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determined enemies of Christianity to the style of your letter."(d) “Now
We are well aware that this is a Sir, what am I to think ? Are you point which strongly moves the sen- “ in the possession of your faculties?” sibilities of our opponents. It gives are they, on the subject of us no pleasure thus to identify the Bible Societies, which really seems cause in wbich they are contending, to intoxicate wiser and stronger heads with the cause of infidel scoffers, and than yours, approaching to a state the “ Man of Sin." Nor is the charge of dementation ?”(e) After what gratuitous; it bas been repeatedly we have seen of the tenour and shown, that the armour they bring style of your letter, is it not sickagainst us, has been forged in the ening, absolutely “nauseous,” to camp of the Philistines; and they hear you indulging in a fine epihave been entreated as brethren, not sode on the power and the triumphs to strengthen, by their apparent co- of Christian faith, in the hour of disoperation. the hands of those who solving nature—and lecturing your avowedly obey not the gospel of diocesan on the virtues of “long-sufour Lord Jesus Christ.” To point fering, charity and patience." (f) out to them the ground on wbich they “Elated by an adventitious circumstand, is not to impeach their mo- stance, (no man has any inerit in betives; yet we have to lament that, in ing born with a particular name,) and whatever spirit this has been done, inordinately vain of some readiness, it has too generally produced irrita: flippancy, and command of language, tion rather tban a wise suspicion of and to do you justice,) of no comtheir cause.
mon industry in any cause that exHaving bestowed our commenda- cites your passions, you seem to think tion on Mr. Jay, for the spirit” yourself privileged to say any thing which he has generally maintained, of “ your Bishop" that comes into we regret that we cannot say as much your mind, or answers your purpose;, for the spirit evinced by his op- and, as an oracle, to pronounce, in ponent.
We subscribe to the sen- all church matters, your decision, timent that, before the publication of and to expect your Bishop" and the Pamphlets now before us, Bish- his clergy to bow to it.”(g) op Hobart had "conducted the con- Nor does the spirit of urbanity and troversy with the forbearance of a forbearance seem to increase in the Christian, and the urbanity of a Gen. progress of the controversy. In his tleman."
But he has here most second reply, the Bishop declares, strangely forgotten bimself. There “Really, Sir, you must pardon me is indeed, throughout these produc- for saying that there is something tions, such an utter relinquishinent which urges me to have done as soon of “ the spirit” which he formerly as possible with such an antagonist maintained on this subject, that it is as yourself.''(h) Again he exclaims, with difficulty we bave become per- “Ő wbat a pure and perfect man!”(i) suaded that he is really their author. and, Wonderfully severe, and apWhether it has arisen from finding propriate, and correct, you no doubt himself pressed by Mr. Jay with ar- thought was this passage,
when you guments which he could not answer, penned it; and yet it bappens, (though or from some other cause, he has cer- this, when you wish to assail “ your tainly indulged himself in feelings Bishop,” is a matter of little mo. which can neither add to his own ment,) that the pert and insulting peace of mind, nor promote his charge in this passage is utterly
It is very far from “the ur- false.(k) banity” and “ the forbearance” we There is, in all this, something had expected from Bishop Hobart,
(d) Page 9, Corrector. (e) p. 72 that he should say to Mr. Jay, “I w) p. 96. (8) p. 97 and 98. (1) p. 3 ask pardon of myself for descending ) p. 8. (k) p. 19.
most exceedingly opposite to the you;" and in his own example has frank," the “earnest,” the "mild," showed how far he would have his and the "dignified," for which the command applied —"When he was Bishop takes credit to himself, as the reviled, he reviled not again.” spirit in which he had avowed his The same want of urbanity and sentiments on a previous occasion;(c) respect which is evinced towards Mr. and in view of the feelings here dis- Jay, is evinced towards the society of played, we are not surprised at the which he is a defender; and indeed unfortunate mistake which he has there is something so much bordering committed in quoting the Bible itself. on bitterness of spirit in the following In justification of himself he says, quotations, that our readers will say “An apostolic bishop was command- they are something worse than dised to reprove, rebuke, exhort with courteous. After quoting part of a all authority."(d) Now it happens speech delivered at the late anniver. that the words of Paul are, **Re- sary of the American Bible Society, prove, rebuke, exhort with all longo the Bishop adds, “I thank “the Rev. suffering and doctrine.” But in the Mr. Henshaw, from the Episcopal spirit in which the Bishop wrote, it church at Baltimore," for bis manliis not surprising that be should have ness in delivering a little sober truth committed the error.
