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the life and soul of all their future exer- being mutually filled with the spirit of die tions, that they muy be one as we are, vive love, united in the same mind and in the same “ If we coutemplate the word glory, spirit." P. 289.
as it stands at present under considera
tion, we shall find that it comprehends the :
The unity and sanctity of bis diş- great blessing of redemption. The coveciples were the great end and object nant of redemptiop from sin was given by of this divine intercession, which the Father to Christ, and by his means cannot be contemplated without communicated to the world. Our blessed emotions of the deepest regret, at Lord's word was faithful and true, and the the spirit of division which prevails effect of it such as is described in this in the world.
emphatic and unusual language. May
this reflection bind all true believers toge7“ The prayer of Christ returus to his ther in contemplation of that universal disciples, that which he had received of love, which originated from so pure a: the Father le professes to have given to,
To be one with God and with them by the Spirit, which is common to Christ in the communion of the Spirit, is all. He refers liere to their siiccessful a privilege so far above all human thought, propagation of the Gospel after his depar. that it is wholly incompatible with a sordid ture from them. The glory to which he mind. But if the same mind be in us, alludes is that which he displayed in which was also in Christ Jesus, then preaching the Gospel ; not only such tlirongh the same Saviour the union of words as man never spake, but such deeds faith, on earth will be consummated by an as man never did. The gift of miracles union of glory with saints and angels in was communicated to his di;ciples, that heaven.” P. 316. they might thus establish the divinity both “ At this moment, when we are conof his person and mission. 'Unity of de. templating our blessed Saviour's prayer sign was evident'in both : for. no man, as before his Passion, we shall perceive these it was told him, could do such miracles as reflections appropriate to our situation : he did, except God were with him.'. Unity as we shail lere find that be felt the same of doctrine is the necessary inference; interest for all true believers to the end for as miracles were performed in attesta. of the world, which he then expressed for tion of the divine miracles of Christ, they his faithful disciples. Though he prayed could oply refer to the confirmation of in a particular manner that he might be rethat word, which they were wronglit to ceived again to the glory, which he had establish,
with the Father before the world was, he “ Miracles are called in Scriptnre the expressed a warm petition, that his disciglory of Christ and the glory of God, ples might fill their allotted station in his and as our Saviour possessed this glory, Father's house, after having accomplished we know that he communicated it to his the purpose for which he sent them. The disciples. This is in all respects a dif- great principle on which he founds his ferent glory from that which he is repre- prayer for them is unity and concord, and septed to have had with the Father before the preservation of the sanctity of their the world was. That was incommunica- characters from the pollation of an evil ble. That attached to his divine nature, world. On that this might have been a this to his human, I make the remark to mark of the true Church in every different guard against a misapplication of the terin age, that it might have prevailed in these as we are one, that is, according to our days of many divisions, when every man example. This interpretation may be in- has liis • sacrifice, and his image, and his ferred from the following words : : I in ephod" and bis teraphim, that they all them and thon in me, that they may be might have been one ; ' I in them and they made perfect in one. I in them, "fron tlie in me, that they might be made perfect becommunion of nature and participation of fore me. This prayer was general as well my Spirit: 'and thou in me' by the divine as particular. That concord and peace nature united to, thongh distinct from the which were sung by the angels at our human : ' that they may be perfect in Lord's nativity, was our Lord's last legacy, one,' both among themselves and with us, when he left the world, and the converfor this evident reason, that the world'sion and restoration of the spiritual Israel observing this spiritual union, and all its 'will be the great blessing that will meet beneficial consequences,
may know that his eye, when he shall come in his glory, Thon hast sent me," thiat my evangelical and all the holy angels with him.” P. 340.
mission comes from thee, and that thou : hast loved them, as thou hast loved me,' The three prayers of our Lord in REMEMBRANCER, No. 46.
the Garden of Gethsemane, Matt. of the disciple whom Jesus loved. xxvi. 39–46. Luke xxiii. 43, 44. All these subjects will be improved are appropriately improved and ex. in private meditation. Before his plained in the ninth contemplation, final ascension into heaven, iwo in which the devout and humble principal subjects appear to have posture of our Lord in these afflict- engaged the attention of our Lord; ing trials, his resignation to suffer- the prophecies concerniog himself, ing, and deprecation only of the ex- which he opened on the road to tremities of suffering, the fervency, Emmaus, and the state of the reiteration, and importunity of Iris Church, with its intrinsic holiness supplication, are recommended to and unity, and its formal polity and the zealous imitation of his disci constitution. The subject of our ples, who may also learn from his Lord's last discourse can never be expostulation with his chosen Apos- uninteresting to his faithful disciple, tles, that the imputed weakness of and in its practical improvement it the Aesh is not a palliation of lan. will inspire his heart with a reverent gnor, but a motive of perseverance sense of the inestimable advantage and renewed exertion.
