Page images
PDF
EPUB

a

Review.— The Sunday LibrarySelec- Review.The Works of Jeremy Taylor,

tion of Sermons, from eminent Divines D.D. Vols. I I. and III., pp. 431-406. of the Church of England. By the Valpy. London. Rev. T. F. Dibdin. 12mo. pp. 348. These volumes are continuation of

Vol. IV. Longman. London. 1831. “Divines of the Church of England, with a This volume contains some very excel- life of each author, and a summary of each lent discourses, on many important topics discourse, notes &c. By the Rev. T. S. immediately connected with christian faith, Hughes, B.D.” Several of the preceding and with christian practice. They are portions of this series, having already passed chiefly selected from the works of authors under our notice, but little occasion now still living, or from those of others, who, remains for us to give any additional chanot many years since, appeared on the racter to the work. Its fame is honourably theatre of probation.

established ; and the celebrated authors, In these discourses we find a splendid whose names form an illustrious association, display of talent, applied to the investiga- will furnish it with a passport to every well. tion of some very abstruse subjects, in a selected library. Jeremy Taylor is a writer manner decidedly superior to that of the of no common renown; and whoever reads generality of writers who have endeavoured his discourses, contained in these volumes, to excite public attention by their composi- will be convinced that he has not been tions. The first sermon, on “False Philo. praised without deserving it. sophy considered," by Bishop Huntingford, is a masterly production. With prudent Review. The History and Topography boldness, the author enters deeply into the philosophy of ethics, and, with an expan

of the United States of North America, sion of intellect that does him honour, per

from the earliest period to the present mits no trammels to impede his inquiries,

time. By John Howard Hinton, A.M. and no pre-conceived systems to prevent

Purts XVI. to XX. Simpkin. Lonhis discriminations. These sometimes

don. 1831. descend to minute particulars, but, in their The former portions of this elegant work, final arrangements, tend to distinguish, by we have several times taken occasion to indelible marks, the false philosophy from notice. Its engravings are of a superior the true.

order, and in every department the work is The two last discourses, by Archbishop admirably executed. The twenty parts Laurence, on the doctrine of Predestination, now before the public, containing the hisdisplay much acuteness, and much polemi- tory of the United States, will complete cal ability, without being avowedly contro- the first volume. The succeeding portions versial, or tinged with any of that acrimony will embrace the topography, &c. of this which distinguishes the fiery zealots of rising and mighty empire. party, and is the principal weapon in the In the historical volume now completed, hands of many sectarian champions. To we have found a large portion of valuable the Calvinistic devotee, these discourses matter. The leading facts, indeed, have will not exhibit many charms. “As grafted been long before the world in various pubupon the articles of the Church of England, lications, but in this work the analysis is the Archbishop has triumphantly shewn that clear and unembarrassed, and interspersed the doctrine of Calvin has no exclusive or with many remarkable incidents, in which firm hold; so, in his examination of the the reader will find himself deeply inte. civil history of its rise and progress, together rested. The details appear to be given with the texts of scripture which are sup with commendable impartiality. National posed to warrant the conclusions drawn by prejudices and political attachments, have its abettors, he has evinced equal temper of not been permitted to distort facts, 'nor to investigation, and felicity of reasoning.” give an artificial colouring to truth. Such are the observations of Mr. Dibdin, So far as this work has proceeded, its in a prefatory note to these two sermons, claims to patronage are indisputable, and and whoever peruses them with attention, the reputation of the author and publisher and calm impartiality, will be fully con. is too deeply at stake, to sanction any apvinced that he has not over-rated their prehensions of a future deterioration. From merits.

the changes and discoveries which are conThe intermediate discourses have their tinually taking place, under the manageexcellences, but the subjects of which they ment of a commercial and enterprising treat, lie more within the common range of people, the topographical department may sermonizing, and therefore require no par- be expected to abound with original matter. ticular observations.

The facilities for expediting commerce,

the 2D SERIES, NO. 10,- VOL. I.

154.- VOL. XIII.

