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his divinity, so it fitted his holiness, crown, and friends, you had full so was his coming made wonderful reason for
advice. For I conamong men. 3. He was born of fess that speaking either as to mere Mary, of one related to the house of soldier, or statesman, I must say David, that so the prophecies might there is no probability but of my be fulfilled : of one homely in state ruin; but as to Christian, I must of life, to shew the nothingness of tell you, that God will not suffer reworldly glories ; but holy in heart bels to prosper, or his cause to be and mind, and so worthy of this overthrown; and whatsoever perhighest of external honours. His sonal punishment it shall please bim low condition of life, as it filled up to inflict upon me, must not make the measure of his sufferings for us, me repine, much less to give over so it exercised the most difficult this quarrel, which by the grace of virtues for our ensample, sbewed God I am resolved against, whathis divine power more conspicuous- soever it cost me; for I know my ly, hinted the true nature of his obligations to be both in conscience, kingdom, as also of human happi- and honour, neither to abandon ness.
God's cause, injure my successors, In conclusion, we
are warned nor forsake my friends. Indeed, I against the unscriptural, and anti- cannot flatter myself with expecta. catholic and unseasonable honours tion of good success, more than this, paid by the Romanists to the Virgin to end my days with honour, and a Mary-Works, vol. 3. p. 325. good conscience, which obliges me
to continue my endeavour, as not
despairing that God may in due To the Editor of the Remembrancer. time avenge his own cause. Though SIR,
I must avow to all my friends, that
he that will stay with me, at this The following letter was written time, must expect and resolve to die after the fatal battle of Naseby, either for a good cause, or which is when the general ill complexion of worse, to live as miserable iu mainthe King's affairs had disposed many taining it, as the violence of insultmen, and even Prince Rupert, to ing rebels can make him. Having petition for peace. It is interesting, thus truly and impartially stated my and may be thought worthy of in
case unto you, and plainly told you sertion in your useful Miscellany.
my positive resolutions, which by Your's, Å.
the grace of God I will not alter, Letter from Charles the First to they being neither lightly nor sudPrince Rupert.
denly grounded, I earnestly desire Nephew,
you not in anywise to hearken af
ter treaties : assuring you, as low as This is occasioned by a letter of I am, I will not go less, than what your's that the Duke of Richmond was offered in my name at Uxbridge; shewed me yesternight. And first, confessing that it were as great a I assure you, I have been, and ever miracle that they should agree to will be very careful to advertize you so much reason, as that I should be of my resolutions as soon as they within a month in the same condiare taken; and if I enjoined silence tion that I was immediately before to that which was no secret, it was the battle of Naseby. Therefore not my fault; for I thought it one, for God's sake let us nọt 'flatter and I am sure it ought to have been ourselves with these conceits, and so now: as for the opinion of my believe me, the very imagination business, and your counsel there. that you are desirous of a treaty upon, if I had any other quarrel will lose me so much the sooner. but the defence of my religion, Wherefore, as you love me, whatso
REMEMBRANCER, No. 66.
ever you have already done, apply the Christian uufearingly meets his your discourse according to my re- end, and relying upon the merits of solution and judgment. As for the the Saviour to be imputed to him," Irish, I assure you, they shall not &c. &c. Now it will be evident cheat me, but it is possible they may to you, on the bare perusal, that cozen themselves; for be assured, the expression, "relying on the what I have refused to the English, merits of the Saviour,'' to be imI will not grant to the Irish rebels, puted to him, is altogether upnever trusting to that kind of peo- warranted by any passage of Scripple (of what nature soever) more ture, or by the formularies of our ihan I see by their actions. And I Church. Indeed it would be diffiam sending to Ormond such a dis- cult to understand what the exprespatch, as I am sure will please you sion is intended to convey, were it and all honest men, a copy whereof not that it is so commonly in the by the next opportunity you shall mouths of our (as they are called) have. Lastly, be confident I would Evangelical preachers, and that we not have put you, nor myself to the repeatedly hear other terms used trouble of this Letter, had I not a synonymously, which serve to exgreat estimation of you. And a plain it; such as the “ application full confidence of your friendship. of Christ's righteousness," and the
To your, &c. C. R. “ being clothed in Christ's righCardiff, August, 1645.
