« PrécédentContinuer »
"On Friday, just before the going down New York, gives the following account of of the sun, and as its last rays had forced the subjects of his pulpit ministrations :themselves through the blinds, and were “ He shunned not to declare the whole playing upon the wall not far from the counsel of God. The fall and corruption bed, he said, 'Open the shutters, that I of man-the Trinity of Persons in the may see more of the light : O how plea. Unity of the Godhead—the atonement for sant is it; how cheering is the sun-but sin by the death and sacrifice of Christthere is a Sun of Righteousness, in whose our restoration to the favour of God light we shall see light.' He delighted to through faith alone in the merits of the speak of heaven. Once, however, when Divine Redeemer and sanctification of the blissful theme employed his thoughts, the Holy Spirit-the means of grace, as he remarked, “ He that would be most promised and conveyed in the sacraments exalted in that world, must now most of the church of the living God, the pillar humble himself, and bend lowest before and ground of the truth, which he purthe Cross.' Often did he exclaim, . I wish chased with his blood-the second advent to talk of God and salvation-I wish to of Christ to judgment, when we must all die with the name of God in my mouth; appear before him, and be received into but then,' he added, “not God without eternal bliss, or be consigned to eternal the Saviour, Christ is all : God over all.'' woe, according to the deeds done in the Dr. Rudd adds the following:
body-these were the sacred themes upon “Though Bishop Hobart did not con
which he dwelt with faithful constancy.” sider himself alarmingly ill, till the latter After this affecting account of our depart of his sickness, still he frequently parted friend's sentiments and character, observed, even in the earlier part of it, and the truly satisfactory memorials of his that it was the third attack of the kind, last hours, we have no heart to go back to and one such, he had no doubt, would subjects of controversy, or to agitate the some day be his end. Perhaps,' said he, many points of discussion which might this may be that one-jf so, God's will naturally occur to our minds in connexion be done -O pray for me that I may not with the reminiscences of his life and writonly say this, but feel it-feel it as a sin. ings. We_fully accord with his great ner-for
, bear me witness, I have no merit maxim, " Evangelical piety and Apostoof my own; as a guilty sinner would I go lical order ;” though on some of the parto my Saviour, casting all my reliance on
ticulars arising out of it, we were accushim--the atonement of his blood. He is tomed to hold with him a not unfriendly my only dependence-my Redeemer, my controversy. Among his numerous pubSanctifier, my God, my Judge.' Such was
lications, one of his earliest, and, as we the tenor of much of his conversation.” think, one of his best, now lies before us ;
" The sacrament was soon administered his Companion to the Altar. It was pubby the writer, and long will that solemn lished in 1804, and the author had then scene be remembered by all who beheld the fully imbibed those views, both of doctransaction, as one of the most tender and trine and discipline which he maintained moving character. When the person of- through life. His great object, he said, ficiating came, in the confession, to the to keep in view two principles ; words, ' by thought, word, and deed,' the that we are saved from the guilt and Bishop stopped him, and said, you know dominion of sin by the Divine merits the Church expects us to pause over those and grace of a Redeemer, and that the words--pause now, repeating one of the merits and grace of this Redeemer are words at a time, til. I request you to go applied to the soul of the believer in the on. This was done--and the pauses in
devout and humble participation of the one case were so long, that a fear passed ordinances of the church, administered by over our minds that he had lost his recol a priesthood who derive their authority lection or fallen asleep. This, however, hy regular transmission from Christ, the proved not to be so; he repeated each
Divine Head of the church, and the source word, and after the third pause, added, of all the power in it.”. The same sentiProceed : I will interrupt you no more.'
ments are inculcated in nearly bis last At the proper place he requested to hear publication, “ The High Churchman Vinread the 93d hymn, as soon as the read- dicated.”-Bishop Hobart was much ating was ended he sung clearly the 2d and tached to several of the writers of the
non-juring school, and in general to the “From this time, which was about 9 more devout class of high-church divines. o'clock in the morning, there was no very
He professes in his Companion to the important change. During the night he Altar, to wish to imitate the tender fervour said very little, and for about four hours of Hickes and Stanhope, and of Bishops before he expired, was nearly if not quite Andrews, Taylor, Kenn, Hall
, Wilson, insensible to what was passing around. and Horne, and laments that the heart He sunk into the arms of death without and affections are not more appealed to a struggle, and his face soon assumed that by devotional writers, and that to be ferengaging expression which has in life so vid is condemned as being visionary. He often delighted those wbo loved him."
