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the days when the race of angelical an exposure of their ignorance and and seraphical doctors became ex«, errors; but let not his censure form tinct, we know of no man who has , à portion of every chapter, as in his made such a clutter about these present volume. And in the next ".vague notions” as Mr. Dick him, place, let him be particularly cares self.
ful to be accurate in his charges, It gives us no pleasure to see so and not load all the clergy of the much of our paper occupied in the present day with accusations, which exposure of error.
But when we cannot with justice be advanced meet with such serious errors in a against one out of a hundred of work that is likely to be, and that them. in fact deserves to be, highly popul- Mr. Dick is perfectly aware that lar, we feel ourselves impelled by science, so far from being an unholy an imperious sense of duty to ex- thing, is capable of affording the pose them. Were it not for the most material support to religion. fault we have noticed, we should That hitherto the support derived feel it our duty to recommend Mr. from it has been small, is a fault Dick's work as one admirably fitted chargeable somewhere. And if, in
into the hands of every his zeal to rescue his favourite stu. young person, and well calculated dies from all suspicion of their hava to afford them both rational enter. ing an irreligious tendency, he has tainment and important instruction. charged this fault in the wrong We hope that he will soon be ena- quarter, we can assure bim that, bled, in a second edition, to remove though we have felt it our duty to re. our objection, and to make it what pel the charge, this circumstance we wish it to be. It is written in has not at all diminished the
respect an easy and pleasing manner. He that we are disposed to feel for his makes an apology for his style. talents, and for the purposes to This is quite unnecessary.
His which he appears inclined to devote style is very good—though we them. We hope he will persevere know not in what queer corner of in his labours, in which we most Gothland he picked up the uncouth heartily wish hini «God speed,” as phrase “ habile mean," which we we think him well qualitied to proa stumbled over somewhere in his mote the general diffusion of knowbook.
ledge, and to secure the gratitude We hope the public will agree of all the friends of youth. with us that he is a writer who de. serves to be encouraged, and shall be happy to see his second volume. We hope too that it will be free from the fault which we have found it necessary to censure in this. If, how. The Scottish Peasants, or the Hisa ever, he should still think it neces- tory of John M.Nair and Robert sary to prove himself a man of sci
Johnstone. Edin. 1824. Price ence, by looking down with con. tempt on the errors and the igno. fance of Christian divines, a very This work has no ordinary claims sorry set of mortals apparently in on our patronage, as will be seen his opinion,-we would offer him a from the advertisement. little advice. In the first place, let paper in the Edinburgh Christian him devote a section, or if that be Instructor, some time ago, regret not enough for so copious a subject, was expressed that so few aneclet him devote a whole chapter to dotes, or details, characteristic of our enlightened peasantry and las sants, whose principles are formed bouring classes, ever appeared be on the Bible, and whose noble elefore the public. In consequence of vation of conduct declares, amidst reading that paper, the following all the toils and trials of their lot, pages are humbly submitted to the that they are living under the inreligious public of Scotland, who Auence of genuine godliness. are so.well acquainted with every The object of the volume is evie acknowledged superiority in our dently to show the evil tendency of people."
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radicalism, to expose its absurd and The interest which the perusal ruinous principles, to point out its of this note excited in our minds, pernicious effects on the characters induced us to lose no time in mak- and lives of its deluded votaries, iog ourselves acquainted with the and to make it appear that genuine contents of the volume, that we patriotism, and true virtue, are to. might ascertain whether it was wore be found only with those whose , thy of its subject, and of the cir- loyalty is derived from the gospel, cumstances to which it owes its and whose hearts are under the in. origin. We pretend not to be fluence of that faith and holiness free of national predilections; nor which characterize every sincere. do we deem it at all necessary to believer. This object is accombe wholly divested of these, in or- plished not by formal lectures on der to form an impartial judgment morals or divinity; but by scenes, of the merits of a production that drawn from real life. The descripis purely national. He who knows. tion is, in many instances, highly the standard of true excellence is picturesque and lively. We think not in danger of overlooking what the author particularly happy in the is defective, though it should ap- view given of the extreme wretchpear in a work to the subject of edness of the infidel radical's mind which he is partial. So it was when in perilof shipwreck, and when, with us.
