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the materials of its body have been de- a romance, with the superadded rerived. Thus the great drama of univer: commendation of truth. sal life is perpetually sustained; and though the individual actors undergo Voyages and Travels continual change, the same parts are WORLD. By the Rev. DANIEL Tyerever filled by another and another gene- Man and George Bennet, Esq., deration; renewing the face of the earth puted from the London Missionary and the bosom of the deep, with endless Society to visit their various Stations successions of life and happiness.” in the South Sea Islands, Australia, (Page 134.)
China, India, Madagascar and South The second volume, about half the Africa, between the years 1821 and size of the first, is taken up with plates 1829. Compiled from original Docuof various fossil remains and kindred ments, by James Montgomery. pp. objects. The engraving of many of them 288. Price 7s. has called into requisition the scientific
Snow, 35, Paternoster Row. knowledge and practical skill of Mr. This second edition of an extraordiJames Sowerby-knowledge and skill nary work, we are glad to see called for. unrivalled in this department of the art. Extraordinary the book is : for it con
ducts us round the world in the company CHRISTIAN RESEARCH in INDIA; by the of Christian travellers, observant and in.
Rev. CLAUDIUS BUCHANAN, D.D. telligent men, but looking mainly to the Society for the Promotion of Popular Instruction, moral and religious aspectof the scene; and
This is a new and cheap edition of fastening on the spots which Christianity one of the first works, that awakened the has changed from desert to fruitful, it minds of British Christians to the spiri- der the crisis of the dispensation of the
makes one feel as if the world were tual claims of India. Its pretensions to favour are beyond those of former editi. Gospel, first “to be preached to all naons; containing as it does, a sufficient- tions," after which the end shall come.
We turn over these pages, and as in a ly copious memoir of the author and sketches (illustrated by a map) of previ. moving panorama this world of God's ous and subsequent operations in the In- passes by ; and from every quarter and dian missionary field. Most interesting
in every clime there starts up details are given respecting that dark
to serve Him.” It is the proof by fact spot on the face of Hindoo society--the of the transforming and universal power burning of widows with their husbands. of the Gospel. It is a matter of congratulation and de
The volume, being printed in large octalight, that this horrid practice has, in our
vo size and in double columns, contains a own day, been abolished in those parts great quantity of matter; and a more inof India, which are sufficiently under teresting Journal has never been preour controul ; but other parts are still the sented to the public. A romance is dull, “habitations of cruelty,” and it is not
to the “ strange truth” that lies within
these covers. many months since the feelings of the civilized world were outraged, by learn.
ANCIENT III8TORY. ing, that eight women had been immo
History of the lated on the funeral pile of a dead chief.
Carthaginians. From Rollin and tain. Even the abolition of infanticide,
other Authorities. With a Map. which was first effected, was not of so
Price 1s. 4d. pp. 52.
Religious Tract Society. much importance as that of suttees ; for the unconscious victims had not the hor- this energetic Society; with all that has
ANCIENT History offers a wide field to rors of anticipation, and it was better to been written upon it, there are many dedie as an infant, than to be brought up partments, in which a good and unobas an idolater.
We hope the work of jectionable Summary is still wanting. mercy will be ere long complete. That | 'We hope we are to see the want now department of Dr. Buchanan's “Re.
supplied. So far as renowned Carthage searches,” which relates to the Inquisi. is concerned, we find in this volume all tion at Goa, contains the narrative of a
that we could wish; and there is a lucid person actually confined there, together order in the narrative, which shows that with an account of the effect which the the hand of a master' has moulded the reading of it produced on the Chief I materials into form and beauty. Inquisior. It has all the interest of
The Sunday School Teacher's Al-, the perfections of the Deity, and the MANACK for 1841.
plurality of worlds.” Great part of its Sunday School Union.
success, in these particulars, is to be We hope our friends, who are Sunday ascribed to the excellent wood-cuts; of School Teachers, have procured this which more than a hundred are introconvenient Pocket Book, which furnishes duced, and which depict the heavenly a prepared Diary for Noies of Sermons bodies white, on a black ground. The and Sabbath Memoranda. We are sorry descriptive part of the work, is worthy we omitted to notice it last month. It of the pictorial, being couched in clear will suit all, indeed, who pen down upon and concise language; and, while it the Lord's day their thoughts, or recol- avoids “the more abstruse and recondite lections of what they have heard ; it is portions of astronomical science," rea Sabbath Journal.
cords “all the prominent facts and dis
coveries connected with descriptive asThe Living Preachers' Portrait tronomy, in so far as they relate to the
Gallery. No. 9. The Rev. John planetary system ;” exhibits
tails " several new facts and observations, Hodson, 112, Fleet Street.
