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I saw on the other side, that this forcing do not believe him to be the inventor of myself, by means of imagination, was not it. Perhaps he has borrowed this way of that grief I sought for, or what might have spreading his principles from Christ himpleased God. Spalding's book has satified self
, who taught truih, sometimes in parame on this account. I am now sure that bles, sometimes in questions and answers, the chief point is a confidence in God sometimes in sermons." P. 142. through Christ, and a true reformation of mind from what is bad to what is good. I
The Christian fortitude which myself can find out and be sensible, whe. Struensee had now acquired, enabled ther I have this confidence, and I myself him to receive the account of his am able to judge, whether such a reforma. sentence, and the immediate prostion has taken place within my mind."" pect of his execution, with the greatP. 113.
est composure of mind. He now His observation of the torment more solemnly prepares himself 10 which must necessarily accompany meet his end, and for this purpose the wicked is very just and striking : requests that he may receive the
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. “ If even the punishments of a future The account of his behaviour on the world were only to last during the life of a man, it would be very terrifying, and suf
occasion of receiving it is very ficient to keep us from sin. It would be affecting : dreadful enough if the punishments con- “I came to-day to the Count with Gesisted in nothing else but the natural con- neral Lieutenant Holben, who, at my resequences of sin, without any further dis- quest, was present at his receiving the sapensation of God. I thought men mighterament. I adininistered it to him; and be punished in eternity by those passions this man, who received his sentence of to which they were addicted in this world. death without any appearing alteration of They leave this world with all their inter- mind, was during the whole time of this nal appetites, which attend them in all sacred transaction as if he was melting their strength. There is nothing in the into tears. I never observed a tear in bis other world to satisfy these desires. They eyes as often as we were talking about his consume themselves in insatiable longings misfortunes and death; but on account of and vain wishes, God need only say to his sins, the moral misery into which lie them, You shall renain as you are." P. bad thrown himself and others, on account 138.
of the love of God towards him and all He would have rejoiced could he should have believed, if I had not seen it
mankind, he has wept more than I myself have forseen the extent to which the
" When the whole transaction of receivfollowing opinion has been acted ing the sacrament was over, he begged upon at the present period, through leave of the commander of the castle to the channel of the Society for Pro- make presents of the trifles that he bad moting Christian Knowledge.
left, his bed, his linen, and the little money
which he had saved out of his allowance, “ He continued— I wish you and other which was a rix-dollar or a crown every divines would write small pamphlets, to
day. He said, ' I have now no more acquaint the people with the advantages property.' of Christianity, which might be of greater
• He then took his farewell of the conservice than preaching. In this manner
mander in a very affecting manner; thapk. Voltaire has written, as you know, innu. ed him for all kindness be had shewn him, merable little pieces against religion, and declared that lie had not denied him which contain always the same thing over
any favour that was in his power to grant. again under different titles, and in a differ. The old venerable man left him with these ent dress. Rational friends of Christi. words: “I am sure we shall find one anoanity should learn of bim this method, byther again before the throne of God.'" which he does much mischief, and apply it P. 169. to better purposes.
Voltaire boasts of His tranquillity of mind appears having found out this method, as he says, indeed to increase as he approaches to enlighten the world. I remember that when I conversed with D'Alembert at Pa
more nearly to his end. Instead of ris, in my travels
, that he spoke much in exerting the power of fancy to dispel praise of this method, and admired Vol- the horrors of the scaffold, we find taire's wisdom in this point. However I him laying a restraint on its excurREMEMBRANCER, No. 69.
sions, and confining himself to cool his acquaintance, and to tell some of them, consideration, to meditation on that if he, by his conversation and actions, “ the walk of Christ to his death,” had misled them in their notions of virtue
and religion, lie, as a dying man, acknowand its application to his own case.
ledged the injury lie had done, begged We close our extracts from the
them to efface these impressions, and to narrative of Dr. Munter, with the forgive him.” account of the last moments of the life of Struensee.
“On seeing the great number of spec
tators, I told him, that among these thou“ Now the door of the prison opened, sands were many that would pray to God for which the Count himself never, but I to bave mercy upon him. very often, lad looked with a fearfoi ex
" • I hope so,' said lie,' and the thought pectation. An officer caixe in, and desir. pleases me.' He soon after added: ed me, if I pleased, to step into the coach, 46. It is a solemn sight to see so many and to go before the Comt to lie place of thousands of people together; but what execution. I was much moved and atfect. are these thonsands, when compared witis ed. The Count, as if it did not concern the whole sum of all God's creatures, and him in the least, comforted me by saying: how very little appears one single man in
Male yourself easy, my dear friend, by such a comparison? Nevertheless God considering the happiness I am going to loves every individual man so much, that enter into, and with the consciousness he has procured his salvation by sacrificing that God has made you a means of procura his own Son, What a love is this ! ing it for me.'
