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seeing that “the apocalyptie prophecy over difficulties, to become a teacher of seems to have pronounced distinctly noble daring to the rising generation. against them, representing, as it does, the The selections are chiefly from new works, original constitution of the Lutheran and which secures them all the zest and reAnglican Reformed Churches, on that lish of novelty. The engravings likewise very principle” (the principle on which the are spirited, and will greatly enhance Secession took place), not as any act of the charm of the volume for the young. sinful Erastianism, but as Christ's own Altogether, the volume is an elegant one, doing; and so with the stamp of His ap- and will form one of the most delightful probation on it.” He further charges Dr of all gift books for a boy. Candlish and the Rev. James Hamilton of Regent Square, with putting forth “the singular idea,” that the « Scotch Union to Christ and His Church. By the Secession” fulfils “ the character of one of Rev. THOMAS SMITH, D.D., CharlesChrist's two witnesses," and is “acting out ton, South Carolina. 24mo, Pp. 130. even now the prophecy of the witnesses' Edinburgh. 1846. death;” and, finally, he stops the progress of his second edition to announce that,
This little volume sets forth the duty because a number of the Ministers of
and privilege of all to believe in Christ, the Free Church had joined the Evange
to confess Christ, and to become com. lical Alliance, they had thereby, in his muning members of his Church. “It is estimation, abandoned their previous designed to meet the case of that class of
sincere inquirers who respect religion, error on the Headship."
and desire to be themselves possessed of Such are the extraordinary charges ad
it, and who would esteem it a privilege duced by a learned and able minister
to be themselves members of the Church, of the Church of England, and a pro
but who are afraid to hope in Christ, to found student of prophecy, against the
cast themselves upon him as poor guilty Free Church, and which are discussed in these Four Letters. The first considers
sinners, fully sensible of their weakness the Spirit's office as interpreter of the
of faith and insensibility of heart, and Word-the Headship of Christotho
afraid to profess religion, because un. Church visible and invisible. The second worthy, as they think, to be members of
the Church, and unable to cherish a conexamines the argument from “the reed
fidence that they will never fall away or like unto a rod," and the application to the Reformation. The third discusses disgrace their high calling.” It is the
substance of a series of discourses delithe prophecy of the Two Witnesses; and the fourth treats of the relation between
vered by the author during a recent inteChurch and State, and the aspects of resting revival in his congregation. the Controversy in England--the present position of the Evangelical clergy of the Spelling by Dictation. By Alex. J. D. Establishment—the urgency of the pre- D'ORSEY, Master of the English Desent crisis, and their responsibility in re
partment in the High School, Glasgow. gard to it—the future prospects of Pro
24mo, Pp. 104. Glasgow. 1846. testantism, &c. There is also an appendix on the doctrine of the Westminster Stan- Spelling by Dictation, is the method of dards, respecting the duty and functions teaching orthography long pursued on of the civil nagistrate in religious the Continent, and now very generally matters.
adopted in schools taught on advanced
principles in this country. It supersedes The Recreation ; a Gift Book for Young, the orthography of whole columns of
the old and irksome plan of committing Readers, with Engravings. Fcp. 8vo
words to memory. Pp. 344, gilt. Edinburgh. 1846.
The designed lesson
is carefully read over by the pupils, the This is a book for boys; it is composed books are then closed, and recourse is of selections from works of modern tra
had to the slates. The teacher dicvel-narratives of personal adventure by tates slowly the lesson to the pupils, sea and land-visits to remarkable places who write it distinctly upon their slates. -encounters with wild animals-inci- This done, the slates are exchanged, the dents in war and the chase_description books opened, errors marked, and places of volcanoes, earthquakes, &c. &c. The taken in the order of the accuracy of their design of the compiler is to gratify that work. Mr D'Orsey's little work supplies aniversal feeling of delight with which we a progressive series of lessons, adapted to see patience and courage displayed by oth
this mode of teaching, which are illusers, whether of mind or body, and by the
trated by upwards of fifteen hundred practical exemplification of the triumph quotations from standard writers.
