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Cottian Alps, with an Appendix, containing Cooke, John Pye, E. Finden, &c. &c.
A Society, under the Patronage of His
Majesty, bas been long established, for Captain Brooke has nearly ready for abolishing the Practice of employing the Press, A Narrative of a Short Resi. Children to Sweep Chimnies. A Volume, dence in Norwegian Lapland ; with an Ac. in Prose and Verse, to be entitled The count of a Winter's Journey, performed Climbing Boy's Album; containing Conwith Rein Deer, throngh Norwegian, Rus- tributions from some of the most Eminent sian, and Swedish Lapland, interspersed Writers of the Day, illustrated with Enwith numerous Plates, and various Parti- gravings from Designs by Mr. Cruikshank, cnlars relating to the Laplanders. . will be published in the course of the pre
sent Season. A Work is in the Press, entitled Olympia. Topographiy, illustrative of the ac. Mr. Charles Westmacott will publishi, tual State of Olympia, and the Ruins of early in April, British Galleries of Art, ara the City of Elis. By John Spencer Stan- ranged in One Volume, illustrated with hope, Esq. F.R.S. Correspondent of the Portraits and Views of the Principal GalInstitute of France. In Imperial Folio; leries. It will be dedicated to His Mawith numerous Plates engraved by G. jesty.
'The foreign and domestic events dit; for exhaustion, renovated viof this month have been most im. gour; for division and discontent, portant and gratifying the open- union, content, and loyalty; for ing of Parliament, the King's speech, general distress, almost universal the financial measures of the Chan- comfort. These things are so, and cellor of the Exchequer, the Irish that they are so, let us not attribute Clergy Bill, the consolidation of to ourselves, but to the blessing of several great heads of the Statute God, upon wise institutions; and Law, the breaking out of an Alge- in that feeling, let us thankfully rine war, the new Brazilian Consti- cherish those institutions in Church tution, and the appointment of an and State. Ecclesiastical establishment for the The measures of the Home SeWest Indian Islands–Of all these cretary, and of those who act in things we have been neither un concert with him, for the consoligrateful, nor uninterested observers, dation of the Statute Law, are, we and were prepared to have said believe, at present but partially demore upon them, than our limits veloped; if we are not mistaken, will admit. We think it more use- they form the beginning only of a ful to select one or two, than to run great system for the introduction of too cursorily through the whole; simplicity and order into the Stathe long list, however, must not be tute Law. No one can more feel. dismissed without a request from ingly appreciate the benefit of such us to our readers, often repeated, a measure wisely performed, than but which we cannot urge too often, those whose duty it is, at times, to We intreat them to look back only explore the will of the Legislature seven or eight years, and mark the through many statutes, passed at change — for apprehended bank- wide intervals, some half expired, ruptcy, wealth, and the firmest cre- half superseded, half repealed, of
ten çonfused, often inconsistent. the aliarum super alias legum Indeed the advantages of such a coacervatarum cumulum, which we reform in the Statute Book, are too now labour under. In our opinion obvious to be dwelt upon; our pre- the conception, and framing of stasent object is, rather to guard tutes, can only be left where it is ; against two errors, which, if the but the reducing them to shape, and work be accomplished, may here. thewording and arrangement ofthem, after lead to disappointment. In should be left to a standing commisthe first place, let no man expect sion of lawyers, men of high rank in that hereby the law will be made their profession, who should be con. easy to those who do not profess sidered responsible for the working it-it would be most unfortunate of the law. Lawyers best know for it as a science, and for the peo- what is already enacted, and what ple if it were-it will still remain, therefore, to avoid inconsistency, and in the nature of things must must be repealed; they know the remain, a science requiring all the legal operation of words, and the skill and industry of the regular legal effects likely to be produced practitioner, and the intense study by this or that enactment. of the disciple for many years. On the West Indian establishPeople who complain of the diffi- ment, personal considerations reculty or intricacy of the law, forget strain us from saying all we feel a plain distinction between the rule, this we may say, that a task of and the thing to be measured the greater interest or delicacy can be rule may be straight, while the thing confided to no men,than to those who to be measured may be crooked, are to fill the appointments there. and the application of the one to The West Indian Islands have not the other may be therefore very dif- the vastness, the antiquity, or splenficult-the law is only known to the dour, which fill the mind when we world in its application to indivi- think of Hindostan: but when we dual cases, and people forget how look to the practicability at pre. · much of its supposed difficulty and sent, and the future views which uncertainty, depends upon the com- may be rationally entertained, under plexity and obscurity of facts. Our the blessing of God, for the benefit second observation is this, that the of Africa, views open upon us of good to be produced by a consoli. the most cheering, yet awfully re. dation of the present Statute Law can sponsible nature. We shall not be but imperfect, if future statutes close this article too seriously if we are made upon the same principle intreat the hearty prayers of all which has hitherto prevailed. A good people for a blessing upon this very few years will again produce undertaking.
