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“A vacancy being about to occur in vacant by the resignation of the Rev. the Chaplaincy to the British residents Dr. Hollingsworth, under the will of the in Florence, the Committee give notice, founder. The election will take place that all qualified Clergymen of the Church within the first fourteen days of May of England who may be desirous of pro- next. posing themselves for the same, are requested to forward their applications

DEGREES CONFERRED. (free of postage), accompanied with the proper testimonials, addressed to John

DOCTOR IN PHYSIC. Magnay, Esq., Treasurer and Secretary

pasurer and Secretary G. E. Paget, Fellow of Caius Coll. to the Church Committee, Florence, be

MASTERS OF ARTS. fore the 13th of April next; and that the

Rev. Charles Smith, Trinity Coll. Election will take place on the 'Ist of

Rev. J. G. Fardell, Christ's Coll. May next, 1838.-N.B. The stipend is

Rev. Wm. Carpendale, St. John's Coll. 1001. sterling per annum, exclusive of

Rev. Prideaux Selby, St. John's Coll. the surplice fees: and it is desirable that

Rev. Wm. Purdon, St. John's Coll. the candidates should state whether they

Rev. R. W. Dibdin, St. John's Coll. are willing to take pupils, should such

Rev. Wm. Dakins, Corpus Christi Coll. offer; and whether their views are di.

Rev. Joseph Foster, Emanuel Coll. rected to a lengthened residence in Flo

R. Abercrombie Johnstone, Trinity Coll. rence."

HONORARY MASTERS OP ARTS. Bell's Scholarship.-—The Vice-Chan Hon. Somerville Hay, Trinity Coll. cellor has given notice, that an election Hon. H. George Howard, Trinity Coll. of Two Scholars upon this foundation Hon. H. Charles Knight, Queen's Coll. will take place on Friday, the 30th of


Lord Lyttelton, Trinity Coll. The following Graces have passed the

J. Molesworth Butt, Corpus Christi Coll.

John Watson, St. John's Coll. Senate :

To dispense, in the case of Lord Lyttelton of Trinity College, with the Grace of

The late Dr. Smith's annual prizes of March 8, 1822, which requires, “ That

251. each, to the two best proficients in no degree of B.A. shall be granted, un

Mathematics and Natural Philosophy less a certificate be presented to the

among the Commencing Bachelors of Caput, showing that the candidate for

Arts, have been adjudged to Thomas J. such degree has passed the previous ex

Main, of St. John's College, and James amination."

G. Mould, of Corpus Christi College, the To affix the seal to the agreement for

first and second wranglers. the commutation of tithes of Somersham. To affix the seal to the agreement for

CAIUS COLLEGE. the commutation of tithes of Colne.

The Rev. Michael Gibbs, B.A. of Caius To petition the two Houses of Parlia

College, has been elected a Fellow of that ment in favour of the Bill for continuing

Society, on the foundation of Dr. Perse ; the Bishopric of Sodor and Man.

and A. Ellice, Esq. has been elected a To authorize the Vice-Chancellor to

Foundation Fellow of that Society. take such steps as the University Counsel may deem proper, for obtaining from

CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE. Mr. Charles Baldwin, as the surety of James Pulling, B.A., and James Messrs. Baldwin and Cradock, the amount George Mould, B.A., of Corpus Christi of the debt due from them to the Pitt College, have been elected Fellows of Press.

that Society.

William Maundy Harvey Elwyn, Esq.,
of Pembroke College, has been elected a
Foundation Fellow of that Society.

The meetings of the Philosophical Society for the present term will be holden on Monday, March 12, and Monday, March 26.

The trustees of the Norrisian Professorship of Divinity in this University, have nominated the Rev. Dr. Adams, of Sidney Sussex College, and the Rev. G. E. 'Corrie, B.D., of Catharine Hall, as candidates for the above Professorship,

The Rev. Mr. Gordon, M.A., and the
Rev. W. P. Musgrave, B.A., and Scholar
of Trinity College, have been elected
Chaplains of that Society.

M.A. Vicar of Dymock, Gloucestershire, to Hannah, eldest daughter of A. Thompson, Esq. of Stanfield House, near Worcester.