3 P

BRIEF SURVEY OF BOOKS.

continued extension of trade, and the im- deeply interested. It is an excellent little provements constantly making in arts and book. sciences, will also furnish fertile sources of 7. A Sermon preached in York-street, information; and these, the author well Manchester, March 13th, 1831, on the knows how to turn to his own advantage. Death of the Rev. Robert Hall, A. M., by

John Birt, (Westley, London, 1831,) contains, in addition to the pathetic topics usually introduced on such occasions, a tribute

of respect to the memory of the deceased. 1. Anti-slavery Reporter, Nos. 80, 87, It is an excellent discourse; but so many are as usual filled with details of injustice sermons have been published on this meand inhumanity towards the slaves, that lancholy event, that we feel some delicacy cannot be perused without horror. The in adverting to its distinguishing peculiarities. facts recorded are a disgrace to human na 8. Modern Infidelity considered with ture. If false, they may be easily detected respect to its Influence on Society, by the and exposed; if true, they cry aloud for the late Rev. Robert Hall, A. M., (Stockley, total abolition of this abominable system. London,) is one of the most masterly proThis little periodical must be a piercing ductions of this justly celebrated man. It thorn in the sides of the abettors of slavery. has been long before the public, but the

2. Scripture Chronology made easy and interest it has excited still remains undimi. entertaining, &c., by T. Keyworth, (Holds. nished. It is now incorporated in the first worth, London,) is an amusing contrivance volume of Mr. Hall's works, just published; to assist the memory of children in recol- but those who wish to have it in a detached lecting historical events in this department. form at the low price of six-pence, have We think it calculated to be very serviceable. here an opportunity. It is accompanied

3. A Key to Reading, &c. &c. by John with a memoir of the author's life. Smith, (Simpkin, London,) is founded on 9. Welm and Amelia, with other Poems, sterling principles, and makes its appeal to by James Taylor, of Royton, (Hurst, Lorcommon sense. The author intends to teach don,) form a small volume, which comes the rudiments of Grammar without the before us under very peculiar circumstances. drudgery of tasks; and this, we know from The author is a cotton-weaver, and at the experience, may be fully accomplished. The age of twenty-four did not know his letters. methods which he here recommends by In the year 1827 we reviewed his “Miscelexample, if adopted and followed, will laneous Poems," and found in them many speedily lead his pupils to obtain this de- emanations of genius, which he has since sirable end.

cultivated with success. Of the articles now 4. Halifax, a Poetical Sketch, and the before us, simplicity and plainness are the Battle of Hastings, by Thomas Crossley, distinguishing characteristics, though some(Nicholson, Halifax, 1831,) is a neat little times his muse mounts on a more elevated effort of the muse, to give in detail the wing. “Sir Roland and his Servant-maid," names of individuals, and the historical “The closing Year,” and “On Woman," events which distinguish this place and its contain many excellent lines. We rejoice vicinity. Mr. Crossley is already well to find that the author has been so liberally known in the neighbourhood of Parnassus, patronized by his neighbours. and this little production is not unworthy of 10. “ Remember Me," a Token of

Christian Affection, consisting of entirely 5. Calmet's Dictionary of the Holy original pieces, in prose and verse, (SimpBible, by the late Mr. Charles Taylor, kin, London,) is a neat little volume, renwith the Fragments included, in eight parts, dered peculiarly attractive by its outward Part 1. (Holdsworth, London,) will place decorations, and highly respectable by its this valuable work within the reach of mul- valuable contents. It has no engravings. titudes of readers who could have no access but in every other respect it may be ranked to the folio or quarto volumes. It is a work among the annuals which bloom in the of intrinsic excellence, on which all com- depth of winter. Decidedly religious, withmendation is useless.

out being ascetic, its character refuses to be 6. A Catechism for Children, &c., by equivocal; while the originality of all its the Rev. Rowland Hill, (Page, London,) articles will give it a feature of countenance having reached a third edition, is too well which many others want. The prose is less known to be consigned to oblivion. It in quantity than the poetry, but in each contains a vast number of questions and department the compositions are respectable. answers on those important scripture topics, 11. Hymns for Children, by the Rev. in the knowledge of which every reader is W. Fletcher, of Cambridge, (Hailes, Lon

his name.

don,) are rather injured than benefited by Part I., (Stephens, City Road, London,) the preface which precedes them. The au- will place, at one shilling each part, a thor's language in the hymns is adapted to valuable work in the hands of multitudes, the comprehension of the infant mind. His to whom the price, in former years, rendered sentiments are sterling, and the versification it inaccessible. In favour of Rollin's is simple and flowing.

