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My Life, by the Author of " Stories of amours, the credit of some of which,
Waterloo," &c. 3 vols. 8vo. Lon- favoured by the similarity of name, he don: Bentley
contrives to transfer to the cousin, We do not often notice novels, but are who trusts and assists him; a ruined induced for once to break a custom, gamester, involving still more deeply by the consideration that these volumes the father whom he is professedly enare likely to make their way more gen- deavouring to extricate from his diffierally than the great majority of their culties, ever ready to murder his friend class, and that the mischief they are in an honourable way, or a bailiff in calculated to do is proportionably any way, he is yet, of course, “no more extended in its effects. In the one's enemy but his own." His friend narrative, or rather narratives, which and relation, if not so deeply stained they contain, the author has unques- with the odious vices of his cousin, is tionably exhibited great liveliness, con- almost as sel6sh, and with respect to siderable humour, and a graphic power his liaisons, quite as unprincipled; yet of description, which we could well these are the personages to be introhave wished to see more worthily em- duced to our youth of both sexes, as ployed, than in gilding the exploits of models for the admiration of the one, a couple of scoundrels, one of whom, and the imitation of the other! It is at least, it is evidently his intention to idle to say that the author is merely hold up as the portrait of a finished painting life as it is, and not recomIrish gentleman. The first volume, mending the adoption of the vices he (by far the best of the three,) is merely delineates; if he does not applaud, introductory to the “life" of the hero, he no where reprobates, or discouninasmuch as it is devoted to the his- tenances them, while he takes care in tory of that hero's father, and ends conclusion to confer on their perpewith his own introduction into the trators the usual rewards of wealth world. The two last contain his career and connubial felicity, which constantfrom his first start in life as an ensign ly await the gracioso of a modern in the Irish militia, to his marriage novel. That the book is cleverly and succession to a splendid fortune, written we do not deny: had it not while the adventures of a inad-brained been so we had not noticed it; but we cousin, who equally with hiinself re- do inost strongly protest against its joices in the name of John Blake, pernicious tendency. The latter part form a sort of running accompaniment of the story appears to have been to his own. This cousin it is, mani- compounded of a fictitious adventure festly a great favourite with his author, in Pelham, and the real one of Mr. to whom we principally object. He Gill, in the neighbourhood of the is held up as a fine, gay, volatile, un- Commercial-road, which caused such thinking rattle, whose faults are those a sensation in the metropolis some of the head only, and as possessing months since; it is not badly told, what is called an excellent heart. In though there are occasional marks of reality a more disgusting compound of carelessness, and even of ignorance, selfishness, profligacy, heartlessness, in- which we should not have expected in gratitude, meanness, hypocrisy, low de- so practised a writer. It needs not, bauchery, and total want of principle, for instance, that a man be a lapidary, has seldom been portrayed than in to know that a «rose-diamond" is this same character of “ Jack the rarely purchased for its superiority Devil," a sobriquet, which is of course over the brilliant, or a herald to disonly to be considered as an additional cover that courtesy does not extend feather in bis cap. While most sen- the title of lord' to an earl's yountimentally in love with one lady, (an ger sons, while every attorney's clerk heiress of course, whom he eventually in the kingdom could have told the persuades to elope with him, he is pere author that the possession of “a rotpetually indulging in all sorts of low len borough" is not, nor ever has been,
subject are satisfactorily solved, and the practical exhortations ably enforced. These sermons read or preuched cannot but do good. The volume itself is modest, neat, and unpretending: we hope it will find its way to many a library.
Rhymes for my Children. By a
MOTHER. London: Smith & Elder.
necessary to protect a "peer" from arrest. The calling a man “ Sir Ed. ward” in one page, and “ Sir Henry" in another, with a transformation of the “ Harriette Kirvan” of the first volume into the “ Henrietta Kinvan” of the third, are mere lapses of memory scarcely worth noticing among so many graver objections; we shall therefore close this brief notice with the expression of our hope, that when the Author next exercises his talents, for the amusement of idlers, he will at least bestow on those characters, for whom he would excite an interest, some better recommendation than mere animal spirits, and that recklessness of consequences, and even of life itself, which the better feelings of the civilized portion of mankind have long since repudiated as the test of real courage.
