Imagens das páginas

Others, among whom the author of the record, that much improvement has taken volume before us places himself

, strenuously place in this species of composition. insist, that Melchizedek was “a visible The author of Euston Hall is, however, manifestation of the Son of God, previous not exactly one of those who have known to his actual incarnation, as born of a how correctly to employ "the fascinations woman.'' This idea is not new, but it is of fiction in the elucidation of truth." He one of that bold and unwarranted species has ventured, with good intentions, no of conjecture, which is much more likely to doubt, rpon ground of a very dangerous disturb than confirm our faith. The sug- and deceptive nature ; ground which can gestion necessarily involves points which not be safely trodden but by those possessed are difficult to reconcile with each other, of sound and discriminating judgment; and, although we are ready to admit that and who, intimately acquainted themselves the present writer has shewn much learning with the truths to which they would, by and piety in his endeavour to adapt his this road, draw the attention of the thoughtelucidation of this sacred enigma to the less lovers of pleasure, know well how to scriptural data, yet we cannot but think keep the influence of the imagination and that he would have displayed more of the the passions tenaciously under their corne spirit of Christian prudence, had he left the trol. It has, undoubtedly, appeared to passage as he found it. We will not alto- many pious persons, of moderate education gether reject the possibility of Christ having and talents, that to give a religious ter

een Melchizedek, but we cannot receive dency to that species of incidents drawn such an intimation as a matter of faith nor from the manners of society which constican we imagine that we are called


for tute the frame-work of a modern novel, any admission of this nature, as in the a task of no great difficulty. But how slightest degree accessory to that faith in lamentable a deception this is, inay be which we hope to be saved. “Many of the proved by the false and conflicting views of most revered and most ancient fathers of religion, which the novels, termed religious the church are agreed,” observes Calmet, continually, of late years, issuing from the “though in different terms, and by differ- press, so widely promulgate! To few is ent ways of reasoning, that this prince was granted the power, even when the subject a Canaanite by birth, and king of Salem, is confined to morals or manners, of disotherwise called Jebus, or Jerusalem;" and tinctly and correctly personifying and putthe author of the tract, printed with the ting into action truths, or supposed truths, works of Saint Austin, shews “that Melchi- free from those disproportions and defotzedek was an express figure of Jesus Christ, mities, which are apt io startle and shock as king of Salem, or king of peace; being the reader, even in novels of the best king and priest both together. And when writers : so difficult is it for the human it is said by St. Paul, that he was without mind to conceive, combine, and commafather, without mother, and without de- nicate adequate ideas of the groupings and scent; this is not intended to assert, that movements in the social circle, so as to he descended from heaven, or that he was produce a series of events, which common formed immediately by the hand of God, observation will not discover to be false in but merely that he was introduced into the many of its details, and which will not, in history without informing us who he was, niany glaring particulars, controvert the or whence he came, or at what time he was moral it pretends to elucidate. How born, or when he died."

arduous a task, then, does that writer un. dertake, who takes upon himself to shem

by a fictitious narrative the workings of Review.- Euston Hall; u Tale. By divine truth! It is no condemnation of J. A. Boddy. Powell. London. 1834.

the talents of Mr. Boddy to say that his The reverend author of the Memoir of work is a failure. He tells us, in his preMrs. Hannah More, prefixed to the neat face, that his design was to display some edition of her works, now publishing by of the excellencies of Christianity, and the Messrs. Fisher, & Co. has observed, that dangers of inconsistency; and how has be " that excellent man and elegant writer, acquitted himself with regard to the inseHenry Brooke, employed his lively genius rences deducible from the incidents that in the service of religion, by conveying its make up the plan or fable of his producprecepts to the heart, through the pleasing tion ? He draws a virtuous infidel, who, form of a novel. The Fool of Quality' amid a course of afflicting events, that are was the first attempt of this kind; and not badly imagined, “ maintains an inflex. •Calebs' (by Hannah More) was the ible opinion that a supernatural agency is second ; since which, it is gratifying to not requisite in directing the conduc!


