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« The Spirit of the Vatican” during the un We can scarcely persuade ourselves that the settled reign of the wild and chivalrous Richard, unhappy woman who practised such a series the Crusader. Our author vividly describes of horrible deceptions could be without some the state of England and Europe at that time. grave accomplices. We vouch for the truth He draws a horrible picture of the influence of nothing said or written by Miss M. L. G exerted by the Vatican in the butchery of who appears to have carried the infernal act the Albigenses. The Inquisition is set forth of ingenious fabrication and falsehood beyond in its true colours, as embodying the worst all ordinary human limits; but we are in a elements of human nature, and bordering on condition to pledge ourselves for the strict the malice and wickedness of the infernal historical accuracy of the narrative supplied world. The delusion and vanity of Trac- by Mr. and Mrs. L-, whose benevolent efforts tarianism are depicted in their true colours. to rescue her, as they supposed, from the de

The drama, which is full of incident, and tested restraints of conventual life, have been written with no little vigour of thought and sadly squandered upon a most flagrant hypoexpression, is intended to portray the crite, whose aliases and personations furnish private and domestic actions of our second an almost unique page in human history. Henry, and the baneful influence of the doc The portrait of this mysterious lady, and trines of Romanism in private life.

the narrative with which it is connected, will, The author observes that “Popery in it is hoped, lead to the complete discovery of power will be found the same in every the actual connexions of this mendacious king's reign ; a rebel to Protestant sovereigns, creature. If she is an agent of Rome-a and a pernicious element in society; and, thing quite possible--we trust that the agents therefore, the recent circumstances which and instigators of so frightful a conspiracy, have engaged and will engage so much will, in due time, be dragged forth to the notice, have not induced the author to depart light. With all that is now disclosed, tliere from his original purpose, viz., to refer to his still hangs a great mystery over the motives torical principles, and to show Popery in by which this professed convert from conantagonism with monarchy, during the reign ventual life was influenced. of one of the most renowned and noble of As it is suspected, by her most unsuspicious England's sovereigns, viz., the first Plan- quondam friends, that she is now in the positagenet, Henry II. The reigns of Henry II. tion of a governess in some Protestant family and his son Richard I. most fully confirm in the West end of the Town, we cannot but the allegation that the love of power is ever believe that the likeness which fronts this stimulating the Vatican; and that to increase volume, and the details which the volume such power it uses physical force conjoined itself contains, will spoil her audacious efwith intrigue and cruelty."

forts to practise upon the credulity of bene.

volent Protestants. FRAGMENTS OF COLLEGE AND PASTORAL This most remarkable book will have an

Life: A Memoir of the late Rev. John extensive sale. It surpasses all romance in CLARK, of Glasgow. With Selections from its details. And if it should have the effect his Essays, Lectures, and Sermons. By the of warning earnest Protestants against the Rev. JOHN CAIRNS, A.M., Minister of the sleepless man@uvres everywhere practised at United Presbyterian Church, Berwick. the present moment by the agents of Rome, Small 8vo. pp. 228.

it will have rendered noble service to the ProWilliam Oliphant and Sons. This is a touching and truthful record of a most talented and devoted minister, whose The TENDERNESS of JESUS ILLUSTRATED. death was

& great loss to the Christian By the Rev. J. W. RICHARDSON, of Tottenchurch. From the specimens given of his ham court Chapel, London. compositions on metaphysical and other

London: J. Snow. kindred subjects, and also of his pulpit cx This very touching and beautiful illusercises, we are led to form a high estimate tration of what may be regarded as the most of his powers of mind, and of his moral and distinguishing characteristic of the life of religious qualities. His biographer bas well Jesus is founded on the restoration of the used the materials confided to his care. widow's son, at the gate of the city of Nain.

It is not, however, confined to an enumeraTHE FEMALE JESUIT; OR, THE SPY IN THE tion or amplification of the details of that FAMILY. With Portrait, Crown 8vo., decply affec!ing scene, but embraces a very

comprehensive exposition of the tenderness Partridge and Oakey.

of the Redeemer, as extending to all the This is no tale of romance, but a veritable existing exigencies of suffering and tempted page in human history. Such a tissue of humanity. It is divided into two parts—the complicated falsehood, we have never met first illustrating the reality, the depth, ard with, in the course of our critical labours. I practical character of the tenderness of Jesus;

testant cause.

pp. 448.

