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over and above all these former employments, some great volume in folio came not forth."
We give our hearty assent to the well-known distich, concerning his Christian Institutions,
Præter apostolicas, post Christi tempora, chartas,
Huic peperêre libro sæcula nulla pa
That is, "Since the time of Christ, if we omit the writings of the apostles, no age has produced a book equal to it."*
We hope our readers will pardon the length of this article: but, in our opinion, the eminence of the person whose life is here recorded required it. We shall close the whole with saying, that the late Mr. Fuller of Kettering, preferred Calvin's Commentaries on the Scriptures to all others.
Bruce's Juvenile Anecdotes. Second
Edition. Price 4s. 6d.
Mr. Bruce deserves well of every friend to youth; for while he is anxi ous to improve and amuse, it is his carnest endeavour to implant the great principles of the Christian religion.
This edition has been enlarged and improved. As future editions may be called for, we take the liberty of turning the attention of the worthy compiler, to what we judge defects in this excellent work.
In many instances, the authorities for the anecdote are given either directly or indirectly. In our opinion, the work from which the incident was borrowed, or the authority from which it was derived, should, in all cases have been distinctly and prominently given. No weight of character, on the part of the compiler, can supply this deficiency, in a collection of materials so multifarious,
Another defect in this valuable work relates to the composition of the whole. Every incident should have been reported, if practicable, in the very style and words of the writers from whom it is taken. This would have introduced an incredible variety into a compilation, which, in its present form, bears the impression of the same plastic hand throughout. The author might have taken a few liberties with his ori
authorities, when grammar or perspicuity required it; but much would have been gained by leaving many of his incidents in their first garb, and with their natural tongue.
Another fault we take the freedom of stating is, the manner in which the author brings forward his own reflections, directions, and warn
ALL the anecdotes in the little Book to which we here call the attention of our readers, are strictly true, and are either taken from respectable publications, or supplied from unquestionable authorities: Mr. Bruce only claims the praise of selecting and arranging the materials.ginal The advantages of such a compilation are very evident. Youth are furnished with a number of striking incidents of various kinds, written with studied brevity, and placed in a simple and perspicuous order. The intrinsic worth of the stories themselves is very great. In so various an assemblage, all cannot be thoughtings. to have equal claims on the approbation and taste of youth; but we can say, that, after a careful perusal of the book, we found nothing unworthy of a Christian minister to publish, or of a Christian parent to recommend to his children. Some of them are truly affecting, and are calculated to excite the attention, to purify the heart, to illuminate the mind, and to expand the best feelings of juvenile readers.
A good translation of this work, by Mr. Allen, of Hackney, has been reviewed in this Magazine..
They are, perhaps, on the whole, too numerous, and not always expressed with the greatest brevity; and, (which is a circumstance the most unpleasant to us,) they cannot be always separated with facility from the Anecdotes themselves. In some instances, we found it difficult to decide whether Mr. Bruce, or some other person, was the speaker.
On the whole, we consider this little work as doing much honour to author, and as admirably calculated the talents, piety, and zeal of the for the perusal of youth.
Missionary Retrospect and Foreign Intelligence.
Extracts from a Letter of Mr. Sutton, to a Friend in England. Serampore, April 6, 1818.
OUR voyage hither was, on the whole, pretty favourable; we had not much rough weather, though we experienced several severe squalls. The last week but one, before we landed, was by far the most tedious and dangerous. We were, for a whole week, driving about on the sands, at the head of the Bay of Bengal, and knew not where we were. That we were near some land was evident; for the water was very muddy, (a thing we had not seen before, since we left our native country,) and we could sometimes find the bottom at seven fathoms. Our hearts at times sunk within us; we feared that, perhaps, at last, a watery grave would be our portion; but in the midst of all, we found our consolation in God; we stayed ourselves up on him who holds the winds in his fists, and measures the waters in the hollow of his hand. Oh, what a solace is religion in the hour of distress! How does it hush to silence the ruffled feelings of the breast, when all around is confusion and dismay! At last, by the good hand of our God, we were led into our right track, and arrived at Calcutta on the morning of the 20th ult. No poor bird, which has broken from its cage, could rejoice and flutter its wings with greater pleasure, when it found itself free in open space, than I did, to find myself once more on terra firma, after three-andtwenty weeks' confinement within a number of planks. On our landing, we first went to Dr. Carey's, in Lall Bazaar, but he was at Serampore; from thence to the younger brethren's house, where we remained till Tuesday the 24th. I am pleased to say, that the cause of God is going on here, and the missionaries are doing much good. Eustace Carey and Yates are preaching very frequently among the natives, in Calcutta; and at Serampore all is bustle and business. I sat down at the ordinance here last evening, when there were upwards of fifty who partook of it, more than thirty of whom were natives. I have had much
conversation with the brethren, respect ing my future station, and I suppose it will be at Cuttack, in Orissa; in expectation of which, I have begun to learn that language. This is a new station; we had a station at Balasore, in Orissa, but Mr. Peters, who resided there, is returned to Calcutta. It will, no doubt, be an arduous post; but a missionary ought to find an arduous post every where. I would not wish to be in any other land but India, though my ideas of its opulence and civilization were greatly over-rated. The darkness is great, Sa tan is triumphing, and there must be strong and united exertions to pull down his strong holds. You can form no correct idea of the wretchedness of the inhabitants of this vast continent, without seeing them. Mr. Adam is going off very soon to Surat. Wherever we are situat ed, it will be the constant desire of our minds, to be at as little expense to the Society as possible; for when the money is collected for the cause of God, he who wantonly spends one shilling of it, in an extravagant manner, is highly criminal, I hope you are all going on comfortably, and that vital religion flourishes in your souls. Without spirituality of mind, what are we fit for in the church of God!
