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with such professed repose, and to show, as Mr. Seymour has admirably done, that there is verily no certainty, after all, within the precincts of the infallible Church. Our author has well depicted the state of mind common to the Tractarian perverts to Popery ;-how they ween over their former doubts and misgivings, how they boast of the calm restingplace they have found in the apostate Church of Rome.
But with what force of argument
does our author dispel this dream of these
If the unfledged Papists yet in the nest at
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WE have seen and heard Mr. Henson, and
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A SEVEN-FOLD ASPECT OF POPERY. By the
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THIS is a volume indicating considerable powers of mind, as well as just sentiments upon the loose and unsafe policy which has been pursued by successive Governments, in the mode of granting concessions to the Roman Catholics of Great Britain. Those concessions ought to have been accompanied with a positive penal prohibition, of the most stringent character, against the introduction of the Canon Law to this country. It is this that Papists are now aiming at; and Dr. Wiseman would not have given a farthing for all his new titles, and the new Popish Bishoprics, if it had not been for the hope of getting the Canon Law into operation in this free Protestant country. But shall it be? It is for true-hearted Britons to decide.
THIS volume of "Biblical Illustrations"
We recommend, most earnestly, Mr. Fisk's popular and pungent Lectures. They are of a truly awakening character, and cannot fail to make all honest-hearted Protestants look about them, and bestir themselves to the discharge of those duties which genuine patriot
The seven-fold aspect of Popery presented in this argumentative volume is comprised
under the following self-evident outline of thought. I. Popery, a Deceiver of Souls. II. An Enslaver of Nations. III. A Restless Tyrant. IV. A Helper of Infidelity. V. A Hinderance to Spirituality. VII. Subversive of Morality. VIII. Foredoomed of God.
All these topics are discussed with equal skill and power, and in a manner calculated to carry home conviction to the minds of Bible Christians, and, indeed, of all the friends of humanity.
THE UNITY OF THE RACE, WITH ITS CORRE-
bines a just appreciation of the grand tendencies of this temple-inauguration of industry with an earnest appeal to Englishmen as to the spirit and deportment to be exhibited in their intercourse with foreigners:
"We have now completed our proposed train of thought; and it only remains that we should utter a sentiment or two in reference to the Great Exhibition of the art and industry of all nations.
"Of its kind, it will be a spectacle imposing and grand beyond whatever has been witnessed in the history of the world. As we look on it, we see, as it were, the emporium of the earth's choicest merchandise, deposited in a vast and exquisite palace of glass, lifting high its proud dome to the heavens, and sparkling with almost insufferable brightness in the noon-day sun,—and we naturally ask, what meaneth this modern Babel, with more than the original confusion of tongues? Reflect, for a moment, and you will find its exposition and its moral. It is a monument to the improving spirit of the age;-it is a
taken the lead in emancipating trade from the restrictions so long imposed upon it;--it is a concentrated display of the science, art, industry, and taste, of the world; it is a comparative exhibition of the skill and productions of nations highly civilized, or but just emerging from a less-favoured condition;
London: W. F. Ramsay. WHEN any subject or event of importance occupies the public mind, suggesting topics of conversation in all circles, and giving birth to speculations respecting the future, it evinces wisdom on the part of the Christian minister to endeavour to make it the medium of such lessons as are accordant with the sacredness and dignity of the pulpit. In this wisdom fitting compliment to that country which has the author of this admirable and appropriate discourse has not been deficient. When the public attention has been absorbed by events demanding that exposition and guidance, which an intelligent and liberal-minded pastor is, perhaps, of all men, the most fitted to give, he bas uniformly been among the first to appear as the instructor of his fellow-it is, above all, a splendid temple of union, citizens, in the pulpit and from the press. And in the present instance, sympathizing, as he does, with every movement that betokens the progress of intelligence, and cherishing bright auguries of the future destinies of the human family, he has made the Great Exhibition the medium of lessons at once salutary and weighty.
As the magnificent fruits of art and science, now collected in their brilliant temple, so auspiciously inaugurated by our Sovereign Lady the Queen, will gather in our Metropolis men of all kindreds, tribes, and nations, Dr. Morison has, with great propriety, devoted his discourse to the establishment of the great principle of human fraternity, and to the enforcement of certain momentous and solemn lessons suggested by that principle. He establishes the oneness or unity of the human family on the most valid and satisfactory grounds, by arguments drawn from Scripture, science, and the moral nature of man; and then, with great eloquence, denounces the atrocity of slavery and the sinfulness of war, and enforces the pre-eminent importance of Missionary operations.
