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period when every volume of serWe cordially thank our uncom mons written with a fair portion of promising adviser for these honest ability, and truly in accordance with statements : such discrimination of

Scripture and with the formularies character is at all times of great of our own church, could claim from moment, and certainly not least so us a distinct notice and eulogium; in the present age, when even our whereas now, by the wonderful blessworks of charity, our religious insti- ing of God upon our national Zion, tutions, the circulation of the word such volumes are issuing from the of God, our widely-spread theolo- press so rapidly that the colunins of gical knowledge, and our large a magazine can scarcely keep pace toleration, have brought into the with the announcement of them; apparent ranks of the faithful sol- and we are constrained, in the prediers of Christ so many of the secret sent brief article, to make a display spies and abettors of the enemy. of sundry bags of wealth, without

having space to unpack them, so as to exhibit even a specimen of their

contents. Having recently, at the 1. Sermons before a Village Congre- solicitation of very many of our

gation. By the Rev. J.Jowett, readers, adopted the plan of adding 2 vols. 10s. 1828.

a few brief notices to our longer and 2. Short and Familiar Sermons. By more argumentative reviews, we

the Rev. T. SCARD. 5s. 1828. hope in future to be able to keep a 3. Discourses on the Church Confes- less crowded list ; but being at pre

sion. By the Rev. T. BARTLETT. sent greatly in arrears, we can do 38. 6d. 1828.

little more than publish the names 4. Family and Parochial Sermons. of a few of our literary creditors,

By the Rev. F. G. CROSSMAN. and plead our insolvency as our only 8s. 1828.

excuse for not better complying 5. Sermons designed to strengthen with their demands.

the Faith and Increase the De But in truth, some of the most voledness of Christians. By the excellent volumes of sermons offer Rev. J. H. STEWART. 10s. 6d. the worst materials for a critique ; 1828.

much of their claim to the praise of 6. Discourses on Experimental and usefulness arising from their being

Practical Christianity. By the plain, scriptural, and practical ; free

Rev. W. F. VANCE. 55. Od. from novelties and doubtful specu-. 7. Parochial Sermons. By the Rev. lations, and therefore not calling for C. BRADLEY. 10s. 6d.

those discussions which dangerous 8. Sermons the Devotional or doubtful speculations require.

Services of the Church of Eng- Sermons of the very highest order land. By the Rev. T. Sims. of thought, or of extraordinary 10s. 6d.

originality or power of eloquence, 9. A Memorial of Ministerial La not often to be expected,

bour. By the Rev. W. Mudge. especially when we consider the 10s. 6d.

numerous demands upon the time 10. Sermons Doctrinal and Practi- of our clergy, and the vast quantity

cul. By the Rev. J. PROCTER. of material which is requisite for the 1828.

returning pulpit wants of every suc11. Sermons. By the Rev. W. cessive week. The consequence is, MOUSLEY. 58. 1829.

that the great mass of published

discourses are not sufficiently reWe wish we could devote a few markable to attract much popular pages to almost each of these pub. attention; and a few extracts, with a lications. In looking back a few general approbation, seldom interest


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any class of readers, except the wounded or disappointed if the pubauthor and his friends. But would lic at large are not so sensible as we, therefore, discourage the multi- they think they ought to be of claims plication of volumes of sermons of of which they know nothing. this character? Would we


that We should not object to take the no clergyman shall put into the pile of volumes now on our table as hands of his flock a selection from a fair average specimen of the ordihis discourses, unless they happen nary preaching of that large and to contain something very extraor- respectable portion of the pastors dinary, and calculated to rivet the of our church, who are currently general attention of mankind ? Far, known by the name of the Evangevery far, from it. If, indeed, but lical Clergy. In so doing we should half a score books were allowed not so much put forth their claim to to issue yearly from the press, we the highest prize of eloquence, or the should be very scrupulous as to the widest range of literature, or the claim of any particular volume to most exalted developments of inpublication; but when millions of tellect, (though in each and all of reams of paper and print are in- these departments we could find dulgently allowed by the public to powerful claimants,) as to the brightthe fugitive literature of the day; er meed of sound, useful, scriptural to news, and politics, and trash of preaching; united with a respectevery sort, which no person everable degree of learning and talent, pretends to read a second time; it and consecrated by an earnest desire is surely a refinement of scrupu. to promote the glory of God, the losity to complain, as many of our kingdom of the Redeemer, and the critics do, that a clergyman should temporal, spiritual, and eternal offer to his friends, or those of his interests of mankind. When we countrymen who


