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shall we hesitate to scourge into would not take the field against them. their proper distance the motley group But if their multitudes threaten us of pretenders, whose inane chatter- with the fate of Bishop Bruno-if ings would overpower the sacred they grow into a plague, aod come hymn, and who would perch them- "up into our bed-chambers, and upon selves, with idiot impertinence, upon our beds, and into our ovens, and the very altar.
into our kneading-troughs,” contempt
must give way to indignation, and, “ And reckon ye yourselves with spirits of for our own sakes, we must stretch heaven.”
forth the rod over the land. “ Back
R. T. And to your speed add wings, Lest with a whip of scorpions I parsue Your lingering.
METHODIST CONFERENCE. It may assist us in our further considerations on this subject, to form a Wuen pious individuals meet together sort of analysis, or scale of poetic to consult, how, by giving circulation power, by which the merits of the va- to the truths of the gospel, they may rious candidates may be tried. In best promote the interests of mankind, the first class, we place the honoured they present a pleasing spectacle to and admirable few, “ dear sons of every friend of virtue. It is natural memory, high heirs of fame," the sub- tor bigotry to trace their actions to an limity of whose perceptions is equalled enthusiastic or a sectarian spirit; and by the copious facility of their produc- from men who look no further than tions. Next to these are ranked this “ visible diurnal sphere,” we are those minds of a kindred essence, but prepared to receive the charge of sinisof limited force. The offspring is ter ends, and unworthy motives. To noble, but the birth laborious. On reproaches such as these, and to them the curse has glanced not with others even of a deeper shade, the out effect, which “greatly multiplies ministers which belong to the Westheir sorrow, and their conceptions ; leyan Methodist connection have been in sorrow do they bring forth.” As long accustomed; but amidst calampy we descend in the mental scale, as in and opposition, that branch of the the animal creation, we shall find the Christian church which they have prolific powers in proportion to the been made instrumental in forming, diminutive size and subordinate sta- has gradually advanced to a state of tion of the parent-and this forms our high respectability among the Christthird class, in which facility makes ian communities of the earth. some amends for the mediocrity. And On Wednesday, July 31st, 1822, last of all comes the elaborate little the Annual Conference of this increasthe “mus minimus,” brought to lighting body, commenced in their large by the parturient throes of an Ætna- chapel, City Road, London. Nearly the longest lapse of time, and the a fortnight prior to the above day, greatest exhaustion of labour, with several ministers, delegated by their the smallest possible result. As if a respective societies or districts, met fly should enjulate that “ secular together for the dispatch of some bird,” the phoenix-or a shrimp, once branches of business, as preparatory in an age, reproduce its similitude. to the general conference, and to make To some more microscopic eye we arrangements for the transactions of willingly leave the task of scrutiniz- what concerned their body at large. , ing into the minute deformities, or At the commencement of the confepigmy merits, of these literary non- rence, the Rev. Adam Clarke, LL.D. entities. Nothing is to be hoped or &c. was chosen president, the majofeared from them. If our readers be rity of votes being most decidedly in desirous of a further acquaintance his favour. This is the third time with them, we beg to refer them to which he has enjoyed this exalted what are properly called the cata- honour among his brethren; and it is logues, at the conclusion of some of our the only instance in their history, in reviews and magazines.
which any individual has been thus “ Mice and rats, and such small distinguished. Under his superintendeer,” will hardly repay the hunting. dence, the multifarious concerns of As a matter of choice, at least, we the connection were conducted with
judgment, discrimination, and wis- sion domestic concerns would seem to dom; and if prudence, order, and forbid attendance, the chapel in the unwearied application, in the manage- morning, at this early hour, was much ment of important and complicated frequented, and in the evenings it was affairs, can entitle any man to the generally crowded, sometimes even respect of his associates, Dr. Clarke to excess. has shewn himself, on this occasion, To keep alive a spirit of inquiry, not undeserving of the suffrages which and to give to diversified talents an placed him in the chair.