Although we trust that multitudes of our fellow-countrymen, who purpose visiting the Exhibition, will possess themselves of this admirable discourse, we cannot withhold from our readers its beautiful conclusion, as it com
erected in the Metropolis of free and happy Old England, in which the representatives of all nations may meet and exchange sentiments of love and good-will, where they may lose sight of their petty jealousies and aver sions, and from which they may return to their several homes less enamoured of mere nationality, and more than ever citizens of the world and lovers of human kind.
"I am jealous of the honour of our Fatherland. Our manners are frank and manly, but less bland and courteous than those of many other countries on the Continent of Europe. I would that foreigners may find in us that hospitality and kindness, which we could scarcely fail to realize from them! I would that the impression of English sense, and English intelligence, and English virtue, and English generosity, might never be effaced from the minds of those strangers about to laud on our shores!
"I am jealous, too, for the Christianity of our land, that men of other creeds and other countries may see that our Protestantism has worked well for our national institutions, our industrial habits, our moral character, our philanthropy, our orderly deportment, our submission to law, and above all, for the religious sanctity and quietude of our Christian Sabbaths. I am thankful that no foreigner will find access to our operas and theatres on
the day of sacred rest; and that, with far less
"Could any appeal of mine reach the ears and the hearts of my countrymen, or be deemed worthy of their regard, I would earnestly commend the following maxim to their devout regard:-That they determine, by the help of God, to suffer no spiritual injury from the intercourse of foreigners, and do all the The friends of Christ, good they possibly can.
in this land, will, we trust,' watch and pray
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MRS. ELIZABETH ARIS.
DIED, on Thursday, the 27th of February, at Croydon, after about a month's illness, Mrs. Elizabeth Aris. This excellent individual was the subject of religious impressions from about the age of fifteen; her mind at that period opened to a sense of the value and
importance of personal piety, and, yielding at once to its claims, she continued in the enjoyment of its hallowing influence to the very close of life.
The work of grace in her heart was preceded by devout and diligent reading of the Word of God. It was while engaged in this
exercise that the Holy Spirit shed the first gleam of heavenly light upon her mind, and in its continuance she was privileged to realize, ever after, a large amount of consolation and happiness.
At the commencement of her religious history, she was favoured to attend the ministry of the Rev. Thomas Sheppard, of St. James's, Clerkenwell, whose faithful, evangelical preaching, was instrumental in imparting to her mind a clear conception of the great truths of the everlasting gospel, and of estab lishing her in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It appears by her diary, that her religious experience, at first, was characterised by deep convictions of the sinfulness and depravity of her heart, and by great prostration, humiliation, and penitence before God. For some time, these feelings almost overwhelmed her; but, being earnest and importunate in prayer at the divine footstool, and looking to the Lord Jesus as the great and only sacrifice for sin, she soon found that peace to which before she had been an entire stranger; the invitations and promises of the gospel were as a cordial to her soul; and while heartily embracing them, she had so much enjoyment and happiness, that her heart overflowed with wonder, love, and praise. From this time she was enabled to realize a full assurance of her interest in the blessings of the new covenant, and her consequent obligation to live to the honour of Him who had "called her out of darkness into His marvellous light."
Upon her removal to Croydon, at her marriage in 1823, a new field opened to her for the exercise of those holy principles and feelings which had been so much strengthened by her previous solitude and retirement; and feeling her obligations to her Saviour, and a desire to promote His glory, she at once identified herself with several Christian societies, which claimed her attention, and became as active and devoted in public life, as she was humble and spiritual in her more private duties.
The Sabbath-school in which she became a teacher, the Bible Society for which she was a collector, the Religious Tract Society whose publications she circulated, and the Missionary Societies, both foreign and for the country, as well as several local objects, all had from that time down to her last illness her warm attachment and most active support. Nor did attention to these public duties interfere with those of her family; for here she exemplified in no ordinary degree the exhortation of the apostle, "diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." She was never inactive in relation to the claims of her family, while the great realities of religion held possession of her heart; and it was at all times evident that she sought "first the king
dom of God, and its righteousness," never doubting but that "all other things would be added thereto."
On reviewing her Christian character, it is evident that its chief features were simplicity, purity, sincerity, and humilty, united with believing confidence in God. And the great secret of her eminent piety was her undeviating exercise of solemn communion with God. This, from the very commencement of her religious course to the close of life, was considered by her a duty, so sacred, that nothing was ever allowed to prevent her attention to it; and no inconsiderable portion of each day was spent in her closet, in devout meditation upon the Word of God, and the exercise of solemn prayer at his throne. From these seasons she came forth strengthened alike for the duties, the trials, the temptations, and the conflicts of life, and by these sacred and elevating duties her mind was richly prepared for the last great and solemn moments of life-for death itself, and the communion and happiness of heaven.
