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To the Editor of the Christian Observer. My next question is of far less I BEG leave to solicit answers to a but as I know not where to obtain
importance than the preceding ones; few questions, through the medium information respecting it, you will
, I of your excellent publication, if they are such as you shall think trust, allow me to ask it here. From compatible with its object, jand
Mat. xxvii. 52,53, we learn that after
the resurrection of our Lord, “inany worthy the attention of its readers.
bodies of the saints which slept Justin Martyr affirms, as most who have read his works will recol- it would seem, had been thrown
arose from their graves," which, as lect, that the Jews expunged passages open by the earthquake at his crucifrom their sacred writings, which
fision, bore testimony to the vicarious suf: city, and appeared unto many." It
“ and went into the holy ferious and death of Jesus Christ; does not seem, from this phraseoand, among them, the following logy, that they continued in the very striking passage:
When Ezra celebrated the passover (as is re
city; what, then, became of them?
&c. Jaled Ezra, cb. vi. 19), he spake (says Justin) thus: “Aud Ezra spake unto the people, and said, This passover is our Saviour and our Refuge: and if ye shall understand To the Editor of the ChristianObserver, and ponder it in your heart, that we
I shall afflict him for a sign; and if
Beg leave, through the medium of afterwards we shall believe on him; your publication, to spread abroad this place shall noi be desolated for the following observation of Mr. ever, saith the Lord of Hosts. But of the Prayer-Book printed by Mr.
Scott. “I have seen some copies if ye will not believe on him, nor hear his preacbing, ye shall be a
Reeves, in which the word 'help' is laughing stock to the Genuiles * !" şubstituted for health. I hope it is Now, if this has, as Justin affirms,
an error of the press, and not intenbeen expunged from the Septuagint, tional: for certainly no authority, the Jews have taken equal care to except that of king, lords, and comstrike it out of their Hebrew copies mons, in parliament assembled, is likewise; for I am not aware that it competent to make this alteration.” exists in any copy extant. But what
-This error is continued through I wish to ask is,
every edition I have seen subsequent
These editions, 1st. Is Justin's assertion confirmed to the year 1802. by any oiber author of equal anti- from size, type, paper, and binding, quity?
are the fashionable Prayer-Books. 21. Was it denied by any Jew of But I more particularly wish to draw that period ?
the notice of your readers to another 3d. Is the passage to be found in omission of some magnitude. In the any ancient copy?
Prayer-Book printed by Mr.Reeves, The only place, I conjecture, in in 1806, at the end of the Second which there is any chance of finding Collect at Evening Prayer, he has it, is in the Buchanan manuscript. omitted the merits of” Jesus. Alt Mr. Yeates, who has already given who feel their want of spiritual us such an interesting account of health, and look to the merits of this manuscript, will perhaps have Jesus Christ for everlasting rightethe goodness to communicate the re- ousness, will naturally be dissatisfied quisite information on this point.
with such alterations, sem Just. Martyri Opera .ab Aberthur. vol. ii p. 196.
CHAPLAIN OF THE PRESIDENCY OF
ger, vol. ii.
The following communication has recently died at an advanced age. been made to us by a much es. had, while young, the misfortune to teemed friend; and in compliance sustain a severe injury of the leg; with his wishes, as well as from and it became necessary that he sincere respect to the memory of shoolt, in consequence of it, submit the deceased, we take the earliest lo amputation as the only means of opportunity of inserting it.
