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acknowledged that it was hopeless to attempt | able for its information touching all the milie to supplant them as educators of youth, de- tary and political movements in the East; clared that their influence was making itself but on the subject of " Christianity in India," felt through every grade of native society. it will most certainly mislead the reader who
“With regard to the statement made at has not access to some more trustworthy the meeting, and alluded to by your corre- sources of information. spondent, that fifty Christian converts at Calcutta would return to the Hindu creed WHAT IS DEATH? A Sermon delivered in as soon as the milder form of penance was Poultry Chapel, London, on the evening of assented to, there does not appear to be the Thursday, November 27th, 1851: on occaslightest probability of such an occurrence sion of the recent death of the Rev. John taking place; four highly respectable persons Philip, D.D., for thirty years Superintendent whose names were mentioned at the meeting, of the Missions of the London Missionary have written to the Bengal Hurkaru, stating Society in South Africa. With an Appendir, in the following decided terms: Whatever containing Additional Particulars of Dr. may be done to render the return of Chris- Philip's Early Life and Labours. By RALPH tians to Hinduism practicable, we have not WARDLAW, D.D.-Should any Profits arise the smallest intention of availing ourselves of from the Sale of this Discourse, they will be such an arrangement.'
devoted to the Fund for the Relief of the “As the information of your correspondent
Missionaries and their Families suffering impugns the character of the missionaries in from the Kafir War. 8vo. Pp. 64. Bengal and Western India, let me only con- A. Pullarton and Co.; and Jackson and Walford. clude with the opinion held of the mission- Those who had the privilege of listening aries in Bengal, of whom the Bengal Hurkaru, to this discourse will not soon forget the from which I have already quoted, says:- impression of theological power which it pro. They are a truly conscientious, energetic, duced. And yet the theology which told zealous, hard-working class of people; and with such effect was not that of the schools, feeling that they are labouring in an un- but of the Bible. To us, this appears to be speakably noble cause, there is no self-sacri- the great characteristic of Dr. Wardlaw's fice that they are unwilling to make;' in every theology, that it is pre-eminently scriptural. word of which I most fully coincide, and We might venture, perhaps, to affirm that, in would add that, from personal acquaintance no single discourse in our language is the with many of the missionaries in Western scriptural teaching concerning death more India, more earnest, faithful, and devoted beautifully or more forcibly exhibited than ministers of the gospel are seldom to be met in the one before us. Indeed, we might look with, and men who little deserve the imputa- in vain in large treatises for so satisfactory a tions cast upon them.
solution of the Spirit's testimony in reference "I am, sir, yours obediently, to the great catastrophe of our fallen nature.
" R. Marsh HUGHES, The preacher took for his theme Gen. “ Major, late of the Bombay Army, and v. 27, “ AND HE DIED." From this appro
Deputy Judge-Advocate-General in priate record of the issue of the longest life
that was ever spent in our world, he took Christian missions have nothing to fear occasion to institute the solemn inquiry, from opposition. The attacks of their oppo- “ What is death." and showed it to be the nents elicit the truth, and show that they dissolution of a union,—the execution of a are under the superintendence of Him, who sentence,-an end,- a beginning, the seed-time "makes the wrath of man to praise him, of a future harvest. Upon each of these and the remainder of that wrath he restrains." aspects of our great change, illustrations of At this moment the prospects of missionary the most touching and instructive order are success in India are far brighter than at any introduced ;-and their highest recommendaformer period. The iron band of caste is tion consists in this,—that they, one and all, loosened, instruction is diffused, the Hindus derive their power of enchantment from their have their minds awakened to inquiry, strictly Biblical character. How great and their dread of the Brahmin's anathema is sacred is the impression of this kind of teachdiminished,-many have yielded to convicing, in such able hands as Dr. Wardlaw's, tion and embraced the gospel,- they have compared with some of the flimsy sentimentendured the sacrifice of property and the en- alisms of the day! It is Bible teaching alone dearments of domestic ties for Christ, -they that will make Bible Christians. have continued stedfast amidst innumerable In the second part of his discourse, Dr. appliances to bring them back to Hinduism; Wardlaw applies, very beautifully, each partithese, and many other events, seem to utter a cular of his interesting train of thonght to the loud voice, crying, “ The salvation of India solemn occasion of Dr. Philip's death;-and draweth nigh."
thereby relieves as well as intensities the Mr. Mackenna's book on India is invalu.
more argumentative portion of his theme.
