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The fresh made corpse, and kissed its blandy brow, seasoned, that we look in vain into actual life for the originals, of which we here be- No one can doubt that the occasion hold the pictures. Hence, in many respects, chosen for these lines is essentially pathetic ; the characters are ideal, or existing only in but it must also be admitted, that Mr. Deathe land of Utopia. Douglas, contrasted kins has well known how to make it the with Lefevre, shines with more than com- vehicle of much exquisite poetical feeling. mon lustre; while Lefevre is compelled to The death of the culprit, the shriek of an wear an artificial garb, that his rival friend undescribed friend, the silence which inmay appear in more exquisite trim. As a stantly ensues, and the exclamation of ".

My religious novel, this cannot fail to command son,” from an “old gray-haired man," are the approbation of all who value such com- finely conceived, and admirably expressed, positions; and, if it had never aspired to in the eloquence of brevity. This volume any more exalted title, it would have secur. will be found well worthy the attention of ed a reputation which, being lost through all who love to inhale the atmosphere of detection, and although it has reached the Parnassus. eighth edition, it will never be able to recover.

Review.-- Divines' of the Church of

England. The Works of Dr. Isaac Review.- Portraits of the Dead, and Barrow. Vol. VII. 8vo. pp. 506.

other Poems. By H. C. Deakins. 12mo. By the Rev. T. S. Hughes, B.D. Valpy, pp. 328. Smith, Elder, 8. Co. London. London, 1831. 1831,

This is a continuation of several volumes, The Portraits of the Dead, which are twelve bearing the same common title, which we in number, occupy about two hundred have already reviewed. The name of Dr. pages : the miscellaneous poems are eigh- Barrow is too well known among those of our teen, and fill the remaining portion of the English divines, to require any recommenvolume. Of the former, some are personal, dation. Fame accompanied him in life, and others are only true to character; but and, since his decease, time has not atthe latter are more diversified, though they tempted to tarnish its lustre. all partake of pensiveness and solemnity. The republication of the discourses which All, however, derive some portion of their fill these volumes, is a tribute of respect hues from the colouring of the poet, but we due to the memory of their authors. They are not aware that he has in any case com- carry us back to days when, among our mitted an unpardonable outrage on nature.

divines of the established church, there The following passage from Bertram were giants in the earth; and the re-appearMorrison, the mutineer, led to execution, ance of that piety, learning, and acuteness may be considered as a fair sample of these with which they abound, may serve to sticompositions :

mulate by example the ecclesiastics of “Now pause they in their march, and slowly form

modern times. A space three-sided, and the coffin rests

Dr. Barrow was an honour to the age Upon the turf, and on that coffin kneels The mutineer! How sobb'd each gazer's heart; in which he lived, and Mr. Valpy has transYet all was still, a speechless sultry, silence, Such as precedes the summer's livid storms

ferred a valuable portion of his fame to the Ere rolls the deluge down: it was the hush, The awful hush of death; you might have heard

present, by bringing his works again before Your peighbour's beating heart, and also mark'd the public in this new edition. Its quick pulsations on his varying brow. It was a moment of all eye, all ear, All sense, all feeling, and all life, were fixed,

Review.- Epitome of English Literature The rest mere frozen matter pedestall'd there, He knelt him down upon the coffio's lid;

-Philosophy. Vol. III. Locke. pp. And, clasping his pale hands, raised high to heaven,

427. For the first time his brow, his bloodless lips Stirred like the white leaves of the ash, when they The name of Locke is a passport for a book Are moved by the breeze, a little while He lifted his low prayers above, and then,

to any valuable library throughout the Stooping his brow upon his panting breast, Shutting his eyes for ever on the world,

world; and, as a natural consequence, his And pointing where his spirit would be free,

Essay on the Human Understanding," The signal gave, and died ! Oh what a shriek

from which that name derived its reputaRent the blue welkin, when the crashing tubes Showered the death-shots! Oh! what a shriek arose

tion, can never need either development or From lips that had been sealed up till then,

recommendation. This work, in a conThen paused as suddenly; and there he lay, Canopied by the cloud of curling smoke,

densed form, Mr. Valpy now presents to A lifeless form, a mass of crimson dust. Was there no hand to wash his shattered brow,

the public at a low price, and, unless the And spread the white shrowd o'er his whiter limbs? There came an old and gray-haired man from out

age has greatly degenerated, it cannot fail to That mournful crowd; he knelt him down beside

command an extensive circulation.

