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region in which the mind can expatiate imitation. Without parade or ostentation, without suffering facts to check the career Mr. Henwood, in this narrative, has placed of fancy, or curtail the glowings of an his character in an amiable light, and we excursive imagination; but beyond this, doubt not that a perusal of it will lead reason will hardly permit us to pursue its many to perceive the necessity of being pathless flight.
ready for all the events which await us in To “The Opening of the Sixth Seal," this probationary state. ' ; now under consideration, many of the 2. A Brief Sketch of the Life of John preceding remarks will strictly apply. Its Wilkinson, Minister of South-street Chas versification embodies a more than common pel, Devonport, (Bennet, London,) is a share of excellence; the figures are fre- piece of antinomian biography, by an anquently bold; and, rendered expressive by tinomian biographer, and in the filthy pud. being perspicuously defined, they em- dle of antinomianism we must leave it. ... bellish, by a kind of accident, the portions 3. Rural Felicity, or Happy Peasantry of the poem which they were only designed &C., by R. Tobit, (Bennet, London,) is a to illustrate. Many scenes are introduced collection of little poems for children. Con. to-our notice, some of which please by the taining nothing either to provoke represmiles of nature which they delineate, and hension, or to excite applause, there can others interest by the terrible sublimity and be little doubt that they will creep along awful catastrophes which they unfold. | without any molestation.
In the frame-work of his poem, the - 4. The Young Christian's Pocket Liauthor has taken a march through nearly brary of Religious Knowledge, 8c. (Fisher, the whole range of time, and selected the London,) presents to our view its first more prominent events, the placid and the number, printed with a fair type, and on tumultuous, the fertile and the barren, the excellent paper. It is ornamented with luxuriance of primeval beauty, and the a well-executed engraving of Him, “who desolations of the deluge, the emerging of was wounded for our transgressions." The the postdiluvian world from the surround. whole will be completed in thirty-six numing inundation, and the crimes of man; | bers at sixpence each, making, when bound, and passing onward to the consummation three handsome pocket volumes. The of the history of our species, scarcely celebrated divines from whose works the any momentous incident is suffered to various articles will be selected, are, Serle, escape. From such materials, a produc- Bogatzsky, Scott, Henry, Hall, Doddridge, tion of no ordinary merit might naturally Jones, Baxter, and Mason, names that debe expected. Nor are we disappointed. servedly rank high in the theological world. The author has turned them to good From our acquaintance with their writings account, and produced a work which will and the specimen of the work now subbe read with interest and admiration; mitted to our inspection, no doubt can be more, however, as an effort of talent, and an entertained, that this will be a valuable emanation of genius, than as “ the opening addition to the young Christian's library, of the sixth seal," which, without any disad The subjects are chiefly of an experimental vantage, might have given place to a more and practical nature, combined occasionappropriate title.
ally with others, calculated to quicken the moral feelings, and to expand the intellec
tual powers. BRIEF SURVEY OF BOOKS.
5. Rhymes for Infant Minds, &c. by. 1. A Narrative of Mr. Charles Barns, Eliza' Waterhouse, (Merrett London,) will a local Preacher in the Methodist Con recommend themselves to notice by the nexion at Buckfastleigh, Devon, by Oliver ease and simplicity with which they are Henwood, Wesleyan Minister, (Howe, written. The language is familiar in its Exéter,) may be advantageously perused by character, and the sentiments are such as persons of every denomination. It fur- may be supposed to interest the minds of nishes an interesting account of a pious children. Their design is to inculcate man, every way qualified for life, but sobriety, industry, good behaviour in geneequally prepared for the accidental, and ral, and, above all, the fear and love of almost sudden death, which called him to God. another world. Being entangled in the 6. Anti-Slavery Monthly Reporter for machinery of a paper-mill on the 4th of April, 1829, Nos. 47 & 48, like most of their November, 1828, he was so seriously in predecessors in the cause of humanity, hang jured, that he died on the 7th, leaving be- like a dead weight on the slave system, exbind him a testimony instructive to sur- posing its iniquities, and grappling with vivors, and an example worthy of their l its advocates. The atrocities connected 126.-VOL. xt.
