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tend to make easy to all classes the This is exactly a work of the kind. acquisition of ability to read the Greek The Tables of Paradigms are very lucid New Testament, are among those which and well planned. The analytical porwe hail with the greatest complacency, tion is more scientific and complete not merely for the sake of the personal than Dawson's volume, which neveradvantage of those who avail themselves theless has been useful to many; and of them, but for the sake of their use the Lexicographical Illustrations of the fulness in the church and in the world. I meanings are exceedingly well executed.
Memoir and Remains of the Rev. James Ha- ation, By John HOWARD Hinton, M.A.
rington Evans, late. Minister of John Street London : C. Gilpin, pp. 23. Chapel. Edited by the Rev. JAMES Joyce Evans, M.A., Trin. Coll. Cantab., Chaplain A keen exposure of the fallacious character to the Home and Colonial Training Schools. and mischievous tendencies of the scheme for London : 8vo. pp. xxviii. 666. Price 12s. obtaining compulsory support of schools for
secular instruction alone, advocated by gentleTo this volume we are indebted for that bio- men at Manchester. Mr. Hinton shows that graphical sketch with which our present num- “the education imparted will not only be nonber commences. It is edited by the son of our religious, but anti-religious ; and the race of late respected friend, who, if we may judge youth so trained will grow up, not only pracfrom the work, in spirit at least, bears a strong tically without God in the world, but resemblance to his father. He has felt the eminently prepared to fall into the wiles, and delicacy of his position, as "the son writing to follow the steps of the atheist and the the Memoir of his father-a Churchman edito infidel." ing the Remains of a Dissenter," but he has fulfilled the duties he had undertaken in a Memorials of the Life and Trials of a Youth. manner that will be satisfactory, we should ful Christian, as developed in the Biography think, to all his father's friends; and among of Nathaniel Cheever, ‘M.D. By the Rev. that portion of them with whom we should HENRY T. Cheever, Author of " The rank ourselves the publication will rectify some Island World of the Pacific," " Life in the misapprehensions and raise his father's reputa- Sandwich Isles," fc. With an Introduction tion." The Memoir extends to above ninety by the Rev. George B. Cheever, D.D. pages. The “Remains" consist of a Memoir London: Routledge and Co. Fcap. 8vo. by the late Mr. Evans of his first Wife, an excellent woman ; General Correspondence, arranged in chronological order, including a great
In this volume we are presented with the number of letters, addressed principally to his mental history, drawn chiefly from his own family and to very intimate friends; Pastoral letters and journals, of one whose life from the Letters, addressed to the Church in John Street, age of twelve was one long and painful struggle which will assist pastors to solve two difficult with disease; whose rare maturity of character problems,-how to acquire, and how to retain, and great sweetness of disposition must have the affection of their flocks; Ministerial Let- given promise of a useful future, though they ters; Original Thoughts on Scripture, extracted must at the saine time have awakened fear lest from common place books; Sketches of Ser that promise should never be realized; whose mons; and the commencement of a Commen- almost incessant languor served to stimulate his tary on the Ephesians. Mr. Evans was evi- thirst for knowledge ; and whose forced attention dently a man who habitually enjoyed much to the body seemed to increase his interest in intimate communion with his unseen Redeemer, the welfare of bis own and others' souls. The and the tendency of the whole book is to pro serious perusal of this narrative cannot but be mote boly obedience and devout habits. We of service to every thoughtful mind; and its have marked many passages as suitable to be issue in Routledge's cheap series puts it for a transferred to our own pages, as soon as space ceded by a characteristic sketch by his eldest
few pence within the reach of any. It is precan be found for their admission,
brother, the well-known Dr. Cheever of New On the Religious Character of our Public
York, Schools ; a Paper read at the Conferences of Christian Watchfulness. A Sermon delivered the Voluntary School Association, holden at London, on the 9th of December, 1851, and
Jan. 11, 1852, at Grey Friars' Street Chapel,
Northampton. at Manchester on the 2nd and 3rd of Febru
Northampton : Phillips. pp. 16. ary, 1852; and containing an Examination of the Scheme of Secular Instruction pro- A serious exhortation to watchfulness, in posed by the National Public School Associ- which the preacher recognizes not only the
perils arising from worldly influences and cor- , The Leisure Hour : a Family Journal of Inrupt dispositions, but also those which arise from the machinations of invisible but active
struction and Recreation. London: 56,
Paternoster Row, and 164, Piccadilly, Parts foes, which are too much overlooked in modern
I. and II. ministrations, and shows the necessity for vigilance in reference to the mind, the heart, the It is by no means an easy task which the tongue, and the outward life,
conductors of the Religious Tract Society have
undertaken. They wish to supersede some exThe Half Century: its History, Political and isting periodicals of low price and popular
Social. By WASHINGTON Wilks. London: character, by producing one equally attractive Gilpin, 12mo. pp. 348.