Pp. 54,

and the second, unfolding its unchangeable- / already expressed—that this volume may be ness, and adaptedness to encourage, to con- circulated by tens of thousands. sole, and to comfort, amid the endless variety of fears, temptations, and sufferings, to which THE BEREAVED Church's CONSOLATION, the penitent and believing are exposed. The AND THE FAITUFCL SERVANT'S REWARD; entire tone of the little book is eminently being Two Sermons, preached on Sunday, Nosound and healthy; and its special illustra- vember 17th, 1850, occasioned by the Decease tions of the tenderness of Jesus are often. of the beloved Pastor of that Church, the Rev. times singularly beautiful and instructive. WILLIAM FERNIE. The Morning Sermon, To all who take delight in “ looking unto by the Rev. J. TYNDALE, O.rford ; the EvenJesus," it must be welcome, as a happy ing Sermon, by the Rev. J. FERNIE, Farnexposition of an element in his character, ham. which has often inspired them with joy; and Frome : Published by Langford and Butler. to the desponding and fearful it cannot fail The late pastor of the church assembling to be grateful, as light to the benighted in Zion Chapel, Frome, the Rev. William traveller, or the voice of peace and friend- Fernie, was one of the most promising young ship to the stricken and wounded spirit. ministers of his day. Talented, zealous, pub

lic-spirited, and devoted to the cause of God REPENTANCE: ITS NATURE, GROUNDS, Ne- and souls, his early removal by death must

CESSITY, AND INFINITE IMPORTANCE. By be regarded as a great public loss. the Rev. CHARLES G. FINNEY. 32mo.,

The friends of the deceased, and many be

yond that circle, will be thankful to peruse J. Snow.

the two excellent discourses preached on oc. This discourse is one of Mr. Finney's hap-casion of his decease,--the first by Mr. Tyn. piest efforts. It has sone of his peculiarities dale, of Oxford, and the second by the brother embodied in it; but it is full of precious truth, of our lamented friend. Both the sermons are and could not but be deeply impressive on the full of edifying matter; while that by Mr. minds of those who listened to it.

We need Fernie, of Farnham, contains a very touching not wonder that the man who could deliver biographical sketch of the deceased, which such sentiments, in such an affecting and

even strangers to our departed brother will

not be able to read without emotion. We convincing manner, should be popular and useful.

hope, at no distant day, to insert the sketch in our columns. Meanwhile, we recommend

the discourses before us to our readers geneINDIA AND THE GOSPEL ; OR, AN EMPIRE rally, as well worthy of their attentive perusal.

FOR THE MESSIAH. By the Rev. WM.
CLARKSON, Missionary in Western India. 1. THE HALLELUJAH; or, Devotional
With Prefatory Remarks, by the Rev. T.

Psalmody: being a Collection of Choice and ARCHER, D.D. Third edition.

Standard Tunes, Ancient and Modern, with London : J. Snow.

Chants, Sanctuses, Doxologies, fc. The We cannot but regard it as a proof that Work arranged in Four Parts, with Organ the spirit of missionary enterprise is re- and Pianoforte Accompaniments, and adapted ceiving a fresh impulse among the British for use in Divine Worship in the Family Churches, as well as a testimony to the su- and in the Sanctuary. Part I. Selected, perior excellence of this volume, that it has Composed, Arranged, and Edited by the Rev. already reached a third edition. The amount, J. J. WAITE, and HENRY John GAUNTindeed, of moral benefit and sacred stimulus

Mus. Doc. in reference to the momentous subject of 2. THE HALLELUJAH ; or, Devotional Missions, likely to arise from the publication Psalmody. Part II. Composed, Arranged, of such volumes as that now before us, can and Edited by the Rev, J. J. WAITE and scarcely be estimated. In Mr. Clarkson's HENRY JOHN GAUNTLETT, Mus. Doc. book there is such freshness, enthusiasm, and Imperial 8vo. pp. 256. breadth of view, combined with such force of

John Snow. argument and eloquence of appeal, that its We are glad, beyond what we can express, perusal cannot fail to enlist the sympathies of to see Mr. Waite's church music in so beauthe heart, and command the suffrages of the tiful a garb, and so much enlarged and imunderstanding on behalf of India, as an im- proved. Part 1. of Hallelujah contains portant field for Christian missions. The 110 Tunes, 15 Chants, and 2 Sanctuses. past bistory, and present moral and spiritual Parts I. and II., together, contain 196 condition of that great Continent, are so Tunes, 63 Chants, 4 Sanctuses, 2 Doxolovividly sketched; and the exclusive adapted- gies, and an Anthem. The Tunes include ness of the gospel to raise it from its deep de- 27 S. M.; 57 C.M.; 43 L. M.; and 19 P. M. basement, is so justly and eloquently pleaded | The New Part I. contains 16 S. M.; 40 for, that we repeat the wish which we have C. M.; 30 L. M.; and 24 P. M. Several