' ON TEMPTATION.
representations, we believe that vice :
is good and pleasant; we believe that Genesis iji. 6.
it can increase our gratification And when the woman saw that the tree and our wisdom, and we imitate was good for food, and that it was pleasant her, who took of the fruit thereof, to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to
and did eat. As the deception is make one wise-she took of the fruit
general, extending to all classes, thereof, and did eat.
and all ages-as the deception is “ The thing that hath been," saith fatal, ruining the body and the the preacher, “it is that which soul-as the danger is greatest shall be." "and there is no new thing among the inexperienced and the under the sun." And to what can innocent, it cannot be wholly unthis declaration be more justly ap- profitable to devote some time to plied than to the temptations by the examination of it; and ask you which human beings are assailed! to beware of one who is more subtil In all the trials to which we are ex- than any beast of the field—and who posed, what new thing does the still goeth about like a roaring lion, enemy whisper in our ear? what seeking whom he may devour. Let suggestion does he insinuate into those who submit reluctantly to reour hearts? with what specious ar- straints and prohibitions, inquire gument does he mislead our under- what benefits Adam reaped from standing ? Even those old and freedom. Let him who pants eagerly hackneyed pretences, by which for enjoyment and pleasure, persuade our first parents were originally himself to remember their bitter beguiled, and guilt and death fruits. Let all who are disposed to brought into the world. That for- exchange innocence for knowledge, bidden fruit is good and pleasant, recollect that the opening of our and to be desired, was the false first parents' eyes, though it taught persuasion of Adam and Eve, when them to know good and evil, taught they broke God's commandment also that the latter was their porand forfeited his favour. And what. tion and punishment, and that the ever artful or gaudy dress may be fornier was forfeited and gone. Such contrived for its concealment, it is meditations are well suited to the cir. the same persuasion which finds its cumstances of the present season; and way to your bosom, as often as you calculated to bring down blessings sin. The tempter is still able to upon every one by whom they are gain attention, and confidence-and entertained. lulled into security by his specious The first artifice of Satan in his REMEMBRANCER, No. 64.
attack upon Adam and Eve, was to nounce not merely the one tree in rouse their pride by reminding them the midst of the garden, to which of their dependance. Hath God his original restriction was confined said ye shall not eat of every tree of - but every other fruit that the earth the garden? Are ye not at liberty produces, every line of conduct to consult your own tastes-to be which the world offers to your choice; guided by your own reason? Are all its pleasures, and all its hopes, you still in a state of childhood and if he should think proper to repupilage-tied down by rules of quire it. The deceiver says, ye which you cannot see the object- shall not surely die, though ye disrestricted in the gratification of your obey the injunctions of Christ : rational and innocent desires ? Is truth pronounces an opposite senthis the state to which you are con- tence, and warns you, in spite of your denned, and to which you submit? present security, that the wages of These were the thoughts which the sin is death. The obstinately wicked serpent suggested to Eve--and froin and foolish may defy God's power thoughts such as these few of her -may challenge his right to our descendants are secure. There is a services and our obedience-may spirit of independence in the human pride themselves upon their imagi. heart, which may lead under proper nary superiority to prejudice, upon guidance to the most desirable goal, their hardihood and boldness in but which unguided and unrestrain. crime. But let not their example ed, as it too frequently is found, draw you aside-do not believe that leads to that dislike of subordina. you can be better or happier for tion and obedience which can have aspiring to an independence of which but one miserable termination. The you are not capable. Restraint and young person who will not honour control are essential ingredients in his father and mother, the aged your well-being. The young can who refuse to be subject to the re- never be adequate judges of what gulations of society, the impious conduces most to their welfare. who scoff at the authority of God, Considered with respect to God, are all under the influence of the the whole human race are children, same devilish delusion, are all sa- deeply in need of his parental care, crificing at the shrine of pride, are bound to be grateful for his fatherly cherishing a viper, who will pre- love, bound to submit to his fatherly sently sting them to the quick. correction. He hath said, ye shall When you are asked, or