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Mr. URBAN, London, June 13. been Page of Honour to the Duchess IN June 1806, while on an excur- of York, and afterwards Groom of
sion into Cambridgeshire, I passed the Bedchamber to her husband King through the little hanılet of Stuntney. James II. ; he married the Right The antient Chapel here being in the Hon. Susanna Lady Bellasis, Baroness Norman style of Architecture, I was of Osgodby in her own right, but induced to stop, and m ke a sketch left no issue. He died Aug. 18, 1719, from it, which is much at your ser- aged 63. vice, should you think it deserving a Without the Church, on the South place in your Miscellany. (See Plate I.) side, is an altar-tomb on a base of freeSTUNTNEY
stone, in memory of Miles Carter, and situated op a gentle eminence, 81, and Mary his wife, died May 3, overlooking the fens towards that 1725, aged 77. Also Thomas Carter, city, from which it lies S. E. about a son of the said Miles and Mary, died mile and a half. The Chapel consists Jan. 14, 1736, aged 65; and Elizaof a nave and chancel, separated by beth his wife, died Sept. 17, 1731, an arch ornamented with chevron aged 54 years. In the Church-yard mouldings; the doorways on the is also another altar-tomb for William North and South sides of the nave Whinn, esq. who died Jan. 31, 1734, being also enriched in the same man- aged 52. ner. Against the West wall hang two In 1874, “ D'nus Robertus” occurs small bells, which are enclosed in a as “Rector de Mephale." April projecting frame of wood : being a 1609, Mr. Barwell was rated (with Chapel of Ease to the parish of the the vicar of Chatteris) to find a pair Holy Trinity in Ely, it is without the of curols, and a pike furnished. Anno appropriate addition of tombs, &c. 1676, Mepal contained 116 inhabite
Having spent a day most agreeablyants, 3 dissenters, no recusants *. at Ely in admiring its very magnifi- Yours, &c.
W. A. cent Cathedral, 1 pursued my excursion Westward for about six miles,
Mr. URBAN, when I reached MEPAE,
FEEL perfect conviction in my I
own mind, that when His Majesty which is situated in the hundred of dismissed from his Councils the men Witch-ford, and deanery of Ely; the who had the unparalleled assurance to living is a rectory, and valued in the endeavour to set themselves above King's books at £3. 6s. 8d. and in their Sovereign, and to force the conthe gift of the Dean and Chapter. science of their King, it was his own
The Church is dedicated to the act and deed, and a genuine exercise of Virgin Mary, and consists of a nave his high and indisputable prerogative; and chancel, with a small Chapel at and those who maintain that the King the N. E. corner of the nave. The cannot act at all without advisers, walls of the chancel, as well as the do, in my humble opinion, rather North side of the fabrick, are sup- mistake the Constitution they adported by buttresses of brick work. mire ; for though very rarely indeed Instead of a tower at the West end, - will a prúdent Monarch so act, yet it has two open arches, in one of which our noble-minded King has shewn, is a bell.
that be better knows the Constitution The altar is elevated on two steps; of which he is the head ; that in a and on each side the East window is a most serious conjuncture the voice of niche, with a recess or piscina. Against the Monarch may be individually the North wall is a murai monument heard, without a breach of the Conto the memory of Samuel Fortrey stitution ; and that the British King (son of Sam. Fortrey, esq. of Byal- is not a mere puppet decorated with a Fen) who died Feb. 10, 1688, aged 38 crown, to be danced up and down by years. Auother monument for a his Ministers, but one, and the first of younger brother James Fortrey *, the three great Estates of the Realm, esq. records his descent from an an- to each of which belongs perfect indetient stock in Brabant, and having pendence, and, for the better main
* Vide Lysops's Magna Britannia, Gent. Mag. July, 1810.
* Cole's MSS, in British Museum.
