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RELIGIOUS,
With occasional Characteristic Notices.

(N. B. The insertion of any article in this List is not to be considered as pledging us to the approbation of its contents, unless it he accompanied by soine express notice of our favourable opinion. Nor is the omission of any such notice to be regarded as indicating a contrary opinion; as our limits, and other reasons, impose on us the necessity of selection and brevity.)

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Remarks on the Ohjections to certain Pas- we have not observed any compromise sages in the Inquiry concerning Necessity of the great truths of the gospel. Both and Predestination : ' By Edward Cope in matter and arrangenient, they are PLESTON, D.D. 2s.

much superior to those in several former Essays on the Theory of the Earth. By publications of this class. M. Cuvier, Secretary to the National DR. CHALMERS's Christian and Civic Institute of France : with Mineralogical Economy of Large Towns.-No. XI. Illustrations by Professor Jameson. Bvo. On Pauperism. 128. 4th Ed. with Additions. The fourth A Treatise on the Sabbath : or TunstraEdition of this celebrated Essay is said tions of the Nature, Obligations, Change, to contain, besides many additional facts Proper Observance, and Spiritual Adlvanrespecting the natural history of the tage of that Holy Day. By the Rev. Earth, some learned discussions by John Glen, of Portobello. 12ino. 58. Cuvier on the newness of the present Ecclesiastical Sketches in Verse. continents, as confirmed by the history W. Wordsworth, Esq. 8vo. 63. 64. of nations, and on the proofs of the an- Institutes of Theology ; or a concise tiquity of nations alleged to be contained System of Divinity : with a Reference to in astronomical and other monuments. the principal Authors under each Article :

A Comparative Estimate of Mineral and By ALEXANDER RANKEN, D. D. one of Mosaical Geologies. By GRANVILLE PENN, the Ministers of Glasgow. 8vo. 148. Esq. 8vo. 128.

The Christim Ministry; its Ultimate Letter to Dr. SOLOMON HinscheLL, Object and Present Duties : a Sermon Chief Rabbi of the German and Polish preached in the Parish Church of St. LeoJeu's in London, from the Rev. G. Ha- nurri, Shoreditch, Dec. 9, 1821. By the MILTON, M.A., Rector of Killermogh; Rev. Tuomas MORTIMER, A. M. 1s.showing that the Resurrection of Jesus is We are much pleased with the godly as credible as the Exodus of the Israelites simplicity and affectionate spirit disfrom Egypt, &c. Is. 6d.

covered in this sermon on I Tim. iv. 16. Christian Researches in the Mediterranean, The Preacher, after a suitable introducfrom 1815 to 1820, in furtherance of the tion, considers, I. The glorious Object Objects of the Church Missionary Society: of a Minister's Ambition, viz. (1.) to By the Rev. WM. JOWETT, M.A. Bro. save himself; and (2.) to save them that 10s. with maps.

hear him: II. The Means by which Sketches of Sermons, preached to Congre- alone that Object can be realized, viz. gations in various Parts of the United (1.) by taking heed unto himself ; (2.) Kingdom, and on the Continent. Vols. by taking heed unto the doctrine ; and I and 2, 12no. 4s. each.--Each of these (3.) by continuing in them. These volumes contains fifty outlines of ser- topics are usefully and practically dismons, furnished by their respective cussed; but, we own, we think it better, Authors. In future it seems intended to on such occasions as that on which this publish the work in quarterly parts. Sermon was delivered, (the Author's As no system has been adopted, every election to the Lectureship of the Parish,) volume or part is, however, complete in that the Preacher should frankly state itself. The texts chosen are generally his views of Christian Doctrine, at least important, and the subjects are those of on essential points, in his own words, experimental and practical religion. rather than merely cite Texts of ScripFrom controversial points which divide ture and passages of the Articles and those“ who hold the head," the authors Liturgy, without stating in what sense he appear to have wholly abstained. That understands the quotations ; because it is such publications as the present may be notorious, that very opposite interpretaof service, when used judiciously, as helps tions have been given of the same pasto pulpit preparation, and not as a sub- sages. We are satistied, however, of stitute for it, we bave no doubt; and MR. MORTIMER's attachment to the especially to many local preachers and leading articles of the Truth as it is young ministers.

The Sketches are in JESC3; and as well-wishers to the evidently composed by those who aim common cause of Christianity, we greatly at promoting the religion of the heart, rejoice in the accession of such men to and, as far as we have examined them, stations of extensive usefulness.

Vol. I. Third Series, May, 1899.

