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suaded that this dressing up of facts into fictitious forms is injurious to the truth. A few well authenticated instances of the chicanery and fraud practised in this story, would do more to baffle the efforts of Rome than all the tales that can be written. Let the truth be told, the plain unvarnished facts, and we are sure the warning would be vastly more powerful. The Witnesses in Sackcloth is a brief and somewhat meagre account of the sufferings endured on the revocation of the edict of Nantes by the Protestants of France. The most valuable part of the book is the large bibliographical index appended of the literature of the subject. The letters of Kirwan are as usual racy and full of point, and will well repay perusal.
The Curse of Christendom, or the System of
WHATEVER difference of opinion may exist in regard to the political movements incident to the papal aggressionLord J. Russell's famous Durham letter -the bill passed by the late parliament -or the proceedings of the Protestant Alliance, all who love the truth must rejoice that the attempt to develope fully the papal system in England, has awakened deep and almost universal attention to it. Prior to this event there had been a criminal indifference to the subject, a general prevalence of false views regarding it, and a growing notion that it was not quite so had a thing after all! Our public teachers for the most part neglected the study of it, and failed to communicate the necessary instruction to their flocks, especially the young. The papal aggression roused them from their fatal slumber; and we rejoice in
the evidence of their having turned to the subject with earnest thought and exemplary diligence. The effect of this cannot fail to be salutary. It will prevent our people from flying off into the opposite extreme of intolerance, and will prepare them properly to deal with the system. They will learn to distinguish between what is due to their Romish fellow subjects, and the system of which they are victims, and the priesthood who uphold it-subjects indeed of vast importance, difficult no doubt to deal with, but yet requiring unquestionably a very different treatment.
Mr. Pike has contributed his share to this work. A sentence from the preface will explain his object, which is thus expressed: "To bring together in as compendious a manner as possible, such a collection of facts and arguments as shall in the first place present a fulllength portraiture of the Romish system; and in the next supply an antidote to its pestiferous evils." The work opens with an introduction designed to illustrate the nature of the conflict in which we are engaged, and then discusses the following topics: Gradual development of papal doctrines-hostility of popery to the bible-supremacy of the popeinfallibility of the church-idolatry of popery-the seven sacraments-purgatory-mummery of popery-immorality of popery-intolerance of popery
Romish saints, miracles, relics, and legends. The last four chapters we particularly recommend to our younger readers, as deserving a careful perusal.
The subjects are treated with great manliness and force. There is no want of plain outspokenness. Things are called by their right names; but there is no trace of an intolerant or unchristian temper. The writer quotes very largely from Romish authorities, and has evidently read extensively for his purpose; and for the most part these authorities
are given. This imparts value to his work, and makes it a reliable one. There are a few statements and sentences here and there, which we should prefer deleting or altering, but not enough to render it necessary to modify our general expression of strong approval. One thing is plain to us, that
our author proves from incontestible evidence the evidence of the papacy itself-that it is "the curse of Christendom." At all events he has vindicated the justness of the title. The book is exceedingly well got up, and quite worth the price of it. We hope it may have an extensive circulation.
The Past Teaching the Present. A Discourse delivered at. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, June 1, 1852, before the Northern Association of Baptist Churches, at the Bicentenary of their Formation. By STEPHEN J DAVIS. Published at the Request of the Association. London: 8vo. pp. 24. Price 6d.
Two hundred years having elapsed since the formation of a baptist church in the county of Durham, the Northern Association determined to celebrate the event at its annual meeting, and requested Mr. Davis to address them on the occasion. These pages contain a well studied and appropriate discourse, in which he showed that the event ought to be commemorated with devout and fervent gratitude;that in order to secure prosperity it was neces sary to hold and promulgate the same essential truths of Christianity as their fathers had maintained;-that it was necessary to be like them distinguished by superior piety, the worthy sons of eminently worthy sires;-that the earnestness which they displayed it was now important to emulate ;-and that progress is only to be expected if we sympathize with them in dependence on God as the great agent apart from whom we can effect nothing. Nothing could be more pertinent to the occasion than the preacher's suggestions; and we are certain that out of the sphere of the Northern Association as well as in it, the perusal of this discourse will give much pleasure. It is especially satisfactory that sentiments so evangelical and practical, and a spirit so devout and harmonizing, should be brought to view on this occasion by one who is engaged habitually in visiting the churches and stations assisted by the Baptist Home Missionary Society. The influence accruing from such intercourse must be very salutary as well as pleasant.
entitled "Two Roman Catholic Ladies of the Nineteenth Century," and that entitled "The Dying Christian's Farewell" are derived from this interesting volume. It contains also many well written letters from the sisters to relatives and friends, having more or less bearing on the cardinal truths which Romanism throws into of the book are numerous references to an the shade. Blended with the historical portions earlier work called "The Morning of Life," which some of our readers have probably seen, though it has never come in our way. This is called "Pearls from the Deep" because, "as the pearl is taken from the darkness of the ocean depths, released from its natural prisonhouse in the shell, brought to the light of day, and set in a diadem that its lustre may be seen of all; so these two eminent instances of the power of the grace and truth of God were spiritually released from the darkness in which found, and were called by divine power and by nature every child of the human family is agency into God's marvellous light."
