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101 est applause : no Work was more sider in the School of Divinity. But seasonable, nor any productive of what shall we say to the doubt ex. more general good. The Letters to pressed by the Bishop on the effects Mr. Gibbon must likewise be com of the ordinary influence of the Holy mended: but it may be questioned, Spirit ? He admits its extraordinary whether that affectation of civility influences; how, indeed, could he deny and courtesy, which is apparent, in tbem? but to its ordinary ones he an address to a Writer wbo insidi. seems not to have made up his mind. ously, but industriously, endeavour. Where, then, is that Comforter which ed to undermine the foundation the Saviour of the world promised to of Christianity, be reconcileable with abide with his followers for ever ? the natural ardour of a sincere Whither tend all those Apostolical Believer. Asperity in controversy expressions, which declare that we
to be reprobated , and can do all things through Christ; laudable as it is to avoid that which tell us that we can do no good odium theologicum, which has dis- thing of ourselves; that our suffigraced many, a disputant, set there ciency is of God; and which warn us can be no occasion to conciliate the against quenching the Spirit? And favour, and to solicit the regard, of what can be the ineaning of the soa determined enemy to the Christian lemn benediction," that ihe Grace of faith. Bishop Hurd, therefore, in his our Lord Jesus Christ and the Fel. observation * that the Letters were lowship of the Holy Ghost may be well enough if the Writer was sin with us," if neither of these Divine cere,” deserves not censure, by doubt. Persons, by their supernatural intering of sincerily, when there appeared vention, are instrumental in working to himn too great a sacrifice to polite- out our salvation? The commenda
However substantial the argu- tions which the Bishop arrogates to mients of Bishop Watson are, yet himself would probably have beeu they would not have been less cogeat, more liberally allowed to hiin, if he if the designs of Infidelity had been bad not written more highly of himself delineated by hiin in their true co than any one ought to have written; lours. The boast in the Bishop's con and if the primary qualities of a Bicluding address to the University of shop had not been centered in the Cambridge, of never adopting words discharge of political duties. Believwhich are not to be found in the Sa. ing that Episcopacy was established cred Writings, will be applauded by in the earliest days of the Christian those who reject the doctrine of the Church, and forining my opinions of Trinity, and deny that an atonement the nature of its office from Aposto. for sin was effected by the blood of lical description, I wish to see Bi. Christ. But what härın can really shops "holy; holding fast the faithful arise from professing our Creed in word ; and having a good report," terms that are comprehensible and not merely for temporal exertions, explauatory? If we believe that there but for earnestness in itculcating the are three persons in the Godhead, and Truth, as it is in Jesus. Diversified such belief the Bishop must repeatedly as the cares of our Ecclesiastical have declared on bis admittance into Rulers are, they will always act conthe sacred ministry, and on his at: sistently, when they endeavour to tainment of benefices in the Church, promote such a subjection to the wbat reasonable objection can there Powers that are, as interferes not with be to the use of the word. Trinity, the fair claims of Civil Liberty; and when it serves only to describe our when they intermeddle not too much persuasion of the just foundation of in concerns not inmediately belongthe truth of the doctrine ? Aod iog to their station. To the sober should the word salisfaction be ex and devout Christian they will always ceptionable, upon the ground that seem to swerve from the conduct tbe Deity requires not his justice to that is expected from them, when the be satisfied, exercising always justice praise of men appears to be the chief with mercy, yet surely the expiatory aim in pursuit ; and when, forgetting atonement for sin that was offered by the bealitudes announced to the poor the Redeemer of the world: might in spirit, and to the meek, they seek properly have been an object of en to distinguish themselves, by speakforcement by a Teacher, and a Pren ing great swelling words, and having
their own praises principally in ad- met at All Saints Church, and exmiration. Had Bisbop Watson at- pressed their highest admiration of teaded to the words of the Roman this exquisite piece of sculpture. An Historian, “ Plurimuin facere, et elegant dinner was afterwards served minimum ipse de eo loqui," bis use up at the George lop, at wbich J. ful services would not have been Barrett, Esq. Mayor, presided, supforgotten, nor would his name have ported by the Marquess of Northampbeen holden in less estimation.
ton, and about 40 Gentlemen, who Yours, &c.
CLERICUS. were gratified with the company of
Mr. Chantrey. Mr. URBAN,
Feb. 5. Before I conclude, allow me to noI
HEARTILY congratulate the tice the very handsome manner in
County of Northampton in ge wbich this rising Sculptor has lately neral, and more particularly the sub- been elected a Member of the Royal scribers, upon the acquisition of so Academy. I have been credibly inexcellent a work of art, as the Mo- formed ibat, on the day of election nument lately erected in All Saints there were 25 Members present, that Church, Northampton, to the Me- iwo of them voted for a single friend mory of the Right Hon. Spencer each ; and that the other 23 votes Perceval.