would imitate, he says, “ the devotional Dr. Wainwright one of his clergy in
strains of the sweet Psalmist of Israel,
which breathe the rapturous spirit of those my humility become more deep, my love celestial courts to which they are designed to God more fervent, my zeal and delight to lead the soul ” As the book is in our in his service more exalted, my faith in hands we will copy, almost casually, a few my Saviour more uniform and supreme ? sentences indicative of the writer's feel. Does my soul glow with gratitude to God, ings at that early period of his life and my Almighty Maker and Benefactor, Father ministry. We take them from the chap. and Friend, for the manifold mercies of ter on Self-examination. After speaking life; and, above all, for the unspeakable of his constant theme, the privilege of gift of his Son Jesus Christ, for the inchurch membership as the authorised estimable blessing of redeeming love ?" channel of covenanted mercy, he proceeds: Among his other literary labours was
“ Have I frequently contemplated, with the republication of Bishop Mant and Dr. deep humiliation, the state of depravity D'Oyley's Family Bible, with additional and guilt in which man is sunk, wbile notes; chiefly with a view to supply what destitute of an interest in the merits of he considered a lamentable defect in that & Saviour ? Have I reviewed, with lively work, the want of devotional matter apt compunction, the transgressions which to affect the soul of the reader with a deep have defiled my conscience? In the bits sense of its native guilt and wretchedness, terness of my spirit, have I acknowledged and to raise it to humble faith, to adoring the justice of God in my condemnation gratitude, and to heavenly contemplation Have 1 humbly and fervently adored the and communion with God. Among the fulness of his grace and mercy in providing writers whose names, passed over in the for me the means of redemption through original work, he introduced into the Jesus Christ? Awakened to a lively sense reprint, was the venerable commentator of my sins, have I fled, with earnest suppli- Scott; and though the writings of that cation, to the throne of my Almighty Judge, author were certainly not exactly to his and reverently presented there, as the only taste, he more than once expressed to us, plea of my forgiveness, the meritorious in warm terms, his disapprobation of the blood of my Redeemer ? Has faith opened party-spirit which could introduce some to me the fulness and sufficiency of my names of little note or value, and inviSaviour's merits, and conveyed to my diously omit all mention of the largest troubled conscience rest and peace? Have and most complete doctrinal, critical, and I experienced the power of Divine Grace, practical commentary in the English lanin awakening my sensibility to the evil guage, from the pen of a clergyman, and and guilt of sin, to the excellence and upon which the readers of commentators rewards of holiness; and in exciting the in Great Britain and America, have not resolution to renounce all the dictates of grudged to spend, we believe, some my corrupt nature, and to devote myself hundreds of thousands of pounds. But, to my God and Saviour, in the services of whosever names are omitted or introa holy life? Am I sincerely desirous, and duced, the want of a sufficient portion of always ready to partake of the holy eucha- directly devotional matter in a Family rist, thereby to commemorate the dying Bible is so serious a defect, that we hope, love of my Redeemer; to testify my com even yet, in some future edition, it may munion with his church and people ; to be supplied. plead before God, for the pardon of my We shall not detain our readers with a sins, the all-prevailing merits of his cross detail of the numerous posthumous testiand passion ; and to refresh and strength- monies of respect and affection which en my soul with his most precious body and have been paid to his memory, not the blood ? Am I diligent and faithful in all the least pleasing of which is a highly liberal exercises and duties of the Christian life? and honourable provision which has been Am I uniform and sincere in the duties made for his widow and family. This of private meditation and prayer; in all mark of attachment is the more approthose pious exercises which have a ten- priate, on account of the singularly genedency to strengthen the reign of grace rous and disinterested character of Bishop in my heart?