We are glad to notice this pleasing and useful book, in which both amusement and desirable impressions for the youthful mind are happily blended. It contains several judiciously written moral stories in verse, which, from the simplicity of their language and easy style, deserve to be commended. These are illustrated by very neatly executed woud-cuts, and we doubt not the little work will be approved by parents, and afford much appre gratification to children. granncato
Christian Freedom, chiefly taken from
Bolton's “ True Bounds." By the
leys, 1835. Pp. xvi. 175. We do not see the exact utility of this resuscitation of the dead. If poor old Bolton could really see himself in the new fashioned dress of the nineteenth century, he would not thank our“ author," perhaps, for this clipping and changing, and docking and patching of his quaint and eloquent “redundancies." But as this edition is to undeceive “ the elect," and to "hinder the malignant purpose of the enemy," (p.vii.) we wish the book success, though we cannot say much for the taste of the editor, if we are to judge by the preface, which is as rambling and odd as any thing in the theology of 1645.
The books of which the editor is guilty, must, we suppose, be equally edifying, but we never heard of them except in the title page of this.
The Conimunicant's Companion; or In
structions for the right receiving of the Lord's Supper. By the Rev. MATTHEW HENRY. A New Edition, carefully revised. London: Henry Washbourne. 1835. Pp. vi. 265. ALL that read and admire the writings of Matthew Henry, will be pleased to know that this treatise is republished in a cheap and convenient form, in a clear type and on good paper; but it will scarcely suit aged eyes.
Nine Sermons on the Lord's Prayer, intended for Young Children of all Classes. By a MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND. London:
Hlatchards. 1835. Pp. 72. Good ;- but for distribution as rewards in Sunday schools, we could have wished the charge had been under eighteen-pence.
Sir Plain Sermons on the Sabbath. By
the Red. Joseph B. OWEN, B.A. Of
Pp. viii 171. We cordially recommend this volume to our friends: the difficulties of the
History of the Reformed Religion in
France. By the Rev. EDWARD
[Theological Library, Vol. VIII.] We have already reviewed the two previous volumes of this excellent
work at considerable length; and, The History of Greece. By THOMAS although we pass over the conclusion KEIGHTLEY, Author of the “ Mythoof it in a more cursory manner, it is logy of Greece and Italy,” &c. &c. not because we think less highly either London: Longman & Co. 1835.8vo. of its execution or its contents. The Pp. xiv. 471. scenes it exhibits are less stirring, per
In the compilation of this work, Mr. haps, but not less marked by the accu
Keightley has drawn chiefly from the rate and energetic descriptions of the
original sources, at the same time that historian; and the narrative is occupied
be has not disregarded the labours of with details, brought together with the
the principal modern authors; among most diligent research and judicious
whom may be specially mentioned, investigation, from a variety of sources,
Muller, Heeren, and Böckh. His hisnot readily accessible to the ordinary
tory is adapted to the higher classes of inquirer. "Mr. Smedley has indeed
students, and is a very different thing performed his task throughout with
from the abridgments which are compeculiar ability; and we have to thank
monly used in schools. We are glad hinn for a work which has long been a
to hear that the author is occupied desideratum, not only in our own, but with a History of Rome, upon a simiin any other language. The concluding
lar plan; for, though merely an epitome, chapter, which comprises a rapid sur
the work before us exhibits a depth of vey of the state of the Huguenots, from
research, and an impartial view of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes,
motives and events, which cannot fail involves some considerations which
to render the study of ancient history apply with considerable force to the
equally interesting and important. prospect of England at the present crisis. It is to be hoped that the lesson it conveys may not be thrown
Works on Episcopacy. Vol. I. containaway.
ing the First series of Bowden's Letters to Dr. Miller ; with a Pre
face by The Rt. Rev. Benjamin T. History of the Church in Scotland.
Onderdink, D.D. Vol. II. conBy the Red. MICHAEL RUSSELL,
taining the Second Series of Dr. LL.D. Author of the Connexion of Sacred and Profane History, &c.
