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August, came to Mr. C. to purchase a | It appears to me, that the man who can Bible each, of the edition of T- Mr. lend himself to become the vender of blasC. observed to thein, that the New Testa- phemous publications, must be destitute of ment was along with it. “Well, said they, every moral principle; inasmuch as he is we shall with pleasure read it also.” My paving the way for the destruction of his friend pointed out to them, that the Apo | fellow immortals. In his heart he is crypha (which was afterwards added to shuttle better than a murderer, and totally that edition by the Bible Society of P- undeserving of civilized society. But when is by itself, not being considered canoni | a man who is making pretensions to Christical; adding that the Protestants with re anity-perhaps a member of a Christian gard to the Old Testament, hold with the society-can become the agent of so vicious Jewish canon, and shewing them the de a purpose, where can words be found to claration of St. Paul to the Romans iii. express ons grief at such conduct? The 1, 2. He observed, that this was particu propagation of Infidelity compatible with larly agreeable to them, and prepossessed
Christian philanthropy! It cannot be. them in favour of the Apostle. In taking
The admirable Cowper, whose“ virtue leave, they said, they would communicate
formed the magic of his song,” says, that all this to the Israelites of B -, and that
“unless profession and conduct go together, doubtless several of them would be led to
the man's life is a lie, and the validity of send for more Bibles. This proved to be
what he professes itself is called in ques. the case ; for at the end of August, four
tion;" and the whole tenor of the New other Jews from the same place came to
Testament confirms this principle. Mr. C. to purchase Bibles, and received
| I abhor persecution in all its vast from him the tract entitled Deborah; and
| varieties; not for its own sake merely, but during the conversation, they listened
because Christianity is a system of love: with attention to what Mr. C. said to con
but a distinction must ever be maintained vince them of the need of a Saviour.
between the carnal passions of men, and Taking all this into consideration, Mr. M.
the commandments of our dear Redeemer, Mr. P. and myself, have come to the fol
the law-giver of his church, and if it can lowing determination, that Mr. and Mrs.
be proved, as I think it readily may, that P. are to go immediately to B
the conduct alluded to is inconsistent with In consequence of the above resolution,
the laws of Christ's kingdom, it surely beMr. and Mrs. P. set off this morning for
comes the duty of churches to separate T- , where Mr. P. will preach to-mor
from their communion such characters, till row, and on Monday will proceed to
they are brought to a just sense of their B- May the Lord bless the whole
1. In reference to this subject, I have proof this business, to his glory for his name's sake! B
posed a query which I should be happy for , is a place of im
you, or some of your correspondents to portance, on the road to the Peninsula.
favour with a reply. “Can that man be B.
supposed to be a fit member of a Christian
society, who can with impunity publicly MR. EDITOR,
expose indecent and obscene prints, of We have all been surprised at the
vend the infidel publications of Carlile and effrontery of Carlile and his minions, who
others, which have a tendency to demohave dared to be vile in the dissemination
ralize society?" of the worse than venomous doctrines of
Sn. Atheism and Infidelity; setting at defiance the laws of God and man, and contaminating society with a degree of scepticism far Original Poetry. worse than the deservedly-execrated philosophy of Hume; at once endeavouring to
THE STORM. , destroy the hope of man in this world, as 'Twas midnight, dreary midnight with the soul, well as in that which is to come. How And the wild storm raved fearfully around; far state prosecution is lawful or wise, is a |
Louder, and louder yet, the mighty roll question of vast importance, but totally l.The appalling sound, of Sinai's tbünder came
of wrath's invasive ocean, and the sound, abstract from that to which I wish to draw While ever and anon, in angry haste, -* the serious attention of your readers; in Burst forth the vivid and unsparing flame, passing, however, I can but observe, that
Lighting that mournful scene of general
But lo! amid the boundless ruin there, the prosecutions that have taken place 1 A still, small voice came whisp'ring from have certaivly given a popularity to the Light dawn’d, and hope reviv'd, and stern despa works they were instituted to conderon, and ! Fled from the heart won by redeeming tegen have caused an eagerness in the public
The voice was known ;-the storm obes
will; mind to see the works, wbich probably while Mercy smild, and utter'd, “P would otherwise have been confined to al
still!” few, had not such publicity been given to ! Bristol, them.
Dec. 15, 1821. ' ;
BIOGRAPHY OF MR. BENJAMIN ROBINSON.
