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dence. It is this which gives it all of practical kindness toward her its value. This faith alone will lead connexions, of benevolence toward us to pray to God, to depend upon her fellow-creatures, of unaffected God, and to seek to obtain his favour humility and true religion, rarely in the only way in which he can be found in this world of imperfection; favourable to sinners, and in which he and her spirit and deportment in to has promised to be favourable, through last conflict were in full accordance his son Jesus Christ. "Whosoever believeth in him hath everlasting life.' with her previous life. The rememNot whosoever believeth in the exists brance, however, of a former work ence of Jesus Christ; that there was by the present author, in which it such a person once on earth, or that has been said by an apparently he now lives in heaven. This believ- deeply-injured and generous man ing can avail nothing, because it is a that fiction is given for reality, predead faith, as St. James calls it; vents us from being sure that the it brings forth no fruit, has no prac- pictures in the memorial before us tical effect upon us. But whosoever
are quite true to the original. And believeth in the sense of confiding in him as a Saviour, depending upon his have balf the usefulness of reality
we are not of opinion that fiction can word, and seeking to be accepted in any view that can be taken of the through him, he and he only shall be saved; ' For by grace are ye saved, subject. We must also observe, says St. Paul, through faith.""'", that few things are mere disgusting Pp. 113–118.
in an author, than clear evidence3 of a wish to represent his family,
and therefore himself, as having alMartha: a Memorial of an only and ways been, in rank and circum
stances, much more respectable beloved Sister. By Andrew Reed.
than has actually been the case ; He who has read a considerable and of this offence we fear no one number of the works that have been can aver the present writer to be published to exhibit the character entirely innocent. No man should and actions of departed friends, and even seem to wish to forget the who tolerably well recollects their rock whence he was hewn, lest he contents, must marvel not a little at really forget the goodness of that the weakness, vanity, and folly of Providence that bas elevated him. the greater part of the writers. We have been reminded, too, that Whether it is that a spirit of literary there is such a thing as convanity more generally influences us triving to exalt one's self, by giving in these than existed in other times, the opinions and feelings of others or that purchasers of books on all relative to our own character. It subjects are more numerous than is a poor excuse to say, that such they were formerly, we do not stay opinions were actually formed, and now to determine; but the fact is, such feelings did exist; because it we are delaged with new and almost is quite certain that we were not worthless publications. Aa esteem. obliged to tell this to the world; and ed relative is taken to heaven; a he who is so wanting in modesty friend expires, and the survivors must, unless he would deceive cannot endure that the character himself, expect to meet the disapand actions of the departed should probation of mankind." It will be not be continued in a world that bappy for us who have to read greatly needs examples of virtuous books, when those who write them affection and solid piety. In a few study to make the size of their works instances it bas been well that such as small as they can, instead of toilbooks have been published; but we ing with an opposite aim; and it is have too often approved the charac- our opinion, that the one before us ter of the departed saint, and de- would have been much more adapttested the vanity of the living writer ed for usefulness, had it been half by whom it was exhibited.
its present dimensions. Martha Reed, whose life and That the volumes on which we death are professedly given in the have made these observations prepresent volumes, affords an example sent an example worthy of imitation
we readily allow; but we dare not main unsuspected, (which is next to affirm that all which is here stated impossible,) the reader will be too had actual existence in the charac. ready to excuse himself from obliter and deportment of Martha gation 10 imitate an example, Reed, and in the circumstances and which he will think had never a conduct of her family.
real existence. His language will be, “ It is all very fine, but it is much more than mortals can attain
in the present life.” The usefulness A Reply to Mr. Reed's Allvertise- of such a work as “ No Fiction" al
ment to the seventh Edition of most entirely depends on its being “ No Fiction,” 8c. By Francis what it is styled, for the reason Barnett, Author of “ Memoirs of above stated, and because the God himself."
