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them; and at the close we have something accident, from a soil that was cultivated for like a synopsis, which cannot fail greatly a more valuable crop. to assist the memory in retaining the In this work, Mr. Barker lays little or substance of what the volume contains. no claim to originality. He admits, that, This latter, we
but think an for what he presents to the reader, he is admirable method, that might be indebted to other publications, from which adopted with much advantage in many he has made selections, the whole of which modern publications, especially such as concentrate their contributions in these are drawn out in a prosing manner to an points — the durability of early impressions, immoderate length. In the technicalities and the importance of a religious eduof creed, the synopsis is less objectionable cation. than the treatise. The objections are
The work is divided into three parts, fairly stated, and as fairly met; and not- which may be denominated biographical, withstanding the observations we have influential, and miscellaneous. Under the in justice been compelled to make, we first of the preceding terms, he has given think that by all who feel a sincere desire brief memoirs of twenty-six distinguished to know their spiritual condition, no one individuals, whose usefulness through life can peruse this work without deriving from may be traced to the serious impressions it much important instruction on the most made upon their minds through religious momentous branches of Christian know- education in their early years. The second ledge.
part furnishes thirteen examples in which The preliminary essay by Dr. Chalmers, the pious exertions, patient labours, and seriously recommends, and strongly enforces, fervent prayers of parents for their children, the duty of self-examination. This he and of instructors for those committed to urges by a variety of motives, arising from their care, have, through unremitting perour fallen condition, the moral obligations severance, been crowned with success. The we are under to God, and those promises third part contains, according to many of grace to help in time of need, with eminent persons, the principles on which which the scriptures abound. The topics a religious education ought to be conductto which
self-examination should be ed, accompanied with numerous observadirected, Dr. C. has brought before us in tions, suggested by experience, and dictated great variety, extending to our actions, our by an intimate acquaintance with human thoughts, and our desires. With an eye nature, and an ardent love for souls. to this, he strongly recommends Mr. In the selections which constitute this Guthrie's "Christian's great Interest,” as volume, the compiler has shewn much admirably fitted to assist the honest in- judgment, having fortified his leading quirer in his search. From this opinion sentiments by an appeal to numerous we think there cannot be a dissenting authors, all of whom, how diversified sovoice, and therefore, by reprinting this ever in their expressions, concur in the treatise, the publishers have added as much grand result, and support his fundamental to the value as to the number of their propositions with accumulation of “ Select Christian Authors,"
evidence that cannot fail to force conviction
on the mind. In collecting and combining REVIEW. — The Parent's Monitor, or
these together, the compiler's industry and Narratives, Anecdotes, and Observations his judicious care.
perseverance are not less conspicuous than
He must have ranon religious Education and personal sacked many volumes, and have passed Piety. By David Barker. 12mo.
over a vast quantity of unappropriate matpp. 376. Baynes. London. 1827.
ter, to reach what he has embodied in the To blend instruction with delight, is an art pages before us. in book-making, which few authors have În some few instances, perhaps, the the_happiness to attain. Many have made questions presumed to be put to children the perilous attempt, but their efforts, are too painful, of which one example peeping through the disguise in which they occurs in p. 187, where little Anna is fancied their ingenuity would be concealed, charged with loving her mother more than their purposes have been defeated by the God, because she could not say that she methods they adopted to ensure success. should love God the more for taking away This does not appear to have been the case her mother by death. This is a test for with the compiler of the volume before us. human frailty too severe." Instances, His aim was utility. To compass this, he however, of this kind, are of rare occurhas introduced variety; and a fund of en- rence; and when we weigh against them, tertainment seems to have sprung up by the number and value of those sentiments
581 Fragments in Verse.- Public Meetings in the Metropolis. 582 in which all concur, we are not disposed to start them from their lonely, and, per- PUBLIC MEETINGS IN THE METROPOLIS, adventure, unobserved retreats.
From a work of this kind quotations are In former years, when the amiable spirit not to be expected; and if given, they of benevolence was less diffused throughcould furnish no specimen of talent or out the British metropolis, the month of use, beyond what their sentences convey. May was sufficient for all its anniversaries. To parents, to teachers in Sunday-schools, April and June were afterwards added, and to young persons in general, this book and it is highly probable that the period will be found highly valuable for the is not remote when more time will be wholesome instruction it contains, notwith- required than all the days of these months standing occasional anomalies ; and this can afford. At present, several meetings will be heightened by the rational enter- are held on the same day, and occasionally tainment, which to ali juvenile readers, a during the same hour, on which account perusal of its pages will afford,
public attention is divided, and several excellent institutions remain unsanctioned
with the presence of individuals by whose Review:- Fragments in Verse, chiefly personal attendance their interests would
on Religious Subjects. By Anne But- have been essentially promoted. But no ler. p. 156.