No one so appropriate could have been fixed But we did not assume towards it a diupon to preach the funeral sermon of the rectly antagonistic bearing; we only desidevenerable Superintendent of the South African rated; sought to enlighten our judgments; Mission as Dr. Wardlaw, who was intimately and waited the progress of events. acquainted with him in his early ministry, One of the greatest afflictions that befel held close fellowship with him during his us, in this state of anxious inquiry, was our popular career in Aberdeen, and well knew inability to do full justice to the labours of the fine points of his noble character. So far our late venerable and greatly beloved friend, as time and circumstances would permit, Dr. Dr. Pye Smith. Only those who have Wardlaw did full justice to the brilliant passed through our conscientious struggle course of his friend, now terminated. Still can understand the exquisite pain we felt in we do wish to see a memorial of John Philip, seeming to give but a cautious and reserved Forthy of his lofty character, and of the high commendation of a work upon which he had service which he rendered to the cause of put forth the research of his most matured humanity, and to that of African evangeliza- years. But his was a noble soul. Не tion. His was a life which needs to be deve- perceived that we were conscientious; loped and perpetuated for the good of man- and, in a note which we received from kind.
him at the time, le said, “I fully estimate To such a portraiture of the deceased, Dr. your motives ; and I would not wish to Wardlaw's sketch is an admirable contribu- bias you, were this a thing to be accomplished, tion; for which he will accept our grateful in the slightest degree beyond your convic. thanks.
tions. All I ask, my dear Brother, is, that
you will inquire and examine for yourself;THE RELATION BETWEEN THE HOLY Scrip- publicity to the ascertained facts in geology.
and that you will, from time to time, give TURES AND SOME PARTS OF GEOLOGICAL This will subserve the sacred cause of truth SCIENCE. By John PYE SMITH, D.D., quite as much as opinions authoritatively LL.D., F.R.S., and F.G.S., Divinity Tutor announced. I commend your reverence for in Homerton College, Member of the Philo- the living oracles; and do not doubt that the logical, Enthological, Microscopical, and time is fast approaching when you will perPalæontological Societies, and Honorary ceive, with unspeakable satisfaction, that Member of the Natural History Society of geology has its proper function to perform in Deron and Cornwall, and of the Washington support, and not in contradiction of, the U.S. National Institute for the Promotion data of revealed truth." Our course of acof Science. Fifth Edition. With a Short tion never created the slightest coolness Sketch of the Literary Life of the Author. between ourselves and the Doctor; and in By John HAMILTON DAVIES, B.A., Mi
one of our last conversations with him, a nister of the Congregational Church at short time before he quitted Homerton ColSherborne.
lege, we had the happiness of assuring him, Henry G. Bohn.
which seemed to afford him great satisfaction, THERE was a period in our literary labours that our doubts and misgivings on the subject when we entertained considerable scruples as of geology had begun to yield to the force of to the tendency and even truthfulness of evidence; and that we should soon be precertain Geological theories. Not that we ever pared to take our humble place in defence of supposed it possible for real science and Revela- the science. tion to be at variance;- but that we were by We deem this explanation necessary, in no means fully satisfied that some of the in introducing to our readers a new and cheap ductions of geology were so thoroughly esta edition of Dr. Smith's work on the “Relablished as their more zealous advocates were tion between the Holy Seriptures and some wont to suppose. We well knew that not a parts of Geological Science.” Our testimony few of the French geologists were rank scep- to the value of the work is in some measure tics; and we are free to confess, that we enhanced, by the effect which, in connexion were jealous lest something in the garb of with the perusal of other authors, it has proscience, but not invested with its true attri- duced upon our own minds. We have ad. butes, should come in among us to disturb vanced to our present position, by a calm, our faith in Holy Scripture. We beheld, quiet, inductive process; and we are happy too, with deep anxiety, unsettling tendencies to be able to feel, with some degree of conin other directions, particularly in the neo- fidence, that geology will be one of the logical speculations of Germany ;-and we strongest breakwaters against the flood of were determined not rashly to commit our- modern infidelity. So it now appears to us; selves to a science which, to say the least, and we only guard our readers against mere in its early history, had marshalled more of partial investigations; fully convinced that a the enemies than the friends of Revelation in course of judicious reading will bring them its defence.
to the conclusions that we have reached; and
will make them very thankful to such men is more thankful for such suggestions than as Drs. Smith and Hitchcock for their in- for outlines or skeletons of sermons. The valuable labours.
