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sion the Crown is enabled to secure the peaceable and loyal part of the people against the machinations of the seditious and traitorous.
“The Funds, that certain criterion of public confidence and credit, are rising every day, - - so that a person who bought into the Funds before the meeting of Parliament, before it was known what measures Ministers would adopt for the security of the subject, and ere the financial arrangements of the year were made public, has gained more than 20 per cent. on the money invested. Let us trace, therefore, a few of the consequences of such an occurrence ; and see how they bear on the great question of public prosperity. The wretches who spread sedition and treason throughout the country build all their hopes of success in their detestable projects, on the distress of the labouring classes. That 'distress is of course produced by want of employment. The want of employment originates in the withdrawing of capital from circulation. Every rise in the value of funded property is an additional temptation to throw it into circulation ; but here is a rise of 20 per cent. Capital must therefore rapidly flow into all the channels of circulation. Credit must revive. The small farmer, whose capital has been exhausted, whose credit is nearly at an end, and who therefore has fallen behind-hand in his rent, discharged his labourers, and impoverished his fields, will now recover his credit, will be able to revive the productive powers of the land, will take the starving labourer again into employ, and eventually, by the payment of his rent, will induce his landlord, who may have emigrated to the Continent for retrenchment, to return, and live in his usual comfort and respectability at home. Hence, the honie-market for manufactures must at every step grow better ; and the manufacturing poor, who have become the dupes of incendiaries and traitors, must begin to see through and detest their delusions, and bless the Legislature for those wise, patriotic, and constitutional measures, which have saved the country from impoverishment, desolation, and massacre. Reverse the picture, and consider what would have been the consequence, had the Habeas Corpus Act not been suspended. Funded property would have become daily more insecure, and of course daily less valuable. Capital would have been more cautiously locked up. Credit would have vanished. Employment, both in agriculture and manufactures, would have become more rare; distress more intense, the temptations to insurrection more powerful, the efforts of the seditious writers and speechifiers more audacious, the plots and conspiracies more extensive, more consistent, more tremendous ! In this down-hill course toward revolution and ruin, nothing could have stopped us but measures of the utmost energy, measures infinitely more remote than the Suspension of the Habeas Corpus is from constitutional liberty — nothing, in short, but martial law and military force, the lamentable but indispensable means of putting down open and systematic rebellion. But if, to the happy prospects we have first anticipated, Providence in its bounty, as there is every appearance of its doing, should add the blessing of a plentiful harvest; if our emigrant gentry should listen to the voice of duty and of prudence, and return to the land which they have shamefully quitted in the moment of distress ; if a general feeling of indignation should overwhelm the seditious and blasphemous libellers with disgrace; and if the Government, armed with temporary powers, should employ them to the complete extirpation of Conspiracy and Treason, we may yet indulge the hope of seeing our glorious and beloved Country as great in Peace as it has been in War—an example to Nations for its enlightened patriotism, its steady considerate loyalty, its morals, its greatness, and its freedom.”
Conduct of intemperate Reformists exposed 13 Political Retrospect of the Year 1816....... 66
brooke. No. 1V.-Church Awiquities....14 Fatal Result of the Congo Expedition....... 74
COMPENDIUM OF COUNTY HISTORY Character of Sir George Prerost, bart....... 83
Canton of ESTAVAYE, in the South of France.
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,
For JANUARY, 1817.
« We consider the Volume before us F I am not much mistaken, you department of every Theological Library:
an invaluable addition to the Prophetical I : character of an eininent Prelate, which I transcribe from the last Nuinber of plied, and safe in their application. The
ple, clear, and uniform ; easy to be ap* The British Critic." The senti- ill-judged fancies of many good and ments expressed in it are congenial to' pious men, in the interpretation of Hethe general tenor of the Gentleinan's brew Prophecy, have thrown such a veil Magazine.
of obscurity over the whole mass, “ There are few events which could frequently to confuse the well meaning, have contributed more to cheer and ani
and to stagger the timid. We know of mate the Church, under its present cir
no Treatise so admirably calculated to cumstances, than the elevation of Dr. meet this growing evil, and to clear Marsh to the Episcopal Bench. The
away the clouds and vapours which have promotion of those, who by their worth gathered round one of the main pillars
of the Christian Fabricks To any one have strengthened, and by their talent advanced, the interests of our Holy who might feel any rising doubts as to Cause, is at all times a subject of legiti- this most important part of the evidences mate triumph; but in no case, perhaps, in favour of Christianity, we should earhas this promotion been hailed with nestly recommend the Volume before more heartfelt exultation than in the us, a compressed, luminous, and present. While the depth and variety masterly exposition of all the difficulties of his knowledge, and the acuteness of which might fall under his considerahis reasoning powers, entitle him to our
tion. We heartily wish that we could admiration, his manly zeal and spirited of our Author turned toward a subject
see the strong and discriminating powers exertions in defence of all that is dear to us as Churchmen and as Christians, intimately connected with the one beeommend him to our affection. He has
fore us; we mean, to the Interpretation maintained the Good Cause in defiance of the Prophecies of the New Testament. of every worldly prospect or bope. His We are aware that the principles of Inadvancement has been hardly and se
terpretation would be the same; but to verely earned; it came equally unsought apply them with strength and preeision and unexpected ; and we hail it the
to that controverted subject, and to dismore auspicious, as we consider it the sipate the beap of contradiction and abadvancement, not of himself alone, but surdity which has been piled up by the laof the interests of that Church, in whose bours of modern Trophonii, would require defence be has sbewn himself so able
no less an arm than that of Bp. Marsh. and so intrepid a combatant. He is now
“ We hope and trust, that when the called into a bigher scene of action, in labours of his new station shall have be which we doubt not but that the same
gun to sit lightly upon him, the Bishop exertion, the same courage, and the
will not forget with how much anxiety same skill, will mark his career with
every Theological Student will expect honour; and, under the blessing of
the conclusion of this series of Lectures. Providence, adorn it with success.