when you abstain from sin, ye shall believe in ask yourself in the words of the Christ, ye shall embrace the Gospel, serpent—"Yea hath God said ye shall ye shall comply with its requisinot?" Answer-He both hath said tions. And of all who neglect his it, and hath the right to say so. Nei. miercy and his power, he has dether conceal nor lament his supe- clared, they shall surely die. riority or your own dependance. The second great temptation by Confess yourselves to be, as you which Satan ruins souls, is the per. most unquestionably are, respon- suasion that şin will prove a plentisible and therefore subject creatures. ful source of satisfaction. We are Subject to God's laws, whether you made to believe that the tree is good approve of them or nut. Respon- for food; it appeareth pleasant to sible for his gifts, whether you ac- the eyes ; and on these unsubstan. cept or despise them. Bound to tial suppositions and appearances comply with whatever he requires- we are willing to risk the favour bound to obey and honour those and support of God. Every thing whom he has set over you-bound that our first parents possessed was to abstain from every act that he very good, and they might freely eat prohibits--and to forego and re. of every tree, save one. But that one they chose to fancy more at can you now pronounce that it was tractive than the rest, and they good? If not, we may surely say, that yielded to the strength of the at your eyes are open, and that every traction. And is not the same thing crime of which you are guilty is a dope by us, when we refuse to be crime committed against your better contented with innocent pleasure, judgment. Though the tempter and covet some forbidden fruit ? says that you will rejoice in sin ; We imagine that it is good, pre- that you will be the better for a lie eminently good for food. We in- or a fraud; for an act of disobedience dulge ourselves in contemplating its to parents, or disrespect for their pleasant appearance, and this anti- authority; for an act of profaneness cipation of an unknown enjoyment against God, or for habitual neglect is suffered to seduce us into sin. of him ; every one who will take the What right bad Eve to think or say trouble to observe and inquire, may that the tree of knowledge was good ascertain that these representations for food—when the great source of are false. They spring directly from all knowledge, all life, and all good. the father of lies, and are worthy of ness, had forbidden her to taste their ignominious sire. They seupon pain of death? Supposing duce and betray the innocent; but that the fruit was pleasant to the eye, are nothing better than a pretence of a more enticing form, and a in the mouth of the experienced brighter lustre, than the other pro- sinuer. He knows their utter worthductions of nature by which it was lessness : and if he ever denies the surrounded, where was the propriety fact, it is with the silly hope of or prudence of obtaining such a silencing his own conscience, or the trifing prize, at a risk so incalcu, detestable desire of overpowering lably beyond its worth? There is yours. He knows, that in the long one excuse, and only one, which can run the breach of God's command. be urged for such monstrous folly; ments is neither good nor pleasant ; and it is an excuse of which we are and may bis example and his knowfor ever deprived. Adam and Eve ledge, prove a guide and a warning had no experience of the melancholy to you! effects of sin. We have ample proofs The third temptation distinctly of the evil that follows in its train. alluded to as contributing to the fall
They saw the brightness of its out of man, is the undue desire of knowward mask, but could not contem- ledge. “God doth know, that in the plate its ghastly features. They saw day ye eat thereof, then your eyes the painted sepulchre, but we enter shall be opened, and ye shall be as into the chambers of the dead, and gods, knowing good and evil." You find them full of bones and rotten- observe, that the expectation here ness. Whatever may be the appear- beld out, was not an expectation of ance or promise of sin, we have but the knowledge which is suited to to look back upon our own expe- mankind, but of some superior, and rience, we have but to cast a glance superhuman wisdom. “ Ye shall around, and survey the uniform re, be as gods." Had the inhabitants sults of transgression ; and we may of paradise Jimited their desire of be convinced that the tree is not knowledge, to such as their Maker good for food; that its colour and had designed them to acquire, the its shape are mere deceptions of wish would not only have been innosense, and that poison of the dead. cent, but laudable. Wisdom exliest wature lurks beneath. Can you ceedeth folly, as light excelleth darkreflect upon a single breach of duty, ness—and with the single exception which has procured you the grati. of spiritual perfections, God has fication which it promised ? Pleasant no greater gift for men upon carth, as it may have been for the moment, than a wise and an understanding