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unrivalled in his deep and penetrating insight | ing to a series of Sermons, the one will be into the mind of the Spirit. More frequently purchased and read, whilst the other is left than in consulting any other expositor have to slumber in the warehouse of the bookselwe found relief, when pressed with difficulty, lers, and, it may be, at length to reach the in referring to this prince of interpreters. hands of the trunk-maker. We might sup

Dr. Owen's translation is very easy and pose that the reverse of this would have been flowing, and his duties as an editor have been the case in an age like the present, when the performed in a very scholarly manner. His excitement, and business, and engrossing toil, Preface in many respects, a valuable docu- leave but snatches and fragments of time for ment. The type, press-work, and paper, com- multitudes to furnish and refresh their minds bine to make a benutiful volume.

with reading. Might we not imagine that, We cannot but wish the highest possible as Christians in countless instances have not success to the Calvin Translation Society. It leisure to peruse elaborate treatises and is performing a noble service to the church, learned disquisitions, they would welcome especially in an age when the taste for sound with great cordiality, volumes of sermons distheology is on the decline by reason of Ger- tinguished by taste, vigour, soundness, and man importations. We cannot but hope that unction. When the evening brought round the subscribers to this admirable scheme will its hour of leisure, and the Sabbath its season be so increased, as to encourage the hope of of holy calm, what more fitting than that the the whole of Calvin's works being published Christian should take up and peruse a serunder its judicious auspices. Those who mon, which oftentimes condenses within the wish to benefit by the scheme should lose no limits of a few pages, what in books of more time in forwarding their subscriptions to the sounding pretensions is spread over as many Secretary, 9, Northumberland-street, Edin- sheets. Had this been the case, we cannot burgh.

help thinking that, in many instances where The Editor's Notes on the Romans are very piety has waned, and the light of truth has valuable.

become dim, the one would have been invi

gorated, and the other would have shone with THE CLAIMS OF SEAMEN ADVOCATED, AND augmented brightness.

THE DUTIES OF SEAMEN ENFORCED: We are inclined to hope, that a tase for the A Sermon preached at the Chapel Above- perusal of able, and thoroughly evangelical Bar, Southampton, on the Evening of the sermons, is on the increase. Several volumes Sabbath, January 18th, 1852. By the Rev. of this stamp have lately appeared, and have, THOMAS ADKINS, on the occa of the loss

we cannot doubt, obtained a wide circulation. of the Amazon, R. M.S.S., and on behalf of | And why should it not be so? If sermons the surviving Sufferers. Prefired to which is are of the class that edify, stimulate, and save a Description of the Vessel, also a List of in the sanctuary, why should they not in the the Passengers and Crew, saved and lost. family and the closet? Truth, when rightly Snow, London.

and forcibly presented, rather gains than Tuis sermon, suggested by the loss of the loses in efficiency, amid the calm and mediAmazon, is invested with high permanent tative tone of mind which belongs to the solivalue, irasmuch as it earnestly enforces the tary reader, or the family group. It may claims of seamen, and addresses to them not dazzle like a passing pageant, or agitate counsels and appeals of the most salutary like a dramatic scene; but, like the voice of kind. The wide circulation of this admirable faithful friendship, when the world is shut discourse among sailors could not fail to give out, it enters the deep places of the soul, and birth to the happiest results. Let our ship- gives birth to thoughts at once solemn and owners, then, who feel especially interested in salutary. the moral elevation of seamen, circulate The Sermons by Mr. Katterns, now before this sermon in myriads among them.

us, are of the right stamp. Pronounced in

public, they must have edified, stimulated, SERMONS. By DANIEL KATTERNS. and impressed his audience. In some inLondon : John Snow,

stances they must have produced those meltPUBLISHED Sermons, whatever their me- ing, thrilling, pentecostal impressions which rits, are excluded from the reading of many, are only the fruits of sacred eloquence of a who are wanting neither in piety nor ability high order. Dark indeed must be the underto appreciate what is excellent. It is diffi-standings that were not enlightened, and cult, perhaps, to account for this on grounds stony must be the hearts that were not that are satisfactory. But so it is. Let a melted, by these sermons.

