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practical results, and rendered admonitory | interesting one. Let infant classes bo largely and usefully stimulating to every Christian formed; and they will prove a spiritual tradesman climbing the bill of life. The nursery for the more advanced classes. Involume is admirably written, and is deserv- fants, thus trained, will make the best and ing of a wide circulation; not only for its most hopeful scholars, as they are introduced prudential counsels to the classes aimed at, into the higher classes. but for its spirit of devout earnestness and Mr. Reed's Prize Essay is just the book enlightened piety.
that was wanted to bring this subject tho
roughly before the public mind. It is a clear, Our Scottish CLERGY: Fifty-two Sketches, ample, and satisfactory discussion of the
Biographical, Theological, and Critical; in- entire topic; and should be in the hands of cluding Clergymen of all Denominations. all pastors and Sunday-school superinEdited by John Smith, A.M., Author of tendents. The value of the Essay is, that it “ Sacred Biography,” gc., fc. Third Series. not only advocates a principle, but enters 8vo. Pp. 400.
into all the detail and explanations by which Simpkin and Marshall.
it may be carried into effect. Tuis is the third volume of pulpit sketches from the active pen of the indefatigable editor of the “Glasgow Examiner.” It is fully
THE QUARTERLY REVIEWS. equal in merit to the former volumes; and, 1. THE FOREIGN EVANGELICAL REVIEW, whenever our author finds a good subject,
day, No. I. 8vo. pp. 232. with marked incident and character, he does
Robert Theobald. not fail to draw a correct and vivid portrait. The appearance and examination of this Truthfulness and prevailing kindness are the New Quarterly have filled our hearts with characteristics of Mr. Smith's delineations. sincere joy. It consists of a selection of For our own part, we have rather had a pre- papers from the best portions of the American judice against this species of literature; but critical and Evangelical press, of various deas there is an obvious demand for it, which nominations. The eight articles contained in will be supplied, we are glad when the task the first Number are all of standard value ; falls into competent hands. Of Mr. Smith's and, with the exception of three, are devoted numerous sketches, extending to nearly two to a searching investigation of the errors of hundred, we may say with truth, that they German origin. We have read, with great are most creditable compositions; some of delight and profit, the Essays entitled—“The them exceedingly just and realizing, and all Conservative Principle of our Literature,”of them indicating ability of a high order. Inspiration and Catholicism," - " German
The three volumes now published will be Church History,”—“ The Spirit of the Old found, north and south of the Tweed, a vory Testament," -"The Theology of the Intelvaluable and entertaining addition to the lect and that of the Feelings.” In these " Family Library." They contain a vast admirable documents our brethren in the amount of biographical information; and are ministry will find ample materials for defendclear and decided in their announcements of ing themselves against the sceptical commonevangelical truth.
places of the day.
Most conscientiously can we recommend THE INFANT CLASS IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. to our readers this most valuable addition to
An Essay: to which the Committee of the our Biblical Literature.
THE BRITISH QUARTERLY REVIEW, No.
XXX. 8vo. As a matter of philanthropy, and a mode
Jackson and Walford. of rendering more efficient the working of It is matter of great thankfulness that this the Sunday-school system, infant classes organ of Nonconforming Literature continues ought to be formed in all our Sunday-schools. not only to hold its place, but to increase its Very little children cannot come with ad-favourable standing. The present Number is vantage into the ordinary classes. Are they in all respects most creditable to the Editor then to be rejected?—or are they to be and his learned coadjutors. We have been admitted, to the utter derangement of the peculiarly pleased with the VIIth Article, entire school ? — To reject them, would be to entitled, “ The Old Testament and its Assailabandon a large and interesting portion of ants." It is a thorough dissection of De the young to neglect and irreligion, at the Wette's " Critical and Historical Introduction most impressible period of human life. To to the Canonical Scriptures of the Old Testaadmit them into our ordinary classes would ment." We hope the writer will continue be to make a Babel of the Sunday-school. his strictures. "The New Lights-Harriett Only one alternative remains; but it is an Martineau," is an admirable off-take of most
insufferable follies. The Number is full of those who wish to penetrate beneath the elaborate and most instructive matter.
surface of things. There is a glowing dis
sertation “On the nature of a miracle," which THE JOURNAL OF SACRED LITERATURE. deserves and will reward a very thoughtful
New Series. Edited by John Kitro, D.D., perusal.