Reality; or Life's Inner Circle. By MRS.
the benefit of young persons of her own sex. Here is a book written by a lady, chiefly for "To guard the young against too easy a compliance with the ways and opinions of newly formed acquaintances, to inspire them with a dread of flattery, and an abhorrence of every species of deceit and false pretension; and at the same time to implant right principles, and cherish the desire for real excellence, comprise the design of this little work." A lofty design; but one which might have been realized to a much higher degree by a series of admonitory and didactic discourses. We are among the number of those who believe that in most cases religious fiction is a very insipid and mawkish tone and vigorous action which is its professed draught, and seldom produces that healthy aim. The present volume is one of the best of its class. There is no striking incident to enliven it; of this the writer is aware, and she The piece in an earlier part of this number assigns her reason for its omission. We have
Pearls from the Deep: consisting of Remains and Reminiscences of Two Sisters, Converts from the Roman Catholic Church for the sake of Conscience and of the Truth, a Narrative accompanied by Valuable Letters and Papers, Forming a Sequel to "The Morning of Life." London: Hamilton, Adams and Co. 16mo. pp. viii, 184.
in the "religious world" far too many of the Frogmore family who ever seek to serve two masters; and far too few such as the consistent Colonel St. Clair, and his excellent daughter Edith. A spirit of devout piety pervades the work; and in the absence of higher reading, it may be of service to young ladies leaving school and about to enter on the duties and trials of the world.
The Dayspring; or Diurnal of Youth. A series of Meditations on Passages of Holy Scripture, for every Morning in the Year, By Ministers of Various Denominations. Edited by the Rev O. T. DOBBIN, LL.D., &c. Liverpool: George Philip and Son; London: J. C. Bishop, Aldine Chambers.
This class of works has now grown somewhat large. Bogatzky and Mason and Jay have had a host of imitators. The volume before us differs widely however from any of its predecessors. It is not the production of one mind, but the combined effort of some three hundred. Of course such a book must present great inequality, both as to matter and style. It is not every writer who can pen a short, pointed, spiritual meditation; who can express himself in a page or two so as to bring the reader into direct communion with God; and yet this we judge ought to be one of the chief characteristics of "daily meditations." Most
of the contributions in this volume are of this kind. In addition to the "Meditations" there are valuable introductory essays by the Editor, Drs. Drew and Acworth, and Messrs. Fairbarn and Thornton. We especially commend to young persons the paper of Dr. Acworth, entitled, An Earnest Warning against Levity." We thank the Editor for the work he has thus given to the public. It is calculated to interest many persons who would not take up other books of the same class, and its perusal, in a right spirit, cannot fail to be a blessing. We give it our cordial commendation.
Shout to the Lord, a New National Thanksgiving Anthem, Appropriate for the 5th of November, with Accompaniment for the Organ and Piano-forte. By WILLIAM BIRD, Author of "Original Psalmody, Anthems," &c. &c. London: Cocks and Co., New Burlington Street, and sold at 64, White Lion Street, Pentonville.
One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, on the 5th of November, 1694, Dr. Watts composed a hymn, beginning, "Shout to the Lord and let our joys through the whole nation run," designed to express thankfulness for the deliverance with which the inhabitants of this island had been favoured through the discovery of the gunpowder plot of 1605. It constitutes the 92nd hymn of his second book; but so faint bas the sense of the importance of the event become in the lapse of years, that though it is in so well-known a collection, it is probable that there are many of our readers who have never perused it. Mr. Bird has now set it to music, and we shall be glad to find that the performance of his lively and expressive composition supersedes among our young people less devout ways of commemorating the national escape,
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and excites the attention of both young and old to the gratitude for which it still calls. We are sorry to observe, however, that the words are either copied from an incorrect edition, or carelessly engraved; in two instances, the sense is affected by the errata; the commencement of the second verse is given, "The mighty God," instead of "Thee, mighty God;" the third verse concludes, "their vain designs thine envious foes devise," instead of the weak designs thine eavious foes devise;" and the sixth verse concludes with the word "made" instead of "laid." These errors should be rectified with the pen before the piece is sung.
Wellington and War. By NEWMAN HALL,
Fearing "that amidst the universal enthusiasm enkindled in reference to the departed Duke, the profession of arms of which he was so illustrious a member should share in the admiration due to the individual, and that the nameless horrors of the system should be overlooked while paying honour to the rare merits of him whose life was chiefly identified with it," Mr. Hall has published a discourse which is at once seasonable, evangelical, and eloquent.