Whittaker. London. want of honourable countenance or pecu1826.
niary assistance has been experienced in An hebdomadal critic has been exceedingly any department; and notwithstanding severe in his castigation of the volume before they have been numerous, and attended us, and has very unnecessarily hurt the feel- with expense, it will be difficult to find an ings of the fair authoress, whom we doubt instance where the rooms have not been not to be a pious and amiable person ; but crowded, and the contributions not exshe must use caution in coming again before ceedingly liberal. the bar of the public. With every wish to
Several of these meetings we have respect her motives in publishing the pre- attended, and with feelings of pleasure sent volume, we are nevertheless unable to have observed the interest the speakers allow her any high claims to the envied have excited by their manly, eloquent, appellation of Poetess. Yet we blame and animating addresses. A simultaneous not her, but the excessive folly of her impulse appeared to pervade the assemfriends-for
blies, when any statements were given .“ Till the year 1821, she had not the that shewed the march_of benevolence, most distant idea that the construction of a
and the extension of the Redeemer's kingsingle verse fell within her powers ; [and in dom. In these mighty considerations the 1827, she might have partially retained localities of sect and party seemed to be the same opinion ;] but the remarks of a forgotten, and nothing perhaps can tend highly esteemed friend, who casually, but more than these meetings to dissipate that positively insisted that it did, induced her to spirit of bigotry which has so long premake the first effort."--As usual, it goes on
vailed, and to introduce among the memto inform the public, that it is indebted forbers of different churches, the powerful this volume to the importunity of friends, &c. influence of unanimity and love. However, we willingly bear testimony to
The City-road chapel, at the anniversary the good-feeling generally pervading the of the WESLEYAN MISSIONARY Society, volume, and only wish that she had given was crowded to excess. The chairman it in prose, to which the following bears a paid a well-deserved and becoming tribute striking resemblance:
of respect to the memory of the late "I pause, and overpowered with the theme,
Joseph Butterworth, Esq. Several excelAlmost inquire its truth. Say, can it be
lent speeches were delivered, and although That dust and poverty may be allied
the meeting continued from eleven in the To grandeur so sublime ? Can the meagre child morning until nearly five in the afternoon, Of squalid want and misery, be heir To riches so immense ? Consoling fact; no one seemed tired, nor was an intiThe word declares he may, and full reveals mation given that it continued too long. The gracious gloriou
The collections on that occasion, and in The articles included in this volume are the different chapels connected with this thirty-five in number, exhibiting versification institution, on the preceding days, in the in several varieties, from which some har- metropolis, amounted to about £1,300. monious lines might be selected; but in The annual receipts were about £45,380. none of her effusions has the muse taken At the anniversary of the BỊble Soany elevated flights.
CIETY, the statements were clear and
comprehensive, but the unhappy altercations ample, and it is pleasing to add, that
The MORAVIAN Missions proceed
kind. The agency of this system was At the anniversary of the LONDON shewn to be powerful in its energies, and MissioNARY SOCIETY, the information diffusive in its operation, and from its communicated, excited uncommon
continued extension we may hope to see degree of interest; particularly those its effects in every quarter of the world, in branches which related to the changes a more conspicuous manner, when those that had been wrought among the inha- who now receive instruction in their childbitants of the islands in the Pacific ocean. hood, shall come to maturity, and spread To this vast moral revolution the history of among succeeding generations the printhe world can furnish no parallel.
