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Referring to the example of the first Preachers of the Gospel, he says, “If it be not a great duty to follow it, it was not a great virtue to set it.”
Of a church benumbed by petty controversies he thus speaks, with terrific irony :
How can it find time, amid its grave discussing the nature of the fellowshipdisputes, for things so light as Christian or did they hold back the cup of salvaMissions and heathen millions ? What tion from thirsting nations, while they would these paragon societies care, did a agitated the solemn problem, whether generation perish while they deliberated they should lift, ere they drank, the saon the powers of an Elder_did they cramental chalice ? One solace arises violate every feeling of charity in debat- from the fact that these systems cannot ing the obligations of its kiss_did they be Missionary. Their evils and follies embroil every temper of kindness, and are stationary. suspend every instalment of bounty, in
This last extract will strike a sympathetic chord in our own Connexion, exciting either a sad or a guilty response : guilty, in their hearts who have allowed petty discontents and trifling differences to interfere with a cause, the very name of which ought to have forbidden their existence, or annihilated them as soon as they arose ; sad in us, who mourn over these tokens of the destroyer, and remember former days. The glory of our community before God and man, is its warm fellowship with the Saviour in His love to the Heathen. Among the very first vital acts of its independent corporate function, were prayer and labour for the world. From that time till now, as God hath blessed us, the world has had our strength. And our Missions have been blessed with tokens of Divine approbation, such as (let persecution bear the folly of our language) no other section of the church can rival, and such as the voice of words could scarcely make more plain. Alas! how can any, who have a right estimate of the stupendous controversy which is pending between God and sin, find time to hesitate or suspect, while the echoes of God's approval are reverberating through every part of the earth? There is much indignation, but more sorrow, in our complaint. Many among us still cease not to expect that the outpouring of a larger Missionary spirit will be an Elias to modern Methodism, restoring all things. The Lord hear their prayers!
(To be concluded.)
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The Life of Faith in the Son of God chequered story is here; and so fine an illustrated in the Memoirs of Mr. James example of holy, happy, useful living Field, of Cork, formerly Sergeant in the cannot be studied aright without great Royal British Regiment of Artillery. benefit. The biographer has well exeBy Robert Huston. 18mo. John Mason. •cated his task; at once raising a monu-Anost stirring record of providence and ment to departed excellence, and minisgrace. Sergeant Field was no ordinary tering much solid instruction to the man. All the interest that belongs to a living. It will surprise us if the volume do not quickly find its rank, on both scribe Dr. M'Crie's judgment : “It were sides of St. George's Channel, among unfair to measure the value of Sir Anour most popular biographies.
drew's services by what he was able to Memoirs of Sir Anlrew Agnew of effect during his brief lifetime. Symptoms Lochnaw, Bart. By Thomas M'Crie, are not a-wanting on the Continent of D.D., LL.D., Author of “ Sketches of the principles for which he contended. Scottish Church History,” fc., fc. The hearts of Christian churches at Johnstone and Hunter, -A tribute home have been stirred to their depths justly and gracefully paid to virtue of no in sympathy with his sacred mission. common order. Shortly after the death He has, moreover, succeeded in linking of the excellent Baronet, it was our hap- the Sabbath to the advancing causes of piness to insert a sketch of his life; and freedom, of temperance, of education, of we hasten to join other friends of the moral and civic improvement. HenceSabbath-cause in thanking Dr. M'Crie forth the Sabbath will, without fail, take for these ampler illustrations. All who its place in the heavenly train along with love Sir Andrew's memory will be grati- those schemes of beneficence which, fied by tracing here the beautiful fea- aiming at 'glory to God in the highest, tures of his childhood, and the hopeful. breathe peace and good-will toward ness of his youth; the visitations of man;' and which, scattering blessings grace, the yielding of early prejudices, around them as they advance, may usher and the disenchanting of an ardent in the glories of the latter day.” (Pp. mind from the influence of fashionable 418, 419.) gaieties; the brightening of religious Missionary Addresses delivered before views; the increasing glow of deep- the General Assembly of the Church of scated fires, which surely though silently Scotland, in the Years 1835, 1837, consumed the dross of worldly conform- 1839. With additional Papers on Feity; the retirement of Lochnaw, in male Education, and the Danish or which Sir Andrew was trained for his Earliest Protestant Mission to India. special work ; and the consecration of By Alexander Duff, D.D. Johnstone his powers to that worthy object. The and Hunter.–Also, by the same author, resolution once taken, he laboured, and Home Organization for Foreign Misfainted not. Yet humility was the com- sions : being the Substance of an Adpanion, and no less the guardian, of his dress delivered before the Commission of zeal; sustaining it in many a trial, and the General Assembly of the Free insuring its permanence by a commu- Church of Scotland, on Wednesday, nion with the Source of all good.