which he would accomplish, are of piety which leads him in the first a theological character, and that too instance to ridicule the ever-blessof a description far removed from ed Trinity, in terms, of which bufthe character of the divinity which foonery is the appropriate characthe New Testament inculcates. An teristic. + His sneers upon this assurance is repeatedly given in the subject are proofs of his infidelity course of the work, that it is to be sufficiently clear; but, lest any readconsidered, not as a dogmatical, er, in the exuberance of his charity, but as a conjectural work. Not- should hesitate in drawing a conwithstanding such apparently very clusion of this kind, he is pleased modest declarations, never has there to remove all doubts, by an explicit been interwoven throughout any denial of the Trinity. I All this is book, such a spirit of contempt to bold enough, being, as we shrewd. wards those who would adhere to ly conjecture he is, a wolf, lurking the generally received opinion con- in sheep's clothing within a par. cerning the Hellenistic Greek of sonage, somewhere in his Majesty's. the New Testament, as we observe dominions; but bold as it is, unin a work of which the author has der existing circumstances, let him said by way of motto

throw off the mask of an anony

mous author, and put his name to Non affirmo, sed quod suspicor, cum pace the book, in which case, we shall aliorum simpliciter annoto. :

deem his daring far more bold, be

cause much more hazardous--verHis contempt of others is very bum sapienti. nearly allied to an overweening con- Such are the views which we had ceit of himself, which either he can.

taken of this profane and foolish not conceal, or has not attempted to

work, when we received a hand. conceal, and which leads us to con

some octavo volume, containing jecture, that we should not err very An Examination of Palaeoromai. far were we to say of him, as he bas said of Harduin, in words of ca, by the Rev. W. Grant Brough

ton, M. A. Curate of Hartley, WesVoltaire concerning "somebody,"

pall, in Hampshire." It is dedithat he is a person, “ who, if not cated to the Lord Bishop of Winabsolutely a fool, has a very parti- chester. We are equally pleased cular kind of reason.” Ridiculous with the composition, the research, in the extreme, as his vanity is, we and the spirit of this work, and should have been disposed to let proceed to justify our recommendait pass without observation, had we

tion of it by two or three extracts. not, more seriously, been offended

The first which we make refers at the levity with which he treats

to the principle which pervades the sentiments that the wise and the

Palaeoromaica. good in all ages have spoken and written of with sacred reverence ;

“ The reliance of the author is, however, and, in proof of this strong charge, on the collection he has formed of separate

not so much on any general principle, as we have only to turn, inter alia, to words and phrases. Some of these, as we the cordial approbation which he have seen, are certainly Latin in Greek expresses of Shaftesbury's flippant characters; others he conceives to be formed and offensive attack on the inspira. from the Latin, with such slight variation, tion of the writers of the New Tes. that the resemblance in sound still leads us

directly to the original; a third. class has tament. * He proceeds even far- been formed by transposition of letters and ther, and manifests a degree of im- syllables in the Latin; another has been

* P. 473.

+ P. 412.

| P. 413.

introduced through erroneous etymologies, abbreviations, and lacuna of MSS. through a confusion of terms nearly synonymous, and The Visit, or Mamma and the Chilby other similar causes.

In all these instances, it is assumed, the sense is so clear. dren. By the Author of " LILY ed, and so many difficulties are solved, by Douglas," &c. Pp. 186. supposing the present Greek text to be only a very bad translation of a previous

In noticing this little work it will · Latin text, that this hypothesis carries evi. dent marks of being the true one; or is, bardly be necessary to add any at least, much more probable than any other thing to the information contained which can be suggested. According to the in the title-page, that it is one of laws of strict reasoning I am not aware that the " we could be bound, in any case, or in so- writer of which is so extensively

Lily Douglas” series--the lution of any difficulties whatever, to adopt an hypothesis of this description ; au hypo- and so favourably known, that we thesis growing out of no previously esta- suppose that announcement alone blished facts, but arbitrarily founded on will prove a sufficient passport to a conjecture and assumption. In the instance wide circulation. It possesses all of the apostolical writings, I am at all

the features characteristic of the events certain that we are reduced to no such necessity, because no difficulties have been series to which it belongs. It is not found to exist in them, which do not admit indeed of so high a character as of a less violent solution.”

