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delivered by the Rev. G. T. Bedell, D. D.; also the History of the Bible Classes of St. Paul's Church, which was written by Mr. Allen in England, and published since his death for the benefit of his family. Philadelphia.
Lifo of Sir Isaac Newton. By David Brewster, L. L. D. Edinburgh and New York.
Female Scripture Biography: including an Essay on what Christianity has done for Women. By Francis Augustus Cox, A. M. 2 vols.
The following are British Publications. Third and last volume of the History of the Christian Religion and Church during the three first centuries; translated from the German of Dr Neander. By Henry J. Rose, B. D. London.
The Sacred History of the World, from the Creation to the Deluge, attempted to be philosophically considered, in a series of Letters to a Son. By Sharon Turner. London.
Tod's Life of Cranmer, 2 vols. 8vo.
BIBLICAL AND PHILOLOGICAL.
A Hebrew Grammar, with a copious Syntax and Praxis. By Moses Stuart, Professor of Sacred Literature in the Theological Seminary at Andover. Fourth edition.
Coleridge's Introduction to the Study of the Greek Poets. Philadelphia.
Polymicrian Edition of the New Testament, with a centre column, contain. ing References, Explanations, &c. illustrated with Maps. New York.
A new and condensed edition of Taylor's Calmet's Dictionary, 1 vol. imperial 8vo. Boston.
Hurwitz's Hebrew Etymology and Syntax. Edinburgh.
Grammatik der hebraischen Sprache des A. T. in rollstandiger Kurze neu bearbeitet ron Georg Heinrich August Ewald, a. 0. Professor zu Gottingen. “Ewald's Compendious Hebrew Grammar," 8vo. pp. 304. [The German philologists, while they plead for the necessity of copious Grammars, seem to feel that something of a less appalling kind is demanded for beginners; and there. fore both Gesenius and Ewald, (the only two men who seem to stand on the highest platform of rivalship,) have compressed into a small compass the substance of their elaborate works. The great aim of the Gottingen Professor appears to be originality, and especially an antipodal opposition to Gesenius. A necessary result is much obscurity, much hypothesis, and perhaps some error. The work displays immense research, and opens some veins of interesting inquiry on the subject of vowel changes, but compares ill with the lucid arrangement of Gesenius' Elementarbuch.]
Lovett's Revelation of St. John. 8vo. London.
Worcester's Scriptural Biography, accompanied with an Atlas. 12mo. Boston.
SERMONS AND ADDRESSES. Spruce Street Lectures. Lecture I. «The Inability of Sinners considered.' By the Rev. Dr. Fisk. Lecture II. “The Fall of Man and its Effects.' By the Rev. Dr. Janeway. Philadelphia. Russell & Martien.
An Address delivered to the Graduates of Dickinson College, on Wednesday, September 28, 1831. Carlisle. pp. 21.
The Christian Citizen; or the duty of praying for Rulers. Two Sermons, preached in the Chapel of the Theological Seminary, Andover, on the State Fast, April 7, 1831. By Ebenezer Porter, D. D.
Influence of Religion on Liberty. A Discourse in commemoration of the landing of the Pilgrims, delivered at Plymouth, Dec. 22, 1831. By the Rev. B. B. Wisner.
Salvation achieved only in the Present Life, requiring a resolute Effort, and forfeited inexcusably by the neglecters of the Gospel. A Sermon from Luke xiii. 24. By the Rev. Samuel H. Cox, D. D.
The Methodist Preacher, or Monthly Sermons from living Ministers. Edited by Shipley Wells Wilson, Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Vol. 1 and 2. Boston, 1830. pp. 194 and 202. 8vo.
MISCELLANEOUS. The Friend. A Series of Essays, to aid in the formation of fixed principles in Politics, Morals, and Religion, with Literary Amusements interspersed. By S. T. Coleridge, Esq. . First American, from the 2d London edition. Boston.
[This may truly be termed a farrago; but it is such a one as Coleridge only could concoct. There is here finc criticism, classic wit, poetic dreaming, and some grains of sound doctrine, but so obnubilated with the fumes of German metaphysics, that we become giddy, and lose all power of comprehension. It reminds us of the sounds produced by a noble organ, out of tune. Mr. Coleridge stands up for the defence of orthodoxy; but his orthodoxy does not strike us as genuine or safe. By giving to the Atonement an influence merely subjectire, he nullifies the whole doctrine of sacrifice and expiation, and travels half-way to Socinianism.)
The Christian Offering for the year 1832. Bound in embossed leather, and embellished with elegant engravings. Boston.
