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........... . REVIEW. Anecdotes illustrative of the 1 Meeting, by Joseph Fletcher, M.A.. to Assembly's Shorter Catechism, &c By

By I (Westley, London,) are on the revival of John Whitecross. 18mo. pp. 214.

religion in churches, and in the hearts of Duncan. London, 1829.

their individual members. Against all des


strange excitement Mr. Fletcher sternly Tuis catechism having been long before sets his face, though he admits that “occathe public, is too well known to require sional instances of deviation from the strict any remarks, either to elucidate its prin- line of order and regularity, may, in some ciples, or to recommend them to notice. circumstances, and under some kinds of In the present edition, however, its assumes administration, be expected.” After all, he an additional feature to that which it has observes, “That is alone entitled to be long been accustomed to wear, each ques- considered the revival of religion, which tion and answer being illustrated by some can be justly traced to the legitimate influincident, some anecdote, some narrative, orence of the gospel.". It cannot be denied some sketch which is brought immediately that the wild irregularities too frequently to bear on the topic under which it is associated with religious revivals, have arranged. Many of these are peculiarly tended very much to bring them into disstriking, and well worthy of the place they grace. “These indications of excitement," occupy. They will be read with interest,

Mr. F. contends, "whether defensible or and remembered with pleasure, by all, to indefensible, are never to be confounded whom the chatechism itself will be deemed with the essential characteristics of a reof any value. Para

vival.” The sentiments contained in the It must not, however, be supposed that preceding passages, he keeps in view these anecdotes and incidents are, in gene- throughout his discourses, and his energies ral, original in their character. By far the are exerted to establish and enforce them. greater portion have been frequently circu-1 4. Cook and Housewife's Manual, lated in other connexions, and in other fourth edition, by Margaret Dods, (Simpbooks. The compiler has merely selected kin, London,) has already passed under them for his purpose, but by their number our examination in a former editicn. The and variety he has provided an entertain-1 present, revised and enlarged, professes to ment for his young readers, into whose contain a compendium of French cookery, hands this book will generally be placed. confectionary, cheap dishes, and numerous

In glancing over the catechism and branches of domestic economy. Mrs. the anecdotes, we find that they all belongDods resides at St. Ronan, in the cooking to the same school. Every page is strongly | nation; much may therefore be expected impregnated with the fumes of Geneva, from her gastrionic ingenuity. with which some may perhaps become 5. The Newtonian System of Philo. intoxicated, and Mr. Whitecross has shewn 1 sophy explained, 8c. by Tom Telescope. no contemptible address in accommodating, (Tegg, London,) has been well received throughout the whole, the comment to the by the public. Tom is a very clever feltexture

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mired him in his first edition, and con1. Serious Essays on the Truths of the gratulate him on having attained a second. Glorious Gospel, &c. for the use of true 6. Truth against Error, or the ChrisChristians, by John Ryland, D.D. (Ben- tian's Ægis, edited by Thomas Keyworth, vett, London,) is a versified epitome of (Wightman, London,) is a collection of Antinomian experience, not more remote tracts of a high Calvinistic character, pubfroin the mount of Parnassus than from the lished monthly, containing many striking hill of Zion. 10 TO 1989 si extracts from several of our most celebrated

2. The Great Importance of a Reli. divines, and also some original essays, vious Life considered, by W. Melmoth, The Roman Catholic system is the prinesq., (Washbourn, London,) has been long cipal object of their attack. balupat in circulation, is well known, and deserv- 7. On the signs of the Times, an Ad. edly esteemed by the religious public. dress to Christians, by J. M. Cramp, The author died in 1743; but his little (Wightman, London, we have many work contains the seeds of immortality. judicious observations; but we can disIn every edition it germinates anew, and cover nothing ominous in the particulars yields to the reader a valuable harvest of which seem to have alarmed the author. religious instruction.

Among the signs of the times, he has 3. Three Sermons preached at Stepney discovered the extensive diffusion of 128. --VOL. XI.