One would have thought that the To the Editor of the Remembrancer. been too well acquaiuted with Evan
Author of " Body and Soul,” had SIR,
gelical preaching and practices, to A BOOK has lately been published, have used the expression of which I entitled “ Body and Soul,” the ob- speak. From the manner in which ject of which is to explain familiarly he has used the word " imputed," the doctrines of the Church of it will be impossible, I think, to England, and to point out the er. understand by it, any thing but a rors of (what are called) Evange. transfer of Christ's perfect righlical opinions. The intention is teousness to the sinner, to fit him doubtless laudable, as many will be for admission into the kingdom of induced to read a work of this de. bliss. Now if this be intended, I scription, who would reject a formal do not hesitate to assert, -that it has treatise on the several subjects there no such signification in either the discussed. Encouraged by the re- Old or New Testameut. It is never ception which his first volume has used to signify that the sin or righmet, the Author 'has ventured on teousness of one man is transferred the publication of a second, with to another. It is spoken of a man's the view of increasing his examples own acts. Thus" Abraham beof the good effects of the doctrines lieved, and it (his faith) was imof the Church, when correctly puted to him for righteousnessstated, and vice versa. In pursuing xa sogoo in avtw sis durabooumr. Rom. this end, he has, however, fallen iv. 3. and Gen, xv. 6. “It is exinto an error which every sound tremely evident,” says Whitby, member of our Church must regret, " that it is the very act of faith, inasmuch as it is calculated to con- and not the object of it, viz. Christ's vey a very incorrect idea of the man- righteousness, which was imputed ner in which our final salvation is to Abraham, and is imputed to us to be effected. At the conclusion for righteousness.” In 2 Cor. v. of the chapter, entitled “ the Sui. 19.“ God was in Christ reconciling cide," he has the following passage; the world unto himself, not imput. the Curate “ felt, what he had often ing their trespasses unto them"--preached, and thought, that whilst now SousVOS AUTOISTA rapattw&TA AUTwio
In 2 Tim. iv. 16. St. Paul complains, vations in the friendly light in which
Your constant reader, saking him) may not be laid to their
W. T. charge," or, not imputed to them May 18, 1824. -μη αυτοις λογισθειη. And in Psalm xxxii. 2. “ Blessed, is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not To the Editor of the Remembrancer. iniquity," i.e." the sin he hath com
Sir, mitted.” (Whitby's Paraphrase, Rom. The Observations which appeariv. 8.) I could produce other pas. ed some time since'in a Number sages to the same effect, but these of the Christian Remembrancer, are sufficient for my purpose. with respect to the New Marriage
We are taught by Scripture and Act, are, in my opinion, worthy of our Church, not to plead even our the serious attention of the Legislabest endeavours after holiness, as
ture, and I trust that they will not of any merit or deserving, but to in- fail to meet with due consideration treat their acceptance, only through during the next Session of Parliathe merits and intercession of Christ, ment. who died on the cross to redeem us
Though the new act is unquestionfrom the curse under which all man- ably an improvement on the old kind were concluded, and from the
one, and is calculated to render the sins of which we have repented. Ministers of the Gospel more fully But neither of them assert that we acquainted with their duties preare made righteous by the transfer, vious to the publication of Banns application,
or imputation of Christ's in the parish church, yet no one can righteousness to us. Indeed, the deny that it has some imperfecinferences deducible from such a tions, and is not sufficiently expladoctrine are appalling. What, for natory. Your correspondent, Cler. instance, would become of the doc. Cantii, has very judiciously endea. trine of future rewards proportion- youred to lay down, as a rule to be ate to the measure of our obedience, observed with respect to residence if, rejecting that as the condition previous to the publication of Banns, of our acceptance, we appear clad that a dwelling af fifteen days should in the righteousness of Christ, viz. be required; but I am at a loss to a perfect unsinning obedience ? fix in my own mind, what construc. Should we not all be entitled to the tion can safely be put on the word same degree of glory which Christ“ dwelling," and what can conscihinself enjoys, by virtue of his entiously be considered as residing own merits? And would not the within a parish, during such publiinculcation of such a doctrine be the cation. means of retarding, rather than ad
I shall feel much obliged if any vancing, that holiness of life and of your correspondents can satisintegrity of character which are so factorily answer this question; and unequivocally required of its fol should I be so fortunate as to meet lowers, by the Gospel of Christ?
