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teresting facts and records contained in this tion of any large book that was ever made, volume, without discovering much in the in our world. At the same time the author history of the German Reformation to ad- proceeds upon two very reasonable prinmire and to condemn. As it gathered ciples, in the execution of his work ; viz., strength politically, it evidently deteriorated that with all the excellence of our version in spiritual power and glory. While its there are cases in which it is obviously susfriends were struggling to maintain their ceptible of amendment, and others where ground, and to assert for the Protestant the text itself cannot be critically sustained. cause the great principles of liberty, they | But, notwithstanding these admissions, displayed a nobility of purpose, and a reli- Mr. B. proceeds upon sound principles of ance upon God, which will crown their biblical criticism, and indicates no tendency deeds with everlasting renown; but, like all to the neology of the German school. So religious bodies which have sought alliance far as he has proceeded in his work, viz., with the kingdoms of this world, when they to the sixth chapter of Leviticus, we regard attained the wished-for pre-eminence, they his labours as of the greatest value to a too soon forgot what was due to others as large class of intelligent and devoted minis. much entitled to liberty as themselves; and ters, who, with slender pecuniary resources, hence many a disastrous scene which sprang have equally slender collections of books. up in their path, and which tended, in some We could have wished, for the sake of a measure at least, to overshadow the gran- large and intelligent class, that Mr. B. had deur of an event which, with all its defects, translated his Latin quotations; but this, will be the wonder of all generations of perhaps, might have unduly increased the enlightened men.
size of the work. We must apprize our readers that Ranke We feel bound to tender to Mr. B. our is one of the most patient investigators of most grateful acknowledgments for this very facts that ever set himself to the task. We valuable contribution to the stores of our cannot equally commend his warmth of biblical literature. feeling. And yet there are passages of great beauty and of deep pathos in the volume before us. It is pre-eminently a work for the laborious student who wishes to become An Estimate of the Human Mind. A thoroughly acquainted with the German
Philosophical Inquiry into the leyitimate Reformation,
application and extent of its leading Faculties, as connected with the princi
ples and obligations of the Christian Re. A SYNOPSIS of CRITICISMS upon those ligion. By John Davies, D.D., Rector
Passages of the OLD TESTAMENT in which of Gateshead, and Master of King James's modern Commentators have differed from Hospital, in the county of Durham. A the Authorized Version; together with new edition, with large additions. 8vo, an explanation of various Difficulties in the Hebrew and English Texts. By the Rev. RICHARD A. F. BARRETT, M.A., When the first edition of this work was Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. given to the public, we then expressed a Volume I., Part I., royal 8vo, pp. 408. strong opinion, which remains unaltered, of Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans.
its distinguished merit. No writer, not
even Dr. Wardlaw, has treated subjects of The object of this digest of sacred criticism mental and moral science with greater is excellent, viz., to place before the biblical deference to the data and conclusions of student the principal alterations which mo- revealed truth than Dr. Davies. The volume, dern critics have proposed in the authorized as it now appears, is divided into five books. version of the Old Testament, with the I. The limits of reason, in the investigation reasons for or against such emendations. of revealed truth, stated and explained. First, we have the Hebrew text, then the II. An inquiry into the nature and extent Septuagint version, from the Vatican copy, of the faculty of volition, as connected with then the authorized version, and, last of moral agency and religious obligation. III. all, the observations of critics and com- The conscience viewed in connection with mentators, who support the present version, the sense of duty and the obligations of the and of those who consider the Hebrew text moral law. IV. The legitimate use of the to be corrupt, or to have been misunder. imagination as subservient to the influence stood by our translators.
of religion. V. An inquiry into the legiti. As it respects the execution of the work, mate use of the affections, in connection it appears to be conducted upon sound and with the influence of religion upon the orthodox principles. The authorized ver. character. sion is treated by Mr. Barrett with that All these topics of thrilling interest are deference which is due to the best transla. discussed by the author with great force
John W. Parker.