--The November 20th, 1850.-Eloquent, inbiographer, aware of the main difficulty structive, and spirit.stirring. The paper which besets his task, has yet drawn on the Danish Mission, which is reinto the volume a larger variety of inci- printed from the first [Number of the dent than might have been expected. Calcutta Review, is peculiarly interestOpinions may differ as to the policy of ing. certain parliamentary courses which are Report from the Select Committee of here detailed; but few Christian men the House of Lords appointed to consiwill withhold their admiration, or even der the best Means · which Great Britain their reverence, from the fidelity and can adopt for the final Extinction of the consistency which these were the occa- African Slave-Trade. Presented in sion of displaying. “I am resolved,” Session 1850.- The first of a series of said Sir Andrew, as reported by Sir small publications arranged by an influGeorge Sinclair, “ not to compromise, in ential Committee, including a number of any degree, the great principle for which the best friends of Africa. The object I have undertaken to contend. I cannot of this movement is dear to humanity ; consult expediency, or be influenced to and for the reasons suggested by the swerve in the path of duty, by any hope Lords' Committee,-as well as for other (probably a vain one) of obviating oppo- and higher reasons, several of which are sition; and if I can get but one Member well stated in a late “ Circular, "--the to second the motion for the introduction tribute of our humble advocacy cannot of the bill as it stands, believing, as I be withheld. It is plain that the attendo, that its provisions are in strict ac- tion of the country must be at once dicordance with the word of God, I would rected to the subject ; and we take leave rather be the author of such a bill, and to mention a powerful article in the see it rejected, than substitute a less effi- Edinburgh Review, July, 1850,-of cacious anal scriptural measure, though I which the conclusions were briefly given were sure of its being carried." (Page in our own Number for November. 147.) For ourselves, we heartily sub- That paper merits the attention of all who seek the weal of our common race; to the employment of faster transports ; and especially, (we may add, in prospect it has greatly increased the value of the of a most important session of Parlia. living cargo; and the withdrawal of the ment,) of our statesmen and senators. cruisers would, in the judgment of some, That arguments for reversing our past even of the witnesses most favourable to policy, and, in particular, for recalling such a course, lead to the employment the squadron, should be put forth by of a worse class of vessels than those now any leading portion of the press, is to us used in the trade. Finally, we would matter of serious regret; but, we be- report, from a full examination of all the lieve, everything will be gained, for the evidence brought before us, that, in our right side of this question, by a thorough opinion,-1. The past efficiency of the investigation of facts. How far partial cruising squadron has been greatly understatements have contributed to mislead valued. 2. That its cost has been much the public mind, and how much of the exaggerated. 3. That, with proper prefeeling in certain quarters is due to poli. cautions, it is not an unhealthy service. tical bias, it is not for us to decide. But 4. That to withdraw the cruisers in the closing passages of the Select Com- part, and to administer a regulated slave. mittee's Report shall be put before our trade, (as has been suggested,) would be readers :-“We have taken evidence impossible of execution, no material upon the chief objections urged against saving of the cost of the present system, our present system, and especially and utterly at variance with every past against the maintenance of the squadron. profession of Great Britain on this subThese objections have been :-i. The ject since she abolished the British slaveassertion that the maintenance of the trade. 5. That against the present cost British cruisers enlists the national ho- of the squadron should be set the advannour of Brazil against the suppression of tage of nourishing and maintaining a the trade. From the best evidence we valuable and increasing lawful trade, have been able to collect, we believe which must be utterly extirpated if the that this opinion is wholly unfounded, cruisers were withdrawn, and which and that, on the contrary, the Anti- might be developed to an unlimited exSlavery party in Brazil, and a large and tent if the slave-trade were suppressed. increasing party in Cuba, are unanimous 6. That to abandon the suppression of in desiring the maintenance and success the trade, to which, in the face of the of our cruisers. 2. The assertion, that whole civilised world, Great Britain is an unrestricted Slave Trade would soon solemnly and repeatedly pledged, would extinguish itself, through the fears which be a fatal blow to her national honour. would be excited in Brazil and Cuba by 7. That there is every reason to believe an unlimited importation of Africans. that the present system is susceptible of This opinion, so far as it applies to Bra- a large and immediate increase of effi. zil, the great market for slaves, appears ciency by the adoption of such improve. to us to be wholly unsustained by the ments as we have recommended; and evidence we have taken. The vast that, if these improvements be adopted, tracts of virgin land as yet uncultivated aided by the other measures recom. in Brazil allow of the scattering of an mended, there is reason to believe that unlimited number of new hands; and it this great object may be speedily and is only the combination of newly-imported certainly obtained.”