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as far as has hitherto appeared,' without interpretation, king of righteousness, signification ;' and no testimony has yet and after that also king of Salem, which been found which presents any evidence is king of peace,' Heb. vii. 2. Now whatever of their being literally capable what are the modern manifestations on of coherent interpretation. These sounds the part of those who pretend to have are pronounced with burried and frenzied been favoured with supernatural visita- rapidity; they burst forth with Sibylline tions ? In the first place -- there was an fury, to the astounding of all who hear alleged gift exercised, but no interpreta the unintelligible utterances, and are tion at all, and this in express violation of chiefly of a vocal character, with little the apostolic order; secondly, when the of perceptible and distinct articulation, assumed interpretation in the known lan. If they were taken down in writing, they guage of our own country has been deli. woald occupy only a few lines or senvered, in no case has it happened, that to tences; while the assumed interpretaanother' than the speaker, has the gift of tion bears no perceptible correspondence interpretation been vouchsafed. No one to the arrangements of the unknown lanhas yet been able to interpret another's guage. The translations are marked by communication; and the interpretation singular reiterations of terms and phrases itself, when delivered by the speaker, - with nothing about them, as compared has nothing whatever of the character with the unknown tongue, that gives the of interpretation. The • tongue' utters verisimilitude of interpretation.” a few unintelligible sounds, altogether,

NEW PUBLICATIONS, with SHORT NOTICES.

Letters on Education, by J. P. Mursell, success along their respective channels, 59 pp. 8vo.

and in concert with numerous tribntary IN these letters, which are five in streams, have in some measure, cheered number, the nature of education, its and refreshed the earth ; but the appeal mental advantages, its political aspect, for unrestricted Education, is growing its influences on the morals of the

more and more loud and distinct; in. people, and its bearing on the great tion, but are refusing to purchase it at

creasing thousands are imploring instrucsubject of religion, are successively the 'disgusting cost, of uttering the shibdiscussed. Under each of these heads boleth of either churchism or dissent; may be found many valuable sugges- whilst they are shrewd enough to pertions and observations.

ceive, that whichever has the most to We shall confine our remarks to dread from the circulation of knowledge, Mr. Mursell's views on popular edu- has the least claim on the favourable suf? cation, which,

we con

we are frage of a rising nation." -- pp. 24, 25. somewhat at a loss to understand.

And then, in remarking on the inHe tells us that

fluence of education, upon the morals Popular Education should be con of the people, he asks, ducted on the simplest and most liberal Why may not the children of the principles, while the momentous interests poor be received into schools, provided of religion, should never be confounded for their reception, on some wide and with it, no tests whatever should be pre- general plan, in which the lessons of moscribed, while a general proclamation rality should be exclusively taught, and should be sounded ; ignorance and neces its beautiful spirit awakened and chesity should be the only requisites, and rished; where, by kind, familiar, and the claims of the empire its only bounds. easy methods they may be imbued with Mr. Lancaster attempted some years ago pare and elevated sentiments, and be to establish such a system, and to pour made to feel, that nothing can adorn the light of Education over the land, them but their presence, and that nothing when Dr. Bell took the hint, and invitat can degrade them but their absence : ing his plans, applied them exclusively to and this the more readily, because the the endowed church. These two foun earliest season of rational existence is the tains, the one consecrated, and the other most adapted for it, for nature has decommon, have been flowing with various signed her offspring to be moral, before

they can be learned. The difficulties hereafter, there may be some propriety attendant on such an arrangement, would in this; but while religion is distinct in be iufinitely more than compensated, in its very essence from all other acquisithe national benefit it would confer; and tions and pursuits, such efforts will con. if these be deemed insurmountable, be tinue both abortive and absurd.”-p. 24. fore they be tried, it only illustrates the In another place he observes, “ The national standard of morality, as well as only direct religious education which the inconsistency and hypocrisy of con has been provided for the popular tinued complaints : when some such mind has been supplied by the estascheme has been matured, or the ener blishment of Sunday-schools.” Now gies it would wield, otherwise secured, we hold that the schools of the British we may expect a corresponding result.”

and Foreign School Society do provide --pp. 41, 42.

direct religious instruction, and that of Presuming that, by lessons of morality, Mr. Mursell means scriptural kind Mr. M. sighs after—" the Scrip

the most unobjectionable kind, the very instruction ; for we are sure he will tures, unaccompanied by Creeds or agree with us, that sound morality is Commentaries." We know that out not to be found any where else, we

of the four hundred schools of this cannot lp asking-bas be never heard of the British and Foreign portion are conducted by decidedly

description in England a great proSchool Society, which has been esta- pious teachers; and had not the Chrisblishing schools upon this very prin- tian public been strangely insensible ciple for the last twenty years? We are quite ready to admit that of these devoted labourers would have

to this important subject, the number increasing thousands greatly need in

been increased tenfold. struction, but that they are imploring it in any sense whatever, we gravely of the Letters, that we do not make

