poses to call on you at Bath, and it parallel. He had greater things in is uncertain where to write to him, view than I have, and therefore his I have chosen to enclose my letter scheme was less practicable. Beto you, that you may deliver it to sides, Dear Sir, will you not observe him; and if you think my reasons your own words in the third parabetter than his, pray enforce them, graph of that letter, and likewise and get also good Lady Cocks to again in the last. None but God use her endeavours to prevent this can tell what He designs for Ameyoung man's throwing himself away, rica. As for my own part, I am and depriving our Church of so use. persuaded I ought to go there: and ful a pillar. I hear poor Mr. J. nothing but a failure in success Wesley has so enraged the people there can convince me to the conagainst him by some incautious pro- trary. But what need I enlarge fur. ceeding, that he had like to have ther, having a design, ere long, God been murdered. And we are not willing, to be in London, where I without fears that the poor Geor- hope to thank dear Mr. Wogan, &c. gians will be quite rooted out by personally, for the kind advice given their enemies; both Spaniards and to, Dear Sir, the English of Carolina combining Your most obliged humble to destroy them. So that for poor

Servant, Whitfield to run into the midst of

G. W. danger, is tempting of God rather To.morrow I go for Oxon. than a duty. I send one copy

of my letter to Mr. Rivington to for. Mr. Whitfield to Mr. Laseer. ward; so that if you see W. ask

Bristol, Jan. 31, 1736. him first if he has received


from me, and if he bas, you need not take

Dear Mr. Laseer, notice of this, but return it to, I RECEIVED yours, and after having Dear Sir,

sighed out my heart to God, for I

could not very well speak, I now site Mr. Whitfield to Mr. Wogan.

down to write an answer.

dear friend excuse me for not con. Gloucester, Feb. 21, 1736. sulting him before; I was let bither. Dear Sir,

to, and therefore could not. God I have just now read your letter seems, by his Providence, mercifully upon my knees, and heartily thank to withhold so much opposition from you for the trouble you have given me, till he had first convinced me yourself in advising me, knowing it it was his will I should go abroad. proceeds from a desire of pronjoting One word, my dear friend, answers God's greater glory and true Chris. your kind letter. I neither did or tian friendship. But still I answer, do intend going to Georgia, without my face is stedfastly set to go to the Bishop of London's permission, Georgia. Not depending, I trust, and being chosen Missionary by.the on my own, but on the strength of Trustees. But how could I possi. the Living God. For bitherto, I am bly do this as yet, being called otherfully persuaded, it is the Divine Will ways from London, which place I I should go abroad. If I am de. propose leaving, God willing, soon ceived, I am deceived. Evitus acta after Lent. So then, my dear friend, probat. There is no way of being I think I have not hitherto acted convinced which is in the right, but contrary to the will of God, beby making the experiment. Your cause my resolutions to go abroad letter, concerning Dean Berkley's were all along founded on a supdesign, 1 like excellently well. But position that I was sent by the then, Dear Sir, permit me to ob. lawful powers ordained thereto. serve, that his and my case seem not And I doubt not but if it is God's

Let my

will I should see Georgia (as I am correspondent R. P. can be, I do not thoroughly persuaded it is) he will wish his interpretation of my remarks still confirm the clearness of my in- upon the manner in which the Judges ward call, and intimations of his pass sentence of death on criminals, boly word, by outward concurring to remain unanswered. Providence, and by a permission God forbid ! that I should ever defrom those powers who are invested sire to see the laudable practice of with authority to send labourers exhorting the criminal to make his into his vineyard. To the utmost peace with God entirely abandoned, of my knowledge (unless my false or that I should wish to exclude heart deceives me) I desire simply to hope from bis breast,—my only wish do the Will of God. It was acting is, that the Judges should so qualify upon that principle, first made me their exhortations, as not to encou. resolve, and still makes me con rage too great hopes of Salvation tinue my resolutions to go help Mr. upon a late repentance,--hopes, Wesley notwithstanding the solicita- which if not injurious to the crimitions of some persons against it. But nal himself, are very likely to be so whenever I find that God does more to others who may be present, by clearly reveal his will to me (which causing them to put off to the last I beg for Christ's sake he may if he moment, that repentance and amendwould not have me go) and plainly ment of life, which, all must confess, shew me I should stay in England, it is dangerous to delay. For though, I willingly renounce all thoughts of as your correspondent says, “it is going abroad; but till then I must never too late to offer the sacrifice conclude with the same words I did of a deep and sincere repentance," a late letter to Mr. Wogan (which I he must allow, that it is utterly imwould have you see). If I perish possible for any man, in the hour I perish. I will (unless God shews of sickness or of death, to know that me to the contrary), go and assist his repentance is sincere,--to be cerMr. John Wesley. You will not fail tain, that, upou his restoration to commending to the Throne of Grace, life and health, he would not return as I do you and yours. O Graci.' to his former evil ways. ous Father, I desire only to do thy I must still maintain then, that Will. Send, 0 send thy Holy Spi: the present mode of passing senrit to guide me into all truth, and tence of death, without shewing the convince my friends as well as me, necessity of virtuous practice, tends if it be thy Blessed Will, before I to encourage this reliance upon a go, that it is thy Will I should go death-bed repentance, and as such far hence amongst the Gentiles. the practice is dangerous—if not to Eren so, Lord Jesus. Dear Mr. the criminal-to those, at least, who Laseer,

attend the proceedings of a Court Ever Your's,

of Justice.

