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tangled bimself;” but “must be at salary of 10001. per annuni; and I ain liberty to observe, that through an old enough to remember hearing it unaccountable inadvertence to the said, while he was living, by one who proper law of conscience, he appears knew him well, that, when the exto have performed one of the minor travagance of his wife had brought offices of social life, at the expence him into embarrassed circumstances, of a great and sovereign duty of re he obtained this situation by means of ligion.” How Dr. Bell'has neglected the then Earl of Holdernesse, backed

a great and sovereign duty of re- by the recommendation of Thomas, ligion" by giving to the world this the first Marquis of Rockingham, to book of which the Reviewer com whose powerful court

interest, plains as being. “ absurd,I cannot during the reign of George II, many perceive ; før, it publishing absurdities families in Yorkshire can bear testibe contrary to a great and sovereign mony. The Gentleman's Magazine duty of religion,” the Reviewer hin- seems not to have commenced noself may be most justly accused of ticing regularly, among the monthly great impiety. But, the Reviewer promotions, the appointments of may say, “I lamented the “ nodious. Commissioners of the Customs, until ness” as well as the “ absurdily.the year 1741, when, in a list iusertNow the reply to that answer is this: ed vol. XI. p. 387, there are seven Either the principles enforced by Mr. names below that of Wardel George Le Courayer are true or false. If Westby, from which, it may be prethey are true (which Dr. Bell does not sumed that bis first appointment was believe), the publication of them every then far from recent. The following one will allow to be proper; if they articles extracted from that are false (as every weinber of the valuable Miscellany: vol. I. p. 27, Church of England believes them to Jan. 19, 1731, Wardel George Westbe), there are always men of learning by, Esq. is appointed a Director of both able and willing to detect their the African Company. Vol. XX. p. falsehood, and answer the arguments 284: June 19, 1750, Married of their supporters. The Reviewer Perceval, Esq. first cousin to the himself will allow, that the Church of Earl of Egmont, to the daughter of England acquires additional strength Wardel George Westby, Esq. Vol. by the number of victories gained by XXVI. p. 595: Dec. 8. 1756, Died its defenders ; and, allowing this, he Wardel George Westby, Esq. one of will allow, that Dr. Bell (even if it the Commissioners of the Customs, had been against the wish of the author, Vol. XXX. p. 103: Feb. 10, 1760, which I flatter inyself I have proved not Died in Great Marlborough-street, to have been the casc) has deserved well aged 71, the relict of Warde George of the Church by the publication of Westby, Esq. of Ravenfield park, Mr. Le Courayer's Treatise, especially Yorkshire, sister of the late Sir when the Reviewer comforts himself Conyers D'Arcy, and aunt to the at last with the reflection that “ many Earl of Holdernesse.” Of the latter stronger attempts against the Church years of the daughter, I could relale than those of Mr. Le Courayer have some singular anecdotes, were it not failed of their intended effect."

for an unaffccled concurrence in the Yours, &c. JUSTITIA. benevolent sentiment conveyed by

the writer of the second letter, p. А

LETTER in the present volume 112, in these expressive lerns, “ Let

(LXXXII.) p. 4, signed B, the remainder of her unhappy story gave occasion to a second, in p. 111, be left in oblivion.” I know that, with a different signature, respecting after the death of her mother, she the family of Westby, formerly of was in the receipt of 300!. per ann. Ravenfieldt in Yorkshire, in which it which was paid her quarteris. is said that the late Wardel George

A Friend To Accuracy: Westby" was indebted to the friendly for a small place in the Customs, on

been advertized, of an anonythe emoluments of which fe barely mous political pamphlel, that excited subsisted till his death.” This ac. a considerable degree of attention in count is inaccurate: ne had, during the carly part of the last century; mony years, a seat at the board of entitled, "The Judgment of whole Çustoms, as a Commissioner, with a Kingdoms and Nations, concerning


the Rights, Power, and Prerogative pal, though by no means the exclusive of Kings, and the Rights, Privi- renovators of this aptient practice; ledges, and Properties of the People ;" we should separate it from those printed in 1710; to which the name daring abuses, which, notorious as of the great Lord Somers, as the au they are alledged to be, loudly call thor, was first affixed in the title for an accusation in the proper place, page of what is there called the tenth before the proper inquisitors: we edition, published in 1771. In the should separate it from the foreign third volume, new series, of “Censura consideration of extempore delivery, Literaria” (a periodical work, the from tremendous and damnatory excontinuance of whichi, on an improved pressions; and, in fine, from all the plan, instead of its being wholly given wisdom and folly, the right and the up, had been pleasingly anticipated wrong, of Evangelical Church Methoby many), it is remarked, that the dism. In this consideration, as far as style of the beforementioned pam it respects the whole body of the phlet is very different from what is to Clergy, who are neitherdaring innovabe found in any political tract known tors, nor extempore preachers, nor to have been written by that cele wild enthusiasts, nor gloomy Calvinbrated Nobleman; a harshness of in- ists, we should only notice those vective, and coarseness of language, evils which may naturally and insepaquite beneath his cast of character, rably be connected, or which may being conspicuous in various parts of fairly be expected to result, The the book, as well as in the title; and charge of innovation, and unpremedistrong reasons are assigned for be tated nonsense or blasphemy, against 'lieving that the real author was no individuals, is foreign to the general other than that “ eccentric bibliopo subject. This objection stands in as list” (as he is termed by Granger), full force against all public worship John Dunton; an opinion, which a and instruction whatever, as against comparison of this tract with several Evening Lectures. of the avowed productious of his pen Now your Correspondent allows will tend very much to confirm. Evening Lectures to be productive of

