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relics we look, as to some orient and refute the sarcastic definition pearl which the ocean of time has of Johnson, that it is “ a rod with deposited on its shores—the rich- a fish at one end, and a fool at the est burden of the refluent surge. other.” With the exception of To us they have an illumination one unhappy feature, honest Walmore glowing than that with which ton was a model of good nature: Persia or Hindustan beautifies he was universally benevolent, her most precious manuscripts; except towards Puritans and Nonand their homely binding of rusty conformists. He never hears of brown, or wrinkled vellum, has one of these unhappy separatists, more attractions than the splendid without 'foaming at the mouth; envelopes and silver hinges of and his pen, at such a juncture, Payne. To them we may apply becomes, for the first time, tinged Chesterfield's eulogy on Nollekens, with gall. We trust this arose that " he alone was a statuary, from his misconception of their the rest were stone-cutters,” and real character; and we charitably say. “ These are biographers, the hope he now loves them better, rest are fact-retailers.” They are and is more reconciled to them. of nature's mint; and though they He lived in an age when religious, have been circulated for more than as well as political, animosities a century, their impression is yet were carried to an unhappy height, fresh, and their inscription legible, and he drank too deeply into the To such an one we would now spirit, of his hierarchical friends. introduce our readers ; but, before It is not to be wondered at, that we advert more particularly to the the biographer of Hooker should, work itself, we must occupy a few in this respect, have imbibed the lines with an account of the au- principles, and conformed to the thor.
rules of ecclesiastical polity. But ISAAK, or, as he is commonly we would not revile his memory, called, honest ISAAK WALTON, nor cast one bitter word of recriwas born at Stafford, in 1593. The mination against those pages which early part of his life was spent in have oft sweetened our toilsome London, where he kept a linen studies, nor look with an unwonted shop. His employment did not, frown on what has so long anihowever, occupy him so exclu- mated vur face with smiles. Mr. sively as to prevent the cultivation Walton lived to a great age, and, of his literary taste; as, in this in his ninetieth year, published a uncongenial situation, we find him posthumous production of his the author of several most inte- friend Chalkill. Besides these resting productions, and the inti- works, he wrote the life of Bishop mate friend of many of the cele- Sanderson, which, together with brated wits and authors of the the lives contained in the present day. His pieces bave always volume, has been recently repubbeen remarkable for a sprightliness lished by Dr. Zouch. To this last of thought, and easy simplicity of edition there is prefixed a memoir diction, but rarely possessed even of honest Isaak. by the most felicitous genius. His The first article in the present “ Angler" has enjoyed an uninter- collection, and perhaps the best, rupted popularity, from the date is the life of Dr. John Donne, of of its first appearance; a circum- which the learned John Hales, stance the more singular, as that thc of Eton, affirmed, “ He had not aquatic art is, to most persons, but a seen a life written with more addry subject. But the genius and vantage to the subject, or more eloquence of Walton can invest reputation to the writer.” It comeven the fishing-rod with dignity, mences in the following manner ;
“ Master John Donne was born in happy (which few are) as to satisfie and London of good and vertuous parents, exceed their expectations : preaching the and though his own learning and other word so, as shewed his own heart was multiplyed merits may justly appear suffi- possest with those very thoughts and joyes cient to dignifie both himself and his that he labored to distill into others: a posteritie ; yet, the reader may be pleased preacher in earnest, weeping sometimes to know, that his father was masculinely for his auditory, sometimes with them : and lineally descended from a very an- always preaching to himself, like an angel cient family in Wales, where many of his from a cloud, but in none; carrying some, name now live, that deserve and have as St. Paul says, to heaven in holy rapgreat reputation in that countrey.' He tures, and enticing others by a sacred art had his first breeding in his father's house, and courtship to amend their lives; here where a private tutor had the care of him, picturing a vice, so as to make it ugly to until the ninth year of his age ; and in his those that practised it; and a virtue, so tenth year, he was sent to the University as to make it be beloved even by those of Oxford, having at that time a good com- that loved it not; and all this with a most mand both of the French and Latine particular grace, and an unexpressible tongue. This and some other of his re- addition of comeliness.” markable abilities, made one give this cen- Dr. Donne's appointment to the sure of him, That this age had brought forth last dignity he enjoyed, is thus another Mirandula ; of whom story says,
related : by study."