preserving his life. He married the
religion when they have no families to supSOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF THE
port*. But even there we must not stopLATE REVEREND DK. KERR, SENIOR
they may do more : for he erected the university priniing-louse of Dablin: and be
queathed all bis books to St. Sepulchre's Richard Hall Kerr, was the elder He acied as his own executor by giving bis
Libruty, of which they had not duplicates. of the two sons of the Rev. Lewis relations and friends most of the legacies he Kerr, and was born in Dublin un
had designed for them; but the bulk of his the 3d of February, 1769. I would fortune (full 30,0001.) he left to public inappear that several of his ancestors stitutions. Among these benefactions were had been brought up to the sacred ten exhibitions to the University, of 50l. per profession of a clerzyman. Dr. annum each; Mercer's hospital, 2001. ; St. Kerr's grandfather, at an early Stephen's hospital, 40% for a chaplain ; period of his lite. held a curacy in
Dean Swist's hospital, 6001.; towards the ihe bishoprick of Clogher, and mar
spire of St. Patrick's cathedral, 10001. Such
acts as these confer lionour on our Protestant ried the eldest sister of his diocesan, prelaies." - Mr. Nolle's Continuation of GranBishop Sterne ; whose extensive and munificent charities have just- But notwithstanding all this munificence, ly entitled him to be enrolled among it becomes necessary, on the present occa. the principal benefactors of his siun tu observe, that his sister having mar. Country*. Dr. Kerr's father, who ried without his consent, Bishop Sterne was
so highly incensed at this neglect, although • « John Sterne, Bishop of Clogher. The she had been his favourite sister, as never Sternes were originally wi Mansfield in the afterwards to notice her. The paternal estate county of Nottingham; and this prelate was,
of Bishop Sterne was Belough, situated in the I presume, of the family of Richard Sterne, county of Dublin. After his death, it was who died Archbishop of York in 1683, aged enjoyed by his nephew Richarel Hall
, whe, 87 ; and the son of Enzlish parents, idrought dying uninarried, left, together with his born in Ireland, from whoni also descended
maiden sisters, legacies to a very considerable the late Lawrence Strue, that eccentric
amount to Dr. Kerr's father. On the death genius, more commonly knowu of late years, of Richard Hall, the Belough estale became by the familiar name of Parson Yoricko possessed by ibe trustees of St. Stephen's Dr. Sterne was Swilt's immediate predecessor Huspital, in whose hands it still remains, in the deanery of St. Patrick's, Dublin; and
Dr. Kerr's father was the heir-at-law, and on a resignation thereot, by compraruise in
was perhaps the person who ought to have his favour, was, iu May 1713, promoted to
possessed the estate ; but he never adopted the bishopric of Dromore: from which he was, in March 1717, translated to Clogher
, any measures to establish his right to it, where he died in June 1745, at the age of being averse from engaging in the vexations
expensive, and uncertain process of a tedious 85. The generosity, hospitality, and charity
litigation. of Dr. Sterne, were unbounded. The deanery house of St. Patrick, the palaces of Dromore and Clogher, and cathedral of Clogher, are • The author of the Continuation of lasting monuments of his munificence; and Granger, we presume, from this insinuation, she w us what bishops can do in the cause of was a Roman Catholic. EDITOR.
daughter of Colonel Lynden, a gen- rake. He accordingly relinquished teman who had resided many years this design in favour of another at Gibraltar, and who was untortu- pursuit, and embarked for Virginia nately drowned in returning thence on Good Friday, 1788 : but he had to England. Though he entered scarcely arrived there before he was into holy orders, he never held any attacked with an obstinate intermitpreferment in the church. With tant fever, the long continuance of less worldly prudence than is con- which impaired his constitution; and sistent with a due regard to bis own it was to the effects of this disorder interest and the welfare of his family, that he was wont principally to he was invariably respected for his ascribe the ill health' to which he upright and independent conduct; was ever afterwards subject. To this for the unaffected simplicity of his visitation of Providence, he was also manners, and for his actively bene- wont with fervour to attribute the volent disposition. In the course of mental revolution which disposed a long and eventful life, he presided him to undertake the sacred duties over several respectable seminaries of a profession to which his whole of education in Dublin and its vicini- life was thenceforth exclusively dety; but bisexertions were constantly voted. It was in consequence of more beneficial to others than to these deep and serious impressions himself. His reputation, however, as that he returned to England early in a teacher, was always eminent; for, 1789, and, thence passing over to with a profound knowlege of the Dublin, resumed his studies in the mathematics, he blended a refined university. On the 21st October, taste for the beauties of Grecian and of the same year, he was ordained Roman literature.
