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be held most sacred. The mind is mind, how awfully painful must given up to pleasure. Music, the result be to those who are the dancing, and every possible means, deluded victims of sin themselves. are resorted to here, to unfit the To all such persons who are likely spectators for useful life. Young hereby to endanger the loss of their people are completely driven off all precious and immortal souls, I guard; and the female who suf- would say of this, and every other fers herself to spend the evening scene of guilty pleasure, "* avoid in this enchanted place, cannot it, pass not by it, turn from it, and say to what excesses she may pass away." How did Solomon be led. No doubt, were many warn and reiterate his warning to warned, before they placed them- the young and the inconsiderate! selves in this way of temptation, And, I am sure, no language can of the consequences, and the mi- be too strong, no warning too urserable course of life to which it gent, to keep the yet uncontamiwould be the introduction, they nated from these whirlpools of dewould very gravely assure their solation and destruction. Those well-meaning advisers that they who are inclined to plead that they were completely mistaken. Youth, only intend going for once, would say they, is the time for enjoy- do well to reflect, that they are ment; we only go to pass a little venturing upon forbidden ground, time pleasantly away, and only and that perhaps to their utter ruin: act like other young people. We and those who permit their children fear no harm. But these compli- or servants to waste their time or ances with sinful diversions inay spend their money at such places not only ruin the character, destroy are highly criminal. We ought the virtue, and render the future never to go any where, or do

any life miserable, but may end in the thing, where we cannot reasonloss of the soul.

ably expect the divine blessing to Before heads of families ever attend us: that cannot, in the suffer their children and servants to most distant manner, be expected frequent these scenes, so complete when we visit such places as this: ly destructive to good order and and when a young female once morals in their own circle, they commits herself to the insults of ought to recollect the remote and the depraved crowd, who assemble very possible consequences, which together in order to gratify every may be inconceivably more afflic- corrupt desire, what may she not tive and dreadful. The other evils expect! The opportunity of formthat have been adverted to are pain- ing an intimacy with the

young, and ful to every tender and reflecting hitherto modest, is offered; and mind. Every one who is truly a well had not such an opportunity ocwisher to his country and kind, and curred, even the depraved and disreally a patriot and philanthropist, sipated might have satisfied themmust deeply lament, that such selves with a less degree of guilt destructive and polluting entertain- than the corruption of virgin innoments should be encouraged in the cence. Concerning all such revels, most opulent and enlightened city and those that frequent them, we in the world. But when he carries may well say to the young and inhis views forward to consequences experienced, “ Come out from of an eternal nature, which may be among them, and be ye separate, connected with such sinful and and touch not the unclean thing." profane pleasures, he will be shock- What has been advanced yet, ed indeed. If the apprehension of chiefly has been in reference to such consequences be thus painful young females. But is this the to every considerate and reflecting only class who suffer by plunging

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into temptation? It would be well it injurious in the most serious manif it were so; for then the evils ner to those connected with them. might be considerably restrained; Again, those who conduct the but the evils produced by such fairs shows, up-and-downs, whirligigs, as this, are, alas ! more diffusive. &c. &c. are also injured, as well Young men are liable to all the as the frequenters themselves. evils which have been enumerated, Were there no one to pay and enas well as females; and they, espe- courage them in their foolish busicially servants, minors, and ap- nesses, of course they would soon prentices, are still more exposed. decline them, and betake themThese will be likely, when multi- selves to a more lawful employ. tudes, opportunity, example, and So that those who visit these fairs the covert of night all concur, to not only do harm to themselves and indulge without restraint in all the families, but by paying others to corrupt propensities of human na- play the fool for them, indirectly ture. And, perhaps, such scenes encourage them in sin, and help as these

may induce them to break to ruin their souls. It fully beoff all restraint yet laid upon them. hoves all heads of families in LonFrom indulging here their sinful don, at this season, to keep a appetites, they may proceed to watchful eye upon their children, farther enormities. First, robbing servants, and apprentices, and by their parents or employers; then the most rigid severity to prevent joining characters like themselves; any over whom God has given aythey proceed in the career of dis- thority to go into this way of wic. sipation and wickedness, till they kedness; even children ought not end their days transported to a fo- so much as to go within the purreign clime, or else upon the gal- lieus of it, nor be allowed a penny lows, or die by their own hands. to lay out in the purchase of toys The last was the fate of a young or any thing whatsoever there sold. man, the son of an innkeeper in