right,” who " considers religion as nothing dant pages," with all the animated truths ise but practical morality, the performance which cover them in clear and intelligible of which will procure endless life in the characters, daily present to their inspection, next world," and who, “as he declines all their interesting, their wonderful, and sub. :ontroversy, and avoids as much as pos- lime truths, arises frequently from a mis. ible what he calls the contagion of enthu- taken opinion, that a literary education, iasm, it is not very likely that he will ever and the elements of commercial informahange his opinion.” On the other hand, tion, are more important than nature, in ve have in the cousin of this consistent forming a useful character. This mistake leist, the hero of the tale, who, in the pro- is the cause of much ignorance and want of ress of his studies and his travels, has for- taste among practical and professional men, otten or mislaid his religion, but who, on and even throws difficulties in the way of a his return home, falls in love with an inte. correct apprehension of the beauties of the esting pious young lady, and, is of course, classics and the fine arts. Nature is herself recalled, by her, to a knowledge of Chris- the first lesson for the human being to janity, and to a sense of its influence. We learn, and it seldom requires encouragelo not deny that there is much interest, and ment to induce the application of youth to 10 small degree of literary merit in the work, the task; but that encouragement, instead put it is well for the readers of novels that of being anxiously bestowed, is withheld, hey seldom reflect very deeply, and are for fear lest habits and inclinations adverse not much given to dig the moral of a tale to the claims of society should be formed. rom beneath the strata of affecting occur. This interdiction is in itself a severe satire rences which cover it. It is probable that on the present constitution of society; Mr. B. himself thought as little of the moral which, whatever reformation may be necesis his readers; but while we by no means sary to its perfection, would be, indeed, discourage his future literary attempts, we incapable of the slightest improvement, advise him to reflect that an interesting were the study of nature detrimental to the story of a general religious character, may pursuits of even its busiest members. The be so told, as to have a tendency totally contrary is the truth. There is not a single irreligious.

path in life, in which the early pupil of nature has not a greater chance of success

than any competitor, who has not had his Review, Adam the Gardener. By, attention and powers of contemplation

Churles Cowden Clarke, Author of excited and directed to objects which are Tales in Prose from Chaucer. London.

ever ready for investigation, which repay Effingham Wilson. 1834.

with admiration and delight every moment Turs pleasing volume is a practical com- bestowed on them, which strengthen and panion for the year, and cannot fail in enlarge the mind, of which they are perobtaining a place on the shelves of every mitted to be the earliest sustenance; and, juvenile library in the country; at least, filling it with sublime ideas of the Creator, where the garden, and the occupations of adapt it to form itself, with conscientious rural life, afford facilities to the young, of obedience, to the duties of life, while they forming an intimate acquaintance with na- offer it an agreeable and exhilarating solace ture. We are introduced by its pages to in its moments of relaxation. the family of a gentleman, possessed of an Under these impressions, we estate on the southern coast of the island, mend · Adam the Gardener' to our young which consists of a house, a large garden, readers. To those who have the advantage 1 field, and a poultry yard ; a gentleman of a country residence, an acquaintance who understands the principles of garden with this young practical student of nature ng, and, to a general acquaintance with will undoubtedly be doubly beneficial, but he processes of husbandry, adds a know- the inhabitant of a crowded town, who can edge of botany and natural history. His only occasionally enjoy the pure air, the on, “little Adam,” with the rest of the green fields, and the running stream,' will amily, aided by a good library, and an also, after the perusal of it, relish bis temntelligent mother, have consequently the porary country excursions with the greater neans of obtaining, by habit, example, and zest ; and it cannot be denied, that in the books, those ideas, derivable from natural immediate neighbourhood of the metropolis objects, which ought to be the earliest, as opportunities present themselves, which hey are undoubtedly the most pleasing, would be seized and enjoyed with greater hat the human mind can possess. The avidity than they usually are, if works like neglect with which the study of nature is this were more generally placed in the reated, even by those to whom “her ver- hands of the London youth of both sexes.


