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Theological Dictionary, &c. By thodists were the instruments of stemming C. Buck, Vol. II. 8vo, price 95. 6d. this torrent. The sick and the poor iso
tasted the fruits of their labours and bene. When we reviewed the first
volence: Mr. Wesley abridged himself of volume of this work in our Maga- for the relief of the indigent; and so pros
all his superfluities, and proposed a fund zine for October last, we explained the plan and nature of it, and gave
perous was the scheine, that they quickly
increased their fund to eighty pounds per a favourable opinion on its execu
This, which one should have tion, which we have seen no reason thought would have been aitended with to retract. For the further infor. praise instead of censure, quickly drew mation of our readers, we shall now upon them a kind of persecution : some of give some extracts from the article the seniors of the university began to inMethodism, in the second volume :- terfere; and it was reported, " that the col" This denomination was founded in
lege-censors were going to blow up the
Godly Club." They found themselves, the year 1729, by one Mr. Morgan and
however, patronized and encouraged by Mr. J. Wesley. In the month of Novem
some men eminent for their learning and ber that year, the latter being then fellow
virtue; so that the Society still continued, of Lincoln College, began to spend some though they had suffered a severe loss, in evenings in reading the Greek Testament,
1730, by the death of Mr. Morgan, who, with Charles Wesley, student; Mr. Mor
it is said, was the founder of it. In Oct. gan, commoner of Christ Church; and Mr. Kirkman, of Merton College. Not
1735, John and Charles Wesley, Mr. Inlong afterwards, two or three of the pupils
gram, and Mr. Delamotte, son of a mer.
chant in London, enbarked for Georgia, of Mr. John Wesley, and one pupil of Mr.
in order to preach the gospel to the InCharles Wesley, obtained leave to attend dians. After their arrival they were at these meetings. They then began to visit first favourably received; but in a short the sick in different parts of the town, and time lost the affection of the people; and, the prisoners also, who were confined in
on account of some differences with the the castle. Two years after, they were
storekeeper, Mr. Wesley was obliged to joined by Mr. Ingram, of Queen's Col
return to England. Mr.Wesley, however, lege, Mr. Broughton, and Mr. Hervey ;
was soon succeeded by Mr. Whitefield, and, in 1735, by the celebrated Mr.White
whose repeated labours in that part of the held, then in his eighteenth year. At this
world are well known. time their number in Oxford amounted to
“ I beir tenets, - - After Mr. Whitefield about fourteen. They obtained their name returned from America, in 1741, he defrom the exact regularity of their lives, clared his full assent to the doctrines of which gave occasion to a young gentleman Calvin. Mr. Wesley, on the contrary, of Christ Church to say, "Here is a new
professed the Arminian doctrine, and had sect of Methodists sprung up ;" alluding to
printed in favour of perfection and univer: a sect of ancient physicians who were
sal redemption, and very strongly against called Methodists, because they reduced
clection : a doctrine which Mr.Whitefield the whole healing art to a few common believed to be scriptural. The difference, principles, and brought it into some method and order.
therefore, of sentiments between these i wo " At the time this Society was formed, ley preached in a place called the Foundry,
great men caused a separation. Mr.Wesit is said that the whole kingdom of Eng: where Mr Whitefield preached but once, land was tending fast to mtidelity. “It is
and no more. Mr. Whitefield then preachcome,” says Bishop Butler, “ I know not
ed to very large congregations out of how, to be taken for granted by many
doors; and soon after, in connection with persons, that Christianity is not so much
Mr. Cennick, and one or i wo more, bigan as a subject of enquiry; but that it is now
a new house, in Kingswood, Gloucesterat length discovered to be fictitious; and
shire; and established a school ibat fa. accordingly they treat it as if, in the
voured Calvinistical preachers. The Mepresent age, this were an agreement among thodists, therefore, were now Jivided ; all people of discernment, and nothing remained but to set it up as a principal subject other Mr. Writerielei.”