volume is so beautifully got up that it will Prefixed to this edition, the fifth, of Dr. be an ornament to the drawing-rooms of Smith's Lectures, is a glowing “ Sketch of Christian families, and may be useful for ochis Literary Life,” by the Rev. John Hamil. casional perusal there. To the young geneton Davies, of Sherborne, an attached pupil rally, and especially to young men leaving of the author. The Essay is in all respects home, it will be a most appropriate present. creditable to the writer; and speaks well for Congratulating Dr. Dobbin on his success as his heart and head.
a teacher of youth, as the principal of Hull College, and on his former labours in defence
and explanation of Christian truth, we corThe Day-SPRING; OR, DIURNAL OF Youth. dially thank him for this additional contribu
A Series of Meditations on Passages of tion for the advancement of practical godliHoly Scripture, for every Morning in the ness, and warmly recommend it to parents Year. Edited by the Rev. 0. T. DOBBIN, and to the heads of scholastic institutions as LL.D.
a book which they will do well to circulate London : Bishop. 1852.
and commend. This beautiful and comprehensive volume, composed of short papers by eminent minis
LETTERS ON THE CHURCH OF ROME, adters and laymen of all the principal Christian denominations in our country, is appropri
dressed to the Rev. Emmanuel Faraut, ately dedicated, by the gifted Editor, " To
D.D., and LL.D., Chaplain to the King of the Mothers of Great Britain—the Hannahs,
Sardinia, and Italian Missionary to Eng.
land. the Marys, the Eunices—who strive and pray
By BAPTIST WRIOTHESLEY NOEL. for the conversion of their children, that they
Letter 1. The Claims of the Church of may become imitators of the holy child Je
Rome. II. The Hierarchy of the Church of sus.” The plan of the work is in several re
Rome; to which is prefixed the Rev. Abbé spects novel, and its execution commends
Faraut's Reply to the First Letter. III. itself to our judgment. The Essays, as may
The Doctrine of the Church of Rome.
Crown 8vo. be supposed, are of various degrees of merit; but they are all sensible, scriptural, evange
James Nisbet and Co. lical. The esteemed Editor has employed THESE Letters are all printed separately, his influence wisely in obtaining contributors at a very cheap rate. The first we noticed from the Episcopal, Presbyterian, Congrega- | in a former Number; and we do hope that it tional, and other denominations; and he has is now largely in the hands of our readers. at the same time exercised a discriminating Mr. Noel's Second Letter, which contains the judgment in the selection and editing of the Abbé Feraut’s answer to his first, will be materials, so that they are not a collection of found highly amusing. The Abbé has all patch-work or a piece of mosaic, but a beau- the virulence and untruthfulness of his order; tiful, harmonious exhibition of divine truth, but a more feeble and contemptible anta“ like apples of gold in net-work of silver." | gonist has never appeared in the Popish It is creditable to both parties, that twenty arena. Mr. Noel deserved to meet a better clergymen, six of them resident in the town champion in the field ; and we wonder that in which Dr. Dobbin resides, have lent him the wily foe suffered such a poor creature as their willing aid in producing this valuable the chaplain of the King of Sardinia to draw book. To the Meditations there are prefixed the sword in a warfare for which he has some excellent prefaces or essays, the best of proved himself to be so utterly unequal. We which, to our taste, is the one by the Editor should imagine that the “ Catholic Standard'' himself, on the composition of the Book of would feel itself but little complimented by Psalms. He has, on a principle totally new the privilege of giving publicity to his lucuto us, arranged the Acrostic Psalms in such brations. The answer is written for effect : a manner as to point out their structure, and and it might answer its purpose in a Popish to prepare the intelligent reader more fully country; but, thank God, such trash will not and delightfully to appreciate their contents. do for Englishmen in the nineteenth century. It is a recommendation of the three hundred Mr. Noel finds nothing in the letter which and sixty-five Essays before us, that they are appeared in the “Catholic Standard " to all short, and that each one contains a sen- answer, except personalities, and misrepretiment or truth which can scarcely failt be sentations of an interview which he bad with useful to the young people who may be in- the Abbé ; and very wisely he leaves these duced to read them, The book is a good one for the Abbé to settle with his own conto lie on a minister's study table, for it is science. He is too high-minded to descend suggestive of texts and themes for pulpit to such scurrilities. But he returns manmeditation, and a wise preacher of the gospel | fully to the fight; and we trust that nothing
will deter him from prosecuting the combat Our acute and intelligent author expresses to its final issue. A victory over such an a favourable opinion of the energetic efforts antagonist will be an impossibility ;-but the of Colonel Rawlinson and others, in their contest, at the present moment, is of vast im- attempts to decypher the inscriptions which portance on general grounds.