Acquainted with the without hope, and without God, in manner and habits of our peasan- the world, he began to feel his guilt try, we were prepared to estimate and his responsibility, and in so the accuracy of the delineations near a prospect of death and eterhere given of them, and to deter- nity, to dread his merited punishmine whether they are in part or in ment. Equally just and vivid is whole a true picture of the original. the picture of consternation preWe did not look for any thing new sented by the radicals of Glasgow, or surprising, but for a concise re- when, panic-struck, they fled into presentation of what has been, in their skulking places, and attemptsome degree, familiar to us from ed to elude the search of their purour infancy,-of Scotchmen dressed suers. in their proper garb, speaking their We have repeatedly expressed vernacular language, thinking, and our abhorrence at radicalism, in feeling, and acting in a style be. whatever form it appears. We are coming the manly sense, the high- satisfied that it is essentially op, toned integrity, the dignified sim- posed in its character and tendency plicity, of the national character. to the principles of true liberty, as Such were our ideas of true Scot- well as of virtue and piety. The tish excellence; and we leave it to spirit which it breathes is the spirit the readers of this volume to judge of error and delusion. Wickedness whether they are not realized in the is its essence, whatever be the garb character of Robert Johnstone-the it assumes. This being our con, specimen given of those of our pea- viction, we cordially recommend
this little volume as one which, in short and rapid in its progress, in our opinion, is well calculated to which the one thing needful is to counteract the tendency of radical prepare for the eternity that shall folprinciples, and to guard the ignor- low." The author takes occasion ant and simple against those artful to remark the aptness of parents, representations which would rob while at the same time they inthem of all that is worth possess struct their children in all the docing either here or hereafter. We trines and duties of Christianity, to recommend it especially to those allow at times the concerns of life whose views of loyalty are contrary to shade in insignificance those of to the Scriptures, who talk as if eternity, and to consider it as a evangelical piety were subversive matter of friendship that their of all order and government, and children should forego, for the sake who lend all their patronage to the of religion, any advantage esteemupholding of a system which is ed by the world. This she suprotten at its bone, and which, what- poses the cause why so many child. ever they may think of it, is one ren grow up in an entire knowledge fertile source of that very radicale of their spiritual duties, but fail in ism against which they so hardly the regular, conscientious, and lastdeclaim. We give it as our decid- ing discharge of these. “And were,” ed opinion, that to rear and main. she adds, “, religious parents more tain an enlightened, a virtuous, a single-hearted in obeying the prepious, a sound, loyal, and patriotic cept, Train up a child in the way peasantry, we must imbue them he should go,' they might more with the spirit that animated the confidently trust to the fulfilment venerable hero' of this work. On of the promise, and when he is old this account we should like to see he will not depart therefrom.'" the “ Scottish peasants in every That these remarks are just is parish library.”
what many a conscience bears tese timony to. And with the able author, we are fully of opinion that to this source is to be traced much of the irreligion of the present day.
How anxiously do we see parents Anna Ross, a story for Children, schooling their children into all the
By the Author of Decision, Pro- punctilios of polite manners, and fession is not Principle, Father instructing them with the minute Clement, fc. Oliphant. Edin- est care in every branch of knowburgh.
ledge which is supposed to consti
tute a liberal education, who yet We are extremely happy again content themselves with devoting a to meet with the author of Deci- very small portion of their time insion, and to find her inculcating the deed to those awful truths on which great truths of the gospel in the depends their everlasting destiny ! same masterly strain in the volume And when children perceive their before us, as she has done in those parents entering with lively concern preceding it. Its object, we are into every scheme of worldly agtold in the introduction to the grandizement, and manifesting a work, is “to assist religious parents comparative indifference about their in impressing the important truth eternal interests, what conclusion on the minds of their children, that can they draw, but that the conthis life is only a portion of time, cerns of eternity are of secondary
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importance to those of time? And na being a girl of a pious turn of O! are there not many children mind, preferred the simple and unwho have drawn such a conclusion accommodating manners, together from the conduct of their parents, with the strict religious discipline and have fully acted up to it, who of the clergy man and his family, are now the determined votaries of to the giddy revelry, starched pothis world's pleasures, and are tra- liteness, and looseness of religious velling on to eternity as unconcern- opinion and practice of the squire ed about its awful realities, as if and his family, and accordingly they were the phantoms of their chose to remain with the former own creation ?
