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Had this advice been attended to, few correspondents would have had occasion to charge us with delay. The truth is, we are always defirous to oblige ; but when long pieces are transmitted, particularly essays, we are under the painful necessity either of abridging, which authors dislike, or of poftponing them from month to month, before we can find rooin for their insertion,
As to our poetic correspondents who think themselves negle&ted, we can only say, our limits are so contracted, that we can insert but a part of what we receive; and as we constantly aim at impartiality, we must beg to be indulged with a discretionary power in making the setection.
We are endeavouring to bring up the arrears of our Review, and regret that any important works should remain unnoticed. In future, we truit, by shortening our remarks, when they may be spared, we Mall be able to introduce every interesting publication of a religious nature very soon after its appearance.
Could the proposal of Benevolus, for making a permanent provilion for the widows of gospel ministers be accomplished, we should sincerely rejoice, In the mean while it affords us much pleasure to reflect, that, by the liberal encouragement our work has received, we have been enabled annually to contribute some hundreds of pounds towards their support. Their dif. treffes are of the most afflicting kind; and, were they generally known, could not fail of exciting compassion in every feeling heart. As several persons have expressed a wish that the Trustees of this Magazine, who are lo intimately acquainted with all their circumstances, would become depofitories of such property as humane and serious characters might be desirous to appropriate to their relief, either by legacy or gift, we take the liberty to subjoin the form in which benefactions
may be bequeathed.*
• I give and bequeath .. to the Rev. Jolin Eyre, or to the Trea. surer, for the time being, of the stated contributors to the Evangelical Ma. gazine, and Trustees for the proper distribution of the profits. To be paid to him within months after my decease, out of my personal eftate; to be appropriated to the same charitable and pious purposes, as the profits of that work.
FOR THE YEAR 1798.
MEMOIRS OF THE HON. AND REV, WM. BROMLEY CADO
GAN, A. M. RECTOR OF ST. LUKE's, CHELSEA, AND
ther covets, nor opposes the artificial distinctions of life. Whilft it every where inculcates humility and lowliness of mind, it directs us to give honour to whom honour is due, whether it be to believers or unbelievers : And, what it inculcates by precept, it enforces by example. St. Paul addresses the Roman governor, in the most respectful manner, calling him, most noble Felius; and St. Luke, who records the circumstance, in dedicating this narrative of facts he had composed to the most excellent Theophilus, withholds not from him the customary respect paid to persons of his exalted station, because he happened to be a Chriftian brother. For envy and pride are equally obnoxious to the spiritually minded, who leeking for themselves the honour that cometh from God only, and comparing the emptiness of the fading glories of time with the unchanging realities of eternity, neither defire the titles earthiy princes confer, nor feel the least uneasiness at feeing others enjoy
No man deferved distinctions of rank more than the subject of these memoirs ; and yet no man efteemed them less, when compared with the superior dignity of being “ a " member of Christ, a child of God, and an inheritor of the
kingdom of Heaven.” He was the second son of the present Lord Cadogan, and was born in 1751, at Caversham
4 MEMOIRS OF THE HON. AND REV, W. B. CADOGAN. Park, Oxfordshire, a beautiful seat near Reading, and visible for several miles on the Bath road. After much care and expense in ornamenting it, his Lordship fold it, about fourteen years ago, with the consent of his eldest son, to a Major Marsack, who had just returned froin India, with a large fortune.
Whilst his elder brother was intended for the army, and his two younger brothers, by the same mother, for the navy; Mr. Cadogan was designed for the church. Whether any particular circumstance influenced the decision, it is immaterial. “ The lot is caft into the lap, but the disposal there" of is of the Lord.” The emoluments of the church were, probably, the chief object his friends had in view ; could they have foreseen his faithfulness and zeal, it is highly probable, from their subsequent conduct, they would rather have devoted him to any other profession. But God, who intended him for nobler service than to be seeking at courts and levees, for church preferment, inclined their minds to pursue such measures as would ultimately accomplish his intentions, and frustrate their own.
At an early age, he was sent to Westminster school, where he received his classical education. While there, he had some serious impressions on his mind; but they were neither strong nor lasting. Mr. Bakewell, who afterwards removed to Greenwich, then kept his school in Palaceyard; and, though often interrupted by the rudeness of the Westminster fcholars, preached in the evenings to such of his neighbours as wished to attend. Thither Mr. Cadogan resorted, to laugh, with his young companions ; but conscience, enlightened with the truths he heard, would fometimes smite him, and he even felt ardent desires to enjoy the favour of God; as he had no friend, however, to fan the kindling sparks into a flanie, they were foon extinguishby youthful folly.
About the usual time, he removed to Christ Church College, Oxford. There he diftinguished himself by obtaining some literary prizes ; nor was he altogether unconcerned about the important office, for which he was designed; but applied himself to the study of the Scriptures, and wrote an: abstract of the contents of each book, for his own information.
About this time, the Rev. Mr. Talbot, vicar of St. Giles's, Reading, died. He was an extraordinary man both for piety and generosity; and his wife, also, was a Christian of more than common excellence. They were both venerated.