[With a Portrait.] The subject of the present Memoir in the ministry. Having made consiwas a learned and respectable minister derable proficiency in the learned lanamong the Presbyterians; the intimate guages, he was placed under the tuition friend of the great Mr. John Howe; of the Rev. John Woodhouse, of Sheriffand for nearly twenty-five years, pastor Halęs, in Shropshire, where he comof the Christian church assembling in pleted his academical studies. Little St. Helen's, London-a society | Mr. Robinson, previous to his settleraised in troublous times, by the minis- ment in the pastoral office over any terial labours of the celebrated Dr. church, accepted the invitation of Sir Annesley. Young Robinson was born John Gell. to become one of his family, at Derby, in the year 1666, where his probably, in the capacity of domestic parents resided, and maintained a re- chaplain, or preceptor to his children; spectable station in life. He had the but the situation proving favourable to misfortune to lose his mother only a the prosecution of his studies, he surfew days after his birth; but his father, rendered himself to them with such perbeing a pious, man, watched over his seyering application as greatly to injure infantile years, with the tenderest assi- his health. His residence, too, in the duity, and, at a proper age, placed him neighbourhood of Kidderminster, gave in the grammar school at Derby, under him an opportunity of becoming acthe superintendence of Mr. Samuel quainted with the celebrated Baxter, in Ogden; a gentleman pot less distin- whose defence he wrote an able and guished by his attainments in polite learned “ Plea," vindicating him from literature, than by his valuable labours the charge of Socinianism. * After
* The mention of the name of Richard Baxter, gives us the opportunity of calling the attention of our readers to a republication of his Theological and Practical Writings; the first volume of which has just made its appearance, in a most respectable form. Though our sentiments do not coincide in all respects with those of Baxter, who, as we think, slackened some points of the Christian doctrine, particularly those of Election and Redemption; no doubt with the intention of steering a middle course between the Calvinists and Arminians; and thereby paved the way for a system of generalizing on the doctrines of the gospel, which is the bane of evangelical preaching; yet we confess that we are glad to see the present edition brought forward, on various accounts. The Arminians, we perceive, are republishing, at this moment, the works of the learned divine, whose name they, as a discriminating sect, acknowledge; and the writings of Baxter are not ill adapted to counteract their influence. But we more especially anticipate their usefulness, in checking the progress of that Ultra-Calvinism which so deplorably infects a considerable portion of the body of Dissenters of the present day. Persuaded as we are of the anti-scriptural tendency of this high-lying Supralapsarianism, we hail with acclamation every thing that is calculated to arrest its progress among us.
Edit. VOL. VIII.
some time, Mr. Robinson removed into | son first removed to Hungerford in the family of Mr. Saunders of Nor- Berkshire, where he exercised his manton, as domestic chaplain. The ministry with great acceptance for conversation of this family, and a valu-about seven years; and, at the earnest able library to which he had access, request of his brethren, set up a private rendered his situation very agreeable, academy, (1696.) This step occasioned and he had the satisfaction of being a complaint to be preferred against greatly respected by the family. In him to Dr. Burnet,' then bishop of this station we find him first engaged | Salisbury, who, while engaged in visitin public preaching; and his pulpit | ing his diocese, and passing through labours are said to have met with great Hungerford, sent for Mr. Robinson acceptance and success.
that he might speak to him. During On the death of Mr. Saunders, Mr. the interview, he gave such satisfactory R. removed to Findern, in Derbyshire, reasons for his nonconformity, and also where he was ordained to the work of for the establishment of the academy, the ministry, Oct. 10, 1688, in con- as laid the foundation of an intimate junction with his highly respected friend, friendship between them, which contiMr. Nathaniel Oldfield. The state of nued through life. He appears to have the country was at that time very dis- been eminently gifted for the office of couraging, on account of the revolu- tutor, and applied himself to the duties tionary proceedings with which it was of it with great constaucy. His sucdistracted; but being called to preach cess, too, was such as might be .exChrist's gospel, he applied himself to pected; he had the honour of training his work with great zeal and earnest-up many persons, who were ornaments ness. His labours were not confined to to the church of God, and his skill was the people of his own immediate charge, abundantly manifested in counselling but extended to other places, and he young ministers, both in private conestablished lectures at considerable dis- | versation, and on various public occatances. His learning, piety, and good sions. sense, united with a most obliging be- The plan which Mr. Howe had prohaviour, introduced him to an acquain-jected, and of which he never lost sight, tance with many worthy persons, among he was at length enabled to effect, in both clergy and laity, from whom he bringing Mr. Robinson to London. A received such flattering offers of prefer-vacancy had taken place in the pastoral ment in the national church, as were charge of the church in Little St. not to be resisted but by a mind well | Helen's, occasioned by the decease of established in the principles of noncon Mr. Woodhouse, under whom he had formity. At Findern he set up a pri- perfected his studies, as hath been vate grammar school, (1693,) for which already mentioned. From their first he was cited into the bishop's court; acquaintance, Mr. Howe had formed an but a personal application to Dr. Lloyd, uncommon esteem for the subject of the then bishop of Litchfield and Co- this memoir, and he now strongly reventry, with whom he was acquainted, commended him to the people as a fit saved him from the impending conse and suitable person to succeed their late quences. The Bishop took this oppor- minister. They consequently gave him tunity of entering into an amicable de an unanimous invitation to take the bate with Mr. R. on the subject of non- pastoral charge, which he accepted, in conformity, which continued till two in the year 1700. When he removed to the morning, when he was dismissed London, he was in the prime of life, and by the prelate with particular marks of his mental powers were in full vigour. his favour, and afterwards was honoured Besides his stated work, he was often with his correspondence in writing. It engaged in delivering lectures, and in was about this time, that Mr. Robinson other occasional services; so that there also became acquainted with the vene-were few pulpits in the metropolis, rable John Howe; who, discovering his among the dissenters, in which he was great worth, resolved to embrace the not called to preach. On the death of earliest opportunity of bringing him to Mr. George Hammond, in 1705, he was London, where, he rightly judged, that chosen one of the preachers of the Merhis superior talents would find ample chants' Lecture, at Salters' Hall, and scope for their exercise.
( he supplied his turn with great conFrom Findern, however, Mr. Robin- I stancy, and no less success. When a