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It should be added, however, that the early training of Dr. Milne eminently fitted him for the missionary work. His piety seems to have taken its hue from the mild and beautiful scenery of his native hills. He there learned-in the true, spiritual meaning of the phrase-to look through nature, up to nature's God. He loved his humble, quiet, mode of life, because it brought him into daily and intimate communion with his Maker. It taught him that best of all lessons, that his home was where God was. Hence “the morning star has often found him—where the evening star has left him—upon his knees before God, utterly unconscious of the lapse of time:" and hence too, there could be nothing narrow or local in his plans; nothing low or coinpromising in his conceptions of duty. Anywhere and everywhere he must have exhibited the missionary spirit.
The biographer has performed his duty with his usual abili. ty. The work is executed much in the manner of his life of Bunyan. His style is always lively, and sometimes playful. He writes with a profound respect for his early friend, and with ardent love for the missionary cause.
We cannot suppress the wish, however, that the author had given us more of Dr. Milne's religious history. He says indeed, with some truth, that “journalizing in biography, is at a discount now.” But we think “it possible to impoverish biography, as well as to overload it. The closet of any thoughtful and devotional man—especially in a land of stran. gers is worth seeing.” The journalizing of Brainerd and Martyn have done the church more service, than half the books which have since issued from the press.
The “Annals of Asiatic Missions" are evidently the result of extensive research. The chapter on the opium crisis discloses the fact, that “Dr. Milne was the first writer who denounced the opium trade, as the curse of China, and the disgrace of the East India Company." Though dead, we trust his voice will continue to be heard till this odious traffic shall be finally abandoned. 8.-Narrative of a Tour through Armenia, Kurdistan, Persia,
and Mesopotamia; with an Introduction, and Occasional
334, 356. The author of these volumes performed his journey, as an exploring missionary of the American Episcopal Church
The wisdom of their choice is manifest. Though exceedingly instructive as a traveller, he never loses sight of the great end of his mission. The principles which directed his movements, we give in his own language. “Whatever objects of interest fell in my way I allowed myself to see. This rule, from which I never deviated, proved, in the end, a source of no inconsiderable trial. Possessed from my earliest years with the most ardent love for travelling, and filled with an enthusiastic desire to visit the scenes which were the originals of the first pictures that my imagination formed, it was a sore temptation to find myself within a few days' journey of the once proud capital of the Persian Shahs—the city where Sadi and Hafiz lived, and Martyn labored,—while duty pointed in another direction. For the same reason, I did not visit the ruins of Babylon, though, at Bagdad, I was within a few hours' travel of them. And for the same reason, I denied myself the pleasure of going over Egypt and the Holy Land.” From such a writer we expect the truth, and nothing but the truth. It was not his aim to invest his researches with the fasci. nations of adventure. We are perfectly satisfied, when we lay aside the book, that we have listened to an honest story, • But we have found the work replete with interest. The 'route which it spreads before us, is, much of it, new and unexplored. It takes us to the principal cities of Armenia, Kur. distan, Persia and Mesopotamia. There is enough of incident mingled with the narrative to make it attractive. There is hardship to excite our sympathy, and danger to arouse our fears. We close the book, truly grateful that the author has been spared to give us the fruit of his labor and his sufferings.
We rejoice to learn that two missions have already grown out of these researches; one at Constantinople, and another among the Jacobite Christians of Mesopotamia.
9.-On the Relation between the Holy Scriptures and some
parts of Geological Science. By John Pye Smith, D. D. F. G. S. Divinity Tutor in the Protestant Dissenting College at Homerton. New-York. D. Appleton & Co.
1840. pp. 364. The English edition of this truly valuable work was noticed in the Repository for January last, page 241. We need add nothing to the analysis then given of its contents, nor to our high commendation of its merits. It is a learned, manly and Christian defence of the ascertained facts of Geological science against the popular suspicion of their tendency to discredit
the truth and authority of Revelation. The principles of biblical interpretation, which it advances, are worthy of the most serious consideration, as contributing to place the student of nature and the sacred philologist upon common ground, as defenders of the one harmonious system of truth, revealed in the word and the works of God. The edition now before us is well executed, in an economical form, and we cannot doubt that it will be extensively read and studied.
10.-Scotland and the Scotch: or the Western Circuit. By
Catherine Sinclair, Author of "Modern Accomplish-
;" "Hill and Valley” etc. etc. New-York. D. Appleton & Co. 1840. pp. 288. This little volume, dedicated to the “ Highland Society" in London, is a series of letters to a female friend, and is designed to exhibit the characteristic and interesting features of the past and present times in Soctland. It is the narrative of a tour through the “Highland hills and glens,” affording much of the general information, and local anecdote, which add so much attractiveness to the beautiful scenery which it describes. It is light reading, of course, which may be taken up and laid down at any place, without danger of losing the thread of the narrative, as there really is no long thread in the book. But the style is graceful and easy, and playful and entertaining, and the matter often instructive, and, what is better than all, its moral and religious tendency is unexceptionable.
11.--Prize Essays on a Congress of Nations, for the Adjustment
of International Disputes, and for the promotion of universal
peace without resort to arms : together with a Sixth Essay, comprising the substance of the rejected Essays. Boston: Published by Whipple & Damrell, for
American Peace Society. 1840. pp. 706. A Congress of Nations has been a prominent object with the American Peace Society, ever since its organization. So long ago as 1828, a premium was offered for the best essay on this subject. In 1831 two gentlemen of New York offered $500 for the best essay, and $100 for the second best, on the same subject. The committee of award, the Hon. Joseph Story, Wm. Wirt and John McLean were unable to agree in their decision. The premium was then raised to $1000, and the Hon. John Q. Adams, Chancellor Kept, and Thomas S.
Grimké became the committee of award, but with no better success.
In this state of things the American Peace Society author-
Gerrit Smith. By the Author of “ Thoughts on a New
Putman. 1840. pp. 300.
13.—Domestic Education : by H. Humphrey, D. D., President
of Amherst College.' Amherst: J. S. & C. Adams.
1840. pp. 239. This little volume comes to us as an old friend in a new dress. It embodies the substance of a series of papers, which appeared in the New York Observer, a few months ago, on Domestic Education. The venerable writer has yielded to a desire, repeatedly and urgently expressed, that he would give to his thoughts on this subject a more convenient and permanent form. He has revised the series and discussed several new and important topics. He has also inserted, by way of appendix, some twenty or thirty pages on Domestic Education from the London Christian Observer, which still farther increases the value of the book. In its present shape it may be entitled the Parent's Manual. It displays a thorough acquaintance with the wants and the perils of childhood and youth, and then, with singular felicity, points out the way to meet the former and repel the latter.
14.- The Poet's Tribute. Poems of William B. Tappan.
Boston: D. S. King, and Crocker & Brewster. 1840.
pp. 325. This is indeed the poet's tribute. And, what is far better, it is the Christian poet's tribute. We are often pained at the shyness with which the sons of song approach the cross of Christ. Their notes are sweet and clear and full on every theme but this. The praises of a heathen god, or a modern hero, they can utter loud and long. But point them to Jesus of Nazareth-the scorned—the persecuted—the crucified one
—and they are dumb.
- Siloa's brook that flow'd
Fast by the oracle of God. Most of his pieces are strictly sacred in their character: and we pity the heart which can dwell on some that we might mention, and not be made better.
The poem at the close of the volume, entitled “Missions," was pronounced before the Porter Rhetorical Society at Andover. We heard it then, and we have read it now, with great interest. There is genuine poetry in the production. Had we space, we could cite passages of a high order, both in respect to taste and genius.