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TIONS TO THE LORD in their favour, to secure to them the CHANCELLOR RESPECTING Loro By- hoped-for wages of their iniquity. RON'S "

Cain, AND LAWRENCE's Pirated editions, it is true, may be “ LECTURES.”—Guilt BEING multiplied, unless indeed the works

themselves become the subjects of MISCHIEVOUS Books.

prosecution ; but the upholding of

the great principle of our jurisSome time ago, an injunction was prudence, grounded as it is upon moved for in the Court of Chancery, Christianity, will more than counteron behalf of the publisher of a blas- balance that mischief. Nor is it a phemous poem by Lord Byron, en- matter of small consideration, that it titled "

Cain,to restrain another removes from us, as a people, the bookseller from publishing a pirated guilt of such publications, which edition of that work, on the ground would have become national, had of his property being thereby in- the laws slept, or had they not thuis vaded, he having purchased the been disclaimed and reprobated by copy-right for the sum, we believe, the authorities of the land. The of 26251. The injunction was re- guilt pow lies solely with those who fused, on account of the immoral write, and those who encourage, the and infidel tendency of the poem. publications in question. More recently, the same Court has The freedom of discussion is here been moved to dissolve an injunction not in question. Poetry is not the which had been granted against a medium of theological investigation, publisher of LawRENCE's " Lectures are Lectures on Physiology, on Physiology,” &c., on the ground Zoology, and the Natural History of of their also containing attacks upon Man, delivered to medical students. the Holy Scriptures. After an elabo- The introduction of infidel principles, rate argument on both sides, the in- in both cases, is gratuitous ; aud is junction was taken oft. The ground a spontaneous attack upon the relion wbich the LORD CHANCELLOR gion and morals of the nation. It is seemed to rest his judgment, in both an attempt not to discuss, but to corcases, was, that in a Christian State, rupt, in one instance through the and where Christianity is the law of imagination, in the other through the land, no man acquires a property “ science, falsely so called.” Infiin works of this description, and can- delity was equally unnecessary to the not, therefore, come to our courts of occupation of the Poet and of the law for protection. This is, uin- Lecturer. Poetry needs it not, and questionally, a sound principle; and medical science is unconnected with it is highly honourable to our Judges, it. In both publications there has that it has been of late so firmly laid been, therefore, a stepping out of the down, and so emphatically stated way, to accomplish a wicked purbefore the public; and that not pose ;--in one case,to write blasphemerely the inferior offenders bave mies against " God, blessed for been visited, but that the great cul- ever;” in the other, to undermine prits, those who make taste and sci- the hope of an bereafter, as to man. ence the media through which to We think, in fact, that the Noble convey the poison, have been told Poet, and the scientific Lecturer, in that they are making a market of point of honesty, fall far beneath the vice, and that the laws of an in- modern herd of the vulgar writers and sulted country shall not be employed utterers of infidelity. They shriok from au avowel as open ; whilst their chiefly by the young, the guilt of writings make it quite as evident that great remissness lies somewhere; and their principles are the same. No much of it is at the door of Parents, two thinking men on earth can doubt and the Managers of the numerous this. Yet the one instructs his Public Libraries of the Kingdom, Counsel to deny a bad intention, in which, as they give easy access to order to secure a property in his books, ought, for that reason, to be writings; the other shelters himself the more carefully regulated. А bebiud Milton, (a singular subter- book is a companion for the time : fuge, truly!) to secure his publisher. but let us put the case, that parents, This is rendering themselves as much professedly virtuous, or a number the objects of contempt as of pity. of grave gentlemen forming the It is made a plea in their own favour, committee of a circulating library, that they fight by night, and in should resolve to choose a companion ambush, and not in the day, aod in for their sons and daughters, or for the field; and that, instead of honour- the young people with whose princiable warfare, like the savage they ples and morals every Manager of a prefer taking their enemy in the Public Library, we remind him, dark, and darting their spear from has charged himself'; and that they the covert of a bush! Our Courts of should be recoinmended to select for Law were not thus to be trifled with; this purpose, a man of wit, it is nor will the understanding of the true, but one who should talk wittily public be found so puerile as to con- against religion,--a person ofgenius, sider this in any other light than as but who delights to talk obscenely, an aggravation of the offence. to asperse his Saviour and his God,

