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prerogative of infallibility. But We are particularly pleased after frequent and extensive inves- with the “ index to the subjects," tigation, to which we have been and the “ index to the notes." delightfully attracted, by its va- The labour of composing these rious apparatus of prefaces, and indices must have been prodigious. indices, and admirable marginal We have been occasionally amused expositions, we can most to observe the ingenuity with which dially commend it to universal the editor has avoided any very suffrage as the most useful edition direct or marked exposition on of the Bible, in one volume, that some of the terms of Scripture, bas ever_been presented to the which might have betrayed his world. For the purposes of pri- own peculiarities. Still, on some vate study, of domestic use, where subjects, especially those conno larger work can be obtained, nected with the doctrines of reveand above all, of constant refer- lation, he has furnished such asence, whether in the closet, the semblages of scriptural reference, parlour, or the pulpit, it is inva- as would be considered, by those luable; and we doubt not that the of the anti-evangelical schools, name of its respected publisher and whether Pelagian or Socinian, as proprietor will be held in grateful violating the professedly unsectaremembrance in this and succeeding rian and neutral character of the generations, by all who“ delight to work. We turn, for instance, to meditate in the law of the Lord." the word election, and we find the
The“comprehensive" title-page following admirable arrangement of this work renders any addi- of texts on the subject. tional statement of its plan un
“ Election is an act of distinguishing necessary. We insert, however,
love, Deut. vij. 8.; irrespective of any the following passage from the merit in the objects of it, Rom.ix. 11-16.; editor's preface, as furnishing some eternal, Eph. i. 4. ; 2 Thess. ii. 13. ; abidexplanations that could not being, Rom. ix. 11.; 2 Tim. ii. 15. ; per
sonal, Matt. xx. 23.; 2 Tim. ii. 19.; of conveyed in the title.
some of the chief of sinners, 1 Tim. i. 15. ; “ The great design of this work is it is in Christ, Eph. i. 4.; it is to holiness general utility and universal accepta- as the means, and salvation as the end, bility: and this we have endeavoured to Eph. i. 4.; 1 Thess. v. 9." accomplish by presenting, in a convenient form and narrow compass, as much infor- On other topics, both doctrinal mation as possible to all classes of readers, and practical, we meet with simiFrom the immense mass of materials for lar classifications, though on some nished by ancient versions, Jewish Rabbis, Christian fathers, Roman Catholic writers, points, there are both omissions and from the many learned aud liberal and deficiencies, which we segret. Protestant Commentators of every deno. The index to the notes is one of mination, it will be evident that sacred great convenience and utility; and criticism, (rather the critical department of this work,) could have been greatly en
we ought to inform our readers, larged : "the difficulty consisted in se- that a table of the contents of lection, compression, and abridgment; Scripture, arranged in historical and it is hoped, that this edition of the order from Mr. Townsend's work, Holy Bible will be found to contain the essence of biblical research and criticism, is included in the prolegomena tó that lies dispersed through an immense this edition. On the whole, we number of volumes."
repeat our conviction of the high The “ introduction” is a valu- value of “ the Comprehensive able essay on the genuineness and Bible," and most sincerely reauthority of the sacred volume, joice in its publication, as a work and contains a large portion of eminently conducive to the prouseful information, well and suc- motion of sound biblical knowcinctly stated, respecting the lead- ledge, and the still higher interests ing elements of biblical criticism. of pure undetiled religion."
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS, with SHORT NOTICES.
Idolatry: a Poem, in Four Parts. commendation for the portion of good By William Swan, Missionary at Se- sense and harmless wil with which it linginsk. London : Holdsworth. 12mo. abounds. The saws of our forefathers 1827. 58.-We are sorry that our limits were often indicative of much acuteness prevent us from giving reviews of of mind and observation of the world. poetical works on religious subjects. A RETROSPECT OF THE PROCEEDINGS But as far as our testimony may go, OF THE London MISSIONARY SUCIETY; we are very willing to afford that testi- being the Substance of a Discourse delimony from time to time. The little vered at the instance of the Directors, on volume now on our table, is the pro- the Morning of Ociober 10, 1826, at duction of one better known as a Mis- Hoxton Chapel, on the opening of the sionary, and as the writer of the inte- Mission College. By John Griffin. resting memoirs of Mrs. Paterson, than Portsea. 1827. pp. 80. 2s. as a poet Yet to the character of a
MISSIONARY PROSPECTS: a Sermon, poet, Mr. Swan possesses more claims
on the Evening of the same Day. By than many who put in for that honour.
