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are designated, we must enter our earnest and | up its philosophy,- and yet with that sprightsolemn protest. To our renders we would liness which will commend it to the imagina. say, “ Touch not, taste not, handle not." tion and susceptible feelings of the young.

The Christian appeal of the Lecture throughWellington, AS WARRIOR, SENATOR, AND out is excellent. We hope it will be widely Man. By T. BINNEY. Small 8vo. pp. 104. circulated.

Hamilton, Adams, and Co. The author of this powerful discourse has NINEVEH : its RISE AND Ruin; as Illusa sound perception of the real claim of pass- trated by Ancient Scriptures and Modern ing events, and knows how to turn them to Discoveries. A New Eduion, Rerised and the best possible account. There is more of Enlarged, with Supplementary Notes. By sage remark in this sketch of Wellington, the Rer. John BLACKBERX. than probably will be found in any professed

Partridge and Oakey. life of the greatest hero of his age. The THESE Lectures were delivered by the moral tone of Mr. Binney's highly critical author to his own congregation, and were estimate of the character of Wellington is all first published early in the year 1850. The that we could wish it to be ;-calm, faithful, first edition found a rapid sale; a second was true to history, and, withal, eminently dis- called for, and here it is, enlarged, and encriminative. Though the trains of thought riched with supplementary notes. To perhere introduced are not all of a strictly Bib- sons who cannot command time to read the lical character, they are all treated upon high volumes of Mr. Layard on Nineveh, we do Christian principles, and leave upon the mind not know any work on the subject we could an impre-sion in full harmony with all that more heartily recommend than that before is holy and useful. We should like to fur. It is, indeed, sufficient to stamp it with nish extracts to illustrate the truth of our high value, and to secure its very wide circu. remarks; but, as the discourse is cheap, and lation, that Mr. Layard himself named it to the author well known and popular, we deem the Working Men's Educational Union, as it sufficient to say, that there is no man in the best digest of his discoveries. the British empire, be his knowledge and attainments what they will, who may not ON MIRACLES. By Ralph WARDLAW, derive some salutary instruction and impres

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A. Pullarton and Co. trique on Wellington and his Times. Public We have long wished to see Dr. Wardlaw men especially should read this Discourse. in the field agaiust our modern sceptics; and

We must apprise our readers, that Mr. now our desire is gratified, and our best hopes Binney has entered a vehement protest against realized. This volume on Miracles is fitted tlie war-spirit, and sustained it by some very to do good service at the present juncture; telling statistics.

not only from the nature of the topics to

which it is devoted, but from the lampinous, HEADS AND HEARTS: A Lecture delivered energetic, and conclusive manner in which

before the Young Men's Christian Associa- they are handled. We hope, in the January tion, by the Rev. John C. Miller, M.A., Magazine, to give a lengthened critique of a Rector of St. Martin's, Birmingham, in the work which is in all respects, in our humble Town Hall, Birmingham, March 9, 1852. judgment, equal to Dr. Wardlaw's volume on James Taylor, Esq., in the Chair. Small * Christian Ethics." We are most grateful 8vo. Pp. 32.

to find that his powers of mind indicate as Hamilton, Adams, and Co.

much vigour as they did twenty years ago ;In estimating aright the true state of hu- with a maturity which advancing years can man nature, due regard must be had to the alone supply. We could not forbear this proper balance of man's faculties. The disc anticipation of our January notice ;-and a turbance of that balance is, perhaps, the phe- greater pleasure we could not experience than nomenon most characteristic of our apostasy. to find that the whole impression was disThe harmony, and relative adjustment of our posed of before that notice makes its appearvarious faculties, may be regarded as the nor

On Miracles, this volume will now be mal state of man. But now, we everywhere the standard work of our British Theology. see the Intellect spurning the impulses of the heart ;-while the affections are ever and WATTS AND OTHERS: including the Psalms, by anon bewildering the jud ent. In this way, Isaac WATTS, D.D., Revised; his Hymns reason becomes a wandering star; and the of the three Books, rerised and arranged ; emotions fruitful sources of misery and crime. and Supplementary Hymns. With Indexes “ Heads and Hearts" is a fine subject for a to all. By John BURDER, M.A. 32mo. popular Lecture to young men ; and Mr. Miller has treated it with his accustomed We have been exceedingly struck with ability ;-sufficiently argumentatively to clear both the compactness and perfection of this


