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him who is ever on the watch to sow discord among brethren. It would have beeti long before our various religious institutions would have recovered the shock given to public confidence, had the Bible Society, the most favoured of them all, been wrecked amidst the storm.

Among the topics which have pressed upon the public attention during the year, it was impossible that we could shut our eyes to the absorbing question of parliamentary reform. As Christian Observers, it was our duty to urge what appeared to us to be the right view of the matter, upon religious as well as merely political grounds; and we shrunk not from stating our conviction that it was just and necessary, and our hopes that it would prove beneficial. We are more than ever confirmed in the former point; and we trust, no! withstanding some passing clouds, that the nation will not be ultimately disappointed in the latter. Church reform, law Teform, the abolition of West-Indian slavery, and several other important matters which there was little hope of speedily and satisfactorily adjusting under the system of borough nomination, and the denial of the elective franchise to the major part of the wealth, intelligence, and morality of the country, seem now likely to be entered upon with promptitude and vigour. The chief danger will now be from the violence of evil disposed men who take advantage of popular feeling to blend what is good with what is evil, and to pull down and destroy, instead of repairing what is decayed. Against the devices of such men, every man who makes the word of God his standard of conduct ought to be vigilantly on his guard, otherwise our popular institutions will prove our ruin.

Of church reform we have said much, and we have much yet to say, and we therefore will not dilate upon the topic in this brief retrospect. On the plurality bill and some other measures of church reform we expressed an honest and decisive opinion, and events have more than justified all that we advanced. We have felt the difficulty, when such discussions have arisen, of speaking the truth without seeming to disparage persons or institutions which we delighted to honour; but the times required sincerity, and we do not believe that the way to support the church or its offirers is to cloke or palliate abuses.

The violation of the Lord's day, which is one of the most grievous sins of this nation, has been touched upon in our volume more than almost any other single topic during the year. We begin to have hopes that at length something will be effected, not only by private Christian effort, but by public opinion and by the legislature, to bring hack the nation to a sense of its solemn duly and blessed privilege in regard to the Christian Sabbath; and we purpose keeping the matter conspicuously before our readers in our next volume.

The state of the poor, and the means of bettering (heir temporal and spiritual condition, have been prominent topics of remark. Our effort in those discussions has been, without overlooking the importance of any partial alleviations which may be devised, to keep in view those large principles without which the question cannot be wisely and permanently adjusted.

We have not said much in this volume respecting the deplorable outburst of fanaticism which occupied so many pages of the two preceding volumes. When the eruption commenced and seemed likely to spread far and wide.and several clergymen who ought to have known better were found encouraging the wild notion of the revival or non-cess ition of miracles, we could not in duty hold our peace; but when the extravagance and iinseriplural character of the whole proceeding, and its connexion with awful heresies, became apparent to all, and some who were at first led away by the delusion were retracing their steps, we thought it unwise to give much further prominence to the matter. It will now, we trust, die away; and it were neither kind nor wise to renew the nnvieties of its early victims. We remarked at the commencement of the discussion, that some clergymen who were originating or encouraging the delusion would live to repent their folly when it was too late to restrain the extravagancies of their followers; and we repeat the warning, as a wholesome caution against future delusions. Would that all Christians, when tempted by new and exciting speculations, would remember the duty of seeking Out the good old ways, and keeping in the footsteps of the flock.

We live in a dark and cloudy day; yet if infidelity and licentiousness are on the increase, true religion is great'y on the increase also; and in the contest between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, we know upon infallible authority which shall eventually prevail. Let us, then, gird ourselves manfully for the contest; knowing in whom we have believed, and that greater is He that is for us than they that are against .us.



Relig- Amd Miscr.L. Com.—Last Days of
Dr. Johnson.. letters of Miss Boorhby to
Dr. Johns/m. .Family library.. I-dinlmrgh
Cabinet Library.. Prater against Pestilence
..Communion-Table not an Altar..Letter
from the Rev. Daniel Wilson..Tears of

Parents 1—30

Bet. or—Simeon on Holy Spirit..Raik.eson.