Are the services of God's Hobart. Never was there a man less sanctuary the
source of my most exalted selfish and money-loving : what the world pleasures? Do I with constant and holy calls the mean and sordid vices, for in the desire wait in his sacred courts, that í eye of God pride and ambition are vices may taste his goodness, and experience also, were utterly alien to his character ; his satisfying joys ?. Sensible of my own and if in their place he had, by nature, weakness, and of the dominion of sin in
some lofty aspirings, we trust that Divine my heart, do I earnestly implore the grace grace had subjugated them, in heart as in of God, and constantly rely on the pow. act, to far more glorious purposes than erful agency of the Holy Spirit, to sanc self-exaltation. Under his fostering care tify my soul, to guide, quicken, and pre- the clergy and lay members of his large serve me in my Christian course?"In and important diocese had multiplied reliance on the aids of this Holy Spirit, four-fold, and institutions had been plantdo I daily endeavour to weaken and sub-ed by his hand, or grown up under his due my sinful passions, to strengthen and eye, for the education of ministers, the exalt the holy graces of my soul? Does circulation of the Bible, prayer-books,
and tracts, and the promotion of Chris- the West will listen to us in the East, let tian missions both foreign and domestic. them avoid, as a canker, the party-spirit May the blessing of the great Head of the and ungodly contentions which have so church rest upon these institutions, and often rent infant churches, and strive toupon the whole pale of the American gether in purity and peace for the faith of episcopate ; and oh, if our brethren in the Gospel.
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
The meeting of parliament next month their serious consideration and earnest
tion of a king. The Poles continue deWe mentioned in a former page the termined to achieve their independence ; zealous efforts in progress for the better while Russia, on ber side, is concentrating observance of the Lord's Day. We rejoice upon them an overwhelming army. The :o be able to announce, that since this base spoliations of Poland, and the breach sheet went to press, a central society has of faith in not granting to that aggrieved been formed in London for promoting country an efficient representative legisthis great object; and we hope, by our lature, as promised at the allotment at next Number, that its plans will be so far the peace, must excite a strong preposmatured as to enable us to lay them before session in favour of the Polish cause in our readers, and to invite their bearty con minds the most averse to popular revolucurrence in the design. In the mean time, tions, and thus increase its moral strength We most strongly commend the object to throughout Europe.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
B. H.; W.L. N.; J. W.; D. B.; PASTOR; E. G. ; T. H. K. ; C. H. M. ; R. K.; X.;
, we have an interesting and instructive paper from Mr. Newnham, giving a
, we have a letter from Mr. Tripe, the medical gentleman who attended Miss Fancourt for a year and a half in Devonshire. He states that he was fully convinced at that time that the affection of the spine and hip was only nervous ; that it was " simulative," and " not that hip or spine disease, which by continuance disorganizes the bones or joints, and produces permanent lameness;" that he " perceived any curvature, protuberance, or thickening in any of the vertebræ, no deformity of the hip, no lengthening or shortening of the limb, and no appearance of disease in any part of the bony structure of the body.” His conviction on these points, he adds, was so very strong," that " he expressed his opinion to the parties at the time that Miss Fancourt would resume the use of her limbs, and be again enabled to walk." There is one further statement in his letter, which it may be necessary to notice, as it supplies a link in the chain of argument. We had inferred from the circumstances of the case, that the patient was very susceptible of excitement; but our friend H. S. C. H. doubted this, and considered her as peeuliarly
unlikely to be wrought upon by nervous feelings. But Mr. Tripe, after attending her medically for a year and a half, affirms, that when she was under his care "the cerebral excitement was so excessive as to call for very active and reiterated remedial measures, which after the severest struggling, ultimately effected her safety, contrary to the expectation of all her friends." Had these facts been stated in the first instance, there would have been no appearance of miracle, and scarcely an air of
mystery, in the cure. Our readers have now before them the decided opinions of all Miss Fancourt's medical
attendants, except Dr. Jarvis of Margate, whose recollections do not allow him to give any precise statement as to the nature or extent of her disorder ; but he says that he “ does not deem her cure miraculous ;" for that “the disease had probably been some time since subdued, and there only wanted an extraordinary stimulus to enable her to make use of her legs.” “ Had she been awakened,” he adds, “ from her sleep by the house being on fire a month before the same beneficial effect would
have arisen." Some of our correspondents inquire of us respecting a story of Miss Fancourt's eldest