We can assure the respected author question. The fact is, that the most these remarks in an unkind spirit, deadly apathy generally prevails but we cannot help fearing that there among the poor with regard to the is a prevailing disposition to underblessings of a good education. As to “ increasing thousands refusing to

value existing institutions, and we purchase education at the disgusting to countenance such a mischievous

are sorry that he should have appeared cost of uttering the Shibboleth of Dise

practice. sent,” we really do not know to what

We are desirous of concluding our Mr. M. refers. The Society to which we have alluded, although termed by lowing excellent observations, in which

notice of the pamphlet with the folultra churchmen a Dissenting Society,

we cordially agree : maintains the most perfect neutrality

66 Immediate benefit should not be on the question of Church and Dissent; expected in the religious tuition of the and we have frequently heard that the

young, and when it occurs, it is illustrafeeble support it has always received tive of the sovereignty as well as of the might be attributed, in great measure, goodness of God. But where direct beto its unsectarian principles. No one nefit is not conveyed, the pupil is, in a party has decidedly given it their sup measure, prepared for the future culture port.

of the ministry. The information which Mr. M. seems to think that reli is imparted, and the impressions which gious instruction should always be

are made in the school, often ripen into

fruit elsewhere, and at the varions stages widely separated from that which is merely secular. He complains that

of the subsequent history, their influ

ences may aid in the structure and sta“ the great question of religion has bility of the character.

God, for wise been mixed up with the subordinate ends, conceals from his servants, the business of education, and children

measure of good they may instrumentally taught the Creed at one minute, and effect, and often suffers one to commence a sum in subtraction at another." what another may complete; nor should

“ There were no distinction between they be anxious, so much to perceive the secular and spiritual affairs, or if to be result, as faithfully to discharge their fitted to buy and to sell, and to maintain a commission, confiding in Him who has respectable place in civilized life, were engaged that they shall not labour in the same thing as to learn to serve God vain, here, and as to prepare to enjoy him

1. Remarks on the present State of the sound” than his. We have no wish,

Dissenting Interest, with Hints for its however, to contend with him for preImprovement by means of a Consolidated eminence, nor to employ our work as ! Union. By one of the Laity. 8vo. 2s. 6d.

the organ of dissension; but as dis2. A Letter to the Author of Remarks cussion, temperately conducted, is, we

upon the present State, &c. By Inves- believe, friendly to truth, we direct tigator. 8vo. 1s.

the attention of our readers to both Our readers must be aware that for these tracts, especially the former, as some time past it has been a favourite written in the best temper, and conobject with the Editors of this Maga- taining a number of hints and suggeszine to promote a Congregational tions well deserving their consideraUnion, or a Union among Dissenting tion, particularly as relates to educaChurches of the Congregational order, tion for the Dissenting Ministry, throughout the kingdom. To this though we by no means pledge ourwe have devoted a considerable num

selves to all the writer's sentiments. ber of pages, as may be seen at once

Investigator has subjoined to his by a reference to the index of our last Tract a Letter to the Rev. Jos. Turnyolume just completed. This design, bull, the author of " a sensible little however, has been opposed on diverse Treatise on Church Government," grounds. Some have considered the which he (Investigator) received from ohject as too diffused and complicated; the author, and on which he gives a others have regarded it as confined

more temperate opinion ; but as we and sectarian. The latter appears to

cannot enter into particulars, we shall be the opinion of these worthy laymen: only, add, that we consider ridicule but if the Union of Congregationalists and jest as ill adapted to such serious alone be impracticable, how shall we subjects as those before us. unite with them all the other denominations of Dissenters?

The Pilgrim's Progress from this World The union of true Christians is cer to that which is to come: delivered tainly desirable, so far as it can be under the similitude of a Dream. By obtained without any sacrifice of

John Bunyan. Royal 18mo. pp. 378, principle; but the whole dissent

with Eighteen Engravings on Wood. ing community is so multifarious

Tract Society. and heterogeneous, that it seems im We need say nothing of the work bepossible to harmonize such a body; fore us, for who does not delight to the writers before us, however, seem peruse that master-piece of sacred anxious to unite with the Inde- allegory and English composition. It pendents (or Congregationalists,) at

is then with the edition that we have least the Presbyterians and Baptists. to do; and we must express our As to forms of Church government, thanks to the Committee of the Tract these writers are the more willing to Society for publishing this incomparamake some sacrifices, as they both ble book in an elegantly neat, and think, with the late learned Dr. Camp- yet economical form. bell, that “po form of ecclesiastical A small note informs us that“ great polity, now in being, has any legitimate pains have been taken in collating claims to a divine right:" there are, this edition with other copies, in order however, several denominations be to render it a correct reprint of the side the Congregationalists, who can original work. The original side not agree to such concessions, because notes, which often throw much light they conceive their peculiar principles on the text, have been preserved. A to be expressly founded on the New very few expressions, that from the Testament.