in preference to the latter. To remedy this glaring evil is This story, artless and unaffectwhat the author of the present vo- ing though it may appear when thus lume proposes to herself. And she stated, the ingenious author has has made a most interesting story contrived to invest with the greatest the vehicle of her instructions. possible interest, and to throw When the story, indeed, is stated around it such a charm as will alin its naked simplicity, it is ex- together captivate the youthful tremely artless and somewhat fan- mind. Partial, however, though tastic. It is simply this. Anna we are to the work, we cannot but Ross, the heroine of the tale, was object to the abruptness of the conthe only daughter of pious parents. clusion. We are far from expectHer father, an officer in the army, ing her return to her uncle Murray's was killed at the battle of Water- was to terminate our acquaintance loo. Her mother, who at that time with the pious and amiable Anna. lived in Edinburgh, having heard We expected to have been allowed of his being amongst the number to follow her through many blissful of the wounded, kindly undertook scenes of future life-to have seen a voyage to him, for the purpose of her continuing steadfast in the path alleviating his distress by the as- of Christian duty-and above all, siduity of her attentions. But just to have seen her triumphing in the as they arrived at the spot where faith of the gospel, over the terrors they were informed he lay—they of the last enemy—to have heard met his funeral! The fatigue which her exclaiming in the emphatic lanthe mother had necessarily under- guage of the Psalmist, “ O death gone during her voyage, and the where is thy sting; O grave where wound which this melancholy and is thy victory!" But this the imunexpected sight inflicted on her agination of the reader is left to feelings, concurred in bringing supply. We cannot, however, aabout her death.
void viewing it as a desideratum in Anna being now left an orphan, the tale, and as robbing it of not a returned to Scotland, where, by the little of its worth and interest. will of her parent, she was to re
The work is written in a style side for six months with each of simple, yet elegant-equally free two uncles, and then to decide with from laboured beauty, and slovenly which of them she would choose coarseness of expression. personally to take up her abode. We earnestly recommend it to paOne of them, a squire, was a man rents and guardians, especially to devoid of all religious principle- such as have been accustomed to althe other, a minister, was a man of low the concerns of life to preponde. devoted piety, and of the sternest rate over those of eternity, in their consistency of moral character. An- instruction of those committed to
And we hope that the entrusted her to his service, and of character of such, delineated as it is expressing a wish that we may not with faithful accuracy in this excel- be long again of meeting her on that lent little volume, will awaken in field of exertion which she has al. their minds such remorseful feelings ready laboured in with such disas will lead to an immediate reforma- tinguished and successful industry, tion of conduct. We cannot, how- and of reminding her of the proever, conclude this short review, mise, “Cast thy bread upon the wawithout urging upon the able author ters, and thou shalt find it after the duty of continuing to devote many days." those talents with which God has
We intended to have given, in the present Number, a review of Mr. Aiton's work on Uwenism. But our limits do not permit us. We shall notice it in our next. In the mean time, we cannot help saying that it contains some very important and stub. born statements ; that it goes a great way to expose the nonsense and infidelity of New Lanark institution ; and that it should be perused by all who take any interest in the controversy respecting the “ New Views.”
A Correspondent has hinted to us the propriety of reviewing “ A Short Answer to a Long Speech of the Rev. Dr. Andrew Thomson, in the Presbytery of Edinburgh, against the Rev. Dr. Bryce of Calcutta. By Moderate Men.” We decline this disgusting task. If Dr. Thomson chooses to reply to this filthy production, of which we have given the title, he may, though we rather think he will not thus gratify his antagonists. In our opinion he made out his case completely and triumphantly in the Presbytery. And he will not now, we presume, enter the lists with such assailants as the Moderate men, who have thought proper to attack him in this most miserable pamphlet. All that we have to say about it is that, as it stands, it is much longer than the " • long speech” to which it quaintly pretends to be “ a short answer;"_that, if stripped of all that is false, stupid, and base, it would be reduced to ten or eleven pages of blank paper ;-that it is a compound of ignorance, misrepresentation, impertinence, Billingsgate, and bad writing, worthy of its paternity ;-that its principal author is, avowedly, Alexander Peterkin, Esquire, a thorough-going friend of Dr. Bryce, and writer of a Life of Burns, long since most profoundly and most deservedly forgotten ;—and that, if a certain Doctor be the person from whom the information with which it concludes has been obtained, he is not the Gentleman that we took him to be, and has made himself obnoxious to a castigation which nothing but sheer compassion for him will prevent us from inflicting.
ING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.
SOCIETY IN SCOTLAND FOR PROPAGAT- country, that the Society in SCOTLAND
for PROPAGATING CARISTIAN Know.'
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The Scheme of the Society's EstablishEDINBURGH, March 4, 1824. ment for Schools, Missions, and Catechists, It is with great reluctance, but from an after every retrenchment on it which they urgent and imperious sense of the duty conceived it either practicable or justifiable which they owe, not to themselves so much to make, presents the alarming view of a as to the interests of religion and of their super-expenditure for the ensuing year, to