Clerical Education 40—40

Pus- Arr Reform Bill.. Partisanship..Po-
litical Duties of the Ministers of Religion
.. Kduciti To for Ireland. .Rioters nt Bristol
..Temperance Societies.. Sabbath breaking
..Oppressions of the Vaudois.. Episcopate
in India..Cholera.. National Humiliation 08

Answers 04

Sufp. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society..

r Society 04


Rltie. And Miscel, Cox.—Cathedrals..
Westminster Latin Play.. Heathen Classics
in Education..(laths..Pastoral Intercourse
..Prayer before Sermon..Hume the His-
torian.. Astrological Portents.. Literal In-
terpretation of Scripture.. Christian-Know-
ledge Paxnily Bible.. Prayers against Pes-
tilence 05—00

Rut. or—WOtson Church Establishments..
Deal try on the Chnrch 103

Relig. Intel.—Trinitarian Bible Society 117

Pc ■. Arr.—Fast Day : Topics of Praver and
M. Jt. ion..Choleia.. political Excitement
.. Infidelity.. lord's Day.. Intemperance..
The Pres». .Relicious Ostentation. .Animo-
sities.. Low State of Religion.. Church
Reform. .State of the Poor. .Commercial
Sins .. Religious Institutions .. Charity ..
Ireland ..West-Indies .. India: Letter of
Bishop Turner 124

Avswt ■ s.—M achinery.. Charitable Societies
..Plurality Bill, Ac 131

Scrr. ro Relig. Intel.—Bible Sodety.. 133

Relig- And Miscel. Com.—Verbal and
Manual Christianity.. Study of Heathen


i. Preliminary Letter.—Allegorical
, ntioD .. Charges against the Bible
Soev ty..Two-fold division of the subject
.. Heads of accusation divided into the
raiacirLB Op The Society and Its

-•ETAlt-S 141

The Principle Op The Bible Society.
Letter ii. The Question opened.—What is
the principle of the Bible Society..Is that
principle lawfull..U it expedient! .. Its
working as regards Socimuu and Roman

Tke Principle of the liibtt Society.— Its
formation..Fundamental laws. .No test of
membership.. Its object Its guarantee..No


chanee by meeting of IS31 Pronounces
nothing respecting Socinians..Dryden on
the Bible and its effects MT

Letter in. Inquiry Into the Lawfulness of
the Society's Principle. —Partial testi
either too much or not enough..The Bible
its test..This open constitution early opposed
by Bishop Marsh, Mr. Norris, Country
Clergyman, Arc. ficc.New class of oppo-
nents.. Examination of texts urged hy them
..shewn not to be applicable. .Society not
necessarily connected with Socini mv . Low
views of the importance of circulating the
Scriptures. .Present objections only old ones
revived..Impracticability of applying tests 103

Letter iv. Inquiry Into the pjrpediency of
the Society's Principle.—Practical tnex-
pedience of tests..Would exclude many
Christians.. A further succession of testa
would be required..Partial tests accredit
those not excluded.. Purity of the Canon
preserved by rival sects. .Adoption of testa
mast lead to strifes, as in the Trinitarian
Bible Society 107

Letter T. Case of the A'ocinfaiM.—Have not
abounded in the Society. .No Socinian ever
on the parent committee ..No practical
evil*have arisen,as admitted by the Naval-
and-Mtlitary Bible-Society .. The Society
distasteful to Sobnians. .They object to our
Canon, Version, >nd Headings.. Socinian-
ism unpopular.. Ought to be opposed..
Injury to the common salvation by misin-
terpretation of the Society's regulations
respecting sects.. Socinians raised to un-
deserved importance. .Many of them hara
received spiritual good through Bible Soci-
eties.. No inconvenience found from their
non-exclusion.. Evils have arisen from other
quarters, railed orthodox. .Trinitarian tests
would not prevent the evil..The Society
a protesting Society 171

Letter vi. Case of the Homan Catholics.
—Changes in the Trinitarian Bible Society
..Note on the conatitution of that Society
.. Difficulty of circulating the Scriptures
among the Roman Catholics..Openings for
it made by the Bible Society..Extracts to
that effect from Roman-Catholic corres-
pondents. .Catholic priest iu Swabia..Te-
nacity of the Society to its rules.. Professor
VVittman's affecting appeal.. M ilner's re-
marks on Ansemi.. Roman-Catholic I-tiers
.. Benefit of the Society to Roman-Catholics
.. Catholics unjustly expelled from the Trini-
tarian Society.. Ill effects of this regulation
..Papists had generally excluded them-
selves from Bible Societies. .Testimonies of
the Pope and Bishop Milner to that effect..
Society's extensive issues of Scriptures to
Roman Catholics 183