and ingenuity, and in strict accordance | TRÁCTS on TRACTARIANISM. No. I. with the principles of evangelical truth. Tradition no part of the Christian Rule Indeed, we hardly know of any volume in of Faith. By James SPENCE, M.A., the English language more calculated to Minister of George-street Chapel, Oxford. settle the difficulties of minds which have 12mo. pp. 24. been puzzled and perplexed with what may
John Snow. be terined the metaphysical questions con. nected with theological science. A more
We sincerely congratulate Mr. Spence on valuable book of reference, on such topics,
this his first effort from the press, as highly we can scarcely imagine.
creditable to his powers of discrimination, his accurate knowledge of the subject he bas undertaken to discuss, and the logical
acumen he has brought to bear upon his From Oxford to Rome: and how it fared theme. As a tract, of only twenty-four with some who lately made the Journey. | pages, on the vexed question of tradition, By a Companion Traveller. Small 8vo. / we verily have seen nothing equal to it.
Most heartily do we wish him success in his pp. 206. Longman and Co.
faithful testimony for apostolic truth, in
that city which has rendered itself famous, The frontispiece, the title, and the sub of late years, in the advocacy of doctrines stance of this ecclesiastical bagatelle, are all subversive of truths for which our Reformers strange and anomalous. The frontispiece protested and our martyrs bled. May the is a vera effigies of some hunger- bitten, | sling and the stone of this stripling have emaciated, and sanctimonious looking young | its influence, with other means employed, clergyman, who first imbibed the asceticism in slaying this Goliath of error; and in reof Oxford and then of Rome; and whose | storing a healthier state of mind, where dress, gesture, and facial developments are many a hapless youth is now being alienated all too obvious to be mistaken. He is a very from the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus. counterpart, though younger, of Dr. Pusey, The tendency of Tractarianism is obviously and doubtless owed his conversion to Ro towards Rome. The facts of the case demanism partly to his ignorance of enlight. monstrate this assertion; and the very worst ened Protestantism, and partly to the zealous feature of the times, in reference to these training of his tractarian teachers and asso movements, is, that many continue in the ciates.
Established Church who are as much Ro. The title, as we think, is a literary intake ; | manized in feeling as those wbo have formally for any one reading it would naturally con- entered into communion with the Apostate clude that it was intended to introduce a Church. May God send us deliverance ! volume calculated to uphold Protestant There is at present, indeed, & deceitful truth, and to expose with burning severity calm ; while men are lulled, the fire burns. the Romanizing spirit of the Anglican Church in the times in which we live.
The substance of this volume, with a l The PASTOR'S STEWARDSHIP and the great deal of speciousness about it, is a
People's Duty. A Sermon preached in plea for the Non-Protestant character of the English episcopate, and for that new
Stepney Meeting on Lord's.day, Decemfangled" morality, worse than jesuitical,
ber 20, 1846. By the Rev. John KEN
NEDY, A.M. Published at the urgent which would try to make good easy souls believe, that an honest man can take the
request of the Deacons. 6d. pay of the church of Cranmer, and Ridley, and Latimer, for no better purpose than This is a very admirable and appropriate to repudiate the doctrines of these its early | discourse, delivered by Mr. Kennedy on reformers, and to undermine and vitiate the first Lord's-day after his recognition, as its Protestant character. The hero of this the pastor of the Congregational church at balf-tale, half-narrative is reclaimed from Stepney. It is full of important truth, and Rome in his last hours; and there are, here | peculiarly adapted to counteract some of the and there in the volume before us, some worst tendencies of the age. We venture beautiful and touching details, and some | to hope, what we earnestly wish, that it may just and Christian sentiments; but its whole have a circulation beyond the scene of its bearing is in the opposite direction of sound delivery. Protestantism. To our brethren in the The following paragraph will sufficiently Establishment, who love Protestant truth, indicate the spirit and tendency of the diswe would say earnestly-non tali auxilio. course :
“There is a class of writing, not theological, which we may venture to style a pseudo-moral intellectualism, whose ten
