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yet as others can, and the difficult ones may, in process of time; we have great encouragement to propound our schemes.

Things in this world have their different degrees of importance, and as we cannot but be of opinion, that for the growth and prevalence of Christianity, there should be amongst efficient ministers as equitble a distribution of temporalities as can well be made, and as there is not, at present, a satisfactory distribution, we think a schedule published for information on this subject would be of great importance.

Let us have one by all means, one which will set men a thinking for the benefit of all religious communities.

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SCHEDULE EXTRAORDINARY! without horizontal and perpendicular lines. The questions to be answered without equivocation or reserve, by the leading authorities in the churches of Great Britain and Ireland, and the British Colonies.

Gentlemen! you are required to state

I. The number of rich, but inferior men in fat livings.

II. The number of poor, but superior ditto, in lean ditto.

III. State how much practical Christianity there is in the foregoing arrangements.

IV. Number of sermons preached weekly by rich ministers.

V. Number of ditto ditto ditto by poor ditto.

VI. The quality of sermons preached by rich ministers.

VII. The ditto of ditto ditto by poor ditto.
VIII. State the grounds and reasons for rejecting

poor ministers.

IX. Ditto the ditto ditto for preferring rich ditto.

X. Prove, if you can, that these grounds and reasons please God.

XI. State the probable results of selfishness and injustice in the distribution of parishes, livings, circuits, &c., in the day of judgment.

XII. State how many good ministers have been brought to a premature grave, or driven mad by the pressure of difficulties.

XIII. When an eccentric minister is down low, state how many grave men say, “It serves him right.”

XIV. Give the reasons for men saying things are all right, when they are all wrong.

“Ridiculous! preposterous ! insane! extravagant ! silly! shameful! insolent! monstrous ! unspeakably and unutterably abominable !” says Doctor Snug, exasperated at the schedule maker, and alarmed about his living of a thousand a year.

“ Does this man,” says he, “arraign the wisdom and justice of our ancestors and contemporaries? These foolish speculations about an equitable adjustment of salaries may alarm timid little men, but they shall not frighten me !” [and yet he is frightened.] The doctor being fond of the English classics, and much

excited, quotes his favourite Shakspeare: “O horrible! most horrible !" His bell rings for dinner, and he cogitates along the garden walk.

" This levelling scheme will never do; preposterous! ridiculous ! monstrous ! But it is not likely the schedule will ever be properly filled up, and then, happily for me, the wild scheme will fail.” Thus comforting himself, he dines in good spirits, and with a good appetite. That day he has company. The cloth is removed; he takes wine with his friend Flapears, from Spaniel-lane, Sycophant-street; he proposes a toast, raises his voice, looks thunderbolts, lifts his glass above his head, and roars out with astounding vehemence, Confusion to schedule makers !Mr. Flapears thinks this very sublime, repeats the toast, and very piously trusts the time will never come, when their incomes, settled by law, or bestowed by patronage, will be diminished to accommodate malcontents, and ungodly framers of utopian schedules. “Long may you live, my dear Sir, (to Dr. Snug) to enjoy your high position !" [quietly to himself] “and I to enjoy your good dinners.Mr. Rubicund, a neighbouring rector, (having taken his fourth glass) feels himself wonderfully animated. He heartily approves of the noble sentiments thus eloquently expressed by his friends, Snug and Flapears; wonders at the impudence of satirical writers, and determines, for his own part, to advocate the perpetuity of Ecclesiastical honours and emoluments, as they now stand. He will discountenance all inno

felt them.

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vations, he will admonish his murmuring curate, who grumbles at £60 a year. “True, it is,” says he, “he is a pretty good fellow in the pulpit, but then he fills the church with a pack of Methodists, and the genteel families are much annoyed, for these Methodist fellows repeat the responses as if they really

It is a perplexing affair, don't know what to do, but at all events, no schedules. He will deliver a course of lectures on the art of divine contentment." Great applause! Another toast from Doctor Snug, and the party join the ladies at the tea table. The subject is resumed, but Lady Thinkwell, expressing herself somewhat in favour of the schedule, and assigning rather strong reasons for her opinions, the affair is dismissed “Ad referendum." The rector, however, becomes very unsociable, and calling his wife aside, says to her, “My dear, it shall

', not be with my consent that you invite Lady Thinkwell here again."

CHAPTER XIX.

DEBT-ETC.

No CHRISTIAN minister, preserving in himself the humble and submissive spirit of his Divine Master, and of the primitive Apostles, desires wealth. So far from this, we have known instances of good pastors, having more than they thought necessary to their comfortable support, whether from a liberal ministerial salary, or from private property added to their salaries, who have given away all their superfluities to the poor and needy. Yet as there is, as to personal appearance, clerical costume, &c., a pretty general similarity, the people at large are apt to conclude, that all, or most of them, are equally well provided for. To a very large extent this is a capital mistake. Household expenses, where there is a considerable family,--manage them as frugally and economically as you will, -are heavy to any man with a small salary and no private income; and, therefore, it should never be imagined that every reverend gentleman whom you see on a platform in black clothes, is a gentleman as to property. You may see the nobleman in the chair shake hands with him, as well as hear him applaud his speech, but do not infer from that how well off he must be in this world's affairs ! Platform honours are not to be

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