They are not volume be divided into chapters or sections, merely sound, faithful, and thoroughly evanand ushered into the world with a sounding, gelical expositions of Christian doctrine, boldly flashy, taking title, appropriate or otherwise, confronting, and, by implication, denouncing and although it may be distinguished neither the rationalistic tendencies of the age; but by the consecutiveness, nor the ability belong- are, in not a few instances, models of that

ness.'

vigorous, manly, and mind-breathing elo | directed. Rank yourselves with His servants. quence, which attests the earnestness of the Seek first his kingdom and his righteousspeaker, and stirs the deepest thoughts and Then, while you are devoted to him, feelings of the hearer or reader. Did our and are living to his glory, you will find that space admit, we could quote many samples he directs your steps, governs your affairs, of this. The Sermons on Providence, on provides for your wants, turns all things to Temptation, on Boldness in Prayer exempli- your advantage, infuses new and celestial fied, on the Sacrifice of Isaac, on The Pillar sweetness into every cup of lawful pleasure, exof Salt, on the Value of the Soul, on the tracts the sting from every afiliction, brighters Character of David, and, indeed, the entire the whole journey of life, and, finally, will convolume, will furnish the reader with abundant vert even the shadow of death into morning." instances of the superior order of pulpit elo- We very cordially coinmend this volume quence to which we refer. Let us give one to the attention of our readers, assuring them short sample, and that, not because it is the that it will amply repay an attentive and best, but because it is to be found in the first prayerful perusal. Sermon in the volume.

* Religion is your business; Proridence is SUDDEN DESTRUCTION : A Discourse, dethe prerogative of God. Indeed, it is one of livered at Islington Chapel, on Sunday, the proper and necessary fruits of godliness

January 11, 1852, on the Loss of the Amato exercise prudence and diligence in the zon ; with a Description of that noble Vessel, conduct of worldly affairs; but since those and her terrible Destruction on the Morning affairs prosper or not, according to the Divine

of the first Sunday of the New Year. By will, it is in vain for you to rise up early, the Rev. B. S. HOLLIS. 850. pp. 42. and to sit up late, and eat the bread of care

Partridge and Oakey. fulness,' while you neglect to seek God's We greatly commend the author for seizfavour, and pretend to make your own happi. ing on the catastrophe of the wreck of the ness, independently of your allegiance and of “ Amazon,” as an occasion of usefulness to his his glory. Know yet further, that prosperity flock. The sermon is most impressive, and is no more prosperity, adversity not ad. is in a high degree suggestive of the lessons versity, if the light of God's countenance shine which so fearfnl a calamity ought to instil upon the one, and his frown darken upon the into the public mind of Great Britain. Mr. other. I will curse your blessings.' • Their Hollis has done what he could, and done it table shall become a snare before them, and well, to render an awful providence instructheir welfare shall become a trap.' Oh, tive and admonitory to all ranks and classes dreadful words! Listen to them, ye worldly

among us. minded sinners, with tingling ears and with repenting hearts. Build up the fabric of your Is SALVATION BY WATER-BAPTISM THE hopes; heap together silver as dust, and

pre- DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND? pare raiment in the day;' yet, if He but blow A Letter to the Rev. Dr. McNeile, occaupon your projects, they wither; or, if He sioned by his Letter to the Bishop of Exeter, permit them to succeed, your very prosperity entitled, Baptism doth Save.By BIBLIshall become your wretchedness. “I will

8vo. Pp. 32. curse your blessings.' What avails the greatest

J. P. Shaw confluence of earthly good, the splendour of This is a Letter well worthy of the deep wealth, the refinements of luxury, the blaze and serious consideration of the Evangelical of reputation, the majesty of power, if there portion of the clergy and laity of the Estahangs over them all a threatening, which not blished Church. Those who are too confiding only embitters them in the possession, but in the purely Protestant bearings of the Book foretells the utter extinction of all worldly of Common Prayer, will here find abundant hope ? On the other hand, Fe, who can reason for hesitation and doubt. turn the blessing into a curse, has promised to those that serve him, that he will | REMAINS OF THE REv. WILLIAM HOWELS, turn the curse into a blessing. Be that late Minister of the Episcopal Chapel, Longservice your choice; and then, you need acre, London ; being a Collection of Extracts neither be undnly anxious for prosperity, from his Sermons, taken down when preached, nor unduly afraid of adversity. You cannot by the Rev. WILLIAM PRIOR MOORE, A.M. command the one, nor dismiss the other. Both Second Edition. Small 8vo. pp. 386. belong to & scheme of government, the reins