dencies are not readily discovered, and We have been highly gratified by the which may spread an insidious and pesti- perusal of these Lectures, so happily adapted lential influence over regions of mind which to the inquisitive and aspiring mind of ought to be safe from it, but, alas ! are not. youth; to direct, stimulate, and urge them The class of writing to which we refer, pro. on in the path of duty-of the duty they owe fesses great reverence for the Bible, but is to themselves, to society, and to God. Their essentially infidel. It finds inspiration and object is "to encourage self-education and divinity in the Bible, but it finds inspiration mental culture," and hence we most corand divinity elsewhere likewise. Every age, dially recommend this neat pocket volume according to this school, has had its own to public attention as a most instructive inspired men, and its own manifestation of publication. Deity, and the truly catholic' man ac- On the province of Reason in reference to knowledges and reverences them all. It “the Evidences of Religion," the author speaks in a tone of mysticism and of appa- very powerfully observes as follows: rently deep sentiment, which so enamours “When a religion comes before us claimmany of the educated youth especially, that ing for itself positive inspiration and Divine they are almost unconsciously betrayed into authority, and requiring in consequence the opinions which are fatal to the exclusive belief of its doctrines, and obedience to its authority of the Divine word, and to the precepts, --it is certain, that if it be what it properly remedial and sacrificial character professes, it will contain internal proofs of of the gospel. It may be feared, without its high origin. We may then naturally presumption, that, neither the Christian expect to find marvellous statements, wonministry nor the Christian press has yet derful doctrines, and authoritative combegun, in right and honest earnest, to grapple mands: we look for promises of reward to with this great evil.”
obedience, and threatenings of punishment to rebellion ; for direction on every subject
on which direction is necessary in relaFAREWELL SERMONS, preached in the In
tion to our duty to God and our fellow. dependent Chapel, Limerick, on Dec. 27,
creatures ; for the adumbration, if not the 1846. By the Rev. J. D. K. WILLIAMS,
clear exposition, of much mystery regarding author of “Mutual Christianity.”
the being, character, and gorernment of
God; and the origin, character, and destiny Snow.
in whose happiness the fact of giving From Acts xx. 26, 27, and from verses a revelation implies that he desires. Espe31, 32, Mr. Williams recapitulates the fun. cially we should confidently look for explicit damental truths of the gospel which have direction as to the mode in which acceptable been the all-absorbing topics of his minis- worship should be rendered to the God in try; and then, in the second sermon, states whom we live, and move, and have our the faithful and affectionate warnings he being," pp. 103-4. had given his beloved charge.
These discourses bear unequivocal marks of the studious and devoted minister of the gospel, and of a fidelity and devotedness rarely A HISTORY of Germany, from the Invato be met with in so young a divine. And it sion of Germany by Marius to the Batlle appears that want of success alone occa- of Leipzic, 1813, on the plan of Mrs. sioned his removal from his small but faith. Markham's Histories. For the use of fully attached people.
Young Persons. 12mo. pp. 492. Not doubting the adaptation of these
John Murray, sermons for general usefulness, we particularly urge their perusal on young ministers This is a very valuable compendium of all and students, for the wise selection of subthat is most important in German history. jects, comprehensive arrangement, and scrip. The facts have been accurately and labotural fidelity. Other points of excellence riously collected, from authentic sources; we might point out, but our limits forbid and they are lucidly arranged, so as to invest further remark.
them with the interest which naturally pertains to them. The work is well adapted to
the young, for whom it is intended ; and Philosophical LECTURES. By the Rev. will be perused with advantage by others
W. LEAsk, Minister of Zion Chapel, more advanced. We are happy to say that Dover.
justice is done by the author to the interests Snow.
of the Reformation. The manual is a safe The contents of these four lectures relate
one to put into the hands of unsophisticated to — the Acquisition of Knowledge, the youth. Claims of Mind, the Province of Reason, and Mental Liberty.
WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
5. Daily Devolion; or, Prayers framed on the
successive Chapters of the New Testament. De1. The British Quarterly Review. No. IX. Feb.
signed either for the Family or the Closet, and 1, 1517. Containing the following articles: Diplo
arranged for every day in the year. By DANIEL inatic Reform: Australia-Angas and Haydon;
MOORE, M.A., Perpetual Curate of Camden DisLife and Works of Dr. Fletcher: Travels in Lycia; ,
trict, Camberwell. Small quarto. Bowdery and American Philosophy; Sir Philip Sydney and
Kerby. Languet; Currency Difficnlties; Anglo-Northern Literature ; Moral Aspects of Medical Life; Straus's 6. The Forgiveness of Sin, and the possibility of Life of Jesus; Criticisms on Books.-This number
obtaining a Personal Assurance of it. By the Rev. is more than equal to its predecessors. The review T. EAST, Birmingham. Small 8vo. Maclehose. of Straus is a splendid article.
7. Spiritual Declension. A Sermon preached at 2. The North British Review. No. XII. Con- ! taining: Morell's Modern Philosophy; The Deaf
Kingsland Chapel, Oct. 11th, 1846. By :he Rev. and Dumb; Cowley: Modern Painters, by a Gra
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lished by request. Small 8vo. Cavendish-Composition of Water; State of Ire 8. Lessons of Life and Death. A Memorial of land,
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This is a splendid work, in typography, illustra
tions, and accuracy and beauty of translation. We 4. Female Characters of Holy Writ; in a course hope soon to do it justice. of Sermons, preached at the Parish Church of St. John's, Clerkenwell. By HUGH HUGHES, B.D., 1 10. The Days of Laud, and of the Commonwcallh. Rector. 3 vols. 12mo. Hamilton, Adams, and Co. By COURTENAY NEWTON. Seeley.
REV, GEORGE COLLISON.
confidence. His judgments were sound, With sincere and undissembled grief do and his deportment in all public connecwe announce to our readers the sudden i tions were eminently that of a Christian removal by death of this eminent and faith-| gentleman. His death is, indeed, a great ful servant of Christ, who, for more than public loss, and will be felt severely in the forty years, has sustained a position of College at Hackney, in the Direction of the distinguished usefulness in the Christian London Missionary Society, and in other church. The melancholy event occurred circles, where the weight of his character early on Saturday morning, the 6th Feb., and his matured wisdom and experience it is presumed, from some affection of the attached great value to his counsels. heart, superinduced by an attack of bron. As an instructor of a portion of the chites more than three years ago. On rising ministry, we have reason to believe, Friday, the 5th ult., he retired to rest in an from many circumstances which have come ordinary state of health, and slept soundly; within the scope of our knowledge, that his but at seven o'clock on Saturday morning, qualifications for imparting sound biblical after taking a cup of coffee in bed, he was | knowledge were of a very high order; while seized with spasm on his breathing, and in his bearing as a tutor secured for him the a few moments expired. To him, doubto profound respect of the young men comless, the exchange of worlds was a glorious mitted to his care. and blessed event; but to his family, the Siill, when we think of our late revered providence which so abruptly deprived friend's advanced period of life, and of the them of the intercourse of one so justly persevering energy and activity which he dear, must be viewed in tbe light of a most | had displayed during so many years of painful and distressing bereavement, which public life, we dare not speak of his removal demands for them the sympathy of all who from the midst of us, as if it were an event knew and loved the deceased ;--and who contrary to the ordinary course of nature. ever knew Mr. Collison without loving His vigorous appearance and green old him? He was a good man, such as Paul | age made us forget tbat he had passed his mentions, “ for whom some would even three-score years and ten, and that he could dare to die." All our recollections of him not long continue in his earthly sphere, by are of the most hallowed and grateful cha reason of death. He was born January 10, racter. He was pre.eminently a man of 1772, and died February 6, 1847; so that love-whose rich and beaming countenance he had just completed his seventy-fifth was an index to the state of his heart. In year. In 1790 he entered Hoxton Academy every circle in which he moved he was re as a student ; in 1797 he became assistant. garded with mingled feelings of respect and tutor, with the late venerable Dr. Simpson,
