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The Unitarian Annual Register for the Year 1846. Boston:
Crosby & Nichols. 12mo. pp. 60. The Housekeeper's Annual and Ladies' Register : for 1846.
Boston : Crosby & Nichols. 12mo. pp. 84.
Tuese two works, though different in purpose and character, have a sufficiently obvious resemblance to account for our including them in the same notice. The Unitarian Register, for which we are indebted, as it appears from the initials affixed to the “advertisement," to Rev. Mr. Livermore of Keene, is projected on a very good plan, but, we think, bears marks of haste in the execution. Another year will give opportunity for a careful revision and a still more valuable selection of contents. The present number will be found both convenient and instructive, offering much information which before was within the reach of but few persons.
The Housekeeper's Register has been for many years an acquaintance and a favorite. This year it comes with its usual variety of pleasant and useful matter. The description of the months is particularly agreeable.
The Singer's Text Book; consisting of simple Rules and easy
Music for Common Schools. By J. & H. Bird. Second edition. Cambridge. 1845. 24mo. pp. 38.
We had intended that our notice of this little book should contain some remarks of a friend, who pronounces its method excellent, -- the design being to lead the young mind slowly and progressively to a practical knowledge of music, - but much of the poetry poorly selected, dull or insipid. He complains that most of the children taught in our schools learn to sing by rote and not by note, an evil which the use of this book would prevent. But we have only room for these few words,
The Bible and the Child. A Discourse. By James MARTI.
NEAU. Boston: B. H. Greene. 1845. 8vo. pp. 23. Purity and Charity. A Discourse on behalf of the Children's
Friend's Society, delivered in the First Baptist Church, Providence, October 7, 1845. By Edward B. Hall, Pastor of the First Congregational Church. Providence. 1845. 8vo. Pp. 16. The Duty of Moral Reflection with particular reference to the
Teras Question. A Sermon, preached to the Third Congregational Society of Hingham, on Sunday, November 16, 1845. By Rev. OLIVER STEARNS, Pastor. Hingham, 1845. 18mo. pp. 20.
Notices of Recent Publications.
Home. A Thanksgiving Sermon, preached at King's Chapel.
By George G. INGERSOLL. Boston : Crosby & Nichols.
1845. 8vo. pp. 24. A Thanksgiving Discourse. By William H. FURNESS. Nov.
27th, 1845. 8vo. pp. 20. Peace-Not War. A Sermon preached in the Federal Street Meetinghouse, on Sunday, December 14, 1845. By Ezra S.
GANNETT. Boston: J. Dowe. 1845. 8vo. pp. 24. Remarks upon an Oration delivered by Charles Sumner before
the Authorities of the City of Boston, July 4th, 1845. By a Citizen of Boston. Boston: Crosby & Nichols. 1845.
8vo. pp. 31. An Address delivered in Ipswich, Mass., before the Esser Agri
cultural Society, at its twenty-fifth Annual Exhibition, Sept.
24, 1845. By Edwin M. STONE. Salem. 1845. 8vo. pp. 44. An Address delivered before the Massachusetts Charitable
Mechanic Association, on its First Semi-centennial Anniversary and Thirteenth Triennial Festival, October 2, 1845. By
FREDERIC W. Lincoln, Jr. Boston. 1845. 8vo. pp. 64. An Address delivered before the Boston Mercantile Library As
sociation, on the occasion of their Twenty-fifth Anniversary, October 15, 1845. By Robert C. WINTHROP. Boston. 1845.
8vo. pp. 38. A Poem. (before the same). By R. C. WATERSTON. 8vo. pp. 20. Anniversary Address delivered before the American Institute of
the City of New York, at the Broadway Tabernacle, October 17, 1845, during the Eighteenth Annual Fair. By the Hon. T. D. Eliot, of New Bedford, Mass. New York. 1845. 8vo. pp. 19.