which have hitherto been unnoticed or “The Metropolitan Pulpit”, brought unrecorded.” this kind of writing into such disrepute,
After a general introduction, the two that there was some boldness in under- first chapters are devoted to the Appeartaking this Series. The Author of that ance and Apparent Motions of the Starry work seemed to have the misfortune of Heavens, and to the General Arrangebeing always wrong, when he ventured ment of the Planetary system. A long upon a fact; his book was a "Comedy chapter is then given to the Magnitude, of Errors." The present Series is pub- Motions, and other Phenomena, of the lished at a very different price, but it Sun and the Primary Planets. The Se. appears to avoid carefully the snare, into condary Planets are treated of in chapter which the gentleman referred to fell. the fourth; and the Perfections of The Memoir of each Minister is written Deity, as displayed in the Planetary by some one, who takes the trouble to inquire into the truth of what he view is then given of the Magnitude of
System, occupy the fifth. states : and so far as we have observed the Planetary System; and the method (and we have seen most of the Series) by which the Distances and Magnitude he may be depended on. A Portrait of the Heavenly Bodies are determined. accompanies each Memoir; but of The eighth chapter sets before us the course, at so low a price, the merit of Scenery of the Heavens, as viewed from the engraving must vary. We do not the Surfaces of the different Planets and think "Dr. Harris's the best of the their Satellites. This attractive departSeries; his is a difficult face to paint; ment of astronomical science, will be something, however, of the expression new to the reader; as will be much of of his countenance has certainly been the ninth and last chapter; in which caught. Dr. Cox, Mr. Wilkinson and the doctrine of a plurality of worlds is Mr. Melvill were better. But the supported by the following arguments : Memoir will sell the work, if the same -1. The magnitude of the planets is care be still taken with it.
such, as to afford ample scope for the
abodes of myriads of inhabitants." 2. Celestial Scenery. By Thomas Dick, There is observable, in all the planets, L.L.D. Fourth Thousand.
a general similarity, which tends to Ward and Co., Paternoster Row.
prove that they are intended to subserve This volume forms an admirable com- the same ultimate designs in the arrangepanion to Dr. Dick's work on the “Si- ments of the Creator." 3. “In the dereal Heavens," reviewed in our num- bodies which constitute the solar system, ber for January (page 32): that work there are special arrangements,, which being devoted to the fixed stars, and this indicate their adaptation to the enjoyto the planets. It displays, in a manner ment of sensitive and intellectual beings; never before attempted, and to an ex- and which prove that this was the ultitent never before attained, the wonders mate design of their creation.” 4. “The of the planetary system; “illustrating scenery of the heavens, as viewed from
the surfaces of the larger planets and author very properly explains, that the their satellites, forms a presumptive work is “ written for the young and inproof, that both the planets and their experienced mother ;” and while it inmoons,
are inhabited by intellectual culcates that her province is the prevenbeings." 5. “In the world we inhabit, tion, and not the cure of disease, and every part of nature is destined to the that“ to tamper with medicine, when dissupport of animated beings.” We con- ease has actually commenced, is to clude by giving our readers a glimpse of hazard the life of her offspring,” furthe splendid panorama, which must pre- nishes her, on the other hand, with that sent itself to the nightly view of some of information, ignorance of which leads to the favoured inhabitants of the planetary the serious injury of many an infant,
and but too often to the loss of life itself. “ 'The firmament of the moon is more This information is arranged under five striking and sublime than ours ; but in heads, or chapters : 1. General Manage. the firmaments of some of the satellites ment of Infancy and childhood. 2. Use of Jupiter aud Saturn, there are celestial and Abuse of Certain Remedies. 3 scenes peculiarly grand and splendid; sur- The Teeth. 4. Hints for the Early Depassing every thing which the imagina- tection of Disease in the Child, by the tion can well represent; and these scenes Mother. 5. Maternal Management of diversified every hour. What should we
the Diseases of Children. think of a globe appearing in our nocturnal The chapter on the Teeth contains sky, 1,300 times larger than the apparent hints well worthy the attention of all; size of the moon, and every hour assum- whether for their own sake, or for that ing a different aspect ?-or of five or six of their offspring. On the subject of bodies, twenty or thirty times largerthan tooth-powders, Ďr. Bull observes, that our moon appears, all in rapid motion, "prepared chalk is one of the simplest and continually changing their phases and best ;'' and he gives a "recipe" for and apparent magnitudes? What should a powder, composed of chalk, powdered we think of a globe filling the twentieth myrrh, orris-root, and cuttle-fish, with part of the sky, and surrounded by a few drops of oil of cinnamon. If the immense rings, in rapid motion, and habit which he recommends, of cleaning diffusing a radiance over the whole hea- the teeth twice a day, be enforced, the vens ? When Jupiter rises to its satel- powdered shell of the cuttle-fish relites, and especially when Saturn and commended in the above prescription, his rings rise to his nearest moons, a
will hardly be necessary, and had perwhole quarter of the heavens will ap-haps better be omitted; for the hard pear in one blaze of light.” (Page 516.) particles of which it consists, will be
siable in the friction of years) to wear The Material Management of Chil-away the enamel, or to injure the gums.