Ancient History, all further observations 12. The Family Memorial, or a Fa- would be superfluous. ther's Tribute to the Memory of Three 17. The Church Establishment founded Children, with Remarks and Admonitions, in Error, by a Layman, (Wilson, London,) by Stephen Morell, of Baddow, Essex, supports opinion by argument; but every (Westley, London,) is an exquisite little reader will not be a proselyte. On the volume of religious biography. The loss of nature of church establishments many things three children, at a time when the mental may be advanced on each side, and every powers begin to expand, is a severe trial to advocate will have his friends. We have parental affection; but their triumphant no doubt that our national church requires departure from life, in the full assurance of reformation, but we are equally persuaded faith, blunts the sting of sorrow, by destroy- that its abolition, which “a Layman" seems ing that of death. It contains, in three to recommend, would be a national evil. instances, the most unequivocal testimonies 18. The Three Sisters, or Memoirs of to the sovereign efficacy of divine grace. Mary, Jane, and Eliza Seckerson, by

13. Prize Letters to Students, in Col their Father, (Mason, London,) we are leges and Seminaries of Learning, by the glad to find in a new and enlarged edition. Rev. Baxter Dickinson. A. M., New It is a neat little volume of christian bioJersey, (Westley, London,) we are informed, graphy, which evinces the influence of in a note on the back of the title page, genuine religion on the human heart. To entitled the author to the sum of fifty dol- young persons it can hardly fail to be very lars, awarded to him for their superior instructive, and charity would be usefully excellence. These letters chiefly relate to employed, in giving it gratuitously an ex. the authenticity of the sacred writings, to tensive circulation. the danger of scepticism, and the advantages 19. A Bird's-Eye View of Foreign of saving faith. They are written with Parts, and a Look at Home, by Harry much simplicity of language, but great Hawk's Eye, (Wilson, London,) aims at strength of argument, founded on a com satire and humour: but the former will not prehensive survey of the momentous topics inflict any mortal wounds; and not many brought under discussion. These letters by the latter, will, perhaps, ever die through will amply repay the reader for an attentive laughing. The author, however, has in his perusal of them.

lines a shrewd kind of poetical quaintness, 14. The Harmonicon, a Monthly Jour- which, if we do not admire, we are forbidnal of Music, for July, August, and den to despise. September, (Longman, London,) continues 20. Remarks on the Architecture, Sculpboldly to preserve its character; and, to ture, and Zodiac of Palmyra, with a Key the admirers of this tweedling science, it to the Inscriptions, &c., by B. Prescot, cannot fail to furnish a fertile source of (Rivington, London,) is a pamphlet which amusement. It contains many humorous displays considerable research, and one anecdotes, connected with scraps of history, which' antiquaries will deem of much imand the names of celebrated men, not only portance. Fac similes of the inscriptions, in our own country, but in foreign parts. in, to us, an unknown character, are given It is a publication which shews the state of in several pages. The dissertation is ably music throughout the civilized world. written ; but whether, at the conclusion, the

15. The Voice of Humanity, No. V., author's attempt to decipher these inscrip(Nisbet, London,) is a quarterly periodical, tions has been successful or not, we are which ought to be heard and read in every not competent to determine. He is, howcircle of society. Until this publication ever, to be commended for his endeavour, made its appearance, we had no conception and his effort may induce others to prosethat such a frightful mass of inhumanity cute what he has commenced with so much towards the animal tribes existed. In the commendable enterprise. instances of barbarity recorded, sordid interest, and wanton experiment, contend

CELESTIAL PHENOMENA. -Oct. 1831. for the palm of superiority, in extorting groans from their common victims.

