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Tayjoif , * " -was th £ n growings and the powers ? of the world began' to take notice of it , it was not unlikely this letter would fall into the hands of the Roman magistrates ; and whenever that happened , it was right , not only that they favourer
should see Christianity was no of sedition , but likewise that they should ha ^ e an opportunity of reading their own duty and obligations—The apostle with a masterly hand delineates , and strongly inculcates , the magistrate ' s duty , while he is pleading his
cause with the sutyect , and establishing his authority upon the most true and solid ground . He dexterously sides with the magistrate , and vindicates his power , against any subject who might have imbibed seditious principles , or might be inclined to give the
government any disturbance ; and under that advantage , reads the magistrate a fine and close lecture upon the nature and ends of government . A way of conveyance so ingenious and
unexceptionable , that Nero himself , had this epistle fallen into his hands , could not well have missed of seeing his duty , and yet would have met with nothing flattering on the one hand , nor offensive or distrusting on the other /'
1 Cor . i . 12 : " — and I of Christ . " Bishop Pearce ( in loc /) suspects " that these words were not in the original . " Yet we have na authority for omitting them ; nor should either the text or the translation be disturbed . The
writer complains of schisms in the church at Corinth , and of the propensity of its members to enrol themselves under the banners of human , uncommissioned leaders . What he laments and censures is , that some individuals declared their attachment to one
apos-* Paraphrase , &c . on the epistle to the Romans . For the high value of this worjt , see Bishop Watson ' s Collection of Theol , Tracts , Vol . III ., at the beginning . Of the descendants of Dr . Taylor , so well kno \ yn throughout a wide circle for their
talents and their virtues , for their / several attainments in Science , Learning and the . Arts , for their amiable manners , their generous public spirit , and their enlightened attachment to Truth and Liberty and Religion , it may with eminent propriety be said , that they have shewi * , * f ,.. uniT 11 i quid mens rite quid indoles Nutiita sanctis sub penetralibus MTCrjpfJv IW ^^ r «
tie or minister , to Paul , to Apollos , to Peter ; although he does others . the justice ^ o Own that they acknowledged him alone ** who is the head "— -I am of Christ . It was mortifying that the
name of Christ should appear to be on no higher level than the names of his servants . Hence the writer imniedU ately asks , Is Christ divided ? Nothing can be more in our author ' s manner . N .
Yorh , Sir , October 28 , ' 1820 . ON the night of the 11 th inst ., after I had been some time retired to rest , and , not being immediately disposed to sleep , was occupied in observing and admiring the planet Jupiter , now in all its beauty , and interested in
forming conjectures whether at some future period in the revolution of ages , we may not be permitted to join with the inhabitants of other planetary worlds in one general hymn of thanksgiving and praise , —in an instant my room was illumined by a blaze of light
which could hardly , I think , have been produced by a thousand flaming flambeaux . On drawing aside the curtain , I * saw a tremendous column of fire towering up to a prodigious height , and emitting sparks in every direction . The sight was most inexpressibly awful , at once sublime and terrific . " Happily for the inhabitants of this street ,
( Lendal , ) the large corn ^ mill from which the conflagration proceeded was at some distance , and on the opposite side of the river Ouse , which runs parallel with it . Still , however , the sight was most overwhelming : if We were not personally in danger ,
doubtless there were many others that were ; and when this all-devouring element has once gained the ascendancy , who shall say where its ravages may terminate ? In this afflicting event , however , as doubtless in every other , ' we may point out many alleviating circumstances which human wisdom could not
have controlled , and of favourable coincidences which human foresight could not have produced , and which " afford a striking proof that the great Supreme Disposer of all events , in the midst of judgment , remembers mercy . I shall merely state one or two instances . —If the night had not beein unusually calm and tranquil , not even a breath of air
708 Mrs . Cappers Reflections on a late Conflagration .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1820, page 708, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2495/page/20/