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Mr. URBAN, Hackney, Oct. 25. THE THE diffident and recluse habits of him whose Monument is now transmitted to you (See Plate II.) never would have permitted him to assent to that publicity which your pages will give it, had it been possible to have asked his consent for its insertion; but, that being impossible, and he being removed far from the approbation of mortals-"his virtues may be descried" in this affectionate memorial; and it is but justice to add, that those whose tribute of affection have raised it, deserve that notice which their attention claims, filling as they do their several stations in society with respect. It is holding forth to the rising generation what duties they owe to those who have to their juvenile years paid such scrupulous and affectionate attention, as to produce the man useful to himself, to society, and to his country. How far a sense of gratitude is due from every good man to his instructors, would be best found by consulting his feelings: it is, however, to be seen in his conduct and actions.

The Monument, as raised in the church of Bishops Waltham, records a grateful and an affectionate tribute to one, who has sent forth into the world pupils who fill at this time various situations, well: pupils who have fought and bled for their country, in distant regions as well as on the Peninsula (a spot that will be ever memorable for the struggles of a brave people, and for the generous assistance of our country). The annexed description was made by a pupil; and is submitted for insertion by

The lower part represents the end of a sarcophagus, on which rests the Greek tablet containing the inscription: above this is a Cinereal, copied from an antique Greek urn. In the pedestal of the urn is introduced, in the shape of a book, a piece of green marble, from the ruins of the Egyptian Serapium, which was brought from thence after the glorious victory of March 21st, 1801. The Serapium contained part of the celebrated Alex andrian Library, founded by Ptolemy Philadelphus. Diodorus informs us, that the Greek words in the fragment above-mentioned (signifying "a reGENT. MAG. November, 1812.

pository of salutary medicine for the soul") were inscribed on the antient library of the Egyptian king Osymandyas. The characters are a fac-simile of those of the celebrated Alexandrian MS. of the Greek version of the Old Testament, made by order of Ptolemy Philadelphus, and generally known by the name of the Septuagint. The inscription is as follows:

Walters, Curate of this parish 26 years, "To the Memory of the Rev. Charles and formerly Master of the Grammar School in this place. After a life spent in the discharge of every sacred and social duty, beloved for his piety, benevolence, and zeal for the advancement of true religion, this good and faithful servant was called to enter into the joy of his Lord, on the 7th March, 1811, aged 63 years.-Let not that warning voice which has so often resounded within these hallowed walls for the edification of his hearers, have been lifted up in vain. His virtues need no comment; they will live when this frail memorial of them shall have perished. The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance. Erected

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and intelligence, singular moderation and firmness, unshaken integrity, and a disinterestedness and modesty which adorned all his other qualities.

"His unwearied and judicious labours to promote the best interests of the natives of Africa, will not be forgotten by the friends of that deeply-injured race, and entitle him to a distinguished place among their benefactors. His life was short; but in that short life he did much for God and man.

"The foundation of all his virtues, was a stedfast faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This impelled him to engage in occupations which promised extensive usefulness, supported him under various difficulties and dangers, consoled him in seasons of sickness, and cheered him in the hour of death.

"His widowed mother has erected this Monument as a token of gratitude to God for having vouchsafed to her the gift of such a son, whose filial piety was most exemplary; who, while he lived, was a blessing and comfort to her declining years, and whom she humbly hopes again to meet at the resurrection of the Just."

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SAPCOTIENSIS.

The Rev. John Beld, a pious and useful clergyman of Leicestershire, was born at Leicester in 1679, and at the age of fifteen had made such progress in letters as to be matriculated at St. John's college, Cambridge. Having taken the degree of B. A. in 1698, he retired to Hinckley in Leicestershire, where he engaged in teaching a small endowed school, and retained that employment until 1703, at the humble salary of 101. per annum. At the usual age, he was admitted into holy orders to serve the curacy of Stoney Stanton near Hinckley. It appears from the parish register, that he commenced his parochial duties in May 1702; and the care of the parish was confided to him, his rector then residing on another benefice. His stipend was only 30. a year, as the living was a small one, being then in the open-field state. Nor does it appear that he had made any saving in money from the profits of his school: all the property he *See Gent. Mag. for 1812, Part 1. p. 17.

