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Clergy are not called upon to refrain lessness of pastoral connection, from innocent association with the there is no doubt, but that the world, or to live as if they were smallest hint coming from autho. totally to differ from it, yet ihere is riiy, would remove all difficulty. no occasion for their obliterating all Or if any considerable body of the the boundary lines which separate Clergy, such as the members of between the sacred and secular pro. Sion College, the City Rectors, fessions.
were to come to a resolution not to But admitting the fact that the appear in common but in some such Clergy of the present day are much dress as might distinguish them less distinguished from the Laity from the merchants and shopthan they were formerly, and that keepers who inhabit their respective evil arises from this want of distinc- parishes; and were to recomiend tion to both parties; it will be the same object to their curates; asked, How is it to be remedied? if some such step were taken, there How can the Clergy in general be would be very little reluctance in induced to wear any thing which the Clergy of London and Westshall distinguish them? Will they minster to follow their example ; not consider it as a matter altogether and the change would soon be per. beneath their notice, and reject ad- ceptible throughout the country. vice on such a subject, come from Surely a better period for reviswhom it may ?
ing a good old custom cannot be I am persuaded, Sir, that if the proposed, than this, when attempts attention of the beneficed Clergy are daily making to vilify the were once fairly directed to the pro- Clergy, and when the few who perbable effects, ihey would, without severe in retaining the clerical aphesitation, returu to the good old pearance cannot walk the streets way, aod by universally adopting without being insulted. The very the same style of dress, which soine occurrence of a Clergyman old fashioned men, especially in the being seen with any thing about country, have never cast off, they him to attract notice gives occasion would not only regain some of the to impertinent remarks on any one respect from the lower ranks, the who dares to be singular; but if the loss of which is justly deplored, singularity were done away by the but they would receive much more general adoption of a peculiar habit, attention from the higher classes ; so numerous are the Clergy in Lonand above all, they would set an don that they would cease to be obexample to their younger brethren, jects of observation. which would assuredly tend to . Still, it may be said, that I have make them dread less the imputa- attached too much importance to a tion of singularity, and induce them matter that is indifferent, and ought to conform to the character of their to be left to private judgment. profession in outward appearance; If I were proposing a novelty I perhaps, to take as much pride should most willingly admit that I in professional distinction as they had formed an exaggerated opinion might justly take without any dis- of its importance; but the vovelty credit or disadvantage to them. consists in the omission, not in the selves.
adoption, of a distinctive clerical I do not presume to say that habit ; and as I am not aware of what may be deemed by some a any positive objection to it, or any very trivial matter, merits episcopal reason for its disuse that can be interference; but if it should hap- placed in competition with the reapen to be regarded as involving sons for its re-assumption, I am insome more important points, such duced to beg that you will do me as general habits of laxity and care- the favour to give this letter inser
tion in the Christian Remembrancer, paragraph of a Sermon delivered in in order that the subject may, at the Parish Churches of St. James's, any rate, be brought under the ob- Clerkenwell, and St. Antholin's, servation of those who are most inte- Watling-street, London, by the exrested in it, and are most competent press Desire of Mr. G. J. Furneaux, to decide upon the expediency of who shot himself at White Conduitpaying some little attention to the house, Sept. 19, 1821. By the Red. Canon, wbich has, I trust, fully S. Piggott, A.M. of Oxford, Curute authorized these suggestions. and Lecturer of St. James's, Clerk
I am, Sir, enwell, and St. Antholin's, Watling
E. street, &c. &c.
The third is reprinted from a hand
bill recently circulated in the Parish LECTURERS.
of St. Michael, Queenhitbe, by the « If there had been no lecturers which Rey, H. C. O'Donnoghue. succeeded the friars in their way, the
No. I. Church of England might have stood and I say nothing in palliation of the flourished at this day."
crime committed by the persons alluded to. « Lecturers do in a parish Church, what It was alike a violation of decency as of the friars did heretofore, get away not only religion. It ought not, however, to be the affections, but the bounty that should imputed to me, who had been honourably be bestowed upon the minister."