St. Paul's being vacant, the king sent to
Dr. Donne, and appointed him to attend After an account of Mr. Donne's him at dinner the next day. When his. proficiency in his studies, and his Majesty was sate down, before he had eat conversion from popery to protes- any meat, he said after his pleasant man
ner, Dr. Donne, I have invited you to dinncr, tantism, the author proceeds, and though you sit not down with me, yet I
" It hath been observed by wise and will carve to you of a dish that I know you considering men, that wealth hath seldom love well ; for knowing you love London, I do been the portion, and never the mark to therefore make you dean of Paul's; and when discover good people ; but that Almighty
I have dined, then do you take your beloved God, who disposeth all things wisely, hath dish home to your study ; say grace to yourof his abundant goodness denied 'it (he self, and much good may it do you.” , onely knows why) to many, whose minds We must confine ourselves to he hath enriched with the greater blessings one or two more brief extracts of knowledge and virtue, as the fairer testimonies of his love to mankind ; and this irom this portion
"Ethis from this portion of the volume, was the present condition of this man of and then pass on to the remaining 80 excellent erudition and endowments; lives. whose necessary and daily expences were " The recreations of his youth were hardly reconcileable with his uncertain and
poetry, in which he was so happy, as if narrow estate."
nature and all her yarieties had been made After resisting for some time the onely to exercise his sharp wit, and high pressing solicitations of James to
fancy; and in those pieces, which were
facetiously composed and carelessly scatenter into holy orders, we at length tered, (most of them being written before find his conscientious scruples re- the twentieth year of his age,) it may apsolved. Of his debut in the sacer- pear by liis choice metaphors, that both dotal office, the following account nature, and all the arts joyned to assist him
with their utmost skill.' The latter part is preserved :
of his life may be said to be a continued " Though his long familiarity with study; for as he usually preached once a scholars, and persons of greatest quality week, if not oftener, so after his sermon was such as might have given some men he never gave his eyes rest, till he had boldness enough to have preached to any chosen out a new text, and that night cast eminent auditory, yet his modesty in this his sermon into a form, and his text into employment was such, that he could not divisions; and the next day betook himbe persuaded to it, but went usually ac- self to consult the fathers, and so commit companied with some one friend, to preach his meditations to his memory, which was privately in some village, not far from excellent. But upon Saturday, he usually London : his first serinon being preached gave himself and his inind a rest from the at Paddington. This he did, till his Ma- weary burthen of his week's meditations, jesty sent and appointed him a day to and usually spent that day in visitation of preach to him at White-hall, and though friends, or some other diversions of his much was expected from hiin, both by thoughts; and would say, that he gave his Majesty and others, yet he was so both his worly and mind that refreshment, that
he might be enabled to do the work of the day to believe him to have an inward blessed following, not faintly, but with coverage and divine light, and therefore to consider him cheerfulness. Nor was his age onely so a little wonder. For in that, children industrious, but in the most unsettled were less pregnant, les3 confident, and dayes of his youth, his bed was not able to more malleable, than in this wiser, but detain bim beyond the hour of four in a not better age. This meekness, and conmorning; and it was no common busi- juncture of knowledge with modesty in ness that drew him out of his chamber till his conversation, being observed by his past ten. All which time was employed in schoolmaster, caused him to persuade his study, though he took great liberty after it: parents (who intended him for an apprenand if this seem strange, it may gain a tice) to continuè him at school, till he belief by the visible fruits of his labours ; could find out some means, by persuading some of which remain as testimonies of his rich uncle, or some other charitable what is here written, for he left the resul person, to ease them of a part of their tance of 1400 authors, most of them care and charge ; assuring them, that their abridged and analized with his own hand. son was so enriched with the blessings of He left also six-score of his sermons, all nature and grace, that God seemed to sinwritten with his own hand, also an exact gle him out as a special instrument of his and laborious treatise, concerning self. glory. And the good man told them also, murther, called Biathanatos, wherein all the that he would double his diligence in inlaws violated by that Act are diligently structing him, and would neither expect surveyed, and judiciously censured, a trea nor receive any other reward than the tise written in his younger days, which content of so hopeful and happy an emalone might declare him then not onely ployment. In the mean time, his parents perfect in the civil and canon law, but in and master laid a foundation for his future many other such studies and arguments, happiness, by instilling into his soul the as enter not into the consideration of many seeds of piety, those conscientious principles that labour to be thought great clerks, of loving and fearing God, of an early belief and pretend to know all things.”
that he knows the very sccrets of our souls ; We have recently given so
that he punisheth our vices, and rewards our
innocence ; that we should be free from hycopious an extract from the me pocrisie, und appear to man what we are to moirs of Sir Henry Wotton, that God, because, first or last, the crafiy man is we shall refrain, in the present
catch't in his own snare. These sceds of instance, from
piety were so seasonably planted, and so any reference to
continually watered, by the daily dew of that article ; and, for the same
God's blessed Spirit, that his infant virreason, we shall avoid touching tues grew into such holy habits, as did on the life of George Herbert. make him grow daily into more and Our readers will meet with ample
more favour both with God and man,
which, with the great learning that he did quotations from that work in our
attain to, hath made Richard Hooker hoMagazine for 1823. - Richard noured in this, and will continue him to Hooker was born near Exeter, in be so to succeeding generations." the year 1553. His biographer The following anecdote is exthus relates a few particulars of tracted.
