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In the selection before us the two first lines of this stanza are thus printed :
« In vain the sun ascends the sky,
As darkness veils the lawn,” by which the antithesis is not only destroyed, but the whole passage is rendered unintelli. gible.
MEMOIR OF ANNIE M'DONALD Christie, a
Self-taught Cottager : chiefly in her own Words. With Extracts from her Letters and Meditations. By the Rev. J. BRODIE, Monimail. 12mo. pp. 154.
William Oliphant, Edinburgh. This is an unpretending, but very interest. ing, volume. It is the record of a Scottish peasant, who, having owed to human teaching little more than the knowledge of the alphabet, by patient assiduity acquired the art of reading for her own edification, and of writing for that of others. In these acquirements, indeed, she has frequently been emulated by others, whose means of instruction were as limited as her own ; but few, who had equal difficulties to contend with, have ever aitained such a degree of scriptural knowledge, or such a facility of communicating it, as the subject of this memoir.
In one sense, however, the title of this volume is a misnomer. Although Annie M‘Donald had little or no human teaching she was pre-eminently taught of God-and " Who teacheth like him ?” Accustomed, in truth, as we are to read the effusions of pious minds, and acquainted as we are with the extent of scriptural knowledge often attained by the Scottish peasantry, we were not prepared for the happy, nay, the eloquent and skilful manner in which this aged cottager brings the truths of our most holy faith to bear on the circumstances and wants of others. Of grammar and orthography she knew nothing; and of punctuation her writ. ings were equally destitute; but, the pious editor of the memoir having been at the pains to correct these inelegancies, without altering the sense, or even the words of her manuscripts, the most fastidious reader will meet with nothing to offend, while the pious will find much to edify and delight. Altogether, wo do not know a work better calculated for the village library.
We shall annex two extracts from her correspondence-one on the fear of death, and the other on the doctrine of assurance; which, we have no doubt, will excite in many of our readers a desire to peruse the whole.
“ I again tell you, my dear young lady, in answer to your question, I am so far from being afraid of death, that I rather fear lest I be hardened; for I have been trying the way of learning to die daily these many years, and it has often been my call to God, that he would not only enable me to be habitually
prepared for death, but that he would lift me above every hankering desire for this present world, and that he would make me willing to live or die at bis command. Oh! that my heart and will may be melted and moulded into his holy and blessed will!
“Not a moment we live but we are receiving benefits from him, but especially at death. Shall I then be afraid to die, since, by the benefits that flow from precious Christ, the believer is at death made perfect in holiness? O my soul, what a legacy that is which Jesus bestows on believers—and death is the term at which they enter into full possession of that glorious legacy; and shall I be afraid to die, when death is the gate to glory?"-p. 84.
“You insist upon assurance, dear young lady, and it is worth myriads of worlds to have it; but, oh! let us not limit the Holy One of Israel, who is mighty to save, thousands of ways unknown to mortals. It is known to him from all eternity whom he has elected; though, perhaps, it be hidden from thousands of precious souls, until the moment when the blessed angels are commissioned to carry them to the realms of bliss, where Christ is, to behold his glory. I hope and believe that there are multitudes of precious souls shining in glory, and adoring before the throne of God (as loudly as if they had strength to discover it), who could give no statement of their assurance, farther than that they rested all their salvation on the completed work of the glorious Saviour. Oh! may we all have grace from himself, to make it our utmost care to obey his blessed charge, to give all diligence to make our calling and election sure ;' but, at the same time, let no humble, serious soul be discouraged, though he cannot come up to assurance so fast as he wishes. I say again, Oh, let him not be discouraged, but still persist in waiting on the Lord; and, oh! that pleaseth him well, well, to wrestle with him, and not to let him go until he bless you. Oh! how often it is written in his own blessed word, that they who wait on him shall never be confounded!' Again, he says, they shall not be ashamed.' Oh! wait on him; and that God whom you wait for will suddenly come to his temple; and glorious will be his coming."-p. 141.
A FUNERAL SERMON ON WILLIAM M GAVIN,
Esq. ; preached on the 2nd September, 1832, in Nile Street Meeting-house. By GREVILLE Ewing, 12mo. pp. 63.
