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that the tyranny of the priesthood may / such obnoxious terms. Let none be exreach its height, while the Church is not punged but such as have actually become in alliance with, but struggling against notorious as the text of controversy. We the State. Another opinion is, that the presume that practical and impartial men corruption of Christianity is to be traced, will not hesitate to give their aid in chiefly, to the endowment of the clergy. restoring to the Established Church that "No allegation," observes Mr. Taylor, independence and those vital functions, " can be more fully contradicted by the which Christianity demands for her, and records of antiquity ; nor can anything which are absolutely necessary to prevent be more easy than to disprove it.”.. A convulsive and perilous reforms, demanded third point embraces the prejudices at shorter and shorter intervals, and

against modern ecclesiastical establish- always in a louder and still louder tone. cments, drawn from the arrogant and This necessary restoration to her just encroaching episcopacy of the early ages. prerogatives, the Church will not expect

In the fulfilment of this task, which is to receive (nor should she desire it), admirably suited to the powers and without, at the same time, admitting that opinions of the author, he first takes a due leaven of popular influence, without view of the present crisis of Church which there can be no vitality in any power; together with the general con Church, and apart from which Church dition of ecclesiastical authority; and power will never be anything else but a gives a sketch of ancient hierarchies, Spiritual Despotism."—(pages 424 and especially the hierarchy of the Jews. 425.) He then considers the rudiments of This is the third in a series of works, Church polity, and traces the first steps beginning with the “ Natural History of

Spiritual despotism. After contem- Enthusiasm,” and continued in “ Fanatiplating the era in which the civil and cism ;” the completion of which series ecclesiastical powers balanced each other, appears to have been interrupted by he

passes on to the period in which the topics of more pressing interest. We Church gained the ascendancy, and then hope the author will take the first opporto the period in which Spiritual Despot- tunity of completing it. ism was supplanted by secular tyranny. After considering the disparagements The Young Man's Monitor; or a mounder which the ministers of religion dest Offer towards the pious and virat present labour, the author concludes

tuous composure of life from youth to with some general inferences.

riper years.

By SAMUEL CROSSMAN, On the much agitated question of B.D. (A.D. 1664.) pp. 148. ecclesiastical reform in general, and

Religious Tract Society. liturgical reform in particular, the follow- The mine of the seventeenth century ing observations will be read with inte is not yet exhausted. Here is fresh

treasure from it. This book, it seems, “What all men exclaim against as was first privately circulated in manuflagitious, inequitable and unchristian, script among young persons ; but our ought to be removed, for that reason fathers wisely judged it worthy of the alone. Can a Church be efficient or press, even in days when the press was prosperous, which is condemned and

in infant power, and could undertake contemned in many of her practices, by but little. It is a faithful appeal to the the mass of the people?" Again: in young, counselling them to true virtue, regard to the revision of the forms, and warning them against youthful articles and worship of the Church, an temptations,

And the world is still the adherence to acknowledged rules of same, and the heart of man now answers discretion might carry us clear of all to that heart in our author's time. This difficulties. The question is not, whether is a welcome reprint, very suitable for this system of theology,or that, condemns the young.

approves certain ambiguous phrases; MAMMON; or, Covetousness the Sin but it is this-Have certain phrases of the Christian Church. By the been from age to age an occasion of con Rev. John Harris, D.D. Thirtytention among all, and of offence and first thousand. Price 1s. 6d. distress to pious and huinble spirits? If so, remove them without scruple. Nor There are few instances of a work can it be difficult to fix the finger upon rising so quickly into high and general

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The success of that work has page of it had been printed. This new induced the publisher to bring out a edition is the cheapest that has been counterpart to it, in the volume now beissued, and deserves encouragement. Of fore us; which 'volume is intended for the essay itself it is now needless to those, “ that go down to the sea in ships, speak; it has become a standard work and do business in great waters.” Acin our literature, and will retain its place. cordingly it gives “plain and explicit diThere is something in its earnestness, rections for the treatment of the various that is exceedingly striking; the words diseases incident to nautical life, in all seem alive—not lying written before the climates ;” together with “concise deeye, but speaking into the scul.