tracted, on account of the pleasing the early life of that great man: view it presents of the manners of
" His complexion (if we may guess by the times : him at the age of forty) was sanguine, with a mixture of choler; and yet, his motion " He took a journey from Oxford to was slow, even in his youth, and so was Exeter, to satisfy and see his good mother, his speech, never expressing an earnest- being accompanied with a countryman ness in either of them, but a gravity suit- and companion of his own colledge, and able to the aged. And 'tis observed, (so both on foot; which was then either more far as inquiry is able to look back at this in fashion, or want of money, or their distance of time,) that, at his being a humility made it so. But on foot they school-boy, he was an early questionist, went, and took Salisbury in their way, quietly inquisitive, Why was this and purposely to see the good Bishop (Jewell), that not to be remembered? Why this wus who made Mr. Hooker and his companion granted, and that denied ? This being mixed dine with him at bis own table, which Mr. with a remarkable modesty, and a sweet Hooker boasted of with much joy and graSerene quietness of nature, and with them titude when he saw his mother and friends ; a quick apprehension of many perplext and, at the Bishop's parting with him, the parts of learning, imposed then upon him Bishop gave him good counsel and his as a scholar, made his master and others benediction, but forgot to give him money: which when the Bishop had con- bound in conscience to believe all that she sidered, he sent a servant in all haste to said ; so that the good man came to be call Richard back to him; and at Richaril's persuaded by her, that he was a man of a return, the Bishop said to him, Richard, tender constitution ; and that it was best for I sent for you back to lend you a horse, which him to have a wife, that might prove a nurse hath carried me muny a mile, and, I thank to him, such an one as might both prolong his God, with much ease; and presently de- life, and make it more comfortable; and such livered into his hands a walking-staff, with an one she could and would provide for him, which he professed to have travelled if he thought fit to marry. And he, not conthrough many parts of Germany; and he sidering that the children of this world arc said, Richard, I do not give, but lend you my wiser in their generation than the children of horse. Be sure you be honest, and bring my light; but, like a true Nathaniel, fearing horse back to me at your return this way to no guile, because he meant none, did give Oxford. “And I do now give you ten groats, her such a power as Eleazar was trusted to bear your charges to Exeter ; und here is with, when he was sent to choose a wife ten groats more, which I charge you to deliver for Isaac ; for even so he trusted her to to your mother, and tell her I send her a Bi choose for him, proinising, upon a fair shop's benediction with it, and beg the continu summons, to return to London, and acance of her prayers for me. And if you bring cept of her choice, and he did so in that or my horse back to me, I will give you ten groats the year following. Now the wife promore, to carry you on foot to the colledge ; vided for him was her daughter Joan, who and so God bless you, good Richard.”
brought him neither beauty nor portion ;
and for her conditions, they were too like On taking orders, Mr. Hooker that wife's which is by Solomon compared was appointed to preach at Paul's to a dripping house, so that he had no
reason to rejoice in the wife of his youth, cross.
but too just cause to say, with the holy " In order to which sermon, to London prophet, Woe is me, that I am constrained to he came, and immediately to the Shuna
have my habitation in the tents of Keder.” mite's house, which is a house so called,
Our extracts from this curious for that besides the stipend paid the preacher, there is provision made also for volume must conclude with the his lodging and diet, two days before, and following description of Mr. Hooone day after his sermon. This house was ker's person and character : then kept by John Churchman, sometimes a draper of good note in Watling-street, He was " a harmless man, a man in upon whom poverty had at last come like
poor clothes, his loyns visually girt in a an armed man, and brought him into a
coarse gown, or canonical coat ; of a necessitous condition; which, though it
mean stature, and stooping, and yet more be a punishment, is not always an argu- lowly in the thoughts of his soul ; his body ment of God's disfavour, for he was a vir- worn out, not with age, but study and tuous man : 1 shall not yet give the like holy mortifications ; his face full of heattestimony of his wife, but leave the reader pimples, begot by his unactivity and seto judge by what follows. But to this dentary life. And to this true character house Mr. Hooker came so wet, so weary, of his person let me add this of his dispoand weather-beaten, that he was never sition and behaviour : God and nature known to express more passion than blessed him with so blest a bashfulness. against a friend that dissuaded him from that, as in his younger days, his pupils footing it to London, and for finding hin might easily look him out of counteno easier an horse : supposing the horse nance . so neither then nor in his age. trotted when he did not : and at this time did he ever willingly look any man in the also, such a faintness and fear possest him, face : and was of so mild and humble a that he would not be persuaded two days' nature, that his poor parish clerk and he quietness, or any other means could be did never talk but with both their hats on, used to make him able to preach his Sun- or both off, at the same time. And to day's sermon; but a warm bed, and rest, this may be added, tbat, though he was and drink proper for a cold, given him by not purblind, yet he was short or weakMrs. Churchmun, and her diligent attend. sighted ; and where he fixt his eyes at the ance added unto it, enabled him to perform beginning of his sermon, there they conthe office of the day, which was in or about tinued till it was ended ; and the reader the year 1581. The kindness of Mrs. has a liberty to believe that his modesty Churchman's curing him of his late distein- and dim sight were some of the reasons per and cold was so gratefully apprehended why he trusted Mrs. Churchman to choose by Mr. Hooker, that he thought himself his wife."