opportunity to operate, are among the The number of preachers assembled advantages of an itinerant ministry. on the occasion, amounted to between The effect of this, is never more conthree and four hundred. These, spicuous than during the seasons of coming from almost every part of the conference. And although to both kingdom, were enabled, by their preachers and people we would ever joint communications, to concentrate wish to attribute more exalted moin one view the condition of Metho- tives, yet, in every department of life, dism throughout their extensive con- the desire of something new is not nection. From their various state- without its influence. ments it appeared, that, during the The stationing of the preachers must past year, nearly twelve thousand mem- at all times be a work of considera bers had been added to their societies; difficulty; and this must gradually and in most places their cause was increase, in proportion as the body sufficiently prosperous, to induce an becomes more and more enlarged. expectation of a considerable increase Many friendships, domestic ties, and during the ensuing year.
local attachments, are always to be In their public meeting in confe- considered; and numerous invitations, rence, every subject proposed was claims, and partial promises, are to open to free and undisturbed discus- be adjusted. To meet these in all sion; and although every one deliver their bearings, is not within the power ed his sentiments without reserve or of man. It is only hy one general partiality, the utmost harmony pre- rule that every subordinate case can vailed. Nothing, however, occurred be determined, namely, the prospeof any particular moment to distin-rity of the work of God. Keeping guish this from any preceding confe- this object in view, and relying on the rence, with this exception, that nearly Almighty for protection, the vote of fifty preachers were now taken into conference ratifies the doom of all, full connection. Some few were also and from its decisions there can be no admitted on trial.
appeal. The preachers, as is usual on these It is not, however, to be supposed, occasions, were stationed at the houses that local feeling and disappointed of their numerous friends; and per- anticipations, can always be annihi. haps, it is hard to say, whether the lated, or even paralysed, by such preachers who were thus received, or determinations. Many of the preachtheir friends who had the honour of ers are sent to places, where, during receiving them, were the most de- the year, they have to cultivate an lighted. Their meeting together was acquaintance with patience, and on a season of mutual joy, and when the some occasions the people have to day of separation arrived, they parted learn the same lesson. But submisfrom each other with regret.
sion, in all cases, happily supplies the During the fortnight wbich the con- defects of acquiescence; and through ference lasted, with one or two soli- their joint operation, under the provitary exceptions, there was preaching dence of God, the body has thus far every morning at five, and every even- been preserved in peace, and favoured ing at seven. This is nothing more with the smiles of the divine approbathan a continuance of the primitive cus- tion. Methodism has already exhibittom established by the Rev. John ed a spectacle to the world which even Wesley, the founder of Methodism. conjecture had not anticipated ; and, One thing, however, is singularly reasoning from analogy, we may conremarkable, namely, that although in clude, that it will bear a conspicuous their chapels the Methodist congrega- part among those instruments, by tions have statedly so much preach- which universal righteousness shall be ing, and although on the present occa- established in the earth:
Review.—The School of the Sabbath, spect. Appended to the three cantos,
a Poein. By William M.Comb, 8vo. of which this poem consists, there are pp. 152. Mairs & Co. Donegall-street, several notes, which tend considerably Belfast, &c. 1822.
to enhance its value.
We have been so much accustomed to hear every thing depreciated which Review.-The Sunday School, u Poem aspires to the name of poetry, if it in six Books. By Abraham Watcontain po frenzied emanations of mough, 8vo.
London: thought, no sparklings of genius, no Blanshard, 14, City Road, 1821. coruscations of wit, that we even risk our critical reputation in attempting The subject of this poem bears so to recommend any productions of the strong a resemblance to that of the muse, which make no pretensions to preceding, as to leave no room for these exalted excellencies. We must discrimination. The authors, hownot, however, lose sight of the useful, ever, have evidently occupied very while we pursue the brilliant; nor different stations in life; but both are imagine that the only birds deserving well acquainted with Sunday Schools, of admiration, are those that have and, knowing how to appreciate their painted wings.
importance, they breathe a common In a short but appropriate preface, wish to promote their general intethe author informs his readers, that rest. his poem “was not so much composed The poem now before us, we are for the scientific or the sage, as for informed by its author, was written those who ardently desire the present as a candidate for a prize of £21, and eternal welfare of their country- which was offered in 1815, for the best men, and the education of the illite- production on the subject of Sunday rate, indigent, and immoral, of a Schools; and although it was not sucyouthful community.” In this sen- cessful, it was pronounced by the tence, the writer has comprised the judges as being 6 second in merit." character of his work ; and although Since that time, we apprehend it has we cannot bestow upon the poem undergone considerable altera ons, those exalted compliments, without some parts having been expunged, which the pursuers of fame would be and new paragraphs added. The dissatisfied, we can congratulate him author who has fortitude and patience on the benevolence of his design, enough to keep his manuscript six and the tendency of his composi- years without publishing it, presents tion.
