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perintendence, counsel, and prayer, it they, seeing your good works, may is necessary to furnish youth at school glorify your Father which is in heawith interesting, innocent, and improv
It is pleasant to discover how ing recreation for their leisure hours. piety refines and invigorates our social While the body requires vigorous ex- attachments. We are all really what ercise, the mind should have its volun- we are relatively. Such as wish well tary and amusing pursuits ; and he to the young should impress on their serves the next age effectually who minds the just appreciation, and the gives an improved and elevated tone conscientious exemplification of doto the mental satisfactions of our ju- mestic virtues. venile population.
The perils of the day are specific. Miss E. Spreckley's Memoirs, on this It may be feared that the next generaview, may be useful, though we ques- tion may furnish abundant supplies of tion if much beyond mere local in- Sunday school teachers, Missionary terest can be excited by so extended a collectors, and public female, as well detail, when nothing very remarkable as male functionaries in the best of occurred in her history. She was evi- causes, but lamentably exigent in such dently pious, and her religious exer- as shall be plants grown up in their cises were appropriate to her period of youth, and corner stones polished life and her secluded walk. Extracts after the similitude of a palace; steadfrom diaries should be sparingly made, fast, useful, ornamental, and holding and a prudent avoidance of reitera- in unity, firmness, and beauty our tion of the same phrases and feelings domestic establishments. We would should be studied. Wisdom would by no means depreciate more active then, oftener than she is, be justified or public engagements, but of them it of her children.
may be said,
" These ye ought to have Dr. Cox has served his generation done, and not to have left the others according to the will of God in pre- undone.” For our own part, a piety serving from the oblivious stream the which is “not shown at home," does valuable remains of Miss Tomes, and not appear to be that which St. Paul has rendered prominent in the me- recommended, especially to the more moir that feature of genuine piety, amiable sex. which is to be observed from its earliest The Sermon appended to the Meto its last developments—the anxiety moir is “ a friendly visit to the bouse felt by the redeemed to rescue others, of mourning,” and whilst it poweror to advance their sanctity, especially fully inculcates the duty of resignaof kindred according to the flesh. The tion, will produce acquiescence under solicitude this amiable young lady the more painful dispensations of Proexpresses for a beloved sister, appears vidence, and assist sufferers to say in in a letter, from which the following is the words of the judiciously selected an extract. She had recently joined text, “ He bath done all things well." the Church of Christ, and her sister The two other articles specified at had, before that date, given herself to the head of this notice, are well worthe Lord, in a perpetual covenant not thy of perusal. When a parent exto be forgotten. Ought it not, my patiates on the worth of a departed beloved Sarah, to be to us a source of child, and that child is a daughter, our constant joy to reflect that we have sympathies and our affections are so been permitted to assume the name of excited, that criticism has no place, Christ, and though so utterly unwor- and we appreciate very highly the thy to enjoy all the privileges of his motive, as in this case we do also the favoured Sion, may we, as children, manner, of raising a memorial to one walk worthily of the vocation where- who might have been spared to weep with we are called, and adorn the doc- beside a parent's bier, and to say, trine of God our Saviour in all things. “ Alas! my father! May we be ornaments to our profession, and remember that the Scrip
“ Heaven gives us friends to bless the tures represent professors as lights in
present scene, the world, before which they are to
Resumes them to prepare us for the
next.” shine. This command is given : 'Let your light so shine before men, that Master W. Henry Lacon's record
is introduced to our notice by many Society of Friends, on the subject of recommendations—the name he bore, the late secession from the noblest in consequence of descent from those Philanthropic Institute the world can renowned worthies, Philip and Mat- boast, is well worthy the attention of thew Henry, men to whom the church the Christian public. It is clear, of God is inexpressibly indebted- the pointed, and convincing, and does circumstance of his having been edu- honour to the head and heart of its cated under the efficient and vigilant amiable and respected author. superintendance of our quondam fel. Mr. Gurney, in his first section low student, Dr. Clunie, of Manches- « On the Lawfulness of Socinian Coter, beloved for his own and his ex- operation in the Bible Society,” decellent father's sake—the very ad- duces, we think satisfactorily, from mirable sermon by the pastor and the word of God, the following confriend of the youth, the Rev. J. Kelly clusions : - and lastly, the Memoir itself, from the pen of his relative, to whom the 66 1. That it is unlawful for any body public is already under much obliga- of orthodox Christians to maintain a fel. tion, What parents must endure, lowship in the church, with persons of a who lose a son in his nineteenth year,
vicious character, or with those who are so full of the blossoms of fair proinise, proved to be unbelievers in the funda: can scarcely be conceived. Their sor
mental doctrines of the Gospel; and farrows are such as to meet with no
ther, that it is the duty of individual
Christians to abstain, as far as possible, adequate relief, but in the consolations from an intimate association with those of the Gospel; and they, be it remem
whose society has a tendency either to bered, are all sufficient.