“ Pierre and his Family ;" nor calThe next quotation which we

culated to awaken so deep an intermaké refers to the tendency of Pa. est. On the contrary, it is rather Jaeoromaica.

a holiday tale. It is an account of “ The work is only not theological, bee

a summer jaunt to the “ Fair Isle," cause its tendency is to destroy the very alias, we suppose, the Isle of Wight, science of theology; to make the question, and all is gay, and festive, and henceforth, not so much why men are Ari- pleasant. Mamma, to whom the ans or Arminians, Catholics or Protes- visit is paid, is the lady of an offitants, as why they are Christians ? Its ne

cer in the navy, who has a great cessary tendency, if it be not its concealed purpose, is to excite an apprehension, that, many daughters, and a governess, since so much may be said against an opi. all of whom are exhibited as patterns nion, esteemed to be almost self-evident, to other mammas, and governesses, there can be no persuasion whatever found. and children.

and children. The whole family ed in certainty ; none, in support of which, exhibits a picture, the tints of which if it be vigorously attacked, convincing evidence can be adduced. Thus, it is plain,

are probably richer than any thing, a way is opened for the admission of uni- that is to be met with among the versal doubt; and it requires no sagacity to realities of life, but neither the less foresee that a mind, which can be led to pleasing nor the less useful on that think that the originality of the Greek text

We like to see human may justly be called in question, is trained and equipped for the highest flights in the nature exhibited to the best advanregions of Scepticism.

tage, as it thus affords a pattern of Our last quotation refers to the higher excellence for our imitation, question, whether the author is to of God, it is capable of more than

and as we know, that by the grace be considered as a Christian, or an unbeliever even should he be

realizing the fairest portrait that. basking under the sunshine of some writer justice, her picture is not

can be drawn. And to do the fair good living, in the establishinent, either of the south or the north !!! greatly overcharged. We have seen

both Mamma and Miss Beecham, “ It would be an unworthy compromise though the children betray less of, of my own principles, not to declare my the leaven of human depravity persuasion, that his principles, in certain instances , approach nearly to those of than any that we have had the hap

piness of knowing



to pay

During the “ Visit” we are dri- different from what, in the given ven round the “ Fair Isle,” to see circumstances, might have been exall the beauties of nature, and the pected. monuments of art that it contains ; This, we have already said, we and its rich and varied scenery is do not mention as a fault, but meredrawn by a pen which, we have ly as affording a curious exemplififormerly had occasion to remark, cation of a well-known proverb. possesses no ordinary power of de. If it had been a fault, which we do scription. And mamma's visits to not think it, it would not be worth the neat white washed cottages, noticing, as it occupies only one half bid in roses, and her plans of page. We give the following quodoing good to their industrious, and tation, not by any means as the cheerful, and, in many instances, most engaging specimen that we picas inmates, render this summer's could have selected, but as affordjaunt extremely pleasant. We wishing a very useful lesson to those we could anticipate for ourselves who have young ladies to instruct., she privilege of having such a visit:

“ On my asking their governess what We do not mean to find fault rewards she thought it best to bestow on her with the writer when we remark, the exercise of benevolent feelings—that

pupils, she told me that she generally made. that page 56 furnishes one of the is to say, the sweetness derived from acts most striking exemplifications of the of kindness to others the chief stimulus adage, “ De gustibus non dispu. in her method of instruction.

“ When the children do well,” said. tandum,” that we have met with.

