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Almighty God changes and purifies the with power absolutely unused. So far hearts, wherein He dwells. We judge as we have seen, knowledge is always from them, that Mr. Housman was a either good or bad; and to increase a man fitted for his post and for the times. man's knowledge, is either to make him We can desire no better thing, than that a better man or a worse. The “intellect” men thus adapted for our own age be with which our author contrasts“ piety,” sent forth by the Lord of the harvest, consists in an acquisition of knowledge, who, amidst the changing aspects of unrestrained by religion, and it is society, remains • alway” with His therefore of course devoted by fallen man Church.


Addressed especially to those who FUL. Pp. 264. from profession or predilection are

Tilt and Bogue. engaged in study. pp. 136.

The patriarch's history is here conWightman, 24, Paternoster Row. sidered in fifteen chapters, whose titles To set moral truth over against intel- are as follows: The Call; The Famine; lectual, and show that the latter appeals The Equivocation; The Return and to a lower order of mind than the for- Parting ; The imprudent Choice ; The mer, is a needful work in this age, Return from Battle; The Encouragment; which seems greatly to err on that head. The Flight of Hagar; The well-governed Thus, the leaning of modern infidelity Family; The Intercession ; The Expulis to the notion that nothing need be sion of Hagar and Ishmael ; the great believed, unless it be so clearly proved that Trial; The Death and Funeral of it cannot be denied; whereas the things Sarah ; The joyful Prospect; The which Almighty God specially requires us Death of Abraham. The book is an to receive, are those which do not force Edinburgh production, and we have no our belief, but so appeal to the mind that idea whether these papers are the subtheir rejection or reception tests (and stance of a course of pastoral addresses; stands inseparably connected with) its but in all probability it is so. They moral condition. Your Socialist would would do credit to a minister of any make man at best a mere mathematical Church. They are clear, forcible,

evangelical. The spirit and tendency of “ Forsooth, a great arithmetician :" the volume is to put the reader on prayer his principles are not adapted to the and effort, that he be a “ follower of this higher region of moral truth ; a fish inheritor of the promises.” It is a work, might as well be looked for flying in the that has our good wishes. heavens. And such an one (as is well said in this little volume) “is but half a

A BRIEF Memoir of W 0

Late Fellow of St. John's College, Our author has done well to contrast Cambridge. pp. 144. these two departments of inquiry, and

Religious Tract Society. has written a very earnest and sensible An affecting Memoir of a young little volume on the supreme importance man of high talent and fervent of religion, and the vanity of inere in- piety, smitten by that destroyer of our tellectual acquirements without it. “The lovely blossoms---Consumption. It was charms and consolations of Divine phi- bis desire to serve God on earth in the losophy," are all very well while life's ministry of the established Church ; and summer lasts; but in trying seasons, as is “it was well that it was in his heart;" here observed, “ the bed is shorter than but the Lord of the Churches, in His that a man can stretch himself upon it, great goodness, ordained not so. This and the covering narrower than that he narrative consists chiefly of extracts can wrap himself in it.”

from his own letters, written from As for knowledge in the abstract, and abroad; and they show the gradual independent altogether of religion, it is ripening of his spirit for the garner of a thing of which we often hear; but of God. It is a little book, well calculated it we will only now say, that it is a thing, to impress the importance of religion which we have no more been able to

upon the youthful mind, and especially find, than we have been able to meet fitted for those, whose delicate health







gives note that they may look to be Mr. Dore's discourse is well and among the early called. We measure : favourably known to a large circle alage by years; perhaps there may be a ready. This is a very neat edition of truer standard ; at all events

it. It is an affectionate exhortation, ori“That life is long, which answers life's great end." ginally addressed to a School in the

neighbourhood of London, and very fit THE ART OF NEEDIE - WORK FROM THE

for a present to a young person at school.

Pastoral advice on recovery from sickIạcluding some Notices of the ancient historical ness, is an interesting theme. The miTapestries. Edited by the Rt. Hon. brance of that season.

nister has many a mournful remem

The trembling The Countess of Wilton. pp. 405.

anxiety is subsiding ; the solemn vow Colburn, Great Marlboro' Street,

is fading into faint resolve; life with its This very lady-like book does great vain pleasures again courts the soul's best credit to the noble individual, whose love. We would wish no better companame is attached to it. It exhibits nion for this important period, than the much shrewdness in many of its remarks, faithful counsel here issued from Olney and completely presents to the reader -rich, favoured Olney. the whole history of the art of needle- The last of these little books is a carework. It is studded with rare and in- ful abridgement (pruned to suit the teresting anecdotes, showing a well changed literary tastes of the age) of a stored mind; and the moral kept in valuable discourse of the seventeenth view is excellent. There is a short, but century. It is a faithful exhibition of interesting chapter, entirely devoted to

that order of truth, that knows not centu66 the needlework of the tabernacle.

ries, but is ever young. It is earnest Neither plebeian nor patrician lady need and scriptural, and speaks to the heart. be un willing to own herself the author of this volume.

