted to the discussion of this the Prayers of the people for such. Censorship, yet every thing may be candidates. As to the objection, that expected from the present temper of Ordinations are sometimes held at the times. other times than the Ember-weeks, In the progress of the struggle for candour requires us to believe sucir Independence, it is njost certain, that cases to be both rare, and of extreme every nerve must be strained, and necessity only. What Bishop would, every species of property brought into under other circumstances, deprive requisition ; and theretore, the Cortes bis candidates of the prayers of the must, from necessity, act in the spirit faitlíful, previons to their entering of the French Revolutionary Governupon the most important of all ment; and, consequently, will in offices? The Sectaries may smile process of time secularise the enor. at the importance which I seem to mous Church Establishments, and attach to the use of a form of words. abolish the rich Monastic endowments, But these hints are not intended for which are scattered over the whole them, but for those Members of the Peniusula. This procedure, at the Church, who know there is a vast same time that it will add to the difference between the use of a form, resources of the State, cannot fail to and formalily, in devotion; and who bring about important revolutions in are well persuaded, that the Al- the public mind. The Roman Camighty may be worshiped in spirit tholic Church comprehendstwo orders and in truth, in the use of a forin of of men equally prejudicial to religion sound words.
and morals-opulent Church Dignia
taries, and Ascetics : neither of these Mr. URBAN,
Nov. 24. operate any good in society, but are L
OOKING over Mr. Faber's work rather, in the language of the Poet, on the Prophecies relative to
“ Fruges consumere nati.” the Conversion of the Houses of Israel and Judah," I fancy I perceive
The continued and friendly inter-, in the passing events an inchoale de
course of all orders of Spaniards with Felopement, according to his expres
our country men, who have so nobly sion, of one of the most difficult and stood forth as their polilical defenders,
cannot fail likewise to do away the obscure predictions recorded by the Sacred Prophets ; viz. concerning
injurious prejudices entertained “the King of the South ;” sic vol. against us as Herelicks, which their 1. p. 30 *.
Clergy, when reduced to their proper The eyes of every person,
occupation of Parish Priests, will no * Mr. Faber, in a note, says ; “ it is longer foment. xot impossible, or improbable, that ére If now we turn our eyes to Portulong some such Power should make its gal, the prospect to me seems even appearance,
still more bright. There the Catholic
Dynasty, the Royal Family, with all Religious Superstition, and form a its branches, have expatriated them- Confederacy with the Protestant kingselves ; and the whole popwatiou is doins of Sweden and Deninark, io in a manner amaigumuiend with our proceed “like a whirlwind” against
Ecclesiasticks, as well as Lay- the same infidei power. Dan. xi. ver. men, are there armed in defence of 40. their Liberiies ; and the regulition It will hardly be necessary to point adopted, of placing the Portuguese out the line of conduct, which, during army under the discipline of British these great events, England ought to Officers, considering every man there pursue. If we coutinue to act, in the fit to bear arms is at pres at a soldier, present awful War of Nations, on must operate a change in national principles of self-defence, and not of sentiment. If the present successes aggression, having a proper sense of continue, we may suppose this nation, the Divine Protection hitherto afo once so conspicuous in History, and forded us; we need not fear, from the who, at the discovery of the Cape of tenor of Sacred Prophecy, the corGood Hope, carried the Christian tinuance of it; and we nay encourage Religion into their settlements in the the bope, of being the “ maritime East, may prove the Southern king- mation, whose shadowing sails will dom, which is “ to make his push at be spread for the restoration of the Antichrist." Dan. xi. ver. 40.
