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those, whose interest it certainly of repectable Clergymen," you may, must be, to reduce it to the lowest “ perhaps be the means of procurpossible standard. I wish to shewing them some speedy alleviation that if any censure is applicable to and redress." I must, however, also the legislature, it is because they hope that under the appellation of did not take the case of the Curates “respectable Clergymen," he will into their earlier consideration, and be pleased to include us poor Cu . provide for them by a law more rates, and allow us to form one speedy in its operation; that if any member of this venerable body. I appeal on this head is necessary to hope that if he finds one leg of this the Bishops, it is that they will ex- body, to be disabled by a
• chro. ert their vigilance, in taking care, nic,” or any other disease, he will that the benevolent intentions of relinquish his plan of relieving it, by Parliament be not frustrated, and transferring the disorder to the other the provisions of the act evaded by ley. And I can assure him, that if he the artifices of the selfish, the needy, really does think Curates are “betor the avaricious.
ter provided for than Incumbents," In these remarks, if I have been and is desirous to throw away that betrayed into any warmth of expres- very disadvantageous and troublesion, let me not be supposed to some thing called a living, he will breathe a spirit of hostility, or dis. find it readily and thankfully picked respect, to the Incumbents of this up, by his, and your country. As a body, and, to the Obedient humble servant, extent of my acquaintance with
A CURATE, them, as individuals, I hold them in the highest possible admiration, and esteem. I look upon them as an honour to the age, an ornament and To the Editor of the Remembrancer. a blessing to the country in which they live. I consider them as often
Sir, very inadequately rewarded, and WILL you allow me to add a postwould not deprive them of one jot, script, to the satisfactory answer or tittle of what they so justly merit. which has already been given to Mr.
All that I contend for is that an Owen's vaunting account, of the increased provision for non-resident Bible Society's translating operaIncumbents cannot consistently with tions. equity, or humanity, be derived “ No body of men, (says Mr. from the diminution of that destined Owen,) can take more pains than for the maintainance of resident they (the Bible Society) do, to proCurates, a class of men equally cure suitable editors for such foreign meritorious, and in still greater versions as they may have occasion need : of men who have been often, to print, or look more closely into and justly characterised as exem the principles and qualifications of plary, pious, zealous, and efficient: those to whom the editing of them as deserving every encouragement is entrusted.” It is admitted that that their country could give them, they knew nothing at all about the and yet often receiving scarcely the principles of M. Mercier the recomwages of a menial, or of a coinmon mender; and perhaps your readers labourer.
know as little of the principles of Dr. I shall close this subject with Adam Clarke, the editor of the verconcurring in the hope of Clericus, sion in question. He brought himthat in giving his, or other commu. self first I believe, into public notice nications “ a place in the Christian by maintaining that the creature Remembrancer” and representing which tempted Eve was an ape. But “ the deplorable case of hundreds his chief forte seems to lie in per
verting the most solemn truths of that a good education naturally acScripture, into jibes and jeers at quired, is as far as education goes, the Established Church. The few sufficient. Again, “men-made mifollowing may serve for a spice of nisters," says the Doctor, “ have the quality of the numbers inter- almost ruined the heritage of God.” spersed through his commentary. Who the "men-made ministers" are, " Paul was not brought into the we need not ask, but I think some Christian ministry by any rite ever self-made ones have lately been used in the Christian Church; nei. much more mischievous. But to ther Bishop nor Presbyter ever laid quote all the passages of this de. their hands on him.” A very dif- scription would be endless, open ferent account, however, is given in the Doctor's Testament where you the thirteenth chapter of the Acts: will you meet with something of the wbere we see that Paul was brought kind. “ However necessary the into the Christian ministry, by the Church may be to the State, and very rite still used in the Christian the State to the Church, yet the Church, performed by the very same latter is never so much in danger authorities as at present, and that as when the former smiles upon by the express command of the it.”—" The publicans were someHoly Ghost. Again, “ where the thing like the tithe farmers in a seed of the kingdom of God is certain country,-a principal cause, sowed, and the dispensation of the ofthe public burdens and discontent.' gospel is committed to man, a good lo short the Doctor seenis never to education may be of great gene- have set himself down to his Bible ral use: but it no more follows, but with a mind rendered morbid because a man has had a good edu- by animosity towards the Church cation, that therefore he is qualified of England, and yet I believe to preach the Gospel, than it does the Doctor considers himself one of because he has not had that, there- those to whom the “dispensation of fore he is unqualified.” Dr. Clarke the Gospel” is peculiarly commitI hope will allow, that the “dispen- ted. However this may be, he las sation of the gospel" was committed frequent recourse in his commentary to the Apostles, and they certainly to ihe authority of the late Mr. were considered by their master, Gilbert Wakefield, and occasionally unqualified for preaching it, for want to that of Dr. Priestely, neither of of a good education, for they were them very great friends either to not permitted to preach it till this the Gospel or its author, and therewant had been supplied, by one of fore we need not wonder that the the most awful miracles recorded in Doctor as editor of the Bible SoHoly Writ, though many of them ciety's French version should permit were equally well educated with the the erroneous passage which gave generality of that class with which rise to this discussion to remain they ranked in Society; and second- uncorrected. ly, in the case of St. Paul, we see
ALPHA. that human learning, naturally acquired, superseded the necessity of this miraculous endowment with knowledge, although with re- MR. OWEN'S PAMPHLET AND gard to all the other gifts of the