As if within the orbed sight alone

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REVIEW HISTORY OF NORTH AMERICA.

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REVIEW.The Sunday Library Selec- Review.--The Works of Jeremy Taylor,

tion of Sermons, from eminent Divines D.D. Vols. II. and III., pp. 431-406. of the Church of England. By the Valpy. London. Rev. T. F. Dibdin. 12mo. pp. 348. These volumes are a continuation of

Vol. IV. Longman. London. 1831. “Divines of the Church of England, with a Tais volume contains some very excel- life of each author, and a summary of each lent discourses, on many important topics discourse, notes &c. By the Rev. T. S. immediately connected with christian faith, Hughes, B.D.” Several of the preceding and with christian practice. They are . portions of this series, having already passed chiefly selected from the works of authors under our notice, but little occasion now still living, or from those of others, who, remains for us to give any additional chanot many years since, appeared on the racter to the work. Its fame is honourably theatre of probation.

established; and the celebrated authors, In these discourses we find a splendid whose names form an illustrious association, display of talent, applied to the investiga- will furnish it with a passport to every welltion of some very abstruse subjects, in a selected library. Jeremy Taylor is a writer manner decidedly superior to that of the of no common renown; and whoever reads generality of writers who have endeavoured his discourses, contained in these volumes, to excite public attention by their composi- will be convinced that he has not been tions. The first sermon, on

“ False Philo. praised without deserving it. sophy considered," by Bishop Huntingford, is a masterly production. With prudent boldness, the author enters deeply into the

REVIEW.— The History and Topography philosophy of ethics, and, with an expan

of the United States of North America, sion of intellect that does him honour, per

from the earliest period to the present mits no trammels to impede his inquiries,

time. By John Howard Hinton, A.M. and no pre-conceived systems to prevent

Parts XVI. to XX. Simpkin. Lonhis discriminations. These sometimes

don. 1831. descend to minute particulars, but, in their The former portions of this elegant work, final arrangements, tend to distinguish, by we have several times taken occasion to indelible marks, the false philosophy from notice. Its engravings are of a superior the true.

order, and in every department the work is The two last discourses, by Archbishop admirably executed. The twenty parts Laurence, on the doctrine of Predestination, now before the public, containing the hisdisplay much acuteness, and much polemi- tory of the United States, will complete cal ability, without being avowedly contro- the first volume. The succeeding portions versial, or tinged with any of that acrimony will embrace the topography, &c. of this which distinguishes the fiery zealots of rising and mighty empire. party, and is the principal weapon in the In the historical volume now completed, hands of many sectarian champions. To we have found a large portion of valuable the Calvinistic devotee, these discourses matter. The leading facts, indeed, have will not exhibit many charms. “As grafted been long before the world in various pubupon the articles of the Church of England, lications, but in this work the analysis is the Archbishop has triumphantly shewn that clear and unembarrassed, and interspersed the doctrine of Calvin has no exclusive or with many remarkable incidents, in which firm hold; so, in his examination of the the reader will find himself deeply intecivil history of its rise and progress, together rested. The details appear to be given with the texts of scripture which are sup- with commendable impartiality. National posed to warrant the conclusions drawn by prejudices and political attachments.

have its abettors, he has evinced equal tem per of not been permitted to distort facts, nor to investigation, and felicity of reasoning." give an artificial colouring to truth. Such are the observations of Mr. Dibdin, So far as this work has proceeded, its in a prefatory note to these two sermons, claims to patronage are indisputable, and and whoever peruses them with attention, the reputation of the author and publisher and calm impartiality, will be fully con- is too deeply at stake, to sanction any apvinced that he has not over-rated their prehensions of a future deterioration. From merits,

the changes and discoveries which are conThe intermediate discourses have their tinually taking place, under the manageexcellences, but the subjects of which they ment of a commercial and enterprising treat, lie more within the common range of people, the topographical department may sermonizing, and therefore require no par- be expected to abound with original matter. ticular observations,

