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previous intention; the present being a double Number, has induced us thus to trespass, together with the wish we bad of furnishing you, once and for all, with an answer to your scruples. We trust in the foregoing simple narrative, we have proved that our leadings have been of God. We may have failed in description, but we have not been mistaken in realization. We know we have followed the footsteps of the flock. We know our God has been with us. We know that nought but his gracious hand could have conducted us, nor aught but his strength have sustained us. All has been well. We still have our bondage frames-our legal fears, both in the study and the pulpit ; but anon we have in both places the presence and the power of Him whose we are and whom we serve ; and then is His service perfect freedom indeed. We do not set ourselves up as standards for others.' " Let every one be thoroughly persuaded in his own mind.” But for ourselves we can say, that, with respect to the services of the Church of England, that in the study and by the wayside, his commonings have been most precious ; in the desk the reading of his word and the offering up of those petitions have been most refreshing ; and in the pulpit, with poor sensible sinners to listen and the Lord the Spirit realized as present to teach, and grant a door of utterance, we have at times felt as happy and as well satisfied as we ever expect to feel this side of eternal glory!

Beloved readers, we continue yours to serve in the Gospel of Christ, Irelund, Nov. 10, 1847.

The Editor.

The Protestant Beacon. “ From the tyranny of the Bishop of Rome, and all his detestable enormities, good

Lord, deliver us." -Old Prayer-book Version.

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THE POUNDS, SHILLINGS, AND PENCE SYSTEM.”

To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine. MR. EDITOR,

In the “ Gospel Magazine" for August last, I read an extraordinary dialogue between Dr. Miley and the Pope—the former having written rather precipitately concerning the soul of OʻConnell, and sending him to heaven without passing through the purgatorial ordeal of the church —the latter fearing an inconsistency should be apparent to any reflective mind, in celebrating masses to take out of purgatory a soul that never was in it. Your correspondent, however, leaves us in the dark, as regards the exact position of Dan. ; he leaves him in a very unsettled state, and the Church of Rome in a great dilemma, but we may feel assured that the church will not be over scrupulous in saying anything to get her out of the difficulty ; and as to inconsistency, she thrives on

A circumstance took place in this parish about a month since

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that folly bears out this statement, and I should feel obliged by an insertion of it in your valuable Magazine, in order that England may see what she may expect by encouraging Popery.

First, I must premise by saying, that, according to the Roman Catholic Faith, venial sips are only forgiven in purgatory.

Now in this very parish, within a month since, fourteen priests, with fourteen candles, have been declaring by their acts, that a man who kills himself by intoxication, goes to heaven, provided he leaves enough money to pay for masses--thereby proving drunkenness (which, according to their own theory, is a mortal) to be a venial sin, when cash is concerned. The person alluded to was a young gentleman, who, until he got ill, was scarcely ever sober, and of course subject to those vices attendant on inebriety. His dissipation kills him, and Rome, in sacerdotal array, goes to the parish chapel, with her fourteen priests, declaring there, before the people, that a man may go the devil's road while he lives, with

ope of heaven when he dies, provided he leaves money to pay them to celebrate masses for his soul. What an example to hold out to the youth of this country !-what a doctrine to inculcate on the rising generation of Ireland! Let the crimes of France, Italy, and Spain be traced to their right source the hope that bad men may be forgiven by leaving money to the Church to pray for their souls when dead. How hardly can a rich man enter into the kingdom of heaven, says our blessed Lord ; how easy, says Rome, if he leaves his treasure to the Church.

May England never forget her great privileges. She is pointed to the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of the world, instead of an imaginary purgatorial fire ; and also to that text before which the lurid flames of purgatory are for ever extinguished. 6. The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin ” (1 John, i. 7).

I reinain, Mr. Editor, yours truly, Nov. Ilth.

S.

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LINES ON THE RIVER SUIR, Co. WATERFORI), IRELAND.

For the Gospel Magazine.
Flow on, shining Suir, with thy waters so cheering,

And wide-waving meadows all skirting thy side ;
The landscape in beauty around thee appearing,

Oft glassing itself in thy clear-rolling tide.
Flow on, shining Suir, to the deep ocean wending;

Lands lovelier river has never passed through ;
Here valleys are smiling—there hills are ascending,

Whilst mountains majestic look forth on the view.

At the hour of eve, when daylight is gloaming,

Thy banks are a pathway from sorrow and care ;
And sweet ineditation herself there is roaining,

Attuning the heart for devotion and prayer,
Whilst breezes afar on thy bosom are blowing,

And ripples are crowniug thy deep azure breast,
Among thy green pastures the cattle are lowing,

And nature around me is sinking to rest.
That moment, that hour, my Saviour adoring,

The God of my youth, my Protector, my Guide;
Yes, here for my country his grace I'm imploring !

O God, let thy gospel go forth far and wide.
Let the trammels of man, and his dark superstition,

Fade under the ray of its pure holy light;
Lord, rescue the ignorant soul from perdition,

Arise in thy glory, and reigu in thy might.
Let hymns of devotion be heard o'er these waters,

May their banks often bear up the prayer-bending knee.
Of Erin redeemned, in her sons and her daughters,
Disenthrall’d-liberated-CHRIST making thein free!

W. E. S.

REVIEWS.