John Angell James, Birmingham. 1826. The present poem is composed in the stanza of Byron's Childe Harold,
pp. 50. 2s. and
The TRIUMPHS OF THE GOSPEL: a contains some exceedingly fine passages.
Sermon preached in the Baptist Chapel, As the testimony of an eye and deeply Halifar, October 1, 1826.' By Charles interested witness to the deplorable Thompson, Halifax. 1826. pp. 34. condition of idolaters in the dark re.
CHRISTIAN PREACHING AS EXEMPLIgions of the earth, it is peculiarly wor
FIED IN THE CONDUCT OF ST. PAUL: thy of attention from the friends of missions. The notes appended to the
a Sermon preached in the Church of St.
Pancrus, Chichester, Feb. 4, 1827. By several books contain some curious
the Rev. J. Davies. London. 1827. illustrations of the nature of the Lama
pp. 60. 2s. worship. In our poetical page, we
THE MOTIVES have given a specimen of the work, and
ENCOURAGEMENTS TO ACTIVE cordially join with Messrs. Ewing and Wardlaw, the editors, in recommending substance of an Address read before the
MISSIONARY EXERTIONS; being the it to our readers.
Edinburgh Association of Theolngical An Answer TO A PRINTED PAPER, Students in Aid of the Diffusion of Chris. entitled “ Manifesto of the Christian tian Knowledge, Jan. 6, 1827. EdinEvidence Society.”. Published by the burgh. pp. 44.–We are under the neSociety for Promoting Christian Instruc- cessity, from want of room, of grouping tion. London: Holdsworth. 12mo. all these important productions togepp. 60. Price 2d. This able pamphlet, ther. Every one of them might furnish we believe, we may ascribe to the pen materials for an extended article. The of our respected friend, Dr. Smith. It discourse by Mr. Griffin, on the past is a reply to a wretched and infamous labours of the Missionary Society, is an attack on Christianity, by the party admirable bird's-eye view of the most headed by that insane infidel Taylor; interesting points and results in that and contains a masterly exposure of its Society's history. Mr. James's eloquent lies and calumnies. It is a proof of the Prospective View, is no less interesting, daring wickedness and impudence of a both in its representation of the inviting certain class, that they can publish to fields which remain to be cultivated, the world the most base and senseless and of the duties of the Members and misrepresentations of the truth; and Directors of the Society. We stale dis, which have been so often before refuted. tinctly, that those who are concerned in It is creditable to the zeal of the Chris- the affairs of that important Institution, tian Instruction Society, to issue such a will do neither the cause nor themdocument.
selves justice, if they do not read and OLD ENGLISH SAYINGS NEWLY EX- study these sermons. We cordially POUNDED. By Jefferies Taylor. Lon- thank the authors for the trouble they don: Wightman and Crump. 12mo. have taken. The sermons by Mr. 1827. 45. - This publication, though Thompson and Mr Davies, though on not altogether in our way, is worthy of different subjects, are both very judi
cious, and in point of sentiment and TRAVELS IN THE RELIGIOUS World. style, do credit to their authors. The By the Author of the Great Physiciun. address read to the Edinburgh Society Edinburgh: Oliphant. 1827. 12mo. on Missionary exertion, we are exceed- THOUGHTS ON SANCTIFICATION, viewed ingly glad to see. It is delightful to as the Christiun's Aim and Privilege. find the Missionary spirit extending in With some Directions to those who seek our Universities; and we fondly trust, after its Attainment. By James Sievethat the day is not distant, when these right, M. A. Second Edition. Edinbodies will supply a full proportion of burgh: Oliphant. 1827. 12mo.-These well qualified and efficient instruments neatly printed little works seem admirafor the foreign service of Christ. The
The bly adapted for village, congregational, address is scriptural, energetic, and de- and circulating libraries. The story of serves an extensive circulation.