of communion with a Church of It is justly remarked, that the dis- Apostolical constitution. ; courses of our Lord, after his resur In an age of levity, dissipation, rection, are briefly and concisely re- and religious indifference, and of ported, but that the report is never. division, coutroversy, and religious theless sufficient for the great end error, it will be the delight and in view, an affords a copious theme recreation of many to retire from of meditation to the contemplative “ the madding world's ignoble mind, engaged in the perusal and strife," and to contemplate the un. collation of Holy Writ. "Mr. Brew. sophisticated doctrines of religion, ster's contemplations are ostensibly, delivered by its divine teacher, but not exclusively, restricted to the under circumstances of the most discourses recorded by St. John: powerful interest: nor will they re. the records of the other Evangelists fuse the assistance of an instructor, will be consulted by the attentive who las carefully weighed the traiu reader, who will not fail to observe of thought, which once occupied in all the power, form, and extent of the Saviour's mind, and who iu conthe Apostolic commission; the ad-formity with his lessons would estavantage of attending holy assein- blish the bearts of bis followers in blies, exemplified in the death of a consistent practice of the wide Thomas; the use of those doubts in scale of duties comprehended under the confirmation of the truth; the the Christian rules of upity and great duty of Christian edification love, founded in principles of faith implied in the charge to Peter ; the the most certail, and directed to renovated faith and zeal of that hopes the inost elevated and subApostle; and the unassuming quiet lime.
NEW MARRIAGE ACT.
“Stamp Office, London, Doubts having existed, whether
September 14, 1822. the affidavits required by this Act, previous to the publication of banns, “I am directed by the commis. should be drawn on stamped paper, sioners to inform you, in answer to application has been made to the your letter of the 12th inst., that commissioners of the stamps on the by the Act of the 55th of Geo. II. subject, and the following is a copy cap. 184, affidavits sworn before a of the reply:
magistrate are exempted from the
stamp duty: but marriage affidavits per minister of the said Church or sworn before a clergyman'not being Chapel an affidavit or affidavits in a magistrate, must be drawn ont writing, sworn before such minister upon a two. shilling and sixpenny or one of his 'majesty's justices of stamp.
the peace," &c. The requisition of "I am, Sir,
the stamp will materially increase “ Your most obedient servant,
the difficulties of executing the Act, “WM. KAPPEN, Secretary." especially in remote districts. The
parties must appear before & maThe Act alluded to in this official gistrate, whose residence may be note imposes a duty of 28. od. on distant, and before whom they inay every
« affidavit not made for the be unwilling to appear: or they immediate purpose of being filed, must produce the half-crown stamp, read, or used in any court of law or which even in a provincial town, it equity;" and while it exempts from may be difficult to procure. this duty, all “ affidavits required or It is not geverally known that þy authorized by law to be made before the Act 65 Geo. III. c. 184. renews ány justice or justices of the peace," and confirms a stamp duty of fire it contains no exeniption în favour shillings on every
i certificate of of an oath made before a clergy- marriage, except of any common wan. The words of the Marriage seaman, marine, or soldier.' This Act amendment Bill, are " that be- is an impost which produces tittie fore the publication of banns of ma. benefit to the revenue, and is often trimony in any Church or Chapel, inconvenient to the parties requiring there shall be delivered to the pro- the certificate,
MONTHLY REGISTER. SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRIS. “ The debt, indeed, is now somewhat TIAN KNOWLEDGE.
reduced ; and, by confining itself within
jts present limits, the District CommitExlracts from the Manchester and
tee may still render important services Salford District Committee.
to the cause it espouses-a cause, upon "On comparing the statement of accounts
the maintenance of which our blessings herewith published, with that of the pre
of civil and religious liberty, the natural ceding year and its accompanying Report, result of good government greatly deit will appear that the hope then ex- pend. pressed of an increase in the amount of
“ But is it not lamentable, is it becomsubscriptions and benefactions was, NOT ing those who hoast of their attachment realised. The consequence has been, a
to Church and State, that such a cause considerable diminution in the number of should languish in Maachester and its Books and Tracts issued from the Depo, neighbourhood, for want of a little pecusitory.