DREN, in Health and Disease. By In order to avoid the circ;mstance last Thomas Bull, M.D.
mentioned, and also for the sake of Longman and Co., Paternoster Row. cleaning the interstices, the brush should Dr. Bull has done well in following be soft. The teeth belonging to the up his “ Hints to Mothers," reviewed in first, or deciduous set (called the “milkour number for July 1840 (No. 129, teeth”), should be removed as soon as Volume 12, Page 301), by the present they become loose, or whenever a perequally valuable little volume on the manent tooth is observed shooting up out Maternal Management of Children. of its proper place; otherwise, lasting It is not to be classed with those dan- irregularity is likely to be the result. gerous works, which, under pretence of making “every man his own” doctor, Ancient CHRISTIANITY. No. 6. Coneither till the minds of the hypochon- taining a Sketch of the Demonolatry driacal with unfounded alarms as of the Church in the Fourth Century; their state of health, or lead to tamper- together with a Supplement to the ing with health and life, when serious Fifth Number. By the Author of disease is present, until the time during “ The Natural History of Enthuwhich professional assistance can be siasm." efficiently given has elapsed, and the The perusal of the work, of which this medical man is called in only when too is the sixth number, forcibly reminds us late to be of service to the patient. The' of the remark, that “from the fathers
we may prove any thing." It goes very out to find him; though ignorant of the fully into the subject; and shows, by place where he dwelt; but fortunately extracts from the Christian writers of met a centaur (a creature half man and the times referred to, that what are often half horse), and afterwards a satyr (half called “ Popish abominations” flourished man and half goat), who civilly directed in full and hateful luxuriance, long be- him in the path he was to take. After fore Popery was heard of; and that the these polite attentions, he arrived, in Nicene Church of the fourth century, due time, at the door of the super-humanly was more corrupt, in many respects, good man ; who hospitably refused to than the Romish one of the tenth. The admit him. After much entreaty, he dreadful mass of corruption, consequent gained an entrance; and soon observed on their unnatural and unscriptural ex- a crow alight on a neighbouring tree. altation of the merits of celibacy, and This crow, for forty years, had very their depreciation of marriage, is not kindly brought the hermit half a loaf fully laid open; but enough is revealed daily ; but now, as a guest was present, to excite horror. The virgins attached had very considerately brought a whole to the church at Carthage, for instance, one. The good men, having nothing conducted themselves so shamelessly at better to do or say, then fell into a long the public baths, that they were “smartly dispute as to who should give up to the told by Chrysostom, that such washings other the honour of carving this magnipolluted, instead of cleansing. But fivent dinner ; which knotty point and had not Chrysostom, and the other the loaf were settled together, by each Christian fathers, themselves to blame taking hold of the loaf, and pulling till it for all such irregularities, by“ forbidding parted in two. The reverend hermit to marry?” They continually speak of soon afterwards died, and St. Anthony with aversion of receiving the sacra- proceeded to bury him, but had no spade ment from the polluted hands of a married where with to dig the grave; when he priest; and they describe unmarried was opportunely visited by two lions, persons, male and female, as “ earthly which performed the office of sextoa with seraphs,” and almost in heaven already their claws, and made the grave of the In accordance with such perverted exact dimensions required ; after which views, is the interpretation given by they fawned on St. Anthony, and seemed Chrysostom of the parable of the ten to ask a reward; when the holy man virgins. The “lamps,” he says, denoted gave them—his blessing! It is to be
virginity,” and the "oil” was “alms- hoped it did them a great deal of good. giving;" and, in numerous passages, he Alas! alas ! the glory with which, in and other fathers would lead their readers imagination, we are accustomed to surto suppose, that the two combined were round" the morning hour” of the church, quite sufficient to insure heaven. “You is completely dissipated. It was the may purchase heaven for a penny !" &c. childhood of the Church ; fond of toys
