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32.-Discourses; intended as a Keepsake, for the Family

and Friends of the Author. By Jonathan Cogswell, D. D., Professor of Ecclesiastical History in the Theological Institute of Connecticut. Hartford :

Elihu Geer, 1842. pp. 201. Octavo. The circumstances in which this unpretending volume has come into our hands, precludes the propriety of criticism. It is printed but not published. It contains ten discoures on the Inspiration of the Scriptures-Necessity of Revelation-the Three Dispensations--Sin and its consequences-Atonement-Justification-Christian Experience-Punishment of the Wicked—the Resurrection-the Judgment. These subjects are all treated in a sober evangelical spirit, it being the design of the author to render these brief discussions useful to such relatives and friends as may receive them at his hands. The volume is beautifully printed, and is altogether an appropriate gift from a clergy man in the evening of life to those friends in whose hands he may wish to leave some memorial of his faith.

33.- Letters to the Young. By Maria Jane Jewsbury.

Third American from the third London Edition.

New York : Saxton & Miles, 1842. pp. 264. These " Letters to the Young," by Miss Jewsbury, have been so long before the public, and are so generally known and appreciated, that it is needless to say more, than that the present edition is neatly executed, and contains three letters and a poem not included in the former editions. The title of the poem is The Lost Spirit," and the subjects of the new letters, “Slight Enjoyments, their use and importance""The Influence and Non-Influence of Christianity”—“ The Character of Christ.” These additions are gems. 34.- Age of the World, as founded on the Sacred Records,

Historic and Prophetic; and the Signs of the Times,viewed in the aspect of premonitions of the speedy establishment, on the earth, of the Millennial State, by the second personal, premillennial advent of Christ, etc. etc. By the Rev. Ř. C. Shimeall, Presbyter of the Prot. Epis. Church in the Diocese of New York, New York: Swords, Stanford & Co.,

1842. pp. 364. Another book on the Prophecies! We have only space to say of it, that it indicates research, and that the conclusions

at which the author arrives are these—that in 1847 the Lord Jehovah will appear for the restoration and re-establishment in Palestine of the seed of Abraham-that there the sanctuary shall be cleansed, then will be the last end of the indignation, and the extinction of the Turkish Empire and of Mystic Ba. bylon. 35.- A Memoir of India and Avghanistaun, with observations

on the present exciting and critical state of those countries. With an Appendix, on the fulfilment of a text of Daniel, and the speedy dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. By J. Harlan, late Counsellor of State, Aid-de-Camp and General of the Staff to Dost Mahommed, Ameer of Cabul. Philadelphia : J. Dobson,

1842. pp. 208. This book will be found especially interesting at the present time, coming from one who has spent eighteen years amid the Pagans and Mohammedans of the East, having been first a surgeon in the service of the East India Company, but afterwards Generalissimo of the forces of Dost Mohammed, reigning Prince of Cabul. The volume contains interesting information of that comparatively unknown country, and much elucidation of the recent British operations there. It will be seen that the General is not very friendly to the British system of operations, and that he differs materially on many points from Count de Björstjerna, of Stockholm, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of Great Britain, whose work on India is pronounced, by the English, the best in our language. The volume contains a map of Cabul and the vicinity. We may here be allowed to remark that the General is preparing a personal narrative of his resi dence in Asia. 36.- A History of the Christion Church, from the earliest

ages to the present time. In four volumes. Vol. I. Containing the History of the Church during the first and second centuries. By Ernest L. Hazelius, D.D. Prof. of Theology in the Theol. Sem. of the Luth. Synod of South Carolina. Baltimore : Publicalion Roonis No. 7 S. Liberty street. New York : D. Appleton & Co., and Dayion & Newman. Boston : Tappan & Dennet, and Crocker & Brewster. Cincinnati : E. Lucas. Pittsburgh : C.H. Kay & Co.

