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With his Reply and Remarks, and of Two Letters of the late Dr. Toulmin's. 651 Some who attended, I know, like my love," and which his uncle Grove and self, were warm admirers; and though himself had long inculcated, would he might feel discouraged, and full of still continue to be held forth in his modesty as he was, be insensible of native town, and among the posterity the energy with which he spoke, his of his beloved hearers. inanner as well as his matter deeply affected all serious hearers.
Colyton, Devon, April 28, 1814. · Had it been the Doctor's infirmity To the Rev. Mr. Cornish. to be unable to attempt exertion, his Rev. AND DEAR SIR, esample in this respect should by no · WERE we to regard our own feelmeans be imitated. Small congrega- ings only in making you this joint tions may be made less through want address, we should be disposed to preof exertion in their minister; the im- face it with a long apology for interprovement of every individual present fering in a point in which you are so should be a point continually kept in deeply interested. Be assured, dear view, and how few soever the number Sir, it is far from our intention to of hearers may be, the preacher is wound them in the slightest degree. bound in duty to exert his best abi- A sense of duty to the great head of lities.
the Christian church, and a sincere Mr. Morgan might have drawn up regard for the spiritual eternal welfare a more interesting memoir, though of our fellow creatures, are the princiwhat he has written is acceptable. pal motives which have prevailed upon Some account of Dr. Price's associates us thus to address you. would have been pleasing. APoor We are given to understand that Jewry Lane his fellow-labourer was the Dissenting interest at Colyton has. the accomplished Mr. Radcliffe. That not been of late years in that foarishhe declined preaching for many years ing state which doubiless you yourself before his death was much to be re- wish. The attempt which has been gretted. He continued, however, a lately made to gain the attention of: steady adherent to the causc which he the people to a concern for their spihad so ably served in the pulpit, yet ritual good, seems to have been atthe continuance of his services there tended with a Divine blessing. The might have proved of essential benefit. attendance is very considerable and The truly respectable Mr. White, of would in all probability be machi the Old Jewry, was chosen afternoon greater were there a suitable place of preacher at Hackney, when Dr. Price worship. A plan bas been proposed became pastor; and the excellent and in part proceeded upon, for fitting Dr. Amory succeeded in the morning up a more commodious house. Thu service at Newington Green, conti- expence attending this object would nuing his services at the Old Jewry be considerable, though no doubt it, the other part of the day, Mr. White might be effected. being co-pastor there with him. Dr. Having understood this to be the Amory and Dr. Price were kindred situation of things, it has occurred to souls. The best qualities which can us, that, as you are now advancing in adorn Christian ministers, and the years, and may not be so well able to most amiable dispositions as members make those exertions which are neof society, distinguished both. Never cessary to gather and keep together'a had a small or any congregation two congregation at all numerous, you preachers inore worthy of their most might feel disposed to give up the serious and attentive regard. Dr. meeting-house which you occupy into Amory, during his long residence at the hands of approved trustees, 'in Taunton, was much estee: -ed by and order to accommodate those who are frequently preached to the respectable evidently willing to attend the ininis Baptist Society there. He expressed try of the young men who have to me the great pleasure he felt when preached to them ihe word of life. Mr. Toulinin was fixed in it. Mr." If this proposal were acceded to on Ward his successor was advancing in your part," much expence would be years, as were the principal supporters saved in building, &c. and we should of the place where Dr. Amory had conceive it would be much more to officiated. He rejoiced, therefore, in your satisfaction to see the place the thought, that those sentiments of where you have so long laboured and religion which represented God “as in which doubtless you feel an intres 632 Mr. Cornish's Communication of a curious Ecclesiastical Document, rest, illed with hearers anxious to myself and as my own personal act. learn the way to heaven, though that to give up the place where my hearers way might be pointed out with ano- assemble), so unfeeling and insulting a ther finger than your own, than to proposal. preach to a few individuals in your Could four such lost to every feeling own meeting-house, while you knew becoming men and Christians have that another in the saine town was done it, to a minister of an approved thronged.
cbaracter for more than forty years, To impart the greatest good to the and to whom the Almighty graciously greatest number of their fellow-crca- continues decent abilities for public iures, is the high notive which has service; a large majority of their peooperated with those who are interested ple and I believe many open-hearted in the support of the infant cause at laymen of your connection would have Colyton.
joined in saying, Fie upon them, Private feelings as well as private fie upon them." interests must give way to the public I found the society at Colyton very good. We hope this sentiment will small; for some years it increased ; by Le adopted and acted on by all con- deaths and removals it is again lesso cerned, and trust you are so much in- ened. Should you and your friend, terested in the general welfare of man, think the cause of religion will be especially in the salvation of his soul, served by erecting a new place here, that whatever will contribute inost any real good done will rejoice the effeciually to this end, and depends on heart of your sincere well-wisher, you, you will not withhold.