piary assistance? We see several Socie" That this painful alternative was ne
ties supported, by the Diasenters, flourish cessary, is evident from the fact, that the around us, and even abound in conexpenditure of the year 1820 exceeded tributions ; and, so far as they promote the regular inconie hy upwards of 1001.; true piety and social order, we rejoice iu inasmuch as a balabce of abont 121. in
their success. favour of the lostitution, together with a
Is it creditable then, that a Society donation of 501. liberally made from the which directs its main efforts to uphold Occasional Fund of the Society for pab-, and strengthen our truly apostolic and drlishing anti-infidel Tracts, was exhausted, thodox church, should hare its exertions and a debt of 45l. incurred, whilst nei- paralyzed by a deficiency of funds, espether the progress, nor the termination of cially when so small a sum is required to the year exhibited the means of providing give them energy and extensive operation? for such an enlarged scale of expendi. But it is said that tbe same method of olsa ture, if it had been persevered in,
taining subscriptions is not adopled by
the Church Societies. Probably not: Is Decting with the visíting Missionary the this, however, an objection which a ecclesiastical authority, the Society reChwchman ought to produce? If he be commended to the Bishop the appointsincere in that attachment to our happyment of Mr. Leigh, as Commissary for the Establishment which he professes, it will, affairs of the Church, and he is now einwe presnme, be no longer urged; but be powered to act accordingly, will become an unsolicited subscriber to a “ It is due to the cbaracter of Mr. Society in which “simplicity and godly sin. Leigh, to pablish the certificate which was cerity' have been always conspicuous, and submitted to the Board op lois' retarn to which has pursued a most desirable object, England last July, as it speaks the sense the promotion of pure Christian Knowentertained of his services by those who ledge, by the most legitimate and respecto , were best qualified to estimate their value, able means." P. 3. ,
It is sigoed by the Churchwardens, and
more than sixty of the most respectable Society for the Propagation of the part of his Mission, and dated May 28th, Gospel in Foreign Parts. 1921, and addressed to Mr. Leigh :
** We' the undersigned Iohabitants of We continue our extracts from
Harbor Grace, having heard of your inthe last Report of this Society. The tention shortly to visit England, cannot preșent Number contains the most refrain from expressing our regret at your interesting particulars relating to departure, although for a limited time ; Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia, and we beg to assure you of our unfeigned the Canadas will be mentioned here. , gratitude for the uprémitting zeal and asafter.
siduity with which yon bave discharged
the inportant duties of your Mission to “ The many and very important benefits . this extensive and populous district. It that bave been derived from the appoint- will be a source of consolation to us to rement' of visiting Missionaries in Canada tlect op the purity of your doctrines as a and Nova Scotia, liave strongly recom Minister of the Gospel, and the excellence mended the adoption of the same measure of your example as a member of our Sociin Newfoundland, where the circum- ety. We cannot suffer the present opporstances of the country, and its scattered tunity to pass without declaring the satispopulation, point out its peculiar expedi- faction we' all experienced during the ency. The indefatigable zeal manifested time you filled the arduous duties of resiby Mr. Leigh on various occasions, the dest Surrogate for the administration of * local information of that gentleman, and justice; and the regret which we felt at
the higli sense entertained by the Governor bearing of your determination to resigu of bis extended usefulness, pointed him out it. . In taking leave of you as our valued às a fit person on whom the appointment Pastor and Friend, we have to wish you should devolve, and from whom the So a safe and agreeable passage to Eụgland, ciety might expect to derive, the various and to hope that you will soon be enabled benefits which the experience of other to return amongst us. We now conclude Provinces had proved, might arise from with wishing you bealth and happiness
, such a commission. The want of ecclesi. and with respect subscribe ourselves,&c. astical authority had otten beën felt as a “ In his last communication the Rev. great discouragement to the labonrs of John Leigh reports, that he arrived at the Society ; and although the Island is lois Mission at Harbor Grace on the 10th considered as forming a part of the Dio.'' November last, after a fine passage from cese of Nova Scotia, yet its geographical England of twenty-nine days; nothing situation would naturally deprive it of material bad occurred during his absence, many of those advantages, which an ac with the exception of the death of Mr. tive and vigilant superintendance alone Lampen, an old and valuable servant to would secure to the religious concerns of the Society for thirty-six years, as a a yewly-established Colony; and under School-master in Harbor Grace. Great
, the present unfortunate circumstances of indeed, was the number of those who the serious indisposition of the head of the received their sole education from him, Church, which have absolutely incapaci- and his memory will long be retained with tated his Lordship from the effectual dis-' respect and gratitude. charge of many of his duties, this province was altogether deprived even of the very