And if it is binding upon parents Smithfield, not long ago; ruined, thus to keep their families from this it was said, by giving way to ex- ensnaring evil, it is most imperacessive drinking at the fair. tive on themselves, by all means,

And again, this fatal vortex to keep from this spot also. Even draws in, by its fascinating influ- should business call near, it would ence, even those who are more ad- be better to make any circuit rather vanced in life. Men who have fami- than to be seen in such a place. I lies that depend entirely upon their remember, many years ago, hearmanual labour for their very exist- ing a person say, that passing ence; even these seem to consider through Bartholomew fair, he saw it a kind of lawful and necessary a gentleman, a minister of reputed relaxation, to waste the time and piety, gazing at the shows; and he spend the money (wanted to pur- thought if he did so, sure there chase necessaries for their wives could be no harm for him to do and children) in drinking, smoking, likewise. It is well known how &c. at this dissipated fair. Let any much more potent example is than person who doubts this merely precept; therefore, set the example walk into any of the public houses, hereby of a holy superiority over and observe the company who fill all such trifling, and, in fact, conthem. To these it is a double loss. temptible amusements. All the time wasted from actual

I am, dear Sir, work cuts off those supplies their Your obedient Servant and families need; and the money ac

occasional Correspondent, tually spent in dissipation renders

JAMES T. OCT. 1823.

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be held most sacred. The mind is mind, how awfully painful mur given up to pleasure. Music, the result be to those who are dancing, and every possible means, deluded victims of sin their are resorted to here, to unfit the To all such persons who ar: ":.' spectators for useful life. Young hereby to endanger the loss of sham people are completely driven off all precious and immortal sout guard; and the female who suf- would say of this, and evert etter fers herself to spend the evening scene of guilty pleasure, in this enchanted place, cannot it, pass not by it, turn from is say to what excesses she may pass away." How did Son. be led. No doubt, were many

warn and reiterate his w warned, before they placed them- the young and the ince: selves in this way of temptation, And, I am sure, no lang of the consequences, and the mi- be too strong, no warnir serable course of life to which it gent, to keep the yet i would be the introduction, they nated from these whirlpon! would very gravely assure their solation and destruction well-meaning advisers that they who are inclined to plead were completely mistaken. Youth, only intend going for on say they, is the time for enjoy- do well to reflect, thai ment; we only go to pass a little venturing upon forbidde: time pleasantly away, and only and that perhaps to the act like other young people. We and those who permit 11 fear no harm. But these compli- or servants to waste i ances with sinful diversions may spend their money a not only ruin the character, destroy are highly crimina.. the virtue, and render the future never to go any." life miserable, but may end in the thing, where w loss of the soul.

ably expect the Before heads of families ever attend us: that suffer their children and servants to most distant ma frequent these scenes, so complete- when we visits ly destructive to good order and and when a y morals in their own circle, they commits hersel ought to recollect the remote and the depraved er very possible consequences, which together in or may be inconceivably more affic- corrupt desire tive and dreadful. The other evils expect! The that have been adverted to are pain- ing an intim ful to every tender and reflecting hitherto me mind. Every one who is truly a well had not wisher to his country and kind, and curred really a patriot and philanthropist, sipated must deeply lament, that such selve destructive and polluting entertain the ments should be encouraged in the eleme most opulent

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... Henry and Scott are their poamcntators.-P. 107.

while this statement is in respects true, it is in others correct. The majority of

Calvinists do not maintain timents contained in the first cond propositions, which we marked in Italics. Not only Sublapsarians have asserted, position to the second

propo:), the doctrine of general re.:1ption, but it is expressly main

*- ined by the Synod of Dort; * by E vrhout

Jost all those ministers of the DE TODENSHIPS

siurch of England who are called unt.

suvinists in the present day, and these may TOUCE **

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..se eminent commentators, Henry tom adulging are

Scott, and especially by the petites. 'her zar

ter; and even Calvin himself ther enormties.

