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and it would have been better for us that the old steeple-house should have fallen down than it should have witnessed yesterday's work. Aye, dear heart, it was enough to make our old Vicar rise up from his vault in the chancel to scare you all away, when you were braying at your Popish mummery, like a company of Romish priests. It is a sad pity you don't conform to Rome at once; and if you will make such a din about 'schism' as you call it, why don't you lay aside the sin of schism yourself, and go back in a white sheet to do penance to the Pope, who considers you to be a Dissenter? I ken well enough, Mr. Vicar, that your steeple-house was built and endowed by Papists, and was meant for the mass; therefore, if you will talk so big about the Church and Bishops, how dare you, in your conscience, leave that Church and that Bishop from which your Church and your Bishops are as much sprung as a chicken is from the hen's egg ? We schismatics, as you call us, deny all your trumpery doctrine of Bishops, Parsons, and Tithes; we know that they are the Devil's sowing in the good field-an enemy hath done this; but you who bluster about Apostolical succession, as you call it, cannot be allowed to rebel against the Bishops that made you, and the Church that reared you, and the Pope who made you what you are; so take care, Sir, that you don't go to join Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, and all their company. You are playing

with edged tools, which will cut your fingers much deeper than ours.

"One would think by your sermon, Sir, that salvation of sinners is by faith in Bishops, and that we are redeemed by the parsons taking of tithe, such blasphemous stuff did you utter yesterday! Well, Sir, you and I must have very different Bibles; for, though I have been reading the Scriptures these seventy years, I never could find one word of what you have been kind enough to teach us. I suppose it is in the Greek, for certain it is not in the English. However, Mr. Thompson, who was judged to be a great scholar all the country round, seemed to read the Scripture as we simple folks do; and it is not a year ago since he preached a sermon on schism, from Hebrews, second chapter, twelfth verse: 'I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee; '—and in that wholesome discourse he said that the Catholic Church was the company of all faithful believers, men and women, who hold Christ the head, are justified by his righteousness, and sanctified by his Spirit. From this Church were excluded,-1. All wicked and profane persons who die in their sins, and have no faith in Christ nor love to the Saints.' 2. All ignorant persons, into whose hearts God hath not shined, and who love the darkness of the natural man.' 3. All hypocritical self-justiciaries, who seek for righteous

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ness as it were by the works of the law.' 4. All idolators, or spiritual fornicators, who set up any will-worship of men's inventions, and teach for doctrines the commandments of men.' 5. 'All that worship the Beast set up by the Dragon, and that receive his mark in their hands or foreheads.' And I well remember that he said by these rules multitudes of Popes, Princes, Prelates, Clergy, and their votaries, men and women, greatly esteemed in the world, would enter into condemnation, and so be found in the day of judgment; and he made us very clearly to understand that he did not except some Protestant Bishops: for though he did not say so in the very words, we all knew his meaning

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To hear "good Mr. Thompson's too much for my patience; so finding there was no way of escape, and that old Oddy seemed disposed to lecture me for a good hour, I walked away at a quick pace, and left him preaching to my stone wall.

After this to the bookseller's.-Timson was behind his counter, and the Independent and Baptist teachers were in the shop. They were not a little disconcerted by my appearance, and left the shop as soon as I entered it: no sign of recognition took place between us. I desired a private interview with Timson; he showed me into the room behind the shop, and there I began my business with him.

"Mr. Timson," said I, "the clergy of this neighbourhood have expressed a desire to see my sermon of yesterday in print; I have acceded to the request, and have selected you as my printer and publisher."-Timson coloured up to the roots of his hair on hearing this proposition, and replied very quickly, "You must excuse me, Mr. Gathercoal; I must decline the honour of printing your sermon."—" Mr. Timson," said I, 'you surprise me! You printed Mr. Scrope's Visitation Sermon last summer, and I saw it on your counter as I passed through the shop.""I could have no objection to print Mr. Scrope's sermon," answered Timson, "for there was nothing particular in that gentleman's sermon.' "Particular, Mr. Timson, particular! pray, what may that word mean in your vocabulary?”


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“Why, Sir, it means not calculated to give offence, and to stir up strife on subjects where we ought all to labour for peace."—"Mr. Timson, I am sorry to hear such language from you—I thought you were a Churchman; I have been so informed, but perhaps the information has been erroneous." Timson, who is somewhat warm in temper, grew red as a burning coal, and replied with a very rapid utterance, "Mr. Vicar, I believe I am as good a Churchman as you are; but I do not think it my duty, as a Churchman, to be an instrument of raising angry feelings in a town which has hitherto been remarkable for its peace

and quietness. The Dissenting Ministers here are all my personal friends; I am on very intimate terms with them, and though I am an Episcopalian, an unkind word has never yet passed between us. I have been a bookseller in Tuddington eighteen years, and all that time have been a constant attendant on the ministry of good Mr. Thompson. I have seen the blessed effects of Christian charity and mutual forbearance by the good precepts and example of your worthy predecessor, and sooner than print your sermon, I am bold to say, I would see my shop burnt down about my ears, and all my stock in trade destroyed. God forbid, Mr. Gathercoal, God forbid, that Nathaniel Timson's name should be seen on the title-page of the Sermon preached in St. Mary's church yesterday morning! I suppose it will be printed somewhere, and when it is printed there will be an end to the peace of Tuddington; but that firebrand shall never be lighted at my shop."

Here the good man took out his pocket handkerchief, wiped his forehead, blew his nose, fidgeted about, and buttoned up his coat to his very chin 1; and whilst I was thinking what to say, to allay this tempest, the shop-boy summoned him to attend Lady Lambert, who was sitting in her carriage, waiting to speak to him. Thinking this a good opportunity of withdrawing, I went from Timson to Screw's office. Screw was delighted

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