at a Bible anniversary; for all the Equally unhappy do we think him, truth delivered on such occasions is in another effort to justify himself by certainly not sober."(g) a quotation from Scripture. He tells of the anniversaries of Bible Soci. us that Mr.Jay's letter is marked by ities, as now, and indeed from the pertness, arrogance and rudeness,”(e) first, conducted, he tells us, and would vindicate the spirit” system of parade and flattery; this with which he has replied, by the substitution of the base alloy of hucounsel of Solomon : “ Answer a fool man tame for the pure gold of chrisaccording to his solly.” Had he tian benevolence, has a silent, but read the words immediately preced- powerful and most vitiating effect on ing, be would have found the pre- the religious taste and feelings of the cept, "Answer not a fool according community, not to be over-balanced to his folly, lest thou also be like un- by the increased popularity which it to him ;' and thus he would have may give to any Institution, howevseen how wisely Solomon qualifies er commendable.''(1) the one command by the other. Per- We confess that we were not prebaps it was owing to this oversight, pared for such hard sayings from the that, proceeding to reason on the Right Reverend gentleman, who, on maxim which he has quoted, be tells a previous occasion, had declared us, “it undoubtedly enforces what concerning the British and Foreign common sense and universal feeling Bible Society, that its 61 stupendous dictate—ibat a public assailant is to efforts have astonished and called be dealt with according to his deserts, forth the homage of the world ;(i) -to the spirit and manner in which and who, in the very address which he treats others. The measure which gave rise to this controversy, speaks he metes to them, is to be measured of the men who preside in the counto him again."(J) Alas! how com- cils and proceedings of the American pletely does this sentiment betray a Bible Society, as individuals who forgetfulness of something more im- are not for a moment to be suspected porlant than courtesy towards an op- of acting from any other principle, ponent-forgetfulness of the express than a sense of duty, and whose pure command of our Divine Master. He and elevated characters adorn the has told us, "Bless them that curse Church of which they are
(c) Corrector's first Reply, p. 8. (d) Se. (g) Corrector, p. 78. (h) p-89. (1) Pas. cond Reply, p. 21. (e) p. 24. () p. 25. toral Letter, p. 16.
bers."(k) But while all these to maintain it; and most sincerely things excite our surprise and regret, can we express it as our wish, that for there is another instance of impro- his own sake, he would not again priety and indelicacy, which has
venture on ground where he loses surprised us still more. It is the the very excellencies, wbich we hope allusion which Bishop Hobart makes, will continue to be characteristic of not only to Mr. Jay's venerable him as a christian and a man. father, but to ladies of Mr. Jay's “The disingenuousness which family; and the indirect, but not the the Bishop charges on M. Jay, we less painful censure, which he passes regret to find so apparent with bimon them, as having culpably neglectself. He has made a use of the ed the wants of their own pastor, and iparks of quotation which is not justi. as being culpably indifferent to the fiable in controversy. He defines welfare of their own Church.(?) Mr. Jay's terms; and then charges
We have looked again and again Mr. Jay with baving used them in to find some apology for this viola- the same sense, which he has thus tion of the sanctuary belonging to put upon them ; which is also an ofold age and to sex ; but we have fence against fairness beiween dispulooked in vain. We can discover tants. no possible connection between the The same want of ingenuousness question in discussion and the con- shews itself on points more immedi. duct of these excellent individuals ; ately connected with the merits of and we have alluded to the subject the main question. He complains not for the purpose of vindicating of Mr. Jay for having charged him them from blame or expressing our with "attacking Bible Societies." opinion of their worth : for we are But with what possible reason? For. well aware that the delicacy of their
we appeal to the history which we feelings would be pained by our have already given to our readers, praise ; but we allude to it, for the whether it is not true, that he has atpurpose of protesting against thesegra- tacked these institutions in the only tuitous and inexcusable personalities, way in which they are susceptible of in public controversy ; and of show- attack. He bas from the press and ing how far Bishop Hobart ceases to from the pulpit charged them with be what he usually is, when he be- being “erroneous in principle, and comes a polemic against Bible Soci- injurious in their tendency"(m) eties. If we bave conceived of him with "separating the Word from the aright, he is a man habitually cour. Church of God”(n)- with attempting teous and delicate in his manners
to evangelize the world by a method and language ; and in cool and dis- different from that "which the scrippassionate moments, we trust be tures point out and to which common would condemn himself for any de- sense and the natural course of things parture from the rules of propriety lead us." Now, if this is not and delicacy
"attacking Bible Societies,” the pubAnd to what then can we impute lic have never yet understood the such a violation as this ;-a violation meaning of the word. which amid all the heat of transat. An evasion equally unworthy of lantic warfare, has not been parallel- tbe Bishop is his statement concerned, (always excepting Norris) but ing the sentiments which he had to the bewildering influence of his avowed respecting Norris.-In bis cause ? The cause is bad, and its in- second reply to Mr. Jay be tells us fluence on bim is felt when he tries that Mr. Norris bas "conveyed the (k) Journal of Convention, p. 33.