have recently been brought to light. The Second Letter is a demonstrative ex. “Meanwhile,” says he, “ Colonel Rawlinposure of the folly, absurdity, and utter base- son has communicated to the public, through lessness, on Scripture grounds, of the Romish the journals of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hierarchy. There has bee no such refuta- some of the results of his own inquiries, which tion of the system in the English language are of great interest and importance; and before.
other scholars, amongst whom may be menThe Third Letter is addressed to the questioned Dr. Hincks, have made such progress tion of the doctrine of the Church of Rome; in decyphering the Assyrian characters as in which there is, first, an able analysis of the means at their disposal would permit. pure Bible doctrine; and then contrasted with It is to Dr. Hincks we owe the determination it we have the monstrous fabrications of of numerals, the name of Sennacherib on the * the Man of Sin." Tbis method, in Mr. monuments of Kouyunjik, and of NebuchadNoel's hands, is wonderfully effective ; and nezzar on the bricks of Babylon-three very if the book falls into the hands of Roman important and valuable discoveries. The Catholics, it will not only make them fami- actual state of our knowledge of the cuneiliar with the defences of Protestants against form character, will enable us to ascertain the Rome, but with the truth as it is in Jesus.
general contents of an inscription, although
probably no one can yet give a literal transA POPULAR ACCOUNT OF DISCOVERIES AT lation of any one record, or the definite sound
NINEVEH. By AUSTEN HENRY LAYARD, of many words. Esq., D.C.L. Abridged by him from his “ The custom of engraving inscriptions on larger work. With numerous Woodcuts. stone, as well as on baked clay, the two 8vo. pp. 360.
methods of perpetuating their annals adopted John Murray
by the Assyrians, is of the very highest antiWe dislike all abridgments, except by the quity. The Divine commands were first given authors of the works abridged. “In this to man on stone tables; Job is made to ex. abridgment,” Mr. Layard observes, “I have claim, 'Oh that my words were now written! omitted the second part of the original work, * * * that they were graven with an iron pen introducing the principal Biblical and his- and lead in the rock for ever;'* and Ezekiel torical illustrations into the narrative, which when prophesying on the river of Chebar, was has thus, I hope, been rendered more useful directed to take a tile and portray upon it and complete." We can bear ample testi- the city of Jerusalem.'t There could have mony to the degree in which Mr. Layard has been no more durable method of preserving realized his own hope: the introduction of the the national records; and the inscribed walls “principal Biblical and historical illustrations of palaces and rock tablets have handed down into the narrative,” has rendered it both more to us the only authentic history of ancient perfect and more useful.
Assyria.” It must be highly gratifying to our enter- It is with much pleasure that we introprising countryman to find that “ recent dis- duce to our readers this excellent abridgment coveries, and the contents of the inscriptions, of one of the most interesting contributions of as far as they have been satisfactorily de- the modern press. Such men as Mr. Layard cyphered, have confirmed nearly all the deserve the gratitude of posterity. opinions expressed in his original work,” rendering it quite unnecessary to make any • changes on material points” in this Tracts CONTAINING ANTIDOTES TO THE admirable abridgment.
COUNCIL OF TRENT: German Interim, with Mr. Layard says, “I am still inclined to Refutation : True Method of Reforming the believe that all the ruins explored represent Church: Sinfulness of Outward Conformity the site of ancient Nineveh, and whilst still to Romish Rites : Psychopannychia ; or, the assigning the later monuments to the kings Soul's Imaginary Sleep between Death and mentioned in Scripture, Shalmanezer, Senna- Judgment. By John CALVIN. Translated cherib, and Essarhadon, I am convinced that from the Original Latin and French. By a considerable period elapsed between their HENRY BEVERIDGE. Vol. III. of the foundation and the erection of the older Calvin Translation Society. 8vo. pp. 520. palaces of Nimroud. The results of the
Calvin Translation Society. attempts to decypher the inscriptions are still
THESE Tracts are but little known in this too uncertain to authorise the use of any country, except in learned circles. But they actual names for the earlier kings mentioned are invaluable. We must take to the old in tbem.”