and more improving. Some of those which It is enough to say of this work that its have the most extensive circulation are notosubstance has appeared in the Nonconformist. riously irreligious ; some covertly insinuate That is a sufficient guarantee that it is written principles which are fundamentally erroneous; with ability, that it is thoroughly opposed to while the best of them are distinguished by an church establishments, and that in pronouncing entire avoidance of everything evangelical and sentence on princes or statesmen, of whatever devout. The effort to make a work of general party, Jastice is never hindered or restrained information which may be acceptable to all in the slightest degree by the interference of classes, and especially interesting to the young, Mercy. The whole period to which this volume a vehicle for the occasional introduction of rerefers lies within our recollection, and we do marks subservient to man's highest interests, is not know any other account of it equally worthy of the excellent society from which this truthful and instructive.
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cise with great candour, for it is absolutely divine Providence for support, without any con- impossible that it should be so conducted as to nexion with missionary societies, with much please them all. simplicity of purpose, and apparently with much success. The second is an account of a Negro Driver, who was converted to Christ in RECENT PUBLICATIONS a remarkable manner, and who after enduring
Approved. the most severe persecution was made very use
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Letters on the Church of Rome, addressed to the of the adaptation of the gospel to the condition of the most ignorant of the buman race, though the King of Sardinia, and Italian Missionary to
Rev. Emmanuel Paraut, D.D., LL.D., Chaplain to it is somewhat disfigured by a studied pecu- | England. By Baptist WRIOTHESLEY NOEL. Letter liarity of phraseology, which seems to us to IV. The Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory; to which savour of affectation,
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London: Ward and Co. VOL. XV.-FOURTH SERIES.
THE BURMESE WAR.
comes to us now, with a force unknown for the last fifteen years, Are we ready to sustain
the sole responsibility of giving to all the races The Macedonian, a paper published by the of Burmah" the blessings of a pure ChristiAmerican Baptist Missionary Union, contains
anity? the following observations: Most of our readers will have heard before
EUROPE. this sheet reaches them, that the Governorgeneral of India has sent armed vessels to Rangoon, to obtain redress of the Burmese
In a letter dated Hamburgh, January 27th, government for outrages committed on British Mr. Oncken says :-“I have just returned subjects. The squadron, consisting of two from a missionary tour to Oldenburg, and steamers and a frigate, under the command of various parts of East Friesland, where we conCommodore Lambert, reached Rangoon on
tinue to meet with much success in the work the 26th of November, and its arrival created, of the Lord. The want of labourers is felt as might be expected, intense excitement much everywhere; and for want of these our throughout the city. Communications had numerous stations for preaching the gospel been made by the commander of the squadron can, in many instances, be visited only once to the government, the precise character of in six weeks, and sometimes even only once which was not known to our missionaries, and in three months. May our gracious Lord have thirty-five days had been allowed for the compassion on the perishing multitudes, and answer to be returned. The missionaries, send forth devoted labourers into the field however, had no apprehension of personal ripe for the harvest. At Weener, Leer, Bunde, danger. Mr. Kincaid closes his letter of Feld, Oldenburg, and Bremen, I preached to Nov. 28, by the significant declaration that large and attentive audiences. Oh that God "all is safe.” He evidently regards this would move and open the hearts of British unexpected movement on the part of the Christians more to aid us in our struggle for East India government as a signal, if not a
God's truth. We need aid for missionaries, decisive event in the history of recent mea
and for the circulation of the holy scriptures sures to regain possession of Burmah as a and religious tracts. In 1851 we circulated missionary field, No thoughtful Christian 26,033 copies of the holy scriptures, 45,000 can doubt that this movement will, in the gospels, and 500,200 tracts. If the present end, contribute in the highest degree to the system of politics continues, we shall soon I work of evangelization in Burmah. Indeed, fear be exposed to severe trials, as the perconsidering it in connexion with the triumphs secutions are everywhere renewed against us. already achieved by the missionaries at Ran. May God prepare us for the contest, and keep goon, and the glorious hopes which their com
us faithful to the end." munications have awakened, we can scarcely
The apprehensions thus expressed have resist the conviction that the empire of Bur- been fully realized, as the following letters mah is henceforth to be classed among the addressed to Mr. Oncken by two of his fellow fields in which evangelical labour may be labourers show :safely performed on the broadest scale. It has been well said of the evangelization of that empire,- including its six or eight millions of Burmans, Karens, Peguans, Toung
February, 27th 1852. thoos, Kemmees, Salongs, and Shyans,—that Dear BROTHER ONOKEN,-Some time ago the assignment of it to American baptists was it was my pleasant task to inform yon, that 80 evidently of God, and its progress to the our prospects with regard to religious liberty present day has borne such marks of his were brightening, and my assertion was presence and power, that we can only regard founded on the promise of government, the service as a divine commission to be that a concession should be granted us as sacredly discharged; a work to be prosecuted baptists. As the aspect of things has, howuntil it is done. Its execution is reserved to ever since then entirely changed, I with deep us by the general consent of the Christian regret recall my words. world. Missionaries of no other Christian de.
It was in accordance with the wish of the nomination share the work; and the question brethren at
that I spent Lord's
day the 22nd inst. with them, and baptized, were already in confinement. Here we were the wife of our venerable friend
-; guarded by gens d'armes, and the profane a young lady, who had requested us to language we were compelled to hear made inform her when a baptism would take place, us almost long for the solitude of the dunwas present at the ordinance. She is the geon that awaited us. On Monday morning, daughter of an officer in the customs, and previous to our removal from -- we were twenty-six years of age. Half-a-year ago asked whether we should prefer to ride or to this person was a free-thinker, such as there walk to which is several miles distant. are, alas ! at present, thousands in our country, As the night had been cold, I advised my who deny the existence of God and the companions to walk ; besides, we should Saviour, of eternal life and eternal perdition have been obliged ourselves to defray the The spark of life had been almost ex- expense of taking a carriage ; but our dear tinguished in Miss by intercourse with brethren, who had under some pretext gained intellectual but unbelieving friends. The admission to the room we were in, no sooner first salutary impressions received with regard heard a carriage mentioned than they to divine things were from conversations with hastened to procure us one at their own brother - to whom she had avowed her expense. Our kind friends also provided us infidelity, and whose words of remonstrance with a good breakfast, and soon after we and admonition becanie spirit and life to her. parted from them with tears of sorrow and As she was unacquainted with any of our joy, and took our seats in the carriage, two brethren, and had never attended our soldiers with loaded muskets being seated services, I visited her, and was much grati- behind us. During our journey they asked fied by her child-like reception of the truth us to explain to them the difference between as it is in Jesus. When she came to - our faith and that of the Lutheran church, shortly afterwards, to be present at the bap- which I endeavoured to do. An eager tism of 's wife, she communicated to me interest gradually took the place of idle that she had found peace in believing, and curiosity in their manner, and during the desired to be examined and baptized as soon remainder of the way they treated us very as possible. On Sunday morning, 22nd politely. At eleven o'clock, a.m. we reached inst., a meeting was held at brother
-, and descending from the carriage at the house, at which from thirty to forty persons gates of the city walked to the Town Hall, were present. In the afternoon a similar where we were delivered up by our escort to service was held ; but which passed off less the authorities. The chief officer, however, penceably. We had already commenced by being absent, we were at once conducted to prayer and praise, and I was on the point of the jailor, and our pockets searched by him giving out my text, when suddenly the door in the presence of the soldiers, and everyof the apartment was thrown open, and to thing, even the little money we had with us, our amazement, several dragoons and a taken away; then we each were led into a gens d'armes rudely entered.
separate apartment, and the heavy key turned The gens d'armes held in his hand a paper upon us. We had not been here long, before from the magistrate authorizing him to we were again led out, and taken to an office dissolve our meeting. My first impulse was of the judicial court, where brother to continue the address ; but when our and Miss underwent an examination enemies began to use violence I at once which lasted three quarters of an hour. desisted, and said: “Dear friends and They had been arrested on account of their brethren, we may not employ force in oppo- having entered without a passport, and sition to the powers that be; let us, therefore, as soon as they could produce their credennow quietly return to our houses."
tials, they were dismissed with an injunction The congregation then dispersed, amidst never again to attend a baptist meeting in the hootings and shouts of the mob in the I was now summoned to appear, and street. I went with several friends to brother a multitude of questions relative to the -_'s house to remain there until the follow. object of my visit to put to me. I was ing morning. At seven in the evening a asked whether I had preached and baptized report reached us that Miss -- and brother at my own or at the instigation of any one
-(who had escaped to another house) else, and whether any person besides myself had been taken prisoners, and a quarter of an had preached yesterday. Ans. "No." hour later we heard the trampling of soldiers Ques. “Why did you not quit approach our asylum. Soon they entered as you had performed the act of baptism ? the house and room we were in, and inquired Ans. " Because it is against my conscience whether there were any strangers present ? to travel unnecessarily on the sabbath." All were silent. Then turning to me they Here the examination ended, and I was inquired my name, and learning it to be remanded to prison till my next citation. from they declared me to be their The jailor, at the command of the officer, prisoner. I wished to produce my passport, who had examined me, took me to a cell but remonstrance was vain ; I was escorted which contained two culprits, one accused of to a public house, where our two other friends theft and fighting, the other of some minor
offence. The cell was barely large enough ( my long silence, for I well know how you to hold three persons, the walls were high long to hear from us. Brother has doubt and thick, and a feeble light was admitted less communicated much that is important by a small skylight. A short board reached to you, but as he could not be with us last from one wall to the other, and served both ordinance sabbath I now inform you of as seat and table; the bed consisted of a things that have taken place since then. On thinly filled straw sack, that did not shield us Christmas day we had a tea meeting at from the damp of the floor. Cleanliness was not only for the church but also for such of out of the question, as prisoners are admitted our congregation, who felt sufficiently inin any condition, and the cold rendered it terested to wish to be present. We had necessary to retain every article of clothing agreed to give little addresses alternately, and during my imprisonment. The fare was of thus the evening was spent in singing and such a quality that a strong healthy man speaking of Him whom our soul loveth. Our might exist on it, but my weak heaith would gracious Lord shed rich blessings upon us, and not allow of my taking much; we received our streams of living water flowed. I must not food through a small trap-door in the wall. omit to mention that we had agreed a week As we had no candle we were obliged to feel before to entreat the Lord in private richly for our supper. But I experienced that, even to dwell amongst us, for we all needed to be amidst such inconveniences, it is possible to stirred up from the spirit of coldness and have sweet communion with God, and as I torpor that had crept over us of late. Thanks lay unable to close my eyes on my miserable be to our Father in Jesus Christ that we felt pallet I remembered that the apostle Paul where the want lay; spirit and life were had been confined with his feet in the stocks, awakened among us, and even many of the and that even our adorable Saviour said:- strangers present were so affected that, not“ The Son of man hath not where to lay his withstanding the derision of those around head," and sympathy with sufferings infi- them, they have since then made no attempt nitely greater made me forget my own. Be- to conceal the impressions received. Several fore I was again summoned to appear before of these friends at their return home sent me the chief officer, brethren -, and pressing invitations to preach at their villages.
had been examined, and their evidence Brother and I therefore applied to the fully agreed with mine. Sentence was at ministerium (ministry) for permission to length passed on me to the effect that as I preach, which was granted us, on condition had been the chief instigator of the bap- that we would not admit strangers to our tismal act, and had held an “anabaptist services, but we could send none away who meeting;" I should be imprisoned for eight demanded admission, on the contrary we days, receiving bread and water every alter. were willing, most willing, to warn them of nate day. Brethren
their inevitable destruction if they perished have been sentenced to eight days of milder in a course of sin and rebellion against the imprisonment and to defray one half of the Lord. With gratitude we also record that costs, while I am to pay the other half. the Almighty has not left our imperfect
Brethren and ---, who, since the labours unowned. Three persons have apabove took place, had gone to a neighbouring plied for reception into the church. Two village to converse and pray with the people, of these have long sought and now found the have in consequence been sentenced to three Saviour to their own and our great joy. The days' imprisonment. With regard to our third candidate for baptism is my dear wife. marriages we have been informed, that Unaided I feel incapable of thanking the neither will the clergy marry us, nor are we Lord worthily for his incomprehensible mercy permitted to have them performed by our and goodness, join me, therefore, dear breown ministers. Brother must there-thren, in presenting the incense of gratitude fore give up his place, because he cannot be at his footstool. Several of the meetings we married. The minister of state has advised held were crowded to excess, as such as could him to emigrate with his bride * to America, not find room within the house listened at and the upper church councillor has told the windows. At -- brother held a him that he will do all in his power to op- meeting at the house of a Christian friend pose his settlement here. You have now and sister from
had invited two a brief sketch of these later events, and I persons to attend, who however did not come. only add our united entreaty to you, dear Brother and I also invited many of the brother Oncken, and all who love the Lord, villagers to be present. We escaped unto assist us by your prayers, and committing harmed, but sister has been imprisoned you and ourselves to the God of all grace, I six days for having given the above-named am your most unworthy brother in Christ, &c. invitations. Sometime ago she was imprisoned
one day, for not permitting her children to MY DEAR BROTHER ONCKEN, — Pardon learn the Lutheran catechism. The notary
wished to keep her shawl to cover the law * The term bride is used in Germany before mar- expenses of her examination. While our riage; wife afterwards.
sister (a widow) was thus detained in prison,