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congregational Hymn-Book. Of Mr. Burder's “ Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy " is an

revision of Watts we have already expressed acute and penetrating essay, the production a decidedly favourable opinion; and of his of one who well understands his theme. The Supplement, which consists of 300 Hymns, we “ Convocation" will show what may be exare constrained to speak in the highest terms pected, if its powers are revived. The whole of conscientious approbation. The selection number well sustains the reputation of “The of Hymns is eminently spiritual. We do not British Quarterly." find one of them of the mere sentimental class; nor one unsuitable for public worship. Tue North British REVIEW. No. XXXV. The metres, too, are well varied; the head.

Conterts : -1. Oxford, and the Royal ings appropriate; and the Indexes such as to

Commission.-2. The First French Revoaid the ready finding of Hymns appropriate

lution in Chemistry: Lavoisier.-3. Tus. to particular subjects and occasions. But, in

cany and its Grand Dukes.-4. Guizot on addition to all this, we are deligbted to find

Shakespeare and Corneille : French Criboth the Hymn-Books included in one com

ticism. – 5. The Infallibility of the Bible, pact little volume, beautifully printed, in

and recent Theories of Inspiration. - 6. large type, suited to the vision of young or

The Diamond, its History and Properties. old.

—7. American Slavery, and Uncle Tom's

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Effects on the British Islands. 8vo. XXXIII., November 1, 1852. Contents :

W. P. Kennedy. 1. University Reform.—2. French Me

The scientific articles in this number of moirs of the Age of Louis XIV.-3. China,

the its Civilization and Religion.-4. Mure's

North British Review," are got up with History of Greek Literature. 5. Old great care, and written with more than orTestament Theology.

6. Sir William dinary ability. Those which belong to the Hamilton's Theology. - 7. Shakespeare

department of criticism, are also of a very and Gvethe.— 8. Convocation, the Call for superior order. But our great favourite in Synodical Action. 9. Our Epilogue on

the list, is the one on Inspiration," which Affairs and Books.

will help forward, in the best sense, though Jackson and Walford.

not as statesmen use the terms, our “national Every thing pertaining to this Quarterly

defences." “ Tuscany” is a good article; and indicates health and progress. Its tbeology

so is “ Uncle Tom's Cabin." The last paper, is healthy,-its spirit is healthy,-its view of

on Emigration, is the production of an enpassing events is healthy ;-and, in its mode | larged and comprehensive mind, and is well of handling all subjects, it affords evidence of worthy of a careful perusal. progressive power and excellence, such as calls forth gratitude for the past, and awakens THE FOREIGN EVANGELICAL REVIEW.liveliest hope for the future. Such an organ

No. III. Contents:-1. Life and Writof Nonconformity was needed ;-and, we are ings of John Fo-ter.—2. Ecolampadius : thankful to Divine Providence, it has been the Reformation at Basle.-3. The Theosupplied, at vast labour and cost, and placed, ology of the Intellect and that of the Feelwe trust, upon a sure and permanent footing. ings (concluding article).—4. The Origin The present number has articles in it, not and Progress of Mormonism.-5. Trench surpassed in the selectest literature of the on the Study of Words.-6. Resurrection day. Among these, we would refer to the and Ascension of our Lord, a Gospel Harelaborate critique on University Reform, mony.-7. Gold's Edition of Owen.-8. which is deserving of the careful perusal of Straus's Life of Jesus.-9. Sources of the all who take interest in a question which American Population.— Title and Contents needs to be sifted to its heart's core. The for Vol. I., with Names of Writers, &c. Review headed “ China ; its Civilization and 8vo. Religion," is ably written ; and does ample

Johnstone and Hunter. justice to Dr. Legge's philological labours, in We look on this Review, which only redefence of the use of the right words to ex- publishes articles on theology of sterling press God and Spirit, in the translation of the merit, from Foreign sources, with great faChinese Scriptures. We cannot but hope