" " You see me,' continued he, ‘ont“I embraced him, recommending him wardly, the same as I find myself within.' to the love and mercy of God, and has. And I perceived, all the while I was sittened to the place of executiou.
ting with him in the coach, no alteration, “ He being soon called after me, got up but that he was pale, and that it was more from his couch, and followed those which difficult for him to think and to converse, were to conduct him. Coming out of the than it was some days before, or even this prison and getting into the coach, he bow
very morning. However, be bad his full ed to those that were standing around. presence of mind, knew several of those Upon the way to the place of execution, that stood about the coach, bowed to he partly spoke to the officer who was
many by pulling off his hat, and to some with him in the coach, partly sat in derp be bowed with a friendly mien. merditation.
My ease,' said he, is not a forced “ As soon as both the condemned were 1 cannot recollect any cause from arrived in their respective coaches near which this ease arises, that could displease the scaffold, and Count Brandt had God. I am not ambitious to gain the apmounted it first, I got into the coach of plause of men, and I do not promise that Struensee, and ordered the coachman to I shall uot shew my uneasiness upon the turn about, to prevent his having the pros- scaffold. I now have disagreeable sensapect of the scaffold.
tions, and I shall have more there, which ““I have seen him already,' said he. 1 I will not endeavour to conceal. But you could not recollect myself so soon, and he may be assured, that my soul will look finding my uneasiness, said, with a smiling with calmness and hope beyond death. countenance, ' Pray do not mind me. 1 And how little is that which I am going to see you suffer. Remember that God has suffer, when I compare it with the suffer. made you an instrument in my conversion). ings Christ bore when he died. RecolI can imagine how pleasing it must be to lect only his words : 'My God, my God, you to be conscions of this. I shall praise why bast thou forsaken me?' and consider, God with you in eternity that you have what excruciating pain it must have caused saved my soul.'
him, to hang for several hours on the cross " I was still more affected than before, before he died !' and said, that I should look upon this “ I exborted him again not to shew any transaction of mine as the most remarkable affected fortitude in these last moments one during my whole life, since God liad which was not natural to him. Such blessed it with so self-rewarding a success. affectation would certainly displease God, It was a pleasing thought to me, that we and if he now still would mind what the should continue onr friendship in a future spectators might think, I must tell him, world. I should have comforted liim, but that only a few short-sighted people would he, in this case, comforted me. He desir. believe his affected firmness to be true. ed me then to remember him to several of “ I then said, Christ prayed for his mnr
derers even on the cross. May I rely upon ""I know no other means of receiving your leaving this world with the same sen- God's mercy, and I trust in this alonc.' timents of love towards those you might “ Do you leave this world without hahave reason to think your enemics? tred or malice against any person whatever ?
“« First,' said be, I hope that there is “ • I lope nobody hates me personally; no one who has a personal batred against and as for the rest, you know my sentime; but that those who have promoted ments on this head, they are the same as I my misfortunes, have done it with an in- told you just before.' tent of good. Secondly, I look “ I then laid my hand upon liis head, upon myself already as a citizen of another saying: Then go in peace whither God world, and that I am obliged to entertain call you! His grace be with you! sentiments conformable to this dignity: “ He then began to undress, and inand I am sure, that if I was to see those, quired of the executioners how far lie was who might perhaps be my enemies here, iu to uncover himself, and desired them to the bliss of that world which I hope to assist him. He then hastened towa:ds the enter into, it would give me the highest block, that was stained and still reeking satisfaction. I pray to God that if my with the blood of his friend, laid himself enemies might repent of their behaviour quickly down, and endeavoured to fit his towards me, this repentance may induce neck and chin properly into it. When his them to look out for that salvation which I hand was cut off, bis whole body fell into promise myself throngh the mercy of convulsions. The very moment when the God.'
executioner lifted up the axe to cut off his Though I could not see the scaffold, hand, I began to prononnce slowly the yet I guessed, from the motion of the words, ' Remember Jesus Christ crucified, spectators, that it was Struensee's turn to who died, but is risen again. Before I mount it. I endeavoured to prepare bim had finished these words, both hand and for it by a short prayer, and within a few head, severed from the body, lay before moments we were called. He passed with my feet." P. 185. decency and humbleness through the spectators, and bowed to some of them. With
The confession of the Conot him. some difficulty be mounted the stairs. self, which is subjoined, is importWhen we came up, I spoke very concisely, ant, as verifying the previous acand with a low voice, upon these words count of Dr. Munter, and testifying of Christ ; ' He that believeth in me, the sincerity of the penitent as well though he were dead, yet shall be live.' It would bave been impossible for me to
as his anxiety to make reparation, as speak much and loud, even if I had at
far as lie could, to the world for the tempted it.