From these occurrences, so ho- and to argue against chastity, virnourable to our high legal authori- tue, and a future state ;-wliat Paties, there are however some prac- rent, or what Gentleman on the tical results, which, we trust, will Committee of a Library, would not follow. The reading and studious shudder at the proposal, and the youth of our country, are the class more so iu proportion to the seductive of persons most endangered by these talents of the person selected ? But publications, especially by the poetry how, then, does placing the books of of Byron. Carlile, and others, aim such men in the hands of youth, where at the populace. In proportion, there- the discourse is converse with the fore, as the open or the covert assaults reader, in a more permanent, nay, of infidelity and irreligion multiply, in a more shameless form, differ from they must be guarded against. The the case supposed ? Not in the least ; sin of reading bad books ought to and, in our judgment, the guilt is be pointed out by Ministers, and their the same. Books are put within the circulation as much as possible pre- reach of females, which it is a stain vented by Parents, Guardians, and upon their virtue to say they have read, the Managers of Public Libraries. and an insult to them to inquire wheIn this, we fear, there bas been toother they have read through; and great a laxity, especially when the both sexes are thus too often familiarvehicle has been poetry, and poetry ized with insinuations against reli100 (for such is Lord Byron's) of gion eminently dangerous, it' not dea high order. It is indeed a shock. siructive, to iheir virtue in this life, ing consideration, that, when the and to their hopes of another. To character of the poet's mind and some it is a paiufiil duty to read as heart had been so strongly and so much of such publications, as may disgustingly marked in bis Don Juan, intorin them of their tendency; but a Publisher should be able to calcu- in the name of every thing sacred

“ Cain" obtaining a cir. and consistent, let them not spread culation which should leave bin a the pest when it is ouce detected, handsome profit, after be had given and thus sap the practices and the £2625 for the copy-right of a small principles of the future age. volume! Now, as poetry is read April 20, 1822.

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with our friends, and in the Meetings of PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT. our Leaders and Local- Preachers, as The Annnal Meeting of the Wesleyan- well as by a frequent mention of the Methodist Ministers of the First London subject in our Sermons, endeavour to District was held at City Road Chapel, promote special Prayer for the HOLY on the 23d and 24th of April. About Spirit among our people ; and that, on thirty Ministers were present. In addition the Sundays preceding our usual Quarto the ordinary business, a subject was terly-Days of Fasting and Prayer, we introduced, which we have repeatedly will especially call their attention to that felt it our duty to bring before our great duty, by Sermons on such parts of Readers, and respecting which, we re- Scripture as directly relate to those cojoice to insert the following Extract from pious out-pourings of grace, which are the Minutes of this Meeling. We trust the chief hope of the world, and by that the other District-Meetings, about which, according to the Promises of to be held, through Great Britain and Holy Writ, the latter days are to be Ireland, will devote some portion of their peculiarly distinguished." time and attention to the same most New OR ENLARGED CHAPELS.—The important subject. A new Edition of Methodist Chapel at West Bromwich, near MR. STEWART's excellent Pamphlet, re- Biriningham, has been enlarged. It is viewed in the Methodist Magazine for now 51 feet by 33, and was re-opened, June, 1821, has, we believe, lately Oct. 24, 1421, by the Rev. Robert appeared.

Newton, and the Rev.Joan BICKNELL. is Our Chairman having given us an The expense of the enlargement was interesting account of certain Meetings, £330; towards which sum £250, were which have been held, during the past raised by the Public Collection, and year, in London, and in various parts of Private Donations.—A New Chapel was England and Scotland, partly by Chris- opened at Wuodchurch, in the Tenterden tian Ministers of the Establishment, and Circuit, on Friday, Jan. 4, 1822, by the partly by those of other Religious Com- Rev. JABEZ BUNTING, and the Rev. munities, for the purpose of promoting FREDERICK Calder. It is likely to be more general and earnest Prayer for a lasting blessing to that populous neighthe abundant out-pouring of the Holy bourhood. Our Society there was greatly Spirit on the Church of Christ, and on increased during the Religious Revival the world,—that important subject was which took place last year in Kent.-A largely and seriously considered. And, New Chapel was opened, by the Rev. after a long conversation, which God JAMES Sykes, at Tean, in the Uttoxeter was graciously pleased to render more Circuit, Jan. 27th. It is 30 feet by 24 ; than ordinarily instructive and edifying, and cost £170. The congregation is the following Resolutions were unani- good; all the pews are let; and the mously adopted :

prospect of usefulness is pleasing.--On 1. That this District-Meeting is 'Tuesday, April 26, a small Chapel was deeply convinced of the absolute neces- opened at Bruilsford, in the Derby cirsity of a more general and abundant cuit, by the Rev. Robert NEWTON. effusion of the Holy SPIRIT on Christian The collections amounted to £54.12s 6d.; Ministers and People, and on the world a sum much larger than the most sanat large, in order to give an increased guine of our friends could have anticiefficiency to the Preaching of the Gospel, pated. The Methodists have visited and to the various other plans of public Brailsford and its vicinity for twenty usefulness which are now in progress years past ; but, until the present period, both at home and abroad; and that our Society there have never seen their we particularly feel the importance of way open to build “ a house for God." such an effusion of divine influences, in Their pious exertions, aided by the reference to ourselves, and to the Soci- liberality of many respectable persons eties and Congregations which are under in the neighbourhood, have now, under our pastoral care.

