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some degree of displeasure, my ani- Athanasian Creed, that “ as the mosity is certainly not directed reasonable soul and flesh is one against an individual writer who is mau, so God and man is (not was) wholly unknown to me, but is ex- one Christ;" that “ the right faith cited by such a display of incom- is, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the petence, and that within their own Son of God, is God and Man...... especial department, made by per- Who although he be God and Man, sons assuming to guide not only yet he is not two, but one Christ;" the public taste, but the public or at least, that such a writer would judgment upon the gravest and not bave utterly forgotten our Semost important questions; aod by cond Article—"That twowhole and seeing some of the most blessed perfect natures, that is to say, the and essential truths of our religion Godbead and Manhood, were jointhus lightly impugned by those who ed together in one person, NEVER profess to be their defenders. TO BE DIVIDED; whereof is one
I night in the first place ask, Christ, very God and very Mao." Does not every pious and well-in- With regard to the “necessity" structed Christian feel himself, in for tbis union, when the critic speaks the passage quoted from the ser- doubtfully of it even for the period mons, not“ startled” by some ein- of our Lord's abode upon earth, pirical novelty, but addressed in (“ perhaps," he says, “indispensable language to which his heart res- for the purposes of his mission;") ponds, and which is in unison with we need the less wonder to find all the sound instruction he has him regard the supposition" of its ever received in the church of continuance in any degree in the Christ?-I may in the next place heavenly mansions,” as “ an iminquire, with reference to "autho- measurable increase of difficulty, rity” for the sentiment, of which wholly uncalled for by any neces the reviewer avows himself “not sity.” But if the union of the diaware” that any of sufficient weight vine and human natures in the perexists, was the notion ever heard son of Christ was long since disof within the universal church, at solved,what shall we say of our prayleast within the orthodox part of ers now offered to Christ? what of it, that “the hypostatic union" of the mediatorial kingdom now adthe divine and human nature in the ministered by Christ, in which he person of Christ continued only is “ Head over all things to his “during his abode upon earth ?" It church ?" what of the commission would seem to be superfluous to of “ all judgment to the Son," “ beask, whether the writer of this cause he is the Son of Man ?" But critique ever read the learned dis- these questions are superseded by quisition of Hooker upon the incar- the broad and sweeping consenation of the Son of God, in the quence, that, upon the supposition fifty-first and following section of which has been so rasbly hazardhis Fifth Book; where that incom- ed, and against wbich I contend, parable divine repeatedly delivers Christ (the Anointed, the Mesas the catholic doctrine, that siah) bas in fact ceased to exist “ these natures from the moment from the period when he quilted of their first combination have been this lower world! For what does and are for ever inseparable ;" or that sacred name designate ? Not whether he had studied what Bishop the divine nature only of the Son of Pearson (on the Creed) has written God, nor only that human nature upon the subject. But it might which he assumed, but those two have been expected that a critic, natures united in the one person zealous for orthodoxy and for the of our ever-adorable Redeemer. Church of England, should not have As to bis “ no longer retaining most sight of the sentences of the any portion of our infirmities," not
a word needs be said about it. The saints in heaven, neither now,
Tothe Editor of the Christian Obserrer.' nor when their “spirits,” already The inconveniences of repeating “made perfect," shall have received the appointed form of words in the the accession of their “glorified administration of the sacrament of bodies," shall retain any portion of the Lord's Sapper separately to their infirmities; but they may each individual of those crowded very possibly retain such a remeni
assemblies which now happily in brance of them, as shall for ever add tenderness and servency to all at llie allar, have been frequently
many churches present themselves those sentimenis and feelings which dwelt upon; and in consequence, constitute their blessedness and in many instances, the practice of perfection. And in somewhat of the clergy in such cases is to adthe same manner may our blessed minister to two or thrce persons in Saviour's sympathies with us, and
conjunction, the ininister continuour delighiful and blessed conti- ally repeating the address during dence in him, be heightened by his the whole time. If, however, from participation with us of one com- the necessity of the case, any inmon nature. Scriptural represen. novation be allowable, is it not for tations lead to such a conclusion ; and we may rely on them as the most is done in a few churches, to repeat
many reasons the best method, as useful and most just. No doubt
the words once only for a whole row " the Father himself bath loved us," of communicants, and then to adand has “ feelings of kindness and minister silently and deliberately to commiseration for us;” but never each individual, who may consider was it, never can it be, said of Him, them as addressed personally to as of our glorified Saviour, " We bimself. The abridged method of have not a High Priest who cannot administering the rite of Confirmabe touched with the feeling of our tion has been often, and I think infirmities, but was in all points justly, appealed to as a warrant and tempted like as we are, yet without an example in the case in question. sin;" and again, “ In that he lim- Persons are not perhaps generally self bath suffered being tempted,
aware that the one innovation is he is able to succour them that are
quite as modern as the other; both tempted."