The death of such a champion of truth as Mr. M'Gavin is indeed a public loss; more especially as he was snatched away suddenly in the midst of his days, and while his Christian energies were unabated. On Tuesday evening, the 23 August, 1832, he was summoned into the presence of his divine Lord, in the fifty-ninth year of his age. Howu &
from any uninspired pen. The work is di. vided into Two Parts--the first on affliction, and the second on the consolations which God has provided in his word for those who are the subjects of it. Each part is full of rich matter, both as it respects counsel and devotion. The selections of prayers and meditations are admirable; and the combination of scriptural texts, in order to express parti. cular states of mind and body, is peculiarly happy and instructive. The tone of the en. tire volume is highly spiritual and edifying ; and we beg, therefore, very cordially to recommend it to the attention of all our readers, especially the afflicted.
native of Ayrshire. His paternal grand father is buried in the parish church.yard of Auchinleek, and his maternal grandfather in the parish church-yard of Cumnock, and in the same grave with the celebrated Alexander Peden, one of the persecuted Covenanters. He was a man of great natural parts, and, at an early period, began the study of church history, especially that portion of it which relates to the great struggles for liberty, against the encroachments of popery and prelacy. His work, entitled “ The Protestant,” published between 1818 and 1822, will immortalize his name, as a distinguished protestant advocate; and we are much deceived if a little volume, the preface of which is dated 2nd August, only three weeks before his death, and which is entitled, “ A Reply to Smith's Dialogues on the Catholic and Protestant Rules of Faith : to which is added, a Review of “Alton Park,' a Popish Novel,” does not contribute, in some considerable degree, to sustain his well-earned reputation.
Mr. Ewing's sermon, founded on Acts viii. 2, besides exhibiting a delightful picture of the piety and devotedness of Mr. M.Gavin, contains a full biographical sketch of his life, and a chronological account of the circumstances which led to the production of his several valuable publications. The tribute to the memory of this great and good man, thus reared by his beloved pastor and friend. is creditable alike to him whose virtues it records, and to him who lives to mourn departed worth, and to think of those improving intercourses no more to be renewed on earth. How joyful the prospect of a world where all the redeemed from among men shall meet, and where the sanctified friendships of earth shall be resumed without any mixture or alloy !
An Essay, ON A COMPARATIVE VIEW OF THE
SNARES AND ADVANTAGES OF A RELIGIOUS PROFESSION IN THE METROPOLIS. By Thomas Wood, of Jewin Street Chapel. 32mo. in cloth. pp. 56.
Dinnis. The subject of this neat volume is vitally important, and the manner in which it is handled by the esteemed author entiiles it to the attentive perusal of all devout and inquiring minds, especially those who are exposed to the moral and spiritual dangers connected with a residence in the metropolis. The substance of this essay was delivered, with unusual effect, at the monthly meeting; and, in its present form, it is fitted for a wide circulation and for general usefulness. Here are depicted the snares connected with commerce, with fickleness of disposition, with comparative concealment of real character, with temptations to the neglect of domestic and private devotion, and with improper religious connexions. Here, too, are well ex. hibited the comparative religious advantages of living in the great metropolis : the means of spiritual improvement are great ; here persecution has but little influence, &c.
We commend this essay to the attention of all young Christians.
A MANUAL FOR THE AFLICTED : comprising
a Practical Essay on Affliction, and a Series of Meditations and Prayers ; selected and arranged for the Use of those who are in Sorrow, Trouble, Need, Sickness, or any other Adversity. By T'HOMAS HARTWELL, Horne, B. D., of St. John's College, Cambridge; Author of the “ Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures.” 18mo. pp. 275.
T. Cadell, Strand. Any thing from the pen of Mr. Horne must be acceptable to the Christian public ; and we regard the manual before us as a most valuable contribution to what may be called the literature of the closet. The subject of affliction is here treated in all its direct and indirect bearings, and the exercises of mind suitable to it, together with its sancti. fied results, are well and ably depicted. Thongh a compilation, it is yet so admirably selected and arranged, as to be far higher in value than any single original composition
THE MOURNING CONGREGATION REMINDED
OF THE WORK OF THEIR DECEASED MinisTER. A Funeral Sermon for the Rev. Joseph KINGHONN, preached in St. Mary's Meeting House, Norwich, on Sunday Afternoon, Sept. 9th, 1832. By Join ALEXAN. DER.
