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“ Faith once delivered to the saints." A few of the articles have already become interesting as waymarks in the history of religious opinions; and some of the tracts, as the “ Hints on Extemporaneous Preaching,” and the “ Connection between the Duties of the Pulpit and the Pastoral Office,” have perpetual value, as calm and clear exhibitions of truth, and helps to the Christian minister, of any name or denomination. The poetry of Dr. Ware is always respectable, and some of it of a high rank, destined to a permanent place among the productions of American authors. His controversial writings give a fair view of the arguments relied on by the denomination of which he was a distinguished ornament; and his other prose-productions exhibit a versatile talent, and an earnest spirit, and are written in a pure style, which will not fail to commend them to public attention.
11. Life of Roger Williams, Founder of the State of Rhode Island.
By WILLIAM GAMMELL, A. M. Boston. Gould, Kendall & Lincoln. 1846. 221 pp. 12 mo.
The name of Roger Williams is dear to every true friend of religious liberty. Though it is not our habit to call any man " Master, the denomination with which it is our happiness to be connected cannot but be proud to acknowledge their connection with him. In that early age and under his peculiar circumstances, it is not worderful that he did not come into the full light of truth. He was a noble man, and deserved and will receive the honorable mention of every impartial historian of New England till the latest time. The great storehouse of materials, which serve as contributions to the Life of this distinguished man, is in the somewhat cumbrous and heavy “Memoir of Roger Williams,” by the late Prof. Knowles. Prof. Gammell has reduced these materials into a more attractive and readable shape; melting down the documents in his crucible, and pouring out, moulded in beautiful forms, the shining gold. The volume is written in an easy, flowing manner, and embraces all the most interesting information. It is printed on large type, with clear paper and attractive page. As the work of Prof. K. is out of print, the volume by Prof. Gammell contains the only obtainable record of the apostle of religious liberty ; even if both were in the market, we have no doubt that, for the purposes of the general reader, the latter would bear away the palm.
12. The Life of Mozart, including his Correspondence. By EDWARD
HOLMES. New York. Harpers. 1845. pp. 379. 12mo.
This is the first and only work of much extent, relating to the biography of the great composer, which has appeared in the English language. All that had been published previously is a short life translated from the French of Beyle, which latter was a translation from the German. Nissen, who married the widow of Mozart, made an elaborate collection of the musician's correspondence, which is a storehouse of materials for the delineation of his genius, character and life. Besides this, the author of the present little volume made a diligent compilation of all the scattered items relating to Mozart, from the newspapers, and other periodicals, and more important works; so that the chief topics of interest pertaining to his history are here embodied. The work is written by a musician, and respecting a musician; and, from the frequent and necessary use of musical expressions, appeals chiefly to persons of musical skill, as readers. Any one, however, may pass over occasional paragraphs which he cannot understand, as he will find much that is interesting which he can understand. It is to be lamented that Mozart, as we judge from the Life, was not a religious man. His affections were earthward, and his chosen pursuits were in other channels. We admire him, when he appears as a composer, as a boy of four years old ; but we are pained to see him a mature man of 35, and, in his own apprehension, about to die, but apparently without any serious thoughts of God and eternity. The volume is an acceptable tribute to his name, and cannot but be read with interest by the students of general literature.
13. Olympia Morata : her Life and Times. By Robert TURNBULL.
Boston. Mass. Sab. School Soc. 1846. pp. 234. 18mo.
We have perused with uncommon pleasure this little memorial of a noble Christian female, who, in times of severe trial, maintained a steadfast faith, and an humble walk with God. She was an Italian by birth, born in the year 1526, and died at the age of 29 years. natural abilities she added a profound education. So complete was her culture, and her acquaintance with the learned languages, that she has been reported, though erroneously, to have lectured publicly on Greek literature at the University of Heidelberg. The period embraced in her life was that in which the Reformation was spreading through Europe, overturning established opinions, uprooting prejudices, and exposing the professors of the true faith of the gospel to the sco and the bitter persecutions of those who still adhered to the Catholic church. She was more or less connected with persons in elevated stations, who were lights in the church and in the world, of whom the volume embraces many brief and interesting notices. Mr. Turnbull has performed a valuable service to the cause of religion and learning, to Italy and the Reformation, by introducing this history to American readers. It deserves and will richly repay an attentive perusal, and we hope it will enjoy an extensive circulation.
