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Lord King, and Carlile, A word now on the style of and the Ecclesiastical-Knowledge our correspondent's letter. He sees Society, may rejoice in their de- certain points so clearly that he canstruction ; but I had rather say, and not understand how other men can still more rather feel, with our Lord believe otherwise ; and he therefore, when he foresaw the destruction without hesitation, charges on the of the priesthood of his land, “Oh, great majority of his fellow-Christhat thou hadst known, even thou, tians, not merely a difference of opiin this thy day, the thingswhich belong nion, or even a serious or fatal misunto thy peace! but now they are hid take, but “ dishonest perversions.” from thine eyes, because thou knew. Now this is precisely what we have est not the time of thy visitation.” complained of again and again, both &c.
in the writers of the Morning-Watch sect, and some of their colleagues
in the attack on the Bible Society. *** We have stated, that it is not They are not content to confine our intention to open a controversy themselves to arguments, but prowith our correspondent upon the ceed to conjure up and impute sentiments expressed in his letter. motives—motives the most mean, The follies at Mr. Irving's church selfish, and unchristian ; carnal exwill do more to enlighten the eyes pediency, a desire to please Mr. of all sober-minded Christians as to Smith, or Mr. Wellesley, or his the character and tendency of the Majesty's ministers, or to accumuwhole system which Mr. Drummond late archdeaconries and chanceladvocates than a hundred arguments. lorships,” or to court infidels, and At all events, we commit his letter Neologians—in short, in Mr. Drumin all fairness to our readers, and mond's own strong epithet, every to those of our correspondents who thing that is “dishonest.” Mr. may think that it requires an argu- Drummond is safe in speaking thus mentative reply.
of his “Evangelical " friends; but With regard to what Mr. Drum- if he said as much of his secular mond says of our having dragged friends in a matter of politics, he his name
before our readers, in would be requested either to explain manner uncalled for, and with- his words, or to eat them, or to adopt out much information as to his some other alternative.
We are opinions, we need only reply, that not inclined, however, to be much we referred merely to what he has offended at his language, as published with his name, and even believe him to be honest, though in our own pages : we did not so very mistaken ; and his hard words, much as allude to his speeches at we can well conceive, flow from zeal public meetings, still less to all that and sincere conviction, and not from is town's talk of books on “ social any unkind feeling: nay, we doubt duties,” papers manifold and extra- not but that the same charitable disordinary in Morning Watches, and crimination which could make Earl pamphlets multiform and of astound- Grey addict himself to profligate ing portent; for we abhor and sedu- measures without being profligate, lously avoid the practice, now so and with no imputation of motive, common, of adverting in print to no personal reflection, or intention the gossip of drawing-rooms, dinner- to give_pain, might equally absolve tables, committee-rooms, and news- “ the Evangelical clergy” and the papers, as to men's supposed opinions. poor Christian-Observer of all disBut authentic published document is honesty in their “ dishonest pervera just and proper subject for refer- sions,” and leave them true believers ence; and it were false delicacy, or and servants of Christ, notwithworse, not to notice it, if requisite, standing all their “ infidelity.” If in a spirit of truth and meekness. we thought otherwise, and that our
correspondent really meant in serious out the land who do not adopt the mood to impeach motives, as well as Morning-Watch whimsies, disgraces to reprobate conclusions, we should even this new and enlarged Moore's consider his letter as undeserving of Almanack. Let our readers just notice. We, however, wish that he mark the curious identity of style. would addict himself to a less am- In Mr. Drummond's letter to us, biguous manner of expression; and with his name, as above, we find him the more so, because nothing so much charging “ the Evangelical preach . prevents good men of different sen
perverting men by a timents weighing each other's opi- process of delusion which they call nions with calmness, and a desire spiritualizing ;" “ they have a moral to arrive at truth, as this uncandid incapacity to believe God's word; and not very Christian spirit. they say that earth means heaven,
