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the Works of Bishop Hopkins. In I vol, respects communion between Baptists

By the Rev. Dr. Wilson, Editor of Selecand Pædobaptists, shall have been

tions from the Works of Leighton and

Owen.- The Child's Scripture Examiner merged in the general principles of the

and Assistant, Part IV.; or, Questions two bodies, destined by God to be one; on the Acts of the Apostles, with Pracbut by a device of Satan divided, to tical and Explanatory Observations, suited the injury of both, as well as of the 'to the capacities of Children. By J. G. common cause of Christianity.

Fuller.--A New Edition, materially imA DAILY EXPOSITOR OF THE NEW proved, and with Additions, of Allbutt's TESTAMENT; with a practical Exposi

Elements of Useful Knowledge.-- The Fetion, especially intended as Morning and

male Missionary Advocate: a Poem.

Ezekiel's Temple: being an attempt to Evening Portions, for pious Families

delineate the Scripture of the Holy Ediand Private Christians. By the Rev.

fice, its Courts, Chambers, Gates, &c. &c., Thos. Keyworth, one of the Authors of

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the Rev. F. A. Cox, LL. D. Honorary the whole, well fitted to promote the

Secretary to the Council.–An Account of object which the respectable writer has

Public Charities, digested from the Re

ports of the Commissioners on Charitable in view.

Foundations, with Notes and Comments, OBSERVATIONS ON THE CAUSES AND by the Editor of " The Cabinet Lawyer," EVILS OF WAR; its unlawfulness; and will be published, January 1, and conthe means and certainty of its Extinc- tinued in Monthly Parts until completed, tion. By Thomas Thrush, late Captain in about Ten Parts.—The Chronicles of in the Royal Navy. Part II York. London Bridge, which have been so long London : Wightman and Cramp. 1826. 8vo

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This work will comprise a complete history DOMESTIC CONSTITUTION, with its un of that ancient Edifice, from its earliest transferable Obligations and peculiar Ad mention in the English Anuals, down to vantages. By Christopher Anderson. the commencement of the new StrucEdinburgh. 8vo. 1826. pp. 448. Price ture, in 1825; of the laying the first stone 10s. 6d.--This is a book of considerable of which, the only circumstantial and acimportance, containing matters of very curate account will be subjoined ; and its grave consideration, but which we can

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finished engravings on wood, by the first readers. We trust to be able to devote

artists.- Preparing for publication, A Hissome attention to it shortly. In the

tory of the Council of Trent, held A. D.

1545-1564. It will be comprised in one mean time, without pledging ourselves

volume octavo, and will contain a number to maintain the ground which it takes,

of highly interesting and curious facts in though even doubting the justness of the ecclesiastical history and biography of several of the positions advanced by that period, selected from the rival pubMr. Anderson, there is so much that is lications of Father Paul and Cardinal Palcalculated to be useful to christian pa lavicini, and from many other scarce and rents, we beg leave to recommend it valuable works.-The friends of Antivery strongly to their consideration. Slavery will be happy to hear that a work A POPULAR INTRODUCTION TO THE

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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. .

wwnnn · LETTERS FROM ITALY.

session of Italy; but they had no sooner Bologna-- Curious Church-Relics --Luke's

left the country, than one fine summer's Portrait of the Virgin--A preaching Friar

morning the protecting angels brought back -- A Nun taking the Veil -- Discoveries at

the picture, and placed it as neatly in its Pompeii--Bible Society Controversy.