. Africans which is dreaded. 3. The Outline-Charts of General History, in allegation, that the existing squadron large Type adapted to Class-Teaching, increases the sufferings of the transported and for general Use. By T. Watton, African. Even if this had been estab- Author of “ Historical Centuries,” and lished, we do not conceive that it would Master of King Edward's Gem-Street have been a sufficient reason for with School, Birmingham.—These charts, ten drawing the squadron, since the suffer- in number, exhibit-Leading Events of ings of the transported Africans, fearful Ancient and Modern History ; Scripture as they are, form the least evil of a sys. History; Grecian, Roman, Eastern Emtem which fills the populous continent of pire, English, Scottish, French ; and a Africa with intestine war, insecurity, General View of the principal European and bloodshed. But, further, we cannot Monarchies. They are carefully preconclude, from the evidence before us, pared, and likely to render good service. that these sufferings are increased by the A Plea on behalf of Drunkards and presence of the British squadron, when against Drunkenness. Ву Thomas compared with the horrors of the middle Guthrie, D.D., Edinburgh, Author of passage, even under the regulated trade. “ Pleas for Ragged Schools." JohnThe presence of the squadron has led stone and flunter.---Worthy of the
Weary with toils, I would repose
My feeble soul upon the Lord; Forgetful of my griefs and woes,
I rest alone upon His word; And prostrate at my Master's feet, And there a wait the welcome greet.
My youth and prime are fled away,
My strength decays to feeble age ; My senses dull by slow decay,
I scarce can read the sacred page; But He who did my heart inspire, Hath left behind the Prophet's fire.
benevolent author; and auspiciously commencing a series of pamphlets, to be issued by the “Scottish Association for the Suppression of Drunkenness.”
Psalms and Hymns. By Joseph Sutcliffe, A.M. Second Edition, improved. John Mason : Seeleys : Hatchards.Two hundred psalms and hymns from the pen of one of the most venerable among living Ministers. Nearly fifty have been lately added, including many for little children. It is truly refreshing to see such alacrity of mind, joined to such warmth of heart. Here is a glow of feeling, of imagination, and (best of all) of holy love to God and man, which the snows of hoary age cannot quench. Mr. Sutcliffe's lyre is always in tune for the praise of Christ. In a wide range of evangelical topics he is quite at home; as if rehearsing the everlasting song in which he hastens to join. We cannot resist the inclination to give an example or two;-one from the version of Psalm Ixxii., and another from a hymn which may be called The aged Preacher's Soli. loquy. The former may better illustrate Mr. Sutcliffe's manner; but those who love touching simplicity and fine feeling
and fine feeling will acknowledge that the latter is not without a special charm.
My soul, regret not wasted years,
Since gleanings in thy hand remain : Regret not all thy toils and tears,
Nor all the ills that gave thee pain: Thou hast not spent thy strength for nought, But gather'd souls that Jesus bought.
For, though I die, the cause shall live;
I see a youthful race arise;
And start with joy to win the prize :
Give the King Thy judgments, Lord,
Ile shall cause the truth to reign, Crimes shall not His sceptre stain ; All the hills shall bring Him peace, Mountains drop with righteousness.
He shall judge the meek, the poor,
Family Prayers, adapted to Portions of the Holy Bible, and chiefly based on the Commentaries of the Rev. Thomas Scott. By William Burt Whitmarsh, one of Her Majesty's Coroners for the County of Wilts. :-Volume 1. Genesis to Deuteronomy. II. Joshua to Esther. III. Job to Ecclesiastes. IV. (In preparation.) Isaiah to Malachi. Ward and Co.-The Rector of Aston Sandford is so well known by means of his principal work, that it cannot be needful to characterise at length these forms of prayer. They reflect many of the Commentator's sterling merits; while, it may be permitted us to add, there are points on which we desire a more adequate expression of the glorious hope of our calling. Mr. Whitmarsh's plan is excellent; and it may be copied with advantage by Christians generally, whether they avail themselves or not of such helps as he is providing. To those who wish to show due reverence for all holy Scripture, and to secure an edifying variety in family devotion, the following passage will commend itself:-" The author may be allowed, without questioning the excellence of many [former] collections, to remark that a character of monotony attaches to the generality of them, tending, after awhile, to induce something like formality and tediousness. He has been led to conclude, that this evil may be remedied by more particularly connecting family prayers with family reading ; so that the precepts and promises of the latter may furnish motives and pleas to the former."
He descends as gracious rain, Watering all the sultry plain; Multiplied shall be the just, While His rebels lick the dust.
