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CRITICAL NOTICES OF WORKS.
WARD'S LIBRARY OF STANDARD DIVINITY.
BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, translated from the work of Professors STORR
AND FLATT, with additions by S. S. SCHMUCKER, D.D. Reprinted from the second American Edition. 8vo, pp. 256. Price Six Shillings.
London :--T. Ward and Co., Paternoster Row.
Without meaning to depreciate other systems of theology which have more recently and largely obtained among us, and been the productions of men of our own country, we have no hesitation in affirming that the work before us, when once known, will take the precedence. It is a book of singular merit, and will be found invaluable to the student and the divine. It exhibits great strength and independence of thought, marked at the same time by soundness of judgment, and intenseness of holy feeling
The volume is divided into five books, which treat: I. Of the divine authority of the holy Scriptures. II. Of God. III. Of created rational beings. IV. Of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of men. And, V. Of the reformation of men, and its relation to their salvation. Nor can we, in perusing the work, but feel impressed with the belief, that these great subjects are treated by men whose own hearts have been thoroughly penetrated with the truth, and who are most intimately acquainted with their theme. As a system of theology, it deserves to hold the very first place in our sacred literature.
Nor can we too highly commend the spirit and enterprise of the publisher, in his present effort to supply the study with works of such standard character. We trust that he will be fully encouraged in his generous undertaking. In addition to those already published, there are treatises announced as in the press of invaluable worth.
A SHORT EXPLANATION OF THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE
Hebrews. By D. Dickson, A. M., Preacher of the Gospel and Professor of Divinity in the University of Glasgow.-Price One Shilling and Eight-pence.
London :--T. Ward and Co., Paternoster-row.
This work is not like that of Stuart's, a critical and elaborate exposition,
---nor like that of Owen, a profound investigation of every thought of the inspired writer,—but rather a cursory view of the apostle's
spirit and general meaning ; and, to common readers, will be found to serve all the purposes of a more critical and deeply-wrought treatise. If it is not marked by deep thought, it is yet replete with elevated piety.
EXTRACTS PROM HOLY WRIT, AND VARIOUS AUTHORS :
intended as Helps to Meditation and Prayer, principally for Soldiers and Seamen. By Capt. Sir Nesbit J. WILLOUGHBY, R. N., C.B., K. C. H. Royal 12mo, pp. 198.
It is truly delightful to see this gallant officer, formerly so distinguished in the service of his country, devoting the evening of a life so replete with the most remarkable incidents, and covered with naval glory, to the compilation of a work such as the present, and so well adapted to the end he has in view. It is alike creditable to his head and his heart, and in future time will reflect more honour on his name and character, than any action be ever obtained. Of the extracts from scripture we say nothing: it is enough that they bear the impress of divinity. Still the selections are judicious, and well made. Nor has he introduced a single sentiment from any human author, which is not in accordance with the high decisions of revelation. He has read some of our best and most experimental writers, (and not all modern,) and taken at pleasure, but not without obvious judgment and discrimination, from their writings. It will indeed be found a help both to meditation and prayer; and since the gallant captain has published it for gratuitous distribution, we do sincerely hope that no pains will be spared to give it the widest circulation, both among our soldiers and seamen. We will only add, that the introductory address is worthy of repeated serious perusal. It is enlightened, powerful, solemn.
Pocket DIARY, with Life and Annuity Tables of the National En
dowment and Assurance Society, Arthur Street West, London Bridge.
These tables will be found of great use to parties who wish to understand the principles of insurance societies, and the basis on which they rest, with the advantages which they offer to the insured.
THE BENEVOLENCE OF CHRISTIANITY.
Not only is the gospel a system of the purest benevolence in reference to the catholic largeness of its own spirit and genius, and the provision it makes for man in every possible state and condition in which he can be found, but it expands the soul of its possessor, and breathes into him a charity which never faileth. For a christian not to be benevolent, is a contradiction in terms, As there is nothing little or contracted in the religion which he professes, so his spirit refuses to be limited, and his energies to be bound. Having drank into the spirit of Him, who, though he was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich,” he disdains the narrow confines of any party, and seeks to live, and move, and have his being, amid the universal charity of the gospel. Like that God, who is love, he loves all; and for the good of all, he lives and acts. And when this noble spirit
may we hope that we are not far from the great consummation of the earth being filled with the glory of the Lord. Universal benevolence in the church will fill the world with universal good.
AGENTS' MEETING :---HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING, 15th NOVEMBER.
To record the triumphs of divine grace, is not more delightful than encouraging. Every month is furnishing additional evidence of the divinity of the work in which we are engaged. We make no assertion, but leave the facts and details to produce their own effect.
Junior Thames Missionary. — MR. I have told them the story of the cross ; Welch.-My labours of late have been —and perhaps the next evening at the greatly varied, which has afforded an same hour, have been surrounded with increasing pleasure to my own mind, a vast congregation, remote from the and I hope to others also ; this has sea, telling them of the works of the especially been the case the last two Lord, and his wonders on the mighty months. Not unfrequently has it oc- deep ;- and what is of more interest curred that on one evening I have been still to the christian church, his wonhuddled up in a ship's cabin, with thir- ders of grace and love amongst the inty or forty of my brethren of the ocean habitants of the ships. around me, attentively listening, while The missionary work on the river Thames has any thing but sameness in and even apologised for the conduct of it. To an attentive observer new scenes their captain, of which they seemed are opening every day. How common ashamed. Notwithstanding a few exto see the ship weigh anchor, and put ceptions like this, I have been enabled to sea in the morning, that was our cha- to obtain, on the different stations, 47 pel last night ;- when the sorrowful
ships for the agents of the Society. crew, pointing to the Bethel flag, sigh Recently on board another ship, the farewell to the means of grace, perhaps B-, Captain K—, on asking the crew for a long season, if not for ever! How
why their looks were downcast, they affecting the last wave, think on us ! answered, 'Oh sir! one of our number think on as! Oft have I thought (as was drowned the other night in the my eye has followed her down the
river.' While I was yet speaking and stream,) before the hour of worship delivering tracts, the body having been this evening, or soon after, she will be
found, a messenger arrived, bringing tossed upon the dangerous deep. Not with him a lock of his hair ;-I thought less interesting is the arrival of fresh
this a poor consolation for the widow shipping from their different voyages. and the fatherless. I observed to them Now it is that the newly-converted sai- the body of your shipmate is found, but lor casts his watery eye, big with ex- where is gone the soul? They entreatpression, upon the Bethel boat, and, to ed that a meeting might be held that use his own phraseology, enquires, evening. It was in vain to tell them * Father !--shall we have the Bethel
the agents were all fixed for the night, meeting on board here to-night.'
