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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, moral and intellectual nature, which so

pioneer, removing those causes of a explanatory of the History, Manners, 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, 8c. 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 “ Exthor of this work, to advance the in- cess in some legitimate propensities,” terests of the Christian world, and

“ Pride,”

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 what are called the

bated. “ peculiar” doctrines of Methodism, we should conceive it to be principally designed.

The Quarterly Review. No. XCIJI.

Murray.

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 have 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,

vances the following curious proposi

tion to show that their utility must be in 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

is wanting : cordially recommend it to parents and

“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

my dream."

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 the grand scale of religious society.”

of poverty, they must be familiar with And again, speaking of America many a dark passage in the history of and the established church, we are

human nature; and did the establishtold,

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

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 bave 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 sciops 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 idle the fancy, as the offspring of their fore any thing had appeared in print

It was written, for the most part, behigh endeavour.” But how vain the dream! how futile the conceit! as

expressly on the subject, but it em

braces the principal considerations if nonconformity had been wooed into existence by sunny smiles and gen, those who desire to be guided in their

which are worthy of the attention of tle blandishments, and had arrived at its present maturity, owing to the circumstances to which it relates, by a

judgment of the very extraordinary tenderness of right-reverend nurture, sound discretion and a scriptural wiswhen, in fact, as a dishonoured branch, it was cast off with contempt and scorn

dom. The author vividly describes 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

was witness to those expressions of contumely.

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- lamentably opened the mouths of

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scoffers, and injured the minds of the part of pious parents, whether many of a very different character. Churchmen or Dissenters, to permit

The following are the principal to- their children to learn the catechism' pics which the author discusses, and of the national Church, as in the forwhich are highly worthy the perusal of mer case, we doubt not, in numthose who wish to have their minds berless instances, it has led young set at rest on the subject; or to see people to imagine that until their conthe arguments which may have oc- firmation, they are free from moral curred to their own thoughts, embo- accountability, that resting, as they died in a lucid form;—these pretensions suppose, on the shoulders of their to the gift of tongues conie without sponsors. While in the latter it not credentials—they come in opposition only involves a gross inconsistency, to the voice of scripture, sustained by but a positive untruth ; for how can a acknowledged fact, they come with- child that has received baptism at the out a text to show that the loss of the hand of a Dissenting Minister answer divine favour, of which they are as- the second question in the terms presumed to intimate the return, ever scribed. These and many other occasioned their withdrawment—they points are ably exhibited in the clever come, assuming that the Gospel has tract before us, which we earnestly never been believed since the days of recommend to the notice of all serious miracles, and that there is no faith now parents who, for the sake, perhaps, of upon the earth – they come in a charac- some literary advantages, are trifling ter not recognized by scripture; they with the consciences of their children are unknown tongues — they come in such momentous matters. without serving, and without adaptation to serve, the end for which the

The Aged Christian, ripe for Glory. A scripture states the gift of tongues was

Sermon preached in the Independent communicated, namely, to be a sign Meeting House, Stoke Newington, on to unbelievers; they come with an ap- Lord's day, April 29, 1832, occasioned by parent libel upon the New Testament, the Death of Mr. John Scott. By John accusing it of deficiency, involving an Jefferson, 8vo. pp. 36. 1s, 6d. impeachment of the providence of This is a valuable and appropriate God, and an extenuation of the sin of

memorial of an aged Christian gentleunbelief for the last 1700 years, they man, long known and honoured by a come with concomitants alien from the

large circle of the followers of Christ plain, simple, and quiet spirit of the

of different communions. Gospel-they come in connexion with

We have often had occasion to tender care—they come unassociated with the gifts of healing, and of work. regret, in consulting the funeral dis

courses preached for the eminent lay ing miracles. The appendix contains members of our churches of former some interesting facts respecting the similar delusions of the Camisards in biographical information is preserved

years, that scarcely a fragment of the 17th century, of the French pro- in them. Mr. Jefferson has, howphets in England, in 1708, and of some

ever, done justice to his venerated friend pretenders in America. We recom

and the public in this particular, and we mend this pamphlet as calculated to

cordially recommend this Discourse to subserve the cause of truth; and we

our readers. cannot but congratulate our churches on their happy freedom from the delusions it so well exposes.

