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saints, in the lively views of a great rising day. O blessed and surprising prospect of faith! O illustrious scenes of future vision and transport! when the Son of God shall bring forth to public view all his redeemed ones, who had been long hidden in night and dust, and shall present them all to God the Father in his own image, bright, and holy, and unblemished, in the midst of all the splendours of the resurrection ! O blessed and joyful voice! when he shall say with divine pleasure, Here am I, and the children which thou hast given me: we have both passed through the grave, and I have made them all conquerors of death, and vested them with immortality according to thy divine commission! Thine they were, O Father, and thou hast given them into my hands; and behold, I have brought them all safe to thy appointed mansions, and I present them before thee without spot or blemish.'-Watts,
CRITICAL NOTICES OF NEW WORKS.
THE ANIMAL CREATION :-its Claims on our Humanity stated and
enforced. By the Rev. John Styles, D.D. Prize Essay. Dedicated,“ with the special sanction of her Majesty's illustrious Name,” to the Queen. Royal 12mo. pp. 358.
London :---Ward and Co., Paternoster Row. In one great extended chain the whole creation is linked in mutual relation and dependance. No one creature is independant of another. Let only one link be taken from the chain, and it incalculably affects all the rest, whether superior or inferior. In these mutual relations therefore are involved mutual claims. Whatever may be the position assigned to any creature in the scale of being,—whether placed in the ascending or descending line, that creature has claims on all above him, up to the first-born son of light and intelligence, and claims on all beneath him down to the humblest and the least. Nor are these claims restricted and confined to the intelligent and rational portion of the universe; they extend to every inferior tribe of animals. And though there be few who are not disposed to acknowledge these claims, yet there are fewer still, who adequately feel and regard them. The brute creation is not only held as vastly inferior to ourselves, but treated as if there were no common bond of union between us and them,-as if they did not owe their being to the same Fountain of life and Source of power with man, and their claims are but lightly estimated, if estimated at all by society in general. Nor is it the least affecting consideration, that amid the almost universal neglect and cruelty, with which these inferior tribes are treated, they have no voice to lift up in their own behalf;neither speech nor language which they can employ to vindicate their rights, or rebuke their tyrant--man: unless it be that eloquence which agonies inspire,--their “silent tears, and heart-distending sighs;" — their sobs and dying shrieks. But we unfeignedly rejoice that in such circumstances, and at a period when the cruelties practised on the animal creation are getting to the very extreme of the gross and the refined, they have found a living voice to plead their cause, and have kindled an eloquence of the sublimest style to enforce their claims.
The work before us is one of rare merit, whether viewed in the light of a mere literary production, or as an argument and defence in favour of the author's subject. It is in the latter character, that it comes within our notice; and as such it is all that we could desire. Dr. Styles has thoroughly possessed himself of his subject, and he treats it with consummate skill and power. The book abounds with passages of great beauty. And, convinced that its reasonings and appeals cannot fail of producing their legitimate effect-of enlisting on behalf of the inferior creation all the kindly feelings and sympathies of our humanity, we do hope that it will have not only a large sale, but a wide circulation,—that it will be universally read, and as universally felt.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF ARTIFICIAL AND COMPULSORY DRINK
ING USAGE IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND; containing the characteristic and exclusively national convivial laws of British Society; with the peculiar compulsory Festal Customs of Ninetyeight Trades and Occupations in the three kingdoms; comprehending about Three
Hundred different Drinking Ŭsages. With copious Anecdotes and Illustrations. By John DUNLOP, Esq., President of the General Temperance Union of Scotland. Sixth Edition of the Scottish Usages, with large additions. 12mo. pp. 332.
London :---Houlston and Stoneman.
This is a book of great good common sense. Its philosophy is not of the transcendental character; but is calm, sober, enlightened, rational. Mr Dunlop is a patriot in the highest sense. He sees his country in danger, from a cause which few, comparatively, have suspected, and which is therefore to be the more dreaded; and to avert the woe which otherwise must inevitably come upon it, he interposes his warning voice, and appeals at once to the judgment and the piety of the nation.
That the Drinking Usages of our country were conducting to the most palpable deterioration of the public morals, by inducing habits of inebriation among all classes, cannot be denied. And to expose the folly and injury of such usages, is the professed and immediate object of the volume now before us. Mr. Dunlop has well executed his task. And if society in general will only give their attention to the subject-only read with candour and consideration this work, we shall soon witness a very extensive eformation. A new state of things would rise up around us. And for the abodes of misery and wretched. ness with which our cities, and towns, and even rural districts are planted, we should have the dwellings of contentment and comfort; and for the haggard and wane appearance of the masses of our population, we should see the countenance blooming with health, and lit up
We strongly recommend Mr. Dunlop's volume to the perusal of our readers.
HINTS FOR THE TIMEs. By the Rev. W. Spencer, of Holloway
J. K. Starling, Upper-st., Islington ; Ward & Co. Paternoster-row, and J. Lemon. Jun. Holloway.
This little Tract breathes the very charity of the Bible. It is admirably adapted, at the present crisis, for general distribution; and might prove like oil poured on the troubled waters. To many christians it may read some wholesome lessons.