MOBNINGSIDE, October 27. 1846.
of many embarrassments. A palpable DEAR SIR,—It was given out that the example of this latter benefit has been British Branch of the Evangelical As- presented to us in the Slavery question sociation were to meet in Edinburgh, of America—now rightly devolved and to organize themselves there, in upon themselves, who are the best which event I should have submitted a judges of it, and who will dispose of it, few thoughts to them. But they are to we feel quite assured, in a right and meet in Manchester; and as I shall not Christian manner. We have left, and be able to attend, yet am unwilling that rightly left, them to prosecute, in their my views and feelings on the subject own way, the Christian interests of either of their past doings or future de- America; and let us hope that we, in signs should remain unknown, I have to like manner, shall be left to prosecute, request the insertion of the following in our own way, free of all obstrucstatement in your Magazine.
tion and interference from our friends First, then, we hold it a great step on the Continent, the Christian inin advance—that, instead of one ge- terests of Britain. The most urgent of neral organization for the Evangelical these interests, at the present moment, Alliance, it should have been resolved is the maintenance of our national Prointo distinct and special ones. We testantism against the inroads of an adare sincerely glad of this, because the vancing and most insidious Popery. machinery of the Alliance is thrown We have peculiar facilities for this into a far more workable form. For through the medium of our pulpits aught like executive measures, it was through the medium of the press, and much too unwieldy, to have only one more specifically, or, in contradistincorganization, and that for the whole of tion to the great majority of Protestants Christendom. Great bodies are diffi- abroad, through the medium of Parliacult to move; and, what is more, great ment—that great organ for the collecbodies consist of many parts-each tive will and mind of our nation. We having some separate object, some local can perfectly understand why our Coninterest or peculiarity of its own; and, tinental brethren should not sympathize in proportion to the multiplication of with this; and how it is that the Genethese, it is with all the more difficulty van “La Reformation," in commenting that we can get them to agree. In re- on a recent pamphlet upon this subject gard, then, to these two great elements by ourselves, should have denominated of success—action and harmony—it is it a strange proposition, to recommend well that the whole should have been that a crusade against Popery should resolved into separate and smaller stand associated in any form with the spheres of operation. Such a subdivi- Evangelical Alliance. In perfeot keepsion as this will greatly facilitate the ing with this, the London Record, when actings of the Alliance, that is, if they expressing its regret that the Alliance mean to act at all; and it rids them should have lifted so feeble a pro
test against Popery, gives us to under- express view of following it up. [See stand, that it might have been in defer- their printed minutes, p. 5.] ence to the views and wishes of the
no practical following of these members from the Continent. Nay, in London.
Each of the proposals is Mr Bickersteth, in his opening address, adverted to—they could not be passed warns the Assembly against the danger over-but not one step taken, not so of such a proposal, and takes occasion much as the appointment of a comto remind them of the doings of Rongé mittee for either. We confess our sore in Germany. Now, it follows not, that disappointment. We agree with our because a wrong and inexpedient way friends, Drs D’Aubigné and Gaussen of of proceeding against Popery may have Geneva, in desiderating a practical obbeen adopted there, a right and highly ject in the name of Evangelical Chrisexpedient way of it might not be tendom. But we more than desiderate adopted here. I, therefore, like these -we stand in dread, that, failing separate organizations, and only wish such an object, we
shall speedily that they had been carried one step fall to pieces. We did anticipate the farther, so as that England and Scot- contrary. We did expect, that as the land might have acted upon it, unfet- Evangelical Alliance had assumed a tered by each other's peculiarities, or it title of such imposing generality and may be by each other's prejudices. This magnitude, they would have been preresolution into parts, which our ene- pared to grapple and to measure mies rejoice in as the symptom of our strength with objects of corresponding breaking up, we rejoice in as the only magnitude and corresponding generemaining chance for the safety of our rality. Let us hope that our British
organization will feel themselves at But to speak of the last remaining greater liberty for this, now that they chance is to speak despondingly. And have become a national body, and must so it is. We do speak despondingly, be all at one in regard to the imporbecause we feel despondingly. We see tance of a united movement for the that the members of the Alliance are prosecution
prosecution of certain great national abundantly willing to meet, and ex- interests. We do not ask them to enpound, and listen to each other's ora