While we are penning these lines, &c. In like manner the writer of the new Number of the Morning the paper on Spiritual Gifts in the Watch has reached us ; and as some Morning Watch says, the Evanof the matters in it link themselves gelical teachers have taught men to very closely with what we have just handle deceitfully the word of God written, we shall string them together. under the system which they call If we chose to follow the practice spiritualizing ; by which they have we have reprobated, of making indi- imbibed a moral incapacity of beviduals responsible on common, and lieving such a plain thing as that even credible, report for what they land means land, and not sky.” We have not actually put their name to, might quote much more equally we should not hesitate to trace up dove-tailable ; but on the strength to Mr. Drummond himself some of of one such sentence,—the arguthe most absurd, fanatical, and un- ment, the style, the very words, charitable papers, or parts of papers, particularly « spiritualizing," and which disgrace Morning Watches " moral incapacity,”—a jury would and Prophetic Dialogues. Nay, put- convict Mr. Drummond of writing ting rumour aside, we might fairly the article in question. We, being ask, how is it that some of the papers more charitable, and not sworn to in the very Number of the Morning give a true verdict, only presume Watch now before us contain, not that some pilferer purloined the copy only Mr. Drummond's own well- of his letter to us, and has availed identified statements and arguments, himself of a good imitation of his but actually his very words in ex- style, to palm on the editor of the new pressing them? If, instead of exer. Moore's Almanac * his own vagacising the delicacy which we have
* In twice using this appellation we always evinced in this matter, we speak gravely, and most painfully; for
thought fit,” as he charges strange is it that, when the absurd predicus, though in a very forgiving spirit, tions and superstitious fables of astrologer
Moore have caused his pages to be superwith doing, of gratuitously" dragging seded—the very publishers being ashamed his name and supposed opinions of them by “British” and “Useful Knowbefore our readers, we fear we might ledge” Almanacs, absurdities as great as have identified him, not merely by publication only being different) are re
his own (the motive and object of the report, but by actual collation, as vived in a work professing to be grave the real Junius in some of the most and religious. Yet so it is, for some of exceptionable papers in the Morning the predictions in this very Number of the Watch. To give one instance among authorized as those in Moore himself; and
Morning Watch are as groundless and unmany; in the number of that work
some of the marvellous tales are quite as now on our writing-desk, there is anile. Who but a worthy successor of a long article on Spiritual Gifts,” Moore would, under the title of “The which, for superstition, fanaticism, Progress of the English Revolution,” have
set himself seriously to glean out of the and violent invective upon
newspapers and elsewhere, as “ warnings faithful servants of Christ through- before the judgments,” and portentous
(Dec. ries, thinking they might be mis- a very painful occasion for so doing, taken for Mr. Drummond's. Now, For this pseudo Mr. Drummond has if we listened to common fame, or the effrontery to charge " Evangeeven to internal evidence, and wished lical teachers,” pious and zealous to“ drag” our correspondent before clergymen, the writers in our reliour readers, this paper would furnish gious journals, and the friends of our indications of the speedy approach of ing town, he was seized hold of by Christ in his corporeal presence to judge maniac, who with great strength threw the world and set up a temporal kingdom him on the ground, then raised him up and at Jerusalem, a long catalogue of “ earth- dashed him to the ground again, crying quakes, storms, eruptions of burning out all the time, · You don't believe in mountains, fireballs, columns of fire, me, don't you ?' On hearing this the avalanches, meteoric stones, meteors, priest was moved to command the evil
storms, inundations, bail-storms, spirit, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, and extraordinary heat, which have oc- to come out of the maniac; when incurred during the last few years ;” with stantly the spirit obeyed, leaving the “ the signs in the sun, and zodiacal lights, maniac quiet and in his right mind." and aurora borealis of last year;” the “ At Glay, near Montbelliard, in flood at St. Petersburgh in 1825; a shock France, there is an establishment for the at Venice and Parma last September, a education of ministers and schoolmasters mountain split the same month in Swit- There was lately in it a young man of zerland : the sun (not the moon) looking dull habits and small intellectual or phy
green,” and having a singular and un- sical powers. On a sudden he was ob pleasant aspect at New York, on the served to become insensible to every thing 18th of last August; "a shade of rose that was passing around him; and in that colour, and then a delicate violet ” on the state he continued several weeks. During sun at Genoa, in the month of August; this whole period, instead of speaking little with numerous similar prodigies? These and with difficulty, he would pray aloud things the Morning Watchman avers, are with the greatest fluency, and in beautiful
signs of the forthcoming judgments language. His physical powers were deupon apostate Christendom; and he calls veloped in a mode equally unusual ; inon his readers diligently “ to look out for stead of being heavy and inactive, he themselves ” as to all such portents, that would ascend the scaffolding of the bouse, they may not be deceived in the matter, which at that time was being built, and but be prepared to see Christ shortly ap- run along the parapets like a squirrel, to pear.