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756 knowledge, the diversified operations of on subjects furnished by the obvious and benevolence, the concurrence of the Provi. simple phenomena of nature. Mr. Bowles dence and grace of God in reference to is well known at Parnassus, and his kind the heathen world, the triumphs of reli- reception there, in some of its more elegious freedom, the growth of popery in vated apartments, will be his passport with this country, the rapid and extensive pro- the public on the present occasion. Many, gress of infidel opinions, and the indif- however, will admire, for their simplicity, ference, lukewarmness, and worldly spirit of the articles in the present tract, who know those who profess the gospel." In this nothing of his connexion with fame. enumeration we have four items that wear 11. A Sermon occasioned by the Death a favourable aspect, and three that assail of the Rev. Robert Smith, late of Not us with their frowns. In regard to the tingham, by J. Jarrom, (Wightman, Lonlatter class, we think the author's fears are don,) embodies the common topics which more prominent than the presumed facts every preacher knows how to touch, on on which they are founded; and perhaps such melancholy occasions, but not, like in every age that has elapsed from the Mr. Jarrom, how to manage with good commencement of the Christian era to the effect. No small portion of this discourse present hour, human ingenuity might is an elogium on the value and importance always have found prognostics of “the of the ministerial character. The picture signs of the times.”

is faithfully drawn, and in its various fea18. Cottage Poetry, by the Author of tures we have no doubt that those who Old Friends in a New Dress, &c., (Elder were acquainted with the deceased, will and Co., London,) has in it something very find a striking likeness.

2. STLUSOGA-1919 attractive for children. The style, the 12. The Elgin Literary Magazine, metre, the fable, are all familiar and pleas- No. 1., (Elder, London,) contains several ing, and we cannot doubt that they will interesting articles, which give it a characbe read with much interest by all of tender ter, from which the conductors will do years, for whose use they are designed. well to see that the future numbers do not « Old Friends in a New Dress” we re- a cbao Landste viewed some months since, and spoke 13. A Help to the Private and Domesfavourably of the performance. In this tic Reading of the Holy Scriptures, &c., pamphlet there is a supplement to the by J. Leifchild, (Nisbet, London,) is a above, containing twelve fables, which little volume containing much useful matfairly support the character of the work, forter, not only for youth, but for many adwhich this may be considered as a suitable vanced to mature years. It begins with companion.909 al 1911 te

the duty of reading the Scriptures, passes 9. The Practice of Cookery adapted on to their inspiration, offers remarks on to the business, of every-day Life, by Mrs. the symbolical language of prophecy, and Dalgairns, (Simpkin, London, seems on the collection of the sacred books of suited for persons within the range of the Old Testament, gives particular direcdecent mediocrity. It contains 1434 re tions for the private reading of the inspired ceipts, and to each chapter is prefixed volume, furnishes a digest of the sacred some very useful observations, that may be books, and an epitome of the Jewish hisconsidered as of universal application. tory, from the times of the Old Testament, We find, however, in looking over Mrs. to the birth of Christ, whose life follows; Dalgairn's bill of fair, that many dishes are enters into an arrangement of the books of peculiar to Scotland. This chiefly arises the New Testament, and finally explains from the local productions of its land and various matters referred to in the Bible. waters; but no other reason appears, why On all these topics, this little volume is the system recommended should not sub- replete with luminous information. mit to the test of experiment on this side 14. The Saints' Everlasting Rest, bu. of the Tweed. Yet, after all, not being Richard Baxter, abridged, (Fisher, Lonvery conversant with the science of cookery, don,) selects the more striking parts of a and leaving this book to the judgment of work, which is in itself nearly all essence, housewives and confectioners, we should and one that would immortalize the name rejoice if this lady can direct us how to of its venerable author, if nothing else had procure the numerous and excellent dishes proceeded from his pen. Few books are which she has rendered so palatable and more generally known, or more highly apinviting.orgb 9949290 10 Pesonge

preciated. In this abridgment, the writer 10. The Little Villager's Verse Book,

has exercised much discrimination and 8c. by the Rev. W. L. Bowles, (Long-| ingenuity, in detaching what he has re

