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imperfect recognitiow of 'those first prin-, think scorn of her pretensions, and wonld ciples of theology aod morals, the belief fain Jay her honours in the dust." P. 29. of God and of a future state, which never,
It would be paying a very bad perhaps, have been entirely obliterated from the human mind.
compliment to the common sense of “We may, then, and we ought to re. our countrymen, to doubt the effect joice, when we lear that whole regions which these arguments will produce. which knew not the Lord, or his Christ, A plainer statement was never made have been brought to acknowledge both, than that by which the Bishop of whether more or less accurately instruct- Llandaff enforces the claims of the ed. When we read, in the records of past Comics times, whát was effected in this way by
Society for the Propagation of the the Jesuits; or, in more recent times, by
es by Gospel. Let tliat statement be dis
cospel. Let wat statement Protestant Sects, who hold not coinmu- seminated as industriously and as nion with ourselves ; it were a cold and widely as statements of a different selfish feeling, that should withhold our character usually are, and it will commendation of their laudable exertions. convince every reasonable ChurchBut we cannot forbear asking ourselves,
man, that his first duty, as an enif we had been engaged in the work, should we have done it in the same man
courager of Missions, is to support ner? Or could we conscientiously have
the authorised Corporation before
the autgorisea Corporation, co-operated with them in the views "they wliich bis Lordship preached. inculcated of religious truth? Could we, on' the one band, have joined in recommending image-worship, transubstanti.
An Apology for the Pastoral Sys. ation, invocation of saints and angels ? Could we, on the other hand, have con
tem of the Clergy: A Sermon curred in suppressing the doctrines of
preached at the Visitation of the atonement and sanctification? Or, again, Venerable the Archdeacon of Hunwith another party, in preaching these tingdon, May 6, 1822, and pub. doctrines to the neglect of good works? lished by his command. By J. H. Nay, more, if we were now to traverse
Brooke Mountain, A.M. Rector these countries whiere the Gospel had been
of Puttenham, and Vicar of Hethus imperfectly, and, in onr judgment,
mel Hempstead, Herts, and Pre"erroneonsly preached, should we not, onght we not to endeavour to put them .
bendary of Lincoln. 8vo. pp. 28. in possession of a parer and more perfect Rivingtons. 1822. Faith?
At a time when the Clergy stand in “ Apply, then, this obvious principle to
need of defenders, Mr. Mountain has any design for evangelizing the Heathen world, and it will shew the true line and undertaken a defence of their praclimits of our duty in this respect. We tice and preaching, which if in princannot call in coadjutors whose views of ciple not entirely new, may still Christianity essentially differ from our claim the merit of considerable noown. Willing, to the utmost, to tolerate velty in illustration, arrangement, diversities, nay, errors of religionis opinion, and application. From Gen. xxxiii. 'we cannot join liand in hand to give them currency and effect. We must be content une
Cuteot 13. he takes occasion to compare with lesser means of compassing onr end, the Shepherd of souls with the rather than avail ourselves of such ques- keeper of sheep, and contends that tionable aid.