scriptions of the medicines usually con

tained in the chest," and a very useful TRUTH AND LOVE. A Sermon preached table of the doses proper for different

before the University of Oxford, ages, and of the proper vehicles of adon Sunday, Feb. 21, 1841. By the Rev. ministration. The whole has been careJ. E. RIDDLE, M.A., of St. Edmund fully revised by the editor; who has Hall. pp. 23. Price 6d.

also made some useful additions. On Hatchard and Son, 187, Picadilly. the subject of a cooling drink in fever, This is a somewhat courageous Ser- for instance, Dr. Rogers observes, that mon, considering where it was preached. Conserve of Roses" is chiefly used as a Its object is to set forth the Truth of vehicle for other medicines; but, mixed God as the "seed,” which being sown with water in proper proportions, it is to bring forth the fruit of " love," re- makes a pleasant sub-acid drink for festoring man to the image of Him who brile complaints, and in hot climates ; “is Love.” Mr. Riddle boldly declares, and is very useful, when a slightly asthat we want a second reformation ; in tringent gargle is required." The folthe first, the Church" learnt to believe”, lowing remarks on T'incture, or Com-she now needs to “ learn to love.”' pound Spirit of Lavender, is well worth We must, he says, have “ love that shall the attention of those accustomed to hold out the right hand of fellowship take it for “lowness of spirits,” &c., as towards every member of Christ's family, they are not aware of the danger incurwho lives soberly, righteously and godly, red by the practice :-" It should be and towards every Church in which the used in moderate quantity, and with name of the Lord Jesus Christ is had in discrimination ; otherwise its employhonour.” We respect the man, who ment is likely to settle down into a thus in the highest places speaks out habit of dram-drinking in disguise ; and seasonable truth; and we trust, through to bring in its train all the miserable the press it will be circulated widely. effects which are the cousequence of that The Sermon is a superior one, and de- noxious practice.” Those who have the serves attention.

management of children, too, should be A COMPANION TO THE SEA Medicine cautious in giving them Syrup of Pop

Chest; by Henry R. Gregory, M.D. pies, Dover's Powder, or any other preEdited by Nathaniel Rogers, M.D., paration containing that potent drug, Member, and formerly President of opium. “Young children bear opium the Hunterian Society of Edinburgh ; very badly. Ten grains of Dorer's Corresponding Member of the Medico- Powder contain one grain of opium ; Chirurgical Society of Dublin. which is a full dose to begin with, even Butler, St. Thomas's Street, Southwark.

for adults. In the case of infants, I In our number for July, 1838, (Vol. have seen even half a grain of this pow10, page 283), we noticed Dr. Gregory's der produce very sensible effects.” One

Companion to the Medicine Chest ;"' of the best aperient medicines for chil.

“ little work, in the composition of dren, is powdered Rhubarb ; the good which, conciseness and condensation" qualities of which are thus explained by were “ kept in view throughout;" and the Editor :-“ On account of the astrinwhich

designed to enable those gent property which Rhubarb possesses, who possess that invaluable domestic or in union with its aperient qualities, it travelling companion, Medicine is a valuable remedy in disorders of chilChest, to avail themselves of the various dren, produced by eating improper subresources it offers in the diseases of dif- stances. It first clears out the offending ferent climates, with facility, safety, and matter, and then gives strength to the

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intestinal canal.” Manna, though much burying the dead among the living in more popular with young patients, is not various ages and nations. By James so good :-“It is is liable to generate Peggs, late Missionary in India. pp. acid. Its sweet taste, however, often 52. Price ls. reconciles children to its use, when they would not be persuaded to take a more

There is in this pamphlet a good deal nauseous dose. ”

of information on an important subject. One of the most useful applications It contains in fact a history of the rite of modern chemistry, is the preparation of burial, which shows how modern is of sulphate of quinine ; with respect our practice of burying in the midst of to which Dr. Rogers observes—Of towns and cities. In the metropolis the late years, the use of bark in inter- subject is becoming one of vast consemittent fevers, has been very much quence; and it may be well to caution superseded by that of the sulphate of the reader against the following districts, quinine. It has the advantage of con.

which are now rendered absolutely untaining the virtues of a large portion of wholesome :-Portugal Street, Lincoln's

bark in a small space, and without the InnDrury Lane-Whitechapel Church i presence (so oppressive to the stomach)