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758 Corco....nic. without suffering the pure spirit of the scenes of futurity, and conducts us through whole to evaporate through the chasms he untrodden paths. Into these regions the had made. The price being moderate, it author enters; but in most of his leading will be rendered accessible to many who descriptions he takes revelation for his cannot afford to purchase the larger volume, guide. The other poems are chiefly on 15. The First Class Book, for Reada Scripture subjects; but quite miscellaneous. ing, Spelling, and Catechising, (Sunday On the whole, the poetry is respectable, Union School, London,) is solely for the but not of the highest order. :) use of children. The plan is novel, but of 20: A Memento for the Afflicted, by great promise, as every lesson, though but Barzillai Quaife, (Nisbet, London,) is of few words, contains within itself a valu- exclusively religious in its character, tenable precept,

dency, and expression, and we fully credit ! 16. Scripture Characters, and Subjects the author when he says, that “ the followVersified, &c. Nos. 1. & II., by R. Tobit, ing pages were written in very deep afflic(Bennett, London,) is designed for chil. tion," as scarcely any substitute could have dren, to whose capacities the humble verse | imitated its dictates. It is a work abound. is adapted.

ing with accurate delineations and whole9/17. Cottage Similes, or Poems designed some advice. In describing the advané for those in humble Life, by the Author tages of affliction, and its peculiar fruits, of The Female Missionary Advocate," in giving directions for the improvement (Holdsworth, London,) conduct us through of these painful visitations, and in expamany pleasing scenes, that are either of tiating on the consolation to be experienced every-day occurrence, or familiar to every during their continuance, and from their observer. The lines are harmonious; but effects, he is quite at home. We envy not the thoughts are not elevated. Simplicity the state of that man, who can soberly read is the characteristic of the language. through this book, and go away unim0:18. The Sailor, or the Coquet Cottage, proved. ' and other Poems, by William Gibson, (Strange, London,) has rather a delusive

ASTRONOMICAL OCCURRENCES FOR title; but when it is known that Coquet


AUGUST, 1829. jiri here means a small river in Northumberland, and not a deceitful woman, the book The Sun and Saturn are in conjunction on assumes its genuine character. The prin the 1st, at 45 minutes past eleven in the cipal poem contains a narrative thạt would morning, in the 8th degree of Leo; the have been more interesting had it been time elapsed since their last conjunction is con fined within a narrower compass. The 380 days, 17 hours, and 45 minutes. Saauthor, however, knows how to make the turn is now at his greatest distance from the most of his materials, and we give him earth, in consequence of being situated credit for his parsimonious ingenuity in | beyond the sun. He may probably be expending them. With the ladies of Par-'detected by the expert observer towards nassus he is at present no great favourite, the close of the month in the eastern hemisthough they have not forbidden him to. phere, as the Sun'advancing in his journey approach their territories, and the time may through the ecliptic, rises later than the come when they will be more familiar. planet every morning. The moon passes

19. The Woman of Shunem, a Dra. | Venus at 20 minutes past 12 at 'noon on mutic Sketch: Patmos, a Fragment; and this day. other Poems, by James Edmeston, (Goode,'' The principal objects in the heavens London,) appear before us in a decent that will attract the attention of the celestial garb'; but we are chiefly interested in observer, on the evening of the 1st at nine knowing something of the characters who o'clock, are in the constellation Ursa Major, wear it. The dramatic sketch is founded which occupies the north-west portion of upon the incident recorded in the fourth the heavens, nearly mid way between the chapter of the second book of Kings, and horizon and the zenith. There are seven delineates with taste and feeling the cir- principal stars in this constellation, fout cumstances which may be supposed to forming an irregular square, and the rearise from the death of the child, and his maining three a circle projecting from the miraculous, restoration to life by the instru- north-eastern of the above-named four, mentality of Elisha. Patmos partakes The brightest of the seven, denominated more of the romantic character than the Dubhe, is situated at the north-western preceding; but its name forbids us to say corner of the square; the star south of this that any outrage is committed on proba- | is marked ß. The two eastern are marked bility. Prophecy naturally hurries us into ly and 8, the former star being southern