such movement themselves, tions; but they are not willing to act. or in their own corporate and distinct Let me neither undervalue their united capacity. But we did ask them to prayers, nor yet their reciprocal pro- point out what the common works were fessions, heartfelt and genuine as I feel in which they could recommend their assured they are, of honest expansive members to share-a far likelier way brotherhood and regard. But over and of helping onward their cause, than to above their common devotions and specify what the common doctrines were common dogmata, we desiderate com- which they required their members to mon doings believing that, without sign. Instead of which, we can discover these, any apparatus which they might nothing but the utmost caution and rechoose to set up will be wholly incom- serve, we could almost term it fearfulplete and inefficient. Now, instead of ness, of all that was practical. They willingness for these, we can perceive have given forth a very faint and una shrinking back from them. Instead certain sound upon Popery—apprehenof progress in any one object which sive, we were told, lest they should inthey might set their hearts to, we notice cur the obloquy of theirs being a polia distinct retrogression from the April tical movement, or of its being ascribed meeting in Birmingham of the Aggre- to politics. And they stifled
the voice gate Committee to the meeting of the that had been raised at Birmingham on Conference in London. In the former, the subject of Home Education-apthere is a proposal to enquire into the prehensive, as we have likewise heard state of Popery, and this with the ex- from one of themselves, lest this, by impress view of following it up; and there plying a home mission, should awaken is also a proposal to enquire into the state the dislike of their few friends among of education, and this with the same the clergy of the Church of England.
This will never do-to be restrained the labours of the Alliance, to make from such measures as are the most ef- known their estimate of these labours. fectual and best for the perfecting of One of these meetings was held at our proposed union, either by the Hertford on the 7th of September, dread of misconstruction from without where Messrs Baird, Kirk, Monod, and or of jealousy and offence arising from others were heard. We have been within, Far better that we had a struck with the illusory (fausse) colour purer, though a smaller, germ for the which the measures of the Alliance commencement of our Alliance—though necessarily took in the mouths of the small, it may be as a grain of mustard orators who undertook to give an aoseed. Far better than seeking the count of them. Mr Monod has spoken eclat of numbers by an unworthy com- more frankly: 'If any one ask of me,' promise, that, warning the faint-hearted he says, do I expect much of the Alaway, we should begin with a little liance? I answer no, and that I have army of Gideon, free of fears, and pre- often my misgivings upon the subject.' pared for action. And even themselves, The truth is, that the Alliance is a
—they who are taking a lead in the Al- failure—it vexes us to say so; but we liance, have now a certain sense of mis- state the impression which the minutes giving, that, without a something to do, of their sittings have left upon us, and and without some practical object as a we do not fear to appeal from this to a forth-going and fruit of the Alliance, near futurity. This grand association the thing will not last. There is the will be reduced to the humble rank of feeling at least that something of this so many others which began with much sort is necessary. And, accordingly, we noise, and now only manifest their exishave heard of a new-formed association tence by an annual sitting and a in London for the object of a moral and printed report.” The same journal, Christian surveillance over foreigners in its number for the 15th of October, and sailors in the metropolis--and this tells of a meeting on the 25th of Sepspoken of as a fruit of the Alliance, tember, Aylesbury, where Sir CulAnd we did hear, too, as in connection ling E. Smith presided ; and where, with the Alliance, a proposal for an in- among other questions, there was an stitute like that over which the late Dr explanation asked for, of the exclusion Arnold presided, and to be termed the of Quakers. They give the following Evangelical Rugby. Not particularly as Mr Bickersteth's reply, “ To act national either of these objects. Not harmoniously, to propagate evangelical just in keeping, or commensurate, with Protestantism, and to combat Infidelity, the magnificence of aim and title that Popery, and impiety, it was necessary to we should expect of an æcumenical or hold certain common principles.” There even of a British organization. It is is some reason here for charging Mr curious to notice the observations of the Bickersteth with inconsistency, who de“La Reformation" of Geneva, that seems nounced in his opening address what he all along to have been looking critically, was pleased to term a crusade against and, we suspect, adversely, to the move- Popery. And hence the well-grounded ments of the Alliance. In their num- reflection of the journal from which we ber of September 24th, they take no- quote.