1842. pp. 277 There is not much probability of a History of the Church

becoming popular, unless there is something special about it to recommend it. Ordinary works of this description are sufficiently numerous, whilst excellent ones are equally rare, particularly in our language. We should think the work of Dr. Hazelius not very suitable for a text book in Theological Seminaries, as it is wanting in authorities, and too frequently cumbered with discussions and inferences, which would be in our estimation more appropriate elsewhere. The author's aim, however, in his own language is : “ by facts and documents to put forth the main principles of the Christian religion, to show that these are found in the confessions of all our Proiestant denominations, and also, in the same manner, to illustrate the origin of aberrations from the truth, and how that doctrine has gradually arisen, which is exhibited in the council of Trent. Also to exhibit the remarkable providence of God in the origin and progress of the reformation, with a view to show that it was the same providence which we discover in the origin and first progress of Christianity.” These are good aims, and if accomplished satisfactorily in the succeeding volumes, may commend the work to public attention. The first volume embraces seven chapters, treating of the state of the heathen world, and that of the Jewish nation, the rise and progress of Christianity in the first century, its extension in the second, the mode of worship, doctrines and life of private Christians. Under these several topics, matters of considerable interest are discussed and we think, on the whole, a fair, candid representation is made, and such a history given as would be profitable for the mass of Christians to read. We regret that the style is not better, and the errata so numerous.

37.Letters to Persons who are engaged in Domestic Ser

By Miss Catharine E. Beecher. New York: Leavitt & Trow, 1842. pp. 235.

Here is a book somewhat novel-a book of Letters to Domestics; and we are glad that the typographical execution corresponds with the doctrine of the Letters, that "the station of domestics is honorable and respectable.” This is a much neglected and often much abused class of our fellow citizens. How few heads of families manifest that interest in the temporal and eternal welfare of those in their employ, which is demanded by every consideration of expediency and duty.How much are they left to themselves, without advice or admonition. Many have, doubtless, felt the want of just such a

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book, as Miss Beecher has here furnished; and we cannot but hope and believe that ladies, generally, will be glad to put it into the hands of their domestics, and even, in many instances, sit down by their side to read it and comment on it. It contains eighteen letters, touching on all topics connected with the station and relations of those at service in families. Among others, there are observations on the importance of raising the respectability of this station-respectful manners-visitingcompany-religious meetings-health-trials of domestics, and remedies-economy-care of children—dress, manners and language-the way to be happy, &c.

ARTICLE XIV.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

Germany.

Dr. Karl Ferd. Ranke, ordinary Professor of Philosophy at Göttengen, and Director of the Gymnasium there, has been appointed Director of the Frederick-Wilhelm-Gymnasium at Berlin. Some investigations have been made of a fragment of an ancient inscription, consisting of five vertical columns of numbers, found at Athens by C. 0. Müller. The Theological Faculty of Berlin consists of Drs. E. W. Hengstenberg, Ph. Marheineke, A. Neander, Fr. Strauss, A. Twesten, ord. Proff. ; F. Theremin, Prof. hon., J. J. Bellerman, F. Benary, Fr. Uhlemann, J. C. W. Vaike, extraord. Proff. ; H. G. Erbkam, F. A. Philippi, Privatdocenten. Dr. K. Ph. Fischer of Tübingen has become Professor of Theoretical Philosophy in the University of Bavaria. Dr. Ullmann, of Heidelberg has accepted the place of Dr, Augusti, at Bonn, and not Dr. Plucker as stated in the last number. The latter succeeds Dr. Augusti as Director of the Scientific Commission of Examination for the Rhenish Provinces. Dr. Ogbudski has been appointed Professor of the Slavic Languages and Literature in the University of Berlin. This University has 146 Teachers, and 1757 students. Prof. Ewald, of Tübingen has been transferred from the philosophical to the evangelico-theological-Faculty.

Spain. The Minister of the Interior has sent the Director of the royal press into France and Belgium, to visit their Institutions for the Blind, and to purchase materials for printing suitable books and maps, in order to the establishment of a normal school for the blind. - The literature of Spain is assuming a more serious, manly aspect. In the last four months of 1841, there were issued, at Madrid alone, some seventy works on history, education, political economy, etc.— Toreno has acquired great celebrity by his history of the Spanish Revolution, and Eugenio de Tapia, by his history of Spanish Civilization, which is considered the most important work in the present literature of Spain.

Italy. Father Luigi Tosti is writing a history of the convent of Mont Cassino, in which he promises a complete catalogue of its valuable manuscripts. In Florence, there has been formed a society of Artists, the only one in Italy, besides that at Rome. In the vicinity of Florence there has been recently found buried under rubbish, a very beautiful hearth, supposed to have been wrought by Donatello.

Greece.

The number of Instructors in the Otho-University at Athens is 36 ; of students 292 ; Medical 52, Theological 20, Philosophical 53, Juridical 167.

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