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down to the swabs in the head. By an 4. Practical Lectures on Parental ReOld Sailor, author of " Greenwich Hos- sponsibility, and the Religious Education pital," 8c. Illustrated by George of Children, by S. R. Hall, Americu. Cruikshank. Effingham Wilson. Lone Religious Tract Society, London.) A very don. 1835.
useful and valuable little work : full of imThese tales abound in nautical humour, portant hints and judicious counsel, which and all the characteristic manners of the it would be greatly to the advantage of all true British tar. They are accompanied families diligently to observe. When the with etchings from the pencil and graver of importance of correctly educating those George Cruikshanks, and we need say no who are to succeed us in life, is duly conmore in favour of a work intended to raise sidered in all its bearings upon the future a smile at eccentricities, and to cherish good welfare of society, we cannot bul think that feelings towards men distinguished as the Tract Society has done well in providmuch by their bravery as by their sim- ing so cheap and excellent a manual for plicity.
the guidance of those who sustain the responsible office of parents.
5. The Way of Peace, Lost and
Regained ; by the Author of " the Bread 1. Female Biography of the New Tes- of Deceit,” (Seeley and Sons, London, tament, with Preliminary Notices of the 1834.) This is one of those interesting tales Condition of Women in all Ages, by Tho- which strengthen, by scriptural references, mus Timpson, (Ward and Co. London, the moral conduct of the labouring poor 1834.)-An excellent little book, contain- with reference to, and through confidence ing a great deal of interesting matter, the in, Divine Grace. We need not disguise result of considerable biblical research, per- our apprehension, that “the power of docvaded throughout by a deep tone of piety,
trine by parables” is, notwithstanding its apand thus promising to be productive of parent facility and manifestly pleasing aspect
, useful results, especially to female readers. exercised much too daringly and extensively
2. Counsels to the Aged; or, a Compa- at the present era. From the religious nion for the Evening of Life ; by John novel, to the tract of half a sheet, we are Morison, D.D. (Wesley and Davis, Lon- met in every direction by pious fictions ; don, 1834.)-This is one of several valu- and we must confess that, in many of these able, though small presents, made by the productions, the truths proposed to be reverend author to the Christian world. inculcated are but too frequently very fearLike all his other productions, it savours of fully violated. On the present occasion, a mind deeply tinctured with piety, and however, this remark does not particularly enriched with good sense and much Chris- apply. The story is told in a simple, pertian experience. It is equally calculated spicuous style, and neither morality or relito awaken aged impenitence to salutary gion are injured by any of the incidents. thoughtfulness, and to support the confi- 6. Biographical Sketches of Eminent dence and hopes of the mature Christian Artists, comprising Painters, Sculptors, in the prospect of the last and greatest Engravers and Architects from the earchange.
liest ages to the present time ; interspersed 3. The Way of Salvation, by Henry with original anecdotes. To which is Foster Burder, D.D., (Westley & Davis, added an Introduction containing a brief London, 1834.)—Any degree of originality account of the various schools of art. By of opinion upon the subject of this little John Gould. (London, Effingham Wilson, book would involve serious reflection 1834.)– This volume appears to contain a upon it and its author.
Any considerable body of matter both useful and interesting degree of talent expended upon it would to those who are either professionally or by perhaps be inconsistent with what ought to
inclination attached to the arts. It is combe, and doubtless was, its design ; as it pendious also in its form, which is itself no might withdraw the attention of ihe reader slight recommendation to artists in general, from its elemental and all-important sub
who have seldoni leisure for the perusal of jects. The work pretends to neither. It is ponderous folios. The Biographical notices designed to explain the nature, and impress are drawn up in plain and correct language, the necessity, of Repentance, Faith, and without any of that attempt to make an Holiness. It does so in a manner at once exhibition of the terms of art, which 100 clear, scriptural, and earnest, and therefore frequently is perceptible in works of this calculated to produce those great effects to
nature. which all studies and pursuits ought to be 7. The Fathers not Papists : Sir Dissubservient,
courses, with Numerous Select Passages
from the Greek Fathers, translated by author of a poem entitled “ The Deity," H. S. Boyd, Esq. London, Samuel an author who deserves far more extended Bagster, 1834. This book has consi- patronage from the public than we fear he derable merits as a translation, but its chief has at present received. worth consists in its tendency to invalidate 16. "Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from the best argument for papacy, namely, that Aristotle to Linnæus, with Introductory which is founded on its alleged antiquity. Remarks on the study of Natural History,
8. A Dissertation on the Reasonableness and Occasional Observutions on the Pro. of Christianity, by the Rev. John Wilson, gress of Zoology. By W. Macgillivray, A. M. Edinburgh, Oliver and Boyd, A.M. F.R.S. E. &c. Author of a “ Nur1834.- This book is designed to meet the rative of the Travels and Researches of rationalists on their own ground, and is Alexander Von Humboldt.” With a porcalculated to demonstrate the truths of trait of Linnæus. Edinburgh. Oliver and Christianity and to impress the lessons Boyd. 1834. — This work forms one of which it teaches, without specific reference the volumes of the Edinburgh Cabinet to the Scriptures themselves.