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mosta theo three stars forming a curve, are the moon is dichotomized at 13 minutes called the tail of the Great Bear, and are past 10 in the evening, in the 14th degree known by the following names : that near. of Scorpio; and may be observed between est the square is called Alioth, the middlea and 'ß Libræ, Mercury is in perihelio one Mizár, the small star near it being on this day. On the evening of the 9th, called Alcor; and the star in the extremity the moon is noticed to have passed Jupiter, of the curve Benetnasch; these stars form the conjunction having taken place atu but a small portion of the constellation, o'clock in the afternoon. : After progressing which is one of the most extensive in the through the constellations Sagittarius and heavens. Boötes may be found by draw | Capricornus, she arrives at that part of her ing a line from Mizar through Benetnasch, orbit on the 14th at 26 minutes past 10 in and continued to four times their distance, the evening, that is exactly opposite i the which will terminate in a star of the third earth, which is situated in the 21st degree magnitude, called Mirac. Below this star of Aquarius; on the following day she is in is observed Arcturus, which is the principal perigee. star in the constellation; a line drawn from On the 19th, at 45 minutes past 3 in this star through Mirac, and continued to the morning, the Sun and Mars are in the distance of these stars, will direct the conjunction in the 25th degree of Leo. observer to one of the third magnitude, On the 20th is a visible eclipse of Jupiter's marked, d, which is half-way between a first satellite, which occurs at 4 minutes star in the head of Boötes, marked B, and 11 seconds past 9 in the evening. At 15 one of the second magnitude in the con- minutes past 12 the same night, Mercury stellation Corona Borealis, named Gemma. passes the Sun at his superior conjunctions This star is nearly mid-way between The Moon enters her last quarter on Boötii, and a small cluster of stars in the the 21st at 35 minutes past 11 in the head of the constellation Serpens; and a afternoon, in the 28th degree of Taurus. 1)2 line drawn from the above-mentioned star The Sun enters the sign Virgo on the through the claster, and continued to the 23d, at 33 minutes past 11 in the morna horizon, will pass through Antares, the red ing. He rises on this day at 57 minutes star in the heart of Scorpio. Above this past 4 in the morning, and sets at 3 star is noticed the noble planet Jupiter, minutes past 7: his declination is 11 de which is situated in 5 degrees 24 minutes grees 29 minutes north; his semi-diameter of Sagittarius, and has 35 minutes of north 15 minutes, 51 seconds, and 3-tenths; the latitude; he forms the summit of an isos- time that his semi-diameter passes the celes triangle with Antares and B Scorpi- meridian 1 minute, 4 seconds, and 8 tenths, onis; he is nearly midway between 4 and and his hourly motion in space, 2 minutes, g Ophiuchi, and does not alter this posi 24 seconds, and 7 tenths. , man ytre tion materially during the month, the prin. On the 27th, at 8 in the morning, the cipal feature in his course being his motion Moon passes the planet Satürn; she is toward bei Ophiuchi, which is situated to in conjunction with Márs on the 29th at the east of him. Nearly overhead is the 49 minutes past 1 in the morning, and at bright star Lyra, and exactly in the zenith 55 minutes past 8 the same morning, she is observed the third star of the Dragon. is new in the 4th degree of Virgo she A line drawn from this star through Lyra, passes Mercury on the 30th, at 30 minutes and continued to the horizon, will pass past 4 in the moming, is in apogee on the through Atair, the principat star in the same day, and is in riconjunction with Eagle, and a and B in the head of Capri | Venus at 30 minutes past 12 at night, on eornus. ' * ' ; ita

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PHILO-JUDÆAN SOCIETY. " served in the evening near B Virginis: she

AN SOCIETY: 110911159 is directing her course to Spica, which is | The aniversary of this society was held noticed some distance to the east of her at the Crown and Anchor Tavern, Sirand, Mercury crosses the ecliptic in his ascend on Wednesday the 20th of Maydast; ingi node on this day. On the 4th the Henry Drummond Esq. Treasurer, in the Moon crosses the ecliptic in her ascending chair. -1x The meeting was opened witâ node, and is observed in the evening to prayer, by the Rev. W: Mann, when the the south of a Virginis. On the evening chairman arose and said, Every candid of the 5th, she is seen nearer Spica, cand man who reads the Old Testament will afterii passing atthis) star, she directs her, observe that it notes (three great acts, con course otot the planet. Jupiter, now consi- nected with the dealings of God towards derably to the least of her: Oathie 7th, the Hebrews as a nation. The first is