Nisbet, ihe Covenanter, told by himself,
is one of considerable interest; and DEATH ON THE PALE HORSE. By
might be read with profit by the admir. John Bruce, Minister of the Low Hill General Cemetery, Liverpool. London: Life, as originally written by himself, is
ers of the Waverly novels. Boston's Westley and Davies. 12mo. 55. – Mr.
a very curious work, and amusing as Bruce is literally a prophet of the dry well as instructive. This abridgment bones, and has in this volume furnished
leaves out much of the gossip, though to us with a specimen of his prophecyings. us not disagreeable gossip, of the old The situation which he occupies is one man-and tells his tale in better style. which must bring him into perpetual The lovers of the Four-fold State will contact with the king of terrors. "It re
be pleased with this account of its quires, we should suppose, no ordinary author. We do not know whether the portion of spirituality of mind to resist
Travels in the Religious World are“ no the deadening influence of the scenes fiction," or a fiction. We recommend constantly transacting in a church-yard. it, however, to those “ who mind high Judging from this little work, the author
things"- mean the friends of seems to make the proper use of his Messrs. Hawker and Co., if peradvencircumstances. We do not much ad
ture they will take the advice of such mire the frontispiece; but the sentiments of the work are excellent. They also recommend them seriously to digest
In that case, we would
persons as we. have generally, as might be expected,
the very excellent treatise of Mr. Sieverather a sombre cast; but the design
right on Sanctification. It is full of and tendency of the whole are good, sound doctrine - that is, of doctrine caland as such we cordially recommend the culated to heal, not to deceive the souls work.
of men. It is truly melancholy to reSermons, delivered at Beresford Cha- flect on the difficulty with which men pel, Walworth. By Edward Andrews, are persuaded to read, and think to LL.D. l'art 11. London, 1827. 8vo. purpose on the great concerns of eternity. 8s. 60.-We have not forgotten our
The publication and circulation of such promise on announcing the first part of works, however, will lead us to pray this volume. At present we merely and hope for better days. say, that we think the worthy author has not despised our hint, and that he im
A Widow's Tale, and other Poems, proves as he advances-only excepting By Bernard Barton, Author of “ Devothe last discourse. What could' Di. tional Verses," 8c. Holdsworth. 5s.6d. Andrews be thinking of when he preach--The peculiar opinions entertained by ed from Acts viii. 2. on the occasion of the members of the Society of Friends the death of the Duke of York? We for a long period, estranged them from can only add this discourse to the list cultivating the field of sacred literature, of melancholy failures on the same sub- or the wider and wilder tracts the ject noticed already.
imaginative arts. Their want of standard
works on theology and biblical criticism, PRIVATE LIFE OF THE PERSECUTED; is doubtless to be attributed to their or, Memoirs of the First Years of Jumes views respecting a stated ministry, and Nisbet, one of the Scottish Covenunters. the teachings of the Holy Spirit. Their Written by Himself. Edinburgh : Oli- opposition to painting and poetry rephant. 1827. 12mo.
sulted from other opinions, which we LIFE OF THE Rev. Tuomas Boston, suspect are now growing rather obsolete Minister of Ettrick. Edinburgh: Olis amongst them, at least with the younger phant. 1827. 12mo.
