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merely of the individual were exhibited, the life and spirit of the original being absent. Here, however, there is no such ground of complaint. Mr. Bruen lives in the memoir before us; and it impossible, we think, for any genuine disciple of the Lord Jesus to rise from its perusal, without having his faith strengthened, his hope animated, and his charity enlarged, by the beautiful display of Christian principle which pervades it. We particularly recommend it to
our young friends in the ministry, and would say to them in parting, as Paul said to the Corinthian brethren, “Be ye followers of him, even as he also was of Christ."
author. No part of the great question at issue is omitted. Ancient and modern objections are thoroughly met ; and the unhappy men who have endeavoured to bfight the noblest human institution of which our country boasts, are dealt with in that spirit of honest remonstrance and exposure which becomes the champion of truth. To say that Mr. Wilks has the better of the argument, is saying very little ; he has absolutely demolished every pretence set up by the antagonist party. The contents of the volume are as follow :-- Preliminary Letter---The Question Opened—The Principle of the Bible Society -Inquiry into the lawfulness of the Society's Principle-Inquiry into the expediency of the Society's Principle-Case of SociniansCase of Roman Catholics-Oral Prayer-The Question of the Apocrypha-Patronizing exceptionable Versions-Alleged annexation of Notes and exceptionable headings-Alleged exceptionable Agency, Foreign and Domestic -Concluding Observations. We venture to predict that this volume will be remembered when the Trinitarian Society is in its grave.
MEMOIRS OF Miss Ann Tomes, lute of Hack
ney, aged 19. By the Rev. F. A. Cox, LL.D. Accompanied by a discourse delivered on the occasion of her dercase. 12mo.
Westley and Davis. It was our happiness to be well acquainted with the interesting subject of this memoir. We had an opportunity of observing her character in the day of health and prosperity ; and we heard her joyful testimony to the truth in the hour of languor and sickness. She was, indeed, a delightful instance of the power of religion in early life,-of the sweetness and fragrance which it sheds over the loveliest portion of our being: The memorials of this young lady, which have been preserved, are more numerous than could have been expected, considering her extreme youth ; and the value of them will be deeply felt by all who will take the trouble to examine them. She is left to speak for herself; and it is in a language which bespeaks equal sensibility and devotion. We thank Dr. Cox for such a valuable addition to the stock of our juvenile biography. He has well disposed materials, which, under less favourable auspices, could not have failed to interest and to improve the heart.
R. Baynes. It is a circumstance worthy of notice, that the exigency of the times las called forth many able and interesting publications, well calculated to give a right direction to the public mind. Among these publications the one before us holds a very respectable place, and deserves a wide circulation. It is a pious and faithful appeal to the people of this country, and especially to Christians, on a vast variety of topics, which inay be justly said to constitute the signs of the times. At the very moderate price of one shilling it will, we trust, realize an extensive sale.
The Bible-SOCIETY Question, in its princi
ple and in its details, considered, in a series of letters, addressed, by permission, to the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Silisbury. By the Rev. SAUEL CHARLES Wilks,
M. A. 8vo. pp. 144. Cochran and Key, Straud; and J. Hatchard and
Son, Piccadilly: We have read this elaborate defence of the British and Foreign Bible Society with extraordinary feelings of delight. Though it is only extended to a hundred and forty-four pages, it contains matter sufficient to fill a large octavo volume. It is altogether worihy of the fino sense and genuine piety of its
The Laws or Christ; being a complete digest
of all the precepts comtained in the New T'estament, with comments and derout meditations on each topic of duty: arranged for the duily peruusal of the Christian in his closel. By Josepi TURNBULL, A. B., Minister of the Gospel. 1?mo. pp. 383.