JOSEPH CORNISH. You will readily believe we can P.S. I was much impressed in have no other interest to serve than early life with a remark of good Mr. that of the cause of God and truth, Lavingtou's, in his Charge to Mr. Sleand to support and promote that we phens, at Axminster, 1772. “ Should stand. pledged. We beg leave there- the number of your hearers lessen, do
fore to make this friendly proposal for not be discouraged so as to grow remiss your consideration, trusting you will in your endeavours; remember Jesus see how much public good may arise Christ preached an excellent serm.ou from acceding to it, as well as how to one woman." probably you may expect therein the Divine approbation.
Extracts by Joseph Cornish. Your reply may be addressed if you Mr. Lavingion, being deservedly. please to either of the undersigned. a favourite author with his party, I
Wishing you health and prosperity directed my correspondents to a pas under the Divine blessing, We are, sage, Vol. 1. p. 320, of his Discourses Rev. and Dear Sir,
addressed to a Minister. Your's respectfully, “ Suppose you have been unusually.
earnest for many, sabbaths following,
in exhorting sinners, and beseeching To Mr. d. B. C. D.
them by the mercies of God to be Colyton, May 1814. reconciled, you find yourself so as TO prevent my being troubled sisted in your preparations, and so again with such a letter as came by animated in the delivery of these dispost, signed by yourself and Messrs. courses, that you are strongly perB. C. D. is niy only reason for send- suaded of being remarkably sucecssing any reply. Mr. may possi- ful; and every time you let down the bly blush hereafter at recollecting that net, you scem assured of inclosing a his name appeared. Of Mr. -I multitude of fishes: now, if after all evitertain less hope. At Mr. if it you catch nothing; if you canuiol pera be Mr. _ the elder and not his son) ceive that one soul has been cons asid yourself I am astonished. Those verted by all your prayers and preachof ny little flock to whom the lettering, and, in short, that for aught has been shewn, feel most indignant. that appears, you have laboured in I-am persuaded that four ministers vain, and spent your strength for: could not be found in the kingdom nought; do you not think iu possible amongst those disposed to exchange that pride may suggest * what sig. pulpits with me, who could have niges my toiling, God give not notat2 so unjnst (for you desire me of his blessing? No man could exert
With his Reply and Remarks, and of Two Lellers of the late Dr. Toulmin's. 053 himself inore. But I might as well dred texts wherein the Father is styled have sat still and done nothing. Let God absolutely by way of eminence, God ' send some other messenger, it being impossible by the construction whose labours he may think fit to itself, that it should have any other bless : I see I am no longer worthy sense. As to the point of worship, of being employed.' No, my dear Sir, all prayers, praises and glory are either this must not be :"this is not the directed to the One God and Father proper lapguage froni a servant to his of all, or to his ultimate glory: Bes inaster; Christ has taught you better, sides, no Trinitarians are, or indeed and you must learn to say after him, can be consistent in their debates on • Though Israel be not gathered, yet this matter; for they cannot fix on an shall I be glorious in the eyes of the uniform definition of the word, and Lord, and my God shall be iny are obliged to understand by it a disstrength.""
tinct consciousness, which runs them
into Tritheism, or some nominal reA pious minister saying that he latire distinction, which is Sabellians thought of not preaching on a par- ism. However, you will meet with ticular day, because very few would more pertinent and forcible observa. attend : Oh! preach, said a pious tions than I can suggest in the conrse friend, no one can tell what good may of your reading on this article. Let be done till the day of judgment. me mention to you the Appeal to
The pious Dr. Stonehouse was so Common Senise, and the Review of discouraged by his want of apparent the Trinitarian Controversy, both by success, ihough well attended, that in the same worthy author, Mr. Hop a letter to Mr. Orton, he observed, kins. You should also peruse Low" that to preach was his duty, but man's three Tracts, and Dr. Lardner's he was become almost indifferent Letter on the Logos: perhaps the whether his audience consisted of Socinian notions of Christ's dignity are eighteen hundred or only eighteen." * nearest to truth and Scripture. I can.
scarcely believe you will terminate Taunton, Nov. 24, 1770. your inquiries in the reception of MY DEAR FRIEND,
Athanasianism. May the 'God of I WAS rather surprised at the Truth guide and bless all your incontents of your's, though I must re- quiries !