seems to have brought with him to his curacy was, his chamber furniture, and a library, more valuable for being select than extensive. When Mr. Bold was examined for orders, his diocesan, (Dr. James Gardiner, bishop of Lincoln) was so much pleased with his proficiency in sacred learning, that he had determined to make Mr. Bold his domestic chaplain: but the good bishop's death soon after closed his prospect of preferment as soon as it was opened in that quarter; and Mr. Bold framed his plan of life and studies upon a system of rigid economy and strict attention to his professional duties, which never varied during the fifty years he passed afterwards on his curacy. Remote from polished and literary society, which he was calculated both to enjoy and to adorn, he diligently performed the duties of an able and orthodox divine; a good writer; an excellent preacher, and an attentive parish priest. He appears, from the early age of 24 years, to have formed his plan of making himself a living sacrifice for the benefit of his flock; and to have declined preferment (which was afterward offered to him) with a view of making his example and doctrine the more striking and effective, by his permanent residence and labours in one and the same place. He appears to have begun his ecclesiastical labours in a spirit of self-denial, humility, charity, and piety. He had talents that might have rendered him conspicuous any where, and an impressive and correct delivery. His life was severe (so far as respected himself); his studies incessant; his spiritual labours for the church and his flock, ever invariably the same. His salary, we have already mentioned, was only 301. a year, which was never increased, and of which he paid at first 8. then 127. and lastly 167. a year, for his board. It needs scarcely be said, that the most rigid economy was requisite, and practised, to enable him to subsist; much more to save out of this pittance for beneficent purposes. Yet he continued to give away annually, 57.; and saved 57. more with a view to more permanent charities: upon the rest he lived. His daily fare consisted of water-gruel for his breakfast; a plate from the farmer's table, with whom he boarded, supplied his dinner; after dinner, one half pint of ale, of his own brewing, was his only luxury; he took no tea, and his supper was upon milkpottage. With this slender fare his frame was supported under the labour of his various parochial duties. In the winter, he read and wrote by the farmer's fire-side; in the summer, in his own room. At Midsummer, he borrowed a horse for a day or two, to pay short

visits beyond a walking distance. He visited all his parishioners, exhorting, reproving, consoling, instructing them. "The last six years of his life he was unable to officiate publicly; and was obliged to obtain assistance from the Rev. Charles Cooper, a clergyman who resided in the parish on a small patrimonial property, with whom he divided his salary, making up the deficiency from his savings. Mr. Bold's previous saving of 51. annually, for the preceding four or five and forty years (and that always put out to interest) enabled him to procure this assistance, and to continue his little charities, as well as to support himself, though the price of boarding was just doubled upon him from his first entrance on the cure, from 2!. to 16. a year. But, from the annual saving even of so small a sum as 57. with accumulating interest during that term, he not only procured assistance for the last years of his life, but actually left by his will securities for the payment of bequests to the amount of between two and three hundred pounds of which 1007. was bequeathed to some of his nearest relations; 100l. to the farmer's family in which he died, to requite their attendance in his latter end, and with which a son of the family was enabled to set up in a little farm; and 40%. more he directed to be placed out at interest, of which interest one half is paid at Christmas to the poorer inhabitants who attend,at church; and the other for a sermon once a year, in Lent, on the duty of the people to attend to the instructions of the minister whom the bishop of the diocese should set over them.'

"This very singular and exemplary clergyman, whose character it is impossible to contemplate without admiration, died Oct. 29, 1751. He wrote for the use of his parishioners the following practical tracts: 1. "The sin and danger of neglecting the Public Service of the Church," 1745, 8vo. one of the books

distributed by the Society for promoting Christian knowledge. 2.“ Religion the most delightful employment, &c." 3. "The duty of worthily communicating." History of Leicestershire, Vol. IV. p. 975.