I would, by no means, deny those I go not from hence till next "lenitives and soporifics,” your corweek. If you would answer this, respondent talks of, to the patient I should be obliged to you.

who is past recovery, but I would have the Physician so administer them, as not to raise false hopes of

their efficacy in the minds of the To the Editor of the Remembrancer. patient or his surrounding friends. Sir,

Byla, , Being as great an admirer of your

April 11th, 1822. useful and orthodox pages as your


same source. .

gold on each wrist. From her BURNING HINDOO WIDOWS. posture I could see only her hands,

which, with the palms joined, rose The following description of the above her head, in an attitude of burning of a Hindoo widow is invocation ; quitting, therefore, this copied from the papers lately pre. post, I removed to an eminence that sented to the House of Commons. gave me an opportunity of obseryIn a future number we shall ext act ing the construction of the funeral some further information from the pile, and commanded the pathway

by which I understood she would

approach it. Extract of a Letter from Sir “ The spot chosen for its erec

Charles Ware Malet, Resident at tion, was about forty paces from Poona ; dated the 18th June, the river, and directly fronting the 1787.

suttee. When I came up, the

frame only was fixed; it consisted I TAKE the liberty to enclose of four uprights, each about ten Mr. Crusoe's account of a brahmin feet high: they stood rather more suttee, which I think faithful and in- than nine feet asunder lengthways, teresting.

and under six in breadth. Soon Poona, the 24th July 1786. after, by ropes fastened near the This evening about five, I was top of the uprights, was suspended hastily called to be a spectator of a roof of rafters, and on it, again, the shocking ceremony of self-de- heaped as many billets as it would votion, sometimes practised amongst bear. Beneath, arose a pile of the brahmin females, on the death more substantial timbers to the of their husbands.

height of about four feet, which “ Soon after I and


conductor was covered over with dry straw had quitted the house, we were in and bushes of a fragrant and sacred formed the suttee (for that is the shrub, called toolsee; the sides and name given to the person wlio so one end being then filled up with devetes herself) had passed, and the same materials, the other exher track was marked by the goolol tremity was left open as an en. and betel leaf, which she had scat. trance. The melancholy preparatered as she went along. She had tious completed, the lady got up, reached the mootah, which runs

and walked forward, unsupported, close under the town, before we ar amidst ber friends. She approachrived, and baving performed hered the door-way, and then having last ablutions, was sitting at the paid certain devotions, retired a few water's edge. Over her head was yards aside, and was encircled as held a punker, an attendant fanned before. The dead body was brought her with a waving handkerchief, from the bank where it had hither. and she was surrounded by her to remained, close to the place the relations, a few friends, and some suttee lately sat on, and laid upon chosen brahmins, the populace be the pile, and with it several sweeting kept aloof by a guard from go- meats and a paper bag containing vernment. In this situation, I learn either flour or dust of sandal. The from good authority, she distributed widow arose and walked three times among the brahmins two thousand slowly round the pile; then seatrupees, and the jewels with which ing herself opposite the entrance, she came decorated, reserving only on a small square stone, constantly as is usual on these occasions, a used in such cases, on which two small ornament in her nose called feet were rudely sketched, she remootee, (perhaps from a pearl or ceived and returned the endeartwo on it), and a bracelet of plain ments of her companions with great