with slavery are frequently too appalling doubt that many of them will find their to admit of any apology, and a monthly way into our places of public worship, as tract that places them before the public well as into private circles, where instrumust severely gall those who uphold them. mental music forms a considerable portion Such is the Anti-slavery Reporter, in the of domestic entertainment. In some few suppression of which the foes of humanity there is a degree of elevated pathos which would rejoice, while over its grave the renders them peculiarly striking, and none African and his friends would drop a among them will be neglected from a want tear.
of merit. 7. Universul Education considered 10. He is Risen, an Easter Offering, with regard to its Influence on the Hap- (Sherwood, London,) is a neat little poem, piness and Moral Character of the Middle dedicated to the governors and masters of and Lower Classes, fe. by One of the Christ's hospital, and suited to the occasion People, (Whittaker, London,) is viewed that called it into existence. It contains by the author as the principal source of many spirited lines; but the great event the increase of crime, and the cause of that which it commemorates is too solemn, too luxury, pride, and dissipation, which at magnificent, and too interesting to mankind, once impoverish, and, seen through false to receive any adornment from poetical optics, embellish society. He wishes the embellishment. The bills of Zion are good old days of homespun, cider, bacon, always more elevated than those of Parcabbage, and ignorance, again to return, nassus, that master Tommy might not be compelled to learn the classics, to prevent the ASTRONOMICAL OCCURRENCES FOR porter's son from treading on his heels. He
JUNE, 1829. admits that facts are rather against him, The Sun enters the cardinal and tropical since by far the greater number of delin- sign Cancer on the 21st at 8 minutes past quents have been decidedly untaught in six in the evening; this day being the their duties either to God or man. But longest in the northern hemisphere; bis rather than education should escape, he declination is 23. degrees 28 minutes north ; insinuates, that these ignorant criminals he rises at 43 minutes past three, and sets may have been made the dupes of the at 17 minutes past eight: his semi-diame, more artful knaves that have been taught ter is 15 minutes, 45 seconds, and 8 tenths; in the schools of our modern system. In its passage of the meridian being completed the conclusion of his pamphlet, he sketches in 1 minute, 8 seconds, and 6 tenths; his what he would recommend as the outline hourly motion in space is 2 minutes, 23 seof an act of parliament, for the establish- conds, and 1 tenth. ment of a school in each parish, the man The Moon is new on the 1st at 49 nagement of which should be vested in the minutes, past five in the afternoon, in the minister, churchwardens, overseers, and tenth degree of Gemini; she enters her a given number of parishioners, annually first quarter on the 9th at 23 minutes past chosen. Besides these, with the exception one in the afternoon, in the 18th degree of of Sunday-schools for religious instruction, Virgo; on the 17th at 15 minutes past six he would not allow any gratuitous school in the niorning, in the 25th degree of to exist, even though supported by volun. Sagittarius; she enters her last quarter on tary contributions.
the 23d at 57 minutes past 12 at night, 8. Passion Week, Purt II., (Seeley, in the 20 degree of Aries. She passes London,) treats of the sufferings of Christ Venus on the 1st at 15 minutes past 12 at for the sins of mankind; and from this night; Mercury and Mars on the 3d : the tragic event, the author introduces to our former at 15 minutes past three, and the notice many very affecting scenes. The latter at five in the afternoon; Saturn, OB history of the transaction is first given, and the 5th at three in the afternoon; and this is accompanied with appropriate re. Jupiter on the 15th at twelve at night. She marks. The whole is calculated to im i s in apogee on the 8th, and in parigee on press upon the mind a deep sense of the the 21st. obligations we are under to Almighty God, Mercury is an evening star, at his greatin providing the Saviour who died for our est elongation on the 8th; he sets on the
1st at 10 minutes past ten;, is in conjunc. 9. A Set of Psalm and Hymn Tunes for tion with Mars on the 5th at five in the the Organ, Pianoforte, dic. &c. by H. morning; crosses the ecliptic in his des Searke, (Hart, London,) seeras well adapted scending node on the 15th; and is stafor the end proposed. They contain variety tionary on the 22d; on the 25th he sets at and harmony; and there can be but little 53 minutes past eight.