Wellington and Victory; or Christians more than Conquerors. By the Rev. A. MORETON BROWN, LL.D., Cheltenham. London: Snow. Pp. 24.
Man's Estimate of Faithful Soldiers-they are Conquerors, is the first head of this discourse; God's estimate of Faithful Christiansthey are more than conquerors, is the second. The latter is illustrated by reference to the facts that the war which they wage is of a better sort than that of conquerors-the weapons of their warfare are better than the weapons of conquerors-and the issues of the warfare in which they engage are better than all the consequences of the conflicts of earthly warriors. This is all true and good, but we question its correspondence with the thought which was in the mind of the apostle who wrote the text.
The Closet Book. By W. LEASK, Author of "The Footsteps of Messiah," "The Beauties of the Bible," &c. &c. London: Blackwood. Pp. 104.
Good experimental essays on subjects of general importance, such as "Conviction Introspection"-" Believe and Live.”
Uncle Tom's Cabin: a Tale of Life among the Lowly; or Pictures of Slavery in the United States of America. By MRS. HARRIET BEECHER STOWE. Embellished with Eight Spirited Engravings. London: Ingram, Cooke, and Co. 227, Strand. 12mo. Pp. 355.
Every body reads this book, we are told, and, with a very few exceptions, every body admires it. Having been assured of this repeatedly we are convinced that for us to review it would be labour in vain. It does not need our recommendation, and were we to censure it, this would be useless as it has already established itself in
the public favour. But as it will be purchased by hundreds who desire to disseminate the sentiments it enforces we may with propriety say that this edition is far superior to any other that we have seen. The illustrations furnished
by a skilful pencil always add greatly to the interest of au exciting tale.
The White Slave: or, Memoirs of a Fugitive. A Story of Slave Life in Virginia, etc. Edited by R. HILDRETH, Esq., Author of a History of the United States. First English Illustrated Edition. With Eight Engravings. Tenth Thousand. London Ingram, Cooke, and Co. 227, Strand. 12mo. Pp. 332.
This is a companion volume to Uncle Tom's Cabin, having a similar purpose, the illustration of American slavery, and being of similar size and in similar binding. The white slave who is represented as the son of his master, having in his veins the smallest perceptible portion of negro blood, tells his own story and that of his wife from whom he was separated many years, and who like himself passes through diversified sufferings of the most dreadful kind, till at length they arrive at Liverpool rejoicing that there is a land "that impartially shelters fugitives alike from European and from American tyrannyHungarian exiles and American slaves."
The Eclectic Review. October, 1852. London: Ward and Co. 8vo. Pp. 128.
Among the articles in the present number there is one which it may be advantageous to point out specially to persons who are not in the habit of seeing this review regularly, because it relates to a subject on which it is of urgent importance to thousands to obtain trustworthy information. There are eighteen pages on Australia, its capabilities and prospects. We cannot epitomize the paper but it deserves the perusal of all who have reason to make themselves acquainted with the facts which render it desirable or undesirable to emigrate, or which would guide him who is about to leave his country to an eligible locality. The writer takes a very favourable view of Australian prospects, and speaks highly of the works on the subject which bear the names of Makenzie, Mossman, and Sidney. There are other articles this month which will be found interesting by many of our readers, particularly those on Household Surgery-the Contest with Rome and the Wesleyan Conference. On this last subject the reviewer says, "Multitudes of the Wesleyan people, who take no part in these agitations, heartily desire concession by the Conference as the means of restoring peace. We do not venture to foretell the probable result of these agitations We look mournfully, rather than hopefully, upon them, and pray that he who desires his church to be one may heal the breaches of Zion."
The Journal of Sacred Literature.
Series. Edited by JOHN KITTO, D.D. F.S.A. No. V. October, 1852. London: R. B. Blackader. 1852. 8vo. Pp. 256.
When this number came into our hands, glancing at its contents, we resolved to read
large portions of it, if not all; but other occupations which we could not defer have deprived us of this pleasure. One article however we have perused, and it relates to a subject of preeminent importance: it is that "On the Greek Vulgate." The writer maintains, and he argues respectably, "that the result of a really independent and thorough examination of the subject would be, with all intelligent and devout men, the rejection of the corrected text of Griesbach, Lachmann, and Tischendorf, and the adoption of the common Stephanic and Elzevir text, of which our English Testament is a version.' "The editor states that the article is inserted in the hope and expectation that it will excite a full discussion in his journal of the important subject of which it treats. This discussion, holding ourselves open to conviction, we shall be eager to see; for though the adoption of the very worst text that has ever been proposed by modern scholars would not affect our belief respecting any important fact, doctrine, or precept, yet it would on many accounts be better to possess a text perfectly correct in the most minute particulars than to be content with one that is in any degree faulty.