Jews in a converted state to the haThis train of thinking must afford bitation of their ancestors.” Faber, comfortable reflections to those, who vol. I. p. 182. are duly impressed with the awful Yours, &c. THEOSEBES. scenes at present passing in review *** As Mr. Faber will probably before us, though I fear the genera these observations, I would lity of mankind, Politicians espe- strongly recommend to him a publie cially, are still flattering themselves cation of his excellent work, iu aq with the restoration of the French abridged state, in Latin, for circulaMonarchy. If, however, the present tion on the Continent. The Vulgate Ruler of France, with his Vassal So- would supply the text; and the vereigns, constitute the Antichristian amendments from the Hebrew, by power described in Sacred Scripture, Mede, Newton, Lowth, Horsley, we are from thence assured, that &c. &c. should be put as notes at much yet remains to be done. The the bottom of the page. recent matrimonial alliance between France and Austria, and the announced pregnancy of the Empress of France,
Oc1.30. are indications of the prolongation Aresting cpoch in the annals to
Jubilee of these scourges of God's wrath. Baffled in his attempts on the Penin our country, is just elapsed, a few sula, Buoua parte, with bis Imperial reflections on the occasion will nut, Ally, will probably proceed to the I hope, be deemed improper. East, and invade the territories of the It was a proud sensation which the Grand Seignior, who, from the nature whole Empire felt, in beholding in the of his government, will not be able to fiftieth year of his reign å resperte! oppose effeclual resistance ; and the Monarch, firinly seated on the thrvae downfall of Mohammedism will of his ancestors, surrounded by all quickly follow that of the Papacy *. the splendour of Royalty, but far
“ The King of the Norih" can eclipsing that splendour by the more hardly be mistaken. While Anti- endearing lustre of a virtuous life, christ is carrying on, as above, his reigning in the hearts and affections designs, and destroying that mighty of his people, and looking befund fabrick of Superstition, the religion this sublunary scene for that glory of Mahomet, we may indulge a hope, which is to last for ever.
It was a that the Empire of Russia may be sensation which will not terminate roused from its present abject state of with the year itself. It naturally
causes the mind to look up with gra* Popery may be said to he now ex
titude to that beneficence which has tinct ; as the Pope is a vassal of Buona. permitted, in these unsettled times, parte's, and the Ecclesiastical States are so fair a picture to be presented to parcelled out into separate Dukedoms, the world.' It serves to impress
stronger and stronger on every Bri- for her own. Too proud to be pertish bosom, that sacred principle, suaded, too presumptuous to be cauwhich Heaven itself implanted in the tious, he may be restrained by nobreast ofman, the Love of his Country: thing short of the actual conviction, and to admonish us, that, as on this that the resolution of Britain, of country Heaven has showered down which fier warriors have multiplied its blessings with a liberal hand, proofs upon him abroad, will exert Gratitude ought to evince itself by itself with redoubled vigour here. correspondent actions. Let then the Alis appearance here would rouze a Jubilee year be a rallying point to Nation into Warriors. Let us not be our reflections. Let us look back wanting to ourselves : let us shew upon it as the period from whence we him, that we are neither to be deluded date the commencement of a grati- by the specious overtures of hollow tude more strenuous, and more ear insincerity, nor intimidated by the nest than before. Let us remember furious ebullitions of yiudictive methat mercy has bestowed, and not
Itonourable security is our desert acquired, the bounties which aiin ; and for that, we will strain we enjoy: but that it is no less our every nerve. The spirit of Britain high concern tv endeavour, as much slumbers not. It warts us pot to be as we can, to deserve them, if we wish dejected with adversity, not to be for their continuance. We must re- intoxicated with success; but it bids member, that Righteousness exalteth us persevere, and conquer. a nation, but that Sin is a reproach the shores of Britain, Britain is to to any people; and if from this time, contend for her independence; on the with zealous unanimity, we strive shores of Britain she will assert her assiduously to root out this reproach independence, or perish in the atfrom amongst ourselves, we may tempt. We fight for Freedom, not then look forward with humble trust, for Fame; we fight for Safety, not without presumption and without for Glory: but Fame will add her disınay, to the termination of that honest testimony to our cause ; and eventful contest in which we are en- Glory will select her fairest wreath, gaged.
and place it happy on Britannia's However dreadful is the thought, brow. we ought to accustom our minds to Yours, &c.