Venus is an evening star, setting on the 1st at 24 minutes past eight, and on the
ANNIVERSARIES OF BENEVOLENT INSTI25th at 2 minutes past nine : she is too
TUTIONS IN THE METROPOLIS. : near the Sun to be visible this month. INDEPENDENTLY of their numerous subor
Mars is lost in the superior splendour of dinate branches, these anniversaries, and the solar beams; he sets on the 1st at 12 the sermons connected with them, amount minutes past ten in the evening, and on to about one hundred. This circumstance the 25th at 30 minutes past nine.
compels us rather to give their outlines, Saturn and Jupiter are conspicuous ob. than to enter into their details; and more jects during the evenings of this month : especially so, as several papers have pubthe former in the western hemisphere em lished ample accounts of their varied probellishing the constellation Cancer, and the ceedings, and, in many instances, bare latter in the eastern, shedding his effulgence recorded the speeches delivered by the over the constellation Scorpio. Saturn is advocates of the several institutions. directing his course towards y and 8 Cancri; Of these public meetings, we have and Jupiter is seen above Antares direct attended many; and from all the observa. ing his course slowly to ß Scorpionis; he tions we were able to make, no diminution, is in opposition to the Sun on the 1st at of zeal, no deficiency in ardour, no back15 minutes past 5 in the morning. There wardness in contribution, was perceptible. are four eclipses of his first satellite visible On most occasions, the places were throngthis month : the first at 4 seconds past ed with respectable and attentive auditors; twelve at night on the 3d; the second at and although the meetings were protracted 54 minutes 38 seconds past one in the in some cases to an unusual length, few morning of the 11th; the third at 17 among them manifested a disposition to minutes 56 seconds past ten in the evene retire until the whole was concluded. ing of the 19th; and the fourth at 12 Wesleyan Missionary Society. At the minutes 44 seconds past twelve at night anniversary of this society, which was held on the 26th.
in the new chapel, City-road, on Monday, At sunset on the evening of the 1st, the May 4th, the Right Honourable the Earl constellation Gemini is noticed in the of Mountcashel presided. His opening western hemisphere; below it, and verging speech took a luminous survey of the to the horizon, is observed the Little Dog objects which the society had in view, gave, with its bright star Procyon. From this a brief account of the instruments and constellation, and occupying the lower agents employed in the work, and tranregion of the heavens, are the mazy folds of siently glanced at the varied success which the Hydra stretching nearly to the western had attended their exertions in different horizon. The brightest star in this con. parts of the world. This was considered stellation is situated under Cor Leonis or as a presage of future usefulness, and as a Regulus; it is named Cor Hydræ. Abore stimulative to perseverance in a line of this Asterism is the constellation Leo, and duty which God had so signally owned between it and Gemini is seen Cancer, and blessed. The opening speech was distinguished by the planet Saturn. Above followed by a report of the last year's proGemini, Cancer, and Leo, are situated Leo ceedings, in which the writer traversed the Minor and Lynx, and north of the two globe, and brought before the listening Lions the stupendous Bear presents itself auditors the numerous stations in which to view, with its three stars forming a tail the standard of the cross had been erected. and four nearly an oblong, the two western Its language was full of animation and pointing directly to the Polar star. The energy, and by whomsoever written, was north-western portion of the heavens is highly creditable to the author's talents. distinguished by the constellation Auriga From the numerous places and topics on with its brilliant star Capella ; Perseus is which it touched, it was extended to a connearly north, and Cassiopeia is directly siderable length; but for this, its intrinsic north. Cepheus and Cygnus occupy the excellencies made ample amends; and, north-eastern portion of the heavens, the perhaps, not one in the whole assembly bright star Lyra being situated E. N. E. thought it tedious, or even wished that it Above it is observed the Dragon and Ursa had been curtailed. While following the Minor; Hercules is noticed to the west of statement of the report into its ramified Lyra, having Serpentarius to the south, and | details, we learnt, that in various parts of Serpens and Corona Borealis to the west, the world this society had 190 missionaries, Libra and Virgo occupy the heaven from employed in 140 stations that twelve the s.. to s., and to the north of Virgo is additional missionaries were forthwith to seen Bootes with the brilliant star Arcturus, be sent out ; — that upwards of 2004