Hamilton, Adains, and Co. The plan of this volume seems to us original. We have seen nothing precisely like it, and we doubt is there be any volume in our language which resembles it. It is the result of a happy conception, and will prove an acceptable addition io the class of books adapted to private and domestic reading. The
very unpretending, but nevertheless full of wholesome counsel upon all those subjects most interesting to the nation at this eventful crisis. Mr. Gray is a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God, and giving to every man his portion in due season.
method pursued by the esteemed author, is that of selecting, on any particular branch of Christian duty, the principal injunctions of the New Testament, and then followiny them up, with a suitable and energetic meditation. As the meditations are divided into separate portions for each day in the week, the volume will find a place in the closets of many who have a preference for works so constructed. We can assure
our readers that this is not one of the light and trifling publications of the day ; but a sober, evange. lical, earnest, and heart stirring exhibition of the preceptive will of the great Master. We congratulate the author upon this valuable effort of his pen.
WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
HOPE IN TROUBLE. The Substance of a Ser.
mon, preached at Putney Chapel, on the 21st of March, 1832, the day appointed for a General Fast. By EDWARD MILLER, Minister of the chapel. 12mo.
Roake and Varty, Strand. This is a plain, serious, and useful discourse, founded on Luke xxiv. 38, “ And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled ? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts ?" With much fidelity, it possesses a quality eminently soothing to the heart of the Chris. tian. The PREACHING OF THE ALMIGHTY's Judg
A Sermon preached on the occasion of the General Fast, at the parish church at Dibden, Hants. By the Rev. JAMES GRAY, A.M. 8vo.
Hatchard and Son. We have read this discourse with much gratification, and we trust advantage. It is
1. The Duty and Desirableness of Frequent Communion with Christ in the Sacrament of the Supper; in Three Discourses. By the Rev. Her RY GRAY, M.A., Minister of St. Mary's, Edinburgli, 18mo. 2s.
2. Maternal Sketches; and other Poems. By Eliza RUTHERFORD, 12mo.
3. Idolatry: a Poem. By the Rev. W. SWAN The fifth and concluding Part. 12mo., price 2s.
4. Prayer the Christian's Relief in Trouble A Discourse. By EDWARD STEANE. 12mo. 6d.
5. Calmet's Dictionary, complete in 1 vol, imperial 8vo.
6. Animadversions upon the Rev. Dr. Hutton's Pamphlet, entitled, “ Unitarian Christianity Vindi. cateil." By RicháRD WINTER HAMILTON, Minister of Albion Chapel, Leeds.
7. Self-Discipline. By H. F. BURDER, D. D. 23.
8. Early Discipline Ilustrated, or the Infant System progressing and successful. By S. WilDERSPIN; addressed, by permission, to the Right Hon. Baron Brougham and Vaux.
9. Soul Religion the means of Supreme Hap: piness; a discourse occasioned by the lamented death of Mrs Rebecca Welman, of Panndisford Park, Somerset. By Thomas GOLDING.
PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION. Sermons, by the Rev. R. W. HAMILTON, Leeds.
That we consider all education essentially
defective which does not include instruction At an extraordinary meeting of the general
in the Holy Scriptures, which we regard as
the only sure ground of faith, the unerring body of Protestant Dissenting Ministers of
rule of life, and the infallible guide to immorthe Three Denominations, residing in and
talicy. about the cities of London and Westmin
That experience teaches us, at the same ster, holden at the Library, Red Cross
time, that the holy Scriptures cannot be Street, on Thursday, April 19, 1832.
taught effectually and universally in a course The Rev. F. A. Cox, LL.D., in the of national education, without a constant and Chair. It was Resolved,
cautious observance of the great principle of That this body is deeply impressed with a the right of private judgment, and that any sense of the duty of a Christian community violation of this principle tends to proto provide for the education of the whole long the reign of prejudice, to excite unchapeople, as the best security for social order ritableness, to degrade the Bible from its and harmony, and as the most likely means sacred use, and to pervert it into an instru• under the blessing of the Divine Providence, ment of discord and division. to promote the true knowledge of the gospel That with these impressions we have witof our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fear and nessed, with much satisfaction, the appointworship of Almighty God.
ment by His Majesty's government of a com
land be respectfully requested to present the Petition to the House of Lords, and the Right Hon. Lord John Russel, M. P., to the House of Commons.”