As to the nonsense of the fathers, that and fairy tales. was pretty freely displayed by one of the Two more numbers, it is expected, first of them-Hermas; who, in his cele will complete this masterly work. brated “Shepherd,” gravely tells the With respect to style, Mr. Taylor belongs fable of the phænix as a truth, and ad- to the school of Foster, whose celebrated duces it as a type of the resurrection.“ Essays on Decision of Character," bave It is more largely disclosed, however, a fatiguing effect on the reader. We in the work before us; which shows greatly prefer Robert Hall's style ; which that St. Jerome's “ Lives of the Saints” is lucid and comprehensible at a glance. are vastly more ridiculous than those of In the former school, the sentences are Butler. Let our readers take, by way classically correct, but involved ; so that of example, the following condensed they take up much of the reader's time extract from his “ Life of St. Anthony.” in following them. Life is too short to It seems, that this good man, with ad- allow this ; for, read
hard as we may, mirable Christian humility, was in dan- we shall go out of the world without ger of looking upon himself as the holiest perusing many works, from which we man alive; but it was revealed to him in should have derived both pleasure and a dream, that there existed one still profit. “A short-hand system of reading” holier, because he had lived sixty years I would be required for overtaking them. alone in a wilderness. St. Anthony set
Dec. Her Majesty, accompanied by Prince 28. Cost £100. Albert, attended Divine service in the King's Cross, near Sowerby Bridge private chapel in Windsor Castle on the late belonging to the Church of Engmorning of each of the three first Sundays land). Dec. 28. Holds 900. in January; the Rev. Dr. Short, clerk of The Pleck (Wednesbury Circuit). the closet, preaching on each occasion. Jan. 10. On the third Sunday her Majesty and Grantham, Jan. 28. the Prince received the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which
MISCELLANEOUS. ministered by the Rev. Lord Wriothesley New Chapels.-Two Chapels are to Russell. On the 23rd the Court re- be added to our List :moved to London, and on Sunday the Northchurch, Herts (Baptist). Sept. 17. 24th the Queen and his Royal Highness East Parade Chapel, Leeds (Indeattended Divine service in the private pendent). Jan. 6. Seats 2,000. Cost chapel in Buckingham Palace, the Rev. near £12,000. Dr. Short again officiating.
Church Rates.--The disputed cases, On Tuesday Jan. 26, her Majesty reported in the public journals of the opened Parliament with a speech from past month, have all terminated in the the throne. The following is the last same result. paragraph :
Rate refused. “It is always with entire confidence Arnold, Notts
Ditto. that I recur to the advice and assistance
Ditto. of my Parliament. I place my reliance Tavistock
Ditto. upon your wisdom, loyalty and patriot- Geddington
Ditto. ism, and I humbly implore of Divine Pulpit LIGHTING.- Persons who sit Providence, that all your councils may at the sides of churches and chapels, often be so directed, as to advance the great complain of the inconvenience of the pulinterests of morality and religion, to pre- pit sconces or lamps interrupting their serve peace, and to promote, by enlight- view of the preacher. After various exened legislation, the welfare and happi- periments, Mr. Prichett has succeeded ness of all classes of my subjects.” in remedying the evil in the pulpit of
His Royal Highness Prince Albert has Lendal Chapel, York, by a very simple appointed the following gentlemen to be mode. It consists of lowering the interChaplains to His Royal Highness :-The nal part of the book board and cushion, Rev. the Lord Wriothesley Russell, Ca- (the external part appearing as before), non of Windsor; the Venerable Samuel and placing under the front edge of the Wilberforce, Archdeacon of Surrey; the cushion a cast-iron box about six inches Rev. Joseph Loscombe Richards, Doctor deep and three inches wide; the upper of Divinity, Rector of Exeter College, half of the side next the preacher is Oxford ; the Rev. Jobn Graham, Doctor glazed with ground glass; inside the of Divinity, Master of Christ's College, box are three gas cockspur lights, which Cambridge.
not only throw a strong light on the book
board, but also on the preacher, without CHURCH OF ENGLAND. the slightest inconvenience to any of the New CHURCHES.-OurList of Churches congregation. opened, comprises, for this month, only LONDON CITY Mission.—A Public two:
Meeting of this excellent and useful SoNewport (Lincoln Diocese).
ciety (whose funds are quite exhausted) White's Row, Spitalfields (late belong- was held on the 28th of January, Mr. ing to Dissenters). Jan. 24.
Plumptre, M.P., in the Chair: at which
the Hon. and Rev. BAPTIST W. Noel, WESLEYAN.
in the course of his speech, made the New Chapels.--Of Chapels opened, following remarks :we have five to report :
“ The announced Course of Lectures Workington, Dec. 22.
by Mr. Taylor, a man of so accomplished