567 Anniversaries of Benevolent Institutions in the Metropolis. 568 ...............................c irico.co.. children were under christian instruction, the City of London Tavern, Admiral Sir and that the funds of the society amounted" | E. Codrington took the chair, supported to about £50,000. Among the speakers | by the Marquis of Ormond, the Vicewere sir George Rose, the Rev. James chancellor, Sir Sydney Smith, the AmeriParsons, a Missionary from Madras, W. can minister, and about 200 gentlemen. Wilberforce, Esq. James Eagle, Esq. Rev. | During the proceedings, thirty men and Robert Newton, Rev, Jabez Bunting, Dr. | women, who had been saved from drownTownley, Rev. Mr. Morley, Rev. Mr. | ing, made their appearance, and excited Squance, Rev. Mr. Reece, Launcelot | very powerful emotions, Medals were Haslope, Esq., T. Allen, Esq., and several then delivered, by the heroic admiral to others. From these speeches we were | several who had been instrumental in enabled to gather, that during the year the saving the lives of others. Among these preaching of the Gospel in foreign stations was Jean Baptiste Gele, a young Frenchhad been made a blessing to many; that man, who had, at the risk of his own life. several had been induced to renounce saved an English lady and child at Bous idolatry, and to embrace Christianity, and logne. He had already received a medal that its sacred influence, instead of being from the French government, for his merely embraced in theory, had been humane exertions. realized in the experience, and embodied British and Foreign Bible Societvirta in the practice, of numerous individuals. | The anniversary of this society was held, as To assist the funds of the society, a bazar | usual, at Freemasons' Hall, Lord Teignhad been opened a few days prior to the mouth in the chair, from which, during anniversary, the produce of which amounted the twenty-five years that the society has to £259. This, added to the collections | been established, his lordship has never made in the chapels of the metropolis on but once been absent. The report, al. the preceding days, and the sum contri. | though but a few words were deyoted to buted at this annual meeting, gave an ag each topic, was, from the vast and increase gregate of £1425. The contributions ing number of places, very long; but this throughout the connexion, during the year, | received an ample compensation from the amounted on the whole to about £7000 | interesting matter which it contained. It more than was stated at the preceding an- appeared from the statement with which it niversary.
concluded, that 440,000 Bibles and Testa- Church Missionary Society.-The an ments had been issued during the year, niversary of this institution, held in Free and that the receipts amounted to £86,250, Mason's Hall, May 5th, Lord Gambier in being an increase since the preceding anthe chair, was numerously and most re- niversary. The meeting was addressed by spectably attended. Its interests were the Lord Bishop of Litchfield and Covenwarmly and ably advocated by gentlemen / try, Lord Bishop of Chester, Lord Bishop of exalted rank and talent, both in church of Winchester, the Bishop of Calcutta, the and state, and many pleasing instances | Rev, James Hands, of Madras, Dr. Singer, were adduced of its great utility in pro. secretary of the Hibernian society, Wm. moting the common cause of Christianity, Wilberforce, Esq., Rev. Mr. Jowett, from • London Hibernian Society, — Of this Malta, Rev. Mr. Rickard, missiovary to society, the anniversary was held also at the Jews, Rev. Dr. Townley, T. F. Buxton," Freemasons' Hall, Lord Bexley in the Esq. Rev. John Burnett, of Cork, and chair, supported by several noblemen of several others, , Many of the speeches distinguished rank and influence. The delivered by the above gentlemen, were object of this society is, to establish schools distinguished by intelligence and animaof various descriptions throughout Ireland, tion, of which the auditory seemed deeply in aid of the Protestant cause. These, sensible. The prelates, in particular, with during the year, bad increased from 1046, a degree of gravity becoming their exalted to 1352. The scholars now standing on stations, advocated the cause with cool and the books amount to 76,444, being an in- | dispassionate energy, and communicated to crease of 306 schools, and 9108 scholars. | the crowded assembly an impulse that will Of these pupils, 19,793 were Roman not speedily be forgotten. my tone Catholics, and the remainder Protestants. / Society for Promoting Christianity. The receipts, however, amounting to nearly among the Jews. The anniversary of this £8000, have been found inadequate to the society was held, May 8th, at Freeexpenditure, as a balance of £1108 lies masons' Hall, Sir Thomas Baring, Bart. against the Society. i;
in the chair. About forty boys and forty Royal Humane Society -At the anni- girls, of Jewish extraction, were in the versary of this society, held May 4th, at gallery, to whom a suitable address was
569 Anniversaries of Bénévolent Institutions in the Metropolis. 570 delivered, we believe, by the Rev. Basil | His data, however, seemed, in several Wood. Their appearance was remarkably respects, rather questionable. By others it next, their behaviour highly becoming, and was argued with considerable force, that the interest: they excited was considerable. Sunday schools, having passed their in. On this occasion, the assembly was ad- | fancy, ought now, to become seminaries of dressed by the Bishop of Litchfield and Christian instruction, rather than places in Coventry, the Rev. Mr. Jowett, the Hon. which children might simply learn to read. Gerard Noel, Rev. Mr. Rickard, Rev. Mr. In many Sunday schools, among the higher Simeon, Rev. Mr. Cunningham, Sir George classes, this is almost exclusively the case ; Rose, Rev. Daniel Wilson, H. Drummond, but while illiterate children are continually Esq., and the Rev. Mr. Marsh. During entering, the plan recommended can never the whole time the Hall was much be rendered universally practicable. crowded, by persons who manifested al Irish Evangelical Society. This society lively interest in the proceedings of the held its anniversary in the evening of May day, and the welfare of the society.