Bowden's Letters to Dr. Miller ;
Dr. Cooke's Essay on the Invalidity In Two Volumes. London: Rivingtons. 1834-5. Pp. xii. 379. [The
of Presbyterian Ordination ; und
Episcopacy tested by Scripture, by ological Library, Vols. IX. & X.]
the Rt. Reo. Henry V. OnderHere we have another valuable acces
donk, D.D. New York: Protession to our church history; and Epis tant Episcopal Press, 1831. 2 vols. copacy has not only found a warm
12mo. supporter in Dr. Russell, but one who We are informed in the Preface, that grounds his support upon the solid and the republication of the works of irrefragable basis of historical truth: Drs. Bowden and Cooke was sugit is this subject, indeed, which forms gested by the appearance of a new the characteristic feature of the work. edition of the Rev. Dr. Miller's “LetSome of the discussions may seem, per ters concerning the Constitution and haps, somewhat out of place in a pro Order of the Christian Ministry," fessed varrative of events; but the very which had occasioned the strictures existence of the Church in Scotland is of the above-named authors. As so connected with these questions, that these “ Letters ” of Dr. Miller are they could scarcely be spared without on the point of being published in detracting from the utility of the un- London, we think it our duty, as dertaking. While volumes of standard " christian remembrancers," to inmerit, such as these, and Mr. Smedley's, form our readers, that the false quoare added to the series, the Theological tations, misrepresentations, and wilful Library cannot fail to be received with omissions of evidence, which made increasing faveur both by the general against the Presbyterian divine, are reader and the divine.
most thoroughly exposed by the Rev.
Dr. Bowden, and by Dr. Cooke, (a physician, now Professor at Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky.) The scriptural evidence by the Assistant Bishop of Philadelphia, is most pithily and ably stated. These “ Works on Episcopacy” ought to be in the hands of every one who has the means of procuring a copy, as they form a complete antidote io, and refu tation of, Dr. Miller's “ Letters." An order has been sent to New York for an ample supply, the receipt of which, together with the names of the London agents, of whom they may be obtained, we shall communicate to our readers.
good. If revised carefully, we would earnestly recommend it. The meditation on Is. lix. 1, (under March 28,) is admirable ; it is, to use its first words, “ true, both politically and perSonally.” “We have still a few who know that the Lord reigneth, and who appeal unto him to decide the controwersy, between those that are opposed to all change, and those who like nothing but change." (P. 88.) It is evident from this, and other allusions, that the meditations arose from the public events of the day, or the private circumstances of the author's family.
“ Bread of the First-fruits,” (2 Kings
iv. 22;) or Short Meditations on Select Passages of Scripture, for every day in the Year. With a Preface, by the Author of « The Week." "London : Seeleys, &c.
1835. Pp. iv. 366. THE quotation whence this title comes is from 2 Kings. iv. 12; not iv. 22.
The contents of the volume are such as a husband might daily lay upon his wife's dressing table, to their mutual edification, (see Preface,p. iii); but we regret, that when these morning Meditations were committed to the press, the editor did not consider that it would be advisable to remove all ambiguity of language, and employ expressions not liable to misinterpretation. In the meditation under the date of July 19, we find the following quaint expression:-“Having our heart established with grace, and not with meats, (or the doctrine of frames.") None but a carver and gilder can understand this. The word “ legality" is also introduced in a way which it ought not,-“All feur urises from legulity," (May 16.) If this were put, all fear arises from laufulness, we should see the bad use of the expression,
Again,– "The difference betwixt a believer and an infidel, consists not so inuch in the things done, as in the spirit in which they are done." (Aug. 4.) Is this a christian use of the term infidel?
These, however, are surface spots, and not inward corruptions. The book is a good book, and may do
The Claims of Dissenters considered : an Address to the inhabitants of Redenhall, with Harleston and Wortwell, Norfolk. By the Rev. T. Sewell, M.A. Curate of that Parish. Norwich: Stacy. London: Long
man. 1835. Pp. 36. We have had much pleasure in reading this able pamphlet. The Dissenter's claims are closely examined, and many of them well refuted. But our author seems disposed to concede more, than with our knowledge of dissent and Dissenters, we should ever be disposed to grant. Be sure that dissent will never be won by concession. If, therefore, that is to be the condition, the farther off they are kept the better. Witness the union of Churchmen and Dissenters in the Bible Society; and the use the latter have made of it. Dissent is still dissent, whether in William Howitt, or Dr. Pye Smith.