Resolved, ---" That the above Resolutions be inserted in the Times, Morning Chronicle, and Patriot Newspapers, and in the periodical publications usually circulated among Dissenters." (Signed) HENRY WAYMOUTH.
mission for administering the funds granted by parliament for the education of the poor of Ireland,--the commissioners consisting of persons belonging to different religious denominations in that country, and appointed under instructions which provide for the use of such Scriptural lessons in the schools as may be agreed on by all the commissioners, and also for setting apart one or two days in the week for the religious education of the children, by the respective ministers and teachers of religion whom their parents shall prefer.
And that, being fully persuaded that in the present critical condition of Ireland, this is the most eligible plan of ensuring a national and religious education in that country, of promoting the civil, moral, and spiritual, im. provement of the Irish people, and of guarding the tranquillity and advancing the pros. perity of the United Kingdom;
this body agrees to petition both houses of parliament, lo give their sanction and support
in carrying into effect the measure devised by his Majesty's government for the education of the poor of Ireland.
Thomas Rees, Hon. Secretary.
At a special meeting of the Deputies from the several congregations of Protestant Dissenters of the Three Denominations, Presbyterian, Independent, and Baptist in and within twelve miles of London, appointed to protect their civil rights, held at the King's Head Tavern, in the Poultry, on Tuesday, the 10th day of April, 1832, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of petitioning Parliament in support of the measure proposed by his Majesty's government, relative to the subject of education in Ireland.
Henry WAYMOUTH, Esq., in the Chair. Resolved, on the motion of William Smith, Esq.; seconded by Thomas Gibson, Esq.
" That this Meeting believe that the security and happiness of every country will be promoted by liberal institutions, and the general information of the people; and that as they consider the progress of peace and prosperity in Ireland will be mainly assisted by national education, they are induced, by these convictions, and by their firm attachment to civil and religious liberty, to approve the plan for general education recently introduced into Ireland by his Majesty's government, and to desire cordially its permanence and success.”
A petition, founded on the foregoing Resolution, having been read, Resolved, on the motion of Thomas Wilson,
Esq. ; seconded by Isaac Sewell, Esq.,
"That the petition, now read, be approved and adopted, and the Right Hon. Lord Hol
At a Meeting of the Board of Congregational
Ministers, residing in London and its vicinity, specially convened on Monday, the 2nd of April, 1832. Rev. John Humphreys, LL.D., in the Chair. Resolved, without a dissentient voice, on the motion of the Rev. Dr. Smith, seconded by the Rev. Robert Halley.
1. That the Members of this Board are deeply impressed with the conviction, that the vice and misery, the spirit of turbulence and insubordination, the illegal associations, devastation of property, and destruction of human life, which have been lamentably prevalent in Ireland, are in a great degree to be ascribed to a deficiency of moral and religious education, and consequent destitution of those virtuous principles which must ever constitute the basis of social happiness and national prosperity. Resolved, on the motion of the Rev. J. Yock
ney, seconded by the Rev. Dr. Winter,
2. That the best means of securing such an education is, in the opinion of this Board, the establishment of schools for the instruction of children of all denominations, into which as much of Scriptural reading shall be introduced as is practicable in the peculiar circumstances of the country, without interfering with the inalienable right and imperative duty of every parent to instruct his children in what he believes to be the purest system of faith and practice. Resolved, on the motion of the Rev. John
Burnet, seconded by the Rev. T. James,
3. That although the Members of this Board cannot be expected to pronounce a decided opinion upon the detail or working of a plan, of which, at present, only the principles are developed, yet they have, after much consideration, found sutficient reason to approve cordially of the general measure proposed by his Majesty's government; because, by intrusting the management' to a commission, consisting of persons of different denominations, it provides against the unjust appropriations of the public money in favour of one party ;- because, by furnishing copious extracts of the Holy Scriptures as indispensable lessons, it recognizes the principle, that good morals and social virtues are most effectually derived from revealed truth ;--because, by appropriating certain days for religious instruction, it affords the opportunity and encourages the attempt to apply the general learning of the school to the exigen. cies of immortal and accountable beings; - because, by intrusting that most important part of education to the denomination to which the children respectively belong, it disavows any infringement upon the rights of conscience, or assumption of human authority in matters of religion ;-because, by direciing full statements of the progress and operations of the commission, to be laid before the parliament, and of course before the public, it furnishes the means of correctingany abuses to which, through human infirmity or mismanagement, it may be at any time subject ;--and finally, because the commissioners have no power to impose the system upon the country, but are instructed to receive applications from such schools as may solicit aid from their funds. Resolved, on the motion of the Rev. Dr.