ciples which they are taught to imbibe. The SUNDAY School UNION, held at At the anniversary of the “ PROTESTANT the City of London Tavern, was most SOCIETY for the Protection of Religious numerously attended. Though so early LIBERTY,” Viscount Milton took the chair, as six in the morning, perhaps about 1,100 The meeting was much crowded, by a sat down to breakfast. The chair was highly respectable company of ladies and taken about seven, and the meeting con- gentlemen. The speeches were animated tinued until about ten. The report, both and enlivening. The subjects brought written and oral, was highly satisfactory. under review were calculated to excite From the statements given it appears, interest, and the manner in which they that school education is rapidly extending were introduced could not fail to keep over a considerable portion of the globe. attention alive. Of local oppression some Ireland, poor priest - ridden Ireland, instances were stated, which the laws of seemed to form the principal exception. our country refused to sanction; and The details given in relation to that others were mentioned, in which the interunhappy country, demand the sigh of pity, position of this society sheltered the and the hiss of indignation. But it was defenceless from the menaces of proevident that the barriers established by vincial despotism. The efforts that had the enemies of religious knowledge, had, been made, and that were still making, in many instances, been broken down, to procure a repeal of the Corporation and that light was beaming over this and Test Acts, engrossed a considerable region of darkness,
share of attention; and although doubts The CHURCH Missionary Society, were entertained of immediate success in found, among the clergy and others, many the present state of things in the political powerful advocates. Its utility was made world, it was thought expedient that every apparent to every hearer; much good effort should be made by appealing to the during the past year having arisen from legislature; and all were confident that its active operations. Supported by men perseverance in exertion would ultimately of wealth and influence, its resources are I triumph. To the brilliant speeches deli
585 Public Meetings in the Metropolis.-Gleanings. 586 vered at this meeting, it will be impossible
IX. That the Meeting delight to express to
their noble and illustrious Chairman, VISCOUNT to do justice within the limits that bound Milton, M. P. for the County of York, their our survey; but the best substitute we gratitude and respect. can devise, may be found in the following Of many other religious and benevolent epitome of the resolutions that were passed institutions, not less interesting than those on the occasion :
we have named, the anniversaries were 1. That this Meeting deem it their duty to held in April and May, and several others renew their avowal of the principles they have will be celebrated during the present often promulgated, and to which they adhere: month. Taking them in the aggregate, worship God as his judgment and his heart direct they amount to nearly one hundred, so
II. That this Meeting regret that in England, that their mere names will furnish a cataat the present period, so many cases still annually require the attention of this Society—and logue too voluminous for our pages. From that riots-and disturbances of worship-assess the few, however, that have been menments to the poor's rate--claims of turnpike tioned, the spirit in which they have been pecuniary
demands and many acts of intolerance conducted may be gathered, and taking and oppression, should yet demonstrate the
them as a specimen, the general character utility of the Institution, and require its continued support.
of the whole may be inferred. For this III. That this Meeting learn with sorrow that noble diffusion of benevolent feeling we the lamented indisposition of the Earl of Liverpool, and various political events, during the pre
are indebted to Christianity. sent session of parliament, have prevented those Among the new institutions of May, strenuous efforts for the relief of the Baptist the establishment of a “ SOCIETY for the denomination from various special evils to which they are exposed, aud for the establishment of a Promotion of the PRINCIPLES of the new system of registration of births, which the REFORMATION," may be deemed the imperfection and injustice of the existing laws clearly require :-and, that the Committee be most important. The meeting was coninstructed to take the earliest fit opportunity to vened by public advertisement, at Freeobtain for those matters that attention, from the masons' Hall on Monday the 21st. Lord legislature and government, which they truly Mandeville was called to the chair. Two deserve.
IV. That, they partake the sorrow felt by those bishops and several earls were present, who perceive still in Spain, and even in some Protestant Cantons of Switzerland, an intolerant
and the large room was filled at an early and persecuting spirit ;-but are cheered by the hour with a highly respectable company. successful resistance made in France to attempts The design of the society, as its name in the vast continent of America, the principles imports, is to support the great doctrines of religious liberty appear to be understood and and principles that were established at the upheld.
V. That the conduct of the Committee, in the Reformation, in opposition to the efforts attention they have invited to a general appli- now making, by popish intrigue, to accomcation for relief from the Corporation and Test Acts—and the Resolutions circulated by them, plish their subversion. Few can be ignoare highly approved by this Meeting.- That they rant of what Catholic emancipation means. gladly offer their thanks to the body of Deputies. It is political power; and in the estiDenominations, and to all other Societies who mation of many who demand it, it can have assisted the cause by their labours and advice. And also present grateful acknowledg: than in the extermination of those prin
never be more meritoriously exercised ments to LORD JOHN RUSSEL, M.P. and those other noble and eminent personages, who have ciples which unveiled its_deformity, and expressed their approval of the attempt, and their loaded it with chains. To prevent this assurance of support.