[It should be understood that insertion in this list is not a mere announcement: it expresses approbation of the works enumerated, not of course extending to every particular, but an approbation of their general character and tendency.]
The Young Christian. 1. Essay on the Distinctive Features of Early Religion. 2. Memoir of Mrs. Keturah Martin, Witherden, Suffolk. By W. ABBOTT, Blunham, Beds. London: Hall and Co. 32mo., pp. 45.
The Moral Government of God: The Circular Letter of the Yorkshire Association of Baptist Churches, for 1852. By B. EVANS. Leeds: Printed by John Heaton. 8vo., pp. 13.
The Urgent Claims of India for more Cbristian Missions. By A LAYMAN IN INDIA. London: W. H. Dalton. 8vo., pp. 56.
The Christian Treasury: containing Contributions Denominations. October, 1852. Edinburgh: Johnfrom Ministers and Members of Various Evangelical stone, and Hunter. 8vo., pp. 48.
The Christian Journal of the United Presbyterian Church. October, 1852. Glasgow: Jackson. London: Bishop.
Missionary Record of the United Presbyterian Church. Edinburgh: Oliphant and Sons. London: Houlston and Stoneman.
MISSIONARIES TO THE EAST.
We learn from The Macedonian "that the first reinforcement to the Burman and Karen missions for the present year embarked for Maulmain on Saturday, September 18. The company consisted of the Rev. J. M. Haswell and Mrs. Haswell, who return to their labours among the Peguans, in connection with the Maulmain Burman Mission; Rev. Charles Hibbard and Mrs. Hibbard, appointed to the Maulmain Karen Mission, and station. ed at Maulmain; Rev. J. R. Nisbet and Mrs. Nisbet, to the Arracan Burmese Mission, stationed at Sandoway; Rev. Thomas Allen and Mrs. Allen, to the Burmese department of the Tavoy mission, stationed at Tavoy; and Miss Sophia Hubbell, appointed an assistant in the Arracan Mission, Kemee department, to be stationed at Akyab.
"It is proposed, Divine Providence permitting, to send a second reinforcement to Asia in November, and a company to the long-neglected mission in Africa in December. These are cheering events to our missions, that have been long waiting for help, though so far inadequate to their wants as to give occasion for continued and earnest supplication that more men may be separated by the will of the Holy Ghost for this great work."
The advance of the English upon Burmah does not seem to alarm greatly the body of the people. Mr. Beecher writes, on the news of the first battle at Rangoon:
It is worthy of remark that as soon as the people, Burmans as well as Karens, learned the news of the battle, and the probability that the entire province of Pegu would come under British rule, they all without exception manifested the greatest delight. The people of Arracan, having experienced the blessings of the mild and just government of the English, are firmly and warmly attached to it. And what is still more remarkable, all the Burmans and Karens, from the region of Bassein and Rangoon, are unanimous in representing that the great mass of the people in Burmah are anxious to throw off the oppressive yoke of the king of Ava, and would hail the triumphant advance of the British troops into their country as the
signal of their deliverance from intolerable tyranny. May the Karens soon be brought to experience the blessings of civil and religious freedom, and their missionaries be permitted to live among them, and labour unmolested for their social and spiritual improvement!-Macedonian.
Mr. Moore draws a sad picture of the state of things on the Burman frontier, which partakes of the worst characteristics of border warfare. He says: "Three days after Martaban fell into the hands of the English, the Burmese commenced their depradations on the English side. Four or five villages along the bank of the river were burned. Little or no property was saved. Upon intelligence of this the English commenced the work of destruction on the other side, as the only means of crippling the marauders. All the villages from Martaban for more than a hundred miles up the river have been laid in ashes. All the boats that could be found along shore in the jungle and up the creeks are destroyed, so that now it would appear there are no means for the Burmese to cross in large numbers. The sufferings of the peasantry on the Martaban side are beyond description. About 5,000 have left all and fled to this side; many were cut to pieces in attempting to cross the river. About half the number who have come over are Karens. Several companies have come down to see if we could aid them in any way to recover their property. Nothing can be done for the poor refugees. The government will not permit them to return, nor are others permitted to cross over to the Burman side. For their better security, the government has given the Karens of Dong Yan and vicinity two hundred stands of arms and a good supply of ammunition. All the houses in Dong Yan are full to overflowing. I would have gone up to give them a word of comfort in this their time of trouble, but the weather has been very oppressive since the first of April, and I cannot endure much exposure. Large companies of Karens have been down every week since the commencement of hostilities. All we can do is to endeavour to make them feel that we are their friends. We have sent word to Dong Yan that we will provide for two or three hundred of the refugees, if they will come to us during the rains.