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they were Engraved. London: The Religious Tract Society, 56, Paternos. ter Row, E.C. Price Ten Shillings and Sixpence.
office of no mere created angel.” But it is fair to add that this is the most unsatisfactory part of the volume to us, and we hope it will be amended in future editions.
The volume deserves and needs very copious indices. We should be glad to have an index of texts referred to, another of Hebrew and Chaldee phrases and words which have been examined ; and a third of the general matters embodied in the lectures. The value of such indices to a work like the present needs not to be insisted on.
A question has been perpetually recuring to our minds 'whilst reading these very valuable lectures, to which we would invite the attention of the respected tutors of our colleges. We have no wish to discountenance the study of systematic theology amongst the young men who are to be the future pastors of our churches ; on the con trary, we wish that study were much more thorough and exhaustive than it either is, or as we fear is likely under the present system to be. Nor do we wish to add to the responsibilities of our over-worked tutors. But we have perpetually asked ourselves, why should not such lectures as these on the topics of the day be read to the students of our colleges by competent, though unofficial scholars? To the tutors the labours of such supernumararies would be a welcome assistance; and to the students they would serve as a stimulus to all such studies as could fit them to become “ workmen that need not to be ashamed.” We should be glad to see such a plan tried in our Nonconformist Colleges, for we feel that it would in. crease their efficiency to a great degree, and foster in the students that modesty which is the befitting apparel of sound learning and eminent godliness.
Amongst the pleasant manifestations which announced the approach of Christmas in ourhov prominent was the blossoming of the bright covers of Annuals, Amaranths, Souvenirs, and Keepsakes. Our acquaintance with this species of literature did not often extend further than the covers, but we have some recollections of books of the class, and they have left the impression that, for the most part, they were more successful in their gorgeous make-up, than in the character of their contents. The best efforts of the engraver and binder were employed to set off the very weak splutterings of the pen of some titled scribe. or the portrait of an aristocratic beauty atoned for the unutterable dulness of the text. Very different is the Christmas book published by the Religious Tract So. ciety now before us. While all that art can accomplish in external decoration is manifest in the beauty of the designs, the toned paper. the tasteful binding. and the most carefully executed typo. graphy, these are accessory to mental treasures within of the very highest order. Each month of the year is illustrated by quotations of great beauty from the poets, with an occasional ex. tract from the most expert of our prose writers, and the drapery of rare imagination and rich drawing is added from the pencils of the popular artists whose names are given above. Such borders, and finials and marvellous capital let. ters, we have never seen, and the vig. nettes have the merit of being originals. True to the great objects of all their labours, the gentlemen who have prepared this exquisitely beautiful volume, have taken as their text the memorable words of Dr. Chalmers :
The Months. Illustrated by Pen and
Pencil. The Designs by Gilbert, Barnes, Wimperis, North, Lee, Noel Humphreys, and other eminent Artists. Prepared under the Superintendence of Butterworth and Heath, by whom
“It is truly a most Christian exercise to extract a sentiment of piety from the works and the appearances of nature. It has the authority of the sacred writers upon its side, and even our Saviour himself gives it the weight and the solemnity of His example,
* Behold the lilies of the field; they toil not, tution. Judged by them he was oneneither do they spin, yet your Heavenly sided in his knowledge of theological Father careth for them. He expatiates on the beauty of a single flower, and draws from
subjects, and consequently attached, in it the delightful argument of confidence in some cases, more importance to the God. He gives us to see that taste may be arguments which he used than they combined with piety, and that the same heart fairly claimed. In fact we doubt, whether may be occupied with all that is serious in the contemplations of religion, and be at the
he had the patience to examine and to same time alive to the charms and loveliness
master the divergent schemes of theoof Nature.