be interested thus view the discourses before us in his publication, an occasional

as a specimen of the doctrine and volume upon subjects of the very style of preaching which are heard highest importance, because he from week to week in hundreds and does not happen to be altogether a thousands of our pulpits, we cannot Horsley or a Barrow, a Chalmers but offer our warmest congratulaor a Hall. If, by the force of local tions to our country and our veneconnexion, he be able to introduce rated church. We discern, indeed, into only a hundred families a in these volumes different grades of volume of sound scriptural instruc- talent, inany differences of opinion, tion, which would not have found great discrepancy of style, manner, access thither in any other form, we and natural temperament, and even would not say that his labour has

some varying shades of doctrine; been in vain; much less would we but, taken as a whole, they all beattribute his attempt to a culpable long to the class which we have vanity or overweening egotism. If above designated by the popular a clergyman diligently compose his appellation, whether of reproach or own discourses, and his exertions have approbation,- though for ourselves been found beneficial to his flock, disclaiming that and every other it may be very creditable to both party badge amongst the members parties that the latter wish to re and ministers of our common church. ceive, and the former is willing to But taken, as we have said, as a grant, a more permanent record of whole, and allowing for every minor their value than was afforded by a difference of sentiment, they agree single and oral delivery from the in their leading ideas of the nature pulpit ; provided both are willing and effects of the Gospel of our to understand that the interest ex. blessed Saviour: they agree in their cited is of necessity chiefly local view of the fundamental

doctrine of and pastoral, and not to feel the Holy Trinity, and its bearings

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upon the infinitely important mat- this charge be well-founded. We ter of human salvation : they con may also add, let any one read these cur in their general estimate of the several volumes, selecting if he lapsed condition of mankind; of our pleases the one which he


think sinfulness and spiritual inability; of least guarded in its expressions, the guilt and punishment of the and say if there be any just ground sinner; of the necessity of an atone. for the oft-repeated scandal, that ment; the freedom of the Divine “ Evangelical preaching," as it is mercy through Christ Jesus to all phrased, leads to the neglect of who believe; the gratuitous charac- good works, or to licentiousness of ter of our justification ; the neces. living. sity of true conversion of heart to We had wished to draw up a God; the need of the grace of brief notice of the more specific Christ, and the influence of his character of each of the volumes Holy Spirit; the bounden duty of before us ; so far at least as to exobedience to his laws; the privilege hibit the main object aimed at by and blessedness, as well as the obli our several authors; but our limits gation, of conformity to the image of forbid either this or quotations from Christ; the joys, and trials, and duties their works: a defect which we re of the Christian; his guidance through quest each of our friends, for such life, his hopes in death, his happi- we have the pleasure of knowing are ness in eternity. We conscientiously several of them, to impute, in his believe that no man could seriously own case as readily as in that of his read through any one of the volumes respected brethren, to necessity, and now before us,--and which are but not to any want of respect for himspecimens of the tenor of thousands self, or of gratitude to him for his of discourses composed and deliver- share of the common effort to proed every week in our parishes for mote the faith of Christians, and public edification,_and yet remain the eternal welfare of the human wholly ignorant of any doctrine or soul. duty essential to be known for the eternal welfare of the recipient. We should not ourselves agree with Heaven opened : or, the Twelve Vievery sentiment of every author; sions of Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel, some may be a shade “higher," as it and St. John, explained. By is called, or others “lower,"than best ALFRED ADDIS, B.A. 1 vol. suits our particular taste; but there 8vo. 125. London. 1829, is essential unity amidst much cir. cumstantial variety ; ar we are the The first sentence in this volume more anxious to impress this point, apprizes us, that the book owes its because both the Church of Rome origin to the recent discovery of the and some among ourselves are name and number of the beast; ever ready to object to Protestant- which, says the writer, ism in general, and in particular to pleted on JANUARY THE NINTH the class of divines currently called 1828!" If an author should tell