Relig. Intel.—Church of Geneva 100

Obit.—Dr. Turner, Bishop of Calcutta (con-
tinued) 101

Pen. Apf.—Fast Day.. Reform Bill.. Cholera
.. Irish Tithes and ~'


Superstitions.. Plurality Bill.. Lord'i Day

..Bishop D. Wilson 193—106

Supp. To Relio. Intill.—Bible Society.. 106


Relig- And—Secession from

the Church..Failure of Sunday Schools..

Simeon on the Holy Spirit 197—205



Letter vii. Introductory I'etter.—Speci-

fication of objections: namely, the omission

of oral prayer—the circulation of the Apo-

crypha — patronizing improper versions-

admitting notes and comments—improper

agents .. Acrimonious charges against the

Society.. Orthodox character of the founders

of the Society. .Orthodox character of the

Society's documents.. Illustration from So-

lomon's temple 206

Letter viii. Question of Oral Prayer.

Duty and blessedness of prayer..Question

of times and places.. Prayer not omitted to

please Sncinians.. Difficulties among ortho-

dox Christians.. Prayer not neutral.. Case

of the Society of Friends. .1 *heir views of

{irayer.. Illustrative quotations from Fox,

Nun, Barclay- Hesse, (.urn ey, and Yearly

Epistle for 1831,.Conscientious difficulties

Application of principles todetai's».Ultraism

..Testimonies of Robert Hall and Society's

Reports to the prayerful character of the

Society.. Prayer not forbidden by its rules 211

Letter ix. Question of the Apocrypha,

Question settled in "1826 .. Charges still

brought forward.. M. Kiefler's Italian Bibles

..Charges insinuated, not asserted..Apo-

crypha still used in Church of England,

also by other Protestant confessions.. Diffi-

culty of contending with the jealousies of

Foreign churches .. Society's anti-Apocry-

phal regulations of I82C-27.. Difficulties for-

rnerly felt by the committee..Apocrypha

formerly urged on them by Mr. Drummund

and others. .Rheims New Testament pa-

tronised by Mr. J. K.Gordon.. Bible Society

never translated the Apocrypha,,Regula-

tions of 1826 not violated.. Alleged case of
violation in the Italian Bibles.. Copies of
Apocrypha destroyed..M. Kiefler's expla-
nation respecting Italian Bible*. .Quotation

from Apocrypha 221

Letter x. Patronizing exceptionable J'er-
sion*.—General improvement of the Society
..Difficulties of versions.. Authorized En-

glish translation, and history of. .Translators

maligned.. Imperfection of foreign versions

., Eminent scholars and Christians employed

by the Society in editing nnd revising..

Archdeacon Corrie's testimony to imperfect

fragments,. Importance of sending out early

versions.. Mr. Piatt's testimony to the So-

ciety's versions.. Note on the constitution

and proceedings of the Trinitarian Bible-

Society. .Accusations against the Lausanne'

Danish, and Turkish Scriptures.. Lausanne

Bible.. Mr. Melvill's charge.. Professor

Levadc..Piatt, W ilson, and Scholl's tes-

timony to..Interesting extracts from Lc-

vade's Book of Prayers.. Piatt's testimony

to Luusanne edition .. Orthodox extracts

from l^ausanne version.. Orthodox headings

..Notes of the Lausanne version.. History

of the Lausanne version and correspondence

respecting it. . Levade's remorse and So-

ciety's vindication of its rules.. Danish Tes-

tament. .Charges to be received withcau'ion

.. British and Foreign liihle Society not

concerned in the version..Stokes'and Piatt's

statement of facts.. Society never purchased

copies of it. .Trinitarian constitution would

not have prevented Danish version..Turk-

ish Testament..History of Karon von Dice

..Ali Bey..Kiefler's concern with..Testi-

monials to tho version.. New Testament

printed .. Disappointment respecting it..