LETT.

pp. 258.

fresh varieties of P. M. are supplied, in

Charles Gilpin, Bishopsgatecluding the old 50th and new 50th. More street. over, some fine old tunes, not in the original 3. The Authority of God; or, The True Hallelujah, have been introduced. A glance Barrier against Romish and Infidel Agat these new tunes will show their superior gression. Four Discourses. By the Rev. quality; and, in twelve evenings, the largest J. H. Merle d'Aubigné, D.D., President class that could be contained in any place of the Theological Institute, Geneva. of worship in London would sing through With an Introduction, written for this the book.

edition. Author's complete edition. Crown The introduction contains a very inter 8vo., pp. 300. Partridge and Oakey. esting account of Mr. Waite's indefatigable 4. Flowers from the Holy Land; being an and successful labours for the improvement Account of the Chief Plants named in of our national Psalmody, and embodies Scripture ; with Historical, Geograpbical, many facts which will be very interesting to and Poetical Illustrations. By Robert those who, like ourselves, look on with de Tyas, B.A., Queen's College, Cambridge; light upon Mr. Waite's Reformation. Much and Fellow of the Royal Botanic Society. has been done, but very much yet remains With Twelve Coloured Groups of Flowers, to be accomplished. The original Halle designed and coloured by James Andrews. lujah has done good service; and, in its im Small 8vo., pp. 200. Houlston and Stoneproved form, is destined to do greater service still. May the life of our friend be long 5. A Grammar of General Geography, for spared to carry forward that important work the Use of Schools and Young Persons, which Divine Providence has obviously as with Maps and Engravings. By the Rev. signed to him! The churches owe him a J. Goldsmith; revised and corrected, and debt of gratitude.

greatly enlarged. By Edward Hughes,
F.R.G.S., &c., Head Master of the Royal
Naval Senior School, Greenwich Hospital.

Longman and Co.
WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.

6. Cyclopaedia of Moral and Religious Anec1. Sermons. By the Rev. George Smith, dote; with an Introductory Essay. By the Minister of Trinity Chapel, Poplar, Lon Rev. George Cheever, D.D.

Crown 8vo., don. 8vo., pp. 460. J. Snow.

J. J. Griffin, and Co., Baker2. The History of Church Laws in England, street.

from A. D. 602 to A. D. 1850. By Edward 7. The Mary-Worship of Rome. By the Muscatt, Author of “ The History and Rev. Andrew Gray, Perti. Small 8vo., Power of Ecclesiastical Courts." 8vo.,

Nisbet.

man.

pp. 392.

pp. 44.

Obituary.

was

THE LATE REV. DR. PYE SMITH. from the only dissenting place of worship It may be mentioned that Dr. Pye Smith (St. Thornas's-square chapel) then in that was born on the 25th of May, 1774 (not parish. From the attendants upon Mr. 1775, as stated in our last).

Smith's ministry in the Academy hall, a When Dr. Smith at Rotherham church was formed, to the pastorate of which College, he frequently went to preach in Mr. Smith was ordained at the meeting. the neighbouring towns and villages; and house in Broad-street, London, on the Uth the venerable James Montgoinery, of Shef of April, 1804. The service was rendered field, was sometimes his companion, as the peculiarly interesting by the repetition of the poet mentioned with great interest at the solemn covenant which this infant society had meeting of the Congregational Union in adopted; during the reading of which, the Sheffield, in 1849. The circumstances of members signified their ratification of it by the commencement of Dr. Smith's ministerial standing up. labours at Homerton were as follows.

Early in 1811, the Old Gravel-Pit MeetSoon after he entered upon his tutorship ing-house, Hackney, in which Dr. Price, in the Old Homerton Academy, he established Dr. Priestley, and their successors, Arians regular divine service in the hall of that and Unitarians, had preached for many years, institution, for the nonconforming residents was vacated by the removal of the congreof the village, a populous division of the gation to a new chapel in the neighbourhood. parish of Hackney, and inconveniently far it was taken for the church and congregation

heaven.