the terror and surprise of the workinen. So much for predictions; then, as to His mother was sent for to see bim: up anile tales : but here we know not where to that period she had evinced no earto begin or end, as the work is full of nestness on the subject of religion : he them; but we will give a specimen from preached Jesus to her, and she became the above-named notable paper on “ Spi- converted, and has continued a consistent ritual Gifts;” not by any means fathering pious woman ever since. He himself, them upon so good and judicious a man however, is said to have subsequently as Mr. Drummond, but only lamenting renounced all religious observances, and that the pilferer of his bureau bas so at this present time scarcely makes any shamefully imitated his style, and caught profession of religion.” by anticipation not only his ideas and “ A pious French minister, settled at arguments, but often his very words. Paris, had, within these few months, The pilferer thus writes :
young man as a pupil, who had fits of ab“ À German clergyman, formerly a straction of a similar nature to the other Popish priest, was converted several years at Glay, with, however, very different ago, by a direct revelation from Heaven, effects. The physical energies of this to the doctrine of justification by faith. young man were not improved, nor were He was not disobedient to the heavenly his intellectual faculties on other subjects vision, and immediately preached all that quickened; but if a Greek or Latin book he knew on the subject. One day, while were presented to him he would pass his meditating upon whether he ought to hand over the page, while his eyes recontinue his practice of extempore preach- mained closed, and instantly repeat the ing, or whether he had not better write contents, and render the original in good bis sermons beforehand, seeing that the French. His instructor fearing some subjects on which he had to treat were trick, and that he was a better scholar
to him, a supernatural than had been supposed, gave him a Hefire suddenly descended upon his paper, brew Bible, of which language he was and consumed it before his eyes. He morally certain that he did not understand was still in great error upon many a word, and the same effect followed." other branches of doctrine, and, amongst “ The devil assaulted an eminent saint others, disbelieved in the existence of the of God in this country within the present devil. In walking through a neighbour- year, and one who has bad good proof in
religious institutions, with teaching to the sword and to the deep, as it that “not Jesus, but an ungodly was by the scoffers of the French rabble are the source of all power Revolution.” The Evangelical and authority upon earth.” They clergy” and “ religious world" would join, he says, with“ philoso- would do well to leave the poor phical infidels, and idolatrous papists gentleman who writes in this style, in 1831, to throw the body of Christ whoever he may be, to settle matters to wild beasts, as it was by the hea. with his own conscience. To waste then in the first centuries; to the words upon him were superfluous ; flames, as it was by the Dominicans except to pray that God would be and Jesuits from 530 to 1790; and pleased to forgive his slander, and
bring him to a better mind. their (the plural pronoun is used ungram- Again, if we had any wish to matically, evidently to disguise the sex of
drag” Mr. Drummond before our the unhappy patient] own person of the goodness and power of the Lord Jesus. readers, we might go on to notice the This person was seized in the presence review of a work called “Social of three others, and forced to make hide. Duties,” in the same identical Mornous contortions of feature, set up a Sa- ing Watch now before us. As the tanic laugh and howl; the knees were beaten rapidly together, the hips thrown writer of that work has not placed out with a sharp jerk; the feet turned his name on the title page of his about in all directions from the ancles; performance, we will not fall into the with many other similar distortions, needs less to mention. The first attack of this heresy of the reviewers, booksellers, nature was not understood; but the second and drawing-room critics, who curwas clearly perceived by the sufferer to be rently talk of it as Mr. Drummond's; the work of the devil, and was quickly we both reviewed it, and held a con. controlled and subdued by crying migh- troversy on it in our pages, and comtily, and in strong faith, to Jesus of Nazareth, to whom the devils are subject. plained of the awkwardness of the
The details of this case have been com- periphrasis of “ourauthor,” &c. withmunicated us in writing, with the sig- out even hinting at any such foolish nature of the sufferer, by a person who report. Our business, we repeat, is has seen them.” “ We have received an account of se
with document, not gossip; but veral visions seen by persons in Edin- whoever might be the author, there burgh, all of the lowest class except one- is no doubt, we speak quite serinamely, the pious minister who trans- ously, that the reviewer in the mitted it. now on service, and distinguished for his Morning Watch is actually the author coolness and intrepidity in the hour of himself; who writes very complaidanger, had a vision of the Lord Jesus santly of the irrefragable character Christ, as accurately seen by him, and of his own argument : not, however, when he was wide awake, as ever any other object was presented to his senses.
we readily allow, in a way that is The person who is above referred to as dishonest ; ” for we will not follow having been assailed by Satan, had also some of our contemporaries in the had visions predicting events to befal base practice of imputing motives. improbable to be accomplished, but which Not then surmising that the author, they have faith to believe will come to
who is his own reviewer, is Mr. pass.”