himself to the public in a respectable To captivate the car, to tickle the light. fancy, and to please the taste, are, The range which the writer takes with Mr. M'Comb, but remote consi- in this poem is very extensive, emderations. His object in pointing out bracing a retrospect of periods from the advantages of Sunday Schools in the time when the Roman eagles fixed general, is, to enforce the necessity their talons on our shores, down to of inculcating moral and religious the days of Mr. Raikes, the great principles, in such a manner, that founder of Sunday Schools. It must they may reach the heart, and stand be obvious from this circumstance, imbodied in the life. Nothing short that many things are mentioned, of this, he conceives, can corrrespond which have only a distant connection with the importance of the undertak- with the principal subject ; though, in ing; and nothing but this can prevent point of comparison and contrast, of these mischiefs from resulting to soci- morals and of refinement, these disety, which uncontrolled depravity, tant objects are not without their under the dominion of ignorance, bearings and influence. might produce. The rebellion in Throughout the poem, many characIreland, in 1798, he attributes, in a ters are introduced, which sustain great degree, to the want of educa- their respective offices with a becomtion, especially of such education as ing dignity, in the various dialogues be here recommends. His design is which they are called to support. truly laudable, and to those who have several affecting incidents are also at heart the welfare of mankind, his recorded, which cappot fail to awaken poem will be treated with much re- / attention, and excite solicitude. In
cident, anecdote, and narrative, will immoderate length. Its substance frequently cover a multitude of poeti- may be told in very few words. cal and literary sins.
In the year 1753, when a bill for the Of the six books of which this poem naturalization of the Jews was introconsists, four are written in blank duced into Parliament, the measure verse, and two in rhyme; but why being unpopular, this unhappy people this singular diversity was adopted, were exposed to a storm of persecuwe are not less at a loss to compre
tion. An aged Rabbi, suspected of hend, than we are to discover the being a spy, became particularly the improvement which the change has object of infuriated vengeance; and made. In the former parts, the com- to escape destruction, he removed, with position is not without its resemblance, his grandson, to a part of the country in many striking instances, to that of in which he hoped to find greater Thomson's Seasons, decorated with security. The lad, on his journey, the machinery which gives beauty to having parted from his grandfather, Paradise Lost. The author, how- | fell in with an humane Irishman, who, ever, will pardon us when we say, we having learnt his tale, accompanied do not mean to intimate that he has him to the place where they had apexplored the mines of philosophy so pointed to meet. profoundly as the foriner, nor intro- On reaching the spot, they found duced the celestial intelligences with the venerable Rabbi surrounded by a so good a grace as he who pur- rabble, who were assailing him with sued “things unattempted yet in prose stones. The lad ran to his assistance, or rhyme."
and the Irishman, who was a gentleThe work, however, displays a man's servant in the place, after vigorous effort of an enlightened mind, espousing the cause of the sufferers, and a pleasing susceptibility of the hastened to fetch his master, whose harmony of numbers. The language appearance dispersed the mob. The is nervous and appropriate, without old and grandson were then rising into affectation, or descending conducted to his house, and treated to vulgarity. Several of the notes with much humanity and kindness. evince an acquaintance with the his- During their stay, several conversatory and morals of antiquity; and the tions took place between the old Rabbi scriptural allusions which are made and young Mr. Williamson, (whose throughout, carry conviction to every father had afforded an asylum,) on the mind, that the author considers Sun- subject of the Messiah, whom the day Schools as auxiliaries to the young gentleman avowed to be Christ. preaching of the gospel ; as means to This is the most important part of the lead the youthful mind from vice to book. Young Williamson is just virtue, from iniquity to God.
come from college, is well acquainted We had marked some passages for with the Hebrew language, is versed insertion, as specimens of the compo- in theology, manages the dispute with sition; but our limits forbid us this much dexterity, confutes the old man, indulgence. The work, into whose whose obstinacy remains invincible, hands soever it may fall, will tell its and, through his reasonings and arguown tale; and we shall be greatly sur- ments, the grandson is converted to prised if every one who perušes it Christianity. with attention, does not lay down the In the dialogues, to which this volume with a full conviction, that it interview has given rise, the most is both his duty and his interest to formidable objections urged by the give' to Sunday Schools all the assist- Jews against the Messiahship of ance in his power.