* Ch. xix. 23, 24.
1 Ch. iv. 1.
Protestant armoury, if we are to stand our Collegiate career. VII. From his entrance ground against the assaults of Rome. Calvin's upon the Pastorate to the close of his Minisdissection of the Council of Trent is a master- try. VIII. His Illness and Death. piece of logical argument, in which the Doc- Much credit is due to the Biographer for tors of Rome are made to cut but a sorry his impartiality in dealing with all the quesfigure. The man who will follow Calvin, tions which have come under his notice, in step by step, in his examination of the several writing his Brother's memoirs. He has not sessions and decrees of Trent, will understand dealt in eulogy, but simply stated facts, and Catholicism perfectly, and will be able to re- left them to speak for themselves. He has fute its unscriptural dogmas. The clear- also avoided the too common mistake of spinsightedness of the Genevan Reformer, in all ning out slender materials. The book will he undertook to discuss, is a remarkable fea- be the more useful, that its dimensions are so ture, and shows how he was raised up by reasonable. We can very conscientiously God to perform a great work for his own commend it as likely to be extensively useday, and for coming generations. We hope ful. We can ill spare such devoted men as this volume will obtain a wide circulation. Mr. Fernie. Nothing can be more seasonable at the present crisis. Let our countrymen once thoroughly know what Popery is, not through THE MESSAGE OF Life. By the Author 0, the medium of its deceitful and lying apolo- Searchings of the Heart," fc. pp. 128. gists, but in its veritable and authoritative
Seeleys. documents, and in its actual and terrific his
This interesting little volume consists of tory, and we have then no fear of an increased thoughts and reflections on a variety of short sympathy on its behalf.
passages of Scripture. They are expressed with clearness, conciseness, vividness, and
earnestness of devotional feeling. They are THE FRATERNAL MEMORIAL: a Memoir of rich in evangelical sentiments regarding the the Rev. William Fernie, late Pastor of the
“ Message of Life,” through the Divine Re. Church assembling in Zion Chapel, Frome, deemer; and they trace out many of the Somerset. By the Rev. JOHN FERNIE,
workings of the heart, which are characterFarnham, Surrey. 12mo. pp. 240.
istic of various stages of Christian experience. Hamilton, Adams, and Co.
Among the texts at the head of the respective We well know the subject of this “ Fra- papers are the following:— “ Jesus Christ ternal Memorial,” and saw, with grateful maketh thee whole." “ He openeth their ear feelings, his steady advancement towards high to discipline.” “Hast thou not made a hedge influence and well-earned reputation in the about him?" "I therefore so run, not as Christian church. When last we met him, uncertainly.” “ Faith which worketh by and conversed with him on various methods love.” “Now is the day of salvation." "The of public usefulness, little did we imagine that bow shall be seen in the clouds.” we were looking upon him for the last time. out fault before the throne of God.” Yet there was a certain unearthly aspect We can recommend these pages to our about his intercourses, which might have readers, as valuable aids to devotional mesuggested the idea of his never living to real- ditation. ize the plans of ministerial service which he was so anxious to mature. This we can fully testify, that his whole bearing was that THE CHRISTIAN IN BUSINESS; or, BRIEF of a man who was intimately conversant with MEMORIALS OF Miss MARY BRIDGE. the invisible and the eternal.
18mo. pp. 124. We commend Mr. Fernie's brother, and
John Snow. our friend, for not suffering the records to This is an admirable little book, experish wbich are contained in this volume. cellently adapted for its purpose.
It is the They are well worthy of preservation, and simple, unostentatious record of the life and will, we trust, stir up many a youthful pastor death of a Christian female, who carried on to that high-minded prosecution of his ardu- a successful business in the leading street of ous work, which so peculiarly distinguished Manchester, and who was well known in our departed brother.
that town for her piety and benevolence. It The Memoir is divided into Eight Chapters. details no very striking incidents, nor exhibits
On the value of well-written Biographical any unattainable heights of character; and sketches. II. Mr. Fernie's Youth and Schools in this consists its utility and its charm. It days. III. His apprenticeship and conver- presents to view Christianity, as developed in sion. IV. From his Union to the church to his an ordinary sphere and embodied in actions leaving business. V. Intention of devoting of every-day occurrence, and is a practical himself to the work of the Ministry. VI. comment upon the text—"Not slothful in From lois leaving business to the close of his business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."