Miss Beecham, I give them a ticket or, There a warm eulogy on the Lie card, which possesses a nominal value. tany used in the Service of the Those for week-day behaviour are wortha, Church of England concludes thus: sixpence a dozen; those bestowed on Sab• Surely if the spirit of Christian- bath-day, are of double value. At the end ity ever was embodied in words, or the children shew their tickets to him, and

of every month, if their Papa be at home, breathed forth in prayer, here is an he buys them all up. The money thus realmost perfect and faultless exhibi- ceived, the children seldom or never ex-, tion of it.” We do not mention pend on themselves, though, of course, this for the purpose of introducing they are at liberty to do with it as they the very obvious remark, that this please

, so far us what they chuse is

proper; but it is so generally laid aside for is the very last part of the Liturgy charitable purposes, that I might nearly to which a person of “ Presbyterian say, it is always laid aside for that purpose ; notions” can possibly be reconciled.

or for making presents to their friends, to

their own maid-or, as is often the case, We quote the fair author's senti

to their Mamma, or to each other. ment merely as a matter of tasle,

" It is very plcasing," continued Miss and beside her sentiment we would Beecham, “ to observe the delight they place that of a deservedly respect- feel in taking a present to a sick person ; ed evangelical clergyman of the the eagerness with which each urges her. English Church, who, with what the other day, when all wanted to pay for

claim to the privilege of paying for it, -as we consider a much juster estiinate some oranges that we took to Sally Green's of the value of this prayer, remark. sister. The same amiable rivalry takes ed to us, “ that he must envy the place wben a frock or shift is to be bought man who could go through it with for some poor child; in that case, indeed,

they are each satisfied, for, as it is too much any thing like feelings of devotion. for one to give the whole, they generally It was an attainment to which hecersubscribe according to the circumstances of tainly could make no pretensions.” their separate purses. One perhaps gives It is at least a matter of curiosity to ing

probably no more than sixpence. ibis

, compare these tastes, so widely dif- happened just the week before you came, fering from each other, and each so Ma'am," said Miss Beecham, • when

widow Westbrook died, our children bought ing its proud summit to the sky ? inournings for her little grand-child, who I can distinctly recollect my emolived with her; and they devoted a holiday,

tions when I first saw it. I had to make the cloth into a frock, and the black silk into a tippet

. Seward, their heard its story, and the circummamma's maid that excellent creature, stances which gave' name, who is always ready for every good work and fancied I could almost see the the children may have in hand assisting bold Rogers, and his daring folto finish them. Even Miss Magdalene, who is always fonder of play than of work, lowers, descending its steep and was stimulated to industry by thinking and then icy declivity, with the rapie talking for she certainly talks more than dity of lightning, and the astonishI would wish-by thinking and talking of ed, and blood-thirsty savages, skirtthe pleasure and comfort which Fanny ing above on its bleak summit, and clothes. And there is one circumstance looking down with the keenest vexmore,' added Miss Beecham, smiling, ation upon those who so late had • for I fear, Ma'am, you will think that, been their prisoners, and who were like mothers, we always delight to speak of to have been burnt alive on that our pupils. There is one circumstance more which I may mention, as a subject of very summit where none but thenthankfulness to my ungrateful beart; it is selves would have dared to descend. the pleasure with which the children give In two days I arrived at the bor. their forfeits out of their reward money; ders of the lake.” · But the sequel, because, that forfeit money goes to the be

or rather the subject of the narranefit of the Jews' Society. Indeed, I sometimes doubt, if this method of correc

tive the pensioner and his daughtion serve the purpose I intend by it; they ter, will not bear abridgement or take too much pleasure in contributing to partial extracts.

We can only asthe object for which it is set apart'

sure our readers they will find it a *** I need not say that I liked to hear all

rich entertainment. this, and that I thought, with infinite re.

It presents, spect, of the principles and mode of moral moreover, some fine specimens of education followed by this excellent young the converting and felicitating powperson ; and that I often said to Elizabeth, er of true religion. I believed their plans could only succeed so long as she had a Beecham to conduct them.”

price 3d.

Exercises for the Young, on Impor. The Pensioner ; extracted from the tant Subjects in Religion; con

American Christian Spectator, taining brief views of some of June 9, 1823. Glasgow, the leading Doctrines and Duties

of Christianity. By the Rev.