Babington on Education. With a Preliminary Essay, by T. H. Gallaudet.
Dr. Young's Egyptian Dictionary. London and Edinburgh.
Clarke's Scripture Promises. With an Introductory Essay by Dr. Wardlaw.
Rev. J. Latrobe on Church Music, 8vo. London.
pp. 110. 8vo.
The Constitution and Laws of the Board of Education of the General Assembly. 1831. Philadelphia.
Pulpit Oratory in the time of James the First, considered, and principally illustrated by original examples, A. D. 1620, 1621, 1622. By the Rev. J. H. Bloom. London.
The American Infant School Singing Book, designed as the first book for the study of Music. By E. Ives, jr. Principal of the Philadelphia Musical Seminary.
The entire works of the Rev. Robert Hall, with a brief memoir and sketch of his Literary character, by Sir James Mackintosh; and a sketch of his character as a Theologian and a Preacher, by the Rev. John Foster. Published under the superintendence of Olinthus Gregory, L.L. D. 6 vols. 8vo. London.
The Biblical Cabinet Atlas, containing finely executed engravings of all the tribes and countries mentioned in Sacred History. London.
Anecdotes, Religious, Moral, and Entertaining. By the late Rev. Charles Buck, author of the Theological Dictionary. Alphabetically arranged, and interspersed with a variety of useful observations. Two vols. in one. J.C. Rickes. New York. pp. 202 and 190. 8vo.
Errata in the last No. of the preceding volume.
p. 459, line 6th from bottom, for communion read circumcision. p. 583, line 10th, for pretty interrogatories read pithy interrogatories. p. 584, line 27th, for reasonable read seasonable.
Book on the Soul, First part. Book on the Soul, Second
part. By the Rev. T. H. Gallaudet, 8C
THERE is, perhaps, no field for benevolent enterprise, which has been more neglected, or which promises a richer harvest to the cultivator, than the preparation of suitable books for children. It is somewhat surprising that the attention of philanthropists has been so little turned to this subject, and that while so much has been published of late on the importance of education, and of commencing our efsorts early, so little has been done in the way of furnishing the means of communicating knowledge to the minds of children. At first view, it seems an easy task to prepare such books as are needful for the instruction of youth; yet when we come to ponder the subject deeply, we cannot but confess, that it is a work of extreme difficulty. We do not speak of the elementary books which are needful to teach the art of reading: these, however useful, communicate no instruction to the mind; they only furnish one means of acquiring knowledge. We refer to books adapted to the minds of children in the several stages of their developement, and which are calculated, especially, to train the thoughts, to teach the young idea how to shoot;' and by which their
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faculties may be invigorated, and habits of distinct and correct thinking established. It is, in our estimation, a common and pernicious error in education, that the first and principal object should be to store the mind with knowledge: for the chief end at which we should aim is, to prepare it for the acquisition of knowledge. Until the faculties are developed, exercised, and invigorated, the communication of knowledge, to any considerable extent, is impossible. The memory may, indeed, be loaded with ideas on a great variety of subjects; but this is not the way to acquire useful knowledge: The mere accumulation of ideas in the memory, tends rather to weaken than to strengthen the mind. Even the best books are in a great measure useless, until the mind, by various exercises, becomes so disciplined, as to be susceptible of improvement from the writings of profound thinkers. Injudicious parents are often misled on this point. They hear a particular author extolled by persons in whose judgment they repose great confidence; and without considering the age or improvement of their children, they insist upon their studying the work which has been so highly recommended. Even grave instructers often fall into this error, and put into the hands of children, books which, however excellent at a future period, can be of no manner of use at the present. We have known a case, where a boy of twelve years of age, feeling a desire to begin a course of useful reading, upon applying to his reverend instructer, had the Tatler put into his hands, which he found he could neither understand nor relish. In going into the house of a friend, we observed a little girl poring over an octavo volume; and upon inquiry, found that she was studying “Watts on the Improvement of the Mind.” Often such works as Locke on the Understanding and Butler's Analogy are read when they can be of no real use to the pupil, and when the only effect produced is a distaste for those authors, which cannot afterwards be overcome, without great difficulty. Education is thus far a mere matter of experiment: and we are restricted from making new experiments which might lead to important discoveries, by the preciousness of the material on which we operate. No man, who is wise, is willing that his son or daughter should be conducted along some untried course, to verify some new hypothesis. Still there are many empirics who profess to work wonders with the human mind; and there are parents foolish enough to credit their pretensions,