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Oct. 5. p, 222,

the prayers with her on that occasion. In the first place, because the Rubric (which is the Clergyman's guide) does not forbid an unmarried woman to use it. In the second, because a woman so unfortunately situated, has more reason than any other to return most hearty thanks to God, who, though she has sinned against him, has graciously supported her in that most trying hour. And thirdly, because I think it most highly indecent that a solemn act of thanksgiving to God should be degraded to the mere certificate of human conduct; becoming, by this means, a merely compliment ary human form, instead of a sacred solemn act of religion. Let it also be remembered, that we are told, "that those who are well need not a physician, but those who are sick;"

and on what occasion these words were spoken by such high authority. Are those who have sinned to be driven from the House of Prayer --from the Throne of God--the God of Mercy? D.

ttt We are much obliged by this worthy Correspondent's hint, and have often thought on what he recommends ; but the task would be far more difficult than he imagines; neither could we possibly spare the article he advises us to omit.

YOUR

Oct. 8.

Mr. URBAN, VOUR Correspondent C. from Grantham makes an inquiry, for an answer to which I should presume that a reference to the Rubric prefixed to the Form of "Thanksgiving of Women after Child-birth" would suffice. There appears not the least ground for rejecting any party presenting herself to offer such "thanks,” but what might be thought equally child presented for Baptism, who must to apply to the case of an illegitimate

be "suffered to come unto Christ;" any such rejection being surely not in the breast of an individual, as the officiating minister. The criminality on her part being the object of a due process elsewhere, I should think any one unfounded, as well as unkind, in

I whether a Clergymanis justified in making himself responsible for a ne

refusing to return thanks to God for the safe delivery of an unmarried woman, I should myself be inclined to think, that although he is not liable to any ecclesiastical censure (that I am aware of) for so doing, yet that it would be highly improper to refuse to offer up

gative which might preclude a woman, perhaps "more sinn'd against than sinning," from encouragement to return from the error of her way. 1 should suppose a sense of shame much more likely to restrain a woman from presenting herself under such cir

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cumstances in such a situation before a congregation, than hardened habits to embolden her in appearing to defy the censure of all present; where one should charitably hope that the "great pain and peril of childbirth," and the confinement following her preservation from it, might have induced her to avail herself of that leisure for reflection on the conduct which occasioned it, and might tend to her amendment in life. She is more likely to think, from the form which our Church adopts, that " Religion requires a woman should return thanks to God in a public manner for so great a deliverance," according to the argument in Burn's Ecclesiastical Law (article Child-birth), than to know, that "if she would not be churched at the proper time, she might be forced to it by ecclesiastical censures." I apprehend there would be no danger in modern times, of a woman, whether married or single, being "excommunicated for contempt *" for "refusing to conform, when coming to be churched, to the custom of being covered with a white veil;" which is, it seems, the "canonical" interpretation of the words in the Rubric, decently apparelled." A recent Act of the Legislature has made the fear of appearing in white apparel of another fashion rather obsolete, or unnecessary in most cases.

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I recollect on such an application, the late Mr. James Merrick, of Reading, formerly Fellow of Trinity Col lege in Oxford, being consulted as a most respectable adviser, and an impartial one, as having, though in orders, no parochial cure in his charge. It seemed to him an absurdity, that any person should think of returning public thanks in private; and he quoted, as a matter somewhat similar, an instance of a Curate being pressed, and unwilling to refuse, when requested to administer public Baptism of an infant in private; instead of the usual address" to the God-fathers and God-mothers on this wise, Ye have brought this child here to be baptized," he said, "Ye have brought me here to baptize this child." E.J.

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Mr. URBAN,

Abbots Roding,
Sept. 28.
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Astafie children of the Poor in general, I shall beg leave to insert in your widely circulated Magazine, some few observations, which, I conceive, might promote, not their inte rest alone, but conduce also to benefit the publick at large: since the effect of good education is felt not merely by the individual, who in a variety of As far as matter of fact goes, in ways reaps the benefit personally, but support of matter of opinion, I can communicates to an unnumbered mulonly say, that your present Corre- titude some fruits of his acquisition spondent recollects his own having, in in the school of learning. the course of officiating for nearly half a century past, had occasion once, at least, to exercise his own discretion in such a case. The only distinction he remembers to have made was, what he had sometimes made according to the circumstances of the families, where he was acquainted with them, as to the event of the then Child-birth, or the number of children of married persons, in reading the 116th or the 127th Psalm, as left to his option. He would add, that the party so admitted was a pauper, where the accustomed offering" was declined in course, as in the case of paupers usually. Perhaps it may be deemed on this occasion not impertinent to this subject, if he mentions, that it is sometimes requested of the Clergy to church, as it is "commonly called," the woman in her chamber. *See Burn, ut supra.