Hitherto it has done excellent service that this article will draw attention to the in the cause of truth ; and the present numlearned and logical arguments of our devoted ber is quite eqnal to the two first numbers Missionary ; and will tend to settle a contro- now in the hands of the public. “Strauss's versy the merits of which he has exhau:ted, Life of Jesus,” by Professor Hackett, of by showing, conclusively, that the Chinese Newton Theological Institution, froin Bibliolanguage las a word which expresses the true theca Sacra, for May, 1845, is just the article God. The “ Old Testament Theology” is an that was wanted in this country. It will admirable protest against German laxity. enable the humblest mechanic to understand



the monstrous folly upon which Strauss's of the most successful harmonies of the evanwhole theory of mythical infidelity is founded. gelical history, in reference to these events, The Origin and Progress of Mormonism" we have yet met with. We commend it to will furnish weapons of aggression and de- the attention of Biblical students. It is a fence to our brethren, who may be pested by beautiful specimen of critical exactness, apthis most idiotic and sensual of all the modern plied to the investigation of apparent disisms. Dr. Robertson's article, on the “ Re- crepancies in the Gospel History. surrection and Ascension of our Lord,” is one


MEMOIR OF THE LATE MR. HENRY GRIMES, , bernacle, at the building of which he, having

OF STONEHOUSE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE. BY recently commenced business and being short A GRANDSON.

of money, borrowed twenty pounds and gave The subject of the following notice was it towards the cost of its erection. born on the 7th of May, 1763, and was the For an hour every morning in the week youngest of ten children. When he was four i he held a prayer meeting at his house before years of age his father, who was a farmer, and entering upon the duties of the day. He died resided at Stroudend, died, leaving his widow in 1789, leaving my grandfather sole executor and large family to the care of Him who is to his will. the widow's Husband and the Father of the My grandfather then took to the business, fatherless.

which he carried on at Stroud, Ebley, and My grandfather's mother, whose name Stonehouse, until within a few years of his before marriage was Rooker, was emphatically death, when he gave up all to his son, who “a wise woman." She had herself chosen had been his partner for many years. the “better part," and she prayed unceas- In 1797 my grandfather married Miss ingly, that her dear children might imitate Susanna Cooper, of Walsall, sister of the late her, inasmuch as she imitated Christ. And Rev. Mr. Cooper, of Wallingford, which proved not only did she supplicate on behalf of her a most happy union; they had eight children, own children, but also for her children's chil- three only are now living, one son and two dren, even “four generations." Her faith in daughters, who are married and have families. God was so sure that she believed it would My grandmother died in 1835, when my be even as she had asked. She daily lived grandfather gave up housekeeping to reside upon God, whom she trusted most implicitly. with his son, at Stonehouse, where he ended She had lost her husband, but she found a his days. friend in God, whom she loved beyond hus- Of course it must be that many, very many band, father or mother, or child, or house, or interesting family incidents, well worthy of land. Her treasure was in heaven, her store being recorded, occurred during so loug a life, house was there. She well knew the Master but as my grandfather has not left any written of the treasury—the Keeper of the storehouse, documents behind him relating to his own and to Him in every need applied ; nor was experience they must remain forgotten, al. she ever disappointed. How great was her though this is much regretted by his friends. joy as she witnessed the answers to her fer-However, he wished it so to be, for the reason vent prayers, in the conversion of her chils that he did not think his acts deserved to be dren, one after another, until all were brought chronicled, and he overlooked the probability into the fold of the Good Shepherd! But al. of God's dealings to him being blessed to though this afforded her delight it did not others to whom they might be mentioned. cause her surprise, for Jesus had assured her Should not this convince us of the desirablethat her prayers had been accepted, and that ness of writing down our feelings (if not for she should meet her children in glory. Such our future profit, for the benefit of those who a woman was my grandfather's mother. She may survive us) whether in seasons of addied in December, 1806, at the advanced age versity or prosperity, affliction or health? of eighty-six, having lived a widow thirty Mr. Grimes's general character was well years.