frame as if nothing had happened to it;

it is said that one of the monks caught Bologna is one of the pleasantest towns them in the fact, but he is very shy of for the residence of a person of moderate telling it. In the cathedral at Bologna, I fortune that can be found in Italy. Every heard one of the best sermons I have ever thing here is in abundance. The society, heard in the Catholic church. It was a though not splendid, is respectable and Dominican friar, a missionary from Rome, intelligent; and people wbo have no car- a preacher, they told me, of great repuriages to ride in find protection in the tation. It was the last sermon of his streets. In most Italian towns, there is mission, and it was preached with a as little protection for foot passengers as touching eloquence, and an affectionin Paris. In Naples, you are often ate solicitude worthy of a purer faith. obliged to take a coach to save your life; I was present the other day at a nun's but in Bologna, there are beautiful colon- taking the veil, the first I have seen in nades on each side of every street in the Italy. Going with a party of distinguished town, which protect you from the sun in people, I was admitted into the very best warm weather, from the rain in wet place, and had the best possible oppor. weather, and from the annoyance of carts, tunity of seeing the whole matter. "The carriages, and horses, at all times. Thus thing, however, was no way impressive. protected, you see here what you see no The young lady had at least thirty good where else, the most respectable and years over her head. She was neither elegantly dressed people walking the handsome nor interesting ; she was, in short, streets, and this circumstance gives an one of those indifferent beings about whom indescribable charm to the appearance nobody cares. The bishop who gave the adof the city. There is a curious church dress was a great fat worldly-looking vulgar here, in which they have been at the pains man, who could say nothing but common. of contriving representations of several of places about denying ourselves, and whose the circumstances attending the condemna- common-places were contradicted by his tion and death of Christ, and have given own sensual face. There was not wanting, the scenes from actual measurement. however, the necessary splendour and cerePilate's Hall, for instance, and the tomb, mony to give all possible importance to are represented--the exact size, and the the sacrifice. The lady was seated in a exact shape of the real scenes. But all magnificent chair of state, dressed in the this would be nothing without identity excess of worldly finery; jewels, neckand reality, they have, therefore, got laces, and bracelets, covered her ugly one real pillar from Pilate's hall, and that figure, and formed a striking contrast to the identical one to which Christ was the simple vestments she was about to tied, with the height to which his head assume. After listening to the mass and reached marked upon it. In almost the sermon, she was led up to the altar, every town of Italy, there are some of and a crown was placed on her head by these holy relics. Sometimes it is a bit of the bishop, who muttered some Latin senthe real cross, at others it is one of the tences, which I could not understand. nails which pierced the hands or the feet Whether it meant she was by this cereof our Saviour. The reason for all this is mony at once assuming a heavenly crown, obvious enough. In proportion to the I do not know; but I think very likely, possession of these things, is the cele for the same power which arrogates the brity of the church, and in proportion to right of forgiving sins, may, with little the celebrity of the church, and the num- stretching, distribute the rewards of righber of votaries, is the profit of the priest- teousness. The ceremony of stripping off hood. Bologna is rather 'rich in these her finery, and cutting off her hair, did things. There is a correct portrait of the not take place (as it does in some conVirgin Mary, painted by the hand of St. vents) in sight of the people; but, when Luke, in a church a little way out of the dressed, she was led out by the lady town, which has obtained no small cele- abbess, to take leave of her mother and brity for the brotherhood. That the friends, before the door was closed on her French might not rob the people of this for ever. miracle-working picture, it was taken by They have of late got on more speedily angels, and kept up in the clouds all the with the excavations at Pompeii ; every time these barbarians remained in pos- day turns up something new. A number

of skeletons have been discovered in a From another of these noble-minded subterraneous apartment, supposed to be men, (who has declined the acceptance a prison. Several new houses have been of any present, and whose losses and sacriopened out, decorated with paintings quite fices have amounted to several thousand as elegant as any of the former most ad pounds,) we have received a most intemired works; but what is most curious, is resting letter. It does infinite honour to a fountain, in a taste quite different from his feelings of christian delicacy and canany of the other structures or ornaments dour. Its chief topic is caution ; lest we of the city; it is dressed up in mosaic and should think or speak too severely against shell-work, and resembles most of any the authors and instruments of the perthing the groitos that used to be found in secution, and should too highly commend English gardens. It is about on a level, the persecuted. We shall select some in truth, with similar structures at White

passages, premising that our accounts of Conduit House and Bagnigge Wells. The the illness and death of M. Juvet, were novelty and oddity of the thing puzzles sent to Paris from the neighbourhood of every body. There are indeed few modern the Canton, and that they were also corthings that have not their type in this an, roborated by statements from other parts. cient city. The public laupdry has been We think it probable that if the circumlately found, and the pictures on the walls

stances could be fully searched into, there represent Scotch washing in all its glory : would be found no discrepancy between the linen is put in tubs, and the women our statements and that of our highly reare pumping on it.