serenity. This over, she again the case ; but I traced the whole stood up, and having stroked her progress of the ceremony with so right hand, in the fondest manner, close and eager an attention, that over the heads of a favoured few, I think I may safely contradict gently inclining her person towards him. them, she let her arms fall round As curiosity may be expected their necks in a faint embrace, and to know something of the subject turned from them. Now with her of this terrible, though not uncomhands, indeed, held ap to heaven, mon, immolation, I have collected but with her poor eyes cast, in a the following particulars. gaze of total abstraction, deep into “ The lady's name was Toolsethe den of anguish that awaited boy, her husband's Ragaboy Taunher, she stopped awhile-a piteous tee. He was about thirty years statue ! At length, without altering old, and nephew to Junaboy Dada feature, or the least agitation of dah, a person of distinction in this ber frame, she ascended by the place. A little girl about four door-way, unassisted, and, lying years of age, the fruit of their union, down beside her husband's corpse, survives them. Toolesboy was gave herself, in the meridian of life nineteen, ber stature above the midand beauty, a victim to a barbarous dle standard, her form elegant, and and cruelly consecrated error of her features interesting and expresmisguided faith. As soon as she sive ; her eyes in particular, large, entered, she was hid from our view bold and commanding. At the soby bundles of straw with which the lemn moment in which alone I saw aperture was closed up, and all the her, these beauties were eminently actors in this tragic scene seemed conspicuous, notwithstanding her to vie with each other who should face was discoloured with turmeric, be most forward in hurrying it to her hair dishevelled and wildly or. a conclusion. At once, some dark- namented with flowers ; and her ened the air with a cloud of goolol, looks, as they forcibly struck me some darting their hatchets at the throughout the ceremony, like those suspending cords, felled the laden of one whose senses wandered; or, roof upon her, and others rushed to come nearer the impression, eagerly forward to apply the fatal whose soul was already fleeting and torch. Happily in this moment of in a state of half-separation from insufferable agony, when the mind the body.” must have lost her dominion, and the ear expected to be pierced by the unavailing cries of nature, the welcome din of the trumpet broke

UNITARIAN MARRIAGES. forth from every quarter.

“ When the conflagration took A Speech that ought to be spoken place, and not till then, it was fed,

upon the first reading of Mr. W. for a time, with large quantities of

Smith's Marriage Act Amend.

ment Bill. ghee thrown by the nearest akin ; but, except the toolsee and straw When it was proposed to enact before mentioned, no combustible that the Clergy of the Church of whatever that I either saw or could England shall solemnize marriage hear of, was used in preparing the after a different form from that pile. It is said to be the custom which is prescribed in the Prayer that, as the suttee ascends the pile, Book, I expected that so extraorshe is furnished with a lighted taper, dinary a measure would be defended to set fire to it herself, and my upon extraordinary grounds. But companion, who was a brahmin, I was uuable to anticipate any thing asserted that in this instance it was balf so strange as the first argus

ment upon which this bill proceeds, lord-mayor. No woman of feeling namely, that our laws consider mar and decency would submit to such riage as a mere civil contract, and a degradation. And the fathers and that the statutes by which it is re friends of the present bill would gulated having nothing to do with solemnize their marriages to-morrow religion. I thought that our ances. in their religious assemblies, if the tors had observed a proper mean

law threw no obstacle in their way. between the Papist who exalted All this results, not merely from the marriage to the rank of a sacra natural propriety of the thing, ment, and the Puritan who degra- though that is sufficiently obvious, ded it to the level of a bond and in- but from the actual provisions of denture. I thought that all direct the statute-book-the known, the interference, with regard to the va- acknowledged, the unvaried regulalidity of marriages, was reserved to tions which, from the earliest pe. the ecclesiastical judge, because they riods of our history, have connected partook of a sacred character. But matrimony with religion. So much it seems that I have been under a for the first

for the first very ill.selected topic, mistake. The words civil contract which the advocates of the present are used by writers of good autho measure have thought proper to inrity, in the course of their remarks troduce: but it is sufficiently in chaupon marriage ; and on this account racter with the measure itself, to the We are to unlearn our old ignorance consideration of which I will now and prejudices, and believe that an proceed. engagement, which can only be con I cannot be expected to know the tracted with the assistance of a complete history of this bill; but priest, which can only be set aside part of it, and a very material part, by a spiritual court, and which, has been long before the public. unless declared to bave been void The precise period at which the ab initio, cannot be set aside at all, consciences of Unitarians took is to be considered in the same light alarm at certain expressions in the as a deed of bargain and sale !! Let marriage service, has not been comthe Unitarian produce an instance municated to the world; but the of any other contract, as solemn first symptom of that alarm was and as indissoluble as marriage, or made sufficiently notorious, and the which is looked upon as equally relief then sought was of a very sacred, by those good judges of the objectionable nature. A person of tendency and spirit of our institu- the name of Fearon objected to betions, the great body of the people; ing married according to the comlet him shew at what period ma mon form, and delivered a protest trimony could be celebrated by a against the ceremony to the officiat. layman, except during the grand ing clergyman. Another person, rebellion, when the constitution was Mr. Dillon, an Unitarian Teacher, subverted,—and then perhaps it will followed up the blow, and contrived be time to review the history of the to insult the Church, the Prayermarriage laws, and expose the weak- Book, and the Clergyman, and to ness of the opinion which they have get married, according to his own been now declared to favour. For statement of the case, without gothe present it is sufficient to ob- ing through the proper ceremony. serve, that the sacred character of Mr. Dillon published an account of the marriage rite is just as much his own misconduct in the Monthly an admitted fact among us, as the Repository, and strongly recomvalue of a trial by jury. No parentmended his own behaviour to general of respectability would endure to imitation. The first step, therefore, see his daughter coupled to her hus- that was taken by the tender conband by a parish constable, or a sciences, for which we are called

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