14. Married Life. A Wedding Gift. By Joseph Belcher, D. D.
Philadelphia. Am. Bap. Pub. Society. 128 pp. 32mo. 1816.
In a few chapters, mostly composed of selections of merit from approved authors, Dr. Belcher has furnished a judicious statement and illustration of the themes embraced in the title of his little volume. Being elegantly bound, it will serve as an acceptable marriage gift.
15. Memoir of Sarah L. H. Sinith. By Edward W. Hooker, D. D.
Third Edition. American Tract Society. pp. 396. 12mo.
We have already spoken in terms of praise of this very interesting memoir. It ranks among the most attractive biographies of missionary life that have ever appeared. We name it again only to announce that a beautiful edition of the work has just been published by the Tract Society, and bound uniformly with their larger volumes, in calf back. It is sold at 56 cents.
16. Lectures to Young Men on various important subjects. By HENRY
Ward Beecher. Indianopolis, Ind. Salem. J. P. Jewett & Co.
1616. 251 pp. 12mo. Lectures to Young Men on their Moral Dangers and Duties. By A BIEL
A blot LIVERMORE. Boston. James Munroe & Co. 1846. 160 pp. 16mo.
These volumes are very timely and of great excellence. They pass over very similar ground,—both exhibiting the dangers and duties of young men. They are alike worthy of unqualified commendation. The volume of Mr. Beecher is marked by an uncommonly rich, racy, pointed and vigorous style. page sparkles. And it is as good as it is brilliant ; as important as it is sparkling ; as appropriate as it is pungent. Three thousand copies of it were circulated in the West within a year after its first publication ; and it needs only to be known to multiply the circulation a thousandfold.
17. Thoughts selected from the Writings of the late Dr. Channing.
pp. 160. 12mo. Boston. Crosby & Nichols. 1846.
This is a beautiful gilded miniature, containing many rich and fresh gems of thought, set in the choicest forms of speech. They are selected at large from the Doctor's Works. Persons who have not the whole collection of his writings, (which can now be bought in six volumes for three dollars,) may find here a brief epitome of his manner and spirit. We regret that the editor of these selections should have felt himself obliged to insert extracts reflecting on the religious creed of the major portion of the Christian world. Such extracts render the volume a more faithful exponent of the Doctor's mind; but they create, at the same time, an insuperable objection to the reception of the book into families of a different faith. The work must be withheld from children and young persons, whom it might otherwise instruct and stimulate, lest they should be harmed by seeing the religious principles in which they have been educated as the basis of truth, treated with disrespect.
18. Christian Contemplated. In a Course of Lectures by WILLIAM
Jay, of Bath, England. Boston. American Tract Society. pp. 380. 16mo. 1846.
We are glad to see this work of sterling reputation in the hands of the American Tract Society. It is too well known to need description or commendation. Its aim is to diffuse among Christians a spirit of daily piety, and to associate with all the walks of life the great ends which life is designed to fulfil. Its influence must be most salutary.
19. The Redeemer's Last Command. By Rev. Jonn SCUDDER, M. D.,
Missionary to India. American Tract Society. 1846. pp. 112. 18mo.
We have here a most valuable little book, full of sound reasoning, interspersed with numerous apt illustrations drawn from real life. It is written with the earnest feeling of a true missionary, and is destined, we doubt not, to exert a most favorable and lasting influence in favor of the missionary cause.
20. The Baptist Library. A Republication of Standard Baptist
Works. New York. L. Colby & Co. 8vo. 1846.