with a proper solution of the term, Surely then, I may be allowed to
dwelling in a parish,” I trust, tha hope, that if these remarks should the explanation afforded may be of meet the eye of the Author of Body some service to my Brother Clergyand Soul,” he will correct the objec- men as well as to myself. tionable passage, by omitting the I remain, Mr. Editor, words“ to be imputed to him," in a
Your faitliful Servant, future edition.
V.H. I trust he will receive these obser. Friday, May 24, 1824.,
Y y 2
To the Editor of the Remembrancer. principles of saving knowledge, and
describes the chief lines of religious SIR,
truth. Such is the seed which must be I SHALL feel obliged by your in. sown" in the morning and in the evenserting the following method of re. ing,” in the beginning of life, and in storing life to the apparently drowa. all the succeeding periods of its course. ed:
We are exhorted to exert our best Cautions.-Avoid all rough usage.
endeavours to obtain a large increase;
“to abound yet more and more:" but Do not hold up the body by the it is the same seed still, although we feet. (By these absurd practices, may improve the soil and augment the hundreds of lives are annually sacri- measure of the crop. Accordingly, ficed.) Do not roll the body on the snbject of those observations and casks, or rub it with salt, or spirits, reflections, which engage my thoughts
at this time, and to which I would inor apply tobacco. Lose not a mo.
vite your notice, whilst it will apply ment. Carry the body, the head
particularly to some among us, to those and shoulders raised, to the nearest I mean who are the candidates for house. Place it in a warm room. Confirmation at this season, may well Let it be instantly stripped, dried, demand a general attention, and will and wrapped in hot blankels, which furnish many lessons and consideraare to be renewed when necessary.
tions for our common use.
I shall therefore endeavour to set. Keep the mouth, nostrils, and the
before you some comprehensive views throat, free and clean. Apply warm
of such particulars as may be best substances to the back, spine, pit adapted to the present call, and most of the stomach, arm-pits, and soles deserving of our joint regard. of the feet,-rub the body with It is concerning the first principles heated flannel, or warm hands. At:
of faith and duty, that our Lord's apostempt to restore breathing, by tle says so significantly—“Give heed gently blowing with bellows into to the things which ye have heard, lest one nostril , closing the mouth and period of reflection must come with each
at any time you let them slip." The the other nostril. Press down the
of us, if ever we hope to deserve the breast carefully with both hands, name of reasonable creatures, or to and then allow it to rise again, and share the interests of those who were thus imitate natural breathing. Keep made originally for better things than
the application of heat. Con- the lot which man hath brought upon tinue the rubbing, and increase it they will bat seek their own good, to
himself, and who are raised now, if when life appears, and then give a happier prospects than this world can tea-spoonful of warm water, or of supply. 'Should we slight this privivery weak wine, or spirits and water lege, or put it from us, we shall bring warm. Persevere for six hours. a worse sentence on ourselves than toil Send quickly for Medical Assistance, and death; we shall find the bitter
fruits of our own perverse neglects, and Yours, &c. shall bear the burden of our multiplied
The period, indeed, for reflection,
may vary much with different persons, SERMON ON CONFIRMATION. but this is certain in all cases, that they ECCLES. xi. 6.
in whose minds the principles of truth
have been laid up, will be the first to " In the morning sow thy seed, and in the
reap the benefit of riper thoughts, and evening withhold not thine hand.”