BRIEF MEMOIR OF THE LATE THOMAS HITCH

under Dr. Pye Smith's pastorship, and ren The widowed mother, who still survives the dered a most commodious and agreeable twofold stroke—the loss of an affectionate place of worship. On Lord's day, March 10th, husband, and a most amiable son-will, no 1811, it was opened. Three sermons were doubt, derive her best consolation from knowpreached by ministers, all of whom are gone ing that the latter had become, through grace, to their reward, from texts of most signi all that a mother's heart could desire ; and ficant appropriateness. The Rev. John though sorrow may well be supposed to dim Clayton, Sen., preached in the morning from her cheek at “the recall” of images so dear the 3rd verse of the epistle of Jude, “Ear to her feelings, she can yet take hold of the nestly contend for the faith which was once blessed hope of a re-union with them in delivered to the saints;" the Rev. George Collinson in the afternoon, from Psalm lxxii. But to proceed with our sketch. It ap17, “ His name shall endure for ever; his pears that Mr. Thomas Clark evinced from name shall be continued as long as the sun, his boyhood a taste for the medical profesand men shall be blessed in him; all nations sion, which, as he grew up, developed itself shall call him blessed ;” and in the evening the more; and having concluded the usual by the Rev. Dr. Winter, from Ezek. xlviii. studies at school, he was placed under the care 35, “ The name of the city from that day of Mr. Gibson, a respectable surgeon in Derby, shall be, THE LORD IS THERE.”—Leeds from whom he acquired a professional initiaMercury, Feb. 15th, 1851,

tive. He subsequently studied, through several sessions, in Edinburgh, with increasing credit;

and, finally, with equal credit, passed the COCK CLARK, ESQ., OF CLIFFE HOUSE, Surgeons' Hall in London. As yet, however, DRONFIELD, DERBYSHIRE.

there were no indications of decided piety. “ Seu dives auro es, sive opibus potens,

Always amiable, always a respecter of good Seu marte parta clarus adorea,

in any shape, there yet wanted, in order to Agnosce numen gratus, et huc refer

the completing of his moral loveliness, the Quæcunque lætum ducis ad exitum." Psalm xxix. verse 1.

charm which the religion of Jesus only can Buchanan's Translation. give to any character. Up to this time, inThe above sentiment is selected, as afford- | deed, he was an object of general esteem, and ing, at a glance, the general mental complexion quite an ornament to the family circle. A of the late Mr. Clark. It was his fashion to sister, to whom he was much attached, thus see God in every thing; and both to trace his speaks of this period of his life:-“ Prior to beneficence and the working out of his de- | the tim when my dear brother became designs, in the intellectual and other differences cidedly pious, his solicitude for the happiness that everywhere exist.

and well-being of those connected with him, It was not upon himself that his reflections gained for him the love and esteem of all terminated. It is true, he thought both for around.” and of himself; but, though surrounded by It was not, however, until the commenceall that usually fascinates and carries captive ment of the year 1844 that his mind appeared the world's eye —though heir to a large earthly to be really impressed with the importance of inheritance—with a mind graced with polish, spiritual things. It was now, that, to use his and stored both with useful and classic litera own words, “ he began to love what he once ture, he preferred to subordinate the world's did not thoroughly relish.” Hence a change, openings to higher pursuits, and to link to the obvious to all his friends, in his pursuits, and cross of the Nazarene his best affections. even in his mannerism, as if “the pearl of great

To be able to record so much is pleasurable price” was a thing not only to be looked at, to our feelings; while the removal of one so but grasped. And without staying to give a young, and withal so promising, just throws minute analysis of his feelings, suffice it to us back on the wisdom of Him who, in with say that he did grasp it. In 1845, he joined drawing from our sight and fellowship any of the church at Dronfield, then under the pasthe friends of His church, still retains the toral care of the Rev. J. P. Davison. His character of the church's Guardian. The views of membership, and his reasons for presubject of the present sketch was born on the ferring our Congregational constitution and 21st of Jannary, 1819, at Dronfield, in Der- discipline, which he presented to the pastor byshire, and from his earliest days was nur and church in writing, betrayed the indetured and schooled amid religious influences. pendent thinker, as well as the Christian conHis father was the late Rev. David Clark, vert. who, from a principle of Christian charity There was, in every part of this interesting and love to souls, continued to preach the document a beautiful transparency—the congospel at Dronfield, until increasing infirmi-victions of the mind clearly and tersely exties, rather than age, constrained him to give pressed. His was no hasty profession—no up his beloved employment. Nor was there fire that sought a vent only to scorch, but less of pious influence on the maternal side. “the outward and visible sign" of a deep, in