elected to the Lectureship, but to those “ Lecturers get a great deal of money, who, in violation of my right, and the pribecause they preach the people tame as a vileges of the parishioners, prevented me man watches a hawk, and then they do from taking possession of it." what they list with them.” Selden's Table
“ Upon his enquiry if I intended to atTalk. Title, Friars and Lecturers. tempt a forcible possession of the pnlpit,
Such are the declarations of Sel. &c. I replied, such a line of conduct was den. He was no friend to the Church farthest from my thoughts: nay, I added, if of England, but lived to witness and you and all the officers were to request it,
I would not enter the pulpit, becanse to regret the triumph of its Purita
none but the Incombent can grant me the nical enemies. Could Selden appear privilege. again on this busy stage, he would “ To conclude: the Friend of the recognise many symptoms of the Established Church would have no Lecolden time, more especially that tureships. To say nothing of the loss of revival of the lecturing system, people, what is to become of those who
the only ecclesiastical privilege of the against which he has solemnly take holy orders, and are without pawarned those who condescend to
tronage ? Our country is celebrated for take a lesson from experience. having its highest offices in Church and
To give our country readers a State open to merit. If this first step is little insight into the principles and annihilated, I do not know how any man practices of popular London Lecture is to reach the second. ers, we insert the following extracts
“ He wishes, also, that to prevent sach
horrible from their various publications. shall be appointed by the Incumbent of
proceedings in future, Lecturers The first is to be found in the the parish. The Incuinbent may appoint New Times of Saturday, Dec. 16, now: there is no law against it; only if 1820; being part of a Letter the Incumbent appoint, he must pay. No, from the Rev. Isaac Saunders, to the better remedy will be to make the the Editor, in which that gentleman pulpits free, so that all licensed Clergymen endeavours to vindicate himself from elected to any Lectureship within their
own diocese shall have the unobstructed the charge of having fomented the
use of the pulpit. In that case there will riot in St. Margaret's Church, for be no confusion, and the Church will rewhich Mr. Hatchard has been sub- tain its members.” sequently punished by the Ecclesias
No. II. tical Court.
" Thus, my dear brethren, bave I enThe second forms the concluding deavoured to improve this truly awful REMEMBRANCER, No. 48.
event, and this providential deliverance of the Lecturer also, having terminated May the apalling effects of ungoverned my connection with you, I cannot but passions, and evil company, be deeply avail myself of the opportanity, which the impressed on our memories, and inscribed announcement of this circumstance affords, on the tablets of our hearts. Can we to offer to you the assurance of the grate. listen to the recital without being struck ful feelings with which your kindness has with horror, or yearning with benevolence? impressed me. The personal civilities I should we not all unite in opposing and have received; the favour with which, in stemming the torrent of infidelity, which many instances, my imperfect or weak hurries men forward to such depths of services have been accepted; and the madness and guilt, and overwhelms them liberality which you manifested when soli. in the floods of despair ? If you are sen- cited to aid my distressed Countrymen, sible of the importance of this, you will have unitedly interested my heart, and willingly give your support to those who secured my lasting regard and gratitude. labour in the cause of religion, you will At one time I certainly indulged the hope not suffer their zeal and ardour to want of some future more permanent connexion the encouragement of your patronage. with you; but circumstances and consi
“ I have esteemed it my duty to exert derations on my part, to which it is unueall my powers against Infidelity — the cessary that I should here particularly adgrowing and gigantic monster of the pre- vert, would now render it impossible; for sent age-the parent of vice, misery, and I am not yet prepared, with Dr. Paley, to black despair-the blaster of man's bright regard oaths and subscriptions as mere est hopes, the murderer of his immortal matters of ceremony and form. Of the soul, the robber of his crown of glory. truths and importance of the doctrines of With this view I have employed this pul- the Gospel however, I am more than ever pit* for three years past in delivering convinced. The fall of man; the utter Lectures against infidelity, and the pre- depravity and corruption of our pature, vailing errors and sins, and the present and the necessity of its regeneration by the portentous times, and our incnmbent du- Holy Spirit; Salvation by Grace through ties. The expenses of lighting the Church Faith that is in Jesus Christ; and a condevolve entirely apon myself
. To you, duct worthy of that holy vocation wheretherefore, am I obliged to appeal, as the with we are called; these are doctrines only authorized source appointed me to according to godliness, and which I hope defray the expences. The annual income to the latest hour of exertion to be ena. of the Lecture does not amount to 35l. bled, as I have hitherto done, to preach Would delicacy allow me to tell you of late faithfully, and fully, wherever Providence beavy afflictions in my numerous family, may direct my goings. These doctrines it and the losses I have sustained by labo- bas been my honest endeavour to preach rious and persevering exertions in the among you; and, in the confidence which cause of Christianity, truth, and social
a conscious sense of duty inspires, I have in order, I am persuaded that it would much
no way sought either to conceal or soften strengthen my appeal to you. Whatever down their full force and meaning. Plaio your contributions, I shall receive them as
language and honest boldness become the a testimony of your regard to the cause of Minister of Truth: Men's Souls are not to revealed religion, Christian faith and be sacrificed to the fear of Man, to the Christian practice, and as a tribute of hopes of preferment, or to the love of encouragement to one of the humblest, popularity. Such are my opinions. You but sincerest Christian advocates for his know my practice. The peculiar circumCountry, his King his Religion-his Saviour and his God."