Joh. BROWN, D. D. Minister of This is truly a most pathetic, in. Langton, Berwickshire. 18vo. teresting, and at the same time Pp. 198. 2s. 6d. Edin, 1824. highly instructive narrative. We call it not a story, or a tale, be. This excellent little volume was cause it bears every mark of truth, originally composed for a Sabbath and truth has a charm about it, to School, under the superintendence which the best conceived fable can- of its learned and most respectable not lay claim. The scene of the author. And he has been induced narrative is Lake George, and the to publish it by the laudable desire country adjacent, which is briefly, of rendering it more extensively but eloquently described. - What useful-useful not only to young traveller has passed this way, and persons, but also for those of riper did not feel himself transported at years,' to Christian parents, by the sight of Rogers' Rock stretch furnishing them with helps for con

versing with their children during divinity of Christ, (part second); divinity the concluding hours of the day of of Christ, (part third); atonement of

Christ; meritorious obedience of the God,- to young communicants who

Lord Jesus Christ; justification expected are anxious for instruction in the

by believers only through the righteous. truths of salvation, with a view to ness of the Lord Jesus Christ ; justifica. their sitting down at the sacramen- tion granted to us when we believe in lal table,—to pious individuals who

Christ-nature of faith-its divine origin

and holy fruits ; regeneration-its absoare engaged in the active pursuits

lute necessity; greatness of the change of business, or in laborious occu

that is produced upon sinners when they pations, and who wish to have a are born again ; God alone the author of plain and easy summary of some the change ; means by which this change of the principal evidences of the is produced ; evidences of regeneration ; doctrines of the gospel, and a brief personality and divinity of the Holy Spi

rit ; extraordinary benefits derived from explanation of some of the leading the Holy Spirit ; ordinary benefits deriv. duties of the Christian life,-and ed from the Holy spirit ; saving benefits to students who are less advanced bestowed upon believers by the Holy in their theological researches, by

Spirit, (part first); saving benefits

bestowed upon believers by the Holy suggesting to them statements and

Spirit, (part second); union to Christ, trains of argument which may pre- (part first); union to Christ, (part pare them for larger and more ela- second); fulness of Christ-promises of borate disquisitions."

the gospel ; promises that relate to the

sustenance of believers in the present We are glad to observe that Dr. Brown is a friend to systemalicviews the sustenance of believers in the present

life, (part first); promises that relate to of religion, and that even in this life, (part second); promises to believers plain and easy manual of religious of preservation from external danger, instruction he has been guided by (part first); (part second) examples of

the fulfilment of these promises; prothem to the regular arrangement mises to believers of the forgiveness of of his subjects and his illustrations. sins, (part first); (part second examples The

passages of Scripture that he of the accomplishment of these promises ; has quoted, are appropriate and con. promises of counsel to believers amidst clusive as to the several points in their difficulties ; promises of strength

to believers, to fit them for the perforsupport of which they are adduced.

mance of their duty; promises of reAnd the whole is so stated, and so wards to believers who overcome in the expressed, as to be intelligible to

Christian warfare; reading the Scriptures; readers of every class and of every prayer, (part first); prayer, (part second);

moral obligation of the Sabbath ; change capacity.

of the day on which the Sabbath is to be The following are the topics on kept ; manner in which the Sabbath is which the exercises are given: to be observed."

“ Evils of ignorance ; advantages re- Our author has indulged in a few sulting from the knowledge of religion; notes of a higher cast, but so good existence and spirituality of God : eter- and able that we are tempted to nity and immutability of God; greatness of God; omnipresence and omniscience

extract some of them. The first is of God, wisdom of God; power of God;

on the Law of God :holiness of God; justice of God; good. ness, patience, and mercy of God; truth " It has been asserted by some advo. of God; state of man as he was at first cates of human merit, both in the Church created ; fall of man, and his state as he of Rome and in Protestant churches, now comes into the world; greatness of that the law which is here referred to is the sinfulness and misery of man prior only the ceremonial law; but it must be to his conversion; impossibility of our evident to any one who has attended to obtaining justification by our own works; this epistle, that this is completely at appointment of Christ to be the Saviour variance with the statements of Paul. of sinners, and salvation to be found on. It is a law, the works of which are ly in him ; divinity of Christ, (part first); written in the hearts of the Gentiles,'

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