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10.-Julia of Baiæ; or The Days of Nero. A Story of the
Martyrs. By the Author of “ The Merchant's Daughter," “Virginia," a Christmas Bells,” etc., etc. New-York: Sax. ton & Miles. Boston: Saxton & Pierce. 1842. pp. 260.
This is an interesting book of fiction, interweaving much that is fact, and conveying to the mind of the reader many beautiful impressions of the scenery of Italy, and many strik. ing incidents in the history of the times of Nero. That cruel monster is appropriately depicted, and the sufferings of the Martyrs under his reign graphically portrayed. The book will undoubtedly be acceptable to the youthful portion of the community, and where fiction is employed to attract, we prefer that it shall be used to throw a charm around such and kin. dred subjects, as the author of Baiæ has selected.
11.-The Salem Belle : A Tale of 1692. Boston: Tappan &
Dennet. 1842. pp. 238.
The design of this little book is to exhibit some of the prevalent superstitions of the 17th century, and to caution the public mind against the prevalence of others equally to be deplored. We seem not to have advaneed far enough yet in civilization and Christianity to be exempt from the most ridiculous superstitions and most flagrant fanaticism. 12.- A Grammar of the German Language. By George Henry
Noehden, LL.D. From the eighth London edition, by Rev. c. H. F. Billoblotzky, Ph. D. With alterations and large additions, chiefly from the Grammars of Dr. Becker. By Rev. Barnas Sears, D.D., President of the Newton Theological Institution. Andover: Allen, Morrill & Wardwell. 1842. pp. 452.
We have before us the grammar announced as forthcoming in our October number of 1842. We expected a good, well digested grammar, and we are by no means disappointed. In the first place, Dr. Noehden's grammar has deservedly sustained a high reputation both in England and in this country. Few men were better qualified to prepare a grammar of the German tongue. Educated at Göttingen, having thoroughly studied the principles of the German language, and of universal grammar, and afterwards spending many years in England as an instructor in German, he possessed himself of the knowledge requisite for the preparation of a grammar adapted to the wants of English students. Then, Dr. Becker has greatly contributed to simplify a knowledge of the syntax of the Ger.
man language, and this syntax has very properly been substituted for that of Dr. Noehden in the present edition. And again, Dr. Sears is one of the very few men in this country qualified to do justice to a German grammar. He is intimately acquainted both with the structure of the German language and with his own, and in the preparation of this grammar has shown himself to be not a mere compiler, but an original thinker.
We consider it decidedly the best German grammar for students of that language yet published in this country. The list of irregular verbs is very convenient and complete; whilst that of grammatical terms, that of abbreviations, and the index, add greatly to the usefulness of the work.
The book is well and accurately printed. 13.—Lucilla ; or the Reading of the Bible. By Adolphe Monod.
Translated from the French. New-York and Brooklyn: Robert Carter. 1843. pp. 240.
Adolphe Monod is so well known to us by report as a Protestant minister of fine talents and ardent piety, that this little book from his pen will be welcome to many households. It is intended to meet the infidelity and Romanism of France; but is adapted also, in many respects to our own land. We have here a secret and widely-spread infidelity, as well as bold efforts of Papists, to overcome. It may be said of the author that he knows that, whereof he affirms; and whilst his reason. ing is forceful and conclusive, his spirit is meek and lowly.
The book is written in the style of dialogue, and the interest is well sustained : we hope it will be extensively read, and that the excellent author shall yet live to write many more such books.
14.-Christ our Law. By Caroline Fry. New-York and
Brooklyn : Robert Carter. 1842. pp. 72.
Christ is held forth prominently, and made, as he ever ought to be, all in all. Christ is our law : in his sovereign Love-his Incarnation and Substitution-his justifying Righteousness—in our Responsibility to him in his regenerating Spirit—in saving Faith-in the obedience of Faith-in Repentance unto Lifein his sanctifying Grace-in his holy Ordinances—in our Union and Communion with him. These are the subjects of the successive chapters, and they are treated with great good sense, and in a vigorous style.
In her preface, Miss Fry says: “ The time seems at hand when we shall all have to retreat upon the strongholds of our faith ; when they that teach, and they that learn, and they that keep the watch-tower, or go forth to the battle-field, will be compelled to do for a declining church, what for an advancing one the Apostle forbids to be done: to maintain the principles of the doctrine of Christ,' instead of going on unto perfection;' to 'lay again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God ;' in order to preserve and strengthen and encourage those that stand, if we may not renew again to repentance those that have fallen away.' 15.—The Writings of Jane Taylor. In three Volumes. Containing
Memoirs and Correspondence ; Poetical Remains ; Essays in Rhyme ; and Contributions of Q.Q. New-York: Saxton & Miles. Boston: Saxton & Pierce.