.care must always be taken, lest if “On these grounds, it is impossible that men should over-drive them one day, we should not be anxious to give to the all the flock will die. We subioin
enterprizing spirit now prevalent among a few specimens from different parts • us a salutary bias and direction. Not that the Church of England entertains any
ů of the discourse. Darrow views of policy, or any feelings of “ It will not be necessary to recal to bostility towards those who dissent from your recollection the occasion upon which her communion; but, that, in upholding the words were spoken which I have seber own ascendancy, (that ascendancy lected for my text, nor to argue that the which the laws and constitntions of the minute historical fact to which they relate realm have given her) she is tirmly per- , is not recorded for its own sake; Doth suaded that the general good will be best God take care for oxenasks St. Paul, promoted; the good evep of those who in making a similar application, for our
sakes no doubt this is written,' The literal are entrusted to his charge, all will be re fact that a flock may be over-driven, and quired at his hands : those perli@ps, es in consequence of the weakness of some of pecially, who being infirm of nature, and the "sheep, may, from such 'violent mea- weak in grace, stand in peculiar need of stres, come to an untimely end, is noticed his careful guidance and poremitting at merely to convey to us the same spiritual tention. . Jesson wbich we are taught by a variety of “There are certainly, in every con other figures, as well as by direct precept siderable congregation, many persons who aid example; viz. that the duty of a good are aptly represented by the heavy A10 shepherd is not merely to drive his flock; thers and the yorng of the flock; persons but to drive them gently, and prudently, wbo will not, who cannot bear to be over and carefully; waiting for the slow, carry. driven ; who wonld either be left behind ing the young and weakly in his arms, re- in hopeless disgust, or harassed to death in straining the speed of the wild, and the ar the vain endeavour to follow the dietate dour of the strong, so that all may have of a too hasty zeal: and these persons are time for rest and food, as well as for tram by no means to be regarded as of less vel. He shall feed his flock like a shep- valne, or as having a less claim to our as herd; he shall gather the lambs with his siduous care, than those of a more ardent arm, and carry them in luis bosom ; and temperament, or of less weighty prepos shall gently lead those that are with sessions, who may be ready to follow our young.'
i most rapid movements, if not to outgo them, * it. 8 admitted that in igurative lan- οτρύνειν και αυτους περ μεμάωγας.” Ρ. 6 guage, we are not, generally, to expect uni- ,." With this weight of authority, of reaversality in the points of comparison: and son, apd of Scripture on our side, we feel that serious mistakes may arise from filling ourselres perfectly secure in the rectitude up too nich the analogies so boldly and of the principle we have adopted, preslightly sketched in the masterly style of ferring a coupected system in the discharge Holy Scripture ; but the analogy which of all the branches of pastoral daty, to - subsists between the duties of a sheplierd, that desaltory, irregular manner of driving and the pastoral charge comunitted to us the scattered Hock, which has ever been
is so strikingly perfect, is so often and at characteristic of heresy and schism. , . snch length introduced, not only into the " There is perhaps no department of inspired poetry of the Prophets, but into the ministerial office, in which the evils the most solenin and sober instrnctions of arising from a want of due attention to the New Testament, and indeed has so , this principle, are more strikingly exemcompletely intorwoven itself with the lan-' plified than in that most important duty, guage and the symhols of every age, and the Visitation of the Sick, to whom serious Religion, and Government, that we are inipressions of Religion, and alarm for the 'surely justified in pursuing it somewhat state of their souls, are too often eptirely more closely than we should follow up new. When such persons fall into injuclimetaphors of wlrich the application may cians hands, when the officious iyterferbe jpcidental and imperfect, in deducitigence of some self-commissioned teacher, from the necessary practice of the keep- anticipates or mnpersedes, the attentions of er of sheep,' an illustration at least, if the parochial Clergy, it is generally denot a confirmation of that system in the termined by the constitution of the paexercise of our pastoral Office, which tient, and the nature of the disease, whestudy and judgment had previously form- ther he is to be exalted with mautiorised ed. .