to gather those results which spring So long as we remain in this world, we from just considerations. must be employed in the cultivation of Į shall begin where life itself begins that barvest whose fruits may be ga- --with the years of infancy-and shall thered here in part to satisfy the present then trace the progress of the young need, but the fulness of which must disciple of Christ Jesus, from the font form our portion in a better scene. of baptism to the day of confirmation,
The seed wbich is mentioned in the and the seasou of communion ; in order precept, answers to the radiments and that we may have a clear view of those
several rites, two of which are holy or- whenever God calls his people to covedinances instituted by our Lord; the nant with him, this is his languageother a religious rite which, although it “ Ye stand, this day, all of you before does not rank with the sacraments of the Lord; your captains of your tribes, the Christian church, serves to most your elders, and your officers, with all useful purposes, and constitutes one the men of Israel; your little ones, part of the discipline provided in the your wives, and thy stranger (the proChristian household.
selyte) that is in thy camp, from the And first, then, we may remark, that hewer of wood unto the drawer of thy it has been the practice of the Church, water: that thou shouldest enter into from the first ages, to admit the chile covenant with the Lord thy God; and dren of believing parents to the privi- into his oath, which the Lord thy God leges of the Christian covenant. This maketh with thee this day; that he practice has been grounded, not upon may establish thee to-day for a people the rules of custom only and discre- unto himself;"—and that we may know tion; it bas been followed in compli- that this engagement may be made ance with our Lord's own purpose and also in the name of others, and in their directions, where they have been justly bebalf; it follows, “neither with you taken to extend to the children of his only do I make this covenant and this household. The practice is indeed con- oath, but with bim that standeth here formable to scripture testimonies, both with us this day before the Lord our with reference to past example and to God; and also with bim that is not here general observance. From the pages with us this day.” With what reason, of both Testaments, we learn upon what then, can we possibly suppose that the reasons, and by what methods, the little ones of Christ's flock should be left children of those who are united by in a worse state than the children of the bond of faith, and by the joint par. God's household in all times were; or ticipation of religious worship, were that the Gospel should withhold from admitted, in all times, into covevant them indulgences which every former with God.
dispensation of the Lord conferred ? Thus the Scripture teaches, that the But a difference is urged between children of Jewish parents who were the covenants; the spiritual privilege subject to the law, were admitted into is denied to Israel, and on that ground covenant with God by circumcision: the pattern is disputed. We have reand nothing, I conceive, can be more moved this cavil by shewing, generally, clear, than that under the Gospel dis- that when God called his people to pensation, the sacrament of baptism bim, promising to be their God, their was instituted by our Lord for similar children were included in the call: and designs with the former rite of circum. where God promises to be the God and cision. It is calculated for admitting Guardian of his people, who shall expersons of all ages and all countries clude the spiritual privilege? Did our into covenant with God, according to Lord do this when he made that methe tenders of his grace, and the pledges morable answer~" Have ye not read of bis mercy, in Christ Jesus. With that which was spoken unto you by out doubt then, circumcision having God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, been administered to children by di. and the God of Isaac, and the God of vine appointment, baptism, which suc- Jacob;"—their God, not for food and ceeded into its place, and which serves raiment and for this life, but for ever? for a similar intent, may be adminis. Will any man pretend to say that the tered to children. They that would church of Israel was no part of that set aside this precedent, so clear, so kingdom which God had appointed for full, and so entirely applicable to all bis Son, and that the grounds of priviages of the world, should prove their lege are therefore quite dissimilar in negative by some plain word of repeal. these several dispensations? Why then There is not the same necessity, on our does our Lord speak of Abraham as part; to produce a positive injunction “ rejoiciug to see his day?" Why is it for the rnle of practice in this matter, called “ the reproach of Christ," which because the known and universal usage Moses underwent in Egypt? Why of the Church of God in all times, toge- does St. Paul recite that long list of ther with the perpetual reasons for it, those who overcame the world by faith? stand so plainly on our side, and plead Why are they said “ to look for a city so forcibly on this behalf
. But this usage which hath a foundation, whose builder is not traced to circumcision only ;- aņd maker is God?” Impossible it is,