Jane Taylor is so well known and so highly appreciated, that we presume the publishers of these volúmes will find themselves compensated for their outlay, in the ready sale of the work. True, many are in possession of some of her fugitive poetical effusions, and of the Contributions of Q.Q., yet those who admire her writings will wish to have the three volumes in uniform binding. The Memoir and Correspon. dence, digested by her brother, Isaac Taylor, also favorably known to the public, must greatly enhance the value of these volumes.
For the young, Jane Taylor has written much that is entertaining and instructive. Parents will find in these volumes wholesome sentiments, clothed in chaste and appropriate language-such as they can safely instil into the minds of their children. Many, now grown to manhood and womanhood, probably remember some of her choice lessons, early committed to memory, under the direction of a fond and judicious mother. 16. Universalism examined, renounced, and exposed, in a series
of Lectures, embracing the experience of the author during a ministry of twelve years, and the testimony of the Universal. ist ministers to the dreadful moral tendency of their faith. By Matthew Hale Smith. Boston: Tappan & Dennet. 1842.
The author of this book has been himself a Universalist minister, and has recently announced his conviction of the truth as it is in Jesus. He now undertakes to reason with his
former friends, and to show them the instability of the foundation on which they build. For although he once built on the same, he now feels satisfied that it must have been swept from beneath him at the day of judgment, and left him a wretched soul on the shores of eternity: We consider him a qualified witness in the case, and hope his book may fall into the hands of many of those with whom he once walked to the place of worship in company. And as in the cause of temperance, the testimony of those who were once besotted is of more avail towards the reformation of others, than any other means, we may hope that the argument of Mr. Smith will be successful in convincing multitudes of Universalists of their error, and leading them to the acknowledgment of the truth.
The volume embraces several lectures, giving an account of Mr. S.'s early life, and of the means of his conversion, with a refutation of the reasonings on which Universalists rely: and although not evincing a mind of uncommon acuteness, it is written from such a stand-point as gives the author a great advantage over those who may have written on the same subject with more acumen and learning. We think the book adapted to do much good, and we trust the day is not far distant, when those who disbelieve in the doctrine of a Hell, will see that they, at the same time, deprive us of a Heaven. Both rest on the same basis—the same principles of interpretation. 17.—Old Humphrey's Addresses. By the Author of Old Humphrey's Observations. New-York and Brooklyn : Robert Carter. London: Religious Tract Society. 1842. pp. 252.
We have seen and read this book before, in another form: but we think Mr. Carter is doing the community a good service by republishing it in a new dress, and so as to make it easily purchasable. Old Humphrey, with his "stump of a pen in the infirm hand of an old man,' writes, nevertheless, in a very lively, interesting style. And he that is won to read the book, we doubt not, will rise from the perusal profited. We knew a young man who, after reading the essay on blankets, in the beginning of winter, was prompted at once to set about raising funds for the purchase of blankets for the poor of his own vicinity, and succeeded, to the great comfort of many destitute families. Let old Humphrey be read and reread, and the heart will be moved, and prompt the reader to deeds of benevolence, and lead him, like his master, to go about doing good. SECOND SERIES, VOL. IX.
18. Puseyism ; or the Errors of the Times. By the Rev. Robert
Ferguson, Minister of Brickfield Chapel, Stratford, London. London : J, Snow. 1842. pp. 72.
This is a small volume, written in a popular style, intended to guard the mass of the community against the evils which threaten the church, from the spread of Puseyism. It is emi. nently adapted to do good; and the time has certainly come, in England, if not in our own land, when Protestants must be prepared for the inroads of superstitious error. This Puseyism is but a modified form of Romanism, and erelong they will probably discover that they are twin sisters, too long estranged, and will rush to each other's embrace with enthusiastic delight: and it may be, with fanatic hate of all who are without the pale of the mother church--the church, by emphasis.
We did hope the day had gone by, when vain rites and pompous ceremonies should come to be considered as the very essence almost of Christianity-as that without which there is no church, no ministry, no sacraments, no safety. But it seems not. Well! Jehovah is on the throne, and before him darkness will become light-clouds of most portentous gloom, those of most refulgent glory.
ADDITIONAL NOTICES. Just at the last moment we have received :Sketches of Modern 'Philosophy, especially among the Germans.
By James Murdock, D. D. Hartford : John C. Wells. 1842.
We of course cannot now speak of the book from personal inspection, but doubt not it will contain much interesting matter to scholars. The Perpetuity of the Earth; A Discourse preached before the
Premillenial Advent Association, in the City of New York, Jan 1st, 1842. With Notes on the Millenarian Controversy, and Strictures on Professor McClelland's “Manual of Sacred Interpretation.” By John Lillie. New-York: John Moffet.
1842. Emma, or the Lost Found; or Reliance on God Rewarded.
New-York: Dayton & Newman. 1843. pp. 193. The Scripture Alphabet of Animals. By Mrs. Harriet N. Cook. The Children of the Bible ; As Examples and Warnings. Robert Carter, New-York, has issued new editions of Romaine
on Faith, and Brown's Concordance.