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the examination of a higher tribunal. If however the blindness of his friends, or the flattery of his enemies should induce him again to print, we should advise him to chuse a safer and more appropriate channel for the overflowings of his eloquence, in the pages of the Examiner, or of Mr. Drakard. The latter gentleman will thank him much for any opportunity of revenging himself on the name of LIN colN. * , It would be somewhat amusing to cull the simples of Mr Gisborne's rhetoric, and to dedicate the bouquet to the travelling orators of Mr. Gisborne's favourite Society. In one place he wishes to say, “ that he has heard of a charge lately delivered b the Bishop of Lincoln to a certain import.” The reader will admire the ingenuity of Mr. Gisborne in throwing so simple a proposition into the sublime.
“And little as I am disposed or accustomed to yield credence to reported prodigies; I am informed on authority which I know not how I am absolutely to gainsay, that a voice articulately speaking to that import has recently been audible amidst a succession of tow thunders, which have rolled from the Humber to the Thames,” P.7.
Again he wishes to say that “the Bishop's arguments in support of the accusation have not reached him.”
“ Perhaps these were too weighty to be sustained by the gale of
rumour, and have dropped down to the earth on their way, so that
nothing has floated onward to our notice except the attenuated and
vapoury forms of suspicion and assertion.”
“ Here,” as Mr. Puff says, “ you have tropes and metaphors as plenty as noun substantives.” Mr. Gisborne indeed has many obligations to his classical education, which he takes the opportunity of a citation from the Greek Grammar (not indeed very accurately printed) to acknowledge. We are the more happy to find Mr. Gisborne not ashamed of his Greek, as the time may come, when such a qualification will be considered not only as superfluous, but even as injurious in the character of a Bible Minister. As the passage, however, in which this learned citation appears, is somewhat remarkable, we shall transcribe it for the benefit of our readers. - - - - . .
“I remember from my youth an apophthegm in the Eton Greek grammar, -one of the many instances in which the judicious compiler, while teaching us that verbs and nominatives 0 to agree, and adjectives to accord in number and case and gender with their substantives, studied to fix on the impressible mind som condensed and pithy lesson of morality or of prudence:
I am aware of human frailty; and dare not positively to contend
that there may not exist wise men, by whom, in some solitary in
stance, the reverse of the maxim may be verified.” P. 20.
plain and perspicuous Exposition of the Elements of Christian'
Theology that a clergyman, even of the lowest abilities, is enabled to defend his holy cause against the cavils of the acutest infidel, or the perversions of the wildest enthusiast. From his writings, in short, the cause of true Religion and of the Holy Scriptures has derived a support more than proportionate to the injury which it has sustained from the despicable cant of false and inflated fanaticism. The studied insolence of Mr. Gisborne and his party has betrayed us into expressions of feeling to which we are not accustomed; but they will disgrace neither his . . . . . H h ... Lordship - Vol. 1 v. Now EMBER, 1815,
Hordship nor ourselves: the gratitude of the Church he has well deserved, and has hardly earned. There is one question more, which we would put to Mr. Gisborne, and we have done. We read of the establishment of Bible Societies in all parts of the globe; in Russia, in Swe. den, in Denmark, in Prussia, in Germany, in Switzerland, in Calcutta, in Bombay, in the Mauritius, in the Massachusets, in New York, in Nova Scotia, in Philadelphia, in Virginia, in Jamaica, and in various other places, of which the reader will find a full catalogue in the Society's last Report. We are willing to suppose that these institutions are generally in a flourishing condition, and that they increase in proportion to the riches and ower of the several countries in which they are established.-W. ah these growing and independent Societies, which, as we are triumphantly told, are daily rising in every part of the world, and with a Society of our-own, whose revenue, as Mr. Gisborne informs us, amounted in the year 1814 to N1N ETY-NINE THous A N D, E 1GHT HUNDRED AND NINETY-Four pounds; we would ask for what one good, homest, or Christian purpose, are the labouring poor to be taxed at the rate of one penny per week, as a contribution to its funds “To buy a Bible,” it is answered, “ first for themselves, and then for their neighbours,” Is not a Society with an annual income of nearly an hundred thousand pounds, of itself fully capable of rapidly supplying the poor of this kingdom with Bibles sufficient for every practical purpose, to say nothing of the activity and the resources of its rival at Bartlett's Buildings? “But its foreign department requires a perpetual and an increasing support.” Even allowing this draught on its finances, we cannot see any reason why the patters of this kingdom are to be taxed to supply foreign nations with Bibles. But it appears that Bible Societies (now more than fifty in number) are establishing in most countries of the civilized world to supply their own poor. The draught upon England must, therefore, speedily be diminished into almost mothing. Now it appears from the Report of the Bible Society that in the course of the last year 26,6871. 