At the commencement of her last illness, her mind was possessed with a full conviction that the close of life was near; and although there was nothing in the nature of the disease to lead to such a conclusion, yet the thought continued, and was evidently cherished by her. It did not in the least distress her, for her mind was raised above any fear of the last enemy. She rather welcomed him as a friend. Her hope in God was firm and unwavering, her conversation was spiritual and delightful, and the most perfect calmness and patience were manifested by her, even in the hours of her greatest suffering and restlessness.
The day before her death she seemed something better, and was able to converse freely. Speaking of death, she said, with great composure, "Oh, Death, where is thy sting? Jesus has taken that away." She referred to several portraits of ministers, which were hanging in the room, and mentioned how much she had enjoyed hearing some of them preach; and particularly spoke of a sermon she had recently heard from one of them, from the words, "I will give her, her vineyards from thence," which had been a great comfort to her. Of a dear relative, she said (to one who was writing to her), "Give my love to her, and tell her, I have the patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.'" And this passage indeed was the exact representation of her state of mind; she had truly the patience of hope resting upon the finished work of the Lord Jesus; and it formed a beautiful sequel to the work of faith and the labour of love which had distinguished her life.
She very much enjoyed the last Sabbath which she spent on earth. She had been the subject of great stupor the former part of her illness, and had been scarcely conscious on the
two preceding Sabbaths; but on this, she said she had been able to repeat many chapters of the Bible to herself, and hold worship with her Father in heaven. But it was little thought by her family, that ere the next Sabbath came, she would be joined with the worshippers before the throne. Such, however, there is no doubt was her unspeakable privilege and happiness, since few persons have left more unequivocal evidence of preparedness for the heavenly state. The grace of God had shone forth in her, and by her, with a steady, untarnished lustre for many years; but it is now exchanged for glory,-she has "finished her course," having "kept the faith," and is now wearing the "crown of glory," leaving to her bereaved family and friends an example of unassuming, consis
tent piety, in every way worthy of their imitation. As her life was holy, so her end was peace. The last day she was quite unconscious, effusion on the brain having commenced; she gently breathed out her life, and expired without a sigh.
Her mortal remains were interred in the cemetery at Norwood, by the Rev. John Bunter, her former beloved pastor, on Wednesday, the 5th March, and her decease was improved on the following Sabbath, by the Rev. John Adey, who addressed a crowded congregation in a very solemn and impressive discourse, founded on Revelations, chap. vii. verse 15, "Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them."
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A VISIT TO MRS. ELLIS'S EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT, AT HODDESDON. WE had heard much of this interesting Seminary, and had longed to see it. Our prepossessions in favour of it were all of the most friendly order. But on actual inspection, we found that the half had not been
told us. Everything pertaining to it impressed us delightfully. Its local situation, in the heart of a rich and fertile country, in which nature and art have combined to render the prospect lovely to the eye, is all that could be desired for the health, recreation, and tasteful excitement of the pupils. The antique and splendid mansion, once the residence of Sir Richard Cromwell, in which Mrs. Ellis has fixed her Establishment, is in every way so available for its object, that it may be pronounced unrivalled. The rooms for instruction are so spacious, the sleeping apartments are so airy, and the grounds and walks are so extensive and pleasant, that the visitor is constrained to exclaim, "How admirable are the exterior recommendations of this fine Institution!"
But it is the internal economy of this Seminary for the daughters of enlightened and anxious parents, which most commends it to our conscientious preference. Education is here a thing of life and joy. All goes on with a beautiful exactitude, blended with the most obvious and attractive freedom. The youthful inmates, nearly fifty in number, are the most healthful and happy group we have almost ever beheld. Mental training, of the most substantial order, is so pleasingly combined with physical comfort and enjoyment, that every countenance indicates the moral atmosphere of the place, and the philosophical wisdom and prudential forethought by which the Establishment is regulated.
And there are two things in this Seminary which afforded us the greatest satisfaction,the religious care which is taken of the pupils, and the attention which is paid to the formation of their domestic habits. There is nearly an equal number of the children of Churchmen and Dissenters associated in the Establishment. They go to their respective places of worship on the Lord's-day, where the gospel is preached; and, in addition to the religious training, are visited and regularly instructed by their respective pastors. No jealousy, no strife, and no laxity have been the result. Every young lady, moreover, who enters this Seminary, if her parents do not otherwise ordain, is taught all that pertains to household economy. She is not merely introduced to all the ordinary branches of a sound and accomplished education, but she is made acquainted, practically, with all that may fit her for presiding gracefully and efficiently over all the affairs of domestic life.
We must confess we left Rawdon House