injure their morals, or to sap their faith. A manual like this well-printed me- “ 2. That, on the other hand, the morial, should be put into the pos- Scriptures clearly allow such an intersession of our youth in the more re- course with persons of every character spectable ranks of life. Upon them, and creed, as is necessary, in the order the expectations of the church are of providence, for the common purposes fixed. In contemplating the tender of life; and more especially, that as a years of infancy, we exclaim, amidst general principle, it is lawful to accept
the honest assistance of any man living, all the remote uncertainties of future days, What manner of child shall this
in doing unquestionable good."--p. 14.
Section 11. is devoted to the “ Probe? But in advancing years solicitude posed change in the Constitution of assumes another and a more painful the Bible Society," which, if adopted, character, and we see our beloved son is set for the fall and rising of many in
he argues, would be unjust,”
less,” and “ destructive." In the third Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against; yea, a sword pierces Trinitarian Bible Society is consi
section, the “Propriety of joining the through our souls. Prayer is our
dered, and the sentiments contained solace, and will be the means of ac
in the following paragraph, upon this complishing our hopes. May such as are now plants of promise become point, are deserving of the most se
rious attention. Mr. Gurney argues plants of renown, trees of the Lord's own right hand planting, that he may vitable inference, that the union to
that a doctrinal test, leads to the inebe glorified. Let thy work, O Lord, which it introduces, is nothing less appear unto thy servants, and thy than a Christian brotherhood -a direct glory unto their children; and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon
religious fellowship. us, and establish thou the work of our
Accordingly, the union of the mem
bers of the Trinitarian Bible Society, is bands upon us, yea the work of our universally understood and openly debands establish thou it.
clared to be of this specific character.
What then are the religious terms on Terms of Union. Remarks addressed to
which a participation in such an union is the Members of the British and Foreign permitted by the Trinitarian Bible SoBible Society. By Joseph John Gurney. ciety? They are two, and two only-Norwich, Wilkin and Fletcher. Lon- first that the applicant for membership don, Seeley and Sons.
be a Protestant; and secondly, that he This pamphlet, proceeding from the acknowledge his belief in the Trinity. pen of an intelligent member of the “ It is a principle universally under
stood, that laws which ordain particular History philosophically illustrated, from restrictions, confer, by the very act, a the Fall of the Roman Empire to the general liberty-the liberty which they French Revolution. By G. Miller, D.D. allow being just as clear and certain as 4 vols. 8up. London, 1832. Duncan. the restrictions which they impose. If, These volumes contain the result of for example, it were enacted, in the for- upwards of thirty years research and mation of a government, that no persons inquiry, and originated with a course under thirty years of age, should belong of lectures on modern history, which to the legislature, and if this were the sole restriction applying to the point, it
the author delivered, in the discharge would follow of course that all persons
of his duties as Fellow and Tutor in above that age, of whatsoever characteror
the University of Dublin. Dr. Miller's condition, would be eligible as legislators. design in his work may be best ex
“ 'The law which fixes the terms of plained in his own words :-“ It is his membership in the Trinitarian Bible So- endeavour to show, that each leading ciety is precisely of this nature, and the transaction of European history has particular restrictions wbich it enforces been a part of a whole, having for its are clear and specific. The Society de- general issue the improvement of huclares in substance, that it will not allow
man society; and that each leading any man to belong to its Christian bro
individual has been an agent, though therhood, who refuses either to protest against Popery, or to confess his belief wise and benevolent Providence."
free and unconscious, in the plan of a in the doctrine of the Trinity. But the general liberty which the same law con
Materials for this object, we are rather fers is equally clear; and it is much more needlessly told, have been received comprehensive-the Society will allow all from “ the most heterogeneous sources other persons to join in its brotherhood, what- -the writing of a Unitarian minister, soever their character, and whatsoever of dissenters from the Church of Engtheir opinions. If they will but protest land, of a Lutheran jurist, and of a against Popery, and confess their belief French politician.” Of Dr. Miller's in the doctrine of the Trinity, they may general principle, of course, we highly be admitted into church union with the members of this Society, although their approve, though we cannot pledge conduct be in all other respects objec
ourselves for the accuracy of all the
inferences he deduces. One of the tionable, and although they deny every other truth contained in the Holy Scrip
most delightful doctrines of_Holy tures.”-p. 40.