God, achieved the object. The parish 2. That we solemnly agree to bring of Brailsford contains a population of this subject humbly and perseveringly rather more than seven hundred perbefore the Lord in our own private sup- sons. plications, and in our family-devotions ; PROSPERITY OF RELIGION IN VARIOUS and to remember it, distinctly and con- CircuITS.---We present to our readers stantly, when we are called to conduct the following extracts of recent Letters the public worship of Almighty God, on this subject, which, we trust, they will peruse with satisfaction and grati- Some of these can clearby rejoice in a tude to God.

sense of the pardoning mercy of God, Burslem, March 5.-" The numerous and others are in earnest for salvation. persons who were awakened, and joined A number of younger boys also have our Societies, last year, have hitherto in begun to seek the LORD with full pur.. general stood well ; and give scriptural pose of heart. I met them on Saturday proofs of their conversion to God. A afternoon : their tears, their feeling greater improvement in the knowledge of manner of expressing themselves, and the doctrines of the Gospel of Christ, and the rational and scriptural account they in experimental and practical godliness, gave of their convictions and desires, I never witnessed in any circuit. It is leave me no reason to doubt but that the Lord's doing, and is marvellous in He whose office it is to convince the our eyes.' Our public meetings of the world of sin, of righteousness, and judg. Bands, on Saturday evenings, are nu. ment, has begun a good work on their merously and regularly attended; and tender minds, of which, I trust, he will you would be delighted to hear the be the finisher, even to their eternal members declare the wonderful works salvation. There is an evideat improveof God.' This revival is not accompa- ment in their conduct in the school, nied with noise and irregularity: all is such as nothing but the power of reliconducted decently and in order. gion could have effected.

The pious Our members in general are attached to boys are not only fervent in spirit, but the Methodist Discipline; so that we diligent in business, and require no have little or no trouble in enforcing it. compulsive means. This is the result I have the happiness to add that we have of my daily experience for upwards of not a jarring string in any part of the two months. I never had so much hapcircuit. Stewards, Local Preachers, and piness with these boys as I have had members, seem to be of one heart and since they have become praying youths. one soul; and we have ' peace within Woodhouse-Grove has become a place our walls, and prosperity within our pa- of tenfold pleasure to me since I see that laces.' We shall have a large increase of religion and learning prosper together." members this quarter. We have at Wakefield, April 6.-" We have had a present above double the number of very good work in this circuit for some those who belonged to the Society two months. We have had an increase of fortyyears ago. The ministry of the word, nine members in the last quarter, excluand the Lord's-Supper, are well at- sive of twenty that still remain on trial. tended. We have seldom less than 500 A new place, which we visited about three communicauts in this place. Our Socie- months ago, and which had been so noties seem to enjoy the latter ordinance torious for wickedness, that it was geneas “ a feast of marrow and fat things.” rally designated Little Sodom, has, in a Numbers testify how greatly they are remarkable manner, changed its appearblessed in that mean of grace. About a ance for the better. Nearly a hundred fortnight since, a small chapel was persons attend the preaching with great opened in a village inhabited chiefly by seriousnes; and it has pleased the LORD colliers, about three miles from Burslem. to accompany the word with the influThere has been preaching at it for ences of his lioly Spirir. Sixtcen have upwards of thirty years. The people, lately been admitted on trial as members in general, however, remained notori. of Society, who appear to be truly sinously ignorant and wicked, until a few cere." months since, when the LORD poured out Perth, April 10.-" That our prayers his Spirit, and many have since been and praises on this side of the Tweed awakened, and, we have reason to be. may be echoed by those of our brethren lieve, converted to God; so that now, in England, I write to inform you, that instead of preaching to about twenty God is graciously visiting us in this hearers, as formerly, we have the little place. For several months, the word chapel crowded, which will hold about preached scemed to produce strong 300."

general impressions; but no conversions Woodlouse-Grore, March 14.-" The took place. This discouraged me much; following statement of a revival of re- and produced in me strong pity for ligious influcnce among the boys perishing souls, and a fear lest my un educated in the school at Woodhouse- faithfuluess should in any way prevent Grove, was addressed to the Governor their salvation. About three weeks ago, by the Head-Master, on the 27th of Fe- when meeting my class, after speaking bruary, and 12th of March : “ The to three or four, we seemed so destitute number of boys who frequently meet of spiritual life, that I proposed that me for the purpose of religious advice some of us should engage in prayer; and prayer has increased to twenty-four. during which exercise, the power of God

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