The Sun enters Scorpio on the 24th at 3 16. Rollin's Ancient History, to be minutes past 4 in the morning ; his semi. completed in twenty-one monthly Parts. diameter on the 1st is 16 minutes and 9

tenths of a second; and on the 25th, 16 mittee of the Sunday School Union, that the minutes, 7 seconds, and 5 tenths.

proposal of a Sunday School Jubilee was The Moon is new on the 5th, at 44 mi first suggested on December 11th, 1829, by nutes past 9 in the evening; enters her first James Montgomery, Esq., of Sheffield, a quarter on the 13th, at 59 minutes past 11 gentleman well known throughout the reliin the evening; is full on the 21st, at 44 gious communities, as an admirable christian minutes past 8 in the morning, and enters poet, the warm friend of Sunday Schools, her last quarter on the 27th, at 2 minutes and the zealous advocate of every good work. past 12 at night. She passes near Saturn On this occasion, in a letter to the foon the 3d, and again on the 30th. The reign secretary of the Sunday School Union, following conjunctions of the moon and Mr. Montgomery observes as follows: fixed stars are attended with occultations. “It has occurred to me, that a Sunday 2 & Ceti on the 21st at 12 minutes, 24 School Jubilee in the year 1831, fifty years seconds, past 10 in the evening. u Ceti from the origin of Sunday Schools, might on the 22d, at 12 minutes 38 seconds past be the means of extraordinary and happy 5 in the morning. f Tauri on the same excitement to the public mind in favour of day, at 6 minutes 51 seconds past 12 at these institutions, of which there was never night; y Tauri on the 23d, at 41 minutes more need than at this time, when daily 15 seconds past 7 in the evening; a Tauri, instruction is within the reach of almost or Aldebaran, on the 24th, at 2 minutes 57 every family; for the more extensive the seconds past 2 in the morning; and o education of the children of the poor beLeonis on the 31st, at 1 minute 14 seconds comes, the greater necessity there is that past 4 in the morning.

they should have religious knowledge imThe planet Mercury is stationary on the parted to them, which can be done perhaps 5th, and arrives at his greatest elongation on no day so well as the Lord's.” on the 12th. Venus passes the Sun at her The friends of Sunday Schools were geinferior conjunction on the 8th, at half past nerally pleased with this proposal, and the 12 at noon, and is stationary on the 291h. Committee of the Union having considered Mars is too near the Sun for observation the subject, thought it their duty to promote this month : Jupiter is the most conspi- so desirable an object. They therefore cuous planetary object during the even suggested, that the Sunday School Juings : he is stationary on the 10th. There BILEE should be celebrated on September are four emersions of his first satellite 14, 1831, the anniversary of the birth-day visible this month : on the 6th, at 22 mi- of Robert Raikes, Esq. the founder of nutes 13 seconds past 8 in the evening; Sunday Schools; and accordingly issued on the 13th, at 18 minutes past 10 in the papers, which, among many other things, evening; on the 22d, at 42 minutes 48 embodied the following resolutions : seconds past 6 in the evening; and on the “1. That the Sunday School Jubilee be 29th, at 38 minutes 37 seconds past 8 in held on Wednesday, September 14th, 1831, evening. An emersion of the second on the anniversary of Mr. Raikes' birth day. the 23d, at 38 minutes 58 seconds past 7 “2. That a Prayer Meeting of Sunday in the evening. And an immersion of the School Teachers, either united or in each fourth on the 16th, at 31 minutes 25 separate School, as may be thought most seconds past 8 in the evening. Saturn is advisable, be held from Seven to Eight visible in the eastern hemisphere before o'Clock in the Morning. sun-rise; he is situated in the constellation “3. That the Children in the Schools of the Lion. The Georgian planet is still connected with the Auxiliary and Country situated in the Goat; he is stationary on Unions be assembled for Public Worship; the 21st near 21 Capricorni.

the service to commence at Half-past Ten and close at Twelve.

« 4. That at Six O'Clock a Public SUNDAY SCHOOL JUBILEE.