J.S-, I. having been introduced in conse• We have received various other ing out for the opposite candidates, be complaints from time to time of hetero- put his head ont of the window and dox statements, and rash, incorrect, or shonted, G-dd-nthem both! One other uncharitable assertions in the British bon mot must suffice to this department." Critic; some of which we might possibly (British Critic, 1822, p. 49.) have poticed bad we had any good rea- The bad taste of this “ bon met," son to hope the exposure would have which the reviewer seems jealous that produced amendment. But what can he “bas never been able to equal," or the public expect from professed Chris. “ to express so forcibly," is, in our view, tian critics, and vehement champions scarcely less clear thau the flippant imfor orthodoxy and morality, who can de. piety of the exclamation. And, by the liberately write and print as follows. way, might it not be worth the while of
“We have often fell during the hey. another cotemporary work, the “ Chris. day of electioneering licentiousness, tian Remembrancer," whose delinquen. the sentiment of an old gentleman whom cies several correspondents bave called Lady Hervey mentions; but we have never upon us more freqnently to notice, to aniyet been able to express it so forcibly. He madvert occasionally upon the censur. was passing through the streets of West. able points of such works as the British minster during the contest between Critic," instead of wasting all its super. Lord Trentham aud Sir George Vande. Anous ammunition on the Christian Ob. put; and when his coach was beset on server ? Are the times so destitute of both sides by the opposite molus, bawl. occasions for justly merited censure,
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quence of those changes of cir- going round the rail of the comcumstances in society, which have munion table, and laying his hands rendered the practice of our fore- upon the heads of two or four perfathers-much as it is to be pre- sons held close together, and in a ferred in all practicable cases for low tone of voice repeating the ils solemnity and its regularity—in form of prayer over them, he went some instances extremely inconve- round the whole rail at once, laid nient. The following passage on his hand upon the head of every this subject from the auto-biogra- person severally, and when he had phical memoir of Dr. Thomas New. gone through the whole, tben he ton, Bishop of Bristol, who was drew back to the communion table, certainly no friend to " innova, and in as audible and solemo mantions," is interesting not only as ner as he could, pronounced the conveying an historical fact, but for prayer over them all. This bad a his reflections upon it, wbich are wonderful effect. The clergy and quite as applicable to the admini- the people were struck with the stration of the Lord's Supper in decency as well as the novelty of the crowded churches as to the rite of ceremony. The Confirmations were Confirmation.
performed in less time, and with less “ There is a method of Confirma- trouble, with more silence and sotiou,” remarks the bishop, " which lemnity, and with more regularity was first introduced by Archbishop and order. It commanded attenGilbert. He first proposed it to tion, it raised devotion, insomuch the clergy of Nottingham, at his that several bishops since have a. primary visitation; and upon their dopted the same method.” unanimous approbation, he put it in A FRIEND TO CONFORMITY. practice. This was, instead of that the Christian Remembrancer is pressed; that his lordship was not his obliged, in default of convincing arga. own sole defender; that several bishops ments and urbane and scholarlike wea. spoke warmly in his favour, &c. And póns, to descend to range the Christian if not, what become of Sherwin and Observer side by side with “ Sherwin" Cobbett, and the “ invectives of the and“ Cobbett;" and“ the invectives of the Times and Chronicle?" If any“ jovec. Times and Chronicle," with three notes tives” were uttered, it was in the house of admiration (“!!!”) to make the re- of lords, and not in our report of the kemblance more striking : and all this proceedings, in which we wholly passed merely, because in our notice of the over many passages in the debate which debate in the honse of lords on the Pe- might justly have given some uneasiness terborough Questions last June, which to the supporters of his lordship’s meafell in the regular course of our View of Public Affairs, we stated, without We did not intend to notice this aggravation, the simple facts of the offence of the Christian Remembrancer, case-namely, that several members had not the point incidentally obtruded of the house had expressed a strong itself; and our chief reason for doing it opinion against his lordship's pro- now, is as an apology to our readers and ceeding; that his lordship was con- correspondents, who, we think, will not strained to become his own advocate; consider it binding on us very frequentthat not one of the bishops saw fit to ly to notice writers who, in default of support him, &c. Would the Chris. argument, can thus descend to comtian Remembrancer have wished us to parisons which we thonghit were wholly have reported, in spite of the facts of bavished even from the "invectives the case, the opposite of all this as the of polemics among gentlemen and Chris. truth; that no disapprobation was ex- tians.
REMARKS DURING A JOURNEY French and Spaniards, and with an THROUGH NORTH AMERICA. old fort, called Fort Condé, which (Continued from p. 699.)
