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newspaper statements, which are all ment. Our opinion of the unchristian the evidence we have on the subject, severity of our criminal law has not but they seem to us to represent him in changed, and we ardently wish for its a state of mind inclined too confidently amelioration; but this surely was not to look for a blissful immortality. We a case to select for an er post facto remean not, however, to intimate that peal. The cause of sound morals, and his faith and hope may not have been the public welfare demand that such grounded upon scriptural principles ; false views should be counteracted: but, knowing as we do, the deceitful. The excitement was such at the mos ness of the human heart,-knowing ment, that some persons, even of sound also how easy it is for a person, sud- mind, were led away by it. They denly, and for the first time, intro- may have seen their error, but still, duced to a doctrinal acquaintance with as many young and romantic minds the free and exalted promises of the were warped by the popular delusion, Gospel, to overlook, or at least too we have thought it became us, as slightly to estimate, those scriptural Christian Observers, to notice the tests of character which are insepara- subject. To what did Mr. Fauntle bly connected with true faith in Christ, roy's claim to appeal from impartial --knowing further, the anxiety with justice to popular feeling amount? which a person in the immediate prog- His systematic course of crime long pect of death, will grasp at the first persevered in, could not be denied offer of hope and the pain and diffi- but then he was led to it by a desire culty which a Christian adviser may of keeping up the credit and fortunes feel under such circumistances, in re- of his banking-house. And this is solutely keeping before the doubtful Set down for a most honourable prin convert the more salutary rather than ciple; and pride, ambition, and even the more consoling views of his own revenge, become sanctified by the assai state and character, - we think it but ciation! And what was the real value right, for the benefit of survivors, that of this vaunted motive! Take the a wholesome reserve should be felt shewing of the defence itself. Mr. and expressed in pronouncing, if in- Fauntleroy was indigyant at being deed we must pronounce, upon cases styled a gambler, and yet could not like the present.
deny that he was a member of two There are some other considerations gambling clubs. He was indignant connected with Mr. Fauntleroy's case, at being viewed as a "sensual prowhich we think we ought not to pass fligate," and yet could not but admit over unnoticed. Previously to his that he went to the altar of God to trial, some of the newspapers had pledge his connubial vows, deliber pnblished statements respecting his ately intending to break them, and life and character, which represented living in adultery with a hireling mishim in colours the most profligate and tress. We do not think it necessary odious, and which were afterwards to calculate the exact pecuniary exproved to have been false or exagge- penses of his profligacy; for, be it rated. Mr. Fauntleroy might most little or much, the principle is the justly complain of this shameful and same. Yet, throughout this extenunprincipled proceeding, as he did on sively admired and applauded defence, his trial.' One effect of it, which we we meet with nothing of penitence were concerned to observe, was the for his admitted crimes; no commirevulsion of feeling respecting him seration for those who had suffered or which occurred after the trial; as if might suffer by them ; nor to the last, because an individual might not be as far as we can learn, did he express guilty of some particular atrocities a due sorrow for the afflictions which ascribed to him, and because his ex- his whole course of conduct, not extensive frauds had been perpetrated cepting his « honourable" anxiety to for a commercial object, and not mere- support an insolvent house on the ly to spend on his own profligate plea- property of others, had brought upon sures, although much went to that those who had confided in his inteobject, all other shades of virtue and grity, or were the dupes of his stravice were of no importance. He was tagems. Of all these crimes, includnow viewed as an object of peculiar ing his conduct to his much-injured interest, as a man of the most honour- wife, we trust he may have deeply and able though misguided feelings; and sincerely repented but the revulsion the course of law and jastice was to of which we speak preceded any inbe arrested to save him from punish- timation of such penitence, and there
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honour, may hope, by cunning and Let not then our younger readers duplicity, still to retain the good onibe seduced by those false estimates of nion of the world, and to avoid detec honour which are too current in worldly tion; but he who cares more for realisociety; and of which, if they wish ties than appearances cannot be safor a concise graphic description, we tisfied even with the strongest hopes refer them to Paley's solemnly ironical of such an escape. He looks forward code of " The law of honour," in the to the period when that which is second chapter of his " Moral Philo- secret shall be made manifest, when phy." A sermon on the same subject, every thought of his heart shall be just published by Mr. Grinfield of brought into judgment; and whilst Bath, has reached us, while we are his faith enables him to support his penning these remarks, from which present trials or losses with patience, we shall extract the following passages it guards him from many of those as very appropriate to our present line difficulties and temptations which of argument. d
baidu must always encircle the votary of The religion of the Bible, cor- fashion, dially embraced and sincerely acted “The inference which we draw is on, is the only sure and steadfast this, and we think that it is demonanchor amongst the storms and strablyaccurate; namely, That the value temptations of society. Unlike the of honour, considered as a rule of life, principles of worldly honour, it is is in exact inverse proportion to that addressed to men of all classes and of religion; and consequently, we conditions, high and low, rich and ought never to be surprised, if men poor, one with another;" it teaches who are without religion, and who are us to consider ourselves as members actuated only by the principles of of one family, and as children of one honour, should yield to any great and Parent. Unlike these false and falla- trying temptations. cious principles, it does not invite us ** Honour appeals to time : religion to rush into scenes of peril and diffi- looks to eternity, Honour originates culty it encourages no prodigality or with the caprices of man: religion is needless expenditure: it commands us founded on the attributesof God.