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L'HERITAGE DU CHRETIEN : ou, un These tracts are published and circu. Recueil de Promesses, tiré de l'Ecriture lated by the Anti-Slavery Society : a Sainte. Traduit de l’Anglois du Doc- laudable institution, the declared object teur Clark. A Londres ; chez Jacques of which is to promote, by all constituNisbet, Libraire, 21, Berners Street. tional means, the amelioration and graC'est ici un recueil excellent et bien dual abolition of slavery throughout the choisi, que nous sommes heureux de British Colonies. voir enfin paraitre en François ; on lui It is well known to our readers that a donné le format d'un livre de poche : this subject has long occupied the seric'est un sommaire de ces promesses, si ous attention of Parliament; and that grandes, et si precieuses, dans lesquelles many documents, calculated to throw l'église de Dieu a mis sa confiance de- light upon it, have been, from time to puis le commencement des siècles, et time, ordered to be laid upon the table nous esperons qu'il obtiendra une heu- of the House of Commons, and printed reuse publicité sur le continent, où, mal
blicité sur le continent, où, mal- for the use of its members. beureusement, on n'est pas partout à The first of the tracts now before us l'abri des persecutions en fait de con contains an abstract of the information science et de religion.
thus obtained during the last session, Les textes dont cet ouvrage est com and will, we doubt not, prove of great posé, sont arrangés de manière que l'on value to the anti-slavery cause, by propeut, sans aucune difficulté, trouver tout moting inquiry and discussion." de suite le sujet qui convient aux néces The space which we can allot to this sités spirituelles du lecteur, quelles article will not allow of our laying bequ'elles puissent être. Un tel recueil fore our readers even a brief summary of ne peut qu'être très-utile en rémemo
'être très-utile en rémemo- the varied contents of this pamphlet. riant à l'esprit des fidèles ces passages We shall only observe, that the Postde l'Ecriture qui sont les plus propres à script displays oppression, and the most les fortifier contre la tentation, et à leur reckless cruelty, in almost every imadonner de la consolation dans les mal- ginable mode or form, as existing down heurs de la vie : il servira particulière- to the end of the year 1823, within the ment aux malades, qui peuvent bien limits of the very small colony of Berfixer leur attention sur des sentences bice. courtes et familières, lors même qu'ils It is filled with complaints of slaves ne sont guère capables de la porter sur against their masters, on account of aldes sujets longs et soutenus." Ce petit leged injuries, which are chiefly of an ouvrage a le mérite d'avoir été approuvé, aggravated description. Indeed, when et fortement recommandé autrefois par we read of a slave receiving fifty lashes, le Docteur Isaac Watts.
for making a complaint against his over
seer, in which, according to the judgThe SLAVE COLONIES of Great ment of the Fiscal, he was not fully Britain ; or, a Picture of Negro Slavery, borne out, although there appeared suffidrawn by the Colonists themselves ; being cient ground for the complaint to warrant an Abstract of the various Papers re- the Fiscal in severely reprimanding the cently laid before Parliament on that Sub- overseer, we can scarcely imagine or exject; with a Postscript. Hatchard and pect that the minutes of this officer will Son. 1825. 8vo. pp. 164.
contain notices of any trifling or facAUTHENTIC REPORT of the Debate in titious causes of discontent; but, on the the House of Commons, June the 23d,
contrary, that much of injury and suffer1825, on Mr. Buxton's Motion relative ing may have existed in this small to the Demolition of the Methodist Cha- colony, which was never brought under pel and Mission-House in Barbadoes, and the cognizance of the public officer. the Expulsion of Mr. Shrewsbury, a Wes Those complaints which have been leyan Missionary, from that Island. recorded relate chiefly to inadequate Hatchard and Son. 8vo. pp 119.
supplies of food and clothing; to the EXTRACTS from the Royal Jamaica imposition of excessive, and often imGazette, June 11th to June 18th, 1825. 2s. practicable tasks; and to the infliction
ANTI-SLAVERY MONTHLY REPORT- of wanton and excessive punishments, ER, Nos. 1 to 6. 8vo.
of which there are some flagrant in