Mr. KingHOns was a man of distinguished attainments, of great personal integrity, and of considerable usefulness. In his own denomination his loss will be sensibly felt; and, among other religious bodies, he will long be remembered with affection and respect. Mr. Alexander's memorial, which we have taken the liberty elsewhere to insert, is truly worthy of the subject of it; and, coming from the pen of a fellow-labourer in the same city,
though of a different religious persuasion, it racter of its great Founder," "the sublimity does great honour to the living and the dead. of its diction," “ the high standard of its As a composition, the sermon is much above morality,” and “the coincidence of Chrismediocrity, and is distinguished by sound tianity with the character of God and the theology, excellent sense, and faithful deline actual condition of man.” In the second ation of character. We hope this will not be section of this part of the work, the authe author's last effort.
thor, in speaking of the external evidence of Christianity, discourses of " miracles,"
the “ resurrection of Christ," "prophecy," FISHER'S DRAWING-Room Scrap-Book, with
“ the early success of Christianity,” and Poetical Illustrations. By L. E. L. 1833.
“ the moral and social benefits conferred by
it on mankind.” From the section on “the Fisher and Jackson.
early success of Christianity,” we select the To those of our readers who are fond of
who are fond of following extract:works of art this will be a most acceptable - Had Christianity been adapted to the publication. The subjects are well chosen, depraved inclinations of the human heart; both as it respects landscapes and portraits; had it flattered man's pride, ambition, and and the style of execution is very far above vain glory; had it promised or secured the run of similar productions; while the worldly honour or prosperity; had it been writing which accompanies the embellish- hailed by the great and noble of mankind; ments evinces poetic talent and genius of no had it been supported by human power, and inferior order. The book is altogether one of defended by the swords and shields of the the most elegant ornaments for the drawing, earth ; had conquering armies been its heroom we have yet seen. We cannot but ralds, and the spoils of enemies its rewardswish the publishers success with such an un its success would then have been no mystery, dertaking.
and its triumphs would then have afforded no proof of supernatural interference. But if
the reverse of all this was the case-if ChrisA PORTRAI NE OF MODERN SCEPTICISM; tianity had nothing in it to pamper human or, a Caveat ugainst Infidelity: including a
corruption--nothing to minister to the pride brief Statement of the Evidences of Revealed
of the human heart-nothing to present to Truth, and a Defence of the Canon and of
its disciples in the shape of worldly allureInspiration. By Jony Morison, D. D.
ment-nothing to draw around it men of high Westley and Davis.
renown-nothing of power to terrify or subAt a time like the present, when scepti
due--nothing to support the courage of its cism and infidelity are walking abroad in the
professors but the testimony of a good conhigh places of the earth, and whispering
science, and the hopes of a better life—what
shall be said if after all it triumphed? Yes, strange and delusive doctrines into the ears of the people, the perusal of a work like the
if, while it opposes itself to all the world, it one before us is well calculated to dispel that
prevail, what shall be said ?-- If, in the ab. moral darkness covering the eyes of those
sence of all the ordinary causes and weapons who, even in this day, are still under the
of success, it prevail, what shall be said ? cloud, and who, like the deaf adder, stop
Let us look at the facts of this case, and intheir ears against the sounds of the ever
partially determine whether there was any lasting gospel. The judicious author of
thing merely human, in the original agencies
of Christianity, to account for the results this volume, in his title-page, intends it as a present for the young--to whom it will
which followed their employment. The re
sults are these :-The whole Roman empire, most surely prove an acceptable one in all times and in all seasons; but to the grey
in a few short years, was pervaded by the haired man, and to the old man, who are
gospel ; multitudes of Jews and pagans were walking through the evening valley of life,
won over to the sincere belief of the facts of will this volume also prove a word in season,
Christianity; the very aspects and instituif blessed by the Spirit of all truth to their
tions of society were completely changed and hearts.
re-modelled by the new doctrine; the flames The first part of the work, which is “A
of persecution were borne with exemplary Portraiture of Modern Scepticism,” surveys
fortitude, patience, and forgiveness; the that subject in all its bearings, whilst at the
cause triumphed by means of its very dissame time it affectionately points out, to
asters ; and the power which attempted to all those who are still in the error of their
crush it at last yielded to its mysterious inways, the fallacious and immoral doctrines
fluence. of infidelity. In the second part of the “Such are the results ; and what are the volume, on The Truth and Excellence of apparent agencies by which they were efChristianity,” Dr. Morison uses the pen of a fected? The doctrine of One who was cruready writer, and in earnest and beautiful cified at Jerusalem between two thieves, the language does he speak of “the moral cha- . preaching of a few illiterate fishermen of Ga.
lilee, and the exemplary zeal and consistency of those who ranked themselves as the disci. ples of the cross.