The North BRITISH REVIEW. May, No. IF we do not mistake, this is one of the XXXIII. most vigorous Numbers of this journal that
IIamilton, Adams, and Co. has seen the light. We have read several Tue contents will show, at a glance, how of the articles with great care, and we must interesting this issue of the “ North British” say with peculiar satisfaction. The 1st, on is. “Prospects of British Statesmanship and Romanism as it Is, is a fine documentary ex- Policy -Phrenology, its Place and Relations, position of that iniquitous system. If fact – Village Life of England, Romanism and and argument are to decide the fate of this European Civilization,-Life and Chemistry, incubus upon the moral energies of mankind, -King Alfred, — Binocular Vision and the then the question is for ever settled. The Stereoscope, Memoirs of Dr. Chalmers." 2nd, a Review of Dr. Carl Ullmann's Gre- We would call especial attention to the artigory of Nazianzum, has nearly all the in- cle on “Phrenology," as a powerful answer terest of a romance; and will repay a close to the scepticism of George Combe in his perusal. Dr. Ullmann's work is, as it is “ Constitution of Man." “King Alfred” is a described, "A Contribution to the Eccle- most fascinating sketch of the life of that insiastical History of the Fourth Century." teresting sovereign. The “Life of Dr. ChalThe whole Number is rich in Biblical in- mers” is a noble testimony to the worth and formation; and will be very acceptable to genius of that great man.
LONDON ANNIVERSARIES. given, that “his word shall not return unto BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. him void."
This honoured Society held its Anniver- It was then stated to the meeting, that sary Meeting in Exeter Hall, on Wednesday letters had been received from the Bishop of morning, May 5th, the Earl of Shaftesbury Chester, the Earl of Carlisle, the Marquis of presiding.
Blandford, and Sir George Grey, regretting After reading the 19th Psalm, the Rev. their inability to be present on that occasion. Mr. Brown, one of the Secretaries, read a The entire receipts for the year amounted letter received from the Archbishop of Can- to £108,449, being an increase of £5119 on terbury, apologizing for his absence, and the income of 1851. expressing bis unabated interest in all the The issues of the Scriptures in the year movements of an institution so dear to his had amounted to 1,154,642 copies; while the heart.
Society had been assisted in its operations The noble Chairman, in his opening ad- throughout the four quarters of the globe, by dress, alluded to the hostility manifested by more than 8000 auxiliaries. The several certain Powers on the Continent against the resolutions of the day were ably submitted to Scriptures, and said was but too evident the meeting by the Bishop of Winchester, that their intention was not only to effàce the Chevalier Bunsen, the Bishop of Cashel, the name of Protestant, but, if possible, to get Rev. Dr. Dyer, the Rev. C. E. Vidal, the Rev. rid of every copy of the word of God, whether James Kennedy, the Rev. T. Percival, the in the vernacular, or in a foreign tongue. lle Rev. Mr. Wilkinson, and the Rev. W. Kean. urged upon the Society the necessity, under The Earl of Roden, in a speech of niuch these circumstances, of using the utmost energy, but which was not distinctly heard, caution and perseverance, with unwearied gave a most interesting account of a visit he and undaunted prayer. It was but little had paid to the western parts of Ireland, and that the government of the country could do, of the great things there accomplished by the further than to protect its subjects from in- word of God, whole districts of country having sult, violence, and spoliation; he therefore left the church of Rome. Lord Teignmouth counselled their dependence upon Almighty moved a vote of thanks to the Earl of ShaftesGod, and upon the great promise he had bury, for kindly presiding on that occasion;
which, having been duly acknowledged, the | Mr. Cowan, M.P., who expressed his regret large assembly dispersed, more deeply im at the absence of ministers of other denominapressed than ever with the importance of tions. The Report was considered so favourcirculating the Bible in every clime and in able, that Dr. Hannah, in moving its adopevery language.
tion, declared that he had never heard one
more satisfactory and encouraging. Details CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
were given of the success which had attended This flourishing Society held its Anniver- the labours of the Society in various parts of sary, on Tuesday morning, May 4th, at Ex- the world. The cash-statement showed that eter Hall.