Evangelical," that there is no co us that his book owed its origin to herence of sentiment among them, his having discovered the perpetual that each has a cast of opinions of motion, or the quadrature of the his own, and that it is impossible, circle, every reasonable man would amidst so many controversies, to instantly lay down a work grounded discover what is the doctrine of on so visionary a basis; and we Scripture, or which the way to see no greater deference due to a heaven. Let our readers fairly volume, however well intended, weigh any ten or twenty writers of which professes to find specifically the general class of those whose prophesied of in Scripture, the works now lie before us, and say if ninth of January 1828 ; a day reCHRIST. OBSERV. No. 327.

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markable in no respect that we absurd, as almost a burlesque upon remember, though possibly it might the revelation of God, to tie down be the very day on which Mr. Addis its large and holy prophecies to such. began composing his lucubrations. minute and miserable dates as Ja. The eighth of January is chronicled nuary 9, 1828 : nor ought even the as the day on which Galileo died in really pious intentions of authors 1642; and the tenth as that on who thus profess to "open heaven," which Laud was beheaded in 1644 ; to prevent our protesting strongly and Linnæus died in 1788; but the against a too-popular system of intervening day was destitute of all prophetical interpretation, which fame, till it was thus catalogued as has made many fanatics, and perthe completion of the era of the haps not a few sceptics ; but which, name, and number of the Beast. we fear, is adding neither to the We should not, however, write thus, humility nor the real knowledge of if we did not consider it worse than its admirers.


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in devotion.” Some Protestant ladies of PREPARING for publication, or in the the court, scandalized at this reproach, press :- The Christian Student; by the mentioned the matter to the king, who Rev. E. Bickersteth;-A Critical Record urged Bishop White to select an office of of Theological Literature; by Dr. Waite; prayers, “ that the court ladies who spend - The History of the Huguenots during the much time in trifling, might appear, and sixteenth Century; by W. S. Browning. be, as devout as the new-come-over French

ladies.” Bishop White employed Doctor, A considerable number of Dissenters, it afterwards Bishop, Cousin; and his peris stated, of various denominations, have formance so well pleased the king, that agreed to dedicate Good Friday to devo- his Majesty wrote the imprimatur with tional purposes. This decline of bigotry his own hand. The work was only a comforms an edifying contrast to the days of pilation from Queen Elizabeth's Office" the Commonwealth, when no church was of 1560 and the Liturgy. allowed, under heavy penalties, to be open The site of King's College is finally deon Christmas day, and churchmen were termined to be on the eastern wing of obliged to retire to secret chambers to ex Somerset house, with entrances from the ercise their sacred offices.

quadrangle and from the Strand. Mr. Todd has recently published ano In our Number for January appeared a ther pamphlet respecting the Icon Basilike, paper, by a correspondent, stating some in which he seems to have satisfactorily particulars respecting the too well known vindicated Bishop Ganden's claim to the Mr. Robinson, of Cambridge;" and askauthorship of that production.

ingon what authority the commentator, A book of “ Offices” is occasionally to Whitby, is alleged to have been a Socinian. be met with in our public libraries, which The Monthly Repository, the organ of the was published in the time of Charles the

Unitarians, is pleased, in alluding to this First, and was known among the Puritans, paper, to accuse us of wishing our readers who considered it tainted with Popery, by to believe that Mr. Robinson was struck the name of “ Cousin's Cousining Devo dead for preaching Unitarianism, and of tions.”_The origin of this book was as either extreme ignorance or gross disfollows. The queen of Charles the First ingenuousness for not replying to our corand her French ladies were frequently up. respondent's query about Whitby. The braiding their English friends that the first charge is utterly absurd: it certainly Protestant religion did not appoint hours never entered our minds that any reader of secret prayer, or breviaries, by which, could make so preposterous an application as they said, “ laidies and courtiers who of the fact, that, because a man died soon have much open time might edify, and be after preaching in favour of Unitarianism,

