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surely it can be no just cause of in offering it. I will therefore ac. complaint to him, that he should cept what I hold true in this form, be required to use them in any and reject what I bold false. Í other religious rite? With regard know that the Son and the Holy to the third passage, the being Ghost are in some way or other orobliged to be present to have the dained to be instruments of good to words of that addressed to him, mankind; I will therefore receive may appear somewhat more hard.
this good wish as far as I think it And it would unquestionably be capable of being fultilled. Yea, as so, if the Unitarian under the cir- far as this goes, I will say with all cumstances of his religious creed, my heart and soul. Amen, so be were compelled to utter them him. it.'"--If this be fair reasoning in self. But this is not the case. the mouth of an Unitarian, it is They are addressed to him. In evident that he has no great evil to this particular, a noble lord (Hol- complain of: Tone at least but such land) who took the same side of the as a good citizen may in the necesquestion in the debate with your sary imperfection of human affairs Lordship, (if his speech be cor- acquiesce in and submit to, conserectly reported,) mistook the mat- quently, if there is no great evil, ter, when he said, “ the Unitarian the remedy is hardly worth inquirwas called on, contrary to his con- ing into on his part. But as rescience, to speak of God the Fa- spects others, it may be far other. ther, God the Son, and God the wise, I will therefore proceed, Holy Ghost.” This is not the fact. Secondly, to consider how the He is not called on to speak thus remedy proposed would act on himself: the Minister, on the part others not parties to the Petition on. of the Church, says so to him. The which this Bill is founded. That it Minister too, or rather the Church, would operate directly to the injury whose voice he is, means it in of the Established Church ; and incharity; he speaks it in charity. directly, and by probable conseHe means to offer to the Unitarian, quence, to the abridgment of dige as far as he can accept it, the best' nity, solemnity, and publicity in the blessing the Church can pray for. performance of the rite of matriI really think, if I were an Unitarian mony, I do not hesitate to declare addressed with this form of bene. my opinion, Farther than this, if diction, I should say Amen to it the newspaper report can be dewith all my heart. I should argue pended on, a doubt has been sugthus, “ True it is that my con- gested from the highest legal autho. science forbids my owning the Son rity whether such a provision is in: and the Holy Ghost to be God, as strict consistency with the common they are here called : true it is, that law of the land. This is a point I hold their being so called to be that I do not feel myself either com-, idolatrous. But what of that? I petent or required to dwell on. am come here not to perform an act But I will take the two other consiof religious worship of my own derations in the order I have placed choosing : but to comply with the them. First, I say, it would opelaw of the land in making a con- rate directly and very materially tract of a mixed nature: viz. partly to the injury of the Established civil, and partly religious. Even Church : a component part of the though the language that is address. state, which it is the duty of Pared to me be, as I view it, false : the liament to sustain. For, not to Church and its minister who ad- mention what was very fairly address it to me have pure intentions verted to in the course of the debate,
the pecuniary loss that would be drawn. Your Lordship is reported sustained by the clergy in populous to have said: With respect to other parishes, but small benefices; and Dissenters, he must say there was the estrangement which would like considerably more dificulty: and wise take place in the cases contem. other language to the same eflect. plated by the Bill, where the clergy. If your Lordship can stop here, and are not resorted to for the office of what is more, cari persuade others matrimony: I think it is impossible to do the same; the measure is cernot to foresee, that the next step, tainly released from this extended should this be obtained, will assur. objection. But it is my firm belief edly be for the whole body of the that your Lordship cannot answer Dissenters to ask the same indul for the effect on your own mind, gence: and I do not see how, if much less on the minds of others, asked, it can be refused. My Lord of the passing of the pending Bill. Holland a; pears to me completely Still less can you answer for what consistent in this respect when he you may be able to say to others says: “Whenever any other de. who may build their hopes and pescription of Dissenters should come titions to you on this single meaforward with a similar application sure. I entreat your Lordship to on the same grounds, he should be pause at this point: to consider prepared to give them the same whether you are prepared for this measure of relief," I cannot myself result. I entreat you again to see clearly how he could have ar. pause while in connection with this gued otherwise. Your Lordship at result I introduce to your notice my this juncture may be desirous of second head of observations, viz. knowing, that since the late dis- the abridgment of dignity, solemcussion, passing through a large nity, and publicity in the performand populous town in the centre of ance of the rite of matrimony prothe kingdom, I was told by an indi bably consequent on such a law. vidual who assured me (and I believe If your Lordship's station could adcorrectly) that he had frequent and mit of your witnessing the worship considerable means of intercourse of all Dissenters in this kingdom, with the Dissenters in that town; and if you could anticipate the posthat though they were not disposed sible event of all Dissenters being to stir in the present measure, yet allowed to marry in their own places that if it passed into a law, they of worship, and according to their (the other Dissenters) should (claim own plans, I am pretty clear a word was his word: but I suppose he more need not be added, to shew meant) petition for the same indul- how much of dignity and solemnity gence. Now really, my Lord, with would be sacrificed by this measure all respect be it said, I cannot help and its effects. I will dwell no thinking I am doing you a kind- longer therefore on this point.ness in stating this circumstance to With respect to publicity and