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sures with all, of whatever denomination with whom they agree in principle, and should never, without necessity, act as a party, the recent combinations of churchmen have rendered it imperative on dissenters to confederate in their own defence; never indeed to seek any favor for themselves which they do not seek for the whole community, but to resist, with their whole influence, those aggressive movements of churchmen, which are alike opposed to the principles of just and free government, and to the rights of dissenters, with which the former are identified. He demonstrates that dissenters cannot co-operate with churchmen in their present movements for non-intrusion and independence, since churchmen demand these on grounds, and for objects, and in circumstances, with which dissenters can have no sympathy. They petition for the relief of the church by new statutes in her favor; dissenters say, the church should relieve herself, and the state should let her alone. They seek independence for the church of Scotland with exclusive pay and power; dissenters seek independence for all churches, pay and power for none. They seek justice and liberty for themselves ; dissenters for the whole community. The following passage on this subject, from the pamphlet of Dr. Brown, will afford our readers an opportunity of judging of the tone and purport of the whole.
• It would be irreconcilable alike with sound principle and enlightened policy, for the dissenting churches in their religious capacity, to take any part in political affairs, it being a fundamental principle with all well instructed dissenters, that in their religious capacity, whether as individuals or societies, the governments of this world have nothing to do with them, and they have nothing to do with the governments of this world; but it does seem advisable that dissenters, as a class of citizens, whose civil rights are materially and injudiciously affected by certain existing institutions, in consequence of their exercising their inalienable right of judging for themselves in religion, and acting accordingly, should, as other classes of citizens are apt to do in similar circumstances, organize themselves into a distinct body, so as most effectually to protect from invasion such privileges, as, in common with the other subjects of the state, they have already a legal right to, and to make the most of every opportunity which may occur, of securing that, to which as peaceable members of the community they are entitled, but which, wbile civil establishments of religion exist, they never can expect to possess, absolute liberty, just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty.'*-pp. 11, 12.
Mr. Rose's pamphlet is the production of a pious and judicious churchman; a devotee of no party, dreading mischief, and
eager to prevent it; and propounding his own plans, with little hope of their being listened to, for healing the present sores of the church. With true Celtic veneration he regards the church in which he has been nurtured—with Celtic strength and fervor he clasps her with masculine arms to his honest breast; but it is plain withal that he finds himself environed with embarrassments, from which escape within the church is all but hopeless; in a word, he is within a few paces of—his wit's end ; a predicament by no means peculiar to “ The Rev. Lewis Rose, of Duke Street Gaelic Church, Glasgow.'
As for Mr. Cunningham, he is ever like himself--an affirmation which may not be quite transparent to English eyes, but which will be perfectly so to all in the vicinity of Trinity College Church, Edinburgh. In the ecclesiastical flotilla which at present navigates the troubled waters of Scotia, Mr. Cunningham is the Spitfire,-incessantly discharging his innocent miniature guns, now at the Moderates within the church, now at the judges of the land, now at that ghastly, grisly spectre, that haunts him by night and by day-the law, and now at the Voluntaries, especially, in his own vernacular, “the perjured and apostate seceders. Verily, the church of Scotland has good reason to pray,
save me from
Family Secrets, or Hints to those who would make Home happy. By Mrs. Ellis, Author of "The Women of England. Part I. Fisher and Co.
It would be premature at present to pronounce any opinion on the literary merits of this work, and we shall therefore confine our notice to a simple statement of the object of the author, and the mode of its publication. It is justly remarked by Mrs. Ellis, that all who are solicitous for the well-being of society, must rejoice in whatever tends to the increase of domestic comfort, either by removing what is destructive to its existence, or encouraging those habits and dispositions by which it is protected and sustained. Some of these,' she adds, with their nature and tendencies, the author has already endeavored to point out to her countrywomen, in the · Women of England ;' and, encouraged by the favorable regard with which this work has been received, she is induced to turn her attention to a minute description of one particular cause of evil, more fatal than all others, to individual happiness, though less discountenanced by the world, in its commencement and early progress. In the work now announced, the author has endeavored, not only to describe some of the various forms which this
evil assumes, but to lead the attention of the reader to its only remedy, as well as to enforce the truth, that for all moral evils there is no cer. tain cure but in the exercise of Christian principle. The form in which the work is moulded, is that of a domestic novel; and the style, if we may judge from the present number, is at once sober, chaste, and graphic. The work is to appear in monthly parts, price one shilling each, and will be handsomely illustrated by steel engravings.
A Dictionary of Science, Literature, and Art; comprising the History,
Description, and Scientific Principles of every Branch of Human Knowledge ; with the Derivation and Definition of all the terms in general use. Illustrated by Engravings on Wood. Edited by W. T. BRANDE, F.R.S., L. and E. Part I. London: Longman and Co.
The design of this work is most admirable, and its execution promises to be such as will entitle it to the confidence and patronage of the public. It is intended to occupy a medium position between the general encyclopædia and the special dictionary, and will be found to answer all the purposes of a manual or reference book. It will contain,' we are informed in the prospectus, the definition, derivation, and explanation of the various terms in science, art, and literature, that occur in reading or in conversation. Great pains have been taken to make these definitions and explanations correct, clear, and precise. Short abstracts are also given of the principles of the most popular and important departments of science, literature, and art, with notice of their rise, progress, and present state. No statement made as to any unusual or doubtful matter, without referring to the authority on which it rests; and when subjects of general interest and importance are noticed, the reader is referred to the works relating to them, which embody the best and most authentic information. Not only, therefore, will those who consult this work have a guarantee for its authenticity ; but they will learn the sources to which they may resort with the greatest advantage, should they wish to make further inquiries. The work is printed in a small but neat and readable type, and will be completed in ten or twelve monthly parts of 5s. each.
The Illustrated Commentary on the Old and New Testaments ; chiefly
explanatory of the Manners and Customs mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, and also of the History, Geography, Natural History, and Antiquities, 8c. being a Republication of the Notes of the Pictorial Bible. Vol. V. London: Charles Knight and Co.
We have in former numbers of our Journal described the nature of this work, and have expressed our high estimate of its value. Such is our opinion on this point that we deem it almost impossible to speak of it in terms of too high praise. Leaving the doctrinal and experimental exposition of Scripture to other writers, the editor of this work has brought his varied reading and most laborious research to bear on the elucidation of the antiquities, geography, political history, zoology,
botany, and customs of the inspired record. The result, as might have been expected, has been the removal of many difficulties which have long served to perplex the intelligent reader, and the clearing up of some obscurities which had thrown an appearance of inconsistency or of doubtfulness upon the sacred text. The present volume completes the work, which we strongly recommend all parents and guardians of youth to piace immediately in the hands of their charge.
Memoir of the Rev. Edward Payson, D.D. By the Rev. Asa Com
MINGS. Reprinted from the Ninth American Edition, 1835. London : Ward and Co.
A cheap and beautifully executed reprint of one of the best pieces of American ministerial biography.
'What Cheer ;' or Roger Williams in Banishment. A Poem. By JOB
DURFEE, Esq. With a Recommendatory Preface, by the Rev. Joux Eustace Giles. London : Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.
Such of our readers as will peruse an extended critique on the American edition of this work which appeared in our Journal for July, 1838, will need no further inducement to possess themselves immediately of a copy of this reprint. The character of Roger Williams has suffered much at the hands of an ungrateful posterity. The circumstances of his life have been strangely distorted in order to justify a charge of doctrinal heresy against him, and thus to overshadow the true lustre and dignity of his career. No man has more powerful claims on the gratitude of the Nonconformists of Great Britain, and we therefore rejoice in the appearance of this work, as calculated to secure him tardy justice. In the following poem,' says Mr. Giles, the magnanimity and patriarchal piety which he displayed, during his solitary wanderings and perilous sojourn amongst the wild inhabitants of the forest, -his heart-thrilling adventures,-his hardships, toils, and wrongs, are so vividly set forth, and mingled with such glowing descriptions of American scenery, Indian customs and manpers, and accounts so instructive of their tradition and religion, as to render it one of the most enchanting productions in our language.' Mr. Giles's brief preface, evinces a warm-hearted and generous sympathy with the principles as well as with the sufferings of Williams. There is a manliness and decision of tone throughout it which we should be glad to see more generally evinced by his brethren.
The Biblical Cabinet ; or Hermeneutical, Exegeticul, and Philological
Library, Vol. XXVIII. Park's Biographical Sketch of Tholuck. Tholuck's Life and Character of St. Paul---Sermons---and Nature and Moral Influence of Heathenism. Edinburgh: Thomas Clark.
The position occupied by Dr. Tholuck amongst the divines of Germany, attaches considerable interest to his publications, and the pub
lisher of the Biblical Cabinet has therefore rendered an acceptable service to the British public in presenting them with the contents of this volume. Professor Park's sketch of the life and character of Tholuck, furnishes some interesting information respecting his literary and theological labors, and forms an appropriate introduction to the pieces which follow. We should advise Mr. Clark to be very sparing in the introduction of sermons into the Biblical Cabinet. A few may be tolerated as specimens of the pulpit style of the more distinguished German divines, but the number should be very limited, and the selection carefully made.
In the Press. Mr. J. E. Ryland's Translation of Neander's History of the Church in the Apostolic Age, announced in a former number as preparing for publication, will contain the alterations made in the third edition of the origiral work now in the press, which Dr. Neander has kindly engaged to communicate to the translator.
Unfulfilled Prophecy respecting Eastern Nations, especially the Turks, Russians, and the Jews.
A New English Grammar for Schools is announced by Dr. Allen and Mr. Cornwell (Tutor of the Normal British School); in which besides many other improvements, especial attention is given to explaining the formation and derivation of words.
Just Published. A Critical Examination of the Rendering of the Word Bantibw in the Ancient and many of the Modern Versions of the New Testament, with especial reference to Dr. Henderson's Animadversions on Mr. Greenfield's Statement on the Subject. By F. W. Gotch, A.B., Trinity College, Dublin.
The Nature of Chimney Sweeping, the Attempts made to alter its Character, and the final accomplishment of this object by 3rd and 4th Victoria
The Illustrated Commentary on the Old and New Testaments. Vol. V. Popular Errors Explained and Illustrated. By John Timbs. Part V.
Handbook to the Oral Exercises. By Rev. J. Edwards, M.A., and William Cross.
Letter to Sir John C. Hobbouse on the Connexion of the East India Company with the Idolatry of that Country. By J. M. Strachan.
Le Keux's Meinorials of Cambridge. Part XI.
Poetical Gleanings. By the Compiler of Maxims, Morals, and Golden Rules.
Abraham, the Father of the Faithful.
An Historical Discourse on the Civil and Religious Affairs of the Colony of Rhode Island. By John Callender, M.A., with Mem Annotations, and Illustrative Documents. By Romco Elton, M.A., F.S.U.S.
Henrie Clifford and Margaret Percy, a Poem in the Ballad Style.
The Family Reader of the New Testament. By Rev. J. E. Riddle, M.A. Part 1.