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It is right to add, that no notice had Her Majesty and Prince Albert have been given of any other motion, than attended Divine Service at the Chapel "to take the petition into consideraRoyal, St. James's, every Sunday Morn- tion;" which may account for so thin a ing of late, except on the 14th, when House. they were at the afternoon service ouly. Date.

CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Feb. 28.. . Bp. of St. David's.... John xiii. 38.

The Oxford TRACTS. - In the last No. Mar. 7.. Bp. of Chichester.. I Cor. xii. 12–14. 21.. Bp of Lincoln....

(the 90th) of these publications, it is 28.. Bp. of Rochester.... .John viii. 51.

argued, that the Articles of the Church

of England may be so interpreted, as not PARLIAMENTARY.

to condemn the doctrines of Purgatory, On the 18th of March Nr. EastHope Pardons, Worshipping of images, Invobrought before the House of Commons

cation of Saints, and the Mass, as taught the case of Mr. Baines of Leicester, who authoritatively by the Church of Rome; had been imprisoned since November but only certain absurd practices and last for non payment of Church Rates, opinions, which intelligent Romanists which he admitted himself to be able to pay, but declared he could not consci- resolved as follows, at the weekly Meet

repudiate. In consequence of this, it was entiously discharge ; and he muved a

ing of the Vice Chancellor and Heads of resolution, stating that “thus to impri- Houses, on the 15th of March ; “ Conson him for refusing to contribute to

sidering that it is enjoined in the statutes wards the expences attending the worship of the Established Church, from shall be instructed and examined in the

of this University that every student which he conscientiously dissents, is to Thirty-nine Articles, and shall subscribe punish him for acting in accordance with what he regards as a religious duty, and has recently appeared, dated from Ox

to them; considering also that a tract is a violation of the principles of religious freedom.” Lord John Russell ford, and entitled • Remarks on certain said he had no hesitation in directly ne

passages in the Thirty-nine Articles,' gativing this motion ; Mr. Baines must

being No. 90 of The Tracts for the Times,

a series of anonymous publicatioris, purnot set up a standard of his own as to what should be law for him, and declare porting to be written by members of the that what he thought oppressive to the University, but in no way sanctioned by conscience he would not observe. When of interpretation such as are suggested in

the University itself; resolved that modes he was summoned before the magistrates the said tract, evading rather than exat first, his defence was that the rate was not legal; and having thus ousted plaining the sense of the Thirty-nine the magistrates ' jurisdiction, he refused them with the adoption of errors which

Articles, and reconciling subscription to to appear in the Ecclesiastical Court to prove that the rate was not legal. Other the object, and are inconsistent with the

they were designed to counteract, defeat men thought as badly of some other due observance of the above-mentioned laws; and where was the line to be

statutes.” The Rev. J. H. Newman has drawn, if Mr. Baines's plea were al- since avowed himself the author of the lowed? In setting an example of diso

Tract. bedience to the laws, Mr. Baines was guilty of a crime against society. Mr.

Church Rates.—Results of recent Hawes argued that there was a clear line of distinction to be drawn, in respect

St. Ives, Hunts. Rate refused. to conscience, between civil and reli- Fenny Stratford. Rate postponed

12 months. gious institutions. Sir R. Peel said, that even then tithes must fall; but in

Berry Pomeroy. Rate refused. fact he did not see that this line was


Rate carried. very clear. The petitions against the

Great Staughton.

Rate carried. poor law, for instance, strongly put


Rate carried. forward conscientious scruples, and


Rate carried. claimed its repeal on religious grounds.

At a vestry held at the parish Church, The House divided :

Newport, Monmouthshire, in February For the motion


last, a resolution was unanimously adoptAgainst it


ed, that a voluntary subscription was the



best means of providing for the payment and learnt and profited beyond most of of the Church expences. This mode has my fellows. I grew passionately fond of also been adopted at Huddersfield. it, would scarcely walk but in measured

Mr. Baines of Leicester, being still in time, and was constantly tripping, morprison there for non-payment of Church ing, and shuffling in all times and places. Rates, seven thousand females in that I began now to value myself, which, as town have signed a Memorial to the far as I can recollect, I had never thought Queen praying her Majesty to order his of before; I grew impatient of controul, release notwithstanding the law ! was fond of company, wished to mingle

more than I had ever done with young MISCELLANEOUS.