Christ, are put into the mouth of the old Rabbi, and their removal and confutation follow, from the arguments
of Mr. Williamson. This is a pleasReview.—The History and Conversion
of the Jewish Boy, 8vo. pp. 127. ing way of introducing polemics; and London: Hatchard, Piccadilly, 1822.
all who feel interested in the controversy, will find that Christianity has
something more than prejudice and This is a simple and unvarnished superstition for its support. And even tale, not crowded with remarkable where this interest is not excited, the incidents, nor drawn out into an 1 little work, as containing a simple narrative, cannot fail to please. Hu- poems with which they are connected. manity, compassion, and forbearance, in this, the author found himself more are strongly recommended by the ap- at home; and we are persuaded that pearance and coudition of every cha- the execution of this department of racter that is introduced; so that while his work will not shrink from the we pity the invincible obstinacy of the severest scrutiny. old man, we cannot but view with shame and detestation, the interference and clamour of a blood-thirsty
Review. An Abridgment of the Christian mob. This, on the whole,
Youth's Spelling and Pronouncing is an instructive work; and, from the Theological Dictionary of the New probability of its being useful, we
Testament. By E. Dowson, 12mo. hope it will have an extensive cir. pp. 236. London: Booth, 32, Duke culation.
Street, Manchester Square. 1822.
The work, of which this is an abridgReview.-Poetical Essays. By A. J. ment, passed under our review some
Mason, embellished with eleven en time in the year 1819, and our obsergravings on wood, executed by the vations on its claims to public patroauthor, pp. 111. London: Boys, nage, may be found in col. 459, of the Ludgate Hill, 1822.
Imperial Magazine, for the above
year. Of the parent work, the radical The writer of these essays, we learn principles may be found in the offfrom a short introduction, is not an spring which is now before us; and author by profession; and something the principal distinction consists in of this we might have gathered from a the omission of amplified details in perusal of them, if the information the latter, wbich accompanied the defihad not been given. An author by nition of terms in the former. profession, would be very cautious in The plan which the author adopts in the use of such abbreviations as this work, is, first to arrange in an “ T'resume,” “ he'd stray,”. “ T'em- alphabetical order, all verbs of one ploy,” “ T'attain,” &c. He would syllable, then those of two, then those also have watched the divisions of his of three, and finally those of four sylsubject, and not have united in one lables, giving their meaning, and fixcouplet, the end of an introduction, ing their pronunciation. He then proand the beginning of a tale, as we ceeds with six alphabets of nouns, perceive in the following.
passing from those of one syllable, to Reflection pause, while here I pen my tale. such as include six, treating them in Near Carno's height extends a verdant vale." precisely the same manner as the
The subjects of these essays are verbs were treated, with regard to fifteen in number, some of which are pronunciation and import. Adnouns local and transient, while others may or adjectives form the next class, which be considered as permanent, and of also are arranged according to their universal interest. The essay on respective syllables under five alphaanarchy and war has some good bets. Adverbs also extend to five thoughts, which are harmoniously ex- classes, the whole being defined, and pressed; but there are many passages the pronunciation of each word speciwbich are susceptible of much amend- fically given. ment. An essay on peace, very natu- The introductory part of this volume rally follows that on war; and in this contains a brief analysis of Grammar; desirable state of society, its various and in the concluding pages we have blessings are distinctly enumerated, a list of nouns distinguished by their and painted in pleasing colours. The peculiar terminations; another of acessay on death, which is divided into tive participles, which are occasiontwo parts, is the longest, and, on the ally used as nouns; another of active whole, better executed than the others, participles, sometimes used us adjecwith an exception in favour of me- tives; another of passive participles, mory, which is a short piece, and not used as adjectives; another of adjecdestitute of merit.
tives, used instead of nouns; and, Of the wood engravings with which finally, some instaùces of nouns used this volume is decorated, our opinion as adjectives. is much more favourable than of the In our former review we observed,