At Llangattock, Breçoushire, the Rev. Thomas Johnson Ormerod, M.A. Fellow and Tutor of Brasennose College, eldest son of George Ormerod, Esq. of Tildersley, Lancashire, to Maria Susan, eldest daughter of Joseph Bailey, Esq. M.P. of Glanusk Park.

At Henllan, Cardiganshire, the Rev. Harry Ovenden Wrench, B.C. L. of Wor. Harry OY çester College, to. Helen Diana, eldest caugliter of George Cumming, Esq. M.D. of Dolhyfryd, Denbighsbire.

MARRIAGES. At St. Marylebone church. the Rev. Aldersey Dicken. D.D. late Fellow of St. Peter's Coll. Cambridge, and Rector of Norton, Suffolk, to Caroline Mary, daughter of the late G. Huddleston, Esq. of Greenford, Middlesex. At Farnham, by the Lord Bishop of

the Lord Bishop of Winchester, the Rev. J. A. G. Colpoys, B.A. of Exeter College, Rector of Droxford, Hants, to Fanny, second daughter of Captain Nash, R.N. At St. Mary-de-Lode's, Gloucester, the

e Cloucester, the Rev. G. C. Hall, M.A. Vicar of Churcham, near Gloucester, and late Demy of Magdalen College, to Jane, second daughter of the late L. H. Ferrier, Esq. of Bellevue, near Linlithgow.

At All Souls, Marylebone, the Rev. W. B. Bonaker, M.A. of Wadham College, of Prussia-house, Evesham, and Vicar of Church Honeyborne, Worcestershire, to Louisa, widow of J. P. Geary, Esq. of Nottingham-place, and Milford hall, Salisbury.

The Rev. Richard Gwatkin, B D. of St. John's College, Vicar of Barrownon-Soar, Leicestershire, ta Miss Ann Middleton.

The Rev. James Kendall, of St. John's College, son of John Kendall, Esq. of Helston, to Mary C. N. daughter of the late Major Haviland Snowe.

Rev. John Geo. Hodgson, of St. Peter's, Thanet, to Matilda Georgiana, youngest daughter of the late M. Isaacke, Esq. of Croom's hill, Greenwich, and North Fore. land Lodge, St. Peter's.

At Durham, the Rev. James Boucher, M.A. eldest son of the late Rev. John Boucher, to Caroline Elizabeth, second daughter of W.C. Hopper, Esq.

At Ore, near Hastings, the Rev. W. E. Lord, of' Trinity College, Cambridge, Rector of Northiam, Sussex, to Elizabeth, widow of C. Fyfe, M.D. of Edinburgh.

At Dyserth, Radnorshire, Thomas, eldest son of the Rev. Thomas Rees, of Huntingdon, near Kington, to Mary, only daughter of the late Mr. Edward Thomas, of Cwmemlow, Radnorshire.

At Worcester, the Rev.John Simons,

BIRTHS. At Wilton, the lady of the Rev. J. E. Trevor, of a daughter.

At Stowey-house, Somersetshire, the lady of the Rev. Robert Harkness, of a daughter.

At the Vicarage, Ware, the lady of the Rev. H. Coddington, of Trinity College, Cambridge, of a daughter.

The lady of the Rev. Thos. Hosking, of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Rector of Rempston, Nottinghamshire, of a daughter.

At the Parsonage, Southborough, Kent, the lady of the Rev. T. W. Carr, of a daughter, still-born.

At Cressing Vicarage, Essex," the lady of the Rev. J. P. Wood, of a son.

At the Vicarage, Great Dunmow, Essex, the lady of the Rev. Henry Lewis Majendie, of a son.

The lady of the Rev. J. T. Round, M.A. late Fellow of Balliot College, and Rector of St. Nicholas, Colchester, of a daughter.

At Sowerby Parsonage, the lady of the Rev. W. H. Bull, of a son.

At Leeds Castle, Kent, the lady of the Rev. R. Wykeham Martin, of a daughter.

At the Vicarage, Bath Easton, the lady of the Rev. Spencer Madan, M.A. late Student of Christ Church, of a son.

At Cavendish Crescent, Bath, the lady of the Rev. R. W. Burton, of a daughter.

NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. We should have replied long since to the communication of our Correspondent at Whitchurch, in Shropshire, had we been able to decipher his name.

