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ciety, the agents of the Church Missionary Society have done the same. The Shanghae Committee, who were prepared to go to press with their version of the New Testament, with Shang-Te as the rendering for God, have refused to accept the aid of the Bible Society; as they deemed it inconsistent and perilous to be patronised by parties who could, at the same time, make a grant for issuing an antagonist version, embodying Shin for God, and Ling for the Holy Spirit. Thus, then, without any interference on the part of the Christian public of England, the inconsistent and dangerous proceeding of the Committee of the Bible Societys emphatically condemned, by a voice that will sound throughout Christendom. It is to be hoped they will be taught a wiser and more consistent mode of dispensing the funds committed to their hands.
MEMOIRS OF SIR ANDREW AGNEW, of Lochnaw, Bart. By THOMAS M'CRIE, D.D., LL.D., Author of "Sketches of Scottish Church History," fc. &c. 8vo. pp. 454.
Johnstone and Hunter.
THOSE who had the happiness of a personal acquaintance, as we had, with Sir Andrew Agnew, will readily recognise Dr. M'Crie's fine portrait of him, as a very striking likeness; accurate as is the delineation of the outward man, which precedes the memoir from the powerful pencil of Sir J. W. Gordon, it is yet far exceeded by the mental and moral portraiture which follows. If any of our readers have allowed themselves to estimate the intellect or the heart of Sir Andrew from the treatment which he received from members of Parliament, and from the secular press, in his ardent struggle to amend the laws in reference to the better observance of the Christian Sabbath, they will, indeed, do him grievous injustice. He was not an austere enthusiast, as some represented him to be; but a bland, intelligent, loving, and devout man, who adorned every walk of life, and shed a halo of cheerfulness and delight on every circle in which he moved. His effort, on behalf of God's day, was the great work of his public life, for which he would have been willing to die a martyr's death; but it is in the bosom of his own family, and in the habits and intercourses of a country gentleman, that he was seen to greatest advantage. In early life he was slow to receive the difficult lesson of taking up his cross and following Christ; but when once he had imbibed that lesson, by the teaching of the Divine Spirit, he became a noble example of one who counted all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord.
Descended from ancient and honourable families, both on his father's and mother's side, he might, with a handsome estate and
noble connexions, have contented himself with the transitory distinctions of earth and time; but his was the happiness, when grace had formed his character, to seek the honour that cometh from God, and to rank with that "royal priesthood," whose patent of nobility is conferred by the "King of kings and Lord of lords." Dr. M'Crie has traced Sir Andrew through his early boyhood, and shown how lovely and full of promise was the morning of his days, beloved and admired as he was by all who beheld his sweet temper, and the benevolent bearing of his whole character. Some of the incidents of his childhood are most striking, and gave promise of his subsequent career. We follow him too to college, and are deeply interested in his companionship and literary pursuits; the more so, as he seeks, even after he came to his estate, to improve his education, and to enlarge his acquaintance with man and things. If he never attained to the highest scholarship, he at least became more than capable of vying with the ordinary run of country gentlemen. But he had yet, with all his amiableness and correct moral habits, to undergo the great change; and by his union with Madelene, the youngest daughter of the late Sir James Carnegie, he was brought into contact with circumstances and events which were overruled by God to lead him as a true penitent to the Cross; and, strange to say, soon after he was enlightened in the doctrine of salvation by a sermon preached by the Hon. and Rev. Gerard Noel, he heard a discourse from the late Dr. M'Crie, of Edinburgh, which we have no doubt proved the germ of that feeling which gave the type and character to his subsequent career.
If Sir Andrew went farther than many Christian men can approve, in his notions of what may be effected for Sabbath sanctification by legislative enactment, we cannot but award to him the credit which belongs to conscience in its highest manifestations. What he did he evidently did for the glory of God, and in obedience to what he held to be the Divine will. We were always struck in conversing with him, with two things: the perfect Christian transparency of his motives and feelings; and his generous tolerance of views and convictions differing from his own. Had he taken lower ground about the Sabbath, it is more than probable that he would never have been able to effect so much.
We can very strongly recommend these memoirs, as developing the history of a most devoted layman, who did much in his day to further the great objects of evangelical truth and vital godliness. Dr. M'Crie has evinced his characteristic ability in the performance of the task assigned to him. Indeed it would be difficult to point to a better
sion of a demonstration of Protestant feeling which augurs well for the future. From the pulpit, the platform, and the press, there has been such an open and earnest testimony against Popery as has not been heard in this country for more than a hundred years. The modes, and even the grounds, of attack have been greatly diversified; but the errors of Romanism, as a system, have been proclaimed with a voice of thunder, and the people of this realm have expressed their determination that the Roman Pontiff shall not be suffered to issue Bulls in this country, which affect the prerogatives of the sovereign, and the liberties of the nation.