is to be superseded by fortifications
in a more formidable position. Natchez, State of Mississippi, The change from the quiet homely
6th May, 1820. cabins in which we were entertained I MENTIONED in my last letter, in the woods, to the noisy dirty that, after crossing the bay on Sun. tavern of Mobile, was by no means day morning to go to church, I was an agreeable one. I sat down with disappointed to find no Protestant about thirty or forty persons to place of worship. I had travelled every meal; but I saw much more hard to reach Blakeley or Mobile of men than of manners, and was on Saturday night; and could I have convinced that there was some supposed that I should find no Pro- truth in what I had been told, that testant church in so
in travelling westward in this counsociety of American Protestants, I try, you may take your longitude should have preferred a solitary by observing the decrements of the Sabbath in the woods to the melan- time occupied at meals. At Mobile choly prospect of a community five or six minutes might possibly where its solemnities are despised. be the average, and yet we accuse I understood, however, that a Pro- the Americans of being indolent testant clergyman from the Eastern and prodigal of time! Generally States had for some Sundays pre- speaking, the company at the taceding been officiating alternately verns consists of agents and clerks, at Mobile and Blakeley. These and the mass of the population is towns are situated on opposite sides of a most miscellaneous kind. The of the bay, and are contending ve- aspect of society, as it presents hemently for the privilege of be- itself to the superficial eye of a coming that great emporium which stranger, is such as might be exmust shortly spring up in the vici- pected where public worship is nity of this outlet for the produce totally disregarded. Profaneness, of the young fertile State of Ala- licentionsness, and ferocity, seemed bama. The surface drained by the to be characteristic of the place ; rivers Tombigbee, Black Warrior, and the latter, as manifested in barAlabama, Coosa Tallapoosa, and barity to the Negro servants, was Cahawba, all of which fall into beyond even what I had anticipated. Mobile Bay, exceeds twenty-six You continually hear the lash millions of acres, possessing a very upon their backs, with language great diversity of soil and climate, which would shock you, even if and enjoying commercial and agri- applied to brutes; and the easy cultural advantages, which are at- and intelligent expression which I tracting towards them, with unpre- had observed in the countenances cedented rapidity, the wealth and of many of the Slaves in Carolina enterprize of the older states. and Georgia, had here given place
Blakeley is a real American town to the appearance of abject timidity of yesterday, with a fine range of or idiotic vacancy. I have seen warehouses; the stumps of the
trees men, after receiving a severe flogwhich have been felled to make ging, and uttering the most piercing room for this young city still stand- cries, the moment their tyrant's ing in the streets. Mobile is an old back was turned, burst into a loud Spanish town, with mingled traces laugh, dancing about the room, and of the manners and language o the snapping their fingers, like a schoolboy who wishes to appear as if he States south of latitude 35 deg. “ did not care."
east of the Mississippi river, and The ravages of the fever, here bounded south by the Gulph of last year were perhaps proportion- Mexico and Florida, is covered with ably more severe than at any other pines. It is a common opinion in place. In July the population was many parts of America, that these 1300: soon after the appearance of pine lands are incapable of culthe fever in September, it was re- tivation, and are destined to conduced by migrations to about 500, of tinue for ever in their native conwhich number 274 died, including dition. The fallacy of this opinion 115 permanent inhabitants. I never has been demonstrated by successleft a place with more satisfaction. ful experiments in the northern We enbarked on board a small states, where verdure and fertility schooner on the evening of the 4th, now cover large tracts which had and remained on deck till it was been thus hastily condemned to dark. The islands in the middle perpetual sterility. We had beauof the bay, covered with reeds four tiful weather, and, after coasting or tive feet high, and their shores along wbat is now the State of Mis. loaded with raft-wood, which was sissipi, but was formerly part of then floating down the bay in im. West Florida, and passing the mense quantities, had a most deso- mouths of Raseagoala and Pearl late appearance. In the morning rivers, we reached New Orleans we found ourselves in the Gulph of early on the 7th. There was noMexico, but within sight of land, thing interesting in our passengers. and with a number of pelicans flying One of them was from Bermuda. around us. As the wind was fair, His ship and cargo were seized at we stood out longer than usual oa Mobile, because he had brought & the outside of a chain of low flat Black servant, without a certificate islands, which forms with the main of his parents' freedom. As the land a channel, through which ves: boy was originally from New Orsels drawing not more than six feet Jeans, his master was obliged to water may reach New Orleans by go tbither to obtain the certificate Lake Borgne and Lake Portcbar- before he could release his vessel. train, without entering the Missis- I mention this merely as an iostance sippi. On the oth we saw the sun of the vigilance with which the smug. rise and set with cloudless splendour gling of Slaves is watched; and I am in the Gulph of Mexico; and I happy to say, from all I can learn could not help reflecting how ill from the inhabitants of Florida on the moral darkness of this aban- St. Mary's river, and from the com. doned region accorded with the manders of vessels on that coast and clear sky which was spread over us, in the Gulph of Mexico, that I beaud the glassy surface of the vast lieve slave-smuggling in this quarler expanse in which we were encircled. is at present extremely limited. The On the 6th, we sailed between the piratical establishment at Galveston, islands I have alluded to and the which was one of the principal main shore, which was a dead flat, channels for the introduction of of little interest, except towards the Slaves, has solicited and obtained beautiful bay of St. Louis, to which permission to sail out of the Gulph. the more opulent inhabitants of My impressions of New Orleans Louisiana retire during the sickly were of the most uncomfortable
The shores are for the kind ; but they were a little relievmost part covered with fine forests, 'ed by the beautiful orange-grores which stretch to the water's edge. in the suburbs, and far more by th: Indeed, it is observed by Derby, extensive meadows of deep rich that considerably more than one wild clover through which we aphalf of all that part of the United proached the town from the Bayoa