Library. It is written in a compendious 9. The Natural Influence of Speech and interesting manner, and, while it excites in raising Man above the Brute Creation. the emulation of the young student, will London, Whittaker and Co. 1834.-An supply him with information of the most ingenious book, upon a curious and almost useful as well as the most encouraging fantastic subject; a subject, however, which nature. Bacon “
notes as deficient,” and the prose- 17. The Three Sisters, or Memoirs of cution of which he recommends.
Miss Mary, Jane, and Eliza Seckerson. 10. A Remedy for Wandering Thoughts By their Father. London. Mason. 1834. in the Worship of God, by the Rev. Richard - This is a republication of memoirs which Steele, M.A. First published in 1673. have already attracted the commiseration London, Thomas Ward and Co., 1834.- and awakened the pious sensibilities of a This book combines much of the simplicity large portion of the religious community. and strength that mark the compositions of We are glad to find that an increasing the times in which it appeared, with much demand bears testimony to its effects upon of that gospel truth which is, like its Author, the heart. the same yesterday, to-day and for
ever. 18. Protestant Dissenters' Juvenile 11. Metrical Exercises upon Scripture Magazine. Vol. II. London. Simpkin Texts and Miscellaneous Poems, by Har- and Marshall. 1834. — A miscellany riet Rebecca King. London, Smith, abounding with much information, in Elder, and Co., 1834. Better as metrical which a vein of rich and exciting piety is exercises than as a poetical publication. found amidst many instructive passages of
12. The Truth and Excellence of the natural history, and other information suited Christian Revelation, by W. Youngman. to the minds of youth. London : Jackson and Walford, 1834.- 19. Pastoral Appeals, on Personal, One of those general dissertations on the Domestic, and Social Prayer. Three most important subject, which can never be Sermons preached in Albion Chapel, Leeds. too numerous or too varied.
By Rev. R. Winter Hamilton. Simpkin 13. Sacred Classics, Vol. 10: Beveridge's and Marshall. London. 1834.-Interesting Private Thoughts. Hatchard and Son, discourses upon a subject of the deepest 1834.-A new and elegant edition of a concern to every professing Christian. book which can never be old, and which 20. Religious Letters. By the Emiconstitutes one of the most valuable be- nently Pious and Learned Rev. Samuel quests which the church has received froin Rutherford, Professor of Divinity, St. the piety or talent of any of its members. Andrews. London : Religious Tract So
14. The Collected Poems of the late ciety.- This reprint of the letters of the N. T. Carrington, edited by his Son, devout and highly-gifted minister of AmH. E Carringlon. London, Longman worth cannot but be acceptable to the reliand Co., 1834.--These poems have long gious world, and particularly encouraging been known and approved by the public: to those who earnestly seek the strengthenin the present edition they are accompanied ing of their faith in the Saviour. by a pleasing memoir from the pen of his 21. Missionary Records : China, Bur
mah, Ceylon, &c. 8c. London, Religious 15. The Martyr of Verulam, and other Tract Society - We need not speak of the poems, by Thos, Ragg. London, Hamil- pious labours recorded in this work, for our ion and Co., 1834. - This is another pro- readers are already acquainted with many of duction from the pen of Mr. Ragg, the them, and are prepared to receive a com. pendious narrative of them with cordial and ancient History of Armenia, by the sympathy. We do not know where the
author of “ The Modern Traveller.” serious portion of society will find a volume London, G. Wightman. 1834.-We rejoice so full of instruction, relative not only to to see a reprint in England of this Amethe sacred object of the enterprising mis- rican work, which is justly considered so sionaries, but to the manners of the remote highly creditable to the talents, learning, people, and the geographical and natural and enterprise of the American mission. history of the regions in which they are aries, who, in this journey, have added so bearing their hallowed errand.
much to our knowledge of an almost for22. Todd's Lectures to Children, fami- gotten, but interesting, portion of the liarly illustrating Important Truth. Re- globe. It is impossible for us, in the space vised. London: Religious Tract Society. to which we are confined, to say any more -A very pleasing and pious work, which than that we know of no work that has so ought to be a regular class-book in all completely fulfilled the expectation which schools, where a deep sense of the Creator it held out, or thal merits a more attentive is sought to be impressed upon the mind perusal by men of research, who wish to along with a general knowledge of his trace the condition of a country formerly so creatures.