in the same institution ; and in 1808 he was look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ : appointed by the committee of the Village who shall change our vile body, that it may Itinerancy as its president; which useful be fashioned like unto his glorious body, and honourable post he continued to fill, according to the working whereby he is with credit to himself and benefit to others, able even to subdue all things unto himto the hour of his removal from the scene self." We look not so much at the things of his earthly toils, to that of his glorious which are seen—the hearse—the plumagereward in heaven. We shall always think the coffin-the pall - the procession of of him with reverential love. Very pleasant mourners—the foneral--as at the things was he to those who had the happiness of which are not seen : God-his government mingling in his familiar intercourse. Till-his providence—the ministrations of his we meet him in heaven we cannot lose the angels—the glorification of the spirits of the remembrance of his bland fellowships, and just which he has brought to pass-the hea. soul-stirring and soul-uniting devotions. ven and eternal life, which the Scriptures
The Trustees of the Evangelical Magazine have revealed and made manifest to our faith. will feel, in their future meetings, that a We walk by faith, and not by sight-we live great blank has been created in their plea- by faith, not by sight-we die by faith, not sant circle. Mr. Collison was warmly at- by sight. We endure as seeing the invisible. tached to the interests of the Magazine, Our venerable friend and brother had a from the issue of its first number; and long life, and a multitude of days. With oftentimes rendered it essential service. He long life was he satisfied, and now God has was the friend and advocate of the widows shown him his salvation. He breathed forth of our departed brethren, and did all in his his spirit into the bosom of Jesus in the power to serve their cause; and it was no 80th year of his age. Like Simeon, be had little joy to his benevolent heart to know, to say, “ Lord, now lettest thou thy servant that the Magazine fund for their relief had depart in peace,”-in peace with God-in more than doubled during the last seven peace with all men-for there never lived a years. Mr. Collison's funeral took place more pacific, forgiving, benevolent, amiable at Walthamstow, on Friday, the 12th of mind than his, and so he died in charity February. The Rev. Arthur Tidman, one with all the world. of Mr. Collison's most intimate friends, For many years in the earlier part of his delivered the funeral address, to a large and life, Mr. Dyer was secretary to the Royal deeply affected auditory, and the Rev. Mr. | Hospital at Greenwich for British Seamen, Ransom, Mr. Collison's fellow-tutor in the and subsequently to that time he occupied, college, and Dr. Cox, engaged in the devo- for a long period, the important position of tional exercises. The occasion was pecu- chief clerk to the Admiralty. In both of liarly solemn and impressive.
these situations of responsibility and ardu. ous labour, his integrity, uprightness, and efficiency were never for a moment ques.
tioned by his coadjutors in the offices of SAMUEL DYER, ESQ.
government, while his natural urbanity and [The following sketch we have received kindness secured him the respect and goodfrom the Rev. James Stratton, who well will of the high and distinguished persons knew, and greatly loved the deceased.] with whom he was so often and so closely
On Thursday, January 21st, 1847, tbe in contact. On one occasion, indeed, he mortal remains of the late John Dyer, Esq., was accused of being too zealous in matters were committed to the grave in Abney-park of religion, and while he was as blameless as cemetery. The spirit—the mind—the most | Daniel, things were laid to his charge, as in important element and principle of the man the case of Daniel, respecting the law of his we believe has passed into glory, and is gone | God. He was engaged in a place to estato be with God. For this belief we have blish schools, and disseminate good books the authority of Christ, who said, “I am in some part of the county of Kent, in the the resurrection and the life; he that be- year 17999, and it was alleged that the books lieveth in me shall never die." Our de. were infidel, and the project associated with parted friend and brother believed firmly in revolutionary principles. It came to the Christ, and is therefore in possession of the ears of the Bishop of Rochester, Dr. Horslife and glory which Christ bas promised, ley, who, possessed of false information, and which Christ bestows.
attended the next king's levee, (George III.) Moreover, the mortal remains themselves at St. James', where he met Lord Hood, are not to continue in the grave for ever. the Gorernor, and Lord Auckland, the AuSown in weakness, they shall be raised in ditor, of the Hospital, together with Earl power; sowo in corruption, they shall be Spencer, the first Lord of the Admiralty, raised in incorruption; sown in disbonour, and to them he communicated what he had they shall be raised in glory. “Our con- heard. Mr. Dyer was immediately waited versation is in heaven, from whence also we upon by Lord Hood, and after many in