We have selected only a small number of the sermons and pamphlets called forth by the Pope's aggression; but they are worthy of being handed down to posterity, as documents of rare value, which deserve to outlive the occasion which gave them birth.
Dr. Reed's discourse on "the Pope and his Pretensions," is a very talented and argumentative exposure of the preposterous claim which Rome has preferred. Every sentence has evidently been well weighed, and both the political and religious truth of the case is well and powerfully handled. Though the author names no parties, he has admirably replied to that limited circle of Dissenters, who would have Nonconformists abstain from all movement against the aggressions of Rome. Those who wish to understand this question should see Dr. Reed's remarks, which are very conclusive.
Mr. Morris's "Roar of the Lion," with a somewhat ill-chosen title, is a masterly production, in all respects creditable to the intelligent and respected author. His sketches of Romanism are spirit-stirring, and his abhorrence of it is well and powerfully expressed. We think he has nobly defended himself against those who would hold us Nonconformists back from the present struggle against Rome.
Mr. Hughes's "Romish Sacraments and the Confessional" is a noble testimony from a churchman against the Tractarianism of his own community, which, by several quotations from Dr. Pusey and others, he shows to be nothing short of downright Popery. His ap. peal to the laity of the Church of England will, we trust, tend to rouse them, to a sense of duty at the present crisis.
"The Protestant Reformation," by the Rev. George Smith, of Poplar, is one of the most vivid and telling essays on the great subject of which it treats, within so small a compass in our language. We should like to see it, as a penny tract, issuing in tens of thousands from the Depository of the Religious Tract Society.
Mr. Brock's "Sacramental Religion subversive of Vital Christianity" is eminently "a Tract
for the Times." We hope it will find its way largely into the hands of pious Episcopalians, who might do great service to the Establishment, at the present moment, by promoting its circulation widely among their lay brethren, in town and country. Mr. Brock has certainly furnished an awful specimen of the teaching of many clergymen of the National Church on the subject of sacraments, at the present moment. How it differs from that of Dr. Wiseman, it would it would be difficult to determine. It is a sad thing for our country that such things are tolerated among those who are in the receipt of Protestant
Mr. Swaine's new edition of " No Popery!" while it protests earnestly against the Pope's recent Bull, and calls on Englishmen, as such, and on Protestant grounds, to resist it manfully, desiderates the whole question of Establishments, and shows that their operation is injurious to the interests of pure and spiritual Christianity. It is written in a calm, cnlightened, and Christian spirit.
Mr. Harrison has very lucidly, and, as we think, so as to express the current views of Dissenters, examined the two questions"What is our duty as citizens? and what as Christians? in both cases remembering that we are Nonconformists." His discourse, based on eight appropriate texts of Scripture, is a happy condensation of all that is fitting for Dissenters to think and do at the present crisis. He has made out a clear case for the most resolute action of his brethren against the Papal onset.
Mr. Pollard has drawn a terrific but truthful picture of the Papacy, which ought to rouse the entire Protestant energy of this country in opposition to the menacing claims of the Pope as a foreign sovereign, and as the head of the anti-Christian apostacy.
Dr. Carlile's Discourse is calculated to do good service at the present juncture of our national affairs. The author well understands the genius of Popery.
We shall be happy to find, that our notice of these nine tracts has tended to extend their circulation, as they are all fitted to be generally useful at the present eventful period of our national history.
SALVATION. A Sermon, preached in the Parish Church of Crathie, Balmoral, before Her Majesty the Queen, Sunday, September 22, 1850. By the Rev. JOHN CUMMING, D.D., Minister of the Scottish National Church, Crown-court, Covent-garden; Honorary Chaplain to the Scottish Hospital, and to the Highland Society, London. 8vo. Fifth thousand.
Arthur Hall, Virtue, and Co. WE have been amazed to find in one of our Reviews, a most vituperative article upon this
sermon, in which all the ordinary rules of critical decorum are overstepped, and the reviewing craft shows itself in a most unlovely aspect, by depreciating one of the best discourses preached before royalty in modern times. Did a Puseyite, in disguise, furnish the article out of spite, that the Queen should attend a Presbyterian church? Or did some Free Churchman, envying his residuary brother, put his hand to the work, to depreciate excellence which he could not reach? Be this as it may, we are not ashamed to express the high estimate we have formed of the discourse, both as to its sentiment and composition. It is a clear, energetic, and faithful gospel sermon, which it was creditable for any Christian minister to deliver before his sovereign. We care not a rush how Dr. Cumming was invited to preach at the parish church of Crathie. He did his duty well when there; and his sermon is being read by thousands with the more pleasure, that such a thoroughly evangelical composition was listened to by their beloved Queen.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. THOMAS P. CALLENDER, MISSIONARY TO JAMAICA. With a Selection from his Pulpit Discourses. pp. 232.