Errata and cancels.. Piatt and Henderson's

testimony to til

Letter xi. Alleged Annexation of Xotes

and exceptionable Headings.—Dr. Mnller

on Danish version.. Canstem Institution..

Canstein Hebrew Bible.. Hartwell Home.

Dr. Knapp, and Mr. Onne's remarks on..

Society not to blame.. Note on headings of

this Bible .. Hanoverian Preface .. Bible

Society not connected with.. Mistake of

Hanover printer.. Character of the Hanover

Preface .. Srrasburg Preface ..Cnrespond-

ence and transactions respecting it.. Dr.

Blessig and Professor Haflher's letters..

Bible Society's anxiety to prevent breach

of its rules. .Preface withdrawn by Straa-

burg Society, and funds replaced .. Dr.

Steinkopff and Dr. J. P.Smith's character of

Haffner and Preface..Stra''burgtheological

controversy.. Unfair course towards the

Bible Society..Its true character..Inter-

esting syllabus of its transactions 260

Letter xii. Alleged exceptionable Agency,

foreign and dome*til.—Difficulties in its

continental operations by irreligion and

scepticism..Society exposed to a choice of

evils. .Continental churches professedly or-

thodox. . Society did not reject good men..

Testimonies of Steinkopff*, Uwvn, Paterson,

Henderson, Pinkert"o, Leeves, and V.

Cuiiuingham .. Haldanc's statement, that

the charges against the Society's conti-

nental agents have originated with himself

.. Bible Societies have not countenanced

Neologjanism. .attestation of the Darmstadt

Neologian journal .. Interesting extract*

illustrative of the Society's continental cor-

respondence and operations from its for-

mation to 1820.. Nurcmburg,Berlin,Prussia,

Germany, Sweden, St. Gall, Gothland,

Gotbenberp, Prussia, Saxony, Gothenberg,

Norway, Russia, Netherlands, Norway,

Russia, Switzerland, Paris..Stokes's tes-

timony -. Committee's explanatory decla-

ration of 1827 .. Agents, Van Ess..Testi-

monies of Pinkerton,Sibthorp,Cunningham,

Henderson, Wi ks, Monod, to Kiefler ..

Professor Lee.. Home officers.. Commercial

business and funds. .The late W. Green-

field. .Obituary of him, extracted from the

Christian Observer .. Attestations to hU

character from YVauch, Piatt, Bible-Society

committee.. His religious principles proved

to be orthodox.. His death-bed 273

Letter xiit. Concluding Observations,

Painfullness of controversy. .Christian peace

..Bible Society compared to the Jews build-

ing the wall of the city.. Opposed by Tobiab.

the Suicidal conduct of mem--

bers of the Church of England in opposing

the Bible Society .. Solemn entreaty to

clerical brethren.. Religious aspect of the

times.. Prayer for the Society 295

Relio. Intel.—Anniversaries in Lausanne 300

Answers 300


Relig- And Miscil. Com.—St. Paul's
visiting Britain.. Prayer before Sermon..
Church Reform.. Prayers against Pestilence
.. I)e Foe's Narrative ..Vincent's God's
Terrible Voice-." Preparation forthcPlague"
. .Shaw's Welcome.. Arch.Hoare'sl-ecturea
..Church 1 onus. .St. Basil on Classical Stu-

dies .. "German Rationalist" respecting

"the Evangelical Class ". .Crnker and La

Trobe on D r J ohnson ..Thcterm '' Altar "301 —347

Rev. Of—Riland's Extension of the Church
of England..'Ihe Church in Danger, by
Acaster.. Remedies, by the same- .('ox's
Liturgy.-Church He form, by a Churchman
... Newton's Pluralities indefensible . .•

M'Gavin's Churcb Establishments 348

Relio. 1 Ntel.—Trinitarian Bible Society 398

Pub. Apr.—Reform Bill.. Pluralities Bill..