« * The appointment of their own LectuNo. III.
rers is one of the few rights and privileges
which the London Parishes possess; but " To the Inhabitants of the United Pa- this, in many recent instances it has been
rishes of St. Michael, Queenhithe, and deemed expedient, by certain incumbents, Holy Trinity, the Less.
to question, and if possible to subvert. « My Christian Friends,
That this may be intended in your Parish, “ The appointment of the Rev. T. L. I would not even ivsinuate; but every Strong, as the Rector of your Church, in encroachment on your rights you will, I consequence of the death of the Rev. Dr. am sure, regard with suspicion, and resist Coombe, and his determination to dis- with firmness. To maintain these unimebarge not only his own duties, but those paired is due to yourselves, your children,
and your country. This is your sacred St. Antholin's, Watling-street. duty."
stances under which I have discharged the ture hinself into a living? That the duties of your Curate and Lecturer, will
, pulpit of St. Margaret's was to be I am persuaded, convince you that I am
made his first step to a stall in the not of a mercenary disposition; and yet I
adjoining Cathedral, or a still more am somewhat covetous;-I would carry with me some recompence for my labours; exalted station in the neighbouring - I cannot spend my strength for nought; senate? Where was this gentleman's - yet if I bave been privileged instrumen- common sense, when he forgot that tally to turn one sinner from the error of there was such a person as a humble his way; or to have directed one doubting Parish Curate, and pretended that penitent to the hope set before him in the the highest offices in the Church Gospel; to have animated the faith of one could only be attained by the merits weak brother, or, to have comforted one
of a Lecturer ? christian mourner; to have ministered 10 the necessities of one child of sorrow,
On Mr. Piggott's statement it is hangering and thirsting after righteousness, unnecessary to comment. by an exhibition of the grace of our Lord sympathise with his distress; but a Jesus Christ; then I have received a re
more reprehensible, a more disgraceward infinitely more valuable than what ful method of supplying his wants, man confers, and of which none cau deprive me. Whether I am so rewarded may
we cannot easily conceive. not yet be known;-may the judgment of
Mr. O'Donnoghue is an excepthe great Day declare it more abundant tion to all general rules. And his than I dare anticipate !
meaning is not to be ascertained with “ With the deepest sense of personal ob. any considerable precision. We supligation to many among you, and with the pose the Rev. Gentleman intends to most upfeigoed good will, and the sin
say that he has scruples about subcerest wishes for your present and future happiness, I have the pleasure to subscribing to the Thirty-nine Articles, scribe myself,
and that he does not intend to re“Your faithful Friend and obliged
peat that operation. If so, the “ Servant,
Church of England is greatly in" H. C. O'DONNOGHve."
debted to Mr. Strong for putting an
end to his officiating at St. Mich“ MILE-END,
acl's; and the Ecclesiastical AuthoSept. 30th, 1822.