logy maintained by various eminent men
in his own communion. He seems The price at which this book is pub- rather to have made short work of the lished can only become remunerative by questions which still perplex learned a large sale. We very confidently and devout, and thoughtful men, and to recommend it to those who will be have commenced his career as a theolooking out for presents to commemorate logical writer with his mind made up on the closing and commencing year. By a few very important questions, which friends abroad and at home, both old he thenceforward regarded as the sum and young, it will be welcomed with of theology, and on which he was always long and loud applause.
ready to pronounce. There is no growth, and consequently no mellowing to be
traced in his opinions on such subjects, The Judgment of Conscience and other and his earliest works disclose his where
Sermons. By the late RICHARD abouts as a theological writer as precisely WHATELY, D.D., late Archbishop of as his latest; so that whilst his books Dublin.
are sure to be read in times to come,
they will be esteemed as the productions Miscellaneous Remains from the Com- of an earnest independent thinker, but
mon-place Book of Richard Whately, not as the result of that compendious D.D., late Archbishop of Dublin. and exact theological knowledge which Edited by Miss E. J. WHATELY. such a dignitary might have been exLondon: Longmans, 1864.
pected to possess. We have hesitated whether to com
Much that is now printed from his mend these volumes to our readers at
“ Common-place Book” has been worked once, or to wait until an earlier Common
up by the Archbishop in his published place Book of the Archbishop's (which
volumes; but there are some papers has been discovered since the publica
which we do not remember to have been tion of that now before us) be issued
used elsewhere. We are sure, therefore, from the press. But we have at last
that these “Remains" will be prized resolved to insert a short notice of these
by students who care to see the first rude volumes in the hope of drawing to them
draft of passages and arguments which the attention of all who can appreciate
they have admired in their finished good thinking when expressed in equally
form, and by all who can appreciate good composition.
manly thoughts upon subjects that are No one who has read the theological
proper to use. They should be placed writings of the late Archbishop of Dub
by parents in the hands of their sons
and daughters to stimulate their mental lin, needs to be informed of his scrupulous regard for truth, or of the clearness
activity, and to teach them so to seek and precision with which he stated and
after truth as to be in subjection to no maintained what he believed to be the
man. We may hereafter take an opportruth. These posthumous publications
tunity to inquire into the influence of have all the characteristics of the writ
Dr. Whately on his times, but, for the ings which he carefully revised for the
present, content ourselves with compress, and they exhibit accordingly the
mending these two small volumes to the peculiarities—or, as some would call attention of our readers. Them, the defects of his mental consti
MINISTERIAL CHANGES. Mr. T. J. Malyon, student of Regent's Park College, has accepted an unanimous invitation to become minister of the Union Chapel, Brockley-road, New Cross.—The Rev. T. H. Jones, of Tetbury, has accepted the umanimous invitation of the church at Lydbrook.—The Rev. G. H. Harcourt has resigned the charge of the Baptist Church, Great Missenden, Bucks. His present address is Stanton Villa, Hanwell, Middlesex. He will be at liberty to supply any vacant pulpit where his services may be required.—The Rev. W. T. Osborne has resigned the pastorate of the Baptist Church, Earby-in-Craven, and has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church, Nelson-in-Marsden.--The Rev.John Myers, Coniston, Lancashire, has accepted an invitation to become the minister of Thorpestreet Chapel, Leicester.-The Rev. Watson Dyson, of Long Sutton, has accepted an invitation to the pastorate of the church at Measham, Derbyshire.—The Rev. S. Newnham, late of Barnstaple, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Salisburv.-The Rev. D. Sinclair has resigned the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Peterchurch, and removed to the Baptist church at Tenbury.- The Rev. G. Malins, from the Metropolitan Tabernacle College, has accepted a cordial invitation to the pastorate of the church meeting in Abbeystreet, Dublin.—The Rev. J. G. Hall, of Rochdale, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church meeting at Irwellterrace, Bacup.—The Rev. F. Overbury, of King Stanley, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Warwick.—The Rev. J. C. Butteworth, A.M., has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at King Stanley, of which he was formerly the pastor.--The Rev. John Field, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle College, has accepted the invitation of the church assembling in Bartholomew-street Chapel, Exeter.