of truth cannot be so fully expected
to use the creations of fancy, as he CONCERNED as we are for the ho may be the correct relations of his nour of religion, and the general dif- own righteous acts, and gracious fusion of evangelical truth in a be- operations. Were we within one nighted and unliappy world, we minute of Icaving this world for ever, deeply regret that the causes of the we could spend it in uttering a decontest to which the pamphlet on vout wish that authors would write our table relates, ever existed. But no more fictions on religious subsince Mr. Barnett has been evi-jects, being fully convinced that they dently injured by the publication of have effected vast mischief, in cor“ No Fiction,” no one can blame rupting the public taste, enervating him for having attempted to defend the mind, preventing the perusal of his character, by an exposure of the our best books, and increasing the delinquencies of that favoured but disinclination to study the word of false publication. And if he is to God. be believed, of which we see no As to the “ Reply," now before reason for doubt, Mr. Reed's work us, truth compels us to say, that if should have been styled, “ All Fic- it displays too much acrimony of tion,” rather than what it has been temper in the writer, it succeeds in denominated. It must also be ma-proving that the author of “ No nisest to all impartial readers of the Fiction" cannot justify himself for Memoirs of Mr. Barnett, that his the publication of that work. No conduct toward Mr. Reed, previo one can do justice to all parties ously to the publicatiou of the work without reading “No Fiction,” Mr. of wbich he complains, was most Barnett's “ Memoirs,” Mr. Reed's generous; and, therefore, the evil
“ Advertisement to its seventh Edifabrications of “ No Fiction" are tion of No Fiction," and the “ Rcungrateful as well as upjust. For ply" to it, now before us. our own part, we are disgusted to pausea by the publication of fictions on the subjects of religion; but we detest none so much as those which A Sermon on Baptism, with an Adpretend to be narratives of facts.
dress delivered on administering the We may be told, that “whether the
Rite for the first Time in Public, individual had or had not a real
after having ceased to baptize, existence; whether
from conscientious Scruples, for the were or were not in every feature a
greater Part of Thirty Years; by faithful, unfattering copy of the ori
James Bass. Pp. 43. ginal; the work would be equally efficient for the purpose of useful- We suppose it will be acknow. ness," because the author has well ledged, that if the discrepant opinsucceeded in what be aimed at, ions of those who differ from us on which was the developing of the pro- the subject of christian baptism gress of a character. This we deem were collected, they would form a hoth untrue, and not a little perni- work of considerable magnitude, cious; for, unless the fabrication re- and singular curiosity: yet, we ap.
preliend, were it contemplated to when we add, that it appears to be present the public with the accu- confirmed by the testimony of Jesus mulating pile, the first edition would Christ, we feel assured the suggesscarcely escape from the press, before tion will not be treated with ina second would become necessary, difference. to provide for the new speculations That our Lord, then, in the 7th of learned trifling and human inge- of Luke, 24–30, refers to the facts nuity. When will our respected recorded in the 3rd of Matthew, and brethren make such an approach to substantially repeated in the 3rd of unanimity of sentiment on this per- Luke, we suppose none will attempt plexed subject, that, thongh we to deny. Now Jesus Christ expressshould be unable to adopt their ly declares that “ the Pharisees and views, we may at least admire their lawyers,” (those very persons whom harmony?
John denounced as a
generation The wildest theorists ordinarily of vipers,") “ rejected the counsel of mix up such a proportion of truth God against themselves, being not with extravagarice, that any person, | baptized of him.” Here then the whose veneration for the former is divine Instructor and Mr. Bass are what it ought ever to be, almost at complete issue; and which of these fears to treat the latter as it de- our readers will select for their serves. This salutary feeling, toge- gaide, we can be at no loss to dether with our respect for Mr. Bass, termine. Thus we indignantly resoftened strictures on bis pel the unfounded charge of " creformer publication to a temperate ating history to suit our porpose," ness which some of our readers into which impropriety, we regret to might be ready to think was scarcely add, Mr. Bass appears to us, by his consistent with the necessity of the evasive pote (p. 14) to have grossly occasion. It seems, however, that fallen. our animadversions excited some But the concluding pages in this alarm, which has produced certain performance describe a transaction unguarded expressions in this ma- so perfectly anomalous-setting at mual of pseudo-baptism. “I deemed defiance, as it does, every precedent it my duty,” says Mr. Bass, “ to throughout the extended range of take notice of this review of my pub- example, both ancient and modern, lication, because it was in the hands that, were not the evidence to the of many of my pevple, and might contrary unquestionable, we should prove injurious.” Note p. 15. Bat certainly say it never could have it remains to be ascertained, whether taken place; but that it must be an the manner in which he has noticed attempt from some quarter, to insult it may not considerably augment our forbearance, by burlesquing one the evil deprecated; for is it possi- of the most solemn sites of the chrisble that there should be persons at tian dispensation. Halstead, or any where else, so op- It should seem that a solitary inpressed with credulity as to believe, dividual of our species," whether that our asserting that Jobn bap- saint or sinner,” says Mr. Bass, tized only those who confessed their “God kvoweth,” (for the system efsins, is “one of the greatest errors fectually provides against the arrothat was ever penned on paper ?" gance of inquiry,) had been preHow great must be the panic, and vailed upon to appear in public, and how desperate the cause, which in- try the efficacy of the new baptismal volves its advocate in so rash an recipe. The following extract is expedient, and brings upon him an from the unique address delivered to onus probandi with wbich he strug- this
person. gles in vain! With Mr. B.'s predilection for his newly constructed system, present yourself to be baptized, re.