i gard it as a proof of your integrity. It induced me to look into Mr. Boyse's
Taunton, April 10, 1771. Answer to Emlyn; and by what I MY DEAR FRIEND, saw from a slight inspectiori, his rea- YOUR candour will excuse my. sonings appear to me only calculated delay; it was partly owing to the to puzzle a plain thing, and to cloud waiting for an opportunity of taking a matter with chicanery, which com- Mr. Ward's sentiments on the subject mon sense would easily determine: of your's. We both approve of the and notwithstanding all he appeared motives by which you are influenced, to advance, on his principles I see not and of your rational zeal in the services how our Master can be cleared from of men's best interests. As to the che suspicion of equivocation, in Matt. propriety of your design with respect xiii. 39, and I suppose Mr. Emlyn's to Kingston, we are both such strariReply has obviated his specious rea- gers to the circumstances of things sonings. But surely you do not rest there, that we can do no more than the controversy on one text. The concur in every scheme (as far as our point to me appears, What is the idea approbation at least) which promises the Scriptures in their general strain to serve the cause of religion; and in and language afford as of the Divine this case would wholly rest on Dr. Being: The most exact and precise Amory's knowledge and judgment. definition of the One Supreme God, Only we would refer it to you to is a Being consisting of Father, Son consider whether a connection you und Holy Ghost, i. e. on the Trini- propose with Ms. ivloffat will be tariani principles : but where is this agreeable and have a favourable asidea and definitio.1 to be met with in pect. Will not your sentiments, the Scriptures: On the contrary, it clash? Will not this
appear appears that the word God uceurs prayers and serions? Or will be 1298-times, and there are several tune consent to confine hiinself to a praca
Mr. Flower in Reply to d. F. on Dr. Bekker. tical strain and Scripture language ? tention, The Scripture Doctrine of Jesus Would he deem such a connection on Christ, published three years since. his own account prudent or proper, My sentiments are not fixed on the as it probably would draw some sus- point: I have it in review : and my picions of hcresy ou him? Have you inind leads much to the Socinian consulted him on these points ? Or scheme. May your's be directed to would you choose to refer them to his truth, and ever feel the power, the consideration? I would farther ob- bopes and zeal of real goodness and serve that I have heard Mr. H— piety. Accept our joint respects, and mention an old genileman, a Di ihe best wishes of, senting minister, (his naine I cannot Dear Friend, recollect) who resided at Kingston, *
Your's very affectionately. and opened a room in his own house
J. TOULMLV to preach in on Lord's Day: and though his character and sermons Tlarlow Mills, Nov. 9, 1816. were good, he had no great encou
SIR, ragement, as not above a dozen be
N answer to the inquiries of your sides his own family ever attended. Correspondent, A. F. in your last Indeed, I do not think that this Number, '(p. 594,) respecting Dr. should deterinine you to lay aside your Bekker, I have no doubt but he will scheine; for even to do good to so find anuple information by referring to few, will not lose its pleasures or re- almost any of the larger biographical ward; and I should apprehend so Dictionaries, and more particularly small a sphere would be a good intro- the Freneh-Bayle, Moreri, Chauffe duction to the world: for my owu pie, &c. but being absent from iny part I believe I shall like to exchange late residence near the metropolis, the with you sometimes. If on consulting only work of the kind I have now an Dr. Amory, you pursue the scheme, opportunity of referring to in the liyou should apprize Mrs. Haddon of brary of a friend, is the Dictionnaite it, that she may licence her house; Ilistorique, Litleraire, et Critique, a which she can do only at a Quarter's work in 6 vols. 8vo. and which, alSession.
lowing for the prejudices of a Roman I imagined you would not long re- Catholic, appears to be written with tain the Trinitarian sentiments : but fairness and in partiality. - The folyour candour and impartiality, what- lowing is a translation of the article ever opinions you embraced, gave you respecting the above-mentioned dia claim to esteem with men, will vine. delight on reflection, and if perse
“ BEKKER (BALTHASAR,) a favered in, will nieet a noble recompence mous Dutch Thcologian, boru ia with the God of Truth! The pros- Friesland, 1634, who, , after having pect, my friend, is great and anima- commenced his studies under his fas ting! Edward's Book, I have nerer ther, and pursued them in the Acade. seen, and cannot say I have had mies of Groningen and Franker, was much inclination to see it, as I employed in different churches, and thought it was intended to reason as died minister of that at Ainsterdam, out of our feelings, and to perplex in 1698. He was suspended from his with metaphysics what is plain and functions for a certain period on acincontestable at the bar of common
count of his work entitled, Le Monde sense. Have you seen
Beattie on Enchanté, 2 vols. 12.o. in which Truth ? if you have not, you have he denied the doctrine of possessions much improvement and entertainment and of witchcraft by any compact
It carries conviction, con- with the devil, and affirmed that the firms faith, and gives that lively and evil spirit had no power over men. rational pleasure to swhich the scep- The system of Bekker was refuted by tical mind must remain an unhappy various writers, but they could never stranger. I could wish you to pur- persuade him to retract, nor could chase Lardner's Letter on the Logos. they prevent him from defending Dr. Chandler declared he could not an- bimselt: he was therefore deprived of swer Lowinan. There is another book his functions by the ecclesiastical syin that controversy which merits at- nod, although they continued his sa.