people. I got also a passion for better POPERY—A correspondent of a Sussex clothing than that which fell to my lot in Newspaper writes from Brighton as life, was discontented if I found a neighfollows : “There is a curious theologi- bour's son better dressed than myself. I cal controversy at present carrying on lost the spirit of subordination, did not in this town, from the pulpits of two of love work, imbibed a spirit of idleness, our popular preachers. Mr. Addison, and in short, drank in all the brain-sickone of the vicar's curates, preaching at ening effluvia of pleasure; dancing and St. Peter's (the new) Church, has de company took the place of reading and livered several lectures, the object of study; and the authority of my parents which is to show that the Roman Catho. was feared, indeed, but not respected, lic Church is not Antichrist, but a ge- and few serious impressions could prevail nuine Church of Christ, and the Church in a mind imbued with frivolity and the of England another branch, purged and love of pleasure: yet I entered into no purified of the errors still existing in the disreputable assembly, and in no one case Romish branch. This brought into the ever kept any improper company; I field Mr. Sortain, minister of the Coun- formed no illegal connexion, nor assotess of Huntingdon's chapel, and A.M., ciated with any whose characters were of Trinity College, Dublin, who is now either tarnished or suspicious. Neverdelivering a course of lectures in direct theless, dancing was to me a perverting contradiction to the other ; that is, to influence, an unmixed moral evil; for shew from Scripture that the Roman although by the mercy of God it led me Catholic Church is Antichrist. I have not to depravity of manners, it greatly heard two of his lectures, which are cha- weakened the nioral principle, drowned racterised by great ability and research, the voice of a well-instructed conscience, though quite a young man, as is his op- and was the first cause of impelling me ponent. He quotes much from the to seek my happiness in this life. Everyancient fathers, and from the canons thing yielded to the disposition it had and homilies of the Church of England, produced, and every thing was absorbed whose doctrines he stoutly defends. by it. I have it justly in abhorrence for And this, to me, appears the most curi- the moral injury it did me: and I can tesous part of the affair; here is an or- tify, (as far as my own observations have dained clergyman of the Church of extended, and they have had a pretty England standing up to defend that of wide range,) I have known it to produce Rome, which his own Church has de- the same evil in others that it produced clared damnable and blasphemous, and in me. I consider it therefore as a branch the minister of a dissenting congregation of that worldly education which leads as warmly supporting the doctrines of from heaven to earth, from things spithe establishment, though of course in ritual to things sensual, and from God to common with that of all reformed Satan. Let them plead for it who will, I Churches. Pusey has been a good deal know it to be evil, and that only. They here, and I suppose has made a convert who bring up their children in this way, of the first named gentleman. We have or send them to those schools where danccandles burning at the altar; and the ing is taught, are consecrating them to absolution' delivered from the commu- the service of Moloch, and cultivating nion table."

the passions, so as to cause them to bring DANCING.—"When about 12 or13 years forth the buds of a fallen nature, with of age I learned to dance. I long resisted an additional rankness, deep-rooted inall solicitations to this employment, but veteracy, fand inexhaustible fertility.”at last I suffered myself to be overcome, 'Eztract from the Life of Dr. A. Clarke.



MAY, 1841.



BY THE REV. THOMAS CHALMERS, D.D. There are several ways, in which a man professing the art of divination, might make good his claim; as by pronouncing on the sum of money in my pocket, the number and variety of coins of which it consists, &c. And if this were done correctly, on repeated trials, it is conceivable that it might produce a firm and just conviction of his having a reach of knowledge beyond other men; in fact, of his having miraculous powers.

Now I may tell this fact to others; but it has then to pass through my testimony; and they may choose to discredit it. They may distrust my powers of observation or memory, or may suspect collusion; and before they can be made to believe it, the divination must take place in reference to themselves. I may be called false or fanatical; yet I am warranted to place my confidence in him, from whom I have received so many proofs of power.

But suppose, that instead of the money in my pocket, he divines the thoughts in my heart, and reads the characters engraved in the chambers of imagery there ; showing that the little world of self is naked and open before him; piercing so deeply as to “ divide asunder soul and spirit,

"* and make everything manifest. I may be so overpowered, as to give full credence to his pretensions, and embark all my prospects on the assurance of his being a messenger from God. But I cannot place another man in the same situation. I cannot put a window into my bosom, that he may see the coincidence between my feelings and the divination which has been exercised respecting them. I am the only man living, that can see this ;

and to me alone is the full strength of the evidence applicable. Some kinds of evidence are accessible to all men; but this is accessible to me alone. Each must have the divination passed on himself. Another may think me weak; but he has no access to the grounds on which my judgment is founded. He has not forced his way to the penetralia of my mind; and not till he has done this, will I admit his right to pronounce on the correctness of my judgment.

There is something to confirm all this in Scripture. The Saviour read to the woman of Samaria a passage in her present and by-gone history; and she said,

Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet!”+ She told her countrymen ; but we are told that many more believed, because of His own word.” It is not said whether it was on account of a similar divination passing on each ; but we learn that their belief did not rest on the external miracle ; for they said, “We have heard Him ourselves !” | But the deficiency of information here, is made up in other passages ; as in the case of the gift of tongues, which ought to have secured the attention of all. For the external miracle, I think, did not produce the faith that is unto salvation, but only attracted attention; and if we have now other means as well suited to excite attention, we now stand on as high vantage-ground as they did then. The multitude who witnessed the gift of tongues, must have been convinced of the reality of the miracle, and that it demanded their attention; but some would not reflect at all; putting away the subject from them; while some proriounced the apostles to be mad, and others that they were “full of new wine."S

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