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have once taken place, it is impossible to dissolve. The combinations of deis which are formed by the reasoning faculty, obey the laws of reason, and admit with ease of perpetual interchanges; but those which the imagination puts together from some chance impression of their likeness, disdain all logical control. A solitary error may be reasoned down, but hopeless is the task of removing mistakes which involve erroneous habits of thinking.
Still, making every allowance for those differences of opinion which are the almost inevitable result of the prejudices of educa'tion,' or the teaching of mere speculation, we regret that we must still speak of the Bishop's Charge in the language of complaint. Had his Lordship been addressing an indiscriminate multitude, he might have felt himself conscientiously impelled, with his present views, to warn them against the evil of dissent ;—although even then we might question the wisdom and the scriptural of representing it as an evil of the same kind as irreligion propriety and immorality. But this Charge was delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of London, a body so truly respectable for learning and piety, that it were the grossest reflection upon them to imagine that they stood in need of being cautioned against favouring Sectarianism. We think it was really unnecessary for them to be taught to shun more carefully, or to regard with increasing antipathy, the persons of the Dissenters. We think, therefore, with all due deference, that his Lordship might better have employed the time of his reverend audience, than by representations adapted to strengthen the most anti social and unchristian prejudices, and to excite, in reference to their secular interests, those idle alarms, and that baneful esprit de corps, which are the very elements of danger and commotion.
His Lordship's tacit condemnation of the British and Foreign Bible Society, is quite in unison with the spirit of his Charge. He expresses his conviction, that had members of the Establishment uniformly confined their suppport to the Bartlett's Buildings' Societies, all legitimate purposes of Christian zeal would in the result have been promoted with equal effect, without 'bitterness, wrath, or contention, without disturbance of bro
therly concord, or danger to the unity of the Church; all which are of course to be considered as chargeable upon those who have adopted a different line of conduct. They are the men who, instigated by the morbid irregularity of pious affection,' are adding to the dangers of the Church. By religion,' says his Lordship, we mean Christianity pure and undefiled, as it is taught in the primitive creeds, and in the catechism of our Established Church.' Is then what his Lordship means by religion, something different from Christianity as it is taught in the sacred Scriptures? or are not the Scriptures sufficient to make
us wise unto salvation? or, the same religion being taught in both, does the Bishop upon the whole prefer the human standard?
Bishop Howley, we are given to understand, is a prelate of amiable manners and of active philanthropy, honourably conscientious in all the duties of his station. His private exhortations are, we are well informed, of a very different character from his published Charges: they partake of a semi-evangelical spirit, and are given in the tone of kindness. How can we account for such a production proceeding from so estimable a man? Very different anticipations were entertained on his succeeding to the mitre which had been so recently worn by the lamented Porteus.
The Lord Treasurer Burleigh, in writing to Archbishop Whitgift, relative to the translation of the Bishop of Rochester to Chichester, and to other ecclesiastical matters, expresses his wish, that the Church may take that good thereby, that it hath < need of, for surely (he adds) your Grace must pardon me, I rather <wi-h it, than look or must hope for it. I see such worldliness in C many that were otherwise affected before they came to cathedral churches, that I fear the places alter the men; but herein I condemn not all: but few there be that do better, being bishops, than being preachers, they did. I am bold thus to utter my mind of Bishops to an Archbishop, but I clear myself. "I mean nothing in any conceit to your Grace, for though of late
I have varied in my poor opinion, in that by your order, poor 'simple men have rather been sought for by inquisition, to be found offenders, than upon their facts condemned, yet surely I do not for all this differ from your Grace in amity and love, but I do reverence your learning and integrity, and wish that ⚫ the spirit of gentleness may win, rather than severity.' From the Court at Oatlands, Sept. 17, 1581.
Art. VII. Narrative of the Expedition which sailed from England in 1817, to join the South American Patriots; comprising every Particular connected with its Formation, History, and Fate; with Observations and authentic Information elucidating the Real Character of the Contest, Mode of Warfare, State of the Armies, &c. By James Hackett, First Lieutenant of the late Venezuela Artillery Brigade. 8vo. pp. 144. Price 5s. 6d. 1818.
HE mind can form to itself the idea of no spectacle more sublime, no attitude of human society more captivating and heroical, than that which Milton, in a burst of eloquence, calls up to the imagination of his readers, in his speech for the liberty of unlicensed printing: A noble and puissant na ion ❝ rousing berselt like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her 'invincible locks; as an eagle muing her mighty youth, and
kindling her undazzled eyes at the full mid-day beam; purging ' and unsealing her long abused sight at the fountain itself of
heavenly radiance, while the whole noise of timorous and 'flocking birds, with those also that love the twilight, flutter ' about, amazed at what she means.'