“If, then, the agencies of Christianity were merely human, or if they were nothing more than a system of deliberately adjusted imposture, how comes it to pass that there was so little in the apparent process to account for the effect produced ? "If all was of man, how did it happen that he constructed a scheme in the very teeth of human prejudice? And, more than this, how did it happen that a scheme so constructed obtained a footing among mankind? Was it so easy a thing to subvert Jewish prejudice, in the very city of Jerusalem, and to silence the oracles of heathenism, where they had ruled with despotic sway, that twelve fishermen, just quitting their nets, and determining to become the founders of a new religion, should be deemed equal to the task ? Let such a case be imagined to take place in our own age and nation. For, if Christianity be not from heaven, nothing forbids the success of such another experiment on the credulity of man. kind now, any more than formerly. But, does any one in his sober senses believe that it would succeed, or that it would produce even any considerable impression? We have had, it is true, occasional excitement produced by certain extravagant persons ; but their partial success has mainly depended upon their appeal to the general data of Christianity, and upon their professed adherence to its cardinal doctrines. We might challenge all the philosophers who ever lived to invent or to propagate any imposture answering to the character of Christianity. The thing is impossible. Its facts and its success are solitary examples in the history of our world. Paganism and the religion of the false prophet have nothing in common with them. The former accumulated its materials by a progressive departure from all right no. tions of the moral character of God, and by its marked coincidence with every thing base and polluted in human nature ; and the latter was propagated at the edge of the sword, and amidst all those promises of sensual indulgence which are so grateful to a nature prone to the love of sin. But Christianity stood forth in the spotless purity of its divine author, and refused to own any as its true disciples who remained under the dominion of their crimes. It assailed men with none of the weapons of human power, but made its triumphant appeal to the understanding and the heart. It boasted of no earthly patronage, but went forth in a secret and hidden power, which was ‘mighty to the pulling down of strong holds.' 'All weakness in its exterior agencies, it became the wisdom of God and the power of God to the salvation' of thousands and tens of thousands who embraced its merciful provisions. It changed the very face of society, and effected revolutions
in the manners, customs, and laws of mankind, which all other systems had failed to achieve.”-Pp. 186, 191.
In his examination of the sceptical character, the Doctor refers to the works of those infidels who have boldly and daringly put forth their doctrines as matter for serious notice, and out of their own mouths are they judged.
To all classes of our readers we earnestly and affectionately recommend the perusal of this work. The annual season for bestowing presents on those whom we regard and esteem is near at hand. A work more truly adapted for this Christian purpose we cannot conceive.
We conclude our notice in the following important extract from the author's preface :-
" As the forms of infidelity are constantly changing, it becomes the duty of all good men to watch its versatile movements, and to endeavour, according to their several abilities, to counteract its subtle and pernicious influence. Standing, as we now do, in the full blaze of secular knowledge, there is the utmost danger, through the depravity of our fallen nature, of our preferring the wisdom of man to the wisdom of God; and if the advocates of revealed truth do not rush into the field of conflict with the enemies of human happiness, there is reason to fear that scepticism will obtain a partial and monentary triumph :-I say partial and momentary, for the truth of Heaven must ultimately prevail, and every power that would silence the voice of THE LIVING ORACLES' must at last be crushed by the omnipotent energy of the Son of God. I am not afraid for the ark of the Lord; but I regard it as a solemn duty to contribute my aid, however humble, to the defence of revealed truth; and particularly to make my appeal to that portion of my fellow men who, either from mental tendency or association in life, are particularly exposed to the desolating and pernicious onset of sceptical opinions.”
WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
1. The Amethyst ; or, Christian Manual for 1833. Edited by RICHARD HUIE, M.D., and RoBERT KAYE GREVILLE, LL. D. This volume will prove a high Christian treat to all devout and enquiring minds. We hope to notice it more fully in January.
2. The Missionary Annual for 1833. Edited by WILLIAM ELLIS, 12mo. pp. 300.-See Supplement.
3. The Landscape Album ; or, Great Britain Illustra:ed: in a series of sixty views. By W. WESTALL, Esq., A. R. A. With Descriptions of the Scenery. By Thomas MOULE, Esq. 8vo. This is a richly embellished voluune, containing nearly one hundred engravings of British landscapes, with excellent and entertaining historical descriptions.