As a literary performance, Mr. Martineau's Discourse pleases us more than some of his other writings. It contains much important truth, beneath splendid but not turgid diction. In his general views of the unsuitableness of the Old Testament to the purposes of religious instruction for our young people we should agree, but from some of his remarks on particular portions of the ancient Scriptures we must express our entire dissent. — Mr. Hall, after presenting in a strong light, and setting free from objections, the paramount duties of purity and charity, -a purity which in its largest sense is piety, and a charity "built on Christian principle and Christian prudence,”-presses the claims of the institution for which he was preaching, judiciously and forcibly. — Mr. Stearns devotes most of his Sermon to an
exposition of the duty of "moral reflection," or of “thoughtfulness” concerning the relations in which we stand to other beings; from which at the close he deduces a course of earnest remarks on the part which the people should take, in opposing the admission into the Union of a territory doomed to increase “the enormous wrong" of Slavery. — Of Dr. Ingersoll's beautiful sermon on Home if we should say just what we think, those who have not seen it might impute to us the extravagance of panegyric. We will therefore only advise such to read it, and learn both how grateful they should be for home, and how they may make it the scene of their purest pleasures. — Mr. Furness's Thanksgiving sermon is written in his usual style of careful elegance, and presents a very impressive delineation of the blessings which we enjoy in our possession of “personal freedom;" while it closes with an allusion, which every one must feel to be in place, to the existence of slavery on our soil. — Mr. Gannett takes occasion from the present state of our relations with Great Britain, to insist on the unchristian character of war, and considers the grounds of insensibility to its true character among Christians.
Whatever judgment may be pronounced on some of the critical decisions of the writer of the Remarks on Mr. Sumner's Oration, the pamphlet contains a great deal of strong argument, and the ability with which it is written, and its easy, transparent style of pure, idiomatic English, none will deny. Mr. Stone's Address before the Essex Agricultural Society, the first in the Commonwealth “to publish in detail its transactions," embodies many facts, suggestions and remarks, which will be found interesting and useful as well to the general reader as to the practical farmer, and its moral tone is of the healthiest kind. — Mr. Lincoln's semi-centennial Address, though it presents fewer historical notices than might seem desirable on such an occasion, yet shows a just appreciation of the dignity and usefulness of the mechanical professions, and encourages selfrespect, manliness, integrity and generous and elevated aims in those engaged in them. – Mr. Winthrop's Address is marked by a broad range of thought and historical illustration, and contains an eloquent exposition of the influence of commerce, alike in its local and its “larger and more comprehensive relations,” and especially in its antagonism to war. — The accompanying Poem by Mr. Waterston falls smoothly on the ear, breathes a delightful spirit, and judged by the ordinary standard of anniversary poetry has nothing to fear from criticism. — The connexion and dependence of the several branches of industry and enterprise, the rights of labor and the importance of scientific culture, are well set forth in Mr. Eliot's Anniversary Address, which is a fresh and animated performance,
Ecclesiastical Record. -- The King's Chapel congregation in this city have chosen a successor to the late Rev. Dr. Greenwood. Rev. Ephraim Peabody, being obliged to leave New Bedford by a regard to his health, has accepted an invitation to become their minister, According to the usages of this church the services of induction into office will be performed by the Wardens, and not by an ecclesiastical council. – Rev. Mr. Parker of West Roxbury has accepted an invitation from a new religious society in this city, now worshipping at the Melodeon, to become their minister, and will therefore close his connexion with his former congregation.- Rev. Mr. Perkins, in consequence of his state of health, has relinquished the charge of the pulpit at Cincinnati, Ohio; where for the present Rev. Dr. Thompson of Barre is preaching. – Rev. Mr. Brown has resigned the parochial charge at Brattleboro', Vt. – Rev. Mr. Fosdick has resigned his ministry at Sterling. – Rev. Mr. Barry has resigned the pastoral office at Framingham, and accepted an invitation from the new society at Lowell. — The connexion of Rev. Mr. Damon with the congregation at Templeton has been dissolved.