Writ is thatof a superintending Provi
dence the declaration that our paths Such is the necessary consequence
are appointed by a divine hand that of the system proposed, the practical all events in the universe, from the difficulty resulting from the adoption falling of an empire to the fading of a of a fallacious principle. Thedissidents, leaf, are under his inspection—and in their haste to escape away from that the shifting scenes of man's brief a lawful co-operation, have opened day, are parts of a mighty process, their doors wide to an unlawful union; which is hastening on the grand conand though professing to come out
summation of a peaceful and regenefrom the evil-doers, they have prac- rated world. tically invited them to a fraternal embrace. But the whole procedure is a tissue of inconsistency; and from
The Bible Society Question, in its Prin
ciples and its Duties. By the Rev. recent movements, we suspect that the
Samuel Charles Wilks, M.A. London. discovery of its anomalies has begun
Cochrane and Key, Strand. to dawn upon some of its patrons. Our sorrow is that they have been This pamphlet enters more into detail; so long duped; our surprise that the than the one noticed on the preceding peering eye of malignity should have page, and carries us beyond the debatedetected so little error in so vast a able territory into the very heart of what body; and our sincerest gratulations we are grieved to designate the " are due to that venerable Society, be- my's camp.” As it has been stitched cause its ranks have been so little in- up with the Christian Observer, we jured by the rude guerilla war to which shall not quote from its masterly pages, it has been subject.
for many of our readers are, we are convinced, familiar with its contents..
Its vindication of the Bible Society be glad to hear that it meets with an from the foul aspersions which have extensive sale. been cast upon its agents is most triumphant ; and its exposure of the
A Treatise on the Nature and Causes of tricks and jugglery of the impugners Doubt in Religious Questions, with a excites a mingled feeling of disgust particular Reference to Christianity. and commiseration. Mr. Wilkes has London: Longman and Co. our warm and sincere acknowledg- It is not the object of the author of this ments for the invaluable services he little work to investigate the Christian has thus rendered to the Bible Society. evidence, but to prepare the mind for
its impartial review ; to act as a A Biblical and Theological Dictionary, pioneer, removing those causes of a
explanatory of the History, Manners, moral and intellectual nature, which so and Customs, of the Jews and neigh- frequently hinder a free approach to bouring Nations ; with an Account of the consideration of the grounds of our the most remarkable Places and Persons faith. The intellectual causes enumementioned in Sacred Scripture, &c. By rated are “ Misconceptions as to the Richard Watson. Illustrated with Maps. nature of the proof in religious quesLondon. J. Mason. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, tions,” and “Inadequate acquaintance 5, 6.
with the facts of the Christian eviThe indefatigable labours of the au- dence:" the moral causes are thor of this work, to advance the in
cess in some legitimate propensities,” terests of the Christian world, and
,” “ Want of adequate seriespecially the denomination to which ousness,” and “ Fear.” The plan of he belongs, are well known, and re- this small volume is novel ; its conquire no eulogy from us.
tents are well digested, and its value sent undertaking, we doubt not, will is much enhanced by a copious appenprove an acceptable gift to the mem- dix, containing references to the prinbers of his connexion, for whom, by cipal works in which infidelity is comthe introduction of wbat are called the bated. “ peculiar" doctrines of Methodism, we should conceive it to be principally designed.
The Quarterly Review. No. XCIJI.