Jary as minister. He was ihe author Near Taunton.
of various other works, Recherches
Reply to A. F. respecting Dr. Bekker.
635 sier les Cometés, in 8vo. La Saine Theo Robinson's Remarks. Mosheim, in his kugie; Erplicatio Prophelia Danielis, in Ecclesiastical Iristory, (C. xvii. S. 1, 4to. &c.
No. xxxv ) from that neglect of disIn the* volume of Robinson's crimination, too common, and not alWorks, quoted by your Correspon- 'ways undesigned, classes Bekker with dent, there is another allusion to Dr. Spinosa, and imputes to him a design Bekker, by which it appears that one of using “ the principles of Des Cartes, of the charges brought against bim, to overturn some doctrines of Christo was that which I fear may be brought ianity, and to pervert others." against almost every thinking, serious A larger account of Bekker and his divine, who is so unfortunate as to be World Bewitched, published in 1691, a member of any of those Anti-Christ- will be found in Part 11. S. 2, No. ian communities, the handy-work of xxxv. of the same History. But the kingcraft, - priestcraft and statecraft- fullest satisfaction I can offer your civil establishments of religion. The Correspondent, is by quoting, some Dutch synod condeinned the Doctor, passages, and especially the concluding “because he had explained the Holy paragraph, from the Article Balthasar Scriptures so as to make them contrary Bekker, Biog. Dict. 1784. to the Catechism, and particularly to He was born in 1634, " at Warththe articles of faith, which he had nisen, in the province of Groningen," himself subscribed.”+ Mr. Robinson, in whose university he was educated. however, finishes the paragraph quoted in 1665, while minister atOosterlingen, by your Correspondent, by giving it as " he took his degree of Doctor of Di his opinion, that " although Dr. B. vinity, at Francker, and the next year was reputed a Deist, he was a fast was chosen one of the ministers of that friend of revelation, and all his crime city.”. He had published " A Short lay in expounding some literal pas- Catechism for Children, and another sages allegorically. Not the book, ut for Persons of more advanced Age.". the received meaning of it he denied."I The latter was censured as containing
When I was in Holland about “ strange expressions, unscriptural potwenty-five years since, I turned over sitions, and dangerous opinions," for Dr. Bekker's Heretical Work alluded which “ the author was prosecuted be." to, and which passed through several fore the ecclesiastical assemblies," and editions. Notwithstanding it abonnds for four years endured “ much trouble with singular opinions and fancies, it and vexation." displays much learning, ingenuity and “ In 1679 he was chosen minister entertainment.
at Amsterdam. The comet which apYou will perceive by the account of peared in 1680 and 1681 gave him an the French Biographer, that although opportunity of publishing a small book, the synod first suspended, and after. in Low Dutcli, entitled, Ondersoch over wards deprived the learned but here- de Kometei, that is, An Inquiry concerntical divine of his functions, they con- ing Comets, wherein he endeavoured to. tinued him his salary. Should other shew that comets are not the presages ecclesiastical bodies iake it into their or forerunners of any evil. This piece heads to inquire into the heterodoxy gained him great reputation, as did of their meinbers, should they act likewise his Exposition on the Prophet with similar liberality, and only de Daniel, wherein he gave many proofs prive them of their employments, it will of his learning and sound juilgment. not perhaps render the proceedings of But the Work which rendered him those learned bodies very alarming to most famous, is his De Betorer Wereld, the generality of ecclesiastics.
or The World Bewitched. He enters B. FLOWER. into an inquiry of the common opinion
concerning spirits, their nature and Sir, Clapton, Nov. 9, 1816. power, authority and actions; as also
what men can do by their power and Y OR Correspondem F. (p. 594
will find Dr. Bekker mentioned assistance. He tells us in bis preface, in several Works which preceded Mr. that it grieved him to see the great
honours, powers, and miracles which Dictionnaire Historique, &e. Vol. II.
are ascribed to the devil. It is come
to that pass,' says he,“ that men think Robinson's Works, Vol. I. p. 84. it piety and godliness to ascribe a great * Ibid. p. 78.
many wonders to the devil, and im*