"As to you, my friend, who here it will scarcely be permitted us to member, and let all remember, that remind him, that the sense we have what you hereby profess, is your own given of the passage in question, is persuasion, that this rite is adapted, by most approved commentatore, but in the christian faith, or for your spiri.
tual kre at heart, whether sain not what you whatever may be the astonishment
of our readers, we assure them that God knoweth !--nor is it made my bu. we have copied it verbatim et literatim. siness to investigate your religious state and character; but this I know,
“ The water” having been “ that you are one of the fallen sons of plied with the hand to the subject," Adam, who need that grace to which whether saint or sinuer,' this sign is ordained to point you. addressed in the following manner:
presume, was still unknown,) he was Observe then distinctly, I beseech you, and
Will you keep the Supper? Will stila lay it much to heart, if you are
stranger to inward penitence, you take your regular part in holdthat 'I baptize you with this water ing forth the word of life,' in chrisunto repentance;'-if a soul troubled lian worship, in doctrine, in discifor your sins, who have not found the pline, and in all parts of holy fellowpeace of God, that I advise you to re- ship and holy living, as a member in ceive this sign, for the remission of the church of Jesus ?" If this be not sivs,' i. e. as a wisely ordained means to direct you to it;—and even although indubitable, then farewell for ever
rendering the claim to originality you truly believe in Christ, yet, as a depraved man, that thus I baptize
all hope of success. you, that, faith in the grace which
In taking leave of this subject, for this water signifies, you may wash it is not our intention that it should away your sins' by calling upon the intrude any farther on our pages, name of the Lord,' while the sign we mention with regret, that, both passes upon you to help you in it.- in the “Address" and the“ Sermon" In this view, it appears to me a rea
we noticed allusions to a supposed sonable and a most delightful service, departure from truth, attributed, in. and so I hope it appears to you also, part at least, to love of dominion in and to this whole assembly; therefore the ministers of Jesus Christ. So now 'I baptize you,' &c.” p. 41.
far as we are concerned, our estimate Just here it was natural enough shields bim from any imputation of
of the author's piety effectually for us to pause, and, if possible, dis- insidious design ; but,' to some, cover in what manner the ceremony these passages may have the apwas performed. Immersion knew to be out of the question- set an incongruous system afloat, by
pearance of an unworthy attempt to certain hints, also, had led us to appealing to popular prejudice. doubt whether any other ordinary | Upon the whole, we are willing to mode, already in use, could be ad-hope, that, notwithstanding the at: mitted to the privilege of incorpo- tention Mr. Bass has already paid ration in this new formula. We to this subject, he will perceive the confess that, having read the fol- necessity of deliberately revising and lowing passage, “I adopt that mode of baptism which represents the im- however wide his present deviations
correcting his conclusions; and that, partation of the grace it signifies to from the express directions of the us; because we are not represented New Testament, he may be ultias being primarily conveyed into
to mately brought to make them his grace, but grace is represented as exclusive guide as to the subject and conveyed into us, to teach, renew, and mode of christian baptism. save us,” (p. 39,) we were totally unable to conjecture what novelty of administration was about to be introduced. But passing our eye, most opportunely, to the bottom LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. of page 42, our solicitude was relieved by the following note :
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