The hope, however, of realizing, on the grand scale of a national revolution, achievements answering, in an adequate de-. gree, to the poetic conception, can hardly have survived, in any sober mind, the fatal result of the recent experiments upon buman nature. History, indeed, does tell us of some glorious revolutions; but too often the character of the contest has been that of evil conflicting with evil; and the struggle has been blindly persisted in, till the very elements of the commotion have exhausted themselves, and sunk into a ghastly calm. The immediate issue of the French Revolution was a dreadful disappointment of those romantic hopes which every man of generous feelings could not but indulge; although eventually, perhaps, it will prove to have been worth twenty years of crime and blood, in order to form a soil in which freedom and religion may germinate. The result of the late burst of patriotism in Spain, is still more disheartening, as it seems to exhibit a fatal moral incapacity in that enslaved and suffering nation, for any better fate. In South America, we have been led to flatter ourselves, that events of a happier character were being achieved by the transatlantic subjects of the imbecile Ferdinand. In their cause, every one deserving of the name of Briton must feel the liveliest interest; no one can dispute its abstract justice,' nor is there much more room to doubt its eventual success. But when we come to inspect more narrowly the features of the contest, the imagination finds little indeed of a nature adapted to sustain the feeling of exultation, or even of complacency. Without laying too much stress on the information or opinions of the unfortunate hero of this disastrous narrative, we believe that there is no room to doubt that it is one in which it would be next to impossible for the subjects of a civilized country to take part. population formerly distributed into tyrants and slaves, now amalgamated into one moving horde of undisciplined warriors, the hitherto indelible distinctions of white and black complexion being almost superseded, together with the customs and moral restraints of civilized life,-such a population, especially when we consider that the basis of its character is, at best, nothing better than the Indian or the South American Spaniard, may well be conceived to present no great attractions to an European, how fond soever he might be of armies and campaigns. But when to complete the picture it is added, that the principle on which the warfare is carried on, is that of the most unsparing and ferocious extermination, each side being so infuriated against the other by a long train of barbarities and cold-blooded slaughter as to render it almost necessary for those who ac
tually engage in the struggle to divest their minds of every feeling of humanity, and prepare themselves to be not only witnesses of, but participators in, acts of the most revolting and 'indiscriminate brutality,' the mind sickens with dismay at the hopeless prospect for the interests of humanity, which seems to await alike the success or the failure of the enterprise. A dreadful retributive dispensation seems to be now carrying on by the mutual agency of the hostile parties; and our Author throws out the idea of a catastrophe still more fatal to the usurpers of the new world, as the possible result of the termination of the present contest. A common feeling of hostility against the common enemy, has suspended the sentiments of jealous enmity with which hitherto the Indian and the Spanish natives have regarded each other; but should their combined strength prove victorious, the contest, it is feared, might immediately assume another character; the freed slaves will have acquired the strength and the confidence of Independence, and with the example of St. Domingo before them, may aspire to the reassertion of their ancient rights as the original lords of the soil. South America may thus become the seat of hostility between its white and black population.'
The following is the picture which Mr. Hackett draws, of the state of the Independent armies, on the authority of several officers who had just escaped from the Patriot service, and who arrived at St. Bartholomew's, while he was still on board the Britannia.
The Independent armies march in hordes, without order or discipline; their baggage consisting of little more than the scanty covering on their backs. They are totally destitute of tents, and in their encampments observe neither regularity nor system. The commanding officers are generally mounted, and likewise such of the others as are able to provide themselves with horses or mules, the latter of which are in great plenty. The exterminating principle upon which the war is carried on between the contending parties, render their campaigns bloody and destructive; desolation marks the progress of those hostile bands, to whose inveterate enmities the innocent and unoffending inhabitants are equally the victims, with those actually opposed to them in military strife. In action the Independents display much bravery and determination, and frequently prove successful, notwithstanding their want of discipline, deficiency of arms, and disorderly manner of attack and defence. Unhappily the work of death terminates not with the battle, for on whatsoever side victory rests, the events which immediately succeed those sanguinary struggles are such as must cast an indelible stain upon the Spanish American Revolution.
The engagement is scarcely ended, when an indiscriminate massacre of the prisoners takes place; nor is the slaughter only con
fined to the captives, the field also undergoes an inspection, when the helpless wounded are in like manner put to the sword.
The following instance of vindictive cruelty on the royalist side, was related to me by an officer who was present in the engagement in which the transaction originated. In this action, a young French officer, in the service of the Independents, had his arm severed from his shoulder by a sabre cut, and being unable to sustain himself from loss of blood, he sunk to the ground. His distinguished bravery had however previously been observed by his companions, who succeeded in bearing him off the field, from whence they conveyed him into the woods, and sheltered him in a negro hut; where having applied such balsams as could be procured they departed. The armies retired to other parts of the country, and the officer was fast recovering from the effects of his wound, when General Morillo, advancing upon the same route, discovered his retreat, and had him instantly put to death.
'Such was the barbarous system pursued by the belligerent parties; although I must in justice observe, that I have always understood the exercise of these cruelties originated with the Royalists, and were subsequently resorted to by the Independents on principles of retaliation. Hence the system became reciprocal, passed into a general law, and has now, it is to be feared, become unalterable.
The sufferings which the Independents undergo during their campaigns, from the difficulty of procuring food, are most severe; mule's flesh, wild fruits, and some dried corn, which they carry loose in their pockets, frequently constituting the whole of their subsistence and we were confidently assured, that the army under General Bolivar has even often been for days together dependent for support, solely upon the latter description of provisions and water. Pay was now totally unknown to them, in consequence of the utter exhaustion of their resources; and, however successful they might eventually be, there existed no probability whatever, that they would even then possess the means of affording pecuniary compensation to those who may have participated in the struggle*. pp. 54-58.
*The sanguinary and ferocious character of the warfare,' says our Author, in a subsequent paragraph, which has reflected lasting disgrace on the contending parties on the Continent of South America. also governs the proceedings of the hostile navies; the indiscriminate destruction of prisoners, is most generally accomplished by compelling the ill-fated captives, to pass through the ceremony which is technically called Walking the Plank. For this purpose, a plank is made fast on the gang-way of the ship, with one end projecting some feet beyond the side; the wretched victims are then forced, in succession, to proceed along the fatal board, and precipitate themselves from its extremity into the ocean; whilst those who instinctively clinging to life hesitate prompt obedience to the brutal mandate, are soon compelled at the point of a spear to resign themselves to a watery grave, to avoid the aggravated cruelties of their inhuman conquerors.
The Independents, who (as has been before observed) impute