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continued extension of trade, and the im- deeply interested. It is an excellent little provements constantly making in arts and book. sciences, will also furnish fertile sources of 7. A Sermon preached in York-street, information; and these, the author well Manchester, March 13th, 1831, on the knows how to turn to his own advantage. Death of the Rev. Robert Hall, A. M., by

John Birt, (Westley, London, 1831,) contains, in addition to the pathetic topics usually introduced on such occasions, a tribute

of respect to the memory of the deceased. · 1. Anti-slavery Reporter, Nos. 80, 87, It is an excellent discourse; but so many are as usual filled with details of injustice sermons have been published on this meand inhumanity towards the slaves, that lancholy event, that we feel some delicacy cannot be perused without horror. The in adverting to its distinguishing peculiarities. facts recorded are a disgrace to human na- 8. Modern Infidelity considered with ture. If false, they may be easily detected respect to its Influence on Society, by the and exposed; if true, they cry aloud for the late Rev. Robert Hall, A. M., (Stockley, total abolition of this abominable system. London,) is one of the most masterly proThis little periodical must be a piercing ductions of this justly celebrated man. It thorn in the sides of the abettors of slavery. has been long before the public, but the

2. Scripture Chronology made easy and interest it has excited still remains undimientertaining, &c., by T. Keyworth, (Holds. nished. It is now incorporated in the first worth, London,) is an amusing contrivance volume of Mr. Hall's works, just published; to assist the memory of children in recol- but those who wish to have it in a detached lecting historical events in this department. form at the low price of six-pence, have We think it calculated to be very serviceable. here an opportunity. It is accompanied

3. A Key to Reading, &c. &c. by John with a memoir of the author's life. Smith, (Simpkin, London,) is founded on 9. Welm and Ameliu, with other Poems, sterling principles, and makes its appeal to by James Taylor, of Royton, (Hurst, Loncommon sense. The author intends to teach don,) form a small volume, which comes the rudiments of Grammar without the before us under very peculiar circumstances. drudgery of tasks; and this, we know from The author is a cotton-weaver, and at the experience, may be fully accomplished. The age of twenty-four did not know his letters. methods which he here recommends by In the year 1827 we reviewed his “Miscelexample, if adopted and followed, will laneous Poems," and found in them many speedily lead his pupils to obtain this de- emanations of genius, which he has since sirable end.

cultivated with success. Of the articles now 4. Halifax, a Poetical Sketch, and the before us, simplicity and plainness are the Battle of Hastings, by Thomas Crossley, distinguishing characteristics, though some(Nicholson, Halifax, 1831,) is a neat little times bis muse mounts on a more elevated effort of the muse, to give in detail the wing. “Sir Roland and his Servant-maid," pames of individuals, and the historical “The closing Year,” and “On Woman," events which distinguish this place and its contain many excellent lines. We rejoice vicinity. Mr. Crossley is already well to find that the author has been so liberally known in the neighbourhood Parnassus, patronized by his neighbours. and this little production is not unworthy of 10. Remember Me," a Token of his name.

Christian Affection, consisting of entirely 5. Calmet's Dictionary of the Holy original pieces, in prose and verse, (SimpBible, by the late Mr. Charles Taylor, kin, London,) is a neat little volume, renwith the Fragments included, in eight parts, dered peculiarly attractive by its outward Part I. (Holdsworth, London,) will place decorations, and highly respectable by its this valuable work within the reach of 'mul- valuable contents. It has no engravings. titudes of readers who could have no access but in every other respect it may be ranked to the folio or quarto volumes. It is a work among the annuals which bloom in the of intrinsic excellence, on which all com- depth of winter. Decidedly religious, withmendation is useless.

out being ascetic, its character refuses to be 6. A Catechism for Children, &c., by equivocal; while the originality of all its the Rev. Rowland Hill, (Page, London,) articles will give it a feature of countenance having reached a third edition, is too well which many others want. The prose is less known to be consigned to oblivion. It in quantity than the poetry, but in each contains a vast number of questions and department the compositions are respectable. answers on those important scripture topics, 11. Hymns for Children, by the Rev. in the knowledge of which every reader is W. Fletcher, of Cambridge, (Hailes, Lon

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don,) are rather injured than benefited by Part I., (Stephens, City Road, London,) the preface which precedes them. The au- will place, at one shilling each part, a thor's language in the hymns is adapted to valuable work in the hands of multitudes, the comprehension of the infant mind. His to whom the price, in former years, rendered sentiments are sterling, and the versification it inaccessible. In favour of Rollin's is simple and flowing.