The Doxology and Observations of a "Constant Reader," have been mislaid. If he will favour us with another copy, they shall appear. We will look to the Penny Cyclopædia. « Phænix" bas been received. We have not detained the communication of "G. M. B.," the department to which his MS. refers being pre-occupied for April and May.



APRIL, 1838.


Art. I.–Sermons preached before the University of Oxford, in the

years 1836, 1837. By CHARLES A. HEURTLEY, M. A. Fellow of Corpus Christi College. Pp. xxiv. 159. Oxford: Parker. London: Rivingtons. 8vo. 1837.

Of these Five Sermons, the first two in order are strictly practical, directing the Christian, during this state of probationary existence, to the consolation afforded by the hope of glory, and to the assistance which prayer will obtain for the furtherance and realization of that hope. Perhaps, however, as Journalists, we shall find matter, not indeed more highly important, but more immediately suited to the passing exigencies of the Church, in the three last Discourses; and it does not diminish their value in our estimation, that, as the author tells us, they are based upon Hooker. We could wish that the advice of the judicious churchman were constantly followed, as well as highly praised ; and we should hear much less of that absurd clamour for reform, which is on the lips of many who really mean well, but know not what they want. Most of the inconveniences oi which it is the fashion to complain, might, possibly, be remedied, by submission to existing ordinances ; and Mr. Heurtley, in his third sermon, has applied the example of the Rechabites to the inculcation of that obedience, which our Church claims of her children in matters of order. On this head, we throw together the following passages :

That wbich the rules prescribed by the founder of the house of Rechab were to his descendants, the same are the laws and regulations of our Church to her children. Those children, in common with the whole household of faith, are sojourning in a land, in which they are strangers, expecting till they shall be



summoned to the house of their Father, and the city of their God. There are perils on every side, and not the least of these perils is the danger lest they should be seduced into compliance with the evil customs and sinful practices of those among whom they dwell; lest they should imbibe the spirit and catch the temper and acquire the habits of the world around them, and so, eventually, be deprived of their heavenly inheritance, and be involved in the judgments, which are kept in store for the ungodly. It is the Church's aim, like a fond and loving mother, that her children should pass the time of their sojourving here in fear, and be found, when they are called hence, well trained and meetly instructed for their Fatber's presence. With this object in view, she has framed various regulations, and commended them to their observance. Is it not a just inference, that as God was pleased with the obedience of the Rechabites, to the institutions of their founder, and, in token of his approbation, rewarded them with the continuance of their family, even at a time, when his own people were driven from their land, and deprived of their independence, and bereft of the ordinances of their religion : so, in like manner, he will approve of our obedience to the institutions of that Church, in which, by his mercy, we have had our spiritual birth; and will reward it, should it be generally rendered by her children, by blessing her with prosperity and continuance, when other societies are broken up and destroyed.-Pp. 7274.

It is, indeed, a general rule, which has been observed to hold in all ages, with regard to bodies both ecclesiastical and civil, tbat as, ou the one hand, declension from the laws of their founders has been both a symptom of decay, and a forerunner of destruction; so, on the other, adherence to those laws has been, not only a sign that the spirit of ancient times still lived, but also a very essential ineans, by which that spirit has been continued, and the societies themselves preserved.

But this is general: to come yet more closely and particularly to the case of our Church. Let her institutions be considered. Let the care be noticed with wbich she would fain watch over her children, and guide them, from their birth to their death, in the ways of God : how, at their very baptism, she provides them with sponsors, who sball engage for their being brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord : how she requires her ministers, by public catechising, to ascertain, while they are yet in early life, that their christian education is not being neglected : how, in their more mature years, she bids them to her daily service, and teaches them, as with one voice, to crave their Father's blessing upon themselves and their country: how she has her days of fast and of festival, the one to chasten their joy, the other to lighten their sorrow : how, on her weekly sabbaths, she calls ihem aside from their earthly cares and anxieties, and allures them, with the very "sound of glory ringing in their ears," to higher hopes and nobler aspirations : how she has provided, with all a inother's thoughtfulness, that their souls shall be duly nourished, through the ministry of the Word and of the Sacraments : how she has left no means untried, by which she may secure a succession of pastors, both rightly ordered after the model of a postolic tiines, and, yet more, men of apostolic faith, and apostolic piety: how, for the attainment of this end, she has her appointed days, in which her people, hunıbling themselves before God, may implore for her bishops, guidance; and for those whom they shall ordain, soundness of doctrine and innocency of life; and how, throughout the whole of her solemn services of ordination, she labours to shut up every avenue, by wbich unfaithful shepherds might steal into the fold; and how, with anxious and most earnest entreaty, she calls upon those who are about to be invested with the high stewardship of God's mysteries, to be men of prayer, men mighty in the Scriptures, men of whom the spirit and temper both of themselves and of their households shall be silent but effectual persuasives to godliness of life. Let these her institutions be considered, (and they are but a sinall portion of what might be mentioned,) and who will deny that there are abundant and most reasonable grounds to believe, that, were her children to walk as faithfully in her precepts, as the Rechabites walked in the precepts of their ancestor, she would not want a man to stand before God for ever. -Pp. 7477.