12th, in Finsbury Chapel, Finsbury Circus, Is Sunday School Union - The anniver. Thomas Walker, Esq., in the chair. sary of this union took place as usual, at Several of the speakers were those whose the City of London Tavern, on the 12th of names appear in the preceding meetings, May, commencing at six in the morning, and who, by the energy of their addresses, when breakfast was prepared for all those imparted considerable animation to the who wished to attend, at one shilling and concourse of persons now assembled. To sixpence each. But, notwithstanding the these, the name of the Rev. Joseph hour was early, several hundreds assembled Fletcher must be added; his speech being to enjoy the repast, and the social inter not more distinguished for its pathos and course with which it was accompanied. eloquence, than for the unfavourable cirAt half past six, the chair was taken by cumstances under which it was partially
Gurney, Esq., and the room filled with delivered. While this gentlenian was persons of both sexes, whose countenances speaking, à momentary commotion was beamed with cheerfulness and smiles; all observable on the platform, occasioned by apparently congratulating themselves on the intrusion of a stranger, who refused to the courage they had displayed in conquer- withdraw. It was presently whispered ing their morning slumbers. The report through the congregation that this was an was both luminous and comprehensive, individual, who, having derived notoriety casting its glances into every quarter of the from the infamy attached to his name, was globe, and noticing, both in proximate and come hither to obstruct the proceedings of distant regions, the influence and effect of the meeting. Instantly all was uproar, christian education. Throughout the union noise, and confusion, and nothing could be there are about 90,000 teachers, and heard but the discordant sounds of “ Hear 1,000,000 scholars, which, since the last him, hear him," and “No, no, Turn him anniversary, is an increase in the latter of out, Turn him out.” Several times the 6214. The meeting was addressed by stranger attempted to speak, but he could the Rev. Dr. Philip, missionary from not be heard, and many efforts were made South Africa, the Rev, Samuel Hilliard, by the chairman, and others, to explain the W. R. Wilson, Sunday-school missionary, real cause of this interruption, but all their Rev. Dr. Bennett, Rev. Mr. Hands efforts were ' rendered ineffectual. Every from India, Rev. H. Foster Burder, voice was drowned in “Great is Diana of Rev. H. » Townley, Rev.' Mr. Mundy, the Ephesians." The intruder having at Rev. Mr. Davies, Rev. Mr. Sherman, and length" withdrawn, and order being somethe Rev. - John Edwards. Several of what restored, Mr. Fletcher resumed his these addresses had an immediate bearing speech, and proceeded to its conclusion on the great system of general education, with less embarrassment than might have and particularly so as to the influence of been expected. Before the meeting conSunday schools on the morals of the rising cluded, it was stated, that the preceding generation. : From à calculation by Mr. 1 commotion had' originated in a false alarm; Wilson, founded on the extent of the that the gentleman, instead of being British population, and the proportion hostile, was friendly to the cause which which children, under a given age; bear to they were assembled to promote;that he the adults, among those classes which re was well known to many present, as a quire the aid of Sunday schools, it would person of high respectability, although he appear, that 1,600,000 still remain unin- had in this instance violated the rules of structed, notwithstanding the great and per-| local arrangement, and had come hither to severing exertions that have been made. | assist the funds of the society;-that her