Extracts.-From Mr. Phillips to a Friend in England.
Samarang, January 2, 1818,
I AM now at Samarang, where I arrived on the 9th of November. I spent nine months at Batavia, in learning the Malay language, and set sail on October 2, for Samarang, and after a tedious passage arrived in safety with my family.
I have begun to preach in Malay, in my own house, and have also English worship on Sunday mornings. I have begun the Javanese, and this will furnish employment for some years. Mr. Bruck
ner informs me that he has a collection of 25,000 words, and that in every new book he reads, he meets with a great number of new ones. I pant to preach to the Musselmen in Javanese. I long to establish schools for the youth, since it
*A populous town on the eastern part of the island of Java.-ED.
must be by the dissemination of know- |
We are all now tolerably well; death
Extract of a Letter, dated April 2, 1818,
minister, who is a Dutch Baptist, or
GERMAN ROMAN CATHOLICS. (From the Times.)
On the death of the late Primate, whe was also Bishop of Constance, the Baron Von Wessenberg, his General Vicar, in the diocese of Constance, was nominated to succeed him. The Pope refused to confirm the nomination; but the Grand Duke of Baden, his Sovereign, maintains him in his situation, in defiance of the Pope's authority; and in so doing he is supported by all the sovereigns of Ger many. The Grand Duke of Baden con. tends, that as Sovereign, he is entitled to nominate to the vacant diocese, and that such nomination ought to be held good, till it be ascertained by competent judges, in partibus, that an improper per son has been chosen. In this case, after the most rigorous inquiry, he has found the Baron Von Wessenberg's qualifica tions of the highest kind, and his con duct to have always been most exemplary; he contends, therefore, that the
refusal, on the part of the Pope, is an arbitrary act, to which no deference ought to be paid.
The whole case is laid before the public, in a memorial from the court of Baden, accompanied by a number of very curious documents.
It appears that the Baron Von Wessenberg, in his capacity of Grand Vicar of Constance, being sanctioned by the Prince Primate, and the Chapter, has been the author of many important reforms in the church, that have long given great umbrage to the Court of Rome.
Among his other reforms, it appears that he absolved monks from the oaths of celibacy, quoting the wellknown language of the apostle Paul on the subject; that he caused the service to be translated into, and celebrated in' the mother tongue; that he dispensed with the use of the Breviary; that he altered a number of inconvenient forms, with respect to baptism, &c.; that he appointed stated examinations of the clergy; that he abolished all but a few festivals, and prohibited all ringing of bells on the days and eves of those abolished; that he, with the consent of the civil authority, converted monasteries, &c. into places of education, and hospitals; formed a new and more commodious division of parishes, and distributed the livings into classes, which were bestowed according to merit, and in which all extremes were avoided; and that he discouraged pilgrimages, &c. It appears also, that he protected a professor who had distinguished himself by his skill in liberal learning, after a mandate had been issued against him by the Pope, on
the ground that he ascertained the accusations in the mandate to be unfound ed. The Bishop is supported by all the clergy of his extensive diocese, and indeed by nearly all the clergy of Catholic Germany. Among the lay Catholics' there is but one opinion concerning him.
TOLERATION IN PERSIA.
It is well known that the Mahometans profess to believe that Jesus Christ is a great prophet; that he performed miracles; that he ascended up into heaven ;' and that he will judge the world. They in general, however, treat Christians with great contumely and cruelty. We are happy to hear that the Prince Royal of Persia is attempting to protect the Christians in that kingdom. He has lately assembled at Tauris, a city of Persia, containing about 200,000 inhabitants, a Divan, composed of the Sheickal-Sellaum, (or head of the faith, an office answering to that of Mufti in Turkey,) and the principal doctors of the law, and proposed the following questions: for their determination. 1. Was Jesus Christ a true prophet sent from God?. 2. Are the laws contained in the Gospel just? 3. Is it lawful to blaspheme these : laws? The first two questions were answered in the affirmative; the last, in the negative. These decisions have received a legal form. The Prince Royal has in consequence punished one of his domestics for insulting a Christian.
