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NEW EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE,
SOME ACCOUNT OF LORD TEIGN MOUTH,
PRESIDENT Of The Bible society.
rii (With a Portrait.] * . We have long wished to present our In 1786 he was appointed a member friends with a Portrait of this distin-l of the supreme council at Fort William guished Nobleman, and nothing but the in Bengal; and in 1792 he was chosen extreme difficulty of doing it in a way to succeed Lord Cornwallis as Governor that was satisfactory to ourselves, has General of India, a situation which he prevented us froin effecting it long ago. continued to fill, till March 1798, when And though it is not our practice to give he resigned his high station into the memoirs of persons still living, we, for hands of the Marquis Wellesley, and once, have resolved to deviate from the returned to his native country. beaten track, and present the friends of The year 1804 gave birth to the British our Magazine with an outline of his and Foreign Bible Society, of which, history. For this, we hope no apology from its first formation, Lord Teignwill be thought necessary; since his mouth was called to fill the exalted Lordship, independent of those private station of President. From that moment virtues which ennoble the most exalted to the presént, his indefatigable labours Stations and give to title a dignity that in its behalf satisfactorily evince that neither birth nor princes can confer, has he engaged in the undertaking from a a claim to biographical notice, from the purity of principle which alone could situation he has long held as President preserve him from growing weary in OF THE BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE well doing. As the circulation of the SOCIETY. : ; . . ii a Holy Scriptures, through the medium
This nobleman was born in Devon- of this excellent Society, its subordinate shire, October 8th, 1751. - His family branches and ample correspondence, exname was Shore, of Heathcote in Derby-tends over a considerable portion of the Shire; but at an early stage of life he habitable globe, the name of its noble quitted his native country, and went out | President cannot fail to excite a general Lo India, in the civil service. While interest; nor can we doubt that it will nere, he contracted an intimacy with hereafter be' mentioned with veneration Warren Hastings, Esq. formerly Gover- and respect, not merely in the British
or General of Bengal; about which empire, but in foreign nations. ime he was created a Baronet, and was! His Lordship is now in his seventy
Il known under the title of Sir John fourth year, and according to the ordiore. He was the bosom friend of Sir nary course of nature, fast descending
lliam Jones, and succeeded him in into the vale of life. May the Holy ne Presidentship of the Asiatic Society, Scriptures, which he has been the means
which capacity he delivered a hand- of sending into many of the benighted me eulogy on his predecessor, which regions of the earth, cheer his passage as printed, together with some well to the silent tomb, and diffuse a ray of tten Essays of his composition, in celestial light over the gloomy mansions Transactions of that learned body. I of the grave !
The following lines have been applied, and published it with eagerness. The to Lord Teignmouth, and he is certainly crimes with which he is charged are not not undeserving of the eulogy which trivial; his accusers must feel that he they were designed to convey.
is bound to deny them in a public man
ner ; if they do not like the method in “ Admir'd and valued in a distant land, “ His gentle manners all affection won :
which he now does so, he wishes them “ The prostrate Hindoo owu'd bis fostering tand, I to remember that they have compelled him " And science mark'd hin for her favor'd sou.”
to adopt it.
1" To the Editors of the Baptist Magazine."
“GENTLEMEN, " TO CORRESPONDENTS.”
I cannot perhaps reasonably “We have received a letter from the
expect that you should allow me to reply Author of “ An Address to Deists,” te
to your review of my pamphlet; but as complaining that one paragraph of the I have been more than twelve years an Review of that pamphlet, in our last l occasional contributor to your work, Number, was not correctly quoted. We
you will, I hope, indulge me so far as respectfully inform him, that it was not
to permit me to say, that it is no part intended to be a quotation of the author's
of my design to be an “apologist for words, but as conveying the sense of his published infidelity and blasphemy," or statement. Surely, if he regret that is a defender of those who like Carlile blasphemy should be punishable by the have blasphemed God and his Christ." common and statute laws of the realm,
My concern is not for those wretched it was not, unfair to conclude, that he
men, whose mischievous conduct I be. wished those laws should no longer be
lieve to arise from the most impious regarded; and then all the consequences
motives, and whose dreadful responsi. mentioned must naturally follow.
bility to God, I have endeavoured to urge EDITORS."
upon their partisans; my anxiety is for
Christianity; for the honour of my SaThe Author of "An Address to viour; and for the compliance of his Deists” considers himself imperatively followers with his recorded instructions. called upon to give publicity to the letter if you will suffer this explanation to to which this notice refers. For if it appear in your next Number, I will should be supposed that he had com- thank you; but I must, at any rate, plained but of one thing, and that a mere claim from you one act of justice, It is verbal inaccuracy, it would appear as that you will inform your readers, that though he had acquiesced in the other the paragraph which begins, “ The aurepresentations given by the Reviewer, thor of the pamphlet says," does not and was content to be deemed AN APO- contain a single phrase of my writing. LOGIST FOR BLASPHEMY. His pamphlet What follows, in inverted commas, I is before the world, and he cheerfully | never wrote, but should be ashamed to leaves it to its readers; but when senti- have written.. You will not, I am perments and feelings are attributed to him suaded, allow the assertion to remain on which it would be treason against the your pages uncontradicted, now that it Majesty of Heaven to entertain, he con- is pointed out to you. . ceives he is under obligation to disavow The sentence the Reviewer refers to them. He endeavoured to write what must be this: “ That Christianity is the Editors of the Baptist Magazine part and parcel of the common law of might insert without dishonour to them the land, may for ought the writer selves. His object was not to argue, but knows, be good constitutional doctrine; to explain; and not to vindicate his it may have been so held in preceding opinions, but his character. He ex- ages; it may be incumbent therefore on pressed no anger; he made no com- an upright and impartial judge, when ment; he even asked as a favour what Christianity is impugned, to rule that it he might have demanded as a repara. is so now; but if it be, the writer, tion. If the Editors believed the impu- strongly as he is attatched to revealed tations they had cast upon him, it might religion, must be permitted to regret it; have been expected that they would for to be part and parcel of the common have received such a letter with joy, law or of the statute law, of any land, is ON THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE MESSIAH. 335 in his view, quite inconsistent with the, their hopes. Such conduct is, undoubtnature of Christianity.”
edly, highly reprehensible;, and the This is very different from the lan- more so, as the means of knowledge guage attributed to me; and of the re are, in the present age, so many, and mainder of the paragraph in the critique, so easy of access.- Where “ much has not one syllable is mine.
been given, much will be required” of I am, Gentlemen,
men by the Great Author of our reliYour fellow servant,
gion; and if we would remove the preTHE AUTHOR OF “AN ADDRESS judices, and promote the knowledge of To Deists."
| others, we must first study the cultiva. Sept. 4, 1824.
tion and improvement of our own Whether the writer has not something minds. more to complain of, than that “one I have been led to these remarks by paragraph was not correctly quoted,” im- what I have long and sorrowfully obpartial readers will be able to decide, if served in the bulk of religious profes. the Editor of the New Evangelical Ma-sors, and by a desire that their attengazine will have the kindness to permittion may be directed judiciously and this statement to appear in his next successfully to the word of God, which, Number.
with all treasures, is so much neglected. Oct. 7, 1824.
Through the medium of your Journal,
cidation of the prophecies, which tes, To the Editor of the New Evan. Magazine. tify of Christ; and as it is read by many Sir,
who have not time to devote to deep It is a matter of great moment, and critical studies, it has been, and that all who profess the gospel should may be still more, the organ of conveyknow the grounds on which Christi- ing scriptural knowledge. I wish to anity rests, and should be able to assign elicit from those who have studied the a solid reason for their conviction of prophecies, and are “mighty in the its truth. But it is much to be lament- scriptures,"such an explanation of them, ed, that as there are many Dissenters | as shall prove their fulfilment in Jesus who have never examined the reasons I of Nazareth, and show that the interfor nonconformity, and cannot vindi. pretation of them by the apostles is cate their separation, so there are many I the only true one. In communicating Christians, whose belief is founded such knowledge to the public, they may rather in a conviction of its utility, and confer an important benefit upon ordiin an experience of its value to them- nary christians, and even on the young selves, than in any examination of the preachers of the day, who, in general, powerful evidence for the divine origin of attempt nothing higher than mere dethe gospel. Such men are often highly clamation and common place, instead of zealous for the conversion of mankind. informing the understandings of their They ardently desire, that the Jews hearers. may be “turned to the Lord;” but! There is a prophecy in Isa. vii. 10they are unqualified to reason « out of 16. which in the gospel of Matthew is the Scriptures,” with a Jew. They said to be fulfilled in the conception and believe in the Prophets; but they can- birth of Jesus; “ Now all this was not exhibit from the prophets, any evi-done, that it might be fulfilled, which dence that “. Jesus is the Christ.” was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, They believe in the New Testament ap- saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with plication of the prophecies, which "wit. child, and shall bring forth a son, and nessed beforehand” of the coming of they shall call his name Immanuel, the Messiah-but they cannot vin- which, being interpreted, is, God with dicate this application of them against us.” Matt. i. 22, 23.---The principal the objections of the Jew, and feel no objections of the Jews to this application concern about those means, which are of the prophecy are the following. essential to the success of their zea- 1. That the original word op sy, trans. lous efforts. They believe in the scrip-lated a virgin, does not mean a virgin tures ; but are contented to remain in only, but any young woman, married or ignorance of many glorious truths em- unmarried, and in Prov. xxx. 18. is used bodied in the sacred volume, which
to express a woman, who is an adulwould establish their faith, and confirm teress.-Moreover, the person spoken