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The seasons of special kindness, protection, the meeting, con moving 2009 secondinga the and forbearance, which they repaid with followingy with other resolutions: boll ingratitude, by rebellion, and idolatry. The 1 - That this meeting rejoidet in the decided second is, --The periods of Hisi judgments indications for the better, manifested in for their crimes, wherein they were dis the condition of the Hebrew nation'; and persed throughout the nations of the world; hail such tokens as intimations from Divine amongst whom they were treated with Providence of the approach of that period great severity and oppression. The third when the fig tree of Judah, putting forth is, The seasons of penitence, when they its buds, and shooting forth its blossoms, were restored to His grace and favour, shall bear ripe fruit. T rillot I 1.190 and to their national splendour, in pros That however feeble have hitherto been périty and peace. And on Occasions of the efforts of this society, this meeting lare the latter description, an awful visitation grateful for prospects opened by the assis of Divine judgments took place upon these tance of kind friends and at the same Gentiles, who, during their dispersions, af- time, feeling them yet very inadequate to flicted and oppressed His people. The the importance of the object, strongly prophecies which refer to the splendid recommend the formation of auxiliaries, in event of a future restoration of Israel, who, the cities of London, Westminster, Bristol, as a whole and great nation, are now la Canterbury, Lincoln, Gloucester, Norwich, bouring under the longest and most severe and York; and in the towós of Bury St. dispersion that people ever suffered in any Edmunds, Newcastle upon Tyne, North. age, are equally true with the prophecies ampton, Southampton, and Stamford, where which referred to their former restoration ; the Jews have in former times been more and notwithstanding the credulity of thou. especially plundered of their property, and sands, who by spiritualizing wrest the persecuted even to death. il si bistved scriptures, the latter event will as assuredly That this meeting kindly acknowledge take place in due time, as the former did. the exertions of the Philo-Judæan Ladies One of the most eminent stations which Association on behalf of the Hebrew the Hebrews have held in the dealings of nation, and consider the establishment of God with this lapsed world, has been, Ladies' Auxiliary Associations in different and yet is, the testimony they are ap parts of the kingdom, after the example pointed to bear to the universal sovereignty of that at Clapham, highly desirable, and of the Messiah; heretofore by their prose essential to the interests of the Hebrew perity, and now by their adversity. They female population. I

;'. UuSI received, they kept in safety, and they yet That this meeting, sensible of the injuries preserve uncorrupted, as well amidst pros- | inflicted on the Hebrew nation throughout perity as adversity, the Word of God; ! the world, but more especially of those while they fulfil the word of prophecy perpetrated in our own country, is desirous contained therein. In many passages of of publicly confessing how greatly we have this, Word, the return of the Messiah is ourselves, and our fathers before us, simed noted for the benefit of the Jews, and in in this matter, men wil , ads these passages the Christians are described The chairman then i rose, and, to his as being in a state of rebellion, not merely introductory observations, added vacsbort against the Messiah as a Priest, but against but important monition to this effect."T him as a King. Christians ought, there, shall now close the business of the day, fore, to rejoice in the restoration of the by calling upon you to ascribe glory to Jews; because, when that event is accom G od; to whom alone glory is due, now plished, the Messiah will reign, as He and evermore. I would, however, i first anciently reigned upon the Mercy-seat, state, that letters have been received from over all the earth. For these reasons, in the Rev. Mr. Leeves, Dr. Steinkopff, and particular, I call upon you who are present, the Rey, Mr. Marshr, sofColchester, with as well as all others, to succour the dis subscriptions, expressing their attachment tressed Ilebrew nation."

to this society. I will read one sentence There were present on this occasion, from the letter of the Rev. Mr. Marsb, a Lord. Viscount Mandeville, the Hon. J. J. gentleman who, you' well know, has long Strutt, Capt. G. Gambier, R. N., the Rev. paid great attention to the Hebrew nation, J.Rees, the Rev. S. R. Maitland, the Hon. and particularly to their conversion. The and Rev. Gerrard Noel, the Rev. E. Man passage to which I allude, states as follows. nering, the Rev. H. M. Neile, John Tudor, None of us sufficiently feel the crevealed Esq., D. Percival, Esq., Mr. H. Abra- truth, that God will requite every injury hams (and Mr. E. K. Simons, both of the done to the Jews, and every favourabe. Hebrewil nation; who severally addressed stowedł upon them lhe will notice.vl Gan.

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