35, Redemption is sufficient for ter parents or colores unma characters are i

We deem it a duty owing to the Der Toceed is

author, and our readers in general, mation and wieken

thus to advert to some of the defects their (313 trap

still existing in this laborious comcime. 's fine

pilation; and we notice these dews. I die

fects in the first instance, that we The last was the

may be able the more decidedly to an. the same

fuely mithfield. et

express our approbation of the reIwas ganet.

After every imperfection we have sive drinkm

word discovered, we know of no publiin and

cation of this nature, which rew grace ally contains so few blemishes as God has that before us. None which

may I by his Spi- so safely be put into the hands of om a state of young people, and where there is

so little danger of meeting with

erroneous statements on essential truck doubtless subjects. Mr. A. is evidently a arts which set no man of sense and piety, and conArist's death, reject siderable attainments. He obviicle of their creed,

ously leans to the Arminian side of lcdemption. And of

the question; and this has probably nut profess to hold and among the rest

been the reason of his imputing to occasionally drop such almost all Calvinists these dogmas, not well be construed in

which so many who maintain the Gy with that article, or

doctrine of personal election have as admitting or implying

always rejected; and the same bias question.--Pp. 105, 106. the close of the section,

* See Scott's Synod of Dort, 128. See

also the Sermon on Election and Final systems of divinity are those

Perseverance. First published in 1785. e, Pictet, Stapferus, Dr. Gill,

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REVIEW OF BOOKS. The Religious World Displayed; of view, and to avail himself of

or, a View of the Four grand Sys- the author's liberal indulgence, to tems of Religion ; namely, Chris- introduce a species of special tianity, Judaism, Paganism, and pleading on behalf of his own deMohammedism, &c. By the Rev. nomination : and, however Mr. Robert Adam, M.A. Two Vols. Adam might endeavour to correct Pp. xxviii, 470. and viii, 508. such obliquities, by the insertion of Second Edition. Seeleys. Notes, &c., a considerable portion

The numerous sects and deno- of misrepresentation, on various minations of a religious nature al- points, would still necessarily pre

vail. ready in existence, render works of this kind highly desirable; since,

In the present edition, however, without such publications, consider

the author has deviated consiable difficulty must frequently be ex. derably from his former plan. perienced in obtaining requisite in

Departing from the principle of Fleury, formation. Desirable, however, as

that“every one ought to be believed concern

ing his own doctrine, and the history of his such works are, it must be obvious, own sect," I have paid less deference than on the slightest consideration, that formerly to their own statements respecting their composition is exceedingly themselves ; and have been repeatedly predifficult. The intercourse of any

sent, in most cases, in their religious asindividual with the sects and par- and hear the doctrines they taught. At

semblies, to witness their forms of worship ties prevalent in his own neigh- the same time, I have not only had rebourhood, is, generally speaking, course to various works wherein the prinvery limited; so that the informa- ciples and practices of the several denomition, which the most industrious can

nations, sects, and parties, are detailed by obtain concerning all religious de- themselves and others, and have carefully

culled from them whatever seemed applinominations, must necessarily be cable to my purpose; but I have also inimperfect. The inquirer must con- vited to my assistance living authors, or tinually be dependant on sthe opi- other learned and distinguished characters of nions and representations of others, most denominations. And, I am happy to and can seldom so state the senti- say, that there are few instances in which,

on my stating the object and plan of the ments of those who differ from him work, the invitation has not been very on important topics, as not to excite readily and cheerfully accepted.-P. xi. their complaints. To obviate these Mr. A.'s display is, therefore, difficulties, Mr.Adam, in the former far less objectionable on this edition of his work, requested the ground now, than formerly; yet, leading persons of various deno- there is still too much deference minations to draw up accounts of paid to the old principle; and, in their own sentiments; and, where very many cases, the reader must this was not complied with, he en- consider the account of a particular deavoured to prevail with such per- sect, as presenting a flattering por

to correct the statements traiture, which should be contemwhich he had compiled from other plated with considerable caution. sources of information. This was The account of several foreign indeed, on his part, an impartial churches, and of some dissenters way of proceeding; and yet, it na- in our own country, is thus, we turally tended to produce a very fear, more favourable than their partial representation of the senti- actual state will justify. ments of religious parties. The Were the bias, indeed, always writer of every article was strongly on the same side, it might, disposed to place his own senti- upon the whole, be more easily ments in the most favourable point corrected. This, however, is not

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