ARCANUS. some good (mirabile dictu!) in large

populous towns, but thinks them Mr. URBAN,

April 6. questionable in retired country vilI

HAVE read, with some pain, a lages. “ Is the labourer,” he asks,

communication in your Miscellany "after several hours of violent and exfrom a person who styles himself “ Å treme exertion, having been exposed, Christian of the old School:” perhaps perhaps, to the combined severities he should have said “ A Christian of of cold, rain, and wind, whose limbs, the last Century;" for it seems too bevumbed and stiffened by labour, are clear that his sentiments are neither scarcely able to support bis exhausted those of the Reformation, nor of the fraine to his distant cottage, in a proEstablishment of Christianity. per state of mind to attend to reli

I myself also live in a neighbour- gious instruction ?” Is this pure unhood where Evening Lectures have sophisticated nonsense, or what is it? been introduced; but as they are now Is such really the blessed every-day spreading through the whole king. , lot of the English peasant? is his dom, this may not be singular, I exertion thus violent and extreme have been witness, however, to their every day, or any day in the week ? effects, and would with pleasure bear Issuch our delightful climate, and the my slender testimony. Nothing cap enviable state of a poor mau's con. be more obvious than that weekly stitution of body? and is his cottage lectures throughout the kingdom always at sych a favourable distance would or will produce a great effect; from his labour or his church? Were and it certainly demands a calın consi every one by penal laws compelled to deration, to determine of what nature attendance every night in the week that etfect will be. In this inquiry and the year, there might be some we should therefore do what your colour for this ridiculous caricature, late Correspondent has not done; we But are all these horrid circumstances should separate the subject of Even to afflict our peasants exactly every ing

Worship from every consideration Wednesday (which we will suppose of those who have been the princi- has been fixed upon for the Evening


Weekly Lecture)? and, if they do oce short? Let him read overtbe hundred
cur on any one Wednesday in the lines which contain all that he can in.
year, will the man choose to come to vent against Evening Lectures. Then,
his church, even if the opportunity if he have a parochial cure, and any
be offered to him ? Is it certain, care for consistency, let him immedi.
moreover, that be bas neither a ately institute Evening Lectures for
wife nor children who might attend some day in the week for the many
the public worship, and be benefited months of ihe approaching summer.
by religious instruction? and, finally, Not ope of his arguments can by any
is there any ecclesiastical law which force be made to bear against summer.
forbids the Church to be made, by lectures; and it would be better to do
cheap stoves, more dry and warm and well for half the year than not to do
comfortable than the cottage? Either well at all. Good heavens, that a
this declamation was made very un member, perhaps, a minister, of the
candidly, or very unthinkingly. The Church should talk about “the stated
former is niuch lo be feared; for it is periods" of once a week to do good
worthy of remark, that he does not and worship bis God! Well may Me.
choose to discuss the medium between thodism triumph.
large populous towns and retired It is well known that in the real
country villages. There is abundant Old School the evening services used
unfairness in this ; and particularly to be in the evening. As much at-
if your Correspondent, Mr. Urban, tached as your Correspondent can be
chunce to have an ostensible situation to the Liturgy of our Church, I am
in a small town, or a large country really sometimes a little hurt to
village on a high road. Our places kear, in the blaze of the day, the de-
of worship are sometimes indeed in- livery of the nightly prayer, Lighten
convenienily situated, sometimes from our darkness, we beseech thee, O
the unfrequent opening of the doors Lord, and by thy great mercy defend
inconveniently damp, and sometimes, us from all perils and dangers of this
indeed, inconveniently small. The night!That evening services bave
Dissenters, however, envy, us even been vot only episcopally coun-
these ; and God forbid that in respect tenanced, but strongly recommended,
to the capacity of our Barns, we is sufficiently notorious (I wish they
should lose our Churches.

had been commanded).

It is well The hour of attendance upon these kuown that the Primitive Christians Evening Lectures is, moreover, ex for many centuries assembled much tremely favourable, in the opinion of more frequently than at the stated all men, to that solemnity and deco- period of the Lord's Day; and, as rum which ought to prevail during the distresses of the major part of the performance of public worship. the community in all times and It has always been thought peculiarly countries must have demanded still and solemn. When the garish duily labour, it would have been hues of day are fled, when the hurry much more than probable, even if and noise of the light have subsided, unvouched by ecclesiastical records, when there is nothing to divert the that they assembled very early in the attention either of the eye or the morning, and after their day's work ear, it is the sacred hour of calın me. in the evening. I never, moreover, ditation and rational devotion. I read of a law for the exclusion of the have frequently attended these so younger. Upon the sluggish Christlemnities, and never once heard the tians of the present day, we could useenly noises from the moregloomy not easily prevail to obey the cheerparts of a church indifferently lighted ing sound of the bells al four or five up;" and why, let me ask, in these of a summer's morning; but they days of private elegance and expence, will occasionally atiend on an evening, should any part be indifferently light and where is the church door which ed? Here is a studied captioiisiless s should be shut upon them? It is well and most unsuccessfully supported! known that weekly evening worship is

But, moreover, has it really es a great weapon used against us by the caped the observation of your inge. Dissenters. Why not foil then at nuous and ingenious Correspondent, their own weapons: The art of war that there is in England a summer as has been much improved liy the well as a winter, lovg days as well as French, although to deadly purposes


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