-- Bunhill Fields—Spa Fields--Princes of the woody fibre.” The following Street, Soho-New Bunhill Fields, New painful but salutary cautio, is inci- Kent Road—Buckingham Chapel, Pimdentally introduced by the Editor, under

lico. Some of these are less affected the head of “Suspended Animation.” than others, from being more open and "There is little doubt, that persons, from low fever, which is distinctly traced

airy; but the first is a district never free neglected from the supposition of being really dead, have sometimes revived after to the malaria of the tombs. Reverence interment. This refers more especially health of the living alike demand the

for the dust of man and regard to the climates ; where interment quickly follows death, where the remedy adovcated by the Bishop of Lon

grave is shallow, and where the surrounding

don--an absolute prohibition of any earth is of a warm temperature. The further burials in the heart of London. fact is too horrible to be dwelt upon, but not too horrible to be stated; for the THE CALVINISM OF The Church of Enmore painful it is to our feelings, the

GLAND, as contained in her Formularies better fitted is it to act as a caution."

and elucidated by the Writings of the The Church Missionary Society has

chief English Reformers. pp. 35. lately taken the prudent and enlightened

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We are not much encouraged in course of furnishing their missionaries with medical manuals; that they may followers of Paul or Apollos or Calvin or

Scripture to call ourselves by the name of communicate the blessings of bodily, as Wesley; but some of these names are well as of spiritual health. To that convenient, as descriptive of our views of Society, therefore, at the request of the Divine Truth, and may, we suppose, with Publisher, Dr. Rogers has dedicated this due caution be properly used. And this volume in the following terms :—“To being so, the volume before us is a useful the Church Missionary Society, engaged little book. It takes in succession “ the in promoting the highest objects by the five points”—the corruption of human best means, endeavouring to remove the 'trail of the serpent from the

nature, justification by faith, salvation by

'flowrets of Eden,' and to scatter the blessings of grace, predestination or election, and final earth on the path to heaven, by seeking taught concerning each, in the Articles,

perseverance; it sets forth the doctrine to promote the health of the body, as well as by pointing to the Balm in England; and it adds some extracts on

Liturgy and Homilies of the Church of Gilead and the Physician there, the each subject, from Cranmer, Latimer, publisher dedicates this volume, with the hope that it may assist in making glad thus forms a very convenient hand-book

Ridley, Hooper, Bradford and Jewel. It 'the wilderness and solitary place,' and for those who are engaged or interested in causing the desert to rejoice and blossom as the rose.

-(and who is not?)-in public or private

discussions on the doctrine taught in the A CRY FROM THE TOMBS ; or, Facts and carefully got up, and the Compiler de

Establishment. It is very neatly and Observations on the impropriety of

serves success and praise.

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THE COURT.

nexion of the late Countess of Hunting. Her Majesty and Prince Albert have don. The Rev. H. Addiscott, of Maidattended Divine service every Sunday enhead, commenced with reading and morning during the month. On Easter prayer. The Rev. J. K. Foster, late reDay, when (and on the two following sident tutor of Cheshunt College, laid Sundays) the Court was at Windsor, the the stone. The Rev. W. Lucy, of BrisQueen and Prince partook of the Com- tol, delivered the address. The Rev. G. munion.

Neeton, minister of the place conText. cluded with prayer.

After which, a April 4...... Arbp. of Canterbury... Matt. iii. 2. public tea-meeting was held in the “ 11...... The private Chapel.

Town-hall, at which about two hundred 18......Mr. Proby Matt. xxii. 31, 32. persons were present; J. Swallow, Esq.,

1 Cor. xiii. 13. Mayor, presided, Addresses were de

livered by the Rev. Mr. Bird, Lucy, CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

Foster, Addiscott, Lee, Styles, Neeton, THE OXFORD Tracts. — The Bishop of and other friends. Oxford having sent a message to the Rev. MAIDSTONE.—On Wednesday, March J. H. Newman, stating that “he con- 31, was holden the third anniversary of sidered that the Tract No. 90 was ob- Zion Chapel, Maidstone, Kent, in the jectionable, and might tend to disturb late Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexthe peace and tranquillity of the Church, ion. In the morning, at eleven, a serand adding his "advice that the Tracts mon was preached by the Rev. J. Harris, should be discontinued;” Mr. Newman D.D., Theological "Tutor of Cheshunt has answered, that he “ most readily and College, from 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20. At five, cheerfully obeys,” and begs to express a public tea-meeting was held at the “his great sorrow that any writing of County Assembly Rooms, comprising his should be judged objectionable by ministers and friends of different denothe Bishop, and of a disturbing ten- minations to the number of 300; the dency."