spected correspondent. I thank you for your information about

" With respect to our departed brother the Bible Society. You do me a real ser. Juvet, of blessed memory, I find allevice by these simple statements of public gations which tend to cast upon our unoccurrences. I could not get at the truth happy persecutors an aggravation of their from the French and Italian papers, criminality, by opinions too strongly though they have found it a rich subject hazarded.“ We saw that dear brother in for animadversion.

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apparently good health, after the cruel

apparently con knew of old ; I always thought he had a treatment which he endured. Doubt. crack in his brain ; and

less it is possible that those sufferings has never yet been persuaded that it is might, without its being immediately necessary for a Christian to be a gentle. perceived, have been the determining man. I do not anticipate any great harm cause of the return of the pulmonary from this attack; it is well that the Bible disease which proved fatal; and I should Society, as well as every other Society, not have found fault, had this possibishould have a watch kept over it. I only litu only been suggested as a snbiect of hope that no defender of it will lose his serious reflection for the consciences of temper, or forget for a moment his those who excited the populace, when they Christian spirit. It must expect to have ought to have restrained them. I am conto go through evil report and good report, vinced that I migbt, on good grounds, say but it will triumph in the end.

to our government, examine seriously, in FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE the presence of God, whether, by your meaPAY DE VAUD.

sures, you have not, perhaps, been the cause Extract from a Letter lately received. of the death of several persons; whether you “ I eagerly seize this opportunity of pre- are not, perhaps, guilty of their blood. But senting to you my own thanks in parti- neither truth nor charity would permit me cular, for the christian interest which you to bring a formal accusation. God only have taken in your persecuted brethren of knows how the case really stood. God the Canton of Vaud; both on account of forbid that I should seem to cast any the frank and brotherly declaration of doubt upon the various sufferings which the Dissenting ministers of London and our now happy friend endured for his its environs, and on account of the col- Redeemer's sake. I would state, in the lections made in your churches for our strongest manner, that be suffered the relief. We have received the sums given most of us all, from the populace. My to us in singleness of heart, as a sacrifice heart delights to reflect how greatly bis which God hath accepted as agreeable to zeal and faithfulness shone forth; and it him through Jesus Christ, and for which is no humility in me to say, that I should he will recompense you at the resurrection be happy, could I initate them. But, as of the just. The persecution still con disciples of Christ, we ought to fear going tinues. Two suits are now in progress beyond the truth; particularly when the before the tribunals, against Dissenting matter turns upon the aggravations of the Christians, for holding religious meetings. blame of any of our fellow men, whose Nevertheless, the kingdom of our Lord guilt is already too awfully great. I think, makes a constant and sensible progress, also, that the Magazines exalt too highly both among tbe Dissenters in the national both our sufferings and our patience under church, especially ainong the younger part them. With the exception of a few unof the clergy."