Review. Alemoir of James Brainerd

the will of Christ was almost hourly w Taylor. By John Holt Rice, D.D.

fested by the sweet tranquillity of his life and Benjamin Holt Rice. Westley and

shaken faith, he expired on the 29th Marc, Davis. London. 1834.

1829, in the 28th year of his age. This appears to be a reprint from an American publication, which the authors,

Review.- Christian Theology; fros", (modestly styling themselves compilers,) dedicate to the “students of theology in

Lalin of Benedict Piclet, Paster the United States particularly, and to the

Professor of Divinity in the Church Christian church generally." The object of

University of Geneva. By Frederic Rthe memoir is, through the medium of a

mond, B.A. Seeley, London. 1834. very ainiable example, to assist young

Perhaps there never was an ara in oz preachers, and candidates for the ministry, literary history, in which the press *a in such a course of studies, as may fit them more prolific of divinity than it is in the for the high calling to which they have present day. This cannot but be regarda devoted themselves. Mr. James Brainerd as a happy indication. There is no stand Taylor was a young man of a respectable which calls forth and matures more » family in Connecticut, which traces its portant faculties of the mind, and which lineage to a branch of the early settlers in more calculated to enlighten and increase the colonies connected with the celebrated the heart, than divinity. And there cei and estimable Jeremy Taylor. His father tainly is no subject on which such gizak: was Colonel Jeremiah Taylor, and the sub- powers of mind, and such profound dear. ject of this memoir was born at Middle- ing, have been expended. It is not to Haddum, Connecticut, in 1801. He had much to affirm, that in no other walk de been several years in the employment of a literature or science shall we find such mercantile house in New York, when his “ glorious army” as that of the Brit religious turn of sentiment induced bim to divines, or such a constellation of nanes 2 seek the means of devoting himself to the Barrow, South, Milton, Bunyan, Buite", ministry. During the period of his clerk- Howe, Butler, Paley, Hall, and other ship, his letters to his parents, and other Nor are the English theological publicate members of his family, display the conti- of the present day confined 10 the works of nually increasing intensity of this feeling; divines of our country and age. Numerus and although, in 1819, he was in the em- re-publications and translations are bris.r. ployment of a kind-hearted, pious man, to light the treasures of ancient and foreco whom he highly esteemed, and who opened theology, and more particularly of German to him favourable prospects in his worldly divinity and criticism. interests, he determined to abandon those The work before us is not one of the pursuits, and to embrace the ministry of most favourable specimens of that class o the gospel. An unexpected occasion soon works, on the prevalence of which we ar presented itself, and before the close of the congratulating our readers. It is a mer year 1819 he was enabled to enter the manual of divinity; and though, as such, : academy, at Lawrenceville (N. J.) under doubtless has important uses, yet those uses the care of the Rev. Isaac V, Brown,

are comparatively limited. There are Ten years of a life passed in declining departments of doctrine, moreover, in whici health, and in a course of pious studies, we think the “ Christian Theology" dispre while they abundantly display the mild in- portionately and unnecessarily scanty, as tellectual and spiritual graces of the sincere some in which we think the evidence neand confiding Christian, present no pro- gre, and the proof far from complete. T minent passages for particular selection. reasoning, moreover, is in some cases of a Congenial minds will peruse its pages with a priori and very unsatisfactory character unabating satisfaction, and those who are for

example, in the chapter “ On the Peendeavouring to acquire the same attain- fection of the Scriptures," which comments ments, will find in these pages a legacy of al p. 41, our author proposes 10“ shew tha divine wealth, while they commiserate the the scripture contains all things necessari early fate of one who, had he been per- salvation, and consequently that it must be milted to dispense from his own lips, and perfect;" and this he attempts to prort, in his own actions, the sacred treasures he first, by citing such passages at that in the was daily accumulating, would assuredly epistle to Timothy, in which they are se have been an instrument of religious hap- io be able to make us wise unto saliza piness to thousands. After a long pro- tion;" and again,“ all scripture is tracted illness, in which his resignation to inspiration of God"-a mode of argiks

vhich is perfectly circular, and inadmis- We should be glad to see the epochs of ible.