meeting was briefly addressed by J. Cũurch Rates.—Results of recent Bromley, Esq., Rev. E. Jenkings, and contests:

Rev. R. Pingree; J. Bromley, Esq., Norwich.

Rate carried.

accompanied his address with a donation Monmouth .... Rute carried.

of 101. towards the object of the meeting. West Ham

Rate carried. At Bradford, on the application of a J. Sherman, of Surrey Chapel, London,

In the evening, at half-past six, the Rev. parishioner, the Church wardens and preached from Psalm cxviii

. 25. The rate-payers have been cited to the Eccle- ministers who kindly took part in the siastical Court, to show why they have services of the day, were Messrs. Thomneglected the repair of the Church; and

son and Lewis, of Chatham ; Jenkings on the Churchwardens having given in and Debney of Maidstone; Hadlow, of for answer, that the Vestry refused a Ashford; Anderson, of Dover; and rate, the Court has ordered a Vestry to Powell, of Folkstone. The collections be held for the purpose of making a of the day, together with previous conrate, and has required the parishioners tributions, amounted to 2001. This is to assemble and make such rate, on pain the formation of a fund, raising by the of being adjudged guilty of contumacy. efforts of the congregation, with a view COUNTESS OF HUNTINGDON'S they worship. The present congrega

to the purchase of the place in which CONNEXION. Maidenhead, Berks.-On Tuesday, Their object is to raise a thousand

tion are of comparatively recent date, the 30th of March, the foundation stone of a new Chapel was laid in the Con

pounds.

THE

EVANGELICAL REGISTER.

JUNE, 1841.

INTERNAL EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY.

Outline of a Lecture, delivered in the University of Edinburgh,

BY THE REV. THOMAS CHALMERS, D.D.

One kind of the internal evidences of Christianity, is the accordance between the felt wants of our nature and the provision made for them in the Gospel. This may be as much a proof of Scriptural divination, as that which we have already expounded;* and we could show, if time permitted, that it might as certainly prove the Divine origin of Revelation. We think we could prove, that the evidence of a designing God shines forth as directly from His Word, as from His works; and that it is thus brought within the reach of the peasant. The homeliest man, with a Bible in his hand and a microcosm in his heart, may see so close an adaptation of the one to the desires and diseases of the other, as to make him feel sure of a presiding God. The argument by which, from the felt congruities between the Bible and his heart, he feels “that God is in” it “ of a truth,”+ is as valid as that by which, from the congruities to be observed in external nature, a philosopher infers a presiding Deity.

There is, I think, another kind of internal evidence. When a man feels his wants, he vents his desires in prayer. Now an answer to prayer for belief may be granted, without superseding evidence. If the faculty of sight were improved tenfold, many new things would be seen; and, instead of there being a lack of evidence for them, we should have the evidence at first hand. Many new objects would be seen ; but our belief of them would not be fanciful; and the new things would not be brought nearer to us, but we should be enabled to cast a more powerful look on them.

As with the eye of the body, so may it be with consciousness—the eye of the mind. Some film of pride or of prejudice may be cleared away; and the man sees,

any thing which was not there before, but what he did not see before. The objects are not new in respect to their existence, they are new in respect only to our knowledge of their existence. Conceive the following prayer answered:

Open Thou mine eyes; that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.”+ This

prayer does not ask for new things, but for a clearer perception of what ar already there. Many have a film of prejudice over their mental vision; in consequence of which they fancy that an obscurity hangs over the doctrines of Revelalation, and that they are clothed in an antiquated phraseology, not suited to philosophers. The removal of this film shows the same objects in a different light.

Suppose that we compare the two tablets of the heart and the Bible; and thus

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* See the “ Evangelical Register” for May ; pages 177--179.
† 1 Cor. xiv. 25.

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