James Nisbet and Co. of which are held by an Almighty hand, and, Those who knew good Mr. Howels as well whatever may befall, must be wise, and just, as ourselves, will not doubt the fidelity and and good. Your great concern is to secure accuracy of these extracts. They are invalu's name and a place'among that happy num- able materials of thought,-outbursts of an ber, to whose ultimate redemption all the do- original, profound, and singularly devout minion of nature, providence, and grace are | mind, — theologically accomplished beyond

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PERIODICAL LITERATURE. in his church, -over whose degeneracy, in British Quarterly.-No. XXIX. is equal in this department, he was wont, in private, and material and execution to any of its predeoften in our hearing, to pour forth his bitter,

Its tone, in politics, in social ecoand not always forbearing, lamentations. nomy, and in religion, is truly healthy, and We have heard him say more than a dozen such as cannot fail to nourish up right printimes, at our own fire-side : “ With Baby- ciples and holy character. Sir James SteBishops in theology, what can be expected of phen's French History, one of the most the clergy ?”

powerful works of the age, is made the sub

ject of an eloquent and most discriminating FELLOWSHIP IN THE Gospel. A Sermon, article ;-in which Mr. Macaulay and Sir

preached in the Quay Meeting-Flouse, Wood- James are interestingly compared as Hisbridge, on Thursday, October 9th, 1851. torians. We cannot but congratulate the To commemorate the Second Centenary of University of Cambridge on having such a the Independent Church there, and published Professor of Modern History as Sir James. at the request of the Church and Congrega- The article on “Methodism" is truly candid tion. By JOHN ALEXANDER, Minister of and enlightened, and ought to be regarded Princes-street Chapel, Norwich, 8vo. pp. 36.

with cordiality by our friends of that denomination. “Romanism in its Social Influ

ence" is a terrific but truthful exhibition of This Discourse, while it exhibits great

what Popery has een and Christian principles, enforced in the author's

in its influence.

It “ has demoralized and depraved every own gentle and persuasive manner, possesses all the charm of an historical record. For

population over which it has held sway." the space of two hundred years, Mr. Alex

How, and to what extent, this article fully ander traces the leading events connected

demonstrates, proving it to be the pretended with the Congregational Church at Wood

friend, but the real foe of humanity. “Carbridge ;—from which it appears, that from

lyle's Life of Sterling" is a thorough, well1651 to 1851, the pure gospel of Christ has

merited exposure of this aimless— worthless been preserved in that church. The entire

book,-full of all discreditable insinuations narrative is deeply interesting, and is worthy

against the great charter of our Christian of a circulation far beyond the sphere in

hopes. We recommend to some of our mowhich it was originally delivered.

dern Philanthropists the careful perusal of the most able disquisition on The Doctrine

of Non-Intervention.” The writer thoroughly CALMET'S DictiONARY THE BIBLE, puts to flight many of their common-places.

Abridged, Modernized, and Re-edited, ac- North British Reviero.-A number of con. cording to the most recent Biblical Re-siderable power. The subjects are Miltonsearches. By THEODORE ALOIS BUCKLEY, New Zealand-Literature and Christianity: B.A., of Christ Church, Editor of Transla

Carlyle's Life of Sterling—the Geology of tims of the Decrees of the Council of the Surface, and Agriculture-Literature of Trent,and of Homer, Æschylus, Sophocles, the New Testament--Recent Arctic ExpediEuripides, fc. fc. fc. Small 8vo. pp. 720. tion- Memoir of Bishop Copleston-Method. George Routledge.

ism : Isaac Taylor - Progress of Popular What a boon to the Biblical Student is Education in Great Britain-France in Januthis Edition of Calmet, at the moderate price ary 1852. The article on “ Milton” is of Four and Sixpence! The abridgments are written by one who could sympathize with as creditable to the Editor, as the additions his genius, estimate his political career, and he has made to the original work. We understand the times in which he lived. We greatly prefer Mr. Buckley's little compact wish that he had done as much to lay open volume to Calmet's ponderous quartos. To the gorgeous character of Milton's prose Village Pastors, Itinerant Preachers, and writings, as he has to set forth the taste and Sunday-school Teachers, this volume will be grandeur of his poetry. The sketch of his invaluable. We wish the Editor could have life is very admirably executed. The “Life forgotten that he was a Churchman. This of Sterling," by Carlyle, is a critique well is the only infirmity of his Abridgment. calculated to stay the sceptical rage of the

times. — “ Louis Napoleon” is a laborious THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE YEAR, FOR Essay, well written, and of a highly judicious CHILDREN. 18mo. pp. 126.

and suggestive character. Would that the Ward and Co.

man whom it concerns would ponder its great A most admirably written little volume lessons ! for very young people, which they will read Journal of Sacred Literature. - This im. with exquisite delight, and from which they portant number should have been noticed in will derive much valuable information suited Febriiary. We are happy to learn that the to their tender years.