The Baptist Library, already before the public in a work of 3 vols., is now appearing as a serial. It is divided into 12 numbers of 112 pages each, to be issued monthly at $2 for the whole work, consisting of more than 1300 pages. This is a cheap and easy method of affording a vast amount of reading, and may attract some purchasers who would shrink from the offer of 3 vols. 8vo. Several of the works selected are of much value and interest, and standards in their department; in respect to others, we are disposed to imagine that a different choice might have been made with advantage. Higher works, not encumbered by a copy-right, it seems to us, might have been secured. However, a family will find in this publication a whole library of books, most of which they will read with interest and profit. They are chiefly adapted to common readers; most ministers are, probably, already familiar with the major part of them.
21. Memoir of Johann Gottlieb Fichte. By William Smith. Bos
ton. James Munroe & Co. 1846. 157 pp. 12 mo.
This Memoir of Fichte is an exceedingly interesting volume,-it is adapted to give the reader a distinct view of a great and distinguished man, marked by beautiful simplicity, earnestness, perseverance and power. One admires in it the character of the man, and the delightful delineation of national manners and traits, whatever judgment he may form of Fichte's philosophy. The volume abounds in incidents, related in so real and truthful a manner that we cannot fail to be interested in it, if we would. The lovers of German literature and philosophy will find it a rich treasure.
22. A Memoir of Mrs. Henrietta Shuck, the First American Female
Missionary to China. By J. B. JETER, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Richmond Va. Boston. Gould, Kendall and Lincoln. 1846. 251. pp. 16mo.
This is a very admirable biography, fully worthy of a place among the best missionary literature of the age. It involves necessarily less of exciting interest than exists in the memoir of Mrs. Judson. But the serene flow of a cheerful, active, and useful life, described in an attractive manner, awakens the deepest interest, and attention. The details respecting Chinese manners give the book additional interest and value, especially for young readers. The volume has a fine portrait of Mrs. Shuck, engraved by Sartain, which adds to its attractiveness. Mr. Jeter has performed well a worthy service to an esteemed person, and done a good work for the cause of missions.
23. The Christian's Daily Treasury: a Religious Exercise for every
Day in the Year. By Ebnezer Temple. From the Second London Edition. Boston. Gould, Kendall & Lincoln. 412 pp. 12mo. 1847.
Almost any respectable book has a value, which is calculated to draw attention to the sacred Scriptures, to produce greater familiarity with their contents, and to engage the thoughts upon their rich treas
The present volume has a peculiar value in this respect. For every day in the year, we have a text of Scripture accompanied by a skeleton of the principal thoughts contained in it, briefly drawn out in a few short and easy sentences. It is eminently adapted as a help to Christian meditation, and will be a favorite gift book for the comInencement of the year ;-having also the additional recommendation of not losing its value, like an almanac, by the expiration of a single year.
24. Memoria Technica ; or the Art of Abbreviating those studies which
give the greatest labor to the Memory ; including Numbers in Historical Dates, Geography, Astronomy, Gravities, &c. Also, Rules for Memorizing Technicalities, Nomenclature, Proper Names, Prose, Poetry, and Topics in general; embracing all the available Rules found in Mnemonics or Mnemotechny, of Ancient and Modern Times. To which is added a Perpetual Almanac for Two Thousand years of past time and time to come. Adapted to the Use of Schools. By LORENZO D. Johnson. Second Edition. Boston. Gould, Kendall & Lincoln. 96 pp. 8vo. 1847.
We have paid some attention to this work, whose copious title page gives us so full a description of its contents. It is a system of Mnemonics, similar to those which have been long in use, and founded on the laws of association. By the use of words, the consonants of which are made by a fixed rule to represent the various digits, and whose connection with names and events is so close, or, on the other hand, so remote and unique as by the power of contrast to make an impression on the mind, and often by the combination of these words into odd sentences, the various dates of events or other numbers are strongly and at once suggested to the memory. In respect to the mnemonical system taught in the book, opinions may
differ. We have seen statements of cases in which it has wrought wonders. Prodigies of memory are said to have been produced by attention to it.
But whatever value there may be in the system, the volume has great worth as a collection of statistics. Hundreds and thousands of facts are arranged in successive tables, relating to history, geography, biography, astronomy and general events, making the work a complete reference-book. It must have been constructed with great labor, and will prove worthy of a permanent place among our books of elementary knowledge.