taining taining and carrying into effect their takeu a solemn oath to maintain the important functions, various high Protestant Religion as by Law estabrights and powers, under the names of lished. Is it then to be imagined, Prerogative and Privilege. And that a Monarch so circumstanced, surely, though the Constitution has will ever associate with himself in the wisely ordained, that whoever advises high offices of confidential interthe King, shall be responsible for the course, men of a different religious advice he gives, it never meant to say persuasion from himself; and more that he may not be his own adviser if particularly members of that Com. he will, and according to his own judg. mnunion, whose proselytising spirit ment adopt or reject the opinions of would be ever on the alert to scek or his counsellors ; otherwise, what is to seize occasions of combating, and, his Veto but an empty name? Yet if possible, overturning what in the the Constitution has still interposed opinion of such his Ministers would be this farther check (the whole Con- the mistaken nlious at least of their stitutiou is a system of salutary heretical Sovereign ; and in their checks) that, whether with or without zeal for whose conversion they might advisers, he can only rule according perhaps overlook, or not remember to Law. Strange then that the Ca- in time, that thiey might be paving a tholicks will persist in agitating a way to the abdication of the Throne ! question which the Constitution hav. But this will hardly be overlooked by ing already settled it) ought to be at the Monarch himself, to whose feel rest for ever : but, stranger still, that ings surely the Constitution as it with all their professions of loyalty stands is more respectful, by not aland attachment (the sincerity of lowing him to choose such Ministers if which however I do not mean to be would, than if those defences were doubt), they should almost in so many thrown down, leaving what would in words have declared, and this after effect be the same exclusion to the knowing bis Majesty's sentiments, Catholicks, but might make the King that they will never cease teizing him personally liable to the odium of a upon the subject, till they have as it rejection, which is however indispenwere compelled him to yield to their sable. For what then do the Cathodesires- compelled the well-poised licks contend ? Surely the power of mind of a Brunswick, acting on con- benefiting their country is not so liWiction, to waver and to swerve! O mited, that comparatively little can wonderful delusiou of persevering be effected, unless they are Ministers obstinacy! Wonderful ! that such an of State, or invested with the highest expectation could for a moment be commands. If their strong desire is seriously entertained !
only to have an ampler scope for the I consider the exclusion of Catho- display of their loyalty, I must anlicism from the higher departments of swer, that, under their present restric. the State, to be so riveted a part of tions, their loyalty shines a brighter the Constitution itself, that it cannot and a purer flame, than it ever could be separated from it without the most do if those restrictions did not exist as imminent danger to the whole ; and a fundamental part of the Constituto prevent the possibility of which it tion. Preserving that fundamental has fenced itself round with those ve- exclusion, an exclusion not of themnerable bulwarks, which those who selves as individuals, but as professing mean not to destroy, would however a Religion, the tenets of which are do well to take care how they weaken. incompatible with the State, which has God forbid that they should ever be a Religion of its own by Law estabthrown down. But, admitting for a lishedi-say, preserving that invio. moment, that they were, what is the late, whatever tends to the ameliora, mighty benefit that is to result to tion of the condition of loyal subjects the Catholicks from it? It could must be grateful to all; but amelio. amount to no more than a very bare ration is not to be beyond all bounds : possibility of their coming into office; Toleration is not to be above the Esand surely a matter which has not tablishment. even probability in its favour, is In this country, blest beyond all hardly worth the struggle that is others in the enjoyment of rational made for it. Whoever sways the Liberty, where every man has soincsceptre of these Kingdoms must be a thing he can call his own, where the Protestant Prince, and must have destitute has still a freehold in its be
nevolence, and claims from its charity kingdom. Great industry is used to not merely a bencfaction, but a debt; work upon the minds of the lower where the honest, the sober, and the in- orders by Village Preaching, &c. ; the dustrious, may smile in the sunshine effect of which has been, not to im.
tbat will cheer his worthy endeavours press them with better, or indeed with Ehe
for the well-being of himself and fae any sentiments of Religion, but with mily; where every one is free to serve sentiments of hatred and antipathy to bis Maker according to the dictates of the Church and ber Clergy. Sorry I his conscience ; wbere the property am to say, that a certain portion of of the rich and of the poor is equally ber own Clergy, who have presumpprotected by the Laws; where flourish tuously assumed to themselves the fair and beautiful the arts and graces exclusive title of Evangelical, and that polish and adorn society, and to who very erroneously aftirin that the range through whose enchanting Gospel is not preached in those scenes leaves no need of foreign ex Churches where one of their body is pioration to be charined with all that not einployed, have contributed, in erer-varying Nature can pourtray, no small degree, to raise and foment from the nuild retirement of the sc the almost universally prevailing clacluded glade, to the vast magnifi. mour against us. These men scruple cence of suow-topped mountains; and not to attend the Meeting-houses of where exists, amidst the shock of the Sectaries, but refuse to enter the Einpires and the crush of States, a doors of many of our Churches, for
Constitution, stupendous monumeut no other reason, as I conceive, but it of the wisdom of ages, the boast of because the dutics, as well as the
Britons, and the admiration of the doctrines of Christianity are recomss world :-why should we quarrel with mended and enforced, and which prac
our happiness ? why risk on the de: tice they stigmatize with the epithet