VI. That they present to the Committee during ascendancy is one great object of the the past year their tribute of praise, and hope society; another is, to defend those prinsupply the small annual contribution which alone ciples which have been transmitted to us is required :—and that the Committee for the through the blood of our ancestors, and ensuing year consist of the Treasurer, to be
to expose the sorceries by which they are chosen by the Committee of the Secretariesand of twenty-four Gentlemen, (whose names assailed; and finally, to protect those who were mentioned,) being Ministers and Laymen in may throw off the papal yoke, and emequal proportions. VII. That the memory of ROBERT Steven, Esq;
brace Protestantism. the late valuable and departed Treasurer, will be long and truly revered : and that by his inde. fatigable and beneficent labours for the improve.
GLEANINGS. ment of Ireland-for the circulation of the Scriptures-for the diffusion of the Gospel by the The Caledonian Asylum.-- The ceremonial of Missionary Society, throughout the world-and laying the first stone of the building to be erected for the protection of Religious Freedom, he has for this Asylum, on the New North-road, leading deserved and obtained just distinction and an from Battle-bridge to Holloway, took place on honourable fame!
the 17th ult. in the presence of a numerous and VIII. That to their useful and disinterested
respectable assemblage of ladies and gentlemen. Honorary Secretaries, Thomas PELLATT and
At two o'clock, the brethren of the Masonic fraJohn Wilks, Esqrs. they would also respectfully ternity, and the officers of the Caledonian Asyand affectionately reiterate their thanks-and lum, assembled at the Copenhagen Tavern, entreat them to continue their services.
Maiden-lane ; from which, upon the arrival of his MILTON, CHAIRMAN. ! Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, M.W. Grand
Master, and his Grace the Duke of Leinster, without announced the supposed convulsion of M.W. Grand Master of Ireland, they walked in nature; and the apparently bleeding figure, sur, procession to the site of the intended building ; rounded by numerous lights, was suddenly exposed the brethren proceeding first, in due order, wear- to the general gaze. The effect of this performing the insignia of their order, and bearing their ance was so successful, that many of the females respective banners, implements, &c., and followed shrieked and fainted. Shortly after, the figure was hy the various officers and boys of the institution; taken down, and carried to a sepulehre, gaily the whole preceded by appropriate music. As adorned, having the representation of a Roman soon as the procession reached the ground, where sentinel sitting on the top: After the sermon, the spectators were assembled temporary Col. Rieux and myself walked into the body of the benches ranged around the foundation stone, his church, and were immediately presented with long Royal Higness, aided by the Duke of Leinster wax tapers, intimating the necessity of joining the and others, went through the customary forins procession about to pass through the town ; to of depositing the coins, and the copy of the act which we did not object, as it afforded us the opof incorporation, and of the laws of the society; portunity of seeing the whole population of the and adjusting the stone and proving its position. place, ranged on either side of the streets through Being satistied in these particulars, his Royal which we passed. The beauty of the sex did not Highness gave the stone three knocks with the appear very conspicuous on this occasion. The mall, (the same used by Sir Christopher Wren procession was also graced by the guard of the en laying the foundation stone of St. Paul's' Ca. sepulchre, dressed in white jackets, blue trowsers thedral,) and having strewed the corn and poured covered with black crape, and dark veils concealing the wine and oil over the stone, he delivered the the face. They had high conical caps, with long plan of the building, together with the several feathers hanging over them, which only needed tools used in proving the position of the stone, bells to complete the tout-en-semble, and to afford to Mr. Tappen, the architect, desiring him to a lively representation of Tom Fool's Cap. They proceed forthwith to the completion of the work. were armed with lances and swords.