secuyou at the present juncture: for yourity against clandestine marriages, I to give as much or as little weight hardly think it possible for legislato it, as you may think belongs to tive details to maintain this under it. From the report of the debate, such a law as the one now under it appears that your Lordship is not discussion. This also I will thereprepared to go the lengths of Lord fore merely content myself with sugHolland in this particular ; though gesting. I cannot see how can you stop short There is however one further conof them, notwithstanding the distinc- sideration, which before I conclude, tion your Lordship is stated to have I cannot help offering to your Lord. ship's reflection: though in strict- if not so, I should rejoice in hear. ness it perhaps belongs to a former ing that you would at least be inpart of this letter. It is this-In duced to declare in your place that proportion as the real cause of of. you have no intention to build on fence to the Unitarians appears to this measure any sanction, directly be diminished, in the same propor- or indirectly, for the extension of tion must they expect their motives the same relief, or whatever it is to in urging it to be narrowly (uot to be called, to the great body of Dissay jealously) examined: and if we senters. Farther than this, weighpursue the subject a little farther, it ing the measure itself with all its is perhaps no more than the Unita- effects, I cannot but express my rian himself will allow, to say: that sincere hope and trust, that the his sect more than any other exist- majority of the august assemblage ing piques itself on what it calls to which your Lordship belongs enlarged freedom of sentiment on will see ample grounds for opposing religious subjects: even so, as in the pending proposition. the opinion of many to urge the Allow me my Lord, to add in reasoning powers to a length of pro- conclusion, that in the foregoing fane contempt for Revelation. Now observations I hope not one word if this be the case, and if a triumph has escaped me capable of being on this occasion should tempt them construed into any thing other than in the fulness of their success to the sincerest respect. For however shew the public what a point has my impressions on the subject of been gained by what they term free- these remarks may differ from those dom of thought, but many other of your Lordship, this circumstance, good men would give a different whatever may be its degree, could name to, is this a triumph that the pot blind me to the value of your friends of religion in general will Lordship's character; or to the have on the whole good cause to manner in which your Lordship fulrejoice in? Will it be a desirable or tils the high duties of your exalted very honest result, if by a side wind station, by a distinguished exemtriumph be obtained for free think- plification of high talent and priners and latitudinarians in religion? ciple introduced into the details of I cannot therefore help briefly social life. throwing out for your Lordship's
I have the honor to be, consideration, whether it will be
My Lord, quite ingenuous to obtain this mea
Your Lordship's obedient sure ; provided it is capable of be
humble Servant, ing made by designing men a step
A COUNTRY CLERGYMAN. ping stone to ulterior views, in which neither your Lordship nor a vast majority of your Lordship's House are prepared to concur or rejoice.
Pardon me, my Lord, for these To the Editor of the Remembrancer additional observations. I will tres
MR. EDITOR, pass no longer. Two wishes I cannot forbear from holding on this I HAVE an observation or two to offer subject. The first is, that your you, on your answer, at page 31, Lordship could see reason on a of No. 61, for January last, “to balance of benefit and the contrary, the questions of your Corresponto withdraw from your prominent dent M. M.” though I have not seen share in the present measure, Next, those questions,
The 6th Section of the late Mar- Minister. He cannot, surely, fol. riage Act not only directs that a low a better guide to his discretion, Register Book for Banns shall be than the actual provision, by the provided in every parish on or be- same Act, of fifteen days previous fore the 1st of November, 1823, residence before a licence for marbut it also directs the form that riage can be granted. And I conshall be used.
sider this as a “ fair inference." It runs thus :-"And be it fur. Your idea, that “pernoctation is a ther enacted,” &c.“ shall provide a sufficient compliance with the Act,” - book of substantial paper, marked is, I think, erroneous. That word and ruled respectively in manner
Mr. Todd in his Dictionary explains directed for the Register. Book of thus : “ The act of tarrying and Marriages, and the Banns_shall watching all night." be published from the said Regis- And, Mr. Editor," whilst my hand ter Book of Banns by the offici- is in,” I would offer you an answer ating Minister, and not from loose to the questions of your
Corresponpapers, and after publication shall dont“ P.M.” at page 142 of No.63, be signed by the officiating Mi- for March, respecting the “poor nister," &c.; and the Form for rate on tithes." the Register of Marriages is given “ The parson,” whether he colin the 28th Section of the same Act: lect the tithes in kind, or take an as much of it as can apply to the annual composition for them, from Register of Bands runs thus,- each landholder, is the occupier ;
Between “A. B. of (the this) Pa- and is liable by law, as such, to be rish, and C. D. of (the this) Parish, rated for the bona fide value of them were married,” &c.
to let, or for the sum at which they • The King's printer provided, ac- actually are let. 'cordingly, Register Books in the But, if he let the whole of the form directed, one of which I pro- tithes to a tenant, or joint tenants, cured for the use of the parish in the said tenant or tenants become wbich I live; and it was the duty, I liable, in the same character of occonceive, of every resident Minister cupier, to be rated separately for · to do the same.
the tithes, in the annual sum actuThe 7th Section of the Act regards "ally given for them. And, in case the notice to be given to the Minis- of non-payınent by the lessee of the ter, of the names, and of the place tithes so rated, the overseers of the and time, of abode of the parties poor have their remedy by applicarespectively. No specific time of tion to the Magistrates in Petty Sesprevious residence being prescribed sions. by the Act, you observe that the
CLER. CANTU. time is left to the discretion of the March 15, 1824.