Edinburgh: W. Oliphant and Sons. This interesting memoir is composed by an early personal friend of Mr. Callender, and it could scarcely have fallen into better hands. It has the great excellence of appearing, in every part of it, a labour of love. Mr. Harper has, most judiciously, permitted Mr. Callender, as much as possible, to speak for himself; and there are peculiarities connected with his career, which invest this volume with an interest only inferior to that of the Remains of the youthful Mr. Spencer, of Liverpool. We may notice the ample preparation which Mr. Callender had made for entering with advantage upon the work of the ministry. The long course of study, both literary and theological, successfully prosecuted in Edinburgh, during the usual period of eight years his residence in Berlin during the winter of 1844, and his attendance on the classes of its university-the tour of Germany Switzerland, and Italy, which he made in the subsequent summer-furnished his mind with the richest stores of thought, and contributed to the maturity of his judgment.
His first attempts at public preaching demonstrated the necessity of a change of climate; and, in 1846, he went out as a missionary to Jamaica. Under the conviction that his time was short, and actuated with a profound sense of the magnitude of his work, he concentrated his whole energies in the task of preaching the gospel; he exerted himself every day to the utmost point of his strength, and wrote down in his diary the impressions,
living and fresh, as they were made on his mind. There is an utter absence of formality, and of all attempt at fine writing; and there are perpetually proofs of a refined and thoughtful mind, which give a great charm to every part of the diary, and which we have no doubt will render it a great favourite with the public; while the fervour with which he poured all the accumulated treasures of thought and of religious feeling, will, we are sure, make this book a great blessing to its readers, and especially to those who may be preparing for the Christian ministry.
He shows that it arises from the insult
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A cheap edition of this standard work, on the Popish controversy, is quite a boon to the churches. It is, in our settled judgment, And now, at the rethe best work, viewed as a whole, on the subject of which it treats. duced price of four shillings and sixpence, it will find its way into the hands of our Sunday School Teachers, and into the cottages of the poor. Wealthy Protestant Christians could not better serve the great interests of the Reformation than by spending a little of their property in giving free and extensive circulation to so valuable a work.
THE CHRONOLOGICAL NEW TESTAMENT, in which the Text of the Authorized Version is newly divided into Paragraphs and Sections, with the Dates and Places of Transactions marked, the Marginal Renderings of the Translators, many Parallel Illustrative Passages printed at full length, Brief Introductions to each Book, and a Running Analysis of the Epistles. Small 4to.
The six sermons are taken from notes which Mr. Callender dictated when he was on a bed of sickness, and when he wished to leave behind him some memorial of those truths which he had inculcated with such power, and with the impression, common to himself and his hearers, that he was speaking from the brink of the eternal world. good which he did in Kingston, and wherever he preached in Jamaica, during the year and a half that he laboured there, can perhaps scarcely be overrated; and we trust that the present excellent volume will be the means of perpetuating and deepening the impression. The subjects of the discourses are: 1st, Call to immediate Repentance, Jer. xiii. 16; 2nd, The Mediatorial Fulness of Christ, Col i. 19, 23; 3rd, Christ the Christian's Gain, Phil. iii. 7, 11; 4th, Delight in the Ordinances of Religion, 2 Chron. vii. 16; 5th, The Believer's Inheritance, and his meetness for it, Col. i. 12; 6th, Christian Love, Phil. i. 9—11; 7th, Address after the Communion. discourses are excellent and impressive; they show of what he was capable, and explain the secret of his great popularity and success We among all classes of hearers in Jamaica. can most cordially recommend it to the notice of the Christian public; and, unless we are greatly mistaken, the extraordinary circumR. B. Blackader, Paternoster row. stances in which Mr. Callender did so much, WE have been much struck, in examining the transparent sincerity and earnestness of his piety, the shortness as well as the useful- this truly ingenious edition of the New Tesness of his career, and the distinctness with tament, that the plan on which it is formed which his hearers must have almost counted has never been adopted before. It will certhe sands of his life as they were running out, tainly prove a great help to the intelligent will secure to this volume a degree of accept-reading of the Word of God. The marginal The ance, and an extent of circulation, which references, fully quoted, are very valuable, and, many volumes of much higher pretensions shed great light on hundreds of texts. divisions into paragraphs, under distinct headnever reach. ings, which are numbered, appear to be most The introductions to judiciously executed. the various books have been supplied from the best authorities, and shed great light on The chronological their several contents. notices have been prepared with great care. In short, there has no work appeared, in these times, upon the New Testament, that we are disposed more sincerely and heartily to recommend. The author, whoever he may be, has our most earnest thanks.