“ Friends," who seem disposed to banisb
these objections to those regions of for- " We soar to heaven, and to outlive getfulness to which almost every black
Our life's contracted span, hood, green apron, and broad beaver Unto the glorious stars we give has been already consigned. Benj. The names of mortal man. West as a Quaker painter, and friends “ Then may not one poor flowret's bloom Jeremiah Wiffen and Bernard Barton, The holier memory share as Quaker poets, have doubtless contri. Of Him, who, to avert our doom, buted, maugre the grave looks of elder Vouchsafd our sins to bear ? Friends to this revolutionary move- “ God dwelleth not in temples rear'd ment, and it is probable that the re- By work of buman hands, cent admission of a fair authoress, whose Yet 'sbrines august, by men rever'd, name has long been associated with Are found in Christian lands. painting and poetry, to the Society, “And may not e'en a simple flower may advance the growing empire of Proclaim His glorious praise, fancy amongst that most unimaginative Whose fiat, only,
had the power and practical sect. Nor can we, with all Its form from earth to raise ? our puritanical feelings about us, de- . Then freely let thy blossom ope plore this change, whilst their painting
Its beauties—to recal and poetry continue to be consecrated to the service of real piety: of this scene which bids the humble hope
In Him who died for all !" we have another very pleasing instance
Pp.76–78. in the volume before us, in which Friend Barton has again employed the music
TuE AUTHENTICITY AND INSPIof his sweet lyre, to convey sentiments
OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, that must be dear to every holy mind. considered in Opposition to the Erroneous “ The Widow's Tale" is founded on the Opinions thut are circulated on the Subpainfully interesting “account of the ject. By Robert Haldane, Esq. Price loss of Five Wesleyan Missionaries, 1s. 6d. and others, in the Maria Mail-boat, off Clarke's GEOGRAPHICAL DICTIONthe Island of Antigua, by Mrs. Jones, ARY. 2 Vols. 4to. the only survivor on that mournful occasion;" and her melancholy, yet cheering PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION. story, is told by Mr B. in forty-six stan
We are requested to state that the friends zas, distinguished by graphic fidelity and of the late Rev. John Cooke, of Maiden. poetic tenderness. There are also nearly head, have committed his manuscripts to fifty miscellaneous poems, on a great the hands of Mr. Redford, of Worcester, variety of subjects, and all with the for many years the intimate friend and very best tendency. We select one, neighbour of Mr. Cooke, and that be is which, though not the happiest in the engaged in preparing an octavo volume, volume, is most convenient for our which will contain an ample Memoir, with columns, and will bespeak, we think, Letters, Anecdotes, and Select Remains. that patronage for the work, which its Any persons in possession of interesting Christian principles, and its poetic feel- letters from Mr. C., will oblige his friends ing, may confidently claim.
by forwarding them, or correct copies, to
Mr. S. Westbrook, Maidenhead, Berks, TV THE PASSION FLOWER.
or to the Rev. George Redford, Worcester.
All such papers will be carefully preserved, “ If superstition's baneful art
and returned, if required.- The Union First gave thy mystic name,
Collection of Hymns, Odes, and Spiritual Reason, I trust, would steel my heart
Songs, additional to the Psalms and Against its groundless claim.
Hymns of Dr. Watts; adapted to the use “But if, in fancy's pensive hour,
of the Church and the Social Circle, the By grateful feelings stirr'd,
Family and the Closet. It is the object Her fond imaginative power
of this Collection to bring into one view That name at first conferr'd,
the beauties of the best composers. Evan
gelical sentiment, combined with the “Though lightlytruth ber flights may prize, charms of poetry, and ardour of devotional By wild vagary driven,
feeling with becoming dignity of expresFor once their blameless exercise
sion, hare been regarded as the chief reMay surely be forgiven.
