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should it be at all improbable that in- There never lived a body of menstances of great piety and excellence if we must take them as a body, and should subsist beyond it. If this could make all liable for each with whom be fairly established, every required any sober-minded Churchman should, condition would be provided for. in our humble judgment, more careStrong as ever would remain the duty fully avoid identifying himself. In ex. to abide by the appointed form ; strong tracting some of the main points of as ever the duty to abhor and reject the old theory from their statements, any erroneous teaching sheltered under we have given the reader little idea that form; strong as ever the duty to of the unpardonable blemishes which admit and rejoice in the reality of true are mingled with their representapiety, under whatever form ; strong as tion of it. Precipitate, intemperate, ever the duty to withstand and cen- imaginative, they attack the indiffersure those very men who contribute ence to disunion which, it will be the influence of their piety to dis- confessed, does abundantly characcountenance the appointed form ;-all, terize our popular Protestantism, with duties consistent with each other, and a sort of petulant sensitiveness that, with the ordinary course of divine in its eloquent impatience, reminds us Providence. *
of no style so much as that of the And with this Irenicum, to which, wild and dreamy Rousseau ; and which however, we can now only allude, we is quite as remote from the simplicity close our comments upon existing Bri- of steady ratiocination. Like him tish theology; in which we claim only they put forth alternately, truths that one characteristic of decided origina- would honour a sage, and extravality, the novel attempt to be tolerably gancies that would disgrace a child ; just to all parties.
and even the many curious and striking Our earnest desire is, to see the views that are to be found in their right-minded and sincere searcher for writings (as that remarkable investitruth withdrawing himself, as far as gation of our Lord's practice of suiting possible, from Persons and individual His discoveries of Himself to the disstatements to Doctrines and the real positions of His hearers perhaps the problems of the controversy. Never most beautiful theological speculation was there a time in which it was more of the day) they too often spoil needful to warn the student that he
by exaggerated deductions and applimust be nullius addictus jurare in cations With such a temptress as verba magistri ; that he must rigo- Romanism in their neighbourhood, rously scrutinize reasoning with utter with a Schehallion of such powerful indifference to the reasoner. Unfortu. attraction beside them, they trifle with nately he will too often find the task a the danger in a tone of (to say the sinecure. In lieu of the steady syllo- be of it) very absurd affectation. gizers of old times, we seem to have They seem to think it the function of become a generation of declaimers faith to be resolutely blind to all posIn the adversaries of the Church sible practical consequences; and theory there is a world of clever and though we would not encourage the forcible denunciation, shrewd detec- fears that some entertain of mischiefs tion of inconsistencies, effective ex- to come, we would earnestly admonish posure of exaggerations ; but the
our young students to beware how smallest possible portion of distinct and they pin their faith to dealers rather definite counter statement. In the Ox- in the poetry than the prose of theoford writers, though abounding with logy. Abjured be all sentimentalisms brilliant and acute disquisition, the about “our erring Roman sister ;" case is, if possible, more unsatisfactory. all chimerical visions of her reforma
* It would take us into too wide a compass of discussion to enter fully upon this topic, which we had at first some intention of doing. Some outline of the reasonings which are principally in our thoughts will be found in a sermon published at the close of last year, under the title of " Primitive Church Principles not Inconsistent with Universal Christian Sympathy,” by the Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University.
tion or our concession! Let men be from whatever quarter it springs—to well convinced that there is no possible consider as it deserves the momentous improvement of the Church of England question of the real Nature and Constithat could compensate for the admission tution of the Church of Jesus Christ. of the minutest error of Rome; possible We had intended, as the title of our improvements are for the future and article proclaims, to contrast these precarious, the avoidance of error is tendencies of religion in England with an obvious, urgent, and immediate its condition in Prussia, and the adduty; a stationary church may be jacent regions of Northern Germany. without glory, a retrograde church is This curious instance of opposite conwith disgrace. In this spirit, and temporary development we must how. with this cautionary provision, let ever, we now find from the length of them proceed-undeterred by party our present sketch, defer to another virulence, and gladly accepting light number.
She comes—like some young Sibyl, when the beams
The Pilgrim of the Heart, with visage pale,
-Once lovely-ever loved! Thou canst not alter
OUR PORT Á AIT GALLERY.NO. *XXIII.
THE LATE PERCIVAL BARTON LORD, ESQ. M.D.
PERCIVAL BARTON LORD was born at Mitchelstown, in the eounty of Cork, December, 1807. His father, the Rev. John Lord, was chaplain to an institution established in that town by the Kingston family, for the support of decayed gentry; he was a sound classical scholar, and therefore educated his sons at home until they were prepared for entering the Dublin university. Percival Lord obtained several classical honours in his college course, but his constitu. tion could not support the fatigues of severe study; symptoms of something like incipient consumption began to appear, and he was obliged to suspend his course for a year in order to enjoy the benefit of country air.
On his return to Dublin he chose the medical profession, and, without abandoning the literary and scientific courses of university education, devoted the greater part of his time to the study of anatomy and physiology. A few students at this period had associated themselves together for the purpose of cultivating general literature, without however formally organizing themselves into a society. Lord was the youngest member of the circle, but not the least esteemed of his associates; he was particularly remarkable for the cultivated delicacy of his taste, and for insisting on a purity of diction which amounted almost to fastidiousness. The writings of Sir William Jones were his favourite model, and the preference originally formed for the manner in the course of time extended to the matter.
While Lord was yet a student his father died, after having lost the greater part of what he had saved from a limited income by the failure of a bank. Thus thrown in a great degree on his own resources, Lord went to complete his medical education in Edinburgh, where the polish of his manners, the easy flow of his conversation, and his ardent desire to acquire information soon procured him a valuable circle of acquaintance. When the cholera broke out he volunteered his services to take charge of an hospital; they were immediately accepted. While that plague raged he attended to the onerous duties which he had thus gratuitously undertaken with a zeal and assiduity which excited universal admiration. Some years afterwards, when walking with the writer of this memoir in London, he was addressed by a poor Scotchman in terms that obviously came from the heart, who declared that he owed his life to the care and attention bestowed upon him by Lord in the cholera hospital. From Edin. burgh Lord came to London, where he soon became connected with the literary press. His articles on professional subjects in the Athenæum" and Foreign Quarterly Reviews excited considerable attention in the medical world; especially two papers on consumption in the Athenæum,” which were re-published by the principal medical journals on the Continent and in America. At this time he published his Elements of Physiology, which, though a popular treatise, has continued to hold its place as a text-book in the library of medical students.
He was always desirous of visiting the east; and having reason to believe that there was a chance of his wishes being gratified, he resolved to prepare himself for the change by a course of oriental studies, and particularly to attend to the circumstances most likely to elucidate the Mussulman character. The conquest of Algiers by the French, and the vast mass of publications which issued from the Parisian press while the colony had the freshness and interest of novelty, directed his attention to the physical and social condition of Northwestern Africa. The results of his studies were given to the world in two volumes published by Whittaker and Co., which still continue to be the most complete and authentic account of Algiers that exists in our language.
In the latter part of the year 1834, Dr. Lord was appointed an assistant surgeon in the Hon. East India Company's service, and in the interval between