Behold then action repretice of the society formed in London sented as the end of the alliance, in three weeks ago, on behalf of foreigners, spite of a vote by the Alliance itself. and say of it, as they well might, So true it is, that there obtains an in“We do not altogether comprehend its extricable contradiction at the very connection with the Evangelical Al- basis of its constitution and its idea.” liance,” although formed under its au- For ourselves we advocate action, not spices. But the following extract in however as the end, but as means to the same number is still more decisive the end—that of perfecting the union of their views: “Besides this meeting of Christians. We shall still hope (the great meeting in London), others that the Alliance may come to see this, have been convened in different parts and to proceed accordingly. Else it of the country, soon after the close of may rest assured that still harder say.
ings are in reserve for it. If it but act was Paul's prescription for the harmonon a small scale, as the setting up, for izing of differences, and bringing those example, of an Evangelical Rugby, it who held them at one. It was not will provoke the exclamation of “Par- enough with him that they should mereturiunt montes et nascitur ridiculus ly aspire after unity, or even pray for mus.” Or, if it act not at all, then will it, or meet together and profess their its enemies denounce the gaudy affair as mutual desires after it. They not only but one addition more to the theatricals behoved to send forth a common wish of London. Let us hope better things. —they behoved to enter on a common
But it may be said, indeed it has walk. (Phil. iii. 16.) We do not want been said, are we not losing sight of the Alliance ever to lose sight of their the one specific and formally announced own proper terminus ad quem ; but, object of the Alliance, which is singly like the Apostle of old, they should to promote union among professing have described the pathway which leads Christians, and that, as far as possible, to it, a common walk and common work a visible union—such a union as might for such objects as all are agreed upon. be recognised by the world at large, All the members of the Alliance, we and this that the world might be won should imagine, would like that Popery by the exhibition of it to the faith of were repressed, and would like a vigorthe gospel ? And are we not wander- ous operation for reclaiming our neing into other paths when we tell the glected neighbours at home from their Alliance that they should become either heathenism. We want no organizaa great Home Mission, or an Anti- tion at their hands—that in our respecPopish Confederation ? Might there tive neighbourhoods we could have set not, nay, are there not, other and dis- up for ourselves; but we did expect tinct associations for these things ? the impulse of their central testimony and let us not jumble and confound the and sanction, which by this time might different functions and offices of the have put the whole of our land into a different bodies, or make stray excur- glow of Christian philanthropy and pasions into other provinces than our own. triotism, and so convinced the gainFar, very far, are we from wanting to sayers that our Institute was something divert the attention of the Alliance better than a mere futility and a name. from its one object; but we do want But it may be said, have we not them to adopt the measures by which abundantly recognised the importance that object--that one distinctive char- of both these objects ? Quite the conacteristic object-shall be most effec- trary. There were the distant symptually hastened forward. For this pur- toms of an incipient movement towards pose it is not necessary that we should both at Birmingham; but in London become either a Home Missionary So- these symptoms were effaced, and vague ciety or Anti-Popish Confederation. generalities substituted in their place. We admire the wisdom of their reso- The motion for a periodical suggested lution, that they will not attempt the in the one place was negatived in the prosecution of either of these objects other, and with great reason, too, for as by any organization of their own. No, nothing was to be done, there would be but they can recommend the object. nothing to record; whereas, had the inThey can give forth how desirable, nay terval between one meeting and another how indispensable, it is that we should been filled up out of doors in the mannot only think together, but that we ner that we ventured to recommend, should work together, and walk to- there would have been materials for a gether; how desirable not only that deeply interesting and withal most inlove should be felt or uttered at meet structive journal. We remember the ings once a year, but that all the year indignation of Charles Fox in the House through it should be bodied forth in of Commons when they voted with him deed and in performance. A common and gave their consent to a declaratory and continuous work is the essential proposition which he had moved, but pabulum for keeping the spirit of our drew back when, for the following of it great Christian association alive. This up, he moved an effective proposition