(n.) Journal of Convention, p. 31. See Bishop Hobart's first reply, page
(n) do. 94. Jay's second Letter, p. 5. Bishop
• Address hefore the Auxiliary Bible Hobart's second reply, p. 25. Jay's third
and Common Prayer Book Society, p. 9. Letter, p. 5.
opinion that Bible Societies use the For nothing is more obvious than same arts to accomplish their purpo- that he has written from first to last ses, which the illuminati bad success- with great baste, and under much irfully employed. And he is not de- ritation ; and he is startled and conficient in the statement of facts to fused at the review of what he has support bis assertion."(p) Mr. Jay said and written when it is fairly in his reply tells the Bishop, “your presented to him. declaration is in substauce therefore Such is "the spirit” with which the that the facts adduced by Mr.Norris' disputants have conducted themprove his assertion.) But what selves in their several publications.is the interpretation which the Bish- Our readers must judge for them. op would put on his own words ? “In selves, how far it furnishes an apolthis sentence” he says, “ I do not ogy to the Bishop for retiring from advance the opinion that Mr. Norris' the controversy. Still farther light statement of facts proves bis asser- will be thrown on this subject, when tion. I only say he is not deficient we consider the success with which in the statement of facts to support it; the gentlemen bave managed their expressing no opinion as to whether respective sides of the question. this statement is conclusive to the A primary point with both is, the purpose for which it is adduced.”() amount of Episcopal influence and And as if there was really some patronage, that has been enlisted for great difference between saying that and against Bible Societies. The a man has proved his assertion ; and Bishop has given this a very consaying that he is not deficient in his spicuous place in his charge. He statement of facts to support it, there says "It is a satisfaction to me, Bishop Hobart goes on to ask "what that in withholding my support from must we think of the consistency of Bible Societies, I act with those in the Churchman, and the honesty of the highest stations in the church the man who would found a charge from which we are descended, and of this description against his Bisb- with the great body of its clergy ;"(t) op, on a glaring perversion of lan- and in a note to this sentence, he guage.”(8)
tells us the names of those Bishops of The truth is, if there is any differ- the Church of England and Ireland, ence between the two expressions, who support the British and Foreign the Bishop's is the stronger. Mr. Society, and enumerates ten. Next Jay represents the Bishop as simply he adds the names of those which do declaring that Mr. Norris has proved not appear among the supporters of his assertion. Whereas the Bishop that Society and enumerates fortybas, according to bis own construc- five. But is it really so that Bishtion, declared him to bave establisb- op Hobart acts with these forty-five ed it by the strongest of all possible Bishops on the subject of Bible Soci. proofs a statement of facts. And eties ? Very far from it : and acif Bishop Hobart felt that he had cordingly observe the cautious, we been too basty, in his declaration, do not say artful, manner in which he owed it to himself, frankly to ac- the sentence is framed. “It is a sat. knowledge it. He cannot say, Mr. isfaction to me that in withholding Jay bad not set him an example. my support from Bible Societies, i
We are aware, however, that if the act with those in the highest stations Bishop bad begun with such ac- in the church from which we are deknowledgements, be might have scended, and with the great body of found that he had many to make. its clergy."