Ancient History, all further observations 12. The Family Memorial, or a Fa- would be superfluous. ther's Tribute to the Memory of Three 17. The Church Establishment founded Children, with Remarks and Admonitions, in Error, by a Layman, (Wilson, London,) by Stephen Morell, of Baddow, Essex, supports opinion by argument; - but every (Westley, London,) is an exquisite little reader will not be a proselyte. On the volume of religious biography. The loss of nature of church establishments many things three children, at a time when the mental may be advanced on each side, and every powers begin to expand, is a severe trial to advocate will have his friends. We have parental affection; but their triumphant no doubt that our national church requires departure from life, in the full assurance of reformation, but we are equally persuaded faith, blunts the sting of sorrow, by destroy- that its abolition, which “a Layman" seems ing that of death. It contains, in three to recommend, would be a national evil. instances, the most unequivocal testimonies 18. The Three Sisters, or Memoirs of to the sovereign efficacy of divine grace. Mary, Jane, and Eliza Seckerson, by .-13. Prize Letters to Students, in Cob their Father, (Mason, London,) we are leges and Seminaries of Learning, by the glad to find in a new and enlarged edition. Rev. Barter Dickinson. A. M., New It is a neat little volume of christian bioJersey, (Westley, London,) we are informed, graphy, which evinces the influence of in a note on the back of the title page, genuine religion on the human heart. To entitled the author to the sum of fifty dol- young persons it can hardly fail to be very lars, awarded to him for their superior instructive, and charity would be usefully excellence. These letters chiefly relate to employed, in giving it gratuitously an ex. the authenticity of the sacred writings, to tensive circulation. the danger of scepticism, and the advantages 19. A Bird's-Eye View of Foreign of saying faith. They are written with Parts, and a Look at Home, by Harry much simplicity of language, but great Hawk's Eye, (Wilson, London,) aims at strength of argument, founded on a com- satire and humour : but the former will not prehensive survey of the momentous topics inflict any mortal wounds; and not many brought under discussion. These leiters by the latter, will, perhaps, ever die through will amply repay the reader for an attentive laughing. The author, however, has in his perusal of them.

lines a shrewd kind of poetical quaintness, 14. The Harmonicon, a Monthly Jour- which, if we do not admire, we are forbidnal of Music, for July, August, and den to despise. September, (Longman, London,) continues 20. Remarks on the Architecture, Sculpboldly to preserve its character; and, to ture, and Zodiac of Palmyra, with a Key the admirers of this tweedling science, it to the Inscriptions, &c., by B. Prescot, cannot fail to furnish a fertile source of (Rivington, London,) is a pamphlet which amusement. It contains many humorous displays considerable research, and one anecdotes, connected with scraps of history, which antiquaries will deem of much imand the names of celebrated men, not only portance. Fac similes of the inscriptions, in our own country, but in foreign parts. in, to us, an unknown character, are given It is a publication which shews the state of in several pages. The dissertation is ably music throughout the civilized world. written ; but whether, at the conclusion, the 2:15. The Voice of Humanity, No. V., author's attempt to decipher these inscrip (Nisbet, London,) is a quarterly periodical, tions has been successful or not, we are which ought to be heard and read in every not competent to determine. He is, howcircle of society. Until this publication ever, to be commended for his endeavour, made its appearance, we had no conception and his effort may induce others to prose that such a frightful mass of inhumanity cute what he has commenced with so much towards the animal tribes existed. In the commendable enterprise. instances of barbarity recorded, sordid interest, and wanton experiment, contend for the palm of superiority, in extorting

CELESTIAL PHENOMENA. -OCT. 1831." groans from their common victims.

The Sun enters Scorpio on the 24th at 3 . 16. Rollin's Ancient History, to be minutes past 4 in the morning ; his semicompleted in twenty-one monthly Parts. diameter on the 1st is 16 minutes ar?