Fletcher, seconded by the Rev. Dr. Bennet,
4. That petitions, founded on the above Resolutions, be prepared and left for signature, at the Congregational Library.
Thomas Harper, Secretary.
month, that parties thinking with Mr. Irving shall not be excluded from the Society. The consequence is, that its officers, and a majority of the committee have retired from a fraternity so heterodox, and have formed themselves into a provisional body for purposes which we are yet to learn. In the mean time the Record Newspaper has assumed a hostile front to its quondam friend, and, strange 10 say! has sent it to learn wisdom, and prudence, and all other good qualities of the British and Foreign Bible Society !!! It is truly gratifying to know that the whole of this contending fellowship, upon an actual trial of strength, could only mustre, after all ils haughty assumptions, EIGHTY-SEVEN VOTES. This speaks volumes, and is cause of devout thanksgiving to that God who confounds the counsels and frustrates the devices of those who, unwittingly, or from design, would injure his cause. Let the friends of order and peace watch the movements both of the Trinitarian Bible Society and the new Provisional Committee. They may assure themselves that fresh schemes to entrap unwary minds are in progress; but surely a discerning public have had enough to convince them that no great society can be conducted by the men embarked in these undertakings. We hope they will continue to conduct their affairs, as on the 12th of April, with closed doors, as this will render them comparatively harmless, though, in the present state of public opinion, it will awaken some little suspicion as to the integrity of a cause which shuns the light of day.
NEW BISHOP FOR INDIA.
N. B. Upon the conduct of the Dissenters in supporting the plan of Education for Ireland, proposed by the King's Government, some disgraceful remarks have been made in the Record Newspaper. Does the Editor of that litigious journal suppose that the Dissenters of England, are a race of men so obtuse, or so worthless, as to fall in with the intolerant dogmas of his prurient fancy ? We should be ashamed of them if they were capable of one grain of sympathy with the junto of bigots, who support that unhappy organ of religious slander.
We tell the pitiful conductors of this paper to read the history of the Protestant Dissenters, and there learn what stuff they are made of. One hundred such organs as the Record Newspapers could do them no harm. Let their Resolutions, on the subject of Irish Education, speak for themselves! Blessed be God! they can be loyal to a Whig or Tory government, as they have abundantly proved ; but they cannot relinquish their common-sense for mere political clamor. Let this calumniator of the Dissenters come out from behind the scenes, and then the public will know who he is.-Ep.
We have much satisfaction in announcing to our friends that the Rev. Daniel Wilson (now D.D.) has been appointed Bishop of Calcutta, to succeed the late Dr. Turner. Such an appointment must be highly gratifying to all the friends of evangelical truth. The prayers
of thousands will attend him to his destination ; and pious churchmen and dissenters will unite in looking to him for a vigorous support of the cause of Christian missions in the East.
"May his bow abide in strength, and the arms of his hand be made strong, by the arm of the mighty God of Jacob !"
TRINITARIAN BIBLE SOCIETY.
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.
The Religious Tract Society have repeatedly pleaded the commands of God for dispensing Divine truth to aliens (as will appear on referring to Levit. xix. 34; Num. xv. 15; Deut. xxxi. 12; Josh. viii. 36, and many other passages of like import), and have recommended the distribution of them; and, in order to facilitate the performance of that service, have provided four paged tracts, in
As we expected, this bubble has at last burst. By à majority of nine (forty-seven voting on thic one side, and thirty-eight on the other), it was decided, on the 12th of last
all the languages, so that every friend of the respectfully to propose to the consideration gospel may carry about him in the smallest of the independent churches, whether the compass a specimen of each language. The establishment of congregational societies tracts will be supplied gratuitously, and de- for Scripture-reading is not practicable; and posited at different places of Worship, &c., whether such a plan, if adopted, would where they may find admittance, and, it is not prove an eligible means of introduchoped, will be sent free of expense to indivi- ing the important truths of the gospel, dual friends of the gospel.