ORDINATION AND RECOGNITION
SERVICES. WATFORD, Oct. 24.-Services were held in recognition of Rev. T. Peters as pastor of the Church. A sermon was preachel by the Rev. C. Vince, and a public meeting addressed by the Revs. Dr. Angus, G. Bailhache, H. C. Leonard, M.A., T. Peters, and Messrs. Heaton and J. J. Smith.
MARY'S GATE, DERBY, Ot. 16.—The services in connection with the settlement of the Rev. H. Crassweller were held. The Rev. R. B. Isaac, of Woolwich, preached. On the 18th a public meeting was held, addressed by the Revs. H. Ollard, W. Crosbie, R. B. Isaac, and Mr. G. Stevenson.
PERSHORE, Oct. 27.-Meetings to commemorate the settlement of Rev. J. Ashworth, as pastor of the church in Broad Street, were held ; the Rev. C. Vince preached. A public meeting was held, H. Hudson, Esq., in the chair. Addresses were given by Revs. H. Sturmer, M. Philpin, J. Hirne, J. Phillips, and J. Ashworth.
VERNON CHAPEL, PENTONVILLE. Oct. 14. -A public service was held as a recognition of the Rev. C. B. Sawday as pastor of the church The Hon and RevBw. Noel presided ; the Revs. A. Buzacott, J. Offord, G. Rogers, and P. Gast took part in
HALIFAX, Nov. 8.-A public meeting was held in recognition of Rev. J. Drew as pastor of the church at Trinity Road Chapel ; J. Crossley, Esq., presided. The Revs. H. Dawson, J. Pridie, J. P. Chown, J. J. Bunn, W. Roberts, J. Makepeace, and J. Michael gave addresses.
HORSFORTH, NEAR LEEDS.—The ordination of the Rev. J. Harper took place on Nov. 9. The Revs. S. G. Green, H. Dowson, T. How, E. Parker, Dr. Acworth, and J. P. Chown conducted the services.
PRESENTATIONS. TUNBRIDGE, Oct. 26. — The Rev. W. Barnes, a gold watch, in commemoration of the twenty-first anniversary of his pastorate.
BATHEASTON, Oct. 11.- The Rev. T. C. Finch, a purse of gold, on occasion of his leaving this sphere of labour.
ANNIVERSARY AND OPENING
SERVICES. BadcoX LANE CHAPEL, FROME, Oct. 20. -This chapel was re-opened after alterations and repairs. A serion was preached by the Rev. C. Vince, and a public meeting held, W. Fowler, Esq., of Trow. bridge, in the chair. Addresses were given by the Rev. W. Burton, the pastor, Revs. E. Edwards, C. J. Middleditch, T. G. Rooke, and C. Vince. On the following Lord's Day, sermons were preached by Lord Teynham.
PARK ROAD CHAPEL, Bow.–The con- HARBBORNE, NEAR BIRMINGHAM.- The gregation recently worshipping at St. foundation-stone of a new chapel was laid Thomas's Hall, Hackney, under the here October 11, by Sir S. Morton Peto, ministry of the Rev. R. R. Finch, opened Bart., M.P. The Rev. T. McLean, the an iron chapel on Oct. 5, when a sermon pastor, gave a history of the movement. was preached by the Rev. W. Brock.