Christian Converse whilst Journeying to a better Country. By WILLIAM

Giles, of Seacombe, Liverpool. London: W. Foster, 6, Amen

Corner, Paternoster Row. 12mo; pp. 188. The letters of christian friends often afford the opportunity of conveying such thoughts that they might find it difficult through timidity to communicate, even by the word of mouth. At the same time, it must ever be remembered, that there is much greater room for the display of hypocrisy by letter, than by personal communication. We have known several instances of individuals, whose letters seem to be most weighty and experimental, and yet on more intimate acquaintance, we have had reason to conclude that the root of the matter was not in them. Notwithstanding these disappointments, we still often find much profit from christian converse by letters, and we doubt not but that the reader would glean some sweet morsels from this little work. It seems to consist of letters written to friends, without any intention of their being published. As iron sharpeneth iron, so doth the countenance of a man his friend”—and we have constant need, by the Lord's blessing, of this sharpening work.

Little Books for Little Children. London: Charles Haselden, 21,

Wigmore-street. We must warn our readers against the trash contained in these and similar little books. Children are not too young to be hurt by poison in the shape of bread ; and the greatest mischief has followed from allowing the minds of young persons to be tampered with, by reading prettily-written books which contain veins of error, particularly of the Puseyitical, Tractarian, or Popish character. The little works before us are not, indeed, of this kind, but whilst professing to be full of Scripture, they in fact teach the children to tell lies, by causing them to apply to themselves those passages which belong only to the spiritual children of God. The First Day Sabbath not of Divine Appointment. By H. C.

Wright, Glasgow. 12mo. ; pp. 48. On the whole we feel this to be a dangerous publication, and must therefore warn the readers against it, lest, as the Devil beguiled Eve, so their hearts should be ensnared. On the other hand, we are far, very far, from agreeing with his opponents, who wish to engraft on the Lord's-day all the strictness of the Jewish Sabbath. We certainly object to the application of the word “Sabbath” to our Sunday, which we would rather call the Lord's-day, and which we decidedly do not consider as taking the place of the Jewish Sabbath. The antitype of the Sabbath is not our Lord's-day, but that rest into which Jesus entered after he had finished that work which he came to perform; and to which his people also enter when believing, they do enter into rest. (See Heb. iv.) We are told that the law was shadow of good things to come;" and it is, therefore, an important inquiry of “ What was the fourth commandment a shadow ? We are bold to say that none can assert it was a shadow of our day of rest ; at the same time we do consider that there is sufficient indirect Scriptural evidence that the first day of the week was usually observed by Christians as a day of cessation from worldly toil and pursuits, in order that they might have the better opportunity of testifying their professed subjection to the Lord. It is not intended to be a day of slavish obedience, but a day of liberty in the Lord. We should very much doubt the Christianity of that man who habitually despised and neglected the practical honouring of the Lord's-day. We consider it a boon from Heaven to man—a privilege highly valued by the Lord's children. As to the mode and extent of its observance let every Christian man be fully persuaded in his own mind; only let him observe it in the Lord, and not despise his brother, who may somewhat differ from him in its outward observance.

We have no wish to force religion on the world, and therefore desire no other restrictions to be put upon them in this respect than those which are absolutely necessary for the protection of those who

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desire to observe it, and therefore we do not agree with the outcry made about Sunday travelling, &c.

We would check it so as to keep it within due bounds, but do not see it to be either wise or practicable altogether to stop it. We have spoken at greater length than we should have, because a correspondent particularly wished an opinion on this pamphlet. If we may be allowed the expression, we would say its Author has caught a truth and almost worried it to death. May the Lord keep us with a single eye, and then it will be our privilege and pleasure to do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. Memoirs of the Life of the Rev. Charles Simeon, M.A. Edited by

the Rev. WILLIAM CARUS, M.A. London: Hatchard and Son.

8vo.; pp. 848. Former associations made us very desirous to read this work, and it has been with mingled feelings of pleasure and regret that we have

The writer of this review, on going to Cambridge, was as ignorant of the Scriptures and of gospel truth as any one could possibly be. Providential circumstances threw him at once into the company of those who attended Mr. Simeon's ministry, and he never can forget the astonishment he felt on first hearing such novel statements as they were to him. However, after a few months, the impression entirely wore off, with the exceptions of occasional qualms of conscience. After an interval of about eighteen months, it pleased God, perfectly independent of the ministry of any one, to produce in his heart the mightiest change that ever could be produced ; viz., the being born again. This led to the resumption of his former acquaintances, and consequently to the attending of Mr. Simeon's ministry, which undoubtedly was the source of the greatest blessing and furtherance in gospel truths; at the same time there were often statements brought forward by Mr. Simeon, both in public and in private, with which the writer could not coincide, and often expressed his dissent to Mr. Simeon himself. This arose chiefly from an attempt to carry out a thought which Mr. Simeon often expressed ; viz., to guard the gospel. Now, we conceive that the gospel needs no guarding by man. It is well, indeed, to give the flat contradictions to those assertions and consequences that human reason might assert to flow from the doctrines of grace : for this, we find, the Holy Ghost led the apostle to do in the Epistle to the Romans. If Mr. Simeon preached a clear faithful gospel in the morning, he was almost sure to preach an opposite one in the evening, in order, as he would say, to guard the full statement of the morning from being abused. We certainly consider it somewhat to impugn the wisdom of God when men attempt to guard and explain away truths which our God has openly and plainly revealed.

From our own personal knowledge, as well as from the reading of this life, we have come to the conclusion that one great and leading

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