French and Scottish history treated in a The style throughout is framed as though similar way by the same author. he author intended the perusal of his book o be a more rational kind of self-mortificaion, than the fastings and flagellations of the Review.—Counsels to the Aged; or, a nonks. It is every where rugged, mono- Companion for the Evening of Life. onous, and fatiguing, with nothing to invite By John Morrison, D.D., Author of he attention or sustain the interest of the

Counselsto a Newly Wedded Pair,' eader. Should all bodies of divinity, ex- to the Young," 8c.gc. Westley and cept that of Benedict Pictet, be destroyed, Davis. London. 1834. us book would doubtless become invaluible for its orthodoxy; but as long as our

ADMONITIONS to the aged are seldom present opulence of biblical literature shall pleasing, but there is a gentleness and emain to us, we imagine that the worthy friendliness in this lille volume, which are

sure to win some attention even from those Professor's modesty is in no danger from he unlimited popularity of his book.

who are fearfully treading in mental and bodily anguish the downhill path toward the valley and shadow of death. The reve

rend author of these short admonitions Review.- Chronological Rhymes. Dar- shews to such the support to be derived ton & Harvey. London 1834.

from religion, not only with the voice of The design of this little work—to present warning, but in the soothing tones of conthe young with a temptation to learn the solation; and while he earnestly directs the

attention of those burdened with years, to alphabet of English history—is most successfully accomplished. The same task

the spiritual home whither they are irrehas so seldom been undertaken by persons vocably hastening, he does not forget that of sufficient ability, that works of the kind

on the very threshold of the dwelling they have for the most part been signal failures;

are about to leave for ever, there may be appearing to have been written to afford duties of a temporal character, which call

The section ennumerous illustrations of Pope's definition for their consideration. of a wretched verse,

titled 'Set your house in order,' may be "Where ten dull words oft creep in one dull line,"

read with advantage to their concerns in and being disfigured by outrageous hyper- this world, by all persons in the decline of

life, whatever may be their religious sentibole, or eked out by vapid reflections, as often as the exactions of rhyme compel a

ments; and, with this small monitor once in sacrifice of reason.

This will not do for their hands, we cannot doubt that the other children : to charm them, we must charm sections will attract their attention, and be wisely; and here we think we have a song perused with still greater advantage to their to which they will listen. The principal far higher concerns in the world to come. events of the reigns of English sovereigns, with the dates of their occurrence, are recorded in lines so winning to the ear as

Review.— Missionary Records. India. to be easily learned and remembered, and

Religious Tract Society. London. frequently so beautiful as to make the This little book, with but small pretensions Tecollection of them a delight. In the pro- to literary excellence, still fulfils a desirable duction of this little book, the author has object. It rescues from their unheeded rendered youth a real, though unosten. confinement in periodical reports, and scattatious, service ; and, in employing for the tered diaries and correspondence, the reperformance of the task abilities evidently cords of some of the noblest efforts of equal to the attainment of far higher aims, human energy and zeal. We can imagine has joined the ranks of those who have few subjects which will be more interesting already signalized themselves by their to posterity than the Missionary history of amiable condescension to humble themes. the present times. The labours which have

We strongly recommend the book to been endured, the triumphs which have parents and instructors; and confidently been won, and the magnanimity and chrispredict that they themselves will derive tian courage which have been displayed by great pleasure from an acquaintance with our missionaries, are but very partially ts merits. Its circulation we believe is known. A record which should display already extensive, and we have no doubt them all, would, we imagine, include some hat Messrs. Darton and Harvey will soon of the most signal developments of human de called upon to issue a second edition. greatness and excellence. The little volume


before us, we take to be the first of a series the Cultivation of your Mind. 7.C compiled with this design.