Life of Bishop Hooper.
MR. Mist, Ergo Quintilium perpetuus sopor
According to the character you have in Urget! Cui pudor, et justitiæ soror the world, it might be expected that you Incorrapta fides, nudaque veritas,
should have done justice to the memory of Quando ullum invenient parem? a late prelate, and not barely have told us
Hor. Carm. Lib. 1. Od. 24. that Bishop Hooper was dead, without
leading us into some of the most beautiful versation, or the pleasure of perusing his scenes of his life and actions,
public writings. His talents were so great As this prelate was the last of Queen in every distinct part of knowledge, that Anne's promotion, and the most remarke the masters of each faculty have thought able for buis affection to the Church of Eng- their profession to be the bishop's peculiar land; so I must tell my friend Mist, that study. The lawyer might suppose bin his character would have made a shining bred to the bar, and conversant in nofigure in his journals, and atoned for the thing but statutes and reports. The casuist tediousness of twenty little stories con. might think his whole time spent in capon'cerning the bribery and corruption of a ists and schoolmen; and the divine, in paltry corporation.
fathers and councils. The antiquary might What you have omitted, shall be my tie hiin down to medals and charters; province to attempt; not at length, but in and the linguist fancy him always poring miniature; with a design only of preserv- upon lexicons, or else the several Eastern ing gratitude in the minds of those he has languages conld not be so familiar to bim obliged, and of exciting imitation in such as Latin and Greek. The philosopher as shall succeed him in the episcopal office found no science out of the reach of his
As the generality of readers are desire comprehensive genius ; nor the masters of ous to koow something of the birth, life, polite literature, any graces in the classics and preferments of a great man; so I shall which had escaped his observance. briefly inform them, that Dr. Hooper was Yet in all these several attainments, his born in Worcestershire, educated in West- surprizing excellency was, that the variety minster school, elected from thence a stu- of learning did not distract his thoughts, dent of Christ Church, and proceeded nor the intenseness of study sour the face. regularly through all his degrees in the tiousness of his humour. He so tempered university of Oxford,
He was succes- the crabbedness of the mathematics with sively chaplain to Bishop Morley, and the politeness of the orator, the legends Archbishop Sheldon, and presented by of the rabbins with the fidelity of the fac the latter, to the rectory of Lambeth, and there, and the occurrences of modern his the precentorship of Exeter. Upon the tory with the transactions of antiquity, marriage of the Princess Mary with the that he was as delightful in his conversaPrince of Orange, he was appointed one tion, and as entertaining in his friendships, of her chaplains, and went with her into as he was profonnd in his knowledge, and Holland; and after the revolution, was ornamental in his life. promoted by her interest, to the deanery The next posture I am to view Bishop of Canterbury. Whilst he was in this Hooper in, is as a gentleman. And here post, he was unanimously chosen prolo- bis accomplishments were so great, as not cutor of the Lower House of Convoca- only to excel those of his own profession, tion, and became a zealous defender of but to be a match for such as had made the rights and privileges of English Pres- conversation and ceremony their sole and byters. Upon the accession of Queen ultimate study. Little would one have Anne to the throne, he was first advanced thought that the travels of this great man to the bishopric of St. Asaph, and after- were confined to a clownish part of the wards translated to the See of Bath and Low-Countries, when be knew the manWells. Here it was, that he was received ners of the whole world, and had trapwith the universal applause both of the scribed into his own practice whatever was clergy and laity, and by the future con- really valuable in the most polite courts of duct of his life, verified that saying of his Europe. master Busby—that Dr. Hooper was the It is observable, that much study makes best scholar, the finest gentleman, and men pettish and morose; that a reclase would make the completest bisliop, that life is an impediment to conversation; and ever was educated in Westminster school. that learning itself is imperious and dog
Under this threefold notion, I shall beg matical: but, in the prelate before as, all leave to give you an imperfect draught of these acquisitions had the quite contrary this eminent prelate, and to enlarge so far effects. His study was to promote good upon his virtues, as the compass of your manners; his retirement, to make a more paper will allow me,
glorious appearance; and his learning, to As to his learning, it was not smatter- propagate affability and condescension. ing and superficial, but solid and univer- The private course of his life would sal: and no man can doubt of this, who force any one to confess, that he was far bad ever the happiness of his private con- from affecting popularity, or doing any