known. My grandfather, when young, went to He was humble-he thought himself less Walsall, to his uncle's, Mr. Samuel Rooker, than the least, therefore the meanest he did by trade a cooper, with whom he remained not despise. for a year and a half, but his mother wishing He was patient—he was never heard to to have him with her, he left Mr. Rooker and utter a murmuring word. In seasons of deepagreed to work for Mr. Restall, a cooper in est affliction and trial he would say, " Thy Stroud, for six years. This Mr. Restall was will, O God I be done." one of the first members of Rodborough Ta- He was grateful-never could he thank you


sufficiently for the smallest favour. Kindness within him when thè “ tidings" were “ good.” was ever remembered by him, and where He felt deep interest in the late continental possible, returned in more than words. In struggles for liberty, and earnestly hoped things spiritual his gratitude k new no bounds; for their success, although he grieved that he felt that it was surprising love that had other than scriptural means should have been led his erring feet into the narrow way, and resorted to, even for the restoration and seto Him who had been so gracious as to do curity of freedom. About two years before this, he daily ascribed “ceaseless praises." his death, he signed the Peace and Brother

He was prayerfulwhenever any difficulty hood Pledge in proof of his attachment to the arose he prayed the difficulty away, and he principles of the League. had learned the lesson-the truth his mother As a man of business he was fully to be had instilled into his mind--that faith must depended on. His word was always sufficient be mixed with prayer. But this also God for those who knew him. He would serve himself had revealed to him, and many were the child just as well as he would the shrewd, the instances to which he could refer in which cutting customer. He was no puffer, nor his prayers had been signally answered. scarcely a pusher; perhaps hardly so per

He was truthfulhe was never known to severing as he should have been. His wish tell a wilful falsehood.

was to glide through life as quietly as posHe was sincere -hypocrisy he abhorred.sible, and in this he

very well succeeded. It was as far from him as the east is from the He was punctual to his engagements, and it west, or, as right is from wrong.

may not be out of place here to mention a He was self-denying--this was strikingly fact which he was pleased to speak of-that evident. At the time of the anti-slavery he had attended three fairs a year at Glouagitation, he, until the slave was declared cester, for sixty years, without an exception. free, gave up the use of sugar. He could not He was a family man-his old arm-chair, gratify his taste at so dear a rate as that of and his wife and children, or, in later years, human blood. About three years ago he his grandchildren, were comforts enough for attended a temperance meeting at the chapel, him. He needed not vain amusements.

He which was addressed by S. Bowly, Esq., of was an affectionate husband, and a kind, Gloucester, whose remarks so worked upon almost a too indulgent, parent. His abiding his sensibilities, that he resolved to relinquish joy was to know that his children were fola the use of intoxicating drinks. Mr. Bowly lowing him up Zion's bill! had been explaining how it was that moderate In company he was lively, cheerful, and drinkers did so much harm to the cause, and attractive. His disposition was naturally really, though unconsciously, made drunk- happy. Sadness he scarcely knew; levity, ards. “Well," he said to Mr. Bowly, on the however, was not encouraged by him. He platform, “ I was never intoxicated, nor did I would converse upon almost any topic, but ever think that I had made a drunkard, but the subject upon which his mind chiefly dewhether or not I will never make another." | lighted to dwell was religion. Speak of the This resolution was strictly kept, nor did he Puritanic days, and you touched a chord that suffer from the change, but in the opinion of would vibrate for hours. Here he felt at his friends his tealth was thereby improved. home; and it was surprising to hear the anec

He was charitable, in every sense of the dotes which would succeed one another. He word. He thought well of every body until he had a retentive memory. Seldom did he had proved something against them, and then forget anything of a remarkable character. he could find many excuses for their blunders He could remember, up to his last day, the and misdeeds. The hungry were by him fed- ages of all his children and grandchildren. the naked clothed—the distressed comforted. Nearly the last words he spoke to his son He relieved the wants of all his fellow-crea. were, that on that day—the day on which he tures to the fullest extent of his power. died-he had been married fifty-five years.