the amount of subscriptions and donations The Earl of Chichester occupied the chair, for the year was larger than usual, and that according to announcement, and after a hymn the Juvenile, Christmas, and New-year's offerhad been sung, opened the business of the day ing, exceeded £5000; while the clubs, spears, with a few suitable remarks.
shells, and other articles, sent from the FeeThe chief points of the elaborate Report, jee Islands, had realized the goodly sum of which was read to the meeting, related to the £500. The total income, including the very great success which had crowned the munificent bequest of £10,000, by the late labours of the Committee at home, and of the Mr. T. Marriott, was £111,730 193. 9d., and Missionaries abroad, during the past year. | the expenditure £111,555 148. 4d. ConAt home the largest income ever received by siderable interest was excited by the first the Society had been collected, and this had appearance of the Rev. R. Percival, recen enabled the Committee to apply the surplus returned from Ceylon, after an absence, in to the extension of the missions, and to the India, of twenty-six years. His account of commencement of a new building for the the missions which had passed under his own Missionaries' Children's Home. At Sierra observation was very satisfactory; while he Leone the work was prospering. The Rev. concurred with his brethren of other denomiC. E. Vidal had been appointed to the Bi-nations as to the essential importance of a shopric, and twelve candidates were waiting native agency, and of placing the churches for ordination. The Society's labours had upon a self-sustaining basis. Mr. C. A. been productive of the most satisfactory re- Fillan, of Dominica, a man of colour, and a sults in the Yoruba country, in the Mediter- magistrate of the island, who acts as a local ranean, Bombay, and Western India, New preacher, was well received, and announced Zealand, Calcutta, and Northern India, and himself as the fruit of missionary exertions, North West America.
having been converted under the ministry of The income for the year had been-from the Rev. E. Fraser, himself a negro, and the general fund £104,858 12s. 5d.; special formerly a slave. The meeting was also fund, £1910 14s. lld.; China mission, addressed by the Rev. J. Farrar, Rev. G. £929 188. 6d.; local funds raised in India, Horsford, from Tobago, and other ministers. £10,975 48. 4d.; giving a total of £118,674 Singing and prayer concluded the interest10s. 2d.; and showing increase of ing and protracted proceedings of the day, in £6421 lls. 7d. over the preceding year. which the speakers were earnest, and the The missions now consisted of 90 English assembly enthusiastic. clergymen, 51 foreign clergymen, and 21 native clergymen-in all, 162. Native and country catechists, 1630; attendants on wor The Anniversary of the Baptist Missionship at the whole of the Stations, 107,000; | ary Society was held at Exeter Hall, on number of communicants, 15,302, and scho- Thursday morning, April the 29th, when S. lars in schools, 40,000. The Report, which M. Peto, Esq., M.P., succeeded by W. B. was full of interest, was cordially adopted, Gurney, Esq., his senior colleague in the office and various resolutions were submitted to the of Treasurer, occupied the chair. The platmeeting, which was well attended, and very form was crowded with most of the leading efficiently sustained.
friends of the Society in the metropolis, and
from many parts of the country, while the WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. hall was well filled. The 67th Psalm having The Anniversary of the above Society been sung, the Rev. A. Arthur implored the took place on Monday, 3rd of May, at Exeter Divine blessing upon the engagements of the Hall.
day. Mr. Henderson, of Glasgow, was called to The Chairman then delivered a most ad. the chair ; and after a missionary-hymn had mirable introductory speech, in which he been sung with much spirit, the Rev. Dr. dwelt on the vast field for Missions in India, Newton implored the Divine blessing upon and the impossibility of its being rightly culthe engagements of the day. The principal tivated unless the European Missionaries sent speakers were the Rev. Dr. Spencer, the Rev. thither were instructed to evangelize rather Dr. J. Hamilton, the Rev. S. Waddy, and than to pastorize. He also made some very
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
valuable remarks on the want of a more five years would have expired with several of systematic order of giving, which he con- the pupils, and the Board were already quite sidered should be invariably accompanied prepared to say, that the majority of those with prayer, and related an instance of a lady would leave qualified for the duties of life. who was in the habit of going to the Mission Since the last Report, the Charity had been House every six weeks, or two months, with benefited by the following donations; viz.not less at a time than £10, while she never J. R. Durant, Esq., 200 guineas; S. W. Sheppossessed more than £60 per annum.
