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but a spirit taking an opposite course ; beginning at the wrong end, and finishing in the middle; first, treating a brother as an heathen man and a publican," by blazing his fault abroad to the wide world; secondly, telling it to the church; and thirdly, when all the mischief is done, taking with it “two or three more” to the offending brother, to know (preposterous idea !) if the matter cannot be privately settled. Thus it acts where there has been, or is some real fault; and as to those which are purely imaginary, it takes a similar course. It is a very pragmatical and impudent spirit. It will poke its nose into committees, cabinet councils, and even general assemblies. It cannot gain access to healthful minds, but where there is the disease of jealousy and envy, it can make an impression, and do a good stroke of business.
MR. MONEYBAGS-MR. HONEST DOUBT.
At the end of the seventh chapter we left the thundering eloquence of Beelzebub. That mighty orator' had, by his success with Mr. Moneybags, effected his object, and hence we have something further to relate.
On the same night that his Royal Highness the “ Prince of the Devils,” held his council in Pandemonium, a few friends met at the supper table of Moneybags, as the remonstrator. This gentleman begged to assure his friends that they might anticipate much edification from their newly appointed minister, Mr. Adolphus Kidglove. In the place he is now about to leave, he has often been heard with great satisfaction, by the young ladies and gentlemen of Mr. and Mrs. Crinkum's educational establishment. His discourses, it should seem, are highly polished, and would be more so but for some slight (!) errors in pronunciation, such as using the letter h where it is not wanted, and omitting it where it is; calling 'obliged' obleeged, and pronouncing the word extraordinary "extreehordinary,' instead of extrordinary,' the true and proper way. But we all know that these are very little things. And of what consequence is it that he says sabbath instead
of sabaoth in reading the Te Deum.
These are all trifles, and I am sure you will overlook them all when you come to hear and know him, for there is an air of ministerial dignity about him, which I think will be highly attractive to our metropolitan friends." Miss Henrietta also (the remonstrator's daughter) expressed her opinion that mamma would be perfectly charmed when she saw his primrose gloves, his French cambric handkerchief, and his elegant crarat, so different from the stupid thing worn by that other man, whom papa, in the discharge of a painful duty, declined.
Mr. Honestdoubt said he had no objection to these little things in the matter of apparel and ministerial dignity, but he should be sorry to have them as substitutes for something better. He loved good sermons, remarkable not for uninstructiveness and tinsel polish, but for solid sense, sound doctrine, searching appeals to the conscience and the heart, and as a very useful, though not absolutely necessary appendage, delivered with correct accent, properly modulated tones, and a right emphasis. A man remarkably deficient in these things, and at the same time bespattering his highly polished discourses (as some had called them) with gross provincialism, and a habit of abusing the letter h, would be much more objectionable to him, than that other man,' with a stupid looking cravat; and he thought it would be no great credit to Londoners, or any body else, to eulogize effeminates and exquisites, while they discarded
ministers of more valuable qualifications. This was a damper. The supper was soon finished; the remonstrator returned thanks, casting a furtive and no very friendly glance at Mr. Honestdoubt. A dull family prayer was offered, in which a petition was put up that the declined man-(who, by-the-bye, was going into the country to do nearly twice as much work as a London minister, for about sixty pounds a year less salary) might have his disappointment sanctified.
Mr. Moneybags, addressing himself rather warmly to Mr. Honestdoubt, said: “I am astonished, my friend, at your imprudence in questioning the qualifications of Mr. Kidglove, and thus reflecting upon my judgment and taste and earnest wish to serve the church. The man comes of a respectable and genteel family, and was three years in his last circuit.”
Mr. Honestdoubt.-"Sir, Notwithstanding my scruples, and the freedom I have used in giving expression to them, I shall not officially remonstrate against the appointment, but receive the man and make the best I can of him. But I do most seriously, and in God's name, protest against you in crushing the reasonable hopes of the man against whom you have officially protested. He was recommended to you by a minister of eminence, and I am very much mistaken if we have not at least a thousand worthy persons amongst us who have earnestly desired to have him. But you have settled the question ; and your objections will, in consequence of your influence,
up other objections to the man's great detriment and injury. I happen to know that while his talents would have suited at least an immense majority among us, his circumstances were such as would have rendered our circuit a special blessing to his family; but you have cut him off. He is down again, to encounter new struggles, and will probably never rise, till God takes him to heaven, Sir, I hate what may be called state policy in the Churches of Christ; we have, I hope, not much of it,—but what there is, often proves singularly mischievous, and damaging to the character and finances of good ministers. What you have done may blow over for the present, but you will hear of it another day.”
Mr. Moneybags.—“I don't want to be insulted in my own house; I leave you. My servant will shew you the door.”
Now this Mr. Moneybags is not, as the reader may suppose, a miser. No, if so, he would have little or no influence. He is indeed rich, but he is also liberal and generous—this is his great excellency. But he can reject a good minister who deserves a good salary; this is his great fault-and his sin. God amend and forgive him!