rities should take care that he does Do not these passages afford full not get possession of any other puland convincing proof, that the charge pit. The note about privileges is brought by Selden against the Lec- borrowed from Mr. Saunders, and turers of 1840, may now be sub. if Mr. O'Donnoghue believes what stantiated against the Lecturers of he says, he is in a state of very dea later age?
plorable ignorance. But his wisdom Setting aside the nonsense and in. is as great as his charity, or he would consistency of Mr. Saunders's radical not have ventured to charge Dr. cant about the right of the Lecturer, Paley with an opinion, which he andthe privileges of the parishioners, probably never held, and certainly and the only ecclesiastical privilege of would not have acknowledged durthe people, and the freedom of the ing the latter part of his life. pulpit, the absurdity of all which We conclude by returning our was well known to Mr. Saunders, (as best thanks to the Incumbents, who appears from his admission, that at the risque of much vexation and none but the Incumbent could grant unpopularity, have protected their him the privilege of entering the flocks against the evils of the lecturpulpit,) setting aside all this, what ing system. A line of conduct shall we say to his affecting query equally honourable and decided has respecting the fate of those who also been recently adopted by Dr. take Holy Orders without patron- Hamilton, Rector of St. Olave's, age? Is it not in plain English a Jury, and he has been rewarded by confession, that he intended to lec- the approbation of a majority of his parishioners, as well as by the grati. omnibus existentium ; Nunc pritude of his clerical brethren. Let mum explicatæ, et editæ: per Rever. such examples be followed as often Sac. Theol. profess. P. Lucret. Tyas the occasion may require ; and roboscum Ausulanum Carmel. Ve. the Church of England will stand netiis, apud Christophorum Zanetand flourish, in spite of Mr. Saun- tum, MDLXXII.” I have searchders's threat. Let his friends and ed Mr. T. H. Horne's Introduction, admirers follow him to the meet- &c. but can find no mention of it. ing house, if they please; but let us Are its interpretations correct, and hope that the Church will disdain to is it adapted for a beginner? as I retain her members, by sacrificing am just commencing the study of her doctrines and her laws,
the Hebrew language.
A. CANTAB. As the preceding remarks are 7th Nov. 1822. passing through the press, we see that Mr. Piggott has covered the walls in the southern part of the city, with enormous hand-bills. The To the Editor of the Remembrancer. purport of them is to announce, Sir, that he will deliver a Lecture next Sunday evening, at St. Antholin's,
You may depend upon the authento warn the public against the mis. ticity of the enclosed letters. They chievous tendency of blasphemous
are both addressed to a native Hinpublications, specifying in particu- doo of Bombay—the former is from lar Cain and the Liberal. To com
Ram Mohun Roy, a Brahimin, whose plete the thing, we are reminded that
name is become very familiar in this A Collection will be made after kingdom; the other is from a perService, for the benefit of the Lec
son less known here; but he is a turer.” These are the very words. Hindoo reformer, scarcely less faSurely Mr. Piggott can have no right
mous in Calcutta, where he is the to prostitute the Church in this editor of
a native newspaper. Ram scandalous manner; but unless he Mohun Roy is celebrated in the is checked, he will proceed in the Monthly Repository as a convert to
Notice is given in Socinianism; and I believe that the placard, that in the course of Hurree Hurr Dutt has exchanged the winter, other Lectures will be his Hindooism for the same religious given by Mr. Piggott, against the principles, or rather that they are prevailing errors of the day: and both converts to Deism. The conother collections will, doubtless, be tents of these letters are curious, extorted from the pockets of those and make some discoveries not un fools, who go to hear him.
worthy of attention.
NO. I. (COPY.)
ALTHOUGH I have not the honour As I am a Constant Reader of your of knowing you personally, yet from valuable Miscellany, I shall be what I have heard of your character obliged if you, or any of your Cor- and qualifications, I entertain a high respondents, will afford me some regard for you, and feel desirous to information about a work whose have the pleasure of personal ac. title is “ Rationes Textus Heb. et quaintance. I will in all probability editionis vulgatæ differentiarum ferè visit Bombay in a few months bence, sex millium verborum in Psalmis and will fulfil my long standing in