deacon by Dr. Crigan, bishop of The subject of this sketch was Sodor and Man; and on the 1st educated under the tuition of his November, that prelate appointed father, until he attained the age of Mr. Kerr his domestic chaplain. fourteen years. He was then ad- This venerable dignitary of the mitted a pensioner of Trinity Col- church, who is still living, was the lege, Dublin; and on the 27th friend of Mr. Kerr's father. His February, 1788, he took his degree lordship honoured the son also with of Bachelor of Arts in that univer- his friendship, and on various ocsity.
casions gave him unequivocal proofs About this period, his father be- of warm and unalterable attachcame involved in pecuniary enubar- ment*. rassments, and the family was in The most scrupulous view of his consequence plunged into deep distress. Mr. Kerr, deeply affected In an account of the Isle of Man, pubwith this reverse of fortune, and lished in the Monthly Magazine for Septemdesirous to relieve his father from ber 1802, this accomplished and venerable
prelate is thus spoken of. expenses which he was no longer
“ The bishop is near sixty ; in his counable to support, quitted college and tenance, benevolence and penetration are formed the design of sett! og in strongly marked ; at times the latter is peAmerica in the medical profession, culiarly severe, and at such moments it is With this view, he engaged in a difficult to bear steadily the scrutiny of his course of study and professional eye. He has great dignity in his deportattendance at the hospitals of Dub- ment, especially when he addresses a stranlin and London ; but ihe exigencies ger; liis manners are the most finished, his of his situation did not admit of his conversation is replete with fashionable devoting to these studies sufficient anecdote, and his style of expression is untime for maturing the attainments
commonly fluent and elegant. His family
are amiable and highly accomplished ; as which he felt to be necessary, in may be supposed, when it is known that order to a conscientious discharge of his lordslip limself undertook the principal the duties he had proposed to under- care of their education." CHAIST. OBSERV, No. 122.
new duties could not, however, render aid of the Hon. Basil Cochrane, him insensible to the distresses of a whose official connection with the father; and if Providence should not navy introduced him to his acquainenable hin 10 alleviate, he was de- tance, to establish a seminary on a termined, at least, got to add to his respectal.le and extensive scale in embarrassments. Our Indian set- the Black Town of Madras. To tlements appeared to be a field well ibis object he exclusively directed, suited to the combined duiies which his attention; and he had the satis-, pressed upon his mind; and having faction, in a very short time, of sucobtained letters of recommendation ceeding in it beyond his expectato gentlemen of respectability at tions. Bombay, be accordingly embarked Hicherto we have seen Mr. Kerr for that settlement, and arrived there struggling against adverse fortune on the 5th June, 1790. Neither the with laudable perseverance. But hopes of filial piery, nor the objects his industry, his good sense, and of a vocation to which he felt the his exemplary demeanour, could not most serious impulse, were much fail to attract notice, and attach to promoted by the first results of this his interest friends respectable from voyage.
their worth, talents, and official emSoon after his arrival in India, he ployments. Occasionally solicited was appointed to superintend the by the resident clergymen, he ofPortuguese College at Mankeim, in ficiated in the church of Madras ; the island of Bombay; a situation and Sir Charles Oakley, at that time which, although by no means con- the governor, was so gralified with genial to his wishes, he held during his discourses, and held his character the space of nearly two years. After in such high estimation, that, unsothat period was elapsed, despairing licited by Mr. Kerr, he resolved to of obtaining an appointment that appoint him one of the East India would enable him to accomplish Company's chaplains. . these objects, he determined to return poiniment accordingly took place to Europe; among other purposes, for on the Toth April, 1793.
He now that of obtaining priestly ordination, discontinued his school, and shortly to which, when he embarked for afterwards proceeded to join the 4th India, he had not attained the re- batalion of European infantry at quisite age to be admitted.