common perpetrations, which might, ia

deed, stand in the same picture with the having devoted a considerable portion of
infuriated paganism of the early centuries, my life to the service of my country, and
our sufferings, compared with those of the having occupied one of the most impor-
first martyrs for Christ, have been a very tant public offices in the State, I feel it
small matter. With regard to the manner due to God humbly to endeavour to de-
in which we have borne them, we will vote my remaining years to his glory: it
say, to the praise of the glory of the was from Him that I received health and
grace of God, that he has not forsaken his strength to discharge the duties of my
poor servants; that he has even enabled former station ; and, while any portion
us to suffer joyfully for his sake the little of that health and strength remains, I am
that we have suffered; but placed by the bound to dedicate to his glory all the
side of the Christians, who were tortured powers I may still continue to possess
in the primitive times, for the testimony through his mercy.
of Jesus, we are little indeed. If such “ Before I take my leave of you, I feel
praises of us should be read in the Canton myself called upon to say a few words
of Vaud, instead of their being ascribed to respecting a subject which has already
the generous sympathy of our English been brought under your notice by my
brethren, I fear that they will be attributed Honourable and Reverend Friend, Mr.
to the ridiculous vanity of sectaries, always Gerard Noel--I mean, the divisions of
prompt to exaggerate their sufferings, and opinion which have unfortunately arisen
to laud one another as if they were saints.”' in our Society, and the accusations that

For the Committee, i have been made against it. In his very
J. Pye SMITH.

able and satisfactory statement, my Hon. London, Nov. 3, 1826.

Friend divided the questions at issue into

four points: and I shall follow his arrange

£ s. d. ment, as embracing all that appears to be Acknowledged in our last ·· 129 9 8 material on the subject. These were, Miss Hunt, by the Rev. J. K.

“ Ist. The Apocryphal question. Gawthorne, Belper .. .

1 0 0

" 2dly. The charge of having promoted

or circulated, in certain cases, erroneous 130 9,8

translations of the Scriptures, .

“ 3dly. The character of Foreign So

cieties connected with ours: and, SPEECH OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE “ 4thly. The charge of misapplication of LORD BEXLEY,

the funds of the Society, especially with At the Anniversary of the Kent Auxiliary Bible regard to the salaries allowed to the Secre

Society, held at Maidstone, on Tuesday, taries and other officers.
Oct. 10, 1826.

“ With respect to the Apocryphal ques

tion, as I consider that point finally settled We are happy to present our readers by the resolution of the General Meeting with the sentiments of an upright and in May, I shall not add a word to what exemplary nobleman, who, by his long was said by my Honourable Friend ; exand close connection with the British and cepting, that the Committee, with the Foreign Bible Society, is quite competent most anxious labour and indefatigable to judge of the merits of the accusations perseverance, endeavoured to go to the which have been brought against its Com- bottom of the question; and that the discusmittee, and whose elevated rank, and am- sions which ensued, though often tedious ple fortune, may, at least, screen him and painful, were conducted with Chrisfrom the cruel insinuations of those tian charity and with mutual kindness who are so ready to assign mercenary and respect those who absolutely conmotives to all who do not join in their demned the circulation of the Apocrypha war cry, which to their shame is re-echoed

in all cases, and those who contended for by all the Papists, Infidels, Antinomians, the propriety of admitting it to a certain and Libertines of the age.

extent and for certain purposes, giving “ LADIES AND GENTLEMEN -I beg you each other credit for sincerity and good to believe, that I feel very sincerely obliged intentions towards the great object which to you for the kind inanner in which yoụ the Society had in view; and only differhave accepted my services this day. I felt ing as to the interpretation of one of its it my duty, not only from the respect fundamental rules, and as to the most justly due to the gentlemen who addressed efficacious mode of distributing the word me, but from a hope, in however small of life. a degree, to do sonje service to the cause “ As respects the alleged inaccuracy of of God, not to decline the invitation I re. some of our foreign translations, I shall ceived to attend here. Drawing towards add only a few words to what has been the close of life, I consider scenes like said by Mr. Noel. It is not to be exthese, and opportunities similar to the pected that the learned will be all agreed present, as affording an employment very as to the critical accuracy of any translacongenial to my declining years. After tion: neither our own excellent autho. N. S. No. 24.