to owe no man anything, but to Honour is partial in its dictates, relove one another.' Unlike these ferring only to the rich and the transient and uncertain motives, it fashionable : religion is universal, and teaches to regard the sentiments of has no respect of persons. Honour is man as at best dubious and variable ; capricious and impure, sanctioning not to place our highest affections even many vices, and deriding many viron reputation or character, when most tues: religion is altogether amiable deserved, but to remember, that we and consistent; she recommends whatshould still appeal to a higher and ever is good, and she restrains us from better standard and tribunal, even to all appearance of evil. Honour defeats Him, who seeth in secret, and who its own intentions, by allowing and shall reward us openly t o encouraging its yotary to rush into
Such is the principle which is alone every kind of luxury and dissipation fit to be deemed a rule of human life, religion at once secures its present because it comes to us invested with duties, and realizes its future prosproper authority, and fortified with pects, by withdrawing us as much as proper sanctions. It is adequate for possible from the temptations of the time, because it is commensurate with world, and by proclaiming the neceseternity, and it can support us upon sity of continually mortifying our corearth, for it comes to us from Ileaven. rupt affections and desires." bodo the man who has drawn his princi: bustaqisq_ne9d bsd abusit gvienai sds to gevod ?9vInesisce trochure mura hus i vado Irigysimos noqu Idguord bair"1314313 tyvm
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Rev. J. C. Matchett, a Minor Canon of Rev. James Vaughan, M. A. Walton in Norwich Canonry, and St. Augustine R. Gordano R. Somerset. and St. Mary Curacy, Norwich.
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Christian's duty to renounce the use of sugar grown by Slave labour BP. We answer it unhesitatingly in the affirmative. It is by the extensive consumption of that article, forced upon us at an enhanced price, by bonnties and protecting duties, that the Slavery of the British Colonies is chiefly maintained. We seem, therefore, bound to abstain from its use, until we see the West Indians adopt those reforms which will lead to the extinction of Slavery, and, in the mean time, to substitute for it sugar grown by free labour ; being perfectly ready, at the same time, to use West-Indian sugar which may be so grown. And let no one be deterred from this course by apprehending that the poor Slaves will suffer by it. On the contrary, whatever discouragement may be given to the production of sugar by Slaves mest tend to their relief, and to a larger appropriation of their time and labour to the growth ood. The cure of British Slavery is most unquestionably in the hands of the U people of Great Britain. To this important subject we mean to reeur, a mucho greater length, in our next Number,
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doubts would occasionally obtrude COUNT STRUENSEE had by themselves upon him ; but he judi
this time formed a perfectly ciously remarked,"I am resolved new estimate of human actions. to think of them no more ; for it is « I know very well,” said he, "re- quite enough for me, after a calm specting all those actions which I examination, to have found the ar thought arose from good intentions, guments for Christianity unexcepthat ambition and voluptuousness tionable. Would to God I had only had a great share in them. I count time to make myself further acthem nothing before God and my quainted with it, and to put it into conscience. When, in my former practice." It is pleasing to observe situation, I fancied that I acted well that his hopes for eternity were not and in a manner deserving of praise, grounded on self-flattering views, or I thought like the Pharisee in the on a slight estimate of his offences Gospel." utoly
against God: “I am rather conFrom this time there appeared in vinced," says he, that even in the Count a calmness and serenity eternity, happy as it would prove of mind, which seemed, says Dro for me, I shall remember my sins Munter, to arise from the hope that with horror and detestation." God for Christ's sake would pardon Struensee had felt in his own himun This circumstance was parti- case, and thought that in the case cularly visible to his judges during of others, much harm is done by his last examination; and one of those teachers of Christianity who them remarked, that he had been fail to lay before their hearers proofs among them as among his friends, of that authority upon which they and had conversed respecting his af should build their belief in adopting fairs as one who speaks about indif- its truths. He said it was necesferent things, having his mind fixed sary that a teacher should prove chiefly upon the concerns. of eterni- the Bible to be a Divine revelation: ty. I wish," said he on one occa- and that whoever would only take sion to Dr. Munter, to have done proper time, and was not averse to with those affairs which I have now the trouble of meditating, could upon my hands; for they binder the never examine Christianity without regular continuation of our con- being convinced of its truth. Every CHRIST. OBSERV. APP.