Boundless shall His kingdom bo, Unconfined by shores or sea; Where the ships of Tarshish sail, Every land His name shall hail.
Afric's stores of shining gold,
IIe shall live with length of days, Every age His name shall praise ; Kings shall bow the willing knee, Hail the Son that makes them free.
Popery in Power ; or, The Spirit of attempt to justify the practice of exciting the Vatican: to which is added, Priest- novelties from the mere fact of their craft, or the Monarch of the Middle having been permitted by Churchmen Ages. By Joseph Turnley. Illustrated who had just cast off the rags of forwith Engravings. Effingham Wilson. mality and self-righteousness......... Why -A piece of literary mosaic. Mr. Turn- should sober Protestantism be dressed in ley gives us prose and verse ; historical the frippery of a formal religion ?" truth, and scenic varieties of descrip- Spiritual Heroes ; or, Sketches of the tion; an interfusion, now of excellent Puritans, their Character and Times. argument, and then of highflown medic By John Stoughton. Second Edition, tation ; innumerable episodes, of most revised and enlarged. John Snow.— In various merit; an Appendix, containing repeating our favourable notice of this much good information ; and a long volume, we are happy to draw attention dramatic sketch of priestcraft in the mid- to an additional chapter respecting Baxter dle ages.—In regard to the last part of at Kidderminster, which Mr. Stoughton the volume, it is hardly needful to say has compiled mainly from unpublished that it does not meet our taste. But the Mss. in Red-Cross-street Library. representations are believed to be, in the Expostulations and Admonitions : an main, strictly historical ; and they fear- Address from the Wesleyan Ministers of fully illustrate the tendency of Romish the Bristol North Circuit to those who doctrine. Proof enough is given, in the have lately left the Methodist Society. more important sections, that Rome is Bristol: N. Lomas.-Earnest, affecthe natural antagonist of civil power and tionate, and most faithful. These apgood government ; that its “secret ener- peals (made to the misled, not to the gies and mystic agencies are directed unscrupulous misleaders) deserve to be to "the destruction of every element widely circulated. which has denied its infallibility or su- The Bath Fables : on Morals, Man.
The reigns of Henry II. ners, and Faith. With Illustrative and Richard Caur-de-Lion are selected Prose, from many Writers of Celebfor review ; and the Crusades lead the rity. By Sheridan Wilson, F.S.A., fc. author to imagine certain resemblances Second Edition. Longmans. Bath : (while, however, he omits the points of Binns and Goodwin.-The fabulist discontrast) between the religion of the False plays considerable ability. He is zeal. Prophet and that of the Seven Hills. ous in the cause of those whose watch. The book is addressed “to wavering words are, “Free Trade," « AntiProtestants who seem captivated by the Draço," “ International Arbitration,' cymbal and dulcimer of Tractarianism." &c. ; but still more zealous in his hostilIn the author's just esteem, this is “a ity to all-grasping Romanism. The foe in the camp of Protestantism, con- warfare of this day demands Protestant stantly using its alliances and sympathies artillery ; but it needs not disdain the for the diversion of the minds of Protest- occasional use of lighter weapons. The ants." A few prefatory sentences may influence of popular verse is proverbial. be transferred to our pages, as being most Myth, or fable,-being (according to seasonable, and meriting grave attention: Snidas) “a fiction imaging truth,”
_“ How many unsteady Protestants may serve to arrest attention, and to fix have become Tractarians, and, when per- in the memory great practical lessons. fect Tractarians, have been deemed pre- Secret Prayer, and its accompanying sentable tu the court of the Papacy! Exercises. By the Rev. James M'Gill, From that moment they become alien- Hightae, Lochmnben. Third Edition, ated from Protestant England and Eng- Glasgow : Bryce. London: Hamilton, land's beloved Sovereign, for they Adams, and Co.—A very good practical acknowledge another Sovereign.
book. "The rubric (of the Church of England]
Elements of Physical Geography, may require alterations in common with with Outlines of Geology, Mathematical other books, such as statute law and Geography and Astronomy, and Quespandects of science : but where is the tions for Examination. By Hugo Reid. true lover of his profession, and of his Oliver and Boyd: Simpkin, Marshall, fellow-men, who would take up the most and Co. obsolete and objectionable parts of those King Alfred's Poems, literally trang, books as most worthy of practical use ? lated, from the Anglo-Saxon, into thirty The rubric, like many statutes of civil English Metres. By Martin F. Tupmatters, was made under special circum- per, D.C.L., F.R.S., Author of “ Prostances; which a good Churchman would verbial Philosophy," fc. A. Hall, Virfreely take into consideration, and not tue, and Co.