lusive ocean of innovating theories, of mere Moral Preaching, The he all that we know practically to be Farmers too, in the prescut age a
great and good? why set our hearts powerful and important, though in on objects unattainable? why be no age an enlightened bydy of men, content with nothing, if not blest with are cager to join in the general outall"? or rather, why not, each calling cry; and thus it is, that many a his own ways to reembrance, begin worthy, learned, and respectáble with siocerily a Reform, the most Clergyman, is insulted and defained, patriotic Resorni for liis couptoy, the for no other reason, than because he reform of what is in himself amiss, bappens to be a Clergyman. Without and endeavour each in his station to pointing out the causes of these existe
do his duty, and lo cultivate with ing evils, which must be obvious to be care and fidelity the patrimony which every thinking person, I rather wish
our forefathershave bequeathed to us, to direct the attention of your Read. is and which our sous look to receive at ers to an antidole against thens; for er our hands opinjured and unimpaired? it is my firm belief, that unless some
While the clamour of the tunult. specdy and effectual measures be 2) pous is passed away with the breeze adopted to check the growing mis
that bore it, I trust the sense of the chief, a serious State commotion will
country is speaking in the still small be the consequence., I submit, there. E' voice that is beard above the tempest, føre, the following outlines of a Plan
and that it is aided by a hand-writing to restore the Clergy to that dignified rindelibly on our hearts,
and respectable rank in society to " Nolumus Leges Anglice mutari.” which tvey are entitled, and to rescue b. Yonrs, &c,
A.P. them from that state of degradation
and insult in which their opponents, Mr. l'ABAY,
June 4. on all occasions, are ready and eager VERY truc friend to our excel- to place them; and of your very īju: Event Ecclesiastical Establishment
merous and respectable Correspondmost observe with indignation and re. ents I will request, in the words of Śgret, the many unfair and insiglious llorace ;
arts used by its adversaries to lower it in the estimation of the publick;
“ Si quid novisti rectius istis,
Candidus imperti: si non, his utere and they have unhappily proved too successful in many distriets of the
of the Israelites (reviewed in Vol. 1. All livings to be raised to £150. LXXX. p. 556.) is an interesting per annum (were I to say £200. it is pamphlet, because it is an incontrobut a bare competency for the times) vertible and important fact, that by a Grant from the Crown.
" A new era in the history of this re. 2. A Resident Clergyman in every
markable race of people has recently com. parish, with service twice on a Sun- menced, which will probably produce a day.
complete regeneration in their modes of 3. A further grant, or a fund es
thinking and acting.” tablished by subscription, for the It is not altogether strange, that to building, repairing, or purchasing prove the validity of these assertions, houses in those parishes which bave
the author should allude to the Denot already a habitable residence for cree of the French Governinent bear: a Clergyman.
ing date the 30th of May 1806, 4. Where a Curate is employed, a which has there placed them on an stipend of £100. per annum to be al- equality, in respect to civic rights, lowed him.
with the people who profess the Ca, 5. The commutation of tithes for tholic, or any other religion. But it land (the only means of conciliatiog is not true that “these privileges were the minds of the Farmers, and averting really enjoyed by the Jews ever since their hatred from the Clergy.) the beginning of the French Revolu
6. Care to be taken that, the tion.” Under the French Revolution Chạrches are kept in a decent and privileges were not really enjoyed by comfortable state of reparation. any class of persons, not even the
By the general adoption of this, or sanguinary Rulers themselves, Besome such plan, the public mind sides, mere sufferance entails no secuwould, no doubt, in time be more rity. The author goes on to say, that favourably disposed towards the " the Sanhedrin (at Paris) have reChurch and the Clergy; and as the commended the Jews to conform in amelioration of both is, at this very all respects with the French civil code, time, in the contemplation of Govern- morally and physically, except that ment, will you permit me, Mr. Urban, of acknowledging Jesus Christ to be to request that a portion of your
the Messiah, who they persuade themuseful publication be kept open to
selves they have found in the person receive the communications of your of Napoleon Buonaparțe.” But if the ingenious Correspondents on the sub- French Jews really ackuowledge the ject, whomlhereby earnestly invite to
Head of the French Government as furpish hints, additions, or improve their Deliverer, and the great Prince ments, on my present plan. By this predicted in the sacred writings, remeans, while perhaps they aid the sembling Cyrus in the Old Testament, views of Government, they may, at
what have the English Jews to do the same time, be considered as con- with all this? They have never acveying the sentiments of the publick knowledged the validity of these proin a most weighty and intricate con- ceedings, nor carried on any correA Country RECTOR. spondence with those in France on the
şubject. The author of The ComMr. URBAN,
July 7. pendious History proceeds thus : “but IN
table English Subjects are proba- thusiastic Jews who entertain this idea bly inadderlently represented as bear- (that Napoleon is their Messiah), the ing a resemblance with those under Literati have also encouraged it in the French Government, or in case of their writings.” (Ilere an asterism other striking' inaccuracies, your points to the followiug note:)—"They wonted candour, influenced by the have even gone so far as to apply the justice of the cause, will scarcely he- meaning of the second Psalm of Dasitate in admitting the remarks of one vid (Quare fremuerunt gentes) to this of your former Correspondents, who extraordinary man : a metrical transhas paid considerable attention to the lation of it, applicable to the present situation of the Jews in England and times, has been published in the French upon the continent.
language, and circulated throughout In the outline, it is beyond a doubt, Europe." that Mr. Atkins's Compendious History Now this latter assertion is so far