more immediately to the attention of the List of the respective tracts.-"Summary profane; of inducing their attendance up: of the Bible,” French, Italian, Spanish, Por- on the public worship of Almighty God, tuguese, Swedish. “Way to Heaven," and of thus promoting the salvation of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish. thousands of immortal souls, who, unless “Sin no Trifle," Dutch. I know not the some great effort be made on their behalf, day of my Death” Dutch. Way to Hea- may perhaps perish in their sin and guilt. ven,” German.
“ What is taught by the I conceive every adult who is competent Bible," German. • The nature of Sin and to read the word of God with facility and Repentance,” Modern Greek. “Important correctness; and who, as a professor of reliEnquiries, &c," Modern Greek.
gion, has experienced the power of divine Those friends who wish to promote the grace on his own heart, would be proper to Spiritual Interest of perhaps 25,000 aliens, engage in the work of thus reading the and through them their connexions abroad, Scriptures in the families of the poor, the are requested to signify their benevolent in. illiterate, and the ungodly. A number of tentions to A. B., at Mrs. Collis's, stationer, persons qualified for the office of reading, No. 7, London Road, Southwark.
might, it is presumed, be sufficient to sup
ply, to a given extent, in the towns where BAPTIST CHAPELS IN JAMAICA.
they may be resident, and who would perWe regret to state that the loss of property
form the duty gratis. If the readers were in chapels, &c. sustained by the Baptists in occupied each evening in reading half an Jamaica amounts to £20,000. We under
hour in one house, then if two half hours, stand that the charges against some of the
say from half past seven to half past eight missionaries have been made by persons who
o'clock, were appropriated to the work, twelve have confessed that they were bribed, and
or fourteen families would enjoy the privi. that instances of perjury, and abuse of magis.
lege of such reading, taken in succession tratical power, have come to light truly shock
during the week. In general it would only ing to humanity.
be requisite to read the New Testament Scriptures; the readers, at their own option,
to provide themselves with a Testament, or UNION CHAPEL, BRIXTON HILL.
to be given them by the congregaWe feel highly gratified in announcing tional society of which such readers may be that the Rev. John Hunt, late of Chelms- members. The readers might embrace ocford, has accepted an unanimous invitation casional opportunities for religious conversato become the stated minister of this newly tion, and of using their influence to induce raised interest, and that he commenced his
an attendance upon public worship, which labours on the third Sabbath in April, with would be one of the momentous objects conthe most encouraging prospects of useful- templated by the society. If such congreness, in that rapidly increasing and respecta- gational societies were formed by all the ble neighbourhood.
independent societies throughout England, I entertain no doubt but that a spiritual good of
considerable magnitude might, by the divine At their Meeting, on 20th April, we un
blessing, be thereby effected ; and while we derstand that the United Associate Presby
rejoice at the number and variety of existing tery of London appointed the ordination of
religious institutions, it would seem that the Rev. Thomas Archer to take place on
this is the only one yet wanting to complete
that beautiful circle of human means, speciThursday, 3rd day of May, in Oxendon Chapel, Oxendon Street, Haymarket. Service
fically designed and adapted to promote the to commence at 11 o'clock.
salvation of souls. It is conceded that discouragements and difficulties will be attendant upon the establishment of such socie
ties ; but I believe that greater difficulties To the Editor of the Evangelicul Magazine.
have been connected with the establishment Sın, - Deeply deploring the prevalence of other religious associations, and which of irreligion, and the consequent non-at- have been surmounted; and therefore the tendance upon the public ordinances of the establishment of reading societies is not, I gospel, of so many families throughout presume, impossible : on the contrary, I beGreat Britain, I beg leave, through the lieve that if the sincere friends of the cause medium of your valuable miscellany, very of Christ, recognize (as I hope they will)
ORDINATION OF THE REV. THOMAS ARCHER.