one part following Mr. Wesley, and the of mirth and ridicule, as it were, by way of reprisals for its having so long inter
The author here explains at large supted the pleasures of the world." There the opinions of Mr. Wesley, in his is every reason to believe that the Me- own words. He then en:ers into the
discipline of the Methodists; ex- Thursday, Feb. 11, 1802. plains fully what is called their Netu Wait, A.B. 3d Edition, price 3d. Connection, and concludes with the following account of their numbers This Memoir presents us with and success:
another proof of the general truth
of the adage, “ Men may live fools, “ Notwithstanding the general contempt but fools they camot die.” Mr.B. that has been thrown upon them, and the
the subject of this Memoir, came to opposition they have met with, yet their
Bristol, for the benefit of the water, numbers are very considerable. Iu Mr. Wesley's connection there are upwards of &c. about a month before his de 400 preachers, and about 170,000 mem. cease; but finding he was not likely bers. 1o 1786, they sent Missionaries to to recover, sent for a clergyman; the West Indies. Societies were formed one who, happily for him, was able in Barbadoes, St. Vincent's, Dominica, St. to instruct him in the way of life. Christopher's, Nevis, Antigua, St.Eustatia, He frankly owned he had been an Tortola, and St Croix. These Societies admirer of Thomas Paine ; but obare now very numerous ; among whom, it
served, that no man, having emis said, there are not less than 11,000 blacks. They have also 250 preacher's look death in the face. In token of
braced his notions, could calmly employed on the continent of North Amnerica, and their Societies there consist of his detestation of that mischievous 60,000 members. Among the Calvinistic book, he had committed it to the Methodists there are also a considerable flames. At this time he was ige number of preachers, whose congregations norant of the gospel-method of sal. and societies are very extensive : some of vation; but was desirous of knowtheir places in London are the largest and
ing it. best attended in the world : it is almost duct, especially in laying aside the
A retrospect of his misconincredible to see the numbers of people who Bible, and in profaning the Lord's flock to these places In Lady Hunting Day, 'created a high degree of andon's connection alone (including the country congregations) it is said, there are guish. He was oppressed with a no less than 1co,eco hearers. As to their heavy burden of guilt; knew that success in doing good, it is evidunt, that, he must shortly appear before the though many ignorant enthusiasts have tribunal of God; and demanded, in been found among them, yet no people a quiet but impressive manner, have done more to moralize mankind than what was to be done, in order to his they ; nor have they rested there : they salvation. Mr. Wait preached to have not only contributed to render thou- him the free salvation of the gossands better members of society, but been pel, which his mind seemed divinely The irstruments of promoting their spiritual
He also put and eternal interests.
By simplicity of prepared to receive. language, fervour of address, pacience in
into his hands Mr. Biddulph's opposition), un weariedness in labour, piety
Short Sermons, and Mr. Serle's of conduct, and dependence on Almighty Christian Remembrancer, which God, they certainly have beeo the means means of instruction seemed emiof doing is inuch or more real good than nently blessed to his soul. But it any other denomination whatever. was not till within a very few days shrewd writer, therefore, who cannot be of his dissolution, that he enjoyed suspected of Methodisini, justly says, That these people have, in the last nty years, the beloved.
any reviving hope of acceptance in instructed more of the lower o:ders of the
At length, however, people in the obligations of Christianity, humbly trusting that God our Re
he attained a sweet degree of peace, and have called more from gross vice to piety and virtue, than the church has ever
deen.cr had “received his soul to done since the Reformation; while, at the mercy,” Reclining his head on the same time, they have not cost government arm of the inistress of the house, a one farthing, but have been creaied with few minutes before his departure, insult and contempt."
he observed, with great composure, that he believed he was going ; and
inquired, whether she was not of the The Last Days of a Pcrson who had same opinion ? Being answered, that
Ween one of Thomas Paine's Disci- in all probability lie was going, and, pless and ache departed this life on as it was hoped, to a precious Sa
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. viour, he replied, Yes. After profitable substitution for trilling praying for some moments, he said amusements, some may doubt; dos he wanted to go to sleep; and, hurt the acquisition of this language is ing fallen asleep, he sj eedily breath- certainly not very difficult, and ed his last, in a most gentle manner. may be of great utility to all who
The author concludes the narra- wish a fuller acquaintance with the tive with some proper reflections; original scriptures. But, perhaps, warning his readers to beware lest young people may be amused by any man spoil them, through philo-. acquisitions in geography, history, sophy and vain deceit
botany, &c. more agreeably, and We are glad to perceive that this with equaily good effects. little Tract has already reached a The second Dialogue enters into *third edition ; and we heartily re- the subject of what we called the commend it, as a seasonable caveat Aliaphorus, or things of an indifferent against Infidelity, and a very suit- nature. Mrs. Dormer, the defender able present to persons in danger of of the commonly.indulged amusebeing infected with it, while it may ments, gives up the playlwuse, as be circulated at a small expence. the sink of impurity, and a school
of profanenesa! How our gentry, The Inconsistency of Conformity to nobility, &c. will except to such a
this World in the Profession of concession, their practice demona Christianity : illustrated in Three Sirates; but no sanction, however Dialogues, between Mrs. Dormer great, can alter the nature of things. and Miss Necuman. By Thomas Sutticient has been said by Mr. Law, Biddulph, M. A. Minister of St. Dr.' Witherspoon, Dr. Bray, and James's, Bristol, and of Bingc- many others, to prove the contra. worth, in Worcestershire, and Chap- riety of the stage, and its performi. lain to the Dowager Lally Bazot. ers, to the purity of the gospel; 8vo, 23. 60.