Several members of the class recently graduated at the Divinity School have received and accepted invitations from vacant churches. We shall record their Ordinations as they shall take place. - Rev. Mr. Harrington, late of Chicago, has accepted an invitation to become the minister of the new society in Hartford, Conn. — Rev. Mr. Woodward, late of Bedford, has accepted an invitation to preach at Galena, III., for a year. — Several engagements, as we learn, have been made for the supply of pulpits during the winter or for a longer period. Rev. Mr. Pierpont, Jate of Boston, is thus engaged at Troy, N. Y.- Rev. Mr. Angier of Milton, at Washington, D. C.Rev. Mr. Sargent of Boston, at Somerville. -- Rev. Mr. Gale of Scituate, at Norton.– Mr. G. W. Bartol, recently from the Divinity School, at Chicago, Ill. — Mr. John Ellis, also from the Divinity School, at Eastport, Me. - Rev. Mr. Capen of South Boston has taken charge of the ministry-at-large in Baltimore, Md., for the winter. - Rev. Mr. Wellington, late of Manchester, N. II., is preaching in the city of New York, with reference to the formation of a third Unitarian society.
New York Convention. — The Autumnal Unitarian Convention for 1845 was held in the city of New York, October 22, 23, and 24. Advantage was happily taken of the dedication of the meetinghouse recently erected by the First Unitarian congregation, to invite the attendance of those who sympathized with them in their faith and hope, and by a very convenient arrangement the exercises of the Dedication and the Convention were brought into connexion. The weather was favorable; the number of clergymen present, larger than the distance from most of their homes would have allowed us to ex
pect; the attendance of others exceeded our anticipations, many of both sexes being present, and some participating, in the discussions of the Convention, while the public services were thronged; the spirit of the various meetings was excellent, freedom, cordiality and an earnest but natural seriousness distinguishing them; and the effect seemed to be what all rejoiced in perceiving and feeling. The Convention was organized on Tuesday evening, October 22, in “the church of the Messiah," where all its subsequent sessions were held. After being called to order by Rev. Dr. Dewey, a Committee of nomination was appointed, who reported the following list of officers, who were chosen :- Rev. Francis Parkman, D. D. of Boston, President ; Rev. Orville Dewey, D. D. of New York, Rev. G. W. Burnap of Baltimore, Hon. Stephen Fairbanks of Boston, Vice-Presidents ; Rev. Chandler Robbins of Boston, Rev. C. T. Brooks of Newport, Secretaries ; Rev. George Putnam of Roxbury, Rev. S. K. Lothrop of Boston, Rev. Samuel Osgood of Providence, Seth Lowe Esq. of Brooklyn, G. A. Crocker Esq. of Taunton, Committee of Business. The President, on taking the chair, made a few remarks, respecting the design of the Convention, and announced the religious services of the evening. Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Briggs of Plymouth, and a Sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Gannett of Boston, from 1 Timothy i. 15, on the proninence which should be given, in our exhibitions of Christianity, to the fact of human sivfulness, and the advantage which we may derive from our views in presenting the Gospel as a provision for the sinner's wants.
On Wednesday morning the Convention met, by adjournment, at 9 o'clock. Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Hill of Worcester. After some incidental business, the Committee reported a series of resolutions, the first of which proposed a plan of organization for future semiannual Conventions of our body, which gave rise to considerable (lebate, and was finally recommitted, to be presented in a new dranght at a subsequent session. After prayer by Rev. Mr. Sewall of Scituate, the Convention adjourned, to attend the services of “ Consecration."
The name of “the Church of the Divine Unity” had been given by the First Unitarian society in New York to the beautiful edifice which they have erected in place of the house, whose size and condition alike made them desirous of a more commodious building. Its situation, in the upper part of the principal street of the city, renders it more convenient for the worshippers, while the depth of the vestibule throws the church so far back from the street as to prevent any disturbance from the noise of that great thoroughfare. The interior of the building presents an example of highly elaborated Gothic architecture, and affords proof of the taste and liberality of the congregation. The Consecrating Prayer having been offered by Rev. Dr. Kendall of Plymouth, a Sermon was preached by Rev. Mr. Bellows of New York, from Ezra vi. 5 and 16, on the nature and importance of the Unitarian controversy, and the sectarian position which we held.
At 3 1-2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon the members of the Convention, by invitation of the three Unitarian congregations of New York and Brooklyn, sat down to a Collation prepared in the Apollo Saloon, a hall capable of accommodating five or six hundred persons, which was filled by ladies and gentlemen, meeting as