Sermons intended for the Use of Families,

or to be read in Villages, (Second Series.) By W. Gurthwaite. 8vo. pp.

360 Holdsworth and Co. Objections to the Church of England Cate. chism as a School Book; or, Manual of Mr. Garthwaite's former volume, we

To those of our readers who know Elementary Christian Instruction, para ticularly in the existing circumstances of are sure the present will be most acthe Church; by a Presbyter of the ceptable, and we recommend the seChurch of Christ in England, 12mo. 68 cond series as well adapted for the pages. Higham.

exercises contemplated by their esIr is no small evil, we conceive, on teemed Author.

TRANSACTIONS OF THE CONGREGATIONAL DISSENTERS.

UNION

CONGREGATIONAL

OF ENG-
LAND AND WALES.
MINUTES of the general meeting,
held by appointment at the Congre-
gational Library, Blomfield Street,
Finsbury Circus, London, on Tues-
day morning, May 8th, and by ad-
journment on Friday morning, May
11th, 1832.
The Rev. WILLIAM CHAPLIN, of
Bishops Stortford, in the chair.

PRESENT.
Rev. H. L. Adams, Burnham, Norfolk.

John Adey, Ramsgate
Robert Ainslie, Lavenham.
Robert Ashton, Dedham.
Thomas Aston, Wingrave.
John Alexander, Norwich.
Thomas Atkins.
Thomas Palmer Bull, Newport Pag-

nel.
Josiah Bull, M.A. Ditto.
Thomas Binney, London.
James Bennett, D.D. London.
John Blackburn, London.
James Brown, Wareham.
Henry Forster Burder, D.D.

Hackney.
John Burnet, Camberwell.
S. B. Bergne, Lincoln.
John Clayton, Jun. A.M. London.
Robert Chamberlain, Petworth.
M. Caston, London.
George Clayton, Walworth.
Archibald Douglas, Reading.
S. A. Davies, Enfield.
Alfred Dawson, Dorking.
James Edwards, Brighton.
George Evans, London.
Richard Fairbrother, East Dereham.
Robert Fletcher, Southend, Essex.
Josh. Fletcher, D.D. Stepney.
William Garthwaite, Wattisfield.
Charles Gilbert, Islington.
John Harris, Epsom.
Saml. Hillyard, Bedford.
William Harris, Wallingford.
John Hunt, Brixton.
William Henry, Tooting
John Hoppus, A.M. London.
John Hasloch, Kentish Town.
N. M. Harry, London.
John Angell James, Birmingham.
John Jack, Brixton.
John Jefferson, Stoke Newington.
Thomas James, Woolwich.
Thomas Jackson, Stockwell
H. B. Jeula, Greenwich.

A. Jones, Harting.
N. S, NO. 90.

Rev. George Legg, Bristol.

Thomas Luke, Taunton.
William Legg, Reading.
John Mark, Stokenchurch.
E. H. May, Croydon.
Thomas Muscutt, East Bergholt.
Edward Muscutt, London.
R. W. Newland, Hanley:
William Stern Palmer, London.
John Pyer, London.
Robt. Philip, Kingsland.
John Robinson, London.
James Robertson, A.M., London.
Saml. Ransom, Hackney.
George Redford, A.M., Worcester.
Thomas Russell, A.M., London.
J. E. Richards, Wandsworth.
William Spencer, Holloway.
Josh. Slatterie, Chatham.
James Slye, Potterspury.
James Stratten, Paddington.
Joshua Sewell, Thaxted.
William Sadd, Elsham.
Joseph Sexton, Westbury.
Thomas Stenner,

Dartmouth.
Herbert Tayler, Sawbridgeworth.
Henry Townley, London.
Thos. Timpson, Lewisham.
Arthur Tidman, London.
Joseph Turnbull, A.M., Bromley,

Kent.
W. Temple, Manningtree.
Robert Vaughan, Kensington.
J. Varty, Mitcham.
J. Vine, Bushey.
D. Washbourn, Hammersmith.
John Wooldridge.
Algernon Wells, Coggeshall.