The painphlet is well written, and in a good spirit.
An Essay on the Credibility of Soelen
borg ; in which his Claims as the Announcer of the Dispensation, mentioned in Prophecy, under the Figure of the New Jerusalem, are briefly considered and defended. Second Edition. London: Hodson. 1835.
Pp. vi. 106. We are always willing to make allowance for errors of judgment, and the mistakes of conscientious men, however they may differ in their views from ourselves; but if the arguments adduced by this writer, in favour of throughout; but, for the most part, the new translation ” presents an exact verbal agreement with the old. We do not like the little “Pulpit Recollections ;" it always gives us the idea of the looseness and incoherence incident to extemporaneous preaching.
Swedenborg's credibility, be held valid, we do not see why the ghost-seer mentioned in Glanvil's Saducismus Triumphatus might not justly have disputed Swedenborg's claim to the founder of a new church. As to the doctrines held by that person, it is certain that he denied the personality of the Trinity, and that be ridiculed the idea of God forgiving the sins of man in consideration of the sufferings and atonement of Christ. (P. 93.) If, then, these be scriptural doctrines, we think we have only to state as much, in order to refute the argument of the Essayist. In one part he observes, that “it is somewhat unaccountable, that Christians have a reliance on the affirmations of St. John, St. Paul, and many others, mentioned in the Scriptures, to their communication with the spiritual world, while they reject those of Swedenborg; though there is at least us much evidence in the me cuse as there is in the others." (P. 76.) If we coincided in this opinion, we should begin to think that we were as deranged as poor Swedenborg, and we fear some of his followers.
Plain Sermons, preached in the Parish
Church of Hampton, Middleser. By the Rev. H. F. SIDEBOTTOM, M.A.
London : Rivingtons. 1895.
Lord's Supper. By the Rev. G. R.
Rivingtons. 1835. Pp. viii. 164. An admirable little manual. The points discussed are not novel, (for what novelty can there be in them?) but the manner in which they are discussed, is neither quaint nor antiquated in language or allusion. The arguments are simply and forcibly maintained; the deductions are rational; and the prayers interspersed, are from such writers as Tillotson, Hall, Jeremy Taylor, Johnson, &c. We agree with Mr. G Mr. Gleig, that, “ on such a subject as the Lord's Supper," [rational and scriptural,J “guides and helps calculated to lead men to the altar, can scarcely be too much accumulated." We think this one of them.
Pulpit Recollections, being Notes of
Lectures on the Book of Jonah, delivered at St. James's Episcopal Chapel, Ryde, with a new translation, by the Rev. R. WALDO SIBTHORP, B.D, Minister of the Chapel, and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. Second Edition. London:
Seeley and Co. 1835. Pp. 99. This is a pleasant little work enough, adapted by its exterior to be a companion to sacramental and devotional treatises. It is a practical and sound exposition of the portion of Scripture of which it treats. The “new translation” is a pompous announcement of a rifuccimenot of the old, and in our judgment, no improvement on our venerable version. In some cases the marginal interpretation is taken; in others, the alteration is merely wanton; in others, decidedly bad : thus in chap. iii. 2. INOT NEN?? is rendered, « cry ihe denunciation;" where the exact sense is given in our version, The original word Jehovah is retained
IN THE PRESS. Chronological Charts, illustrative of Ancient History and Geography. By JOHN DREW.
Lectures on Moral Philosophy. By R. D. HAMPDEN, D.D. Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Oxford.
Letters on the Philosophy of Unbelief. By the Rev. JAMES Wills.
A Volume of Sermons, adapted to the Mechanical and Agricultural Population. By E. W. CLARKE, Rector of Great Yeldham, Essex.
Statement of the Provision for the Poor, and the Condition of the Labouring Classes, in a considerable portion of America and Europe. By Nassau W. SENIOR, Esq. Being the Preface to the Foreign Communications contained in the Appendix to the Poor Law Report.