evil of his former example.—It is “I observe here, that he shewed not the time for us, however, to return to least affectation in his conduct upon the Mr. Rennell, and his suggestions of scaffold. I found him to be one who knew the practical usefulness to be dethat he was to die, on account of his rived from the Narrative which we crimes, by the hands of the executioner.
have been considering. Its importHe was pale, it was difficult for him to speak, the fear of death was visible in his ance, generally, as an unsophisti. whole countenance; but, at the same time, cated detail of a conversion from insubmission, calmness, and hope, were ex- fidelity to serious faith in the propressed in his air and deportinent. mises of God through Christ, has " His sentence, and afterwards the
been already noticed. Mr. Rennell King's confirmation of it, were read to
further regards the work, in its ap. him ; his coat of arms was publicly shewn, and broken to pieces. During the time plication to four different classes of that his chains were taking off, I put the persons :—to the professed unbefollowing questions to him : Are you truly liever-to the young man just entersorry for all those actions by which you ing on the world—to the theological have offended God and men ?
student to the practical minister. “You know my late sentiments on
We cannot better promote the edifithis point, and I assure you they are this cation to bé derived from the work, very moment still the same.'
than by transcribing his observa“Do you trust in the redemption of Christ, as the only ground of your being tions, with which we shall conclude pardoned before God?
“ Should this book happen to fall into when he quits the path of Christianity, and the hands of a professed unbeliever, he will trusts himself to the shoals and quicksands not perhaps find it uninteresting to observe of infidelity. A man, when he begius to the progress of opinions the same with his reject the Gospel, generally reserves to own in a strong and powerful understand- himself the privilege of making a system of ing, and to find the sources of infidelity religion and a code of morality of his own, dissected and laid open, by one who knew which he fully believes will answer every well the human heart in others, and was at purpose of those which he has abandoned. last brought to a knowledge of his own, But he little knows how soon each of these He may then perhaps be tempted to look will dwindle into nothing, or, what is per. inwardly upon hiniself, and to examine haps worse, accommodate themselves to whether there is any resemblance between his favourite passions and sins. his own scepticism, and that of the unfore These are but treacherons safeguards; tunate Struensee-whether it proceeds they soon give way and leave the unfor. from the same cause, and has been attended tunate dupe of his own moral and reliby the same effects—whether the fabric of gious systenis to fall from one step of intiboth systems is not reared on the same delity to another, till be denies the supershallow and dangerous foundations. Could intending providence of God, the essential he, under the blessing of a higher power, distinction between right and wrong, and be induced to investigate with calmness lastly the immortality of his own soul; in and with candour these most important short, until his wretched career terminates points, this little history will not bave in practical Atheism. fallen into his hands in vain.
" Thus it is that he who commences his “ By the young man just entering into infidel career by abandoning revelation, the world, this volume may be read with will soon find that his objections are equally peculiar advantage. He will first observe strong against the religion of nature; they upon what sleuder grounds all objections have both the same Almighty Author, they against revelation are raised and sustained, are both parts of one connected system, and that they are the result not of investi. and they rise and fall together. gation but of indolence, vot of knowledge “ The student in theology may not al. but of ignorance. Struensee, like Hume, together find the time lost which he may had never, since his childhood, read with expend upon the volume before us. He the slightest attention the very Scriptures will there find the best and sarest method which he affected to deride; he knew no- of treating a case of infidelity whenever, thing of the evidences of religion, nor of in the course of his future profession, such any, excepting the most popular, objections a one may come under his care, The tenwhich might be urged against them. derness and the anxiety of Dr. Manter, ac
« He will afterwards be enabled to trace companied as they are by the most decisive all infidel opinions to their principal, it appeals to the conscience, and the most demay be said their single, source-corrup- liberate system of reasoning, are admirable : tion of heart and profligacy of life. It is the plan which he adopts is most judicious, not, perhaps, a single act of intemperance and so exactly suited to the circumstances (though single acts are sufficiently danger of his convert, (and the cases of all infidels ouis) that will lead the young and inex- are more or less of the same cast) that perienced mind into Scepticism; but it is Struensee himself testifies, p. 150. “I asa continued indulgence iu some bad habit, sure you that by no other means you would which is contrary alike to the laws both of have found access to my heart than by reason and revelation. It is the unwilling those which you have chosen.' It would, vess to relinquish a favourite sin, and a also, be no useless employment to supply growing attachment to the object of some the omissions in the chain of argument by desire, added to a consciousness of an in making an abridgment of those books creasing neglect of the Almighty, of his which are recommended for perusal. laws, and probably of his worship, which “ But, as the theological student may renders the mind of a young man dissatis. learn from the narrative of Munter how he fied both with itself and with those princi- may best convert a dying sinner, so the ples which are the cause of such dissatis- practical minister may also learn how he faction; he finds them incompatible with may