He was patriotic.—He loved his country It was customary for him to give those of his well, his politics were liberal. “ Justice to all” grandchildren who resided with him a present was his motto. He knew not any man, or on their birth-day ; and as he was a little any party in particular; the promotion of the poetical, he usually composed a few lines public good was alone his aim, and for this suited to the event. To see him hand this he was prepared for any sacrifice. He was gift of affection, and receive the acknowledge not a public man, and for this reason, that ment, was a treat indeed. He was particuhe thought so little of himself and nothing of larly economical and careful. He would not his influence.

waste, nor see wasted, the most trifling thing. He was philanthropic. — Wherever there Rather than that a crumb should be lost, he was a human being his love extended, hence would stoop to pick it up. “Waste not, bis missionary zeal; he would often weep want not,” was a maxim he early adopted, over the “ Missionary Chronicle," and on the and ever bore in mind. other hand his heart would sometimes leap Lastly, it may truthfully be said of him,


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He was a good man, and feared God above bave gone to almost every part of the world. many; but his retiring nature too much He arose on the day of his death (ulich was gained the ascendency. He, nore than was ihe 3rd of August, 1852), at alout seven in meet, yielded to his feelings, consequently be the morning, break fasted, and, it being early was not often found prominently exercising in the month, was seen reading the Evan. himself before the world. He ehruuk from GELICAL MAGAZINE (which he Lad taken in the public performance of many duties, and from its first issue. ai d for many years progenerally when called upon to pray, would cured them, to the number of twenty-four " rather be excused." This was the great copies monthly, for his neighbours). After fault of his life. But, be it understood, be perusing the memoir of the late Rev. Mr. was not ashamed to acknowledge that he was Rouker, who was his first-cousin, a change a disciple of the despised Nazarene : he only was perceived in him, and his son was called hoped that it really was so, and then he cared in, who remained with him until he ceased to not, though all the world knew it, and up- | live. He spoke of Mr. Rooker's great usebraided bim for it. He did not slight the fulness, and talked freely on family matters ordinances of religion ; indeed, for the last and olden times. He had not, or appeared few weeks of his life, he did not feel quite so not to have, an idea that he was so soon to happy, because lie was not permiited by his follow him of whom he had been reading; friends to worsliip with God's people in the but so it was. The summons had gone forth; sanctuary, and on one occasion said, he and if it took him unawares, it found him trusted he was not committing sin in remain- not unprepared. His lamp was trimmed, ing at home. He was much pleased at being and bis light was burning. He had for many told the text and the hymns which might years been getting ready," therefore be have been sung. He was particularly ob- needed not any special communication or servant of the Sabbath. So punctilious was warning. At about twelve o'clock his friends he as not to allow his children to crack nuts prevailed upon bim to retire to bis bed-room. on that day. He looked upon its bours as The effort of getting up-stairs was too much peculiarly belonging to God. For upwards for his weak frame ; and on reaching his of fifty years he was consistent member of chamber, be almost fainted. After lying on Rodborough Tabernacle. Mr. Grines's last the bed for a short time consciousness redays were his best days. He was as happy turned ; and when the doctor arrived, lie as this world, and the prospect of a brighter looked him in the face, and said, " Thank inheritance, could make him. He was daily you." These were his dying words. anticipating the rest that remaineth for the friends, not thinking that he was so near people of God. He was very sensitive ; and death, did not inquire his state of mind. A to watch his countenance as he recited some short time before his departure, he quoted favourite verses upon the glorified state of these lines :the redeemed in heaven, was truly affecting. It would have softened the hardest heart.

“ After so much mercy past,

Thou wilt vot leave me, Lord, at last." Many may feel interested in knowing how he employed himself during the last few He lay speechless and motionless for a few years. Time was never burdensome, for be minutes, and, at one o'clock, expired. This had always something to read, or something was sleeping in Jesus. His anxious friends to write ; and he was constantly doing the did not know when he had ceased to breathe, one or the other. He was never weary of -80 peaceful, so quiet, was his exit! A the book, or the pen. The presentation of a holy calm was on his brow — a heavenly specimen of his penmanship to a friend, often smile lit up his countenance – as he bude afforded him pleasure. He could write the the world farewell, and fled from earth to Lord's prayer in the space of a sixpence; and heaven. only a few days before his decease, be put it “And I heard a voice from heaven, saying into so small a compass, as that a shilling unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which would cover every letter. Many a friend die in the Lord from henceforth : Yea, saith possesses one of his “ watch papers," as he the Spirit, that they may rest from their called them; and it is supposed that they | labours; and their works do follow them."



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