The Revs. R. W. Dale, C. Vince, and Dr. BOXuOOP, HERTS.-The new Baptist Evans, spoke. chapel at Boxmoor, erected for the church KNIGHTON RadyoR, Oct. 19.-A meetof which the Rev. H. C. Leonard, M.A., is ing was held to raise funds for a new pastor, was opened on Oct. 26th, when the chapel, Mr. D. Chapman in the chair. Revs. Rev. F. Tucker and the Rev. J. Stoughton D. Evans, J. Jones, W. H. Payne, and preached to large congregations. The de- G. Phillips, gave addresses. votional services were conducted by the BRIGHTON, QUEEN STREET CHAPEL, Nov. Revs. W. Upton, of St. Alban's, David 8.--A public meeting was held thankfully Thomas, of Bristol, W. Emery, of Hemel to commemorate the removal of the debt Hempstead, and T. Peters, of Watford from this chapel. There are 500 sittings. The cost is about Milton, CAMBRIDGE, Nov. 9. - The £1,050. The architect is Mr. J. Neale, of foundation-stone of a new chapel was laid Bristol ; the builder, Mr. J. Tofield, of by G. Livett, Esq., Cambridge. The Revs. Houghton Regis. A large number of W. Robinson, G. Sear, J. C. Wells, E. S. pastors and deacons of churches in neigh- Neale, and J. G. Woster, took part in the bouring towns were present at the opening proceedlings. services.
OFFER OF JOHN HOWE'S WORKS FOR
ONE GUINEA.-Last year the coinmittee of MISCELLANEOUS.
the Religious Tract Society offered the
Society's Commentaries, in six volumes, for ACTON MIDDLESEX. - On the 19th of twelve shillings, to those persons who October, the foundation-stone of a new needed help in their biblical studies, but chapel was laid in this pleasant suburb of were unable to pay the full price of that the metropolis, by H. Wright, Esq., of valuable work. They are happy to find Turnham Green. A sermon was preached that their offer has been extensively acby the Rev. W. Brock, of Bloomsburycepted. No less than 3,000 clergymen, Chapel, and other portions of the engage- ministers, schoolmasters, Sunday school ments were taken by the Revs. C. Graham, teachers, and missionaries home and foreign, W. G. Lewis, jun., E. Taylor, and Mr. subscribed for the volumes. Encouraged Varley. This movement has originated by success in this instance, the committee with some friends formerly connected with have now resolved upon making another the Westbourne Grove Church, who are offer. The Society's edition of Howe's now residents in the neighbourhood of Works, in six volumes, 8vo., by Professor Acton. The new chapel will seat 400, Rogers, is admitted to be very superior to without galleries. Its cost will be £1,400. any re-publication of that eminent divine Contributions will be thankfully received which has hitherto existed. This edition, by the Editor of the Baptist Magazine including the valuable life of Howe, by
HARROW-ON-THE-HILL.-Less than six Mr. Rogers, in a seventh volume, is pubmonths since the foundation-stone of a new lished at £1 15s. the set ; and the comchapel was laid in this town by Sir S. M. mittee have resolved to offer the whole to Peto, Bart., M.P. Within the last few clergymen and ministers of limited incomes, weeks the building has been opened for home and city missionaries, national and public worship. The Revs. C. H. Spur- British schoolmasters, and Sunday school geon, D. Katterns, Dr. Steane, and S. Green, teachers, at one guinea. But the comwere engaged in the opening services. The mittee are aware that many may find it members of the church have resolved to difficult to spare even this sum for books, admit to the Lord's table all recognised however valuable. They venture, therebelievers in the Lord Jesus. The cost of fore, to suggest to wealthy Christians that the works has been £1,100, and through they might extensively promote the object the liberality of Christian friends (in- if they would undertake to furnish one-half cluding some of the Masters of Harrow the required sum, so that the applicants School) the whole has been defrayed ex- would only have to pay 10s. 6d, for a series cept £220. A friend has promised £20 of some of the noblest theological and detoward paying off this amount within votional productions in the English tongue. twelve months. Contributions will be This offer will continue open until March thankfully received by the Rev. Thomas 31, 1865. But the committee hope that Smith, Harrow-on-the-Hill. The pro- early applications will be made in order to perty is vested in trustees for the use of afford time for the speedy execution of the the denomination.
INDEX OF CONTENTS, 1864.
by Rev. A. Maclaren 332
. . . . 162
. 287, 379
. 222, 299, 452, 584