best treat him after he is converted, bis mode of life, and then he listens to any To those who may, either from duty or insuggestion that would teach him how to clination, be desirous of preparing the soul abandon them; and thus it is that Scepti- of a recently converted sinner for heaven, cism finds an easy access to the mind, this book will prove a most useful and prac
“ From these pages the young man may tical guide. Of the validity of a death-bed also discover the full extent of bis danger, repentance we must always speak with
caution, as we cannot be competent judges viewed collectively, would form a of its sincerity; that can be known to the curious and valuable body of eviAlmighty only. To promise, therefore, to dence, with regard to the prevailing the sinner the highest degrees of bliss and glory, and to encourage in his mind the temper of the religious and irrelifeelings of enthusiastic triumph, is a line of gious world at successive periods of conduct anwarranted at oncé by expe. time. Being practical exhortations rience and by Scripture. How often in to the Clergy to meet the particular thesc days do we see the onhappy criminal difficulties of their calling, more sent out of the world by his spiritual at particularly as those difficulties tendants in all the extasies of fanatical as
have been affected by local or temsurance, and generally without having performed any one act by which his repentance porary circumstances, they would could be accounted sincere-without con- give us an insight into the
progresfession—without even a desire of making sive state of Christianity among ourreparation. Widely different was the case selves, and throw considerable light of Struensee; under the guidance of Munter on our ecclesiastical history. Viewhe was led, not only to an ample confession ed, however, as detached specimens, of his particular sins, but to an anxious they are not without their value, or wish to make some reparation to society their interest. Proceeding from men for the injuries which they had inflicted upon it. The account of his conversion, of dignified and influential station written with his own hand, is no mean in the Church-nen, whose admoproof both of the sincerity and of the depth nitions are recommended to us not of his penitence. But even under circum- only by their external dignity, but, stances so strongly testifying his sincerity, in most cases, by the experimental Manter would encourage no other feelings proof which they have already given but those of a calm, steady, and Scriptural in inferior situations of the ministry, faith in the propitiation of the Redeemer, and a confidence of pardon through bis of the sincerity of conviction under blood. These are his remarkable words : which they speak and admonish* I wish to see you on the scaffold with they solicit our attention as the visible signs of repentance and sorrow, but words of truth and soberness; and at the same time, with a peace of mind may well be relied on either as exwhich arises from a confidence in being positions of the state of religion at pardoned before God,' p. 183. A more difficult task cannot, perhaps, be imposed the time when they were delivered, the Christian minister than so to preserve
or as wise exhortations to clerical the balance of feeling in the mind of his exertion. We are pleased, therepenitent, as to prevent hope from growing fore, to see them assume a more into presumption and faith into enthu. durable form by means of the press. siasm; to repress the risings of unwarrant
This Charge of the Archdeacon able triumph, without diminishing the as
of Sarum applies principally to those surance of pardon and acceptance. The returning prodigal was received with joy strong delusions of the present day into his father's mansion, but what was his which tend so much to obstruct the Jot after his reception, the Gospel has not march of true religion :-Methodisrevealed."
tical enthusiasm,-Unitarian infidelity,—Papal superstition. Com
mencing with an expression of his A Charge delivered to the Clergy of Church, from the indifference of her
fears for the prosperity of the the Archdeaconry of Sarum, on the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th of July, creased hatred of her enemies on
friends on the one hand, and the in1824. By the Rev. Charles Day- the other, the Archdeacon thus beny, LL.D. Archdeacon of sa
ceeds: rum. 8vo. pp. 69. Rivingtons, 1824.
« We are well aware, for the language
of inspiration has informed us, that there The Charges delivered to the Paro- shall be heresies,' and that it must needs chial Clergy of England at the dif- be that offences come.' As watchmen of ferent Visitations, if they could be Israel, it is our duty, therefore, to analyze