Domestic Religious Intelligence.
chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Mr. Thomas, of Abergavenny, commenced in prayer; and Mr. Saffery, of Salisbury, con
Baptist Missionary Society. cluded.
THE Annual Meeting of the Baptist Missionary Society was held at Bristol, September 23 and 24, 1818.
On Wednesday, at King-street, Dr. Steadman preached from Micah v. 4: "For now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth." Prayer was offered Berry, of Warminster, then supplying at by Mr. Flint, of Weymouth, and Mr. the Tabernacle.
The Committee assembled on Tuesday morning the 22d, and in the evening sermon was preached at Countership Mr. Foster, of Down-End, preached on meeting-house, by Mr. Birt, of Birming-Thursday evening at Broadmead, from ham, from Luke x. 42: "Mary hath Judges v. 23: "They came, not to the
help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty." Mr. Coles, of Bourton, commenced in prayer; and Mr. Foster concluded.
A collection was made on behalf of the Mission, at the close of each of these sermons; and on Friday evening, the 25th, the Rev. Edward Burn, M. A. of Birmingham, kindly preached a sermon on behalf of the Society, at St. Thomas's church, from Psalm cxxxviii. 2: "Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy After which a collection was made in aid of the Translations at Serampore.
The Society met for the transaction of business at Broadmead, on Wednesday morning, the 23d.
Joseph Smith, Esq. of Bristol, was called to the chair.
Prayer was offered by Dr. Steadman, of Bradford.
The Secretary made a statement of the particular reasons which had rendered it expedient to call the Society together on an earlier day than that which was fixed upon at the last annual meeting.
On which it was resolved,
That the Society admit the force of the considerations which led our friends to make the alteration alluded to; but
recommend that in future the regular time for holding the annual meeting be strictly observed, and that the precise days be inserted in the resolution which specifies the place at which such meeting
is to be held.
A Report, comprising the latest intel. ligence received from the various missionary stations, was then read by the Assistant Secretary, after which the following Resolutions were unanimously passed:
I. That the Report now read be received, and that it be referred to the
Committee, to determine respecting its publication.
II. That the thanks of the Society be given to Mr. King, the Treasurer, for his services; and that he be requested to continue them another year.
III That the thanks of the Society be presented to Dr. Ryland, the Secretary, for his important services; and that he be requested to continue them for the ensuing year.
IV. That the accumulated business of the Society renders it indispensably ne cessary to associate with Dr. Ryland a Secretary who shall be wholly devoted to the service of the mission.
dially thank him for his services; and request him, in conformity with the preceding resolution, to devote himself exclusively to the service of the Mission. VI. That the Committee be requested to accept the thanks of the Society for their services, and to continue them for the ensuing year.
VII. That this Society recommends the Committee for the ensuing year to take into consideration the propriety of making some alterations in the future constitution of the Committee, and as to the place of holding the annual meetings.
VIII. That the warmest thanks of this Society be presented to the friends of the Mission in Scotland of all denominations, for the liberal assistance which they have rendered to the friends of the Society in the course of this year.
IX. That this Society is gratefully indebted to the various Auxiliary Societies throughout the United Kingdom for their important aid, and recommends the formation of such Societies wherever it may be found practicable.
X. That the next meeting of this Society be held at Cambridge, on Wednesday and Thursday, the 6th and 7th of October, 1819.
XI. That the thanks of this meeting be presented to Joseph Smith, Esq. for his able conduct in the chair.
street meeting-house, on Thursday mornA public meeting was held at Kinging, the 24th instant, for the purpose of forming an Auxiliary Baptist Missionary Society for the city of Bristol. Arthur Foulks, Esq. of Redland, had kindly consented to preside on this occasion; but as he was unavoidably prevented by called on Joseph Smith, Esq. to take the some domestic occurrences, the meeting chair. A statement of the Baptist Missions was given by the Assistant Secretary, after which it was unanimously re
1. That this meeting cordially ap proves the object of the Baptist Missionary Society, and warmly congratulates it on the success which has attended the labours of its missionaries, in preaching the gospel of salvation,-in translating the Holy Scriptures into so many of the Oriental languages, and in establishing schools for the instruction of heathen children.
2. That, in order to promote and extend the interests of this important cause, a Society be formed in this city, to be called The Bristol Auxiliary Baptist Missionary Society.
V. That this Society, highly satisfied with the conduct of Mr. Dyer, as Assist-lations be adopted as the plan of this 3. That the following rules and regu ant Secretary for the past year, do corSociety: