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Family Prayers for every Morning and Evening throughout the Year.
Additional Prayers for Special Occasions. By John Morison, D.D.
A new and handsome edition of a work which it would now be idle to criticise, as the favorable judgment of the public has been pronounced in no questionable form. It affords us pleasure, however, in the present case
state our conviction that Dr. Morison's labors are well worthy of the acceptance with which they have met, and will be found admirably conducive to a well ordered and beneficial discharge of family devotion. Where such assistance is needed, a safer or more scriptural guide cannot be obtained, and as such we heartily recommend the volume to our readers.
A Treatise on the Dominion of Sin and Grace. By Dr. Owen. With
Notes and an Appendix by William Innes. Edinburgh: W. Innes. An excellent little volume, the attentive perusal of which cannot fail to be productive of much religious benefit. We thank Mr. Innes for having given it to the public in its present form.
The Council of Trent, comprising an Account of the Proceedings of that
Assembly, and Illustrating the Spirit and Tendency of Popery. London : Religious Tract Society.
An abridgment of Mr. Cramp's admirable • Text Book of Popery,' well suited for general circulation, and adapted to impart much information which is specially needed in the present day.
The Christian Visitor ; or Select Portions of the Old Testament: Genesis to Job. With Expositions and Prayers, designed to assist the Friends of the Sick and Afflicted. By the Rev. William Jowett, M.A., late Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. London: Seeley.
The general intention of this work is to give evangelical instruction and consolation to afflicted persons, more especially among the poor ; but in a style adapted equally to all classes of society. The earlier selections from the book of Genesis are particularly designed to exhibit the great leading doctrines of man's ruin by the fall, and his recovery by Christ. We commend the object and the execution.
Memoir of Thomas Cranfield. By his Son. London : Fisher.
Dr. Harris, the author of Mammon, thinks the memoir so instructive, so interesting, and withal so well written, that its general excellence is its own recommendation, and that he is persuaded the book will be extensively read by those who take an interest in the progress of the Redeemer's kingdom, and especially by those who are engaged in the spiritual instruction of children.'
The Rev. James Sherman corroborates this testimony. “The Life of Thomas Cranfield,' he says, “is a standing memorial of the blessed effects which result from the enlightened zeal and Christian perseverance of one man in the cause of the dear Redeemer.' We quite concur in these opinions of Dr. Harris, and the warm-hearted minister of Surrey Chapel.
Letters from Italy to a Younger Sister. By Catherine Taylor. London:
When this elegant volume was placed in our hands, with • Italy'in golden letters inscribed on its cover, we involuntarily exclaimed, Can anything new be said of Italy?' We turned to the preface, and this was the first sentence that caught our eye. The fair writer has not only satisfactorily answered the question, but the work is an admirable illustration of the propriety and the value of the undertaking. Sound sense and good taste pervade the entire volume. Miss Taylor is a most agreeable and instructive travelling companion for the fireside; and families visiting Italy ought certainly to chat with her by the way, and consult her on all occasions where information may be required and a guide is indispensable. In reply to the question with which we have introduced our present notice, Miss Taylor says, ' I at once confess that in writing, my object has not been novelty, but utility; for amongst the various works on Italy that have fallen in my way, I have not found one which brings this country, with all its interesting associations, within the reach of young people.'
"As it has been my chief wish to awaken an interest on subjects of importance
to stimulate rather than to satisfy the young mind--I have endeavored to give such brief historical sketches as might lead to a further and deeper study of the events in which Italy has acted so great a part ; in literature, to advert to the treasures which the Italian language contains—and in art, to furnish such information as might assist in the formation of a pure and correct taste.
• In speaking of religion, it has been my earnest desire, whilst lamenting and deprecating the errors and superstitions, as I regard them, of the catholic church, to inspire a charitable feeling towards its sincere and conscientious supporters. While Protestants reject human claims to infallibility, they should yield to others the right which they assert for themselves; and in censuring what to them appears error, no bitterness should be felt or expressed towards those who have sought, and, as they think, found religious truth in the church of Rome, • Actions, not opinions,' it was truly said, are the subjects of human control.'' We know not whether Miss Taylor means to apply this quotation in a latitudinarian sense ;—whether she would convey the sentiment that men are not responsible for their opinions. From the general tenor of the work we rather conclude that all she intends here is to inculcate charity towards those who differ from us—that charity which, while it sensitively shrinks from persecution even in thought, would resolutely follow truth to the dungeon and the stake.
The Life of Jesus ; addressed to the Young, in Brief Viercs of the Sa
viour, with Reflections on his Doctrines, Parables, 8c. By 0. A. Taylor, A.M. Edited by the Author of the Companion to the Bible.' London : W. Smith.
This work was suggested to the author by the publication of an eminent Prussian divine ; it is of transatlantic origin, and is presented to the British public by a writer who has distinguished himself in the walks of sacred literature. While he speaks commendably of the labors of others in their benevolent design to illustrate the exalted character of the adorable Redeemer, he informs us that 'a slight examination of this volume by Professor Taylor, will evince that it far surpasses, in variety of observation, pertinency of remark, and simplicity of style, any previous effort to commend to young persons the exemplary and instructive life of Christ.' We do not like the superlative either of praise or censure. But we can say of this perforinance that it is admirably adapted to its purpose, and that Mr. Taylor has produced a volume which will be highly prized by parents, especially mothers, throughout Great Britain. The teachers in our Sabbath. schools might consult it with advantage, and it would be an excellent reward-book for children in the highest class.
Exercises in Orthography and Composition. By Henry Hopkins, Con
ductor of a School at Birmingham. London : Simpkin and Marshall.
Those who find the want of a separate volume of exercises for teaching orthography, will here be very well suited. The book seems carefully prepared.
1. Initia Latina. By the Rev. J. Edwards, M.A., and W. Cross. 2. Oral Exercises for Beginners in Latin Composition. By the same
Author. 3. Handbook to the Oral Exercises. By the Same. London: Madden
and Co. 1841.
The Initia Latina is a Latin Syntax, with numerous examples for translation. A vocabulary is added. The Oral Exercises are full of hyphens and bad English. We are not of opinion that a boy will know how to translate the king into Latin any better by having it printed the king: nor do we see the use of barbarizing English to try to make it look like Latin. Greece always of-eloquence the-chief lo-be wished, would puzzle any boy whose ear had not been spoilt. It is a very bad plan, this, of mixing up the idioms of the two languages together. The Handbook contains the free version of the sentences, of which the exercises give the barbarous version. These books, however, are not without merit, and they may be made much better than they are.
1. The Germany and Agricola of Tacitus. Edited by E. H. Barker,
Trinity College, Cambridge. Longman. 2. Tacitus: Germania, Agricola, and the First Book of the Annals.
With Notes from Ruperii, Passow, and Walch ; and Botticher's Remarks on the Style of Tacitus. London: Taylor and Walton.
Of the labors of the late Mr. Barker we must not speak disrespect. fully ; and yet we cannot say that his is the best edition of the Ger. mania and Agricola for schools. The notes wander considerably extra terminum. The latter of the books under notice is very beautifully got up, and does great credit both to the enterprising publishers and to the learned editor. The criticisms of Botticher on Tacitus's style are well known and appreciated : they are here very well translated. We are glad to find the first book of the Annals printed with the Germania
Eutropii Breriarium Historiæ Romanæ ; with a Summary, a Complete
Dictionary, and an Index of Proper Names. London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.
Eutropius is a good book for beginners. This edition of it is accurately printed, and will form a useful school-book, as the pupils have here all they want, text and dictionary, in one volume. "It is a bad plan to give boys a complete dictionary of the language when they first begin translating a Latin author. The multiplicity of words and meanings puzzles and confuses them.
1. The Comprehensive Primer : with Simple Exercises. 2. The Comprehensive Spelling and Reading Book, with Hints for
Questions and Moral Lessons. 3. The Comprehensive Reader in Prose and Poetry, with Analysis and
Simultaneous Lessons, adapted to facilitate Intellectual Development and Moral Impression. London: Hamilton and Adams.
These are a progressive series of lesson and reading books intended for
young children. They are excellently arranged, and the hints for the analysis of the lessons are very useful as well as ingenious. We know no books of the kind which we can recommend so confidently.
The Christian System Vindicated against the most Specious Sophisms of
Modern Infidelity. In three Parts. By the Rev. Daniel Moore, B.A. London : Tyas.
The three parts into which this work is divided, treat in succession, 1st, of objections against various circumstances in the history of Christianity ; 2ndly, of objections against the mysteriousness of the doctrines of Christianity; and, 3rdly, of the divine origin of Scripture evinced from its adaptation to the circumstances of mankind.
The brief history of the work in its present form will more fully explain its nature, and prove its best recommendation. We are informed that the divisions of the volume we have enumerated originally appeared in the form of three essays, to which the Hulsean and Norri. sian Prizes were adjudged by the University of Cambridge. The author, at the suggestion of his publisher, was induced to revise these separate performances, and to connect them together as a threefold argument against the most specious sophisms of infidelity. Hence the appearance in one volume and in one treatise, of · The Christian System Vindicated.'
In the Press. The Early Life and Conversion of W. Hone, a Narrative, written by Himself ; with a Postscript by his Son, William Hone, author of the ' Every Day Book,' &c., &c.
Lectures on Romanism and Anglo-Catholicism. By Joseph Sortain, A.B., of Trinity College, Dublin.
Just Published. The Miscellaneous Writings, chiefly Historical, of the late Thomas M'Crie, D.D. 1 vol. 8vo.
Le Keux’s Memorials of Cambridge. Nos. 13, 14.
A General Outline of the Animal Kingdom and Manual of Comparative Anatomy. By Thomas R. Jones, F.L.S. Parts 14, 15.
Ward's Library of Standard Divinity. Doctrinal Discourses. By John Bunyan.
A History of the Church of Scotland. By the Rev. W. M. Hetherington, A.M., Minister of Torpichen. Part 1.
Memoirs of Christian Females; with an Essay on the Influences of Female Piety. By Rev. James Gardner, A.M., M.D.
Brief Recollections of Ebenezer Wardlaw, bom at Glasgow, March 14, 1826.
The Present Position and urgent Claims of the London Missionary Society. By David Russell, D.D.
The Poetical Works of James Montgomery. 4 vols. 12mo. Records of Pemale Piety. By James A. Huie. 1 vol. 12mo. Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland Illustrated. Part 3. Fox's Book of Martyrs. Edited by the Rev. John Cumming, M.A. Part 3. The Works of Josephus. Translated by W. Whiston, A.M. Part 11. Canadian Scenery Mlustrated. Part 12. Life of Petrarch. By Thomas Campbell, Esq. 2 vols. 8vo. The Holy Bible, containing the Authorized Version, with nearly Twenty Thousand Emendations.
The Nestorians, or the Lost Tribes ; containing Evidence of their Identity, an Account of their Manners, Customs, Ceremonies, &c., &c. By Asahel Grant, M.D.
Unfulfilled Prophecy respecting Eastern Nations, especially the Turks, the Russians, and the Jews.
The Life and Times of Thomas Cranmer. By the Authoress of the Life and Times of Luther.
A Lecture on the Cruelty of the Church of Rome. By B. Grosvenor, D.D. Edited and enlarged by J. W. Lester.