herd, Esq., 400 guincas; S. M. Peto, Esq., The Rev. F. Trestrail, the Secretary, M.P., 1000 guineas; and T. Dickenson, Esq., then read a very encouraging and gratifying by will, 2000 guineas. Report of the operations of the Society in Most of these sums had been given in Jamaica, Haiti, Agra, Western Africa, and favour of the fund for the new building, the India. We were glad to find from the Re- foundation-stone of which would be laid as port that, although some of the Missionary soon as the Board of Management could see families'had suffered sickness, not one of the their way to £15,000. The Treasurer then Missionaries themselves had died during the stated that the receipts for the year amounted year. The receipts were nearly £500 in advance to £8249 10s. 5d., and the expenditure to of the previous year, while reductions in the £7570 78. 7d., leaving a balance in hand of Home expenditure had been effected amount- .£679 28. 10d. ing to £278. The first resolution was moved Sir Robert Harvey moved the adoption of by the Rev. C. Stanford, and ably seconded the Report, which was seconded by T. B. King, by Dr. Tidman, who expressed his entire con- Esq., and unanimously adopted. Thanks currence in the remarks made by Mr. Peto were then voted to the Board of Managers, as to the appointment of native evangelists the gratuitous officers of the Charity, and the and pastors; and who made some very strik. Chairman, who concluded the gratifying busiing and beautiful remarks on Christian union. ness of the day with an urgent appeal to The Rev. J. Leechman, who, with the Rev. those present, on behalf of the noble cause J. Russell, had been as a deputation to visit which had summoned them together. the Missionary stations in the East, very efficiently supported the resolution. The CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION SOCIETY. Rev. G. Gould moved the next resolution, THE Twenty-seventh Anniversary of this which was seconded in a very thrilling speech Society took place at the Weigh-house by the Rev. H. Dunckley. The third resolu- Chapel, on Tuesday evening, May 4th. Mr. tion was briefly moved by the Rev. J. Ratten- | Alderman Challis, the Treasurer, presided; bury, seconded by the Rev. W. Larom, and and his opening address was followed with supported by G. W. Alexander, Esq., who had speeches by the Revs. J. C. Gallaway, M.A., lately visited Jamaica, and shown great kind- W. Leask, J. W. Richardson, J. Burnet, Dr. ness to the Missionaries there. Singing the Campbell, C. F. Vardy, M.A., and Mr. J. doxology, and prayer, concluded the highly Stilittz. satisfactory proceedings of the day,
The Report, which was read by the Rev. May the Divine blessing rest upon the R. Ashton, evinced great activity on the part efforts of our Christian brethren !
of the Committee, while it showed that much
had been done with very slender resources. ASYLUM FOR IDIOTS.
By the Society's exertions during the year, The Anniversary Meeting of the friends nearly 1000 persons had been induced to and supporters of this valuable Institution attend public worship, and nearly 1500 took place on Tuesday, April 29th, at the children had been brought to Sabbath or day London Tavern. The chair, in the absence schools: 64,250 covered tracts had been in of Sir G. Carroll, was occupied by Dr. Wil regular circulation, and 385 copies of the liam Leavers, who opened the proceedings of Scriptures distributed. the day with showing the great importance of The miscellaneous efforts of the Societysuch a charity as that whose interests they such as preaching in tents, and distributing had met to advance.
tracts, at the fairs in the neighbourhood of The Report, which was full of interest, was London-had been carried on most vigorthen read by Dr. Reed, one of the Honorary ously, and not without some very cheering Secretaries, and stated that last year there results. But its principal effort had been were 141 patients in the Institution, and 180 lecturing to the working classes, to which a persons in family. The numbers now were, more systematic and protracted attention had 170 pupils, and 219 persons in family, which, been given than at any former period, and by the election of that day, amounted to 234. which the Committee rejoiced to state had The year just terminated testified progress, been most efficiently conducted, and numernot only in numbers, but also in physical and ously attended. mental improvement.