Meeting be held in Exeter Hall, for the From the advertisements and notices pub Teachers of London and its Vicinity, and lished in various ways throughout the that Public Meetings be held at the same united kingdom, great expectations were time in each of the Country Unions. excited among all the friends of Sunday “5. That Collection be made at the Schools, respecting the celebration of the Public Meetings, to complete the Jubilee event announced. In no place, however, Offering. we conceive, was a greater intensity of “6. That as Sunday School Unions do feeling manifested on the occasion, than in not at present exist in some parts of this London and its extensive suburbs.

country, it is recommended that in such We learn from an address of the Com places Sunday School Teachers should unite

for the purpose of celebrating the Jubilee as, long before that period, the great hall, according to the above plan, and transmit and every avenue leading to it, was crowded their Contributions to the Sunday School to a dangerous excess, the lower room, as Union.''

well as the chapel in Crown-court, DruryThe Committee further resolved—that lane, were engaged, and also filled; several “ the money thus raised should be applied ministers volunteering their services to adto encourage the erection of additional dress the audiences collected. At six o'clock, permanent buildings adapted for Sunday the chair was taken by Lord Henley, and, Schools, which may also be suitable for as soon as order could be established, the Infant or Day Schools, and for the promo- services were commenced. The 2d of the tion of Sunday School Missions."

Jubilee Hymns was given out by the Rev. According to the arrangements thus Mr. Belsher, of Chelsea, after which previously made, on Wednesday, September prayer was offered by the Rev. R. H. the 14th, the majority of children attached Shepherd of Pimlico. The assembly was to the Sunday Schools throughout the me then addressed by the chairman and various tropolis, assembled at various places of other speakers. The meeting continued worship, and were suitably addressed by until about nine o'clock, and, although their respective pastors, after which they re crowded almost to suffocation, the utmost turned to their destinations, and were plen- barmony and order prevailed. tifully supplied with suitable refreshments, The speakers were heard with deep and in most cases, we believe, with some attention; and the heat was borne by the apt memorial of the day. The principal assembly, without any symptoms of a wish meeting was that of the Western District of to see the meeting concluded. London, which took place at Exeter Hall, It was stated by Mr. Lloyd, whose por. in the Strand, where they mustered to the trait and memoir appear in this number of number of nearly 5,000. A few minutes the Imperial Magazine, that one thousand after ten o'clock, every part of the large pounds had been already raised in the meroom was crowded to excess; and several tropolis alone towards the great objects for schools being excluded, from the want of which the contributions were solicited, inspace, the lower room was immediately dependently of collections to be made that filled; and as, even then, great numbers evening both in town and country. The remained unaccommodated, the remainder same gentleman also observed, that Ameriwere conducted to Orange-street Chapel. can papers, lately received, had announced, It is not easy to describe the scene which that the Sunday School Union throughout presented itself on this occasion. The ex the United States, had also resolved to tensive hall was completely filled in every celebrate this remarkable Jubilee. corner by neatly dressed children, whose By J. I. Briscoe, Esq., M. D., it was healthy looks, cheerful countenances, and stated, that 100,000 teachers were now endecent order, as it must have been highly gaged in instructing 1,000,000 of children, grateful to the teachers and supporters of which could not fail to convince every unthe various schools, was a living, speaking prejudiced person, that truth and order were commentary on the vast utility of Sunday likely to make great progress throughout the School Institutions.

country. At half-past ten the religious services It was remarked by Dr. Morison, that the commenced. The children sang a hymn, 3,000 persons at that moment present, were which had been composed for the occasion engaged every week in teaching to 30,000 by Mrs. Gilbert. An impressive prayer children in London and its vicinity, the was then offered up by the venerable Dr. great truths of our common christianity, and Winter, in which he earnestly invoked that the multitudes of children assembled in the Divine blessing on this embryo of the the morning would not have listened to what future church. The Rev. Dr. Morison, was delivered with the attention they maniof Brompton, then delivered an address to fested, if some serious impressions had not the children, founded upon Jeremiah iii. 4. been made on their minds. Wilt thou not from this time cry unto After the momentary tumult which marked me, My Father, thou art the guide of my its commencement, had subsided, this youth?The majority of the children were meeting was deeply interesting in all its very attentive.

A hymn, composed by proceedings and details. We are not aware J. Montgomery, Esq. of Sheffield, was then of one individual having expressed any sung, and the services closed by prayer. dissatisfaction; and many would rejoice to

In the evening, a public meeting of the have an opportunity of witnessing, every teachers was held in the same hall. The year, the name of Robert Raikes inscribed chair was to be taken at six o'clock; but on the tablet of immortality.

« PreviousContinue »