Anti-Slavery- Question..Cholera .. Indian

Idolatry 304


New Publications 370

Answers 371

Stjpf. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society..

i and Foreign School Society 871

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Relig. And—HenryMartyn's
Farewell Sermon .. Subordination of the
Holy Spirit.. Prayer at the Execution of
Mary Queen of Scots ., Oaths .. Special
Manifestation of Divine Displeasure ...
Jewish Prayer on the Cholera.. Calamities

with Mercies 373—395

Ret. Of—Woiks on the Church and its ne-
cessary Reforms (continued): — Riland's
Extension of the Church of England—The
Church in Danger, by A caster—Remedies,
by the same—Cox's Liturgy—Church Re-
form, Churchman—Newton's Pluralities
indefensible—M'Cavin's Church Establish-
ments—Church Reform, by Lord Henley..
Wolfe on the English Prisoners in France
.. Suburban Sermons :—Bradley's, Ham-
ble ton's, Dillon's, Blunt's 397—417

New Publications 428

Relig. Intel.—Anniversaries of Societies 429
Pub. Apf.—Cholera allayed..Thanksgiving
at Berhn..Alarms..Reform Bill.. Resig-
nation and Return of the Ministry.. Ireland
.. Plurality Bill.. Poor Laws.. Slavery and

Placards 431

Answers 435

Supp. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society.,
Irish Education Society 436

Relig. And Miscel. Com.—On Church
Reform .. Our Lord's Second Advent ..
John xi. 23,28..Baptism of Adult Converts
.. . Relinquished Missions — Moravian to
Ceylon. .Blayney's Collation of the Bible'.
Subsistence of the Poor. .American Divines
.. Alleged Ominous Dream and Supernatural
Appearance in the Lansdowne Family 437—170
Rev. Of—Literary Policy of the Church of

Rome 473

New Publications 493

Miscel. Lit. Intel.—NewReligiousSociety
..College at Geneva. .Censorship in Hano-
ver. . Polish Bible. .Translation of Mosheira
..Discipline in Germany . .Temperance..
Bequests in the United States.. Intem-
perance. . Convention inGeorgia.. American
Mutilations of Tracts. .Virginian Duelling.. 494

Relig. Intel.—Colony of Carlshuld 493

Pu B.aff.—Reform Bill. .Lord'a-day. .House-
robbery Bill..Forgery Bill ..West-Indian
Missionaries-. Burning of Widows in India
..Hindoo Law of Inheritance..Cholera..

Bishop D. Wilson..France 498

AnsWees 500

Supp. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society..
Hibernian Society.. Peace Society £00

Relig. And Miscel. Com.—Satan..Ame-
rican Divines—the Rev. D. Jarratt. .Church
Reform (continued)..Requisites for Bap-
tism. .Questions. .Allen on Revivals..The

Woman of Samaria 301—530

Ret. Of—Jay's Evening Exercises 333

New Publications 341

Relig. Intel.—Colony of Carlshuld (con-
tinued) 541

Obit.—Rev. W. Tandey 550

Pub. Apf.—Reform Bills .. Obligations of
Electors. .Christian Efforts of Individuals..
Popular Peeling.. Extremes.. Pretension..
Talent and Character. .Specific Pledges..
Lord's-Day .. Protestant Faith .. Colonial
Slavery, ate ..Cholera..Ireland..Appeal,
respecting Burning of Women in India,
rejected..Don Pedro at Oporto. .Frankfort

Proclamation.. Payments to Russia 555

Aniwebs 564

Relig. And—Church Reform
(concluded)..Dt. Chalmers on Pauperism
and Cottage Allotments. .Tears of Parents
(continued from January) .. Believers
judged according to their works..Rector of
Eyam—Divine Worship..Life Members of
Societies. .Origin of the Appellation "Chris-
tians " ..Pre-requisites for Baptism..Pro-

Jhctical Query. .Confirmation . .Verses on
eremiah, Chap. Ill 505—590

Rev. Op—Dr. Southey's Life of Bunyan .... 390

New Publications 0'20

Relig. Intel.—Colony of Carlshuld 0'20

Obit.—W. Lawrence, a Shepherd 021

Pub. Aff.—Great Britain — Parliament —
Speech — Foreign Relations .. Ireland ..
Election. .Cholera ..Plurality Bill..Negro

Slavery 027, 62*

Answers 628

Supp. To Relig. Intel.—Brit, and For.
Bib. Society .. Prayer-Book and Homily
Society 02f»