Now we have to tell Bishop Ho(0) Corrector's Note, p. 7.
bart, that if he had simply withheld Corrector's Note,p. 17. Note, page 7.
) Journal of Convention, p. 31.
his support from Bible Societies and stitution. On this I began to take courthus entitled himself in fairness to age. I recollected that it could not be a say he was acting with these numer
pecessary consequence, that all who did
not belong to a religious society were opous dignitaries, we should never
posed to it; for in that case, it would have been troubled with the present seem that the great body of Episcopaliaas controversy. With the exception in this city are opposed to the Bible and however, of a very few,none of these Prayer Book Society; as their late re
port informs us, their patronage is ex. forty-five whom he here specifies, tremely limited. I recollected also that are known either to have written or the English Society for promoting Chrisspoken a word against Bible Socie- tian Kuowledge ; a Society of ancient ties. Whereas
, he, as we have shown, date, peculiarly connected with the Eshas with most persevering efforts known, that any opposition whatever ex
tablished Church, and to which it is not condemned thein, and warned bis ists, so late as 1812, numbered only 32 church against them as unsound and Episcopal patrons of the 49 Bishops of injurious. Neither he, or any other
the Established Church ; and that comman is justified in saying, that the paratively, only a few bishops at this mo
ment belong to the Prayer Book and Hom. simple fact of their names “not ap- ily Society; the Church Missionary Socipearing” as supporters of Bible So- ety; the Church of England Tract Socicieties : is any proof that they are
ety ; or the Society for Converting the opposed to these institutions. For
Jews : although they are all under the
exclusive control of members of the Eson this principle, he would make
tablished Church. It is believed that of the the great majority of the Bishops op- American Bishops, the vames of Bishops posed to most of the charitable so- White and Kemp, are alone to be found cieties in the kingdom ; a conclusion
among the “supporters'' of the Amer
ican Colonization Society, and yet I prewhich, we are sure, no true friend to
sume that neither you, nor the rest of Bishops would be willing to have your brethren would be willing to admit drawn. But as this is a subject on that this circumstance afforded any proof which Mr. Jay bas acquitted himself of the hostility of the American Bishops with success, it is proper we should
to that institution.”' p. 33. hear him.. Having alluded to "the idence that the forty five bishops you have
“ But although, then, there is no eximposing exhibition of forty-fiveRigbt named, are opposed to Bible Societies; yet Reverend Bishops drawn up in bat- it is a lamentable truth, that a few of the tle array against the British and For. Bishops of the Established Church, have eigo Bible Society, wbile only ten
arrayed themselves against the British
and Foreign Bible Society. But here aare seen in the opposite ranks,” bre gain my apprehensions have been wooproceeds :
derfully relieved by a close examination "I was taught, sir, in my childhood, of the nature and extent of their hostil. that many objects which when indistinct: ity. This lastitution was established in ly seen at a distance, and through the
1804, and after the most diligent researchmedium of an alarmed imagination, as
es in its history, I cannot find that a sin. sume most terrific shapes, prove on
gle Bishop in the United kingdoms uttered inspection to be perfectly harmless. The
a syllable against it, till 1810.'' p. 24. truth of this precept of the nursery, has
Mr. Jay then proceeds to enumerbeen fully exemplified in the present in- ate the following as the only English stance; for on reconnoitering my suppo Bishops, who from that time to this, ded, til at last they have been excban have appeared in opposition to Biged for coufidence ; and I have discover. ble Societies.— The Bishop of Loned in the English and Irish episcopate, my don, the Bishop of Gloucester, the firmest and most efficient friends and al- Bishop of Chester, the Bishop of Linlies. On taking a nearer view of these coln, the Bishop of Carlisle, the forty five Prelates, I observed, that they were not, as to a superficial reader of Bishop of Ely, and the Bishop of your Charge, they would undoubtedly Landaff, now Peterborough. There appear, opponents of the British and
was a different case however to be Foreign Bible Society : but that you had stated; and Mr. Jay has certainly merely stated, with a cautious selection of language, that their names “ do not ap- presented it with much candour, and pear among the supporters'' of that in with no disadvantage to his cause.