quisites in their composition. The work
being equally intended for Baptists and “ We roam the seas-give new found Isles Pædobaptists, bymns on baptisin will be
Some king's or conqueror's name; omitted. --Missionary Anecdotes for Chil. We rear on earth triumphant piles dren and Young Persons, by Robert NewAs meods of earthly fane :
stead. -- Mr. Gilchrist, of Newington Green, is preparing for the Press a Work, Hindoos (particularly of the Brahmans). to be entitled Uditarianism 'Abandoned, or The whole related with precision, and Reasons assigned for ceasing to be con- such a strict regard to truth, as will, it is nected with that description of Religious presumed, render the ork one of utility, Professors who designate themselves Uni. as well as of interest.- Four Sermons on tarians.--In a few days will be published, the Priesthood of Christ. By the Rev. a Sommary of the Laws affecting Protes. Theophilus Lessey, of Ilalifax.-Theology; tant Dissenters, with an Appendix, con- or an attempt towards a consistent view of taining Acts of Parliament, 'Trnst Deeds, the whole counsel of God. With a preliminary and Legal Forms. By Joseph Beldam, of Essay on the Practicability and Importance the Middle Temple, Esq. Barrister at Law. of this attainment. By the Rev. J. H. Hin. -- A Translation of the Second Edition of ton, A.M., of Reading.--The Rev. W. Niebubr's Ronan History, undertaken in Hutchings, of Paradise Chapel, Chelsea, concert with the Author, by the Rer. announces his intention to publish, on beJulius Hare, and C. Thirlwall, Esq., Fel. half of his mother and her family, a volows of Trinity College, Cambridge. This lume of Sermons by his late Father, the second edition will now be published in a Rev. Thomas Hutchings, of Unicorn Yard. few weeks in Germany: in the mean time, .--A Volume of Plain Discourses on Exthe Author forwards the sheets as printed perimental and Practical Christianity, by to England, and will himself contribute the Rev. William Ford Vance, M.A., Ascorrections and additions to the transla. sistant Chaplain of St. John's, Bedford tion. The Author is anxious it should be Row.—The Rev. J. Wbitridge, of Man. known that this edition is not a reprint of chester, has lately been delivering in that the old work, with additions and improve town, a course of Lectures on the Biblioments, but absolutely a new work, in graphy of the Sacred Scriptures, to audiwhich few pages of the former have been tories composed of persons of various denoretained.--C. A. Elton, Esq. the Translator minations; and in compliance with reof Hesiod, of Select Specimens from the quest, is about to publish them under the Classic Poets, &c. who a few years ago following title : “ A History of the Bible, joined the Unitarian Congregation at comprising Literary and Bibliograpbical Bristol, has seen cause to renounce the Notices of its Original Production in the connexion, and has sent to the press bis East, and its subsequent Treatment, particu. reasons for so doing. This circumstance Jarly in the British Islands, from the earliest has excited considerable attention in the to the present time.” This work is 10 be West of England, and in the religious published in two parts, separately, and at a world, as the gentleman alluded to is a moderate price, so as to suit the convenience man of family, a classical scholar, and of readers in general. It is remarked by has changed bis sentiments, from the con- the author, " that notwithstanding the viction that the opinions of the Uni- multitude of publications in the present tarians are erroneous, and not defen- age, and the increased attention pow given sible upon the correct interpretations of to the pursuits of Biblical Literature, there Scripture.--The Chronicles of Wesleyan is not any work expressly devoted to this Methodism : exhibiting an Alphabetical interesting subject; that it is proposed to Arrangement of all the Circuits in its con- compress the most important information pexion, the names of the Preachers who from a great variety of authors; but this have travelled in them, and the yearly course of investigation is decidedly sepa. order of their succession, from the esta. rate from all sectarian peculiarities, and blishment of Methodism to the present will therefore commend itself to the unitime: accompanied by interesting plutes versal friends of the Bible, and that hereby of Autographs, &c., and numerous pleasing
a useful manual is contemplated for youth memorials connected with the Origin and and families, as well as a valuable reference Progress of Methodism. By John Stephens. book for students, schools, reading soci. Also a Comprehensive Statement of its prin- eties, &c., in choosing the best books concipal Doctrines, Laws, and Regulations : 'nected with the Sacred Writings. The carefully compiled, expressly for this work, Rev. J. Blackburn, of Claremont Chapel, from the most authentic sources, by Sa- Pentonville, and one of the Secretaries of muel Warren, LL. D.—The Life, Voyages, the Society for Promoting Christian In. and Adventures of “ Naufragus :" being struction in London and its Vicinity, has a faithful Narrative of the Author's real in the press a Discourse, delivered at the Life, and containing a series of remarkable opening of the Second Course of Lectures Adrenlures of no ordinary kind. The to Mechanics, under the patronage of that scéne of this work lies in Asia, uf which Society, entitled “ Reflections on the interesting part of the globe this volume Moral and Spiritual. Claims of the Metrowill contain many lively sketches : toge. polis ;" with an Appendix, containing ther with a variety of information con- statements illustrative of that important nected with the state of Society, and the subject. Manners, Customs, fand Opinions of the N.S. No. 28.