We are not in the habit of noticing the The Daily Monitor, being a Portion of periodical literature of the day, but Scripture, an Anecdote, a Verse of a
there are a few things in the last Hymn for every Day in the Year. De
Quarterly, which bave attracted our signed for the moral and religious In.
notice on account of their singular nostruction of the Young. By Rer. John Allen, Chudleigh. Second Edition. velty. A gossipping Englishwoman, Westley and Davis.
it seems, has been over to America,
found there no established religion or We have been much pleased with the second and much improved edition of returned with an awful account of the
stately cathedrals, and consequently this little publication, and think it well impiety and infidelity, which must adapted to benefit the interesting class for whom it is especially designed. auxiliaries to piety.
necessarily exist in the absence of such The introduction of the anecdote gives
In moralizing it the advantage over every thing of upon this intelligence, the Quarterly the kind with which we have met; of Congregational Churches, but ad
grants that there are a goodly number and, we have been surprised to find how strongly the interest of the young, tion to show that their utility must be
vances the following curious proposiin our own immediate circle, has been excited to the perusal and committal completely neutralised, because the of the appointed daily portion. We paternal care of an incorporated sect cordially recommend it to parents and
is wanting :
“We think it fully clear, that the Sunday school teachers, and as the effect of an established church on that profits are to be devoted to the erec
widely-diversified religious body, falling tion of school-rooms in the town where under the denomination of the Dissenters, the worthy compiler resides, we shall is very great indeed ; and we have long
been of opinion, that to the Church of piled from their experience and observaEngland the various sects in this country tion. Admitted to the sick chambers of are mainly indebted for their doctrine, the great, and to the neglected abodes discipline, and unquestionable utility in of poverty, they must be familiar with the grand scale of religious society.”
And again, speaking of America many a dark passage in the history of and the established church, we are
human nature; and did the establish
ed rules of society allow it, they could “ The absence of such an institution furnish the gay thoughtless world with essentially modifies religious sentiment, many an impressive testimony, how religious principle, and we may add, as a
utterly valueless it has been deemed matter of course, religious practice in in the season of man's extremity. that country; and secondly, its conse- The present volumes profess to admit quences are felt at every moment in the us behind the scenes ; their narrations administration of state affairs,”- p.44. are detailed in an exaggerated style,
“ A change came o'er the spirit of but they bear the stamp and impress my dream.” There was a time, we of real life; and the pictures here remember, and not long ago, when, in drawn of the varied triumphs of death the estimation of the parties whose may serve to“ point a moral” as well judgment we have here recorded, the as “adorn a tale." doctrine of Dissenters was fanaticism, their discipline jacobinical, and much A Morning Visit to the Rev. E. Irring's, more was said respecting their mis- and an Inquiry into the alleged Return chievous increase, than their“ unques
to the Church, of the Gift of Tongues ; tionable utility.” However we are glad
with Remarks, Inferences, and Suggesto find that the darkness and prejudices
tions; also an Appendix, containing Facts
and Notices illustrative of the whole of past ages have been removed amused at finding ourselves recog; This is a sensible pamphlet, on a
Subject. By Anti-Cabala. Kelly. nised with paternal fondness as hopeful
topic which has of late much engaged sciods of episcopacy-and not disposed
the attention of all classes, and which to deprive our neighbours of the
has excited much painful interest in smallest quantum of comfort they can
the minds of the friends of real piety. derive from regarding us, however
It was written, for the most part, beidle the fancy, as the offspring of their
fore any thing had appeared in print high endeavour.” But how vain the dream! how futile the conceit! as
expressly on the subject, but it emif nonconformity had been wooed into which are worthy of the attention of
braces the principal considerations existence by sunny smiles and gen, those who desire to be guided in their tle blandishments, and had arrived at its present maturity, owing to the jụdgment of the very extraordinary tenderness of right-reverend nurture,
circumstances to which it relates, by a
sound discretion and a scriptural wiswhen, in fact, as a dishonoured branch,
dom. The author vividly describes it was cast off with contempt and scorn by its parent tree, and has grown up him, when he personally visited the
the scene which presented itself to among us familiar with storms and
Scottish church in Regent-square, and tempests, with proscriptions, tests, and contumely.
was witness to those expressions of mistaken and deluded zeal, or of studied
and designing imposture, which have Passages from the Diary of a late Physi
drawn so many others from a principle cian, with Notes and Illustrations by the of curiosity, and a desire to judge for Editor. 2 vols. Edinburgh. 1832. W.
themselves. We can verify, from our Blackwood,
own experience, the truth of the auDR. JOHNson was of opinion, that by thor's representations, having ourselves
an acute observer, who had looked been eye and ear witnesses of the on the transactions of the medical facts he states. world for half a century, a very cu- The pamphlet is characterized by a rious book might be written on the spirit of candour, which does him • Fortune of Physicians;'” one, how credit, though he unequivocally conever, equally curious, and far morepro- demns the fanaticism which has so fitable, in our opinion, might be com- lanientably opened the mouths of