POSTSCRIPT. Holy Ghost, he was not a whit behind the chiefest of the Apostles. Our readers may probably have From the first example it appears heard that the Rev. John Owen has that a good education, not a middling republished his two letters on the one, is absolutely required by Christ, subject of the Bible Society's French in his ministers, and from the second, Bible, which appeared in the last
Number of the Christian Remem- others which we had never seen, brancer, with a Postscript, contain. (viz. the other early editions of the ing remarks on the whole corres- saine work) we should think it highly pondence. Those who have not probable that the friends of truth seen the pamphlet will be surprised would never trouble themselves again to hear that Mr. Owen bas abstained about us or our writings. Mr. Owen from reprinting the letter and the thought Ostervald's Bible was first observations to which he replies. published in 1716. This was a misSuch a proceeding might have been take, and as such may be excused. inconvenient, but it would not have But he also said that he had conbeen unfair. Those who have seen sulted that and other editions, and the pamphlet, will probably think that they sanctioned the disputed that we are called upon to offer translation. This was not a mistake, some remarks upon its contents. and is not to be excused. And
First, we must speak of Mr. ready as we are, and ever shall be Owen and of ourselves. This con to submit to the judgment of the troversy was not of our seeking, In fuir dealing, Mr. Owen must excuse giving insertion to Dr. Luscombe's us for questioning his title to the letter, we acted merely as the con- epithet. If his Advertisement had ductors of a magazine - and we noticed the letter from Oxford, or printed the Oxford reply the moment his Pamphlet had contained a reprint that it reached our hands. Mr. Owen of the articles on which it comments, refused to let the matter rest here, if he had given a categorical answer be drew up a long statement upon to our query respecting Dr. A. the subject, and published it as an Clarke; or said less about his friendadvertisement in the newspapers. ship for the Society for promoting And when our attention was thus Christian Knowledge, we should have forcibly directed to the question, we been happy to pay a tribute to the took the trouble of examining Mr. fair dealing of our adversary. In Owen's statements, and sent our the present state of affairs we must discoveries respecting them to the beg leave to pause, and to refer a New Times. The importance of question upon which of course we those discoveries is admitted by Mr. cannot be impartial, to the judgment Owen himself; and if they have not of every candid mind. contributed to raise the character A few words must be added with of his favourite institution, the friends respect to the last mentioned instiof that institution have nobody to tution, of which Mr. Owen affects blame but Mr. Owen. The public to think that we are as much the diwould never have heard of M. Mer- rectors and the organs, as he is the cier, or M. Des Carrieres, had it director and organ of the British and not been for the overflowing of Mr. Foreign Bible Society. If we had Owen's zeal. He thought it worth been selected by a Right Rev. Vicehis while to attack the Remembran- president of the Society for promot. cer, in the newspapers, and we ing Christian Knowledge, as the proavailed ourselves of the right of self- per persons to explain the proceeddefence. In bis Postscript, Mr.Owen ings of that institution, if we had fears that the friends of truth and consequently defended it at a very fair dealing, will feel great pain at considerable expence, in the Old and our statement respecting the French New Times, if when that defence Testament, circulated by the Soci- was exposed and refuted, we had ety for promoting Christian Know- proved the fact “ to the satisfaction ledge. Now if we had pretended to of the committee," and been authoquote a work which does not exist, rized to inform the world of “ their (viz. Ostervald's French Bible, 1716) having given directions that the corand referred confidently to several rected translation shall be adopted
accordingly, in all future editions of better entitled to that distinction. that version" of the Bible, Mr. Owen The worthy doctor must feel obliged might have some grounds for making by Mr. Owen's courteous notice of the Society responsible for our vin. him ; particularly as the second erdication of it, and for being very ror which has been pointed out in much hurt at our neglecting to ex the Bible Society's French Bible, is press a heartfelt sorrow for the er. passed over without the slightest norors in the French Testament, which tice. The reader of the Postscript has been circulated by the Society!! is told that Dr. Luscombe is looking As matters really stand, the Society for more errors, but Mr. Owen's for promoting Christian Knowledge fair dealing does not say that he has has been introduced most absurdly found one. Can we doubt why his and unnecessarily into the dispute, pamphlet omits the writiogs of his by the zeal and sincerity of its warm opponents, or need we say another hearted friend, Mr. Owen. When word to such a candid controverhe had not a word to say for himself sialist? We will only add that he or for the Bible Society, he turned concludes bis lucubrations by saying off, consistently enough, with a that the Bible Society “bas secret sneer at Bartlett's Buildings, and friends in the Church, who will avow Dr. Luscombe. We cannot even
their attachment to it, as soon as pay him the compliment of saying they can do so with impunity.” A that the imposition upon the Soci- very prudent resolution—and calcuety's booksellers was detected by his lated to give “great pleasure to every means; since Dr. Luscombe is much friend of truth and fair dealing.”
Thou, who for hapless Sinners' sake,
With lonely abstinence and prayer,'
Didst to the barren wild repair ;
My wayward stubborn will subdue :
My heart in holiness renew.
The demons were of old expellid;
Will Man's presumptuous sins be quell’d.
But feed a rebel flame within :
Retire from Satan and from sin.
ON THE TEMPTATIONS IN THE WILDERNESS.
Amazing scene ! the Incarnate God
By Satan's wiles assail'd!
The strong temptations fail'd.
To meet the trying hour,
Thy panoply of power?
And call down heavenly fire?
His ministers of ire?
No: by the words of Holy Writ
The great Redeemer sped :
The Tempter heard, and fled.
In all my wants supplied :
The Sacred Volume guide.
FROM THE 51st PSALM
Ah flow, in bitterness of grief,
Ye tears of deep contrition, flow :
A rising sense of guilt ye show.
O God, thy mercy more inclines,
Or incense from a thousand shrines.
Though deeply stain’d with guilt and woe,
As spotless as the virgin snow.
How on destruction's brink I stand !