sister having laboured under a similar affection, and being led, as miraculously as the present patient, to the use of her limbs in consequence of a fright from a storm on board a packet; and they ask us on what authority we stated (Appendix for 1830, p. 813,) that this lady "recovered naturally.” We answer on the best authority, that of H. S. C. H., who, in an early stage of the correspondence, informed us, in answer to the inquiry whether a sister of Miss F. had not laboured under a similar disorder to the present patient, and had recovered in an extraordinary manner; that he had learned from the family that the sister had certainly been thus affected, but that she recovered naturally. We must therefore class the story of the thunder-storm among those “various statements” which Mr. Fancourt said, in his first letter, "would probably be circulated, for which those who follow after charity will not hold him responsible." We are also requested to contradict the report that
crowds have flocked to the Jews' chapel to gratify idle curiosity. Many persons having wished to possess the documents and correspondence on this
subject in a separate form, they have been reprinted as a pamphlet, with a few additional remarks. From the latter we copy the concluding passage, with which we would now wish to take leave of the discussion. Our readers are aware that Mr. M`Neile had said, at the Jews' chapel, in his sermon, (as reported in “The Preacher,") the Sunday before the cure, that what are called the extraordinary infuences of the Holy Spirit have never ceased any more than the ordinary; that it is the duty of Christians to seek the one as much as the other, and that it is only our want of faith that prevents our enjoying them. “O ask of God," he is reported to have said, “to bestow on one among you the word of knowledge by the Spirit; on another, the word of wisdom by the same Spirit; on another, faith by the same Spirit; on another, the gift of healing by the same Spirit; and ask for another of you to have the working of miracles by the same Spirit.” To all this we reply in the concluding words of the pamphlet: “What Christian can close the above discussion without feeling of how little practical value, after all, would be mere 'gifts,' even miraculous gifts, compared with what is infinitely higher in its character
, and incomparably more important ? For, says our blessed Saviour, 'not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven ; but be that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name have cast out devils, and in thy name have done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.' A deed may therefore claim to be done in the name of Christ-whether it be the utterance of a prophecy, or an exorcism, or any other wonderful work; and yet not be entitled to the epithet of Christian. Were it not, then, wise to turn from such questionable gifts,' to the solid, practical realities of vital, saving, sanctifying truth? Oh, who would covet even a faith that could remove mountains, rather than charity, without which it profiteth nothing !! Let, then, those who have attained to the more excellent way,' as we are persuaded have those friends on whose opinion in the present matter we have freely commented, be content with the higher manifestation, and not go back to doubtful speculations, or the assertion of miraculous gifts, which, even if vouchsafed, would have no necessary connexion with spiritual edification or eternal salvation."
SUPPLEMENT TO RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
PRINCE HOHENLOHE AND MODERN
cive to the progress of error, than of truth; it may well be questioned
how far the indulgence of such To the Editor of the Christian Observer, feelings and emotions may be
praiseworthy, how far they may IN again inviting the attention be innocuous to the parties so in
of readers to some sup- dulged, how far they may not be posed cases of miraculous cure, I injurious to the glory of God, and beg to make a distinction between the eventual good of man. results which have accrued from I shall now take the example of the influence of fanatical credulity, Prince Hohenlohe, the most sucand those from the enthusiastic cessful of all modern performers agency of a true faith. In the of miraculous operations, for the former instance we may trace the sake of exemplifying the former of covert wiles of designing hypo- these states. The influence of the crisy, the barefaced impudence of latter has been already shewn in mendacious imposture, or at least the recent cure of the young lady the clouds and darkness of the whose case has excited so much grossest ignorance : in the latter, interest. The basis of the reputawe find a warm heart, without a tion enjoyed by this professor of very expanded intelligence, car. the gift of healing in these latter ried away by the excess of its own days, and of his consequent success right feelings, and led into extra was probably laid in the exterior vagancies, which the more deeply advantages conferred upon him thinking must deplore, because by his title of prince, the honours of their certain and inevitable he possessed as a knight of Malta, recoil upon principles, which in the prominent situation which he common all Christians hold most held in the diocese of Bamberg; dear, and for the maintenance of and the attraction thus given to which we would earnestly contend. his pulpit eloquence ; which apIt is at any time painful to inter- pears to have been of a brilliant fere with such hallowed emotions; and effective order, though he but if it shall be shewn, that these
to have excelled rather agencies, however apparently dis an orator, than as a writer. similar in their origin, do in fact This is a very common case; and produce similar effects, by acting many a public speaker, who has upon an identical part of our coma obtained, as such, great renown, pounded nature, and that their sinks even below mediocrity, when ultimate results are more condu- his printed addresses come to be Christ. OBSERV. No. 350.