Relig. And—Tear*of Parents
(continued). .Setieven being judged ac-
cording to their Works ..Verifications of
Scripture.. Modesty in Dress. .Letter of Dr.
Watts..Definition of Useful Knowledge..
Special Providence of God. .Gracious Ope-
rations of the Holy Spirit. .American Di-
vines—the Rev. J. Lathrop, D.D 029—051

Rev.Of—WUkVsDuties of Christian Electors
. .Southey's Life of Bunyan (continued) 001-60s

Rj.liu. Intel.—Colony of Carlshnld 680

Pub. Aff.—Election Tests. .Church Reform
.. West-Indians .. Outrages in Ireland..
Cholera..Deaths of Sir W. Scott and Dr.
Adam Clarke..Beer Bill..Dramatic Lite-
rature.. Europe.. Death of Baron Gorier..
Grand Council of Berne. .Bishop of New

York two

Answers 602

Supp. To Hblig. Intel.—Brit- and For.
Bible Society.. Brit- and For.School Society 092

Hiii'. And Misckl. Com.—Difficulties of
Christian Biography. .American Divines—
the Rev J. Lathrop, D.D. (continued)..
Figurative Expreasions in Prayer. .Dese-
cration of the Lord's-Day .. Anti-Slavery
Reminiscences..Matt.xvi.18. .Alittle Book
a great Evil.. Predestination. .Acts xix.2— 4
..Latin Rhymes—De Amore Jesus.. Me-
trical Sketches by Bishop Mant ;The Angels
—St. Simon and St. Jude's Day—AllSaintiv'
Day — Character of Gallio .. Associating
Hymns withTnnes. .Taxing richer Benefices
..Fasting a testimony..Zoological-Garden

Quadruped 093- 724

Rev. Of—Bishop Ryder's Charge..Higgins's

Mosaical Geology 724—742

Pub. Aff.—Elections.. Abatement of Cholera
..Rupture with HoUand. .Church Reform

..Negro Slavery 751

Obit.—Mrs. M. E. Roberts 754

Anbwekb 753

Supp. To Relig. Intel.—British and Fo-
reign Bible Society..Hibernian Society..
House of Commons' Report on the Lord's
Day 750

Relig. And Miscel.Com.—Bishop of Lon-
don'a Evidence on theLord'sDay.. American
Divines—the Rev. S. Johnson, D.D. (con-
tinued). .Exposure of theChurch toRadicnls
and Infidels..Analogy of Faith..Old and
New Testament on the Millennium.. Kn
of the Wesleyan Methodists..On

Page Pag*
being led by the Holy Spirit..Apathy of tinned). .American Divines—the Her. S.

tbe Church of England in Missionary Kx Johnaon, D.D. (continmed)-. 1 Pet. H. 8.

ertious .. Metrical Sketches, by BUhop Overstrained Texts. .Oxford Prise Poem,

llant: St. Philip and St. James—Saul, who De Cbnventiculis Dissipatis .. Pauperism

is also called Paul—Judas 757—788 and Cottage Allotments.. Advantages aud

Bit. or..Deane>s Worship of the Serpent Disadvantages of the Cottape System..

.. Ivimey's Reprint of Life of Bunyan 780—803 Remarks upon the two preceding papers..

Lit. And Miscel. Intel.—Historical Chart Character of the Moutanists.. Versification

of the Christian Dispensation .. Sir Walter of the Latin Lines. De amore Jesus . .821—858

Scott..Idol temples in India..Chimney' Ret. or—Woman in her domestic and social

sweeping 814 Character.. Hints to a Clergyman's Wife..

RxLia. Intel.—Church Missionary Society The Annals of my Village.. The Scripture

..National School Society 815,810 Garden Walk 859

Obit.—M. Le Baron Chabnud-Latoiir 817 Lit. And Miscxl. Intel.—Illuminations..

Pub.Apr.—Electioneering Contests.. Church Indian Loxla .. Biblical Manuscript So-

Reform..ClergyDistress in Ireland. .French cinian Repository .. Schools in France..

Cabinet - 8t8 Cholera Ode.. Montaban Professorship..

Answers 810 Baptism of Jews.. Marriage of Leopold .. 607

Surp. To Relig. Intel.—Bible Society .. 820 Sufp. To Relic Intel.—Bible Society .. 868


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