lapse of time have become obsolete or Investigator falls in with many of offensive, have been altered or omitthe ideas of “One of the Laity :” ted.” but he sometimes attempts to be witty, We are happy to be assured that and honours our work as the “trum- the alterations and omissions have pet of the denomination ;” if so, we only extended to very few expressions, hope, at least, we may be allowed to as we almost wish that the Editor had say that it gives a more

“ certain followed Mr. Gilpin's resolution on

the same subject, who declined alto- with much of De Fce's graphic mangether so delicate a task, lest " while ner, but with more religious feeling gathering up the tares he should root than his history of the great plague up also the wheat with them.”

betrays, the horrors of that memorable It is due to the artists who have visitation, and we doubt not but they been employed in the designs and will be read not only with intense intewood engravings which illustrate this rest but also with real profit by many. edition, that they are in very good Mr. Scott has our thanks for this taste, and creditable to all concerned. seasonable reprint, and the useful notes We perceive that this beautiful vo which accompany it. lume is stereotyped ; and we trust, through the application of that useful The Christian Pastor visiting his Flock, invention, “ the delightful dreamer” and the Flock reciprocating their Shepwill visit many thousands who have

herd's Care. By John Morison, D.D. not yet felt the fascinations of his

24mo. pp. 128. Westley and Davis genius, or the force of his piety.

The substance of this valuable little
Manual was delivered before the

monthly meeting of Congregational Child's Daily Monitor, 48mo. neat Edition, Churches in this Metropolis in De

Whittaker and Co.
The compiler of this little volume says, of those who heard it.

cember last, and is printed at the desire in the Preface,

Among the publications of the present day, “ The Daily licacy in the present very artificial

The subject is one of extreme deMonitors” are not the least in impor- state of society, and especially amidst tance. They are the daily bread of

the excitement and bustle of this city, many pious souls, rivetting the atten

which alike interferes with the visits tion, and fixing it on the most im

of the pastor and the reciprocations of portant object among the passing in

the flock. On this very account it was cidents that tend to distract it. “ It is to be regretted that a

6. Child's

the more necessary that it should be Daily Monitor,has not yet appeared, fairly discussed; and Dr. Morison has though on almost every other department certainly discharged his duty with of instruction children have been fur- exemplary fidelity, and we doubt not nished with books adapted to their capa- but the perusal of this little volume city and early feelings.

will arouse the consciences of many “ In the hope of supplying this de- pastors to a more systematic visitation sideratum, the compiler of the present of their people, while it is adapted for little volume has endeavoured to select equal usefulness, by suggesting to the the most simple as well as the most im- people those bints which may greatly portant texts; and the accompanying facilitate the right performance of that verses may tend to elucidate and en.

too much neglected duty. force the septiments. “ It is her sincere and ardent wish,

We cordially recommend this very that in the daily use of this little manual, neatly printed little volume to our many dear children may be led not only readers, and may, at a future period, to an acquaintance with, but a love of notice it again with some other books divine truth,- that while the memory is on the subject of the pastoral care. stored, the heart may be affected with them."

The History and Mystery of Good Friday. This little volume will be found an A new Edition, 12mo. pp. 28. Ebbs. acceptable present for children; Sab- The “sensation” produced by the first bath-school teachers may with great appearance of this pamphlet is well rebenefit distribute it among the scho- membered by some still living. From lars of their class.

the time of its publication, Robert

Robinson, was more known, feared, Narratives of Two Families, exposed to the and admired. Even they who de

great Plague of London, 1665; with Con- nounced the production, acknowledged versations on religious Preparations for the talent of the producer; and heads Pestilence. Republished, with Notes of houses themselves confessed that it and Observations, by John Scott, M.A. a piece of incomparable wit.” 12mo. pp. 214. Seeley and Sons.

But whatever may be its worth, on acThese interesting narratives exhibit count of its wit, it is yet more valuable

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In this time of general excitement this series have been already puband inquiry, when the minds of men lished,-“Experience, or a Guide seem preparing to shake off old abuses, to the Perplexed;” and “ Communion the republication of this powerfully with God, or a Guide to the Devoconvincing and most amusing tract, is tional.” The present volume is the particularly seasonable. The present third, and we see at the close of it, edition, printed at the risk and under that Mr. Philip has announced a fourth, the superintendence of a literary entitled, A good Conscience, or a gentleman in Essex, is greatly to be Guide the Sincere.The volumes preferred to any that has preceded it; already published have, we believe, for, while it scrupulously retains every obtained a wide circulation, and we thing of weight and point in the trust that the present volume will author's own words, it is weeded of secure a yet more extensive perusal. one or two expressions, which, on We cannot but think that Mr. Philip's account of their lightness and seeming talents peculiarly fit him for this most irreverence, there is reason to believe important and useful work. We trust have heretofore retarded the circula- that thousands of humble and pious tion of the work.

Christians will be benefited by his la

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prove not only a useful manual to the Mr. Philip is already favourably established Christian, but would be a known to the public as the author of desirable book to put into the hands very excellent little works on

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