Without any farther introduction to the importance of my subject, I would propose, that as every parish in the kingdom has its appropriate parochial minister, by whom the Poor have the Gospel preached to them, so should every village, and every parish, have a School-master, or School-mistress, either licensed by, or approved of, the Bishop of the Dio cese. For the support and maintenance of such School-master or mistress, the stipend, I think, might with great ease be so provided, as not to press materially upon any one subject contributing to so beneficial an institution.

The several ways and means by which I would meet the expenditure of so extensive a charity, would be by raising, under the authority of the Legislature, the following different contributions,

To

To begin with my own profession:

Let every non-resident Clergyman, without exception, be required to pay into the hands of his archdeacon, or diocesan, one shilling in the pound, according to the annual value of his benefice. If he be possessed of more than one, as a pluralist he would not be aggrieved by paying some small proportion from each for the good of the publick.

Adopting a measure, which, till very lately, prevailed in the establishment of his Majesty's household, when every chaplain who was promoted to a deanery or a bishoprick, made a donation of some piece of plate to the chaplains' table, let it be provided, that every clerk who should be preferred to a stall in a cathedral, or canonry, or deanery, or bishoprick, should be required to contribute

a certain sum ad valorem.

From the translation of Bishops might arise an additional resource, to feed the stream of this public charity. As a minor provision, where no one with justice could complain, be it exacted from every rector and vicar, not answering to his name at the archdeacon's and at the bishop's visitation, that he pay a certain small fine. In lieu of the additional fees which we are accustomed to pay at a bishop's primary visitation, let the charity in question reap that benefit.

Upon this last article, I have to request that I may be indulged with a short digression, and to leave upon record in this printed page, that the fees which we formerly paid at the primary visitations of the two preceding Bishops of London, were remitted by our present liberally-minded Diocesan; and I request that it may further be added, as a pleasing remembrance of his hospitality, that the invitation which was given to dine with his Lordship by the chaplain was attended with no expence whatsoever. This was a novelty, to which, in other times, we were perfect strangers.

In assistance to those contributions which I have proposed to be levied upon the regular Clergy, let every Lay-rector, and every Impropriator, upon his succeeding by inheritance to, or by purchasing, such revenue of the Church, be required to pay his first fruits, as we do- bis tenths likewise annually, as the Clergy of the Church Establishment do; and instead of what we pay for procurations, synodals,

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&c. let him pay a stipulated sum for the support and encouragement of these little schools of village learning.,

Charged with none of the expences of presentation, institution, and induction-qualified by no preparatory academical education; and under no restriction of age, or sex, or condition; for, the infant in his cradle, the spiuster at her distaff, or the soldier in his camp, or the seaman afloat, or the manufacturer at his loom, may equally possess what the strong haud of power wrested from the Church-"Tros, Tyriusve fuat, nullo discrimine

habetur"

subject to no simoniacal disqualification in buying and selling their right of tithe-exempt from ail parochial residence, and fettered with no expence in providing for the duty of the Church it should seem, that those who are admitted to all these privileges and advantages beyond the benefit of the clergy, would cheerfully and readily contribute their quota towards promoting so benevolent an institution as that of educating the infant children of the Poor.

My next proposal, I doubt, will appear too unpopular to encourage any prospect of success. I should propose to derive from every landed estate, where the proprietor never resided, three pence in the pound from the rent received. The pro priety of the measure appears very obvious, from the number of family mansions which have lately been pulled down to the ground, to the heavy loss of the Poor, and to the injury of all the tradesmen in the neighbourhood; and not less, also, from the consideration, that on the Tenants' Day, when the steward receives the annual or half - yearly rents for his principal, seldom or never is he authorized to leave a guinea behind him for the industrious and laborious cottager.

As a further aid, to promote that plain and simple education hereby intended, I would recommend a Sunday Toll, to be collected at every turnpike throughout England, for carriages of every description, for horses, mules, asses, sheep, and oxen.

In mercy to the post-horse, so licentiously and wantonly abused by the driver, as well as by too many of our Legislators in each House of Parliament, who profane the Sabbath by travelling on that day, to the great dishonour

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