were all in favour of Mr. Chantrey, This beautiful monument is a sta so that he might be said to be almost tue of that distinguished Statesman, unanimously elected. B. N. raised upon a bandsonie pedestal, in an attitude at once simple, unaffected, Mr. URBAN,
Jan. 10. and dignified. He holds in his right Amated with feelings which do bo
anihand a paper, respecting which he is evidently debating, and seems to be nour to the hearts of its inhabitants, attentively listening to some obser- is pouring-in its free-will offerings for yations, and waiting eagerly for an the
purpose of erectiog a Monument opportunity to reply. The expres to the memory of its late lamented sion of the countenance is remarkably Princess, I was 80 much pleased with animated, full of that bland frank the suggestion contained in the fol. Dess and benignity wbich so generally lowiog truly patriotic and pious let: conciliated all parties.-Tbe likeness ter, that I could not forbear traus-, (which is thought a very good one) is mitting it to you, with whose prio what may be denominated an histori- ciples, for piety and patriotism, it is cal resemblance, being obviously in- quite accordant. tended rather as expressive of the In London I should rejoice to see mental character, than as a pourtrai- several “ Augusta-Churches," where ture of every individual lineament; Churches are so much wanted ; and a distinction which renders the works at least one in every large towo or of Genius, addressed to the feelings populous district : for, Sir, it is a of every region and to distant ages, in- fact pot less notorious than singular, finitely superior to those of merely that, among all the mob of Levellers imitative Art. The drapery is very and Conspirators with which the gracefully aud naturally disposed, and Country has been disgraced, not a the whole beautifully executed. single true Church of England Man
The talents of Mr. Chantrey are too ever disgraced bimself by joining the well known to need any panegyric. fraternity. Who can have seen without emotion Surely, then, while we allow Tole the lovely and affecting monument in ration to every sect (and I would wish memory of the infant daughters of the fullest and most friendly tolerathe Dean of Lichfield ? This group, tion to be allowed to all who are not and the statue of Mr. Perceval, may unfriendly to Church and Stale), be quoted, to prove that unassuming surely it behoves the Members of the simplicity is the leading characteristic Church to afford every facility of of genuine pathos and true dignity. worship in their power to those who
The monumeot was first opened to are, or gladly would be, “ of their view on Wednesday, Dec. 3, when the own household of faith." Marquess of Northampton, Earl Pom The miods of the middle and lower fret, Lady Elizabeth Compton, and classes are daily becoming more and several of the neighbouring geotry, more disposed to return " to the good
old paths,” from whence many have would respectfully propose, should be been allured by various devices; and the CHARLOTTE CHAPEL, or the AUGUSTA from which others have been ex CHURCH; the latter I like best, as cluded for want of room. The Le- being more dignified and classical. gislature is well disposed also (as it
“ The time I think peculiarly suitable ought to be) to second and encourage that, however Blasphemy may attempt
to such an undertaking. It will provę this proper spirit of the people; and,
to defame the sacred formularies of the benigno Numine, public liberality will, Church of England, we of the feebler I trust, now tend to give it success.
sex will endeavour, to the utmost of our A CONSISTENT CHURCHMAN.
power, to prevent the poison of Infidelity To the Editor of " The Birmingham from tainting our minds, or weakening our Commercial Herald."
veneration for an Establishment which Birmingham, Jan. 1. inculcates Piety to God and Loyalty to 66 At a time when so many
the King; and whose earnest aim it is sex, as well as of yours, seem properly to diffuse
peace on earth, and gooddesirous of subscribing towards a dus will among men.' table memorial of our late amiable and “As the Son of a most respectable Cler much-lamented Princess, allow me to gyman, you, Sir, will, I doubt not, bosuggest the kind of Monument, which, nour with a nook in your soundly.conI think, her pure and glorified spirit stitutional Herald, these humble hints would most approve; and that is, a Mo
from A MOTHER OF Seven CHILDREN. NUMENT within whose ballowed shrine " P. S. Is it asked whether the other thousands and tens of thousands might Sex are to be permitted to co-operate in be trained to participate in that blessed this good work? Certainly they are; ness, of which, we trust, she is in pos and in a very essential manner. Let session. In fact, Sir, my proposed them contribute their Sovereigns' too, Monument in Birmingham is this :
for the establishment of a Fund towards 'Let my fellow-females be restricted to the maintenance of an orthodox Minisgive their Guinea (or, I would now more ter, and the promotion of Schools, frona consistently say, their Sovereign) to whence the rising generation, of both wards a plain Church ; in some conspic sexes, may repair to the Sacred Edifice; cuous part of which let a neat tablet be and thus be trained in the way they placed, bearing a suitable inscription, should go, without either wish or neto perpetuate a knowledge of her Royal cessity to depart from it'.”. Highness's virtuous and exemplary character.