4. A Pictoral and Geographical Chart ; displaying, at one view, the Rise and Progress of the Evangelical or Christian Dispensation, from the
11. An Address, delivered at the Ordination of the Rev. W. Craig, at Belthorn, and of the Rev. J. Cummins, at Blackpool, by the Rey. JOSEP HAYNE, minister of Ebenezer Chapel, Darwen.
12. System of Irish Education Explained and Defended. By JAMES CARLILE, of the Scots Church in Mary's Abbey, Dublin, and one of the Commissioners for superintending the appropriation of the Parliamentary Grant,
PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION.
commencement of the Gospel Narrative to the As. cension of Christ. Arranged, by permission, accord ing to Greswell's “ Harmonia Evangelica." By R. MIMPRISS. 31. 135. 6d.See Supplement just published.
5. Pastoral Letter, addressed to the Church and Congregation assembling in the Independent or Congregational Chapel, Wallis Street, Glebe, South Shields. By SAMUEL BLAIR. 12mo. 6d. This Letter presents a fine specimen of pastoral appeal. Would that all our churches could read it, and bad grace to follow its excellent counsels!
6. A Grammar of the English Language: together with the Principles of Eloquence and Rhetoric. By RICHARD HILEY. 12mo. 4s. bound. This appears to be a very clear and well-written work, and evinces considerable knowledge on the part of the author of the philosophy of grammar and rhetorie.
7. Exercises adapted to Hiley's English Grammar : together with a new system of teaching composition. By RICHARD HILEY. 12mo. 2s.6d. bound. These exercises are on a better principle decidedly than Murray's, and go much farther into the minutiæ of our language.
8. The Harmony of Religious Truth and Hu. man keason Asserted, in a series of Essays. By JOHN HOWARD HINTON, A.M. 12mo. 58. 6d. pp. 336.
10. The Christian Bouquet : a selection of Religious Poetry, from the pens of various admired Authors; with an original Introductory Essay. By FRANCES BLAIR. 12mo. 4s. This selection of sacred poetry does much credit to the judgment and piety of the excellent lady, to whom the public are in. debted for a gift so valuable.
1. On the first of January will be published. The Official Glory of the Son of God, or a Treatise on the Universal Headship of Christ. 1 vol. 12mo. By JOHN JEFFERSON.
2. Baynes and Son's Annual Catalogue of Books for 1833; containing an extensive collection of Books, in all languages, and every department of literature,
3. Mr. T. Williams's long promised Private Life of Christ, is in the Press, in considerable progress, and may be expected soon after Christmas.
4. Autobiography of the late Dr. Adam Clarke. -On January 1st, 1833, will be published, in demy 8vo., Vol. I. of An Account of the Life of the late Dr. Adam Clarke; the first part left in MS. written by himself ; with a continuation, to the tine of his Decease (collected from original papers), by a Member of his family.
and disinterested kindness, with which he fulfilled, gratuitously, and for so many years, the duties of his office. They further unite in an expression of their Christian sympathy with his respected widow and bereaved family, imploring for them those supports and consolations which are adapted to their present circumstances.”
LITERARY HONOURS. We have been informed by our excellent friend, J. B. Williams, Esq., of Shrewsbury, that the university of Dartmouth, in America, has, in the handsomest manner, conferred, by diploma, upon the Rev. William Ur. wick, of Dublin, the degree of D.D. If correct and enlarged views of theology, if sound biblical learning, and, above all, if ardent consecration to the best interests of the protestant faith, entitle an individual to such distinctions, there can be no doubt that our highly-esteemed friend has well earned them.
TRADING ON THE LORD'S DAY. One of the most respectable, interesting, and important meetings ever held in the City of London, took place on Tuesday, the 13th ull., at the London Coffee-house, Ludgate Hill. The objects proposed by the provisional committee, by whom it was convened, were the following :-To form a Society to promote the Suppression of Sunday Trading; to petition parliament for an alteration of the existing but inefficient laws relating to the profanation of the Lord's day; to invite the co-operation of public bodies and religious communities to petition the legislature on the same important subject; and generally to promote the better observance of the Sabbath. Sir A. Agnew, Bart., M.P., the Chairman of the Select Committee of the House of Commons, appointed to hear evidence, and report to the house on the subject of the pro.