raptures and unfounded confidence, or I submit, therefore, that as it is tlie sunk under the most distracting apprehendaty of the literal sheplierd to provide for sions, and consigned to rhinons despair. ! the safety of his whole flock; to consider " If he be of a lofty, aspiring temper, that the slow are ofien the most valuable, if he possess great quickness of perception, the heavy most productive, the yonag and and readiness of expression, he will be enweak most capable of improvement; and couraged to feel assured of justification; for their sake to content himself, and to be will be allowed to vault over the pain make the strong leaders of the flock con. ful and tedious discipline of buniliation . tent with a moderate pace, aud a gentle and repentance, god will become at apet, progress ; so it is the duty of a faithful in his own estimation, a contimed and pastor of the spiritual Nock, however art full-grown Christian, ripe for immortahty. dent his zeal, however fervent his delight " It, on the contrary, he is gloomy from may be in accompanying the higher ranges · temperament, and slow of appreheusion; of bold and strong spirits, to remenzber, if his complaint preys upon his spirits, and in the public exercise of his function, that obscutres bus, nnderstanding, he will be all baye an equal right to bis attention, all driven to desperation by ill-judged ef
tempts to work him up to a fervour, of. " It is to the conscientious and judicions devotional feeling, of wlrich-his natare is application of this pastoral care to the incapable, and will too frequently conclude whole of their flock, that the Clergy are, either in rashly rejecting his Saviour, or in in a great measure, indebted for that niost weakly apprehending that bis Saviour has false and illiberal accusation, of not rejected him. Thus, they who ought to preaching the Gospel. We are arraigned be restrained and hügibled, are stimulated with this, the most serions, the most apto the most offensive and dangerous pre- palling of all possible charges, because it sumption; and they who should be che.' is not our practice to gratify one descrip. rished and encouraged are goaded to despair. tion of persons in our mixed congrega. . "But where such interference has not oc- tions at the expence of all the rest; beCurred, where the true Pastor of the flock cause we do not compose our discourses is permitted to attend his duty without with a view to exalt our own spiritual interruption, and to administer the fears acquirements, (I was about to say in the and the hopes sanctioned in the Gospel, judgment rather) in the estimation of those, according to the dictates of sonnd jadg- whose Religion consists more in feelings ment, and staid experience how different than in principles, and is kept alive only will be the result! how gratifying to the by continual appeals to their strongest Minister, how healing to the afflicted soul, sensatious; because we do not condescend how acceptable to the Chief Shepherd, to distil the entriment of the soul iuto whose depoties we are !
a mere spirituous stimulant, nor to intoxi** Then the bruised reed is not broken, cate the majority of our bearers, in order the smoking flax is not quenched:' the to awaken the few, because, in one word, weak and tiinid spirit is strenghened and we are the shepherds, not the hanters of supported; the dull and prejudiced under the sheep : We koow our duty to extend standing is inforined and enlightened, the equally to them all. we know that we prestmptuous, self-satisfied libertine is' have the young to instruct, the ignorant awed and humbled; the indolent, is to teach, the innocent to guard, the weak roused, the sleeping conscience is awaken. to raise, the forlorn to cherish, as well as ed; every sheep has his due share of at the infidel to be reclaimed, and the repru. tention, his appropriate species and quan. bate to be alarmed: We endeavour, there : tity of pastare : the convert is gently con- fore, opfórOPEL TÖv Abyov ris alletas, ducted to the foot of the Cross, there to (rightly to divide the word of truth;' • to be eased of his lreavy burden, and healed give every one his food in due season of his deadly wound.” P. 18.
to preach * not ourselves, but Him that Mr. Mountain strongly recom
sent us ;' to regard the.esteem, (the admi
ration if you will,) of our people, as one mends the application of the same
of the means, not the end of our ministry: system to the recovery of Dissen and never to hesitate a moment in sacriters, but guards his recommenda ficing the apparent means to promote the tion by protesting against a suppresó real end for which we have been ordained. sion or compromise of the truth.
" With these objects in view, we do To reveal it with discretion and
not wonder, thongh assuredly we lament gentleness, he justly observes, is
to find that po description of persons is
perfectly satisfied with us; while some one thing; and to deceive the stray.
complain of our being too practical, others ing sheep by injurious conceal are offended at our earnestness in enfòrcments, another.
ing peculiar points of Faith ; while one · Perhaps the happiest portion of party desires more simplicity and famihis Sermon. is that in 'wbich be liarity, another would be better pleased tracės up what is termed the un
with a bigher range into the learning and popularity of the Church, to the
controversy of Theology ; while a part of
oor congregations shrinks from all that very circumstance of which it may
he conbe so justly proud; and, as it is science, others disdain every weapon but the fashion of the present day to the trancliant blade, every remedy short seek the lowest and most despi- of excision : none considering that it is cable popularity, by the most varied
impossible to please all ; that if it were exhibitions and tricks, we cannot
possible, it is the very reverse of our daty;
that we are sent not to entertain, but to better take leave of this eloquent
instruct; not to please, but to reprove; and judicious preacher, thau by ex- pot to follow the taste, the inclination, thie tracting the passage to which we opinions of the world, but-to-regulate, ta allude,
reform, to coudemn them." P. 22.