CATHEDRAL SchoolS. “ I hope my Sister-sex will follow the (Continued from vol. LXXXVII. example elsewhere; yea, in every po
Part ii. p. 104. ) pulous town or district in the Kingdom;
CHESTER. and they who think a 'Sovereign’tvo Mr. URBAN, Crosby-square, Feb.10. little to give, may give more by the hands and in the names of their chil
THE City of Chester is no less dren; thus teaching them, as I shall
distinguished for the number of teach mine, if this plan be adopted; dicious regulations by which they are
its endowed schools, than for the ju? not to offer unto the Lord their God that which doth cost them nothing.'
governed ; and in this character the “ Flow lightly do many of us think of
Foundation connected with the Ca. expending more than twice the stipu- thedral may claim pre-eminence. The lated sum of a Sovereign' in a new
antient School was established within bonnet or cap, which for a short time the Benedictine Monastery of St. is worn, and then forgotten! Whereas, Werburgh, where, in obedience to the expended in the way here proposed, it Constitutions of that Order, the neighwould tend to place the object of their bouring children were instructed in the regret and regard in almost everlast. Psalter and musical notes, and the ing remembrance;' and generations
more promising boys were advanced to yet unborn would rise up and call the
the study of Grammar, Divinity, and Donors blessed.' " Though I propose that no person
Jurisprudence. The greater Monasshould give more than a Sovereign required to inaintain students at the
teries subject to this Rule were also I would receive the smallest offering: Universities, in the proportion of even down to the poor widow's mite;' because all who give would feel their at
one scholar to 20 monks. They had a tachment increased towards the venera
Prior of Students to govern all the ble and scriptural mode of worship, novices of their order at Oxford and which would be performed in such Mo. Cambridge, where they had a Docnumental Sanctuary, The name, I tor in each faculty of Divinity and 7
Canon Law, under whom their incep. The Statutes of all the Cathedrals, tors were to commence at the public regulated by Henry VIII. are the charge of their respective monastery*. same in substance, and are mostly
The years and centuries wherein couched in similar terms; but the these duties were conscientiously per- clause in favour of the choristers is formed are left without memorial, not in every instance interpreted in and can only be surmised from the re the same manner as at Chester. At cord of their omission. A. D. 1422, a the Cathedrals of Gloucester, Wor. general chapter of Benedictines was cester, Oxford, and Peterborough, the convened, for the reformation of their choristers enjoy the full benefit of Order; and among various charges of the exception, and partly so at Bris. misgovernment, several of the Ab- tol and at Ely. At Canterbury, Carbots were accused of neglecting to lisle, Durham, Norwich, Rochester, make due provision for their students; and Winchester, the Founder's Statutes and among the defaulters the Supe- are not construed with the same lirior of St. Werburgh's is recorded berality. with expressions of peculiar censure. At Canterbury the Statutes of the
“ The Abbot of Chester has not Cathedral were revised by Archbishop had a scholar at the University for Laud ; and, in addition to the usual the last 12 years. He is the more clause in favour of the cboristers, the deserving of punishment from the Dean of the Chapel Royal has the long continuance of bis negligence." valuable privilege of sending the boys On this occasion the usual fines were belonging to His Majesty's choir, on remitted. -- The culprits, having of the failure of their treble voices, to fered their excuses and ample pro- coinplete their education in the King's mises of future good behaviour, were Schoolat Canterbury. There are perrestored to favour by their brother haps good reasons why advantage is Benedictines, in charitable hope of a dot now taken of this privilege. speedy reformation.
This was one The Cathedrals on the old Founda. of the last assemblies convened for tion, which escaped the regulating the re-establishment of monastic dis hand of Henry VIII. are, or ought to cipline t.
be, governed by their respective StaThe Royal Abbey of St. Wer- tutes, which have been repeatedly burgh being dissolved by Henry VIII. coufirmed by the Legislature, so far as was selected by him as the seat of a they are not repugnant to the word new Bishoprick. Although worse ep of God, the Law of the land, and the dowed than any other Cathedral in Prerogative Royal.
M. H. England, yet, by the liberal arrangements of ihe Dean and Chapter, the
Dudley, Feb. 15. choristers educating under their auspi. In your last Volume, p. 550, it is star ces enjoy peculiar advantages. The antient grammar-school was re-establish. Ward has recently given 1000 guineas ed by Henry VIII. It is held among the for enlarging Dudley Church; and has splendid remains of the Conventual
erected a Chapel, at a great expence, in buildings, and is placed under the pa
the adjoining parish of Sedgley."
An Act of Parliament was obtained in trovage of the Dean and Chapter. The 1815, for taking down and rebuilding course of education includes Greek St. Thomas's Church in Dudley; and unand Latin, writing and arithmetic.
der the powers of that Act the present The Founder's Statutes, which limit
edifice is now erecting. To this Act is the admission of King's scholars with. annexed a Schedule, announcing the in a certain age, make an exception names of the subscribers; from whence in favour of the choristers, to whom, I transcribe these words: “ The Right on a vacancy, a preference is always Hon. Viscount Dudley and Ward £.2000.” giren. The choristers are eight in The revered and excellent Nobleman, number ; they have a regular singing, before spoken of, did not“ erect a Chamaster, and their musical studies are pel in the adjoining parish of Sedgley." superiotended by the organist.
He contributed towards its erection 4001; Several eminent names reflect ho and gave the land on which the Chapel
JUVENIS. pour upon the choral school of Chester Calbedral.
# A copy of these revised Statutes * Kennett.
may be found among the additional Wilkins, vol. III. pp. 413-433. MSS. in the British Museum, No. 5484.