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tenths of a second ; and on the 25th, 16 mittee of the Sunday School Union, that the minutes, 7 seconds, and 5 tenths.

proposal of a Sunday School Jubilee was The Moon is new on the 5th, at 44 mi. first suggested on December 11th, 1829, by nutes past 9 in the evening; enters her first James Montgomery, Esq., of Sheffield, al quarter on the 13th, at 59 minutes past 11 gentleman well known throughout the reliin the evening; is full on the 21st, at 44 gious communities, as an admirable christian minutes past 8 in the morning, and enters poet, the warm friend of Sunday Schools, her last quarter on the 27th, at 2 minutes and the zealous advocate of every good work. past 12 at night. She passes near Saturn On this occasion, in a letter to the foon the 3d, and again on the 30th. The reign secretary of the Sunday School Union; following conjunctions of the moon and Mr. Montgomery observes as follows: fixed stars are attended with occultations. “It has occurred to me, that a Sunday 2 € Ceti on the 21st at 12 minutes, 24 School Jubilee in the year 1831, fifty years seconds, past 10 in the evening. u Ceti from the origin of Sunday Schools, might: on the 22d, at 12 minutes 38 seconds past be the means of extraordinary and happy 5 in the morning. f Tauri on the same excitement to the public mind in favour of day, at 6 minutes 51 seconds past 12 at these institutions, of which there was never night; y Tauri on the 23d, at 41 minutes more need than at this time, when daily 15 seconds past 7 in the evening; a Tauri, instruction is within the reach of almost or Aldebaran, on the 24th, at 2 minutes 57 every family; for the more extensive the seconds past 2 in the morning; and o education of the children of the poor beLeonis on the 31st, at 1 minute 14 seconds comes, the greater necessity there is that past 4 in the morning.

they should have religious knowledge im-1 The planet Mercury is stationary on the parted to them, which can be done perhaps! 5th, and arrives at his greatest elongation on no day so well as the Lord's.”, on the 12th. Venus passes the Sun at her The friends of Sunday Schools were gear inferior conjunction on the 8th, at half past nerally pleased with this proposal, and the 12 at noon, and is stationary on the 29th. Committee of the Union having considered Mars is too near the Sun for observation the subject, thought it their duty to promote this month : Jupiter is the most conspi- so desirable an object. They therefore cuous planetary object during the even- suggested, that the SUNDAY SCHOOL JU. ings: be is stationary on the 10th. There BILEE should be celebrated on September are four emersions of his first satellite 14, 1831, the anniversary of the birth-day visible this month : on the 6th, at 22 mi- of Robert Raikes, Esq. the founder of nutes 13 seconds past 8 in the evening; Sunday Schools; and accordingly issued on the 13th, at 18 minutes past 10 in the papers, which, among many other things, evening; ou the 22d, at 42 minutes 48 embodied the following resolutions :-to. seconds past 6 in the evening; and on the “1. That the Sunday School Jubilee be 29th, at 38 minutes 37 seconds past 8 in held on Wednesday, September 14th, 1831, evening. An emersion of the second on the anniversary of Mr. Raikes' birth day. the 23d, at 38 minutes 58 seconds past 7 “ 2. That a Prayer Meeting of Sunday in the evening. And an immersion of the School Teachers, either united or in each fourth on the 16th, at 31 minutes 25 separate School, as may be thought most seconds past 8 in the evening. Saturn is advisable, be held from Seven to Eight visible in the eastern hemisphere before o'Clock in the Morning. sun-rise; he is situated in the constellation “ 3. That the Children in the Schools of the Lion. The Georgian planet is still connected with the Auxiliary and Country situated in the Goat; he is stationary on Unions be assembled for Public Worship; the 21st near 21 Capricorni.

the service to commence at Half-past Ten and close at Twelve.

6 4. That at Six o'clock a Public SUNDAY SCHOOL JUBILEE.

Meeting be held in Exeter Hall, for the From the advertisements and notices pub- Teachers of London and its Vicinity, and lished in various ways throughout the that Public Meetings be held at the same united kingdom, great expectations were time in each of the Country Unions. w excited among all the friends of Sunday “5. That a Collection be made at the Schools, respecting the celebration of the Public Meetings, to complete the Jubilee event announced. In no place, however, Offering. we conceive, was a greater intensity of “6. That as Sunday School Unions do feeling manifested on the occasion, than in not at present exist in some parts of this London and its extensive suburbs.

country, it is recommended that in such We learn from an address of the Com- places Sunday School Teachers should unite

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