For the sake of the rising geueration, The above most appropriate eulo they should not be left unfinished ; as
every part is perfect, so should also be gium is copied from a Review of the the whole.” Fourth Part of Bp. Marsh's “ Lee
A LAYMAN. tares, containing a Description and systematic Arrangement of the seve
Tour through various parts of the ral Branches of Divinity ;” and the NETHERLANDS and GERMANY in Reviewer then makes his remarks on 1815.' (Continued front page 486.) the present Part, " The Interpretation TRAVELLERS who have a taste of Prophecy."
for Antiquarian and Topogra.
phical researches, will find ample ma peared. The late Mr. Thomas War. terials for the gratification of their ton, in the Preface to his admirable curiosity in Belgium, where they hate . History of Kiddington, observes, that numerous Histories of their provinces the French, the most lively people in and towns, which preserve lively and Europe, and at the same time a nainteresting pictures of their antient tion of Antiquaries, have a strong customs and manners, as well as of the predilection for Topography; and progress of Taste and Literature. To- books of that description are to be pography is a favourite study upon found in great abuidance on the the Continent; and notwithstanding shelves of the circulating libraries, a the contempt in which it is held by presumptive evidence of their being many people on this side of the water, executed so as to be acceptable to the as a dry uninteresting pursuit, fit ladies. In my last Letter I gave a only for the sons of dullness, and in hint to those who travel with a view consistent with a taste for Polite Li- of increasing their stock of ideas, to terature and the Elegant Arts, the which I beg leave to refer the Reader ; example of our Belgic neighbours and now proceed to fulfill the proshews, that Topography, io the hands 'mise with which I closed that Letter. of liberal and cultivated minds, niay On my arrival at Halle i felt a he rendered highly instructive and en strong desire to proceed immediately tertaining. I beg leave to transcribe from thence to Waterloo, which is a passage illustrative of this remark about eight miles to the East of it; from a Parochial History, which was but my fellow-travellers expressed a published 25 years ago, by way of wish to take the circuitous route of sounding a trumpet to announce the ap- Brussels, and I was úlwilling to lose pearance of that monumentum ære pe their society as long as I could etijoy rennius, the History of Leicestershire. it. I knew that in a few days we “ It is the province of the Topogra
were to bid each other adieu, perhaps pher to trace the history of Propertyfor ever; and I had already enterand the colour which the different modes tained sentiments of regard for them, of it have given to the complexion of the which absence has not been able to times. It is bis province to connect an diminish. I considered, moreover, tient and modern institutions, civil that we should be enabled to proceed and ecclesiastical, and to compare their from Brussels to Waterloo with ad. effects upon character, manners, and customs; to add to the stock of biogra- spot, beyond what we could derive
vantages for exploring that celebrated phical knowledge; to explore the cu
from any other quarter. rinsities of the animal, the vegetable, and mineral kingdoms; to illustrate the
Superstition has ever been a strong remains of genius in the Fine Arts, and feature in the religious character of to point out the monuments of antient
the Belgians, of which the town grandeur; to preserve the remembrance
of Halic affords a conspicuous exof those spots which have been the ample. The Topographical accounts scenes of remarkable events; and to which I have seen of this place mark the progress of population, agri having been written by bigoted Paculture, manufactures, and commerce. pists, seem to have alınost lost sight of Thus the labours of the Parochial Anti- every topic but one. For be it known quary may be rendered subservient to that Halle has been renowned for ages public utility and refined amusement; as the favoured residence of an image and greatly facilitate and assist the re
of the Virgio Mary, which is called, by searches of the Naturalist, the Biogra- way of eminence, the Miraculous pher, and the Historian.”
Image of our Lady; and is regarded . I can truly say, that I have derived
with no less veneration by the Flemish much rational enjoyment from the re Devotees, than was the Wooden searches of the Belgian Topographers; Image of Pallas, which the Trojans to which I think I inay venture to add, firmly believed to have fallen down that from the various productions of from Heaven. As the Trojans reckthis sort which I have had occasion to
oned their Capital secure while the consult, a Writer of judgment and Palladium remained io the Citadel, so taste, possessing powers of combi- the devotees of Halle regard the Mi. nation and discrimination, might give raculous Image of their Goddess as the world a more interesting History the Palladium of their town. And as of the Netherlands than has yet ap- the representative of the Tritonian