NOVA SCOTIA. forms of Church Government. Influenced “ The Rev. Dr. Inglis, Ecclesiastical by these motives, and considering that' Commissary, continues his unwearied exnuch ber.efit would be derived from con- ertions, and with equal success both in the
discharge of the duties of his extensive themselves of its means of education. The parish, and in the active saperintendance instruction embraces a wider scope than of all ecclesiastical affairs, a duty which is the practice in England. The bigher has devolved upon him by the unavoida. branches of arithmetic, and the practical ble absence of the Bishop of the Diocese, branches of mathematics, granimar, and His reports assure the Society, that he geography, are taught by the present Masderives unmixed satisfaction from the spi- ter, without which extension of its advanritual state of his parish, where, though tages, it would lose much of its respectathe population has suffered some diminu- bility. The expences of the buildings tion, the circunistance has not affected his have exceeded £2000; and the unavoidacongregation. The galleries, which were ble outgoings which attend the conduct of erected in the Church, have been enlarged, the School amounts to £200 per year, inand now contain two hundred children. dependently of the salaries which have The Parsonage-house has been repaired at been paid by the Society, Since its estathe expence of the parish-and more blishnient eight hundred and eighty-one than three hundred persons communicate children have been received into the at various times throughout the year. School, of whom five hundred and five
“Although there is nothjog to justify have attended the Church; one hundred or encourage the least dimination of that . and fifty-seven the Catholic Chapel; one constant labour and watchfulness and hundred and fourteen the Presbyterian prayer, which are necessary to the dis. Meeting houses; one bundred and seventycharge of the numerous and heavy duties five the Methodists; and thirty the Bapof the Missionary, there is no abridgment tists. More than one hundred children of the comforts, which, by the blessing of have within the last year received rewards God, bave constantly attended the perfor- for regular attendance at school and pubmance of those doties, and lightened their lic worship. burthen. The attendarice of the children “ Thirty-three School-masters and seven tipon public worship has been more regii- School-mistresses have been instructed in lår, and evidently more satisfactory to the the system, and are now teaching in varichildren theniselves. St. Paul's Church, ous parts of the Diocese, and the whole though large, is quite insufficient to ac- system is evidently gaiving ground in the commodate the congregation, and he bas public estimation. the mortification to hear, every week, of “ The Society also bave endeavoured to persons who neglect public worship, meet the wants of the growing population, solely because they cannot obtain room - by encouraging the establishment of for themselves and families. He cannot Schools in every part of the coupiry, where venture al present to suggest any remedy.. the state of the population wonld admit of for this serions evil; but as its magnitude the children collected together in sufficient is daily increasing, it seems necessary to numbers for such a purpose; a measure think seriously of sopie core; for its which they have every reason to believe Jonger neglect will inevitably diminish will be productive of most essential benefit the attachment of many persons for the to the country, more especially since the Church, and gradually withdraw them introduction of the National System of from her communion.
Education has incrcased the niçans, and “ 'The expectations which had been given greater facility to the general infurined of Mr. Gore's capability to con struction of the people. duet the National School at Halifax, lave “The Rev. Gilbert Wiggins, who is now been fully realized : npon the resignation officiating as Missionary at Rawdon, upon of Mr. West, and the establishment of a his return from Quebec, whither be bad School upon similar principles, under the proceeded to obtain Holy Orders from the direction of Roman Catholics, a consider. haods of the Bisliop of that Diocese, tra. able diminution liad taken place in the versed that tract of country which lies benumber of scholars; but when it was seen tween the river St. Lawrence and St. that the present Master was fully equal to John's, New Brunswick. The porterage, the arduous task be had wodertaken, the which extends from the aforesaid river to parents readily availed themselves of the the Timiscouata Lake, a distance of thirtyadvantages the Institution offered, and it seven miles, presents many difficulties to has become equally popular and fourishing, the travellers, as ,in places a single log is as in the days of its first establishment. It the only means of conveyance over the may be said, indeed, that it now offers ad, swamps of the country. On reaching the vantages which are seldom, if ever, found river De Verd, abont nine miles from the in similar foundations in Evgland. The St. Lawrence, he found a small settlement rich, as well as the poor, cagerly avail of eight or pipe families, cousisting of dis