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it maintains its present highly interesting and valuable information. “ The Charactercharacter, it cannot fail to keep its ground. istics of Miracles ” is evidently the producThere is an immense variety of intelligence tion of an author of some power ; but it is on Biblical Subjects in the present number. fanciful, and ought to be read with caution. The first article, “ On the Relative Authority “ Ancient Oriental Palaces" is a delightful of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures of the article of its kind. The whole number is full Old Testament," is full of sound learning, I of interest,

Obituary.

MEMOIR OF THE LATE MR. JOHN PRYCE, true religion, when it pleased God to visit BERWICK-UPON-TWEED.

him with a severe illness, which confined him The following sketch is designed to rescue to his room for several months, and sowed from oblivion the memory of a devoted ser- the seeds, for life, of a painful internal vant of Christ, whose life has too long re- malady. But this season of affliction bore mained unrecorded. Into the causes of this also happier fruits. It laid the strong man delay it is unnecessary now to enter. But it low, brought him to serious self-communion, is believed that, while such a brief memorial probed the secrets of his heart, and sapped is only an act of justice, too tardily rendered, his confidence in the power of morality to to one who now rests with God, it exhibits an support the soul in the prospect of the grave. example of devotedness in life, and serenity While these impressions were still fresh upon in death, fitted at once to stimulate and to his mind, an incident occurred to ripen and edify. It is the simple picture of a man of confirm them. Soon after the late Dr. good natural abilities, polished manners, and McAll's settlement in Manchester, Mr. Pryce energetic disposition, who, called to the know- was led, in the gracious providence of God, ledge of Christ comparatively late in life, re- to listen to his thrilling discourses on the tained to the close all the fervour of a first Sabbath evenings. In the elevation and love,-devoting himself, with uncommon zeal splendour, as well as earnestness, of Dr. and singleness of purpose, to the work of do- | McAll's style, he seems, from his remarks at ing good; first, in the more private walks of the time, to have found a quality of which he Christian usefulness, and finally, in the more had often painfully felt the want in other conspicuous position of a preacher and pas- preachers, and which appeared at length to tor, till disease and exertion together bore do justice to the grandeur of the theme. him to a premature grave. May the brief But the ardent admirer became ere long the record serve to enkindle a similar zeal, and sincere convert. His views and feelings animate to effort in the same glorious cause! gradually underwent an entire change; the

Mr. John Pryce was born at Shrewsbury, sense of his sinfulness and insufficiency grew in the year 1794, of highly respectable upon him daily; and he began to feel the parents. Having reared him in the tenets need, and craved the possession, of a better of the Church of England, and given him a righteousness and a higher life than any liberal education, he was, at a suitable age, earth-born morality could yield him. Diffiapprenticed to one of the leading drapers of culties attaching to the scheme of salvation the town. Here he continued for nine years, cleared one by one away, and he was at earning for himself, by his diligence and in- length enabled to repose, in peace and joy, tegrity, a high place in the esteem and con- on the deep foundation of a Saviour's merits. fidence of his employer. At the close of His views once settled, his course was this period he removed to Manchester, and taken with characteristic decision. Worldly for several years held the situation of travel- amusements were given up, worldly friendler for a mercantile house, with credit and ships renounced, though the sacritice was

Soon after the death of his father, sometimes painful as the cutting off a right be commenced a wholesale and extensive hand. Some time elapsed before he formally business on his own account, and in 1823 disconnected himself with the Establishment; formed a happy matrimonial connexion with but at length he saw it his duty to offer Ann, third daughter of Thomas Rae, Esq., himself for membership to the church under Palliasburn Cottage, Northumberland. Dr. McAll's pastoral care. Here, new scenes

He had now reached his thirtieth year, of enjoyment and usefulness opened upon auspiciously settled in life, and remarkable for him, into which he entered with ardent inhis devotion to business, the purity of his terest. The prayer.meeting, the churchmorals, and his strict Churchmanship. With meeting, the week-day evening addresses, as all this, he was still a stranger to the power of well as the Sabbath-day services, found him

