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tritmted fift y * and even a hundred pounds per annum" ( p . 40 ) . Is it , " he asks , €€ only in religion that it is o-enteel to be shabby ?* ' ( Ib . )
Referring to " persons of very comfortable incomes , whose expenditure is several hundreds a-year , who get their own praise at the marvellously cheap rate of giving one guinea every year , to support a minister to whom they
profess to be attached , "• he says , " Were I to speak as a man , I should pour the full torrent of indignant contempt on their beggarly benevolence" ( p . 41 ) . He reminds these one - guinea-subscribers , " that they give to a minister one seventh part of what they give to a maid-servant ; and perhaps , " he archly adds , " they keep two or three of these . " Nay , he goes on with regard to the guinea , " It is not indeed the thirtieth part of the cost of a domestic servant , if to the wages , we add the board" ( p . 42 ) . So much for the wealthier part of the people : to " come down to the lower ranks of
life , " "" it costs many , " says this assessor of ecclesiastical dues , " much more for ensuring their house % than for instructing their souls" : indeed , he suggests , " we are reminded" ( i . e . amongst poor hearers of the word , ) " of what a shrewd person once said , * I pay more for my sole than my $ oul * " ( ib . ) -
But enough of the preacher ' s ways and means / ' We might , we allow , have taken some better things out of his budget , but we confess that in reading his speech from the pulpit we have felt chiefly disgust at its worldly temper and ( to use an epithet which
he idly deprecates ) its " mercenary " maxims . Importuned to notice it , however , by the presentation of two successive copies to our work , we could not pass by an opportunity of shewing the prevalence of an hierarchical spirit in one of our predominant sects ; the confidence of our popular preachers in the submissiveness ( to use no harsher word ) of their flocks ; and the character of that style of public address which now carries away the crowd , in which quaintness is taken for wit , extravagance for sublimity , and a hardy familiarity with sacred ^ ings for divine inspiration .
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nial Visitation of Bowyer Edward , Lord Bishop of Ely . By Jeremiah Jackson , M . A ., Vicar of SwaffKam , Bulbeck . 8 vo ., pp . 32 . Wisbech , printed and sold by White and Leach : sold also by Rivingtons > London .
Art . IV . — The Nature and Evil of Schism ; ia Sermon preached at Wis ~ bech , on Thursday , the 3 \ st of July , 1821 , at the third Quadren *
Art . V . ' — Strictures on a Sermon entitled " The Nature and Evil of Schism / 9 preached before the Right Rev . Father in God , the Lord Bishop of Ely , by the Rev . J . Jackson , M . A ., Vicar of Swaffliam Bulbeck . By James Hill . 8 vo ., pp . 36 . Wisbech , printed and sold by White and Leach . 1821 .
ACCUSTOMED to read the sermons of dignitaries in the golden age of the Church of England , when the charge of schism from the pulpit was backed by a warrant from the bench , we can scarcely forbear awarding to the vicar of Swaffham Bulbeck the praise of moderation . He
concedes ( p . 4 ) that the experience of the purest age of the church affords strong ground for the apprehension , that perfect concord among Christians is not to be attained . He " readily admits , ( p . 19 , ) that if the Christian society into which a man has been received in
his infancy , do not in his riper years , and when he has the means of forming a correct judgment , appear in its faith and practice consistent with the pure word of God , it becomes his duty to quit it . " And he declares his satisfaction ( p . 17 ) in the constitutional
privilege of " unlimited right of private judgment in matters of conscience . " These liberal concessions seem scarcely compatible with the attempt to fix the sin of schism upon Protestant Dissenters , and especially with the monstrous doctrine , which Mr . Chief Justice Christian will tell Mr . Jackson is
not law , and which the perusal of the New Testament will shew him is ndt Gospel , that the crime of such as add schism to heresy is perhaps the greatest that a man can commit ! ( p . 8 . ) Our divine finds English diocesans in the primitive bishops or overseers : this is a mere speculation : but he is we think somewhat incautious when
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1821, page 685, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2506/page/53/