MONTHLY REGISTER.;. Society for Promoting Christian afford for the past year: as, with the siaCis. Knowledge. Pai g le exception of Barrow-upon-Soar, local
circumstances and the general state of DEANERY OF ACKLEY. in Agriculture, have rendered it inexpedient
; to make any such appeal for the present,
even in those Parishes where it bas been The Committee of Members of the So- formerly, made. The Committee hope ciety for Promoting Christian Knowledge however that this importaot mode of re. within the Deanery of Ackley and its commending the Society's objects to pubNeighbourhood, beg to present to the lio attention and support, thongh suspendPublic the Fourth Annual Report of their ed, will not ultimately be abandoned; but Proceedings in the District.
rather revived, on a recurrence of more From the statement of the number of favorable circuinstances, with encreased Parislı Schools in the District, given in the energy and success. In the Parish of KegAppendix, which are taught either wholly worth, where a collection has been foror in part by publications from the Society merly made for this Society, a collection for Promoting Christian Knowledge, it was made during the last year for the Soappears, that the number of Children so ciety for the Propagation of the Gospel in taught, in 18 Parishes from whence returns Foreign Parts, as will appear from the have been received, amounts to 2,738. short statement of that Society's proceed. The distribution of Books from the Soings in this District, affixed to the present ciety's stores, though not so extensive with Report. regard to: Tracts as recorded in foriner
The proceedings of the Committee, as Years, yet continues to be considerable. they respect the Society for the PropagaFrom the Parishes of Appleby, Ashby-de- tion of the Gospel in Foreign Parts will la - Zouch, Austrey, Barrow-upon-Soar; be found in a subsequent part of this ReCastle-Donington, Church-Gresley, Cole- port. Orton, Kegworth, Loughborough, Mount After having thns briefly stated the local Sorrell, Packington, Polesworth, Raven, proceedings of this particular district, the stone, Rothley, Seale, Shuttington, Swep: Committee have great and peculiar pleastone, and Whitwick, and from the Cha. sure in further reporting, that a County pelry on Chargwood Forest, there have Anniversary for the advancement of the been distributed since the 30th of April,
designs of the Societies for Promoting 1821:.. ni
Christian Knowledge, and of the LocorpoFrom Parent Society.
rated Society for the Propagation of the
Gospel in Foreign Parts, was held at LeiBibles and l'estaments......... 178 cester during the last summer, which was Prayer Books and Psalters ...... 160 both numerously and respectably attended, Tracts, bound and stitched ...... 970 and was abundantly sufficient (in point of From Local Depository.
success,) to encourage the repetition of the
same measure during the present year. Bibles and Testaments
199 The Committee cannot but express their Prayer Books and Psaslters...... 219 strongest persuasion, that an occasional Tracts bound and stitched ..... 1219 intercourse of the several Districts with Total.
each other, and a communication of each
others views and proceedings, must be at. Bibles and Testaments.......... 377 tended with great advantage to the genePrayer Books and Psalters ...... 379 ral objects of the Society: and whilst the Tracts bound and stitched ......2189 nature of the union between the county in
general and each particular district, will
Total 2945 gradually unfold itself, so also experience The Quarterly Meetings of the Come' will shew in what particulars it is desirmittee continue to be held, alternately at able to keep the proceedings of each disLoughborough and Ashby.de-la-Zouch; trict distinct. this arrangement being still found to be at . The Committee conclude this Report once conducive to the convenience of with expressing their hicarty satisfaction at Members, and to the general objects of the the continued progress of their several de Committee. ; miza
signs; and with a humble hope and prayer, On the subject of Parochial Collections, that ander the blessing of Almighty God, tige Committee wave little information 10 and through the exertions of the Clergy
and laity throughont the several Districts; Jobn Cradock. I there found, that if the tise Society for Promoting Christian Know- leading principles of the National Society ledge may increase more and more in ex. had been ever, as I was informed, fully tending its pious and useful services acted upon, the School had now greatly throughout all parts of the United King- degenerated. The system of mutual indoms in Great Britain and Ireland and struction was almost lost sight of, and the their Dependencies : to the glory of God, mechanical parts of the system, which apto the extension of sound religion, and the pear so well calculated to keep up the at.' propagation of morality and good order tention, and to infuse life and activity thrvuglioat the realms of Great Britain, throngh every department, were so much. FRAS. MEREWETHER2 neglected, that I thonght it necessary to
address a letter to the Colonial GovernSecretary.