thing in it, he added, is naturally the clergyman--they have lost their and well connected, and recom- reason they are stupid op frantic mends itself to a mind given to re- by the violence of their illness flection. “I never found," said he, the fear of death made them igno
in deistical writings a system so well rant of what they did. But in my connected ; and, upon the whole, I case no person can say so. I have am inclined to believe that there is examined the Christian religion no such thing as a regular system during a good state of health, and of infidelity.” He frankly owned with all the reason I am master of. what it was that made him prefer I tried every argument; I felt no that wretched creed to the hopes of fear; I have taken my own time, eternity. “My great delight,” said and I have not been in haste. The be, “ in sensual pleasures persuaded chief business which, for the sake mealways, that, as there was nothing of my own mind's ease; I have still of such a nature among the joys of to transact is, to search, not wheheaven, they would have no charms ther Christianity is true, but whether for me." But already had he begun I find those signs within me which to discover, that even upon earth are necessary if, upon a good founthe ways of religion are paths of dation, I believe myself to be par pleasantness, and that the world doned before God." ;.? ,% ! has nothing to bestow equal to the The conversation between Struend favour of God. Now and then," see and Dr. Munter, would somesaid he, “I cannot avoid thinking times hinge upon the subject of lon my situation before my fall. Divine mysteries.! On theseł oc! This morning I asked myself, whe, casions the latter would endeavour ther it would not have been better to elucidate the subject by examples, for me if I could have kept myself which the Count thought quite lint my high station, and enjoyed my satisfactory. For instance, on the (usual pleasures? But when I had mode of subsistence in the Almighty, considered for a few minutes, I Dr. Munter remarked: “ There are found that I now am far more happy certain ideas which we ordinarily than I was in my greatest outward annex to that relation which subprosperity. I have frequently told sists between father and sonno Nox my friend Count Brandt that I was if any person were to apply these by no means happy, when he be- ideas to the Scripturei expression, lieved me in many respects better off Christ is the Son of God,'sche than himself."-Such: was the con: would not only mistake the matter, fession of this accomplished liber- but even find many contradictions. stine; and it has been the confession Suppose an inhabitanbrof: Iceland of every true penitent from the age were to explain to an Indian the of Solomon to the present moment. freezing up of the seagohe woda 1.But, it may be asked, "might not find no word in the language of an tbe conversion of Struensee be re- Indian to express this phenomenon. solved into enthusiasm, or some other Nevertheless, he is to speak tothe Inirrational cause? Hear his own re- dian in his own languagezh he there
ply to this anticipated objection is fore is obliged to make use of impro€" I hope the manner in which I per words and images or He could,
came tol alter mys sentiments in "for instance, say,In my country the sregard to religion and virtue will sea, by the influence of the air, raise the attention of those who changes, at certain seasons,glas, it think as formerly I did. The Deists were into stone. Now the Indian is will never trust the conversion of rightoif he thinks that the sea in loetheir brethren, wben brought about land is sometimes as hard and solid in the latter days of their life. as stone ; but he would be in great They say,othey are taken by sur dangen of reptesenting the matter prize through the declamation of to himself quite falsely, if he were to