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one of the most punctual and animated wor- self to the church enjoying the pastoral care shippers. It happened too, about this time, of the Rev. Dr. Balmer, and soon became that district prayer-meetings were set on foot known as an active promoter of every scheme by the pastor's desire. Mr. Pryce gladly for the religious welfare of the town. He took his turn in accommodating them; and particularly interested himself, in connexion as it was customary when the pastor could with the ministers and other Christian friends, not attend, for the master of the house to in organizing a systematic distribution of conduct the service, and give an address, tracts, was occasionally engaged in advocating these exercises proved the germ of Mr. various benevolent societies on the platform, Pryce's future labours as a preacher of the and resumed, also, his work of visitation and gospel.

occasional preaching among the people, who Other opportunities soon presented them had heartily welcomed his return. selves of employing his talents for speaking. While thus happily occupied, however, He had become an active member of a Chris-circumstances of a somewhat painful nature tian Instruction Society, connected with the occurred, which placed him under the neces. church, for the purpose of searching out the sity of, in some degree, changing his course. ignorant and depraved, and bringing them, if He was for some time at a loss how to act, possible, under the sound of the gospel. when the earnest entreaties of some who proGrieved at his small success, he at length fessed then selves benefited by his preaching, determined to try the experiment of carrying to make use of their dwellings for the purpose, the gospel to them. It was attended with the decided him to go on with his work. Inhappiest results. Though at first he could creasing evidence seemed to be given of the hardly get a house to preach in, and his first blessing of God upon his labours; and though attendance was but three, the three soon grew oppressed with his growing responsibilities, he to thirty, and the poor people came heartily proceeded to open a Christian instruction to offer their houses. It pleased God to open class for young females, which increased till many hearts to attend to the things which it numbered above sixty members. were spoken; and not a few individuals, some Matters now put on a new and more of them of the very lowest grade, were here serious aspect. A strong desire was manitruly led to the Saviour, of which Mr. Pryce fested on the part of many attending these had the happiness to hear some testify, on meetings, to form themselves into a sepatheir admission to the church. Not a few

rate communion, in accordance with the interesting occurrences could be detailed, if views which had been growing up in their space allowed, arising out of his self-denying minds. He was urged by a few friends to efforts, both in preaching to the poor and meet them for consultation on the subject. visiting the sick. But his Master was about And the final result was, the formation of s to call him to another sphere, and employ church on Congregational principles. Not him in still more arduous service.

wishing, however, to take so grave a step In the spring of 1842, Mr. Pryce paid a without the advice and direction of expelengthened visit to the venerable parents of rienced men, he laid the case before various his wife, now residing in Berwick-upon- individuals of eminence in the Congregational Tweed. During this visit, he was invited by body. But, though heartily encouraged in the town-missionary employed by one of the some quarters, no practical response could be Presbyterian congregations, to give an address obtained; and the people, weary of suspense, to the people who were accustomed to assem- resolved at last to take the matter into their ble at the mission-station. His services prov- own hands. Having met, to the number of ing acceptable, they were repeated, from time sixteen, they solemnly constituted themselves to time, and a deep religious interest appeared into a church, and their next step was to to be awakened. “On the termination of his choose Mr. Pryce to take the oversight of visit, a general desire was expressed for his them. After due deliberation and prayer, he return. Other circumstances seemed to pave consented, on the condition that as soon as the way for the choice of Berwick as a per- the church could afford to support a pastor, manent place of residence, especially the he would feel himself at liberty to retire. wish to add to the comfort of his parents-in- With this understanding, he was set apart by law, by giving them, in their old age, the prayer to the responsible office. society and watchful care of a daughter justly Thus strangely, and by the gradual unfolddear to them. Accordingly, though to the ings of a providence which, while it took him rupture of many ties, and at a considerable by surprise, seemed to him clear and dissacrifice both of spiritual and temporal ad- tinct, did Mr. Pryce find himself involved in vantages, he saw it right to wind up his all the duties and responsibilities of & Chrisbusiness affairs, and bid adieu, as it proved tian pastor. Placed there, as he believed, by for ever, to scenes hallowed by not a few the hand of God, he resolutely, thongh in sacred and delightful associations.

much fear and trembling, addressed himself On settling at Berwick, he attached him- to the work. A large room was hired, in

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