distinguished, both in general history and 23. The Young Minister's Companion; in the early annals of Christianity. or Outlines of Eighty-five Original Dis- 27. An Explanation of the principal courses on tbe most Interesting and Im- Parables of the New Testament, intended portant Subjects: to which are prefixed for the Young: London, Religious Tract Rules for the Composition of a Sermon, Society.—To the young, and probably to 8c. &c. By the Author of “ Outlines of a very large portion of those who do not Fifty Sermons.” London. Simpkin and think very strongly upon scripture truths in Marshall.–Such works may undoubtedly the abstract, the parables of the gospel are have their occasional value, but they are the most interesting parts of scripture. In very apt to injure that habit of original the publication before us, this bias of the thinking which no class of men ought to human mind is made subservient to the encourage and cultivate more than the introduction of such explanations as may preachers of the Divine word.
gradually lead to a more severe course of 24. Map of Jerusalem, with its Envi. thought, and to the fulfilment, in this way, rons. Sunday School Union, 5, Paternoster of the principal object for which the paraRow.- A beautifully executed map of bles were spoken by their divine author. Jerusalem and its neighbourhood. An in- 28. Anecdotes, Christian Missions. valuable acquisition to the biblical student; London, Religious Tract Society. This is and, as a means of instruction for the rising one of those publications that serve to prove generation, certainly unequalled. The prin- that no one in search of amusement, need ciple on which the map is constructed, the to quit the path of piety. distinctness and accuracy of its features, 29. Tales of a Physician, by W. H. and, to say the least, the neatness of its Harrison. London, Washbourne, 1834.execution, merit unqualified approval. The elegant style in which these short
25. Redemption, or the New Song in narratives are written, the intense sensibility Heaven. By Robert Philip. London. which pervades them, and the blended Forbes and Jackson. 1834.- Mr. Philip tone of humanity and piety which appeals does not come before the religious public to the heart of the reader in almost every for the first time, in the little book before us, page, prove them to be the composition of and his former productions constitute a very a physician of the soul, well studied in favourable introduction. This, like those every disorder by which it may be affected. which he has before presented to the world, We strongly recommend them to the peis distinguished by deep piety and those rusal of those who know thal“ in the other ingredients which are adapted to pro- breast are pangs which drugs cannot allay.”. duce a sympathetic feeling in the minds of 30. Life of the Rev. David Brainerd, others.
Missionary to the North American 26. Missionary Researches in Armenia: Indians, compiled from the Memoir pubincluding a Journey through Asia Minor, lished by Mrs. Edwards, by the Rev. Josiah and into Georgia and Persia, with a visit Pratt, B.D. and now republished by his to the Nestorian and Chaldean Christians permission. London, Seeley and Sons, 1834. of Oormiah and Salmes, by Eli Smith and --The melancholy enthusiasm which chaH. G. 0. Dwight, missionaries from the racterised the short but devout life of one, American Board of Missions. To which who may be classed among the earliest is prefixed, a Memoir on the Geography apostles to the rude aborigines of America,
will always be perused with a degree of Jackson and Walford. These admirable awful respect by those who are friendly to lectures originated in a prevalence of unbelief the great missionary cause. It is calculated in the manufacturing districts, particularly to excite overpowering thoughts, and to at Bradford, in Yorkshire. They are written force upon the mind suggestions that can in forcible, yet moderate and conciliatory only be met by submission to faith of the language, and will undoubtedly be more most absorbing nature. In fact, the mind effective than those writings which too frecapable of sympathizing with its contents, quently display more indignation than arguis necessarily subjected to a trial in which ment in their contest with scepticism. consolation can be only obtained by the sin- 36. The Poetical Souvenir, a Selection cerity of belief, through the aid of the spirit. of Moral and Religious Poetry. London.
31. The Management of Bees, with a Relfe and Fletcher. This is a very rich description of the “ Ladies' Safety Hive," selection of the most perfect gems of modern by Samuel Bagster, jun., with forty illus- poetry, and is presented to the public withtrative wood engravings. London, Bagster, out the embellishments of the graver, justly 1834.—This is one of the most interesting trusting to the beauties of thought and the works upon the subject of bees that ever came brilliances of genius for its powers of atunder our notice, and will undoubtedly traction. excite attention to a branch of natural 37. Holy Excitements. By William history which involves some of the most Mason, Author of “ Believer's Pocket, curious facts in that variety of physical Companion,” &c. &c. London: Davies and economy ordained by the great Creator. Porter. 1834.-The intention of this little
32. Spiritual Honey from the Nutural work is good, but the style and manner are Hives; or Meditations and Observations not in very good taste. on the Natural History und Habits of Bees. 38. Clematis Cottage; being a Domestic First introduced to public notice in 1657, Narrative of the Afflictions of Mrs. Wby Samuel Purchas, A. M. London, caused by the Profligate Life of her Son, Bagster, 1834.- This is a pious companion with an Account of his After-conversion. to the preceding publication; and as a reprint London: Paul. 1835.-A story founded of the instructive and devotional manuals of on incidents which are but too common, old Purchas, will be welcomed by the reli- and told in an easy style. gious reader with sincere delight.