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wrought love--a love that branched in two calm was the prelude to a coming tempest. directions, both Christ-ward and man-ward- But no: our suspicions being lulled to sleep a love that in its dialect spoke, and in its act- by the specious appearances around, we never ings evinced, the dignity of its origin.

dreamt of danger, until the storm broke. From this period, the most common objects | And is not such the unhappy state of many were invested with new relations. It was the a deluded soul? Alas! are there not many light of eternity reflected on the shadows of who, satisfied with an outward change, or, at time. It was man walking with God. It was most, with some faint emotions of sorrow on a young man rejecting the fascinations of the account of sin, cherish the fatal delusion, that world for the holier pleasures of piety. It their peace is made with God, and their souls was a rich young man forbidding his riches to safe for eternity? and, resting in this belief, become a snare, that he might “glory” in the they go on and on, until they are overtaken cross of Christ.

by the storm of death, and the discovery The writer of this is in possession of his comes too late!” later memoranda, which Mr. Clark himself This true picture of men and things is has entitled “ Scraps and Patches of Thought, closed with the words— Incident, Travel, and Observation." The

"For more the treach'rous calm I dread motto prefixed to these memoranda is given

Than tempests bursting o'er my head !" in the beautiful words of Moore:

From this “treacherous calm," the subject “ Thus shall Memory ofien, in dreams sublime, Catch a glimpse of the days that are over;

of this memoir was happily delivered. There Thus sighing, lok through the waves of time, was no sudden or vivid transition. His preFor the long-faded glories they cover."

vious habits did not require that there should Our departed friend had an eye for the have been; but a transition there was, notbeauties of nature. He could fasten with withstanding, his former complexion being rapture on the charms seen in the landscape now radiated with light “from the Lord.” - could muse " to profit" by the side of the There was now a spiritual-mindedness" by streamlet; nor did he less delight to mark the the side of natural gentleness; and if science majestic in his wanderings by the sea. Under and abstruser studies were not given up, nor, the date of August 31st, 1846, when on a in any sense, abandoned, they were always visit at Redcar, we have the following graphic subordinate, to higher objects. Everything description:--" This morning broke beauti. was looked at, and enjoyed, through God. This fully-not a cloud was to be seen in the was the principle that regulated his occasional heavens; and on reaching the shore, we found medical doings, as the following interesting the ocean partook of the pervading spirit of extract will show:repose. The drowsy wave came rippling “ I have, by education, a knowledge of the softly upon the beach, and the glassy smooth healing art; and although not actively enness of the vast expanse of water irresistibly gaged in the duties of my profession, I an impelled us upon its surface. We had a de. not unfrequently employed among the sick lightful sail, and were out about two hours. poor of my own immediate locality. In this One circumstance connected with the day's way, I believe, I have been instrumental in adventures I cannot help recording, as it alleviating much human misery-in relieving brought up a train of serious reflection. While the body of many a painful malady, and in our little boat put off from shore, all the ap- ' rendering less agonising the progress of irrepearances I have described were present, and mediable disease-in dissipating the anxiety of we fully calculated upon enjoying the plea- the desponding heart under long and accumu. sures of a long, calm summer's day. Nor lated affliction, and of infusing into the droopwere we disappointed to the extent of our ing spirit the hope and consciousness of resail. But others, calculating as we had done turning life. But, oh! when I compare the upon the continuance of the calm, had been duration of time with eternity! when I think tempted to greater distances, and were sur- of the value of the soul,-one soul!-when I prised in the midst of their enjoyment by the contrast the sufferings incident to brief morsudden appearance of dark, portentous clouds, tality, agonising and aggravated as they somesucceeded by heavy rain, a rising sea, and times are, with the eternal gnawing of " the beating wind, which continued to increase worm that dieth not, and the fire that is not through the whole of the day. In the even- quenched,"—methinks my efforts of benevo. ing we learnt that some of the parties had lence, and acts of mercy, performed in the returned exhausted from the buffetings of a exercise of my professional knowledge, of no tempestuous sea, and that others had been account, when compared with efforts put forth, put on shore at some distance, to return by and blessed of God, in the rescue of one soul land on the following day.

from the pains of eternal death! Oh! may “ Had we consulted any one acquainted my spirit be more imbued with the Spirit of with the sudden changes peculiar to coast my blessed Lord, who, during his sojourn on districts, we might have learnt that this very earth, while he pitied and healed the sick and

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