Dr. Campbell, in his powerful and imIn the course of another year, the term of pressive address, contrasted the smallness of
ORPHAN WORKING SCHOOL.
that meeting, and the attendance of leading about sixteen of their mothers attended her men upon the platform, with what had been Christian instructions. seen in former years; and declared it to be Paris, Lyons, Marseilles, Bavaria, Frankhis opinion, that at no period, during the fort, Gibraltar, and Palestine, were sucmemory of the oldest man present in that cessively referred to, and it was shown that assembly, had there been such a general at every station the labours of the Missiondeadness in the church of God, and such a aries had been more or less crowned with the universal dearth of spiritual influence, as at Divine blessing. The Report, which was that time; while he feared that ministers listened to with marked attention, closed with shared in the general leprosy.
an earnest and powerful appeal to Christians, The receipts of the Society, during the to aid the Society in its efforts to preach the past year, had amounted to £617 1s. 7d., and gospel to the Jews. The receipts for the the payments to £617 18., leaving only a year amounted to £4620 48. 2d., and the balance in hand of 7d. with which to begin expenditure was less than that sum by the labours of another year. The chairman, £146 38. however, stated that, by an anonymous letter, The meeting was very effectively addressed he had received five guineas, with the pro- by the Revs. W. H. Rule, R. W. Dibdin, mise that another five should be added, if W. Walters, R. Herschell, w. Leask, J. any one could be found to give ten guincas; Viney, H. J. Joseph, N. Davies, and w. and with his accustomed liberality gave that Kirkus. The doxology having been sung, amount himself. N. B. Gurney, Esq., had and the benediction pronounced by Dr. Henalso sent, from funds at his disposal, under derson, the assembly dispersed. the will of the late Mrs. Priestley, £25.
We trust that the exchequer of this So. ciety, which we regard as one of the most This old established charity held its Anuseful in the metropolis, will soon be re nual Meeting at the London Tavern, on plenished, so that the Committee may be Friday, April 30th, when J. R. Mills, Esq., encouraged to proceed with undiminished the President, occupied the chair. The Reenergy in their important operations.
port presented by the Committee was most
gratifying. It commenced with recording BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION gratitude to God for the mercies which had
OF THE GOSPEL AMONG THE JEWS. been bestowed, and the persevering care The Ninth Annual Meeting of this So- which had protected the orphan family durciety was held at Freemasons' Hall, on ing another year; by which every life had Friday evening, April 30th, when not only been spared, and general good health enjoyed the large room, but the gallery also, was by the children of the school. It also stated, crowded to excess. The Rev. W. Campbell that the progress of the children in their engaged in prayer; after which, the Chairman, education had been satisfactory, and their Sir J. D. Paul, the Treasurer and stanch conduct exemplary; while great industry had friend of the Society, opened the business of been displayed. the evening with a few remarks, very suit From the Auditors' statement it appeared, able to the occasion on which they were that the balance and total receipts for the assembled.
year, amounted to €5692 13s. 3d., and the Mr. G. Yonge, the Secretary, was then payments to £5149 78. 8d. A legacy of called upon to read the Report, which, after £300, by the late Ebenezer Wilcocks, Esq., of an expression of gratitude to God for sustain- Devon, was announced. ing the Society during another year, went on The number of children, at the present to speak of what had been done by the agents time in this Institution, so excellent and so in this and other parts of the world. We well conducted, is 171 boys, and 87 girls ; gathered from the Report that the state of total 258. the Society was, on the whole, prosperous.
At Manchester, the Missionary was pur VOLUNTARY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION. suing his labours with zeal, and had been This Association held its Fourth Auni. instrumental, recently, in introducing a most versary at the London Tavern, on Monday, respectable individual to the church under the 3rd of May. the pastoral care of Dr. Halley; and another G. W. Alexander, Esq., the Treasurer, ochad been baptized by the Rev. W. Parkes. cupied the chair; and, in opening the business At Hull, one convert had been baptized. In of the evening, read letters of apology for London, two of the seed of Abraham had non-attendance, from C. Lushington, Esq., “ died in the Lord."
M.P., J. Sturge, Esq., and several other genThe female Scripture-reader had supplied tlemen, all of whom announced their full conninety families with the entire Scriptures, currence in the object and plans of the Assoby their own purchase. Her Bible-classes ciation. comprised fifty-seven Jewish females, and The Chairman then proceeded to express