cerning the Persons with whom yoe bir We think, however, that its contents are to labour. 8. Concerning Manap too much confined to mere anecdote, and 9. Concerning the Care you shoulder too little devoted to a comprehensive and of your Health. To these he has add historical view of missionary effort, to answer as an Appendix, an Address to the Peupan the end it contemplates.

on Profiting by the Hearing of the Wor The brief space to which we are restricte

forbids our quoting from this very etteie Review.— The Cabinet Annual Register, little work ; but we must briefly remas.

and Historical, Political, Biographical, that it embodies much valuable atz and Miscelianeous Chronicle. Wash- under each of the above points, not in i bourne, London. 1834.

dry, ascetic, and morose style of vitak A VERY valuable book of reference, in a

rative admonition, but in a lively, animate more portable, cheap, and convenient form strain of christian friendship: entering tar than the work which has, for many years, liarly into those minute particulars

, of every been known under the name of the Annual day occurrence, with which the preacta Register. It appears to be compiled with

must necessarily come in contact, and

which he descants with all the Ease zd great caution, and no inconsiderable research; and although there cannot be a

vivacity of long experience. On the dire general agreement as to the proportion of tions for the pulpit and the study, les space to be devoted to the several depart- eminently happy in his mode of treatmen ments which it embraces, yet we think

and exhibits a judicious mixture of piezthat the arrangement will, on the whole, be

santry and gravity. The books he recte. satisfactory.

mends for perusal, though few, are *r. selected, and the character of their comp. rative merits, evinces a close acquaintato, not only with their contents, but their at The advice in the Appendix is simple

. 1. A Letter to a Preacher on his En- affectionate, and judicious; and cakultet trance into the Work of the Ministry: to set the practical utility of the preacted with some Directions to the People how word in its true light; and make it, unde they may Profit under the Preaching of the Divine blessing, “instrumental in makthe Word of God, by Adam Clarke, ing the hearers wise unto salvation." L.L. D. F. A.S., (Simpkin and Marshall,) 2. Tom Sanders the Rick Barve, The admirable and voluminous works of (Seeley.) and, this eminent and learned divine will always 3. The Manufacturers, by the same be held in the highest estimation by all Author, (Seeley,) are two short and weithose who can duly estimate soundness of written tracts, eminently suited for the pre reasoning, simplicity of style, and clearness sent time, as tending to shew the awful and of induction ; and though the present disastrous consequences attendant on the * Letter' does not boast of that deep learn- combinations among the abandoned and ing which is displayed in his larger works, dissolute of the working classes, which the amiable author has embodied in it such entail misery on themselves, and ruip on a variety of useful and practical informa- the unfortunate victims of their malice tion as, while it exhibits his intimate per- They are both simply but powerfully w:sonal acquaintance with all the circum- ten, and display the workings of those er: stances he has introduced, cannot fail to be passions which, when once allowed to of the greatest value to those young preach- kindle in the human breast, soon rise above ers who are about to enter on the arduous all moral restraint, and, strengthened by the labours of the Christian ministry. The unhallowed oaths and stratagems which work, though it assumes the epistolary always characterise combinations for us. form, embraces the following sections or lawful purposes, are fanned into a flame divisions.-1. Concerning your Call to the that spreads desolation around, and tenda work of the Ministry. 2. Concerning the to unhinge the frame of human society, Choice of Texts. 3. Concerning your

We sincerely hope that these little weris Behaviour in the Pulpit, and Mode of will be extensively read, as they are well Conducting the Public Service. 4. Con calculated, where any spark of proper feel

. cerning your Behaviour in your Circuit, or ing still lingers in the breast, to point out Place, where you Exercise your Ministry. the accumulated evils to which such com5. Concerning your Behaviour in the binations inevitably lead. House where you lodge. 6. Concerning

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