A man At the commencement of the ceremony, a suitable clothed with a white shroud was performing inscription, engraven on the brass plate to be penance, which consisted in keeping his arm exdeposited in the foundation stone, was read by tended, as in the act of offering something conthe Grand Secretary; and the whole was con- tained in a glass, and intended to represent the cluded by an appropriate address spoken by his nauseous liquor presented to our Saviour. I Royal Highness the Grand Master. The spec- observed that he had a stick passed through his tacle altogether was extremely interesting, the sleeve, so as to support his arm. He, as well as costume of the Masonic fraternity, and of several the guards, marched backwards with a kind of of the vice-presidents and stewards of the insti. pantomimic step. tution, wlio wore the full Highland garb, im- Wash for the Teeth and Gums. – One-fourth parting to it a gay and picturesque appearance, ounce of camphire, one pint of the best brandy, (or which greatly enhanced its effect.
malt whiskey); put one tea-spoonful of the mixture At six o'clock most of the members of the to half a pint of soft water, and it is tit for use. society attended the anniversary dinner at the Do not use a hard brush, the softer the brush the Freemasons' Tavern, his Royal Highness the better; those brushes which have a bit of sponge Duke of Sussex in the chair, supported by Lord fixed to their backs should be used. Saulton, Lord Dundas, Sir William Cumming, Legal Gratitude.-A wealthy lawyer lately left Sir John Doyle, and other gentlemen of rank. a legacy to the house of Bedlam, and, being asked The Royal Chairman kept the spirit of the pro- the reason, said, he had got his money by fools ceeding fully alive, by various interesting ad- and madmen, and thought it but fair to leave them dresses, all of them strongly and feelingly a portion of it at his death. enforcing the claims and advantages of this very Interment of the Dead among the Natives of excellent institution, the object of which is to sup- New South Wales.-(By the Rev. L. E. Threlkeld.) port and educate the children of soldiers, sailors, -The blacks asked me to go to see an interment of and mariners, natives of Scotland, who have died a woman who died yesterday. They borrowed or been disabled in the service of their coun. spades to dig the grave, and when completed, put try, and of indigent Scotch parents resident in some sticks at the bottom to raise the head, and London, and not entitled to parochial relief. The covered the whole with boughs very neatly. Three boys, as usual, marched round the room, habited men stood in the grave, and an old woman stooped in the Highland dress, and preceded by a High- down to the corpse, which was wrapped in sheets land bag-piper, each of them bearing testimony, of bark; she opened the part over the ear, and in his healthy and contented countenance, to the spoke to the dead body, saying, " Boang-ka-leah, care paid to his comfort and improvement.boang-ka-leah, weah-lah ugaahrun; buhn, buhn, The subscriptions announced by the treasurer buhn, wonnun ngaan bah unte kaploah ;" which, amounted to 1,3001.
rendered into English, is, “ Stand up, stand up Gretna Green Certificate.--The following is a speak to us, kiss, kiss, kiss, whenever we pass this copy of a Gretna Green marriage certiticate, in place." The corpse was then put into the hands of the original spelling :-" This to sartafy all per- the three men in the grave, who deposited it care. sons concernid, that Andro Black from the paris fully on the green boughs, amidst the lowl that was of Clunie, Aberdinshre, and Marget Grem from the instantaneously set up when the body was received same place, both cam before me, and declared by them; this cry continued until the grave was themselves both to be single persons, and now filled, when a man swept it very carefully with a mayried by the form of the Kirk of Scotland, and branch. A stick with which she used to walk was agreible to the church of England, and givin ondre stuck upright on the grave, just over her head, my haud this 18th day of March 1775."
which concluded the ceremony. The stick is put 'Good Friduy as observed in Colombia :-(From there for her use when she rises from the dead, but Captain Cochrane's Travels.)-Went to the church when that will be, they do not as yet know. Many, about eight o'clock in the evening, with Col. Rieux. no doubt, are buried alive ; for as they were binding The curate, a young man, preached with great her up in the bark yesterday, making great lamenenergy, and violent gesticulations, in a sing-song tation, perceiving a pulsation in the neck, I tone. The majority of the audience was women, requested them to desist, and pouring a few spoon. and the church so excessively crowded, that we fuls of wine down her throat, she so far recovered could only obtain entrance through the vestry, and as to be able to speak, but nature was too much might be said to be behind the scenes. Hence we exhausted ; she appeared starved, and in the aftersaw a figure, represented on a cross, and intended noon she expired. Their state is most deplorable for our Saviour, which was veiled from the rest of when in sickness, and many, I feel persuaded, the congregation by a dark curtain. The preacher perish from want, in the midst of this civilized having arrived at the proper part of the sermon, Christian people, who are the possessor's of their describing the agonies of Christ, stamped his feet land, and the involuntary destroyers of their food. and at the second stamp the sombre veil fell from The Plough and the Fiddle-The question o. before the figure, whilst a discharge of cannon productive and unproductive labour is thus stated,