and to promise them a meeting on the The scenes presented to us can be
following evening. The answer was, but faintly described ; nothing but per- We cannot all come on shore to the sonal experience can convey the thrill chapel,—and before to-morrow night of holy joy that is felt, when the divine
some more of us may be drowned.' So Being (though not with the tongue of before they would allow me to leave the the learned, yet with the heart of the
ship, I had to promise I would send a contrite ones) is praised for his good- flag on board, and seek some one to ness, and for his wonderful works to
take my place at the chapel, and come the children of men. Happy day, when and tell them of a Saviour before I slept. these scenes will be universal !
This was done, and the solemn event In my visitation of the shipping, and was improved to cabin and steerage in conversation with captains and crews full of sailors. The effects of this meeton spiritual subjects, my mind has been ing will, I hope, be seen after many variously exercised. In many cases the days. The captain, whose heart seemed prince of darkness yet holds an unmo- melted with the broken petitions of his lested reign through the whole ship. crew, could do nothing but weep. At
On presenting the Bethel flag one this meeting were present about twenty day to an old captain, he told me that sailors and six captains, several of whom he had lived many years in the world engaged in prayer. Thus, under the without religion, he should not trouble most affecting circumstances, was this himself about it now. Being reminded ship dedicated to the Bethel cause,-it that he would find it hard to die in that being the first service held on board. state, he fled to his cabin. How true Another meeting has been held since
The wicked fleeth when no man in the same ship, during which the cappursueth ;' however, it gave me an op- tain realized the hope of the gospel, portunity to address a word to his crew signed the Bethel covenant,—and in a that stood near; and they thankfully few days sailed, with himself and most received instruction, and a tract each- of his crew under solemn obligations
to God. I have since heard most satis- I feel grateful to the Author of all factory accounts of a good work of grace mercies for the success I have met with among them. She has now sailed on
amongst the friends in the country in her second voyage. May the great the behalf of this all-important cause, Shepherd of the sheep go with them- and pray that their number may be and may they still prove an honour to greatly increased, and a larger portion the christian profession!
of the Spirit poured upon them, and On the 29th Oct. I had a second
upon the objects of their solicitude, melancholy occurrence of this kind until the abundance of the sea be to improve on board the Tagus, a new converted to the Redeemer.' ship. The case was that of a yonng man, who slipped his foot, and sunk like
Fourth and Fifth Stations. - MR. lead in the river. He was a youth far EDWARDS.-By the goodness of divine from home, whose pious mother lives
providence, your agent has been prefar in Scotland, and will see his face no served during other three months amid
About forty attended this so- the dangers attendant on his employlemn service, but not one could assist ment on the river, for which he desires me in prayer. O for more of the spirit to record his gratitude to the bountiful of grace to be poured out on sailors ! Bestower of all good.
On the 30th, dedicated another ship During the above period your agent to the Bethel service,—the L-T-, has held meetings on board ships in assisted by two Bethel captains. There the fourth, fifth, and sixth stations. were present at this delightful meeting
The meetings in the fourth station twenty sailors, three captains, the own- presented much the same aspect as er, and his excellent wife, who insists
usual-upon the the whole encouraging on braving the danger of the ocean in
-for though the numbers attending company with her husband,-and who
the means of grace are not so numerous once, in a case of shipwreck, would not at times as we could wish, yet the submit to be taken off the wreck when
attention paid to the word spoken, and she might, (with the crew) to leave her the gratitude expressed, seem to sayhusband behind. She nobly cried- Go forward, for in due season ye shall "No! we will sink or swim together ;'
reap if ye faint not. and let the boat go, saying, 'If he is There have been five vessels consedrowned, my life is of no value to me.' crated, or set apart for the worship of Through mercy, however, they both God this station ; two of which out-lived the storm ; and this night, by were new from the stocks. mutual request, had their new ship con- In the fifth station have been held secrated to the God of their mercies five meetings, some of which were well giving a donation toward the new cha- attended, others not. At one meeting pel, wishing also their ship might be a there were only six seamen present, spiritual birth place to many a sailor. although there must have been from 80
During the past two months, I have to 100 belonging to the ships in the held twenty-two services afloat, wbich tier ; and the appalling intimation of have been attended by 435 sailors, have the master of the vessel I was on board visited from ten to fifteen ships per day of, cast a gloom over my spirit, when -including the docks, canals, and river he stated it as his firm belief that there -have distributed from 50 to 100 tracts was not one person among them, that per day– have visited the boarding- was seeking the salvation of his soul. houses on the sabbath as usual ;-have This was a painful communication, and dedicated seven ships to the Bethel should tend to make us more ardent in cause--and held 12 services on shore. our addresses at the throne of grace for