The Substance of
SACRED LAYS AND LYRICS. By JOHN A. LATROBE, M.A., Incumbent of St. Thomas', Kendal; Author of "The Solace of Song." London: Seeleys.
THIS volume is dedicated to James Montgomery; and it is not too much to say, that it is worthy of such dedication. There is much of its contents that cannot fail to be regarded by that gifted poet as congenial with his own spirit, and as fitted to hold a place among the sweetest strains of modern times. Mr. Latrobe says that his harp has for many years been hung up, "till the strings have rusted with exposure to the wind and rain." The harp may have hung idly by for a while; but certain it is, that, when swept afresh by the hand of its master, it "discourses such eloquent music," that the captive ear cannot but listen. Its temporary suspension and exposure to the action of the elements, have but mellowed its tone, and given it greater power over the heart. We have not, for some time, listened to a strain of greater sweetness and power than that which Mr. Latrobe sings throughout this volume.
Mr. Latrobe does not belong to the tuneless tribe, who, having acquired a "fatal facility" for rhyming, mistake the jingle of syllables for the music of the soul. He was evidently born a poet; and hence, instead of finding his volume a frost-work of syllables- a cold brilliancy of rhymes-the reader will be delighted with some exquisite specimens of genuine poetry. Occasionally, indeed, Mr. Latrobe allows himself to indulge in a style of versification that seems to hang as a leaden weight on the wing of his genius, or as a clumsy encumbrance on the case and grace of his movements. This we have the more regretted, because whenever the versification is simple and natural, the thought soars, and sparkles with beauty. Poets mar their song by complex versification, just as musicians spoil their music by forced combinations of sound. But, with this slight blemish, if such it may be regarded, we do not hesitate to place this volume among the sweetest poetical productions of the day.
accomplished and scientific, they are characterised by an earnestness and simplicity that will, doubtless, touch the conscience and confirm the faith of those who have not been spoiled by "science, falsely so called." To those who seek a simple, unadorned, and earnest defence of the great questions of the Divine Existence and Attributes, we commend this volume.
THE ILLUSTRATED YEAR-BOOK. Second Series. The Wonders, Events, and Discoveries of 1850. Edited by JOHN TIMBS. Small 8vo. pp. 400.
Hall, Virtue, and Co.
THE first volume of the Illustrated YearBook afforded ample proof of an enlightened and careful editorship; and the second appears to be a considerable improvement upon the first. It is a stirring and instructive volume for intelligent young people; and forms a register of the principal events of 1850.
The contents will show the nature of the
work :-The Hippopotamus in England— Ocean Steamers Miss Burdett Coutts' Church-The "Koh-i-noor," or Mountain of Light-Tornado in the Bahamas-The Submarine Electric Telegraph-The Nepaulese Embassy-Panoramania-Panoramic Picture of the Nile-Colossal Statue of "Bavaria "-A Lion Hunt in Algeria-Journey to the Mountains of the Moon-The British Museum-The Great Exhibition of 1851.
All these articles are well written, and on scientific principles; while the pictorial embellishments greatly add to the interest and beauty of the work.
SAINTE IMPUDENTIA; or, A Pilgrimage to Westminster. Containing the Wonderful History of a Pope, a Cardinal, a Lion, and a Bull. 18.
Partridge and Oakey.
THIS is a spirited series of six caricatures, exposing, in a just and humorous style, the late disgusting aggression of the Pope and his emissaries upon the liberties of this free
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London: Houlston and Stoneman. THESE Lectures are from the pen of an esteemed minister, who has long stood high among the brethren, and has for many years ministered to the same people. They give proof of a well-furnished mind, and breathe a spirit of deep piety, and earnest solicitude for the highest interests of the flock committed to his care. If they are not distinguished by the graces of finished composition, and that mode of arguing the great question of the Divine existence which is demanded by the highly
ALMANACK for 1851.
London W. F. Ramsay, Brompton-row; and Ward and Co., Paternoster-row WE are happy to find this admirable little annual make its second appearance. merits a wide circulation among all parents, teachers, and guardians, as the object it contemplates, and aims at promoting, is one of infinite importance. Besides a diary and a variety of valuable information necessary in an almanack, it contains highly interesting papers, chiefly connected with education, by the Rev. J. Stoughton, of Kensington; the Rev. J. B. Owen, M.A., Vicar of St. Mary's,