39. The Nursery Offering, or Children's 33. Japheth : Contemplations, and other Gift for 1835. Edinburgh : Waugh and pieces, by Alfred Beesley.
London : Innes. 1835.—A very pleasing and inLongman and Co., 1834.–There is much structive Christmas present, which will engood intention and some good sense in courage and delight the young student. these pieces, but there is little of that poetic 40. The Excitement, or a Book to inspirit which in these days awakes the atten- duce Young People to read. For 1835. tion of the general reader.
Containing Remarkable Appearances in 34. Warleigh, or the Fatal Oak, a Nature, Signal Preservations, and such legend of Devon, by Mrs. Bray, author Incidents as are particularly fitted to arrest of “ Fitz of Fitz Ford,” “ The Talba," the Youthful Mind. Edinburgh. Waugh “ The White Hords,” “ De Froir,” 80.8c. and Innes. 1835.- This is a volume of In three Vols. London : Longman and Co. very captivating contents, abounding in 1834.– Mrs. Bray writes with much ele. those real events which excite astonishment gance, and her delineations of character are or awaken sensibility in the youthful reader. not inferior to those of the best writers of Its embellishments are few, and those are the present day. Her fault is that which very indifferently executed, but the boy of belongs chiefly to authors of descriptive, intelligent and eager mind will be too much but less dramatic, powers than her own : her fascinated by its literary contents to look for page exhibits occasionally a superabun- pictures. dance of scenery, and her story stands still 41. The Church, the Dissenters, and while the rocks, and groves, and sea-shores the Wesleyans ; or the Interests of True wait too long for the animation of her inte. Religion
Religion endangered by its professed resting and impassioned agents.
Friends. Salisbury: Brodie &Co. 1834. This 35. Lectures on the Atheistic Contro is a covert defence of the Church establishversy, delivered in the months of February ment; and, under the name of peace, aims and Murch, 1834, at Sion Chapel, Brud. at the preservation of evils which are maniford, Yorkshire, forming the first part of festly contradictory to the spirit, and injuria course of Lectures on Infidelity. By the ous to the influence, of genuine ChristiRev. B. Godwin, Author of “Lectures on anity. British Colonial Slavery,” 8c. London :
METEOROLOGICAL JOURNAL at Walsall, from Oct. 23, to Nov. 22, 1834, inclusive.
The situation of Walsall is so near the Centre of England, that its Temperature may be taken as th Average of the whole Kingdom.--Latitude 52°, 34', 30" N ; Longitude 1o, 57', O" W-Thermometer in the shade NW aspect.
1834. days. Oct23 20
24 21 25, 3d qr. 26 23 27 24 28 25 29 26 30 27
31 28 Nov.1 New.
2 1 3 4 3 5 4 6 5 7 6 8 1st qr. 9 8 10 9 11 10 12 11
12 14 13 15 14 16 Full 17 16 18 17 19 18 20 19 21 20 22 21
47 45 39 43 47 47 39 40 47 48 48 41 31 38 33 341 26 27 28 34 37 40 41 27 32 33
51 45 34 43 38 | 44 35 45 46 53 49 52 46 48 44 50 51 55 50 53 49 52 42 51 47 52 56 56 53 57 54 54 42 46 39 43 39 43 36 43 37 38 30 37 32 42 34 41 41 45 42 48 42 46 42 43 29 37 32 34 37 42
40 38 37 39 50 49 46 46 53 50 48 48 53 54 51 47 35 41 37 41 30 36 32 37 41 47 44 32 34 36 38
29.26 N.W. Hard gales with heavy rain.
Cloudy,—P.M. slight rain at times. 29.63
Fair,-heavy rain in night.
[during night. 29.77 N. by E. A.M. fair.-P.M. rather cloudy. 29.80 N. by E. Cloudy. 29.91 ; N. by E. Fair. 29.60 N. by E. Fair. 29.45 N. E. Showers of sleet and snow,-heavy rain 29.46 N. E. Cloudy.
Greatest height of Thermometer, Nov. 6, 3 P. M.
26.. Range 30.27 inches. 28.94 ... Range 1.33
* Nov. 3d, (Monday) a little before 8 P. M. a luminous arch was seen, in appearance much like the Milky-Way, but considerably more brilliant ; commencing between Jupiter and the Pleiades in the east, and ending near Altair a Aquila in the west ; its greatest height being about 65 10 70 degree ; it had a nebulous appearance, and the stars were distinctly seen through it; after a short time it separated rather rapidly, in masses-and in about twenty minutes it wholly disappeared. If it were not an electrical phenomenon it might, probably have been occasioned by an extraordinary refraction of the sun's ray,