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Art * I . —A Portraiture ofMethodism : being an Impartial View efr the Rise Prog ? ess , Doctrines , DiscifjMne , and Mamters of thm-. Wesleyan Methodists . In a Series of Letters , addressed to a Lady . By Joseph Nightingale , 8 vo . pp . 4 £ 6 . Longman and Co . 1 S 07 .
Ths ^ Wesleyan Methodists constitute a large portion of the religious public , and , of course , intelligent persons have latterly turned their eyes towards them with an increasing curiosity . We naturally inquire into their rise ,
progress , doctrines , discipline , and manners ; and we are happy to say that the volume before us is well adapted to yield us the desired
information-Mr . N . having been a preacher amongst them , for some years , is thoroughly acquainted with the topics which are here discussed , and such is his impartiality that he discloses the " secrets of the prison-house" without the least reserve . This , we understand , has roused the vengeance of the Metfhodist bigots against the author , and no means have beeij left untried to blast his fair and honest reputation . But the facts here detailed are not attempted to he called in question ;—they in-<^ ed are stubborn things , and ought to receive * as they do in this work , the ^^ estpQblicit # , ^ TImj letters which form the Portraiture ntefanty ^ four in numb ** ; they touch on every ar »
tide which can explain the nature , or illustrate the genius of Methodism . Our limits will not permit us to enumerate even their contents ; but we would recom- t
mend the reader to procure th ^ volume , as we can promise him r >® small portion of entertainment and instruction .
The style is clear and perspicu- * ous ; and though here and there a few expressions occur which wet could wish had been omitted , yet the work is well entitled to our
commendation ' . The sentiments ' are rational and manly , whilst i % breathes the liberal spirit of genuine Christianity . Notwithstanding we have refer * . red the reader to the work itself *
we shall transcribe , by way 0 $ specimen , a sketch of this religious body of people , —this will be > deemed the more interesting wherif it is added that their numbers ar ^ supposed to amount to nearly
half a million of sauls , or ^ one twentieth part of the population ^ of the kingdom and principality 1 This character which Mi \ N . has ; drawn of the Methodists wilty be founded bn a representation which $ tr . Wesley hiinsielf had givep of
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V REVIEW .
*• niLL PLKA ^ a TO PXAISE , 7 Et NOT AFHAID TO BUMI . " Pant .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1808, page 101, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2389/page/45/