Ellore, at that time the principal It being understood that the Per. slation in the northern Territories severance frigate was shortly to be subject to the Government of Madras, dispatched to England, Mr. Kerr Arrived al Ellore, he evinced his solicited the appointment of chap- zeal in his sacred profession by a lain to that vessel, chiefly with the sedulous attention to its duties. He view of being enabled to was the first clergyman who had home without expense. But another been stationed in that part of the of our Indian seitlements was desó Company's dominions; and, as tined to be the scene of his future miglit be expected in a society labours; and the Perseverance, have which had long been deprived of a ing sailed from Bombay in 1792, spiricual instructor, he found that proceeded, contrary to his expecta- the observances of the Sabbath were tion, first 10 Madras, and arrived entirely disregarded, and, in general, there on the 30 June.
all the established riies of religion. At this settlement, he was attack- 'To overcome this prevailing indifa ed by a severe fever; in which he ference to Divine institutions, and to long lingered, friendless and forlorn, excire and keep alive in his congreat St. Thomas's Mount near Madras, gation that devout and reverential and the ship sailed to England with- feeling which constitutes one of the out him. On his recorery, how. chief benefits resulting from religious eror, he was enabled, by the kind ordinances, he conceived no measure
would be so effectual as that of a further reference in Mr. Kerr's erecting a building exclusively for favour to the authorities at home. the performance of Divine worship. In February he received instrucHaving communicated bis sentiments tions from Government to desist from on this subject to the principal of his preparations for the church, it ficers of the district, he was encou- having been determined to remove raged, in February 1794, to address the troops from Ellore to Masulithe public and solicit contributions patam. Mr. Kerr bad reason to retowards erectiog a church at Ellore. gret this arrangement; lor, in the His exertions to promote the sub- expectation that Ellore would conscription were unrenrited; and for tinue to be a principal military stathis porpose he undertook a journcy tion, he had expended a considerthrough the Northern Circars, per- able sum in building a suitable forming divine service at every sta- house for the acconimodation of his zion. A considerable sum was thus family. Mrs. Kerr's healila had obtained through his individual es- sustained a severe shock about this ertions, which, with the addition of period; and his anxiety for her re100) pagodas contributed by the covery, his apprehensions respecte Government, was deemed adequate ing the confirmation of his appointto detray the expense of the build- ment, the welfare of all most dear ing; the erection of which together to him being deeply involved in the with a free school adjoining were decision, together with the loss atbegun about that period.
tendant on the removal of the garOn the 16th August 1794, Mr. rison, owing to the great depreciaKerr was married at Madras to Miss tion in the value of property in conEliza Falconer; a lady who, with sequence of that event, were so maan excellent understanding and a ny circumstances conspiring to rencultivated mind, blended every fe- der bis present situation peculiarly minine virtue. With such a com. distressing. But panion he had the prospect of every
Fortunaque perdat happiness which the matrimonial
Opposità virtute, minas." state can confer, and never was there And besides the consolations he dea union crowned with more perfect rived from religion and the applaudharmony. In the endearing society of his ing testimony of his own mind, he
received, in this period of adversity, amiable consort, in providing ma
seasonable relief of another kind. terials for his church, and in the performance of his ministerial func- been well acquainted with his em
A friend, who appears to have tions, his time was for a while delight- barrassments, sympathizing in his fully occupied. In January 1795, distress and solicitous to relieve it, he received the distressing intelli- forwarded to bim by the post a gence that the Court of Directors letter, of which the following is a had thought proper to annul bis ap- copy, containing a Bank note of 500 pointment as a chaplain in their ser.
pagodas (2001.) vice; a resolution adopted not from any personal objection to Mr. Kerr,
“ 5th March, 1795. but because the appointment had
"A friend to virtue in distress been conferred upon him in India, takes this method of contributing to and not, as is usual on such occasions, its relief. It will be sutlicient satisby the Directors in England. Tó faction to him to know, by a line in his merits, Lord Hobart, iben gover
the Courier, that A. B. has received for of Madras, was not a stranger;
the favour of a Christian.” and his Jordship was pleased in this Such an instance of genuine beinstance to suspend the execution of nevolence commands our admirathe order, and await the result of tion. In the highest degree delica: