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It is a mistake to suppose that the life and bustling philanthropies of the day. of church members requires no careful Communion with God is welcomed, even cultivation on the part of the ministry in the solitude of the cloister, with all It is the most important feature of the the mortifications and hardships of conpastoral relation. For want of atten- vent rule, since there is but little room tion to it, many who began to run well for it amid the publicities of modern gradually relapse into indifference or piety, and the éclat of platform celebrity. fall away. The moral affections demand The platitudes of the evangelical pulpit, as much training as the intellectual and the common-places of our protes. powers; and forming, as they do, the tant theology, have ceased to interest motive power of every individual man, minds conscious of a deeper experience, they should receive the most sedulous and longing after higher and holier regard. But where is the ministry that communion with the invisible. Hence leads on the immature to perfection-the many have been led on by the fervent, children of grace to the stature of men yet profound piety of a Fenelon to the in Christ Jesus ? where are the helps to study of St. Francis de Sales, from self-discipline, to meditation and prayer, Thomas à Kempis to the counsels of -80 essential in the earliest stages of perfection displayed in the works of the Christian life? where do we find, in Rodriguez. They have there found a the pulpit or the press, an urgent de response to the yearnings of a soul in mand on Christian men to seek after love with God, and anxious to have its the attainment of purity of thought and being penetrated with His sublime prefeeling, loveliness of character, and that sence. The result has been most mis“holiness without which no man shall chievous. Romish dogmas have come see the Lord ?” where are the means, to be thought less erroneous because by the diligent use of which the child held in combination with so much that of God may grow in grace, and in the is true and precious. The dross has knowledge of Christ Jesus? Because been accepted for the sake of the gold these are wanting, it is, we fear, an age imbedded therein. of low attainment, and of spiritual We must confess that while we long dwarfishness.
to see a revived piety in our churches, Many have felt this, and have sought in it is our conviction that it can only be the mystic thcology of Rome the satisfac- obtained by a more diligent regard to tion denied them in their own commu- the various aspects of the Christian life, nion. The numerous works, some of and a practical observance of those rules them injurious enough because imbued of piety and holy living which expewith Roinish error, that have issued rience has approved as essential to the from the Tractarian press, evince this existence and growth of spirituality, and tendency of unsatisfied desire, and the holiness of thought and feeling. longing after a deeper and purer spiri- Very brief must be our remarks on tual life. The errors and enormities of the works before us. Dr. Urwick is Rome have been forgotten or passed by well-known as an able assailant of the in the joy of finding a spirituality of errors of Rome, and his present work feeling that certainly is absent from will not diminish his reputation. Of the modern phases of our protestant the next on our list we can but express theology. The monastic institution has our conviction, that if in substance been regarded with favour because of true, it would have been better had its opportunities for meditation and the author given us the narrative frequent prayer, denied to the active in an authentic form.
We are per
suaded that this dressing up of facts ( the evidence of their having turned to into fictitious forms is injurious to the subject with earnest thought and the truth. A few well authenticated exemplary diligence. The effect of this instances of the chicanery and fraud cannot fail to be salutary. It will practised in this story, would do more prevent our people from flying off into to baffle the efforts of Rome than all the opposite extreme of intolerance, the tales that can be written. Let the and will prepare them properly to truth be told, the plain unvarnished deal with the system. They will facts, and we are sure the warning learn to distinguish between what is would be vastly more powerful. The due to their Romish fellow subjects, Witnesses in Sackcloth is a brief and and the system of which they are somewhat meagre account of the suffer- victims, and the priesthood who uphold ings endured on the revocation of the it-subjects indeed of vast importance, edict of Nantes by the Protestants of difficult no doubt to deal with, but yet France. The most valuable part of requiring unquestionably a very differthe book is the large bibliographical ent treatment. index appended of the literature of the Mr. Pike has contributed his share subject. The letters of Kirwan are as to this work. A sentence from the usual racy and full of point, and will preface will explain his object, which is well repay perusal.
thus expressed: "To bring together in
as compendious a manner as possible, The Curse of Christendom, or the System of such a collection of facts and arguments
Popery Exhibited and Exposed. By the as shall in the first place present a fullRev. John Baxter Pike, Author of “Life length portraiture of the Romish system; of Christ,” “ The Church of the New and in the next supply an antidote to Covenant,” fc. London: Ward and Co. its pestiferous evils.” The work opens C. A. Bartlett. 12mo. pp. 296.
with an introduction designed to illusWHATEVER difference of opinion may trate the nature of the conflict in which exist in regard to the political move- we are engaged, and then discusses the ments incident to the papal aggression-following topics : Gradual development Lord J. Russell's famous Durham letter of papal doctrines—hostility of popery -the bill passed by the late parliament to the bible—supremacy of the pope---or the proceedings of the Protestant infallibility of the church-idolatry of Alliance, all who love the truth must popery—the seven sacraments-purrejoice that the attempt to develope gatory-mummery of popery-immofully the papal system in England, has rality of popery-intolerance of popery awakened deep and almost universal - Romish saints, miracles, relics, and attention to it. Prior to this event legends. The last four chapters we there had been a criminal indifference particularly recommend to our younger to the subject, a general prevalence readers, as deserving a careful perusal. of false views regarding it, and a The subjects are treated with great growing notion that it not manliness and force. There is no want quite so bad a thing after all! Our of plain outspokenness. Things are public teachers for the most part ne- called by their right names; but there glected the study of it, and failed to is no trace of an intolerant or unchristian communicate the necessary instruction temper. The writer quotes very largely to their flocks, especially the young. from Romish authorities, and has eviThe papal aggression roused them from dently read extensively for his purpose; their fatal slumber; and we rejoice in and for the most part these authorities
are given. This imparts value to his our author proves from incontestible work, and makes it a reliable one. evidence—the evidence of the papacy There are a few statements and sen- itself—that it is "the curse of Christentences here and there, which we should dom.” At all events he has vindicated prefer deleting or altering, but not the justness of the title. The book is enough to render it necessary to modify exceedingly well got up, and quite our general expression of strong ap- worth the price of it. We hope it may proval. One thing is plain to us, that have an extensive circulation.
The Past Teaching the Present. Di rse entitled Two Roman Catbolic Ladies of the
delivered at. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, June 1, Nineteenth Century," and that entitled "The 1852, before the Northern Association of Dying Christian's Farewell” are derived from Baptist Churches, at the Bicentenary of their this interesting volume. It contains also many Formation. By STEPHEN J DAVIS. Pub well written letters from the sisters to relatives lished at the Request of the Association. and friends, having more or less bearing on the London : 8vo. pp. 24. Price 6d.
cardinal truths which Romanism throws into Two hundred years having elapsed since the of the book are numerous references to an
the sbade. Blended with the historical portions formation of a baptist church in the county of earlier work called “The Morning of Life,” Durham, the Northern Association determined which some of our readers have probably seen, to celebrate the event at its annual meeting, though it has never come in our way. This is and requested Mr. Davis to address them on
called “Pearls from the Deep” because, “as the occasion. These pages contain a well studied and appropriate discourse, in which he the pearl is taken from the darkness of the showed that the event ought to be com
ocean depths, released from its natural prisonmemorated with devout and fervent gratitude;
house in the shell, brought to the light of day,
and set in a diadem that its lustre may be seen that in order to secure prosperity it was neces. sary to hold and promulgate the same essential of all; so these two eminent instances of the truths of Christianity as their fathers bad main power of the grace and truth of God were tained ;- that it was necessary to be like them spiritually released from the dark ness in which distinguished by superior piety, the
worthy by nature every child of the human family is sons of eminently worthy sires ;-that the found, and were called by divine power and earnestness which they displayed it was now
agency into God's marvellous light.' important to emulate ;-and that progress is only to be expected if we sympathize with them Reality; or Life's Inner Circle, By Mrs. in dependence on God as the great agent apart
SAVILLE SHEPHERD, Author_of “ Ellen from whom we can effect nothing. Nothing
Seymour,” &c. London: J. F. Shaw, 27, could be more pertinent to the occasion than
Southampton Row, Russell Square, and
Paternoster Row, 1852. the preacher's suggestions; and we are certain that out of the sphere of the Northern Association as well as in it, the perusal of this dis- the benefit of young persons of her own sex,
Here is a book written by a lady, chiefly for course will give much pleasure. It is especially “To guard the young against too easy a comsatisfactory that sentiments so evangelical and pliance with the ways and opinions of newly practical, and a spirit so devout and barmoniz- formed acquaintances;- to inspire them with a ing, should be brought to view on this occasion dread of flattery, and an abhorrence of every by one who is engaged habitually in visiting the species of deceit and false pretension ; and at churches and stations assisted by the Baptist the same time to implant right principles, and Home Missionary Society. The influence cherish the desire for real excellence, comprise accruing from such intercourse must be very the design of this little work.” A lofty design; salutary as well as pleasant.
but one which might have been realized to a Pearls from the Deep: consisting of 'Remains much higher degree by a series of admonitory and Reminiscences of Two Sisters, Converts and didactic discourses. We are among the
from the Roman Catholic Church for the sake number of those who believe that in most cases of Conscience and of the Truth, a Narrative religious fiction is a very insipid and mawkish accompanied by Valuable Letters and Papers; tone
and vigorous action which is its professed
draught, and seldom produces that healthy Forming a Sequel to “ The Morning of Life.” aim. The present volume is one of the best of London : Hamilton, Adams and Co. 16mo. its class. There is no striking incident to
enliven it; of this the writer is aware, and she The piece in an earlier part of this number assigns her reason for its omission. We have
pp. viii, 184.
in the “religious world” far too many of the and excites the attention of both young and Frogmore family who ever seek to serve two old to the gratitude for which it still calls. We masters; and far too few such as the consistent are sorry to observe, however, that the words Colonel St. Clair, and his excellent daughter are either copied from an incorrect edition, or Edith. A spirit of devout piety, pervades the carelessly engraved ; in two instances, the sense work; and in the absence of higher reading, it is affected by the errata; the commencement of may be of service to young ladies leaving school the second verse is given, “ The mighty God," and about to enter on the duties and trials of instead of "Thee, mighty God;' the third the world,
verse concludes, “ their vain designs thine
envious foes devise," instead of “ the weak The Dayspring; or Diurnal of Youth. A designs thine eavious foes devise;" and the sixth
series of Meditations on Passages of Holy verse concludes with the word “made" instead
B.A. Published by Request. London :
23. This class of works has now grown somewhat large. Bogatzky and Mason and Jay have Fearing " that amidst the universal enthuhad a host of imitators. The volume before siasm enkindled in reference to the departed us differs widely however from any of its pre-Duke, the profession of arms of which he was decessors. It is not the production of one
so illustrious a member should share in the mind, but the combined effort of some three admiration due to the individual, and that hundred. Of course such a book must present the nameless horrors of the system should be great inequality, both as to matter and style overlooked while paying honour to the rare It is not every writer who can pen a short, merits of him whose life was chiefly identified pointed, spiritual meditation; who can express with it,” Mr. Hall has published a discourse himself in a page or two so as to bring the which is at once seasonable, evangelical, and reader into direct communion with God; and eloquent. yet this we julge ought to be one of the chief characteristics of " daily meditations." Most Wellington and Victory;, or Christians more of the contributions in this volume are of this than Conquerors. By the Rev. A. MORETON kind. In addition to the “ Meditations " there BROWN, LL.D., Cheltenham. London: Snow. are valuable introductory essays by the Editor, Pp. 24. Drs. Drew and Acworth, and Messrs. Fairbarn and Thornton. We especially commend to
Man's Estimate of Faithful Soldiers--they young persons the paper of Dr. Acworth, are Conquerors, is the first head of this disentitled, “ An Earnest Warning against Levity." course; God's estimate of Faithful ChristiansWe thank the Editor for the work he has thus they are more than conquerors, is the second. given to the public. It is calculated to interest The latter is illustrated by reference to the many persons who would not take up other facts that the war which they wage is of a better books of the same class, and its perusal, in a sort than that of conquerors--the weapons of right spirit, cannot fail to be a blessing.' We their warfare are better than the weapons of give it our cordial commendation,
conquerors--and the issues of the warfare in
which they engage are better than all the conShout to the Lord, a New National Thanks- sequences of the conflicts of earthly warriors.
giving Anthem, Appropriate for the 5th of This is all true and good, but we question its November, with Accompaniment for the Organ correspondence with the thought which was in and Piano-forte. By WILLIAM BIRD, the mind of the apostle who wrote the text. Author of Original Psalmody, Anthems," &c. ge. London: Cocks and Co., New The Closet Book. By W. Leask, Author of Burlington Street, and sold at 64, White “ The Footsteps of Messiah,”“ The Beauties Lion Street, Pentonville.
of the Bible, &c. &e. London: Blackwood.
Pp. 104. One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, on the 5th of November, 1694, Dr. Watts composed a Good experimental essays on subjects of bymn, beginning, “ Shout to the Lord and let general importance, such as
“ Conviction our joys through the whole nation run,” de
“ Introspection “ Believe and Live." signed to express thankfulness for the deliverance with which the inhabitants of this island Uncle Tom's Cabin: a Tale of Life among the had been favoured through the discovery of the
Lowly; or Pictures of Slavery in the United
States of America.
By MRS. HARRIET gunpowder plot of 1605. 92nd hymn of his second book; but so faint bas
BEECHER STOWE. Embellished with Eight
Spirited Engravings. London: Ingram, the sense of the importance of the event become in the lapse of years, that though it is in so
Cooke, and Co. 227, Strand. 12mo. Pp. 355. well-known a collection, it is probable that Every body reads this book, we are told, and, there are many of our readers who have never with a very few exceptions, every body admires perused it. Mr. Bird has now set it to music, it. Having been assured of this repeatedly we and we shall be glad to find that the perform are convinced that for us to review it would be ance of his lively and expressive composition labour in vain. It does not need our recomsupersedes among our young people less devout mendation, and were we to censure it, this would ways of commemorating the national escape, be useless as it has already established itself in
VOL. XV.-FOURTH SERIFS.
the public favour. But as it will be purchased | large portions of it, if not all; but other occuby hundreds who desire to disseminate the pations which we could not defer have deprived sentiments it enforces we may with propriety us of this pleasure. One article however we say that this edition is far superior to any other bave perused, and it relates to a subject of prethat we have seen. The illustrations furnished eminent importance : it is that “On the Greek by a skilful pencil always add greatly to the Vulgate.” The writer maintains, and he interest of an exciting tale.
argues respectably," that the result of a really
independent and thorough examination of the The White Slave : or, Memoirs of a Fugitive. subject would be, with all intelligent and devout A Story of Slave Life in Virginia, etc.
men, the rejection of the corrected text of Edited by R. HILDRETH, Esq., Author of Griesbach, Lachmann, and Tischendorf, and a History of the United States. First the adoption of the common Stephanie and English Illustrated Edition. With Eight Elzevir text, of which our English Testament Engravings. Tenth Thousand. London : is a version." The editor states that the article Ingram, Cooke, and Co. 227, Strand. 12mo. is inserted in the hope and expectation that it Pp. 332,
will exeite a full discussion in his journal of the
Ward and Co. 8vo. Pp. 128.
[It should be understood that insertion in this list is not a point out specially to persons who are not in
mere announcement: it expresses approbation of the works the habit of seeing this review regularly, because enumerated,-not of course extending to every particalar, but it relates to a subject on which it is of urgent
an approbation of their general character and tendency.) importance to thousands to obtain trustworthy information. There are eighteen pages on The Young Christian. 1. Essay on the Distinctive Australia, its capabilities and prospects. We Features of Early Religion. 2. Memoir of Mrs. cannot epitomize the paper but it deserves Keturah Martin, Witherden, Suffolk. By W. the perusal of all who have reason to make
ABBOTT, Blunham, Beds. London: Hall and Co.
32mo., pp. 45. themselves acquainted with the facts which render it desirable or undesirable to emigrate, or which would guide him who is about to leave his country to an eligible locality. The writer The Moral Government of God: The Circular takes a very favourable view of Australian Letter of the Yorkshire Association of Baptist prospects, and speaks highly of the works on by John Heaton. 8vo., pp. 13.
Leeds: Printed the subject which bear the names of Makenzie, Mossman, and Sidney. There are other articles this month which will be found interesting by many of our readers, particularly those on The Urgent Claims of India for more Cbristian Household Surgery-the Contest with Rome- Missions. By A LAYMAN IN INDIA. London: and the Wesleyan Conference. On this last W. H, Dalton. 8vo., pp. 56. subject the reviewer says, "Multitudes of the Wesleyan people, who take no part in these agitations, heartily desire concession by the Conference as the means of restoring peace.
The Christian Treasury : containing Contributions We do not venture to foretell the probable Denominations. October, 1852. Edinburgh : Joka
from Ministers and Members of Various Evangelical result of these agitations We look mourn stone, and Hunter. 8vo., pp. 48. fully, rather than hopefully, upon them, and pray that he who desires his church to be one may heal the breaches of Zion."
The Christian Journal of the United Presbyterian
Church. October, 1852, Glasgow : Jackson, London:
Series. Edited by Joan Kitto, D.D. F.S.A.
Missionary Record of the United Presbyterian glancing at its contents, we resolved to read Houston and Stoneman.