but, as to a caru-party, a song, or a The highly respectable author of dance, or such innocent this treatise, endeavours to engagements, Mis. Dormer perceives nothe attention of his readers, in these thing contrary to the spirit of a dialogues, to such spirituality of Christian, in occasionally countemanners in the professors of the gos- nancing them by her presence, tho' pel, as the present too lax system she may not join in them. Miss of the lesser morals, if I may use
N. argues against the dangerous that expression, will hardly admit. tendency of all these, however c 1Miss Newman, the chief speaker insidered in the abstract as ind iffer. these Dialogues, states her objec
ent or innocent; and enduduw's tions forcibly against worldly com
very strongly to prove the injurions pany, chosen without necessity, and effects of all these things; the loss countenancing the generally-allowed of time, temper, and money, almost scenes of what is called innocent necessarily involved in these purdissipation, even by being a party, suits; and the impossibility of rethough without joining in them. tiring from any such company with: She allows this will lead to a parti- out unfitting the mind for commucularity of conduct, offensive to the nion with God; and that the harm world, but essential to the character resulting from these is great to body and comfort of a real Christian. and soul, and inconsistent with She censures the iinpropriety of pa- every baptismal engagement. The rents, so early introducing their argument is supported by, strong daughters into the circle of public quotations from Bishops Beveridge, company, to the injury of the Horne, &c. But authorities weigh “ modesty and shamefacedness,” little against general usage. Vital recommended by an apostle, but Christianity is so far removed from judged at present a little obsolete. nominal profession, that, like the She describes the parental instruc. strait gate that leadeth to life, few tion she received and submitted to. tind it, A truth too certain, trum Whether ihe study of the Hebrew
the lins of the Saviour, to admit language be the most amusing and dispute with his rear disciples; but
too shocking and offensive to the and we know not of any books of herd of Christians in name, to be the same extent more suitable for ever supposed.
young and wavering minds, than The fact is, all Miss N.'s argu. ihis and Mr. Bogue's celebrated ments will never acquit her of aus. Essay: the one generally establishterity and affected sanctity (alias ing the divine origin of Christianity; Methodism) in the eyes of all but a and the other particularly proving few, who have chosen the better the claim of its sacred writers to part, and sought and found a hap- inspiration from above. piness superior to what these things, su zealously pleaded for, ever could Miscellaneous Papers, chiefly in the afford,
Form of Sermons; written by the late We cordially wish these Dialogues George Griffiths, of Bristol, a pious may be deeply and seriously consi
youth, who died at the Age of Sixdered; fully persuaded, that the
teen lears: also, a short Account of miserably unsound religion in vogue, his last Days, To which is added, will awfully deceive its deludeu vu- the Funeral Discourse which his Death taries, and leave them, as the foolish occasioned. By S. Lowell. virgins, without. To such as are
144 pp. pleased with the suber seriousness
GEORGE GRIFFITHS was a reof scriptural truth, much edifica. markable instance, not only of early tion and conviction, such as Mrs. piety, but of amiable disposition Dormer in the last Dialogue ac
and promising talents.
Before, knowledges, will be mini tered; however, those talents were matured but if they look for point or anec. for public urefulness, it pleased the dotë, these enlivening touches will Lord to call him tú fuimself. His not be found.
active mind anticipating the work
upon which his heart was set, comInfant Salvation : an Essay, 10 prove posed the outlines of several dis.
the Sulvation of all who die in In- courses, which are here presented to fancy: with Answers to Objections. the public; and which, considering Second Edition, corrected 8vo, is. the age of the writer, may teach The first edition of this interest.
us to regret his loss. By these, ing pamphlet having escaped us, being dead, he yet speaketh; and the great importance of the subject unites his voice with'the servants induces us now to recommend it to of God of every age, to call upon our readers ; which we most cor- repent and believe the gosdially do, particularly to parents pel.' These short discourses are under distressing apprehensions as not only pious, but animated, and to the state of their departed in- generally judicious. The short exa fants. Such the author endeavours ordium to the third discourse, apto console with a variety of Scrip- peared to us particularly striking. tural arguments; and which we
The seventh sermon, on affliction, think forcible and satisfactory. is very experimental; and the Disa
course on ihe Love of God, written An Essay on the Inspiration of the in his illness, is sweet and pious. Holy Scriptures of the Old and New The Funeral Discourse, by Mr, Testament. By John Dick, A.M. Lowell, on the example of Josiah, Glasgow. 2d Edition. 12 mo. 316 pp. is judicious and pathetic ; the be35. common. 35. 6d. fine.
nefits of early piety; and the evils IN Omr Magazine for Feb. 1801, of procrastination in religion, are with a brief analysis of this work, represented with much energy and we gave it our decided approbation, force of argument. We were sura
à comprehensive and masterly prized, however, that this sermon, defence of the doctrine of inspiration; wliich is said to be added,' is prewhich has of late years been much fixed to those of Griffiths; and ihat opposed, not only by avowed ene. his discourses, which (p. 29) are mies, but by professed friends to called preceding,' actually follow, revelation. The present edition be, But this confusion of arrangement ing corrected and enlarged, has still is probably owing to the error of greater claims to public patronage; either the printer or the binder,
201 We should farther inform our Henry's remarks on the author and readers, that Mr. Lowell's sermon design of each distinct book; the is also printed in 8vo, and sold sepa- defect of which, in the former vorate, to gratify those who may wish lunie, will be supplied by an Apto bind it with his other sermons. pendix to the last.
The Beauties of Henry: a Selection A concise Hebrew Grammar, zvitha
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