LAY GENTLEMEN.
Richard Ash, Esq. Bristol.
J. B. Brown, Esq. LL.D. London.
Robert Bousfield, Esq. London.
John Brown, Esq. Warebam.
Thomas Challis, Esq. London.
Josiah Conder, Esq. Watford.
Mr. R. W. Dixon, Felstead.

John Day, Hammersmith.
Benj. Hanbury, Esq. London.
William Hale, Esq. Homerton.
William Hunter, Esq. London.
James James, Esq. Birmingham.
Mr. Peter Jackson, London.

· Benj. Moore.
Samuel Newell, Bristol.
J. Pulling.
R. Robinson.
J. Reeve, Marlborough.
J. Spencer, Oakhill.
Richard Smith.
W, Tait.

3 C

Stephen Unwin, Esq. Coggeshall. ing. They have also from time to time W. C. Wright, Esq. London.

reminded the official persons connected Mr. Benj. Wills, Ditto.

with Associations of the importance of James Wyld, Ditto.

communicating with their respective VISITORS.

brethren and churches, and of transmitRev. A. Nettleton, New England. ting the result to be laid before this ad

Austen Dickson, New York. journed meeting. They have, moreover,
Calvin Colton, Ditto.

caused some addresses on the subject Saml. Hendren, Armagh.

to be inserted in the periodicals conNoble Shepperd, Newry.

nected with the denomination. R. M. Beverley, Esq. Beverley.

The Committee have now to lay beRev. W. Blood, Ireland.

fore this meeting the letters which they Theodore Fliedner, Prussia.

have received from various quarters in The Rev. Mr. Luke, of Taunton, reply to their communications. commenced the business of the meet

[From these communications it aping with prayer; after which the Secre- peared that of the 34 counties in Engtaries were called upon to read the land, in which there are Associations Report of the Provisional Committee. (six counties having none), 26 were

Report.—In compliance with the in- most favourably disposed to the object; structions of the General Meeting in four bad declined for the present, and May, 1831, as expressed in third of from the remaining four, no answers their final resolutions—the Committee

bad been received. drew up a report of the proceedings of

The following interesting and importhe General Meeting, together with a

tant communication from the Rev. Dr. circular letter addressed to the officers Snell, Secretary of the General Associ. of the various Unions and Associations ation of Massachusetts, addressed to the throughout England, requesting them to Secretaries, formed part of the Report] make known officially the proceedings of

North Brookfield, Feb. 10, 1832. the meeting in their several connections,

Gentlemen. - Your very acceptand also to transmit to the Provisional able communication, containing an Committee any observations and sug- account of the doings of a meeting for gestions on the proposed plan, together the purpose of forming a Congregawith statistical or other intelligence tional Union in England and Wales, which might be thought interesting, was received on the 25th ult. and with a view of laying the whole before will be laid before the General Assothis Adjourned General Meeting. ciation of Massachusetts, at their next These circulars were addressed official- meeting. It is highly gratifying to ly to the following parties, in addition me, on this side the Atlantic, to know to those before mentioned, viz. that respectable bodies of Christians,

1. The editor of the Congregational in distant countries, entertain the Magazine.

same views with ourselves respecting 2. The editor of the Evangelical the privileges and independence of the Magazine.

churches. And it is a circumstance 3. The Board of Congregational Mic that affords additional pleasure to be nisters of London and its vicinity. assured, that they are associating in a

4. The Secretary of the Congrega- manner which will combine and intional Union of Scotland.

crease their influence, and furnish 5. The Secretary of the Congrega- facilities and new opportunities to tional Union for Ireland.

encourage each other's hearts, and 6. The officers of the Congregational to strengthen each other's bands in Unions and Associations in New Eng- every good work. land.

I have carefully examined your plan 7. The Missionaries connected with of union, and the objectsit contemplates. our body at Calcutta, Madras, South The objects are important and desireAfrica, and the Windward and Lee- able, and I discover nothing but what ward Islands in the South Seas. I approve, provided that, upon expe

In addition to the foregoing, the riment, you should find no inconveCommittee distributed generally 500 nience. Provision is made that “ each copies of the Report of the last meet- Association may appoint such a num

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