J. the contemplation, that Heaven inay mean to prove us by trials of tre Mr. URBAN,
Dec. 8. it is our duty, earnestly to pray that appears to be particularly within these trials may not be reserved for the scope of your Magazine : it
it is equally our duty to be pre- being one of your objects to cominunipared to encounter them ; to remem cate information for ascertaining the ber, that despair is the worst ingrati- authors of such works as are popular, tude ; and to hope,, that in the con or in any way considerable. You flict we shall still be defended by that must be aware, that the Charge shield, and aided by that arm, without delivered by the Bishop of Durham in whose protection we must strive in 1806, and his late Tract on the differ: vain : but, to justify this hope, our ences between our Church and that own exertions must not be wanting of Rome, have occasioned a consiin the cause. Happy will it be for derable Controversy ; begun by an Britain, if every succeeding year, anonymous publication of certain that adds to the reign of a virtuous Remarks on that Charge; and contiMonarch, shall behold Vice diminished nued by the same writer, in other in his realms, and shall see the King Remarks and Answers, and what is and his people walking together in called, a General Vindication of the righteousness, in the ways of plea- Remarks. In the Supplement to the santness, and in the paths of peace. Reply to Dr. Milner, and in my
It may be, that the Tyrant, the foe Treatise on the Eucharist, I have to freedom and to man, may still put assumed (upon the authority of the his long-meditated resolve into execu. Irish Magazine) that this author's tion; and may yet attempt, with his name was Fletcher : but I have long destroying footsteps, to invade the doubted of the accuracy of this stateterritory which Freedom bas chosen ment, as I have not been able to find
the name of Fletcher among the Mr. URBAN, St. John's-squ. Dec. 7. Romaneathed til leren Teacher: A Nasiginal letter from the Printer tory, published by Keating and Co.; having lately fallen into my hands, i and which is a sort of Annual Re- inclose it for insertion in your gister of every thing pertaining to Monthly Repository of Literary Ratheir religion in this kingdom. I rities. Flow greatly must we regret have been led, however, I think, to the projected sale of his estate, for the tri name, by what is farther paymeut of a debt incurred for borslated in the Irish Magazine. It rowed capital to print his Bible, when describes this Mr. Fletcher as the in we witness the price which it now genious Author of “The Spirit of Re- produces, whenever offered for sale, ligious Controversy.” of this tract, inore particularly when we reflect, it being out of print, I have not been that, though entitled to this estate able to get a sight : but I find, upon from his birth, Baskerville approthe undoubted authority of Keating priated the produce of it, during the and Co. in their Catalogue at the lives of his parents, to their comfort end of the Directory for this year,
and support. that certain Sermons on the Unity of Yours, &c. the Church, lately published, are by the author of that work : and from Esq. Member of Parliament, in Ar
46 To the Hon'ble Horuce Walpole, the Letter of Dr. Milner to Lord Slourton, published at the end of lington Street, London, this. Mr. Keogh's Veto, I think I can dis
“ Easy Hill, Birmingham, cover also that the author of those
2d Nov. 1762. Sermons (for 1 know of no other
“ As the Patron and Encourager of Sernious to which Dr. Milner could Arts, and particularly that of Printbe alluding) is Mr. Archer. And I ing, I have taken the liberty of sending therefore conclude, not only from you a specimen of mine, begun ten this, but from the conformity both in years ago at the age of forty-seven ; matter and style of those Sermons, and prosecuted ever since, with the with the Remarks on the Eishop of utmost care and attention ; on the Durham, as weli as their being printed strongest presumption, that if I could in the saine place; that he is also the fairly excel in this divine art, it would author of the Remarks. The cire' make my affairs easy, or at least give cumstance of their being all printed me Bread. But, alas ! in both I was at Newcastle, though sold and adver- mistaken. The Booksellers do not tised by the London booksellers, is chuse to encourage me, though ! not immaterial; when it is certain have offered them as low terms as I that Mr. Archer lives near town; I could possibly live by; nor dare I atbelieve at Richmond. That this was tempt an oid Copy, till a Law-suit the case with the author of the Ser relating to that affair is determined. mons, I was informed at the book “The University of Cambridge have seller's. He is also, I understand, a given me a Grant to print thei 8vo very popular" Preacher, which I can and 12mo Coinmon Prayer Books ; easily believe, as his books are written but under such shackles as greatly with a degree of liveliness aud ele- hurt me. I pay them for the former
among the twenty, and for the latter twelve Romish Clergy in this country. With phunds ten shillings the thousand; the merits and demerits of this gen- and to the stationers' Company thirtytleman, however, I do not mean to two pounds for their permission to trouble you : but simply to ascertain print one edition of the Psalms in what, considering ihe character and Metre to the small Prayer-hook : situation of the Bishop of Durham, add to this, the great expence of doumay be a point of some interest : ble and treble carriage ; and the inthat is, the real name of his Remarker. convenience of a Printing House an Is it, or is it not, Mr. Archer ? I shall hundred miles off. All this summer be obliged to any of your Correspond- I have had nothing to print at home. ents for certain information on this My folio Bible is pretty far advanced head. Yours, &c.
at Cambridge, which will cost me Tho. LE MESURIER. near £2000. all hired at 5 per Cent. Gent. Mag. December, 1810.,