Thy kingdom come :-thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven," is the current prayer of Christ's universal church. And every facility which presents itself in the arrangements and dispensations of Providence for diffusing holy truth,- for educating the fallen mind of man in the great principles of the christian faith, is an answer to this petition. And therefore if we avail not ourselves of these facilities, by a corresponding effort to extend the knowledge of the only redemption as far as the curse is felt, we are chargeable either with hypocrisy in preferring the prayer, or we are to the last degree ignorant of its true spirit and import. God may prepare the way for the triumphant advance of the chariot of mercy, but that chariot must be drawn by the church of the redeemed. He may throw back the bolt of every gate which now impedes the entrance of the ark of our christianity into other lands, but that ark must be borne by human hands. The instrumentality of the church is inseparable from all the purposes, plans, and dispensations of Heaven. And never till this instrumentality is universally and faithfully employed, are we to expect that the exalted Son of God “ shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”
AGENTS' MEETING :-HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING, 12 th APRIL.
Several members of the Committee kindly favoured the Agents with their presence at this their last monthly conference, as the first quarterly united meeting for special prayer, on the extending operations of the Society. It was indeed an hour of sacred enjoyment. And we think that the impression on the minds, both of the Committee and of the Agents, was such as mutually to strengthen their confidence in each other, and deepen their interest in the work in which they are engaged.
Second Station.-Mr. PALMER.-It is with unfeigned pleasure I review my engagements night after night, and sabbath after sabbath. The present welfare and eternal salvation of seamen is the immediate object of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society; and new in. stances of good have lately come before me:-pious captains, decided in their conduct and devoted to our cause; but especially the sanctified effects pro
duced on the minds of many whose lives were wonderfully preserved, during the storms in November, January, and February last. This eviden. ces that the work is from God. I find also growing improvement in habits of sobriety, morality, knowledge, and religion, principally the results of the varied means used by the Society, both in London, and throughout the world.
Some of my visits on board vessels trading to the West Indies, have been must not be omitted, the funeral sermon truly encouraging. One may be selec- for a captain, who in the midst of his ted, by way of illustration. The captain days, was suddenly called into eternity. of the E. of Bideford, who was present I felt, I trust, while preaching, more at one of our Bethel services, and who than ever the importance of personal engaged in prayer, said, “I have not the religion, and the solemnity of death, privilege of having a clergyman on while addressing the seameu from near board my ship, therefore am bound to the same spot where the deceased capdischarge my duty to God and the crew tain sat but a few days before at the last who sail with me.
I have prayers
Bethel meeting. It was a soul-affecting morning and evening(the weather being season, particularly while we noticed favourable) during my voyages. This is the tears which flowed down the cheeks my accustomed plan. The passengers of the hardy tar (his mate) in whose on board are respectfully invited to at- arms the captain died. May they never tend. And a lady was savingly con- forget the words of the Apostle then verted to God by the means used—the presented to their attention,—“ Ye evidence of which was manifested on a know not what shall be on the morrow.” bed of sickness, and in the hour of My friend and brother, Captain Prynn, death. She died on her passage, and followed with an address and solemn was solemnly committed by us to a prayer. There were many ships around watery grave. The minds of others from which the seamen came, and I were also seriously and solemnly im- trust a saving effect was produced on pressed."
the minds of us all. I cannot avoid referring to an unusu- I had long wished to have preaching ally interesting service. The dedication in Billingsgate Dock, and this my desire of the ship M., of S., Capt.
has been graciously granted, having was a fine vessel, and one of a few held services there on the sabbath day, saved among the ships wrecked off the as well as on other evenings in the coast of Holland, in the month of Jan- week, through the kind co-operation of uary last. The mate's account of the influential persons connected with the scene was fearful in the extreme, par- shipping in the dock itself. The atticularly when they had nothing before tendance of some young sailors, at our them but destruction and death. I various meetings, from the fishing never shall forget the narration of his smacks, (evidently seeking the kingdom solemn appeal to the captain, at that of God) encourages us in pursuing a awful moment,--and when they all course so auspiciously begun. Instead bowed before God in prayer, on the of applying to the captains, for the use deck of the ship. Blessed be a gracious of their vessels, where Bethel meetings God! we were
this time in this same may be held, many of them now request ship, and the mate's desire was fully us, as a favour bestowed on them, to accomplished. Prayer and praise were hold our services on board their ships. now offered to the God of all mercies; All the meetings have been well attenand fixed was the attention of the sea- ded, with the increased co-operation of men on the words of the Psalmist, captains themselves. I have during the “ Oh that men would praise the Lord past three months, distributed many for his goodness, and for his wonderful hundreds of tracts. Have preached on works to the children of men." The board thirty-three different ships, and place was excessively crowded, and been at fourteen services, on sabbath God was evidently present to bless. days and week.days, at the Sailors'
Another instance, among others, Chapel.