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rised version, nor any other that I am any test imposed upon those who may be acquainted with, has escaped - abundant willing to become subscribers to the Socriticism. With respect to the new ver- ciety, nor can any scrutiny take place sions published by the Society, they have into their sentiments and conduct. been, in all cases, prepared by men who “In the foreign societies are generally appeared most competent to the task ; comprehended the most distinguished and they have been carefully revised before important members of the church and they went to the press; and if any doubt state ; and they have been formed under was afterwards suggested of their correct. the immediate patronage of every sove. ness, it has been referred to the considera. reign in Continental Europe, excepting tion of the ablest scholars in the respec- those professing the Roman Catholic re

tive languages which this or other coun- ligion. . tries could furnish-and their opinion has " Among such bodies, difference in modecided the proceedings of the Committee. ral character, as well as in religious tenets, I know not what more prudent precau- must be expected to prevail: but I can tions could be taken, nor to what higher

venture to assert, that the cause of the tribunal we could appeal.

Gospel has been incredibly promoted by « Under this head of charge may be in such a union of patronage; and that withcluded the allegation of a breach of one out it, the circulation of the Scriptures of our fundamental rules, by the publica

would, in many cases, have been wholly tion of editions of the Scriptures with

suppressed, or confined within very narnotes or other additions. Nothing of this row limits. kind has ever been done by the Parent " I will also assert, that our agents Society ; unless it can be so called, that have, to the best of their knowledge, ena few copies of one edition of the English deavoured to associate themselves with the Bible were issued with the translator's purest and most unexceptionable characpreface prefixed, as had been usual in the

ters in the countries which they visited : larger editions published by the authorised and indeed it is only reasonable to suppose printers :-- this, however, was discon- that such would be the persons who would tinued, as soon as discovered. But it is most warmly hail the formation of a Bible true, that, in a very few instances, the Society, and labour most ardently in its Foreign Societies have been guilty of a

ions. breach of this rule, either from adhe- ** It is incredible, however, to what a rence to the customs of their countries, height of absurdity the exaggerations and or from misapprehensions as to its extent misrepresentations respecting the foreign - and importance; and this has been done

societies have been carried.
societies have heen

In an Edineven in the case of editions printed partly burgl paper. * which I hold in my hand, at our expense :--but this practice has under the head • The British and Foreign in every instance, been repressed, as soon Bible Society," is contained the following as it came to the knowledge of the So.

passage :-ciety, and as far as circumstances ren

vir In our last, we gave a short account dered it practicable.

of the article in the Christian Instructor on " With respect to the Foreign So

this subject, and alluded, also, to a pam. cieties, I must first observe, that much

phlet which has just been published by misapprehension prevails as to the nature

Mr. Haldane, whose views are still more of their constitution and connection with

comprehensive, and whose details are still · our Society. It appears to be thought

more revolting. By this pamphlet it appears, that the Parent Society is in all cases

that almost all the infidels in Europe are answerable for the acts of those Societies,

the chosen correspondents and active and even for the individual characters of

agents of the British Bible Society, and their members. Nothing can be more

that the word and name of the Most erroneous. They are distinct and inde

High are made engines and weapons to pendent bodies; formed, indeed, in most

further the basest political intrigues; to cases, at the instigation and by the

fill the pockets of individuals, whose god assistance of our agents, and assisted by

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is gain ; and to fleece the poor of their our funds in the great work which, in

h earnings, in order to circulate the labour co-operation with us, they are carrying

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of sth

of atheists, and to support, in ease and on ; but regulated by their own laws :

affluence, the profligate infidel and incorand their members are subjects of differ

: rigible hypocrite.'' ent Governments and States, by some of

· The editor states, as you obserre, that which the formation of Associations and

almost all the infidels in Europe were in the Societies is viewed with peculiar jealousy, and in which the same liberty of thought pay o

i pay of the British and Foreign Bible So

ciety; that is to say, in other words, that and action is not allowed, which, by the blessing of Providence, we enjoy in this

all the infidels in Europe are actively emcountry. Still less can we be answerable. for the individual characters of their The Edinburgh Observer, Tuesday, members. Neither abroad nor at home is July 25, 1826.

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