16s. 5d. were expended in the soreign department, by contributions toward the establishment of Bible Societies abroad, the gratuitous dispersion of the Scriptures in various languages, and other grants, the wisdom and utility of which we are not disposed at present to question. Many of the items in this account will not recur, many new ones it may be said, will be added, which may cause this part of the Society's expenditure to be annually the same. It appears from the Report published in 1815, (which Mr. Gisborne has not noticed) that the income of the Society *: - ast
last year has increased to 124,019.7s. 7d. leaving for home
consumption annually the sum of 97,331. 1 1s. 2d. ' ' ' '... "
. It appears also from the same Report, that the Society, on
thereon, to the sum of 33,8221.3s. 8d.: besides funded property
“hungering ahd thirsting after the Scriptures,” as the Auxiliary
orators are constantly declaring, what shall we think of the con-
(as it is called) in St. George's Fields, the children are not per
mitted to attend, unless each child brings its penny on the Monday
* What then is the real purpose of this vexatious impost? We
the lower orders of the community. The under agents of the
Whoever, is desirous of understanding the vast and compli
cated machinery of these Penny Societies, should acquaint him:
there discover the extent of the engine, and the intimate con
nection and correspondence of its parts. The association is
divided into committees and sub-committees even to the lowest
dregs of the people, with secretaries, &c. the whole drilled and commanded by famatics of various descriptions, and forming one connected and organized mass. How far in a political point of view, this disciplined organization of the lower classes, against the spirit and even the letter of the law, can exist, without the most imminent danger to the whole nation, we leave it for the serious consideration of our government to determine. It would be well for them to acquaint themselves with the magnitude of the evil, before it acquires power sufficient to resist even an enquiry. . . . . - - - - - -.
We now come to the most serious part of the whole. We would not visit with severity any casual flippancy of expression, or asperity of temper which might betray itself in the heat of argument or the confusion of controversy. We would freely forgive what we have all of us too much necessity of being forgiven. But the following passage speaks in a tone, to which we have been unaccustomed. It contains neither nonsense enough to be laughed at, nor vehemence enough to be pardoned. ,
“ In this country, in particular, had we been told that men, from the midst of ourselves, men neither atheists, nor deists, nor sceptics, nor papists, nor heretics, nor destitute of understanding; —that men of talents, of learning, of respectability, men zealous for the truth of the Scriptures, members of our national church, ministers, dignitaries of the establishment, would oppose this Society; would oppose it, some with violence, some with bitterness, some with open calumny, some with secret machinations; would oppose it after ten years of meditation on its nature, and ten years experience of its effects:—could the information have been deemed credible? Not by those who theorize on the native goodness of the human heart: not by those who derive not their anticipations from the fountain of Scripture.
“But our Saviour has prophetically taught us to expect, and ages have borne practical testimony to his warning, that the same influence of evil, and of the author of evil, by which the Jews would speedily be impelled to kill the Prince of Life, by which they would afterwards be instigated to exterminite his apostles, and would be persuaded that by the most atrocious iniquity: they were doing God service,—would induce misguided Christians, in later periods, vehemently to resist measures eminently conducive to His glory, and to resist such measures, under the delusion that to resist was to render service to God.” . P. 32.
It is to be remembered that these are not the extemporary effusions of a crack-brained fanatic, but the sober, cool, and determinate opinions of a Christian Minister; of one, to whom the public was ever willing to ascribe the exercise of those “duties of a man,” which he has by precept so earnestly islato * - - - it!