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as a check upon the money-getting spirit , ( or desire of accumulation , ) but how large it ia . when compared 'with , the bulk of the savings that are left , A hundred pounds given away annually in benevolence , may appear something , and sound
handsomely in the ears of the public ; but if this sum be taken , from the savings pf one or two thousand , it will be little less than a reproach to the donor as a Christian . In short , no other way than the estimation of the gift by the surplus taring will do in the case in question .
But this would certainly be effectual to the end proposed . It would entirely keep down the money-getting ; spirit It would also do away the imputation of it in the public mind . For it is impossible in this case , that the word Quakerism
should not become synonymous with charity ; as it ought to be if Quakerism be a more than ordinary profession of the Christian religion . " Clarkson ' s Portraiture of Quakerism . ad edit . vol . in p . 266 and 267 . See also p . 26 4 , 5 . - - ¦¦ 1 .
••¦ There is a story how a learned friar in Italy , famous for his learning an 4 preaching , was commanded to preach before the Pope at a year of Jubilee ; and to be the better furnished , he repaired thither a good while before to Rome , to see the fashion of the conclave , to accommodate his sermonthe better . Whent
the day came he was to preach , having ended his prayer , he looking a long time about , at last he cried with a loud ypice three times , St . Peter was a fmZ 9 St . Peter tuas a fool , St . Peter ivas a fevl % which words ended he came out of the pulpit . Being after convened before the Pope , and asked why he so carried him * self , he answered , Surely , holy father ,
if a priest may go to heaven abounding in wealth , honour , and preferment , and live at ease , seldom or never to preach , then surely Sim Peter < was a fool , who took such a hard way in travelling , in fastittg 9 in preaching , to go thither , "
Gleanings , .. ' ... ' gg
© JLIANINGS , OR SELECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS MADE IN A COURSE OF GENERAL READING .
No-XLIX . Jubilee Sermon . Whiston remarks in his Memoirs [ Vol . i . 301 . ] upon the inac - tivity or ignorance of the generality of those that have of late been
preferred By the court to be bishops and deans ; nay , or by the bishops themselves to be archdeacons also , that they know one clergyman ( meaning himself ) of no preferment at all , that hath written
more books of learjung , and most of them for the propagation of truth and the true Christian religion , and for the confutation of sceptics and infidels , thfl . ii all of
them 3 above an hundred in num . ber , have done . To so little advantage , he adds , does the present disposal of preferments turn ; and so little benefit does either church or state receive from the
possessors of them . I conclude , lie says , with a very remarkable passage , which I have lately met with in a Sermon preached at a lord archbishop ' s triennial and
ordinary visitation ; I suppose in the days of Queen Elizabeth , upon Eccles . xii . 10 . The preacher did seek out pleasant words . The account is in these words *
vol . v . B
No . L . Living and Dying * When the Act of Uniformity was passed at the Restoration , a fellow of Emanuel College ,
Cambridge , Was representing , in conversation with a friend , a fellow of the same college , the great , difficulties of conformity , in point of conscience , but concluded however with these words : But we
must live I To which the other answered only , with the like number of words ., But ivc must 4 ie !
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 25, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/25/