ment on the subject. My letter was dated Society for the Propagation of the the 7th of April, and on the 21st of the
same month I received a most favourable i Guspel.
reply from Colonel Bird, the Colonial SeExtracts from the last Report cretary, stating that my letter had been
submitted to the consideration of his We 'subjoin the following letters, Excellency the Acting Governor, and that which appear in the Report of the in consequence a commnuication had been Society. The first is from the Rev. made to the Members of the “ Bible and W. Wright, Missionary to the Cape
School Commission," with whom arrangeof Good Hope ; the second from
ments of this nature exclusively rested, and
that he trusted such measures would be the Rev. Professor Mill, of Bishop's
adopted as to meet the object which all College, Calcutta..
must feel equally interested in ; “ that of “ Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, improving the system of education in every
September, 1st, 1821. ,. possible way." In consequence of the com.“ In compliance with your desire, and in manication from Government, a meeting conformity io the roles of the Society, that of the Bible and School Commissiou was I should communicate with you, I take the called, in which it was agreed, that I should opportunity of writing to you by the ship be authorized to visit and superintend the Morley, wbich leaves this in a few days for Free School, and introduce the necessary England, and I trust that I have at length improvements. I therefore, without further something to communicate which may not delay, set about the improvement of the be wholly ua worthy of the attention of the School; and though it has been attended Society :
, with considerable difficulty, I bave the sa:..“ My voyage from England lasted three tisfaction of adding, that the School is now months, during that period I performed nearly conducted on the principles of the Divine Service regularly, aud preached Central School in Baldwin's Gardens. I every Sunday and holiday, with two ex. have also the pleasure of being able to ceptions, having been once prevented by inform the Society, that since this change sickness, and at another time by the in- has taken place, the-School is daily in-clemency of the weather. We anchored creasing in numbers, and I have every in Table Bay, on Wednesday, the 7tli of reason to be satisfied witlr the progress and March; and I am bappy to say, that the diligence of the children, as well as the atvoyare in general was very favourable. tention of the Masters. Wien I first On the 8th I landed, and presented my visited the School, the pumber of Scholars Jetters of introduction to Sir Rufane Don- in the English department was 45, of whom kin, the acting Governor, by whom I was nine were slaves. In the Dutch departcourteously received; and obtained from ment the nuinher attending was 194, of him, as well as from the Colonial Secretary, whom about 24 were slaves. The number every promise of encouragement in my at present of those attending, is, in the hamble endeavours to carry into effect the English department, 60, seven of whom benevolent designs of the Venerable So are slaves ; ani, in the Dutch, there are ciety for Propagating the Gospel, the con. now 235, of whom 36 are slaves, and 199 stitntion and objects of which I explained. free. Of these latter, 15s are of the Re
“My first object was to engrire into the formed Church, which is the old establishstate of education in the Public Schools. .ed religion of the colony, and 12 are LiI therefore, in company with the Rev. therans. Of the remaining 54, two are Mr. Hough, Colonial Chaplain in Cape Hottentots, seyen the children of MahoTown, visited the Free School, first insti- medan parents, and the remainder are getoted here under the government of Sir nerally the children of slaves who have ob. REMEMBRANÇER, No. 46.