Drummond, we shall only notice one But it is time to cut short this long among the many parallel passages note; not for want of materials, but of patience, and from a serious doubt whe- and identical reasonings, which go ther the very exposition of such follies, to prove that the reviewer is the even had Mr. Drummond's name been writer of the paper on Spiritual Gifts. responsibly affixed to them, is not making We need only take for instance the too much of them, and injuriously adding to their notoriety. And yet because the passage in “Spiritual Gifts," in which Christian Observer does not fill its pages the writer mendaciously asserts that with such tales, and call them visible ma- Evangelical preachers " teach men nifestations of the Holy Spirit, it is an
that not Jesus, but an ungodly intidel and blasphemous publication. May the Author of all mercy forgive the de
rabble are the source of all power and famer : we heartily do.
authority upon earth.” Now com
pare with this the following declara- ed at law, nor called out into a field tion in the review of Social Duties : of forty paces, but shall be merely “ The Lord is coming upon a swift noted down in our tablets, as a mocloud to judgment; and the especial nitory specimen of all that a Chriscause [these Morning-Watch writers tian man should avoid when he sits pretend to know the most secret down to pen a theological discussion, purposes of the Infinite Mind], that and all that common courtesy would provokes him to rise up and vindicate shun even in a newspaper political his insulted honour, is the blasphe- warfare. The reviewer in the Mornmous assumption of the ungodly ing Watch is a zealous defender of rabble, that they, and not He, are the the writings of the late Mr. Vaughan source of power and authority on the of Leicester; and he seems thoroughearth. This blasphemy the Christian ly to have imbibed his sentiment, Observer has done as much to incul. that in theological controversy the cate as the People's Penny papers, the end is to vanquish your opponent, Birmingham Political Union, or Tay- and that you need not be very nice lor and Carlile themselves.” Now about the mode of so doing. as two men could not have inverted There is one passage farther which at the same moment so far-fetched we must allude to; and it is so disinand preposterous a falsehood, and genuous that we shall not expose much less have clothed it in precisely the author by dove-tailing, but leave the same words, we might conclude, the matter to his own secret conscifrom this one passage, and a score The Morning Watch averred others might be adduced, that the some time since, that “the Christian reviewer of Social Duties, who is the Observer has ever been the most ac. author also, is further the writer of tive defender of that creature of Lord the paper on Spiritual Gifts, and Brougham, the London University, that all three have stolen their mat- and patron of a system of education ter out of Mr. Drummond's secret from which God was rejected.” By bureau, as proved by the dove-tail- the truth or falsehood of this assering in his own subscribed letter. Not tion, we remarked, in our Number for that we shall make Mr. Drummond September, might we judge of the answerable for all the slanders, the moral honesty of the Morning Watch, fanaticism, and the anile stories in and of the sect who wish to bring these papers; or for the unjust, un- into popular odium “the Evangelicals gentlemanly, and unchristian abuse who cant about Bibles, tracts, and of what the writer calls the “ Evan- missions.” Our watchword has ever gelical party,” and all who do not so notoriously been SCRIPTURAL EDUapprove of the ravings of Mr. Arm- cation, that it was impossible that strong and the absurdities enacting at the most cursory reader could misMr. Irving's church. Forbid it that take our sentiments; much less conwe should lay these things to Mr. ceive us to be tlie most active of all Drummond; but we wish he would the advocates for the contrary. The keep his keys in his pocket in future, charge was a pure gratuitous invenseeing that some pilferer thus steals tion, to bring us into disrepute, bescraps of his composition and the cause we exposed the delusion about whole tenor of his argument, and Miss Fancourt's cure being miracuweaves out of them a tissue which is lous, and the absurdities, and, but disgraceful to a Christian, a gentle. for the motive, we should say “blasman, and a scholar. The writer who phemy,” of those who are imputing so roundly charges on us, and on to Christ a sinful nature, and to the many better and wiser men than us, Holy Ghost the shrieks and jargon “blasphemy,” should in plain-dealing called new tongues at the Caledonian have put his name to his charge ; and Chapel. The writer in the Mornshould he think fit to do so, he may ing Watch, as a Christian and a be assured he shall neither be indict. gentleman, had but one plain course,