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he was specially cut off for so doing. It correct characters of our bishops, dignita-
is not the ordinary plan of Divine Provi- ries, and other clergymen.” Ought a work,
nence thus to vindicate its proceedings in characterised by such sentiments, to be any
the present world; nor would we dare to longer patronized by these very classes of
interfere between any man and his all- its readers, who must, one and all, be
righteous Judge. With regard to the deeply pained at perusing such statements
question about Whitby, we need only say, in this veteran and long-popular publi.
that our pages are open to a fair statement cation,
of facts, bear they whatever way they may. The humane plan of taking the honey
The cause of truth can lose nothing by without destroying the bees, which is
fair dealing. But it is not, as our readers claimed as a recent invention, was prac-
know, our practice to reply to every query tised as long ago as the middle of the
of our correspondents, and thus to substi sixteenth century by the celebrated Dr.
tute our own decision for impartial discus Wilkins, of Wadham-college, and others
sion. As little justice is there in various whom he had instructed in his method, by
other charges which the Repository has means of transparent hives piled one
lately urged against us; such, for example,
as that, in reviewing the “Child's Faithful Dr Fell, whose name is proverbiallyknown,
Friend,” published by a well-known Uni- is said to have had a habit of preaching, on
tarian bookseller, we invidiously suppress- special occasions, in blank verse. Are any
ed the publisher's name; whereas it is of his metrical discourses extant, in print
never our practice to give publishers'names or manuscript, in any of our libraries ?
in our reviews or announcements. Our

Archbishop Usher once remarked in business is with books, not booksellers. conversation, that it was but loss of time to

One chief cause of the decay of stone study deeply the Oriental tongues; for buildings in our climate is, that the stone that, with the exception of the Hebrew, being saturated with moisture, the water there was nothing written in them to rein freezing tears asunder its particles; pay the labour. He recommended philofragments of which may be observed on logy above all other “human studies." the spiculæ of the ice. To prove, there The absurd ceremony of touching by fore, the quality of different species of our kings for glandular affections, was stone for resisting this destructive effect, performed as follows :-The king sitting it has been proposed to saturate the spe on his throne, the surgeons, who had cimens to be tested several times with a found their own skill baffled, introduced solution of sulphate of soda, allowing the the patients; who, kneeling, his majesty, solution to dry and chrystalize between after the Gospel and some prayers for each operation. The effect of the chrys- the occasion, stroked their cheeks; the talized spiculæ very aptly resembles that chaplain repeating, not very reverently, of the action of frost, and the stone which “ He put his hands upon them, and healed is first disintegrated is considered the them.” Another chaplain then hung a worst adapted for the climate.

gold coin, an angel, strung upon a ribbon We have several times of late felt it round their necks, while the first repeated right to notice the religious delinquencies “ This is the true light which came into of the Gentleman's Magazine, chietly be- the world.” The ceremony concluded with cause that work, not being professedly the Epistle, and prayers for the occasion, theological, and circulating among general and the chaplain's blessing. readers, its mistatements are the more It is often urged, in defence of the fairs liable to do injury. The following is ano near London, that they were originally dether recent specimen :"As Adam Smith signed for commercial purposes. How justly distinguishes the liberal system of little truth there is in this assertion, as rethe opulent, and the austere one of the pects some at least of them, mayappear from poor, it is a matter of course that people the following passage from Evelyn's Diary. will endure the one only until they are May 1, 1683. I went to Blackheath, to ble to acquire the other. Men of Etonian see the new fair, procured by Lord Darteducation, and satisfactorý circumstances, mouth. This was the first day, pretended will not harass themselves about the bap for the sale of cattle; but I think, in truth, tism of infants or adults, Calvinistic pre to enrich the new tavern at the bowlingdestination, and other polemical logo green, erected by Snape, his Majesty's machies; nor will statesmen encourage farrier, a man full of projects. There apirritability and fanaticism.” The writer peared nothing but an innumerable assemadds, “That juvenile immoralities do not bly of drinking people from London, influence after life is evident from the pedlars, &c. ; and I suppose it too near

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