It often happens, that those, who, after years spent in a life of carelessness, have been awakened to a sense of the importance of religion, and persuaded to set out in good earnest in the pursuit of heaven, are tempted to think lightly of those ordinances, which hitherto they have used with so little profit. The blame, which indeed rests with themselves, they transfer to the Church, of which they have been such unworthy members. And thus they are led to set light by her authority, and to speak contemptuously of her institutions, and to strike out into new paths. This is one of the many subtle artifices of our great adversary. He both robs themselves of the special blessings attached to obedience, and he prejudices men's minds against religion, by the exhibition of such unbecoming conduct on the part of those who profess it. My younger brethren, be on your guard here. There have been numbers who have begun thus, who have lived bitterly to lament their rashness.* Strive to acquire habits of obedience, by a ready compliance in such matters of discipline as are Dow required of you. They may scem little things : but remember, as one has well said, “ nothing is little in God's cause. If it once have the honour of that name, it grows great instantly."

And with regard to the Church, in particular, there is at least one way in this place, in wbich all may show their love for her ordinances- the diligent improvement of the great privilege of daily common prayer. Value this privilege. Believe that God is to be found in our assemblies. Have not we his own promise that he is? Come assiduously, come preparedly; and do not doubt but you shall find a double blessing ; a blessing upon the ordinance, and a blessing upon the obedience. We may be ready indeed, in a hundred instances, to think with ourselves, that little benefit is likely to be derived, and to imagine that our own planis, if we were to follow them, would be better and more useful. Let us cast from is such thoughts as these. Let us press on in the way of obedience, and, beyond all doubt, we shall find a blessing. Again and again, those very duties, which, in the prospect, seemed to be only dry, and barren, and without profit, will prove, when we come to try them, full of joy and comfort and edification. Pp. 84–87.

The fourth Sermon relates to the authority of the Church in matters of faith, as exemplified in the proceedings of the Council at Jerusalem

* “That Brown, the founder of the sect called by his name, the first sect of Separatists from the Church of England, afterwards conformed, and lived for many years a minister of that Church, which by his zeal and authority he had induced a multitude of followers to renounce as anti-christian, and as a congregation, with which it was unlawful to hold religious communion, is a fact universally acknowledged. It is equally certain that Cartwright, the great leader of the Puritans, in his later years, grew much more temperate, and repented of the heat and the narrow principles which he had so vehemently and so extensively espoused and propagated. In truth, he became himself a controversialist in behalf of the Established Church of England.' ...... He seriously lamented the unnecessary trouble he had caused in the Church, by the schism he had been the great fomenter of; and wished that he was to begin his life again, that he might testify to the world the dislike he had of his former ways. And in this opinion he died.' And of Penry it is related, that he confessed, he deserved death at the Queen's hand, for that he had seduced many of her loyal subjects to a separation from hearing the word of life in the parish churches, which though himself had learnt to discover the evil of, yet he could never prevail to recover divers of her subjects whom he had seduced; and therefore the blood of their souls was justly required at his hands.'”-Wordsworth's Eccl. Biog. vol. iv. p. 365, note.

Mr. Scott, in his later years, distinctly disapproved of certain irregularities in which he had allowed himself in the earlier part of his ministerial life.-See his Life by his Son, p. 174, &c.

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